Thursday, May 31, 2012
Freezer burn, what is it? How does it get there? How is it prevented? Is it safe to eat?
The answer, is that freezer burn is basically water molecules escaping from your food, forming at the top and freezing. As food is frozen over an extended period of time, it begins to dry out, and that water has to go somewhere, so it basically pools over the top of whatever is being frozen, and freezes there.
The way it is prevented (for a slightly longer period of time anyway), is by ensuring that your food is wrapped really tightly. This usually means removing it from the store packages and wrapping it in tighter packaging. I personally find that the double layered freezer bags work best, unless you opt for vacuum packed, which might actually be your best option, though it is considerably more expensive.
The final question, is it safe to eat? The answer to that is yes, it is safe. Freezer burn is merely water, so it will cause no harm when consumed, however, you will most likely notice the texture, color and taste might be a little different.
I hope this answers all of your questions.
Remember, I am still accepting participants. GoHERE to find out how to tell me what YOU want to read about!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
When writing your reviews, they basically grade you on how well it was, so I was asked about writing reviews, and how to get the best grade (exceptional review). I will be absolutely honest, I write my reviews on that site, almost identical to the way that I write reviews here, and I always get a "good review" grade. (which, incidentally is what the person asking me always got on theirs.), so unfortunately, I don't have a great answer about getting a better grade for them. I will say, though, that when writing your review, there's a link that you can click that says "tips for a better review". If you're looking to get better grades and scores through them,
But, the question was really how do I write reviews. So, first of all, feel free to check out a few of my reviews. But basically, first of all, I will always be honest in my reviews. I am not ever going to tell you guys that the products that I'm trying are perfect if they aren't. I will tell you the good things about it, and the not so good things as well. I try to use the "compliment sandwich" if you will. I will write a handful of positives, and then, I will write anything that I didn't particularly like about the products, and then the rest of whatever I like. Now, I will say, also, that I always email the company I'm doing the review for before actually writing the review, to share with them the things that I don't like about the product. I want to make sure that I'm using the product correctly, and that for whatever reason, I'm not wrong about my negatives. I learned to do this after posting a few reviews with negatives, only to have to edit them later after finding out that I had used the product incorrectly, and that's why it didn't work as well as I had thought. (I always send the reviews to the companies after posting them, so I've been responded to with an explanation of what I was wrong about)
I also do a little bit of research beyond actually trying the product. I find out where you can get the product, pricing, sizes, etc. I also make sure to take note of their Facebook Twitter, and webpages. I always conclude with these two things after my "compliment sandwich".
Also, I usually pull logos and images of the products off of their website if I'm able to obtain permission to do so (with copyright laws I cannot stress how important this is.), and then I place them in my post wherever they fit.
Now, as I've said, on BzzAgent, I've only ever gotten a "good review" on the reviews I've submitted to them, however, the companies that I do personally for my blog have always been satisfied and pleased with my reviews.
This has been another "you asked for it" post. I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge. It's challenging me as a blogger, writer, and researcher, and I am loving this. It also gives me another opportunity to hear from you all and see what it is that you would like to read about and see more of. Please keep these requests coming. I have already extended this through the week, and am thinking of making it longer (perhaps permenant?) because I enjoy it so much (of course the sweepstakes involved will end on Friday). So, PLEASE head HERE to tell me what YOU want me to write about next!!
Monday, May 28, 2012
These people, that I believe are so under appreciated by society, sign up for this job, knowing full well, that this job could be what ends up putting them at death's door. Most of them do it, so that they can do their part in not only ensuring that we are able to keep the rights that we all take for granted (or at least I know I am guilty of this sometimes), but they know that they may end up fighting to help other countries to gain the same rights that we have. They sign up knowing, that, at any given time, they may have to fight in a battle that they don't personally agree with, but in believing that they are serving the greater good, sign up anyway.
My husband was in the army for almost 8 years, and, as an army wife for most of this time (we were dating when he joined), I have been able to meet a great many of these people, and I have to say that I am honored to know or have known all of them. I am so proud of my husband and the time that he served, his reasons for doing so, his willingness to do whatever it takes to help this nation.
I just want to ask all of my readers to take some time and reflect and appreciate what this day really means. Be thankful for all that it means to live in the United States, and to be grateful to the people who have helped to form our home country.
In closing, I want to wish you all an extremely happy, and safe Memorial Day! Have a great day with your families today, and for those of you, who are like my poor hubby who has to work, I hope that a day comes soon where you are able to enjoy some good quality family time for celebration!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
I had posted on facebook an article about knowing the calorie counts in your foods. Someone posted a comment about a website called myfitnesspal.com. She challenged me to check it out and write to you all about what I think.
I have to tell you that I absolutely love it. I will personally be using this every day. I filled out my account, and told it my current weight and height, and then my goal weight. They tell you how many calories to allot yourselves and how many you have to burn throughout the week.
