Vera Bradley Coloring Books with Giveaway

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Vera Bradley Coloring Books with Giveaway

As I look back over some of my life, I saw times in which I was more creative and one of the areas in which I was able to express my creativity was when I would draw and color. Coloring is so relaxing and you are free to use whatever color combinations you want regardless of what someone else thought.

Everyone just about used a coloring book at some point in their lives and here is my chance again. I was given a pair of Vera Bradley Coloring Books to use in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Talk about a happy camper!! With all of the stressors in my life, being able to put my energy into a coloring book and have some fun I could not say no.

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As I mentioned, I had two coloring books, and I gave my mom one just in time for Mother’s Day and also some Crayola Colored Pencils. She had heard of Vera Bradley products and was so happy that I gave her one and smiled as she shared how she used to color to relieve stress as well.

In the front of the coloring book, they include tips to get you started and all throughout the book you find some awesome quotes which can be framed and given away for gifts to ones you love. I am having so much fun and so will you.

About Vera Bradley, Inc.

Vera Bradley, Inc. is a leading designer of women’s handbags and accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, stationery and gifts. Founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, the brand’s iconic designs and versatile styles provide women of all ages a colorful way to accessorize. The company’s commitment to breast cancer research continues to increase its reach through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. 

Vera Bradley in conjunction with the publisher would love to offer you a pair of your own Vera Bradley Coloring Books, so enter below. Limited to US residents 18+ years old and older.

Vera Bradley Coloring Book Giveaway

Do you like adult coloring books? Do you have your own Vera Bradley Coloring Book, if so share some pictures.

Thank you for reading and do not forget to subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop. Hint: Other giveaways to come.

 


Fashion Friday with Cents of Style ~ Be Series Tees

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I was provided this tee free in exchange for my unbiased review and my story. This post
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Cents of Style has given their popular Be Series T-Shirts a spring makeover! They are interesting in putting what you are trying to “be” this year in t-shirt form to help reemphasize and support your goals or vision, ie. for me “be brave”.

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Like I mentioned last month, there was a call placed from Cents of Style to see if anyone wanted to take part in their Fashion Friday Story for April (Be Series Tees) and I chose to be brave and took another chance. I was chosen again and indeed it is an honor.

There were plenty of choices, in fact over 10 different ones, but I chose Be Brave because hubby and I are walking this infertility/fertility thing out and being brave is a necessity. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and we are taking this infertility thing head on and not running from it.

Be Brave is a motto that I have subscribed to due to at times, we feel alone in this fight. There are times in which we feel that we can only stand and support each other during each month of disappointment, and especially during the miscarriages.

We choose to stick together, not give up (Be Brave), stand tall and continue to trust God, no matter what!! This too shall pass.

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Fashion Friday with Cents of Style ~ Be Series Tees

Check out below how I decided to style my Be Series Tee below:

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There are over 10 different be series tees and you too can tell your be story. The tee is very comfortable and roomy. I got a size Large and honestly, I probably could have chosen a Medium and would have been comfortable. The t-shirt is made out of 60% COTTON, 40% POLYESTER and comes in sizes Small to XX-Large. Be-Brave-Cents-of-Style

Be Series Graphic Tees for $15.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code BESTORY these are an excellent deal because they retail for $29.95 and right now until April 30th, 2017 it is like buying 1 and getting 1 free.


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:

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APPLE CRANBERRY PECAN CRISP

SERVES 12

SERVING 1/2 cup

PREP 20 minutes

COOK 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

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.

EXCHANGES / CHOICES

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

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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.

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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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Believe Movie Review

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The movie takes place in a small Virginia town whose community is slowly dying. Matthew, is now the owner of a business now no longer making money and is forced to make personnel and salary cutbacks, which manages to anger the local union and the workers.

The town gets even more upset when he threatens to cancel the town’s annual Christmas celebration and soon thereafter all heck breaks lose..

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Believe Movie Review

In his effort to save jobs, Matthew toys with slicing some salaries, but that causes the union to call for a strike. Later, these representatives vandalize his property and even send some thugs to beat him to a pulp.

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Left for dead on the other side of the tracks, Matthew is cared for and nursed back to health by a young man named Clarence that manages to see the best in everything and at times it is a little annoying but kids tend to give people more chances than adults. You will see just that in this movie.

Clarence manages to change Matthews heart and at the same time just may change yours as well. It is certainly a feel good movie and great for around Christmas season.

Have you seen Believe?


Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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This post is sponsored by Horizon Theatre, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Hubby and I try to do something different every date night and this one was no different. We usually venture out somewhere and love doing it and Inman Park is one of our favorites areas of Atlanta to explore. I wanted to mention to you just in case you are thinking of stepping out to a different part of Atlanta, this is one place that should not be overlooked.

