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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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*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.

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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! 

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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. 

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Do you need to be able to charge more devices in your home office at one time? If yes, then I have the perfect solution for you. It’s the Powramid Air Power Center & USB Charging Station from ACCELL. This unit is a lifesaver and offers a way to power your all of those extra devices. 

The Powramid Air Power Center and USB Charging Station is super compact and portable. I have found that it is great for around the house or out at co-working spaces. The unit features 6 adapter-spaced outlets. The round, flat design of the station is perfect for placing it on a desk or conference room table. The unit has two USB charging ports that feature smart chips to provide a combined 2.4A of fast charging for USB powered devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and portable music players. This station is a must have for business professionals, entrepreneurs, and even families.

                Photo Credit: ACCELL

Features of the Powramid Air Center & USB Charging Sation:

Six Adapter-Friendly Outlets

2 USB Charging Ports (Total Output: 5V 2.4A)

6ft (1.8m) Power Cord

Skid & Scratch Resistant Base

On/Off Power Button

Green LED Power Indicator

1080 Joules Surge Protection

Blue LED Surge Protection Indicator

15 Amp Circuit Breaker

This charging station comes in your choice of either black or white and offers a 5-year warranty. This unit retails for $35.99. Not bad right!

I really enjoy using this station for all of my powering and charging needs. You can find this unit and more here.

Photos 

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The weather is breaking and it’s time to ditch the heavy clothes! Pull out those cute open toe sandals with the straps paired with that sassy Maxi dress that’s at the back of your closet. Pull them out girl! But wait, we may need to go shopping, because there are some new trends that are hot right now and you need to add some to your wardrobe collection ASAP. 

                                         Anya Strapless Dress in Floral From SWAK Designs

Below are some of my favorite trends that are sure to sizzle for the summer. 

Style Trend #1: That New New Boho 

This trend has made a come back with it’s rustic long skirts, peasant tops, and tassel detailing. Channel your inner flower child once again with this trend.

Style Trend #2: Sexy Sassy Lace

When the temps start rising, you don’t want to be caught weighted down by heavy fabrics. Slip on some lace! These fabrics are very lightweight and airy. They also add some texture to your wardrobe. Plus lace is so sexy! 

Style Trend #3: Candied Colors

This summer, color is where it’s at! Go for that cotton candy pink dress you saw at Nordstrom. Celebrate life with your girlfriends in a beautiful peachy color on the town. Sweeten up your style with these tones.

Style Trend #4: That Bold Bad Shoulder Action

It’s time to show some skin! This trend let’s you do it, all while still keeping some to the imagination. Go on, try that cold shoulder top of off the shoulder dress for date night with your boo. Just pair it with a sexy wedge sandal or killer pumps and you’re sure to wow them.

Style Trend #5: Get Printed Up

From stripes to florals, prints are fresh with a bit of edge! Spice up your style a bold pattern top or give it some sassiness with a beautiful colorful floral print dress. Either way, you’re sure to turn heads with this trend.

Those are my picks for trends to try for summer. These trends can also be combined. Have you added any of these trends to your wardrobe yet? 

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The weather has finally gotten warm and you’re ready to move about. That new resort in the Bahamas has your name all over it. You go on the hunt for you favorite leather travel bag. Once you retrieve it, you see that it doesn’t look how you once remembered. It’s a bit tattered, in need of some TLC. 

Caring for your leather handbags, footwear and jackets properly can sometimes be a tricky task. It can require a great amount of patience. No worries! I’m here to help you with keeping your leather goods looking and feeling like new.

Photo Credit: MAHI Leather Bags

Leather Maintenance Basics 

Love on your leather and it will last a lifetime. Give it a quick wipe down with a soft, dry cloth once a week.

Limit your leather goods exposure to direct sunlight.

Every so often, rotate your leather, this is so that one product doesn’t age more rapidly than the others.

To help prevent wrinkling or flaking, be sure use a good leather conditioner. Just take some on a soft cloth and gently rub all over. You want to repeat this step every month.

Removing Stains on Leather

It’s recommended for oil stains, to put cornstarch on it as soon as possible, rub it in, and immediately brush off the remaining powder with with a clean cloth. Afterwards, you can apply some mink oil to the rest of the area. This will often cover up the oil stain and blend in with a natural look. 

Spilled water on your leather, no worries! Simply let water spills dry on their own. Do not try to blow dry them! 

For food stains, crush a small amount of white chalk and let it sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, brush it off with a clean cloth. 

To remove fresh ink or dirt stains, use a white eraser on the affected area, lightly. If it’s an older stain that has set in, please seek the help of a professional.

Leather Storing 

Store your leather in dust bags or a cotton pillowcase. For handbags cross the handles over each other and leave them in an upright position.

To keep the shape of the leather, be sure to fill it with clothing items, butter paper or acid-free. Do avoid newspaper, it can smear and stain.  Be sure to air it out once every two weeks. 

Worried about odor while storing? To prevent or get rid of unwanted odors, fill a plastic bag with baking soda, zip the leather bag closed, and store for a few days. Dryer sheets can also save the day also.

Thank for checking out this post and I hope it helps you with caring for your leather goods. 

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