April 30, 2014

Fresh & Vibrant :: 12 Sensational Spring Salads

Light, fresh salads pair perfectly with the warmer weather. Use a variety of vibrant, delicious ingredients to inspire sensational spring salads. Think of the greens as your canvas. Then, don't be afraid to sweeten it up with some of your favorite fruits. Some of my favorites are strawberries and pears. Next, you can add flavor with cheese. Feta is always a favorite. Finally, top it off with nuts or something else with some crunch. It will also give your sensational salads texture. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Watermelon Tomato Salad :: I have been wanting to try the watermelon and tomato combo. It sounds so fresh and juicy!

Arugula Strawberry Orange Salad :: The peppery arugula mixed with the sweetness of the Cara Cara oranges? Yes please.

Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans :: The combination of kale and apple sounds divine. Add candied pecans and my mouth is watering over the crunch!

Grilled Pear and Gorgonzola Salad :: This is one of my go-to favorites when it comes to sensational salads!

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing :: Simple, delicious and A+ for presentation.

Raw Asparagus Salad :: A new twist on this seasonal ingredient.


Spring Salad with Apple and Manchego :: The spring mix, shaved radish, tangerine segments, apple cubes, pecans, and manchego make for a vibrant and colorful salad.

Apricot Pasta Salad :: Sweet and savory with fresh apricots, sweet bell pepper and basil. Yum!

Beet, Blood Orange and Chèvre Salad :: This heart-healthy salad includes roasted beets, blood orange segments, walnuts, chives, chèvre cream and white wine vinaigrette.

Kale and Date Salad with Avocado Mint Dressing :: This salad had me at minty avocado dressing. Plus, I love dates.

Nuts About Berries Salad :: Why yes, I am nuts about berries. Delish!

Caprese Salad :: Hands down my favorite salad of all time. This version is gorgeous too!

I love finding new salad recipes. After the awful winter we had, it is nice to finally be thinking about fresh ingredients and warmer weather. Which sensational spring salad do you want to try first?



This Spring Salads post is brought to you by Foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

April 27, 2014

Outdoor Gift Ideas for Mom from BrylaneHome


Does your mom love the outdoors? I know mine does. Why not get mom a gift that can help her relax and enjoy the beautiful weather we have coming our way? BrylaneHome is having a huge Patio Furniture Sale to help you give mom what she deserves, while still staying in your budget. The Outdoor Beach Set shown above is so affordable! This 5 piece set features an umbrella table/cooler, two jumbo chairs, along with a handy rolling tote, all for just $79.99!


Mom can really relax in a Zero Gravity Chair With Pillow and Canopy. It is also on sale for just $79.99. It evenly distributes your body weight to reduce back pressure and provide superior lumbar support as you sit. This advanced piece of outdoor furniture allows you to relax while fully reclined to the most comfortable "zero-gravity" position.


If your mom has more sophisticated taste, check out this 3 Piece Bistro Set for just $99.99. This elegant Bellagio Bistro will bring stunning style to your mom's outdoor décor. She'll love the classy feel this beautiful furniture set exudes.


Does mom love to garden? Visit BrylaneHome for the full selection of Outdoor Decor and Garden products. Beautify her garden with a dazzling fountain, a lovely birdbath, a vibrant set of LED lights, or a great outdoor bench! 

Connect :: Visit BrylaneHome.com and order anytime 24/7. Customers can also join the thousands of fans who are following BrylaneHome on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Clayspray :: Review


Introducing Clayspray, the world’s first clay emulsion in a spray. While the cold, dry air in winter can leave skin feeling dehydrated, flaky and rough, summer air is humid and full of moisture. Make sure your skin is ready. You don't want to choose beauty products that will make your skin oily!


Clayspray products are exclusively sourced from a careful selection of clays from sites historically renowned for their therapeutic properties and where the clay has been protected from pollution and contamination for thousands of years. Less than 1% of each ton of clay is used in Clayspray.

