Happy New Year!

As 2013 comes to a close, I want to thank everyone for following my blog and social media accounts, and to wish you a wonderful 2014! May God bless all you do in the coming year!

Karina Dresses for Every Occasion

Disclosure: I received this dress at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Throughout the past year and a half, I've shared a number of fashionable Karina Dresses with you and it's been wonderful collaborating with Karina and her entire staff. As the year comes to a close and we all move on to a new year, I'd like to give you a glimpse at my absolute favorite Karina Dress - the long sleeve Megan in brown with cream dots. It's my favorite because the dress design is so professional, yet the tiny polka dots give it a playful flair. It is the perfect dress for any occasion!
Karina Dresses are so comfortable to wear because the material moves with me and feels good against my skin. It's never too tight, never pinches anywhere, and never wrinkles. Plus, not a single Karina Dress of mine has ever faded! Best of all, they are so easy care for - just toss in the washer and then hang to dry. Whenever I travel, I always take along several of my Karina Dresses since they are perfect for any occasion. I can dress them up with heels or boots, or dress them down with sandals or flats. I look great and feel great in Karina Dresses.
Dress: Megan by Karina Dresses
Visit Karina Dresses, where you can find dresses that make every “body” feel and look great, no matter what shape or size. Karina believes in the innate beauty of women when they accept and love themselves as they are. Sign up HERE to receive the Karina Dresses Newsletter, filled with great information, amazing giveaways and special promotions!

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Bacon French Toast Casserole #Recipe

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Bacon French Toast Casserole Recipe
by Lisa Weidknecht
Ingredients list:
6 slices of bacon
10 slices of sandwich bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons sugar, plus 2 more tablespoons sugar for topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, soft
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Lay 6 pieces of bacon on a cookie sheet and bake in 350 degrees F oven (do not preheat) for 15 minutes. Remove bacon from oven (leave oven on) and transfer to paper-towel covered plate to cool and drain fat. Cut 10 slices of sandwich bread (I used white bread) into bite-sized pieces. Spray cooking oil in a 9"x13" casserole dish, then dump bread pieces into the casserole dish. Break bacon into small pieces and scatter on top of bread pieces. In a large bowl, beat 4 eggs with 1 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon softened butter. Pour over bread and bacon. For the topping, mix 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, then sprinkle generously over the casserole. Place casserole dish in a 350 degrees F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup. Feeds 4-6. I actually made this for our dinner, but it would be great for breakfast or lunch too!
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Blueberry Syrup and Pancake #Recipe

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I cannot even remember if I've ever eaten a blueberry syrup that actually has real blueberries in it. This all-natural Blueberry Syrup from The Blueberry Store is loaded with blueberries, one of my favorite fruits! Even better, there are only 3 ingredients: blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice. There are no crazy preservatives that I can't pronounce. We made pancakes on Christmas morning and it was a great opportunity to try out this blueberry syrup. It's absolutely delicious and it's the perfect consistency. I daresay it's the best syrup I've tasted in my entire life and my family loves it. I can't wait to try it on waffles and even ice cream.
The Blueberry Store in South Haven, Michigan, specializes in everything blueberry you could ever want, including fresh and frozen Michigan blueberries, dried blueberries, blueberry coffee, blueberry juices, blueberry gift baskets, chocolate-covered blueberries, and even blueberry bushes that you can have delivered to your front door. Their website also has bushels of great blueberry recipes for you. After you order your blueberry syrup, you can print out my Golden Pancakes recipe below!
Golden Pancakes Recipe
2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 cups milk, 2 eggs beaten.
Combine the dry ingredients. Add the oil and milk. Stir until smooth. Add 2 eggs beaten. Pour batter into circles in a hot skillet and cook until the edges are firm and batter is bubbling up, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with blueberry syrup!
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Stop Smoking Those Nasty Cigarettes

It's been over a year since I switched from those nasty cigarettes to the delicious flavors of Green Smoke ecigs! I feel so much healthier and I don't smell like smoke anymore. Make a New Year's Resolution to benefit your health!


The Versatility of Sarong Fashions

Sarongs make great additions to any wardrobe. As staples of southeast Asian fashion, they're more versatile than you might think. You can click here for a broad selection of sarongs to get an idea of what's on the market. The following are three of the best places to get mileage out of a sarong along with recommendations for what colors will best complement the scenario.

The first place people think of for sarongs is the beach. Sarongs are great when worn over bathing suits for an added degree of modesty and protection from the sun. They can make it easier to move from indoors to outdoors without needing to change entirely. This is a great benefit if you're planning a long day out and don't want to need to find a dressing room just for going to or getting away from the beach. Sarongs for the beach are best when bright. You can get away with being daring if you're planning a day in the sun. Go for a loud floral pattern or even tie-dye; you might be surprised what will flatter you!

