Taking a Holiday Break!

I’ve mentioned this a few time over the past month or so but I wanted to remind everyone that starting Thanksgiving {Tomorrow!!!} I will be taking a Holiday – New Year blogging break. A lot as been going on and I have decided to lighten my load for a while. I plan to be back sometime during the week of January 11th {my sons 11th birthday is the 11th so not then!! 🙂 } During my time away my husband and I will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary and I’m so excited!

I will also be making some pretty important decisions on the direction I want The Life in Bloom to go in 2016 {I cannot believe it’s almost 2016} Recently the desire to evaluate my blog and the direction I want it to go was laid on my heart after I saw some things I didn’t like or agree with. I know {yes personally know…in real life} a LOT of bloggers, **unfortunately some of them have present themselves one way on their blogs and live a completely different life, this normally isn’t a big deal…its the internet you can {if you want, I don’t} make yourself be anything you want and no one will ever know.  Thats when it hit me I DO NOT want to be one of those people, I do not believe that I have been, however I will take this time to reevaluate it all.

One thing that I do know is that I have a heart for encouragement and support. I have been so blessed by the relationships that I have formed since focusing The Life in Bloom on fitness, beauty and health, I’m pretty sure this will be my focus still with a few other aspects sprinkled in! I have some big idea and fun plans…but I will continue to pray and access over the next 8-10 weeks!

Thank you so much for all the love and support! I hope you all have a blessed Holiday season, a Merry Christmas and an amazingly blessed New Year! See you in 2016!!!!

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What’s in the Bible’s Black Friday Sale starts NOW! {11/25-11/30}

Black Friday: Save 30% on orders over $30

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What’s in the Bible wants families to enjoy Thanksgiving together, so guess what? We’re starting Black Friday EARLY!!!! You won’t miss out on seeing family because you’re waiting in line and NO crowds!
So here’s the details!

Our big sale will begin on Wednesday, November 25th and last through Cyber Monday, November 30th. Shop when it’s most convenient for you and save big on the whole store.

Use coupon code SAVE30 to save 30% on all orders over $30!

If you LOVE What’s in the Bible you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic Black Friday deal! If you haven’t checked out What’s in the Bible I HIGHLY recommend it!

 

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Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest AND Giveaway!!!

logoToday I’m sharing Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! When I think hemp I cannot help but go back to my Jr. high years {if you were in junior high or high school in the early 90s you probably know exactly what I’m about to say :)} remember the hemp necklaces and bracelets? It was the cool “new” friendship bracelets. I had so many cool hemp choker necklaces and bracelets…my mom probably still has a few in my old bedroom! It was just so cool to rock some hemp necklaces or bracelets! OK OK I digress, let’s get back on track!

This was my very first product by Manitoba Harvest. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I heard that I would be getting Hemp Hearts. I didn’t know much about Manitoba Harvest or Hemp Hearts, so I set out to find out more! After a little research I discovered that Manitoba is the largest hemp foods manufacturer…did you know that? Do you know they even have their very own line of hemp foods.

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Let’s talk Hemp:

What is hemp you ask? Simply put, hemp is a super plant! 

Food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel – the list of hemp applications goes go on and on. We like to call hemp the “green buffalo” as every part of the plant can be used. Hemp that is grown in Western Canada is primarily used for hemp foods. At the top part of the hemp plant you will find the hard hemp seed. This small seed “seeds” nutritiously delicious products like Hemp Hearts, hemp protein powder, and hemp oil.

Hemp has been around for centuries and has played an instrumental role in shaping our continent. Settlers were given free land if they grew hemp. The Declaration of Independence draft was written on hemp paper. Hemp materials were used in numerous war efforts. Hemp was integrating into modern life until it was ‘temporarily’ banned due to misconceptions. Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa. No, hemp is not the same as marijuana.

At first glance hemp hearts look a lot like uncooked quinoa or maybe couscous, but they are definitely something all their own!

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The taste:
Hemp Hearts taste great! I actually find the slightly nutty taste very similar to red quinoa. They have a very unique (in a good way) taste that compliments other tastes and flavors. I have yet to find something they don’t got good with.

How to use Hemp Hearts:
Hemp Hearts are very easy to use! I like to sprinkle Hemp Hearts on salads and cereal and the kids love them sprinkled on fruit and yogurt! I also love adding hemp hearts to smoothies and you the added bonus protein and omegas that these awesome little things are packed full of!
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Fun Fact: Hemp Hearts have more protein and Omega’s and less carbs and then favorite other seeds such as Chia or flax.

A Favorite Recipe:

First of all I want to apologize I did not get pictures of this delicious turkey burger that I’m going to tell you about and I’m so sorry for that, usually I’m so good about getting pictures but I have just been off my game without a lot of stuff going on in her family so again I apologize guys! Now, onto the turkey burger!

