Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans


Save Time With Wool Dryer Balls - Review

I am all about saving time... and money.
I mean, at the end of the day, I have always heard... "Time IS money."
Also, our washer and dryer seem to be on their final days...
I love them and will hate when they leave, as they are sentimental to me...
(I know, you are thinking a washer and dryer, sentimental? I will blog about that another day!)

I have been reading online about these things called Wool Dryer Balls.
Now, I am not a genius or anything, but if it says it will cut down on time...
and eliminate the need for dryer sheets...
I want to try it out!
They are said to help your clothes tumble dry...
(You know since there are balls in there fluffing them.)
It says for best results... use 2 -3 balls.
Of course that meant I was using 3!!!

Quite honestly, I noticed a very small reduction in drying.
Now, it could be because our dryer is about to die...
but I do not know.
What I have noticed is that the clothes do not have static in them when I take them out of the dryer.
Also, they do seem softer!
That was the biggest surprise to me!

Calling all military members and spouses...
You know, with ARMY uniforms, you are supposed to wash them in certain detergents and not use certain chemicals...
With these dryer balls, you can eliminate the need for dryer sheets...

Next up, I want to buy the 3 pack of colored ones!
If anything, they could be for decoration in the laundry room when not in use!!!!

One more thing... If you have a child heading to college, why not buy them this?
I know we ALL hated having to wait in the laundry room for the clothes to dry!
This would eliminate time and the need to have a box of dryer sheets in their dorm!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Funky Monkey - It's Just THAT GOOD! Review

Remember when I posted a couple of Healthy Summer Nutrition Tips from Funky Monkey?
I told you I would be reviewing their snacks...
I am SO GLAD that I did!

I originally wanted to review the Funky Monkey fruit line, as I want to try healthier options for all of us...
Now that I tried them, they are going to be a staple in our pantry for me!
Yes!!! I will share with everyone else, but these are just so good!!!

I love that they come in individual packs.
They tell you on each package how many servings of fruit are in each one.
The best part...
They are not messy!
I really, REALLY love that they are individually packed versus big bags, because I know it would be hard to limit myself on these!

I love that Broxton likes to eat fruit, but I am not going to hand him a banana to eat in the car.
Well, with the Funky Monkey foods, I can!
Because they are freeze dried!

First off, we tried the Bananamon.
(Cinnamon and Banana)
Then, we tried the Purple Funk.
(Banana and Acai)
Oh Me Oh My!!!
Could be my favorite!
We have MangOJ to try still...
Hopefully I will let Broxton have more than a taste or two of these, as they have all been great!
Yes, I admit, I have been a bit stingy, but that is because if I don't, I know he will!
Ha! That is sad, but Hey........ Just being honest!!!!

We love them!
Marc and Broxton too!
They just have not got to love as much as I did! :)

I could have sworn that I took a picture of Broxton enjoying them, but I can not find it in the 8 million pictures I have...
So, I will leave you with this one...
Just a moment I was able to capture of Broxton and Daddy enjoying being outside.

Head on out and grab a couple bags of Funky Monkey for your house...
You will be glad you did!!!!

Follow Funky Monkey on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge - Week Two - Refreshing

So, this week's photo challenge is Refreshing...

Growing up in Georgia... Home of Coca Cola...
Nothing beats a coke!!!!!

Broxton has a new snack - GoGo Squeez Review

We all know that this house is one that loves to eat and drink.
Luckily for us, Broxton loves a bit of everything.
Ha! The other day, we were at a BBQ and Broxton took it upon himself to try and eat all the cherry tomatoes that they had out.
Yeah, he almost succeeded...
But then it turned into others eating with him and everyone laughing...

Anyways, we were sent a new treat for Broxton to try out.
Go Go Squeez applesauce.
We were sent the apple apple and the apple strawberry.
Hard to decide which is liked more...
We also can not decide WHO likes it more!
I love it and Broxton can not seem to get enough.
He immediately wanted to try it when it first arrived.

