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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Number One Advanced Probiotic

I've been trying Number One Nutrition's Advanced Probiotic since earlier this month. I may have mentioned it before, but I can't swallow large capsules so I'm always nervous about trying new supplements.  These capsules are small and didn't give me any problems! I haven't noticed any major changes since starting the Probiotics but it's only been a few weeks.  I do think these are helping my immune system and that makes me happy!  I am excited to continue using this product and see how it helps!

Here is some more info from Number One Nutrition:

Being healthy and happy about your body is a matter of choice.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria who perform a very important role in our digestive, methabolic and immune systems. They produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake and convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need.

Our GI is home to 80% of our immune system!
That´s why it is so important to take a good Probiotic Supplement!

This is how the Number One Probiotic may help you:

- Drastically improve your digestive health.
- Balance your intestinal flora.
- Improve your mood.
- Break down allergy causing proteins.
- Accelerate your fat loss.

  • #1 PROBIOTICS WORKS! Doctors everywhere say probiotics are "Essential" to the body. Many will even say that taking probiotics in pill form ensures that you consume the right probiotic strains and the right recommended dosage. Taking probiotic pills saves you from consuming excess dairy and sugar, which are present in many probiotic foods.
  • RELIEF FROM DIGESTIVE DISTRESS! Do you suffer from digestive discomfort? Bloated belly? Acid reflux? Fatigue? Do you want to improve your immune system and manage your weight? If you answered "YES" to any of these, try Number One Probiotic. Two capsules a day with a light meal and you are on your way to a healthier life! Our product is made with TOP QUALITY ingredients, is 100% safe and has no known side effects. Made in the USA at a FDA approved manufacturing facility.
  • MORE THAN JUST DIGESTIVE Improvement! Did you know that the GI tract is responsible for 80% of the immune system`s health? When we improve the digestive function we are also giving a great BOOST to the IMMUNE SYSTEM. Fighting off the bad bacteria present in the GI tract will also help the body to fight off INFECTIONS. Bringing balance to the Intestinal flora will also alleviate digestive discomfort, inflammation and BLOATING.

Does your well being matter to you?
Yes, we can be healthy and happy with our bodies.
Would you like to wake up feeling energized and ready to carry on your daily routine?
Get your health on track and the rest will fall in place. 

You can also visit the company's website  for more information!  I've been pleased with the company during my contact with them, as well as with their product. If you are having digestive or immunity issues, you may want to try this too!

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Sieva Stretch Mark & Scar Removal Cream

Today I've got a review for Sieva Stretch Mark & Scar Removal Cream.  I've been applying this cream for appx 3 weeks now (not every day, more like every other day) and I've really noticed a change in the old scar I have been hoping to get rid of! I had shingles several years ago, and it left a big patch of uneven (almost bumpy), very light skin on my chin. I applied a thin layer of this cream in the morning and sometimes again at bedtime.  It is looking less noticeable and the skin seems to be smoothing out more.  

I plan to continue using this cream and hope that it continues to lessen the appearance of this scar! I've had no skin reaction to the cream, which I worry about when trying new products. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't like new things.  But this is a great cream that does what it promises, and the price is very affordable.  Shipping was fast and it arrived in perfect condition. Count me in as a big fan of Sieva!

If you want to order Sieva Strech Mark & Scar Removal Cream from Amazon you can do so using this link, or visit Amazon on your own.     (this is my affiliate link) 

Here is more info about this cream from the manufacturer:

The Affordable New Secret to Beautiful Skin

Are you Tired of those unsightly stretch marks and sagging skin? Imagine the freedom and confidence you'd feel if you had nothing to hide. Finally feeling great about how you look

UNIQUE COMPOSITION, CAREFULLY CRAFTED IN THE USA: Revolutionary Stretch mark and Scar therapy specifically designed to help in preventing and removing stretch mark and scars due to Pregnancy, weight gain, growth spurts, and bodybuilding. Precisely formulated to visually reduce discoloration and improving restoration of skin elasticity.

POWER PACKED FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS: Optimally blends Vitamins and natural moisturizers such as Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, and Rosehip seed oil to help Prevent, Repair & Remove Stretch Marks and Scars.

BETTER ABSORPTION & PREVENTION: Fast-absorbing cream helps build collagen while reducing the appearance of red and silver stretch marks all while smoothing your skin's texture.

