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Friday, October 4, 2013

Printable - Halloween Coloring Sheet

I absolutely love Fall! I love the cooler temperatures, the bold, bright colors, and all of the wonderful holidays! Halloween is by far one of my favorites, so what better way to get ready for it than by creating a brand new coloring sheet!

This adorable little Candy Corn has no idea what to be for Halloween this year, so she mixed up all sorts of costume combinations!

These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. Thank you and Enjoy!

When Google Docs opens, just click on file then print settings and preview and print OR you can download the image to your computer using the same link and print it that way as well.




Monday, August 5, 2013

Bzzagent Review - Food Should Taste Good Crisps - Eating Better Tastes Great!

Summer has always been my time for slower living and catching up on much needed R&R. Unfortunately, that usually means me munching on pretty much anything and everything in the fridge and snack counter lol. As usualy, Bzzagent has saved the day and has shown me that eating better doesn't have to feel like deprivation.

What if I told you, that a better snack option could be something as simple as yummy flavored tortilla crisps? I am pretty sure you are thinking I am crazy and should just end my speech here lol.

The Food Should Taste Good brand has come up with an amazing campaign that includes tasty tortilla crisps that are gluten free, cholesterol free, have zero trans fats, are certified Kosher and many varieties are certified vegan! The best part? They taste great! I don't feel like I am eating better at all, but I am. They are crispy and flavorful and really make a tasty treat.

As a bzzagent, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to try these amazing crisps free of charge. Here are a few photos of my amazing bzzkit:







I received: 3 full size bags of Food Should Taste Good Brand Tortilla Chips (Jalapeno, Sweet Potato, and Whole Grain) and 2 Snack Size bags (Olive and Blue Corn). I also receive a lovely grocery bag and chip clip along with amazing coupons!

Their Full Line of Tortilla Chips Include the following flavors:

Blue Corn
Cantina
Cheddar
Chocolate
Jalapeño
Jalapeño with Cheddar
Kettle Corn
Kimchi
Lime
Multigrain
Olive
Sweet Potato
The Works!
Toasted Sesame
White Cheddar

Seriously? How yummy do those sound!! My favorite part about the chips, other than insane tastiness, was the fact that you can see the whole grains without squinting! These chips may look health conscious, but they taste like a guilty pleasure!

Whole Grain Tortilla Chip

Olive Tortilla Chip


Lets get down to the facts:

The chips are gluten free, cholesterol free, have zero trans fats.
Have been recognized with over 50 awards!
The tortilla chips are available in over 15 classic and culinary flavors – from Cheddar to Kimchi – while the Kettle Cooked Sweet Potato Chips come in four varieties .

Here are some interesting FAQ's straight off of the brands website:

Are your chips certified vegan?

Most of our products are certified vegan by Vegan Action, with the exception of: Cheddar, White Cheddar, Chocolate and Jalapeño with Cheddar Tortilla Chips.

Are your chips non-GMO?

We remain committed to using non-bioengineered ingredients in all of our products and are in the process of enrolling in the Non-GMO Project. Be sure to look for our new packaging, reflecting our continued commitment to non-GMO to start hitting shelves soon. For more information on the Non-GMO project, please visit nongmoproject.org.

Are your chips certified gluten free?

Yes! All of our products and processes are inspected, tested and certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. Additionally, suppliers are required to provide negative-allergen documentation to guarantee their ingredients are gluten free. We also verify these results using a third party laboratory. For more information, please visit www.gfco.org.

Can I purchase your chips online?

Yes, you can purchase our chips in our online store.

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To learn more about Food Should Taste Good brand Snacks and for amazing recipes, visit: http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com

Want to learn more about fantastic products AND try them free? Learn more about becoming a bzzagent such as myself at: www.bzzagent.com

**As a Bzzagent, I received the bags of Food Should Taste Good brand Tortilla Chips  totally free from bzzagent.com. My opinion written above is my own honest opinion of  the product. **

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July

To all of our wonderful readers, we hope that you have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

What better way to kick everything off, than with a set of brand new printables!

