Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Nikon D3200 for your picture perfect Christmas ~

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Welcome to the

Picture Perfect Christmas Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth
Can you believe that Christmas is nearly here? We know you are working hard to make sure everyone is taken care of on your Christmas list, but have you considered spoiling yourself this holiday season? We know how hard you work all year round and we think it's about time you give yourself a bit of attention! Wouldn't be great if you had a new camera for capturing all those fantastic memories throughout the year? With this innovative Nikon camera, you can bring all of your pictures to the next level. This compact DSLR has the power of a more expensive Nikon camera without the bulk, allowing you to take high quality images or cinema quality videos in FULL 1080p HD. Best of all, this camera is easy to operate, letting you use built-in filters to make every photo look amazing in any type of light or situation. To learn more about this amazing camera, make sure to check out the Nikon D3200 24.2 MP DSLR camera on Amazon.com!
Would you like the opportunity to win this amazing camera? Budget Earth and some of our favorite bloggers joined forces to bring this fantastic DSLR camera to one lucky winner! All of us have pitched in to buy this camera, making sure we could make one of our readers’ Christmas the best one yet. To us, nothing is more exciting than knowing one of our lucky readers will win a Nikon D3200 24.2 MP DSLR camera! Ready to enter? Read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Picture Perfect DSLR Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a Nikon D3200 24.2 MP DSLR Camera.
  • Open Worldwide (If outside the US, prize will be cash equivalent to camera price only).
  • Winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends December 24th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter Rafflecopter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by sponsor. Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact susan.l.bewley@gmail.com to see how I can help YOUR company today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stand by your PAN!

Photo provided by OCFA, Captain Steve Concialdi


Its that time of year, we are all getting ready for Thanksgiving with prepping, cooking, decorating, and everything that falls short from running around like a chicken Turkey with its head cut off! While I emphasize how you should never leave your kitchen unattended, Orange County Fire Authority, Captain Steve Concialdi provided me with a more steaming realization with kitchen fires and the statistics.


Last November alone there were 21 kitchen fires which required a response from the fire department; sending 3 engine companies, a truck company a paramedic unit, and a battalion chief. These cooking fires do significant damage. A lot of it is due to unattended cooking. I get it we all get busy and running into another room while your food is on low or your turkey is safe in the oven cooking for the long duration before the guest arrive. Whats wrong with a minute, I mean a minute doesn't seem that bad. Only when that minute turns into five and the next thing you know your kitchen is ablaze. Its starts that fast and the results are devastating. 


Should you experience a fire in the kitchen while cooking. It is important to remain calm. Turn off the burner try to smother the fire with a lid near by.  It is highly recommended that you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, Laundry room and garage. Smoke Alarms should be checked periodically throughout the seasons. One good recommendation is to check your smoke alarms and their batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings. 

I would also suggest before starting off the holiday season, to clean your oven and your stove. Grease can build up and its not pretty. I use some generic brand and its wonderful. I just spray and watch the grease come off. I wouldn't recommend cleaning your floors before cleaning your oven. Unless you like to do double the work, I learned the hard way. 

 Help with decluttering your kitchen, clean as you go. It is the best to clean up as you go. This is not only a plus for the cook as they won't have a lot of cleaning up to do after. Should anything happen with a fire starting with a decluttered kitchen there are not a lot of things around that could help spread a fire. Not only that isn't a nice decluttered kitchen, clean work surface and sparkling oven beautiful! Especially for all those Facebook pictures! LOL  

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season. Don't be a turkey, and remember to stand by your pan! 


Monday, November 24, 2014

I love when you talk Tofu to me.....

