April 30, 2010

Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers - April 30th


Happy Friday everyone!  I'm excited because today is the day that I get the keys to our new apartment!  We are finally moving out of my in-laws house after one year and I'm thrilled!  Don't get me wrong, my in-laws are the best I could have ever hoped for but we all need our space and living in someone's guest room after owning your own home is not easy.  This means I probably won't be blogging much this weekend but I'll be back to it next week!  I've got some great reviews and giveaways planned for the coming weeks so keep coming back!

By now you should know the drill for Friday Follow but if you are new to the game, click here for all the rules.

Have fun!


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April 29, 2010

Free Shipping on Les Halles Jeans from Tampax! (Ends May 2nd)

Isn't it the worst when you're getting ready to go out and have a good time looking hot in your favorite pair of skinny jeans and here comes your least favorite monthly visitor!  What do you do?  Carrying a purse around is such a pain!  Tampax has a solution for you.  The new Tampax Compak Pearl has a 40% smaller applicator so you can carry it with you without broadcasting it to the world!

Tampax is offering free shipping on Les Halles jeans through May 2nd!  Click here to find out more!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.
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April 28, 2010

Canker Covers {REVIEW}

Do you get canker sores?  If you do, you know the agony that can accompany these sores that are found inside your mouth.  I am one of those people who suffers from canker sores.  It is one of the most painful things that I have experienced because anytime you eat or drink anything that isn't water there is a searing pain at the sore.  They also tend to locate right at the point where your cheek and gums meet, so it rubs all day long and gets even more irritated.  I just hate them!

I'm so happy that I found Canker Covers!  A Canker Cover is a clear, gel patch that you can put on the canker sore which not only helps it heal faster, but it protects the sore from irritating food and drink.  Once you place the tablet on your sore, it will begin to release pain-relieving menthol, beta-carotene and other natural ingredients onto the sore while provinding a protective barrier from other irritants.   Canker Covers are all-natural and made from edible ingredients that will dissolve with 8-12 hours and while it normally only takes one patch to treat a sore, sometimes the sore will be so stubborn that it will reqire two. 

What did I think?

I love this product!  I got a canker sore and put one of these patches on before going to bed one night.  When I woke up, the sore was much less irritated and there was no pain!  A couple of days later, the sore is completely gone.  This is one product that I will definitely look for when I get a canker sore.  I've tried other products that are basically topical pain relievers and they are no help at all.  Canker Covers really was an easy and effective product to use!

Where can you buy them?

Canker Covers are available for $9.99 for a 6-patch box at drugstores, supermarkets and health food stores nationwide or on the Canker Covers website.  You can also print up a rebate coupon for $1.50 back at the Canker Covers website!

Disclosure:  I was not paid for this review.  I was sent a sample box of Canker Covers and gave my honest opinion of the product.
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Winner of the Skin MD Shielding Lotion is...


The Skin Md Shielding Lotion goes to... #73 - Cynthia!

Congrats, Cynthia!  I've sent you an email to which you have 48 hours to respond.  I'll be forced to choose a new winner if you don't respond.

Thanks to everyone who has been entering my giveaways.  I've got a couple more on the horizon so keep visiting my blog, especially if you like cookies!!
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April 27, 2010

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I've chosen a winner of my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber giveaway!  Thanks to everyone who entered!


Congratulations to #1 - Jackie!

I've notified the winner by email and she has 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner.
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April 26, 2010

Winners of the Kleen Slate Paddle Boards & Markers!


Congratulations to all 4 winners of the Kleen Slate Paddle Boards and Marker Sets!

#41 - OutnumberedMama
#53 - sweetpea08
#65 - Sarah
#85 - Michelle

All the winners have been notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.

Thanks for entering!
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Zestra {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY} (3 winners!)

**This review is for an adult-related product and not for children's eyes**

This weekend is my 7th wedding anniversary so I decided to post this review and giveaway for Zestra Essential Arousal Oils because I'm all for spicing things up in the bedroom!  They say that there is a 7 year itch and I would like to avoid that at all costs!  Not only have we been married for 7 years, but we have been together for almost 9 years and, as with all relationships, we have had our ups and downs.  My way of adding more "ups" is to keep things new and different in the bedroom.

Zestra Essential Arousal Oils is a patented blend of botanical oils and extracts that helps to increase a woman's feelings of arousal and pleasure by heightening her sensitivity to touch.  Here is some information directly from Zestra's website.

