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NSF International – a nonprofit organization that is committed to protecting public health and safety by developing standards and certifying products against those standards – would like to share a list of its top tips for picnic and grilling safety.  These tips are helpful guidelines on how to protect your family from food-borne illness, and keep your outdoor eating fun and safe this summer.  Unfortunately, summer weather can also create the perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow on foods that aren’t handled properly- so read on!!!

PICNIC FOOD SAFETY TIPS
1) Put perishable foods (i.e. hot dogs, cut fruits and salads) in individual containers on the bottom of the cooler with ice packs on the top:
This method provides the best insulation for foods that need to remain cool and helps prevent cross contamination. Transport uncooked meats in a separate cooler from ready-to-eat foods
2) Put cold drinks (i.e. sodas, juices, etc.) in a separate cooler:
This method avoids having the cooler containing perishable foods being constantly opened and closed.
3) Carry the cooler in the passenger area of the car:
Keeping the cooler in the passenger area instead of in the trunk allows the air conditioning to help keep the contents cool.
4) Avoid taking dishes to a picnic that contain uncooked or unpasteurized eggs, such as homemade salad dressings or mayonnaise:
Use pasteurized eggs or egg products to make these items. Food items containing properly prepared homemade or store-bought mayonnaise need to be kept cold until just before serving.
5) Wash produce such as melons prior to serving:
Bacteria can be present on the exterior of melons and can be carried into the edible section when cutting it.
6) Do not prepare food more than one day before your picnic unless it is to be frozen:
Cooking foods in advance allows for more opportunities for bacteria to grow. Be sure to reheat pre-cooked foods to at least 165°F before serving.
7) Remember the one-hour rule:
Do not consume any perishable foods that have been sitting out beyond one hour on days where the temperature is over 90°F. On cooler days (under 90°F), perishable foods should be returned to the cooler or discarded if not eaten within two hours.
8) Throw out leftovers:
Since most picnic leftovers have been sitting out for more than 1 – 2 hours and have had many people handling them, throw them out. The more time that food has been sitting at unsafe temperatures, the more likely harmful bacteria has grown.
9) Wash hands before eating or handling food:
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or handling food. If you’re eating where there’s no source of clean water, bring soap, water and paper towels or have disposable wipes or hand sanitizer available.
GRILLING TIPS TO REMEMBER

1.    Start with a Clean Kitchen: According to a germ study by NSF International, the kitchen sponge and kitchen sink were the germiest places in the home – items that are typically used in multiple stages of the cooking and cleaning process. Avoid cross-contamination by ensuring these items are clean by:

a.       Placing wet sponges in the microwave for two minutes once per day and replacing them often – every two weeks or more as needed. A better option for kitchen cleaning are dishcloths, towels and rags. These items can be sanitized by washing on the clothes washer’s hot water cycle with bleach. Replace every 1-2 days.     

b.      Washing and disinfecting the sides and bottom of the sink 1-2 times per week with a disinfecting cleaner. Sanitize kitchen drains and disposals monthly by pouring a solution of one teaspoon household bleach in one quart of water down the drain. Wash kitchen sink strainers in the dishwasher weekly.

2.    Defrost Foods Safely: Don’t attempt to defrost foods quickly by leaving them sit overnight on a kitchen counter. Use one of the following methods:

a.     Option I – Place a covered food in a shallow pan on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator.
b.    Option II – Defrost the food item in the microwave, but keep in mind that you must finish cooking the food immediately thereafter, as some areas of the food may become warm and begin to cook during the microwave defrosting process.
c.   Option III – If there is not enough time to thaw frozen foods, it is safe to cook foods from the frozen state. However, the cooking will take approximately 50% longer than the recommended time for fully thawed or fresh meat and poultry.

3.    Practice Proper Marinating: If marinating food, marinate in a refrigerator overnight and dispose of any leftover marinade that has been in contact with raw meat. While acids in marinades can help tenderize meat, too much vinegar or hot sauce can cause meat to be more stringy and tough.

