Thursday, November 26, 2009
So the moment you have waited for!
All the winners have been emailed and will have 48 hours to claim their prizes! If they are not claimed in time I will be selecting new winners! Congrats to the winners and don't forget to enter our Greg May Hair Giveaway and Proctor Silex Electric Kettle Giveaway!!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
First off, the 60-second silk shampoo is AMAZING!!! My hair didn't feel all dry like it usually does after using normal shampoo. And the shampoo smells like vanilla bean...it is the best smelling shampoo I have ever used! Then I used the Vanilla bean quench conditioner. My hair felt silky smooth and smelled delicious!! For styling, I used the Work It hairspray! Usually I need a lot of styling products, but I just sprayed all over and under my hair and I had one of the best hair days ever!! I got tons of compliments about how beautiful my hair looked!
I wanted to share this great product with you guys, so I asked Greg to help me out with a little giveaway! He graciously offered to donate a pack of goodies for one lucky winner of this contest!!! Here's how to enter:
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
I am very excited about this product! We are giving away a Proctor-Silex Electric Kettle!! I was given 2 of these kettles and they are so easy to use and really convenient! Simply put the desired amount of water in, plug it in and flip the switch up to heat up the water! Within 2-4 minutes you have boiling hot water! It even turns itself off when it reaches the max temperature!! With this kettle you can easily make a any amount of hot water for tea, hot cocoa or instant coffee!! I just made 3 cups of cocoa for me and my girls within about 2 minutes! (And it heated up QUICK. I had to add milk to the kids' cups to cool them down!)
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By Gina Shaw
When you begin feeding your baby solid foods, it’s time to think about what foods you’re going to be feeding him. There are many healthy premade options, including organic baby food. But homemade baby food is a popular option for parents who want to know exactly what goes into their baby’s mouth -- and making it may be easier than you think.
Homemade Baby Food: Advantages of Making It Yourself
Parents who prefer homemade baby food have many reasons for their choice.
- They know exactly what they’re feeding their baby.
- It’s more economical than buying pre-packaged foods (although some parents note that this is not always the case).
- They can choose their own fruits, vegetables, and other foods for purees, instead of relying on the flavors chosen by manufacturers. You’re not going to find melons or avocados in the baby food section of the supermarket.
- It gets the baby used to eating the same food as the rest of the family -- just in puree form.
Myra Bartalos, the mother of a 20-month-old daughter in Brooklyn, N.Y, found that making her own baby food was easy and appealed to her concern for her daughter’s nutrition.
“What sealed the deal for me was finding out that jarred food is cooked at extremely high temperatures to kill bacteria for longer storage, at the same time taking out many of the food's vitamins and nutrients and taste,” says Bartalos. “I would roast, steam, or boil veggies or fruit on the weekends and puree in a mini food processor. I'd make three or four different fruits and veggies at a time, so I had a month's worth of food with each cooking weekend.”
“Making your own baby food does help you think more about what you're feeding your child,” says Erika Radtke, the mother of a 4-year-old boy and newborn daughter in Carlsbad, Calif. “And it seems to pave the way for making healthier meals, even as he or she gets older.”
Making Baby Food: Disadvantages of the Homemade Approach
Some parents who’ve tried and given up on homemade baby food point out these disadvantages to making it:
- Time. It takes time to make and prepare lots of little servings of homemade baby food. It’s much faster to pick up prepackaged servings.
- Convenience. Prepackaged baby foods come in measured amounts and ready to serve.
- Storage. Homemade baby foods may spoil more quickly and require refrigeration, which may take up room in your fridge or freezer if you make a lot of servings ahead of time. Prepackaged baby foods don’t need refrigerator storage until they’re opened.
Although Radtke made some of her son’s baby food, she admits, “It was a pain. I used to take a whole weekend to cook the foods, portion it out into ice cube trays, freeze them and store them. I didn't have a problem using Gerber's or Earth's Best when I ran out, though.”
