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Rainbow Waffles To Brighten Up Your Dreary Day

 

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow Waffles

 

 

I cannot tell a lie I am a fan of rainbow colored almost anything! Meal ideas can be difficult for us busy people during the week. You can’t always cook new different things. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of color to add a some of pizazz to old recipes. I am also not above including edible glitter or some dust to these bad boys. I found this idea on tablespoon.com and I had to share it because rainbow waffles are something the world should have been doing long ago! I bet waffle maker sales will sky rocket now!

 

 

Ingredients:
2 cups organic pancake mix
2 eggs
1 cup organic skim or low-fat milk (non-dairy substitutes are fine too)
organic food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
whipped cream (for “clouds if you want them)
Lucky Charms (for the “treasure but not a necessity)

 

 

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together Bisquick, eggs and milk until smooth.

2. Divide the batter into six portions, around 1/3 cup each, giving a little extra to the bowls for the red and orange colors.

3. Use gel food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) to color each bowl of batter to your desired vibrancy. Whisk in food coloring until evenly blended.

4.Transfer each color of batter to its own piping bag and cut off the tips (careful not to spill the batter). You can use a spoon for each color if you dont have piping bags, just be very careful.

5. Carefully pour each color into a heated circle waffle maker to make your “rainbow”, starting with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Cook according to waffle maker instructions.

6. Remove, and repeat with remaining batter. Cut each waffle in half.

7. Serve with whipped cream for “clouds” and Lucky Charms as the “treasure” at the end of the rainbow you can also serve it a bowl of fruit or any desired cereal.

Priti Dark Winter Kit

Priti Dark Winter Kit

 

 

Just in time for the cold weather! The Priti Dark Winter Kit includes 4 polishes that are sure to make you and your nails happy! Priti Polish is toxin, cruelty, gluten, and dairy free. The polish is made using Fair trade and sustainable production as well as being vegan and implementing smart packaging.  Priti has a variety of colors and sets to make anyone happy.   Now you no longer have to worry about the strong smell polish generally emits and you can still keep your nails pretty!  Priti Polish sets are great gifts for the fashionista you know and love! Shop the end of year clearance sale at ecomom. 35% Off Over 1000 Items. Ends Dec. 31st.
Details: Kit includes 369 – Magic Man Iris (Deep glossy opaque plum), 603 – Nigra (Dark glossy charcoal grey), 678 – Silver King (Sheer with silver glitter), Packaged in an eco-friendly brown purse.
THREE FREE NAIL ENAMEL INGREDIENTS: Butyl Acetate – an organic compound common used as a solvent. Colorless, soluble found in many types of fruit. Such as red apples and used as flavoring in candy, and baked goods. It also has the sweet smell of banana. Ethyl Acetate – an organic compound has a pungent smell like pear drops. It is colorless and used as a solvent. Nitrocellulose – a long lasting film forming agent derived from cellulose. Acetyl Tributyl Citrate – colorless non-toxic liquid used as a food adadative. Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer – intermediate for the synthesis of surface coating in dyes and adhesives. Isopropyl Alcohol – the non-toxic alternative to formaldehyde Stearalkonium Hectorite – a thickening agent to make sure all the glitter doesn’t sink to the bottom. Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer – an organic compound used as a food flavorrant ingredient found in mushrooms, and lichen. Citric Acid – obtained from citrus fruits. ALL COLORS HAVE BEEN FDA APPROVED

ECO Lunchbox Contest

ECOlunchbox  Contest

ECOlunchbox Contest

 

 

I don’t know about you but I bring my lunch to work with me almost everyday. I don’t generally like to use plastic bags or disposable wrapping because it really is just a waste of time and packing. I prefer to use tupperware but after eating certain foods some of it stains or will always feel greasy no matter how many times I wash it, then I feel bad having to recycle it because it probably could be used more but I feel like it’s not clean.  Food containment is a constant struggle.  I was looking for some eco-friendly alternatives and I found ECO Lunchbox. I like the concept of stainless steal which does not retain odors, stains or residue. They are dishwasher safe (not microwave safe), non-toxic, non-leaching, unbreakable and easier to clean.  They are independently tested and found to be lead free.   I wanted to try ECO Lunchbox because stainless steal just seems like a cleaner way to go than plastic.
I have reused mine with many a different meal and after washing it is good as new. I bring it to work with me everyday. Nothing spills or drips (which happens to me often with my tupperwear).
ECO Lunchbox has tons of other styles including lunch bags, snack sacks, napkins, bags, utensils and my fave the lunch tray. I personally never liked the concept in school but now it seems so appealing. I am one who likes to segregate her food. Learn more about ECO Lunchbox here!

