Friday, July 31, 2015

ProactivCHIA Recipe: Blueberry Chia Pudding

Prana Biovegan Inc. (an importer and manufacturer of organic nuts, seeds, dried fruits and snacks from Quebec) introduces ProactivCHIA, a new-to-market superfood, combining the traditional goodness of chia seeds with probiotics. Each serving of ProactivCHIA contains 4 billion CFUs of probiotics from 2 live strains (Lactobacillus acidophilus & Lactobacillus helveticus).

Chia seeds have grown in popularity over the years due to the many health and nutritional benefits it provides, mainly being a great source of omega-3, protein, calcium and gut balancing fibre. Prana ProactivCHIA is a versatile way of enhancing health and maintaining healthy gut flora. One tablespoon sprinkled in smoothies, cereal, yogurt, salads, dressings, and juices enhance not only the nutritional profile, but also the texture of the food a well. Chia is also great for binding and thickening foods naturally.

A friend of mine made chia pudding before and it tasted really good. I received ProactivCHIA to try and made my own recipe:  

Blueberry Chia Pudding
Makes 2-3 Servings


• tbsp PRANA ProactivCHIA seeds
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1/2 cup blueberry yogurt
• Fresh blueberries
• Shredded coconut for garnish

PREPARATION: Pour the milk into a bowl and add the Chia seeds. Mix with a whisk and stir from time to time. Let it set in refrigerator for about an hour.

• Provides sustainable energy
• A great source of vegan omega3
• Organic and Gluten Free
• Triple Threat Superfood
• Contains probiotics that contribute to healthy digestive tract

WHERE TO BUY: Prana ProactivCHIA has hit retail shelves, in two varieties of 284 g (whole) and 200 g (ground), with a suggested MSRP of $7.99. ProactivCHIA, whole and ground can be found at all major grocery chains, health food stores, and supermarkets with healthy living aisles across Canada. For more information, please visit www.prana.bio.

Disclosure: I received the above samples in exchange of my honest review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Music: Mil's Trills "Now That We're Friends" Set for September Release

Led by musician/composer/vocalist Amelia Robinson, the award-winning Mil's Trills is back with its second album of high-spirited, empowering songs for children and adults alike. Centered on a theme of friendship, open minds, and compassionate hearts, Now That We're Friends... will be released on September 23.

Mil's Trills is a music project founded by Brooklyn born-and-bred Amelia Robinson, which, through highly interactive live performances and beautifully produced recordings of original songs, encourages everyone -- kids, parents,caregivers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, neighbors, and friends -- to appreciate, connect, and deepen friendships through singing, dancing, and just having fun together.

The Parents' Choice® Awards lauded Mil's Trills 2014 release, Everyone Together Now! as "an impressive debut album." Swing Whistle Zing enthused, "With an inviting jazz-blues style, families will find themselves wrapped up in the warmth of the Mil's Trills community."

Says Amelia Robinson, "While Everyone Together Now! served as a sort of "We're HEEERE!" album, Now That We're Friends ... furthers a more intimate discussion about relating to one another. It's very much about accepting each other's differences and getting along, which is what Mil's Trills is all about: building community, breaking age barriers, and embracing cultural diversity through music."

Now That We're Friends ... is a concept album on a theme of cooperative friendship in which Amelia Robinson's boundlessly welcoming, enthusiastic voice is always front and center. The album kicks off with "Say Hey!" which lays down a groovy minor vamp for the verses, explodes into major for the joyful chorus, and features decisive statements from a spectacular horn line and an incisive, swinging style from the vocal ensemble. Other highlights include the Afro-Caribbean influenced "Just A Little Bit," with exquisite lyrical phrasing from the bass section, and "Great Big Sky," a mellow reflection on the vastness of the universe.

After working at V2 Records (White Stripes, Moby, Elbow) and Dubway Studios (The Backyardigans and artists such as Alicia Keys and Cyndi Lauper), Amelia Robinson spent two years in London where she worked alongside award-winning British composer Michael Nyman and found herself at the forefront of the ukulele resurgence, performing at events such as the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. Amelia went on to compose and conduct a 20-minute orchestral exploration through London's historic East End that enlisted the help of 500 bicycle bell-playing participants. The Cycle Symphony received a #1 Time Out London Critic's Choice and earned Amelia a spot on BBC Radio 1.

Mil's Trills has appeared on Lincoln Center's Meet the Artist Series and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Other noteworthy performance venues have included the Guggenheim Museum, BAM, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Children's Museum of Manhattan, 92nd Street Y, JCC Manhattan, and South Street Seaport (with Sesame Street's Gordon and Elmo). Coming up is Mil's Trills' Washington, DC area debut at Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.

