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June 30, 2015

YAY!!! Back Online!

Holy cannoli batman! What was only suppose to be one month turned into FIVE. I apologize and have SO much to catch up on - I may have to just scrap everything and start all over. If I do, hope you don't mind.

Any way...I just wanted to let you know we're up and running again and will post as time fits, thank you for your patience.


February 27, 2015

Side Note. ..

Hi every body!

I'm just popping in from my phone to let you know I won't be able to make regular posts until around the cable until then :/
I've got so many goodies all ready to post for you:
     There's another giveaway, more reviews, coupons and freebies just waiting to share with you!
So, til next time: Be The Heart Of YOUR Home, you wont go wrong!

February 21, 2015

We Have Our Winners For The NuNaturals Giveaway!

First off,  a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered as well as shared this giveaway but mostly to Mr Ron Redding from NuNaturals!

Our winners are:
NuNaturals NuStevia 4 Piece Package

Holly D.
Ellen B.
Melissa C.
Ali L.
All winners have 24 hrs to contact me!

February 17, 2015

Food Insurance is giving away 20 great food storage and preparedness products!

Ends April 15, 2015: Food Insurance is giving away 20 great food storage and preparedness products!  Enter HERE

Friendly Reminder

Hi everyone!

Wow, it's been a real chiller here, our boys (the dogs) have clung to my side day and night! Who needs an electric blanket when you've got dogs to lay on you!

I just wanted to remind all readers, subscribers and visitors that our giveaway for NuNaturals NuStevia is running and will be ending at midnight Feb 20 (12 am 2/21) and if you haven't done so, please go HERE to enter!

There will be FOUR winners, open worldwide and if you're 18 or older, you can enter!!

Free Amazon Kindle Books for February 17, 2015

These are listed as FREE ($0.00) as of February 17, 2015

Natural Remedies For Beginners: How To Protect, Cure And Beautify Yourself Without Prescriptions (Herbal Remedies, Natural Antibiotics, Honey, Diet, Natural Cures, DIY Hacks, Stress, Natural Healing) [Kindle Edition]

Diabetes Diet: The Best Diabetic Foods To Eat, Herbs To Take, And Drinks To Swallow (Diabetes Foods, Diabetes Diet, Diabetes Cookbook Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Heartfelt Recipes - A cookbooklet inspired by the Cadence of Grace series [Kindle Edition]

The Pursuit of God : (Annotated and illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Praying through the Prophets: Daniel [Kindle Edition]

Live Uncaged: Find the Freedom You've Always Wanted [Kindle Edition]

A Firm Foundation: Building a Household of Faith on the Unchanging Principles of the Word of God [Kindle Edition]

Is There a Doctor In the House: Common Sense Medical Insights and Anecdotes from a Veteran Family Physician [Kindle Edition]

Vitamins & Minerals (Speedy Study Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Gourmet Cheesecake Cookbook: The Most Delicious Cheese Cake Recipes That Are Quick & Easy [Kindle Edition]

Natural Remedies for Inflammation: Your Essential Guide to Healing Joint Pain and Inflammation with Natural Remedies and Easy Lifestyle and Diet Changes (Natural Remedies Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Twig, Bud, Leaf and Root: An Introduction for Beginners to Medicinal Herbs and Plants and the Art of Herbalism [Kindle Edition]

Homemade Essential Oil Archaic Recipes For Beginners: Amazing Aromatherapy Oils & Elixirs For A Healthier And Relaxed You [Kindle Edition]

February 14, 2015

You could win 1 of 2,400 FREE Bags of Ricola Revitalizing Drops

Through March 31st, you can head here daily to enter in the Ricola Spin & Win Instant Win Game! You could win 1 of 2,400 FREE Bags of Ricola Revitalizing Drops – a $2.99 value! AND, 20,000 will score a $0.75 off any bag of Ricola coupon.

February 13, 2015

Winter's Got Me Down - NuNaturals NuStevia Review and Giveaway

I don't know about you, but for me...I'm not so fond of the winter season we're having. Just yesterday, more snow...bummer. What better way to beat the winter glums then to host a review and giveaway!

