Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello 2014!




                                                    
Now that we are 6 days into the New Year, new things are always happening during this time. A new semester starts for college students which is considered their Spring semester, new exercise challenges, new goals are being set, and new diet trends start to arise. All of these are all good but we should all have a new mindset as well. We should all start to focus more on our personal growth. We all want to look and feel good but as each year passes, we should not still be in the same place in our minds that we were in the previous year. Growth should be taking place everyday, anger should be worked on, new friendships should be taking place, and you should be getting to really know who you are as a person. Some people are afraid of change and want to stay stuck with who they think they are but if they just make one change that would start the process of real growth. Be free and open to change and focus on the one person who matters:  YOU! Love yourself!

                                      
                                                                   

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HORMEL REV Wraps Review

We as parents are always looking for snacks that are healthy and satisfying. Especially for teens who have a huge appetite and sweet and salty snacks are just not fulfilling. Well I feel that HORMEL has answered that call! HORMEL has a new snack for teens call HORMEL REV Wraps that is made with real meat, real cheese, and provides your teen with real energy! This sounds real good to me!

 

I am a #BzzAgent and I was given the opportunity to try out this new wrap. I was mailed some coupons to purchase the wrap of my choice. Each wrap is in its own individual package and they are also numbered and colored for your convenience. These are the different wraps that HORMEL come in.

#1 Pepperoni Pizza 
#2 Ham and Cheese 
#3 Peppered Turkey
 #4 Meat Lovers Pizza 
#5 Italian Style Ham 
#6 Hot Pepper Ham 

I tried #3 Peppered Turkey and the wrap is quite a nice size. It is already wrapped for you in the package so you do not have to put it together and wrap it yourself. You can pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to get it at a desired temperature that is comfortable for you or your teen. This HORMEL REV Wrap is 18g of protein which is a great way to get some protein into my teen who is always on the go. He enjoyed it! Now that is a plus for me because I have a very picky eater even at his age! This is a great snack for on the go and can be paired with your favorite beverage of choice. My teen has also used this wrap for breakfast when we are having a hectic morning and need to rush out the door!  HORMEL has hit a home-run with this great snack alternative for teens! Parents, you're gonna love this snack and so will your teen! Find HORMEL REV Wraps in your cold cuts isle at your local supermarket.

*Disclaimer:  I am a BzzAgent and I was given coupons for my teen and me try this product. Opinions are my own!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Coping with a loss

Haven't posted in a while but have been dealing with the anniversary of my husband's death. May 28, 2013 made a year since he has been gone and it is never easy for me when I think of how much he meant to me. Still trying to get my peace from it and it just isn't coming fast enough but maybe through more time, it will. Time does heal all wounds so I am grateful for the strength of my friends and family who continue to keep me encouraged. If you are dealing with a loss of a loved one I just want to encourage you that no matter what, you will get through it. In due time, the tears will stop flowing and you will remember them with smiles and laughter. I am still in the tears phase but also some smiles and laughter as well. Always remember the good times and please don't stop living because that is not what they would have wanted for you. Just wanted to encourage someone with these words. Be blessed!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifer B.B. Cream Review

#MagicBBCream @LOrealParisUSA @SheSpeaksUp 
Hello fellow viewers! I have another review for you and this product is from L'OREAL Paris.  The product is called "Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream".  I was excited to be given this opportunity to try this product myself and provide my views on it.  As you all know, their are a lot of B.B. Creams on the market and it is hard to chose which one is right for your skintone.  Like, some of you, I was kind of skeptical about trying a B.B. Cream, but said to myself, "I gotta start somewhere"!  When the opportunity presented itself for me to try this product, I said, "Why not!"  I love trying new products and felt that L'OREAL would be the perfect product for me!  The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization.

