State of Susan

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2012 Holiday Card Project on Shutterfly November 25, 2012

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It's that time of the year...get my holiday cards printed.  I have used Kodak Gallery the past few years, since I had an employee discount, but since last year 1) Kodak Gallery was sold to Shutterfly and 2) I'm not an employee as of November 30th.  To get the scoop on the latter, you'll have to read our family newsletter.  Hey, I need to hold something back since I'm posting a preview of our holiday card here. And you're probably asking me, "Why are you posting it?"  Well, that's because Shutterfly will email me $10 for posting it my website as part of their marketing effort to bring traffic to their site (hey, I'm in marketing, I know how this works!).

Okay,  Shutterfly…I’ll be on the lookout for that $1o coupon you promised me!

5×7 Folded Card
View the entire collection of cards.

Nice way to support a cause February 19, 2012

Filed under: Fundraisers — susanpolizzotto @ 6:31 pm
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I was buying some more charms today at Brighton Jewelry store and was pleasantly surprised to discover that when you buy Alzheimer’s purple ribbon


charm, you receive a $20 check that you can mail to the Alzheimer’s Association!  And the Sigma Kappa in me thinks that’s awesome!


Can there too much scent in your laundry? August 6, 2011

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So, I received a sample of Downey UNstoppables yesterday.  There’s scent in my detergent, scent in your fabric softener (if you use it, I don’t), and now what looks to me to be extra scent.  Guess it’s for those families who really stink up their clothes?


Recreating Souplantation at Home March 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanpolizzotto @ 6:37 pm

If my kids could have their way for dinner every night, it would be to eat at Souplantation. So I came up with a way to satisfy their craving (and get them to eat more healthy) between our visits to their favorite all-you-can eat buffet. I decided to “re-create” the experience at home. I was amazed how much stuff I had in my refrigerator and pantry to do this. Their salad bar selection consisted of:
– lettuce (pre-cut and pre-washed from a bag)
– raisin medley (Trader Joe’s)
– croutons (box from grocery store)
– pasta (I have always have a container of pre-cooked pasta in the fridge for the kids lunches)
– tomatoes (staple in our household)
– shredded parmesan/romano cheese (Costco)
– chicken (sliced grilled pieces of frozen chicken breast that I warmed up in the microwave for 1 min)

And then each girl had gave me their choice (from what I had on hand) for salad dressing. They loved going around the table with their own plate and coming up with their salad creation. And I loved that it was fast and healthy for them. I need to find more quick healthy meals like this. Anyone else have ideas to share with me?


Shrimp Avocado Dip September 12, 2010

Filed under: Recipes — susanpolizzotto @ 1:47 pm

A USC friend made this recipe and shared it with me. Without a doubt, every time I make it, I get a request for the recipe. So if you like shrimp and avocado, you’ll love this appetizer.

1 lb of shrimp, cut into small pieces (use larger shrimp. bay shrimp are less expensive, but the flavor is different)
1 avocado, cut into small pieces
1 box crumbled feta cheese (I’m not a fan of feta cheese, and so I leave this ingredient out. I think it tastes more “fresh” when it’s left out)
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/3 purple onion, chopped
tabasco sauce
salt & pepper
lemon juice

Mix everything and adjust the seasoning to taste.

In San Diego, the homemade tortilla chips from Harvest Ranch (a grocery store Del Mar) are light and salty and go perfectly with the dip. Otherwise, try going to a Mexican restaurant and get some of their homemade tortilla chips.


I’m not a Wheaties fan, but could I be one for Wheaties Fuel? September 11, 2010

Filed under: Cereal,Marketing,Microsoft Tag — susanpolizzotto @ 2:12 pm

So this morning with my Saturday paper, a small box of Wheaties Fuel was in included. What is interesting to me is not that Wheaties has a new product, but it’s the marketing tool they used to generate awareness of it.

I found this on the back of the box:

The funny looking square is a Microsoft Tag. As instructed I downloaded the “tag” app from GETTAG.MOBI. The website smartly detects what type of smartphone I had (which is a Blackberry) and offers you the appropriate app to download. Then when you run the app, it uses you smartphone’s camera to scan the tag which then takes you to the Wheaties Fuel mobile website to learn more about the cereal.

I’ve not seen this “tagging” on any consumer products I typically buy, so this was intriguing to me (but then again, I have a career in marketing, and I love when technology brings new tools for us marketers). If this, what marketer’s consider a “call to action”, had not been on the box, I would have just tossed the box of cereal in my cabinet to be consumed at some later date. I would have not taken the time to discover the difference between Wheaties and Wheaties Fuel (as I have never consumed Wheaties in my life). Now I wonder if this marketing tool becomes more pervasive on consumer goods, will I some day just ignore the call to action or will I always wonder what’s on the other end of that tag?

P.S. I did try the cereal. It tasted exactly as the box describes it: lightly sweetened crunchy whole wheat flakes and crispy rice with real honey and cinnamon. I used it as a topper for my greek yogurt. Yum!


Disclosure Policy August 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — susanpolizzotto @ 2:17 pm

This is my personal blog that is written by me and the views and opinions I express are mine alone.

This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, I will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

I am not compensated in any way from this blog nor am I compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. If I decide to review or promote a topic, product or service, I only do so because I personally believe in it and hope that the review will be helpful for others.

Since this blog does not generate income for me, I am employed full time by Eastman Kodak Company. This fact may or may not have a significant impact on the content of this blog.

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