Important Information for You to Know about Zestra:

  • Recommended by doctors and other women's healthcare professionals.
  • Clinically documented to be safe and effective.
  • Hormone-free and paraben-free.
  • Topically-applied.
  • Works within 5 minutes, peaks at 10 minutes AND lasts up to 45 minutes.
  • Comes in convenient, single-dose personal packettes.
  • Has no known drug interactions.
  • Is made of botanical ingredients and is harmless if ingested.
Zestra comes in single-dose packets that are convenient to carry in a purse or keep in a nightstand drawer.  Within 3-5 minutes of applying Zestra, the Zestra rush begins!  This rush will peak at 10 minutes and last for up to 45 minutes of pure sensation.

What did I think?

This product is great and I definitely felt the rush!  I plan on keeping Zestra by my bedside for when I need a little extra zip!

Where you can buy some!

You can purchase Zestra on their website.  It's very reasonably priced!  You can also find Zestra at Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Meijer and Rite-Aid.

How you can win some!

Zestra has graciously offered 3 of my readers the chance to win a free sample pack of two packettes of Zestra!

Mandatory Entry

Visit Zestra's website and tell me something new that you learned.  Leave a comment and make sure that you either leave a valid email address in the comment or that your email address is visible in your profile.

Optional entries (make sure to comment separately for each additional entry)

3 entries - Become a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect (or let me know if you already are one).
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3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and Zestra's website. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
1 entry - Become an email subscriber. Check your email and make to sure verify your address to gain this entry!
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Feel the Zestra Rush and win a 2-pack (3 winners)! @curlyq776 http://bit.ly/bxrfv1 Ends 5/10

This giveaway will close on May 10th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Zestra Essential Arousal Oils for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I was given a product sample in exchange for my honest feedback.


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April 25, 2010

Grill Daddy Pro {REVIEW}


Is your grill filthy like mine?  All the scrubbing in the world can't get rid of some of the baked-on, caked-on food that lives in the grill grates.  Believe me, I have tried cleaning the grill!  Well, I think I have found the answer to all of our grill cleaning problems!  It's called the Grill Daddy Pro and it is a pro at getting those grates sparkling clean!  Recent studies have shown that more and more women are cooking outdoors.  In fact, over 34 million women are using a grill a couple times per week with about 3.4 million women using the grill daily (Propane Education & Research Council)!  I guess we can't call the grill the man's place anymore, huh?

The Grill Daddy Pro uses steam to help get the baked-on food off the grates and sanitize those grates!  It helps your food taste better because there is no more residue from your last meal.  It also sanitizes the cleaning head using the same steam.  No longer is there nasty buildup on the brush head because it's steamed away while you are cleaning.  The Grill Daddy Pro is safe for porcelin, steel and iron grates whether they are hot or cold (of course, the steam portion only works when the grates are very hot).  It comes in three models, the Original Grill Daddy, the Grill Daddy Pro and the commercial-grade, metal-alloy Grill Daddy Platinum!



In the above pictures, you can see the ergonomic handle that keeps your hands away from the hot grill and steam.  It really is very easy to use and not hard on your back because there are two distinct handles that give you great leverage to scrub.

What did I think?

I think this is one of the best products for the grill that I have seen!  There is one flaw but overall, it is a winner!  It got the grill sparkling clean and was very easy to use.

Here is what my grill looked like after cooking some steaks for dinner:


Can you see the caked-on mess?  Yuck!  Normally my husband just blasts the grill with heat and scrubs until his arms are shaking, but this time I scrubbed!  I used the steam option by heating the grill until it was very hot and filling the handle with water.  There is a lever on the Grill Daddy Pro that you open to allow the water to drip through onto the grates and create steam.  My biggest problem with the Grill Daddy Pro was that the water leaked out of the handle.  It was probably a flaw in the plastic and it wasn't a horrible leak, but it still leaked.  Anyways, after some scrubbing with steam here is what the grill looked like:


That's pretty darn clean, if you ask me!  The Grill Daddy Pro is staying attached to my grill forever.  One of the best things about the product is that you can buy replacement heads so you won't have to replace the entire thing if you just need a new brush head.  Love it!

Where can you buy it?

The Grill Daddy's start at $19.95 for the Original model.  They can be ordered thrugh the website here and are also available at Home Depot, Walgreen's, CVS, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Ace Hardware, Tru Value, Target.com and Amazon.com.