So, with that said, I think we can ALL use a pick-me-up and thanks to Mr Ron Redding (The Sugar Free Poppa) at NuNaturals, once again we are pleased to announce a review AND giveaway with FOUR LUCKY WINNERS of their AWESOME products!!!

I have had the honor of reviewing NuNaturals NuStevia™ products in the past and I have never been disappointed - sweet without a drop of sugar, natural without a drop of mechanically engineered products and delicious with their large assortment of flavors. As you can see by the package we received, they have MANY items on their site and these are but a few:

Due to diabetes and high blood pressure in our home, we watch product labels a lot. You'll find that you can have these ailments AND enjoy the sweetness of sugar without the sugar or imitation flavorings through NuNaturals NuStevia™ products!

Just a couple of examples of how I use NuNaturals NuStevia™ are: adding 1/3 dropper of Orange NuStevia™  to a cup of tea brings it to a whole new level or drizzling the Cocoa Syrup over a bowl of ice cream - a little syrup will go a LONG way in sweetness AND flavor! My personal favorite is vanilla ice cream (hey, I'm cutting back on the sugar in the topping LOL) and drizzle the Cocoa Mint Syrup over the top - tastes the same as a name brand mint chip ice cream!

We use the NuNaturals NuStevia™  packets in lieu of other sugar substitutes in our coffee but we use LESS packs to reach that same fulfilling flavor which is VERY cost beneficial. Everyone has a different opinion of the ratio sugar to stevia has, but for me personally, I use LESS stevia to accomplish the same level of sweetness. You will have to find your own sweet spot and trust me, once you do, you are hooked! 

Also, the dropper bottles are easy to transport anywhere so you will find a Vanilla NuStevia™ dropper bottle in the glove box when we want a 'gourmet flavored' cup of coffee on the road without the cost OR sugar.

I juice around here for the detoxing benefit it brings, but I don't let those scraps go to waste -- nay nay! I make a quick bread out of them, even muffins. What I do is, I take a cup of scraps (freeze the rest), and add it to my favorite banana bread recipe, using only 1 banana and before adding the egg, I start putting in the NuStevia™ . I change it up though, I sometimes will use the loose NuStevia™  and sometimes the drops, depending on what sounds good and I taste test it until I reach the desired sweetness. Then I finish the batter as it states. Mind you now, that if you do NOT add ANY sugar, you will NOT get a browned finish because it's the sugar that does that. The texture and taste will remain the same.

With it being winter time, trust me, NuNaturals NuStevia™ tastes GREAT on oatmeal!!

Here's another idea for you: Do you like soda water? I love it! If you buy any cherry, lime or lemon flavored or even plain flavored, take the Cherry NuStevia™  and drop by drop, add it to your soda - it's like drinking a regular soda with a cherry kick!

And in homemade sugar cookies - the Cherry Vanilla adds a real treat flavor while you cut back on the sugar! You WILL need SOME sugar to brown the cookies, but MUCH LESS and that's AWESOME goodness in your oven!

Have you tried any stevia products in the past? I have found an after taste in the ones I've tried. I do NOT, however, find an after taste using NuNaturals NuStevia™ . That's why I am a firm supporter of their products and Mr Redding, The Sugar Free Poppa, is a real great guy. If you have ANY questions or comments, he is easy to talk to.

You can find more of what I love about NuNaturals NuStevia™ by going to my last review HERE.

Also, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on their website:
When you get to the checkout page, enter the discount code: BLG0615 and you'll receive a 15%  discount on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2015
Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts

Now, on to the giveaway:

FOUR LUCKY WINNERS will be chosen 
EACH to receive:
( 1 ) one bottle of the Orange Flavored Stevia Liquids, a 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, PLUS a bottle of the new Cocoa Syrup, and a bottle of the new Cocoa Mint Syrup. Each of the 4 winners will receive the complete product selection of all 4 items with the retail value of $54.00, PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT!

NuNaturals WILL SHIP DIRECTLY to the winners and is open to our WORLDWIDE audience. They CAN NOT SHIP TO P O BOXES. You must be 18 years of age or older.Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to contact me with their name, address, phone number and email address.

