9/22/14

Giveaway! Hemstitched Sheet Set - Brylane Home - Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the
Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
September 23 - October 8

Visit each of the participating blogs listed below
and enter to win prizes valued at $25 or more!

My prize is:
600-Thread-Count Hemstitched Sheet Set
(value $139.99)
from BrylaneHome
Now that autumn's cooler weather has arrived, there is nothing I love more than snuggling up in my bed. A high quality sheet set makes a huge difference in the quality of sleep. These beautiful Hemstitched Sheets from BrylaneHome are 600-thread-count sheets. I love a high thread count because the sheets feel so much softer on my skin! The hemstitching on these sheets give them a beautiful classic and clean look. I chose a set of queen size in the rich mocha color, but the winner of this amazing sheet set can choose from any available size and color, including ivory, butter, spice, mocha, teal, mauve, or sage. Bring some luxury into your sleep with BrylaneHome's 600TC Hemstitched Sheet Sets!
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Enter to win!
For your chance to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You must be a US resident, at least 18 years old. Only the first entry is mandatory; but bonus entries will increase your chance to win this luxurious 600TC Hemstitched Sheet Set in your choice of available colors and sizes. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/8/2014. Good luck!

You can check out my other giveaways here!

Rainbow Light Natural Vitamin Brand - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Staying healthy can be challenging especially for busy moms. Many of us are constantly on the go and unfortunately our health can suffer when we don't always eat properly, get the right exercise, and get the right amount of sleep. Rainbow Light nutritional supplements are my "insurance policy" that helps me ensure I'm getting all the right vitamins and minerals. I've been taking their Women's One Food-Based Multivitamins and Berry D-Licious Vitamin D3 Gummies daily and even in the midst of a terrible allergy season and a stressful move, I feel great!
The Rainbow Light Women's One Food-Based Multivitamin is the #1 selling natural women's vitamin. In just one tablet a day, I get vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, superfoods and herbs that help me to nourish, protect, and support all the major systems in my body. It's also gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat free, and yeast-free. This multivitamin supports bone health, breast health, and even helps me maintain balance in my hormones and stress levels.
The Berry D-Licious Vitamin D3 is a sweet, juicy raspberry-flavored treat that helps me protect my immune system, promote strong bones and teeth, and maintain healthy muscles. With 2500 IU of Vitamin D3 in the recommended one Berry D-Licious a day, I'm getting a wonderfully potent boost to my immune resistance. That will certainly come in handy as flu season inches closer! Plus, they are 100% natural, and free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and additives. I prefer the Rainbow Light vitamin brand and encourage you to see how good they make you feel!

Enter to win!
One winner will receive one Rainbow Light Women's One Food-Based Multivitamin 30-Count Bottle and one Berry D-Licious Vitamin D3 2500 IU 50-Count Bottle. To enter, just fill out the Rafflcopter form below. Open to US residents ages 18 and up. Only one entry is mandatory to enter, but bonus entries will increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends on 10/5/2014 at midnight. Good luck!

While you're here, check out my other giveaways too!

Precision Pro Food Thermometer - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Cooking meats can often be challenging because the food must reach a specific temperature in order to be properly cooked. When food is not cooked properly, not all of the bacteria and microbes will be killed and you risk food poisoning. The Precision Pro Food Thermometer by EatSmart ensures that you know the temperature of the food with its extremely accurate digital readout. This food thermometer comes in its own waterproof, anti-microbial housing that even provides you a on-cap guide to proper food temperatures for different types of meats.
The Precision Pro Food Thermometer gives you a rapid response in 5 seconds or less, allowing you to cook and barbecue to chef-perfection. It has a tiny 1.5mm probe, which minimizes the puncture hole, helping the juices stay in the meat. The CR2032 battery is already inside the Precision Pro Food Thermometer when it arrives, so you can use it immediately. My biggest challenge has always been cooking chicken to the proper temperature and before I started using this food thermometer, I ruined a couple of dinners by not cooking the chicken long enough. There are few things that gross me out more than cutting into chicken that is pink and rubbery inside. I'm so glad I can count on my Precision Pro Food Thermometer!
You can get the Precision Pro Food Thermometer HERE on Amazon. Plus, you can enter below to win one! What a great gift for someone who loves to cook (or for someone who isn't very good at it). This product has a five-star product review rating on Amazon and I agree!

