Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Smash Planner Divider Giveaway!!

I accidentally ordered the wrong size of dividers from Blitsy (You can join or visit the site by clicking here http://blitsy.com?code=109538&ref=1 ), so I thought you guys might be able to use them. Easy peasy entries and feel free to check out my video on Youtube for more information here (I also have a small Yankee Candle haul and decorating the girls' room on a budget tips in the video):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnFWNViW4Yw&list=UUlkXY2BIT2Q2mAiUQw0OcoQ






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Monday, July 28, 2014

Recipe for homemade stir fry with whole grain rice.




This recipe will serve 4 people and is a big favorite in my house!

About an hour before preparing our meal I will marinate our sliced sirloin in a mixture of:

1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon of either veg. oil or olive oil
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Teaspoon of onion powder

-I would not add any extra salt to the mixture.


1 Cup of whole grain rice. Follow the instructions per brand, but general rule is 5 cups of water or
   broth per cup of rice. I also add a hint of ginger to my rice.

As rice is boiling I pop in the "Eat smart" (These can be found at Publix and are on sale for 3/5.00 this week!) stir fry veggie mix to steam in the bag in the microwave.

In  skillet combine the following:

1 Tablespoon of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon of either veg. oil or olive oil
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Teaspoon of onion powder
(Your basic marinade sauce, as above, but this will be used in combination with your already made marinade with steak. The excess liquid will work as a sauce over your rice and add seasoning to your veggies that you have steamed)
1 Teaspoon of ginger powder
8oz of beef sirloin diced

Once all of the above is cooked to your liking, you can then plate it. I usually make a bed of rice first and then mix the veggies with beef/any excess liquid.

If you have anyone in your home that's looking for a carb friendly stir fry...this would be an excellent choice for them!
 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Novica GC Giveaway!!!


Recently, I was given a gift certificate to Novica (which is in association with National Geographic.) After searching the store, which I wanted everything I looked at, I finally decided on this beautiful
 
When my package arrived, it was wrapped so beautiful and I received a card thanking me for supporting the Thai arts.
 
 

After wearing my shirt on a few occasions I can say that I really enjoy the detailed embroidery around the neck and sleeves, it's quite beautiful. The fabric itself is a heavy cotton and would be wonderful for Winter. The sleeves flow outward and just the right amount of shape with the elastic waist.

Now for the giveaway!!! Novica has been very kind and is offering one of our blog readers a 37.50 online GC to Novica. The only two requirements for entering are liking their Facebook page and my Facebook page. Easy peasy and I will announce the winner May 23, 2014. After announcement I will verify your entries, email for verification, and email your GC to you! Just enter with the Rafflecopter form below.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Smoothie King Giveaway!!!



Have you heard of Smoothie King? They offer nutritious smoothie meals, refreshing fruit smoothies and even veggie blends! I browsed their menu to find they offer different supplements, vitamins and even trim down supplements. You can also find a wide varity of snacks, smoothies, enhancers and other supplements on their menu.

One of the things I noticed while browsing the site...was the attention they had to serving those with special diets. As a mother of a child who is allergic to any kind of nuts and coconut, it's so refreshing to see a company catering to others that are in the same boat. Among the many options you can find when making your smoothie you can opt for it to be corn, dairy, egg, fat, gluten or vegan free. That speaks volumes to me on their customer service.

From the site you can make your own smoothie (you can get a feel of the different flavors they offer and things you would like to add), sign up for their emails, and they even have a Smoothie King app!

Here's where the great news comes in....Would you like to try Smoothie King? They have been so generous to offer our blog readers with FREE 10.00 gift cards. There will be multiple winners to this giveaway. The giveaway will run from 4/11/14 to 4/13/14. All winners will be notified via email.

To find out more about Smoothie king you can visit the following links:
Website http://www.smoothieking.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing
Twitter https://twitter.com/smoothieking

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Bath and Body Works Mini Candle Giveaway!!!

Recently, my oldest daughter and I decided to start collecting candles. We figured it's a great hobby to have, makes the house smell awesome and there's something about a candle that just relaxes you. We recently placed an order for 7 mini candles, from Bath and Body works,  that included:

Lemon Drops
Frosted Cupcake
Market Peach
Hawaiian Hibiscus
Bubble Gum
Honeysuckle
Raspberry peach Macaron

With this order you could include the code ALLNEW and receive a FREE 6.50 hand soap. I decided to with Meyer lemon and pair it with the Lemon Drops candle. If you have not tried BBW candles...I urge you to try them! The quality in their candles is just awesome and the scents are amazing. I decided to go with the minis first because I am new to collecting candles. I wanted to try the scents first and then pick out the bigger 3 wick and mason jar candles later. Even the mini candles have a great scent throw. I can not imagine how great the full size candles are.

Today you can still place orders for the mini candles at 3/10.00 and if you enter code DELIGHT at check out, you can take 25% off your total order!!!!

