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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brownies as a gift? Yes!

I was surprised when I received this little box from our relatives in NYC. They sent us brownies from the American Brownie Company. These are not just any old brownies, but they are gourmet brownies. They sent us the 20 Gourmet Coffee Lovers Bite Size Tower Gift Pack. There are 5 flavors in the pack including Dark Chocolate Brownie, Night and Day Brownie, German Chocolate Brownie, White Chocolate Walnut Blondie Brownie, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie. The brownies are yummy and moist. They are cut into little squares so they are bite size. Don't let the bite size fool you into eating more than you should. One square a 2oz serving can be between 190 & 220 calories! Yeah, I was shocked when I read that because I had just eaten 2 of them! But if you want to get a gift for a chocolate lover I suggest you check out American Brownie Company's website.

Review of the Day: Mark Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss

If you have read my blog before you know I love lipstick and lip gloss. Several days ago I reviewed Dolce & Gabbana's lip gloss which I highly recommend, but I know it's a bit on the pricey side. So, I received a sample of Mark's Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss and I have to tell you that it is stiff competition for the D&G lip gloss. It retails for 6.00 which is not a lot for a quality lip gloss. It goes on very smooth and keeps your lips moist for hours. I noticed a few hours later it looked like I had just applied it. Also, there's a slight minty flavor to it. It's not an overpowering minty flavor. The color is a pink called Girly Girl, but I think it looks great with any skin tone. It does come in several other shades. If you want a sexy pouty look to your lips I suggest you try this lip gloss. And there's a special offer going on right now:

FREE mark hook up connector with purchase of ANY 2 mark hook up products!

Lip Fix! FREE mark Juice Gems Squeeze On Lip Gloss (a $6.50 value!) with an $18 purchase on select items!

And FREE shipping for orders of $35 or more just enter MARKFS35 at checkout.

The new year is about to begin. You owe it to yourself to get a new look, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous with Mark. Check out the website at

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Give thanks and get organized for the new year with!

So all of the gifts have been unwrapped. You probably received some great gifts and would like to thank your family and/or friends. You would like to send them a lovely personalized thank you card. Check out some of the thank you cards at They have some wonderful designs to suit every personality. And if you're like me the new year is always a good excuse to get organized. has all sorts of things to help you get organized in the new year. From calendars, stationery, mailing labels to recipe cards and journals. You can also design your own stationery. Their website is easy to navigate and they are having a sale of 60% off on already reduced items. Here's the website

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review of the Day: Duran Duran-All You Need Is Now

First of all let me tell you that I am a Duranie. I have been a Duran Duran fan since 1982. Yes, I was 2 years old then.(just kidding)Anyway, as a fan I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this record since the last one 'Red Carpet Massacre.' Especially since Mark Ronson co-produced the record with Duran.

My opinions are strictly from a fan's point of view. I'm not a musician so I cannot get into the technical aspects of anything. This album became available by download from iTunes on 12/21/10, but I have had a copy for a few weeks now. It's only available on iTunes. The physical release of the cd will be in late February 2011.

The first track is the title track 'All You Need Is Now.' I like that this is the title track because it's up-tempo and grabs you immediately. As usual Duran know how to make a good dance record. The video is excellent with shots of the band now and a nostalgic look back to the 80s.

Track 2 is 'Blame The Machines.' Another great dance track. It has a very techno feel. I found myself dancing to it much like I would have danced to it in the 80s. It has newscaster Nina Hossain doing the speaking part in the song.

Track 3 is 'Being Followed.' It sounds like it could be part of the soundtrack for a western, but with a disco track over it. The song is quite current because of Twitter and camera phones being everywhere. Someone is always watching what we do.

Track 4 is 'Leave The Light On.' This song is slow, atmospheric in tone. The lyrics are really beautiful. Makes me wonder who Simon was thinking of when he wrote this song.

Track 5 is 'Safe(In the Heat of the Moment).' This song begins with a rap from Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic. The song is very catchy. This song was actually the first song from the cd I was drawn to except of course for the title track. It sounds like it could have been on any of Duran's albums in the 80s. A dance record that doesn't sound like anything else on the radio currently.

Track 6 is 'Girl Panic.' Fast paced song. Simon in the chorus sounds quite panicked like he's being chased by a bunch of girls. The guitar played by Dom Brown sounds very reminiscent of former member Andy Taylor.

Track 7 is 'The Man Who Stole a Leopard.' This is my favorite track. Kelis provides vocals on this track. This song could have easily been on the Rio record. The beginning reminds me of 'The Chauffeur.' Beautiful strings and Simon's haunting vocal throughout the song "Don't spill my secret" makes this song perfection. Once again Nina Hossain is featured on this track. She delivers a fake news story at the end about the man and his leopard.

Track 8 is 'Runaway, Runaway.' Guitar heavy track. Andy would have loved to play on this song. Really like Roger's drumming on this song. It drives the whole track.

Tracks 9&10 are 'Mediterranea' & 'Before the Rain.' Both songs are slow tracks. Beautifully written and performed. Simon's vocals sound strong on both tracks.

I have to say I can really tell they took their time with this record. Duran Duran are fantastic musicians. They are seriously underrated. Simon's lyrics have never been better. This is the first record since The Wedding Album that I can say I like every song. This is truely a record for the fans. Mark Ronson is a true fan and has done an amazing job with the production along with Duran Duran. 'All You Need Is Now' is available exclusively through iTunes.

Duran Duran are: Simon LeBon-Vocals, Nick Rhodes-Keyboards, John Taylor-Bass and Roger Taylor-Drums.

Wysi Wipes!

