Thursday, March 26, 2015

Almond and Coconut flour #review & #giveaway





Hey guys. I have a giveaway for you today. It's from morningpep. This same company if you recall the Xylitol Sweetener giveaway I had.

Now I would like to tell you about some flour I received from this company. This is for Almond Flour and Coconut flour. I received a 2lb bag and 4lb bag sizes of the Almond flour and a 1lb bag and 4lb bag of Coconut flour.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Firmoo.com #Review

Hey guys, I am really behind on a lot of reviews I'm supposed to do. So I wanted to quickly let you know about one of them now.

It is Firmoo.com. You may recall my previous posts on this. If not search my site and you can see other posts on it. But in case you are not familiar with Firmoo.com, here is some information:

Firmoo.com is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable Firmoo.com to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices. Firmoo.com started conducting a survey concerning the efficiency of the optical industry in the United States...


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Finding Washington DC Hotel Deals Requires Some Planning

Few cities can boast as many tourist attractions as Washington DC. Everything from massive museums to marvelous monuments to some inspiring views is available for the delight of visitors. The downside of such a tremendous draw reflects itself in expensive lodging. However, finding 
cheap hotels in Washington DC is a pretty reasonable task. With the help of online travel guides, considering alternative accommodations, and timing saving money on a great hotel in this destination city can actually be a fairly simple task.

Online Travel Guides
The internet has been a boom for travelers thanks to the horde of information it has unleashed. Finding great places to stay that are off the beaten path, even in a city as large as DC, can be a treat that helps visitors experience the city in a different way. Taking a bit of time to research a few of the many available webpages dedicated to visiting the area is a great way to uncover some hidden gems.

Alternative Accommodations
Inexpensive lodging in Washington DC could include some alternatives to traditional hotels. Hostels and apartments are regularly rented out at rates that are far cheaper than any hotel in the downtown area. Of course, staying a bit farther away from the city and utilizing the public transportation system of the area also provides significant savings. Before ruling out the hostel idea, travelers should check out just how much money will be saved by taking a different look on lodging, especially if traveling with a large group.

Timing
Washington DC is a busy town. Spring tends to be busy with school field trips, and early summer and early fall are usually key times for government officials to start packing the area with staff, which means prices get pushed up quickly. Planning to visit during winter months is risky because of snow, but this time of year can present some pretty serious savings on hotel rates. Plus, weekend rates tend drift a little higher simply because of the flurry of activity, which means staying during the week off peak season will probably reveal a better hotel deal.

In the end, Washington DC has a lot of attractions. Fitting everything the city has to offer into a short vacation is nearly impossible, but scoring a great hotel rate on a property within walking distance to many activities will probably mean another trip. In the end, saving money by researching the area with online travel guides, checking into non-traditional lodging options, and careful timing will delight even the most frugal of travelers.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Don’t Be Intimidated Fighting Scorpions

Scorpions are some of the most bothersome pests in Arizona. However, they have an underserved reputation of being extremely lethal creatures. The truth is that most people that get stung recover just fine. You should still be diligent about fighting them, but try not to let them intimidate you.

How Dangerous Are Scorpions?

Many people believe that all scorpions are lethal pests that need to be treated with extreme caution. While scorpions are undoubtedly dangerous, they are very rarely deadly.
According to MedScape, 1.2 million people are stung by scorpions around the world each year, but only 3,250 of them lead to death. Deaths are particularly uncommon in the United States. There are only four reported scorpion deaths in nearly a dozen years.
The Arizona bark scorpion is the only one in the United States that has venom poisonous enough to kill a human being. Even most bark scorpion stings aren’t lethal, but people still need to take the right precautions.

What to Do After a Scorpion Sting

What should you do if you are ever stung by a scorpion? The exact measures depend on the type of scorpion and the state of the victim.
Most scorpion stings don’t require emergency medical attention. According to the doctors that Sarah Powers of Scottsdale Mom’s Blog spoke with, if a young baby was stung by most scorpions, then it should be taken to the emergency room as a precaution. However, anyone over two years old generally won’t need to visit the ER, unless they were stung by a bark scorpion. They can generally reduce swelling by taking some Benadryl.

Prevent Scorpions from the Onset

While scorpions may not deserve the fearful reputation that they have been given, they are still dangerous pests that need to be eliminated from your home. Here are some things that you should do:
  • Clean up papers, wood chips and other debris that scorpions can nest in
  • Call an exterminator if you need to kill any Arizona bark scorpions near your home
  • Seal your home carefully so that scorpions won’t be able to enter
  • Consider using natural repellants such as lavender and cedar essential oil
  • If a less dangerous scorpion actually enters your home, you can use diatomaceous earth to kill them

There are a number of ways to keep scorpions away from your home. You will need to be proactive, because they can be very persistent if they are allowed to infest your property.

Friday, March 20, 2015

THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS Blog Tour & #Giveaway



New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative spellbinder to date in this gothic novel,THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS (Atria, March 17, 2015) set against the lavish backdrop of Belle Époque Paris.

New York socialite Sandrine Salome flees an abusive husband for her grandmother’s Paris mansion, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is closed and under renovation. Her grandmother insists it’s too dangerous to visit but Sandrine defies her– an unexplainable force is drawing her home.

There she meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing architect, who introduces her to the City of Lights – its art world, forbidden occult underground, nightclubs – and to her own untapped desires.