These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!

When Google Docs opens, just click on file then print settings and preview and print OR you can download the image to your computer using the same link and print it that way as well.





Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Fun Printables!

The heat is definitely on in Southern Texas! I have been spending my days working on some fun new craft projects and trying to stay cool in the process. For those that are stuck in doors due to the heat, why not enjoy these fun Summer coloring sheets and word search with your little ones!

No one is too old for a bright set of crayons and something fun to color in =)

These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!

When Google Docs opens, just click on file then print settings and preview and print OR you can download the image to your computer using the same link and print it that way as well.






Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Celebration! Free Printables

The 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, is almost here! Here in South Texas, there are always fun and colorful festivities that take place. For those that do not know, here is a little bit of history:

"Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín." -Wikipedia

Here in the south, there is music, dancing, tasty food, and lots of pride as we celebrate this special day.

I thought I would go ahead and take this time to share with you some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Tacos de Bistec
Elotes (Mexican Corn on the Cob)
Aguas Frescas (Fruity Beverage)
Fajitas
Mexican Rice
Beans al la Charra
Guacamole

Seriously, all of these recipes are incredibly yummy and will please just about any hungry tummy!

In your downtime, why not enjoy these fun word search/coloring sheets with your kids! These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!

When Google Docs opens, just click on file then print settings and preview and print OR you can download the image to your computer using the same link and print it that way as well.

 
 
 

I hope everyone has a fiesta filled Cinco de Mayo!



Bzzagent Campaign Review: Frosted Flakes® Choco Zucaritas™

Anyone who knows me, knows I adore chocolate! So how excited do you think I was when Bzzagent.com gave me the wonderful opportunity to try Frosted Flakes Choco Zucaritas cereal!


So, let's start off with a funny story! I had just gotten home, when I found a lovely package from bzzagent just waiting to get ripped into! I opened the box, and found not one, but two yumtastic boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Choco Zucaritas cereal! (Yum!) I decided to wait until the following morning to get into the chocolately goodness. Unfortunately, my sister's fiance had other plans. Just as I was entering the kitchen later in the evening, I find her future hubby chowing down on Neapolitan ice cream topped off with the chocolate frosted flakes. He had been caught red-handed! However, he did tell me that it really did make a truly yummy and crunchy topping to his ice cream:


Yes, that large bowl of ice cream fed ONE person lol

I was able to try my bowl the following morning and it was DELICIOUS! Who doesn't love a bowl of chocolately goodness in the morning? The flakes stayed nice and crunchy and created a yummy chocolate milk at the bottom of my bowl. 

Here is the nutritional break down:

 
This was seriously a yummy, sweet treat for our whole family. I can't wait to try to work these tasty flakes into some yummy recipes which you will be seeing here soon! Not only does the cereal make a tasty breakfast, but it makes a great snack on the go as well! I am definitely going to try to work these flakes into some chocolate cereal bars this week!

To learn more about Frosted Flakes visit their facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/frostedflakes

To learn more about Frosted Flakes Choco Zucaritas, visit: http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/kelloggs-frosted-flakes-choco-zucaritas-chocolate-cereal.html

Want to learn more about fantastic products AND try them free? Learn more about becoming a bzzagent such as myself at: www.bzzagent.com

**As a Bzzagent, I received the boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Choco Zucaritas  totally free from bzzagent.com. My opinion written above is my own honest opinion of  the product. **

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Earth Day 2013 - Free Printable Word Search

Earth Day is just around the corner! It is a time to give back to the planet that has provided us with so much.

