Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Storage 101 : Where and How to Keep Your Food Properly

Food storage is as important in any kitchen as food handling, and knowing where to properly place your ingredients can help reduce your kitchen waste and help you save money, too. You’ll also be helping the environment by doing so. Additionally, proper storage is vital for food safety, and improper storage is as much to blame for cross contamination that happens as a result of food poor preparation.

The kitchen and dining area certainly has plenty of spaces where your food items can be stored. But if you’re still unsure about correct food storage, follow this guide:

The Refrigerator

The temperature of a high-quality refrigerator remains generally constant, so it’s the perfect place to store ingredients and food items that cannot be kept on the counter top. 
Meat that you intend to consume within 4 days, as well as fish that you plan on cooking in 2 days, can be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Meanwhile, pies that contain eggs should be covered and stored in the refrigerator, along with certain herbs and yeast.

The Freezer
In the freezer, you’ll want to keep the items that can spoil when not kept in very low temperatures. These include your meats, fish, frozen stock, pies and pie crusts, cakes wrapped in plastic wrap and then tin foil, citrus zest, and coffee, among others. Do mind how long they’re being kept in the freezer, though. Also, make sure that they are properly kept in containers that prevent their juices from leaking.

The Pantry
Here you’ll want to keep your spices and nuts, which should be stored in air-tight containers when possible so that they will be able to maintain the right moisture level. Dry good are also stored in the pantry, and they can generally last for up to six months unopened - sometimes even longer, depending on the best before date printed on them. Once opened, though, the contents should be transferred to an air-tight container to ensure its freshness, and might need to be stored in cooler temperatures, such as those in the refrigerator or freezer.

The Counter
Alliums such as onions, garlic, and shallots can be kept on the counter provided that they’re stored in a cool and dry place. Fruits such as bananas and melons, vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash can be displayed out on the counter. Additionally, you can also keep bread, cakes, and pies out unless they come with specific instructions to be kept in the refrigerator.

An important thing to remember is that storing food in the right temperature can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, which can cause illnesses when ingested. To be very certain about correct storage, you can also check the label on the food item. By correctly storing the stuff that you eat, you’ll not only be taking care of your health, you’ll also be saving money and lessening food wasting.

What are your thoughts on properly storing food to save money and keep your family safe? Do you have certain way you store your produce, bread or other groceries to keep them fresh longer? Share your ideas below with a comment!
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Me & Mama Creations Hand-Beaded Jewelry Giveaway {Ends April 17th, 2017}


Sposored by MeandMamaCreations
Hosted by Akamatra.

Lia, the owner of MeandMamacreations on Etsy is a Greek lady living in Thessaloniki where she makes wonderful handmade jewelry, accessories and more.

She makes crochet bags and bead jewelry but her favorite thing to do is cross stitching! She uses this very copious and difficult technique to make little works of art for you to wear. You can check out a review of her work here.

Visit her Etsy shop here or join her on Facebook and Instragram.

Giveaway Time! 
The giveaway is open worldwide and will run until the 17th of April. 
Me & Mama Creations will be responsible for prize shipment.
Enter via the giveaway widget below.
 Best of luck!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Get #Fit & Lose Weight with Jillian Michaels’ #Fitness App!

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Oh, man! I wish I would have known about the Jillian Michaels app last year when I was working out and lost 40 pounds in 5 months! I couldn’t afford a personal trainer so I researched and tweaked, and put a lot of sweat and tears (literally) into getting the right combination of workouts, meal plans and my routines just right. Now, this awesome app does all this for you. With the app, you get Jillian Michaels’ workouts, meal plans, tracking tools and so much more.
This program could have saved me a LOT of guesswork and I may have been even more successful… But, it’s never too late to start, right? I am so excited about stumbling across this app that I will be starting my new journey with it in April! {EEEEK! I am so pumped about this. If any of you want to join me, leave your username below or shoot me an email! I’ll connect with you in the app Community! Yep, there’s even a community where you can share, motivate and network with others looking to get fit. Also, I just signed up to be a Jillian Michaels affiliate so my links are included in this post!}

What is the Jillian Michaels App?

