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Superfoods Friday – Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday!

Tonight is Halloween and if you will be out “tricking and treating” be extra careful, but in case you aren’t, stay home and enjoy a big bowl of soup while watching a Halloween marathon on TV. happy halloween candy

Last week the Superfood was squash, and this week it’s been paired with one of the the world’s best SUPERFOODS – Sweet Potatoes

First of all, did you know that a sweet potato is not a potato but a vegetable often called a yam?  Packed with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available. They are full of disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits.

These tubers are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins A and C, making them an excellent food choice for people suffering from arthritis or asthma. People with diabetes may also benefit from eating this root vegetable because it ranks low on the glycemic index and has less of an effect on blood glucose levels.

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 Butternut Squash and Sweet  Potato Soup

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The ingredients for this healthy slow cooked soup were:

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes or Yams – diced

1 Medium Butternut Squash – diced

1 package frozen mixed peppers and onions

1 can coconut milk

1 carton flavored broth, I chose Thai Ginger 

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Put all the ingredients into the Crock Pot

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It slow cooked on high for about 4 hours but since I didn’t have an Immersion Hand Blender I used a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency.  However, it still didn’t blend well enough for me so I poured some of it into the NutriBullet blender.  Be careful because it’s hot!

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This definitely worked better and hubby thought this was the best slow cooked soup that I had ever made – yay me!

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Pair it with a little Pumpkin Spice muffins and you’ll have a powerful Superfood meal.

How do you cook your sweet potatoes?  I can’t wait for Turkey Day because warm Sweet Potato Pie is definitely on our dessert menu.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Home for the Weekend or Home for the Holidays

Last Friday when Malik came home from college for the weekend he also brought a friend.  I really didn’t mind having an extra mouth to feed but having just the right amount of snacks was definitely important. 

Earlier in the week he sent me a text message stating that he was bringing home 3 friends so I stopped at the grocery store after work.  I wanted to pick up some chicken wings, cheese and crackers which are all his favorites, but I also needed to include some healthy items so I also bought fruits and veggies.

Whether entertaining friends for the holiday or my son and his buddies for the weekend, having just the right kitchen tools is always essential. 

I recently received these KitchenwarePlus Bamboo Cutting Boards from Digital Awol and can honestly say that they are by far the best I’ve ever owned.  These top quality boards are sturdy, and extra thick made from Bamboo and the large one measures 18” x 13”, the medium board is 13” x 8.5”.

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As you can see, they were the perfect size for “cutting the cheese” and serving snacks to my son. The boards are available via Amazon.com, so if you order a set today you will receive them before your holiday entertaining begins.

Bamboo Cutting Board Review

What are your kid’s favorite snacks?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Pumping in Plastic – My Gas Station Germ Phobia

Wellness Wednesday

Hello Friends, I hope all is well in your world.

I bet if you asked the question “where is the “Happiest Place on Earth”,  most people would respond Florida, right? But how about if you asked this question, “where is the germiest place on Earth”

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s at the gas station, but it’s not the gas station’s bathrooms, it’s the gas station’s gas pumps! With a 100 mile daily commute I am at a gas station at least twice a week filling up, just follow me on Swarm/Foursquare to get an idea.  And it’s because I’m there so often I sometimes wonder about the person who used the tank handle before me and if the gas station attendants regularly clean the handles. pumping with plastic

 

Just the thought of touching all those germs from the millions of hands grosses me out to the max!  That is why I keep plastic gloves in my glove box, after all, that’s where gloves are supposed to be kept – right?  I also have a box of gloves hanging by the back door at home so I can grab a few if I run out of the ones in the car.

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I know people have stared at me at the pumps, but I don’t care and I feel better knowing that I am not getting or spreading germs at these pumps.  Afterall, with all these viruses and diseases being spread around it’s better to be safe than sorry.

