Saturday, June 30, 2012

Love Pinterest for Recipes! What I Made This Week.

This week I used 2 recipes from pins I have on my FOOD BOARD.

I made this YUMMY Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packs (minus the broccoli lol) and the family LOVED it!  It was so easy to put together.  The kids ate everything and it filled us up.  We will doing this recipe again soon! I told my hubby next time I will put the broccoli in.  

I highly recommend this recipe and please visit Best Life 4 Moms to get the RECIPE!

The other recipe I made this week was Crockpot Cube Steak and Gravy -another HIT!  It might not look the best but it sure was yummy.  Cube Steak can be a chewy meat but when it was cooked in the crockpot, oh my what a difference.  I made rice/ side salad to go with this dish.  I love using crockpot recipes because I can put it all together in the morning and then enjoy the rest of the day.  Some days are so busy that I don't event think about dinner until 5pm and at the point I say "Eating out tonight?".  So crockpots recipes ROCK and save me money!

I also recommend this recipe so please visit The Post-It Place to get the RECIPE.

What is your FAVORITE RECIPE from Pinterest?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Naughty Makeovers for Nice Girls Book Review

Naughty Makeovers for Nice Girls is loaded with makeup and fashion advice to empower a Nice Girl to transform herself into a spicy but classy woman in every situation. So, go ahead and channel your inner naughty. Instead of fading into the background, become a star in your own life!

When I signed up for this Book Review I didn't quite know what I got myself into being 43 and not sure if this would fit into my life.  But it does.  It can fit into just about anyone's lifestyle that is for sure.  I loved seeing the 3 different looks on each style (Nice Girl, Trashy Girl, and Naughty Girl).  The Naughty Girl looks were awesome and I could see myself dressing like that for sure.  I'm more the Nice Girl now- only because I'm in Mom Mode 24/7.  

I love the list it gives for Naughty Girls to have in their closets- time to spend some money on Mommy kids! Are you looking for a Naughty Make Over?

Naughty is the new Nice..
That’s the mantra and message of the new “tell-all” how-to paperback, physical book from beauty maestro Dimitri James. In Naughty Makeovers for Nice Girls, James creates a new kind of finishing school–one for nice girls who always finish anywhere but first.

Also check out his Skinn Cosmetics website that the author owns. There are some wonderful products and information on the site.  

I didn't grow up on makeup or what was in is what I needed to have so beauty was not part of my growing up but I sure do love clothes.  The book goes through what makeup to apply and even let me know what colors are great to wear with my eye color.  Learned a few colors that I don't tend to wear so I will give it a try.  Also I now have a list of colors I can wear with my red hair- big plus there! I know I could use a makeover and this book is going to help me do it!

The chapters are:
  • Naughty at Work
  • Naughty on First Date
  • Naughty Online
  • Naughty Cougars
  • Naughty in the Hood
  • Naughty at Home
  • Naughty Traveler
  • Naughty at Church
They give us so many tips and looks that you want to be NAUGHTY!  I know I will do a second look at myself in the mirror everyday- Am I Naughty today!  


In the near future I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY for a copy of this book. Who wants a NAUGHTY MAKEOVER???

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Magic Mike~ Who is Going To See This Movie?

I AM!!!!!

Not sure how, when or where but I'm going to see this movie. 

I love me some Matthew McConaughey!!  Oh my do I.  My hubby and kids know if he ever came knocking on my door asking for me I'd be gone in heartbeat.  LOL!  Everyone also knows this would NEVER happen but just in case. 

Shopcade - Shop, Share, Get Rewarded

Shopcade is a social shopping application on Facebook that connects people to shop and recommend products together and get rewarded for it. You can shop trending products recommended by your friends and people you trust, as well as become a trendsetter by recommending products you love. Whenever you buy via others Shopcades, or others buy via yours, you both get rewarded (O, with real cash!).

Sign up HERE!

10 Minute Family Clean-Up Helped!

Yesterday, I had a semi meltdown.  I feel like in the past couple months I haven't had a break.  Oh wait I do when I go to work on Sat/Sun.  LOL!  I homeschooled the kids for a 1 1/2 then summer hit so basically I have been with the kids pretty much 24/7!  Everything the kids need to do I'm the one who does it with them or takes them to or we have other kids are over here. 

The kids and I went on a vacation with my mom and had a blast but not much "me" time and now we are back its housework in the morning then swimming in the afternoon then dinner.  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and crowded. 

So yesterday I went out on the porch screaming "GIVE ME SPACE" because between the fighting, tattling, and the 20 questions I had just about enough.  I love my kids but sometimes I need to breathe!  Dad gets a lot of "him" time so it sure would be nice if he said "Baby, go do something by yourself and leave the kids at home"  I haven't ever heard that- now when he goes to his mom's house every couple months I get a break for the weekend and that sure is a blessing. 

