June 7, 2017

Spoiling Your Pup: Bark Box Review

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There are a bunch of us out there that are pup parents.  You know who you are...the ones that treat your pups like your children.  They get to sleep with you or have a nice comfy bed of their own, you buy the healthiest dog food you can and you make sure your pup has treats and toys to chew on.  I know I am one of those people.

In January of this year I brought home my adorable Kioki.  He is a teacup pomeranian and is just a ball of fluff and energy.  I love how he smiles and plays with my mother's dog (a 150 pound German Shepherd/lab).  He is a sweet boy that loves attention but is a bit of a drama king.

With him being a purebred, I especially wanted to keep him healthy and happy.  Also, with him being a puppy I didn't want all my shoes and clothes torn up from his chewing, so I would go out and buy treats and toys for him to enjoy.  The only problem is he would much rather play with the cat toys and put his toys in 'safe keeping'.

So, 2 months ago I had the opportunity  (financially) to get a Bark Box.  I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I did want to spoil my little boy.

When ordering the box, they ask you what size your pup is...and because kioki is small...obviously I choose small and it costed $30 for the box.  It came in a matter of no time and had 2 toys and 3 treats in it.  And let me just tell you, Kioki goes crazy for just the box because of all the smells coming from it.

If you want to hear my full review, see what actually came in the box and see how Kioki reacts...click on the video below.

-Rambling Holly

June 5, 2017

Yummy Two Potato

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Yummy Two Potato

Ramblings Thoughts, Recipes, Tasty Tuesday, Sweet Potato, Potato, Sides

What you need:

4 lg. white baking potatoes
4 lg. sweet potatoes
1 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. oil
2 tbsp. basil
1 tbsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 450.

2.  Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
Ramblings Thoughts Yummy Two Potato

3.  Combine stock, oil and seasonings in a mixing cup thoroughly.  Pour over potatoes and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.

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4.  Spread potato mixture even on a nonstick baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.  Enjoy!
Ramblings Thoughts Yummy Two Potato

-Rambling Holly

May 22, 2017

Roasted Parm Brussels Sprouts

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Now, I will be the first one to admit that eating healthy or eating your vegetables is not something I enjoy all the time....I would much rather eat a cheeseburger with loaded cheese fries or ice cream.  But if you are trying to eat healthier, I like I am, you have to step away from the ice cream and cheeseburgers and eat more fruit and vegetables.

I haven't had an real issue with fruit...I like them all.  Of course there are ones that I prefer over others...such as WATERMELON.  But when it comes to vegetables, there are a few that I just do not like.  Brussels sprouts is definitely a vegetable that I do not like.  People used to tell me that if you like cabbage you will like brussels sprouts....boy were they SO WRONG!!!

With that being said, I am a firm believer that you have to experiment with food.  Just because I do not like brussels sprouts boiled, that doesn't mean I would not like them cooked some other way with different seasonings.  Hence, my recipe for y'all to try

Roasted Parm Brussels Sprouts

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What you need:

2-3 lb. brussels sprouts
2 c. bread crumbs
1 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. oil
2 Tbsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. salt


1.  Preheat oven to 425.

2.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Make sure to thoroughly coat all brussels sprouts.
Ramblings Thoughts Roasted Parm Brussels Sprouts Recipe

3.  Spread brussels sprouts evenly onto a nonstick baking sheet.
Ramblings Thoughts Roasted Parm Brussels Sprouts Recipe

4.  Bake for 15 to 25 minutes or until sprouts are browned on one side and fork tender.  Enjoy!

-Rambling Holly

May 18, 2017

Maybelline Great Lash Royal Blue Mascara

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I know I am not the only woman out there that loves her makeup.  Now, I do not have a huge suitcase of makeup, let alone even a drawer.  Even though every once in a while I will get in this mood where I want to change up my makeup and add some more to my look, I always end up with going back to wearing only 3 makeup products on a regular....eyebrow liner, mascara and eyeliner.

Through the years of always sticking with these three products, I have tried many different brands to find ones that I just cannot live without.  Not too long ago, I found the mascara that I cannot live without...thanks to INFLUENSTER (click here to check it out).

So, I was hesitant at first when I was asked by Influenster to try another mascara.  But I did notice that it was not in my go-to color of black, plus the fact that I would get to try it for free helped make my decision of trying it with an open mind.

I must say I do chuckle at seeing the actual tube of Maybelline Great Lash.  I say that because I remember when I was a little girl, sitting on the toilet (not using it though), watching my mom great ready or as she called it, 'putting her face on'.  Now, this is back in the 80's and wouldn't you know it that she had a bottle of Maybelline Great Lash mascara and it looks the same.  I guess that is one way for consumers to recognize a product....by keeping their product packaging the same.  I think it is cute....a little reminder of my childhood when I would watch my mom get ready.

So, knowing that I already have a go-to mascara, what did I think about this one?  Do it get my approval?  Do I like the royal blue color?  Well, what are you waiting for....click the video below to watch my review.

If you would like to pick some up for yourself Amazon has them for cheap and you don't even have to leave the house!!!

-Rambling Holly

May 8, 2017

Zesty Lemon Poke Cake

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This recipe is for all my lemon lovers out there.  I am beginning to love that zesty lemon zing, but let me tell you, it did take awhile.  I have been making lemon cakes and bars for a while now and I hear nothing about good reviews from my people so I thought it was time to share with y'all.

