Infalliable Eyeliner by L'Oreal Paris Review

I’ve found an eyeliner that is easy to apply, has terrific wear time and is removed with a gentle make-up cleanser, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner.  Love it!

I chose L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner due to the claim of “Up to 16 hours of Smudge-Resistant Color” on the packaging.   I was getting very tired of my eyeliner appearing on my upper eyelid after about an hour.  There are products that help keep eye makeup in place but I want to use as few products as possible to get results and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner does the trick.

I thoroughly enjoy that a smudger and a sharpener are conveniently placed on the opposite end of this eyeliner.  It’s all there.  The eyeliner tip is smooth, almost glides like a liquid eyeliner, but much more forgiving if your hand slips a bit.  (I’m not practiced, or patient, enough for liquid eyeliner.)  Infallible glides on for precise application close to the lash line and from that you can broaden your liner if you wish.

I highly recommend L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeliner.

(*disclaimer:  I was not compensated in any way.  This was my personal purchase and personal opinion.)

Super Bowl Activities To Burn Off The Foods You Just Ate


The “Big Game” has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. (I know that my focus isn’t on what yard line a team is on, it’s on how much clam dip is left in the bowl!) So, to choose the most “splurge worthy” foods, here are the exercise equivalents* – in a Super Bowl theme – for some of your favorite football snacks from Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of DietDetective.com and Distinguished Lecturer (professor) at the CUNY School of Public Health at HUNTER College. The idea is to use exercise equivalents to provide a reference for calories.

Handful of Pita Chips, each with artichoke dip = Running 141 Football fields.
Each chip is 13 calories, plus just 1 tablespoon, probably just about a chips worth, of dip is 80 calories.

Diet Pro Way To Go: Make your own 100 percent whole-wheat pita chips, and use salsa instead of the artichoke dip. There are many different kinds of salsa. They’re good, and they’re only 15 calories per tablespoon.

Six (6) Traditional Hand-Spum Buffalo Wild Wings Dipped In Ranch Dressing = Doing “The Wave” 6,480 Times. Stand up, wave your hand and be counted 6,480 times. Six wings from Buffalo Wild Wings have 990 calories. Then add about two servings of ranch dressing at 170 calories each for a total of 340 calories. That’s 1,330 calories if you have only a small dip of dressing per wing.
Diet Pro Way To Go: You can certainly make your own chicken wings. Go skinless and bake instead of deep frying them.

Two (2) Handfuls of Cheetos Jumbo Puffs = 30 Minutes of Playing Professional Football.The only problem is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, there are only about 11 minutes of actual ball playing in a football game. That means you need to play almost three games of professional football to burn off two handfuls of Cheetos. Keep in mind, that’s 320 calories for about 2 ounces. Yes, only 2 ounces.
Diet Pro Way To Go: How about making your own popcorn? Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese and spray it with butter spray.

Three (3) Pepsi’s = 57 Minutes of Dancing to
Beyoncé During the Super Bowl Halftime Performance. Each 12-ounce can is 100 calories. So to burn off just three Pepsi’s you need to dance for more than an hour to Beyoncé’s songs. Have you danced for an hour straight? (If so, good for you!)
Diet Pro Way To Go: Water, flavored seltzer, unsweetened ice tea there are so many low- or no-calorie drinks.


*Shared with permission from “The Annual 2013 DietDetective.com “Big Game” Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents” By Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH

Keurig Vue Giveaway! Delicious!

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Brew with a Vue. Keurig has done it again with an entirely new brewing system that gives you more of the tasty beverages you love, exactly the way you want them. Now, you can decide how strong you want your coffee to taste and how hot, no matter how big or small your cup is! From creamy hot chocolate to delicious iced teas and frothy cafe beverages, the Keurig Vue V700 delivers the size, strength, and consistency you love, with every single-serving. My husband’s favorite is Donut Shop Coffee and I’m partial to Caramel Vanilla Cream.

