Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cyber Smile Sale!

Happy Cyber Monday Eve! Hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic (US peeps) and your Black Friday was inexpensive and injury-free (US peeps still). In preparation for the mother of all online shopping days, TPT has decided to throw a sale - The Cyber Smile Sale!

From Monday 11/30 through Tuesday 12/1, my entire store will be on sale! And if you plug in the promo code SMILE at checkout, you will receive an additional discount which totals 28% savings on all items! 

Click the button (created by Erin from You Aut-a Know!) below to head directly to my store. For my most popular products, continue below!




Happy first week of December!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#ThankfulThursday: What Are You Thankful For?

As we get closer to The Big Day, we are constantly being reminded to give thanks. Maybe you've created a list with your kids of all the things you're thankful for. Maybe you've considered volunteering at a homeless shelter the morning of Thanksgiving, to give back to people who don't have as much as you. Maybe you are running a race sometime this week to celebrate and be thankful for your health. All of these are great ways to show how thankful you are. I am here today, to offer you another story for which to be thankful.

#ThankfulThursday is about how we should honor all the things for which we are thankful. During the holidays, this may be especially challenging. It's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of holiday planning, cooking, traveling, and of course, shopping. But instead, let's reflect today on a story of true courage. A true story of what it means to be thankful.

This is the story of Heather. In 2005, at only 36 years old, Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. This diagnosis came just after she gave birth to her daughter, Lily. Without treatment, Heather was given just 15 months to live.

About 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Those with the diagnosis are given, on average, 10 months to live. As a young girl, Heather was exposed to asbestos through fibers carried home by her father's construction work jacket. Asbestos is a material found in consumer and construction products and exposure to this material is believed to be a cause of pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos is still not banned in the United States and Canada.

After her diagnosis, Heather sought treatment from Dr. David Sugarbaker at Brigham and Women's hospital in my city of Boston. Nine years later, Heather continues to thrive. She is an inspiring writer, blogger and advocate for a global ban on asbestos. She has started a blog series Beating the Odds: My Decade of Survivorship to chronicle her past 9 years of treatment, survivorship, and advocacy work. In February 2016, Heather will be celebrating a huge 10 year anniversary since her live-saving lung removal surgery called Lung Leavin' Day. Mark your calendars and check out the link to participate!

To find out more about Heather and her amazing, powerful story, check out her story here.

I want to thank Heather for allowing me to share her exceptionally inspiring story. Being a part of something devoted to encouraging others to share their stories is humbling. Now I turn the initial #ThankfulThursday question back to you... 

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Quickie Post: TPT Sale!

Hard to believe it's already Thanksgiving this week! Then, next week is December!!! Where does the time go?

Starting today, my Thanksgiving-themed goodies are on sale through Tuesday! Check them out below by clicking the image.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Saftey Tips for Trick or Treating

Can you believe it's already mid-October?! Crazy, right?! I'm so unprepared for autumn, it's ridiculous. We still have out ACs in and our summer clothes on. I'm so not ready for the prequel to winter to begin, but alas. 

I'm sure many of you have already started think about Halloween: what your children will be dressed as, what you will be dressed as, how you will (or already have) decorate for the holiday, how to up your pumpkin-carving game, etc. Here's yet another thing to think about: Safety Tips for Trick or Treating.

The following infographic was created by the folks at Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24, a dealership around here in Boston (Brockton, MA to be exact). Pin the image below to reference this and share with others!

Here's to a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween!

Any additional tips and tricks you'd add to ensure a safe and healthy Halloween? Share below!

Friday, September 25, 2015

White Trash Tuna Noodle Cassarole

This post is not meant to be offensive, but rather, humorous. My mom used to make this for me as a kid and lovingly called it the same thing. All jokes aside, this is one of my guilty pleasures. I LOVE this meal for dinner after a long day at work. It's quick, it's easy, and it's delicious. What more could you possibly want?

The Basics

You'll also need the ingredients used for the macaroni, according to the box.

Seriously, the easiest dinner ever. Talk about a one pot meal!

The Plan

Start process according to package directions. After the water starts to boil, add the macaroni AND the frozen broccoli. Once the macaroni is cooked, again, according to package directions, complete the box's instructions. After you add and mix the cheesy goodness to the pot, add your canned tuna (completely drained) directly to the pot. "Chop" up the tuna, using your wooden spoon or whatever you're using to mix it, to disperse it evenly. Make sure everything in the pot is mixed thoroughly and serve warm.

