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Resolve to #FightFatTalk in 2014

What's more important than losing weight in the year ahead? Fighting Fat Talk. We need to be kind to ourselves! As women strive to get back on track this New Year, Special K has partnered with world-renowned supermodel and actress Tyra Banks to Fight Fat Talk. They want to help shift the weight management conversation to a more positive one. We all know that positivity is important to weight management success. But unfortunately, 93 percent of women Fat Talk. Fat Talk is contagious, and it’s weighing women down. Whether sparked by an unflattering photo or shopping for jeans, these negative comments women make about their own bodies and others are a destructive and significant barrier to weight-management success. Watch the video below and you'll see what I mean.

This video is so powerful. How perfect to fill a store with actual fact talk. That is the place where many women tend to participate in it! However, when you take a step back and really reflect upon what you are doing, how does this make you look to your partner or to your children? Don't you want to be a positive role model? 
"You wouldn't talk this way to anyone else. So why do it to yourself?"
Fat Talk is so embedded in everyday conversations that it has become a barrier to managing weight. According to a recent survey, nearly half of women say that they engage in Fat Talk. Isn't that just gross?! Why do they do it? Because they feel it’s better to criticize themselves before others do so. Interestingly, 63% of women surveyed said when they notice themselves or their friends engaging in Fat Talk, they don’t try to stop or change the conversation. Be one of the other 37%! Furthermore, 62% of women say they feel compelled to engage in Fat Talk about themselves when they hear other women doing so. That's enough. It is time to put a stop to the nonsense.

As a partner to women along their weight management journey, Special K offers many delicious, guilt-free products, including snack and breakfast options that provide protein and fiber. Women can also visit to help SHHHHut down Fat Talk (#FightFatTalk).

To help women with their weight management journey this New Year, Special K is inviting them to participate in the Special K Challenge, an easy, effective way for women to kick-start their weight-management plan in 2014. For more information about the Special K Challenge, visit

We are in this together ladies! I resolve to embrace positivity and shhhhhut down fat talk. Are you with me? Let's #FightFatTalk in 2014!

Campus Book Rentals :: Your College Textbook Alternative

Having both a bachelor's and a master's degree, I know how expensive college textbooks can be! Did you know that rents textbooks to college students? They are committed to making textbooks affordable which is something I can certainly appreciate!

If you are a college-goer, or you have one in your family, check out some of the perks of renting textbooks!
  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods

Not only do they offer those awesome perks, they also donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented! In case you aren't familiar with them, Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. Now that is just one more thing to smile about!

They also have a new program called RentBack. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students. This is an awesome option  because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! How cool is that? I don't think I know a single student who couldn't use some extra money! Check out this video to see how it works.

One of the most frustrating things about college was how much I would spend on textbooks each semester. Then to make things worse, I would sell them back after the semester was over and feel like I was getting totally ripped off! If only had been around when I was in college!

Connect :: Visit for more information on renting college textbooks. You can also connect with Campus Book Rentals via Facebook.

GrooveBook is Going to be on Shark Tank!

This summer I told you all about GrooveBook where you can print your monthly camera roll for FREE! Be sure to tune in to Shark Tank on Friday, January 10 at 9:00 pm! You will be able to see the creators of GrooveBook on the show! Don't forget you can still try GrooveBook for FREE! When you use the code ALITTLEGROOVE, your first book will be totally free. Each month after that you will pay just $2.99 shipping & processing. Visit my review post for more information!

Free Winter Coffee Recipe Ebook

Hey Keurig lovers - I have a special "treat" for you! Click HERE to receive a free eBook full of Kcup Winter Recipes and a special coupon too! 60 Second Vanilla Eggnog Latte? Mmmm - yes please! Happy New Year!

Give Yourself the Gift of Fragrance

There are so many new and exciting fragrances being released just in time for the holiday season; many of these are inspired or created by celebrities and these will be among the most popular hitting the retail market, and could possibly run into availability issues for some who have their hearts set on purchasing them for gifts or for themselves. Some of these new products are offered in intriguing gift sets that offer various items and often tasteful items such as fashion accessories, jewelry, or trinkets that make these even more practical anniversary gift options. Click here for more great anniversary gift ideas.

