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Discover Your Passion in 2017 - New Year, New You

Have you ever had a thought or idea or mission that you felt so passionate about, but didn't know where to start? Make 2017 the year to take that passion and start turning it into a reality. I have spent so many years of my life dwelling on things that I wanted to do.  I would talk about them to others, look them up on the internet and then do nothing about them.  I felt like I was failing myself over and over again. As you know, if you read my blog, this past September, I started on a journey to be more healthy and to lose the weight that I packed on over the past years.  At first, it started out as just wanting to lose weight.  Now, it has turned into so much more than that. I want to be healthy, fit and educated.  I want to learn more about foods and how they effect our bodies, how they work together and how they can benefit my body and mind.  I also want to inspire others to do the same. I want to get back into the gym and discover new exercises th

I Did It! I Reached My Year-End Goal! Week 16 My #WeightWatchers Journey

I did it! As I stepped onto the scale tonight at my Weight Watchers center, I have to be honest, my heart was pounding.  I knew this was the final week of the year to reach my personal goal of 25 pounds lost by year end.  As I stood there, with my fists clenched in anticipation, my Weight Watchers receptionist looked over at me with a big smile and said, "25 Pounds Lost!, Congratulations!", and gave me a big hug.  I felt my eyes start to tear up because it was so important to me. The past 2 weeks were not good at all.  I had two consecutive gains in a row.  I was feeling angry and confused because I had been doing everything right, or so I thought. My Weight Watchers coach looked over my food diary last week after my second gain, and we talked about what I was or wasn't doing, that could be effecting the scale. We both determined that I wasn't drinking enough water and I wasn't getting in enough exercise.  Plus, a couple of other personal

Enter to win Luxury Empyrean Bedding 4-Piece Queen Soft Bed Sheet Set ends 1/1/17

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Recipe from @Kraft and @BlogsRelease

I always have so much leftover chocolate and peppermints or candy canes left over after the holidays.  This year I decided that I am going to use them to make a special dessert. I found this great recipe from Kraft and it looks so easy and delicious.  If you have extra candy laying around, give it a try! Create this yummy Peppermint Bark Cheesecake with crushed mints, chocolate sandwich cookies and white chocolate. Yule love this Peppermint Bark Cheesecake! Prep Time 35 min. Total Time 6 hr.   35 min. Servings 16 servings What You Need 18 vanilla creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups) 3 Tbsp. butter, melted 30 starlight mints, divided 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S White Chocolate, melted 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided 2 cups thawed COOL

Giveaway! Unique Designer Fashions from Stylewe - Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate #fashion

Stylewe is an online shopping platform that features independent fashion designers.  They are committed to providing unique, original and high quality fashion products from their designers. The designers featured are from all over the world and bring new and fresh fashion ideas that are on trend. Stylewe carries all types of fashion from handbags, dresses, sportswear, accessories and more. Some of my favorite designer pieces include this beautiful  Two Piece Knitted Crew Neck Mermaid Midi Dress by Elenyun and this beautiful pink  Fringed Turtleneck Knitted Solid Long Sleeve Sweater by SFEISHOW These pieces are such beautiful quality and the designs are so chic. I was sent this adorable  Black Mini Sweet Printed Wallet by Just Star. Being a cat lover, I melted inside when I saw it.  It is absolutely adorable. The sweet cat print and cute little paw closure is just the cat's meow.  I love the little sparkles on the cat paw.

Christmas Quenchers Collector's Bills #SB #Swagbucks #spon

One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" worth SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more! Here's all the information for this week's Christmas Quenchers Collector's Bills: Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, December 19th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Saturday, December 24th at 11:59pm PT/Sunday, December 25th 2:59am ET , and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either: 5 SB 7 SB 9 SB 15 SB 24 SB When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s B

Swago: Unwrap Your SB Bonus #play #earn

It's time for you to unwrap your SB bonus this holiday season courtesy of Swagbucks. This month's Holiday themed Swago board offers a possible 400 SB ($4) Bonus! 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. When you complete a task, watch that square change colors like a twinkling Christmas light. You can then redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great way to learn how to use the site, and it's a lot of fun! Here’s what you need to know to get your 4 00 SB Bonus : Swago will begin on Monday, December 19th at 8:01am PDT/11:01am EDT , 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

Time for a Reality Check - My Weight Watchers Journey Week 14

Well, this week didn't go exactly as I planned.  It started off great and ended off great.  But, somewhere in between I got a little side tracked. My family celebrated a large accomplishment by our son this week, with an extravagant dinner, and I went a little overboard.  I knew going in that there may be a consequence, but I took that responsibility on because I felt it was worth it, and I have no regrets. The only problem is, the next couple of days, I had foods that I was trying to avoid.... like french fries.  I guess you can say I became laxed and it showed up on the scale at my weight in. I gained a half pound this week and didn't reach my 25 lb goal.  I was disappointed somewhat, but also expected it.  In the past I would've thrown my hands up in the air and threw in the towel.  But this time is different. I want to succeed.  I want to get to that goal. I know that having one bad week doesn't mean to just quit everything that I have work

Shop your way to a 300 SB Bonus - Swago Shopping Edition (US)

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago just in time for the Holidays! 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. Plus, if you have to buy holiday gifts, might as well get an extra SB bonus for yourself, right? Here’s what you need to know to get your 3 00 SB ($3) Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Shop Swago will begin on Monday, December 12th at 9am PDT/12pm EDT , 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

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Coming to Your Area #christmas #holidays #usfg

Hello, I am excited to share that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to town!  We have a great special offer for our readers for the ultimate holiday tradition.  Right now you can receive the  15% Off Tickets   with this exclusive PROMO CODE for US Family Guide Readers:  CODE: BALLET     CLICK HERE for ShowTimes and Ticket Information .  Hurry order your family's tickets today and fell free to share this exclusive savings with your friends. Here is some more information: Tickets are on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated  Great Russian Nutcracker  on most cities on the 2015 North American tour!  Families love Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker! It's the ultimate holiday tradition and creates memories for a lifetime. The production includes over 200 romantic costumes and 10' tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for s