2 Handy Items Homeowners Could Use

I love being a homeowner. I never thought I would be a single mom and be a homeowner. I’ve always wanted to have a home and set roots down. My son and I have been in our home for over a year and we love it! We found 2 handy items homeowners could use!

2 Handy Items Homeowners Could Use
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I love our little home. I remember the first time I saw it in person, it wasn’t until after the seller accepted my offer! By then, he had already moved out! I saw my home for the first time during our inspection!

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Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars

Every so often, I like to treat my skin to a gentle body scrub. I’m a single mom and on a budget. So, buying a sugar or salt scrub from the store is expensive. Instead, I decided to make my own! Save money and make your own Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars!

Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars

Our Confetti Flowers Sugar Scrub Bars make fun gifts for friends, family, co-workers, teachers, and more! As always, you can always customize and use different colors and shapes! 

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Bring Cheer To Your Holidays With Flurry Of Elegance Bouquet

I love flowers. Nature is beautiful. I love houseplants. I’ve only had fresh flowers in our home once when my son was born. They were a beautiful little bouquet. As a new homeowner, I am so excited to add the Teleflora’s Flurry Of Elegance Bouquet to our home. I love personalizing our space and adding beautiful and fun decor to our home. I’ve been making our house feel like home little by little. 

Bring Cheer To Your Holidays With Flurry Of Elegance Bouquet
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I’m addicted to houseplants mainly because it’s a natural and beautiful way to bring nature indoors. My houseplants give me something to care for, watch grow and thrive. My very first houseplant was a miniature african violet. At the time I had no idea how to take care of it but it came in a wick watering container. Since then, I’ve added new houseplants to my collection! I have always loved houseplants.

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3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey’s Pie

As a busy mom, I love making easy meals, snacks, and desserts. Being a chocolate lover, I recently whipped up the 3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey’s Pie and it was a hit! My son and I devoured it. With the holidays coming up, I plan on making this again for us! 

3 Ingredient No Bake Hershey's Pie

A few weeks ago, my son and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving in our new home. With that, I knew I didn’t want to cook and prepare a huge feast since it was just the two of us. So, I was unsure if I would do anything. I ended up buying a pre-prepared holiday meal from a local grocery store. There was a vegan meal offered, so I had to order it. I also bought a pumpkin pie. Little did I know, my son loved the Pumpkin Pie. He also enjoyed eating the vegan roast! 

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Unique Gift Ideas For Teens And Women

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Small, filler-type gifts are one of my favorite things about planning for birthdays and all the different holidays that we love to celebrate. Sometimes these small, inexpensive filler gifts will go into an overall gift basket. But, for Christmas they more often than not are destined for my kids’ Christmas stockings (unless they directly correlate with a larger gift).

For example, if I’m gifting a makeup organizer or beauty bag to one of my daughters, I might purchase bottles of nail polish/polish remover, nail files, eyeliner/mascara/eye shadow, makeup remover pads or other such items to put inside the organizer or bag before wrapping. However, if I’m not gifting a larger item like that, these smaller items will end up in their Christmas stockings along with the small treats or candies.

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Some things I buy for stockings every year — a candy cane, chocolate candies like Hershey Kisses, a chocolate santa or reindeer, Christmas-themed suckers, etc. But, I truly thrive on finding totally unique items to also stick in there that I’ve never given before.

Here, I will be sharing some of the fun, unique items that are going into my kids’ stockings this year. They would also work great in gift baskets, too.

I can’t wait to see how they react! The first two items listed are snack foods. Since the holidays are inevitably full of sweet and high-calorie treats, I decided to share two snacks that are not only delicious and full of flavor but also healthy treat options! But, trust me, your loved ones won’t even know it because they will be so bowled over by the flavors.

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Step Up And Motivate Your Wellness

After Thanksgiving, I realized how much food we had over a period of a few days! Oh my! And I felt it! A few days after Thanksgiving, I started doing yoga since the weather was overcast and raining for a few days! Yoga allows me to stretch, breathe, de-stress, and focus on my own well-being. The holiday season always reminds me to think about my health and improve wherever I can. Are you ready to step up and motivate your wellness? 

