Sunday, October 15, 2017

Classic Book review: Catherine Marshall Christy 50th anniversary of a classic American novel #sponsored



I remember reading this as a teenager. What a great book. Who can resist this captivating story of young Christy Huddleston and her new life as a novice teacher in rural Cutter Gap. Cristy tells riveting stories and so do all the characters in this book about life deep in the Appalachians. You just get pulled into this story and cannot stop reading it. You have to pick this up and read it, or perhaps re-read it again now on the 50th anniversary. This book is a classic that you will love.

This edition of Christy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved novel's first appearance on the New York Times Best-Seller List in November 1967. You will truly see why millions of readers fell in love with Christy back in the '60's, '70's and even 80's. The book is loosely based on the life of Catherine Marshall's mother.  Christy captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series many years ago. The story was crafted with Catherine's mom and Catherine around the kitchen table back at Evergreen Farm.  As her mother reminisced about her experiences as a young teacher, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. The story began there.

Early on in the book you find Christy on an ancient train taking the young nineteen-year-old teacher from her home in Asheville, North Carolina to rural Cutter Gap. That train might as well be transporting her to another world. Once Christy arrives, the Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels like another world. The people live in an old way. Many of their ideas are suspended in time. Most everyone is trapped by extreme poverty, disease, superstitions, and traditions from the old country.  The book shares all the struggles that Christy goes through to become respected and a part of the community. You see and feel all the challenges she experiences as a teacher in her one-room school and how she manages them. Her faith is challenged many times over. Of course the story includes love and you have to wait to see which man wins her heart.  You will enjoy reading about Christy's devotion and hope to make a difference and live a life of purpose.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Goat Milk Lotion by Canus is ultra hydrating and feels great on my skin #gotitfree #trynatural



My skin is always so dry that I was excited to try a new option from Canus. They have a Fresh Goat’s Milk Lotion that contains plant-based ingredients to soothe and hydrate skin. I received 2 complimentary samples (0.34 fl.oz each) of Nature by Canus Goat’s Milk Moisturizing Lotions in their Original Formula. I liked the way the lotion felt on my skin. It contains shea butter, minerals, vitamins, proteins and triglycerides to moisturize skin naturally. It is free of parabens, chemicals, gluten or sodium lauryl sulfate. It contains onl eco-friendly preservatives. It is not tested on animals.


This is a nice option to try to moisturize dry skin.
  
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SPLENDA Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener taste testingwith #crowdtap #splendasavvies @crowdtap @splenda #sponsored #splendanaturals



Ready to try something delicious and new? You know all kinds of sweeteners are out there now and some of them save a few calories or a lot of calories but the tastes and flavor really make the difference. A sweetener has to truly taste great to be good. You know SPLENDA, it has been around for eons. Well, they just came out with a new option that is a winner. We taste tested new SPLENDA Naturals Stevia Sweetener in a bunch of drinks and we even baked a batch of sweet treats. The results are in and we LOVE it. This new natural stevia-sugar combination is an extension of the SPLENDA Sweeteners portfolio. SPLENDA Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend contains non-GMO ingredients, has no artificial ingredients, no bitter aftertaste plus it has no added flavors or colors. This sweetener has 50% fewer calories than traditional sugar and is great in almost any recipe or beverage. What more could a busy mom that is trying to save a few calories want?

  • SPLENDA ® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend is is made with pure cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.
  •  It uses a blend rich in Reb D so there’s no bitter aftertaste.
  • ½ teaspoon of the blend is equal to the sweetness of one full teaspoon of traditional sugar.
  • SPLENDA ®Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend contains two non-GMO ingredients, and has no added flavors or colors.
  • SPLENDA ®Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend can be used almost anywhere traditional sugar is used.
  •  Has 50% fewer calories than traditional sugar.
  • Average retail price: $7.99 for 2LB bag.
I was really impressed with the SPLENDA Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend. It is a delicious option that lets you cut the sugar by blending it with natural stevia. It has a great flavor that dissolves very quickly. It gives you versatility to use it in beverages or baking. My family has been trying to cut down their sugar consumption and we thought this was a great way to do it and not feel deprived. We agreed that this is a good option to use for the whole family. I liked that this comes from a brand that I have used for years and that gives me a lot of confidence and comfort as well. We would recommend that you give this blend a try! You can find it at Walmart and a host of other retailers around the country. Let me know what you think.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Affresh Sampling via Crowdtap: affresh® Disposal Cleaner, affresh®Dishwasher Cleaner and affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner @crowdtap #sponsored



I recently had the opportunity to try some new products from Affresh. This was interesting and fun and really a good learning experience for me. I never thought about it before but the reality is that  kitchen appliances aren’t all made equally – so as Affresh says, why would you use the same cleaning product on each of them? Now you don't need to either! Affresh® Specialized Cleaners offer you the right tool for the job. I was able to try out three different household products including: affresh® Disposal Cleaner, affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner, and affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner. These affresh® Specialized Cleaners were effective and easy to use too.

affresh® Disposal Cleaner is a great way to keep your disposal clean and fresh. Affresh disposal cleaner is specially formulated to clean and remove odor causing bacteria in the disposal. It is an easy to use solution that works quickly and effectively. You can use it monthly or as needed to keep your disposal clean and free of odor causing residues. It has a pleasant, natural smelling citrus scent too. I was impressed that it is #1 recommended by Whirlpool and KitchenAid too. 

My dishwasher gets a lot of use and it is hard to clean. I was impressed with how easy and effective these were. The affresh® Dishwasher Cleaner is the powerful new solution to get your appliance fresh and clean again. It really works and is a cinch to use. It is the ultimate cleaner to remove unwanted dishwasher odor. These innovative little tablets help prevent odor from accumulating in the dishwasher.  They help remove even the most stinky odors from dishwashers. You can use once a month or more as needed for a cleaner and fresher dishwasher. The manufacturer says that Affresh cleaner keeps the dishwasher fresh for up to a month too. It works by penetrating, dissolving and totally powering away hard water mineral residue. It makes sense too. It's a fast and really simple way to keep the inside of dishwasher clean and smelling fresh.

affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner was another product that I was able to try out. I like that there is no need to mix, measure or stir anything at all.  Just drop in the tablet and brew like you do with coffee. It got my coffee maker clean and fresh very quickly. The reality is, over time, your coffeemaker can build up lime scale deposits, resulting in increased brewing time and degrading the taste of your coffee. It can also cause performance issues with the coffee maker which has happened in the past for me. That is a real pain when you can't get coffee. It is easier to just keep the coffee maker clean. Afresh Coffeemaker Cleaner uses a convenient tablet that is designed to descale the coffeemaker and remove mineral build-up. You can use it monthly to maintain peak performance from your coffeemaker. If you have not cleaned your coffee maker in a while you may require additional cleaning cycles to get it really clean.This is a better solution than what I was doing with the vinegar. 

Give these specialized cleaners a try and let me know what you think. You can find them online and in stores like Home Depot and Target. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."