Nut Free Chocolate Sunflower Balls

Sunday, July 10, 2016


First off let me just start this post off by saying - Caution: these are highly addicting. Every time I make these I eat far too many of them because they are just that good. If you didn't already know, my son is deathly allergic to all nuts so he can't even enjoy the tastiness that is peanut butter cups or anything like them. So, I went on the hunt for something like them that he could have and we came across these chocolate sunflower butter cups from Sun Cups that I found at Wholefoods . They are tasty but a bit pricey and you only get 2 in a package so I decided to try making something like them at a cost that my wallet could handle.

This recipe is super easy to make and even better that it only takes a few ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tbls of softened butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of nut free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Makes about 10 (depending on size)

Instructions:

In a medium sized bowl mix together the sunflower seed butter, softened butter and vanilla extract. Once combined, slowly mix in powdered sugar until fully combined. It will turn into a crumble like texture and no longer be smooth. Begin rolling into little balls about ½inch or an inch depending on how big you want them and place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Once done, place into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to harden up. 

During this time you can begin melting the chocolate either in a double bowler or in a microwave safe bowl. Be careful not to microwave for too long or the chocolate will burn. Once your chocolate is melted and the butter balls have hardened you can begin the dipping and decorating process. 

I used a toothpick for each ball because A) toothpicks were a lot easier than a fork and B) using one toothpick for multiple didn't work so well because too much chocolate would accumulate onto it making id far more difficult than necessary. Just stick the toothpick into the ball about halfway and then place into the bowl of chocolate. I used a spoon to fully cover the ball and then did a tapping shaking motion to remove the excess chocolate and placed it back onto the wax paper. 

Before the chocolate hardens my son will go in with his choice of sprinkles even Christmas and Halloween ones, and decorate them. What's cool is you could use anything as a sprinkle like crushed up cookies. Once you're done with all of them, just place the cookie sheet back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened and then, enjoy.

Our Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific | Video

Friday, July 08, 2016


Hey everyone! I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific down in Long Beach, CA with my son and my mom and had lots of fun. Even though I am originally from Southern California I had only been to this Aquarium once before during my 21st birthday trip but I didn't get to see all of it. So this time I checked out everything and my son got to enjoy it as well. Afterwards we of course went to the beach, played in the water and made sand castles. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy the video.



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Clarisea Charcoal Mask Demo & Review | Video

Thursday, July 07, 2016


Whether it's a face mask, foot mask, hand mask, etc., I love putting those bad boys on and giving myself an at home spa day. There's nothing like a little at home pampering and chasing my son around the house pretending I'm a monster with whatever color face I have from the mask. Ahh good times. I got this Clarisea SeaSalt Charcoal Exfoliating mask in my June ipsy bag and wanted to review but also thought that demoing it might be even better. Side note....it doesn't taste good. Hope you enjoy the video.


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Meet the Blogger Behind: Tiny Infinities

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Good morning everyone! If you are in the states I hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July. I spent it at home lounging around doing nothing and then lighting a few fireworks for my son. This weeks featured blogger is 20 year old Melina from the blog Tiny Infinities. She has this 101 in 1001 days list that you can read more about below but it sounds rather interesting.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
I had been following a ton of blogs over the past few years and after my freshman year of college, I went on a trip to Europe with my cousin for six weeks. We went to 26 cities and 13 countries, it was an unforgettable experience that I shared with my family and friends through blogging. Soon after my trip, I realized I really enjoyed blogging about traveling... but I also thought I would enjoy blogging about fashion and lifestyle things, too! So I gave it a shot and decided to start my own blog! 

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
I like that it is so personal. I think readers can really tell whether you are being fake just to get views on your site or if you are telling the truth about how you feel about a certain topic. I just write about whatever I would like to read about and hope for the best! Sometimes it doesn't always work out but I learn from my mistakes! 

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel! My wardrobe ranges in a bunch of different styles which I really love to mix and match (to a certain extent). However, I just love dressing up (what girl doesn't?!). I love to travel so I wanted to continue my new blog with a travel section since that is really how this whole thing got started in the first place! 

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
I am a student at Miami University in Ohio, so when I am not studying or working on my blog, I usually am working out, hanging out with my friends, online shopping or relaxing in my room!

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
I love love love London, England. I would pack up everything I own and move there tomorrow with no questions about it. If you ever have the opportunity to go, do it. You won't regret it and you'll want to go back a million times over! 

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
Right now, it is just a hobby! I don't know that I have any great plans to make it much other than a hobby because I don't know much about the business side yet, but when I figure it out, I'm sure I would be open to it!

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
Hmm, my blog is relatively new so this is a hard question! However, I hope in five years I have a larger reader base and I am still writing content that I love and would read myself, that's my goal. I don't ever want to start posting things just because someone else asks me to, I want to make sure that my posts relate to me in some way so that my readers know that I am always staying true to myself. 

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Creating content. Sometimes, I'll be walking through the library or the grocery store and think "wow that's a great topic for a post" and then I will sit down later that night and think, "what the heck did I say was a good idea earlier today." I have to find a way to always be able to write what I am thinking down for those "ah ha" blogging moments!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
Be yourself. That quote, "be yourself because everyone else is already taken" is super cheesy but also super accurate. If you aren't genuine, your readers will see that. Be yourself and love what you write and write what you love! 

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
Desperate Housewives, Breaking Bad, and Gossip Girl (not in any order) 

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
I don't necessarily have a personal style, per say. I like basic colors that I can mix and match with everything and I usually have pops of trendy pieces here and there. Honestly, I write about whatever comes to my mind and I think others would possibly be interested in. Oh, and I don't have a middle name (weird, I know). 

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
If I had to pick one, it'd have to be Margaret Thatcher. I mean, come on, she is like the queen of politics. Not that I am too interested in politics, I just appreciate that when she had something to say, she said it no matter what backlash she received. I admire that about her. Though she wasn't the most loved Prime Minister, she got stuff done. Which is I think most admirable of all. She overcame adversity in order to try and make the world a better place, kudos to her. 

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
I love my first outfit post. I worked so long and so very hard on it to make it perfect, I still love how it turned out! 

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
My favorite season would definitely have to be fall. I own more sweaters than I am willing to admit and I love wearing my favorites on repeat throughout the fall and early winter. Not to mention, Miami University (where I attend college) has one of the most beautiful fall season's I've ever witnessed in my life. 

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog? 
I am just starting out but I created a 101 in 1001 list that I am super excited about. http://www.tinyinfinitiesblog.com/101-in-1001-3/ ... I basically set a goal for myself to accomplish 101 tasks in 1001 days, which is a little over 2.75 years. I am so excited to begin and see what the next 2.75 years has in store for me. Follow along, I will be checking off my tasks as I go along! 

Cheers, everyone! 
xoxo Melina

Thank you Melina for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with 
Melina by following her on: TwitterFacebookInstagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.