Still deliciously simple. At just the touch of a button, Keurig’s revolutionary Custom Brew Technology adjusts water pressure, timing, and airflow to deliver the perfect cup of coffee or tea every time. You’ll love the Vue’s quiet operation and shortened steep time, as it whips up cafe-quality treats in a matter of minutes. Plus, there’s no grinding beans, measuring, or cleanup needed–just add water and enjoy.

Countertop coffee shop. With the Keurig Vue system, you get the single-serve brewer with interactive touchscreen display, 66 Vue packs and a water filtration kit. And, for your convenience, it comes with two 16-oz iced coffee tumblers to get you started right out of the box.

Well, if that isn’t the pot calling the Keurig fabulous!

  • Includes Keurig V700 Vue Brewer, 10 Variety Vue packs, 12 travel-sized Breakfast Vue packs, 12 Vue House Blend Vue packs, 16 Donut Shop Vue packs, 16 Celestial Iced Tea Vue packs, two 16-oz tumblers, and a water filter kit
  • Variety pack includes one each of Gloria Jean Hazelnut Coffee, Timothy’s Decaf, Tully’s French Roast, Celestial Seasoning Southern Sweet Tea, Green Mountain Breakfast Blend travel-sized, Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime, Barista Prima Italian Roast, Cafe Escape Milk Chocolate, GMC Nantucket Blend, and Donut Shop
  • Tumblers: plastic/acrylic construction
  • Colored touchscreen user interface
  • Eight brew sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, and 18 oz
  • 74-oz water reservoir
  • Brew coffee from 187F to 197F
  • Strength selection for stronger flavor
  • Removable drip tray with adjustable plate
  • Vue packs are #5 recyclable plastic

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One winner will receive a Keurig Vue V700 + V-Cups!

Giveaway ends February 7th at 11:59pm, open to US & Canada, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Kindle Fire Giveaway!

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The perfect family tablet, with the best in kids’ entertainment.
  • All new — 40% faster, twice the memory, longer battery life
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi, easy-to-use email works with Gmail, Yahoo! and more
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In today’s economy, we need to stretch every dollar we can. Spend With Pennies helps make that simple by finding the most current deals, freebies and prizes for you every day!

We have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 7” Kindle Fire courtesy of Spend With Pennies.


Enter to win a 7″ Kindle Fire 8GB.

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7” Kindle Fire 8GB without Ads

The perfect family tablet, with the best in kids’ entertainment.

  • All new — 40% faster, twice the memory, longer battery life
  • Ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi, easy-to-use email works with Gmail, Yahoo! and more
  • The most popular apps and games: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, HBO GO, Pandora, Angry Birds Space, and more
  • Kindle FreeTime: set screen limits, create child profiles, and more
  • NEW Kindle FreeTime Unlimited – just for kids. Unlimited access to books, games, apps, movies and TV shows.
  • Massive book selection, vibrant color magazines. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines , books, audiobooks, apps, and games
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Get the Best Smoke Products from Herbal City LLC


***Guest Post From Robert:

There are a number of consumers who are seeking to get smoke products in order to improve their mood and also their environment. Fortunately for consumers they can get this kind of product from Herbal City LLC. With the products offered by Herbal City LLC, consumers can be sure to get smoke products that are in the finest quality. Among the more common products offered are herbal potpourri and mood enhancers. With these two kinds of products they will have a couple of things they can count on to improve their lifestyle and well being. By getting these products consumers can accomplish tasks such as making themselves feel better emotionally. These products can also be used for both social occasions and when they are alone as well.

View their website here: http://HerbalCity.com

Since many consumers want to make sure that their home has a nice and pleasant scent a good product for them to get from Herbal City LLC is herbal potpourri. The most common and highest quality herbal potpourri products they can get is incense. This can be very useful for social gatherings where many people would like improve or enhance their mood. Therefore getting incense and herbal potpourri (like Krazy Jack) is a great idea if you want to change your emotional state.

One of the best products that improve your well being is mood enhancers. Herbal City LLC offers mood enhancers in a number of different brands so that yo! u will b e able to have a number of options to consider. As a result you can take advantage of this product quite easily. By getting mood enhancers you can definitely make yourself relax more and be more at ease while alone and with people in social settings.

