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Hi honey bunnies! I’m so happy today and I know you know why. Yes, today I am opening up my giveaway for you guessed it, the Shark Rocket Powerhead! I had the chance to try this baby out. It was so amazing, I had to give you a chance to win one for yourself! So the good people over at Shark were so kind and agreed to do this for you all.

How It Works

The giveaway is open to the United States only. You must be 18 or older to enter the giveaway. You must complete the form below completely in order to be officially entered in the drawing. You must leave a comment on this post saying ” Okee Dokie, I’m entered!” Once you have completed the form. If you did not complete all the steps for entry, you will be disqualified. I do check, so please follow the rules. The giveaway will run from May 17, 2016 to May 31, 2016 12:00 A.M. The winner of the giveaway will be announced at 2:00 P.M. on May 31, 2016 via my YouTube channel.

A huge thank you goes out to Shark for agreeing to sponsor this giveaway. You are appreciated! Good luck to everyone that enters the giveaway.

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I love to have a sweet treat every so often. But when you are diabetic or pre-diabetic like I am, you have to really watch your intake of sugars and carbs. This can be nerve recking sometimes. Yay, for diabetic friendly desserts! I am a lover of chocolate and I like to use it where ever I can. Below you will find two of my favorite chocolatey treats that are so good. They will not only please the sweet tooth of diabetics, the whole family will enjoy them!

Fudge Dream Brownies are a rich decadent take on the classic fudge brownie. It’s ooey gooey texture will leave your taste buds in bliss. 

Fudge Dream Brownies 

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 large egg white 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/4 cup SugarLeaf calorie-free sweetener 
  • 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk 


Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray. 

Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect. 

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Yields: 16 servings (14g of carbohydrates per serving/serving size 1 square)

Baking Tip: You want a nice tender texture with these brownies. To achieve this, don’t use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe, those products contain water, which will result in making the brownies gummy.


Heavenly Chocolate Mousse is a smooth velvety delight, sweetened with sugar free syrup. This mousse gets an airy lift from whipped topping. You are sure to love it by yourself or while entertaining.

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse 

Ingredients

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1 cup cold water

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

6 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate syrup

2 3/4 cups frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed and divided

Preparation

1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a small saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes or until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat; cool.

2. Add cocoa and chocolate syrup to gelatin mixture, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Fold in 2 cups whipped topping. Spoon evenly into 6 individual dessert dishes. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.

3. Spoon into individual dessert bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.
There you have it, two indulging treats that I like that are diabetic friendly. I hope you enjoy these desserts. If you do try them please tag me in a post. If you have some recipes, please share them with me. 

Everyone loves having a home that is spotless. But taking the time to clean your home from top to bottom can take hours. Also, deep cleaning can be back braking at times. Having the right tool can save you time, body pain, and money. 

I received two vacuum cleaners from Shark for review. I was so excited to put the Shark Rotator Power lift-away speed and Shark Rocket Powerhead to the test. These two machines are excellent! The power that they pack is out of this world. I was pleasantly surprised at their performance. Both the Rotator Power Lift-away Speed and Rocket Powerhead deliver on getting down deep for a total clean. 

Shark Rotator Power Lift-away Speed 

I am a person that cleans my home every week and I vacuum every other day. I enjoy maintaining a well kept home. When I  clean I need tools that will allow me to not only clean my carpet and hardwood floors, but they have to be able to work on upholstery. If it can do my drapes, oh that’s a huge plus for me. This is where the Shark Rotator Power Lift-away Speed come into play. You can do so much with this unit. It allowed me to clean from top to bottom with ease. It the total cleaning machine! 

The Shark Rotator Power Lift-away Speed you get so many features. For starters, this unit has fingertip controls on the handle. This makes it simple to switch effortlessly from carpets to bare floors. I love the LED lights on this unit too. They may it easy to see under furniture. Steering is a breeze with this vacuum. It’s advanced steering technology provides excellent control when maneuvering around furniture and other obstacles. When you have it in hand held mode, it works wonders on stairs.

