Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:55:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Softest Plush Blanket From American Blanket Company | Review and Giveaway Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:31:52 +0000

Company: American Blanket Company
Item Reviewed: Luster Loft Blanket
Item Given Away: Luster Loft 50×80 Throw (winners color of choice)
Start Date: February 13
End Date: February 28


The future of luxury blankets has finally arrived! You won’t find a softer blanket than the Luster Loft Blanket, from the American Blanket Company. These are the best quality blankets we make and the softest fleece blankets we sell. This extremely soft blanket has a dreamy luster finish, which stays soft wash after wash. One touch is all it takes; if this isn’t the softest blanket in your home, we need to hear about it. Note: It is possible that you’ll throw away some of those old fleece blankets after receiving the Luster Loft Fleece Blanket. Not our intent; just an occasional side effect.

My Thoughts

I am in heaven, no seriously, I am because I have discovered the softest fleece blanket on the planet. I have been searching high and low for one for a long time. See I get cold really easy and I am always under a blanket or layered in clothes, even in Florida during the summer. But I also like to be comfortable and my new Luster Loft Fleece Blanket is like being wrapped up in butter. I am constantly petting my blanket marveling in the fact that it is so very soft.

Now, I got really defensive of my new blanket shortly after receiving it becasue my oldest daughter tried to take it, and while I want to share the softness there is no way I am giving this perfect blanket up. I am seriously in love with it. I will share it when we are all sitting on the couch watching TV but it is mine :) And I do know this, because it has been such a hit with my family I have plans on replacing all the mediocre blankets in my home with the softest plush blankets around from American Blanket Company. If you too are looking for an amazing blanket then I HIGHLY suggest you check them out.

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway where one very lucky Dirty t Shirt reader can win a Luster Loft 50×80 throw from American Blanket Company in whichever color you choose.

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Please see rules below to enter to win today!


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Luma Comfort Misting Fan MF18W | Review Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:26:19 +0000

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LUMA COMFORT MF18W Misting Fan - The powerful Luma Comfort MF18W 18″ Misting Fan lets you control the temperature of your outdoor environment. Designed for residential cooling applications such as patios, decks and pool sides, the MF18W produces a fine, refreshing mist that’s sure to keep everyone cool. The MF18W is certified for outdoor use and connects to any standard spigot or garden hose. Constructed of heavy-gauge, anticorrosive metal for safety and durability, this misting fan is designed to withstand the elements and is a welcome addition to any backyard, poolside or patio.

Ah Florida, how I love thee. But you sure do put a damper on my favorite week day, especially during the summer. Every Saturday for the last decade my husband and I like to go out back, grill some steaks and sip some wine, but during the summer with the heat that can sometimes be unbearable. Sure we have bought other fans but they are never powerful enough to move the hot, humid air away from us. We have been to the local theme parks and always love the big fans they put out that mist the people passing by, it is always a relief. We had joked before that we needed to get one for our backyard for when we grill. But it was always a farfetched wish, we never thought it was possible. Until now…

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The Luma Comfort Misting Fan is here and we couldn’t be happier! This fan is a powerhouse when it comes to moving the air around and making us feel cool and comfortable. On the high setting I feel like I could almost blow away. We have a small back porch and we were comfortable being outside at 85 degrees this past weekend. When it is in the heart of summer, at around 96 degrees we will be so very comfortable. And don’t forget the mist. It is a soft mist and it will be so nice to lounge in our new backyard in our swimsuits, sipping wine, and relaxing all while being cooled down with our new misting fan. In fact, many of our friends have already asked if they could crash our Saturdays so they too can be comfortable during the hot summer days. I have a feeling our backyard parties will be a hit this year ;) 

I highly recommend checking out the Luma Comfort Misting Fan, it has made and will continue to make our Saturdays a more comfortable, enjoyable day and both my husband and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, Luma Comfort has many more products to make your life easier and more comfortable.

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Recipes For The Big Game With Hormel Foods Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:35:47 +0000

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Ah, game day is near and what better time to try out some new recipes than this day. It is a day you have family and friends over for an extended period of time that usually covers two “eating” times, lunch and dinner. If you are anything like me you will be searching for some fun new ideas to share with your hungry crowd. And this year I will be trying out a bunch of recipes made with delicious Hormel Foods products. I am also excited to share them with you! Below you will find my menu for this years Super Bowl Party.

