Monday, March 28, 2011

It is time to put away your winter coat


The month of March in National Nutrition Month and even though there are only a few days left in the month, good nutrition is for your life.  The month of March also brings the first day of Spring!  With all the snowy, icy days  I missed a lot of walking outside.  Last week the weather was warmer and free of snow so I had several days of getting outside and walking and I feel better already.  I also tried to eat more nutritious foods like Yoplait Yogurt. (click the link for coupons too) By replacing your breakfast and lunch with a cup of Yoplait Yogurt light, a whole grain of some type, and a piece of fruit you might just find yourself loosing some weight.  Like changing out your bulky winter coat for a lighter coat this time of year, you can change your nutrition.



  I have noticed  that if we have Yoplait on the top shelf of my refrigerator in plain view my family and I are more likely to grab that for a quick meal or a snack.  Everyone has their favorite flavor or variety so I look for coupons to use since I seem to buy a shopping basket full of yogurt. 
With this Spring time weather kids will be heading outside more, which means they will also be running into the kitchen looking for a quick snack so keep Yoplait Kids Yogurt in an easy to reach place right in your fridge.  It is a good source of calcium, vitamin D, flavors kids like, and popular kids characters on the packages.  My kids also like Go-Gurt for on the go snacks or to freeze and put in their lunch box ready by lunch time to eat. 

By the end of the day when dinner is done over and the dishes are cleaned and put away, you might be looking for desert, and a good way to end your day might be with Delight Parfait from Yoplait. It has layers of rich and creamy yogurt, only 100 calories, low in fat and great flavors.  The newest is Chocolate Eclair and Cherry Cheesecake.  Easy to eat right out of the cup, so you don''t have to clean up the kitchen again!

Now that I am thinking of all the yummy flavors of Yoplait Yogurt I need to replenish my stock in the refrigerator I am heading over  to Yoplait on Facebook to print out some coupons.  Be sure to look at the tabs on the right of the page to explore the different types of yogurt and events from Yoplait.


Disclosure:  By posting this information I have a chance to win a prize provided by Yoplait through MYBlogSpark.  The comments are my own.  Please consult the web site for specific information about the yogurt.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nutella ® and the Morning Rush

  Breakfast time is a usually a busy morning in my house, getting ready for school, eating breakfast, and heading out the door can be a major event! Offering Nutella ® ( pronounced "new-tell-uh") Hazelnut Spread on whole wheat toast, a serving of fresh fruit, and some milk can give the kids fuel for the morning school work.  Nutella spread does not contain; peanuts, or any ingredients derived for gluten, and it is a Kosher Product.  Nutella is easy to serve on anything from whole wheat toast, waffles, wraps, bananas, or apples.

quick and easy to use

Sharing Nutella with some of my friends and learning different ways we all  get through the breakfast rush, I myself tried Nutella ® for the first time.  I must admit I am not a hazelnut fan, but there is a nice mix of coca in with the hazelnuts that was good. Not all Moms had tried Nutella before so it was new to them as well as myself.   Offering the kids warm waffles with Nutella was a popular choice among moms as well as quick and easy toast with Nutella spread and some strawberry slices . Keeping cups of yogurt at the ready and add glass of 1% milk or juice to serve with Nutella on their choice of food keeps breakfast quick and nutritious.
I was able to pass along some great goodies while we shared our breakfast time rituals given to me by MommyParties and Nutella ®. From coupons to breakfast tips, to a great coffee tumbler and more the Moms were happy to share in the fun time.

party favor bags ready to hand out


 Nutella ® is also good for lunch time sandwiches just as the spread being the filling or with peanut butter. For snack time, spread it on crackers or fruit. A very popular treat of  graham crackers with toasted marshmallow and Nutella is easy to make indoors and outdoors around the campfire. (replace the chocolate bar with spread) The jar is made of a soft plastic with a wide opening making it easy to use a spreader, and the jars slim design allows it to fit in your pantry easily. You could make a nice fruit tray and use Nutella for the dip or heat it up for a Fondue or pour over ice cream.


Nutella was created in the the 1940's  in Italy by Mr. Pietro Ferreo using hazelnuts that were plentiful in his region of Italy.  The hazelnut spread has been in the United States since the 1980's.  You can learn more about Nutella, enter their sweepstakes to win a case of Nutella, and get a coupon HERE

Disclosure:  I was given a Nutella ® hazelnut spread party kit.  These are my own comments.
Please visit the Nutella web site for specific product information.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Solve the Dinner Dilemma with New Philadelphia Cooking Creme!

