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Easter Brunch

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Happy Easter!

If you are making or attending an Easter Brunch, but don’t want to make the same old thing, consider trying a new recipe. These recipes are tried and true, so you can’t go wrong.

Here are some great choices for you to consider:

Easy Egg and Toast Cups

Raspberry Muffins with Streusel

Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole


Easter Breakfast Casserole with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts


Country Quiche

Mini Frittatas in a Jar

Easter Bunny Pancake

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberry Bread

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Croissant Sausage Squares

Classic Holiday Brunch Casserole

Cables for All Seasons Zakix Cable Pack

  • Zakix provided this cables at a discount in exchange for my honest review
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I am always looking for cables to charge electronics in my house. This set of Zakix cables is great to have on hand.  You get 3 three foot cables and 3 six foot cables, which is a great assortment.

People are hard on cables in my house, so I was pleased that these are really durable and strong. I have used them on my Android phone and tablet and they seem to charge faster.

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These cables come in a nice package that you can use over and over since it seals back up. I found that the cables coil back up easily in order to store them more compactly, which is a great benefit.

If you want to see my complete review on Amazon, just follow this link.


City Gala 2016 – #CITYGALA


City Gala 2016 – #CITYGALA

Have you heard about the City Gala event being held at the Playboy Mansion?

On February 15th, 2016, City Gala is hosting one of the best charity events this year. City Gala is an event created to advocate non-profit, charitable organizations. Community Inspiring Today’s Youth is the host foundation and its mission is to offer an organized business development program and ongoing technical support for under privileged young adults of Los Angeles.

The goal is to take them full circle from learning a marketable skill or service to the conclusion of the program. The desired end result being the creation of their very own, fully operational small business.

Special guest stars like Richard Branson, who is also the KeyNote speaker and will host a moderated discussion and present inspiring videos produced exclusively for the event. Sean “Diddy” Combs will be hosting this event.

Jane Seymour and Sir Richard Branson will be sharing moderator duties and will be discussing everything from philanthropy to the environment and the future of tomorrow. Special videos prepared by Branson and his Virgin Galactic team will be shown as well.

From The Heart is the financial recipient of the City Gala event and their mission is to subsidize films that are unique and make a contribution to society. These are films with gripping and powerful stories, told with passion that, without From The Heart’s help, may never get made.

The event is held on the same night as the Grammy Awards but they are not short of attracting some really great artists who have given their time and talents to the event. I’m thrilled to be able to hob knob with them and also support the kids.

The City Gala event will include special guest appearances, live performances, and live DJ sets by Paul Oakenfold, Jeff Timmons, Chanel West Coast, Stafford Brothers, and Dj Sarah Robertson. There is even a live fashion by Hemp Blue!

As if all that isn’t enough to make you want to buy tickets to this exclusive event they are also having a live auction, which will include:

10-day Stay At Sir Richard Branson’s Private Australian Island

Mercedes Benz S63 Custom Wide Body Coupe

2016 American Music Awards Luxury Box

2016 Kentucky Derby Millionaires Row

Signed Peyton Manning Broncos Helmet

Signed Michael Jordan Bulls Jersey

The event will also be honoring some really special people with awesome awards. Buzz Aldrin, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and John Paul Dejoria, will be accepting the Legacy Of Inspiration Award. Pretty cool, huh?

Each year City Gala produces this event with the intention of allowing its donors the ability to network with industry leaders and learn about CITY’s programs. With the excitement surrounded around the celebrities, music artists, industry leaders, and influential individuals that will attend the event the main goal for the event is benefaction, contribution, and service.

“We are honored to have such an incredible roster of distinguished guests joining us to raise visibility for these important charitable causes,” said City Gala executive producer Ryan Long.

Sponsors include Tagspire, AirVuz, JetSmarter, Seed Invest, BELLA Magazine, OK! TV, Modern Luxury Angeleno, Foreground Media, Hemp Inc., King Size LED Displays and BlairBones Media.

For more information, please visit, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email info @

This black-tie, invitation only event will also have an open bar, open buffet, and a celebrity poker tournament…how can you not get excited about that?



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Fun February Facts
We all know that February is the shortest month of the year. We also may celebrate Black History Month, President’s Day and of course, Valentine’s Day. There is a lot more to know about this compact month of February.
February has two astrology signs, Aquarius and Pisces. Water signs for all that melting ice and snow during this month, maybe? Amethyst is the birthstone, which is a deep purple. This is also a kind of cool and icy color, going along with the wintery theme.
Primrose and Viola are the flowers of the month for February. Violas again have that deep wintery purple, but they are accented by yellow and some brighter colors. Perhaps this represents a little peak at the Springtime that will be coming soon.
February is the only month that has four weeks with a full seven days (although this happens only once every six years!) October and February both end on the same day of the week- every single year. This month can sometimes pass without a single full moon, which next happens in 2018.
The Boy Scouts were incorporated in the month of February in 1910 and Queen Elizabeth of England was coronated in February of 1952. In Welsh, February is translated as ‘little month’.
The root of the word February comes from februare, which means to purify. It was considered unlucky, since the month was historically spent honoring the dead and rites of purification.
As an anagram, February can be “bury fear’ or ‘bare fury’, so angry or brave. We normally think of February as the month of love, which seems a lot more positive and fun!
While February is the shortest month of the year, it is jam packed with holidays and special treats. The next time someone tells you February is just about Valentine’s Day, you can tell them some of these interesting, but sometimes obscure facts.

Adult Onset Allergies

Most of us are familiar with allergies, since they have become so common. Even if we don’t have food or other allergies, we usually know of someone that does. Many adults and children have these allergies, but did you know that even adults that never have had any allergies can develop them later in life? In fact, this onset of adult allergies is increasing all the time.

