Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hartstrings Black Friday Sale

If you're keeping track of the hot Black Friday sales to hit up, you will definitely want to add Hartstrings to your list! For over 30 years, Hartstrings has been providing children with classic, American styles with a modern flare. From dresses to cardigans, from rain boots to pajamas, offers it all - and this Black Friday it's all 20% off - even sale items!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. This post is my entry into a drawing.

COVERGIRL Taylor Swift & Katy Perry #AMAs

Who didn’t watch the #AMAs last night? Our very own COVERGIRL spokesperson Taylor Swift won the biggest award of the night, Artist of the Year! She wore a Reem Acra dress and COVERGIRL’s NatureLuxe Silk Foundation for her popular soft natural look created by Lorrie Turk. In addition, COVERGIRL had the honor of teaming up with Katy Perry’s makeup artist, Jake Bailey, for her unique look. Katy, wearing Vivienne Westwood on the red carpet, was awarded a special AMA for having five #1 singles in 1 album. Congrats to both of these beautiful young talented ladies on behalf of COVERGIRL! Below you will find the details on how their glam looks were achieved using COVERGIRL’s latest along with official photos attached.

Photo Credit: AMA/P&G COVERGIRL (MMC/Fleishman)

Taylor Swift’s look at the AMA’s by makeup artist, Lorrie Turk

· The American Music Awards Show itself was the inspiration for Taylor's look. I wanted to reflect the youthful, fun vibe of this event.

· With a foundation brush, I smoothed CoverGirl's Natureluxe Silk Foundation onto her skin followed by a dab of concealer on the inner corners of her eyes. I applied the concealer with the tip of my ring finger in a patting motion. CG TruBlend Minerals Blush in Shimmering Sands was used along the cheekbones to add highlight and color.

· With a dampened eyeshadow brush, I brushed on COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Tapestry Taupe from her lash line to just above her crease and blended that in an up and outward motion. On the innermost corners of her eyes, I applied COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Snow blossom with a small damp brush to brighten and highlight her eyes. I lined just the tops on her lash line with a very thin line using COVERGIRL LineExact Liquid Liner in Very Black. I finished her eyes by applying a couple of coats of COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara in Very Black to her upper and lower lashes.

· I applied COVERGIRL ShineBlast Lipgloss in Dazzle directly from the applicator wand and then put it in her purse for any possible touchups later in the evening.

Katy Perry’s look at the AMA’s by makeup artist, Jake Bailey

· I wanted to do a sophisticated twist on the "classic Katy" look to complement the Vivienne Westwood couture dress. We went extra dramatic with the signature liquid liner and lashes and went for a coral (orangey) red as opposed to a classic red to pick up on some accents in the dress.

· I perfected her skin by buffing a liquid foundation onto her skin using a large kabuki brush and set it with a dusting of Guerlain's Les Viollettes loose powder. I warmed her complexion with a tawny blush from nars called "madly" and swirled a tiny bit of a coral shimmer blush called "orgasm"...also from Nars on the apples of her cheeks for a little extra glow.

· I elongated her eyes using a liquid liner marker from Le Metier. Then, I applied 2 sets of strip lashes and coated them with 2 coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast 24HR mascara (available in January!). This is an extra rich formula that lasts forever. I've been using this on all my clients for red carpets lately since I can’t always be with them for touch ups. I lined her lower lashline with COVERGIRL LiquilineBlast eyeliner in "violet voltage" I softened it by blending it out with a small shadow brush.

· I used a bright coral red, COVERGIRL LipPerfection lipcolor in "flame". This was the perfect color to pick up on the dresses coral accents and complemented her pink hair :) I had Katy apply the lipstick directly from the tube and I refined the edges using a small lipstick brush.

Twitter: @COVERGIRL | @TaylorSwift13 | @KatyPerry | #covergirl | #AMAs

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. Informational post only.

THE MUPPETS Road Trip Game

Are you traveling this Thanksgiving week or weekend. Have some fun with THE MUPPETS Road Trip Game. The game will occupy your kids on those long drives to grandma’s house!
In THE MUPPETS, Kermit joins Walter, Gary (Jason Segel), Mary (Amy Adams) and—eventually—the whole Muppet gang in the car for a trip of their own, as they endeavor to save Muppet Studios from evil oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). So don’t despair. The Muppets can help keep kids busy and happy with…DISNEY’S “THE MUPPETS” ROAD TRIP GAME!!!

See if you can spot:
5 Kermit green cars 1 Person who looks like a relative of Gonzo’s
3 People who look like they just stepped off the Electric Mayhem Band bus
4 of Miss Piggy’s biggest fans. How can you tell? Easy, they could be

a) Singing to themselves
b) Fixing their hair in the mirror
c) Blowing kisses to you through the window
d) Blowing kisses to themselves in the mirror

2 Bumper stickers that are so funny, Fozzie Bear would add them to his act
4 People wearing suits they stole from Statler and Waldorf
3 Cars that are so patriotic, Sam the Eagle just might be driving them

Bonus:Sing the chorus of “Mahna Mahna” or “Rainbow Connection” at a red light or while driving through a tunnel Find a license plate from Smalltown, USA (or at least one that is red, white and blue)

Find the letters of Disney’s “The Muppets” in license plates

THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Carlos Vera & Clairol Natural Instincts

Do you know about your hair? How much do you know about your hair? I was invited to learn from a celebrity stylist about hair, especially my hair, hair color, and what's in for this holiday season.

I learned about Clairol Natural Instincts and how it can help you and me transform our looks this Holiday season. Celebrity stylist Carlos Vera, who is currently Thalia’s hairstylist and has worked with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Shakira, gave us tips on our hair, shared stories, and talked to us about hair color.

-When dying your hair. Make sure you wash your hair first.
-Only dye your hair, 2 shades lighter than your own for a more natural look.
-Air dry is better than blow dry.
-For the fall, go natural with your natural color or close to it.
-Stop using gel, I was a culprit of this but luckily I have stopped.
-Wash your hair at least every 2 to 3 days, so you don't dry it out.

He even checked out my hair and gave me a one on one.