Making Baby Food: Disadvantages of the Homemade Approach continued...
If you’re daunted by the idea of making your own baby food, don’t feel that you’re neglecting your baby. “Foods intended for babies are so pure to begin with,” says Jennifer Shu, MD, a pediatrician in Atlanta and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality and Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup.
“If you’re really concerned about what your baby’s eating and don’t have the time to make your own baby food, focus your attention on what they’re eating once they begin table foods,” Shu tells WebMD. “It’s really a very short window of time when they are eating purees.”
Making Baby Food: What You’ll Need
If you decide to make your own baby food, says Shu, it’s not that difficult: “All you need is a food grinder and a way to steam the food.” (If you’re taking the time to make your own baby food, steaming is the best way to cook ingredients because it preserves the most nutrients.)
There are plenty of baby food makers on the market, from a French product that combines steaming, blending, warming, and defrosting, to simple baby food processors, mills, and grinders. But you don’t need to buy any of these products; your own food processor will work just as well for making baby food.
Many popular books offer hundreds of recipes for baby food purees, including Blender Baby Food, Top 100 Baby Purees, and the Petit Appetit Cookbook. These books can help you come up with new ideas to try with your baby and remind you of important nutrients to include, but as with baby food makers, they’re not a requirement for making your own baby food.
Healthy Homemade: How to Make Baby Food in 6 Easy Steps
- Wash and rinse your hands and equipment.
- Scrub and peel fruits and vegetables.
- Bake, steam, roast, or microwave until tender (steaming and microwaving preserve the most nutrients).
- Puree in a food processor with a little liquid (water, breast milk, or formula), or mash if your baby can handle more texture.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer, in airtight containers. (Packaged baby foods can be stored in the cupboard until they’re opened; because they’re fresh, homemade baby foods can’t.)
- Rewarm when it’s time to eat and allow to cool.
There are a number of storage containers sold specifically for refrigerating and freezing small serving-sized amounts of baby food; you can also just use an ice cube tray.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, you can puree foods such as cooked meats (fully cooked, with no pink, and remove fat, skin, and connective tissue), beans, and cooked eggs.
Homemade Made Easy: 1-Step Baby Food
When you’re preparing some foods, you can actually cut the steps down to one. “Cutting up a very ripe pear, mashing a banana, mashing an avocado—that’s making your own baby food,” Shu tells WebMD. “Or, for example, when you make mashed potatoes for the family, set aside some that don’t have whole milk added. You can add a little butter or salt -- the baby can have mild spices. As long as you’re eating healthy, you can give your baby a modified version of what you’re eating.”
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November 13, 2009 9:37 PM
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
So this week it got real cold around here, so I went on a hunt for some of Soffe's warmer stuff! Here are the fabulous things I found!!!:
Rugby Pants only$19.99!!!
This would go perfect with the Poly-Fleece Zip Jacket Hoodie only $29.99!!!
Also on Sale this week at Soffe: My favorite, the Henley Tee
Long Flare Pants
Raglan Sleeve Top
Check it all out!! See you all next week!!!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I am a mom of 3 little divas. Each one loves to get dolled up, and that of course includes fabulous hair accessories! Well I was blessed to receive a few from Little Diva Tutus and I couldn't be happier!! These are beautiful, quality hair accessories that are perfect for everyday or special occasions! I send my 4 year old to school with them and she gets all sorts of compliments! Everyone wants to know where I got my beautiful hair pretties! Little Diva Tutus I tell them!
They have a wide variety of hair accessories in an entire rainbow of colors! And of course they have all sorts of beautiful colors for the holidays!! Check out their huge selection of Hair accessories!
