Cooking Penne Carbonara With Colavita & A Giveaway 12/14 Daily US #MomsLoveColavita

DSCN9668I got my Colavita items and was excited to see everything I got to try out. I love how everything was packaged.

DSCN9670The items that I got were:
Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
Cirio Crushed Tomato with Basil
Colavita Eggplant & Sweet Peppers
Colavita Olive Bruschetta
Colavita Marinara Sauce
Colavita Tomato Basil Sauce
Colavita Penne Rigate
Dal Raccolto Capellini
Dal Raccolto Orchiette
Almond Cantuccini

logo_COLAVITA5743 (1)The Colavita Story

The Colavita family traces its roots to the small town of Sant'Elia a Pianisi, in the Molise region of Italy. It was there, four generations ago, that Giovanni Colavita founded the family olive oil tradition and Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil was born. Over the years, theColavita family became masters at the delicate crafts of "tasting" and blending extra virgin oils from different types of olives grown in Apulia and nearby regions. This skill enabled the family to produce 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil with a consistent fine quality – a skill that sets Colavita apart today from the other leading brands.

Today, the Colavita’s main focus is still bringing consumers authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil; however, the Colavita brand has grown to include many other quality specialty food products that are sold in over 60 countries. Colavita durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, traditional and organic pasta sauces, ready-to-serve soups and marinated vegetables, and olive-canola blended oils are the ingredients of choice for chefs in home, restaurant, and professional kitchens worldwide.


Penne Carbonara, Serves 4-6

•    1 pound Colavita Penne Rigate
•    1 tablespoon Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
•    ¼ to ½ pound thick sliced bacon, diced
•    2 cloves garlic, minced
•    3 large eggs
•    Freshly ground pepper
•    1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1.    Cook the penne according to package directions. While the penne cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet; add the bacon and garlic; sauté until the bacon just begins to brown.
2.    Do not over cook the bacon; if it gets too crisp it will not blend well with the penne.
3.    Beat the eggs in a large serving bowl; season well with pepper. Once the penne is cooked, drain it, reserving ½ to 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
4.    Put the hot penne immediately into the bowl containing the beaten eggs and toss well to coat. Add the bacon along with ½ cup grated cheese.
5.    Toss; adding a little pasta water if the mixture seems too dry. Serve immediately in warmed bowls; passing additional cheese.

DSCN9954While the Colavita Penne Rigate was boiling, my mom browned the chopped up bacon with the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil and minced garlic. This process took about 15 minutes and is very easy to do. Cooking the bacon on a low heat ensures that you don't over cook the bacon. Plus less oil gets splattered.

DSCN9958I don't know about you but I like to let my bacon sit for a few on paper towel to let the grease drain off. This really helps a lot with my acid reflux. While the bacon set we added in our pepper to the beaten eggs.

DSCN9953We measured out a half cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to mix in with the hot Colavita Penne Rigate. We drained the noodles and kept a cup of the hot noodle water on hand. We then mixed the hot noodles, bacon and cheese into the eggs while mixing thoroughly. We only needed to added a little of the water that we kept.

DSCN9964We then placed everything in a serving dish and added a half cup of Parmesan cheese to top it off. My family loved the Penne Carbonara, which I have never had or made before. I am very happy with all the Colavita products and glad that I got to learn about a new product and new recipe. I can't wait to see what else I or my mother cooks with the rest of the Colavita items.

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YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears Giveaway 12/10 Daily US #healthyholidays


YumEarth, the #1 organic candy company in the US, makes holiday treats that taste better because they are made with real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms. YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears contain no artificial colors or flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup and no major allergens, such as gluten, nuts and dairy.  Each serving provides 100% of daily vitamin C and has less than 70 calories. YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears are the world’s first organic gummy bears with the quintessential bouncy texture of a traditional gummy in mouth-watering fruit flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Strawberry Smash, Mango Tango and new Perfectly Peach.

YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears are a perfectly delicious stocking stuffer for a Happy & Healthy Holiday! 


My son couldn't wait to try these out as he loves gummy bears. My son really likes the taste and we were needing something to be more healthier than sugar filled ones. The YumEarth Organics gummy bears are just what I have been looking for as they agree with my son's system. Now my son can grab a snack pack and take it to school or have one after school. I am glad that I was able to review these as YumEarth Organics gummy bears were a product that I had never heard of before. I have now since placed an order for more of the snack packs as my whole family was very happy with them and I know they are more better than others on the market. Can't wait to try out other YumEarth products now.


Now for the giveaway: One lucky people will win a bag of YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears snack packs. This is open to US and ends 12/10/14 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! Remember you can't win if you don't enter. It only takes one entry to win!