From a mysterious fire at the Palais Garnier opera house, to a terrifying accident at the Eiffel tower and classes with Gustav Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts, Sandrine’s experiences awaken her passions. Among the bohemians and demi-monde, Sandrine uncovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter.

Then more ominous influences threaten – her husband is tracking her down and something insidious is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s overcome by the spirit of La Lune, a witch, a legendary sixteenth-century courtesan, and an unsung artist in her own right, who exposes Sandrine to a darkness that could be a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love and witchery, and not until she resolves a tragic love story and family curse will she be free of the ghost’s possession.

Effortlessly absorbing and richly imagined, with sumptuous detail and spellbinding suspense, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS conjures the brilliance and intrigue of Belle Époque Paris and illuminates the fine line between explosive passion, and complete ruination.

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com.


The Witch of Painted Sorrows
By M.J. Rose
Atria Books; March 17, 2015
$25.00 (US)/ $29.99 (Can.); 384 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4767-7806-8

Read on for an exclusive excerpt from the book:

4 Leading Causes of Cataracts

We are all susceptible to developing eye problems over time. There are a number of different types of ophthalmologic disorders, but cataracts are probably the most common. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that 22 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts and over half of Americans over the age of 80 suffer from the disease. While the risk inevitably increases over time, it can be reduced considerably if you know the risk factors.

What Are the Primary Causes of Cataracts?

There are a number of reasons that Americans develop cataracts over time. Here are some of the biggest risk factors that you will need to be aware of.
UV Light
Ultraviolet light can gradually damage the lens of your eye over time, which can lead to cataract formation. You can reduce the risk by minimizing your exposure to sunlight, wearing sunglasses and avoiding looking at electronic screens for extended periods of time.
Other Health Problems
Research has found a strong correlation between cataracts and other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. The exact relationship between cataracts and these other health problems is still unclear, but existing studies such as this one from Kaiser suggest that cataract risks can be minimized by receiving treatment for these problems.
Poor Diet and Alcohol Use
Following a poor diet and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can both increase the risk of developing a cataract. This is another reason to consider losing weight and reducing your alcohol consumption if you are already concerned about developing other health problems.
Corticosteroid Medications
Corticosteroid medications such as Benadryl are often used to reduce swelling and other inflammation. Unfortunately, these medications have also been linked to the development of cataracts for many patients. You will need to monitor your usage of these medications. They should only be used either for temporary problems or if long-term use is directed by your doctor. You should try natural solutions to deal with swelling first, such as ice, reducing weight and changing your diet.

Take All Steps to Avoid Cataract Risks


Cataracts are serious problems that affect millions of Americans. They can only be reversed by seeing a premier cataract surgeon. However, there are a number of ways to prevent them or slow their progression. If you are worried about developing cataracts, then you should be aware of the risk factors outlined above. Other factors such as previous eye injuries and genetics aren’t avoidable, but you can still minimize the risks of cataracts by taking these steps.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gift Ideas for the New Mom and Baby

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If you are looking for a great gift idea for new moms and baby, then you should consider some monogrammed baby gifts. These are so cute and would be perfect for moms and their babies. Like the personalized baby blanket pictured above. Isn't that just precious? I absolutely love the color of this too.


At BabyBlankets.com you can find a large variety of popular baby blankets. If you are looking for stylish and high quality baby blankets then BabyBlankets.com is where you should look. The baby blankets can be personalized and their variety is unmatched. You can also find really nice swaddle blankets on the site.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Great Hobbies to Take Up in a Retirement Home

Living in a nursing home can either be very pleasant or very boring. It is all about what you choose to make of it. If you have a positive attitude, then you will see it as a time to learn fun new hobbies to pass the time.

Why Should You Stay Active in a Nursing Home?

Staying mentally and physically active during retirement is very important. A study from the Weizmann Institute of Science found that taking up activities during retirement boosts physical health and reduces the risk of dementia.
Many residents have a more difficult time staying active in a nursing home. Fortunately, more of these facilities are expanding the types of services available to their residents so that they can stay active and healthy in retirement.

Hobbies to Practice During Retirement?

What types of activities can you do while living in a retirement home? Here are some great ideas worth trying.
Woodworking
Some retirement homes offer woodworking classes to their residents. You can learn build replicas of buildings, model airplanes and a number of other projects.
Creative Writing
You have lived a lifetime, which has given you many exceptional experiences that you have learned from. You can take your retirement to reflect on these experiences through creative writing. Writing poetry and short stories can be a great way to pass the time and cope with any residual stress from your prior life.
Gardening
Many retirement communities have gardens that their residents can participate in. Gardening can be a very relaxing way to spend your time. It can also be a good way to bond with other residents, since it will probably be an activity that many other people are participating in as well.
Playing Cards
Card games are unquestionably one of the most relaxing ways to kill time.  Rummy, solitaire and other card games are all very popular activities in nursing homes. Deborah Durham recently posted a great list of activities on Pinterest that seniors can play to keep themselves occupied. You can spend hours playing these games with the staff and other residents to keep yourself entertained.
Walking

Staying physically active is very important during retirement. You may not have the same energy that you used to, but you may be surprised by what you can accomplish if you are willing to push yourself. Many communities encourage residents to go on regular walks, which is a good way to stay fit and improve your mental health.