4.    Keep Hot Foods Hot and Cold Foods Cold: Hot foods need to be kept at temperatures above 140 F and cold foods less than 40 F. Between these two temperatures, bacteria can multiply very rapidly and reach dangerous levels in as little as two hours.

5.    Don’t cook with your eyes; Cook with a thermometer: In order to ensure food has reached a safe internal temperature, always use a certified food thermometer. Any leftovers should be put away within two hours (one hour if the temperature is over 90° F).

6.    Avoid Cross Contamination. Since bacteria can easily spread from one food to the next via dripping juices, hands, or utensils, think ahead to avoid cross contamination.  Don’t use the same utensils and plates for raw and cooked foods, and always remember to wash your hands before preparing and consuming food.

For additional food safety tips, download the complete NSF Food Safety fact kit.

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit public health organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods.

NSF International | 789 N. Dixboro Road, P.O. Box 130140, Ann Arbor, MI 48113-0140 Consumer Hotline: 1-888-99-SAFER | Website: www.nsf.org

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·         NSF Certified Icepacks·         NSF Certified Meat Thermometer
·         NSF Certified Tupperware
·         NSF Apron

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No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends Aug 12, 2011.

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Swanson Contest

What’s up, all?  What is more fun then being healthy and happy?  Being healthy, happy, AND having soft skin of course!  There are some great products at Swanson health products.  First we cover the healthy, with Resveratrol 100.  Resveratrol is a powerful herbal anti-oxidant.  What this means is, when taken it helps naturally slow down the aging process of cells.  Meaning it helps you feel younger/be younger one cell at a time.  This product is all natural and also important, isn’t a giant pill that is difficult to swallow or tastes bad an hour after eaten, I’m looking at you multiple vitamin.  It just makes you feel a little better.:)
Now some fun stuff.  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil & DMAE Hand & Body Lotion is a wonderful lotion.  The lotion is based on surprise olive oil and also soybean oil.  This lotion is very smooth and rubs right in getting your skin silky smooth.  Works especially well right after the shower.  Now something for the everyday skin care, Red Elements Daily Moisturizing Creme.  This cream not only moisturizes but also protects with spf 15.  I’ll say this right now i think all daily facial creams should have spf at least 5 in them.  The higher the better, and spf 15 is just the right number to get a little warm glow without burning or glowing in the dark from your lack of pigment. 
Alright all one more before your bed time rituals, this one is Vegecol Facial Toner Alcohol-Free.  This toner acts as a cleanser, soother and light moisturizer.  What I like about this is, no alcohol burn.  Just a light pleasant fragrance and an effective toner.
Okie dokie so there you have it, some great healthy products that won’t break the bank and work really well.  By the way if you order now, there is a flat rate $4.99 shipping promotion going on right now AND buy 1 get 1 on most products.  Enjoy everyone!
One of you will win a 10$ gift certificate to use at Swanson.
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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June 12, 2011

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Win Cranberry Cystex


(Review by Daddy, who gets UTI’s on the regular) 
OK everyone, time to talk about something we all hate-   Urinary tract Infections.  If you don’t hate them, you’ve never had one.  Alright so those of you still with me who haven’t closed the page not wanting to relive the nightmare of their last one, thanks for staying.  Now onto the secret to not getting one again.  It’s called cranberries,  and not just any cranberries, you need about 8 glasses of cranberry juice a day.  Now you may be asking- eight? are you kidding? that is ridiculous, I barely drink eight glasses of anything a day.  Well a new product has just been released called Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex.  This wonderful little product concentrates the benefits of eight glasses of cranberry juice into one tablespoon.  Then adds some extra vitamin C, some natural bacteria inhibitors, immune system boosters and even prebiotics.  This mix works very well at staving off UTI’s.  I personally have gotten a few in my life time and welcome a way to not have them come back.  More importantly, my daughter gets them semi-often, doctor says its normal, I say we can do better then that.  Since she has been taking Cystex cranberry complex, the complaints have lessened and she seems a bit happier.  Hooray!!! Happy kids are fun kids.  Or at least more fun to be around when they aren’t talking about how it hurts when they pee.


