Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fun in the Sun

paddle surfToday Groupon has a great deal on surfing or paddle surf lessons from SOBE Surf. $40 for $80 worth of surfing or paddle surf lessons. A one-hour surfing or paddle lesson costs $80 for one student; the rate drops to $50 for more than four students. If typical surfing seems intimidating, try paddle surfing which is a great workout. This would make a great last minute Christmas gift!

Click here to get your voucher for lessons today. So, get out your swimsuit, order this voucher and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous fitness in the Florida sun!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

cookiesIf you are looking for some cookies to leave for Santa, bake for a friend or neighbor or chow on yourself this holiday, these cookies are for you! The recipe has been tested and perfected for over ten years ever since we got our hands on this fabulous little concoction.

Here is what you need:

12 oz package of semi sweet chocolate morsels (Nestle Toll House or Ghirardelli work well)

2 sticks of butter softened (either salted or unsalted depending on your tastes or what you have)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar (regular white sugar, you could substitute white baking Splenda)

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups whole oats (do not get instant oats)

Cookie sheets

Cooling rack, but if you don’t have one have a plate handy to transfer cookies

How to make fabulous cookies:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a small bowl. Mix with a fork or whisk to combine. Beat the butter, both sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. If you don’t have an electric mixer you can do this by hand with a rubber spatula (be prepared for an arm workout). Add the eggs and beat well. The mixture should take on a grainy texture. Add the bowl of dry ingredients gradually. Stir in the chocolate chips and oats. The mixture is going to become almost crumbly. You may want to mix with your hands at this point.  Place rounded teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet and pop into the oven for 7 to 9 minutes. You want the cookies to be  a light golden brown on the edges and the center will still look slightly uncooked. Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Then transfer to a wire cooling rack. If you do not have a cooling rack, leave the cookies on the cookies sheet for five minutes and then transfer to a plate to continue cooling. Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies.

So, put on your apron, buy some organic milk and some cookie tins and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous chocolate chip oat cookies!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Signed Books!

book signingWho: We are not sure who the creator of this fun website is, but rumor has it the person lives in Texas.

What: A website that compiles a list of book signing appearances of celebrities and writers. Think Buzz Aldrin, Madeleine Albright, Lance Armstrong, Lauren Conrad and more!

When: The website is updated about every month and includes appearances all across the country.

Where: Click here to visit the site.

Why: Because a book is special enough, but a signed book is a treasure! Oh, and what a great gift a signed book makes!

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Shortcuts to Fabulous Stone Crabs at your door

stone crabSometimes it is hard to feel festive in Miami during the holidays. You can instantly have a “Thank goodness I am in Miami” moment in two ways:

1. Look at the weather report for Minneapolis

2. Have some fresh Stone Crabs!

Did you know you could get Stone Crabs delivered to your door for less than dinner out?! George Stone crab is a Key Biscayne based company that dilvers fresh (not frozen) stone crabs anywhere in Miami during stone crab season. Forget the two hour wait at Joe’s Stone Crab. Invite some friends over for a game night, make some yummy side dishes, tell your friends to bring over beer, wine and some dessert and you have the perfect evening in…on a budget no less! Oh and if you don’t live in Miami but want to feel like you do…they ship throughout the US and Latin America.

They offer Medium, Large, Jumbo and Colossal claws.

Here are some details for ordering from George’s:

- They orders by Phone 1-800-273-CRAB (2722) (between 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or email

- You can order up to 30 days in advance.

- Minimum of 5 pounds per order.

- The cutoff time for deliveries is 8:00 a.m. EST of the same day.

- If you have any special request please let them know at the time of placing your order. ie Sauces, delivery instructions, etc.

- Please remember that Stone Crab Claws are seasonal, highly demanded, and sometimes depended on weather conditions so prices and availability can fluctuate constantly.

- Please be aware George Stone Crab Claws are harvested and processed on a daily basis, never frozen, and are not prepackaged. They prepare and package your orders the morning of the delivery date, to ensure you receive the freshest possible Stone Crab Claws.

So get out your cocktail forks, send out your evites and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous Stone Crabs!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Green Gift Giving for the person who has Everything

This year, I have made a commitment to only purchase gifts I know will be used and enjoyed by the recipient. If we are going to save our planet, we have to think about every action we take, including gift-giving. Getting someone something they may not use or like increases the likelihood that the item will end up in a landfill and aiding in the destruction of our beautiful planet. So, I challenge you to be a fabulous steward of the planet this holiday season and re-use gift wrap and gift bags, think hard when gift shopping and donating unwanted items instead of throwing them away. Taking on this challenge leaves us with the obvious question of what do I get that person who has everything?

I found a few great gifts that I think would work well for that person who has everything:

calnedrPerennial Calendar- $49.95 This calendar is awesome because it eliminates the need for purchasing a new calendar every year (and wasting paper), Plus the cool look of the calendar and colors would make great artwork in almost any room! $49.95 seems steep for a calendar, but when you think that the recipient would never have to buy a calendar again, it is a steal! The kit comes with everything you need, including an instructional video to show you how to make the calendar.

envirosaxEnvirosax Oxford Five Pouch- $34.00 This pack of five foldable, reusable bags are the best thing that ever happened to me. About a year ago after forgetting to bring my non-foldable free reusable bags for the hundredth time at the grocery store, I purchased these bags. I change purses almost every day, so I slipped a bag in every purse and have been on the green wagon ever since! These bags can fit so much in them. Every time I take them anywhere, the person bagging my items has a jaw-drop moment when they see how much fits in the bag and the long handles allow you to carry items home tote-bag style.  The fact that they roll up and snap up into a little ball makes them portable and perfect to keep in purses, pockets, glove boxes, bike baskets, etc. This is a great gift for anyone you know in your life who would be willing to start using reusable bags.

unicefInspired Gifts from Unicef- All prices ranges starting at under $20. What better gift to give the person who has everything then purchasing an item from UNICEF for a child in need somewhere else in world! You can buy mosquito nets to protect children in Africa from Malaria ($18.57), 50 notebooks and 50 pencils for children in developing countries ($23.50), therapeutic milk to save a malnourished child ($24.50) and so much more in all price ranges. The great thing about this program is that you are actually paying for the items and the transportation costs of same to the area where said item is needed! To me this gift embodies the Christmas spirit more than any other.

Do you have any green gift-giving ideas? Please leave a comment and share with us. So, reduce, re-use recycle and enjoy these shortcuts to fabulous green gift giving.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Weeknight Dinner!

dinnerWho: Two wives and mothers and a nutritionist who found a great way to make cooking easier for everyone!

What: You’ve got is devoted to helping you create healthy family meals and still kick butt with your busy ultra fabulous schedule.

When: When you sign up, you receive an email EVERY Thursday with recipes for five entrees and two side dishes and a grocery list!!!! You can print the grocery list and recipes and voila you have planned five meals!

Where: Click here to visit the site.

Why: Because who wouldn’t want to start making fabulous dinners for friends and family five days a week?

So, sign up for the newsletter, add new ink to your printer and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous family meals!

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