This fitness and weight loss app offers what many other fitness apps can’t offer. PROFESSIONAL guidance for meal plans, workouts, and overall fitness, delivered in one convenient app! I have found apps that offer meal plans, or workouts, or a combination of both, but nothing like this. Nothing that features the quality and quantity available and none of them included Jillian Michaels’ workouts or meal plans either. So, yeah- this has the whole shebang!

I’m pretty sure everyone knows who the infamous fitness expert Jillian Michaels is so I will spare you a long detailed bio of her. If you are not familiar with her, you can read about her on her website here. But, the true inspiration for this post comes from stumbling across her new fitness app and falling it fitness-love!

The Jillian Michaels App Features:

Personalized fitness for all fitness levels from newbies to super advanced!

You have the option to choose from a huge variety of interactive custom workouts or one of Jillian’s tailored programs. There is something for everyone, no matter what you fitness level is! Whether you are a couch potato or a fitness guru, you will find a plan to help you meet and maintain your goals.

Her Interactive Tailored Workout Plan Options Include these 9 AWESOME Workout Plans:

  • Transform 90
    For rapid weight loss for those needing to lose 30+ pounds.
  • Wedding Warrior
    6-week program that includes alternating between strength training and cardio.
  • Slim 60
    For those who need help dropping those last stubborn 10-20 pounds.
  • Sexy Abs
    4 week program that includes HIIT circuits and core exercises.
  • Lean Legs
    30 Day workout program with 25-minute workouts that not only burn fat but also strengthen tone and condition your lower body.
  • Bounce Back Baby          
    Designed specifically for moms to rebuild the core. Also takes into account the special needs for moms who had C-sections and other special procedures.
  • Beautiful Back, Chest & Arms
    4 week program designed to give you a sleek upper body by toning your back, chest and arms.
  • Booty Boot Camp
    4 weeks to a fabulous booty!
  • Bangin’ Bikini Body4 week plan to get you in incredible shape. Incorporates HIIT, Yoga, kickboxing, pilates and more.
As if one of these plans weren’t enough, you still have the option to choose from an abundant line of Jillian Michaels videos and create your own workout plan!

Amazing Meal Plans Including Omnivore, Vegan & Paleo Options. 

This is one of my favorite things about the Jillian Michaels app! Not only does the app recommend and track nutrition, but she also teamed up with professional chefs and registered dieticians to create nutritious and insanely delicious meal plans.

The Jillian Michaels Meal Plans Include:

  • Plan-Focused Guidelines
  • Recipes
  • Menus
  • Shopping Lists
  • Tips for Dining Out
  • Recipes and Plans that can easily be tailored to your own tastes and preferences

Easy Progress Tracking.

 What’s more inspiring than watching your own success? The Jillian Michaels app not only helps you meet your goals with workout and meal plans, but it also provides you with great tracking tools to track the progress you have made. This helps you see how well you are doing and what you need to tweak. {If you are like me, every ounce lost is a pound of motivation!}

The tracking dashboard shows your personal progress to keep you motivated and on track. It shows your weight, workouts, calories burned, calories consumed, goals and more. It also syncs with most Bluetooth fitness trackers and apps such as MyFitness Pal, Apple Health, and Bluetooth heart rate monitors.

And, if that’s not enough….The Jillian Michaels app doesn’t just include workouts, meal plans and fancy-dancy dashboard. It also includes several other great features such as inspiring transformations of other users who have used the app, a huge community of users that you can network with, podcasts, a fresh blog, and a shop for all your Jillian Michaels gear! {Told you it was the cream of the crop of the best fitness apps!}

Want to join me on the Jillian Michaels fitness app or check it out for yourself? You can do so HERE.

What do you think of this great new fitness app? Will you be joining me in getting fit in 2017? Post your response in the comments section below so I can join you!

FTC requires that I tell you this.... This post does contain affiliate links. I was not paid nor asked to write this article. It is for informational purposes only. If you decide to click on the link and download the app from the website I may earn a commission from the click. It does not affect you as the consumer in anyway.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Signup Now! 2017 Mother's Day Giveaway Hop!

Mother's Day Giveaway Hop 
May 1st - May 14th, 2017
Hosted By Social Exposure PR

FREE Participation + Co-Host Spots Available

PRIZE REQUIREMENTS:Each blogger is responsible for their own prize fulfillment and shipment. 
Each blogger will be required to host a giveaway with a minimum value of $15. You may fulfill your own prize of work with a sponsor of your choice. Each blogger will be responsible for creating their own giveaway widget, as well. The HTML with the post information and linky will be provided and ready for you to insert your giveaway information and widget.