Now a little bit about this new B.B. Cream from L'OREAL Paris.  It has four (4) beautifying actions in this one cream which (1) Primes, (2) Perfects (3) Hydrates, and (4) Corrects.  That's a lot of benefits for me to put to the test! I have combination skin which my T-Zones are oily and I have large pores on my cheeks and nose.  So this B.B. Cream would really have to live up to it's name of being a "Magic Skin Beautifier".  It is not a large bottle which is good for me because I don't like bottles that take up a lot of room on my bathroom shelf.  You simply dot on and blend with fingertips. The self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone.  Pretty straight forward and to the point right? Well, it delivered everything that it states and I was really amazed.  Check out my before and after photos in the SheSpeaks photo gallery for this product. It blended very well with my skintone and left my skin looking beautiful to where as you did not even see the oil in my T-Zones at all all day! How is that for 24-hour moisturization!  Now that is a product that I will use for life!  The product comes out literally looking white on your fingertips but once it is blended on your facial it absorbs to match the tone of your skin. Now that's Magic! So have I convinced you to go out and buy L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B.Cream? I sure hope so because you won't be sorry if you did. You can purchase at mass food and drug retailers nationwide and it is available in four shades. L'OrĂ©al Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz.  Go on, check it out!


Disclaimer:  I was given a sample of L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Medium tone through SheSpeaks Blogger Society Program strictly for my review.  This review is strictly my own opinion.

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Torani Recipe Update

Good Morning everybody! I just wanted to update on my Torani Syrup expreience.  A little background first.  I am a member of SheSpeaks Blogger Society and this is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani Syrup.  All opinions are totally mine.  I was given the opportunity to try Torani syrup and tell you all about my experience with it.  As I stated in my last post, I was given 2 free bottles of Torani flavored syrup (Gingerbread and Sugar free Salted Caramel) and some $1.00 Torani flavored syrup coupons for future purchases.

At first, I wasn't too sure about the flavors that I was given (Gingerbread and Sugar free Salted Caramel) and what recipe I was going to use because the recipe on their website for these flavors are limited. (www.Torani.com)  But to my surprise, I came up with one.  Gingerbread pancakes.  That's right! They have all other flavors of pancakes (sweet potato, red velvet, etc.) why not Gingerbread! I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but to my surprise, they were very delicious.  Here is the recipe that I used.

Gingerbread Pancakes

1 cup of Self-rising flour
1 large egg
2-3 tbsp of sugar
2/3 cup milk
4-5 tbsp of Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup

Mix all ingredients  except the Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup in a medium sized bowl making sure that you stir any lumps out of the batter.  You can add more milk depending on how thick you want the batter.  After you get your batter to your desired consistency, add the Torani Gingerbread flavored syrup and stir.  Warm up your skillet and grease it with whatever you choose to (Pam, oil, or butter).  I like to use butter. (That is just my preference) Pour the desired amount of batter in the middle of the pan and let cook until you see little tiny bubbles come up on the top of the pancake.  Then flip the pancake so that it can cook on the other side.  You can pair your pancakes with whatever meat you choose and some eggs, juice, and coffee.  This mix will make about 6-7 pancakes.  I have a small family so this batter is enough for my family but if you have a large family measure accordingly.  If you are time saving family, you can substitute all of the ingredients and use a ready mixed pancake batter (I often buy Krusteaz from Sam's Club) and add water or milk (depending on the instructions on the package) and add your Torani flavored Gingerbread syrup to the mix. Here is a picture of the finished product!


These pancakes were a hit in my household and I will be making them again.  I hope that these will be a hit in your family as well.  Enjoy them I know we did!

I hope that you all will enjoy the recipe that I posted and I hope that you all go out and try the many different other flavors of Torani syrup.  I know that I am going to have fun experimenting with them. 

About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Torani Flavored Syrups

Hello Everyone!

Had an awesome Thanksgiving and I hope that you all had the same.  Now that the Thanksgiving cooks have had a chance to rest and the Black Friday shoppers are all shopped out, I want to share with you all the new product that I have the pleasure of trying out.  The product is called Torani and I have the pleasure of trying their product to create my own recipes with drinks or sweets or trying some of the products recipes.  I am a member of SheSpeaks Blogger Society and this is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani. I was given two Torani flavored syrup bottles to sample (Gingerbread and Sugar Free Salted Caramel)  and I can't wait to get creating.  I was also given 5 $1.00 off Torani syrup coupons to give away.  I can't wait to let you all know how I like Torani flavored syrup and how I use it in my recipes or drinks.

