12/31/2013

INFLUENSTER #JollyVoxBox 2013


Guess what? I received my very first #VoxBox from INFLUENSTER this week. What you ask is a #VoxBox? Well, it's a sample of products specifically picked out for me to share with my readers. I get to test the samples and share my opinions on each of them. These products may or may not be a hit with everyone! Let's see what arrived in my #JollyVoxBox!


#JOLLYVOXBOX 2013


#indulgeWithSkinny @TheSkinnyCow

Gotta' love the word DIVINE cause it combines Diva and Mine. 
Say hello to divine ~filled~chocolate by Skinny Cow Candy.

First, I received a sample box of the NEW! Skinny Cow Candy in peanut butter creme. Eating chocolate and peanut butter without the guilt is a great punch line. It's low calorie and full of yummy melt-in-the-mouth chocolatey goodness! This product is found on the Weight Watchers & Point Plus Plan and listed as Point Plus 4. Yikes! I strolled down the candy isle at Walmart and found it and other varieties sold for less than $3.99 per box. Skinny Cow Candy also comes in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, peanut butter flavor and milk chocolate flavor. You get 6 - 1 ounce pouches at 130 calories per pouch. Each pouch consists of 3 pieces of delicious candy. What do I think? Actually, the girls and I sampled the peanut butter creme. It is very good! The peanut butter and chocolate combo is awesome. I believe this one is a hit!

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A Face In Need Deserves Puffs Indeed

Second, I got a sample of Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go Tissue Pack. It comes in decorative single packs that retail for about $0.49 each. The girls and I agree that they are very soft and have a pleasant smell. The 2-ply layers make it stronger than many brands. The lotion is a major plus. Several of the brands can do more damage than good. Yikes! Whatever your need let Puffs make it all better. It's great for makeup removal, sniffles, and much more. It gets the job done! Just grab your single pack Puffs and you are ready to go! Stuff it in your purse, backpack or jacket! These are great for everyone and for all seasons. 

Social Connect: Facebook: facebook.com/puffs Twitter: @Puffs  #PassthePuffs and Youtube.



For fun... Try It On!  Stargazer SRV $5.49

Third, I got Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer in the shade of Stargazer. It retails for $5.49 and up. There are fourteen beautiful shades to pick from like Aurora, Big Bang, Luna, Celestial, Solstice and many others. My daughters and I tried on the shade of Stargazer. It is a lovely color that goes on smoothly. I may seem a bit dark but actually it is not. (As shown in the Try It On! photo to the right)



"Try It On!" at Show Off Lip Lacquer @ Rimmel London US  to determine which shades look best on you. They present you four lovely models to pick from to "Try It On!" or you may choose to upload your photo as we did above with my youngest daughter. She does not wear makeup but she wanted to "Try It On!" for us.  I hope you do not mind. And, you can share your image on several social medias or print it. "Where to Buy"? Check Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens online or locally.

Social Connect: Facebook: facebook.com/rimmellondonus Twitter:@rimmellondonus #ShowOffLipLacquer

My daughter, Fawn, modeling they eye shadow and lip gloss. (Age 21)


Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer in the shade of Stargazer © 2013 Coty Inc.
Fourth, Let's wrap up the makeup with NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow in the palette of Long Beach Sands No. 781. SRV $2.99 This is one of my favorite color palettes to pick when I go shopping for eye makeup. The HD Trio has about a dozen cool shades to pick from like Central Park Plums, Blues Cafe, Urban Spice, Street Paved in Gold and many others. What makes this the perfect eye shadow pick? Besides a great value it has long lasting color with soft silky texture -- it is infused with GreenTea extract, Vitamins A & E. It comes with a dual ended applicator for a more professional result. It is fragrance free and dermatologist tested.

Stargazer#701


See the image above with my daughter, Fawn, modeling the eye shadow and lip gloss.  It comes off as much lighter in our image.

Social Connect: Facebook: facebook.com/newyorkcolorcosmetics  Twitter: @nycnewyorkcolor #HDColorTrio, Pinterest and Youtube.



#JOLLYVOXBOX DUCKLINGS MINI ROLLS Duck Tape®


Ducklings™ Mini Rolls Duck Tape Address Book created by LHD2013

Finally, I got the Paint Splatter patterned DucklingsMini Roll. They are made in the USA. SRV $2 - $3 And, each mini roll is .75 in. x 180 in./19 mm x 4.5 m. in size. The Ducklings™ Mini Rolls are a big hit with scrap-booking  and crafting. It can be used for repairs and much more. I browsed online and saw creative people are making all sorts of Duck Tape crafts like bracelets, key ring wristlets, purses, shoes, wallets, school binders, and more. One crafter made a lovely Duck Tape Waterproof Beach Bag that was beautiful and tasteful. A super hero mask is a fun idea for the kids for Halloween and birthday parties. And, for the holidays gift bags and tags are cool. The Ducklings Mini Rolls come in a wide selection of prints and colors. What would you make with Ducklings™ Mini Rolls Duck Tape? I think we will try to make a headband or another girly project. You can get more ideas from DuckBrand at the Ducktivities page and on one of the many social media sites. The options for this product are vast. Enjoy!