This unit put my old vacuum cleaner to shame. I thought the unit I had was cleaning well, but I soon found out that it was not cleaning as deep as I assumed it was. The suction is super powerful. The attachments are great that come with the unit. You can use it as a hand held, upright, or place it on the caddy that comes with the unit. The Duster Crevice Tool gives you extended reach for cleaning small spaces, while the dusting brush cleans a mix of surfaces. The Pet Upholstery Tool is perfect for removing pet hair from curtains and delicate fabrics. It even works well on other upholstered surfaces. The next attachment is the Dust-Away™ Hard Floor Attachment with One Pad. This tool work well on all hard wood surfaces. It also does wonders on tile floors. The TruePet™ Mini Motorized Brush is ultimate weapon against embedded dander and the clingiest pet hair. This tool helps to extract dirt, dust, and allergens from deep inside pillows, upholstery, and carpets. The last attachment is the Multi-Angle Dusting Brush. It is a multi-position soft dusting brush for cleaning blinds, walls, books, ceiling fans, and tops of furniture. It’s stiffer front and back bristles allow for more aggressive cleaning to tackle stubborn dust. This unit is a cleaning power house! The unit is bag less which is a very huge plus. The unit was a bit heavy feeling to me, but not so much that it was a strain to use.

 
Shark Rocket Powerhead 

The Shark Rocket Powerhead is a powerful unit in it’s own right. I found this vacuum great for maintaining my floors. It is very lightweight. So if you have an upper and lower level in your home, you will appreciate the lightness of this unit. It has awesome suction as well. It is also a bag less unit. It features a multi surface brushroll and a gentle touch brushroll for hard wood floors. The brushes are color coded to let you know which one you are using. Maneuvering around furniture and other obstacles is easy with this unit too. The Rocket Powerhead features a telescoping wand that easily adjust to your height of comfort. There is a fingertip control on the  unit, which allows for ease of changing floor types. It also has a dust cup in the base with a release pedal at the bottom of the wand. The bottom cup design makes it simple to dispose of debris. 


I absolutely love both of these units for my household cleaning needs. They really exceeded all of my expectations. I feel that the units both delivered on a powerful cleaning of my floors and upholstery. I highly recommend that you give one or both of the units a try in your home. I’m sure you will love and enjoy them as I did. You can purchase this Shark vacuum cleaners at Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy. 

Have you tried the Shark Rotator Power Lift-away Speed or Rocket Powerhead? 

Spring is here (well not so much where I am), it’s time to shed the winter coats and sweaters!  Cute, sexy, and fashion forward looks are a must for spring and summer. If you are fuller size woman like myself, finding the right style can be hard at times. Fashion to Figure has you covered! Slipping into some fashionable outfits that completely slay is easy with Fashion to Figure.

Fashion to Figure is a trendy plus size clothing brand with a mission to push that fashion is a state of mind, not just a size range which is awesome. The offer pieces that can be mixed and matched with items you already own. They are very affordable, don’t worry about maxing out on cash. Plus, you can score great additions to your wardrobe that will bring out your inner glamour girl!

In the photos below, I will show you how I rocked some items sent to me from Fashion to Figure polyvore style. In these sets, I will show how you can mix items you already have with new ones.

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The City Chick

This soft jersey everyday fit and flare dress is perfect for spring day outings or nights. It is  flattering to the figure because fit nicely at the top and flares at the waist. shape, this dress also features a flirty scoop neckline and three-quarter sleeves. This dress is a plus when it comes to comfort too. I paired it with red booties, red light-weight bomber jacket, and a Dooney and Bourke shoulder bag. You can be as sassy as you want to be with this number! Whether it’s weekend shopping with your girls or a night on the town with your honey (add those red stilettos he likes, you’ll thank me later) you are sure to be cute, stylish and comfortable!

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Rock and Roll Diva

Who does not love denim? I do! The lightly distressed plus size denim jacket pairs well with jeans or a dress. This jacket features a hint of spandex, making it fitted. The distressed detail wash has the perfect amount of rips for a well lived-in look. It also features Gunmetal hardware and contrasting gold stitching. I paired the jacket with boyfriend jeans, a Harley Davidson graphic tee (you can put any tee or top of your choice with this), silver sandals and a cute denim hand bag.   

The plus size boyfriend jeans have slouchy fit with high waist and ample distressing from top to bottom. They feature a zip fly with button closure, five-pocket styling, cuffed ankle and a faded, light-blue wash completes the edgy feel of these jeans to complete the look of this outfit.  , 

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Sweet & Sassy

The Everyday Midi can easily become an essential piece to any woman’s wardrobe. It is crafted in stretch fabric and gives off a sexy, form-fitting silhouette. It features a plunge scoop neck, and three-quarter length sleeves. This dress is beautiful for a casual day or a sexy night out. I paired the dress with a cute cream snake skin ruffle detailed handbag, black clutch (not pictured), tan heels and black wedge heels. The choice is really up to you with this dress. It lays on the body flawlessly. It is very comfortable as well. You can add a cute jacket to this dress if you like too.

