Thursday, January 29, 2015

Game On - Snacking Made Easy with Blue Diamond Almonds

Snacking should be easy and that is why I like using Blue Diamond Almonds. Especially now that they have such a great squad of novel flavors and some are truly exciting like the Wasabi & Soy Sauce version from their Bold line - these Blue Diamond Almonds will wake up your mouth. Seriously -KAPOW. I decided to use them to wake up some fish. The side dish is couscous and spinach -hey I bet a few almonds would have livened that up too!

One thing I really love about a game feast is there are no holds barred and I am the referee so anything goes. My goal was a variety of things that went well with almonds and I was provided with two distinct flavors ~ the aforementioned Wasabi & Soy Sauce and also Blue Diamond Smokehouse. (Thanks Blue Diamond Almonds!)
Something about working with almonds makes me think healthy and I thought strawberries would go well with almonds and I was so right.
A little game changing fact - did you know almonds can help with cholesterol issues as they help raise HDL (healthy) and lower LDL (lousy) levels?

One of my favorite snacks anytime is cake - especially chocolate cake - so I decided to spike a few pieces with Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds. I watched a cooking show and learned that mixing sweet and savory is very trendy. It is also very tasty and I had fun making little hearts with the almonds.

Of course they are great right out of the can too :D  - Do you have any fun almond ideas?

 This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit them on *Facebook*    INSTAGRAM  and  ~twitter~ .

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ozeri Fresko Salt and Pepper Duo ~Functional Elegance For Any Table


Freshly ground pepper is strangely addicting and I now find myself adding it to everything I cook. I have owned those store bought ready to grind pepper shakers and they just did not have the same appeal. Maybe the peppercorns were stale or inferior in the ready to grind however I just bought store brand peppercorns for this little venture and they are delicious. Or perhaps it is because of the ceramic grinder that is adjustable from coarse to fine that releases the true essence of the peppercorn.



 The Ozeri Salt and Pepper Duo is sleek, contemporary and compact. The stainless steel acrylic casing is durable and easy to clean - just wipe with a damp cloth.

 Here is a picture of some rice with freshly ground pepper from the Ozeri Fresko Salt and Pepper Duo vs pre ground store pepper ~ notice how clean and fresh it looks and not dusty? I put sea salt in the other compartment however since I do not add salt to hardly anything I am considering trying another herb/spice in there. What do you think would be a good choice?

Here is the link to check out The Ozeri Fresko Duo on Amazon :D

 I received the Ozeri Salt and Pepper Duo complimentary for testing purposes - all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Innovasian ~ Fresh Southeast Asian Flavors from Mai Pham of Lemon Grass Kitchen

Crazy for curry? I have been craving something with that special curry kick and Innovasion's Red Curry Sauce with Chicken absolutely fit the bill. This is one of Innovasian's stellar collection of fully cooked , frozen Asian meals. What I especially love is that they have no MSG. Another thing is that they are very easy to prepare. You can also purchase Innovasion Sticky White Rice that microwaves in five minutes.

I thought I would share about this healthy meal option during the busy winter months because it is a fast and delicious way to eat right. You may need a spoonstick to get every last bit :D

 I received coupons from #Klout and #Innovasian to try this delicious line and was not obligated to review. All opinions are my own

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Old Factory Candles ~ Candle Experience and Tutorial

Wow - just lit the first candle in my lovely new set of Old Factory Candles and I love it. I chose the Fresh and Clean set which included Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen and Lemongrass and I started with the Lemongrass. Each candle is hand-poured in the USA and made with fragrant oils and soy wax. They come in cute little 2 ounce jars with lids and Pauline (Customer Love Specialist - great job title) sent me some little tips to get the most out of these great smelling candles.

Here's a few helpful tips on how to get the most out of your candle experience:
1. We recommend burning your candles for 1 to 3 hours at a time, and then letting them cool an hour before burning again. We've found that this helps to extend the burning life of the candle.

2. We've carefully formulated these candles so they are pleasing to smell but not overpowering. These candles burn great individually in small rooms, or you can burn 2 at a time in a larger room. We've grouped the fragrances in each gift set to complement each other nicely so you can pair them up for a great-smelling combination.

3. A little bit of wick management will help your candles last longer. Make sure to keep the wick trimmed to a reasonable length. And if you notice that the wick is starting to lean against the side of the jar, use a spoon to carefully re-position the wick to the center of the jar while the wax is warm and pliable.

These candle sets are sold exclusively on Amazon - here is a link to the Winter Wonderland option (such fun names) :

Check out all the fab options available! There are nice little touches added by the Old Factory Candle people such as the quality packaging with sayings to the excellent customer service. Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.

Even better I get to share the love by offering a giveaway! The winner gets an exclusive coupon code for 1 box of Old Factory Candle Gift Set to use on Amazon- retail value $25! *Note* - you need to have an Amazon account and if you do not have Prime (I do not have Prime) you will need a PayPal account so Red Rover Naturals can reimburse you for shipping. Very speedy on the reimbursement!
Only available in the USA at this time.

