Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Show Off Your Curves With Curvalicious Clothes

Disclaimer: 
This post is done as part of the 2014 Fall Fashionista. 
I was in no way compensated for my participation in the event. 

You don't have to be a size five to feel good in your own skin. Curvalicious Clothes wants to help you feel beautiful in your plus size body.

"Curvalicious Clothes specializes in trendy women's plus size clothing and junior plus size clothing sizes 12-32. Shop with us for sexy plus size clothes, including plus size tops, plus size jeans and plus size dresses. We also carry a large selection of plus size lingerie and plus size intimates. Check out our brands names such as Rocawear, Baby Phat, and Apple Bottoms. We believe full figure clothing should be figure flattering. That’s why we offer only high quality sexy plus size clothing. We offer affordable and sexy plus size clothing for fashion forward teens and women. We ship to Canada and USA."


Curvalicious Clothes Have been providing customers with fashionable plus size clothes via their online store since 2009. The store was started by two plus sized women who knew the frustration of going to the mall and only finding a couple stores that carried clothes that fit them. They started the store because of their strong belief that high quality, fashionable clothing should be available to larger sized ladies.  


Curvalicious Clothes have offered to sponsor me in the Fall Fashionista event so one of my lucky readers can enjoy a $250 shopping spree from their web front store. 

Click above picture to enter to win grand prizes
  • The  FALL Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law).  For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing. Isn’t that stunning?

ENTER TO WIN:
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Open to US residents aged 18 or older. 
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Prize delivery is the responsibility of the the sponsors.
If you prize is not delivered in 30 days Contact me and I wil TRY to help you out.
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 The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from  ModlyChic.  
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Sweetworks Candy

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Sweetworks Candy
Halloween is the favorite Holiday of this house. We are planning a big Halloween party with over forty friends, relatives and neighbors. We can't wait to rent out an old meeting house down the road and turn it into a haunted house. Over the years we have gathered fun items to make it just perfect.
 When a huge box of Sweetworks Candy arrived at the door we couldn't wait to "practice" making some of our treats. The Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese frosting looked perfect after the little guys added some Sixlet faces to them, as you can see above. 
These cookies are the perfect fall treat. Below is the recipe so you can try your own. 

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies:
2 cups  flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 sticks unsalted butter slightly softened
1 cp. white sugar
1 tbl. brown sugar
1 egg
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Wisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In large bowl cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy with mixer. Add egg and vanilla beat Just until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat on low about 30 seconds. Make a ball and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Place refrigeratored dough on a lightly floured surface, let sit for 10 minutes.
Using a rolling pin spread dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters and cut the dough.

Place on baking sheet and return to refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. 
Heat oven to 375 Degrees. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until edges turn the slightly light brown. Cool on a wire rack.

We love this Cream Cheese frosting recipe that we found on All Recipes .Com. 

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.
( For above cookies we used a couple drops of Orange food coloring)


Now to hide the rest of the candy from the family, and myself until Halloween.
SweetWorks has a huge variety of high quality treats so it may not be easy.
 They have been in business for 5 decades. They carry 44 Halloween candies are perfect for your festivities. I love that you can shop by color. This is an easy way to find the perfect candies to match your themed parties and color scheme.
Please check them out on their various Social Media accounts:

Sweetworks Facebook

Sweetworks Twitter


GUESS WHAT????

Myself and some fellow bloggers are excited to be a part of a giveaway for over $500 Sweetworks Candy. This giveaway will run on all of our blogs and will have a total of 10 winners. Each winner will receive $50 worth of Fall/Halloween Candy. You can enter through the rafflecopter below.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Focus On Fall: HTC One M8 Style


Disclaimer:
 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verizon Wireless recently sent the HTC One M8 to check out. Since my daughter was looking for a phone we set it up for her on a prepaid plan. Here is just one of the ways it is being used. 
Fall is in the air. Since it is her favorite time of the year that means Capturing a lot of pictures. 
This weekend the family visited Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine. What a perfect place to put the phone to the test. 
A bit about the camera: 
"The Duo Camera with UltraPixel captures more light and depth. Quickly launch the camera by holding the smartphone horizontally and pressing the volume button. With a redesigned interface, one button does it all when shooting photos. Use UFocus™ to change the focus on objects in your photos after you take them. With Dimension Plus™, add 3D style to your images by tilting The all new HTC One (M8) to see different angles. Add background effects with Foregrounder."
Translation: This camera takes some pretty great Pictures. 
As they say, A picture is worth a thousand words. 
Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine

Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine

Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine
Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine
Here is what Adrienne had to say about the phone: 
"This phone fits comfortable in your hand. It is the perfect size for reaching from one side to the other with your phone." 

Here is what Verizon says about the style" 
"The all new HTC One (M8) offers an inspired design that perfectly blends form and function. With a full-metal body, tapered edges, soft curves and a 5-inch Full HD display, this smartphone adds style and ease to your mobile life."

Adrienne says:
"The sound on this phone is very clear, I love that it has more the one speaker."

Verizon tells us" 
"Music, videos and games sound powerful with dual front-facing speakers and HTC BoomSound™. An enhanced amplifier offers balance to boost bass and deliver clear vocals. New speakers make The all new HTC One (M8) 25 percent louder than its predecessor."

