Colors Of Goodbye By September Vaudrey {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received the following book for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the author.

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There’s a thin line between every emotion and this book will take you on a roller coaster to experience them all. I’ve never felt so connected to a book and the words seemed to run off the page as I flipped from one to the next. It’s well written and really engages the reader.  I’ve never dealt with the loss of a child, but after reading this book I feel like I have. It really walks you through the pain of losing a child and the strength that it takes as a parent, but also as a family to look for hope in tomorrow.

Synopsis
“Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world―everything she knew and believed―was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye?”Tyndale

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About the author

September and her husband, Scott, have been married for thirty-two years and have five grown children and two grandchildren—and counting. Scott and September live just outside of Chicago—far too distant from those grandbabies and their parents, aunts, and uncles, who all went to college in California—and stayed!Tyndale

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I Don’t Get You: A Guide To healthy Conversations By Sherry Graf {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received the following book for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced.

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I often tell others that relationships are built off the conversations you have. Conversations really start everything! It isn’t about who you talk to really, but rather how intimate you allow your conversations to be. Emotions are built off  how well we know someone else, which all starts with… you guessed it.. Conversations!

Often times we begin a conversation and don’t think much on  the context of the conversation. One thing leads to another and before you know it emotions are involved, feelings are hurt, or someone is confused. You may not know why at the moment, but if you sit back and look on the conversations you’ve had with that person, you may begin to realize where you  got off on the wrong understanding and one of you became unintentionally mislead.

Personally, I’ve been in a situation like this before. I had a close friend that I was trying to express concern for as a friend. However, over the course of a few months I realized that he became kinda clingy and more intimate than I wanted. It wasn’t until I read this book that I fully understood why and how our conversations had changed things.

This book really helped me understand the different conversation stages and what should and shouldn’t be appropriate for each. It helped me  learn to talk to my husband when expressing concerns rather than at him. It’s definitely a must read for anyone that feels unheard and repetitive. Sometimes it’s simply not enough to say things, but rather to express them in a way that the other understands so that both of you are on the same page.

Synopsis
“Relationships can be confusing, and communication is a huge part of that confusion. I Don’t Get You aims to be a practical, accessible resource that helps readers navigate opposite-sex communication with intentionality.

This booklet explores how God designed our hearts and the variations between men and women. Men and women relate, attach, and express themselves differently. Even what we think and feel during a shared conversation may be misunderstood.

The 5 Categories of Conversation introduced in this booklet give practical and easy-to-apply guidelines for interaction. The material guides us to fulfilling relationships that respect emotional boundaries and promote healthy interactions. I Don’t Get You equips men to protect their own hearts and the hearts of women around them. It also reveals how we can intentionally pursue the heart of one special person. Women will learn to recognize the invisible emotional ties that easily form and to guard their hearts from uncommitted emotional intimacy.”Tyndale

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Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook by Andie Mitchell {Review}

I received this book from Blogging for Books. However, all opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced.

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Eating healthy and losing weight is a struggle that I’ve faced for years.  However, it has become an issue for me in the past few years because I’ve noticed that I stress eat and let’s just say that my stress level is not that of the average person. I stress about everything! Now that I’ve noticed that, I try to pay attention to it.

I’ve implemented healthier dinners and I keep healthy snacks on hand. Luckily, this book has helped guide me to a new way of cooking.   This book has helped me realize that yummy dinners can be accomplished with proper seasoning. You don’t need to smother foods in butter or cheese to get a flavor that melts in your mouth.  This book will guide you to healthy, fulfilling dinners that will change your whole mindset on how to cook!

I love how each recipe offers a little story that gives you an insight into where the recipe came from. this really adds a personal touch to the book and connects you on a deeper level with the author. I’m fond of the recipe selection and the organization. The recipes are well organized by type, which makes them easy to find. I highly recommend this book!

Synopsis
“In her inspiring New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell chronicled her struggles with obesity, losing weight, and finding balance. Now, in her debut cookbook, she gives readers the dishes that helped her reach her goals and maintain her new size. In 80 recipes, she shows how she eats: mostly healthy meals that are packed with flavor, like Lemon Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Couscous and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pomegranate, and then the “sometimes” foods, the indulgences such as Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream, because life just needs dessert. With 75 photographs and Andie’s beautiful storytelling, Eating in the Middle is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking to find freedom from cravings while still loving and enjoying every meal to the fullest.”

