Friday, January 20, 2017

Recipe for a Younger Mind?

Dislosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from National Today, for blog review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

 If you are worried about misplacing your wallet, forgetting where you parked your car, or getting your friend's birthday wrong, you're not alone. The most common worry of people is memory loss. A recent study by Newcastle University, featured on BBC news, showed that art therapy has greater benefits than puzzles and exercises when it comes to improving memory function. Engaging the brain in new and creative ways may be the key to a sharper, younger mind.

Which means, you aren't JUST coloring, your actually keeping your mind focused, and your memory sharp.


Not to mention, coloring can produce a great feeling of calm. Combine all that and you HAVE a recipe for a younger mind!


This new book takes coloring  beyond it's calming and de-stressing qualities. The 90 intricate line drawings of animals help to enhance your brain's cognitive function through art therapy techniques. Train your brain and enhance your memory as you copy and complete outlines, doodle in the gaps, and progress to forming your own artistic designs. Line by line, heal your mind, boost your creativity, and improve your cognitive function as you fill in the pages with art and color.

As a passionate advocate of art therapy and graduate of Royal Holloway, bestselling illustrator Anastasia Catris is urging everyone to go beyond the recent calm coloring craze and train your brain as you copy, complete and color a series of animal creations in her book!



As you can see from the designs above, there are many different designs, that allow for lots and lots of customization by you. You can do the old mirror image' illustration, or you can alter your design as you see ft. Which ever way you decide, your mind in creating and searching for new ways of coloring, helping to keep it young. Many of the designs can be altered for holiday use as well, as you can see above! I couldn't resist changing the dogs into Louisiana Spring Poodles! LOL.

This is a fun book and one that is perfect for gift giving this Valentine's Day, with a set of colored pencil and/or pens, to your Mom, Sister, or bestie! Or keep it for yourself!  It's a super way to relax and help your brain!

About the Illustrator:

Anastasia Catris is the illustrator of the bestselling Colour Me Mindful series. Ana graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature and then traveled to the United States to pursue her passion for illustration by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art. She returned to the UK in 2009, and has since
worked for HarperCollins, Kerrang!, Fox, Marvel, DC and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine. Ana lives in Wales, United Kingdom, and is an advocate of art therapy.

Crazy Cups is EVERY Valentine's Wish (review and giveaway)

Dislosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Crazy Cups, for blog review and giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Ah Valentine's.....

Is the love of your love on a diet for the New Year?

if so, then buying them a box of fancy, yummy chocolates, may NOT be the thing that you really want to give them (well, if you want to LIVE, LOL)...

So why not give them something that combines chocolate with some amazing flavors, but at a lower calorie count?

Yup- you have a winner!


And even if you don't know what flavor they would really love, you can grab a great new VALENTINE DAY CRAZY CUPS HOT CHOCOLATE SINGLE SERVE CUPS GIFT BOX from Crazy Cups, that allows them to find the flavored chocolate they adore!


Now doesn't that just look yummy????

You get 20 single serve cups of 10 flavors of Crazy Cups' luscious, yummy hot chocolate! 

Flavors include 2 each of :

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Caramelized Banana Split - I'm not a big banana fan, but the kid said it tasted JUST like a banana split, but less messy!
Maple French Toast- this one was PERFECT on a cold morning, all warm and yummy and so filling!
Molten Chocolate Souffle - I gotta admit I added this one to a cup of coffee, and YUM! It was the perfect blend of java and chocolate!
Frosted Oatmeal Biscotti - perfect for after a long day, this one is also a good breakfast starter!

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Dulce De Leche -I love this one over ice, with a bit of cold brew coffee added to it! 
Frosted Cinnamon Bun - another favorite from Miss Grace- it tastes "just like a cinnamon bun with chocolate on the bottom",  she declared!

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Irish Cream Cheesecake - oh my. This was hands down the FAV from the box- perfect for ending a crazy day with!
Salted Caramel Fudge - the runner up fav- this was another one that was wonderful over ice.
Peppermint Patty - Miss Grace's fav- it taste's JUST like your favorite candy!
Peanut Butter in a Cup - and who can argue with this combo? Not us!

As you can see, there is a flavor sure to delight your senses, as you snuggle up against the cold weather, if you still have it (lucky dogs)!

It also makes a great present for a teenager, who you don't know what to buy for! 

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Crazy Cups also have coffee (both decaf and regular) samplers in 20,20 and 40 single cup sizes. So no matter what the intended recipient's preference, there is a gift box for them!

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And LUCKY you- one of you gets to win one of the 
for your favorite Valentine!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's National Popcorn Day!

Dislosure / Disclaimer: I received this info, free of charge,from National Today, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

It's National Popcorn Day today!

Did you know that?

How about that popcorn is a whole grain?

Yup-it is! The starchy inside of the grain has been cooked and has a lot of air in the final product. The carbohydrates and air add up, making a wonderful snack alternative for those watching their waistline, this new year!

A recent 'corny' survey proves Americans may be divided when it comes to politics, but there is something else we agree on....

Miss grce and popcorn

92 out of 100 Americans love popcorn!

To conduct the Popcorn Day Survey, the "pop" culture researchers at National Today (America's favorite online destination to celebrate quirky and fun holidays), asked 1,000 Americans about their popcorn preferences recently!
Check out some more results ....