How do you and your family celebrate this special day? We would also love to hear some of your own personal suggestions as well! Feel free to leave  a message in the comment section :)

Don't know what to do this year? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Plant something!
Plant a new tree in your community or maybe add some new plants and flowers to either a community center (with permission of course) or to your own personal garden at home! Turn it into a family affair and teach children about the specific plants you are planting and watch them as they plant new life into the soil.
  • Have fun with crafts using things from nature.
Why not get creative with what you already have in your yard and make some fun and festive crafts with a nature flair! Stones, pine cones, seeds, twigs, etc, can all help become wonderful bases to fun and unique craft ideas.
  • Educate!
Use this special time to educate your young ones about the importance of mother nature and how she can get sick just like us. Help show them how to help her feel better by teaching them about recycling, gardening, and how bad littering can be to our environment
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In your downtime, why not enjoy this fun word search/coloring sheet with your kids! These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!



When Google Docs opens, just click on file then print settings and preview and print OR you can download the image to your computer using the same link and print it that way as well.

HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bzzagent Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream

Having oily skin is definitely no fun. It is something I have had to deal with since my high school and has always been bothersome. I have to really be picky about the kind of facial creams, I use, the make-up I wear (ESPECIALLY concealer), to how and where I wear sunblock. *insert super hero music here* Bzzagent to the rescue!


This wonderfully kit contained Garnier's Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream. So what is a B.B. cream? B.B. Cream, or Beauty Balm Cream, is a new multi-faceted solution for a multitude of skin problems such as:
  • Controls shine
  • Minimizes pores
  • Evens skin tone
  • Hydrates
  • Protects with SPF 20 Sunscreen 


I love that I don't have to wear a mountain of makeup and creams to get the same look of multiple products! The cream is lightweight and really does cover small blemishes. Another perk that really caught my attention was the SPF 20. I am always looking to purchase more and more make-up with spf built in so this was a plus for me. 

The cream blended into my skin nicely and really is an easy addition to my everyday morning regimen. 

I liked that the cream really does reduce the look of large pores and helps smooth out the shiny, oily areas, without leaving a mess of grease or making you look (and feel) like you are wearing a mountain of makeup. For those with oily skin, I really do suggest this product. It helps even out your tone and doesn't add extra oilyness.

It takes a lot of technology to get the kind of results that Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream produces. Here's the lowdown on what you get in every tube:
  • Works on combination to oily skin with three shades: Light/Medium, Medium/Deep, and Deep
  • Ultra absorbent formula contains mineral Perlite, which retains twice its weight in oil and water to control shine
  • Formulated with sheer natural mineral pigments, so you'll get a smooth, flawless finish with each use
  • It's non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic: fancy words that mean Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream won't clog pores or cause breakouts
  • Oil-free, non-greasy
  • Available at mass retailers for a suggested retail price of $12.99
So I did some research online and here are some comments that I have read so far:

"The cream turns orange!"

Hmm I have had mine for about a month now and have never had this problem; however please keep in mind that while we sometimes ignore them, cosmetics do have a shelf life! Make sure to always check the packaging when you make your purchase.

"Make-up wouldn't blend"

Do some research on what you wear! Make sure that you are purchasing the right tone for your skin. There are many shades available  for different skin tones.

"Poor cover-up"

I am in the middle here. While I am happy with the coverage of this product, if you have lots of problem areas or larger problem areas that are sometimes hard to cover, you may want to use your favorite conceal alongside this product as I don't feel that it is great for larger problem areas.

"It made me breakout!"

Creams, lotions, & SPF have different effects on everyone. Make-sure you are using the right type of cream for your skin. The B.B. Cream that I used was created for oily skin so I saw no problems with breakouts but might have if the cream had been made for another skin type. 

Since receiving this product, I have truly enjoyed it. It is quick and easy to put on and really adds that extra kick in my step.  So if you are looking for a new product or just want to try out new creams and concealers, definitely add this one to your list! 

