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Tammy Litke is a Dallas blogger, blogging since 2008.  She loves to watch movies, play video games, spend time in the kitchen, and travel.  Between recipes and reviews you'll find many helpful and some just plain funny posts on her blog. Welcome, pull up a chair and stay for a while!

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Hefty, Hefty, Hefty–Now Cuts Down on Odors Too!

Simple and to the point, Hefty now provides a Kitchen Garbage Bag with Unscented Odor Block Technology.

Other companies have bags similar to this concept but they mostly just ‘mask’ odors.  I use the word mask because the bags are actually scented.  All that really does is distract you from the scent of the garbage in your kitchen, or make it worse because the two scents mingle.  There’s nothing worse than stinky garbage in your kitchen, except stinky garbage that sort of smells like flowers…

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Give Hope With Every Cup

During this month of October I’m sure that you’ve read about many companies that are choosing to donate money to various foundations that support breast cancer research, awareness and the women affected by the disease.  I featured just a select few back in August when I had my “Cancer Research Awareness” week, after our Girl Scout Troop participated in “Relay For Life”.

Today I’m sharing about Dannon’s “Give Hope With Every Cup” campaign.  Throughout September and October, a variety of Dannon products will help support the cause, not only by raising money, but also by increasing awareness for a disease that affects women and families at a staggering rate – with more than 290,000 women diagnosed every year. 

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive Giveaway

If you’re looking to become a more positive and happy person, then one of the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul’s books, is definitely something you should read.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive; 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark, Foreword by Deborah Norville), was released for purchase on September 28, 2010.

I was planning to review what I thought about the book, but really am just going to post a few paragraphs excerpted from Deborah Norville’s foreword, because she does a great job of prefacing the book, and really summing up what’s in these stories.

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Monday
Oct252010

Keep Kids From Gobblin’ Too Many Sweets With Help From Pirate’s Booty - Giveaway

Sugar Gets the Hook When Parents Follow These Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Halloween can provide an exciting evening full of fun-filled frights for kids, but it doesn’t have to be scary for parents who say “boo” to the sugar rush the holiday also brings.  All that’s needed are some tricks for treating kids without going overboard with sweets – and Pirate’s Booty can help.

“Halloween can be a challenging time for parents who encourage their kids to eat healthy throughout the year,” said Emily Whelan Anschlowar, MS, RD, and in-house nutrition expert at Pirate Brands, makers of all-natural snacks including Pirate’s Booty.  “There are a ton of trick-or-treat options out there and only a few that have the characteristics that make mom happy -- healthy, fun and delicious!  That’s why we came up with a set of tips and tricks to help keep parents and kids on-track for a Boo-tyful Halloween!”

Here are some “Healthy Halloween” tips from Pirate’s Booty:

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Monday
Oct252010

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® - Giveaway

Pass it on: Use the Extra Hour to Remind Your Friends, Family and Neighbors to Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries and Make a Positive Change in Your Community

Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7, and marks the 23rd anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, created by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which reminds people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the fall time change. This message is simple, and the habit can be lifesaving. Forty percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 23 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate.*

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Monday
Oct252010

Nab-It! Giveaway

Scrabble is a favorite family game for many, and now Hasbro has come out with a twist on that classic game called NAB-IT!.  The object of the game is to link the double-sided tiles to create words by stacking tiles.  Steal words from other players, by having the top tiles. As the stacks get higher, control keeps shifting form one opponent to the next.

The game can be played with 2-4 players.  Each player gets a bag filled with 25 two-sided letter tiles in a select color, along with a gray “bank” tile.  Form words by linking the tiles together.

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Monday
Oct252010

Cat Nap for the Cause (Giveaway)

I’m a big supporter of cat napping.  If I get a chance to nap during the day, well I’m all over it, I can give any ‘cat’ a run for their money in the napping department!

Until the end of October, you can Cat Nap for the Cause, as Purina Cat Chow invites breast cancer awareness supporters to take a 20-minute cat nap to support breast cancer.

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Sunday
Oct242010

Spooky Seasonal Candy From The Hershey Company

The most popular Hershey’s candies give to trick-or-treaters are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (43%), Kit Kat Wafer Bars (40%), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars (37%) and Hersey's Kisses Chocolates (27%).

Hershey’s has ‘dressed up’ these classic favorites for the season and introduced new, frightfully delicious Halloween candy assortments to enchant trick-or-treaters and sweeten seasonal parties.

