Thursday, April 28, 2016

Excellent Tasting Coffee in Time For Mother's Day [Review + Giveaway]


I had the chance to review some really tasty coffee by one of my favorite coffee companies - Weaver's Coffee & Tea! I've reviewed some of their coffee before and I am always so pleased.

What will you be doing this Mother's Day? I don't know about you but I tend to go for the 'at home' celebration and so if that's the type of celebration you will be doing, make sure you select an excellent coffee to go with your breakfast. And the specific blend that I got to try makes an excellent choice!

The cool thing about purchasing the Astral Blend by Weaver's Coffee & Tea is that a percentage of sales are donated to support breast cancer research funding for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment. Plus it's 100% certified organic AND it's Fair Trade Certified.

I loved how this coffee tasted - it didn't taste as burnt as sometimes dark roasts can taste. It was a smooth coffee to have in the morning. Definitely one of my new favorites!

If you want to purchase some of your own coffee, you can visit their website and purchase a 16 ounce bag for $18.95. A bit out of my personal price range right now for coffee, but I think it's worth the price considering this is very good quality!

I'm also happy to say that one of my lucky readers will receive a two pound bag of Astral Blend Coffee by Weaver's Coffee. Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 5/14.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

20 Mother's Day Gifts Under $50 from ModCloth [For All Kinds of Moms!]

This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. 

Mother's Day is coming up! And I thought maybe I'd help you all out a bit by pointing out some AMAZING gifts that you can purchase at ModCloth. It has some amazingly affordable gifts that I want to point out to you - and I know you will find something in here that would make a perfect gift!

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Does your mom - or the mom in your life - love going to to the movies and keeping movie ticket stubs? Well this is an adorable gift to purchase as a way for her to keep those moments safe and secure and a way for her to jot down some notes about the event or movie.

 Ticket Stub Diary - $14.99
Ticket Stub Diary - $14.99


For the mom who loves the beach, I love this beautiful beach blanket - the lovely soft tones and nice material would make for a wonderful gift. Even better if you can pair it up with a day trip to the beach!




Neap Tide and True Beach Blanket - $49.99


Talk about a perfect book end for the book lover - who is also a beach lover - these beautiful mermaid book ends would be a wonderful place to put all those beach reads.



Mermaid for Each Other Bookends - $44.99


Some moms really love jewelry and what better place to put her collection on this beautiful jewelry tree stand!


 A Real Tree Come True Jewelry Stand - $39.99
A Real Tree Come True Jewelry Stand - $39.99


Better yet, make sure you buy some jewely to go with that stand too, check out these beautiful earrings...



Receiving Drop Honors Earrings in Green - $14.99


For a beautiful place to put photos and Mother's Day cards, buy her a beautiful keepsake box.


Display or Stash Away Keepsake Box - $35.99


And for the more hi-tech mom in your life, check out this adorable portable speaker so she can enjoy her favorite songs!



Migrate-est Hits Portable Speaker - $34.99


And for the mom who loves listening to music under headphones, check out these beautiful floral headphones! Perfect for listening to music!



Swoons and Tunes Headphones in Pink Roses - $34.99


If you know your mom loves note cards AND happens to love Disney, these note cards would make the perfect gift.



The Art of Disney Notecard Set - $19.99


For the mom who loves the library - remember those old school reference cards?? - well these note cards are a spin off from that! Each is themed as those placeholder cards we used to have and comes with the most adorable drawer too.



Long Overdue Notecard Set - $19.99


For the mom who seems to be trying to find balance in her life, I think this is an adorable "balance" themed gift. This is a fun vase and adorable vase that is so unique! I would make sure to buy flowers to go with it though. :)



Beautiful Balance Vase - $17.99


Tea anyone? I LOVE this cat themed tea set - which also comes with a tea strainer which is great for loose leaf teas!



Paw Me a Cup Tea Set in Cat - $49.99


Does the mom in your life love Dr. Who?? I think this is the most adorable salt and shaker set that would put a smile on any fan's face!



Doctor the Recipe Shaker Set - $13.99


I love tote bags or anything to put in toiletries so I think this would be an adorable gift to give, especially if you can afford a few nice hand lotions or soaps to add in!



Queen of Clean Toiletry Bag - $19.99


Candles are always such a lovely gift! For a fresh and clean scent, I would recommend this soy candle that send out scents of green fig and bamboo!



Fragrance is a Virtue Candle - $29.99


Wallets are also such a lovely gift and I spotted this really pretty bird themed wallet that's awesome for spring!