Chili Appetizer Squares

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  • 1 (15-ounce) can HORMEL® Chili No Beans
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sliced ripe olives


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Grease 8×8-inch baking dish.
  2. In bowl, combine chili, rice, eggs, chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic powder and hot sauce; mix well. Pour into baking dish.
  3. Bake chili mixture 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set; cool. Cut into squares. Serve with sour cream, green onions and olives.


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  • 2 (9-ounce) packages refrigerated pie crusts (4 crusts total)
  • 1/2 pound ground lean beef
  • 1 1/4 cups CHI-CHI’S® 16 oz Thick & Chunky Salsa Medium, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened


  1. Let wrapped pie crusts stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  3. In large skillet, cook beef until browned; drain, if needed.
  4. Stir 1/2 cup salsa, the onion, raisins, olives, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper and cinnamon into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  5. With 3 1/4-inch round cutter, cut each pie crust into 8 circles. Spoon scant tablespoon beef mixture onto half of each circle. Brush edge of dough with beaten egg. Fold dough in half; seal edges with fingers, fork or pastry crimper. Place on baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg. Bake 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. In bowl, mix cream cheese and remaining 3/4 cup salsa until smooth. Serve empanaditas warm with cream cheese mixture.

This year give these and other recipes made with Hormel Foods a try, your family and friends will love them.

So I ask you, What are your favorite game day dishes? Does your family have any traditions for watching the game? Who do you think will win this year?


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Diva Dangles Purse Light | Review Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:51:24 +0000


Diva Dangles LLC. was built on a unique idea. Shining the light on a problem that women have been dealing with for years…… the black hole of the purse! Our unique purse lights were just the beginning of our journey here at Diva Dangles LLC.

Purse Lights are a brilliant idea. How many times have you been out, especially in the evening, and have to search your purse for a key, lipstick or another little thing thrown in the bottom of your oversized bag? This happens to me all the time and most of the time I can’t even see and just thrust my hand into my bag only to be poked with a nail file. Or what if you have your key in hand but can’t see the lock to open the door? That is where the purse light by Diva Dangles comes in handy!

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And Diva Dangles has such a great selection of charms, colors and so much more. I highly recommend you check them out, these lights are a handy tool to have and they would make a great gift for the women in your life. I was able to choose a Sable Charm Chamber Purse Light (custom light) and I have not only used it repeatedly but I have been asked where to get one and to see it work. I love my purse light and am very happy to have it on hand at all times. They also have many premade designs to choose from.

Right now Diva Dangles has a few contests going on, one on Twitter and one on Pinterest. The information to join in is below:

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Diva Dangles Valentine’s Day Special

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And for a little extra bonus I am happy to bring readers of The Dirty t Shirt a special code to receive 15% off just use the code Dirty15 at checkout. Check out Diva Dangles today!

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Make a Natural Difference with Smucker’s Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:28:07 +0000


Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s, and Adams Natural Peanut Butters have once again teamed up with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to kick-off the “Make a Natural Difference” campaign. The mission of the National Parks Conservation Association is to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations. – See more here

After being able to visit a few National Parks and seeing the beauty and rich history in them I am more determined to do more to help keep these gorgeous parks protected for my children and grandchildren to enjoy. I love that Smucker’s has teamed up with the NCPA to help this cause out. Right now there is a special .25 cent-off coupon on shelves in your local stores towards the purchase of Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s or Adams Natural Peanut Butter. Every coupon redeemed by March 24, 2014, Smucker’s will donate $1 to the NPCA, up to an additional $50,000. For many of us who already enjoy natural peanut butter, purchasing these products makes it easy to continue making strides to help a great cause in the New Year.

Also check out the Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Facebook page so that you can also download a $1 off coupon and find tips on how to make a natural difference.

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Shutting The Door On 2013 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:50:16 +0000

Oh what a year this has been! I remember last New Year’s Eve wishing for a better year, as I do every year, but I was in no way prepared for what 2013 would bring my family and I.

Before reading further please note that even though I had so much go on I in know that there are those in worse situations than I. And my thoughts and prayers are with all those who have struggled this year.

