Monday, February 28, 2011

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway!--Ends March 16, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


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Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil


In an earlier post, I reviewed Tropical Traditions Gold Seal Virgin Coconut Oil and made a delicious recipe in another post featuring My Special Occasion Bakery Frosting.  What was delightful was the scrumptious coconut flavor besides the excellent creaming ability it had when this product was used.  Normally this frosting required shortening and a margarine.   But using this virgin coconut oil made it healthier to enjoy my fluffy, whipped cream type frosting even more! 


For additional coconut recipes visit the company's Free Coconut Recipe website.

When you go to Tropical Traditions website and order for the first time, you will get their free book Virgin Coconut Oil if you use my User ID 7119738 as your referral.

*Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to  write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.*

Thanks to Tropical Traditions, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada wins one 32 oz. bottle of Tropical Traditions Gold Seal Virgin Coconut Oil.

All entries for this giveaway must be placed in this post to count.

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1. You must follow me on Google Friends Connect before any of your entries will count.  If you already follow, then tell me so in a comment.

2. Go to Tropical Traditions website and tell me which product you would love to try first or something you learned from their site in another comment.


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Leave a separate comment for each entry. This giveaway is open to residents of USA and Canada only.  Be sure you include your email address inside your comment so I can contact you if you win.    Do follow the rules because I check entries.

This giveaway ends March 16, 2011 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  


Sunday, February 27, 2011

One Night Cosmetics Review and Giveaway!--Ends March 17, 2011

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Beauty can sometimes be a chore if you need to lug everything with you from those tubes, jars to compacts that take so much space and weight in your bag.  I hate rummaging through my beauty  stuff and grabbing one jar and tube after the next just trying to stay fresh through the day.  The task is even more complicated when traveling or for a night on the town when you carry the tiniest clutch.  However, I found the perfect solution for taking the hassle out of your beauty routine with One Night Cosmetics

One Night Cosmetics will make you rethink what you carry with you in their amazing line of coordinated cosmetics.  I had the opportunity to review the entire line of their credit card size compacts and was amazed to have everything I needed to look my  best anywhere and any place in such a well-designed weightless collection of gorgeous colors and products.

Each compact comes with two shades of concealer, which provided excellent coverage for concealing even the darkest under eye circles--and two shades of this essential for what  you use most is even better.   You also get beautiful shimmering, not glittery eyeshadow, a cake eyeliner, a white shine control powder, (perfect for any foundation you might wear despite the color), a bronzer, lipstick, and  lip gloss.  In addition, each compact comes with  mini mascara, brow tint, and set of brushes besides two bags! 

The shades in each compact are stunning and work perfectly together.  I loved how vibrant, but neutral the colors were so if I  travel and pack outfits needing specific shades, I would never clash.

My complexion is fair, the lightest beige of any line.  When founder, Rachel Watson, told me any of the compacts would work, I was skeptical.  Then I reviewed all five and was shocked at how I could wear them all without a problem except for the concealers in the tan for under the eyes.  I could use those but for covering up a red spot or pimple in that shade with my coloring.  What I'm saying is you don't have to worry too much about making the wrong selection.  One of my favorites was the medium compact with the shimmering grayish-mauve eye shadow, which is crease-proof!

One Night Cosmetics are quality products as well as safe ones made in America, not China, so you rest assured about the ingredients, which was Rachel Watson's main concern before bringing them to market.  Her dream was to help customers look more beautiful without sacrificing their health or wallets with these handy, all-in-one compacts.

I just wish full size individual products could also be purchased for when you run out of your favorite.  The mascara, however, I love the mini size and the non-clumping formula.  You can reorder a new one for just $3.95 without worrying about spending too much on something that needs thrown out in a short time anyway to protect your eyes.  The same goes for the brow tints.  Speaking of the brow tints, I used the lighter brown tint on my dark brown brows and looked fine with neater brows.

The lipstick and lip gloss won't fade into your lips after a short time like many others currently produced and are so comfortable to wear.  These were superior in feel, wear and had a nice color. 

Trust me, you won't be disappointed in One Night Cosmetics!  I know I love everything about them from perfect color combinations, the convenience, to the peace of mind I get when I applying their safer New York made (not Chinese!) products to my face.  Can you say you feel the same way about the beauty products you carry in your bag?

*This is my own, honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received was product to test and review.  The opinion I gave came freely without being made to give it.*




Thanks to One Night Cosmetics FIVE lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers will each win a compact of their own in the shade of their choice , a $24.95 value.  This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada.


