Diabetes Health: Switch It Up Recipe Book

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Many of us have someone in their circle that has Diabetes, and honestly it may be ourselves, but you find that you gt tired of eating the same boring food. If you want to find new and exciting ways to change it up, well Chef Corinne Trang has the perfect book for you, Switch It UpSwitch-it-up-book

I am not diabetic, but have been told that the numbers are close and if I do not change up that I can easily cross the line. I have and had many family members and friends that are/were diabetic and some have the same cry. I do not know what to cook or my food is not as tasty and good, but Chef Corinne has a solution to that.

There are several tasty recipes included and one the Curry Split Pea Soup (pg 38-9). Little prep and cooking time, and perfect for those ones with busy lives. I have included, with permission 1 great recipe:




SERVING 1/2 cup

PREP 20 minutes

COOK 50 minutes


8 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

12 ounces fresh cranberries

3/4 cup sugar, divided use

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1 cup crushed raw or roasted unsalted walnuts

4 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Autumn’s colorful and glorious foliage comes around and I think crisp with one of the most delicious combinations, apple, cranberry, and walnuts. On the tart side with not too much sugar added, this crisp relies on the natural flavors of the fruit. One of the easiest desserts to make, it is also a perfect breakfast, including fruit, nuts, and rolled oats.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F for 20 minutes. In a large rectangular baking dish (9 × 12-inch), add the apples, cranberries, and half the sugar and toss well. In a medium bowl, add the rolled oats, flour, remaining sugar, walnuts, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well and scatter over the apples and cranberries. Bake until the apples are soft, the juices surface, and the topping is golden, about 50 minutes, covering midway with aluminum foil, if necessary.


3 1/2 Carbohydrate

2 Fat

Calories 315

Calories from Fat 110

Total Fat 12.0 g

Saturated Fat 1.1 g

Trans Fat 0.0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 0 mg

Potassium 280 mg

Total Carbohydrate 51 g

Dietary Fiber 6 g

Sugars 29 g

Protein 5 g

Phosphorus 135 mg

“©2017 by Corinne Trang. Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association. Switch It Up is available at ShopDiabetes.org, in bookstores nationwide, or by calling 1-800-232-6733. Food Photography: Corinne Trang”

About the Author
Corinne Trang is the award-winning author of nine cookbooks, including 2013 Nautilus Award-winning Asian Flavors Diabetes Cookbook, as well as Essentials of Asian Cuisine and Authentic Vietnamese Cooking. Trang is a frequent television and radio guest and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Morning Show, Martha Stewart Living, PBS, FOX News, ABC, CNN, Lifetime, Discovery, Food Network, Sirius, Business Talk Radio, NPR, and Bloomberg. She has written for numerous publications including: Saveur, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Island, Gourmet, CookingLight, and Bon Appetit, and has taught and lectured internationally. For more information, visit www.corinnetrang.com.


National Infertility Awareness Week: Of This Much I’m Sure Book Review


Infertility is a challenge a lot of women, more than you know have issues with and I am in the boat as well. We are believing God and taking Him at His Word so we believe that this too shall pass and that hubby and I will be carrying our healthy bundle(s) soon. Until then, I will cover periodically our fertility challenges as well as cover the story of others and review books that I come across regarding it.

I was given and advance copy, Of This Much I’m Sure, a memoir, from Nadine Kenney Johnstone, to read and give my honest and unbiased review of the book.


National Infertility Awareness Week: Of This Much I’m Sure Book Review

Nadine and Jamie were like any other married copy eager and ready to start a family, however due to some challenges Jamie experienced when he was younger they were unable to conceive naturally.

They decide to try a series of of infertility treatments that mess with her health and emotions (to which I can totally relate) and come to the point of threatening her life. I have not gone through IVF like them, but we came close but ran out of money.

Nadine describes straight from her heart the experiences and you feel like you are right there with her experiencing these difficulties. It is an easy to read book and one that women can relate to and I being one that have personally had over 5 miscarriages, can understand the pain she felt when seeing others around her mother children and she didn’t year after year.

Surprise surprise, when she becomes pregnant naturally. As great as this is, her unborn son was diagnosed with potentially terminal kidney complications and this news is now proving to be bitter sweet due to the fact that they do not know how long they will have their child.

