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Sunday, August 31, 2014

30 day Challenge to get fit?

You've probably seen pictures similar to this one coming through on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. It seems to be all the rage!

30 days to a new body? They say it takes 3 weeks to start a new habit. I'm guessing that's the theory behind all of these. I love how all of these seem to start out at a snail's pace (that would be MY pace), so you shouldn't feel overwhelmed.

I don't know who came up with this, but I love it! It's nice to have everything all in one place. And I like that I can save them to my phone and have them with me all the time. And I can target whichever area I'd like to focus on at the time. Butt? Abs? Back? Thighs? Legs? Shoulders? You name it. I've seen it!

A new butt?


No more flabby arms?


Flat Abs?


Bikini Body?


What do you think of this idea? A 30 day progression into getting the body you desire? And all in a convenient format you can have with you wherever you go? It all comes down to the 'M' word...motivation. I have about 15 workouts similar to these on my Pinterest board. Guess how many I've done? Yep. Zip. Nada. I guess having a bunch of tailored workouts at your fingertips doesn't force you to try them.  Or even look at them. :)

It's time to tackle that bikini body, those flabby arms, and that muffin top!  Are you ready?  Christmas cookie season is looming!  Ready, set, GO!

Thanks to 30dayfitnesschallenges.com for offering all of these workouts for free! Check out their site for challenges, workouts, and recipes!



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bay Tree Solutions Timeshare Resale and Rental Market and $50 Amazon GC #giveaway

Bay Tree Solutions offers a wide selection of timeshares for sale and rent at low 'by owner' prices. When the time comes to sell a timeshare, we know the resale market can be confusing. Our professionals can help you make sense of your options. Bay Tree has helped thousands of owners, and we pride ourselves on delivering above and beyond our clients' expectations.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! #giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

Kindle Fire May
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)






The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)



Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)



Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)



May Kindle Fire Giveaway Sponsors

I Am A Reader
Feed Your Reader
Author Rachael Anderson
Author A. Wrighton
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A Bookish Girl
The Bookish Babe
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LeahSay's Views
Stacy Claflin, Author
Generation iKid
Kelsey Ketch
Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE
Launching Sisters to WitchCamp
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Lia Fairchild
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Barbara Silkstone
Once Upon a YA Book
Author Alecia Stone
Reviews from a Bookworm
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Author Rae Z. Ryans
Bonnie Blythe's Pure Romance
Bella Street's Weird Romance
Author Inger Iversen
Buried Under Romance
Author M.A. George
SMIBookClub
Tressa's Wishful Endings
Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Helen Smith (author)
Lena Sledge
Book Reviews And Giveaways
Auggie Talk
Kelly's Lucky You
Jetpack Dragons
Gin's Book Notes
Life of a Writer
Extaordinaryreads News Letter
Shannon and Elm Books
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl
SR Johannes
Author Steven Brown
Author Rosanne Rivers
Heather Gray (Author)
The Reporter and The Girl
Author FA Michaels
Free Bookster



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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7", $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 5/31/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

It's time for Summer Skin! #imabzzagent #review

Summer is coming! And that means it's time to tame the beast - shave those legs, paint those nails, and get rid of those icky winter feet. And most importantly, get your skin soft and smooth and ready to show off!

I have perpetually dry skin, so I'm always on the lookout for a product that can give my skin the nutrients it needs and keeps it healthy and vibrant. When I was told I was going to be able to try out the NEW Tone Petal Soft Body Wash, I was over the moon!  I've never been a huge fan of body wash, I'm more of a bar soap girl. After doing some research, I found out that it actually comes in bath bar form too! Call me a happy bar soap girl! I'll be giving that one a try real soon!



Natural and essential oils are all the rage right now for moisturizing. I've jumped on that train too with Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, and a variety of essential oils. Nothing seems to work better to soften skin than replacing the natural oils that it's missing. The moisturizing Tone Petal Soft body wash uses rose oil to help your skin be soft and beautiful!  I think it probably adds to the amazing flowery fragrance too.  Check out the health benefits of rose oil here.  The scent is sweet and fresh, but not overpowering. I don't really want to walk around smelling like a bouquet of flowers!

