Friday, January 29, 2010

Gluten Free Chicken Veggie Soup review and a Giveaway!!

When I was contacted by Mixes from the Heartland to review some of their Gluten Free products, I of coarse said YES!! Since my 2 year old is now on a gluten free diet, I was happy to try out some of their mixes.

More about Mixes from the Heartland:
Located in the panhandle of Texas, Amarillo is the home of Mixes From The Heartland, Inc. (MFTH) and the birthplace of an entirely new line of Gluten Free Mixes - Food products. MFTH will soon explode onto the market where we will have a revolutionary new line of Gluten Free Mixes and Sugar Free Mixes /Gluten Free Mixes -Food products.

I love that this is a local company as I live in El Paso, TX. Okay maybe not so local, but at least in the same state. HaHa It makes me feel great that there is a place right here in Texas that takes special care and offers such a wide variety of Gluten Free products.

I received a box with a mix of products, including Chicken Veggie Soup, Banana bread, Strawberry pound cake, and a few others. First on my list to try was the chicken veggie soup. I have always heard that pasta made to be gluten free has an odd taste, so I was not sure what to expect. What I had heard was proven wrong with the first bite of this soup. The pasta is wonderful!! I did use some chicken broth as it stated on the package that you can replace 2 cups water with 2 cups chicken broth for a richer flavor. It is really hard to get every member of my family to eat the same thing for dinner, but to my surprise EVERYONE cleared their bowls. My husband thought that it needed celery, but other than that he actually liked it. I loved how easy it was to provide a great meal for my family. All I had to add to the mix was water and chicken. Well that and the chicken broth that I added!

A Little More about the Factory:
Allergen Facts

No eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, oats, barley, rye, or wheat in the factory.
No bean flours are used in any products.
Factory is allergen controlled.
Eliza Testing
Every raw product that enters the factory must be certified by the producer that it can pass an Eliza Test.
This means products in our plant test 5 parts per million or less for wheat.
The University of Nebraska does our Eliza Testing. All reports are sent to the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA)
Mixes From The Heartland Inc. is CSA certified and we are very proud to say that all our products carry the CSA seal.
Product Summary
All natural, no preservatives, most products are low sodium, cholesterol-free, and low calorie.
Beans and fruit are all freeze dried and contain no preservatives. Makes cooking soups and meals easier.
What makes Mixes from the Heartland, Inc. different?
MFTH Inc. has many products not currently in institutional and bulk sizing.
MFTH Inc. offers the largest amount of bulk mixes available in ten pound bags with zip seal.
MFTH Inc. has announced the new Sugar Free/Gluten Free mixes is the leader in the area.
MFTH Inc. produces over 45 soup mixes and 25 meals. Our competitor only has four instant soups.
MFTH Inc. is the one stop shop for retailers across the USA.
MFTH Inc. will dominate the market because we test less than 5 parts per million.
MFTH Inc. testing makes the consumer’s life easier with great taste as well.
MFTH Inc. has the ability to private label both in bulk and consumer lines.

You can buy Mixes from the Heartland Here

You can win 3 products from Mixes from the Heartland right here.

The winner of this giveaway will receive 1 Strawberry Angel Food Cake Mix, 1 Microwave Brownie Mix, and 1 Tex Mex Spaghetti Meal. This giveaway will close on Feb 19th. Please remember to leave your email address in your comment so I have a way to get a hold of you should you be the winner. Leave a separate comment per entry.

Mandatory Entry: Must be done before the other entries will count!
Head over to Mixes from the Heartland and tell me of another mix or meal that you would like to try. (Must be different from any named above)

Extra Entries:
Become a follower of this blog and tell me in a comment or let me know you already follow.

Tell me if you will be using the mixes yourself or if you are trying to win them for someone else.

Subscribe to the Mixes from the Heartland newsletter and come back and let me know (2 entries)

Make an order from Mixes from the Heartland and come back and let me know (5 entries)

I received a box with a mix of products for me to use in my review and to offer a giveaway to my readers free of charge. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max!