-I dyed my hair for my bestfriend's wedding like 2 weeks ago. Carlos was able to tell me it was a bad job. I actually have 2 colors in my hair. It doesn't look natural. It has dried my hair out.
-He also showed me how to wear my hair. Swoop to the left, or swoop the right, split in the middle.
-He also told me to wear my curls without adding product to it.
-To help my dried out hair after shampooing, conditioning, air drying, get a small amount in my hands of conditioner and add it to my hair for extra moisture, and conditioning throughout the day.

The evening was so nice getting all the secrets from a celebrity stylist.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. I was invited to this private event to meet & greet, listen to product knowledge, and I received a Clairol cape, and coupon for Clairol Natural Instincts.

CoverGirl @ my Baby Shower

I was able to shower my guest at my baby shower with CoverGirl samples. Here are some of the ladies showing of their favorite products, or items they can't wait to try.
***Disclosure-No compensation was received. All product was provided by PR company as samples for my guest.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Giveaway***CLOSED

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released on DVD November 11, 2011, just in time for the holidays! Join Harry, Ron and Hermione as they do battle against Voldemort in the epic conclusion to the film series everyone is talking about!

I have a giveaway.

1) Mandatory-Take The Harry Potter Trivia Quiz! Are you an expert in all things Potter? Test your knowledge in our trivia quiz! Discover if you are an expert or a novice by challenging your skills! The results might surprise you! (1 entry, leave your results in the comment.)

2) Facebook share. (1 entry, per share, per day)

3) Linky Share. (1 entry, per share)

4) Tweet. (1 entry, per share, per day)

Enter to #win Harry Potter DVD @indepedentmami #giveaway ends 12/1

This giveaway ends Dec1, 2011 @ 8 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected. Please leave your email in your comment. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. US only. Good Luck.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.

SleepBuddy Review and Giveaway***CLOSED

SleepBuddy is for children who are:

◦In the crib and moving to a bed within 1-2 months
◦Currently transitioning from crib to bed, or
◦Sleeping in a bed but not staying through the night.
Three simple steps toward sound, healthy sleep.
Present and explain SleepBuddy to your child. The system includes an engaging children’s book to help your child understand the concept.

Program the soft blue light to turn on for scheduled nap time and when it is time for your child to go bed at night. Place the light in his/her room where it can be seen from the bed.

Record your child’s progress with the included incentive chart and smiley stickers. When a goal is reached, choose a reward that you feel is right for your child.

Why SleepBuddy?
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine. A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night.

SleepBuddy offers just that and was designed to with sound practices in mind to help parents and children through critical sleep developmental milestones.

***My thoughts-When my son was little we had the hardest time getting him to sleep in his crib. From me jumping the crib with him to show him it was ok, and safe to sleep in it, buying him a bed of his choice as a bribe, and even budding up his toddler bed next to mine. He would sleep with one foot and hand on his bed, and the other on mine. It was very hard for many days, months, and years. Eventually he finally got on his own. I have heard of so many of my friends having the same problems and not being able to get their kids into their own beds, and in their own rooms. I received the Sleepbuddy system to try, and it was amazing how well the transition works. It is all about consistency, and keeping a schedule. I like that it came it a children's book that helped explain what we were trying to do. In the end better sleep, meaning happier parents, and kids.

Sleep Buddy would like to offer all my readers a $5 discount code when ordering from the website: Use the code “momselect” when ordering.

I am giving away one SleepBuddy system.

How to enter:

1) Mandatory-Tell me who and why you want to win? (1 entry)

2) Friend SleepBuddy on Facebook. (1 entry)

3) Follow @sleepbuddy on twitter. (1 entry)

4) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win @sleepbuddy system @independentmami #giveaway ends 12/15

This giveaway ends on Dec 15, 2011 @ 8 am. The winner will be randomly selected to win. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. US only. Please leave your email in the comment. Good luck.

***Disclousre-I received a Sleepbuddy system to review. No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas

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Here is a glimpse at this week:

Monday, November 21
The Search for Santa Paws at 9/8c

Tuesday, November 22
Happy Feet at 8:30/7:30c

Wednesday, November 23
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 8:30/7:30c

Thursday, November 24
Monsters, Inc. at 7/6c
WALL·E at 9/8c

Friday, November 25
A Boy Named Charlie Brown at 7/6c

Arthur Christmas in 3D Review

SYNOPSIS The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS featuring the voice talent of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen. The film is rated PG and opening in theatres on Wednesday, November 23.

My thoughts-This movie is a Christmas movie that the entire family will enjoy. It is original. I like all the characters. And I my favorite is the gift wrapping elf!! My son's was Arthur of course. It was very entertaining, and perfect for the season.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.


Question 1: What do your co-workers often find in your e-mails?
A)   Hi ho! A simple and friendly greeting.
B)   A joke. They may not need it, but they’re going to read it!
C)   A demand, a self-flattering remark, and a reference to yourself in the third person.
E)   An insult. 

Question 2: It’s Friday night! What are you up to?
A)   Getting together with friends. (Hoping, just this once, they don’t get too out of hand.)
B)   Knock-knocking on the comedy club’s door.
C)   Making a scene, with a paparazzi entourage.
E)   In the balcony, hurling overripe produce.

Question 3: What brightens your day?
A)   When you can get your friends to agree on something.
B)   When someone laughs at your joke! 
C)   A mirror.
E)   Getting annoyed at bright days. 

Question 4: How many Facebook friends do you have?
A)   You like to hang out with your friends in person. You’re not so sure about this Facebook thing.
B)   Well, if you count the guy who likes your weekly Funny Friday posts. (Kermit, is that you?)
C)   They don’t have numbers that go that high, sweetie.
D)   LOTS!
E)   One. (Sits next to you.)

Question 5:  What is your favorite color?
A)   Swamp green
B)   Custard Pie White
C)   Pink is the perfect color. But gold and diamonds are close.
D)   Any color, as long as it’s… LOUD!
E)   Red. As in “after we watched that last act, we’re seeing red!” 

Question 6: Which film is the diamond of your DVD collection?
A)   Disney’s “The Muppets” (Even if You Say So Yourself) 
B)   “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To This Question”
C)   “Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner) at Tiffany’s”
D)   “Rock & Roll High School!”
E)   What’s a DVD?

