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Sep 30, 2016

Bring Out Your Inner Foodie With Home Chef

Have you noticed that meal subscriptions are on the rise? With back-to-school season in full swing, many parents are feeling the sting of being time-crunched. There are school functions, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Factor those things in with the commute to and from work/school, homework, and household duties and you have families who are beyond busy. Shopping for food can be a big chore for many. This is where Home Chef meal delivery service comes in to save the day.

Home Chef offers meals to suit everyone whether you are a big family, college student, or empty-nesters. You can tailor your tastes and family size which helps to have the correct portions and avoids food waste. When you go to the Home Chef site you will be directed to put in your email address and zip code. You are then able to put in payment information and set up your Taste Profile. You can specify which foods you want to avoid (great if you are vegetarian or have food allergies) and if you have special dietary needs like low-carb or low-calorie. Once you have your order in place, you will receive an email with a delivery confirmation date.

Your meal kits will come packed very well in ice packs and sealed properly to avoid any leakage or possible cross-contamination. You can tell a lot of care goes into packing orders.

Each meal comes complete with recipe and instruction card along with all of the ingredients that are pre-measured and portioned. The card lets you know what additional items you will need that you have on hand like salt, pepper, olive oil, pan, etc... 

The meal kits I received were the Thai Red Curry Shrimp with jasmine rice and snow peas and Parisian Bistro Steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans. Fancy, huh?

In your first order, you will receive a binder to keep your recipe cards organized. The cards come already hole-punched to make things easier. 

I am an avid cook and for those who know me, you know that I can do some magical things in the kitchen. It took a lot out of me to feel comfortable cooking something I thought might lack flavor. I decided to be open-minded and give Home Chef a chance. I am SO glad that I did! Both meals exceeded my expectations and tasted like they were from a high-end restaurant. Each dish runs around $9.95 per serving which is less than dining out at a fine establishment. 

The Parisian Bistro Steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans was amazing! The steaks were about 1 1/2 inch thick. I had to finish the cooking in the oven because they were too rare. I seasoned them with sea salt and cracked pepper according to the instructions and I'm glad I did. The sauce was full of flavor and any more seasoning would have ruined the dish. Those potatoes were everything! The Parmesan shavings added such good flavor along with the shallots, chives, and heavy cream. My advice is to follow the instructions and you will not go wrong at all. 

The Thai Red Curry Shrimp with jasmine rice and snow peas was so delicious and full of flavor as well. It tasted just like what I order at my favorite Asian Bistro without the hefty price tag. The shrimp were very fresh as well as the vegetables. I could eat this meal a few times a month and never get sick of it.

My overall opinion about Home Chef is very positive. The ingredients are super fresh and high quality. They even indicate on the recipe card a timeframe to cook your meals in the event you order multiple meals at once. This allows you to know what needs to be cooked first. Seriously, this makes meal planning a breeze. You are able to try different things to make meal time more interesting. I plan to order more meals in the near future since it saves so much time and money. I always thought these types of meal delivery services would break the bank and it really doesn't. Some exotic ingredients can cost an arm and a leg, but with Home Chef, they send you just what you need for your meal. This beats being stuck with an ingredient you may only use once or twice a year and end up throwing it away. 

What I really love is that you can send a gift card so you are able to share the gift of food with the people you love from far away. This is excellent if you have a college student living on campus and you want them to have healthy options. If you've been on the fence about trying this type of service, don't wait any longer. Give Home Chef a try and I feel like you won't be disappointed. This would be a great gift idea for the person who has everything. 

For more information about Home Chef, visit them at their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and promotions. 

I received a promotional code to redeem towards meals from Home Chef. All opinions are 100% my own as always. 

Accidents Do Happen but Your Children Shouldn’t Suffer the Consequences

Whether at work or play, there comes a time when parents are exposed to being injured, sometimes leaving them medically unable to work for the rest of their lives. If you, or a loved one, has been injured as the result of negligence on the part of a business, government entity or even a driver of a vehicle covered by insurance, you may be eligible for compensation that will help you financially for the rest of your life and especially during the years you have minor children at home. Yes, accidents do happen but your children shouldn’t suffer the consequences.

