Ozeri Food Storage

September 15, 2017 by  
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So this came in the mail yesterday:

I’m kind of excited!  We typically have a lot of leftovers when I cook – I’m not sure why. And we also have two grown daughters with very busy schedules which means they need to grab those leftovers and go all the time!

I prefer glass storage, but with all the running around, some good plastic pieces are essential. These are great.

Sturdy, BPA free, and with a bonus of a vacuum seal technology that’s not complicated and actually works – these are a winner!

 

 

 

The kit comes with 4 sizes of bowls and lids: 8 total pieces.  They nest nicely inside each other WITH the lids on- a huge plus!  The largest one is a great size for a family salad to go, or a family meal.  Really nice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick video of me showing how you do the vacuum. So easy. Just press it!  That’s it!  You can see the little button pop out as the one way valve releases the air out but it doesn’t go back in.  You can get even more air out but pushing not just on the top but squeezing top and bottom with your full hand.  To release the air you just pop up that green button.

 

The other kind of handy feature is the little dial on the air valve. You can set it for the date that you put your items in there so you know how long it’s been hanging out in the fridge.  Not sure how much I’ll use that but it’s a good idea.

 

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set .

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.
Order Today on Amazon (click here)

 

I received a sample product from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Microban Digital Kitchen Scale

September 1, 2017 by  
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About 28 years ago, my husband and I went to a well advertised Crate and Barrel sale. I don’t remember the details or why it was so fabulous, but I do remember standing in a VERY long line for hours – a line that wove around two buildings.  I also remember we had a ton of fun interacting with the other people in line. We had no idea what we wanted to get there. We just knew we had to go!  There were people with specific lists of items they were going to bolt to.

Unfortunately by the time our turn came to enter the store, the pickins’ were pretty slim.  We managed to get a few plastic scoops and this:

 

 

This little beauty has served me well for 28 years.  We use it, obviously, for measuring ingredients but we also weigh letters to make sure we don’t need extra postage.  It’s handy. But kind of cumbersome to store.

 

 

 

 

 

So imagine my excitement today when this came in the mail: A digital kitchen scale the size of an iPad!  It really does look like one too!  So fun.

 

There are adjustments for liquid and dry measurements with just a quick touch of the button. And storage won’t be a problem at all.  I’m excited to start using it.

The pros:

Small, lightweight, easy to store

It’s very “touchy” so measurements will be precise

Fun design

Can do dry and liquid measurments

 

Cons:

It’s pretty touchy (that’s both a pro and a con.)

Will need to replace batteries

“It’s a little small to stand on” (my daughter’s response when she saw it)

 

Here’s the official info for all your technical people:

Ozeri Touch II 18 lbs. Digital Kitchen Scale, with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection.

Industry exclusive scale features Microban antimicrobial product protection that helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.

Boasts 2 touch sensitive buttons, 4 high precision GFX sensors, a large Blue LCD screen, and a capacity range of 0.05 oz to 18 lbs or 1 g to 8000 g.
Award-winning thin design is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of protection that won’t ever wear away.

Precision Tare button subtracts the container weight for the net ingredient weight; easy Unit button instantly converts between lb/oz, g, fl.oz., ml.

Includes 2 Lithium batteries and an easy-access battery compartment (no screwdriver needed). NOTE: remove the battery insulating strip before attempting to use the device.

Visit Amazon for more information (click here)

 

I received a scale from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Lessons for New Car Buyers

August 28, 2017 by  
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We bought a new car recently:  So recently that we can still smell that “new car smell” and the trunk looks totally pristine and clean.   I know that won’t last long but it sure is nice every time we get in.  You hear the bells, the “new” sound of the turn signal click, the little song it plays when you push the start button (keyless start – I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to that!) – it all signals NEW every time we get in to drive. It’s fun.

I can still remember one of the first times I bought a car for myself. I was just out of college and needed something to get me up and down a mountain in Colorado where I had a job at a Dude Ranch.  Back then you found used cars by looking in the paper, making a phone call, and going for a test drive.  I was young, a girl, and had no idea what I was doing. I even called my father from the seller’s house phone just to get another “feel” for this deal I was getting in to.  While the car did serve me for a bit, I bought a lemon.  We discovered they did some cover up work to hide damage from an accident. Anytime I drove down the dirt mountain road, dust and dirt would pour into the back seat.  It makes for a good memory but at the time I felt like I was taken advantage of – because I was.