Now That We're Friends ... will be available on Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, and on the Mil's Trills website, HERE.

FOLLOW: Mil's Trills on Facebook.
Mil's Trills on Twitter.
Mil's Trills on YouTube.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Quote: Be Happy Be Yourself

Be Happy
Be Yourself
If others don't like it,
then let them be.
Happiness is a choice.
Life isn't about pleasing everybody.

Be HappyBe YourselfIf others don't like it,then let them be.Happiness is a choice.Life isn't about pleasing everybody.

Posted by Jennie Yuen on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Blogger Opp: HannahMax Baking Cookie Chips {Sign Ups}

 Fricaine Duchess Shoulder Bag Giveaway Event

Attention bloggers:  This is a free/paid blogger event hosted by Deliciously Savvy. Link is free when you promote the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event. Sign ups close August 2, 2015.


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* Optional additional links are $1 each.

* Co-Hosts Wanted & Needed: $5 for 5 links of your choice (and I mean any you choose other than Google+). You can do Facebook Comments, Blog Comments, Giveaway Entries, Daily Votes, Social Media Follows of your choice, ANYTHING! PLUS the 2 FREE links above gives you 7 Links Total!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Increase Twitter Followers with Social Quant

Each day, millions of people are on Twitter talking about products and services. Are you a blogger or a business owner? Looking to increase more followers on Twitter? I recently discovered Social Quant that might be the solution.

What is Social Quant? Social Quant offers affordable, low-cost, subscription that delivers you real targeted Twitter followers. The service helps increase the number of relevant REAL followers, expands your brands connections, delivers you relevant people to connect with and provides quick support. Your Twitter posts will get more engagement, retweets, more views, and more clicks on your links.

What makes Social Quant different from other Twitter tools is that they Social Quant uses expertise in Big Data and analytics to create hard-working algorithms that are faster and better at targeting the perfect followers for you. Social Quant Specialists do all of this for you. You don’t have to manually monitor your Twitter account like you have to with other Twitter tools. With Social Quant, they take all of the pressure off of your shoulders. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy creating meaningful content and engaging with all of your new followers.


Step 1 - Sign up for an account. Enter your email address, twitter account, and password.
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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. I did not receive any products, but I received some compensation.

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Disney-Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR New Trailer Released

"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theatres Nov. 25, 2015.

SEEING THE LIGHT – An Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”

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SlimQuick Pure Protein Giveaway

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Welcome to the SlimQuick Pure Protein Mix Giveaway!

SlimQuick is giving away a Pure Protein mix to one lucky reader! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win. #SQPureProtein

Are you interested in trying the 25 pound challenge?

Read the full review on A Small Village's website for more information!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Photo of the Day: Grouse Mountain

View from the top of Eye of the Wind at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC.

View from the top of Eye Of The Wind at Grouse Mountain! #mountains #landscape #photography #nikon

Posted by Jennie Yuen on Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Dog Owner Shouts at Concerned Bystanders

This video was surfaced this morning when a friend of mine shared it on Facebook from another friend. It has been causing such a stir and the video had been viewed more than 150K times in one day. The video shows a man shouting at a bystander who was trying to help his dog from distress in the car on an extreme hot and sunny day. Apparently, the man left his French Bulldog in the back of the car with the window only little space for air.

The bystander noticed that the dog panting and seemed to be struggling over the window crack trying to breathe.

Watch the video that Jennifer Thi posted below:

"This video was asked to be shared by a friend of mine. Here's a description:

So today at work (I work at a pet food and supplies store) this happened. Here's the story:

A woman walks into my store and asks if we know whose french bulldog was in a grey car in our parking lot (we share a parking lot with a 7/11 and a hair salon). She said it was left in a car and was in distress, so I went out with her to check it out. Upon looking at the dog, I could tell it was overheating - the windows in the car were opened half an inch and the dog was panting heavily, drooling, and was trying to be as close to the crack of fresh air as possible with not even any water in the car.

May I also mention that french bulldogs are extremely susceptible to respiratory issues and trouble breathing?

As my partner is about to call the non emergency line, I'm trying to find out how to help this dog. I didn't expect anything to happen from doing this, but I tried opening the passenger side door when I found out it was unexpectedly unlocked. We both are shocked and have no idea whose car or dog this was, so we agreed that I should bring it into my store and wait for the owner to pick it up.

(Note: the woman, before coming to my store, had gone into both the 7/11 and the hair salon asking for the owner of the vehicle and no one had said anything.)