This giveaway is available for ONE WEEK ONLY - so spread the word! Running February 13, 2015 until 12:00am February 21, 2015. 

In order to be eligible you must Like NuNaturals on Facebook and spread the word about this giveaway!

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(Disclaimer: NuNaturals provided me with free samples of these products to review and I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free products)
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AllYou Magazine Had Great Coupons Up

I just checked out the AllYou site for their COUPONS and they've got some pretty good ones up right now...mind you, NOT healthy ones, just GOOD ones :)

Free 12 Issues Of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Valuemags has made it possible for you to receive a year of Better Homes and Gardens delivered to your home, and as always, it's completely FREE. Click HERE to view ALL their FREE magazine offers. As I've stated before, I have been receiving free magazine subscriptions from Valuemags since their beginning, hmmm, that's about 16 years now, and have never had a bad experience, always a great site to work with.

Dee's Weekly Flash Fiction Valentine Giveaway!

Do you like author giveaways? If so, my good friend Dee is hosting a Flash Fiction Valentine's giveaway. She's an amazing author, a good friend and a real nice person!!! Just visit her Facebook page HERE to enter for a copy of her AMAZING book, "The Miting" plus a Valentine's surprise!!. Ends Feb 24 - US residents only

February 12, 2015

Free Sample Pack Of All Natural Organic Food

Home delivery of all natural organic food, they have a sample pack for you to try them out HERE

Redpack Carnevale Celebration - Win Apron, Tote or MORE!

Enter the Redpack Carnevale Celebration on Facebook for a chance to win a $350 Prize Pack

MMMM, Free Reese's Candy

Who doesn't like a good Reese's candy?? Pick your line up HERE for a coupon up to $2 value - ok, so it's not HEALTHY, but I do love Reese's :)

Free sample of Zarbee's Naturals Mighty Bee or Elderberry Gummy Immune Support

Grab a free sample of Zarbee's Naturals Mighty Bee or Elderberry Gummy Immune Support. Go to their facebook page where you can choose one of two samples HERE

Book Review: Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

Wow is all I can truly say about this book! What encouragement! I have read his book, watched his movie, and have followed him in the news - a beautiful wife and now a beautiful baby!

Here you have a man without his limbs who has grown to be a well known public speaker encouraging others they can make it through anything! Nick had to concur and survive through many adversities and when you can't see a way through, he pulled through!

Never doubt what you can do ever again, as Nick is living proof that there is NOTHING impossible for God to do in and with your life.

An awesome read, I highly recommend this book to all teenagers and adults alike.

Thanks to Blogging For Books, they made it possible for me to read such an amazing and encouraging book!

Disclaimer: I did receive a full size product from either Blogging For Books or the company as compensation for this review. I post honest, tried and true reviews with my complete open minded opinion either negative or positive is completely mine alone.

Free From In Touch Ministries - Magnet

In Touch ministries, Dr. Charles Stanley, is offering to first time requests a real nice free magnet. You can check it out HERE

February 11, 2015


Working through Bzzagent again, we were able to review Kroger's Fresh Foods Market Chicken Tenders and a bottle of Coke.

I'll begin with the coke part. It came to have with the tenders which I completely appreciate!

Ok, so I was suppose to have given up on soda as I've been a diet soda addict for hmmmm, 35 years...yes, that makes me too old to admit LOL. But any soda drinker will tell you...those carbonated bubbles sure do feel good! Diet coke was my choice....and it was goooood :)

As for the Kroger Fresh Foods Market Chicken Tenders: I've seen them in the deli cooler area, never hot and ready in my own local Kroger, so I'm not sure how they taste fresh, hot and ready.

Do you have a Kroger near you? Ours is about a mile away, and it's our quick one stop shop instead of driving out to the local mega mart.

When I went to Kroger to pick up the tenders and soda, there weren't any hot tenders (as usual), there wasn't any plain flavored either - it was BBQ coated or bust - BBQ tenders were my choice for this review.