Enter to win!
One winner will receive one EatSmart Precision Pro Food Thermometer, a $39.95 value! To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Only one entry is mandatory to be entered, but bonus entries will increase your chance to win. Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 10/5/2014 at midnight. Good luck!

As long as you're here, check out my other giveaways HERE too!

Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Ready to try something new and totally different? Little Caesars now makes Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza and it's unlike any other pizza! The crust is made of soft pretzel dough, sprinkled with delicious pretzel salt, the "sauce" is creamy cheddar cheese, and it's topped with more cheese and scrumptious pepperoni. Is your mouth watering yet?
I couldn't wait to try it! For just $6 I got a Large Hot-N-Ready Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza. I love the convenience of walking into my local Little Caesars between 4-8pm and walking out a minute later with a ready-made dinner. It's the perfect solution for busy families that need a fast and delicious meal!
I think the new Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza is fabulous. I'm a huge cheese lover and I can eat pepperoni all day long. I don't usually eat much of the crust edge on pizza, but when it's sprinkled with pretzel salt, I just can't resist.
Find YOUR local Little Caesars Pizza location HERE and get in there soon to try this fantastic new $6 Hot-N-Ready Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza! Check out this quick video and then enter below to win a $15 Little Caesars Gift Card to try it for FREE!


Enter to win pizza!
One lucky winner will get a $15 Little Caesars Gift Card. To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Only one entry is mandatory to enter; but bonus entries will increase your chance to win. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/5/2014. Open to US residents 18 and older. Good luck!

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Kidecals Personalized Labels - Not Just For Kids - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
It's true that Kidecals makes awesome personalized labels for kids that are dishwasher-safe, washer-safe, and dryer-safe. It's also true that they have one of the largest selections of delightful designs for infants, kids, and teens, that stick to any surface, like backpacks, clothing, food containers, and electronics. But Kidecals also makes fabulous labels that are perfect for adults!
I just received a fabulous package full of Chalkboard Labels from Kidecals and I'm using them everywhere! I can write on the labels with real chalk so that I can erase and change the labels, but buried within my scrapbook supplies was a chalk marker that helped me create permanent labels in my own handwriting.
I've labeled all my kitchen containers and the Kidecals worked perfectly. I used them on my mason jars where I store some of my most-used spices and I can run them through the dishwasher without worries. I've also used them to label gifts that I've made for others. I'm having fun finding new ways to use them!
Check out www.kidecals.com for these and hundreds of other great labels that you can personalize with your name, your child's name, and much more. They also have a great selection of keyboard stickers that will breathe new life into your computer time. Plus, you get FREE super-fast shipping on all orders!

Mistakes Swimming Pool Owners Should Avoid

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Buying and installing a swimming pool is not only a major financial investment on the part of a homeowner, but it also comes with a lifetime of maintenance and upkeep issues. This isn’t necessarily a negative, as looking after your swimming pool means that you’re not only looking after your investment, but that you’re ensuring that it’s functioning at its safest and most optimal, so your friends and family can enjoy it with complete peace of mind.

That being said, there are common mistakes or issues we frequently see swimming pool owners make in regards to maintaining their swimming pools. Below is a fantastic list of these that you can print off and use as reference. Do a self-audit to see how you rank up as a swimming pool owner.

1. FORGETTING ABOUT SKIMMER BASKETS AND LINT CATCHERS – Forgetting to check your pool pump’s skimmer basket or lint trap is by far the most frequent swimming pool issue that’s reported. The reason for this is obvious, as in order to look into these, you have to actually look into your pool pump system. It’s well worth making a weekly schedule so you never forget to check and clear out any skimmer baskets and lint catchers. If you don’t, the trapped debris can affect the water circulation of your pool system, which can lead to expensive and serious malfunctions down the line.

