Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mixbook 5x7 Custom Thank You Cards Review (Set of 30)

For the last few years I have been going online and creating customized Photo Christmas Cards.  But, strangely I had never given it a thought to customize other types of cards or even photo books, until I had the opportunity to review...
Mixbook

Mixbook is a leading photo products company that helps people create custom photo books, cards, and calendars. Whether starting from scratch, or using one of their thousands of professionally designed templates, EVERY Mixbook product is 100% customizable.

I love the endless combinations and variety of prices...as you can select between three different types of paper when creating your thank you cards.  I had the opportunity to create my own premium flat Mixbook thank you card.  I was amazed at the quality in regards to the Premium Paper used.  According to the Mixbook website, Premium =  "finest cardstock with luxurious matte finish".

There is no doubt that the finest cardstock was used.  I was impressed at how thick and sturdy each flat photo card was that I personally created.  Plus they each came with a very nice envelope.  The image I chose was very crisp and centered perfectly.  Excellent job!

Look at the thank you photo cards I created.
Using Mixbook was a very enjoyable experience.  It was very easy to navigate and place my order.  The biggest problem I had was settling on just one card.  There are so many options!

Did you know Mixbook is on Mixbook Facbook and Mixbook Twitter .  Head on over and see what I am talking about.  Take your time and look around.  I am certain you will find more than one think you like. 

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Proud and Faithful Spira Shoes Ambassador - 30% Discount Code

I believe God has a master plan...and sometimes that master plan can have a lot of twists and turns and bumps and bruises....but don't let me forget to mention, he also balances out life with blessings and joyous times.

Looking back at my 30+ years (yes, girls!  Don't ever let people know your age!)..I should write a book.  Wow, I can't believe I am still here smiling and working out thanks to Spira Shoes (more details to follow and an amazing 30% Discount Code).


Let's see...so far in my short life I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, three beautiful boys, an amazing family that taught me faith...strength...perseverance...and pride, my dream career, setting records with my passion for running and physical fitness...

But on the flip side of this coin...my blessings had caused some pretty major and minor bumps in the road like major back injury which almost ended my dream career, 3 complicated pregnancies and 3 C-sections to get my beautiful boys here, Cervical Cancer (found out while pregnant with my 3rd son) and recent knee surgery because of too much running over the years (this is only sharing some of the highlights).

My recent knee surgery has really taken its toll on my body.  It was a long and challenging rehab and I still am not back to where I would like to be.  I attempted to work out after rehab, and even bought a new pair of shoes.  My knee ached so bad I couldn't get on the floor to play with my children.  Going up and downstairs was a daily routine I dreaded.  My workouts began to dwindle.

But there I, was a few days after Christmas at a Bake Shop in my community, picking up rolls for breakfast.  The woman who ran the business stopped and asked how my knee was doing after surgery.  I shared my story....She showed me a pair of Spira shoes she was wearing.  She told me all about how they have helped her after her knee surgeries.  She wrote down on the back of a customer ticket Spira.com and handed it to me. 

She told me her Spira Shoes were worth all the money she spent on them.  I was surprised to hear her encourage me to check out Spira's website and see what would be the best for my knee.  I waited a few more weeks and went online to learn about Spira Shoes.

I was intrigued by Spira's Wave Spring Technology.  Spira® puts a real spring in your step with its patented WaveSpring® Technology. The cushioning system offers energy return while providing a reduction in stress and fatigue. Whether you run, walk or must stand on your feet all day, Spira® offers the ultimate in cushioning and comfort.

Spira took a chance on me and allowed me to become a Spira Ambassador.  Which gives me the chance to share an amazing discount code for 30% off your entire order from Spira.com!  Just use code "fishfulblg" to get your 30% off! I know you will LOVE your Spira's as much as I do!!

They sent me out two pair of their Spira shoes...one being the Women's Odyssey Running Shoe to review.

I wanted to wait and give my Spira Odyssey Shoes a real try before sharing my experiences so far.  Well, it has been a month now...and guess what?  I have worked out 25 of the last 30 days!!!  I am so excited.  My knee is doing amazing, compared to where I was at.  I haven't tried running yet, as I am working to get all the kinks out and back into shape.  I have been doing a Treadclimber, Elliptical Machine, Walking work out program on DVD and a Dance Work out program.   

The amount of impact my Spira Shoes absorb is outstanding and at times doesn't seem possible...but I am living proof it is!  Keep watching to see my progress with my Spira Odyssey Running Shoes.

Don't forget to enjoy 30% off your next order from Spira by using my discount code fishfulblg .  I would love to hear what you think?  What shoes you bought?  What differences you have experienced. 

Disclaimer: Spira Shoes provided me with free
samples of their products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free products.