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This giveaway ends March 17, 2011 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Make Your Own Treated Dust Cloths and Save!

The next time you run out of those expensive packages of pre-treated dusting cloths, you should try making a batch of your own.  For a just little effort and a lot less money, you'll be surprised at how well your homemade cloths will work catching that bothersome dust.


Formula for Treated Dust Cloths

1 tablespoon mild soap powder
1 quart warm water
1 tablespoon ammonia
2 tablespoons boiled linseed oil
flannel rags

Combine all the ingredients to form a solution.  Soak flannel rags inside the solution thoroughly and then wring well.  Hang to dry.  Then store your treated cloths in a plastic covered container.

You can use any rags available but they must be able to absorb the solution.  Ditch any of those polyester combination materials because they won't work the way they should.  However, flannel is a nice, soft and absorbent choice that the solution will penetrate. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Essie's Spring 2011 Collection: French Affair (Review)

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

Spring is the perfect time to usher out the harsh, drab winter and to bloom again with happy retro pastel shades of Essie's Spring Collection 2011: French Affair.  The line of upbeat brights and striking color combinations reflects 1960's French glamour to help bring out the Brigitte Bardot in any woman!
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Essie's Spring 2011 Collection:  French Affair 

Unlike the sheers of the past, the French Affair collection is a new spin on neutral with opaque coverage in six fun spring shades with all the glamour but without formaldehyde, DBP or toluene!

I was sent three bottles of the collection to review:  French Affair (an innocent pink), Sand Tropez (sun-kissed tan) and Coat Azure (a shimmering Parisian blue).  The only problem I found  was choosing which shade I wanted to wear next. 

The others in the line include Topless & Barefoot (a coquettish peach), Kisses & Bises  (iridescent) and Nice is Nice (a happy spring wisteria).  To see the others for yourself, visit www.essie.com.

All I can say is très chic, Essie!

*This is my honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  I just received free product for this review.*

Friday, February 25, 2011

My Special Occasion Bakery Frosting

This frosting is fluffy, almost like a whipped cream type. 

1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 stick of margarine (not spread) or 1/2 cup
1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Measure the cornstarch and stir into your milk until blended.  Then cook on a medium heat until thickened.  Remove from heat and let it cool.

Cream the sugar with the margarine and Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil until the sugar crystals are mostly dissolved.  This takes about 15 minutes of creaming. 

Add the warm thickened milk mixture, (not hot) to the sugar and the creamed ingredients a little at a time.  Continue to beat as you go.  Add vanilla and beat in.  Frost on the cooled cake.


Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil (Review)

Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of their Virgin Coconut Oil to review.  The thick white consistency of this product surprised me.  This delicious smelling oil was more like shortening than other kitchen oils, which worked to my advantage in my very special occasion bakery frosting.  The recipe is in the next post.

Another plus is since this is virgin coconut oil it is a healthier choice because it did not involve any hydrogenation like partially hydrogenated shortening.  The process of hydrogenation is what is responsible for changing a good fat into a bad trans fat, causing the body problems with cholesterol and possible heart problems.The only thing I recommend is to read the label.  If you refrigerate this product, it becomes firmer and slightly more difficult to work with.  However, the problem is quickly remedied once you leave it out for a while and it returns to its normal state.

When you go to Tropical Traditions website and order for the first time, you will get their free book Virgin Coconut Oil if you use my User ID 7119738 as your referral.


*Disclaimer:  Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation  to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.*

Thursday, February 24, 2011

EliteSkin Anti-Aging Product Review & Giveaway!--Ends March 13, 2011

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Elite Telomere Cell Cream

Over time your skin needs help and EliteSkin is the one you need with their clinically proven formulas of skin care and wrinkle treatment products.  I was sent the Elite Telomere Cell Cream "Airless Pump Version" to test for my review and found impressive results after a two-week trial.

EliteSkin using pharmaceutical grade active ingredients like Renovage, Pure Hyaluronic Acid, and Teprenone  to correct signs of aging by promoting the skin's natural protection and repair factors involved in detoxification and anti-stress.   What makes these formulas highly effective are through the telemore maintenance and DNA repair these products work on from within to readjust while rebuilding cell structure against the aging process.

