Get #PanteneAtSams Good Hair Day Giveaway

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A good hair day for me starts on a day like today. I get up, I take a bath, wash it and dry it and if I’m really having a good day I’ll curl it. But today blow drying it is good enough. This is a picture of me with a good hair day. Look at it, all blond and blowing in the wind. I LOVE IT!image

When my hair looks good I feel good. When I feel good I smile when I smile people notice and I get compliments. So I have more confidence and it all started with a good hair day. I also love to color my hair and because I color it gets really dry on the ends. I want to wash it but I hat the color to fade.

I’m working with SheSpeaks and #PanteneAtSams to see how good a hair day I can get using Pantene Platinum Color Lock shampoo & conditioner.

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Pantene Platinum Color Lock shampoo & conditioner……….Color-treating hair leaves it weak and prone to damage, but the antioxidants in this system work from the hair’s core to help protect against fade-causing damage and protect color, all while providing a soft, radiant shine. With Nutri-Lock technology, this system works from the hair’s core to help provide color protection for up to six weeks (shampoo and conditioner system vs. non-conditioning shampoo).

 

I want you all to know that I’ve been using Pantene for a long time anyway. My kids are using it too but this will be my first time to try the Pantene Platinum Color Lock Shampoo & Conditioner. You can enter to win a $25 GC to Sams so that you can buy your own.

 

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Penguins are At Denny’s #DennysDiners

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I’m so happy that we’re working with Denny’s Diners again this year. Last year I loved visiting their headquarters and learning about all their new menu items. Did you know that they change their menu quarterly? I didn’t know that. Now I love to go in and find out what’s new on the menu.

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Last year I found out that I was the only one that had never had a pancake puppy so the first thing I did was share some with my kids. We went to our local Denny’s Diner at the very end of March to preview the new menu for kids and found out that they have a new partnership with DreamWorks Animation’s award-winning film and television franchises. While they were enjoying the new menu art and activities we shared some pancake puppies.

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The new menu is kicking off with Penguins of Madagascar.  My kids loved Penguins of Madagascar and really wanted one of the Penguins cups so I let them have one. I have a feeling that over the course of the next few months we will be getting one of each cup they have. Penguin Kids Cup

Other movies that will be featured this season are….Puss In Boots and Turbo FAST, in addition to many popular characters such as Shrek.  The colorful characters adorn Denny’s kids menu in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games to enjoy during mealtime. In addition, families will have access to a variety of fun family activities via the DreamWorks COLOR App along with an exciting selection of movie content, games and more.

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The DreamWorks COLOR app lets you reimagine your favorite DreamWorks characters and worlds your way. Guests color the DreamWorks characters featured on the Denny’s Kids Menu then use the DreamWorks COLOR App (www.dreamworkscolor.com) to bring their drawings to life. The characters literally jump off the menu in 3D! Guests can pose and take selfies with their characters, build and play in worlds they color and create. DreamWorks COLOR app encourages families to engage creatively with each other during mealtimes and provides a modern twist to a traditional diner activity.

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Visit Denny’s Diners regularly so you don’t miss anything new! #DenysDiners

Getting Pregnant Was Hard And Depressing For Us…You are Not Alone!

“This post is brought to you by The Stork OTC and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.” 

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Getting pregnant is so rewarding and one of the most amazing things a woman can go through. I’m not saying it’s the most pleasant thing, for some it is, for me I hated it both times. I was miserable but what was worse that that was that fact that I wasn’t getting pregnant. I had endometriosis and was told by my doctor that I needed to get pregnant sooner rather than later. We didn’t try right away but once we started trying I was desperate. I wanted to get pregnant and the longer it took the sadder I was. We tried everything, counting the days, watching the cycle, watching my temperature you name it we tried it. I saw all my friends get pregnant. I saw them get pregnant again and nothing happened for me. I saw people who were teenagers and not responsible get pregnant have a healthy child and then get pregnant again. I was depressed. Trying to have a child and not get pregnant is depressing. The longer the more deeper!!! I was  lucky that we had a really good insurance company and could do amazing tests. I was also lucky that the very first test they did on me……test/procedure….worked. What happens to those that don’t have amazing insurance companies….

