Thursday, April 30, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GET PAID TO TRY NEW PRODUCTS WITH 20/20 RESEARCH

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GET PAID TO TRY NEW PRODUCTS WITH 20/20 RESEARCH: When HGTV was first launched in 1994, I was lucky to be part of the focus group in Maryland and paid with a crisp $100 for my time.  Yay! S...

GET PAID TO TRY NEW PRODUCTS WITH 20/20 RESEARCH

When HGTV was first launched in 1994, I was lucky to be part of the focus group in Maryland and paid with a crisp $100 for my time.  Yay! Since then, I've signed up with various groups online that pay with gift cards, points, or cash.  It's simple to sign up for this group,  and a recruiter will contact you for upcoming studies if you qualify, but it's also important to follow Facebook or Twitter to find out what type of surveys they're doing.  


If you like to be the first to find out about brand new products, try new foods or to share your valuable opinions, joining a focus group is the perfect opportunity.  Even better, if you're chosen, you'll be paid well for your time.
Their main offices are located in Charlotte, NC, Miami, FL and Nashville, TN, but you may also sign-up online at http://www.2020research.com/




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: DO YOU RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG?

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: DO YOU RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG?: With thousands of blogs in existence these days, you can probably imagine all the comments that are made on book reviews, beauty tricks, ...

DO YOU RESPOND TO EVERY COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG?


With thousands of blogs in existence these days, you can probably imagine all the comments that are made on book reviews, beauty tricks, entertainment news, travel suggestions and many more.



One of the Blogs I follow averages daily comments of 237, because she is super popular.  Usually, if you're the first person to comment on what she's written, you may get a response.  If you say something truly witty or outrageous, she'll also jump in.  Otherwise, due to the sheer volume of consistent feedback, there is definitely no way she'll follow-up on every comment, but she does read each and every one of them.


Some Blogs discuss various topics and never get back to readers, and others respond all the time.

I have a lot of work to do when it comes to being timely, because it may take me 1-4 days to respond to each comment individually, but dang it, I wish I could do it in real time. My goal is definitely to improve on that.  It's fun meeting new friends and learning new things, so I visit tons of blogs, and even though it may not be a good fit, I try to look for something that reaches out to me so I can interact.  I think there have only been about 3 blogs that I had trouble with, mostly because they were porn sites with actual sex going on, and frankly I didn't know what in the heck to say! (lol)  In fact, I didn't even know you could have blogs on the Internet with naked people actually doing the horizontal mambo without getting into trouble.  You'd be amazed what you can find by doing Google searches! (lol) 

But what about your own blog?  Do you respond to everyone who posts a response?  Is it generic?  Is it personalized?  Is it timely?  Is it consistent?  Is it exciting? Do you feel guilty when you don't respond?  Do you feel obligated?  Do you enjoy seeing responses from other bloggers, or do you just want to get the information out there?



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: TRY IT TUESDAY & TRIPLE RUBY RELISH

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: TRY IT TUESDAY & TRIPLE RUBY RELISH: If  you see a curious, cute and curvy woman in your yard picking dandelions, don't be alarmed. It's just me checking out all of t...

TRY IT TUESDAY & TRIPLE RUBY RELISH


Dandelion
If you see a curious, cute and curvy woman in your yard picking dandelions, don't be alarmed. It's just me checking out all of the health benefits and using them for tea and snacks.