I loved the fact I got rid of a tiny discolored sun spot on my cheek when using their Elite Telomere Cell Cream.  No longer did I have to depend on dabbing on concealer to keep that imperfection hidden.  In addition, I thought my skin looked clearer overall, which pleased me to no end.

EliteSkin has real science behind their complete line of anti-aging products.  They even have a special eye product to diminish dark circles beneath eyes called Elite Eye Serum that would be interesting to test as most women know with this same problem. 

I only tested their Elite Telomere Cell Cream "Airless Pump Version" and noticed a big difference in my complexion.   Yet, can you imagine the results achieved if using their entire regime together?  

 *This is my own, honest opinion.  No money was exchanged for me to express this opinion.  I only received a free product to review.*

Thanks to Skin Pro, makers of EliteSkin, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada will win their own  Elite Telomere Cell Cream  "Airless Pump Version" , a $79 value!


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This giveaway ends March 13, 2011 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seventh Generation Feminine Care Products Review and Giveaway!--Ends March 10, 2011

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Do you know what's in your feminine care products?  Women should be aware that not all of them are the same.  If you want to safeguard your health you should know what and how those particular products are made.

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Seventh Generation
Let me tell you about Seventh Generation and their eco-friendly line of feminine care products I was sent to review.  Their tampons,  pads, and pantiliners are organic cotton and whitened without unnecessary chemicals containing chlorine, which releases toxins into the air.

The pads have a wheat-based absorbent core plus no dyes or fragrances to cause extra problems.

Seventh Generation believes so strongly in protecting women and the environment that they support Sustainable Health Enterprises.  SHE helps local women in developing countries to start up their own businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable quality and eco-friendly sanitary pads.

Seventh Generation made me think more about taking better care of my body as well as the planet. 

I found their feminine care products excellent in caring for my body safely and comfortably.  What more can any woman ask?

*This is my own, honest opinion on these products.  I received free products to review from their company.  No money was exchanged.*

Thanks to Seventh Generation one Nuts 4 Stuff reader will win their own gift bag of natural feminine care products.  This giveaway is only open to United States residents.  


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UPrinting 50 Brochures Giveaway!--Ends February 25, 2011

If need professional printing, you should discover the quality of service of UPrinting for all your digital printing needs.  Their state of the art digital process transfers the colors directly onto the paper or card stock in one pass instead in stages compared to other industrial-scale digital printers for the highest resolution image possible. 

Thanks to their company, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader will win printing for custom brochure printing. The size is 8.5" x 11" on 100 lb. paper gloss with folding (half fold, trifold/letterfold, Z-fold,or Accordion fold) on a two business day turnaround.  This process will include outside and inside printing.  This giveaway is limited to United States residents 18 years old and older.


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This giveaway ends February 25,2010 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time.  The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

*In adherence to the FTC ruling on Blogger Reviews and Sponsored Postings, I received free brochures from UPrinting.com for hosting this giveaway. No monetary compensation was exchanged.*

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tillen Farms Review and Gift Box Giveaway!--Ends March 12, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Tillen Farms Gift Box


Searching for a thoughtful way to show how much you care or to celebrate a special occasion, holiday, housewarming, or whatever, then I have a wonderful suggestion.  Think about a healthy, gift box of delectable premium Tillen Farms pickled, preservative-free vegetables  to make cherished memories last!

Tillen Farms sent me a gift box with six of their products to review.  Honestly, I loved how crispy  and flavorful these pickled vegetables were that were grown in the volcanic soil of the Yakima Valley of Washington State.  The Pickled Crispy Asparagus was incredible, second only to fresh picked but with a hint of zest from a well-thought blend of spices.  I got one Hot & Spicy and one plain Asparagus. Their Pickled Crispy Snap Peas had the pea hater in my family demanding seconds.  I added some of their Pickled Crispy Carrots and their Pickled Crispy Beans (Hot & Spicy) into my macaroni salad and received compliments when I served it alongside roasted chicken as well as separately. 

For dessert, I used some of Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino Cherries on my homemade cheesecake, without worrying about any health threat from red dye #40! Tillen Farms only uses color from vegetable extract which gave me piece of mind. 

The company also make Layer Sweet Bells,  Sunnysides (Tomatoes in oil), and Crisp White Aspargus.

You'll be hooked on Tillen Farms after the first taste for quality and a superior pickled vegetable or cherries!  Seriously, I could eat their veggies every day and still love them.  The company is offering 25% off one order per customer when you put in TILN4S at checkout.  This code is good until 3/31/2011!  