  • Clayspray is a pure clay. The purest clay in the world, through patented technology.
  • All products are natural, free of preservatives, free of parabens, free of perfumes, not tested on animals.
  • Clayspray products are formulated with 60 - 65% clay, (the reason it is heavy). This provides for a much higher concentration of beneficial minerals which offers an enhanced degree of efficacy.
  • Clays are emulsified much like a cream. This is unique to Clayspray - pure clays in an emulsified form.

The Clayspray line consists of five different masks, each one addressing a specific skin care concern; from Pore Refining, Skin Brightening and Glow to Toning and Mattifying. Also included in the line are two refreshing mineral water mists that further hydrate and soothe skin both before and after the treatment. I reviewed sample sizes of two of the products. I sampled the Hydrate H2O Water Spray and the Toning White Clay Mask with Aloe Vera.

The Hydrate H2O Mineral Water Spray is a mineral rich mountain Spring water spray comforts and hydrates in one spritz, instantly hydrating the skin. It is sourced from an ancient and isolated aquifer found deep within the rich earth beneath Spain's Iberian mountains, its mineral rich properties soothe and refresh while improving skin's elasticity and texture. The H20 Spray can be used to cleanse and tone skin or prepare the skin for a Clayspray Clay Masque treatment. It feels amazing on the skin. Like an instant soft rain that provides instant moisture.

Next, you apply the mask. Just dispense product into your hand and massage into the area to be treated. It gets creamy and a little goes a long way. Avoid contact with eyes. It dried fairly quickly and instantly tightened my skin. The Toning White Clay Masque is especially for sensitive skin. It gently removes dead skin cells and impurities whilst unifying skin tone in areas of hyper pigmentation. Skin is fed with minerals such as silica to boost collagen, calcium to build healthy skin cells, and potassium to help look in moisture for an anti-aging effect and to standardize skin texture. With its enriched formula of minerals and natural elements combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera, it calms and aids cell regeneration revealing younger and softer looking skin. Once it is dry, simply wash skin with water until clay is removed. My skin felt soft and smooth after just one use. You can tell that Clayspray uses only a high level of clay content. It really got in there and removed impurities and environmental toxins buried deep within pores. It also provided an incredible moisturizing effect thanks to hydrogels that deliver nutrients directly into the skin. I loved the incredible and instantaneous results!

Connect :: Connect with Clayspray via their website. You can also visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: Both products may be purchased at Beautyhabit. The Toning White Clay Mask with Aloe Vera is available for $59.95 and the Hydrate H2O Water Spray is available for $23.95.



Patricia Wyatt Tempered Glass Cutting Boards :: Review and Giveaway




Mother's Day is getting closer and I have another great gift idea for you. Patricia Wyatt is an artist who contacted me about her beautiful glass cutting boards. I saw her work and immediately knew I wanted to work with her. The tempered glass cutting boards feature Patricia's artwork and are offered in a 9x12 inch or a 12x16 inch size.


"Out of many stories an endless stream of experiences unite us." 
~ Patricia Wyatt


Patricia Wyatt is a printmaker, a textile designer and a painter. The land, the people, the animals, and their stories have inspired her mixed media paintings. She is currently working on three collections.
  • ON COMMON GROUND :: a multicultural collection of women of power, wisdom and beauty, drawn from the wheel of life
  • EARTHSCAPE :: landscapes that celebrate the six directions, North, South, East,West, Above and Below and echo the myths from many cultures by my use of pattern and color
  • ANIMAL SPIRITS :: the animals that connect us to ourselves, each other and our land.

All of the collections feature art that inspires us to find a quiet moment to consider our paths, to remember our place at the circle and to know that we are the individual threads that complete one fabric. She is now offering these images in hand printed and crafted tempered glass. Each image is embedded in the glass under extreme pressure. She personally supervises, color corrects and sizes each piece. They are functional as well as being decorative wall or window pieces and can be used as a cutting board or serving trivet.


