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Creativity Never Stops Giveaway!

I’ve got another giveaway for you all – I think you’ll love it!!

 

 

Creativity Never Stops Creative

Young, Old, or Somewhere In-Between
We all need a way to express our creativity.
Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package

Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package
Make It Coats is the place to discover all that Coats and Clark, the world’s largest supplier of crafting products, has to offer. If you love textile crafting, this is a place especially for you. Feed your creativity and be inspired. Whether you’re a beginner, casual hobbyist or seasoned professional, there’ll be something for you here.

Skein of Tie Dye Resilient Wool Sock Yarn from Expression Fiber Arts

LoveArtsCrafts Ergonomic Crochet Hook Kit

The Crochet Lovers Prize Package
TIE DYE – a brilliant, gorgeous rainbow blend! This Expression Fiber Arts signature sock yarn is perfect for hand-knit socks, shawls, modern baby clothes and hats, accessories, mittens, stuffed animals and anything else you can think of!
With the nine Love Arts Crafts ergonomic crochet hooks in this set you will be able to create many beautiful gifts for your friends and family. The handles allow you to crochet longer without the pain or hand cramps that you often experience with regular hooks.

Because of these great sponsors you have a chance to win 
two great prize packages that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

What will you create?
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August 21, 2015 at 12:01 am EST through September 13, 2015 11:59 pm EST

2 Prize Packages
1 Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package $200 RV
1 Crochet Lovers Prize Package $63 RV

Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package $200 RV

The items in this $200 prize package are:
  • Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread 50 spool assortment
  • Make It Coats Bag
  • Make It Coats Mug
  • 2 Make It Coats pens
  • Free Spirit Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Rowan Kaffe Fasset Design Roll
  • Susan Bates Digital Row Counter,
  • Susan Bates Cable Stitch Holders & Handi Tool
  • Susan Bates Yarn Essential Kit
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Stitch Holders
  • 5 Coats & Clark zippers
  • 3 balls Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable
  • 3 balls Red Heart Sparkle Soft
  • 3 balls Red Heart Grande
  • Red Heart Tape Measure
Crochet Lovers Prize Package $63 RV

The items in this $63 prize package are:
  • Skein of Tie Dye Resilient Wool Sock Yarn from Expression Fiber Arts
  • LoveArtsCrafts Ergonomic Crochet Hook Kit
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Creativity Never Stops Giveaway

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Don't miss your chance to #Win over $400 in prizes in the #LetsCook #Giveaway Enter before it ends 8/23
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BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
  • ★ BONUS AND UPGRADED. Free AC Adapter, USB cord, Multifunction Clean Cloth Included. Featuring the Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Ion built in battery, NO MORE BUYING BATTERIES!
  • ★ MULTIPLE, CLIP-ON OR FREE STANDING. Fully Adjustable and Light Weight, Folds Into an Easy-to-carry Accessory Making Travelling with This Light So Convenient. Perfect for Your Guitar Accessories Kit, Students Dorm Room, Music Rehearsals or for Those Away Trips for Work. Charge Your New LED Light with the USB Charge Cable or the BONUS FREE AC Adaptor
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY AND SUPER BRIGHT 8 LEDs. 2 LEVELS of BRIGHTNESS, Equiped with 2*4 World Class LED Chips, Super Brightness, The Optical Grade Lens Provides Evenly Distributed Light with No Hot Spots



  • ★ LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT. Clips to Your Hard Cover Books, Sheet Music Stand, Craft Table, Work Bench, Bed Headboard (maximum 1 inch in thickness) or Laptop. Great for Music Stands, Pianos, Orchestra Pits, Reading, Work Tables, Mixing Tables, Craft Tables etc. It truly is a multi-purpose light for so many things. Can you think of one that you would use it for? Easily Bends to Compact Position for Storage, Extra Strong Clip Grips Almost Anything or Use it Free Standing
  • ★ LIFETIME WARRANTY – 100% Money Back Guarantee – RACK YOUR BRAIN FOR A GIFT ? CHOOSE IT ! You Won’t Find Another Better – Get More Than Your Expected !

My Thoughts:
These easy to position and reposition lights are perfect for getting more light where you need it. The nice size of the clip makes it simple to attach to the side of a bowl, a cabinet handle, a book, grill, or just about anywhere that you want. I don’t have enough light under my cabinets at night so I found it very helpful to clip this light onto my cutting board while doing prep for dinner the other night. I found the well built clip to be strong and that the lights stayed in the position that I set them at.

Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following direction and right measurement, Luckily with 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons cooking will be quick and gives you an accurate measure for recipes without the hassle
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A perfect set of 6 stainless steel, highly satin brushed with best quality, Look amazing and easy to clean plus the weight handle making measuring out dry ingredients easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. long lasting and durable and used by professionals.
  • ★ WHY IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR KITCHENS. Refine measurement- ensure Perfect food taste every time Accurate balance – round-shaped spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life – no to rust! All around measuring tools – measure dry and liquid ingredients! Engrave US metric Measurement



  • ★ YOUR FAVORITE MEASURING INGREDIENTS. The 6-piece 1Easylife Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoon Set is designed with innovative round-shaped spoon heads that reach into narrow spice jars and other small containers. These spoons are conveniently connected by a small ring which helps to keep the spoons together as a set after a full day of baking or cooking. 1Easylife includes 6 measuring sizes: 1/8-tsp, 1/4-tsp, 1/2-tsp, 1-tsp, 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp. With each measurement conveniently marked on the handle of each spoon, there’s no guesswork when adding spices to your dishes. Dishwasher-safe.
  • ★ NO HASSLE, 100% LIFE TIME WARRANTY. We offer 100% life time warranty to make you happy and satisfied with our product, If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied, return your Stainless Steel Measuring Cups for a No Questions Asked full refund.

My Thoughts:
I’ve have had a set of name brand plastic measuring spoons since I set up house keeping more than twenty years ago. Getting me to part with them wasn’t going to be easy, but always willing to try new things I gave these a test drive. I found the 1Easlife measuring spoons to be nicely weighted and with the length of the handles I was able to reach into containers with ease. I really like that they take up much less space than my old set and are much easier to get clean. After comparing the two it may be time to retire my old ones.

Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
  • PREVENT OVERCOOKING – Don’t ruin an elegant meal or backyard barbecue by serving dry, tough, overcooked meat. If you only use cooking time to determine doneness, you could end up with some pieces being cooked perfectly and others over or underdone – not to mention burnt! You can easily avoid this by using a meat thermometer. When cooked to the proper temperature, meat will stay juicy and tender.
  • PREVENT ILLNESS – Using a food thermometer greatly reduces your risk of foodborne illness associated with bacteria. The harmful bacteria found in contaminated food can only survive up to a certain temperature, and using a food thermometer is the only way to be 100-percent sure that your food is safe to eat.


  • EASY TO USE – Large LCD display for easy-to-read numbers – No More Squinting! Function buttons include On/Off, Hold and °C/°F conversion. Auto shut-off after 10 minutes saves battery life. Uses (1) AAA battery.
  • MEASURING RANGE AND ACCURACY – Instant read in only 4-7 seconds accurately measuring range of temperatures between -58°F-572°F (-50°C-300°C). Long stainless steel probe to keep your hands safe from heat!
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND LIFETIME WARRANTY – When you order today, you are protected by our no-questions-asked Money Back Guarantee and World Class Customer Service!

My Thoughts:
My thermometer arrived the day I was making fried green tomatoes so I used it to make sure that my oil was at the proper temperature. If it’s to cold the tomatoes get mushy before the breading gets brown and if it’s to hot the outside  burns and the tomatoes are hard. I had bragged to my west coast boyfriend how awesome mine were so getting it right was important. My reputation as a southern cook was on the line! I found that this thermometer was easy to use. I just put one AAA battery in it, turned it on, and flipped open the probe. When I placed the tip in the oil I had a reading in seconds and with the nice big readout I didn’t need my glasses to see it. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone with confidence.

Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
  • Cutting tool for cheese that gives the cheese a wavy texture
  • Smoothly cuts thick or thin slices
  • Comfortable grip is easy to use
  • Durable and replaceable stainless steel wire with adjustable tension
  • Carefully handmade in the USA from beautiful, natural wood/brass/stainless steel.
  • Adjustable tension, stainless steel wire stays tight to carve neat, enticing, wavy slices every time.
  • Comfortable grip for all ages, hand-held, light-weight, and simple to use.