The best feature for Adrienne: 

The HTC Advantage

FREE SMARTPHONE PROTECTION AND REPAIR*
  • Cracked screen? Free one time screen replacement within first 6 months.
  • Stay up to date. Automatic Software Updates.
  • Protect your data. 25-100 GB of additional cloud storage and backup.
  • Help when you need it. The way you want it
* Model plans vary by region. See your local carrier for complete details.
The price of this phone is just $149.99 with a new 2 year contract. Or you can get it for just $29.99 when you get it through Verizon's edge program










Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries



Disclaimer: 
As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury? Through loved ones I have seen first hand how this can effect the lives of the victim and their loved ones.

"Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey.


With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country - concussions the most common - chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery."

This book, as with all Chicken Soup books, will fill you with inspiration. If you want to let a little brightness in you day you need to pick up a few of their many titles. 

I would love to help inspire you right now by offering you a chance to win one of three copies of this title I have to giveaway. All you have to do is comment below to win. If you haven't already done so check out my other Chicken Soup book giveaways Here and Here
Winners picked Sept. 25th

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Miracles Happen Giveaway



Disclaimer: 
As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you believe in Miracles? If not, this book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series may  make a believer out of you. I think these books are perfect to read right before you turn out the lights at night. These stories are sure you get you thinking.
Can a connection between a two people be so strong that it sends one traveling 250 miles only to find out the other lays dying, or is there a higher power guiding the way?
 The stories in this book bring you hope, even when you may feel there is none. The everyday miracles will touch your heart and put a smile on your face. Such an important thing with all the negatives going on in the world today. 

"Miracles happen every day! And these 101 true stories of divine intervention, answered prayers, and extraordinary connections prove that miracles can happen to anyone at any time. You will be awed and uplifted by these personal stories of faith, prayer, and healing that show a higher power at work in our lives." 

Do you need to brighten your day? 
I am giving away 3 copies of this book. Entering to win is easy. Just leave a comment below telling me you want to win. If you have had a miracle in your life I would love for you to share. Good Luck everyone and happy reading.
Giveaway ends Sept. 25th

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales

Disclaimer:
I was in no way influenced by the fact that I was given a copy of this DVD to review when writing this post.
 All opitions expressed in the following post are my own. 

MY LITTLE PONY- FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES Is being released on DVD today, September 9th from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, the DVD is packed with a Boo-tiful full-color collector poster (as seen above) and 2 pumpkin stencils! 
"Join your favorite residents of Ponyville (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike) as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!"
Episodes Include: 
Boast Busters
Stare Master
Luna Eclipsed
Sleepless In Ponyville
Castle Mane-ia
Bats! 
We were lucky enough to receive a copy to review. We watched it for out movie night this weekend. I have two little boys, ages 7 and 8. Just the age that they were skeptical about watching a movie that was "a girls movie". Ten minutes after it started I realized something, neither of them had said a word. At the end both boys had to admit that they really enjoyed it.
Hope you enjoy the following clip from the movie.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter Review and Giveaway



Disclaimer: 
As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Though I am not from Canada, I have spent much time there. I love these stories about the people from all parts of Canada. Being from Maine I can relate to a lot of them. You learn to embrace the cold winters make the most of it. You also quickly learn that the bad weather often brings out the best in people. 
The book captures the spirit of this perfectly. Here is the introduction to the book, 
written by Janet Mathews: 
"Canadian winters are notorious! But this collection will warm your heart, brighten your day, and lift your spirits with its 101 stories about embracing and making the most of those long winter months. Winters in Canada are tough, but so are the people! Any Canadian – from east to west coast; from city to rural – will love the 101 stories in this new collection about embracing those long winter days and making the most of them. Filled with amusing and encouraging stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports.


Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Canadian writer and editor Janet Matthews coauthored Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, and teaches workshops in Canada on writing from the heart."


Want your own copy? I have 3 to give out and 3 ways to win. There will be one winner from this post, one from Twitter and one from Facebook. Good Luck all. 


1: Commet To Win:
Simple entry, just leave a message below saying you want to win. One winner will be chosen by Random.org

2: Leave A Facebook Comment: 
Just comment on My Facebook Post Here

3: RT The Following Twitter Post:
https://twitter.com/mmc67/status/509361933611696129





Sunday, September 7, 2014

Be A Part Of Our Holiday Gift Guide


The Shaker of Salt is accepting submissions for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The guide will feature the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!  We will you with fabulous holiday gift ideas, reviews and giveaways this Holiday Season.  
Do you have a hot item you would like us to feature in our Holiday Gift Guide?  Each review will include photos, description of the product, and link to the product being featured.  Your product will be viewed by thousands of our readers!  We will showcase your product on our Social Media Sites, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.  We love spreading the word about awesome products that our readers would love to hear about! We can do just a review or we can do a review/giveaway. If you think you have a product our readers would love please contact us.

We have reviewers of all ages so be assured there is someone available to give your product the perfect test .

Be sure to get your submissions in as soon as possible, so we can get them posted as soon as our schedule permits, for maximum exposure.  The Shaker of Salt Looks forward to working with each and every sponsor for a highly successful Holiday Gift Guide.

The Holiday Gift Guide will continue to be posted until December 25th.

Please contact us at mmcarter67@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right side of this post.