I Bird You Farewell Wallet - $32.99


Also here's another pretty wallet idea for the travelling mama -



Girl Meets Voyage Travel Wallet - $44.99


And since the sunny weather is just around the corner, these chic sunglasses have a dramatic and cool quality that would make a great gift!



Smoke and Mirrors Sunglasses - $49.99


And how about for fashion?? ModCloth is so well known for their fashion. I hear about all the good things people I know get from there! So always consider their fashion! They've got great stuff. Like this cute little hat.



Keep Your Friends Cloche Hat in Red - $24.99


And the last gift I would love to recommend is scarves! This time of year - SPRING - is the best time to wear the colorful scarves and ModCloth has some amazing options. Like this very pretty one.



I Call Fowl Scarf - $19.99


I hope I gave some fun, unique ideas for Mother's Day! Be sure to shop for Mother's Day at ModCloth, they have so many fun and pretty choices! Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Drink Some Good Coffee by Aroma Ridge [Review and Giveaway]


I'm such a coffee fanatic, and I love when I get the chance to review some. So this great company Aroma Ridge started about 20 year ago as a family owned business. It's blossomed since then and offer some of the best coffee across the country.


I had the chance to try their Mama's Roast Coffee, it's a bold blend, which I really appreciate. I loved the color of the beans when I opened up the bag, they were definitely dark and they had such a wonderful strong smell.


I made a cup for the morning and YUM this stuff is so good. It hasn't a mild sweet taste but definitely a bold coffee. It runs about $13.95 for a 1 lb bag and I think that's a pretty decent price. Check it out here.


What I like a lot about purchasing with Aroma Ridge is that it has so much to offer. You can purchase by Dark Roast only by visiting this link. And you can also purchase a variety of single origin coffee too.


I would highly suggest purchasing some of their Mama's Roast Coffee. You can also customize your label! So I think that's pretty amazing!

I am so happy to announce that one of my lucky readers will win one pound of Mama Roast. Ends 5/8. US Only. Enter via Rafflecopter below.



I received coffee in exchange for my honest review.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

One Thing You Didn't Realize You Needed #SolarEnergy #EarthMonth

Whenever I hear things like "solar energy" I think that it's something that the bigger corporations and big cities worry about or can use. I never think that solar energy was possible for me, in my own apartment. I recently learned of a solar powered back up portable generator that turns my whole way of thinking around. Also it's a perfect time to talk about this considering the fact that April is #EarthMonth!

Everyone, meet the Lycan Powerbox. 



It's one of the things you never knew you needed and you will be very glad you purchased. Summer of last year made me think about what my options are during a heat wave if the power goes out? First of all, I don't have a car, and also, I live at the top of a hill. So I don't have quick access to air conditioning or a way to get to air conditioning. But I've been concerned because I'll need a fan on AT LEAST. Will I just wait and hope for the best? For me, and my mom, we both have a heat sensitivity and last year was one of the hottest I've dealt with so far, so I know I've had to do something about this.



With the Lycan Powerbox, I have options. It's portable and not as heavy as you might envision - about 60 pounds or less. You charge from a solar panel or wall outlet and it's ready to go for up to 900 watt-hours. THAT is pretty amazing. If you are heavily into the outdoors and camping, I think this is an incredible thing to purchase. It also has a interchangeable battery so you can keep the energy going just by replacing the battery. Be prepared to either need to get solar panels in order to charge by the sun OR be willing to plug this into an outlet.

The price in my book is a bit steep, but it's worth consideration. I've long since known that I need to be more prepared in case of emergency and portable solar energy is one of those things one the list. The Lycan Powerbox runs at an introductory rate of $999 (the early bird price) up to $1699 for the total package (include the solar suitecase, powerbox and MORE). Find out more details with their IndieGoGo campaign by following this link here.

Also make sure you check out the Renogy Store. They have so much to offer in terms of solar energy. (They have solar powered FLASH LIGHTS! I love it!)

What is in your "in case of emergency" kit? What would you recommend others have?




I received complimentary products in exchange for my article. All opinions are my own.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Beautiful Spring Invitation Ideas #Spring #Events

Do you have any spring events or parties coming up? I found the most beautiful set of spring courtesy of Tiny Prints where you can customize your invitations and choose a design. These just make me want to start my own little event just to use these!