For years I have made this delicious turkey burger:

I mix together

Extra Lean Ground Turkey

Dijon Mustard

Mango Chutney

Greek Yogurt

Then form patties and grill {be sure you use non stick or foil because these burgers tend to fall apart somewhat easy}

With just these few ingredients these burgers are SO good, but a few weeks ago I decided to toss in a couple of tablespoons of Hemp Hearts and it added such a delicious dynamic to taste of these burgers, I just can’t even explain it other than it gave a delicious nutty taste! Other meals Hemp Hearts have been delicious in or on: Sprinkled on our favorite Steak and Veggie stew {awesome for fall!}, oatmeal with fruit,  mashed sweet potatoes oh and sprinkled on top of peanut butter banana toast…DELICIOUS! Hemp Hearts add so much to the taste but more than that they add so much nutrition!

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Final thoughts!
If you have not tried Hemp Hearts or the other Manitoba Harvest hemp products I highly recommend! If you have use them I would love to know how you use Hemp Hearts or other hemp products!

THE GIVEAWAY!

Want to try some Hemp Hearts? This giveaway is opened to US and Canada Residents! Good Luck 🙂

ENTER HERE!!

One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner. 

 I received this product from Manitoba harvest via my affiliation with that approach.

*Although I am affiliated with Fit Approach I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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Kushyfoot Fall/Winter 2015 Collection {Review & GIVEAWAY!!}

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Remember a few weeks ago when I shared with you guys my new love for Kushyfoot?

I am beyond thrilled to bring you another collab with Kushyfoot and share some of the new fall/winter 2015 collection.

Since it is the  fall winter collection I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise that I received quite a few pairs of tights! I am so excited about this because I love tights in the fall and in the winter, so I really feel like this was a tailor-made collaboration for me!

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In addition to the tights I received a fantastic pair of fleece knee-high trouser socks, a pair of sheer anklet socks and a pair of my all-time favorite flats to go!

Here’s a little breakdown of everything…

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Fashion Tights in Fishnet $7.49

Anyone who grew up in the 80s knows the importance of a nice pair of fishnet tights! I have been loving these, I love that I can throw on a dress and a pair of boots and these fishnets and have a super cute outfit! I wore these out a few days ago and I got so many compliments! My sister-in-law said that they were the nicest quality she’s seen in a long time!

Fashion Tights in Diamond $7.49

I was thrilled to receive this diamond pair of tights, the pattern is so beautiful! Every time I wear them I get so many compliments on them! I’m thinking I need to get another pair or two for fall and winter because I’m probably going to wear these out wearing them so much! Oh and these tight have a massaging soul which is really comfortable I highly recommend them!

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Opaque Tights in Navy Blue $7.49

O love these navy blue opaque tights! I have a really cute dress that has a navy blue bodice and I have had a really hard time finding a pair of tights that match…well wouldn’t you know these tights are a perfect match! As with the other these tights have a massaging foot sole and are super comfortable. Just like the others  I get compliments on them all the time I think it’s because they are navy blue and it’s just not the color that you see very often. I highly recommend these as well!

Shaping Tights in Black $7.49
These tights have the massaging sole as well and a controlled top so they’re not sliding down. These are the perfect black tights to take your outfit up a notch of chic! I love the way that these tights look with my brown boots, pink boots, black boots, camel boots, they look good with everything! I do really love these and I highly recommend them as well!

OK so we’re seeing theme here!  I 100% recommend kushyfoot tights!

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Trouser Socks $5.99

Oh these socks! SUPER soft and cozy inside! I have been wearing theses no stop! They are perfect with dresses, jeans, pants whatever! They have kept my feet so warm and I love that! If I was going to buy a 2nd of anything I received it would hands down be another pair or two of these! You need these!

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Sheer Anklet $11.97 / 3 pairs

these adorable little sheer socks go great with dressy shoes or converse. They are really thin so they work great with heels or even TOMS! I personally have been wearing them with jeans and converse or with my ugg boots {you know sometimes those boots just get too hot ;)} I’m really glad I got these…I honestly probably would not have bought these on my own but I do like that they are a pretty little sheer pair of socks…great to throw in my purse especially for trying on shoes!

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Flats to Go $9.99-$11.99

If you read my last post {you can read that here} you know that I am just in love with these, so I was beyond thrilled to receive another alligator print! These are perfect I can keep a pair in the car and keep a pair by the front door and always have access to them! I wear them all the time. I have had so many people send me emails since my last post asking about them! I had one particular reader email me because she did not believe me that they were so inexpensive, she was sure they were actually high-end flats!! I assured her they were $11.99 and she was thrilled and let me know she had picked up a few pairs! As I mentioned in my previous post…YOU NEED these!! Get them today! They are great!

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If I didn’t mention something that you’re looking for chances are Kushyfoot has it on their website I highly recommend heading over and see everything else they have!

Head over to KushyFoot and tell me what you love!

OH but wait there is MORE!!!! Want to win all the products that I received? One lucky winner will get EVERYTHING that I just talked about!!!

ENTER HERE! 

Giveaway will run from 11/06/15 – 11/15/15

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the lovely Alexa at *Lipton Publicity and *Kushyfoot for sending me this awesome fall line!

*Although Lipton Publicity/Kushyfoot did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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