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Try Gluten-Free Flax Seed Treats for the Holidays

I wanted to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and as the New Year rolls around I know we're all beginning to think about how we can make ourselves better and healthier and start the year on the right foot. So I wanted you to consider adding something tasty and amazing in your life that is gluten-free AND has flax seed. I really don't think you can go wrong there, right?



I've had some of Flax4Life's treats before and I see them regularly in the grocery store that I shop in but I had the chance to try some things that I never had before and they have topped the list of products that I can trust and enjoy that are gluten-free. That isn't a very long list either, I might add!

They've been in business for over 14 years and everything started out for them when they realized an ill family member just wasn't getting better no matter what the doctor's tried. When they discovered they had Celiac Disease, everything changed for them. And Flax4Life and their…

Make Santa Real For Your Children This Holiday Season

He's making a list, he's checking it twice, he's gonna find out who's naughty or nice, Santa Claus is coming, to town...



Remember that song?


Well, as Christmas closes in on us, if your children are as excited as I'm imagining they are to see the big guy in the red suit, I highly recommend that you make him real for your kiddos with the most amazing Portable Northpole. All you do is answer a few personal questions for the family members you want to delivery the message to and they will customize a Santa greeting just for them.

And have a kid at heart in mind? There are even messages customized for adults even, in addition to kids, that you can share. And the coolest part about the Portable Northpole is that they donate 5% of all proceeds to kids in over 40 children's hospitals all over the world (they've donated over $150,000 so far!).

Check out how you can introduce Santa to your children and to that child at heart by visiting this link here (for FREE along…

Aesthetic Content - Candles Make the Perfect Gift [Review and Giveaway]

I don't know about you but when purchasing a gift, I think there are some people that are really easy or really tough to shop for. But overall, I tend to think that home oriented gifts are the best ones to choose from, such as home decor, candles, and other unique gifts like that. So I was excited to review a candle made by Aesthetic Content, because after looking at their site, I really do think that their gifts would make fantastic gifts for the holidays.



I had the chance to review the Winter Bosco scented candle by Aesthetic Content (check it out here!). First of all, I loved the way these get received, they come in a clear "polystyrene" gift box that is definitely reusable. I kept mine and I envision great and wonderful craft projects with this or at least a few gifts may go in the box. The candle itself is large and when lit almost the entire thing glows. I like that and it adds a lovely ambiance. It's a soy candle too so it was evenly burning and it didn't…

Beautiful Scented Gifts from Infusion Organique [Review and Giveaway]

I had the chance to review a couple of candles by Infusion Organique and I can't wait to tell you about it. Infusion Organique was born by two beauty industry veterans to "[create] beautiful home fragrance products utilizing the best organic ingredients with the latest scent and skincare science." I always appreciate when a company has a passion for what they do so be sure you read more about them by visiting the about page.


The great thing is that Infusion Organique has a variety of products to offer, especially fragrance items. They also are at reasonable prices too. When I peruse the website, I didn't think things struck me as being really pricey, which I appreciate a lot.

I had the chance to review a couple of items - the Indochine Soy Blend Candle and Sands of Morocco Soy Blend Candle. First, I love soy candles and I highly recommend that being your first choice when buying candles. They always burn neatly and evenly in my opinion. What I enjoyed about these two c…

Gift Idea: Create a Customized Work Out Journal [Review and Giveaway]

I know the last thing you want to hear about is the New Year considering that Christmas hasn't arrived yet but if you are considering what gifts to buy for that person who is committing themselves to a weight loss goal this new year than you may want to consider buying them a customized work out journal!

First one of the nice things about the process of creating this journal is that it is customized to the type of journal you are looking for! When you visit their website you simply click on, "Create an Awesome Journal Now" and you start to go through the process of creating one. You are given a wide variety of design options although I highly recommend you create your own cover. It really comes together when you select the design you want because you can decide on the workout page you would like and where you are at in your workout level such as beginner or competitor. There are TONS of options to choose from and I love that part of these journals.


Again, I highly recom…

CedarLane Frozen Foods - A Tasty Gluten Free Choice! [Review and Giveaway]

Finding stuff for lunch is always extremely hard for me, but I love when I find something tasty, healthy and filling that I can have for lunch that's also quick. I am no stranger to microwave lunch options, so I love finding new healthy choices. I had the chance to try out some good stuff by CedarLane Frozen Foods and I can't wait to tell you about it!

