Monday, March 23, 2015

Love with Food: March Tasting Box

Being a mom of three, I'm always looking for healthy snacks that my kids will enjoy. The problem with that, is that the healthier ones usually cost a bit more. Ok, so that's not really a problem itself, but when you buy something because you think the kids are going to love it & they don't (which usually means that no one else in the house will either), then you're left paying money for something that just went in the trash. After a few times, searching for new healthier snack alternatives can be really discouraging. 

In comes Love with Food to save the day! 

"Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes."

I was blown away by the amount inside this Tasting Box! It came with 9 different goodies that are either organic, all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk (almost all of them were a hit), along with several coupons. I did recognize a couple of the goodies inside, but a majority of them were new to me. 

Lightly Salted Plantain Chips by Turbana

These were by far my favorite! The kids all seemed to like them too, but they didn't go back for seconds. Which was fine, because I didn't want to share anyways. 
 Annie's Chocolate Bunny Grahams

Annie's anything is always a huge hit in my house & these Chocolate Bunny Grahams were no exception. Although everyone got to try a bite, my son quickly claimed these as just his & had them devoured in no time! 

 Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics

I've never heard of these chips before, but now I'll have to be sure to keep a stock of these. Not only did my oldest daughter love these, but everyone else did too. Needless to say that this little bag didn't stand a chance! 

 Nutty Rice Bites with Cranberries by 180 Snacks

Think rice cake meets granola bar & this is what you get. I'll admit that I was a bit leery about this one, but was pleasantly surprised by the taste. 

Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in the Raw

I was kind of disappointed that there was only one truffle. Because everyone loved it & insisted on having two bites. Which basically means that I was disappointed that I had to share. It was that good! 

Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt by The Good Bean

I've never had roasted chickpeas before in my life, but the sea salt had me wanting to try them. Unfortunately, I thought they lacked flavor, although they packed a mighty crunch. 

Choco Chews by TruJoy Sweets

These reminded me of a Tootsie Roll. Only chewier. And better.

Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest

I've tried these before & they're pretty good in smoothies. My youngest got all excited & wanted to eat them straight from the bag, until she remembered that she didn't like them. 

Moringa Organic Tea by Miracle Tree

I'm a huge fan of tea, especially mint flavored, so this was like pure heaven to me. 

Based on the selections in the box, I think my family have found quite a few new "favorites" when it comes to healthy snacks. Best yet that it didn't cost $50 of trial & error to figure that out. The tasting Box is only $10 a month & when you purchase one, one meal is donated to a hungry child in America. Also available is a Deluxe Box ($17/month) which comes with 16-20 snacks & supplies two meals to a hungry child in America. There is also a Gluten Free Box ($24.50/month) which comes with 8-12 gluten-free snacks a month & also supplies two meals to a hungry child in America. 

Interested in trying a Tasting Box from Love with Food for FREE? Use this unique LINK & pay nothing but $2 for shipping.  

Love With Food ships via USPS and takes just about a week to receive.If you order by the 1st, you will receive your box that month. If you order after the 1st, you will receive your box the following month.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Booker Streets of Mayhem & a Giveaway!

On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

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My Review:

Being that this is the first book of the series, I would hate to give too much away. That being said, John W. Mefford has done an amazing job at creating not only a storyline that will keep you reading for hours on end, but a truly relatable character named Booker. 

With the city of Dallas on complete edge from numerous bombs, Booker, a mixed race  & unfairly suspended cop, makes it his personal mission to save the city. All the while, it's like you're right there with him, seeing everything play out right in front of your eyes. 

I really loved the fast pace of this book, as well as the "mystery man" point of view. I feel like it gave that extra bit of depth that really submersed me. I was completely captivated by the ending & couldn't wait to get started on the next book in the series! 

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Let Me Show You How I Love You by Jim Cullum & a Giveaway!

Jim Cullum’s “Let Me Show You How I Love You” provides solid advice, doable tips and more- resource listings of over 100 web sites. If you are a man who wants to improve the relationship with the woman in your life, this is the book for you!

You will gain insights into what women want. Learn how to ignite a spark that builds into a romantic blaze, and put the excitement back in your relationship.