Wines From Concannon Vineyard – Enjoy This Valentine's Day!

From protected vineyards in the Livermore Valley in California, Concannon Vineyards has created a line of wines  that are extremely pleasing and worth your consideration.  While searching for a Chardonnay that wasn’t overly oakey or buttery, yet wasn’t heavy on the tart side, I was becoming very discouraged. I do like a buttery Chardonnay but finding a nice balance is proving to be difficult.   Then I sipped Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay and smiled.

I had chilled it a bit too much so I warmed the glass with my hands for a few minutes then enjoyed every sip.  THIS is the Chardonnay I’ve been looking for.  Slight pear and apple at the top with a hint of butter, along with a creamy sweetness, at the finish. Delicious.

The Conservancy Crimson & Clover red was a tad on the sweet side, with its hints of vanilla, for my husband. However I found it delightful in the fruit area, very rich and perfect for a cold winter’s evening.  My husband had made fresh pizza and Crimson & Clover went perfectly with the rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella.  I was such a good friend ( ;-> ) and shared sips with guests the other night.  It was a crowd pleaser!

Not only are the bottles a gorgeous design, you will be proud to serve Concannon Conservancy wines at your next gathering because of their quality and taste.  Priced at $18.00 I highly recommend Concannon Conservancy.

(*I was the proud recipient of Concannon Conservancy wines to taste for review. My opinions are truthfully my own*)

Valentines Day Style – The Heart Braid

Creator of the So Cozy hair care collection, Cozy Friedman has compiled great style ideas in “Cozy’s Complete Guide To Girls Hair”. Since my 12 year old Lily has been growing out a bob cut she said she wanted in 4th grade, we have been having fun with different ways to style her hair. We’re always looking for something fun and pretty and this is perfect.



Cozy outlines how to do the signature heart braid, a must have look for Valentine’s Day. Your little one won’t miss out on stylishly celebrating this sweet holiday! Follow the steps below to create – The Heart Braid:

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What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head. Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown. This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart. You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part. Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid-ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.

For more information on Cozy Friedman, Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, and So Cozy products please visit wwww.socozy.com



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Five Free Cooking Apps For The iPhone

As much as I hesitated when my husband Rob told me we were getting iPhones, I can’t believe how much I love having this gadget!  Not only have I found apps that help guide me when I’m lost, provide recipe ideas when I’m stumped, or play music when I need a lift, there are apps that are perfect for that little chef in your life who needs to be preoccupied while they wait for you to do, well what ever it is you want to do!   Here are five free cooking apps that I’m sure they’ll enjoy:
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Pizza Crazy Chef by TabTale


What kid doesn’t love pizza? This creative app (now the number one downloaded kid’s app for the iPad) from TabTale taps into that insatiable enthusiasm for everyone’s favorite food. Put on your apron and get baking! Make the digital dough, create the sauce and then go crazy with toppings. Choose from more than 100 toppings ranging from tried-and-true to downright wacky. Bake your creation, slice the pizza pie in your own pizza shop, box it up and send it for delivery. Or, sit back and eat your pizza creation after setting the table with a variety of colorful napkins, drinks and straws. Want to share a photo of your pizza pie? You can serve it up and send it on to your family and friends.


Pie Maker by Sunstorm Interactive


In this delicious app, choose your pie crust and custom fillings, and then mix all of the necessary ingredients to make the best pie in cyberspace. The number of options in this app are great — the fillings range from blueberry to banana cream and kids can create their own pie party at a custom-set table! The only downside to this app? Your realistic looking custom-made pie will leave you dying to take a real bite. With additional games like “top chop” and “food challenge,” this app has it all.


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Chinese Food! by Crazy Cats


Wok *ahem* on over to your mobile device and break out the chopsticks. We love this Chinese food app because you can fry your own noodles and rice and create the dishes you love. Customize your own Chinese dishes, create your own crazy fortune cookies, and even share your creations in classic Chinese take-out containers. This app is almost as good as your favorite local Chinese food joint.


