Thursday, December 29, 2011

This is my entry for the Zanussi Cookers make every meal a masterpiece competition

My son and I created this "Starry Night" cupcake masterpiece to celebrate him graduating from college in May!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I Caught Santa!

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home. is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos.

In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making a great gift idea even if you don't have kids yourself.

I sure wish that this had been available when my kids were young!  What a great idea!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Green Giant to the Rescue!

Mealtime has always been hectic at my house!  I have two picky eaters and many times it seems as if I am cooking two entire meals.  Both of my sons love Mac and Cheese, so I decided to give the New Valley Fresh Steamers Vegetables,  Macaroni and Cheese Sauce with Broccoli a try.  Much to my delight, it was a huge hit and everyone loved it! 

I loved that it is quick and easy to prepare!  It is perfect for busy families with limited time to cook.  The fact that the Mac and Cheese also has broccoli added makes it a win-win situation.  The kids get the yummy mac and cheese that they want and they eat a vegetable as well.

Making meal time easier than ever, Green Giant has introduced vegetables with pasta and savory sauces to their already convenient and tasty line-up of Valley Fresh Steamers frozen mixes.

The new Valley Fresh Steamers Vegetables with Pasta varieties include:
  • Macaroni and Cheese Sauce with Broccoli - classic elbow pasta and broccoli in a mouth watering cheese sauce
  • Pasta and Vegetables with Alfredo Sauce – delicious corkscrew pasta with carrots and broccoli in a savory Alfredo sauce

I have a prize pack from Green Giant for one of my lucky readers so that you can also try one of the new Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta. The prize pack will include the following:

  • 2 Green Giant placemats
  • Broccoli stress reliever
  • 32 oz. serving bowl
  • Surprise face serving spoon
  • A VIP coupon for the new Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta

To enter tell me which one of the varieties of Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta you would like to try.

Additional entries:

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Tweet about this giveaway

This contest will end on 12/09/2011 at 10:00 pm CST and is open to US citizens.

Disclosure: Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Carmex Healing Lotion and Cream...Just what my dry hands need!

For over 70 years people have come to love the healing power of Carmex® lip balms. Finally, Carmex® Skin Care is here with a new solution to heal, soothe and moisturize your dry skin.

As the weather has gotten a little cooler, I have noticed that my hands have gotten a little dryer or maybe it is all the dishes I washed after Thanksgiving! As a member of the Carmex Blog Squad,  I was lucky enough to be given Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream to review and just in time.  The Carmex Healing Lotion and Cream were just what the doctor ordered.  I noticed a difference in the dryness of my hands with the first application and they have just continued to improve.  I really like the fact that the lotion and cream absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel and  has a light, pleasant scent.  My son also has a problem with dry skin, especially his hands.  He tried both the cream and lotion and was very impressed with the improvement of his dry skin.

Carmex Healing Lotion

  • Use anywhere skin feels dry;
    available in tube or NEW pump
  • Daily use will help protect skin and keep dryness away
  • Rich healing ingredients, including Aloe and Vitamin E, nourish and moisturize skin
  • Absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel; has a light, pleasant scent

Carmex Healing Cream

  • Use on your driest skin— especially hands, feet, elbows and knees; available in tube or NEW handy little tin
  • 9 healing ingredients penetrate and help repair your very dry, rough or cracked skin
  • Concentrated—use a small amount
  • Absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel; has a light, pleasant scent

Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Creams are available at Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.  They are very reasonably at $5.99 for a full sized tube and $.99 for the smaller tube.

Here’s your chance to try Carmex’s two newest skincare products. One lucky reader will win:
  • (1) Carmex Healing Lotion
  • (1) Carmex Healing Cream
  • (1) Travel size Carmex Healing Lotion
  • (1) Travel size Carmex Healing Cream

To Enter:  Leave a Comment telling me which product you would like to try and why.

Extra entries:

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The winner must be a U.S. resident and this contest will end on December 5, 2011 at 10:00pm CST.

Thanks to the kind folks at Carmex for providing the products to aid in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 7, 2011

NEW! Bertolli® Premium Meal Soups for Two!

