Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday essentials from Vons + Gift card #giveaway! #Sponsored

This is not a paid post. I received a free basket of baking essentials + a gift card from Vons.
All views express are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.
I love baking! I enjoy it throughout the year, but I especially love baking during the holiday season. There is something about the smell of fresh baked anything that just lights me up!

This year I did my holiday baking shopping at Vons. Vons has everything that I need to bake up some delicious goodness! 



Although I haven't quite settled on the final baking menu, I know for sure that I'll be making a Sweet Potato Cake, Gingerbread Cookies, 7-up Cake... and a few other mouthwatering goodies. 

And even though I'm very tempted to have a dessert only holiday, I will also be making some savory items as well.. and something green of course! But that's why I love Vons, they have everything I need to make a complete (well-balanced) meal, all year long. And they have a pretty good selection of organic items as well, which is impressive. 

Are you ready for the smell of holiday deliciousness to waft through your house? 

Will a $50 Vons/Safeway gift card help you get ready? If you need some encouragement... enter to win below!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

XOUT teen acne treatment Review - #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. 
I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. 
All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

One of the biggest challenges of being a teen is acne. Acne is a skin condition that can have huge psychological effects. Now the makers of Proactive have developed a treatment specifically designed for teens... X Out.

Most teens avoid skin care regimens because they are too complex and take up too much time. It's not at all unusual for a teen to begin a routine and then stop, just because it takes too long. But X Out isn't like that. With X Out's Acne Wash-in Treatment, it's simple, one product that can be used 3-ways: 
  • All you have to do is wash your face, twice a day. 
  • And if you have a specific spot you want to work on, you can dab X Out on that one spot. 
  • And if you want a deeper clean, leave it on for 10 minutes. 
I am a true believer that simple is better. The easier something is to do, the more likely we are to do it. And that's especially true for kids + teens!

In addition to the Wash-in Treatment, there are a few other products in the X Out line as well:
  1. Spot Corrector
  2. Shine Control
  3. Daily Body Scrub
My daughter, Niara, hasn't had a huge problem with acne... but she has definitely had bouts of it in the past. As she's gotten older, her skin has become more important to her. So she agreed to give X Out a try...



So there you have it. And as you can see from the before and after pics below... X Out really works!



If your teen, or a teen you know, is challenged by acne, you might want to take X Out for a 30-day spin! Available for purchase on XOut.com.

Be sure to follow X Out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Ultimate Oroweat Organic Bread Sandwich + Giveaway

I received coupons for free Oroweat Organic Bread to aid in the facilitation of this review.
All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

As a child I loved bread more than anything else. I loved eating it toasted and plain, with peanut butter or without, as a snack or an unofficial meal. I just really, really, loved bread! And while my love for bread has never gone away, I am a lot more conscious about the kind of bread I choose (although I still indulge on the not-so-good stuff on occasion). 

I recently had the pleasure of trying out Oroweat Organic Bread and I really like it! I have always enjoyed the taste and texture of their breads, but the Oroweat Organic Grains and Seeds bread is amazing!

I don't know if you've ever noticed, but sometimes organic breads come in smaller loaves, as in the width of the bread if considerably smaller than standard size. But not Oroweat Organic Bread, they give you a full-sized slice.... which makes it perfect for creating the Ultimate Sandwich!

So I was pondering what kind of deliciousness I could come up with that would give this bread its do, and I came up with this:


The Bee's Knees Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients:
2 slices of Oroweat Organic Grains and Seeds bread
Butter (room temperature for spreading)
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg (scrambled omelet style)
1 slice of provolone cheese
2 slices of tomato 
3 Red onion rings (raw)
1/2 avocado
Spinach
Mustard

Supplies: Baking sheet, omelet pan, and aluminum foil.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Place a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet.

Take two slices of Oroweat Organic Grains and Seeds bread, spread one side with butter (cover the entire slice). Place grated parmesan in a shallow plate or saucer (large enough to fit the entire slice of bread). 

Press the bread (butter side down) into the parmesan until the entire surface is covered. Place onto a baking sheet, parmesan side down. 

Repeat process with second slice.

Now that both pieces of bread are on the baking sheet. Butter the topside of the bread lightly. Place in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

While the bread is baking, prepare your egg. Beat the egg until thoroughly blended. Add salt + pepper (at your discretion). Pour egg mixture into heated omelet skillet. Flip the egg once it has cooked to your desire. Fold. Add a slice of provolone to the top once the omelet is cooked to your liking.

Remove bread from oven. Allow to completely cool (if you take it off right away the parmesan will stick to the aluminum foil). 

Once cooled, spread mustard on the cheese-free side of the bread. Add spinach, tomatoes, onions, omelet, and avocado. Top with second slice of bread. 

Voilà! Breakfast is served...


This sandwich was much more delicious than I imagined it would be! 

Would you like to to make your own Ultimate Oroweat Organic Bread Sandwich? Of course you would... that's why I'm giving away coupons for a free loaf + a $25 Visa gift card  to one lucky winner.

Good luck!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Idina Menzel - #HolidayWishes album review #O2O #Sponsored

I received a free download of this album through One2One Network.
All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.
The holidays are here. I have to admit that I wasn't really ready. Part of me feels like the season doesn't begin until the music starts... and the music if officially in the building!

Idina Menzel has blessed the holiday season with her new album Holiday Wishes. And this album is truly a blessing!

Is it just me or does Idina have a magical voice? And yes I loved her way before she became Elsa... can you say RENT? This chick has some serious talent... her vocal cords must be made of diamonds!



This delightful album is composed of holiday classics like "All I want for Christmas is You," "Holly Jolly Christmas," and "Baby It's Cold Outside" which she sings along with what's his name... you know the crooner - Michael Bublé!

If you're looking for an album to add to your holiday music rotation... this is it! 

#HolidayWishes is in stores now. FYI: the Target edition of the album features two bonus tracks. You can also download it on iTunes and Amazon

Be sure to follow Idina on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube too!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

LAWRY’S® Signature Southern Oven Bake Mix - Review - #GotItFree

I received free products through BzzAgent to aid in the facilitation of this review.
All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.
I love to cook, well mostly I love to see other people eating a great tasting meal. And the people I love to feed the most are also the ones I love the most. So I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for new takes on old favorites (and new favorites too). And my friends at Lawry's have introduced me to something new/old!

Lawry's Signature Southern Oven Bake Mix is a new twist on an old favorite. They've combined the zesty flavors of their original seasoned salt, with herbs, spices, and panko bread crumbs. The result is Mmm... Mmm... good!

Since I'm vegetarian, I thought I would try breading some chicken-less strips, and I was pretty impressed!


Baking chicken (or chicken-less) strips in the oven is a great alternative to fried chicken. And with Lawry's Signature Southern Oven Bake Mix you won't have to sacrifice the crunch!

You can find Lawry's products in your local grocer. Check out their website for recipe ideas and product information from the McCormick/Lawry's family of products. And be sure to follow them on Facebook too.
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