The other day, I was packing a cooler to take to the pool.
We were only going to be gone for a little bit, but it is just too hot to not go with drinks!
Well, as I am packing the cooler with waters and juice..
Broxton throws in 2 GoGo Squeez!
He said he needed one and we needed to take one for "baby porter!"

Well, we ended up having too much fun and not needing snacks...
but you better believe it, when we got home...
Broxton had to make up for that!!!

Why I like it:
Good For You
squeezable, so not messy...
Tastes Great
not messy
Re-Sealable - (you know... just in case you do not get that last drop!)

Why Broxton likes it:
We just learned that they have several flavors:
Apple Apple, Apple Strawberry, Apple Banana, Apple Cinnamon and Apple Peach.
(Little does he know, we will be buying and trying them all out!)

I think he was looking making sure daddy wasn't trying to get any of his GoGo Squeez!
All gone!
Now, head on over and follow them on TWITTER and FACEBOOK...
You know you want to...

How to Prevent and Handle a Lost Child Situation - Guest Post

With everyone planning vacations, I just thought I would share this with you...
I hope that NONE of us ever have to experience this fear...

I’m Lost! How to Prevent and Handle a Lost Child Situation

By: Keith Kepler

A lost child is a parent’s worst nightmare. And, as families plan to spend more time outdoors, on vacation and in busy public places this summer, it is important to be prepared. A survey of parents by the Center to Prevent Lost Children showed that 90 percent of families will experience losing a child in a public place at least once, and 20 percent said it has happened more than once. The United States Department of Justice reports that more than 300,000 children become temporarily lost for at least one hour, but the good news is that a majority of those children are quickly found and not harmed.

It is important to try to prevent a child from getting lost but even more important that the child knows what to do if they do get lost. Preparing yourself and a child can make this frightening situation become a bit easier for everyone involved.

· Before you go anywhere, talk to your family about what to do if someone gets lost. Discuss a designated place to go if you get lost or advise children to stay right where they are when they feel they are lost. Tell children to find a security officer, police officer or an employee if you are in a public place, or remind them they can ask another mom with kids for help.

· Prepare your children so that they can identify themselves. For younger children, have their identification information in their pocket. If they are old enough to speak and can relay the information, practice reciting your phone number with them, and let them know they can always call 911.

· For younger children or when clothes don’t have pockets, be creative. Make a bracelet out of numbered beads or write your phone number inside a shirt collar or on a shirt tag with a fabric marker.

· Dress children in bright colored clothing so they can easily be spotted. Lemon yellow and lime green are the suggested colors because they easily attract the eye. You might also have a piece of clothing that is only worn when the child goes out in public so you can easily remember what they are wearing.

· Take a photo of your child with your phone before you leave home or when you arrive at your destination. This will help police find a lost child because they will be aware of exactly what the child is wearing, and how they look that day.

· Positive reinforcement is the best way to prevent a child from wandering away from you when you are in a public place. Speak with your child about stranger danger, and remind them of the importance of staying with you.

Sometimes children do get lost, and it is easy for parents and guardians to forget what to do in this scary situation. Many public places have standard procedures of what to do when a child is missing, so make sure authorities and the venue’s management are notified that the child is lost. Authorities will be able to help because they are familiar with the area’s surroundings, and could have the capability to lockdown buildings or issue an alert.

Amusement parks and vacation spots are not the only places where children can get separated from their parents. This can occur at home as well. If the child is lost at home, be sure to look in the most common hiding and play spots first.

· If you are at home, search your house first before going outside. Check closets, laundry baskets and piles of clothes, in and under beds, in large appliances, in vehicles and other areas where the child may hide or play.

· If you still can’t find the child in the home, call 911 to notify them and let them know if you feel the child is in any danger. Police departments would rather be aware of the situation and called back when the child is found, rather than wasting valuable minutes to find the child. Time is crucial once a child has been separated from you.

· Stay calm. Screaming the child’s name won’t help you locate the child any faster if they are not close by. Plus yelling the child’s name could lure the wrong type of person to your child who may be screaming back for you.

