Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kai Fragrance

 I was sent a beautiful scent from Kai Fragrance. This is a truly lovely scent. Kai is said to be different on everyone who wears it.. It smells like roses in the bottle. When applied, Kai definitely changes with your body chemistry. On me Kai's Fragrance is spicy, floral. Very unique. Unlike any parfum I have ever worn before. Hubby really likes it.

kai eau de parfum the exotic scent of kai’s signature perfume oil, delicately blended into an eau de parfum spray.

paraben, sulfate, & phthalate free cruelty free & never tested on animals
recyclable packaging made in the usa

 The fragrance of Kai is also available in perfume oil, body lotion, body wash, twilight candles, linen spray and other products. There is even a Kai tank for you to wear.

Want to keep up with all things Kai? You can like em on Facebook and follow em on Twitter.

Ready to buy? Head on over to Kai Fragrance and get you some of these great smelling products.

Accent Decor

 Accent Decor is one of those fun shops where you can find home decor inspired by the world.  Accent Decor, which opened on Jun 22, 2011 is the creation of Marosi White. She is the designer/ owner of this wonderful design studio.


A bit about this talented lady:

 Marosi White is passionate about offering home decor items that are authentic in craftsmanship, sustainable in nature, durable in quality and transitinal in style. Her design style can best be described as transitional, with brilliant influences of bold prints and patterns, exotic textures and organic elements. 

I received two beautiful creations from Accent Decor for review.

exotic and lovely

 The first is a lovely small spoon and fork set carved out of ebony. The detail in the carving is artistically done. I love that Marosi chose ebony as it is such a beautiful wood.

bold patterns

 The second item is a gorgeous set of napkin rings, carved out of wood and hand painted. The stripes are painted on so well they appear to be part of the wood. Looks like they are inlay-ed instead of painted. Beautiful.

Giveaway Prize

 Ready to buy? Head over to Accent Decor and get ya some. Marosi also sells pillow covers, textiles, tapestry fabrics and desk accessories.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Swaddle Designs

 SwaddleDesigns® is introducing the SwaddleDuo™ and we here at Texas Kitchen got to check em out. These are comfy feeling  larger multi use blankes to help keep baby comfortable.

*BRAND NEW* SwaddleDesigns - Swaddle Duo - Classic Peace Love Swaddle Duo Gift Set - Blue Swaddle Blankets

 I love the fabrics Swaddle Designs chose for their new Swaddle Duo. I am a big fan of cotton. It is an amazing sustainable product that can be woven into so many great fabric options.

The muslin is super lightweight to keep baby cool and comfortable while protecting delicate skin from the environment.

The cotton flannel is ultra soft a delight to the fingers. Won't irritate baby's delicate skin.

I love the size of these blankets. Large enough to lay out for a place for baby to play as he/ she grows. They can even be used as a privacy barrier for breast feeding. I really like the pattern choices available from Swaddle Designs. They even have Angry Birds for those that are fans .

Description from website:

Two premium, yet different, baby soft cotton swaddling blankets in a wonderful gift box:
  • The Ultimate Receiving Blanket is a lightweight premium cotton flannel - for moderate to cooler environmental temperatures
  • The Marquisette Swaddling Blanket is a very lightweight openweave cotton blanket - for warmer environmental temperatures
Parents will be prepared for a variety of environmental temperatures - cool, moderate or warm
Generous size and optimum shape for swaddling
Multi-use and versatile - sunshield, playmat for tummy time, privacy throw for breastfeeding
Easy to follow swaddling instructions sewn on the edge of the blankets
Designed by a nurse and winner of multiple awards
Swaddle Designs asked me to include the following information in the review:

SwaddleDuo offers two premium, yet different, baby soft cotton swaddling blankets - two swaddle blankets in a wonderful gift box:
·         The Ultimate Receiving Blanket® is a lightweight premium cotton flannel blanket – for moderate to cooler environmental temperatures
·         The Marquisette Swaddling Blanket® is a very lightweight openweave cotton blanket – for warmer environmental temperatures

With the SwaddleDuo, parents will be prepared for a variety of environmental settings - cool, moderate and warm

SwaddleDesigns Cotton Marquisette is similar to muslin but is made from premium quality 
SwaddleDesigns Cotton Flannel is made from premium preshrunk domestic cotton.

