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August 26, 2014

Tropical Traditions 32 oz Jar Virgin Coconut Oil Winner!

We have the winner of the 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil giveaway!! Please look for my email to you from mariannakeough ... so they can ship your package!

Grace Mauer - gmauer...

Thank you to all our entrants!

NuNaturals NuStevia New Flavors Pkg Giveaway Winners!

We have FOUR winners of our NuNaturals New Flavors Pkg!!

Please look for my email from mariannakeough to you so your winning package can be shipped:


1) ROBERT F CALVERT - maniacracn...  2) Alice Jane Faris - alicefaris ...  3) Krista Dowding - krista.dowding ...  4) Kristal Pena - ligail2001 - at yahoo...Thank you to all our entrants!

August 25, 2014

August 23, 2014

FREE St. Ives Scrub sample

Through 9/18 (or while supplies last), hurry on over to the St. Ives Facebook page and take the short survey to score a FREE St. Ives Scrub sample ($0.99 value) for the first 20,000! Be sure to click the blue “Register with Facebook” button in order to submit the form. Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery. You’ll also automatically be entered to win one of 100 prize packs containing five full-sized scrubs!
(Thanks, Freebie Shark)

August 19, 2014

Papa John's Pizza Sale

I don't normally make these kinds of posts, but just noticed in our local paper that Papa John's is offering 50% off ALL large pizzas from August 11th thru August 24th. Use promo code 50THANKS at papajohns.com

Free Miraculous Medal

In spreading devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal wishes to offer you a free gift of a blessed Medal of the Immaculate Conception - popularly known as the "Miraculous Medal.”
*Due to postal constraints we are only sending free medals to those in the US and Canada.  We are sorry for the inconvenience. 
We have a variety of Miraculous Medals on our Gift Shop page.
To receive your free gift from the Association, please complete the form below:
PLEASE NOTE:  If you are ordering from outside the United States and Canada there will be a shipping charge due before we can send you the free medal.
Go HERE to order

August 15, 2014

WINIT Ongoing Sweeps

Intouch Weekly Magazine online offers 12 pages of assorted sweeps and offers which you can enter every two hours, every day...they change often and have some real great looking prizes. Check it out HERE

Homemade Coconut Butter (no, NOT cocoa butter!)

I just ran into an interesting site, kind of a little like Paleo, etc. He has a link on how to make COCONUT butter and also, here's a bonus...if you sign up for his newsletter, you'll have a link to a lot of free ebooks
Go HERE to check it out yourself

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August 14, 2014

REMINDER: TWO AWESOME GIVEAWAYS Going on RIGHT Now!!

Hi everyone! Hope you're enjoying this beautiful weather! Thanks for signing up for our newsletter to all our new readers. I don't post often, but I AM trying to post more often :)

Just a friendly reminder that we have TWO, yes...TWO awesome giveaways/reviews happening right now until the end of August
     Tropical Traditions 32 oz jar of Virgin Coconut Oil (one winner) and NuNaturals NuStevia New flavors prize pack (FOUR winners)
Both end August 31, so be sure to enter or pass our link on to someone you know!

Thanks and have a GREAT day!!
As always, Be The Heart of YOUR Home, you'll never go wrong :)

August 12, 2014

CLOSED/WINNERS ANNOUNCED! NuNaturals NuStevia Review and Giveaway Featuring New Flavors!

UPDATE! I know folks that I've posted this giveaway thru August 31, 2014, but due to a family situation, I need to cut it short. A winner will be chosen just after midnight tonight, 8/26/14 Thank you for entering AND understanding!

Hi again readers, I've got the second surprise I mentioned a few days ago ready for you. This last surprise is AMAZING!!!

For the past few years, I have had the honor of reviewing NuNaturals NuStevia products for a great company called NuNaturals (NuNaturals.com ).

Every year they come up with incredible NuStevia products. This year they really hooked me BIG TIME. How you ask? COCOA SYRUP!!! You heard me :) Imagine the guiltless satisfaction of adding this to your next sweet treat - mind blowing....

I didn't know where to start or what to try first, THAT'S how excited I was with their new products. Cocoa Syrup, Cocoa Mint Syrup, and Simple Syrup just to name a few.