Just as we're going to leash the dog, a man who has been standing in front of this car THIS ENTIRE TIME sipping on a slurpee asks us what we're doing. He has heard everything we've said, he's silently watched as I've opened the car door and get a hold of the dog.

I ask him if the car is his. He says yes. The dog is his, too.

My partner then proceeds to tell him that he shouldn't have left his dog in the car and that his windows were nowhere close to being rolled down sufficiently when he turns completely angry on us and tells us we know nothing about dogs or hot cars, that his dog had air through the cracks of opened window he gave it and therefore was completely comfortable, and basically yelling about us not being justified in trying to save his overheating bulldog.

He then turns to me, where I'm standing by the opened door making sure his dog doesn't run into the street, and tells me to "not touch (his) fucking door and dog." I don't comply because 1) I'm allowing his dog to breathe and 2) by this time he was being such an asshole that I wasn't going to give in to his orders just because he was taller and bigger and louder than me.

He then proceeds to march over to where I am, slam the door right in front of me (almost slamming it on his dog's face) and forcefully walks right into me and starts screaming in my face.

The video starts in the latter end of his screaming act at me. The rest you can watch for yourself.

I'm very lucky that the woman I was with filmed this and caught his face, how much his windows were rolled down, and his licence plate. People like this shouldn't have pets and shouldn't get away with unacceptable behaviour.

It would mean a lot if you could share this to spread the word about leaving animals in hot, unventilated cars. I suppose some people just don't get it... But maybe after seeing how irrational his argument is, hopefully some people will think twice before making a "sandwich and slurpee" stop. You can't wait until your pet dies from being in a hot car to realize how quickly it can get hot and how a little sliver of a window essentially does nothing."

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The New Shades of Nail Envy from OPI

The fortifying power of OPI's Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener is now combined with softly tinted color in four gorgeous OPI shades. The trusted formula you love (from the world's number one salon brand, OPI) has added delicate, subtle color for the very first time. Infused with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, the new Nail Envy "Strength in Color" delivers maximum strengthening aid to transform weak, brittle, damaged nails into stronger, longer, harder nails shining with bold, true-to-bottle color.

Inspired by of-the-moment creamsicle hued and pink quartz spring runway looks, this first-of-its-kind collection includes classic OPI favorite shades like Hawaiian Orchid, Samoan Sand, and Bubble Bath, plus a Nail Envy-only exclusive offering, Pink to Envy. Simply apply this innovative two-in-one nail strengthener plus color lacquer directly onto nails to add some much needed muscle to your manicure.

Four iconic OPI SoftShades are now formulated with the strength and nutrients of Nail Envy. NEW Nail Envy “Strength in Color” ($17.95 US retail, $22.50 CAN retail):

I'm loving these pinkish/creamy colors. It looks smooth on my nails.

With Nail Envy Colors, your nails can be harder, longer, and stronger.
Strengthening treatment plus coveted color in one!

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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OPI Coca Cola Collection


A limited edition collection of nail lacquers and GelColor in honor of the Coca-Cola bottle’s century anniversary.

In 1915, The Glass Root Company designed the now classic contoured glass Coca-Cola bottle in Terre Haute, Indiana. One hundred years later, this unique bottle has become one of the most globally revered packages ever created. To celebrate this milestone, OPI created an exclusive Icons of Happiness nail color collection, featuring two new shades and six classic colors that pay homage to the bottle’s bold color and signature style. OPI – the world’s number one nail salon brand – is also no stranger to iconic bottles. Along with the Coca-Cola bottle, the OPI bottle’s matte black handle and distinctive silhouette make it one of the world’s most recognizable nail lacquer bottles. Now, enjoy the essence of one legendary image alongside another, with the new OPI and Coca-Cola Summer Collection.

Two new additions to the Coca-Cola x OPI nail color line celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola glass bottle.

The Summer Collection includes:
Eight on-trend shades to deliver flawless, long-lasting color inspired by the iconic drink.

Shades include:
• You’re So Vain-illa, a sweet, creamy nude
• Visions of Georgia Green (NEW), a sparkling green inspired by the classic Coca-Cola bottle
• Centennial Silver (NEW), a shimmering pewter
• Coca-Cola Red, the iconic red that’s always in style
• My Signature is “DC,” a glimmering silver
• Sorry I’m Fizzy Today, a smooth and creamy pink
• Get Cherried Away, an over-the-top black cherry
• A Grape Affair, a deep, dark purple.

Nail Lacquers ($9.50 SRP $11.50 CAN) and GelColor by OPI ($14.95 salon, $18.95 CAN salon)

WHERE TO FIND IT: Discover the collection at select professional salons and on HSN, June 2015.

