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PostHeaderIcon Easter Baskets On A Budget

Image3Every year I would go to a big box store and overpay for the kids Easter baskets. If you are wondering why I didn’t just reuse the ones from the previous year, just start laughing now. The main reason is the kids would want to use them in their rooms for their “stuff”. They weren’t high quality so they always ended up broken. Let’s just go with it’s the kids’ fault.

Once you get their baskets, you go overboard on filling it with things that they will be excited about for all of 5 minutes. Royal and Spencer were way more excited about colored pencils and chalk, years ago. Alex truly just loves everything so his baskets are super easy. Hunter and Royal, not so much anymore. Teenagers seem to get more expensive as they get older.

This year, get baskets that will last a very long time! When they have outgrown Easter, they have a fantastic bin they can use for whatever they want…. or you can steal it to organize your home. BONUS FOR MOM!

Right now you can get 2 amazing baskets for just $15 with every $35 spent. That’s 2 for $15, not $15 each. Where can you get a gorgeous basket for $7.50? Need 2? Need 4? I got you!  read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Tips of How to Avoid Food Poisoning #FoodSafe4th #TwitterParty

Tips on Avoiding Food Poisoning - DelightfulChaos.com
When I was 7 months pregnant with my oldest son, my husband and I went out to dinner at a local. I almost always order chicken or pasta when we go out. A few hours after dinner, I was extremely sick. I figure that the baby didn’t agree with what I had eaten. With in 15 minutes, I began to have severe stomach craps. Now being pregnant, I automatically assumed something was wrong. There was no way that I was going to the hospital because I couldn’t stop vomiting. As if being pregnant OR vomiting isn’t enough, both at the same time is not all that fun. It was so intense that it felt like the back of my skull was being crushed. Not a present experience nor one I would like to experience again. Turns out I had food poisoning.

Food poisoning is not simply an upset stomach; it is a serious public health threat in America. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) could suffer from a food-borne illness this year. The result is approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and sadly, an estimated 3,000 deaths!

Because warm weather events often present an opportunity for bacteria to thrive and high temperatures cause bacteria to multiply more rapidly, the summer months typically see a spike in reports of food-borne illness and outbreaks.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of families are not using a food thermometer regularly to check the temperature of meat and poultry and one-third (33 percent) are not using different or freshly cleaned cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination between different food products (such as raw meat and produce).

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Seeing Is Believing”? Guess what? Seeing ISN’T Believing! Too many people think that just because your cheeseburger is brown in the middle, that it’s done. Unless you are a human food thermometer, looking at the color and texture of food is not enough to tell if it has been properly cooked.

According to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature. 

Meat and poultry should be cooked to a safe temperature to destroy harmful bacteria that may be present. Color of meat and poultry is not a good indicator of safety. Use a food thermometer to make sure meats have reached a safe minimum internal temperature. 

When a hamburger is cooked to 160 F, it is both safe and delicious!

If you need a little help on when your food it properly done, take a second to look at this Safe Cooking Temperature Chart:  “Is It Done Yet?” and the “Is It Done Yet?” Brochure.


Top Tips for Healthy Summer Picnics and Camping Trips:

Bring water for cleaning if none will be available at the picnic or camping site. Pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.

Carry cold perishable food like raw hamburger patties, sausages, and chicken in an insulated cooler packed with several inches of ice, frozen gel packs, or containers of ice.

Be sure raw meat and poultry are wrapped securely to prevent their juices from cross-contaminating ready-to-eat food. If possible, store these foods near the bottom of the cooler, so that juices don’t contaminate other foods in the cooler.

If you can’t keep hot food hot during the drive to your location, plan and chill the food in the refrigerator before packing it in a cooler. Reheat the food to 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer.

A general rule of thumb for entertaining: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Keep cold foods chilled to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and hot foods heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

The two-hour rule is also in effect: food should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours. If bringing hot take-out food (like chicken fingers, wings etc.), eat it within 2 hours of purchase (1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F).

Instead of using large serving bowls, serve dips and items with dairy in smaller containers. Make several in advance and keep them chilled in the refrigerator or coolers until you need them.

Offer serving spoons and small plates to reduce opportunity for guests to eat items like dip and guacamole directly from the serving container (double-dipping is a no-no and can increase the chances for food contamination).

Visit FoodSafety.govto learn about best food safety practices, utilize “Ask Karen,” an online database with nearly 1,500 answers to specific questions related to preventing foodborne illnesses, in both English and Spanish, or to call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. Also, check out USDA’s tips for Safe Grilling

What is a Twitter Party? - DelightfulChaos.com

JOIN US FOR A FOOD SAFETY TWITTER PARTY!

DATE: June 30
TIME: 1:00 PM EST 
WHERE: #FoodSafe4th
HOSTS:@martieparty @buzzmommy @usdafoodsafety


Disclosure: This post was made possible through the support of Element Associates. All opinions are my own.

PostHeaderIcon Beat Holiday Migraines with Excedrin and $100 Amex Gift Card #Giveaway

Take a Holiday from Headaches Excedrin
With Thanksgiving gone and Christmas quickly approaching, there is no doubt that most people are at their wits end. Between holiday parties and getting shopping done, stress levels are on the rise. We all love the food, the lights and the look on the young ones faces on Christmas morning. The not so glorious part, is that sometimes what we love so much about the wonderful holidays, are the things that can trigger our migraines or headaches.
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PostHeaderIcon Zoo Boo at the @DetroitZoo – 100 Ticket #Giveaway

Can you believe it is only 4 days from October???  This year has gone by incredibly fast! I’m sure most of you know that October is a big month! There is so much going on for Fall and for Halloween. Looking for something to do? The Detroit Zoo is hosting Zoo Boo which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings starting October 11th!

The Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust have partnered with the Detroit Zoo to giveaway 25 family 4 packs to Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo.  You can enter the giveaway by jumping on over and visiting Michigan Education Trust on Facebook or the Michigan Education Savings Program Facebook page. Entering is EASY! Just click their “like” on the MESP and/or MET Facebook pages, enter your name, email and phone number, then click submit!

If you would like to purchase tickets, they are currently available to Detroit Zoo members only, but they will go on sale to the general public on October 1st.

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