Social Media: DuckBrand on Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to their newsletter for more helpful hints and suggestions.



GOT IT FROM INFLUENSTER
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12/20/2013

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

This was an exciting year... Carl and I got married on the First Day of Summer, June 21st, 2013. Our families are now happily joined together. We look forwards to growing in love with patience for decades to come. 


Merry Christmas,
The Coffield & Carter Family

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12/18/2013

Mandisa - It's Christmas (Official Lyric Video)



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Zazzle: Welcome the Cold... Brrrr...

Welcome the Cold! Brrrr....

Our Zazzle shop has buttons, stickers and much more. If you want to embrace the cold with a bit of whimsy then check out our Loving Heart Designs Zazzle shop today! Featured below are a few samples created by my daughters and myself. Enjoy! (Search for Snow or Winter @ Zazzle for more at Loving Heart Designs)








Home Sweet Home Mousepad
Home Sweet Home Mousepad by gahome2mom
Create unique custom mouse pads online at zazzle.com




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12/12/2013

Recipes: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Recipes: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Candy - Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Instructions:

Let's begin! Start by microwaving the peanut butter, unsalted butter and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until softened, stir at every 20 - 30 second intervals.  Remove from the microwave, add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. Stir until the mixture becomes stiff. Add a bit more powdered sugar if needed.

Form the dough into 1 inch balls. Place the well-rounded balls on a wax papered cookie sheet. Store in the refrigerator for several hours or over night until firm. You may freeze them too.

Heat the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening in a double broiler.(water in pan not sauce) You can use two sauce pans if a double broiler is not available.  Once the chocolate has melted submerge the balls one by one until fully coated with the chocolate mixture. A fork may be used for ease of dipping and it allows excess to drip before transferring to the wax paper to cool. (Opt. two spoons) You may take this time to add sweetness to the candy by adding your favorites like decorative candies, colored sugar, powdered sugar and/or crushed peanuts. Immediately, place the pan into the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set-up. Storage in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.

Place your new creations in mini decorative cupcake holders. Your family and friends will love it! It's a good thing!

Servings depends on the size of balls that you have created. Approx. 60. Preparation time: 30 minutes.



Ingredients:
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered sugar)

Chocolate Coating:
  • 9 ounces  semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
Optional: Decorative candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, colored sugar for use of decorating cookies. 

Serve these anytime of the year. My daughter made these for Valentine's Day but Christmas is a wonderful time to share them too.

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12/11/2013

Christmas Quiz!

Christmas Quiz! sponsored by Waterbrook Multnomah!

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Hummingbird High: 12 Days of Christmas Desserts

Hummingbird High: 12 Days of Christmas Desserts: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DESSERTS IS FINALLY HERE! In case you missed my previous posts , 12 Days of Christmas Desserts is a free cookbook ...


Download the FREE e-book!

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The 2014 Happiness Calendar by Henry S. Miller

The 2014 Happiness Calendar
By Henry S. Miller, Author of The Serious Pursuit of Happiness.

Amp up the amount of happiness in your life each and every month of the year by intentionally focusing on 12 strategies that the science of happiness and well being has proven can increase your feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Even better: know that, if you add these actions to your life, your feelings of increased positive emotion can last for days, weeks, and even months!

If this is the year you decide to get serious about adding happiness that lasts to your life, here are 12 happiness strategies for 2014 and suggestions to make them work for you:

January:  A Month of Hope and Plans
The beginning of the year is traditionally about new years’ resolutions. This year, write one positive goal you have for the coming year down on your calendar each morning of each day of January. Also write your plan to make it a reality. Then, resolve that you will intentionally invest your time and energy to work on your resolutions during the year and to live a happier life by implementing these 12 happiness strategies – one each month.   

February:  A Month of Gratitude
Gratitude is the antidote to greed, envy, and jealously. We feel much happier when we are being grateful for what we have, rather than envious of what we don’t. Remember, no one has everything! This month, each night before going to bed, take a daily gratitude inventory. Write down three things you are grateful for about your life – your relationships, your work, your character, your family, your country, the world around you, your life. 

March:  A Month of Kindness
Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” And, if you look around, it’s still true today. This month, find one opportunity each and every day to perform some kind act for someone else – even the simplest act of holding a door open for another will do. And, each day, after your act of kindness, enjoy the feeling that, for at least one shining moment, you are the personification of all that is good about the human race.