This was my first review for and I was supplied with an incentive. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making the World Safe For Ducky With Zep

Loved having the opportunity to try out some new cleaning products from Zep! Especially getting the disenfectant action without all the toxic fumes. Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant is non-aerosol making it lots easier to use and I always think non-aerosol is better for any environment.

Motivation for cleaning is always good and I kept seeing the buzz about Zep from my fellow bloggers so I was jazzed when I was invited to try it out. It was a great reason to actually move all the stuff out of the shower and get busy although the following photo is a little embarrassing ....


It took no time to get everything cleaned up and disinfected  for my little buddy with Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant. Not only does it clean and disinfect it deodorizes and kills Cold and Flu viruses aka Staph and Rhinovirus!


I also received "Zep All-Around Cleaner & DeGreaser"  which is my fave kind of product to keep handy ~ instead of digging through my row of specialized variety cleaners I just grab that Zep! Next target - Man Land ... maybe not so scary when I am armed with Zep :D

Check Zep Commercial out on Facebook !

Thanks CrowdTap and Zep for providing the complimentary products to fuel my cleaning adventures.

*DISCLOSURE* I received samples to try out however all opinions are my own

‪#‎ZepCleansters‬ ‪#‎Sponsored‬

Friday, October 31, 2014

How To add Google Friend Connect to Your Google Blog

Rumors swirled last year about Google discontinuing this feature yet I still have mine. I have been curious because I find it the easiest way to connect with other blogs. I like to click on the blogs that supported me by following my blog and I find it a great way to discover new blogs on my friend's sites. I think it may have been discontinued for non Google platforms. I have a new blog friend who did not know about this feature so I went digging. Google wants us to use Google+ so adding that to your site was easy to find and my friend added that. Sorry darling - not quite the same thing. Google+ is fun however if I just want to see your blog posts they may get lost amidst everything else you may share. The Google Friend Connect feature was a little hard to find but it is still easy to add - and they simplified the title to Followers on the Gadget List.
  First thing you do is go to your blog and click Layout

Click on Add a Gadget

Next click on More Gadgets



Scroll to the bottom and Voila' - Click Followers

A reader is great for the most current posts however it is not great as a reference point to return to a post you want to revisit or if you want to go to a specific blog.  It is pretty easy when you find where to look. I just posted this because I wanted to help my new friend and anyone else that needed this information. All opinions are my own and this post is not sponsored.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Heart On My Sleeve" - Edgy Album by Mary Lambert


Starts out with a fun romp that has been getting lots of air play named "Secrets" . When I heard the song I agreed to do this blog post. Sets the tone that artist Mary Lambert will not be holding back! "Secrets" was released August 5, 2014 and the album "Heart on My Sleeve" is released October 14, 2014. You can grab it on :  AMAZON and iTunes by clicking :D

~~UPDATE~~ If you click through to You Tube you will find this fun little tidbit "Official music video for Mary Lambert “Secrets,” available now:

Share and receive a #MarySecrets postcard by secretly telling the world your secret at   ~~

There are lots of surprises up Mary Lambert's sleeve and I find her bold and refreshing. One track "When You Sleep" is kind of disturbing so I keep listening. Its very pretty lyrically yet creeps me out in a good way.

My favorite is "Sum Of Our Parts" - just resonates with me -  love the phoenix analogy. "We are more than our scars" is my fave line.

I am trying to intrigue you without spilling all the "Secrets" - there are catchy parts and dark parts. Here is the cover to look for when you go shopping ~

 Lots of info on Mary Lambert's fabulous blog ~
Stuff like tour dates and links to her social media. You can even sign up.

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Silk and Cookies ~ with Silk Almond Coconut Blend

Silk and Cookies
I'll be ready with Silk and cookies so I do not eat all the candy between trick or treaters.

Discovering new beverages is a favorite pastime of mine  so when invited me to try out Silk Almond Coconut Blend I was delighted. It fits right in with my new health program . I should say continuous health program - I am always looking for new ways to enjoy some of my favorite things - just in a healthier way. I tried coconut milk from my local farmer's market as I kept hearing about all the wonderful things it does. It was missing the taste good thing. So this is a great way to baby step my way into the coconut health trend without missing a beat.

I was going to write about all the fabulous properties of Silk Almond Coconut Blend then I had a brainstorm - I'll just show you the product info. Note that the Silk Almond Coconut Milk I chose only has 50 calories per serving (1 cup) and there is an unsweetened version with just 35 calories too.

Another fun way to enjoy Silk is in oatmeal - I like oatmeal better with Silk than milk :D I think I would like to make a fancy coffee drink with it - have a good recipe?

Course I could try some of the recipes at but if you have a tried and true fancy coffee recipe I would love to try it :D

Thanks for the coupons #GotItFree #LoveMySilk

                                       I AM A BZZAGENT