Saturday, January 31, 2015

#ProductReview: Too Hot in the Kitchen-Secrets To Sizzle Any Age by Holly Clegg #Tomoson #Valentinesday

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Holly Clegg, author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series, introduces her fun, whimsical women's lifestyle cookbook perfect for a gift or the kitchen. This 240-page book includes more than 200 easy, everyday recipes with almost 100 photographs and illustrations. Too Hot in the Kitchen is a practical, user-friendly cookbook designed for busy women and includes: 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, Nutritional information and diabetic exchanges, Symbols to highlight Freezer Friendly and Vegetarian recipes, and Creative coffee pairing ideas. Includes fun and entertaining chapters on: Cooking for two (Table for Two); No bake dishes (Lovin’ No Oven); Recipes for facial treatments (Diva Dermatology); Party recipes for groups (Effortless Entertaining). Finally, a book to guide women through the kitchen with a smile, so get ready to learn the secrets to sizzle!

I was immediately interested int his book just for the cover. I am always on the lookout for healthy meals to make for my family and the idea that these are designed to help me look fantastic is even better. I picked out several recipes to try out in order to draw a general idea of how the rest of the cookbook would be. Now, I will preface this with the fact that my husband and I are on Weight Watchers. The nutritional values for each dish is listed with the recipe, so all I had to do was put the information into my Weight Watchers points calculator before deciding on what we would try.

Chicken Pesto Personal Pizza

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It's very different from what we have been eating and it sounded quite interesting. This was 10 points for one pizza and it is in the section Table for Two, so it only makes two pizzas. It has given me ideas on making other dishes with similar ingredients because they tasted really good together. Overall, it was a yummy recipe, but we didn't find it very filling for the number of points. We will either need to include a low point side dish with it or perhaps I make three of them in the future so my husband and I can have 1 and 1/2 pizzas each. Left exactly as it is, I think we might use it for a lunch instead of dinner. We both were hungry about an hour after eating it even though we felt mostly satisfied at the time we finished dinner.

Chicken Pesto Personal Pizza Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

I looked at this recipe and thought it looked interesting right away. I am not normally a big fan of spinach, but I like to try new things. Fresh spinach instead of canned or frozen is not something I had cooked with previously which left me unsure of my ability to use it. However, I must say that my husband and I both really enjoyed it. The BBQ chicken paired very nicely with the cooked spinach. It had a nice bold flavor and was mostly filling. In terms of weight watchers points, it was 12 points for one quesadilla. It wasn't as filling as I would like for that many points, but we liked it enough that next time we will have a side dish that is really low on points with it.

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Blackberry Chicken

This recipe took the longest to make of all the ones I picked out. It really isn't something that my husband would think to try, but I like recipes that call for jelly and jam in them for some reason. It's 9 points per serving and makes 4 servings for weight watchers. That is kind of high for just chicken, but it means that it should be two meals for us as long as we add a low point filler side dish. I thought the chicken stayed nicely moist and the sweet taste was something that made me not want something sweet to eat later in the day. Of course that is the main reason why my husband didn't like it. He thought it was too sweet to be considered dinner. The blackberry jelly goes really nicely with the red onion though. I tried to get my kids to try it and both of them weren't interested, but it might be something I make again when my husband is out of town simply so they don't see him not enjoying it. I'm sorry that I don't have a video of this being made, but I took lots of pictures of there different steps instead.

Blackberry Chicken Recipe

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Vodka Pasta

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I have never made a vodka sauce before, so this was yet another new experience for me. Many of the recipes in this book are things that I have never tried, but I am having a great time trying them out. This recipe was pretty easy. You make the sauce and toss it in with the noodles. We found that this one did not require a side dish at all. It is 7 points per serving on weight watchers and makes six servings. It was filling and delicious. My one year old daughter ate almost a whole serving by herself. If you think that was a bad call for me to give it to her, know that when you cook alcohol, the flavor stays but the alcohol itself evaporates. We both really liked this dish and I can see it becoming something I make on a regular basis. You could probably use chicken in it and it would be another great variation.

Vodka Pasta Recipe

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread

My son is one of the pickiest eaters I have ever known. I don't know what happened exactly to cause this except that he ground the enamel off the back of his front tooth while he was teething at a year old and over time it became infected. We think that affected his taste buds and made him not want to bite into various foods. The end result is that he LOVES cheese and bread. I make Banana Bread on a regular basis for him. It was what I made for him when we had the tooth pulled because he could/would actually eat it. For that reason, I am always looking for ways to get more variety of fruits and vegetables in him via bread. If I can bake them into bread, he just might eat them. I already had strawberries in the fridge, so this was the perfect chance for me to try this.

