Capture Ragu Collage

I was SO EXCITED  to be a part of the Crowdtap #RaguSauceMasters Sampling!  I received a coupon for a Free jar of Ragu. I always use Ragu for my spaghetti and it is a family FAVORITE! I decide to try some new dishes aka #NewTraDish. The weather has finally turned cooler, so I wanted to make Ragu Chili.
I also decided to get creative, and put a spin on another family favorite…classic Macaroni and Cheese. I fixed “BACON “Mac & Cheese using a jar of Ragu’s Cheese Creation, Double Cheddar, it was SO AMAZING!!!!  It was quick and easy to prepare. My family asked me fix both of these recipes again, which made me feel GREAT. We now have even more reasons to LOVE RAGU! Ragu is not only delicious on the dining room table but a HUGE time saver in the kitchen. I appreciate that they use high quality ingredients and it tastes home-made!
1 lb extra lean ground beef or 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 pack dry chili seasoning mix
  • 4 cups of cooked pinto beans (I cook mine from dried but you could use 2 ~ 15 oz cans.
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar Ragu pasta sauce ( I used Parmesan and Romano)
  • Brown meat, drain off grease and stir in  the dry chili mix.
  1. Add the pinto beans. Simmer on low heat, uncovered for 20 minutes or longer,  stirring occasionally.
  2. Top with grated cheese, chopped fresh tomato and cucumber before serving.
12 oz cooked bacon
3 cups cooked macaroni
1 ~ 16 oz Jar Ragu Cheese Creations, Double cheddar
Grease the bottom of a 9×12 casserole lightly with butter, pour cooked macaroni in and stir in the Ragu Cheese Sauce. Top with the cooked bacon!

Capture Large Cetaphil Collage

I am so EXCITED to be a part of the Cetaphil Crowd on Crowdtap and be chosen to be a part of their sampling experience. I have sensitive skin and I have to be very careful with the products I use, especially on my face. The older I get, it seems the more sensitive my skin is. I had my yearly check up with my dermatologist and every year she tells me to make sure I am  using a daily moisturizer that has an SPF.  I am very happy that Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer has a 15 SPF!

  I got a generous box of goodies for myself t and to share with friends and family!  The party pack included:

• 1 full size cloth
• 1 full size RestoraDerm
• 1 full size moisturizer
• 10 sample cloths
• 10 sample RestoraDerm
• 10 sample moisturizers
• 1 pamphlet

I am happy to report that I loved ALL the products!  They are all light and fragrance free.  These are terrific for all skin types even those with sensitive skin and eczema .
The Daily Facial Moisturizer is light and goes on smooth.  I appreciate that it is not at all  greasy and feels natural on my skin.  With a family history of cancer, I appreciate that it provides broad spectrum sun protection. Protecting my skin against damaging UVA and UVB rays is a top priority.  I want to keep my skin in as good a shape as possible and prevent sun damage.
 The RESTORADERM SKIN RESTORING MOISTURIZER  is very lightweight, non-greasy and fragrance free.  It soothes, replenishes and protects very dry skin for long-lasting relief.  My skin feels and looks great when I use it.  It “offers a unique combination of ceramide and Filaggrin technology” which has been proven to help soothe the symptoms of eczema.
 The RESTORADERM SKIN RESTORING BODY WASH is light and does a great job cleaning and lathering without drying my skin.  It is clinically proven to provide non-irritating and moisture-enhancing cleansing, while soothing the dry, itchy, skin. It also offers “Filaggrin technology”.
 The CETAPHIL GENTLE SKIN CLEANSING CLOTHS were a great addition to this line of products. I was not aware until this sampling that they were available. They are now one of my  favorite products! They are so convenient and work well to clean and remove makeup! They are large in size and have a wonderful  texture to exfoliate skin and get it really clean without irritation.   My skin feels fantastic after I use them.
   I highly recommend all these products and was excite to share them with family and friends. Some were aware and used the Cetaphil cleansers and moisturizer, but none of them had heard of the Cleansing cloths and were very excited to learn about this new Cetaphil product!
 The photos show how much FUN my guests had at the party. We had refreshments and played a word game to see who could come up with the most words created from the letters 
C-E-T-A-P-H-I-L !
THANK YOU Crowdtap and Cetaphil for including me!

Capture Cottonelle for Summer blog

I was so excited to be chosen as a part of Crowdtaps Cottonelle Summer Clean Care Sampling Program. I received a very generous kit in the mail.

