Apr 23, 2010

Hercules Hook Teaser And...Shopping For A Bed?


Have you been in one of those "As Seen On TV" stores lately?  They sell much more than Chia Pets and Flowbees these days.  One of the coolest new products that caught my eye is the Hercules Hook (they're also sold at Lowe's under a different name).  I picked some up a few weeks ago after watching the infomercial (in the store) since my bare walls are in serious need of some decorating.  I have this fear of hanging things on my walls that I need to get over.  I've got some plans in the near future to put my Hercules Hooks to good use, and when I do, I'll tell (and show) you all about it.

BTW, (I'm totally changing the subject here) have you been looking for kids beds or any other children's furniture lately?  Then you've got to check out the above link!  They've got over 360 different types of beds for kids and you can shop tax free with free shipping on orders over $69, which can save you some serious coin!

Have a great weekend!

Apr 20, 2010

The Many Faces Of Magic Eraser

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a product I'm sure most of you have tried and love.  But did you know that this white, rectangular-shaped, spongy bar of magic can be used for soooo much more than just erasing your kids' works of art off of the wall?  You know that I love my multitaskers, and because the Magic Eraser is such an effective and versatile cleaner, it ranks near the top on my list of fave cleaning products!


I've compiled a little list of some of my favorite uses. 

Scours sinks, counter tops and cook tops
Cleans the inside of the oven door
Cleans textured handles and doors of appliances (mine are white and get so dirty from my kids, the magic eraser is the only thing that gets them clean)
Cleans the grease off the top of oven hoods
Removes scuffs off of floors and baseboards
Cleans white tennis shoes and doll faces
Cleans the grout in between tile floors and counters
Cleans any painted wood surface (it works wonders on my girls' white bunk beds and desk)
Cleans mini and wooden blinds
Removes hard water spots off of bathroom and kitchen faucets and fixtures
Cleans the greasy knobs and buttons on virtually anything we touch often (ovens, microwaves, computers, light switch plates)

The Magic Eraser is made of melamine foam, which, once dampened, disintegrates as you scrub and leaves behind a gritty film, so make sure you wipe the surface with a damp cloth after cleaning.  I would not recommend using this product on a wall or surface painted with flat paint.  It will remove some of the color.  To make your erasers go farther, cut them in half or in thirds and use in smaller sections.  I've tried no-name brands of this product and some work as well as Mr. Clean and some do not.  I've been most impressed with Target's version.

If you've discovered any other cool uses for Magic Erasers, please share!  All moms love a good cleaning tip.
Am I right!?


Apr 19, 2010

Food Pod Giveaway Winner! (better late than never)

This post is a few days overdue.  After 3 days away from reality, it was really hard to get myself back into gear.

Before I announce the winner of my latest giveaway, I just have to gush about Palm Desert.  I would avoid this place like the plague in the summer, but in the late winter and early spring, the weather is AWESOME!!!  Beautiful blue skies, bright sun and an abundance of wild flowers makes the desert an ideal place to rid yourself of those winter blues and get your body cranking out some serious vitamin D.  Throw in the great restaurants, fabulous shopping and an abundance of day spas, and you've got yourself a getaway fit for a goddess...which is what we all are, right?

I want to thank everyone for the kind things you said about my blog.  I really wasn't fishing for compliments, I just wanted some honest opinions about how I can improve my blog, but I'm grateful just the same.

So...the winner of the totally cool, jellyfish-like, extremely useful Food Pod is...

Krystal!!! 

Congrats Krystal, and have fun cooking things in boiling water!

Now that my blog is gaining a little momentum, I should be able to have these giveaways more often.  
Yeah for you!!!

Apr 10, 2010

Rest For The Weary


In exactly 34 hours from now, I will be headed out to the desert for some well-deserved R & R with my old college roomy who I haven't seen in 14 years!  So stoked!!!  For those of you near the Kansas City area, check out her blog.  She is an extremely talented and award-winning photographer, and I'm so excited she's agreed to take our family photos before she and I head out.  As for my wonderful hubby, please keep him in your prayers over the next few days.  Actually, maybe you'd better just pray for the safety and well-being of my children.  Thanks in advance. 

Don't forget about the Fusionbrand Silicone Food Pod giveaway that ends April 15th.  For details, click here.  I'll announce the winner when I get back.  I'll be thinking of you all while I'm getting my 1 hour massage.  Well, probably not, but I hope you all have great few days!

Apr 6, 2010

Invasion of the Food Pods and Giveaway!

My last post was a while ago thanks to one of the craziest weeks I've ever experienced.  If something could go wrong, it did, from my hubby's car getting stolen to our computer dying.  On the up side, I'm typing this on our brand new laptop!  Woohoo!  It's about freakin time.  Our last computer was actually a really old computer that my hubby decided to rebuild to save $$.  I love my hubby dearly, but that was not his best money-saving idea.  Sometimes in marriage, you just have to nod your head, smile, and keep your opinion to yourself.

So if you've been on my FB page, you know I've been searching for a store nearby that carries the Fusionbrands Food Pod...in vain.  I finally just gave up and ordered it from Amazon.  When I opened the box from and pulled out the long-awaited silicone food pod, my first thought was that it looked like a cross between an upside down jellyfish and a ufo.  I mean, look at it!
Who would think that this odd-looking thing would be an incredible time saving kitchen tool?

Fusionbrands Food Pod Silicone Cooking Vessel (phew! that's a long name) was actually just the tool I was looking for but didn't know existed until I got an email about some new products on the market.  Eureka!!! 

So let me ask you.  How many times have you hard boiled several eggs at a time and cracked one or two while transferring them from the hot pot to an ice bath?

Or, how many times have you tried to blanch some fresh veggies in the pasta pot during the last couple minutes of cooking, and then had to spend several minutes fishing the veggies out so you could finish cooking them in the saute pan or wok?

Or, how many times do you cook shellfish?


Well, the answer to the last one for me is "Never!" but my hubby does and I'm sure some of you do too.  No matter how little or how much you cook, chances are you'll want to cook something in boiling water at some time in your life, and chances are, if you do, the Food Pod will make that process much less laborious and even downright fun!

The Food Pod holds up to a dozen eggs, is heat resistant, and has a cool little hook on the end that hooks onto the top of the pot.  It steams, boils, blanches, and drains all in a nonstick silicone bag that is food safe and BPA free.  Fusionbrands sells this product on it's website for $15.00, or you can use the site to locate a retailer near you.  I ordered mine off Amazon for $15.99 (but I got free shipping).

The best news is that I ordered one for you too!  If you'd like enter the giveaway to win your very own silicone jellyfish Food Pod, just leave me a comment below this post.  What you put in your comment is entirely up to you, but  I would loooove some feeback about this blog.  And I mean, any feedback...the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Just lay it on me!  Of course it would be nice if you are a follower, as well.   And, don't forget your email address.  I'll announce the winner next Thursday, April 15th.  Happy blanching!
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