What say you, do you have a germ phobia?  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

When my sons were toddlers they would cry like crazy every time their father would cut their hair.  Thankfully, those days are gone forever, and now they are more than eager to either have him cut it or they’ll do it themselves.  Despite the tears, it did help us save a lot of money because we never had to take them to a Barbershop.

Now that they are older and can cut their own hair, they do know that grooming involves more than just cutting, washing and drying it.  To maintain a healthy head of hair and keep it looking good, they need to use a a good moisturizer.  InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask is a product they both have used several times a week.

Argan Oil Hair Mask

The InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment that helps to keep their hair moisturized and healthy.  InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask has a pleasant smell because it contains Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Shea Butter and Vitamin B5, all ingredients that work together to nourish and moisturize the hair. 

Argan Oil Hair Mask

Tayair likes to put just a little of the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask on his hair before showering.  First he rubs it through his hair, massaging it into his scalp, then waits 10 minutes before showering to rinse it  out.  However, it can also be used as a daily conditioner and as you can see, it gives his hair a nice shine without any heavy residue.

Hair Care Product

If InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask is a hair care product that you or someone in the family might like,  it can be ordered and quick shipped directly from Amazon.com.  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


From Purses to Portfolios – The Money School of Delaware

Two years ago I attended my first From Purses to Portfolios Conference at the Chase Center on the Riverfront sponsored by The Money School of Delaware. I was so totally impressed with this free event that when I got home I immediately sat down and wrote a blog post (click here). Ronni Cohen, Executive Director of DFLI, read that post and contacted me asking if I would consider blogging other events for The Money School.

That post also lead to me teaching blogging classes at local libraries and then last Saturday not only did I attend the 10th Anniversary From Purses to Portfolios conference, but I also presented “From Passion to Profit with a Personal Blog” and was the recipient of the “2014 Sandra A. Varano Golden Purse Award’. God is good and I am truly thankful for being afforded these wonderful opportunities.

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Purses to Portfolios is Delaware’s premier money conference and this year’s sessions included “Zero Debt” presented by award winning author and The Money Coach, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox; “Handling College Costs”, presented by CCCS of MD & DE, where I sat front row center because you know that I need all the information I can get with two sons in college.

Handling College Costs

The other sessions included: “Never Too Early; Never Too Late”, “Carpe Diem-Brewing Up Your Business”, “Passport to Prosperity”, “A Man is Not a Financial Plan”, “Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye”, “Not Your Grandmother’s Library”, “Credit Crackdown” and my session “From Passion to Profit”.

The doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and at registration everyone received a free personalized tote bag, pen and a large glossy program.  A light breakfast was available and there were exhibitor displays throughout the Riverfront Ballroom. In addition to the speaker sessions there were also breakout areas for the Delaware Library and a Credit Clinic, sponsored by TD Bank. The program was emceed by Tina Betz and both U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Governor Jack Markell spoke briefly welcoming us all to the 10th Anniversary of Purses to Portfolios.

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A mid-day break gave participants an opportunity to grab a free bag lunch, gather information or make purchases from the exhibibtors, visit the Money Club House and meet the WIFE.ORG founders, Candice Bahr and Ginita Wall.

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The day ended with a closing session, award presentations and fantastic Door Prizes which were donated by several sponsors including Barnes and Noble, Men’s Wearhouse, Target and Wawa.

PURSE TO PORTFOLIOS

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For me this was by far the most exciting and well attended Purses to Portfolios Conference and next year look for a name change: Passport to Prosperity: Design you own financial journey, I hope to see you there!

Purses to Portfolios 10th Anniversary pics

 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AND OTHER FREE FINANCIAL CLASSES OFFERED BY THE MONEY SCHOOL, PLEASE VISIT THEM @www.dfli.org

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A Green Tie Event is the fundraiser that precedes the From Purses to Portfolios conference, it too was held at the Chase Center on the 16th. Hubby and I both attended and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The Welcome Greetings were presented by Ronni and Cher Przeomski, DFLI Board member; a testimonial by Tyreese Green, GTech Commercial & Construction Cleaning Services and awards were the highlights of the evening.  A light dinner, a Silent Auction and entertainment provided by Atiba Music made for a very relaxing evening.

