Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tomatoes, Cooking and Inspiration

At home we are all big fans of Italian Cuisine. Particularly I love making it because it feels like a no brainer: I can please my family Regardless if it is chicken, beef, seafood, fish or just plain pasta. Personally, I love how many diverse thing I can come up with tomatoes.  Imagine my delight when I received Tuttorosso Tomatoes!

There is nothing like help in the kitchen. All sorts if help. I needed cooking instruction!  Do you know what tomatoes to use when? I didn't really but now thanks to suggestions and tips on the can labels of Tuttorosso Tomatoes I can now tell you when to used crushed, diced, whole, puree, plum, sauce, etc. For example, crushed tomatoes make a great base for pasta sauce, while paste can be used to thicken recipes

Besides this help, I found out of a Tuttorosso neat giveaway they are having. The 85-year-old tomato brand is hosting a Facebook promotion and is asking home cooks to post about their inspiration in cooking. Who (or what) inspired you to start cooking?

To celebrate its heritage dating back to 1929, people are being encouraged to post their cooking inspiration stories on Tuttorosso’s Facebook page —http://www.facebook.com/tuttorossotomato — starting on APRIL 16 and ending MAY 7.

Each entrant will receive a meal-occasion themed digital recipe flipbook with a $1.00/4 coupon, recipes, and cooking tips.

All entrants have to do is…
1. Like the Tuttorosso’s Facebook page, and 
2. Post who has been an inspiration in your family cooking tradition and how would you like to celebrate in their honor. 

The winner will receive a $250 prize pack that includes a serving plate, sauce ladle, pasta pot set and heirloom wooden spoon, plus $300 to a dinner celebration of the winner’s choosing!

Not bad for sharing who has inspired me to get in the kitchen!
Good luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tips on Balancing and Enegizing Yourself

What a great opportunity it was to chat with Kristi Yamaguchi at an Alpine lace Deli Cheese webinar last week.  Besides great tips, Alpine Lace Deli Cheese sponsors this giveaway too!
I honestly thought after her skating career and growing up, she was now another housewife and mom.  Nothing wrong with that at all.  After all being a stay home mom is a full time job.  I was surprised to discover that she is also a successful business woman  creator and owner of her own active wear line, spokesperson, mom, wife and much more.
during the webinar, Kristi shared tips on reaching a balanced life while keeping active and healthy.
My favorite thought from her was the fact that just like any regular working mom, she knows that there is not enough time to accomplish it all, so she focussed on prioritizing and finding 30 minutes of me time.
As moms we tend to focus on everyone and everything else. Me time is sometimes just a dream.  Listening to Kristi, I realized that those 30 minutes, truly get the energizing back in my court because I get to dedicate time to the things I love or am passionate about.  I can actually get to read a book without feeling guilty or not taking care of other things!  This was inspiring.  Even extra 30 minutes of sleep will make a difference in your day, and you can count that towards your me time of the day.

Other tips she shared were:

  • To achieve balance, don't forget the little things. Family, career and fun are always needed
  • Always think of convenient healthy snacks to keep handy like fruits and cheese
  • Make time for your friends and stay connected.  When you get toghether, make sure you all shcedule your next time together before you go.
  • Keep a journals to keep track of what you are grateful for or what you are proud off!
  • Get your kids to be active with you
  • Have friend be active with you too, that will get you accountability
  • While you encourage kids to play outside, get playing yourself too.  A good game of Tag burns many calories off!
  • If you work in front of a computer, get breaks to stretch.  I Japan people do it every hour.
  • For a healthy lifestyle and eating habits, moms need to set the example