Also be sure to see their vast collection of tutus! These are available custom made, or choose one of the beautiful designs from their website
I also want you to go check out Layla Grace and Hannah's Ladybug tutus. These are special ones made in honor of 2 amazing little girls. Please be sure to click on those links and read more about these stories! They are sure to melt your heart! They also have a special on their page for Layla Grace :
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Monday, November 9, 2009
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Monday: Pollo (Chicken) Fricassee from Puerto Rico from Allrecipes.com
* 1 pound chicken drumsticks
* 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
* 1/2 (.18 ounce) packet sazon seasoning
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 5 large red potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
* 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 5 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/2 cup dry red wine
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
1. Wash the chicken and pat dry; place into a large bowl. Season with adobo seasoning, sazon seasoning, and salt. Place the legs into a slow cooker, and cover with the potato slices.
2. Puree the red pepper, green pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, wine, cumin, and oregano in a blender. Pour over the chicken and add the bay leaves.
3. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken is easily removed from the bone.
Tuesday:Homemade Pizza Supreme from Allrecipes.com
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4 ounces Canadian bacon, diced (optional)
- 1 (3.25 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
- 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium green pepper, sliced
- 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
- In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.
- Combine sauce ingredients; set aside. Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion into a 13-in. circle. Transfer to two greased 12-in. pizza pans; build up edges slightly. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Spread with sauce; sprinkle with toppings. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- 6 pork chops
- 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
- 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed golden mushroom soup
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Rinse pork chops, pat dry, and season with seasoned salt and pepper. Place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a separate small bowl, combine the onion, mushrooms and soup. Mix together well and spoon over the chops.
- Cover, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Uncover, and bake for 15 more minutes. (Note: Time could be less or more depending on the thickness of the chops.) Pork chops are done when their internal temperature has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
- 1 cup Hawaiian style marinade
- 6 pineapple rings
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- 6 onion rolls, split
- 6 tablespoons thousand island salad dressing
- 6 leaves romaine lettuce
- 6 slices tomato
- Place the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag and pour in the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
- Preheat a grill for medium-high heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade.
- Grill the chicken pieces until cooked through, about 10 minutes, turning once. 5 minutes before they are done, place the pineapple rings on the grill and cook for a couple of minutes per side. Place the pineapple slices on top of the pieces of chicken and top with a slice of cheese. Close the lid to the grill and allow the cheese to melt for a minute. Toast the buns, if desired.
- To assemble the sandwiches, place the chicken, pineapple and cheese onto the bottom buns. Top with lettuce and tomato. Spread the thousand island dressing onto the top buns and place onto the sandwiches.
- 4 (6 ounce) raw lobster tails, shelled
- 2 cups crushed buttery round crackers
- 1/2 cup chopped cooked shrimp
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of shrimp soup
- 1 cup milk
- 8 ounces processed cheese food, cubed
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, combine the crackers and shrimp. Stir in the melted butter to form a stuffing. Spread on top of the lobster tails and roll from one end of the tail to the other. If the tails are too thick, slice them in half horizontally to make them thinner. Secure the rolls with toothpicks and place in a greased 8 inch square baking dish.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream of shrimp soup, milk and cheese. Cook and stir until cheese has melted. Pour over the stuffed lobster tails. Top with any stuffing mixture that you may have left over.
- Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until sauce is hot and lobster meat is opaque.
- 1 pound lean steak, cut into strips
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, cut into thin strips
- 1 julienned green bell pepper
- 2 lemons, quartered
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 (12 inch) flour tortillas
- Combine the lime juice, ground pepper and cilantro in a shallow dish. Place steak strips into the marinade and refrigerate for two to four hours.
- Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak strips, and fry until cooked to your liking. Remove meat and set aside.
- Add remaining oil and onions to the skillet. Cook over medium low heat, until translucent, stir in green peppers and steak. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the top and stir. When the green bell peppers are just tender remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the steak fajitas with tortillas and lemon wedges on the side.
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 (8 pound) cured, bone-in picnic ham
- Spread about 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar on the bottom of the slow cooker crock. Place the ham flat side down into the slow cooker - you might have to trim it a little to make it fit. Use your hands to rub the remaining brown sugar onto the ham. Cover, and cook on Low for 8 hours.