Aside from the beautiful scent, this body wash actually holds up really well against other, more expensive, moisturizing washes that I've tried.  It goes on smooth and silky, a bit oily.  It lathers up like the most bubbly bubble bath, but washes away easily and thoroughly, leaving only soft skin and a refreshing scent...no residue!  And after about two weeks, I can actually feel a difference in my skin.  It's smoother and softer.  I'm using less lotion and I smell amazing while I'm at it!  I liked it so much, I went and bought the Ocean Therapy Body Wash Deep Sea Extracts and Pearl Essence with Vitamin E to try too!  I haven't gotten to it yet, since I'm still enjoying the Petal Soft Pink Peony and Rose Oil experience.  But I can't wait to see what the precious pearl, sea kelp and Vitamin E can do for my skin too!

The entire line of Tone Body Washes use high quality, spa inspired ingredients like oatmeal, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango, papaya, Vitamin E, sea kelp and more!  Check out all of their spa-day-every-day washes!



Petal Soft Body Wash Pink Peony and Rose Oil with Vitamin E
(also comes in a bath bar)


Vino Moisture Body Wash Crushed Grapes and Shea Butter with Vitamin E


Moisturizing Cocoa Butter Body Wash Mango Splash with Vitamin E
(also comes in a bath bar)


Soothing Body Wash Oatmeal and Shea Butter with Vitamin E
(also comes in a bath bar)


Daily Detox Body Wash White Clay and Pink Jasmine with Vitamin E
(also comes in a bath bar) 

Fruit Peel Body Wash Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids

Ocean Therapy Body Wash Deep Sea Extracts and Pearl Essence with Vitamin E 


How do you know which one is right for you and your skin?  Head over the the Tone site, choose your spa experience (i.e. exfoliating, detoxifying, moisturizing, soothing, etc.), and let Tone show you which products will work best for you!

And honestly, you can't beat the price!  High quality ingredients that are actually good for your skin, at a discount body wash price...I'm sold!  My local Target had all the body washes at $2.79 for an 18 oz bottle.  They are also available at Walmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, CVS and more.  Check out the Tone site for more info.

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent Tone Petal Soft Pink Peony and Rose Oil body wash for review, for free.. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon/Paypal #GIVEAWAY Ends 4/30

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner's choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

Kindle Fire April
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)


The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)


Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)


Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)




Giveaway Sponsors:
I Am A Reader
Feed Your Reader
Inspired Kathy
Author Rachael Anderson
Author Carolyn Cooper
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Laurie Here - Contemporary Fiction and MORE
Fabio Bueno, YA Author
A Book Lover's Retreat
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Becoming Books
Fae Books
Author Christie Anderson
Author David Pandolfe
Jetpack Dragons
Clutter Your Kindle
Crossangels
Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke
Alexandrea Weis Author
Addicted Readers
Author Alecia Stone
Tressa's Wishful Endings
Author Rae Z. Ryans
Bella Street's Weird Romance
Bonnie Blythe's Pure Romance
Author Inger Iversen
Author M.A. George
Theresa DaLayne
Buried Under Romance
Author Myrna Mackenzie
Owl Always Be Reading
Jacqueline Diamond
Author Joan Leacott
Free Bookster
Emma Michaels
Jennifer Laurens - author
My Nook, Books & More
LOVE. WITHOUT YOU
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl
Bound 4 Escape
Reviews from a Bookworm
The YA Buzz
Claudia Burgoa
Lynda Raymond Books for Young Children
A. Wrighton, Author
Author Niki Danforth
Lori's Reading Corner
Hearts On Sleeves Book Blog
The Forever Girl Series
Author Crystal Donahue
A Leisure Moment : A Casual Conversation about our love for Literature
Author Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows
Me, My Shelf and I
Author FA Michaels
The Reporter and The Girl
Author Ashley Stambaugh
Extaordinaryreads
Laurie Treacy, Author
Faithful Acres Books



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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7", $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 4/30/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

March Kindle Fire #2 Giveaway

We are giving away 2 Kindles!!

The first one is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter in the rafflecopter.

Kindle Fire HDX 
March
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7".






The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)



Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)



Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)





Giveaway Sponsors:

I Am A Reader
Feed Your Reader
Inspired Kathy
Ripple Effect Romance Series
Author M.A. George
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl
Meredith & Jennifer's Musings
Owl Always Be Reading
Author Jennifer Laurens
Bonnie Blythe's Pure Romance
Bella Street's Weird Romance
Author Jennifer Faye
Good Choice Reading
Reviews from a Bookworm
Barbara Silkstone
Rae Z. Ryans, Author
The Stubby Pencil
Author David Pandolfe
Hallowed Ink Press
Author Louise Caiola
The Reporter and The Girl
More Than a Review
Kathryn Jones
Once Upon a Twilight
Author Jason Parent
Author Amanda Tru
Author Cidney Swanson
Paige W. Pendleton
Claudia Burgoa
P.M. Richter - author
RoAnna Sylver
Tigris Eden
The Bloggers Nest
J.L. Weil
The Cheap Ebook
Luthando Coeur
Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke
Author Alecia Stone
KellysLuckyYou
Rebecca Talley
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Simple Wyrdings
Tressa's Wishful Endings
Paranormal book Club (PBC)
Author Stephanie Faris
Author Inger Iversen
Author Theresa DaLayne
Where The Broken Lie by Derek Rempfer
Bound 4 Escape
Author Laura Diamond



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1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7".