Question 7: If you could switch lives with anybody for one day, who would it be?
A)   Prince William. What you would give for a kiss from Kate! (And great security from lurking pigs.)
B)   Jason Segel. A funny man. People actually laugh at his jokes.
C)   Yourself. (By the way, most A-list actresses pick you in response to this question.)
D)   Keith Richards.
E)   Don Rickles 

Now count up all of your answers for each letter.
 ·         If you got the most As, you’re KERMIT! You’re loyal, professional and humble. Your friends mean the world to you – even if they sometimes drive you crazy.
·         If you got the most Bs, you’re FOZZIE BEAR! You live to make others laugh. Or chuckle. Or at least chortle and maybe smile a little. 
·         If you got the most Cs, you’re MISS PIGGY! You are self-confident A diva who is not afraid to shine. You enjoy being admired. Actually, you demand it! 
·         If you got the most Ds, you’re ANIMAL! You live for Rock & Roll, big loud parties and bigger louder drums. You’re also fond of bunny rabbits.
 ·         If you got the most Es, you’re STATLER AND WALDORF, those two old hecklers in the balcony.  You have strong opinions which you share at every opportunity.           

Any guess on which Muppet Walter is?
THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

The Muppets Review

Synopsis:On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.
My thoughts-I loved the Muppets growing up. I am a true fan. Especially of Kermit and Ms. Piggy who were my favorites. The moview was really cute to see the characters we grew up with back again on screen. I like the twist put on this movie and that it was a musical act. My son enjoyed it as well. Great movie for all the entire family to enjoy. It will make you want to sing along!

***Disclosure-I was invited to an advance screening of the movie to review. No compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Meet celebrity stylist Carlos Vera

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet celebrity stylist Carlos Vera for a free hair consultation at a Houston Walgreens near you! Carlos Vera will be making live, in-store appearances exclusively at Walgreens to help you with all your hair coloring questions and will be offering tips and tricks to help you get the look you want, just in time for the Holidays! Don’t miss this mega event sponsored by Natural Instincts!

Location: Dates, times, locations: (when and where they can meet Carlos)
a. Nov 19th - 10:00a – 1:00p – Walgreens located at 6600 Airline Dr., Houston, TX 77076

b. Nov 19th - 3:00p – 6:00p – Walgreens located at 8590 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055

c. Nov 20th - 10:00a – 1:00p – Walgreens located at 747 E. Crosstimbers St., Houston, TX 77022

d. Nov 20th - 3:00p – 6:00p – Walgreens located at 9450 Hammerly Rd. , Houston, TX 77080

***Disclosure-No compensation was received. I was invited to meet and greet Carlos Vera. This is an informational post only.

Eagle Brand® Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest

One Lucky Winner will receive $10,000 Toward a Sweet Secret Wish
in the Eagle Brand® Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest

ORRVILLE, OH, (October 14, 2011) — The secret is out! According to the Eagle Brand® survey conducted by Kelton Research, 95 percent of surveyed Americans agree a secret ingredient can change an entire dish. For nearly a third of surveyed bakers, that secret is sweetened condensed milk, as 32 percent of respondents typically keep sweetened condensed milk on hand in their pantry. To help share this secret, the maker of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk is launching the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest with a chance to win $10,000 towards a “sweet secret” wish.

Now through December 7, 2011, home bakers are invited to enter the “Sweet Secret” contest by submitting an original dessert recipe – along with an essay of 100 words or less describing why Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk is the “sweet secret” ingredient in the recipe – in English at or in Spanish at Entrants can submit their delicious dessert recipes using at least one 14-ounce can of any variety of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk in one of five categories - fudge, cheesecake, pie, cookie bar or other.

“Sharing recipes is a great way to start new traditions among friends and families,” said Maribeth Badertscher, Vice President, Corporate Communications, The J.M. Smucker Company. “The ‘Sweet Secret’ contest was inspired by the many ways Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk plays a role in memorable holiday traditions, and we are excited to celebrate the holiday baking season by sharing the most creative entries with everyone.”

Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk is the go-to sweet secret ingredient for preparing countless holiday recipes. It is a special blend of milk and sugar that can be used to create a foolproof “base” for a variety of desserts. When combined with acidic fruit juice, such as lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk thickens – without heating – to form velvety pie fillings, puddings and other desserts. It also caramelizes evenly and easily – just empty in saucepan, heat and stir per directions on can.

The Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest ends on December 7, 2011. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. For details and complete Official Rules, visit or

For more information about Eagle Brand, please visit, or

About The J.M. Smucker Company

For more than 110 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's®, Folgers®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Café PilonTM, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® and Bick's® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. The Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States 13 times, ranking number one in 2004. For more information about the Company, visit

The J.M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks, except Pillsbury, the Barrelhead logo and the Doughboy character are trademarks of The Pillsbury Company, LLC, used under license; Carnation is a trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., used under license; and Dunkin’ Donuts is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder, LLC, used under license. Borden and Elsie are trademarks used under license.

El afortunado ganador del Concurso de Ensayos y Recetas de Dulces Secretos de Eagle Brand® recibirá $10,000 para cumplir su Dulce Deseo Secreto

ORRVILLE, OH, (14 de octubre de 2011) — ¡Se ha develado el secreto! Según la encuesta de Eagle Brand® realizada por Kelton Research, el 95 por ciento de los estadounidenses encuestados reconocen que un ingrediente secreto puede cambiar un plato por completo. Para casi un tercio de los panaderos encuestados, ese secreto es la leche condensada azucarada, como lo demuestra el 32 por ciento de los participantes que siempre tienen leche condensada azucarada en sus despensas. Para divulgar el secreto, el elaborador de la leche condensada Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk lanza el Concurso de ensayos y recetas de dulces secretos de Eagle Brand® que nos brinda la oportunidad de ganar $10,000 para hacer realidad un dulce deseo secreto.

Desde ahora hasta el 7 de diciembre de 2011, invitamos a los panaderos aficionados a participar en el concurso “Dulces Secretos” enviando una receta de postre original, junto con un ensayo de 100 palabras o menos que describa por qué la leche condensada Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk es el ingrediente “dulce secreto” de la receta, en inglés a o en español a Los participantes pueden enviar sus deliciosas recetas de postre, que incluyan una lata de 14 onzas—como mínimo—de cualquier variedad de leche condensada Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, e ingresarlas en cualquiera de las cinco categorías: caramelo blando, cheesecake, pastel, barrita u otro.