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Because I fully understand the pain, it took me over two years after we started seriously trying, not just trying, but seriously trying, I know how depressing it can be. So we’ve partnered with www.storkotc.com to bring you information and new ideas for getting pregnant and dealing with ways to try. Stork OTC is an innovative, home-use device that helps with becoming pregnant. Whether you are just starting on your journey to parenthood or have been trying for longer, let The Stork OTC optimize your chances of conceiving. This NEW treatment option is FDA-cleared for home-use without a prescription. The Stork OTC offers a relaxed and private way of conceiving in your own home using new technology based on cervical cap insemination. This smart technique puts the sperm at the opening of the cervix as possible, optimizing your chances of conception. This isn’t something I’ve tried but knowing me trying to get pregnant and how much I wanted to be without success I would have tried it. I would have tried everything. I was at the point where every time we had sex I would stay in bed with my hips lifted above my head to make sure I was doing everything I could to make sure the sperm were going in the right direction. Getting pregnant when you are stressed or worried or just thinking about it too much seems to affect it. I’m presenting Stork OTC as maybe another option to try. Don’t get depressed. Most families that struggle get pregnant once they decide to adopt. So what I’m saying is this is something to try. Always stay in communication with your doctor and be ready for the ups and downs. Stork OTC is an option you can try and I would have tried if it had been around.

The Stork OTC lets you take charge of your family planning, and act as a team while you do it. FDA-cleared applications for The Stork OTC include common fertility difficulties attributed to both men and women, including:

  • Low Sperm Count
  • Motility Issues
  • Unfavorable Vaginal Environment (pH imbalance)
  • Unexplained Infertility

Product Information:

The Stork OTC is the only conception assistance device cleared by the FDA for over-the-counter sales to consumers, without a prescription.

The Stork OTC could change the way couples approach challenges becoming pregnant.

The Stork OTC is delivering hope to millions of Americans struggling to conceive a child.

Can be used if you are diagnosed with infertility, have tried months without success, or simply want to get pregnant more quickly; also if you want to conceive without intercourse (LGBT, disabilities, single women).

With The Stork OTC, consumers finally have an easy-to-use, drug-free, economical conception aid they can use at home, without a prescription.

A sensible first step before trying more costly, invasive procedures.

The Stork OTC uses an established and effective conception technique—cervical cap insemination—which helps with many common fertility difficulties.

Cervical cap insemination’s documented success rate is around 10-20% (Footnotes 1, 2) similar to the success rate for IUI. (Footnote 3)

The Stork OTC puts you in control; you can use it to optimize their chances to conceive this month.

It is available now, online and in select retailer stores, for where to buy visit http://www.storkotc.com/

Visit http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/social-media-ideas.html for more ideas on how to raise awareness via social media.

Rinovum® Women’s Health and The Stork OTC are proud to partner with RESOLVE and to support National Infertility Awareness Week (April 19 – 25, 2015). RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and men living with infertility.

 

 

 

 

Footnotes

1) ”Therapeutic donor insemination: A prospective randomized trial of fresh versus frozen sperm.” Leslee L. Subak, MD, G. David Adamson, MD, Nancy L. Boltz, RNC. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Volume 166, Issue 6, Part 1, June 1992.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/1615966/

2) ”The cervical cap for home artificial insemination.” Corson SL, Batzer FR, Otis C, Fee, D. Journal of Reproductive Medicine, May 1986; 31(5)349-52.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/3746786/

3) American Society for Reproductive Medicine: http://www.reproductivefacts.org/FACTSHEET_Intrauterine_Insemination_IUI/

Unboxing the Star Wars Mega Box #MyStarWars & Digital Release

OMG this was one of the most amazing things that Disney could ever send me. Disney sent our family the best box of Star Wars items they could have ever sent. They sent it in honor of the Digital Release today! (all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10.)

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We have an entire set of five action figures from each movie so that’s 30 different Star Wars action figures. We did an unboxing and I took video of it. I even turned my phone side ways but for some reason when I flipped the phone it didn’t flip the video so I apologize for the sideways video. But you can still hear all the excitement from the kids.