Inman Park is smack dab in what I would call the artisty district. Many opportunities to sitesee with all of the unique homes and businesses in the area not including people watching. If you love that alone this is one of the places to do that. There is no telling what you may see, from people with various forms of expression (dress, attitude, talent (singing and/or drawing on the street and more). Speaking of talent, one of the best places to see a great play that includes singing from very talented and unforgettable actors and actresses, including producers, set designers and more are found at the Horizon Theatre smack dab right in the middle of Inman Park.

Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be

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Now through April 30th, the Horizon Theatre is featuring an Off Broadway Hit called Nobody Loves You. This is a musical comedy that takes place on the set of a reality TV dating show. It does make you wonder to what degree of manipulation after seeing the play some of the reality TV shows have in it.

Horizon Theatre is in Inman Park and Little Five Points and every single play that I have had the pleasure to attend manages to be better than the last. It has the perfect setup in the sense that it is intimate where you feel that the play is just being put on for you, but the actors, producers and all of the staff involved perform as if they are on Broadway. They are just that excellent.

The current play is Nobody Loves You which is about Jeff, a grad student in pursuit of winning his girlfriend back but ends up a contestant on a Reality TV show only to find that she is not one of the cast. He attempts to expose the show’s authenticity and low and behold he falls in love with Jenny, a producer on the show. There are lots of little surprises here and there so make sure to pay attention.

Tickets are $25 and the play with intermission is about 2 hours long, however if you get a little hungry or thirsty they have refreshments and light snacks available.

After the play if you are hungry feel free to enjoy a wonderful dinner in one of the great eats in the area, note this is not a list of all the great restaurants, but I wanted to focus on two, Cameli’s:

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One of my favorites from the first time going and I have not forgotten about it is Frontpage News: Even though I have mentioned this restaurant before, it is worth mentioning again..Great food, drinks and music

 

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Cheers and here is hoping that you enjoy my recommendations for why Inman Park in Atlanta is the Place to Be so if you see me make sure to stop me and say hello. I am sure that I will see you at Horizon Theatre if nothing else for this play and many more.

Have you been to the Inman Park area? If so, what is your favorite aspect of the area?


Chemical Free Cleaning with e-cloth

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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.

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Picture of cleaned area and not cleaned area

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

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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.

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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.

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My Turn:

Like I mentioned before I used it in two areas:

Laundry: 

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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.

Kitchen: 

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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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Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 ATLANTA

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Disclaimer: I am an official blogger for the 2017 Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo and I have received complimentary passes in addition to discount codes and an affiliate link for #GFAFExpo tickets. Gluten-Free

 

Things are certainly looking up more and more for me. Why you ask? Well, I am going to be able to for the 2nd year in a row be one of the Official Blogger for one of Atlanta’s hottest events, Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo.

Last year I went and please click here ⇒ #GFAFExpo Recap of the event from last year and all of the great brands and information I came back home with and to this day some of the brands I am still using because they are that great.

Since having challenges with miscarriages, I have been on a quest to see if maybe just maybe my challenges were/are due to gluten and to be honest the results are still inconclusive. I actually found out after some testing that I am more allergic to some of my favorite foods, pineapples and eggs. Go figure. I can honestly tell you I feel better as a whole when not eating gluten and that alone is worth giving it up for good. It has not been easy since I love cake, but I am willing to attempt to change for the better. Who is with me?

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Details about the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta

Where is it: 

Cobb Galleria Centre–Exhibit Hall A
Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339

When is it: 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 20th, 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 21st, 2017

 

What Can You Look Forward To:
Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
Samples from the vendors are considered to be gluten free.
Discounted products available for purchase
Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle
Free reusable bag to carry your goodies and you will receive many more

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5 Free tickets for 1 free Adult Single Day Pass by entering below:

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2017 Atlanta Giveaway

 

 

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However if you do not want to take a chance with luck you can always get your tickets ahead of time and skip the line. You can even save money by getting your tickets ahead. From now up until April 19 you will receive an additional 30% off: Gimme Tickets Now or you wait until and between April 20th and my birthday, May 19th you will receive 20% offIs it too late tickets. See below the codes to use to get the discounts.Discount-Gluten-Free-Allergen-Friendly

30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 4/19)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 5/19)

This is such as awesome event that you will want to stay connected and to do so please follow #GFAFExpo: 
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Facebook
Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Twitter

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo on Instagram

Have you been to a #GFAFExpo? What did you like the most about it?


How to stay Comfortable All Day with prAna

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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.

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

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

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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?