My year started off pretty good, still happy to have moved back home and getting out and enjoying everything Orlando has to offer, friends, family and fun. In April, we were preparing for my husbands upcoming 44th birthday and our 17 years together anniversary and all seemed to be going really well.  Rob had been going to the doctors every year for PSA (prostate) tests as he had had some issues with his levels in the past. He had a biopsy done a few days before we headed out to have a weekend escape trying to put things out of our minds to focus on us. We had fun and had also convinced ourselves that all would be well. The day after we came home our world crumbled.

You can read about our journey at the following:

What I learned about this process was eye opening. My husband, who is always my strong hero, was stronger almost to the point where he gave out the aura that nothing was wrong. But I already knew that. What shocked me was my strength. Sure I was breaking down inside but I never let him see that, I wanted to be strong for him, I wanted him to lean on me for once, I wanted to take care of him. I came though in ways I never thought I was capable of and for that I am proud of myself.

As far as my kids are concerned this past year has been good for them, bad for us being parents. My youngest has dealt with a few snotty kids at school in first grade. I hope this coming year in school is better for her. My oldest daughter loves learning, is a great student and has made a ton of friends. However this year, a few weeks ago, something happened at her school that I swore would make me take her out if it ever happened. There was a shooting, in her vicinity and it scared the daylights out of me. You can read about that here: Mom, I Am Ok But…

And of course it wouldn’t be a crazy year without a good extended family fallout which has left me without words, happy, sad, disappointed and so much more. But in the end it is what it is and we will pick up and move on.

So as this year closes, and we leave all the hurt, shock and disease behind, I am looking at the 2014 door opening and hope for a year of happiness, love and laughter for my family.

From my family to yours, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! We wish you a year full of love and laughter, two of the best medicines in the world! Please be safe tonight!!!!!


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The Verizon Edge Program Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:57:35 +0000


Verizon Edge is a program that allows you to get a new Verizon phone this year and every year after that. You can upgrade every year with no upgrade fees and no long-term service contracts.

How it works:

  • Verizon Edge is a program that lets you pay for your phone over a 24 month period instead of paying for the phone upfront.*
  • You pay the first month’s installment when you purchase your new phone. Then you can make monthly payments until it is paid off.

*You must meet the eligibility requirements to have the option to Edge Up to a new phone without upgrade fees.

So you just pick your new phone, and just after six months, with at least 50% of your phones price paid off you can Edge Up. Then just trade in your exsisting device and select a new one.

To be eligible for Verizon Edge you must meet these requirements:

  • You have to be eligible for an upgrade
  • Have an account older than six months (those that are not will need to go through an internal e-credit check)
  • New customers will have to pass a credit check
  • Can’t have a prepaid account

Edge customers will be on a month-to-month service agreement and a device and installment agreement.

All Verizon Wireless smartphones and basic phones are eligible for Verizon Edge. At this time tablets and mobile hotspots are not eligible.

After my comparisons of other companies my husband and I are excited for this new addition to being a Verizon customer. I was always excited to get a new phone only to find myself left in the dust when two months later a better phone came along. Now with Verizon Edge I will not be so behind the times with my phones :)

For more information click on Verizon Edge

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NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker | Review Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:36:16 +0000

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as to thank me for my participation.


This holiday season I have had the awesome opportunity to host my cookie making gatherings, my book club, and a good old sitting down to catch up days by serving coffee from my brand new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto coffee maker. I am very impressed with not only how fast this little machine is but the coffee is delicious! And not just the coffee, the hot chococino is absolutely the best I have ever tasted! Everyone was raving about how cool the machine was and how amazing the drinks all tasted.

The NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker is so simple to use too.

Features are:

  • Delivers truly delicious flavors every time using patented smart capsule technology with up to 15 bars of professional pressure and espresso technology.
  • brews over 17 different hot and cold beverages – with true crema and expertly layered specialty beverages with an indulgent fine milk froth – in under a minute.
  • From a classic Americano to a bold Espresso, to a sweet Caramel Macchiato and frosty Iced Cappuccino, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto has a wide variety of different beverages to satisfy every desire. The beverage varieties include:
    • Cappuccino
    • Ice Cappuccino
    • Carmel Latte Macchiato
    • Americano
    • Skinny Cappuccino
    • Nestea Peach Iced Tea
    • Skinny Latte
    • Latte Macchiato
    • Chococino
    • Mocha
    • Chai Tea Latte
    • Espresso
    • Caffe Lungo
    • Caffe Lungo Decaf
    • A Dark Roast
    • Morning Blend
    • Espresso Intenso