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Guest: Santa Letter/Postcard Giveaway 12/5



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Guest: Blisslights Giveaway 11/30 US


"BlissLights, Inc. is an artistic lighting company founded in 2006 after inventing, engineering, and patenting a unique multiphase diffractive holographic optics and light projection technology. The company focuses on manufacturing unique lighting experiences that are changing the way we see light and are leaders in laser lighting. Originally the products were developed for theme parks, but the founding members of the company felt that the magic and joy of these lights should not only be limited to lighting professionals. With the new goal in mind and the drive for Innovation through imagination, these lights were redesigned to be affordable for every home. BlissLights set a new standard in the light industry and has dedicated its efforts to bring a little more "bliss" into each home"

Just recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to review BlissLights Spright Blue Holographic Projector. I couldn't be more thrilled to share with my readers this experience. Blisslights brings innovation within their lighting products. Their laser appearance lighting is unique and demonstrates a professional quality for consumers to have for their homes. Creating a once in a lifetime effect, these lights are simply amazing! When you bask in the ambiance of their premium lighting, it certainly does change your mood. It's optic lighting is in a class of it's own. Blisslights brings to you the best technology and most definitely is the best lighting that I have ever seen. The Spright lighting is available in blue, green and red. These color selections would be ideal to use indoors or outdoors of your home. For my review, I did place the Blisslights in both locations. In the box you will find one Spright Light, 12 volt manufacture transformer and user friendly directions. The Blisslights needs no Assembly although you need to place on the stakes. Your Spright Blue light is ready to use right out of the box too!   blisslightsspright111 When using your Blisslights outside, just use the attached stake and push it into the ground. My home is quite large and I used the Blisslights Spright around my door way and garage area. The Spright Blue light will transforms your outdoor living space into something magically for all to enjoy. Having thousands of pin point lighting shining is just remarkable! It displays a firefly effect right before your eyes. Each Spright Blue lighting covers up to 25 ' x 25' area or about the size of 2 car garages. Just one Spright alone will replace 4 standard size landscape lighting and tons of rope lighting as well. So you ask, How much power does it take? You will be surprised to know that the Spright Blue light uses about 3 watts in temperatures above 55 degrees. If you live in a colder climate then it would be 8 watts of power used. Considering that most holiday lighting outside your home takes more than that. I think that is awesome! This design was created to be more efficient with it's LED technology. Having this option allows the owner to receive 7,000 hours of lamp life which means the light will last 4.75 years if used for 4 hours each evening. That is pretty impressive if I must say. blisslightsinorout2 As you can see from the pictures above, I tested the Blisslights in and outdoors of my home. I admit when my husband first plugged it in, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was priceless to see my children's faces lit up with joy. The color of the LED blue is magnificent! The reach of the light was even shown on the tip of my two story home. I would definitely recommend these lights in dark areas so you will see it's full features. Inside my home I decided to let it shine, let it shine! Absolutely beautiful! Can you imagine having this light surrounded around your Christmas tree, presents and decorations. I can't wait to try it out soon! I also decided to place the Spright light in the back of our home facing our pool and jacuzzi. I was left speechless. Even my husband was totally amazed how it changed the look and mood. My daughter said to me,"Mom it looks like Elsa from Frozen just came out of our pool". I will agree with her, it certainly looked magically! BLISSLIGHTSPOOL 1 Overall, I am highly hooked on this lights. I can get enough of watching them as they twinkle in the night. If the wind blows they display a untouchable look. It's almost like these lights were sparkling from the movement that the wind causes. Truly remarkable! If your looking for in or outdoor lighting this season then you gotta check out Blisslights! Take a look at their video of Blue and Green Blisslights


The Blisslights Spright Blue lighting retails for $229. For more information about Blisslights and their products they offer, please visit their website. Stay connected with Blisslights on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube!  

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Pictures On Gold Holiday Twitter Party

Pictures On Gold Holiday Twitter Party

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Hosted by: ESPgals

Date: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Time: 8 PM EST

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Prizes: 8 In Party Jewelry Prizes & 1 Grand Prize!
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All prizes include: 18" Sterling Silver Rolo Chain  ARV $25.95 (Except the Charm Bracelet & Grand Prize) and are shipped free of charge.

Grand Prize includes: 18" 14K Yellow Gold Rolo Chain ARV $146.95


In order to be eligible for all Twitter Party prizes including the Grand Prize: 
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Tens Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager Unit #TensUnit

DSCN9845Santa-medical electronic tens pulse massager features microcomputer controls therefore you can easily adjust massager with available six automatic programs and three diverse styles of modes. The device has dual channel system; hence it can easily work two areas at one time. Recommended by doctors, this is best handheld tens massager in the market. Buy with Confidence, Santa-medical unit is FDA approved. Quality – Santa medical unit is designed with quality and durability in mind. Our factory is ISO-9001 certified. It conforms to international medical standards of excellence in manufacturing.

DSCN9846    Six Auto Modes (stimulation programs), , Fully-adjustable Speed & Intensity, High Frequency stimulation to relieve pain
    4 Attachment pads included, Power: DC 6V (4 AAA batteries included)
    Best unit for Stress, Muscle Soreness, Stiffness, or Chronic Pain. The Simplest Tens Pulse Massager Is Also the Most Advanced
    LCD shows massage style, intensity and time remaining. Three selectable massages
    Small and Lightweight – At only 5.3 Oz, is no bigger than a remote control, , this unit packs enough power to thoroughly massage your body, but can travel with you anywhere you want to go.


After working all day and being on his feet, Our friends back aches really bad. When I got the chance to try the Tens handheld electronic pulse massager unit I thought of our friend right away. The pads were easy to hook up and the unit itself was easy to understand. I placed the pads where our friend was having pain and I turned on the unit. I started the unit out on 5 in the kneed mode, after a few minutes I bumped the power up to 8 then max to 10. 10 ended up putting our friend on his knees as the intense was more than he expected. After some time I moved the pads to the upper shoulder area and that was the best spot. Our friends back pain seemed to go away and the next morning he said he felt great and couldn't wait to use the Tens handheld electronic pulse massager unit. I even tried it out and liked the differ modes that were available. The pads themselves say they are reusable but they tend to lose there stickiness rather quickly.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.