April:  A Month of Optimism
Each day this month, be more conscious of your negative thoughts – if you have any. And every time you do, immediately “dispute” it by intentionally replacing the negative thought with a positive one. Do this each time you think a negative thought for a month, and notice how your thinking might change.

May:  A Month of Friendship
Close relationships are one of the longest-lasting of happiness-increasing strategies. But, sometimes, we take our friends for granted – or are “too busy” to see them. This month, at least one time per week, reach out to a friend and arrange to spend time with them. This can be as simple as a walk, a meal, coffee, drinks – whatever you choose. But find the time to visit with your friends face-to-face this month.

June:  A Month of Love
Traditionally, June is a month of weddings – and love is all around us. Each day this month, call, write, or email someone you love or care deeply about – one per day – and tell them how much they mean to you – and how happy you are that they are a part of your life – even if you haven’t been the best communicator up to now. Notice reactions – yours and theirs.  

July:  A Month of Spirituality
Studies have proven that people who have spirituality in their lives – whether it’s their own secular belief system, their own faith, or some organized religion – are happier. We don’t know if it’s because of the fellowship of a caring group of like-thinking folks, or the spiritual beliefs themselves. This month, make a conscious effort to spend some moments each day – perhaps during lunch – repeating to yourself at least one “prayer” or belief you hold.

August:  A Month of Health, Fitness, Skill
Summer is a great time to focus on increasing your health and fitness – and on using your skills and abilities to their max. This month, begin some daily fitness regimen (check with your doctor first if needed) – even if it’s only walking. In addition, make a list of your top skills, talents, and abilities and assess if you are using them to their fullest. If not, take one step per day to begin doing so.

September:  A Month of Contribution
Making a meaningful contribution to make the planet a better place is one of the longest-lasting, happiness-increasing strategies known. What are you contributing? This month is your chance to decide what difference you’d like to make in the world. Spend a few minutes each day at lunchtime and write down ideas about how you can make a positive difference in the world. At the end of the month, decide on a plan of action – and begin! The world needs you and your contribution!  

October:  A Month of Savoring
Fall is a season to enjoy the changing foliage in many parts of the world. Consciously spend at least five minutes each day focusing your attention exclusively on something of beauty outside – changing leaves, trees, clouds, sky – something. Five minutes of complete attention to savor the beauty of life around you – each day, every day.

November:  A Month of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a powerful, although a slightly more complicated, happiness strategy. We forgive others to make us feel better. This month, examine your life and see if there are any lingering resentments you are holding on to that are holding you back from joy. If so, do two things: First, write the apology letter you would have liked to have received from the person who has wronged you. Second, rise above your desire for revenge, and write your letter of forgiveness to them. No need to mail it, just recall the hurt or violation, write about your feelings. End the letter with your statement of forgiveness. Just this simple act of writing a forgiveness letter can often grant you freedom from your negative thoughts and give you increased happiness.

December:  A Month of Generosity
The end of the year is a time for giving – a time to donate your time, your money if you can, your skills, your positive energy, your attention – to others to help make their life a little better. Each day, find one opportunity to give something of yourself to help another – and notice your feelings.

In Conclusion
For the best results, remind yourself of each month’s happiness strategy by adding these topics to your calendar – every day of each month. Then, each day of the year, find creative ways to act on these strategies – and enjoy your reactions and your increased feelings of happiness. You’ll notice that these feelings will last far longer than the happiness you feel from just partaking of the pleasures of life – and will be more meaningful to you.

No matter what your situation, remain hopeful about increasing your happiness. The truth is that no one is ever out of the game when it comes to living a happier and more fulfilling life! As the months of this year unfold, continue all of the 12 strategies that work best for you. If you do, a year of happiness can be yours. 


About Henry S. Miller
Henry S. Miller is the author of The Serious Pursuit of Happiness:  Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive, and Inspiration for the Pursuit of Happiness:  Wisdom to Guide your Journey to a Better Life. He is also the creator of the online membership program Get SERIOUS About Your Happiness:  20 Transformational Tools for Turbulent Times. As President of The Henry Miller Group (www.millergroup.com), he is a speaker, trainer, and consultant helping organizations improve engagement, performance, and productivity specifically by increasing employee well being. In prior careers, Henry was a Senior Consultant for the Tom Peters Company training and coaching senior management teams worldwide in leadership and his initial career in corporate America was with IBM.



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Wordless Wednesday: Carl's Passion

 Wordless Wednesday: Carl's Passion

Carl's Passion - One of his hobbies is making Keepsake Boxes. 2013


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12/10/2013

Giveaway - The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook - Ends 12/19/13

Giveaway - The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook - Ends 12/19/13

Check out all of the Sweeps4Bloggers Giveaways!


