Ball Can-It-Forward Day & Win Free Jars! (Ends 8/14) #canitforward

Ball Can-It-Forward Day
On Saturday August 1st, Jarden Home Brands hosted this year’s fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, broadcast live online at FreshPreserving.com from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. An event celebrating the joys of fresh preserving, Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. New this year, was an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!  The celebrity auction to support No Kid Hungry will be going on until Aug. 11. You can check that out here.

I am a newbie to canning myself, but I am finding that I really enjoy it and I especially love the outcome. Preserving your own fresh foods is very rewarding. I was sent a few supplies from Ball that I really look forward to using in the near future. My tomatoes are not quite ripe yet, but when they are, there will be some salsa making going on.

Here is what I received:

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·         Ball Canning Discovery Kit: The perfect, easy home canning starter set.  Equipped with a canning rack, recipe guide and jars, all you need is a recipe and stockpot to begin preserving!

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·         Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving: The new 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is the most trusted resource in home canning for over 100 years and this new 2015 release is its largest update since the first edition in 1909.  Expanding 56% from the previous edition, the 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book includes 75 new recipes, pictorial step by step guides for beginners and more!

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·         Design Series Lids (red): Great not only for home canning, the Ball® Brand Design Series Lids With Bands are also a great option for unique crafting creations, gifts and home décor with endless mixing and matching possibilities.

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·         Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix: Better tasting, fresh salsa is simple to make with Ball Brand Fiesta Salsa Mix. Simply add fresh, vine-ripened or canned tomatoes, and mix with a splash of vinegar for perfect salsa every time.

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Win it: One of you will win a coupon for a free case of jars! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Horti Hood 90° Folding Greenhouse Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/14)

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Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for this review. All opinions stated are my own.

How many of you love the idea of having a greenhouse, but don’t want to commit to an entire permanent structure in your yard dedicated to this? I know that I am this way and that is why I love the idea of having a greenhouse that can be put away when growing season is over. I want to introduce you to my new friend, the Horti Hood 90° from Cave Innovations. The Horti Hood 90° is a wall mounted folding greenhouse. If you have a fairly tall, wooden fence in your yard, the Horti Hood 90° just might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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I received one for this review and was very anxious to get it set up. Everything you need to assemble it is included, even the storage bags for the off season. The assembly is very similar to putting a tent together. The poles are fiberglass and you just kind of shimmy them through the same way you would a tent. I was able to put it together mostly on my own, but I did have my 12 year old come out to help me at times just for the sake of balancing it. Once it starts coming together, it’s awkward and heavy, so I recommend having a helper. I also needed my husband’s help to mount it to the fence for me, since I am not good with the power tools.

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Once it was up we all just kind of stood around and beheld it’s dome-ness. It’s very nice to look at.  You can see that the greenhouse features two mesh covered ventilation panels, allow the plants to breathe while at the same time keeping out any critters.

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When you’re ready to tend to and water your plants, you simply lift it from the bottom to gain access. Please note that the shelf is not included with the Horti Hood 90°.

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I found that it was more spacious than I expected it to be. As you can see, I could easily fit in another planting shelf later on if I wanted to and there is also plenty of floor room for more potted plants. The greenhouse lifts up to allow you to get in and there are also different hooks you can use to hold it up as high as you want.

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It even can be folded all the way up against the wall when not in use. This is a feature that I find very cool and convenient. The integral awning is there to prevent rain build up in the pleats when folded open, which is really needed here in Oregon where it rains for a good portion of the year.

So what do you think of the Horti Hood? I am in love with mine and I’m sure it will get a ton of use for the rest of the summer and into the fall to extend out my growing season. Then in the Spring I’ll get it going again with some seedlings. It’s going to be great.

Buy it: Stop by GardenProducts4U, and check out the Horti Hood 90° as well as their other Horti Hood products. They are sure to have a solution to fit your space.

Enter to win a Horti Hood 90

Win it: Thanks to Rob McAlister Ltd from Cave Innovations, you can enter to win your very own Horti Hood 90°.  Isn’t that awesome? Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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OAXIS Launches Smart Wellness Line on Pozible

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

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OAXIS, an award-winning consumer technology company, has launched its OAXIS Wellness Line. Read the press release here.

OAXIS’ body analyzer, Bluetooth water bottle, and fitness bands can be ordered now on Pozible, a crowdfunding website now and will be available for purchase at Oaxis.com in September.