For more information about the 100th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Bottle this year, please visit: www.cocacolacompany.com

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

15-year-old Indie Pop Artist LOREN Announces Debut EP "The Dare"

Fifteen year-old indie pop singer/songwriter, Loren is set to release her debut EP The Dare on October 16th, 2015. Loren's moody, sonic landscapes combine her seemingly soft singing style with an intensity that is well beyond her years.

At the age of 8, Loren wrote her first song (complete with lyrics, a melody, and a piano arrangement) called "Journey". Unaware of her beauty and the power of her talent, Loren uses writing to work through issues in her life, explaining, "the process provides clarity on life problems, helping me to solve them." She continues, "Whenever I'm scared to do something, make decisions, anything that makes me nervous, I'll dare myself. So when I was scared of making a record, I dared myself to do it."

With her meticulous attention to sound and style, unassuming approach to singing, and unique combination of classical piano arrangements and modern pop, Loren creates a continuous piano transition from one song to the next on her debut EP, The Dare. The teen boasts a range of influences - including Sia, Florence and the Machine, Bach and Chopin - creating a debut EP that embodies the young, smart female who cares to look a little deeper.

Loren will release her debut EP, The Dare on October 16th, 2015.

The Dare EP Tracklisting:
    1. Broken Telephone
    2. Runaways
    3. Love Birds
    4. Echo
    5. Foreign Love

Be sure to keep up with Loren on her social networks:

Twitter: @sheisloren
Instagram: lorenmusic

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Recipe: Pesto Pizza for Backyard Barbecues

If you haven’t yet harvested your basil, now’s the time! Here’s an easy Pesto Pizza recipe you can make with Kontos ready-made pizza crusts on the backyard grill.

Want to add a touch of ethnic flair to your next backyard gathering? Try serving a delicious, easy-to-make pesto pizza. With summer in full swing and home gardens at their peak, now is a great time to grab a bunch of that fresh basil you’ve been growing and turn it into something wonderful.

Demetrios Haralambatos, executive chef at Kontos Foods, a New Jersey provider of Mediterranean flatbreads and other foods, has developed this recipe just for backyard cooks. These personal-sized pizzas are simple to make. Toast them up outside on the grill, cut and serve.

  • 4 Kontos Pizza Parlor Crusts
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded, or crumbled, cheese for topping – try Mozzarella, Feta, Asiago, or other favorite.
1. Pre-heat your outdoor grill, to high heat, with cover down.
2. In a food processor, blend together basil leaves, nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Pour in olive oil slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper.
3. Spoon pesto mixture onto each Pizza Parlor Crust, spreading evenly.
4. Top with shredded or crumbled cheese.
5. Place all four pizzas on the grill. Cover, heat for 2 minutes. or until crust reaches desired crispiness.
6.  Remove from grill, place on cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, cut into wedges and serve.

Note: Don’t have a green thumb? No worries! Just pick up a jar of ready-made pesto sauce, located in your grocer’s aisle near the other pasta sauces.

“Hot summer days and balmy nights are the perfect time for backyard gatherings. This special pesto pizza recipe goes great with a crispy white wine, such as a Soave, or, pair it with a Pinot Noir, light Chianti or Rose,” said Steve Kontos, vice president and owner of Kontos Foods. “The best thing is, you can make or buy pesto sauce ahead of time, and create these pizzas for guests in just a few minutes – no hot oven required!”

Kontos 7-inch Pizza Parlor Crusts come five to a pack. Kontos sells its products to retailers and foodservice establishments across North America and around the world. Find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kontosfoods and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/kontosfoods/.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Clairol Nice'n Easy Root Touch-Up {Review}

As I'm getting older, white and grey hairs are becoming noticeable. Even my little one noticed me with few strands of white or grey hair occasionally. Clairol Nice'n Easy Root Touch-Up helped cover them. It looked natural and nobody noticed. As the product claims, it will match most shade choices. I have color-treated hair so even though it's not my natural color, it blens in pretty well. I like that it comes with a brush to make application easy.

Disclosure: I received the mentioned products for review as part of the BzzAgent Campaign. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Chamilia by Swarovski Group Introduces New Zodiac Collection

This season, Chamilia, a Swarovski Group brand, announced that it is releasing 12 new zodiac charms. The collection is separated into categories representing the four classic elements of water, earth, air and fire. The double-sided charms are highly crafted in sterling silver and feature a symbol of the zodiac sign represented on one side and the image of an artistic interpretation of that symbol along with a banner bearing the name of the sign on the reverse. Each charm comes with messaging that offers Chamilia’s version on the charm’s meaning and is available for $40 MSRP.

