Monday, December 14, 2015

Santa's Lil Helpers Team Challenge

The holidays are a time to celebrate but they are also a time of giving. There are so many people that don’t have the privilege of a holiday experience they justly deserve, whether it be gifts or a hearty meal. While we celebrate with our family and friends it is important to reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and remember that we have a duty to help others. That’s why Swagbucks is humbly asking all of you to be Santa’s Lil Helpers this holiday season in their newest Team Challenge!

For the first time ever Swagbucks will allow us to donate your Team Challenge bonuses to a charity of our choice!

The season of giving begins Monday, December 14th at 8am PT/12pm ET so get in a giving mood. The Team Challenge ends Friday, December 18th at 12pm PT/3pm ET but you are encouraged to stay in the holiday spirit through New Years of course!

All members who participate and contribute at least 200 points to their team’s total will be receive a SB bonus. Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB bonus, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB bonus!

On Monday, December 21st you’ll receive an Inbox message asking if you want to donate your Team Challenge Bonus to a charity of your choice. If you accept, we will donate your bonus, in your name, to your charity!

If you are new to the Swagbucks world, make sure to create your free account here. Once you do, you will be able to join the Team Challenge right away and start getting paid for doing your everyday online tasks.

'Tis the season to get Swagging and do some good, so lets have some fun and spread the joy!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wonderful #SweetScarletts #Giveaway with Recipes

**I will be receiving Sweet Scarletts products in exchange for this post.**

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts – a new brand of Texas Red Grapefruits – launched nationwide last year and will change the way you think about grapefruits! From the people who brought you Wonderful Pistachios, POM Wonderful and Wonderful Halos, Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits are so sweet, you won’t even need to add sugar! The Texas climate yields the sweetest premium red grapefruits around. Not only is our grapefruit sweet, but half a grapefruit is only 60 calories and provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts recently partnered with actress, author and host of Cooking Channel’s The Real Girl’s Kitchen, Haylie Duff!  Here are a few of her recipes that you can try at home:

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Tropical
Grapefruit Salad
1      Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit,
2-­3 cups of butter lettuce
2      sprigs of Italian flat-leaf parsley
1-2     tablespoons of coconut, freshly grated
2      tablespoons Wonderful Almonds,
1      avocado, cubed
1⁄2      mango, cubed
1      cup cooked quinoa
Handful of blueberries
Handful of edamame, peeled
Tropical Dressing:
1⁄4     cup juice from a Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
1⁄4      cup pineapple juice
1⁄4      cup olive oil
1     teaspoon agave
Pinch of sea salt & black pepper
1. Rinse & cook quinoa according to package directions, and let cool.
2. Assemble all ingredients in a salad bowl and toss.

 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
Brulée & Sweet Ricotta
Ricotta cream:
1      cup ricotta
1      cup mascarpone cheese
3      tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1      teaspoon vanilla extract
1      tablespoon lemon juice
     Pinch of lemon zest
     Pinch of sea salt
Wonderful Sweet Scarletts
Grapefruit Brulée:
5      Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit segments
1⁄2     cup brown sugar
1⁄2     cup Wonderful Pistachios, shelled
1.     Combine Ricotta cream ingredients in a small bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
2.     Using a food processor, pulverize shelled pistachios.
3.     Using a culinary torch or oven broiler, melt the brown sugar across the
     Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit wedges.
4.     Arrange sweet cream, grapefruits and garnish with pistachio dust.
5.     Drizzle with honey or agave, if desired.

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
BBQ Chicken Skewers
Chicken Skewers:
Wooden or Metal Skewers
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Handful of cilantro
Pinch of sea salt & black pepper
Wonderful Sweet Scarletts
Grapefruit BBQ Sauce:
1     Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit,
     Pinch of grapefruit zest
1⁄4 cup ketchup
1      heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
1      heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1      teaspoon chili powder
1     teaspoon cumin
1      tablespoon olive oil
2     tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2      tablespoons scallions or chives, chopped
1.     Dice chicken into 1 inch pieces.
2.    Slide on to skewers and season with sea salt and black pepper.
3.     Grill until chicken is done, or no longer pink in the center.
4.    Baste Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit BBQ sauce across each skewer
     and garnish with cilantro.
5.     Garnish with additional Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit wedges (optional).