For more great tips, be sure to visit Alpine Lace on Facebook

A little encouragement to get active and implement a few of the tips above, we bring you one prize pack giveaway that includes:
  • a Julia Jacket form the Tsu,Ya activewear line by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • a "One Line a Day" journal
  • a coupon to Alpine Lace Deli Cheese
To enter the giveaway, tell us which tip you are likely to implement.  Once you have done that you can you can take advantage of these bonus entries for the giveaway:
1-Follow us on Twitter , and tweet: Enter for chance to #win prize pack including activewear jacket http://bit.ly/1lGKXJ4
(you get an entry for every tweet; don’t forget to leave a link to your tweet).
2- Follow us on Pinterest
3- Grab our button
4- Follow our blog publicly (3 entries)
5- Add us to your blog roll
6- Enter any of my other current giveaways (2 entries)
7- Promote this giveaway, and give us the link of where and what you did. (4 extra entries).
8- Follow our friends 3 Pebbles on Twitter and tell them we sent you.
9- Hit the Google plus button and tell us you did so
10- Follow us on Instagram

Open to US residents 18 and over
*Giveaway will end on May 15th
*Make sure we have a way to reach you, by either enabling your email through blogger, or leaving your email in the comment.
*Winners are chosen by random.org, so make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one comment.
*Rules for each entry must be followed to be valid..
*Winners will be contacted via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply or new winners will be chosen.
*Cool Moms Cool Tips is not responsible for sponsors not honoring their offer


Personal, Pampering and Green - Accessories

While we are out making an extra effort to do good for the planet in our daily habits, specially these two weeks leading to Earth Day as we kicked off the celebration here where we shared our Alligator photo, then here with the green skincare, and how we can support our National Parks, we told about the film Bears here, we have now found a new brand to us Hastens.
With a passion for sleep, just like us chasing after our loss of sleep after becoming parents, Hastens has been out on a mission to change the world through sleep, perfecting their technique at offering us the best bed to sleep in since 1852.

Using only the most natural materials like sustainably resourced horsehair, cotton, flax and Sweedish pine among others,the use of natural materials and expert craftmanship results in beds that offer deep natural sleep.  Sounds like a dream!
With the same dedication and drive to work with natural materials, we can count on them to offer us fabulous personal accessories.  We particularly liked these two:

Hästens Travel Pillow
Our inner travel bug is delighted.  I can't wait to test it out in my next trip.  luckily I have 4 upcoming trips in the course of 3 weeks, so if all goes well this will a staple in my adventures.  With 100% duck down this travel pillow is the perfect accessory to guarantee a little beauty rest– whether by air, train, or automobile. Or use it as a makeup bag and zip it up with your loose beauty items with the rugged blue check fabric out. Then when you have settled in to your seat for your long trip reverse the pillow to expose the soft cotton and down interior. Comes in three colors.
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Hästens Bathrobe
Perfect for everyday pampering doing good to the planet, a robe fit for royalty with this double cut, terry cloth bathrobe. Made of the most premium quality cotton, it features Hästens blue check design as well.


For more information on the company and their products, you can visit www.hastens.com

What green finds have you encountered lately?  We would love to try out your discoveries.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Tickets Giveaway!

We have another giveaway for our movie goers!

This time we have a prize pack of 4 tickets to see the The Legends of Oz: Dorothy's return in each of these cities on 5/3:


Dallas
El Paso

Phoenix
Miami
Los Angeles
San Jose
Chicago 
San Diego
Tucson
McAllen
San Antonio
Sacramento
New York
Albuquerque
Houston



The movie will be released in theaters on  May 9th
Here is the Synopsis: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.
Starring: Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Patrick Stewart and Bernadette Peters

To enter the giveaway, please tell us your city and a way to reach you in case you win
If you do not leave your email, you forfeit.

If you do win, please keep in mind winners will receive guaranteed tickets until 30 minutes before start time (by 10:00am or 6:30pm, depending on the market). Tickets  will be held for winners  but you do not get reserved seats.If the winners do not arrive by 30 minutes prior to start,  their tickets will go to the general admit line.