Happy Butterflies

Price: 1.09
Happy Butterflies - Baby Announcements with Square Corners, Two colorful butterflies fly to and fro above a sweet little cocoon on this charming pregnancy announcement from Hello Little One.

Nesting Pair

Price: 1.09
Nesting Pair - Baby Announcements with Square Corners, Now that your nesting is complete, make sure to celebrate your exciting news with friends! A pair of birds watches over their sweet little nest on this charming pregnancy announcement designed by Le P

Bed of Roses

Price: 8.00
Bed of Roses - Personalized Gift Tag Stickers , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.

My Pretty Posies

Price: 8.00
My Pretty Posies - Custom Gift Tag Stickers , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.

Springtime Thanks

Price: 9.00
Springtime Thanks - Custom Gift Tag Stickers , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.

Ornate Swirls

Price: 8.00
Ornate Swirls - Easter Gift Tags , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.

Elegant Eggs

Price: 8.00
Elegant Eggs - Easter Gift Tags , Brightly colored and decorated with fun prints and patterns, the Easter eggs on these stylish adhesive Easter gift tags from Tallu-lah will have all of your loved ones egg-cited for your springtime celebration!Please note

Spring Is Coming

Price: 0.24
Spring Is Coming - Contact Cards

All Season Snowflake

Price: 7.00
All Season Snowflake - Business Holiday Address Labels , Please note that Tiny Prints staff members will not attach address labels to envelopes sent through our Mailing Service.

Colorful Tree

Price: 7.00
Colorful Tree - Business Holiday Address Labels

Yearlong Yule

Price: 7.00
Yearlong Yule - Business Holiday Address Labels , Please note that Tiny Prints staff members will not attach address labels to envelopes sent through our Mailing Service.

Company Picnic

Price: 1.69
Company Picnic - Corporate Event Invitations with Square Corners, There's no better way to revive company morale than with a refreshing summer picnic.

Baby Botanicals

Price: 9.00
Baby Botanicals - Return Address Labels , Please note that Tiny Prints staff members will not attach address labels to envelopes sent through our Mailing Service.

Summer Medallions

Price: 0.89
Summer Medallions - Folded Gift Enclosure Cards , Please note that the size of these cards falls below the minimum postal requirements and cannot be mailed.Use some timeless Mediterranean style to give your posh gift enclosure cards a little extra special

Thankful Bunny

Price: 9.00
Thankful Bunny - Custom Gift Tag Stickers , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

10 Songs That Sound Better with Rain



I thought you guys may appreciate a new kind of post from me! Something a bit away from my usual giveaways and such. But I personally love the rain in spring, it's one of my favorite seasons and the rain just makes the whole season feel special. And there is this one website I found called Rainy Mood at www.rainymood.com/ for those days where you just want some rain.

But did you know that some songs sound really good with rain? I found a small collection of them that you will enjoy with the site RainyMood.com in the background. So first, click on this link here www.rainymood.com and then go listen to the following songs -

1) Make You Feel My Love by Adele


2) Sound of Silence Cover Version by Nouela




3) The Promise by Tracy Chapman


4) In the Waiting Line by Zero 7


5) Fields of Gold by Sting



6) Wicked Game by Chris Isaak



7) I Wish I Was the Moon by Neko Case


8) I Think It's Going to Rain Today by Lauren O'Connell


9) Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel


10) London Blue by David Lanz


Do you know any songs that would sound better with rain? 
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Gluten-Free Food Ideas: Botticelli Foods - A Very Tasty Pasta Sauce to Try - My New Favorite! [My Review]


When it comes to pasta sauce, I don't see myself as being that demanding but when it comes right down to it, sometimes the simplest requests are hard to come by. And then I feel really lucky when I find a pasta sauce that hits the mark! So I had the chance to try out this very good Marinara Pasta Sauce by Botticelli Foods lately and I loved it!


Just take a look at this -



Doesn't this look amazing? Well you know how I said that I have a few reequsts when it comes to pasta sauce? First I like choosing pasta sauce that doesn't have sugar in it. AND I like the sauce being a deep dark rich red. Both of these were qualities of the sauce I had the chance to try. It had a sweet taste to it though thanks to the incredible spice - BASIL! See? Who needs sugar when you can get basil?

This is a must-try sauce for your pasta night and I'm sure you will love it. If you are more of the spicy type of person, I highly recommend checking out other sauces that Botticelli has to offer. They are such good quality that I'm already planning on purchasing two more bottles of this amazing sauce.

