New Lugz “Snow White” collection and a 30% off coupon! #lugznyc

Lugz is happy to introduce its “Snow White” collection! Whether the real “white” stuff touches down near you or not, you can still look fashionable and be comfortable this winter! Since 1993 Lugz has been making great footwear for the entire family, but it just keeps getting better and better.

Treat yourself and be ready for whatever weather comes your way. Go to and use Code SWC30 for 30% off! (excludes sale items and cannot be combined with other coupons). You’ll find all current special offers here.







#Win $100 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC – Infinite Ink Book Blast


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The Breeders by Katie French

“When the Breeders come for ya, there ain’t no escape. They strap ya to a bed and all ya hear is the thud of your heart and the cries of your friends as they wheel ya down to hell. Then the doctors come. You squeeze your eyes shut and pray you can forget. But ya never do.”

Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender– a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley’s affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?

The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico– escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is forced into the Breeder’s hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she’ll share unless she can find a way out.

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KatieAuthor Katie French
Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. It was about birds and frankly, it wasn’t very good, but it sparked a love of literature. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. This thoroughly solidifying her status as a class-A nerd. She currently works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves even when it exhausts her. In her free time she writes, reads great books, and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. Her young adult best selling series, The Breeders, is available now on Amazon. She also has a kids series starting with Portia Parrott and the Great Kitten Rescue for ages 5-9.

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Virulent by Shelbi Wescott

Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it.

An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse. War, looting, and death wreak havoc outside the school; inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.

What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.

Virulent is the first book in the Virulent trilogy, an enthralling post-apocalyptic adventure that takes you from the end of the world to the formation of a new society.

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ShelbiAuthor Shelbi Wescott

Shelbi Wescott is a high school Language Arts and Creative Writing teacher, a mother of two, a television junky, and a board game connoisseur. Her first book, “Virulent: The Release” was born from a challenge issued by her students to write a book that would interest them. When she isn’t writing or teaching, Shelbi can be found throwing unnecessarily elaborate birthday parties and officiating weddings. She is a fan of: Spanx, bourbon, Powell’s Books, and tabloid magazines. Shelbi lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, her two sons, Elliott and Ike, and an affectionate hound dog named Darby.

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley

Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be.

And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone.

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LauraAuthor A.G. Henley

A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first book in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.


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Contributor by Nicole Ciacchella

When the Great Famine threatened the existence of mankind, the Creators saved humanity. Humanity has been their loyal subject ever since.

This history has been ingrained in seventeen-year-old Dara Morrow since her first day of Creator-sponsored school. Grateful for the life-giving necessities her Creator provides, Dara is thrilled to be one of three students chosen for an elite, year-long apprenticeship program. Now is her chance to prove herself a devoted Contributor.

But Dara’s competition is ruthless and will stop at nothing to win the competition. Worse yet, her exacting master has little patience for her.

Then Dara’s mother is seriously injured, and Dara realizes the price of being a Contributor: once you’ve outlived your usefulness, you’re discarded. Can Dara learn to manipulate the system to save not only herself, but everyone she loves?

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NicoleAuthor Nicole Ciacchella

Nicole has progressed from scribbling in notebooks to banging on keyboards, but she’s never managed to stop daydreaming at inappropriate moments.
Born and raised in Michigan, Nicole lives there still with her husband and two wonderful children. When not answering the demands of her characters, Nicole can often be found curled up with a good book or spending far too many hours acting the hero in whatever video game is her obsession of the moment.
Nicole rarely meets a genre she doesn’t like, and as a result has written contemporary romcoms, fantasy fiction, fairy tale retellings, and dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. She’s the author of the Fairytale Collection books, the YA/NA crossover Contributor trilogy, and the Astoran Asunder series.

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The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.

To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.

When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.

It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? The Torturer’s Daughter is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.


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ZoeAuthor Zoe Cannon

Zoe Cannon writes about the things that fascinate her: outsiders, societies no sane person would want to live in, questions with no easy answers, and the inner workings of the mind. If she couldn’t be a writer, she would probably be a psychologist, a penniless philosopher, or a hermit in a cave somewhere. While she’ll read anything that isn’t nailed down, she considers herself a YA reader and writer at heart. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a giant teddy bear of a dog, and spends entirely too much time on the internet.