Go get one of these for your hubby for Father's Day or even buy one for yourself for Mother's Day!  You deserve it!

Disclosure:  I was not paid for this review by The Grill Daddy.  I was sent a product sample to review and gave my honest opinion of the product.

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Winner of the PartyLite Scentglow Warmer and Aroma Melts!

 

We've got a winner for the PartyLite Scentglow Warmer and Aroma Melts! 

Congratulations to #169 - buddyCO!

The winner has been notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.
Thanks to everyone who entered!
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April 24, 2010

Arbonne - $40 Gift Certificate {GIVEAWAY}



Arbonne is a skin care company founded in 1975 in Switzerland but has grown to be a global brand since 1980!  The products are all botanically based and vegan-friendly developed by Petter Morck along with a group of leading bio-chemists, biologists and herbalists.  Arbonne offers their customers skin care products, acne treatments, cosmetics, spa detox systems and dietary meal replacement shakes.  I have used some of their products in the past and have always been pleased with them.

Arbonne recently reformulated and relaunched their most popular line of skin care products, RE9 Advanced Skin Care.  Beauty Bambina recently posted a review here of the newly launched RE9 line.



Arbonne products are only available to purchase through the Arbonne consultants and Barbara at Beauty Bambina is one of Arbonne's many consultants.  You can purchase Arbonne products from Barbara with a 20% discount as a preferred customer or, if you really want a good deal, become a consultant yourself and save 35%!  When you purchase over $150 of product for your first order, Arbonne will give you a free product up to $100.

Today, Barbara is offering one of my lucky readers a shopping spree worth up to $40!  Isn't that awesome?

Mandatory Entry

Go to www.myskinspot.com and pick out $40 in products that you would buy if you won this giveaway.  Leave a comment and make sure that you either leave a valid email address in the comment or that your email address is visible in your profile.

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3 entries - Become a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect (or let me know if you already are one).
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Enter to win a $40 gift certificate for Arbonne Products at Beauty Bambina! @beauty_bambina @curlyq776 http://bit.ly/cElvbj Ends 5/8

This giveaway will close on May 8th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Beauty Bambina for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review nor was I given a sample of the product.  I was asked to offer a giveaway of $40 to my readers.
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April 23, 2010

PureVia All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener {REVIEW}


I try my hardest to keep sugar consumption to a minimum however I don't enjoy ingesting artificial products, including artificial sweeteners.  Natural sweeteners have become quite the rage over the last few years and the stevia plant seems to be the source that is used most often in natural sweeteners.  I was offered the opportunity to review PureVia, an all natural zero calorie sweetener made from the stevia plant. Immediately, I jumped at the chance because I am always looking for the best option and each product is slightly different in texture and flavor.

PureVia is made using the natural extract of the stevia plant called Reb A.  Reb A is 200 times sweeter than sugar is and has no calories.  PureVia then brews the stevia plant, similar to brewing tea, to extract all the sweetness ending in the purification process using ethanol, made naturally from cane sugar.  PureVia also comes packaged in eco-friendly packaging.  Their cartons are made from 100% recycled fiber with 35% post-consumer content.  Their ink is even environmentally friendly, made from naturally renewable sources like soy and other vegetable oils.  Not only can you feel good about adding PureVia to your food and drinks, you can be proud that you are not mucking up the environment!

What did I think?

I really liked this product!  I added a packet of PureVia to a cup of brewed hot tea and was happy with the sweetness.  I probably could have used a little bit less, but I'm a lover of sweets!  There was no artificial aftertaste which would make sense because PureVia is all natural.  I would love to try this product in a cold drink, too.  In the hot drink, PureVia's sweetness flowed evenly throughout the drink so every sip was sweet and I wonder if the same would happen in a cold drink or if it would all sink to the bottom.  I'm looking forward to testing it out in iced tea or sangria this summer! 

Where can you buy it?

PureVia is sold at most major grocery stores and reailers including Safeway, Rite Aid and Whole Foods.  those were the local stores that come up when I serched with my zip code here.

Disclosure:  I was not paid for this review.  I was sent a sample of the product and gave my honest opinion.
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Giveaways ending this weekend!

The following giveaways are ending this weekend so go enter before they are finished!