While these great scents may be on the top of everyone's wish list, many might face disappointment when they open gifts on Christmas morning. The supply of some of these particularly-sought items during the holidays will undoubtedly result in lean inventories at local retailers and possibly some difficulty finding the particular products that are especially alluring this holiday season. Some shoppers may beat the rush and do their holiday gift buying early which could yield positive results, but with others being classic favorites or new releases that have been lauded and advertised before-hand, some buyers may face challenges when attempting to find these goods. The best bet for savvy consumers is to consider some online venues such as dedicated fragrance websites and perfume sellers that distribute to an expansive consumer base, and who likely have immense inventories and supplies of the products that are anticipated to be popular sellers.

These sites make it tremendously easy for consumers to shop and find the items that they most want or need, during the holidays and anytime, with convenient shipping options that ensure delivery in time for the festive occasion. There may be some products found on these amazing sites that some buyers have not ever seen, or that are new and exciting buying options to consider. Also, these sites are particularly good resources for finding the designer fragrances that seem to be the timeless favorites during gift-giving seasons, and the ones that seem to never go out of style. Shopping online is a convenient and fun way to see what is being distributed and what cool new products are available for shoppers to surprise their special loved ones any time of year!

Best Tech Gifts from Best Buy :: #OneBuyForAll

Do you have someone on your gift list that is very hard to shop for? For me that would be my husband. He is a tech-loving guy, so finding him the best tech gifts is always important. However, the guy has everything! So how do you know what the latest and newest trends are? Best Buy has made it easy to find cool gifts with their trending page to show what gadgets are currently trending on Twitter.

Just go to the Best Buy Trending Page and click on a trending item to be taken to the product directly at Best Buy! Here is a Holiday Gift Guide I put together as possible gifts for my hard to buy for husband! I used the trending page at Best Buy to see what was currently popular. Then I headed to the Best Buy showroom. I love heading to Best Buy to shop for tech gifts because they have everything you can possibly imagine. It is so easy to find what you are looking for, and if you can't find it, there is always a knowledgeable employee who is willing to help!

My first stop was the tablets. I wanted to check out the new iPad Air. It weighs just one pound and has a 9.7-inch Retina display?! Wow. Totally impressed. My husband would love this.

Smart Phones
The ability to totally personalize the Moto X really caught my eye. I love this idea. Who wants the same phone as everyone else? It also responds to your voice - no touching necessary. So cool.

My husband is a boy at heart. He still loves his video games. The new Madden NFL 25 is definitely on his list. It looked incredible on the demo of the Xbox One. Best Buy makes it easy to see before you buy with all of the interactive demos throughout the store.

Small Appliances
A morning without coffee? Not for my husband. We absolutely love our Keurig. I would absolutely recommend it. My husband would be very happy if I bought him the Keurig Elite as an upgrade.

TV Accessories
If you have a TV lover on your gift list, you can't go wrong with a streaming-media box. They are the hottest gift right now for TV junkies. I was shopping for either the Roku or Apple TV. I really had no idea which one I wanted. Luckily I talked to a very nice Best Buy employee who gave me a demo of each. He knew the specs of each product and pointed out the pros and cons of each.

Stocking Stuffers
If you check out Best Buy's Trending Page, shop the huge showroom, and still have no idea what to buy that hard to shop for person on your list, you can't go wrong with a gift card. In fact, if you do choose a Best Buy gift card you can take advantage of the Give It To Win It gift card promotion! Best Buy is rewarding the Gift-Giver, from December 11-24th. Here is how it works. Every time a customer purchases a $25 or more Best Buy gift card, in-store or online, they can scan/enter their gift card number to enter for a chance to win one of the daily prizes! Customers can enter via the Best Buy app by scanning their card or by going to Give It To Win It and entering their card number.

Prizes include: (1) Grand Prize: $10,000 Best Buy gift card, (5) First Prizes: $500 Best Buy gift card, (10) Second Prizes: $100 Best Buy gift card, (40) Third Prizes: $50 Best Buy gift card

The Perfect Gift
So what gift did I choose for my husband? Thanks to Best Buy, I feel very confident about my choice. I went with Apple TV! I know he is going to love it! I also picked up an iTunes gift card as a stocking stuffer to go with it! I am excited to see his face on Christmas morning when he opens it! What tech items are on your gift list?

Coconut Oil Popcorn Made with La Tourangelle Refined Organic Coconut Oil

Movie night? Next time, try this delicious popcorn made from La Tourangelle Coconut Oil. Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks. I love the flavor that you get from using coconut oil. You can use a large skillet, but I used the Catamount Popcorn Popper instead! It works in the microwave!