I have to say that this bread smelled fantastic while it was cooking. It took a little longer to cook than the recipe called for, but I have found that to be the case with any bread I make. It actually took 70 minutes to cook in the event that you try it out. I let it cool slightly and immediately cut into it. It doesn't have as soon of a texture as most bread, but it wasn't enough of a difference that I thought my son would have a problem with it. I absolutely loved the taste. I could have ate half the loaf right then, but have been have only one or two slices at a time because it is 4 points a slice for 16 slices. That adds up fast on weight watchers. I gave a piece to my one year old daughter before giving it to my son and she ate two slices in the span of an hour. She LOVED it. My son was a little harder. He looked at the bread, saw the pieces of strawberry and immediately thought it wouldn't taste good even though he said it smelled good. I was able to get him to take a couple bites. He said it tasted good, but he hasn't exactly asked to eat. I know that it is good now though, so we will have to try this again. Next time I think I might puree the strawberries so he doesn't see pieces in the bread. Maybe I will even add red food die for Valentine's day to make him think it will taste differently. Overall, it was excellent and I plan to try every bread recipe in this book.

Strawberry Bread Recipe

Avocado Banana Mask

I am not one of those women that uses a daily moisturizer on my face or who does facial masks at night. I never really had much of a need to do it, but as I get older, I have noticed that my face dries out during winter really bad if I wash it with just about anything. If I use lotions or facial moisturizers on a regular basis, I get acne. Even the creams that are meant to prevent acne yet cure dry skin result in me either still having dry skin or getting the acne. I have a very weird type of skin and have never found a good solution to my problem.

That said, I wanted to make sure that I did a very thorough review of this cookbook. I selected the Avocado Banana Mask to try because it says it is for combination skin types.

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It contains four simple ingredients that you mix in a blender. Smear it on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. It washes off pretty easily, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and not even slightly itchy. The first time I used it, I did before bed. I did notice that it burned a little around my lips and on my forehead, but those were the driest areas of my face at the time. In the morning, I took a shower which immediately undid the effects of the mask. I felt like I needed to do the mask in the morning in order for my skin to stay feeling moisturized. This led me to using it a second time. I used it in the middle of the day and the rest of the day my face felt really nice. Normally I get flaky skin around my scalp and on my forehead, but the mask kept that from happening. It definitely worked nicer as something for earlier in the day rather than at night.

Banana Yogurt Mask

Banana Yogurt Nourishing Mask Recipe

I decided to try a second mask. One that is designed to just be a moisturizer. Apparently banana has anti-wrinkle properties when used alone, so this particular mask seemed like a good one to try since I am starting to get more wrinkles. I will say that I am pretty sure I made it wrong. Banana when pureed tends to turn in a liquid. If I had thought about that I would have read the instructions a little better. Instead I mixed the ingredients together in my Ninja which created a very runny mask. I was still able to smear it on my face, but it was really messy. I couldn't put it on real thick, but I could feel it soaking it immediately. My whole face had a slight burn to it which I associate with things soaking into it since that is what I feel whenever I put chap stick on chapped lips. I liked this one, but I prefer a thicker mask for in the future.

About Holly
Real food, real easy... for real people. Holly known as the “Queen of Quick” has used this motto to guide her through the creation of her trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, which has sold over one million books

TV: Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today Show, The 700 Club, D-Life on CNBC, QVC, This Week in Louisiana Agricuture Monthly Cooking Segment

Print: USA Today, First for Women, Cooking Light Magazine, Relish Magazine, Self Magazine, Louisiana Cookin Magazine, Southern Living Magazine,

Online: WebMD, Huffington Post, The Daily Meal, Diabetes Influencers, Albertsons, and blogs

Holly's Phone App: Mobile Rush Hour Recipes: with recipes, shopping lists, photos, serving suggestions and nutritional information.

