9/29/14

Brushed Stainless Steel Trivet Scale Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Here is a great gift idea! This Trivet Scale goes beyond an ordinary kitchen scale. Beautifully designed, it's one you won't want to put away. It can be used as a scale to weigh out food if you're watching your weight or need a recipe measurement, but it can also be used as a trivet for a hot saucepan.
On top of the scale sits a plastic tray that can be removed for easy cleanup. The plastic tray even has a raised edge so if you're weighing something without using a dish, it won't roll off the scale and onto your floor. The tray is even dishwasher safe.
The easy-to-read digital LCD display is spring-loaded so it's out of the way when not in use. It weighs up to 11 pounds and can display in lb:oz, grams, fl:oz., and ml. Just push the unit button to change the unit.
This Salter Trivet Scale also has a convenient TARE function, which allows you to set a dish on the scale without it registering the weight of the dish. The scale arrives ready to use with a CR2032 3V lithium battery already installed.
Visit www.taylorusa.com for more information about this sleek, brushed stainless steel trivet scale. The holidays are getting closer and this would make a wonderful gift! Buy it HERE at Cosco.

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Adventure Park - Pfall Pfestival October 4

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Ready for some Fall Fun? As the season changes and cooler temperatures arrive, Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville is transitioning from the water park season to a year-round Adventure Park with a Pfall Pfestival every weekend from October 4 – November 2, 2014. Hawaiian Falls’ outdoor Pfall Pfestival will begin Saturday, October 4, featuring arts & crafts; bounce houses; a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating stations; daily Monster Mash Dance Party; LIVE entertainment; and the Spooky Family Adventure Maze of Fun. LeadChurch will host a Trick-or-Treat Trail 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, October 31. Hawaiian Falls will host Oktoberfest Oct. 15 – Oct. 19, with a Stein & Dine event Oct. 17 in the Aloha Event Center, offering a full German meal, including ale-brewed bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, braised cabbage, mini-pretzels, specialty mustards and a German Chocolate brownie bar; 2 beer/soda tickets; a souvenir Oktoberfest stein; and live entertainment in the Beer Garden for only $19.99 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Entrance to the festival grounds and family arcade is FREE. Attractions will be priced individually, ranging from $1 - $8 each. Hours will be 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays.
“Hosting seasonal festivals on the grounds of our year-round Adventure Park is a natural extension of our mission to bring families closer together,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch. “Our unique Adventure Park provides safe, fun and compelling activities for guests of all ages to explore unknown strengths, push their own boundaries, and experience rewarding physical and mental achievements. There will also be plenty of traditional festival food, games and activities to entertain guests of all ages on the ground-level.”

Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park, which opened last summer, will also be open and features a three-level Family Adventure Trail with 18 rope bridges; a 70-foot high, 1,000-foot long Zip Line Canopy Tour; three-level Challenge Course with 45 different activities; six-story Free Fall; 45-foot Climbing Wall; and 45-foot Cargo Net Climb. Adventure Park attractions will be available for $29.99 Big Kahuna Day Passes (guests 48 inches and taller) and $22.99 for children 42 - 47 inches tall, senior citizens and active duty military personnel. Children under 42 inches can participate on the Family Adventure Trail for $5 per child. All Big Kahuna Day Pass admissions receive 10 festival tickets.

“The Fall Festival allows us to offer fun for the whole family while introducing the idea that healthy activity is achievable and fun for families that might not consider themselves adventurous,” said Bush. We hope they’ll see how much fun people are having and decide to try a low impact activity. Almost anyone can have fun on the Family Adventure Trail.”

Hawaiian Falls will also preview the Aloha Event Center, which is scheduled to open later in October. The event center will feature a Family Arcade, Birthday Rooms, an Ice Cream Shoppe and a 4,000 square foot Ballroom (divisible by two) with full-service catering for groups ranging from 250 persons in a classroom setting; 275 for a seated dinner; 300 theatre-style; or 400 for receptions. Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park also offers a team building program for businesses and corporations, school districts, churches and other organizations looking to have fun together while improving communications, instilling trust among team members, learning problem-solving skills, and improving overall effectiveness and productivity.

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Adventure Park and Aloha Event Center are located just south of the FM685 & SH 130 intersection, accessible from the SH 130 southbound service road, across from the Stone Hill Town Center shopping center. Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. The Pflugerville park is Texas’ first Adventure Park – Water Park combination. A similar Water Park - Adventure Park recently opened in White Settlement (northwest of Fort Worth.) More information is available at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