Ok, I was sent a sample of Wysi Wipes. My son and I were fascinated to see these little 2cm disk in the little green pouch. These little disks turn into biodegradable 9x10 inch wipes. They're a cross between a paper towel and a wash cloth. What you do is just put the disk under water, just a tablespoon will do. Unroll and volia you have a cloth. This is great especially for moms. I know I always need something to wipe my kids' faces. The little packs that were sent to me have 2 disks each. The cloth is very gentle on the skin. They are 100% natural, contain no alcohol, nothing has been added. It doesn't even have a scent. The towels are disposable, but can be reused. They are very durable and can be used in many different ways. Here's a website where you can learn more


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

It's crunch time folks. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what to give that special someone or if you have received a gift from someone and you didn't get one for them. Here are some last minute gift ideas. First I'm going to recommend any of Philosophy's bath products. Especially the holiday products. My favorite is the Gingerbread Man Foaming Bath and shower gel. It comes in a really cute box and it smells exactly like gingerbread. That's a good thing if you like gingerbread like I do. It lathers up well, but rinses off easily. You are just left soft wonderful smelling skin.

Blockbuster has a digital gift cards. Go to The cards are good in stores and online at

Macy's has FREE GIFT with $78 Calvin Klein Euphoria Women's Fragrance Purchase! The gift is a gourmet box of chocolates! Yum! And Macy's has free shipping until Monday.

I love Amazon as you can see by my website;-) Amazon gift cards make a great gift because Amazon sells almost everything. Go to

If none of these gift ideas interest you there's a site called They have all sorts of ideas for last minute gifts and they even break them down into catagories like Best Friend or Boss.

Good luck with your Christmas shopping and happy Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Review of the Day: Dolce and Gabbana The Lip Gloss

My favorite thing to wear is lip gloss or lipstick. I can't leave the house without something on my lips. I was sent a sample of the Dolce and Gabbana lip gloss. I was so excited when I saw the package. When I opened it I was disappointed because it's a bright pink color called Baby. I really wanted to try it. So, I put it on. With my skin tone it doesn't work. What I did notice is that it's very lightweight. You don't feel it on your lips at all. Also, it's not sticky. I decided to try it over one of my other lipsticks. It gave the lipstick a shine and made my lips look dewy. Which is a good thing;-) So, I highly recommend Dolce and Gabbana's lip gloss. They come in many other beautiful colors. I think I might try the Dahlia.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review of the Day: John Frieda Full Repair

My hair lately hasn't had any body, fullness and just looks drab. So, I decided to try yet another hair product. I saw that John Frieda has a new line of products to help repair overworked hair like mine. When I was younger I could do anything to my hair and it wouldn't hurt it at all. This year I put highlights in my hair in addition to the perm. Then in October I dyed my hair again. I think the older I get the more fragile the hair becomes. There were several products in this line. There was a shampoo, conditioner, a product specifically for flyaway hair, something that looked like a mousse and the product I bought which was the Perfect Ends Deep Infusion. On the bottle it says that it revives overworked hair. The product was 10.99 so I decided to give it a try.

I have to say this product changed my hair immediately. When I was blow drying it I noticed that my hair had a shine to it. It was fuller and when it was dry it looked much more healthy. It's very soft and actually has some body to it. I was able to style it today instead of just putting it in a ponytail. I'm so happy with this product I'm going to get the shampoo and conditioner next.

UPDATE 1/27/11: I bought the shampoo, conditioner and Root Lift Foam. I love all of the products in this line. My hair is looking healthier each time I use it. The foam is not like the mousse I remember when I was a teenager. It's light, not sticky and doesn't make your hair hard at all. I highly recommend the John Frieda Full Repair line.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

17 Gifts That Don't Cost a Thing

There's a lot of pressure this time of year to get the perfect gift for your loved ones. I have a friend who is currently unemployed and she has told me she cannot by gifts for anyone this year. I read this article about gifts that don't cost a thing. They have some really good ideas. I have to say I will probably try a few myself because I wasn't able to buy for as many people as usual this year. And remember it's the thought that counts. 17 Gifts That Don't Cost a Thing

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Traditions-The Cinnamon Bear

I love old time radio shows. For the past 28 years I have listened to the 'Those Were The Days' radio show. It's hosted by Steve Darnall, but it's original host and creator is Chuck Schaden. Mr. Schaden had a tradition every year to play a radio show called 'The Cinnamon Bear.' It was originally broadcast in 1937. 'The Cinnamon Bear' is about a brother and sister, Jimmy and Judy. They are putting up the Christmas tree with their mom. They soon discover that the star, the silver star that goes on top of the tree is missing. Judy and Jimmy meet a little stuffed bear Paddy O'Cinnamon. He attempts to help Judy and Jimmy locate the silver star. Judy, Jimmy and Cinnamon Bear go on a 26 episode adventure on the Root Beer Ocean through the Looking Glass Valley. Along the way they meet characters called Crazy Quilt Dragon and the Inkaboos.

My mom listened to the Cinnamon Bear. I listened to it as a kid and now thanks to cds my kids now listen to it. It's a family tradition that I hope my kids will pass to their kids. There are a few places online where you can hear 'The Cinnamon Bear.' Here's one I found believe Steve Darnell is continuing Chuck Schaden's tradition. Those Were The Days comes on every Saturday from 1-5pmcst on WDCB.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple ways to transition from 9 to 5 to Glam

The holiday party season is upon us now. Many of us would just like to go straight from work without stopping at home to change. Or, make simple changes at work that don't have you carrying around bags of clothes. Watching WGN Morning News today I saw this segment. It gives you some really simple ideas on how to change your look from 9 to 5 to a holiday party look. One thing I really didn't consider especially living in bitterly cold Chicago is wearing an open toe shoe past October. Also the clothes and accessories are affordable.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review of the Day: Market Day Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I know by now you're tired of Thanksgiving leftovers. Looking for something hearty to eat? Something that will stick to your ribs? Well there's a company called Market Day. They sell food products and it's used mainly by schools to raise money. They have a soup called chicken and wild rice condensed soup. To me it's the most creamy best tasting chicken and wild rice soup I have ever tasted. It can be a meal by itself, but I like to pair it with rolls or a crusty bread.