· Make sure the phone number your child knows, preferably a cell phone, is on and is receiving a signal. Also, be sure to have a close family member or neighbor near your home phone so that you can stay in the area where the child was last seen.

Just like any other emergency plan, it is important to review and practice your family’s strategy if a child gets lost. Children can be better prepared to know what to do in the situation, and will feel more confident that they will be reunited with their family if they understand the family’s “lost” procedures.

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About the author: Keith Kepler is the Vice President and General Manager at AlliedBarton Security Services. AlliedBarton is the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel to many industries including higher education, commercial real estate, healthcare, residential communities, chemical/petrochemical, government, manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, and shopping centers.

This is not a sponsored post, I just received this email and thought it would be nice to share with you...
We can never be too careful.


Aloha Friday - Haircut

It is FRIDAY!!!
Time to link up with Kailani...
And then relax and enjoy...
It is the WEEKEND!!!!!!

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

My question this week:

Have you ever donated your hair to LOCKS OF LOVE or WIGS FOR KIDS?

My answer:
I have donated to Locks of Love two times...
I actually have a ponytail now that I need to mail...
and I am getting ready to cut it all off again...
My hair is just toooooo thick and it makes me way to hot to keep long...
Besides, if a child can use it, why cut it and throw it away?!

World Blood Donor Day - June 14th

Yet another email I thought would be nice to share...
I promise, I will not post every single email that comes my way, but for some of these, I will...
I mean, it could save the life... Of a loved one to either one of us!

Who: All Americans eligible to donate blood

What: Tuesday, June 14th is World Blood Donor Day-- an opportunity to donate blood and receive limited edition give bandages from Nexcare to help you show off your commitment to the cause. Your readers can go to to sign up to receive free samples of the limited edition 2011 Nexcare give bandages

Where: The America’s Blood Center and American Red Cross affiliates located in your community. Please contact us for specific location details

When: Tuesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 19

Why: Because 1 person’s donation can save up to 3 lives! Less than 10% of Americans donate blood each year, but if just 1% more donated, the national blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future

How: Visit the give cause online at where you can find a Blood Center location nearby, get more information and sign up to receive free give bandages

***** This is not a sponsored post,

I just received the information and wanted to share with you. *****


Sports Enthusiast? Gourmet Gift Baskets - Review and Giveaway

When Marc was deployed, I tried to send him care packages full of anything and everything to let him know he was loved and missed...
I wish I would have known about Gourmet Gift Baskets Care Packages back then!

Today, I do know about them and I want to share with you!
Gourmet Gift Baskets has every type of gift basket that you can think of!
We have reviewed for them before and they did not disappoint this time either!

This time around, I chose to review the Sports Enthusiast Care Package.
Well, with Fathers Day right around the corner, what better gift to send to your loved one?
If they are home, they would love to receive a package of goodies that is all for them!
Much better than a tie they shove into the closet...
But then, we need to remember that there are still so many loved ones that are deployed and in harms way.
If you have a deployed love one, why not send something like this to them?

The sports enthusiast has a little bit of everything to satisfy each and every craving you might have!
No matter, sweet? Salty? Crunchy or Chewy...
This has you covered!
We had pretzels, peanuts, rice crispy treats, fruit chews, fig newtons, gatorade and MORE!!!!
For those of you that have a child heading off to college...
Keep Gourmet Gift Baskets in mind!!!
They have packages for "Exam Cram" or "Health Nut" as well as the "Midnight Snack"

Of course, we have already been enjoying everything that was included in this package...
Speaking of which, thanks to this...
I am totally craving more Rice Crispy Treats!!!

Who wants to enjoy in a care package of your own?
One Lucky winner will win the Sports Enthusiast Care Package.
($34.99 value)

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If you have to cover them up, why not try - Review

I have never been a fan of feet...
You can ask people that know me...
I can not stand them, please keep them away from me!
But, there is something about the feet of a baby.
I love them, the cute little toes...
The little feet that have yet to travel this crazy world...
You get where I am going.