 

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The kids have been bugging me all day to let them open them up and I said you have to get some school work done first. I have to be honest part of me doesn’t want to share. One of my most prized possessions is my Han Solo edition of Monopoly that my husband made.

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This is basically what he did.

He used the movie, the actual movie to capture high quality graphics to create game board. I don’t have the game board anymore or I would show you a picture of it. The board didn’t survive moving and storage, but we do have the digital copies somewhere so my husband can recreate it for me sometime.

He spend hours hunting down the action figures about 7 years ago. It looks like Star Wars action figures are a lot easier to find right now verses 5 years ago. But anyhow, he  found about 10 different characters and half of them were all different versions of Han Solo.

He found some acrylic frames and used those as the boards for the action figures to stand on. He hot glued them down.

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He printed up chance, and community chest cards and called them Fate of the Galaxy and Pilot’s Maneuver.  He used beads as currency, and wooden pieces as houses and really cool carved pieces as the hotels. IMG_7273

He also put a great amount of detail into the Monopoly property cards.

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I can not tell you how much my husband and I love to play games together. I’m such a strong supporter of creating a family game night in your family. Then you all force yourselves to stop everything that you are doing and be a family, make happy memories and just have a great time together.

Two Great Kids Tablets Kurio and Nabi

We received a Kurio to review and Miles assumed it was his and played with it until the battery died. It has a huge selection of games and educational software and kept him busy for a long long time. He still wants a Nabi because the Disney channel or Disney XD I can’t keep them apart, has a great commercial for the Nabi, but he still likes the Kurio too. I think his ultimate goal is that we have one of each so Zoe can have one and he has the other. (not that we are lacking in the tablet department anyway)

Intel is the brains inside the two devices that were specifically made with the children in mind – specifically, the Kurio XTREME and Fuhu Nabi DreamTab​. These fun tablets are packed with various kid-friendly features, yet equipped with a bunch of great control features so parents can rest assured their child is only reaping the benefits of using this tech.

Kurio XTREME

Kurio XTREME

  • 7-inch tablet that is designed to enhance the tablet experience for children
  • Equipped with control settings so parents can ​monitor, filter and manage content​, as well as implement unique features such as set time limits for daily play and learning sessions
  • Running on Android 4.4, this tablet is pre-loaded with over 90 apps from educational games to various e-books that will keep your child entertained and learning 
  • Comes with a fun protective bumper to shield the tablet from any accidental drops
  • Powered by an ​Intel Atom processor​, the device experiences a faster and more responsive performance plus increased energy efficiency and longer battery life​
  • Now available for purchase at major retailers like Best Buy and Target
  • Starting price at $129.99

Fuhu Nabi DreamTab

  • 8-inch tablet powered by an Intel® Atom™ Z3745 processor
  • ​A fun companion for kids with a bright colored protective bumper and engaging interface
  • Kids can create, play and connect at home or on the go
  • ​Runs on Android 4.4 KitKat​ and comes with over 400 kid-focused, parent-approved features
  • ​The tablet is equipped with a Time Controls feature that allows parents to set limits for daily tablet use, individual app use and create rules for earning extra time​
  • ​Wings Learning System is one unique feature​, which​offers personalized learning that differentiates content, pace and sequence to build confidence and skill set mastery 
  • Starting at $199.99​​

I love the action games. The kids actually have to get up and move to make the game work. I also love the case that it comes with. The case keeps my son on the go without having to worry about him dropping it which of course he already has. The battery seemed to last a pretty good amount of time as well.

Start Grilling Season with Sunshine and Ball Park Flame Grilled Patties

I might be jumping the gun a little bit calling it the beginning of grilling season but I know that people in the northeast are greatly looking forward to no more snow. So let’s get this sunshine started and our grills hot with some new products from Ball Park.

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Ball Park brand provides busy families with a simple and delicious time-saving solution—Flame Grilled Patties. With options like Beef & Cheese, Beef & Onion and Turkey with Cheddar & Jalapeno, all six fully-cooked patty varieties are ready in just about a minute in the microwave, and provide that juicy, delicious, “just off the grill taste” – without the grill.

