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I am a huge juice lover. I like to drink it at any time of the day. However, I find that many juice blends just have a bit more sugar and other things that I don’t want in my juice beverages. Since I am a diabetic, I really have to pay very close attention to the things I take into my body (Living a healthy diabetic life takes a lot of dedication to self). So my hunt for juices that were 100% started.

Two brands that I found to be 100% fruit juice were Beetology and Ripe Craft Juice. They are both phenomenal! They are truly juice, nothing more, nothing less. I love that they are both cold pressed juices. What is cold pressed juice you ask? Well, it’s actually a process in which the juice is extracted. Cold pressed juice is produced by using what is known as a ‘masticating juicer’. This juicer uses a hydraulic press that squeezes the juice from the fruit or vegetable. The masticating juicer crush the ingredients in order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality, because it will not generate as much heat to significantly affect the juice like traditional juicing methods can. Once the juice is made, it’s bottled, sealed, and placed in a chamber that fills with water. Pathogens are destroyed by imposing a great amount of pressure. This allows cold pressed juices to remain not only drinkable but nutritious and flavourful for up to a few weeks.

Beetology 


Beets can be very beneficial to our overall health. These burgundy gems help boost your energy, aid in weight loss, supports cleansing and detoxing, plus they have anti-inflammatory properties. They’re even known to improve blood flow and help lower blood pressure. Beetology™ has delivered on a very flavorful juice that allows us to smile at the sound of beets. Just from the the word beet, I was expecting a juice that would have me gagging. I know I’m not the only person that has this reaction. However, I was pleasantly surprised and so were my taste buds! I enjoyed just about every juice flavor from their line. Beetology™ is dedicated to the art of creating delicious beverages and foods from one of nature’s most nutrient dense vegetables and the finest organically grown fruits. Their beverages contain no more than five ingredients. All five of their offerings are 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. They are also non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, making them perfect for anyone, any time. They are very refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness to them. The beet juice married very well with the fruit juice choices the brand uses in their products. Beetology has turned my frown into a smile with it’s delicious beet blend juice. I’m now a loyal customer!

Ripe Craft Juice 


New Haven, Connecticut based brand, RIPE Craft Juices was created to redefine the consumer’s expectations of real fresh juice. So their process was simple, to start with the best fruits and vegetables, use the absolute minimum in processing, and offer a juice that surpasses all others in freshness, taste, and nutrition. These juices a very fresh tasting. I enjoyed all four juices. They are not very sweet, there is a bit of bitterness that hits your taste buds. But, it’s not overpowering to where you can’t enjoy and appreciate the natural freshness from this juice brand. These juices are also Gluten Free, non GMO, never from concentrate, using fruit and vegetables that are 100% traceable.
Want to get your hands on these juices? 

You can find RIPE Craft Juices and Craft Bar Juices available at:

King Kullen – Long Island, New York (Bar and Craft juice)

Kings Food Markets – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Key Foods – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (Bar and Craft juice)

Fairway – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Big Y – Connecticut and Massachusetts (Craft juice)

Roche Brothers – Massachusetts (Bar and Craft juice)

Dierbergs – Missouri (Bar and Craft juice) 

Schnucks – Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa (Bar and Craft juice)

*Juices are also available on Amazon.com

Beetology ($3.99) available at:

Grocery stores near you in the refrigerated section. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you can find it at Good Earth (6350 Guilford Rd.).

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Do you remember when Groupon first hit the scene?  Man, they sure made a huge wave and change in how we as consumers shopped. They really hooked us with their deal-of-the-day discounted gift certificates. Now, with Groupon Coupons, the company is taking a more traditional route to save you money.

Groupon Coupons is a free site to use and it has thousands of coupons from retailers that are available to you at no upfront cost. On the site, it mentions it has over 55,000 coupons from over 8,000 retailers, but many of the coupons describe current sales already going on. But wait, who doesn’t like a good sale? I know I do! So, Groupon Coupons can be an awesome gateway to find super sales at your favorite retail stores. However, if you’re a person that likes to hunt for actual coupons, you may not find this site all that appealing, because the majority of the coupons that I’ve found were promo codes that could be used for online shopping. I didn’t find very many printable coupons that could be used in the actual stores per say.

The good folks over at Groupon are working around-the-clock to add more coupons every day to the site. This is great because if you’re like me, you like to find deals for your favorite shops like Walgreens, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Maybe you want to do some summer shopping at Nordstroms, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret, or Bloomingdales to get ready for your much-needed summer vacay. Perhaps like to cook and you may want to try a new food subscription service like HelloFresh. Groupon Coupons has you covered! You can go right to pages that are dedicated specifically to those stores to see all of their current coupons and sales. Please note, if you want to look for a coupon for something specific, you’ll have to do some digging, as you can’t search for specific items on the site. But, you can search for predefined categories such as electronics, home goods, women’s clothing, etc.

