Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Woot sells all kinds of stuff for cheap. They also have t-shirts, wine, and "sell-out".
So far I have only bought 2 t-shirts but they are both hilarious!
If you have been there, go check it out and try to score a "bag of crap" (which is just a grab bag type thing).
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yesterday they came over and the older boy (he is 8) played Guitar Hero. It was so cute! He could only play on the beginner level where you only strum, but he loved it. And he knew some of the songs. He and his 5 year old sister got really excited about "One Way or Another" by Blondie. They both started singing it before he even played it.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
They have the cutest jewelry in the shape of food.
I really like the "Death by Chocolate Cake" earrings which you can see here and the "Chocolate Donut" necklace which you can see here.
To check out everything for sale, click here.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The Wii Fit has tons of fun exercises, that's a given. But it also keeps track of your weight, BMI and tons of other stuff.
It also helps to improve things like your balance and posture.
If you are looking for a way to change up your workout routine, look no further than the Wii Fit.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Wal-mart has a page of just freebies that you can order over the internet. I have gotten so many great samples of great products from there. And I love getting to try stuff out before buying the full-size product.
To check out Wal-mart's freebie page, click here.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008
This year it was my dad's turn to accompany me. He got a break since I didn't want to go to any of the stores that opened at 4 or 5 am. So at a little before 6 am, we departed for Target. Target had Guitar Hero World Tour with a guitar for the Wii for only 59.00. We got there right before they opened and didn't want to attempt to find the end of the line, so we waited with the small crowd who also didn't want to wait in the big line. Well, a lovely woman in the big line got very angry that we weren't in a line (but by no means were any of us trying to cut) so the employee made us form a new (secondary) line. By the time we got in, I swear hundreds of people had gone in before us. I was convinced they would be out. As we walked over to the electronics department (they had maps of the store printed), I heard a lady say something about "wii" and "out of stock" so I was even more convinced they were out. When we got to the department it was a crazy mob scene. The shelf was empty of Guitar Hero. I turned the corner down (where there was room) and saw employees handing out Guitar Heros from the back room. Success! I shoved my dad up to the front of that and he got one. Woohoo!!!!!!!
I also bought some rings from Claire's, books and movies from various stores, and half-priced jeans at Old Navy. By the time we got home around noon I was super tired!
But then I went and got a haircut (she cut 6 inches and no one can tell). Later we went for Chinese buffet but it wasn't anything magnificent.
Wow..what a day!!!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
She has so many great items for sale, it was really hard to choose what I wanted. I finally decided on a really cool red etched butterfly pendant. It is just so pretty!!!!
Jennifer also has earrings, bracelets, wallets, and more.
To see her great shop, click here.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Audrey from MyDirectSales.com is sponsoring a giveaway of a Tupperware Hamburger Press Freezer Set. This gadget helps you make the perfect burgers, every time!
For your first (and mandatory) entry into this contest, go to Audrey's Tupperware page and come back and comment with your favorite "New This Month" item. Please make sure to leave your email address if it isn't visible on your blogger profile.
To earn extra entries you can (please leave a comment for each additional entry):
1) Become a follower of my blog (please don't do anonymous, i have to be able to see you)
2) Leave a RELEVANT comment on any of my old blog posts
3) Blog about this contest (and comment with the url)
4) Make a purchase from Audrey's site (not mandatory but worth 5 extra entries!)
This contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address. Contest ends Sunday, December 14th at midnight PST. Winner will be picked and notified by email on December 15th.
1 pkg. (about 10 oz.) frozen broccoli spears, cooked and drained OR 1 lb. fresh broccoli, cut into spears, cooked and drained
1 lb. fresh or thawed frozen firm white fish fillet (cod, haddock or halibut)
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. dry bread crumbs
1 tsp. butter, melted
1/8 tsp. paprika
ARRANGE broccoli in 2-qt. shallow baking dish. Top with fish. Mix soup and milk and pour over fish. Sprinkle with cheese.
MIX bread crumbs, butter and paprika and sprinkle on top. Bake at 450°F. for 20 min. or until fish is done.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This site has a ton of ads up or lists of products if they don't have scans of the ad.
I am so excited to have an idea of where I want to go before super early Friday morning.
To check out the site, click here.
Monday, November 24, 2008
An online friend whom I have never met or spoken to off the computer is supposed to be in town today. We are hopefully going out to lunch or dinner. I am so excited to finally meet him!!!