Most of all, I love Broxton's feet!
Although he is not technically a "Baby" anymore...
He will always be MY BABY!

I always crack up when Broxton grabs a pair of my socks...
I used to wear the funky designed socks most of the time, so I still have some...
Broxton will come in and hand me a pair asking to wear them.
How can I say no?
I don't... He wears them and I laugh...

I was so happy to hear about
They not only have cute and fun socks...
They also have plain white socks for when we are in shorts and tennis shoes...

Kidssocks has such a wide variety that they are sure to capture just what you are looking for!
If you are looking for cute socks for your little one, they have all sorts of designs, from socks that look like cowboy boots to socks that look like tennis shoes.
(Actually, Broxton had the tennis shoe ones when he was little... My cousin had a pair of socks on her little girl that looked like ballerina slippers, they were SO CUTE that I had to go and find the one for boys... Broxton's looked like converse!)

For Broxton to review, we picked a couple different ones...
Of course, we had to pick a pair of the graphics out!
They are all just too cute and it was so hard to narrow it down!
When they arrived, Broxton was so excited to wear them!!!
The ones he wanted to wear first were the ones with the bulldozer.
I have not figured out why, as I was sure he was going to want the dinosaur ones!
All I know is that they must be pretty comfortable...
He wore them around the house all night long and begged me to let him sleep in them!
We have really enjoyed them and Broxton loves getting his socks on!
The plain white socks that we got feel so soft that I wish they made them for adults!
They have plenty of cushioning in them and just feel so great putting them on Broxton...
No wonder he likes wearing them around the house now!!!! actually has several pairs of socks in their clearance section right now...
So head on over and check them out!!!!
(They offer free shipping on orders over $30)

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

W/W - Broxton's picks.

Just a couple pictures I enjoy...
They make me smile...
Broxton picked the flower for me!!!!

Go Green With BrightBin - Review

I know school is out, but that doesn't mean that we have to stop preparing for next year...
Also with so many people planning day trips, vacations and everything else under the sun...
Why not pack nice and refreshing lunches for those occasions?
The BrightBin - The New Generation Lunchbox is just what we all need!
Think of the minimum amount of room being taken up, while keeping your food fresh and ready to eat!!!

This is just the coolest and cutest thing!
It is a small lunchbox that is ready to go!
It is all in one, but it has two different levels/sides.
One one side, you have the area for your sandwich...
(See the above photo with the red lunchbox.)
Then, there is a small plastic divider type that latches and under that is the other compartment.
Perfect for storing chips, fruit, veggies or whatever snack makes you happy!
(See the above photo with the blue lunchbox.)
The great thing about it is that it is all together, meaning no worries about losing any parts to it!

It is even safe for the dishwasher... AND MICROWAVE!
Yep!! You read that right!
With all the sandwich bags to hold your sandwich, your snacks and everything else, just think of all the waste...
When you start using the BrightBin, you not only eliminate all that waste, you also save your family money as you are no longer needing to purchase the bags!!!
This BrightBin is not only good for your wallet, think about the environment...
To finish it off, you can choose your color BrightBin: "Blueberry Blue or Raspberry Red"
Talk about an eye catcher!!!!
Just look at how cute it is:
From their site:
  • 100% waste-free.
  • No plastic bags and no lids or small storage containers to get lost.
  • Can be used on its own as a lunch box or can be inserted inside any insulated lunch bag to replace plastic bags, reusable bags, and small food storage containers.
  • Non-toxic: made of food safe polypropylene free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and PVC.
  • Save time! Making lunch has never been easier or faster since food goes directly into the built-in food compartments.
  • Save money! Save over $60 each year by not buying plastic bags, disposable pre-packaged snack bags, or food storage containers.
  • Dishwasher and microwave oven safe.
  • Option to come with a VELCRO® brand Fastener to fasten the lunch box into the lunch bag.
  • Conforms to or exceeds U.S. and European safety standards
Go ahead and purchase one for each of your family members today!!!