What Kind of Injuries Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

Many people aren’t aware of all the types of injuries that are covered under a broad classification called ‘personal injury.’ If you have never been injured before and have not had to file a claim, you may not be aware just how many injuries are actually covered. A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can handle:

Injuries resulting from dog bites and serious attacks.
Emotional distress intentionally inflicted.
Injuries that are deemed work-related or on the job.
Medical malpractice.
Falls and slips resulting in injuries.
Injuries directly resulting from products that are faulty.
Sports related injuries.
Assault and/or battery.
Loss of companionship (often referred to as loss of consortium).
Wrongful death.

And these are just the most common types of injury, but by no means is this a complete list of what a personal injury attorney can handle.

Understanding the Attorney – Client Fiduciary Obligation

There is one bit of advice which should be given, across the board. No matter what kind of injury you have sustained or where you sustained it, if it is serious enough to put you out of work, you should always contact a personal injury attorney. The reason for this is because you need to ensure that your best interests are being represented. This is called a fiduciary obligation and his/her obligation is to represent you and only you, not your employer or the insurance company, however, there are exceptions. This is why you hire a personal injury attorney – so that your best interests are represented to the exclusion of all others as the law dictates.

Your Children as an Extension of This Attorney – Client Relationship

When representing you, as the person who supports minor children, this fiduciary relationship then is implied between your attorney and your children. If you are unable to speak for yourself but have children who depend on you, your attorney can speak for you in a court of law to ensure their support throughout the years you would have been supporting them. It’s a tricky subject and one that only an accomplished lawyer can explain well, but the point is made.

Your children shouldn’t suffer the consequences of your inability to care for them financially or in any other way due to that injury. Accidents do happen but if you are not at fault and you have suffered significant injuries, a personal injury attorney can win the compensation you and your children deserve.

Sep 16, 2016

Giveaway: $125 Amazon or PayPal Cash

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Sep 9, 2016

Tips to Fight Back During Hunger Action Month

  1. Advocate. Use your voice to spread the word about hunger in your community. Social media has made this quite easy to do. Alert your online community that we are in the midst of Hunger Action Month and about the plight of the hungry in their own backyards. Share quotes and statistics about hunger and ask them to support their local hunger relief organization.
  2. Volunteer. Most food banks, pantries and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to make their operations work. Volunteers can sort donations, stock shelves and help with distribution. Volunteers can also frequently help from home in the form of virtual volunteering. Contact your local hunger relief organization to see if you can utilize your specific skills to help them with business operations like accounting, marketing, website and administration.
  3. Run a food drive. You can really increase your impact by organizing your own food drive. Food drives run in conjunction with your company, school, church or group tend to have the best results. And, always add an online component to your traditional drive (or run your online drive alone). Use to run an online drive for your local food pantry. The online drive service is free to use, easy to share on social media, and simple for supporters to shop online for brand-new most-needed food items which are shipped directly to the pantry at the close of the drive.
  4. Donate money. Hunger relief organizations need monetary donations to operate. Any size donation will be welcomed.
  5. Donate food. Don't just walk by the donation bin at your school, store or company. Make a point to donate food whenever the opportunity arises.

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live Tour Headed To 40 U.S. Cities

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, Peppa’s first North American theatre tour resumes on September 14. By popular demand, 40 additional cities have been added to the tour schedule for 2017, including coast-to-coast stops from Anaheim and Oakland to Newark and many more. In addition, the hit live show will make an exciting visit north of the border for the very first time with stops in major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The new tour dates will give fans throughout North America one last chance to see Peppa Pig live on stage during this final leg of the Peppa Pig’s Big Splash tour. Tickets for select cities are on sale and available now at

Citi® Cardmember and Facebook presale tickets as well as VIP packages that include a meet and greet, are available for the 2017 tour dates starting Monday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. (local time).

