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Hi TRC Gang! As you all know, I started my healthy lifestyle journey last year. I can not say that it has be all easy and smooth. I have had many bumps in the road along with high hills to climb. Sometimes I just wanted to scream (and I did…lol)! But, seeing the results of my hard work has kept me going.

This year in 2017, I plan to go even harder. One of the things that I struggled with in 2016 was making sure that I had breakfast in the morning. I have never been a person that just loved to eat in the morning. As a kid, my mother would have to make me eat a bit of something before I went off to school. Now, as an adult I am really trying to make it a new habit of eating breakfast. I know that it is important that your break your body’s fast from your sleep.

To jump start this habit, I want to start enjoying more smoothies. They are quick, easy to customize to your liking, and can be very filling. The types of smoothies your can create are just endless! I just love that the are perfect for a person on the go. Just blend, pop it into a tumbler, and you’re on your way!

Have you ever heard of Ninja Kitchen? I just love them! I have done a few post on their units before. They have in my opinion the best blenders. You can really get all of your nutrients from fruits and veggies with them. Plus their units offer a wide range of functions. I was sent over their latest blender unit the Nutri Ninja Ninja Bowl DUO with Auto-IQ Boost. Let me tell you, I have found a new bestie! The foods you can create with this unit are endless. You can make fresh salsa, dips, smoothies, and even cookie dough. This unit has you covered.

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What you’ll get:
(1) 1200-Watt Motor Base with Auto-iQ Boost™
4-cup Nutri Bowl™
Precision Prep Blade Assembly
Dough Blade Assembly
(2) 24 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cups
(2) Spout Lids
(1) Pro Extractor Blades® Assembly
75-Recipe Book

I made my first smoothie bowl of the year with the Ninja Bowl. I came out smooth and delicious. Take a look at the video below.

The Nutri Ninja Ninja Bowl DUO with Auto-IQ Boost is a powerful unit and I recommend it for those of you who are wanting to get into the kitchen more to try your hand at making healthy dishes. It’s a winner! You can purchase one for yourself or a loved one here.


Hi TRC Gang! Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2017 has been awesome for you so far. I know some of you are setting goals that you want to achieve for the year. I know I am! One goal that I am truly focused on is my healthy lifestyle journey that I am carrying over from 2016 to 2017. This year, I want to really get into it by being more consistent with exercise and what I put into my body. 

One of my healthy goals is to cut sugary drinks completely from my diet. I had been doing great with doing this, but every now and then I would fall back into drinking sodas. To try to combat this, I want to start infusing my water with fruit. Drinking plain old water just gets so boring after a while. This is what caused me to have set backs all the time. 

I happened to hop on a site called Tomoson to see what items they had on there. Once on, I came across the Gear Ultimate Infused Water Pitcher. I was so excited to receive this pitcher. The 3 quart pitcher is made of shatterproof acrylic that is also BPA free and food safe. 

What You Get

Pitcher

Infuser Tube

Free Ice Core

Free Recipe Book (e-book)

I just love the sleek design of this pitcher. It has put an end to my bland water days. I can even infuse my favorite teas, which is awesome. You can create some flavor filled drinks from fruits, herbs, and vegetables. The recipe book give you very tasty recipes as well. Great right! It is very easy to clean this unit too! You can hand wash it or place it in the top rack of your dishwasher. 

I highly recommend this pitcher if you are looking to change up the pace with your beverages. This pitcher can be purchased from Amazon. 

FTC: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Are you a person that loves to cook as much as I do? I really enjoyed getting in the kitchen and creating amazing flavorful dishes for my family. I also like to make sure that I use the freshest ingredients in my recipes as well. Some times this means a lot of slicing, chopping, and grating. Therefore, tools to make this process easier is a true must.

The Brieftons Food Chopper, Blender, Slicer & Grater is awesome. It has save me so much time in the kitchen with perp for my meals. There are so many features to this unit. Not only do you receive the container that is divided with a lid, you get plenty more!

Features of the Unit

Container with Lid

Container Divider

Blender Attachments

Safety Food Holder

Frame for Inserts

Inserts: Julienne, Shredder, Slicer, Grater

Chopper Blade

You can get nice uniform slices of your favorite vegetables, fruits, and cheeses to be used in your dishes. One feature that I really like is the ability to mix, which is great for omelettes in the morning or anytime. I enjoy making fresh salsas and salads with this unit. I just really like the Brieftons Food Chopper, Blender, Slicer & Grater. It’s a very useful tool! I encourage you to pick this unit up for your kitchen. You can find this product on Amazon here.

Hello TRG Gang! The new year is almost here. Can you believe how fast this year flew by. It’s time to get prepared and organized for all that 2017 will bring. If you are a planner like myself, you keep a planner for just about everything in your life. My planners really help me to stay on track and on top of things that I need to do. I have a planner for my personal life, blog, YouTube channel, my non-profit organization, and support groups that I lead. Planners are a life saver for me. 

I recently received the At-A-Glance My Week 2017 Planner with Monthly Calendars from Shoplet. This planner is wonderful! The overall design of is excellent and well put together. The color scheme of the planner is simply beautiful. It’s purple and you all know how I feel about purple. I absolutely adore it! 

I really like that it has ample space for writing activities and notes. The planner even features a Holiday list plus Event calendar and Contacts sections. There are also monthly tabs for easy reference and navigation. The planner takes you into January of 2018 as well. I can not wait to start using it for 2017. I have had a few At-A-Glance planners, but this one by far is my favorite. If you are in the market for a planner, I suggest you give this one a try. You can purchase it from Shoplet.com. 

Shoplet carries an assortment of office supplies, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, office furniture, and everything in between. 