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Heartbeat Thief

The Heartbeat Thief by Ash Krafton

Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.
Poe meets Austen in this haunting tale of death and endless devotion…
Being the most beautiful debutante in 1860’s Surrey isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Senza Fyne knows all too well the expectations set upon a young Victorian woman—and she also knows that, in one fell swoop, death can just whisk it all away. When she meets the mysterious and mystical Mr. Knell, she is offered the chance to escape the chains of Life and Death and to enjoy the bliss of youth and beauty for all eternity.
But that takes magic…and a steep price. She’d have to surrender her life to gain an eternity and she’d have to steal the heartbeats of others in order to keep it.
She has everything to gain if she succumbs to his spell…but knows not what she might lose.
It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allan Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?

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A.J.Author A.J. Crafton
The Heartbeat Thief is the first release for AJ Krafton, a New Adult speculative fiction author from the Pennsylvania coal region.
If she’s not writing, it’s probably because she’s distracted by all the cool junk on her desk or by the stacks of books that have grown up around it.
She also writes novels, short fiction, and poetry for adult audiences as Ash Krafton.

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Book Blast Giveaway – $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash

Ends 1/31/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Share Your Perfect Snow Day and Win – #PerfectSnowDayAdk

This is a sponsored post with Lake Placid and Mums the Word Network. All opinions are my own.

“Mais où sont les neiges d’anten?” – François Villon

“Where are the snows of yesteryear?” –Translation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Here in Boston, we’ve had a very mild winter with downright balmy temperatures at Christmas time. This has really made me long for the good old snow days I so fondly remember. Whether they were days off when I was young spent making snow angels and forts or more recent snow days with the entire family snuggled up around the fire.

What does your perfect snow day look like? What activities would you choose?

Lake Placid wants to know about your perfect fantasy snow day and one entrant will win theirs!

Lake Placid is a quaint alpine village in the midst of the Adirondack wilderness that offers both a contemporary full-service resort atmosphere and an outdoor recreational paradise, the best of two worlds.

For my perfect day in Lake Placid, I would wake early and head outside. The beautiful view of the snowcapped mountains and the smell of the evergreens would be a feast for the senses.

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I would love to try the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute where a 30-foot-high converted ski jump trestle sends toboggans down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions, toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. This would surely be a highlight and get the heart pumping!

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After this, I’d take a walk down Main Street to have lunch and visit the shops. Main Street has homemade treats from artisan chocolates to Adirondack maple syrup, gourmet olive oils and vinegars all from small mom and pop shops, perfect for gifts as well.

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I would have to get a hot chocolate at Temptations,  a specialty food store which has over 40 artisan and specialty cheeses, fresh baguettes and Rulf’s apple cider donuts. 


You could then go Nordic skating or snowshoeing,  but on this perfect day I would  do some cross-country skiing along the breathtaking backcountry trails and explore!


Of course we’d have to play in the snow and have some snowball fights, then race back to our resort to warm up and get a massage at the spa. After that, it’s a night out with dinner and a local wine tasting. 

Then a blissful sleep!

What does your perfect snow day look like?

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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Create a video in which you describe the menu of activities that comprise the invention of your own Perfect Snow Day in Lake Placid.
  2. Post on YouTube. Title the video: “Hey Lake Placid, here’s my Perfect Snow Day!”
  3. Entrants should use the hashtag #PerfectSnowDayADK when sharing on social media.
  4. Organizers will select up to the top 10 entries, and those finalists’ videos will be aggregated on the contest landing page,
  5. Voting will be promoted through Lake Placid’s webpages and social media channels. The finalists will be announced on Feb. 28, 2016.
  6. The entrant with the most votes accumulated at the end of the contest will win their Perfect Snow Day in Lake Placid represented in their video, plus 2 more perfect days to invent! (Prize includes lodging for 3 nights for 4 people and activities based on the winner’s video content/menu.)

 Dates: Finalists selected February 28, 2016, winner selected March 18, 2016.

So, have some fun, allow your imagination and dreams to play and describe your perfect snow day in this wintry wonderland. I wish you all the very best of luck!

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Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or $50 in Paypal Cash – Broken Things To Mend

broken things to mendBroken Things to Mend by Karey White

***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character–the match maker–but it is a stand-alone novel.***

Celia is in desperate need of a chang. She needs a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all her relationships. Clueless what to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She’s wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters?

What Celia doesn’t plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia’s past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.

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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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Book Blast Giveaway – $50 Amazon Gift Card or $50 in Paypal Cash

Ends 1/24/16

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New Luvs #Momoji Keyboard – When Words Are Just Not Enough + Giveaway!

When it comes to parenting, sometimes words alone just don’t truly express your experience or feelings. Sometimes you have mommy brain, chaos, and not enough sleep or coffee and would love an emoji to sum up what you’re feeling or what’s happening!

But, take heart, Moms, because Luvs has just come out with a custom emoji keyboard app called Momoji! Some of the momojis include a stroller, a baby bottle, rubber duck, a baggie with Cheerios and different shades of baby poo. And let’s not forget the often favorite big container of ice cream for the parents!