  • Thin or thick slices carved, depending on how you angle the slicer into the cheese.
  • Safe for children. No sharp edges.
  • Makes snacking and eating fun!
  • Perfect tool for creating sandwiches, pizza, crackers, snacks, use at parties and picnics. . .
  • Awesome gift at low cost for Christmas presents, birthdays, weddings, office, or any special occasion.
  • Gift Box comes with each one for convenient storage.
  • Durable quality will last for years and won’t wear out.
  • Choose from wild cherry wood, black walnut, or try both!

My Thoughts:
With so many of or utensils now having plastic composite handles I hold onto my old ones that have real handles and find myself going back to using them. I just love the feel of wood and have been known to spend a lot of money just to purchase one brand of knife that has a wood handle. So when my cheese slicer arrived I couldn’t wait to test it. It works for all types of cheese so I got out some block cheese that I had in the fridge to see how well it worked and felt in my hand.  It worked wonderfully and what fun slices! We often do cheese and fruit for snacks and since it is safe for the little ones to use I can’t wait for my grandchildren to come over at use it to make their own fun snacks.

Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
  • HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL – This Premium Lemon squeezer made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when squeezing. This hand polished Citrus Juicer will not peel or rust.
  • SO EASY TO USE – No matter if you choose to squeeze lemons, limes or blood oranges, this Btipsy Lemon Squeezer will make your job so easy. Fits for both kids and old men, This Squeezer is so convenient to use and with an effortless squeeze you can get every bit of juice out of the fruit.


  • EASY TO CLEAN – Once finished using the Lemon Juicer, it’s very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Lemon Squeezer is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you’d like.
  • RISK FREE – With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not

My Thoughts:
The all metal construction makes this juicer strong and durable. Plus, since it is made out of stainless steel I get longevity and don’t have to worry about it rusting. With a very small kitchen I have very limited drawer space in my home. The hook makes it easy to hang off off one of my many cup hooks that are on every open spot in my kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and salads that we use fresh squeezed lemon and orange for and having it hanging and not hidden in a drawer keeps it handy. I found that the nice big handles were easy to grasp and squeeze so that I could get all the juice out.

Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
  • This eco friendly cutting board can handle just about everything in your kitchen, from slicing cheese to carving bone-in beef roasts.
  • Highly durable. Made with premium, hand selected odor-resistant organic bamboo, harder than maple wood
  • Durable stainless steel handle for easy grip


  • Made from 100% high quality antimicrobial recyclable bamboo with Non-Toxic food grade adhesive – starch from a sweet potato
  • Easy to clean and maintain – Easily wash and clean off bacteria and food particles with some hot water and soap then let it air dry.

My Thoughts:
In the last few years, bamboo has become one of the most popular materials for cutting boards because of it’s low maintenance, superior health and sanitation qualities. Not only does it look good but it is a green, renewable and earth friendly material. The hardness of a bamboo cutting board, plus the fact that it very resistant to bacteria makes it a must have in my kitchen. I tested my new board by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers with a brand new ceramic knife and could not find one mark from doing it. All you have to do is make a habit of never letting it soak and wiping it dry after washing  and with this easy, proper care this board will stay beautiful for years.

VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef’s Knife

  • Sharpness – Our ultra-sharp advanced ceramic blade will retain its original sharpness up to 15 times longer than steel blades.
  • Purity – Rust-proof, will never brown foods, impervious to acids and oils, no metallic taste or smell. Advanced ceramic is a pure & healthy alternative.
  • Lightweight – Typically half the weight of metal-based knives, offers total ease of use with the most difficult cutting tasks. Ergonomic handles produce a well-balanced, highly controlled grip.


  • Easy to Clean – The fact that advanced ceramic does not absorb any food element, allows just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel.
  • 8 Inch Chef Ceramic knife For slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats.

My Thoughts:
This is my first ceramic knife so I wanted to know what some of the advantages of a ceramic knife were. I found out that they include hardness, ceramic is second only to diamonds; weight, it’s much lighter than metal; durability, because these knives keep their razor sharp edge and will not wear out like metal; no metal means no rust; and the ability to resist stains and odors. Because each ceramic knife goes through a long manufacturing process which makes it high end you can expect quality and longevity from your knife. I tested my new ceramic knife by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Even with difficulties from injuries with my hands I found the handle was very easy to hold and grip. It sliced the veggies with ease and with very little pressure from me. With my garden producing lots of vegetables this will be my new go to knife for prepping them. 

