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Hey TRC Gang! It’s the middle of the week, hump day. I hope your week has been very productive so far and you’re gearing up to make the last two days really count. To help you with relaxing your mind from your work load, there’s a new show that I want to tell you about. 

The name of the television show is “Notorious” from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Notorious features and centers on the symbiotic relationship between a very charismatic defense attorney named Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata) and super powerhouse TV producer named Julia George (Piper Perabo), as they attempt to control the media, the justice system and ultimately each other. Sounds interesting right? I love shows like this! Notorious also stars Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as Megan Byrd, Ryan Guzman as Ryan Mills, and Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton.

The season premiere of Notorious air this Thursday on ABC 9pm EST|8pm Central. I will definitely be turning in and join me for an “FB Live Chat” before the premiere at 8:45pm EST on my facebook fanpage. Then head over to Twitter during the show to “Live Chat” with me using the hashtag #Notorious at 9:00pm EST. Grab your favorite beverage and/or snack and tune in Thursday for this hot new show!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network

Shoplet wants to give back to teachers and schools who are constantly struggling with budget cuts. To do this they came up with the “Shoplet for Schools Campaign”. The ‎Shoplet for Schools campaign pays tribute to the work that teachers do for their students. Aside from the main giveaway event, promotions will be offered on affiliate websites frequented by teachers that feature discounts for future orders. The giveaway is designed to help educators stock their classrooms for the school year, but the contest itself will be open to anyone who wants to help their school win this massive bundle.
“It’s a different kind of giveaway than what people would expect,” says Jessica Choi, Social Media Manager for Shoplet. “Our followers typically enter to win prizes that are of benefit to themselves, but this time we are encouraging our followers to think of others.”

“Shoplet works with school purchasers as well as parents, but we are seeing so many teachers paying out of pocket for supplies for their classrooms,” says Tony Ellison, the CEO and Founder of Shoplet. “We wanted to show our support as well. Education is about expanding opportunities, and that’s why we are opening this drawing up to give everyone the opportunity to help.”

The Shoplet for Schools campaign will be kicked off on September 19th and will run through October 3rd, 2016. The highlight of the event features a grand prize bundle of assorted school necessities valued at $5,000. The winner of the event will be selecting a school of their choice to donate the prize. 

The drawing will occur on October 3rd, and the giveaway includes products like pens, pencils, binders, crafts supplies, teacher’s planners and much more. The total value of these items is around $5,000. The products were graciously donated to the cause by Shoplet’s various network of partners and vendors. Some of the participating sponsors include 3M, Avery, Pilot, Lysol, Ticonderoga and many more. “The level of excitement was encouraging,” Ellison announced. “Once we put the word out that we were in need of sponsors, everyone wanted to help!”

Shoplet is proud to be a supporter of schools and their educators. “We really want to get the word out for this campaign,” says Ellison. “Every school is winner, and they should all be treated like one.”

Do you love sending and receiving floral arrangements? I know I sure do! A thoughtful bouquet of flowers can really brighten up anyone’s day. Plus fresh flowers can take the gloom out of a room quick! Guess who has a new floral collection added to their list? Yes, Queen Latifah! 


The Queen Collection is a first-of-its-kind line of floral bouquets and plants designed by Queen Latifah, reflecting her iconic style with beautiful arrangements and premium quality flowers. Beginning October 7, the new line will be available at the Ahold USA retail divisions of Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle and Martin’s. This exclusive collection features a number of stunning arrangements, including eight floral bouquets and two orchids that have all been personally named by Queen Latifah. Using inspiration from her widely varied professional career, Queen Latifah has named each design based on the feeling it is meant to convey and evoke. The Queen Collection bouquets include the Passion Rose Bunch, Hope Bouquet, Unity Bouquet, and the Confidence Bouquet, to name a few.

“I love flowers, giving them and receiving them, so when Ahold USA presented me with this incredible opportunity, I jumped at the chance to create my own floral line that is beautiful, and easily accessible at popular grocery stores, at affordable prices,” said Queen Latifah. “I am extremely proud of the innovative designs we’ve created and the quality flowers that I have handpicked exclusively for The Queen Collection.” 

“We are thrilled to embark on this exclusive partnership with Queen Latifah who is not only a renowned and award-winning global entertainer, but also someone with impeccable taste and style that shines through in The Queen Collection,” said Kelly Krutz, Ahold USA Floral Portfolio Lead. “We believe this collaboration will be a game-changer for the floral industry, providing a floral destination at our division stores that we know will be a big hit with customers.”

All of the flowers in Queen Collection bouquets and arrangements are sustainably sourced from certified farms. The Queen Collection is offered at a range of price points starting at $10.88. Be on the look out for them to hit at Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle and Martin’s. The Queen Collection can also be ordered online at petaldelivery.com.

Will you be gifting The Queen Collection bouquets to your friends and loved ones?