Since I use cloth diapers and sposies Our go to brand is Pampers. In fact we just bought a box 2 nights ago to use during our vacation. So when I found out about the New Cruisers and Swaddlers with Dry Max I just had to let my readers know. There is also a bonus at the end of this post. Sign up for a free 3 pack sample and you have a chance at winning a year's supply of Pampers diapers.

About Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max:
Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max are our new high performance diapers and the biggest innovation for the Pampers brand in the last 25 years. Pampers has invented the Dry Max technology to improve the current Swaddlers and Cruisers core. The Cruisers diaper is 20 percent thinner. This hard-working diaper helps lock wetness in and is Pampers' driest diaper ever.

What does this mean for baby?
They are our driest diapers ever and the new, revolutionary Dry Max™ technology helps lock wetness in for up to 12 hours. So if your baby is like mine and can easily sleep 10+ hours at night, you would not have to worry as much if they will wake up with soaked bedding. The new thinner core gives baby freedom to move and play with all-around softness to keep him comfortable so playtime never ends.

A Little more about the diaper:
New Dry Max technology - our driest ever - to help lock wetness in up to 12 hours.
Twenty (20) percent less bulk, making it Pampers' thinnest diaper and our driest ever. Softer outer cover for comfort inside and out. Tapered design. Sesame Street® characters (Sesame street® is a licensed character with Pampers in North America)
Will be offered for the same price as current Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers (Pricing is at the sole discretion of the retailer.)

What is this Dry Max technology?
Dry Max describes the new "engine" or core of Cruisers and Swaddlers diapers.
It allows for the removal of the airfelt ("paper pulp") found in current Swaddlers and Cruisers, resulting in a thinner and less bulky core. Currently, Pampers is the only brand with this technology on the market. The thinner core is enabled by the new Absorbent Gelling Material (AGM), removing the need for airfelt. The AGM is more permeable, meaning it locks wetness in faster than previous AGM.

When are you going to be able to buy the swaddlers and cruisers with Dry Max?
Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers with Dry Max will be available at mass, discount, baby specialty, grocery and eRetail stores where Pampers products are sold beginning March 2010.

Now for the fun part!!
To celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Pampers® Diapers has partnered with Team USA to introduce new Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers Diapers with Dry Max. Thats right the babies of the athletes are sporting the new Pampers with Dry Max Technology and a very suitable design.

Starting January 29th, parents everywhere will be able to request a free sample three-pack of Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max on If the sample sent includes a diaper stamped Team USA (randomly inserted in select sample packs), their baby will win a year's supply of Pampers diapers!

Samples will go fast and Good Luck, you never know maybe one of you will have that stamped diaper in your sample and win a nice supply of Pampers diapers.

I was given the information from pampers to share with my readers. No compensation was offered or accepted.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yes! To Cookies Review and Giveaway!!

As a mother of 4 children, 1 having Autism Spectrum Disorder and another that has severe ADHD, I was very happy to find Yes! To Cookies. I have always limited certain items in all of the kidlet's diets, but finally along comes a treat that I don't have to worry about.

Yes! To Cookies was created through one mans love for a woman who has severe insulin-dependent diabetes. Although it took many months to get everything just right, he did not give up and now everyone can say Yes! To Cookies.

I received 2 packages of ready to eat cookies.

Cocoa-Licious: Which has a very powerful chocolate flavor. It was the favorite of my 2 year old. I think he ate 3 cookies right away and kept trying to come back to grab more. I finally had to place them on top of the fridge. Ha Ha The best thing was I didn't have to worry about any after consequences for him eating cookies. I was able to just watch him enjoy the treat instead of worrying about the diaper change to come.

Strawberry-Banana Blitz: They had a wonderful strawberry scent and an even better taste. This flavor was the favorite of the older kids. My daughter just kept on saying "Mom these are sooooo Yummy." She is the one with severe ADHD and again I was able to relax and let her enjoy the cookies without worrying.

Yes! To Cookies have NO starch (something that can turn into sugar), NO Sugar, NO Gluten, but you don't lose the taste. I love that my children can now have a go to snack.

Right away my kids were coming up with all kinds of ideas on different flavors of cookies that Yes! To Cookies should make. One that they all agreed on was some type of chocolate mint cookie. We also shared the cookies with another family and they also thought they were amazing with the cocoa-licious winning over the strawberry-banana blitz at their house.

