August 26, 2011

Oregon Chai Chai-brary Facebook giveaway

Love reading? Love chai? Then you're going to love the Oregon Chai Chai-brary giveaway!

Oregon Chai's new Facebook sweepstakes, Chai-brary, has just been brewed. It highlights reading and enjoying chai as the ideal Me Time moment.

One lucky entry will receive $1,000 to buy whatever is needed to make their reading more enjoyable. They're also giving 1,000 runners up a $5 Amazon gift card, and all entrants will receive $1 toward any Oregon Chai product just for entering.

So what are you waiting for? Go enter!



{Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Oregon Chai. I received no compensation but I am entered to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate for posting it.}

LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System {review & giveaway}

Remember when "soft" soap first hit the market? What a neat idea! No more messy bar soap for washing hands. All we had to do was push down on a dispenser to get liquid soap for washing hands. Much more convenient and much less messy!

But did you ever stop to think about the germs that may be on the dispenser itself? If you use dirty hands to pump the soap, it stands to reason there would be nasty germs on the dispenser, right?

So how do you keep your family as safe from germs as possible?

Well, I'm happy to tell you that there's a new product on the market that will certainly give you a boost in that direction. Lysol introduces its new Healthy Touch No-Touch Hand Soap System!

This is a fabulous invention. No more fumbling to press a dispenser. You simply put your hand under the nozzle and the unit automatically detects it and dispenses the proper amount of soap into your hand. You never touch the soap dispenser at all.

Wonderful for everyone, but especially for little hands and fingers that may have trouble with the old-fashioned pumps. And even older, arthritic hands will benefit from not having to exert pressure on the pump mechanism.

The Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Hand Soap System starter kit consists of a dispenser, one hand soap refill, and four AA batteries (batteries included! Yay!!). You simply pop in the batteries, insert the soap refill, and you're ready to go. It's that easy!

Hand soap refills come in four varieties:
Refreshing Grapefruit Essence
Soothing Cucumber Splash
Aloe Vera & Vitamin E with moisturizers
Antibacterial Total Care

Lysol also introduces new Dual Action disinfecting wipes. These wipes are the same Lysol wipes you expect, but one side also has fibers for more heavy duty scrubbing. One side wipes, one side scrubs. Dual action. Ingenious!

You can get tons of information about germs and keeping your family and home healthy on the Lysol website. Connect with Lysol on Facebook and enter the Lysol No-Touch Stainless Steel Kitchen Sweepstakes.

~~GIVEAWAY~~

Want to try the new Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch hand soap system and new Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes? Then you're in luck! One lucky Shady Lady reader will win a no-touch soap system and a package of dual action wipes courtesy of Lysol and MomSelect! This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

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Giveaway closes midnight CST Friday September 9, 2011. Giveaway open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.


(Disclosure: Lysol and MomSelect provided products to help facilitate this review. However my opinions are my own and I received no monetary consideration.)

August 6, 2011

Reading glasses for computer users! {review & giveaway}

I admit it: I'm vain. I'm also blind as a bat, but dislike glasses with a passion. I prefer contacts, and have worn contacts nearly my whole adult life.

I'm nearsighted, so the contacts I wear are designed to correct my vision for driving and seeing at a distance, but they are horrible for reading or up-close work.

So with my contacts I wear reading glasses to read. Even outdoors, I wear reading sunglasses! How neat is that idea! Now I can read my book or magazine at the beach or lying in the hammock and still protect my eyes from harmful rays too. Check out these gorgeous bifocal sunglasses for women.

Anytime I'm reading, I wear reading glasses. Even for reading on the computer screen.

Little did I know that I was overdoing it for the computer!

I received the Houston unisex computer reading glasses to review and let me tell you, I LOVE THESE GLASSES!!

They are so stylish, and would be appropriate for both men and women (although I think women would like them more than men, simply because of the delicate frame design). They also have adjustable nose pieces and spring hinges.

That's important to me. I won't ever again buy any reading glasses without the spring hinges. They not only fit your face better (they automatically adjust themselves and stay tight) but they are nearly indestructible. How many times have you ruined a pair of glasses by bending or breaking off one of the ear pieces? The spring hinges are ingenious for preventing that kind of mishap.

Now, here's the main point of why I chose these glasses: They are dual-power. Yep, they have these little "bifocal" areas at the bottom of the lenses that are your true reading magnification power and what you would use to read printed material, books, magazines, etc. But the upper part is about half that magnification power and is all you need to read your computer screen.