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Recipes: Mashed Rutabaga

Recipes: Mashed Rutabaga 

Rutabaga @ Loving Heart Designs ©2013



What is a Rutabaga? It's an acquired taste for one thing! lol Actually, it's a large round yellowish root from the cabbage family. They are the cross between a turnip and cabbage and similar to those flavors. It is high in Vitamin C, Calcium,Vitamin B-6, Magnesium and Iron. And, not bad on fiber! They have a long storage life. You can keep them in the refrigerator up to two months.  Look for them at local farmers marked during April to December.

Let's Cook!

Recipe: Mashed Rutabaga by Loving Heart Designs


Ingredients:
  • Rutabagas - 3 lbs. (3 abt. size of softball)
  • Butter 1/3 cup
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp.
  • Opt. Nutmeg - a pinch
Instructions:

Cut off the long leaves and stems. Peel each rutabaga like you would potatoes. Wash before and after cutting into cubes. Place rutabaga cubes in a large pot and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt. Boil until tender for about
30 to 45 minutes. (Test with a fork for tenderness) Drain. Mash. Add the butter and pepper. Stir until incorporated well. Serve with your favorite meat like ham or pot roast. Enjoy!


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12/05/2013

Hanna Anderson: Love to Twirl Dress

 Hanna Anderson

Girls love dresses that twirl! My Summer loves them! And, I just ordered her two styles from Hanna Anderson this morning! They are having a great today! 


 Love to Twirl Dresses SRV $58 for $20 


SRV $58 Gable Green @ Hanna Anderson



Multi-Pink Love to Twirl Dress SRV $46


 Hurry! All Love to Twirl Dresses offer ends today! Sizes are fading fast!


Save more by signing into Ebates!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Giveaways Across the Web

Merry Christmas!

Here are just a few giveaways that I found today:

  1. A $20 Gift Card for a friend and Two Pair of Scissors @ missyllaneous
  2. $100 Gift Card to Khols @ This Mama Loves
  3. Razor Renew Long(2 Winners) @ The Funky Monkey
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette @ Practical Frugality
  5. $50 Wall Quotes @ Practical Frugality
  6. 2 Win - ALDI $50 Gift Card @ The Post-it Place
  7. $50 Macy's Gift Card @ It's Free At Last
  8. I Even Funnier by James Patterson @ Simply Stacie
  9. Gum Crayola Giveaway @ It's Free At Last
  10. Fun Felt Play Sets @ It's Free At Last



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12/04/2013

The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler



The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler
Religion/Christian Life/Devotional
ISBN 978-1-4143-3602-2 Us
SRV$15.99



The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler is not just another new devotional for women. Why is it different? Well, as the introduction spells out, the mission for this devotional is based on peace that God is offering us. Peace like the Hebrew word shalom not as we know it in the English vocabulary. The Hebrew meaning is much more exciting!

Peace. We all want it! And from time to time we feel bankrupt of it. I remember many times in my life where I would ask God to show me and to teach me how to have peace. Life can become overwhelming. Peace means a life without fear, without anxiety and more of God. As the ancient prayer that God gave to Moses, in the Old Testament book of Numbers 6:24-26, The Lord wants to bless you, protect you, smile on you, be gracious to you, show his favor and give you his peace. What a wonderful prayer! What a great loving God! I want his blessing daily! What about you?






Do-Able. Daily. Devotions. Start Any Day The One Year Way.


I know we just made it through one holiday and now here comes the Big One! We have to-do-lists,
Christmas shopping, meals to prepare, cleaning our home for guests and it just never seems to end.
Stress! Give me PEACE!

The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler is not a magic cure-all book! But it is a wonderful way to create a more personal connection with God. Each devotional begins with a scripture verse, a devotional reading and concludes with a prayer suggestion. Ann Spangler touches on contemporary topics that women of today may deal with on a day-to-day basis.

I received a free copy of The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler from Tyndale House Publishers. If you are pondering what gift to share with your mom, sister, friend, or co-worker this holiday season, then maybe consider gifting this one. What a great gift to begin the new year!


About the Author:

Award-winning author, Ann Spangler, lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her two daughters.
She has written several bestselling books which include Praying the Names of God, Praying
the Names of Jesus and Women of the Bible which was co-authored with Jean Syswerda. Her
books have sold millions of copies.



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Wordless Wednesday: Ole Christmas Tree

 Wordless Wednesday: Ole Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree (Live from Lowes)



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12/03/2013

Kohl’s Cares Program Features Peanuts Plush and Books #giveaway

Kohl’s Cares Program Features Peanuts Plush and Books #giveaway

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