The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Kids can enjoy the complete shopping experience with the Play & Learn Shopping Basket! Our kid-sized Shopping Basket is easy to carry with its lightweight plastic construction and big handles. Fun Accessories include a variety of plastic and cardboard food items. Ages 3+ years.




  • 24 plastic and cardboard play food items
  • Large handles for easy carrying
  • Encourages imagination
  • Durable, lightweight plastic construction

My Thoughts:
This is perfect for getting  the little cook in your home playing, imagining, and creating. The basket is made from thick plastic making it strong and durable. The food that comes with it is sure to keep them entertained for hours. I’ve ordered many imaginary milk shakes and french fries playing drive thru with my grandchildren so I know they are going to love playing grocery with all these fun items. I really like the bright and bold colors. They are very appealing and fun.

Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
  • HIGH QUALITY GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL GRINDER SET This glass and stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set features a modern design and is stylish and elegant enough for kitchen-to-table use! Each set contains one salt grinder and one pepper grinder which can hold 3/4 cup of salt, peppercorns or any other spice, in its generously sized glass reservoir. *Salt and pepper not included.
  • BUILT FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUNCTION Unlike other grinder sets, this pair has their grinding mechanism on the top of the grinder, ensuring salt and pepper ends up only on your food — not all over your table. The ceramic grinder is non-corrosive, won’t absorb flavors and is easily adjustable from a fine to coarse grind.
  • EASY REFILLING WITH NO MESSES Don’t you hate constantly having to refill your salt and pepper grinders? Standing about 5 1/4 inches tall this set is the perfect size to cut down on constant refills without being bulky. When you do have to refill, the clear glass bodies will let you know when it’s time! The stainless steel top easily screws off revealing a wide opening for easy and mess-free refills.


  • ELEGANT DESIGN With its brushed stainless steel encasing, glass body and ceramic grinder, this unique duo is a professional, sleek addition to any kitchen, with a stainless steel lid that truly “caps” off this beautiful set. No tacky electrical grinders here means no batteries required–only a few effortless twists with your hand to experience that fresh himalayan salt, pepper, or other spice.
  • CUSTOMER GUARANTEE We’re confident you’ll love our Dual Refillable Salt & Pepper Grinders. However, if you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll give you a 100% refund within 90 days of purchase–NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have the best customer service on Amazon, and YOU, the customer, are our top priority. Add a set to your shopping cart today for a risk-free culinary experience!

My Thoughts:
I just ordered this beautiful set on the twentieth and am so excited to try them. Don’t they look amazing? I wasn’t able to get them tested before the giveaway deadline but wanted to give two readers a chance to win a set for themselves. Please visit the review here to see what I thought of them.

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Don't miss your chance to #Win over $400 in prizes in the #LetsCook #Giveaway Enter before it ends 8/23

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Grand Prize Package
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Chef DeTemple Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
Blue Iguazu Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Bitpsy Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef’s Knife 8 Inch
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

Second Prize Package
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef’s Knife 8 Inch
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

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Disclosure of Material Connection: PaulaMS received the products mentioned above for free to facilitate the writing of the reviews. Some of the links on this blog post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, she only recommend products or services that she uses personally and believe will add value to readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Blue Iguazu Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Bitpsy Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef’s Knife 8 Inch

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Homemade Nut Milks and a Nut Milk Strainer Bag Giveaway! 7 comments

I received the product mentioned below for a heavily discounted price, for the purpose of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.

 

Y’all know how I can’t ingest much dairy, right?

 

I think I’ve figured it out.  I think it’s the lactose.  I seem to do okay having whey, and the hardest cheeses don’t cause me too much grief.  Drinking straight milk, however, is NOT an option.  Since buying myself a BlendTec, I’ve been having a hay day with making homemade coconut and almond milks.  It’s really, really simple, and the taste is great!

 

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To make my coconut milk, I start by drilling a few holes in the coconut.  You know, where those indents are at?  Then I drain the coconut water from them.

 

 
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Once they’ve been opened and rinsed off, I stick them on a cookie sheet and “bake” them for 15 minutes or so….this is simply to loosen the hard shell and make it easier to remove the meat from the shell.

