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Feeling Philanthropic? The Give Back Foundation has a plan for you!

Our house mailbox often has a letter from a charity asking for a donation.  We get name labels,  wrapping paper, note pads, and greeting cards with the letters. I would rather just send a check or even better make a online donation and skip all the freebies-even though I really like freebies.  A simple and new way I found to donate money to a Charity I am interested in is through the Give Back Foundation .  This foundation is a 501(c)3   registered with the IRS, and they also only work with charities in good standing with the IRS.  So you know your donation is going to a charity that will use the money appropriately.  In three easy steps you can set up you own foundation (an account that funds go to a charity) 1. search for charities or causes you wish to support. I chose The American Cancer Society . 2. add money to your foundation; direct donation from your credit card, shop the 400 plus online mall partners and with your purchase 15% goes into your foundation account and engage wit

I won a TRTL BOT ® now what am I going to do with it?

Earth day has come and gone.  Hopefully, we all learned something we can do to be better stewards of the earth. Aside from reinforcing the ideas of the three R's, I learned about a company that makes cases for iPhone  brand phones. It wasn't an ad in a magazine or an ad on TV that I found out about this company, it was from GreenGiftsGuide  Facebook page. The  BLOG of the same name has a wonderful  guide you can request and great tips and ideas on making better gift giving choices. So, what about the phone cases? Here is the scoop:   The company's name is TRTL BOT   ®.  *made out of recycled plastic bottles *made and designed in the United States of America *member of  1 % for the planet  to help protect sea turtles *available for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3 and 3GS * available in black and white AND... *available in NEW colors sky blue, grass green and pink May 1, 2011 *available in  minimalist style and able to hold up to three cards/id's *available in trtl stand4 styl
HAPPY EASTER! May you have a great day and sing ALLELUIA Today.

License to Clean brought to you by the makers of Method ®

About 12 years ago I started using Method  ® cleaning products.  It was the hand soap that won me over at first, then the household cleaners.  Method  ® asked their followers to go on a crusade to keep wooden furniture clean, nourished, and conditioned.  I was sent a box of Four Method  ® Wood For Good  bottles. My mission was to get three of those bottles in the hands of non-converted people.  So, here is the list: 1) My sister. Why: she cleans a lot, more than I do!   She  is an avid gardener and awesome, did I say  awesome  flower arranger. She surly will appreciate Wood For Good's non toxic almond scent.  2) My niece-this is my sister's daughter. Why: Well she is her Mother's daughter, and she recently moved into her own apartment. She is a natural kinda girl anyway.  Wood For Good will clean, and condition her new furniture a breeze just like Mother nature intended. 3) My future niece this is my sisters son's, soon to be wife!   Starting her off with Method  ® Wo

Do you know when Earth Day really began? What will you do this year for Earth Day?

In 1962  Earth Day  was founded by  Senator Gaylord Nelson .The day has evolved into a whole month!  There are activities, fairs, and educational resources widely available. Along with that,  more companies are offering their products in less packaging, more efficient formulas  and recycling has become a part of our daily living.   One of the ways recycling has become easier to participate in is with Recyclebank .  Curb side pick up of recyclable materials and other programs offer you a chance to earn points  to redeem for things such as gift cards, and products.   Recyclebank,  FutureFriendly  and    SheSpeaks  have a four week room by room challenge going on now!  Each room you visit on the web site will show ways to conserve and recycle.   When you "like" Future Friendly on Facebook  and take the challenge, a day of safe drinking water is donated to Children's Safe Drinking Water Initiative .  Click   here  to learn how you can reduce, recycle, and provide a day of sa

Peepster® Peepsmobile Makes Hospital Calls

Tuesday morning started out as a typical day for me, get the kids to school, tend to some house work, check some web sites... I read that  Peepster ®  Peepsmobile was planned to be in an area within a half hours drive.  This cute little yellow car is on a  Sweetness Tour  making stops at major cities.  My thought was to take some photos and write about the company.  You can read all about the company here . Due to some delays  Peepster  Peepsmobile was late getting to the stop.  After some conversations via tweets I found out they would be there late in the day.  You know that feeling should I or shouldn't I- go back?  Well,  I did drive back to the stop still wanting to take some photos. Finally the car was there with two drivers.  The Peeps Representatives are very friendly, even at the end of the day.  The Peeps People did give out candy to anyone that came over to  the car.  Taking plenty of photos and talking to the drivers and the crowd for short time- I said "thanks&quo
Giveaway ending soon!  Easy entry, just leave a comment on the post. by April 14, 20ll by 2PM. Two random selected entries will win one coupon for new Purex with Zout

Getting a Head Start on Arbor Day with Hefty ® Brands

Spring makes me start thinking about backyard cookouts, fire pit nights, picnics and paper plates.  Anytime I am in a grocery store or department store I end up in  the paper goods aisle.  I may not need  any paper goods,   I just like to see what is new in the world of paper plates.  I used to keep a stack of paper plates on my kitchen counter for the kids to use, but recently have taken them off the counter and slowed down in my purchasing of the plates.  As a parent and an adult it would seem it is my responsibility to teach my kids, but sometimes they teach me...about conservation, and using less paper products.  So the plates are off the counter, and we use a lot less of them.  Instead of the latest prettiest plates I used to buy, I have purchased: The Hefty Basics   paper plates are: microwavable, have no inks or coatings, and are biodegradable.    Although they are light brown and not the latest fashion plate I usually buy, I do like the plates.  They hold up well, don't soa

Frito Lay dip CREATIONS are All Natural Goodness

One of the companies I follow on Twitter  is Frito Lay ®. On March 14, 2011 it was National Potato Chip Day and  Frito Lay ® was having a giveaway, and I won!   A few days later the nice delivery man left a package on my porch from Frito Lay ® . There was a bag of Lays Plain Potato Chips in the box and two packages of New dip mixes,  Garden Onion, and Country Ranch. Using  the "dip Creations" directions, I mixed the dip package with one container of sour cream (16 ounce).  The package directions state to chill one hour before serving, I chilled it overnight,  I usually do that with any dip mix just so the flavors have more time to mix.  The dip was good. We had it with the plain chips, and sandwiches for lunch.  It will be good for as a vegetable dip too.  It has a nice onion flavor, but not to strong.  It is made with all natural ingredients, no Msg, no preservatives and no artificial flavors.  The dips also come in Country Ranch and Freshly made Guacamole -great for Tostit

Books, Magazines,Newspapers and Blogs

I read books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Why?  To learn, to share, to read someones product review or maybe their point of view!    It is like reading recipes, which I have enough of to make me a better cook, someday... my current pile of recipes to try The latest new recipe I made was not from a magazine or a cookbook, but from Johnsonville Italian Sausage , and  SheSpeaks .  Using the Four Cheese Italian with Garlic Basil Sauce  recipe  I improvised a little using the Sweet Italian Sausage instead of the Four Cheese Italian (only because my grocery store did not have that variety).  It was easy to make, and most of the ingredients I needed other than the sausage I already had in my kitchen.    The types  of Johnsonville Italian Sausage are;  Mild, Sweet, Hot, and  Four Cheese.   Look for the recipes on their WEB  site as well as coupons and join The Enthusiast Club for special offers.  I am going print out the coupons and stock up on  all the varieties to keep in my refrigerat