Just a Reminder

>> Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just reminding you dear readers that in 4 days...that's February 5th, the Vitamix 5200 giveaway ends at midnight PST! So there's still time to submit a video. I know some of you may be a little camera shy but here's your chance to be creative!

For my review of the Vitamix and all the contest rules, click here or to go directly to Yardsnacker's video, click here.

Good luck to everyone!


Product Review and Something Else...Read On!

>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

Before I get into this review I must gripe about something. My computer is broken AGAIN! Yes, it is. Apparently, it's the motherboard causing the problems not my hardrive. Grr. So I don't know when I'll have my own computer again but thankfully, Sam's got his I can use. I just don't like using other people's stuff especially the computer because sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on it. hee hee!

Okay, that's out of the way now on to my product review.

What's the product I'm reviewing you ask? Well, I'm going to give you my review of the
Vita-Mix 5200!

We currently have the 5000 model but had been eyeing this upgraded version when we first saw it. I was so happy to get my grubby little paws on this. Don't get me wrong, we loved our first
Vita-Mix (I think it loved us back) but when we started using the 5200, wow. What a difference (we've had the cheap blenders before and they just don't cut it).

First the lid. It's so much easier to take off and put on. There's no fussing or fighting with it. Also, the handle is made of rubber so again easier to grip and much more comfortable.

Second, it's...shhh...quieter. I know! How is this possible with such a powerful machine (2 HP)?! Okay, it's still loud compared to smaller/regular blenders but again comparing the two Vita-Mixes, this is way quieter.

You know what else? It's easier to clean. Maybe this is because of newer, better materials used. Food doesn't like to stay stuck to it. Not that you'd leave a dirty blender sitting around but sometimes you're in a hurry to get out the door. Speaking of improved material, the carafe is

I think of this Vita-Mix 5200 as the Vita-Mix I've come to know and love but even better.

Oh, hold on! I almost forgot to mention that you know those pesky little raspberry seeds (or any other seedy berry) that never seem to grind up? Well, they do in the 5200. I don't do raspberries myself but Sam loves 'em and blackberries too so he made a smoothie with them and whaddya know? Seeds were ground up. Smooth smoothie baby.

You can grind up flax seeds too with no problem. Or nuts. Sam is my smoothie man
so when making our morning smoothies he just tosses in whole nuts (almonds, brazils, cashews, etc) and they grind up no problem.

We use our blender for everything. Out of all of our main appliances used in making raw foods, I'd say the Vita-Mix is king.

Now for the "something else." That would the GIVEAWAY!

Remember that little contest I mentioned in my previous post? Well, in conjunction with
(yes, my husband) we are going to give away a Vita-Mix 5200 blender to ONE LUCKY PERSON!

How's that for big?

Here are the rules - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

1. Contest starts now.
2. Contest ends in two weeks, Thurs. Feb 5th, 2009 at midnight PST.
3. Contest is only applicable to those in the continental United States (lower 48 only - sorry Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and everywhere else around the world).
4. For first prize (the Vitamix 5200), submit a
video response of why you deserve this blender or how it will improve yours and/or family's life to Yardsnacker's youtube channel. Please keep it to 1-2 minutes in length. We are going this route because the prize is so big. Feel free to be creative with your videos.
5. For second prize, those who choose not to participate for 1st place (
Artisana coconut butter, 16 oz jar), submit a text comment on Yardsnacker's youtube channel (his video) stating "please enter me."

Any questions, please ask!

Best of luck to all who participate!


Thises and Thats

>> Friday, January 16, 2009

So I'm slowly getting back in action now that my computer is back up and running (thanks honey!). My hardrive died just before I started my Christmas vacation three weeks ago and then a cell tower near my home also died that I had intermittent (at best) internet on my phone so intentions of getting caught up on blogs was out the window. I used Sam's computer from time to time but I don't like having to use other people's stuff and take up their time so I wasn't online as much. I suppose this was a good thing of sorts. At times I did feel slightly disconnected from people/the world but it also was nice to not be so attached to my computer. Anyway, new hardrive is installed and all's well again.

In fact, on my vacation I had intentions of learning how to knit and/or crochet. I went out and bought all kinds of yarn and the basic tools but yeah....that stuff is still in the bag. I still plan on learning, maybe even take classes. If any of you know of good websites or tips for beginners, please let me know.

I did manage to make my own holiday cards and get them mailed out before Christmas. I started too late and discovered in the process of making them that the card I was making was a little more involved than I originally thought. Oh well. I think they came out alright. It's funny though when making them I wasn't as much of a perfectionist this time around. Normally, when I make my cards I want them p-e-r-f-e-c-t but I think being pregnant and tiring easily I just didn't have as much perfectionism in me. Hopefully no one noticed my mistakes. Now, I'm making the cutest Valentine's Day cards if I do say so myself. Each one is different. I should take a picture...if only I knew where my camera was. Honey?

I have a couple of product reviews I want to share with you but those will be separate posts. And, get this folks, one involves a GIVEAWAY! WOO HOO! Who doesn't like a contest?! No, it doesn't involve money or cars but it's really really good and it is HUGE! Huge in that you'll love it. And it's also a little big. I love oxymorons. So yeah, just a little tease. ;) Yardsnacker and I are teaming up on this one so lots of you can have a chance at this awesomely (is that a word?) cool giveaway. Stay tuned!

Oh and Debbie? No bikini shots of this gal! ha ha! Whoa. That would just be SCARY! Ah, my eyes! My eyes! So yeah, that won't be happenin'. I didn't wear a bikini before I got pregnant - I can't imagine the image now. hee hee!

I've been feeling baby boy's movements like crazy these days especially after I eat. Hopefully, they're love kicks like he's enjoying the food and not kicking me because he's not. I was just reading somewhere that he's now about 8 1/4 inches and weighs about 1 1/3 pounds. You'd think looking at me I was carrying a much bigger baby by now! I've stopped weighing myself because I just don't want to know. Ugh! It's all good though. It's been a great pregnancy thus far and it's so fun seeing and knowing others are pregnant right along with me, including my buddy Rawleen. And yes, I'll work on updated belly shots. Again, gotta find that camera.

Time to sign out. I've got to get caught up on my American Idol watching!! Yes, it's that time of year again. Anyway, you my dear friends, are truly wonderful supportive people. I'm especially grateful you're so forgiving and patient with me. Phew!


At Long Last...

>> Saturday, January 3, 2009

...the BELLY! Sheesh you guys! Beg beg beg. Ha ha! Just kidding! I'd want to see it too.

Sorry it's not a better pic. I'll have to work on it. The belly pic that really shows it off is also the least flattering so you won't be seeing that one. You know how it goes. :D And yes, we got RockBand2. It's so fun!

How about this instead?

I'll work on a better baby bump pic - one I can live with. :)


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