Monday, April 7, 2014

Share The Gift of Clean With Pampers Wipes Review and Spring Cleaning Giveaway #PampersWipes #DDDivas #sponsored



This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

For some of us the much awaited and anticipated Spring season cannot get here fast enough and it seems as if Mother Nature did not get the memo that we are officially in the Spring season. This Spring, Pampers would like to make the transition from winter to spring a blooming breeze for all moms.



Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes has been around for years. My "baby" is now seven and I remember buying them for him because he was forever having diaper rash and it seemed that Pampers Sensitive was the only product that did not make the rash worse. Not only did I find during this time in his life, that Pampers Sensitive were gentle on his bottom but they were also great for cleaning up that precious little face and hands. I still, to this day, have a tub of Pampers Sensitive in my car for quick and easy clean  ups.

Spring has made its debut, at least on the calendar, maybe not so much in certain areas, but Pampers would like to make the transition a fun one for every mom out there that is stressed about Spring cleaning. I have been fortunate to be chosen to pass on the gift of getting gentle clean with Pampers. I received this wonderful gift pack of cleaning products courtesy of Pampers to help with my Spring cleaning woes.


As an added bonus to help another mom with her Spring cleaning woes, Pampers gave me a $50 gift card to purchase products to gift to a friend. I began thinking about who or what I could do this for and I kept going back to one person, my mother. My mother does so much for my family and she hardly ever does anything for herself, so I decided rather than fixing a Spring Cleaning Basket, I would give her the gift card and she can take it and treat herself to a pedicure and manicure. Do you think she will like it? I sure hope she does! 

Pampers is really ready for Spring and wants to spread some love to help start Spring off with a bang. They are going to give one lucky Kathryn's Kloset reader a Spring cleaning basket (a $50 value) which will include:

  • Cleaning Caddy
  • Hand Lotion
  • Swiffer Wet Jet
  • Gloves
  • Pampers Wipes
I like to make my giveaways simple to enter so please comment below with how you would brighten someone's day by helping them getting into the mode of Spring cleaning. I will choose the winner by Random.org on April 20th.  Comment away! If you are looking for more chances to win, there will be a Twitter party on Tuesday April 8th at 9pm EST. Join us for lots of fun and prizes Please RSVP: http://twtvite.com/PampersGentleClean

To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.
Twitter Party Prizes Include:
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 SpaFinder.com Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $50 Car Cleaning Service Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + $100 Merry Maids Gift Card
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct)
  • 1 Box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (448 ct) + Roomba Pet and Allergy (ARV $450)
Be sure to follow Pampers on Facebook and Twitter.  Good luck and Happy Spring! 




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paint It Forward With Taylor Blue To Support Organ Donation

Did you know that April is National Donate Life Month? This is a press release just posted yesterday from Trizila Communications.

Paint It Forward with 'Taylor Blue' and Support Organ Donation

Nail Polish Serves as a Conversation Starter for Taylor's Gift Foundation -- April is National Donate Life Month 

Dallas, TX -- Apr 01, 2014 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Organ donation is not a subject that usually pops up in casual conversation, something Todd and Tara Storch -- founders of Taylor's Gift Foundation -- know well. So 'Taylor Blue' was born.

The couple established Taylor's Gift after losing their 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, in a skiing accident in March 2010. Taylor's Gift supports and promotes official Donate Life organ donor registrations in the United States. 

"We knew we needed a 'conversation starter' about organ donation," Tara says. "We're aware that this isn't an easy topic for most people, so we decided we needed something that could make it easier to talk about.

"Since our largest support group comes from women 18-44, we decided that a nail polish would be a great way to spark conversation. Taylor had the most beautiful eyes in a gorgeous blue and always got compliments on them, even as a baby. Only a week before the accident, she said to me, 'Mom, I love the color of my eyes. That's the color I want for my bridesmaids dresses some day.' From that point on, that color was precious to us, and there was no question the color of the nail polish would be 'Taylor Blue.'