The last place people think of for sarongs is usually the formal event. Sarongs aren't commonly thought of as fancy. The truth is that they're not inherently casual garments. It's all a matter of how you wear it and what color you wear it in. For formal events you'll want to go with a sarong in a darker, more sedate color. Navy and forest green make great options for this. The next key is to accessorize. A brooch or other pin can go a long way to set your sarong off in a great way. So can the judicious addition of a necklace.

Finally, sarongs make a great option for casual wear at home. While they can be great for making appearances, they can also be worn for comfort. Wearing a sarong at home with a looser knot is a great way to keep just the right temperature in summer when you don't want to turn the AC on. Wearing your sarong at home naturally means any color will work!

Sarongs are versatile garments. They can function as multiple styles of dresses, skirts and more. Don't underestimate how far a sarong can go to transform your wardrobe. A few sarongs of different colors can multiply your options by more than you might think, and they're easy to find online.

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Bloggers! Sign up for the Sweet February Giveaway Hop

Join us for the
Sweet February Giveaway Hop
from February 3-February 15, 2014

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from February 3, 2014 at 12:01a.m. until February 15, 2014 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be worth at least $25.00. Blogs without giveaways posted by 10:00a.m. on February 3 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on February 1.

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DigiPals Cuddle and Clean Your Screen

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Did your kids get a new phone for Christmas? Or an MP3 player? Then you'll want to protect your investment with one of these darling DigiPals! There are four fabulously fun DigiPals to choose from - Owl, Turtle, Penguin or Monkey. They'll make your smart phone cute and cuddly, plus the soft microfiber cloth inside actually cleans the screen of dirt and fingerprints, while protecting it from scratches.
Each DigiPal is constructed with two zipper pockets, one for your phone or music player and the other is great for ear buds, cash, id card, or other small treasures. DigiPals are so cute that moms will want one too. It's a great way to protect your phone from scratches when you're on the go and don't want to just drop your cell phone into your purse.
They are wonderfully made with great detail to stitching and you can choose the animal that best fits your personality. Even teenagers love DigiPals - just slide a phone into the side zipper (or top zipper) - then drop it in your backpack. They are not designed to protect against breakage, so don't try dropping your DigiPals with your phone inside.
Visit www.digipalsusa.com for more information, to shop online, and to watch for a retailer near you that carries these adorable DigiPals! Be sure to like them on Facebook too so you can be first to hear about new products and special promotions. I think my favorite one is the owl. Which one do YOU like best?

Elm Baby Lemon Drop Eco Candle - Review

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Elm Baby has so many wonderful products for families, including many organic products. I recently received one of their Eco Candles in Lemon Drop and it smells absolutely amazing, even without being lit. Did you know that the smell of lemon helps to reduce nausea? Lemon is one of my favorite candle scents, but that's a benefit I wish I had known 23 years ago! Some of their other fragrances include cupcake, lavender lemon, baby's butt, chai latte, and spa day. They even offer MANdles for men!
These soy wax candles have no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants. Plus it burns for 30-50% longer than a petroleum-based paraffin candle. The combination of lemon blossoms, bergamot, violet, lavender and sandalwood create a beautiful, sweet and powdery lemon scent. I've been burning my Eco Candle all week and it makes my house smell so clean (nice camouflage considering my kids are home from college). Each natural, biodegradable, renewable resource candle is hand-poured in Wisconsin USA. I highly recommend Eco Candles!
Check out all their fabulous soy candles at www.elmbaby.com and be sure to browse the website for maternity items, baby items, skin care, and even the dad's corner. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for information about special promotions. What's YOUR favorite candle scent?


Rugged and Romantic Handmade Inspirational Jewelry

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If your jewelry stash doesn't include something from Island Cowgirl, then you're missing out on some truly unique pieces. This company creates beautifully rugged and truly romantic bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces and anklets. I received a bracelet called "Anchor Your Soul" and I simply adore it. It's 7 1/2" in length and the center charm is 2" in length. On the back of the anchor is the inscription "anchor your soul" which is a wonderful reminder to me and my faith. The lobster claw closure is my favorite kind because I never have to worry about losing a favorite piece of jewelry.
The casual look to this bracelet is one of my favorite styles. I wear mostly jeans, so I can wear this as an everyday piece, but I also love a casual dress on Sundays. Every piece from Island Cowgirl has a romantic inspirational quote on the back, inscribed before they dip the charm into sterling or 14k gold, using several age-old techniques such as lost wax casting. Even the knots on the wristband of the bracelet lend unique personality to this piece. It's quickly become one of my most favorite everyday pieces.
Visit www.islandcowgirl.com to find the jewelry that speaks to your heart and your soul. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Win a Cherry Wood Jord Watch in the #cheernewyear Giveaway Hop

Let's Cheer for the New Year
with a fun giveaway hop
From December 26 to January 12,
you can hop to all of the participating blogs below
and enter to win great prizes worth at least $25.