Then, there are also food and exercise diaries where you can input any food that you consumed, including water and drinks. You don't need to know how many calories are in your foods, or how many calories that you burn exercising. They have that information already and they tell you. It's really great for people who don't know.
The person who commented on my facebook, said that she used this program to lose 17 pounds!!! I am hoping to follow in her footsteps, as I am going to use this program also.
Remember, you also can tell me what you want me to write about. This is going on for the rest of today and tomorrow, and I am giving away up to five coupon envelopes (who will be chosen at random if necessary) to people who make suggestions. Go HERE to find out how to submit your suggestion.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I have a 3 year old, so she's still young enough where she's going through shoes really quickly. Now, I am really blessed to have three nieces who are a little bigger than she is, so we are lucky enough to receive a ton of hand me downs. When I don't have what I need as far as that goes, the first place I look is at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, thrift stores and consignment shops. I always wash them really good and spray them to make sure that they're clean before she wears them (and I never get sandals, so her feet are never actually touching the shoes.) Because, as I said, she grows out of shoes quickly, there's a great chance that other kids her age are outgrowing shoes before there's too much wear and tear on them, so they are still very good.
When I can't find what I am looking for in any of those places, I will sometimes go to Wal-Mart or Target. Again, if she's going to grow through them quickly, I am not going to spend top dollar on them.
I did a little searching, and if you go to shoes.com, you can take 10% off of your order, plus FREE SHIPPING by using the code 10OFF.
If you're shopping online (or even in stores) for any product, I highly suggest researching coupon or discount codes for the particular store that you're shopping at prior to purchasing anything.
Totsy also has shoes for sale. They carry anything from prenatal items all the way up to age seven, and you can get items for much cheaper than retail.
I hope this post helps to clear up any questions that the reader who asked for it has. I also hope that it gives you all some good ideas on getting inexpensive shoes for our children. (Seriously, why do shoes at retail for children have to be so expensive??)
And remember, during this Memorial Day weekend (including Monday) I am handing my blog over to you, and writing about whatever you want me to write about. Go HERE to find out how to make a request!
This weekend, I will be checking my email, this post, and my FACEBOOK. I want you all to give me writing prompts. Whatever you feel like reading about, I will write about. I will do my best to write about every topic and idea that is given to me. You can either comment on this post, write on my FACEBOOK, or email me. As I said before, I will do my absolute best to follow every suggestion, and it will all be posted about.
That's not all. I will give away FIVE coupon envelopes that will be chosen at random from the people who suggest things for me to write about. So whether you want a topic that you can learn something about (I will research diligently if it's not something that I know a lot about) or something that you will find entertaining (I will even attempt to write stories or humorous posts if asked), let me know what you want to read about and you can even try to win in the process!
5/28 update: Since I am enjoying this so much, I am extending it through the week. You can now continue to challenge my writing and/or researching skills until Friday. Please do this. Challenging myself is really a big reason I wanted to do it, and hopefully in the process I can write something entertaining or helpful for you!
I was asked to do a review for Send A Flying Card. I had never heard of something like this before, so I was a little intrigued, and am now excited to share this with you, in time to perhaps choose this as a Father's Day gift!
It's basically a frisbee "postcard". They are adorable, and fun! My family and I spent a while on a few different afternoons just throwing it around our back yard. Obviously, it's a fun toy. But what's even cooler, is that you can completely personalize this.
When I was corresponding with the company, I didn't specify what I wanted, (I honestly didn't really know how personal they could be!) so they sent me a golden colored disc, with the header of my blog (just look up at the top.), and it said "We Love The Mom Show, From, sendaflyingcard.com." On the back, there's an address label that looks very much like the back of a post card. Even that pleasantly surprised me because it peels off so easily without leaving behind any of that residue that other stickers and stuff can leave behind on stuff like that.
If you want more information, click HERE to view their website. The price is fairly reasonable at $9.99 for most of them, and they even offer FREE SHIPPING!..
Like I said before, I was pleased with this product, and know that you would be also!
Disclaimer: I was offered a free product from sendaflyingcard.com in order to do a product review. These opinions are honest and my own. I received no further compensation for positive comments. I will only do a review on products that I feel my readers might have interest in.
Friday, May 25, 2012
This particular question has come up more than once, so last time we were in the grocery store, I asked her if she wanted to make lemonade with me. Of course she thought this idea was AWESOME, so we picked out the best looking lemons and a package of sugar (one thing that we don't have, didn't buy and I would highly recommend, is a juicer of some sort, because using our hands got fairly tiresome...). We had a half gallon container at home already.
When we got home, I cut all of the lemons in half, and we squeezed each of them. (If you do this at home, make sure no one's touching their eyes in this process.. My daughter was lucky, but I touched mine, and lemon juice + eyes = ouch!) put them into that half gallon bottle. We filled the gallon about a third. Then, we added about half a cup of sugar (it sounds like a lot.. and it probably is..) then filled the gallon to about 3/4 and put a bunch of ice in to fill msot of the remainder.
