Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer is coming! June 21st, 2011 (Home Food Safety)

As summer rolls around and grills across the nation heat up for backyard barbecues, so does your risk of food poisoning. The Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of foodborne illness and provides solutions for easily and safely handling foods.

Did you know?
...that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases.

Did you know?
...that reducing foodborne illness by just 1% would keep about 500,000 Americans from getting sick each year; reducing foodborne illness by 10% would keep about 5 million from getting sick.

Did you know?
...that nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness could be eliminated if people would wash their hands more often when preparing and handling food.

Did you know?
...that certain people have an increased risk for foodborne illness. These "at risk" people include:
  • Pregnant women and newborns
  • Older adults
  • People with weakened immune systems and chronic illness including diabetes, kidney disease, AIDS and some cancer patients. 

    Safe Grilling
    Did you know that Hambergers and Hot Dogs must be fully cooked and their internal temperatures should be checked with a food thermometer and they should read 160 degrees Fahrenheit for Hambergers and 165 degrees Fahrenheit for Hotdogs? I didn't! If meat isn't grilled just right, it can cause food poisoning.

    I recently had a BAD case of food poisoning from eating an undercooked hamburger from a local fast food restaurant. I honestly felt like I was going to die. My stomach hurt, I kept throwing up, and I couldn't get off of the toilet for over six hours. It didn't help that it started up a few hours after I went to bed. I won't be eating at that fast food restaurant again any time soon. 

    Reduce Food Borne Illnesses
    Keep you and your family safe by always washing your hands before and after you prepare any food. Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods separate. Cook foods to their proper temperatures. Refrigerate foods promptly to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

    My husband and I have two different cutting boards, one for cutting up meat, and the other one for cutting up fruits, vegetables, and more. We took a black sharpie and wrote MEAT on the one cutting board so that we wouldn't get them mixed up or forget which color cutting board was for which foods. 

    Cooking Safely with your Microwave Oven
    Thaw foods using the Defrost button on your microwave. Remove all food from packaging before defrosting. (Do not use foam trays and plastic wraps because they are not heat stable at high temperatures.) Cook all foods immediately after defrosting them in your microwave.

    Cover foods with a lid or a microwave-safe plastic wrap to hold in moisture and provide safe, even heating. After reheating foods in the microwave oven, allow the food to "stand" alone in your microwave for a minute or two before removing them. Then, use a clean food thermometer to check that food has reached 165°F.

    When heating up food for children, never microwave it in a plastic bowl. Don't ever microwave food in the containers located in the children's section labeled to be used and then thrown away. These are made of very thin plastic and they will melt in the microwave. These containers will also put bad toxins into your children's food. We always use glass bowls and plates when microwaving food for us or our children.

    All of the above information and more are included HERE and printable so they can laminated and posted where everyone in your household can see them and review them before preparing any food.

    Go to for more information about food safety.

    Disclosure: I copied some of these home food safety tips from The story about me having food poisoning and about the cutting boards are true and they are my own words and experiences. I will receive a $15 Starbucks gift card in exchange for my post.


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    Special Edition of the P&G GIVE HEALTH brandSaver Coupon booklet in this Sunday's Newpaper!

    P&G’s 2011 Give Health social sustainability program is helping consumers find simple ways to give back without having to donate a lot of money or time. According to a recent P&G/Ipsos survey, most women (75%) would like to support causes they care about without donating a lot of money, however many are unaware that options exist that enable them to not only save, but help others in the process. 87% said they would use a coupon if it provided a donation to a cause.

    On Sunday, June 5, a special edition of the P&G GIVE HEALTH brandSAVER coupon booklet will be distributed in newspapers across the country, with discounts for P&G brands.  For each brandSAVER coupon redeemed, one day of clean drinking water will be donated to people in developing countries through the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program – so consumers can save money AND give back.

    Nearly one billion people across the world lack access to safe drinking water, and waterborne diseases remain a leading cause of illness and death in the developing world.

