Interactive Tipping Tool – Are You Tipping Enough?

Tip jarGenerally speaking, I don’t share a lot of editorial on FoodAskew.  However, this was sent to me and I think it’s a terrific tool to know how to tip for various service industries.  Most Americans are accustomed to tipping wait staff at restaurants, but there’s a lot of other areas in the service industry where individuals deserve a tip, but are often under tipped or not tipped at all just because the customer is unaware of how much tip is customary or that one is customary at all!

Boom – that’s where you need to go.  It’s interactive, so once you click on ‘To the Tip Guide’ at the bottom, you can select the general service area (restaurants, travel, cosmetics, etc) and narrow it down from there for the specific service.  The tool will tell you the customary rate and even has a calculator so you can enter in the fee and what percentage and it’ll tell you the tip.

This would be a fantastic app for my iPhone (hint, hint) but is still great if you’re dealing with an in-home service or know how much you’ll be paying ahead of time before your next service appointment.

I’m happy to say that after checking out every service person I tend to use, I’m within range on the customary tipping scale, except for one – I’ve got to remember to pack some extra cash for my next business trip to tip the maid!  I also seem to naturally be following all the basic rules except for one – if I received bad service, I won’t tip, regardless of whether or not I plan to come back.  While tips are customary, I still believe you have to earn a tip and at least do a satisfactory job to get it.

Thanks to for creating this handy tool & sharing it with me to share with you!

Create Summertime Memories with National S’mores Day on August 10

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Celebrates by Partnering with TheMotherhood to Inspire Families to Share Special Moments with S’mores

National S’mores Day is August 10, and there is no better way to celebrate the occasion than with the delicious combination of purely delicious Hershey®‘s Milk Chocolate, crisp graham crackers and toasted, gooey marshmallows. This summer, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate has partnered with influential social media moms from TheMotherhood, an award-winning web community of 13,000 mothers, to provide sweet and easy tips for families to celebrate National S’mores Day and enjoy S’mores all season long.

Personalized Hershey's Bars at The Hershey's Store
“National S’mores Day is another great reason to gather family and friends to enjoy this classic summertime treat,” said Emily McKhann of TheMotherhood. “Combining Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallows is the perfect way to sweeten any summer day and create lasting memories.”

Tips for Creating S’mores Smiles

S’mores have been a centerpiece of summertime since the recipe was first published in the Girl Scouts handbook in 1927. The classic treat is fun to make and offers families and friends an activity they can enjoy together. Below are some quick and easy tips for enjoying S’mores on National S’mores Day and everyday:

  1. Family Activity S’mores – Make S’mores a family activity by getting everyone involved. Little ones can be in charge of assembling the graham crackers and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars while adults and older children take care of roasting the marshmallows. Once your S’mores are ready, dig in and enjoy this tasty treat together.
  2. Grilled S’mores – For a fun new way to enjoy S’mores, try making them on the grill! Simply wrap S’mores in aluminum foil and place on a medium-hot grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side. When you’re done you’ll have S’mores that are grilled to perfection.
  3. Party with S’mores –The next time you’re invited to a summer party, bring S’mores ingredients as your contribution to the gathering. Guests will love making gooey S’mores and you’ll be a hit at the party.
  4. Summer Vacation S’mores – S’mores aren’t only for camping! Many hotel chains offer fire pits or grilling areas which are perfect for making S’mores to help sweeten your trip and create a new family tradition. Staying home this summer? You can also build S’mores at the park or playground in the designated picnic or grilling area.

Say S’mores and Share Memories

This summer, families can showcase their favorite S’mores memories by visiting Hershey’s Facebook page at to download the Say S’mores application. Families are invited to participate in monthly themed photo contests for a chance to win S’mores-themed prizes, including a camera, photo printing gift card, outdoor fire pit, roasting skewers and all of the ingredients needed to make S’mores.

For more tips on creating S’more’s summertime memories or to participate in the Say S’mores photo contest and view official rules, please visit the Hershey’s brand Facebook page at

SOURCE The Hershey Company

It’s All About The Cookies!

Philanthropist extraordinaire Missy Ward has announced her latest project to help fellow marketers and share some yummy recipes in her new book, It’s All About The Cookies.  As of today, Missy is now accepting folks to submit their recipes!  Not only will this be a great book, but it’s ultimately for a great cause.  100% of the net profits will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which has raised more than $380 million since 2003 to help fight this horrible disease.