“Symbolism is incredibly important in fine jewelry,” said Chamilia Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Catherine Ottaviano. “People celebrate milestones and relationships with the Chamilia brand. Adding the zodiac collection is an important way for our customers to celebrate personality. We look forward to rolling out this new collection.”

The 12 new Chamilia zodiac charms for Fall 2015 include:

★ Scorpio—This charm features a detailed image of a scorpion taking aim, and its packaging includes the message: “Still waters run deep.” This insightful motto is Scorpio’s own. Intense and independent, you have a magnetic pull that is impossible to resist.
★ Pisces—This charm shows the traditional fish playfully swimming in opposite directions, and its packaging includes the message: Pisces is the essence of quietude, taking it all in. Perceptive, sensitive, receptive, and intuitive, you are known for compassion and selflessness too.
★ Cancer—This charm reveals a delightful crab, and its packaging includes the message: There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Cancer. Even though you are full of contradictions and mystery, your loyalty, dependability, and caring shine through.

★ Capricorn—The artistic representation on this charm combines the symbols of the goat and the cornucopia, and its packaging includes the message: Hardworking Capricorns embody the most rock-solid Earth-sign qualities. Your responsibility, patience, resourcefulness, and devotion will see you through.
★ Taurus—This charm reveals a playful bull dancing with the stars, and its packing includes the message: What some call determined, others call dependable and persistent. Taurus’s generosity is exceeded only by loyalty, and those are very bullish traits, indeed.
★ Virgo—This charm features a braided maiden glancing at a garden, and its packaging includes the message: Virgos are known for remarkable intuition. You are also prized for practicality, reliability, and your uncanny ability to mine the depths of human nature.

★ Gemini—This charm reveals a silhouette of twins under the sun and moon, and its packaging includes the message: As a multifaceted Gemini, you skillfully size up situations and often take positive action. Energetic, clever, imaginative, witty and adaptable—you are a joy to know.
★ Libra—This charm gives a representation of the traditional scales under delicate floral blossoms, and its packaging includes the message: Your balance and stability help you shine as a master negotiator, diplomatic connector and good partner. Add in an understanding nature and a love of peace—that’s compassionate Libra.
★ Aquarius—This charm offers an artistic representation of the water bowls associated with this sign, and its packaging includes the message: You are among the visionaries of the zodiac. By turns inventive, original, unconventional, and contemplative, your humanitarian nature and loyalty help forge lasting friendships.

★ Leo—This charm sports a mighty lion’s head with crown, and its packaging includes the message: Leos are confident and brave, with a zest for life and a flair for the dramatic. You are a natural-born leader yet possess a warmth of spirit. Through it all, you never settle for second best.
★ Aries—This charm shows a close-up image of a ram’s head with regal horns, and its packaging includes the message: Always ready for a challenge, you are courageous, commanding and full of life, as a leader with energy and dynamism to spare.
★ Sagittarius—This symbol offers a representation of an archer’s bow against the night sky, and its packing includes the message: Sagittarius’s arrow points toward hope, freedom, and truth. Ruled by Jupiter, you can be outspoken, jovial in spirit, with an adventurous, wide-open nature.

There are more than 400 exclusive charms available from the Chamilia brand. The line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features Genuine Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Zirconia, or Italian Murano Glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski Group guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

The Chamilia Zodiac collection is available starting July 17, 2015, and will be sold at the brand’s more than 2,000 retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website. For more information about the Chamilia brand, please go to www.chamilia.com.

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Texting Base Giveaway

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Build Better Relationships ~ Build Better Business
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The Power of Personalization

Insert and use YOUR DATA to personalize texts to UNLIMITED numbers of people.

This is the feature that I am most excited about.

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How awesome is that!