     Cystex is even gluten, lactose and SUGAR free.  That’s right no sugar, but it  is still very drinkable and incredibly good for you.  Definitely a keeper ladies.  I really like how this product isn’t out to completely replace a regular doctor, just keep us healthier and less prone to theses nasty things.
Here are some ideas on preventing UTI’s.  

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DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends June 11, 2011

“Hot Hawaiian® T-Shirt Design Contest”

Put Your Creative Juices To The Test With the

“Hot Hawaiian® T-Shirt Design Contest”

Entry Deadline: August 31, 2011

Inspired By Unique, Original Artwork on Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips Packaging

MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ (May 2011)—The makers of Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips take great pride in the beautiful, original artwork on all of its packaging and now want to inspire consumers to create a new generation of art. From now through August 31, 2011, adult residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia are invited to submit an original design for a Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips t-shirt. The winning design will be made into a cool Hawaiian style t-shirt that people all over the country could be wearing!

“We want people to use the unique, colorful, tropical artwork that appears on the Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips packaging as inspiration for their own design,” says Terri Barberi, Brand Development Manager in the Specialty Foods Division of Pinnacle Foods Corp., marketers of the Hawaiian® brand. “What we’re looking for is original artwork that takes a nod from the designs we’ve created to bring the laid back feel and taste of Hawaii to life.”

From May 15, 2011 to August 31, 2011, entrants can submit an original t-shirt design by going to www.hawaiianbrandsnacks.com and clicking on the “Hot Hawaiian® T-Shirt Design Contest” banner. Read the Official Rules [http://www.hawaiianbrandsnacks.com/assets/pdf/OfficialRulesforTheHotHawaiianTShirtDesignContest.pdf], complete the entry form and upload a photo of your original design (make sure the photo is in one of the accepted formats listed on the entry page). The top six (6) entries, selected by a panel of judges from Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips based on originality, creativity, and adherence to a theme, will be posted on the website on or about September 15th until September 30th, during which time consumers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design once per day, every day.

The winning design, as selected by the general public, will be featured on a t-shirt, which will be available online and in various marketing programs. In addition to bragging rights, the Grand Prize winner will also receive a three-day/two-night trip for two to Hawaii including airfare and hotel stay (ARV $3,100)! Five runners-up will each receive one of the following prizes: 1) discounts on surf boards, board shorts, and bathing suits from a major national retailer (ARV 20% discount); 2) a boogie board (ARV $50); 3) a one-year supply of Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips (ARV $165 or 52 bags). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.

Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips are available in four delicious flavors including Original, Luau BBQ, Sweet Maui Onion and Wasabi. Use the current packaging artwork as inspiration!

POM Wonderful Juice Review and coupon

Why is POM Wonderful juice so good?  Well for one it is a little sour and sweet, not syrupy-sweet, just refreshing.  It is also a perfect thirst quencher when you need something different yet not insanely weird. POM is pomegranate juice.  It is naturally sweet and sour at the same time.  Is great by itself and is even healthy and good for you.  POM Wonderful full of good stuff- like anti-oxidants and vitamin C.  The kids really like it too.  The little guy loves goes nuts for POM (he calls it Pom Pom juice).  He also loves fresh pomegranate- but that is impossible to get year round.    I buy him POM Wonderful the 10 months of the year when I can’t get pomegranates  🙂  The only real drawback is it can be a little pricey. 
Another great characteristic of it is it mixes great with vodka, which Daddy is making me put in “for the grown-ups”.   🙂   He insists this is vital information for you to have, and that I as a non-drinker do not know what I am missing.  
By the way- they are a very “green” company, and here are a few ways that they work to make the world a better place!  
POM Wonderful is a global brand committed to innovation and wellness. We grow and market pomegranates and pomegranate-based products that are healthy, honest and essential to the well-being of humankind.
Ours is the only company that grows, harvests, processes and ships our own pomegranates. Plus, we’re the only pomegranate company that has provided over $34M in funding to support scientific research on Wonderful variety pomegranate products at top institutions around the globe.
POM Wonderful’s commitment to wellness also means caring about the well-being of our planet. Our sustainable business practices include:
• Using the latest drip-irrigation technologies in our orchards to minimize use of one of California’s scarcest resources – water.
• Making productive use of every single part of the pomegranate. What’s left over is used as cattle feed – no landfills for us!
• Manufacturing our bottles right next to our filling plant, which means no wasteful transportation of air-filled bottles.
• Employing an intelligent routing system to ensure our products travel the fewest miles possible to reach store shelves.