    Inspire Your Network to Help Provide clean drinking water

    Join P&G and the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) to provide clean drinking water to children in need. Here are three simple actions you can take to inspire your network and help:

    Join GIVE HEALTH on Facebook.

    Look for the GIVE HEALTH P&G brandSAVER coupon booklet on June 5, 2011 in your local newspaper. Each coupon redeemed = 1 day of clean drinking water donated (equivalent to $.02).

    Weekend Blog Hops! (5/28 & 5/29)

    Beauty Brite Weekend Gathering Hops

    So Followed Saturday

    Friday Blog Hops! (5/27)

    Six Great LOW Entries Giveaways on Having Fun Saving!

    Kidorable Back Pack (ends 5/30) U.S.

    Cahootie - Winner's Choice - The Timeless Game (6/1 @11pm) U.S.

    Summer Camp pack from Mabel's Labels (ends 6/2 @11pm) US/CAN 

    Bundle of Nature's Path organic food products (ends 6/3 @11pm) U.S.

    Set of reusable bags from Re-Pac Bags (ends 6/4 @11pm) U.S. 

    Denby - Large oblong Baking Dish (ends 6/8 @11pm) U.S.

    Low Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Friday 5/27)

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms (3 winners) (@12noon EST) US/CAN - Emmy's Boos and Rawrs

    Gourmet Soup Gift Basket (@3pm EST) - CRichman Freebies

    Judy Moody Prize Pack and More! (@6pm CST) - Totally The

    Two Posters of your choice from BirdAve - Etsy (@8pm CST) Worldwide - Graphoniac

    $15 GC to Pink Princess (@8pm EST) Worldwide - Flip Flop Reviews

    One Wetbag from Kissaluvs (3 winners) (@9pm EST) U.S. -

    Your choice of Shower Curtain from Rock Candy Life U.S. - Momma In Flip Flops2

    Frozen Creek Woodworks - Handmade Wooden Pick-Up Truck U.S. - McCrenshaw's Newest Thoughts

    $25 GC to Publix U.S. - The Copper Brick Road

    $25 GC to The Hair Bow Company U.S. - My Two Cents

    Set of all eight (8) Rio Happy Meal toys! (5 winners) US/CAN - Mom and More

    Toujours Earrings from Stella & Dot (@11pm) U.S. - Having Fun Saving

    OKA b. Footwear - Winner's Choice (@11pm) U.S. - Having Fun Saving

    Two-Burner Reversible Griddles from Nordic Ware U.S. - Mommy Katie

    Boudreaux's Butt Paste Gift Pack - little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dog tails

    Small Wet Bag from Toots n Tots US/CAN - Raising My 5 Sons

    $25 GC to the Kranky Krab - Etsy US/CAN - To Be Thode

    Mega Bloks Dora’s Garden Gazebo U.S. - To Be Thode

    $10 GC to Mc Donald's U.S. - Sam's Coupon Base

    What Can I Do Today? - kids book U.S. - Mommy Loves Giveaways

    Memorex TagAlong Portable Boombox (for your iPod or iPhone) U.S. - Living On Love and Cents

    Protect-A-Bed Potty Training Bedding Protection Kit U.S. - Living On Love and Cents

    Mini Glee Gum Variety Pack & some Glee Gum coupons U.S. - Fashion In The Forest

    $55 GC to (2 Winners!) U.S. - Fashion In The Forest

    Travel Battleship game U.S. - Father Geek

    Online Subscription to My Wedding Workbook U.S. - Measuring Flower

    Rejuvenation Pillow and a True Silver Pillow Protector - Mom in Training

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    LOW Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Thursday 5/26)

    $15 GC to Giggly Gumdrops (good for vinyl only) - Etsy shop US/CAN - The Johns Family

    One Tin of Daddy Van's Baby Safe Furniture Polish US/CAN - Copper Llama Studio

    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson - book US/CAN - The Girl from the Ghetto

