Sep 282016


I love family pizza night.  Friday nights we like to have  family or a few friends over for Family Pizza Night.  It is a great time to reconnect and talk about our week or what our weekend plans are.  It is time everyone enjoys.  One of the things we love to do is get pizza crust and sauce from Rustic Crust and make our own pizzas.  Rustic Crust has a number of different types of crust including the Crispy Italian Thin Crust we used last weekend.


Here are some tips from Rustic Crust for the perfect family pizza night!

1. After cleaning your countertop surface, place the Rustic Crust pizza crusts on top of some flour (gluten free is an option!)

2. Get in the cooking spirit, providing the kids with chef hats to decorate and wear while they cook.

3. Put all ingredients in small bowls and arrange them around the crust so the kids can pick and choose what to put on their own pizza. Below are some of our favorite ingredients:

Mozzarella cheese (lots of it!)                                                             Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Shaved Parmesan                                                                              Prosciutto

Grilled Chicken                                                                                   Diced ham

Pepperoni                                                                                            Crumbled sausage

Bacon                                                                                                  Onions

4. Use one all natural Rustic Crust sauce bag per pizza crust- help little kids by spooning it onto the pizza for them and let them have fun spreading it.

5. Add toppings and create your family’s favorite pizza combinations.

6. Make it a family game night while the pizza is in the oven.

7. Remember just have fun and it will be a night to remember.


We love to be able to make some simple like cheese and pepperoni or something with more added to it.  You can find more recipes HERE from Rustic Crust.  The great thing is you can keep the crust and sauce on hand and make it any time. Rustic Crust products can be found nationwide at local grocery stores like QFC.Kaisy1

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Sep 282016


By Hope Ramsay

Chapel of Love, #1

September 27, 2016


Mass Market: $7.99 USD

eBook: $7.99 USD

Digital Audio: $19.98 USD

About the book:

‘Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she’s determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory-all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself…

After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it’s harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime.


Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart, and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.
My Review
I have read a number of books by Hope Ramsay and have really enjoyed them.  I was excited to hear she has a new series and the first book is A Christmas Bride.  Who doesn’t love a book that takes place at Christmas time – the only thing better is when it also has a wedding in the story too!  I am a romantic and A Christmas Bride filled my heart. I even shed a few tears while reading it.  I don’t want to spoil the story for you – but I think you will all fall in love with Willow.
You can find A Christmas Bride on the link below from


I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review.

Sep 272016



The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

If she has her way . . .
Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .
He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.
Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .
Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .
Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .
Author Bio:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his.
He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”
I love to read holiday books and I really like reading books that Jill Shalvis has written.  So I knew I would like The Trouble with Mistletoe. I was not disappointed.  I think this is book 3 in the A Heartbreaker Bay Novel series. In each book a couple of different characters are featured.
The Trouble with Mistletoe features Willa who owns a pet store and Keane who needs someone to take care of his great-aunts cat from hell!  The problem is Willa is still mad at him for something he did back in high school!  Keane doesn’t even really recognize her.  You will need to read The Trouble with Mistletoe to see what happens with Willa and Keane.  It’s a great book and I can’t wait for the next one in the series!
I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review.


Sep 262016

resize_ec5c0f2cd7016a1d3cf2de59eff44224a6b185dd707519e367dbcd369994d9efeb6b86a1256256My feet are in sandals or flip flops all summer – but it is getting cool now and wet so I needed to find something else to wear.  I wanted some thing comfortable and was excited to try these Walking Slip on Boot – Lexy by J.Adams #zooshoo.  They have a zipper on the inside that makes it really easy to put the boots on.

It was nice surprise to see how comfortable the boots were.   They have a sleek look and can be wore with a dress or jeans.  I could go from work to out and not have to bring an extra pair of shoes.

These are the perfect height – the heel is under 2 inches so they are easy to walk in.  I also like the color I got – kind of a gray so they go with everything.

If you are looking for a new pair of shoes I really like these and they come in a variety of colors.  They seem to be very durable and are made from 100% Vegan Fabric so Eco-friendly.