Do you love to shop at Meijer for your grocery and personal needs. If yes, them you will love that Meijer will soon be introducing its home delivery service in it’s stores to customers in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. Meijer has teamed up with Shipt delivery service that allows customers to have fresh groceries from local grocery stores delivered to them through a user-friendly app. Beginning Sept. 15, shoppers will be able to use the Shipt smartphone app to shop 55,000 items from one of 25 Detroit-area Meijer stores offering the service and choose a one-hour delivery window that is most convenient for them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 


How Does it Work 

Shipt’s grocery delivery service is membership-based, with either annual or monthly options. For $99 a year, Shipt members receive unlimited free grocery deliveries on all orders over $35. Customers who subscribe to Shipt prior to launch date will also receive $25 off their first delivery.

After signing up for Shipt, members can shop a large selection of Meijer groceries and everyday essentials, including baby, health and beauty products. They can also note any preferences, choose a preferred delivery window and pay for their order. A Shipt shopper will hand pick their items and deliver them in as little as one hour after the order is placed.  

“The Meijer commitment to quality food, excellent customer service, and dedication to the communities they serve is what makes them an ideal partner,” said Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt. “Through our relationship with Meijer, we will make life easier for busy individuals and families, and also create jobs in the Detroit area.”

I’m not sure if Meijer will expand this delivery service to it other stores in (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin) states. But I think they should consider it because I love shopping a Meijer and I would enjoy having this service in my area. For more information on how to become a Shipt member and to see the full coverage areas, please go to http://www.shipt.com/Detroit. For more information on how to become a Shipt shopper in southeastern Michigan, go to https://www.shipt.com/be-a-shopper.

Happy Shopping!

People are taking more and more photos these days with their smartphones. With the boom of social media and the selfie, people are always looking for ways to take a great photo. Social media has become the number one way for people to engage and interact these days, thus sharing their great everyday or artistic photo talent with the world. I love to see all of the vibrant photos that friends and family share via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I love it so much that it has drawn me in to sharing photos as well.

Many people share to see how many likes, retweets, and shares they will get on particular photos. Each photo posted has the potential to become a conversation on the internet and the simple press of a button opens a door way to involve yourself in that conversation. Since social media is so reliant on what we see, we need to make sure the pictures we share express the amount of fun we are having in life and translate amazingly. Also, we no longer have to wait to get photos printed at the local drug store. Photos are now uploaded as they happen in real time.  If you own a smartphone (which I’m sure everyone does by now) you can capture exciting pictures with your phone in an instant. 

Are you looking for a way to take brilliant share worthy photos at your fingertips. Did you say “Yes”? Well let me introduce you to LimeLens. I was absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to review the brand new LimeLens kit. It is a smartphone photo takers dream. The set includes both the thinker (dual macro / wide lens) and the captain (a supreme fisheye lens). You will also find all three versions of their Limeclip, a welcome envelope, instructional booklet, stickers and lens accessories such as protective lens caps and microfiber lens cleaners.


 I use my phone and iPad to take photos a lot, if I don’t use my DSLR camera. So I’m always trying to up my social media photo game to wow my tribe (you) with photos I think are awesome. When using the LimeLens set, I was able to kick up my basic photos into eye catching imagery. The fisheye is perfect for catching larger images. I adore this set so much, it’s always with me now. The convenient carrying case is great. It easily fits into your purse or bag. It’s very affordable too!

Overall, I highly recommend this product. This set is great for beginners and pros because it’s simple to use. All I had to do was attach LimeLens to my phone and boom, beautiful photos for sharing. Want to get your hands on the LimeLens set? Purchase yours here.

 

Are looking for some great food and snack options? If yes, I have an awesome brand that I want to tell you about. This brand is wonderful for those that are diabetic like myself or if you are a person that’s looking for low carb options to include in your daily diet. The products are not only low in carbs but are a good source of protein as well. This amazing brand is called Kay’s Naturals.

About the Company 

Many snacks and cereals are made of 80-90% starch and sugar. This is because starch and sugar are cheap. Protein, on the other hand, costs 15-20 times more than starch or sugar. Thus, most snack and cereal companies avoid using protein in their foods, and even when they use protein, it is only a small percentage (8-10%) of the final product. (Kay’s Naturals) Makes you think right?

Kay’s Naturals is an all-natural, gluten-free line that seeks to add a healthy balance to your life with food products that offer great taste, low calories, lean soy protein, zero cholesterol, lower carbohydrates and high fiber. All of Kay’s Naturals foods are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors and preservatives. Their foods also provide a complete amino acid profile and have 35% protein.

I was sent their Honey Almond Cereal, Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites, and White Cheddar Kruncheeze for free to try and give my honest opinion of the products. When I received the items in the mail, I was so excited! For a week, I tested the foods out. The products come in a box in with pre-portioned bags. You don’t have to worry if you are eating to much or too little. Awesome right! But how does it taste? We all know that sometimes when you encounter healthy food options they can really slack on taste. Not with Kay’s Naturals, the flavor is there! Some of you may be wondering if I stayed full and satisfied during the day. I can relate to your concern in this area and yes I did stay satisfied in between meals. 

