Be Awesome 2015

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Another year and for a change I am hopeful. So much has changed in my life over the last few years, but I finally think I am in a good place. In fact, the hopelessness I felt a few years ago is completely gone. This is what I am most thankful for as the New Year dawns. It's because of the warm fuzzies and peace I feel that I bring you my resolutions, goals that are drastically different than any from years gone by.

How to find savings at the gas pump

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Buying gas is hands down my least favorite thing to do lately. Thankfully gas prices in my area have fallen some recently, making filling up not quite as hard on the pocketbook. Still, it's never fun and I try to find ways to save money on my fuel costs as often as possible. One great was is Shell's Fuel Rewards Network. Signing up is free and it's easy to start earning savings. You can help lower the cost of filling your tank several ways after you sign up, like dining out, shopping on line, even when you buy groceries! Earning fuel rewards is simple and I find that with earning points on shopping it's a double win, you are already shopping anyway! Saving money is a big thing to me.

Rockin' Back To School With Sol Republic Deck

Have you ever fallen in love with a product from the first time you used it? This is what happened when I had the opportunity to review the Sol Republic Deck. The Deck is a wireless speaker which has great range and incredible sound. I have used this every day once it arrived in my hot little hands. It goes in the car with me because the car system sounds terrible. I use it every morning for the getting up, showered, dressed, and out the door routine. I use it with my notebook computer because the speakers on it barely make noise. It is my workout buddy while I'm walking on the treadmill at home. We take it to the kitchen to make cooking into a giant family sing along and dance party. I listen to it while typing blog posts and singing about along about not knowing what to do with myself. Anyhow, it has many uses and I like versatility.

Pizza Night! DiGiorno Design A Pizza Kit Review

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DiGiorno's pizza creations kit allows for you to customize the pizza your way. The packaging is bright and eye appealing, allowing you to see what you should expect from the product.

The directions, turning your oven on to preheat at 400°, gives you time to do the easy prep work and create a masterpiece that is drool worthy to your specifications. I chose the red onion, tomato, spinach and pepperoni product. The portions are perfect, from the size of the pizza to the different toppings, and even the herb mixture to be sprinkled on top. An added bonus, it came with extra cheese! I had to placate the kiddos, and hide the vegetables, so I added a little bacon and some store brand cheddar cheese. 

A quick turnaround is important in this day and age, a whopping 20 minutes on my timer, and I was smelling pizza in the air. Cutting it up was a breeze, then came time for the taste test. Did DiGiorno soar over the chain pizza places and the boxes of others next to it in the freezer section? That was the question of the hour.

It by far surpassed the likes of Tombstone and Red Barron. The flavors blended well together. The sauce was zesty, the onion and tomato were perfect for crunch, the spinach didn't seem to have that soggy out of the freezer taste and texture. The cheese (and extra) melted smoothly. The biggest worry for me was the crust. Too many times the crust is like cardboard or its still a little doughy under the sauce and toppings. This wasn't. The bottom was crispy, offering a small amount of crunch, and there was still a bit of chewiness to it too! It wasn't tough and felt like you were chewing rubber. It had cooked perfectly in 20 minutes. It was a satisfying product for a reasonable price. Especially against the competition and big pizza chains.

An overall review I would give it nine stars out of ten. The product itself was wonderful, but my only hang up was the ease of opening the toppings. While it is a pull apart plastic, it is tough to actually pull apart, and risks the toppings being flung around the kitchen.

Ramblings of a Texas Housewife Product Review and/or Giveaway Disclosure- I have received no compensation other than the offer of free product to review and/or giveaway. Any opinions expressed on Ramblings of a Texas Housewife are my own. My reviews are never reviewed or edited in any way by sponsors.

What I Learned From The Emmys

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This may be the shortest post ever. I watched and enjoyed the Emmys last night. What I discovered is most every show that is popular, I've never watched. Watching Modern television requires staying awake. Most of my television viewing happens on Netflix, watching shows that have been on for a decade or so. My friends talk about new shows and I just stare. I was recently told I love under a rock. Anyway, I'm apparently really behind on what the "it" shows are.


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