Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bubble Guppies Mini Saucer Chair - Review

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Bubble Guppies is a popular children's television series that airs on Nickelodeon. It revolves around a group of underwater seapeople.

For the little ones who are fans of the hit TV series, there's the Bubble Guppies Mini Saucer Chair. They can sit back, relax, and watch their favorite Nickelodeon show.

The chair features three Bubble Pupplies characters with the words "Swim with Us". Made of polyester, the cushion is soft and velvety. Recommended for ages 3 to 8, the chair has pink folding legs that are held securely in place when in use. It can be folded down to retain space when not in use. The mini saucer chair is comfy, cute, and would make an excellent holiday gift for Bubble Guppies fans.

Moozi Revolutionizes Formula Feeding with One-Step Pod System

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Miravan, LLC is set to revolutionize formula feedings and reduce the stress of middle of the night feedings with Moozi, an innovative new single-serving pod system that simplifies the bottle making process, creating perfect temperature formula bottles in under a minute at the touch of one button. It's an all-in-one system that gives parents a stress-free, safe and easy solution to the current complicated formula feeding process. Prior to Moozi being available in retail and online stores in late 2015, the company has created a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the product, which began in early November and is available here: bit.ly/MooziLV.

Moozi is to baby formula as Keurig is to coffee. “As a full-time working parent, I dreamt of a product that would simplify the dreaded middle-of-the-night feedings. I imagined a simple one-button solution with an easy reusable pod that worked as simply as my Keurig coffee machine. And now that dream has come true,” said Miriam Kutcher, President and Founder of Miravan, LLC. “I’ve been asked several times why I think this is the right product and the right category and the simple answer is that more than 85% of the 3.5+ million babies born each year in the US use formula bottles in the first year. The stressful and time-consuming steps to prepare formula bottles are faced by most new parents and caregivers, so it’s time we had a solution.”

The feature that truly differentiates Moozi from anything on the market is its’ unique patent-pending dry release system which keeps the formula and water separate until they mix in the bottle. Since they don’t mix in the machine, the channels stay clean. This reduces bacteria growth and keeps the system running smoothly time and time again.

Multiple sensors are in place to ensure safety and proper functionality. There is a sensor in the water tank, so Moozi won’t operate without water. There is also a sensor to control the water temperature to heat to a regulated body temperature setting. In addition, there are sensors to detect that a bottle is in proper position and that the lid is closed. Moozi works with most upright wide-neck bottles and all formula brands thanks to the reusable pods, giving the parent total control over what’s best for their infant and how much formula to use.

Before Moozi even hits retail shelves in late 2015, Miravan, LLC is offering potential backers an advance offer to purchase Moozi through their Kickstarter campaign at a discounted price of $125. Backers who would like to support Moozi, but don’t need one for themselves, can choose the pledge option to donate a Moozi to help a family in need. Miravan, LLC has partnered with several non-profit organizations. The campaign ends December 13th.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

SUPERPRETZEL Bavarian Pretzel Breads - Review

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Simply put, I love bread.  Even more so, I love breads that taste homemade and have a delicious soft dough.  Put me in front of a bread table and I go weak at the knees.  I was recently able to try SUPERPRETZEL Bavarian Pretzel Breads and I'm hooked!
 
Bring the restaurant experience home with SUPERPRETZEL Bavarian Pretzel Breads. Old world style pretzel breads, made with premium ingredients are now available in your grocer's frozen bread section. Fully baked and microwaveable these soft pretzel sticks and rolls are versatile, making them the perfect side to any soup or salad.
SUPERPRETZEL Bavarian Pretzel Rolls are round and shaped like rolls.  The Bavarian Pretzel Sticks are elongated.  There are eight to each package (although I got lucky and received ten of the sticks in its package!).  They can be microwaved or cooked in the oven.  I took the oven route for the rolls and the sticks.  It takes about ten minutes for them to cook in the oven.  There's a salt packet in each package so you can spritz water on each stick or roll, then add the desired amount of salt.  Both the sticks and the rolls were soft and, dare I say, tasted just like homemade rolls!  I didn't have a favorite but the rolls seemed to have more dough density.  I'll definitely be purchasing some in the future to satisfy my appetite for delicious bread.

Hormel® chili and Dinty Moore® beef stew – 80 Years Young - #HormelFamily

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They’re oldies, but goodies! This month marks the 80th Anniversary of Hormel® chili and Dinty Moore® beef stew. Celebrate the birthday of two of Hormel Foods most beloved brands by featuring them in a savory football tailgate snack or a quick weeknight meal. Hint: Try Ultimate Chili Nachos featuring HORMEL® Chili No Beans or Easy Shepherd’s Pie featuring DINTY MOORE® Beef Stew.
Easy Shepherd's Pie
 
1 (15-ounce) can DINTY MOORE® Beef Stew
1 (24-ounce) package refrigerated mashed potatoes, any flavor
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2. In 9-inch backing dish, place stew. Spoon mashed potatoes over stew.
3. Bake shepherd's pie 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

What do you like to make using Homel chili or Dinty Moore beef stew?

