CVS Radiance Platinum Inside & Out #CVSradiance Giveaway

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We received a new line of vitamins and supplements, radiance PLATINUM line that are 100% preservative-free developed by CVS/pharmacy and available only at CVS stores. This new line also offers options that are gluten-free, dairy-free, Non-GMO and some are suitable for vegans and vegetarians which is great because of so many allergies out there. My sister has gone gluten free and my daughter is diary-free. The radiance PLATINUM line is really designed to help shoppers find vitamins or supplements that fit their health goals, no matter what lifestyle needs they might require or prefer. You can view the entire line here at


These are the vitamins and supplements we received.

Vitamin B12


Men’s Multivitamins

Vitamin E Oil



I picked these because of certain goals I have for myself and for my husband. We both need to be eating better and living healthier. We just purchased an elliptical and are going to set up a better routine for our lives. We’re not getting enough sleep or exercise. The Melatonin is for me to help me sleep and I’m going to discuss with my doctor the possibility of giving some to my son. Miles really doesn’t sleep well at night and he wakes up at 6 am no matter how he slept the night before. I want to get back into a routine of getting up at six again too so I’ll be up with him and I can use that extra time to exercise.

I’m also working to go dairy-free and the fact that these are diary-free and gluten free and easy to find at CVS instead of a specialty store is amazing. Why are we making the change? I think my whole family except for me has a sensitivity to dairy. My daughter’s sensitivity is the worst and I forget how many things have diary in them.


My husbands needs to take the vitamins, and I need some Vitamin E for my nails and hair. I love taking B12 for energy and I think I read that it might help blood flow too. And the probiotics are for digestion for me. I like taking vitamins and supplements, I really feel they help me get through my day. And if you need any help picking out vitamins for yourself try the useful tool called the Family Vitamin Center online on


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Maple Bacon Doughnut Recipe #HormelFamily

This is a recipe I found on Hormel’s Pinterest page. The Hormel family of products has an excellent Pinterest section with so many fantastic recipes, this particular one was on the Bacon page. YUM!


maple bacon doughnuts


Maple Bacon Doughnuts Recipe


  • 1/3 cup water, heated to 105°F. to 115°F.
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package dry active yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavoring or vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Maple Flavor Bacon, cooked
  • Canola oil, for deep-frying
  1. Place warm water in small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup milk over medium heat until warm; remove from heat. Add 1/3 cup butter; stir until melted. Stir in 2 teaspoons maple flavoring.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar and salt; make well in center. Add yeast mixture, milk mixture and egg. Mix until smooth dough forms. Turn out onto floured work surface. Knead 5 minutes or until smooth dough forms. Or use dough hook of electric mixer until smooth dough forms and pulls away from side of bowl.
  4. Brush inside of medium bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl; cover. Let stand in warm place 1 hour or until dough is doubled in size.
  5. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 10×5-inch rectangle. Cut dough into 10 same-size bars; cover. Let stand 10 minutes.
  6. Cook bars in batches in 350°F. oil 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown; remove to paper towel to drain.
  7. To make maple icing, in small bowl, combine powdered sugar, remaining 1/3 cup milk, the melted butter and remaining 1 teaspoon maple flavoring, adding more milk if needed to make smooth consistency. Spread icing over warm doughnuts. Top with bacon before icing sets. Let stand 5 minutes or until icing is set.

Bacon Pancakes Recipe #HormelFamily

We receive bacon samples from Hormel.

Now this gets me excited to get out of bed in the morning. From our friends at Hormel we have this amazing Bacon Pancakes recipe.

bacon pancakes

Bacon Pancakes Recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 10 slices HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Bacon
  • Butter, to serve
  • Maple syrup, to serve


  1. To make batter, in medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Make well in center. Add buttermilk and egg to flour mixture; stir until smooth.
  2. Grease large nonstick skillet. Pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet; cook 2 minutes or until bubbles appear on top of pancakes. Lay 2 or 3 slices bacon across pancake; turn over. Cook 1 to 2 minutes longer; transfer to plate. Top with butter; drizzle with maple syrup. Repeat with remaining batter and bacon.