You’ll also have lots of different baby expressions including laughing, crying, happy, sad, and more.

These are wonderful for communicating when words really just won’t cut it! Parenting, after all, has its very own language.

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You can get this fun, free and useful app at both the Apple Store for iOS  and Google Play for Android.  You can invite friends to use it from the app as well.

Another cool feature: The Luvs Momoji Keyboard app is the first to offer the very latest in emoji technology – the Promoji. With these, busy moms can hunt for diaper deals and helpful coupons from Luvs on the go, including Luvs with Nightlock.

Luvs is the official diaper of experienced parents with new larger stretch tabs for easy fastening and the same ultra-leakage protection and money-back guarantee! With high quality and value, they save you money and offer you peace of mind which is priceless.


Love Twitter Parties? 

Join in the fun with Luvs and the iConnect team December 15, 2015 at 9pm EST.


  • Prize 1: $50 + Luvs product
  • Prize 2: $100 + Luvs product
  • Prize 3: $150 + Luvs product
  • Grand Prize: $400 + Luvs product
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Because we luv you, Luvs is sponsoring a giveaway here on Strange Daze Indeed for a $100 Amex gift card and one package of diapers, size 1-6. Please enter via Giveaway Tools below and best of luck!

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The Stork OTC Helps Optimize Your Chances of Conceiving – Win a Kit for Yourself or a Loved One!

the-stork-logo-300x300 (1)One of my best friends from college has always wanted children, but she and her husband have had problems conceiving. I am happy that I know about The Stork OTC because I have shared important information with her. Now she has a new and valuable noninvasive tool that she can purchase over the counter at her pharmacy and that they can explore privately in their own home.


The journey to parenthood can be difficult, particularly if you’re one of the 7.3 million couples in the U.S. having trouble conceiving. If you’re not experiencing difficulty, you most likely know someone who is. Fertility troubles are not uncommon.

Going to a specialist can become very costly and put undue stress on a couple and on their financial budget. Not only that, but, wouldn’t it be great to be able to try an established and effective conception technique in the privacy of your own home with your partner?

The StorkOTC is a drug-free conception device that offers a relaxed, more personal way of conceiving at-home using new technology based on cervical cap insemination. It’s a helpful option that puts you in control, and is widely available over-the-counter.


The first and only conception assistance device to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s strict requirements and be cleared for over-the-counter sales, without a prescription, The Stork OTC is the product of years of meticulous design and testing.

I’m also excited to share with you some exciting news from The Stork OTC!

Clinical data published in the journal Surgery Technology International  demonstrates that TheStork OTC is more effective at delivering sperm to the cervix than natural intercourse.

You can read more about this study and its promising results here.

The Stork OTC can also be used with donor sperm, supporting pathways to parenthood for all couples.

How wonderful that our society is evolving and there are so many more options for parenthood these days. The Stork OTC is also a useful conception aid for LGBT couples, individuals with certain disabilities and single women.

The Stork OTC  is a very sensible first step before trying costly, invasive procedures, and can help provide hope for millions of women struggling to conceive.  Whether you are just starting on your journey to parenthood or have been trying for longer, let The Stork OTC optimize your chances of conceiving.

Hope is a priceless commodity!



Join us!

I would also love to invite you to join us for The Stork OTC Twitter Chat sponsored by @StorkbyRinovum with hosts @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, and @EmilyMcKhann.

We know that the journey to start or add to a family can be difficult and put stress on daily life. Please join us in our special one-hour chat as we discuss tips for conceiving naturally and what you can do when that doesn’t seem to be working out. We’ll share information on how The Stork OTC can help in a non-invasive and cost-effective way.

During our final chat of this series, you’ll also have a chance to win $25 gift cards to CVS/pharmacy by answering some trivia questions.

And as a grand prize, we’ll be giving away a $50 CVS pharmacy gift card and a trial of The Stork OTC!

For more information on The Stork OTC, please visit their website.

NB: This content is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician.

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The Stork OTC has offered one of my readers the chance to win a trial and test this out for themselves. This will be mailed to you directly at home. Perhaps you have a friend or loved one who could benefit. Feel free to enter via Giveaway Tools below:

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Pear and Gorgonzola Holiday Salad – #LitehouseHolidazzle



For me, the holiday season is all about good cheer: family gathered around the fireplace, people helping one another out, finding a gift that is personal and touches the heart. I enjoy the traditions as well as creating new ones with those I love.

We have a lot of parties that we are invited to and enjoy having people over as well. I love making this holiday salad as it is bright and cheerful as well as having a sophisticated and delightful blend of flavors.


