Live Better Lineup is now here at Tropical Smoothie Cafe – #BeWell

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The next time we’re in Knoxville, TN, I plan to visit Tropical Smoothie King.  The new Smoked Queso Chicken and Mojo Pork & Swiss flatbreads are calling my name!  I’ll chase it all down with a Live Better Smoothie.  Which one should I choose….the Chia Banana Boost?  An Immune Blast or the Chia Banana Max? Perhaps I’ll select the Detox Island Green.  It all sounds so tempting! [Read more…]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Collection

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Heirloom-Seed-Collection-LSS-000_7231 The Heirloom Seed Collection from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is the perfect way to save money and acquire a safe, secure food supply for your family. Most of the seeds in this package will store 4-10 years if kept cool and dry. What a great way to try many heirloom favorites. These easy-to-grow varieties have been tried-and-true for generations! The collection contains 25 full-sized packets of seeds and a Clyde’s Garden Planner—all packaged in a sturdy, resealable, mylar bag for long lasting storage. If you’re not familiar with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I encourage you to visit their site. They participate in the Safe Seed Pledge, which means they use non-GMO seeds and plants. Varieties in this package are chosen to be productive in most climates throughout the United States. Bakers Creek supports innovative sustainability methods, such as urban gardening, and helps to teach children how to grow crops. We’ve been using their seeds for years! Thanks to our Grand Prize sponsor, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, one lucky reader will receive the Heirloom Seed Collection and the 2016 Whole Seed Catalog. This Grand Prize package is valued at $58. Good luck! [Read more…]

Stretch food money this year with Debbie Meyer GreenBags® and Debbie Meyer GreenBoxes™ #giveaway

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Ways to stretch food money without using coupons - #giveaway
In our house, grocery money is one of the biggest areas where money is wasted. I know we’re not alone! In 2016, try these 3 ways to stretch food money for your household without using coupons. Plus, enter this giveaway that will make it even easier.

Take your own bags to the store. 

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Quit smoking naturally – and get back the things you miss from your before-smoking life

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My mom has been a smoker for years, and badly suffers the urge to smoke. She turned to alternate forms of cigarette smoking, which helped in some ways but didn’t truly serve as a tobacco substitute. Heading back to school can be a stressful time, especially for older teens and college students. To reduce stress, many teens and young adults turn to nicotine. These days, most public buildings and schools are designated as non-smoking, so smokers can feel even more frustrated when they long for tobacco products! Although lots of smokers would like to quit smoking naturally, those pesky nicotine cravings can be unbearable at times. If you know a teen or young adult who would like to find an effective smoking cessation program, consider Aqua-tine™. It has only three ingredients, and none of the carcinogens that are found in regular cigarettes! Would Aqua-tine™ help you get some of your life back?
Consider Aqua-tine to quit smoking naturally #ad #WeLoveSmokers #giveaway

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Cutest cloth diaper ever #AccessorizeAugust

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Cloth diapering may save money in the long run, but it can sure be expensive on the front end!  The big appeal for me would be the fact that these diapers are ADORABLE.  Seriously, look at the strawberry above.  How. Cute. Is. That!?!   The little Elmo waistband decor on my kid’s disposable can’t even compare.  Did you know that your Amazon Prime account can save you a bundle on shipping, while offering low prices at the same time? If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, you can get your 30-Day free trial by clicking here. Then get started on your savings! This Alva Baby 6pcs pack comes with 6 washable, adjustable pocket cloth diapers with 2 inserts each. The weight limit is 6-33 pounds, so they’ll grow with your child.  Just be warned, every time you buy a new one, you’ll think, “that’s the cutest cloth diaper EVER.”  Take that, disposables!   [Read more…]

Cranberries help keep you beautiful from the inside out #AZOCranGummies

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Berries are indulgent and visually stimulating all year round.  Chances are good that you’ve got gorgeous berry shades in your makeup kit, as well as berries in your fridge.  You know that berries keep you beautiful from the inside out, but do you get a good variety of berries to maximize their benefits? Cranberries are easily overlooked when the seasons change from winter to spring.   The rich round gem does more for your body than you might think.  Be sure to enter the Berry Beautiful Sweepstakes for a chance to win great beauty products!  [Read more…]

Natural ways to keep pests away

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Normally, furry creatures make me smile. I like seeing rabbits, deer, and other “pests” around our yard. Until they cause a problem, that is!
Natural ways to keep pests out of your yard

In this photo, you can see where a cute little chipmunk made his home under our retaining wall. This little guy has been living off my garden, and it’s time to stop. I don’t begrudge cute creatures from nibbling on lettuce, but for me it’s a sanitary issue. So it was time to take steps keep pests away from my yard – naturally!
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What to do with the homemade laundry detergent that didn’t work out

What to do with homemade laundry wash that didn't work out?

After my favorite natural laundry wash site stopped selling their product, I decided to give homemade laundry soap a try.  My first batch smelled amazing, but the formula was a bit too harsh for sensitive skin.  Our whole family itched and scratched until I finally conceded.  I’ve since found a recipe that works for us, but what to do with all that extra detergent that didn’t work out?  Here’s how I’ve been using it!  [Read more…]

Buried Secrets book review from Family Christian

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon - find it at @FamilyChristian #ad
Family Christian sent me the book Buried Secrets to read this week. In true Irene Hannon style, this book is full of mystery and intrigue! Fans of forensic mystery shows, like Bones and CSI, will love Buried Secrets. It also reminded me of Mary Higgins Clark’s style, with the romantic suspense. Since the series is called Men of Valor, Buried Secrets has some predictability to it. Still, there are enough twists to keep it fresh. You’ll be siding with certain characters and chagrined at the behavior of others. Hannon includes small details like Starbucks and familiar news channels; these small details make the story seem so of-the-moment.

You can find Buried Secrets at Family Christian. While you’re there, check out their selection of earth-friendly gear such as water bottles and reusable totes.  What would you purchase with a $25 certificate?  Enter to win the giveaway using the form below. The contest is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law.  Good luck!

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Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette made with Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! #whipitup

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Remember that time when you opened the fridge and decided to eat the rest of that salad you made, only to find that you’re out of salad dressing? We’ve all been there. Next time I’m in the mood for a fresh take on salad, I’ll whip up this delicious, creamy vinaigrette using Yoplait Greek 100 Whips as the creamy base instead of buttermilk or mayonnaise. Sweet salad dressings appeal to me, but my regular poppyseed dressing has over 200 calories per 1-oz serving. Ouch! When I factor in the preservatives and other ambiguous ingredients, it’s also hard to tell what I’m actually eating.  When my daughter saw the Yoplait Greek 100 Whips in the store, she asked it we might be able to make homemade dressing with it.  I thought that was such a great idea!  Three ingredients and about one minute went into preparing this delicious Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette. My kids loved dipping croutons in it; I preferred it with raw veggies and greens.  In fact, our homemade dressing was so simple and scrumptious, I may never buy prepackaged dressing again!  Ready to get started?  First, be sure to click here for this printable coupon to get $1 off the purchase of 5 Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!  [Read more…]