 

Once you’ve got your pieces of peeled coconut, blend it with the coconut water and added filtered water.  I usually do about 2 cups of water with one coconut.  (Two cups of filtered water, this is in addition to the coconut water I drained from the coconut.)  You’ll want a high-powered blender for this.  Blend it for a good few minutes, and then strain.  I used a Nut Milk Strainer Bag for this, and I couldn’t believe how much better it worked than other methods I’ve used in the past.  My favorite coconut milk recipe can be found HERE.

 

 

 

To make almond milk is similar.  Simply soak 1 cup of raw, organic almonds in water for a minimum of 4 hours, preferably overnight.  Rinse them and blend with 4 cups of filtered water, a pinch of sea salt, and a bit of sweetener of your choice (optional).  I’ve added a few Medjool dates, and also stevia for sweetening.  Both are delicious.  Strain with the bag and enjoy your milk!  Two of my favorite recipes for almond milk are here and here.

 

8cc0c31ba8f2538a914535beae79f94b07a43e2bThis is the strainer bag I used.  It is from My Nut Milk Bag‘s website.  It comes in a 2 Pack (1 Large 12″x12″ & 1 Medium 12″x9″), and the bags can be used in place of cheesecloth for making your own fresh/healthy soy milk, nut milk, almond milk, juice or for sprouting. These multi-purpose nut milk bags are made of food grade, commerical, strong, high quality fine nylon mesh that does not stretch out in the same way that cotton cheesecloth does and can be reused over and over again.

 

Reused over and over!!  No more cheesecloth for me.  I wish I’d gotten one of these YEARS ago.  It has made the process so much easier, so much less messy, and I’ll never go back.  I’ll also probably never want to go back to commercially prepared coconut and/or almond milk, either. :)

 

 

 

I like these bags enough that I’d like to host a giveaway for one of you, my awesome readers.  YAY!!  Enter below, and good luck!!  Ends July 17.

 

 

 
Nut Milk Strainer Bags Giveaway


Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy Leave In Conditioner – Giveaway! 6 comments

*I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% mine.

 

I love me earth friendly products!  Here is one that you may be interested in hearing about:

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Pravana Nevo products are 100% Vegan.  They are 100% gluten free.  Their packaging is 100% biodegradable.  Nevo Instense Therapy Leave-In Treatment instantly detanges hair, provides deep hydration or equalizes hair prorsity.  It also protects hair when heat styling, adds shine, eliminates static.

 

Munchkin and I both used this spray to see what we think.  I can tell you now, it’s more costly than other hair care products that we usually use at my house.  However, I’m impressed enough with it that I will plan on buying from them again.

 

Pros:

  • It made our hair super soft.  It wasn’t an immediate effect, but after consistent use for a few days, we noticed a difference.
  • I would spray it on and then braid my hair and keep it that way over night.  In the morning, I could tell a difference.
  • The bottle is pretty, and the design is sleek!
  • It’s totally easy to use.
  • It is a wet spray, but it had such a conditioning effect that it didn’t act like a “wet” spray.  Usually when my hair gets wet, it poofs up a bunch as it dries.  I didn’t experience that poofing when using this, which was a pleasant surprise!
  • My daughter felt like it did a good job with detangling.
  • I really like the smell.
  • No sulfates, no salt, paraben-free, no animal testing – need I say more?  Okay, I will. :)  100% vegan, no phthalates, 100% biodegradable.  Yay!!
  • 5% of the proceeds for every NEVO product sale are donated to City of Hope.

Cons:

  • NONE.  We love this product!!

 

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Yumms BBQ Grill Mat Giveaway!

#Yumms BBQ Grill Mats Transform your outdoor grill into a non-stick cooking surface!

Enjoy Healthier and Non-stick Grilling With Yumms! Grill Mat!
Grill like a pro!!
Transform your outdoor grill into a handy, non-stick cooking surface with these flexible mats making cooking a breeze. They’re super versatile as you can use them with any size or type of grill. Not only will it make cooking the food and cleaning up easier, but it’ll also make it TASTIER than ever.