 

CONTEST!!!!

Since I loved my ECO Lunchbox  so much I decided to give away one as well. To enter click here. Once you have done that you must
Follow ECO Lunchbox on Twitter here
and The Green Beagle here.
Like Eco Lunchboxes. Once you have done that comment below that you have done all 3 and you are entered to win!
The contest ends on May 31st. The winner has 48 hours to send me your contact info and pay for shipping. If I do not hear from the winner in 48 hours the contest starts all over again!!
Good Luck and Thank you for participating!

Butterfly Bloom Coconut Shell Necklace

Butterfly Bloom Contest

Butterfly Bloom Contest

 

I love coconut shells!!! I have a handbag made from them and I am in love! I figured this necklace would make for an awesome give away!!! The Butterfly Bloom necklace is perfect for the spring and summer! The winner didn’t claim her prize so I am starting the contest over!!
To enter all you have to do is click here and you are entered to win. The contest ends on April25th so don’t miss out! The winner has 48 hours to contact me with their info. After 48 hours if the winner doesn’t contact me the contest will start all over again!
If you want to win an additional prize you must friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and like my Pinterest boards. Once you have done all three comment on this post below with your Facebook (not my fan page), Twitter and Pinterest names so I can follow you back. If you don’t have all 3 of these accounts just say so below.
Good Luck and I hope you enjoy!!

Rescue A Dog, Save A Life

Please help these amazing animals find homes! If you don’t they will be destroyed. Do you have any idea how many dogs are destroyed a day, month year all over the United States? It is heartbreaking and horrible! Please rescue a dog and save a life!

Daniel

Daniel

DANIEL A0926583We know Daniel has a beautiful feminine features look at her face. We also know she is hurt, but we aren’t told more than that; what is hurt or how bad. She did get a green on her medical eval, so that means even though she was in pain she was polite, lady like and used her manners! Lets get her out and give her the vet assistance she needs because even though we don’t know what she’ll need from the vet.

Diamond

Diamond

DIAMOND (A0926174)Diamond came in with Queen, two scared girls now living in cages. Diamond can add pizzazz in your life~who doesn’t need that! A person visiting the shelter saw this happening and said, ” they are lovely, extremely timid, trembling dogs, both with tails tucked between their legs. Mild-mannered in every way. Both looking up into their master’s eyes for any sign of what was happening to them or what would come next. Shy, loving, fearful, trusting. He said good-bye to them and they were led into the back.

Eva

Eva

EVA (A0922743)Eva is a wonderful girl who is so well behaved and yet at risk of being put down soon if no one comes forward to foster or adopt her.  She is strikingly pretty with a well groomed coat, she appears to be house trained “going” as soon as we were on the street, she sits on command and takes treats very gently, she posed beautifully for her pictures, went into the play position when we met big dogs in the park, and ignored the small yappy ones. Eva is good on the leash, walking nicely, checking up with me to make sure everything was OK (and it certainly was!). This is a wonderfully affectionate little girl who will be happy spending time with her human no matter what activity might be happening -a long walk, a ball chase or simply curling up together watching TV. Do make a point of meeting Eva, she is ready to meet her forever family now. She is rated ‘green’ which means she will fit into any living situation. Please help her get out before it’s too late.

 

Eve

Eve

EVE (A0887616)Eve  has that look on her face that says, “what did I do wrong, tell me and I PROMISE not to do it again! With her tail WRAPPED around her ♥ She’s trying to comfort herself ♥ She was adopted for a month and then returned. Her former owners are moving~~Help a 4 year old petite girl out. Be her comfort

 

Frank

Frank

FRANK (A0925723)Frank is sleeping in his kennel. He is an older dog and I am wondering if I should disturb him. Let’s do it….I woke him up, picked him up, said a few nice words into his ears, and off we went for a walk…. Frank does not act that old… He trots around the block and when it was time to go back, insisted to stay out a little longer. Frank is a sweet little guy. He seems to have an eye infection but sees well at least with the other eye. He will need medical care upon his discharge from the Care Center. Frank likes to be on the lap and to be caressed. He is a gentle soul who deserves his place in the sun and among humans who will truly care and love him. Frank needs you now. Please start contacting rescues now.

