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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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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.

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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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Eyewear can say a lot about a person without them ever uttering a word. It’s a lot like the effects that fashion outfits have when we look at the person wearing them. They give you a look into the persons personality. Plus, a stylish pair of eyewear can truly pull a look together. 
It’s that time of the year where we are pulling out the shades more and more. I have Always been a lover of a nice pair of shades. However, I never had any of my own. I guess it’s because I wear prescription eyeglasses and I figured it would be too much of a hassle to get. Then on the other hand purchasing them would not be cheap as I have astigmatism. I know before you say, Why don’t you get contacts? They don’t make them in colors for folks with my type of astigmatism any more. Yes, I hate it! I really want to get some contacts, wanted some where I could change my eye color. Bummer right! Then I can across Eyewear Insight and I was so excited to find them.

Eyewear Insight is an online company that provides stylish affordable eyewear. You can get prescription or non prescription glasses from them. They carry prescription eyeglasses including computer glasses, reading glasses, prescription sunglasses, bifocals and progressive lens, as well as non-prescription or clear eyeglasses. You can get them in your choice of rimless glasses, full rim glasses, half rim glasses or with clip-ons. The company even offers polarized lens (for safety glasses or for kids glasses), transitional or photocromatic lens (darken with sunlight, lighten indoors) and all the different coatings that can make your eyeglasses special. All brought to you at the best price around. All orders include free anti-scratch coating, free anti-reflective, free microfiber cleaning cloth, free protective case, free UV coating and $5.95 shipping. Shipping is free on all additional pairs you order. Best of all, they don’t charge extra for high prescriptions (high index or mid-index lens). You get to enjoy your eyeglasses plain and simple! 

Eyewear Insight is dedicated to bringing to you the finest optical quality with a guarantee that they will take any eyeglasses back, no questions asked (minus shipping cost) as long as it is in the original condition that you received it in. Amazing right! 

Eyeglasses are a great way to boldly accessorize any outfit. Whether you need them or just rocking them for fun, especially when you have a few stylish pairs on your dresser. But, glasses can really get expensive! At least they were, until I found Eyewear Insight! Their selection is huge and filled with trendy glasses that are super affordable! 

Photo Credit: Eyewear Insight 

I picked up the Halle B cateye sunglasses. Cute right? I absolutely adore them. I’m all for animal print, as it brings the sexy out in you. They offer a perfect flattering shape with the touch of animal print flaring out from the sides. These are definitely for a Diva with style! These beautiful shades tie together an outfit, giving it an elegant polished look. 


Once you find your perfect frames in Eyewear Insight’s amazing selection, you can customize each pair to your liking. I am so in love with my new sunglasses. Give this company a go, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect pair (or two, three) for yourself!

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I love movies, you can call me a bit of a movie junkie. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advance screening of a movie from Fox Searchlight Pictures called “Gifted”. This movie is directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and tells the story of a child prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) who lives with her uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans from the “Captain America” films) in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures and The Help) plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.


My Thoughts 

This movie was surprisingly good. I thought it was going to turn out to be a snooze fest honestly. However, it really held my attention. There are moments on screen where this movie pulls right at your heart strings ( I cried and I rarely cry during movies) along with some very funny ones as well. The emotion played out in the movie is spot on and really sucks you in. 

I enjoyed viewing Gifted, I suggest you make it a family movie night and check it out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be happy you did. Gifted releases on April 7 in select theaters. 

Sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

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Hi TRC Gang! Recently, I had the opportunity to host a sneak peek viewing party for the new CBS All Access show The Good Fight. This show is a spin off from the creators of the The Good Wife. Being that I am a fan of the show series The Good Wife, I was very excited to see what they had came up with this new show.


Once the day rolled around to host the party, I was very happy. I had already been sent a party pack with goodies for my guest and myself. The pack included gourmet popcorn, a trivia game, cute cups with the show logo on them, napkins, note books, posters, and a Roku (my gift for hosting). It all came in a cute tote bag. All I had to do was add in other food and drink items and we were ready! 

In an effort to not spoil your viewing pleasure, I’m not gonna dive too deep with my review of this show. All I am going to say is that The Good Fight is definitely a must watch. I loved the casting and writing so far. I would love to see more when it airs. I know you may be wondering what is CBS All Access and how can you get it?

CBS All Access is a streaming service where you can stream live tv plus 8,500 shows on-demand for a small fee. There are currently two packages offer Limited Commercials ($5.99 per month) and Commercial Free ($9.99 per month). Even though I really enjoyed the sneak peak episode of The Good Fight, I am up in the air about playing to access it. I guess will decide before the show airs on February 19th. 

Do you have CBS All Access? How do you like it?

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