 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Freschetta "Rally for Real Pizza" Amazing Facebook Event. Win Free Pizza!

I love being a Freschetta Fresh Connection Insider!  One of the perks is advanced notice about amazing events hosted by Freschetta.

So here is the insider scoop and your personal invite to.....

"Rally for Real Pizza"....pledging to boycott "blah" and serve only the freshest frozen pizza - FRESCHETTA pizza!

Date - February 27, 2012 - March 30, 2012
What - Rally for Real Pizza
Where - From the comfort of your own home
Details - Starting February 27, 2012 on www.Facebook.com/Freschettapizza

The makers of FRESCHETTA products are asking fans to take a stand for FRESCH pizza! Fans will be able to submit a photo to a Rally Mosaic on our Facebook Fan Page for a chance to win FRESCHETTA pizza.

Each week, we will select 100 winners to receive 5 FRESCHETTA® pizzas. On March 30, FRESCHETTA will select 10 winners who will receive a year supply of FRESCHETTA pizza.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

SodaStream Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start Up Kit Giveaway $99.95 Value!

For all of those out there who blog...have you ever had the opportunity to review and giveaway a product that you so wanted to try and just hadn't made the purchase yet?

That is me right now!  I feel like a little kid in a candy store...I am so giddy!  And one lucky person who enters is going to get to experience the giddiness for themselves!

Yes...it is my chance to review and giveaway a SodaStream System.

I want to first say I love the thought process behind this inventive and active green home soda system. An "Active Green" product, means that the smart owners of this SodaStream System are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves.  

Less packaging waste from cans and bottles.

Less pollution caused by transport of bottled beverages.

One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty drinks whenever you want it.

Not only is Soda Stream an active green product...but is is simple to use, makes amazing carbonated beverages and is easy to assemble and clean. 
My boys were just as excited as I was to sample the goodness.  So many choices of flavors...Did you know SodaStream offers over 50 flavors to chose from to transform ordinary tap water into extraordinary carbonated beverages.

With the help of SodaStream you can make your own soda, flavored sparkling water, tea or energy drink. I love the offerings including regular, diet and caffeine-free options. Flavors to chose from include classics like cola, lemon-lime, and root beer...Exotic fruit flavors like orange mango and diet pink grapefruit...Energy drink, sparkling iced teas and cocktail mixers.

I have even found...as long as you carbonate the unflavored water first the possibilities are endless.  I love to use powdered orange drink mix in my carbonated water.  It is fantastic...I am truly addicted.

I also appreciate the control I have over the level of carbonation.  So sometimes I only want a little bit of sparking essence and other times I want alot...which I am in control of!

I have to say so far my favorite flavor I have tried is the Cranberry-Raspberry (which is caffeine-free).
The "mywater" from SodaStream deserves a mention as it is perfect for a refreshing, low calorie option to sparking water you make at home.  "mywater" is all natural and unsweetened.  You only have to add a drop to your sparking water for a splash of fruit flavor. 

Great Value....Endless variety of flavors...Ready in seconds with NO clean-up mess...No empty bottles and cans to recycle or throw away....Thank you SodaStream.

I almost forgot to mention the SodaStream site offers an amazing and helpful section to assist with any and all your questions or concerns about SodaStream...what great customer service and satisfaction.

Okay who wants a Soda Stream all for their own??

Enter below for you chance to win:

Soda Stream Fountain Jet (winner's choice on color),
1 carbonating bottle (reusable for up to 3 years),
Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda,
A Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors and
3 full-sized flavors of the winner's choice. $99.95
Ends....3/26/12
****ONLY SHIP WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL US****

TigTagz ID Bracelets Product Review



I hate this thought but I have to ask...


How many parents out there have had the, "Oh Sh*t" moment?  That moment when you realize you don't know where your child is.... You are away from home and your child is now missing...it may be for only a few seconds or maybe a minutes of pure agony.


Remember those feels of panic...fear...anxiety?


Well, I recently  had the opportunity to sample and review a very practical and useful, child friendly product.


I first want to say I am thankful to a fellow mom named Stephanie Kelley who came up with this simple, yet brilliant idea. 


TigTagz are made in really cute styles for both boys and girls.  As you can see, by the TigTagz I was provide.


Not only are they fun and comfortable to wear (as long as you, as a parent do not put the TigTagz on too tight) they are:


Tear-proof
Sweat-proof
Smear-proof
and Water-Resistant!


I love the fact you can order your TigTagz's Personalized with your phone number and a if need be a Medical Condition or other pertinent facts. 


But it is NOT suggested that you place your child's name on your TigTagz for safety reasons.  You don't want to give a "bad guy" all your child's info as it could be used negatively.


