10/23/14

DIY Spooktacular Halloween Decor QVC Challenge

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Whether you're hosting a Halloween party or just adding some spooky decor to your home for Halloween, you can find eerie elements for your design at QVC. Check out this 10" illuminated Jack-O-Lantern from Bethlehem Lights that came from QVC's holiday shop!
This Jack-O-Lantern is lined with a layer of glitter, which reflects the built-in lighting, making it glow with a very menacing look. The lighting is in the lid, operates with 3 AAA batteries, and can even be set on a timer. I love that there is no dangerous flame!
Best of all, I can use it year after year! I decided to use my Jack-O-Lantern to create a spooky scarecrow to help me pass out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters that come to my house on Halloween this year.
I raided my husband's closet and decided his flannel shirt was the perfect belly. I tucked two throw pillows inside the shirt and buttoned it closed. I stuffed some tshirts down the pants legs of his old jeans and tucked the legs into a pair of his boots.
I set up the clothing on the front porch bench, added a pair of gloves for hands, and placed my Jack-O-Lantern on top of the scarecrow's shoulders. Of course I named him Jack! I surrounded Jack with some smaller pumpkins and a scarecrow to complete the Halloween look.
I turned on the light inside of the Jack-O-Lantern and waited for dusk. As the evening grew darker, I was so excited to see how creepy he looked sitting on the front porch. Halloween is certainly the season for scaring and Jack is ready for that!
Would YOU help yourself to more than one piece of candy if this face was glaring at you? I think I'll crack open a the front window on Halloween and play some spooky music towards the front porch too. This year is going to be super spooky for the kids!
Visit www.QVC.com today and order your home decor for Halloween and for all your holiday decorations. You can sign up to get QVC emails, including special offers and upcoming events. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more great DIY Halloween decor ideas!

10/22/14

Cheeseburger Mac-O-Lantern #Halloween #Recipe plus a Wilton Armetale Giveaway

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There are many recipes for sweet things on Halloween, but don't forget that you still have to cook dinner before trick-or-treating begins! My Cheeseburger Mac-O-Lantern recipe can be prepared ahead of time if you prepare it in a Wilton Armetale Viceroy Oval Bowl, which can go from freezer to oven to table.
This bowl is even grill safe because it's made from an aluminum-based alloy. Designed by renowned artist Juan Vela, the Viceroy collection is vintage chic with soft sculptural scroll elements cast in highly polished Armetale metal and is at home in casual to formal settings and can be used every day. I found it easy to use, very lightweight, and easy to handwash (even with baked-on cheese).
Your kids will want to get started on their candy hunt, but this delicious happy-faced dinner will get some good food into their bellies. They'll be thrilled to sit down to eat before trick-or-treating! Ready to make Cheeseburger Mac-O-Lantern? Let's get started!

Cheeseburger Mac-O-Lantern Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
2 cans Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
(you can use 2 cans Cheddar Cheese Soup if your kids prefer non-spicy)
1 small can sliced black olives
8 oz big macaroni noodles
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan, prepare noodles according to package. At the same time, brown ground beef in a skillet and drain. Pour prepared noodles into a bowl and mix with one can of cheese soup. Pour browned ground beef in another bowl and mix with other can of cheese soup. Pour half of the cheesy beef into the bowl with the cheesy noodles and gently combine. Save aside 2 of the sliced olives for the eyes, then pour the rest of the olives into the cheesy beef mixture and gently combine. Pour the cheesy beef mixture into your baking bowl, then top with the shredded cheese. Shape the remaining cheesy beef into a happy jack-o-lantern face on top of the shredded cheese, placing the olives on the eyes. (If you're preparing ahead of time, cover and place in freezer). Place bowl, uncovered, into oven and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. (If frozen, cook at least 45 minutes). Enjoy your Halloween dinner! Serves 4.

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One-Pan Taco Pasta #Recipe

One-Pan Taco Pasta

This is a delicious, fast dinner that only requires one pan - your favorite skillet with a lid!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
4 cups water
1 pkg McCormick's taco seasoning
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
8 oz egg noodles

Directions:
In large skillet, brown ground beef, then drain and return to skillet. Add 4 cups water and 1 pkg taco seasoning. Stir well. Add 1 can black beans and 1 can yellow corn, stir again. Then stir in 8oz egg noodles. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

If desired, top with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serves 5.