Be prepared to wait for about an hour to eat it. You prepare it from frozen. First you remove it from the box. The soup is in a plastic bag. You place the plastic bag in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes. Then you remove the soup from the bag and put it in a pot. The soup cooks for 30 minutes. I like to add broccoli florets, onions and green peppers to it while it's cooking. It's 32oz so it could easily feed a family of 4. Even though it takes an hour to make it. It's worth the wait.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm very thankful for my family and friends. I'm looking forward to sharing the day with my family. We here at The Elements of Review would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

Who knew that there were so many ways to make stuffing. My mom makes a delicious cornbread stuffing every year. Here are some stuffing recipes that look so good and some aren't your traditional stuffing! Give them a try. Let me know which one you tried and how it turned out. Happy cooking! Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

Vegetarian Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey

Sometimes I have a difficult time trying to figure out what to cook for my husband for Thanksgiving. Usually it's macaroni and cheese or spinach lasagna. I know he loves those 2 dishes, but I think this year I should spice it up a little and make something else. Here are some ideas for what to cook the vegetarian in your life this Thanksgiving! Vegetarian Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey

Friday, November 19, 2010

Review of the Day:Body By Bethenny

Wanted to try a new workout so I searched the On Demand menu and I found this one. I don't watch The Real Housewives of New York City, but I know Bethenny Frankel has written some cookbooks and lost her baby weight after giving birth. So, I was willing to give it a try. She says she wants you to unleash the "skinny girl" in you. I said I have just the one?

Anyway, it's basically a yoga workout. I'm not really a big fan of yoga. I stuck with it though. The workout is lead by yoga instructor Kristin McGee. It's a very basic yoga workout. I liked that Kristin and Bethenny gave us choices on how to perform some of the poses. Like instead of doing a chaturanga they said we could do a child's pose or go straight into downward dog. Kristin and Bethenny seemed to get a long well and I liked that it didn't seem scripted. They chatted like two friends taking a class together. Sometimes Bethenny would talk over or interrupt Kristin so that was a little annoying.

It's a basic, but challenging workout. It did raise my heart rate and it flowed at a nice pace. The one pose I could not do was the back bend. Was too scared to try it. There was a 10 minute strength training workout with some really basic moves like bicep curls, tricep kickbacks and shoulder presses. We did about 2 sets of 12 of each. Then there was a booty bonus. Three standing exercises specifically for the booty.

I like the workout and for those days I don't feel like sweating buckets or jumping around the room for an hour I would do this workout instead.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's That Smell?! It's Air Wick's Crackling Fire & Warming Spice

Next week is Thanksgiving and you'll be gathered together with friends and family. The house will probably be smelling good because of all the food that's being cooked, but I'm a sucker for these scented oils. I was in the store and saw the Air Wick Winter Luxury Edition. The one that caught my eye was the Crackling Fire & Warming Spice. I tried the scratch and sniff and the package, but I really couldn't smell anything. I took a chance and bought it. Right now my house smells like cinnamon, cloves and creamy vanilla. It's a warm, comforting smell. All the best scents of the holidays. Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

If you haven't planned your Thanksgiving menu by now don't worry. Here are some recipes to make creating that menu simpler.From the classic turkey to a yummy sweet potato casserole with pecan topping. Also, if you have vegetarians coming to dinner there are some veggie recipes too. Take a look! Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Review of the Day: Bob Harper's Pure Burn Super Strength

I have to say this was the toughest workout I have ever done. I remember reading Bob's tweet when he was filming his latest workouts. He showed a picture of the workout talent and mentioned that she had just vomited because the workout was so hard. I believe him. This is how I felt today. There is a 60 minute workout and a 20 minute workout for beginners. Of course I did the 60 minute workout;-)

This is a pure strength training workout. It starts off with a warm-up and then immediately we start the workout. One nice thing about this DVD was that there wasn't a lot of junk at the beginning. It takes your straight to the menu. There's a clock on the bottom of the screen telling you how much time is left in the workout. I thought that was a bad idea because I would be looking at that all the time and time would stand still. Not true! I was so busy working out and sweating I barely paid any attention to the clock. I looked up one time and it said 60 minutes. The next time I looked up it said 35 minutes.

There are a lot of repetitions and isometric holds. The workout flowed nicely to me. You barely get any time to rest between the exercises so your heart rate stays up. The workout talent behind him were working really hard. I'm wondering if they did any rehearsals at all, because they seemed to be struggling just as much as I was during some of the workout. I felt bad for them, but also it was comforting. By the end I was completely drenched in sweat and ended up in a fetal position.

After some recovery I came out of the fetal position to do the 20 minute workout. Just to see what it was like. It was an extremely modified version of the 60 minute workout. It felt like a walk in the park compared to the 60 minute workout. I like Bob. As he mentioned in the DVD he is "the nice one", but he kicked my butt today. And because you like Bob you want to do your best and workout as hard as possible. Even though it was really tough I highly recommend it. I like tough workouts like this.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Review of the Day: Thomas Rosenthal Professional Cookware Review-Frypan

I purchased another piece of cookware from Jewel/Osco using the stickers. For 70 reward stickers I got the 10.2" non-stick frypan. I'm loving it. The food cooks evenly. The pan is definitely non-stick. Clean up is very easy thanks to the teflon. There's a hole in the handle to hang the pan up if you want to do that. I've cooked with it several times and I notice the handle doesn't get hot, but warm. I do wish it had a lid to it. I have the dutch oven and sometimes I use that lid, but the dutch oven is 9.4". So, it's a little small, but I make it work. Can't wait to get another piece of cookware. Still saving the stickers.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Molton Brown Candles

