Friday, July 30, 2010

RADIUS Intelligent toothbrush Giveaway and Review


Do you ever wonder if your toothbrush is smarter than you are?  How about if your toothbrush is called RADIUS Intelligent toothbrush?  The Intelligent toothbrush is just that! Someone sat down and planned out how to make a smart toothbrush and they did a great job.

The packaging is the first thing to notice about this toothbrush.  Here is what the packaging states:  New sustainable packaging design reduces plastic content by 30% and increases renewable resource content to 65%. Packaging components separate easily for recycling. Clear plastic packaging is 100% recycled PET.  The paper part of the packaging states it is 100% recyclable, printed with vegetable inks.

Toothbrush features include:  
*2 minute timer with 30 second quadrant guide.  
*3 month Wear Meter tell when it is time to replace the head
*93% of waste eliminated by replacing on the head
*Non-slip customized right or left hand grip
*Premium RADIUS HEX bristles with a radiating design ensure accurate and effective brushing. 

My Take on the Product:  I really am impressed by this toothbrush.  The handle is wider and shaped to fit comfortably in your hand while brushing.  It has a left/right hand feature.  We have 2 lefties in our house so this went over really well here! The 2 minute timer is a very handy feature.  The timer gives a soft beep and flash every 30 seconds with two beeps at the end to signal the end of brushing.  One of my teens said this type of toothbrush makes you lazy because it tells you when to switch and move on to the next section.  I disagreed with her and told her that I like that it times you and gives you equal amount of brushing in each quadrant.  I know that I space out when I'm brushing my teeth so the beep is a gently reminder to switch. 

The bush has removable heads so you are only tossing the heads every 3 months.  This intelligent tooth brush keeps track of your use with its built in Wear Meter! We haven't made it to 3 months yet but the green light is suppose to turn red after 180 uses and you resent the meter when you put on a new head!  The brush comes installed with a non-toxic battery guaranteed for 2,800 uses!  That is an amazing long time to own a toothbrush!  

Would you like to try this "intelligent toothbrush"??  Enter below to win your own!

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1 RADIUS Intelligent Toothbrush

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

5 Second Rule by Patch Games

My daughter, Emily and I love Patch games.  We started off last year participating in their Million Minute Family Game Challenge.  Our family and game playing group ended up in the Top 10 minutes played. We are eagerly awaiting for this Challenge to start back up! 


Patch Products just released, 5 Second Rule: Just Spit it Out!  It is a very "quick-witted" game. The object of the game is to score the most points by giving three answers before the balls twist down to the bottom of the timer, which is 5 seconds!

The timer is a crack up! The little balls twist down the timer and when the time is up and you turn over the timer it makes a "zoop" sound. The sounds reminds me of the "giggle stick" of the 80s.  The timer is distracting, which is part of the fun of the game.  I couldn't stop watching the timer while trying to SHOUT OUT my 3 answers.

The game is set for ages 10 to Adult.  It isn't a difficult game and younger kids might want to play but some of the questions will not be easy for them to answer.  In this case, if you have young ones around and they want to play, too, I strongly suggest you pair them with someone older.  I think that most 9 year and up kids can answer the questions.  When my 11 year old and I played, we got through half the deck and there were just a few questions she couldn't even attempt to answer.  When we played with the almost 16 year olds (you know the ones who think that they know everything)  it was a total crack up watching them struggle to answer the questions quickly! Half the fun was watching them try and answer the questions in 5 seconds.

To play the game, one person reads the card, flips the timer and the "Hot Seat" person spews out quickly the 3 answers. We played  it two person the first time and it worked fine but the recommended play is 3 or more players.  The more people you have the more difficult the game.  If for example, the "Hot Seat" person couldn't answer the question, it gets passed to the next player.  IF they can get all 3 answers (new  player can't use any previously mentioned answers-GULP!) then they earn the point. IF they don't you keep passing it, trying it until it gets back to the original player. If no one got it answered then the original person gets a point by default! (NICE).  Winner is determined by whoever has the most points at the end of the established number of rounds or point play which is what we did.

