Try The World Pantry Box #foodie

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Try the world is a great subscription box you can get every month.  What is even better is they are not just one box.  You can get a box of foods to try from a different country every month.  You can get a pantry box, which is very neat you fill out the stuff you like and they send full size products from a few different country’s every month.  If you fall in love with a certain item you can also just get on and buy that item.  They have really thought of everything.  If you are a foodie, then this is the box you have been waiting for.


In my Pantry Box this month I got

En Luen Mini Pineapple Cakes from Taiwan


Orientines Butter Cookies from Morocco

Dos Cafeteras Coffee Cream caramels from Spain


Arriba Gold Chocolate Bar with Cocoa Nibs from Ecuador

Mondo Di Laura Candy Spice Cookies from Italy

I cannot tell you how pleased I was with everything in my box.  Don’t worry if sweets are not your things.  For my Pantry box, I picked to have tons of sweets, but you can pick to not get them.  When the box showed up I immediately lost the Pineapple cakes and the Coffee Caramels.  My hubby grabbed them up right away and loved them.  The butter cookies and the chocolate bar I swept up right away.  Just to be nice I shared the rest with the family.  Everything in the box was fantastic and gone within days lol.  If you love to try great foods from around the world you cannot go wrong with try The World Pantry Box.

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review

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Traveling for Business Get The Help You Need

I love traveling, for me when I travel for fun I really don’t make plans until I get there.  You never know what you will find on the way.  When I travel for business it’s a whole lot harder.  I can’t be in my normal mind set of well whatever happens, happens.  I have to transform from fun mama to business mode, for me this is sometimes hard.

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There is so much more that goes into travel when you are traveling for business.  Plus, that fact that now I will be alone hubby does not come with me so if something goes wrong I am on my own.     If you are like me, you can now leave the details up to a company like Statesman Travel to work out.  I love that there is still business around that can help when it is needed.  I not only need someone to work out the details, but can also hold my hand and walk me threw it if I need.

If I worked in a normal 9-5 job most likely the details would be taken care of by someone else in the office and just handed over to me.  I on the other hand am the other person in my office so it is all left to me.  I am great at research and I am great at details, but I am also the only one who works here so I have to do it all.  From the daily work to the miss haps that come across my desk it’s all on me.  I love the idea of being able to pass a little off to someone else and just take a step back and enjoy it.  There is so much more that goes into a business trip and having someone by your side when making the plans could be just what you need.


This is a sponsored post for Statesman Travel all opinions are my own.

Make sure your office space fits your needs

Company’s come in all shapes and sizes.  Weather you have 1 other person working for you or 1000 when making the choice for your office space make sure to take future growth in mind too.  If you have 1 person working for you, you might want to get an office space big enough for 1-2 more people.  Of course, you want your company to grow and when it does you will need space for the new people coming in.

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Along with the growth of your business you should also consider the style of your business.  When people walk into your office do you want them to feel like they are walking into a home type environment, or are you all business all the time.  This will all depend on which business you are in.  BE Offices has a great selection from new wave to the home feel.

Decorations for your office are a biggie too.  If you went from a small area to a bigger area, make sure you have art to fill the walls and furniture to fill the space.  Adding a few plants can also make a great touch to any office.  I love live plants, but if you travel a lot maybe a few good looking fake plants can make the difference.

Year it was built or renovated.  I know this one sounds a little weird, but these days we have a lot more to plug in and a lot more technology that goes into running a business. Making sure the wiring can handle what you need, and the internet is not going to be going out all the time is a must.  Another thing to look out for is outlets, make sure there is not only one per a room.  You’re going to need more.

Last but not least think about distance.  Let’s be honest no one wants a two-hour commute to work because of traffic.  Make sure that when you pick where your new office is going to be that you won’t be driving a ton of extra hours each week.

This is a sponsored post for BE Office all opinions expressed our my own.

Today’s Trends in Bedroom Decor

Designing a bedroom can be a project that is as enjoyable as it is intimate. Modern bedrooms can reflect the lifestyle and personality of the owner while providing a space to rejuvenate and relax in that is comfortable and adding value to your home. 

When it comes to trends in interior design, they can be visible yet uncertain. Forecasting these trends is complicated but it can be a great way to look at new ideas as well as old ones in order to determine which of the possible alterations or fusion of ideas will be popular. 

Today, we will take a quick peek at some of the forecast trends for 2017 when it comes to bedroom décor.


These days, it is all about expressing yourself on social media. From Instagram-feed photo books to app-created artwork in the living room, home goods that are self-curated and personal are more popular than ever before. Technology has come a long way, and as a result, new goods are being created to embrace personalization. These days you can inject your memories into your everyday life and decor with things like photo blankets, custom coffee mugs, and personalized coasters. 