If you don't want to have them personalized directly from TigTagz, you can personalize them yourself at home with a fine tipped permanent marker or ballpoint pen. 


The area on the band for personalization is small, but just take your time and write your contact number clearly. 


TigTagz reminded me of some hospital bands.  You know the ones they you can't get off, unless you cut them off...exactly!  When put on correctly TigTagz can only be removed with a scissors.


Application of TigTagz is very simple.  You just peel off the small area of backing that exposes the adhesive..now stick to the other side of the bracelet.  Done!  How perfect and adjustable to fit a young child's wrist to an older child's.  A second of work that can pay off for a lifetime!


Don't worry about the price of this needed accessory!  They are only $10 for a dozen....but TigTagz is having a amazing special for the Month of March...


Every set that is ordered will come with 16 bracelets instead of 12.  That is 30% more for FREE!


Thank you TigTagz!!  And thank you for your all fundraising and work with so many children's charities.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

$20 Red Envelope Gift Certificate Giveaway and other Bonus Prizes - Totaling Over $50!!

Who wants to win a $20 Red Envelope Gift Certificate???
And other Bonus Prizes...Totaling over $50!!!

Did I hear a yes or two?

Well, since everyone has been so amazing....enter all my fabulous Giveaways I have been blessed to host (and continue to host)...I thought this would be great Thank You to one lucky person!!

The only catch is...you have to vote for my very cute (I know I am bias) son's picture with his favorite pasta on Anthony's Pasta Facebook Page...our photo is currently in 2nd place and have High Hopes of winning!!  Which is the Mandatory Entry....

Little Info on Red Envelope...RedEnvelope offers a unique and wide-ranging collection of thoughtful gifts for every occasion and everyone on your list — around the clock, all year round.
They only select quality products — many of which are exclusive to RedEnvelope — that are unusual, surprising and beautifully designed to ensure the gifts you give create a special moment when they are opened — whether it's a knowing smile, heartfelt laughter, or a sentimental tear or two.

Here is your chance...Enter Below and Best of Luck!

3 Chances to Win FREE Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent $15 Total Value

Hello! Hello! Everyone.....

Great news from one proud Purex Insider (That's Me!)

I am excited to report my 3 FREE Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent Coupons arrived the other day!!
So that means I am finally going to be giving these 3 FREE Coupons away to one or two or maybe three of those who enter.  The reason I don't know how many winners?...Because you can win more than once if Lady Luck is on your side.  Ends 3/12/12.

Need more details about this convenient way to do your wash...click here and read my review that I posted earlier. 

*Purex provided a free sample of their UltraPacks laundry detergent so I could write a review and provided Free coupons for a giveaway. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own.**

Sign Ups Open for Luck Of The Irish CASH Giveaway!


It’s good to share some love on St. Patrick’s day! Be one of the awesome bloggers who have signed up for the Luck of the Irish Cash Giveaway. This event is hosted by The Coffee Chic and Africa’s blog The online contest will run from March 10 to 17, 2012.

Click the button below for more details!

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The fee to participate is only $3 for the Mandatory Facebook link (includes $1 Admin fee). Each additional entry will cost $2. Maximum cost will be $7 for 1 FB page, 1 Twitter account and 1 G+ page. The cash prize will depend on the number of participants or sponsors.

What are you waiting for? SIGN UP NOW. Don’t forget to mention referred you.

If you have any questions, please send an email to algene@iamthecoffeechic.com.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stunning Rhinestone Bridal Party Aprons Review

I know...I know it has been over 10 years since I was married to the world's most wonderful husband!  But that doesn't mean I don't know how to throw an amazing Bachelorette Party!
Okay, I may not be the world's wildest party animal, but I know how important it is to make the Bride and the wedding party feel special in preparation for this life changing milestone.

I have had the opportunity to review a very stunning and perfectly pink Rhinestone decorated and labeled apron perfect gift for bridal party.  I need to let everyone know, that I felt like the Bride when my review package arrived...how thoughtful it was wrapped like an amazing gift *please do not expect this packaging yourself*.
I could already tell that this business truly cares about their products and their customers.  I love that!  Many times it can be challenging to find such a caring business with affordable, quality products.
I received the Bridesmaid version, but Buy Cute Aprons also offered Bride and Mother-of-the-Bride.  It had wonderful deep pocket in the front.  The fabric used was very sturdy and comfortable.  What a perfect and practical item to create the best day or night for the bridal party.  A say practical as you can now make sure to keep every one's outfits clean and protected while the Bachelorette Party is in full swing, maybe in the kitchen cooking, preparing your nails for the big day or even enjoying fun snacks.