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Sunday
Oct242010

Eight Steps to a Refrigerator Clean Out

So, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, managed to get me to clean out my fridge.  I’m hoping I can keep it in its clean state that I finished it off in, and get into the habit of doing a weekly sweep of its contents, maybe get some healthier food in it, and…I don’t know…eat some of that healthier food before it goes bad!  I’d been forgetting to do the chore of doing a refrigerator clean out, and I think I’ve been missing out on eating healthier because I couldn’t find anything in it.

Anyhow, to get back to the post title, I thought I’d share the steps that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter supplied me with, to get my fridge in order.  I’m thinking that you can apply the steps as a basic model to cleaning and organizing other parts of your home too, but here are the “Eight Steps” to a Refrigerator Clean Out.

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Saturday
Oct232010

Nerds, an Intelligent Boy, a Queen, Her Maid, a Reporter & a Scoundrel…

Ah ha – caught your attention did I?  Well here are some books that your tweens and teens might want to read.  A guest post by none other than my 14 year old daughter Amber, who read all these books (one of them in just a day!).  She’ll share her thoughts, on why your kids might want to read them too!

NERDS: M is for Mama’s Boy by Michael Buckley
Reading level:
Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)

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Friday
Oct222010

Checks In The Mail

None of us like doing it, but the bills need to be paid every month.  For those of you who don’t use online banking, or have don’t have that option to pay the bill, it might be easier to give someone else your money by using personal checks that echo your passions.

Checks In The Mail has checks for everyone.  They contain images from Charitable organizations to Animated/Pop Icons, and everything in between.

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Thursday
Oct212010

Money Matters by Susan Hirshman

The author of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat shares her tips on how to manage your finances and invest like a pro!

Financial expert Susan Hirshman, author of the brand new book "Does This Make My Assets Look Fat" answers our readers' burning money questions and breaks down the concept of investing and budgeting and puts it into terms any woman can understand.

The Five D's of Financial Sabotage...

The most common response to the question "What are the biggest risks to your financial portfolio?" usually has something to do with market volatility - i.e. the up and down movements of the stock market.

Unfortunately, market risk is not the only risk that needs to be managed during one's lifetime. There are 5 other risks to one's portfolio that must be taken into consideration to ensure that you protect you and your family from financial sabotage.

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Thursday
Oct212010

Triple Chocolate Decadent Cupcakes & Apple Caramel Bars

I was able to try out a couple of the new Duncan Hines Decadent Cake Mixes.

The two recipes I made with the mixes were so easy, and delicious!  I’m certain my family gained 5 pounds this week from all these desserts!  What makes the recipes using these mixes so superb is the fillings inside.  If tastebuds could smile, they’d be beaming after indulging in these sweet treats. 

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Wednesday
Oct202010

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at Home, Still Just as Good.

So, when I go to the mall, I always have to stop at Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and get a pretzel and a Dutch Ice.  I love, love, love their pretzels.  If for some reason (time constraints, ornery child, empty pocketbook…)I can’t get one, I am saddened for the remainder of the day.

I’ve recently been able to try the Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit.  Granted it takes more effort than going to the mall and purchasing a pretzel, but at the same time, I get to do something else I love:  spending time in my kitchen baking.

Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit is:

1.) Fun
2.) Easy
3.) Delicious

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Wednesday
Oct202010

How To Make a Hoodie Purse

With winter fast approaching you can save on & warm up with hoodies.

Or you can learn a quick and easy way to make a fun purse from a simple hooded sweatshirt. Great for those just learning to sew.

If you have a favorite hoodie (hooded sweatshirt) that doesn't fit well anymore or has seen better days but you are unwilling to get rid of it, you could make it into a simple and fun purse. Even if you don't currently have a hoodie, right now there is a Shock Hound deal for 20 percent off select hoodies, and you could turn it into a purse. With very minimal sewing you can create a fun and unique project.

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Tuesday
Oct192010

New Trivial Pursuit Steal Giveaway

New to the card game aisle this Fall, Hasbro introduced the ‘Trivial Pursuit Steal’ card game.

I love playing games with our family and friends, so I was excited to try this one out.  However, there are times we don’t have hours and hours to play and complete a game.  Sometimes we only have a 30 or 45 minute block of time to play in.  By the time you’ve actually gathered everyone around the table, and set the playing pieces up, half that time could be gone!

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