Saturday, November 28, 2009

Winner Announcements

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners!

The winners of the flair4all Wall Decal Packs are:
COMMENT #31-MamaOtwins+1-CONFIRMED
COMMENT #72-lynnmatthews-CONFIRMED

The winner of the SKOY Cloths is:
COMMENT #15-Lo-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Bummas Cloths is:
COMMENT #115-OneSouthernGirl-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Relish 1 year Membership is:
COMMENT #4-Dorothy-CONFIRMED

The winner of the Dot's Brittle Kitchen Sampler Pack is:
Lucky comment #1-Carol W-CONFIRMED

Thanks so much to all who entered! I have emailed you all and will be passing along your information to the sponsors tomorrow morning after I get home from church. Keep entering my giveaways, you never know what you're going to win!
UPDATE-11/30-All sponsors have been notified, sorry for the delay, my computer wasn't working most of the day today and we put up our Christmas tree yesterday!

Eloise :)

South of France Review and Giveaway

I have said a lot of times before, I love trying new soaps and body washes, I love things that make me smell good! I had a chance to review some truly great products from a company called South of France. South of France is another company from Good Health Naturals that specializes in some great soaps, french milled soaps, body washes and lotions, things to make you look and smell your absolute best. I had the chance to review the Shea Butter Hand Soap. I put it in my bathroom for use and it is a really great soap with a light scent but makes your hands feel really soft during and after washing. I love using different kind of hand soaps, especially in my bathroom and South of France has a lot of different varieties of hand soaps from Green Tea to Lavender to Lemon Mint, they have something for all. I also was able to try out the Almond French Milled Soap. This had a really sweet scent to it and very nice to use on my skin. It made my skin feel soft and left a real clean feeling. South of France's French Milled Soaps are 100% Vegetable Oil based and contains soothing Shea butter. This soap lasts a long time too, I still have mine in the shower after a few weeks of using it. They are also infused with fragrances and essential oils and they also have a really rich lather so you know you are getting a complete clean from using this soap. The soaps are also cruelty free and made from a traditional recipe from Provence. I really love these soaps because the quality is definitely shown throughout each product that they have. I would recommend these soaps to anyone who is looking for something different without paying a high price.


South of France specializes in a different kind of delicious-luxurious bath products made with time honored French recipes. The best thing is is that they never test on animals. Their fragrances are carefully chosen for calming, soothing or invigorating properties and they offer one of the largest selection of fragrances on the market today. South of France's dedication to creating quality products has made them one of the number one selling natural bars in the country today. All of the soaps, lotions and body washes are made in small batches using natural ingredients. The body lotions are formulated to hydrate your skin as well as condition without the harsh chemicals and greasy feel. South of France uses a special blend of natural vegetable oils enhanced with Shea butter, olive oil and natural antioxidants in their lotions.


Four new fragrances are coming this fall: Cucumber Aloe, Magnolia Pear, Orange Ginger and Rosemary Mint. To check out the wonderful variety of fragrances of soaps, lotions and other products that South of France has to offer, head on over here: http://www.goodhealthnaturalproducts.com/South%20of%20France/index.html


GIVEAWAY-
The great folks at South of France would like to give one of my lucky readers a prize pack of some of their great products.
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Giveaway will end on Saturday 12/12 at 7 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by the sponsor from all entries and notified. Open to US residents ONLY! Special thanks to Tim and the folks at South of France for sponsoring this giveaway! GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only free product from South of France in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.



