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October 1, 2014

My Favorite Fall Picnic Snacks + A Giveaway

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Fall is a great time of year to go out for picnics.  The air is cool, the bugs aren't usually as bad, and the scenery is beautiful.  But of course, there's always the question of what you should pack.  I always try to stay health conscious but I want to enjoy myself.  So when I went to a picnic at a local Vineyard two weeks ago I made sure to pack some delicious and healthy snacks from Crunchmaster.





Honestly, I am obsessed with Crunchmaster snacks now.  They are committed to fusing the tradition of the east (handcrafting, aging, baking on open grills, and perfecting rice crackers) with the taste sensations of the West.   Together you get a delicious snack that's better for you!  Crunchmaster snacks are full of wholesome ingreidents.  They are baked with a special technique and their crackers are thin and flat.  The Multi-Grain crisps were delicious with cheese slices but on their own, the Cheezy Crisps were AMAZING!

I also loved the Popped Edamame chips and the Multi-Seed Crackers and Multi-Grain Crackers were delicious under bologna.    
Keep in mind, there are no artificial flavors or preservatives in Crunchmaster products and they are made from simple ingredients like rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth, and flax seeds.

For dessert, the Cinnamon & Sugar Grammy Crisps were the perfect snack!



Check out Crunchmaster's Online Store and check out this coupon!


And one of you will get a Sampler Pack of 6 products to enjoy on a picnic or just in the comfort of your own home!


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My Little Rescue Rocky Man Needs Your Votes



This little stud is in a calendar contest and he needs YOUR votes. You can vote daily by going here, a
nd choosing the VOTE box next to Rocky! I think he's on the second page.  It'll say Ellen Ross - Rescued Pet


It would mean the world to me. Thanks guys! I will return the favor by the way :)
 
 







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My Month Without... Biting My Nails








I'm participating in my own little project called My Year Without. Each month, I go without something different.  


January-texting and driving.  

February -cursing.
March- spending. 
April -candy.
May - Fast Food
June - Gossip
July - Indoor Tanning
August - Complaining
September - Making Excuses
October - Biting My Nails


It was easy to stop making excuses in September. I just owned up to any mistake I made.   Once you make a point to start doing that, it's surprisingly easy. Plus the longer you get in the habit of NOT making an excuse the less you will do it in the future.  For October I'm giving up my biting my nails. I do it as a bad habit and if I can't chew my nails, I'll often chew the skin around them. NO MORE!

What can you live without this month? 












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A Rainy Day At A Vineyard

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I recently (okay it was several weeks ago) attended an outdoor celebration at the Vineyard at Hershey. It was a rainy day but I didn't let that cramp my style.


There's nothing a cute pair of rainboots can't fix!

It was also a balmy day so it really helped to have a jean jacket. It was lightweight enough that I could take it off if I needed to but warm enough to keep me from getting chills.   Of course I got it from my favorite place to shop, Rockvale Outlets Lancaster! It's from Deb!


So What I Wore:
Boots - Joules; Jeans - Silver Jeans; Cami - Express; Jean Jacket - Deb from Rockvale Outlets Lancaster.






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September 30, 2014

I Even Stay Organized with My Diet

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I'm obsessed with organizing and I find that being organized helps me stick to a healthier lifestyle.  So it's no surprise that I'm eating healthier at lunch now because I can organize my food!   I am obsessed with Laptop Lunches from Bento-ware!

This little gem is the bistro bento box.  It comes in the beautiful color I chose and it's made of durable plastic that is microwave safe and dishwasher safe!  
I have been majorly slacking on my healthy lunches and I end up either having just a sandwich, or I only eat half because I'm just miserable.    So I figured if I have a little more fun with lunch prep, it should help. And it did!
Inside my Laptop Lunch is a sandwich box, a little container with a lid for fruit or any other side, and a lidless container (the Laptop Lunch lid actually acts as the lid for this one for anything else! The possibilites are endless. I love the silverware slot! I actually use it for my string cheese.  I put fresh apples in the one container and some granola in the other.   And you can actually get different Bento Buddies for different configurations. 

Does it make life easier for me? Heck yes it does!   I just get home, rinse out everything, and repack it for the next day.  Then when I am getting ready to head to work in the morning, I don't have to worry about shovig my sandwich in my purse and having it squished.   That's because the Laptop Lunch box is sturdy and protective.  Then even if I toss it around while it's in my purse, the two lidded containers inside are water-tight.   And for those of you that love being healthy all the way around, not only is this product free of phthalates, BPA, lead, and PVC but it's also made proudly in the USA!
Seriously, this is awesome!   If you are a mom, you will love this for your kids.  And if you are an employee who packs their lunch daily, like I am, and already carries too many bags to work (work bag and handbag) you don't  need a 3rd! So just carry your Laptop Lunch in your existing bags or under your arm.  I seriously will never use a lunch bag ever again!  

PS - What do you pack in your lunch? I want some ideas! 




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Black + Grey

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Thread Society is a wonderful place to find basics that you can dress up or down.  Here, I've chosen to dress this tunic top up with a pair of leggings!




 



Thread Society's mission is to change the world one shirt at a time! They even have an amazing project called the Shirt for Shirt program. They match every purchase made online and donate an item of clothing to a child in need regionally, nationally and abroad. They also engage, partner with and facilitate social justice initiatives in communities throughout the United States. And they've made a commitment to support arts and culture by creating collaborative and creative opportunities for artists across multiple disciplines.
All I did was add a belt, leggings, and boots to this outfit and used a pop of purple color with a statement necklace.   This is SUCH a comfortable outfit!



And I have a coupon code for you for 20% off at Thread Society. Just use: AskAway20
So What I Wore:High Waisted Leggings in Eggplant from GOGO; Flowy V Neck Dress is from Thread Society ; Boots - Guilty Soles.    




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