2. ADDING CHEMICALS AT THE WRONG TIME OF DAY – Proper maintenance of your pool requires the use of a whole range of common additives and chemicals such as chlorine and other disinfectants. What you might not realize however is that the time of day you choose to add these chemicals can also affect their efficacy. The recommendation is to aim to add these during the night. This way, not only will you be able to actually use your pool during precious summer sunlight hours, but it will also mean that temperature and other factors will not interfere with the chemicals.

3. FORGETTING TO SCRUB TILES – Algae issues are a major problem for all swimming pools. Once an algae bloom takes hold, it can become incredibly challenging and costly to completely eradicate it. That’s why, as you might expect, prevention is better than cure! Make sure that you incorporate a thorough cleaning routine in your maintenance schedule that includes at least weekly scrubbing and brushing of any tile and exposed surfaces. Not only will this remove algae before it has a time to bloom, but it will also prevent tile calcification, which can be another expensive issue to repair.

4. IGNORING BROKEN DRAINS OR SUCTION PIPES – This should go without saying, but a swimming pool is always a potential drowning hazard! Poorly maintained drainage, suction pipes and related issues like this can lead to drowning if swimmers get stuck, or hurt by damaged equipment. The solution to this is simple. The moment you spot any minor structural issues or faults in any drainage or piping, you should replace it immediately! When it comes to the safety of your friends and family, always appreciate the need for prevention!

These are some of the more common issues we see swimming pool owners make, but rest assured there are plenty more. Advice that should always be adhered to is to simply use your common sense and respect the fact that owning a pool comes with certain safety responsibilities. As long as you are committed to owning a safe swimming pool, and maintain a regular cleaning and checking schedule, you should be fine. For other great information, or help finding affordable pool supplies Sydney homeowners trust, you can contact the team at Metro Pools and Heating at metropoolsandheating.com.au.

Uncorked Ventures #Wine - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Uncorked Ventures is one of my favorite wine sources. They offer wonderful gift baskets and their wine club is the most varied and flexible I've found. They seek out artisan wines from across Washington, Oregon and California to bring you (and me!) the very best wines at affordable prices.
I just received two of their most recent discoveries and I was not disappointed. The Vin Roc is a deep, aromatic wine with a very rich taste. My husband said it almost tasted like it had a hint of a licorice taste to it.
It's a bit of a heavier-tasting wine and a fabulous choice for a drink to enjoy with a romantic steak dinner. It makes a dramatic statement and would be a great wine to share at a dinner party with friends. It's a very bold wine and I really enjoyed it.
The Transcendentalist wine was probably one of the best red wines I've ever tasted. It rolls across the tongue and offers a subtle explosion of tastes. It's a lighter-tasting wine while still providing a rich, bold red wine flavor.
Uncorked Ventures is the simplest way to share the gift of wine with someone. Whether you want to send a wine gift basket or delight a friend with a wine club membership, the wine selections are always spot-on and tasty. As the holiday season rolls around, make sure Uncorked Ventures is on your wish list and remember to send a few tasty gifts that won't soon be forgotten!