Cake Pop Maker by Bake More Cake Maker


With cake pops literally popping up in sweet stores all over, kids can learn how to make them digitally. This delicious food maker app lets you create the ingredients, stir the flavored batters, bake your pops, and put them on colorful sticks. Once you’ve baked your creation, it’s time to decorate your pop and add toppings. Give your pops some sprinkles, a face, or make them into cute animal friends. This app is popping with more than 4 million people playing this delicious game.

Cotton Candy by Bluebear Technologies


Kids love fairs for the rides, the games, and of course, the food! With this app kids can make the best fair food of all: cotton candy. First, choose your candy sugar, mix it up and spin the cotton candy in the machine. Once you’ve made your creation, decorate it to your heart’s desire and add even more flavors. Not only can you make cotton candy in this app but it also has a hungry chef game where you move the device to feed the chef — just make sure he doesn’t get hit by a frog pot!

These should keep them busy for a while!

For Sensitive Skin – Philosophy 3-in-1 Shower Gel

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When you look up the words “Sensitive Skin” in the Dictionary it could say:  Talk to Ann Harrison.  It could, but it doesn’t.  I have dealt with my skin issues all of my life and have spent years looking for gentle cleaners that don’t irritate my skin.  My youngest daughter seems to have inherited my condition so her irritation added more determination to my search.  Some have come very close but, I have to say, the best shower gel I have found is from the skin care line, Philosophy and its 3 – in-1 Shower Gel.  Terrific!   Philosophy 3 – in – 1 Shower Gel.

The texture feels incredibly luxurious, and the amount of lather is abundant.  It makes for an excellent bubble bath. I was shocked when I noticed that my skin wasn’t irritated and I wasn’t itching.  yeah!  I love the scent Inner Grace, however it seems slightly mature for an 11 year old girl so I’ll probably buy Amazing Grace next.

If you have sensitive skin and would like to try a scented shower gel give Philosophy 3 – in – 1 Shower Gel a try.

(*disclaimer:  I have not received product or compensation of any kind for my review.  I just really love this product!)

What's For Dinner? Bertolli Meal Soup

For chilled Winter nights doesn’t soup sound perfect?  Preparing soup is a cold weather staple in our kitchen.  For those nights when time is short, don’t reach for a quick can of soup, try the incredibly tasty offerings from Bertolli.

Found in the freezer aisle, Bertolli Meal Soups are quick, delicious, hearty soups that cook in about 5 minutes.  They’ve created 6 taste varities that include;  Roasted Chicken and Rotini, Tuscan Style Beef and Vegetables and Chicken Minestrone.  Our first try was the Chicken Minestrone.  It was a hit with my family.

The directions say to add the package contents into a soup pot along with one cup of water and bring to a boil.  (A helpful hint:  Make sure your pot is non-stick.  If your pot has a tendency to stick, then stir often.)

After letting it simmer for about 5 minutes, I lifted to lid to check on the progress.  The bouillon cubes had melted and the chicken and vegetables were almost done. It smelled great.

I did a taste test and found the broth to be a wonderful combination of tomatoes and spices.  Not too salty, which is what I find in most prepared soups.  The Chicken Minestrone tasted wonderful.  The pasta was perfectly Al Dente and the chicken was moist!  Wonderful surprise.

This turned out to be a quick and delicious meal.  Heck, even I can’t mess this one up!  (Rob’s the main cook in the household ;-> )  Bertolli has created a winner.  To find out more about the latest Bertolli Meal Soups please visit their website: villabertolli.com.

Good Quality At A Great Price – CheapesTees.com

I would classify myself as a t-shirt and jeans gal.  I think once you have on a basic t-shirt you can build toward a great look.  Add a fluffy scarf, a swingy cardigan, or a sweater coat and you’re good to go for the day.  But you have to have a good quality t-shirt, not a men’s Hanes, as a good foundation, thank you very much.  I’m always on the look out for a t-shirt that isn’t too thin, has a nice shape and is slightly fitted at the waist.  I’ve found a great selection and wonderful prices at CheapesTees.com.