Décor Designed to Help You Sleep

Your bedroom is for sleeping, right? You might be the type of person who can be tired all day long and when you go to bed, you are suddenly wide awake. That might be linked to your bedroom décor believe it or not. Your environment has a lot to do with whether or not you get a decent night’s sleep. If you want an environment that is conducive to rest, you need to create a relaxing space. You can do this easily by choosing soothing and relaxing colors and lighting that is dimmed. The bed can be a focal point and it can be more inviting with the use of throws, blankets, and cushions. Also, if you really want a relaxing environment, leave the electronics in another room… all of them.


Blue is back in a big way. This is a classic hue and it is experiencing quite a bit of a renaissance. This includes all of its shades from teal to indigo, and at times, you will even see multiple shades of blue all in a single space. This is a timeless color, and because of that, it won’t be tired of quickly. It also goes well with a variety of other colors, such as green, yellow, and coral. This is one of the big decorating trends that you will see this year.


Finally, the Scandinavian chic look has come to the bedroom! People are beginning to strip that bold wallpaper off of the walls in the bedrooms and repaint them in colors that are neutral. When it comes to flooring, light colored wood is in. Also, to mesh with the walls and floors, plain bedding sets in fabrics that are natural complete this look. This is the ideal décor for the family with a minimalist lifestyle. Rooms decorated thusly are incredibly relaxing and they have lines that are crisp and clean. 

A Bit of Luxury

A lot of people are investing a lot more money in their bedrooms that they would normally. This is due to the fact that they are spending more time in this room, reading, working in them, watching the TV, etc. Even the TVs that are being installed in bedrooms are getting bigger. These rooms can have a color pallete that is neutral for the walls while the bedding can be richly colored in golds, silvers, and reds. Fluffy rugs and metal bed frames are also making a huge comeback.


People who are homeowners are also choosing to bring more of the outside into their homes and boudoirs. Plant stands happen to be selling well right now, and this means that vases of fresh flowers and potted plants are becoming a commonly seen feature in many bedrooms around the country. These objects have a sort of calming effect while they also generate a scent that is nice and refreshing, generate fresh air in the room, and add a splash of color.

Top Careers with a Masters of Counseling

Students enrolled in the masters of counseling programs online at Wake Forest University devote a large amount of time, effort, and energy to their program in order to succeed. As you near the end of your online studies it’s time to start thinking about how your masters can translate into a counseling career and giving thought to where exactly you plan on counseling.

Where Your Passion Lies

Deciding you want to become a counselor is really only half the process when it comes to setting up your career. Thanks to your masters you’ll be able to think about where your passion lies. Do you excel in working with adults? Do you do better with young children, or maybe college students? There are so many different paths you can take, so here we’ll take a brief look at some of the most popular careers.

The Role of a Marriage Counselor

As a marriage counselor you will be working with a married couple to help them determine issues in their marriage, and then help them work through the issues. You may be speaking to the couple together, or seeing the parties individually. It will be up to you to create a place that is neutral and safe for both parties to discuss how they are feeling.

The Role of a School Counselor

As a school counselor you will have an active role in the education of students. More specifically, you will be helping students to excel, be more productive, help them with their social and personal development, help them to adjust, and much more. You will take part in the individual student planning and be working with the students, as well as the staff, and parents. It can be a very busy position where you are working with a large numbers of students at once.

The Role of a College Counselor

There are also independent college counselors. Typically these counselors do much of the same work as a high school counselor would, but they take it a bit further. They are also looking to help students find the best college for them. They take into account the student’s education level, skills, what kind of career the student wants, the school/campus life they are looking for, and so much more.

This means that as a college counselor you need to be well-versed on the various colleges, programs, and campus life. It’s your job to be the expert and help to guide students down the best path for them.

Top Skills and Qualities

No matter which career path you take there are a few skills and qualities that can certainly help you succeed in your chosen career. As a counselor you need to be able to listen, show empathy, give sound advice, and take a neutral stance.

A Rewarding Path

As many counselors who have been in the industry for years will tell you, it can be an extremely challenging job, but it is also one that can be incredibly rewarding as you work to help people at various stages in their life.

Kids Flown The Nest? It Might Be Time To Downsize

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When the kids fly the nest, many parents can feel as though they are rattling around in a house that’s far too big for them. While all the fond memories remain, it can become unsustainable, or just a waste of money, to continue running a household in a home that is far too big for two people. This is why many people choose to downsize to a smaller home. There are so many positives reasons for this decision, here are just a few of them.


