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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: True Synergy Yacon Syrup

I am excited to share a new product with you today.  I applied to review True Synergy's Yacon Syrup, and when it arrived I could hardly wait to open it up! It's a dark, thick syrup with a taste and smell reminiscent of molasses.  

Pure yacon syrup assists in weight loss and slimming waist sizes, regulating blood sugar, and increasing daily fiber intake.

The syrup, distilled from the Peruvian tuber yacon -- contains up to 50 percent fructooligosacharides, or FOS.  FOS, classified as a prebiotic, is a non-caloric sweetener and also a fiber source.

According to a 2009 Scientific study, daily intake of yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index, when taken as directed.

Yacon syrup speeds up the metabolism to combat excess fat and regulates the hunger hormone, making you feel full longer.

It is a Low-Glycemic sweetener so it's perfecct for diabetics!

I have been enjoying this syrup in my evening cup of hot peppermint tea.  It's warm, rich flavor adds a hint of sweetness the tea needs.  I'm also planning to try it in my baked bean and gingerbread recipes- in place of the usual molasses.  I think it will be a wonderful addition! You can purchase this delicious, healthful Yacon syrup for yourself on Amazon.

I haven't noticed significant weight loss from using this Yacon syrup, but it is a welcome addition to my pantry!

Hope you will give this syrup a try - it's a keeper!  What's your favorite alternative sweetener? Leave a comment below and let me know. 

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, October 20, 2014

Pinterest Cookie FAIL!

So I have been obsessed with Pinterest this summer/fall - planning a bridal shower, getting wedding ideas, recipes, homeschool ideas, and party ideas.  My friend Renea hosted a fabulous Halloween party for our boys a few weeks ago and I wanted to bring a few things too - some cookies, a cheeseball, and some favors.  I'll be sharing all of the party pics tomorrow, but for now I just had to show you this big fat pinterest FAIL!

I found these finger cookies all over pinterest.  Everywhere! So I rolled out my dough, let it chill, and then got busy forming the coolest fingers EVER. Popped that cookie sheet in the oven and about cried when I took them out.  Duh - they are going to spread, I just didn't think about it, lol! So the next batch was a sheet full of teeny tiny kiddie-sized fingers.  Yeah, still spread and looked like blobs.  I called them ogre fingers and called it quits!  (Click on the image above to see it full-sized in a pop-up, it just wouldn't fit in the blog layout any bigger)

I think next year I will try with a shortbread dough, since that usually doesn't spread out as much. These were yummy, but disappointing in appearance.  I got out my Trader Joe's chocolate, coffee and sugar grinder to sprinkle these with "graveyard dust", in case you were wondering what the black specks are! :)

Stay tuned for the details of our super-fun, a little spooky Halloween party....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wedding planning, pressure canning and a giveaway too - that's whats coming soon!

I have so much great stuff to share with y'all in the upcoming weeks!! We've had a case of the nasty old common cold hit our family, so this past week has been a blur. We've been using our natural remedies and it's going away, but no one feels good here this weekend. 

But starting this week I'll be back to posting. So here's a quick idea of what's to come  - my lovely daughter had two amazing bridal showers (So many cute decorating ideas, plus delicious food!)  then they were married in a sweet little wedding at her grandmother-in-law's home last month. 

I've been putting up all kinds of homemade goodness with my pressure canner ~ turkey chili, sweet and sour chicken and more.  I have a few recipes to share too ~ homemade apple cider vinegar, elderberry syrup, and others.  I've got some great product reviews to share too.  

And finally, I will have a giveaway for $25 Sprouts Farmer's Market gift card ~ yay!   So get ready, and check back later this week! <3 nbsp="" p="">

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: PureSOL Konjac Sponge with added Bamboo Charcoal

I received this fabulous facial sponge from pureSOL to review, and I only wish I'd heard about it sooner! It's the strangest looking thing - a black shrink-wrapped disk that comes in a cute little eco-friendly box. It also arrives with a little suction-cup hook to hang in your bathroom. That's where your sponge will hang to dry between uses!

Here are some of the wonderful things I've learned about this sponge:

Konjac is a moisture rich plant fibre which is by nature alkaline, and thus balances the acidity of the skin's impurities and oils. The unique net-like structure of the sponge gently massages the skin, breaks down dirt, stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells. This leaves the skin extremely clean and refreshed!

pureSOL Konjac Sponge is unbelievably soft and excellent for all skin types! It is made of 100% pure vegetable fiber and processed without any coloring or additives, great for hypersensitive skin!

IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE: pureSOL Konjac Facial Sponge gently exfoliates while deep cleansing and removing any toxins and impurities, leaving you with a radiant complexion. It is extremely soft and gentle for everyday skin care. Great for all skin types.

BRIGHTER LOOKING SKIN: The natural woven fibers of the sponge gently massage the skin and stimulate blood flow. It detoxifies and encourages skin renewal while balancing the skins pH, leaving your skin extremely clean and refreshed!

PREVENTS SPOTS, BLACKHEADS AND BREAKOUTS: The added BAMBOO CHARCOAL contains activated carbon and essential minerals to deeply cleanse and absorb excess sebum, toxins and other harmful chemicals from your skin. You will see your pores getting smaller, tightening and brightening your skin.

100% NATURAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY: Why compromise your health with products that contain harsh chemicals and additives on your skin? pureSOL Konjac Sponge is completely natural, eco-friendly and free of parabens, sulphates & chemicals. It is biodegrade, cruelty free and vegan. After use, you can compost the sponge and feel good about the environment! You can even add it to your flower pot! At pureSOL our packaging is 90% compostable.

Here's what my sponge looks like after I soak it in water for a minute:

So I've been using this sponge for about a month, and I definitely see a difference in my skin.  It looks brighter, and feels so clean after using the sponge each night.  I don't even use a cleanser these days, just a good "scrubbing" with the sponge and water before bedtime.  My skin's never looked better!  Yes, I received one free in order to review it, but I'll be purchasing more for future use! This is the greatest addition to my skincare regimen! So thankful to have found out about pureSOL's konjac sponges!

The pureSol Konjac sponge is available on Amazon.  You can also learn more by visiting the company's  Facebook.

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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IKEA card GIVEAWAY: Devereux Georgia Hope Event 2014

Devereux Georgia is the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health organization serving youth that are considered high risk and require intensive treatment services. On October 2nd, they will host an art auction fundraiser featuring pieces designed by the youth at Devereux, ages 8-21. The evening will also include a jazz trio, dinner, cocktails and a live auction.

To find out more about this amazing place, check out the Youtube video below.  It is short, but will give you some background on the families that are helped through Devereux Georgia.

Learn more about Devereux Georgia on Facebook.

Help IKEA help our youth via #DevereuxGA Hope Event.  Get your Hope Event tickets TODAY! It is for a wondeful cause!

IKEA is one of the sponsors of the Hope Event. Giving back is so important, and IKEA is a company that gives back BIG here in Atlanta.  I love partnering with them to share such a special event with you, and I hope you will seriously consider attending the Hope Event to help Devereux Georgia.  In the meantime,  the good folks at IKEA are also giving away a $100 IKEA gift card!  
Enter for your chance to win via the rafflecopter widget below.

Thanks for your help in supporting Devereux Georgia!  Please share with your Atlanta friends & family.

Disclosure: I was asked to share this wonderful fundraiser with my readers. By doing so, I may be one of 20 local bloggers who receives a $25 IKEA gift card.  However, I would have shared this without any compensation, since it's a fantastic organization here in Atlanta!