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I am a person that likes to cook. Cooking to me is relaxing and I enjoy seeing people’s faces light up as they eat food I have prepared. It just warms my heart! But sometimes it can take hours when you are cooking from scratch. Most of the time who has hours to spend over a stove. Especially when you are trying to run a business or work outside the home and have a family to take care of. Don’t let me get started on the after school activities, woo! You really have to organize your time. So, cooking smarter not harder is the way to go. 

The Power Pressure Cooker is the perfect appliance for busy moms and dads. It allows you to prepare meals in minutes not hours. I was so excited to have the opportunity to test out the Power Pressure Cooker XL. It’s an amazing unit! It really delivers delicious wholesome foods that are sure to please your family. 

How It Works

The unit has uses flavor infusion technology, which traps super-heated steam inside the pot. The high-pressure environment inside the pot forces liquid and moisture into your food, locking in intense flavor and nutrients. The Power Pressure Cooker XL also features intelligent one-touch settings for meat, fish, vegetables, beans, rice, soups or stews. I love this feature as it allows me to set it and forget it! Then I can come back to a perfectly cooked meal every time. The unit even has a delay button that allows your food to be ready for you at anytime.

  
The Power Pressure Cooker XL cooks chili, beef, vegetables, and rice to perfection. You can rest assured that your food will be juicy, tender, colorful and full of flavor when you cook with this unit. Clean up is a breeze too! Just pull out the inner pot and wash it by hand or drop it in the dishwasher. Super easy right! I highly recommend that you give the Power Pressure Cooker XL a try. I’m sure you will enjoy it just as I do. 

Keeping my face clear and clean is a must in my beauty care regimen. I know this is a must for some of you also. If you suffer with acne, I have the perfect skincare system for you. This system is great even if you do not have acne like myself. You will be amazed at how your face will look and feel! The AcneFree Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo is where it’s at.

  
I was sent the NEW AcneFree Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo to test out. This system is the latest innovation from AcneFree that is designed to gently deep clean pores while the AcneFree Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser helps clear blackheads and acne breakouts. When you open the box, you will find the AcneFree Purifying Facial Cleansing Brush which features two speeds. The soft silicone brush gently exfoliates your skin using Dermal Stimulation Technology, providing up to 8,000 pulsations per minute, channeled through the smooth, rounded touchpoints that gently exfoliate and clean pores. The AcneFree Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser features 2.5% Advanced Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide to help fight acne bacteria and control breakouts. It is suitable for all skin types and just right for on-the-go skincare. The AcneFree Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo is a beauty must-have to help keep your skin looking clear and blemish-free  year around!

The AcneFree Sonic Advanced Cleansing Duo was super easy to use. I applied a small amount of the product to the facial cleansing brush (about a dime size). The brush was very gentle on my face. It gave smoothing massage while deeply cleansing and lifting dirt away. Afterwards, my skin felt like satin! After using the product for a few days I felt that it really cleared out my pores, especially on my nose. That area is a trouble spot for me. I really like this device and how it made my skin feel. I recommend this product to anyone suffering from acne or blemish spots.

Many people with incurable digestive problems have been helped by following  a Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). This diet restricts the use of complex carbohydrates and eliminates refined sugar, grains, and starch without compromising on taste. Now you can enjoy fresh baked delights on this type of diet! Yes, with the Baking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet cookbook, you can have delicious treats that’s sure to please the whole family. 

  

This cookbook is packed full of over 100 grain-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free recipes. The author Kathryn Anible’s goal for this book was to provide recipes that could be enjoyed on any occasion with friends. She wanted to change the thought that a diet means you have to be restricted. You can have dishes ans snacks like Pizza Margherita, Cherry Nut Bars, and Chicken Pot Pie. There’s even desserts like Peanut Butter Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. You can still be healthy and eat baked goods. Just remember moderation of course! 

Whether it’s a loved one or yourself that suffers from gluten intolerance, celiac disease, IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or food allergies this book is sure to help you with satisfying any craving. I do recommend that you give this book a try for yourself. You can find this book at your local bookstore or on Amazon.com. 

As a child growing up in the 80’s, I have seen a lot of Barbie dolls come on the scene. My parents would buy me a new one about three times a year. During Christmas, my birthday (I’m a January baby! Lol), and whenever I would ask for one later in the year. I love Barbie dolls, especially the special edition dolls. They are so glamorous! 

Over the years, I started to collect the dolls more so than play with them. My Dad purchased a display case for my collection which I loved. It really made it easy to see all the dolls I had. In my teen years, I started to wonder if Barbie would ever look like the girl’s shape that was reflected in the mirror to me every morning. 