After today and tomorrow, I am off of work until next Monday...woohoo!!!!
Black Friday will hopefully be amazing. The thing I really want is Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii. Wish me luck!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
To check out her shop, click here.
Below are some examples of her work....
Saturday, November 22, 2008
About 6 months ago they opened a new location much closer to my house. I was hesitant to go there but thrilled to discover I already knew the owner. I have to say...this location is just as good as the other one! The food is almost exactly the same and the employees are really friendly.
It's so nice when multiple locations of the same restaurant are all great!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On each site you leave a comment for your first entry. You can earn up to 8 or 9 extra entries on each site by following the directions for earning extra entries.
To enter at The Computer Lady, click here.
To enter at Sweetie's Sweeps, click here.
To enter at Shopping Gems, click here.
Each contest ends Monday, November 24th at 11:50 pm EST.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
|1||medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)|
|4||cloves garlic, finely chopped|
|1||can (14 oz) vegetable broth|
|1||tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves|
|1||can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, drained, coarsely chopped|
|1||box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain|
|1||jar (15 to 17 oz) roasted garlic Parmesan or Alfredo pasta sauce|
|9||uncooked lasagna noodles|
|3||cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)|
|1||package (4 oz) crumbled herb-and-garlic feta cheese (1 cup)|
|Rosemary sprigs, if desired|
|Lemon wedges, if desired|
|1.||Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.|
|2.||Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is crisp-tender. Stir in broth and rosemary. Heat to boiling. Stir in artichokes and spinach; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce.|
|3.||Spread 1/4 of the artichoke mixture in bottom of baking dish; top with 3 noodles. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice. Spread with remaining artichoke mixture; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with feta cheese.|
|4.||Cover and bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender and lasagna is bubbly. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and lemon wedges.|
|High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Heat oven to 375°F. Cover; bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes longer.|
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For example, do you keep hearing rumors about stores going bankrupt, closing all their stores etc? Click here to read the true facts that snopes has accumulated.
If you ever have a question about something you hear, make snopes.com the first website you check with!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
She also has tons of cute jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.
To check out her shop, click here.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today is my day to do a product review...so I'm hoping talking about a CD counts. I was watching "One Tree Hill" this week and Kate Voegele (Mia) sang. I was reminded of how amazing her voice is. I went out and bought her CD the very next day. Every song she sings is as good as the next. I don't often spend money on CDs but I am really glad I bought this one!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
3 cans cream of chicken soup
1 4-ounce can diced green Ortega chiles
1 cup sour cream
1 soup can of milk
diced cooked chicken
2 dozen tortillas
Monterey Jack or longhorn cheese, grated
Mix soup, chiles, sour cream, and milk together in a large skillet. Heat until it bubbles. Remove from heat and dip tortillas into mixtures one at a time. Place chicken onto tortillas and roll, then place into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with foil. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with grated cheese, and serve with additional sour cream and guacamole, if desired.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The site is sooooo cute! It is really new still but what's there is great. I tried out a few of the games and liked them all. I've been trying to convince people I know to sign up but haven't had any luck yet. Maybe some of you could sign up and we could play games against each other!
To check out mytopia.com, click here.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wow, I am so glad we picked "The Changeling". It was an amazing movie. Yet again, Angelina Jolie was brilliant. I have never seen her not do a FANTASTIC job.
It was a little bit long but I didn't even notice until the movie was over and I checked the time.
If you are going to see a movie anytime soon, consider this one!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
She just opened her Etsy shop in April of this year and the pieces are fantastic! Her pieces are slightly more expensive than most of the shops I go to but this is because they are way more intricate and made of higher quality materials.
A few pieces I love are the Antalya bracelet, The Miami necklace, the Prague earrings in shaded grey and the Virginia Beach earrings in Blue III.
To check out her shop, click here.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
About a week ago I finally found them and was so excited! I bought them even though I still have a ton of Halloween candy left over.
THEY ARE SO AMAZING! I love peanut butter and I love chocolate...and I love these new truffles. If you haven't tried them, you need to.
To check out their website, click here.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
As someone who loves to travel and to cook, I would be so excited to win either of these things.
