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Old Factory Candles are Perfect Holiday Gifts

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One of my very favorite things about the holidays is being able to go out and stock up on all the exclusive seasonal scents that hit the shelves around Halloween. Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Winter Evergreen, the list goes on and on! Every year those scents and many more fly off the shelves in the form of items like Febreeze, Wall Plug-ins, Potpourri and more. People go nuts for them! My item of choice of course are the candles.  They’re decorative, pretty and unlike with spray scents you never have to worry about releasing too many fumes into the air when you light them.

To further my love for seasonal scents I was recently given the chance to work with Old Factory to review their wonderful scented candles! Old Factory is an Amazon Exclusive company, meaning you can’t find them anywhere else on earth but Amazon. Exclusively on Amazon, makes it sound so trendy, like an Amazon VIP or something. Just kidding but hey, at least you can say you have quality, exclusive scents that not everyone in Target or Bed Bath and Beyond has in their carts.

Each Candle from Old Factory is hand-poured, made of high quality soy and burn clean without leaving the sooty residue we all hate. They also burn evenly which is something that I think we can all appreciate. After all, who wants a candle that only burns in one place and leaves those hideous wax craters in the center? Not this girl, that’s for sure. And, being an ex candle maker I know a good candle when I find one, and these are little gems.  My favorite of the ones I got was the pumpkin spice … YUM!

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If you’re looking for a great alternative to those Target brands you find yourself buying each year then head over to Old Factory on Amazon and check out their line of scented candles. There are a dozen great scents to choose from and the best part is that they’re made in the US so you know exactly what you’re getting without the worry of outsourcing.

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Here’s a few helpful tips on how to get the most out of your candle experience:

1. We recommend burning your candles for 1 to 3 hours at a time, and then letting them cool an hour before burning again. We’ve found that this helps to extend the burning life of the candle.

2. We’ve carefully formulated these candles so they are pleasing to smell but not overpowering. These candles burn great individually in small rooms, or you can burn 2 at a time in a larger room. We’ve grouped the fragrances in each gift set to complement each other nicely so you can pair them up for a great-smelling combination.

3. A little bit of wick management will help your candles last longer. Make sure to keep the wick trimmed to a reasonable length. And if you notice that the wick is starting to lean against the side of the jar, use a spoon to carefully reposition the wick to the center of the jar while the wax is warm and pliable.

Connect with Old Factory  on Amazon!

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Now for the super fun part.. The Giveaway.     Enter to win a 3 pack of Old Factory Candles, valued at $25.00.    You choose the scent pack.

Open to US Only.   18+    Ends December 15th 2014 at 11:59pm CST.  Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

 

MY SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE, PERFECT FOR THE SEASON

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FDA Disclaimer ~ *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Disclosure ~ This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.
Recipe credit goes to Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox,
who works as a spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride.

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It sure seems this year has flown by, the Holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away. With pot lucks, cookie swaps, and family get togethers, temptation is everywhere and it can be easy to overindulge. Our eyes are often much larger than our stomachs and because the food is so tasty we tend to reach for seconds or third well past when we should have stopped. Hey, it’s hard to stop nibbling on such delicious treats!

As a Puritan’s Pride ambassador participating in the Superfood Smoothie Challenge, I’m excited to share November’s Superfood Smoothie recipes with you. Often after indulging in our favorites, our stomachs can revolt. The cleanse smoothie is meant to aid in digestion, giving your stomach a break from a hearty meal. The soothing smoothie can help calm an upset stomach after too many bites of your turkey dinner and sips of delicious eggnog.

Cleanse Smoothie:

Focus ingredient:

Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is an herb that contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, B6 and K, making it a very healthful spice. Cayenne pepper my help to aid in digestion, which many people may need after that big holiday meal.

Recipe:

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 Clementines

  • 2 cups of water

  • ½ lemon, juiced

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

Belly Soother:

Focus ingredient:

Mint is an herb that needs more credit. It may help to soothe your digestive system after a few too many bites or sips. Mint also has antioxidants and key nutrients like trace amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. All the more reason to love this refreshing herb.

Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp fresh mint

  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 cup coconut milk

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

Some Puritan’s Pride products that help keep you feeling healthy and energized – especially while making mad dashes for Holiday deals – are:

Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836): Kale is one of the most nutritious of all vegetables. This powder is made from fresh, whole, raw Kale and custom freeze-dried. Freeze-drying is the best method for preserving the complex chemistry, active enzymes and entire matrix of a plant in its fresh form.

Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348): Supplement provides key nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a proprietary immune complex with beta glucans.*

Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992): is rich in soluble fiber, to keep your digestive tract moving smoothly.* Fiber naturally slows down digestion, making it possible for your body to absorb more nutrients. Plus, the fiber in Psyllium Husk Seed Powder helps your body eliminate what it doesn’t use, making for a cleaner colon.*

I know that I feel better when all my systems are working properly and Superfood smoothies made with the above kale powder, psyllium husk, or other Puritan’s Pride items make sure all my “engines are go” so to speak. I like to know that my insides are happy and what easier way to do that than a delicious smoothie?

NEW discount: As part of the holiday season, Puritan’s Pride is offering free shipping to everyone as well as $5 off of a purchase of $25! This sure is the right time for extra savings.

Puritan’s Pride® (http://www.puritan.com) began over 40 years ago, with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value to their customers. Today, the company remains true to its original commitment and serves millions of loyal customers. Puritan’s Pride manufactures thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements in their state-of-the art facilities located throughout the U.S. As part of the company’s commitment to quality, Puritan’s Pride only uses ingredients from suppliers worldwide that meet their Quality Assurance Standards, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards.

