Sunday, November 23, 2014

Marbles.....and Influenster?

By Meg Hodson

I am pretty sure no one plays marbles on recess anymore at school. For shame! I have such fond memories of playing it with my friends in grade school. There were many steps to having a good marble collection, as well as getting good at the game. 

First, you needed a good marble set to start. I remember a five and dime store in my hometown called the "88 Cents Store". Most items were 88 cents, or the price ended in .88. Well, they had a pretty awesome marble collection. I didn't have a lot of allowance money to spend, so I chose wisely. Some were small, standard marbles; others were larger, sparkly marbles,,,,,the ones everyone wanted to win when they played. 

Some of those first marble games with friends were rough. I was lucky if I would win one good one.....after losing numerous of my prized possessions. But you know what they say, practice makes perfect. The more I played, the better I got. I was committed! Pretty soon I needed a small nap sack to carry my marbles out to recess. 

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So, what does marbles have to do with social influencer site Influenster? Well, think of it this way. When you first sign up for Influenster, it may take a long time before you qualify for one of their treasured Vox Boxes. A Vox Box is a themed package of numerous goodies from brands that would like you to try their product and talk about it on social media. Well, you might need to flex some social media muscle first before receiving one of these fun boxes. But believe me, just like those treasured marbles, they are worth the effort and wait. 

Just like the more I played marbles, the better I became.....the more you "play" on Influenster, the more badges you will earn, which will ultimately lead to more opportunities on the site. Think of badges as becoming an expert in a given category. For example, if you think you are a cosmetic expert, you might choose to write a lot of quality reviews to receive the Beauty Queen badge. As you keep earning more badges, your influence grows. Keep sharing your reviews on social media and before you know it, one of those prized Vox Boxes may be yours.

You can visit the Influenster site for more information.....or leave a comment below and I may have a few invites for ya!


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Reed's Ginger Brews + Giveaway

By Meg Hodson

I received a complimentary sample of Reed's ginger beer and a mug. All opinions remain 100% my own.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I am a BIG fan of food au naturel. I like healthy options, home cooked meals, and taking it easy on sugar. My family doesn't regularly drink soda, but we do occasionally buy specialty drinks for parties, special occasions, or Friday night pizza. And I always like to have ginger ale on hand in case the kiddos get sick.

Reed's line of ginger brews are the perfect to answer to a natural, old-fashioned approach to soda. Their method is an age-old brewing method of the soda. Their brews are brewed directly with roots, spices, and fruit. The result is an amazing flavor that you truly won't find in any soda. You can choose from great flavors like cherry, cider, and the original ginger ale.

Reed's Ginger Brew Giveaway

My personal favorites are the ginger ale and the ginger beer. I love using the ginger beer (a non-alcoholic soda) in cocktails and "mocktails". I created the delicious "Ginger Sunset" cocktail below (make the "mocktail" version by simply omitting the bourbon, my kids loved it!). Trust me, they are ridiculously addicting and tasty. 





Ginger Sunset
Serves 1

Ingredients:

High quality bourbon whiskey (like Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, etc.)
Reed's Ginger Beer
Freshly squeezed orange juice 
Orange peel
Maraschino cherries

In a 12 ounce glass filled with ice, measure 2 ounces of whiskey and pour over the ice. Squeeze a few drops of orange juice into the glass. Follow this with one maraschino cherry with about a teaspoon of the syrup they come in. Peel a six inch long piece of orange peel and tuck into the glass. Top with Reed's Ginger Beer until it reaches the top of the glass. Get ready for the yum!

Enter my giveaway below so you can enjoy the deliciousness of Reed's Ginger brews!




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Friday, November 21, 2014

Creamy Lemon Yogurt French Toast

By Meg Hodson

French toast is just not one of those breakfast items that I fix very often. Eggs, yes. Pancakes, that's a no-brainer. I think the mood struck me this weekend to fix French toast because I had some delicious sour dough bread on hand and I thought it would make good French toast.  

Since I routinely tweak and create recipes, this French toast escapade would be no different. Hmm, what to do, what to do? One thing that doesn't make French toast one of my favorites breakfasts is that it always seems dry to me. So, I decided to play around with yogurt as an additive to the toast, as well as a little lemon juice. 

The results were kid-tested and approved by me as well. This French toast is moist without being soggy and the lemon juice adds just the perfect amount of tartness to the sweetness of the toast. I hope you enjoy it!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
Sour dough bread
3 eggs
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk or whole milk

In a wide rimmed bowl, crack 3 eggs and whisk gently. Add the yogurt and whisk until completely incorporated. Add just enough milk so that it is creamy, but not runny. Finally, add the lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla and blend well.  

Soak both side of the sourdough bread with the mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium heat in a lightly oiled skillet. Serve with butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!







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