9/19/14

Exclusive #UnderTheDome Photos Season 2 Finale #DomeAmbassadors

Season 2 is coming to an end this Monday!
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9/18/14

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies #Recipe featuring Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat one egg in mixer until foamy. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well, then shape one-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and using a tart press, make a small bowl in the center of each cookie. (If you don't have a tart press, you could use a spoon or your thumb.) Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, then move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Scoop about a teaspoon of Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly onto the top of each cookie. Makes 2 dozen.

Print this recipe HERE.
See my other recipes HERE.
Norm's Farms makes incredible jams, jellies, and preserves featuring the superfruit elderberry. The elderberry is delicious and is a wonderful source of antioxidants. It's packed with Vitamins A, B and C , iron, and potassium. Best of all, elderberries are scrumptious!
Norm's Farms is a small family-owned company based in Pittsboro, North Carolina that produces all-natural elderberry products. Check out my review of their Elderberry Supplements! I've been enjoying their jams, jellies and preserves on my waffles, toast, and bagels, but I think my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies rock!
Check out www.normsfarms.com to see all the delicious ways you can incorporate their elderberry products into your kitchen. They even have recipes on their website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I don't really enjoy sharing negative product reviews, so I was a bit hesitant to try the Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate. After all, sugar-free chocolate tends to leave a bitter taste in my mouth and it makes me sad to not love a chocolate. But Coco Polo did not disappoint me; rather they truly surprised me with their luscious chocolate bars!
Coco Polo is sweetened with the healthy extract of the Stevia plant and the taste of their chocolate is incredibly delicious. There are zero added sugars and I cannot taste the Stevia at all. It just tastes like a wonderful high-quality chocolate bar!
Coco Polo is also gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO, plus they only use fair trade cocoa. I received four generously-sized chocolate bar flavors - Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut in Milk Chocolate, and Elderberry in Dark Chocolate.
Honestly, it's really difficult for me to choose a favorite from the four flavors, because they are all delicious. In an effort to control my urge to eat the entire bar of chocolate at once, I've been eating just a square or two at a time, and each time I switch to a different flavor, I think "No, this one is my favorite."
I love their creamy milk chocolate bar, but I also love the delight of the hazelnut variety. I've always been a huge fan of dark chocolate too, but I also love the fruit taste of the elderberry dark chocolate variety.
If I didn't know in advance that Coco Polo chocolate bars were made with Stevia, I never would have known from the taste. I feel good about enjoying a chocolate bar that I also know is good for me. I can't wait to see what Coco Polo comes up with next!
The candy bar packaging is great - not one of the chocolate bars arrived damaged in any way and each bar was sealed up tight in its wrapper for a fresh delicious treat. I highly recommend Coco Polo Stevia Chocolate!
Learn more at www.cocopolo.com and surprise yourself with some delicious chocolate! There are currently 12 different chocolate varieties available so you're sure to find your favorite (or maybe you'll have trouble choosing a favorite, like I did).

9/17/14

Giveaway Linkup! Wednesday Wealth (Sept 17-23)


Enter the Cricut-I Made It! Contest

Ever Dream of Selling Your Own Line of DIY Projects?
Enter the Cricut-I Made It! Contest

It’s time your creativity pays off so you can really make it. Cricut is awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™ and a feature on The Design Network in the Cricut - I Made it! contest.

To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team. Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.

The winner we’ll be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

Cricut is upping the fame game even more and has partnered with the The Design Network - a premier online design channel – to showcase the Cricut- I Made It! winner this fall. You’ll get a spotlight feature on a network dedicated to celebrating great designers and their creative star power.

Cricut’s judges, including DIY Diva Alison Deyette and two creative directors from Cricut, will pick 50 finalists from the best project entries based on creativity, use of materials and technique. Who will pick the winner? You, the public, will vote online in October.

To enter the Cricut - I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter. What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big!

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9/16/14

Norm's Farms Elderberry Supplements - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Have you ever heard of the elderberry? It's a delicious fruit with amazing health benefits. This superfruit is packed with Vitamins A, B and C , iron, potassium, and powerful antioxidants. Norm's Farms is a family-owned business that creates a wide variety of wholesome, healing, elderberry products including supplements like Elderberry Extract and Elderberry Wellness Syrup, as well as elderberry jellies and jams.

