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All Beauty Water Review #allbeautywater

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All Beauty Water is a skincare drink that is specially formulated to help hydrate and nourish your skin.   We all know how important it is to drink water and All Beauty Water gives you benefits that most bottled waters don’t.   Each bottle of All Beauty Water is 2 glasses of water, plus 8 SkinVitamins, and 7 SkinNutrients that include minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes.

All Beauty Water is available in three delicious flavors:

Pomegranate Rose

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Cucumber Aloe

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Strawberry Açaí

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A skincare drink that contains all natural products with no calories or sugar!  This formula is simply made up of water and vitamins that hydrate and nourish your skin.

GMO Free

Gluten-Free

Vegan

Kosher Certified

No Artificial Sweeteners, Preservatives, or Flavors

I loved them all-but if I had to choose I think my favorite would definitely be the Strawberry Acai!  It’s surprising how much flavor this water packs into one bottle.  A very yummy and refreshing alternative to plain old water after my workout routine!

You can find All Beauty Water via social media on Facebook here and Twitter here.  Try them out…you will be pleased with the results you get from drinking this skincare drink!

It’s important to make sure you drink plenty of water and with the addition of all the vitamins in this skincare drink…you can’t go wrong!  Poor hydration and nutrition can damage your skin and your overall health.  If you have skin care issues like me (I have a slight case of eczema that flares up from time to time) then this is the perfect solution for you!

I received products in exchange for my honest and unbiased review courtesy of All Beauty Water.  

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Home Chef Review #homechef

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Home Chef‘s mission is to make creating fresh and healthy meals at home easy for everyone.  The chef-inspired meals are sure to make your mouth water with anticipation…even for the pickiest of eaters.   All of the fresh ingredients and instructions you need for each meal is delivered to your home in a flavor-packed kit.  No need to worry if you are not home during the delivery…they keep everything sealed and packed with ice packs and installation inside the box so that your meals stay the appropriate temperature until you can unpack it.

You receive one box per week with your choice of  up to 3 meals (eight new recipes are available every week) for 2, 4, or even 6 people.   You make all the choices when it comes to this delivery service-the meals including choices for your dietary preference, how many servings you need, and even your delivery date.

All Home Chef meals are priced at $9.95 per serving and delivery is FREE for orders over $40.  It’s a great idea if you want to experience new dishes a few times a week without having to go out to eat!  You get the opportunity to cook in your own home with your family and the meals are very healthy and nutritious.

I received three meals courtesy of Home Chef in exchange for a review and I was so very excited to get my first box!  I chose the Smoky Char-Grilled Pork Chops with Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Pistachios, and Dijon Vinaigrette the Parisian Bistro Steak with Potatoes Dauphinoise and Green Beans, and the French-Cut Chicken Breast
With Mozzarella, Pesto, and Balsamic Reduction Caprese Salad.

We decided to use the Pork Chops for this blog post review.  It’s been awhile since we had pork chops so out of the three meals we received we were excited to get started on this meal.  The thing I love about these delivery service meals is that you have all the ingredients packed together readily available to you when you are ready to start cooking.  There are just a few steps involved in prepping the meal…this meal took us less than 30 minutes to prepare.  There are a few ingredients (ie.  olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.) that you will need, but those should be already in your kitchen-easy to access.

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These are the ingredients that came with the Pork Chop meal.  Each ingredient comes in it’s own bag and is labeled appropriately.

This recipe calls for 2 boneless Pork Chops, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, a Shallot, a Lemon, Shredded Purple Cabbage, Dijon Mustard, Rice Wine Vineagar, Roasted Pistachios, and Shaved Parmesan.

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The first step is to prepare the veggies-wash them all and then slice the brussels sprouts and the radish.  Mince the shallot, and half the lemon.  Then prepare the dressing by mixing the Dijon mustard, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, minced shallot, and the juice of the lemon.  Simply combine the dressing into the veggie mix and the Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is ready!  This salad was absolutely delicious and I will be making it again-it was a different take on most salad recipes-very tasty and had a yummy crunch to it!   Home Chef 04

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Season the Pork Chops with salt and pepper and then grill them!
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The mixed salad is divided and put onto two plates.  The pork chop is placed on top of the salad and then garnished with some more salad, the roasted pistachios, and the shredded Parmesan.
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The Smoky Char-Grilled Pork Chop recipe is a low-carb, low-calorie (525 calories per serving), gluten-free, and soy-free meal.  Perfectly proportioned for two people or more…we had leftovers!