You can see in the photo above just how thick the glass is. These are beautiful cutting boards or trivets that any mother would love. The colors just pop and Patricia's work is soothing and inspirational. The boards feel very solid and I am sure it will last a very long time. Each piece is also signed on the back. One lucky reader is going to win a Patricia Wyatt Cutting Board!

Breate Happy with the Febreze Allergen Reducer #cleantheair




Spring is finally here! Unfortunately, so are those perky allergies. If you or a household member suffers from indoor and outdoor allergies, you’re not alone! According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), approximately 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies and experts agree that seasonal allergies are starting earlier, and pollen count is on the rise each year.


My family definitely gives the new Febreze Allergen Reducer Refresher two big thumbs up! It seems that my husband starts sneezing from the moment spring arrives. I started using the Febreze Allergen Reducer Air Effects along with the Febreze Allergen Reducer Fabric Refresher a few weeks ago. It has made a difference. You may only see an air freshener or a fabric refresher, but these products actually work by using a breakthrough technology that reduces inanimate allergens.


How does it work? This new product eliminates odors and reduces up to 95% of inanimate allergens from pollen, pet dander, and dust mite matter that cause discomfort when breathed in from the air. Its Trap and Lock technology keeps allergens on soft fabrics, such as couches, curtains and carpets, from becoming airborne. 


I love the Air Effects Freshly Clean scent. It not only eliminates tough odors, and leaves behind a light, fresh scent, but it also fights those nasty allergens too! You use Air Effects anyway, so why not let the Allergen Reducer do its magic at the same time?!


The Fabric Refresher Clean Splash worked wonders for me. I happen to be allergic to pet dander. When my brother brings over his dog, I tend to suffer for days! Now I simply spray the Fabric Refresher on my carpets, curtains, and couch before and after the visits. It can replace lingering odors with long-lasting freshness and reduce allergens too! It smells great with an upbeat medley of fresh-cut greens and a splash of clean, watery freshness.



If you have not seen this adorable commercial, it is worth watching. No need for ninjas, just Febreze Allergen Reducer.

Connect :: Visit Febreze for more information on the new Febreze Allergen Reducer. You can also find Febreze on Facebook and Twitter.



Somersets Shaving Oil for Women :: Review


Warm weather is just around the corner! As you trade in your pants and tights for shorts, skirts and bikinis, there’s one beauty step that a woman simply cannot skip - shaving! Your skin may be a little dry and sensitive to a razor after months of skimping on shaving. That is where Somersets Shaving Oil for Women comes in!

Packaged in a tiny bullet-shaped container, one 15 ml bottle yields up to a month of shaves! When I first got the bottle I thought, okay, this is not even enough to cover one leg! But I was surprised that just four to five drops per leg enables you to get a close, smooth shave without nicks, cuts or razor burn.

Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women is formulated with a proprietary blend of organic essential oils such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Rosemary, which help to create a lubricating barrier between the skin and the razor, providing more glide for a truly comfortable shave.

I just got back from spring break, so I like that Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women is TSA-approved! It can also be used with or without water - making it perfect for those "oops I missed a spot" moments. If you’re worried about the rest of your beach bod, you can also try Somersets Extra Delicate Shaving Oil for Women, which is specially formulated for the bikini line. Whether you’re heading to a tropical getaway for spring break or just “stay-cationing” at your local beach, try Somersets to get your beach ready.

April 26, 2014

How to Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

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In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!

How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!
  1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
  2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
  3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
  4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.
For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!


Personalized T-Shirts for Mothers Day

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Design t-shirts online with CustomInk!

Mother's Day is just two weeks away! Moms from around the country will appreciate a custom shirt made especially for her on this special day. Here are some great design ideas which are all fully customizable in the CustomInk design lab.


I love the Head Chef t-shirt! I would be perfect for my mom. Which one is your favorite?