The OAXIS Wellness Line aims to empower users to both make healthier choices and make them much easier, with wellness technology that easily integrates into an active lifestyle.

Enter to win products from the OAXIS Wellness Line below:

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Introducing the Del Taco #Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito & $20 Giveaway #EpicAvocado #UnFreshingBelievable (Ends 6/25)

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Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

One of my family’s favorite places to eat these days, when we choose to dine out, is Del Taco. Not only are they budget friendly, but their food is always fresh and delicious whenever we go there. I was so excited to learn that they are now offering avocado (one of my favorite things) which can be added to any menu item for 30 cents per slice or get three slices for 90 cents AND they have added a new item to their menu called the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito! It’s loaded with six fresh slices of Hass avocado, freshly grilled chicken, handmade pico de gallo, fresca lime rice, seasoned black beans and salsa casera wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. It’s priced at $5.29.

I was able to visit recently and try out the new burrito and it sure was good. And let me tell you that you get ALOT of burrito for $5.29. It was huge! Definitely a full meal for most people. It’s the perfect food for these hot summer days we’ve been having. The pico de gallo added a little bit of spiciness to it, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly hot. It was nothing that a $1 strawberry lemonade couldn’t take care of.

Buy it: You can get the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito at a participating Del Taco near you. Through 6/17, you can get a free small drink with purchase of Epic burrito.

Win it: One of you will win a $20 Del Taco gift card so that you can try the Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito or add avocado to any menu item for yourself. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Level Foods decadent low carb/low sugar treats review & giveaway (Ends 6/18)

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Disclosure: I received free products as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

If you are diabetic or are just into weight loss or low carb foods and you have a sweet tooth, I want to share with you about Level Foods. Level Foods products are low glycemic, gluten free, low carb with added protein and fiber to help you feel full and aid digestion, all while helping you lose weight. And, they taste good.

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I was sent this awesome sample pack of snacks and shakes to try out for this review. While I am not diabetic, I still wanted to try these because I tend to get low blood sugar at times. In the box were packs of shakes, bars, sweet snacks and glucose gels.

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The protein shakes come in four flavors: Rich caramel, Classic vanilla, Strawberry creme and Milk chocolate. There are four shakes in a pack. I really like these. They all had the expected amount of sweetness and the flavor was right.

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The protein bars available are Caramel chocolatey peanut, Chocolatey crisp bar, Double chocolatey chip bar and Chocolatey peanut crunch bar. My favorite thing about these is that the recurring theme is chocolate. Usually when I am craving a snack when I am out, I really want something chocolatey, which could lead to a stop at a vending machine for a candy bar, so this is really much more convenient for me and not a sacrifice.

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 2.16.37 PMThe glucose gels also come in four flavors: Mandarin orange, Green apple, Vanilla and Strawberry banana. These are great for when you need to raise low blood sugar fast. You know, when you get hungry and are super grumpy because you need to eat? Yeah, that’s what these are for. They are conveniently sized, so they would easily fit in a purse or coat pocket.

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The sweet snacks available are Peanut butter cups and Peanut turtle bars. These were my favorite, especially the peanut butter cups! My kids did see me with them so I had to share. They also gave a thumbs up on them.

My family and I sometimes like to go out for long nature walks in the park. These products are actually perfect for bringing along on trips like these. When the kids start getting cranky and hungry when you’re out on a trail, it’s so nice to be able to give these to them. They taste good, so the kids don’t complain and they are just filling enough. Not so much that it spoils their dinner, but it’s just enough to tide them over. They are also great for us parents too.

Buy it: Level Foods are available to purchase at your local retailers or online. If you order online, you will save 25% off your order of $20 or more with code TRYLEVEL25. Click here to shop.

Win it: One of you will win the same Level Foods products as I did! (RV $60) Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash Review & Giveaway (Ends 5/3) Three Winners

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Dial is excited to announce its entry into personal care for babies’ with Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies’ perfect skin. It gently removes environmental dirt for a head to toe clean. Also introducing Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists that makes hand washing fun for all ages!

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Thanks to Purex Insiders, I was able to give both of these products a try. While my youngest child is now 6, I had no problem having her use the Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash. After all, she is still MY baby. There isn’t really a smell to the hair and body wash, it just leaves her cleans and is very gentle on her hair and skin.

