11/25/14

Quinoa Pops Cereal - Review

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Quinoa is a whole grain seed that is packed with protein and is so good for you! Pereg Quinoa Pops Cereal is the perfect way to add quinoa into your family's daily lifestyle. Pereg makes four flavors of Quinoa Pops Cereal - Original, Vanilla, Strawberry and Cocoa. Not just for breakfast, this cereal is a great snack or a new way to add some pop to your other meals.
Quinoa Pops are certified gluten-free, OU Kosher, cholesterol-free, plus they are low in sodium and sugar. They are a much healthier choice than popped rice or popped corn cereal. These tiny pops are lightly sweet, airy, and crunchy. I love the way they taste! My favorite, of course, is the cocoa flavor and I love it as a topping on my strawberry yogurt.
It's also great tossed into banana slices because the cereal sticks to the bananas. Even your kids will love Quinoa Pops Cereal! Quinoa Pops Cereal can be eaten in a bowl with milk, tossed into a salad, and even used as a topping on ice cream or cooked veggies. And it's only 100 calories per serving!
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My Weekend at Lakeway Resort and Spa - Austin, Texas #travel

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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now upon us, it's good to sneak away for a weekend. My husband and I drove out last weekend to the Lakeway Resort and Spa, nestled in the hill country of central Texas. It's just west of Austin, so it was about an hour's drive for us.
The resort sits on the shores of Lake Travis and offers tons of amenities to enjoy! It's a great place for a short getaway or a long family vacation. They have facilities that are perfect for weddings, conventions, reunions, and much more.
The entire property is just beautiful, even under the cloudy skies of our rainy weekend. What better place to be stuck inside than a beautiful hotel room with a view of the lake, with even a spa to grab a massage?
The entire resort has recently been renovated and the beauty of Texas certainly shows in the decor of stone, wood, and even a few touches of the old west. The staff at Lakeway Resort and Spa treated us like royalty the entire time we were there.
Our hotel room was beautiful, with blue-grey decor that mimicked the gentle waves of Lake Travis. Even the art of the walls featured wavy lines. Our room featured a king-size bed, a sitting area and a desk area. I loved the full-pressure shower-head installed in the bathroom.
Lakeway Resort and Spa also offers valet parking and room service if you desire a weekend experience of complete luxury. There is so much to do at Lakeway Resort and Spa that I actually watched the hotel channel to see what they offered!
Along the far window of our hotel room was a sliding glass door out onto a private balcony that overlooks Lake Travis. The resort sits on a small peninsula so we could see the shoreline on the other side and wistfully wish we owned one of those houses. Although it was overcast, the temperature was perfect for being outside when it wasn't raining.
I'm guessing when the weather is nicer, this part of the lake is filled with boats, water skis, and jet skis. It's a bit sad to see how low Lake Travis levels are because of the drought. We could see the normal water line across the lake.
Photos just can't do justice to the beautiful, expansive view of Lake Travis from the private balcony in our room. Check out the video I made on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab S of the view:

Giveaway! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel

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Have you ever had an experience so incredible that you just know in your heart that it was a divine intervention? Several years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that affects every part of the body. My husband said I was in so much pain that, even when I slept, he could see the pain in my face. The pain went on for months as I saw doctor after doctor, taking every pain medication prescribed, but nothing helped. It was affecting my life horribly and I was even considering quitting my job at the time of teaching. I prayed to God all the time, out loud, for Him to heal me. About six months of excruciating pain went by and I finally found a doctor who could help me. He discovered I was misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia and that I actually had crushed bones in my neck that were pressing against the nerves in my neck. Three days later I had corrective surgery and woke up completely pain-free. I still have a scar on my neck that I hope never goes away, because I believe God healed me through that doctor, and that scar is my reminder of His love for me and that He hears my prayers.

Do you believe in angels? I believe in angels and I also believe that I have an army of God's angels around me all the time. When I am stressed, scared, or anxious, I visually imagine them around me. I pray daily that God's angels surround those I love too. Chicken Soup for Soul: Touched by an Angel is a wonderful book, filled with stories from people who have experienced miracles in their own life. There are nearly 400 pages of stories about divine intervention and I enjoyed every story. Like most Chicken Soup for the Soul books, many of the stories brought me to tears. It's wonderful to see God working in people's lives. I'm so excited to give a copy of Touched by an Angel away to one of you! It's a wonderful holiday gift idea that will touch someone's heart. You can buy it HERE.

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Giveaway! Holiday Scents Softsoap Body Washes

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Now you can take the scents of the season into your daily routine with these limited edition Softsoap Holiday Scents Body Washes. These incredibly moisturizing body washes will wrap your body with joy and happiness.
There are three limited edition scents - Venetian Vanilla Spice, Parisian Berry Bliss, and Alpine Mint Frost. They smell SO good! My favorite one is the Venetian Vanilla Spice. My skin gets really dry and itchy in the fall and winter, but the Softsoap body washes really make a difference in how comfortable I am in my skin.
These would be a great holiday gift! You could get one of each holiday scent and package them into a wicker basket with some white washcloths tied with some festive ribbons. As a mom, I would love to receive this kind of comfort and joy for the holidays!
These limited edition Softsoap body washes are only available through the end of December, so don't miss out! You can find them at your local Walmart store. Find out more at www.softsoap.com and enter below to win all three body wash holiday scents!

