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Excellent Tasting Coffee in Time For Mother's Day [Review + Giveaway]

I had the chance to review some really tasty coffee by one of my favorite coffee companies - Weaver's Coffee & Tea! I've reviewed some of their coffee before and I am always so pleased.

What will you be doing this Mother's Day? I don't know about you but I tend to go for the 'at home' celebration and so if that's the type of celebration you will be doing, make sure you select an excellent coffee to go with your breakfast. And the specific blend that I got to try makes an excellent choice!

The cool thing about purchasing the Astral Blend by Weaver's Coffee & Tea is that a percentage of sales are donated to support breast cancer research funding for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment. Plus it's 100% certified organic AND it's Fair Trade Certified.

I loved how this coffee tasted - it didn't taste as burnt as sometimes dark roasts can taste. It was a …

20 Mother's Day Gifts Under $50 from ModCloth [For All Kinds of Moms!]

This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. 

Mother's Day is coming up! And I thought maybe I'd help you all out a bit by pointing out some AMAZING gifts that you can purchase at ModCloth. It has some amazingly affordable gifts that I want to point out to you - and I know you will find something in here that would make a perfect gift!


Does your mom - or the mom in your life - love going to to the movies and keeping movie ticket stubs? Well this is an adorable gift to purchase as a way for her to keep those moments safe and secure and a way for her to jot down some notes about the event or movie.


Ticket Stub Diary - $14.99

For the mom who loves the beach, I love this beautiful beach blanket - the lovely soft tones and nice material would make for a wonderful gift. Even better if you can pair it up with a day trip to the beach!




Neap Tide and True Beach Blanket - $49.99

Talk about a perfect book end for the book lo…

Drink Some Good Coffee by Aroma Ridge [Review and Giveaway]

I'm such a coffee fanatic, and I love when I get the chance to review some. So this great company Aroma Ridge started about 20 year ago as a family owned business. It's blossomed since then and offer some of the best coffee across the country.

I had the chance to try their Mama's Roast Coffee, it's a bold blend, which I really appreciate. I loved the color of the beans when I opened up the bag, they were definitely dark and they had such a wonderful strong smell.

I made a cup for the morning and YUM this stuff is so good. It hasn't a mild sweet taste but definitely a bold coffee. It runs about $13.95 for a 1 lb bag and I think that's a pretty decent price. Check it out here.

What I like a lot about purchasing with Aroma Ridge is that it has so much to offer. You can purchase by Dark Roast only by visiting this link. And you can also purchase a variety of single origin coffee too.

I would highly suggest purchasing some of their Mama's Roast Coffee. You can a…

One Thing You Didn't Realize You Needed #SolarEnergy #EarthMonth

Whenever I hear things like "solar energy" I think that it's something that the bigger corporations and big cities worry about or can use. I never think that solar energy was possible for me, in my own apartment. I recently learned of a solar powered back up portable generator that turns my whole way of thinking around. Also it's a perfect time to talk about this considering the fact that April is #EarthMonth!

Everyone, meet the Lycan Powerbox. 



It's one of the things you never knew you needed and you will be very glad you purchased. Summer of last year made me think about what my options are during a heat wave if the power goes out? First of all, I don't have a car, and also, I live at the top of a hill. So I don't have quick access to air conditioning or a way to get to air conditioning. But I've been concerned because I'll need a fan on AT LEAST. Will I just wait and hope for the best? For me, and my mom, we both have a heat sensitivity and las…

Beautiful Spring Invitation Ideas #Spring #Events

Do you have any spring events or parties coming up? I found the most beautiful set of spring courtesy of Tiny Prints where you can customize your invitations and choose a design. These just make me want to start my own little event just to use these!


Happy Butterflies
Price: 1.09
Happy Butterflies - Baby Announcements with Square Corners, Two colorful butterflies fly to and fro above a sweet little cocoon on this charming pregnancy announcement from Hello Little One.
Nesting Pair
Price: 1.09
Nesting Pair - Baby Announcements with Square Corners, Now that your nesting is complete, make sure to celebrate your exciting news with friends! A pair of birds watches over their sweet little nest on this charming pregnancy announcement designed by Le P
Bed of Roses
Price: 8.00
Bed of Roses - Personalized Gift Tag Stickers , Please note that these are adhesive gift tags which can also be used as personal labels or stickers.
My Pretty Posies
Price: 8.00
My Pretty Posies - Custom Gift Tag St…

10 Songs That Sound Better with Rain

I thought you guys may appreciate a new kind of post from me! Something a bit away from my usual giveaways and such. But I personally love the rain in spring, it's one of my favorite seasons and the rain just makes the whole season feel special. And there is this one website I found called Rainy Moodat www.rainymood.com/for those days where you just want some rain.