So this holiday as we gather together to explore the neighborhoods holiday lights on Christmas Eve, we will be making chococino for everyone using my new coffee machine. (link) It is a holiday tradition for my family and makes the season very special. But for me the good news is that I can now drink delicious coffee any time of the year with the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee capsules. As a matter of fact I just ordered a whole bunch more so we all can enjoy the array of different flavors. I even sprinkled a little cinnamon spice in my Carmel Latte Macchiato and it was delicious, once my friend tried it out she did the same to hers. Everyone agreed that the coffee was better than their plain old brewer at home. In fact I may have even had something to do with a little gift that someone will be receiving this holiday ;)

There’s still time to get 20% off of a NESCAFE Coffee Maker with the code GustoGift! (with exclamation point)

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The Importance of Family Meal Time Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:31:13 +0000


With all of the things that comes with life I have one special moment every day that fills my heart with joy and means so very much to not just myself but my whole family. It is a rarity in today’s fast paced life, it is family meal time.

Long ago I swore that even though we are running five different ways at all times my children, husband and I would all sit down to dinner every night, no exceptions. I make a home cooked meal and we all sit down together and catch each other up on our day. Sometimes we play high/low (taken from the 1999 movie The Story of Us) where we each share the high point of our day and the low point. Sometimes we just talk about the fun times we had at school or work. But most of the time it is my husband and I listening to our children.

We hear our 14 year old tell us that school went fine, what her plans are for the upcoming weekend and how her grades are doing. Our six year old tells about how a child in her class made her laugh, how her time on the playground was and how excited she is for an upcoming holiday party. They ask my husband and I how work was that day, how my trip to the grocery store went and much more.

Why is this so very important to us? It is the quality time to spend as a family, really listening to each other, being up to date on the happenings in our children’s life. It let’s them know that we are there for them, for each other. It fill my heart with overwhelming love for what my husband and I created, a warm, loving family.

We love listening to our girls talk to each other, sometimes with our youngest leaning over and hugging her sister while she talks. We love talking to each other, hearing how our days went, how we would like to see a situation turn out, and just sharing our love. We do this every day, no exceptions.

In this fast paced life it is so very important to take a minute, or ten, and sit with your family and talk and listen, really listen to what they say. Last night this really hit me while I was sitting listening to my children talk and joke around just how very important that moment was to me.

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SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones | Review and Giveaway Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:39:51 +0000

Item Reviewed: SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones
Item Given Away: SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones
Start Date: December 11
End Date: December 19


Tracks Air gives you superior wireless sound unchained combining stellar sound, unmatched 150-foot wireless range, dual-device connectivity and an unbelievable 15-hour battery life, Tracks AIR provides on-the-go convenience that active music lovers will celebrate.

Product Features:

  • Compatible with most Bluetooth- and NFC-enabled devices – For use with your existing device. Headphones allow you to connect up to 2 devices simultaneously for versatile use.
  • A2 sound engines – Deliver crisp audio with clear highs and deep bass.
  • Dual microphones – Reduce outside noise for crystal-clear communication.
  • Wireless design – Allows you to control the headphone from up to 150′ away.
  • Interchangeable PowerTrack headband – Lets you personalize the headphone (additional headbands not included).
  • Rechargeable battery – Provides up to 15 hours of talk time on a full charge.
  • Single-button cable – Enables wired, battery-free mode.

My Thoughts

Can I just say I LOVE THESE headphones!!!!! Let me back up a second. I have a set of heaphones but they are old, the kind with a cord, which is constantly being tripped over when I listen to music across the room from the stereo system. That will never happen again. With my new SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones I am able to listen to my tunes without a cord via Bluetooth. The audio is as crisp and clear as it can be and the bass is amazing, especially when listening to my old school South Florida Bass Hits! I am totally in love with these headphones! I have already had to get them back from my daughter more than once in the one week I have had them. They are now hidden away where she can’t find them ;)

I HIGHLY recommend the SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones to everyone, you will not be disappointed I swear! They would make a AWESOME gift for the music lover on your list this holiday season!!!!

I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway where one lucky Dirty t Shirt reader can win SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola Tracks Air Wireless Headphones of their own* (valued at $199.99). Please see rules below to enter to win today!

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