Friday, June 12, 2015

The Best Summer Camp : Digital Media Academy

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 Quick Background:

Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

What do they learn from DMA?

--->Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, film making, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

 How impressive is that?

---> Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry. This I think is my personal favorite since we have two beautiful girls.

---> Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.


--->Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by June 30th to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Cilantro Sauce


1 1/2 to 2 lbs uncooked shrimps , peeled and deveined
4 - 5  tbsp olive oil
1 head of garlic, trim the top off (keep it intact)
1 lemon , juiced
1 tbsp dry white wine
1 tbsp dry pepper flakes ( optional)
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


Preheat oven to 400 deg , Drizzle the garlic with olive oil. Roast in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

Let it cool. Crush and peel the fragrant garlic.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Lots of pepper..

In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, lemon, white wine , olive oil , pepper flakes and garlic.  Whisk together .

Drizzle ( with olive oil) and heat your grill pan or cast-iron skillet or grill. Drizzle the shrimp with a lil bit of olive oil too. Grill the shrimp, do not overcook .

After grilling, transfer the shrimp into a separate bowl and pour in a good amount of the garlic cilantro sauce. You can save a few of the sauce for dipping.

Serve with white or brown rice. It also great with a bowl of salad!

Definitely a crowd pleasing recipe!

Very easy to make  and quick too , though I must tell you  that I was not a big fan of peeling the shrimp.
Thank goodness for deveined shrimp package. I used a 2 lb bag of frozen shrimp with this recipe but of course fresh is the best. You can also use prawns. Bigger is better .

This easy and quick grilled shrimp recipe is also perfect as appetizer.  Think of this grilled shrimp and beer. I like it .This summer heat brings me thoughts of


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Delicious Spinach Balls

Not a fan of meatless meals ? I know, Spinach Ball does not sound appetizing at all. Give this small round tasty meatless balls a chance. They are really good and very easy to make.



2 (10 oz) packages frozen spinach
5-6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped or 2 tbsp onion powder
2 1/4 cups chicken stuffing or stuffing with herbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp  seasoned salt
1/4 tsp salt ( optional)
1/2 tsp pepper

optional: ( to serve with the spinach balls)
package of orzo
Parmesan cheese
dried parsley or dried basil
olive oil ( but can use butter too!)


  1. Thaw the spinach and make sure that it is well drained.
  2. Mix all the seasoning in small bowl. Beat all the eggs in a separate medium size bowl
  3. In a separate big bowl combine the  thawed and well drained spinach , mixed seasonings , eggs, Parmesan cheese and the stuffing. Mix until well combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Prepare your cookie sheet by spraying it with cooking spray.
  6. Form into 1 inch balls . Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve with simple orzo pasta ( recipe below).

 If you prefer to bake and freeze for later , remove it from the freezer 30 minutes prior to reheating, reheat on preheated oven for 10 minutes.

If you prefer to just prepare it and bake it for later , remove it also 30 minutes prior to baking and bake as directed above.

Serve it on top of simple orzo pasta. Recipe below..

For the simple orzo pasta  recipe to serve with the spinach balls, prepare Orzo according to package instruction. Drizzle with olive oil , mix in about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and top with a few sprinkles of dried basil.

or you can just actually serve it as an appetizer, it is really really good with ranch dip.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Week in Review and Saturday Dishes Linky Party

    I am so excited to be a guest host on Saturday Dishes, now y'all it's my first linky party. Ever. So yes, I am giddy , happy to party with all of you. I can't wait to read and share all of your delicious and mouthwatering recipes.

     Meanwhile , here's a week in review:

10 Father's Day Shirts under $10

Now, let's party!!!!


This week's theme is:

We're having a potluck this week
Link up your favorite potluck recipes!

If you're new to the party
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where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:

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Last week's theme was Salads!

My favorite is :

I haven't tried grilling any fruit so I will be trying this and I love the homemade dressing too!

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Link up your perfect potluck recipes,
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Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party! If you are new here and a new follower, I'd love to hear from you, give me a shout out in the comments section so I can follow you back.

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[Giveaway] Microsoft Surface 3 Giveaway Contest

Hello sweet readers,

         I am very happy to share this super awesome giveaway sponsored by Moms Affiliate , in support of Bing Rewards Programs.

 Win a Microsoft - Surface 3 - 10.8" - Intel Atom - 64GB Microsoft Surface 3

 Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you'll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device. 