*This is my own, honest opinion.  No money was exchanged for me to express it.  I just received free product to test for this review.*

Thanks for Tillen Farms, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader wins a gift box with six of their pickled vegetables! This giveaway is open to United States and Canadian residents only.


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34 Degrees Crispbread Review and Giveaway!--Ends March 7, 2011

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34 Degrees Crispbreads
Sometimes, you search for something to snack on with the least calories like a cracker or crispbread.  Too often you feel let down because what usually tastes good is often loaded with fat and calories and what you're able to eat tastes more like flavorless cardboard than anything resembling food!  But I recently discovered the light and  flavorful difference of 34 Degrees when the munchies take over.

I was sent two boxes of 34 Degrees Crispbread in Whole Grain and Cracked Pepper.  These airy packed wafers of deliciousness are perfect for keeping on track with your diet.  Splurge and eat nine of these tasty, no fat crispbreads for a total of only 35 calories!  You can feel guilt free and still top it with some cheese!

The company also makes Natural, Sesame, Rosemary, and Lemon Zest varieties.

Thanks to 34 Degrees one Nuts 4 Stuff reader will win the two boxes of Crispbreads of their own.   This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only.


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company Review


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You don't have to travel the world to drink the finest tea.  Let the world come to you through each special cup of Two Leaves and a Tea!  Driven by passion and dedication to bringing the best organic tea to market, the founder Richard Rosenfeld, explored tea gardens across the globe to find the perfect teas until finally satisfied enough to form the Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company in 2005.   Each cup is an exceptional experience, a reflection of the individual flavors from those gardens of the various countries from his visits.
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Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company Sampler Box

For this review, I was sent a sampler box of the 18 Two Leaves and a Bud Teas.  As I brewed my first cup and leisurely sipped the rich, fragrant Jasmine tea , I felt magically transported to those exotic gardens myself.  The taste was smooth and yet complex unlike other Jasmine tea I had in the past.  

Their Earl Grey was incredible and my favorite.   I just wish there had been more of that particular tea in my box. Then again, I later discovered with each new choice, this tea lover found another new favorite, some flavors unknown to me!

The pyramid shaped tea sachet bags of their design disbursed the flavor, expanding and blooming in my cup with unparalleled taste. 

Besides producing extraordinary tasting teas, Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company, are just as exceptional with the way they run their business.  The company is one of the founding members of the TRUST Organic Small Farmer's Initiative to reward farmers committed to growing new organic tea bushes and a Fair Trade certified company.

I'm not alone when I say this is the best tea I ever tasted.  Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company has won awards:  Best New Tea Award for 2005-2006 from the Specialty Coffee Association of the United States and the People's Choice Award at the Great Canadian Tea Steep Off in 2006.

Aren't you tempted to taste the Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company difference like I did?

There's even a program to earn rewards with every purchase.   Now visit their website at Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company and get some of your own because I'm not sharing mine!

*This is my own, honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was received for me to express this opinion.  I only received a free sampler box of tea to test for my review.*

Ever Hear of the Sound Asleep Comfort Pillow? (Review)

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Sound Asleep Comfort Pillow
**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

Take your sleep to the next level.  Instead of falling asleep with those earbuds from your iPod why not drift off in comfort on a Sound Asleep Comfort Pillow?  I never heard about a pillow like it that  features a built-in speaker that can connect to any audio source until I was sent one to review.

Frankly, I was skeptical on how the concept would even work and then I put some Kenny G into my iPod.  To my amazement, the instrumental tones that softly played under my head relaxed me more than I thought it could.  To fall asleep to the easy listening music blocked out the problems of the day better because your mind concentrates more on the tune until gradually drifting off.

Those forced to rest in bed might enjoy their confinement more if a soothing tune lulled them to sleep.  All I know is the Sound Asleep Comfort Pillow is a pleasant way to aid your sleep.

However, if you don't want to connect your iPods, MP3 players, smart phones to even TVs, the 46" stereo system is detachable in this hypoallergenic poly fil pillow from Ellery Homestyles.  It doesn't require batteries either.

Learn more at Sound Asleep Comfort Pillow's Facebook page!

*This is my own, honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was given.  I only received a free product to test for this review.*

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Add Shine and Body to Your Hair With These Homemade Rinses!

These are a few easy recipes that will work wonders on your hair.  For brunettes with oily hair, you add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.  Use this as a final rinse after shampooing.  This will help cut some of the oiliness while giving your hair more of a glossy shine.

