Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Surprise Kitchen Renovation Helper : Blue Diamond Almonds

My landlord is a DIY kinda guy - meaning since he only owns a few rental properties when he decides something needs fixed he will do it himself. Since he has a full time job he will do it when he can. So for a few months now he renovated my kitchen cabinets.

What this meant for me is half of my kitchen has been in boxes for a few months too - different halves in different parts of different months. So one of the first things I did was go to the local thrift store St. Vincent de Paul to donate a few items  and I took along some Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds to fuel my hunt. I like how they fit in my purse without getting smashed, they are tasty and I have plenty to share. I was kind of hoping to find something to purchase for extra storage during construction and it was my lucky day. While I was browsing I heard a little commotion. They were trying to figure out how to get a book case through the back door and then where to put it. So I said I am interested in it and they brought it out to me, went and got the lady in charge and we decided on a price.

Side note: There are St Vincent de Paul stores all over the USA
   National link
   Georgia link

Their goal is to help people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds become more self sufficient; not just help them over the rough spots.

Another way Blue Diamond Almonds helped me during the renovation was that I did not always know where things like dishes and silverware were and my landlord was busy in my kitchen - a lot - weekends - every other weekday - so when I was hungry it was Blue Diamond almonds. I just kept a pouch of Blueberry on my new book case, some low sodium Blue Diamond almonds next to my PC and when it was too noisy I retreated to the bedroom with the just sweet enough Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds and cranked up the TV. Thanks for helping me through a rough spot Blue Diamond Almonds!

And yes I picked up a few more things than the book case at St Vincent de Paul. It is for a good cause :D

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I am a Blue Diamond Tastemaker.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Balance Your Brunch ~ Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Coconut Almondmilk Blend and Muffin

My idea of a perfect snack is all about the balance. You need healthy fats and you also need fruit and nuts and dairy and fiber. Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Coconut Unsweetened and a blueberry muffin satisfied my sweet tooth and my balanced snack plan. The coconut inspired a little island feeling too.

One cup of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend contains just 45 calories and 50% RDA of Vitamin E , 45% Calcium and notable amounts of Vitamin D (25%) , Vitamin A (10%) s well as a little phosphorus, iron and magnesium. I think I have my brunch plan for tomorrow.

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. I am a Blue Diamond Tastemaker.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

One2One Network Twitter Party #ByBrizo

Hello, welcome, and please make yourself at home! One2One has teamed up with luxury fittings brand, Brizo, to host a #ByBrizo Twitter Party on Tuesday, August 18 from 8-9pmET. How fitting! You’re invited to chat about everyone’s favorite room in the house: the kitchen!
Brizo Twitter Party_Facebook

Hosting the conversation is designer and interior consultant, Jonathan Legate. He’ll share kitchen inspiration ideas and design tips and tricks to answer your questions. Ten lucky design darlings will win a $50 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a sleekBrizo® Solna Articulating kitchen faucet (MRSP: $400) 
  • Date: Tuesday, August 18
  • Party Time: 8-9pm eastern time
  • Where: #ByBrizo on Twitter
  • Who@Brizo and @JonathanLegate
  • Prizes: 10 $50 gift cards + 1 grand prize winner will receive a Brizo® Solna Articulating Kitchen Faucet (valued up to $400). Must be a US resident to win.

Swing by One2One Network and sign up ! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Smarter Snacking with Blue Diamond Artisan Nut-Thins

Ever wonder how to get more of those fancy nutritious seeds like flax or chia into your diet? Here is a simple and delicious solution - Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins!
Ever go on a health kick and buy something like chia seeds or flax seeds then get home and they end up just living in your cupboard ? This is smart snacking made easy.

My quandary is which is my favorite - it is like choosing between grapes and pears.

Right now it is the awesome Blue Diamond Artisan Nut-Thins with Flax seeds because those are the ones I have open. Also because they have 400 mg of ALA Omega-3. Since I do not eat enough fish and fish oil is not my friend I am happy to have an easy source of this important nutrient.