Please, stay up to date with BrightBin and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Rodrick Rules - Review

Having the boys here, we watch plenty of movies...
When the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out, I watched it...
and thought it was cute!
Then, when the boys came to visit, we watched it as well.

As soon as I saw that I could review Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Roderick Rules, I immediately said YES!
I knew that the boys would enjoy it, so why pass it up?
Now, the boys are not here yet...
But that did not stop me from watching it!

Of course, it is in typical boy humor...
and this does not disappoint!
Poor Greg, you know...
The middle brother.
His younger brother seems to get away with everything and his older brother spends his time trying to torture Greg in every way possible.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has Greg going into 7Th grade...
and dealing with a crush, a new girl named Holly!
Between Rowley's magic act and Roderick being, well, Roderick...
Is Holly going to notice Greg?
Can Roderick actually be a nice big brother and give advice, or be the mean torturous one and make life even more miserable?

It did crack me up that their mom writes for their paper and is constantly talking about the family...
I wonder, will our kids be embarrassed about our blogging like Greg is with his moms column?

If you were a fan of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will love this one...
If you have not seen it yet, what are you waiting on?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be available for purchase starting June 21,2011.
Also, when you purchase this on DVD, you will get to watch "My summer vacation," shorts of footage that was not shown in the theater!


Greg Heffley is about to discover that there is something worse than middle school – his own family! Based on the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice™ Award for Best Book Series, the original film cast returns in DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 21st. This flick takes sibling rivalry to entirely new levels as big brother and little brother wrestle through growing pains.

Just back from summer vacation, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon,National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and his friend Rowley (Robert Capron, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) enter the next grade as undersized weaklings in their school. A bully favorite, Greg tries not to get noticed by anyone except the pretty new girl, Holly Hills (Peyton List,27 Dresses). And at home, Greg is still at war with his older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick, “Degrassi”), until their mom Susan (Rachael Harris, The Hangover) instigates a ‘Mom Bucks’ program so Greg and Rodrick can earn play money by doing chores and—gasp!—being nice to each other. Calamity ensues when their parents return from vacation and dad Frank (Steve Zahn, A Perfect Getaway) finds evidence that Rodrick secretly threw a houseparty with his band, Löded Diper. As they struggle with school and compete for ‘Mom Bucks,’ the brothers discover that avoiding trouble is easier if they unite—and their once-twisted partnership grows into a hilariously playful and sometimes mischievous friendship.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Barbie has hers, why can't I have mine?

My grandmother had this beautiful corner TV stand in her living room.
It was there for as long as I could remember...
When she moved into her apartment, she did not take it with her.
I asked my mom if I might be able to get that from her, as it was something that I would always remember her by.
Then, we got to thinking about it.
It was for the corner, I have our TV on the main wall and I would hate to think that I got this from her and would never have anywhere to put it.
So, I ended up not worrying about it and she sold it in an Estate Sale.
After that, I found out that she had it custom built all those years ago.
Granted, I would have loved to have had it, but as I said...
We have our TV on the main wall...
Top it all off, Marc REALLY wants to get a flat screen TV and I know that means mounting it on the wall, so a corner TV stand would really be useless then!

We have this basic TV stand that I bought umpteen years ago...
Hey, I even put it together myself, pretty proud accomplishment, if I do say so!!
Anyways, it gets the job done...
For now... but whenever Marc gets that flat screen that he is dreaming of...
I know that I will be looking at TV stands!

This looks like a great stand for me... and an awesome TV for Marc!
I like how it has open shelving for all you tech savvy people that have all sorts of gadgets.
We would not be using all of them, but I could totally put a picture frame or a funky piece of art
on the empty shelves!
It also has two drawers in the middle to hold a couple of our most watched DVDs!!!

If you are like us and have a decent sized DVD collection, the Oak TV Stands that Cymax has might be more your speed.
This particular one grabbed my eye:
It has shelving all around to allow for maximum storage!
It even says that it holds 112 DVD/Video Games!
I think that might work!
I think that this would work great to hold the Wii and the games, as well as more of our DVDs.