If you are a blonde with oily hair, you substitute white vinegar to a cup of water.  Use immediately after shampooing as your final rinse.

Tea can give your hair more body.  Brew one tablespoon of rosemary or camomile tea in one cup of water.  Simmer this mixture for one hour.  Strain and then add three tablespoons of bay rum.  Apply the mixture and work into your hair before rinsing out as usual.

Beer adds protein to your hair.  Work some stale beer into your scalp.  Then rinse with cold water.

Gelatin is another that adds protein to your hair.  Mix half a packet of unflavored gelatin to a cup of water.  Be sure to work this mixture thoroughly into your hair before rinsing out.

If you color your hair, I do not know if these rinses will take out your color.  However, I do know these simple rinses work wonders on untouched hair for more beautiful hair!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mossy Bayou Foods Review and Giveaway!--Ends March 6, 2011

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Mossy Bayou Foods assortment of Cajun delights

When I found out, I was going to test Mossy Bayou Foods I was thrilled because this company makes award winning Louisiana Swamp Scum Hot Sauce.  Since discovering it won the 2002 Fiery Food Challenge sponsored by Chile Pepper Magazine made me extra eager to try it. 

Most of you don't know I adore hot and spicy foods so much that an old boyfriend once brought me a giant rope of dried jalapeno peppers and presented them to me like flowers!

Unable to stand the suspense, I hard-boiled a few eggs and doused on my Louisiana Swamp Scum Hot Sauce from the wonderful gift box of products  Mossy Bayou Foods sent me for my review.  Fiery, spicy and with a slightly smoky flavor I was in Heaven with every bite before I added more and needed to sip some milk to cool my tongue from the flames inside my mouth.  For the record, milk quenches the pepper fire unlike other beverages in case you ever find yourself in the same predicament.

For dinner, I made a side dish from the Louisiana Popcorn Rice they sent.  If you could smell the aroma of my kitchen, you think popcorn was cooking on my stove instead of rice!  The flavor was just as delicious, buttery and almost nutty.

The Bayou Blend Seasoning is a special blend of Cajun spices with a Mexican attitude that has no salt or MSG to weight it down with fillers.  This seasoning really knows how to kick up the flavor.  Sprinkling some to my homemade gravy gave it extra oomph and lavished the  turkey patties I made with a feisty Creole kick to it.

The last product I had to feast my lips upon was Cajun Chow-Chow, a tasty treat of a relish with attitude from the perfect mingling of green Cayenne peppers, onions, garlic, salt, and those special secret spices!  This product complimented my turkey patty with that nippy zest I can't get enough of. 

Mossy Bayou Foods also has Pepper Jellies, Cajun Pickles & Jalapeno Slices, Cajun Fried Pecans and Gift Boxes available including the one I received.  I can't give any opinion on those other products, but I can tell you that the ones I personally sampled were just the way I like--hot, spicy and with that unique Cajun blend of spices to single them out!

*This is my own, honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  I only received free product so I can do this review.*

Thanks to Mossy Bayou Foods, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States or Canada has a chance to win the same gift box shown that I received with all four of their delicious products (a $16.50 value!)


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

By Nieves Natural Handmade Skin Care Products Review and Giveaway!--Ends March 4, 2011

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By Nieves Natural Handmade Skin Care Products line.jpegDo you want amazing results when you look in the mirror?  Then, I want to tell you about my experience with a few skin care products I recently tested from a San Francisco company called By Nieves.  

What makes By Nieves different are the simple, but effective all natural handmade skin care formulations created by Nieves herself, a genius, if you ask me, with 17 years of work in natural products, including herbal healing and aromatherapy.

Why am I suddenly a big fan?  The answer is because I saw how improved my complexion became almost immediately.  Within two days using the nutrient rich oils, organic ingredients, and essentials oils in her handmade products, I honestly noticed my pores appeared smaller, my skin felt softer than ever while my usual shallow complexion took on a healthier glow, better than any cosmetic sweep of blush.

These seemingly miracle skin product that I'm talking about first is Face Fix, a powdered herb and clay formula to use as a mask or to whisk away dead skin.  I sprinkled some in the palm of my hand and rubbed gently into my damp face until rinsing off.  My skin looked and felt renewed.

