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October 2015

Happy National Breadsticks Day!!! – Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks Recipe

Be Like Water

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Ingredients

  • 24 bacon strips
  • 2 tubes (11 ounces each) refrigerated breadsticks
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 breadstick equals 189 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. Wrap a bacon strip around each breadstick; place on baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

In a shallow bowl, combine cheese and garlic powder. Roll warm breadsticks in cheese mixture. Yield: 2 dozen.

Photo Credit: Bread, Booze & Bacon

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Get Organized! :D These foldable organizers are perfect for every home!

Finally organization! Believe it or not, it now comes in the form of fabric and super-thick cardboard! These are not cheaply made or flimsy at all. When i pulled them out of their retail-quality boxes, I was immediately impressed at the way that these are made. They fold completely flat, and when you open them up, a flap of the fabric comes down over the bottom, so that when you insert the piece in to make the base nice and sturdy, everything looks really nice from all sides. These really hold their shape well, even when full of clothes, and I didn’t notice any bowing in the bottom, though I certainly won’t be putting anything too heavy in them.foldingorganizer2
The smaller one is perfect for kids’ socks and underwear, and I have the medium-sized ones packed full of the baby’s onesies. The larger size actually got stolen away by me for my own bedroom, because my bras needed a safe, loving place to live in my dresser drawer, instead of getting pushed around by socks and pantyhose!
My absolute favorite thing about these organizers is that they help my kids keep things where they should be within their drawers…without them, it didn’t seem to matter how often I would go and re-organize the drawers, they would get all messed around within a few days while the girls picked out their clothes, which inevitably led to them ‘not being able to find anything to wear’. Haha you know, typical girls! Now, even my 4-year-old knows that socks and undies always go into the ‘little box’, and even putting clothes away in the drawer is easier for her. My labelmaker and a label on each helps us all keep track of what goes where, and mornings are a lot easier!
foldingorganizer3Check them out here, there are two colors to choose from: Foldable Organizers, Beige Cotton Fabric, 3Pcs Set Decorative Collapsible Storage Boxes, Closet Drawer Organizers for Organizing & Classifying Small Clothing & Accessories -Durable Mold-free, Moisture-proof Non-woven Fabric & Cardboard, Easy to Install & Store

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle
I received this 3-piece set of foldable organizers for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Still use ‘regular’ pencils? You NEED this electric sharpener!

I am really impressed with this electric pencil sharpener! Upon taking it out of the box, I was impressed that this could be plugged into either a regular wall outlet, or into a USB plug, or operated by batteries. Finally, an electric device for my desk that I don’t have to find another power strip to be able to plug in! I’ve only bought small, handheld sharpeners for years, which was a mistake, because with daughters in school, we always seem to need a pencil, but can never find one when we need one…or at least, one that’s sharp.sharppencils2

Of course, I’m the only one in the house that seems to sharpen the pencils, so I’ve probably lost quite a chunk of my life to pencil-sharpening. I’ll never make that mistake again! This sharpens all of our pencils so quickly and perfectly, and I LOVE the three different settings, because with kids in the house, you don’t want a whole bunch of stabby-sharp pencils around!
sharppencils3The tray for shavings is nice and large, so you don’t have to empty it between every pencil or two like with some small handheld sharpeners, and it’s really sturdy, and so simple to use, even my 4-year old can do it. Even nicer, it doesn’t work with the shavings tray taken out, so if I walk away to dump shavings while it’s plugged in, my nightmares about hurt fingers won’t come true.

You can buy yours here on Amazon: Pencil Sharpener, High Quality Electric & Battery operated, Great for Office & School Pro For Kids From Imikas, The Best Compact Fast & Reliable sharpener, Sharpen Your Pencils Now Hassle Free!

As Always Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle
I received this electric pencil sharpener for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Switch Socks – Product Review!

I chose to surprise my boyfriend with these socks in Nug Red. Turns out he was starting to run low on socks, so I got them at just the right time! He really tested them the first day he wore them. Long story short, we moved a vending machine company’s supplies, machines, and everything else from one building to a new one. It was a 16-hour day of non-stop moving around, which was a very daring time to try out a brand-new pair of socks. He said that he’s not used to socks that come up so high anymore, but that they were extremely comfortable, and not too tight on his calves at all, but they still stayed up all day long without him having to pull at them or adjust them at all. I will admit that it took us a second to realize that there is a ‘left’ and a ‘right’ socks…the Switch decal goes on the outside of your leg! 🙂

Review of the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack

We all know by now that muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are seriously trying to lose fat and inches off of your figure, stop stepping on the scale every single day, and start measuring once a week or so to gauge your results more realistically. This especially goes for women, some of whom have a tendency to gain a bit of water weight during certain times of the month, which be so frustrating and disheartening that it can easily throw off an entire diet/exercise plan…until you feel silly when you realize that that 5-lb gain in a day wasn’t a real 5-lb gain, because less than a week later, the pounds are back off, plus some!
The caliper is a caliper. It’s not really incredibly fancy, but it does the job exactly as it should..and the body fat guide was really helpful to assist me in determining my overall body fat and ‘healthiness.’ The tape measure is the bees knees, though! I love how compact it is..I’m less likely to use a measuring tape if I have to roll it up every single time I finish using it. It’s also really handy, the tape comes out one end of the little handle, goes around whatever body part you are measuring, and clips into the other side, giving you incredibly accurate results every single time, without a ton of guesswork.

