Thursday, April 17, 2014

Radiant Orchid #Necklace from Twillypop GIVEAWAY #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

Welcome to the Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop!

Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers

While many of us are looking forward to spring, it doesn’t mean we are looking forward to spring cleaning. To make spring cleaning a bit more fun, the MPM Blogging Network has joined together to make spring cleaning even more fun! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique spring themed giveaway, including spring cleaning items, fashion accessories, and even gift card for purchasing your own Spring treats!

To increase your chances of getting something fun, make sure to visit all the blogs linked below. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our grand prize, a Shark PRO Steam & Spray Mop!


The Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop ends on 5/1/14 at 11:59 PM. The MPM Blogging Networks is not responsible for prize fulfillment and associated bloggers are responsible for their own giveaways. Good luck everyone and happy spring!

sara valenteCheck out TWILLYPOP!

And be amazed……

Twillypop was born in 2009 out of my love of color, and ribbons, and pearls and ALL of the many combinations therein. From one simple technique, came many others as my imagination and passion for ribbon jewelry grew.
Twillypop is the original brand of ribbon bracelets and ribbon and chain jewelry.
As family life has gotten busier, I have been forced to take a break from Twillypop, but can just feel my creative juices longing to flow into new designs as well as some of the Twillypop classics.

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You will be amazed at what beauty can be made from ribbons and pearls.

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Any color combination can be made. Custom pieces are available to match your occasion.

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Necklaces, bracelets, weddings, birthdays…. She’s got you covered.

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I give you Radiant Orchid!

The necklace is approximately 20 inches long, has 10mm pearls, and is the perfect color combo for Spring!!!

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Radiant Orchid

The Giveaway

Twillypop is generously giving away the Pantone Color for Spring 2014, Radiant Orchid Necklace to one of my readers. (A retail value of $34.00.) Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced May 2, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great prizes you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

God Bless Our Easter by Hannah C. Hall BOOK GIVEAWAY #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

god bless our easterLittle ones learn to look for all God’s Easter blessings.

Preschoolers can’t help but notice all the new wonders of springtime, and God Bless Our Easter emphasizes that each blessing comes from God! Lambs, bunnies, ducklings, piglets, chicks—lots of snuggly farm animals will take your little ones through the sweet rhyming story and have them asking to read the book long after Easter is past.

The second book in the new God BlessTM series, God Bless Our Easter from the same illustrator of God Bless You and Good Night.

You can purchase the book here.

Check out the Flipbook here.

My Review

The perfect gift for any Easter basket.

This board book has a softcover on it which is ideal for little hands to grasp. It can be wiped clean and is easy to hold. There are so many adorable baby animal pictures inside. Any child that loves animals will adore looking at these drawings again and again. The words rhyme in an easy way and kids will enjoy the story of being thankful for Easter and all that God has made. Each page shows baby animals having fun and frolicking in all that is Springtime.

This is the second book in the God BlessTM series and I’m sure kids aged 1-5 will love hearing both of these stories over and over. Being cheerful and counting one’s blessings never gets dull.

The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of God Bless Our Easter, the publisher is giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced April 25, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great books you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

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Tommy Nelson sent me the above book for review purposes and provided the book to give away. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Tommy Nelson.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Kreations by Kris $25 GC Giveaway #Chocolate #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

The Spring has (FINALLY) Sprung BlogHop Giveaway!

Come see what all the excitement is about and see what each blogger is offering to celebrate Spring!!!

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Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Almond, and Coconut Rum are just some of the flavors you can pick from. You can get a variety sampler or just stick with your favorite and go all out. It’s entirely up to you!


I have eaten these myself and they ARE as delicious as they look. A perfect outer shell with a creamy, soft middle. They are truly beautiful to behold and maybe even to share. I admit with my own order, I pretty much ate them all myself. (I may have shared one or two, being the generous gal I am.) I have known Kris for almost 30 years, EEEK, and am so proud of the lovely, small-business she has made. You will not be disappointed!

If you are interested, below is a price list that Kristen is offering for Mother’s Day. Most orders can ship via USPS for approximately $6.00. Please contact her today and get your order in before it’s too late. She can be reached through her Facebook page or by phone at 315-731-7972. (Check out the LEGO chocolates too!)

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The Giveaway

To celebrate Spring and things Sprung, I am providing one of my readers a $25 Gift Card to use at Kreations by Kris. Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced May 3, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great prizes you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

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Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

The days are getting warmer, brighter, and longer which may lead many to start Spring Cleaning. But we’re not ready to start cleanin’ until we’re done sweepin’! Take the next two weeks to sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you! Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways, in the linky below, and just maybe the Grand Prize of a Shark® Lift Away Vacuum, from Brylane Home, will get someone in the Spring Cleaning mood! You can enter the Grand Prize here.