Cream Cheese For dinner?  Nope, it is the NEW Philadelphia Cooking Creme!  You may have walked right by this in grocery store.   On my last trip to the store, I bought one of each variety, there are four; Original, Italian Cheese and Herb, Savory Garlic, and Santa Fe Blend.
  I recently had the opportunity to share and try the new cooking creme.
We tried the Original Cooking Creme First with recipes provided by Philadelphia Cooking Creme. Using the Lemon-Broccoli Rice with Chicken and the Original Cooking Creme and an awesome GreenPan dinner was easy to prepare and clean up.  The recipe was good too!
It was easy to adapt the recipe without the chicken too, for my non meat eaters.


dinner is done
 Next we tried the Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme in the Baked Penne Recipe. Again, I made a meatless version, it was another quick and easy dish to prepare.
I never really would have thought to add the cooking creme to the penne dish I make, but the cooking creme added a nice smooth flavor to the dish.  Leftovers were eaten as well! This time I baked this in the oven using another casserole brand I like since it retains the heat for long periods of time, my casserole dish looks a little worn, but the food was great!

I just took the lid off, it is hot and bubbly
 Using the same variety of cooking creme my husband made his own pizza creation.  He enjoyed making it and eating it!!!


ready to make the pizza

almost ready for the oven

Hot out of the oven pizza
I shared recipe books and coupons  with my friends giving them the chance to try out the new Philadelphia cooking creme for their own dinners.  This week I plan on making the Easy Chicken Enchiladas with the Santa Fe Blend.

recipe books
Look for the Cooking Creme in the refrigerator section with the cream cheese section in your grocery store. Solve your dinner time dilemma by using the new cooking creme!  There are recipes on each package of cooking creme and on the web site.
I found the recipes easy to prepare, and we all liked the varieties we tried so far.

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity and supplies, to try Philadelphia Cooking Creme .  The comments written are my own.  Please visit the web site for specific information.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Free Sample and Free Coupons to try new Purex with Zout-giveaway has ended

Do you ever feel like all you do is laundry?  I have days like that, like today.  Sheets, towels, and school clothes are piled up by the washing machine ready and waiting to be washed and dried.
Sometimes there is that article of clothing that I re-run through the wash trying to get the stain out, trying is the word here.  I pre-treat, wait, then wash, the stain is still there.  Being a Purex Insider I had the opportunity to try Purex® Complete with Zout ®. As soon as the delivery man dropped  it off on my front porch, I had the washing machine started, perfect timing since I had loads to get going. After a few loads I remembered about the lingering stain on that article of clothing,  I figured either it will come out this time or forget it! 
I tried Fresh Morning Burst (tm), it is also available in  Free and Clear (tm)-fragrance free and hypoallergenic formula for sensitive skin. Purex Complete with Zout (r) contains a triple  enzyme stain remover that works against; protein based stains, starchy stains,and foods likes ice cream, barbecue sauce, and salad dressings that stick to fabrics.  These three stains fighting enzymes are in the detergent, you don't have to have a separate product, just measure and add to the wash load.  You can pour it directly on the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes for tough stains.


The detergent is formulated to work in traditional and High Efficiency washers, costs far less then leading brands of liquid detergents. For over 130 years  Henkel has been providing brands with combined quality for people and the environment. (They are the company that makes this product)

 This is a new product and should be available nationwide by the end of March. There was a coupon in last Sunday's  Newspaper for the Purex (r) Complete with Zout(r).
  You can get a free sample here!
So, back to my stain issue, it came out, the first time, really.  I was shocked, and glad to be done with that stain.

This giveaway is now closed.


giveaway:  leave a comment on this post. make sure your email is in your comment or profile for contact.  Two people will be selected by random.org on April 14, 2011. Comments will close at 2PM that day.  The two radom selected persons will get one coupon for a free bottle of Purex Complete with zout.

True Random Number Generator 4
True Random Number Generator 8

Winners are #4 and # 8 Comments. Congratulations!!!
Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex Complete with Zout to try.  These are my own comments.  Please see the web site for specific details.

Looking for more giveaways click here:
http://www.phillysocialmediamoms.com/2011/03/29/psmm-current-giveaways/


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ragu(r) Mom's the Word on Dinner

My household seems to be getting picky about dinner time.  "I want this, I want that" , how do I make something that everyone will like?  Some nights I feel like handing out a menu  in my own kitchen.  If only it were that easy! There are so many choices for dinner these days, I find myself reading, and collecting recipes that I never seem  to make.  One meal that is quick, easy and I usually have in my pantry is Ragu (r), and some type of interesting shaped pasta.

