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Friday, 20 January 2017

Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

10 Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings



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Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

A steaming hot bowl of oatmeal can help kick start your day especially on those cold winter mornings. For many people, myself included plain oatmeal may taste too bland to be able to eat and enjoy. There are instant packets of oatmeal with added flavorings, however they also contain high amounts of sugar. It is actually very easy and much more healthy to add your own fresh toppings. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Apple and cinnamon. Chop an apple into slices and spread out over the oatmeal. Sprinkle cinnamon over.

2. Fruit and yogurt. Replace milk with yogurt and add some chopped berries or fruit.

3. Banana and cinnamon with honey. Slice a banana and place over the oatmeal. Add a little cinnamon and honey. Mix all together if desired.

4. Banana nut. Slice up one banana. Add to oatmeal and stir in two tablespoons of chopped walnuts.



5. Trail mix. Top with any nuts or seeds such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, or sunflowers.

6. Fig and honey. Mash up one fresh fig. Stir in fig along with half a tablespoon of honey.

7. Strawberries and cream. Add half a cup of strawberries and 1/4 cup of milk. Stir well.

8. Mango and coconut. Chop one mango. Stir in half. Place the other half on a plate to eat on the side or keep for later. Add desired amount of coconut. Mix. 

9. Cinnamon and peach. Remove the pits from two small peaches and slice or mash. Add to the oats. Sprinkle desired cinnamon. Mix.

10. Dates. Remove pits from 1/4 cup of dates and stir in. This is my favorite topping!



 Healthy And Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

If you eat oatmeal, do you add your own toppings?







Friday, 13 January 2017

Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special

Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special is on Now


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From extra income to flexibility, there are so many great reasons to become a Stella & Dot Stylist. Stylists get to work from home at their own pace while also earning free jewelry for themselves. Right now, Stella & Dot is offering extra bling for anyone who sign up to become a Stylist! Until February 1st, you can enroll as a Stylist for as little as $199 and when you do, you get $650 in free jewelry! You also have the opportunity to earn a $199 cash rebate!

Here are three reasons you may love being a stylist:

1. Income & Free Products 

Get 25% - 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, plus get tons of free products and perks.

2. Be Your Own  Boss

You choose the hours, you call the shots. How much you work is up to you. No minimum requirements.

3. Training & Support 

Extra income is just the beginning. Join a community of strong and supportive women.




Here are the details of the Stylist Sign-up Promotion:

- Sign Up Special is valid now through February 1st.- Join for $199 and get up to $650 of free accessories. It's like joining for free!


- Get their $199 cash rebate when they reach $1000 in sales in their first 30 days. That's $650 of free stuff.



For more information on the Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special visit here!















Monday, 9 January 2017

Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

Declutter your Home with These 10 Simple Tips


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Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

Your home has become overcrowded with items in every room, closet, and drawers. Everything from clothing that is no longer worn, stacks of papers, dust collectors, and toys that are no longer used or old. With the start of a new year, it is the perfect time to think about decluttering your home.

When you first start to examine the extra items throughout your home it may be difficult to think about letting them go. You may think how can there be a positive side to getting rid of extra things that you might need sometime in the future. Well if you haven't used it in the past year it is highly unlikely that you will ever use it.

There are many positives to living a more simplified and uncluttered life. There will be less to clean and organize. You will have more space. You will feel less stressed and will feel more relaxed when in your home. Not to mention that you will even save some money. That is enough of a reason to begin removing some of the excess from your life. So where do you start?

1. Involve the entire family. Talk with family members about why it is important to clean clutter from around the home.

2. Choose a good day to declutter your home. 

3. Make it into a numbers game. Choose a number, depending on how badly cluttered your home is and using that number eliminate items from each area of your home. 

4. Start with a small area. If there’s too many things to clear and you are not sure where to begin, start off with a manageable spot. If it’s your room, start off with your dresser top. If it’s your wardrobe, pick one of the smaller compartments. Before you know it, you will be done with the area and you are ready to the next.


5. Designate one room in your home to keep clutter free at all times. The living room or sitting room might be the best choice since these are areas most visited by outside guests. Keeping one area clutter free will also inspire you to try and keep other areas in the home clutter free as well.

6. Divide seasonal items into storage containersAlthough you most likely have seasonal clothing and accessories stored in your home, it is not necessary for these items to lie around throughout the year. Divide them into individually marked storage bins, and keep them in one organized place. 

7. Let go of items that you have no use for. Use a huge garbage bag to dump everything you can let go. It makes it much simpler to discard stuff.

8. Get rid of expired items. Go through medicine, beauty products and food. Make a note of what is thrown out to reduce or eliminate these items when shopping to cut down on wastage.

9. Sort paperwork into designated folders. Separate paperwork into their own categories such as bills needing payment, licences, and other important documents. Throw out any junkmail or outdated papers that are no longer needed. 

10. Remove garbage bags from your home as soon as they become full. If you routinely bag items for charity yet delay the actual delivery of the goods, those bags can accumulate within your household quickly. Eliminate this source of clutter by taking newly packed bags out to your car right away.

Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

What actions do you take to declutter your home?





Sunday, 1 January 2017

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Enter to Win a KitchenAid Mixer from Just Free Stuff



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Just Free stuff is giving away a KitchenAid Mixer on February 1st, 2017. All you need to do is click the highlighted link below and enter your email address. You will be sent an email back to confirm your entry. That's it. How simple is that?

With this KitchenAid Mixer you can easily make your favorite cakes and multiple batches of cookie dough with the 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with comfortable handle. With 10 speeds, the standmixer will quickly become your kitchen’s culinary center as you mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease. And for even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more. ARV: $266.10

Daily Entry. Expires January 31, 2017. U.S. and Canada Only.

Just Free Stuff KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Simple and Delicious Mango Apple Pear Smoothie



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Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are a healthy and easy way to get a boost of energy along with the taste sweetness, without feeling guilty. There are so many combinations of fruits to try when putting together these delicious and refreshing drinks. Packed with loads of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, smoothies are great any time during the day from an early morning breakfast on the go to a bedtime snack. 

The following smoothie recipe is no exception when it comes to fresh, wholesome ingredients as well as simple and quick preparation. It is best to prepare this recipe using fruits that are well ripened. Chill beforehand if you prefer a nice cold and refreshing drink. You can even add a few ice cubes if you desire!



Ingredients:

1 mango peeled and seeds removed

1 apple peeled with seeds and core removed

pear peeled and seeded

1 cup of milk

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend well until smooth. 

2. Add milk and blend until you get the desired consistency. Enjoy!


Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Have you ever tried a mango apple pear smoothie?





Friday, 23 December 2016

6 Clever uses for Bubble Wrap During Winter

6 Clever ways Bubble Wrap can be useful in Winter


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Clever uses for Bubble Wrap During Winter

Bubble wrap will often come in packages with delicate items. Instead of throwing it away or popping the bubbles, consider keeping it. Turns out it is a very useful item to have on hand, especially during the cold winter. Winters can become extremely harsh and cold. It can also get costly during this season as temperatures decrease and put strain on electrical costs. Bubble wrap is also very inexpensive to buy if you don't have any laying around the home. In the long haul it can actually help you save money. Here are some ways you can use it during winter. 

1. Insulate windows. Window insulator kits are available however they can be quite expensive. For a cheap alternative cover your windows with bubble wrap and double sided tape. This will keep your home warmer and help lower electricity costs.

2. Keep your coffee and other drinks hot. Often time moms do not get to drink their coffee at a nice hot temperature. To help keep your drink hot for more than just a few little minutes, simply cover the outside of your mug or with bubble wrap to be able to enjoy your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.


3. Insulate your food. Whether you need to keep a take away dish hot until returning home or want to take a hot meal outside keep it warm buy lining the dish with bubble wrap. 

4. Keep water pipes safe. There is nothing worse that discovering you have broken pipes which can leave quite a mess as well as expensive repairs. Cover a sheet of bubble wrap around pipes and tie with a string. This will help maintain the pipes temperatures and keep them from freezing/bursting. 

5. Keep the windshield of your car frost free. Place a sheet of bubble wrap over your windshield and tape it in place to keep that overnight winter frost away. 

6. Protect plants. Lightly wrap the outside of your plant containers with a sheet of bubble wrap to prevent damage caused by a harsh winter frost.

Do you use bubble wrap around your home during the winter?

Monday, 19 December 2016

2016 Year-in-Review products at Mixbook

Create everlasting Memories of 2016 with Mixbook!


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We can’t believe 2016 is coming to a close! What better way to commemorate all your adventures and accomplishments this past year but with a Year-in-Review product from Mixbook!

Create a photo book to compile all of those photos showcasing your top 2016 memories- birthday milestones, new births, adopted pets, vacations, etc. Craft a stunning spread of photo memories to share on your coffee table instead of letting them sit on your camera or computer.


Don’t have the time or desire to put together a full photo book but want to share the year’s highlights with family and friends? Mixbook’s Year-in-Review cards may be the perfect fit for you! Keep the details short and lighthearted for an uplifting review of all that has happened this year. Add a series of photos or one favorite photo in a beautiful, personalized card to send out to your friends and family. 


Neither of the above options sound right for you? Maybe you’d rather keep the yearly review to one picture that states it all. In this case, make sure you check out Mixbook’s wall art. Add art gallery quality photos to your home printed on canvas, acrylic, metal or poster to add a timeless moment of 2016 that will spark memories for years to come.


Not familiar with Mixbook? Mixbook is the most powerful design tool to create fully customizable photo products like books, cards, calendars and wall canvases. With Mixbook's free online editor, you're not limited to static pre-designed templates, you have the freedom to edit to your heart's content. We've dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating professional quality photo products that truly reflect your vision for years to come.

Add a personal touch to your beautiful photos and create everlasting memories! Visit Mixbook!