To learn more about Garnier's BB Cream, visit: GarnierUSA.com/BB-Cream

Want to learn more about fantastic products AND try them free? Learn more about becoming a bzzagent such as myself at: www.bzzagent.com


**As a Bzzagent, I received the Garnier BB Cream totally free from bzzagent.com. My opinion written above is my own honest opinion of my results with the product. However results may vary from person to person.**

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Author Review: Eloisa James

I have been an Eloisa James fan for quite some time. I absolutely love historical romance novels. I have always enjoyed the fact that they are unique in the sense that not only are they incredibly romantic, but they take you back to a time much different than our own. Writing is hard enough, but to find an author who is devoted to creating relatable & in depth characters that the reader can fall in love with AND back their work up with hours of era specific research is just astonishing! Eloisa James's novels are truly works of art that can be enjoyed time and time again. I typically do not read novels again once I have completed them, but my collection of Eloisa books have been read and read again many times over.

If you have never dived into the world of historical romance, I would definitely suggest beginining with Eloisa James. Some of my favorite novels come from her Essex Sisters, Duchess Quartet, and Desperate Duchesses series. They are heartwarming, fun, & just a wee it naughty (there are several naughty scenes depicted in these novels, so as with most historical romance novels, I do not suggest these books for minors), but they are definitely wonderful reads!

The books are available in various prints, including kindle from Amazon.






If you are already an Eloisa fan, what are some of your favorite authors? What are some other authors that you enjoy reading? Comment below!




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wow, and I mean wow! As I was surfing the internet for new and fun craft projects, I came across this absolutely amazing video depicting how Holland House Candles are made. The process is absolutely amazing and the completed candles are striking works of art. The amount of training and detail that goes into each piece is absolutely astonishing!

The website offers these lovely candles (under the Dutch Garden category) for purchase from $40 for a small - $60 for a large.

If you are interested in something new, unique, and handmade, this is definitely a wonderful option!

For more information visit: http://www.hollandhousecandles.com/shop/





Friday, March 29, 2013

D.I.Y.: Bunny Towel/Napkin Party Favors


 It has definitely been a very busy week in our household. With Easter just around the corner (can't believe it is mere days away!), we have been getting our last minute touches ready for the holiday weekend.

We spent a fun and creative Thursday evening decorating our Easter bonnets as a family for our local Easter parade




Since I was able to find the spare time, I figured I would go ahead and post one more quick, fun, and easy tutorial for the Easter weekend!

A lovely woman from our church showed me how to make these one year and I absolutely love them! These Bunny Towel Party Favors are just so sweet and are really quite versatile! They can be added to a centerpiece, a gift basket, as part of the place setting (just replace the towel with a napkin!) and so much more! I thought I would go ahead and share this one with everyone since it is just too cute!



Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Small Washcloth or Fabric
Rubber band or elastic string
Plastic Egg
Googly Eyes
White PomPom
Glue or Glue Gun
Scissors

Step 2: Clip Your Tag

Using your scissors, cut the tag off of your towel.

Step 3: Arrange Your Towel

Place the towel in front of you in a diamond shape

Step 4: Roll Towel

begin from the bottom and work your way up. Start rolling up  your towel

Step 5: Gather ends

Bring in the two ends of the towel until they meet.

Step 6: Fold Up Ears

Fold the two ends upwards to form your bunny ears.  Leave a small bump at the end to form your bunny face. Keep a firm hold.

Step 7: Tie up the ends

Hold your towel as I do in the following photos Once you are happy with the shape, either tie it into place using elastic string or use a rubber band

Step 8: Add egg

you should notice that your bunny's body forms a loop, this is the perfect
place to store your Easter goodies. For this tutorial, we are using a plastic egg.

Step 9: add your details.

This is where you can glue on your bunny's eyes and tail, but you do not have to stop there! You can add as many details as you would like (whiskers, bow tie, etc.)

Step 10: Enjoy your gift

I hope that everyone has a very Happy Easter with Friends and loved ones!


