Friday, November 28

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Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish you all that celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving!

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I have a lot to be thankful for this year and I want to thank you all for continuing to follow me on my blogging journey.  I also like to give thanks to my family as well as the businesses I had the pleasure working with this year!  I'm very grateful to have all of you in my life!

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Also, if you're in the Atlanta area bring yourself and your family to Park Tavern for some skating rink fun.  Great way to enjoy fun times with your family, not to mention burn off those turkey and pie pounds!

The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern will be open Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.  The rink is open to ages 18 and up only from 8 p.m. to midnight nightly.  The ice team resurfaces the ice every 1 ½ hours.  The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern will also be available for private skating lessons, parties and even marriage proposals. Park Tavern will also host number of specialty events throughout the season. For the most up to date event calendar, specialty packages, to purchase tickets, and venue rental information, please visit

WHAT:               The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern

WHERE:             Park Tavern
                        500 Tenth Street NE
                        Atlanta, Georgia 30309
                        Located on the corner of 10th and Monroe in Midtown Atlanta at Piedmont Park.

WHEN:               Thursday, November 27, 2014 to Monday, February 16, 2015
                        * Dates subject to change. 

AGES:                Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 
Skate After 8 begins at 8 p.m. nightly for ages 18 and up.

COST:                $15 to skate all day on non-peak days, which includes rental for ice skates.
                        $20 all day skate during peak season days.
*Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets beforehand to verify availability.

HOURS:            - Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight.          
- Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
- The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern is open to ages 18 and up only after 8 p.m.
- The ice team resurfaces the ice every 1 ½ hours.
                        Please visit the most up to date information.

CONTACT:        Call 404.249.0001 or visit

CONNECT:     Facebook:
                        Twitter:            @ParkTavern
                        Instagram:       @ParkTavern
                        Hashtag:         #TheRink



 Have a great holiday season!

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Wednesday, November 26

Eggnog Remix with Prairie Organic Spirits

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Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a delicious glass of eggnog! This year, put a twist on that classic eggnog recipe and treat yourself with Prairie Organic Spirits.
Made for those with naturally great taste, Prairie Organic Spirits are meticulously crafted with uncompromising natural and organic ingredients. Each bottle of Prairie Organic Spirits provides an elevated cocktail experience to those who care about what they put in their glass, on their tables and into their bodies.
Below, are a few remixed eggnog recipes that are perfect to enjoy with family and friends throughout the holiday season. 

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Classic Prairie Eggnog
1 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
1 oz Eggnog
1 oz Trader Vic’s Amaretto Liqueur
1 Cinnamon Stick
Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Vanilla Eggnog Twist
1 oz Vanilla-Infused Prairie Organic Vodka
1 oz Eggnog
1 oz Irish Cream
Pinch of Nutmeg
1 Vanilla Bean
Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with vanilla bean.

Chocolatey Eggnog Remix
1 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
1 oz Eggnog
1 oz Chocolate Liqueur
1 Candy Cane
Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with candy cane.

Do you like drinking Egg Nog during the holidays?

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Tuesday, November 25

bistroMD’s Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Transformations

Today I have a special guest Dr. Caroline Cederquist and bistroMD to share with you all great Thanksgiving meal ideas– turkey and mashed cauliflower to delicious cranberry chutney and pumpkin pie!

Whether it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving or you’re a seasoned pro, the shopping list prep is already under way to deliver the most mouth-watering spread this holiday. As the most caloric holiday of the year, your guests are prepping their palates to eat about 3,000-3,500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner – and then feel the food-remorse and expanding waistline later.
Believe it or not, it IS possible to enjoy holiday staples without over-indulging or feeling “food regret” with the right recipes.

bistroMD Cranberry Chutney

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Cranberry Chutney
·         3/4 pounds tart apples, (chopped)
·         2 1/4 pounds of cranberries
·         2 cups light brown sugar
·         1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
·         1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
·         1/2 tablespoon salt
·         1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
·         3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
·         3/4 teaspoon pepper flakes
·         1/2 pound dark raisins

1.       Place all ingredients in saucepan.
2.       Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

bistroMD (Mashed) Cauliflower 

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A great substitute for mashed potatoes, this dish packs all the flavor of mashed potatoes while slashing carbs and calories!

·         A medium head cauliflower. Trim it and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
·         1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
·         Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
·         Low fat sour cream
·         Chives


1.       Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. 

2.       Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Add oil and reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and puree until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher). 