All this time, I've been looking at dandelions as a nuisance that drew bees, but I recently found that even though they have a slightly bitter taste, the  benefits are outrageous.  Even better, it won't cost you a dime if they're growing in your backyard, or along the road. Yay! Thanks to www.organicfacts.net!





dandelion
Warning: Dandelions can be helpful to diabetics by lowering blood sugar, but for patients already taking blood-sugar modulators, this can result in hypoglycemia, an equally dangerous condition. Consult your doctor before adding dandelion supplements on top of your normal treatment. Also, the milk sap of dandelions has been known to cause itchiness, irritation, or allergic reactions on the skin, and should be kept away from the eyes. Finally, there is a rare type of fiber in dandelions called inulin, and some people have a predisposed sensitivity or allergy to it which can be quite severe. When first adding dandelion greens to your diet in any way, start small and closely monitor your body’s response.
Other than that, try some delicious dandelion greens and get healthy!
So every Monday, I have a standing appointment to see a physician for reasons that would bore you, so I head off for my 45 minute drive of singing along to the radio.  This appointment is a fantastic opportunity to not only catch up on reading, but to do what you know I do best - chat with strangers,(lol) because I'm at the hospital for most of the day.  Let me just say that visiting military hospitals is quite an adventure, and you'd be amazed at some of the stories you hear, or the the funny people you meet.  Totally makes my day, for sure.
Once finished there, had to pass right by the library and, yes, couldn't help myself, and ended up taking out 7 new books,  which included: Nora Roberts - Liar, Greg Ilies - The Bone Tree, Karen Robards - Hush, Stuart Scott, the ESPN sports announcer who died from cancer, - Every Day I Fight, Amanda Quick - Garden of Lies, Lisa Scottoline - Every 15 Minutes and a Persian cookbook, so I could try some new recipes.  The lady at the library really enjoyed sharing information about her 18 year old stepdaughter who had taken her car without permission, traveled to Virginia, then blamed her (the librarian+ stepmother) for racking up all those miles when she got in trouble with her dad.  Yikes!
Headed to Barnes and Noble in Cary ( Hey there Anna of Herding Cats and Burning Soup), and picked up Memory Man by David Baldacci to round out my book haul for the day.

Anyhoo - I still can't believe how simple this recipe is to make.


INGREDIENTS

16 Oz. Strawberries, chopped
6 Radishes, Cut into Strips (Cut up however you wish-lol)
1/2 Cup Watermelon
3 Tbsp, White Balsamic Vinegar
1 to 2 Tbsp Snipped Fresh Mint - (Feel free to stop over to my garden-lol)

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, radishes and watermelon, then add the vinegar. Let it stand for 10 minutes, then drain.  Toss wit the mint and you're all set to impress your friends!



If you're shy around strangers, today is your day to try to give a HUGE smile and strike up a conversation about the weather, a newly released book, or how lovely an outfit looks, with someone you've never met.  Everyone has a story to tell, and you never know how your kindness to a stranger can make all the difference.

Hugs....






Sunday, April 26, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: STRESS-FREE SUNDAY & SUPER SALADS

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: STRESS-FREE SUNDAY & SUPER SALADS: STRESS-FREE SUNDAY & SUPER SALADS   All week long we run around with kids, grand babies, shopping, writing, being ill, working at ...

STRESS-FREE SUNDAY & SUPER SALADS

STRESS-FREE SUNDAY & SUPER SALADS
 All week long we run around with kids, grand babies, shopping, writing, being ill, working at jobs we love or hate, cooking meals for the family,  attending meetings, travel for business, etc. Someone is always asking you to take care of something. So today is all about soothing your mind, remaining stress-free. and doing something special for YOU!


Last week was totally crazy and  I'm wiped out!  So today I'm finishing up a Robert Ludlum book, checking out a movie, soaking my feet, and preparing a very simple salad for dinner.  If you relax by checking out other blogs, be sure to visit http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ where Kim sponsors her weekly updates that are fun and informative.

Now on to the salads!

SPINACH, BACON & MUSHROOM SALAD
1 Large Bunch Fresh Spinach Leaves, washed, drained and torn
3/4 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
4 Slices of Bacon, cooked and crumbled (or more if you prefer)
3/4 Cup Croutons
4 Hard-Boiled Eggs, finely chopped
Black Pepper & Salt to taste (Cayenne if you like)
3/4 Cup Ranch Dressing or Italian Dressing

In a medium salad bowl, combine the spinach, mushrooms and bacon, then toss.  Top with croutons and eggs, seasoning as needed, the pour dressing over everything.  Ready to serve.
PASTA TWISTS WITH GARDEN VEGGIES
8 Ounces Uncooked Macaroni
1 Cup Honey Dijon or Poppy Seed Dressing
2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 Green and/or Red Pepper, chopped
1 Medium Cucumber, Sliced
1/2 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced

Cook the macaroni according to the package, then drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.  