The Peppa Pig stage show, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family tours this year. It has sold 250,000 tickets in the U.S. to date with 75 venues completely selling out. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage, giving families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before for in an unforgettable first live theater experience.

In Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, the nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quickly. They set up a fair to raise money so Mr. Bull can do the repairs. There’s plenty of fun to be had as Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, along with Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep work together to organize an exciting day out complete with a Champion Puddle Jumping Competition judged by Mr. Potato, where everyone gets wet! An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed oinktastic blast for the whole family.

For more information about Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, please visit, Facebook and Twitter.

The current tour schedule includes:
September 14 Greenvale, NY Tilles Center for the Arts
September 15 Syracuse, NY Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy CC at Oncenter
September 16 Binghamton, NY The Forum Theatre
September 17 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
September 18 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre
September 21 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium at City Hall
September 22 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
September 23 Waterbury, CT The Palace Theater
September 24 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
September 25 Williamsport, PA Williamsport Community Arts Center
September 27 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
September 28 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square - State Theatre
September 29 Charleston, WV Clay Center for Arts & Sciences
September 30 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre
October 1 Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
October 2 Charlotte, NC Belk Theater at North Carolina Blumenthal PAC
October 4 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theater - Savannah Civic Center
October 5 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre
October 6 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 7 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
October 8 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky University - EKU Center for the Arts
October 9 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
October 11 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center
October 12 Kalamazoo, MI Miller Auditorium
October 14 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
October 15 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
October 16 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
October 18 Lincoln, NE Lied Center for Performing Arts
October 19 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium – Iowa State Center
October 20 Davenport, IA Adler Theatre
October 21 Bowling Green, KY Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center
October 22 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
October 23 Augusta, GA Bell Auditorium

March 25 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim
March 26 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre
March 28 Bakersfield, CA The Fox Theatre
March 29 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Community Center Theater
March 30 Santa Rosa CA Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
March 31 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
April 1 Modesto, CA Gallo Center For The Arts
April 2 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
April 4 Redding, CA Redding Civic Auditorium
April 5 Portland, OR Schnitzer Hall
April 6 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
April 7 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 8 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Community Theatre
April 9 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
April 11 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
April 12 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
April 13 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
April 14 Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium
April 15 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
April 18 Toronto, ON Sony Centre For Performing Arts
April 19 Kitchener, ON Centre in the Square
April 20 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre
April 21 Montreal, QC Place Des Arts Theatre
April 22 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
April 23 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
April 25 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
April 26 Burlington, VT Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
April 27 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
April 28 Scranton, PA Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre at Scranton
April 29 Staten Island, NY St. George Theatre
April 30 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
May 2 Bethesda, MD Music Center at Strathmore
May 3 Sewell, NJ TD Bank Arts Center
May 5 Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre
May 6 Rochester, NY Eastman Theatre
May 7 Springfield, MA Symphony Hall

Show Credits:
• Directed by Richard Lewis
• Composer Mani Svavarsson
• Matt Lewis is lyricist
• Simon Scullion is designer
• Andy Booth is music director
• Produced by Red Light Management, Fiery Angel and eOne

Sep 8, 2016

Get Accessorized This Fall With JORD Wood Watches

Today's post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches 

I seriously feel like the Summer has slipped on by and we are all getting prepped for Fall. I am already planning to get ahead on organizing my closet and clothing drawers. Since I stay at home all day, my wardrobe takes the back seat. I like to go through my husband's things first and make a running list of what he may need for the change of seasons. Thankfully, Fall is usually easiest to dress for and we mostly just add some accessories like new ties, belts, or cuff links. This Fall, my husband was lucky to receive a new JORD wood watch to add some flair to his wardrobe.

He has become very obsessed interested in wrist watches and JORD offers a unique twist on ordinary watches. Their watch bands are crafted out of various types and finishes of quality wood that really makes a statement. Each time my husband sports his wood watch, people stare and ask questions. The latest one in his new collection is from the Delmar Series in Dark Sandalwood & Blue Carbon.