Make sure you purchase this on their webpage - it's currently available for $7.99 (which to me, isn't a bad price for pasta sauce at ALL, I've seen pasta sauce go for much more in the grocery store). Also you can find them in a store near you - check it out! Make sure you sign up for their newsletters, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and follow them on Pinterest too.

Best of all one of my lucky readers gets the chance to win some pasta sauce and olive oil of their own! This is amazing stuff - I'm so excited for you!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Newman's Own Organics - Feel Good About Your Food Choices


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I had the chance to try out a few items by Newman's Own Organics. Newman's Own was started by the famous actor Paul Newman who wanted to make the world a better place. You probably have seen his famous face not only in the movies but in some of your favorite items in the grocery store. What I love about Newman's Own is that when you purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to charity. Find out more about Newman's Own and it's foundation by following this link (for the Newman's Own website) and (this link for the foundation). 

So what did I have the chance to try? Well one of my guilty pleasures is chocolate. And one of the most amazing things that I've tried so far chocolate-wise by Newman's Own Organics is their organic chocolate cups! They come in so many amazing flavors including super dark chocolate raspberry, super dark chocolate peanut butter! I love the extra dark chocolate that is used with these amazing peanut butter cups, they make such a good little treat. Newman's Own also offers up Super Dark chocolate BARS. Those are good as well, and I love the variety of flavors, such as dark orange and espresso dark. My two personal favorites. Check out the chocolate by Newman's Own Organics here.

Also Newman's Own Organics offers up some great variety in dried fruit. I really enjoyed their dried apple slices - VERY much so. I complimented my lunch with it and it was that sweet taste that I sometimes crave without something being unhealthy. Pretty good combo, huh? They offer so many others as well, check it out here.

My personal favorite and one of the best things I was able to try was their olive oil and vinegar! Their oil comes in a dark green bottle, which I have read before is VERY good to purchase when purchasing olive oil. It has a gentle flavor and I add it to most of all the foods that I can - beans and rice, pasta, and things like that! Their vinegar is also very good (I tend to add it to my green beans and other veggies!) and it's such good quality.) Find out more details about their olive oil and vinegar here.

That's not all that Newman's Own Organics sells, so make sure you check out their website for food products and thins like coffee and tea.

Make sure you check out where you can find some of your favorite Newman's Own Organic products at a store near you by visiting this link. I browsed around and found out that Newman's Own does have some products they sell on their Amazon page! So if you want to purchase some items online, if you don't have a certain product a store near you, visit their Amazon page.

I am so excited to announce that I will be giving away a variety of Newman's Own Organic products to one lucky reader! US Only. Giveaway ends 4/29.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Muffin Recipe & 3 Ways to Eat Right During Earth Month

Several months ago, I uncovered a tasty muffin recipe that I was extremely proud of and that I've been making ever since. Sometimes I will occasionally go a tad off script but this time, I disciplined myself to pay close attention to what I was doing and make sure that didn't happen, because I wanted to share it with you. So, as I shopped at my local Safeway in Tigard, I started to gather together the things I needed to make this recipe as healthy as possible.

Why? Well in case you didn't know, April is Earth Month! Some of my favorite brands are coming together to promote healthier choicese and I know you will want to select these items when you shop.

What you'll need for this most amazing recipe -

2 and a half cups of ground oats

1 cup and 1/3 of Soy Milk (suggestion: Almond Unsweetened Vanilla!)

2 TBSP of Butter (or Olive Oil)

2 TBSP of Cinnamon

1/2 TSP of cream of tartar

1/4 TSP of baking soda

1/2 TSP of Salt

1 large egg

1/4 cup of honey (I will let you be the judge of this; if you like muffins extra sweet, I would add a bit more! If you don't want them so sweet, I would use less). 

1 TSP of clovers (optional)

1/2 TSP of Vanilla Extract (optional)

Suggestion: Add mix-ins of your choice such as raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate pieces.

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350. I ground up the oats myself using a coffee grinder and then from there I measure out 2 and 1/2 cup of oats. I always start out with the dry ingredients first so add those in (except any added mix-ins), followed by the milk, the egg, the butter, and lastly the honey. Mix well. Then fold in your mix-ins last.

Spray the muffin tin with Pam spray or line it with muffin cups. Then pour the mix into a muffin tin. The consistency should be pretty thick. This batter should make 9 - 12 muffins.

Quick Hack! For me, when I'm distributing a muffin mixture into muffin tins, I like using an ice cream soup! Saves me from making a mess. 