CedarLane Frozen Foods was founded over 30 years ago and has remained family owned since then. And I really appreciate the fact that they offer a variety of gluten-free options too. For me, I tried their Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas which are gluten free. I was a little nervous because of the very unique ingredients such as yellow squash, mushrooms and zucchini, but boy were my taste buds surprised when I realized how good they were!

It was really filling as well and I appreciated that a lot. Although you can't purchase their foods online, you can buy them in stores and so I highly recommend that you take a look at w…

Add Beard Oil to Your Gift List for Bearded Men in Your Life #Gifts

Occasionally I will receive products to review more geared towards the men and this time I received beard oil that I asked my brother to try out. It's called fragrance-free beard oil by Premium Beardsmen Spirit.

My brother tried this out and it comes in a beautiful blue bottle. He describes it as being easy opening and easy to apply. It makes his beard shiny and gives control. It conditions the beard without making it too oily and makes it easy to control facial hair. Also one great feature is the fact that you have a pretty large sized bottle that should last you a while because you don't need a lot to apply to your beard.

Right now it's available on Amazon for a great discount of $16.95 - the last time I checked anyways. I highly recommend you purchase this today at that great price. If you have a guy in your life with facial hair - or if you ARE a guy with facial hair - you ought to give this a try. Purchase today on Amazon.

I received the above item in exchange for my…

Get Donations for Your Child's Youth Soccer Team

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I am happy to partner up with Pear Sponsorship again to tell you about a great opportunity with RitzBitz who wants to support YOUR child's youth soccer team. This is for ages 6 - 12 in the US only.

You can get up to $1000 sponsorship money by signing your group up with Pear and inviting your friends to support your group.  You just need to complete a few online action such as sharing a Ritz Bitz video on Facebook, and thing like that. The tasks are easy to do AND they are free. The more people that engage, the more money your group can earn.

Does this sound like something for you? Sign up TODAY with Ritz Bits at Pear!

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Gluten Free Bar Review [A Tasty Treat to Take With You!]

I had the chance to try out some really tasty treats by a company called Gluten Free Bar. What I love about this company and the products they make is that they are certified gluten-free, certified vegan, certified Non-GMO (VERY important to me) as well as certified kosher and soy-free. They really care about what goes into their products and you will love their products even more when you find out the company was started by two close brothers who just did not like gluten. They started out in 2010 and are carried in over 5,000 locations across the United States and Canada. Make sure you read more about them here.

I had the chance to try a variety of items. I had the chance to try Gluten- Free Bites in peanut butter and jelly bites, dark chocolate hazelnut bites, and coconut cashew crunch bites.

I also had the chance to try out a variety of their bars such as dark chocolate coconut, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter and other flavors.

I really enjoyed the gluten f…

Why You Should Purchase Your Christmas Tree Online

This is the second year in a row that I've received my Christmas tree courtesy of the Internet and I am so happy about the experience. I remember before I tried getting my tree this way I imagined that the only kinds of trees you could get online were fake ones. But you know that isn't true? You can actually get freshly cut Christmas tree from small tree farms that get shipped to you.

So why purchase a Christmas tree online when the lot is just down the street? Well, let me tell you. There are some very good reasons to do it this way that I've proposed and some you may not have thought of before. Here's a few things to think about -

1) You don't own a car.

This is my number one reason for why I've gone route of ordering Christmas trees online. I don't own a car and there's something very un-holiday spirit feeling of lugging up a 6 foot Christmas tree down the street and to my home in the cold and rain. So if you are in this situation and don't want …

Cool Yourself Off With Ozeri Oscillating Fan [Amazon Prime Deal Alert!]

I had the opportunity to review a fan made by Ozeri. It's a 42 inch oscillating tower fan with noise reduction technology. When the fan arrived, I was surprised at the size of it! It was much bigger than expected. You have the choice of putting it on a raised stand and that's what I did. I thought it was fairly easy to put together and once finished, I plugged it in and set it up in the living room.  The raised stand like I chose may be a problem if you have dogs or children. The fan part of it was very quiet and gentle but provided a great breeze in the room. My family said it felt like we were sitting in the car with the windows rolled down. I thought that was a great description of it!




I know this time of year you are probably not thinking of purchasing fans but rather heaters, yet I really think this is one you should consider purchasing. It's very well made and I love the fact that it has a place to hide the remote at the top (especially because I always l…

Make Something Amazing With Earth Balance Peanut Butter [Review]

I had the opportunity to try out Earth Balance peanut butter recently thanks to a couple of coupons I received to try out one of their products for free, and I can't wait to share you my experience.