One of the secrets to this delicious salad is how easy it is to make. I used three wonderful products from Litehouse Foods which made it so simple and yet so elegant. Litehouse provides quality, fresh products, with NO artificial preservatives, NO MSG’s, and award-winning taste. Yes, I am a fan!


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First of all, I was inspired by Litehouse’s Pear Gorgonzola salad dressing. It tastes very fresh and has one of my favorite combos which perfectly complement one another.

Gorgonzola is a unique robust aromatic cheese produced in Northern Italy. In fact, it was first produced in the Italian town Gorgonzola in 879 AD.

If you happen to enjoy gorgonzola, you will love Litehouse’s Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese crumbles which come in a useful resealable bag. I add it to just about everything and even eat it by itself. So delicious and the best gorgonzola I’ve had.

I buy Litehouse herbs often, and the mint is so lovely to have on hand. It adds a delightful pop of subtle flavor.
To make this salad you will need:

5 oz Butter Lettuce (buy this fresh or packaged)

2 pears –  (you can use what is in season) – I chose to use Bartlett and Forelle, which are two of my favorites for the taste and the colors. The sweet flavors of Forelle and Bartlett are both enhanced when matched with tart foods like the gorgonzola.



1/4 cup Litehouse Simply Artisan Reserve Gorgonzola cheese crumbles

1/4 cup walnut halves

1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Litehouse Foods Pear Gorgonzola Dressing to taste

A pinch of Litehouse Foods Dried Mint

Add your lettuce to a large bowl, then add your pears cut into thin slices, next add your cranberries and walnuts, sprinkle with the gorgonzola crumbles. Add Litehouse Pear Gorgonzola dressing to taste and top it off with a hint of mint.

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This is delicious served with homemade olive bread or any fresh and crusty bread or baguette.

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The tangy tart and sweet flavors of the pears, gorgonzola and cranberries combined with the crunch of the walnuts are divine and the bright festive colors will have you feeling merry in no time at all! Happy Holidays!

Litehouse Foods help ramp up your creativity, and, right now, they are offering you a coupon to save you $1 on any of their delicious products.

I also wanted to share their amazing holiday contest with you!



Share your favorite holiday creations you use to dazzle your guests for your chance to win 1 of 3 $1,000 grocery cards and a year’s supply of Litehouse Dressing which you can use to make your family an epic holiday feast!

And, since ’tis the season, let’s have a giveaway right here for the same three Litehouse products that I received!

1 Litehouse Foods Artisan Gorgonzola Cheese crumbles

1 Bottle of Litehouse Pear Gorgonzola Dressing

and 1 bottle of Litehouse Foods dried Mint

Open to US residents, ends 12/16


This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

#Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card – Poppy Peters Book Blast


(Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 1)

Book Summary:
After an injury sidelines Poppy Peters’ ballet career, she summons the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and to attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town in Georgia. Poppy now has her work cut out for her, not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school’s famous peach pie. But Poppy’s pastry problems go from bad to worse when she’s suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry…resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy’s going to survive this culinary experience, she’ll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

**Recipes Included**


ChocolateMacaronsandaDeadGroom (1)CHOCOLATE MACAROONS AND A DEAD GROOM
(Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 2)

Book Summary:
When Poppy Peters takes an internship in Paris working for a top pastry chef, she realizes that bakery life isn’t all cupcakes and frosting. The sous pastry chef dislikes foreigners, her mentor only speaks French, and to top that all off she finds the groom of the wedding she’s catering dead in his own backyard. But Lord Dovington wasn’t just a handsome royal waiting to sweep his bride-to-be off of her feet. He was also a well-known playboy with a long line of vengeful exes.

Now, as one of the prime suspects, Poppy must prove she’s innocent . . . and that her recipe for chocolate macaroons isn’t to blame. But the clock is ticking, and with a missing diamond, a break-in, and a hot batch of reporters on her tail, Poppy has a lot of sifting to do. Will she find the killer before she too gets baked?

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BananaFosterandadeadmobsterBANANAS FOSTER AND A DEAD MOBSTER
(Poppy Peters Mysteries Book 3)

Book Summary:
Reluctant sleuth Poppy Peters is back in Georgia, and her last semester of pastry school is no icing on the cake when a body is discovered at the local farmer’s market, and the murder weapon has Poppy’s name on it. Not to mention, the victim belonged to a deadly southern crime family. Now, Poppy is being tailed by the mafia, and it doesn’t help that the school’s new pastry instructor has her working with her worst rival. But after a heart-stopping car chase, a frightening discovery at an old jam factory, and a spontaneous trip to New Orleans, Poppy discovers a secret that makes her past feats look like a piece of peach pie. Poppy’s chances of making it to graduation day are about to go up in flames just like her Bananas Foster.

**Recipes included!**

Praise for the Book

“A sweet and satisfying mystery that will leave you hungry for more! A. Gardner’s Poppy Peters Mysteries have earned a place on my keeper shelf!”
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling mystery author

“Charming cozy mystery featuring likable characters.”
~Debbie Wiley, Fresh Fiction



A GardnerAuthor A. Gardner
A. Gardner is a native westerner exploring the sweet bites of the south. After years of working in the healthcare industry, she moved across the country with her husband and adventurous baby boy. She is a mystery and romance writer with a serious cupcake obsession and a love of storytelling that began at an early age. When she is not writing, she is either chasing after her son, out for a swim, trying out a new recipe, or painting her nails bright blue.

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Ends 12/20/15

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#Win an Apple Watch and Hydra Skin Sciences Prize Pack 11/30-12/15

slide-girlSometimes we all wish we could turn back time. Keeping up with day to day activities and responsibilities takes its toll; you blink your eyes and ten years have simply disappeared! In their place are fine lines, wrinkles, and even a few gray hairs. There is no magical way to completely stop the aging process and stay 21 forever and that’s okay. Embrace who you are and your accomplishments. Growing older is a beautiful process, and if you could possibly reverse the signs of aging without surgery or injections, I’m sure you’d love to learn more.

Hydra Skin Sciences combines the simultaneous action of Snow Algae Powder, six powerful peptides (including Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Syn-Ake), Vitamin C, with the ultimate moisturizer Hyaluronic Acid. The unique combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Snow Algae Powder adds maximum absorption of vital nutrients into the deepest layers of your skin. Restore your youthful appearance, dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten sagging skin and magically turn back time!


Hydra Skin Sciences offers Allegro, a powerful new anti-aging cream developed by a team of expert scientists at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world. This specially formulated cream helps rapidly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that are part of getting older. Results that had once only been possible with cosmetic surgery or painful injections are now available over-the-counter at a remarkably affordable price.


Hydra Skin Sciences also offers Brio, an anti-aging serum for daytime and nighttime use, that has been described as a “face-lift in a box”. If you want radiant, glowing skin for life, Allegro Anti-aging Cream and Brio Day & Night Serum are close to the fountain of youth!



Hydra Skin Sciences has sponsored this wonderful giveaway! One very lucky winner will receive the Brio Day & Night Serum, the Allegro AntiAging Cream AND an Apple Watch sport! The total Prize package is valued at over $550!

Best of luck!
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Gifts for Guys That are Hard to Shop For: Zero Tolerance Knives from KnivesShipFree



I really think I should be further along with my Christmas shopping, but, I’m not. There’s always a few people that are difficult to shop for. If you’re like me, perhaps you’re looking for gift ideas for certain guys in your life.

I remember when I was younger, backpacking through Europe with my boyfriend. I loved the spontaneity and the way the day would lead us. I remember a small town in Italy where we stopped to have a picnic on one of those days when everything is right with the world. We bought wine in one shop, bread in another, prosciutto and melon. When it was time to eat, my boyfriend carved us thin slices of cool melon with the knife he’d brought along and we reveled in its sweetness.

I feel that it’s important to add that I advocate that people use knives safely and responsibly, and, if you do that, you might find that a knife affords an incredible amount of uses in one simple easy to carry package. So very handy.

There is just something about the look of a custom knife, the feel of the handle in the palm of your hand that is so satisfying: whether you are using it to cut food, open a blister pack, break down boxes, or help someone cut through something in an emergency.

One of the best brand of knives I’ve found are Zero Tolerance knives. These knives are reasonably priced, super high quality and extremely durable.

Zero Tolerance knives are built strong enough to be able to meet the needs of military, law enforcement and other first responders. With “zero tolerance” and no excuses, they can handle whatever you throw at them in real-world situations.

These knives take their name from the manufacturer’s commitment to design, quality and usability. With super steels and cutting-edge style, along with a form-follows-function approach, Zero Tolerance are truly in a class of their own.

Here are some examples:

The Zero Tolerance Black G-10

The Zero Tolerance Black G-10


The Zero Tolerance Stonewashed

The Zero Tolerance Stonewashed











I found these at, an online knife store featuring the top brands in the industry. They are leaders in customer service, inventory and free shipping and carry many smaller specialized brands. I really love this EDC knife for my guy and also found some chef’s knives there that I am drooling over and putting on my own Christmas list!

NB: Always use knives responsibly.



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