But love and hope prevails……

About the Author

Nadine Kenney Johnstone is author of Of This Much I’m Sure (She Writes Press, 2017), a memoir of her experiences struggling with IVF and illness, and the healing power of hope and love. Her work has been featured in Chicago Magazine, The Month, PANK, and various anthologies, including The Magic of Memoir. Nadine, who received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago, teaches English at Loyola University and doubles as a writing coach, presenting at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.

What is your infertility story? Please feel free to share and please share this post with others during this week and beyond to bring more awareness to the challenges of Infertility.

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Chemical Free Cleaning with e-cloth



e-cloth is declaring 2017 as the year to Ditch the Chemicals! Study after study has proven the harmful effects of household cleaners and the time has come to rid this risk from your life. e-cloth is the worldwide leader in chemical-free cleaning. We’ve developed a cloth that cleans with just water.

I know. Just water? Who would have thunk it? I would not have until I actually put my hands on one of those magical cleaning cloths to use and it is true. All I did was wet the link-free General Purpose Cloth, wring out the water and then commenced to clean. Most of us grew up like I did using some form of cloth, spraying the area that needed to be cleaned with some form of cleaning solution and get to cleaning.

Chemical Free Cleaning with e-cloth

How to use:

Wet thoroughly and wring out all excess water. Fold into a pad and wipe.

Caring for the e-cloth:

A hot water rinse and that is all. Machine wash regularly in hot water and use a small amount of detergent (organic and non-toxic) and rinse well. Hang dry or tumble dry.

My take:

I cleaned the bathtub and it did work with just water. I was surprised due to the area that I was cleaning, however with a little elbow grease I was able to clean the bathtub. It appears that it will take the same amount of time to clean with or/ without a cleaning agent.


Picture of cleaned area and not cleaned area

To purchase your own: E-CLOTH – General Purpose Cloths – 4 Cloths

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Twitter: @ecloth
I: @eclothUSA
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So are you going to take part in the #ditchthechemical2017 campaign with e-cloth?

Bump It Off Cleaning Aid Review

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Bump It Off Cleaning Aid Review

(From manufacturer): Bump it Off is a reusable silicone sleeve designed to perform a variety of household tasks efficiently and effectively. Eco-friendly and versatile, this mighty tool features gentle bristles on one side and smooth bumps on the other enabling it to take on any house chore thrown its way. BUMP IT OFF fits comfortably in your hand in multiple positions, allowing you to concentrate scrubbing power in the palm of your hand or on your fingertips. The first product to receive four family choice awards in the same year, BUMP IT OFF is a household rockstar and makes the perfect addition to your house cleaning regimen.

There are 4 specific ways that this product can be used: Laundry, Kitchen, Pet and Body, however, I only tried it in 2 areas, laundry and kitchen.

Bump It Off Cleaning Aid Review

My Turn:

Like I mentioned before I used it in two areas:



I sprayed some of my favorite stain remover on my hubby’s shirt and instead of what I usually do which is scrubbing one side of the collar to the other to aid in loosing the stains. I decided to use the Bump It Off product and it does make addressing the collars easier and faster. 2 Thumbs up.



I used the side with the smooth bumps to clean the pan and it worked well, however I did notice that if it was not on a flat surface that the product was not effective. It would be more effective if the sides had the smooth bumps or bristles so when you are addressing a non-flat surface Bump It off is still working. Definitely cannot clean the inside of a cup/glass. 1 Thumbs up and 1 Thumbs down

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How to stay Comfortable All Day with prAna


I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I never ever thought about sustainable clothing let alone knew what it meant until last year. After attending the Shiftcon conference last year where they featured brands who are ethically responsible, eco-wellness conference and so much more and saw that in the swag bags that there were some cool headbands included. Little did I know then that I would be able to work with the brand in this capacity and that brand was/is prAna and feel free to go here ⇒http://www.prana.com/about-us/sustainability.html to read more about their sustainability efforts.

After making my top 2 selections, I was pleasantly surprised at what I ended up with and how nice there really were in person. The brand makes clothing for every activity and adventure every day. The clothing is so soft and extremely comfortable that one can wear they literally in every capacity. They are comfortable and non-restricting that you can sleep in them. Strong enough that you can exercise and perform any outside or inside activity in them.


