Last Day

>> Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Wednesday kiddies!

It's the last day of the month of August 2011. Wow. Where's the year going?! Sheesh. Seems like it just began and now it's nearly Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer. Bummer. However, summer around here is not going without a fight I'm happy to report - it's my favorite season after all (autumn is a close second).

Speaking of last day though, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a jar of Tropical Traditions Skin Exfoliator. If you haven't entered, do it! If you want bonus entries, get them in! Ends at midnight.

And speaking of giveaways, I'm thinking of doing a very special one that involves something homemade. Yeah, feeling crafty and want to share my craftiness. You game? I've got a couple of ideas in mind of what I'd like to do - anyway, it's a thought in process.

Now speaking of homemade, I recently made some fruit rolls, as YS2 likes to call them. They're basically fruit roll ups or fruit leather. Remember those? As a kid, I remember how badly I wanted them as all my friends had them. My mom wasn't into buying those sorts of things. Little did I know at the time how better off I was without them. Thanks Mom! So anyway, how about a healthy and yummier version made with real ingredients? Not just for kids either.

no petunas were harmed in the making of these fruit rolls

You can make these with whatever fruit combo suits your fancy or whatever is in season. Fresh is always best but frozen can be substituted, just thaw first.

Mango Fruit Rolls (raw/vegan)
2 ripe bananas
1 large mango
1 cup strawberries

Blueberry Fruit Rolls (raw/vegan)
2 pears, peeled
1 pint or 2 cups blueberries

Blend all ingredients until smooth, making sure there are no chunks. If you have a dehydrator, pour onto the teflex sheet (probably will need two) and spread thin but not see-through leaving the edges a little thicker.

Dry at 110 degrees for about 8-10 hours or until no longer tacky. Peel from teflex sheet and flip onto mesh screen for additional drying time till no longer sticky but still pliable.

Cut into strips (or shapes if feeling extra creative) and roll. Store in an air-tight container or wrap individually. Not sure how long they keep but I would think for at least several days or longer if individually wrapped.

I haven't experimented making these by using the oven. No doubt it's possible - just keep the temperature at the lowest setting and maybe keeping the door open a bit, too.

YS2's fave are the mango ones but he won't turn down the blueberry ones either. :)

Anyway, enjoy this last day of the month on the last day of my giveaway (go enter! you really should) and enjoy a fruit roll if you can.


Life is art

>> Tuesday, August 23, 2011



Review n Giveaway: TT Organic Skin Exfoliator

>> Thursday, August 18, 2011

I wish my skin was always smooth, youthful looking and never dry but…

     I wear flip flops and sandals all the time
     I chase a toddler in said footwear thru playgrounds, dirt and grass
     I wash my hands a lot and then some more
     I don’t always drink enough water
     I’m outside a lot, even if it’s not always sunny

…so, as you can see from this small list, my skin gets dry and rough (especially feet – ew). You can probably list some of these same things or others, I bet.

Thankfully, I now have a quick spa treatment I can use at home with Tropical Traditions’ organic skin exfoliator. Smells nice too, not perfumey. My choice: citrus-mint.

I used it on my hands – so soft.
I used it on my feet – way smoother.
I used it on my elbows and knees – ahh.
I even tried it on my face - nice. It’s a bit rough for the face so I wouldn’t suggest doing it often or if you have sensitive skin. But I used this a couple of times knowing it wouldn't clog my pores. Some might find it too oily for their face but I didn't; I actually like using organic oil (olive, coconut, or almond) as a moisturizer so this was great for me. Tip: mix scrub very well before using!

The oil content is a bit high, so be careful stepping out of the shower! No, I didn’t slip but still thought I’d caution you a bit anyway. Just wanting to keep you safe. :)

When I first got the package (fast shipping btw) it was a little oily on the outside and some had accumulated in the lid. The seal itself wasn’t compromised or damaged so I chose to keep it. Obviously, the jar isn’t leak-proof plus it’s summer so this didn’t bother me. However, I did notify TT just to be sure though, and they apologized and assured me it’s not common for that to happen. They would've sent me another jar if I had asked. You can be sure, too, they will take care of you if you have any issues with any of their products. They’re great to work with.

Tropical Traditions uses all natural and organic ingredients in their scrubs, including virgin palm oil, which is said (from their website) to “contain high concentrations of a powerful form of Vitamin E called “tocotrienols” which published research has shown is 40–60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (the most common form of Vitamin E found as an additive in most skin care products.).” So nice! Click here for a list of ingredients or more info.

It’s available in Citrus-Mint, Lavender, and Unscented. It’s currently on sale for $11.99 (regularly $16.95).

Now for the giveaway!

Tropical Traditions is offering one person a jar (4 fl. oz) of organic skin exfoliator – scent of choice.