My family lives on Ball Park in the summer time. We grill them on the grill when it isn’t raining (remember we live in Seattle). We grill them inside when it is raining and put them in the microwave when we are in a hurry. Now the Ball Park Flame Grilled patties are slowly becoming a part of our spring and summertime repertoire. I haven’t found the Beef & Cheese, Beef & Onion and Turkey with Cheddar & Jalapeno patties yet but I can’t wait until I do. They sound delicious and I love turkey burgers so much. Plus I’m a jalapeno addict and just know I’m going to devour these new patties. Here are how easy they are to prepare:

FOR BEST RESULTS PREPARE FROM FROZEN

  1. Place FROZEN PATTY on microwave-safe plate.
  2. Microwave on HIGH from frozen: for 1 minute 30 seconds to 1 minute 50 seconds or until hot. (For microwaves 800 watts or lower may need to Add 5 seconds at a time until hot.)
  3. Let stand for 1 minute before serving.
    CAUTION: Product will be hot!

SKILLET:

  1. Place frozen patty in lightly greased skillet.
  2. Heat over medium heat from frozen: 10-12 minutes or until hot, turning occasionally.

GRILL:

  1. Place frozen patty on lightly greased grill.
  2. Grill over medium heat from frozen: 10-12 minutes or until hot, turning occasionally.

In Love with Michael Todd Skincare

Oh wow how time flies. I received products from Michael Todd Skincare in February and I loved it so much that I thought I wrote the review for it as soon as the product came. But looking back through my blog I couldn’t find the post. OH MAN, you know what probably happened is that I told myself I have to do a video review because I love this stuff so much, or I had to get the perfect photo. I do this for products that I love the most and then somehow they fall off the blog list and then man oh man I feel bad.

Michael Todd (formerly known as Michael Todd True Organics) is a rapidly growing organic skincare company in the US and I just have to share it with all of you.

 

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THE HERO product, the SONICLEAR, is the first ever sonic skin cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against stain and odor causing bacteria. Sonic cleansing can create a breeding ground for microbial contamination when skin cells, makeup and moisture residue combine with bacteria that cling to the brush bristles between cleansings. Cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush™

I have been a huge fan of the Soniclear since I first started blogging, it was one of the first products I received that was high end. But the Michael Todd Sonicclear is purple!! But you can also get it in five other colors/patterns.

 

The moisturizer; AGELESS face and neck is ideal for mature skin but suitable for all skin types except sensitive, is a complete anti-aging complex targeting all three sectors in the anti-aging realm: cell regeneration, improved cellular turnover and future protection.  Includes next generation Hyalusphere delivery system technology for advanced penetration of encapsulated Hyaluronic Acid, providing a “dewy” complexion.

And the eye tool; THE EYE ERASER, combines sonic, ionic and thermal infusion technology in one to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles, helps build skin’s resilience over time, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and maximizes the absorption of eye serums and wrinkle-reducing creams in a way that’s not possible with your fingers alone.

I’m so happy with the products they sent to me, I really loved the moisturizer because my face is often so dry, or it’s dry and oily. Using a product regularly keeps my face more regular!.

3 10 Minute Wow Recipes From Del Monte #10MinuteWow

Wow, Easter was yesterday and Del Montel came to the veggie rescue of our meal. I was asked to create a recipe for my friends who were hosting the Easter celebration. Because I’m working with Del Monte and the request was Green Bean Casserole that’s what I made. It’s really easy to throw together you just toss the main ingredients and then bake if for 30 minutes. EASY PEASY!

