Thursday, November 26, 2015

Heartfelt Apologies...

I bet you're all a bit surprised to hear from me after so many months of not posting anything. I know I left things unfinished, not a whisper of reviews, or an anxiety post. I know I don't anyone an explanation, but I feel that you all need to know what happened.

In July, Mom was hospitalized again for severe cellulitis, and that's when we found out she was diabetic as well, which was probably causing her to get cellulitis often. After we had her home, we had to rearrange our budget to fit her medications and doctor visits. Unfortunately, that also left us with the choice of choosing between having food, or having internet and cable. Since money was already tight, we decided that having food was more important but we worked hard trying to find ways to come up with the money to keep our internet and cable.

It just wasn't meant to be, because a day after the due date, our internet and cable was cut off. Believe me when I say that it left me with terrible anxiety because I knew I was letting everyone down. I missed bringing you updates on my sister's anxiety, reviews, giveaways, and all the goodies that came with Edge of Insanity.

Luckily, about a week ago, we found out we could use a hotspot (that is generally used for mobile devices) for wifi, So we bought one yesterday (Wednesday, November 25th), and we were thrilled that we were connected to the internet again! However, because it uses gigabytes for everything you do, we knew that we had limit our time online. I plan to resurrect Edge of Insanity from the dust, but posting may be limited a little bit until we get back to having regular wifi.

I do want to apologize to my readers, followers, and everyone I have worked with for leaving you all in the cold. It was beyond my control, and I feel terrible I had left you all. I hope you will allow me to enter your lives again and I plan to work as hard as I can to bring everything back to normal.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Stay naturally calm this school year! #NaturalCalm

I was NOT compensated for this post in any form.

It's time to go back to school. It is naturally a stressful time as everyone tries to get back in a normal routine. Schedules are hectic, healthy eating tends go out the window sometimes, and it's hard to find back-to-school snacks are not only delicious, but healthy all year long.  It's even harder to relax when life gets really busy.

Revamp the PB&J
Page from the Calmful Back to School Guide

Organic Connections has a brand new FREE eBook called the Calmful Back to School guide! It is chock full of helpful sections that can give you ideas on healthy eating during the school year, power foods to keep the whole family going, snack ideas, natural immunity tips, and so much more.

I checked it out (as I will be heading to the local community college for some classes), and I am already getting ideas! I really like the idea of the no-bake brownie recipe that is in there. Yum! (Click here to download the FREE eBook.)

Remember when I said it was hard to relax when life is crazy? When we are under stress, our cells - which in their resting state contain magnesium - go through a change. Calcium enters the cells and the calcium level becomes high. This is the "action" state in which will contract and tense the muscles. The magnesium then pushes the calcium out of the cell and the cell is again in its relaxed state.

Natural Calm is designed to restore a healthy magnesium level, in which a magnesium deficiency causes more calcium to enter the cells, which makes you more tense. It is a more natural stress relief! In fact, Natural Calm is called The Anti-Stress Drink! To keep your tastebuds happy, Nature Calm comes in several flavors: Organic Sweet Lemon, Organic Raspberry Lemon, Organic Cherry, Organic Orange, and it even comes unflavored.

Be sure to follow Natural Calm on Facebook and Twitter.

Because I want you to stay calm and relaxed when life starts to get stressful, three(3) winners will each receive a bottle of Nature Calm! Enter below. Good luck! (Check out our newest giveaway guidelines.)
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I Don't Date Creeps

Dating - it should be classified as a sport. Those who aren't very athletic will find some sort of victory in dating, even if it's just counting the date as a success if no one spills anything. I certainly did. While I was excited at the idea of dating and perhaps finding that special someone to enjoy spending my time with, I knew I shouldn't have even attempted it in the beginning.

We all know dating takes time and the right amount of attention, but there's a fine line between flirting and just being creepy.