Bake for 25 minutes.

NOTE: They do come out a bit small, but I've always been okay with this, because this is a largely gluten-free recipe and I'm not adding things such as guar gum (usually suggested in gluten-free recipes to make things puff up like regular gluten recipes).

These little muffins save VERY well so if you are interested in having these last throughout the week, I have done the same thing. Just bag up each muffin pair by pair and take them with you during the week!



Aside from eating healthier, what ways can you make the world a better place by shopping just a bit differently?

Here are three suggestions on how to change up your shopping list -

1) Change up Mac & Cheese night!

Do you serve up some tasty mac & cheese each week? It's seriously one of my favorite dinners. Well during this April Earth Month, consider selecting Horizon's Mac & Cheese. Founded more than 20 years ago, they helped begin the organic dairy moment. Their certified organic products have 95% organic ingredients. Select their products and feel good about your choice!

2) Eat more fruit!

Personally, I really love frozen fruit, especially frozen berries. So while you are shopping this weekend, make sure you look out for Earthbound Farm Frozen fruits! I love adding frozen blueberries to my yogurt, but not only is this a healthy alternative, they do good for our planet. They currently have nearly 50,000 acres of certified organic farm land and sustainably farm and keep synthetic chemicals out of the environment.

3) Make morning coffee good for you - AND the planet.

If you had creamer to your coffee, consider a soy creamer like So Delicious. Not only is it healthy for you, but also So Delicious is enrolled in the non-GMO project's product verification program. I'm a huge supporter of NON-GMO products, so I'm loving this stuff.

How will you be eating right during Earth Month?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

5 Easy Ritz-wiches Perfect for Spring!



Snack time is upon us! As spring break draws to a close, and we embark on the last remaining portion of the school year before the blissful summer time, I think it's time to think about...SNACK TIME! I got inspired to think about some clever Ritz-wich ideas when I was shopping in my Portland Albertson's store.




There are some clever ways to stack it up with RITZ! So I wanted to share some really tasty spring time themed Ritz-wiches with you and hopefully give you some ideas to #stackitup for your next snack time!


The one that I recently learned about I always get rave reviews about when I serve it up is the Mango Salsa-Cream Cheese Ritz-wich.

Here's what you'll need -

Albertsons' Signature Farms Fresh Made Mango Salsa
Cream Cheese
Ritz Crackers

So take two Ritz crackers, slather one with some cream cheese, top it off with a bit of the mango salsa, and then STACK IT UP! Top it with your second Ritz cracker. VOILA. Some tasty snack time action for ANY TIME of the day.

I was thinking about some other flavor combos that just cry out SPRING TIME.

Here's a few others -

Sweet Bri Ritz-wich

I discovered this amazing combination recently and it's also another snack that gets rave reviews!

What you need -
Raspberry Preserves
Brie Cheese
RITZ Crackers - OF COURSE!

Easy and simple recipe - simply spread a little raspberry preserves onto your Ritz cracker. Slice of a small piece of brie cheese. You can have it as an open faced Ritz-wich or top it off with another Ritz to make it a complete Ritzwich. Either way, I'm convinced you will enjoy it.

Pepper Jelly & Cheese Ritz-wich

What You'll Need

Tabasco Pepper Jelly
Cream Cheese
Ritz Crackers

This is also a really good combination. The pepper jelly isn't as hot as you may think, more sweet with a bit of a kick. So top your Ritz cracker with cream cheese and then dollop a bit of pepper jelly on top. VOILA! And awesome RITZ-wich for your snacking delight!

PB & Cranberry Ritz-WICH.

What You'll Need

Peanut Butter
Dried Cranberries
Ritz Crackers

Spread on a layer of peanut butter on your Ritz cracker. Top it off with a few dried cranberries. I suggest having this one open-faced!

And my last one -

Turkey Club Ritz-WICH
Turkey Slices
Bacon (cut up, already cooked)
Mayonnaise

There is so much potential for amazing when you are working with Ritz crackers! This one is perfect for snacks for a small gathering, just cook up some bacon first. First dollop some mayo onto a cracker and take a small piece of bacon and fold it up into the turkey and then put it on top of your Ritz cracker. Top it off with another Ritz and you have a turkey club Ritzwich!

What I love about putting together great snacks like these is that everyone will want to join in on this action! And that's bringing everyone together and I think that's really awesome. That's what Ritz does! It's bringing us all together.

How do you #StackItUp with Ritz?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Portland. The opinions and text are all mine.

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