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Recent posts

How to Keep Your Skin Winter Ready

The cold weather is here and it is time to start preparing your skin for the harsh winter months.  I don't know about you, but  I get very dry skin in the winter.
Here are some tips that I use to help keep my skin looking it's best all season long.
1.  Seek professional advice


You should always seek the advice of your doctor if you have any type of skin ailment, especially if you suffer from very dry skin. Your condition may be caused by something more severe than the weather and may need to be treated differently.


2. Moisturize!

Keeping your skin moisturized is very important. Look for soaps and bodywashes that don't contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin.  Also, look for lotions and creams that are gentle on your skin and apply them immediately after bathing or showering so that they are more effective.  You may also want to keep a small tube of lotion in your desk, briefcase or purse to apply when needed.

3. Wear Gloves

Always keep your hands protected from wind …

Celebrate National Adopt a Dog Month With Your Children #MaverickandMe #Giveaway #sponsored

Maverick and Me is an adorable story about animal adoption.  It was written by ASPCA Ambassador Katherine Schwarzenegger.
In this book, sweet little Maverick is found abandoned and ill, by a loving woman who takes him into her home and nurses him back to health.  Once Maverick is healthy, he is then taken to a local adoption event to be put up for adoption.   
On adoption day, Maverick sits in his cage all day waiting for someone to come along and give him his forever home, but the day is drawing to a close and he is the only dog left to be adopted.  Just then, little Scarlett happens to show up at the event with her mother, who has no intentions of adopting a dog.
When Scarlett's mother sees the beautiful bond between Maverick and her daughter, she decided to adopt him.
Maverick instantly knows he has found a new best friend, his forever home and will always be loved.

This book is beautifully illustrated with vivid colors and pictures that tell the story so candidly. It tells a …

Swago: Shopping Edition Is Back! (US) #sponsored #ad

The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend. 

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Shop Swago will begin on Monday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square w…

A Day at the Farm is a Day Well Spent

I love visiting local farms.  I get great satisfaction by supporting local farmers. Being at  the local farm is very relaxing to me.  The beautiful colors of all of fruits and vegetables, the sounds of the wind blowing through the apple trees, and the sounds of the farm animals are all so wonderful to see and hear.  



Recently, I visited a local "pick your own" farm and loved seeing how many of the fruit and vegetable I eat are grown.


The cabbage was probably the hardest to pick.  They are very sturdy and I had to get help from some younger kids to help me get it off of the stalk.



I enjoyed picking my own tomatoes, peppers and cabbage.  They taste so fresh straight from the vine.  It is nice to know exactly where the food I eat is coming from.



I even picked my own apples and grapes.  The grape vines smelled so good.
The animals on the farm were enjoyable to watch.  The baby goats were so shy and adorable.  They hid behind a tree waiting for their mommy to come feed them.



 Th…

Simple Salisbury Steak Recipe #easyrecipes #foodie #salisburysteak #dinnerideas

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Salisbury steak is one of my favorite dishes.  It is full of flavor, great for pairing with potato, pasta or rice dishes, and simple to make.



Salisbury Steak
Ingredients
1 medium yellow onion 1 tbsp oil 2 lbs ground beef 1 packet of Lipton beefy onion soup mix 1 pint carton of beef broth 2 heaping tbsp. flour 1 large egg

Directions:
1. Chop and sautee onion in oil until translucent.
2. Mix ground beef, flour, egg, sauteed onions and Lipton beefy onion soup mix together and form oval shaped patties.
3. Fry patties in a grill pan for 2 minutes each side (just long enough to give them grill marks)
4. In a separate pot or Dutch oven, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour.  Cook until blended and golden colored. (about 3 minutes)  
5. Add 1 pint carton of beef broth and allow it to come to a boil.  
6. Add patties and cook uncovered to allow it to thicken. (20-30 minutes)
Serve.
Optional:  You can add sauteed mushrooms to the gravy.  My family personally doesn't prefe…

Staying Warm on a Budget

We are waking up to chilly mornings here in the Northeast.  It is time to start thinking of ways to help stay warm without raising expenses.
Here are some inexpensive ways to keep warm.

1. Dress in layers.  Wearing layers will help you stay insulated and allow you to add and remove clothing to fit your warmth comfort. Wear a hat.  It is a known fact that heat escapes from your head, so be sure to wear a warm hat or cap.


2. Wear Warm Socks.  I have wool and lined socks that help keep my feet warm on cold days.  You can also keep warm fluffy slippers handy to wear around the house so that you can avoid the cold floors.


3. Drink warm beverages like tea or broth.  They will help to warm you up inside.

4. Warm blankets.  I keep several blankets folded at the bottom of my bed so that I can apply them if I get cold.  I try to keep one light blanket and one thermal blanket.  This way I can use them in layers if I get too cold or too warm. 


5. Open the curtains and shades.  Let the sun shine in duri…

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way with A Wish For You

Have you ever searched for the perfect heartfelt gift to send to someone you love with little or no success?  I have too.   Sometimes, I don't want to send an elaborate, meaningless gift.  I like gifts that come from the heart, and A Wish For You has them.

Each gift on their website has special meaning or sentiment and is hand picked by you.  They are small mementos to show you care.

The way their website works is in 3 steps.

First, you  start with the perfect memento that reflects what you want to project to the recipient.  Gifts range from  tokens of appreciation, words of encouragement on items and fun and pampering items as well.


Here is one sweet example of a gift available on the site.  This is cupcake soap in butter cake and frosting scent. Yum!   Who doesn't like to celebrate with cake or the scent of it?  This is perfect for a birthday wish, to send sweet sentiments and so much more.


Next, select the perfect card to accompany your gift.  The cards are beautifully ill…

The 2017 Chicago Toy and Game Fair is Coming! #chitag #playeveryday #toys #games #ad #sponsored

Come Out and Play! November 18th - 19th 2017




Who doesn't love fun and games!  The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is Rolling into town on November 18 and 19, 2017!


What to Expect! 
Interactive Exhibits Test out New Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves Meet Toy and Game Inventors from Around the World Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays


EVENTS

Chicago Toy and Game Fair (15th Annual Chicago #ChiTag)Toy and Game Inventor of the Year Awards {Celebrate the Makers of Play!}Young Inventor Challenge {Registration is FREE | Closes October 28 th }Play in Education ConferenceToy and Game Inventor Conference
Check out some great photos from past events!






How to Overcome Pitfalls as a Blogger #sponsored #femaleentrepreneur

I blog because I love to express myself.  I have always had a passion for writing.  I don't blog because I want to be rich or famous.  I blog because I like to be creative and I like to share my thoughts, opinions and reviews with you.  However, I sometimes can get discouraged when my numbers aren't where I project them to be, especially when putting a lot of time and effort into projects.
There is nothing wrong with setting high expectations of yourself as a blogger, however it is important that you keep focused on what is important to you and what your goals are, so that you can overcome any pitfalls that you may face along the way.  
I think that the biggest thing to tackle as a blogger is building up a following.  It doesn't happen overnight.  It can take years to build a strong following across all of your social media outlets, but if you set your sites on it, you can succeed.  Sometimes you can get one campaign that can make you stand out from the crowd.  Who wouldn…