One thing that I do love about lemon is that it is so easy to work with.  If you like the whole sweet and sour combination that lemon desserts are your thing.  I believe most of my residents like the sweet and sour combination because they practically beg me to make one of my lemon desserts.

So, here is my zesty Lemon Poke Cake.....I hope you enjoy it as much as my people do.

Zesty Lemon Poke Cake 

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What you need:

1 pk. yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 c. oil
2/3 c. water
1/3 c. milk
1 pk. lemon jello
1 c. powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2.  Combine cake mix, eggs, lemon juice, oil and water.  Mix thoroughly to make a thick batter.

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3.  Pour batter into greased pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake is done. Set aside to cool.

4.  In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, jello and powdered sugar.
Ramblings Thoughts Zesty Lemon Poke Cake

5.  Poke random hole in cake, then pour lemon topping over cake.  Cut and Enjoy!!!
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-Rambling Holly

May 5, 2017

Treat Yourself Mother's Day Giveaway

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Welcome to MamatheFox's Treat Yourself Mothers Day Giveaway

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 This giveaway is loaded with some amazing prizes that any mother or grandmother would love to receive. Be sure to check out MamatheFox's Mothers Day Must Haves for some gift ideas this Mothers Day. This giveaway runs 5/5 - 5/19. The winner will be emailed on 5/20. Come back daily to increase your chances of winning!


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-Rambling Holly

May 3, 2017

Sponsed Post: Useful Decor Ideas For Your Home

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When I go shopping, I always check out the home decor section of each store. So many decorations I see are completely useless and I always wonder why people would want to spend money on them, but of course, to each his own! I started thinking about it and there are so many useful decor items out there that would help you, your guests and your household, so I wanted to help you out by coming up with a list. Check it out below:

Useful Decor Ideas For Your Home

I have candles everywhere in my house. They not only look good, but they smell even better. When I have candles lit around the house, it makes my home feel more inviting and also clean. If you put them in candle holders, or decorate around each candle, it gives it an extra touch and will fit in with your other decor more compared to a plain candle. One of my favorite ways to use candles is for a table setting. If you are trying to have a romantic dinner, add a few candles and dim the lights. While searching Pinterest, almost all of the pictures under “romantic dinner tables” include candles and flowers.


Blanket Basket
Blankets are so important to have sitting around for house guests, but having too many blankets everywhere makes your house look cluttered and can even make you uncomfortable when they start falling on you while you are sitting on the couch trying to relax. Adding a wicker blanket basket by your couch, or an upholstered, soft basket to bedrooms is a great way to keep your blankets put away neatly, while adding a piece of decor to your home.

Herb Box
Having an herb box in your home is an amazing way to add a pretty home decor piece while also being able to eat your herbs that you grow. According to Wellness Mama, there are quite a few health benefits from eating herbs and spices, and growing your own is definitely ideal.


Cork Holder
If you are a big wine drinker, having a cork holder can be a great item to add to your home! If you think about it, cork holders reduce (a small amount of) trash, so you are not only getting a useful decor piece out of it, but you are also keeping your household green, even if it is only one cork at a time. There are so many different options for cork holders - I have seen some on walls, some that sit on the ground and others that are small enough to sit on the counter - I think this is all about what you prefer.

Coat Rack
Coat racks used to be pretty plain and then they went out of style for a while, but they are back and better than ever! If you search around, you can find very pretty coat racks that will add some character to your home. Sit the coat rack by the door that most of your guests come in - this way, they can always drop their coats, hats and bags when they first come in the door and you will not have to worry about them sitting around.

A quality sword is an amazing option to have mounted on your wall and it has a few great uses! Not only does it add a conversation piece to your home that your guests will talk about, but it also adds a self defense option. Not all swords are “quality,” though, so make sure you do you research on where you purchase yours from!

Swords of Northshire sells many hand forged and battle ready weapons for your use. On top of battle ready swords, they also offer knives and collector’s replicas, as well, so if you are a movie or video game fan, be sure to check those out! Customer service is their top priority, so you always know that your sword or knife from Swords of Northshire will be the best product out there. If you do not know much about swords, do not fear! They make it very easy to answer all of your questions by providing a number for you to call, an email, and also a very helpful live chat.

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House Plants
House plants are the best kind of decor piece you can have around. It is a proven fact that being outdoors reduces your anxiety and stress levels, so why not bring the outdoors inside? Not only do plants reduce anxiety and stress levels, but they will also add color to your room and they will purify the air. Don’t forget to research what the best plants are, recommended by NASA!

I feel like this might be an obvious one, but lamps have definitely become decorative pieces! A long time ago, people would use just any kind of lamp that worked, not caring about how they look. More and more, I see “styles” of lamps flooding the stores. This is an easy addition to your home that will add the perfect small touch and the good part is that updating your side lamps is not that expensive!


I hope this short list of useful decor ideas helps you out! Do you have a favorite decorative item that you have in your home? Let me know below and don’t forget to check out Swords of Northshire when you are in search for your next sword to mount!

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for this post written by Alex Berger.  Even though I am compensated for this post, I reviewed the material and found it to fit with the flow of this blog.

-Rambling Holly