In a large salad bowl, combine the dressing, tomatoes, peppers cucumber and red onion, then toss with the macaroni, then cover and chill until ready to serve. Feel free to add seasoning as needed.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DO YOU FOLLOW THE GROCERY STORE RULES?

The other day I was in the supermarket to pick up about 4 - 5 items, but you already know that I ended up needing a cart. (lol)

Anyhoo, many stores have lines for 10 items or less, cash only, etc.  So if you have a cart full of stuff or have no cash on hand these are the places most of us will steer clear of.

Needless to say, I was in a really long line, so I had time to people browse, which is totally fun, by the way.  One lady got in the 10 items or less aisle with merchandise that definitely exceeded the limit.  Uh oh... When she got to the cashier, this customer was politely reminded that the line was only for smaller purchases.  The worst thing I'm guilty of in any store is talking too much to strangers, so had that been me, I would have apologized, said I obviously needed new glasses and run with my cart to the closest register, finding new people to chat with.(lol)  This lady, unfortunately, who happened to have 2 kids with her, made a horrible scene.  She cursed the cashier out and told her she wasn't going to get in another line and refused to move.  The calmer the cashier remained, the louder this customer screamed, demanding to be served.  Her kids looked as if they wanted to floor to just swallow them up to get away from the entire nightmare.

Needless to say, the manager came over, and advised the customer that he would service her by opening another register, so she moved to another line, still grumbling.



Once she left the store, this customer was definitely the topic of various discussions.  Some were amused, a few were disgusted by her rant, and others simply shook their head.

I use coupons, but they have rules as to how they may be utilized, which are clearly posted, yet someone will almost always say or do something totally crazy if the lower price is not honored or the coupon can't be used.  Yikes!

But what about you? Have you ever seen this happen where you shop?  Do you ever comment?  Do you follow the rules?

Friday, April 24, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: FREEBIE FUN

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: FREEBIE FUN: On April 21, the Dunn NC Food Lion closed its doors due to lack of revenue.  Everything practically flew off the shelves at an unheard of pa...

FREEBIE FUN

On April 21, the Dunn NC Food Lion closed its doors due to lack of revenue.  Everything practically flew off the shelves at an unheard of pace.  But what most people don't know is that when closing stores don't get rid of all the merchandise, they either give or throw away what's left.  Hello!

If you know me, I'll find a reason to write or mail a card any chance I get, so can you see me doing the Happy Dance when I managed to pick up over 500 greeting cards, gift card boxes, books, and picnic supplies for the whopping price of FREE!  The cashier had literally bagged up all those things (2) Lawn Size bags and was headed to the garbage can to throw all those goodies away!  She was thrilled to see me and didn't mind my HUGE Hug of thanks! (lol)

Taking a page from my friend Mary K. of Dark Thoughts who does a Freebie Friday and is super organized, I finally managed to take pictures of some of the other freebies I received this week.  Yay!

There really is such as thing as getting things for FREE if you take the time to look around the Internet, or have really neat friends.

Below are samples I received in the mail or Freebie hunting and include Truvia, new shoes, books, Olay Body Wash (smells awesome), Rachel Ray cookbook to add to my collection ($.25 at a yard sale), a few of the cards, a package of ground coffee, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, People, gift card boxes, dvd's, and scentsy fragrant wax warmers that will make your entire home smell like you've been baking all day.  

