Friday, September 19, 2014

SoCozy Blogger Ambassador - Back To School Hair Products #SoCozyBTS

As a SoCozy Ambassador, I was sent this collection of products to put to the test.  Isabella started Kindergarten this year, which means I will have to try and style her hair every morning.  SoCozy products feature extracts from natural ingredients like hops, rosemary, arnica flower, and aloe, which are good for both hair and scalp. Completely free of gluten, wheat, and nuts, the innovative formulas were created specifically with kids’ unique hair textures in mind. With cleansers, styling essentials, and naturally effective lice solutions, SoCozy offers every hair solution mom needs - with no chemicals!

Our Back To School package included - 
  • Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo + Body Wash in Guav-o-rama ($11.95 for 8oz) – an easy way to be squeaky clean from head to toe.
  • Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner in Berry-Whip ($11.95 for 8oz) – this super-luxe hydrating conditioner moisturizes and nourishes hair while it detangles.
  • Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti ($11.95 for 8 oz) - just spray in, comb and you’re done. No tugging, no pulling, no tears or tangles. This gentle, weightless conditioner detangles as it nourishes and hydrates for the soft, silky tresses.
  • Behave Styling Mouse Medium Hold in Peachy-keen ($11.95 for 6 oz) - boosts volume, defines curls, and tames flyaways and frizz while leaving hair soft and manageable. 
  • Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair ($15.95) – get great tips for girls from the best cuts for face shapes, to instant fixes for bad hair days and five-minute styles.
Isabella's hair is a bit wavy and has a complete mind of its own.  Even when brushed well, this is what we wake up to.  Thank goodness for the Cinch Detangler.  She thinks it is fun and doesn't put up as much of a fight when trying to do her hair.

I am not a hair stylist and am starting small when it comes to trying new styles.  By new styles, I mean anything that isn't in a ponytail or pigtails(for my youngest).   Their Complete Guide to Girls' Hair has given me tips and we are trying to get more creative in the mornings.  The book offers a wealth of information, with many different chapters.  They have many different hair style ideas for different occasions - this 5 minute section was my favorite!

This was my first attempt of stepping outside my comfort zone.  I will continue perfecting my braid and other styles and show off for my next SoCozy post.  Ha - you can barely see the braid in this picture.  Well, at least she thinks it is beautiful...

For my two year old, pigtails are my go-to.  Easy and cute.

Visit SoCozy to learn more and to view their full selection of products. SoCozy is available at beauty and personal care emporiums like C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and; premium salons such as Pierre Michel; as well as go-to children’s shopping destinations including giggle, and many more.

This was a compensated post; however, honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Got Giveaways? 9/16 Giveaway Linky

Pampers Family Picnic Basket Fun Prize Pack 9/15

Holland House Grilling Prize Pack {$100 ARV} 9/22

If you are hosting any giveaways, please link up below.  Be sure to link to your giveaway, not your home page.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Holland House Cooking Wine + Grilling Prize Pack Giveaway {Over $100 ARV}

We love to grill, so I was excited when Holland House sent us this grilling package with their cooking wine and other accessories to try. Holland House cooking wine is specially selected for its rich robust flavor, which means it stands up to cooking temperatures that cause the flavor of delicate table wines to cook away. Their cooking wine is great for marinades, glazes, and sautés.  This is the selection that we were sent.

Holland House Marinade & Grilling Tips

·         Marinate your meat. Marinating is a great way to add flavor and save money by tenderizing tougher, cheaper cuts of meat. A well-prepared marinade can help an amateur on the grill prepare food that tastes like it was prepared by an experienced grill master!


·         Select your marinade elements. Marinades vary from recipe to recipe, but they all generally contain three basic components – oils, acids and seasonings. Oils lock in the natural flavor and prevent vegetables from drying out, while acids allow flavors to be absorbed. Seasonings provide the unique flavor. Garlic, ginger and herbs are the most common marinade seasonings.

·         Keep an eye on the time. As a general rule, the longer food is left to marinate, the more flavorsome it will become. Small or tender cuts, such as lamb and beef fillets, chicken breasts and seafood, require shorter marinating times (usually two to four hours). Larger or tougher cuts such as leg, rump or shoulder will need longer (usually four to six hours). Never marinate in aluminum, cast iron or copper, as these metals will react with the acids and salts, resulting in off flavor.

·         Use the right tools. When grilling, always use tongs to turn the meat. A fork should never be used as it will punch holes in the meat and allow the natural juices to escape, causing the meat to lose flavor and become chewy.

·         Don’t rush it. Meat will tell you when it’s ready to flip. If the meat is still hanging onto the grill, it’s not ready to flip. Once a good sear is established, it will release on its own.

Holland House has so many amazing looking recipes on their site.  This one looks especially appetizing and perfect for grilling season.

Grilled Chipotle Skirt Steak
MARINADE TIME: 8-24 hours

COOK TIME: 8-15 hours


·         1 cup HOLLAND HOUSE Sherry Cooking  Wine
·         1 cup canned tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
·         3-4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (canned)
·         4 large cloves of garlic
·         1/2 small yellow onion
·         1 Tbsp. brown sugar
·         1 Tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
·         2 tsp. ground cumin
·         1/2 tsp. salt
·         1 lbs. skirt or flank steak

In a blender container, combine sherry cooking wine and remaining ingredients except meat. Cover and run on high until smooth.

Trim steak of any visible fat. Place steak in a non-metallic baking dish or sealable plastic bag. Add marinade; turn meat to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight, turning meat one or more times while marinating.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Drain meat and discard marinade. Grill skirt steak about 6 minutes over direct heat with cover closed. Turn meat; grill with cover closed 2 minutes more or until cooked as desired. Flank steak will take longer to cook.

Slice steak into thin strips across the grain. Serve with warm corn tortillas, if desired.

·         Use unseasoned tomato puree or crushed tomatoes, not tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is usually seasoned and high in sodium.
·         Flank steak is thicker than skirt steak, so score flank steak with a sharp knife so meat absorbs more marinade. Flank steak also has less fat than skirt steak.

Per serving: 220 calories (calories from fat 90), 30g protein, 3g carb, 10g fat (4g sat. fat), 60mg chol, 230mg sodium, 0g fiber 

Their cooking wines can be used for so many different types of recipes.  Visit Holland House to learn more and to view their fantastic selection of recipes, tips, and meal planning.  I used the cooking wines in my favorite Chicken Marsala Recipe and it turned out great!

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This was not a paid post, but honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review and giveaway.

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