Berry Breeze Saves Your Fruits and Veggies In The Fridge

I received product from Berry Breeze for review.

berry breezeFabgrandpa and I buy and eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Thing is, we can’t always eat everything we buy at the store before it goes bad. It seems that I am always throwing food away simply because we couldn’t eat it fast enough. Raspberries are the worst! They are my favorite so I usually buy two containers. They seem to grow mold overnight, sometimes only a couple of days after I buy them.

The Berry Breeze in my refrigerator.

The Berry Breeze in my refrigerator.

When I was contacted by Berry Breeze, and asked to review their product, I was kind of skeptical. I didn’t think the product would actually work to save me money. Boy was I ever wrong! I put the unit in our refrigerator, and the very first week my raspberries did not grow mold. I was able to finish both containers that I had before they went bad.

I also noticed that the mushrooms that I bought to put in salads didn’t get that “slimy” feel to them. It doesn’t matter how I store them, mushrooms have always done that. I am satisfied that the Berry Breeze will save me money, and will save you money too.

Preventing fruits and vegetables from going bad is not the only thing the Berry Breeze can do. I have a package of snow crab legs in my refrigerator right now, but when I open the door, I can’t smell them. I say that is a pretty good product.

Here is what Berry Breeze has to say about their product:

The average family of four wastes close to 40 pounds of food each month, totaling to more than 1,160 pounds of food a year, and $1,500 down the disposal drain!

Food spoilage accounts for two-thirds of household waste, but there’s an easy at-home solution: BerryBreeze, a compact device that keeps foods fresher for 2-3 times longer than normal. How?

Through its stainless steel vents, BerryBreeze time-releases activated oxygen, which neutralizes microbes and bacteria to keep foods in a living state, rather decayed and withering away.  It only takes one BerryBreeze in the fridge to help you maximize your nutritional intake, reduce waste, cut grocery costs and save time.

Of all the food produced in the U.S., 40 percent goes uneaten and rots in our landfills, where it accounts for a quarter of America’s methane emissions (which happen to be 21 times more harmful to our environment than CO2). But, this gadget is here to help — it makes leading a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle a Breeze!

You can purchase the Berry Breeze at their website  for $49.98 with free shipping. It is also available at Amazon.com for $44 plus free shipping.

The Berry Breeze uses 4 D Batteries that are not included in the purchase.

Haba Doorway Puppet Theater For Amelia's Birthday

This post is brought to  you by Haba!

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Shhh! Don’t tell her, because her birthday isn’t until May 24th, but I found the cutest thing ever for her gift! The Haba Doorway Puppet Theatre is just the thing for Amelia to use her creativeness to put on a show for her Mummy and Daddy. Just look!

Haba Doorway Puppet Theater

Haba Doorway Puppet Theater

The curtain dimensions are 67″ tall and 31″ wide, but the poles extend a bit further for larger door frames. It is very easy to set up, and I know it will provide hours of puppet fun. The one I received included the telescopic rods that goes in the rod pocket at the top of the curtain; and two wooden dowels to stabilize the curtain giving it a neat and taut appearance.

Peek-A-Boo! Guess who?

Peek-A-Boo! Guess who?

The theater is recommended for children, but I think that Grandma’s would love it too. It has a lot of details, with a cute porthole at the top for a puppet to make a surprise appearance, a bright red curtain that comes with tie backs to unveil the show, and a little pocket window to display the name of the act! Perfect for ages 18 months and up. The fabric of the doorway theater (without the rods) is machine washable in cold water on the delicate cycle, then please allow to air dry. The compression rod extends up to 45 inches.

Princess Hand Puppet

Princess Hand Puppet

And OH MY GOODNESS! Look at this cute as can be Princess Glove Puppet that the folks at HABA sent me to go along with the theater! I know Amelia is going to love it! There are so many puppets to choose from at Haba. Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Puss in Boots, a Policeman, Grandma and Grandpa, and many more.

You can find these and many more cute toys for kids (and grandmas) at Haba. They can also be purchased at Amazon.com.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Coffee Maker Review and Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach. I received this product to review.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffeemaker

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffeemaker

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffeemaker truly lives up to its name. You can brew a full pot using ground coffee on one side; and make a single serving on the other side using * K-CUPs OR ground coffee, with the included coffee filter basket. Either way, you’ll get a great cup of coffee brewed the way you like it.

* K-CUP is a registered trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Use of the K-CUP trademark does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew CoffeeMaker is so easy to use.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew CoffeeMaker is so easy to use.

It is a little different to use from other single brew coffee makers I have tried, so you’ll need to read the instructions first. It is a quick learning curve though, so you’ll me brewing your coffee in just minutes. I LOVE the single serve coffee filter that lets you use any ground coffee.

