Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"A cookie? For me?"

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"I no like baff but at least I had my duckie"

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"Dis mai cookie. You let go now."

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Maple Holistics Dry Hair Treatment- Concentrated Shampoo

Product Description

HEALS SCALP AND HAIR all natural sulfate free shampoo for itchy flaky scalp with jojoba & argan oil balances & purifies hair by reducing sebum and strengthen hair strands for healthier hair and scalp.

TREATS GREASY AND OILY HAIR balancing shampoo for oily hair eliminates environmental pollutants dead cells & dust build up. Greasy hair shampoo removes product build up left by conditioner gel & mousse.

SOOTHE ITCHY SCALP lemon & jojoba oil blend together to heal irritation while stimulating hair growth & hair follicle. These ingredients contain vitamin E & B as well as magnesium calcium & flavonoids.

GREAT FOR ALL HAIR TYPES degrease shampoo uses all natural botanical that are perfect for hair types including curly, straight, wavy, thick or thin hair. Renews hair high quality look for men & women.

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEED our ingredients are always sulfate, cruelty, pain, and paraben free. Produced in a state of the art facility - this shampoo with leave your hair with an amazing smell & fee.

My Review

I received a sample size bottle of this shampoo and used it three days in a row. I have very long hair but there was enough in the bottle for me to use it at least three times. The first time I used it, I hadn't washed my hair for 2 days because it says it it good for greasy hair so I wanted to see for myself if it really would 'degrease' my hair and leave it looking clean and shiny like my other shampoos. 

After washing and using my own conditioner and letting it dry I have to say that it got my hair as clean as any of my other shampoos did. My only complaint was that by the end of the day my hair felt greasy again and I can usually skip a day of washing my hair when I use a Pantene or Dove shampoo. But if you use this shampoo every day, it does clean your hair and it is as good as any of the store bought shampoos that I've used. 

I never had an itchy scalp and I do suffer from a mild case of dandruff but never saw any flakes while using this shampoo for the three days that I used it. 

The scent is mild and just ok as far as scents go but it wasn't unpleasant. So as long as you use it every day it's a good shampoo and keeps your hair looking clean and shiny. 

I give this shampoo 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given a sample free of charge to try.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

You have a right to know the ingredients

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Wow, I learned that the average woman uses 16,000 tampons over time, and that no federal law requires makers to disclose the ingredients in them. Protecting the right to know is important for all women in our lives. Learn more about this! #comeclean #generationgood

Seventh Generation is proud to be partnering with Women’s Voices for the Earth, leading a movement that is fighting for a woman’s right to know what is in the pads and tampons she uses. If you'd like to know more, read this article

Disclosure: This blog post was a mission from Seventh Generation that I'll receive points for completing. 

Favorite Video of the Week

This is my younger brother's channel. He's been videoing all the people that come to his next door neighbors house because the guy next door has been selling drugs and there's a lot of traffic. So my brother was in his own yard taking video and one of the people that stopped at the neighbor's house doesn't like to be all and confronts my brother.

There are other videos on my brother's Youtube channel you can see about the neighbors and the police being called.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

An envelope of bumper stickers and a funny letter from Adult Swim. A couple of months ago Adult Swim said if you signed up, they would send you a surprise. They set up their page that the freebie form was on a page that was going to act like a page would have back in the 90's with pop ups galore. So if you had the patience to keep exing out of the pop ups and finally get the form filled out, you were sent these funny bumper stickers and a letter from "Satan". Totally worth it.

It was a slow freebie week so I thought I would also share something new that I tried.

I've been wanting to try gnocchi for a while and Ken found this in the store so he bought it. I was really underwhelmed by it. I think it was the texture that threw me off. To me it was just not great and even the taste wasn't very good. So one more thing off my list to try but I'll keep trying new things. 

Do you like gnocchi?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Do You Have a Hobby?

