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Enter to win a Isabelle Grace LaPunta Pendant Thru 10/31

 

Isabelle Grace Jewelry Giveaway
October 24 -31, 2017
Open to US

I’m a sucker for shiny things, and this pendant sure does shine! Actually, many of the Isabelle Grace Jewelry items shine and shimmer. They are so beautiful. The line was designed to be personal, and to offer you a way to show your loved ones that you care by giving them something memorable they can carry on for years to come. The pieces are timeless and are hand made with quality top of mind. And, now you can enter to win a piece of your very own!

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This exquisite LaPunta Necklace made of Rose Gold and White Aurora will be a genuine piece of jewelry, exuding your composure, love, care and festive look. A white Swarovski bead is surrounded with two gold barrel beads that create a gentle movement when you move. In the sunshine, your LaPunta necklace will shine a million micro rays, creating a brilliance effect.

This necklace is a perfect gift idea for those on your list who love jewelry.

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Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part TWO

I’ve gathered some of the best vegetable recipes by my bloggy friends, and I wanted to share them with my readers. This is part 2 of 3 of them. Though this post is sponsored by Veggie Wash, all opinions are my own. Enjoy!

Did you miss part 1? Check those out here!

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part Two

The Ultimate Vegan BLT

Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Black Sesame Yogurt Sauce

Dutch Green Beans Recipe

Matbucha Recipe

Zucchini Appetizer Squares

Perfect Potato Latkes Recipe

Like Veggie Recipes? Don’t forget to wash your produce with Veggie Wash!

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Rainbow Vegetables Recipe – Easy Healthy Oven Roasted Veggies!

Spicy Garlic Oven Roasted Eggplant Slices Recipe

Simple broccoli cheddar risotto

Garlic and basil sweet potato fries

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Zesty Lemon Squash

Summery Lemon Garlic Potatoes

Veggie Noodles 3 Ways

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Cream Cheese Cauliflower Mashers with Asiago

Roasted Root Vegetables

Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts Gratin Recipe

Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole

Spinach And Feta Stuffed Tomato Tarts

Over Roasted Vegetables

Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin

Easy Southern Style Green Beans

Pan Fried Potatoes and Green Beans

Parmesan Crumb Asparagus

Gluten Free Low Carb Zucchini Fries Recipe

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

The Greatest Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan Ever

Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry

Stay tuned for part three of this Veggie Recipes Round-up!

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part One

Hey there bloggy friends! Today I have a very special post! I’ve gathered a bunch of veggie recipes to share with you. These posts that my bloggy friends wrote are just amazing, and I hope to try making each and every one of them VERY soon. Though this post is sponsored by Veggie Wash, all opinions are my own.

Best Veggie Recipes Roundup Featuring Veggie Wash – Part One

The first recipes I simply HAD to share combine veggies with fruit!!! Anyone who knows me understands that if it’s going to be healthy, it sure better be tasty if you expect me to consume it. Ha! Well, these are smoothies that blend fruit and vegetables making them the perfect breakfast on the go that has protein, stuff that’s good for me, and most importantly taste amazing! Check them out:

Strawberry Blackberry Sweet Potato Smoothie

Healthy and Hearty Pumpkin Apple Smoothie

On a side note – my friend Tracy from Having Fun Saving and Cooking wrote an awesome book of more than 50 smoothie recipes, and many of them incorporate vegetables into them. Check it out here! It’s less than the cost of a smoothie at your favorite cafe!

Now onto the recipes where veggies are the stars. Don’t get me wrong, I love most vegetables, but I simply have to have recipes that still taste good. After looking at many of these, and trying a few, I feel confident in saying they will all be added to my cookbook of what to fix in my meal plans going forward.

Low Carb Broccoli Cauliflower Rice

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe: Simple to Make And Simply Delicious

Kadai Paneer Recipe

Fresh and Sweet Cooked Carrots Recipe

For all of the recipes listed here, make sure you begin by washing your produce with Veggie Wash! Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are specifically engineered to be "waterproof" so they are not washed off by rain and irrigation. Many fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, cucumbers, etc.) are also coated in wax to preserve the quality and appearance of the produce from the fields to your kitchen table. In addition to agricultural chemicals and other residues, 20 or more strangers may have handled your fruit or vegetable before you put it in your mouth. Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals found on standard and organic produce. It cuts through wax and chemicals to leave fruits and vegetables truly, safely clean. What's more, Veggie Wash uses ingredients from citrus, corn, and coconut, to remove harmful surfaces.