"We introduced 'Taylor Blue' last year for our Paint It Forward Legacy Gift campaign, hoping it would spark conversation. And boy, did it! Even men painted their thumb!"

That includes Jeff Probst, host of the CBS reality show Survivor. When Todd and Tara appeared on The Jeff Probst Show in May 2013, Probst painted his thumb nail with 'Taylor Blue' to show his support and registered as an organ donor. He has recently been announced as a spokesperson for Taylor's Gift Foundation.

April is National Donate Life Month. 'Taylor Blue,' created by OPI, will be available for purchase on www.TaylorsGift.org from March 17 through the end of April. The 2013 Paint It Forward campaign raised $40,000. 'Taylor Blue' was sold and shipped to every state in the United States, every province in Canada, and also had worldwide sales. The goal for 2014 is $100,000.

Net proceeds from Paint It Forward support the mission of Taylor's Gift and its Legacy Gift program, which provides financial help to families touched by organ donation.

"The name of our Legacy Gift campaign -- Paint It Forward -- is a play on the words Pay It Forward," Tara explains. "To us, it means that people are spreading the message of Taylor's Gift with this great tool called 'Taylor Blue.' They have the opportunity to help someone else's life one day. This color became the link that made organ donation an easy topic to talk about, discuss and share. And it all started with a conversation on how you can 'outlive yourself.'"

About Taylor's Gift Foundation

Taylor's Gift Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Taylor's Gift Foundation was founded by 2010 with a mission to 'Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families' by increasing official organ donor registries. Taylor's Gift Foundation also sponsors the Donate Life Rose Bowl Parade, provides Taylor's Gift Scholarships to graduating seniors and is launching Taylor's Legacy Gift Grants to help those touched by organ donation with financial difficulties. For more information, visit www.TaylorsGift.org or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaylorsGift on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/taylorsgift,Twitter:https://twitter.com/taylorsgift  and on Instagram: http://instagram.com/taylorsgiftorg#.




Saturday, March 29, 2014

Gorton's Real Solutions Review & Giveaway Ends 4/15

For those of you that have been reading my blog, you all know that I am all about simplicity. The simpler the better, especially when it comes to cooking. However, in the scheme of things, sometimes simpler is not better in terms of healthy food.  I have found a wonderful solution to those meal time blues and it is a healthy option. We love fish in our house, but with children, they do not like plain old broiled fish. They like some crunch to it. I was given an opportunity to review Gorton's all new Artisan Fillets, sounds tasty doesn't it? They are! Gorton's recently introduced their solution to meal time dilemmas with the  ALL NEW Artisan fillets in flavors that feature Roasted Garlic & Italian Herb, Lemon & Cracked Peppercorn, Southwest Tortilla and Southern Style. These delicious fillets are all made with wild-caught Alaska Pollock, plus real bold ingredients like chilies, peppercorns, and crushed tortilla chips for an extra pop of flavor that makes a family-pleasing dinner time solution.

Our first try at these new "solutions" were the Lemon & Cracked Peppercorn.  It only takes about 15 minutes for the fillets to cook , so a really quick and healthy meal  was on its way to the table. To accompany our Lemon & Cracked Peppercorn fish, I served baked potatoes and steamed broccoli.  


And the meal.......



The fish was very tasty and moist not dry like fish sometimes get. It was full of flavor and I could actually taste the lemon and cracked pepper in the seasoning. It was delicious and best of all my family loved it.  This is definitely one of my new go to favorites for quick and healthy.  

Would you like the opportunity to try Gorton's Real Solutions new products? Gorton's has given me a wonderful gift pack to give away to one lucky Kathryn's Kloset reader.  The gift pack includes including two full-value product coupons and a branded cutting board. I am going to make this simple for this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post about your favorite quick and healthy meal and I will choose one lucky winner on April 15 via random.org.  Good luck! Thanks to Gorton's for providing me with coupons to review these wonderful products and for providing a giveaway gift pack. 