Adult allergies mostly will begin in your twenties and thirties, but they actually can start at any time. Sometimes there will be an obvious trigger, but oftentimes it comes out of nowhere. There can be a link between infection, illness and stress contributing to adult onset allergies.

One of the biggest reasons for new allergies is moving to a new place or environment. If you lived most of your life in one place and then move to a new locale with different allergens, allergies can begin that you did not even know you had. Maybe you never had a pet and now there is an animal in the household. You may quickly discover that you are highly allergic to pet dander.

There are blood tests available to check for the antibody Immunoglobulin E, or IgE. This antibody fights off infection, but can sometimes identify normal things as being harmful. This reaction release histamines which can cause inflammation (sometimes severe.) Other reactions to histamine can include itching, coughing, and vomiting.

Food allergies may or not be obvious. If you have any strange reaction after eating certain foods, make sure to write it down. Keep track of what you are eating and if you notice a similarity try eliminating certain foods and see if that makes a difference.

One thing to notice about food allergies is that you may not be hungry or feel very fatigued after every meal. You can also get an upset stomach after eating. In adults, these symptoms are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. If you never had allergies, why would you think of that?

The best thing you can do is to pay attention to any allergy-like symptoms you experience and if they persist, definitely see your doctor.

Craftsy- End of Year Clearance through 12/31/15

Craftsy’s popular end-of-year clearance sale is coming up! Help your followers fill their new year stash with up to 75% off supplies & kits.


#ad Take advantage of Craftsy’s end-of-year clearance sale and get amazing deals on fabric, yarn, baking supplies and more for a limited time. The popular stuff goes fast, so grab the deals now before they run out!

Check it out HERE!


I was lucky enough to have a friend give me a box of Adam Tea’s Green Tea and a small bag of other assorted flavors of Adam’s Tea. I decided to share my thoughts with you today.

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The Succulent Fusions Legendary Green Tea is a tea with good flavor. I had it hot, but it would be pretty good iced, too. I added honey to mine since I thought the flavor was a little strong by itself, but you can try it yourself and customize your cup to what you like.

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The teabags are sturdy and didn’t break or fall apart after steeping my tea. The color of the tea is nice,too

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I also got this bag of assorted flavored teas from Adam Tea. My favorite was the Cinnamon. The teabag smelled so good when I took it out of the bag. The cinnamon flavor was not as strong as it smelled, however. While the tea had a nice aroma of cinnamon, I would have liked to taste it more.

All in all, Adam Tea has a good assortment of quality teas to try. Next time you want to try a new tea, check out Adam Tea.


Don’t Forget Your Dog this Holiday!

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Holiday season has begun, and most of us are trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. During this time of giving, don’t forget the doggy in the family. Here are some gift ideas to bring some cheer and tail-wagging to the doggy in your life. There are lots of fun gifts available to fit any budget.

A doggy stocking is always a fun gift. This stocking has lots of toys for your pup at a small price. You can also go crazy and get this Jumbo Stocking filled to the brim with doggy delights.

Treat baskets are also a great gift for your favorite canine. You can get this smaller Pawprint Christmas Pet Treat Box . There are also medium sized gift baskets like this All About Your Pooch!  One. To really spoil your pet, get this extra-large Welcome to the Jungle basket.

If you live where it is cold, you might want to get your dog some booties. From sneakers to cute booties, there are almost as many styles to choose from as human shoes!

You may also want some cute outfits for your dog. This jumpsuit with antlers would make a great picture for your holiday cards. You may also like this Santa outfit. A sweater is always a good idea, and this reindeer one is just adorable.

This doggy light is a great gift for your pup or to give to a friend. It clips on the collar or leash and gives you a light for those nighttime excursions. This is great to be safe at night or just to see what your dog is looking at in the backyard at night.

There are a lot of balls and toys to play with our pets outside and let them run around for exercise. This Skrubal Football toy is cute and durable. If you have a pup that is rough on balls, try the Kong Extreme ball. If your fur baby likes to chase tennis ball, try this launcher for hours of fun!

While this is a busy time of year, don’t forget to put your favorite pup’s name on you holiday shopping list. Your dog gives you so much joy all year, so it is time to treat them to something special, too. Share the holiday spirit with your canine companion this holiday season.


Shopping Tips for Black Friday

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Whether you are a seasoned Pro or a beginner when it comes to Black Friday shopping, you will want to plan out your excursion carefully. You may think of crowds and craziness, but you can take some steps to minimize the hassle and maximize the savings and deals.

You used to have to look hard to find info about Black Friday sales, but not anymore. There are several websites that give you a sneak peek, so you can do some early planning. Check out deal newsBlack Friday Info,  or Bfads.

This year you may even be able to snag deals before Thanksgiving. Some Black Friday deals will start on Wednesday, or even Thursday evening. There might be fewer crowds since it is not a traditional time for the great deals.

Make sure the price is really a deal. There are many shopping comparison sites out there. You want to double check that you are getting a really low price. Check out websites such as PriceWatch , Price Grabber , or Shop Advisor .

Even though you can see ads online, don’t discard the newspaper. Sometimes there are coupons that are exclusive to print ads. Read the fine print to make sure you don’t have to mail in a rebate or jump through any other hoops to score the deal.

Make sure you get some rest before shopping and bring water with you. You want to be hydrated and have energy to keep up with the crowds. Bring a protein bar or other snack with you just in case. You don’t want to feel lightheaded during Black Friday madness.

Start out with a budget in mind, and stick to it. Just because you find a great deal, if it wasn’t planned or you can’t really afford it, don’t buy it. Paying with a credit card gives you some safety, but some people like to have just enough cash and not spend more than what was budgeted. Just figure out what will work best for you.

The best advice is to have a plan, do your research and let the games begin!