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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Stuck On You! Personalized Goodies Make Great Gifts!

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Can you believe that there are only 9 weeks until Christmas? 9!!! That's a little closer than I would like it to be. I am usually really good about starting my holiday shopping early in the year so I can have it all done before Thanksgiving, but I am falling way short this this year. I haven't even made a scratch in my gift list yet, and that really bothers me. Right now I am focusing on getting all of the kids in my family knocked out of the way, so I decided to start with my 9 year old niece. She's really into artsy things these days. Drawing, coloring, and things of that nature, so when Stuck On You approached me with some holiday gift ideas, my focus shifted a bit towards some of their personalized products. I mean, what little girl doesn't love to see her name on cool stationary products? How many hours did we all spend in school doodling our name all over our notebooks? More than I care to admit, that's for sure! As I was digging through their extensive list of personalized products, my eyes popped when I found a Unicorn Notepad that I knew she was going to love!

Unicorn Notepad

This 50 page notepad has a spiral bound top for easy page flip through, and each page is personalized with the child's name. If your kid isn't into unicorns? No problem! There are more than 10 other original designs to choose from, ranging from robots to cars and even flamingos. 

Unicorn Notebook

If you know me, I think personalized gifts are the bee's knees, so Stuck On You is the perfect stop for me this holiday season. They have an extensive product lineup, including planners, calendars, journals, bento boxes, backpacks, waters, and more that can all be customized for your gift recipient or even yourself! If you love personalize products as much as I do, you're going to want to stop by Stuck On You for your holiday gift giving needs. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I Left My Heart at El Bordello Alexandra

My cousin got married earlier this summer and decided to take his wife on an extended road trip of California. He was about a month ahead of us on his vacation plans, so I was pretty excited to follow along on his trip with him through his Facebook photos. It was cool seeing all of his stops because he stumbled across a few sites that I hadn't heard of before and ended up adding to our travel itinerary. When his new wife shared a photo of El Bordella Alexandra on Venice Beach, I said "That's it! If we don't do anything else on our trip to Venice Beach other than take a gander at this stunning house, I'll still have felt like the trip was a win." I have always been drawn to things others might find a bit odd, and El Bordella Alexandra was no exception. I told Jason that if we ever come across a large sum of money, we are going back to snap up this utterly fabulous dwelling.

El Bordello Alexandra

This seven-unit apartment was once a heroine den, but the new owners cleaned it up and put some pretty sweet goth touches to the building, and now it draws in a livelier crowd of renters ranging from musicians to singers to your standard American family.

El Bordello Alexandra

Located on a tiny side street right off of Venice Beach, it took us about 5 minutes of walking time to find it. I was seriously giddy with excitement as soon as I turned the corner and spotted the statues on top of the roof.

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra
El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

El Bordello Alexandra

So, yeah, it's a bit garish and kitschy and probably not everyone's cuppa tea, but for me it was love at first sight. I mean, I'd rather have this house on my block than say a huge RV blocking my street view or neighbors who don't ever clean up their yard. If I could get away with it, I'd seriously consider adding a few of these touches to our house too ;)


Do your neighbors have any interesting yard statues?


Friday, October 13, 2017

Crunchy Pecan Pork Chops

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I've never understood the obsession people have with worrying about what other people eat. I mean, what you put in your body has no affect on my life what-so-ever, so you'll never hear me make a comment on your dietary choices. Over the past year, I have found that when I tell people that I don't eat meat they think I'm nuts. How can that be? What do you eat then? Your life must suck. Come to dinner at your house? No, thanks. People assume that because I am a vegetarian that I simply don't know how to cook meat worthy of their standards, which is simply not true. I can throw down with the best cooks, and that is why my family usually asks me to host holiday gatherings. They know the food is going to rock. Even though I don't make a lot of meat dishes these days, when I make excess soup and have leftovers for the next day, I always make Jason a separate meal with a meaty main dish. Since I know he's been missing having pork chops lately, last week when I had my leftover soup for dinner I thought I would treat him to these Crunchy Pecan Pork Chops, a recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. 

Pecan Pork Chops

I had accidentally bought a bag of pecans from Costco, not realizing that I already had a 5 pound bag at home. I've been looking for recipes to go through them all, and this pork chop recipe was a great way to reduce my stash. Plus, Jason got a rare meat dinner, so we would both call that a win. These Pecan Pork Chops are so perfect for fall, for you meat eaters I have a feeling this recipe is going to be in the favorites pile of your autumn recipe collection. Jason raved about them for days, so take that all you people who think a vegetarian doesn't know how to cook ;)

Ingredients
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tablespoon GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
3 Tablespoons onions, chopped
2 teaspoons horseradish
4 boneless center cut pork chops
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 cup white cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons olive oil

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.


If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!


What are some of your favorite recipes to use nuts in during the fall months?

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall In Love With Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins #LoveLittleBites

*Disclosure: I received coupons and a gift card so I could try the product and share my thoughts. All opinions stated are my own and do not represent the thoughts of Entenmann's® Little Bites®. 


We all know that fall and pumpkin just go hand in hand. What's not to love about indulging in a little pumpkin flavor when the temperature takes a dip? I admit, I've been slacking on my fall pumpkin baking this year, but I was pretty excited to find out that Entenmann's® just put out their limited edition Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins so I could get my fix in without having to sacrifice any time baking or mess up my clean kitchen.

Entenmann's Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins

Entenmann's® Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins are baked up soft and moist by using real pumpkins. They never contain high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat, and at only 180 calories per pouch, I don't mind it if Allison requests it for her after-school snack option.