You can move to a more salubrious area

Have you always dreamed of living in a certain area, but money could never stretch that far? Moving to a smaller house and selling your current home means your money could go a little bit further. A smaller house in a desirable area may well be equivalent in value to your bigger house in a potentially less desirable area. Which means you could live in the home of your dreams, in the location of your dreams.


Your bills will be lower

Air conditioning and central heating in a smaller home is obviously far more economical. When you’re living in a large house with a large family, you don’t have much choice in heating the whole house. When it’s just the two of you, heating a huge family home becomes a bit wasteful. The benefit of downsizing is you have a much smaller space to heat and cool, making it far cheaper. As you move towards retirement, it’s cutting costs like this which means you can still afford all the good things in life.


There is far more choice available

You could move into an elegant city apartment, move out to a idyllic country ranch, or even buy yourself a luxury mobile home on a beautiful plot of land – the opportunities are endless. When you downsize, the money you have can go a lot further – take a look here at these beautiful mobile homes for sale and see for yourself. And it goes without saying that there is far more choice of smaller properties within a price range, making the opportunities almost endless.


You’ll have far money to spend on the good things

One of the best things about downsizing is all the extra money to spend on the important things in life. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel the world, to buy a sports car, or to keep exotic pets – when you’re not tied into a home far too big for you, a whole world of possibilities opens up to you. This is especially great when your kids have flown the nest and flown far – having a few extra dollars to be able to visit them on all corners of the globe can make the transition a whole lot easier.


Downsizing might feel a bit like you’re leaving behind a family home and all your memories, but it can also be a positive move in starting a new chapter of your life. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy it!

Spiritual Dishes: Halal And Kosher Explained

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If you’re a foodie like myself, then you’ve probably heard the terms “Halal” and “Kosher” come up more than once. Like most people, you’re probably aware that these foods have ties to Islam and Judaism respectively, but may be unsure of what separates regular meats from religious ones. Whether you’re cooking for a Muslim or Jewish friend, or you’re just curious, here’s a post with some interesting information on these two kinds of foods.


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The Arabic word “Halal”, usually used to refer to meat that follows traditional Islamic guidelines, literally means “permissible” or more accurately “lawful”, and can be used to describe any consumption or behavior which follows the rules set out in the Quran. For a piece of meat to be considered Halal, the animal it comes from must be slaughtered by a Muslim, ideally an Imam (Islamic cleric). The animal must be conscious during the slaughter, but must be killed quickly, through a single slit to a single point on the throat following a prayer. Furthermore, the blood must be completely drained before the animal can be butchered. Unlike Kosher food, Halal meat can be consumed alongside dairy and still stay within the relevant religious laws. This kind of meat was pretty sparse in Western countries for decades, but now you’ll have no problem finding a halal meat supplier who can deliver to you. If you’re cooking for Muslim guests, just remember that drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited by the tenants of Islam, so leave the wine in the cupboard!


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Similar to Halal, the word “Kosher” is derived from the Hebrew word “Kashrut”, which can be translated as “proper” or “fit”. The term “Kashrut” is also used to refer to the Jewish dietary laws set out by the Torah. The method of slaughter is more or less identical to Halal; the animal must be conscious, killed by a Jew, and with a single slit to a single point on the throat. Again, it must be drained of all blood before it can be butchered. The main difference is that it doesn’t require a prayer, although this is so customary in some orthodox Jewish communities that there’d be an uproar if the prayer was missing! Fruit and vegetables in general can be considered Kosher, provided no bugs have had contact with them. Unlike Muslims, observant Jews cannot consume meat and dairy foods together. Again, unlike Muslims, they can consume alcohol, although Rabbis encourage moderation. There are certain Kashrut rules surrounding wine specifically. For wine to be considered Kosher, the whole process, from the harvesting of the grapes to the bottling, has to be handled or at least supervised by Jews who observe the Sabbath. One more thing to remember – some more orthodox Jews have certain beliefs about grills and cooking utensils being Kosher, but this is a small minority.

Whether you’re preparing a meal for religious friends, or you just wanted to know a little more about these spiritual foods, I hope that this post has helped!

3 Must-Visit Romantic Places for Your Valentine’s Date

Planning what to do for Valentine’s Day can be challenging yet rewarding. There are tons of options out there that you can choose from and that could be overwhelming. So, if you want to spend this special day somewhere, you’ve got to plan it well and ahead of time.


Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you have to start thinking where to spend it with your significant other. If you are up for a getaway, then choose a place that you will both relax and have the time of your lives. It does not need to be overseas or far away, rather a destination that you can spend your time together wisely.


