New Year’s Resolution

This is the time that people begin thinking of New Years’ resolutions. People think of many kinds of resolutions. The most common resolution, besides making more money, is to seek better health. People choose better health in many forms. Some decide to give up soda or sweets. Some decide to take Continue reading

up running. Other choose to lose weight. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to dress well and take other measures to ensure success. Regardless of how a person changes their diet it’s important that a person exercises as well.

Begin by making a realistic goal. For a person who wants to lose weight, it’s important that they start out slow. Too many people want to lose a lot of weight in a short time, but that can oftentimes end up in chaos. The results are lived short-term. The person loses momentum when trying too much too soon. Figure out how many calories are lost naturally, consider how much exercise can be done in a day and how many calories to lose in a day. For instance, a person who has a deficit of 500 calories per day can expect to lose roughly a pound of fat per week. There are other factors involved in losing weight; however, it all basically comes down to burning more calories than a person takes in.

It’s important to list out daily steps to achieve the goal. In the instance of losing weight, lay out which exercises will be followed. Allow for variation so that boredom doesn’t cause an obstacle to losing weight. Pick a day for running, walking, lifting weights and other forms of exercise. Change it up so that the body is ever-changing. Keep a chart or mark on the calendar days that were worked out and which days weren’t. Sometimes, people fall into lulls during a particular point in the week. Consider why this occurs. It could be that a person stays up too late Sunday night to feel their best for early Monday morning exercise.

Dressing well should be part of a weight loss goal. Choose pants that are warm enough for the colder months, but choose pants that are flexible enough to allow for consistent movement. Choose shoes that are suited to walking, running and other forms of exercise. For instance, there are a variety of shoes to choose from stores like Sneaker King. Get ready, get dressed, and get moving!


Arlo Giveaway

Arlo Giveaway Sponsored by Early Ink Press

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

 

Arlo Giveaway

 

Reading is more fun with a friend! Kids will love to read about the adventures of Arlo the Elephant as he goes on adventures like going to the dentist, taking a trip, and visiting the farmer’s market! Continue reading

Kids may be nervous about doing new things for the first time and reading about experiences in a fun way with a buddy to hold is a great way to encourage them! See what Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and her kids thought in their Arlo review.

 

Would you like to win the Arlo the Elephant book series and plush? This giveaway runs through 2/3 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 

 

 

Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 


Messy Beautiful Love Giveaway

Messy Beautiful Love Giveaway Sponsored by Family Christian

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Messy Beautiful Love Giveaway

“Messy Beautiful Love” is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.

When you surrender your Continue reading

relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience. “Messy Beautiful Love” is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

See what Emilee from Pea of Sweetness thought of “Messy Beautiful Love” in her Marriage Book Review.

Would you like to win “Messy Beautiful Love?” This giveaway runs through 1/27 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 

Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 


Eco Emi Subscription Box Giveaway

Eco Emi Subscription Box Giveaway Sponsored by Eco Emi

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Eco Emi Giveaway

Eco Emi is a great eco-friendly subscription box. They offer the opportunity to try new eco-friendly, all natural, vegetarian, animal conscious, free-trade products. Many are sample size, and some are full size as Continue reading

well! Additionally they offer other great boxes like their Beauty Box, which is full of four to five full and deluxe sized bath and body, beauty, and/or cosmetic products. Plus, right now when you sign up for the Beauty Box you can receive a Blush or Hair Milk for FREE! Simply use code MHBlush for the blush and SRHairMilk for the Hair Milk! Amazing, right? Don’t forget to use the coupon code upon sign up!

Emilee at Deals of Sweetness has been loving all the great eco-friendly products she receives each month – both seeing some of her favorites and trying new products! See how she wrapped up 2014 with Eco Emi.

Would you like to try an Eco Emi Eco-Friendly Subscription Box? This giveaway begins on 1/16 and ends on 1/30 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding dealsofsweetness@gmail.com to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 

Disclosure: Deals of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) to facilitate her honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 


Real Women Leading – Book Review

Real-Women-Leading copy I love how honest and willing to share the authors; Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder, are throughout the book. They are very transparent and open about their faith. I love reading books like this where the authors are not selling pie-in-the-sky ideals, but are just being real

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it means to be a woman leading the Proverbs 31 values. They understand where women struggle and they can relate. They don’t sugar coat what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman.  They are honest, realistic and they make it a reality for today. They make it accessible to today. They have great tips and suggestions on how women in today’s culture can live on “Proverbs 31.” Both ladies show how we can implement God’s character and values into our lives.