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10/21/14

LEAF Vodka - Organic, Unique, Delicious

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LEAF Vodka features two delicious varieties - one sourced from Alaskan Glacial waters and one sourced from Rocky Mountain mineral spring waters. Each one has a very distinct taste, since vodka is actually 60% water. The Alaskan Glacial has a pure, smooth taste, with a hint of sweetness and the Rocky Mountain has a rich, warm, savory taste. They are both delicious in different ways. My favorite way to enjoy vodka is in a fruit juice drink and the LEAF Vodka varieties are the perfect complement!
To make Alaskan Lemonade, pour 10oz of lemonade and 2oz of LEAF Vodka Alaskan Glacier into a shaker with ice, shake, then strain over ice in a glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, or one of each. The cool taste of Alaskan glacier water makes this lemonade cocktail intensely refreshing!
To make Rocky Mountain Cherry Limeade, pour 10oz of Cherry Limeaid and 2oz LEAF Vodka Rocky Mountain into a shaker of ice, shake, then strain over ice in a glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime and a maraschino cherry. I love the rich taste of this cocktail!
Find out more about LEAF Vodka at www.leafvodka.com and get even more great cocktail recipes on their site. Please drink responsibly.

Level Life Foods - Review and Giveaway

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Level Foods is a modern diabetes management company that creates delicious foods to keep you living a healthy life. Their program can help you start losing weight in the first two weeks and gain control of your blood sugar.
The Level bars, shakes, and gels provide a delicious, convenient way to fight hunger and support healthy blood sugar. I received a variety of their products and I'm totally hooked on their gooey Caramel Chocolately Peanut bars and creamy Strawberry Creme shakes!
The Level shakes are clinically shown to have a lower impact on blood sugar than other leading brands. As someone who has seen the effects of diabetes on friends and family, I can attest to how important it is to keep blood sugar at a level rate.
Keeping healthy choices on hand can often be a challenge, especially when you're on the go, but these Level Life foods are super portable. It's a great way to be prepared whenever you feel an imbalance in your blood sugar.
Check out the FREE Level Life Food Program HERE. They can make it easy to take back control of your health. Their website offers hundreds of diabetes-friendly recipes to help you lose weight and level blood sugars.
Visit www.levelfoods.com to find out more about their delicious foods. You can also follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter for more great recipe ideas. Use this special coupon code below to save 25% on your order:
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One winner will win a premier bundle of Level Bars and Shakes, valued at $60. You don't have to be a diabetic to enjoy the delicious taste and healthy benefits of these products. To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be a US resident ages 18 and older. Only one entry is mandatory to enter, but bonus entries increase your chance to win! Giveaway ends on October 31, 2014. Good luck!

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Reboot Your Life - Review and Giveaway

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Life can be overwhelming at times and often we get stuck in a rut. If you've ever felt this way, you know it can feel like there is no way out of it. I've just finished reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life. In it are over 100 stories about finding happiness. These inspirational stories will help readers to discover new motivation to follow their heart to the things that really matter. Filled with tips and techniques, Reboot Your Life can help you find your purpose, overcome adversity, and follow your dreams. This book is a great tool for adjusting your life attitude and creating a better life for yourself. As an empty-nester, I often feel a bit lost as my children learn to navigate their own lives in other cities, and Reboot Your Life has given me a whole new perspective on redirecting and rebooting my new way of life. I really enjoyed this book and will probably read it several more times! You can purchase Reboot Your Life at www.chickensoup.com. Their many books make fabulous gifts!

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Fresher Home with Air Wick Wax Melts

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Air Wick is already a trusted name in my house. I just discovered they make wax melts and I'm so happy because using a wax warmer is one of my favorite ways to freshen my home. I received two of their National Park Limited Edition Scents - Shenandoah and Isle Royale. I really love these wonderful autumn scents!
Air Wick Wax Melts come in a bar shape, making them easier to separate than the ones that come in cube shapes. Each one freshens my home for around two days. I keep a wax warmer on my kitchen counter all the time and just drop a new melt in when the scent begins to fade. I've found using a wax warmer is safer because there's no candle flame to supervise (which is best if you have children).
Find out more about Air Wick Wax Melts at www.airwick.com and check out all the available National Park scents. You can purchase them at many national retailers. It's a great way to keep your home smelling fresh!

10/20/14

Hot Chocolate for Grownups with Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice

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One of my favorite scents of this time of year is gingerbread! Southern Comfort has warmed me to my toes with their new Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice. It tastes as good as it smells. This seasonal spirit is best served warm and is the most delightful ingredient in hot chocolate for grownups.
It's so easy to make Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. Just add 2oz of Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice to 8oz of Hot Chocolate and stir! Add some whipped cream and you'll be warm throughout your entire body. It's a delicious treat and my new favorite. Please drink responsibly and make sure your little ones have their OWN hot chocolate.
Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice is available now wherever you buy your wine and spirits. At just $11.99, it's the perfect hostess gift or holiday gift. It even comes with a gift tag attached! Get more delicious Southern Comfort recipe ideas for Gingerbread Spice at www.southerncomfort.com.