Ok, so there isn't any comparison to these tenders to homemade:
8 breasts sliced into tenders, 2 c. italian bread crumbs, 1/4-1/2 c. parm cheese, dashes of cornstarch, garlic powder, oregano, italian seasoning, oregano and black pepper - give a good stir.
Can coat with mayo (YES MAYO!), slather it up all over the meat, bread well and can bake at 425 on a sprayed baking pan or pan fry...OR beat 2 eggs with a little milk and press into crumb mixture and fry on both sides til done

But...if you're looking to grab REAL CHICKEN BREAST tenders without the mess or time, yes...these are a GREAT choice because they ARE real chicken breast meat. And if you put them side by side with a fast food chain, they hands down, are a better choice and are REAL food! They are a bit pricey though, right around $7-$8 a pound - but, ONE Big M** is what....close to $4? A pound of tenders will feed two adults or 3-4 kids.

The down side to the ones I bought, (BBQ), is they are simply coated in a BBQ sauce - not a mind blowing sauce, just a mild, eh flavored sauce. Not impressed AT ALL. Flavor wise was ok. I tried to crisp them up under the broiler a bit after trying them as they came from the store, which helped in flavor (burning the sugar in the sauce always helps!). Some pieces were a bit stringy and dried, other pieces were spot on, but it was basically a hit or miss. Here's a pic of them on the broiler tray to show you size, BBQ sauce and quantity you can expect in a pound:

The average tender was about 4" long, a half inch thick - some shorter, some thicker. All in all, a good size.

Kroeger and Bizagent state:

1: Forgo fast food in favor of a meal that's just as fast, affordable and made fresh each day - I AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT

2: Part of a hot chicken offering that includes everything from baked and rotisserie chicken, tenders and wings to 8-piece fried chicken dinners and 250-piece party packs - I AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT AS I SAW ALL BUT THE PARTY TRAYS

3: Available exclusively in the deli department at the Kroger Co Family of stores - I DON'T AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT....Many stores offer their own VERSION of tenders. In my humble opinion, take the hit of having to toss some out just to offer them fresh and hot throughout a specific time period, like maybe 11 am to 7 pm, or something like that so when someone wants to grab something from the deli instead of cooking a meal or running to the nearest fast food, they CAN grab these instead of finding them in the cooler area like I always have and as I'm sure, hot and ready probably DO taste better (taste wasn't the problem, tough and stringy WAS the problem)

4: Whether it's for weekday meals or casual celebrations, Fresh Foods Market Chicken Tenders from The Kroger Co Family of Stores are sure to please for three simple reasons--they're fresh, never frozen and always hand breaded in your local store. I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT - when I went to my local Kroger, like I said, at that particular time, they ONLY HAD BBQ drenched tenders. I asked the girl behind the counter for a pound of just plain ones to have and she said they had to be cooked, etc...THAT THEY WERE FROZEN. So I cannot state with all certainty, they are never frozen.

I was also offered a couple coupons to give out to my friends for $1 off the coke and 1 lb tenders for them to try as well - I WILL recommend they use the coupons IF THE TENDERS ARE HOT, FRESH and ON SALE,

Disclaimer: I did receive a full size product from either BzzAgent or the company as compensation for this review. I post honest, tried and true reviews with my complete open minded opinion either negative or positive is completely mine alone.

Cool Find: An UP TO DATE Site That Lists All Food Recals

As I was putting together some information for a future post, I found a site that lists all the food recalls you need to know about - it lists specific brand, item, reason and even a picture on most - go HERE to check it out yourself. (it's from the fda,gov site)

February 10, 2015

Do You Quilt Or Know Someone Who Does?

I'd love to make a really cool quilt...years ago, after my Mother-in Law past, I had all of her craft stuff..I made things like rugs and curtains and even designed my own footstool for Honey Bear! Well, through the years, the only thing remaining are her two pairs of scissors :/

Anyway...I ran across a link that lists a whole bunch of really cool quilting supplies giveaways all nicely shared but the catch is, they end very soon - some end tomorrow and some into March, but if you ARE interested in checking them out or sharing them, you can find the nicely done link HERE