PartyLite Scentglow Warmer and AromaMelts! Ends Saturday (4/2)!
Kleen Slate Dry Erase Paddle Boards and Markers (4 winners)! Ends Sunday (4/25)!

Good luck everyone!
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Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers - April 23rd


Here we are at another Friday!  It always seems to sneak up on me.  I'm excited today because my parents will be in town!  They live about 600 miles away and I haven't seen them since February, so I'm looking forward to a fun weekend with them.  Also, it's my 7th wedding anniversary on Sunday and we are getting ready to move out of my in-laws house and into our own place again!  Happy Friday!

Head over to one of our three sponsors, One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades for the rules of Friday Follow (don't worry, they aren't too stringent)!  Have fun!


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April 22, 2010

CoverMate Food Covers {REVIEW}


To celebrate Earth Day, I am going to highlight a great product that will help you cut down on the plastic wrap you use in the kitchen.  CoverMate Food Covers are a reusable option that can be used in the microwave, refigerator and even freezer!  They are also dishwasher safe (on the top rack, please).  CoverMate Food Covers come in a variety of sizes that can stretch to fit all types of containers.  They are made of environmentally-friendly, FDA-compliant food-safe material that is free of BPA, PVC and latex.  There are even built in corners for fitting both round and square dishes and there are vents so that steam can escape during heating in the microwave.  CoverMate Food Covers help to keep food fresh and protect food from dust and insects outside during BBQ and picnic season!

What did I think?

Overall, I really like these covers.  They were very easy to fit on the all containers that I tried using.  I like that they are clear so that you can see what is in the container.  I also love the fact that they are microwavable!  With the steam vents, it is very easy to remove the covers without burning yourself unlike plastic wrap and they don't puff up like plastic wrap, either.  They fit on all sizes of containers from very small containers to large platters!  I have used them on square containers and round containers.  With the elastic around the top, it stretches to fit any size even when the cover is a little big for the container.  My one complaint is that the drying process is timely.  I haven't had the chance to put them in the dishwasher yet, but it takes longer than overnight for them to air dry.  I've found that stretching the cover around a dry cloth is the best way to dry.  These will be a welcome addition to my kitchen.  I see my family using them for many purposes!

How you can buy them!

There are many ways to buy these covers!  CoverMate is running a special promotion for free CoverMate Food Covers when you pay the price of shipping & handling ($3.95)!  You get a sample pack of 4 different sizes of covers and a coupon for $1.00 off when you purchase more covers.  That's a pretty great deal!  You can also find them on Amazon.com or at a variety of retailers including Target.  Check here for your nearest retailer!

I really think you will enjoy having these around the house.  They will also keep the plastic wrap out of the landfills which is a good thing!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this review.  I was sent a product sample and gave my honest opinion about the product.

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April 21, 2010

Nature's Peak Frozen Fruit {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}


It is so hard to find good fruit in the winter because most fruit peaks in freshness during the summer months.  I don't know about you but sweet, ripe fruit is one of my favorite things.  I'm so happy to tell you about Nature's Peak Frozen FruitNature's Peak is fruit that is picked and flash frozen at the peak of ripeness which retains not only the sweetness but also the natural colors and aromas of the fresh fruit in fruit that can be eaten in the middle of winter.  Nature's Peak adds no sugar to the fruit.  It's a process that truly works!

Nature's Peak Frozen Foods comes in both Fruit Blends and Single Fruit Varieties.

The Fruit Blends include:
  • Berry Quartet - This blend is made up of Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries.
  • Paradise Fruit Medley - This blend consists of Kiwi, Mango, Peaches, Pineapple and Cantaloupe.
  • Summer Fruit Salad - A combination of Strawberries, Honeydew Melon, Peaches, Pineapple and Red Grapes.
  • Sun-Ripened Trio - A beautiful medley of sliced Strawberries, Mango and Peaches.
The Single Fruit Varieties are:
  • Aloha Gold Pineapple
  • Country Strawberries
  • Cranberry Harvest
  • Ruby Raspberries
  • Sunburst Mango
  • Wild Blueberries
What did I think?

