@glassdharma glass straws w/ lifetime guarantee? #blogmania2011 sponsor


About glass dharma Hello, my name is David Leonhardt. I’ve been a lampworker (glassblower) for over 10 years. My wife, Gail & I recently moved from the Sacramento, CA area, to our dream of living on the Mendocino Coast. I started doing some work for a local glass shop in town and noticed that the owner had glass drinking straws for sale. I had never heard of these before and I am always intrigued by something made out of glass that I hadn’t thought of.  I was struck by the unique elegance in such a simple item. I immediately recognized that here was a partial solution to our “plastics problem”.  Now, granted, there are a lot more plastics in our world than just drinking straws, but bear with me a minute and let me put things in perspective ... As of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY!  (Per their website) How many of those served do you think were given a plastic straw?  I hope it is becoming obvious just how big of a problem these … [Read more...]

Shopping at @Walmart for boxed meals: what options are there for gluten free? includes healthy twists too! #cbias


The ease of grocery shopping at mainstream stores seems to go in waves as far as gluten free living.  Recently, we were shopping for some boxed dinners for convenience.  In the past, Betty Crocker was really the only option with 3 choices: chicken fried rice, beef fried rice, and cheesy hashbrowns.  We are a mostly homemade household.  However, boxed meals or convenience mixes can be a great way to have "take-0ut" like foods minus the cost and inconvenience of going somewhere to get it.  With a family of 5, we usually have to make 2 boxes to feed my growing boys as a result I like to use some "sneaky" cooking to make a box meal go further. Click here to watch my thismoment to see our shopping experience, cooking, & more Now in the mainstream boxed dinner section our only option is Betty Crocker Chicken Helper Chicken Fried Rice. It just so happens to be our favorite!  It starts with... To make our meal stretch further for our hungry family of 5, I make it "sneaky" Steam … [Read more...]

DIY using @elmers glue spots: no carve Pumpkin ideas #GlueNGlitter #cbias


Carving Pumpkins can be fun, but with 3 children under the age of 6 it is an ordeal.  Their patience runs thin while waiting, they want to help, etc...  Carving pumpkins also is something that either needs to be close to Halloween or you have a rotten pumpkin to greet you shortly.  Using Elmer's glue spots & painters markers can give you the perfect Fall look and preserve your pumpkin unlike carving.  I have created an easy family project to help you get the most out of your pumpkin using Elmer products and other craft supplies found at Wal-Mart. pumpkin (real or fake) black pipe cleaners: 5 per spider googly eyes (any size or style) Elmer's CraftBond glue spots (thin medium) 5 Pack Elmer's Painters Markers Elmer's Metallic Painters Marker Elmer's Jumbo  3-D Glitter Paint Pens  Directions: Create a spiderweb on the pumpkin using metallic Painters Marker Once spiderweb is dry, use Elmer's 3-D glitter paint pens to add as much detail as you like. … [Read more...]

Why @SodaStreamUSA would make a great addition to #blogmania2011 + Berry Slush recipe #imabzzagent


Last January I had the pleasure of doing a review for Sodastream. Here is my reaction in the first review:  We now use Sodastream on a daily basis.  There are so many different options from regular soda, diet, & natural that do not include high fructose corn syrup.  My husband is a fan of the energy drink. As well as, our guilty pleasure has always been coke with lime; using cola zero and mywater lemon-lime, we are able to make a delicious alternative.  Even if you aren’t a pop drinker, this is still a gadget to consider.  My favorite sodastream drink is juice spritzer using sparkling water and whatever juice we have available.  As well as, Sodastream now has Mywater, which is an all natural,unsweetened flavor enhancer (Click here to read the complete review or to see the sparkling grape juice recipe), so what are our thoughts 9 mos. later... We still love it!  The SodaStream machine is easy to use and with places like Bed, Bath, & Beyond featuring SodaStream flavors, … [Read more...]

