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Vote & Win with Rudolph’s Pork Rinds!

Pork rinds, a traditional southern food, are a great low-carb snack. Rudolph Foods has been producing pork rinds for more than five decades, still utilizing the same special recipe Mary Rudolph created in her family kitchen. Rudolph Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, as well as pork cracklins, popcorn and pork stick snacks. Rudolph’s pork rinds can be purchased online or in-store now!

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Well, my plans for this post were to show you some up close photos so I could let you know about the unique airy texture that makes Rudolph’s Pork Rinds so yummy.  I was thinking about doing some pics with a bowl full of them, maybe with some coming out of the bag, so forth.  But, when I went to get my bag of pork rinds to take some photos, this is what I discovered:

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Yes, that’s right.  My husband, who wasn’t aware that I needed to take some pics to include in my review, devoured this entire bag before I had the chance!  If that doesn’t tell you how delicious these pork rinds are, I don’t know what will!

Rudolph’s Pork Rinds come in several flavors, including Hot & Spicy and BBQ, and can be found at a Wal-Mart near you.

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Get a Fitness Boost from Bulu Box!

Who couldn’t use a little help when it comes to choosing the products that will help make your fitness regimen reach its’ maximum potential? That’s where the monthly subscription original, Bulu Box comes in! Here is a little more information on what they offer.

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans just like you! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!

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Here is the first Bulu Box I received!  Doesn’t the bright orange and all the motivational quotes going on just make you feel pumped up?

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Inside is an informational card telling you what each item in the box is about, and where you can find the full size versions.

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And the contents of the July Box that I received!

Quest Protein Bar: A bit tough to chew and not coated with that fake chocolate coating, this bar is quite hefty and I ate only half before it satisfied my hunger. $2.39 Value

AdvanceMint Happy Hour Cocktail Supplements: Such a cool idea! These are breath mints that you take while drinking that will, hopefully, prevent you from having a hangover in the morning! While I haven’t yet found myself in a situation to use these, I can’t wait to see if they will really work.  $4.99 value for 2 packets

Garden of Life Raw Protein: Chai is far from my favorite flavor, but this is good mixed with either almond or soy milk.  Makes for an energy filled breakfast! $1.99 Value

Runa Focused Energy Traditional Guayusa Tea: Again, I’m not a big tea fan.  I think I am going to pass these packets on to someone who will make use of them.  $.99 value

Shapeology Burn Blend Capsules: I’ve never used a diet supplement before, but I also don’t think I would be able to feel the effects of these after just using the couple of capsules I received.  Approx $1.20 value.

The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas: Surprisingly good!  I loved the crunch, and they provided a quick afternoon pick me up when I was getting hungry.  $.60 value.

Total box value: All in all I got about $12 worth of product for the $10 cost of the box.  I do love being introduced to new products though, and that’s what I liked most.

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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Flawed by J.L. Spelbring

Title: Flawed (Perfection #2)

Author: J.L. Spelbring

Release Date: August 12, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father’s work didn’t die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

 

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J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Her novel, Perfection, released in July 2013 and the sequel, Flawed, releases August 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Putting a Twist to Your Classic (and Boring) Office Attire

Office attire can be very constricting, especially when the industry you’re working for is highly corporate. Unless you’re working for an advertising or entertainment company, you’re not free to wear shorts and crop tops at work. Make your office outfit interesting and fashionable with chunky heels, a bright coat, and a show-stopping handbag to fight a boring ensemble at the workplace.

1. Wedge Heels. Classic black pumps are a staple and they polish every look when paired with a blazer and pencil skirt combo. However, an all-black ensemble can be boring at times. Aside from pumps, what works just divine with a pencil skirt is a pair of wedge heels. They’re not just more comfortable than stilettos, but they also give a fresh and younger look on your whole ensemble. Choose one that’s made of suede material or with ankle straps. And if you can get away with color, choose dark ones that aren’t black (Bamboo Pamela wedge heels, $24.96).

2. Bright Coat. Dark colors typically constitute a highly corporate outfit. Even though you can’t wear something fun and bright at the office, always remember you can dress up and exude your fashionable side when you’re on your way to the workplace or when you’re going out for lunch. For spring, wear a trench coat in block colors ranging from pink, to apple green, yellow and orange. You may be old-fashioned underneath but you’re definitely one fashionable lady as soon as you step out of the building (Burberry London Single-Breasted Bonded-Cotton Trench Coat, £717).