I almost forgot to mention these would be perfect to wear the day of the wedding while everyone is getting their make up and hair done to protect your beautiful gowns.  Plus, these accessories would look great in the photos that will be looked at for years to come.

Don't miss this opportunity to make the bridal party an memorable experience.  Buy Cute Aprons is based in the United Kingdom, but have amazingly quick shipping with International shipping only £5 per order.   They website is undergoing redesign and will soon include geo-ip currency to make your ordering more user friendly. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

We have adopted! Welcome Ugly Ted to our family.

We have all heard the phrase..."A Face Only a Mother Could Love".

To go along with that phrase others may think and say things like, "He or she is so ugly!  I don't want to be his/her friend because he/she are not perfect like I am!  He or she is stupid!"

Childhood can be such a challenge for many.  Along with the day to day issues some children are bullied, harassed and truly feel like they don't fit in.  How can we make a difference and take a stand against bullying?  How can we show these children they do not have to be "perfect" and we accept them for who they are, period?

This is where I announce our newly adopted family member can help with these problems....

When I say "ugly"...I mean that in the most endearing way...as that is really his name....(unless you ask my youngest son...that story will follow shortly)

Ugly Ted is a very soft, cuddly stuffed toy. He is handmade and tested safe for all ages.

There are many more Ugly Ted's up for adoption with very reasonable adoption fees (purchase price).  ONLY $16.99 + a percentage of the profit earned benefits sponsored charities. 

Ugly Ted is amazing and beautiful in his own way.  He is definitely NOT your "normal" looking teddy bear.  Yes...His ears and eyes are different sizes...His eyebrows crooked...His body is disproportionate....

But you know what?

Ugly Ted just wants to be loved and welcomed into your home.  He wants to share his compassionate heart and inner soul.

Just like Ugly Ted says...."Ugly bears need love too, as they are not ugly inside. No matter what someone looks like, or where they are from, always remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated",


Ugly Ted understands the fearful emotions from constantly being bullied and harassed. No one should have to endure these feelings on a day to day basis....NO ONE!

By adopting your own Ugly Ted, you’re helping raise awareness to a growing epidemic in our world today.  Ugly Ted supports various charities across the nation that help fight bullying, cyber-bullying, child abuse and more.

I love seeing how Ugly Ted has fit right in at our household.  My youngest son has staked claim on Ugly Ted or as he calls him, "Silly Hedge".  Ugly Ted goes everywhere with him and is getting quite the attention by all the meet Ugly Ted.

Ugly Ted even sleeps with our youngest.  They are Best Friends!!!
I am very impressed a the detail that went into creating Ugly Ted.  He is very well put together and seems like he is going to hold up just fine to all the loving he is receiving and will continue to receive.

Ugly Ted will soon have his best friend, Squirky The Squirrel up for adoption too. Look for him to be available very soon, online.

Connect with Ugly Ted today via Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: Ugly Ted provided me with free
sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Enter The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes sponsored by Clorox Clean-up Cleaner

As a parent that works outside the home, I look forward to my days off.  Days off mean the opportunity to spend quality time with my three young boys.  I enjoy finding fun and hands on activities to complete with them.

I notice the activities I choose vary from season to season, holiday to holiday and are even influenced by the weather outside.  I don't know if you and your children are anything like we are, but I would guess 90% of the activities we chose some how include or evolve into a huge (fun) mess.  Our messy activities can involve baking/cooking, crafting, games outside and even fun experiments (they love to be scientists).

I enjoy using my own experiences or imagination to come up with many of the activities we enjoy. Kiddie Cooking is on the top of our list!  One of my favorite (and my boys) is making homemade cheese straws.  They love to get down and dirty with all the flour....the more hands on they can be, the more they enjoy the project and stay on task...plus they are so excited later seeing what their creativity tastes like.

Here is our recipe if you are interested in trying out this recipe with your children and a few action photos from the last time we made these fun and messy cheese straws.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line pans with parchment paper.               

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cheese and butter in a bowl and mix until well combined. Add water a little bit at a time to make a very stiff dough.               

On a lightly floured surface, roll pieces of the dough into pencil shaped sticks. Cut sticks into 4 to 5 inch lengths. Arrange the pieces on the baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until browned.

Besides my own ideas, the Internet is an excellent tool to help spark my creativity and find other messy projects to dive into.

Did you know Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner has just launched a great and easy to navigate web site?  They have and it is so fittingly called, "Clorox Clean-up Recipes For Fun".  Along with this creative website that is full of "recipes for fun"...Clorox is sponsoring The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes!

