Product Review Time – I Feel Like A Goddess!

I don’t know if you have ever heard of the website Influenster.com (that link goes to my profile page 😉 ), but if you like telling other people about the products you use – then you probably want to head on over there and check them out! I have received a couple of VoxBox(es) from them, what is a VoxBox – I know you are curious…They send out a box of things we all buy, complementary to TRY, REVIEW, & SHARE! If this sounds like you too, join the community – we would love to have you! Today’s main reason for posting though….drumroll please….I got a #GoddessVoxBox from #Influenster!!!! The idea or theme to this box is literally treating yourself like a #Goddess! I love it when a #VoxBox shows up and I get to not only try new stuff out, but share what I think with everyone I know! Overall, this box gets 5 excited and enthusiastic stars! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything I tried and have actually decided to begin buying a couple of these items from now on! Here is the rundown: Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner #Pantene #StrongIsBeautiful Always Radiant with FlexFoam #Tampax #WearWhatYouWant SinfulColors Nail Polish #SinfulColors.com #SCKJSatin #SinfulColors Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Hydrating Toner #DickinsonBrands #DickinsonsWitchHazel #CleanseToneRefresh Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads #SoCutex #CutexUS Downy Fresh Protect with in-Wash Febreze Odor Defense #DownyBeads Ebates #Ebates I have really loved every one of the products so far, and will actually be buying the Shampoo & Conditioner, the Nail Polish Remover Pads, Ebates and Always as preferred products when I shop! Did I mention that I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of the products!  Thank you Influenster!!! #Influenster I received these products complimentary to TRY, REVIEW & SHARE...

Product Review Time!!! Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

Fabulous… If I had to describe the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads in a single word – Fabulous would be the one! I was down to that ugly period where you have pretty much a chipped out blob, in the middle of your fingers…To create a difficult mess to remove, I painted over the original pink with a teal/blue color. The pads were quite wet and easily removed all ten fingers without too much effort. The true bonus is, they sent two more! Now my toes are also polish free, and I have to say, my nails feel good and the smell is pleasant after sitting for a while. If you are sensitive to strong smells, do be mindful, they are pretty strong right out of the package and during use (my chihuahua boy covered his nose lol), but it went away pretty quickly. Overall I’m sold on the ease of use and less materials needing purchase on my end! Seriously, a remover in a single pad, for all 10 fingers – easy, peasy – no mess or big pile of cotton balls and no spilled bottle of remover to ruin the tabletop! I put mine back in the fol pouch it came in and dropped it in the trash. I received this product complimentary to TRY, REVIEW & SHARE!!! #SoCutex #HealthyNails #Influenster...

No Worries…Most Innovative Product I’ve Seen Yet…

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Hello My Friends… It really has been a very long time since I have posted, if I could just convey how crazy life has been, I would – but you wouldn’t believe me if I did! 🙂 I need to get back to regular little chats and I just KNOW you are missing all of the superb meals..it is time! I am starting out with a product review; I have done a lot of product reviews with the Influenster website, so I am going to share with you how impressed I really am with the Always Radiant Flex Foam pads. I know, I had friends on Facebook think I was joking when the review showed up in my timeline; but I am really excited that someone has finally created a completely new and amazing feminine hygiene product! What is contained in this little purple box, will revolutionize the way you see the coming of life’s necessities. These are the easiest, most comfortable, and most absorbent product of its kind. No one wants to talk about this stuff, but every single woman has to deal with it at some point; and for me, this product helped take away some of the anxiety associated with this part of being a woman. I literally forgot I was wearing it, and there was never, at any time, an unpleasant odor. Bonus added with the pretty, girly design of the individual packaging, and better yet – you can literally wear anything! I give this product 5 exuberant stars and have decided that this is the product I will buy from this point forward! Thank you to #Influenster and #Tampax for providing a free product to try out and review. You have a new customer. Just to reinforce this, I received this product complimentary for testing...