Can you tell that I really want a couple of these?
I think that the nice big one with the flat screen would be great in our living room...
and the black oak one would look awesome in a game room/play room for the kids!
(Don't have either now, but in my dreams we do! Come on... Barbie has her dream house.. Let me have mine! Ha ha ha!)

What about you?
What kind of TV stand do you have?
What dream room do you have?


Auto Cool - As Seen On TV - Review

I have to admit something to you...
I LOVE infomercials!
Good thing we are not rich, or we would own everything I see!
They all look like they are JUST THE ITEM that we HAVE TO HAVE.

Luckily for Marc, I do not order them...
But watch them? YES I DO!
Back when I worked in the sports bar, we would have the TV on in the morning before we opened, that meant INFOMERCIALS.
A friend and I would watch and talk about how we really needed this...
Oh, but then again, we really needed that...
On and on and on...

I knew that I saw some sort of air thing for the car...
You know, so that after it was parked all day, you could actually get in and not fall over from a heat stroke...
That thing!
Once I became a mom, I knew we would need to figure out what it was, I did not want Broxton suffering in the heat of a hot car seat!
Well, I looked and looked, but could not remember what it was called.
Then, I remembered, it was one of those As Seen On TV items that I was addicted to!
It is called Auto Cool!
I was lucky enough to have the chance to review it, but it did not work for us.
Now, let me clarify...
As it might work for you...

Marc went to install it.
As soon as the solar panel had sunlight on it, the fan IMMEDIATELY started going!!!
Marc was really impressed and proceeded to yell to let me know, "Yes... It works!"
Then, he tried putting it in the back window, as that was where I was most concerned...
Nope, not a go.
(Hint, next time, I should read the box... It clearly states, "not for tinted windows")
Well, we then moved it to the front window, as they are not as tinted...
But, when we went to roll the window up, it would not roll all the way.
Yes, they include this weather stripping stuff, but it still doesn't work right.
There was still a gap in between the window...
I think that it would be easy for people to break in your car with that, so I am saying it did not work for us...
And with the gap in the window, you could just leave your window slightly rolled down.
Know what I mean?

We are going to take it to see if it works on my moms car, as it might fit better with different windows, but with our SUV, it was a no go.
If you do order the Auto Cool, you get a cup caddy organizer, so that is something we can use!
It has a place to hold your phone, a pen and maybe paper too!
(It even has holes in the bottom to pull your phone charger through, if you are needing it to charge on your drive.)

Now, would I recommend the Auto Cool?
Personally, no... as I said, it did not work for us...

But that does not mean that the other items they have As Seen On TV are not worth purchasing.
We received the Auto Cool for review, but we have personally bought a few different things...
If you remember my post about The Topsy Turvy... We bought ours, but they sell them too!

Other items that they sell that we have bought in the past...
(No, not from them, as I just recently discovered them...)
My brother used ProActive, I use Heeltastic, we have snuggies and so much more!!!
Hey, I warned you that I love this stuff!!!!
Now, if I could just get that thing for your shower to clean your feet..
Talk about looking perfect!!!
Ha ha!

So, let me know...
Do you have one of these, or have you ever had one?

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

National Tire Safety Week

It seems like every month... or week is dedicated to something...
This week, it is National Tire Safety Week.
(June 5-11, 2011)
I received an email with a few tips...
Now, I don't know about you, but I can always use pointers!
That being said...
I just wanted to share the email with you...
Hey, with everyone planning vacations and day trips...
This is good information to know!