Entenmann's Little Bites Halloween

She's been on a kick lately, trying to pin down her Halloween look, practicing different makeup ideas each day to find a suitable circus ringleader design to go with the rest of her costume. Of course, tomorrow she'll have a whole new look, but all of that makeup application sure does work up a girl's appetite. She needs to refuel and I can't think of a tastier way than with a pouch of Little Bites®. Don't you just love her dinner guests, too? It looks like they are trying to sweet talk her into sharing, but it's a no-go since she's quite stingy when it comes to her snacks.

Speaking of Halloween, I think Entenmann's® Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins would be an awesome treat to pass out to the trick-or-treaters instead of the usual chocolate bar. Be the house that stands out with the treats this year!

Entenmann's Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins

Remember, Entenmann's® Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins are only out for a limited time, so they won't be on the shelves year round. Be sure to pick some up on your next shopping outing so you don't miss out on this seasonal favorite.

If you would like to learn more, be sure to visit Entenmann's® website.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fight Cold & Flu Season! Stay Germ-Free for 24 Hours! #GermFree24

Disclosure- This post has been sponsored by Zoono USA. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


So long summer, hello cold and flu season. Now that the girls are back in school, it's the time of the year where I have to start worrying about all the icky germs they are coming into contact with during the day, then carting home. Kids just have a knack for touching every surface they are near and it makes me cringe to think what they are picking up throughout the day. As much as I love sharing things, I do not like to share germs. Look, as a mom I worry about what kinds of bugs they could be getting while they are away from home, but as someone who suffers from an autoimmune disorder, I am especially worried about what they could be passing along to me once they get home. My biologic infusions strip me of my immune system, so I have to be extra cautious to do what I can to avoid contact with germs that are going to make me sick. I encourage my family to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, practice proper hand washing after using the restroom, before eating, and after they have been out in the general public, and to keep sanitizer on hand at all times because you never know when you are going to pick up illness causing germs. We come in contact with so many different microbes in a 24 hour period alone, it's crazy to thing about how much is sticking to our hands. Here's a breakdown of the bacteria on common surfaces that we touch on a daily basis:

Doorknob: 8,643 bacteria
Computer Mouse: 79,000 bacteria
Remote Control: 17,000 bacteria

Yuck!

While sanitizers are great at killing germs, traditional alcohol-based sanitizers only work while they are wet and quickly evaporate, leaving the skin exposed to attracting more germs as soon as it is dry. That's why I became obsessed with Zoono GermFree24® as soon as I first learned about it. 

Zoono GermFree24

Zoono GermFree24® is the only hand sanitizer that is proven to kill 99.99% of germs on contact and continue killing them for up to 24 hours with just one application. This means that I can apply GermFree24® to my daughter's hands before she leaves for school, then she will be protected for the entire day. I don't have to worry about her remembering to use her sanitizer throughout the school day since I know I had her covered before she even left the house. 

GermFree24

How does GermFree24® actually protect you for 24 hours? Easily! It is specially formulated to bond to your skin's surface and sets up a nano-molecular layer of "pins" that physically impale and destroy germs on contact. It does not rub off and also stays active on the skin's surface, even after sweating and hand washing. 


GermFree24

GermFree24® has been proven to provide long-lasting antimicrobial protection against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses (such as influenza), fungi and mold. It does come in a spray foam variety or a traditional spray making it easy to use at home or on the go.

You can purchase Zoono's GermFree24® at www.zoonousa.com or on Amazon here: 

Zoono GermFree24® 50ml Foam Hand Sanitizer


Zoono GermFree24® 9ml Spray Hand Sanitizer


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Shake It Off With A Breakfast Shake

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I'm pretty sure hell has frozen over because I just started doing the one thing I said I'd never do- wake up at 5am to start working out. My favorite fitness instructor started teaching Les Mills Body Pump classes before the sun even thinks about coming up, so I said "why not?" I have been faithful about sticking to a fitness routine for the past 5 years, but I usually opt to go after dinner because mornings just suck. I have done Zumba, Hip Hop, Boot Camp, and sometimes just stick with the gym machines but nothing has busted my butt like Body Pump. I have taken 3 classes per week (with 2 additional cardio classes on alternating days) for the past 2 months and am amazed at how my body is transforming. Guys, if you want a challenge and a nice booty, you should seriously consider finding an instructor in your area that teaches Les Mills Body Pump. There are YouTube videos that you could follow with free weights, but I like a group fitness experience so I continue to go bright and early. 

After working a specific muscle group, the instructor always says "shake it off". Of course she wants us to loosen our muscles back up, but I can't help but think about going home and treating myself to a breakfast shake as a reward for a job well done. So, I call them smoothies, but for the sake of this post and sticking with the theme, we are calling them breakfast shakes today. I usually go for a blueberry or strawberry version, but I saw this Breakfast Shake on Golden Blossom Honey and liked the addition of pineapple so I thought I'd give it a whirl yesterday. 

Strawberry Breakfast Shake

I always love to refuel after working out with a fruity shake like this, but this would also be great pre-workout with a little protein powder mixed in. The only thing I did differently with the recipe was used Greek yogurt, fresh pineapple chunks, and vanilla almond milk but kept all the measurements the same. I feel it's a well deserved, healthy snack after an intense workout.  

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons RAW GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 (8 ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, with juice
5 large strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup ice cubes
2 Tablespoons milk, preferably nonfat

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE


Strawberry Breakfast Shake

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.


If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!
 
 
How do you refuel after an intense workout?
 
 
 
 
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