“Compartir nuestras recetas es una maravillosa manera de comenzar nuevas tradiciones entre amigos y familiares”, dijo Maribeth Badertscher, vicepresidenta de Comunicación Corporativa de J.M. Smucker Company. “La leche condensada Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk juega un rol memorable en las tradiciones de las fiestas, lo que nos inspiró a organizar el concurso Dulces Secretos y a celebrar compartiendo las recetas más creativas la época del año en que horneamos platos festivos”.

La leche condensada Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk es el ingrediente dulce secreto indispensable para preparar un sinfín de platos festivos. Su combinación especial de leche y azúcar hace que este producto pueda ser utilizado como una base infalible en una variedad de postres. Al mezclarla con jugo de frutas ácidas, como el jugo de limón, la leche condensada se espesa—sin necesidad de calentarla—para convertirse en un relleno aterciopelado para pasteles, pudines y otros postres. Otra de sus ventajas es la facilidad con la que se carameliza adquiriendo una textura homogénea. Para comprobarlo, solo basta con verter el contenido de una lata en una cacerola y seguir las instrucciones en la lata.

El Concurso de Ensayos y Recetas de Dulces Secretos de Eagle Brand® finaliza el 7 de diciembre de 2011. Abierto a residentes legales de los 50 Estados Unidos y D.C., de 18 años de edad o más. Nulo donde esté prohibido. Para obtener más detalles y las reglas oficiales completas, visita o

Para obtener más información acerca de Eagle Brand, visita, o

Acerca de The J.M. Smucker Company
Durante más de 110 años el compromiso de The J.M. Smucker Company ha sido ofrecer a los consumidores productos de calidad que ayuden a las familias a crear momentos memorables a la hora de comer. Actualmente, Smucker es el principal fabricante y comercializador en Norteamérica de mermeladas de fruta, café empacado para su venta minorista, crema de cacahuate, manteca y aceites vegetales, decoraciones para el helado, leche condensada azucarada y bebidas saludables y naturales. Su familia de marcas incluye a Smucker's®, Folgers®, Dunkin' Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Café Pilon™, White Lily® y Martha White® en Estados Unidos, además de Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation® y Bick's® en Canadá. Los valores de la empresa siguen siendo la calidad, la gente, la ética, el crecimiento y la independencia, principios establecidos por su fundador, J.M. Smucker, hace más de un siglo. La empresa ha aparecido trece veces en la lista de las 100 mejores empresas para trabajar de la revista FORTUNE en su edición estadounidense y ocupó el primer lugar de dicha lista en 2004. Si desea más información visite

The J.M. Smucker Company es propietaria de todas las marcas registradas, excepto Pillsbury, el logo de Barrelhead y el personaje de Doughboy son marcas registradas de The Pillsbury Company, LLC, y se usan bajo licencia; Carnation es una marca registrada de Société des Produits Nestle S.A., y se usa bajo licencia, y Dunkin' Donuts es una marca registrada de DD IP Holder LLC y se usa bajo licencia. Borden y Elsie son marcas registradas y se usan bajo licencia.

***Disclosure- I received sample product to review. No monetary compensation was received. Informational post only.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Walmart Black Friday Ad

Walmart Kicks-off Three Black Friday Events Starting at 10 p.m. on ThanksgivingElectronics event starts at Midnight, followed by additional savings at 8 a.m. BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 10, 2011 – It’s HERE!

The coveted Walmart Black Friday circular was released today to shoppers on Facebook and to help families plan their holiday shopping and get more Christmas for their money. Everything from the hottest TVs to gaming consoles and top toys will be available at great savings during three special-shopping events, while supplies last.

Walmart’s Black Friday events will be held at the following times*:

· 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) – Top Toys, Home and Apparel

· Midnight on Black Friday (Nov. 25) – Electronics! Electronics! Electronics!

· 8 a.m. Nov. 25 through the weekend – Gifts for the entire family; electronics and more “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “We’ll have this season’s hottest gifts at prices only Walmart can provide. And by sharing our Black Friday specials earlier than ever, we hope to make buying decisions easier for parents working hard to give their families the Christmas they deserve.” Thanksgiving Day at All-day long on Thanksgiving, shoppers can get great online-only specials and save with free “Fast, Faster, Fastest” shipping options.

Examples of a few of the incredible online savings include:

· 46” HDTVs for under $400

· Electric Ride-Ons for children, priced under $40

· Choice of four select Blu-ray™ discs for only $20 10 p.m.

Savings on Toys, Home and Apparel: For the first time, Walmart will be kicking off its in-store specials at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Savings available in store, while supplies last, include:

· Xbox360 4GB with Kinect Console – $199.96 plus a $50 Walmart gift card· Select DVDs – starting at $1.96

· 6V or 12V Ride-Ons (e.g., Jeep Wrangler, X Games ATV or Barbie Jeep) – $99 each

· Barbie, Disney Princess or Bratz branded Fashion Dolls – $5 each· 8ft Inflatable Santa or Snowman – $20

· Paula Deen® 20-Piece Cookware Set – $86.44

· Black & Decker Blender, Coffeemaker or Electric Griddle – $9.44 each

· Men's Wrangler, Ladies Rider or Junior LEI Jeans – $9.97 each

· Kids Character Sleepwear Sets – $4.47

· Rival Mini Chopper or 2-Slice Waffle Maker – $2.84 each

Midnight Electronics Event: Starting at midnight, shoppers will have access to great savings on a wide assortment of top brand name flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Blu-Ray players and printers.

Examples include:

· Emerson® 32" LCD TV (31.5" diagonal screen size) – $188

· LG Blu-ray™ Player – $49

· Kodak C1450 14 MP Camera – $49

· Sansui 19" TV (18.5" diagonal screen size) – $98

· HP® DJ-1051 All-in-One Printer – $19

· HP® 15” AMD Dual-Core Laptop – $248

· Philips® Wi-Fi Blu-ray™ Home Theatre – $178

· Magellan 4.7" GPS – $69

· 8GB iPod Touch – $195

· Samsung 51" Plasma TV (50.7" diagonal screen size) – $498

Incredible Specials throughout the Weekend**:

Shoppers can continue to check off their holiday shopping list with great specials starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

Examples include:

· Goodyear Tires starting at $59

· Vizio® 42" 3D LED Wi-Fi HDTV (42.0" diagonal screen size 1080p) – $598

· Buy any smartphone*** with a contract and get a $100 Walmart gift card

· Disney® The Lion King™, Cars 2™, or Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides™ DVDs – $12.96 each

Don’t Forget Your Map!

