Ice Cream Wear

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I would call myself a pretty active person.  I workout 5-6 days a week, depending on the week. I’m also a busy stay at home mom of two.  Being fashionable is not at the top of my list.  Comfort and versatility are important in my life.  90% of the time my hair is in a ponytail, so I try to “look cute” by changing up my headbands.

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I was really impressed with the headband I received from Ice Cream.  Not only was it super stylish, but it was extremely comfortable.  I put it on in the morning to run my errands, and wore it throughout my PiYo workout.  It didn’t move, and it kept the hair out of my eyes.  I loved how vibrant the color is, and how soft the material is.  The headband was made from 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex.  It’s also machine washable which is a huge plus!

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Their website offers a ton of choices ranging from headbands, to workout pants, and fitness tops.  They will custom make their clothing to fit you.  What I absolutely love about this company is their commitment to helping women achieve and maintain their body weight.  When you lose inches and your Ice Cream Wear is too large for you, they will alter it for you, free of charge.  How amazing is that!  For more information and to see all of their products, check out

www.icecreamwear.com

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Wellness With Nature Made & Giveaway

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“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central.

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As the new year is left in the dust and we creep into February…I find myself asking if I have begun to work on my New Years goals or if I have left them in the dust as well. In February, many people either have forgotten their New Years resolutions or are diligently trying to stay on track.

I have made the promise to myself to continue to strive toward a healthier lifesyle for myself and my family. I have found that essential vitamins and supplements are part of this regimine. I am a avid vitamin and supplement advocate…as we do not always get the essential vitamins and minerals we should be getting every day. Supplements can help achieve that goal.

So if you are reading my post and noting that perhaps you should be getting more daily vitamins…or just want some reminders or encouragement to do so… Nature Made has a great new site that can assist!

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The Wellness with Nature Made site is great for both beginners and veteran wellness seekers!

Visit the site http://wellnesswithnaturemade.com and simply enter your email for some daily “boosts” from Nature Made.

Daily boosts are there to encourage you to keep on track and keep going on your path to wellness.

As the site states ~ “Every day is a new opportunity to do right by your body. Taking Vitamins and supplements is one way. Taking action is another. Something small that makes a big difference – we call it a Daily Boost. Or, if you prefer a dose of Vitamin Do.”

 

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*I-C will randomly select 20 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

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The History Major ~ Book Review

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About the Book:

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

 

Our Review:

What an awesome read! We are never disappointed when reading a Michael Phillips Cash book! This one is a wonderful read! I love that this book is full of suspense and flirts with danger! The characters and setting are real, which makes the book come alive! Again, I cannot advocate this author enough… you must pick up this book to add to your library! If this is the first book by Michael Phillips Cash you are reading …don’t stop there… pick another from his repitoire and delve into worlds that you might not have known existed! You will not be disappointed!

About the Author:

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Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The       Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

This book and all of the authors books can be found on Amazon.com.

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Fit Chic Headbands

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Working out has really become my passion.  It’s been a little over a year that I have been really and truly committed to exercising consistently.  Over the past year I have done everything including intense cardio workouts like T25, weightlifting like 21 Day Fix and P90X3, powerlifting like Hammer & Chisel, running, yoga, and PiYo. Since I’m working out everyday, I’ve been trying to find clothes and accessories I can wear to run errands in and workout in that are also cute and fashionable.

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I was so happy to stumble upon Fit Chic Headbands.  These headbands are handmade and come in over one hundred different colors and designs.   Solids, animal prints, stripes, polka dots, camouflage, and more.  The material is super soft and gentle on your head;  I could barely feel it.  My favorite part of Fit Chic Headbands is how they are versatile.  I liked wearing it wide, right at my hairline when I was working out.

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I folded it a little and wore it more on the top of my head when I was running my errands.

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Fit Chic Headbands offers headbands, hair ties, kids headbands, shirts, and more.  If you are looking for a stylish way to add a little fun to your fitness wardrobe, check out Fit Chic Headbands. You won’t be disappointed!

http://fitchicheadbands.com/

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Ebates

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Ebates is a wonderful site that pays you to shop online. Whenever you make purchases online you can link into ebates and earn cash back! I have been using it for years and it DOES pay! This is not a scam. Ebates even has a little button that will install on your tool bar and remind you to link into Ebates to earn cash back on your purchases! It is time to ring in the New Year with some cash back bonuses! Sign up and try it for yourself!

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If You Were Me and Lived In…~ Series Installment Book Review

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … : A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World, is the latest exciting new children’s series of children’s books from Carole P. Roman. Roman takes young readers all over the globe to explore different countries and cultures. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like for children if they were to live in another city or country, she examines the diversity around the world and the value possessed by each different culture. Think of the series as a children’s version of the travel Channel that is filled with entertaining and educational facts.

We reviewed one more exciting book in Carole P. Roman’s series

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In short we are in love with the idea of this new series! What a wonderful way to introduce young children to cultural diversity. The text of the books are simple yet powerful. We liked that the book was written for children … I did not have to summarize or paraphrase information because the text was outside of their knowledge grasp…what a plus! The vibrant illustrations were also a plus. My children not only loved listening and learning but took the book after we were done reading just to look at the pictures.

On a cultural note… this book really hit home for us. My grandmother’s side of the family is Italian and we are  friends are forever hearing of Italianh traditions and tasting homemade Italian delicacies. I thought this was very poignant for our family because it let the children learn about our own cultural identity.

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The books are geared toward Pre-K through age eight… well… my 5, 8, and 10 year olds all LOVED the books! Love of literature and cultural awareness is a must in our household, so this series was a hit!

Wow! What an excellent read! This is such a lovely book and we look forward to the next installment of the series!

For more information about the author or her books please visit www.carolproman.com

These books and the entire series can be found on Amazon.com

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The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible ~ Review

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A stunning new comic book version of the Bible now given the superhero treatment by the team behind The Lion Graphic Bible and The Manga Bible

The story of the Bible is a unique tale of origins and cosmic powers; of the ageless battle between good and evil; of human potential and human treachery; and of a Messiah–a savior for the world. This is indeed the stuff that graphic novels are made of. Superheroes are the biggest comic genre of all, with many heroes having their origins in biblical characterization and imagery. This is the first Bible retelling to engage with and challenge the superhero genre.

The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible is a dynamic expression of the Bible’s depth and power, produced in the style of Marvel™ Comics. You’ve heard of Spiderman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Now meet Earthman, Lawman, Warrior Man, and many others. With dynamic illustration using a range of styles, Siku (Old Testament) and Jeff Anderson (New Testament) bring the Bible stories alive for a new and graphically sophisticated generation. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/siku-richard-thomas/the-lion-comic-book-hero-bible-2/#sthash.xiDBBwn9.dpuf

Our Review:

We were so excited to see this publication. I was confident that my children and religious education students would gravitate toward the publication immediately. I was right! My 9 year old son grabbed it as soon as I opened the package. He was eager to get into the text! He is a graphic novel fan and a comic fan so this Bible was right up his alley. As for my students … this worked as a great supplemental Bible when they are working on activities. They love to look up characters and their stories within the Hero Bible.

Overall this is a great publication. The pictures are vivid and exciting and it presents the le in such a great new way! Do not miss out on this new publication.

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WaterWipes Review

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“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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Features of WaterWipes:
WaterWipes, a premium European brand, is a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

Both durable and effective without containing any harmful chemicals. WaterWipes proves a safer, natural option for your little one.

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Have trouble with diaper rashes? Switch to WaterWipes.

About WaterWipes
WaterWipes are chemical free – this means they don’t contain preservatives. The package will keep for up to 15 months before it is opened. Once you open your WaterWipes package, it is recommended that you use the pack within 3 months.
Unlike some other wipe brands, WaterWipes are not interfolded. This allows for the sterile environment within the package to be maintained. For the same reason, it is recommended that you do not relocate the wipes in an alternate container.

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Our Review:

Through the Influence Central campaign we were privileged to review water wipes in two sizes… a 240 count package and a 540 count package. The 240 count package was a soft sided multi-pack that  contained 4 sleeves of 60 wipes each. The 540 count package was a box that contained 9 sleeves of 60 wipes each. Both were of quailty product and good at a bulk discount. However I liked the option of a box of wipes more because the box was easier to store and contained more wipes. But however you purchase them they are still a great value for the premium product!

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WaterWipes are chemical free and we love this feature. We have had issues in the past with other brand wipes burning the skin of our children and causing rashes. We even had such an extreme experience that our daughter had to be under doctors care for severe chemical burns due to the wipe ingredients. WATERWIPES takes care of any chemical issue because they are CHEMICAL FREE! We love to use them… we can also use them easily on the hands and faces of all of our children without worrying of any repercussions from the ingredients or causing rashes. This is such a great product! I cannot advocate for this wipe enough! We are in love and will continue to purchase this new brand!

Make sure to check out https://www.waterwipes.com/ for more infromation and product specifications!

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Kia Sedona SX-L

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Before I had kids I always said I would never ever be the soccer mom driving a mini van. I would always want an SUV rather than a minivan.  Well, after I had kids I got smart and starting looking at minivans. Once you drive a van with kids, you’ll never go back!  I had the opportunity to drive around a Kia Sedona SX-L for a week, and boy was I the envy of all of the other moms!

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The Kia Sedona had every single bell and whistle you can imagine to make life easier!  I was amazed at how roomy it was on the inside. I felt like I could fit 20 kids on there.  The seats folded down in the back and I had lots of room to fit all of our luggage, and even a dresser!

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The leather seats were so comfortable and easy to clean!  Dual sunroofs made it fun and airy for the kids.  I was disappointed when I didn’t see a DVD player hanging from the ceiling, and then I realized it pops up from the center console. How nice that I no longer had a blind spot when my kids wanted to watch a movie.

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The navigation was very user friendly and all of the climate controls were easy to control.  My favorite part was the heated seats and heated steering wheel. My husband liked that he could make his seats cold.  It was nice to have both options.  The Sedona drove very smooth.  I found myself speeding quite often it rode so nice.

The absolute best part of the entire vehicle, though, were the back up cameras.  I literally did not have to even look behind me when I was going in reverse.  The cameras showed me every single angle imaginable and even alerted me when I car or pedestrian was entering my zone.  It was absolutely unbelievable and I felt so safe.  I am a terrible parallel parker, but with this feature I was able to do it the first time!

The Kia Sedona has great gas mileage and an amazing 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.  If you are looking for a new family car, you most definitely need to take a Kia Sedona SX-L for a ride. You will not be disappointed!

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A Cup of Dust

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About the book:

Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff’s family, they’ve got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They’re who the town turns to when there’s a crisis or a need–and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.

Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother’s unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn’t sure she likes.

Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he’s really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won’t be the only thing darkening Pearl’s world.

While the tone is suspenseful and often poignant, the subtle humor of Pearl’s voice keeps A Cup of Dust from becoming heavy-handed. Finkbeiner deftly paints a story of a family unit coming together despite fractures of distress threatening to pull them apart.

Our Review:

This is another winner in our book! What a great Story! I always love Historical fiction especially when it resonates on a spiritual level! The author has molded the characters so wonderfully that the reader is able to immerse themselves into their lives and it is as the reader is part of the living history! Take time time out of your schedule to pick up this book you will not be sorry it is an A+!

Visit the kregel catalog to find out more about this book and other Kregel offerings!

http://www.kregel.com/fiction/a-cup-of-dust/

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