I was sent two bags of frozen fruit to sample; Sunburst Mango and Cranberry Harvest which came in beautiful, vibrant packaging!  We chose the mango to make smoothies first because mango is one of my favorite fruits!  I had a hard time tasting the mango with all the other fruits but I could taste a slight, sweet mango flavor.  With the leftover mango, I made myself dessert!  Like I said above, mango is one of my favorite fruits because of the unique flavor and subtle sweetness of the fruit.  I was surprised to find that the frozen fruit tasted almost identical to fresh mango! It was like I had just peeled a mango and chopped it up a minute before I ate it.  On the package was a recipe for Mango Black Bean Salsa which looks and sounds delicious!


The Cranberry Harvest was the perfect addition to my morning smoothie!  I could taste the tartness of the cranberries which was a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the strawberries and pineapple that I added to the smoothie.  I also love cranberries for the antioxidant properties!  At the holidays, I always make a dish named Cabernet Cranberries which uses fresh cranberries to make a sauce with Cabernet wine, sugar and tangerine zest.  It's an amazing sauce!  I would use these frozen cranberries for that sauce if I couldn't find fresh cranberries because these berries tasted every bit as good!

Where you can buy

On the Nature's Peak website, there is a list of stores where Nature's Peak Frozen Fruit is sold which includes Wal-Mart, ShopRite, Giant, Ingles and Harris Teeter.  You can even print off a coupon for the product at this link at AllYou.com!  The coupon is good at Wal-Mart locations.

How you can win!

Nature's Peak has generously donated free coupons for one of my readers to win!  The winner will win 4 coupons for free packages of Nature's Peak Frozen Fruit.

Mandatory Entry

Visit Nature's Peak's website and tell me which fruit you would love to try!  Leave a comment and make sure that you either leave a valid email address in the comment or that your email address is visible in your profile.

Optional entries (make sure to comment separately for each additional entry)

3 entries - Become a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect (or let me know if you already are one).
3 entries - Grab my button and post it on your blog. Don't forget to include your blog address so I can go see it! (You can find my button in the column on the right)
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and Nature's Peak's website. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
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Enjoy fresh fruit in the winter with Nature's Peak Frozen Fruit! Win coupons for free fruit! @curlyq776 http://bit.ly/cKzx60 Ends 5/2

This giveaway will close on May 2nd at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Nature's Peak Frozen Fruit for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I was given a product sample in exchange for my honest feedback.
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Digeus SnapIt Software


Have you ever wanted to capture a portion of your computer screen without going through the process of cropping it?  Maybe just one flower on a web page or a recipe that you found?  Well, there's a way to do that!  It's called Digeus Snapit Screen Capture Software.  It will save the file in BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, and TIFF formats.  Whichever format you prefer will be automatically saved to your clipboard unless you choose the auto save feature.  This software is so great that it saves whatever screen capture you make in the same place when you capture the screen!  No choosing the file and clicking save in a certain folder.  That's a pretty impressive feature!  Go check it out here!
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April 20, 2010

10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You

Since we are getting closer and closer to summer (yay!) and I am always striving to be healthier and happier I wanted to share with you 10 little things that I am trying to do in my life to become healthier and happier.  TwitterMoms is sponsoring a contest along with Tropicana Trop50 so click here to see the rules and participate for yourself! You can win a $30 AmEx gift card!

On to my top 10 list:

1)  Drink plenty of water!  I am always aware of how much water I drink throughout the day for multiple reasons.  Water is necessary for our bodies to function correctly.  Our cells need water to regenerate and keep toxins from taking up residence.  Water also helps to keep cravings to a minimum by keeping your stomach full.  Water also helps keep your digestive and urinary tracts healthy.
2)  Take the stairs or park farther away!  This is something that I have always done to stay active.  I try to keep away from elevators and escalators at the malls and take the stairs, if I can.  I also try to park farther away from stores so that I can get a few extra steps in throughout the day.  Experts have shown that 10,000 steps per day is what most of us should be walking to stay healthy and active.  These tricks help me to reach my 10,000 steps per day.
3)  Shop local!  Do your best to purchase local products either at a local farmer's market or from a local farm.  Not only are you supporting your local businesses, you are also receiving the freshest produce!  Most of the time the produce will be less expensive, too!
4)  Smell the flowers!  I love flowers!  The look of them, the smell, the pretty colors, and the warmth needed for them to grow and bloom.  Flowers are a sign of hope for me that even though the winter is cold and long, there is an end and flowers signify the beautiful summer coming soon.  Smelling flowers make me happy!
5)  Chew gum!  Gum is always present in my purse, desk drawer, bedside table and car dash.  I chew gum to keep my teeth clean, my breath fresh, my appetite suppressed so I don't eat everything in sight, and just because I like the flavors.  Along with drinking lots of water, gum is my secret tip to losing weight and keeping it off!
6)  Wear sunscreen!  My skin is very fair and I can burn pretty easily.  I have had one bad burn in my life and I never want to live through that again!  Anytime I go outside for any extended length of time, I always wear sunscreen.  Not only does sunscreen keep the burning away, it also lowers your risk of skin cancer later in life.  Make sure to wear sunscreen even if you are a person who tans very easily!  Skin cancer can happen to anyone!
7)  Get outside!  Summer is my favorite time of year because I can get out of the house and get outside!  My husband and I are golfers and enjoy walking the golf course when we can.  Not only does it increase our activity levels (see #2!) but it also gives us some time in the sun soaking up the Vitamin D that we sorely miss in the winter in Oregon.  Take your kids to a park or the beach for the day!  Make sure you are following #6 with this one!
8)  Use your barbeque!  We love to grill our food (even in the winter) because it's so easy and healthy!  I have grilled everything from meats to vegetables to fruits to pizza!  That's right, pizza!  When grilling meats some of the fat drips off the meat rather than sitting in the bottom of the pan.  I think grilling imparts more flavor into the foods, too.  There are smoking chips you can place in your grill that will gives meats a smoky flavor!  Grilling fruits and veggies brings out the natural flavors and also requires less butter and oils.  We try to grill about 5 times per week during the summer months and love it!
9)  Learn something new!  I don't care if it's taking a class at a local college to learn how to balance your checkbook or taking a yoga class at a local fitness center or borrowing a new cookbook from a friend, just try something new!  I am hoping to take a cake decorating class this summer because I have always wanted to learn how to pipe icing roses and write on cakes for birthdays.  I would secretly love to have a cake decorating business out of my home!  Get out there and better yourself!
10)  Meet new people!  This can happen just about anywhere!  Think about what your passion is in life and find something that you can do to meet people who are also passionate about those things.  Look for a local group who needs volunteers and offer some time, if you can.  Find a local moms group or a church group that you would like to be a part of an join it!  This is one that I really need to work on.  I have a hard time making friends because I get so wrapped up in my life that I don't allow time to meet new people.  Put yourself out there and you will be rewarded with new friendships!

All of these things don't cost anything and are fairly simple to implement! 

Are you a member of Tropicana Juicy Rewards program?  It's a great program that helps you save money on all sorts of products!  Sign up now and use this code (TWMOM-READR) and you will receive 1 Juicy Rewards point worth up to $5 in savings!  (This one-time use code is valid for new accounts ONLY. Must be entered within 6 hours of creating your account. Limit one new account bonus code per new account. All accounts must be created and all codes entered by May 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST.)



I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Tropicana Trop50 blogging program to be eligible to win 6 free Juicy Rewards points and a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.
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April 19, 2010

We have a winner!

The winner of the Anti Monkey Butt Powder is:

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Thanks for entering, everyone!
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April 18, 2010

Baking a cake...

My friend's birthday was on Friday night and she's working really hard to eat well and exercise more, so I decided to make her a cake!  I know it sounds counter-productive but this cake is really not all that terrible (as cakes go, that is).  It's a cake that my mom's best friend made for my wedding shower and it's perfect for the start of springtime.  We have been blessed with nice weather the past few day (into the 70's today!) and this is a light, airy cake that has fruit baked into the cake and stirred into the frosting so this cake is perfect.  My mom had to hunt down the recipe for me yesterday which took longer than the time it took to actually make the cake!

Try this out the next time you need a quick, easy cake to take to a spring or summer get together or pot luck.

Andrea's Shower Cake


Ingredients:
Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick softened butter
4 eggs
1 can small mandarin oranges with juice
Frosting
1 - 13 1/2 oz Cool Whip (I couldn't find this size so I used 2 - 8 oz containers)
1 large box vanilla instant pudding
1 - 15 oz can crushed pineapples with juice (once again, I couldn't find this size so I used 2 small cans)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cake - Mix ingredients together until well blended.  Bake in 3 greased 8 inch cake pans (2 greased 9 inch cake pans work, too.  I think you could also cook this in a 9x13 casserole).  Bake at 350 degrees until done (according to package directions).  Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting - Mix all ingredients together by hand until it is spreading consistency and pudding is completely blended in.
Chill in refrigerator until serving.

