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Healthy and Beautiful Desserts for the Holidays


Disclosure ~  This is a sponsored post brought to you by Sverve and Edible Arrangements.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Do you feel it?  You know what I am talking about.  The feeling of being so full you want to explode! Full from all the holiday feasting this Thanksgiving.  The heaviness of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, pies, etc,.  Yes, we all know the feeling even before the day comes.  We know we will eat way more than we need to of those holiday favorites, and then regret it as we lay or sit in pain the rest of the day.

Why do we do that to ourselves?  Well, it’s time to start a new tradition, to make this Thanksgiving and all the future holidays healthier ones.   There is no reason we need to eat like we were raised to do.  Portion control, and smarter choices this holiday season.   Now, how about eating healthier food, that is also beautiful to look at?   Why not get yourself an edible arrangement to help your holiday table look amazing and also help with eating healthier.   Just look how beautiful, and yummy these look ~


How amazing would it be to have your guests show up and see a couple of these sitting around on the tables.   Baskets filled with fruit, some dipped fruit, and all cute as could be.   Forget those cocktail weenies and bowls of chips and dip.   Try something new for a change and treat yourself and your guests to healthy snacks before a meal.  This way, everyone can fill up on the good stuff and they won’t over indulge in all the other stuff.  A few tips, cook a smaller turkey and make less of all the extra fixings and that way people don’t over eat.   And, of course having a beautiful and yummy edible arrangement within snacking reach all day helps.   Oh, I am drooling looking at these.  YUM!


Have you ever tried an edible arrangement?   I have and have to say they are always a huge hit and when everyone is enjoying the healthy snacking I notice my guests are happier.   And, as we all know fruit goes with some fun cocktails too, so you can really get creative and have fun with your holiday festivities.   Make a healthy and beautiful desserts arrangement part of your Thanksgiving this year.

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Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart #CrystalLightWM #MC

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Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart
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If you ask any of my friends who one of my favorite country singers is, they will tell you it’s Miranda Lambert.   And if you came out to see my band play, you would hear me sing one of my favorite Miranda songs, Kerosene.  I have loved her since she hit the country music scene.  And not only is she an amazing singer, I have a feeling she and I would be great friends if we ever met!  She sure seems like my kind of girl.

I was so excited when I was asked to spread the news to all my followers about how everyone can earn reward points from CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert just by shopping at Walmart.   I headed over to my local Walmart and shopped for something I buy all the time, CRYSTAL LIGHT  My hubby is not one to drink water, so we have used CRYSTAL LIGHT for years.  You will see his favorite flavors above in the picture.  His top pick is the Raspberry Lemonade, then he likes the Fruit Punch. He goes thru this stuff pretty fast.  But, I would rather see him drink this than pop or other sugary beverages.

Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT are partnering together and launching a great program called Platinum Points Program, where you are rewarded for buying CRYSTAL LIGHT.  This is great for Miranda Lambert fans as customers can get fun Miranda Lambert gear.   Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour is Presented by CRYSTAL LIGHT and the Platinum Points Program coincides with that.  It is super easy to use the CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program.   Go to Walmart, purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT, take a picture of your receipt, upload to your Platinum Points Program account, and choose from fun Miranda Lambert rewards.  Easy Peasy!  I am racking up points as I am writing this.  I want me some Miranda Lambert gear!

You can sign up for the program by clicking here.   You use either your Facebook account or email address to sign up.   Then follow the instructions to earn points.  You can also use code “mirandaic” to get 30 free points instantly.  Right now I am shooting for the Miranda Lambert Acoustic Downloads.   Then, we are gonna have to drink lots of CRYSTAL LIGHT as I want a T-shirt and a signed guitar.

Because Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT both promote a healthy lifestyle it’s a perfect fit for them to join together for this great program.   My hubby loves how easy it is to mix up his CRYSTAL LIGHT either at home or on the go.   He always has packets in his lunch pail and at home he keeps a big jug mixed up at all times in the fridge.   And, he has even used the CRYSTAL LIGHT to mix an evening cocktail. Many great ways to use CRYSTAL LIGHT, but first you have to get some.

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Discover Things You See in an Image with Piccing


Have you ever been looking at pictures online of things you like and see some jewelry, clothing, accessories, etc., that you love and you wonder, where did they get that.?  Well now you can find those exact items without spending hours searching the web for them by using a cool new app that is available called Piccing.  This app takes the guesswork out of finding those cool items.  You can even tell it what colors you are looking for, like for belts, purses, shoes, shirts, etc.

Just think, you are scanning the internet and come across a picture of a model wearing a to die for outfit.  BAM!  Easy as 1,2,3!  1 – Pick the image you love.  2 – Mark the items you like. 3 – Get the things you want.   See, how easy that was.   Once you create your account, and verify it from the email you get, you are all set to start piccing and shopping all from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you are as this app can be used mobile or desktop, or laptop, or tablet.  So, no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can be having fun piccing and shopping and exploring what others are piccing.  It’s like a community of people who all want to enjoy the same things you enjoy…  piccing and shopping.

And, the best part of all this is that the app is free.  Go get your free Piccing app.   I downloaded mine and have been playing and piccing all morning.   Fun, and interesting.