This one is so masculine yet elegant looking and can be easily worn with casual attire, as well as his best business suits. You can't go wrong with a cool watch that can be paired with most outfits. This particular timepiece is available in a range of colors as well. At only $149, it is a great, affordable choice.

He is thrilled to break out his favorite sport coats this Fall and looks forward to showing off his new wrist candy. JORD Watches are not just for the fellas though. They have some beautiful selections in their women's collections. I noticed the trend of stacking watches and I really like it! Some of the wood watch bands and faces come in girlish hues like purple and plum. The watch design overall has a more feminine look. They have price points to suit your budget, starting as low as $129.

My husband is looking at some of the other colors and finishes in the Delmar Series. He feels like this style suits him well. I really like them too, but he will have to wait in line. I'm next up for a JORD Women's watch. These unique wrist watches would make the perfect give for any occasion or even as a "just because" gift. It's also not too early to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. Just like Summer breezed by, so will the next few months!

Ordering your new timepiece is easy, but choosing the one you love the most will take some time. It's so hard to decide with so many stunning choices! Once you get that narrowed down, you can download a watch sizing guide to get the perfect fit. You simply pick your watch, the correct size, and enter your shipping/payment information. In a matter of days, your JORD watch will arrive beautifully packaged and ready for wearing or gifting.

Be sure to follow JORD on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook & Twitter for style inspiration, product updates, and more! Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.


Recovery Procedures After Giving Birth: What's Involved?

Aging and child birth are the two most common causes of vagina slacking or loosening. Vaginal tissue can stretch naturally and it will happen to most – if not all – women as they age at a varying degree. After giving birth, however, you may feel insecure about the stretching of your vagina. A Vaginoplasty can help tighten vaginal tissue effectively. Before you decide to do the procedure, however, there are a number of things you need to know.

When can Vaginoplasty be performed after giving birth?

You should at least wait for three months after giving birth before deciding to get a Vaginoplasty. Although the tissue around your vagina stretches during labor, it will tighten itself to a certain point afterwards. Letting the vaginal tissue heals for three months or more is always the best way to go.

After the three-month period, consult your surgeon and have a pre-operative measurement taken first. At this point, you can decide whether to go through with the process with the help of information you get from the surgeon.

Keep in mind that not every woman needs to have Vaginoplasty after giving birth. The decision is entirely yours to make.

Are there risks involved in the procedure?

Vaginoplasty can be taken as a necessary medical procedure or an optional aesthetic or cosmetic surgery. In both cases, you need to work with a reputable surgeon and gynecologist so that the procedure can be performed without any real risk.

Dr. David Ghozland, in one of his recent reports, suggested that the common risks that patients face when opting for Vaginoplasty are very similar to those of other non-intrusive surgeries or procedures. The risks of infection, scarring and mild pain are present. This is where working with the right surgeon comes in handy.

These risks are easily avoidable. Every part of the Vaginoplasty can be planned in order to have a successful surgery without its risks. It is also important that you go through a series of pre-operation examinations to determine if you are in the right condition for the surgery.

What about the costs of getting the procedure?

Cost is always a concern when it comes to medical procedures, especially in today’s economy. Vaginoplasty is among the many procedures that may be covered by your health insurance if it is a necessity or approached as a medical procedure. To know for sure if your insurance policy will cover the costs of Vaginoplasty, you will have to consult your hospital first.

As a cosmetic surgery, however, you may have to pay for the procedure yourself. Thankfully, Vaginoplasty is not expensive at all. The treatment can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on a number of factors. Compared to the benefits, the procedure is certainly worth it.

Should you consider Vaginoplasty after giving birth? This big question is yours to answer. The procedure brings a lot of benefits, including better sexual response and increased self-esteem. Find a reputable surgeon with experience and do the pre-operation checks and consultations in order to answer this question based on your specific circumstance.


Sep 6, 2016

16 Boring Words & What to Use Instead

I just had to share this because I think it's great! Enjoy :)

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