Years ago I started going into Michael's and Joanne's craft stores and started picking crafts to do that seemed interesting. I tried wreath making, making jewelry, making dream catchers, and even tried making small sculptures out of clay *but we don't speak of that lol* This is a case full of some of my jewelry making supplies. 

I also made some of the beading crafts that come with everything you need to make them and the instructions to make them. I made a couple of watches that I really liked. 

I made Dream Catchers for a while and that was a lot of fun. 

I also made Wreaths for a while and I would probably keep making them but when I would go to buy supplies it was getting expensive. Those fake flowers are costly. lol 

The craft that I seem to keep coming back to is the jewelry making. I kept it simple and made a couple pairs of earrings while I was laid up with a broken toe and badly bruised leg. 

Do you have any hobbies?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

It's been quite a bit warmer lately and this is the time of year that all the weeds start coming up through the rocks on the bike path we walk. Falcor is so interested in these weeds. He just stands there sniffing the tiny flowers or sticks his head down in the middle of them. The bigger ones he was trying to rub up against which was really funny. I'm sure the county will be by soon to weed whack these things like they do every year but until then, Falcor will be sniffing the heck out of them. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: DegustaBox- May

DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

In this month's box was...

Mulino Blanco Shortbread cookies
Mutti Chopped tomatoes
Mulino Blanco Breadsticks
Pure Growth Organic Apples and Cinnamon oatmeal
Barilla Pasta
Barilla Pesto sauce
La Tortilla Factory Corn and wheat tortillas
Village Harvest Rice and Lentils
Goya Lentil and Vegetable soup
Soy Vay Asian BBQ sauce
Dandies Vanilla marshmallows

That's quite a lot in a box for $19.99 and most of this stuff I hadn't tried before. I keep finding things in these boxes that I wasn't sure I would like but end up being so darn good, like the Lentils. I've been wanting to try them because my friend posted a recipe and they sounded so good. The Lentil Vegetable soup was quite good. I'll definitely be trying more lentils. 

Now here's a treat for you. If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10. 

Have you tried anything new recently?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"I made dis."

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"I'm trying to shop!"

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"Yes, as a matter of fact I do plan on eating all of this."

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"I believe we're having a cake for dessert and I do expect more than a tiny bite."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weird Things Around My Apartment

A while back my friend Anna, at Herding Cats & Burning Soup made a post about things around her house. I loved the idea and stole it from her for this post. lol Thanks, Anna!

So if you were to walk around my house there might be a few things that stand out as strange, nothing I'd classify as outlandish but maybe a bit weird. I never said I was normal...let's just get that out there, okay?

I have a small collection of skulls. Including a salt and pepper shaker skull, a very large glass skull mug and a small rose quartz skull. My daughter brought the salt and pepper shaker skull for me.

A devil mask is sitting on one of the shelves my daughter made. She made it when she was a kid and it's been there for years. I'm guessing some of my weirdness rubbed off on her since she could have made anything and decided a devil was a good thing to make. lol 

I started collecting keychains about 27 years ago when I worked in a gift shop here in Las Vegas. The little camera at the top of the picture has pictures of different Las Vegas hotels that you can click through. That was one of the first keychains I bought. The Las Vegas nail clippers was another and then I just kept getting ones that I liked. There's a big diamond ring, pocket knife,  roller skate,  pill keeper,  hand grenade lighter,  beaded spanish dancer,  rabbits foot, whistle, leather lighter coat, The word super, dice, piano, frog, a cylinder filled with oil and glitter, and keys that I have no idea what they go to. 

The top lighter colored wooden box was what my mother in laws ashes were in for her funeral. After Ken and his family scattered her ashes, they gave the box to me. I put some of the jewelry I inherited from my mom when she passed away, into the box. 

On my fridge you'll find rat magnets and in the middle in a magnet that says Purina rat chow on it. 

Now if you opened up my hall closet there are a few strange things in there. I have a mini gun (not a real gun) that my dad gave to me about 30 years ago. 

In this picture you can see the hammer cocked back and when I pull the trigger the hammer slams forward and makes a loud pop. 

