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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

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.”

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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

8 Spaces that Need a Citrus Magic Solid Air Freshener

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

I can’t stand a stinky space. I’ve got an incredibly sensitive nose, and when I walk into a space I don’t want it to smell bad. I don’t want to smell your pets, or your garbage, and certainly not last nights dinner. This is why I LOVE Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners. They absorb odors and stop the stink. My favorite two fragrances so far have been Pure Linen and Lavender.Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners are great for stopping the stink!

Here are 8 spaces that I feel NEED a Citrus Magic Solid Air Freshener:

1. Under the seat in your car and/or your RV – I’ve got the New Car scent in mine right now!

2. On the back of your toilet in the bathroom – You know why.

3. The floor of your walk-in closet – It smells nice while you’re picking out your clothes.

4. Inside your home office – Though NOT scientifically proven, I feel like a nicer smelling space makes you more productive.

5. Laundry room – Come on now, you know darn well you don’t wash and dry all of your clothes every night. Absorb the odors that come with piled up dirty laundry. You’re welcome!

6. The garbage can – I put one in the bottom of mine and place the bag over it. It keeps odors out of my can surprisingly well!

7. In the pet area – I know my furbabies can stink a good stink, and Citrus Magic stops it before they can say woof!

8. In the garage – I don’t have a garage right now, but I remember the odors that came out of my parent’s garage after dad mowed the lawn. This space could have benefited big time from the odor absorbing magic of Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners.

BONUS – if you live in a state that has basements, I’d recommend adding one there too! Heck, put one in every room, because friends don’t let friends have stinky spaces!

Do you want to get some of the Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners for yourself? They are on sale at select Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Publix, Winn Dixies, and here on Amazon.Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners 2

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

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

 

 

Candle Safety Tips for Burning Your Citrus Magic (or any) Candles

Hey guys! As you know, I've been a brand ambassador for Citrus Magic for a while now, and I've been LOVING their candles. While this post is sponsored, all opinions below are my own.

The Citrus Magic Candles smell so good, and they burn for hours. But, as with anything that burns, you need to play it safe! Around 10,000 house fires are started with candles annually, and most of these candle related fires start in the bedrooms – more than any other room in the house (source). With that in mind, here are some candle safety tips for burning your Citrus Magic (or any) candles…

Candle Safety Tips for Burning Your Citrus Magic (or any) Candles

1. Using good quality candle holders. 

Luckily, Citrus Magic Candles come in a sturdy jar that doesn’t require a candle holder. However, when you’re using a candle that does need a holder, you need a holder that will prevent the candle from falling down or turning over which can cause a fire.  A good quality candle holder should be fire resistant, and prevent spillage of candle wax.

2. Avoid leaving a candle unattended. 

Leaving a candle unattended is asking for trouble because freak accidents can happen at any time. You want to be able to catch it quickly should anything go wrong!

3. Keep the candle away from flammable items and substances.

Think papers, loose clothing, hair and curtains. You also don’t want to keep your candles near things like hairspray or nail polish remover as the heat from the candle could cause combustion in the containers. In short, candles should be placed in open areas far from flammable things.


4. Place the candle on a stable surface. 

You don’t want to put a candle on something wobbly like an uneven table or the edge of a table/shelf. It’s also a bad idea to place a candle under furniture or in a shelving unit as the heat can “cook” what’s above and cause it to ignite.

5. Keeping away candles from the reach of children and pets. 

Pets and children can tip over candles and/or might think they are play things if they are in reach. Avoid the potential accidents by simply keeping them away from all the babies – furbabies and human ones!

6. Properly dispose of your candles after use. 

Avoid throwing away a candle right after use. Even if the wick is gone and it’s just hot wax leftover. You’ll want to let it cool completely before you throw it away.

7. Blow out any candles before going to sleep. 

As stated earlier most candle fires do start in the bedrooms, putting out the candle before sleeping reduces chances of candle related accidents.

By implementing the above tips safety measures, candle related accidents are likely to drastically reduce. Other fire safety measures such as ensuring smoke detectors are working properly should also be considered when a candle is in use to help in detection of fire before it gets out of hand.

Now, I want to hear from you. Did I miss any really good candle safety tips? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite tips!

If you’re interested in trying out the Citrus Magic Candles, you can get some HERE! They really smell great and I just love them so much. My favorite is the Pure Linen.

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

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

 

Also, stay tuned because I have a fun upcycle craft I’ll be sharing soon for what to do with the jars from your Citrus Magic Candles after they are done being used.

A version of this post was also published on Medium.

 

Announcing My Brand Ambassadorship with Citrus Magic

Hi bloggy friends! Today, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m the newest brand ambassador for Citrus Magic. Yep, they’re the awesome people behind those air fresheners, odor eliminators and candles you have likely seen at the grocery store. I can’t wait to share more about this company with my friends and followers.

There will be some sweet giveaways, Twitter chats and more very soon. I’ll tell you all about it in the coming days. But, for now, I just wanted to tell you guys the news and express my gratitude and excitement to be working with such an amazing group of people. Have a great weekend bloggy friends, and I’ll post more shortly. Xoxo!

PSA! Throw Away That Old Makeup

 

Think about this, even though it may gross you out when you do – how long has your makeup been sitting in your makeup bag or box? If you’re like most women, you probably have no clue.

Well, that makeup might be older than it should be, and it could be time to throw that crap out. How long can you keep your makeup?