Friday, March 28, 2014

All Natural Supplements For Better Health #spon



Modern medication can cause various types of undesirable side effects. In fact, some consequences of taking prescription drugs are not even fully known. The federal government is in charge of approving all medication that's legally prescribed by licensed medical professionals. However, the government still allows the sale of certain potent drugs that come with serious side effects. Sometimes, it's much better to take natural supplements instead of prescription drugs. Organic ingredients rarely cause major problems when taken as substitutes to traditional medication.

People that have anxiety and depression often take very powerful drugs that are classified as sedatives and anxiolytics. However, such medication often creates headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, constipation, irregular heart beat and other problems. Therefore, anxious or depressed people can benefit from all natural supplements that have relaxing effects. For example, there are herbal extracts that are known to induce sleep. Such organic ingredients are healthy options for people that suffer from insomnia. Some herbal supplements may also relax the nervous system just like powerful anti-anxiety medication.

Homeopathy is the idea that diseases could be treated with all natural ingredients rather than drugs that are synthetically made in laboratories. Homeopathic medicine integrates a combination of different supplements in order to treat various types of illnesses. In fact, there are certified physicians that rely heavily on all natural treatment rather than prescribing drugs. Patients are often given a choice as to the types of remedies that are available for treating specific conditions. Homeopathic remedies at OVitaminPro.com are examples of natural supplements that can be used to manage or cure chronic diseases.

Natural supplements are not too harmful when taken in excessive doses. By contrast, an overdose on powerful prescription drugs can be life threatening. People often rush to the emergency room when they take an entire drug cocktail for their medical problems. Homeopathic remedies rarely interact with each other in adverse ways. By contrast, some combinations of drugs could be deadly.

The best way to absorb the ingredients of organic supplements is to ingest them with food. Phytonutrients can be broken down properly when the digestive system works on other nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and protein. By contrast, prescription drugs may upset a full stomach. Of course, pills could also cause nausea when taken on an empty stomach. However, all natural supplements rarely upset the digestive system. The human stomach is designed to handle nearly all plant based ingredients.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Choosing The Right Fragrance For Him #spon



Choosing the right fragrance for him is something that most women want to try to do to make an impression on their man and get him something that he will wear everyday. What is more important than anything is whether or not the lady in his life loves the fragrance, and that is why it is important that ladies choose these fragrances and allow their man to get something on him everyday that he is going to enjoy but that she will want to smell in the morning as he gets ready.

When choosing fragrances, it is very hard for men to know what to do because they are not the people who are smelling the fragrance. When someone puts a fragrance on, they have a limited perspective, and this is why it is important for ladies to know the categories of fragrances and choose one that is going to work best for him.

Florals

Anything that has a little bit of a floral hint to it is going to make a gentleman smell nice and fresh because the florals are much lighter and smell fresher altogether. Also, it is important for ladies to choose florals when they do not want anything too strong or if their man does not want to wear anything that is going to be too strong. The lightness of florals makes buying simple.

Orientals

Mean who wear oriental style fragrances are going to be getting into something that is a little bit more strong, but they are also going to be wearing something that is very exotic. This means that the man who is wearing this type of fragrance must be prepared to wear something that is going to smell unique. He will get many compliments on the fragrance, and it will be a little bit odd to his nose because it will be new. However, these kinds of fragrances are going to smell amazing because they give the man a new smell that he has never encountered.

Woods

Finally, woody and strong fragrances that feature musk and other strong scents are the fragrances that most men like because they smell much like the outdoors. These fragrances work great for men, but the lady must like it, too, if she is to purchase it for him.

