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A Warm Thanksgiving Hostess Gift – Diamond Candles

October 24, 2014

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Are you traveling to someone home for Thanksgiving? Did you know that over 94 million Americans travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving? Maybe a faraway relative or friend is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year. After all it is there turn to do all the cooking! Make your host smile with a luscious candle from Diamond Candles.

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I love the way Diamond Candles smell. My favorite scent is the Pink Macaroon. The aroma fills my entire home. I have had several Diamond Candles over the past year, which I usually buy when they are having a really good special. I might buy 2 or 3 at a time. Besides the fantastic long lasting aroma, the fun of the Diamond Candle is finding what is inside. There is a ring, that could be worth up to $5000! It is like grown up cereal box prizes!

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I love the collection of rings I have from my Diamond Candles. There are a few beauties but I am still searching for the $5000 one. Something new they created is RingReveal. There is a code inside the RingCandle to enter on the Diamond Candles site. You could win a fancy ring up to $5000. Record your spin and reaction and if you are lucky, you get to choose your ring. I will be looking for my code in all my new candles.

The Fall collection is available now. Rich Autumn inspired scents can fill your home. Pumpkin Chai, Candy Corn, Gingerbread Latte, Cinnamon Pinecone are just a few to choose from. Courtesy of Diamond Candles, I received a Holiday Scent not yet on the site – Candy Cane. The inviting fresh aroma of peppermint is delightful. It smells good enough to eat. I love having candy canes around for color and munching. The Diamond Candle reminds me of my favorite holiday goodie!

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One wish I have for Diamond Candles, put the ring pack lower in the candle. It does not take too long to burn the candle and reach the ring. After I melt one for a while, I will dig the ring out. Once I have done that, I usually stop burning that candle. It still smells as awesome but the anticipation of something sparkly is gone. I have a shelf of partially burned candles that I alternate to keep burning until gone. Then of course I have to buy a new one for more bling!

Diamond Candles make great gifts for anytime or the holidays. With the fabulous fragrance choices there is one for every home! Each RingCandle sells for $24.95. Buy a few for gifts and watch the smiles!

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I am patiently waiting for my Diamond Candle to burn down to the ring…..patience…come on….hurry up…..

Many thanks to Diamond Candles for providing the review product.

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My Moroccan Adventure with Suave Professionals #SuaveSpaSecrets

October 21, 2014

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There is a place in my mind that I often visit in a daydream. I picture myself in a vast Moroccan tent filled with the rich colors of gold and ruby red. There are candles shining through hanging red glass sconces and pillows everywhere for lounging. I can hear the warm desert breeze flapping the edges of the tent. Everywhere I look I see serenity and richness. It may be all in my imagination but Suave has brought a bit of my dreamscape to reality with their Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion line. The scent is just as I imagine.

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I can create my relaxation vision anytime at home with the decadent aroma of Suave® Professionals Body Care. The Moroccan Infusion products contain Moroccan Argan Oil which is a spa treat for my skin. Using the Silkening Body Wash paired with the Body Lotion, my skin felt much softer and silkier. I enjoyed the aroma and it transported me to my Moroccan Oasis! The lotion absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy feeling. For added moisturizing, try the Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray. It left my skin smooth and silky with just a small spray. Thanks Suave for helping me experience a moment of my Moroccan dream.

Suave Professionals line also includes a luscious Natural Infusion product line with the scents of the islands. I had the chance to enjoy a tropical island spa moment with the Suave Professionals Softening Body Wash with Awapuhi Ginger & Honeysuckle. I loved the aroma! It was like standing in the blossoms on the shore of a faraway tropical beach. The body wash lathers nicely too. Someone please bring my a Pina Colada!

Take a moment for yourself with a mini home spa retreat. Suave Professionals makes it easy to escape. Light some candles in your bathroom, I mean home spa, close the door and relax! Let your spa moment take away all the cares of the day. It is so important to take some time for ourselves. I have heard that daydreaming is a good thing. I will even let you visit my Moroccan Tent Oasis!

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Look for Suave Professionals and other fine Suave products at your favorite retailer.

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Neato Skins – Make your phone your own!

October 19, 2014

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I get so bored with my phone. Not the phone but the case. I like to change things up every now and then. It can be hard finding the exact style of case. Now I can print my own skin designs with the help of Neato Skins.

Neato Skins work with by creating your designs online that you can print at home. The Neato Skins Kit comes with a practice print template, 5 blank Skins, a clear phone case, instructions and the code you need to create your design online. Neato Skins Kits are available for several devices including Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 plus Apple iPhone 4/4s, 5c and 5/5s. The starter kit comes at a reasonable price of $19.95 which is much less expensive than some cases! If you really enjoy creating the designs, they offer refill packs for just $14.95.