Cous Cous Salad Recipe #HormelFamily

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Combine three of your favorite Peloponnese® products into one delicious, unique salad.

cous cous salad

Cous Cous Salad Recipe


  • 1 (5.4-ounce) package PELOPONNESE® Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Couscous
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 PELOPONNESE® Roasted Red Peppers, drained and torn
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup PELOPONNESE® Halved Kalamata Gourmet Black Olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley or cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cook couscous according to package directions; cool. Fluff with fork. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Add cheese, roasted peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, parsley and mint to couscous; toss to mix.
  3. To make dressing, in jar with tight-fitting lid, combine oil, lemon juice, honey, cumin and garlic; shake to combine. Drizzle over salad. Toss gently. Season with salt and black pepper.

Festive DIY Crafting for the Holidays

Are you entertaining at your home this holiday? These six DIY crafting ideas can keep décor costs down and create a lovely ambiance in your home.

Coffee-Filter Garland


Image via Country Living

Each year you may be accustomed to running holiday garland, popcorn, or wreaths about the fireplace, mantel, or stairwell. This year, change up your décor with new festive coffee filter garland. This is the perfect project for anyone who has converted over to single cup coffee brewers and have no use of their regular coffee filters.

Country Living has this beautiful garland piece created with white and natural colored coffee filters. However, you can dye your coffee filters with food coloring, just as with these coffee filter flowers, so your garland can match any color theme you have planned this year.

Sparkling Wine

If you enjoy hosting holiday parties, give each household guest a bottle of sparkling wine as their gift. This is not your ordinary drinking sparkling wine. This is a beautiful DIY decorated bottle with glitter on the outside. It’s fun, festive, and something they can keep out the entire year to decorate their home.

If you have many guests, select an inexpensive wine such as a Moscato. If the label can easily peel away, that’s best. You can use a clear glue and glitter; however, for roughly the same costs, you can purchase Mod Podge Sparkles. Using an applicator sponge, add the Mod Podge Sparkle to the bottle. Work in small sections, so you don’t smudge your bottle. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Add a ribbon and gift tag, and you have an unforgettable homemade gift.

Affordable Sparkling Ornaments

Another great and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays are with sparkling ornaments. Grab a box of inexpensive bulbs, any size. Roll each bulb in Mod Podge Sparkle or glitter glue. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes before gluing floss, twine, or another type of string to the base of the bulb. Hang on your tree, line up a serving table, or decorate the fireplace with these sparkling ornaments. The sparkling ornaments shimmering off of the Christmas lights will bring a beautiful glow to your home. You can even use these bulbs year round to decorate for any holiday or celebration.

Decorate Under the Tree with Gifts

You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorative gift boxes or even expensive gift wrapping paper. Wrap the gifts in ordinary brown paper bags or other inexpensive wraps you may have. Now, decorate the outside of the boxes with decorative pieces found right in your backyard. Acorns, pinecones, and tree leaves all make beautiful décor and add a pleasant fragrance to your gifts. Secure them to the paper using hot glue. Consider putting a string of Christmas lights on your tree skirt to light up the gifts!

Fruit Ornaments

You may hang the same holiday ornaments up on your tree year after year. This year can be different, using your favorite fruits. Good Housekeeping presents this fun activity even the kids can help with. Baking these will add a wonderful aroma to your home.

Turn your oven to 150 degrees. Take your favorite fruits such as oranges, apples, pears, grapefruits, and lemons. Cut them crosswise into ½ inch to ¾ inch slices. Try to keep them uniform. Line them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place them in the oven and bake for four hours, turning every hour. Be sure to check on them as you don’t want them to dry out. Create a tiny hole in each piece and string brown or green twine through each. Enjoy hanging on your tree.

Fruit and Flower Centerpieces

If you want to wow your guests, be sure to have a beautiful table centerpiece. Once again, this does not need to be expensive. A DIY fruit and flower centerpiece is easily made with materials you probably already have in your home. Fill a clear glass vase with grapes, key limes, or raspberries. Then, place a bouquet of fresh flowers on top, protruding outside the vase. Add complementing garland such as mint leaves or baby’s breath around it.

The above six ideas are fun and easy DIY crafts for this holiday season. Although these are fun, there are several more unique ways to decorate. Check out for ideas! Your guests will think you’ve worked hours on these projects, and only you know how easy and quick it really was.

Food Guy Fieri and His Flavortown Sweepstakes #GuyAtWM #Ad

This is a partnered post with Lunchbox, all opinions are my own.