For example, I was in a local Facebook chatter group, just commenting on a post about the weather. This local guy messages me out of the blue and says, "You're so beautiful. Wanna go on a date?". Considering I've never talked to this person before, I calmly (while feeling a bit creeped out) told him that I was not interested, and blocked him. I didn't want to give me the chance to harass me in case he was upset that I declined his offer. It wasn't the first time I was creeped out by guys, but it was still unnerving.

Luckily, things started happening in my life that kept me from dating and to be honest, I didn't want to try dating after that. I know not all guys are like that, but when it comes to creepiness, it's definitely a turn-off and makes me thinking that maybe dating right now isn't for me.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Get gourmet snacks at #GourmetGifter!

I was NOT compensated for this post. I received a FREE product to facilitate this review. All thoughts/opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

When it comes to food gifts, you generally want the best. You want something that you might want to keep for yourself and buy another one. Trust me - when it comes to delicious gourmet snacks, Gourmet Gifter is one of the best!

What exactly is Gourmet Gifter? They offer high-quality snack foods for gift baskets/bags, general gift ideas, of even if you just want something to snack on that isn't your every day chips. They have chocolate, sweets, nuts, and even delicious kettle popcorn (like the Salty Sweet Addiction that we got to try out!). I mean, where else can you find Cinnamon Roll Popcorn?

 Not in the mood for salty or sweet? They also have meal replacement and protein fiber bars, which is great for those "healthy living" gift baskets.

Seriously, they have some wonderful snacks! I even got to try out a few (with the help of my "assistant", Twin). Which ones were my favorite?

Let's start off with the Peanut Brittle. I have had peanut brittle all my life and most of it from specialty shops. I must say that this beats them all! Plenty of peanuts in each bite, sweet, and not rock hard or too soft. It is also thick, which works for me! I didn't just like it - I loved it!

Now, I didn't get a chance to get a close up picture of it (oops!), but my second favorite was the Chili Cheese Puffs. Oh my goodness, talk about flavor! It wasn't overpowering, and they kind of melted in my mouth. You could taste the chili cheese flavor. They were really addicting!

Salty Sweet Addiction Kettle Corn

The Salty Sweet Addiction Kettle Corn was an experience, for sure! It is a blend of salty sweetness that is very tasty. I can't be sure, but I thought I even saw some pieces of caramel corn, which took the flavor to another level. It was absolutely delicious. I think Twin liked it more than I did!

I cannot express enough my love for Gourmet Gifter. I might have to buy some more of the peanut brittle. I am really craving it now!

If you're looking for delicious snacks, you might want to try out Gourmet Gifter!

When you place your first order of at least $30, you will receive 3 Large bags of Colby's Kettle Corn ($12 value) for FREE! Use the code FIRSTORDER.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get a FREE “Fire Up the Grill” cookbook from #Kraft!

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Summer is in full swing, so let Kraft help you plan the perfect celebration with the “Fire Up the Grill” cookbook! In this cookbook, you’ll find delicious recipes and tips for your picnics, cook-offs, parties and more to make this summer the most memorable one yet! Click the image to download the free Kraft “Fire Up the Grill” cookbook and find more amazing recipes!

Sample recipe:

Coconut Sopapilla Cheesecake

Prep time: 15 min.
Cook time: 25-30 min.
Total time: 45 min.
Yield: 16 servings

  • 1 pkg (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 1/2 pkg (8 oz each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
  • 1/4 cup toasted Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and lay them flat on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, coconut, and vanilla with a mixer until smooth. Spread mixture over the bottom layer of crescent rolls.
  3. Layer the second package of crescent rolls over the cream cheese mixture. Melt the stick of butter and pour it over the top layer of rolls. Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top. Sprinkle cinnamon to taste.
  4. Bake at 325*F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining toasted coconut.
I've downloaded the Fire Up the Grill cookbook and all the recipes look amazing! I can't wait to try the Cheesy Hot Dog Crescents. Yum!
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