Good Health Naturals Snacks Review and Giveaway

I love snacks, all kinds of snacks, from popcorn to potato chips, if there's one thing my family and I love to do, we love to snack. That's why I was thrilled to review some of the great snacks that Good Health Naturals had to offer. The good folks at Good Health Naturals were VERY generous and sent me a large variety of their snacks, some in the big bags and some in snack size bags. I was really impressed and was pulling out each bag (it took me a couple of minutes!) to check and see what goodies there were. Right away, we all went for the Salted Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, YUM! Even better, the pretzels are 100% Whole Wheat and made with 100% NATURAL Peanut Butter. They were very delicious and very flavorful. I think we blew through the bag relatively quickly. The next day during the football games, we had a chance to try the Organic Popcorn with a Hint of Sea Salt. This popcorn was so fresh and delicious and the little bit of salt on it was just enough to make it deliciously different. The freshest popcorn that I have ever tasted to come out of a bag. My daughter took some of the Cinnamon Apple Chips to school with her and naturally I had to sneak a sample of those so I could see what they tasted like, plus I had to be able to write up the review right? These were really good too, nice apple taste and a light cinnamon flavor. These snacks are all so delicious and the best part? They are really good for you. You can eat these snacks all of the time and not feel guilty. With the variety that Good Health Naturals has to offer, you won't get bored, you can always try something new. We were also sent some Humbles, which are Baked Hummus Chips in Olive Oil, Lemon and Feta flavor. I had never had hummus chips before and was a little nervous tasting them. Nothing to be nervous about, these were delicious and had an amazing flavor! We also received a few other bags of snacks, some I don't think we've even had a chance to try yet! Bottom line, if you want a great, delicious tasting and healthy alternative to snacking, head on over to Good Health Naturals-http://www.goodhealthnaturalproducts.com/
check out all of the great products that they have to offer as well as the great prices that they have and try some for yourself!
Good Health Naturals Products offers a great variety of products. IN addition to the products mentioned above, they also have Glories-which are sweet potato chips, Polenta Chips, the Humbles come in a variety of flavors, Veggie Chips and Stix, Olive Oil Potato Chips in a variety of flavors, and Avocado Olive Oil Potato Chips in a variety of flavors. There is definitely something for everyone!
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GOOD HEALTH NATURALS
Good Health Naturals is a leading innovator in the natural and organic markets for products. They have developed a reputation for healthy living and creativity that has always resulted in products that are beyond ordinary! The company began with Veggie Stix pioneering the veggie snack category of consumer foods. The Olive Oil Potato Chips have been recognized by such great talents as Oprah and Rachael Ray. The Half Naked Popcorn has also been listed as the healthiest popcorn in the latest edition of the book "Eat This, Not That" by the editor of Men's Health Magazine.
Good Health Naturals provides the consumer with a variety of healthy snack foods that has less fat than their conventional counterparts. The Veggie Stix along with many other Good Health Naturals products has 45% less fat than conventional potato chips. The company is constantly traveling and researching all over the world to develop new processing technologies to bring the consumer the most innovative snack that is not just tasty but good for the body as well.
Good Health Naturals also has a contest going on right now that you should check out! They were recently the sponsors of the Cucalorus Film Festival and now they are sponsoring a film contest of their own. They are putting up a prize of $500 and a year's supply of chips to the winner! Head on over here http://www.goodhealthnaturalproducts.com/events.html to check out all of the details.

GIVEAWAY-
The great folks at Good Health Naturals Products would love to give one of my lucky readers a prize box of their delicious snacks!
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Giveaway will end on Saturday 12/12 at 7pm EST. Winner will be chosen by the sponsor from all entries and notified. Open to US residents ONLY! Special thanks to Tim and the folks at Good Health Naturals for sponsoring this giveaway! GOOD LUCK!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review, only free products from Good Health Naturals in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

Good evening all and hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I apologize for lack of updates and new reviews/giveaways not being posted the past couple of days. I have been quite sick with a little bug of some kind. Thanksgiving was quite hard to get through yesterday, I didn't get to eat nearly as much turkey as I like to on turkey day. I felt a little better today and am hoping another good night's rest will get rid of this thing once and for all. I hope to get up some goodies for you all tomorrow morning before heading out to my sisters house for our second Thanksgiving meal, hoping this one turns out a little better for me! I also have some winners to email and post. Hang in there with me, things will eventually get back to normal, I hope!