I am easily swayed to Multi-Seed Blue Diamond Almond Artisan Nut-Thins because it has quinoa and I adore quinoa. It also has sesame seeds without having them fall all over the place like they do off buns.

I like to pair them with fruit however you can get some awesome recipes at

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

"A Hand To Hold" - A Mother's Journey Through Life and Loss

My amazing neighbor Paula Johnson has a story to tell  ~ one that has taken her a long time to put into words. So she wrote a blog post ~

"A Journey Through Loss and Grief" 

It just was not enough and Paula continued to express herself through writing. What does a mother do when trying to express the grief that comes with the devastating loss of a child?

This artistic mother wrote a book ...


It explains Paula's journey and her quest to get this published. She baked Josh a birthday cake a few months ago. He would have been eighteen so she iced a big "18" on top.

It is hard just to write this blog post . I hope you will consider a pledge.

~~ Link to Kickstarter ~

This project will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Fun Needs Fuel - Flavor Your Adventure with Blue Diamond Almonds

My favorite summer fun activity is taking pictures so I like to take along something easy to snack on. I love Blue Diamond Almonds for a bunch of reasons!

1) Healthy
2) Never melt
3) Easy to grab
4) Easy to carry
5) Plenty to share ( If I think I may be sharing I just bring some cupcake liners )
6) Never get smooshed
7) Tons of varieties - hot, sweet, spicy, fruity and right now I am noshing on the Low Sodium - delish !
8) Easy to eat while on the computer - no worries if these somehow spill ( I think you are really talented if you manage to spill these)
9) Great to keep in the car

What kind of summer activities do you want an easy snack for? Last year I took them along to an outdoor concert . I have  plans to go to a concert next weekend so I think I will bring some Blue Diamond Almonds - hmm what flavor would go with an Eagles Tribute band? Bet I won't eat my almonds all by myself so I better bring a couple cans! How do you Flavor Your Adventure?


This Flavor Your Adventure post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I am a Blue Diamond Tastemaker :D

Friday, July 24, 2015

Easy As Breeze Chocolate Banana Shake made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk

The Challenge : Create a summer treat using five ingredients or less with Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
 After enlisting my lovely little neighbor Courtney we made deliciously easy Chocolate Almondmilk and Banana Milkshakes. Since the chocolate is already perfectly blended into Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk it really was a breeze!

 Ingredients: Vanilla ice Cream
 Banana (we used a half a banana sliced per serving)
 Blue Diamond Chocolate Almond Breeze Almondmilk
Optional Garnish Whipped Cream

 Directions: I used a single serve blending device however my method can be used with any blender. I like my milkshakes thick but drinkable with a straw. Fill container about 2/3 with ice cream and pour Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk slowly until the ice cream rises. Add sliced banana. Blend 10 seconds and check to see if it is to your desired consistency. Over blending results in thinner milkshakes. Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy!

The benefits of using Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk include 50% more calcium than milk, fewer calories, no saturated fat and added vitamins. Great shelf life.

 This "Easy as Breeze" post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk ~ A Blue Diamond Almond product. I am a Blue Diamond Tastemaker.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Get Your Sleep On with Emergen-C Free Sample and Coupon

EmergenZzzz has been one of the most popular items I have ever reviewed . Everyone I gave samples to was very pleased and asked questions and/or shared about their positive experiences with the EmergenC brand. I had to hide the last of my samples from my hubby because he was using them all and I needed to finish my review! I am putting EmergenZzzz at the top of the shopping list! I also really like how the product helps replenish you while you sleep with antioxidants since I like to use it after my late night workouts. It really helps since working out makes me tired but a little wired! I have tried peach and berry flavored and I am #TeamBerry.

I am very happy to be able to share a link to a free sample and coupon!
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Happy Sleeping - You are welcome :D

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