 Get this y'all SwaddleDuo is available in 17 styles with MSRP of $38 

Check out the The SwaddleDesigns GoldilocksGuide and the“How to Swaddle” guide for more information regarding sleeping environments and the benefits of swaddling. They help new parents remember the importance of keeping baby comfortable not too hot, not to cold, but comfortably warm..

SwaddleDesigns strives to help new parents care for their baby by providing accurate and up-to-date information, so parents may make informed choices. SwaddleDesigns Safe Sleep Program includes recommendations from the AAP and the NIH as the company strives to increase awareness of Safe Sleep practices and help parents reduce risk of SIDS.   

According to leading SIDS researchers, both overheating AND overchilling are risk factors for SIDS. In addition, it’s important for parents to understand that when baby is too cool during sleep, baby will use valuable energy to stay warm instead of growing and thriving. Over the past few years some juvenile product companies have over focused on overheating as a SIDS risk factor, and there has been a lack of balanced conversation regarding insufficient thermal insulation – the danger of baby being too cool - as a risk factor for SIDS. It is time for a balanced information where parents are educated and reminded of their important responsibility to make sure baby is not too hot or too cold, but comfortably warm.  

 About the company:
Founded by Lynette Damir, RN, in 2002, SwaddleDesigns was the first company to introduce the large square swaddling blanket to the US and many countries around the world.  SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, decorative edge, and the innovative 123 Swaddle® instructional label that helps new parents master the art of swaddling. SwaddleDesigns swaddling blankets are perfect for swaddling and have many uses such as a privacy throw for breastfeeding moms, a tummy time play mat and a cover over the stroller. 

Swaddle Designs sells products in these great categoeies:

Want to keep up with all things Swaddle Designs? You can like em on Facebook and follow em on Twitter. They even have a e-mail list you can sign up for to get special savings delivered right to your inbox.

Ready to buy? Head on over to Swaddle Designs and get your self or a friend some of these great products

Himalayan Salt Shop Lamp

 Himalayan Salt Shop sent over a beautiful lamp for review. I have always liked Himalayan Salt Lamps from the moment I saw one. They are absolutely gorgeous. I love the natural feel and look of them. So rustic. The glow from the lamp is not only soothing but I understand it has health benefits as well.

 The one I received is the Himalayan Salt Lamp (6-8 lbs.)This lamp is truly beautiful. The glow that illuminates my living room when it is on is enough to see pretty well. The ambiance is changed. Very soothing and kind of romantic. like candlelight without the flame. Can't get much better than that. Beautiful and good for you. Hubby even likes it.

info from website:

This 6-8 lb. Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp is a common first purchase. It is still on the small side, but big enough for sufficient ionization of a small bedroom. It allows you the luxury of significant ionization at a low price. Those who wish to start their ionization process in their bedroom typically look for this lamp. From our experiences, the people who start out this way usually enjoy the lamp and decide to furnish additional rooms in the home.

Crystal Height 7 - 8 Inches
Crystal Width 5 - 7 Inches
Crystal Weight 6 - 8 Lbs
Protection Area 10x10 Sq.ft
*Includes UL listed cord, bulb, wooden base, and informational sheet 

 I love that the lamps come in so many shapes and sizes. So there is a lamp for everyone. Want to buy one for a friend , but not sure which lamp to get? Good news, they have Gift Certificates.
Remember, I told y'all these beauties are good for you too. Here is a bit of information on the health benefits
of using a natural salt lamp in your home: 

(info in italics is from the Himalayan Salt Shop website)

A salt lamp promotes the health and wellness of everybody living in the household; it is recognized for its air-cleansing ability aside from its aesthetics. 

