Thursday, March 31, 2011

Costume Squad Giveaway

SignitureCostume Squad is a super cool website to get humorous t-shirts and costumes.

I mean you tell me where else you can buy a Garbage Pail Kid T-shirt

I love looking through the Best Sellers

I love the selection of costumes. They have the coolest 80's costumes, group costumes even costumes for your dog.

I love this

Would you like to win your very own T-Shirt from Costume Squad?

One winner will receive a t-shirt priced $16.99 or less of your choice!

Mandatory Entry

1. Go to Costume Squad and tell me what shirt you would pick

Extra Entries

2. Like Costume Squad on facebook

3. Join Costume Squads email list

4. Like me on facebook

5. Follow on twitter

6. Add my button to your blog

7. Add my blog to your blog roll

8. Share on facebook

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10. Enter any of my other giveaways

Contest ends April 20, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SignitureMyfourboysand1 won the Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oil!! Yay congrats.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Baby's 2nd Birthday Party

SignitureBeing the weird perfectionist retro housewife that I am I love presentation when it comes to bday parties, holidays and get togethers.

For baby's 2nd birthday party I made cupcakes (from box mix) and dyed the icing neon colors using neon colored food coloring.

I served my Nutella "Fancy Smores" since they were such a big hit at the Mommy Party.

I bought a store bought cake and added M&M's all over the cake and cotton candy on top.

I made a banana split brownie cake by layer in a springform pan; little debbie snack cake browines, strawberry icecream, banana slices, hot fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries.

I then made cute pink and white cookies by making my cake mix cookies and adding a few drops of hot pink food coloring making the cookies have a marbled look. Then I made an icing for them mixing juice from maraschino cherries and powdered sugar. I also added more pink cotton candy to the middle of the plate as decoration.

I love to have fresh flowers in the middle to really pull everything together.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Yu-Be Skin Care Review


I like to review skincare products because my skin responds very well to good creams and lotions. I was estatic with the results of the Yu-Be skin care cream. I was lucky enough to be sent the the cream and lip therapy as well as some samples of body lotion and skin polisher.

helps treat and prevent split cuticles
softens and reduces caluses and cracked heels
helps prevent chapped lips
helps heal and minimize scarring from burns, tattoo removals, and cosmetic surgeries
soothes and reduces symptoms associated with rashes, eczema and dermatitis.

Yu-Be contains
vitamin b
vitamin c
vitamin e

Yu-Be moisturizing cream is the #1 selling medicated, vitamin enriched skin care cream in Japan. This is new to the US and can be bought now at Sephora!!

You can buy Yu-Be at Sephora

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


SignitureOld Time Candy is the best selection of retro candy on the Internet! They carry over 400 different fresh candies.

The website is easy to use and to search for that candy you remember as a child.

I picked the 80's candy box (I love the 80's)

I love Swedish Fish. Actually I love candy period.

Remember wax lips

Look it's Angelina Jolie

My kids were so happy to help me review this product. They told me "Mommy I love your blog". I just can't get over what a great gift this makes.

Not only a great birthday gift, but it would make an awesome graduation gift. It would even be a cute gift for bridesmaids.

Would you like to win your very own 4lb box of candy from the decade you choose??

Mandatory Entry

Go to Old Time Candy's website and tell me what is your favorite candy on the site. Be a blog follower and leave email address in your mandatory entry

Extra Entries

1. Like Old Time Candy on fb (3 entries)

2. Follow Old Time Candy on Twitter (3 entries)

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5. Add my blog to your blog roll (2 entries)

6. Add my button to your blog (2 entries)

7. Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)

8. Share on twitter

9. Share on facebook

10. Enter any of my other giveaways (1 entry each)

I received this product for free to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Contest ends April 11, 2011. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nutella Party!


I had a Nutella Mommy Party!

Nutella was kind enough to send all these goodies for my mommies.

Let me show you the recipe that was the big hit.

I called these "Fancy Smores"
Chocolate chip cookie
marshmallow fluff
and then another chocolate chip cookie


I like to call Nutella "manna from Heaven" but you can call it anything you would like.

The baby really enjoyed Nutella

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Biotrue Instant Win Giveaway

Biotrue™ is formulated to work like your eyes. By studying how the eye naturally works to clean, hydrate, and keep itself healthy, Bausch + Lomb developed a unique and innovative solution to provide outstanding care for soft contact lenses.

This is very important to me because I wear contacts that you change monthly. You can sleep in this contacts for up to 6 days (then 2 days off). So it's very important to me to have very clean comfortable contacts.

To celebrate their latest innovation, Biotrue, Bausch + Lomb will be giving away 300 reusable tote bags a day beginning Sunday, February 27th. To enter, just visit Biotrue Instant Win to play the instant win game. Not a winner? No problem, just come back the next day to try your luck again! The game will be live for 30 days, meaning over 9,000 lucky Biotrue fans will be winners before Sunday, March 27th.