You can find them HERE on


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Sep 202016


5 Common Things That Happen When

You Lose A Noticeable Amount Of Weight

Whenever someone chooses to commit to a weight loss journey, it’s not just a physical transformation that happens, but a mental transformation as well. Regardless of how long it takes for people to reach their goal weight, there are significant things that occur along the way that impact their body image and confidence. For all of the positive reinforcement once receives, they might also notice some negativity or odd reactions from those they are close to. Read on for tips and insights from leading experts that will offer clarity and solutions for anyone seeking to transform or who already has.

1. You shed friends along with pounds.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD a NYC based licensed neuropsychologist, a teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, explains that, “It is normal to lose friends as you lose pounds. As you see the payoff from the lifestyle changes you’ve made you may feel disconnected with friends who may still eat and drink things you no longer do. You’re evolving,” offers Dr. Hafeez. She also adds that, “It’s common to notice jealousy, and digs. You may even experience exclusion from dinners out presuming you wouldn’t want to indulge.”

Have faith that your true friends will love you at any size. “It will actually be difficult to tolerate any gossip, negativity or activities that are counterproductive. The last thing you need are people who bring you down when you are doing something positive for your well being. Look out for yourself. At times that may mean distancing from certain people,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

2. Loose skin becomes the new thing you notice. Once you reach your goal weight, you may love how you look in clothes but naked in or a bathing suit is a whole other story. This is most common when weight loss is significant. Even when weight training is part of the regimen, loose skin does happen.

Dr. John Zannis a board certified plastic surgeon based in New Bern, North Carolina frequently sees and treats patients who went through a weight loss transformation. According to Dr. Zannis, “Loose skin can gather at the stomach, under arms, breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, face and neck. The more significant the weight-loss is, say 50 pounds and above, the more likely a plastic surgeon is sought out to explore body lifts that specifically address loose skin after weight-loss.”

3. You have more energy, are excited about life and can do more!

As you change your diet, add daily exercise to your new lifestyle and see the weight melt off, you gain energy! You don’t feel the need to hit the snooze button anymore. You may wake up energized for that 7am powerwalk or you may be inspired by that beautiful new dress you get to wear to work, another dress size dropped. Yay!

“Use newfound energy to your advantage, encourages Dr. Hafeez, your brain is forming new neuropathways as your perception about your body starts to change. That flight of stairs that was once an obstacle is much easier. Simple things like putting on shoes, picking up toys and pushing a vacuum are done with ease. As you take notice of what your body can do, you gain more confidence and want to do more. This energizes you both physically and mentally,” she adds.

4. Shopping gets interesting.

It is common to get overwhelmed with options now that you can shop the way you always dreamed of.  Perhaps your new strong, shapely legs have inspired you to wear dresses again for the first time in years. Or after always covering your arms, you may opt for sleeveless tops. Either way, trying new looks outside of your comfort zone can be daunting. Dr. Hafeez advises to, shop on your own or with someone you really trust. “It is important that shopping is made to be fun by approaching it as a style experiment. Don’t expect everything to look perfect just because you are a much smaller size. Some things will work, others won’t. Look for clothes that feel good. When you smile in the mirror that’s a sign you’re on track.”

5. You make yourself, your health and well being top priority and start to inspire others.

When you lose a noticeable amount of weight other people want to know how you did it and how you are keeping the weight off. Your immediate family may also adapt to your dietary changes and experience weight loss by association. When your kids see you wake up every morning to exercise they see that anything worth having requires commitment. Your significant other may be inspired to also lose weight. “When you take care of yourself and are in a positive mindset, it has a positive impact on everyone you interact with. When the mind and body are aligned you love the way you look and feel, you’re happy and someone others can look up to.”

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I want to have these problems!  I can’t wait to start shopping for smaller clothes!  I first need to stick to my healthier eating plan.


Sep 142016


Sometimes you want to just change a room – but don’t have a lot of money to do so. That is what I like about these Red and White Vases 3D from Nisha stickers. They can add so much to your room.  Don’t they look like they are sitting on shelves?  They are just 3D wall stickers. There are 3 stickers in the pack.  They are 42cm x 22cm / 16.40″ x 8.60″ (Each).  They look great in my living room and make the room look much bigger.  I really like how they look.  The color on the pictures is really bright and nice looking.  The vases look like they could be real from a distance.