Eloise

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Truly AWESOME Holiday Giveaway

OK, the past couple of weeks, I haven't really had a whole lot of time to enter giveaways, but tonight as I am fighting some kind of bug and was just getting ready to head to bed, I ran across the most AWESOME giveaway that would make the person who won it a very happy person. Not to mention, someone will have the best holiday. I thought about myself and my two daughters and how I have been out of work for several years, unable to provide much of anything. This giveaway would make me so happy to win, like I'm actually doing something. That all of my blogging and entering giveaways have finally paid off. Enough about me, you go enter! This giveaway provided by F Secure and Mom Start is so huge, that I had to share it with you. They are giving $500 in gift cards in $100 each for the following stores:
Old Navy
Gap
Amazon
Target
Best Buy

This would make your holidays bright, that's for sure! To enter head over here: http://momstart.com/2009/11/f-secure-online-shopping-wishes-you-a-very-merry-christmas-giveaway-and-sale

Also head over to F Secure's site and check out all they have to offer. http://www.f-secure.com/en_US/

GOOD LUCK TO ALL! If any of you win, you'll have to let me know!

Eloise

Cowgirls Chocolates Review and Giveaway



I recently had the opportunity to try some unique and delicious chocolates from a company called Cowgirl Chocolates. These aren't your ordinary everyday chocolates, these are WAY different. I was sent a sampler pack, a little taste of everything. Let me tell you, the packaging is very attractive. They came in the cutest red box, wrapped with ribbon and a little cowboy (or cowgirl) boot charm. Each piece of candy is wrapped in a different color of foil wrapper so and came with a little card, so you know what you're biting into beforehand. I love to share with my family, but once I opened up the box to see all of these pretty and neatly little wrapped candies, I had to have one! Of course, as excited as I was to try these little niblets, I didn't look at the card and bit into a Raspberry Dark Chocolate. It was delicious, but had a spicy bite to it. Now I know what you're thinking, spicy and chocolate, a weird combination. Not so! It was an explosion on the taste buds for sure. I was impressed with the flavors that were going on all at once. Little did I know that the truffle that I ate had some Cayenne Pepper in it. WOW! These little chocolates are truly delicious, perfect if you like sweet and spicy foods. Cowgirl Chocolates has a wide selection of different chocolates-some spicy like the one I had and they also have a Double Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut Milk Chocolate and Cappuccino Truffle that are all sweet and spicy. I had a chance to try them all and my favorite still went back to the first, the Raspberry Dark Chocolate. They also have a Habanero Caramel that is truly out of this world. If you love chocolates without the spice, Cowgirl Chocolates also had some mild truffles like Milk Chocolate, Ivory Orange, which is heavenly, and a Raspberry Lemon, which is really yummy! I really enjoyed reviewing these chocolates, absolutely divine!



The Cowgirl Chocolates story started in 1995, when Marilyn-the head cowgirl-took some time off from her art career to begin experimenting in her kitchen. The result was COWGIRL CHOCOLATES. Way back then, nobody was combining chocolate with spices. Marilyn and her crew called it the "Cowgirl Kick". The chocolates began to win awards in national competitions, they were featured on the Food Channel and CNBC and started to ship their chocolates around the world. Cowgirl Chocolates pioneering spirit caught on and other companies later joined the wagon train in spicy chocolate and candies.



Cowgirl Chocolates offer a wide range of products aside from the spicy and mild truffles. They also have candy bars,high-cocoa organic chocolate daisies, caramels, brittles, cocoa, special gift baskets, art and other gifts. You're sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas List.

For more information and to see what Cowgirls Chocolates has to offer, head on over here: http://www.cowgirlchocola
tes.com/index.shtml




GIVEAWAY
Cowgirl Chocolates would love to give one of my lucky readers a 1/3 pound sampler bag of truffles ($12.95 value) which has a mix of all the flavors that they have to offer. What a nice giveaway!

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Giveaway will end 12/11 at 7 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner will be emailed as well as posted here on my blog and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US and Canadian residents ONLY! Special thanks to Marilyn and Cowgirl Chocolates for sponsoring this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
Disclaimer-I recieved no monetary compensation for this review, only free product from Cowgirl Chocolates in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.

Winner Announcements


CONGRATULATIONS! More Winners here at Mommy2TwoGirls!