Yes, I realize that this sounds unbelievable. But it's true, or at least it's true for me. These really work! And the lenses have an anti-glare coating to help reduce eye strain from the computer screen. I would never have believed that I didn't need the same power for my computer screen that I need for reading a book. These computer reading glasses make it easy to work at your desk, looking at the computer, then looking at whatever printed material through the "bifocals".

Don't let the word "bifocals" throw you. They are really easy and comfortable to use. I have noticed a lot less eye strain wearing these glasses for working on the computer, and I don't have to switch to a higher power magnification to read print material. I am hooked!

Reading Glasses Shopper has the widest selection of reading glasses I've ever seen anywhere. And very stylish! These aren't your cheap discount store reading glasses. Nope, these are high quality glasses, but without the high price tag. A little more than you'd pay for those discount store glasses, but so worth the difference!

So if you wear reading glasses, you owe it to yourself to check out Reading Glasses Shopper.

~~GIVEAWAY~~

Want to try reading glasses from Reading Glasses Shopper? Then you're in luck! One lucky Shady Lady reader will win a pair of glasses of choice or a $25 gift certificate. This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

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*DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste the following:

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*One extra entry if you follow with Networked Blogs. (see sidebar) Current followers qualify also.

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Giveaway closes midnight CST Wednesday August 17, 2011. Giveaway open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.


(Disclosure: Reading Glasses Shopper provided a product to help facilitate this review. However my opinions are my own and I received no monetary consideration.)

Harmony Valley makes going meatless painless! {review}

We've all heard it over and over... eat less red meat. But that's kinda hard to do when you grab a burger on the run or want to present that perfect pot roast dinner.

So unless you are a vegetarian, the only solution is to cut back on the amount of meat you eat. Even one or two meatless meals a week is better than nothing.

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mixes make it easy to go meatless and still have great hamburger texture and flavor.
Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mix for hamburger consists of wheat gluten and soy flour. Spices are added to enhance the flavor. Each package makes 1 lb. of "meatless hamburger" that is low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates but high in fiber, protein, and iron.
And it's so simple to use! Just mix one package with 1 1/4 cups cold water, then let it stand at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator. That's all there is to it.

This is what the dry mix looks like before adding water:
And here's what it looks like after it has hydrated in the refrigerator:

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix is ideal as a meat substitute for so many recipes, but I wanted to try it as a substitute for plain ol' hamburger meat in a pasta dish.

So I fried the vegetarian mix just like I would hamburger meat, but since there is no "fat" in the Harmony Valley mix, I added about a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet so it wouldn't stick to the pan. I cooked it on medium heat and even with the olive oil I still had to stir constantly to keep it from sticking and burning. But in the end it cooked and crumbled nicely, just like you want hamburger to do.
I added it to some cooked 8-whole-grain pasta shells and pasta sauce sprinkled with grated Romano cheese.
Except for some sea salt I added to the boiling water for the pasta, I added NO SALT or other seasonings.

So how did it taste? Well... I can honestly say that even though I knew it wasn't hamburger, it could easily have fooled anyone for texture and appearance. As for taste, it tasted a bit like "vegetables"... I can't really describe it except to say that it doesn't taste like "meat" at all, but it's a pleasant taste overall and the seasonings are spot on. With the 8-whole-grain pasta, it was definitely a hearty dish!

If you find that you just can't give up meat completely, you can always mix some Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix with your ground beef to stretch it and make it overall healthier. In soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes, I don't think anyone would be the wiser.

I was sent one package of the Vegetarian Hamburger Mix to try, and I love pasta dishes, so I wanted to see how it does as "ground beef". But I do believe that it would probably work better as grilled patties or meatloaf. It does have a nice sticky consistency that won't easily fall apart, but frying it up in the pan like ground beef can be a bit tricky. For one thing, the color didn't change (or maybe only slightly) so it was difficult to tell if it was "done" or not. And with no fat, it does tend to stick to the pan.

So the bottom line is that I honestly don't know if I can recommend this as a "ground beef" substitute if you're using it in recipes where it needs to be fried like hamburger. But if you're just looking for an alternative meat substitute for a few meals a week, you can't go wrong with Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mixes.

They also make a Vegetarian Sausage Style Mix for breakfast! I love sausage, so I'd really like to try that. Sounds like it would be a great alternative for pizza too!

Harmony Valley may not be available in your area yet, but you can order it online. And there's a locator on their website that will help you find it locally.

Bottom line: Yes, I would heartily recommend Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mixes as a viable alternative to meat.


(Disclosure: Harmony Valley provided a product to help facilitate this review. However my opinions are my own and I received no monetary consideration.)