Choosing the right fragrance is only a click away once ladies know what they are looking for in a cologne.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Find a Custom Hair Replacement System for You #spon



If you find yourself struggling to find a hair replacement system, wig or anything else that might improve the appearance of your hair, at least in your eyes, there is help available for you. Online sellers such as companies like Advent here offer you options that will help you love the way your hair looks.

Whether a man or woman, learn more about hair replacement here, so you can get started working on having the mane of your dreams. You will find salon quality hair replacement systems so professional that will leave you with hair that looks natural and lustrous, flowing and waving.

If you are new to exploring replacement systems, wigs and various hair pieces, you will have no trouble figuring it all out with companies that are committed to helping you find the perfect hair system that will please you and have everyone in your life asking what you did to add extra life and vitality to your own hair. However, they won't suspect that it is hair replacement, so you can keep that detail to yourself if you prefer.

Men will find various systems available to help fight the ravages of genetics and time with an attractive hair system, facing the world with a thick and gorgeous pile of hair. Look and feel great as you head into business meetings or on dates with renewed confidence once you have found a good hair replacement system. Finding a company that understands your plight, as they wear the hair systems themselves, is the first step toward finding the pinnacle of hair satisfaction.

Women who need a hair replacement, due to illness or a desire to switch things up definitely understand the frustration of the search through salons and local beauty sellers. You want to find natural hair that complements your complexion, features and style. Give your business to a company that sympathizes with your need to find something that makes you feel good about yourself then ask them to help you understand what will give you just the right effect to please you and keep your friends and family guessing about what you did to bring about such magnificent hair.

Work with the company, verifying your specifications and measurements then order your wig and allow for 5 to 7 weeks for delivery. Enjoy a renewed sense of spirit and confidence that comes with having simply beautiful hair you will love. 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Savings on Textbooks for Students at CampusBookRentals.com #spon

Have you noticed or heard about the cost of going to college these days?  It is unbelievably expensive and most of the time, the cost does not include the cost of textbooks. Some textbooks can be as high as $200-$300 just for one book.  Now, add that to the cost of tuition and it can get quite expensive.  There is a website called CampusBookRentals.com that can help with the expense of textbooks and instead of buying them, why not rent them for huge savings.  Here are some perks of renting textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com rather than buying them:
  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices;
  • free shipping both ways;
  • can highlight in the textbooks;
  • flexible renting periods; and
  • they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rental
I did a search to see what the potential savings would be on a textbook rental. I picked Healthcare Administration since that is what I majored in for my Bachelor's Degree.  This is the book that I picked.  This particular book retails for $109.95 but you can rent it for $29.44. That is a 74% savings!

Here is a video about CampusBookRentals.com that has more information about them:





Not only are you saving money when you are renting your textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com but you are also helping an awesome organization named Operation Smile. Operation Smile performs surgeries on children with cleft lip. If it weren't for Operation Smile their families could not afford the surgery. It is amazing what this surgery can do for the quality of life of a child and their family. So you see, renting from CampusBookRentals.com is a win win situation for everyone because every book that is rented, CampusBookRentals.com provides a portion of that book rental. Saving money and donating money, how can you go wrong with that?!?!

As a parent of young children, I hope that CampusBookRentals.com is around when my children enter college.  I know by the time that they are entering college, the cost is going to be astronomical.  If you are a parent that has children ready for college or already in college, visit CampusBookRentals.com and see how much money you could be saving.





Monday, March 10, 2014

Easy Meals with eMeals #spon


In my last eMeals post, I promised that I would share with you the side dishes that were pictured with the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Garlic Oil recipe.


The first side dish is Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinegar and here is the recipe:

3 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Combine squash, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper on a jelly-roll pan; toss to coat.
Bake 30 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring once.
Sprinkle with vinegar before serving.

And......

Sautéed Rapini with Walnuts  

1 lb broccoli rabe (rapini), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe and boil 2 minutes. Drain well.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add broccoli rabe to pan, and cook 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and walnuts before serving.