While things like hard candies and lollipops seem like obvious things to be cautious with, have you thought about things like smarties, m&m's, skittles or other SMALL candies? Likely not. I know I didn't!
Friday I was visiting with our family advocate from my daughter's preschool. I told the girls if they behaved they could have candy when we were done. I let them each pick one out. My 4 year old picked out a Reese's PB cup and my 2 1/2 year old chose smarties. (see where this is going yet?)
Well I went to do laundry and came back to my 2 1/2 yr old SCREAMING and saying "My nose My nose!!!" Guess what? She stuck a smartie up there. Yup! OMG I couldn't believe it, especially because only a few days before I was saying how great it was nobody has put anything up there nose yet. After about 15 minutes of having her blow her nose while we waited for daddy to come home to take us to the Dr., the piece of candy came out. I have hardly ever been so scared in my life!
So please let my experience be a warning to all parents: even though it is small enough not to choke on, it could make its way to other parts of the body!! It only took about 2-3 minutes to happen!
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
One of my favorite foods is barbecue chicken!!! And no barbecue chicken is complete without Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!! Created by Bob Edson, and now owned by Bob, Terry Edson and Al & Reed Malekovic, the popularity of the sauce continues to grow!! I was dying to try this great product out, so when I was offered the chance to review and do a giveaway with them, I jumped right on it!! And I have to say it was one of the best dinners I have ever cooked!!
Country Bob's has lots of delicious recipes on their website, but I chose to make up something of my own!! I used chicken quarters and seasoned them, then cooked for about 40 minutes then basted with barbecue sauce and rotated until evenly cooked and crispy!! I served it with peaches, corn and garlic toast! The meal was a hit!!! Great food and quality time as a family=my perfect Friday night!!
Check out some of these great recipes at Country Bob's:
Country Bob's Mexican Lasagna
World's Greatest Hamburger
Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs
Ready to try Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce??
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Contest begins November 7, 2009 at 12:00 A.M. PST and closes on Saturday November 14,2009 at 11:59 P.M. PST There will be 2 winners for this contest! Each winner will score a bottle of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
I won their contest a few weeks back and absolutely LOVE this thermometer!!! It takes only a few seconds and a scan across the forehead to get an accurate reading! No more fighting with kids to do uncomfortable thermometors in places I know you don't want to go!!!! And since I have 3 kids, it is easier to do than a regular thermometer. I can do all 3 girls in the time it would take to do 1 normally. What a great product!!! Good luck with this one guys! It is a fabulous prize!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Hello Soffe Fans!!! This is my first time blogging here and I am so proud to be doing it!!! What I want to share is great deals on Soffe products and my favorites from their website!!! I hope you enjoy! Also feel free to leave feedback-do you like what I'm showcasing or not? What kind of stuff do you want to see? The more input the better!!
So this week I browsed the Soffe website and found these great items:
Retro Jersey Shorts with Stripe These come in 7 colors: Black, Oxford, Olive Drab, Navy, Royal, Red and Pink!! These shorts are perfect for working out, cheer leading or lounging around the house! They are 50% cotton, 50% polyester jersey knit and feature white binding around legs & side seams. Super cute!!! And at $8.99 they are super affordable! You can get several colors and mix and match with your favorite shirt! Pair them with a Boy Beater or Vintage Cap Sleeve Tee of your choice to look fabulous even while working out!! I love these shorts because not only are they adorable, but they are really comfortable!
Be sure to check out the great stuff on Sale on the Soffe website!!! I will see you all soon!!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Kolcraft Home Page
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Two Of A Kind Giveaway Posting
and enter to win a Kolcrat Tadem stroller!! Ends 11/25!!! Good luck!
This water pitcher is absolutely amazing!!! Filters out 100% of the particles in the water!! Check out the details at Giveaway Addict by clicking on the link below or by clicking on their button above and clicking on the link to the Zero Water giveaway on the right sidebar of their website!
Giveaway Addict Posting for Giveaway ZeroWater ~ Z-Pitcher Ends 11/12