If you are interested in our BBW haul, you can view our Youtube video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyHWyf66lj0

I have a new haul coming up with a few more minis (they are on sale for 3/10.00) and 3 full sized candles.

**UPDATE ABOUT THIS ORDER** I discovered that one of the items I purchased last night went on sale this morning. The full sized 3 wick candles are on sale right now for 2/22.00. That is a HUGE sale on these!!!! You can also use promo code DELIGHT at checkout for another 25% off. I called customer service and asked could I cancel my previous order (if it had not been packed and shipped), so I could take advantage of today's sale. They informed me they could not cancel my order, but they would give me an 11.00 credit (which basically gives me today's deal on last night's order. I ordered a full sized 3 wick last night.) How awesome is that? This company makes great products and has great customer service. So I did end up using the 11.00 credit with the 25% off credit and purchased 2 of the 3 wicks. I think the total was around 5.50 before shipping. Yay!

Now to the best part about this blog!!!! We are doing a giveaway to celebrate our new hobby!!! My daughter Lilly Rose picked this scent out and it is quite amazing. The scent description per site:
Hawaiian Hibiscus 1.3 oz. Mini Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=33067636&cp=12586994.12936192.11128744

Hawaiian Hibiscus 1.3 oz. Mini Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

"Experience an island getaway with the fragrant hibiscus, Hawaii's native flower, combined with creamy coconut and jasmine notes."
 
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I was not paid in any way by Bath and Body Works for this giveaway. I purchased the candle with my own funds for my wonderful readers of the blog.  There is only one mandatory entry and the rest are for optional entries. Have fun guys!
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Brooklyn Popcorn Review and Giveaway!

Brooklyn Popcorn Company

Recently I was given the opportunity to review a tin of popcorn from the Brooklyn Popcorn Company. We decided to go with caramel popcorn and dill pickle popcorn. I know what you are thinking...dill pickle? I have to say that this flavor is actually very good in popcorn form. It kind of reminded me of a salt and vinegar potato chip with a hint of dill. The flavor was not overwhelming at all. Very light and great for that "salty" late night snack fix you may have.

The caramel popcorn was just awesome. The only way to describe this flavor is a rich and gourmet version of Crunch N Munch. Once you start snacking on this one...you can't stop!!! Out of the two popcorn flavors we received, to review, this one was by far the family favorite.

Overall, I was extremely happy with their popcorn. The product was fresh, not overwhelming with each flavor, fast shipping and the packing was just wonderful! Here is a picture of the reusable tin it came in:

Brooklyn Popcorn Company


Now it's time to give you a chance to try out this wonderful popcorn. To enter all you have to do is fill out the form on the Rafflecopter form below. Mandatory entries are to "Like" Brooklyn Popcorn company on Facbook, "Like" my page on Facebook and subscribe to their newsletter (which a tab is located on their Facebook page.) Easy peasy! Giveaway starts today 3/3/2014 and ends on 3/7/2014. I am not responsible for the 20.00 GC. Winner will be picked via Rafflecopter and all information emailed to Brooklyn Popcorn Company to receive your prize. Have fun!

Brooklyn Popcorn Company information:
Website http://www.brooklynpopcorn.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brooklynpopcorn
Newsletter https://www.facebook.com/brooklynpopcorn/app_132294096852700

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Margo's Magnificent Choice and Tacky box review.



Recently I was asked to do a review for Margo's magnificent Choice and Tacky box review. The author is Chris Kent Phelps.

The set come with Margo's Magnificent Choice book and an authentic wooden Tacky box (which has a Tacky box pad of paper tucked away in it). The book is beautifully illustrated and the Tacky box is sturdy and you can personalize it to make your own. My girls really enjoyed adding their on personal touch of stickers and writing their names with paint markers.

First, we read the book of Margo's Magnificent Choice. You follow a little girl monkey name Margo through her adventure in the jungle. You learn of Margot's choice of vocabulary and the consequences she faces with using "not so nice" words. She learns how she affects the feelings of those around her. I thought the book had a great moral to the story. My girls understood that using hurtful words can really hurt others. They also enjoyed looking at the pictures as they followed the story. I have to say the book really opened up a great discussion of words that have either been said to them or they have used in the past. It lead us to a conversation of things that are appropriate to say to others and things we should keep to ourselves.

Second, came putting our Tacky box to use. We were able to write down any words that they feel uncomfortable with floating around in their head. They loved the idea of writing them down, getting them out of their head and putting them away in the box.

Overall, I found the set to be a very hands on and awesome family activity. It opens the doors for your children to talk to you about their peer relationships and really open up on their feelings.

I've put together a list of ways you can learn more about Chris Kent Phelps and The Tacky Box.

Website: http://www.tackybox.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thetackybox/
Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117795372126762464299
Twitter: @thetackybox
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thetackybox
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTackyBox
To purchase your own Tacky box: https://shop.tackybox.com/