This National Tire Safety Week (June 5-11, 2011) tire expert and Michelin subjective test driver, Sarah K. Robinson can share her tips for tire safety. She can explain some of the simplest steps you can take to ensure you have a smooth, and most importantly safe, ride this summer travel season including:

  • Check you tire pressure – Check your tire pressure at least once a month and before and after a long trip. Tires can lose 1-2 psi per month.
  • Examine your treads – Always make sure your tires have at least 2/32” of tread depth (the penny trick). Examine the wear patterns; the wear patterns can tell you whether your tires are over or under inflated and if your alignment is off.
  • Avoid hydroplaning – Simple adjustments to driving including reducing your speed and avoiding wet spots, especially standing water can reduce your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Rotate – Tires should be rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles.
  • Keep deepest treads in the rear – Make sure when replacing just two tires that you put the two tires with the deepest treads on the rear axle regardless, whether you have front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

About Sarah K. Robinson - As the first female test driver at Michelin North America, Sarah K. Robinson is paving a new road for women in the automotive world. Robinson’s current responsibilities as a subjective test driver for Michelin include evaluating tire performance in both objective (e.g., wet braking) and subjective tests (e.g., wet and dry handling, noise) then delivering her results to Michelin’s designers and engineers to ensure the best possible tire is brought to market. She also develops and coordinates all visitor demonstrations, product launches and promotional activities occurring at Michelin’s test track, Laurens Proving Grounds (LPG) in Greenville, South Carolina.

***** This is not a paid post, just useful information that I received and wanted to share with you!*****

Father's Day Meal Planning?

Are you planning a Father's Day Meal?
If you remember, I have two giveaways going on right now from the Real Food Moms.

Well, I just wanted to share with you a couple recipes from them that might help with your Father's Day planning...

Strawberry-Peach Smoothie:


o 1 cup Peaches, Frozen sliced unsweetened

o 1 cup, unthawed Strawberries, frozen, unsweetened

o 1/2 cup(s) 8 oz Greek 0% Yogurt

o 1 1/2 cup(s) Almond Milk Original, rice milk or organic skim milk (preferably organic grass-fed

o 2 tbsp ground Flax Seeds (sprouted) (Optional)- High in Omega 3s, good for digestion

o 2 teaspoon Honey

o Cinnamon sprinkle (Optional)

o Whey Protein 1-2 tbsp (Optional)- Brain power, curbs appetite


Gather all ingredients
Place in high speed blender
Mix for 1-2 minutes, or desired consistency
Divide in three 8 ounce cups
Drink and enjoy!

Recipe Facts

Serves: 3.0
Serving Size: 1 cup
Preparation Time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking Time: 0 minute(s)

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 142.9Total Fat 3.6g Saturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 92.7mgTotal Carbohydrate 23.3g Dietary Fiber 3.9g Sugars 11.1gProtein 4.5g


* Your choice of Veggie- Cheddar Naked Quiche

* Since the kids will be involved in the preparing of the naked quiche the likelihood of them experimenting with trying new vegetables is great. The veggies look so vibrant in the quiche. You can also simply make one with onions and cheese and have them add one of their favorite veggies.


* 2 tsp Olive Oil

* 1/2 cup, chopped Onions
* 1 1/2 cups Cauliflower, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli or a combo chopped
* 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
* 5 large Eggs
* 1/2 cup Milk 2%,skim, rice or soy milk
* 1 tsp Paprika
* 1/2 tsp Salt, table
* ¼ tsp pepper to taste

Recipe Facts

Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1/4
Preparation Time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking Time: 30 minute(s)

Nutrition Facts per serving
Nutrition Facts per serving Calories: 203 Total Fat 13.8g Saturated Fat 5.6g Cholesterol 281.7mg Sodium 492.3mg Total Carbohydrate 6.5g Dietary Fiber 1.4g Sugars 3.7g Protein 13.4g

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F
Lightly grease an 8 x 8 casserole dish or 8-9 inch pie pan with olive oil or butter. Spread onions evenly throughout casserole dish and put it in the oven while you are preparing the other ingredients.
In a small bowl, beat eggs, salt and milk with a whisk.
Take the dish out of the oven using oven mitts.
Spread cauliflower and cheese evenly throughout casserole dish.
Pour mixture over cauliflower, onions and cheese.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until vegetables are cooked and casserole is golden brown.
Refrigerate in a sealed container for 2-3 days.