Dutchess

Dutchess

 

DUTCHESS (A0925442) What kind of story could Dutchess tell us?? She’s already spayed, has a microchip but yet she is in a shelter and half starving? We’ll never know her story but we can can start a new one for her! Let’s start with saving her from death row! Next, take her home and feed her, give her some meds for her cough and LOVE LOVE LOVE her! ♥ She is a total sweetheart and is being overlooked tonight. Please don’t let it be the end of her story tomorrow. Rescue her before it’s too late. NO TIME LEFT!!!

ESSENCE

ESSENCE

ESSENCE (A0925137)A BEAUTIFUL girl with a heart and soul that will complete YOU! Let her Essence be a breath of fresh spring air. Let her start anew, she had a family once, for 2 months. She DESIRES another one. She has a FANTASTIC SAFER. Start your tomorrow and the rest of your tomorrows with an essential aspect for your life.

Don’t Throw Away Your Old CD’s

Don't Throw Away Your Old CD's

Don't Throw Away Your Old CD's

I have been cleaning out my house alot lately trying to organize and possibly upcycle things in my house I never use anymore. The other day I found a huge binder full of old CD’s I haven’t used in forever since I put all the music on my iPod. I didn’t want to throw them away as I had literally hundreds but I wasn’t sure how to make the best use of them. No one wanted them of course so I had to figure out something awesome to do with them. You see upcycled CD’s online and in stores often so I figured why can’ t I do the same. Here are some things I found online that I thought were cute.

1. The obvious use them as coasters. Glue either felt or some other cute fabric to it and you have automatic free coasters for your home. They make a super cute house warming gift and you can even decorate them if you want to add some personal flare.

2. Party decoration. Make flashy garland out of them for an event or even as permanent decor for your home. If you or maybe your child is a music lover why not string together some of their fave CD’s together and hang them from the ceiling or around the room as a border.

3. Make it art! Have unused frames at home? Take some CDs that are special to you and decorate them and hang them on the wall. This is also a perfect gift to give to someone that appreciates music and maybe a certain CD is special to them.

4. Use it as a party craft. Have no idea how to entertain a bunch of kids at a party. Hand out old CD’s and tell them to decorate them as they wish. Find cheap frames and some backing and let them make their own fun. Even go with the above and make their own coaster.

5. Bird Deterrent. Do you have birds that are always running into your glass doors or windows? Help them avoid hurting them selves by hanging a few on you doors and window so they can avoid flying head first into your house.

6. Are you a painter? Use them as pallets to mix your paint. There is already a hole in the middle for holding. You can keep clean them off easily and reuse them or keep them for mixing the same colors.

Do you have any fun uses for old CD’s? Let me know and I will post them on the Beagle!

Napa Soap Sample Set

Napa Valley Soap Sample Set

Napa Valley Soap Sample Set

 

 

Napa Soap Company sent me amazing soaps to review for them and I must say before even trying the soaps the scents are more than enough to make me fall in love with their products. They were kind enough to also send some samples to give away to my readers so that is exactly what I am going to do. The flavors I was sent are amazing and I know you will love them as much as I do.
All you have to do to enter is click here. If you want to win an extra prize all you have to do is make sure to friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Once you have done this comment below with your name on Facebook and Twitter so I can keep track. The winner will be announced on February 27! Don’t be left out of the fun!
Incase you haven’t heard of Napa Soap Company click here to find out more.

iGive for Angels on Paws

Angels on Paws

Angels on Paws

 

 

 

So it is holiday season and you are probably shopping like mad. Well in doing so why not help me help Angels for Paws get donations to stay afloat and continue to do the amazing things they are doing to adoptable pets!
All you have to do is click here, find the stores you want to shop at and bam! Angles for Paws gets donations for every dollar you spend. If you had the button yourself you can also earn donations for everyone who signs up. This is a quick and easy way to do your part during the season of giving and help give back by doing something you were going to do anyway! Every bit helps!
Please help make these animals holidays warm and fuzzy like yours will be!!!! If you are interested in adopting for the holidays as well please visit Angels On Paws on facebook and look at all the awesome pets there are for adoption!!! Happy Holidays!