Giveaway Alert!!

Yes! To Cookies has graciously offered to one of my readers a package that will contain a mix of Yes! To Cookies products. This giveaway will run until Feb. 14th with a winner being picked by at midnight (Mountain Time). Please leave your email address in your comment so I have a way to get in touch with you should you be the winner.

Mandatory Entry: Must be done before any other entries will count.

Visit Yes! To Cookies and tell me 2 of the 10 Reasons why you should buy Yes! To Cookies!

Extra Entries:

1. Become a fan of Yes! To Cookies on Facebook.

2. Sign-up to the Yes! To Cookies Newsletter.

3. Tell me a flavor cookie you would like Yes! To Cookies to make.

4. Become a follower of my blog or let me know you already follow.

5. Blog about this giveaway, include a link back to this post AND a link to Yes! To Cookies. Leave the link to your post in the comment. (worth 3 entries, please leave 3 additional comments)

6. Make a purchase from Yes! To Cookies. (worth 5 entries, please leave 5 additional comments)

A big Thank You to Yes! To Cookies for allowing me to do a review and offer a giveaway!

I received 2 packages of cookies free of charge. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The above opinions are my own and also those of my children. I know that not everyone will agree with me.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Chocolate A Love Story Review and Giveaway!!

Oh Yes you read that right, the title has that wonderful word in it. Mmmm Chocolate!
Now I will be honest and say that I am more of a white chocolate kind of girl, although I LOVE all chocolate. Ha Ha Guess what? This book includes all types of chocolate throughout the recipes.

When I found out about a chance to review this book I don't think it took me more than 2 seconds to think about it. I am so glad I choose to review this book. Come on the title has two very important words in it, 1. Chocolate and 2. Love!

Chocolate A Love Story is a book which has 65 chocolate dessert recipes from none other than Max Brenner's private collection. In this book you can find a chocolate treat for any occasion, from breakfast to finding the right chocolate treat when you need a comforting hug.

Not only are the recipes amazing, the artwork for this book was done by Yonatan Factor. Each and every page has artwork that catches your eye and jumps right out of the book.

My kids thought that I made a great banana split but there is something about Banana split with caramel disco, chocolate punk sauce and roasted macadamia minimalism that kicks Mom's banana split to the curb.

We tried several of the recipes in this book and while it is obvious what the kids loved, my husband and I have a few favorites. One of them is the Home industry chocolate cheese pockets.

The Book:
Chocolate A Love Story
Buy the Book:
You can buy this chocolaty book at for around $20

No matter what type of chocolate you crave, you will find a recipe in this book that can satisfy that chocolaty craving.

I was sent by accident 2 copies of this book, so I am offering my wonderful readers a chance to win a copy of Chocolate A Love Story. Remember to leave your email address in your comment, so I have a way to get into contact with you should you be the winner. This giveaway will close on Feb. 14th at midnight my time. (mountain time) Winner will be chosen by random.

Mandatory Entry:
Tell me in a comment what your favorite chocolate treat is.

Extra entries:
1. Become a follower of my blog and let me know in a comment. If you are already a follower, just let me know.
2. Tell me something that you find interesting or something you would like to learn more about. Examples: Autism, recipes, cooking, being thrifty, Army life, ect....

Thank You to Hachette Book Group for allowing the opportunity to review this book.
I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was given the book free of charge to review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

My Princess is now 7 and her cake!!

My daughter is now 7, I think I am still in shock she made it this far. She is the only other girl in the house besides me. She also has the biggest attitude and loudest voice.

Anyway she turned 7 the first week of Jan. She wanted to go to a pizza place which also has games for her party. She also talked about wanting a Hannah Montana party. Well me being the cheapy mom, I decided that we would go to the fun place to eat and come back to the house for cake and presents. I let her pick out the Hannah Montana plates and napkins, not to forget the party bags with a couple little fun things in them.

Now this next part will explain how much I procrastinate sometimes. The day before her "party" I had the amazing idea to give her two parties in one. She was satisfied with only the plates and such being Hannah Montana, but she has this purple Hannah Montana guitar. You know where this is going, don't you?