Here are a few examples of the questions: Name 3 things you can't resist, 3 Facebook games, 3 notes on a musical scale, 3 children's authors, 3 festivals, 3 counties in your State and 3 countries in, or partly in, the Southern Hemisphere.  From all the questions we've read thus far, the creators did a great job adding in current pop culture, history, every day facts and even sport- related questions.

(GIVEAWAY ENDED) Do you want to win a copy of the game? It really is a fun family/party game.


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1 copy 5 Second Rule Game

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Country Bob's Beef Jerky Recipe and Giveaway

Are you a fan of Country Bob's All-Purpose Sauce? I almost always use it on my turkey burgers.  When you order a bottle online the send along a pamphlet with easy, tasty recipes.  My favorite one is the Honolulu Burger. I think that is the first time I paired up pineapple on my burger but it works and is it ever tasty with the Country Bob's All-Purpose Sauce.
The Original Country Bob's Cookbook
This summer I got their cookbook, The Original Country Bob's Cookbook.  The book covers Appetizers, Soups and Snacks then Grilling, Main Dishes and finally Dessert! When I got the book I turned right to the Desserts to find out how in the world they used their yummy sauces and seasonings for desserts!  Most of the recipes complimented the other recipes in the cookbook and didn't include their seasonings but a few did!  One of the recipes, Incredible Fudge, has Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce in the list of recipe ingredients. I can't wait to give that a try!  Have you ever heard of Earthquake Cake? I had not until I moved here to Southern Illinois 4 years ago.  I've yet to make it but now I have the crazy-earth-shaking recipe! 

I've always wanted to make Beef Jerky for my husband. HE LOVES Jerky.  He always buys a huge bag for car trips, for himself.  We've been known to buy him some for his birthday or Christmas! The downside of jerky would be all the preservatives and salt in the bag.  Jerky requires salt to cure the meat but by making it at home the salt can be reduced.  Here is their very tasty recipe! IT was a huge hit and I plan on making more, soon!

Homemade Beef and Venison Jerky (I'm going to try it with chicken, too)

2 average-size beef or venison roasts
1 (13-oz) bottle Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce
1 (4-oz) bottle liquid smoke
1 (10-oz) bottle Worcestershire sauce
1 (5-oz) bottle Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 (12-oz) can root beer
3 T. Country Bob's Seasoning Salt
1 T. fine garlic powder
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. pepper

Cut the roast into thin slices, about 3/16 inch thick.  Trim off and discard any excess fat.  Combine Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, soy sauce and root beer in a large bowl or marinating dish and mix well.  Add the Country Bob's Seasoning Salt, garlic powder, brown sugar and pepper and mix well.  Add the meat slices and stir gently until coated with marinade.  Marinate for several hours to overnight.  Drain the meat slices and discard the marinade.  Arrange the slices on the racks in a dehydrator and follow appliance instructions for drying.

*My tips
-Striving to make this recipe less sodium I used a low-sodium seasoning salt.  I would have used the Country Bob's Seasoning Salt for the sake of the recipe but I didn't have any and my local stores don't carry the product.  Next time I'll plan ahead and order their seasonings and spices online. I also used low-sodium soy salt.

-My husband likes spice so I added in chopped hot peppers from my garden into the marinate.  This gave it a tasty kick without any added salt. Next time I'm going to sprinkle on the hot pepper slices and seeds on top of the meat as it is drying. I did that for a few pieces and it turned out great.

-This was a huge success! I love when I try a recipe for the first time and it turns out perfect! This was also my first time using my dehydrator and I learned A LOT from my first experience (that will be in another blog post)

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1 copy of Cookbook ($22 RV)

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Masterworks Broadway release of Frank Loesser's Heart and Soul


Heart & Soul: Celebrating The Unforgettable Songs Of Frank Loesser [+Digital Booklet]
Broadway Legend Frank Loesser’s 100th Birthday!