Reduce Stress with Pinch Me Dough

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Stress. It's a part of daily life for nearly everyone. Some people smoke or drink to relieve stress. Others overeat, oversleep, or simply yell at those around them. There are dozens of pharmaceuticals on the market for stress. Finding healthy ways to deal with stress are so important because many of the ways we deal with stress simply ending up causing more stress. I like the ideas of walking in nature, doing yoga to quiet music, and taking a beach vacation. But with my busy schedule, those ideas sometimes put me in a pinch for time, so I reach for my Pinch Me Dough.
Pinch Me Dough is a holistic, drug-free way to help me reduce stress. The pliable putty is scented with spa-like scents that help to calm my senses. The repeated motion of squeezing, kneading, and bending the dough is a great way for me to work out frustrations and stressors in a healthy way. I keep my jar of Ocean Pinch Me right next to my computer and I've often found myself working the dough in one hand while using the mouse with the other! There are several amazing scents available.
I can reach into my reusable jar and grab a little or a lot. I can roll it, punch it, or smoosh it between my fingers. The light scent stays on my hands even after I put the Pinch Me Dough away and the oils leave my hands soft and smooth. It is a wonderful way to help me redirect my stress and refocus my mind. I imagine this would be a wonderful tool for families who have children with anger issues! I think I'll grab one for my husband to keep in the car for rush hour too.
Pinch Me Dough is a fabulous gift for everyone, including yourself, and with every container you purchase, Pinch Me funds a soldier's half-day stress management traning with bootstrapusa.com, a company dedicated to helping our military members reduce stress in their lives. Go find out more at www.PinchMeDough.com and order some today!

Surya Brasil HairCare and SkinCare - Review

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Did you know that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN your body? Even if you try to eat healthy, organic foods, you should also be taking just as careful care of your body. Your pores are open and whatever you put onto your skin is going to absorb into your body. I am loving these haircare and skincare products from Surya Brasil!
Surya Brasil has several collections and a wide variety of products, and all of them are created using the natural ingredients of viable plants, fruits, nuts and oils which are rich in beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals and active constituents from the Amazon rainforest.
I received the Sapien Women Shower Gel, Sapien Women Shave Gel, Amazonia Preciosa Brazil Nut Hair Mask, The Acai Berry Moisturizing Lip Balm, and the Amozaonia Preciosa Hand and Body Lotion. I created my own at-home spa with these beauty products and I've spent quite a luxurious weekend enjoying them all.
My hair and my skin feel soft and healthy. Surya Brasil offers high-quality skincare and haircare products for women, men, and children. Try their award-winning products and discover the secrets of the Amazon rainforest!
Learn more about these products, and many others, at www.suryabrasilproducts.com! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be first to hear about new products and special promotions. These products would make fabulous holiday gifts for everyone!

Vi Bites Bold Wholesome Snacks #ViSalus - Review

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I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks. Usually mid-afternoon, you can find me rooting around in the pantry for something to hold me over until dinner. Around 9pm, I'll sometimes have a craving for a salty treat. Since I'm a bona fide snacker, I try to go for healthier options rather than loading up on empty calories. I'm excited to have discovered Vi Bites!
Vi Bites come in a variety of delicious mixes like Fruit Frenzy, Glorious Greens, Chocolate Monkey (monkeys not included), and Fiesta Nut. Their individually wrapped snack bags help me with portion control and make the snacks super portable for lunchboxes, gym bags, and handbags. They are also a great option for an after-school snack for kids!
These four snack flavors are amazingly delicious, each in their own way. Vi Bites are suitable for vegetarians, and have no cholesterol, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or colors. Each Vi Bites snack is less than 70 calories per snack bag, so they are the perfect snack if you're on a weight loss program. With both sweet and savory spiced options, Vi Bites are very satisfying!
Fruit Frenzy is an all-natural mix of freeze-dried fruits that is a guilt-free sweet treat. Glorious Greens is a blend of freeze-dried veggies with a savory Italian-style spice. Chocolate Monkey is an all-natural, protein-powered snack that combines banana chips, chocolate, nuts and seeds for a crunchy and satisfying snack. Fiesta Nut is a protein-packed snack that combines nuts, seeds and soy nuts that are lightly spiced for a tasty, wholesome snack.
Learn more about these bold, wholesome snacks at www.visalus.com. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too. I love Vi Bites and I know you will too!