Make sure you head on over and print out your coupon before buying your bottles! Yay for saving  🙂
Don’t forget to follow POM Wonderful on Twitter and Facebook as well and keep up with the latest POM news! 

Lancaster- More Fun at the DoubleTree!

Hello and Happy Saturday!
We just got back from Lancaster, PA, and we had so much fun.  There was so much to see and do, and we can’t wait to go back in a few months and see what summer looks like!  🙂
While at the Double Tree Lancaster, a Hilton Hotel, there was a lot to see and do without even having to leave the campus.  The kids had a blast in the mini-water park that they had right inside the hotel, and of course there was a “grown up” pool as well.  They even had a hot tub!  We hopped into it for a second, but, no kids allowed, so, it was literally a second.  So, a bummed mommy- because I sure would have liked to stay in there for awhile!  🙂

There is a 3 hour bus tour that every guest gets to take.  We were able to go on a 90 minute tour, since we were only there for one night.  We were able to get a taste of some of the things to see and do (and eat!) in the area.  We got a great tour, some fun information and insights to the people and history of the area, as well as stopped to try out a few of the local delicacies  🙂
(Think home churned ice cream, hand rolled hot pretzels, and BBQ chicken to name a few!)
There is a lot to see and do in the area as well- Dutch Wonderland and Hershey Park are both local, and The Crayola Factory is also nearby  🙂  There is outlet shopping, fun food finds, Amish and Mennonite villages and tours- so much to see and do while staying at the Double Tree Lancaster, right in the center of it all!

I will be posting more about our trip all week- In the meantime- check out the website  🙂  Lancaster is a great place to go for a fun filled family vacation, and you won’t find a nicer place to stay then the Double Tree Lancaster!
Have a great night, and get some rest ladies!  🙂
~Samantha

Community Coffee- Contest!

What a great idea for moms- give the gift of coffee!  LOL, what we all need.
We moms know that we are always in need of something to help keep us awake.  The toughest job you will ever love, right?  And moms get NO downtime! From the early morning straight through the night, from the stomach virus, to scary monsters in the closet, potty training accidents, and everything in between.  We loose our sleep, haha. 
So here is a way to thank YOUR mom for all the time she spent awake with you- Community Coffee has some really cute gift sets, including this one!

Red Travel Latté Mug and Coffee Sampler ($15.95) – Give the delicious gift of our 12 oz. Private Reserve® House Blend ground coffee along with a cute, Red Ceramic Polka Dot Travel Latté Mug. The pair comes in a festive gift box. Our 16 oz. mug features a plastic removable drink lid that is great for those on the go. The mug is dishwasher safe and microwave safe for reheating only, with a maximum reheat time of one minute. Note: the mug is not insulated or spill-proof.

Community Coffee Company has sold the finest fresh-roasted premium coffee in Louisiana since Henry Norman “Cap” Saurage began selling coffee out of his country store in 1919. Today, Community® coffee can be found in grocery and convenience stores, offices, hotels and some of the best restaurants throughout the South. It is also served daily at CC’s Community Coffee House® locations in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans, and is available worldwide through CommunityCoffee.com. Community Coffee Company is the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America.

 Want a chance to win this gift set? 

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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends May 21, 2011.