Have you tried any At-A-Glance planners?

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Are you a person that is into watching what you put in your body? Maybe you are a person that likes to know how certain foods interact with your body and their benefits? If yes, I want to introduce you to a great insightful book that will help you to look at foods in a new way. This book is sure to help your entire family! 

                                                                           
The book that I am referring to is the The MIND Diet by Maggie Moon, MS, RDN a registered dietitian nutritionist. The MIND Diet is the first comprehensive book and recipe collection that details the research findings on which foods and nutrients benefit and harm brain function. This diet is based upon two proven diet regimes which are the Mediterranean and DASH (dietary approach to stop hypertension) diets. These two ways of eating have been studied for many decades and practiced for centuries.

The diet’s has 10  primary food groups which are vegetables, green leafy vegetables, tree nuts, beans,berries, poultry, fish, whole grains, olive oil, and wine. The recipes that this book offers are very flavorful and easy to prepare. Some dishes that you can enjoy from this book are Quick Chicken-Tortilla Soup, Blueberry, Peach, and Avocado Salad and much more! 

The MIND Diet is a very well-written book which I find has many detailed many foods to help foster brain function. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for one to help give you awesome insight on how to prevent cognitive decline. There are tons of detailed recipes included in the book. I love the desserts, as I occasionally get a sweet tooth. They are not overly sweet and they curb the sweet tooth while also providing nutrients. Excellent! 

You can find this book wherever books are sold. Happy reading!

Author Bio: Hi guys. My name is Miranda, and I am a professional hairstylist based in New York. I have been in the fashion industry for the past 10 years and have been graced to work with the some of the top ranking professionals in the field. For the latest information on the best flat iron for natural hair, styling tips and more, check out my hair straighteners reviews.

 

It is a fact that the hairstyle defines the entire appearance of a woman and makes her look classy with dignity and aplomb. So, it becomes imperative for a woman to try out different looks by experimenting with her hair and soft waves are one of the most proven hairstyles that have been in fashion for ages. I, myself have tried out many hairstyles, but my favorite one’s are the soft wavy curls that make me feel like a princess. It would help all my beauties to know that the basics that are not going to make a hole in their pocket by going to a professional salon.


DIY: Soft and Pretty Waves Hairstyles

Curly hairstyles have always caught the fancy of beautiful women as the curls not only look beautiful, but also add volume to hair and make them super stylish. So, if you desire to add a glamorous touch to your hair to optimal perfection and without any professional help, so, the DIY tutorial for making soft and pretty curls is definitely for you. All you’ll need to get fabulously curly hair is an inexpensive flat iron and a few other simple beauty items. Read below…

Prerequisites for Beautiful Soft Curls

If you intend to try out a new look with soft and wavy curls, then you must consider the pre-requisites that are referred as essentials for a DIY session of creating curls. So, the things you need include a round hair brush, a hair spray, a 1.5-inch curling iron, leave in conditioner, hair clip and an oil of your preference as my case I always prefer Argon oil because of its incredible quality to make hair soft and shiny.

Get Your Hair Curls Ready

Once you are done with your essentials for having soft curls, begin by washing your hair with a good shampoo that suits your hair type. Then apply a leave in conditioner in your hair and bring up the blow dryer to pull on your partially dried hair ready for the ringlets. Then the fully dried hair needs to be combed well by the use of a round hair brush and don’t forget to remove any tangles to get the desired results. Moreover, you need to brush your hair perfectly for curls.

Creating beautiful Curls

Instantly bring your curling iron and make sure to have only a small section of your hair to curl and that should be from backward to forward to ensure the entire hair has been covered properly. So, all you need to do is get your curling iron on a small section of your hair at a 45 degree angle downwards and twirling your hair around the iron. Then you have to let the clamp open and seize the bottom half an inch of hair on its place for a few seconds, say 10 to 15 seconds and then continue the same process for the rest of the hair.

Final touches to Your Soft Curls

Once you’re done curling all your hair, then let your hair loose and brush through the curls gently. Next, get a pea sized amount of oil and apply it lightly to the hair. Then finally get your hair spray and let it do its job by keeping a slight distance from hair. Then use your hands to set the curls gently and voila, you’re done!

Conclusion

Curls are a fashion statement and especially if you have soft and wavy curls that are high on style meter and low on cost. In fact, the DIY tutorial about having soft and wavy curls is surely going to make your curls look more beautiful and classy. You can wear this look in just a good thirty minutes. So, if you are planning to go on a special occasions that need you to be at your perfect best, getting the soft and wavy curls is certainly going to get you a lot of attention.

 

Hey TRC gang! The networks are sure rolling out some great shows for their fall seasons. I have been loving them all! My week nights have become much more exciting with the new lineup of shows that come on now. Have you seen some of the new television shows? 


There is another new show to air on NBC this Monday that will be fantastic. It’s called “Timeless”. This drama from Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”), Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and the producers of “The Blacklist” is a thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor who use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. 

Sounds awesome right? The cast for this show includes Abigail Spencer (Lucy Preston), Matt Lanter (Wyatt Logan), Malcolm Barrett (Rufus Carlin), Goran Visnjic (Garcia Flynn), Paterson Joseph (Connor Mason), Sakina Jaffrey (Agent Denise Christopher), and Claudia Doumit (Jiya). I know you can’t wait for Timeless to air on Monday night! Tune in this Monday night for the premiere on NBC at 10:00pm/9:00pm central time.

Find out if this handpicked team can uncover the mystery behind it all and end the destruction before it’s too late?

 Meet Lucy

Find out more about the character Lucy Preston here.

Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan serve as writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and Director Neil Marshall also executive produce. “Timeless” is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises and MiddKid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.​