Roasted Veggie Salad with Wonderful
Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit-Miso Vinaigrette
Ricotta cream:
1      bunch of flat-leaf kale
2      cups brussels sprouts
1⁄2 cup POM Wonderful pomegranate arils
1      cup butternut squash
1      turnip
1      rutabaga
Wonderful Sweet Scarletts
Grapefruit-Miso Vinaigrette:
1⁄4 cup juice from a Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
1      tablespoon white miso
1 / cup tahini
2      tablespoons lemon juice
     Pinch of lemon zest
1 / cup filtered water
1      garlic clove, grated
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1      tablespoon olive oil
1.     Preheat oven to 375° and roast all veggies for 25 minutes.
2.    Massage kale with a small splash of olive oil, and arrange warm veggies
     across the top of the kale.
3.     Pulse vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor until combined.
4.    Drizzle Grapefruit-Miso Vinaigrette across the warm veggies.
5.     Garnish with additional Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit wedges (optional).

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
and Red Snapper Ceviche
1     pound skinless red snapper fillets,
     diced 1⁄4 inch thick
1      avocado, cubed
10 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit
3⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
1      cup Wonderful Sweet Scarletts
     grapefruit juice
1      jalapeño, seeded and minced
1      garlic clove, grated
1      handful cilantro, chopped
1      tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
     Pinch of pink peppercorn
     Pinch of cayenne pepper
     Pinch of sea salt
     Splash of soy or ponzu sauce
1.     Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
2.    Serve with tortilla chips or jicama slices.

You can enter to win a gift basket that includes: Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, recipe cards featuring our grapefruit, a grapefruit spoon, circular cutting board, grapefruit bowl, and apron!

Friday, December 4, 2015

#HGG Silicone Lego Style Bricks And Minifigure Molds #lego #review

**Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: c4a5a0f0d6e1**

As most of you know I am a big kid at heart.  I cannot even begin to express how I excited I was when I first laid eyes on the Silicone Lego Style Bricks And Minifigure Molds.  Every time I go to the freezer to get some ice, I am instantly transported back to my childhood.  Yes, I know that sounds corny but it's true.  I find myself wanting to play with my food again... 

You can use these molds for so many different things.   Whether you want to make some ice, candy or crayons, you can get the job done.  The trays are made with 100% pure food-grade silicone and they are BPA free.   The molds can be placed in the microwave, oven, freezer and steamer.  You don't have to worry about handwashing these products.  Cleaning is a breeze because they are dishwasher safe! 

I am in love with these lego style molds from e3X!  It's so much fun when I have someone over and I start making them a beverage and pull out robot or lego ice cubes.  Several people seem to agree with me, these are awesome!  You can check out more great ways to use the molds by visiting e3X on Facebook.

Bedding For Life Competition #giveaway

**I will be receiving a free product in exchange for sharing this promotion.**

You know how much I love a good contest!  Well, I have a really good one to tell you about!  How cool would it be to replace your bedding every year for free?  elinens is giving away one voucher valued at £100.  That's not all.  They will also send you £100 every year to purchase new duvet sets, bath towels and more.  

The contest is live and will be going on through the end of the year but if I were you I would go ahead and enter to win free bedding for life now.

If you look through elinens wide selection of products and see something that you just have to have right now, you can save 10% by using the promo code elinens11.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chris Tomlin #Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship CD #review & #giveaway #FlyBy

**Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.**

This new Christmas album released on October 23, 2015.  It features classic Christmas songs with a mix of original Christmas songs.  There are special guest performances from Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, Crowder, and more on this album.   

1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
2. Adore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle 
5. Hymn Of Joy 
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty 
7. What Child Is This? featuring Sons & Daughters 
8. It's Christmas
9. A King Like This
10. Bethlehem
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters 

Listening to Christmas music always puts me in the holiday spirit.  Whenever I hear a Christmas song, my mood instantly improves.  I was sitting my car the other day feeling kind of blue and I decided to pop in Chris Tomlin's new CD Adore.  Less than a minute in, I was smiling and feeling the Christmas spirit.  Chris has a gorgeous voice and you can actually feel his music deep in your soul.  I love this CD and highly recommend it!

Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records.  Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", "Our God", and "Whom Shall I Fear".  His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No.1.  Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them.


#HGG Light Affection Carved Personalized Photo Night Light #lightaffectionphotogifts

**Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: c8e7b0e1f7c1**

I'm always trying to give meaningful gifts for the holidays and I think I have found the PERFECT present!!!  The Light Affection Carved Personalized Photo Night Light is amazing!  When I found about this, I thought that it was a really great idea but I was floored when I received my night light in the mail.