This meal truly looks like a meal that you would get at a high end restaurant.  eMeals makes it so simple with their weekly menu plans.  I receive a weekly menu plan and grocery list via email.  The grocery list is organized by section and coordinated with the weekly sales at selected stores.  I can print both off and have my grocery list already done and menu right at my fingertips for the week. There is no struggling and wondering what is going to be for dinner that night. 

Cheers!






Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Majestical Jewelry Review #spon

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I am really excited to bring to you a gorgeous set of jewelry that I received to review from Majestical Jewelry. If you are a follower of my blog, you know how much I love jewelry, a girl can never have too many pieces, right?  In my book, not at all!  I am a firm believer that jewelry completes the outfit. It pulls everything together.

Before I move on to the review of the beautiful set that Majestical sent me, I would like to tell you a little bit about the company. This information is quoted from the website of Majestical.

"Majestical Jewelry has amazing deals on the latest and greatest fashion jewelry for women. Shop our store and you’ll find must-have trendy pieces at only a fraction of the cost of major retailers and over-priced boutiques. Majestical Jewelry offers fashion jewelry, costume jewelry and handmade jewelry at wholesale jewelry prices that are 20-80% less than our competitors because we believe every woman should feel beautiful regardless of budget. If you’re looking to make a statement, be sure to check out our bold collar necklaces in bright colors that work perfectly with a LBD. If you’re going for classic style, browse our selection of handmade silver jewelry. Snag the best deals on whatever it is you desire at Majestical Jewelry.

Majestical Jewelry offers free gift wrapping and guaranteed free and easy returns and exchanges on every order. Orders over $49.99 ship for free!"

For my review, Majestical sent me the Floral Necklace Set in the ever versatile color of black, which is currently priced at $28.00 with a retail price of $55.00. 

Photograph courtesy of Majestical.com





I wore this set to an event that I attended and received lots of compliments on it and inquiries as where I received the set. The set is very versatile and can be worn to work or with a casual outfit for a night on the town.










The Majestical Jewelry website has something for EVERY jewelry lover. They feature fashion jewelry, silver jewelry, gemstone jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pearl jewelry. I have already picked out several other sets that I want to get to pair with some of  my summer outfits.

Go ahead, you know want to, visit the Majestical Jewelry site. Do it! Go ahead, click, shop and enjoy!













I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Strengthen Your Heart with Exercise - Scientifically #SPON



In the ever-present battle for fitness, a heart rate monitor can be extremely useful. Many individuals think that these monitors are only for people suffering from heart problems, but this is not so.

Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardiovascular fitness is a most important portion of physical fitness and having a method of measuring it is extremely useful. Since the heart is a muscle just like any other in your body, exercising deliberately can make your heart stronger and more efficient. Monitoring your heart rate can help you determine if you're working out or just loafing along as normal. Many trainers for various sports recommend the use of a heart rate monitor to assess the growing strength of your heart in practicing a sport. These monitors come in varieties designed to monitor activity, measure your heart rate, and keep data about the performance of your heart.

 Most Popular Brands of Heart Monitors

The six most popular brands of monitors sold are as follows:
• Polar Loop Activity Monitor – for general exercise
• Timex T5K734F5 Women's Ironman Zone Trainer – for women's fitness
• Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS Personal Trainer – for triathletes/cyclists/runners
• Polar FT4 Fitness Heart Rate Monitor – for basic fitness, weight loss, and exercise
• Mio Alpha Strapless Heart Rate Monitor – strapless for use in running and cycling
• TomTom Runner GPS Watch with Heart Rate – for running

As shown, the offered features vary widely as do the prices of these tools for fitness.
Calculating Your Target Heart Rate Zone
To get optimal usage of your monitor, you need to be aware of your target heart rate zone for training. Talk to a personal trainer or consult a physiotherapist in your area. You can approximate the rates by using these formulas posted on April 16, 2012 in Heart Rate Monitors, the blog for www.heartratemonitorsusa.com:

Formula for figuring your maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220.