I followed up with the bottle of "C" Perfect Skin, which is a blend of precious oils and vitamin C in serum form.  You can't believe how happy my skin appeared as it feasted on this special formula that took Nieves two years to make until it was just right.  I mean everything I'm saying about the magic that comes out of this bottle, which reduces the appearance of aging, sun damage, dark spots and scarring while protecting against sun damage.  I can't say it does all those things in just two days of testing only it does rescue your skin and instantly bring it to new life.

By Nieves also makes three other products I didn't try, but I would seriously love to test. The Balm, a safe all purpose cream to remedy dryness.  Bath Salt is another in her line to rejuvenate and relax in a detoxifying tub of essential oils, sea salt, Epsom salt, and seaweed. Finally, there is Cloud of Protection, a mysterious formula with essential oils to fight airborne bacteria and viruses while claiming to clear negative energy around you.

I'm not exaggerating either about how quickly By Nieves products show results.  Just try some yourself and then reach for your own mirror.  Trust me, you'll love what you see!

*This is my own, honest opinion.   I received two free products to test for this review.  No money was exchanged for me to express any opinion.*  

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nothing Beats Homemade Pasta!

I guess I'm spoiled when it comes to homemade pasta over a  boxed package.  You can't beat the taste, texture, how filling it is, and knowing your ingredients are preservative free!  Besides, you'll discover how delicious and easy making your own dough is from scratch because if you want to save lots of money on your grocery bill invest in a pasta machine.

I like the old-fashioned manual pasta machine as you can see from my picture.  Some friends of mine have the electric pasta machines and hate it because it is too slow.  Once you get the hang of my simple recipe, you can make your pasta dough in the food processor and crank out the dough in your pasta machine in about thirty minutes! 

Involve the kids with flouring your dough, cranking, or just moving aside some of the finished noodles can be a wonderful and fun learning experience.

At our house, sometimes my hubby and the kids make the dough and time themselves to see if Dad's team is faster to get dinner on the table on pasta day or Mom's team.  This may sound silly, but cooking together as a family is a lot of fun.  It also makes children feel they accomplished something special with another new skill.

The less work involved, the better I like it.  For this reason, I always make my dough in my food processor.  This really is a great tool in addition to your pasta machine.

Manual pasta machines are fairly cheap.  I think I paid about $50.  I did wear out a few screw parts that attach to the table.  But found replacements, which were untouched in a box with a brand new pasta machine, at the flea market for $5.00!  Some people get them as gifts and never even open the box.  Unfortunately, I bought my machine in the store and only needed the part.  Still, the part was cheaper at $5.00 than going to the hardware store for a replacement, which I checked.

My recipe uses plain flour--not more expensive semolina flour.  Some people insist upon using just semolina, which I'm sure is excellent.  However, I am showing you my cheap version that tastes wonderful to my family.

Usually when I make pasta, I whip up enough dough for soup noodles as well as pasta for dinner.  This saves me time and thoughts of what to prepare for lunch.  

If you don't want to save any for soup noodles, then put some aside to reheat another time in your microwave after you prepare the finished pasta.  You could invent another quick lunch or even dinner around your precooked pasta noodles.  

Either way you work it, you'll love how special homemade pasta is.  Trust me, you'll be nuts about it once you taste the difference.


Homemade Pasta Dough--Nuts Style!

5 cups flour
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1-1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Put everything in your food processor with the dough blade and process until it forms a ball.  Remove and place on a lightly floured surface.  Cut into pieces and flatten.  If the dough sticks, you dab the piece in some flour.  Then you fit that piece through your pasta machine using the thick setting (number 1).  Do this for all the pieces you cut.

After you run the dough through the number 1 setting, you adjust your pasta machine to the thickness of your choice.  My preference is (number 4), which reminds me of a linguini noodle. Keep flouring if you need to.  

Run all the flattened pieces through the thinner setting, then you're ready to remove your crank and fasten on the noodle side.  Crank all the pieces and set aside until you're ready to start boiling up the pasta.  All you need is a wonderful sauce, and presto dinner is ready!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flea Market Finds: Need a Great Gadget at a Cool Price?

In an earlier post, I told you about how much fun and money you can save visiting your local flea market, swap meet  or garage sale and promised to share my finds with you from time to time. 

For me, a treasure does not necessarily have to be a valuable piece of jewelry or some exotic antique.  Though those things are beautiful, indeed,  I search for items I need or want to try  first before spending too much in a store for something I may hate.

Today I thought I would show you the wonderful little gadget I picked up this past summer at a flea market.  Those into baking will probably recognize this plastic gizmo as a bread slicer. 