Overall, I feel Groupon Coupons is worth giving it a scan before you shop or if you’re already at the store, you can pull up Groupon Coupons through the Groupon app on your phone (available on iPhone and Android). It’s a great way to find current sales at your favorite retailers. Also, I’ve seen a few retailers offer deals that are only available through Groupon Coupon.

With thousands of coupons and sales for thousands of retailers, the site can help you find some good deals. Who knows, Groupon Coupons could just become your new shopping bestie by being a good resource for saving you big bucks.

grouponenvelope Have you tried Groupon Coupons yet? If yes, how was your experience? 

This post has been brought to you by Groupon. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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Beautiful and healthy skin and hair – this is the ultimate goal for many of us. Many people around the world invest in so much money to keep their skin as radiantly as possible while maintaining each strand of hair in our heads. This thought might be a far-fetched objective, but it’s not an impossible feat.

Give importance to utilizing natural ingredients as opposed to using commercial products when such as high end hair dressing flat irons it comes to keeping our beautiful locks and radiant skin. Creams and lotions found on store shelves may contain harsh toxins and chemicals that might do more harm than good in the long run.

Shifting to organic methods to obtain healthy skin and hair should be at the top of your priority list. Not only is it a safer method as opposed to using store-bought products, but you’ll also stay within the lines of your spending allowance as well.

Read on to the rest of this post as I’ve shared five organic foods for healthy skin and hair.

  1. Olive Oil

Many of us would simply ignore olive oil as a way to make our skin and hair healthier than the norm. Some of us might even use it as simply as an ingredient when cooking up something in the kitchen. However, you can also use it on the hair and skin.

When using olive oil on the hair, warm it up first before massaging it into your scalp for a few minutes. Allow it to absorb into your hair and scalp for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Shampoo your hair as you normally do afterward. This organic food helps your hair stay strong, healthy and beautiful.

When used on the skin, warm the olive oil first and massage it onto your skin. Wait for about 30 minutes before showering. Use this natural skin care solution daily to enjoy flawlessly smooth skin.

 

  1. Avocado

Just by eating avocado on a regular basis will help protect the skin. The fruit assists in bolstering the cells’ power to eliminate free radicals and the damage it causes to the body. To enjoy this advantage, rub the pulp of a ripe avocado on your skin for 30 minutes right before taking a shower.

You can also take advantage of utilizing an avocado’s beneficial properties for the hair. Create a hair mask by mashing one ripe avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil and yogurt. Apply it on your wet hair and put on a shower cap. Let the mixture stay on your hair and scalp for 1 hour before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.

 

  1. Honey

Another organic food that can aid you in achieving your hair and skin care goals is honey. It is a natural ingredient composed of mainly glucose and fructose, but it also has other essential substances such as amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, proteins, and minerals.

Honey can help put a stop to hair loss. For this purpose, start by preparing two tablespoons of honey and onion juice. Massage the mixture into your scalp and the roots of your hair. Allow the hair care solution to sit there for roughly 30 minutes before shampooing it off.

When mixed with fresh lemon juice, raw honey can also work wonders for the skin. Apply this mixture on your neck and face areas, and all it to dry on its own before washing it off with lukewarm water. Use this skin care solution once or twice a week to have a better chance of reaping its benefits.

 

  1. Coconut Oil

Many hair and skin care product manufacturers include coconut oil as the main ingredient in creams and lotions. The oil’s moisturizing properties help bring about soft and smooth skin. It can also aid in protecting the skin against sun damage. Coconut oil is also rich in fatty acid that helps in reducing inflammation while revitalizing the skin.

When massaged into the hair and scalp, warm coconut oil can help prevent hair damage during the grooming process. You can also apply it on your hair and scalp right before going to bed, but make sure to warm the oil first before the application. Shampoo your hair as you’d normally the next day.

 

  1. Lemons

If you hear someone talking about hair and skin care, they’d usually mention lemons as part of the context. It is because lemons are nutritional powerhouses that can do wonders for your skin and hair.

Lemons contain an abundance of vitamins, especially vitamin C, and this is an antioxidant that helps combat against free-radicals. Unable to properly fight against free radicals can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging to show up earlier than expected.