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BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
  • ★ BONUS AND UPGRADED. Free AC Adapter, USB cord, Multifunction Clean Cloth Included. Featuring the Rechargeable 1000mAh Lithium Ion built in battery, NO MORE BUYING BATTERIES!
  • ★ MULTIPLE, CLIP-ON OR FREE STANDING. Fully Adjustable and Light Weight, Folds Into an Easy-to-carry Accessory Making Travelling with This Light So Convenient. Perfect for Your Guitar Accessories Kit, Students Dorm Room, Music Rehearsals or for Those Away Trips for Work. Charge Your New LED Light with the USB Charge Cable or the BONUS FREE AC Adaptor
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY AND SUPER BRIGHT 8 LEDs. 2 LEVELS of BRIGHTNESS, Equiped with 2*4 World Class LED Chips, Super Brightness, The Optical Grade Lens Provides Evenly Distributed Light with No Hot Spots
  • ★ LIGHTWEIGHT & COMPACT. Clips to Your Hard Cover Books, Sheet Music Stand, Craft Table, Work Bench, Bed Headboard (maximum 1 inch in thickness) or Laptop. Great for Music Stands, Pianos, Orchestra Pits, Reading, Work Tables, Mixing Tables, Craft Tables etc. It truly is a multi-purpose light for so many things. Can you think of one that you would use it for? Easily Bends to Compact Position for Storage, Extra Strong Clip Grips Almost Anything or Use it Free Standing
  • ★ LIFETIME WARRANTY - 100% Money Back Guarantee - RACK YOUR BRAIN FOR A GIFT ? CHOOSE IT ! You Won't Find Another Better - Get More Than Your Expected !
My Thoughts:
These easy to position and reposition lights are perfect for getting more light where you need it. The nice size of the clip makes it simple to attach to the side of a bowl, a cabinet handle, a book, grill, or just about anywhere that you want. I don't have enough light under my cabinets at night so I found it very helpful to clip this light onto my cutting board while doing prep for dinner the other night. I found the well built clip to be strong and that the lights stayed in the position that I set them at.

Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following direction and right measurement, Luckily with 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons cooking will be quick and gives you an accurate measure for recipes without the hassle
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A perfect set of 6 stainless steel, highly satin brushed with best quality, Look amazing and easy to clean plus the weight handle making measuring out dry ingredients easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. long lasting and durable and used by professionals.
  • ★ WHY IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR KITCHENS. Refine measurement- ensure Perfect food taste every time Accurate balance - round-shaped spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life - no to rust! All around measuring tools - measure dry and liquid ingredients! Engrave US metric Measurement
  • ★ YOUR FAVORITE MEASURING INGREDIENTS. The 6-piece 1Easylife Stainless-Steel Measuring Spoon Set is designed with innovative round-shaped spoon heads that reach into narrow spice jars and other small containers. These spoons are conveniently connected by a small ring which helps to keep the spoons together as a set after a full day of baking or cooking. 1Easylife includes 6 measuring sizes: 1/8-tsp, 1/4-tsp, 1/2-tsp, 1-tsp, 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp. With each measurement conveniently marked on the handle of each spoon, there's no guesswork when adding spices to your dishes. Dishwasher-safe.
  • ★ NO HASSLE, 100% LIFE TIME WARRANTY. We offer 100% life time warranty to make you happy and satisfied with our product, If for any reason you're not completely satisfied, return your Stainless Steel Measuring Cups for a No Questions Asked full refund.
My Thoughts:
I've have had a set of name brand plastic measuring spoons since I set up house keeping more than twenty years ago. Getting me to part with them wasn't going to be easy, but always willing to try new things I gave these a test drive. I found the 1Easlife measuring spoons to be nicely weighted and with the length of the handles I was able to reach into containers with ease. I really like that they take up much less space than my old set and are much easier to get clean. After comparing the two it may be time to retire my old ones.
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple
Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer by Chef DeTemple

  • ★ PREVENT OVERCOOKING - Don't ruin an elegant meal or backyard barbecue by serving dry, tough, overcooked meat. If you only use cooking time to determine doneness, you could end up with some pieces being cooked perfectly and others over or underdone - not to mention burnt! You can easily avoid this by using a meat thermometer. When cooked to the proper temperature, meat will stay juicy and tender.
  • ★ PREVENT ILLNESS - Using a food thermometer greatly reduces your risk of foodborne illness associated with bacteria. The harmful bacteria found in contaminated food can only survive up to a certain temperature, and using a food thermometer is the only way to be 100-percent sure that your food is safe to eat.