Yep, this is grey.  Mine’s – surprise! – white

I received the Women’s Bella Long-Sleeved T-Shirt and am very happy with the quality.  It comes in 11 different colors and is priced at $10.64. (Additional for 2XL)

The shoulder’s are well fitted and the lines and stitching are nicely done.  And the length!  Oh my goodness, I have a long torso and it’s not so easy to find tops that are long enough, however the Bella t-shirt is a comfortable body length.  Also, the Bella white t-shirt is thick enough that you can’t see your bra.  And for those of us that wear white t-shirts, you know that’s not easy to find in the lower priced range t-shirt.  This shirt is a hit and I’m ordering more!

My teenage daughter has tried the Junior’s LAT Junior V-Neck T-Shirt.  This style comes in 8 different colors and is priced at $6.94.  (Additional for 2XL.)

She’s given her ultimate approval of “Yeah.  I like it”.  Ah, 15.  Isn’t it fun? ;->  I made sure to get one size up with her shirt due to the fact that it’s 100% Cotton and I use the dryer for all our clothes.  (Yes, even for some things that say “Dry Clean Only”.  I know, I know. tsk tsk.)

I am so pleased with the quality and price from CheapesTees.com.  You never know with t-shirts and CheapesTees.com is a great find!

(*disclosure:  I have received two shirts for review.  These opinions are truthfully my own.)

Prime Time Neutralizing Primer by BareMinerals

When it comes to beauty products I get such a thrill from what’s new and what’s tried and true.  I’ve been hearing about the benefits of foundation primers so I thought I’d try what was available from my favorite foundation’s product line BareMinerals.  I love what make-up can do for a face, but I don’t want to look like I’m wearing “make-up”.  In regards to make-up, I’m a dichotomy.  

I get such a charge from make-up aisles!  I love to see all the colors, products, tips and techniques.  I can’t pass up looking through magazines to see what the latest tricks are and check to see if what was once listed as “tried and true” has held up over the course of time.  (Maybelline Great Lash in the classic pink tube being one of them.)  However, with all of my joy of make-up I don’t like to wear a lot of make-up.  I like to use the most minimal of products that will have the greatest effect.  And that’s why I am thrilled with my latest find from bareEscentials/bareMinerals – Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer.


After years of using liquid foundation I’ve found that the powder formulas from bareMinerals work best for me and I recommend them to any and all who ask.  Now I’ve found that if I want a much smoother look, using a primer is key.  And 
NOW I’ve found a primer from bareMinerals that has a tint to neutralize any redness on my face.  I can use this neutralizing primer alone and feel ready to walk out the door without using foundation.  It’s very light on the skin, reduces the redness and minimizes the appearance of your pores. Terrific!  If you choose to wear bareMinerals foundation over this primer you will be on your way to creating a flawless complexion.  To check it out visit QVC for the bareMinerals Return to Radiance Collection.  (click here)

Skincare by Simone France Review and Giveaway!

I have found my favorite skin care.

After years (and years ;-> ) of looking for products that give my skin just what it needs, I have found it. Simone France Skincare. With over 50 years of classic French skin care research, you receive pure cleansers and moisturizers from this company. Simone France uses the fewest possible ingredients to provide you with the most thorough skin care regime, at a cost that is half the price of other luxury brands. And, first time customers receive 20% off their order! (Use code: FIRST at checkout).

Over the years my skin was becoming on the red side. I was concerned that it was rosacea, and thought my only remedy was something along the medicinal lines from a Dermatologist. However, after I was given the opportunity to try the Simone France skincare line, I discovered it wasn’t a medical condition that was happening, it was my ever changing skin (due to age, of course) that was becoming hyper-sensitive to skin care ingredients and I was doing more damage with the “sensitive skin” cleansers that I had been using. I was completely shocked at the change in my skin’s condition after the first full days use of Simone France skin care.