The single serve coffee filter is reusable.

The single serve coffee filter is reusable.

The full pot brewing side is programmable for regular or bold brew, so if you like your coffee stronger, you can do it with this coffeemaker.

Large filter basket takes the

Large filter basket takes the “cupcake” style filters

Here is the full list of features for the 2-Way FlexBrew CoffeeMaker from Hamilton Beach:

  • Single serve side:
  • Compatible with K-Cup®* Packs or ground coffee
  • Brews up to 14oz from ground coffee in travel mug**
  • Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
  • Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
  • 12 cup carafe:
    • Brew a full pot of coffee
    • Regular or bold brew strength
    • Programmable timer with 2 hour automatic shutoff
    • Automatic pause & serve to grab a cup before the brew cycle is done
  • Durable, stainless steel features and dishwasher safe, removable parts
  • Equipped with a “Quick Start” Guide with simple, step-by-step brewing guidelines
  • Customer service support available through a US toll-free number
  • One-year warranty
  • BUY IT: You can find the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker on their website for $99.99. It is also available at Best Buy for $89.99 and at Amazon.com for $80.50.

    WIN IT: Win a Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker! Use the Giveaway Tools form to enter.

    My #SoleStory: My Love Affair With Pretty Shoes Ended Way To Soon. Vionic Revived The Flame

    This post is brought to you by Vionic

    My #SoleStory

    I have loved pretty shoes for as long as I can remember. When I was about four or five years old, I got a pair of white patent leather Mary Janes, and the love affair with shoes began.

    I was probably showing off those shoes in this old photo.

    I was probably showing off those shoes in this old photo.

    Over the years, I have been known to buy shoes, then buy an outfit to wear them with. I once had a pair of pink wingtip heels that I bought because they called my name as I walked past the shoe store window.

    Vionic Floriana Sandal

    Vionic Floriana Sandal

    Alas, my affection for pretty shoes ended some time ago, because although they were pretty, shoes with heels just hurt to walk in. My toes felt crumpled and squeezed. It was impossible to continue to wear heels of any height.

    I started wearing flats to work, and for any occasion for which I had to dress up. Even for my step-daughter’s wedding, I had to pass up the gorgeous silver sandals with rhinestones because they had a half inch heel. My Plantar Fasciitis made my feet scream just looking at them. That’s MY #SolesStory. What’s yours?

    Ah! My feet feel so good in my Vionic Venture Walkers!

    Ah! My feet feel so good in my Vionic Venture Walkers!

    When I received my Vionic Venture Walkers, and put them on my feet, they felt so good. The deep heel cup insures that I have the support I need for my feet to feel good all day.

    My pretty new shoes from Vionic

    My pretty new shoes from Vionic

    Vionic is the leading manufacturer of medical shoes, and the Orthaheel technology was introduced in 1991. Orthaheel Technology helps reduce over-pronation, which can improve foot function and relieve common associated pains such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), knee pain and back pain. It is the only footwear recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and world-renowned integrative medicine expert Andrew Weil, MD.

    orthotic_imageVionic shoes come in so many different styles and colors that you can wear them every day and for every occasion! Flats, mules, clogs, sandals, slippers, sneakers, walkers,and boots for women. They also have many styles for men that include some very nice looking dress shoes, casual shoes, sandals, and sneakers.

    One of my favorite styles! Joan in pewter.

    One of my favorite styles! Joan in pewter.

    What is your #SoleStory? Which pair of Vionic Shoes would you choose?

    The Hand on The Mirror: Book Review

    Grand Central Publishing sponsored this post

    The Hand on the Mirror

    The Hand on the Mirror

    In 1979, my youngest brother, Bobby, died from injuries received in an accident. At the time of his death, he was in a hospital in Albany, Georgia. He had been hovering between life and death for three days. All of our family was there, spending as much time as we could at the hospital, just in case he regained consciousness and might be able to speak to us.

    My brother Bobby about 3 months before he died.

    My brother Bobby about 3 months before he died.

    I was sleeping on the sofa in the intensive care waiting room, dreaming about my brother. In my dream,  he was walking away from me, towards a wooden fence at the other side of a meadow. On the other side of the fence, there were people waiting for him, waving for him to come on over, smiling at him. Bobby turned to look at me, smiled, waved, then turned around and continued to walk away from me.

    I thought when I awoke that the dream meant that he was getting better. But suddenly, an alarm went off in the intensive care unit, and several doctors, nurses, and other hospital attendants ran into the small room where Bobby lay. About a half hour later, my brother’s doctor took my Mother and me into a conference room to tell us that Bobby had died.

    My Mother was, of course, inconsolable. I did not shed a tear, because I know that Bobby came to me in his dream to tell me goodbye, and that he was happy to go.