Grilled Turkey London Broil
Turkey London Broil is a skinless, boneless turkey breast. When marinated it takes on the flavor of the marinade and is quite juicy. Turkey breast is quite lean. It’s best to buy organic pasture raised turkey. The turkey will be lean, and flavorful due to the healthy environment, fresh air, water and pasture that are part of their daily routine. Pasturing allows them to live and eat grass, clover like they were intended to without pesticides and hormones or antibiotics.

If baking pre-heat the oven to 350 F or pre-heat the grill
1 ½-2 lbs turkey breast half “Turkey London Broil”
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup low sodium tamari (wheat free soy sauce)
2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
2 garlic cloves, Crushed

Place turkey breast in either a shallow baking dish or a gallon size plastic bag.
In a small bowl or glass measuring cup add marinade ingredients and whisk together.
Save ¼ cup of the marinade. Pour the remainder of the marinade into either a baking dish or plastic bag. Add turkey and marinade in the refrigerator 30 minutes to overnight turning occasionally. The longer it’s marinated the stronger the flavor

Remove turkey from marinade, discard marinade.
To allow for cooking evenly, turn over the turkey breast and open up the flap of the breast. Turn back over and lay flat.
Grill or bake turkey, allow for 15 minutes a pound and turn the breast about every 10 minutes for even cooking.
Test with a thermometer. The thickest part of the breast should read 165 F
Place turkey on a platter and cover it loosely with foil for about 10 minutes before carving Cover.
Carve thinly on an angle.


Pasta with Broccoli and an Alfredo white northern bean sauce

Broccoli is a powerhouse cruciferous vegetable that most children enjoy! Broccoli has anti-inflammatory properties. Broccoli is very high in vitamin C, K and A. It is also high in folate, dietary fiber, manganese, tryptophan, potassium and B vitamins. This pasta dish is served with a northern bean dairy free alfredo sauce which adds protein to this dish which could make it a complete meal for some. I used Andean Dreams Quinoa pasta which is gluten and corn free. A 2 oz serving of the pasta has 207 calories, 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Quinoa is a complete protein rich in vitamins and minerals. The kids love this dish and don’t notice the different type of pasta.

Pasta with broccoli in an Alfredo Great Northern Bean Sauce

4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves (chopped or pressed)
1 head of Broccoli (peel and cut stems and cut broccoli into flowerets)
1 lemon juiced (3 Tablespoons lemon juice)
¾ cup low sodium organic vegetable broth
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1- 15 ounce can of Great Northern Beans (preferably Eden Organic which is in a BPA free can)
Black pepper to taste
1 package of Quinoa Spaghetti (I used Andean Dreams Gluten Free Spaghetti)

In a food processor or blender add beans, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, sea salt and puree until smooth.
Cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.
While pasta is cooking In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil and add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute add broccoli and sauté for about 2- 3 minutes.
Add pasta and ¼ cup reserved cooking water to broccoli continues cooking for another 3 minutes add more water if necessary.
Add pureed bean mixture and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until combined well.


Strawberries with Balsamic vinegar a simply delicious combination

Serves 4

50 Calories
2 grams of fiber
10 Grams of sugar


16 ounces fresh strawberries washed, hulled and cut in half
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon honey

Place balsamic vinegar and honey in a bowl stir together. Place strawberries in the bowl stir gently to combine. Cover, and sit at room temperature for about an hour but not more than 3-4 hours max.

Strawberries are very high in anti-oxidants and fiber. If buying Conventional strawberries to remove pesticides it’s great to make a veggie wash for soft-skinned fruits and vegetables. Fill a bowl with equal parts of white wine vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto fruits and veggies fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto fruits and veggies, scrub with a brush and rinse.

I think we might try a couple of these soon...
Let me know if you do!

***** Thanks for the opportunity to post these recipes!
By hosting the review of the above mentioned books, I am on their email list.
I received these recipes and thought you might like to try them.
This was not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share with you, my wonderful readers!!!!!*****

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