But did you know that some songs sound really good with rain? I found a small collection of them that you will enjoy with the site RainyMood.com in the background. So first, click on this link here www.rainymood.com and then go listen to the following songs -

1) Make You Feel My Love by Adele


2) Sound of Silence Cover Version by Nouela



3) The Promise by Tracy Chapman


4) In the Waiting Line by Zero 7


5) Fields of Gold by Sting


6) Wicked Game by Chris Isaak


7) I Wish I Was the Moon by Neko Case


8) I Think It's Going to Rain Today by Lauren O'Connell


9) Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel

10) London Blue by David Lanz


Gluten-Free Food Ideas: Botticelli Foods - A Very Tasty Pasta Sauce to Try - My New Favorite! [My Review]

When it comes to pasta sauce, I don't see myself as being that demanding but when it comes right down to it, sometimes the simplest requests are hard to come by. And then I feel really lucky when I find a pasta sauce that hits the mark! So I had the chance to try out this very good Marinara Pasta Sauce by Botticelli Foods lately and I loved it!

Just take a look at this -


Doesn't this look amazing? Well you know how I said that I have a few reequsts when it comes to pasta sauce? First I like choosing pasta sauce that doesn't have sugar in it. AND I like the sauce being a deep dark rich red. Both of these were qualities of the sauce I had the chance to try. It had a sweet taste to it though thanks to the incredible spice - BASIL! See? Who needs sugar when you can get basil?
This is a must-try sauce for your pasta night and I'm sure you will love it. If you are more of the spicy type of person, I highly recommend checking out other sauces that Botticelli has to offer. They …

Newman's Own Organics - Feel Good About Your Food Choices

\ I had the chance to try out a few items by Newman's Own Organics. Newman's Own was started by the famous actor Paul Newman who wanted to make the world a better place. You probably have seen his famous face not only in the movies but in some of your favorite items in the grocery store. What I love about Newman's Own is that when you purchase, a portion of the proceeds go to charity. Find out more about Newman's Own and it's foundation by following this link (for the Newman's Own website) and (this link for the foundation). 
So what did I have the chance to try? Well one of my guilty pleasures is chocolate. And one of the most amazing things that I've tried so far chocolate-wise by Newman's Own Organics is their organic chocolate cups! They come in so many amazing flavors including super dark chocolate raspberry, super dark chocolate peanut butter! I love the extra dark chocolate that is used with these amazing peanut butter cups, they make such a good…

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Muffin Recipe & 3 Ways to Eat Right During Earth Month

Several months ago, I uncovered a tasty muffin recipe that I was extremely proud of and that I've been making ever since. Sometimes I will occasionally go a tad off script but this time, I disciplined myself to pay close attention to what I was doing and make sure that didn't happen, because I wanted to share it with you. So, as I shopped at my local Safeway in Tigard, I started to gather together the things I needed to make this recipe as healthy as possible.

Why? Well in case you didn't know, April is Earth Month! Some of my favorite brands are coming together to promote healthier choicese and I know you will want to select these items when you shop.

What you'll need for this most amazing recipe -

2 and a half cups of ground oats

1 cup and 1/3 of Soy Milk (suggestion: Almond Unsweetened Vanilla!)

2 TBSP of Butter (or Olive Oil)

2 TBSP of Cinnamon

1/2 TSP of cream of tartar

1/4 TSP of baking soda

1/2 TSP of Salt

1 large egg

1/4 cup of honey (I will let you be the ju…

5 Easy Ritz-wiches Perfect for Spring!

Snack time is upon us! As spring break draws to a close, and we embark on the last remaining portion of the school year before the blissful summer time, I think it's time to think about...SNACK TIME! I got inspired to think about some clever Ritz-wich ideas when I was shopping in my Portland Albertson's store.




There are some clever ways to stack it up with RITZ! So I wanted to share some really tasty spring time themed Ritz-wiches with you and hopefully give you some ideas to #stackitup for your next snack time!


The one that I recently learned about I always get rave reviews about when I serve it up is the Mango Salsa-Cream Cheese Ritz-wich.

Here's what you'll need -

Albertsons' Signature Farms Fresh Made Mango Salsa
Cream Cheese
Ritz Crackers

So take two Ritz crackers, slather one with some cream cheese, top it off with a bit of the mango salsa, and then STACK IT UP! Top it with your second Ritz cracker. VOILA. Some tasty snack time action for ANY TIME of the …