The weather here in the Houston area is FINALLY started to cool off a bit and I am just thrilled!  Autumn has always been my favorite season.  I love crisp Fall mornings, blue skies, brightly colored leaves, mums and pumpkins! Another thing that I really enjoy about cooler weather is adding more "comfort" foods to our mealtimes.  During the hot Houston Summers, I rarely think of having soup for dinner, but as the weather cools, I often serve soup for dinner for my family. 

I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Bertolli Premium Meal Soups for two and must say I love these soups! Bertolli offers authentic Italian meals and was founded over 150 years ago.  The soups are packed with fresh vegetables, perfectly cooked chicken or beef or hearty pasta.

·         These restaurant-quality meals can be conveniently prepared at home and are ready in minutes.  There are four delicious varieties:  Chicken and Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken, Chicken Minestrone and Tuscan Beef & Vegetables. The Bertolli Premium Meal Soups can be found in your local grocery store in the freezer section.  My personal favorite is the Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken! I added a salad and bread for a fast and delicious family dinner.

Bertolli has been kind enough to offer one of my readers the opportunity to try out these delicious soups for themselves!  One lucky reader will win a SOUPerb kit that includes four tasting certificates and a stainless steel ladle.  For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling me which one of the delicious Bertolli soups you would like to try!

Optional entries:

1.  Follow me via Google Friend Connect
2.  Follow me on twitter 
3.  Follow Bertolli on twitter

The winner will be selected randomly.   No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway ends at 10:00 p.m. CT Friday, October 14.   This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

I would like to thank Bertolli for sending me a SOUPerb kit, that included four tasting certificates and a stainless steel soup ladle, to aid in my review. 



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Introducing Carmex Lime Twist and Vanilla click sticks!

I was so excited to get the chance to review two of the newest Carmex flavors, Lime Twist and Vanilla!  I am a long time Carmex fan and these most recent additions to the Carmex family do not disappoint!  Both have delicious flavor, SPF 15 and all of the moisturizing ingredients of the Carmex lip balm line, but these new premium flavors have three additional moisturizers not found in the original lines.  They are available at Walgreens, Walmart and CVS.

Now for my unbiased review!  I love them both!  I have been accused of being "addicted" to Carmex and the new flavors are just wonderful!  I love both flavors and the way that they moisturize my lips.  We have had an extremely hot and dry summer here in Texas and these new lip balms are just what my lips were craving!

I would like to thank Carmex for providing the Carmex Lime Twist click stick, Carmex Vanilla click stick, picnic blanket and Carmes Moisture Plus satin gloss finish to aid in my review.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I really want to win an iPad 2!!!!

Both of my sons have iPads and I am soooo jealous! How cool would it be if I won an iPad 2 (they have iPads!). I’m posting this to enter a contest offered by Brad’s Deals at I Am Bossy! I want to win the iPad 2! Enter to win here!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Progresso Souper You Debut!

I have always been a huge fan of Progresso Soups!  I, like many others, have had to watch my weight and Progresso soups are a delicious way to accomplish my goal of maintaining a healthy weight.  My personal favorite is the Progresso Light Zesty! Santa Fe Style Chicken soup which contains black beans, corn, red bell peppers, green sweet peppers and of course chicken.  It makes a quick and tasty lunch or light dinner with only 80 calories per serving!

Visit the Facebook page to download a coupon for $1.00 off four (4) cans of Progresso Soup and to check out makeover videos provided by and the Style Network. Be sure to also "Follow" Progresso on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Progresso. 

Thank you to Progresso and My Blog Spark for sending me a Progresso "Souper You Debut" gift pack that included 5 cans of a variety of Progresso Soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands for my review.

I have an additional gift pack that contains a VIP coupon for a free can of Progresso soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands, to give away to one of my readers.

Leave a comment below for your chance to win this healthy gift pack!

What is your favorite variety of Progresso soup?  

Follow me via Google Friend Connect for an additional chance to win.

You can also follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  This can be done daily.

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm central.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Win an iPad!!!!

I’m posting this to enter a contest on offered by Brad’s Deals at Sweetney! I want to win the white iPad 2!  Who wouldn't want to win an iPad!  Go here to enter to win