His&Her Tech Review: Is the @TMobile @HTC Sensation 4G appealing for both sexes? #giveaway


My husband & I are like night & day when it comes to many things.  To him technology is a hobby and to me it is a means of getting from point A to point B.  As a mom & blogger, I live and breathe technology yet I don't always pay attention to more than what makes my life easier.  He on the other hand does research on all the newest tech "toys" for fun in great detail.  With all that being said that is what makes phones like the HTC Sensation 4G stand out, the ability to appease both of us in different ways.   HTC Sensation 4G Tech Specs (click here) To learn more about HTC, visit their website Not sure what phone is best for your needs? Check out HTC's phone wizard to find out! HIS: The size of the Sensation 4g is perfect for many different hands. The curved aluminum back rests snugly in the palm of my hand. The screen, 4.3" qHD (960x540 pixels), is made of curved glass that contours to my face and helps me perceive the boundaries of the screen while swiping … [Read more...]

*Must watch Tonight* @NewGirlonFOX: refreshing & laugh out loud funny! #cbias #couchcritic


Synopsis NEW GIRL (working title) is a new single-camera comedy from Liz Meriwether ("No Strings Attached") that features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh and outrageous look at modern male/female relationships.   JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, "(500) Days of Summer") is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn't. Although she's dorky and awkward, she's comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she's not used to hanging with the boys - especially at home.   Of the three male roommates, NICK (Jake Johnson, "No Strings Attached") is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything. … [Read more...]

@naturalizershoe Fall Collection Review & Giveaway #myblogspark


Fall Collection (minus mine, Arness, pictured below) About Naturalizer Since 1927, Naturalizer has proven that wearing the latest footwear fashions can be comfortable, stylish and affordable all in one. With rich leathers, soft suedes, and beautiful, trend right details, Naturalizer shoes provide the ultimate instyle + comfort. Exclusive to Naturalizer is N5 Comfort -five distinctive features that provide flexibility, lightness, balance, softness and breathability in every step-so Naturalizer shoes feel as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning. Available in a broad range of sizes and widths from sizes 4.5 to 12 with narrow, medium and wide widthsin most styles. Naturalizer boots are also offered in Wide Shaft so women with fuller or athletic calves can find tall boots with a perfect fit. Backed by research from "Style & Trend" experts, the Naturalizer line offers the influence of current fashion, blended with the enduring style women have come to … [Read more...]

@mylovablelabels Back to school label pack #giveaway


About Lovable Labels It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and this proved all too true for Laura Porreca, Owner & President of Lovable Labels  When Laura’s first child entered daycare, she was told to label all his belongings.  This meant labeling everything from his outdoor clothing, to his indoor shoes, lunches, sippy cups and backpack.  Laura recognized a need in the market for personalized labels that were tough and durable and could stand the test of time and the everyday use that children put them through.  After researching and testing many different products and designs, Laura created a line of labels that include Regular and Slimline Stickers, Shoe Labels, Iron-ons and Bag Tags.  They are not only bright, fun and colourful but also met the high standards that parents have come to expect. The Regular and Slimline labels are microwave and dishwasher safe, the Iron-on labels stay put in the washer and dryer, the Shoe Labels have an extra strength adhesive … [Read more...]

@sneakychef to the Rescue #giveaway (includes #glutenfree & allergyfriendly)


In my house, I make no excuses for healthy eating.  I have raised my boys from homemade baby food.  Along the way, I have enjoyed teaching them the importance of healthy eating.  Our motto: food is fuel.  "Mom, but I'm not hungry" "That's okay, but you won't have energy for the fun stuff later" What do you know they are miraculously starving.  The boys are healthy eaters, but they all have their quirks.  How they don't like sweet potato fries is beyond me, but I find a way to sneak in the sweet potatoes :) My 4 yo & 2 yo love salads.  however, my 6 yo was adamant that he didn't like salads, but one day he did.  It is amazing how from day to day their favorite (or least favorite) can swap sides.  I don't make a big deal about it, but I do get sneaky... The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 all new recipes and sneaky tricks for creating healthy meals kids will love  The New York Times bestselling author returns--this time responding directly to her readers' most pressing … [Read more...]

Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop #FF

Welcome to the ninth Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you! Note: You must use your PERSONAL PROFILE to like pages from the hop.  If you leave an update with your page tagged (type @pagenamehere) you will get a like back from the hosts and most others who join hops like this as well. Happy Hopping! Add your link below: … [Read more...]