You will need: 2 Tbs. La Tourangelle Refined Organic Coconut Oil, 1/4 cup Popcorn Kernels, and Salt. Once you add everything to the popper, replace the silicone lid and microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. If you find it needs more time, microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time.

It is so much better that microwave popcorn from a bag! The coconut oil taste adds a healthy dose of flavor. It is slightly sweet, but not too much. Just delicious. Even my buttered-popcorn-lover husband likes this version better!

La Tourangelle organic, naturally refined coconut oil is a great substitute for shortening.  It has 0g trans fat and is made from organic coconuts which are expeller-pressed within 4 days of being harvested by hand. Having neutral flavor and high smoke point, it is excellent for sauteing, stir frying and baking. No refrigeration is required after opening.

15% off Entertaining Essentials at Zinc Door

Peak party throwing season is upon us! Don't miss your chance to receive 15% off Entertainment Essentials at Zinc Door, 12/16 - 1/14, with promo code ENTERTAIN. Beautiful serving sets, sparkling glassware, elegant table linens ... everything you need to entertain with style. Be sure to check out Zinc Door today!

Novica Premium Gift Wrapping + $25 Gift Code Giveaway #handmade4life

Turn your unique gifts into an art form with Novica's new premium gift wrapping service! Delivering a beautiful handmade treasure, wrapped by hand in exquisite packaging will make your gifts truly unforgettable.

Novica's gift finder is where talented master artisans present handcrafted treasures. Popular categories include gifts for her, gifts for him and gifts for the romantic. Novica offers an extensive gallery of unique gifts that is certain to enthrall and delight. This versatile collection of hand-crafted treasures from artists around the world, ranges from silver bracelets for him and her, to tableware. Don't know what to give that special someone? Their original and unique gift ideas will make it easier to decide!

If gifts for him are on your mind, go no further than the chess sets. They range from traditional wood hand-carved styles, to contemporary urban crafted of recycled metals. You will also find cufflinks, rings and leather bracelets in Novica's one-of-a-kind men's jewelry gift collection.

Handmade jewelry and handbags are but a few suggestions that make for ideal gifts for her. Styles range from the classic and traditional, to the bold and contemporary. For personalized and unique gifts for her, explore the clothing and apparel collection. Novica features designers from around the world using traditional weaving, embroidery or batik techniques in their original creations. They highlight genuine alpaca wool from Peru as well as hand-loomed silk from Thailand and India.

Once you find the perfect gift, using the new premium gift wrapping service is easy! Just select premium gift wrapping option during checkout and Novica will do the rest. No more last minute worries about presentation - your gifts will be the best dressed every time! Most premium gift wrap is only $3.95 - $5.95 per item.

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Holiday Appetizers Made Easy with SeaPak Spring Rolls #PakTheParty

It's the holiday season! Do you know what you are making for that upcoming holiday party? It will be here sooner than you think! As you are planning your Holiday Appetizers, keep in mind that it can be delicious and easy. Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls make the perfect party snack! Why? They are so easy to make (just bake for 13-15 minutes) and they taste amazing! 

I found a pack of 16 Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls in the frozen foods section at Walmart. They were having a sampling the day I shopped and I was able to try them first. They were so delicious, I was ready for more! I am a huge fan of seafood and these did not disappoint. I would use these for Healthy Quick Dinners or as I suggested for a Perfect Party Appetizer!

To bake, you just preheat your oven to 450°F and arrange frozen spring rolls on a baking sheet. Bake on the middle oven rack and cook for 13-14 minutes. If you are baking the whole package, cook for 16-17 minutes. For best results, turn spring rolls over after 7–8 minutes. They come out crispy and perfect for dipping!

How delicious do they look? You can practically hear the tide rolling in after you bite into Shrimp Spring Rolls. Surrounded by a delicate crunchy wrap, the famously tender shrimp and crispy vegetables create a wave of delight. For Dinner Party Recipes, I would cut them in half as shown, and serve with your favorite dip. I really like the Sweet Thai Chili Sauce that comes with them! It adds a sweet and savory flavor. You could even make your own special dip like this Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce.

No more boring appetizers! SeaPak Spring Rolls are perfect to #PakTheParty - in fact, Ladies Home Journal even mentioned them as one of The 15 Best Frozen Appetizers to Serve at a Party! Whether you need Easy Meal Ideas or Holiday Entertaining with a taste of the coast, SeaPak Spring Rolls just make sense!