Now, this isn't a cost effective project. There are a lot of things that are cheaper to make from scratch than to buy. Lemonade is not one of those things. The lemons alone, cost us about $4.50. (With coupons, I bought a bottle of lemonade, which is actually where I got the half gallon bottle that I used, for about $0.50). But it was fun, and showing my child that we can make things that we buy homemade, and have them come out so much better. (This lemonade was delicious and a big hit for our whole family.) As far as fun family projects go, it isn't costly though. I've spent a lot more on projects that my daughter and I have done together.
I am thinking that we will try Orange juice next (but we WILL be buying a juicer first!)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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This post brought to you by Whitney Farms. All opinions are 100% mine.
As I've posted about a lot, this year, we are living in our new home. One of the things that excites me about this, is the fact that next year, I am going to plant my first garden. Unfortunately, we weren't able to set it up for this year, and I'm bummed about that, but we already have the space in our back yard all picked out for a vegetable garden, and a spot in the front yard for a flower garden. (We're also going to do some lilac bushes also, which is my absolute FAVORITE flower, so obviously I'm excited!)
Now, my husband knows a lot more about these things than I do, so I've been doing research in the mean time to learn more about everything having to do with gardening. I really want the veggie garden to be my baby. Speaking of a baby, I am going to be feeding mine the vegetables from my garden, so I want to make sure that what I'm feeding her is as healthy as possible, which is why I want to make my garden organic. Which is why I will most likely purchase some Whitney Farms organic plant food.
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(Disclaimer: The images were taken from a Bing Clip art site, and are not my own images.)
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This morning, I had my first cup of Quit Tea. I have to tell you, it doesn't taste wonderful, but it is a lot better with sugar and a little bit of cream. I was almost done with it, and still had that jittery anxious feeling you get when your body is wanting to smoke, so I was about to write it off as something that might not work as well as I had hoped. Then, all of a sudden, right before taking my last sip, it just all of a sudden kicked in. For a few minutes, I felt calm, almost to the point of feeling a little.. fuzzy. Luckily, that feeling only lasted for a few minutes. Now, about ten minutes later, I have the urge to just smoke and then go to sleep (hey, Rome wasn't built in a day!) which, at 10 am, is a little inconvenient, but I'm hoping that throwing a little caffeine in might curb that feeling. (the fact that it's a dreary, rainy day, makes it a lot easier to not want to go outside to smoke. However, it also leaves me not doing some of the things that we would normally do today if it were nice outside, which leaves me more time to think about smoking,
Well, I just wanted to update, as I told you all that I would post here to let you all know when I have officially qiut. Thank you again for being here, and showing interest in this journey. Now I have to drink some coffee, as that tea has made me a little drowsy, and I just typed about a quarter of this post with my eyes closed.. (So, can I just say, it will be great to take this before bed time.)
So, I must know, has anyone else stopped smoking today? There's still time to make that decision!! I have, and while I must say, I may not be loving it right now, I know that eventually, sooner or later (hopefully sooner....?) I will be glad that I made this decision.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Part of what is so great about these wipes, is that they contain saline and aloe. They are very soothing. Our whole family has been using them since we received them. (Turns out allergy season is really a perfect time to do a review of this kind of product!!)
They are moist, which my daughter thought was a little strange at first (because she assumed they were just like tissues, since I was about to use them to wipe her nose. Once she knew that they were going to wipe her nose without making it sore or red, she agreed to try them out. Then, once she saw that I was right, and that wiping her nose actually felt refreshing, instead of painful (you know how tissues feel after you use about a dozen of them on your nose..), she was hooked. Not only that, but they really make your nose look and feel clean in a way that tissues really don't.
Boogie Wipes actually has a lot of cool stuff going on right now too.
They are in the middle of a Facebook contest right now. Take a video or snap a photo of one of your (obviously cute) sneezes and post it to your Facebook wall with a Boogie Wipes tag. This contest ends on June 30th, but with all of the allergies around right now, surely you will be able to catch one before then.
Target is supposed to start selling 45 count FRESH scent Boogie Wipes!
Most major retailers are now also selling 90 count canisters!
They offer a lot of different products. Go to their WEBSITE to check them out!
Luckily for all of us, Boogie Wipes has also been gracious enough to offer one lucky Mom Show reader the opportunity to win two packages of Boogie Wipes!! Enter on the Rafflecopter below!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: I was given free product in order to do a product review. I received no further compensation and my thoughts and opinions on the products are my own. I only give positive reviews on products that I feel will be a good match for my readers.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I am also going to be doing a GREAT Father's Day giveaway also! I am SO excited about this!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I am editing this to add, that my husband used these products to clean up this morning. This is the first time he has tried them, and he absolutely LOVED them!! He said they were great, he liked how they helped him to get everything clean!
Disclaimer: I was given a free product to review and giveaway. I wasn't offered any financial compensation or told what to say. These opinions are my own and honest.