Party times for Children

We found this awesome picture of when parents should host their kid’s birthday party on QueensMama.com, and thought we’ll share.  What time do you usually set your parties up for?

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A New study in Beer

Hanging out with friends and family this time of year can be a roll of the dice.  The weather is below freezing outside, the wind chill is high, and the East Coast is battling record high levels of cold and flu, with strains in this year’s flu that isn’t in this year’s flu vaccine.  And while these germs won’t survive in beer, sharing glassware with your sniffly friends would.  Thus is the season to NOT share. But according to recent studies, moderate beer consumptions can actually be good for the health of adults.  Note we did emphasize adults.

Drinkers tend to live longer then non-drinkers and the occasional drink has been associated with better heart health, and lower stroke risk and can even boost bone density in women.

And in a more recent study, According to AFP (Agence France-Presse), results of recent medical tests in Japan show that ingesting large amounts of humulone, the key ingredient in hops (which give beer aroma and bitterness), might help fend off a form of seasonal sickness in adults, specifically “RS”, or Respiratory Syncytial virus, which can lead to severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in children. We’ll note loud and clear here that the test itself was commissioned by by Sapporo Breweries through Sapporo Medical University, which in turn points out it would take about thirty cans at once to achieve an effective dose, which, of course, could kill you six ways to Sunday (don’t try it). Nevertheless we’ll raise a salutary glass in hopes that further medical testing confirms that hops are indeed the happiest, healthiest plant.

Saks new loyalty program reposted by Racked

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Photo by Brian Harkin

Saks Fifth Avenue is making big changes to its loyalty program, including automatic, free membership to its SaksFirst card, free in-store and online shipping for cardholders, and access to special and private events.

The highlight is definitely on Monday, when Saks will offer free $100 gift cards to the first 500 customers who show their Saks card. Tuesday’s incentive isn’t as exciting—it’s free yogurt on the fifth floor, for those who claim the offer via Facebook—but on Wednesday things pick back up ​free same-day delivery in NYC for Saks cardholders. On Thursday, those same cardholders will receive 1000 bonus points on their first purchase of the day, and on Friday, cardholders will get double points on their beauty purchases.

And for the entire week, anyone who signs up for a new SaksFirst card gets a free $25 gift card. Our advice? Sign up ahead of time to cash in on that 100 bucks—just make sure you get there bright and early.

Amazon $5 Free Credit

*We’ve just been told that this offer has reached it’s limit.  Apologies if you didn’t get to take part in this offer.

Amazon is offering a $5 Amazon Credit for Free when following the instructions below. Promotional credit must be redeemed by June, 30, 2013. Limit 1 promotional credit per customer.

Note, a Facebook Account is required, terms and conditions can be viewed here

  1. Click here
  2. Answer the required question
  3. $5 Credit will be added to your account

Free Snapfish PhotoBook

Here’s a great offer from Snapfish for a FREE Custom Soft Cover 5×7 Photo Book (up to 20 pages) Use the coupon code HPREWARD at checkout to save $12.99.   Here’s how to get your FREE custom photo book:

  • Sign in or Register with Snapfish.
  • From the top navigation under “Shop” choose “Photo Books”
  • “Make Photo Books” to get started creating your photo book.
  • Upload your photos, select the 5×7 softcover book, choose a theme and personalize your book.
  • Review your custom creation and “Add to Cart” when you’re finished.
  • Proceed to checkout and use coupon code HPREWARD during checkout.
  • Sales tax and shipping will be added to your order.
  • Enjoy sharing your sweet photo book!

Shipping may be around $1.99 but this is still a great way to get a personalized gift for a loved one this Valentine’s Day!  This offer expires 1/31.

Cherry Chocolate Kisses – Recipe

 

Check out this awesome recipe that lilsugar had recommended for Cherry Chocolate Kisses. Another awesome find do make for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe by The Curvy Carrot

 

Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Servings: approximately 36 cookies

 

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool*****very important!

1 cup powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons maraschino cherry “juice”

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Granulated sugar, for sprinkling the cookies

36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.

3. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and slowly add the powdered sugar and salt.

4. Add the cherry juice and the almond extract until combined.

5. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

6. Increase the mixer speed to medium and add the cherries.

7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a baking sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.

8.  Using your thumb, gently press each cookie in its center until the cookie is about 1/2-inch thick.

9.  Sprinkle each cookie with a little granulated sugar.

10.  Bake the cookies until the bottoms are lightly browned, about 14 minutes.

11. Once removed from the oven, immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.

12.  Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.