Ends 3/31/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Kindle Fire HDX #Giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader! Ends 3/31

March 2014 Kindle
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)



This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7".






The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)



Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)



Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)



March Kindle Fire Sponsors

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Feed Your Reader
The Ripple Effect Romance Series
Bound 4 Escape
Fae Books
Author Mary Ting
Giddy Over YA
The Loopy Librarian
Bea's Book Nook
Laurie Here
Bella Street's Weird Romance
Bonnie Blythe's Pure Romance
Immortal Ink Publishing
Owl Always Be Reading
Author Alecia Stone
Author Heather Gray
Author Camelia Miron Skiba
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
The Reporter and The Girl
Author Rae Z. Ryans
The Storybook Kingdom
Loren Secretts
Elizabeth Woodrum
Paige Ryan
Lori's Reading Corner
Author Melissa McClone
Author M.A. George
Author Inger Iversen
Lena Sledge
Author David Pandolfe
Andrea R. Cooper, Author
Emily Hemmer, Author
Author Jennifer Faye
SA Larsen, KidLit Author
More Than a Review
The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl
My Story That I Like Best
Meredith & Jennifer's Musings
Ally Shields
Author Carol Davis Luce
Author Steven Brown
Author Danielle Annett
The Girl Raised by Books
The Stubby Pencil
The YA Buzz
Author Ednah Walters
Author DiDi Hendley
Barbara Silkstone
Addicted Readers
Reviews from a Bookworm
Amid Summer Night Dreams
Hallowed Ink Press
Jennifer Allis Provost
Author Rosanne Rivers
Author MK McClintock
Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows
DE Division of Energy & Climate
Awesome Romance Novels



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1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7".

Ends 3/31/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Glade® Wax Melts #review #imabzzagent

I'm LOVING the new Glad Wax Melts that I got to try out for FREE by being a member of BzzAgent! And check out my review for the NEW Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables!

Now, I'm a huge Scentsy fan. I love firing up my warmer to freshen my entire house with wonderfully scented wax melts, and no harsh chemicals. And for only $5.00, they're my favorite way to spice up my stale winter air.

BzzAgent sent me a coupon to try the Glade Wax Melts for free. I was a bit skeptical, being that I love my Scentsy so much. But I headed off to Target to pick some up and give them a fighting chance. What I found amazed me! The scent packs were super easy to find since they took up about a 4 foot aisle section! Haha!

There are 8 scents to choose from, but my Target only carried 6 of them. They come in an 8 pack and were priced at $2.99. That beats Scentsy for sure!


I didn't buy the warmer, simply because I already had one that I could use. The Glade warmers are a bit smaller than mine, and are very nice looking.


It was a tough choice, but I decided on Lavender & Vanilla - one of my favorite scent combos! I went straight home, plugged in my warmer and was set to be transported to a lush, green field of flowers! :)



After about 5 minutes of warming, I noticed the delicious scent filling my entire main floor. Amazing! I'd say these wax melts have the scent power and quality comparable to Scentsy. I used it on and off for a couple of days. I did noticed by about day 3, maybe 12 hours of warming total, the scents started to weaken, but they were definitely still noticeable. Being that the package claims "up to 12 hours" of scent, I'd say their claim is a bit on the safe side. I easily got a good 20 hours of warming before I felt like they were spent.

I'm very happy with the Glade Wax Melts. And for only $2.99 (locally), I'd say Scentsy has a new competitor!

And while the selection of scents is small as of right now, the scents they do offer are warm, inviting, classic scents that you can't go wrong with.

Apple Cinnamon
Pure Vanilla Joy
Sparkling Spruce
Frosted Berry Kiss
Apple Cinnamon Cheer
Fresh Berries
Vanilla Passionfruit
Wild Raspberry

For more information, check out the Glade site for details.

This is a bit off topic, but I was also pleased at the ingredients of the wax melts. They read as follows: wax, fragrance, stabilizer, dye. Simple. No harsh chemicals just to get a nice smell in your house! Love it!