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Thank you for watching our tutorial! For more great D.I.Y. projects, reviews, and recipes, visit:

http://maryscraftynook.blogspot.com/


- Music written by Tom Cusack
- Composer – Tom Cusack
- Music from

www.freemusicforvideos.com



Friday, March 22, 2013

Printables: Easter Themed Coloring Sheets & Word Search

I can't believe Easter is just around the corner! This year is just moving so incredibly fast! Here are a few treats to share with your kiddos this Easter weekend. Who doesn't love to just sit around and play with some crayons every now and then ;).

These printables are free for all! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!

Enjoy!
 

When Google Docs opens, just click on file and then print.  

When Google Docs opens, just click on file and then print.  


When Google Docs opens, just click on file and then print.  

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It turns out, making the word search is actually quite simple with a little help from the internet. I used the word search maker over at Discovery Education - Word Search maker . You can print your word search straight from the website and make as many as you would like. The word search engine is plain text, so I added my word search to a decorated document using Paint Shop Pro. However, for the less than tech saavy, you can simply print the blank word search and have your children decorate the page themselves with festive drawings or stickers! Have fun making your own to share with your loved ones. 

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D.I.Y.: Flower Bow Tutorial

I am a huge fan of bows! I am 26 years old and will freely admit that even now, I will occasionally rock a fun bow with my outfit. What better way to start the beginning of Spring than with a fun bow tutorial!

I have been making these ribbon flower bows for a while now and I still can't get over how easy they are to make! Not only are they fun to wear, but they also make wonderful gifts or party favors for any little girls dream party :). What I especially loved about this product was that I was able to find about 98% of my supplies at my local Dollar Tree! I was able to purchase the felt, ribbon, pompoms, & glue sticks at my local store :)


So let's get started! I went ahead and made this tutorial into a video rather than a slideshow, but if the text gets hard to read, the instructions are also listed in the video description and at the end of this post as well. Enjoy!

Learn how to create your own boutique bow!
Step 1: Cut your felt circle
This will be the backing to your bow. I cut mine to be around 1 and 3/4 inches around, but you can definitely eyeball it if you would like a larger bow.

Step 2: Cut Your Ribbon into strips
The amount you need depends on the size of your bow. For this bow I cut about 7 strips of the blue grosgrain ribbon which will be my base,and 3 of each of the organza ribbons (navy and white). Make sure they are long enough to fold into loops so do not cut the ribbons to be less than 5 inches. 5-6 inches is just about right.

Step 3: Fold Your Ribbon
You are going to be folding over each strip of ribbon into small loops and gluing the ends together. You do not have to heat seal your ends as they are all going to
be covered in the end anyway.

Step 4: Begin placing your ribbon
You will start placing your ribbon loops on the outer circle of the felt forming a ring with an empty center like the following photos. You will be placing the strips more towards the center with the other two color strips. It is best to practice your placements before you glue them down to know how you would best like them arranged.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other ribbon strips
You will now create 2 more layers of ribbon using the next 2 colors. I started by placing down 3 white ribbon loops and then placed three navy loops on top of the white.

Step 6: Decorate your center
I decided to place simple white pompom puff as the center to my bow, but you can use just about anything from bottle caps to charms, to silk flowers. Be Creative! =)

Step 7: Create your backing
You can use any backing, but for this tutorial I am going to use an alligator clip as my backing of choice. Start by cutting out smaller felt circle.

Step 7: Create your backing (cont.)
Apply enough glue to cover your felt circle and then place the circle between the alligator clip prongs. the place the glue side of the felt onto the back of your bow. This should leave one prong glue to the felt and the other free to place in hair.

Step 8: Wear your bow!
Your bow is now complete. Be sure to give enough time to allow your glue to fully dry and set. Have fun wearing your own custom made hair piece!

END!
Thank you for watching our tutorial! For more great D.I.Y. projects, reviews, and recipes, visit:
http://maryscraftynook.blogspot.com/

- Music written by Tom Cusack - Composer -- Tom Cusack - Music from www.freemusicforvideos.com


It is amazing how creative you can be with these bows! Here are two other variations I have completed:




Mermaid Bow: https://www.etsy.com/listing/104868217/mermaid-tail-ribbon-bow-teal-and-green?ref=shop_home_active
Black and Orange Pumpkin Bow:https://www.etsy.com/listing/104920950/black-and-orange-halloween-pumpkin?ref=shop_home_active

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Printables!