I decided to dress the items up with a pair of wedges and some of my favorite jewelry pieces.




To shop the look, please click on the item below and receive an additional 15% off (excluding sale items) by using MOMSG4B

Mantra-Comfortable-prAnaMantra Black Herringbone


Liana Sweater in Winter


About prAna

prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life, and vitality of the spirit, started out in 1992 making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that the clothing worked well for lots of other passions too, so prAna added new products with “purpose” in mind and scoured the world for design inspiration. prAna creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day.

They also participate in business with like-minded folks who want to promote conservation and create positive change. Sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, and recycled poly along with Fair Trade, and Renewable Energy initiatives are just a few of the things that prAna supports.

prAna is so awesome that they are offering all of my readers a 15% discount off your entire order (excluding sale items) by using my unique discount code: MOMSG4B. So I invite you to visit their website: www.prana.com and take a look at what they have that you may like. For all of you yoga lovers they have mats and other accessories to meet your needs.

Have you tried prAna before? If so, what have you ordered and how well did you like it?

Benecos: Pure and Organic Makeup


Benecos: Pure and Organic Makeup


I like surprises the most when I get to surprise others, so I jumped at the chance to surprise my hubby at work this past Friday. His office was having a surprise departure get together for him and part of the surprise was for me to show up. Not only did I show up, but I showed up quite differently than I left the house in the morning and he had no clue.

To help me with this, I enlisted the help of Benecos: Pure and Organic Makeup brand to help me get dolled up. Ever since I have attended Shiftcon, I have been on a quest for making more natural, organic and clean choices with food and in addition household products as well. Prior to today, I only knew about one brand that I met at a conference not to long ago, however, I recently was introduced to Benecos and received the following for free in exchange for my honest review.


Benecos is a company from Germany, created by Uli Jacob, founder of True Natural.  Not only are the products they recommend free from harmful ingredients like phthalates, or dangerous synthetics – they even offer full ingredient disclosure on their website to ensure every product is safe for you, your family, and the environment.

I was happy at the result of the natural Watermelon lipstick and the Choco Cookie natural eyeshadow and so was hubby. He could not keep his eyes off of me and for that I have to thank the brand for that as well as producing products that are not harmful to me. Next up: the benecos Happy Nails – Nail Polish: Cherry Red and once I try this out I will come back and let you know whether it is a keeper or not.



The Brand wants to share that the products featured by True Natural use only safe natural ingredients — never any petrochemicals, synthetic preservatives, colors or fragrances⇒. We offer full ingredient disclosure to the international standards (INCI), and ingredients are Certified Organic and Vegan wherever possible. All products are cruelty-free.

All Benecos items are GMO, Soy, Gluten AND Cruelty-Free! Shop the brand ⇒ True Natural

Have you ever used the Benecos/True Natural brand?

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Summer’s Hottest Fashion Trends


Staying cool and being on trend during the Summer is all about looking great and feeling comfortable and confident. Pack up those sweaters and scarves. Box up your boots and break out your strappy sandals, shorts, and bathing suits. We are talking about all the latest in Summer fashion trends so you can have the confidence to strut to any poolside barbecue knowing you look great and you are rocking the latest trends. These trends are inspired by Hollywood red carpet looks, fashion magazines, and trendsetters with a keen eye for glam and gorgeous.

Show Some Skin

Summer naturally means it is time to show off a little skin and this Summer is no exception. Crop tops and cut outs are all the rage this year. Little peekaboo details in dresses and shirts show just enough skin to give off a sexy, daring vibe. Backless dresses are a trend with a surprise twist sure to turn heads.

Pom Poms

This trend blossomed last year, but it is in full bloom for Summer 2017. Pom poms are on everything from handbags and babydoll tops to sandals and even jewelry. Colored pom pom puff balls add a detail element to apparel and accessories which create a festive Summer vibe.

The Cold Shoulder

One way fashionistas are staying cool this Summer is with off the shoulder tops and dresses. They are must haves for trendsetters in this Summer. Strapless, single shoulder, cold shoulder, or even an off the shoulder with sleeves, any variety of shoulder detail accentuates the look of a hot summer dress or flowy top. The details are all in the embellished neckline and exposing your gorgeous shoulders.  