Be sure to visit Puritan’s Pride on their social media channels for other fantastic offers, recipes, and more!

BLOG: http://blog.puritan.com/

TWITTER: @puritanspride

PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/puritanspride/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/puritanspride

YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/PuritansPrideTV

What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?

Now for the super fun part..  the Giveaway.    Win all the items seen in the picture above that I got for my review.  Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Prize ~
Vegan Protein Powder Chocolate
Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836)
Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348)
Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992)

Open to US Only, 18+    ~  Ends December 13, 2014 at 11:59pm CST

Portable Bluetooth Speaker from LuguLake

 

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Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker from LuguLake

If you know me, you will know one of the things I love is music and if you stop by, call me or catch me driving around in my vehicle you will hear my music blasting.  I feel like my day is not complete, until I have jammed out to my favorite tunes!  When I get up in the morning, the radio is the first thing that comes on and it is on all day.  Either radio, or music from my phone being played using awesome speakers like these LuguLake portable bluetooth speakers.  So easy to use, and will kick serious butt in the sound department.  And, they are compact and cute.

Basic Information on the Portable Bluetooth Speakers ~

  • LuguLake II Bluetooth Speaker Stand, using dual 5watt amplifiers with LuguLake sound equalization tech, delivers louder, clearer and no distortion sound quality of your favorite music, videos.
  • 2-in-1: Built-in 5000mAh Li-ion battery: you can enjoy your sound entertainment day and night; 1 USB2.0 1A output for you to juice your smartphones, tablets, whenever and wherever.
  • Humanized sleek design of slot,makes a quality aluminium stand, suitable for smartphones and tablets, especial for iPad, Nexus, Kindle Fire, etc.
  • Bluetooth 3.0 version. A 3.5 mm Auxiliary input for you to connet external non bluetooth audio devices, Such as such as MP3, Computer, Notebook, PSP (cable included)
  • Package: 1* LuguLake II Charge Bluetooth Speaker, 1*Manul, 1*3.5mm AUX cable, 1*USB Charging Cable

I received 2 of these little speakers and after trying them both out, I am loving them.   But, probably not loving them as much as my two nephews will come Christmas time.  They both love music and as of right now have no way to jam out  to what’s on their phones.  Soon they will! (Shhhh… don’t tell them!).

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~~  Giveaway Time ~~

 

Do you want one for yourself, or to give someone as a gift for Christmas ?   You are in luck!!  Enter the giveaway below to have a chance to win one ~ in Silver color ~ for yourself.

Giveaway Ends  December 4th, 2014.  at 11:59pm CST.   Open to US Only  ~ 18+

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

 

 

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Crafting can be fun and easy with Instacraft

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Crafting can be fun and easy with Instacraft

What is Instacraft you ask?   Well, it is a fun little book that is filled with super cute, surprisingly easy, fun crafts to make.   Doesn’t matter if you are a newbie crafter, or a veteran crafter, you will enjoy this book just the same.   Some of the things you can make using this book are ~ brick bookends, berry personalized stationary, faux french lockets, sweetheart sugar jars, traveling globes, takeout container lanterns, paint swatch key hooks, pantone placemats, time capsule terrariums, fond memories wrapping paper and so much more.

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You can purchase the book on Amazon or you can try to win it here.

Giveaway Open to US only.   Prize ~ 1 Instacraft Book.   ~  Ends 8/20/14  @11:59 PM CST.

Enter Below ~

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received a book to facilitate a review.   All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Go Crazy and Get Nakd !!

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Hello Gorgeous ~  Let’s Go Crazy and get Nakd !

Now now, get your mind out of the gutter!!    Not that I have anything against what you are thinking, but I was talking about trying a new snack bar ~ Nakd.   Have you heard of them?   Well, I know I hadn’t and when I was contacted by Nakd I was intrigued and just had to give them a try.   These are not your ordinary snack bar, they are gluten, wheat and dairy free.  They are natural, little chewy bars with a unique texture and something that you might at first bite say….  what the heck is this… then after your second bite you will like what you are eating.

Naked bars are a yummy raw fruit and nut bar.  They call it “Wholefood smooshed together”.  That is really what i looks like.. LOL!
Cold-pressed, never baked, no added sugar or syrups.   Like the one I am eating now, it is Cocoa Delight and the ingredients are dates, cashews, raisins, and cocoa.

They offer a ton of flavors so there is for sure something for every tastebud.

I decided to take these with me over the 4th of July and share with some friends we were camping with.   They all picked out a different flavor and did some fun (not scripted) poses and faces to show their thoughts on Nakd.

Here they are letting you know what bar they each picked out.

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Now, first bite.   LOL!!   Like I said, the first bite might throw you off a bit if you are used to eating the regular snack bars that are loaded with a ton of sugar and fake crap!  These don’t have the same shape or texture as most bars on the market today.   I love how my cousin Chrissy has that “um, not sure” look on her face.  (blonde gal).   And John is taking a tiny bite cuz he just isn’t sure what to expect.   (dark haired guy)

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Such pretty girls :)

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Cheers… to a new found snack bar.

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Check them out on their social networks ~ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Wanna try them for yourself ?    Enter the giveaway below to win a variety pack of 15 Nakd bars.

Giveaway open to US only, 18+.   Ends 8/15/14  @11:59pm CST

 

Disclosure ~ We got Nakd for this review ;) (we were sent product to review as compensation). All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.