This meal was inspired by Chef Jimmy Madla.

I was very impressed with the whole process. Easy to use online website, fast and safe delivery service, and the meals were exceptional- super healthy and nutritious. Recipe cards were easy to follow along with while prepping the meal. A great home delivery service for a “date in” at home makes for a great night with family or friends.

You can find Home Chef on Facebook here, Twitter here, Pinterest here, and Instagram here.  Follow along and you can see some of the nutritious meals that they offer.  If you are interested in trying them out simply visit their website here.

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Pereg’s Quinoa Line + a Giveaway!!

Pereg Natural Gourmet Foods is a family company that was established in 1906.  They produce more than 60 varieties of spices, spice blends, and herbs.  These spices are all fresh, all-natural (100% Gluten free and NON-GMO ), no additives, and no preservatives.

Some of the products they offer include Quinoa, Quinoa Pasta, Quinoa Pops cereal,  Couscous, Flavored Basmati Rice, Farro, Breadcrumbs, Spices, Mixes for Rice, Oils, Salads & Spreads, Salt, Toppings, and Grains.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is known as the mother grain that comes from the Mountains of South America.  Quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds.  The nutrient composition is favourable compared with common cereals.  Quinoa is a rich source of the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and folate and is a rich source of the dietary minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

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I received the Quinoa 6-pack Assortment with a special blogger discount courtesy of Pereg.   This bundle is perfect for Quinoa lovers…it includes all the flavors they have available in one box!  You get six 10.58 oz canisters-one each of Quinoa with Spinach, Quinoa with Vegetables, Quinoa Lemon & Herbs, Quinoa with Mushrooms, Quinoa Southern Style, and Quinoa All’ Italiana.

Right now you can save 10% and get FREE shipping on the same bundle I received.  Visit the link below to get in on this special deal!

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Quinoa is very simple to prepare.  You can either make it using the stovetop or simply using the microwave.  I prefer making it via the stovetop.

Boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan, add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil & 1 cup of quinoa mix. Reduce heat to low, cover loosely. Cook for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.

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Quinoa makes a perfect side dish to any meal and it’s packed full of nutrients.  Try serving it with baked chicken or fish…delish!

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I’m giving away two canisters of Pereg’s Quinoa so be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below!

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Congrats ladies!!  You will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly!

You can follow Pereg on Facebook here and Pinterest here.

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#Tryazon #DabbleGame Party

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DABBLE is a family-friendly fast thinking word game that is suitable for ages 10 and older. This game is very similar to SCRABBLE but has it’s own uniqueness.  The object of the game is to be the first player to score 100 points.   Each player tries to be the first one to spell 5 words within the allotted time to win the round.

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The game contents include 142 tiles (plus 6 Spanish Tiles), 4 five-tier stadium style racks, sand timer, tile bag, and rules.

Rules of the game include:

each player can only pick 20 tiles from the bag without looking at them

each player’s goal is to create one 2 letter word, one 3 letter word, one 4 letter word, one 5 letter word, and one 6 letter word before the timer runs out

blank tiles have no point value and can be used as any letter, but not as an apostrophe

each player can challenge the other’s words

You can choose a subject category at the beginning of each round.  We chose to have a DABBLE Garden Party!   You simply can use any words that associate with the topic.  This is optional…but it’s fun to pick a category and see what your family and friends come up with.

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The game suggest ages 10 years and up but in my opinion it’s a great game for any age.  You can never be too young to learn how to spell.  It’s a very challenging game that is a great learning tool for kids and adults.  It’s fun for the whole family and you can expand and develop your vocabulary, spelling, and quick thinking skills.

My niece and nephew really enjoyed this game.  Dakota had a blast trying to think of words and we have planned another DABBLE party to consist of a NASCAR theme.  I’m excited to partake in that game!   My niece, Saniyah, will be 5 years old so she more or less just played with the tiles, however, we are trying to teach her to spell so this will be a game that will come in handy for when she starts school this fall.