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The Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash was a favorite with all of my kids. I set it up in our bathroom so basically we all end up using it. It makes a very nice foam and also has a nice watermelon fragrance. It’s not overbearing and it doesn’t make me feel like a kid when I use it either. My kids will very intentionally head to that bathroom when I tell them to wash their hands so that they can use the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. They really do love it.

Buy it: Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash are available at a retailer near you.

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Three of you will win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Baby Body OR Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. It’s up to you which one you would like to buy. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win Free Chicken for a Year! (WA, OR & ID only) 2 winners

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Meat is one of those products that can be hard to save on and I am so excited to tell you about a new company that will help us save on quality meat in the Pacific NW. GoDirect Foods will be opening their doors for business in June in OR, WA and ID with more locations to come in the future.

If you have heard of Zaycon Foods, the parking lot delivery concept is similar for Go Direct Foods, but it sounds like it will actually be even more convenient. Not only will you have the option to order your favorite products every month, but you can receive your product within 30 days from the time you order it, instead of having to wait for a few months for your order to arrive. You will also be able to have all your favorite fresh meat products come on the same delivery, know all your delivery dates for the whole year and have more selection of products than ever before. On top of all of that, there will be a referral program that helps you save on these products for future orders.

Before Go Direct Foods opens their doors for business in June, you can take full advantage of their referral program by signing up an sharing your link with a friend (see instructions on how to do this below) and save even more for years to come. For every person you refer who buys one of the signature items, you will make $2 (per product, not per order). PLUS if your friend then refers other people, your friend will make $2 per signature product plus you make $2 per signature product as well.

Go Direct Foods will be launching initially in 16 cities (see list below) in WA, OR & ID. However, you can sign up for the program now even if your city/state is not listed  as they will use the sign up information with zipcodes to determine new locations. Signing up will also ensure you are notified when your location is added. Plus this way you can take advantage of referring their friends & family using the Referral Program.

Go Direct Foods Pickup Areas:

Washington
Spokane
Spokane Valley
Tri-Cities
Puyallup
Olympia
Lynnwood
Marysville

Idaho
Coeur d’Alene
Nampa
Meridian
Pocatello
Idaho Falls

Oregon
Gresham
Oregon City
Beaverton
Salem

Win it: Go Direct Foods has kindly offered an AMAZING giveaway! One lucky reader AND a friend that they refer will each win 40lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – 4 times a year – July 2015, Oct 2015, Jan 2016 and April 2016. (Total of 160 lbs of chicken). Please note that you must be in one of the pickup locations in order to win as you will need to be able to pick up your prize. To increase your chances of winning, be sure to refer your friends. If they enter and win, and put you in as the referred source, you will win too! The more people you refer, the better your chances of winning are.

To Enter: Simply go here to register for a free Go Direct Foods account. That’s it. Easy Peasy. By creating your account, you will also be entering to win a free year of beef from Go Direct Foods. Giveaway ends on April 24th, 2015. IMPORTANT: Winners must be able to pick up their product at one of the above listed 16 locations!

How to share your referral link:
Go to Go Direct Foods and register.
Click on “Account”
Click on “Referral Program”
Copy the url and share with friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Southern California Vacation Giveaway!!!

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Being on Spring Break with my family right now, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like getting away from it all and spending time as a family together on vacation, making memories. I am so excited to be teaming up with Simplistically Living and Get Away Today to be giving away a Southern California Vacation Package to one lucky family! This is a $1,500 value!

About our Sponsor:

Get Away Today has helped more than 2 million people enjoy vacations to Disneyland and beyond. Almost like magic, they have become one of the world’s leading providers of Disney vacations, family vacations, discount vacation packages, and adventure vacations. I personally use Get Away Today whenever I am booking a vacation because they offer the best rates and customer service around! Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a few weeks away from home, Get Away Today has the perfect destination for you!

Current offers from Get Away Today:

  • The Disneyland Resort celebrates 60 years with their diamond celebration.
  • Save up to 30% off rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels
  • Pay Adult at Kids’ prices on Disneyland park hopper tickets

You can see all the current vacation offers and specials from Get Away Today Here.

Giveaway Time!

Now it’s time for the giveaway! 1 lucky family is going to win a Southern California Vacation Package valued at $1,500!

The prize includes:

  • 3-night hotel stay
  • 2 adult and 2 child 1-day tickets to two theme parks of the winner’s choice! (Think Disneyland, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, and more!)

How to Enter: Enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Open to US Residents only. Must be 18+ years of age to enter. Good Luck!

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