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#1: Classic butter and salt (73% of Americans like this flavor)
#2: Cheese (37%)
#3: Caramel (32%)
#4: Garlic salt (15%)
#5: Chocolate (14%)

movie popcorn

#1: At the movie theater (63% of Americans like this occasion)
#2: When watching TV or movies (62%)
#3: Late night snack (30%)
#4: As an easy snack for when I get home (22%)
#5: At the office as a light snack (13%)
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#1: Orville Redenbacher (53% of Americans like this brand)
#2: Pop Secret (42%)
#3: Act II (34%)

So why not make someone's day and share some popcorn with them?

History Corner/ Book Review: Forgotten Boxes by Becki Willis

Dislosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Clear Creek Publishing, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new book brings back recent history- the eighties!

WINNER of 2016 Best Suspense Fiction by the Association of Texas Authors.

forgotten boxes cover


Named sole heir to her aunt's estate, Charity Gannon arrives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, hoping to find a link to her past. She's not looking for lost treasures; she is searching for a connection to the aunt she barely knew.

What she finds is a thirty-something-year-old mystery and questions with no answers. A sad, secluded cottage, all but hidden amid the vines. A man's suit of clothes, tainted with dried blood and a bullet hole. Four forgotten boxes, stuffed into a large bag and buried in the far corners of the shed.

These are not just any boxes. These are unopened, undelivered boxes, left behind by the now-defunct Kingdom Parcel. All four boxes are marked March 14, 1984... the very day her uncle, president and driver for the delivery service, was said to have committed suicide. Four forgotten boxes, whose owners might still be out there, waiting for a delivery that never arrived.

The undelivered boxes haunt Charity, tugging at her conscience. Hadn’t someone noticed them missing? Hadn’t anyone wondered about the failed delivery? Thinking it might be fun to surprise the recipients after all these years, Charity sets out to deliver the packages to their rightful owners.

Along the way, one of the love stories she discovers is her own. Fate throws her into the sturdy arms of Tarn Danbury, a burly sugarmaker with eyes as beautiful as the mountain pond from which he was named, and a voice as smooth and rich as the dark syrup he produces.

The story behind one box is delightful. Another is heartbreaking.

And one might very well be the death of her.


This was a really quick read- it's a combination of chick lit, romance, and historical mystery!
Which makes it perfect for History Corner, as it shows how small business made it big back then! Add in some great history on maple syrup (who knew the makers were called sugarmakers?), with a 'meant to be' romance, and you have a sweet treat, perfect for pre- Valentine's Day reading! I have to admit I guessed the mystery behind Charity's uncle's death soon into the story, but it was such a fun and quick read, I stayed with it It's a light hearted read, perfect for a pre-Spring day!

About the Author:

Becki Willis has been writing since grade school, though her earliest works are best left unpublished. She majored in Journalism at Texas A&M University but soon got sidetracked with life... marriage to her high school sweetheart, raising their two children, launching careers she loved but that had little to do with writing... In 2013, Becki resolved to pursue her life-long dream of becoming an author. She published her first book in November, sold her successful gift shop/ restaurant in December, and dedicated herself to her new career. An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Visit Becki's website at for more info!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to de-Stress in the Car This Valentine's Day!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Invigorate Oils, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

The holiday season may be over, but stress may still be around!

With the kids different schedules, your work schedule, changes in health, you pick it, stress is ALWAYS with us!

Sometimes the simple ways of combating stress are the easiest!

You know we LOVE using essential oils, and now it is SUPER easy for you to take your oils wherever you are, as usually where you really need them- in the CAR!

From family road trips to the daily commute, we spend a lot of time in our cars. So, why do we settle for those overpowering, headache-inducing car fresheners? 

nvigorate Car Essential OilDiffuse

For everyone who likes the clean, natural scents of essential oils in their homes, there’s finally a way to enjoy them on-the-go with the Invigorate Car Essential Oil Diffuser.

 With the Invigorate Car Essential Oil Diffuser, you can tackle the day surrounded by fragrant aromas. It’s the perfect gift for friends and family who want to live more naturally, love essential oils, or could benefit from the calming and healing power of scent. 

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It’s super easy to use too!

The diffuser comes in 3 parts- the plug section, the diffuser and the cartridge. You just connect the diffuser and plug, via the usb plug, then add the cartridge into the diffuser.

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Then add your drops of oil to the cartridge, and replace the front cover. That's it!

The kit comes with extra cartridges, so you can change them out too. Our kit, came with Frankincence oil, which is an oil we've used before for many different uses. It has an earthy, woodsy aroma, that is both calming and relaxing. And as an added bonus, it's good for your skin! So you get a calming mood, and better skin. Now WHO can argue with that?

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You can control the amoutn of scent you get as well. All you have to do is turn the front piece around to perpinducular, to half the amount!

The Francinsense oil worked REALLY well this past weekend, when Miss Grace had a bad day at her Irish Dance competition- by the time we got home, she was relaxed and calmed down. In fact she got so relaxed, she fell asleep!

nvigorate Car Essential OilDiffuse 5

As you can see, you also get a soothing blue light from the diffuser! Miss Grace LOVES how it lights up as it heats! 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, they’re offering a special discounted price of only $29.99. Which is you check around, is a really great price for a car diffuser that works, and works well! And once you try this one, you'll want to buy one for all your cars, and for all your friend's and family's cars too!

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