They are very easy to use – you just decide where you want them.  To make sure they go up straight I recommend drawing a light line on the wall with a pencil.  Then gently peel the release paper off the back of the picture and stick it on the wall – being careful to make sure you do not get any air bubbles – then gently rub to adhere the sticker to the wall.

Nisha stickers come in other designs and are nice for living rooms, dinning room or bedroom. You can purchase your own Red and White Vases 3D stickers HERE.


“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this sponsored post 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.”


Sep 132016


New Pinterest and survey data released today shows a real shift in how people are thinking about comfort food. People are now rejecting traditional comfort foods (we’re looking at you, lasagna and mac n cheese), in favor of meals with fresher, healthier ingredients. The trend shows Americans’ association with comfort food moving away from a traditionally emotional connection to a more mindful approach.

An analysis of Pinterest user data found that comfort food Pins are on the rise, with 54,000 comfort food ideas saved each day, a 140 percent increase over last year. But people are increasingly looking for “veggies” in their “comfort food” searches (336 percent increase), instead of things we traditionally think of as comfort food, like lasagna (down 69 percent), macaroni (down 55 percent) and stroganoff (down 50 percent).

The national consumer survey found that:

·       58 percent find noodle and carb substitutes like cauliflower and zucchini noodles, or “zoodles,” appealing.

·       Millennials (50 percent) are 16 percent more likely to seek inspiration for recipes on social media, compared to 34 percent of older generations

·       63 percent seek more meat and poultry raised without hormones and antibiotics

·       91 percent like fresh vegetables, with 66 percent saying they are “very appealing.”

·       86 percent agree they focus on simple-to-prepare dishes and wellness.

·       69 percent find incorporating super foods or ingredients that have wellness benefits appealing, more so among millennial moms – 75 percent.

Here are some examples of new comfort food recipes, developed by Chef Dean Rucker for Foster Farms:

It is really true – Rex and I are trying to cut out sugars and carbs in our diet.  At first I thought it would be hard not having carbs with our meals – but I have found a number of comfort meals I like better.  Many of them are using Foster Farms Simply Raised (no antibiotics ever) chicken. This past weekend I made a meal that was great for a fall Sunday dinner.  We invited our friend Billy and his son over for a nice homemade meal that tasted great and is good for you.


I started with Foster Farms Simply Raised (no antibiotics ever) chicken thighs – normally I like chicken breast but for this recipe I wanted to use the thighs.  I used two packages – so there were 8 pieces of chicken.  I made Braised Chicken, Carrots and Mushrooms.


I started by seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper and then browning all sides in oil in what I call “The Magic Pot”  others might call it a dutch oven.  It is great for making all kinds of comfort foods. After browning the chicken I used the same pot and sauteed the carrots, onions and mushrooms.  Then removed the veggies – returned the chicken and liquids and cooked for an additional hour and half.  Then returned the veggies – cooked until they were hot and served!


Here is the finished dish!  It was tender, juice and very delicious.  Loved by all.  Billy said it brought back lots of memories of meals from growing up! Not only did it taste good ~ I know it was good for us.  We never missed the potatoes or carbs that in the past I would have added to the meal.


Braised Chicken, Carrots And Mushrooms
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6-8 servings
Nice fall comfort meal
  • 8 Foster Farms Simply Raised (no antibiotics ever) chicken thighs
  • 2 Pounds mushrooms (I used white and baby bella) cleaned, trimmed and cut in half or quarter
  • 2 Cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ Cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5 Large Carrots peeled and cut into about 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 Medium Onion , Chopped
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Season the both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper
  2. Heat olive oil in "The Magic Pot" brown all sides of the chicken in batches. Put on separate plate and set aside after browned.
  3. Saute carrots and onions in same pan - until tender about 10 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and garlic and saute about 6 more minutes. Remove veggies and set aside.
  5. Sprinkle flour in Magic Pot and cook 1-2 minutes to get it brown and nutty flavored.
  6. Add in the Balsamic and apple cider vinegar - whisking with flour until smooth and thick about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  8. Return chicken to Magic Pot with liquid. Bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  10. Add the veggies back in and stir. When veggies heated again and sauce has reduced.
  11. Serve in bowls with a bit of the sauce.