If you are a Scentsy lover like I am, I recommend giving the Glade Wax Melts a try.  For a lower price and the convenience of picking them up on a regular shopping trip, I'd say the choice is easy!

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent a coupon for Glade Wax Melts for review, for free.. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here.

NEW Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables #review #imabzzagent

As a BzzAgent, I was lucky (again) to be able to try out the NEW Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables for free!

I love a fresh smelling house. And with this ridiculously long winter we've had, I'm itching to air out our stale surroundings. Since it's still below zero outside, I'll take the next best thing, a good air freshener! So I took my free product coupon and headed out to Target to see what I could find.

I know the pics are a little blurry, but as you can see, I didn't have any trouble finding them in my local Target.


There were a ton of scents to choose from! What's great about the Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Customizables, is that they truly are customizable and you don't have to choose just one! With two separate scents in each plug-in that alternate scents each day automatically, you could choose any number of scent combinations that tickle your fancy. Or even fill it with two refills of the same scent! Some scent packs come with two different complimentary scents. Or you can buy scents singly and create your own paradise of sensory delight!

The plug-in starter kit retailed for $7.99 at my local Target. Decent price, especially since it comes with two scents already. After perusing a wall of scents to choose from, I went with the starter kit that included Lavender and Peach Blossom. But it was tough with choices like Lavender & Vanilla, Clean Linen & Sunny Days, and Sweet Pea & Lilac!

I got home and plugged it in immediately. One perk I like is that it has a swivel in it so you can turn it sideways if space is limited or your outlet is turned sideways. I like the muted colors, and scrollwork design that doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, and camouflages into almost any decor!


The one downfall of the product is I think they could've filled the oil containers a bit fuller.


There is a claim that these are supposed to last up to 60 days, but I stopped noticing a scent after about 3 weeks. And I had it set on the lowest setting of a possible five settings of strength. I'm a bit disappointed with the longevity of the product, but at the refill price of only $4.89 (at my local Target), that's less than $1.70 a week for a customizable scent that actually works in a large area. I plugged mine into my dining room, and was pleased to smell it every time I walked in my front door, which is about 25 feet away!

There are so many scent choices that possibilities are almost endless. You can choose one of their complimentary scent combo packs, or buy the scents in double packs and customize your own. Here are just a few of their scents:

Clean Linen
Hawaiian Breeze
Apple Cinnamon
Pure Vanilla Joy
Berry Burst
Clear Springs

Check out all of the scents and combos at the Glade site.

Up next, Glade® Wax Melts... Now, I'm a die hard Scentsy fan, so check out my no holds bar review!

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent a coupon for Glad PlugIns Scented Oil Customizbles for review, for free.. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here.

Mac and Cheese Tacos Recipe

I just HAD to share this AMAZING recipe from Mac and Cheese Tacos that I found on Blog Chef! It combines two of my all time favorite foods - Mac & Cheese and Tacos! How can you go wrong?  And I love that it's so simple.  Basically make mac & cheese.  Make tacos.  Combine them.  Easy!  Check it out!

“Come join Mac and Cheese Mania at Nutmeg Nanny and Rachel Cooks sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO!”


The combination of macaroni and cheese and tacos is absolutely delicious.  I got this idea when eating at a local buffet, after combining these two delicious meals into one, I just knew that I had to come up with a recipe of my own. This recipe is pretty basic and uses packet taco seasoning but the macaroni and cheese is completely is completely from scratch. I tried to make the amount of mac and cheese just enough for the tacos but you may have a little left over. You can top these tacos with any of your favorite condiments; salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream. If you are looking for something a little different, give this recipe a try. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
1lb ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
1 cup green onions (sliced)
hard taco shells
Macaroni and Cheese-
4 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
1/8 cup butter
1/8 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 small dash black pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a medium skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef. Drain off any excess liquid and stir in the taco seasoning mix and ¾ cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes (or until the ground beef is fully cooked), stirring occasionally.
Step 2: Meanwhile, cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. While the elbow macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Cook for 2-3 minutes awhile stirring. Slowly add the milk and cook while stirring until the mixture becomes somewhat thick. Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat. Drain the elbow macaroni and add it to the cheese sauce. Stir to coat.
Step 3: Place a little of the taco meat into each hard shell taco and top with macaroni and cheese and green onions.
(Makes 4 Servings)

All credit for this deliciousness goes to Blog Chef!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WOW! Kindle Fire HDX 7" or $229 Amazon/Paypal #GIVEAWAY! HOT! Ends 3/15

This is an incredible giveaway sponsored by I Am A Reader and many other bloggers and authors!