Guy Fieri’s kitchen tools are designed to make cooking easy in a fun decorative way! Guy Fieri’s cookware not only provides you with quality you can actually feel, but also off-the-hook designs that are guaranteed to enhance your kitchen look. These products were created to meet Guy’s specifications, meaning they are strong enough for everyday use and are made to last with what I call his personality. Cooking is easy with the right equipment, and Guy’s kitchen tools available at deliver the performance you and I seek every day. I received quite a few of the items and have fallen right in love.

This cutting board serves as a decorative serving board as well. Just flip it over fun function and then flip again for a talking piece.



Now with all of the accessories and you should know you can get all of these gadgets at, I can be creative in the kitchen. This set has stylish knives with stainless steel blades that have an inlay logo, a unique and comfortable handle design and are perfectly balanced and weighted for precision and ease of use. The 12-piece set includes an eight-inch chef knife, eight-inch slicer knife, 5.5-inch serrated utility knife, 4.5-inch fine utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, kitchen shears, sharpener, four steak knives and wood storage block.


The knives are sharp and the chip clips are bright. Now we’ve covered that everyday cookin’ is made easy with Guy Fieri’s kitchen tools, but are you up for a challenge? Guy Fieri has this fun sweepstakes for all of us to participate in. It’s the Cook-Off Sweepstakes and it gives you the opportunity to win some great Guy products like the ones pictured below.


Whip out your culinary skills and create the Penne with Cajun Hot Links and Chipotle Shrimp dish . Take on the challenge and share your creation via Instagram with #GuyAtWM to be in the running to win some of Guy Fieri’s kitchen tools that are sure to come in handy this Holiday Season.

Guy’s Fieri’s Cook-Off Recipe


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Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri
Total Time: 35 min | Prep: 20 min | Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings

1-ounce olive oil
4 hot links, all beef, cut in 6 bias slices
20 (21/25 shrimp), deveined, shelled and butterflied
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup Chipotle Sauce, recipe follows
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound cooked penne pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated plus more for serving
1 tablespoon diced Roma tomato
1 tablespoon diced scallion

In saute pan over high heat, add olive oil and hot links. Sear links until browned. Add the shrimp and cook until pink. Lower heat to medium. Then add cream, 3/4 of the Chipotle Sauce, salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta and the cheese. Toss to combine.

Serve in pasta bowl and garnish with diced tomato, scallions, more sauce, if desired, and grated Parmesan.

1 -1/2 cups BBQ sauce
3/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4-ounce Dijon mustard
1 to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
3/4-ounce red chili flakes
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in blender, puree, cover and refrigerate.

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How to Clean your Stainless Steel Appliances: Top 10 Natural Solutions

How to Clean your Stainless Steel Appliances: Our Top 10 Natural Solutions

Cleaning stainless steel home appliances is easier than you think whether you are removing stains, fingerprints, or other dirt. In fact you have some of the top 10 natural solutions already on your shelves at home. You may think these items are only for baking or cooking, but in reality they are also some of the best cleaning remedies you can ever find. It might be a little shocking to see what is on the list. You may not imagine how they can help, but they do.Cleaning Kitchen Appliance Fan Vents on Microwave Oven

  • Olive Oil
  • Club Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Peroxide
  • Baby oil
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Ketchup

You are probably extremely surprised by the above list. You might have thought of a few of these ingredients as cleaners, but not all of them. You may also have thought about natural cleaners sold in stores and found they don’t work. Try out just one of the ingredients on the list and you will be surprised at how well your appliance comes clean.

Ketchup is the oddest option mentioned and surprisingly very effective on steel, silver, copper and other metals. You take a little bit of catch and wipe it on your appliance with a sponge. It doesn’t need to be on long, just a few seconds before you rinse with water as you would with any cleaning ingredient. Your stainless steel will sparkle like it is new. Ketchup, the main ingredient as tomatoes, has some acidic properties and sugar. The combination is able to work on most grime left by fingerprint oils and dust to bring out the shine in your stain less steel.

While most of the products mentioned above can work alone like lemon and orange due to its acidic properties you also have some that need to be combined to work well.

For example peroxide and baking soda need to be combined together with ¼ peroxide, a couple table spoons of baking soda and the rest water for a cup of cleaner. The combination of peroxide and baking soda creates a natural reaction that is strong enough to remove all the grime.

You might wonder how oil, as there are two mentioned can be used to remove fingerprint oil and other dirt. It does boggle the mind a little, but nevertheless is effective. The properties in both oils take away fingerprint oil and then require a nice clean swipe with a little water and a soft rag. The stainless steel shines again while your fingerprints and dust are missing.