Space-Saving Solutions - Sanus TV Mount Review

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Years ago, when we invested in our first big flat-screen television, my husband designed and built this beautiful tv shelf. The house where we live now is our "empty nest" home, all 1201 square feet of it, and space is at a real premium here. This large blank wall will someday (hopefully soon) have floor-to-ceiling shelving on it that my husband will build from my pen and paper sketches. I just finished painting the living room this delicious color, so it's time to decorate!
Sanus reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their TV Mounts for a space-saving solutions post. I saw it as a fabulous opportunity to lift that big television off the shelves to free up several feet of space for me as I work on designing, remodeling, and setting up this home. After selling our 3300 square foot home to downsize to a 1201 square foot home, I can use all the space-saving solutions I can get!
My husband and I debated a bit about how high to place the Sanus TV Mount. Should we place it right above the shelf, a little higher, or a lot higher? After locating the wall stud, he installed it at about eye-level while standing. It was amazing simple to install and it took just a few minutes.
This TV Mount is a full-motion mount, so it will work in both small spaces and large spaces. It holds a 40-50" television and can swivel to be flush against the wall or fully extended out from the wall, plus it can be swiveled to any direction.
The design itself is pretty amazing. It's really compact, incredibly strong, completely sturdy, and takes up barely any room. There is a frame that attaches to the back of the tv, and we just lifted the tv onto the wall mount and let it snap into place. I really don't think it could be easier than that!
Now that the television is on the wall, I have the entire top of the shelving unit to use for other things! I can use it for my seasonal decor, pictures of my family, or even a snack station. Using the Sanus TV Mount has given me back several feet of space, but there is another grand benefit that we didn't even expect. Mounting the tv at a higher level has actually made television viewing so much more comfortable for us. Sanus has elevated our entertainment enjoyment!
Visit www.sanus.com today and see all the ways you can save space in your home, apartment, or even your college dorm room!

9/26/14

Halloween Tags Made With Cricut Explore

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Over a decade ago, I began making scrapbooks and Cricut was a well-known name back then. As a leader in the crafting industry, they are constantly creating amazing products that make scrapbooking, card making, and paper crafting more fun, more progressive, and more intricate.
I just received the Cricut Explore, a design and cut system that completely trumps every other paper crafting tool I've ever used. There is so much this machine can do that it's almost intimidating, but the Cricut Explore is actually really easy to use. I am a visual learner, so I found their YouTube videos most helpful!
This electronic cutting machine, combined with their online design software, helps me create amazing DIY projects that go far beyond scrapbooking. They offer hundreds of ready-made projects, a library of over 50,000 images, plus I can upload any image of my own that I want to use. I can also completely create a design from scratch on their software.
It's wide enough to accommodate 12x12 paper on the Cricut mat that slides through the Cricut Explore. It features a multi-layer creation system where each layer of a project is cut from different color papers, then assembled for a finished project. For example, I can create an orange jack-o-lantern with a brown stem, green leaf, black mouth, and yellow eyes; then the Cricut Explore cuts each component on different sheets of colored paper and I just assemble the finished design!
The Cricut Explore also has the ability to cut and write in one step. The inner cartridge holds a blade on the right hand side and can hold a marker on the left hand side. Their design program allows me to tell the Cricut Explore what I want it to do. It can even cut a box and score fold lines. I'm only just beginning to grasp everything it can do, but I'm having so much fun!
My very first project was Halloween Tags for a candy display I'm putting together. Using the Cricut Design Space, I used their free images from their library to create six tags with Halloween images on them. I can easily edit, resize, and even add my own text if I want in their Design Space. Then with a click of my mouse, I printed it on my printer, and set it on the Cricut cutting mat.
The Cricut Explore cut every single one of my images perfectly and quickly. The cutting mat is slightly sticky so that it can hold the paper. The Cricut Explore can cut more than just paper! It can cut vinyl, stickers, cardstock, iron-on, fabric, leather, poster board, and much more. I am just blown away by all that it can do!
Cricut also offers tons of great tools that help me create and I love this flat one that helps me easily remove my cut cardstock from the cutting mat. To make my Halloween tags, I next made a tiny hole in the top of each tag and strung embroidery thread through the holes. I tied each one around different sizes of mason jars to create my display. I can fill them with candy or even use them to serve drinks at a party!
Visit www.cricut.com today and see how easily you can create one-of-a-kind projects of all kinds. I am so thrilled with my Cricut Explore and promise to share more of my projects as I create them! Be sure to follow all their social media accounts for great crafting ideas, tutorials, and more.
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Peanut Hottie - Hot Peanut Butter Drink - Review

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Who loves peanut butter? I sure do! I can't believe no one has ever thought of a hot peanut butter drink before! Most of us really enjoy hot coffee and hot chocolate, but Peanut Hottie is truly a special treat. It's made similarly to hot chocolate in that it comes in a powdered form. Just fill a mug full of boiling hot water and scoop in some Peanut Hottie. Stir it well and then melt into the heavenly deliciousness!
Peanut Hottie also comes in a Peanut Butter and Chocolate flavor! It's made with real peanuts with no artificial additives and no artificial colors. At under 100 calories per cup and no caffeine, it's a guilt-free treat. Even vegetarians can enjoy Peanut Hottie! It's the perfect hot drink as we head into autumn.
Visit www.peanuthottie.com for more information and for some delicious recipe ideas too! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. I love Peanut Hottie!