To enter the contest, click here.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1 small onion, diced
1 - 10 ounce package of frozen chopped broccoli
2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a large saucepan, cook the onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until blended. Add milk. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat. In medium saucepan, dissolve bouillon cubes in water. Bring to a boil, add broccoli, and cook till broccoli is tender. Do not drain. Add broccoli and the cooking liquid to the cheese mixture, and stir until blended.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Courtney at www.momgiveaways.com has a whole group of volunteers posting contests all day every day! There are contests in every category you could imagine.
I am on this site almost every day and I love it!!
To check out Courtney's site, click here.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
To enter, leave a comment with your favorite Starbucks drink or treat. For a second entry, subscribe to my blog and leave a separate comment saying you subscribed.
Open to U.S. only. Entrants must be 18 or older. Contest ends Friday, October 31, 2008 at 11:59 pm PST.
More giveaways at the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A few years ago a friend brought a dessert called "puppy chow" to work. It is amazing and addicting!!!!! If you love chocolate and/or peanut butter, you HAVE to try this.
CHEX MIX PUPPY CHOW
9 cup Chex
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Put cereal in large bowl. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat. Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Mood Wax Candle etsy shop has amazing scents on their candles. A few examples are Lemon Poundcake and Pumpkin Spice Latte.
To check out the shop, click here.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!
It works almost as well as regular lotion but it doesn't have the slimy residue on my hands as well as wherever I put on the lotion.
I use it every day and it is worth every penny!
To read a bit more about it, click here.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I was just talking about falafel with a friend so I decided to post a recipe for it for today. I've never tried it so if you do try it, let me know how it is. Many comments said to add a bit more flour.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Oil for frying
Preparation:Place dried chickpeas in a bowl, covering with cold water. Allow to soak overnight. Omit this step if using canned beans.
Drain chickpeas, and place in pan with fresh water, and bring to a boil.
Allow to boil for 5 minutes, then let simmer on low for about an hour.
Drain and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper (to taste) in medium bowl. Add flour.
Mash chickpeas, ensuring to mix ingredients together. You can also combine ingredients in a food processor. You want the result to be a thick paste.
Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Slightly flatten.
Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden brown (5-7 minutes).
Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and tahini, or as a main course. Stuff pita bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, tahini, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and served like a burger.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I don't get a referral bonus or anything but to check them out click here.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday morning we went to my grandparents' house in Los Angeles for Yom Kippur.
On Thursday, my aunt told us they were rushing out to California (from Denver) to try to see her father-in-law before he died. The father-in-law died on their drive out here.
My mom and I decided to go down for the funeral which was scheduled for Sunday. My grandparents live in Los Angeles so we headed down Saturday morning to spend some time with them.
Saturday afternoon, my grandpa was feeling so sick he went to the emergency clinic. They sent him to the ER. After about 6 hours in ER, he was admitted as a patient and given a room in the real hospital. Once he finally got a room, my grandma and I went home so I could get some sleep before the funeral the next morning.
Sunday morning around 4:30 am, I woke up with food poisoning. I tried to ignore it and went back to sleep for about an hour. But then I couldn't take it anymore. But...I still went to the funeral because I wanted to be there for my aunt and my family.
Now my grandpa may or may not be needing surgery so we may be going back down to LA tomorrow.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
They have tons of awesome products like soaps, lotions, body frostings and more.
Their products are way cheaper than the corporate stores.
All of the products come in amazing scents.
To check out their store, click here.
About a year ago, my sister and I both bought brand new HP laptops. We have had nothing but trouble!
Her biggest problem was a faulty hard drive...she lost everything! The only good thing was that her replacement hard drive came quickly.
My biggest problem was a faulty battery, it wouldn't recharge. It took months for them to send a replacement, thankfully the replacement works. Smaller problems are the mouse click buttons peeling away and they keyboard keys peeling away.
We both have a big overheating problem also. I recently had to buy a cooling fan because it was shutting off every time I used it for more than an hour.
People go back and forth about which laptop is the best, will last the longest, etc. I have to say I don't think I will buy a HP laptop ever again.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
1/2 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp espresso powder (my addition)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk (I used cream)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan.
To make the chocolate portion, melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Melting chocolate in the microwave is the way to go but it's easy to burn it, so watch it carefully. Let cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and espresso powder and set aside.
Whisk the sugar into chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir until well incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.