It's that time of year folks. Time to start worrying about what to get loved ones for holiday gifts. I was checking out Molton Brown's website and I saw these wonderful candles. They come in many exotic fragrances and some of them have up to 80 hours of burn time. The boxes they come in are so beautiful you don't even have to worry about wrapping. Give a little luxury this holiday season.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Walking Dead

I love, love horror movies. Especially zombie movies. Imagine my delight when I found out that AMC was going to have a TV series with zombies in it. At first I thought well, they probably won't show too much gore. It is American Movie Classics. I was wrong there's plenty of gore enough to make a horror fan like me very happy. The Walking Dead is about County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who after being shot ends up in a coma. He wakes up from the coma only to find that there's a zombie epidemic in his hometown. The world has been taken over by zombies! Love it! During the series we will follow Sheriff Grimes while he fights zombies and looks for his wife and son who he believes to still be alive.

The first episode kept me on the edge of my seat. The acting and make-up effects were superb. I'm really looking forward to watching the rest of this series. Check out the website!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Review of the Day: Jari Love's Lean Machine

This workout is from her Extremely Ripped series. I enjoy doing all of Jari Love's workouts. She's a great motivator and I like that she always has modifiers even when using the step in her DVDs. This DVD is said to have three 30 minute workouts. Well, it's not broken down into 3 sections. The Lean Machine workout is around 60 minutes, but the workout isn't separated in the menu into two 30 minute workouts. So, if I just want to do 30 minutes I have to make sure to watch the clock and then stop. Secondly, the 3rd workout is the 30 minute resistance training from the Body Rock DVD. If I had the Body Rock DVD I would be upset that she included this workout on another DVD. I don't think it was necessary to do that.

The workout itself is different that some of her others. There's a lot more footwork. Sometimes to me the footwork and the arm movements are awkward together. I've done this workout 3 times already and I think a few more times it will feel less awkward. The music in Lean Machine is very good.

I have to say this is not one of her best. I love Get Extremely Ripped 1000. That DVD had chapter divisions where you could do the entire workout in 60 minutes or you could do the 30 minute workouts separately. And you could just do the aerobic section or the strength training section. Love that.

I do like that Jari Love always listens to her fans. You can tell with each DVD she releases that she has listened to us. Now she needs to go back to what she was doing before. I don't think the dancing and strength training works well together at all.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Arm Blaster Workout

Here's an arm workout from Gabby Reece. Many of the workout DVDs I have include these exercises, but it's nice to have them in one place if you just want to concentrate on arms for a day. She's really good with the explanations on how to do the exercises and showing us perfect form. And just look at her arms. It's working for her;-)

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via The Official Website of Gabby Reece by Editor on 10/31/10

Beginner Workload: 2 Rounds / 10-12 Reps
INT-Advanced Workload: 4 Rounds / 12-15+ Reps

1. Dumbbell Bicep Curl / Shoulder Press
up together down together
2. Dumbbell Triceps Kickback
keep elbows high and locked in
3. Pushups
ok to do on knees – keep head up, straight with spine – if you begin to lose your form stop
4. Dumbbell Open and Close Bicep Curl
two part move – bicep curl front then to the side for 1 rep
5. Dumbbell Tricep Pushup
keep elbows in close to your ears
6. Dumbbell Flys
sit back into your glutes, bend over and lift weight out to the side
7. Dumbbell Bent Over Row
use one leg for support or sit back and row with both arms using back muscles
8. Plank Row
this is tough – do on your toes or knees
9. Rotator Cuff
use light weight, go down to a natural distance

Things you can do from here:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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BTW, I love this man. He has the most beautiful piercing eyes. Photo number 6 is my favorite. I recommend you see every film with Jeremy Renner in it. You won't be disappointed. My favorite movies with him so far are "Dahmer" and "The Hurt Locker." Sharing from

Decorating in Woodland Colors

Some of these colors are really beautiful. I love the idea of espresso-colored walls. Check out some of the other ideas for spicing up your home for the holidays. Decorating in Woodland Colors

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

Since it's that time of year. The time where we all love to cook hearty, stick to your ribs food. Here are some recipes for you to try. Enjoy! Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas -

Friday, October 29, 2010

What's That Smell? It's Glade's Cashmere Woods

I love to have fragrance all around my home especially this time of year. I was in the Dominicks today shopping and decided I needed a new bathroom spray. The one I have now is very springlike and I need something that says "Autumn."

There are so many air fresheners, candles and plug-ins to choose from. I decided to try Glade's Cashmere Woods. It also comes in a candle and plug-in. The scent is a mixture of amber and bergamot. The name Cashmere Woods describes it perfectly. It's a very luxurious scent. The word sophisticated comes to mind too. There's nothing flowery about this, but it's not an annoying overpowering smell. I sprayed the fragrance as soon as I got home at 11:00am and I noticed that I could still smell it 3 hours later.

The next time you're in the store and you see this product give it a try.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's in the oven? Sweet Potato Pie!

I know pumpkin pie is probably the most popular pie during this time of year. My favorite is my dad's sweet potato pie. He makes it every Thanksgiving, but I couldn't wait until then so I made one today. I made some substitutions and I put them in parenthesis. I used a gluten-free crust from Whole Foods. No one in my family is on a gluten-free diet. I just like the way it tastes. It's buttery and flaky. Just really yummy. And I used pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn't measure that I just used my taste buds to judge how much to put in there. But if you want to follow the recipe I have placed it below. Recipe from


* 1 (1 pound) sweet potato
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup white sugar (Splenda Sugar Blend)
* 1/2 cup milk (evaporated milk)
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review of the Day: Thomas Rosenthal Professional Cookware Review

For the past couple of months we have been saving stickers from our local grocery store Jewel to get some cookware. I had my eye on the dutch oven since the very beginning. You get one sticker for every $10 you spend. With the weekly grocery shopping we do and stickers from my dad we got 100. That's what you need to get the dutch oven. I was so excited to pick it up from the store. I must have been one of the first people to get mine because the cashier didn't know exactly what to do. She rang up the dutch oven and it came to sixty dollars. It's supposed to be only 1 cent after you redeem the stickers. So, after she got some help I was able to buy my dutch oven for one penny.