 The new and improved Ragu (r) Old World Style (r) Traditional Sauce has 2 servings of Vegetables in every 1/2 cup of sauce.  I add a salad, some nice warm Italian bread, and dinner is on the table. For those nights of not knowing what to serve that makes everyone happy,  Ragu (r) is bringing Moms together to share their stories about dinner time; picky eaters ,what to make, and how to get the kids involved in dinner time preparation. Ragu(r) has created Mom's the Word on Dinner community on their Facebook page,(look for it on the side bar).  The page has an ongoing conversation about dinner time, feature videos, photos, polls, quizzes, and dinner time ideas.  Moms share ideas on how to get the kids involved with dinner from coupon clipping, grocery shopping, recipes,setting the table, making table decorations, and even having the kids make a menu!  Imagine that. On the facebook page I read about other ways to use the sauce that kids might like ; as a dip for  vegetables, cheese sticks, tortilla chips, and mini meatballs.  There is also great  tips from Parenting Expert, Dr. Michele Borba, and Registered Dietitian, Dr. Felicia Stoler on the page. Visit Ragu (r) on facebook and join the conversation of Mom's The Word On Dinner.


Disclosure:  I was entered for a chance to win a Ragu (r) prize in exchange for this post. No Monetary exchange took place.  These are my own comments.  Please visit the facebook page for specific details.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A new Chip on the Block: Tostitos Artisan Recipes

Roasted Garlic and Black Bean

 Just when you thought it was safe to buy the same old tortilla chips Tostitos makes them even better! When I buy tortilla chips I always buy the same brand, Tostitos, Just my preference. Now in stores you can buy the NEW Tostitos (r) Artisan Recipes (tm) Tortilla chips in two distinctive flavors; Fire-Roasted Chipotle, and Roasted Garlic & Black Bean. Being a member of SheSpeaks  I was able to be a part in trying the new tortilla chips. These two new Artisan chips are made with 100% natural ingredients,  made with 9 grains, no artificial flavors,no artificial preservatives, no msg , 0 grams trans fats, and 8 grams of whole grains per 1 ounces serving, and full of good flavors! 


serve with salsa
 We tried  the Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips. These chips are light, crisp, full of flavors and are great with or without any type of dip/salsa.  We tried them right out of the bag first and then with salsa, which added a nice mix of flavor. I liked the chips plain, but the salsa was a nice addition. Guacamole with the chips is really good too.  The real  black beans and roasted garlic are in the chips, not something you have to add or dip into,which makes them easy to serve.
The chips contain whole wheat, dried black beans, whole oats, whole brown rice, and more great natural ingredients.  The chips are  great to serve with chili or  tacos.  If you are a fan of the seven layer dip these chips will be great to use as the base.  Most every get together with friends and family tortilla chips are present, and are always a hit.  You can add the chips to your parities ,get together, and family TV/game nights.  Since you don't need a dip/salsa you can spend more time with your guest then in the kitchen refiling the dip bowls. You can also use these chips in recipes that you normally use regular tortilla chips, like salads and casseroles.  I am looking forward to fresh salsa made in the summer by my husband with home grown tomatoes and the new chips.


put them on a pretty plate!
For more information and recipes visit Tostitos (r) Artisan Recipes (tm). The Chips are available now in stores in Roasted Garlic &Black Bean, and Fire Roasted Chipotle. 100 % Natural Ingredients. Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for the newest products and recipes. 


Fire Roasted Chipotle

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to review this product from Tostitos (r) Artisan Recipes (tm). Theses are my own comments. 


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Newspapers, Coupons, Free Sample, Event

Sunday newspapers are great for coupons!  The amount I save using coupons definitely pays for the subscription to the newspaper, and you get to read the news too. 

This week there is a coupon for $2.00 off Purex (r) Complete Crystals (tm) Softener 28 ounce size.  I recently wrote about this new product, and really like it!  So, I will be using my coupon on another bottle of the softener.  It is 92%natural, the scent last for days after the wash.  CVS has the softener for $3.99, use the $2.00 off and it is $1.99!  I bought the Purex 3 in 1 sheets there a few weeks ago, for 99 cents with a coupon.  My kind of sale!!!


Purex Complete Crystals Softener
 Purex (r) has another new product Purex complete with Zout (tm) and there is a $1.00 off coupon for this product in the coupons from the newspaper. You can request a free sample
at FreeSamplePurex.com starting today!

Bath and Body Works (r) is having a "I love Fragrance Event" on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 1 PM to 5 PM.  They are offering; a chance to take a fragrance personality quiz, consult with fragrance experts, exclusive offers  and a FREE GIFT with purchase (the card shows new Country Chic (tm) full size body lotion, and a cute spring tote, while supplies last).  For Complete details visit them on Facebook. There are some great new scents out for Spring! My favorite product there is the soap, the new Citrus Crush is awesome! They also have tons of Wallflower colors and scents out now.  I think they got smart by putting the candle of the same scent with Wallflower so you can actually smell the fragrance without opening the Wallflower!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Review of Copco Brand Mugs