I usually eat this as the main dish, sometimes with an additional side of veggies. You could omit the tuna (but why would you?) and serve this along side another dish, such as meatloaf or hot dogs. You can also use other veggies instead of frozen broccoli like peas, or edamame. Depending on the veggies, you may need to cook them beforehand, to ensure they are cooked through. I've found, with most frozen veggies, 7-10 minutes in boiling water with the macaroni is more than enough time to cook.

What's so great about this meal is that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand. So when I run out of dinner options, am too lazy too cook anything elaborate, or need something unfussy, this is my go-to. If you try this recipe, I'd love to know your thoughts!

I'm also linking up with the following link-up.

What are you last minute dinner recipes? Any "white trash" favorites of your own? Share below!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rist Roller: The Little Foam Roller with a BIG Impact

When Jessika from RistRoller reached out to me, I hadn't yet heard of them. I'm a HUGE fan of foam rollers of any kind, though, so I was super excited to learn more about their company and product.

According to their website, this mini foam roller is designed for targeted in the muscles in your forearm. This is a genius idea, especially for people who type on the computer all day. Aside from your wrist, you can utilize this little tool for other difficult areas of the body. Keep reading for a list of ways I like to use the RistRoller.

Once I received the little package (I'm talking like 6-inches-by-6-inches-little), I ripped open the packaging to find three perfectly packed mini foam rollers.

And look at these cute little bracelets!

Obviously, I tried the roller on my wrist, which helped relieve some tension, particularly on my dominant arm.

The RistRollers I received are very compact and firm. There are different degrees of firmness available as well as different diameters (all still mini). 

The pups were very intrigued when I was laying on the floor, allowing the RistRoller to work through my calf muscles. So much so that Addy wanted to join in the fun!

To give you an idea of the size, I stood a RistRoller with my other foam rollers. Each one of my foam rollers (RistRoller included) is used for a specific ailment or purpose. So cool :)

How Can You Use the RistRoller?

Some body parts I've used the RistRoller:
  • Wrists (duh)
  • Palms
  • Forearms
  • Elbows and Upper Arms (particularly after a bicep/tricep workout)
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Calves
  • Feet (feels great!)
You could use the RistRoller pretty much anywhere that you are experiencing some muscle tightness. While it's size is small, it packs a powerful punch!

I found the RistRoller to be the firmness I generally need. Additionally, its size allows you to work through muscles you wouldn't otherwise be able to roll. If you are interested in checking out this great tool, check out the RistRoller Shop! I recommend this product to add to your health and fitness toolbox!

And now, how about a GIVEAWAY! RistRoller was kind enough to offer a black Rist Rollers to 3 lucky winners! Enter below using the Rafflecopter and I will announce the winner next Wednesday!

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This post was sponsored by RistRoller, however all opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lunchtime Inspiration: How to Wrap a Wrap

I love me a good wrap. From the soft, pillowy bread to the delicious contents within, a wrap just makes my lunch. I don't, however, love when my wrap falls apart; read: when I make it. I could never understand what I was doing wrong. Why were mine just unwrapping, cracking apart, or the contents slipping out of the ends? I decided to test out a few different ways to wrap a wrap, and found the best way to keep the mess off your plate, and save it for your tummy.

1. Start by laying out your wrap. I heated mine up for about 10 seconds in the microwave to prevent breakage. Note: The next day at lunch I did not microwave the wrap first. It did, in fact, crack when I "wrapped" it. However, despite this, my wrap still remained entact 

2. Layer your veggies in the center of the wrap. This seems counterintuitive to me, as I'm wrapping from the edges, but trust me. If you are using a traditional wrap (in a traditional wrap size) you will have more than enough room on both sides of the wrap to reach each other.

3. Layer your protein. I made a tuna wrap for this demonstration so, after layering the veggies, I placed a dollop of tuna in the center of the veggies, and spread it out. Depending on how tightly you wrap your wrap, you may consider leaving more space than I did at the edge, to reduce spillage, but I haven't found this to be an issue.

4. Begin to "wrap". Start at one edge and fold over your contents. Using your wrapping hand, tuck the edge of the wrap with your fingers, under the contents. (See second photo below)

5. Complete wrap. Continue rolling the bread until the other edge rests on the middle of the wrap. Place the exposed edge face down to encourage it to stay in place. (Wraps like gentle encouragement)

6. Enjoy! With everything layered on each other in the center of the wrap, you get all of your contents together in one bite! No more eating a bite of plain lettuce, followed by a bite of straight chicken salad (or worse, mayo). 
Notice how clean the plate is. No spillage!

I've linked this "recipe" up with Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Check out their page!

Hope this quick little How-To was helpful! I'd love to know what you pack for your lunches? Any other lunch tips for busy professionals? Comment below!

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