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I thought I would go ahead and post up two new printables to share! Here is a brand new coloring sheet and Word search for you all to enjoy! While you are more than welcome to print these for whatever occasion you prefer, I ask that you do not post these on your own website with consulting me first. I also ask that if I do give you permission, you must refer back to this website. I also ask that you do not edit out the tiny signature I have added to each page. Thank you and Enjoy!


 Download Word Search Here
When Google Docs opens, just click on file and then print.

When Google Docs opens, just click on file and then print.
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It turns out, making the word search is actually quite simple with a little help from the internet. I used the word search maker over at Discovery Education - Word Search maker . You can print your word search straight from the website and make as many as you would like. The word search engine is plain text, so I added my word search to a decorated document using Paint Shop Pro. However, for the less than tech saavy, you can simply print the blank word search and have your children decorate the page themselves with festive drawings or stickers! Have fun making your own to share with your loved ones.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DIY: St. Patricks Day Nail Design

I love painting my nails, but let's be honest ... judging from the pictures below, I should leave it to a professional lol. However, I still find it calming and fun to paint them myself even if my technique is no where near nice and neat. Since Saint Patricks Day falls on the 17th of March, I figured I would go ahead and practice a quick design that HOPEFULLY I can perfect closer to the date. Here it is!

I started off with my base coat. I used an all in one base from Essie


From there I went ahead and chose a lovely lime green that absolutely looks horrible on me, but I loved the shade anyway :P





I decided to use my white striping brush to paint a quick white tip across the top of my nails. I striped the tips when the lime green was still a little wet so that it would blend a bit and turn into a tasty light lime green rather than stark white.




The hardest part for me was getting the clover. I decided to only paint it on my middle nail and was really pleased with how it turned out. Trust me when I say this is a VERY abstract clover! :P





I finished off my nails with a quick top coat and admired my work :P. I actually like the results! The little imperfections make me smile and stay as a reminder that I did the design all by myself.





What are some of your favorite nail designs? I would love to see them!


"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Happy Saint Patrick's day everyone!



Bzzagent Campaign Review: Quaker Up Snacks!

This week was spent putting my craft room back together. Trust me when I say it is a hefty job! What better way to enjoy my quick breaks than to enjoy a tasty snack. I am definitely a choco-holic, so when bzzagent gave me the opportunity to try Quaker brand's Quaker Up Snack line, I was definitely all in!

The bzzkit was absolutely amazing! Our kit was loaded with great snacks and fabulous coupons:


Our bzzkit included several fabulous coupons, our Quaker Up Bzzcampaign Guide full of interesting info, 1 box of Quaker Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, 1 box of Quaker Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, and 1 Bag of Quaker Perfect Portions Oatmeal in yumtastic maple!

Who better to be my first taste tester than my wonderful assistant (and younger sister)! After all of her hard work helping me put the craft room back together, I figured she definitely deserved a treat.


She picked the Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar as her reward and thoroughly enjoyed it! She loved the fact that the bars are definitely much larger than your average granola bar and are just really tasty! The bars have just the right balance of chocolate and oats and really do provide a quick boost of energy without hurting your tummy. This is definitely going to become a staple in our snack pantry!

I had my go at the chocolate chip cookies. I loved that they are made with whole grain oat flour which really adds a great taste to the cookies. I am also a huge sucker for bittersweet chocolate chips so that was another huge bonus.


So if you are looking for a new tasty treat to help wind down the day or just something to nibble on, I highly suggest trying out Quaker's line of snacks! You won't be disappointed!

