Posted in Food

Healthy Snacking with Hope Hummus

How much do you know about hummus? It may not be the first item that you think of when someone mentions snack food. But, if you’ve never tried hummus or it’s been awhile since you’ve had it, you may want to give Hope Foods a try. With their variety of flavors, there’s basically a flavor to appeal to every taste.
We sampled 4 different flavors- Thai Coconut Curry, Original, Dark Chocolate, & Spicy Avocado. For the sampling, we tried each with pretzels and with pita chips. Only my husband had eaten hummus prior. I’ve always encouraged our boys to try new foods. Whether at home or at restaurants, I love for them to leave their food comfort zones & expand their palates. After trying all 4, we decided as a group that Dark Chocolate got our vote as family favorite.

All Hope Foods Hummus is vegan & gluten-free so even with the word chocolate in its name, you can be confident in what the kiddos are eating. You’ll notice on the labels that the word ‘organic’ appears often. With parental fears about pesticides and other not-good-for-you plant treatments, organic is always the best choice for ingredients.

Now, if you have picky eaters or they balk at the consistency of hummus, all is not lost. On, there are a host of great recipes & snack ideas. Personally, I was shocked at the number of dessert recipes. Who knew that hummus could be added to a cake recipe? Original and The Thai Coconut Curry can be used to make a unique dressing.

WIth a little imagination, hummus can be easily integrated into your snacking routine. Visit for full product info, recipes, and store locator.
*We received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pics belong to Hope Foods ONLY.hope-singles

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How to Sell on eBay: Get Started Making Money on eBay and Create a Second Income from Home By Richard Lowe Jr

How to Sell on eBay:

Get Started Making Money on eBay and Create a Second Income from Home

By Richard Lowe Jr

Genre: Non-Fiction

Gain a Second Income by Selling on Ebay!

Could you use a little extra cash? Do you need to make some money to pay a few bills, go on vacation or just build up some savings? Would you like to earn extra income working from home in your pajamas?

Looking for part-time employment in order to help make ends meet is challenging, and working a second, or even a third job, can quickly wear a person into the ground. But sometimes you need money to make ends meet.

I know exactly what you are going through. I needed to make money, now, but I couldn’t go out and get a second job.

Discover how to begin selling on EBay without spending any money on inventory, using good product descriptions, photos and titles to get customers to look at your products and make purchases.

You CAN make a second income by selling your own clutter on EBay, then expanding your new income by purchasing small, valuable items from local thrift stores, dollar markets and swap meets.

I know this, because that’s what I’ve done.

In this book, I’ll tell you exactly what steps you need to perform.

* What needs to be done BEFORE you start selling
* The research you need to do to become acquainted with EBay
* What kind of products you can sell, generally choosing merchandise in your own home that you no longer need
* How to keep your vital feedback score high so you attract new customers
* How to ship
* What kinds of products cause problems in shipping
* What to do when your products don’t sell

And many more valuable tips and essential information. I’ve covered everything you need, from the pitfalls, the problems, and things to look out for! I’ll hold your hand and have you up and running quick.

Don’t let another day go by without taking action to make some extra money to help you get caught up and even head. Get your copy of this book NOW.

About the Author
After spending over 33 years in the computer and information technology industry, Richard decided to take an early retirement to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional writer and published author. Richard is a leader in the computer industry, serving as Vice President of Consulting at Software Techniques and Beck Computer Systems before settling down as Director of Computer Operations at Trader Joe’s. During his twenty-year tenure at that esteemed company, he focused on computer security and preparing for the possibility of disaster.

Additionally, Richard has published books of his own. His first two volumes, Safe Computing is Like Safe Sex and Real World Survival Tips and Survival Guide, respectively touch on the subjects of computer security and how to survive emergencies and disasters. Richard has also written and published a series of short eBooks on the aspects of freelance writing, including blogging and ghostwriting. Other published books include How to Plan a Party and How to Surround Yourself with Beautiful Women without Being a Sleazeball.

An avid adventurer, Richard has been a photographer for much of his life, with a focus on nature, scenic, performance and event photography. He has done everything from hiking in dozens of national parks throughout the country, to photographing various unique festivals and events, such as the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball and the World Mermaid Awards Convention. He is well known in the Renaissance Festival and Belly Dance communities, having photographed over 1,200 dance events and 400 festivals. For several years, he photographed the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California.

Richard is currently working on a large number of short Kindle eBooks on a wide variety of subjects. Beginning in 2016, the first of a ten volume series of Science Fiction novels will be published.