Scalloped Potato Casserole With Root Vegetables

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Asparagus Fries

Italian Stir-Fry Veggies

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

One Pot Vegetable Biryani

Honey Roasted Carrots

Asian Cucumber Salad

Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Tahini Parsley Sauce

Lemon Balsamic Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Honey Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Pepitas

Bruschetta made with Heirloom Tomatoes and Kale

Healthy Vegetarian Spinach Rolls

Avocado Potato Salad

Mediterranean Sweet Potato Hash

Veggie Loaded Breakfast Casserole

Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup

Garlic and basil sweet potato fries

Ginger Curry Carrots

Mexican Style Quinoa~Healthy Meal or Side Dish

Chili Lemon Mint Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

Turmeric Cauliflower Broccoli Gratin

Tampa Bay Wing Fling – Preview and a Giveaway!

As part of my membership in the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have partnered with Big City Events to write this post and offer a ticket giveaway. In exchange, I have been compensated with free tickets for myself and a guest, but all opinions below are my own.

Tampa Bay Wing Fling – 10/21/17

Hey bloggy friends! It’s that time again – giveaway time! I just LOVE giveaways, don’t you?!? This time, I’m giving away TWO general admission tickets to the Tampa Bay Wing Fling being held this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at noon at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park!!!

About the Tampa Bay Wing Fling

The Inaugural Tampa Bay Wing Fling promises to be Tampa’s biggest Wing Festival & Competition! You can eat wings from several Tampa Bay Area wing joints, and then vote for the best wing.

Throughout the day there will be live music, cold beer, signature bourbon drinks, and fun interactive games like a Chicken Toss Contest, Costume Contest, a Chicken Run, and many more! This event looks like it’s going to be a finger licken- chicken of a good time! I personally can’t wait to attend.

As of 10/16/17 the participating wing joints include: RyRy’s Chicken and Waffles // Buffalo Wild Wings // Zukku // Miss Vi’s Cook-up Vending and Catering // MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

General Admission Tickets start at only $15 and you can buy them here, but you could score FREE tickets via the giveaway below. Children 12 and under FREE. No pets allowed.

General Admission Tickets include: Admission to the Tampa Bay Wing Fling, along with entertainment, activities, games, and more! Food & Drinks are purchased separately. Skip the line and purchase a Wing Package!

VIP Maker’s Mark Experience Tickets include: All day admission to the Tampa Bay Wing Fling in addition to unlimited beer, wine, water, bourbon drinks. Enjoy priority entrance, shade & seating, VIP restrooms, and a 6-wing platter courtesy of WingHouse!

Now…The giveaway!!! Enter below:

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Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Open to Tamppa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area residents 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (selected by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 6 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. This blog is not responsible for product shipment, delivery, or fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media sites.

This disclosure is made in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address, and/or Facebook account. Anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

A Pick Me Up for ALL Ladies

I found this on my friend Shelby Johnson’s facebook page and decided it HAD to be shared with all ladies STAT! So, ladies, here is your quick me up for the day. Enjoy! 🙂

You are not your bra size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair color, your skin color, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress. You are no amalgam of these things.

You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.

Source for image above- original source unknown. I found it on facebook too. 
If it’s yours, let me know and I’ll give proper credit where it’s due!

Some of My Favorite Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

 

Random I know, but I felt compelled to share some of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. Here they are:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

“the time is always right to do the right thing”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”

“If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.”

Source for photo above

Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

I'm a brand ambassador for Veggie Wash, and though this post is sponsored, all opinions and images below are my own.