The A-Z of C S Lewis Book Review

This is a great compendium cs lewis copy of C.S. Lewis’ life and writings. This collection makes it easy to access and provides great details to his writings, characters, and so much more.

This is definitely not a sit down and read biography, but more like a reference book a fan could use to Continue reading

gain a wealth of information to better understand C.S Lewis, his life and writings.

A great reference book to keep around when reading C.S. Lewis’ works to help better understand and keep track of his prolific writings.


Cucumber, Mango & Black Bean Salad

We got a fruit basket for Christmas this year and I’ll be honest, I had no idea what to do with a mango. In addition to the mango the basket also had some limes and a couple of oranges.  After some experimenting I discovered this gem of a healthy salad.   Continue reading

  Works great on it’s own or with grilled chicken or fish.

Makes 4 servings

1 cup chopped seeded cucumber

1/2 cup chopped mango

1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

2 tbsp minced seeded jalapeño pepper 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tbsp fresh orange juice

1/2 tsp salt


Winter Wonderland Candle Set

old factory 3 The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different 2 ounce scented, hand-poured natural soy wax candles. Each candle has a cotton wick and is made with premium fragrance oils. The jars are simple in design and could fit into a wide range of decors. The box the set is Continue reading

sold in a simple card board box, but it is very fitting for the look and feel the company seems to be trying for. The labels on the candles also reflect the same simple look and feel.

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I picked the WINTER WONDERLAND themed gift set. It contains the Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow candles.  The scents are pleasant.  The Hot Cocoa is my favorite.  It really does smell like a hot mug of cocoa.  The other two scents seem to be more “inspired by” their name more then actual representations of the scent.  They are both pleasing and have a sweet scent.

Old Factory says they will burn for 20 hours.  I admit I did not time the total burn time on them, but they are such nice smelling candles that even twice that time would feel too quick.  Overall I would say these candles would make great gifts for the candle lover in your life.

 

Other Scent Collections include;
50 SHADES Of GREY – Includes Leather, Jasmine Bubbles, Vanilla Sex
COFFEE SHOP – Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
FALL HARVEST – Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves
FRESH & CLEAN – Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
HAPPY HOLIDAYS – Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
MAN CAVE – Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
NEW BORN BABY – Baby Powder, First Blanket, Baby Shampoo
ROMANCE – Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
SPA DAY – Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
VACATION – Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi

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Manny the Monkey Plus Pal Review

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The kids love Manny.  We’ve used Manny on our Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone.  He’s spoken for DH while he was at work, MIL when she called to say “Hi” to the kids.  He’s also stood in for some of the interactive “talking” games, music and even an audio book.  The Continue reading

kids could not get enough.

There are three different Plush Pals available.  Manny the Monkey, Freddy the Frog, and Patch the Dog.  They take 3 “AA” batteries.  With the batteries and mechanism are weighted enough to handle all of the movement he does while singing and dancing to music. Aside from the battery compartment, he is covered in a very soft plush material makes a nice huggable toy.  He will be tethered to whatever device you connect him to.  Manny can be connected to almost any device with a headphone jack. A Bluetooth version would be a welcome upgrade.  Other than that it is a very fun novelty toy.

The kids have had hours of fun with Manny since he has come to stay with us.

 


Fun Cherry Lime Jell-o

cherry lime jello copy This recipe comes from wanting to do something fun for the kids for New Year’s Eve.  It is super simple and very tasty.

The Jell-o is prepared using condensed milk instead of the cold water the standard directions call for.

Begin by selecting your jello.  I chose Cherry and Lime as the kids Continue reading

love Cherry-lime slushies, as well as the sweet and tangy combination makes it a favorite for adults as well.  Chose one flavor for the bottom layer.  Prepare as directed with hot water.  When the directions call for cold water to be added, just use the same amount in condensed milk.  Let the first layer set in the fridge for about an hour.  In a separate bowl mix your second flavor. Spoon it on top of your first layer as pouring it may cause the layers to mix.  Set until firm. I served with a wedge of lime.  This is a recipe the kids could help with the entire time and they thought it was so fun.

Fun quick treat for the kids that will probably become a New Year’s Eve tradition.

 

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