Tropical Traditions Gold Label standard virgin coconut  oil is produced using the traditional  wet-milling low-tech method called fermentation. This is a  traditional method of coconut oil extraction that has been used in the  Philippines for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Marianita Jader  Shilhavy’s parents generation made coconut oil this way, but the knowledge was  in the process of passing away before the founders of Tropical Traditions  revived it, due to the easily obtained refined coconut oils found in the stores  in the Philippines. It is a much more labor-intensive method of producing  coconut oil, and cannot be replicated by machine through mass-production. Family  producers in the rural areas of the Philippines make the Gold  Label standard in small batches.

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We are so convinced that you will love this oil, that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our 16 oz. trial size. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your trial size in the first 30 days, get a full refund – no questions asked! So try it today and start enjoying this wonderful oil!

My Thoughts

Have you somehow incorporated coconut oil into your life yet? So many people have found so many different uses for coconut oil. Many are using it in their cooking and baking to replace butter, oleo/shortening, olive, and canola oils. I like to use it while I’m frying up eggs or in my desserts. Recently, I made Black Bean Brownies and kept it dairy-free by substituting coconut oil instead of butter. Many even enjoy a spoonful of coconut oil every day as a treat.

Others are finding ways to utilize it in their health and beauty regiments. I like the feel of it on my skin and have used it on my face and other tender areas. It was very soothing.

I definitely think coconut oil is worth taking a look at. I love that Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is organic and processed in the healthiest way possible to keep as much of the goodness intact. You can find Tropical Traditions on the web below:

Tropical Traditions Home Page: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com
Gold Label Product Page: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm
What is Virgin Coconut Oil: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/what_is_virgin_coconut_oil.htm
How to Use Coconut Oil: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/how-to-use-coconut-oil.htm

The Giveaway

Tropical Traditions is offering a 32 oz. glass jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to one of my readers (A retail value of $40.00). Valid with US or Canadian addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced April 29, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great prizes you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.
So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Summer Open Toe Wedges #Shoes I’m crushin on!

by Diane Estrella

I’ll admit I am a summer girl and my shoes are all about the open toe. As long as my toes don’t take a downward spiral to hagsville, I’ll be rockin’ wedges til the cows come home. 

 Gotta have me some summer lovin with these beauties!

urbanog wedges

Lindy-3 Strappy Open Toe Wedge from Urban OG.

A little pop of color for your toes. Classic shape and coral prettiness!

tom's wedges

‘Classic – Zebra Zag’ Wedge at Nordstrom.

Tom’s Shoes has come a long way with its footwear line. Unique and fun too.

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L.A.M.B. Benjamin Wedge Booties at TAIGAN.

Love the distresses leather look on my shoes and everywhere. I have to admit, I am a brown gal all the way!

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Rendering Clog from Free People.

Apparently clogs have come a long way over the years too. Gorgeous and fun!

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Bari Shooties from Anthropologie! I had no idea there was such a thing as a “shootie” but Mama like-y!!!


Are you a fan of wedges? Do you like to show off your toe-ies??? Which one from the above list is your favorite???

Now when someone tells me they have the, “Best Brownie Recipe” ever, then those there are fightin’ words I tell ya!

Dawn, a sweet blogger friend shared this recipe with me and I just had to give them a try. Plus the fact that they are gluten and dairy free is another bonus for those who have these dietary restrictions. I had to immediately start baking but not tell my kids the secret ingredient. Hey, when brownies have both chocolate and a laxative built into them, then that’s a win-win in my boat!

You can tell they’re not “normal” brownies, but you can’t tell they have black beans in them either. Yum! Check it out and see for yourself.

About Dawndawn janis

I’m an avid reader and have a blog where I post book reviews. I’m also a Mary Kay consultant. I live in the Greater Houston Area. I’m very active in my church. I love to read, scrapbook, crochet, and spend time with my friends in what little spare time I have. My favorite TV programs are NCIS, NCIS LA, and the Amazing Race.

I am not gluten free, but I have several friends who are. When my best friend was expecting her third child (that’s if this post goes up AFTER the baby is born as she’s due on Apr 26), she discovered she had several different food sensitivities. Gluten being one of them. Our small group class planned a potluck dinner and I volunteered to make a gluten free brownie dessert for her to enjoy. I found this recipe, and I was a little leery of it. I’d made some gluten free cookies and pizzas before, but never brownies from scratch. So I tried it as an experiment for my Mary Kay sales director and my Mary Kay sisters. They loved it! And I loved it as well. So with that success, I mixed up a  batch for the potluck. It also went over very well. I’ve volunteered to make these for my family’s Easter dinner and I’ll see how they go over.

You can find Dawn here:

Blog – Dawn’s Dreams - http://dawnsdreams.blogspot.com/
Mary Kay website – www.marykay.com/djanis
Facebook – Mary Kay business page - https://www.facebook.com/DawnJanisMaryKay 
black bean brownies

Ingredients for Black Bean Brownies!

1 15.5 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
3 tablespoons coconut oil OR vegetable oil (I’ve used vegetable oil as I had it on hand)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 pan.

Place beans in food processor/blender and process until mashed. Add eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, and oil. Process until smooth. Pour into pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Bake 30-35 minutes.

Dawn found the recipe on Pintrest and from here.