Brought it home and the first thing I cooked was an Indian stew. I like the fact that the Thomas dutch oven is really light. I was expecting the pot to be heavy. The handles didn't get hot while it was on the stove. And it's very easy to clean. None of the stew stuck to the pot because of the Teflon coating. The lid fits on tight and I didn't notice that the handle on the lid got too hot, but I still used an oven mitt to pick it up.

The next thing I plan to cook is my favorite chili. Recipe is located below. I really like the Thomas Rosenthal dutch oven. I plan to get one of the frying pans next. I only need 25 more stickers.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review of the Day: Shred-It with Weights

Another day, another insane intense workout. Ok, I've been doing level one of this workout for a couple of weeks because it's On Demand. My husband got me the DVD for my birthday. Level one is intense. I used a 15 lbs. dumbbell because I don't have a kettlebell. On Demand there is just the level one workout and no recommendations of what to use. So, I used that. The weight seemed fine until I had to do the Turkish Get Up. That exercise you lay down on the floor holding the kettlebell up. You must sit up and then push yourself off the floor. I've tried this with weight and without and I still have trouble doing it.

So, when I get the DVD I find out if you don't have a kettlebell you should use 3-8 lbs. dumbbell. I tried the second level with the 15 lbs. dumbbell and quickly switched to 5 lbs. and that felt too light. I think I might try 10 lbs. next time. The second level is definitely more difficult. I found myself stopping to catch my breath and I had to modify some of the exercises like the plank row because I wasn't able to do the twist with it and the push-up because I didn't feel comfortable pushing up on the dumbbell.

Jillian as usual was encouraging and motivating. The music kept me energized. I've heard some people complain about her form. I'm not a kettlebell user so I don't know if her form is perfect or not. I know that this workout is a nice mix of cardio and strength. My heart rate was up for most of this workout. I had a pretty good sweat going on. Each section is only 30 minutes, but by the end you feel like you have had a good all over body workout.

I might go back to level one for another couple of weeks because level two is significantly more difficult.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Review of the Day: Jackie Warner Xtreme Timesaver Training

I have to say this was the most intense 30 minutes of my life and that's a good thing. Jackie Warner is a celebrity personal trainer and she commands sometimes $400 an hour. She's worth it! In this DVD she you can get a whole body workout in about 30 minutes. Not only is this a strength training workout, but it also makes your heart rate go through the roof. So, it's also a cardio workout as well. That's why she calls it 2 workouts in 1.

It starts off with a brief warm-up. During the warm-up she warns you that this is a shoulder heavy workout. She explains during the workout that she likes to get her celebrity clients "Red carpet ready" by building out the shoulders so they have a v-line and that will makes the midsection look smaller. Here are the sections:
*Shoulders & Glutes
*Quads & Arms
*Hips, Chest & Back
*Core & All over body

The workout consists of exercises that work the lower and upper body at the same time. Each exercise is done for 1 minute. Sometimes that minute seems to last forever. She's motivating and it really feels like you are getting a personal training session.

It ends with a cool down and stretch. And by the end of the workout you feel like you have really accomplished something and that stretch feels really good. I highly recommend this DVD especially if you are short on time. You will get an amazing workout in 30 minutes.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Review of the Day: RED

Former CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is retired and living a boring suburban life. When someone tries to kill him he is thrust back into CIA action. He finds out he has been determined RED (retired,extremely dangerous). He then kidnaps the woman, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) he's been speaking to on the phone about his pension checks. Didn't really understand why he knew they would try to kill her too because it wasn't like he was telling her government secrets.

The pacing of the movie was all wrong. It seemed like they were trying too hard to make a story out of nothing. I was bored for most of the film except when the John Malkovich character Marvin shows up. He had some funny moments and when there were explosives I was impressed with the special effects.

The trailer makes it seem like they are all together in the movie for most of it, but it took forever for us to see Helen Mirren. She played Victoria and she was a badass. I just kept saying to myself if I could look half as good as her when I'm sixty I will be happy. She looked very comfortable shooting a machine gun in an evening gown. Morgan Freeman was great as always. I just was disappointed that all of these extremely talented actors couldn't save this movie. If you like a lot of action and don't really care about the script then this is the movie for you.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Review of the Day: Dark House

A former foster home where there was a gruesome murder spree is turned into a haunted house. You don't see the murders, but during the opening credits get the idea that it was gruesome because you see blood splatter on dolls and stuffed toys and the sound of children screaming.

A little girl, Claire enters the foster home and finds the children dead and a woman covered in blood with her hand in a garbage disposal. As a result of seeing this horrific scene Claire now a grownup and an actress suffers night terrors, panic attacks and depression for which she takes medication. She doesn't like taking the medication so her psychiatrist suggest she go back to the Darrode house and face her past and her fears.

This is where Walston Ray (Jefferey Combs) comes in. He is the creator of the haunted house. He offers Claire and her fellow acting students 300.00 a day to perform in the haunted house that was the Darrode Foster Home. It's not your normal everyday haunted house. It has an amazing holographic system. Claire does some research on the new haunted house and finds pictures of the Darrode Foster Home murder spree on the internet.

Now there were a couple of things I had some problems with. First of all this woman, Claire is so terrified to go back to this house, but when money is mentioned she accepts the job and talks the other actors into it with no hesitation. Also finding all of those pictures so easily on the internet wasn't believable.