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When you visit the site www.simonefrance.com you are guided toward choosing the line that is correct for your skin type. If you are unsure they provide a “Skin Diagnosis” that is incredibly helpful. (I highly recommend using this service.) I use a Clarisonic brush to help cleanse my face and the Simone France regime works perfectly with it. I give this product line the highest praise and am thankful for the review opportunity. AND… not only am I happy that I was able to try and review these products for you, I am absolutely thrilled that the lovely people at Simone France are sharing these fantastic products with one lucky reader from Ann Again… and again Reviews! Enter for your chance to win a skin care kit like the one pictured above. ($250.00 Value)

Enter To Win A Keurig Vue V700! K-Cups Too!

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Didn’t get the Keurig you wanted from Santa this Christmas? Well here’s your chance to be a lucky winner of a Keurig Vue V700! Brew with a Vue. Keurig has done it again with an entirely new brewing system that gives you more of the tasty beverages you love, exactly the way you want them. Now, you can decide how strong you want your coffee to taste and how hot, no matter how big or small your cup is! (This is perfect for my sister who orders her coffee ‘extra hot’.) From creamy hot chocolate to delicious iced teas and frothy cafe beverages, the Keurig Vue V700 delivers the size, strength, and consistency you love, with every single-serving.

The Keurig Vue continues to be deliciously simple. At just the touch of a button, Keurig’s revolutionary Custom Brew Technology adjusts water pressure, timing, and airflow to deliver the perfect cup of coffee or tea every time. You’ll love the Vue’s quiet operation and shortened steep time, as it whips up cafe-quality treats in a matter of minutes. Plus, there’s no grinding beans, measuring, or cleanup needed–just add water and enjoy.

You can have your own countertop coffee shop! With the Keurig Vue system, you get the single-serve brewer with interactive touchscreen display, 66 Vue packs and a water filtration kit. And, for your convenience, it comes with two 16-oz iced coffee tumblers to get you started right out of the box.

Well, if that isn’t the pot calling the Keurig fabulous!

  • Includes Keurig V700 Vue Brewer, 10 Variety Vue packs, 12 travel-sized Breakfast Vue packs, 12 Vue House Blend Vue packs, 16 Donut Shop Vue packs, 16 Celestial Iced Tea Vue packs, two 16-oz tumblers, and a water filter kit
  • Variety pack includes one each of Gloria Jean Hazelnut Coffee, Timothy’s Decaf, Tully’s French Roast, Celestial Seasoning Southern Sweet Tea, Green Mountain Breakfast Blend travel-sized, Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime, Barista Prima Italian Roast, Cafe Escape Milk Chocolate, GMC Nantucket Blend, and Donut Shop
  • Tumblers: plastic/acrylic construction
  • Colored touchscreen user interface
  • Eight brew sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, and 18 oz
  • 74-oz water reservoir
  • Brew coffee from 187F to 197F
  • Strength selection for stronger flavor
  • Removable drip tray with adjustable plate
  • Vue packs are #5 recyclable plastic

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One winner will receive a Keurig Vue V700 + K-Cups!

Giveaway ends January 20th at 11:59pm, open to US & Canada, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Heart Healthy Cooking with Carapelli Olive Oil

The new year is upon us. Let’s enforce our resolutions for healthier eating by using olive oil instead of butter when cooking. Try the delicious recipe below and let me know what you think!

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Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon and Capers Over Braised Lentils

Ingredients:

· 4 tablespoons Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

· 1 cup chopped sweet onion

· 1/2 cup chopped carrot

· 2 cloves garlic, minced

· 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed, drained

· 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth

· 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

· 1/2 teaspoon salt

· 4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets

· 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

· 2 tablespoons drained capers

· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon of Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in lentils until coated with oil mixture. Stir in broth and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are tender and most of liquid is absorbed.

(You might want to post a status update saying you are making Pan Seared Salmon with Lemon and Capers Over Braised Lentils. Chances are, you will get likes instantly.)

Meanwhile, sprinkle salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper over salmon. Heat 1 tablespoon of Carapelli in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add salmon, seasoned sides down; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn salmon; reduce heat to medium and continue cooking 3 minutes or until opaque in center. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and capers; mix well and set aside.

Spoon lentils onto four serving plates; top with salmon. Drizzle oil mixture over salmon; top with dill.