I received the DABBLE Party Kit free courtesy of Tryazon in exchange for my review.  My party kit included The Dabble:  Fast Thinking Word Game, a second game to giveaway, exclusive coupons for my party guests, and a party host guide.

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Weighting Comforts

Have you heard about Weighting Comforts?

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Weighting Comforts is a mother and son business team that is the mastermind behind these beautifully made weighted blankets.  Donna and her son Josh Durham are perfectly paired business partners.

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What are weighted blankets?

Weighted blankets are made from 100% cotton fabric and contain polypropylene pellets in individual pockets for even weight distribution.  These blankets provide a sense of calming and comfort for patients of all ages and conditions and they work like a deep tissue massage by the pressure of the weighted blanket.  The blankets create serotonin in your body which eventually become melatonin, a natural sleep aid.

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Calming

Comforting

Improves Sleep

The blankets are available in 38″ X 68″ in size and come in small (10 lbs), medium (15 lbs), or large (20 lbs).   The small weighted blanket is $150, the medium is $175, and the large is $195.  The children’s blankets are 58″ X 38″ and are $125.  All of the weighted blankets are machine washable.

Weighted blankets have been used with autism patients and are highly recommended by Donna who is a therapist.  Donna’s son Josh is a business management major and he handles all things web based!

Weighting Comforts partners with Sew For Hope.  Sew For Hope is a non-profit organization that provides sewing machines and sewing classes for International Refugees that have been resettled in Middle Tennessee.  This provides the refugees with the opportunity to make a living with artistry and skill.

The Weighting Comforts blankets are available in a variety or some beautiful prints and designs sure to appease you!   You can visit their shop here.  They are now offering blankets for children, too!   My favorites are the Charcoal and the Teal Medallion weighted blankets!

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They are so lovely!

You can follow Weighting Comforts on Facebook here, Twitter here, Pinterest here, and Instagram here.

Photos above used with permission.

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Product Review: Ohuhu Leather Jewelry Display Box

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This jewelry display box from Ohuhu Direct is a high quality leather box that includes 6 slots with individual pillows to hold watches or bracelets. The pillows are removable so you can use it to hold your rings and/or earrings if you so desire. The box features a clear glass window so that you can display your watches or jewelry…a great way to show off your treasures.

It comes with a lock and key. The watches and bracelets fit nicely around the pillow (both watches are women’s watches in my box) and the pillow helps prevent your jewelry from being scratched or damaged while being stored away. I love that this box has a glass display! As you can see in my photos…it makes a great display box! This product would be great for gift giving for anyone that would like to have their jewelry displayed at home.

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Blogging for Books: The Sweetapolita Bakebook-Rosie Alyea

I’ve been a fan of Rosie’s blog Sweetapolita for about a year now.  From my very first glance at her blog…I fell in love!  Ever since I can remember I’ve been baking for my family and friends.  It’s truly what I love to do.  I have quite a few hobbies that I love…baking and photography are my top favorites!sweetapolita 00

So needless to say I was highly anticipating the arrival of her first cookbook….The Sweetapolita Bakebook!!  Boy, what a surprise it was to see all the goodies in this cookbook.  Recipes galore!  Rosie includes her own beautiful photography work with each recipe.  The recipes are easy to follow and contain ingredients that are obtainable.  These sweets are imaginative, super creative, and most definitely will appeal to your sweet tooth!

Rosie shows us how to make homemade sprinkles, the basics of baking and different decorating techniques, yummy frostings and fillings along with recipes for cakes, cookies, and more!

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Some of my favorites that I intend to try out soon include the Coney Island Cheesecake with Cotton Candy Whipped Cream, Chalk-A-Lot Cookies with Edible Chalk, Watercolor Graffiti Cookies, Chalk-A-Lot Cake, Doodles & Daydreams Cake, Toasted Marshmallow Frosting, and Salted  Caramel.

SO much fun especially if you are feeling creative.  These recipes are great to get your kiddos (in my case…my nieces) to help out with.  They can show off their artistic side by helping to decorate the cakes and cookies!

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I received this book courtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.  

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