I did find the movie to be enjoyable, the acting in some cases was a little bit over the top. The special effects were great, but I thought it took a little to long to get to the horror. When everything started happening it was non-stop and gory. If it was a real haunted house I would definitely want to go. By the end of the film you're left with a feeling that you're not sure what really happened.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Favorite Fall Scent Love's Rainforest Body Mist

So yesterday was my birthday. I decided to buy something for myself. I don't have a lot of money and usually I feel guilty about spending whatever money I have on myself and not the kids. I wanted a new fragrance to wear. The past couple of months I've noticed the Love's Rainforest Body Mist in the CVS. Every time I would go in there I would spray a little on me from the sample bottle. I love the scent. It smells very clean and natural. Today I've gotten many compliments about the fragrance. I sprayed it on this morning and it has lasted all day.

It's not very expensive. I paid $6 for the 2.5 oz bottle. Another good thing is that the bottle and the cap are manufactured using recycled materials and a portion of the proceeds from the sales are donated to rainforest preservation. In my teenage years I wore Love's Babysoft. I think this smells a lot better and a purchase helps the environment.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yummy Tomasello Wines!

I was in Whole Foods not too long ago. I like to go there because they have certain things I like that aren't in other stores and they always have samples out for you to taste. A man stopped me and asked me to try some wine. I figure I'm finished with work and I could use a drink. So, I tried the blueberry, the cherry, the blackberry and pomegranate. He explained to me that there wasn't any sugar in the wine and it's full of antioxidants. I tried them all. They were all sweet except for the cherry which was bitter. Didn't like that one at all. I had a hard time choosing between the blackberry and blueberry. He gave me more wine to sample. I already had a buzz and was giggling much too much. I decided on the blackberry because it was the sweeter of the two. I love a sweet wine. So, if you're ever in Whole Foods look for Tomasello Wines. They are yummy and only about $10.00 a bottle. Or check out their website.
Tomasello Winery

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Paul Chek on Cardio from Gabby Reece's website

Basically he says that cardio can be too stressful for some people. It puts too much stress on the adrenal glands and releases cortisol and maybe they should just stick with strength training. You should change up the strength training routine every 4-6 weeks. I have strength training DVDs that increase the heart rate just like a cardio routine would. So, I think I will give this a try. Check out the link below and see what you think. I have also put my workout for the next week below. I will try to do strength training 4-5 times a week. I will include yoga as put of my strength training routine. I walk a lot already so I will just use that as my cardio. has shared the following link with you via AddToAny:

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Sunday-Amy Bento All Pump Extreme
Monday-Yoga Meltdown w/Jillian Michaels
Tuesday-Shred It With Weights w/Jillian Michaels
Wednesday-Yoga Meltdown w/Jillian Michaels
Friday-Lean Machine w/Jari Love
Saturday-Shred It With Weights w/Jillian Michaels

Friday, October 15, 2010

2nd Favorite Fall Fashion Accessory is....The Poncho

I was in Old Navy a couple of weeks ago and I was happy to see that ponchos are back. About 5 years ago I bought 2 of them. I saw Martha Stewart wearing one when she was released from prison and I thought it was so cute. It's something easy to wear when you don't want to wear a coat or jacket. Just throw it on over your clothes and go. It will keep you warm on cool days. I like to wear mine with skinny jeans and boots.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Favorite Fashion Accessory For Fall-Newsboy Hat

This is my favorite time of year not only because of the weather and holidays, but because of the fashion. I love to wear sweaters and jackets. When I was a teenager I couldn't wait for the fall issues of Seventeen and Vogue to come out. Don't get me wrong I like summer, but I never feel comfortable in what I wear. I'm always wanting for fall to come so I can wear my comfy clothes.

I have never been a hat person except in the 80s when Duran Duran was popular. I wore a fedora only because John Taylor wore one. And in the winter I will wear a hat to keep my head warm. I don't look right in a baseball cap and I've tried over the years to wear hats, but they just don't suit me. Until now! The newsboy hat is my favorite accessory for this fall. Why? Because I think it's very versatile. Comes in many colors and styles. You can wear it to work or when your going out. It's comfortable and I think it's a style that suits many people. It looks cute with a sweater, t-shirt or coat. However you want to wear it. And it's suitable for men and women. They're really inexpensive too. I bought 2 this year I like them so much.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review of the Day: St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Moisturizer

This time of year I find my skin extra dry and rough. My daughter has the same problem. I use whatever body lotion I find on sale for myself and it works out fine. My daughter is another story. Her skin is extremely dry and the doctor recommended we use Aveeno. And it works well for her. Well, we ran out of the Aveeno and it's between paydays so I decided to try the St. Ives.

It's St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Advanced Moisturizer. It was about half the price of the Aveeno. I tried it on my daughter's skin. It's really creamy, very soothing when you put it on. It blends well into the skin and non-irritating. . I used it on myself as well as my daughter. I noticed that hours later my skin isn't dry and I don't have to reapply. The scent is light and pleasant. St. Ives states on the bottle that it has 100% natural moisturizers and dermatologist tested. It's not tested on animals and has no animal ingredients. So, it's good for vegetarians.

I'm very pleased with the results and will probably buy it again instead of the Aveeno.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review of the Day: Dunkin Donuts-Maple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich

I'm supposed to be on a diet, but today I decided I had to have the Maple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts. It's a sausage patty, white cheddar and an egg on a croissant. I have to say I found it very good. The sausage patty is big and it has a maple flavor. The slice of cheese is very generous. They toast it for you. I have like a 10 minute walk from the DD to my house and when I got home it was still warm. The croissant was moist, buttery and didn't fall apart. The sandwich is 720 calories and 20 grams of fat. A lot more than I should have eaten. Plus I got an order of hash browns. The hash browns were a little crunchy on the outside,but nice and soft on the inside. I could taste the garlic salt and another seasoning. Maybe onion... I like that. They only give you 9 small round pieces and it's 200 calories with 11 grams of fat. So, even though I felt really satisfied with the meal. It was truly yummy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review of the Day: Billy Blanks Jr. Burn it Up

As you know by now I've been a Tae Bo girl since 1999. So, I was excited to see that his son has started making exercise DVDs. I saw that his Cardioke was On Demand so I decided to give it a try. It's 60 minutes long, but it goes by fast.

