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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Get Instant Shelter with E-Z UP Portable Shelters!

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Looking to host a backyard party, cook-out or get-together this summer or maybe you LOVE to tailgate at the baseball and upcoming football games!

Then you have got to check out the E-Z Up Instant Shelter® brand and their three all-new professional line-up of high-quality, innovative portable canopies.


The Eclipse™ Instant Shelter, Enterprise™ Instant Shelter and Speed Shelter® canopies allow teams, brands, organizations and businesses the choice of hundreds of vibrant frame and top color combinations to completely tailor their shelters to their unique personalities. The eight new ready-to-ship frame color offerings are an industry first and allow businesses, consumers and organizations to elevate their brand to the next generation of professional instant shade. All three portable shelters are upgraded with high-quality enhancements to make them the easiest to use and most durable while offering mix-and-match options for tops and frames with fresh new colors.

This summer we will be getting shade and rain protection in our backward with the Enterprise shelter. It is an upgraded commercial shelter enhanced for promotions, events and general marketing. This Instant Shelter with seven new frame color options is built to withstand everyday use with a professional grade bolt-on fabric top, reinforced fabric top corners and a high-strength steel frame. In addition to the professional qualities and innovative features of this shelter, the 25 top colors and seven frame colors allow businesses to mix-and-match more than one hundred color combinations to lift their brand or organization to the next level.


E-Z UP offers more color selections for frames and tops than any other portable canopy brand on the market today, allowing businesses, consumers and organizations to truly define who they are by personalizing their very own, unique color combination that best represents their brand. E-Z UP has award-winning custom print capabilities and uses only the best materials and inks available. They are a three-time Specialty Graphic Image Association (SGIA) Gold Award Winner for digital printing excellence, one of the most prestigious printing recognitions in America.

In addition to the customer-driven mix-and-match color choices, all of the new models are available in up to eight pre-selected color sets, such as Rage (red on red), Splash (cyan on green), Steel Orange (orange on steel grey), and Electric Blue (blue on blue) in order to simplify the selection and purchase process. The pre-selected color sets are an extension based on the popularity and success of the company’s innovative Recreational Instant Shelter models launched last year.

Head to your tailgating party, backyard barbecue or camp-out protected this summer with E-Z UP shelters! You will love the personalization options and how easy they are to set up!

Buy It:

You can purchase the Enterprise Instant Shelter starting at $449 from the E-Z UP website.

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* Thank you to E-Z Up for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Get A Sweet Treat with "No Funky Stuff" from @otis_spunkmeyer!

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It's no secret that we like a sweet treat in our house!

But what we don't like is "funky stuff" that are often found in sweets including high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors and partially hydrogenated oils.

So these days when I need something sweet after a long day, with my coffee on the weekend or with a nice tall glass of wine, I reach for Otis Spunkmeyer!


Otis Spunkmeyer promises me ‘No Funky Stuff’ and promises that their all-new retail line of 20+ cookies and sweet treats is made without artificial flavors or colors, high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. It’s the perfect snack for back-to-school (or for parents!) that everyone can feel good about.

Otis Spunkmeyer was one of the original sweet treat brands, with their famous cookies launching in the 70’s. Their new commitment to using better-for-you ingredients – or ‘No Funky Stuff’ – means that Otis Spunkmeyer’s cookies, frozen cookie dough, and new snack cakes, cupcakes and muffins are all delivering on a superior tasting treat that kids and parents love!


There wasn't a single treats from Otis Spunkmeyer that I didn't like - from their cookies to the Mini Loaf Cakes to the Mini Cupcakes! Each was a treat and I loved that each was individually wrapped so I could hold back with just eating one (well...most of the time!) :) Plus, that makes it great for grabbing on-the-go for all the busy, summertime fun you are having!

These individual sized, "No Funky Stuff" treats are great in lunches as a special treat this upcoming school year (would make a great 1st day of school treat!) or in the picnic basket this summer! No matter where you eat them or what you are doing, I can vouch that they are DELICIOUS and made without the icky ingredients! I LOVE THAT!

Buy It:

You can purchase Otis Spunkmeyer snacks at a local retailer.

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* Thank you to Otis Spunkmeyer for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Make Eating Fun and Nutritious with @bitsysbrainfood & #Giveaway

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I am all about choosing snacks for my children that not only will they LOVE because of the taste but that I would LOVE because it is good for their bodies. And I have found Bitsy's Brainfood has the same thought process as me and we are loving their snacks!

At Bitsy's Brainfood, their goal is to make mega-delicious snacks that nurture kids' bodies, minds, and imaginations—to teach them to crave the right foods, and to make learning fun. They strive to create food that starts with a simple belief – healthy bodies and healthy minds are connected and learning to eat smart should be fun.



Bitsy’s Brainfood products (including cookies and cereals) are all Certified USDA organic, non-GMO and free of artificial colors and sweeteners. The new Smart Crackers provide a half-serving of vegetables in each serving, and help kids learn smart snacking habits.

And these Smart Crackers are a GIANT hit in our house! Snack time is fun time and happy time when my children get these Smart Crackers and I have a smile on my face too because I know they are healthy and good for my children (and they don't know it!) because they taste so great!