The first thing I can't stress enough of though is, you must find your sweet happy spot - the ratio of sugar or artificial sweeteners is not equal to stevia, but NuNaturals NuStevia is the only stevia brand I find easy to work with. Here is a small measuring guideline that I've found helpful. You may want things more or less sweet then I do, but at least you'll have a general idea:
     1 tablespoon of sugar = 6 to 9 drops of liquid NuStevia extract
     1 teaspoon of sugar = 2 to 4 drops of liquid NuStevia extract
     1 packet of NuStevia = 1 packet of Splenda = 1 packet of Equal = 1 packet of Sweet'N Low = 2 teaspoons of sugar
     1 packet of Sweetener = 4 to 5 drops of liquid NuStevia extract
     1/4 cup NuStevia liquid = 1 cup sugar

Ok, so let's start with one of your giveaway items:

NEW NuStevia Cocoa Syrup: This is one of those 'greatest wonders of the world'....just kidding. My first thought was over ice cream, but there's none in the house. My second thought was chocolate milk. Now that I can make. 2 c. milk (we only use whole milk now since I found out my favorite skim milk is basically milk watered to the point of them adding 'garbage' to make it look and taste like milk - so what's the point). Anyway.... 2 c. milk and started with 1/4 tsp NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. I ended up using 1 tsp cocoa syrup and for me, it was just the right sweetness and delicious!

To be honest, even before I made the chocolate milk, I put a dab on the palm of my hand...good, hmmm, needed another taste....it IS sweet, but seriously, if you just need a little oomph of something sweet and don't want to eat a candy bar, slice of cake or dig into a dish of ice cream, this is your answer! A little drop will hit that chocolate fix in a heartbeat. I licked that drop off the palm of my hand like it was melting chocolate and IT WAS GOOOOOD!

Now the next item for your giveaway had me a little stumped, Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid (mmmm, the scent emulating from this bottle.....) - I immediately thought about a bowl of Cherry Garcia, but that wasn't an option....     I wasn't sure how this flavor would work in anything other then soda or ice cream - the only two areas that I'm used to, so I surfed the net and found a recipe called: Easy Apple Bread with Cherry Vanilla NuStevia . I chose trying this recipe because we all have these ingredients in our home (basically): 

Makes 2 large loaves
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 8 oz cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 medium, over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 peeled, cored and small chopped apple
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 to 15 drops Cherry Vanilla NuStevia
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup cacao nibs (raw cacao is high in antioxidant flavanoids, sulfur and magnesium. The essential fatty acids found in chocolate may help the body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.)
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray 2 large loaf pans with non stick spray. Blend the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. In a blender, mix the applesauce, banana, sugar, NuStevia, and oil.. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the flour mix and blend until just combines.  Stir in the apples and cacao nibs just to combine. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 1 hour 5 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pans. Just as the author of this recipe posted on her page HERE
I found this to be a very moist, flavorful bread. The drops she lists are 10 to 15, I chose 15 for a stronger flavor and personally I did not have cacoa nibs, so I used dark chocolate chips which I did have and it was everything I wanted the taste to be, (kind of like the texture and sweetness as you would find in a zucchini bread)

Next, while cruising NuNaturals for recipes, my eyes immediately set upon Homemade Vegan Nutella Sauce using the 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets (now I don't care if it's vegan or not, Nutella is a sit on the couch, watching a good movie, spoon in jar sweet treat I choose way too many times!)

Heather is the creator of this recipe and you can find more NuNaturals recipes HERE or more from Heather HERE
· 2 cups hazelnuts ( I used raw, but roasted would probably work better )
· 2 TBSP dark cocoa powder
· 2 packets of NuNaturals NuStevia™ White Stevia Powder
· ½ tsp. vanilla
· pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
Process the hazelnuts in your food processor, continually scraping down the sides until you start to achieve a nut butter consistency. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy as a spread or blend with 1 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk for more of a Nutella sauce. (Thanks to Heather for this AWESOME creation! I find the flavor was SPOT-ON with regular/roasted nuts).

NuStevia Simple Syrup: Are you familiar with Simple Syrup? You add it to alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic beverages. The only alcoholic drinks we make at home that includes sugar are mojitos and those are made with brown sugar, so I couldn't attempt it - yet. So, what's another use? Lemonade!! It's still summer time, it's still warm enough for a good, old fashioned glass of ice cold lemonade. The best recipe for homemade lemonade is easy to remember: 1c. sugar, 1 c. water, 1 c. lemon juice (squeezed, not bottled!), 3-4 c. cold water to dilute. The sweetness equivalant for NuStevia Simple Syrup to sugar is 1/4 c to 1 c. sugar. So, I made the perfect pitcher of lemonade using 1/4 c NuStevia Simple Syrup and sure enough, we have a pitcher half gone already of The Perfect Lemonade.

