Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AVON Stainless Steel and Silicone Tong Set REVIEW

Reg. $14.99
Expert grilling accessories.

Heat resistant up to 450º. Hanging loop. Large, 12" L . Small, 9" L. 2-piece set. Stainless steel, silicone. Imported
I bought these and absolutely love them!  They are great for the grill and great for indoor use too!  I've used a pair for use with teflon already and what a welcome surprise.  No scratches.   And I've used the other pair outside on the grill and they are excellent for that.   The pin at the end of the tongs pulls out and they close and lock when you need to put them away in a drawer.   I would suggest buying these soon as these items are going quickly.  Here is the link for you to be able to buy them.  CLICK HERE

Packing Healthy School Lunches

Packing a sack lunch is one way to ensure that your child will have a nutritious mid-day meal, and maybe even a healthy snack or two. The right lunch bag and accessories will allow you to pack a variety of healthy foods.

Lunch Bag Tech

Brown paper bags may be convenient and inexpensive, but they rip easily and don't help keep cold foods cold or hot foods hot. They're fine for a peanut butter sandwich and an apple, but not for much else. Metal or plastic lunch boxes with insulated beverage containers are one step up from the brown bag because they are sturdier. Your child can take a hot or cold beverage with his lunch, but it is still difficult to control the temperature of the foods -- so food choices are still limited.
Insulated lunch bags are the best choice for school lunches. Some insulated lunch bags are equipped with freezer packs; you can also buy freezer packs separately. There are bags with two or more compartments, so foods and beverages can be kept separate. Insulated lunch bags can be very fashionable as well. Some look more like a trendy purse or tote bag, and there are plenty of novelty bags to please any boy or girl.
The insulated bag and freezer packs will keep your child's lunch cold and, therefore, safe and fresh. Of course, your child may get tired of cold foods every day, so you also need insulated food jars for hot foods. Pick up a few plastic containers in smaller sizes and sandwich bags, too, and you'll be prepared to offer your child a variety of hot and cold healthy foods.

Healthy Lunch Bag Ideas

Sandwiches are a popular choice for a school lunch. Remember that meats, dairy products, and eggs are perishable, so be sure to use a freezer pack to keep them cold. Choose whole grain bread, wraps, or pitas. If your child resists whole grain breads, use bread that is made with some whole grain but still has the flavor and texture of white bread. Each sandwich should have a healthy protein source and healthy toppings. Some suggestions:
  • Tuna sandwich wrap with light mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes
  • Egg salad sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Peanut butter, cashew, or almond butter with a 100 percent fruit spread on whole grain bread (a healthier PB&J)
  • Sliced turkey, lean roast beef, or chicken from the deli--or left over from last night's dinner--with light mayonnaise, mustard, and a slice of cheese
What should you send along with the sandwich? A piece of fresh fruit is healthy but can get a bit boring after a while. Skip the greasy chips and choose from these healthier ideas, just remember to keep perishables cold:
  • Send a salad in a small plastic container. Keep the dressing on the side in a separate smaller container.
  • Cheese sticks go well with sandwiches and are a good source of calcium.
  • Whole grain snack crackers add a nice crunch and lots of healthy fiber.
  • Make a fruit salad with grapes, melons chunks, and blueberries.
  • Dried fruit, like raisins, dried cranberries or banana chips
  • Nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts
  • Pack a cold pasta salad, cole slaw, or potato salad.
  • Baby carrots with a small container of vegetable dip
  • Crunchy raw green beans with a small container of ranch or french onion dip
  • Prepackaged, flavored low-fat yogurt

Think Beyond the Sandwich

With insulated food jars, you can send hot foods to school, too, like leftovers from that delicious meal you made last night. Make sure the foods are heated up to at least 140 degrees before you load them into the insulated jars. Here are some hot food ideas:
  • Beef and vegetable stew with a hard roll
  • Chicken noodle soup and whole grain crackers
  • Lasagna with a salad and bread
  • Chicken casserole with carrots and vegetable dip.
  • Chili with whole grain crackers or bread
  • Left over stir-fry or sautéed vegetables
With the right lunch gear, your child can enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch every day. Add a small cookie or tiny piece of candy for dessert along with juice, milk, or water for a complete healthy and fun meal.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Cinnamon Harvest PRODUCT REVIEW

Just received this free trial of Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Cinnamon Harvest cereal in the mail along with a $1.50 off coupon for their products!  Excellent!   Snacked on the cereal without milk and it's delicious!  Here's the information about this cereal that you will most likely be interested in knowing:

Woven into the center of our organic wheat biscuits is a fusion of warm, spicy organic cinnamon and organic evaporated cane juice crystals. Baked together, these crunchy bite-sized biscuits will kindle your senses and satisfy your healthy side. With the goodness of over 20% of your daily fiber and over 2/3 of your daily recommended whole grain intake*, what’s not to love?
  • 47g whole grains
  • High fiber
  • Low fat
  • Sodium free
  • USDA Organic—Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International 

Sunday, August 28, 2011 PEACE IN A PANDA Shirt Review

I received this lovely PEACE IN A PANDA tshirt from Chris, the owner of HOODIEZZ.COM and just love it!  It's a Women's Slim Fit T-shirt by American Apparel in white.  The shirt arrived promptly and in great condition!   It fits so nicely.

I would recommend that if you are buying this shirt that you buy a size larger than you regularly wear as these are snug.  Also the washing instructions recommend that the product should be washed inside out on a gentle cycle in cold water.  It is recommended that apparel be washed prior to wearing.  To avoid possible shrinkage:  Lay flat to dry.