When used, the heat that is emitted by the bulb or by the flame makes the salt lamp emit ions that are negatively charged. These negative ions then help produce cleaner air. How can the salt lamp actually do this? The air is composed of many elements. These elements include ions which are pollutants such as dust particles that are not easily seen by the naked eye. Pollutants make up most of the air particles and they are also positively charged ions. The action of the salt lamp is to neutralize these positive ions through emitting negative ions. When this happens, the neutralized substances get heavy and ultimately fall, eliminating them from the normal air circulation, thereby eliminating pollution. Electronic devices used at home also produce electro-smog which can affect the concentration as well as the breathing of individuals. Ironically, many mechanical air ionizers that are meant to clean the air actually produce pollution of their own. With a salt lamp, this electro-smog is significantly repressed; in fact, the salt lamp helps eliminate electro-smog of other devices in the home such as personal computers. Salt lamps will not only complement the natural look of your home but they will also encourage health and wellness through a clean environment. Also, a salt lamp not only enhances the health of an individual, but it also helps in keeping other ailments and allergies at bay. For an inexpensive and easy way of boosting the health of your family, try lighting a salt lamp.
*All information is for educational purposes only.
Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider.

Want to know more? Check out their salt lamp information page.

Want to keep up with Himalayan Salt Shop? You can like em on Facebook, add them as a friend on Facebook, follow em on Twitter and sign up for their newsletter. (Any and all of these can be entries into the giveaway just make sure to leave a comment on this page to tell me what you did.) Y'all they even have a blog you can check out. It is the place to find sales and deals for Himalayan Salt Shop

Ready to buy? Head on over to Himalayan Salt Shop and get ya some of these awesome lamps.
They sell products in these great categories:

Salt Lamps - Natural Shapes

Salt Lamps - Crafted Shapes

Salt Lamps - Animal Shapes

Salt Lamps - Package Deals

Salt Lamp Accessories

Salt Candle Holders

Bath Salt & Inhalers

Edible Salt

Bath & Body

Gift Certificates

Thursday, September 1, 2011

San Francisco Salt Company

  We at Texas Kitchen were blessed to get to sample some amazing salt from the San Francisco Salt Company The salt we received was the Pure Pacific Flake Salt. This is a delicious addition to so many foods. We tried it out on three different dishes to show it's versatility.
Grilled chicken w/steamed veggies
  We had the salt in my Hubby's famous grilled chicken rub. The Pacific Flake Salt added an amazing flavor to the chicken. This salt stands out, so don't use to much. 
 We tried the salt on some fresh steamed veggies. I feel that the flavor of these veggies was improved immensely by the salt.  Really brings out the natural flavors in foods.
 We also added the Pacific Flake salt to some freshly popped popcorn. Those little flakes of salty goodness floating around the bowl on light as air popped corn. Turns a light snack into something special.

8oz Chef's Jar - Pure Pacific Flake Salt Origin: USA
Description: All natural Flake Sea Salt from the Pacific Sea.
Packaging: 8oz Chefs Jar with wooden scoop
Grain Size: Natural Flake
Properties: Kosher, natural white color, contains no anti-caking agents
Ingredients: Pure Pacific Flake Sea Salt
Uses: Gourmet Food Salt, culinary

Pure Pacific Flake Salt
Pristine Pacific Flake Sea Salt, chosen for its natural purity. This select gourmet artisan salt is perfect for all occasions. Its crisp and flakey texture is perfect for absorbing flavors and enhancing any culinary dish.
Whether you’re an amateur chef who is passionate about food and loves to cook at home or a professional chef, Pacific Flake Salt is a great staple salt for all culinary enthusiasts alike. No kitchen should be without a bottle of pure Pacific Flake Sea Salt!