A Strange Little Show – Persons Unknown

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A friend of mine recommended watching a show that aired on NBC back in the summer of 2010 called Persons Unknown. I really wanted to like the show, and I did like the premise of it. The story could have done a whole lot more than it did – honestly, I spent a large portion of each episode asking myself, “What in the heck is going on here? Why are these people here? (That one got worse after the last couple of episodes where the writers revealed a whole lot of ideas that went no where!) Will they get out? What is the overall purpose of this ‘Program’? There were a couple of actors that I knew by face and name and a remaining cast that are all probably really talented actors, but largely unknown to me until I looked at the IMDB page for the show and looked at some of the other work they’ve done. Sometimes the acting felt forced or low budget, and after looking at a little about the show itself, it was done in different locations and had several episodes made before the initial pitching of the show to Fox. There is also somewhat of a ‘controversy’ surrounding the end of the show. During the original airing in 2010, there was confusion as to whether it would return, and when revealed it would not – all promotional material for the show indicated there would be no unanswered questions left hanging in oblivion. Well, they lied about that and did so knowingly. There is an interview with the shows producer Remi Aubuchon that intimates the frustration felt by him and other cast members when they saw these false promises of answers from the bigwigs running the show. The interview can be found at CliqueClack TV, and does reveal the direction they were planning on going with the show. Overall, I would give the show a 3 out of 5 stars – the idea was interesting (though confusing) and the situations the characters face are mind boggling, chilling, insane…The one and only season is available on Netflix. The season contained 13 episodes, each running approximately 43 minutes and originally aired July – August 2010. NBC describes the series as follows: “While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent “security” cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seem to derive from mysterious forces. At every turn, these strangers-turned-comrades are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally…” Have you watched it? What did you think? Any chance you would recommend it to someone and why? Sound off folks – would LOVE to hear from...

Mario Batali’s Strichetti With Prosciutto

Fragrant, delicious and a perfect match with glazed carrots and fresh strawberries!

I was spending a little time looking over some of the recipes we have collected and tried over the last year and have come to realize I fangirl out on Michael Symon all the time! If you’ve spent any time looking at the recipes, you will find a couple of his peppered around the site, and in all fairness, one of Daphne’s (which we’ve made many times) – but I’ve never ventured to try anyone else’s from The Chew. I am a huge fan of the show, and find that most of the time we can find something different, delicious and fairly manageable (LOL, don’t count what my kitchen looks like after as an indication of success) new little something to try. I always love Mario’s recipes, but have shied away due to the complexity (which should be called beauty) of what he creates in the kitchen. No more fear! This fantastico pasta dish, Mario Batali’s Strichetti with Prosciutto was just the one to dip our toes into the kiddie pool of Mario Batali’s recipes! First things first, we had to figure out what we were going to do to make this pasta. We didn’t have a pasta maker, and hubby has had many a dream about making fresh pasta – we have a kitchen aid mixer – but the kit for the pasta attachments are just out of our range at the moment. So we went with the “My Perfect Kitchen” Pasta Machine for $35.00. It makes flat sheets, fettuccine and spaghetti. For us and our love of kitchen gadgets – $35.00 will be a very good investment and a reason to make more fresh pasta 🙂 Bonus! The whole egg and flour well way of mixing the ingredients for the pasta is brilliant! That way you are working with it on a surface that should be easy to control the makeup entirely. Once the dough is combined the rolling begins – and you may ‘think’ it looks thin enough – go down another setting for good measure (maybe even 2!). We made these ahead of time and once the pressing, cutting, pinching and forming was done, we threw it on a parchment and semolina lined cookie sheet in the refrigerator until we were ready to finish dinner. From that point it was easy peasy 🙂 We followed the recipe exactly and were rewarded with a dinner that was like a rhumba on the...

I’ve Been Cheating – Freezer Meals Kind Of Rock!

The Texmex Chicken Casserole turned out really tasty!