As for the hair, drinking a glass of lemon water at the start of the day can help make your hair beautiful from within. It can aid in the prevention of dandruff, flakiness, and scalp itchiness.

Conclusion

To create better skin and hair, you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to get great results. Organic foods can be your best friend to help defeat the causes of hair and skin damage. Follow these tips regularly, and you’ll enjoy better looking and feeling skin with flawless hair with the right level of dedication.

 

 Author Bio: Linda is a professional hairstylist based in San Jose, California. She has worked in the fashion industry for several years and has had the privilege of styling some of Hollywood’s top stars as well as working with the best names in fashion. Besides her hectic hair care commitments, Linda is a passionate writer who loves to share her knowledge on the latest hair products, styling tips and more. Check out checkcorner.com for more information on her latest work.

 

*Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part.


I enjoy cooking for my family, but during the summer it’s hot and who wants to slave in a hot kitchen. So, during these months you have to get really creative with preparing meals. You definitely want the meals to be fast, healthy, simple, and most of all delicious!

My family and I love seasoned baked chicken. However, in the summertime, I really don’t feel like cranking up the oven. Here’s where Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps come into play. You’ll get tasty perfectly seasoned chicken right on top of the stove in less time.


How the Wraps Work

I have always been a fan of Stouffer’s products since I was a kid growing up. My mother would occasionally buy one of their family meals for a day when she wanted a break from cooking. They were very good! As I grew older, I still rely on them for meal ideas. Stouffer’s sent me over some of their wraps for me to try with my family. They even sent some of their Sauce Duos, but I’ll talk about them in another post.

The Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps are great for those super hot days when you don’t want to cook but want to put something amazing on the table for your family to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with these at all. They come in a variety of flavors too. Also, you have a family of four you’re good to go, as four seasoning wraps come in each package.

To use the wraps, you will need a package of boneless chicken breast, that has been flattened (I just cut mine in half down the middle). Then you’ll take one piece of the chicken, place it inside the wrap ( I used Roasted Tomato Herb and Italian Countryside Herb) and fold the wrap over. You will repeat this step for all of the chicken breast. Note: Be gentle with handling the seasoning wrap so your seasonings won’t fly off your wrap.



Next, you want to preheat your pan and place your chicken in the pan. The instructions say that you don’t need any cooking oil, but I feel that you would need just a touch of oil to keep it from burning the drippings in the pan. You could also use a non-stick pan as well. You’ll cook your chicken about 20-25 minutes or until done to your liking.

The kitchen smelled so good while these were cooking.


The finished product is a flavorful mouthwatering chicken breast that’s sure to please.  No need to worry about heavy cleaning with these, clean up was easy as 1-2-3.


My family and I really enjoyed the seasoning wraps from Stouffer’s. I do recommend that you try the Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps out for yourself. You can find them at your local Walmart. If you have already tried them, tell me your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear how you liked them.

When you’re traveling, it can sometimes be hard to keep items organized with in your luggage. Let’s face it, no matter how much you try to keep your clothing and other items neat, they always end up getting jumbled up during travel to your destination. Then what do you have to do? You got it! You have to end up fumbling around, digging for what you need. All that time you spent carefully placing everything into your bags and it gets shot to the wazoozi! Yes, I know the feeling oh so well. 


I now arrive organized to my travel destinations. I don’t have to worry about the infamous luggage scramble anymore. My things stay put while traveling all because of a simple easy to use packing tool called Packing Cubes from TravelWise. These cubes are very lightweight and durable. They’re a traveler’s dream! The cubes come in a variety of colors to suit your style. 

I was sent the TravelWise 5 Piece Weekender Set in the color purple. You all know that’s my color! They even come in a 3 piece set too. I just could not believe how much space the cubes gave me in my luggage. Amazing! The set includes;

  • 2- Large Cubes
  • 2- Medium Cubes
  • 1- Small Cubes

The cubes have a mesh panel in their design that allows you to clearly see what you’re looking for, while letting your clothes to breathe as well. The pocket are really deep, so you can fit a nice amount of clothes and other personal items into the cubes. They make unpacking and re-packing on long or short trips a breeze. You can just take the cubes out as you need to. I absolutely love these packing cubes. They are very essential for travel in my opinion. 

No matter how long you’re going to be away from home, the TravelWise Packing Cubes will surely come in handy by helping you to stay well organized during your journey. Plus, if you travel with children, these are great for keeping all of their items together. They will make your travel life much easier. So what are you waiting for, pick up a set for yourself or that travel lover you know.