Walmart is also helping shoppers plan their in-store shopping strategy by making available store-specific maps on Facebook. To access the map, shoppers simply need to find their favorite store by clicking on the “My Local Walmart” application on Walmart’s Facebook page.

Match Any Competitors AdAlong with its full plate of Thanksgiving weekend specials Walmart promises to match the price of any local competitor's printed ad for an identical product, including matching competitor’s deals for the day after Thanksgiving.

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Chick-fil-A Calendar Giveaway

The Cow Watches are coming to Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals! During the holidays Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals are featuring the never before seen Cow Watches to reach families with a simple and fun message: In your busy holiday season make sure to stop and take a few moments together as a family to spend quality “time” with one another. The Chick-fil-A Cow Watch widget is available now with fun and enriching activities, worksheets and quizzes so that your family (and readers!) can share in the holiday fun!

10 Fun Family Activities! The Cow Watch widget has an assortment of 15 minutes of engaging family activities so you will never have a dull moment this holiday season!

Take The Holiday Quiz! Are you the first on your block to deck the halls? Find out if you are the top holiday fanatic in your house with the Holiday Quiz! Fun for the whole family!

I love the holiday season. I love getting together with the family. We are a very small family that has been growing over the years. But I remember growing up, not going to anyone's house because it was just us. One year, we all left outside, and my mom stayed inside. We each knocked on the door as if we were visiting. It was so much fun to us, and now we actually do have more additions to the family, and lots of places to go to.

I have a giveaway for a Chick-fil-A Calendar with valuable coupons that can be used all year long. How to enter:

1) Share a special holiday activity that you and your family enjoy together this time of year! or

Share why this is your favorite “time” of year! or

Share your family experiences on the “10 Family Holiday Activities” and the “Holiday Quiz”! (1 entry/each response)

2) Share on facebook. (1 entry/per share/per day)
3) Linky Share. (1 entry/per linky)
4) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win a Chick-fil-A calendar @independentmami #giveaway ends 11/30

This giveaway ends on 11/30 @ 8 am. 1 winner will be randomly selected. US only. The prize will be sent via FedEx or UPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Please leave your email in the comment. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

Note: Cow Watches are coming to Chick-fil-A Kids Meals in mid-December! Check with your local Chick-fil-A restaurant for availability:

Baby Brezza Fresh Produce Sweepstakes

At Baby Brezza, we're committed to helping moms provide their families with the healthiest lifestyle possible. That's why we're thrilled to introduce the "Fresh Produce" Sweepstakes! By simply adding the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to your registry via, you'll have the chance to win fruits and vegetables for your family for an entire year**.

From now until November 30th, you can enter the Sweepstakes by completing the following simple steps:

• Add the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker to your Baby Registry wherever available including retailers such as*

• Send an e-mail to including the direct link to your registry. Make sure you also include your full name, address, preferred email address and phone number.

A grand prize** winner will be randomly selected and announced by December 16th, 2011. For full sweepstakes rules and regulations, click here

So to all you expectant moms, what are you waiting for? Add this must-have baby item to your list and enter today. Even if your registering days are long behind you, we have a feeling you know some moms who are expecting a new little bundle of joy so make sure you spread the word- we know they will thank you! Good look to all the new mamas out there!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, BabiesRUs, Target, or

**up to $2,500. Prize awarded in the form of grocery store gift cards.

***Disclosure-I was entered for a chance to win a Baby Brezza prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.


In Disney’s THE MUPPETS (in theatres everywhere this Thanksgiving!) Animal is enrolled in an anger management class. But with help from the Muppets, he has achieved personal & artistic balance. Now, Animal helps you find your inner Animal with ANIMAL’S FIVE RULES OF COOL: A guide to life from Drummer, Rock Icon, Force of Nature and Anger Management Graduate!

· LIVE LOUD!!!! – Anything worth doing is worth doing at high-decibel. Whether it’s playing drums, singing, expressing your opinion or simply wearing a really loud sports coat, this is a surefire way to make sure the world knows who you are, where you are and in which direction you’re headed.

· EAT NOW! – There are those who believe it is important to “stay hungry” in life, to put off rewards and defer gratification. Animal is not one of those. He devours life—literally—which goes a long way towards explaining his mealtime nickname: the Appetite with Legs.

· FRIENDS! – Good friends watch your back, take care of you and always follow your beat. With his band mates in the Electric Mayhem, Animal has found kindred spirits. (Oh sure, sometimes they yank his chain, but that’s only to make sure he doesn’t miss the tour bus.)

· ROMANCE! – Animal is not much for subtlety when it comes to finding romance. His idea of flirtatious small talk usually consists of the phrase “WOMAN! WOMAN!” But it works…for him. As for you, may we suggest finding a slightly less assertive approach to finding love.

· NICE BUNNY! – Everyone needs a sense of security, a quiet space where they can find peace. For Animal, it’s time well spent with his bunny, whose name is “Nice Bunny.” For you, it can be anything from soaking in pond scum (Kermit) to wearing tapioca-filled tap shoes (Gonzo). Wherever you find it, embrace your bliss. Just don’t squeeze too hard.