Wildwood foods, Chef Nathaniel Nguyen of The Prince & Pantry will be offering tips and vegetarian side dish recipes this week. We are talking Tofu Talk this Thanksgiving. Want to find these recipes check out the hashtags on social media; #tofutalk and #Thanksgiving

Here is a great vegetarian side dish to get your tastebuds a flutter....this recipe is compliments of Chef Nathaniel Nguyen

Butternut Squash Mac & “Cheese”
 3-4 cups roasted butternut squash
 1-2 garlic cloves
 3-4 oz. Wildwood® Organic SprouTofu® Silken, drained
 1 ½ - 2 cups non-dairy milk
 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
 ½ cup nutritional yeast flake (optional)
 1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1 lb dried pasta, cooked in boiling salted water

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To roast butternut squash, cut the butternut squash in half and place flesh side down on a baking sheet with about ¼ inch of water to prevent burning and the squash from drying out.
Bake for about 45-60 minutes or until very soft.
Set aside to cool.
In a blender or food processor, combine the squash, garlic, tofu, non-dairy milk, olive oil, nutritional yeast flake, and soy sauce, if using.
Blend until smooth and creamy adjusting with non-dairy milk or pasta water to achieve desired consistency.
In a large saucepan, simmer the sauce over low heat to warm up the sauce.
Season to taste with salt & pepper.  Toss in the cooked pasta and coat with sauce.  Serve hot.
Notes: Butternut squash freezes very well.  Roast a big batch and save the extra to have on hand for soups, casseroles, and this mac & “cheese” recipe. Nutritional yeast flakes can be found at any health store or local gourmet grocer For a more decadent version, feel free to top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese is melted or finish with 1-2 T of grated parmesan cheese.

**** Thanks not all.... to show thanks, I am doing a giveaway for THREE coupons worth $25 each to my readers, for Wildwood foods. To enter leave a comment and tell me your favorite tofu dish. If you don't have one, don't worry just hashtag #tofutalk #thanksgiving and let me know which recipe you would love to make.

I will be announcing a winner on Friday, November 29, 2014 at 11pm PST.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The B word makes me blush!


I am so thrilled to finally be getting married in the latter half of 2015. Elated doesn't even begin to describe how I feel at the thought of spending the rest of my life with my best friend. Someone whom I prayed and quietly waited patiently for.  In keeping up with my traditions I have done things gracefully backwards in life.  First having my kids; working for lucrative companies; being a SAHM; going to school; and now getting married.

 This whole process of planning a wedding is all very NEW and so exciting. Now no wedding would be complete without a generous dose of chaos, but thats a WHOLE other blog post.

I will admit I just wanted to elope with the two of us, I didn't want a wedding. After all I was more focused on planning for a marriage not a day. This was his second marriage, my first and we have kids. This will entail juggling acts that will need to be done to ensure we can blend as delicately as possible. I have been the CEO of my household and its going to be an adjustment for sure.

Now Two months in and I am ecstatic to be planing for a wedding most of all a marriage.  I love that the Future Hubs insisted that I get a day and not to elope. He wants to watch me walk down the aisle with, my our boys. I will joyfully admit I  love everything that this special day entails, down to the place cards and seating charts. This is where I can put my mad HR skills to work with doing an org chart for my guests, aka seating chart.

Now my newest obsession.....is the B word. Oh I love saying it, the way it rolls off my tongue.  Its the real life pinterest boards for Brides to be..... the word...are you ready?

BRIDAL REGISTRY
 now say the B word with me, Bridal Registry. See how beautifully that sounds?

Now like I said this is all so new and so exciting. Creating and looking at the bridal registry is kind of like the first time your friends introduced you to Pinterest, yeah its like that.

With the exception of my Vitamix, Breville juicer, and the Keurig standard coffee maker, which have  been gifts from my parents. Everything else in my kitchen/ home has been a hand me down or thrift shop finds. I have been ok with that.

Now I entered a whole new element and its fantastic, finding the need, only getting what WE need so we can live happily ever after. Need is relative?!?!?!?

A Bridal registry is amazing and you are positive you need everything on your list, yet others might say you don't. They keep you being realistic saying you  just need a few staple items and you can build from there. Your definition of what a staple item is, is your interpretation of said, wants needs.....