Spokesperson Partnerships: Walmart, diet Coke, Betty Crocker, Teflon/Dupont, Tyson, Louisiana Sweet Potatoes, Georgia Pecan Board, American Plastics Association, Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegars, Albertsons', Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Cetner, Onni Channel Health Media

Watch Holly on Fox & Friends, Fox News

Watch Holly on ">The 700 Club CBN and The 700 Club, "Christmas with a Twist"

Watch Holly with Associated Food Stores

Watch Holly on SMT Leftover TIps with Plastics Make it Possible

Watch Holly's Wal-Mart webisode on Salsa Chicken

Clegg's Books in Print:
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Diabetic Cooking, ADA
Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC Freezer Friendly Meals
Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After Treatment Alimentándose bien durante el cáncer: Recetas fáciles y recomendaciones durante y después del tratamiento.

Honors and Awards:

Tribute of Exellence Award, Baton Rouge, LA 2014
Top Chefs of Louisiana, American Culinary Federation of New Orleans,
"2000 Influential Women in Business" in Baton Rouge, LA
Twelve Most Outstanding Women of 1999 in Baton Rouge, LA
SMEI Outstanding Marketer of the Year, Baton Rouge, LA
YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Professional-Entrepreneur, Baton Rouge, LA
Winner of the 2002 "Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Cooking: Eating Well Through Cancer

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, BA
Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London, England
Cordon Bleu Cooking School, Paris, France

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

#BookReview: A Date to Die For Series by Bonnie R. Paulson #PromoBookTours


A Date to Die for: 1-4 $2.99

Release Day - A Date to Die for: 5, 6, & 7: Dirty Twist, Check Mate, & Last Chance On Sale $.99!!

Date to Die for: Series

#1 When dating ends in deaths and threats, Molly might be better off staying single. During one of Molly’s weekly meet-ups with her girls at their regular bar, Molly succumbs to the duress of her two best friends and begins the aggressive dating they sign her up for online where the pairings are questionable... and dangerous. They’ve entered her in an evening of speed dating. But at the end of the evening she finds an item from her past that raises questions, grief... and danger.

When the number of deaths surpass Molly’s goodnight kisses, her past pushes into the present and Molly loses much more than she gains. A stalker has focused on Molly and refuses to let anyone else date her. But she refuses to be single for the rest of her life.

Is Molly doomed to a life of singledom wrapped in fear - or will the stalker turn on her


#2, Oh No, He Didn’t!

Molly is ready to meet up with her first date – Crisco Ethan. But first she has to survive threats at work and fear at home. Will Brad-the-bartender make a move or flirt from afar? The stalker is closing in and Molly has a terrible feeling she won’t stay untouched for long. Can she lean on Brad or is her heart pushing her toward danger?


#3 Dinner for Two

Getting ready to message her next date, Molly comes across an email from the stalker that might tear her apart. The aftereffects swallow her sanity and she struggles to stay in the everyday while battling the knowledge that he can find her anywhere. Nowhere is safe.

Is Brad as involved as circumstances suggest? Or is a man out there that wants nothing more than to keep her all to himself – dead or alive?


#4 Don’t Look Back!

At work, a special delivery slams home the seriousness of the situation. How many more lives will be affected by the man’s obsession with Molly? Molly’s stalker attacks close to home.

Can she find safety? Can anyone?


#5 Dirty Twist

The stakes are high and Molly has learned how desperate her stalker has made her. Tormented with more kidnappings and deaths, Molly searches for answers in all the wrong places. Will she find what she’s looking for? Or will her fear continue to paralyze her, leaving her open for the ultimate end?

#6 Check Mate

What precautions can a single girl take to protect herself from a sociopath? Why, move in with the crush and bring his ass in to play the game, of course. Even with all the bravado, Molly still learns she has a lot more to lose. Can she come back from the turmoil? Or is she doomed to misery for the rest of her short life?

#7 Last Chance

In a desperate attempt to save someone she cares about, Molly faces her would-be killer.

But who it is devastates her. If the killer has their way, Molly will die at their side.

Can Molly escape or will she finally be on a Date to Die for?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#BookBlast: Dictating Death by Bonnie R. Paulson #PromoBookTours


February 3, 2015
This book is not light reading. There are graphic scenes and there is not HEA. NOT intended for teens or young adults. Again, this is not light reading. Violence and craziness. You've been warned.***Samantha wants to love him.

Maria wants to kill him.

Dr. Luke Lawson has no idea that the girl he’s dating has split personalities fighting to control her body. Samantha must keep Luke safe at all costs.

If Samantha wins, Maria will die and disappear forever – taking Samantha with her.
If Maria wins, Dr. Lawson will die and she and Samantha will move on to the next doctor – the next kill.