Kindle Fire Valentines

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

 

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HDX 7" (or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash).



All New Kindle Fire HDX 7" Giveaway
The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)
 

Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
 

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)
 

 

 

Giveaway Sponsors
 

Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Fire Giveaway:

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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7".

Ends 3/16/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ahhhhh....relief with Curel Intensive Healing Cream! #review #imabzzagent

I was recently invited to join the Curel Intensive Healing Cream campaign through BzzAgent. I was extremely excited since my skin could use a major overhaul!  As I said in my last Curel post, I work with my hands daily with harsh chemicals and cleaners. I've been forever on the lookout for a lotion or cream that can actually keep up with all of the abuse I give my skin.

Here is a photo before I tried Curel Intensive Healing Cream for the first time.  Dry, cracked, itchy, irritated. Not words you want associated with you skin. Unfortunately, those words describe the skin on my hands perfectly. Not cool. Especially as the weather gets colder, and the air gets dryer. My skin is torture!



Now, for the good part.  I started using Curel Intensive Healing Cream every day.  My skin is bad every day.  I noticed right away that my skin felt better.  I felt instant relief from the dryness and itching!  The cream goes on a bit greasy, but within a minute or so, was completely absorbed and my skin was transformed!  I was absolutely amazed!   Here is an after photo, after using it for a couple weeks.
Amaze-balls, right?  I wish you could see the difference better in the photos.  But take my word for it, I've never felt relief from a hand cream, quite like this before...ever!  Now, Curel states that if you use the cream daily, after a few weeks, your skin will heal and retain its moisture much better than before.  Being that I still have to subject my skin to those harsh cleaners every day, I didn't notice a big difference in the actual 'health' of my skin.  But I'm telling you, I know that at the end of a long day, my hands will feel instant relief from all the irritants with just a little swipe of the Curel Intensive Healing Cream!  I stand behind this product and any and all of its claims.  It has worked wonders for my hands and I will continue to use it as long as I can find it!



Just a little heads up, I've also used it on my elbows and knees, and have noticed a big difference!  Not only are those dry patches moisturized and healthy now, some of the lines and wrinkles in those areas have smoothed out too!  I'll continue to use it on other problem areas too!

Here's a quick rundown of Curel Intensive Healing Cream's benefits!
  • Spreads easily, non-greasy and absorbs quickly
  • Provides immediate healing relief and revitalizes ceramide levels  (find out how important ceramides are!)
  • Clinically-proven to help chapping and chafing caused by dryness
  • Fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic
  • 9 out of 10 dermatologists recommend using it
  • Pediatrician tested: suitable for children 6 months and older
  • Excellent for dry skin associated with diabetes — Curél® is a proud partner of the American Diabetes Association
You can purchase Curel Intensive Healing Cream at local retailers, or online!

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent Curel Intensive Healing Cream for review, for free.. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dry, cracked, itchy skin...oh my! #review #imabzzagent

Okay. No one likes to show off a part of their body they don't like. One part of my body that bothers me are my hands. I feel like the state of your hands can be deceiving to your age. Dry, cracked hands can age you, and I'm not quite ready for that yet!

The problem is, I clean houses part time, and spend a lot of time with my hands in a bucket of water, or coming in contact with a bunch of chemicals that are really tough on my skin. And it shows on my skin and nails!  And hate letting people look closely.

So here goes...


Ick. That is not a pretty hand.

But hopefully, all of that is about to change!  I'm a member of BzzAgent, and was lucky enough to be included in the Curel Intensive Healing campaign.  I've been giving it a try and can't wait to update on my progress! 


So just a little info on this luscious product.  Here are a couple of highlights!
  • Spreads easily, non-greasy and absorbs quickly
  • Provides immediate healing relief and revitalizes ceramide levels for long-lasting hydration
  • Clinically-proven to help chapping and chafing caused by dryness
  • Fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic
  • 9 out of 10 dermatologists recommend using it
  • Pediatrician tested: suitable for children 6 months and older
  • Excellent for dry skin associated with diabetes — Curél® is a proud partner of the American Diabetes Association
I have sensitive, dry, cracked, and itchy skin.  I'm hoping the serious hydration and non-greasy formula will be able to turn my skin around!  And we'll see if my sensitive skin reacts at all being that it's fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic!  Stay tuned!

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent Curel Intensive Healing Cream for review, for free.. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here.