Foster & Rescue For the Holiday’s

Animal Foster & Rescue

Animal Foster & Rescue

 

 

 

I know many of you have probably noticed my focusing on helping rescue animals lately. I have recently started working with some people who really focus on trying to keep innocent animals from getting euthanized due to lack of space in shelters and at ACC’s (Animal Care & Control). This is an issue that has always been close to my heart as both of my pooches are rescues one from NYCACC. It is no question to me that these animals need saving. It breaks my heart when I see things like Gone But Not Forgotten folders with images of hundreds of dogs that have been put to sleep for no reason other than there is no where else to put them.
The holiday’s are coming up and I ask that maybe you can find it in your heart to help those that cannot help themselves. Even if you cannot adopt a pet you can foster and help find them a good home! This is the season of giving sooo instead of spending money on presents spend your time and love on a pet that would other wise probably be put to sleep. Even if you have other pets or are apprehensive you can find a pet best suited to you.
If you can or want to adopt think of all of the benefits adoption has. You don’t spend thousands of dollars on a 3lb pooch that was bred with its own parents who will probably only last a few years because of the medical issues inbreeding causes in animals. If you rescue you give a pet a chance to have a safe and loving home which all animals deserve. You will feel better about yourself and your decision everyday you look in to your rescues eyes. I promise you they appreciate it and will love you just as much for keeping them safe.
I thank my pooches everyday for finding me and saving me because without them and the experiences they having given me I would definitely be without. I urge all of you who read my blog or who just plain love animals to seriously consider fostering or adopting this season. You won’t regret it!
If you are interested and are in the NY area click here and bring home your new best friend today!! If you aren’t in the area you can google your local ACC and find out their requirements.
If you have rescued your pet please tell us your story and we will post it on our blog so everyone gets a chance to feel the love!!

Get started with the Animal rescue today!

Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne has some beautiful pieces on their store but more importantly I really just love the personal story that Lotus Jayne‘s creator has been kind enough to share about her family and her adopted daughter Jayne. Jill Kimball and her husband traveled to Cambodia to pick up their new addition and during this process wanted to give back to the country that gave them their precious gift. I think that is probably one of the most amazing love story I think I have heard ever. It is also a beautiful reason to have a store that wants to give back. Support Lotus Jayne and support fair trade!
About Lotus Jayne:Lotus Jayne began one sticky August afternoon in the year 2000 in Cambodia. A tiny little girl, my new daughter, sat on my lap staring numbly through the rain-splattered windshield as we pulled away from the AOA orphanage and all she knew. Ahead, over the muddy and rutted road, lay the Phnom Penh airport and her new life in the USA. It was one of those moments in life that one remembers forever. Here were my husband and I bringing a precious gift out of this devastated country. I realized then that we had an obligation to give back to Cambodia; her people had suffered so much, and so recently. At that time I had no idea what form giving back would take, but I did know that Jayne, like millions of children all over the world in war-torn countries, was orphaned through no fault of her own.One year later, Jayne’s Cambodian Classical dance teacher Somaly Hay and her husband Khan, refugees from the Pol Pot regime living in Connecticut, exposed me to the wonders of hand-loomed Cambodian silk scarves. As Khan turned an iridescent scarf this way and that, smiling as the fibers reflected light like liquid silver, I was a goner. Why had I never seen these textiles before in the U.S.? Realizing that affordable 100% hand-loomed Cambodian silk scarves were virtually unknown here, my friend and then-partner Katie Mahoney and I decided that the principles of fair trade would guide us in bringing these items to a receptive audience in our home community.

Today, as sole proprietor of Lotus Jayne, LLC, I source textiles and other fine handicrafts from Cambodia and also many other countries across the world. I work solely with suppliers whose efforts bring disadvantaged communities into the global marketplace, thus shortening the supply chain and eliminating the bites of profit taken out along the way. It is such a gift to see whole communities get a fair price for their handcrafted items and then go on to build schools for their children and so much more. Mothers no longer are under pressure to sell their daughters to sex traffickers, rural people don’t need to leave their villages to beg in cities for survival. Yes, there is still much to be done, but, truly, the work of fair trade is rescuing whole communities and their revered handicraft traditions from extinction.
I am so honored to continue offering you fair trade handicrafts from Cambodia and the world. Come back often and please send friends our link. We all have much to do to help isolated peoples compete in the global marketplace, your support makes this world a better place.
My cherished team consists of my intrepid assistant Melanie Kennedy, who brings a steady devotion and an open heart to all the work of this fair trade business. Mr. Thon Soem remains Lotus Jayne‘s Cambodian Representative, her tireless man-on-the-ground if you will, sorting through the many tangled skeins of cultural differences to source a particular scarf or piece of jewelry.
Really and truly, it is the artisans and their champions, like Kieng Sabay of Rajana and the talented women artisans of all sorts, who are the true heart of this fair trade enterprise. They deserve all the thanks we have and then some.

Lotus Jayne Fair Trade Gifts