The winner of the Munchie Mug Giveaway is:
COMMENT #42-Erin-CONFIRMED

The Winners of the Scubz Sugar Scrub or Oilz Giveaway are:
COMMENT #76-karenmed409-CONFIRMED
COMMENT #54-jerseygirl-CONFIRMED

The Winners of the Shoal Creek Candles Melting Cubes Giveaway are:
COMMENT #101 Rondah
COMMENT #31 Christina-CONFIRMED
COMMENT #10 matt0701-CONFIRMED

Thanks once again to all who entered these giveaways. There are many, many more to enter and always adding more! Have a great day!

Eloise

Monday, November 23, 2009

Great Giveaway from the Experimental Mommy

As you all know by now, I am always on the lookout for great giveaways, especially for the kiddos and ESPECIALLY now when it's Christmas. I found a great giveaway at a little blog called The Experimental Mommy, where she is giving away one of Leap Frog's new hot toys the Zippity. It lets your little preschooler exert some energy by jumping and dancing around with some of their favorite characters including the Princess and the Frog and many others. The system sells for $79.99 and the games are $24.99. If this sounds like a great gift for you to try and win for your little ones, head on over here http://www.thenotsoblog.com/2009/11/leapfrog-zippity/comment-page-3
and enter. Giveaway ends 12/9.

Eloise

Thanksgiving with Sandra Lee and Joshua Bell plus A Giveaway

The perfect Thanksgiving is about food, the atmosphere, the drinks and especially the company. You already have the perfect company-Food Network Star Sandra Lee and Grammy Award Winning Violinist Joshua Bell have partnered up to help you with the rest.




Sandra Lee has created the perfect Thanksgiving meal and a drink inspired by Joshua Bell's new album At Home With Friends, that features some great duets with Josh Groban, Sting, Reg
ina Spektor, Kristin Chenoweth,and many others. For the ambiance, Joshua Bell is making available to you his full album to stream throughout your Thanksgiving dinner party.

"Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring everyone together to celebrate a year of blessings. Simple time-saving shortcut
s to create a meaningful feast can be found in my new book Sandra Lee Semi Homemade-Cocktail Time. Give your gracious gathering a heartwarming start with my personal favorite, Joshua Bell's ,and greet your guests at the door with a vibrant cocktail, such as a Cinema Paradiso. The main attraction is food so try turning your main dish into a colorful centerpiece. For a quick and easy dessert, try Semi-Homemade Brownie Bottom Cheesecake, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family and friends."-Sandra Lee




Below are some great tips from Sandra Lee on how to make your Thanksgiving dinner and party a success.

TIPS:

COCKTAILS:

*Tip from Sandra: “Re-name your cocktails for a signature touch and serve them in an array of glasses in different shapes and sizes for a glamorous effect. If you have a special album playing, review your song list and allow the song titles to inspire your cocktails, ie. Peach Cider can be turned into “Cinema Paradiso” to match the beautiful duet of the same name on Joshua Bell’s new album At Home With Friends. Brilliant!”

APPETIZERS:

*Tip from Sandra: “If you’re facing a time crunch—pick party foods that are delicious and impressive, without being fussy. I recommend, Savory Bread Pudding and Fig and Port Tartlets—both of these tasty treats can be prepared before your guests arrive and served at room temperature.”

SIDE:

*Tip from Sandra: “Sometimes you need the culinary equivalent of a big warm hug. Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic, comfort food creation that is baked to perfection.”

QUOTE:

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring everyone together to celebrate a year of blessings. Serve savory and decadent dishes such as Savory Bread Pudding and Praline Sweet Potato Casserole on an inviting table, filled with rich colors and seasonal textures. Simple, time-saving shortcuts to create a meaningful feast can be found in my new book Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time. Give your gracious gathering a heartwarming start with my personal favorite, Joshua Bell’s album, At Home With Friends and greet guests at your door with a vibrant cocktail, such as a Peach and Apricot Cider or Pumpkin Pie Martini . The main attraction is food, so try turning your Turkey or Pork Roast into a colorful centerpiece, served with a side of cornbread stuffing or cranberry sauce. For a quick and easy dessert try Semi-Homemade Glazed Spice Donuts with Pecans or a Sweet Potato Cake with Citrus Glaze, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating with your family and friends.”