IGA in Coats was selling 6 tangerines in a pack for $ .68 and 4 baking potatoes in a pack for $. 02!
Then I headed to Harris Teeter and picked up Colgate Toothpaste for FREE because I had a few coupons.  Yay!







Thursday, April 23, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GET SOME COWBOY LOVIN'

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GET SOME COWBOY LOVIN': Who doesn't want to fall head over heels in love or lust with a cowboy?  If you're in the mood, check out these tempting tales from ...

GET SOME COWBOY LOVIN'

Who doesn't want to fall head over heels in love or lust with a cowboy?  If you're in the mood, check out these tempting tales from Delilah Devlin, Carolyn Brown, and Jennifer Ryan. 






Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: TASTE TEST FOR MCCORMICK AND GET PAID

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: TASTE TEST FOR MCCORMICK AND GET PAID: Who doesn't enjoy getting things for free, or to find out about various products before they're even on the market? If you'd ...

TASTE TEST FOR MCCORMICK AND GET PAID


Who doesn't enjoy getting things for free, or to find out about various products before they're even on the market?

If you'd like to sample drinks, snacks, or spices, why not try McCormick Foods, located in Maryland?

Their program allows you to try things directly at their location, or right at home.  Either way, you'll be paid for your time.

The application process is very simple, and once you're done, they'll ask you to confirm your e-mail.  If you meet their requirements, you'll be contacted again for the final step of acceptance. That's all there is to it.

The link to sign up is listed below.


http://www.mccormickcorporation.com/
Then click on Consumer Testing on the top of the page.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: WHY DO YOU REALLY BLOG?

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: WHY DO YOU REALLY BLOG?: Yep, I'm a nerd.  In fact, on any given day you'll see me either:    1)  Holding a book    2)  Reading a book    3)  Discussing a...

WHY DO YOU REALLY BLOG?

Yep, I'm a nerd.  In fact, on any given day you'll see me either:
   1)  Holding a book
   2)  Reading a book
   3)  Discussing a book
   4)  Trying to find a book

That hobby is actually how I found out about blogging.  Most of the time I remained in stealth mode, reading funny comments, or getting inside info on exciting new authors, and it seemed...interesting. Even better, I met like-minded and opinionated people who were making a difference.  Wicked Readings by Tawania is the first Blog about romance books that I followed, and in doing so, realized that many years ago, while living in Virginia, our children had actually attended high school together.  Talk about small world!

Amazingly, according to  Blogging.org  329 million+ people actually take time to check out some type of blog on a monthly basis,  with over 500,000 posts made daily.  For some reason, I thought women blogged more than men, but it's actually the opposite, and that's surprising.

Because I read so much, friends say I blurt out a lot of useless trivia, and to stop them from having to listen to all this knowledge, they encouraged me to start a blog so I could torture perfect strangers. (lol)  As much as I love to pass on how to find a fun freebie, a cool contest, a rockin' recipe or random acts of kindness, my passion was talking about domestic violence.  Victims of domestic violence share a special place in my heart and deserve to be heard and protected.


According to this same data, 81 per cent of those who blog will never make any serious money, while 8% are those who can actually sustain a living talking about things they love. This sounds hard to believe, but 2 percent of bloggers make $150,000 or more! Wow, that just sounds unbelievable, right?  


So the question of the day is, "Why Do You Blog?"  Do you have something important to share?  What do you really want people to know about you? Does it bother you if readers comment in a less than favorable way to a topic you've posted?  Are you lonely and look forward to meeting new people?  Are you a writer, or dream of one day being a novelist? Do you write for your own peace of mind? Do you visit your Blog on a regular basis, and do you care about your numbers? Are you organized? Do you wake up every day, excited about new discussions?  Is this a hobby or do you expect to become rich and famous? Is blogging your true passion? 


Blogging is a great way to share information, but sooner or later, there will be a day, a week or even a month, when you're just plain burned out.  There will come a time when you may notice your earlier success is waning, making you need to switch gears. What if you're trying to maintain one or more blogs simultaneously?  Is there such as thing as sharing "too much" on a blog, and how do you find balance?Where will you find the time, and still maintain your sanity? 