You may offer any prize of your choice so long as it is family-friendly and is female/mom-related. This can be gift sets, gift cards, PayPal Cash, cookware, beauty supplies (please no supplements), fitness equipment, décor, electronics (though no phone cases, covers or glass protectors, please).

This event will have both bloggers and Co-Hosts participating. There are 10 Co-Hosts positions and no max to how many bloggers can participate. The more the merrier so that you all receive more exposure!

Co-Hosts Positions are $10 each and include a link to your blog in the HTML post and are listed at the top of the linky. Add your blog link to the linky below & complete the co-host form HERE

 HTML will be sent out no later than April 28th, 2017, to allow at least 2 days to get it posted. 

Each post needs to be scheduled to go live at 12:00 AM EST on May 1
, 2017.  (11pm CST on April 30th) NO SOONER and NO LATER or else ,when the post goes live, readers won’t be able to visit all the links on the linky if your post is too early or too late. 

You must submit your giveaway URL on the signup form no later than April 29th
, 2017. You can create your URL without publishing it. Simply start a new post, grab the URL and then save the post for later. If you do not submit a link or the link is broken, you may be removed from the HTML without notice. Though, we will try to reach out to you if there is an error in the link.

PROMOTING THE EVENT:You must promote the event on your social media at least 3 times per week.If you do not expect to be able to post on time or promote 3 times a week please do not signup. These are two important factors to ensure that everyone gets the most exposure possible for their blogs and sponsors. 


Remember, the more signups we have, the more traffic we will each receive!!! 

ANNOUNCEMENT HTML can be found HERE. It already includes the LINKY for the signups but, the other codes are available if needed. When someone adds their link and signs up via your blog, it will show on the InLinkz dashboard the site that the entry came from. The participant with the most entries wins! 

Thanks for joining in! 

To participate in The 2017 Mother’s  Day Giveaway Hop, please  Add your BLOG URL to the LINKY below

CO-HOSTS: Please add your URL to the linky below and then, complete this CO-HOST FORM.

If you are not already a Social Influencer for Social Exposure PR, be sure to signup HERE for our upcoming campaigns including sponsored posts, review opportunities and monthly events like this one!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

I'm Back! Oh, How I Have Missed You All!

Ok, everyone, I'm back!

And, more excited than ever! And, oh boy, I've got some great posts in the works that I know you guys will love!

So Where Have I Been?
Unfortunately, it has been several months since I have had a chance to post and, for several reasons. From health, to spending time with family, to selling our house and moving and all the way down to d-i-v-o-r-c-e.... The last few months have been hectic. But, I am happy to say I am finally to a point where I can get back to normal! And I am so excited to be back!

I have missed you guys and gals so much! Both the my readers and fellow bloggers. It's amazing the virtual family you create online and how close you get to them. 

With all that said, I am thrilled to be putting together some great new posts, including some fabulous healthy recipes! Last year, I lost 39 pounds in about 5 months by eating healthy (which is a huge challenge when you don't eat veggies!). I also credit my success to a great app which I'll tell you more about soon and, I hope some of you will join me there! I  know several of y'all are like me and have New Year's Resolutions for getting healthy and I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes, workouts and successful ways I went from a size 16 to a size 10 in a few short months- the healthy way! And, no it wasn't a "diet". If I can do it, then I know you can, too! So hang around cause there's more info to come in the next week!

So What Is Coming Up? 
Well, I have several things for both my readers and blogger friends! Here are a few things coming up....

  • Awesome new healthy - not diet - recipes
  • The scoop on the awesome free app that helped and motivated me to lose the weight.... so fun, simple and has a great community for support.
  • Several fun blogging opportunities!
  • A new Transformation Tuesday post I will be doing weekly sharing my weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey!
  • Win It Wednesday is coming back!
These are just a few of several awesome things I have coming up soon that I can't wait to share with you guys! 

I can't wait to get back in touch with all of you. I have missed you all so much and I am excited about what 2017 holds for all of use! 
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