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My Lily loves salmon, she loves it so much that one nickname for her is Lily-Bear (bears eat a lot of salmon ;-> ) and she’s a bit finicky with tastes so for her we put the capers on the side. The lentils are a hit with my family and I hope this meal will be a winner with your family as well.

Ann Again... and again Reviews

(*Disclosure: I received a bottle of Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil for review. My tasty opinions of their recipes, which you can find at www.carapelliusa.com, are truthfully my own.)

8 Frugal Tips for Fitness Resolutions

After a gluttonous holiday, filled with too many cookies and (absolutely delicious) ham, the new year always triggers the need to be more active, eat healthier and feel better. But how to get the most from your fitness regime without breaking the bank? Consider these ideas to stay in shape on the cheap:

1.  Stay Home
If dragging yourself to the gym a few times a week is enough to send you into a couch-ridden funk, skip the membership and work out at home.  Just the idea of stepping ing a gym fills me with anxiety and I’ve found great workout DVDs that work great for me.  Rotate several DVDs to keep yourself motivated and to avoid muscle complacency. Since workout videos range anywhere from $8 to $30, download the Coupon Sherpa mobile app for in-store savings at Target, Sports Authority and more. Cable users or Netflix subscribers can also stream workout videos as part of their monthly subscription, I’ve found great instructors on OnDemand.

2.   Take Advantage
Gym rats abhor the beginning of the year when well-intentioned newbies crowd their classes and struggle with the equipment. Despite the initial claustrophobia, however, the gym floor inevitably clears within a couple months as fitness goals wane. As a committed newcomer, you should take advantage of New Year’s gym deals, like reduced monthly payments and waived activation fees. Chat with salespeople at several gyms and be sure to ask for a free pass to experience the facility and classes before committing.

3. Go Online
Paying for personal training gets pricey, though good instructors are worth their, um, weight in gold for people with big fitness goals. If you’re looking for basic guidance, get it for free from websites like Fitbie or Exercise TV on Hulu, or subscribe to a health magazine. After all, you can’t beat $15 a year for weight-loss advice and at-home program recommendations.

4. Make it Public
I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said something about behaving as if everyone is watching. Apply this lesson to your fitness regimen and share your goals via Facebook or Twitter, letting your friends keep track of your status and offer support during the inevitable lulls.  I follow someone on Facebook that shares how many steps they’ve taken with Digifit.  Better yet, create a Facebook group of like-minded friends to swap tips, recipes and encouragement.

5. Buddy Up on PT
If reading articles about getting in shape don’t do it for you, consider going halfsies on the cost of personal training. According to SmartMoney, the majority of personal trainers offer discounts for group sessions even if they represent a gym that doesn’t promote this fact. As with anything, it never hurts to ask and you may be more encouraged to attend sessions with a friend.

6. Daily Deal It
Groupon and other daily-deal sites are good for more than deeply discounted laser treatments. Health clubs compete for new business at the beginning of the year so you should have a plethora of options. Look for daily deals on discount or limited-time memberships, and feel free to play the field of gyms in your area. Doing so may give you free access to consistent workouts for a few months.

7. Buy Used
Fitness equipment can get expensive but it shouldn’t be the reason you avoid exercise. Hit up discount retailers for basic fitness accessories like dumbbells, yoga mats and medicine balls for a fraction of fitness-store prices. My husband and I put the word out that we were looking into fitness equipment and received a great deal on a used treadmill from a friend.  Thrift stores are another good outlet for discount essentials, and you can always scan Craiglist for bigger equipment. Be sure to research equipment and thoroughly test and inspect used items before purchase.

8. Mobile Motivation
The best motivator for exercise is knowing how many calories you burn while pumping iron, as well as how many you avoid by eating right. Luckily, there’s an app (or several) to track your progress on both counts. Consult this list of recommended fitness apps from Huffington Post or find your own fave in the iPhone and Android markets.
Good luck with your goals!  Let me know how you do!

*Some information was provided by, and shared with permission, Kendal Perez.  Kendall is a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money.  She can be contacted by email kendal@hasslefreesavings.com.