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Stylin Sunday Roundup

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Hello friends and welcome to another episode of Stylin Sunday Roundup! It’s funny because I always think about a rodeo when I type the title of this post.

The weather ’round here parts has been unpredictable which is evidenced by these three outfits.  The temps have been up and down with damp and dry conditions in between and soon I’ll have to put on some tights.

This first outfit is titled Stripes and Such

Stripes and Such

Stripes and Such is a mix of patterns with the leopard print booties that were purchased from the Deb Shop in the Exton Mall a few years back.  The grey skirt has black side panels so I chose this thrifted top as a complimentary accent.

What do you think? 

I do love my cardigan sweaters especially those that fall below my hips.

Polka Dots and Beads

This is my Polka Dot and Beads outfit.  The sweater is a recent purchase from Burlington Coat Factory, the House of Dereon purse was also purchased from BCF but that was several years ago.  My favorite “Betty Boop” polka dot shoes, beaded necklace and silver accessories completes the look.

Goodwill Goodie

This last outfit is entitled “Goodwill Goodie” and not because of the outfit but because of the leather bag which I purchased for my son for $8.00. He wanted his father’s leather bag but we had donated it to Goodwill last year, so I was on the hunt for another one and this was perfect.

I love thrifting at the Goodwill in Smyrna, DE.  Speaking of Goodwill, I will once again be a Stylist for the 2015 Goodwill Runway Show and I am looking forward to working with the group again.

On this “no-work day casual Friday” I’m wearing leggings under a leopard print dress and leopard print flats from Citi Trends.   You may remember that I wore this same outfit 2 years ago on Thanksgiving, it’s one of my casual favs.  Brass earrings and bangle with a black band watch from Avon completes the look.

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So which outfit did you like best?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and will also have a fantabulous week ahead.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Superfoods Friday ~ Spaghetti Squash

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday

I’ve read other bloggers tout the greatness of the Spaghetti Squash and I knew it was a great Superfood, however, it was only recently that I discovered it’s actual goodness, and I loved it!

  • Spaghetti squash is low in calories, with only about 42 calories per serving (about a cup), this vegetable is a great swap for higher calorie ingredients.
  • Spaghetti squash is gluten free and because of its texture, it makes a great swap for actual spaghetti.
  • Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber.
  • Spaghetti squash has a variety of other vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a number of others to support your overall health.
  • This winter squash also promotes blood sugar control, and has a cholesterol lowering effect that protects us from various forms of cancer. 

 

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Spaghetti Squash

I picked up a yellow Spaghetti Squash at Food Lion along with a can of Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce. Since I had never prepared Spaghetti Squash I had to read several online recipes.  

After cutting the squash in half, I removed the seeds but kept them on the baking sheet.  Sprinkled each side with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and basil then placed each half upside down on the baking sheet.  Put into the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  

Note: it is very hard to cut, so poke a few holes in it first then microwave for 15 minutes to soften it up.  

The roasted seeds are also awesome!

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Superfood Spaghetti Squash

 

While the Spaghetti Squash baked in the oven, I heated up the pasta sauce adding a little more sprinkles of basil and garlic salt. After I removed the squash from the oven, allowing it to cool for 20 minutes then used a fork to scrape out the strands and placed into a bowl.  

Poured the warmed sauce over top and stirred lightly for a delicious and healthy meal.

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When I posted a pic on Instagram and Facebook, a few people gave me some other suggestions which I will try the next time.  What about you, do you have any ideas for add-ins or maybe other ways in which to cook this Superfood Spaghetti Squash?

Stay Blessed  ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Wellness Wednesday ~ Hibernating at Home

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Hello friends and welcome to Wellness Wednesday.  