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About the author

ANDIE MITCHELL is a writer, recipe developer, Yahoo! Health columnist, and lover of cake. Her popular blog, CanYouStayForDinner.com, and first book, It Was Me All Along, share the poignant story of her successful weight loss and continued passion for good food. She lives in New York City. – PenguinHouse

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Mixbook: Preserve Your Family Memories Today!

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So it’s here.. Summer is finally here! Everyone is out making memories, taking trips, and having a blast!  Make sure to preserve those precious memories and share them with others with photo prints or photo cards from Mixbook!  I really love the wide selection of items that you can order at Mixbook, but my absolute favorite is their amazing selection of Photo Books. There are a ton of different themes to choose from ranging from holidays, weddings, family, travel, and more! I could spend days browsing through and creating photo books. I love how easy it is to customize as the site guides you through the whole process. I’m also a huge fan of canvas prints and can’t wait to add another to my collection. It’s been a year or so since I last ordered one simply because they can be quite expensive. Luckily, Mixbook offers a variety of sizes at an affordable rate.

Don’t stop there though! Mixbook wants to help celebrate all the big days in your life by helping create your very own engagement announcements,bridal shower invitations,wedding thank you cards, baby announcement,baby shower invitations,birthday invitations and more! All the items you create allow for customization and are easy to create! The site guides you through the process and makes it as easy as possible for you!

Mixbook not only saves you time, but they also save you money! With the holidays just a couple months away, Why spend a fortune when you get get high quality gifts from the comfort of your home with Mixbook! Don’t delay, Shop today!

 

Swago: Earn 300 Bonus SB

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What do you like on your ice cream sundae? Hot fudge, butterscotch, nuts, and topped with a cherry of course! When it comes to ice cream sundaes there is no such thing as too decadent! Spoon after delicious spoon, it’s always good until the last scoop. Introducing Swago: Sundae Edition! Move over Baskin-Robbins, why stop at 31 flavors when you can earn up to a 300 SB Bonus!

Swagbucks runs a promotion each month called SWAGO. It’s like BINGO, except each square takes you to a different part of their site where you can earn points, called SB, doing something easy online. You get paid for filling out your board – the more spaces you fill out, the bigger your bonus!

 

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Get Fired Up With krystal! {Review + Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received the same prize pack for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company.

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Krystal is known for their mouth-watering , fit in your hand, and tastes like a piece of heaven Krystal burger.  However, all you heat lovers can spice things up because for the first time ever, The Krystal Company has teamed up with The Mclhenny Company for a one of a kind menu offer that will leave your mouth watering.  For a limited time only, any signature Krystal item can be “Fired-Up” by bringing on the summer heat with Tabasco-infused cheese. This spicy twist is something that we definitely weren’t expecting, but gladly welcome and you can add it to all your favorites!  You can snag this mouth watering special addition can be snagged between now and August 7, 2016 so make sure to try something new and spice it up!

Krystal Fire Combo

There are so many ways to take advantage of this spicy new addition:

* Krystal’s Mix 5 for $5 includes the famous krystal topped with Tabasco-infused cheese and jalapenos
* Fired up chili cheese fried: Original Krystal fries loaded up with krystal chili, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and melted Tabasco-infused cheese* The krystal Fire Combo: Your choice of any 3 Krystals, chiks, or pips. Each topped with bacon, jalapenos, and Tabasco-infused cheese. Served with a drink, fries, and a side of melted Tabasco-infused cheese and jalapenos for dipping your fries in
* any menu item can be “fired up” – simply add it to all your favorites!

 

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1 lucky TCMS reader will  each win  a Krystal & Tabasco themed prize pack! Simply comment below before 6/26/16 for your chance to win!

 

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan 3-Piece Set {Review}

Disclosure: I received the following item for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company. ozeri logoThis 3 pan set from Ozeri Is simply amazing! It offers so many great qualities  and provides superior cooking all around! It arrived quickly and was well packaged. I love that each pan was separated from the one below it to help prevent scratching. Inside the box I found all 3 pans neatly stacked, a user guide, and 3 green pan liners.

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The set includes a 8″, 10″ and 12″ pan. Each pan offers a honeycomb textured bottom that helps evenly distribute heat and allows for even constant cooking.I’ve cooked several meals in these pans and have been highly impressed each time. I didn’t experience any sticking, scratches or discoloring. The pans heat up fast, which made it where I spent less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying great food with my family. It’s recommended to cook on a slightly lower temperature than you normally would because of the pan heating faster.

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The soft silicone handle is easy to grip and hold without any discomfort. The pans should be lightly seasoned, while making sure not to leave excess oil in the bottom. The pan is very easy to clean. I normally hand wash mine, but they could also be tossed in the dishwasher if desired.