Ankle bracelets

Your ankles have been jealous of all the love you have been showing your wrists, ears, and neck. They want to be adored with the latest jewelry trends too. Good thing this Summer the ankle bracelet is making its comeback. So flex your foot and strap on a pretty little bracelet, your ankles will be grateful you did, and your friends will all be jealous of your great style.

Block heels

Step out this Summer in the latest of the revived 90’s trends. First, it was the choker, and now it is the block heel. Summon those retro feelings and slip your pretty pedicured feet into a shoe with a big chunky heel. Dress shoes, sandals and more casual footwear will all be donning a chunky block heel this year.

Blush is Back

Over the past several years we have heard a lot about contouring, bronzers, and highlighters, and while those are still hot in the beauty department, this year it is all about the blush. Blush is no longer taking a backseat to all the other beauty products in your bag. According to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, “Whether applied with a heavy-hand and a nod to disco or subtly blended from cheek to temple blush was meant to be seen on the spring runways.”

No matter what fashion trend you channel this Summer, make sure to embrace your personal style. Let the world be your runway and show off your sense of confidence. When you own a unique look, you share a point of view with the world. If you are looking for a place to flaunt all the latest fashions, why not head to the pool. An ideal location for pom pom sandals, ankle bracelets, and off the shoulder coverups and bathing suits, the pool is this Summer’s number one accessory.

Better, yet why not head to a pool in your backyard? If you have ever considered owning an above ground pool, now is the time to jump in head first. Rec Warehouse is the Southeast’s largest seller of above ground pools, hot tubs, spas, and saunas and they are located right here in Atlanta. With three convenient showrooms in Kennesaw, Jonesboro, and Norcross, Rec Warehouse has a professional staff ready to help provide you with the assistance needed to install the crystal clear blue waters of your dreams.


                                                                     Source: recwarehouse.com

The President of Rec Warehouse, David Doebler, has been in the pool business almost since he was born. He learned the ropes from his father and uncle who started the business in the 1970’s and since has successfully lead Rec Warehouse to sell over 250,000 above ground pools. With his expertise and your personal style, you are bound to create a space for the ultimate Summer getaway – relaxation, entertainment, and cool Summer fun.

Show off all the latest trends in fashion and entertainment when you invite your friends and family over for afternoons in your backyard oasis.  

My Man’s Essentials


After just getting back from visiting family and taking care of some business, we found that packing in a hurry for trips is not where it’s at. Trust me, if you do not, you will leave something behind. Totally should pack ahead of time and I will say kudos to those of you who pack ahead of time and make lists. My mommy makes list all of the time and honestly, I have made fun of it in my head until this last trip. It certainly would have come in handy this time. As some of you know when flying Spirit you have to pack lite and they mean it or it is a hefty price to pay if you do not.


Anyway, what we found is that we left some essentials, in particular, my man left one particular item that sometimes makes or breaks him…

That one item is cologne. Yes cologne or some form of “smell good” is what he would say, so for him I have decided to write this, My Man’s Essentials and hopefully it will help someone else or just give you a chuckle.

His essentials: straight edge razor to keep his face looking neat, his wave brush to help keep his waves tight and some smell good (can’t be funky).

My Man’s Essentials


Well as I mentioned there was one item that we forgot to pack and it was the cologne and the funny thing was is that it happened right after I had obtained the sample of POLO Red Extreme by Ralph Lauren for him from Influenster. It was the perfect size for him to take, but oh well. I gave the box to him and he was very surprised that I gave him the box (usually 90% of the boxes are for me:))

He opened the box the scent came in and tore open the smaller box that had the scent in it and was pleasantly surprised. He put it on and I smelled his neck and yes I was a happy camper. It is woodsy and spicy both of which I like to smell on him. I can tell by the look in his eye that he is looking for me to get him some more POLO Red Extreme by Ralph Lauren. See you soon and thank you for stopping by.

Influenster provided this cologne for free, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


Marietta Square Gem Piastra


Marietta Square Gem Piastra

On a beautiful Tuesday night in the Marietta Square I was able to take part in a wonderful wine and food pairing. In the heart of the Marietta Square, Piastra Restaurant is one of those hidden gems. I have been to the Marietta Square many times and have never been to the restaurant until that day thanks to Culinary Local.