Here's my finished masterpiece:


Did you make anything tasty this weekend?  Please let me know if you try this recipe out.  Everyone that had some loved it!
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April 17, 2010

Anti Monkey Butt Powder Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the last day to enter my Anti Monkey Butt Powder giveaway!  This giveaway has very low entries so head over there and enter!  Your chances of winning are very good!
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April 16, 2010

UBP '10 After Party Post!

I hate for a party to end so I'm excited that this one will continue on!  This was such a fun party to attend!  I've met all sorts of new bloggers and look forward to continuing to visit the 2000+ blogs on the original list.  Phew!  That sounds like a lot of work!

Like I said above, I've been able to visit quite a few blogs over the past week and had some lovely bloggers visit me but the three that stand out in my head are:  Thrifty Portland Mom (she's a local blogger!), Cupcake Mommie's Menus (because I love cupcakes!) and Dragondreamer's Lair (sheis a doll & so witty!).  Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom's After Party Post to see what blogs other people love!

I had a fun party and will continue to visit because I hate to see a good party end!
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Swiffer WetJet!

I adore Swiffer!  This company has made my life so much easier over the past 7 years or so by creating products that are easy to use and easy to clean up when you are done.  My favorite Swiffer product is the WetJet!  It makes mopping floors so easy and doesn't take hours to complete the task.  My house is so much cleaner because of Swiffer! 

Head over to Thrifty Portland Mom because Courtney is giving away a Swiffer WetJet and refill pack!  Hurry because the giveaway ends on April 19th.  Click here to enter!
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Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers - April 16th

It's Friday again!  Sometimes is comes very quickly (like this week) and sometimes it feels like the week goes on forever.  It should be a beautiful weekend in my neck of the woods so I'm celebrating with all of you!  Check out the giveaways I have going on right now.  There's some pretty good loot!  Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to reading some more blogs!

The rules are still the same:
  • Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops. 
  • Grab the Friday Follow button and include on your Friday Follow blog post.
  • Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
  • Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you'd like
  • Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow
  • Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow


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April 15, 2010

Johnson's BEDTIME bubble bath & wash {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

While I do not have children (yet!), I have always heard wonderful things about Johnson's baby care products.  When I went to the Johnson's website, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it not only serves as a site to market their products, but also as a resource for parents with lots on information!  There are milestone guides from pregnancy through the toddler years, information regarding health concerns, expert guides and special offers including coupons! 
To commemorate their recently launched Johnson's BEDTIME bubble bath & wash, Johnson's sent me a few products to review and an amazing giveaway basket full of Johnson's goodies!  Here's a little bit of info directly from Johnson's website about their newly launched product:

JOHNSON'S® BEDTIME® bubble bath & wash combines NATURALCALM™ essences with lots of bubbles and our NO MORE TEARS® formula, extra gentle baby wash. Use it with JOHNSON'S® 3-step, nightly routine to help your baby sleep better. *Treat your baby to a warm bubble bath using JOHNSON'S® BEDTIME® bubble bath & wash, then gently massage skin with JOHNSON'S® BEDTIME® lotion. End with quiet time to help your baby drift off to a better night's sleep.

What did I think?


I was sent a package with a bottle of Johnson's BEDTIME bubble bath & wash, Johnson's BEDTIME lotion and Johnson's BEDTIME touch massage gel.  The scent was the first thing that I noticed about these products.  It was subtle, yet soothing.  Lavender is one of my favorite scents and there's also a little bit of chamomile in there.  I was also surprised at the light texture of the lotion as well as the smooth feeling of the massage gel. 

Where can you buy this?

You can find Johnson's products at most major grocery and retail stores.

How can you win this basket?

Johnson's has offered one of my lucky readers a basket full of Johnson's product's (as seen below) including Johnson's Baby BEDTIME Bubble Bath & Wash, Johnson's Baby Shampoo with Lavender, Johnson's BEDTIME Lotion, Johnson's BEDTIME Bath, Johnson's BEDTIME touch massage gel, Johnson's BEDTIME Washcloths and Johnson's Bedtime Toddler Wash!



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Enter to win a basket of baby care products from Johnson's @curlyq776 http://bit.ly/bMlHlv Ends 4/30

This giveaway will close on April 30th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Johnson's for sponsoring this giveaway!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review. I was given a product sample for my honest feedback.

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