You can learn more about Biotrue Here

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thrift Shop Finds

SignitureFor only $4 a month you can help sad pottery puppies find homes. Won't you please pick up the phone and call now?

Was there a time period when sad clown, dog, cat, angel, child figurines were all the rage?

For only $3.99 you too can own the works of William Freakin Shakespeare!

apron thrift girl

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Winner of MyBlogSpark and Progresso Giveaway Is...

SignitureSaving Mama

Thanks to all who entered and thank you to MyBlogSpark and Progresso

Lunch Idea: Salad and Banana (Low Cal)


Bagged Salad
Balsamic Vinagrette
Sliced Almonds
Crumbled Turkey Bacon
Black Beans
Equals one tasty salad. Paired with a banana you have a scrumptious under 300 cal lunch option!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Coconut Swirl Brownies

SignitureCoconut Swirl Brownies

½ cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

¾ cup plus 1 tbsp sugar

1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 large egg white

2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 oz unsweetened chocolate coarsely chopped

4 oz semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped

2/3 cup flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ coarse salt

3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8 in square baking pan.

Stir together 1 tbsp sugar, condensed milk, coconut and egg white and ¼ tsp vanilla in a small bowl.

Put butter and both chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Whisk remaining ¾ sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs; whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in remaining 2 tbsp vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well combined.

Pour one third of chocolate batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly with spatula. Drop dollops of coconut mixture on top of batter. Drizzle remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife.

Bake 35-40 minutes.

handmade hog
fat camp friday

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nacho Mama Tees Review


We were lucky enough to review a t-shirt from Nacho Mama Tees

I let my son pick a t-shirt and he chose....

A Best Seller Tee, I would rather be wearing my snuggie.

Oh this makes my kids giggle. His little sister already stole it and wore it before he could to school!

There is nothing like a funny tshirt to break the ice, make someone smile, or let's face it...make yourself look cool. I went out the other night and there was a guy wearing a t-shirt that said "Free Hugs" he got lots of women's attention that night!

Check out the hilarious and super cool tees at Nacho Mama Tees, all the cool kids are doing it!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Facebook Page Verification. Anyone have to do this?

SignitureI participated in a facebook like you back, blog hop today and now facebook wants me to confirm my identity.

There are only 2 ways

They show you pictures of your friends and you have to name them

I can't do that because I don't know my peeps names on there


You can add your cell phone number, receive a text with a code, enter the code.

I tried to do that but my cell phone number is already affiliated with my personal fb page.

It won't even let me add a different phone number. I was going to put my kids cell phone number.


Chocolate Soft Pretzels

SignitureChocolate Pretzels

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp instant coffee

3 tbsp boiling water

½ stick unsalted butter, room temp

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ coarse salt

1 large egg

2 cups flour

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp water

*coarse sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Stir cocoa and coffee powders into the boiling water in a small bowl until dissolved.

Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of mixer. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Reduce speed to medium low. Mix in egg, then cocoa mixture. Gradually add flour and mix until a smooth dough forms. Turns out onto a piece of plastic; pat into a square. Wrap dough and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll into balls. Shape balls into 12 inch long ropes. (turds) Yes on your recipe card write shape into a turd. This is also a great time in the recipe to fake people out in your house. You may even want to take a bite of this and gross people out.

Shape into pretzels. Space 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.

Whisk egg yolk with water in a bowl. Brush cookies with egg wash. Sprinkle with sanding sugar Bake pretzels about 15 mins.

fat camp fridays
fun with food
made from scratch
tasty tuesday

MyBlogSpark and Progresso Reminder

SignitureI also wanted to send you a friendly

reminder that the deadline to enter Progresso´s "Souper You Debut"

Contest is this Wednesday, March 16th, 2011. For a chance to win, be

sure to check it out  at, where participants can submit a

photograph and a short essay explaining what they love about Progresso®

Soups and why they deserve to win the Souper You Debut Contest. Three

grand prize winners will win the trip of a lifetime to New York City for

a head-to-toe fashion makeover from the famous team of Louis Licari and

other wardrobe specialists and $1,000 in spending money!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U-Stripe It Review

SignitureSo simple a 9 year old can use it.

This my lovelies is the U-Stripe It painting tool. You can add stripes or lines to any room.

Vertical Lines- add height to a room
Horizontal Lines- add width (makes a room feel spacious)

I use to love watching Trading Spaces. Anyone remember that show? I remember seeing them paint stripes in rooms sometimes and I knew there was no way I could ever have that much patience, steady hand and creativity to do something like that.

This tool makes it super easy.

Tighten the wingnuts to adjust the width of the stripe you would like to have. Apply painters tape to the wall. Paint inside the painters tape and you have a stripe.

At first my aunt was going to do this in her home, but she got so busy with a new job that she gave it back to me since I did not want to keep the company waiting for a review. So I decided I would paint a stripe on the wall but now we are selling the house and moving. BUT I have another friend who is remodeling his house and my aunt is still interested so I hope to show you some pictures before too long.