The panda is just adorable and the quality of the shirt is the best!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

PayPal $185.00 Cash Giveaway!

Think of all the things you could do with $185.00 and have fun doing it!   Just enter now to win!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Zucchini Recipes!

It's that time of year when everyone is looking for zucchini recipes!  Enjoy the fruits of your labor!  Zucchini origins stem from the Americas, although it was cultivated in Italy for many years after it’s initial discovery. It is picked immature from its flower, as it will be most flavorful and easiest to digest when small or medium sized. The flower is edible too (if you dare), and in Italy and other cultures, the flower is even breaded and fried before eating!

So why is Zucchini good for you? A serving of Zucchini only has 25 calories, and provides essential nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C (lets not forget fiber).  According to World’s Healthiest Foods, zucchini can help prevent cancer and disease. Not only that, it has more potassium than bananas!


makes 2 loaves

Prep Time: 20 Min   Cook Time: 1 Hr   Ready In: 1 Hr 40 Min


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 223 | Total Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 26mg

Prep Time:  15 Min  Cook Time:15 Min  Ready In:  30 Min
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings
  • 1 (12 ounce) package uncooked egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Mix in zucchini, and cook 10 minutes, until some of the moisture has evaporated.
  3. Pour the milk into the skillet, and stir in cream cheese until melted. Mix in basil. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve over the cooked pasta.

Nutritional Information 

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 379 | Total Fat: 17.4g | Cholesterol: 72mg

 Prep Time:30 Min    Cook Time: 20 Min   Ready In: 50 Min
Original Recipe Yield 4 servings
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced
  • 2 (4-x6-inch) focaccia bread pieces, split horizontally
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  3. Brush vegetables with olive oil on each side. Brush grate with oil. Place bell peppers and zucchini closest to the middle of the grill, and set onion and squash pieces around them. Cook for about 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. The peppers may take a bit longer. Remove from grill, and set aside.
  4. Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on the cut sides of the bread, and sprinkle each one with feta cheese. Place on the grill cheese side up, and cover with lid for 2 to 3 minutes. This will warm the bread, and slightly melt the cheese. Watch carefully so the bottoms don't burn. Remove from grill, and layer with the vegetables. Enjoy as open faced grilled sandwiches.

Nutritional Information  

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 393 | Total Fat: 23.8g | Cholesterol: 22mg

Monday, August 8, 2011

$150.00 TARGET "Back to School" Spree Giveaway!

Did SUMMER just fly by for you and now it's time to get ready to buy some new clothes or school supplies or a combination of both for your child (children)?   Well this is the GIVEAWAY to help you!   A $150.00 TARGET "Back To School" Spree Giveaway can be yours if you enter this contest!  Be sure to go through all the pages on the Rafflecopter and LIKE each one, thanks!   Here is the list of participants:

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tonight's free game of DICE is sponsored by HOODIEZZ.COM for a free laptop sleeve

We are pleased to announce that Chris "Digits" Lamar is going to be giving away this FREE netbook or laptop Sleeve for tonight's FREE GAME OF DICE! Chris' store is HOODIEZZ.COM  Today I'm requiring that the players come to this blog entry and post that they are playing.   This is a huge gift!  Please do this....   go to​Hoodiezz and LIKE his page and think about shopping the back-to-school event that he is having there!  You will see the link to the event on his FaceBook Fan Page.     

Dice is like rolling two dice only I do it from the RANDOM.ORG website.   It's like rolling a pair of regular dice and you will pick two numbers from 1-6 and I will roll the dice and tell you the numbers that come up on my roll from .  In order to win, you have to get the same numbers in that exact order and then you type "DICE" and I will verify your numbers and see if you are indeed the winner.   Sound like fun?

I'll check Chris' website to see that the person who "won" has LIKED his website AND wrote a commnet on his page...  possibly something like thanking him for being the sponsor of DICE tonight on Avon Products by Carolyn.  This will all be explained again BEFORE the game begins so everyone knows the rules of the game.

Thank you Chris for sponsoring today's game!  We really appreciate you!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Necklace and free samples from Avon giveaway (F21 necklace!)

FAN APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY! LIVE NOW! Goes for one week! This is a Forever 21 necklace (description is given on the link below the picture) and you will also receive AVON samples! Please join soon! You only have a week! Thank you all for being fans and supporting Avon Products by Carolyn!
You can access this giveaway which runs from now and for one week at Avon Products by Carolyn Giveaway.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My review of CamelBak Groove Tritan 600

You’re on the move but you still want clean fresh-tasting water without the disposable bottled water guilt. CamelBak Groove is a bottle with a coconut-derived activated carbon filter built into the straw. Engineered to have a flow rate equal to that of the regular Better Bottle, each filter reduces chlorine, taste and odour for 180 litres.
  • Reusable
  • 100% BPA free
  • Spill-proof and NSF certified
  • CamelBak Groove filters instantly
  • Turning tap water into fresh tasting water on demand.
  • 600ml
I won this wonderful water bottle from a giveaway at Racing and Saving Mama   The product comes from Camelbak  (outdoor gear and sporting goods). and can be purchased at Trendz at this direct link.  I followed the instructions for the filtered water bottle and drank a full-water bottle last night and this morning.  The water is delicious!  I really like the bite tube to drink from.  It's much better than regular sipper tubes.  I will be using this to drink from on my daily 30- minute walks along the beach.  I also plan on using this bottle as the filter and filling up other sipper bottles in the home.   My husband has his own water bottle that he uses daily.  This is a wonderful product and I look forward to buying the replacement filters from Trendz..
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