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This summer I went to New Orleans with my Husband and our Friends. We love this town! This is our Third time visiting this fun and never-ending party town. Our trip was centered around the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Which features Music, Food and Culture.

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I love New Orleans, so much so I decided to Get Some Ink.

Fleur-de-lis 

Meaning Behind the Fleur-de-lis symbol link.

I had it placed on the back of my neck. Gives my neck a little decoration when I wear my hair up.

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Back to the Jazz Festival. It was packed with so many people.

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So many different venues to visit with so many live bands playing at the same time spread over the entire festival. Always something to do, see, and eat.

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They had parades and so many activities happening everywhere you looked.

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After the Festival it was back to Bourbon Street where we walked the streets and enjoyed the town some more.

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Had Lots and Lots of Amazing Food.

499       Oh yeah…Crawfish.

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560 Enjoyed the view from the Balcony Bar.

573 It was an amazing trip with our dear friends. Until next time New Orleans.

Speaking of Vacations, I also wanted to share a new candle I just recently tried out for the blog. Sold on Amazon made by Old Factory . These all Natural Soy candles have a variety of scented candles to choose from, I went with Vacation.

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The prepper in me has already started my Christmas shopping list. With the list comes keeping my eye open for fun gift ideas. Well here is one I was recently lucky enough to score from Old Factory Candle sold exclusively on Amazon.

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I love opening Packages. I also love candles. I have not had too many soy candles so I am really excited to have a natural burning product like this in my home.

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Old Factory Candles are sold exclusively on Amazon.com. These candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someone’s in your life.

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A perfect size candle. With three different tropical scented jars. Jeff and I do travel quite a bit, so the fact that these are small is a huge bonus for me, because I can easily toss them into my bag and have a wonderful comforting scent to enjoy on my trip.

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It really feels like a Vacation in a box.

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The Vacation Theme Includes:

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

017The packaging is adorable. At the bottom of each candle slot was a cute saying.

012These natural soy candles are hand poured the USA.

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So I can check one gift off my list. I know a few people who would really love the receive this as a gift. You can never be too prepared.

I gladly rate these candles with five stars, the quality soy wax and wicks, and for the nice fragrance. Great USA made product with wonderful tropical fragrances.

My Amazon Review Link Here.

Check Ya Later.

 

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My friends over at Bestowed sent me their October Non-GMO box to review.

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So October is Non-GMO Month, so Bestowed has made their mission to choose amazing GMO-free products that everyone will enjoy. When you know more about what you’re eating and where it comes from, it makes it much easier to decide what to buy and what to avoid.

Check out the selection they made for Non-GMO Month:

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Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Mint 

 

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Glee Sugar-Free Gum

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Fiber Love Bar

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Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

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Peeled Cinnamon Apple Clusters Snacks

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Hooray for Spinach Puree

Did Bestowed just read my mind for my need of Spinach? I just made a batch of Spinach Ice Cubes. I feel like over the winter I really need to make sure I get as much good greens as possible into my daily meal planning. While I don’t mind making my own Puree or Ice Cubes this sure is a convenient and  easy way to have it on hand when you need it.

Bestowed Suggestion Tip: Mix into your favorite baked goods recipe to replace the oil, also blended with fruit and juice for a nutritional breakfast smoothie. 

 

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Little Miracles Organic Energy Tea and Fruit Juice Beverage

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Loving my latest Bestowed Box!

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Thank-you Bestowed for the Healthy Box of Non-GMO food and snacks.

Bestowed has offered me a 10% code for any reader interested in ordering a subscription. Use the discount code LOVEHEALTHY to get 10% off when you sign up for Bestowed. This code is valid for their one, three and six-month auto-renewing subscriptions. What a great gift this would make for a Healthy Conscious Friend or Family Member. 

Here is some details on what your subscription gets you:

You get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more  – delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! FREE Shipping.

 Heather Bauer is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and entrepreneur.

Her fresh and inspiring approach to diet has landed her prime time spots on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Talk, Access Hollywood Live and The Tyra Banks Show. She has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and People Magazine.

She is the author of two top-selling books; The Wall Street Diet (Hyperion 2008) and Bread is the Devil (St. Martin’s Press 2012) and has regular columns on The Huffington Post and US News & World Report where she covers the latest trends in diet, health and nutrition.

In addition to Bestowed, she is also the founder of Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training), a diet and weight loss counseling center where thousands of people have learned how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good.

Heather is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). She graduated from The University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA).

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I have a few other Bestowed Box Reviews under my belt; check them out here, here, here, here, here and here! What can I say, I’m a Bestowed Box Groupie.

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Hello!  So thought it would be fun to do a What’s Been Happening Lately Kinda Post.

So here goes.

Been Sprouting:

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Been Shopping:

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Been Bulk Shopping: I love you Amazon.  Van’s PB&J Bars. I stock up on these ever since receiving them from my friends over at Van’s.

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Been Grilling:

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Used my favorite Marinade from Stubb’s. The flavor is just so zippy and garlicky. 086 089 090

Made These: Spinach Ice Cubes for smoothies.

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Now I can pop these little cubes into my smoothie blender to get some good greens added to my fruit smoothies.

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Been Loving This:

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Green Thumbing it: Brought in some of my outdoor moss pots to see if I can keep them indoors over the winter.

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Been Crushing on Pumpkin: I love YOU Trader Joe’s…………………………………………………………

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Obsess Much? Dang.

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Gave into This Recipe:

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Received this from a Foodie Exchange Box in 2012.

 

 

 

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I overcooked this by a few minutes. It still tasted good but it really caramelized. Kinda lost some of the pumpkin flavor.  The condensed milk can burn easily and I think I had it on too high of heat once the rice started to absorb all the liquid.  Major Pumpkin Bummer, but not a total fail. Yep that’s me Always an Optimist.

Think I will try this recipe again! Now go get your pumpkin on.

Check Ya Later.

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