Disclaimer: Product purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Hi TRC Gang! About a month or so ago, I was asked the following questions about a beauty brand called LipSense. You know like…
Have you heard of LipSense? Have you tried LipSense? What do you think about LipSense?

I love it when you all have product questions. I enjoy sharing my point of view about beauty products, especially ones that my audience/tribe has a curiosity about. I have seen this product all over social media and it claims to be kiss proof, water proof, and last for a ridiculously long time. So, I set out to get my hands on this lippie. You can purchase this item from someone who is a distributor of the products. First off, this product is very expensive in my opinion. I purchased the $55 starter kit and chose the brown nude shade Cappuccino. So, does it really work? Does it dry out your lips? Would I buy it again? Keep reading! 


The starter kit comes with your choice of lip color, gloss and remover. Once you have those, you can purchase additional lip colors and the different glosses. There are 70 lip shades in a variety of finishes as well as 10 different glosses that range from matte, glossy, iridescent, to glitter! I was super excited about glitter gloss. Y’all know I love some glitter! 


The Application

When applying LipSense, there is a magic number and it is “3”. I found that applying 3 thin layers, making sure to let each one dry in between gives you the perfect pigmentation on your lips. For the first application, there may be a slight tingle. The product contains a cosmetic grade alcohol which can sting some and give a cooling feeling as it evaporates. However, I noticed that the sensation was less noticeable on the second day.

Once your 3 coats are dry, you simply apply your gloss of choice. This step is what makes your lips feel moisturized and gives them that oh so lush juicy look. You will not experience a dry, matte feel when using the gloss with the lip color. The first time I applied the gloss to my lips, I was floored that none of brownish tan color came off on the lip gloss applicator. Amazing! 

The Verdict 

  • Overall, the lip color formula is good. It can be thin and streaky if you don’t apply 3 coats. Please note, many have said that the opacity can vary with the colors as well.
  •  The burning sensation could be uncomfortable for some people. The gloss is a must for this product. Without the it, the lip color feels dry. 
  • The wear of this product is very impressive. I was truly outdone! It really lasted through frappes, a burger, sipping water in meetings, rubbing, and drinks with friends. No transfer at all!
  • The scent of the lip color was ok. The glosses are unscented and the remover smells so pleasant, like vanilla. I love the scent of vanilla!
  • I would not wear LipSense everyday because I do enjoy reapplying my lip color! 
  • The initial investment of $55 is very expensive for my taste, but once you have gloss, you can purchase additional colors for $25. This is still steep, but since you will only have to apply once a day, it maybe economical for some.
  • Even though I like this product, I do not see myself buying it again. I can get a regular lippie and be happy.

Do I recommend LipSense?

Yes I do. This product definitely works.  I have tried some long lasting lip products in my day, but none as long lasting like this one. You just have to keep reapplying the gloss to keep it feeling moisturized. I really like that it’s vegan, lead-free and cruelty free which are huge pluses in my book. So, if you don’t mind spending the money, I say grab it! 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration for review. As always, I only share my honest thoughts on products. If a product doesn’t work well for me, I simply will not review it. 

Hi TRC Gang, I want to talk with you about a new cosmetic line that has exclusively hit the shelves of Ulta. It’s called Models Own, a brand originating from the U.K. that is cruelty-free. This collection is fresh, fun, and most of all affordable. I’m a stickler for affordability with makeup brands because in my opinion some of them can just be very over priced. 

Models Own offers many different formulas with it’s cosmetics and they have a good range of colors too. They don’t believe in one look, one way! I was sent three of their products to try and give my honest feelings about them. I was sent the Sculpt and Glow Highlighter Powder (Golden Sand) and two Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Candy Cane and Coral Fresh).


Sculpt and Glow Highlighting Powder ($11.99)

The Sculpt and Glow Highlighter in the shade Golden Sand is beautiful. It gives you the perfect amount of glow.  I really love that it is highly pigmented. I like to add the highlight to my cheekbones, nose, and chin with a fan brush. The glow last all day! 


Matte Liquid Lipstick ($7.99)

I love these matte lippies. The formula for theme is super creamy. They go on very smooth and they don’t feel sticky at all. Plus, they dry quickly and last for a good while on your lips. I adore the smell of them too. The peppermint scent is very pleasant. 

Models Own cosmetics is a fabulous brand that delivers on high quality with an affordable price to match. I suggest you get BOLD and give them a try for yourself. Don’t be shy, add some of their products to your stash. You can purchase Models Own at Ulta stores or Ulta.com. Also, be on the look out for a video with me incorporating these products into a makeup look. If you’re not subbed to my YouTube channel, head over and subscribe.