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Have some Muppet fun this Thanksgiving

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And the Winners are...Milk & Seventh Generation

Winner of the Milk Nursing Top

Anonymous said...
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November 2, 2011 6:01 PM

Winner of the Seventh Generation

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Congratulations. You both have 24 hours to claim your prize. Thank you for entering.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Muppet Saga

THE MUPPETS opening in theatres November 23rd.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Olay ~ Lucero

Mexican Telenovela star and songstress, Lucero, who is also the face of Olay recently shot a commercial on her beauty regimen which incorporates Olay Total Effects. Like so many of us Lucero has a busy schedule and needs a regimen that is easy and effective. Olay Total Effects offers 7 anti-aging benefits in one easy step including:

•Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
•Smoothes skin texture – visibly and to the touch
•Evens skin tone for younger looking more balanced skin color
•Improves surface dullness, giving skin a radiant, healthy glow
•Minimizes the appearance of pores
•Visibly reduces the appearance of blotches and age spots
·Soothes dry skin, hydrating with Olay moisture

On the set we had some time to catch up with Lucero and she shared a few of her beauty tips and tricks:
· Cleanse: Lucero starts her day with a cleanser like Olay Total Effects Moisturizing Cleanser—it does a wonderful job of exfoliating, while keeping skin smooth and fighting the signs of aging.

· Moisturize: She follows up with Olay Total Effects plus SPF 15. It’s lightweight, fragrance free and provides the benefit of 7 anti-aging therapies in 1 essential product plus protection against sun damage.

· Treat: Balancing her family and career is hectic so her nighttime skin care routine has to be simple. She needs a multi-tasker that works just as hard as she does—that’s why she loves Olay Total Total Effects Night Firming Cream. It’s 7 anti-aging therapies in 1 product reduces appearance of fine lines, keeps her skin moisturized for a radiant healthy glow, balances color and reduces the appearance of age spots, and minimizes the look of pores.

***My thoughts-I have watched Lucero since she was Lucerito. Her skin is amazing. The products are great on the skin, and easy to use. Helping busy moms like her and I keep our skin looking awesome.

***Disclosure-I received products to review. No monetary compensation was received. These are my honest opinions.

Hellmann's® Turkey Challenge

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to join the Hellmann's® Turkey Challenge each week at* as Turkey Casserole goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy turkey recipes, like Bobby Flay's "Stuffing" Crusted Turkey Cutlet. All you have to do is cast your vote for your favorite to be entered into the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week.** If there are more than 10,000 entries, the prize value doubles to a $500 grocery gift card! **

About the sweepstakes ~ ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES

•Each week, 4 winners receive a $250 GIFT CARD
•Tell your friends - once we have 10,000 entries, that week's PRIZE DOUBLES TO $500!
•Vote and ENTER EVERY DAY for a chance to win*

Don't forget to go to vote and enter the weekly sweepstakes

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Latin Grammys ~ Sofia Vergara

Check out the charismatic and beautiful Sofia Vergara at this year’s Latin Grammys, shining in a silver, glittery Reem Acra dress.
Her makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, shares her secret behind Sofia’s look:

“I wanted the palette to be different shades of chocolate browns and mauves. Sofia has such beautiful warm toned skin and I used those shades to show it off!”

· First I used COVERGIRL & OLAY Simply Ageless Serum Primer for her makeup to last longer, and then I applied COVERGIRL’s NatureLuxe Foundation (#360)

· Then I used COVERGIRL Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder in Warm Beige (# 145) to reduce the brightness of the skin and have her camera ready.

· Afterwards, I used COVERGIRL’s Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose (#230) to add a soft rosy color to her already beautiful skin tone.

· Like I mentioned, I wanted to use different shades of brown, so I used COVERGIRL Queen Collection 1-Kit Eye Shadows in Hot Toffee (# Q130), mainly on her crease.

· To finish her eyes with a sexy look I used COVERGIRL Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Black/Brown and COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion in Very Black.

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Pregnancy Diaries ~ Week 32

If you are wondering, yes this is me. I am 32 weeks pregnant this week. And I was the Maid of Honor in my bestfriend's wedding this past weekend. It was a wonderful, crazy weekend and we all survived.

Mommy and Baby Update: I went to the doctor last week and everything has not changed. I gained another 3 lbs in these last 2 weeks. On Friday, I went to the Fetal Specialist for an ultrasound. Lil Bit is weighing in at 4 lbs. Just a little over average, so just right. She looks good. Mommy on the other hand still has Placenta Previa. Now the doctors are concerned with the placenta attaching or growing into the Uterus. If this would happen I would have to have a hysterectomy right after I deliver the baby by C-section. So for sure, we are having a C-section. Right now it could be an emergency one or if we make it that far, a scheduled c-section for the first week in January.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Houston-12 Days of Arthur Christmas

Bringing the spirit of the season early to Houstonians, Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation will be hosting the “12 Days of Arthur Christmas” events throughout the Houston area. Starting with the Houston Galleria Ice Spectacular on November 12th and ending with Santa’s Snow Day at Edwards Grand Palace on November 23rd, guests will merry as they participate in the multitude of festivities which includes Arthur lighting the Galleria Christmas tree, an elf invasion at Discovery Green’s FUNonmenal Family Festival, story time and meet-and-greet with Santa, winter wonderland experience at the Downtown Aquarium and a rockin’ holiday party at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Ever wonder how Santa delivers 2 billion presents in one night? “Arthur Christmas” answers the question… and Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation are helping local residents find their holiday spirit.

WHAT: Join Arthur as he celebrates the kickoff of the “12 Days of Arthur Christmas” at the Houston Galleria. Guests will have their keepsake photos taken with Arthur and watch as Arthur lights up the Galleria Christmas tree. Attendees will also have a chance to receive fun movie prizes including: candy canes, elf ears, activity books and more. The event is free.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2011| 4:00AM – 7:30PM Tree lighting begins at 7:00PM

WHERE: Houston Galleria 5085 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77056 4:00PM - 7:00PM – Nordstrom Corridor 7:00PM – 7:30PM – Tree lighting/Galleria Ice Rink 12 DAYS Full calendar of “12 Days of Arthur Christmas” below:


Day 1, Saturday, November 12, 2011

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is Coming to Town Houston Galleria


Come visit the Houston Galleria to take fun photos and win prizes - then watch ARTHUR light the Galleria Christmas tree on the ice rink at 7:00PM.

Day 2, Sunday, November 13, 2011

Operation Elf! Discovery Green


Visit he ARTHUR CHRISTMAS booth and elf yourself as we invade Discovery Green’s FUNonmenal Family Festival.

Day 3, Monday, November 14, 2011

Winter Wonderland Downtown Aquarium


Take part in our Winter Wonderland experience at the Downtown Aquarium with activities for the whole family and lots of fun prizes.