First of all, if you see Earth Balance products, you'll be happy to know that they have a lot of GOOD to offer you.  All of their products are 100% plant-based, vegan, (and my favorite of all) NON-GMO, lactose-free, egg free, and zero grams of trans fat. And they even have their share of gluten-free products too. So they are good in my book! Read more about them here.

I really really enjoy their peanut butter. First of all, I am usually enormously picky about my peanut butter, so to have this brand end up on my top five list of peanut butters is pretty awesome. Second of all, I think this peanut butter is PERFECT for your upcoming holiday recipes. And lastly, this peanut butter is SO tasty.

I tried out their crunchy peanut butter with flax and YUM. Just as peanut butter alone I li…

Upgrade Your Laptop (And Enter to Win a New Laptop!) #UpgradeWithIntel #Sponsored

Are you looking for a new laptop this holiday season? I know that Walmart has some of the best deals out there and if you're looking for a way to enhance your computing experience, I really think you should consider the Dell Inspiron Black 15.6 Laptop.

Here are some really cool details -

15.6" LED-backlit touchscreen with HD resolution
720p webcam
3-in-1 memory card reader
Bluetooth 4.0
1 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
4-cell battery for up to 6 h 33 min battery life

Best of all it really is more affordable than you might think to upgrade your laptop at Walmart! That's why it's one of the best places to shop for when you are looking to upgrade your system in any way.

But wouldn't you like to actually WIN a laptop? Welllll I thought you may like that idea!

Enter via the image below, and when you select the contest tab, in 400 characters or less, answer the question ”How would a Dell Inspiro…

Holiday Discounts with Cricut Cutting Machines! [Deal Alert!]

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Want to be able to easily make pretty d├ęcor, personalized gifts, and fun cards for upcoming holidays? Then you need to treat yourself to a Cricut Explore Air™ — Cricut's very popular electronic cutting machine. It's the best DIY crafting tool to be developed since the sewing machine!

The Cricut Explore Air is versatile, easy to use, and allows for very precise cuts. It's also incredibly affordable, especially since Cricut generously discounted the cost by up to $200 on the machine and bundles — just in time for the holiday crafting season!

With the Cricut Explore Air™, you can cut over 60 different types of material, including paper, fabric, plastic and vinyl to name a few. The Explore Air also features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" w…

Soothe Your Skin With Honey by Savannah Bee Company [Review + Giveaway]

Remember Savannah Bee Company? It's a company that's been in business since 1999, and started by beekeeper Ted Dennard. I've reviewed their products before and each one is SUCH high quality. I mean really, these would make an excellent gift for someone - hint hint, our favorite holiday is JUST around the corner. By the way, I highly recommend you check out their "Bee Education" section of their website. It will tell you all about the process of how bees create the honey!

Well the newest item I had the wonderful opportunity to review enhanced what I put on my face rather than what I put in my body! I just love honey, have I told you that?

Here's what I had the chance to review -

Honey Body Lotion (Tupelo Honey)

And three different lip balms - 

Sweet Tea

Peach

Key Lime

Of the items I tried, I loved the honey body lotion. It goes on smooth and absorbs really well. It smells AMAZING too. It's also really gentle and although I didn't use it on my face (I hav…

Create Your Holiday Photo Book with Blurb.com [Deal Alert!]

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To kick-off the season of thanksgiving, gratitude, and giving, Blurb is offering all new customers $5 off their Blurb orders of $20 or more now through November 30th! Just use the code GIVE5 at checkout to receive your savings. This makes it even easier for you to create that special photo book — just in time for the holiday season!

Offer:New Customers Get $5 Off on Blurb Orders of $20+ with Code GIVE5 
Valid:11/2-11/30
Code:GIVE5
Terms & Conditions: Offer valid from November 2 to November 30 2015 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. Get $5 off (USD), $5 off (CAD), $5 off (AUD), 5€ off (EUR), £5 off (GBP) your product total with a minimum order of USD $20, CAD $20, AUD $20, EUR 20€ or GBP £20. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previou…

Olivella - Olive Oil For Your Face and Body [Review + Discount!]