#Yumms BBQ Grill Mats Transform your outdoor grill into a non-stick cooking surface! Plus a #Giveaway that ends 7/5

  • PREVENTS FOOD FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS which eliminates the frustration of wasting perfectly good food due to a poor BBQ setup
  • EVEN HEAT DISTRIBUTION (with grill marks) provide added flavor by cooking the meat in its own natural juices… making your food taste delicious
  • VIDEOS – See the Yumms! Grill Mat in action with the video reviews on our page.
  • FDA APPROVED and can withstand heat up to 450 degrees F… providing you peace of mind with respect to safety and durability
  • CUSTOMIZABLE and comes in a set of 2… which can be cut and modified to any size or shape to perfectly fit any BBQ to achieve flawless results..PLUS our LIFETIME GUARANTEE makes it a no-risk purchase. If you’re ever unsatisfied for any reason, simply return it for a 100% refund… no questions asked

My Thoughts:
These versatile mats worked perfectly for my small charcoal grill and are easy to cut to fit it. I fixed some BBQ Chicken to test how well the mat worked. We love a LOT of sauce on our chicken and I really appreciated not having the sauce drip on my charcoal. I’ve had it go out in the past but not with the mat. My chicken was cooked all the way and delicious! Since these come in a two pack, I can use the spare one for doing cheese, vegetables, and jerky bites in my smoker.

Would You Like To Try These Awesome Grill Mats?
Yumms has graciously offered one reader the opportunity

to win a set of their very own. Enter below for your chance to be a winner.

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Welcome to the Yumms BBQ Grill Mat Giveaway

 

Hosted By: PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies

Co-Hosted By: Michigan Saving and More

Sponsored By: Yumms

Giveaway Details

One lucky reader will win a Set of 2 Nonstick Yumms BBQ Grill Mats
RV $15.95

Dates: 12:01AM June 13th to 11:59PM July 5th (Eastern Time)

Chances of winning depend on entries received.
Open to US residents 18 years and older

Winning entry will be verified

GOOD LUCK!

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Disclaimer: PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, and Freebies nor any blog promoting this giveaway is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies blog received the above product for free to facilitate the writing of this review. Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, she only recommend products or services that she uses personally and believe will add value to readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Enjoy Healthier and Non-stick Grilling With Yumms! Grill Mat!
Grill like a pro!!
Transform your outdoor grill into a handy, non-stick cooking surface with these flexible mats making cooking a breeze. They’re super versatile as you can use them with any size or type of grill. Not only will it make cooking the food and cleaning up easier, but it’ll also make it TASTIER than ever.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Dates: June 13th 12:01 AM Eastern Time – July 5th 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Prize: Set of 2 Nonstick Yumms BBQ Grill Mats
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Total Tea Herbal Energy – Giveaway! 6 comments

*I received a complimentary sample of the product for the purpose of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received, and the opinions are mine alone.

 

Total Tea Herbal Energy is a unique blend of herbs created to promote energy and reduce mental fatigue. Plus it’s all-natural and packed with antioxidants.

  • 100% Natural Herbal Energy Tea Aid
    Increase Energy, Boost Stamina and Antioxidants
    Guayusa, Green Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Eleuthero Root, Ginsing Root
    No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
    Gluten Free & Kosher Certified + Weight Control

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I love a good herbal tea.  Herbal teas can provide so many health benefits, and I’m all about improving my health naturally, as you know.  I’m not a purist, however, and I have to add sweetener to my teas.  That’s okay, right?  I’m using homegrown stevia or raw honey, depending on what I’m in the mood for.  The taste of this tea is pleasant and calming to me.  The smell is divine!  I like to drink some in the afternoon when I hit my afternoon “slump”, or in the morning with breakfast.  Besides helping me to “up” my water intake, it provides an additional energy boost with the green tea and other ingredients like cinnamon bark and ginseng root.  Here is a little more information about each of the ingredients, in case you are interested:

  • Guayusa – Contains L-theanine, a glutamic acid analog found in green tea that has been shown to reduce physical and mental stress.
  • Green Tea – Increases metabolism. Polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation. Helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating
  • Cinnamon Bark – Contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antispasmodic, and anti-fungal properties.
  • Eleuthero Root – A strong antioxidant. Referred to as adaptogen – and immune system, memory energy stimulant.
  • Ginseng Root – Soothes the nervous system. Decreases blood sugar. Stimulates the endocrine system.

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If you like tea, you’d better get excited, because we are giving away a package of this Total Tea to one lucky reader!!  YAY. :D  Enter below.  Open in the USA only.  Ends June 10…Good luck!!
Total Tea Herbal Energy Giveaway