Time permitting, I enjoy checking out different blogs in the universe and some have been totally outrageous! (lol)  I've even found some (quite by accident, of course-lol)  where there is outright nudity and sexual acts going on. The best one about cheating is Chumplady.com, and there are literally hundreds of fashion and makeup blogs to suit every taste.  Blogs about blogging, cooking, teas, travel, politics, book reviews, entertainment, health, parenting, sweepstakes, marriage, and more are all there, and many are successful.  Some, unfortunately are not. I've clicked on plenty of sites that are no longer operational.

If you want honest feedback about your blog, or various topics of discussion, there's no better place to be than connecting with other bloggers. 

So, inquiring minds want to know what made you get up one day and say, "I Want to Blog"?



Monday, April 20, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GINGER - HONEY TEA

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: GINGER - HONEY TEA: You may find this recipe frequently if you're a Pinter-est regular, because it's pinned or liked by many visitors. This is super ...

GINGER - HONEY TEA



You may find this recipe frequently if you're a Pinter-est regular, because it's pinned or liked by many visitors. This is super simple to make, healthy, and it tastes great!












Ingredients

1 -inch piece ginger root, peeled

1 large strip lemon rind
6 cups water

1/3 cup honey, or eyeball it
1 lemon, juiced
4 chamomile or other tea bags




Directions


Slice the ginger into coins. Heat the ginger, lemon rind, water and honey to a boil in small pot. Add lemon juice to hot water and transfer to a tea pot. Add tea bags to pot and steep. Remove bags and serve tea.

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray


Saturday, April 18, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: LIBRARY OR BARNES & NOBLE?

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: LIBRARY OR BARNES & NOBLE?: Do you remember having to do reports in school  by choosing books from the library and NOT the Internet? Sometimes you were actually told wh...

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CHECK OUT THIS ABUSIVE CONVERSATION

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CHECK OUT THIS ABUSIVE CONVERSATION: Many therapists share this scientific scenario to help victims of verbal abuse understand how they've been conditioned. Place a frog i...

CHECK OUT THIS ABUSIVE CONVERSATION

Many therapists share this scientific scenario to help victims of verbal abuse understand how they've been conditioned.

Place a frog into a pan of scalding water on a stove and the frog will immediately jump out; however, if you place that same frog into a cool pot of water, then gradually increase the heat, it will literally boil to death.  That sounds scary, yet that's exactly how verbal abuse can progress.  When little things start to happen, we may or may not notice them, but as they continue, we find that we've adapted until we become shells of our former selves.  Verbal abuse is considered domestic violence, and is very dangerous.

Here is a real conversation between a couple that I've been friends with for quite some time, and as you read this, I promise you'll shake your head.  While these scenarios focus on the woman as the abused, please know that men may also be victims.

Husband:  I don't know why you bought that picture and put it in the living room.  It doesn't even match the rest of the furniture, and it probably cost too much.

Wife:  Yeah, you're probably right, it doesn't really match. Actually, *Janet gave it to me.  I just loved the colors so much and wanted show it off if we have visitors. That's why I put it in the living room.

Husband:  It does match with the living room furniture even though the colors suck.  Does your friend Janet think we need her charity? She's always passing off her stuff on us.  What's wrong with her?

Wife:  You're right, it's a really good match.

Husband:  How in the world can you say that picture goes with anything that's in this living room? You're crazy! (Raising his voice)

Wife:  Okay, maybe the colors are not quite right.  I'm with you.

Husband:  That's not what's wrong with it, you idiot.

Wife:  I'm just really trying to understand what you're saying.

Husband:  No you're not.  You just want to twist everything I say around, like you always do.  I can't talk to you because you never make any sense!

Do you see the dynamics of this dialogue? There's literally no way there can be a healthy conversation despite the wife's attempt to please her husband. Every attempt is met with resistance, and this is just about a picture on the wall!