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On to creating. I chose a few photos and poster graphics for my first set of skins. Using the online design software was a little confusing at first ( I could not see where to upload an image) but once I played with it, I navigated through the designing steps in no time.

It takes 3 steps to make your device personalized with Neato Skins.

Create – Use photos and text in the online software

Print – Your printer will print your design creation on the removable self adhesive skin

Apply – Peel the skin and place it on your device then place it in the provided case.

Simple!

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I had a lot of fun creating my skins. I tried a bunch of different photos. I made two with all photo from edge to edge and one I made with a background color. There are lots of ways to design. Background colors, text, use your own photo and more. It is so unique! I know I will be ordering a refill kit because it was so much fun to do! Now I can change my device look whenever I want!

Out of my 3 designs I chose Dear Diamond….for now. That is the beauty of Neato Skins, I can change it or create a new one anytime! Brilliant! Think of the possibilities. You can make one for each holiday. Going to a special event like a concert? Make one with the band name or image. A special date? Happy Birthday or Anniversary or just as special day you want to remember. Moms will love having kids photos on their device. Make something funny! I like to have humorous pictures that make me smile each time.

Neato Skins Custom Device Labels are easy to use. I am so thrilled to have been introduced to Neato! Order yours today and make a statement with your own personal design. Your device will truly thank you.

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Next Issue: Best Digital Magazines Giveaway – closed

October 7, 2014

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With all the technology we have at our fingertips these days, it is no surprise that paper magazines are going the way of the dodo.

Now it is easier than ever to enjoy your favorite magazines on your electronic devices. Next Issue makes it a breeze to read anytime, anywhere. As they say it is ” An Entire Newsstand at Your Fingertips”

I was introduced to Next Issue while attending BlogHer 14 this past summer. I knew about the company from advertisements I viewed in magazines. Courtesy of Next Issue, I was provided a complimentary 3 month Premium membership. The Unlimited Premium level includes 145 magazine titles to choose from and they are always adding more titles! Seriously…you can have 1 to 145 magazines on your device for a reasonable low price of $14.99 per month. If you get all 145 – that is a lot of reading without any paper waste! It is the future of magazines!

I personally ordered the Unlimited Basic plan which provides access to 135 magazines for a low price of just $9.99 per month. On my device, I currently have more than 35 titles out of the 135. There are so many more to choose from. One account can have access on 4 devices. My hubby has his own titles he likes to read. They are all part of our library. It is easy to navigate the titles and you can set it for automatic downloading of each monthly title. It can take a while to download that way, if you have a lot of magazine selections all coming in at the same time. I prefer to manually download the magazines one at a time. You even have access to back issues!

Do the math on your subscription savings. The average paper magazine is 12.99 per year. If I had 35 x 12.99 = $450+. Now if you chose all 135 magazines…you can get them for just $9.99 per month equaling $119+ for the entire year! That is an amazing savings!

You can download any of your titles to your device for reading when you are not connected to wifi. I filled up my iPad with several mag downloads for a recent airplane trip. It was better than carrying a bunch of magazines or paying high prices at the airport.

Next Issue is available on the most popular tablets, Apple iPad and iPhone, Android tablets and Windows 8 PC and tablets.

Some features include:

· “All you can eat” model lets users customize their libraries and discover new content all within one app

· Beautiful interface brings the joy of a physical newsstand to the palm of your hand

· “Automatic download” feature ensures the latest issue of your favorite magazine is downloaded upon opening the app

· One account can be shared over four devices, making it the most cost effective way for a family to explore the magazines they love

· Unique digital-only features available on various titles – including downloadable playlists, embedded videos and extended photo slideshows

· Email pages to friends and family to share favorite articles, new recipes or style inspiration

Next Issue is my favorite app!

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Here is your chance to win!

Three lucky readers will each win a 3 month complimentary subscription.

Thank you very much Next Issue!

Giveaway ends on 10/17/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Next Issue for providing the review and giveaway product.

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Harvest Snaps – Add a Crunch to your Day! #HarvestSnapsFan

October 2, 2014

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In my home we are a bunch of munchers. We like crispy, crunchy snacks. For me it is usually a crunchy veggie or fruit but getting the hubby to eat those is a lost cause. He likes his crunchy chips and pretzels. I have found a snack he likes that is all natural with lots of crunch.

Harvest Snaps are a snack I can feel good about. They are all natural and filled with fiber and protein. What makes them the perfect munchie for hubby is the incredible flavors! Hubby barely knows they are good for him.