It starts off with a warm-up and then stretch. Then there is a Hip-Hop section. I had some difficulty following it. He put me at ease by saying "Don't judge yourself" and I could see even some of the people behind him were having some problems keeping up. And they are students in his class.

Billy has a lot of energy and is very motivating much like his dad. He reminds you to keep breathing during the entire workout. Even though I was having trouble keeping up this is a fun workout to do with your kids. We were making mistakes together and even with the mistakes you are still burning calories. My heart rate was up and I was sweating a lot. The next section was Bollywood. It was fun I always enjoy doing some Bhangra and since I was familiar with it I was able to keep up.

My favorite section was the Cardio Fit. I wish the whole DVD was just this. It was simply aerobics. Easy to follow, but challenging. The Cardio Fit Jive & Latin were fun to do. They were a lot simpler than the Hip-Hop.

The Dance Sculpt section used ballet moves which is something I don't normally see in the DVDs I usually do. The arms sculpting portion used no weights, but I really felt like I was getting a good workout. By the end of that section my arms were on fire.

The Cool Down was basically a section where we could get our heart rate down, relax and stretch. The song playing in the background was written and performed by his wife Sharon.

I have to say that I enjoyed all of Burn It Up except for the Hip-Hop section. I would do it again. It's a fun workout. And anything that can keep my kids engaged and having fun for an hour is a bonus. It's called Burn It Up on the On Demand menu, but I think it's taken from his Cardio Fit DVD.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review of the Day: Amy Bento All Pump Extreme Workout (2008)

I've decided that I need to do more strength training because earlier this year I was doing it 3-4 times a week and I was losing weight. I've tried an Amy Bento Kickboxing workout before and I wasn't impressed with her cuing, but when I heard that this workout was about 120 minutes of strength training I was intrigued. I rented this DVD from Blockbuster.

This workout works every muscle in your body with a variety of combinations that you repeat at least 3 times. I noticed that my heart rate was up and I was sweating quite a lot. Her cuing is a lot better on this one and she does keep you motivated. You start off with a warm-up, then go to upper body, legs, core and then stretching. The core work didn't have your typical exercises and they were very challenging.

I found myself skipping some parts because I don't have a body bar, tube or step. I do have some complaints about this workout. Most of the exercises did include the step. She didn't modify really any of them for people who want to work out on the floor. I would modify by doing the same exercise on the floor and in the case of the body bar I would just use a hand weight. Sometimes she told us what weight she was using, but most of the time she didn't. I did like that she would change the step height and weights on camera. So, it was like she was doing it along with you and you didn't have to pause the DVD.

If you are short on time and can't do the whole 120 minutes there NRG pre-mixes that range from 40-80 minutes. I would recommend this workout to someone who likes a challenging strength training workout. Particularly if you have all of the equipment. If you don't like me and still want to do it and modify it in your own way I would say take a chance and try it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Review of the Day Come Dine With Me

I got addicted to Come Dine With Me while living in England. It's a show about amateur chefs who host a dinner party. At the end of the evening the person is given points from 1 to 10 on their dinner party hosting skills and food. The person with the most points win. The winner gets a £1,000 prize.

The show is now on BBC America on Tuesdays at 10pm Eastern 9pm Central. It is very different than the show I watched in England. When I watched it back then it was on for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Now, it's on for an hour and there are only 4 contestants instead of 5. I still like the show,but when it was on 5 nights you got to get to know the contestants better, see more of the meal prep and check out their houses. Now, you see very little meal prep, they usually just let you see the other contestants wander around one person's home and you really don't get to know them as well as you would if you had an half hour with each contestant. The only thing that has really remained the same is the voice-over man Dave Lamb. He is funny, sarcastic and can be mean sometimes, but the show would not be the same without him.

Still one of the best shows on TV.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review of the Day:Billy Blanks Cardio Inferno

I have been a Tae Bo girl since 1999. I have about 80% of the videos he has released and maybe tried about 90% of them. When I found out he had finally released another workout I was excited and a bit apprehensive. I do love the Tae Bo, but since I've been doing it so long and I'm a bit of a fitness junkie I have done a lot of workouts and always need to be challenged. I decided to give Cardio Inferno a try.

Well, it starts off with a stretching warm-up which is something I've never liked and always tend to skip. I like to move in warm-up. So, I just jogged in place for the 5 minutes. We then get down to business. It's time for the workout. I was hoping that there would be some new moves in this DVD. He did add a couple of new moves. A lot of it were the same moves, but he put them in a combination that he never did before. He was motivating and energetic as usual. I like that he doesn't take a lot of time between moves. Tae Bo DVDs always go by fast for me. I'm never really watching the clock. The workout including the warm-up is about 45 minutes. There is a tutorial, but since I've been doing Tae Bo for 11 years I didn't do it.

I have to say that if you are a beginner this workout will knock you off your feet. It is challenging, but I wish it was a bit more complicated in the moves. My heart rate was between 60-70%. I like it to be above that. It says you can burn up to 800 calories. I got to 250. So, not bad for 40 minutes. I will get this DVD out when I need to have a good workout, but if you want a really challenging Tae Bo workout I suggest getting the Get Ripped DVDs.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Baked Spaghetti

Making this for dinner tonight. I used soy mince instead of ground beef and added some cheddar cheese because DH bought fat-free mozzarella which has no taste.