We all know how good olive oil is for you, and I love seeing olive oil based products that you can actually use on your face. I had the chance to try out a couple of items from a company called Olivella and I can't wait to tell you about it!
I don't know about you but  washing my face at night seems to be such a huge ordeal for me, but I have finally gotten myself into the habit of doing it at night. My first impression of this soap is that you can tell it has olive oil in it, it has the scent of olive oil in it. I like this a lot because when a product has natural ingredients I don't need any phony perfume on it. Especially when it's a product I will be using on my face.
So the process began, I suds up the washcloth and washed my face. I loved the fact that this soap didn't dry out my skin. I've used a lot of soaps that do just that and you feel that horrid pull of your skin drying out. And although I still followed up with a moisturizer afterwards I could feel…

Win Prizes During Today's Twitter Chat

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that today at 2pm PST, I will be hosting a Twitter Chat with author Kimberly Dean about her book Courting Danger. You'll have the chance to win a variety of e-books, two winners will receive front and back LED bike lights, and one winner will receive 12 LED tea lights. Also there will be a door prize of a Halloween Gift Bag!

I'm so excited about this chat and I hope you join me.

All you have to do to participate is visit my blog post here. When you visit that link just submit your Twitter username and the link to your account and that's all!

Hope to see you there!

Nicole
I have been compensated to host this party.



You Should Get a Boar Bristle Brush

Do you use a Boar Bristle Brush? I have for a while now but if you haven't heard of this kind of brush, it's basically a brush made of 100% natural boar bristles and according to a variety of resources (such as this one http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-a-boar-bristle-brush.htm) it's supposed to help distribute the hair's natural oils and also help improve shine while conditioning the hair and adding body.



I was first introduced to Boar Bristle Brush because my mom had one and I remember as a teen not really liking the brush because it could never get tangles out of my hair. But these days my perspective has completely changed and I really appreciate what Boar Bristle Brushes can do for me.

But recently I had the chance to try out a Pocket Sized Boar Bristle Brush made by Angelo David Salon and I can't wait to tell you about it! When I got it, I noticed how small of a brush it was, but that's okay because it makes it that much easier to keep with me during the d…

Christmas Card Guide from MagnetStreet.com

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that may yield commissions earned at no cost to you. Starting your own holiday tradition can begin with a beautiful, custom-designed holiday greeting from MagnetStreet. Connect with family and friends (colleagues, too) with a card that speaks to the season and is easy to personalize. Browse beautifully designed layouts and then change the colors to fit your style or theme (even custom colors). Your photos will print with crystal clarity and you can word your card just the way you want! The perfect holiday greeting: a unique photo and message keepsake plus, a blessing for the season.
Two words: custom and quality. Your satisfaction is paramount at MagnetStreet that's why we offer a 100% quality guarantee. Start your own tradition and keep more in your Christmas fund, too.
25% off all Christmas Cards! Code: LHOLIDAY25 | Exp. 11/20/15 Magnetic Cards Unique Keepsake. Family and friends love this distinctive and…

CoffeeBeanery.com - Try Out Some New Coffee This Holiday Season!

Are you looking for some new coffee to purchase for the holidays? I think I may have found just the right coffee company for you.

Coffee Beanery started out in 1976 way before coffee houses were a trend. They have over 100 locations across the United States, 20 locations internationally and continues to commit themselves to professionalism and quality. Read more about their company by visiting this link. 

I had the chance to try out two blends - Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaiian Kona. I thought both of these tasted very good. The Hawaiian Kona blend coffee is light roasted, and I was really surprised to see how much I liked it. It may have a gentle flavor but it was tasty and sweet. I think this would make a perfect evening coffee and it was one of the tastiest light roasts I've ever had. And that is saying a lot for me because I usually don't like them at all! You can purchase a bag for yourself by following this link.

The other kind I tried was called Jamaican Blue Mounta…

The Good Bean - Snacking at It's Best [Review + Giveaway]

I had the chance to review a variety of products from a company called The Good Bean.

I tried Jalapeno Cheddar Chips, Sweet Chili Chips, Sea Salt Chips as well as a variety of chickpeas including Smoky Chili & Lime, Thai Coconut Lemongrass, Sea Salt, and Sweet Cinnamon.






I will admit that I do love having something to snack during the day. I know chips probably aren't the BEST option to choose from when snacking, but sometimes, you know, you just got to have it. What I like about these chips and it's something I really could see happening with the Good Bean chips, is that they would be great for nachos. Because they are sort of strong chips, not the kind to wilt under the pressure of hot cheese. I haven't tried yet actually but based on the crunching and munching action that DID happen with these chips I can tell you they make great dipping chips.