Wow... did that turn into a VENT- anyways last night I made the announcement after dinner that everyone was going to do a 10 minute pick up.  I got some ohhs and awws but I shrugged it off and followed through on my threat.  I took the kitchen, kids had their rooms/living room, and hubby had our room.  Everyone jumped in and put things away so after 10 minutes my house looked like it does in the morning when I do my morning clean-up.  I loved going to bed with a clean house.  I loved it better getting up and knowing I didn't have to spend 40 minutes cleaning. 

I actually woke up and went outside to clean front yard.  That felt good.  If everyone chips in then maybe I won't feel like I'm doing everything (and stop bitching about it) and I might not feel so overwhelmed! 

We are so doing 10 minute CLEAN UP every night!!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What to BLOG ABOUT??

Do you ever get STUCK on what to write about? I do all the time. I stalk some cool bloggers that talk about blogging but sometimes I get lost on what they are talking about because it doesn't always pertain to my blog.

Last night before bed I was going through some of my PINTEREST boards and came across the BEST POST about 13 Awesome Blog Post Ideas.  I loved every one they listed and oh boy its going to help me in my blogging because I can relate to these blog ideas.  So please head over to CrafterMinds because they have some brilliant ideas that will help us bloggers!

Also I need to be organized- working on that over the summer (lol- I've been working on this all my life- when will I ever pick it up LOL)

What are YOUR favorite Blog Post Ideas?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Trying to Clean House with Kids- A Joke!

I'm not sure who is worse the kids or the hubby!  My mom is coming in a couple days so of course I'm trying to tidy up the house.  I know she knows what I live with so I'm sure she won't verbally judge me outloud.  LOL!  She isn't like that but she might say in her head "damn Pam!" 

I'm trying to clean but it seems like no matter how much I clean the kids mess it up anyways!  I did the carpets the other day and within 12 hours a nice spot appears on the carpet but guess who did it...HUBBY! 

I just wish people (the Allen's) would RESPECT that I want a clean house but with my clan it's just not going to happen.  Do I really have to wait until they move out?  I'm not saying we have garbage everywhere (hell no) but everything should have a place right?  Put it back where it belongs.  If you are done with something-PUT IT BACK!  Close cupboards!  Every morning I get up the cupboards are open- how hard is it to close it.  How hard is it to put the dishes in the sink...not the table! How hard is it pick up the clothes you wore and put in laundry basket- not the floor.  Oh that's right...mom/pam will do it.  Can you tell I'm a bit PO'd at my family?  I ask for help and I don't get much back but they sure do want a lot from me.  I cook, clean, and laundry for everyone but no one wants to help keep our house clean.  When I ask for help I usually get the response "Later Mom" or "I'll do it Sat/Sun" and most of the time it doesn't get done unless I ask 10 times and I hate that! 

I found this on Pinterest the other day:

Unisex Fragrances - Beauty Encounter Review- 2 Thumbs Up!

I was super excited to do a REVIEW on a Discount Fragrance.  I was sent the Miller Harris Figue Amere.  Love the bottle and scent!  It was listed as a UNISEX perfume so at first I was thinking it was going to smell "manish" and my hubby thought it was going to smell to "pretty" but we were both wrong. This is a product we can both can wear and not question the smell.  The best part is we can get this at a DISCOUNT. 

I wore the discount fragrance to work (as a waitress) which I don't usually do because you don't want to smell too overpowering to the customers. But I felt this fragrance was the right balance and I was right. I had both women and men ask what I was wearing because they enjoyed the scent. I had the bottle in my purse so I sprayed a couple customers and also told them the site they could get it from. I guess it is rare to find something both man and woman can wear and I think Miller Harris Figue Amere is a winner - it a big 2 Thumbs UP!

Miller Harris Figue Amere

3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Figue Amere was inspired by the bitter, ripe, green figs found on the coast of Ibiza: the curious contrast of fleshy fruit with astringent salt. Top notes of bergamot and mandarin contrast with a heart of narcissus poeticus, rose and green violet leaves on a heady base of cedar, amber and sea moss.
*Details provided by Miller Harris
Personality: Stylish

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nothing Gets Between Me and My ITO EN Green Tea Review

I love my coffee in the morning and my Ice Tea in the afternoon. When I got a chance to try Tea's Tea I was very excited.  I got to try two of their flavors: Blueberry Green tea and Jasmine Green tea.  I liked the Jasmine Green Tea a lot.  I drank it after a long walk and boy did it refresh me. I wanted more and looked up on their site (https://www.itoen.com/store-locator) and found a store near by that carried the tea.  The Blueberry one I shared with my daughter- she enjoyed the taste better than I did.  I'm a big Jasmine Green Tea fan so I just think the Blueberry element wasn't for me but it tasted fine.  We recommend these teas and give them 2 thumbs up.