Yes we went to the store and I had to get a new cake pan, a big one. lol

She had no clue as right before she went upstairs to go to bed she said "Mom, just a rectangle cake that is purple with pink stripes" Too bad I already had everything to hopefully make this cake that I was picturing in my head.

So I started out by making up all the batter, yup all 3 boxes of cake mix, yellow, butter yellow, and a yellow with chocolate swirl. I also remembered a few things from Cake Boss and made up some rice crispy treats.

The rest is history and here are the pics....

Before the baking

After 5 hours of cutting, piecing, frosting, and decorating. Everything that is not flat is made out of the rice crispy treat.

This one gives you an idea of just how big the cake was.

The best part and the part that made me feel better about taking 5 hours to make her cake was when I had asked her if this guitar cake was better than the rectangle cake she had asked for. She said and I quote "It is wicked better"..

Sunday, January 24, 2010

How To Roast A Lamb Review

I make it no secret that the kitchen is my absolute favorite room in my house. There is just something about baking and cooking and providing good food for my family that puts a smile on my face.

Another thing that should come as no big shock is that my favorite books are cookbooks, I know I can just do a search online for recipes and believe me I do, but I love to look through a book and find a recipe that sometimes comes along with a story.

How To Roast A Lamb by Michael Psilakis really does fit into the cookbook tells a story category. I love that this book is not really split up by chapters or by item, instead the book is split up by dinners, with names such as, Big-Party Cooking and Dinner Family Style. With this book it does not matter if you are a beginner cook or an expert in the field, you are sure to find a few recipes to fight your lifestyle.

I am more of a simple cook and I tend to make what some call comfort food. Even though the recipes range from stuffed peppers to beef stew to octopus with chickpea salad, I was able to find plenty of recipes to try out. One of our favorites and one that I have made a few times now is Beef Stew with Leeks. Amazingly enough 4 out of the 5 of us that eat real food (my 9 mth old isn't quite there yet) loved this. A very rare occurrence around here.

The book info:
Title: How to Roast a Lamb
Author: Michael Psilakis
ISBN: 978-0-316-04121-8

Buy the book:
You can buy the book on Amazon for $23.10

If you are looking for a nice cookbook that provides a very wide variety which includes a great story How to Roast a Lamb is just the cookbook you need to pick up.

Thank You to Hachette Book Group for providing me with a review copy of How to Roast a Lamb.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at
The Product Review Place

I was sent this book free of charge and no other compensation was offered or accepted. The above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

ReThink What Matters

Bare Escentuals Asks What You're RETHINKING For 2010

Rethink what a revolution looks like, from going bare in public to what freedom feels like. Bare Escentuals, the mineral makeup pioneer, invites you to shake up that foundation and sound off on topics that are more than just skin-deep with their new campaign, Rethink What Matters.

Born from employees rethinking makeup itself – the beauty brand found looking good is not about using artificial gunk to cover imperfections, but about enhancing what you’ve got. In keeping with their wink-wink approach to marketing (Love MATTE Campaign), Bare Escentuals unveils playful taglines to help start honest conversations with your girlfriends. bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation feels completely weightless, but gives you all the flawless coverage you need. Like you are wearing nothing at all.”

Bare Escentuals invites you to give rethinking a try, too. Every week at ReThinkWhatMatters, a new discussion topic will be featured with five questions for you to answer and share with your friends by email, Facebook and Twitter.

Bare Escentuals will also be taking its message to the streets by dispatching Quickie Vans within select cities. Each van will feature a tagline (for instance, Rethink Going Bare In Public) to grab the attention of passers-by and pop up into a mini boutique with a team offering “make-unders” and samples. So stop by and "Rethink the quickie" for an impromptu make-under.

Head over to ReThinkWhatMatters starting on January 22nd.

ReThinkWhatMatters Contest

The Rethink Campaign Contest will run for nine weeks total, with the first set of Rethink questions going out on 1.22.10 (Week 1) and the last set of Rethink questions going out on 3.19.10 (Week 9). The contest will end on 3.26.10.