    $10 GC to Burger King (8 winners) - Mom in Training

    Pirates of the Caribbean Prize Pack (@11pm) U.S. Having Fun Saving

    4 varieties of Mrs. Renfro's salsa (10pm PST) U.S. - The Reynolds Mom

    The Night Night Book U.S. - DustinNikki Mommy of Three

    One pair of rose gold plated champagne Crystal Earrings from GellyBean (Etsy) U.S. - Mommy's Moments

    Samara Fibers - Hand Dyed Merino Wool Batting for Crafts U.S. - McCrenshaw's Newest Thoughts

    Intro Pack to Real Nappies cloth diapers U.S. -

    $10 GC to Spice Grove Designs - Etsy (@9pm CST) - little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dog tails

    Two Coupons - One for any Carpet Fresh Rug and Room Odor Eliminator Quick Dry Foam and One for any 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Single Pack (8 winners) U.S. - To Be Thode

    11 oz. bag of Ayurvedic Roast Coffee U.S. - Pot of Gold Giveaways

    Planner from Dotmine U.S. - Freckleberry Finds

    My Picture Perfect ABC's DVD (value $39.95) U.S. - Mommy Loves Giveaways

    $40 GC to U.S. - Mommy Loves Giveaways

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms (3 winners) (5/27 @12noon EST) US/CAN - Emmy's Boos and Rawrs

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Two LOW Entry Giveaways on Featured Product Reviews! Both end 5/31 (U.S.)

    Newman's Own Organics (winner can choose 4 products!) (5/31) U.S.
    (Choose from Pretzels, Chocolate Bars, Fig Newmans, Champion Chip Cookies, Chocolate Cups, Newman-O's, Pop's Corn, Alphabet Cookies , Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar, Dried Fruit , Soy Crisps, Hermits, or Mints.)

    Tree Hut Bath & Body Organic product of your choice (5/31) U.S.
    (All products are Plant Derived and not tested on animals. Organic ingredients.


    LOW Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Wednesday 5/25)

    Sportline Duo 1010 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor (@8am EST) - Tech Tools 4 Mom 

    $25 GC to Kiki's Maternity Fashions US/CAN - My Secret Home

    Blue Swaddle Duo in the Classic Peace Love Style or a Pink Swaddle Duo in the Classic Peace Love Swaddle Style US/CAN - DustinNikki Mommy of Three

    Six pairs of Crawler Covers (like baby legs) in the size of your choice for a baby boy or girl U.S. - New Age Mama

    Ultimate Receiving Blanket (your of design & color) from Swaddle Designs US/CAN? - The Johns Family

    SpellQuizzer software US/CAN - The Johns Family

    ElJay Plushie - 10 1/2 inch Lion Plushie and Set of Three Rattles U.S. - McCrenshaw's Newest Thoughts
    $15 GC to Beloved Bijou - Etsy shop (@8pm EST) U.S. - Flip Flop Reviews

    Two 30ct. packs of Boogie Wipes U.S. - A Little Simplicity

    Dingle: The Helpful Ice Cream Cone Delivery Dog - book U.S. - The Mama Report

    Silver Loops Bracelet Watch U.S. - One Busy Moma

    Conair Spin Air Brush, a Conair You Style 2in1 brush, and a sc√ľnci bendini clip U.S. - The Copper Brick Road

    One Full Zied Bottle of ENJOY Hair Mask Shampoo - Sugar N Spice N All Things Nice

    $50 GC to 1-800-Flowers - The Cartoon Lovin' Mama

    Beach Towel of your choice U.S. - Mommy Reviews and More

    8oz. Bottle of Message Oil from Tropical Traditions U.S. - Mommy Reviews and More

    8oz. bottle of Prefense Hand Sanitizer (640 applications) U.S. - Mommy Reviews and More

    "Farm & Family Fun" DVD pack from Franklin Springs Family Media U.S. - The Johns Family