Day 4, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sugar & Spice, the Boardwalk is Nice

Kemah Boardwalk

2:00PM – 5:00PM

Enjoy the holiday atmosphere at Kemah Boardwalk and celebrate the release of ARTHUR CHRISTMAS with arts & crafts, fun holiday activities, a chance to meet Santa and donate a toy to benefit Toys for Tots.

Day 5, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holly Jolly Story Time Houston Public Library - Central


Bring your little ones down to the Central Library for ARTHUR CHRISTMAS story time and take part in other fun holiday activities like coloring contests and ornament making.

Day 6, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rockin’ Holiday Bash Children’s Museum of Houston


Visit the Children’s Museum for a free family night and participate in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS activities to receive prizes and register to win one of ten Family 4-Packs of passes to see ARTHUR CHRISTMAS.

Day 7, Friday, November 18, 2011

Goals and Giveaways Houston Toyota Center


ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Night at the Houston Aeros game as they take on the Texas Stars at the Toyota Center – make sure to stop by the ARTHUR CHRISTMAS table on the concourse and spin the prize wheel for your chance to win.

Day 8, Saturday, November 19, 2011

Santa’s Letter Writing Workshop Galleria Sony Style Store


Stop by the Galleria Sony Style to write or drop off your letter in Santa’s Mailbox and to make a toy donation to Toys For Tots. The first 50 people in line will get a discount on Sony Style Store purchases and a free ARTHUR CHRISTMAS keepsake photo.

Day 9, Sunday, November 20, 2011

Grand Santa’s Grand Screening Edwards Marq*E Cinema


Participate in any of our ARTHUR CHRISTMAS events prior to this date to win passes for you and your family to see the film before it opens in theatres.

Day 10, Monday, November 21, 2011

Gingerbread Jubilee Whole Foods - Bellaire


Join KODA-FM at Whole Foods (4004 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, 77025) and take part in our Fun ARTHUR CHRISTMAS activities. Compete with your family to decorate the most elaborate Holiday Gingerbread goodies for your chance to win ARTHUR CHRISTMAS prizes and a Whole Foods Gift Card.

Day 11, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Arthur’s Crafty Christmas Michaels @ Bissonnet


Bring the kids down for an ARTHUR CHRISTMAS craft session at Michaels (3904 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005), donate a toy to Toys for Tots, take part in lots of fun ARTHUR CHRISTMAS activities and wear your favorite Christmas sweater to be entered into our contest.

Day 12, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Santa’s Snow Day Edwards Grand Palace

12:00PM-3:00PMCelebrate with us as ARTHUR CHRISTMAS opens in theatres and we transform Edwards Grand Palace into a winter wonderland with activities for the entire family.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bruschetta de Ensalada de Atún/Tuna Salad Bruschetta

Bruschetta de Ensalada de Atún

Tiempo de Preparación: 20 Minutos
Tiempo de Principio a Fin: 1 Hora 20 Minutos

1 lata (5 o 6 oz) de atún blanco albacora, en agua, bien escurrido
1/4 taza de cebollitas de Cambray (green onions), finamente rebanadas (4 medianas)
1/4 taza de pimiento rojo, finamente picado
1/4 taza de aceitunas kalamata, deshuesadas y finamente picadas
3 cucharadas de vinagreta francesa o de aceite de oliva y aderezo de vinagre
1/2 taza de lechuga romana, finamente rebanada o finamente picada
24 rebanadas (1/4 pulgada de grueso) de una baguette francesa

1. En un tazón hondo mediano, incorpora todos los ingredientes, excepto la lechuga y el pan. Tapa; refrigera al menos 1 hora antes de servir.
2. Antes de servir, añade la lechuga a la mezcla de atún. Sirve cubriendo con la mezcla las rebanadas de pan.

Sirve: 24 porciones
1 Porción: 35 Calorías (10 Calorías de Grasa); Grasas 1g; Sodio 105mg; Potasio 30mg; Carbohidratos 4g; Proteína 2g
% de Valor Diario: Vitamina A 2%; Vitamina C 4%; Hierro 2%; Vitamina D 2%; Ácido Fólico 4%
Equivalente a: 1/2 Carne Magra

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Tuna Salad Bruschetta
o Preparation Time: 20 Min
o Total Time: 1 Hr 20 Min

o 1 can (5 or 6 oz) albacore chunk white tuna in water, well drained
o 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (4 medium)
o 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
o 1/4 cup finely chopped pitted kalamata olives
o 3 tablespoons French vinaigrette or olive oil and vinegar dressing
o 1/2 cup thinly sliced or finely shredded romaine lettuce
o 24 slices (1/4 inch thick) baguette French bread

o In medium bowl, gently fold together all ingredients except lettuce and bread. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
o Just before serving, stir lettuce into tuna mixture. Serve as topping for bread slices.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 24 servings
1 Serving:35 Calories (10 Calories from Fat);Total Fat 1g;Sodium 105mg;Protein 2g;
% Daily Value:Beta-Carotene 4%;Folic Acid 4%;Iron 2%;Niacin 6%;Selenium10%;Thiamin 2%;Vitamin A 2%;Vitamin B12 2%;Vitamin C 4%;Vitamin D 2%;
Carbohydrate Options:
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Sándwiches de Té/Tea Sandwich Flats

Sándwiches de Té

Tiempo de Preparación: 20 Minutos
Tiempo de Principio a Fin: 50 Minutos

1 lata (8 oz) de Pillsbury® masa para cuernitos refrigerados (refrigerated crescent dinner rolls) o 1 lata (8 oz) de pasta hojaldrada Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations®, refrigerada

Topping de Ensalada de Huevo
1/2 taza de ensalada de huevo deli

Topping de Verduras
6 rebanadas de pepino (de 1/4 de pulgada)
3 rábanos
1/4 de pimiento amarillo
Eneldo, albahaca o tomillo frescos

1. Precalienta el horno a 375°F. Desenrolla la masa en una charola para hornear sin engrasar y forma un rectángulo de 12x8 pulgadas; si usas la masa para cuernitos, presiona con firmeza las perforaciones para sellar.
2. Hornea de 9 a 11 minutos o hasta que estén de un color dorado oscuro. Deja enfriar por completo, unos 20 minutos. Corta en 24 cuadrados (2x2 pulgadas).
3 . Para los sándwiches de té con ensalada de huevo, pon unas 2 cucharadas de ensalada en cada uno de los 12 cuadrados restantes. Cubre con verduras y hierbas frescas.