Vinegar can also be combined with items like lemon or baking soda to offer a nice, clean look for your stainless steel appliances. If you are not sold on these natural solutions there are certainly all natural cleaners sold in stores. However, take a look at the main natural ingredients and you will find they are very closely related to the items mentioned above.

You never want to leave any of the suggested ingredients on long. Acid can become damaging particularly lemon which is known to tarnish metals, so a quick clean with a rag and some water will help you make your appliances shine without damage.

What are the Latest Trends in Eyeglasses for Teenagers in 2015?

With all the new and fashionable products for kids and teens, it’s no wonder us mommies feel overwhelmed! Mommy, buy me this, or can you please get me that new yada-yada because everyone at school has one! I know, not all kids are like this, but if you’re a mommy, you have probably heard it a million times.

When it comes to eyeglasses however, most kids and teens would want to choose their own style. I have two girls who are as fashion conscious as I am, and I want them to look chic and fabulous all the time! So I did a little research on the latest trends in eyeglasses for 2015, just in case the three of us need to go visit a hip optometrist and get our eyes checked.

Cheerful student teenager look from behind books

Trend #1 – Cat Eye Glasses

When I see cat eye glasses, I think of Catwoman! Cat eye shaped glasses will fit any facial shape because of its timeless design. This retro chic trend is a favorite of Hollywood and was worn by style icons Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Today, Katie Perry, Mary J. Blige and Miranda Kerr sport these chic glasses.

Trend #2 – Exaggerated Wayfarer Glasses

Here is another one I see teenagers wear all the time, especially the ones that are hipsters. The original frame was designed by Ray Ban in 1956; the exaggerated wayfarer glasses nowadays come in an assortment of loud colors, to fit any personality. The style is also iconic and has a youthful and rebellious feel. Rockers of all shapes and sized love to wear a pair of exaggerated wayfarers from Ray Ban because it’s iconic and makes a statement.

Trend #3 – Chunky Bold Glasses

Geek is the new chic! This super fashionable trend seems to go on forever. Countless celebrities have donned a pair of chunky bolds, and they look absolutely fabulous by doing so! These also come in an array of different colors to match any dress and suit any occasion. Tina Fay is one celebrity that comes to mind when I see a pair of chunky gold glasses.

Trend #4 – Detailed Glasses

Plain glasses aren’t the only option when choosing a frame for your glasses. Detailed frames are all the rage this season because they offer you a million options. You can choose whatever intricately designed detail you want to express your personal style and taste. This trend shouts “freedom of expression” like no other, that’s why teens and kids love it.

Trend #5 – Round Glasses

When I see a pair of round glasses, I think about the movie Harry Potter and Gary Oldman’s character in Dracula. Both were wearing a pair of round glasses. Big as it was in the early days, and in Hogwarts, perfectly round frames are making a comeback!

Trend #6 – Oversized Round Glasses

If you want to look nerdy chic, then Oversized Round Frames are for you! Think of an old librarian in the 70’s, but more fashionable. Today, this style is considered uber chic. Nicole Richie loves oversized round glasses. Other celebrities who wear them are Kourtney Kardashian, the late Jackie O. Kennedy.

There you have it, six eyeglass trends that your teenagers will probably go for in 2015. I didn’t include colorful and sporty frames (younger kids seem to love these) because with most of the frames, you and your kids can choose whatever color you want. For a better understanding of what type of frame goes better with the shape of your face, drop by your nearest eye store today.

The Amazon Fire Phone for 99 Cents #ATTSeattle

I was provided a loaner phone from AT&T to perform this review.

Most users are not fans of the Amazon Fire phone, I mean honestly if I wasn’t a phone reviewer I might have had a problem with it. Switching from one device to another can be tricky. You fall in love with your phone, how it works, how the programs fit together, the direction of swiping and then going to a new phone is hard. To me, I’m finally used to it, but in the beginning I would hate a phone only because I didn’t like learning the new operating system.


I found the Amazon Fire Phone to be easy to learn and I actually liked it. I found it to be quick, the camera was quick, it uploaded quickly and it was easy to use. The phone has a nice feel in my hand and it has some great app options for not being an iPhone or Android.