Here's another example of verbal abuse disguised as joking comments:

"You'd fall apart or kill yourself if I wasn't here to take care of you".
"All the women on my job tell me all the time how lucky you are and that you need to straighten up".
"You need to know your place".
"Your feet are so small, it's a wonder you don't topple over from the size of your head".
"What else can I expect?  You're only a woman".

If you respond by saying you aren't amused, you're then angrily accused of not having a sense of humor, or what's been said is no big deal.

Or perhaps this has happened to you during a conversation:

Wife:  I really need to talk to you about something that happened at work today.

Husband:  (Covering his face and sighing) What is it?

Wife: Silent because she's afraid of his reaction.

Husband:  Glaring.  Come on, I don't have all day.

Wife:  They're during some restructuring at work-------

Husband:  Cutting off his wife.  What is taking you so long to get to the point?  You always have to drag things out!

Wife:  I'm trying to tell---

Husband:  Cutting off his wife again.  Look, this is taking too long, then gets up and walks away.

As kids, we learned early on that "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me", yet we now know that this quote is fictional.  In fact, verbal abuse produces dramatic consequences that include loss of self-esteem, lack of confidence, fear, doubt of self-worth, and wondering if something is wrong with our own thought processes.  The life we lived is in the past, our successes, and feeling good about who we were, is no longer valid.

Being called horrible names, cheated on, degraded or embarrassed in public, humiliated around strangers or even family members is not how we should be treated.  Perhaps you are constantly blamed for things which have nothing to do with you, or everything you do is wrong.  You're at the point where you're ready to pull out all your hair with frustration, and doubting your own sanity.

If this has or is happening, you're definitely not alone.

If you can safely, seek assistance from someone you trust, or contact a domestic violence shelter who can provide valuable information.  There are people who care.

 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)









Friday, April 17, 2015

The Fun of the April A to Z Challenge!


Had I not known Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup, I never would have known about the annual A to Z Challenge, and my goodness it sure has been fun!

My New Year's Resolution has been to visit new blogs throughout the year to gain valuable tips, laugh a little, find new authors, and to discuss various topics even though I didn't participate in the challenge for my own blog.

During my travels I've been introduced to some amazing new friends, and the topics have been creative.  We're 1/2 way through the month and I've found one that is outspoken, hilarious and educational over at https://theinnerwildkat.wordpress.com with Kitt Crescendo.  Her topic today is the letter "O".  You should definitely take a peek. (lol)

Hugs...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CHOCOLATE GOODY BARS

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CHOCOLATE GOODY BARS: In 2000, Lynn Lhotka from Wisconsin helped her church win the Betty Crocker 50th Anniversary Cake Mix Bake Sale competition with these Choco...

CHOCOLATE GOODY BARS

In 2000, Lynn Lhotka from Wisconsin helped her church win the Betty Crocker 50th Anniversary Cake Mix Bake Sale competition with these Chocolate Goody Bars.  How much did she win?  Five thousand dollars!

It's pretty simple to make, and you don't need a lot of special ingredients.

INGREDIENTS
1 Box Fudge Brownie Mix
1/2 Cup Cooking Oil
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Water
1 Can of Vanilla Frosting
3/4 Cups Chopped Pecans, Walnuts or Peanuts
3 Cups Crispy Rice Cereal
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 12 Oz. Pkg Semi-Sweet Chocolate Pieces

INSTRUCTIONS
Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan, then set it aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the brownie mix, cooking oil, eggs and water until well mixed.  Spread the mixture into the greased pan. Bake in your oven at 350 degrees for 28 - 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side of the pan comes out clean.  Cool completely, then frost and top with nuts.  Cover, and chill in the fridge.