Susi D. Jewelry - Review and Giveaway

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I know it sounds cliché but I have the best mother in the world.  Her advice and words of wisdom have molded and shaped me into who I am today.  I enjoy gifting her with pieces that show how much she means to me.
 
Recently I was able to gift my mother with a sterling silver Pearl Drop Necklace from Susi D. Jewelry.  The company's line features delicate, feminine jewelry that adds the right amount of sparkle to a woman's day.  All of the pieces are handmade in Southern California.  What really struck me personally with Susi D. Jewelry is that the owner and designer, Susan, is a colon cancer survivor.  She kept a positive outlook and followed her dream to run her own business.  My mother is currently battling lung cancer and is also shining through with a positive outlook.

The particular necklace that I received came beautifully wrapped in a white box with a blue ribbon.    The company's logo also adorned the box.  Inside was a beautiful pearl drop necklace with sterling silver chain.  To make it even more special, the necklace was attached to a card that read "Mom - Thank you for your wisdom". 
 
My mother was deeply touched when I presented her with the necklace.  She loved the design of the jewelry piece and has worn it almost every day since.  She was also humbled by the words on the attached card.
 
Although the particular necklace I received for review is no longer available for purchase, Susi D. Jewelry has a multifarious selection of individual jewelry pieces and jewelry gifts.  The individual pieces include necklaces, charm necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  The jewelry gifts are necklaces that include cards with sayings.   You can choose the chain length of choice when ordering a jewelry gift.

When looking for a gift for a special woman in your life, I highly suggest Susi D. Jewelry.
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Second winner randomly drawn will win two pieces.
 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

LG OLED Now at Best Buy! - #OLEDatBestBuy #HintingSeason

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Be sure to check out Best Buy as a holiday shopping destination.  While there, be sure to take note of the LG OLED TV - The Ultimate Display.  The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point.  Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks.  And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.  It features the intuitive webOS Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster.  Learn more at LGOLEDatBestbuy.com.

Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed.  Such is the case with LG's latest display technology.  With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen.  It delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest expectations.

LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

· Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

· 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

· Super thin design

· Find content faster with webOS

Purchase at Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500).
 
Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quick and Easy Recipes for This Holiday Season - Pure Leaf Giveaway

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Pure Leaf is a premium tea brewed from real tea leaves.  Pure Leaf tea leaves are selected at their peak in countries like Indonesia, India, Africa and South America.  Each variety is chosen by Pure Leaf's Master Tea Blenders for its distinctive characteristics.  In 2014, Pure Leaf's Share the Love of Leaves program supported real food with a $150,000 donation to Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit focused on making fresh, locally grown food accessible to all.

To celebrate the changing season, Pure Leaf Iced Tea teamed up with celebrity chef and Mom Gail Simmons and entertaining expert and Mom Camille Styles, author of new book "Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style” to share simple cooking and entertaining ideas for this holiday season.

Camille Styles Tips for Creating an Orange Garland

• Cut two large oranges into 1/2” thick slices

• Lay each slice flat on a baking rack that’s nested in a sheet pan, and bake in a 200 degree oven for 6-12 hours, or until oranges are fully dry

• To allow air to circulate completely, leave oven propped open a few inches throughout the drying process

• Once orange slices are dried, easily string each slice onto a long piece of thick jute twine

Lemon-Ginger Tea Pomegranate Sparkler

By Gail Simmons

Serves 2

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, thinly sliced

1 cup Pure Leaf Iced Tea with Lemon

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

Cold club soda

2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, for garnish

2 cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Instructions: In a saucepan, combine the ginger and Pure Leaf Iced Tea with Lemon and bring to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to steep, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool in an airtight container in the fridge.

Fill two highball glasses with ice. Pour 1/2 cup ginger-infused tea, then 1/4 cup pomegranate juice into each glass. Top each with club soda, garnish with a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and a cinnamon stick to stir.

For alcoholic version, add 2 ounces gin or bourbon before adding tea.

Shaved Fall Vegetable Salad with Tea-Pickled Radishes

By Gail Simmons

Serves 4

FOR THE TEA-PICKLED RADISHES:

1 cup Pure Leaf Sweet Tea, warmed but not boiling

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 cup apple cider vinegar

8 small radishes, thinly sliced or 4 large watermelon radishes

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Instructions: In a medium bowl, combine the tea with the salt; stir to dissolve. Add the vinegar along with the radishes, garlic and peppercorns. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight. Drain the pickled radishes, reserving 1Ž4 cup of pickling liquid for use in vinaigrette. Set aside.

Note: The drained radishes can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

FOR THE SHAVED VEGETABLE SALAD:

1/4 cup reserved picking liquid

1 tablespoon honey

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced

2 sweet, crisp apples, such as Gala or Fuji, cored and thinly sliced into half moons

2 small heads radicchio, thinly sliced

4 celery stalks, thinly sliced on a bias, leaves reserved for garnish

2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Tea-Pickled Radishes, see recipe above

Instructions: Pour the reserved pickling liquid into a large bowl. Add the honey and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly add olive oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly to emulsify. Add the fennel, apple, radicchio, celery, parsley and pickled radishes to the bowl and toss all ingredients together to coat. Season with more salt and pepper if desired and garnish with celery leaves before serving.
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