Friday, November 30, 2012

Free stuff!

Really, I have gotten several free things from belonging to the site Influenster I used to think that things like this were a scam, but since I have been a member of this community, I have received a Vox Box filled with beauty goodies, a Quaker Oats prize pack and tested out the newest Palmolive dish soaps. All it takes is the dedication to take some surveys and spread your opinion on social networking sites. I encourage anyone who likes free stuff to check into it. They have newly relaunched with a redesigned website and even more opportunities to try new items and voice your opinion.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gorton's Skillet Crisp Tilapia

I admit, I wasn't a huge tilapia fan before. I had tried it one or two times and always thought it had a bit of a fishy aftertaste. When I agreed to be a part of this Bzz campaign, I wondered if I would like it. I got my Bzzkit in the mail and checked out the cool new spatula and my coupon to try it for free, along with some coupons to give out to those interested.

I didn't go out and get it until about a week later. I cooked 2 of the four fillets that come in the box the night I got it. I had the pan turned up too high and got it a little too "crispy". I served it with some tater tots and it was good. I made the other 2 fillets two nights later and this time I made some brown rice and green peas on the side.

To my surprise, it did not have the fishy aftertaste I was used to with tilapia. The breading was seasoned well and it tasted like something I might get from a restaurant. My husband kept saying how much he liked it, so I will definitely buy it again!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bic Soleil Savvy

Sooooo... I also am a part of another freebie tester community. I am a Bzz Agent and I recently tried out the Bic Soleil Savvy razor (complimentary courtesy of Bzz Agent) and I love it! I am so sad that I am on my last cartridge but I do plan to purchase it again.

This razor gives a smooth shave with 3 blades. I like that it is flexible over the curves of my legs and I did not get one razor cut!

Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar

I am slowly trying the items I got in my Summer Vox box and the first thing I tried was the Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Bar (which was complimentary courtesy of Influenster for purposes of reviewing) . I warmed it up for 10 secs like it suggested on the wrapper and ate it in the car on the way to church. My first impression was that it was pretty yummy. I'm actually allergic to fresh bananas but this did not set off any allergies with me because it is baked.

I think that this is a good treat and somewhat healthy. I will say that towards the end of the bar, I got a syrupy sweet taste in my mouth. I like sweets and I have a huge sweet tooth but this was a lil bit too strong after eating most of the bar.

Overall, I give this a 8 out of 10.
Quaker Soft Baked Bar - Banana Nut Bread

Made with real bananas and almonds, Quaker Soft Baked Bars Banana Nut Bread flavor has tasty ingredients and key nutrients to help provide fuel to start your day.

-5g Fiber*
-20% daily value of 5 B Vitamins
-6g of Protein
*Contains 3.5g of total fat per serving

Where to Buy

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Bars at most major retailers.

Suggested retail price: $3.29 for a box of 5 bars

My influenster VOX box goodies

Pictured above are my Summer Vox box goodies that I got for free! I received these products complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. Please excuse the next few posts as I review each one in detail :)

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Thursday, July 5, 2012


I am very frustrated right now and I just needed to let it all out. So bear with me for a little bit, ok?

My son is 9 months old, and since he has entered daycare at the age of 4 months old, he has had one illness after the other. RSV, pinkeye, ear infection, roseola, ear infection again, pinkeye again, ear infection again, and more ear infections. I feel immense guilt for having to put him in daycare but the numbers just don't work out so that I can stay home. But the stupid thing about it is that we miss so much time from work in order to take him to doctor appointments or keep him out of daycare to rest and get better. He has been to the ER once, urgent care 3 or 4 times and to his doctor for sick visits about 10 times in addition to well child checks. This adds up to extra time and money and overall feelings of utter frustration.

Tonight is a particularly rough night. He has another ear infection and it has been determined that he needs to see an ENT for evaluation for tubes. In the meantime, his pediatrician told us to put him back on the Augmentin to suppress his current infection (it won't heal it up completely). He came home from daycare today with a butt so red and blistery, I literally gasped when I changed his diaper. Then his face broke out this evening and he was scratching at it so much he drew blood. He has been screaming at us for hours and I just want to go in the corner and cry. I hope and pray that the tubes will end these ongoing ear infections. My child can be so happy and fun but it's trying to hear screaming and deal with fits for hours on end. I need him to be well. I need him to be free of illness. I need him to be healthy.

To be honest with myself (and my one or two readers), this whole ordeal has me questioning if we will try to have anymore babies. I always thought I would want to try for a girl if I had a boy first but I just don't know anymore.

Just my thoughts for now. I am sure that they will change depending on the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pinterest is evil

I recently jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon and I have found myself pinning all kinds of Martha-like recipes, kiddy projects and home decor/organizing ideas. These ideas that I have on my boards are a tease right now for two reasons:

1. I am still trying to figure out time management as a working mother.
2. Our house has exploded with baby toys and equipment while we wait out the process of purchasing our next home.

The picture perfect ideas I want to implement give way to my hectic life lately.

I see a picture on Pinterest that points me to a blog with healthy lunch ideas. I purchase all kinds of produce and healthy goods to make lunches for the hubs and me.

Truth: That stuff has sat in the fridge all week, mostly untouched and definitely not finding its way into neat little sectioned lunches for either of us.

Where do people get the time to be so perfect?!