I felt that I was a VIP with all of the participants of the Italian Varietal Dinner were in a separate room off to the back. I met Chef Greg and the representative from Cliffhanger Wines and they both are/were a wealth of information. Chef shared why and how he chose his selections of food for the parings and the guests learned about the different types of wines and the grapes used to make certain wines.



Here is what you missed:

Course 1:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Pinot Grigio

-Yellowtail Carpaccio, Vidalia Onions, Radish, Red Peppers


Course 2:

Stemmari Nero D’Avola

-Torta Di Funghi – Mushroom “Pie”, Roasted Shallots and House Made Ricotta


Course 3:

Cliffhanger Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend

-Charred Octopus with Toasted Almond and Black Olives over Spaghetti Squash


Course 4:

Tolloy Pinot Noir

-Boar Sugo with Goat Ricotta and hand rolled Fazzoletti


Course 5:

Castello Di Querceto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico

-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Sour Cherries and Almond Brittle


It was a generous amount of excellent food and wine for a very reasonable price and everyone left saying that they will be back for more. My favorites were Courses 4 and Course 5, but all of them were good. This was a great time for my try something new segment because I had never had boar or octapus.

So if you are looking for beautiful and great tasting food and beverage selections at Marietta Square Gem Piastra, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/piastrarestaurantmarietta/ for more great events and speaking of which, the next event is this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Stepping out of my comfort zone with Cents of Style


Stepping out of my comfort zone with Cents of Style (affiliate links are included in the post)

Choosing to step up my fashion game was and sometimes still is a challenge for me, because I love and I mean love black and most of my pieces are black or have some black in it. I like many women have so many black pairs of pants that come in various style and various material that I had to decide to step out of my comfort zone. Comfort zones are a safe place, but not necessarily the best place to stay. We all have to explore and do some different things that will bring spice to our lives.

Cents of Style send out a call and asked if some fashionistas wanted to take part in March’s Fashion Friday Story promotion and I stepped out and took a chance and said to myself why not try. If I am selected great and if not it is okay but there is no way to tell not trying so I did and guess what I was chosen.

I had recently stepped out of my comfort zone at work and went back to school on my employer’s dime to obtain a Professional Certification in Rehabilitation Services. It was not an easy task, but I took on the challenge and ended up with 5 As and 1 B. I was and I am still proud of myself for taking a chance which hopefully will pay off soon, so back to the tunic….


Tunic-cents-of-styleCents of Style has new styles for the Spring and the ones that I was able to chose from were: Hannah Keyhole Tunic and Staci V-Neck Babydoll Tunic which was hard to chose from due to both of them being so pretty, but I ended up choosing the Hannah Keyhole Tunic in Serenity Blue. Why you ask? Well it is part of my name and it is such a beautiful color.


I decided to pair up the tunic with some black leggings and black booties and I was a happy camper. Paired it with some of my favorite jewelry and there you are. These tunics go easily by themselves as a dress or with jeggings and sneakers.

Finished look:


This was my first, Stepping out of my comfort zone with Cents of Style, but not my last. I think that I am going to take advantage of the sale myself and load up on some more tunics. They are so comfortable and roomy that if you are feeling hungry (extra hungry) and want to pig out no one would ever know:)


Sizes run from 0 to 18.

Fashion Friday Story – 3/24/17 – Tunics for $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code TOPSTORY this is a great deal seeing as though these tunics retail for $34.95. Code is good from 03/24/17 to 03/26/17.


How to Wear:
*Date Night! Dress up with skinny jeans and heels, carry your favorite clutch and you are ready for a night out!
*Saturday Sports! Pair with your go-to boyfriend jeans and a light jacket, throw on your favorite hat, and head to out to watch the game in style.
*Errands/Carpool/PTA: Your favorite distressed jeans need a comfy companion as you run around town. Pair with your most comfortable sneakers and look darling all day long.
*Sunday Brunch/Lunch with the Girls: Your favorite sandals & cardigan for a light layer will finish this outfit in style.

I was provided the tunic from Cents of Style free in exchange for writing my story.

What are you doing this Spring to step out of your comfort zone?