Kay Swederski

Apr 202021
 

Sometimes a tasty snack is just needed to help move the day along. Seen in the shops in their perfectly shining packages sits one of the nation’s favorite desserts and sweet treats – chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate, and any excuse for chocolate is a good one!

Whether it’s a single chocolate every day in an advent calendar in the run-up for the festive period or chocolate rabbits and Easter eggs on Easter Sunday, there is nothing quite like the delicious snack.

Chocolate actually comes from cocoa farms all the way over in West Africa; there are over 1.5 million different cocoa farms in West Africa where cocoa is taken from a plant and harvested to turn it into the product we see in our supermarkets in products such as Mozart chocolates.

The cacao leaves depend on the sun and require hot temperatures to create the cocoa seeds that will then be harvested. Creating chocolate is a hard one, especially considering that it has to be raised by hand, making this a laborious task.

What is a Cacao plant?

Cacao trees are where the chocolate beans originate. These plants can grow to be over 200 years old. These plants are grown on cocoa farms which are an average of seven to ten acres. Most of these farms are family-run. This business is a hard one, especially as cacao plants are very fragile, meaning that the farms actually lose around 30 percent of their crop every single year.

The Cocoa bean

It takes just over 400 cocoa beans to produce one pound of chocolate, with each cacao plant producing around 2,500 beans.

How does chocolate affect us?

As much as people have been told to limit their intake of sugar for a healthy diet, it has been found that chocolate can help support a healthy diet and lifestyle. As long as it is part of a broader healthy diet and active lifestyle and is only eaten in moderation! Caffeine is a strong component of chocolate, with the average portion of milk chocolate containing the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.

Chocolate always has and probably will always be incredibly popular. For example, the UK spending on chocolate goes up by 50 million each year. With the estimated worth of the industry being 110 billion dollars a year, this is an extremely financially attractive industry. Americans actually buy 58 million+ pounds of chocolate every year on Valentine’s Day, making this single day the reason for 5 percent of its yearly sales!

Is chocolate the perfect gift?

Shopping for a gift for someone can be stressful, especially if it is not someone that is a close friend. The pressures can build, and sometimes the simplest answer is the best one. One of the great things about chocolate is how convenient of a gift it really is. It can be enjoyed by anyone for any reason at any time and is sold on every corner and modest prices, making this the perfect last-minute gift or thoughtful gesture for anyone to do.

Mar 032021
 

Mother’s Day is around the corner – and Youzey has some great ideas for gifts! They have a lot of budget-friendly and fun accessories that any Mom would love!

I found this really pretty Green Jade Diffusion Necklace with Black Beaded Cord. Swirling in slow harmony, this green jade pendant captures the movement and freezes it in time. The black cord frames the entire event perfectly and invites the viewer to forever enjoy the moment. It has a wooden bead and accent at the top of the pendant. The pendant is smooth and light weight. I am sure my Mom will love it!

On the Youzey website you will find so many fun accessories including beauty products, earrings, watches, hair accessories and so much more. I am sure you will find something that will delight your Mom and even a few things for yourself.

Here is where you can find the Green Jade Diffusion Necklace MSRP $25. While your looking at the Necklace I have make sure you take a look at all the other great products!

Make sure to follow Youzey on Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Feb 142021
 

Turmeric is one of nature’s best kept secrets. What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a super spice that contains curcuminoids which provide healthy inflammation response and antioxidant benefits.

Rex has arthritis which is the most common joint disorder in the United States. He often wakes up in pain and does not always want to take pain killers. After doing some research we found that turmeric is a often used in Ayurvedic medicine. We decided to give it a try after checking with our doctor first to make sure it won’t interact with medications Rex was already taking.

We found Youtheory had a extra strength formula and wanted to give it a try. Rex takes two capsules a day. He has found after taking for a couple weeks he does get some relief.

What makes Youtheory Turmeric special is the Curcumin c3 complex which is 20x more absorbable than ordinary turmeric. This makes for better effectiveness and efficiency!

We believe in Youtheory. Founded in 2010 by Darren and Patty Rude, Youtheory is one of the original collagen supplement brands. Today, they have grown into one of the largest manufacturers of collagen and turmeric in the U.S. You can find the product Rex takes HERE .

You can follow @youtheory on Instagram.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Feb 122021
 

About One Poison Pie

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496730313
ISBN-13: 978-1496730312
Digital ASIN: B087YNC1B6


In the first in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon’s Kitchen Witch series, Mia Malone is starting over in Magic Springs, Idaho—where murder is on the menu . . .

What’s a kitchen witch to do when her almost-fiancé leaves her suddenly single and unemployed? For Mia Malone, the answer’s simple: move to her grandmother’s quirky Idaho hometown, where magic is an open secret and witches and warlocks are (mostly) welcome. With a new gourmet dinner delivery business—and a touch of magic in her recipes—Mia’s hopes are high. Even when her ex’s little sister, Christina, arrives looking for a place to stay, Mia takes it in stride.