The internet makes things much easier for car buying – used and new cars.  For this new car, my husband had the exact make, model, and color he wanted in mind and he just contacted dealers in our area to see who would give us the best deal. That works for a new car. With new cars you’re comparing apples to apples so to speak. That’s not really the case with a used car, although you can do something similar for those too – IF you know exactly what you want and can be flexible with the mileage, the year of the car, or both.

But if you’re really just thinking “I need a car – any car” then it’s good to have some resources out there to help.  Cars.com is one of those resources.  They’ve got several spots on their site that are great in helping car buyers find the right car, compare it to other possible cars, and get it for the right price.

Cars.com

For instance, they offer a car comparison listing (click to view)  where you can look up cars or trucks of interest and compare them to other similar cars/trucks.  This page (click) for instance, gives a great overview of some of the top sedan options for the 2017 car year.  The pros and cons of each of the cars is listed and they’re ranked. (sidenote – their top sedan choice is the one we decided to purchase!)

Another great resource on the Cars.com site is the Lessons for First Time Buyers (click) page.  Full of links to articles by regular car buyers giving their experience, this is a great starting place for anyone who is just starting out in their car buying journey.

The Cars.com site is something I definitely wish I would have had when I was buying that clunker 30 years ago in Colorado!

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Using a kitchen scale

August 9, 2017 by  
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Ozeri Touch II 18 lbs. Digital Kitchen Scale, with Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection.

 

 

 

 

 

Industry exclusive scale features Microban antimicrobial product protection that helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.

Boasts 2 touch sensitive buttons, 4 high precision GFX sensors, a large Blue LCD screen, and a capacity range of 0.05 oz to 18 lbs or 1 g to 8000 g.

Award-winning thin design is infused with Microban antimicrobial technology to provide an added level of protection that won’t ever wear away.

Precision Tare button subtracts the container weight for the net ingredient weight; easy Unit button instantly converts between lb/oz, g, fl.oz., ml.

Includes 2 Lithium batteries and an easy-access battery compartment (no screwdriver needed). NOTE: remove the battery insulating strip before attempting to use the device.

Click Here for More Information – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BZE3WW8

Nesting Food Storage – Instavac system

August 9, 2017 by  
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Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set .

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.

Order Today – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JM3VFVE

Grocery Delivery – Why I love it

March 23, 2017 by  
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Many many years ago (that still seems impossible to me) when my girls were still in diapers and we lived in a lovely townhome close to plenty of great grocery stores, I opted to try a grocery delivery service just to keep my sanity.  At that time such a thing was pretty unique and as time went on my little local delivery service sold out to the now HUGE service we all know as Peapod.

 

It was great!  Not only did it save me a trip in the car with two little ones in diapers and car seats and all of that, I found that I actually saved money despite the slightly higher pricing on some things and the addition of a delivery charge.  How in the world?

Simple!  I rarely had the chance to do any type of impulse buying that was so easy to do at the local grocery, WalMart or even Whole Foods across the street.  Everything was online, of course, so occasionally I’d throw something not on my list into my digital shopping cart but for the most part, I could shop in my pjs based on my list quickly, and at midnight or whenever I had a free moment.

As the girls got older and taking those trips to the store didn’t cause me to hyperventilate, I stopped using the service but over the years I’ve picked it up again off and on during busy seasons, etc., and I’m always happy that I do.

The whole idea has expanded beyond Peapod now, too, of course.  My favorite service right now is one called Door to Door Organics.  This company started as a farm to home organic produce delivery service but has since expanded into most other grocery items too.  They work on a subscription service, sending you a box of produce each week or every two weeks (your choice) along with any other items you might choose to add to the delivery.  You can opt to skip a week, put your subscription on a vacation hold or cancel and restart whenever you need longer breaks. It’s great.

The produce is delicious and, as the name suggests, organic.  Pricing is fair and because they work with local farmers, the produce they choose in each week’s box is picked based on what is in season. Don’t like what the box this week contains? Just swap out the things you’d rather not get with things you want up to the evening before the next delivery. Easy Peasy!

So give it a try!  Take a look if Door To Door Organics (click) services your area and try a bitty box (usually enough for 1-2 people for a week) or larger and see what you think.