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Biker Chic

Every now and then we as women like to get a little bad. What better way to do this by channeling your inner biker. I love this off-the-shoulder peplum top. It is a wonderful for any occasion. The peplum style really helps to hide any unwanted areas that you don’t want to show. I paired it with jean style leggings with a cuff detail bottom, Effie J handmade jewelry set, Harley Davidson leather belt, purse, and bling logo jacket, along with black peep toe heeled booties. You can play around with this top and dress it up or down.

I adore all the items that I received from Fashion to Figure. They are classic and I can mix them with ease to create amazing looks for work or play. Jump start your wardrobe for spring and summer with trendsetting appeal with Fashion to Figure. I am sure you will love the garment selection that they offer.

Do you ever find yourself pressed for time to shop for groceries? If you are a busy mom, juggling time in between home life, soccer practice, ballet class and football games can get crazy. Maybe you’re an elderly person that doesn’t drive much anymore and getting out to stores has become a bit difficult. The grocery delivery service provided by Good 2 Go Groceries is the perfect solution! 

Good 2 Go Groceries is a 3 year old woman owned grocery shopping and delivery service, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s owner Barbara Wylie came up with the concept for the service while driving in her car pressed for time. She wished for a service where she could get groceries from her favorite local grocery store delivered to her. Barbara knew that in Indianapolis, there was a true need for a service of this nature that would give individuals the convenience of having there groceries delivered to them from local markets of their choice. Good 2 Go Groceries prides itself in shopping for your custom groceries and delivering them promptly to your door. 

How the Service Works

Scheduling a delivery for your groceries is very simple with Good 2 Go Groceries. There are only three steps. Yes, just 3 steps! 

  1. Schedule Your Delivery Day and Time
  2. Make a List ( Make your custom grocery list and you can specify your preference of store to shop from.)
  3. Wait for Your Delivery 

Once you are one the company website, it is very user friendly and easy to navigate. The first thing you are prompted to do is making an account. If you don’t want to do that and prefer to proceed as a guest, you have that option. Although I would suggest that you make an account, as I know you will love the service as I did. So you will use it again and it will make the process faster. 

Next, you will be taken to the order form and this is where the magic happens! It’s a really simple list form format. You input the day and time for your delivery (you must allow 24 hours for deliveries to be scheduled.), list your items for pick up ( it is advised that you be as detailed as you can with your grocery list.) and you can specify which store you want your groceries purchased from. You can also choose to have substitutes for items that may not be in stock at the store at the time of shopping. If you choose not to have substitutes, the items that where not at the store will be left off and will not be included in your final purchase. 

Lastly, you submit your order and wait for it to be delivered. You have the option of either paying with PayPal or your credit card. There is a $10.00 delivery fee plus 10% of your total grocery bill for the service. Your order will also have to meet a minimum of $30.00. If your order falls below that minimum amount, a $10.00 gas surcharge will be added to your delivery and shopping fee.

I know you are wondering, what if I like to shop at multiple stores? No problem! The people at Good 2 Go Groceries love to shop at multiple stores. You can add another store for a fee of $5.00. Not bad, very affordable right!

I love the idea of having a service where I can have groceries delivered to me from stores that are local to my area in which I love. Quality is very important to me as well. Since this grocery shopping and delivery service allows you get items from stores that you are already familiar with, you know the kind of quality you are getting is going to be the best for you and your family. You can’t beat that paired with convince! 

The Verdict 

My experience with Good 2 Go Groceries was excellent! It was a breeze using the site to place my order for delivery. My stores of choice are Walmart, Kroger, and Marsh, but for my delivery I went with Walmart. I had the honor of having Barbara as my shopper and delivery person. (Yes, Barbara is still very hands on in her company. She is such a sweet spirit!) She called to let me know that she was in route to the store, that was a plus for me. While at the store, I was not as specific for one of my items, she sent a text to see which type I wanted her to pick up. Then when she was 10 minutes away from my home she sent me another text letting me know she was on her way. 

  
The whole experience was very professional and timely. I loved that she greeted me with a bubbly smile, she even took the groceries to the kitchen for me. Then she presented the receipt to me as well. I really liked the great communication and attention to detail of the grocery items. The meat, produce, bread and other items were selected well. I know some of you are picky about how certain groceries look. You don’t have to worry with Good 2 Go Groceries. If you are in Indianapolis or surrounding areas, I highly recommend giving this service a try. It’s great for busy professionals, students, older adults and new or busy moms. 