Of all the chip flavors I tried, the Jalapeno Cheddar and the Sweet Chili Chips were my absolute favorite. They were SO fl…

Christmas Card Guide from MagnetStreet.com

Disclosure: This post was provided by eAccountable and contains affiliate links
that may yield commissions earned at no cost to you. Starting your own holiday tradition can begin with a beautiful, custom-designed holiday greeting from MagnetStreet. Connect with family and friends (colleagues, too) with a card that speaks to the season and is easy to personalize. Browse beautifully designed layouts and then change the colors to fit your style or theme (even custom colors). Your photos will print with crystal clarity and you can word your card just the way you want! The perfect holiday greeting: a unique photo and message keepsake plus, a blessing for the season.
Two words: custom and quality. Your satisfaction is paramount at MagnetStreet that's why we offer a 100% quality guarantee. Start your own tradition and keep more in your Christmas fund, too.
25% off all Christmas Cards! Code: LHOLIDAY25 | Exp. 11/20/15 Magnetic Cards Unique Keepsake. Family and friends love this distinctive and…

Get a Free Junior Explorers October Kit!

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Is it weird that I think I would enjoy this Junior Explorers kit? Well, here's a bit about Junior Explorers. It's a subscription program that teaches kids about wildlife and nature. Your child will receive a kit in the mail each month that takes them on a virtual journey to learn about a new ecosystem and the animals that live there. The kit includes some really fun things like wristbands, pins, figurines and activity books. I can tell you I would have LOVED this as a kid! Heck, like I said, I am fairly confident I would enjoy this.

So I have a really awesome deal to tell you about! Each new subscriber has the chance to get the October Junior Explorers kit for FREE, just pay for shipping and handling (which is $3.99). You plan will automatically renew but you can cancel at any time.  You have until October 31st to redeem this so take advantage now!

To redeem, click this link a…

Enter to win a Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System

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I have another great giveaway to tell you about! This time you will enter for your chance to win a Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System from Sun Sweeps! Ends 10/31/2015.


Sell Your Smartphone (oor Smart Device) With Gazelle.com.

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Want to sell your used iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook, AppleTV or other device and get a fair, cash price for it? Trade it in at Gazelle. All you need to do is select your gadget from a list of options on Gazelle's "Trade-In" page, answer a few questions, and then Gazelle provides you with an offer for your device.

For items worth $1 or more, it's free to ship your device to Gazelle. Once your trade-in is received, the device is inspected to make sure its condition matches your evaluation. If the device matches your description, Gazelle will pay you in the form of a check, an Amazon.com gift card, or via PayPal. Payment takes about a week once Gazelle receives your device.

Once you've received your payment, you should definitely peruse Gazelle's extensive selection of certified pre-owned devices, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, iPads, and acc…

Put Your Best Face Forward with Maple Hill Naturals Soap [Review + Giveaway]

I think I've said more than once that my skin is very sensitive. I don't tend to trust products for my skin that promise too much or are overly complicated, so I was so excited to try products by Maple Hill Naturals.

 As you can see above, I tried these four following soaps -

Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap
http://www.maplehillnaturals.com/product/lemon-tea-tree-essential-oil-soap

Honest for Women Natural Soap
http://www.maplehillnaturals.com/product/honest-for-women-soap

Lavender Vanilla Dream Natural Soap
http://www.maplehillnaturals.com/product/lavender-vanilla-dream-essential-oil-soap

Vanilla Honey & Brown Sugar Essential Oil Soap
http://www.maplehillnaturals.com/product/vanilla-honey-brown-sugar-essential-oil-soap

Each of these soaps have excellent ingredients and I immediately want to point that out. Especially for the Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap, check it out -

Saponified Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Avocado Oil. (w/retained glycerin), Shea Butter, Casto…

Soy Candle - Made by Aurorae [Review and Giveaway]

My mom and I both love candles and I could never think of anything negative to say about candles - they add a pleasant aroma and a relaxing atmosphere to any room. As the colder seasons roll around, I appreciate candles more and more in my home.

I had the chance to review the Eucalyptus - Healing soy candle made by Aurorae Yoga Company. And I can't wait to tell you guys about it!

Each of their soy candles are 100% soy wax and are 6.8 ounces each. The one thing I noticed about these candles is that it burns evenly. I didn't notice that there were sides that ended lopsided or anything like that. When I first saw that it was Eucalyptus scent I first thought UH OH (I used to have stinky eucalyptus trees near my childhood home!) But actually as I burned the candle, I noticed a pleasant greenery type of scent that just added a lovely clean, fresh scent to the living room.

These definitely aren't very strong, which is nice. The candle also burns cleaner thanks to it being made o…