April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle :: Review

Personalized Mother's Day Gifts

Make mom smile with great Mother's Day Gifts from Zazzle! You can create your own personalized gift, or choose from the huge, and I mean huge, selection of unique gifts! I chose a few things for my own mom from the endless selection of options.


I loved the simplicity of this simply stated mug. Of course I think my mom is the Best.Mom.Ever. She is! I know she will love this Two-Tone Mug too. It is a stylish alternative to the basic white mug you see everywhere. If you don't like it, you can choose an interior color that complements your own photos, images, and text. It is available in multiple colors and sizes. Dishwasher and microwave safe, it makes a great gift.


My next choice was more personal. My mom loves lighthouses, so I know she will love this Lighthouse Art Keychain. It was so inexpensive! You can create your own Custom Mother's Day Gifts too by making a keychain with your own image. Create your own or choose from thousands of cute and cool designs. This one has sturdy clasp keeps keys together securely, and holds up well through daily wear-and-tear.


Creating Personalized Mother's Day Gifts is easy at Zazzle. Choose from tons of items that mom will love. You will find everything from wristlets to compact mirrors to serving trays to necklaces. Customization is fast and simple. Don't forget to also create your own Mother's Day Cards while you are there! Add photos, custom text and more. Show your love for mom with a gift or a card from Zazzle!

Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale :: 20% Off Everything




Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale. Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea's new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around.



Outback's NEW Wood-Fire Grill Menu #OutbackBestMates




If you have not tried anything from Outback’s Wood-Fire Grill Menu, you are really missing out on some sizzling good selections! Where there’s fire, there’s flavor, and Outback’s Wood-Fire Grill Meal is a 3-course deal grilled to sizzling perfection for just $11.99.

For your First Course, start with your choice of Soup or Signature Side Salad. Your Second Course will consist of your choice of a wood-fire grilled entrée and freshly made side. Choose from Parmesan-Herb Crusted Wood-Fire Grilled Chicken, Wood-Fire Grilled Outback Special Sirloin, or Sweet Chili Wood-Fire Grilled Chicken & Shrimp. Finally, finish off your meal with a Third Course of either Classic Cheesecake or Carrot Cake.


The flavor doesn't stop there! Ignite your taste buds with more great choices from the Wood-Fire Grill including:

  • Firecracker Grilled Salmon: Wood-fire grilled Salmon glazed with Firecracker sauce and topped with mango salsa. Served with season mixed vegetables. 
  • Bone-in NY Strip: Known for its juicy, intense flavor, the thick-cut NY Strip is grilled to perfection.Served with one freshly made side and a Signature Side salad.
  • Grilled Pineapple ‘Rita: Smooth El Jimador Resposado Tequila hand-shaken with all-natural citrus juices and crushed pineapple. We rim the glass with our very own hickory smoke margarita salt and top with a wood-grilled slice of pineapple.

I can't wait to try these dishes filled with fire-grilled flavor! Take the fire-grilled flavor home with Curbside Take-Away. Order your meal online and pick it up at your local Outback.



Stay tuned! As an Outback Best Mate, I will have exciting promotions, news, new menu items and more to tell you about all year long!

Connect :: Visit Outback Steakhouse to discover their fresh and delicious steak, chicken, ribs, seafood, pasta dishes, and more! You can also find Outback Steakhouse on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Stella & Dot Stylist Bonus


Are you in love with your life? Do you want more freedom and flexibility from your job? If you become a Stella & Dot Stylist, you can let what you love BE what you DO. Now through the end of April, when you sign up for only $199, you will get an additional $100 ($450 total) in free accessories! You will have the potential of earning extra spending money or a six figure income, it's up to you! Stella & Dot will provide you with everything you need to succeed. All the essential tools and training, plus a back office providing customer service, technology and direct delivery to your customers! Click HERE to sign up and find out all the details.



May Glossybox Spolier


Now is the time to order your May Glossybox! Why? May is going to feature a BERGDORF GOODMAN box! Head to Glossybox and place your order before they sell out!





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