Don't forget to enter these too:
Grand Prize #1: 2 Dormeo Octaspring Evolution Plus Pillows
Grand Prize #2: $100 Starbucks Gift Card

My prize is a gorgeous Cherry Wood Jord Watch
worth $129.00.
 Jord Watches combine natural beauty with fashion in their watches made from real wood. I received this cherry wood "Ely" watch from Jord Watches and it's simply stunning. It's very lightweight and the flexible wristband makes it so comfortable to wear. This style is perfect for women and comes in Cherry, Maple and Black. 
 These are the watch specifications, according to Jord:
Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 26mm diameter
Frame / bezel: 34mm diameter
Band width: 21.5mm
Lug ends: 40mm
Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
Premium Citizen Miyota movement with date window
Start the new year in style with a new Jord Watch!
Visit www.woodwatches.com to see all their watches for men and women.
You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.
Enter below to win
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Open to US residents, ages 18 and up.
Good luck and Happy New Year!

Rock The New Year with DressFirst.com

New Year's Eve is coming soon and millions of pretty ladies around the world will don their fanciest party dresses to ring in 2014. This momentous occasion deserves a brand new dress and DressFirst.com is your go-to source for glamorous evening wear. Whether you prefer a short, flouncy dress that accentuates your waistline or a sultry, sleeveless dress that hugs your hips, DressFirst has hundreds of fabulous choices at very competitive prices. I simply adore their tea-length dresses. Rock the party in your favorite color or try something fabulous and new that is totally out of your comfort zone! I love to wear a rich emerald green colored dress because the color makes me feel so sophisticated. No matter your preference, you're sure to find at least one dress that you must have.
DressFirst.com features holiday dresses, cocktail dresses and evening gowns to fit any shape and size. They offer dresses with long sleeves, short sleeves, spaghetti straps and halter styles. From short dresses to dresses with long trains, their dresses will make YOU the hit of the party! Their website is simple to navigate and you can search by dress silhouette, neckline, dress hemline length, fabric, occasion, color, season, and more. Need a plus size dress? They've got that covered too!
DressFirst.com has much more than just party dresses for the perfect New Year's Eve outfit. They also have dresses for prom, graduation, homecoming, sweet sixteen and more. There's also an extensive accessories department for the perfect handbag, gloves, sash, and jewelry to compliment your dress. If you're getting married soon, you can even get your wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride dresses, and flower girl dresses on their site. Their wedding collection also includes wedding veils, wedding shoes, headpieces, garters, petticoats, lingerie and shapewear. You can even get a wedding garment bag to store everything before and after the big day. Take some stress out of the big day by getting your wedding flowers, decorations and wedding favors at DressFirst.com.
Visit DressFirst.com today to get the perfect dress for yourself for absolutely any occasion. Sign up now for their e-newsletter and find out more about their $50,000 Giveaway. Be sure to check out their free shipping offer too! 

Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 25

Sting The Scorpion wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 24

Sting The Scorpion is ready to unwrap presents!

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Check out the Shop Your Way App #ad

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Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 23

Sting The Scorpion also loves to pop bubble wrap! Who doesn't?

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

By Your Friends at Bil-Jac Dog Food

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle, decorating, and parties, it’s important to be sure we are keeping our pets safe through it all. Here are ten tips to consider to help keep your best friend safe during this special time of year:

1. Human Food is For Humans: If you don’t normally feed your dog table scraps, don’t start now. Many of the foods we eat around the holidays are high in fat, salt and sugar and can upset your dog’s stomach. Always keep your dog away from the following foods:
• Chocolate - Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases, death.
• Onions - Too much onion, no matter what kind, can cause anemia in dogs.
• Grapes & Raisins - Too many grapes or raisins may negatively affect your dogs' kidneys.
• Cooked Bones - Turkey and ham bones may be sharp and could pose a choking hazard to your best friend.

2. Light the Tree with Caution: Keep electrical cords tucked away and ornaments out of paw’s reach. If your pup gets curious and decides to chew on a wire, she could get shocked and even electrocuted. Ornaments, as we all know, tend to easily break very easily and can cut a pet's mouth or paws. If you are going out, consider unplugging lights or putting your dog in another room away from the temptation of cords and shiny decorations.