What I really love about this simple piece of plastic is how uniform your homemade bread slices can be when you insert a loaf and use your electric knife to cut.   You can control how thick or thin to get those slices, which is hard to do when slicing by hand. 

Slicing thin is especially helpful for watching how much of that delicious homemade bread you eat.  After all, homemade bread is so much tastier than that commercial bagged stuff that tastes like sponge.  I guess you can call me spoiled in that respect.

Another marvelous thing about using a bread slicer comes to making big, thick slices for homemade French Toast. 

For $1.00, I think I found a real bargain.  If you ever see one, I highly recommend grabbing it for yourself because it's a fantastic kitchen helper. 


Purex Complete Crystals Softener Review--Good Reason To Switch

Did you try the new Purex Complete Crystals Softener yet?   Recently, I was selected as a Purex Insider and sent a sample to review.  Here is why this product is ahead of its competition.

Unlike traditional liquid softeners, Purex Complete Crystals is added to your washing machine with your clothes before starting a load.  You'll save time instead of that extra step it took to add liquid softener to the final rinse. 

Gain security knowing Purex Complete Crystals Softener is 92% natural and able to infuse fabric and fibers with freshness for longer periods of time unlike the competition, which is oil-based.  More important, oil-based softeners cause reduced absorbency of items like towels, yellow clothes in time, and even make children's tested sleepwear flammable from the slick coating!




*This is my honest opinion on the product.  No money was exchanged.  I only received a free sample from Purex from the Purex Insider program.* 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Did You Receive Roses on Valentine's Day?

Those beautiful, long-stemmed roses your special guy just gave you for Valentine's Day will last a lot longer if you make sure to clip the ends at a slant before putting in water.   

Remember to add an aspirin into that water as well to make those roses last longer. 

Change your water often.  Also, you should keep those stems clipped.

Another helpful way to preserve fresh flowers is to mix one quart of clean warm water, one tablespoon of bleach and one-fourth cup of lemon-lime soda.

However, if those long-stems have finally grown too short, you might try using a straw to insert the short stem in for maximum enjoyment!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Want Some Cheap Fixes With Cornstarch?

You don't have to look very far but in your own kitchen to find some excellent products to help solve many household and beauty problems.  Cornstarch is one item you may think differently of after you read this post.

For starters, cornstarch makes a wonderful non-abrasive cleaner for tackling grease off of a wall.  Add some on a damp cloth and rub the spot to remove the mark until gone.

If you have floor boards that squeak, you sprinkle some cornstarch between them to stop that annoying sound.

You reach for your rubber gloves and hate the hassle you get from trying to pull them off because they stick.  Instead, you should sprinkle inside those gloves with cornstarch to correct that problem.

One of my favorite uses for cornstarch is for untangling knots in delicate chains on jewelry.  Rub some cornstarch on the knot and magically that stuck chain will come free!  This trick also works on knotted shoelaces and string.

Do you have feet that sweat a lot?  You can save on buying medicated foot powder if you just grab that box of cornstarch.  Shake some cornstarch into your socks each day to absorb excess moisture.  This helpful tip will keep those feet smelling fresher and prevent blisters!

Cornstarch is also a safe and natural dusting powder for your baby.  Using cornstarch will prevent that diaper rash problem without harming delicate baby skin from those unnecessary chemicals of commercial brands!

So be sure to keep more than one box of cornstarch on hand for multiple uses!  Cornstarch can get you out of a lot of sticky situations cheaply--that's why I'm nuts about it!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Try a Healthier Baked Treat--My Favorite Oatmeal Scones!

Do you crave sweets most days but hate all those extra calories?  Then you just might like something in between a bread and a cookie like my oatmeal scones.  This recipe has everything I'm nuts over.  It's easy to whip up, a healthier alternative to other more fattening cookies or cakes, keeps well, and most of all--satisfies the sweet tooth when that craving for a goodie takes over!


My Favorite Oatmeal Scones!


2 cups old-fashioned oats
2-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg  or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg



Heat your oven to 400-degrees.  Mix everything with an electric mixer and then you can drop batter by the tablespoon or with a small ice cream scoop onto your greased baking sheet.  If you want more uniform shapes like I've shown, I pat my hands with a little flour so not to stick and roll into a small ball in the palm of my hand.   You can get 12 big scones.  Bake approximately 15 minutes or until lightly browned.