Sunday, August 21, 2011

Carmex Lime Twist and Vanilla Sticks are Back!

I am a huge fan of the Carmex line of products, I use the lotion, cream, and all of the lip products. Just when I thought things couldn't get better, they did.

 During a holiday season, Carmex introduced two limited edition flavors, Lime Twist and Vanilla click sticks, but then they took them away. I guess my fellow fans and I made enough noise, because they have brought them back and are giving them a permanent place in the product line.

 Carmex always makes great products that work. I suffer from severe dry skin and lips, so having access to products that work consistently is always a want and need, even more so in the winter months, Carmex has never let me down, even my children use the products, I trust them that much.

 Both the Lime Twist stick and Vanilla stick are made to be Ultra Moisturizing, which means not only do they contain the same moisturizers found in the other Carmex products, but they also contain additional ones to help pamper your lips. Both sticks also contain SPF 15, to help protect them from the suns harmful rays. Protecting your lips form the sun help reduce lines and discoloration, so they look younger and more healthy.

Carmex Lime Twist stick has a nice subtle lime flavor, but not the sour kind, more like that of Key Lime pie, the flavor isn't overpowering, just enough to make you stop and realize it is there.

 Carmex Vanilla stick is the same way, just enough flavor to make you notice, but not enough to make you wish you could wipe the stuff off.

 While I enjoyed both flavors, I have to say that Vanilla is my favorite and my girls preferred the Lime. I can also feel the trademark tingle when I apply them to my lips, this lets me know that it is working. With winter just around the corner I will be stocking up on both flavors so we wont run out. You can get your own at your local CVS, Walgreens, or Wal-mart. I also suggest you like Carmex on facebook, they often have coupons to help save money on their products as well as giveaways and information on new and exciting things happening with the Carmex line.

If you are not big on flavored lip balm, you can always try Carmex Moisture Plus line, it offers great Carmex lip products with a touch of shine and they even offer some with a touch of color.

  One lucky reader will get to try all three of these products and will also get a cute picnic blanket that folds up and has its own carry handle and zipper pocket, the pocket is perfect for carrying your Carmex with you.
The winner will receive the following:                                                                                               
  • 1 Carmex Lime Twist click stick
  • 1 Carmex Vanilla click stick
  • 1 Certified Awesome Picnic blanket* (it's really cute)
  • 1 Carmex Moisture Plus® clear satin gloss finish

I am a proud member of the Carmex Blog Squad, while I am not paid for this post I am given the products to try, however this does not influence my opinions in any way, all opinions are my own, all product pictures belong to Carmex and are used with permission, the last photo is my own and should not be used without my permission.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay

When I think of home I think of my childhood. I spent the majority of it being raised by a single mother who worked hard to put food on the table. We were not a well to do family and at times mom was gone most of the day, but she always made sure we had a hot meal on the dinner table.

To make pennies stretch as far as she could she made a lot of casseroles, one of my all time favorites was her warm chicken salad. As a child it was my favorite because it was topped with potato chips and she always served it with veggies from our family garden.

The recipe is very simple:

4 c. diced chicken or turkey, cooked
2 c. diced celery
1 tbsp. minced onion
1 tsp. salt
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. frozen peas
1 pt. mushrooms

1 c.  Crushed potato chips any kind, but I suggest Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch flavored potato chips.

Combine chicken, celery, eggs, onion, salt. Add soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, peas and mushrooms. Mix well, refrigerate overnight. Top with potato chips. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve with toast points and a veggie side, we love to have this with green beans picked fresh that day, but you decide what works best for you.

While we are on the subject of flavors that remind us of home, Frito Lay has come out with some new flavors that were inspired by popular American regional cuisine. They are:

1.       Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard
2.       Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch
3.       Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion
4.       Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch
5.       Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice

I would love to try some of the other regions like the Lay's honey Mustard from the Northeastern US and the Lay's Balsamic Sweet Onion from the Northwestern US, oh who am I kidding i would love to try them all.

All of the Lay's Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients and cooked in healthier oils, like corn and sunflower oils, which contain 80% or more of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat - the "good fats." They also contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving! There is also less sodium in them than you might think – a 1-oz serving of our Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips contains less salt than a plain bagel!

How would you like a chance to get to sample all of the new Regional Flavors, well Frito-Lay will send one lucky reader their very own Variety pack a Lay's regional Flavors. All you have to do to enter is follow the steps below. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post telling me what flavors or recipe remind you of home, it is that simple, but be sure to fill out the entry form after you comment.

While all opinions are mine and I received no money for writing this, Frito-Lay provided me with the chips and my blog post is a form of entry for The Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay recipe contest. Any and all pictures are the property of Frito-lay and are used with permission.

Friday, August 12, 2011

What are we going to do today?

"There's 104 Days of Summer Vacation, And School comes along just to End it. So the Annual Problem for our Generation, Is finding a good way to Spend it."

On August 5, 2011 Disney Channel premiered their new movie "Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension", We had a blast at our premier party!!

Prior to the party the girls and I made some yummy treats like this giant Perry rice cereal treat, his beak and feet are make form flat, square marshmallows that we painted with Icing coloring gel. We also served platters of finger sandwiches and potato chips.

As the guests started to arrive we played a round of  PHINEAS AND FERB TRIVIA. It was fun to see how many parents knew the answers, nice to know I am not the only mommy who watches Phineas and Ferb. We still had time before the movie started so we played a few rounds of a hide and seek typed game called "Where's Perry". I hid a Perry beanbag toy and sent the children off to find him, this also gave me time to clean up the food mess and get the popcorn bags ready.

After finding Perry(6 times, I might add), it was time to find a comfy seat and enjoy the show. The children were each given a goody bag which consisted of a sling backpack filled with great goodies like tattoos, buttons, stickers, fruit snacks, pudding, erasers, etc, oh and a mask.

Even some of the "Big Kids" had to play too.


Over all the show was GREAT, the kids sat still and watched it as intently as a grown man watches the Super Bowl. There was one part that had everyone holding their breath, when the boys thought they might lose Perry forever, but we were all happy when they figured something out and Perry got to stay.

I had a lot of fun and was glad to get to do one last fun event before school starts next week.
I want to personally thank Child's Play Party and Disney for allowing me to host this party and for giving the children some great goodies and memories.

"Oh, there you are Perry!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Ok so this giveaway is to test out this raffle thing, I am not going to post all the stuff you will get so it will be a surprise, I will tell you you will get some grocery totes(saves some trees), some stuff from Disney's Phineas and Ferb Movie, some keyrings, coupons, samples, and whatever else I can fit in a bubble mailer out of my box of leftover product sponsored parties or reviews. I promise everything is new and I do not allow smoking in my house. We do have two cats, but they have never been in my office so they do not come in contact with this stuff, however if you feel it may still cause an allergy issue you may not wish to enter. Most of my giveaways are sponsored so the prizes are never at my house, this time is different.