Check out the video so you see how easy it is, and fun.

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has been compensated for our review of this app.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.



Straight Talk Wireless is Perfect for my Mother In Law

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My Mother in Law is almost 70, and being in that age bracket she never had a cell phone and never really wanted one for the fear of not knowing how to use one or even really knowing if she could learn. Also, being on a fixed income she just wasn’t sure if she could swing yet another bill for something she might not really use.

So, hubby and I decided we would get her a cell phone and see what she thought. Well, she is in love and never puts it down. What makes it even better is that we got it at Walmart. Walmart offers a great plan with Straight Talk Wireless. You get ~

$45 Unlimited Talk, Text & Data

Same phones, same networks, half the cost

The most high speed data of any $45 Unlimited plan

Nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable Networks

If you have a phone you can keep your phone, your number and your network with the Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone program

This was perfect for her. We bought a phone and set her up in no time. Now, she got rid of her land line which saves her money and she can use the phone for more than just calls or texting. With the 3GB of data she can have ~ 105 hours of Pandora, 2,460 webpage views, 41,900 emails, 1,920 Flickr image uploads, 153 hours of Facebook browsing, 85 hours of Google Maps usage, as well as more.

She loves her phone, we love that she can keep in touch with us easier and that she feel independent because she has a No-contract plan. She has the ~ pay-as-you go ~ offering flexibility and convenience.

Do you have someone who could benefit from a deal like this ?

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I was so excited to get my Keurig and couldn’t wait to use it!   I got a mix of coffee and tea K-Cups since I am more of a tea drinker but hubby is a total coffee hound!   LOL!

This is such a nice looking machine to boot!

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I even did a short video to show you all how to use one, and give my take on Keurig.  :)  Enjoy ~


Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received this awesome Keurig and some K-cups in exchange for our review.  All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s. 

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We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

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As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for, and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15


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How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!


We know you’re eager to see exactly what’s included in this bundle, so head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers.

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Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday,


Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by our 1-year money back guarantee. Yes, you have a whole year to watch and read every product, and take advantage of all the bonuses – and if you don’t feel that they’ve made a huge difference to your family’s health, just tell us and we’ll give you a full refund.

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Everyone Can Be a #HarvestSnapsFan

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Snacking is inevitable and something most of us do without realizing we are doing it. Right? I know you are thinking, wait.. I always know when I am snacking.  But, really.. do you?  I know I don’t and I know that my husband and son don’t.  It just happens.   You walk in the kitchen, grab a handful of nuts, or a piece of fruit, or something off your kids lunch plate.   Maybe you are out visiting friends or doing errands and before you know it you are snacking on that candy from the bank teller window, or grabbing coffee at your local coffee shop and maybe a scone or coffee cake to go with it.  Yup.. mindless snacking, it happens.   But, did you know that all mindless snacking is not bad?  Nope, you can do your mindless snacking and make it healthy snacking.  How you ask?  Well by replacing bad foods with healthy choices like fruit and veggies or yummy snacks like the Harvest Snaps .

With all the fun flavors of the Harvest Snaps, there is one to surely please everyone’s snacking needs or wants.   Choose either the Snapea Crisps or the Lentil Snaps.  Me, my favorite is the Black Pepper Snapea Crisps but my hubby likes the Onion Thyme Lentil Snaps.   But, honestly they are all really good, and a healthy alternative to other snacks that one might find themselves grabbing mindlessly.

My hubby had a buddy over the day these came in the mail.  I opened them and took them out on my deck to get a good picture of them.   Carl (hubby’s friend) asked what the heck I was doing and then asked.. cool, what are those.   I threw him the Caesar ones and he peeled them open.   Well, before long the whole bag was gone.  LOL!!    See, Everyone can be a #HarvestSnapsFan!   Of course, he didn’t eat the whole bag, hubby and I sorta helped him.  Hard not too, as they are very interesting and tasty snacks.


So many to choose from, so little time to snack.   Ok, not really.  Well, there are many to choose from but the time for snacking is any time you feel the urge.     We have traded these for regular chips that we would normally eat for our outdoor down by the lake nights, and I threw some in the camper for when we are on the go.    I know.. you want the info on them right ?   Well what’s inside Harvest Snaps is the interesting part.  The Snapea Crisps are made with all natural peas, 70% to be exact and the Lentil Snaps are packed with 65% authentic lentils and a powerful combination of nutrients.   So, grab a handful and know that your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber.  Add to that a high level of protein and fiber and your will for sure feel satisfied without that sluggish feeling like from other snacks.   Don’t forget ~ They are also gluten-free!

So, grab yourself some yummy Harvest Snaps snacks and tell me what your favorite ones are.
Don’t forget to check out their Lunchspiration fun.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Save on your Labor Day Grocery Shopping #CubYellowTags!


Save on your Labor Day grocery shopping.  #CubYellowTags!

Where did the summer go ?  It seems like it was just winter, at least here in Minnesota.    With the start of school already taking place in some towns and kids off to college and families planning their last vacation of the year, it all just makes me want to cry!  Summer is to short.  I used to say that when I was a kid, because I didn’t want to go to school.  But, as an adult, living where I do, I say it because I dislike winter and want the warm temps and sunshine to last longer than it does.   (pity party time!)