I submitted one of my favorite photos of Reese and Teegan and when I received the night light in the mail I was really happy with all of the detailing that Ligh Affection took into account when they carved my new favorite home decor piece.

Not only is the detailing exquisite, the quality of the frame is unbelievable.  It's also reasonably priced.  I wish that I could get one of these for everyone on my Christmas list! 

Norcho Bath Mat #norcho #review

**Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: b3f9e0a6a7c1**

I have been looking for a good Bath Mat for a long time and I finally found a great one!  The Norco Bath Mat is unlike any other mat that I have used.  The suction cups are smaller, so they don't hurt your feet when you step on them.  Also, the little nubs on the mat feel fantastic on my heels!  I thought that they were odd at first, but I am really enjoying them.

It has 93 suction cups, so I don't have to worry about slipping or falling.  I have two dogs who usually cower away from a tub mat, but they don't mind this one.  I think they like that it doesn't irritate their paws and it helps them stay in place.  I told me husband that we need one for the other bathroom too.  That's how much I like it!

It's really cool that you can use the Norcho Bath Mat in the tub or on the bathroom floor.  The neat design makes a great little accent piece.  The best part is that it is super easy to clean!

#HGG Valdler Sackcloth Stackable 12 Grid Jewelry Tray Showcase Display Organizer #valdler #review

**Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: c4a9b0e0f8b1**

I have a good amount of jewelry and I hate when it gets all tangled up or when my sets get separated.  My new Valder Sackcloth Jewelry Tray fits perfectly in my vanity drawer.  I can use it to keep my jewelry in it's place and with twelve slots, I can even use a couple for makeup or nail polish.  You can even remove the grids if you don't want to divide your stuff.

I can think of several things that you could use this type of tray.  You can use it to organize a junk drawer, craft supplies or toiletries in the bathroom.  There are so many possibilities! 

Tray dimension (L x W x H): 35 x 24 x 3cm/13.78" x 9.45" x 1.18"; Lattice size: 7 x 8cm/2.75" x 3.15"

Thursday, November 26, 2015

#HGG 85 Pieces Creative Builder Set from Koolsupply #educationaltoy #review

**I received this product for free for review purposes.**

If you have read my blog before then you know how much I adore my niece and nephew.  I love spending time with those amazing kids!  I especially like it when I can show up at their house with a new movie or toy.  My most recent visit included the 85 Pieces Creative Builder Set from Koolsupply

My niece and nephew are both extremely smart and have vivid imaginations.  Watching them learn and have fun are two of my favorite things.  I have to say that I was so excited by how much they loved this toy.  With one quick look at a picture of a robot, Damien could put it together in record time!

There are so many different combinations that can be used when building with this educational toy.  After a while, the kids decided to use their imaginations.  This is when the magic started.  They would look all intense while they decided on a strategy to build something amazing. 

This is the perfect gift for children.  It provides mental stimulation and it's loads of fun.  It's a great way to turn off the TV, stop playing video games and spend time with kids.  Are you ready to have some fun?

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#BlackFriday #CyberMonday Deals Roundup

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**

Del Sol has some of the coolest stuff!  I love the color changing shirts!  You can read my review here.  They are having a HUGE 50% off sitewide sale on 11/27 through 11/29.  Just use the coupon code WOAH during checkout.

Get your holiday shopping done early and earn Dot Dollars at the same time! Stella & Dot has a fantastic selection of boutique-style jewelry— all priced at under $50. Add a few to your cart for that special friend or family member and check off your chic list! Then, for every $50 you spend within one order, you'll earn $25 in Dot Dollars that you can redeem between December 29th and January 6th for a great post-holiday gift for yourself!

Blurb wants to add a little sweetness to your Thanksgiving! Starting today, you'll be able to enjoy 40% off any printed Blurb book that you make when you use the code CREATIVE at checkout! This limited-time sale provides a great opportunity for you to do something special with your pre- and post-holiday photos. Gather them together in a beautiful Blurb book and save 40% off on your order!