To enter this giveaway, I’m switching things up a bit and trying something new. Introducing Rafflecopter (widget follows disclosure)! This will help me not be frustrated when people don't follow the rules (no offense). Should be pretty easy and straightforward when entering but feel free to let me know if you have any questions or problems or whatever.

HINT: to get started, you may need to click 'view comments' if initially you don't see the Rafflecopter widget. Do the mandatory first (click instructions) then hit the "I did this" button once completed. After the mandatory entry is completed the bonus entries will become available to you. Be sure to hit the "I did this" button when necessary (usually after leaving a comment) to have your entry counted.

Contest goes from 8/18 to 8/31 and is open to US and Canada.

Thanks to Tropical Traditions for sponsoring this giveaway.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided a full-size (4 fl oz) sample jar for review by Tropical Traditions. I was not paid or asked to give a favorable review or host this giveaway. These are my honest opinions of this product. If I didn't like it you wouldn't even be reading this right now. :)


Summer Fun in Pics

>> Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Update: comments are working now! Comment away if you like. Sorry about that. Thanks Kelli for bringing it to my attention.


Howdy ho kids!

I managed to pull myself away from my new obsession: Pinterest. I don't normally web-surf or have many real addictions but this oh...well, a useful (ahem) but potential time-waster if you ask me - I love it. For those not familiar, it's a virtual pin board. Pin things you like (no more bookmarking!), follow others, comment, "like" stuff, etc. Warning: addicting.

And thank you to those who have "liked" me on facebook. Yes, HiHoRosie can now be found on facebook - yeehaw! I feel silly about it actually because well, it's not like I'm real big in the blogging world but still thought it'd be fun to have. I mean, I don't share my personal profile publicly (I'll friend you, I just don't advertise it or share my full name anywhere) so a blog-related profile was born. I still need to update my profile but will do that soon. Thought I'd only get 10 likes but now I have almost 30! Wee! Like me if you'd like. Hint: could benefit you in the future.

Anyway, reading this post's title I know summer isn't over but it does seem to be winding down here. Kinda sad really. It never really got going although, we've been enjoying some beautiful sunny and/or rain-free days, it's just been on the mild side (mostly 70's). With some of you dealing with extreme high temps, I think our mild temps here are appreciated. Summer is still going strong for kids/students, too, since most don't start till after Labor Day.

I do have to wonder if a couple trees near my home missed the memo that summer lasts for another are some fallen leaves I found:

Huh??? Pretty but way, way too soon.

So let's not think about fall just yet. There's still summer to enjoy, right? Right.

Today, I bring you some summer pics I took. I warn you: I was having a wee bit too much fun with effects and whatnot. All or most pics were taken with my cell phone (my real camera's focus is out of focus - so let's throw it out there: I need a new camera! My birthday's coming up in 55 days...not that I'm counting down or anything). So, please bare with me as I share. I hope I don't annoy too much with my fun-ness. :)

Another warning: there are a lot of pics...and sunflowers...and YS2...I could take pics all day long...
can you see Mt. Rainier??? Not a good zoom lens on a cell.

the cutest and fastest bffs EVER! Random meeting and boy, did they have fun!

trying to coordinate two 2-year olds to sit for a picture - ha!

artist: hubby
artist: me

artist: ys2

okay, I admit to having too much fun with playdoh

we didn't go to the outdoor theater this time but we will when I know ys2 will sit and enjoy

That's it in a nutshell. Of course, there are always more pics, in fact, I sense a garden post with pictures coming up soon. But next though, a giveaway. Stay tuned for that!

Hope you've been having a splendid summer, too!



>> Friday, August 5, 2011

I was feeling inspired today by sayings people were sharing on facebook so thought I'd share here. Most of these you've probably seen but hopefully they still serve as good reminders. They did for me anyway. Have a good Friday!

♥ FYI: this quote incorrectly credits Hemingway as writing this when in fact it was WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD


YS2's Snack Time

>> Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Snack time is always happening here with/for YS2 - after all, he is a growing boy. Besides the many seasonal fruits to snack on like blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, plums, and the list goes on...he enjoys some other fun things:

Personally, I'm not a fan of dulse or wakame but who am I to deny such tasty and healthy morsels to YS2?


Winner: Trop Trad Hair Oil

>> Monday, August 1, 2011

Good morning and happy Monday! I have some things to share with you but will do that in subsequent posts soon.

Today is WINNER day! Not many entries for the giveaway but this only means your chances were better, right? Btw, Nancy, if you're reading this, I got your two entries in Blogger comments even though they didn't show in Disqus comments on the giveaway post. So rest assured, they were included. :)

Now, who won the Tropical Traditions Hair Oil giveaway?! says:
4. domestic diva
I follow on gfc
Congrats, Domestic Diva! I will be sending you an email shortly - please reply within 48 hours your contact info so I can pass along to Tropical Traditions (they're fast at shipping).

Muchas gracias to all who entered and/or supported my giveaway and of course, Tropical Traditions in sponsoring!

Have a good day!


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