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Highlights:

  • Unlike other ceramic pans , the Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers enhanced heat distribution and superior non-stick performance without ever releasing harmful fumes or toxins.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

 

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You can purchase the Ozeri 3 Pan Set from Amazon for only $68.98 (down from $71.11) + free shipping.  This is a great price point for this amazing pan set and shouldn’t be passed up on!

 

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Patriotic Nail Art Inspiration from Julep + Free Gift offer

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Looking for some red-white-and-blue inspiration for Flag Day or the 4th of July? Try one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. You can get the polishes used in these looks for FREE in the Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift if you join Julep’s beauty box subscription program. Or, if you’re already a subscriber, then use code LETSGET20 to save 20% on any Julep polish or beauty purchase.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Food and Other Common Household Items

Whether you are struggling to make ends meet or you just want to spend less money on groceries and other common household items, you might be wondering what steps you can take to decrease your current grocery bill. While there are several things you can do to reduce your grocery bill, there are three steps you can take right now.

Buy in Bulk

While buying in bulk will require a larger investment in the beginning, you can often save significantly per items if you buy them in a large quantity all at once. If the initial cost feels overwhelming, if you do not think your family will use all the items before they expire, or if you do not have a place to store the items when you purchase them in bulk, consider buying the items with a friend or family member. You can split the items and the cost.

Use Coupons

Most people know they can save money by using coupons, but sometimes they are unsure how to find good coupons. Some stores will have coupons specific to their store, which sometimes offer great deals. The Sunday paper is another great place to look for coupons. There are also a variety of online sites dedicated to coupons. You simply find the coupons you want and print them out, or in some cases, you can download them to your phone. Click here for an example of a website dedicated to coupons.

Plant a Garden

A garden is not a practical solution for all families. Sometimes there is not room for it, or you might not have the time to maintain it. If you have the time and space, though, planting a garden can save you money on fresh produce. Plus, weeding, watering, and otherwise maintaining the garden gives your children something to do to keep them busy over summer vacation.

Of course, there are many other things you can do to save money on food and other common household items. Other examples include buying items on sale, comparing prices from different stores, and in some cases, buying the generic brand.

Purex Plus Clorox2 Detergent {Review + Giveaway!}

Disclosure: I received the following item for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the company.

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My family seems to pile the laundry basket up quicker than they can change clothes!  I mean in all honesty I can do a load  and by the time that one finishes I’ll have a whole new load waiting on me. It’s insane and I wish I could blame it on my growing teenager, but it’s more like my “mom, my shirt got 1 drop of water on it- I have to change” 7 year old.  Luckily, Purex knows how to make my job a little easier with their amazing products! Yeah I am kind of a Purex fanatic, but who  can resist a power packed detergent that’s also affordable and smells wonderful!

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Purex offers a wide variety of laundry care items that are sure to please. All of their items are amazing and smell wonderfully. Luckily, they recently released a new product that offers the same detergent that we all know and love with an added bonus of clorox2!   Purex Plus Clorox2  is sure to fight any stain possible and make it smell fresh too! It’s available in 2 scents- Original Fresh and Sunny Linen. I was amazed that it fights against 100 different stains and  really packs such a powerful clean!  You can pre-treat the stain for tougher stains as well, but most won’t need that additional step. Not to mention, it doesn’t contain bleach and is safe for colors.

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I recently tried out the Sunny Linen scent and was very pleased with the results. My daughter is in this clumsy phase ( at least I hope it’s a phase) and she often drops sauce, foods, and more on her clothing. Not to mention that she loves to dig in dirt. I needed a detergent that could keep up with her wild at heart nature, but still leave my clothing smelling fresh and clean!

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Luckily, this detergent exceeded my expectations and packed a wonderful stain fighting boost that I haven’t seen in other detergents.  As if that wasn’t enough, it still offers that freshly clean scent that lingers for days! I love that the scent isn’t too strong and won’t irritate those that are sensitive, but that’s still noticeable as well.  It’s a soft scent that made me feel like I was laying outside in a flower garden enjoying the warm weather and birds chirping! Everyone is bound to love this detergent. Don’t take my word for it though, head out and pick yourself up a bottle!

 

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You can purchase Purex products at many stores including CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and many more. You can visit the Purex website to  find a store near you.
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Giveaway!

3 lucky TCMS readers will each win a coupon good for 1 free Purex Liquid or Powder detergent (up to $7). The coupons expire 12/31/2016. Simply comment below before 5/31/16 for your chance to win!