It is so easy to register for The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes.  I know as I did, in a matter of minutes.  Once you register...you receive 1 sweepstakes entry automatically into the Grand Prize which is $10,000 to use towards an Ultimate Mess Party...could you imagine what that party would be like?  I know I am smiling.  And the best part is you could use Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner to tidy up after the Ultimate Mess Party!  Shoot, why wait for the Ultimate Mess Party?  You can easily use Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner anytime you find yourself facing a clean up situation.

So what are you waiting for?  Go check out this creative site and register today for The Ultimate Mess Party Sweepstakes.



“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on this program, click here and see the Terms link.”

Monday, February 20, 2012

Choclatique Valentine's Truffle Hearts Review

Earlier this month I had the great privilege of working with an amazing and Authentically American  Super-Premium Quality Chocolate business...



I was excited to host a fun and creative giveaway for Valentine's Day.  

Entries had to be the Most Creative 30-Character Message that would appear on their own Choclatique SweeTweet.  The 30 Characters included spaces, symbols or punctuation!

Choclatique blessed one of my great bloggy followers, Mercedes Y. with her own personalized box of SweeTweet just in time for Valentine's Day.  What an amazing contest it was....Mercedes Y. winning SweeTweet was.... "Blew your diet.I win.Love you!"
Besides this amazing and unprecedented giveaway...Choclatique sent me out a phenomenal box of their 8 piece Love - Valentine's Day Truffles to sample and review. (Available for purchase from Choclatique's website through the end of February...so there is still time!!)

First of all each and every Choclatique Truffle is and was a work of art.  I was delighted at the thoughtfulness and design of the packaging...truly a special gift for the one you love (even if that person is yourself).

The Gift Box (I dislike using the word box...as it doesn't come close to capturing the beauty) is a deep Chocolate Brown color, stylized, and reusable Leather Gift Box with a Hand-Tied Double Satin Ribbon.  How it that for attention to detail?  Amazing.

The box has a unique magnetic design to help keep the lid secure.  As you can see the back of this special packaging also has a photo and description of what is contained inside.

Gold Peppermint -  The center was soft and delicate with just the right amount of peppermint.  Not over powering...just perfect!!

Black Cherry Caramel Heart - The caramel was so velvety and smooth..and creamy and almost liquefied.  What a gourmet flavorful surprise as I broke through crisp chocolate shell.  The black cherry was a marriage made in heaven with rich chocolate!

Grand Marnier Truffle - Delightfully citrus smooth center.  Orange and Chocolate...yum!

Passion Fruit Caramel Heart - This combination was amazing.  The passion fruit had a nice tart complexity that was complimented by sweetness of the chocolate.

Amaretto Latte Heart - be still my beating heart!  Wow!! I love amaretto and I love lattes....a perfect relationship in my book.  Smooth, creamy coffeehouse perfection.


Saigon Cinnamon Caramel Heart - Spicy and Sweet.  Ideal for the cinnamon lover.  What a great way to end the day with a cup of coffee and a heart.

Strawberries 'n Cream Heart - The name totally describes this sweet confection.  I have no idea how Choclatique captured these flavors but they did.  So fresh and creamy and smooth and delicous!

**I didn't recieve the Minty Julep so that is why it is not featured**

So what are you waiting for?  Get online and order your Choclatique Truffles today!  Or what about their Chocolate Peanut Brittle Bites Baking MixesChocolates of the Month?

Follow Choclatique on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: Choclatique provided me with free
samples of Love Truffles to review  and I was under no obligation to review it if

I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free products.

Frieda's Potato Lover's Month Prize Pack Giveaway and Gourmet Fingerling Potatoes Review

FEBRUARY IS POTATO LOVER'S MONTH....

And Frieda's wants to make sure one lucky person celebrates this spudtacular month in gourmet style.

Before I tell you all about this Fantastic and Colorful Giveaway...

Let me start by thanking Frieda's for sending out the freshest, cleanest, colorful dainty potatoes I have ever seen before....


To be honest I have seen similar "cute" potatoes in the past, but have never purchased them.  I had the attitude that all potatoes were basically the same.  "HAD" is the key word....I no longer think or peel feel that way!!

Frieda's Assorted Gourmet Fingerling Potatoes are Grown for flavor and hand-selected from fields high in the Colorado Rockies (not far from where I am located), Frieda's only chooses the "cream of the crop" varieties for their delicious assortment, including the rich and buttery Russian Banana, the red-streaked French Fingerling with a nutty, hazelnut flavor and the earthy, sweet Ruby Crescent. Prized for their ability to soak up the flavors they are cooked in.

I was so excited to figure out how to use this fresh produce from Frieda's.  As I know from personal experience in the past with Frieda's Pearl Onions.....The only sell the best!

My mind raced with ideas.  I also checked out Frieda's website as they share some of the best recipes.