Since Kay’s Naturals foods are high in fiber and protein I can say full through out my day. I love that they are low carb as I don’t have to worry about blood sugar level spikes. My levels can stay stable. I don’t fell guilty eat the foods as I know that I am eating food that are benefiting my body in a healthy way. 

Here is a look at the label from the Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites.


I suggest that you give Kay’s Naturals a try for yourself. They have great cereal and snack options to choose from. Their foods can be accompanied by other high fiber and protein items to boost nutritional benefits. If you are looking for a meal plan to follow Kay’s Naturals offers on as well. To find out more about their foods and the meal plan visit their website at shop.kaysnaturals.com.

Have you tried Kay’s Naturals before?

Many people, man or woman like to keep their skin in order. Some may have different skin issues such as Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, or Dry Skin and Dark Spots. Whatever the condition may be, they want to clear it up to reveal healthy beautiful skin. There are so many products on the market, it’s really hard to choose. The biggest question on people’s minds is “Will this product deliver on what it says and work for me?” 

They may find one that works great and then all of a sudden it doesn’t give the same results as before. Have you had that happen with a product you were using? Some products may contain very harsh chemicals. Those chemicals could be harmful to our bodies. I will pass on the harsh chemicals for $2000 Alex!

I have never really had any issues with my skin other than the occasional pimple here and there and dryness. As I have become older, I have noticed that my skin has become more dry. I also have some dark spots in my cheek areas. I have tried many products on the market, some worked and others not so much. I decided to look into more natural products for my skincare. 

In my search I came across Raw African Black Soap. When I researched this soap it really peeked my interest. I was too excited when I snagged the chance to test some out from Incredible By Nature. African Black Soap is a soap that is produced in West Africa by tribeswomen in Ghana from special secret recipes. The soap has a blackish-brown color to it because of it’s ingredients. 


What is in Raw African Black Soap 

African Black Soap is made with plants that are local to the area. These ingredients are as follows;

  • Plantain
  • Cocoa Pods
  • Palm Tree Leaves
  • Shea TreeBark 

 To start the soap making process, the ingredients are sun-dried and roasted, which is how the deep color is achieved. Then water and oils such as coconut, palm plus shea butter are added to the mix. Once the soap mixture is at the desired consistency, it is then left to sit and “cure.”

Benefits of Raw African Black Soap 

Black soap has been used for healing problem skin. It can cleanse and lightly exfoliate the skin giving it a healthy glow. Some claim that it can even out dark spots, ease eczema, thin fine lines, and help with acne or razor bumps. Black soap has been said to aid the scalp as well.

The ingredients in the soap offer many healing  benefits. 

  • Cocoa Pod/butter- softens and firms the skin, has antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties that fight free radicals, repairs and renews damaged skin
  •  Palm Oil- rich in antioxidants vitamin E, treats acne, burns, eczema & reduces cell damage
  • Palm Kernel Oil- high in lauric acid with anti-bacterial/fungal properties
  •  Coconut Oil- reinforces the skin’s lipid barrier to lock in moisture, repair dry skin and reduce wrinkles

How to Use and Store Raw African Black Soap 

When you get your slab of black soap, cut a small size piece off. Then work a lather up in your hands. Make sure there are no whole particles of pods in the bar that may scratch your skin. Apply the lather to your face and gently rub it in. Wash, then rinse with cool water and dry with towel. If you experience dryness, follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

After use, you want to store your soap in a nice dry place, as it absorbs water easily because of its high glycerin content. I like to keep my slab in a ziplock bag and my working piece (the cut bar that I’m using) in a travel soap container. When exposed to air, black soap can develop a thin white film. Don’t worry, this is not mold and the soap can still be used.

The Verdict 

I must say I love using raw black soap on my skin. I liked the clean earthy smell that it has. When I tell you the lathering power of this soap is bananas, that’s what I mean. Amazing!  Just a small piece gives you a rich creamy lather. It washes away so clean, leaving your skin fresh, smooth, and glowing. I used the black soap twice (morning and night) a day. I did find that it improved the dryness that I was experiencing with my skin. I also noticed a tone change (evenness) in my skin too. The dark areas are also clearing. I am very pleased with the results that I am having from using this soap. I found that it removes makeup really well. I have not tried it on my hair yet, but that’s the next test. The soap is perfect for daily use and is great for all skin types.

Note: If you are latex or caffeine sensitive, test the soap on your arm before use. Since the soap has cacao pods (contains caffeine that can be absorbed by the skin) and shea butter (contains small amounts of latex naturally).


Want to get your hands on some African Black Soap from Incredible by Nature? You can get some by visiting their website or purchasing on Amazon. Do you use African Black Soap?

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