But her first catering job takes a distasteful turn when her client’s body is found, stabbed and stuffed under the head table. Mia’s shocked to learn that she’s a suspect—and even more so when she realizes she’s next on a killer’s list. With Christina, along with Mia’s meddling grandma, in the mix, she’ll have to find out which of the town’s eccentric residents has an appetite for murder…before this fresh start comes to a sticky end. . . .

Includes Recipes!


Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series, the Farm to Fork series, and the Kitchen Witch series. Small town setting, big time fun with a bit of murder to keep it interesting. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small river town like Mark Twain with her husband and three fur kids..
Author Links
·         Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon
·         Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
·         Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
·         Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
·         Website – http://lynncahoon.com/
Purchase Links – Amazon – B&N – Kobo – Google Play 


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Jan 302021
 

Do you have cardboard boxes and packaging left over from the holidays? Don’t throw them away! Upcycling these boxes to give them a new life, instead, it is a fun and environmentally-friendly option. That is if you can get them before your cat does. Jasper just loves boxes.

Just the right size for him!
Now this one is a more comfortable.

TheSoul Publishing – one of the leading content providers on YouTube – has several creative hacks to turn a cardboard box into aesthetically pleasing and 100% recycled home storage. These crafty hacks, which can be found in this video. Here are two that would be easy to make.


Here is a cute way to store notebooks, journals and books. It’s easy to do – just follow these directions.

  1. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut a shoebox in half diagonally
  2. Use contact paper or tightly adhered wrapping paper to completely cover the remaining cardboard
  3. Adhere the long sides of the remaining sections together, back to back
  4. Use to store books, office supplies, and more!
Pencil Container
  1. Using a scissors, cut a long, narrow box (such as a perfume box or toothpaste box) in half.
  2. Glue or tape the two sides together, so that both holes face up
  3. Using a hot glue gun, glue paper straws cut in half along the perimeter of the box
  4. Set on your desk to hold pencils!

There is lots more you can do to up-cycle left over boxes. Have fun seeing what you can create. I would love to see what you come up with.

Jan 132021
 

Sometime we all need help – with the past year I know many people who can use a little extra care. Here are a few good tips to make your day a bit better.

Shower. Not a bath, a shower. Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.

Moisturize everything. Use whatever lotion you like. Unscented? Dollar store lotion? Fancy 48 hour lotion that makes you smell like a field of wildflowers? Use whatever you want, and use it all over your entire dermis.

Put on clean, comfortable clothes.Put on your favorite underwear. Cute black lacy panties? Those ridiculous boxers you bought last christmas with candy cane hearts on the butt? Put them on.

Drink cold water. Use ice. If you want, add some mint or lemon for an extra boost. I always use lime.

Clean something. Doesn’t have to be anything big. Organize one drawer of a desk. Wash five dirty dishes. Do a load of laundry. Scrub the bathroom sink.Blast music.

Listen to something upbeat and dancey and loud, something that’s got lots of energy. Sing to it, dance to it, even if you suck at both.

Make food. Don’t just grab a granola bar to munch. Take the time and make food. Even if it’s ramen. Add something special to it, like a soft boiled egg or some veggies. Prepare food, it tastes way better, and you’ll feel like you accomplished something.

Make something. Write a short story or a poem, draw a picture, color a picture, fold origami, crochet or knit, sculpt something out of clay, anything artistic. Even if you don’t think you’re good at it. Create.

Go outside. Take a walk. Sit in the grass. Look at the clouds. Smell flowers. Put your hands in the dirt and feel the soil against your skin.

Call someone. Call a loved one, a friend, a family member, call a chat service if you have no one else to call. Talk to a stranger on the street. Have a conversation and listen to someone’s voice. If you can’t bring yourself to call, text or email or whatever, just have some social interaction with another person. Even if you don’t say much, listen to them. It helps.

Cuddle your pets if you have them/can cuddle them. Take pictures of them. Talk to them. Tell them how you feel, about your favorite movie, a new game coming out, anything.

May seem small or silly to some, but this list keeps people alive.**Your absolute best won’t ever be good enough for the wrong people. At your worst, you’ll still be worth it to the right ones. Remember that. Keep holding on. In case nobody has told you today I love you and you are worth your weight and then some in gold, so be kind to yourself and most of all keep pushing on!!!!

**copied and pasted, feel free to do the same**

Jan 122021
 

I am so excited to be back working on my blog again – it is one of my favorite things to do. The last few years have had lots of ups and downs for me. The best thing that happened is that I got married. I am now Kay Tiffin! I was married June 30, 2018 to Rex – he is a great man.

We have had a great couple years and hope for many more!

My family had some bad times too – like so many other of you. One of my brothers passed away unexpectedly – darn cancer! My mother is suffering from dementia and in memory care.

Then came 2019 and Covid 19. This has touched all of our lives – mostly not in a good way. I worked in the Travel Industry for the same company the last 20+ years. I was furloughed in March of 2020 and am still looking for a job.

Like everyone else I am tired of this – I am tired of being home while my husband is gone all day. It gets so lonely and depressing at time. So I decided I need to do things I love – and my blog is one thing! I will be reviewing products and books. Sharing recipes and craft projects. I am hoping to get healthy along the way too! Let me know what you would like to hear about. I am so glad to be back and grateful for all of you! I hope for only the best for you all.