3. Waterfall Blazer. When you can’t get away with a pink or coral blazer as much as you want to, make your typical black blazer extra special by opting for a waterfall-hem. Even if you’re wearing the classic black blazer, your style will be the talk of fashionistas because of its Victorian-inspired design and great-fitting cut. Pair a waterfall blazer with your favorite cigarette pants, pointy pumps and a sweep of bright red lipstick on your lips for that almost catwalk moment (Alexander McQueen Wool Blazer, $2,785).

4. Scarf. Scarves are great additions to any plain outfit. You know how a simple scarf can turn an ordinary basic tee-and-jeans get-up into something really chic and stylish. A silk scarf is a great addition to your top especially when you have a plain, round neck inner blouse. Another option is to tie your scarf on the handles of your handbag (Tiger Print Scarf, $8.70).

5. Handbag. If you want to showcase a striking fashion piece in your boring outfit, just carry a designer handbag. Louis Vuitton handbags are definitely classic statement pieces but younger generations are more inclined to choose colored leather goods than the usual monogram prints. If you’re a born New Yorker, this tip is already a no-brainer. For sure, you’ll find the chicest leather handbags from Michael Kors and Kate Spade (Saint Laurent Petite Y Line Top-Handle Bag, $2,490.00).

6. Lipstick. The right makeup at the office can instantly mean strictly business. Some businesses like airline companies require a certain makeup for their employees. Other businesses prefer the simple, natural look. Check your company’s guidelines to see if there’s a section on makeup and grooming. If they’re lenient, you can always put on lipstick shades ranging from nude to a touch of pink, to deep red and even a juicy orange shade. This is probably the cheapest yet easiest way to put a twist to your classic corporate ensemble (NARS Heat Wave, $26).

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Happy Feet

Pretty feet are not just meant for sandals and the beach. Pretty feet mean healthy feet. The feet do so much for people’s bodies. They establish balance for a healthy back. They get people where they need to go. They provide fun dancing the night away.

Skin integrity is about keeping the skin healthy. When skin isn’t healthy, it can cause internal infections brought on by sores and other conditions. Unfortunately, the feet can get banged up. The feet is in both direct and indirect contact with the ground and floor, which both have substantial germs. The feet carry a lot of weight, which causes calluses and cracked heels. The feet are also covered up a lot of the time. This can cause a lot of problems for the skin and nails by way of fungi.

Keep the feet clean by proper washing in the shower or bath. After wearing sandals outside, it’s a good idea to rinse the feet off in the bathtub or with the hose to remove dirt and other substances from the feet. Use a pumice stone or other exfoliating tool to remove dead skin from the bottom of the feet. Allow feet to completely dry. Promptly use lotion, such as mango body lotion as applying lotion to the feet while applying it to the body will help promote overall skin health. Cover the feet with comfortable socks while sleeping so that the feet can either remain or become soft. Allow the feet to receive plenty of oxygen during the day to avoid foot odors and other problems.

Keep the nails trimmed. Be careful to not trim nails too short or it can produce problems, such as ingrown toenails. Clean around the nails with a nail brush while in the shower. Trim off dead skin around the nails. It is useful to have a set of manicure scissors, which successfully removes dead skin. It’s also a good idea to apply cuticle oil around the nails to keep the skin from becoming overly dry.

Feet can seem like they’re a lot of work to keep up, but most of the upkeep occurs while in the shower and after getting out of the shower. Making this a part of the regular grooming process becomes habit after a while and the feet will look amazing. Get a buffer, put on some polish, and voila—pretty feet.

Casters for Your Home, Office or Garage

Tired of staring at that heavy table in your living room and wishing that you could move it to another room? Maybe you have an old cart with non-functioning wheels, or maybe you have a storage shelf with broken wheels. Thanks to the wide array of rolling casters now available on the market, moving those items is easier than you might think. You can now find swivel casters that let you move those pieces around tight corners and rubber casters that won’t damage your furniture during the moving process. These casters can make your life and redecorating a little easier.

Ring Stem vs. Plate Designs

Casters typically come in ring stem designs and plate designs. Plate designs are the more common of the two. These casters feature a strong metal plate located on the top of the wheel with small holes placed in each corner. You can attach these casters to the bottom of almost any flat object, secure screws through each corner and into the object and push that object around the room. Stem ring casters have a small stem on top of the caster that you can push through existing holes in furniture and other objects.

Swivel or Braking Casters?