MADE IN USA - Every Anti Cellulite cream is manufactured for Sieva is made within a FDA Approved and GMP certified facility. We work relentlessly to provide the consumer with only the highest potency, purity, and most effectively absorbed formulations available to the consumer today 

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giveaway! The Three Dogateers DVD

Hey y'all!  Have you heard about The Three Dogateers? This sounds like a Christmas family movie you'll want to watch with your kids every year!   It's about three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve.  They become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.


The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

Check out the trailer in the blog app below: 

I'm excited to have another giveaway to share ~ one of y'all will win a copy of The Three Dogateers on DVD! All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stone Mountain Christmas 2014

Last week we attended Stone Mountain Christmas  with my sister and niece.  We spent a wonderful evening getting our Christmas spirit on.  Unless you are the Grinch, there is no way you can visit and not leave feeling Christmas Joy in your heart!  Now through January 4 (on select dates) you can enjoy the Christmas glow of over two million lights, plus a hilarious 4-D movie,  live shows, a parade, the Singalong Christmas train, and so much more!

Some of our favorite things to do at Stone Mountain Christmas:

The Nightly Christmas Parade: Catch a glimpse of all of the characters and actors as they arrive in Crossroads each evening. Music, dancing and lots of fun await!  We found a place near the 4-D theater to watch and it was perfect!

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D movie    it may be short in length, but it is jam-packed with fun. There are lots of 4-D effects to thrill the kids, so be prepared and put your phones and cameras safely away so they don't get wet!  My son and niece are 10 and they both thought the movie experience was terrific.  

The Singalong Christmas Train:  It's not Christmas if we didn't get to take a ride on the Christmas train! Sing carols, look at Christmas lights,  watch the antics of two silly elves on the monitors throughout the train cars, and watch "The Gift", a touching live presentation about the real reason for CHRISTmas.  The ride lasts about 40 minutes, and it can get chilly on the open-air cars.  Make sure you've got mittens and hats! It's one of our favorite parts of Stone Mountain Christmas.

Character meet and greets: your kids can meet Bumble, Rudolph, the Snow Angel and more characters while checking out all the great fun at Stone Mountain Christmas.  You can even visit with Santa!

We love to eat at The Campfire Grill.  The Campfire Skewers are delicious and the S'mores Skillet is amazing. They have lots of fun camping and forest-themed effects throughout the restaurant to keep the kiddos happy too.  Always good food, good service, and a good time at The Campfire Grill.

Make sure you try the  Funnel cakes and Snowflakes (basically a deep fried belgian waffle) for dessert.  Order them plain or add sauces, fruits and toppings.  The perfectly sweet ending for an evening at Stone Mountain Christmas.

Stone Mountain puts on fabulous Christmas shows ~ there is something for everyone.  From Toyrific to Forever Christmas, you will enjoy great music and entertainment for the whole family. Click here for a list of all of the shows you can see this year.

Need a shopping break? There are lots of places to shop at Stone Mountain Park.  This year we came home with a beautiful, hand-blown glass Christmas ornament from The Stone Mountain Glass Shop, made right there!  They also have a toy store, candy store, a gift shop in the train depot and other spots throughout the park.  You can find some great Christmas gifts there!

Until this year, we've never been able to stay long enough for the Finale with the Snow Angel, Fireworks and Snowfall.  We live about an hour away, so we usually ended up taking the kids home for bed before the 9:45 finale.  This year, however, we were determined to stay til the very end and it was SO worth it! The Snow Angel flies in and floats above you, then she starts a glorious fireworks show complete with snow!  To see the wonder in the eyes of all the kids there was magical! I highly recommend that you stay and experience the Finale when you visit Stone Mountain Christmas.

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Park, and I hope you and your family can attend too! It's a nice way to reconnect with your family, and enjoy lots of holiday entertainment. 

Have you ever visited Stone Mountain Christmas? If not, what is your favorite Christmas event to attend?  Leave me a comment below!

Disclosure: Stone Mountain Park invited us out for an evening at the Park to preview Stone Mountain Christmas in order to review it.  No other compensation was received, and all opionions given here are my own.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lunch with Paula Deen & Springer Mountain Farms Chicken

Yesterday, I got to mark off a bucket list item - I met Paula Deen! She is one of my favorite celebrities.  We've eaten at her restaurant, Lady & Sons, in Savannah each time we've visited - it is so good!  I have several of her cookbooks, and I regularly make her recipes here at home. (Her sweet potato biscuits are one of our favorites around here!)