I wanted to make sure whatever I decided, did not cover up the natural flavors of these blemish free Gourmet Fingerling Potatoes.  I decided on my delicious and wholesome slow cooker pot roast and veggies. 

My recipe is very simple and flavorful....Large pot roast, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 1 cup cold water, 1 package of dry beef soup mix and Lots of fresh garlic.  Mix all the ingredients and pour over roast.  Add in any veggies you would like to enjoy.  I always add potatoes, celery, carrots and onions.  This time I added Frieda's Gourmet Fingerling Potatoes and their pearl onions! I left the Fingerlings whole for added eye appeal.

Put it on low for 8 to 10 hours and forget about it! 

I was impressed on how well the potatoes held up and each potato still show cased its unqiue flavor profile. I will never look at a potato the same again.  My boys LOVED them!!!  They fought over who was going to get the craziest shaped potato...the littlest...the last red colored one....I could go on and on.

So who want to enjoy their own bag of Frieda's Assorted Gourmet Fingerling Potatoes???

Okay, I heard a bunch of yes's....but how about not only those potatoes...BUT....

THE PURPLE KIWI COOKBOOK by Karen Caplan is filled with over 120 delicious recipes that were all developed in Frieda's test kitchen.

Not just a collection of original recipes, THE PURPLE KIWI COOKBOOK features 128 pages of full-color recipes, photos, tips and useful information on some of the world's most exotic fruits and vegetables. The cookbook features items such as Habanero Chiles, Donut® Peaches, Purple Potatoes and Asian Pears, along with descriptions, usage ideas and storage and selection tips. $22.75 Value!!

AND.....

Little Potato Company Little Potatoes

AND....

A Tote Bag

AND...

Notepad AND Pen!!!

Wow!!! Thank you Frieda's for your generosity to one lucky winner....Is it going to be you?  Enter for your chance to win below

AND

HAPPY POTATO LOVER'S MONTH!

Disclaimer: Frieda's provided me with a free
sample of one of these products to review and giveaway I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE Giveaway. Thank you I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who is excited for the Toast to the Red Carpet – Live?

What??? You haven’t heard?

Well Girlfriend or Boyfriend…here is the gossip straight from Fishful Thinking’s mouth….

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is hosting an amazing Facebook event of the season and you had butter, oops I mean better not miss out.

Here is your invite:

Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE, presented by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Time: February 26th, 2012 from 3:00 to 4:30PST

Where:  I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Facebook Page

What to bring: Yourself and your questions… participate in the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! contest by watching the show and submitting comments to the Facebook post before 11:59pm February 26th.

What to wear:  You can break out your Red Carpet Best or your comfiest best…as this is an online event for movie fans to enjoy the red carpet viewing party…complete with insider access to the red carpet….an Exclusive roundtable of Hollywood Stars!...and the Best Picture-themed recipes for your own home viewing party.

I can’t wait to see what Hollywood stars will be attending and sharing the inside scoop on their favorite dishes and red carpet fashions.  I am excited to see what I can learn to help me plan my foodie red carp

 

et event right in the comfort of my own home.  What can I create with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter?  Maybe my

 

Homemade Apple Cranberry Bread?  Yum...perfect with the help of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

 

 

Here is my personal recipe I came up with for Cranberry Apple Bread.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups pealed - chopped tart apples (I love to use HoneyCrisp Apples)

1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries

2 packages (.74oz each) Spiced Cider Original Apple Flavor Drink Mix

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Beat the eggs, sugar and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!. 

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and Spiced Cider Mix - add to the wet ingredients until just combined.

The batter will be very thick.

Stir in the Apples and Cranberries.

Coat a 8"x4"x2" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and add batter. 

Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

I like to add a sprinkle of granulated sugar at the end for a beautiful presentation.

 

Who wants to win a Free Tub Of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter?

 

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® - Original Soft Spread

All you need to do is comment on the post as to why you are going to watch The Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE online show on the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Facebook Page. 

You must be 18 years of age or older and resident of the USA.  Giveaway closes February 29th, 2012 at 10:00pm MST.

Disclaimer: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter provided me with a free

Coupon of their product to giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if

I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or

Sponsor a product giveaway in return.

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Fit Moms for Life Giveaway and Review USA/Canada $19.99 + 4 Free Bonuses $59 Value!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I think most of us Mom's out there, had NO IDEA how Busy Motherhood could and would be, until we laced up those shoes and began the busy and exhausting journey.

The problem is once those shoes were laced up...many of us lost our way to maintain physical fitness in our daily stressful and hectic lives.  The longer the stretch becomes/became...the more difficult and challenging it is to find the time and energy to spend on ourselves to make a positive change physically...which in turn will create a better and happier you.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to review and giveaway an amazing Mom Book that EVERY Mom out there can learn from.  It is called....