Every week there will be BE goodies for a lucky (randomly selected) group of people who answer the Rethink questions and share with their friends. At the end of nine weeks (3.26.10), one grand prize winner and two runner-ups will be drawn.
This weeks conversation and quiz, ReThink Going Bare In Public. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Denise's Daily Dozen Review and Giveaway!

For the past 2 weeks I have had my behind kicked by Denise Austin. Ha Ha Denise's Daily Dozen The Easy, Every Day Program to lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks is exactly that. First let me tell you a little more about the book.

From the back of the book: Denise Austin shares the perfect plan for anyone who wants to live better and lose weight but can't seem to find the time. Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health and diet related concepts managed in a no-stress, time-conscious program of "twelves" to keep you flexible, strong, trim, and feeling great about yourself. Denise knows these methods work because she uses them personally to stay fit and looking fabulous, and they've worked for countless others, too!

I love that everything is written up in "twelves". There are 12 exercises for each day and it will only take you 12 minutes to get them done each day. That is it, 12 minutes, not 30 minutes for cardio and another 30 minutes of something else. The book is broke down into 7 chapters, one for each of the days of the week, so easy to follow.

I started on a Monday, so I turned to the Monday chapter and followed the 12 exercises, along with the menu plan for that day. I will be honest I had to switch up the menus which was easily done with the extras that Denise has thrown in there.

Not only do you get everything written out for you in easy to follow directions, there are so many other "twelves" in the book including A dozen tips to boost your motivation to eat right and exercise. Believe me I used a lot of the extra "twelves". Ha Ha

Before you start an exercise program, always get the O.K. from your Doctor. I was happy when my doctor did not end up in heart failure from laughing at me when I brought the book in, in order to get the ok to start. The fact is that I am in no way overweight but my goal is to get back in shape not to lose weight. After having my 4 kidlets, some things are just not where I would like them to be and I always felt that I did not have the time to exercise. Seriously this is the perfect book to get you started or to keep you on track. I did end up losing 1 lb, but if you could feel the way I do now, you would understand how great this book is.

Another thing to do before you start a program is to make sure you have any extras, for me I had to get a new pair of shoes, 2 sets of weights (I didn't want to use cans this time), and really that is all I had to get.

After my 2 weeks, which ended yesterday something has changed and that is ME!! I am feeling better about my every day life and plan on continuing with this book, but I am also adding in another challenge for myself and that is running.

Thanks to The Hachette Book Group I have 3 copies of this book to give away to my wonderful readers.

Information on the book:
Author: Denise Austin
Category: Health and Fitness
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: 1/5/2010
Price: $16.99/$19.99
ISBN: 9781599952444
Pages: 336
Size: 7" x 9"

The Giveaway!!! This giveaway will end 2/14 (since I will be out of town until the 13th, I didn't want to miss out on picking my winners) Winners will be chosen by Random, notified by email, and will have 48 hours to reply. Giveaway is open to US and Canada, please no PO boxes!

Mandatory Entry:
Leave me a comment with why you want to win a copy of this book. Don't forget to leave your email address so I have a way to contact you should you win.

Extra Entries:

1. Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment. Current followers just leave a comment letting me know you already follow.

2. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.

3. Follow Denise on Twitter

4. Become a Fan of Denise Austin on Facebook

Thank You to Hachette Book Group for allowing me to review this wonderful book, participate the tour, and for offering up the books for the giveaway.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was given the book free of charge to review. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The above thoughts are my own and I do not expect everyone to agree.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Skylar needs our help...Meet Skylar..

Skylar is the two year old daughter of a member of the Army, who lives in Alaska and is in acute liver failure. She was med-flighted to Seattle and has been put on the transplant list. Due to financial constraints, Jessica, her mother, can't get to Skylar. I am calling out to all of you for help.

I think the most heartbreaking for me is that she does not have her Mommy with her. They have found out that it will cost about $3000 to get her Mom to her from Alaska. This all started on the 14th when Skylar started going into liver failure. She was airlifted to Anchorage, AK. She received a blood transfusion and for a few days things started to look better, but just as things started looking up, they fell apart and now she is in Seattle, WA.