Friday, 16 December 2016

Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas

Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas to Save Money and the Environment



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Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas


It is wonderful to buy gifts for those special in our lives. It makes the receiver as well as the giver feel good. Spending money on gifts is a good idea as the gifts are items that can be used. However spending money to buy gift wrap can be expensive and since most of it is non recyclable it has a negative impact on the environment. Here are some alternative gift wrapping options that are reusable and more fun and enjoyable.

1. Scarves. You can add a scarf as both a gift and wrap. Alternatively if you have a nice scarf that you don't wear use it to wrap a gift and the person receiving the gift may use it or pass it along with another gift.

2. Brown grocery bags. If your local shops bag your groceries with paper bags do not throw them away. Hold the wrap together by tying some string around it. Tie the string into a bow at the top for a more presentable look.

3. Dish towels. If you have any kitchen items you are giving as a gift add in a dish towel or two and use them to wrap the remainder of the gift items.

4. Magazines. Try scoping out some holiday-themed foods, scenery, or flower pages from magazines and retail catalogs.

5. Fabric and material scraps. If purchasing a gift for a person who sews or crafts a nice piece of material will never go to waste.

6. Children's drawings or paintings. You could even have children paint or color plain white paper to give it a more festive look.

7. Reusable shopping bagsThese bags come in many different sizes, colors, and designs. The best part is that if the receiver of your gift reuses the bag it decreases the amount of plastic bags being used resulting in a healthier environment!

8. Cookie tins. If you have some of these laying around they are great for holding many small items together. 

9. Newspaper comics pages. If you get a weekly paper, or can share with someone else, save the comics section for gift wrap.

10. Boxes. Empty boxes from shoes, cereal, and tissues can be turned into cute gift boxes. Make a bow out of fabric scraps to tie around the box.



Do you tend to stick to commercial gift wrap or do you prefer to use a more frugal method?

Monday, 12 December 2016

CustomInk's Interactive Holiday Gift Guide Quiz

CustomInk's Interactive Holiday Gift Guide Quiz


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Still looking for the perfect gift for a special someone in your life?  A custom gift may be just what you need. Customink is your source of custom apparel and accessories. With CustomInk's Interactive Holiday Gift Guide Quiz you can find inspiration to create an unforgettable gift.  Plus, when you take the quiz by December 15th you can enter to win a winter wonderland prize pack worth $160 to start the New Year off right!  If you already know exactly what you are looking for you can get started today in CustomInk's easy-to-use Design Lab or check out their professionally-designed templates for more holiday inspiration.

Here are some great gift ideas from CustomInk's Gift Guide!






One of the most premium layers in our offering! You'll want to wear this perfect layer on your run and all around town. Features awesome reflective taping, thumb-holes, zippered pockets, and a hood - you can be comfortable and stylish in the same beat!







This crossover outerwear piece is a great cold weather favorite! Heavier weight fabric and cool contrast details make this pullover stand out from the rest. 






Take this tumbler cup with you to stay fueled all day! This elevated coffee tumbler is here to wow your team. Double wall vacuum stainless steel with a copper lining ensures your drink stays cold for 24 hours and hot for 5.5 hours!






Soft and colorful, this infant style is a favorite. Bright colors and premium cotton fabric make this style an easy choice. Coordinates with the Rabbit Skins Toddler Jersey T-shirt.





The perfect present for your favorite pet! A fashion two-tone raglan that your dog or any four-legged friend is sure to love. Who says your pet can't be as stylish as you are?

We hope that you have found some inspiration here if you are still looking for a gift for a special someone. Don't forget to take CustomInk's Interactive Holiday Gift Guide Quiz!















Friday, 9 December 2016

Buy More, Save More at Mixbook

Buy More Save More at Mixbook: 40% Off site wide and 50% off $100+



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You may have handled quite a bit of your holiday shopping over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but inevitably there are a few people that have not been checked off your list. The days are not getting any longer, and you should be on the train as it pulls away from procrastination station. As always, Mixbook has you covered with some great last minute gift ideas!

Mixbook has introduced a new type of wall art – Metal, Acrylic and Poster Prints. The industrial and cool Metal Prints still have the same vibrant colors as all others but with an edge. Rugged enough for a man cave and sturdy enough to withstand kiddo-traffic heavy spaces. They come ready to hang and won't shatter if they are dropped.




If you are looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything, look no further. Mixbook's curved Metal Prints are your answer. With a unique curved edge, this is eye catching piece will add finesse to any living or office space. Impress your hard-to-shop-for friend with this unique gift, customizable with any photo and exclusive to Mixbook's home decor collection.




Acrylic Prints have a glass-like finish with brilliant clarity. They are a sleek and contemporary eye-catching gift idea. Missing something for the friend or family member who’s basement is filled with music posters from years past? Spice up their space with another customized poster to match their collection. Select your favorite image from an old road trip and you are ready to go!


Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about Mixbook’s Instagram books and photo prints. These quick to make books are bound to make a great gift, and you already have all the photo inspiration right on your Instagram account! Act fast to make sure that all your holiday shopping gets done in plenty of time so that your only remaining task is to relax and have some egg nog.

Did you see anything here you like? If so head on over to Mixbook now and save!