As the days become warmer I start thinking about making Iced Tea more often and having a cold drink with lots of ice. This Lent Season I am trying to forgo soda.  It is only  day 2, but so far doing well.   I found these neat Copco (r) Travel Mugs at Wegmans that will hold a 16 ounces of a cold  beverage. The Travel Mug comes with a screw on lid and a fancy reusable straw. 
Copco (r) Travel Mug
You can  pre-cool your drink by putting  cold water in the mug for five minutes prior to putting your beverage of choice in the mug to allow for maximum temperature retention.
These mugs do not go in the microwave, do not freeze, hand wash only, mild soap, and  air dry thoroughly. Even though the care of the mug is a little more than throwing it in the dishwasher I think the idea of a reusable mug and reusable straw outweigh that part.  You can load it up with ice and a cold drink.  I was not able to find out how long the drink will keep its cold temperature, but my experience is a few hours. 
They come in nice colors, pink,purple,blue, and yellow. They are fun for Summer Travel or Pool Side. They make a nice gift for kids and adults that are "on the go".  The price is around $5-7 with your shoppers card at Wegmans. They make a great Easter Basket addition!

The Other style of Copco Travel Mug that I like is the Mug that  resembles a take out coffee cup.
It is microwavable, top rack dishwasher safe, screw top, which makes it so much easier that prying off a lid, spilling the liquid everywhere.  The Mug I bought a few years ago only came in brown (the grip) this year I found the mugs at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $5.00. The New colors are pink, purple,blue,green, and still brown.
You can use a coupon on this item. I usually get one in the mail every so often, and at Christmas Time it seems weekly .I haven't seen many coupons lately, but if you  Sign up for their Email and they will email you a 20% off coupon right after you sign up for the email. 


Copco (r) Travel  Mug
There are other brands and similar style to these mugs available, but I think these work well since they are light weight and easy to transport, and easy to clean.  I picked up a similar looking one at a store and it was made from a stoneware material, heavy!  I think if you dropped that one, it would break!!!  I have dropped the Copco Mugs and haven't had any damage to the mugs as of yet.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Why did I start this blog?

Looking back to September 2010 when I wrote my first post, I have to say what was I thinking?  Why did I start this blog?  At the  time I had just read a magazine article about  blogs and earning  money from advertising on their blog.  I like new products and thought how great would that be to try new products and write about them.  So I started writing about some things I knew about...Along the way I also joined some awesome Mom blogging groups, and have had some great help from someone I know that has a blog, among her many activities.
 
This past week I received some great packages of products to review, I am excited to finally be getting where I set out to be in this blog, and If I earn some money along the way, all the better.
My goal is to share.  I have read many blogs since September, some I love, some I wish mine looked like,and some I relate to, some I don't quite understand.  The point is that everyone has something to share.  I like to coupon shop, this weekend at Target I saved $40.00 in coupons, some of those coupons I got from reading other peoples blogs.  I had both my girls with me in the store, so the coupons were a great help in saving on products they use. The coupon sharing from other blogs was helpful to me.  I would rather read someones blog about a new product or a review of a product then go to the actual web site of the company like I did in the past.  Who would you go to for an opinion of  a product?  Another Mom or the company web site? 

I have rearranged my blog more times than I remember. I am not in a hurry to make my blog perfect, because it won't be.  I am not looking for perfect here.  However what I am looking for is to learn, and to share.  I started writing my blog in our basement on an old computer.  I actually was using a baking cooling rack to keep an old lap to cool because it overheated.The screen cracked so   I was using this huge old monitor, ready to drop that one off at the recycling center today!  Last week my loving husband bought a new laptop for me to use.  How nice was that. I know a new laptop won't make me a better writer. It won't send more followers my way, but it will keep me in my kitchen and remind me to do the housework!!!  Maybe that was what my husband was thinking???
So here I am in my sunny kitchen on my actual kitchen table writing and learning and sharing.
Maybe now I will put my cooling rack to use, or back in the cupboard!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What is MIO? What are Crystals?

Kraft Foods is coming out with a cool new product soon.  It is called MIO.  It is a palm size container that contains a flavored liquid to enhance your water. You add as much as you want according to your taste.  Get your own Free Sample at MIO on Facebook. 

The flavors are:- Berry Pomegranate
- Fruit Punch
- Strawberry Watermelon
- Sweet Tea
- Peach Tea
- Mango Peach


Purex New Complete Crystals is offering a coupon for the new fabric softener click Here
learn more about the 92% natural crystals and get your coupon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Turn Green Milkshakes into Green Cash

March and McDonald's are a match for this month.  People eagerly await the return of the Shamrock Shake, and it is back!  All month long when you purchase a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's a portion of the sale will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.  You can also make a cash donation in a fundraising effort in the restaurant for amounts of $1,3,5 this month.

 

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...