Available in three flavors – Cheddar Chia Veggie, Maple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham – these snacks are a convenient way to give your kids better-for-you snack options. There wasn't a single flavor my children didn't like and they begged for more every time!

And for a special treat, they offer Smart Cookies which are made in cute alphabet letter shapes and made with organic fruits and veggies!


Good food doesn't have to be cardboard style boring! Bitsy's Brainfood thinks like KIDS when it comes to FUN, and like PARENTS when it comes to NUTRITION. I love that and I love their products - and so does my whole family!

Buy It:

You can purchase Bitsy's Brainfood at a local retailer near you.

Win It:

Bitsy's Brainfood is generously offering three Smart Cracker flavors to a lucky winner!

Enter here for a chance to win:
(1) Bitsy's Brainfood Prize Pack including
One Box of Each Flavor of Smart Crackers
(Cheddar Chia Veggie, Maple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham)  


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Head Back to School with @NatureNates Unfiltered & Raw Honey Packets!

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I can't believe how the summer is flying by! My son starts school again in a little over a month and I can't believe it!!

I am already starting to plan healthy lunches for him and one of the awesome things I have stocked up for him are the on-the-go Honey Packets from Nature Nate's!
Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey is a superfood and natural sweetener and adds the perfect amount of sweetness to any meal, without overloading kids on refined sugars. Kids can drizzle the honey over everything from their morning toast or yogurt, to their iced tea.

Nature Nate's Honey Packets are the same delicious Raw & Unfiltered Honey but this time in convenient packets! They are perfect for everyone on the go. Great in lunch boxes, backpacks, gym bags, car consoles, desk drawers and more. Use them in your morning coffee, on a long bike ride or at a restaurant as your all-natural sweetener.


Each packet contains 10ML of Nature Nate's Honey.

Nature Nate's also offers great Honey Syrups that my family LOVES on their waffles and pancakes!

Nature Nate's® Honey Syrups are made with real fruit and honey and contain no scary additives. Try strawberry, blueberry and raspberry over pancakes, waffles, ice cream, yogurt and more. Get creative!

So why do I choose Nature Nate's over all other honey brands??? Most honey in your supermarket is pasteurized – “cooked” to over 180 degrees and filtered under high pressure - to give it a clear and golden appearance. While it may look pretty on the shelf, the extreme heat – along with the addition of diatomaceous earth then high-pressure filtering - actually destroy much of the good nutrients found naturally in honey.

Nature Nate's Honey is uniquely different!!! It is never cooked, every batch is tested and it is raw and unfiltered to allow all the nutrients to stay in! I love that!

Buy It:

You can purchase all Nature Nate's honey products from the Nature Nate's website.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: Like a River from Its Course

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About the book:

An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope.

The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.

Maria Ivanovna is only fourteen when the bombing begins and not much older when she is forced into work at a German labor camp. She must fight to survive and to make her way back to her beloved Ukraine.

Ivan Kyrilovich is falsely mistaken for a Jew and lined up with 34,000 other men, women, and children who are to be shot at the edge of Babi Yar, the "killing ditch." He survives, but not without devastating consequences.

Luda is sixteen when German soldiers rape her. Now pregnant with the child of the enemy, she is abandoned by her father, alone, and in pain. She must learn to trust family and friends again and find her own strength in order to discover the redemption that awaits.

Frederick Hermann is sure in his knowledge that the F├╝hrer's plans for domination are right and just. He is driven to succeed by a desire to please a demanding father and by his own blind faith in the ideals of Nazism.

Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River from Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.

About the author:

Kelli Stuart is the coauthor of Dare 2B Wise and has written for several brands including Disney, American Girl, and Short Fiction Break. She has served as editor-in-chief for the St. Louis Bloggers Guild and as a board member for the St. Louis Women in Media. In addition to her writing, Kelli has spent twenty years studying Ukranian culture. Kelli lives in Florida.

My Opinion

As I have mentioned several times, WWII books are such a treat for me. Such a sad, sad time in our world's history but so many unsung heroes and stories to learn about. This book from Stuart was definitely one of those gems!

This book was so heartbreaking, unbelievable and so interesting. I have never read about what the Ukrainians went through during WWII. I seriously had to take breaks from reading because it was so heartbreaking and emotional. Stuart writes with so much emotion that I can feel and see everything as though I was there.

If you are interested in WWII history and learning about what the Ukrainians had to go through, Like a River from Its Course is a must read! But be prepared to be horrified, saddened and amazed at the strength and resilience these people had during WWII!

Buy It:

You can purchase Like a River from Its Course for $14.99 from Amazon.com


Travel back in time in Kelli Stuart's new novel, Like a River from Its Course, as the city of Kiev is bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union. This sweeping historical saga takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River From Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.

Celebrate the release of Like a River from Its Course with Kelli by entering to win a Kindle Fire Prize Pack.


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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Like a River from Its Course
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
  • A $30 Amazon gift card
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 18th. The winner will be announced July 19th on Kelli's blog.

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*Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*