    I have not told this story to many people, but  I recently came across the book, The Hand on The Mirror by Janis Heaphy Durham.Here is a synopsis of the book, taken from the book website:

    In 2004, Ms.    Heaphy Durham’s husband, Max Besler, died of esophageal cancer at age 56.  Heaphy Durham soon began encountering phenomena unlike anything she had ever experienced: lights flickering, doors opening and closing, clocks stopping at 12:44, the exact time Max died.  But then something startling happened that changed Heaphy Durham’s life forever. A powdery handprint spontaneously appeared on her bathroom mirror on the first anniversary of Max’s death. Incredibly, a similar image appeared on the second and third anniversaries as well. Clearly, something otherworldly was occurring.

    This launched Heaphy Durham on a journey that transformed her spiritually and altered her view of reality forever. She interviewed scientists and spiritual practitioners along the way, as she discovered that the veil between this world and the next is thin and love is what bridges the two worlds.


    Have you ever experienced anything paranormal, or “other worldly?” Do you believe in life after death? If so, you really do need to read this book. Download an excerpt here.

    You may purchase The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death at Amazon.com, or at Barnes and Nobles; Books-A-Million; Apple ibooks; Powells.com; and IndieBound.org.

    You can win a copy of The Hand on the Mirror. Use the Giveaway Tools entry form to enter.

    The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains: A review

    The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains by

    The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains by

    The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains, an exciting new cookbook from Erin Dooner that will show you how to use these ultra-healthy grains and flours in tasty, better-for-you desserts. With an introduction to such ingredients as teff, oat flour, emmer, and buckwheat, as well as a guide to the many recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, this is the perfect cookbook for anyone interested in baking with ancient grains, but the recipes will all work with standard whole wheat or even all-purpose flour as well—making them as versatile as they are delicious.

    While not all of the recipes in this book are gluten free, the table of contents shows you which recipes are gluten free, dairy free, or vegan. You can also experiment with the recipes that are not gluten free, to try making them with gluten free flours.

    The book is filled with beautiful photos of the completed recipes that will leave you wanting to try making a new one every time you look through it. Such recipes as Teff Raspberry Chocolate Crumble Bars; Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Cookies; Quinoa Molten Lava Cakes; and Oat Flour Plum Crumble will make your mouth water just reading them.

    Here is an example of one of the recipes included in the book, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

    PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES | READY IN: 55 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING | YIELD: 16 BARS
    CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
    8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
    ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar or raw sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1⁄8 teaspoon salt
    1 large egg, room temperature
    COOKIE CRUST AND TOPPING:
    1⁄3 cup (75 grams) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
    ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar or raw sugar
    2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1½ cups (188 grams) whole-wheat flour
    1 cup (170 grams) semisweet -chocolate chips, divided

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8 × 8-inch (20 × 20 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on opposite ends.
    Prepare the cream cheese layer. In a medium mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and salt. Once thoroughly combined, beat in the egg just until combined. Set aside.

    Prepare the cookie crust and topping. In a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter or coconut oil, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt at medium speed until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour and mix until thoroughly combined. It will be crumbly.

    Reserve 2⁄3 cup (170 grams) of the dough and pat the remaining dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. It will be a very thin layer. Sprinkle 2⁄3 cup (113 grams) chocolate chips over the dough and gently press down. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the top of the chocolate chips. Stir in the remaining 1⁄3 cup (57 grams) chocolate chips to the remaining dough and evenly distribute the dough over the cheesecake layer.

    Bake for 28 to 35 minutes or until the top cookie part has lightly browned. The bars will slightly puff up in the oven and fall back down after you take them out. Let the bars cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, and then using the parchment paper overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares.

    It’s important to cut the bars before refrigerating as they become quite hard. Chill the bars for 3 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
    Tip:
    Just like with regular chocolate chip cookies, you can omit the chocolate chips and add other add-ins, such as nuts, dried fruit, or candy pieces.

    This recipe is NOT gluten free, but I am sure you can replace the Whole Wheat Flour the author used in the original recipe with your favorite Gluten Free Flour blend to make this delicious recipe.

    About the Author: Erin Dooner, the writer and photographer behind Texanerin Baking, began her blog in 2011 to share her healthier whole-grain dessert recipes. Since then, her work has been featured on the Huffington Post and Gourmet Live and in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Parade, and other online and print publications. Originally from Plano, Texas, Erin currently lives in Germany.

    You can purchase  The Sweet Side of Ancient Grains: Decadent Whole Grain Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and More at Amazon.com for $9.99; or in bookstores for suggested retail price of $19.95.

    In stores on APRIL 20, 2015 ● 9781581572926 ●  Paperback ● $19.95 ● 240pp

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