Sep 122016


I have been on a low-carb diet for awhile. I have been very curious what my ketone level is.  That is why I am so happy to use the HealthyWiser Ketone Test Strips #HeathyWiserKetone.  They are so easy to use and test your urine.  On the back of the container there is a chart that is easy to read and figure out if you are in ketosis or not. Using the Ketone Test Strips makes it fast to check your results and you can tell just in 30 seconds.

I think using these strips helps keep me motivated – and alerts me right away if I need to change my eating pattern.  These are great for anyone trying to stay on a low-carb or paleo diet.  They come in 200 pack container – so I can test a number of times a day if I want to. This is the first time I have used Ketone Test Strips and am happy with the results.

If you want to purchase your own HeathyWiser Ketone Test Strips you can do so on the link below from

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Sep 112016

Your parents cared for you during your younger years, and when they reach an advanced age, they expect you to care for them. Sending a parent or elderly family member to a nursing home is something you might put off for years. While you might assume that your home is in good condition and ready for that loved one, the elderly need more help than you might expect. Look at the three necessary changes you must make before moving in an elderly loved one.

Overall Layout

The biggest change you must make is to the overall layout of your home. Think about where that person will live and where the individual will spend most of his or her time. You need to make sure that the hallways are free of any obstacles and that they can easily walk around the bedroom, living room, kitchen and any other shared areas of your home. Those who use wheelchairs or walkers may require even more space. You will need to rearrange your furniture, and you may even need to remove some furniture and accessories from your home to make life easier for your loved one.

Bathroom Renovation

Many elderly people have mobility issues that can impede them when taking a shower or using the bathroom. Home improvement stores sell tons of accessories that you can use to renovate your bathroom. A shower chair allows your loved one to sit down while taking a shower, and hand rails that install on the walls help those with more mobility stay safe in the shower. You may need to install hand rails near the toilet too and replace your current sink with a pedestal sink that can accommodate a wheelchair.

Stair Chair

If you have a home with two or more stories, consider investing in a stair chair or a stairlift. When shopping for stairlifts Long Island shoppers will find fits designed for exterior spaces, the inside of their homes and even those that work with curved staircases. These lifts allow your loved one to take a seat and press a button to slowly get upstairs without actually climbing all those stairs. A lift is a great option for an elderly person who sleeps on an upper floor. With a stairlift, simple bathroom renovation and a layout change, you can make your home more accessible for an elderly loved one.


Sep 112016

Formaldehyde free nail products are extremely important for one’s health. Safety organizations have been observing cosmetic consumer products for some time as they have looked for potentially toxic ingredients. It was shocking for their studies to discover that traditional nail polish normally contains at least three toxins, those being formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene, all of which have been linked to major health problems.

Formaldehyde: Used as a preservative, it is found in nail treatments and hardeners. It has been linked to cancer, nervous system disorders, skin problems, and can cause damage to the kidneys and liver. It is also found in products like air fresheners and even in secondhand smoke.

Dibutyl phthalate: DBP helps to prevent nail lacquer from chipping and becoming brittle. Unfortunately, it can cause birth defects, reproductive problems, and disrupt a person’s hormones. DBP is also found in skin creams and perfumes.

Toulene: This solvent helps give the smoothness to nail polish, but it can damage the eyes, lungs, throat, and can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, or even short term memory loss.

How can you limit exposure to these dangerous toxins if you don‘t want to give up nail polish and other nail products? The answer is by replacing traditional nail polish with safer products that are formulated without eight of the most dangerous ingredients usually found in typical lacquers. The additional five are TPHP, Butyl Acetate, Camphor, Ethyl Acetate, and Benzophenone.

Polston and Co. is a good example of a company that prides itself on eliminating the eight toxin ingredients in their nail products. This family owned and operated business has been developing products for the cosmetics industry for more than 20 years. They have been committed to moving away from solvent systems into aqueous systems, which is a new chemistry that uses the universal solvent, water. Polston and Co. continues to innovate and deliver products that have maximum performance but without any compromises on safety and health. What is used is a cutting edge technology which leaves out all those bad chemicals mentioned above.