Sirve: 24 sándwiches

1 Sándwich: Calorías nc (Calorías de Grasa nc); Grasas nc (Saturada nc); Colesterol nc; Sodio nc; Potasio nc; Carbohidratos nc (Fibra Dietética nc); Proteína nc
% de Valor Diario: Vitamina A nc; Vitamina C nc; Calcio nc; Hierro nc; Vitamina D nc; Ácido Fólico nc
Equivalente a: nc
Opciones de Carbohidratos:

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Tea Sandwich Flats
Preparation Time: 20 Min
Total Time: 50 Min

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
2 oz cream cheese, softened
2 oz soft goat cheese (chèvre)
Pinch garlic powder
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill, basil or thyme
1/2 cup deli egg salad
6 (1/4-inch) cucumber slices
3 radishes
1/4 yellow bell pepper
Fresh dill, basil or thyme

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough onto ungreased cookie sheet to form 12x8-inch rectangle; if using crescent roll dough, firmly press perforations to seal.
2. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Cut into 24 (2x2-inch) squares.
3. For goat cheese topping, in medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon dill. Spoon about 2 teaspoons cheese mixture onto each of 12 crescent squares. Top with veggies and additional fresh herbs.
4. For egg salad topping, spoon about 2 teaspoons egg salad onto each of 12 remaining crescent squares. Top with veggies and additional fresh herbs.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 24 sandwich flats
1 Serving:60 Calories (40 Calories from Fat);Total Fat 4.5g (Saturated Fat 1.5g);Cholesterol 15mg;Sodium 110mg;Protein 1g;
% Daily Value:Vitamin C 2%;
Carbohydrate Options:

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Macaroons de Coco y Chocolate/Chocolate and Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons de Coco y Chocolate

Tiempo de Preparación: 1 hora
Tiempo de Principio a Fin: 2 horas 25 minutos

3 tazas de coco rallado ligero
1 bolsa (1 lb 1.5 oz) de mezcla para galletas dulces Betty Crocker®
1/2 taza de leche condensada y endulzada (no evaporada)
1/2 a 1 cucharadita de extracto de almendras
1 cucharadita de cremor tártaro
2 claras de huevo

2 tazas de chispas de chocolate semidulce (12 oz)
1 cucharada de manteca vegetal
1/3 taza de nuez de macadamia finamente picada

1. Precalienta el horno a 350°F. Forra charolas para hornear con papel para hornear. En el procesador de alimentos, muele el coco finamente.
2. En un tazón grande, revuelve el coco y la mezcla para galletas dulces. Añade la leche condensada y el extracto de almendra; mezcla bien. La pasta debe ser suave y quebradiza. Añade y revuelve el cremor tártaro.
3. En un tazón pequeño, bate las claras de huevo con la batidora eléctrica a velocidad mediana hasta que puedas formar picos. Incorpora las claras de huevo en la pasta. Utiliza una cuchara con capacidad de 1 y media cucharadas para llenarla con firmeza de pasta y ponerla sobre la charola para hornear. Repite esta operación con el resto de la pasta y deja 2 pulgadas de espacio entre cada pieza. Presiona ligeramente cada bola para aplanarla un poco.
4. Hornea las galletas de 8 a 10 minutos o hasta que las orillas empiecen a dorarse suavemente (no las hornees demasiado). Déjalas enfriar 2 minutos; retíralas de las charolas y colócalas en rejillas. Deja que se enfríen completamente, alrededor de 15 minutos.
5. En una cacerola de teflón con capacidad de 1 cuarto de galón, derrite las chispas de chocolate con la manteca vegetal a fuego medio, revolviendo. Mete cada galleta hasta la mitad en el chocolate derretido, y deja escurrir el exceso. Colócalas en las hojas de papel para hornear y espolvorea la cubierta de chocolate con la macadamia. Déjalas reposar hasta que el chocolate se fije, aproximadamente 1 hora. Guárdalas entre las hojas de papel para hornear en un recipiente bien cerrado.

Sirve. 40 Macaroons

1 Porción (1 Macaroon): 160 Calorías (70 Calorías de Grasa); Grasa 8g (Saturada 4.5g); Colesterol 0mg; Sodio 65mg; Potasio; 95mg; Carbohidratos 20g (Fibra Dietética 1g); Proteína 1g
% de Valor Diario: Hierro 4%; Acido Fólico 2%
Equivalente a: 1 1/2 Otro Carbohidrato, 1 1/2 Grasa
Opciones de Carbohidratos: 1

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Chocolate and Coconut Macaroons

Preparation Time: 1 Hr
Total Time: 2 Hr 25 Min

3 cups lightly packed shredded coconut
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg whites
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz)
1 tablespoon shortening
1/3 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Using food processor, process coconut until finely ground.
2. In large bowl, stir together coconut and cookie mix. Add sweetened condensed milk and almond extract; mix well. Mixture will be crumbly. Stir in cream of tartar.
3. In small bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into cookie mixture. Using 1 1/2 tablespoon-size cookie scoop, firmly pack with coconut mixture and place mound on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining coconut, placing mounds 2 inches apart. Press each mound to flatten slightly.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges just begin to lightly brown (do not overbake). Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
5. In 1-quart nonstick saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening over medium heat, stirring until chocolate is melted. Dip each cooled cookie halfway into melted chocolate, letting excess drip off. Place on sheet of parchment paper; sprinkle chocolate portion with nuts. Let stand until chocolate sets, about 1 hour. Store between sheets of parchment paper in tightly covered container.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 40 macaroons
1 Serving:160 Calories (70 Calories from Fat);Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 4.5g, Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g);Sodium 65mg;Protein 1g;
% Daily Value:Copper 4%;Folic Acid 2%;Iron 4%;Magnesium 4%;Manganese 15%;Phosphorus 4%;Riboflavin 2%;Selenium4%;Thiamin 4%;Zinc 2%;
Carbohydrate Options:1;
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