I was invited to attend a luncheon with Paula Deen and her husband Michael Groover in Atlanta, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken.  I will tell you right from the start - that is the ONLY chicken I buy! I tried it last year and we were hooked.  DELISH.  So I was very excited to attend! When we (rode down with another local blogging friend) arrived at Guy Gunter Home Showroom in Atlanta,  they had a gorgeous luncheon set up for us.

Guy Gunter Home is a kitchen, bath and outdoor living consultancy in Atlanta.  What a perfect place for our luncheon! It's a wonderful showroom to visit if you are going to do a renovation or update in your home. They have some really cool appliances and fixtures.  I had a great time exploring the showroom while we waited for the guest of honor to arrive!

Then Paula Deen walked in the front door.  Michael was with her and he is just as kind and down to earth as she is. Paula is teeny-tiny and she is stunning in person.  She has the most beautiful blue eyes!  First she talked with us (a group of local bloggers) about her brand new network -, and shared a very funny video clip with us.  As a member, you can watch shows, search for recipes, utilize the meal planner and much more!  You can get a free trial to check it all out, too.

Next she made a delicious Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya for us, using fresh Springer Mountain Farms chicken.  It was spicy, warm and delicious.  This was my first time trying jambalaya, but trust me - it won't be the last! I plan to make this often!

Here's the recipe!

Skillet Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible 

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp butter
3/4 lb andouille sausage, cut into 1/4" slices
1 lrg yellow onion, chopped
1 lrg green bell pepper, chopped
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped  (She uses Springer Mtn Farms Chicken - yum!)
Salt, white or black pepper

1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tspn dried thyme
1 tspn paprika
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
1/2 tspn celery seeds
2 bay leaves
3 c chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 c long-grain white rice
In a large skillet with lid, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, cook until browned on both sides. Set aside in a bowl. Add onion and pepper to skillet, cook until softens a bit.
Lightly sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and garlic to the skillet. Cook until it loses raw color. Add the thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, celery seeds, and bay leaves. Cook for a minute, then add the broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and taste for seasoning. Return the sausage to the pan with any accumulated juices and sprinkle in the rice, evenly.

Cover the pan, reduce heat to low, and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender, at least 15 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve from skillet - delicious!

You have to try Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, if it is available in your area!  Once you do, I bet you will be like me, and become a loyal customer of theirs!

After she cooked for us, Paula fixed herself a plate and sat down with us to eat.  We really enjoyed getting to talk with her about blogging, social media, her family, and even her pets. She was as genuine and energetic as she seems on TV! She also shared a bit about how she's gotten healthier since her diabetes diagnosis.  (First she got rid of everything white in her kitchen: sugar, flour, etc. - then she re-introduced them in moderation after losing weight.  Now it is all about portion control!)

Then she took lots of pics with all of us and we got to chat with both her and Michael for a bit - it was great fun!  But, that is when I started having problems...
                                                                                                                                                              The camera on my phone is usually awesome for taking picures for JKAA.  I have gotten some great pics using it! Because of that, I don't even bring my digital camera anymore.  But for some reason yesterday, as the event went on, my camera went on the fritz.  I didn't notice until I was in the car afterwards, how blurry my Paula & Michael pic was. Another blogger snapped it as well as 3 more, but they all are the same. (I did get a good one with Michael at least!) So please forgive the awful quality of some of these pics, they are all I have. Well, except for priceless memories of a wonderful afternoon spent with Paula, Michael, and some really awesome Atlanta bloggers! So honored to have been included in this event. What a fabulous Monday!

Oh, and check out my amazing "swag bag" from Springer Mountain Farms! It was a super-nice freezer bag filled with their yummy chicken! Happy girl here! 

If you are local, don't forget Paula's Live! Holiday Show this Sunday is at the Woodruff Arts Center. Please visit to explore her new network.  Finally, check out Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and on FB (link above) to learn why they have such delicious chicken!

Thanks for letting me share this special afternoon with y'all, and check back soon for more giveaways!

I was invited to this event so I could share Paula's Holiday show and network info with y'all.  I attended the luncheon with Paula, plus received tickets to her upcoming Atlanta show (some for me, some to give away) as well as the chicken products from Springer Mountain Farms in exchange for writing this post and hosting the ticket giveaway.  All opinions are honest, and my own!