As the daylight hours get shorter and the temps a little chillier your mood may begin to mellow. Gone are the long sunny days spent outdoors and you may feel like hibernating at home.

Now is the perfect time to indulge the senses with affordable yet comfortable items that will enhance our mood and not break the bank.

Concepts – Winslow Collection Ambrosia Decorative Throw

Concepts - Winslow Collection Ambrosia Decorative Throw
Sofa Shawl

Sofa Shawl

Having a sofa shawl or blanket is a must-have to grab on a crisp Autumn evening while watching tv or reading. Toss it into the dryer with a sheet of fabric softener for an added indulgence for the senses.

Concepts – Winslow Collection Ambrosia Decorative Throw – $21.99 (72% off), Free shipping – Available at 6pm.com

 

Kennedy Mfg – Nestle Instant Hot Chocolate / Cocoa Mix – No Sugar Added 30/Box

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Nestle Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love to indulge with a cup of hot chocolate, especially after a long day of shopping or shoveling snow.  Yes, I said the “S” word and unfortunately it will be here before you know it.  

I will sometimes add marshmallows or a shot of Brandy to make my own little hot toddy #drinkresponsibly  

What is your favorite hot beverage?

Kennedy Mfg – Nestle Instant Hot Chocolate / Cocoa Mix – No Sugar Added 30/Box – $8.79, See Site shipping – Available at WEBstaurant Store

 

Woodstock Chimes – Woodstock Wind Chimes of Mars Silver/White Wash Wind Chime – DCW17 WS492

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Woodstock Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes

I used to think that wind chimes were just for the summer but now I keep them out all year long.  I love the serene sounds that they make and unless there’s a howling winter storm it does have a calming effect.

I have several types, bamboo, glass and metal, which I change from season to season.

Woodstock Chimes – Woodstock Wind Chimes of Mars Silver/White Wash Wind Chime – DCW17 WS492 – $15.00, 5.37 shipping – Available at Target.com

 

Corning – Blue Hearts Electric Potpourri Warmer with Lid – Corelle, Blue Hearts, Blue Sponge Rim

Corning - Blue Hearts Electric Potpourri Warmer with Lid - Corelle, Blue Hearts, Blue Sponge Rim
Corelle Electric Potpourri Warmer

Potpourri Warmer

Do you remember the DIY article that I wrote for Parade Magazine?  I love the scent of of warming Potpourri so if you don’t have a pot, put some in a jar with mini lights.

Now is also the perfect time to stock up on the summer fragrances to use next year.

Corning – Blue Hearts Electric Potpourri Warmer with Lid – Corelle, Blue Hearts, Blue Sponge Rim – $19.99, 8.99 shipping – Available at Replacements

 

Crock-Pot – SCCPCTS605-S Stainless Steel Cook & Carry Travel Digital Programmable Slow Cooker (6-Quart, Heat Saver Stoneware)

Crock-Pot - SCCPCTS605-S Stainless Steel Cook & Carry Travel Digital Programmable Slow Cooker (6-Quart, Heat Saver Stoneware)
Stainless Steel Crock Pot

Crock Pot

Last but certainly not least is a Crock Pot.  I have several, but when we do break away from the house and travel I like taking a tasty treat.  This year before leaving to visit relatives for the holiday, I’ll make a Slow Cooked Apple Pie, then leave the Crock Pot as a gift to them.

What is your favorite Crock Pot Meal?

Crock-Pot – SCCPCTS605-S Stainless Steel Cook & Carry Travel Digital Programmable Slow Cooker (6-Quart, Heat Saver Stoneware) – $39.00, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 How do you like to Hibernate at Home?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review

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Hello friends,

Let me ask you this question, “can doing laundry change your mood?”  My answer is “YES IT CAN”, and it can be changed for the better.  In our house, Saturday is laundry day which is also my favorite weekend chore.  No, it’s not that I love washing, drying and folding clothes, it’s because of the fresh scent of the new Purex Crystals Aromatheraphy.  These new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in-wash scent boosters are blended with essential oils that turn a bore chore into so much more!