The Elderberry Extract and Elderberry Wellness Syrup can be ingested on their own, but they are also wonderful ingredients in many recipes. These products provide excellent health benefits in an all-natural way without side effects. I love getting the extra antioxidants in my diet because I want to protect myself from environmental pollutants in the air. The Elderberry Wellness Syrup has been a wonderful relief when my throat is sore from the dryness in the Texas summer heat. Just a teaspoon a day of the Elderberry Extract has helped to relieve my seasonal allergies. I've added both of these supplements to various recipes and they provide a burst of flavor to my drinks, my salad dressings, and my meat glazes. My favorite way to make sure I'm getting my teaspoon a day of Elderberry Extract is my Elderberry Lemonade recipe!
Elderberry Lemonade Recipe
Pour one teaspoon Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract into a glass. Squeeze the juice of one lemon wedge into the glass. Add ice and water, then enjoy! It's a refreshing, delicious, healthy delight!

Find more recipes at www.normsfarms.com and see the many ways you can bring the benefits of elderberries into your life and boost your immune system! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Check out my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies recipe using Norm's Farms Elderberry Jelly HERE.

New Softsoap Tropical Body Washes - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
When the word "vacation" comes to my mind, it always includes images of islands, palm trees, beaches, and gently rolling waves. That's probably the same images that Softsoap had in mind when they created their new enhancing body wash skincare collection, because these scents embody everything tropical. I received their Sea Kissed and Coconut Island Quench body washes for review.
The Softsoap Coconut Island Quench is a luxurious moisturizing body wash with coconut oil. It's very creamy and the scent is incredible. I can close my eyes and imagine I'm on vacation! This body wash leaves my skin feeling soft long after my shower. It foams up fabulously and just a little goes a long way. My skin feels full of moisture without a greasy feeling and it rinses off easily.
The Softsoap Sea Kissed body wash is an exfoliating body wash with gentle sea minerals that give my skin a very smooth, very soft feeling. I think this one is my favorite of the two! It leaves a light tropical scent on my skin that I love. I've used Softsoap's hand soaps for years and have always been pleased with the quality, so I know these new body washes will become part of my daily routine. Try them for yourself! Check out all the wonderful body wash scents HERE.

Enter to win new Softsoap Body Washes!
One winner will receive a bottle of Softsoap Coconut Island Quench Body Wash and a bottle of Softsoap Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash. To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be a US resident, at least 18 years old. Only one entry is mandatory to enter, but the more entries you complete the better your chance to win. Giveaway ends on 9/30/2014. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out all my giveaways HERE!

9/15/14

Lakeway Resort and Spa Autumn-Inspired Spa Treatments‏ #travel

Need an escape this fall? Check out Lakeway Resort and Spa! Just outside of Austin and situated on stunning Lake Travis, the resort provides the perfect couples’ retreat or girls’ getaway. In celebration of the fall season, the San Saba Spa is offering a variety of fabulous fall spa treatments from a pumpkin mud wrap and enzyme peel to a mulled cider pedicure, cranberry facial, hot cocoa foot treatment and much more. The spa is even offering discounts for tired shoppers who need a bit of rejuvenation on Black Friday. With specials taking place in October, November and December, NOW is the time to book your getaway to relax and rejuvenate!
101 Lakeway Drive Austin, TX 78734, USA
Phone: 512-261-6600

Exclusive #UnderTheDome Photos Week 12 #DomeAmbassadors

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Annie Chun’s Authentic Pan-Asian Pantry Foods - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review. 
I am a huge fan of Asian foods and Annie Chun's foods offer me the opportunity to indulge in my own home. Their noodle bowls and soup bowls are the perfect portion for a delicious lunch entree, but I discovered that each bowl is also the perfect size as side dish for dinner for two!
I received the Thai Tom Yum Soup Bowl, the Peanut Sesame Noodle Bowl and the Korean Sweet Chili Noodle Bowl. They are so simple to prepare. The noodles and flavor ingredients come in separate little packages, tucked inside the bowl.
I just mix the ingredients together in the bowl and pop the bowl and lid in the microwave for 90 seconds. The foods that I tried all tasted very fresh and full of delicious flavors. The plastic bowl can also be used for serving and storing.
I really like the soup, but I loved the noodle bowls even more. The flavors of all three are amazing and my  absolute favorite was the Korean Sweet Chili. I love the simplicity and ease of preparing them at home!
Annie Chun's has a huge line of all-natural Asian cuisine, including seaweed snacks, sushi wraps, rice, potstickers, mini-wontons, sauces, and meal starters. Using a variety of their products would make it so easy to create an Asian buffet-style dinner at home.
Check out the entire line of authentic Asian pantry foods at www.anniechun.com. I'm very impressed by the quality and taste of Annie Chun's foods and can't wait to try more of them! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and get a coupon by signing up for their newsletter. Plus, take their survey and be entered to win a gift basket!