About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's party time!! Shespeaks Twitter Party

I support all kinds of causes and I am excited to join Shespeaks in their fight for childhood cancer.  Aflac is a well know company that helps families with financial support, lodging, and additional insurance for illnesses that are not usually covered by traditional health insurance. Details for the party is below. Please join us and "tweet for a cause" to help with childhood cancer.

RSVP for the #AflacKids Swim With Friends Twitter Party Thursday 9/6 at 9pm ET!


RSVP for the #AflacKids Swim With Friends Twitter Party Thursday 9/6 at 9pm ET!
You’re invited to a very special Twitter Party that that raises money for pediatric cancer research with every Tweet.  Join us on Thursday, September 6th at 9pm ET as we help Aflac kick of their Swim With Friends initiative. For every Tweet that uses the hashtag #AflacKids, Aflac will make a $2 donation that goes directly to pediatric cancer research! Plus – we’ll be giving away over $1,000 in prizes – including a $200 Target gift card!

RSVP to be eligible for the door prize by commenting on this post with your Twitter handle (Ex. @SheSpeaksUp)!


Did you know that approximately 12,000 cases of pediatric cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States?  You can make a difference today to help stop childhood cancer – and it’s a great time to get involved.  September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and Aflac needs your help to kick off their newest campaign to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research – while having a little fun doing it.

Starting September 1st, when you dive in and join the Aflac Duck to Swim With Friends by donating $12 to fight pediatric cancer, you’ll receive a rubber duck and an entry to win a family vacation for 4 to Orlando – plus, Aflac will match your $12 donation! Then, watch the virtual duck race on Aflac’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/aflacduck on Tuesday October 9th at 12pm ET to see if your duck will win the race and the vacation!  You can find out more about Aflac’s commitment to fighting pediatric cancer here.  Official rules for the race can be found here.
The Party Details:
When: Thursday 9/6 at 9pm ET
Where: Twitter - follow hashtag #AflacKids
Custom TweetGrid: http://bit.ly/MuCM0d
Brands: @AflacDuck
Panelists:  @Zipporahs, @LisaSamples, @StacieInAtlanta, @Scentednights, @MommyBlogExpert

Twitter Party Prizes*
We’re giving out over $1,000 in prizes – there will be prizes every 10 minutes!  You could win our Twitter party grand prize – a $200 Target gift card, or some of our fabulous prizes that will inspire you to Swim With Friends.
Sunglass Hut Gift Card

$50 Sunglass Hut Gift Card
Coleman 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler

Coleman 70-Quart Xtreme Cooler
Target Gift Card

$200 Target Gift Card


Party Topics
We’ll be talking about how we give back to causes we care about – and ways you can help join the fight against pediatric cancer. We’ll also be joined by the Aflac Cancer Center’s Director of Clinical Research Dr. Howard Katzenstein and a Cancer Center patient who are ready to answer your questions.
To get started, click here to Tweet:
“Join me to help fight pediatric cancer at the #AflacKids Twitter Party w/ @SheSpeaksUp & @AflacDuck 9/6 at 9pm ET! http://bit.ly/AflacKids”



New to Twitter Parties?
No problem. Check out our TweetGrid 101 video and our Twitter Party tips and hints. Then get ready to jump into the conversation!

Be sure to RSVP for the party by commenting on this blog post with your Twitter handle to be entered to win the amazing door prize – a $200 Target Gift Card!

Let’s get Tweeting! Don’t forget, the more you Tweet with #AflacKids, the more money goes directly to pediatric cancer research.

If you blog about this Twitter Party, please email your post to blogteam@shespeaks.com.

*Door prize winner must have RSVP-ed via comment and be participating in the discussion to win. Open to all United States residents. One prize per winner. No purchase necessary. All Twitter party prize winners must complete a form with mailing details within 48 hours of the party. The form will be DMed if you win a prize.