Recommended Training Zones:
• Warm Up – 50-60% of maximum heart rate• Fat Burning 60-70% of maximum heart rate
• Endurance Training – 70-80% of maximum heart rate
• Performance Training – 80-90% of Maximum heart rate – recommended for short bursts of time
• Short Period Training – 90-100% of maximum heart rate. This is recommended for speed training, and only those in good overall shape should train in this zone.

Use a heart rate monitor to scientifically help your cardiovascular system obtain strength and fitness.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Get the Sneakers You Love at the Right Price Online From Sneaker King-#spon



If you are in love with a particular brand of sneakers, you know how astronomical the prices can be. Walk into a department store and your jaw is likely to hit the floor. That's why it pays to surf the web and find a host of great online providers like Sneaker King to give you a better deal.

 Find the Right Shoe at the Right Price Opt for online shopping and you cut out the middle man. You can find competitive deals that will save you a bundle when you are searching for designer sneakers. Many companies offer special promotions, such as buy one and get one half off, as well. Hit the right site at the perfect time and you could even skip shipping fees. It's a no brainer to do your shopping on the Internet. Shoe companies save money when they don't need to worry about all of the overhead that comes with a retail location, passing their savings on to you.

Online Shoe Shopping is Convenient Think how much easier it is to shop on line. You can shop any place, any time. There is no need to worry about business hours or finding an accessible location. Whether you are sitting at home, on the go with your mobile device, or on your break at the office, hop online and order your favorites.

Find All of the Brand Name Shoes in One Place Many online providers house a vast assortment of designer sneakers and shoes, allowing you to take your pick when you are ready to buy. Forget about hitting store after store. At the push of a button, you will be able to view a wide selection, compare prices, and order the shoes that you've been dreaming about.

It's Fast and Easy to Shop for Sneakers Online There is no doubt that shopping in the web is tailored to savvy consumers who have busy lifestyles, want to save time, and budget wisely. The next time you want to update your collection of sneakers or you're simply ready to splurge on something new, pop on the web and look at a host of online providers. You'll have your new sneakers before you know it and you'll save yourself a trip out to the store. Click a button, expect a short wait, and find your shoes waiting on your doorstep.

   


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kindness Goes A Long Way......Super Sunday Post



I recently was reminded of something that my grandmother told me as I was growing up.  She used to always tell me that kindness goes a long way.  Just the other day was skimming through my tweets and saw that exact tweet from one of my friends on Twitter.  Boom!  Did that bring back a lot of memories.

As I write this, I realize that this has nothing to do with really nothing at all, although I do consider being thoughtful and respectful of other's feelings part of my overall well being.  It is unfortunate that we live in a day and age that the word kindness has simply left our vocabularies.  I remain amazed each and every day as I go through life, just how ungrateful and thoughtless people really are.  I was out over the weekend at a festival in a nearby town and was able to see that those exact words exist even now more than they ever did. 

So that is my rant for today.  In short, be kind, and share a smile. It doesn't cost anything. 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sarongs. Are They A Right Fit For You? #spon



For many women, finding something in their closet when preparing to get dressed can be a mind-wracking task. There may be many different outfits, some never even worn, but none seem to be the right color, style, size, and this adds to the frustration. A sarong can fix this problem, because they can be worn many different ways, and not just in the summer months. A sarong worn in the winter will be a welcome change of pace for not only the person wearing it, but also those who will see it being worn.

Sarongs have been worn for centuries, and are still very modern looking. This is because they are very flattering to all body types, and also because they can be worn in many different ways. Getting your first sarong may seem fun at first, and very exciting, and then confusing. A good place to find the information on how to wear, and also how to care for, your new sarong is the shop your are going to buy it from. They will know the fabric well, and how it can best be tied. 