 
Photo Credit: Time.com 
Finally, I am pleased to see that Barbie is getting a body makeover! Mattel is giving Barbie more diverse body sizes. I feel this is very good for the young girls growing up in a not so one size fits all world. On January 28, you will be able to purchase a Barbie that is curvy, petite, or tall. This paired with the new skin tones and hair types is simply FAB. Guess what else? They will all be called, you guessed it, Barbie! These cuties will be placed along side the original Barbie. No size discrimination there and I love it! I can truly appreciate the company’s steps towards change. To me it spells all body shapes and heights are beautiful. That to me is one lesson we all need to learn, young or old. These are some Barbie dolls that this doll collector will defiantly be adding to her collection.

 
Photo Credit: Time.com 
What do you think of the new body types that Mattel has given Barbie?

*I was sent this product for review.

Since my early 20’s, I have been a lover of coffee. I adore the smell of it brewing in the morning. I’m sure many of you can nod your heads in agreement with me, that there is nothing like a fresh cup of Joe! As my quest for the ultimate flavor of coffee evolved over the years, I got more into the specialty blends, lattes, and cappuccinos. Thus my love for coffee houses began. But going to your favorite coffee house every morning can really hit you in your Marc Jacobs! There had to be a way to create great coffee house flavor at home. 

I’m happy to report there is a way to get coffee house like beverages in the comfort of your home. The Ninja Coffee Bar has you covered! With it’s Auto IQ technology making the perfect latte is a breeze. The Ninja Coffee Bar is my new favorite kitchen appliance.  

 

What You Get

  • Ninja Coffee Bar System 
  • Carafe
  • Easy Frother
  • Measuring Scoop
  • Travel Mug
  • Filter
  • Recipe book + Instructions 

In addition to making awesome coffee, the Ninja Coffee Bar packs in some very nice features too. It has a 24 hour programmable delay brew button, that allows you set the system to brew the next morning. There are four different brew types with this system, Classic brew, Rich brew, Over Ice brew, and Specialty brew. Each brew button helps you to achieve the best flavor and balance to your coffee. The removable water reservoir makes filling easy. There are so many features to the Ninja Coffee Bar that makes it a must have. My favorite feature of all is the Multi Serve Cup Platform. It allows you to brew right in your beloved coffee cup or travel mug. This is great if you stay alone or you are the only person in your family that drinks coffee like myself. Then when you need to make a full carafe, just flip up the platform and brew away!

The recipe book that is included with the system has some tasty treats in it. You can find 20 of Sofia Vergara’s signature recipes in the book too. If you like your coffee cold, hot or bold, you’re sure to find a taste bud pleasing delight in that book. It even features decadent desserts also.

I really enjoy the Ninja Coffee Bar. It has helped me to recreate some of my most loved coffe house favorites at home. I highly suggest any coffee lover to give this system a try. You can find it at your local Walmart, Target, Department store or online here. The Ninja Coffee Bar will truly turn your countertop into the best coffee shop in town!

Have you tried the Ninja Coffee Bar yet?

    Happy New Year! 2016 is indeed in full effect and it’s time to usher in new things. One of my resolutions for this year is to explore more. This means exploring new places, foods, activities, products and more. On my list of things to try, are subscription boxes. I have tried a few in the past, but there are so many out now it’s hard for a chic to keep up! 

    Some boxes that I love are:

    1) Gwynnie Bee: is a clothing rental subscription service for women sizes 10-32. 

    The Cost: The cost depends on how many items you would like to have out at a time.

    1 = $35/month

    2 = $59/month

    3 = $79/month

    5 = $99/month

    7 = $129/month

    10 = $159/month

    The Products: Women’s clothing rental, sizes 10-32

    Ships to: US 

    2) Graze: a weekly or biweekly snack subscription box. You can customize the types of snacks you want to receive (dairy-free, vegan, savory, gluten-free, etc), and they’ll send you 4 new snacks in each box.

    The Cost: $6.99

    The Products:

    Ships to: US

    3) Birchbox: subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. 

    The Cost: $10.00 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)

    The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

    Ships to: US, France, Spain and the UK and Canada

    4) POPSUGAR Must Have Box: a monthly lifestyle subscription box curated by the editors at POPSUGAR. Each box features their “must have” products for beauty, fashion, home, food, fitness and more.

    The Cost: $39.95

    The Products: Products picked by POPSUGAR editors 

    Ships to: US

    5) Beauty Box 5: a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box. They feature drugstore brands, and usually the product sizes are deluxe or sample size.

    The Cost: $12.00 a month (or $10.00 a month with a 3-month subscription; $8.25 a month with annual subscription)

    The Products: 4-5 full size and sample size beauty products.

    Ships to: US and Canada

    6) Bulu Box: is focused on fitness and WeightLoss. They feature healthy products and diet supplements.

    The Cost: $10.00

    The Products: 4 to 5 premium weight loss items such as vitamin and supplement samples, fitness gear and healthy eating tools.

    Ships to: US

    All of these boxes listed are awesome! As I try more subscription boxes this year, I will update you all on them. What boxes do you love?

    Hello my Honey Bunnies! I want to take this time to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you and your family members enjoy each other and build even more memorable moments to look back on. Enjoy!
      

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