Archives for January 2017

Ninja Coffee Bar System #ninjacoffeebar

Living in South Texas has its advantages and disadvantages….

The advantages by far outweigh the disadvantages!  I love being able to walk outside and see all the stars in the clear sky. I love knowing that while driving I will always see a tractor or a cowboy on a horse walking down the road. I love how everyone tips their hats and says yes ma’am still. The cons, of course, are only a couple, the weather changes from day to day and it takes an hour to get anywhere.

I love coffee and usually can only get the good stuff when I go to town once a week. Since it is so far away, I spend a lot of money for that cup of coffee, I will get hot specialty coffee on cold days and cold specialty coffee on hot days. I am excited to finally get the Ninja Coffee Bar System. This coffee bar makes both hot and cold coffee. It is easy to operate and makes a cup or a pot quickly.

The first cup I made was a creme de caramel coffee. The coffee bar came with 20 recipes, I am determined to try them all!  This was so much better than any specialty coffee I have ever had. I love how rich tasting it was.

I love knowing that I am able to make all of my favorite coffees anytime I crave them. I don’t have to wait till I go to town anymore. If you like saving a ton of money and having your favorite drinks anytime, then you really need a Ninja Coffee Bar System.

Here is a basic video of the Ninja Coffee bar. I love the frother option and being able to make a cup or pot depending on what everyone wants.

Description:

Ninja Coffee Bar® System

New Ninja Coffee Bar System is a better than a coffee house experience, at home, that you can’t get anywhere else.

Provides integrated frother, six brew sizes, five brew types, including the Ninja exclusive Café Forte – which amplifies the natural subtle flavors of your favorite coffee, for a sensationally different and delicious coffee experience!

I received this product for review purposes, although this is 100 my own opinion.

Mommy – To – Be & Me Giveaway @giveaway

We are excited to partner with Mommy Scene to bring you this Mommy-To-Be & Me Giveaway packed with wonderful products for families. Enter to win this entire gift collection for moms and kids! Giveaway ends 2/10/17.

 

Mommy to Be and Me Giveaway prizes - Mommy Scene

Mommy-To-Be & Me Prize Collection

Pacific Baby 3-in-1 Insulated Baby Bottle (7 oz Cherries) + 1piece Yellow and Green Straw Top.

Blue Baby Bum Organic Bamboo Toddler Towel

Dahlia Cloth 3 pack Feminine Cloth Pads

BabyIt Perineal Massage and Postpartum Recovery Gel

Antipodes Merino Premium Sleep Bag

Thinkbaby Shampoo & BodyWash

Basic Invite $30 Gift Certificate to order birth announcements

Paige Lauren (4) baby caps of winner’s choice and (1) Classic Layette Converter in the color of winner’s choice.

Cake Maternity Organic CupCake Nursing pads and the NEW Heather Grey Cotton Candy seamless bra

Belly Belt Wardrobe Extender Kit

Wubba Water sample pack – Reddy Freddy (Fruit Punch), Blue Ha Choo! (Blue Raspberry) and Orange Ouchy (Orange)

Revelae KidsCozy Blanket Pouch & Yummy Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches

Copper Pearl $25 Gift Certificate

Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops Ginger Lozenges

Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Wipes & Babo Plush Bunny Gift Set

Enter to Win these Essentials for New Moms & Families!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on February 10, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!

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Ozeri INSTAVAC Green Earth Food Storage Container Set #Ozeri

With three grandsons running around, I have to keep fruit and other finger foods in stock. I have found that they are more willing to eat healthy if they can see it and it is easy for them to get to. This is why I am hooked on the Ozeri Instavac Green Food Storage Container Set. This easy to lock set includes 4 stackable containers that have instant vacuum to help preserve the food for a longer period of time. You can put food in and the see through containers help my grandkids know exactly what they want and are getting.

 

 

They are light weight and dishwasher safe, so after each use, I can throw them in the dishwasher to use again. I like knowing you can close the lid and vacuum the air out. This is not only helping food last longer, but helping me teach my grandsons how to eat healthy and keep food longer. The bottom is wavy to keep the food from sitting in moisture.

