New Product Review: August Smart Lock Pro

We’ve been doing some major extra childproofing around our house. Why, you ask? Well…the girls are now two years old. They are fantastic little teammates who are bright, eager, and extremely curious. And FAST. Have I mentioned that they’re FAST?! Even though we’ve been “childproofed” for a while around here, it seems like they keep finding ways around our best efforts! 

One of their new discoveries is how to unlock and open doors. They’re so tickled with themselves when they accomplish this feat, and it IS pretty cute…but we live out in the country on over an acre of land, with woods behind us and a pond just to our east. If the unimaginable happened…gosh. I can’t even think about it.

So we decided that one thing we needed to add in to our childproofed home was a new lock for the front door. Specifically, a new smart lock.

We ended up going with an August Smart Lock Pro


Looks pretty simple, right? As I dug into the box a bit, I was happy to see that it WAS indeed pretty simple. Not a ton of moving parts or long instructions with a million pieces. Everything was simply stated and neatly included in the same box.

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New Product Review – Cucina Antica! (Two Recipes Included)

We eat a lot of Italian-themed dishes at our house. They seem to go over pretty well with all four members of our family – which, with 2 20-month-olds, can be pretty hard to accomplish! In fact, I’m convinced that in order to get the girls to eat something, all I have to do is add a marinara sauce to it. Seems to do the trick!

So when Sarah with Cucina Antica contacted me about doing a review of their products, I was ready!

I had never heard of Cucina Antica before Sarah reached out, so I decided to to check into the company a little bit further. In case you’re not familiar with them, they are an authentically Italian company led by Chef Neil Fusco. Their cooking and pasta sauces are made with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes — and never with artificial preservatives, added sugar, water, or tomato paste. Chef Neil makes the products through an artisanal production method that allows consumers to cook the sauces without losing any flavor. Oh! And they’re gluten-free! (You know I’m sold on THAT!) In addition to those yummy points, because they have a desire to give back, Cucina Antica also works with several organizations to help those in need: Mary’s Meals, Food for the Poor and St. Joseph’s Orphanage. I’ll tell you what, I love to get behind a company who creates a healthy authentic product, but give me one that creates a healthy authentic product AND supports their community, and I’m all about them!

I received a jar of Cucina Antica’s Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce and a jar of their Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce.



I knew exactly what I wanted to use each one for – check it out!

For the Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce…

Baked Ravioli
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  1. 1 jar Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce
  2. 1 25-27 ounce package frozen ravioli
  3. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of an 8X8 or 9X9 glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup of the cooking sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish. Arrange a single layer of frozen ravioli over the top of the cooking sauce. Top with half of the remaining cooking sauce and then 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers as needed. Finish by sprinkling the Parmesan cheese on top.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered 20 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
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This is my girls’ FAVORITE dish yet – I make it pretty often for them. You should see them gobble up some Baked Ravioli! And, although I’m not sure of their little palettes preferences at this point, I think they were extra excited with this batch because folks, THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING! For me, it was a great way to take something I make regularly and give it an extra special kick!

For the Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce…

Baked Eggs in Marinara Sauce
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  1. 1 cup Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce
  2. 1/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  3. 4 fresh eggs
  4. 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage, browned and crumbled
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Fresh basil, chopped
  7. French bread slices, toasted, buttered and sprinkled with garlic salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Pour 1/2 a cup of the marinara sauce into two 10 ounce ramekins.
  3. Add several spoonfuls of Italian Sausage to the ramekins.
  4. Top with 2 tablespoons each of Italian blend cheese.
  5. Gently crack 2 eggs into each ramekin.
  6. Top the eggs with salt and pepper then place them on the foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake the eggs in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are set.
  8. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with basil.
  9. Serve immediately with toasted bread slices.
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Are you hungry yet?! (FYI, my other egg is in there – it’s hiding under that yummy sauce on the left, and I didn’t want to dig it out and turn everything…UGLY. HA!)



The combination of eggs and marina was a new one for me, but I have to say, I LOVE IT. The flavors were spot-on, and it’s now a new favorite of my hubby’s too! (And I count that as a WIN in my book!) Although I have to say, for this dish the flavors of the sauce better be spot-on, or it won’t taste the same. I’m so happy with what Cucina Antica “brought to the table” with this combination!

Have YOU tried any products from Cucina Antica? For more information on the company (they offer a variety of sauces, dressings and even ketchup!)…

Visit their website by CLICKING HERE
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New Product Review – Blissfully Better Chocolate

As far as I’m concerned, there is no BAD time for a piece of chocolate. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t, however, indulge very often, because chocolate isn’t all that great for you. Now, I’m not a healthy example for the masses, but I DO try to eat good things, and if I “indulge” in the bad ones, I make sure it doesn’t happen all that often.

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But, thankfully, I’ve been introduced to something sweet that doesn’t fit the usual mold! It’s called Blissfully Better Chocolate.

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Made in small batches and handcrafted in copper kettles, Blissfully Better’s Toffee, Caramel & Coconut Thins are the perfect indulgence. Certified Organic and sweetened only with low glycemic coconut nectar, their confections literally are Blissfully Better for you and your taste buds! 

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On the Road in January

Well, how did your first month of the new year go? I can’t hardly believe January is over! Ours was…different…than we had planned, but that’s for another post sometime in February. Let’s take a quick peek at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the past month!


1. Celebrating Loved Ones All Year Around! – It’s still a good time to be thinking about flowers, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but remember that any time of the year is a good time to celebrate your loved ones!

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New Product Review: X-Chef Stainless Steel Garlic Press!

**PLEASE NOTE: While X-Chef DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I have not in any way been paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

We just had an amazing weekend here in Central Florida, y’all! Started out with a bit of drizzle on Saturday morning, but cleared up beautifully, and we had temps in the 50’s for the rest of the day Saturday and all day Sunday! Gorgeous!

That’s what’s called “soup weather” in Central Florida. We don’t get much of this weather, so we have to make the most of it, and I decided to do just that with some of my homemade chili! One of my hubby’s favorites!

One of the ingredients in my chili happens to be a couple cloves of garlic. Pressed, of course. But I’ve been using jarred minced garlic for a while, because I’ve hated the nasty mess of a garlic press for quite some time now.

So when X-Chef asked me to review their Stainless Steel Garlic Press, I figured it was just another frustrating kitchen utensil. But apparently I wasn’t quite right in that that assumption.


First off, this garlic press is a heavy duty piece of equipment! Stainless steel, it’s not gonna be breaking on you anytime soon, I can promise you that. And I love the hooks on the bottom for easy storage!

But what sets this garlic press apart from others is the fact that it has 3 pieces to it:

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