3. Go for the Faux: If your dog is more curious than most, you may want to use an artificial tree rather than a real one. Tree water may contain fertilizers. If your dogs drink it, they could experience nausea and diarrhea.

4. Plant It Up High: Certain holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettias can cause vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems if ingested. Make sure all of these plants are up high or opt for artificial versions.

5. Stuff Wisely: We stuff our pet's stocking just like any other member of the family. Choose safe gifts such as dog-safe toys and treats they love to eat.

6. No Escaping: If you’re hosting a holiday party, consider keeping your dogs away from the front door when guests are coming and going. Especially if your dogs have the tendency to run out the door the first chance they get. Always make sure they're wearing their collar and dog tag just in case they do escape.

7. Give Them Peace and Quiet: Some dogs enjoy visitors, but others may get nervous and scared around new people. Set up a quiet, safe room with fresh water and a place to relax away from your guests.

8. Leave The Drinking to The Adults: If your guests are drinking alcohol, remind them to watch where they put their drinks, especially if your dog is curious. Just a few slurps of red wine can make your dog disoriented and potentially ill.

9. Don’t Be Gone Too Long: If you're like most of us, you attend holiday festivities throughout December. From company holiday parties, to get-togethers with friends and family, there could be times when your best friends are left alone a little longer than normal. A change in schedule like this may cause stress and nervousness. If possible, plan ahead for these types of events. If you have to go straight to a company holiday party after work, for example, see if a friend or neighbor would care for your dog during that time.

10. Ring in the New Year Responsibly: Noise makers can be very scary to pets and could cause damage to sensitive ears. Remember dogs hear at much different frequencies than humans and high pitched sounds can be uncomfortable and painful for your best friend. Skip the noisemakers and instead enjoy bringing in the New Year with your best friend by your side!

React Mobile - The App to Help Keep You Safe

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If you worry about your safety or the safety of your older children, React Mobile is a fabulous new app that can help keep you safe and allow you to quickly notify others of your whereabouts and activities. React Mobile is easily downloadable onto your smart phone and you can pre-select the people you want notifications sent to. There is an SOS feature that allows you to notify parents, spouses, and/or the police by email and test message in the event of an emergency. This feature uses GPS to alert others to your location. There is also a Follow Me feature that allows others to follow you in real time and when you arrive safely at your location, a single tap lets them know you are at your final destination. React Mobile also allows you to report suspicious or criminal behavior. 

As the mom of three adult children who live in different cities, I worry about my children and their safety. I think this is a wonderful way for them to let me know that they are home safe each night. It's also the perfect safety app for those who jog regularly or even walk to and from work. Check out this quick video all about React Mobile, then download it today!

Enjoy 50% off Discount for Video Software on iTunes App Store for 2013 Christmas


Christmas is a seriously busy and happy season. People are busy with shopping Christmas gifts and a lot of other stuff. Here are some best Christmas gift for you. 
2013 Christmas will fall in several days. It is a busy and excited season -- people are busy preparing Christmas presents. No matter how much money we will spend on the gifts, always keep in mind that, Christmas is really about love and family. Therefore, spending time with families on this special festival is a good way to bring Christmas spirit to the level.

Personally, there are two things that I like doing with my family best on Christmas. The first one is to decorate Christmas tree. It's fun to turn the Christmas tree into a family scrapbook with everybody's pictures. The other thing is to sit by the fire, watching Christmas movies with yummy cookies. There are many Christmas movies that we never get tired of watching. Here is a short list: A Christmas Carol, A Season for Miracles, The Gathering, It's a Wonderful Life, Arthur Christmas, etc. All of these movies can be found on websites. In the meanwhile, my dad would play the recorded home videos on DVD player for us. It seems that all of good old days are coming back in a sudden.

Good News: Enjoy 50% discount for three powerful video programs available on iTunes App Store from Dec 20 to Dec 27, 2013!
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3. Easy HD video converter: Fast transcoding downloaded/homemade videos to other formats, converting video to handy gadgets, transferring videos to editors, etc.

That said, Christmas is a season of spending time with families, spreading love, compassion and family bonding.


Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 22

Sting The Scorpion is creatively passing the time before Christmas!

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Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 21

Sting The Scorpion is unraveling with anticipation of Christmas!

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Christmas Elf Texas Style Day 20

Sting The Scorpion masquerades as winter clothing!

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Bloggers! Sign up for The New Year Giveaway Hop

Join us for
The New Year Giveaway Hop
from January 6-January 20, 2014

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from January 6, 2014 at 12:01a.m. until January 20, 2014 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be worth at least $25.00. Blogs without giveaways posted by 10:00a.m. on January 6 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on January 3.

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