But Luke is special.

He could save Samantha from herself… but only if Samantha can save him.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

#DiamondEarrings from Darcus Tori #ValentinesDay #FREE

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Darcus Tori is having their bi-weekly free earrings right now for heart shaped diamond earrings. They are sterling silver and listed as a Diamond Simulant. I don't know what simulant means really, but I am guessing that they are real diamonds. However, I purchased their Amethyst earrings (sterling silver too) and they are gorgeous. The stones are clear and sparkly. I bought them for a friend for her birthday, but I liked them so much that I just purchased the diamond earrings. All you have to do is pay shipping which totaled $8.05 for me. You can actually use the 100% discount code to purchase three pair of earrings. These would make a lovely Valentine's day present for the woman in your life. I will say that the amethyst ones seem very delicate, so purchasing more than one pair might be a good idea in case the person wearing them is hard on jewelry.

Would you like to purchase a pair of diamond heart earrings from Darcus Tori? All you have to do is FOLLOW THIS LINK and use the coupon code 0801 at checkout. Pay shipping and that's it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

#BookBlast: Avenge by Amity Hope #PromoBookTours

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Avenge-Redo full sizeTristan Johnson is not an easy guy to get to know. He’s quiet, shy, and borderline elusive. That never stopped Samara Cavanaugh from claiming Tristan as her best friend, her tutor, her longtime crush.

She knows Tristan better than anyone. Sam was the one person that Tristan had allowed himself to get close to. But even Sam wasn’t aware of the secrets her best friend had been keeping.

When Sam’s life was in jeopardy Tristan didn’t hesitate to protect her. Now that he’s gone, Sam will do whatever it takes to get him back.

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Malice full sizeSamara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate.

Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.

Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.

Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.

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About the author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

#ProductReview: Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games #USFamilyGuide

Griddly Games

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About The Game According to Griddly Games
Call out words in categories where the “1st, 2nd or Last” letter match one of the letters on the dice rolled.

Need an example? Let's choose the category "3 Letter Words" and the special die lands on "2nd". Each player calls out (at the same time) words like "dOg" for the letter "O" or "eLk" for "L" which are the letters shown on the other dice rolled. See where we are going with this? The dice with the letter you call out becomes yours and everyone tallies their points at the end of each round.

A great quick game to boost vocabulary and test your skills in a low-pressure (but still fast-paced) word game!

Good luck and happy word play!

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Review: My husband and I have played a couple of games and honestly we had to look up a vlogger review to fully understand all the rules. The instruction book is not as clear as it could be. The game comes with one die to determine what place the letters will be in the words you create (as seen in Griddly Games's description of the game) and twelve letter dice which have numbers on them as well for scoring.

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It also comes with 300 categories on 30 cards. The instructions reference the cards as being pink on one side and yellow on the other, but we see them as pink (almost red) and green. You can see the difference in the colors in the picture below.

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The green side is supposed to be the easier categories. Honestly, we struggled with either side, but I think that's just because of our tired brains from dealing with the kids all day. That and my husband says he is a terrible speller. The order that you play the game is to pick a category, roll the place die, roll the letter dice, flip the timer and finally start calling out your words that fall in the category picked. Each time you call out a word that uses one of the letters, you claim that letter for scoring later. It could be rather hectic for categories that people find super easy...Or you could be like me and my husband and have our words play off of each other. One of us would call out a word and it was like word association. Each word said after was derived from that first word shouted. When the timer runs out, you count up the numbers on the dice you claimed.

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Now the most confusing part of the rules is the part about "Show Me the Kwan". The rules state:

If you are able to come up with words, where you can use 1 letter die in all three positions (1st, 2nd, and Last), shout "Show me the Kwan!" and lay the timer on the table. The die can be your own, it can be on the table, or it can be with your opponents. If you have made the Kwan correctly, the round stops and points are counted. You score 3 times the latter value + 5 points more. And if you used an opponent's die, the opponent does not score with that die.

At first we thought you were supposed to use three different dice to make one word, but we figured out that that wasn't quite right. Then we thought it was use one letter die in one word, but that is nearly impossible. This is where we looked up a vlogger video that explained that you use one letter die to make three different words. Each word uses that letter in each of the three places 1st, 2nd, and last. For example, if the category was "Things everyone hates about school" and you have the letter "E" on the table, you shout "Show me the Kwan!" and lay the timer on its side. Then you tell your opponents your three words like Education, tEacher, and tablE. The round would end at this point. You would get three times the number on the letter "E" plus five more points just for your Kwan. Then you would add any other letters you had claimed. All your opponents would also score the letters they had claimed as well.