MORE INFO From Company: Yoga + Green Tea = the perfect marriage When we realized that Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit, was purchasing our Teas’ Tea 2Liter bottles of Jasmine Green tea by the case, and Beth always carries around a 2L Jasmine Green Tea, it was clear that we could not ask for a better brand ambassador. The holistic lifestyle of yoga including the awareness of how you care for yourself body, mind and soul - and the health benefits and wellness of Green Tea is truly in perfect alignment. “Like YogaFit, ITO EN is a leader in their category. ITO EN teas are natural, committed to health and top quality. I LOVE Ito En green tea because it is truly the only beverage that is anti aging, good for weigh management and gives me just the right amount of energy to get through my busy life. I drink it every day,” explains Beth Shaw enthusiastically, "Nothing Gets Between Me and My Ito En Jasmine Green." About the Product: Each blogger will receive a 500ml bottle of our [unsweetened] Teas' Tea Jasmine Green Tea and a bottle of our low calorie [slightly sweetened] Teas' Tea. Teas' Tea Jasmine Green Tea: Authentically brewed, naturally high in tea antioxidants, entirely unsweetened / zero calories, and containing 100% or more of daily value of vitamin C - no wonder Teas' Tea Jasmine Green Tea is Beth Shaw's daily healthy habit choice.

The Jasmine Green tea is infused with the scent of Jasmine flowers by alternating several layers of the flower within the green tea leaves prior to brewing. It provides a refreshing taste and soothing fragrance. More on the Jasmine Green Tea http://www.teastea.com/unsweetened/#jasmine_green

UNSWEETENED FLAVOR OPTIONS: http://www.teastea.com/unsweetened/
LOW CALORIE FLAVOR OPTIONS: http://www.teastea.com/low-calorie/
More on Beth Shaw and YogaFit here www.YogaFit.com

Go ahead and check out Tea's Tea on facebook and twitter.  BTW  I enjoy reading the information they post on TWITTER.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Merillat Kitchen - Design Your Dream Kitchen/Free Recipe Booklet

Curtis Stone makes cooking fun and Merillat makes it easy. With several smart storage solutions, you can have a fresh, functional and beautiful space to help you achieve your culinary dreams. Fill out the form and register to receive the Take 5 recipe booklet. Exclusively from Merillat, the Take 5 booklet features 5 quick and easy recipes from renowned chef Curtis Stone and Curtis' top 5 favorite Merillat product featu res.

IdeaFolio: Create a scrapbook of your favorite products and images from Merillat.com. Save your step-by-step kitchen and bath planner results or create your own styleboard Share your projects with your friends Next, use our dealer locator to find a Merillat dealer. Be sure to bring the contents of your IdeaFolio with you when you meet with your Merillat design professional.

What To Do AFTER You Write A Post~ Great Info!

I got this off of Pinterest but if you click on the picture it will take you to the website it came from!  Thanks~Health Care Communication

Some AWESOME information here!  I do some of them but I know I need to work on #5, #6,  really need to do #7 more, and #12.  

What do you need to work on?

My Little Girl Is Growing Up

I have to watch what I write because she now reads my blog, darn!  For the past 8 years I have been her entertainment and haven't been able to do much on my own- and when I say that I mean it! I didn't mind too much but sometimes I needed a break.  The last couple weeks I actually get to go to the bathroom by myself.  What has changed~ the girl who says she doesn't like kids now has a FRIEND!

There is a girl next door that comes over to see her Granny almost everyday now and as soon as she gets here LIL MAMA is outside and playing ALL DAY.  She actually gets mad at us when we ask her to come in for dinner or come in for the night. But now I can get stuff done without having to hear "I don't have anything to do" or her picking on her brother.  I'm pretty sure he is as excited as I am with her new found freedom.

But a little part (just a lil)of me is a bit sad knowing she is growing up and entering that phase of her life that MAMA isn't a necessity.  So I don't know if I should be jumping up and down or crying.  She did tell me the other night I am her Best Friend so I least still hold that title.

BTW she LOVES when I do her hair.  So at least I can be her stylist.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

20 Issues of Family Fun Magazine for FREE!

Sign up for a complimentary subscription to FamilyFun. Enjoy a 20 issue subscription. No strings attached. You'll never receive a bill. 

FamilyFun is the magazine for parents with children ages three to twelve. Family Fun is an ideabook for all the exciting things families can do together.

I love this magazine!!!