My personal favorite of the Snapea Crisps is the Lightly Salted. I can toss a hand full on a salad instead of croutons. Snapea Crisps are made from 70% whole pea but you would never know. Shhh don’t let the non veggie eater know. With the Lightly Salted flavor, it replaces the craving for fatty potato chips, plus the crispy crunch is very satisfying.

Snapea Crisps Wasabi Ranch – was devoured by hubby. He loves anything wasabi. I watched as he added some to a bowl of soup! What a great idea. The crunch was better than crackers and the wasabi flavor blended nicely with the broth.

The Snapea Crisps and the Lentil Snaps come in  several taste bud pleasing flavors.

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Wasabi Ranch

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Tomato Basil

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You can eat them right of the bag or be creative. Layer a few on a sandwich, toss some in a salad or soup, mix a few in a batch of popcorn for added flavor. Sporting event parties are a great way to serve Harvest Snaps. What cuisine idea could you create with Harvest Snaps? For some great lunch ideas be sure to visit Harvest Snaps Lunchspiration.

Look for Harvest Snaps in major retailers nationwide and get your crunch on!

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lunchbox Smiles with Hillshire Farm Naturals #sponsored

September 1, 2014

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Getting those lunch boxes filled with tasty sandwiches can be a daunting task. Just how many PBJ sandwiches can a kid eat? I had the yummy pleasure of sampling the newest product from Hillshire Farm. Introducing Hillshire Farm Naturals.

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My hubby loves turkey sandwiches and the Hillshire Farm Naturals offers two varieties of turkey and two varieties of ham.

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The Slow Roasted Turkey Breast gets my vote, although the Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast is just as tasty. It would take making your own turkey to get this flavorful goodness. Who has time for that? Simply create your favorite turkey sandwich, add your condiments and let the smiles begin with each bite.

The Black Forest Ham tastes just like a slice off your Sunday dinner ham fresh from the oven! It is delicious and I did not even have to turn on the oven!

Keep Hillshire Farm Naturals on hand for yummy sandwiches anytime. It comes packaged in double-sealed, re-sealable tubs. Moms will love the new Naturals as they contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors or added nitrites/nitrates. They are also 97 to 99 percent fat free! The delicious taste comes from the  slow roasting and perfect seasons. Of course it is healthy and delicious, it is from Hillshire Farm.

Look for the new Hillshire Farm Naturals at your favorite grocer.

Here is a tempting sandwich recipe:

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· Prep time: 5 minutes

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· Makes: 1 sandwich

· Ingredients:

o 2 slices wheat bread

o 1 oz. herb mayonnaise

o 6 slices Hillshire Farm® Naturals Slow Roasted Turkey

o ½ avocado, peeled, thinly sliced

o 2 slices Monterey Jack Cheese

· Directions:

o Spread mayonnaise on one slice of bread. Top with Hillshire Farm® Naturals TM Black Forrest Ham, avocado slices, Monterey Jack cheese

o and second slice of bread.

o Variation: Substitute low fat mayonnaise, ½ teaspoon each chopped fresh parsley and thyme for herb mayonnaise.

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Coca-Cola and Walmart present Effortless Meals #sponsored

July 15, 2014

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The summer is in mid swing and boy is it becoming pretty hot. Much too hot to cook! Having a sandwich every now and then is okay. How about something fast and easy? Coca-Cola and Walmart have teamed together to bring you Effortless Meals!

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Step into your local Walmart (that has a deli) and you will find a very inviting Effortless Meals selection. The bright red Coca-Cola signage with the full displays of the meals you can choose are very appetizing!

I could not locate the Effortless Meals in my area but I did find them at a store close to my parents home. Coke and Walmart Effortless Meal Bundles include:

Pizza Meals – One Coca-Cola 2 Liter product and a Marketside Pizza in choice of Take & Bake or ready made, Pepperoni or Cheese.

Sandwich Meals – One Coca-Cola 16 oz product paired with a Marketside Grinder Half of choice.

Rotisserie Chicken Meals – One Coca-Cola 2 Liter product and a Marketside 29oz Rotisserie Chicken in flavor of choice and a side salad.

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I found the Effortless Meals section very close to the check out. Having it so close makes it easy to grab and go! Thanks to Coca-Cola and Walmart I was provided a gift card to share the meals with my family. It was tantalizing to choose the meals for tasting. I selected one of each pizza meals and rotisserie chicken meals. Each meal can easily feed four.

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The Rotisserie Chicken Meal is just $10 in my area! I would think the prices would be similar nationwide. The chicken was so tender and scrumptious tasting. It comes with a side dish of choice – Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad or Cole Slaw. What a great meal to pick up on the way to the beach or the park!