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"I believe this is a very important book that has been long in coming. My recommendation is that you read this book carefully and follow the suggestions. The payoff will be enormous." - Walter E. Brackelmanns, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Private practice in individual and couples therapy in Sherman Oaks, CA

"This wonderful new book is chock full of expert insights and practical ideas that empower men to build better and more joyous love relationships!" -Rev. Kanta Bosniak, author of Abundance Triggers, Awakened Love, and Twin Flames

"I like author's wisdom, stories and examples from his own life, and resource links, as well as the artist's illustrations. Highly recommended." - review from Amazon

My Review
Never before have I read a book quite like this! I loved that this book was actually meant to be read by women first, then given to their significant other or spouse with all of the proper notes made. 
I do have to admit though, that some of the authors ideas I had never even thought of, but after reading I couldn't wait to add then to my "must do" list. (Like kayaking!) But key elements were definitely brought to light. Some of these can be somewhat touchy subjects when being discussed between two people (like why I don't like it when my husband buys me clothing), but somehow reading it in a book would get the thought across without creating tension. rather an understanding of sorts.

I'm not certain if my husband has read this book yet or not, but rest assured that I did & made all the proper notes before giving it to him. And I may or may not have taken a highlighter to anything mentioning kayaking.

About the Author
Jim Cullum is a consultant-in-hypnosis, instructor of stress management and relaxation training and personal coach with over 40 years of experience helping people discover their unlimited potential. He gives lectures and workshops around the country. He produced and hosted the live, weekly radio program, "Body, Mind & Spirit Connection," where he interviewed guests on health, healing and wellness.

Jim has always been involved in working with or helping others. He was a volunteer firefighter for over twenty years. He has been an instructor in the cardiac rehab program of a major teaching hospital for twenty years. He is on the board of directors of Irving House, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that fosters animals with special needs.

Jim enjoys several hobbies such as kayaking, fencing, hot air balloons and working with stained glass. When he wants to get away, he likes to relax on a cruise ship and explore all the sights along the way. He also enjoys finding new ways to surprise the people in his life that he cares about.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Murder in Paradise & a Giveaway!

Welcome to the Florida Keys! Get ready to go on vacation and lose yourself in this action packed read.

Overlooking the waters of the Biscayne Bay sits a mansion where all hell has broken loose.

Madison Westin has found herself and her bombshell best friend, Fabiana Merceau, caught up in deep trouble—yet again. This time, Fab is implicated as the only suspect in a high-profile double homicide on a beautiful private island. The girls have to act quickly and quietly, searching for a way to set the record straight and secure Fab’s freedom. Along the way, Madison must choose between two men, evade an ever-watchful mother, and dodge shady criminals as they try to solve a Murder in Paradise.

Murder in Paradise, is the fourth novel in Deborah Brown's Paradise series, can be read as a stand alone book.

My Review

Madison Westin is at it again! But of course, so is her best friend Fab. I really loved how we got to learn more about her & her sordid past. Of course it had to be because of a couple of murders, but that's to be expected now whenever Madison is involved. 

Throughout the murder investigation though, I was more enthralled by the good cop, bad cop acts of both Zach & Creole. They both seemed to have their moments that made you want to root for them & I have to admit that I was Team Zach from the beginning. But after an ending like that, Team Creole all the way! 

 Oh & that murder that Fab found herself smack dab in the middle of... Yep, I didn't see that one coming at all! Which of course made me go back & read the entire thing again to see if I just missed it completely, or if it was just written that good. It was just written that good!

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""The series is addictive, hot, fun, can't-put-em-down reads." 

"Great as stand-alone reads, but they're like won't be able to devour just one!" 

 "Reminds me of Sin City: everyone leads a double life, women pack handguns, all have secrets, and nothing is wholesome."

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About the Author
I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; writing poetry, short stories, a romance novel secretly stashed under the bed and sappy love letters. Fiction should be fun. I wanted to create the perfect beach book, to make the reader laugh, cry and cheer... and then run out and tell their friends about it.

My love of reading began when I was seven, the day I opened the cover of my first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book. Mrs. P gave lessons to other children in how to behave and to me I learned to love the written word. I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun Friday: DIY T-shirt Infinity Scarf

The other day I grabbed a t-shirt out of my closet & noticed it had a hole in each armpit & on one of the sleeves. I was about to cut it up in pieces so my hubs could use the material for rags in the garage, when I suddenly thought about infinity scarves. Yep, right then was when I decided to save my old t-shirt from becoming just another garage rag & decided to give it a new life as an infinity scarf. And it only took my about 30 seconds to make it happen! 

Simply take an old t-shirt, cut below the armpits and above the bottom seam, then stretch it out as much as you can. You may get a better stretch if you treat it like a resistance band & step on it while pulling it up as far as you can with your hands. Either way, it's that simple!