My aunt is interested in painting a white stripe all around the top of her room (underneath the crown molding) to make the walls look taller in her dining room.

From the website:

The U-Stripe It & Design Tool will revolutionalize the design industry. This tool will allow professional painters to create intricate designs that once took days to complete, in half a day or less. Likewise, the homeowner will be able to achieve professional and custom interior design results at a fraction of the cost of wallpaper or hiring a commercial painter. Our tool will help create innovative designs in the users home remodeling projects such as horizontal and vertical stripes of varying widths, plaids, checkered patterns, grids, graphics, custom art works… the designs will only be limited by the user’s imagination.

The U-Stripe It & Design Tool is easy to use, saves time and is very affordable. Using the U-Stripe It & Design Tool eliminates the need for multiple tools such as a calculator, color pencils, chalk lines, yard stick, carpenter level, or laser level and can be used by one person as opposed to traditional striping that may require two or more people to complete a project. The only thing you will need is our tool and painters tape.

I love this soccer wall

This is cool too!

Check out the website to order, watch videos and get inspiration for your home!

I received a UStripIt for review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Crazy Dog T-Shirts


I love funny t-shirts. My kids love funny t-shirts. My kids even love funny costumes. We had so much fun looking through the t-shirt designs at CrazyDog Tshirts.

It was sooo hard choosing just one. But I chose the "This is my dam shirt" which you can find in the women's section.

I love having a new t-shirt. T-shirts are something I never buy for myself and I ended up borrowing t-shirts from my son when I want to go to the gym. Wearing a funny t-shirt shows the world that you have a sense of humor. Don't you want the world to know, you are a humorous person? I know I do ;o)

I love the St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts. I never have anything St. Paddy's green to wear on St. Patrick's day, and I hate getting pinched. Ouch

CrazyDog T-Shirts on facebook
CrazyDog T-Shirts on twitter

Sunday, March 13, 2011

SibuBeauty: Seabuckthorn Company Review

SignitureSea Buckthorn what is it?

Sea Buckthorn is a tiny fruit that grows high in the Tibetan Himalayas. It is packed full of powerful nutrients. Sea Buckthorn contains the Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which is an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production.

You can read more about the 13 centuries of use here

All products in the Sibu Beauty system are paraben-free and cruelty-free and contain no dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives. This product line includes:

• Revitalize & Renew liquid dietary supplement that is loaded with essential omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, as well as omega 7 fatty acids, a rare and vital component for healthy hair, skin and nails;

• Repair & Protect sea buckthorn facial cream which contains the fatty acid omega 7 to help boost collagen production and create a barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect the skin.

• Cleanse & Detox sea buckthorn facial soap that cleanses and moisturizes while repairing the skin and creating a protective barrier against UV rays and cell-damaging free radicals.

• Cellular Support sea buckthorn oil antioxidant & omega 7 complex, a softgel supplement that nourishes and protects the body and promotes healthy hair, nails and skin from the inside out.
I was so happy to receive
The Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream
This is a light moisturizer, perfect for day. Especially if you use a foundation primer. The scent is very pleasant. No wonder it smells so nice, it has lemon and orange essential oil as well as a lot of other wonderful ingredients that are natural and easy to pronounce.
The Sea Buckthorn Facial Soap
An all natural soap that you can use on your face and body. Contains coconut oil, palm oil and sea buckthorn puree. Great to use in the morning to awaken your senses and feel clean and natural.  I have actually used this on my body (put it in my shower). I LOVE it. I think this company is yet another company that after reviewing, I become addicted to their products and have to have them. I really enjoy the scent of these products and I love showering with this soap.
Paraben-FREE and Cruelty-FREE. No dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives. Sibu's sea buckthorn is sourced through fair trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet.
Sibu on facebook
Sibu on twitter

I received the Sibu products for free to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 11, 2011

I am behind

SignitureBeen going through some personal stuff and I am behind on following back from blog hops and post but hope to get back on track this weekend. How are my lovelies?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Paula Deen 5" and 7" Santoku Knife Set (CSN Stores Review)

SignitureI was so pleased to have teh chance to review Paula Deen's Santoku Knife set for CSN Stores!

I have horrible knives. A couple of times people have asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas and I would say KNIVES. But I still never received any that I was impressed with.

Well look out my dear husband, mama has a new set of knives!

I have written before how I buy boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them in half lengthwise to double the amount of breasts and reduce the cooking time.

Well I came home from the grocery store last night and had to cut the chicken like I always do and hate,  Oh my goodness it was so easy! It took no time at all, there was no struggling to get the chicken cut. You can read the reviews at the link, the reviews have spoken and these knives are wonderful.

I'm so happy that I ordered them and now I won't have to dread everytime I buy a watermelon or cantaloupe. I will be able to chop peppers and onions quickly!

The knives are made extremely well and they are heavy. I have never owned knives like these and now I would like to order more Paula Deen knives.
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