The one thing I do look forward to this time of year is time with family and friends over the upcoming holiday ~ Labor Day.   Having people over and putting out a yummy spread for everyone to enjoy is something I love doing and what makes that way more enjoyable is knowing I can get great prices on all my groceries at Cub.   Yellow tags means lower prices, and lower prices means I can buy more food, or even start a savings account with the money I save on my shopping, and then take a trip when the winter is in full swing.

Cub has lowered prices throughout the whole store on many of the things a person buys daily.
Like these items ~
-Bartlett Pears used to be $1.89/lb, now only $0.99/lb
-Celery used to be $1.29 each, now only $0.89 each
-Sweet Onions used to be $1.29, now only $0.99 each

Check out these great Labor Day savings at Cub.  I have made my list of things to pick up for my weekend feast, have you ?

Don’t forget about the Cub Load to Card program either.  Makes shopping easy.


Disclosure ~  This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cub and Pocket Your Dollars.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

Family Time and Sunbelt Bakery Bars Makes for a Great Day


 @SunbeltBakery  #SunbeltBakery


A healthy life starts with good nutrition and good nutrition is exactly what Sunbelt Bakery offers everyone.   When the urge to snack arises, as it does many times thru the day, I know that when I reach for a yummy Sunbelt Bakery snack that I am doing my body good.   Made without preservatives, because they don’t need them and neither do we.   Soft, chewy, fruity, wholesome goodness all packed into a wide variety of snack bars.  My favorite is the new Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar.  I love peanut butter, granola and chocolate chips so this just mixes all my fav’s into a yummy bar.  My second fav is the Raspberry Fruit and Grain Bar.   Oh, I could seriously eat a whole box in one sitting! My husband loves the Almond Sweet and Salty ones.
Check out this huge selection I got to enjoy and share with my family and friends.


The nutrition in these bars is amazing.  Check out these facts ~

Sunbelt Bakery snacks are a source of delicious whole grains! With a line of over 20 granolas and bars, Sunbelt Bakery is dedicated to taste and nutrition in every bite. Here are just some of the excellent attributes of Sunbelt Bakery’s fresh-tasting snacks:

My Mother In Law is a single woman, living alone and hubby and I enjoy spoiling her from time to time.  She is a proud woman so doesn’t like handouts, but we do little things to surprise and spoil her when we can.   Hubby gave her a call a few weeks ago, and invited her to take a day trip with us to Grand Marais, Mn. for the Fisherman’s Picnic.   It is an event that has been going on for years, and hubby and I have never gone.  Sad, as it is only about an hour and a half drive. But, we decided to go and take his Mom as she hadn’t been there for years and years either.   When we showed up at her house I handed her a big bag… she opened it and looked inside to find a bunch of boxes of Sunbelt Bakery bars.   She was so excited!!   Being on a tight income she can’t ever buy herself extra goodies, so she was ticked pink and kept saying thank you over and over.  She opened a box of the Strawberry Fruit & Grain bars and had one right away.  She has messaged me a few times to tell me how much she loves these bars.

We grabbed some of the bars, piled in the car and headed out for the day.  Good thing we grabbed some bars, because the food at the Fisherman’s Picnic was all that icky vendor food.  So, at least we had some yummy, healthy snacks to eat.  After a couple hours of walking around and checking out vendors and stores, we headed for home, but stopped off at Lutesn Mountains first because Mom had never been on a Gondola ride or the fun Alpine Coaster.  Here we are way up high in the sky on a Gondola ride, and then one of her coming down what is called the Alpine Slide.   She had such a great day, and it was nice to not only spend the day with her, but nice to give her some yummy snacks that are healthy and will help her out.  Family time and Sunbelt Bakery bars made for a fun day.




Sunbelt Bakery is also the proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF).  Each year starting during October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sunbelt Bakery will support NBCF by donating $1 for every new Facebook “like” and Twitter “follower” they receive during the month, up to $50,000.   Since starting this, 5 years ago, they have raised more than $300,000 to support various breast cancer awareness initiatives and research efforts to find a cure.

Check out Sunbelt Bakery on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried Sunbelt Bakery bars yet ?    If you haven’t and even if you have, I invite you to enter this great giveaway.


  • One (1) case of Sunbelt Bakery granola treats; assorted flavors

o    Roughly 12 boxes of bars

o    Will include a mix of chewy granola bars as well as soft Fruit & Grain bars

o    Will include anywhere from 96-120 bars, total (depending on variety)

o    Value: $32.28

  • There will be one (1) winner

o    Once the giveaway ends, Sunbelt Bakery will ship the prize directly

o    U.S. entrants only, please

How to Enter ~  Leave me a comment telling me what you would do with this huge case of Sunbelt Bakery bars.
Don’t forget to leave your email address, so if you win I can contact you.

Giveaway Ends September 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST
Winner will be chosen September 13th at 9 am CST


Disclosure ~  Sunbelt Bakery sent me an amazing assortment of snack bars to enjoy, share, and talk about.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.