For the peanut butter part, beat together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Now in the original recipe from Southern Grace she layered the peanut butter on top of the brownie layer and I decided to swirl it together instead. Although mine came out great, the peanut butter mixture is a bit thin, even after baking, so NEXT time I make these, I'm going to put part of the brownie mix in the dish, part of the peanut butter, swirl it around and then repeat the process on top of that first swirled layer. Just my preference after trying them simply swirled.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (I found they needed to be baked close to an hour for my preference for doneness) Cool completely before cutting. Cut in squares and serve. Enjoy, and thanks to Southern Grace for this great recipe.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
She has put up tons of great recipes. She has made whole meals at one time, entrees, side dishes, desserts, play dough...just about everything you can think of!
If you need some inspiration to use your crockpot, just go check out her blog.
Click here to go to her blog.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I called their owner and asked what to do. He gave me the name of his groomer. I called today and gee, they are closed on Monday. I have to live with a stinky dog for another day. Hopefully I can drop off Latke first thing tomorrow morning. I feel sorry for the little guy!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
They have tons of awesome pendants including ones for Halloween and ones from the "Twilight" series.
They are having a free shipping sale right now but I don't know how long it will last.
To check out their shop, click here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
They are microwave safe so they don't get ruined (LOOK GROSS) after using them multiple times. They also have neat little red things (vents?) that you can pull out so the closed container doesn't "explode" like it does with cheap imitation Tupperware.
To view this product and other Tupperware products, check out Audrey's Tupperware site by clicking here.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I love the TV show "Dirty Sexy Money". The premiere of season 2 on Wednesday night was really good!!!! If anyone hasn't seen it, TheHDRoom is giving away the box set of season 1. You can enter every day just by filling out the form on the website.
Click here to go to the contest entry page.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Just four ingredients in a speedy version of the crispy Mexican classic, cinnamon sugar-sprinkled churros.
Prep Time: 15 min
Start to Finish: 30 min
Makes: 12 churros
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 375F. In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Press each to 6x4-inch rectangle, pressing perforations to seal.
Brush tops of 2 rectangles with melted butter; sprinkle with about half of the sugar mixture. Top each with remaining rectangle; press edges lightly. Brush tops with melted butter.
With sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle stack lengthwise into 6 strips. Twist each strip 3 times; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Brush tops with any remaining melted butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):No change.
Click here to go to the page with the recipe.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I have tried a few of their recipes and they have all been great. I have received multiple samples from them..and the samples always come!
Go check them out by clicking here.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Does anyone have any other "easy" ideas?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
To visit her shop, click here.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I love how easy they are to make. You don't have to add any water. You just pull out the metal thingie and microwave it.
I have to admit though, since I try to buy everything on sale, I only buy these when they are on sale for $1 each.
To see all the varieties, go to Campbell's website by clicking here.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
2 pound bag of frozen hash brown potatoes
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 pint sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
1 stick of butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a 9x12 baking dish. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until tender and golden brown.
Note: substitute cream of broccoli soup for the mushroom soup for a different flavor
Note 2: substitute low/non fat sour cream and/or cheese for a healthier version
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A few months ago, someone told me you could buy a paid membership on this site to get more contest listings. By this time I was entering contests every day. I decided that I would try it for one year and figured that the worst that could happen would be "throwing away" $30.
It turned out to be a great investment. My best prize from a premium contest was a trip to New Orleans. They paid our airfare, hotel, one dinner out, concert tickets, facials and massages, and our transportation to and from the airport. I have also won movie posters, shirts and more.
If you ever want to enter some contest, go to www.online-sweepstakes.com and look around.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I have done three things to change things up:
1) I have switched my cardio from the elliptical to this machine that is a treadmill with two sides that both move separately. It burns more calories and it's nice to be on a new machine.
2) Instead of doing 3 sets on a machine and then going to the next machine, I am now doing what I think is called "circuit training". As soon as I am done on one machine I go to the next machine. I do 3 complete rotations of the machines.
3) I tried a step class on Saturday morning. It kicked my butt! It was really challenging (there were a few moves I couldn't get down) but also really fun.
Hopefully these new things will help me to get into even better shape!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
One of the shop owners is Ruthie. She has tons of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. I ordered a bracelet and 2 pairs of earrings from her. They arrived promptly and Ruthie was great to work with. I will definitely order from her in the future.
Angelica and Heather own the other shop. They sell jewelry, pouches, pins and more. I ordered 2 pairs of earrings from them. They arrived very quickly and were gorgeous. I will order from them again for sure.
To go to Ruthie's shop, click here
To go to Angelica and Heather's shop, click here
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Click here to go to their web page.