Aside from sending bouquets to your partner, you can opt to travel together for Valentine’s Day. However, you can still have fresh blooms delivered to your special someone through a reliable flower delivery in places like Canberra and other cities. It is still up to you what to do on this day, as long as you will both enjoy the day.


Hence, here are some romantic places that you can visit for your Valentine’s date:


The Beach

One of the most popular choices to spend your Valentine’s Day is at the beach. There are numerous beaches near you that you can choose from, so you better select one that meets your preferences. Spending time together by the beach, eating at the shore, and having some sweet moments can be a romantic getaway for you and the love of your life. More so, you can choose a private island, in order to own the whole of it and have more privacy.


The Mountain

Another romantic place that you can spend your Valentine’s Day with your other half is at the mountain. If both of you are adventurous and nature lovers, then this is a perfect destination for you. Nothing beats climbing a mountain successfully together and witnessing the beauty of nature. The breathtaking scenery that you will see from the mountaintop is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition, it will be an unforgettable Valentine’s date, especially if it’s the first time you will do it.


The Gallery or Museum

For all the art lovers out there, one of the romantic places you can go to is at a gallery or museum. You can simply head to one of the museums in your city and indulge yourselves with the beautiful paintings, sculptures, and other artworks from the talented local and international artists. Apparently, a museum is not just for art lovers alone, rather for everyone who wants to see it.


On the whole, a romantic getaway will always be a great idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These places mentioned above are ideal for your date and will make your bond stronger than ever. As couples, you have to ensure that you always make an effort to let your partner know how much you truly love and care for them. Even the smallest things matter, so don’t just focus on giving grand things. It is still the thought that counts and one of the best gifts you can ever give to your significant other is your time.






Los Angeles, CA – Country comes to town when the new musicalCountry Crush is released on DVD on March 14 by Shout! Factory, available exclusively at Walmart. Starring Jana Kramer, a finalist on last season’s Dancing With The Stars following the release of her latest chart-topping album 31, Madeline Merlo, currently touring in support of her album Free Soul, Munro Chambers, known for Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Sophie Tweed Simmons, as seen on Gene Simmons Family Jewels, this is a classic love story with contemporary themes and hot country music performances. Please click here to view the official Trailer (HD).

From director Andrew Cymek, this heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, film tells the story of city-girl Nancy Taylor (Madeline Merlo), an aspiring singer who is struggling to launch her career and navigate a relationship with an opportunistic music producer. While on her way to a party out in the country with her best friend Ainsley (Sophie Tweed Simmons), her car breaks down and a good-hearted and handsome stranger named Charlie Bishop (Munro Chambers) shows up with a tow. Sparks fly between Nancy and Charlie, two young people searching for love, both unsure of the paths they’re on.


Charlie and his sister-in-law Katherine (Jana Kramer) have recently said goodbye to his older brother Cody, who has shipped out to the Middle East for another tour of duty. Katherine is facing all the love, worry and waiting that accompanies the deployment of a spouse while also being there for Charlie as he faces his own disappointments and loneliness. As Charlie decides to pursue a relationship with Nancy, and Nancy struggles with decisions about her career, Charlie sees with new eyes the importance in staying true to oneself, and begins to question his own choices. While their courtship is in turmoil, his brother’s sacrifices serves as a reminder of the price of love when it is lost.


With its themes of love, duty and strong family values, woven together with a dynamic soundtrack, this is a film that will appeal to multiple generations, and tug at the heartstrings of all families. Country Crush is sure to run away with many hearts.

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Little change that can make a big difference

Loosing weight for a lot of us is hard work.  No matter what I change or try I always screw it up.  I don’t do well with planed diets.  I want to eat what I want, when I want it.  That is why I was so excited to try the Vivslim Premium Weight Loss pills.  They say you don’t have to change your diet.

Now when it comes to taking pills I am always very weary.  I am very sensitive to pills.  I get jittery very easily and my brain runs 100 miles a minute.  I am very happy to say that these pills did not affect me at all.  I did not really notice them at all.  I know it says you can lose 25lbs in 4 weeks.  I lost 2 lbs. during the 4 weeks.  Now I know what you are thinking why am I recommending this one then.  Well its very simple.  I took these during the holidays, which for me normally means I am going to gain 10-15 lbs.  I really eat nothing but candy and cookies for a month and I drink a whole lot of soda.  Neither of these are a normal for me but at the holidays.


So, loosing 2 lbs. and not gaining my normal makes these a big plus for me.  I am excited to see what they will do when I actually get back to real food and moving. Lol.  So yes, I would recommend these to people.  Just the fact that I did not gain during my month long eating holiday makes them a winner in my book.   If you are looking to make the smallest change in your life that can make a big difference I would suggest starting with Vivslim.  I am impressed with it.

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review

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