Just inside the hall closet is this ornate wooden box. I thought it looked really cool when I bought it some years ago. 

Inside it are some of the things I used to use when I was a practicing Wiccan many years ago. 

20 years ago when we first moved into this apartment, I had been flipping through a magazine and found this picture. I wanted to frame it and put it on the wall but Ken said hell no. LOL So I put it on the back wall of the hall closet and it's been there for 20 years which is why it's so faded. It's a picture of a mermaid chowing down on a strange fish. If you want a better look at this picture just Google Sorayama Mermaid and click on's one of the first pictures on that page. I thought it was a cool photo. 

So there ya go. There's some of the weird things you might find around my apartment. 

Do you have anything in your home that would surprise someone?

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

I was flipping through some Youtube music and came across this woman. Although it's not the usual type of music I listen to, I wasn't expecting that powerful voice to come from this woman. I love finding a song that surprises me or a voice that I just wasn't expecting. Her voice is really powerful and it's a pretty song.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

Degree Deodorant
Axe Body Wash
Dove Men Body Wash

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: Walmart Beauty Box

The Walmart Beauty box is a subscription box that comes out 4 times a year. You sign up for it and it comes automatically every 3 months. These boxes are jut $5 each and shipping is free. Last month Walmart contacted me and asked me if I'd like to opt in for the "Me Moment" box instead of the regular box. It's the first time they launched a themed box like this and even though they didn't tell me what would be in it, I figured why not. 

There were a lot of samples in this box. 

Here's what was in this month's Walmart Beauty Box

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
Aveen Positively Radiant in shower facial and over night facial
Rimmel Matte liquid foundation sample
Purifying Black Charcoal Mask
Gliss Shampoo and Conditioner
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer
Ban Roll On Deodorant
Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Hair Conditioner
Neutrogena Lip Gloss
Sinful Colors nail polish
Soapbox Body Wash

That's quite a few samples for just $5. I'm very happy with this box and so far I've liked everything that I've tried. 

Do you have a favorite subscription box?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

My daughter took Falcor to Petsmart and bought him a new toy and a T-shirt. How cute is that?

On the way back from Petsmart he hid his head in the blanket my daughter put down for him. This was his first car ride and he did really well in the car. 

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Recipe: Potato, Mushroom and Broccoli Frittata

So I set out to make a Frittata but it didn't quite make it to a frittata so I'll just call this eggs and vegetables. lol 

You will need: 

3 eggs, beaten
1 small potato
2 broccoli florets, cut into pieces
3 mushrooms, sliced
2TBSP Olive oil

What to do

Peel the potato and microwave for 2 minutes. Cut into cubes and add to saute pan that you've heated the oil in. Cook for 5 minutes and add sliced mushrooms and cut broccoli. Cook until everything is tender, about 6 more minutes. 

Beat eggs in a bowl and pour over mixture in the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until eggs are set, about 4 minutes. 

Or, if you're like me and don't like over cooked eggs on one side, you can cut the frittata eggs and vegies into 4 pieces and flip each piece over after 2 minutes or when you see the outside edges of the eggs starting to set. 

I absolutely hate over cooked eggs and you can bake this in the oven as well but the eggs get too done for me. There are any number of variations on this recipes. You can add pretty much anything you want to the eggs and I even got Ken to try this with me. This made enough for both Ken and myself. That picture I took is of the entire frittata  eggs and vegies, so half of that was enough for both of us but you can always add more vegetables and eggs to it. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"I painted you a cormflower."

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"I made dis wiff mai paws."

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"I see a stray yogie. I must rescue it. I'll save you, yogie!"

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Recipe: Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms

I made these as a side dish for dinner the other night and they were so good. 

You'll need:

10-12 White mushrooms
2 Broccoli florets
3 Brussel Sprouts
3 TBSP finely diced tomato
1 tsp finely diced cilantro
1 tsp Lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

What To Do:

Remove stems from mushrooms and place mushrooms stem side down in a shallow baking dish. Bake in oven at 400F for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes. Blot with a paper towel to remove any moisture that leaked out of the mushrooms. 

