Monday, March 31, 2014

Repair Your Hair In The Comfort of Your Own Home

I have had major hair problems since I was a kid. From split-ends to losing hair and thinning hair. I have experienced them all. Now, my issue is having dry damaged hair. Some of my friends notice the ugly truth about my hair and they tell it to me openly. They actually said I look like a witch! What a very nice word to describe how I look! LOL! Now I try to do something about my crowning glory and the new Neutrogena Triple Repair System works for me perfectly.

Well, it may sound non-sense but I love the look and color combination of Neutrogena Triple Repair System. Most of the items I have in my bath are blue, and I have OCD, so that means everything I put in it should be blue in majority or white. Anyway, I also love that it has a flip-open bottom so I I won't have a hard time pushing when it's about to be empty.

When I tried the Triple Repair Shampoo, I didn't notice much difference with my current shampoo. Only that this one doesn't have a scent, that goes with the rest of the Triple Repair system. It could have been better to smell something fresh and clean. But anyway, as I said, I didn't notice much. I just know it won't cure my on and off dandruff issues.
I have been loyal to Pantene conditioner for awhile now but since I used Neutrogena's Triple Repair conditioner, I say I may be switching soon. I love conditioners that leave my hair extra soft after wash. You know that feeling when you don't need to use a comb, once your hair dries, you can just use your hands to comb it? That's what I feel about this Neutrogena Triple Repair conditioner it leaves my hair tangle-free and my frizzy hair tamed. I am certain that's a huge difference. The photo on the right is an"after" photo, I haven't combed my hair when I took that picture and it already looked like it was.
Excuse my gray hair but the reason I took a photo of it is to show you the effect of Neutrogena's Triple Repair Leave-On Treatment. If you're like me who have issues with falling hair and then having like a nest-thing on your head after a few months, then you'll probably know what I am talking about. LOL. The Leave-On Treatment, besides the conditioner, helped tame my hair. It usually looks dry and frizzy, like a bird would just land on my head and sleep there. With the leave-on, it looks a lot better. My husband also uses it to style his hair but I haven't asked him his opinion about it yet. For me, it's A-okay!
If you want to try the Triple Repair system, I think you'll find them at mass retailers and most stores. Now if you'd like to leave a comment, tell me what your favorite shampoo/conditioner/leave on is, if you ever use one. :)

I was given the products for free to review and was not compensated in any other way.
The review is based on my 100% honest opinion of the product/s.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ground Turkey Recipes

I was never a fan of turkey until I bumped into Jennie-O. They have other turkey products but Lean Ground Turkey is one of my favorite. It's because I know I can do a lot with ground meats. I can saute it, fry it, partner it with my pasta and even make my own burger patties! I used to prepare meals with ground pork or ground beef, but now I put turkey into consideration.
Now-a-days, you'd never know how your food was processed. For me, it is important to look at the packaging. With this Jennie-O Ground Turkey, three things caught my attention - Lean, All Natural and 7% Fat. The reason I prefer healthy options these days is not really for me, but for my daughter and husband. The 1.25 lbs. package you see costs not more than $6 at Target. Which is probably not cheaper than the other ground meats but at least I know that it is made from all natural ingredients. With it I was able to make 3 different viands good for 3 people.
When cooking with ground turkey, especially this lean one (they also have extra lean), remember that they do not have much fat and you should add more spices to get the taste you want.
Sautee garlic and onion. Add ground turkey and cook until the meat is done. Add a little broth. Add potato cubes (you can add carrots too) and raisins. Season with salt and pepper.

Ball-ganisa (Longanisa)
Mix altogether: ground turkey, garlic, a little sugar, salt and pepper . Shape into ball then fry. Better served with sunny-side up.
With the remaining ground turkey, I was also able to make spring rolls. I just mixed ground turkey with minced garlic and onion, salt and pepper and added tiny cubes of carrots. I was not able to take a photo though we still have some in the freezer. I will update this post if I remember taking some photo before eating them all up.
I cook without measurements, I just do estimates. I do not taste what I cook but I think I do things right because my husband loves them. Or maybe he is not telling the truth! LOL. If you have other ground turkey recipe, please share so I can try them too! :)
I was given the product/s mentioned above to review and was not compensated in any other way.
 Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Deep Clean Your Hands!