Here you can see the score from two of our games. I won both games and was actually able to come up with two Kwans in the first game. It is actually hard to to think about finding a Kwan when you are so focused on thinking of words with the letters in one place value and scoring high points.

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Overall it is a pretty fun game. I think it would probably be a lot of fun with four players. Much more than that and it might get really confusing. Also, beware of cheaters and people who can't spell. There is an element of honesty required for when the game does get hectic. I enjoyed it once we understood the rules fully. I hope that anyone else that plays the game understands this review well enough to be able to make sense of the rules as well.

About Griddly Games:
Griddly has the games to get you going! Always an educational twist with laughter in the mix!

Their mission is to deliver value and quality in our effort to create memories of laughter, friendship, and family through games.

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#ProductReview: Mastrad's TopChips


For Christmas this year, I received one TopChips kit made by Mastrad. Since just before I conceived my daughter, we have tried to eat healthier. We are on Weight Watchers, which has been amazing for us, and I have done things like make homemade baby food for my daughter in order to get her to eat things like fruits and vegetables (which my son won't do). The biggest change that has happened naturally has been our intolerance for fast food. All the grease in fast food causes major issues with my digestive track now. I don't even use much vegetable oil or olive when cooking our meals thanks to my Green Pan from Ozeri. Well recently even eating things like potato chips have been causing me issues due to the grease they are cooked in, but how do you get crunchy yummy snacks without grease? That is where TopChips comes in.

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This thing looks too simple to make something like chips honestly, but I have used it a couple of times and so far it continues to make chips that do not bother my stomach. All you have to do is use the slicer to slice your desired fruit or vegetable into thin slices. I have only made red potato chips so far.

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Now I don't know if you can use a different slicer with this or not. This exact one is rather small, and the blade is not adjustable. It is made to slice your item to the exact thickness that will work with the chip maker. If you try a different slicer, you might not get the best results. Also, you cannot use it on really soft items. It is not recommended for things like tomatoes or bananas. The slices are too thin. So far I love my red potato chips. I have made them twice and even purposely left some out in a bowl over night to see if they would retain their crunch. They did. The only other thing I have not tried is making them and storing them in a container. So far we have have ate them so fast that there hasn't been any need for storing.

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The pictures above are of the actual thing you use to make the chips. You put the thinly sliced item on this tray (do not overlap) and microwave according to the wattage of your microwave. My only complaint is that I only have one tray. To make one bowl of chips, it takes me thirty minutes to an hour because I have to cook each tray of chips for three minutes. You can use as many as three at a time. I wish my mom had know that when she bought this for me because I need three trays to save me time. I have two little kids and they don't always approve of me standing in the kitchen for any length of time.

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If you are an all natural eater or just don't like grease, I highly recommend trying out the Mastrad TopChips. I can eat chips now without them bothering my stomach.

About Mastrad
“The chemistry of the silicone is mainly mineral because it is based on quartz sand (silicon oxide)
Indeed unlike most polymers, silicones have a backbone containing no carbon (i.e. inorganic), composed instead of alternating silicon and oxygen atoms (Si-O-Si-O- …).

Silicones - extremely flexible, resistant material with exceptional thermal adaptability - are well suited for kitchen housewares in contact with food and more particularly for baking products subjected to very high temperature.

These are some of the advantages of silicone:
· High resistance to extreme temperatures (till 455°F in continuous use and above 480°F in peak one)
· Stable mechanical properties in a broad temperature range.
· Excellent release properties (non-stick performance).
· Oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.
· Resistant to boiling water and aggressive detergents.
· Intrinsic water repellent.
· Non toxic.

Unfilled silicone elastomers achieve only low mechanical strength when cured. Adequate strength is obtained by incorporating reinforcing mineral fillers. Small-particle-size silicas (same as silicone atomic structure) are used almost exclusively for this purpose. Because of the small particle size elastomers with high transparency can be produced. On the other hand a slight whitening of the silicone item might occur when squeezing or pinching it.Silicones can be synthesized with a wide variety of properties and compositions. They can vary in consistency from liquid to gel to rubber to hard plastic.