 

 

Most importantly these containers are shatterproof so when those little hands accidently drop them, you don’t have to worry about them cracking! The kids can tote them all over and they will last.

 

Ozeri

Description:

  • Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts; Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve
  • Patented valve removes excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria; It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves
  • Wave pattern on bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices
  • Handy date dial allows you to record when food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator
  • BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof and as transparent as glass; Freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe; Satisfaction guaranteed

Modlily #dresses #freeshipping

If you love clothes like I do then you have probably already heard of Modlily. Their clothes are so cute and have such great prices!! I love the free shipping on any / everything you order! Here is one of the recent dresses I ordered.

This dress is so cute! I love the stretchy material. I did notice it runs a size smaller so keep that in mind when you order!!

February special offer: collection dresses flash sale, orders over $32 will get $5 off, code:feb122, end on 2/20. http://www.modlily.com/bodycon-dresses-c32

CHoPstick Styler Skinny Wand #LeeStafford Giveaway

There are those who have naturally curly hair, those who have naturally straight hair, then there is me… Frizzy wild hair! Most people with straight want curly, most with curly want straight. I just want either! The older I get, the more I have to hide the little gray hairs that seem to be determined to grow on my head. The more I color it, the more frizzy it becomes.

I was so excited to try the Lee Stafford CHoPstick Styler Ceramic Curing Wand. I love how skinny it is, to make curls so small and tight. This helps with my frizzy hair! The curling wand comes with a glove to keep from burning yourself during use. If you are like me, this is a lifesaver because for some reason I love to grab hot items. As you can see I was demonstrating the wand with the glove, normally when using you will go from the large end to the small end of the wand.

 

Before Curling

 

After Curling  

 

I love all the hairdos that people with shoulder length hair have, and try to mimic it only to throw it up in a ponytail most days. Today though I got to spend a little time and have one of those hairdos. I love how long the curls lasted throughout the day and how pretty they looked. This is a ceramic curling wand, so no worries about damaging your hair!

 

 

I am excited to offer a giveaway, I love offering my followers the opportunity to win a product I am demonstrating. You will love this iron, I can’t get over how tight the curls are and how even my frizzy hair looks normal after using this. Enter below for your chance to own one of these awesome curling wands.

Ends February 20th so hurry enter today:

Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand #46

Cajun Rice – Ozeri 12″ Green Frying Pan #Ozeri

We have a weekly potluck dinner at our church. We usually decide the week before what theme we are going to fix and somehow it all turns out! This week we decided on a cajun theme dinner. So I found my grandmothers cajun rice recipe. She lived in Lousiana her whole life and could make some of the best cajun food I have ever eaten. This being my favorite so naturally, I wanted to try and make it.

 

 

Of course, I can’t make this without my go-to pan from Ozeri! I love how heavy duty, non-stick and easy to clean up this pan is. I used a teaspoon of oil and rub it with a paper towel I have never had an issue with it sticking. It comes with a felt cover to place inside while not using so you don’t have to worry about other pans scratching it when you stack them for storage.

This pan is 12” Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany (100% PTFE, PFOA and APEO Free)

I have used several Ozeri pans for a long time and have never had them chip off like the other non-stick pans. On an average, I use my pan about 4 times a week. I do hand wash it after each use and don’t put it in the dishwasher, but have never had an issue with the handle or the non-stick material. They still look as nice as they did the day I got them.

 

So you can see why I love using it to make all of my favorite dishes, I am not ashamed to take the food in the pan and serve it! I always get compliments about it. Needless to say, this was a big hit at church, not only did I have very little left to take home but later that afternoon when I had to clean the pan it was so easy. I can’t wait to make my next project in my new pan, this size is perfect for my hungry family!!

My grandmother’s recipe is a little time-consuming but so worth it. If you love cajun food, then you must try it! Please read the instructions to make sure your pan will have a long life.

 

Recipe:

1 lb hot Italian sausage

1 small yellow onion diced

2 peppers ~ yellow, orange, red, or green – sliced

1 cup celery ~ finely chopped

8 Tb of butter

1 1/2 cup of rice

4- 41/2 cup water or chicken stock Seasoning

1 tb paprika

2 tb Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves

1/4 tsp thyme leaves

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp black pepper

Brown sausage till no longer pink. Drain. Sauté vegetables in the butter just till slightly tender. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a skillet and bring to a boil stirring a few time. Lower heat and cover 25 to 30 minutes until rice is tender. Enjoy!

Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan – Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Noise Reduction Technology

Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan

 

I have had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with my grandfather lately. His health hasn’t been up to par so we are taking turns sitting with him during the day. That man is a wealth of knowledge! I love his stories about the good ole days. He recently started complaining of getting hot, living in South Texas even in the winter is hot! But with his health it isn’t easy for him to getting up and down, so we looked at different options to keep him comfortable even when we were not there. I found the Ozeri Ultra 42 inch Wind Fan – Adjustable Oscillating Tower Fan with Noise Reduction Technology remote, temperature control fan. It is so quiet when he dozes off you don’t hear it. Yet if he gets too cold or hot he has access to just adjust the temperature or cut it off. The remote is a lifesaver for him to use at his convenience. It was easy for him to learn to use it since the writing on the remote is big enough for him to read it. He keeps it right next to his tv remote.

 

 

This fan is so light that he can even move it around if he needs to but for the most part we leave it by his favorite recliner. I am so happy we found this and can help him stay comfortable. I have always trusted Ozeri products and wasn’t disappointed in how well this fan is made.

 

I do not like trying to read directions and put things together, mostly because I have NO patience, but this was really easy to assemble and knowing it would make grandpa happy and comfy made it worth it! It took me about 5 minutes to assemble.

Product Description

 

Designed for 5 Star resorts, the new Ozeri Ultra 42″ Tower Fan boasts a sophisticated and stylish ultra-slim design and one of the most impressive feature sets among tower fans. The Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan’s stylish design complements and enhances room decor, and its precise engineering generates more air velocity than competing models while emitting less noise on a foot-per-minute to dB basis. Setting a new benchmark for noiseless airflow, the Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan operates at 3 whisper-quiet speed settings and oscillates 90 degrees for timely relief on a sweltering summer day or for refreshing circulation all year long. The Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan also includes 3 selectable airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort. All of the Fan’s features, including a room temperature display, are illuminated on the Fan’s multi-colored bright LED screen, and can be activated via the included enhanced-range remote or via the built-in control panel. The Ozeri Ultra Tower Fan also features a 12 hour timer that can be programmed in 1 hour increments with push-button ease, and ships included with a removable extension column that adjusts the Fan’s height from 32″ to 42″.

Condo Living!! Ozeri Wine Opener #Ozeri

My husband and I are counting down the days till he can retire… We recently bought a condo on the water and can not wait to enjoy more time there. My first addition to the condo was my Ozeri Wine Opener. We love sitting outside in the evening listening and watching the waves while having a drink. I realized a long time ago, my go to drink is wine, the problem is I have no strength in my hands in order to tightly hold the bottle while trying to manually twist a cork off. A few years ago we found the Ozeri Wine Opener and since then this is all I use. So naturally I had to have one at the condo also.

I love how long the opener lasts after charging it. I haven’t recharged it since the first time. So far it is running just as strong as it did initially. I would say I use it once every couple weeks. It looks so sleek and impresses the guest so I don’t mind leaving it on the counter for everyone to admire.

Right now I am into different Moscato Wines, I love how sweet and smooth they taste. I usually add kiwi to it to give it an even sweeter taste. I have never liked red or dry wine, but love trying different white ones. I was at a friends Christmas party and tried this sparkly Moscato Wine and fell in love with it. If you like sweet wine then this is a must try!

This wine opener also comes with an aerator. I love using it. It helps the wine’s flavor and you will be so shocked at how wonderful the wine tastes. It makes the wine taste like a really expensive wine! Aerating wine causes oxidation and evaporation (getting rid of volatile undesirable compounds). This helps it keep that fresh sparkly flavor.

 

Emerald Face Tissue & Bath Tissue BPA / Tree / Chlorine Free! #shoplet

 

Shoplet is my only go to online store.  I love the variety of products they offer from Janitorial Supplies to Medical Supplies. Their products have great prices, easy accessibility and such a vast amount of options it makes my life so much easier! Recently they added the Emerald products to their product line, and as you can see is totally tree, BPA, and chlorine free. I love green living and knowing I am doing all I can to help my grandchildren have the natural resources we do.