Water Blossoms and Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar
I seldom like a scent so much that I keep on using it. I usually go with the usual fresh linen like scents. I am particularly not a fan of sweet ones but this Dial Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar caught my nose, yes, my nose not my eyes. LOL! I smelled it from the bottle, and thought, "Mmm.. Smells like something I know." And then I washed my hand, and again, and again, until I remembered that smell, gummi bears! I love gummi bears! It was my favorite snack rather, a candy, as a kid. This one now marks a special part in my heart because it reminded me of all the good things in my childhood years! Isn't it amazing? Anyway, so back to reviewing the product. My husband loved the Dial Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar scent too, just so you know.  
For all those thrifty moms out there, I took a picture of how much soap is dispensed in a pump. For me it is important to know because I want to save in small ways like this. So there, I think it's right and enough to clean the hands and leave them soft and not dry. Also if you'll notice on the right photo, there's a small black dot on my finger, it's not dirt, it's a micro-scrub . They are not only dark colored, there's a lot of white scrubs you can't see because the camera can't take a closer focus on it. Tee-hee! These scrubs help give your hands a deep cleanse.
There is one more scent other than the two I presented, it's Coconut Lime Verbena. I wonder how it smells. Maybe citrusy or lemony. I am excited to try it after emptying the bottles, maybe after a week! :)
And now, I am giving one person a chance to win three (3) coupons for free Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap! So you can try all three scents or whichever will match with your kitchen or bathroom. ;) Just join using the Rafflecopter below:

I was given the product/s mentioned above to review. Dial also provided extra coupons to give away. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What to Serve Surprise Guests

I have a few friends who came over for a surprise visit. It was almost midnight and I didn't know what to serve them and their kids. I looked at the pantry and saw some Keebler cookies, then my problem was solved in an instant! For kids I just had to pair the chocolate chip cookies with milk, for adults, with coffee! :)
I have to say that these Keebler Simply Made chocolate chip cookies has a slight but recognizable taste compared to Chips Ahoy. First, it is less sweet and second it has a nutty aftertaste, like that of peanut butter. I don't really like peanut-buttered cookies so I didn't really like it at first bite. And then I finished one, and tried one again. Then I realized it gets more delicious everytime. I stopped at five pieces because if I continue, I won't have anything left for my guests. LOL.
In my observation, the kids really loved the cookies! I think my daughter will start putting this in the grocery cart! Haha! Now it's time for me.. rather, us, to try another Keebler cookie!

As a member of BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity try the product for free. I was not compensated in any other way and was not required to post a review of the product mentioned above. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tips on How to Make Cake Pops

Cake pop is one of the nicest things to serve in a party. Like the regular cake, you can design them in countless ways. This is my second time to make cake pops. The first time I used a ready mix but didn't have a pan so I had to roll it manually. I thought using my hands to make a ball was better or maybe it's just because of the recipe. I got the recipe on the carton of the cake pop pans I bought. I followed the instructions carefully but if you'd look at the batter, it looks sticky and hard, plus, the result was not really round in shape. It looks acceptable in the picture though and this can come handy if you need a to decorate something that is not so round at all - like maybe a whale cake pop?

3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Cocoa
2 Eggs
3/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
24 lollipop sticks
Chocolates to melt and coat
Assorted sprinkles*

I made 2 batches which was a good thing because I lost 1/3 of them. Some stick on the pan and it was hard to remove so I just had to discard and eat them. At least I get a free taste. Tee-Hee!

Tips in making cake pops:
1) If chocolate melts are included in the recipe, you have to do everything quick because the batter will easily turn hard or sticky.
2) Dip the stick in the melted chocolate before inserting it to the cake pop. To avoid it from falling in the dip.
3) Make sure you have a styro to stick them on after dipping and start in the middle because if you start in the edges or corner, it will fall. Well, that sounds like common sense but I made that mistake. LOL.
4) If trying 2 or more colors, always let the first color dry completely before dipping it again. Else, it will stain the other chocolate's color.
5) Put the sprinkles right after dipping. If you don't they won't stick and you'll have to dip it again to do so.
6) Always remember to put shortening on the pan and dust it with chocolate powder or flour.

Oven to 325F.

I am going to try making cake pops again until I find the recipe I really wanted, that is a perfectly round and moist one.

I was not compensated in any way to do a review of the product/s or service/s mentioned above. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.