Fit Moms for Life

Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids 

This amazing, easy to read book chronicles the successes of 31 mothers who used Dustin’s fitness and weight loss program with stellar successes.

This book is so motivating as the 31 mothers, are just like you and I.  How perfect, real Mom's with REAL success stories and photos!  Yes, photos....amazing photos that will truly help get you started on your fitness journey for yourself, your child and your husband! 

Dustin covers the five pillars of fitness: Mindset, Nutrition, Strength Training, Burst Training, and Environment

Ultimately leading to the end goal: Staying Fit for Life.

Fit Moms for Life is perfect for Mothers (and women in general) who want a fitness program that works. Dustin Maher says:

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• Learn ONE Exercise That Shrinks a Waistline WITHOUT diet changes
• Burn Fat While You Sleep
• A Healthy Environment Equals A More Fit Family


Are you ready to start this challenge to better yourself and your body.  I know I am and loving my new journey thanks to this fantastic book...and a few new weights I have purchased....but it is well worth it!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Oransi Robby Wash Ball ( Laundry ) Giveaway / Review $32.95 Value

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Laundry...Laundry...Laundry!!!!

As a busy mother of three little boys and a husband (need I say more?)....my life seems to revolve around laundry.

The simple, but time consuming task of laundry at our house is a challenge.  My middle son has eczema very bad and his skin is sensitive to most products including numerous laundry soaps/detergents.  

And I need to make sure to share....my now 8 year old son loves to help with the laundry...oh boy!!

But thanks to a great product review and Giveaway I had the opportunity to experience, laundry day at our house has gotton easier Thanks to.....

Oransi......Robby Wash

Oransi – http://www.oransi.com - has launched in the U.S. an ultra high efficiency hypoallergenic laundry detergent ball called "Robby Wash" (retail price $32.95 each) with the following money-saving benefits:

- 10 ounces of Robby Wash ball replaces 75 lbs. of traditional laundry detergent - environmentally friendly.

- One Robby Wash ball lasts up to 12 months. The ball itself will last 3 years.

- One Robby Wash ball will save more than $100+ over 120 washes

- One Robby Wash ball is only $32.95 and lasts one year. This includes refills and free stain stick.

- It is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and safe - commonly used in Europe with baby laundry (as well as adults' laundry).

- Third party tested, proven and guaranteed to clean better than traditional powder laundry detergent.

We have only been using the Robby Ball for a few washes...and so far so good.  No allergic reactions by anyone, including my middle son...yeah!!!  When I used the word "we", I was talking about my 8 year old and I.  He LOVES the Robby Wash Ball.  He thinks he is all grown up, putting the laundry soap in all by himself. 

I truly enjoy the simpleness of the Robby Wash Ball.  What an amazing concept!

So do you want to try out a Robby Wash Ball?  Enter for your change to win below and Good Luck!  Let the Laundry Gods be with you :-)




Win $54.85 in TortillaLand Tortillas!!! February Freebies Giveaway Hop

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Each coupon has a value of $3.79 for a total Value of all coupons $56.85!!!



Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Deal with the help of dealnews.com

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 Guess what I found the other day…being the bargain and deal orientated person I am….
dealnews

I was thrilled to find dealnews and surprised I have never heard of it before.  Let me tell you what it is all about.  Every day (365 days a year) dealnews makes my life simply by hunting all over the internet and listing all the best technology deal for the day.  Technology?  Yes, like tablets, computers, gadget and things of that sort.
Do you love Black Friday?  I know I do.  dealnews searches the web to share their great finds including the best 200+ tech deals every day, just like Black Friday.
If technology is not your interest, dealnews also shares the best deal for items like clothing and footwear to travel found on the Internet.
How does dealnews find all these excellent bargains?  Wow, they scour over 2,000 online retailers and tens of thousands of deals!!!  And then dealnews provides what they find each day to their followers.
Imagine all the money you can save thanks to the work of dealnews.  I am so excited to see the savings roll in.  I was looking yesterday and look what I found continuously supplies the coolest and best bargains for technology gadgets, computers, electronics, clothing deals, and more! If you love deals 365 days of the year then dealnews.com is the site for you!
Look what I found, to help with my food obsession.  A silicone cake mould w/ 3-Piece Vacuum Lid Sealer Set for only for $6.99 with free shipping.
 