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Posted in Beauty, Product Reviews

Fabulous Fall Finds From Beauty Box 5

img_0255Raise your hand if you can NOT belive we’re halfway through September! Unbelievable, isn’t it? But, here we are. School is in full swing and we’re 54 days from the Presidential Election. If you haven’t had a minute to sit down yet, you aren’t alone. But, it’s a good time to pull up a chair because our September Beauty Box has arrived.
USPS has delivered our little box of joy! September’s theme is ‘Staff Picks’. I’ll tell you ahead of time that the staff did a pretty darn good job, too. Just in case you haven’t been acquainted with Beauty Box 5 yet, I’ll give you some background.
BB5 is a monthly, subscription service. Each month your friendly neighborhood mail carrier will deliver your box. Inside are 5 new, new-to-you, or even a few old faves. Skincare, haircare, and or make-up are included. Many times, including this month, they throw in some awesome coupons. Subscriptions begin at $12 a month. It is ALWAYS worth it and often, they include some full-sized products. This month there are 2 full-sized products. Let’s take a peek:
First up, we have a new-to-me product: Go Smile’s ‘Teeth Whitening Gel’. Whitening products for teeth are advertised everywhere. Go Smile was a company I wasn’t familiar with, but unlike so many competitors products, this one is quick to us. Add it onto a dry toothbrush along with your regular toothpaste. Use it for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Full disclosure: I don’t know that I had enough time to draw a fair conclusion on how well it works. It has an MSRP of $29. I will reserves judgement in the issue of fairness.

Simple Skincare’s ‘Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes’ are a product that I have used before now. You can’t get much simpler than a single cloth to remove makeup & hydrate skin. I first used these years ago when I worked midnight shifts as a retail manager. Many times, they saved the day for my skin when I was too tired for a long, skincare ordeal. Their MSRp is $5.99 & I fully believe they are worth it.

Pur-lisse is not a new-to-me company; however, their ‘Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30’ is new. Two things I appreciate about this one are 1.) the SPF 30 and 2.) its lightweight consistency. I’ll be honest: I never remember sunscreen on a daily basis. In fact, I never remember it unless we are doing an outdoor activity. Thankfully, my foundation contains an SPF and I seek out moisturizers that do, too. I also despise moisturizer that feels like old school ‘cold cream’. Remember that? This moisturizer is super light and absorbs quickly. Unfortunately, it has an MSRP of $55 which is out of reach for me.

Happy Brands ‘Happy Hair Turban’ is simply fun. Twist, loop, done! I think it’s adorable. It’s difficult to walk around with an enormous bath towel wrapped around your head (especially if you have balance issues like I do!). It’s, obviously, our first full-sized product for September. It’s gentle on your hair and doesn’t feel like a tight, 19880s scrunchie. It’s a winner in my book.

Finishing up our Fall 5 is the second full-sized product. Be A Bombshell brings us its ‘Smooth Criminal HD Finishing Powder’. With an MSRP of $7 it takes the place of heavy, messier face powders. Although it comes in a small jar with a bright white color, it goes on colorless, Great for any skin, any shade, it’s easily applied with a typical make-up brish. I thought it was great. It’s very smooth & you really can’t feel it.

Treat yourself to a little Fall present. Visit & place your order. You can find out more about the products in this month’s box as well.

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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In Search of The One: How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed For by Randy Siegel

In Search of The One: How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed For

By Randy Siegel

Genre: Self Help – Relationship, Family, Parenting

Are you longing for your soul mate…the perfect life partner…“The One”—but aren’t sure how to attract the right romantic relationship into your life? Or perhaps you’re already in a relationship—even a long-term one—but you secretly wonder if there might be someone out there with whom you’d be better suited? Cinderella, don’t give up on the prince!

Drawing from personal experience as well as insight from a wide array of experts, In Search of The One: How to Attract the Relationship You’ve Longed explores how to:

•Debunk the myths around “The One” and stop savior seeking.

•Examine the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual components of longing for a romantic relationship.

•Convert longing into loving so that you can become your best self and live your best life.

•Attract or rebuild a relationship so great that you could only imagine it until now.

In In The Search for The One, Randy Siegel explains that the true source of all longing is to be seen, heard, understood, and loved for all we are. By redirecting our focus on three psycho-spiritual paths—the evolution of the unconscious to the conscious self, the defended to the authentic self, and the higher to the divine self—we can find peace and grow personally while attracting a special kind of romantic relationship—a spiritual partnership—into our life.

The distance between longing and love is not as great as you might think.

About the Author

Randy Siegel believes that love and work give us the greatest potential for growth because that’s where our inner challenges are most visible. Since 1998, Siegel has inspired thousands of professionals worldwide to “stand in their power by becoming the full expression of all they are” for such organization as the Recording Academy (The Grammy Awards), State Farm Insurance, and the American Alliance of Museums.

Siegel has written five books including Break Up, Wake Up, Move On: From Broken Heart to Open Heart: Prepare for the Partner You’ve Always Longed For. He’s written articles for Balance Magazine, the Washington Post, and other publications and is frequently quoted by

the media. Siegel, his partner, Don, and their dog, Loodle the Poodle, divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina and Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

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