For myself:

Cottonelle Clean Care 4 Pack
Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths Dispenser
Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths Portable Soft Pack
Save $1.00 Coupon on any ONE (1) dispenser or refill of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths (42 ct. or larger)

To share:

2) Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths Portable Soft Packs
(2) Save $1.00 Coupon on any ONE (1) dispenser or refill of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths (42 ct. or larger)

I have been a fan of the Cottonelle Clean Care routine for sometime and am always excited to share with others.  Toilet paper is something everyone uses and the addition of the flushable cleansing clothes makes a huge difference in how clean you feel.

All my recent magazines have Cottonelle advertisements in them. I especially like the one that has Cherie holding Cottonelle toilet paper in one hand and the flushable cleansing cloths in the other. It says…


As soon as I received my sample share in the mail, I cut out two of the adds and rolled them up and put them each with one of the coupons and portable soft packs and gave one to my Sister and one to a good friend. My Sister reported that she took her cloths on a road trip with the Grandchildren. She said she kept them in her purse and used them not only to wipe of toilet seats but to keep the kids bums clean. She said it made for a pleasant ride in close quarters. My friend said she started using them and was surprised at what a difference they made in feeling clean and how much less toilet paper she needed to use to feel clean!

Two new FANS for the #CottonelleCleanCrew!

A big thanks to Crowdtap and Cottonelle!






I think Bum Hygiene is very important. I was pleased to get to host the first Cottonelle  Clean Crew Party presented by Crowdtap!

I was so excited when I got the Party Kit in the mail! It included:

  • 1 4pk of Cottonelle® Clean Care Toilet Paper
  • 5 Cottonelle® Fresh Care Moist Wipe Dispensers
  • 6 White dispenser display trays to decorate (an extra for a mess-up!)
  • 2 Sets of glitter glue puffy paint to decorate the trays
  • 1 Cottonelle® Toilet Paper Roll Cover
  • 1 Clean Slate Party Insert


I used Cottonelle Toilet paper to make “ribbon flowers” and displayed them in a “Cottonelle Toilet paper roll” vase on the back of the toilet in the guest bathroom. This arrangement along side a pop up Cottonelle Flushable wipes made quite an impression on the guests!. I also demonstrated how easy it was to make these flowers. FLOWERS and FRESH were the perfect combination just like using wet wipes in combination with dry TP!


For the centerpiece I used my daughters stuffed dog because it looked so much like the dog on the Cottonelle Toilet Paper. I made it a “Cottonelle” collar and tag! I displayed this on a blue and white check cloth along with a 4 pack of Cottonelle Toilet paper tied with the same ribbon as the dog collar and the Cottonelle stand up wipes and the Toilet Paper Roll cover that came in the party kit! Here are some of the tray designs!


The guests had a wonderful time decorating and customizing their Fresh Care Moist Wipes trays. I shared these online with the hashtag #LetsTalkBums! The Toilet Paper Roll Cover went the the design with the heart border!

It is a New Year and time for everyone to rethink their bathroom routine. Thank you Cottonelle and Crowdtap for making it so easy to share the Cottonelle routine with friends and family!!





I was so excited to get chosen to host the Hidden Valley Ranch Feast presented by Crowdtap. My family and friends are all HUGE fans of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and had a great time and enjoyed the food made with Hidden Valley Ranch. They also found lots of ideas and inspiration from visiting


The Hosts were provided a generous party pack , information and the following


“For this party, we’re inviting you to host a Ranch-inspired Feast. We know that the season for holiday entertaining is here, which also mean you spend more time thinking of what to serve your friends and family. So let Hidden Valley provide you some inspiration by helping you create memorable dishes – whether for a family gathering or a last minute holiday party – that are flavorful and easy. Invite guests to your Ranch Feast recipe exchange to share the love of Ranch. Prepare a couple of simple and flavor-packed recipes with the great taste of Hidden Valley Original Ranch. Ask guests to do the same. By the end, everyone leaves with several meal ideas they could whip up in a pinch, for those crunch time dilemmas when they don’t know what’s going to make it on the plate or are just plain bored with the same old ideas. Need some inspiration for you and your guests to get started? Check out for crowd-pleasing recipes. In addition, we’ve created Hidden Valley party kits for you and your guests, where you’ll find activities, recipes, a coupon and, of course, Hidden Valley products! Don’t forget to share lots of photos from your delectable Ranch Feast event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #HVRanchers, and also include some in your post-party report on Crowdtap.”


The “WINNING” recipe:

Hidden Valley Ranch Sausage Balls


2 lbs breakfast Sausage (mild or hot)

4 cups Shredded cheese (sharp cheddar)

3 1/2 cups Flour

I packet Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing (or dip Mix)

MIX all ingredients together, form balls and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until brown and cooked through.