If you haven't tried stevia before, I prefer to use NuNaturals brand as I am confident of their products, awesome flavor and decent prices. If you have tried stevia products before, as I have, I truly feel you'll enjoy the flavor of the assortments of flavors and ease of use just as enjoyable as I have.
NuNaturals Giveaway

FOUR winners will each receive ( 1 ) one bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid, a 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, PLUS a bottle of NEW NuStevia COCOA SYRUP and a bottle of the new SIMPLE SYRUP.  Each of the 4 winners will receive the complete product selection of all 4 items with the retail value of $ 52.00 , PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT!


In order to be eligible you must follow NuNaturals on Facebook or Twitter. Then, below this entry box are further options
You can earn bonus entries by doing any of the following and enter which you choose to do in the comment area below:
Subscribe to Be The Heart Of Your Home Newsletter
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow me on Twitter

I'll announce the winner September 1, 2014 and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a replacement will be picked.

(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)

I just listed my #giveaway at Blog Giveaway Directory.  You can list yours too for free!  http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com
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August 11, 2014

CLOSED/WINNER ANNOUNCED! Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review AND Giveaway

UPDATE! I know folks that I've posted this giveaway thru August 31, 2014, but due to a family situation, I need to cut it short. A winner will be chosen just after midnight tonight, 8/26/14 Thank you for entering AND understanding!

Hi readers! I told you I had a surprise for you....today's surprise is a product review of Tropical Traditions 32 oz Gold Label Coconut Oil but not only is it a product review...it's a GIVEAWAY!!! What better way to get back into blogging then with one of the two surprises I have for you :)

(Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review and I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product)

As you know, I am a firm believer in real food, health, getting back to basics and putting an end to toxins on us or in us.

I have been using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer for the past two years now and at 50, it does a heart good to hear people say, "You don't look 50". (I don't have a problem BEING 50, I have a problem HEARING 50, LOL). Have you had a chance to try out coconut oil yourself? (moisturizer or cooking) If you haven't and want to learn about virgin coconut oil, you can visit HERE for information. And if you'd like to learn just how to use virgin coconut oil, you can visit HERE for information as well. 

I learned something I hadn't known, there are hundreds of ways to use virgin coconut oil!

I not only use coconut oil on my face (instant moisturizer), I use it all over my body as soon as I get out of the shower. Honey Bear's grandmother used coconut oil on HER skin and now, in our home, there's always a bottle of it in the bathroom or we take it with us. I also have a bottle in Honey Bear's truck for him to apply as a moisturizer, especially on the arm that gets the most sun. We use it on sores to keep the healing from itching, we use it on our feet to keep the dryness and any cracking at bay and we use it in the kitchen to saute. Really, coconut oil can be used any place on you as well as in you.

Mind you, all coconut oils are NOT the same. If you're not careful, you're looking at processed and chemically scented products. If you're looking for the best brand to use, I can't recommend any really, but if you are looking for the most favorable to receive the full benefit of coconut oil, I do highly recommend Tropical Traditions. It's not only a brand to start with, but one to continue using, as I do find the quality very impressive.

Regarding Tropical Traditions 32 oz Gold Label Coconut Oil, it's a mild scent, not fake or overpowering. I prefer a stronger scent, but really, for my man or my cooking, this mild scent is ideal. It's made from organic, fresh coconuts from the Philippines and is high in antioxidants (YAY!)

Tropical Traditions is a friendly, well-known company who offers excellent products at affordable prices. If you have any questions, they are available for you as well as timely in responding - two great qualities I look for in any internet based business.If you're anti-GMO as we are, you'll love this about Tropical Traditions, they are too! You can read their GMO testing information HERE where it basically states that if they find any GMO products, they don't use it or sell it! Another awesome perk of Tropical Traditionss is, they run specials A LOT and by signing up for their newsletter, you'll receive notice of their specials. (If you order by clicking my links HEREHEREHERE or HERE, and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you)

BONUS RECIPE:

I make our mayonnaise. Always homemade, always fresh. While reviewing Tropical Traditions website, I saw they have a recipe for mayonnaise...whoop whoop! It's easy, just as good as the one I normally make and I wanted to share it with you (one for the product and the second to recommend homemade mayo over store bought-no chemicals!)


Coconut Mayonnaise
Servings: 1 1/2 cups
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil (melted if solid)


Place the eggs, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into a food processor or blender. Blend briefly for a few seconds. With the processor or blender running on low speed, start adding your oils very slowly. Start out with drops and then work up to about a 1/16-inch stream. This will take a few minutes.
Continue blending until all the oil is used up and there is no free standing oil.