Any donations can be made to the Paypal account: PLEASE make sure you have it set as a gift and in the subject line put SKYLAR FUND. Amy (the owner of the account) will send you a receipt for your "gift". I know money is tight for so many of us, but every dollar can help.

Here is the FaceBook page set up for Skylar. Help For Skylar

Please!! If you pray, keep this baby girl in your prayers.

This is what i am going to do, For every comment left on this post I will donate $1per comment up to $100 to help. If you donate to help this baby girl's mommy get to her, leave me a comment and for those comments I will donate $5 per comment up to $100. That is a possible $200 to help this family from my family.

Bless all of you. Thank You for the prayers and thoughts for Skylar.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

And The WINNER is....

The winner of my Anti Monkey Butt Powder as chosen through is...


~Shelley~ said...
I learned that the founders of the company include a health care professional and a heavy equipment operator/construction worker who are both dedicated dirt bike riders and racers.

Congrats to the winner and thank you to all who entered the giveaway!!

I am sending off an email to the winner in just a few and they will have 48 hours to get back to me, if they do not respond, i will then pick a new winner

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kelsey's Story

I just read Kelsey's Story here on She says the darndest things Please go and read Kelsey's Story.

Bloggers Helping Haiti

The disaster in Haiti is heartbreaking and brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. Everyone wants to help, over at Frugal Creativity there is a great list of bloggers who are in their own ways joining to help Haiti. Just click on the link and you can see for yourself just how many bloggers are helping Haiti. Bloggers Helping Haiti

In addition to these wonderful bloggers, I am also joining this. For every comment on this post here on my blog, My family will donate a dollar, up to 100 dollars to The Red Cross.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help For Haiti from SoftBums

As a mother and Army wife I am amazed how a tragic event brings people together. There are a lot of things going around the net to get help for Haiti. I for one put the widget (top right sidebar) up as soon as I saw it available.

Softbums has another idea. Here you can donate diapers to Haiti or you can buy some for yourself and Softbums will match it and send it to Haiti. Amazing!!

Here on their facebook page someone had left a comment about no one really being able to wash the diapers and other things are more important. Diapers are very important. If a disposable diaper gets wet, it swells up 3 times the size and ends up busting open getting the gel stuff all over. I feel it would be more sanitary to have nice cloth diapers that after the days of putting ones life back together, can still be used. Cloth diapers can be washed a number of ways and I feel the mothers will find a way.

I will stop now, but if you are looking to add to your cloth diaper stash or you just want to help, then head over to SoftBums and let them match what you buy.

Recall Alert!! HappyTot Stage4 and HappyBaby Stage1

Nurture, Inc., is voluntarily recalling selected varieties and date codes of HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouch meals with date codes expiring between November 2010 and January 2011. These products are being recalled due to a packaging defect that potentially could cause the pouches to swell or leak. Swollen or leaking pouches could indicate that the products may contain bacteria that could potentially cause illness.

No illness has been reported. The products were sold at less than 300 retail locations nationwide.

Potentially affected varieties include:

Green bean, pear & peas, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00127 9;
Sweet potato, carrot, apple & cinnamon, NET WT. 4.22 OZ.(120g), UPC 8 52697 00128 6;
Spinach, mango & pear, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00129 3;
Butternut squash & apple, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00130 9;
Banana, peach, coconut & prunes, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00131 6;
Banana, peach & mango, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00132 3
Mango, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00134 7
Spinach Mango Pear, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00139 2
Apricot Sweet Potato, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00136 1

The above meals are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps.

To determine if a specific product is part of this voluntary recall, consumers should examine product packaging for expiration date codes between November 2010 and January 2011. These dates are printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string, as illustrated in the accompanying illustration.

Less than half of one percent of the products sold to date is affected by this packaging defect; no other products sold by the company are affected. As standard practice for Nurture, all products sold are sent to a laboratory for food safety testing prior to market release and no harmful bacteria have been detected in damaged packages to date.

One consumer complaint was received regarding swollen and leaking pouches, and no illnesses have been reported. The company has worked quickly with the manufacturer to identify the cause of the malfunction and the issue has been resolved.