Special thanks to Sandra Lee for providing you with these great Thanksgiving recipes, perfect for your dinner party and after.

SAVORY BREAD PUDDING - Appetizer
Prep 25 minutes Bake 35 minutes Makes 12 mini bread puddings
o-stick cooking spray, Pam®
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, Johnsonville®
1 package (8-ounce) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon canola oil, Wesson®
1 teaspoon bottled crushed garlic
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, McCormick®
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 loaf country-style bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat twleve 21⁄2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage until browned, breaking up lumps. Remove sausage from skillet. Add mushrooms, oil, and garlic to skillet. Cook and stir until mushrooms are lightly browned. Remove from heat and stir in sausage. Let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add cubed bread and sausage mixture to egg mixture; press bread with back of a large spoon to submerge into milk mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes or until bread absorbs milk mixture. Ladle bread pudding mixture into prepared muffin cups and place in a large rimmed baking pan. Carefully pour hot water into the baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and bread pudding puffs. Serve warm.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

FIG AND PORT TARTLETS - Appetizer
Prep 15 minutes Cook 6 minutes Makes 15 tartlets
1 jar (12-ounce) royal fig preserves, St. Dalfour®
1⁄4 cup port
2 cups whipping cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, Domino®/C&H®
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon extract, McCormick®
1 package (2.1-ounce) baked miniature phyllo dough shells, Athens®
round cinnamon, McCormick®
Powdered sugar, Domino®/C&H®
In a saucepan, over medium heat, heat preserves and port, about 6 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; set aside.
In a chilled mixing bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar, and cinnamon extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream mixture to a large resealable plastic bag. Snip 1⁄2 inch off one corner of the bag. Fill each shell with about 1 tablespoon of fig mixture. Pipe whipped cream on top. Garnish with a dusting of ground cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com


CINEMA PARADISO - Cocktail
Prep 10 minutes Cook 2 hours (Low) Makes 10 drinks
2 cans (11.5 ounces each) peach nectar
2 cans (11.5 ounces each) apricot nectar
1 bag (12-ounce) frozen peach slices
3 cups water
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup bourbon, Bulleit®
1⁄2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon stick

In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine peach nectar, apricot nectar, peach slices, the water, brown sugar, bourbon, lemon juice, allspice, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Cover and heat on Low heat setting for 2 to 3 hours. Discard cinnamon sticks. Turn slow cooker to Warm heat setting. Serve in mugs with additional cinnamon sticks.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com


PRALINE SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE– Side Dish

Prep 15 minutes Bake 45 minutes Makes 6 servings

No-stick cooking spray, Pam®
FOR THE CASSEROLE:
3 cans (15 ounces each) cut sweet potatoes, drained, Princella®
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 can (5-ounce) evaporated milk, Carnation®, or 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice, Minute Maid®
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, McCormick®
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, McCormick®
FOR THE TOPPING:
1 cup packed light brown sugar, Domino®/C&H®
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted cold butter, cut in small pieces
2 cups finely chopped pecans, Diamond®
Pecan halves (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set side.
To make the casserole, in a large mixing bowl, mash the drained sweet potatoes with a potato masher. Stir in the eggs. Add the butter, evaporated milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice; mix until well combined. Spread into the prepared baking pan.
To make the topping, in a medium bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture is the size of peas. Stir in the chopped pecans. Sprinkle topping over the casserole. Garnish with pecan halves (optional). Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is browned.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Weeknight Wonders by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com


PORK ROAST AND CRANBERRY DRESSING - Entree

Prep 15 minutes Cook 5 to 6 hours (Low) Stand 15 minutes Makes 6 servings
1 1⁄2 cups frozen chopped onions
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 3-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
1 can (16-ounce) whole cranberry sauce
1⁄2 cup dry white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
1⁄4 cup butter
1 box (6-ounce) pork stuffing mix
3⁄4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine onions and celery. Sprinkle roast with steak seasoning; place on vegetables in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce and wine until combined. Spoon over roast in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on Low heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.
Transfer roast to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring vegetable broth and butter to a boil. Stir pork stuffing mix and dried cranberries into pan. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
To serve, mound some stuffing on center of plate. Spoon a portion of celery, onions, cranberries, and accumulated juices from slow cooker over stuffing. Top with sliced roast.

Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com


BROWNIE BOTTOM CHEESECAKE - Dessert
Prep 30 minutes Cook 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours (High) + 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours (Low) Chill 4 hours Makes 8 servings
Canola oil cooking spray
1 box (18.3-ounce) fudge brownie mix
4 eggs
2⁄3 cup canola oil
1⁄4 cup espresso-and-cream coffee drink
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cake flour
Pinch salt
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coat an 8 1⁄2-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap foil around the bottom of cake pan. Crumple additional aluminum foil to create a “ring base” about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together brownie mix, two of the eggs, the oil, and coffee drink until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
Place foil ring in bottom of slow cooker; pour 1⁄2 inch of hot water into bottom of slow cooker. Using 2 long strips of foil, make an “X” over foil ring and bring it up along the sides of slow cooker to assist removing pan from slow cooker. Place springform pan on top of ring and the “X” in slow cooker. Stack 6 paper towels; place over top of slow cooker bowl. Secure with lid.
Cook on High heat setting for 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours. (Do not lift lid for the first 1 hour of cooking.)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add sugar, flour, and salt; beat until smooth. Add the remaining two eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add cream and vanilla; beat until combined. Pour over brownie mixture in slow cooker.
Cover and cook for 1 1⁄2 hours more. Turn slow cooker to Low heat setting. Cook for 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours or until cheesecake is set with a wet-looking center. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for 30 minutes.
Use foil strips to lift springform pan from slow cooker. Place pan on wire rack; let cool to room temperature. Chill in pan for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, remove cake from pan.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

To check out Joshua Bell's album on Amazon head Here:

http://www.amazon.com/At-Home-Friends-Joshua-Bell/dp/B002LMSWSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1258404042&sr=8-1

For more information on Sandra Lee including bios, book information and more, head over here: SandraLee.com

For more information on Joshua Bell including bios and album information please head over to JoshuaBell.com


GIVEAWAY-

I will be adding the streaming music player of Joshua Bell's At Home With Friends on my site so that you may come back and play it for your Thanksgiving dinner party. It truly is a beautiful album. With the generosity of Sony, one of my lucky readers will be receiving their very own copy of the Joshua Bell At Home With Friends CD.

ENTRY-

This giveaway is easy to enter. Just tell me what your favorite party of Thanksgiving is whether it be something you have for dinner, a special recipe, whatever you would like to share.

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This giveaway will end Thursday 12/10 at 7 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and emailed as well as posted here. CD provided by Sony Music. Open to US residents ONLY! Thanks and GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer-I received NO monetary compensation for this review. Information and the CD for the winner was provided by Sony Music.

Ban T Shirts Review and Giveaway



I love wearing T Shirts, all different kinds with all different sayings and designs. There's nothing better to me than a comfortable t shirt and a pair of jeans or sweatpants to lounge around in. I had the opportunity to review a cool tee from Ban T Shirts. They specialize in political and organic tees in all sizes, colors and designs to fit everyone's style. I chose a cute Butterfly tee in a really nice shade of blue. The tee is made from Organic Apparel, but Ban T Shirts also has Royal Apparel, which according to Duncan at Ban T Shirts, keeps their shape better after several washes. My Butterfly tee was very comfortable and colorful. I wore it to my daughter's school function and she even commented on how well she liked it. This shirt is definitely so comfortable, you could sleep in it. I have a feeling this will be my favorite t shirt for a long time to come!




Ban T Shirts specializes in Political T-Shirts with progressive messages. They have an original and thought provoking range of shirts and apparel with big issues such as the environment, democracy, freedom, war and peace. All of Ban T Shirts are made sweatshop free and in the USA. Many are also made of organic cotton. A good slogan on a t-shirt will send a powerful message to a passerby. Express yourself with these t shirts and meet other like-minded people, Ban T shirts will get people talking! Their t shirts are for those who that understand that patriotism and democracy do not mean blind obedience. Ban T Shirts also has a large selection of alternative tees to fit your style and preferences. Their T Shirts designs are screen printed on 100% cotton tees, a process where each color is printed separately onto the shirt. They DO NOT use transfers like some other companies that you may have seen. High quality is the standard at Ban T Shirts! They make political tees that appeals to everyone-progressive, liberal, socialists, democrats, greens, ecologists, and libertarians, help spread your message with a tee from Ban T Shirts!