You can buy yours here:The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this tape measure and body fat caliper for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

LED Flashlight beverage Koozie! Check it out! :D

These are so much fun! Since I got my flashlight koozie, I’ve been the envy of every campfire we’ve hosted! This koozie is so much fun, and works so well!
koozie1My first thought was to try it with a can…obviously not the way to go, you couldn’t see the fun lights at all! So i tried a regular beer bottle. We could see the lights, but they weren’t bright or brilliant, thanks to the brown bottle! Next, i tried my koozie with a ‘hard lemonade’ in a clear bottle. Absolute success! My bottle was really lit up well, for everyone around to notice. What fun! I love the fact that the red lights blink, but i wish I could control whether each color blinked or not. No big, these are so much fun anyways! I love that it comes in so many different colors, so that your daytime koozie can match your personality as much in the daytime as it does in the nighttime! 😀 The little ‘koozie man’, as I call him, is adorable as well, and i’m not at all ashamed to have him on the side of my koozie!koozie4
koozie2The insert that comes with this is perfect for the smaller bottles of water, and the little carrying pouch ensures that i don’t lose it when i’m not losing it, and that i always have a nice place to keep my koozie when I’m not in the middle of a drink, or when we’re on the way to our destination for the evening! Everyone in my family was super disappointed I decided to keep this for myself, and not give it to them!

You can buy your own here: The LED Flashlight Koozie Beverage Cooler – The Drinks Stubby Cooler Torch Light (Black) Male Designed Koozie Cooler LED Flashlight, A1 Water Bottle Accessory

They have quite a few different colors, so be sure to pick the one that’s right for you!

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this lighted koozie for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

OZ Naturals Tinted Moisturizer 30 SPF Sunscreen–Product Review

<a href=”http://www.tomoson.com/?code=TOP1ea108f60cae019e682fe35d69237ebf&#8221; rel=”nofollow”><img style=”display: none” src=”http://www.tomoson.com/images/front/pixel.png&#8221; /></a>Skincare is incredibly important, no matter what your age or gender. We all have skin, and we need to take care of it to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. I’ve always thought that anti-aging skincare products were for old people, but that’s obviously not true. These products are meant to help prevent the signs of aging before they start, which is your best defense against wrinkles, crow’s feet, and age spots!

ozsunscreen2Today we’ll talk about an awesome tinted, moisturizing sunscreen from one of my favorite skincare companies, OZ Naturals. This is a great, lightweight sunscreen that’s specifically designed NOT to clog your pores, so you can use it on your face every single day, to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, and prevent premature aging due to the sun! I honestly didn’t stop with my face on sunny days, and used it for my entire body, which left me with a really nice glow!

The tint in this sunscreen isn’t overbearing by any means, and didn’t leave any streaks or make my skin look strange. It just made it look really healthy! I love that it didn’t clog my pores up…I hate flareups of my adult acne! You can buy your own here: OZ Naturals Tinted Moisturizer 30 SPF Sunscreen – Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Is Safe For All Skin Types – This Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Instantly Blends Into Skin & Provides A Rich Youthful Glow!

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this sunscreen for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

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24 HOUR GIVEAWAY!!

Want to win a really cool digital tire pressure gauge with some awesome features? Enter my giveaway today – Be fast, because this giveaway will run for only 24 hours!

I wanted this because I needed a digital tire gauge that I could trust, but the safety features that it has make it so much more than just a tire gauge! After easily inserting 1 AA battery, I tried out all of the fun features! I tried the tire gauge, and checked it against my boyfriend’s…it was spot-on, and really easy to use. Then I tried out the light, which in all honesty, isn’t incredibly bright, but it will definitely do whatever job I need it for in an emergency in my car! The wrist strap is great, and keeps me from dropping it while I’m using it. I inspected the glass-breaker, which is cool because it flips down out of the way to help prevent injuries when using the other tools, just like the seat-belt cutter that flips away, too. I haven’t had to break the windows out of my car or bust my window since I got this, but I do use the tire gauge a lot, because the gas station nearby has free air but no gauge on the hose. This is perfect for me and my lil car!

Are you retiregauge2ady to win one of your own? Comment on this post and tell my what kind of vehicle you drive, and I’ll pick ONE random winner tomorrow, October 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM central time. Good luck!

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle
I received this digital tire gauge for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

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