May 232020
 

An orthodontist is an oral health professional who is capable of treating a variety of jaw and bite irregularities. A Highlands Ranch Orthodontist can help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile of which you have always dreamed. This will reduce the wear and tear on teeth that would otherwise be protruding. There are a few common problems that a trained orthodontist can treat.

Teeth that Are Overcrowded

Crowded teeth can be a serious issue for patients. If your teeth are overcrowded, this means that there isn’t enough space in your jaw to accommodate all of your teeth. While you might notice your crowded teeth in the mirror, this can lead to serious oral health problems as well. This can lead to uneven wear and tear on the surfaces of your teeth. This can also lead to gum problems. Finally, this might make it hard for you to adequately brush all surfaces of your teeth, leading to decay.

Problems with the Spacing of the Teeth

Gaps between your teeth can occur anywhere in your jaw. While some spacing issues might be present since birth, this can also result from teeth that are either too small or missing entirely. Finally, some kids who suck their thumb can push the teeth forward, leading to spacing. If the teeth are too far apart, this can make it hard to bite cleanly and can lead to tooth decay. A trained orthodontist can move the teeth closer together, creating a straight smile.

An Open Bite

Next, an open bite is a common issue that an orthodontist can treat. This happens when the upper and lower teeth do not join together properly when the mouth closes. This usually happens with the jawbone is not lined up correctly. Chewing on foreign objects and thumb sucking can cause the jaw to misalign. If the bite is open, this makes it hard for patients to break apart food, leading to nutritional issues. An orthodontist has numerous tools at his or her disposal to treat this alignment issue and correct an open bite.

Trust the Experience of a Trained Orthodontist

These are a few of the most common problems that can be addressed by a trained orthodontist. If you have problems with your teeth, bite, or smile, you have treatment options at your disposal. Not only can an orthodontist improve the aesthetic of your smile but also your oral health as well!

May 052020
 

Aren’t we living in a crazy time? Who ever thought we would have a pandemic and be quarantine? I have been furloughed from my job and staying home for the last few weeks. I have been wondering how to keep myself busy. Activities, like internet surfing or streaming an endless amount of shows and movies, keep me entertained, but it also puts a considerable amount of strain on the eyes and the body.  What are have you been doing with all your extra time? Buying a few chicks to raise? Making more meals? Or maybe a new hobby?

I have found something that is fun and unique alternative to repetitive eye strain. Diamond Art Club makes creative and affordable art kits painting with “diamonds” to create beautiful works of art in hours or days, that anyone can do at home. There is very little learning curve to learn how to make designs, and it’s a fantastic activity that the whole family can get involved in, or do individually as a passive hobby.

The Diamond Art Club crafting kits come with everything you need to complete a beautiful picture. It comes with the printed canvas, diamonds, tray, applicator and grip.

This paint-by-numbers style artwork uses beautiful sparkling resin diamonds that you craft onto the canvas to make stunning, intricate designs. The artwork is printed on the canvas; all you have to do is follow the pattern and make your masterpiece shine!

Here is mine so far – I love working on it.


Diamond painting is a wonderful way to reveal your artistic side, even if there’s not a single crafty bone in your body. Using an applicator tool and wax, you scoop up diamonds and set them on an adhesive canvas which features a color-coded chart. In other words, it’s so easy, even a child could do it! But even experienced crafters feel the draw to this mesmerizing hobby. It is a great way to spend time relaxing.

You can purchase the kit I am working on “Read me a Bedtime Story” or any of the Diamond Art Club Kits Here. Each Diamond Art Club kit includes everything you need to create a dazzling work of art at home, including all supplies and accessories. Ready to get started with diamond art painting?

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 262020
 

People are stocking their shelves in preparation for social distancing, trying to find new ways to enjoy cooking for you and your family is a new challenge. Take the time to use this guide to find some exciting ways to spice up your kitchen and enjoy tasty treats to help pass the time.

Add International Flavors

When you make your next trip to the grocery store, don’t forget to check out the international food aisle. Make sure to find a store with good international food distributors, to open up some exciting food options. When going through the aisle, check out for unique items like currywurst sauce or sweets like Belgian chocolates. Use these to help create some exciting food options.

Try New Recipes

There is a surprising amount of ways to utilize the ingredients you have in your kitchen. Apps like Supercook help you find recipes to cook. All you need to do is enter the ingredients and recipe options will pop up. Or, make cooking a game and try the MasterChef challenge with your family. Ask someone to choose a set number of ingredients and let your creativity take charge.

Learn Something New

If cooking is still new to you, then go online. Three-star Michelin-rated Massimo Bottura is offering free online classes for a #KitchenQuarantine series. If you want to start on a more basic front, schools like the Milk Street Online school are making their courses free for a limited time. Be sure to check out the videos beforehand so you know what items to buy when you go to the store.

Take your time at home to learn new recipes and techniques in the kitchen. Stock up on exciting new ingredients, have a culinary adventure with new recipes you wouldn’t try before or learn new cooking methods. Make the most of this time at home.