MASTERWORKS BROADWAY CELEBRATES
WITH THE RELEASE OF ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

HEART & SOUL: CELEBRATING
THE UNFORGETTABLE SONGS OF FRANK LOESSER

Now Available

Includes Classic Recordings By Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis,
Doris Day, Della Reese, Pearl Bailey, Barry Manilow 

Masterworks Broadway celebrates the 100th anniversary of composer/lyricist Frank Loesser’s birth on June 29 with an all-new collection of his greatest songs entitled Heart & Soul: Celebrating the Unforgettable Songs of Frank Loesser. Available digitally and as a disc-on-demand from Arkivmusic.com, the collection brings together classic pop recordings of many of Loesser’s most enduring hits from Hollywood and Broadway. The recording will be available on June 29, the exact anniversary of Loesser’s birth.

As the composer/lyricist of such Broadway classics as Guys and DollsThe Most Happy Fella and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Frank Loesser is a towering figure, both in the history of Broadway and in the Masterworks Broadway catalogue. He won Tony Awards for Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a Pulitzer Prize for the latter, and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical for all three shows. A five-time Oscar nominee for Best Original Song, he won the award in 1949 for the perennial favorite “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

The definitive cast recordings of his three greatest musicals have become Broadway legends themselves, remaining in print since their original release. On the occasion of Loesser’s 100th birthday, Heart & Soul: Celebrating the Unforgettable Songs of Frank Loesser samples the great “covers” of his songs, from his Hollywood years as well as Broadway. These classic recordings confirm the universal appeal of Loesser’s songs, regardless of their origin, and their uncanny, enduring popularity with a mass audience.


TRACK LISTING:

“I Don’t Want to Walk Without You”
Helen Forrest / Harry James and His Orchestra
“Heart and Soul”
Bea Wain / Larry Clinton and His Orchestra
“Two Sleepy People”
Della Reese, vocal
“Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!”
Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
“Can’t Get Out of This Mood”
Sarah Vaughan
“Let’s Get Lost”
Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
Johnny Mathis
“Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year”
Sarah Vaughan
“I Wish I Didn’t Love You So”
Dinah Shore
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Pearl Bailey and Hot Lips Page
Medley from Where’s Charley? (“Where’s Charley?” / “Once in Love with Amy” / “Pernambuco” / “My Darling, My Darling” / “The New Ashmolean Marching Society and Students Conservatory Band”)
The Four Lads / Ray Ellis and His Orchestra
“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” from Guys and Dolls
Doris Day / David Rose and His Orchestra
“Luck Be a Lady” from Guys and Dolls
Barry Manilow
“Standing on the Corner” from The Most Happy Fella
The Four Lads / Ray Ellis and His Orchestra
“Somebody, Somewhere” from the musical The Most Happy Fella
Doris Day
“Joey, Joey, Joey” from the musical The Most Happy Fella
Johnny Mathis
“Never Will I Marry” from Greenwillow
Vic Damone
“I Believe in You” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Michele Lee
Medley from the film Hans Christian Andersen (“I’m Hans Christian Andersen” / “Thumbelina” / “Inch Worm” / “Anywhere I Wander” / “Wonderful Copenhagen”)
Boston Pops Orchestra / Arthur Fiedler, conductor


Masterworks Broadway is a label of Sony Masterworks.  For email updates and information on Masterworks Broadway please visit www.masterworksbroadway.com.
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Masterworks Broadway Opens the Vault

''Regina, We Are Ready ... I Don't Know''
MASTERWORKS BROADWAY
OPENS THE VAULT OF CAST RECORDINGS
Three Rare and Never-Before-Released Albums
Available Digitally and as Disc-On-Demand

Regina – July 20
Song of Norway – August 17
Make A Wish – September 14

Masterworks Broadway continues to explore the rich history of its unequaled Broadway and Off-Broadway catalogue with the release of three highly requested classic cast recordings previously unavailable in the CD era – Regina, Song of Norway and Make A Wish

Beginning with the release of Regina on July 20, these titles will be available as digital downloads through all major digital service providers and as disc-on-demand, each with the original cover art and liner notes, exclusively through Arkivmusic.com. These cast recordings will be the first in a long-range plan to issue a “new” classic Masterworks Broadway title each month, transferred from the original masters in the Sony Music Archives. In most instances, these will be the first authorized releases of these recordings in the digital era, and the first time they have been available directly from the original masters since the LP era.  Future releases will be announced in the fall.