To learn more about Quaker's snack line visit their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Quaker

Want to learn more about fantastic products AND try them free? Learn more about becoming a bzzagent such as myself at: www.bzzagent.com 


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 & ends on Sunday, November 3, 2013


Just a quick reminder to our followers! It's that time of year again, time to set our clocks ahead one hour!

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 & ends on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bzzagent Campaign: Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Product Line

This was a wonderful two weeks of fabulous hair care products! Our last review discussed the Nexxus Hydra Light product line, and while their products are absolutely amazing, here is a similar line that is a bit more budget friendly.

As a Bzzagent, I have been given the wonderful pleasure of trying fantastic new products free of charge! I then get to review the products and share my opinions and and comments with you! So let us begin.

After unboxing my bzzcampaign kit, I was definitely pleased with my goodies! I received 1 8.5 FL oz tube of Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge 1-minute moisture plenish treatment, 1 13 FL oz bottle of Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge fortifying shampoo, and 1 13 FL oz bottle of Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge fortifying conditioner.



The specific line I was sent was aimed towards dry hair, so I was really excited to try it out as we are having our dry season here in southern Texas. Lotion, lip balm, and an army of quality hair care products are a must during this season.

The scent is amazing! The formula boasts superfruits of Goji Berry, Passion fruit, & Kiwi and they really blend well into this amazing fruity scent. The shampoo is infused with itty bitty little beads of goji berry, passion fruit, & kiwi which in turn burst and activate weightless moisture.

After trying this product, I was VERY pleased with the results. My hair was incredibly shiny and seemed more durable. I loved the moisture it left without leaving behind an oily residue which I have encountered in other Garnier products. This line definitely redeemed the company quality for me.

Another perk of the product line is the price tag with products available anywhere from $3.99 to $6.99. Definitely a great and affordable purchase.

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Here are some wonderful facts straight from our leaders at Bzzagent.com:

Just the Facts

Infused with superfruits for silky-soft hydration, Hydra Recharge will recharge your thirsty locks and keep your hair super silky and surprisingly weightless for up to two whole days.
The Hydra Recharge line:
  • Works best on dry to normal hair
  • Keeps hair weightlessly silky for up to two days
  • Is available at grocery stores, drug stores and mass retailers
  • Retails for a suggested price of $3.99 to $6.99
Hydra Recharge Shampoo is a hydration innovator, featuring for the first time thousands of beads that burst on impact
Hydra Recharge Conditioner contains superfruits goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi to actively replenish without heaviness
Hydra Recharge 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish Treatment is a powerful deep treatment whose revolutionary lightweight crème-gel formula transforms dry hair with a surge of high-performance hydration in just one minute. For best results, use 2x a week

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Seriously, you don't get much better than this! Great hair at a great price? I'm in!


To learn more about other fantastic Garnier products or to learn more about the Hydra Recharge line, visit: findyourstrengthtoshine.com

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bzzagent Campaign Review: Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light

It has definitely been a week of goodies! I received not one, but two fantastic Bzzagent campaign kits this week! Today I am going to go ahead and give my review of the Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light Moisture line.


From left to right we have:  Nexxus Weightless Moisture Conditioner, Nexxus Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Nexxus Weightless Moisture Root Lift Mist, & Nexxus Weightless Moisture Leave in Conditioning Foam

Oh yes, all of that in one package makes me one very happy girl! First thing I noticed right out of the box was the scent! I love a good smelling shampoo and this one is divine! I began using the product line the very night I received it. I was incredibly pleased with the results. The shampoo provides a great lather and leaves my hair feeling silky and clean. I love that the conditioner doesn't leave a messy residue in my hair. Once my hair has gone from sopping wet to somewhat damp, I used the foam and mist. With as much as I was putting in my hair, I was amazed at how light it felt! The feeling lasted all day without my usual oily residue that I deal with midday. The product line definitely does what it says!

My only complaint is that the line is a bit pricey with a suggested retail price of $9.99 - $14.99 per product. However, if you have the money to spare, you will definitely be pleased.

