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Friday, December 28, 2012

SwaddleDesigns Review

Its getting cold out there baby!!! Thats why it is so important to protect and keep our little ones warm. One great way to do that is to use SwaddleDesigns flannel sheets. If you have ever slept on flannel sheets then you know the extra warmth that they provide. Normal cotton sheets are nice but when the weather is cold the extra comfort of flannel is welcomed.

SwaddleDesigns products are known for their great quality and long lasting value that moms and babies love and enjoy for years.SwaddleDesigns are also well respected by the medical community and often are recommended by pediatricians, nurses, boulas, newborn care instructors.

SwaddleDesigns Ultra Soft Fitted Crib Sheets are made from the same soft flannel cotton as our best selling Ultimate Receiving Blankets. These cozy and cmfrtable 100% natural cotton fibers are gentle next to baby's delicate skin. Don't worry with over 20 plus designs and colors to coordinate with SwaddleDesigns best selling product line or any nursery decor or personal style the flannel sheet of your choice will be welcomed into your childs room. The flannel sheets fit standard USA crib mattress (28" x 52") are high quality safe for everyday use.

Looking for a gift for a newborn, mom to be or a baby shower gift? SwaddleDesign products come available in gift ready packaging.

SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in 2002. SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, and their innovative 123 Swaddle® pictorial instructional label sewn to the edge of their Swaddling blankets that makes learning how to swaddle so easy.

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Keep Those New Year Resolutions

Do you make New Year Resolutions? Well if you are like me you may but you may not always be able to keep them. Dont worry we are not alone. There are 80% of all new-year resolutions that are broken by the end of January each year. Balance Bar Company the makers of America's original nutrition energy bars wants to help consumers to "outlast" their new year resolutions. They  are encouraging Americans to find better balance in 2013. Balance Bar has teamed up with Amber Rosenberg, a certified life coach and Balance Bar's official Resolutions Guru. Together they want to share helpful tips and ideas for setting successful resolutions for 2013 at 
Resolutions such as losing weight, getting fit, and finding more organization often are top resolutions that individuals make. Each of them requiring some sort of balance in their life. Great goals, that require getting started with a balanced approach. Balance Bars are aware of this and have started helping Balance fans to share how they will be approaching their resolutions. Balance Bar will also be hosting "Outlast Your New Year's Resolutions" Facebook contest.  

Winners will get personal coaching sessions with Amber along with great prize package featuring balance bar produccts and items to help consumers achieve healthy balance in the coming year. The contest will run from January 1-18 and will include helpful tips from Amber. These tips alone I believe will be powerful and very useful a way to check in every day and get a new tip. Another great way to kick off 2013 is a great get together a two hour chat with Amber and Balance Bar on January 9 at 1:30 pm est/ 10:30 am pst on 

you can also find great tips from Amber at

tips such as:
short term focus: as humans we have short - term focus and work better with small steps. (My mother always told me to have short term and long term goals) Amber says that we often dont consider this when making resolutions. Rather than having a goal to lose 20 lbs or to fitting into skinny jeans we should be more realistic and resolve to commit to replacing one can of soda every afternoon with a much healthier alternative. Since the afternoon crash can always be a diet breaker having smart snacks such as  Balance Bar Mini Energy Bars available may help you stick to your resolution. These 100 calorie treats are packed with good for you protien, 23 viatmins and minerals and come in a variety of delicious flavors. Small daily steps will help you feel successful

Be Patient With Yourself (Rome wasn't built in one day) It takes an average of 21 days to create a new habit. Simply doing it once or twice will not help our brains move on repitition. Remind yourself when you forget but dont make it a big deal, it takes time. .

Enlist a support network - support and accountability run hand in hand and helps make your resolution a reality. Share your resolution with others. Simply saying your resolution out-loud or simply via social media creates outside awareness and accountability By joining the Outlast Your New Year’s Resolutions Facebook contest and gaining more tips and outreach can help you make your goal as well. .

“Our philosophy at Balance Bar has always been about helping to create balance and enjoying a healthy lifestyle,” said Katia Facchetti, Chief Marketing Officer for Balance Bar Company. “Our products could be considered a secret weapon or personal life coach in every consumer’s briefcase, purse or gym bag – cheering them on and providing the lasting energy and great taste to outlast and accomplish any goal they set.”

For more information about the Balance Bar “Outlast Your New Year’s Resolutions” contest and Amber Rosenberg, visit, Facebook and Twitter.

About Balance Bar

Founded in 1992, Balance Bar, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bars, inspires consumers to lead active, well-rounded and balanced lives by providing great-tasting, healthy and convenient nutrition for lasting energy. Balance Bars are available in eight unique product lines (Original, Gold, Dark, Bare, Café, CarbWell, nimble and mini) and all 28 flavors are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat. For more information, visit Follow Balance Bar for tips and nutritional information on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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A Favorite Recipe by Many

I am very pleased that a recipe I shared here on annies home over a year ago has now entered Pinterest and is being shared by many. While this recipe often finds its way on our supper table as the kids love it this recipe is also a great one for new years eve when celebrating with kids. Check this recipe out here

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Resolution + recipe

This year I am looking to change our eating style up a bit. Healthier the better and well that includes veggies in our diet even if we have to dress them up in a way that they may really love. Do you have any ideas or tips to share to make my resolution happen?

Twice Baked Cauliflower
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe adapted slightly from The Low Carb Gourmet.)

1 large head cauliflower
4 oz. low fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
1/2 cup low fat sour cream (do not use fat free)
1/4 cup minced green onions
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (If you only have finely grated Parmesan, use a bit less)
6 slices bacon, cooked until very crisp, fat blotted with paper towel and then crumbled
1 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
(I used Kraft 2% milk sharp cheddar)


Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Cut out stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into small pieces. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft. Drain well and mash with potato masher, leaving some chunks. Mix in light cream cheese, light sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon.

Spread evenly in a medium-sized glass casserole dish. Sprinkle with low-fat cheddar cheese and reserved bacon. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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Community Helper Snowmen

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It snowed in Southern Illinois

Blue Bird

A fairly common bird here in southern Illinois is the blue bird. Beauty is in the eye and this bird sports some beauty in its wings.
The Last Word of the BlueBird
by robert frost

As I went out a Crow
In a low voice said, "Oh,
I was looking for you.
How do you do?
I just came to tell you
To tell Lesley (will you?)
That her little Bluebird
Wanted me to bring word
That the north wind last night
That made the stars bright
And made ice on the trough
Almost made him cough
His tail feathers off.
He just had to fly!
But he sent her Good-by,
And said to be good,
And wear her red hood,
And look for the skunk tracks
In the snow with an ax-
And do everything!
And perhaps in the spring
He would come back and sing."

A Dogs Life

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
10 oz. evaporated milk
1 C. light brown sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 box spice cake mix
1 C. chopped walnuts
1/2 C. Heath Toffee Bits
1 C. melted butter

In a large bowl, dump in the pumpkin puree, evap. milk, brown sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Dump mixture into a greased, 9 x 13 baking pan.

Next, evenly sprinkle yellow cake mix over top of the pumpkin mixture.

Sprinkle nuts and toffee bits all over the top.

Finally, pour the melted butter over top of everything.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in 350 degree oven.


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