Awesome giveaways, mark you calendars now!

Two HUGE giveaways! Mark on your calendar so you can remember to come back and enter.
First:
March Madness. Tons of blogs with tons of prizes. I am doing a few giveaways on my blogs during this time. Come enter during March 15-20, 2011. Entries are FREE and EASY!
March Madness Giveaway Hop

Second:
Blog Bash 2011! Each blogger who participates will be giving away a minimum $100 prize! Mark your calendar for this one, this is huge! Come back and enter June 22-24, 2011!
Entries are FREE and easy!

I will have both these giveaway buttons on my blog(s) sidebar until they are over.
Make sure you invite all yoru friends!
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Good luck and happy blogging!

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We love GLEE!

I love the show GLEE and am so happy that my kids enjoy it too…well they enjoy dancing to it which is fun for me to watch.

This way I get to watch the awesome show and my kids get some exercise and do not get bored watching it.

I just had to share because, you know, they are just too darn cute! I am not bias at all LOL!

Have a great day! this  is probably the shortest post ever for me. Oh well sometimes less is more!

Tawna

Hoping later here
Just Married with Coupons

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The SAFE way to cut lettuce!

I just have to share this because I am the QUEEN of cutting the tip of my thumb almost every time I cut lettuce. I cut lettuce almost daily in our house and my poor left thumb tip pretty much has not feeling left in it. I tried to take a picture of it, but it is hard to see. If you can you can see a little white spot on it and that is where I about cut the whole tip of.

This is the clearest close up pic I could get.

Anyway…you may be laughing at me and saying “seriously Tawna why are you posting this? Well…I found the most awesome lettuce cutter and it does not hurt or draw blood when I cut myself and I figured I can’t be the only one that does this. I just happened to run into this int he grocery store a few months back and knew I HAD to have it. Here it is

How awesome is this? I am serious I love it. I don’t even know what it is called but it is plastic! I am pretty sure the company should call this the “Tawna cutter” because my husband has had blood free salad for awhile now and that makes me happy!

It really does work well for lettuce too. The other plus is that the salad does not turn brown as fast because you are not touching the lettuce with metal. When you use a regular knife something happens that causes the metal knife to make the salad turn brown faster. I believe this was only like $3. This is probably the best $3 I have ever spent!

If anyone knows what the knife is actually called leave it in a comment! I found it on amazon and posted the link! It’s called a “lettuce knife” novel idea!

To COMMENT
You may have to lick on “links to this post” comment luv does not post a comment link on my posts and I can’t figure out why but links to this post will open up a comment window!

Have a wonderful day and happy cutting!

Tawna

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Lemon and/or Lime juice for health

My sister asked me a question last week about drinking lemon and/or lime water to help with clearer skin, increasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure and cleansing the blood.

I think she expected a short answer (well she does know me so maybe she hoped for a short answer) but you know I can’t do that. I have to research first. So Twyla, here you go!

First off, before I give my educated opinion, I have to tell you that there is a ton of information on this on the Internet but not a ton of actual legitimate information. Meaning, more then what people post on opinion boards, forums, etc. When I say legitimate source, I mean any web site that ends in edu or gov. I do not ever pass along information that I find on non edu and gov sites. Edu and gov sites actually post true and actual case studies, not moms, dads, or grandmas opinions. This is why no one ever gets ridiculous e-mail forwards from me either, because they are 99.9% a HOAX!

A common misconception that people are buying into is that citrus fruits in general, but especially from lemon and grapefruit, can boost your metabolism. There have not been actual studies that have shown any citrus fruit boosting your metabolism all on its own. However, this does not mean that they do not help boost metabolism, over all. What I mean is…if you eat a healthy diet and include fruits then your metabolism will love you and run at a higher rate. Note that I said “eating a healthy diet.” You can’t eat pizza and pasta, and fat all the time and then throw in some citrus and be rest assured that your metabolism is going to compensate, because it most likely won’t.

Acne: Lemon juice has been linked to help dry out very mild to moderate cases of acne. Drinking it has not shown as much success but there have been a handful of lemon based creams that have helped dry out the acne. Most of them to not recommend putting on your entire face and this can cause over drying of your skin and then in turn, because more acne, as your oil glands will try to over compensate for the excessive drying. This is why the cheap store bought cleansers do not work well either, they over dry and cause your skin to break out more.

On a personal note, I have found that I have about 50% less acne then I did before and the only way I wash my face is with a wash cloth and bar soap. I use Dove light exfoliating soap, and my acne has been much better. I used to use, every over the counter acne wash they have had too. I also still get acne in my late 30′s!

If you are allergic to gluten this can cause swelling and a side effect of swelling is acne. Most people do not even know that they are allergic to gluten, as it can be mild in some, and just eliminating gluten can help skin dramatically. Sorry beer drinkers, this is huge for you!

Drinking small amounts of real lemon/and or lime in you water will not hurt and MAY help you skin become clearer and be healthy for you, just not large amounts, and not in every glass. I say may because unless you are following all the other healthy recommendations in your life, you will most likely not see any effect of the lemon/lime water

Some considerations and precautions.

Citrus can eat away your tooth enamel and drinking too much can cause your teeth to become very sensitive and hurt. Brushing after you drink the water will help. You may also want to avoid drinking the lemon/lime water right before bed as some have noted they had added reflux at night due to the citrus and they have woke up with heart burn.

Other things that cause acne

Soda, yes even diet! Carbonated water does NOTHING for you period! Get rid of it! I could do a whole other post about soda.

Smoking: Smoking damages the skin, period. If you want to help your skin look healthier, tighter, and just better, then lose the smoking. It does not matter what creams, or food you eat as smoking will tend to override pretty much anything healthy you do for the skin.