  • Mascara only lasts about three months
  • Pencil eyeliner lasts for roughly two years, but liquid/gel eyeliner only lasts three months
  • Lip gloss should really be tossed after about 18 months
  • Lipstick and lip liner is only good about a year
  • Blush, eye shadow and bronzers that are powder can last up to two years, but creamed stuff? That should go after a year
  • Oil-free foundation and concealers – toss after a year

Another way to know it’s time to get rid of your makeup is if you have recently had any kind of infections, if it smells funny or looks different, or if it suddenly feels weird on your skin.

Is it time for you to toss some of your makeup? Not doing so could lead your skin to become irritated, or worse infected. It could also just look cakey or not cover your face very well.

Going forward you may want to add a label to your new makeup to know how old it is. You can add a little piece of painters tape or a sticker to the bottom of your make up containers, and mark with a Sharpie the date you opened them. This can help you determine whether or not it’s time to let it go.

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Thirsty Thursdays – Summer Spiked PJ with Touch Vodka

Touch Vodka did send me a few bottles of their vodka for the purposes of review. While the vodka was free, this did not affect my review. All opinions are my own.

Summer is here, and with it, refreshing drinks are all the rage. Today I thought I’d share a yummy one that just tastes like summer in a glass. Perfect for those hot days by the pool! Or, ya know, on the patio after a rough day’s work. This is the Summer Spiked PJ and it’s damn tasty! Enjoy!!

Summer Spiked PJ

Ingredients:

Prep:

Super simple, super refreshing – I’ll have another please! Stay tuned for additional drink recipes with Touch Vodka 🙂

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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Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Angel Strunk

Hi guys! I’m so insanely excited because today’s Bloggy Friend Spotlight is on a blogger I’ve never met in real life. Ya know, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is virtually meeting people from all over the world. It’s one of the coolest things about my job – I never know who I’ll interact with, or become friends with.

Now, I have to tell you, I started these Bloggy Friends Spotlights hoping to meet and connect with other bloggers. I know there are sooooooooooooo many blogs out there, and I just get such an amazing kick out of learning what people are up to. Some blogs I’ve read have moved me to tears, some of made me laugh, some have simply taught me something or inspired me… But what’s the one thing they all have in common? They teach me things and entertain me.

Today’s bloggy friend is no different. Angel Strunk is the brains and beauty behind the amazing blog Next Level Blogging. You guys, her blog is pretty frikkin awesome. Each post is crafted to teach you how to take your blog to the…you guessed it…to the next level! Okay…enough already, let’s dive in!

Check out Angel’s deets:

Name: Angel Strunk

Your blog: Next Level Blogging

Can you tell me about your blog? I help bloggers make their blog’s success inevitable by providing tips and resources that will increase followers, post shares, and email subscribers. I also help bloggers find a way to monetize, and teach them the marketing strategies needed to turn their passion for blogging into profit. I am hosting a launch party on April 1st, which is when my blogger community will go live, and members will work cooperatively to promote each other’s posts, collaborate on posts, and exchange guest posts, along with so many other features! Next Level Blogging focuses on the power of generosity, and how success is inevitable when helping each other. I’m also giving away some great prizes 🙂

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Blog Tips & Marketing Strategies

Is your blog making you money? I have not implemented pricing yet, but is currently earning me play money, by way of affiliate links. (side note from Famous Ashley Grant – since doing this questionnaire, Angel’s site does have pricing and services listed on the site, and some pretty sweet courses mentioned too. Check out her site for details on all the awesomeness she offers!)

How did you get started? I have always wanted to run my own business, and had spent over a decade helping other small businesses become successful. “Someday” had been in my vocabulary all of those years, but I never took action, because I thought I would need thousands of dollars to start my own business. I was searching Pinterest for tattoo ideas, and came across a blogger’s income report. After reading that, and several similar posts by other bloggers, I knew I had found my calling, and my path to financial freedom. I was broke, so I scoured the internet for deals on a custom domain and webhosting, and started The Curvy Ginger with less than $2. I signed up with a few affiliate networks, and made over $500 in my first month of blogging. I spent countless hours, and many sleepless nights learning everything I could about blogging and how to promote it, and my sales and marketing experience was finally paying off. It wasn’t long before I knew that I should start helping other bloggers learn how to do the same thing, in February of 2017, Next Level Blogging was born!

What are your must have tools to run your blog?  Laptop, Smartphone, Canva, ConvertKit, and my blogger tribe!!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Spend a few bucks and get a custom domain and webhosting! That should be step number one.

Where can we find you on social?
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? I wish I would have started communicating with other bloggers from the beginning. It has made such a difference in getting my posts and website noticed. So much, in fact, that engaging with other bloggers is going to be one of the core principles of success promoted by Next Level Blogging.

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? Addi Ganley and Melyssa Griffin

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
Facebook groups for bloggers. I belong to several, and there are so many talented bloggers sharing their expertise.

What are your plans for the future of your blog? I plan to make Next Level Blogging my main source of income, and hope to make it a recognized and recommended resource for bloggers, especially those just getting started.

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know? I really do want to help bloggers reach their goals and be able to give up their day jobs to become career bloggers! I am one of the nicest people you will ever get to know, and I thrive on lifting people up. I love feedback from bloggers that find my posts useful, so please, send those emails! I’m a sucker for flattery 🙂

How awesome is Angel? I think she’s pretty darn awesome, and I personally just signed up for her email newsletter where she is sending free blogging tips and tools to your inbox!

Now, I want to hear from you! Do you have a blogging tip or strategy you’d like to share that can help us all take things to the next level? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Also – Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Stephanie Fields? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

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