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The Purex Crystals Aromatherapy come in three long lasting fragrant scents, Energy, Well Being and Serenity, all mood enhancing aromas.  The citrus scent of Energy is so fragrant that I’ve decided to use them in other rooms as a deodorizer and in sachets for my dresser drawers, check out this YouTube Video review to find out where else I’ll be using them.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway

As much as I would love to give you all a FREE full size container of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy so that you can experience the bliss and spirit of these soothing aromas, only two will be chosen to receive a coupon for a FREE full size container.

PurexCrystalsAromatherapyEnergy  *Hurry and enter today for a chance to win a coupon in this Rafflecopter Giveaway, just leave your answer to this question:

“What is your favorite weekend chore?” 

Good luck, now go back and check out my video!

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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12 Tips to Avoid Fraud – ‘Tis the Season to Be Cautious

MONEY MONDAY Hello friends and Welcome to Money Monday

Remember last month when I told you that hubby couldn’t buy me a gift for my birthday? Well after checking his bank statement a few days earlier, he realized that there had been some fraudulent charges made against his account. Luckily, they weren’t excessive, but after contacting the bank his debit card was immediately suspended, oh by the way, there’s a charge for a replacement, which I think is unfair but that’s another story for another Money Monday.

Anywho, I’m glad that he had finally heeded my warning in making sure to check his statements as well as any credit card or medical bills that were received in the mail. There are so many ways for scammers to get you and it doesn’t just happen during the busy holiday season.

Scammers and fraudsters are ever vigilant, therefore, as wise consumers we must be the same, so here is a list of 12 tips to help you avoid fraud and keep the scammers at bay! fraud stoppers

 

  1. Install a lockable mailbox to reduce mail theft.
  2. Limit the number of credit cards you have.

  3. Reconcile your check and credit card statements as soon as possible, and immediately challenge any purchases that you did not make.

  1. Scrutinize your utility and subscription bills to make sure the charges are yours.

  1. Keep a list of all your credit and bank accounts in a secure place so you can quickly call the issuers to inform them about missing or stolen cards. Or make a copy front and back of your cards with the numbers to customer service and fraud departments.

  1. Do not toss pre-approved credit offers in your trash or recycling bin without first tearing them into small pieces or shredding them. Dumpster divers can use these offers to order credit cards in your name and mail them to their address.  Always do the same with other sensitive information, such as credit card receipts and phone bills.

  1. Avoid credit repair scams. If you are tempted to contact a credit repair company for help, use considerable caution. The FTC and a number of state attorney generals have sued credit repair companies for false promises to remove bad information from credit reports. Only inaccurate information may be removed from your credit report; negative information that is accurate (such as a bankruptcy filing or a defaulted loan) will stay on your credit report as long as governing laws allow. running with money

  2. Never give any credit card, bank or Social Security information to anyone by telephone unless you can positively verify that the call is legitimate.
  3. Minimize exposure of your Social Security and credit card numbers. If the numbers are requested for check-cashing purposes, ask if the business has alternative options, such as a check-cashing card.
  4. Do not have your bank send your new checks to your home address. Tell the bank that you prefer to pick them up.
  5. Destroy all checks immediately after you close a checking account. Destroy or keep in a secure place any courtesy checks that your bank or credit card company sends to you.
  6. Do not allow your financial institution to print your Social Security Number on your personal checks. I remember when your social security numbers were not only printed on your checks but also on your driver’s license as well. Times sure have changed!

Have you ever been a victim of a scammer, whether online, via the telephone or mail, if so, then you know how difficult, time consuming and sometime costly it can be to get things back on track. AARP logo

Check www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork if you are concerned about an organization that doesn’t sound legitimate and call 877-908-3360 which is the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Center.

Better Safe than Sorry!  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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