Swivel casters are a great option for moving things around larger homes and smaller spaces. These casters feature a unique design that lets you swivel the object to fit around tight spaces. You can get some freedom from backing up and repositioning the object when trying to move it. Braking casters are a good choice for spaces where you need objects to remain stationary for an extended period of time, including in homes with kids or pet-friendly homes. After moving the piece into a new space, you can move a switch on the side and lock the casters in place. This keeps the casters from rolling when someone hits the piece.

Using Casters in Your Home and Beyond

There are dozens of different ways to use casters. You can install the devices onto a couch to make redecorating your home easy, you can use the wheels as replacements for older shelves and storage pieces and you can even use the casters on a toolbox in your garage. You’ll find these products available through Access Casters, Inc. and a variety of other home improvement stores and websites. When you find the right casters for your home, garage or office, order now.

Signs that You May Have a Cold or Flu

 

It can be tricky to tell whether you have a cold, flu, or allergies. Since adults can develop allergies at any time during their lives, they could easily mistake their symptoms for a cold or flu. Allergies are not contagious, but the cold and flu are, so it is important to learn how to tell if you have a cold or flu and should stay away from others or go to the doctor. Here are some of the most common signs to look for if you suspect that you may be developing a cold or flu.

Fever

If you develop a fever, you may have the flu and you should stay away from others in order to prevent the spreading of your germs. A fever is also possible with the common cold but less likely. In adults, a fever is any temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in children a fever is any temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to call your doctor if your temperature reaches 103 degrees, or if it lasts longer than 7 days. It is also important to seek medical attention immediately if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever:

Chest pain
Severe headache
Blood in stool
Stiff neck
Rash
Excessive sleepiness or confusion
Chest pain
Severe abdominal pain
Trouble breathing
Excessive vomiting

If your fever goes away and then returns again a few days later, you may have pneumonia and should be checked by a doctor.

Runny or Stuffy Nose

One of the most noticeable and common signs of a cold or flu is the development of a runny or stuffy nose. In most colds, this symptom lasts for a few days to a week and is typically not serious. With the flu, congestion can last for more than a week. Saline rinses, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help to alleviate symptoms.

Body Aches

The common flu often causes body aches that can be quite uncomfortable. If you experience body aches in conjunction with congestion or fever, then you likely have the flu. Some over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and Tylenol can help to alleviate muscle aches and soreness due to the cold and flu.

Sore Throat

A sore throat is often one of the first signs of a developing cold or flu, and can be either scratchy or raw. If you have a cold, your sore throat will likely fade away within a day or two. If you have a flu, your sore throat may last longer and may cause more severe pain.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

In some cases, the flu can cause diarrhea and vomiting in addition to the more typical symptoms such as sore throat and congestion. Swine flu is known for causing diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms are severe they can lead to dehydration and could be dangerous. It is important to try to keep hydrated and to seek medical treatment if dehydration occurs.

According to the article “Important Information for Cold and Flu Season”, individuals who want to avoid developing the cold or flu should try to keep hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, use a humidifier at night, avoid drinking alcohol, and keep their mouth moist in order to fight off germs.

5 Benefits to the Veggie Burger

There’s nothing like the taste of a hot veggie burger fresh off the grill anytime of the year. Once you take that first bite and feel the flavor explosion hit your taste buds, it can almost feel like a food coma. In addition to great taste, there are many additional benefits to choosing vegan burgers over regular beef burgers. Here is a list of five of the great benefits you receive by choosing to sink your teeth into a veggie patty over a meat one.

Lower in Fat and Calories

Incorporating veggie burgers into your diet is a healthy and nutritious way to cut extra calories and fat. When you want to lose a few pounds or inches you don’t have to drastically change your eating habits, just incorporate smarter and healthier options into your everyday eating plan, such as veggie burgers. A lean beef hamburger patty has about 10 grams of fat in it, while the average veggie patty carries only about 3 grams of fat.

In addition to saving on fat, you can also save a bunch of calories by switching to the veggie burger. While an average beef burger can easily exceed 200 calories in one serving, a veggie patty may have as low as 70 calories per serving. It’s definitely a great start to a lower calorie and lower fat diet plan.

High in Fiber

Many people don’t get enough heart-healthy fiber in their diets, but by choosing to eat veggie burgers, you’re on the right track. Veggie burgers are loaded with fiber that is not only good for your heart, but is also beneficial to your colon. In fact, red meat may be linked to colon cancer so by choosing to eat veggie burgers you are preventing serious disease from entering your body.