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What kind of deals are you going to find today?  I would love to hear what you found, please share in the comments below….and good luck finding your money saving bargains every day!
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Using Clipix with YouTube Videos

I few days ago I shared about a FREE, fun and easy to use online site to help keep your online adventures organized.
It is called clipix.
Just in case you missed my last post about Clipix.   I made my personal account online with Clipix within a matter of minutes.  It was so simple and they provide easy to follow directions to walk you through the process.
The most challenging part of the process was dragging a bookmark called a “clip” button into my bookmarks bar…but thanks to Clipix easy to follow directions…it was a breeze.  You have to take this step as that is how you fill your personalized clipboards with images and information.  You know, the images and information that in the past you would not be able to find again.  All you do is click on the Clipix button when you are on a site you want to remember and store.
I am learning daily on what other features Clipix offers.  The newest feature I found and love is that you can


Clipix videos into your customized clipboards.  It is so simple.  I headed over to youtube and found some of my favorite…make you smile videos and created a clipboard to share with everyone.


But if you can set each clipboard to whatever privacy setting you chose, such as your eyes only and just friends.  You can also reclip and share you clips on facebook and twitter with the click of a button.


Do you have an I-phone?  Clipix has an App so you can take photos on the go and add them to your clipboards.
It is so much fun using Clipix and I enjoy creating more and more clipboards at the clip of a button. They are so easy to organize.  I can’t wait to create more clipboards like…favorite activities to do with my boys, Graduation gifts, plans for my next big party…the possibilities are endless thanks to Clipix.
Come on over to Clipix and join me today.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Zoe for Kids Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Fruity and Delightful Review

Wow...Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive Oil that is so fresh and fruity.....

.....In an amazingly sized and bright colored can

A can with a BPA-Free Lining.....

A excellent way to help your children learn to....

Eat Heart Healthy.


I had no idea such a fun and truly enjoyable Organic Olive Oil existed that was created to please your child's palette. 

What an innovative, smart idea and packaging.  A product that has it's heart in the right place....attempting to get our children eating healthy from the beginning.  Studies suggest that eating around 2 Tablespoons of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Of course I had to try Zoe for Kids before I shared it with my boys and it is amazing.  It is so fruity and I don't know if this will make sense...but it is not oily...yes, I know it is Olive Oil, but it doesn't have the oil mouth feel or taste.  I could easily drink it by the shot glass.

The pour spout was easy to pull up out of the can and pour.  I loved the smaller size, which I believe encourages children to use Zoe for Kids more often.  We now keep our can of Zoe on the table for all meals.  My boys are HUGE pasta fans and are now choosing Zoe over butter on their pasta!!  They love the flavor and can't get enough of it.

You can buy Zoe for Kids Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Amazon.com.  It is very affordable as you can buy a 2-pack for only $19.64.

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Disclaimer: JCS Tradecom provided me with free
sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Chili Champ Gourmet Gift Pack Giveaway and Review. Thank you Bruce Foods.

With Winter in full swing here in the Midwest, I am always looking to make some comfort food.  One of our favorites in Homemade Crockpot Chili.  I have recently tweaked my wonderful recipe, thanks to some Chili fixings I received from Bruce Foods to review and giveaway to one lucky person.

Here is a little bit about those flavorful ingredients...and then I will share my recipe.
Mexene® Chili Powder : Created in 1906, Mexene features only the highest quality sun-ripened pre-frost chili peppers blended with cumin, oregano, and garlic.  Mexene® Chili Powder is called "The Chili Champions' Choice" and is endorsed by CASI, The Chili Appreciation Society International. Mexene is the secret ingredient used in the past eight winning recipes from the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas.
Original Louisiana Hot Sauce: The original cayenne pepper sauce of Louisiana, with an 80-year reputation for quality and perfection. This versatile condiment can pep up almost any meal, especially chili, soups and stews. There's only one ORIGINAL Louisiana Hot Sauce, and this is it!

Here is my recipe for some easy and flavorful Chili...(and Healthy as I love to add Veggies)

Ingredients:


2 pounds of ground beef (can use 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of ground turkey)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

¾ cup water

1 can (10 ¾ oz) Condensed Tomato Soup

1 can (14 ½ oz) diced tomatoes

2 cans  Kidney Beans

1 can Carrots, finely chopped

¼ cup Mexene chili powder seasoning

2 teaspoons ground cumin



Directions:

Brown ground beef in a skillet – pour off fat.

Mix ground beef, garlic, onion, water, soup, tomatoes, beans, carrots, Mexene chili powder and cumin in crock pot

Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4 to 5 hours.
"Chili Champ" Gourmet Gift Pack for a blogger contest; gift pack includes Bruce Foods seasonings and sauces and other chili fixin's
* I love to use crock pot liners as it makes the clean up effortless*
There are also award winning recipes that can be found at ChiliCookOffWinner.com.


 So who wants to win a......

"Chili Champ" Gourmet Gift Pack? 

(gift pack includes Bruce Foods seasonings and sauces and other chili fixin's)

Enter for you chance to win below and Good Luck.