 3.       Season with salt and pepper and fold in the sour cream. Blend until smooth and then mix in the chives.

 bistroMD Roasted Turkey Breast

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 ·         2 lbs. boneless turkey breast with shin on
·         1/4 tsp. of fresh thyme
·         1/4 tsp. of fresh oregano
·         1/8 tsp. sea salt
·         1/16 tsp. Black pepper
·         1 tsp. of olive oil


1.       Pre-heat oven to 325'F. 

2.       Mix the seasonings together with all of the other ingredients. 

3.       Gently lift up the skin of the turkey and rub 3/4 of the mixture underneath the skin and under the turkey, rub the remaining seasoning mixture on top of the skin and then place in a roasting pan and roast for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165’F. 

4.       Remove and cool slightly. Discard the skin. Slice turkey and plate. 

bistroMD Pumpkin Pie
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Per Serving: Calories 152, Calories from Fat 2, Total Fat 0.2g (Sat 0.2g), Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 85mg, Carbohydrate 32.1g, Fiber 1.7g, Protein 5.4g
·         1/4 cup water
·         2 1-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
·         2 cups fat-free evaporated milk, divided
·         ¾ cup packed brown sugar (or can use 1/3 cup packed ©Splenda Brown Sugar)
·         1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
·         1 tsp cinnamon
·         1/2 tsp ground ginger
·         1/4 tsp nutmeg
·         1/4 tsp cloves
·         1 tsp vanilla extract

·         Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. 
·         In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin in water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. 
·         Pour 1 cup of fat-free evaporated milk into a small saucepan and heat until almost boiling. 
·         Remove from heat and whisk into gelatin. Don't worry if it the gelatin has hardened, the hot milk will liquefy it. 
·         Stir in remaining cup of evaporated milk, sugar, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla extract. Stir until well blended. 
·         Pour pumpkin mixture into pie plate. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serves 8.

Have a yummy and healthy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 24

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

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Thanksgiving Day dinner is quite expensive, even for a small family. This meal often requires many items that are not typically in your pantry at home. A few dishes are very inexpensive and add a bit of variety to the meal. Each dish below is also full of flavor, and only has a few ingredients.

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Corn Pudding

Corn pudding really is not a pudding. It is more like a casserole. All you need for this is corn muffin mix, a can of sweet corn, a can of creamed corn, a touch of butter, eggs, sour cream, cinnamon and a pinch of black pepper. It is really quite simple. When it is done, serve it with warm maple syrup on the side for extra sweetness.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Traditional mashed potatoes get boring. Kick them up a little bit by adding in crushed French fried onions, bacon, shredded cheese and some snipped green onions. This kicks up the flavor and tastes great when you add the gravy on top. To make the mashed potatoes creamier, add a heaping tablespoon or two of sour cream just before serving.

Wild Rice with Mushrooms

Bring something new to the Thanksgiving dinner table. Many families forget about rice being a staple food. Wild rice has a different texture and flavor. Adding mushrooms to it along with some fresh garlic and parsley makes a lovely, earthy tasting dish that fits the occasion well.

Sautéed Vegetables

Quite different is a big bowl of sautéed vegetables. You will want to use late harvest vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, button mushrooms and onions. Add just a touch of olive oil to the pan and season the vegetables with salt, pepper and fresh garlic. That is all they need to be delicious. Do not cook them too long; you want them to still have a little crunch and texture.

These dishes are all budget friendly. Each offering brings something different to a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner table. Of course, tradition brings the family favorites to the table but a few new additions are always a good thing. Changing the variety of items refreshes the meal.

Here are some more Thanksgiving Menu ideas.
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Friday, November 21

Product Review Weekend Link Up Party #ProductReviewParty #37

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Please don't link up and run!  Visit others and leave thoughtful comments.  If you like what you see, please share it on your social networks.  Thanks!

Announcement:  Due to Thanksgiving weekend next week there will not be a #ProductReviewParty linkup, the party will resume back on 12/5.

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Thursday, November 20

Black Friday Sales Predictions 2014 #BlackFriday

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Every October and November, shoppers everywhere start searching for the best predictions for Black Friday deals.  This year is no different and there are many great products expected to show up in the Black Friday sales.  Here are some of the most-predicted trends for Black Friday 2014.

The General Forecast


Black Friday is probably going to be starting long before the Friday after Thanksgiving.  This year, expect to see stores advertising their Black Friday sales during the week leading up to Black Friday.  In fact, some retailers are already jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon and having phenomenal sales in the early part of November.