TROPICAL TRADITIONS COCONUT OIL GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a glass jar of Tropical Traditions 32 oz Gold Label Coconut Oil. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada that are at least 18 years old. The giveaway will end August 31, 2014 at 12 am.

If you've never tried coconut oil, or you have and enjoy it, now's your chance to receive a Tropical Traditions 32 oz Gold Label Coconut Oil
In order to be eligible you must subscribe to their newsletter. Then, below this entry box are further options

a Rafflecopter giveaway


You can earn bonus entries by doing any of the following and enter which you choose to do in the comment area below:
Follow on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeals  Like” Tropical Traditions on Facebook   Like” Virgin Coconut Oil on Facebook  Tropical Traditions on Pinterest  Follow Tropical Traditions on Google +
Subscribe to Be The Heart Of Your Home Newsletter
Follow me on Pinterest
Follow me on Twitter

I'll announce the winner September 1, 2014 and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a replacement will be picked.




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August 10, 2014

O Insider Monthly Giveaway

Prizes change monthly. Enter HERE (main page) or HERE (entry page)

100 Ways to Get Glad (the “Instant Win Game”)

We’ve got 100 tips and tricks for getting the most out of Glad products, and 100 daily chances to win instant prizes worth up to $500! Enter HERE

The Instant Win Game begins on July 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time ("PT") and ends on June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the "Promotion Period") and consist of two (2) phases (each a "Phase")
100 Ways to Get Glad (the “Instant Win Game”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry

Monthly Yarn Giveaway

On the first business day of every month, Knitters Brewing Company gives away A Free Skein of Yarn to one lucky winner through a random drawing from entries received during the previous month. One entry per person.

July 31, 2014

Free Amazon Kindle Books

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura (Jan 1, 1997) - Kindle eBook


How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Steve Solomon and Isabel Moser (May 17, 2012)

Win a $50 gift basket from ORGANIC INDIA

Win a $50 gift basket from ORGANIC INDIA! Just subscribe to our e-newsletter and you'll be entered automatically every month!
Subscribe HERE

Win an “Amp Your Camp” prize package

All summer long, 50 Campfires is helping you “Amp Your Camp” with prize packages from some of our favorite outdoor brands!
Enter HERE
Ends August 3, 2014

Each month we send out the 50 Campfires Magazine. This free subscription provides the best tips, tricks, recipes and more! By entering, you agree to be subscribed to: 50 Campfires Magazine

A&W will be giving away FREE A&W Root Beer Float this August 6!!

Oh how I LOVE A&W root beer! Yum-mo!!
Free A&W ROOT BEER FLOATS!*
Stop in to your local A&W Restaurant anytime between 2 p.m. and store closing.

Find an A&W near you.

109 Betty Crocker Brand Coupons!

Right now, Betty Crocker has 109 coupons offered with a savings of $144.50 if you print coupons.
Go HERE to check them out

Have You Joined Betty Crocker's Email List Yet?

Here's the perks if you haven't AND right now, you can vote daily on specific recipes for a chance at winning one of the 50,000 calenders they're giving away:

MEMBER-EXCLUSIVE PERKS 

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A BIG Thank You And Announcing Upcoming Giveaway

Hi readers!! It's a beautiful day today and it's my hope you're getting some outside time to enjoy it :) I wanted to share a little statistics about this particular blog with you, since it's YOU who have made it so: This blog (not my websites or including the previous version of this blog that I accidentally fubared...has had over 16,000 UNIQUE visitors, (no repeat readers) and has had over 50,000 (50,406) page views (unique and repeat readers)


Now for the giveaway announcement....

I've done reviews for NuNaturals in the past:

And I'm super excited that I've been asked to review AND offer a giveaway of their newest, most awesome product yet! I'll have it ready for you in about a week and since I can't keep a secret, I just HAD to spill the beans now and give you the heads up that it's on it's way! I'll keep you posted....

and friends....thank you for being a special part of this blog, you make it all worth it :)


July 24, 2014

Free Fancy Feast broth cat food

Free Fancy Feast broth cat food - go HERE and look to the left side of the screen, towards bottom where it says try a bowl on us...that will bring you to the form to fill out.

July 21, 2014

Wednesday Arby's Freebie!

Hi readers!  I can't let this freebie slip by!! Print this coupon for a free jamocha shake at Arbys - usable wednesday the 23rd ONLY
http://coupon.arbys.com/50/

July 5, 2014

Free eBook from best selling author Eric Metaxas

Featuring George Washington - The Real Story Behind the Father of the United States

Grab it HERE