    Pirates of the Caribbean Prize Pack U.S. - Mommy Katie

    Two products from Organicville - One bottle of Non-Dairy Cesar and One bottle of Non-Dairy Ranch Salad Dressing U.S. - New Age Mama

    Sweet Tweet packs and some other assorted Bazooka Candy Brand products (3 winners) U.S. - New Age Mama

    Thomas and Friends - The Birthday Express DVD U.S. - New Age Mama

    Two Lil Teammates of your choice (2 winners) U.S. - Our Village is a Little Different

    Olive Oil Desserts cookbook and One Bottle of EVOO (3 winners) U.S. - Our Village is a Little Different

    Two Strand Gold Chain Wire Beads Charm Necklace U.S. - Beads by Roni

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday (5/25) - Chocolate Mustache

    Personalized Towel Giveaway on CoolKids! - Ends 5/30 (U.S.)

    Enter to Win a Personalized Towel for you or your child from Tiffany Brown Designs on Etsy!

    Ends 5/30 at 9:00p.m. CST - Open to U.S. residents

    Low Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Tuesday 5/24)

    One bottle of SPF 10 Natural Melansol Sunscreen (@12noon EST) U.S. - Emmy's Boos and Rawrs

    Dragons: Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs - children's book U.S. - For One Another

    Ones Set of 6 Greetings All Around handmade Cards and one Set of Thank You Cards from Scrapin' Sara's Gifts (Etsy) (2 winners) U.S. - McCrenshaw's Newest Thoughts

    Two children's or Two Adults T-Shirts from Paul Frank (@9pm CST) U.S. - CoolKids

    Seven (7) Children's Books! U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

    Sampler Pack from Somersault Snacks U.S. - Having Fun Saving

    What's in the Bible?, Israel Gets a King DVD U.S. - Mom in Training

    Pirates of the Caribbean Prize Pack U.S. - The Mama Report

    Dora the Explorer "It's Haircut Day" DVD U.S. - The Mama Report

    Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never on Blu Ray/DVD U.S. - The Mama Report

    Yoplait Greek Yogurt Prize Pack U.S. - The Copper Brick Road

    15oz. jar Kelapo Virgin Coconut Oil (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest

    Sportline Duo 1010 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor (5/25 @8am EST) - Tech Tools 4 Mom

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Tropical Traditions Natural Liquid Soap Giveaway on Marilyn's Money! Ends 5/28 - LOW Entries!

    Enter to Win 8oz. bottle of Lavender Natural Liquid Soap from Tropical Traditions on Marilyn's Money!

    Ends 5/28 at 11:59p.m. EST - LOW Entries!

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    Check out the Giveaways! Many have LOW Entries!

    Paul Frank Giveaway on CoolKids! Ends 5/24 (U.S.)

    Enter to Win Two (2) Children's or Adult's T-Shirts of your choice from Paul Frank on CoolKids!

    Ends 5/24 - Open to U.S. residents only Memorial Day Sale! 30% to 50% off!!!

    Selected 2 packs of Socks are $5.00, selected Babylegs Legwarmers are only $8.00, selected Newborn legwarmers are $6.00 a pair, and selected Tights are also only $8.00!!! Sale runs through 5/27/2011!!!

    Winner of the AnnieWear Giveaway is:

    Congratulations to #1 - jayedee said... 

    i follow via gfc

    She is the owner of 4 blogs, including life in the lost world!

    Winner was chosen by She will have 48 hours to contact me, or a new winner will be chosen.