My sister did mention that her cigarettes tasted horrible when she drank the lemon/lime water. I am not entirely sure why this is happening but maybe it is a good thing. My guess is that the body is loving the citrus and not loving the cigarettes. I can’t find any solid answer for this.

Blood cleanser: Citric acid likes to bind to calcium and this can help with the prevention of clotting.

Vitamin C has been shown to sometimes help with anemia but for the most part anemia can be treated with iron and B12.

As a blood cleanser citrus fruits definitely can help but again, if your diet is a high fat, high starch diet, so in other words, not healthy, the fruits may not help at all as the bad foods will over power your arteries and veins and the citrus won’t do much.

To COMMENT!

You MAY have to click on “links to this post” to leave a comment. I downloaded comment luv and for some reason there are times there is no “comment” to click on but if you click on “links to this post” it will take you to the place to comment!

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Prefense Botanicals-ALCOHOL FREE sanitizer-Review and GIVEAWAY!- US only

I am so excited to host my first giveaway on this blog and get to do this with an awesome new hand sanitizer product from Prefense Botanicals!

I usually DO NOT use hand sanitizer because it breaks my hands out in eczema and have come to find out during my review, that it is because of the alcohol content that is in most other sanitizers. The Prefense botanicals sanitizer is alcohol free and my hands look and feel awesome and I have used it every day for the last 2 weeks!

Here are some amazing facts about prefense botanicals

· No alcohol! Prefense is made of all-natural ingredients and has absolutely NO alcohol in it!

· Our technology protects you for 24 hours or 10 hand washings! This is what moms really love to hear about! (I LOVED this part too)!

· Prefense is non-toxic and safe for kids! It will not hurt you if swallowed! (My daughter used it every day and it gave me piece of mind that she was protected with an alcohol free sanitizer as she breaks out like I do).

· Prefense is silica based which means it doesn’t dry out your hands like traditional alcohol sanitizers. It actually smooths and softens your hands. You can totally see this when you apply it!

· Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more. We fight germs that other hand sanitizers can’t.

· Because “one spray lasts all day” our 1.5 oz Prefense Botanicals Hand Sanitizer offers 120 applications, costing only $.08 per day, compared to $1.20 per day with alcohol hand sanitizers. (This part is just PLAIN AWESOME)!
 
Prefense botanicals was so awesome to send me this bottle to review for my readers and are giving one luck reader, of my blog, a free bottle of their own. This bottle is still more than half full after a week and a half of my entire family using it (3 of us). I am seriously hooked and will continue to use this product long after my review and giveaway are over.
 
ENTER TO WIN Prefense botanicals
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Don’t put eggs on the varnished table!

Well I learned my lesson the hard way today for sure.
We went without a coffee table for 6 years because there are very expensive and when you have small kids you don’t want to spend lots of money on furniture, it gets ruined…right?
Well Mommy ruined this table, not the kids.
We found this table on craigslist for $20 and it really was a nice sturdy table and we were lucky to find it.  I love having a coffee table, it was something I missed not having every day we did not have one.
My sons likes to eat his breakfast in the morning, out of his chair, so I decided to forgo the plate and put his eggs on the table. I noticed later that there were these little white spots all over it, and not it is not his milk! Look….
Those spots are not going away. Whatever is in the eggs eats at the finish on the table and now it is permanently like this.
The WORST part is that my son ate the eggs and you know that whatever is off the table ended on the egg right? Argh, I feel like a horrible Mom. Pretty much just fed my son varnish. Lesson learned, won’t do it again!
To leave a comment you will need to click on “links to this post” it will take you to the comment sections. It is messed up since I downloaded comment luv!

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Blog Hop Week 3!

Rules are easy:
1. Follow my blog and BOTH my co- hosts through GFC
The 2nd CoHost is NEW every week so make sure if you link up each week that you follow the NEW host!
Tawnasplan
My Journey With Candida
Mommy Only Has Two Hands
2. Grab the button and put it in a post or on your sidebar and let us know where it is. This will help the hop grow and gain us all new followers. It’s a Win, Win for everyone!
Tawnasplan
Please play nice and follow our simple rules!
Last rule:
Follow, Follow, Follow, and have fun meeting new and amazing bloggers.
Feel free to leave your giveaway links or whichever post you would like us to read!
Please don’t forget to leave my wonderful co-hosts and I a comment on our blogs so we can follow you back!
If you are interested in co-hosting this hop in the future please drop me an e-mail on my contact tab.
HOP is open from Friday to Sunday!

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Not ever doing my own taxes again!

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I have always been the one in the relationship that has to do the taxes and I HATE IT!
I miss the old days when I could do the 1040 EZ form over the phone in less then 6 minutes. That was the time I did my own taxes and LOVED IT!
Now we have a half a dozen of forms to fill out and I get so confused and stressed out for days and I am always wondering “did I do them right?”
This year we had 2 more forms to add to our list and I did not feel comfortable at all doing the taxes myself. My husband was really pushing me to not take them into H&R Block because with all the forms it was going to cost almost $500 but I just knew I would be hating him and be mad for 3 weeks while I got them done if we didn’t.
Well I got my way and my husband is happy because we got about $1,000 back more then normal AFTER the $500 we paid for them. I knew I was dong them wrong!
Now I am taking in my taxes from last year and paying the $30 to have the same lady go through them and do the amendments if we will get more back!
I am in no way shape or form getting any payment or credit for giving H&R Block this plug, I am just truly happy I did not do my taxes this year and will seriously not EVER do them myself again until I am back on the EZ form or they get rid of taxes all together!
Have a wonderful day!

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