Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Prefense Review and Giveaway

My life is a bit hectic. I am always out and about. I am a preschool teacher and I work with the kids at my church on Sundays.  So dirty hands and the transferring of germs are always a problem with me. I always make sure I have a hand sanitizer with me to protect myself before touching any surface. They are great for using after when I am constantly cleaning and touching things when I work with kids.  sanitizers are also great for  when I shop . Touching doors, using carts at grocery stores, you never know how the people who touched these things before you treated their hands. And according to MSNBC, 50% of shopping carts have E. coli.  Yuck!!  Its good to have that security of putting some sanitizer on your  hand and making sure you at least killed some of the germs that were on the doors you opened.

For the past couple of weeks I have been using  Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer.  I like it a lot. One application is supposed to last you all day (24 hours)  because of the active ingredient in Prefense, AMOSILQ which is a silica complex that dries into an invisible, protective film that stands guard against pathogens you encounter throughout the day whether your hands is wet or dry. You can really feel the silica protecting your hands! Once your hands are dry, anti-bacterial activity remains effective through 10 hand washings or 24 hours. Prefense is a water based product is non-flammable.  Prefense is colorless and has a easy, rapid, foam application.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Five Summer Getaways Every Kid Should Experience #GreatGetaways

As a kid, I spent most of my summers at home watching TV, going to the pool or hanging out with my friends. I wish I could have done more with my time from school than being almost excited when school opens. One thing about being a kid is that you have so much freedom to explore all you want without the stress of obligations. So here are some summer getaways that I think every kid should experience.

Disney World
Though I have never visited Disney World, I still think it is a must for kids. They grow up watching and loving these Disney movies and the chance to see the characters up front and it one place is just magic. There are so many attractions and rides to feel like they are living through the characters life. And the characters do come to life,and are all over the place! How cool. There are live exotic animals and each resort will have you feeling like you are in another town.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

My church went there when I was a teenager and had the time of my life with my friends and family. There is so much to see and do. You can see how your favorite candy bars get made from cocoa to bar. And you get to sample it, of course (which is the best part). There are also great rides. One I remember called the claw, which had my friends and I screaming like crazy. We made jokes about it for years

Washington, DC
There's so much to do there, I just couldn't pick one. Living near Washington, DC is great. I can take a train and in less than an hour, I will be in a city with so much museums and history. There are so may things to do there. I can see a performance ant the Kennedy Center, visit the National Zoo, see an exhibition on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, learn about history at the National Museum of American History. . So many attractions, you will never be bored.

Colonial Williamsburg
Living in Northern Virginia, I am privileged to be in a state that has so much history and of course a lot of places I could go and learn about the past of this country. And what makes colonial Willamsburg special is that there is still an old time feel to it. Many of the homes that were there during the American Revolution are still there and restored. There are homes of important people in this country's and Virginia's history that are museums. People can rent period clothing, and spend 18th century money. There are actors that portray people who played a vital part of this country's history like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

A Water Park
In the hot summer what better way to keep the kids entertained than to take them to a water park. At first people think water parks are boring, but if you go to one with lots of rides, it isn't. There is just so much to do there. You can swim, go through the slides, bubblers, and fountains.

Wow writing all this post brought me so much memories. I have yet to go to Disney, but it is still on my to-do list. And I'm sure most kids have that as one of their dream destinations, if they haven't been there yet.

About Alamo

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The Alamo membership club, Alamo Insiders, offers its members numerous perks including exclusive, member-only deals, quick and simple reservations, and frequent traveler miles with each rental.

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I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Alamo blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Family's Favorite Pasta Dish Recipe and #Carrabbas Limited Time Offers

I love pasta, and so does my family. It is certainly a must have in our pantry and we eat at least once a week. It brings us together and its one of those meals where not even the pickiest of eaters don't want.  Today I took the Carrabba’s Personality Quiz on Facebook ( You can Take the Carrabba’s Personality Quiz on Facebook). and my personality is the Penne Franco, which is described as being one of a kind and liking to keep things fresh and exciting.  I think it describes me to a T. I get bored easily, so personality- wise I'm always looking for something to to that will keep me excited and entertained.