Online Deals


In the past several years, many retailers have offered their door buster deals online; door buster deals were also often left online long after the brick-and-mortar store had stopped selling them.  That trend is likely to continue this year, as is the trend for very aggressive Black Friday offerings from various online retailers.  Larger retailers may also have different Black Friday offerings online than they do in their stores.  Not only will online deals be plentiful on Black Friday, but expect to see great online deals during Cyber Monday and Green Monday, as well.

Offering: Televisions


Televisions will probably continue to be a popular Black Friday offering.  The trends in televisions involve ever-increasing sizes and ever-decreasing prices, so be on the lookout for excellent deals on huge televisions.  If you are in need of a smaller television, you will probably run into a few good door busters on those, but do not expect door buster-type savings on very large screens.  More advanced televisions like the Curve are not expected to be part of the Black Friday frenzy, simply because they are so new.  Lesser, unbranded televisions will likely offer the best savings.  Door busters rarely involve name-brand products, so be watchful and know what you’re getting.

Offering: Fashion


Either online or off, clothing and apparel typically have very good discounts during Black Friday sales.  This trend is also beginning to take hold on Cyber Monday and Green Monday, as well.  These are excellent times to shop around and use any coupons or discounts; you might have to get even bigger savings on Black Friday apparel sales.

Offering: Tablets/e-Readers


Tablets and eReaders have been hot items for a couple of years and are expected to be so again this year.  Companies like Amazon and Samsung are likely to offer lower pricing on the Kindle Fire and Galaxy tablets, and some tablets and eReaders will be available for less than $30.  A seven-inch tablet with an Android OS should be available for around $29 on Black Friday.

Early Sales


While some retailers have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day, others are lining up to get their doors open as quickly as possible after the turkey has been eaten.  Macy’s, Kohl’s, Sears and JCPenney are all opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, while stores like Costco, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sam’s Club will remain closed until Black Friday.

Will you be shopping on Black Friday this year?

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Wednesday, November 19

My Thoughts about the Wow Summit Conference #WowSummit

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It has been over a week since I have been back from Orlando and boy did I have lots of fun those few days I was out there!  I enjoyed my time at the Wow Summit conference, my press trips, and I couldn't resist I had to do a little shopping and stop by Downtown Disney.

The reason why I went to this conference although it has nothing to do with my niche, I was invited to go for free, plus it was in Orlando and who can say no to that (Florida is like my second home)!  My goal is to start eating right anyway so this conference was a good way to help me get started.

The conference started on Friday, November 7 starting off with registration and a Poolside Cocktail Party.  I didn't arrive to Orlando until Saturday afternoon and I missed out on a bunch of stuff.

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While at the conference, I mainly went to the workshops since there were some interesting topics I wanted to learn about.  I only caught the ending of one keynote speaker talking about avoiding using anti-bacterial soaps, buy organic products, filter your tap water, and more.

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The workshops I visited were:

Label Reading 101- Hosted by: Jess Kolko, Registered Dietician and Senior Research Analyst at Whole Foods Market.

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During this workshop, Jess taught how to decode tricky food labels and find the information we need to know in order to make best choices for my family.

My takeaway from this workshop was I need to start really focusing on the ingredients in my foods.  Even though the packaging say fat free and organic that may not even be the case.  Also, if the first 3 ingredients says any type of sugar avoid eating that product. 

Oh boy....I'm in some serious trouble because I know my foods are filled with sugar.  I'll admit, I do glance at food labels but never really took the information to heart but after this workshop I'll start reading my food labels more and reducing eating out all the time too.

What was a complete shocker was when Jess said to avoid using coconut oil for cooking since it is high in saturated fats- ummm what the heck?  I really thought that coconut oil is good for you.  *Shoulder Shrug* 

How to Protect your Family this Cold and Flu Season- Hosted by FluNada

During this workshop, FluNada uncovered all the details surrounding the dreaded cold and flu season, including how the viruses are spread and the preventive measures to take to protect my family.

I have a confession to make; my family and I have never taken the flu shot and never will.  We all have never caught the flu before and we rarely get sick (knocks on wood), maybe twice a year.  Now, if we feel a cold coming we quickly take a cold medicine and that usually does the trick for us.

The ladies from FluNada said their spray is a homeopathic throat and nasal spray formulated to provide relief from cold and flu-like symptoms naturally without zinc.