I start out the new year with a promise to be more diligent and find more stuff to share and here I am not keeping that so well! Ah, as with resolutions everywhere and every year – I am going to be branching out with some variety and added content….just not maybe every single day 😉 I am such a free spirit, a schedule honestly makes me sweat and think panic mode. But what have we been eating you ask? A friend of mine and I decided we were going to try one of those marathon day cooking projects that would net us a month’s (to split for the first run) worth of meals made and frozen for easy and little effort meals. The ‘plan’ we went with was from The Shabby Creek Cottage and was an entire method of attack, shopping list and recipes to guide us in  this adventure! The Shabby Creek Cottage “A month of freezer meals + shopping list” post was so lovingly printed out with an added touch of  awesome in the form of individual recipe pages and the shopping list, by my hubby – a copy for both friend and I in hand! We started out thinking we were going to be super organized and it would be no sweat. The post figured four hours worth of kitchen time – and I think we were a little slow. 🙂 Seven hours later we were loaded up with meals and really had a good day of cooking and visiting; and an added bonus – she brought her two kiddos and the house, while pretty loud was filled with laughter and good times. The kids actually kept themselves very occupied and didn’t tear a single thing up! BONUS 😀 Other than taking a whole lot of time, we really had few ‘tips’ or ‘necessary changes’, but there were a few. First, look at her tips – seriously, wear comfortable shoes! LOL, I constantly run bare or sock footed (is that a word?), but I was hurting after doing it for the cook-off. Overall the recipes were pretty simple – HUGE note, if you do not own a scale that does pounds, then pay attention to your meat. You are cooking large amounts all at once for timing sake, but remember you have to measure out a certain number of pounds or individual chicken breasts – be mindful, this oversight ended in us not having the extra shredded chicken in small bags (but probably really meaty dishes!) Also, same thing applies to the rice (and a total afterthought on my half – if you have a partner and can manage 1 person working on beef meals and one working on chicken meals – the process would probably be much quicker). The only other real issue we came across, was with the ingredients “a HUGE (like double the size regular) jar of marinara and the biggest tub of ricotta you can find” being the directions. We talked about exactly how big her quantities were, because we had zero leftover marinara and had to send hubby on an emergency store run to procure more ricotta. The day left us ladies (and even hubby – because he was invaluable) feeling pretty accomplished and at least us beyond excited to try the meals! And as of this post, our family has had the chili (this was another one we didn’t end up with extra of and can’t figure out where we ran short on this one) – both as fantastically awesome chili dogs with cheese and also as a bowl of hearty goodness. We also used the mild beans when making it, as with my stomach issues the spicy just isn’t an option for me. But a nice big double thumbs up on the chili. We also had the Chicken and Dressing — and holy guacamole is it sinfully delicious! We put it on top of plain long grain white rice with butter and creamed spinach and were so happy with that dinner and the taste of the sage dressing was intense! Another double thumbs up on that one too. I am probably going to make a couple more full batches of this one to keep on hand. Tonight we had the Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Bake and this is the first one we weren’t crazy about. The taste was overall really decent, but the noodles just didn’t cook up the way I would have liked. Some were a little tough, but it reminded me of a Grandma Ruby attempt at tuna casserole. (I know, that is a reference that probably bears explanation, but let’s leave it at she made everything she tried...

Cinnamon Streuesel Coffee Cake – Martha Stewart Style

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With everything we have had going on lately, I decided it was far past time to create a baked miracle in the kitchen! I love sweets, and we usually end up with either prepackaged processed or something from the local bakery or store. I am a girl who loves coffee and what better to go with a perfectly crafted cuppa, that a Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe that I stumbled across. I almost cringe when I see Martha Stewart as the creator, nothing bad here! I actually love Martha and would love to be as naturally inclined at everything ‘home’ she is. We have successfully made her salisbury steak in the past, and though a little complex, was well worth the effort. So we decided to give this a try and are so glad we did! As an added tip, she has a banana coconut version I would be very willing to try, that sounds like it will add a whole new layer of flavor. We followed this one ver batim and had great results that everyone loved! This is one I could highly recommend to anyone with a sweet tooth that loves cinnamon!...