The Pizza Meal was a super deal at $8.46! Again a fabulous idea for a day outing! Grab one on the way home for a quick delicious dinner meal.

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For those participating in the My Coke Rewards program – the Effortless Meals Walmart deal gives you 10 bonus points!

Enjoy your summer with Coca-Cola and Walmart!

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown turns 50

June 12, 2014

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Can you believe the music of the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas is celebrating its 50th Anniversary? The music we sing in our heads is the unmistakable tune known as Linus and Lucy.

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Fantasy Records has just re-issued the CD – A Boy Named Charlie Brown. This classic Original Sound Track Recording by the Vince Guraldi Trio will have you doing the Christmas scene dance! The CD has been remastered and includes two bonus tracks!

Take a trip down memory lane with the sounds of Vince Guaraldi Trio. The jazzy upbeat tunes keep me hopping through my day. I can’t help but smile with each track. I find myself actually picturing the classic Peanut show!

Check out the Tracks:

1. Oh, Good Grief 2:22

2. Pebble Beach 2:49

3. Happiness Is 3:40

4. Schroeder 1:52

5. Charlie Brown Theme 4:21

6. Linus And Lucy 3:04

7. Blue Charlie Brown 7:27

8. Baseball Theme 3:13

9. Freda (With The Naturally Curly Hair) 4:34

10. Fly Me To The Moon 8:58

11. Baseball Theme (Alternate Take) 1:58

Linus and Lucy is the theme you will remember the most! All the tunes are a joy to listen to.

You can order A Boy Named Charlie Brown from Amazon or download on iTunes. For more information, visit Concord Music Group.

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Grill this Season with Fire & Flavor

May 12, 2014

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Summertime means endless whiffs of good things cooking up on grills. My family uses our gas grill year round. I also have a new Big Green Egg. I am a newbie to the Big Green Egg style of cooking. So far I have managed to make some pretty darkened (burnt) chicken and pork chops. Once I got the hang of how it cooks – I made some delicious meals with the help of the seasonings from Fire & Flavor.

Fire & Flavor specializes in all natural cooking products. I visited with them at Natural Products Expo West. I was intrigued by the Cedar planks and wanted to learn more. Fire & Flavor was so kind in sending a few seasonings my way, which went to good use in my Big Green Egg cooking.

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The Garlic & Herb Chicken Brine is all natural, fat free and gluten free. Simply use a 1 to 1 ratio of brine and water to submerge your protein and let it brine according the the directions. I made chicken breasts and boy were they delicious! My hubby loved the flavor and the moistness! I can’t wait to try the Beef Brine! I have plans to make a brisket, as soon as I have more confidence in my Big Green Egg skills. The Beef Brine has the flavors of Espresso and Chilies – yum!

Fire & Flavor knows how to perk up pork chops! I made a scrumptious batch using their dry rubs. The Everyday Rub can be used for a variety of meats. The Everyday Rub is mild and savory – made from chilies, paprika, brown sugar, onion, and garlic. I loved the flavor and the pork chops were quickly gone. For a bit of boldness – try the Fire & Flavor Coffee Rub! Fresh Roasted coffee is blended with ancho chile pepper! Powerful taste explosion in every bite! It definitely has a warm kick to it!

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Fire & Flavor features incredible recipe ideas! It sure makes a person hungry and wanting to try every flavor!

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Look for Fire & Flavor products at locations nationwide.

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Bring Fire & Flavor to your kitchen and summer grills! Happy lip lickin mouths will want more!

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SunButter Sunflower Seed Spread – Nutty Goodness

April 22, 2014

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Can you imagine growing up without the luxury of having a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich? There are many people with a severe allergy to peanuts. My family has a young one with a peanut allergy. We really have to watch the foods by reading all labels.

I had a chance to taste an interesting alternative to peanut butter. SunButter is made from sunflower seeds! The sunflower seeds are rosted and ground into a delicious, nutritious spread.

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SunButter comes in several varieties including Natural, and Organic spreads. There are creamy and crunchy varieties too.

SunButter was so kind to share with my family. I really enjoyed the super nutty flavor of the Natural No Stir Creamy SunButter. I have always loved mucnhing on sunflower seeds on outings and the SunButter is the same great taste! I can’t believe how incredible the sunflower seed flavor is!

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SunButter is an allergy friendly product as it is processed in an peanut free and tree nut free facility.

All SunButter varieties are:

  • Nut-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Tree nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Processed in a strictly nut-free facility

SunButter has a nice selection of recipes. With a great tasting sunflower spread, I am sure the recipes would be delectable! SunButter Crunchy Cookies sound delish! I just might make these.

Look for SunButter in your favorite grocery store or at online retailers.

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