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Ingredients

2 can (10.75oz.each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 tsps. soy sauce
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 can (14.5oz.each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
2⅔ cups French’s® French Fried Onions, divided

Directions

Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole.Bake at 350° F, uncovered, 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.Bake 5 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown. – See more at: http://www.delmonte.com/recipes/detail/green-bean-casserole/#sthash.CLMnqx7b.dpuf

 

And yet, Del Montel really wants me to share with you some easy 10 minute recipes; while I thought 30 minutes was easy. All of these recipes are found at Delmonte.com/recipes

 

2015 DEL MONTE ‘HAM PAIRING’ >> CHEDDAR CORN CASSEROLE

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Ingredients

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, about 12 oz.
2 Tbsps. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. black pepper
¾ cup milk
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
⅔ cup sliced green onions, divided
1 tsp. hot sauce
4 cans (15.25oz.ea.) Del Monte® Whole Kernel Corn, well drained
1½ cups croutons [or crackers], finely crushed (about 3/4 cup), optional topping
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, optional topping
½ cup diced red bell pepper, optional topping

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss together cheese, flour and pepper in a medium bowl; set aside.Stir together milk, cream cheese, 1/3 cup green onions and hot sauce in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Add corn and shredded cheese mixture; stir well to blend evenly. Cover and bake 30 minutes.Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup green onions and optional toppings, as desired. Bake 5 minutes longer. –

2015 DEL MONTE ‘LAMB PAIRING’ >> PEAS 5 WAYS


 

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Ingredients

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cans (15oz.ea.) Del Monte® Sweet Peas, drained
½ cup bagged shredded carrots
⅓ cup chopped fresh mint leaves

Directions

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat; add peas and carrots. Cook 3 to 4 minutes; gently stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.Stir in mint and season to taste with salt and black pepper, if desired.

2015 DEL MONTE ‘SALMON PAIRING’ >> LEMON-GARLIC GREEN BEANS WITH CRISPY CRUMBS

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Ingredients

2 Tbsps. olive oil, divided
¾ cup panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsps. grated lemon zest
¼ tsp. coarse sea salt [or Kosher salt], optional
2 tsps. minced garlic
2 cans (14.5oz.ea.) Del Monte® Whole Green Beans [or Cut Green Beans], drained
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Freshly cracked black pepper, optional

Directions

Heat 1 Tbsp.oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; stir 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in lemon zest and salt, if desired. Transfer crumbs to a bowl.Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and garlic to same skillet. Stir over medium heat 30 seconds. Add green beans and lemon juice; stir until heated through. Serve beans topped with bread crumbs and pepper, if desired.

 

I know we’re too late for Easter but grilling season is getting started and these 10 minute recipes are going to come in handy very quickly!!!

Great Uses for the Post-it Brand World of Color collections

I’m not sure if this is normal or not but my kids are obsessed with Post-it® Notes. Whenever we buy them they end up all over the house. I find Post-it® Notes of all kinds. Zoe even used them last year to wish her brother happy birthday. She left Post-it® Notes on his door and in his room.

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We’re working with Post-it Brand and they sent us all of their new collections from the Post-it Brand World of Color collections. The Post-it Brand World of Color collections is a new line of Post-it® Notes for 2015 available in a range of eye-catching new colors with color palettes inspired by nine vibrant cities from around the world, including Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro, Bora Bora, Jaipur, Cape Town, Bali, Marseille, Helsinki, and New York. 

We decided to come up with a list of things to do with the Post-it Brand World of Color collections.

We always use them to make our grocery lists. The colors are great and I found that it’s actually easier now to find my grocery list in my purse because of the contrast of the pink against the soft blue.

My daughter made a recipe with my friend and as they created the recipe they used a Post-it® Note to keep track.

I also use Post-it® Notes to keep up with my list of work to do for the day. I keep them handy for blog post ideas and you can often see them all over the computer as a reminder of what else needs to be done.

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A friend of mine made a calendar with Post-it® Notes. I remember seeing the idea at a blog conference too. You get a picture frame and then you line the Post-it® Notes into rows and columns. You will have 7 columns and five rows because some months have five weeks and all weeks have seven days in them. Then you put your creation in a frame and you can use a dry erase marker for the dates and you can change it every month.

Another great use for Post-it® Notes is to make sports signs for your favorite teams. Last year I saw a lot of people using them in their office windows to celebrate the Seahawks.

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My husband told me that lots of people will prank each other in the office by covering everything in the office using Post-it® Notes.

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I’ve also found that you can make your own origami and Post-it® Notes are great for kids to make their own art creations for their rooms or the walls.

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Be sure to visit Post-it.com to view the full collection and find additional information.

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