9/25/14

zpizza Pop-Up City Tour Free Pizza Event #Austin

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You can taste zpizza's new creations made with fresh ingredients at the free Pop-Up City Tour pizza event on Saturday, October 18 from 1-3 p.m. at zpizza’s Austin locations. I've tried many of their menu items and all of their pizzas, breads, and salads are simply fabulous! The Tuscan Italian Sausage Pizza was our favorite.
zpizza, the first artisan-inspired pizza chain specializing in artisan brick oven baked pizzas, is sharing its love for fresh ingredients and gourmet pizza nationwide with its national Pop-Up City Tour. As part of the tour, zpizza is hosting a series of free sampling events nationwide so pizza enthusiasts, health-conscious consumers, and gourmet palates alike can experience its new and unreleased fresh creations that are being considered as future menu offerings.
zpizza’s Pop-Up City Tour is traveling to select cities nationwide, including Alexandria, VA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Raleigh, NC, Rochester, MN, Sacramento, CA, and Washington, DC. Learn more about the complete tour schedule on zpizza’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zpizza.
Don't miss the Limited Time Only fall menu items, coming September 23, inspired by some of fall’s most delectable ingredients. The Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Squash Pizza boasts housemade roasted garlic sauce and award-winning mozzarella topped with fennel sausage, cremini, shiitake and button mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash and creamy feta. A pinch of sea salt, milled pepper and fresh thyme complete this mouth-watering, savory choice. Want lighter indulgence? zpizza’s Chopped Kale Salad mixes seasonal apples, roasted red onions, feta and housemade lemon vinaigrette atop a bed of crisp kale.
Don't miss this event!
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Giveaway! Holiday Gifts Flavored with Meaning #giftcatalog #worldvision

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Wouldn't it be wonderful if every gift we gave this holiday season also blessed someone else? World Vision gives us that opportunity. More than 250 items, starting at just $10, are available in their online gift catalog and in their print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children, and families in the United States and around the world.
This Fair-Trade Coffee Set is blended by onecup.org and comes with 12oz of whole bean award-winning coffee beans from three international locations, a beautiful handstitched African fabric gift bag, and a gorgeous wooden coffee scoop. As a coffee-lover, I can attest that this is a wonderfully flavored coffee!
World Vision also offers many other delectable gifts that will bless the recipient and the artist, like the Prosperity Cinnamon gift that includes 3oz of cinnamon in a carved bark box and the set of two hand-carved Olivewood Serving Spoons in a handsewn African gift bag.
Visit www.worldvisiongifts.org to see their gifts ranging from $10 to $39,000 and find something that speaks to your heart. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, then enter below to win the World Vision Fair-Trade Coffee Gift Set for yourself or someone you love!

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To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be a US resident ages 18 and up. Only one entry is mandatory to enter; bonus entries increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/15/2014. Good luck!

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Bloggers Wanted - Winter Wonderland Giveaway Hop (Dec 10-20)

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Join us for the "Winter Wonderland" Hop Event

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December 10th - 20th, 2014


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Healthy & Delicious Harvest Snaps - Review and Giveaway

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Having challenges getting your kids to eat their vegetables? How about you...are you eating enough vegetables? I know I can always use more! These deliciously crunchy Harvest Snaps are the perfect way to snack on peas and lentils, and you'll never even taste the veggies!
They are available in a wide variety of flavors. The Snapea Crisps come in Caesar, Lightly Salted, Black Pepper, and Wasabi Ranch. The Lentil Snaps come in Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme. I love the zesty flavors and these healthy snacks are full of goodness.
Harvest Snaps are baked, not fried. They have less fat and sodium than many other snacks. They're also gluten-free and non-GMO (and grown by North American farmers). Harvest Snaps are packed with Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, protein, and dietary fiber.
Check out Harvest Snaps healthy, delicious snacks at www.harvestsnaps.com. Be sure to enter below to win six bags of assorted Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps!

THREE WILL WIN!!!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be a US resident ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/8/2014. Only one entry is mandatory to enter, but completing more entries will give you a greater chance to win. Good luck!

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Bloggers Wanted - Fall Harvest Giveaway Hop (October 15-25)

Join us for the Fall Harvest Hop Event

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October 15th - 25th, 2014


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9/24/14

Bloggers Wanted - Round Em Up Giveaway Hop (November 12-22)

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Join us for the "Round Em Up" Hop Event

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DenadaDenada Cooking Gift Set - Review

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Over the years, I've come to love using silicone cooking utensils in the kitchen. They don't scratch up my pans the way a metal utensil can and they don't melt under heat like a plastic utensil can. This colorful DenadaDenada Cooking Gift Set is a wonderful collection of cooking tools for chefs of all ages. It includes a spatula, a spoonola, a brush, and a whisk.
I love the combination of red, green and yellow because it brings a real pop of color into my kitchen. The tools are full-size, from 8.2" to 10.5", and the handles are slim, so even a young child will feel comfortable cooking with mom or dad in the kitchen. I have used these over and over again and they still look brand new. I love these tools!
The DenadaDenada Cooking Gift Set is BPA-free and comes with a lifetime 100% satisfaction guarantee. All four pieces are dishwasher safe too. Know anyone who cooks? This would be a fabulous gift at an affordable price. Grab your new cooking set at Amazon today!