Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips

Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian	Morgan

Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips - Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan

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I’m like most women, I love purses. Love ’em, can’t afford to feed that passion, though. I have one (yes, only one) Coach purse. Coach purses are beautiful, but outside my price range. The one I have, I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway a few years ago. Handbags are something I do a lot of window-shopping for but am rarely able to justify purchasing for myself.

And then came Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan into my life. I’d heard of duct tape wallets before and thought they were kinda neat. But, I’d never considered expanding the concept. Flipping through the pages of this DIY tutorial book, however, inspired me to try this out for myself. Continue Reading

Books That Inspire Family Reading Time

Books That Inspire Family Reading Time

Books That Inspire Family Reading Time

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My son is obsessed with reading anything he can get his hands on. He will read cereal boxes, carry-out menus, catalogs, and especially books! I encourage this obsession because it develops his mind, expands his vocabulary, and cultivates his imagination.

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Complete Guide To A Plant-Based Life

Take the Plunge! Switch to a Plant-Based Diet by Micaela Cook Karlsen
Complete Guide To A Plant-Based Life - Take the Plunge! Switch to a Plant-Based Diet by Micaela Cook Karlsen

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: AMACOM (July 12, 2016)
Language: English

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I keep hearing on social media, television, and on the internet about the fact that switching to a plant-based diet is healthier for us, can get rid of leaky gut syndrome, and can reduce disease (or the risk of certain diseases) among other benefits. As with most such topics, Googling terms like “healthier eating”, “plant-based diet” or other similar keywords will return results that, quite frankly, just boggle my mind. It’s total information overload.

A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen appealed to me not only because of the fantastic and colorful cover art but also because reading the synopsis of what the book contains it seemed to be a single source of information that would discuss the topic in a fairly complete manner.
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Everyday Oats Recipe

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Everyday Oats
The beauty of raw oats, beside super-fast preparation, is that you can eat a lot of them, which means you’ll easily feel full well into lunchtime.
Instructions
  1. Pour raw oats in a bowl.
  2. Add various toppings, as desired.
  3. Top with plant milk, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe Credit: From book A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen.

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Revive Dry And Damaged Skin

Mineral Fusion Skin Care

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I love every season for different reasons. Spring is my favorite of all because everything in nature comes alive again and the air smells so fresh and clean. It’s like a renewing balm for my spirit after the long, cold Winter season. Winter has its own enchantments, though, with the holidays that brings family together. Summer seems to be long-awaited because it allows us to shed all those cold-weather layers and bask in the sun’s warming rays. But, the heat and humidity can get to me so that I look forward to Fall with it color changes of foliage and trees and crisper, cooler weather.

Each season precipitates different skin care concerns. Mineral Fusion® Skin Care will cleanse, moisturize and provide a healthy glow for your skin no matter what particular stressors you’ve been exposed to. Packed with replenishing nutrients, Mineral Fusion® products will help you revive sun-damaged skin to head into the next season with your best face forward. Continue Reading

A Historically Good Read

Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry
A Historically Good Read - Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry

Hardcover: 490 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2015)
Language: English

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I love a good historical fiction novel. One of my favorite authors of all time is Jane Austen because I love to read about the era that she lived in and wrote about. There are many good contemporary writers bringing fantastic historical fiction to readers, as well.

I rarely read books where the subject matter is largely political in nature, as the bulk of the historical novels I’ve read have tended to focus on interpersonal relationships, societal issues or other such subject matter — until I picked up Teresa Irizarry’s Rekindled. Continue Reading

WWII From The Perspective Of A Japanese Teen

The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw

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Age Range: 11 – 13 years
Grade Level: 5 – 8
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (August 2, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential DisclosureI am really excited to share my thought with you, dear reader, about a wonderful book that I read recently. The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw (from Sky Pony Press) is a fiction novel set during World War II. It is based on the real-life experience of the author’s mother who was a Japanese teen living in Hiroshima at the time that the atomic bomb was dropped on that city.

This premise immediately caught my interest as I had not previously considered what that experience must have been like for Japanese citizens who were subjected to it. Like me, if this is the first time you are looking at this historic event from that perspective, you may be shuddering a bit, and a bit chastened as well to think about it from this unfamiliar perspective. Continue Reading

Support Kids’ Digestive Health

Zahler Kidophilus Plus Probiotic

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Advanced Nutrition by Zahler has got me thinking about something that has escaped my attention as a Mom — cue Mom guilt. There is a lot of information out there regarding the importance of probiotics to support a healthy digestive system for adults who may be suffering from issues such as gas, bloating and leaky gut syndrome.

But, how many moms (even those who are considered SuperMoms) have thought about our children’s digestive systems at all, much less in terms of good bacteria vs. bad bacteria or leaky gut syndrome? I’m no SuperMom, but this isn’t something that I’ve ever considered even though I’ve always tried to provide multivitamins for my children to help them get the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. Continue Reading

A Blind Guide To Stinkville

Book-A Blind Guide To Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
A Blind Guide To Stinkville - Book-A Blind Guide To Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 2 – 7
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press; Reprint edition (August 9, 2016)
Language: English

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I have really enjoyed reading A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel because the story and the characters are so unique. I have never read anything quite like it. The main character lives with albinism and the blindness that comes along with that physical condition, but she never lets that keep her down. She is fierce and brave and ready to tackle any challenge that life throws her. She’s a strong female and I appreciate that about her, because young girls need to hear that message. Continue Reading

Celebrate International Bacon Day (Month) with Pup-peroni Filet Mignon & Bacon Flavored Treats

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Celebrate International Bacon Day (Month) with Pup-peroni Filet Mignon & Bacon Flavored Treats
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September 5th this year was Labor Day. Many of us had the day off from work and got to spend the day with our families and friends. Did you know that September 5th was also International Bacon Day? Mmmm… bacon! I love a holiday to celebrate my favorite meat! And what better way to celebrate bacon than by sharing it with your best (furry) friend?

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