  • ★ EASY TO USE - Large LCD display for easy-to-read numbers - No More Squinting! Function buttons include On/Off, Hold and °C/°F conversion. Auto shut-off after 10 minutes saves battery life. Uses (1) AAA battery.
  • ★ MEASURING RANGE AND ACCURACY - Instant read in only 4-7 seconds accurately measuring range of temperatures between -58°F-572°F (-50°C-300°C). Long stainless steel probe to keep your hands safe from heat!
  • ★ MONEY BACK GUARANTEE AND LIFETIME WARRANTY - When you order today, you are protected by our no-questions-asked Money Back Guarantee and World Class Customer Service!
My Thoughts:
My thermometer arrived the day I was making fried green tomatoes so I used it to make sure that my oil was at the proper temperature. If it's to cold the tomatoes get mushy before the breading gets brown and if it's to hot the outside  burns and the tomatoes are hard. I had bragged to my west coast boyfriend how awesome mine were so getting it right was important. My reputation as a southern cook was on the line! I found that this thermometer was easy to use. I just put one AAA battery in it, turned it on, and flipped open the probe. When I placed the tip in the oil I had a reading in seconds and with the nice big readout I didn't need my glasses to see it. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone with confidence.
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Wood Chef Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
  • Cutting tool for cheese that gives the cheese a wavy texture
  • Smoothly cuts thick or thin slices
  • Comfortable grip is easy to use
  • Durable and replaceable stainless steel wire with adjustable tension
  • Carefully handmade in the USA from beautiful, natural wood/brass/stainless steel.
  • Adjustable tension, stainless steel wire stays tight to carve neat, enticing, wavy slices every time.
  • Comfortable grip for all ages, hand-held, light-weight, and simple to use.
  • Thin or thick slices carved, depending on how you angle the slicer into the cheese.
  • Safe for children. No sharp edges.
  • Makes snacking and eating fun!
  • Perfect tool for creating sandwiches, pizza, crackers, snacks, use at parties and picnics. . .
  • Awesome gift at low cost for Christmas presents, birthdays, weddings, office, or any special occasion.
  • Gift Box comes with each one for convenient storage.
  • Durable quality will last for years and won't wear out.
  • Choose from wild cherry wood, black walnut, or try both!
My Thoughts:
With so many of or utensils now having plastic composite handles I hold onto my old ones that have real handles and find myself going back to using them. I just love the feel of wood and have been known to spend a lot of money just to purchase one brand of knife that has a wood handle. So when my cheese slicer arrived I couldn't wait to test it. It works for all types of cheese so I got out some block cheese that I had in the fridge to see how well it worked and felt in my hand.  It worked wonderfully and what fun slices! We often do cheese and fruit for snacks and since it is safe for the little ones to use I can't wait for my grandchildren to come over at use it to make their own fun snacks.
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
Bitpsy Professional Jumbo Lemon Squeezer
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL - This Premium Lemon squeezer made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when squeezing. This hand polished Citrus Juicer will not peel or rust.
  • ★ SO EASY TO USE - No matter if you choose to squeeze lemons, limes or blood oranges, this Btipsy Lemon Squeezer will make your job so easy. Fits for both kids and old men, This Squeezer is so convenient to use and with an effortless squeeze you can get every bit of juice out of the fruit.
  • ★ EASY TO CLEAN - Once finished using the Lemon Juicer, it's very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Lemon Squeezer is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you'd like.
  • ★ RISK FREE - With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not
My Thoughts:
The all metal construction makes this juicer strong and durable. Plus, since it is made out of stainless steel I get longevity and don't have to worry about it rusting. With a very small kitchen I have very limited drawer space in my home. The hook makes it easy to hang off off one of my many cup hooks that are on every open spot in my kitchen. We eat a lot of fish and salads that we use fresh squeezed lemon and orange for and having it hanging and not hidden in a drawer keeps it handy. I found that the nice big handles were easy to grasp and squeeze so that I could get all the juice out.
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
  • This eco friendly cutting board can handle just about everything in your kitchen, from slicing cheese to carving bone-in beef roasts.
  • Highly durable. Made with premium, hand selected odor-resistant organic bamboo, harder than maple wood
  • Durable stainless steel handle for easy grip
  • Made from 100% high quality antimicrobial recyclable bamboo with Non-Toxic food grade adhesive - starch from a sweet potato
  • Easy to clean and maintain - Easily wash and clean off bacteria and food particles with some hot water and soap then let it air dry.
My Thoughts:
In the last few years, bamboo has become one of the most popular materials for cutting boards because of it's low maintenance, superior health and sanitation qualities. Not only does it look good but it is a green, renewable and earth friendly material. The hardness of a bamboo cutting board, plus the fact that it very resistant to bacteria makes it a must have in my kitchen. I tested my new board by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers with a brand new ceramic knife and could not find one mark from doing it. All you have to do is make a habit of never letting it soak and wiping it dry after washing  and with this easy, proper care this board will stay beautiful for years.
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife
VOS Professional Classic 8 Inch Ceramic Chef's Knife