Good 2 Go Groceries services Indianapolis, Greenwood, Whiteland, Franklin, Carmel, Westfield, Anderson, Muncie (Anderson and Muncie are Monday deliveries only) as well as Speedway and Zionsville. They are soon to be expanding service to Avon and Plainfield. 

Have you tried the service from Good 2 Go Groceries?

If you are a local Indiana business and would like to be featured in Indiana Locally, please send an email to thereviewchic@gmail.com.

So many of you my readers, are from many different states. If you are like me, you are in the state you were born in. Some of you may have been transplanted to the state you are in now and have grown to love where you are. Either way, you are happy in the state you’re in and you may like to rep it every now and then. State of Style Jewelry makes representing your state stylish with their gorgeous statement pieces.

State of Style is a collaboration between Jersey Belle star Jamie Primak-Sullivan and jewelry design house Chelsea Taylor. This line allows you to be proud of where you come and show your state pride in style. The state pendants are beautiful. Chelsea Taylor is known for their sterling silver jewelry set with CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski™ Elements. Each style is available in different colors. The pieces are set in a special compound that is color keyed to match the color of the stone set for an invisible look and feel. 

I was sent a few for their state pendants in exchange for my honest opinion. They are fabulous, beautifully crafted! You will definitely make a statement wearing one of these pendants. Don’t be surprised at how many compliments and inquiries you will receive either. You will love wearing it to compliment any outfit as well. 

Being the fashionista that I am, State of Style Jewelry receives five gold hangers for stylishness. It is a must grab for any woman or young woman that wants to rep her state glamorously. The pendants retail for $34.99. Want to pickup your State of Style jewelry? Head on over to http://www.stateofstylejewelry.com to order.  They even have a cross ($39.99) and a ring ($33.00) in the collection too! There is also a selection of apparel and much more. You can have pride in or always have a connection to your home state with State of Style Jewelry.

Photos

  
Indiana Pendant Necklace  (My home state)

  

Maine Pendant Necklace 
  

Kentucky Pendant Necklace 
  
Side Cross Pendant Necklace 

  
Eternity Ring

Every now and then it is good to try new things. I am a firm believer of this. I love trying new recipes, fashion trends, products and even new places. It’s worth it giving new things a shot, at least once. You never know what may work for you and become your new fav. 

For the past few weeks, I have been fasting. Since I have been cutting back on meat along with other food items, I have had to get pretty creative with dishes. I decided to try a bean pie as a way to get some protein. Not only did this pie give me protein that I needed , it was also a wonderful treat for me as well.

Making the bean pie was super simple. It is pretty much a dump and blend recipe. To blend all of my ingredients together, I used the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Compact System that I was sent to test out. This unit worked wonders for blending the filling for the pie. I was so amazed at how it performed. But hey it’s Nutri Ninja, so I can expect nothing less than the best from this brand!

  
Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Compact System

 The Nutri Ninja Compact System is a superb unit for creating delicious sauces, smoothies, salsas and much more. The high-performance blending combined with the blender’s high-performance blades really powers through ingredients for a blend that is smooth as silk. The nutrient and vitamin extraction along with the pro extractor blades break down whole fruits and veggies leaving you with full-bodied nutrient goodness. 

What You Get

Nutri Ninja Base (1100-1200 watt motor)

Stainless Steel Double Wall Cup with Lid (keeps frozen drinks colder for up to 4 hours)

48oz Multi-Serve Nutri Ninja Cup (for large batches)

2 Regular Tritan Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip & Seal Lids (allows you to take smoothies and juices on the go)

Recipe Book and Manual 
I like the ease of using this unit. At the press of a button, you get a very silky smooth blend. When I say you will not have any lumps, that’s just what I mean. Brilliant technology a your finger tips! You do not have to hold the cup while blending. Also, the unit pluses automatically during the blending process. Hands free, awesome right! 

  
My pie filling came out very creamy and smooth. Once baked, it was heavenly! Clean up for the unit is easy. You can place it in the dishwasher, as the attachments are dishwasher safe. The base can be wiped clean.

I urge you to give the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Compact System a try for yourself. You will love how your culinary delights turn out. I’m sure this unit will become a favorite in your household as it is in mine. To purchase this unit, just click here.

Have you tried out the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Compact System?

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