Win all 3 Softsoap Holiday Scents Body Washes!
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Holiday Home Decor Ideas - Big Dot of Happiness

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If you're having a holiday party or just want to make your home more festive this holiday season, you need to check out Big Dot of Happiness. They are a one-stop online shop with a free concierge service and more than 200 customizable themed decorations, favors, DIY kits, and everything you need.
I received the Red Party Candy Buffet package that is chock-full of a variety of delicious, mouthwatering candies. There are so many ways to use candy as party decor and home decor, or even to add some extra flair to your baked treats.
The Red Party Candy Buffet includes a large box of swirly red and white lollipops. I was especially impressed that each lollipop was packaged in bubble wrap to prevent breakage during shipping. Not a single lollipop arrived damaged.
The Red Party Candy Buffet also included two pounds of red Celebration Sweetworks sixlets and two big packages of red licorice. I'll admit I snacked a bit while I was creating some holiday home decor ideas to share with you!
Also included in the Red Party Candy Buffet is a huge package of Fruit Punch Tootsie Rolls, each individually packaged. Using all four candy varieties, either separately or together, you can create some beautifully festive displays for your party or to enhance your holiday decor. Here are some of the ideas I created:
To make the Sweet Sippers, I used clear glass mason jar mugs, but you could use any clear glass. I put one licorice stick into each glass to look like a straw, then poured the sixlets around it until they filled the glass. I tied some ribbons around the top for an extra touch. You could make one for each guest or family member.
For the Candied Flowerpots, I chose a varied selection of glass mason jars that have diamond cuts on the side for extra decoration. In one I used sixlets as the flowerpot "dirt" and then carefully poked in the lollipop "flowers." In the largest one I used licorice as the "stems" and "leaves" and in the smallest one the tootsie rolls were the "dirt" in the flowerpot. I also added some ribbons around the top of the "flowerpot" jars.
The grand finale is the Confection Centerpiece which features all four candies from the Red Candy Party Buffet package. I layered sixlets in the bottom of a plastic vase, then placed licorice around the edge near the top, backfilling with tootsie rolls to support them. Then I carefully added about a dozen lollipops by sticking the lollipop sticks into the tootsie rolls. What do you think of my ideas? What would you create?

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11/24/14

What's Your Best Black Friday Score? #BlackFridayGiveaway

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Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.
With three children in college, it's almost a given that I shop the sales. Money is always tight, so we're always looking for a bargain! Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and that's also the day where the best in-store bargains can be found. Every year, I try to avoid the crazy crowds and insane parking lots, but those sale prices end up tempting me out of the comfort of my home. Shopping online on Cyber Monday also reveals amazing bargains.
My best Black Friday score ever was a 42" flat screen television. I don't even remember the exact amount I paid for it, but it was around 65% off the original price. I do remember that it was one of two left on the shelf and someone else grabbed the other one as we grabbed this one. I'm hoping for some more great deals this year and I'm using The Good Stuff to help me get prepared!
The Good Stuff is the Coupons.com magazine and it is a great resource for everything you need to know about Black Friday shopping. The Black Friday articles on The Good Stuff will help you find more information about shopping trends during Black Friday. Just click on the image above to learn more!
Want to win some great prizes? Coupons.com is also sponsoring an amazing giveaway on their site! Find the link to the Coupons.com Black Friday Giveaway on The Good Stuff while you're searching for Black Friday deals, tips for surviving Black Friday, and secrets to shop smart and save big! The giveaway ends on November 28, so hurry!

What's your best Black Friday score? What's on your wish list this year?

Gravity Maze - Awesome Game Idea for 8 to Adult

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Who is up for a challenge? Gravity Maze is a brand new game that combines challenge, strategy, logic, engineering, and as I learned, patience. It's a one-player game, but your friends and family members can all take turns solving the challenges.
Gravity Maze comes with a grid base, three marbles, an assortment of colorful tower maze blocks, and 60 challenge cards. It's a combination of a marble run with a logic puzzle. There are many ways to arrange the blocks, but only one way to solve each challenge so that the marble will travel from starting point to target. The challenges range from beginner to expert.
Designed for ages 8 to adult, this is the perfect game to keep busy minds working while having fun. So far, I've gotten through about half of the challenges and it's so engaging that I lost track of time while I was playing. My college kids are going to be all over this when they come home for the holidays. It's a fabulous gift idea!
The Toy Industry Association has just nominated it for Toy of the Year in the specialty category! You can get Gravity Maze at Amazon, Target, ToysRUs, Barnes and Noble, and select toy stores. Find out more about Gravity Maze at www.thinkfun.com.

Beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpieces You Can Eat

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Having a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece really dresses up the dinner table! I've seen centerpieces with flowers, candles, pine cones, and even little plastic turkey statues, but you can't eat any of those! Let's face it, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Yeah, it's nice to see the family, but the turkey isn't going to ask when you're getting married and the pumpkin pie isn't going to bring up that same argument that starts every year when you all get together. 
You can be the host with the most when you put one of these fabulous Edible Arrangements in the middle of your Thanksgiving table! If you're heading out to someone else's house this year, order one to arrive at their house the same day you're arriving -- you'll have their eternal thanks for a fabulous hostess gift and you didn't even have to carry it!
Edible Arrangements has over 30 fabulous gifts that are worthy of gracing your Thanksgiving table, including delights like their Cinnamon Chocolate Apple Wedges, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and Apple Fruit Truffles. Plus, since you're eating fruit, you'll be eating a little bit lighter! It's also a very creative dessert idea for the kids' table.
Edible Arrangements centerpieces and gifts for Thanksgiving start at just $29 or go big with their Thanksgiving Feast. Everyone might just skip the mashed potatoes and your grandma may even forget to ask you why you don't call her more often. Check out their website at www.ediblearrangements.com to find the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!
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Giveaway! Samsung Galaxy Tab S #tech

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Samsung has fabulous gift ideas for everyone's holiday list this year! Looking for a smart phone? Samsung's collection covers all the features you could ever want in their Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, and Galaxy S 5/Galaxy S 5 Active/Galaxy S 5 Sport smart phones. Looking for some amazing technology to wear on your wrist this holiday? Check out Samsung's Gear S, Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit. My favorite Samsung product this fall is the Galaxy Tab S. Available in both 8.4 and 10.5-inch sizes, The Galaxy Tab S the ultimate gift this holiday season!
When I opened up my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, I jumped up and down like a five year old who just met Santa! I've wanted a tablet forEVER and this one does absolutely everything I want it to, and more!
This tablet is the 10.5" in white and it's incredibly lightweight at just 1.02 pounds. The other color choice of the Galaxy Tab S is a sleek bronze. It's also amazingly thin at just 0.26" which makes it so easy to carry around. The screen resolution is the absolute best I've ever seen on a tech product.
I can get up to 9 hours of battery life, and even more with Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy Tab S. It comes with either Wi-Fi or 4G LTE to connect to the internet. It also features unique innovations like Fingerprint Scanner and Multi-window.
I've had an absolute blast playing games from the Google Play store. A click downloads it to my tablet and I can play them anywhere. I've also got access to apps, movies and tv, music, books and magazines. I'll never be bored again! The touchscreen on the Galaxy Tab S is the most responsive I've ever touched.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is also the ultimate Netflix viewer. With Super AMOLED display (1600 x 2560), I can watch all my favorites like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, plus stream all my favorite movies.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S has really enhanced my internet usage. My laptop isn't a touchscreen and doesn't have near the resolution. I'm seeing photos on Pinterest much more clearly and even the photos on Facebook show up larger on my wall.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S also takes fabulous photos and videos with a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear camera. I took my tablet with me as I traveled over the weekend and was able to capture the entire shoreline of the view of Lake Travis from my hotel room:

11/21/14

QVC Design Challenge - Glass Candle Log

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I do love a challenge! Especially the QVC Design Challenges! This month I received the Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log with 5 Flameless Votives. The glass log is just over 13 inches long and the candle votives are almost 2 inches tall.
The candle votives are all white with a little black faux wick on top. The votives are flameless, which means no worries about fires. Each one comes with a little battery inside and a flip of the switch on the bottom of the votives turns on an inner light, giving the candles a soft, flickering glow. They even have a timer function that shuts off after 5 hours.
The glass log has little feet on the bottom and indentations for the candle votives. On each end of the glass log is an opening, so it can be filled with little decor items. Adding a special touch to the candle log provides instant themed home decor.
Off I went, digging through stuff in my house to find ways to personalize the candle log. With Thanksgiving coming up, I've got all kinds of harvest themed items and these little faux floral arrangements poke right into the ends of both sides of the glass log. An instant centerpiece! Another great Thanksgiving idea is to fill it with cranberries.
A quick look through my sewing basket turned up some fancy red thread. I turned the glass log on its side and dropped one end through to the other end, then bunched it up a bit on both ends. With the red thread, the glass log transforms instantly into Christmas decor. Some other great ideas for winter include fake snow, snowflake glitter, and tiny red and green ornaments.
Hosting a craft night at your house? Make use of your mom's button tin and fill the glass log with all those colorful buttons! Got a bunch of kids coming over for a birthday party? Fill it with little legos or even barbie shoes.
Maybe you're more the type for Mexican dinner parties? I filled my Glass Candle Log with a handful of dried red peppers. There are so many ways to personalize this simple home decor piece that I can use it all year long.
One of my favorite ideas is to fill it with candies. Although the filling tends to disappear when I do that. The Glass Candle Log is the perfect size to set on the windowsill in my front room, so it will even add beauty to my outdoor Christmas decor.
Get your Glass Candle Log at www.qvc.com. You can find item #H282737 HERE. QVC’s Jill Bauer hosts the network’s popular show, You’re Home with Jill® and provides fans with simple solutions for their busy lives through innovative products, a library of stress-free DIY projects, and crowd-pleasing recipes. Connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @jillbauerqvc and check out her page HERE.