  • Sharpness - Our ultra-sharp advanced ceramic blade will retain its original sharpness up to 15 times longer than steel blades.
  • Purity - Rust-proof, will never brown foods, impervious to acids and oils, no metallic taste or smell. Advanced ceramic is a pure & healthy alternative.
  • Lightweight - Typically half the weight of metal-based knives, offers total ease of use with the most difficult cutting tasks. Ergonomic handles produce a well-balanced, highly controlled grip.
  • Easy to Clean - The fact that advanced ceramic does not absorb any food element, allows just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel.
  • 8 Inch Chef Ceramic knife For slicing fruits, vegetables and boneless meats.
My Thoughts:
This is my first ceramic knife so I wanted to know what some of the advantages of a ceramic knife were. I found out that they include hardness, ceramic is second only to diamonds; weight, it's much lighter than metal; durability, because these knives keep their razor sharp edge and will not wear out like metal; no metal means no rust; and the ability to resist stains and odors. Because each ceramic knife goes through a long manufacturing process which makes it high end you can expect quality and longevity from your knife. I tested my new ceramic knife by cutting some yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. Even with difficulties from injuries with my hands I found the handle was very easy to hold and grip. It sliced the veggies with ease and with very little pressure from me. With my garden producing lots of vegetables this will be my new go to knife for prepping them. 

The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset

Kids can enjoy the complete shopping experience with the Play & Learn Shopping Basket! Our kid-sized Shopping Basket is easy to carry with its lightweight plastic construction and big handles. Fun Accessories include a variety of plastic and cardboard food items. Ages 3+ years.
  • 24 plastic and cardboard play food items
  • Large handles for easy carrying
  • Encourages imagination
  • Durable, lightweight plastic construction
My Thoughts:
This is perfect for getting  the little cook in your home playing, imagining, and creating. The basket is made from thick plastic making it strong and durable. The food that comes with it is sure to keep them entertained for hours. I've ordered many imaginary milk shakes and french fries playing drive thru with my grandchildren so I know they are going to love playing grocery with all these fun items. I really like the bright and bold colors. They are very appealing and fun.
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Elegant Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
  • ★ HIGH QUALITY GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL GRINDER SET This glass and stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set features a modern design and is stylish and elegant enough for kitchen-to-table use! Each set contains one salt grinder and one pepper grinder which can hold 3/4 cup of salt, peppercorns or any other spice, in its generously sized glass reservoir. *Salt and pepper not included.
  • ★ BUILT FOR CONVENIENCE AND FUNCTION Unlike other grinder sets, this pair has their grinding mechanism on the top of the grinder, ensuring salt and pepper ends up only on your food -- not all over your table. The ceramic grinder is non-corrosive, won't absorb flavors and is easily adjustable from a fine to coarse grind.
  • ★ EASY REFILLING WITH NO MESSES Don't you hate constantly having to refill your salt and pepper grinders? Standing about 5 1/4 inches tall this set is the perfect size to cut down on constant refills without being bulky. When you do have to refill, the clear glass bodies will let you know when it's time! The stainless steel top easily screws off revealing a wide opening for easy and mess-free refills.
  • ★ ELEGANT DESIGN With its brushed stainless steel encasing, glass body and ceramic grinder, this unique duo is a professional, sleek addition to any kitchen, with a stainless steel lid that truly "caps" off this beautiful set. No tacky electrical grinders here means no batteries required--only a few effortless twists with your hand to experience that fresh himalayan salt, pepper, or other spice.
  • ★ CUSTOMER GUARANTEE We're confident you'll love our Dual Refillable Salt & Pepper Grinders. However, if you're not completely satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund within 90 days of purchase--NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We have the best customer service on Amazon, and YOU, the customer, are our top priority. Add a set to your shopping cart today for a risk-free culinary experience!
My Thoughts:
I just ordered this beautiful set two days ago and was so excited to try them. Don't they look amazing? They arrived yesterday and look even better in person! The attention to detail and quality is obvious. The Kitchen Classique Grinders are a nice large size so they will hold a lot more than any of the previous grinders that I have owned. I found it really easy to open each grinder to fill it. Just unscrew the metal part from the glass, fill, and screw it back on. Each grinder has a lid to keep it from spilling accidentally, or for grinding what you need then adding it to your food plus you can adjust the coarseness to your liking. I am very happy with this product and would recommend it to my friends and family with confidence.
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Grand Prize Package
Set of 6 1EasyLife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Chef DeTemple Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer
BYB E-41 Series Clip-on 4 LED Light
Blue Iguazu Hand-crafted Ripple-cut Gourmet Cheese Slicer
Bitpsy Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife 8 Inch
The Learning Journey Play and Learn Shopping Basket Playset
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

Second Prize Package
CasaQoqo Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle
VOS Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife 8 Inch
Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

I would like to give a big Thank You to all the blogs
participating in this giveaway!


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Disclaimer: PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, and Freebies nor any blog promoting this giveaway, is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsors are responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: PaulaMS received the products mentioned above for free to facilitate the writing of the reviews. Some of the links on this blog post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, she only recommend products or services that she uses personally and believe will add value to readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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