Key West Retinol Cream and Shea Butter - Review #beauty

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Taking care of my skin has become more important as I get older. I wish I'd taken better care of my skin when I was younger! I'm so excited to share about these two products from Key West Health and Beauty. I received the Key West Retinol Night Cream and the Key West Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter and my skin is loving them!
This Shea Butter is harvested from the nut of the African shea tree. It's often used in cosmetics, soaps, hair conditioners, lotions and moisturizers, but it's also used in food preparation throughout Africa. The Key West shea butter is firm because it comes in a raw, unrefined form which makes it pure, rich in nutrients, and highly beneficial. It's also certified organic. Most products that you buy with shea butter are soft and creamy (refined) which strips the shea butter of its value. Using the Key West shea butter, you can create the same consistency as lotions or creams at home with a minimal amount of effort and without the harmful chemicals, plus you can add natural ingredients to create the aroma you want. You can find recipes on the Key West YouTube Channel. I personally love using it straight out of the container as a moisturizer. It also helps heal stretch marks, provide relief from eczema, condition hair, minimize wrinkles, and relieve sunburn and itchy bug bites. I have used it over and over again!
The Key West Retinol Night Cream is a wonderful product. I've had lines around my eyes for about ten years now and retinol has made a real difference in helping to reduce the effects of my fine lines. I've been using the Key West Retinol Night Cream about every other night. This brand contains 2.5% of retinol, which is 2 1/2 times the amount as the standard 1% strength (found in most retinol creams) and is the strongest percentage available without a prescription. It is also helping to firm my aging facial skin and reduce my age spots (even on my hands). It's a fabulous product and I highly recommend it.

Check out all the skin products available keywesthealthandbeauty.com!

9/19/14

Exclusive #UnderTheDome Photos Season 2 Finale #DomeAmbassadors

Season 2 is coming to an end this Monday!
It has been so much fun to be a Dome Ambassador!

Watch the Under The Dome Season 2 Finale this Monday on CBS at 10/9c!
Tweet with me @weidknecht during the show using #UnderTheDome!

9/18/14

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies #Recipe featuring Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat one egg in mixer until foamy. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well, then shape one-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and using a tart press, make a small bowl in the center of each cookie. (If you don't have a tart press, you could use a spoon or your thumb.) Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, then move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Scoop about a teaspoon of Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly onto the top of each cookie. Makes 2 dozen.

Print this recipe HERE.
See my other recipes HERE.
Norm's Farms makes incredible jams, jellies, and preserves featuring the superfruit elderberry. The elderberry is delicious and is a wonderful source of antioxidants. It's packed with Vitamins A, B and C , iron, and potassium. Best of all, elderberries are scrumptious!
Norm's Farms is a small family-owned company based in Pittsboro, North Carolina that produces all-natural elderberry products. Check out my review of their Elderberry Supplements! I've been enjoying their jams, jellies and preserves on my waffles, toast, and bagels, but I think my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies rock!
Check out www.normsfarms.com to see all the delicious ways you can incorporate their elderberry products into your kitchen. They even have recipes on their website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I don't really enjoy sharing negative product reviews, so I was a bit hesitant to try the Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate. After all, sugar-free chocolate tends to leave a bitter taste in my mouth and it makes me sad to not love a chocolate. But Coco Polo did not disappoint me; rather they truly surprised me with their luscious chocolate bars!
Coco Polo is sweetened with the healthy extract of the Stevia plant and the taste of their chocolate is incredibly delicious. There are zero added sugars and I cannot taste the Stevia at all. It just tastes like a wonderful high-quality chocolate bar!
Coco Polo is also gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO, plus they only use fair trade cocoa. I received four generously-sized chocolate bar flavors - Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut in Milk Chocolate, and Elderberry in Dark Chocolate.
Honestly, it's really difficult for me to choose a favorite from the four flavors, because they are all delicious. In an effort to control my urge to eat the entire bar of chocolate at once, I've been eating just a square or two at a time, and each time I switch to a different flavor, I think "No, this one is my favorite."
I love their creamy milk chocolate bar, but I also love the delight of the hazelnut variety. I've always been a huge fan of dark chocolate too, but I also love the fruit taste of the elderberry dark chocolate variety.
If I didn't know in advance that Coco Polo chocolate bars were made with Stevia, I never would have known from the taste. I feel good about enjoying a chocolate bar that I also know is good for me. I can't wait to see what Coco Polo comes up with next!
The candy bar packaging is great - not one of the chocolate bars arrived damaged in any way and each bar was sealed up tight in its wrapper for a fresh delicious treat. I highly recommend Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate!
Learn more at www.cocopolo.com and surprise yourself with some delicious chocolate! There are currently 12 different chocolate varieties available so you're sure to find your favorite (or maybe you'll have trouble choosing a favorite, like I did).