The whole time while in this workshop, the ladies from FluNada had people testing out the spray.  I chose not to do it and just sit back and watch.  Seems like one of the FluNada ladies been spraying way too much FluNada in her mouth and nose because she was so giggly and laughing out loud the whole time (don't get high off your own supply lady, LOL)

GMO, OMG!- Hosted by: Nature's Path EnviroKidz

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I got the scoop on genetically modified organisms- what they are, where they are, and how to avoid them.

Did you know that there is about 70% of foods sold in supermarkets contains GMO?  YIKES!  I guess it is better just to grow our own foods then.

We were given a DVD of the award-winning documentary GMO OMG and I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, once I have some down time I will.  I also won a book for twitting about the GMO workshop and I haven't had the time to read that either.

For Bloggers: Build Your Blog with Social Media- Hosted by: Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij, Educational Bloggers

Almost everyone has a Pinterest account, but very few pinners have 1.5 million followers.  Educational bloggers Kim and Amanda shared need-to know tips on how to take your blog to the next level with the help of platforms like Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

I didn't really takeaway much from this workshop since I pretty much knew the information they were providing.  Having beautiful pictures is the key with your blog and on social media and that is why I went out and purchase myself a camera earlier this year which was the best investment I have ever did!  My Pinterest needs a little work and I need to start joining apps like ViralTag to pin my posts throughout the day.  But I did learn that Pinterest is kind of like Facebook and they both like authentic posts that you post yourself, not from using programs that post for you.

When I didn't see any workshops I was interested in I used that time to talk to different brands and go taste testing.  We sure did come out with a lot of samples to bring home.  Our favorite snack was the Thinster's Cookiethins, gluten-free and non-GMO cookies- these cookies are sooooo delicious!  We found ourselves eating the whole bag!

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I don't drink soda but here is the booth for Zevia Zero Calorie Soda since I have been reading good things about them through other blogger's blogs.

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Suja, is a nutritious certified organic, non-GMO, cold pressured juice/smoothie that is really good!  Taste like it's freshly juiced from a juicer.

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When the conference was concluding Sunday afternoon with a blogger luncheon we didn't stick around although I did sign up for it.  We wanted to enjoy our short time in Orlando.  We got our swag bag, which by the way was filled to the max with goodies!  I feel bad for those who flew by plane because checking that bag in would've cost a pretty penny.

Although my experience with my first conference at Type-A was bad, this conference left me thinking about the foods I'm putting inside my body.  During my time in Orlando I did eat very poorly but the conference did keep crossing my mind and made me feel guilty every bite I took.
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I'm very happy I took this trip to the Wow Summit conference; it gave me a new perspective on ways to live a much healthier life.   I think for now on I need to start stepping outside the box and go to conferences that are not really catered for me so I could learn something new and put it to use.  And hey, I may even start blogging more about healthy living.

Have you ever gone to a healthy living conference before?

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Tuesday, November 18

Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens #HolidayGiftGuide

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The anxiety some parents go through when trying to choose a gift their teen will like and appreciate can be downright crippling.  It can take all the fun out of Christmas.  Buying a gift for your teen does not have to be so difficult.  Below are some ideas for teen-friendly Christmas gifts which are sure to please, without breaking your budget.

Great Tech Gift Ideas for Teens

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Your teen wants all the latest tech gadgets.  If they have an outdated cell phone or other tech device, you cannot go wrong with an upgrade.  Replace that ancient flip phone with a sleek new smartphone and watch their eyes light up on Christmas morning!  A new tablet or laptop can also be a great (although more expensive) tech gift, especially if your teen does not have one of these handy gadgets.  For the teen audiophile, you might consider the latest mp3 player and for an aspiring photographer, perhaps a shiny new digital camera or photo editing software. 

Gift Certificates

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Teens love shopping and they appreciate being able to make their own choices.  If your teen needs clothing, shoes, gaming equipment or just about anything else, there is a gift certificate for that!  Your local mall likely has an option for gift certificates that can be used at any store within the mall; your teen gets a trip to the mall (and what teen doesn’t love that?), and the ability to make choices on how to spend their gift certificate.  The key for giving gift certificates is to ensure that they are for places your teen actually wants to go.

Low-Cost Gifts

If your budget is already stretched to the max, it can be difficult to come up with gifts to please your teen.  Keep in mind that your gift can be as simple as organizing a party (after all, New Year’s is just around the corner).  Giving your teen the freedom of having friends over for a night of fun, especially if that is a rare occurrence in your home, can make a lasting impression and end up being one of the best gifts ever.

What gifts are you considering for your teen this year? 


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