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Thursday, August 27, 2009

The 411 on Expiration Dates on Products

The 411 on Expiration Dates on Food Products

I had such a hard time figuring out expiration dates on food packages. I found this to be very helpful and I hope you find it just as helpful

Few things in the grocery store are more confusing than expiration dates on food products. When it says "Sell By 8/22/09," does that mean it has to be used by, or only sold by that date? Other products are even less clear, showing only a date with no explanation. Some canned or packaged products don't seem to have any date at all.

While most food processors date and code their products, the Food and Drug Administration mandates dating only on infant formula and baby food. Everything else is voluntary. Still, the food industry generally follows certain guidelines suggested by the FDA. Here's a quick overview of what all these food labels and dates mean:

Phrases like "Best Before," "Better if Used Before," or "Best if Used By" tell you how long the product will retain its best flavor and highest quality. These phrases are found on products like baked goods, cereals, snacks and some canned foods. The food is still safe to eat after this date, but may have changed somewhat in taste or texture.

The "Sell By" date is usually found on perishable foods like meat, milk and bread. This date guides the rotation of shelf stock and allows time for the product to be stored and used at home. The product is still safe and wholesome past this date. For example, milk usually will be good for up to a week beyond its The 411 on Expiration Dates on Food Products

"Expiration," "Use By," or "Use Before" are phrases that appear on yogurt, eggs and other foods that require refrigeration. Other dating terms are guidelines, but this one means what it says. If you haven't used the product by this date, toss it out.

The "Guaranteed Fresh" terminology is used for perishable baked goods. Beyond this date, freshness is no longer guaranteed, although the product may still be edible.

Some products bear a "pack date," indicating when it was packaged. This date often is encrypted so that only manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers can read it. The pack date on some products, such as eggs, is shown by a Julian date (1 through 365), January 1 is number 1, and December 31 is number 365. In other coding, letters A through M (omitting the letter I) are often assigned to the months, with A being January and M being December, plus a numeric day, either preceded or followed by the numeric year.

The point in all of this is that the fresher your food, the better it is. Processors want to assure customers that their products will remain at peak quality for certain periods of time.

Here's a tip: In a properly stocked store, the freshest items will be at the back of the shelf or underneath older items.

Information provided by Everyday Cheapskate

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My 12 Step Program

My 12 step plan to budget my time on the internet. I got the idea from a plurk buddy and thought I make it into my own

1. I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and read my NEWS PAPER like I used to, before the Web. I wonder if they still deliver them?

2. I will eat breakfast with a knife and fork and not with one hand typing. Come on admit you have done this!

3. When I am getting dressed not to remind myself to check my email again.

4. I will make an attempt to clean the house, wash clothes, and plan dinner before even thinking of logging on to the Internet.

5. I will sit down and write a letter to those unfortunate few friends and family that are Web-deprived like my mother who does not own a computer or have access to the intenet

6.I will call someone on the phone who I cannot contact via the Web.
I know this will be hard as I am not a phone person but I wonder how I got like that?

7.I will read a book... if I still remember how. I am working on one now which is taking me a month just to get to chapter 50

8.I will listen to those around me and their needs and stop telling them to turn the TV down so I can hear the music on the Web. You know you do this too

9.I will not be tempted during TV commercials to check for email. My downfall which I happen to do this a lot.

10. I will try and get out of the house at least once a week, if it is necessary or not even if it kills me

11.I will remember to use the library again instead of depending on on the internet for everything. Its good to get out and be around people for a change.

Last, but not least, I will remember that I must go to bed sometime... and the Web will always be there tomorrow! Amen to this!

I have to admit it to myself that the internet has made me really lazy. I don't socialize with anyone, I don't go out much anymore and I don't drive or go out at night. The internet has made me very lazy. Although I love the convenience of our technology but we I think we forget that we are people and everything we do in life seems to be connected to the wall or plugged into our ears. What happened to the days before when we would call someone and talk. Nowadays we just send them emails. A good excuse not to call someone. Texting. I really don't get the texting. I mean it comes in handy when you are in a meeting or can't answer your phone but people are using this as a method of communicating now. It is just so impersonal and pointless when you can just pick up the phone and call them. I know there are a lot of folks that love texting and if it floats your boat great. Texting has it purpose but not to replace actually talking to someone. And Twitter, still don't get it, tried it and still trying to see the point of it but it will fade too just like Facebook will. Ok hope you enjoyed reading my 12 step program. I will try my best to live up to these steps. It will be hard but I think I can do it. Pray for me :-)

~Michelle

Monday, August 10, 2009

August Soap Sale!!!

For 1 week only, we are having a huge soap sale Bonanza. We really need to reduce inventory to make room for our Fall soap line that is currently curing as I speak. If you never heard of our Soap Sale before and what it is. Well plain and simple, we are reducing the price of most of our soap line (excluding our clearance soaps). This also includes our Soap packages of 4, 6, and 8 lots of soap to save you even more money when you buy these bulks listings. And of course when you purchase any of our bulky soap packages, shipping will always be 5.00 to ship anywhere in the US. Canada shipping prices for 6-8 bars of soap will average around 9.95 but please ask for a quote to be sure for Canada shipping. We will only ship 8 bars of soap to other countries for 12.95 flat rate. It will be much cheaper to ship them this way.

So to take a sneak peak into what soaps that will be on sale... take a look

We will also have our Eco Friendly Laundry Soap on sale as well. This is a great way to try this wonderful laundry soap. I am sure w you will love the way this makes your clothes feel and change your mind about store bought laundry detergent. These will be available in 4 oz and 16 oz size bags for your convenience.

Eco Friendly Laundry Soap. Available in any scent you prefer.



Lavender & Sage Hot Process Soap



Sage & Citrus Cold Process Soap



Honey Almond Goats Milk Soap



If you are interested in purchasing any of our soaps, stop by our Etsy shop and click on CP/HP soaps listings for all the discounted soaps or you may purchase at our new location at our Artfire studio. Click on CP/HP soaps listings for all our discounted soaps there.

This sale is for 1 week only starting Tues. August 11, 2009 and ends Monday August 17th. So there is plenty of time to take advantage of this deal.

Sale is only valid on current items for sale. Cannot be combined with any other offers on an other sites. Offer is not valid on previously place orders. Good while supplies last. No substitutions on sold out items.

Thank again.
Michelle