Wearing a sarong as a dress, a short or long skirt, or as an accent such as a hat band should be the basic starting points. There are many other ways to wear a sarong, and you will find your own favorite way to wear one with a little bit of experimentation. Using a full length mirror or a friend and a camera, you can quickly tell which ones are going to be your favorites. As you get used to tying and manipulating your sarong, you'll see what works, what doesn't, and how to get your sarong to tie nicely and beautifully.

Photo Courtesy of Fairwinds Sarongs


For those who are plus size, sarongs are also made for you, too, and can be a very flattering piece of clothing that you will want to wear everywhere. Besides being flattering and versatile, sarongs are extremely comfortable, and can be worn without any areas that bind or restrict your movement. Many women enjoy wearing sarongs throughout their pregnancy.

Sarongs come in different woven fabric types, and many different colors, some with embroidery and bead work, while others have hand painted embellishments. Because a sarong can be worn as a dress, the task of finding a sarong that will match other clothing items is eliminated. When being worn as a skirt with a blouse, choosing blouses that are simple and a basic color will work the best. Having fun with your new sarong is the best part, though. A good quality sarong will last for years, but can still be the start of wanting a collection of these super-versatile clothing items.





Friday, June 28, 2013

Red Lobster Seaside Mix and Match Entree Selections #ad #spon




My family really enjoys going out to eat and one of our favorite restaurants to visit is Red Lobster.  I have been enjoying the wonderful food that Red Lobster serves for many, many years. One of my first experiences with Red Lobster was when I lived in Florida many moons ago.  The lady that I worked for at the time used to treat her employees to lunches out and Red Lobster was our go to lunch spot. We always found that it was easy to order and get out quickly during our lunch hour.

Nowadays, my family and I mainly visit during dinnertime.  I was extremely thrilled when Darden Restaurants asked me to do a review of Red Lobster and their Seaside Mix and Match Entree Selections.

Upon our arrival at our local Red Lobster, there was about a five minute wait before we were whisked off to our table. My children enjoy looking at the lobster tank. Shortly after we were seated and our waitress took our drink order, the wonderful coveted Cheddar Bay Biscuits arrived. These biscuits are so special that their name is trademarked.  They arrived to our table freshly baked and hot.




While we were looking at the menu and trying to make our decision about what we were going to choose for dinner, we decided to order the Golden Onion Rings as an appetizer. The onion rings are served with spicy dipping sauce. They were fried to a golden brown and were perfect!


Are you hungry yet? Get ready for the finale.  From the Seaside Mix and Match selections, I decided to order the Shrimp and Scallops Linguini, which has fresh tomatoes, basil and a white wine-lemon sauce and the Garlic Shrimp Scampi in a buttery garlic sauce. I chose broccoli as my side item. This entree also came with a garden salad.  Now let me tell you this entree alone is a lot of food, but add in the salad and more biscuits to the meal, that really makes a lot of food.  



Let me tell you this meal was very tasty. The Shrimp and Scallops Linguini was  prepared with just the right amount of lemon in the sauce and the linguini was cooked to perfection. The Shrimp Scampi had just the right amount of garlic in the sauce and the shrimp were cooked just the way that I like them.  

After this meal, no dessert was needed as I was completely full from this wonderful meal.  Although, I would have loved to try one of their tempting desserts, my stomach was telling me it was time to stop.  If you have not had a chance to try Red Lobster's Seaside Mix and Match Entree Selections, I think it would be meal that you will really enjoy.  There are other selections on the menu that you can mix and match, like the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Shrimp-&-Lobster Pot Pie, Crunchy Parmesan Ranch Shrimp, Tropical BBQ Glaze Chicken, Hand-Breaded Shrimp, and the Garlic-Grilled Shrimp.  Not to mention, all of the other yummy selections that can made from the menu. 

I would like to thank Darden Restaurants and Red Lobster for allowing me to try the new Seaside Mix and Match Entree Selections, they are simply delicious!  

Cheers! 



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