This unique book may look like a cookbook, smell like a cookbook, and you’ll be able to make yummy delicious treats like from a cookbook… but here’s the catch.  It’s REALLY a marketing book.  When you submit your recipe you must also submit a marketing insight to share with other marketers.  So not only are you going to get some great recipes (I’m very partial to the one I submitted), but you’re going to get some marketing schooling.

From their website:

Since the 90’s, affiliate marketers have had a love affair with cookies – not the chocolate chip, or oatmeal variety – but the pieces of code that ultimately tracks affiliates’ sales and commissions earned.

These affiliate marketers are a diverse group. Some work part-time and earn enough to subsidize their income while others have created extremely lucrative businesses.

For the uninitiated, Missy Ward is Co-Founder of Affiliate Summit, Co-Publisher/Co-Editor in Chief of FeedFront Magazine, VP of Operations for, Founder of Affiliate Marketers Give Back, and all around amazing woman I’m happy to know.  Also involved in this great project are Mary Poiley, founder of; and Jen Goode, Doodler in Charge of

If you’ve got an awesome recipe, and some keen marketing advice or knowledge to share, please submit a recipe!

Freschetta FlatBread Pizza Giveaway

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Freschetta. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey boys and girls, have I got a gift for you!  I was contacted by Freschetta® Pizza and they asked me to review their new Freschetta FlatBread Pizza variety.  Being an every day fan of Freschetta®, I had no problem giving this new variety a shot.  I normally prefer a thicker crust on my pizza, but after a great experience last summer giving real New York City thin crust pizza a try, I was definitely willing to check out some other crust options with this FlatBread variety.

Freschetta® FlatBread PizzaNot being a fan of a lot of toppings on my pizza, I gave the Five-Cheese a shot.  A small, crispy pizza seemed like a perfect light lunch for a Sunday afternoon.  I really liked the crust for a change of pace… it was light and crispy.  It didn’t seem like the traditional pizza to me, but it was still tasty.  Though I didn’t go for one of the topping heavy varieties, the cheese was very good and the sauce was light, again contributing to the lightness of the pizza.  I know my husband will appreciate that there are a variety of flavor combinations (Zesty Italian, Roasted Garlic and Spinach, Pepperoni, and the Five-Cheese I tried) so when I get these in the future there’s something we’ll both like.  The frozen pizzas we usually eat are Bagel Bites and Mama Celeste, so hopefully I can ween him onto this since it’s SO much better.  And despite the coupon, they really weren’t that expensive anyway…less than I’d thought.

Lucky for you, Freschetta® sent me coupons for a FREE Freschetta® pizza so I could try it out.  I have 3 left to give away, so the first three comments on this post will receive the coupons via mail.  They’re only good until 5/31/10 so be sure to follow up your comment with an email with your address so I can put the coupons in the mail for you.  United States and Canada residents only, please, as I don’t believe the coupons are valid internationally.

Don’t worry – if you’re not one of the first three to request the free pizza coupon, you can always go online and  get a coupon for $1 off Freschetta® Pizza! So leave your comment, send your email, and I”ll send YOU one of these 3 coupons for a FREE Freschetta®Pizza!

Omaha Steaks and Father’s Day, Inc.They go hand in hand! Father’s Day is the perfect time for grilling, heck, dads and meat are practically the same word!  Don’t wait until the last minute – get some great gifts for your papa do-run-run from Omaha Steaks.

Omaha Steaks knows this, and they always offer a terrific deal for Father’s Day.  I can personally vouch that Omaha Steaks is top quality – often better than you’ll find at the local grocery store – and shipped in a way that maintains perfect freshness. It’s a great gift for those of us who don’t live in the same state as our dads. I can have this shipped right to his door and it’s something I KNOW he’ll love! It’s also a great gift if, like me, you have a dad who has EVERYTHING!

Also, if your dad is as health conscious as mine, you’ll appreciate the fact that Omaha Steaks has lots of options of lean meat, and not just beef!  So I can get the perfect selection of meaty goodness for my dad who’s watching his fat intake and he can still have the quintessentially American Father’s Day experience of standing mightily over his grill, tongs in hand, watching the temperature, spraying down hot spots, and grilling the perfect steak in the declining summer sun – even if I’m not physically there to share in the bounty, it’s definitely a gift that’s going to let him know how much I love him!