For example:

One staple I found was this Oggi 5 Piece Cremem Brûlée Set. I love Creme Brûlée and I was trying to tell the Future Hubs how this would be an investment to our marriage if we had this. He wasn't as enthused as I was. Before I have to delete this bad boy I have to ask;




"What is one unconventional thing you put on your bridal registry that you received, that you love and use often?" 

Remember your honest feedback will spare this item being kicked off our Bridal registry. I am beginning to wonder if he has any spontaneity in him. What happens if for our anniversary I wanted creme brûlée for breakfast....in bed?

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Real Halloween Witch

I shared my response after reading a"Dear Prudence" on Slate . This was regarding a woman who was upset about poor kids eating her Halloween candy. I dubbed her the Halloween Witch although in Prudies article she is referred to as something else, I like mine better. I wrote an open letter on my FAN page. In the hopes that she would have a little more compassion in the years to come. 


My father is the boy with the blue X. 

Dear #Prudence,

I recently READ your response to the person who didn't like the "poor" kids coming into her neighborhood for halloween candy. Thank you for being brutally honest with her. 

You see Halloween was my fathers favorite holiday when he was a little boy. He had the most authentic raggedy costume, the mothers would rave when they answered the door to hand out the candy. He really took his costume seriously, with dirt and rags.

That night he would come home and count his sweet treats and relish in moment that for once life could be so sweet.

My father grew up in an orphanage he was shuffled between two in his life. One in New York which was great, then the one in Michigan wasn't the best.

Halloween was the one time a year my father could go out and not feel ashamed. He was in his school clothes, his costume was his everyday outfit.

Now my father was fortunate to make something of himself and because of that and of my mother...I lived a very privileged life.

With that said even when my father was struggling when he was in his early 20's, he made sure he had loads and loads of halloween candy to pass out on halloween. For the child in the rags could be a reality, but for tonight it's just make-believe and reality ceases to exist.

After all on Halloween we are all pretending to be something we are not, to either stand out or fit in. Whatever the reason is it's like you said, what's another bag of candy?



Sincerely,


Adrianne 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Mr. Sandman,

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Welcome to the

Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Cariloha
Organized by Budget Earth
Co-Hosted by Monica Rants, Raves, & Reviews
    Want to make bedtime as amazing as possible? Make snuggling in bed that much more relaxing with super soft bamboo sheets from Cariloha! What makes these sheets so amazing? For one, they are twice as soft as 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton. Not only are they soft, but are 3 degrees cooler than cotton, allowing you to stay cooler and more comfortable at night. Best of all, they stay soft after washing, giving you cuddly soft sheets every time. To round them out, they are cheaper than Egyptian cotton and cashmere sheets! Who knew spoiling yourself could be eco-friendly and more cost effective? To learn more about these amazing sheets, make sure to head over to Budget Earth and read their Cariloha Bamboo Sheets review! Love the idea of owning a set of these sheets? Budget Earth and some of their favorite bloggers are excited to be giving away a set courtesy of Cariloha through this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a Queen or King set of Cariloha Bambo Sheets in their choice of color ($179 - $199 value). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a Queen or King size Bamboo Sheet Set.
  • Open to US Only.
  • Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends November 12th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by sponsor. Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact mommyjam123@yahoo.com to see how I can help YOUR company today!

Friday, October 24, 2014

$100 Target Gift Card Sweepstakes!!!!


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Welcome to the

Saving for the Holidays Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth

Co-hosted by

Pretty in Pigment| Barbara's Beat | It's My Party | Simply Sherryl | Mirth and Motivation | Coupons and Freebies Mom | Your Sassy Self |

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Have you already started planning for Thanksgiving or started your holiday shopping? We know that this time of year can be a bit stressful, so we decided to work together with some of our favorite bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will have a chance to win a $100 Target Gift Card or cash if they live outside the US or in an area that doesn't have a local Target store. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Saving for the Holidays Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $100 Target Gift Card or Cash.
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends November 8th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by Budget Earth. Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact susan.l.bewley@gmail.com to see how I can help YOUR company today!