Ban T Shirts is also offering my readers 10% off your orders. Just enter the code "Mommy2TwoGirls" at the checkout for your discount.




GIVEAWAY-
The cool folks at Ban T Shirts would love to give one of my readers a t shirt of their choice.
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Giveaway will end Wednesday 12/9 at 7 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and emailed as well as posted here on my blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US and Canada ONLY! Special thanks to Duncan and Ban T Shirts for sponsoring this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!
Disclaimer-I received NO monetary compensation for this review only a free t shirt from Ban T Shirts in exchange for my honest opinions. The words expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way.

Evolve Water Lily Rain Shower head Review and Giveaway


There's nothing better after a long, stressful day, then having a nice hot shower to get into. It melts away the stress and aches of the day. In order to have a great shower, you have to have a great shower head. I was given the opportunity to review a great new and eco-friendly shower head from evolve by the name of the Water Lily Rain Shower head. The name itself makes it sound wonderful and it truly is. I had my husband hook it up last Friday and I wasn't even the first one that got to try it out! Hubby tried it first and really loved it. It was nice to have a new shower head put up in the bathroom. We have bought 3 new shower heads since we moved into our house, and nothing even comes close to the evolve Water Lily Rain Shower head. When I finally was able to try it out after the oldest daughter jumped in before me, I was really impressed as to how great this works. evolve's Water Lily Rain Shower Head has ShowerStart technology which means that it saves the hot water that's wasted before you actually get into it. The result of this means that you save time, hot water, energy and money without giving up a single thing. The Shower Head is really big and has three settings-rain, massage and combination spray. I have been using the rain setting for the few days that we have had it up and believe me, it feels like you're walking through a warm rain shower. I absolutely love this shower head and feel good about using it. I can't wait to see if we are actually saving money when I see our next energy bill. evolve sent us the Chrome finish shower head but it also comes in a nickle finish as well. I can't say enough positive things about this shower head, so nice!



HOW THE EVOLVE WATER LILY RAIN SHOWER HEAD WORKS
The great thing about the evolve Water Lily Rain shower head is that you can multi task without wasting hot water. You can shave, brush your teeth, use the washroom, make your bed, drink your coffee ; all while waiting for your shower to get warm without wasting hot water. The evolve shower head cuts flow to a trickle once the water is warm so it's not running down
the drain while you are away.
After the cold water exits the shower head, the warm water begins to trickle. The "drip, drip" let's you know that your shower is ready and waiting for you. Restart the normal flow by pulling the cord or flipping the switch (ours had the co
rd). That's it! So easy and really is a time saver.

evolve found in their research that 75% of people turn on the shower and do something else (either all of the time or occasionally) while the shower is getting warm. That's why the ShowerStart technology is so impressive as well as imp
ortant. It allows people to save water and money while not having to change their morning routine. The evolve shower heads are also all about luxury: Solid brass fittings, contemporary European designs and anti clog spray nozzles. Well made! Save up to $75 in utility bills and 2700 gallons of water per year based on a family of three showering daily. It also has the maximum flow rate allowable by law. This truly is a great shower head!

To learn more about the evolve Water Lily Rain Shower head and the other line of evolve shower heads, head on over here: http://evolveshowerheads.com/index.html




GIVEAWAY-
evolve is giving one of my lucky readers their very own Water Lily Rain Shower Head! Thanks to evolve for their generosity!
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Giveaway will end Tuesday 12/8 at 7 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner will be emailed as well as posted on my blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Open to US Residents ONLY! Special thanks to evolve for sponsoring this giveaway!
Disclosure-I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a Water Lily Rain Shower from evolve in exchange for my honest opinions. The words are my own and not influenced by anyone.

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