Made With Fabric

December 7, 2016 by  
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Tis’ the season for DIY gifts, and Fabric.com has everything you need to get started on your next project. Whether you’re quilting, sewing Christmas pajamas or making festive accent pillows, wen you buy fabric online with Fabric.com you’ll get the perfect print and material to get you started.

Need some inspiration? See what others have created using the #madewithfabric hashtag, or by visiting the Fabric photo gallery.

Here are a few of our favorite holiday patterns!

Minky Classic Plaid Red

This Minky fabric comes in yellow, blue, green and red. Its softness makes it perfect for baby accessories, blankets, throw, pillows or stuffed animals.

Holiday Flourish Metallics Ornaments Black

This lightweight cotton fabric is perfect for home décor projects, quilting or apparel for the holidays. The print features poinsettias and metallic accents and includes hints of black, grey, various shades of green, various shades or red, golden tan and metallic gold.

Michael Miller Holiday Funky Christmas Yule Trees Santa

This whimsical pattern is not your typical holiday fabric! Enjoy a funky twist with fuchsia, green, pink and lime on a white background. Perfect for projects that bring a fun, modern update to the holidays.

Scandi 3 Reindeer Heads Linen

This 100% cotton fabric features white reindeer heads with red noses and is perfect for the Rudolph fans in your life! The simple yet fun pattern is perfect for small crafts, pillows, holiday stockings and more.

Hickies shoelaces! So cool!

December 1, 2016 by  
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My Hickies Shoelaces just arrived and I couldn’t wait to try them out!  They’re quite cool and very very fun!!  I remember many many years ago a sort of twisted lace system was popular. They were great but it was so difficult to get them into the shoes because they were twisted. These seem so much better!  I’m excited!

Here’s my quick review just getting them out of the package. I’ll post more later but I was so excited and want you to be able to order them for stocking stuffers. DO IT!

Turn any pair of shoes into custom-fitted slip-ons with HICKIES lacing system. Perfect gift for any age from kids to adults. https://www.hickies.com/

HICKIES are great for any adult or kid with a wide range of colours.

An unexpected, fun and extremely functional product.

One size fits all!
Amazing stocking stuffer prices at $11.99 (HICKIES Kids), $14.99 (HICKIES Adult) and $17.99 (HICKIES Metallic)

Save 20% on HICKIES lacing system! – Save 20% on HICKIES lacing system! Use code USFG at checkout to save. Only valid on https://www.hickies.com/
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I received free Hickies in order to blog about them. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own!

The Best Ice Scraper in the World?!

December 1, 2016 by  
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If you’re tired of scraping your windows the old fashioned way, then join the Scrape-A-Round movement. You will secure your family’s safety, access new gift ideas and scrape your windows cleaner in half the time with the world’s best windshield ice scraper. View the Scrape-A-Round action http://youtu.be/baHi-litcD8

The Scrape-a-round is a brilliant feat of ice scraping engineering. The simple explanations why Scrape-A-Round is the best ice scraper are as follows, Scrape-A-Round is the:

Best ice scraper because of the softer plastic, allows the scraper to conform to the window curvature! Find out more information: http://www.scrapearound.com/
18″ of ice scraping surface.
The comfortable grasp provides relief for the arthritic or carpal syndrome sufferer.
Direct pressure to the window, no pressure lost through the ice scraper!
The circular rotational motion of ice scraper.
Double ice scraper action, leading edge and trailing edge.
Multi functional, remove the cap and it doubles as a funnel.
This scrapes windows frost and ice free in half the time!
Makes the perfect gift for the Holidays!

My readers get to save! Get FREE Shipping at http://www.scrapearound.com/ Use code LU8FBEZREU2 at checkout.
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AdoramaPix photo books!

August 30, 2016 by  
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Turn your digital photos into beautiful keepsake photo books that will last for generations.

AdoramaPix’s custom books are high quality and display your images in rich detail.

Choose from gorgeous linen, hardcover and leather covers as well as 6 stunning paper finishes. AdoramaPix photo books!

I’m really looking forward to making my own book. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling this year and it’ll be a great way to have some of the highlights in something that we can place on the coffee table and share with our friends and family.  Such fun!

 

http://www.adoramapix.com/app/customize-book/

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