Finely chop the mushroom stems, broccoli florets, and brussel sprouts, add everything you just chopped to a saute pan with a TSBP butter and saute over medium heat for 10 minutes. Let cool. 

Next, finely chop the tomato and cilantro and add to a bowl with lemon juice. 

After everything has cooled for 10 minutes, add the tomato and cilantro mix to the sauteed vegetables and mix together. Add 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper or as much as you want and mix well. 

Using a small spoon, scoop the mixture into the mushrooms and bake an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy. 

Depending on the size of your mushrooms, you may find you have a little of the mixture leftover. I've used it in my salad, in breakfast burritos, mixed in eggs and also with chicken or meatloaf. 

Do you like stuffed mushrooms?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Favorite Video of the Week

If you've never watched Jenna Marbles, then you're welcome. If you have you already know how funny she is and she does do some cussing...naughty girl. But I found this funny. And for the ladies, Do you think your finger nails say something about your personality?

Friday, May 05, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

A sample of Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner
Disney Car Window Decals
A $5 amazon gift card from Crowdtap

As you can see, I was sent 7 of the Disney car window decals. When this freebie went live, the page wouldn't load to finish it and get the window that told you it was on the way. So I did what I do with other sites when this happens...I kept hitting refresh. A couple of times I actually went back and redid the entire form and chose a different color thinking maybe that background color wasn't working. *Headdesk*

So it seems that all of the times I refreshed the page, it actually went through and so that's why I was sent 7 of them. lol

It's cute though. Ken, Me and Falcor. 

On a side note, I've been a little behind in visiting blogs the last couple of days. On Wednesday I fell on the 2 steps coming back to my apartment with the dog and broke one of my toes and sprained 3 other toes. I also hyper extended my elbow and I could barely use my left arm for a couple of days. I'm feeling a little better now though. So if I've missed some of your blogs, I've been catching up the last two days.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Recipe: Caramelized Cauliflower & Mushrooms and Fried Eggs

For years at lunch time I would make Ken and I a sandwich. That was our go to lunch for years. A couple of years ago I found out I was Diabetic and the doc wanted me to stay away from bread, cereal, pasta, sugar...or to at least cut some carbs and sugar where I can. So I gave up eating cold cereal every morning and I've been trying other things for lunch which has been interesting. Ken still eats the sandwiches for the most part, I can't seem to bring him over to the dark side with me. Bwahahaha! *Evil cackle*

So I was looking up lunch recipes and came across a sauteed Brussels sprouts and fried eggs that I will be trying but I didn't have Brussels sprouts so I chose cauliflower and mushrooms which worked just fine in my opinion. 

What you'll need: 

4-5 Cauliflower Florets
2 Mushrooms
2 eggs
1TBSP Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Add the olive oil to a pan, turn to med heat. Cut the Cauliflower florets in half and add to pan. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Slice the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Cover with a lid and cook until the cauliflower florets are tender and slightly caramelized. Remove from pan and fry eggs in the same pan. I use a non stick pan so I didn't need to add more oil or butter to the pan. 

I really liked it and I'll be trying it with other vegetables, especially the brussels sprouts. 

What's your favorite lunch?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Favorite Photo of the Week

My grandson went to SeaQuest and had his face painted. He looks pretty happy about being Batman. 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Recipe: Chickpea and Avocado Salad

You will need: 

1 Avocado, Cubed
1/2 Cup of Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 Cup Diced Tomato
Small handful diced Sweet Onion
2 TBSP Diced Cilantro
2 TBSP Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Spiral Pasta, cooled
Squeeze of Lemon Juice

Mix everything together and enjoy. 

I've had this for lunch a few times now and it's so darn good.

What's your favorite salad?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Happy Raturday!

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"Dis Seal tastes like Chicken."

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"Rawr, I are big scary dinosaur."