Place rice cereal in a medium bowl.  In a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter and chocolate pieces, stirring over low heat until the chocolate is melted.  Pour over the cereal, stirring to coat evenly, then spread the mixture on top of the vanilla frosting. Cover and chill in the fridge again until the chocolate layer is set. Refrigerate if you have any leftovers. (lol)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: FREE ICE CREAM CONE DAY!

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: FREE ICE CREAM CONE DAY!: If you love tasty ice cream or want a yummy snack, then you are going to love this freebie!  Today, April 14th is  Free Cone Day at Ben &a...

FREE ICE CREAM CONE DAY!

If you love tasty ice cream or want a yummy snack, then you are going to love this freebie!  Today, April 14th is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's!  Yay!  I'm partial to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough so I can't wait to celebrate.

No coupon is needed.  All you need to do is stop by any Ben & Jerry’s location between 12PM – 8 PM today, to get your FREE Scoop! 


Monday, April 13, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING: Even though I'll never give up cheeseburgers, I've been incorporating a lot more salads into my diet lately.  This yummy recipe is s...

CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

Even though I'll never give up cheeseburgers, I've been incorporating a lot more salads into my diet lately.  This yummy recipe is so simple to prepare, and only takes about 5-10 minutes of your time. Even better, there's not a lot of complicated or expensive ingredients to buy.  Yay!


INGREDIENTS
1 Ripe Avocado, Pitted and Peeled
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Scallions, trimmed and chopped 
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Cayenne Pepper or Pepper Flakes (Optional)

DIRECTIONS
Combine the avocado, yogurt, scallions and lime juice with 1/2 cup of water in a blender, then puree until smooth.  Add more water, if needed, by the tablespoon, to adjust as needed for thickness and consistency.

Season with salt and pepper.  If you like your food to have a kick, feel free to add pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

This dressing may be stored in the fridge for no more than 3 days. Stir until smooth right before using.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: COUPON SPECIAL & Dtangler Brush Review

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: COUPON SPECIAL & Dtangler Brush Review: Some may call it a curse, while others consider it a blessing, but I have a head of thick, curly hair that has offered its share of both d...

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: Coupon Special & Dtangler Brush Review

IN THE KNOW WITH RO: Dtangler Brush Review: Some may call it a curse, while others consider it a blessing, but I have a head of thick, curly hair that has offered its share of both d...

COUPON SPECIAL & Dtangler Brush Review

Some may call it a curse, while others consider it a
blessing, but I have a head of thick, curly hair that has offered its share of both dilemmas throughout the years.


Yes, it looks gorgeous and shiny once I pull it all together, but it takes forever to get there!

As a kid, my hair was long and so thick, that it took forever to dry, even under a professional dryer. When my mom tried to gain some order with my hair by yanking through all those tangles, it caused lots of tears, broken combs and brushes.

Once I got older, I cut it all off to minimize the pain, but I still couldn't find a brush to do what it needed to do.  Bristles were either much too hard, some were skimpy and broke under the slightest pressure, while others simply couldn't get through the tangles.

Fast forward many years later to the Dtangler Brush, and oh my goodness what a difference!

As soon as I finished my shower, it was so simple to brush through my hair with no pulling or pain.  On those days when my hair wasn't wet, it was amazing to see how easily the brush pulled out any tangles, and the bristles never broke.

Dtangler works well on coarse hair like mine, but it works just as well on other textures, minimizing the time it takes to get ready for work, school, a special event, or a party.

What's also great about this product is not only how it glides so easily through my hair, but the hot pink color totally captivated me, making it fun to use and easy to store in the bathroom or your purse.  It's also very easy to hold due to the curved and comfortable design and I love it!

While I don't have small children, I can just imagine how easy it would be to brush unmanageable hair with this exciting new brush.

But don't take my word for it.  Amazon is selling this fantastic brush for $15.88 or $9.99, but if you use the special link listed below with the one time code, YOU can purchase this for just $1.99!  No kidding!  

Here's the link to get your amazing new brush:


These are the codes to enter during purchase, remembering that each one may be utilized just once.
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