Helps to Prevent Disease

Not only do veggie burgers help prevent colon cancer, but they can also prevent other serious heart diseases as well. Most veggie burgers and vegan burgers contain soy as an ingredient, which carries phytochemicals that can help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol has been shown to clog arteries and block blood flow to the heart, which can cause major heart diseases or even a heart attack. By choosing to ingest a veggie patty you are aiding your body in fighting serious disease.

When you eat a veggie burger with soy in it, you are also helping your body by allowing your bones to retain additional calcium. This calcium allows your body to fight against diseases like osteoporosis and other bone debilitating diseases.

Fewer Preservatives
Preservatives are common additives in processed food that extend their shelf life. Food manufacturers frequently use additives in their products to ensure they stay fresh until you eat it. While this is very common in our culture, it isn’t the best option for your health. In fact it may have some serious drawbacks related to it. The preservatives that are commonly found in meat patties can contain sodium nitrites, which have been linked to some serious diseases that are life-threatening, such as leukemia and brain cancer. Veggie burgers often contain fewer to no preservatives in their ingredients and can be the healthier option.

The Taste

If you have never tried a veggie patty before, then now is the time! Veggie burgers have drastically improved in texture, and more importantly, taste over the past several years. Since there are so many options of veggie burgers available on the market, you are sure to find something you love. For instance, if you choose a veggie patty that has more soy and less oil, it will produce a burger that has the texture of a hamburger. If your veggie patty has more grains and vegetables in it, then the taste and texture will be less like meat. Try a variety of options to determine which one you prefer.

In addition to all of the above named benefits of veggie burgers, they are also super convenient. You can cook one from completely frozen to steaming hot in just a minute or two, and you won’t have to worry about the risk of E.coli or other bacteria that can show up on undercooked meats. Whatever the reason is that you decide to savor a flavorful and satisfying veggie burger; eat up because your body is enjoying the health benefits as much as you are the taste.

 

3 Ways to Eat More Plain Yogurt

While plain yogurt may not scream flavor, it is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many dishes to cut fat, cholesterol, and sugar in half. Plain yogurt can be incorporated into just about any concoction that normally calls butter, mayonnaise, or sour cream. It can also serve as the base of a healthy breakfast or dessert, and then dressed up with different toppings. Whether you’re looking to create healthier dishes or simply want some inspiration, here are three ways to incorporate plain yogurt into your daily diet.

Healthy Substitute

Almost any recipe that usually calls for sour cream, heavy cream, mayonnaise, butter, olive oil, or buttermilk can be replaced with plain yogurt. Switching to plain yogurt is a great way to reduce calories, fat, cholesterol, and a host of other harmful ingredients. You can use it as a topping for tacos, nachos, and other dishes that typically use sour cream. You can also incorporate it into cooked or baked goods using the following general guidelines:

1 c. butter = 1/2 c. plain yogurt + 1/2 c. butter
1 c. sour cream = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. heavy cream = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. mayonnaise = 1 c. plain yogurt
1 c. olive oil = 1/3 c. plain yogurt
1 c. buttermilk = 2/3 c. plain yogurt + 1/3 c. milk

To give you an idea of how much healthier plain yogurt is, one cup of butter has around 1600 calories and close to 200 grams of fat. One cup of nonfat plain yogurt has 110 calories and zero grams of fat. By replacing butter with yogurt, you eat less than one tenth of the calories and none of the fat.

Breakfast Boost

Plain yogurt makes a great base for a tasty, healthy breakfast. While it can be tempting to reach for a prepackaged carton of flavored or fruit-filled yogurt, you may want to think twice. A small tub of the flavored stuff contains around 170 calories and an astonishing 27 grams of sugar. Plain yogurt? It has 60 fewer calories and none of the sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain yogurt, there is a healthy solution. You can dress it up yourself to get a flavor you like with little to none of the sugar. Try adding fresh berries, nuts or granola, a splash of vanilla extract, and a drizzle of honey for a nutritious, creamy parfait.

Decadent Dessert

Craving something sweet? Try panna cotta made from plain yogurt. It’s a light, Italian classic that tastes like a thick vanilla mousse. The only ingredients you need are plain yogurt, gelatin powder, water, a little cream and sugar and vanilla extract or beans. You can eat it as is after it refrigerates, or top it with some strawberries and lemon zest for a tasty kick. For additional flavor, soak the strawberries in balsamic vinegar and ground pepper for 30 minutes before adding to the top of the finished panna cotta.

These are just some of the delicious ways you can incorporate plain yogurt into your culinary repertoire. Your health and taste buds will thank you.

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