Offer: 40% off at Blurb with code CREATIVE40 through 12/1
Terms & Conditions: *Offer valid through December 1, 2015 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books made by you. A 40% discount is applied to your product total with a minimum order of USD $25, GBP £25, EUR €25, CAD $35, or AUD $35, and no maximum discount. This offer is good for five uses, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

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Tea Collection’s Black Friday Event Is Almost Here & It’s Bigger Than Ever!
Some might know it as the $15 dress sale, but we have something for everyone…. Tea’s highly anticipated Black Friday Event kicks off tomorrow! Grab best selling styles for Girl, Boy, Baby Girl and Baby Boy at $12, $15 & 17. It’s Tea’s biggest Black Friday Event to date and it’s running Tuesday – Saturday. 

The time you've been awaiting is finally here! For their Black Friday / Cyber Monday deal, Gazelle is giving you 10% off everything on! This means you'll be able to enjoy an extra 10% off their already impressively low prices! Take advantage of this special savings by shopping Gazelle on Monday, November 23rd through Monday, November 30th!

50% Off Collection For Black Friday with code BF50 - 11/27 ONLY!
Spartan Saturday - 30% Off Apparel & Pricepoint Footwear with code MUD - 11/28 ONLY!
$15 UFC Tee's with code UFC15 - 11/28 ONLY!
All Kids Product - 2 For $59 (excludes Nano's) with code KIDS59 - 11/29 ONLY!
Nano 5.0 And Lifter Bundle For $180 with code FASTNHEAVY - 11/29-12/2

     Starting on Black Friday until Cyber Monday, Macadamia Professional will be 40% off site wide with the promo code HOLIDAY40. Be sure to stock up on your essential haircare favorites or check out their holiday sets for quick and easy gifts! Check out everything available here:

Holiday Gift Sets

Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Trio
($75.95 pre-promo;
Includes Macadamia Professional’s Weightless Moisture Shampoo, Weightless Moisture Conditioner, Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist and a FREE scented candle! 
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Trio
($75.95 pre-promo;
Includes Macadamia Professional’s Nourishing Moisture Shampoo, Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray and a FREE scented candle! 

Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Trio
($80.00 pre-promo;
 Includes Macadamia Professional’s Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo, Ultra Rich Moisture Conditioner, Ultra Rich Moisture Masque and a FREE scented candle!

Additional Stocking Stuffers
bodycology Scrub Toasted Sugar, ($5.99,

bodycoloy Cup Set ($4.88; Walmart)
Give the gift that keeps giving! These sets can be used year round for the girl on the go! It includes a 1oz Moisturizing Body Cream a 1oz Fragrance Mist and a bath pouf. Fragrance options include Cherish the Moment, Sweet Seduction and Toasted Sugar.
bodycoloy $1 Stocking Stuffers or Ornaments ($1.00; Walmart)
These lovely 1oz Body Cream or Fragrance Mist are the perfect stocking stuffer or ornament for any glam gal! Available fragrances: Bronzed Amber Obsession, Wild For You, Cherish the Moment and Sweet Love
bodycoloy Warm and Cozy Sock Set ($4.88; Walmart)
What better is better than a nice fragrance and cozy socks. This set includes 2oz Fragrance Mist, 1oz Moisturizing Body Cream and 1 pair of warm and cozy socks. Available fragrances include Cherish the Moment, Sweet Love and Truly Yours.
bodycoloy 4-Piece Daily Bath Routine Set ($4.88; Walmart)
Cover all of your best girlfriend’s bath needs. This set includes a 2oz Moisturizing Body Wash, 1.5oz Moisturizing Body Cream, 2oz Fragrance Mist and a EVA Pouf! Available fragrances options include Bronzed Amber Obsession, Sweet Love and Cherish the moment.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HoMegaStyle Lemon Squeezer and Grater/Zester Set #HoMegaStyle #review

**I received this product for free for review purposes.**

I love to cook, especially when I have tools that make the job so much easier.  I received receeved my new HoMegaStyle Lemon Squeezer and Grater/Zester Set.

The lemon squeezer works beautifully.  You cut a lemon in half, stick one half in the squeezer and then squeeze.  It's so easy!  My hands stay clean and I don't feel like I am wasting the juice.

The squeezer is a lot bigger than I expected from looking at the online pictures.  It's a heavy duty kitchen tool that gets the job done. It has a little hook on the end so you can hang it up for easy use.

I am thrilled with my new grater/zester too  It's so easy to use!  I had been using a rather large cheese grater and it was really difficult when all I wanted to do was use it to zest some lemon or an orange.  It even comes with a sheath!

I am extremely happy with the quality of both of these products.  They are stainless steel with sillicon handles which makes them very easy to use.  I love these items and I'm looking forward to using them for a really long time!