San Francisco Salt Company sells Gourmet Salts in these categories:

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Ready to buy? Head on over to San Fransisco Salt Company and get ya some of this great salt. They have offered a one time coupon for Texas Kitchen readers.
coupon code: texaskitchen  5% off discount for those who wish to place an online order with SFSC (one time discount, first time customers only)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sanomedics Talking Non-Contact Thermometer

  I was sent a Sanomedics  Talking Non-Contact Thermometer for review. This is an amazing new product for everyone. You can use this wonderful product on every member of your family, not just baby. One of the things I really like is there is No Germy Concerns because you do not have to touch the ill person with the thermometer.

 The Sanomedics  Talking Non-Contact Thermometer is a great addition to any first aid kit. I like that it emits and audible temperature. This way I don't have to get out my reading glasses to see the temperature.

 Temps can be taken in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Lets you view the last 32 temperatures taken so you have a record when you need one. I also like that you have three language options: French, Spanish and English. These are easily changeable with the push of a button.

 Here is the description from their website:

Taking a child’s temperature has historically been a dreaded task. In the past, the procedure has been invasive, regardless of the area of the body used to obtain the reading. Afraid or uncomfortable with a strange object being held inside or pushed firmly against their bodies, children often squirm and move, making an accurate reading very difficult to obtain.
The Talking Non-Contact Thermometer by Thermomedics provides you with a non-invasive way to take your child’s temperature – even while they are sleeping! It comes fully assembled and requires almost no set-up, other than installing the batteries that come included with the unit!
And it’s incredibly easy to use. Simply aim the unit’s sensor toward the forehead, two inches from the skin*, and press the button…and in one second the temperature reading is displayed on the viewer!
Why Choose the Talking Non-Contact Thermometer?
  • Easy to use
  • Perfect for everyone
  • High mobility
Also, the device’s non-contact technology allows you to check much more than a person’s temperature: The unit can be used to check the temperature of a feeding bottle, or of food – or even bath water!
How Does It Work? All living matter releases energy via radiation. The strength depends on the temperature. The Talking Non-Contact Thermometer by Thermomedics uses cutting-edge technology to measure the temperature of a person based on the energy that person is releasing.
*Temperature can also be taken behind the earlobe.

Want to keep up with all things Sanomedics? You can like em on Facebook, follow em on Twitter and check out their blog.

Ready to buy? Head on over to Thermomedics or Amazon and get ya some

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gluten Free in Five Minutes

 "Gluten Free in Five Minutes: 123 Rapid Recipes for Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Muffins and More" by Roben Ryberg is a great cookbook full of a wide variety of recipes for the Gluten free diet. These are recipes for things that are hard to find when you live in a gluten free world.  Do you know how hard it is to find Gluten free breads, cakes etc...? With Gluten Free in Five Minutes you can eat what you want when you want.

  I love that the recipes in "Gluten Free in Five Minutes" are broken down into single and double servings. This is great when not everyone dining with you desires or requires a gluten free diet.

  I also like that they list the type of flour used for each recipe right in the table of contents. This is wonderful when you only have one type of flour in the house. Flours used in "Gluten Free in Five Minutes" include brown rice, white rice, sorghum, cornmeal etc...

Description from Da Capo Books:

 Gluten-free cooking doesn't mean that you have to spend hours in the kitchen laboring over intricate recipes and multi-flour blends. For two decades, Roben Ryberg has been on the cutting edge of food science. Now she has developed breakthrough--and breakneck--recipes for successful five-minute gluten-free baking, using just a few ingredients and common kitchen appliances.Gluten-Free in Five Minutes features 125 original recipes for single and double servings of rolls, cakes, tortillas, and more. Whether you are going gluten-free in your college dorm, at the neighborhood barbecue, or are simply in the mood for a piece of cake, this innovative cookbook presents the quick and easy side of eating well.

Potato Salad Page 75
 Recipe Categories include:

Flatbreads, Tortillas and Pizza Crusts
Yellow and White Cakes
Chocolate Cakes
Other Cakes
Snack Cakes and Cookies
Quick Breads and Muffins
Other Deserts

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Ready to buy? Head on over to Da Capo Lifelong Books and get yourself a copy of this or one of their many other great titles.

Da Capo Sells books in these great categories: