Friday, December 13, 2013

Hello Fresh Review & $20 off 1st order! #hellofreshpics #mosaicreviews @hellofresh

Tired of wasting time at the grocery store? On average, 90 minutes are spent on weekly grocery shopping! HelloFresh wants to give you more time for your children, family, friends, and time for that book you could never finish!
HelloFresh does it all for you – from creating the recipes, to planning the meals, to grocery shopping, and even delivering all of the ingredients right to your door!
With HelloFresh, you can save time by not making the weekly grocery store trips, but also the stress that it brings!
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About the Product
Available in either the Classic Box or Veggie Boxyou will receive delicious recipes and all the ingredients in the exact quantities for 2 or 4 people.
Each box will include beautiful photo recipe cards and everything you need, including fresh meat and fish and even herbs and spices!
My Review
I was so excited about trying out this service for a couple reasons.
  1. I like food. Like seriously LOVE food.
  2. Easy meals. Everything is right there labeled and there is no guess work.
  3. Because, well, I hate grocery shopping and this would save me a little time there!
I had never dealt with any type of grocery delivery service before so I was anxious as to how it was going to turn out. Was the food going to be fresh? Was it going to be easy to make? I admit that the meals looked really delicious online but was the recipe going to kick my butt? 

The ordering process was very simple. The website is easy to navigate and I was able to order within minutes.

I received the box on a Wednesday afternoon. 

And immediately had to open that sucker up!

Immediately I felt the cold. So there was one worry - nothing would have had a chance to spoil.

Oh and the smells! It was delicious. It smelled like I was in an herb garden.

Then my stomach started growling. Look at all these yummy meal cards. 

All the ingredients for the Spicy Thai Beef with Coconut Rice....

Chicken Polpetti...

and Garlic Roasted Pork Chops.

Everything looked so fresh, it was cold (3 ice packs still frozen!) and I was impressed. But now the real test...

Is this going to be edible and how frustrated was I going to get fixing it?

Dude, it was so simple!! I should never have worried. The recipe cards go step by step in detail. I had no problem at all following their instructions. 

The first meal I fixed was the Garlic Roasted Pork Chops...and it was AMAZING!

This is the only after picture I have. I'm not a big picture taker of my food. Sorry. The other meals looks equally as delicious! You'll just have to trust me.

Overall I liked this service. Seriously. I was thinking this was pretty neat. I could definitely handle having a delivery like this every week. The only issue I have is the cost. I can go to the grocery store for a lot less than $69 for 3 meals. But if I had it, I would consider this. It is just so easy and it tastes good. 

I would highly recommend that if you can afford the service you give it a try. You will not be disappointed in the quality of food and the easy recipes.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Precious Consequences by Tamsyn Bester Blog Tour {review, excerpt, & giveaway}

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All it took was one night to change the rest of my life. 

One night that created irrevocable consequences. 

But some consequences aren’t all bad.

They can be amazing…beautiful… Precious.

I willingly accepted those consequences and wrote a new plan for my life. But that plan didn’t include Cameron Argent – the sexy-as-sin tattooed playboy who got under my skin the moment I laid eyes on him. I was headed down a dark and dangerous road where he was concerned and in the end, our relationship was inevitable. Despite our dark secrets, our feelings for each other burned brighter than a thousand stars and left us both naked, vulnerable.
But when my past came rolling back into my life like a Summer storm, I wasn’t sure if his love for me was enough.  Was he prepared to deal with the consequences of a past I couldn’t regret or would he walk away with my beating heart in his hands?

(This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel & contains language &adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

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“You need a ride? I’m heading over to the University anyway.”

She thinks it over. “You’re not a serial killer, are you?”

I throw my head back and laugh. I can’t help myself. She asks the question so seriously. Is she for real?

“What gave me away?” I ask between my fits of laughter. “Is it my tattoos?”

Her lips lift into a shy smile. “Sorry,” she giggles. “I didn’t mean to offend you. I wasn’t expecting help from a complete stranger.” Her eyes drift down my body, paying special attention to my ink.

“None taken….” I wait for her to give me her name.

“Oh, sorry.” she says flustered. “Hayley. My name’s Hayley.”

I smile, watching her cheeks flush. “It’s nice to meet you Hayley.”

Her eyebrows lift, and I suspect she’s waiting for me to tell her my name in return. “Well?” she urges. “Don’t you have a name?”

I chuckle. “What kind of serial killer would I be if I gave you my name?”

She rolls her eyes but I can see the smile playing on her lips. “Can you at least phone your friend so we can have my car taken to a garage? Please? I’ll worry about you killing me later.”

Meet the Author
Author Page PicTamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After.    

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This was an awesome book! I will admit it took me a little while to get into it. I think that was just me though. I must have been having an off day because once I was in, I WAS IN! I wanted Cameron & Hayley to have a happily ever after. And it was rough for awhile...both are dealing with their own issues of trust and relationships. This was a really emotional book and definitely worth grabbing a copy! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

$30 Off Ellore Femme 24 peice Hair Chalk set

If you don't know what Hair Chalk is, then prepare yourself for some amazing-ness! It's a super fun, temporary method to add some serious flair to your hair. These vibrantly colored hair-chalk sticks from Ellore Femme help you to easily paint rainbow hues onto strands. The easy-to-blend dyes are formulated with natural plant pigments, rendering the chalk non-toxic. All 24 colors easily wash out in the shower.

  • Spontaneous hair color
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  • Nontoxic, natural plant pigments
  • Washes out after one shower
  • Use on wet hair
  • 24 vibrant shades

CAUTION: May transfer onto clothing during application and may cause respiratory irritation if inhaled

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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Promise (Faith & Friendship series #1) by S.L. Jayne {cover reveal}

Expected release date: December 20th 2013

Do you remember when you were young, and made pinky promises on future plans with your best friend about living together, dating movie stars, being famous and double weddings?

Ava and Rylee had the same plans. Knowing the home life Rylee had, Ava knew that all of those dreams of fun and freedom would always be just that. Dreams. That was until one night when they were just eight years old, Rylee asked Ava to pinky promise that they would move away as soon as they were old enough and done with college. Ava wondered what could of happened this time to make her pinky promise, because to these girls a pinky promise is as good as signing your name in blood.

Being the fiercely loyal best friend that she is, Ava made that promise with no questions asked because she would do anything for Rylee. Now they are fresh out of college and decide to go for it. Seeking independence, fun and freedom, all the things Rylee has grown up without. Ava makes it her mission to help Rylee have faith in friendships and to believe that not all men are the same.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dress Up A Twinkie Like A Minion Sweepstakes

Oh my word! This is a super fun contest! If you have kids and they love the Despicable Me movies you need to do this with them! I love these little yellow things...and I never thought how much they do resemble a Twinkie! 

Sweepstakes Details:

Hostess and Universal Studios Celebrate the Despicable Me 2 release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with The Twinkie Minion Makeover Sweepstakes! The Limited Edition Minion Makeover Packaging hits shelves as the holiday season gets underway.

Hostess is inviting fans across the country to kick up their creativity and dress up their favorite golden, crème-filled treats and “Minion-ize” their Twinkies for the chance to win great prizes. Now through January 5, 2014, Hostess lovers can make the season a little brighter by visiting and to download a collection of Minion accessories, and make their own Twinkie Minion.  Fans can then upload pictures of their creations to enter to win a daily instant prize, which includes a Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray™ and special offers from Hostess, or the grand prize, which includes a Home Theater System, a collection of 30 Blu-rays and a year’s supply of Hostess treats.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Truth About Us by TJ Hannah {blog tour, review & giveaway}

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Twenty-one-year-old Sophia Ross has lived under the pressure of her parents expectations since the tragic accident that shattered their once perfect family. Determined to start over where no one knows her, she answers a housing ad on Craigslist and takes a job at a little bar in a town she has never heard of. All Sophia's looking for is a place to escape, somewhere she can hide behind her lies and keep herself distracted. 

She just didn’t expect to be distracted by Corbin Kasey. 

Twenty-five-year-old Corbin Kasey is stuck in his hometown, his job, and his life, spending more time covering for his Dad’s problems than trying to fix his own. To take his mind off everything he has the wild Kayla, his stable roommates, and the calmness of swimming in Mills Lake. He always thought it was enough to keep him from drowning in himself, until he meets Sophia.

Neither of them are prepared for their lies to be stripped away by a single kiss. But for Corbin and Sophia, the truth has consequences. 
*NA romance- Mature content*

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Meet the Author:
TJ Hannah is a Canadian author working on her first NA novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT US, while juggling a few other personalities and living multiple lives. She loves to be outside or writing but preferably writing outside. TJ is also easily appeased with a good book, a comfortable couch, and a glass of wine.   


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{my thoughts}
Wow. This book...was awesome. I started reading this one and it was early evening. I stayed up finishing it. I could not put it down. I wanted, no I needed, I know what happned next. This was such an emotional story. Both main characters had things in their past that kept them holding back from others and each other. Watching the story unfold had me in tears many times, I giggled a little and by the end I was smiling big. An excellent story that is well worth grabbing for you Kindle or Nook.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Taming the Boy Next Door by MJ Carnal {blog tour, review, & giveaway}

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Caleb Allen was your typical boy next door.  Growing up in a prestigious suburb of Los Angeles, he lived a life most only dreamed about.  As one of the original Moretti men, he caught the eye of countless women with his clean cut good looks and chivalry.  But behind closed doors, he commanded attention, becoming a dominant force that was anything but timid.

After a misunderstanding that jeopardized the wellbeing of the group and a near fatal accident that nearly cost him his best friend, Mark Moretti, Caleb was determined to become the loyal and devoted man he had been in the past.  The minute Dr. Jena Turner stepped from the ICU with news of Mark’s condition, Caleb’s world spun off its axis.  Several chance encounters only deepened his desire to make her his. He longed to prove that the life he preferred was one of pleasure and passion. 

But, Jena Turner has a secret that haunts her.  Hiding from her past, a simple moment in the heat of passion sends her running in fear.  An unlikely confidant can either push her back into Caleb’s arms or give him a taste of his own medicine.  Can Jena step into a lifestyle that reminded her of the darkest day of her past? 

Broken and defeated, Caleb questions everything he knows about love.  Can he prove to Jena that love is worth the risk or will he watch her walk out of his life forever? 

Taming the Boy Next Door is the third novel in the Moretti Novels by MJ Carnal.

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Meet the Author:
MJ Author PicMJ Carnal lives in Lexington, South Carolina with her husband, gorgeous daughter and two loving and super furry dogs.  She spends her days in the world of neurosurgery but her nights in a world she creates on paper.  When she isn’t writing, you can find her watching episodes of The Walking Dead with her hubby, having tea parties with Princess Caroline, Singing karaoke for anyone that will listen and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.  The Moretti Novels are her first published novels.  Taming the Bachelor (6/13), Taming the Playboy (8/13), Taming the Boy Next Door (11/13), Taming Casanova (2/14) and Untamed (5/14)

She loves to hear from fans, fellow writers and book lovers.  Find her online at,, or on Twitter @mjcarnalauthor. 


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{my thoughts}
Ok, to start off I honestly did not like Caleb in the first Moretti book, Taming the Bachelor. I wanted to drop kick him across the room. When I read Taming the Playboy...I liked him a little more. I probably would have just slapped him. When I started reading Taming the Boy Next Door I was irritated because I thought he would be alone or with someone else...and when I saw he wasn't...well I wasn't happy. But I kept reading and whew boy was I glad I did! I can honestly say that I like Caleb now. I don't love him but I like him intensely. His story was amazing, just like the other Moretti books. I love this series. Reading the stories about all this group of people just make me happy. I smile and laugh and cry. MJ Carnal has a wonderful way with words. I can pick up one of her books and I will not want to put it down. Taming the Boy Next Door did not let me down. I loved it. If you haven't read any in the Moretti series you NEED to get them all NOW! <3 font="">

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blurb's Chicken Soup For Your Soul!

It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?

These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal.

Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.

There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great.

Get started here: Blurb's Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Eighth Note by Kimberly Stedronsky Blog Tour w/ giveaway

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Eva Reed saved the world.
Actually, she saved two worlds, but who’s counting? Finding herself in the middle of present day suburbia, married and a mom at only twenty years old, she’s beyond bored. Even with her popular music blog and her handsome husband Will catering to her every impulse, she longs to use the incredible powers that she possesses. But Earth is no place for magic. When Cole Mathison arrives, asking for Eva’s help in solving the death of a famous pop star, she cannot resist the overwhelming pull to use her abilities again. Eva finds that there is more to the sinister murder than what the evidence shows. People who listen continue to die, and she must rely on her immortality to protect her from a frequency that is shattering minds and stopping hearts. There are forces at work that she could never have imagined... And evil will be heard. 


{about the author}
Kimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis. She is married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, and their three children are appropriately sarcastic.


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