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Fandom Blends - An Adagio Tea Special

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Just in time for the Holidays, I was introduced to an amazing product from Adagio Teas. They are called Fandom Blends. Now Adagioisn't just any old tea company, sending bags of crushed tea for you to add boiling water to or stuff in the microwave - far from it. Adagio Teas are gourmet teas, that are loose leaf and if you know anything about tea, you know that loose leaf tea far outdoes any sort of bagged tea you will ever taste. Even there bagged tea is gourmet, not the dust you would typically get from a box of tea at the grocer. You can find more information regarding the quality of there tea on there Product Information Page.

Let me share with you my teatime with Adagio Teas. I tried a variety of the Fandom Blends that I mentioned earlier. Now if you don't know what Fandom means, it is frankly being the fan of a person, team, fictional series, etc. The Fandom Blends are for fans of many different things including Parks and Recreation PhraseologyDoctor WhoFullmetal Alch…

Suicide - A Silent Killer

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Suicide is a touchy subject. You have those that say it occurs due to mental health issues, then there are those who are angry about it and who say it is the most selfish thing a person can do. Then there are those who spew actual hate and say that the person who commits the act is going to hell etc. etc. We've all heard it. I hope we have not all lived it.

Very recently, a couple who has impacted my life in a positive way experienced this firsthand. Their oldest son committed suicide. I do not know the extenuating circumstance. He was much younger than me, but I can tell you this. I remember when his mom was pregnant with him. I remember when he was just a toddler. I remember seeing him as a young teenager. And then this.

You don't expect these things to happen. Even if the signs are there, we brush them off, we push them aside, we say we will pray and expect the darkness to disappear - if it is even apparent to us.

The purpose of this post is to raise awareness. Do not ever…

Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker Cookbook

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Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker  cookbook is a beautiful compilation of recipes the whole family will love. Using my slow cooker is a life saver in the winter months (and sometimes the summer) especially when we are busy with school activities or karate. Having a hot meal ready to go when we get home is my favorite, so reviewing this book was a treat!
The book has 8 sections:
MeatPoultrySeafoodMeatlessSide DishesBreakfastSweetsStocks & Sauces Each section offers a wide array of dishes to make, one of my favorites being the Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic. The flavor created in the dish was just fabulous and it was extremely easy to make - even better.
Of course the pictures in Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker are fabulous as well, showcasing the meal in a beautiful fashion, making them look even tastier than you thought they could. The recipes themselves go from simple, such as Brisket and Onions, to more unusual (for my family anyways) like Mexican Oxtail Stew. Some of the Seafo…

Pleasant Valley Orchard - Fall Family Fun!

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When I think of Fall, my first thought goes to Apples and Pumpkins. Luckily, we live right down the road from a beautiful little farm that has Apples AND pumpkins (also strawberries in the summer!!!).  Pleasant Valley Orchardis a beautiful little place that offers a quaint little store with apple products as well as a small barn where they sell home goods (pictured below).

Pleasant Valley Orchardoffers hayrides to pick your own pumpkin and if you just want a hayride you can do that too! It was only $3.50 a ticket and you got to see the beautiful views of the farm along the way. 

We were able to choose pumpkins from 3 different pumpkin patches and the driver was so kind to help load and unload our pumpkins. With two adults, one holding a baby, and a six year old, four pumpkins are slightly difficult to carry! For the pick your own pumpkin, they were $5 a piece and they were quite large, though there were smaller ones in the field for those who prefer those. For the experience and the pu…

Red Gate Beauty

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I LOVE beauty products - in fact, lip products are my absolute favorite. Who doesn't love beautiful, lush lips? You can add a pop of color to anything with the swipe of a wand and it is awesome. Speaking of great products, I was introduced to Red Gate Beauty recently and wanted to share my experience.


Red Gate Beauty sells the patented formulation of LipSense, a lip product that is designed to STAY put. I've tried other products that say they last for so many hours to no avail. They always come off! It is insanely frustrating. The technology behind LipSense is denatured alcohol, which is thinner than water and evaporates immediately. When we hear alcohol we go - WAIT! That's bad for our skin! But this is not Isopropyl achohol (rubbing alcohol), which dries out the skin. Denatured alcohol helps keep LipSense in place, which is why it works so well.

This is right from the site so you get a better idea:

Key Ingredients and Benefits LipSense Long-Lasting Liquid Lip Color is mad…

My First Half Marathon - What I Learned

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Before finding out we were pregnant with Samuel, I was training for my first half marathon, which was a huge feet for me. Back in 2014 when I first started running I couldn't even get two blocks down the road, let alone contemplate running 13.1 miles! So my first goal after he was born was to accomplish that milestone. After my 6 week postpartum check-up and getting the go ahead to start training again, I signed up for my first half marathon, the Gopher to Badger, running from Stillwater, MN across the border to Hudson, WI.

Those first few miles were HARD, and I'm not even kidding. Running only two miles and feeling like death was the saddest day of my life, for real. Knowing I had to start from the beginning and didn't even do good at all, was a slap in the face. Before I stopped running per doctor's orders I was up to 6 miles in my training, so not being able to even run 3 was terrible for me.

I had to pick myself up. I had to self motivate because I didn't have…

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Just Mercyby Bryan Stevenson is a book that describes the injustice of the prison systems, racial discrimination, and more specifically, the horrors of death row. What intrigued me most about this book is that racial discrimination is so rampant in the United States - it is actually quite sickening to me. I really had no idea that so many, including kids, get lost in the system to the point of wasting away in prison, even when they are wrongly accused. 
The main account is about a man named Walter McMillan, who was wrongly accused of murder. The reasons behind him being accused are so heinous that it made me cringe at the way white people treated and still treat those of darker color. Just Mercy doesn't only account Walter's history in the system, but many others that Mr. Stevenson himself has helped, or those his non-profit organization, Equal Justice Initiative, have helped. The information in the book is crucial, I believe, for everyone to know. Like this tidbit cited from …