; Life is like champagne......: 2009-04-05

Friday, April 10, 2009

A little Spring color

I needed some color besides yellow walls in my kitchen, and spring has me itching to plant. My daughter and I went to the local Town & Country Garden Shop and picked up a six pack of pansies, used a couple of green small buckets and planted one in each, then planted the rest along my walkway. Perfect for Easter than I will plant them in the ground.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Fragrance Collection by Glade

Candles are a special touch to every home and are able to be used all year round. I love to use specific scents of candles during each season, bringing out the senses and making the house more fragrant. Recently Glade has introduced The Fragrance Collection with soy based candles and reed diffusers. I had a chance to test run a couple of the products, the lotus bamboo reed diffuser and the currants & acai soy based candle. Glade has definitely made a good move in the fragrance market with the samples I was given.

I do not like strong scented candles, especially floral or perfume like. Th currants and acai soy based candles was light smelling, tangy with the current scent and burned very clean. The size is 10 oz. with three wicks inside a glass jar with a pewter like lid, nice to cover up when not in use.

I have never used a reed diffuser before so this was new to me. There are 10 reeds, a glass bottle of scented oil which was lotus bamboo. You stick all of the reeds in the oil and the oil seeps into the reeds, diffusing the oil scent into the air. Again, since I am not into strong floral scents, I was skeptical with the scent. Once the scent started to linger, it was not strong at all, just enough to give a light scent with a very slight hint of citrus in the air. The look of the product is very clean, easily can be placed anywhere and a very good alternative to burning a candle.

In conclusion, the two products I was able to test with The Fragrance Collection by Glade were wonderful. There is a coupon available here for $2 off!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Just a reminder to vote!

Just a reminder to vote for me on the Dole Sweet Retreat Contest, voting ends April 22, 2009. You can find me under the "at play" section.

Thank you!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Making Life Better

Everyone has the economy on their mind and how to stretch a dollar. We have changed our driving schedule to take lass trips to the grocery store, become more efficient in use of energy and made sacrifices on what we need versus what we want. All of these simple changes do not have to sacrifice quality of life. I find myself constantly looking for new recipes to keep meals fun, fresh and simple. Unilever, the consumer package goods company, has spent a great deal of time thinking about how to make everyday life better and help us find ways to create great meals and do more with less.

Unilever has a web site, http://www.makinglifebetter.com/ that has some great ideas to take you out of the boredom of the same old chicken recipe you make every Monday night and give affordable tips and ideas from beauty to health and wellness. Here are some of the great ideas I found.

There is a Recipe of the Week that gives you something new to focus on serving. They are not complicated and ingredients are generally something you can have stocked in the house. This week was Cheesy Rice Stuffed Peppers which I always seem to forget is a great meal. My daughter has taken a liking to red peppers and loves all of the other ingredients included in this dish. I can also be content with the fact that all of the ingredients are healthy and tastes good!
You ever read a great quote of inspired by a statement made in a book you are reading and then when it comes time you want to tell someone about it or remind yourself, you just cannot remember what it was? I cannot tell you how many times this has happened to me. Well each section of the Making Life Better site has a tip section and one of the tips was Brighten up Bookmark which basically states to put a bookmark where these inspirational phrases are so you have them at your finger tips. Love that idea!
Easter is coming and our family will be gathering at our home for dinner. Of course we will be serving ham, and I wanted something simple and different to serve with it. We have limited time since we are going Easter service at our church and the Easter Egg hunt is right after. Plan ahead its the key and I found Maple Dijon Carrots as a great addition to the ham. Tasty, simple and quick!
I could easily continue to write about all of the great ideas and tips I found on the Making Life Better site, but I think you should stop by and take a look and feel free to comment to me what you found.
This review was written for Mom Central.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

The moles have other plans

I planted crocus flowers all along my hydrangea bed over a year ago, hoping to get a nice line of color in the early spring before my hydrangea start to turn green. The moles have seemed to decide they did not like them here and moved the bulbs to a random area away from the hydrangea. If they were voles, the bulbs would be eaten. Oh I hope Domino gets going on catching them soon.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Connecticut Child Identification Program

My daughter and I went to the Snoopy Fair last Saturday in our town. We had a great time with making crafts, activities and seeing other children her age she will be going to school with. The Connecticut Freemasons Foundation also sponsor the CT CHIP, Connecticut Child Identification Program where they offer a complete information tool pack to identify your child if ever your child was missing. The packet includes fingerprints, toothprints, cheek swab for DNA and a digital video picture of your child along with questions they or you answer.

I took the opportunity to complete the information for my daughter, and plan on putting it away for safe keeping, updating it every year. God help us if something happened where you needed to use it but I feel safer knowing I have it.

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