My daughter loves receiving this in the mail and we usually do a couple of the craft ideas.  I love how it shows you to reuse household items.  Plus the recipes are very kid friendly and my daughter loves to pick out what recipe she is going to make. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

eFoods- Every Family Needs Food Security- Just In Case (coupon codes)

 In remembrance of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan a year ago, we've created special family preparedness offers for bloggers and their readers: www.efoodsoffer.com. 

Don't forget to enter the special coupon codes, Food40 and Food50, when ordering to get this memorial discount.

eFoods' mission is to empower every family to have food security in the case of storms, natural disasters, or even financial crises like shrinking income or the loss of a job.

Special Offers 

 6 Free Meals: We’re confident that once you taste our incredible recipes, you’ll be a customer for life. That’s why we will send you 3 of our most popular products FREE (pay only a small shipping and processing charge). Discover for yourself how easy they are to prepare – simply boil water, add the food, simmer and serve. In 15 to 20 minutes you have a nutritious and great-tasting meal. No matter how you slice it, a free meal is hard to pass up. So have your first meals on us and then enjoy the savings, convenience, nutrition, and security of eFoodsDirect products. All we ask is that you pay for the shipping and handling. Remember having a savings account in food will be much more valuable than gold. These meals are just a sampling of the great recipes available through eFoodsDirect. Three (3) pouches of Quick-Fix meals Four (4) 1-cup servings, or two (2) hearty meals per pouch Boil water, add a pouch of food, stir, simmer, and serve!

7-Day Pantry Pack (28 Servings): The 7-Day Pantry Pack comes with a complete supply of easy-to-prepare and nutritious food for one week. This supply comes with more than enough of our delicious food to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for one adult for a week – all packaged in a convenient storable plastic carry-tote. A great way to start your food supply, this pack normally sells for $49.95. Special offer of only $24.95 plus FREE shipping! That's only $3.56 PER DAY for 3 complete meals! Save : $25.00 or 50%Coupon Code : Food50 

Soup and Entrée Pack (16 Servings): You get 16 servings of our most popular soups and entrees. Includes 2 soup pouches and 2 entrée pouches each making 4 servings. The soups include our delicious southwestern Tortilla Soup and our Creamy Potato Soup. The entrée pouches include our hearty Chili & Dumplings and flavorful Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole. This Pack normally sells for $24.95. Special offer of only $14.95 PLUS FREE Shipping! Save : $10.00 or 40%Coupon Code : Food40 

Want more info please go to~ http://media.efoodsoffer.com.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Win 1 of the 2 $100 Omaha Steaks Gift Certificate

Father's Day is just around the corner! Since it's barbecue season and we'd like to help you enjoy your Father's Day cookout even more, we're giving you this great giveaway! Get a chance to win 1 of two $100 gift certificates to Omaha Steaks!

This giveaway brought to you by Bay Area Mommy and some awesome bloggers! And the prize was made possible by American Family

What's more, American Family is offering a new recipe ebook for barbecues! Download it to get 25 entries to the giveaway. PLUS an additional 25 bonus entries for it, giving you a total of 50 entries for just downloading!

Giveaway runs from June 5, 12am EST to June 14, 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win. Please read the Terms and Conditions of this giveaway at the very end of the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

Win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer from Dear Crissy

Enter HERE to win this AWESOME KitchenAid Stand Mixer~ I want one BAD!!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Canvas People - 11x14 for $30 OR 16x20 for $39 (Includes Shipping!)

CanvasPeople.com is offering their gorgeous 11x14 custom photo canvas for $30 shipped or their 16x20 photo canvas for $39 shipped.

Wow what a wonderful deal~  You can use this for a Father's Day gift, Grad gift or something for your home!  

Click HERE to get this awesome offer!

Free Quiznos Sub Coupon- Print Now!

Print out your coupon by clicking on above picture or HERE.  This coupon is good when you purchase a sub of equal or greater value and large drink. Free is Free!  We can use this for sure.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Vistaprint - 6 Father’s Day gifts for $6 and under

Forget the neck ties and tools this Father’s Day and personalize all your gifts this year. You’ll find six custom products for under $5 at Vistaprint – all are customizable and sure to bring a smile to dad’s face. 

Does he have a favorite coffee mug? He will now! Upload your favorite photos of your husband and children onto a mug for just $2.99. Mouse pads make a great desk accessory for those long days at work – find fun designs for $3.99. 
Create a memory book for dad with photos from years past for $4. Plus, all the photos you upload will be saved in your Vistaprint account. Use them to create a personalized $5 T-shirt and desk calendar at $2.99. 
Add an engraved to the mix for just $4 and you will have the ultimate desk-kit to give to dad! All these reminders will keep him company at work day after day. 


Personalized items are so special!  I'm going to make a coffee mug for my husband!

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