Silicone fluids are used in hydraulic fluids, as adhesives, lubricants or breast implants etc…
Silicone rubbers are used as electrical insulators, non-stick coatings, gaskets, membranes, implants or for cooking application etc…

Regarding mentioned silicone implants as case study, it has been proven that they do rupture with time & it has been documented that silicone can migrate after this rupture. Nonetheless, because of the studies that did not find conclusive evidence of systemic problems, both Health Canada and the FDA have recently approved the use of silicone implants. That is a good proof about the harmless of silicone regarding human health.

MASTRAD silicone products such as bakeware, warmer steamer or spatula… are manufactured by compressing FDA certified silicone rubber grade inside a designed tool cavity. Silicone rubbers are formed from fluid silicones by the formation of cross links between the linear polymers by use of cross-linking agents. The process is designated "curing" or "vulcanization".
To mould silicone products, the curing is done during few minutes above 230°F in presence of reaction catalysts.
To reach the required thermal & mechanical properties of the silicone end-product, it is mandatory to do a post-curing at approximately 390°F during 4 hours. This stage also allows purifying the end-product.
To better clean silicone item surface, post-cured end-products are immersed in hot water bath, rinsed, dried and finally treated by UV radiations.
This overall manufacturing process is the key for achieving MASTRAD products quality success”.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Darcus Tori Amethyst Earrings and $500 Shopping Spree

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Darcus Tori has a giveaway for a $500 shopping spree going on right now. If you were disappointed with Christmas or are looking for something awesome for Valentine's Day, check it out! I entered.

Amethyst Earrings

They also have their "free earring" deal going on right now which you will get an entry in the shopping spree simply by checking out the free amethyst earrings. I actually purchased them because it is too good of a deal to pass up.

#ProductReview: Time in a Box by FoxMind Games #USFamilyGuide

FoxMind Games

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FoxMind Games has created something that people who have trouble figuring out how to spend time with their kids or grandkids can use to help them out. Time in a Box is less of a game and more of a time management system and time capsule. At the very beginning of opening the box, you see five things, four packages of cards labeled for the different seasons and a rolled piece of paper.

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This paper is a pledge that you and your child sign saying that you will try to do two cards a week. You will take the time out of your busy schedule to spend time with your child. Phones turned off or put away. No tablets or gaming systems to distract you.

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You do what is on the card with your child. Each card has a place for you to date it and right some comments about how the event went for the two of you. What I like about the comments section is that as an adult you can keep track of the things that worked well with your child or didn't work at all. You can avoid doing the things that caused you or your child strife simply by taking notes about your activities. Below are all winter activities that we have done.

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Each card, as mentioned before, is labeled for a different season. Obviously there are things you can do during the summer that you cannot do during the winter. There are items that overlap and depending on where you live, you might even be able to do everything year round. We live in Ohio. We definitely will not be having a water fight in the middle of winter. Below you can see some examples from the other seasons.

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Spring Activities
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Summer Activities
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Autumn Activities
Time in a Box 7

I'm a stay at home mom, so I actually do something with my son every day even though I am still taking care of the house and his baby sister. I try really hard to take one of her nap times to do something with him. We are using Time in a Box to help come up with things to do from time to time, but not all the time. My first thought when I opened this was that it would be PERFECT for a grandparent. It's easy to not know what to do with a grandchild because of the generation gap. We have always tried to make sure the kids see their grandparents once a week (yes both sides). It is difficult on me, but at least they really know each other. I am thinking of taking the box with him when he visits and that way both sides of the family can have suggestions on activities they an do together to really spend time with each other. It's a great opportunity for everyone.

About FoxMind Games:
The fox plays an important role in a number of societies' folklore and mythologies. It is frequently characterized by intelligence, cunningness and beauty.

Created in 2000 with the fox in mind, FoxMind launched its first two games; Squad 7 and Crazy Circus. Squad 7, a highly original game, was awarded upon its launch the Game of the Year prize in France. This helped to pave the way onto stores shelves and into playrooms around the world.

In 2003, FoxMind established a foothold in Canada, with the aim of offering the North American market games that embodied its philosophy - games that are easy to learn, quick to play, smart and fun.

Today, FoxMind continues to publish and distribute family and educational games internationally. With numerous international prizes already on its mantle, FoxMind is the favorite of parents, teachers and fans around the world.

FoxMind has recently ventured into the dynamic arena of electronic games, with its first offerings for the iPhone and the iPad already available.

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