Are you feeling Kinky? Boys and ghouls I sure am today! I call this spell, er I mean cocktail, Kinky and the Brains! It’s so good! Learn how to make it below!Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

Kinky and The Brain Cocktail Featuring Veggie Wash

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Kinky Pink
  • 2 oz Kinky Green
  • 2 oz Kinky Blue
  • lemon lime soda
  • 6 medium size strawberries
  • ice

Prep:

1. Wash about 6 medium sized strawberries with Veggie Wash, and after washing place in a blender
2. Pour approximately 2 Oz each of the Pink, Green and Blue Kinky Liqueurs into the blender
3. Add 1 cup of ice
4. Blend it just enough to make it look like chunky brain has been obliterated in your appliance. Muahahahaha!!!!!
5. Pour the chunky brains into a glass and finish off with a generous pour of lemon lime soda.
6. Stir, garnish with another strawberry, add a straw and drink up. Careful tho – it might go to your brains!

Unpaid Writing Positions- That’s NOT a JOB!! (RANT ALERT!)

Warning! This is not a warm and fuzzy blog post. If you are looking for warm and fuzzy go google sweet cat pics or something. This is me being sick and tired of writers (and all artists for that matter) being asked to work for free. I’m over it! This trend of websites popping up all over posting job openings for unpaid positions ticks me off!! In my opinion they should not be allowed on job boards because unpaid= not a job in my book!

What prompted this angry blog post from me? Welp, I’ve been trying to get more writing work because my husband is planning on going back to school in the fall and I am going to need to take over more of the money making responsibilities. I’ve been filling out lots of applications and stumbled onto a website similar to one I’m already getting paid to write for. So, I sent an email to this writing website because I heard they too are seeking new writers. In the email I listed my credentials, how long I’ve been writing and ended with an inquiry about compensation. Was promptly emailed this:

“Right now, we are only inviting people to join our writers community, which offers a link and Google+ authorship, but they are not paid positions. It’s a steadily growing group of writers who want a bit more exposure with their work. If you’re interested in that, you can read more and sign up at (website redacted).”

Below is the response I WANTED to send back to the company but instead opted to not respond at all.

Dear evil company that plans to make money off the backs of unpaid writers,

Most writers don’t need exposure. For the most part, we all get plenty of exposure by excitedly sharing what we write with friends, family and our social networks via facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and more.

What most writers DO need is rent money, food money, gas money and money to pay the rest of our bills. Would you expect your dentist, your plumber, your landlord/ mortgage loan officer, your doctor or any other service provider to be paid in word of mouth advertising? I highly doubt it, so why can’t you pay a writer for their services?


No, I’m not interested in working for your company and I sincerely hope other writers will refrain from writing for your company for free as well. Continuing to make websites and publications think it is okay to not pay us is unacceptable and needs to be stopped. However, as I’m not a jerk, I do wish you good luck in your future ventures.


All the best,
Ashley Grant

The Black Dahlia Drink from Revenge

 

In the television show Revenge– Fauxmanda aka the “real” Emily Thorne makes a drink called The Black Dahlia. In it she puts 3 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Creme de Cassis and a little Blackberry Liqueur. She then puts it in a martini shaker with ice, shakes it and strains it into a martini glass.

I figured- Since I was at a blogging conference…and could not check in until an hour later, I was bored and my bartender Vince was nice- what better time to try it?!?

Vince added some flair by garnishing the drink with some raspberries and voila! I had my Black Dahlia.

Verdict of this cocktail? Sooooo good! Somewhat sweet with a kick and very smooth. Would definitely order it again!!!

Have a drink you want me to try or a product you want me to review? 
Contact me HERE! I’m PR friendly 😉

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Join Me for a Twitter Party 9/29/17 at Noon EST!

I along with Citrus Magic and several of my bloggy friends am hosting a Twitter Party this Friday at noon EST.  This is also known as a TweetChat for those confused by my verbiage 😉 You can RSVP here for a shoutout during the chat, or simply show up on Friday from noon to 1 EST and follow along with the hashtag #FallforCitrusMagic to answer questions to be entered to win sweet prizes from the company. In compliance with FTC regulations – I will say this event and this post are sponsored by Citrus Magic.

I hope to see you in our Citrus Magic TweetChat friends. While you’re here – please check out a few of my posts about Citrus Magic:

 

Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners are great for stopping the stink!
8 Spaces that Need a Citrus Magic Solid Air Freshener

 

I used Citrus Magic Solid Air Freshener Containers to make some fun Halloween Decor. I love upcycled craft projects!