    Low Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Monday 5/23)

    Ryan's Travelite Luggage Scale (@12noon EST) U.S. - APPLESandRUBIES

    $40 GC to Worldwide - Oh So Savvy Mom

    Organic Hair Oils from Tropical Traditions US/CAN - Featured Product Reviews

    Sniffles Sound Doll from Giant Microbes US/CAN - The Johns Family

    Cool Care Counter Top Holder for your Hair Iron US/CAN - Makobi Scribe

    Children's Belt of your choice from Three Chickadees (@9pm CST) U.S. - CoolKids

    Day & Night crib Soother from Tiny Love U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

    $50 GC to - The Frugal Life of Aimee

    Set of Sterling Anabella curtains (@9pm) U.S. - Growing a Baby in Seattle Reviews

    $25 GC to Publix U.S. - Mrs. Nespy's World

    Mr. Clean with Febreze Multi-surface cleaner (2 winners) U.S. - Momma In Flip Flops2

    Welch's Grape Juice U.S. - Mom in Training

    Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex (for UTI's) U.S. - Mom in Training

    $20 GC to Em and Me (Etsy shop) U.S. - Mommy's Moments

    Bracelet from The Charm Factory (@3pm) U.S. - CRichman Freebies

    6 Candy Bars from Go Max Go Foods U.S. - One Busy Moma

    “Mom’s Notecards with a Sweet Surprise” Giveaway gift bag and goodies from Sweet Treats U.S. - Life is a Sandcastle

    AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS - Complete Starter Regimen & AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy Line (@9pm EST) U.S. - Freebie Junkie

    One Hand Forged wrought iron multi purpose hanger (ALH3). Size 7"H, 12"W, attaches to any wall, post or beam with 2 screws(not included) U.S. - Copper Llama Studio

    Didi Davis Food Salt Blend Collection (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest

    Item of your choice from All Terrain (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest

    Variety of Cookies from Cravory (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dargonfly Sweetnest

    Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner, Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser, Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer, and Disinfectant Cleaner Degreaser from JAWS (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest

    One pack of Kachooz (crazy haired creatures for kids) U.S. - Mommy Katie

    Plush KooKoo Bird U.S. - Mommy Katie

    Flavorgirl Orginal Fruits Card Set from Paperflavor U.S. - Lucky's Luna

    Episencial Suncare Kit (containing a 4o.z SPF 35 Sunny Sunscreen, .75oz. SPF 6 Protective Face Balm and .75oz. Soothing Cream) (@9pm EST) U.S. -

    One bottle of SPF 10 Natural Melansol Sunscreen (5/24 @12noon EST) U.S. - Emmy's Boos and Rawrs

    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    LOW Entry Giveaways ending Tonight! (Sunday 5/22)

    Pirate's of the Caribbean Prize Pack (CANADA only) - Maple Leaf Mommy

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles - 101 True Stories of Healing, Faith, Divine Intervention, and Answered Prayers (3 Winners) US/CAN - Becca's Backyard

    Hungry, Hungry Hippos Travel Game U.S. - Z's Space Reviews

    $25 GC to Kiki's (maternity) Fashions U.S. - Mommy's Moments

    Perdue Oven Ready roaster coupon (worth up to $11.00) (@9pm EST) U.S. - Freebie Junkie

    Two Lil' Teammates figures of your choice (@9pm) U.S. - Growing a Baby in Seattle

    Spongeables Body Wash in a Sponge U.S. - Mom in Training

    Rocket Town Board Book U.S. - The Mama Report

    Ballet Bag from The Little Bower (Etsy) (@9pm) - Mom-A-Logues

    PJ Greetings Stamp (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Barry Manilow Duets CD (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Golden Eel Journal (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Dinosaur Train - Buddy and Train Car (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    You Can Count On Monsters - Math Book U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Simply Potatoes (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Lovable Labels - Ultimate Camp Pack (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Sheaffer Prelude Mini Pen (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Shaklee Earth Day Kit (@8pm) U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

    Go Green Lunch Box set (comes w/an insulated fabric carrier, a five-compartment food container, and a bottle that will hold over 9oz.) (@10pm EST) U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest

    Family Travel Prize Pack in a reusable bag U.S. - Mommy Katie

    Save 2nd Base T-Shirt (pink) U.S. - Mommy Katie

    T-Shirt from MK Design Haus U.S. - Run Like A Girl