My personality quiz result, the  Penne Franco, is a dish that includes "penne with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and ricotta salata". It sounds yummy and different, something I know I would want to try. And it really reminds me of something I would make as well. I love sundried tomatoes with my pasta. The sweet-tangy taste brings pizazz to any pasta meal. And I like to just throw things I find in the kitchen in my pasta, so I create something new each time. If I find some asparagus that has been sitting in my fridge, it goes in, even corn. Anything. It's all a part of making the meal comforting -- and me.

Here is one a recipe for one of my favorite pasta dishes at least the base, as I am the type that will change up the recipe depending on what is in the home. This recipe stems from my mother's who make something similar. She is always the type to put anything she finds in the kitchen in her food so it wont go bad, if it stays unused. I learned that from her, and so many of my recipes come from helping my mother cook in the kitchen, since I am the oldest of four girls, all much younger them me.

3/4 pound pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound Italian sausage
1 pound of shrimp
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated in water
1 1/2  jar of spaghetti sauce

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and sausage; cook through until no longer pink. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add onion and garlic to skillet. Add spaghetti sauce,  bell pepper, basil and sundried tomatoes with liquid.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to slightly reduce. Add shrimp; cover skillet and simmer on reduced heat until the shrimp is fully cooked.
  4. Add pasta to skillet and mix together. Sprinkle with cheese, if you want and serve immediately. 

I am a big Carrabba's fan. Such great tasting, innovative foods and a warm atmosphere.  They have a limited time menu offers below for you to check out. Make sure you check out Carrabba's on Social Moms. here:

Carrabba’s Signature Pasta Meals and New Limited Time Offers
Signature Pasta Meals, featuring seven distinctive dishes served with choice of soup or fresh salad starting at $10. There’s no better place than Carrabba’s to enjoy a complete Italian meal – any day of the week.

CARRABBA’S PASTA: Carrabba’s makes every pasta dish by hand with the freshest ingredients.  Pasta is cooked perfectly every time and signature sauces are made from scratch daily. Creative flavors and combinations of ingredients are part of Carrabba’s authentic family recipes as well as new creations.

LIMITED TIME OFFERS: Now through July 2011.
Featured Signature Pasta Meal:
Pasto Rambo – Named for the chef who created it, it’s made with shrimp tossed with imported Italian linguine, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes sautéed in our basil lemon butter sauce. Lobster is available instead of shrimp for an additional cost.

Other Limited Time Offers:
Parmesan-crusted Chicken – Topped with fresh arugula and grape tomatoes tossed in a hand-prepared lemon vinaigrette, served with choice of side. Substitution of wood-grilled chicken also available. Pairs well with Estancia Pinot Grigio.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – Three pork tenderloin medallions wrapped with prosciutto, wood-grilled and topped with an apple and fig infused port wine sauce, served with the vegetable of the day. Pairs well with Coppola Pinot Noir.

Limoncello Bread Pudding – Back by popular demand! Brioche bread pudding made with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans and a rich custard, served hot out of the oven. Topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and drizzled with Carrabba’s homemade Caravella Limoncello liqueur sauce.

Now Introducing:
Peach SangriaCarrabba’s new light and fruity Peach Sangria blends Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, Absolut Apeach vodka and Patrón Citrónge with a splash of citrus. Topped with a fresh lemon wedge and strawberry, it’s a taste of the Amalfi Coast in spring.

Locations: Visit for the closest Carrabba’s location. There are more than 230 locations nationwide.

About Carrabba’s:
Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola founded the first Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1986 in Houston, Texas. Today, there are 232 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country, run by passionate local proprietors focused on delighting guests with fresh, made-to-order Italian cuisine and the ultimate dining experience. Carrabba’s serves dinner seven nights a week in a casual environment that pairs innovative dishes and a complementary wine list with abundant hospitality. For on-the-go guests, Carrabba’s also offers convenient

Carrabba’s Pasta Personality Quiz on Facebook - Take the quiz to see how your personality compares to some of Carrabba’s signature pasta dishes!

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Disclosure:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Carrabba’s blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here