 Giveaway Period: April 23 – June 22, 2015


 "NO PURCHASE NECESSARY" 18+ US only! Contest starts 04/23/2015 and Ends 07/22/2015 11.59pm EASTERN. Entry options: Join Bing Rewards. Prize: Microsoft - Surface 3 - 10.8" - Intel Atom - 64GB. "The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning." Winners have 7 days to claim their prize. If potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, at the advertisers sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Work from Home Jobs

Are there really opportunities out there to work from home? Yes of course.  I have compiled a few resources where you can work from home. Do you have to have a blog to sign up for some of the company? Not all the time. But if starting a blog is in your  near future, consider this list as a cheat sheet for you. I am not asking you to quit your day job, but if you want or need to earn a little extra income here's your chance.

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure HERE

-->Quick note : List in not in a particular order.

Homework Tutoring – Get paid to tutor in the subjects of engineering, history, or law.

InstaEDU – General work from home tutoring. Very flexible. Must have at least some tutoring or teaching experience. You can sign up at as young as 18 years old. Pays weekly via PayPal or WePay.

Reasoning Mind - if you love Math and education, be an online tutor for Grade 2-6.

Pearson-  Test scoring but open to US only. Pays $10 an hour.

Rosetta Stone - how about $18 per hour for teaching other language.

User Testing - Get paid $10 for  20 minute  session. It pays you to test, visit, give feedback on apps and websites.

Search Engine Evaluation - they pay you by evaluating search engines. With this job, you give feedback on the quality or issues of a search engine ( when a web surfer uses a search engine). Apply at Leapforce and Lionbridge.

Selling Stock Photography - Talented in photography? or is photography a passion of yours? You can turn those beautiful photos into cash by selling them into micro stock websites such as iStock and Shutterstock.

Freelance Writer - Daily finance breaks down 25 blogs or sites that pays you for guest posting.

Tap Influence - Do you have a blog or a website ?Do you like to work with brands and try new products? Join the TapInfluence Marketplace. I am an influencer so this is an awesome opportunity.

Share A Sale - similar to Tap Influence , you can work with companies like  Gymboree , Mabels Labels and more! You get a percentage commission for every lead/sales you drive to their market. Share A Sale, have all the tools you need like banners and links. Their dashboard is not hard to understand.

Gymboree - Join their affiliate program and earn money for your blog or website.

Teachers Pay Teachers - Talented in making printables or teacher resources? Sell your creations here.

Scribd - If you have a passion for writing or had written Ebooks, sign up and sell your creation here.

Direct Sales - this requires a minimal investment and training BUT they will provide you with a marketing strategy, tools and website. Check out : Stella & Dot , ScentsyThirty - one

 Extra ways to earn money :

Swagbucks - You can earn gift cards from amazon , target and more. This is a real deal.

Jingit - you earn cash from watching online ad videos, giving feedback and checking in at stores ( app is needed). Major brands work with them like Target, walmart and Kraft. I personally do  not know how much they pay because I have not tried this. I will soon! So, I will give this an update.

Ebates  - I love this! Aside from getting a rebate on the things you shop, you can earn $75 just by referring 3 friends. Sign up and start earning easy cash.

There are a lot of companies out there that pays you from working home. Do your research and please be smart. Scams are everywhere , be mindful of any company that ask for money or payment before you can even start any earnings.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Best Homemade Refried Black Beans

One of the things that I like about making my own homemade pantry staple is that you know what the ingredients are. No hard to read ingredients. Aside from it being economical , it is healthier too. You can always tweak a homemade recipe to your own likeness.



1/2 to 1 cup of salsa
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cups of black beans - Homemade or canned (low sodium)
1/2 to 1  tsp salt
1/2 to 1  tsp pepper


I always make my beans ahead of time and freeze it. I rarely buy the canned beans , a pound of beans yield more beans ( it saves you money!)  than a can but using low sodium black beans is just fine too.

Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl,

Using a blender or food processor, pour the beans followed by the salsa,

and then the prepared seasonings.

Blend it all together. You may add more salsa, depending on the texture that you want.

Some variations will be : use pinto beans. add cayenne pepper , use medium or hot salsa. 
How easy can that be ?

Use it as a healthier dip , on your favorite burrito recipe , Mexican steak bowls , nachos and more!

I personally enjoyed it as a dip,

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