Review of the Day: Febreze Noticeables Apple & Spice Delight

I love this time of year. One of my favorite things to do is to decorate the house. I love the scents that come with fall as well. I was in the Target on Friday looking for a fall scent for my home and noticed the Febreze Noticeables Apple & Spice Delight. It's a scented dual oil that I put into a warmer that plugs into the wall. It's located in the kitchen, but I notice the scent all around the house. The apple spice is very fresh and smells like apples and cinnamon. The caramel apple reminds me of a caramel apple pie. The scents are very comforting and not overpowering. I can definitely tell the difference when the warmer switches from one scent to the other. To me it's like having a big hug on a cool crisp fall day.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Chigirl recommends this recipe: Sugar-Free Apple Pie

This was a very quick and simple pie to make. I used gluten-free pie shells from Whole Foods. I'm not on a gluten-free diet. I just like the way the pie shells taste. There are 2 in a package. So, I just put the other one on top after I added the apples. Instead of just plain ground cinnamon I added Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice. I have found that I like that one the best. I used agave nectar instead of artificial sweetener. I didn't measure I just added enough until I felt it was sweet enough for my taste. An I used vegan spread instead of butter. The result is a great tasting you would never know it didn't have sugar pie;-) The buttery taste of the gluten-free crusts makes it taste absolutely incredible.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Review of the day: Carriers

I rented this movie from the Horror section at Blockbuster. It's not really Horror to me it's more of a Thriller. Brian, his girlfriend Bobby, his brother Danny and friend Kate are trying to outrun a viral pandemic and get to the brothers childhood beach vacation spot. They run into a father (Frank)and his daughter (Jodie) who is infected. Frank and Jodie are stranded because they ran out of gas.Frank heard that there was a hospital that had an antidote for the virus. When their car breaks down they give Frank their gas in exchange for use of his car. When they get to the hospital they find one lone doctor and several children who are infected. There's a heartbreaking scene with the children that made me want to jump through the screen to help them.

Frank and his daughter's plight is something that stayed with me even after the movie was over. Because Brian decided he didn't want to take the Frank and Jodie any further they left them at the hospital. I wondered did he keep trying to save his daughter or did he give up. Some of the decisions made in this movie I thought were callous, wrong and selfish. I wondered if I would have made some of the same decisions. I guess we will never know until we are faced with this situation.

I enjoyed the movie, but was disappointed that it wasn't an Horror movie. I thought the acting was very good and it had some very suspenseful moments.

Gabby’s Shoyu Chicken

I will have to try this recipe and review it later, but I wanted to share it. It looks so good.


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via The Official Website of Gabby Reece by Editor on 10/1/10

Gabby Reece Nutrition

Bring out the primal instinct of your man by breaking out the fire and animal protein!

I have the easiest recipe for BBQ chicken (that you can throw in the oven by the way if you don't want to have your man stand over the flame) that I learned from my Hawaiian brothers and sisters. Soy sauce or as they say in the islands "shoyu chicken" is a staple for the plate lunch, or beach gathering.

10-15 chicken thighs
2 cups of soy sauce (low sodium or Braggs)
1/2 cup Oyster sauce (you can find it in the Asian section of the grocery store)
3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic
2 to 3 inches of ginger (depending on how strong you want the flavor)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

All you do is take skinless and boneless thigh meat and marinate it in soy sauce (you can use Braggs Amino Sauce for a little bit healthier), oyster sauce, brown sugar (instead of white), minced garlic, chopped up ginger, salt and pepper to taste.
Marinate overnight, and then I like to boil it on a very low flame for about 45 minutes and then broil it on high for that crispy flavor (flip over at least once). The best way is still to just marinate and throw on your BBQ. This is simple, goes with everything, and everyone loves the flavor.

*I like to present it with brown rice or quinoa, a hearty side of broccoli, and a balsamic dressed spinach salad that I throw peas, feta, and raisins on.


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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review of the Day: Sabra Hummus

Ok, here's a review that's more of a recommendation. I have tried many different types of hummus. I have found the best one on the market. It's called Sabra. You've probably seen the commercial where the people are supposedly on a Mediterranean vacation, but they are really in their backyard. Because eating Sabra is just like being on a Mediterranean vacation. It's so true. This hummus is creamy, tasty and never too spicy. My favorite flavor is the Roasted Pine Nut, but it comes in other flavors too: Roasted Red Pepper, Classic, Greek Olive and many others. I accidentally picked up the Greek Olive instead of the Pine Nut today, but I don't mind because it's so good. I could eat it right out of the package with a spoon;-) Check out their website and see all the flavors of hummus and other products they have.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

All Body Gym Workout – Challenging

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By Gabby Reece
Recommended Workload
Reps: 10-12
Sets: 3-4
these moves are challenging so are not recommended for beginners

1. Dumbbell Clean and Jerk
snap from the hips going forward – be dynamic
2. Dumbbell Open and Close Bicep Curl
two part move – bicep curl front then to the side for 1 rep
3. Cable Shoulder Fly
6-7 across
6-7 front
6-7 behind
4. Dumbbell Squat Jump to Toes
jump and stabilize – don't leave the ground
5. Ab Leg Lift Machine
12-15 Reps – keep upper body core still – use legs
6. Bench Dip and Bridge
squeeze glutes, keep stomach firm
7. Dumbbell Straight Leg Dead Lift
pull up with your legs not your back
8. Dumbbell Chest Fly
keep legs up for extra challenge – two arms at a time or one
9. Cable Low to High
reach forward and pull up and across while shifting your hips
10. Cable Golf Swing
pull with your legs to get the weight to the other side
11. Leg Extension Machine
extend and squeeze, lower and control the weight

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