"We are committed to ensuring our organic foods are not only delicious, convenient, and as healthy as possible, but also delivered in the highest quality, dependable package for our youngest consumers," says Shazi Visram, Nurture, Inc.'s Founder and CEO. "As a mother-to-be expecting my first child to arrive any day now, I know firsthand how critical it is for parents to have complete confidence in the foods they serve their children. We stand behind our mission to provide only the very best, which is why we have taken the measure to voluntarily recall these products."

Nurture has worked with the contract manufacturer and the US Food and Drug Administration to resolve the matter.

While no illness has been reported, consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume or serve any swollen or leaky pouches and may return them to their place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nurture Inc directly for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions and would like more detailed information are encouraged to contact Nurture, Inc. at 212-374-2779, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A little update...

because of the current computer problems being faced by none other than me, I am extending The Anti Monkey Butt Giveaway until Jan. 15th at midnight.

Thank You all!!! I hope everyone is having a good week.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Computer Down=No Fun:(

Well there you have it, I now know not to pre-write my posts to post on a different day. I had 5 reviews I was almost done with. I do have copies on word, but when it is MY computer that goes down, so does the word program that is on YOUR computer. I hope it is an easy fix and I pray I don't lose anything.

I think I know why I leave so many pictures on my camera, it is because when I finally put them on my computer, something like this happens.

Right now I am on my husband's lap top (which usually he is on playing WoW) So I may get somethings posted, but I have all these not so nice feelings towards my laptop that is not even a year old. The end of Feb. makes my Lap Top 1 year old.

What computer are you using? I figured I could take this time to get suggestions since there is a small chance that a new computer is in my future. (Sorry hubby I know that this year was suppose to be your year to get a new laptop) Oops. lol

I mostly just wanted to write this to let my followers know that I am still alive and will be posting up a storm hopefully within a few days. In the meantime, it will be a post here and there until I have my computer back.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

New Year, New Beginnings!! I have gotten away from Menu Plan Monday, no real excuse, just got lazy I guess. Although I did plan my meals out, I just got lazy in the posting of the menus. Do you plan out your meals or you are interested in making a change and starting this? Every week MPM is hosted at org. junkie There you can learn about MPM and link up your own menu post.

This week will consist of 2 menus as I am trying something different for myself. I will post the menu that my family will be eating since I will have a second post with what I am up to.

Here we go:

Monday: Ravioli Rescue, garlic bread, and corn

Tuesday: Beef & Cheese Enchiladas

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff and green beans

Thursday: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Friday: Chicken Parmesan and corn

Saturday: Pizza, cake, and ice cream We are celebrating my daughter's birthday with friends even though her birthday is today the 4Th.

Sunday: Pork Chops, potatoes, and corn

Look for a second post later today with my menu on it and don't forget to head over and link up your own MPM here

General Mills Cereal!!

Do you eat breakfast? I have always stressed to my children the importance of breakfast, but I will admit that I rarely eat anything in the morning. Just like the change of the year, I have begun a change in my house. New rule: Everyone will eat some type of breakfast.

General Mills is making this new rule an easy change with their commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. To me cereal is a quick breakfast, but used to be full of way too much sugar. Now my children can have a quick kick start to their day and I no longer have to worry about them being overloaded on the sugar front.

What do you know about cereals? Do you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Also, Cereals deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

Other cereal benefits:

Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.
Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

Now we home school, but I do notice that if the kidlets skip breakfast they end up having a horrible day. So I tend to lean toward agreeing with the 1998 study.

Right now you can go over here and get a coupon for $1.00 off.

You can also learn a ton about the benefits of Breakfast cereals here

I do have one wish for General Mills and that is to find a different red dye to use. Although this is not the same for every family but around here the kidlets have red dye #40 very rarely. My children have learned that things don't need color to taste good.

General Mills provided me with the VIP coupons and all information through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Zoom Album Winner!!!!

I used and was given the number 5 as the winner:
Anonymous said...
I would make them for my husband for all the times he is away from us.

I will email the winner in a bit and they will have 48 hours to get back to me.

Thank You to all who entered!!