The reissue of the 1958 New York City Opera cast recording of composer/librettist Marc Blitzstein’s Regina marks the first release of the recording since the LP era, and is one of the most requested of all out-of-print Broadway albums. An operatic adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play The Little FoxesRegina had its premiere on Broadway in 1949; for this revival, the composer edited the score into a more effective drama. Marc Blitzstein, best known for writing the English lyrics for “Mack the Knife,” was present at the Reginarecording sessions and oversaw the production that inspired this recording. The booklet includes short essays in appreciation of Reginaby Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Loesser.

The reissue of the 1959 Jones Beach Marine Theatre stereo recording of the Wright/Forrest operetta, Song of Norway has its first release since the LP era.  Song of Norway, the 1944 hit Broadway musical, is about the life of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, using Grieg’s melodies adapted as songs by the team that wrote the Tony-winning 1953 hit Kismet. The conductor is legendary Broadway maestro Lehman Engel, and features opera star John Reardon and Brenda Lewis, who also sings the title role in Regina.

The 1951 original Broadway cast recording of Make a Wish has appeared on CD in unauthorized versions created outside the U.S., but never before using the original RCA Victor masters.  The score is by Hugh Martin, and features the golden-age Broadway stars Nanette Fabray, Stephen Douglass, Harold Lang and Helen Gallagher.  Make a Wish will also include a bonus track of a rare cover version of “What I Was Warned About” by Oscar and Tony-winning singer/actress Judy Holliday, introduced in the show and sung on the original cast recording by Nanette Fabray.

Masterworks Broadway is a label of Sony Masterworks.  For email updates and information on Masterworks Broadway please visitwww.masterworksbroadway.com.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe



July and August are fun times in the kitchen if you have a plethora of zucchini!  One of our favorite dessert recipes comes from Guest Chef, Regina!  We met on a email loop and then that carried over onto Facebook.

Last year when shared this recipe, my 10 year old daughter made it all by herself.  That is how easy this recipe is to make!  We made it last weekend for a party. It is always a hit and no one believes that it has zucchini in the recipe. 


Down below the recipe is a low carb version made by my other Guest Chef, Cindi! 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup oil
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup sour milk (1t vinegar in measuring cup, fill with milk)
2 cups shredded zucchini, drained
2 1/2 cups flour
4 T cocoa
1/2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt

Mix: butter, oil, and sugar
Add: eggs and vanilla
Add: milk and COMBINED dry ingredients alternately
Add: zucchini

Pour into greased 9x13 pan.

Top with a mixture of:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 - 1 cup nuts, chopped
6-10 oz. chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes
**My Tips**
*A lot of zucchini recipes call for 2 cups of zucchini.  If you have a lot of zucchini, shred and freeze into 2 cup portions.
*The recipe didn't specifically say leave the skin on or off so I left it on. 
*These make really good cupcakes, too.   


My friend, Cindi, made this recipe Low Carb. Here is her recipe:


LOW Carb Chocolate Zucchini Cake 


1/4 cup butter, soft
1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup splenda and 2 packets of stevia
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla
1 tsp of vinegar and cream to make it ("buttermilk") 1/4 cup

1 cup shredded zucchini, drained
1 cup almond flour and 1 1/2 Tbsp of flax meal
2 T cocoa
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt

Mix: butter, oil, and sugar
Add: eggs and vanilla
Add: milk and COMBINED dry ingredients alternately
Add: zucchini

This is a smaller recipe so I used a 9 X 9 pan.
Top with a mixture of:
I used maybe 2-3 Tbsp of sugar free chocolate chips to dot the top.
I didn't want to many of chocolate chips since they are sugar free they can mess with your intestines. 

Bake at 350 degrees



I cut the recipe in half put it in a 9X9 pan. My husband didn't think it was sweet enough so I plan on adding a bit more sweetener next time.
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