So my verdict is, if you can afford it, it is definitely worth the purchase!

To lean more about the Nexxus Salon Hair Care Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Line and other Nexxus products, visit: http://www.nexxus.com/

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bzzagent Campaign Review: MorningStar Farms Veggie Burgers

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a life long meat eater. I love chicken, pork, beef, fish, you name it! I was offered the wonderful opportunity from Bzzagent.com to try my first ever veggie burger.

I am not going to lie, while I was excited about trying and reviewing another fabulous product, I was a bit sketchy as I have never had a burger that hadn't previously "moo'd" in it's past life. This was a pretty big deal for me.

So my bzzkit arrived, and I received some wonderful coupons for MorningStar Farms Veggie Products. I decided to play it safe and chose to go with their Grillers Prime Patties.


After trying them, I gotta say they got me! They are beyond delicious. I know it is so hard to believe, but they really do taste just like beef! No joke! They are incredibly delicious! 

I served up our burgers sandwich style on toasted bread with lettuce, mozzarella, and  guacamole dressing and they were out of this world good! I am DEFINITELY going to be stocking up on these burgers this week. I found them locally on sale for about $2.67 for 4 veggie patties. I was amazed at how light they were to be honest. I am sadly so used to grease, that I was pleasantly surprised to be enjoying a nongreasy meal! 

They also cook incredibly fast, so be sure to keep an eye on them while cooking. They definitely cook a lot faster than your standard beef patty.

Each patty is approximately 170 calories with 39% less fat than ground beef.

Here is a video follow-up of our yummy Meatless Monday Meal! 


If you are looking for a new and fun recipe to try, fear not, Bzzagent has you covered:

Cheesy Black Bean Quesadilla Triangles

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers*
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese (1 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free Southwest or Mexican seasoning
  • 10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded lettuce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red or green bell pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In medium bowl toss together MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers, salsa, cheddar cheese, Pepper Jack cheese and seasoning.
  2. Use pizza cutter to cut tortillas into 7-inch triangles. (Save trimmed edges for another use.)
  3. Place about 2 tablespoons burger mixture in center of each triangle. Fold corners of large triangles over filling, completely enclosing filling and making small triangles. Secure with toothpicks. Place on baking sheet, toothpick side up. Brush with butter. Bake at 375°F for 9 to 12 minutes or until beginning to brown on top.
  4. Arrange on top of shredded lettuce. Sprinkle with bell pepper. Serve immediately.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pinterest Test + Bzzagent Review = Awesome!

Alrighty, we are shaking things up a bit! We are not only reviewing Neutrogena's fabulous Norwegian Formula Hand Cream again, but we are also including a new Pinterest Test along with it! Let's begin!

Pinterest Test: Pink and Glitter Nail Design

Pinterest Link: http://pinterest.com/pin/26599454019396798/


Alrighty, so this one was an easy one lol. The design is simple and sophisticated and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway (hopefully the fiance will get the hint!)

For this test, I used what I had on hand which was similar to the photo provided in the pinterest test above. Here are my results:

I decided to go with a chunky lite glitter rather than full on metallic polish and love the results! I used Neutrogena's Norwegian Formula Hand Cream before and after my manicure. My hands feel soft and my nails look vibrant! This is a product I am definitely pleased with ;)

This wonderful creams story started off the coast of Norway, where fishermen were suffering the effects of life on the open ocean. Wind, cold and water were wreaking havoc on their skin.
Those fishermen developed a glycerin-rich cream to weather any storm. When applied to their skin, they found it relieved years' worth of chapping, cracking and drying caused by the harshest conditions on the planet. 


My hands have benefited greatly from this cream and so can yours! It is definitely worth purchasing. 

To go along with today's review, I have created new video of my nail transformation for you to enjoy :) The fabulous music being played in the back was actually written and recorded by my sister's fiance, Abraham Martinez. He is definitely a talented individual. Enjoy!




To learn more about Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream visit and like their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Neutrogena


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