Appetizers ~

Ranch Sausage balls  (recipe above)

Chips with Ranch Dip

Followed by ~

Fresh salad with Ranch Dressing

Original Ranch Broiled Chicken (recipe below)

Original Ranch Roasted Potatoes (recipe below) and carrots roasted with Ranch




The Party Kit was very GENEROUS!!

  • For the host:
  • 1 Hidden Valley Team Ranch T-shirt
  • 1 Bottle of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing
  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dips Mix
  • 1 Party Insert (you are looking at it!) with activities, recipes, tips and a coupon


  • For the Guests:
  • 10 Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing Samples
  • 10 Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Samples10 Guest Inserts with recipes, tips and coupon
  • And a SURPRISE! ( CUTE Dip Clips)



I filled a child’s shopping cart with all the goodies from the party kit and used it for the centerpiece. When guest were leaving one of my little guests handed out the inserts (with recipes and coupon) and samples of Ranch! It was really cute!


Thank you, Crowdtap for this fantastic opportunity and to Hidden Valley Ranch for making such Awesome products. It was great to be a part of this!












SUPER EASY TOUCH UP Between coloring

To me there is nothing worse than looking in the mirror a week or two after coloring to see roots showing! I was VERY pleased with  Nice’N Easy Root Touch up, it solved that problem quickly and easily!

 I cover my gray using an Ash Blonde color. I have recently been using Clairol’s Nice ‘n Easy Natural Medium Ash Blonde. I picked the root touch-up in the shade Medium Ash Blond and it worked GREAT!. It got rid of the gray roots and blended naturally with my hair color. In fact, it not only got rid of my gray in a flash, but left my hair in good condition, looking healthy and shiny.

It was easy to dispense the permanent color cream and color activating lotion. Mixing it was quick. The container to mix it in was included in the box and was convenient and there was no mess. I found it thick enough to apply with the brush, that was also included, without having to worry about drips. The small blue brush that was included in the kit made the application go smoothly. There was plenty of the product to apply generously to my part area and to my temples.

I left the root touch up on for 10 minutes and then rinsed it and conditioned it. I was very pleased with the results. I was excited to share this product with others. I found it came in a variety of shades to match anyone’s hair color, whether it was salon or at-home colored.

I tweeted about this product and picked the first three people that responded to my tweet to get the FREE Coupons Vocal point and Clairol so generously included in my blog kit. This is a link to that tweet…

Congratulations to the winners.

@Catlady1977, @LoriLoribear, @Katkbug


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20131107_104341Capture Truvia Brunch Party #SweetSwitch #TruFanBrunch

I was very excited to chosen to host the first Truvia natural sweetener party with Crowdtap! Everyone that made the #SweetSwitch to Truvia was pleased. I appreciated this unique opportunity! ^_^

Most of my friends and family are interested in cutting calories and reducing sugar from their diet. Some were already familiar with Truvia. Those that were not, were excited to find Truvia is a natural sweetener made from the Stevia leaf.

My party kit was very GENEROUS and included even MORE than I expected!

~1 package of Truvía® Baking Blend

~2- 40-count packages of Truvía® packets

 ~2- 80- count packages of Truvía® packets

~2- Packages of Truvía® spoonable

~ Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti Ground Coffee

~ Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves with Truvía®

~1 Truvía® Brand “I love you when you’re not cranky” mug

~ Truvía® brand kitchen apron and wooden mixing spoon

~1 Brunch Party Insert

I was excited to do some baking using Truvia. The conversion is really simple, just use 1/3 cup of Truvia for  each cup of sugar in recipes. I baked some cookies and we also had sausage balls and tea biscuits with the Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves. The Folger’s Gourmet Selection Vanilla Biscotti Ground Coffee was delightful but the thing that everyone really loved was the Cranberry Orange Muffins. I was able to find fresh cranberries and of course squeezed my own Orange juice for the recipe!

This  recipe was included in the Brunch Party Insert and can be found at the website, along with many other YUMMY recipes!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 112 tsp baking powder
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 12 tsp baking soda
  • 12 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 13 cup Truvía® Baking Blend
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 12 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 cup skim milk
  • 112 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen), chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Prepare muffin tin by greasing cups or use paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Mix together with a fork.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, Truvía®Baking Blend, orange zest and juice, eggs, vanilla and milk.
  5. Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Fold in chopped cranberries.
  7. Fill each muffin cup about 34 full.
  8. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean (20–25 minutes).
  9. Cool muffins in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

AWESOME Products, Party Kit and recipes all made this Brunch a huge success!



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