Once you have done that, done that you can take advantage of these bonus entries for the giveaway:
1-Follow us on Twitter , and tweet: #Enter for chance to #win advance screening passes to movie The Wizard of Oz- Many cities!
(you get an entry for every tweet; don’t forget to leave a link to your tweet).
2- Follow us on Pinterest
3- Grab our button
4- Follow our blog publicly (3 entries)
5- Add us to your blog roll
6- Enter any of my other current giveaways (2 entries)
7- Promote this giveaway, and give us the link of where and what you did. (4 extra entries).
8- Follow our friends 3 Pebbles on Twitter and tell them we sent you.
9- Hit the Google plus button and tell us you did so
10- Follow us on Instagram

Open to US residents 18 and over
*Giveaway will end on April 28th
*Make sure we have a way to reach you, by either enabling your email through blogger, or leaving your email in the comment.
*Winners are chosen by random.org, so make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one comment.
*Rules for each entry must be followed to be valid..
*Winners will be contacted via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply or new winners will be chosen.
*Cool Moms Cool Tips is not responsible for sponsors not honoring their offer

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Giveaway to Get Things Done!

There are so many projects I have at home. I am day dreaming about having everything done, but at the same time, I am looking forward to actually doing the projects. 
I can get all the help I can get, and are ready to enlist the cheering of the kids. The fact that Savings.com and Home Depot are giving away $3,000 worth of gift cards and it’s easy to win is getting me making a special schedule of many weekends of DIY!

From now until Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM EST Savings.com and Home Depot will be giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day! Winners will receive a $20 Home Depot gift card and can enter once a day to win more than once!

To enter the giveaway, visit the Home Depot page on Savings.com:
http://www.savings.com/m-Home-Depot-coupons.html#i-5464132

What would you do with an extra $20 from Home Depot?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Go See Bears and Support a Park to Celebrate Earth Day!

Our Earth Day celebration went through the roof when we attended the pre-screening for the new Disneynature film "Bears" which is in theaters today April 18.
The film took our breath away with the beautiful cinematography that has Alaska's amazing landscape as a backdrop to a storyline that follows a mamma bear during her first year of motherhood. 

Here is the synopsis of the movie:
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! 

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In addition to a great enjoyable film that gets us in a conservation mood, the program SEE “BEARS,” PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS invites moviegoers to see the film during opening week  and Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to protect wildlife and wild places across America’s national park system.
This plus inspiration from Jennifer William's comment on our first Earth Day celebration post (you can read her comment here) is taking us this weekend to the Florida Everglades to pick up garbage and enjoy nature.
Is anything inspiring you to take care of our planet?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Muy Latinas Sprint Billboard Latino Party!


Are you ready to party with Muy Latinas Blogging Network and Sprint?
Great! A fabulous party is in store because as the exclusive wireless sponsor of Premios Billboard de la Música Latina, Sprint is bringing music lovers everywhere closer to the artist and music they love.

When: April 24/14 on twitter

Time: 7 pm EST (4 pm PST)

How: use #Framily AND #Billboards2014 (participants that ONLY use one hash-tag will not be eligible to win)

Who to follow: @muylatinas, @monicazyoung, @coolchillmom, @ahorradolares, @colombianaenca and @comiendoenla

What else to do: Like the Sprint Latino Facebook page

Prizes: valued at over $3000 to win with Muy Latinas and Sprint!
1. 5 x $20 dollars gift cards
2. 5 x $50 dollars gift cards
3. 3 x $100 dollars gift cards 
4. 3 Samsung devices

You even have 2 chances before the party even begins to win one of the $100 gift cards:
You can tweet this 
Join @MuyLatinas 4/24-7pm bilingual Twitter @Sprint party #Framily #Billboards2014 over $3K in prizes RSVP here http://bit.ly/1eTzmhF

Or you can share this image On instagram tagging  @muylatinas # muylatinas #framily #billboards2014 

In order to be eligible to win during the party RSVP on the link below. An RSVP is not required to participate, but it is required to be eligible to win. This party is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older.
Come and join the fun on the #SprintLatino twitter party. RSVP with your twitter handle
Unete a la diversion de la fiesta de twitter de #SprintLatino. RSVP con tu nombre de twitter

We can wait to celebrate music and Sprint with you!