 

Living in South Texas has its advantages especially during winter, usually!! This year has been an exception. We had a whole two days of freezing weather, then back to our 70 – 80 winter time weather. Of course, this did nothing for my already aggravated sinus issues. Fortunately, I found the best product for my allergies, Emerald Tissues! These tissues are a life saver for me, these tissues are made of bagasse, bamboo, eucalyptus and are BPA free, chlorine free, USDA Biopreferred, compostable, and biodegradable.

Emerald Bath Tissue is 2 ply tissue that is extremely gentle and soft. I love how thick it is, and especially knowing I am using green living products! This tissue is especially good to use with a septic tank since it is made with gentle material. We use it with our RV, no stress over damaging our pipes.

I suffer from chronic sinusitis and have to be really careful with products I use. The Emerald’s Face Tissue is by far the best I have found! Not only is it safe for me to use but it is so soft and gentle on my nose. It is so safe to use, I don’t mind using it on my grandson’s little noses.  With my crazy allergies having something made with only natural products is a must. I am so happy to have found this!

FYI all of Emerald Brand products are “Tree-Free, BPA free, Chlorine free, USDA Biopreferred, Compostable, and Biodegradable.

I received these products for review purposes, although this is 100% my own opinion.

2017 is the Year about ME!! #healthy #fitbit #walking

 

 

I started about three months ago walking my 10000 steps a day. This has really changed my life. I have lost 10 pounds and now have set a new goal. Each day I do the steps, I make a conscience decision to not only eat better but drink plenty of water.

I am going to share my list of how and what I did to become healthier and my goal to continue it for this year.

  1. I wake up each morning and thank the Lord! I am always in a better mood after I say my morning prayer. I love spending a few minutes a day on my knees thanking the Lord for allowing me another day.
  2. Get dressed and get moving. I have realized if I don’t get up to an alarm clock and immediately get up and get moving, I tend to start trying to make excuses to not do my morning walk.
  3. Have a group of friends to compete with. I found some of my Facebook friends that also have a Fitbit and we challenge each other to daily showdowns, weekly showdowns and even weekend showdowns.
  4. Drink water. This is one of those I hated at first. Now I love it, I received a yeti cup for my birthday and I keep it full of water. This helps me reach my daily water goal.
  5. Do not eat or drink anything other than water after 6:00. This isn’t that hard, I chose to do this because I found that my husband and I love to snack at night and that was not helping me reach my goal!
  6. Keep moving, I use my fitbit to challenge me to move so many steps each hour. This keeps me active all day long.
  7.  Walk somewhere safe and beautiful. I choose to walk along the beach road because the water is so soothing.

These are the steps I took to help with my healthier me! Although I am not anywhere near where I want to be I am heading in the right direction. Now I have another goal this year and that is to be more involved in the church. I want to be a better Christian. I will be sharing this in a later blog!

 

Rockport Texas #rockporttexas #rockport Flounder Recipe

We bought a condo in Rockport, Texas, which is located on Aransas Bay, home of some great fishing and beautiful water. I have had the pleasure of the most beautiful photo opportunities. I am by no means a professional but you can’t go wrong when you are surrounded by beauty. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures.

Our Condo is facing the water and we have a 750′ pier, as you can tell I love taking pictures of the pier!! Especially the sunset.

This year I want to try and take some with people fishing in the background. I love walking down the beach road and listening to the water, and finding new photo opportunities.

These are just a few of my favorites, hopefully I will have more in the next couple weeks to share.

We loving fishing here, we catch flounder, trout and red fish. Our favorite is flounder. It is some of the best fish you will ever eat!

I have an amazing flounder covered and smothered recipe:

Season and bake flounder (we use Tony Chachere’s)

Melt butter and onions in a pan add flour and a broth (we use veggie broth)

mix until smooth, then add craw fish tails cook about 7 minutes longer.

We serve this over rice and it is to die for!!

Craw fish tail cover and smother mixture

 

 

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