Dynamic Perspective

Experience interactions not possible on other smartphones. Tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, and peek to navigate menus and access shortcuts with one hand. Dive into a new class of immersive apps and games—peek to see detailed views of clothing, shoes, and more in the new Amazon Shopping app for Fire phone, or take on a character’s viewpoint to see around corners and obstacles in games. Learn more

Firefly technology

Quickly identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products—simply press and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover useful information and take action in seconds. Learn more

13MP camera

Fire phone features a custom-tuned 13 megapixel camera system, with a fast five-element wide aperture f/2.0 lens for crisp, beautiful images.


Get free, live, on-device video support with an Amazon expert, 24×7, 365 days a year at the touch of a button. No appointments necessary. Now available over the AT&T cellular network, in addition to Wi-Fi. Learn more

Immersive apps and games

Peek in maps to show Yelp ratings. In StubHub stadium view, see 90 degrees to the left and right of your seat, as if you were actually there, looking around. In games, like Lili, take on the character’s viewpoint and move your head to look around corners, obstacles, and other objects.

Bold colors

Amazon cases are available in a variety of colors to match your personal style. Choose from Black or Cayenne in premium leather, or Black, Cayenne, Citron, Blue, or Royal in durable polyurethane.


· The Fire Phone is on 99 cents with a two-year service agreement (click here)

· Customers can get the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet for $49.99 with purchase of Amazon Fire Phone (Requires qual. plans req’d on each device).

Every Fire phone customer receives: A full year of Amazon Prime benefits including: Prime Instant Video – unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes, Prime Music – listen to over one million songs ad-free, even download them to your phone, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – choose from over 500,000 books to borrow for free, FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, 1,000 Amazon Coins (a $10 value) to use on apps, games, and in-app purchases, and Unlimited cloud storage for photos taken with Fire phone at no additional cost.

Family Safety: 5 dangerous Driving Mistakes

Family safety: 5 dangerous driving mistakes you might do without knowing it!

You wake up in the morning to the sound of an accident. For a second time it’s the accident sound that completes your day. Something is actually wrong with the drivers on our roads. They are doing things they ought not to do while on the wheel. It is ironical to see drivers commit the same mistakes that were made known to them during their driving lessons. Their lack to adhere to the safety measures taught in driving schools is the main reason behind the dangerous driving mistakes. What things do some drivers do that annoy other drivers or even the pedestrians alike? The five most dangerous driving mistakes are:

Texting while driving

1) Cellphone use- it is common to see a good number of drivers busy talking over the phone while struggling to focus on the road at the same time. A recent road safety journal reported that a driver is more likely to cause an accident in an equal measure as a drunk driver. Drivers are easily distracted while on the phone and less focus is kept on the road, other vehicles and pedestrians. In many instances they react to the distraction when it is way too late to avoid the accident.

2) Fatigued driving-driving when fatigued is very dangerous especially on very busy roads where the traffic level is very high. It can cause injuries, if not death, on you and other road users in the event that an accident occurs. Impaired driving is reported to have killed over 10000 people in California, U.S.A in 2012 alone. Drunk drivers are a serious problem to other road users and it has always been recommended that people ought not to drive when on the influence of alcohol.

3) Fast driving-young inexperienced and teen drivers are the most common victims who are fascinated with the fast speed they drive their cars at. Over speeding on poor condition roads, high cliffs and round sharp bends is extremely dangerous and unthinkable. The over speeding driver can easily topple over the fall, veer off the road or worse off, roll several times before plunging in a ditch. The deadly crashes result to serious injuries that may even cause permanent disabilities to the victims. It is necessary that drivers drive at safe speeds at all times so as to protect all the parties at stake from any form of accident that might arise from the deadly crashes thereon.

4) Aggressive & Reckless driving- most of the aggressive driving traits include frequent changing of lanes, ignoring traffic rules and close following of other vehicles. Other aggressive driving habits are include rude gestures, excessive and unnecessary honking and ignoring other drivers on the road. Aggressive driving is dangerous to both other drivers and the victim himself. It distracts other drivers due to fear of collision and ending up in a fatal accident. Empathy for other drivers can help reduce reckless and aggressive drivers. Ensuring good driving is healthy to the individual driver and the society as a whole.

5) Poor car maintenance-it is always said that you reap what you saw. It therefore goes without saying that when a driver fails to ensure proper maintenance of his car he should not expect it to perform as desired. Driving with a poor lighting system, deflated tires and a poor braking system will for sure drive one into an accident. The car becomes difficult to control and is unreliable. Ensuring good maintenance for one’s car from time to time will improve its reliability while on the road. It will also be easy to avoid accidents and ensure safe driving at all times of the day and at all traffic levels.