Step Up And Motivate Your Wellness
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When it comes to health and wellness, it can be overwhelming. Start with small changes. Are there any small changes you can make? Looking for ways to sleep better, reduce headaches, eye strain, or lessen migraines? Need ways to encourage yourself to drink more water? 

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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

As a dog mom or current foster dog mom, I only want the best for my little furball. This applies to everything from the food she eats to the toys she destroys; ingredients and materials matter, even for our pets. It’s also why I was excited to try Pure Earth Pets, a monthly subscription box full of eco-friendly toys & treats, and more.

Good for your dog & the planet
Pure Earth Pets eco-friendly toy and treat Subscription Box

Pure Earth Pets does more than curate tasty treats and fun toys for dogs of all sizes. They also only work with companies who care about your pet and the planet. Toys are made from recycled materials and treats feature natural, healthy ingredients. Additionally, each subscription comes to you in a biodegradable box, so you won’t have to worry about it clogging up the landfills.

But what I love most about Pure Earth Pets is the fact that each month they donate a portion of their sales to a pet-centric charity. It’s hard not to support an eco-friendly treat and toy subscription box company that cares so much for our furry friends.

Eco-Friendly Treats & Toys
Eco-friendly toys and more

As I mentioned above, Pure Earth Pets sent me a box full of four eco-friendly treats, a toy, and a pet waste bag dispenser. Of all the items inside, my foster pup, Chipper, was most excited by the toy.

This “Starpups Coffee” stuffed toy is made in the USA from recycled post-consumer materials. It’s machine washable and can be dried in your dryer.

Chippy loved this toy so much that she ripped the stuffing out of it in about ten minutes or so. Of course, in her defense, she is a toy terrorist. I can’t tell you how many tennis balls we go through in a week. Regardless, she loves to play with the remains of the Starpups Coffee toy, which is still intact, minus the stuffing.  

Pet waste dispenser

I was extremely glad to see the Houndscoop Dispenser with 15 heavy-gauge, leakproof bags in the box. The clip on my current poop bag holder had given out so I was in need of a new one. I love that the Houndscoop features a Velcro strap I can easily attach to the leash. I’m also a fan of how easy the eco-friendly bags come out. It makes cleaning up after Chippy Chip a little less of a chore.

Eco-friendly treats for your dog

Finally, we have a unique selection of treats, including:

  • Petipet Mobility Bars – Made with human-grade ingredients, including carrots, apples, and baobab, these bars are designed to support your dog’s hips and joints.
  • Brewscuits – Made from simple, natural ingredients like wet brewers grains and sweet potatoes, these treats provide your pup with a nice crunchy snack.
  • YakyPuff – Made with yak and cow milk, as well as other natural ingredients, these treats let your dog indulge in their love of cheese.
  • Yaky Charms – Made from a traditional Himalayan cheese recipe, these unique microwavable treats are light and crunchy, as well as grain-free, lactose-free and gluten-free.
Chippy’s Picks
Chippy enjoying eco-friendly treats

My little Chippy Chiperson isn’t much of a treat hound. Although, she does like to try and steal my salads or avocado toast. But one thing she absolutely loves is cheese. It’s how I get her to take her meds, by sneaking it in melted cheese.

So can you guess which eco-friendly treats she loved most? Yep, it was the YakyPuff and the Brewscuits. My girl loves her cheese as well as anything that lets her indulge in her favorite pass time of crunching and chewing. Occasionally, she will also eat one of the YakyCharms.

While the Petipet’s weren’t her thing, I know my dogphew Cooper will love them. As a senior dog, he will benefit from their hip and joint support and softer texture.

If you’re looking to try some eco-friendly toys and treats your dog will love, I highly recommend Pure Earth Pets subscription boxes. And if you use code BLACK FRIDAY, you can get your first box for only $5, with the purchase of a six-month monthly subscription.

Have you tried Pure Earth Pets? Which eco-friendly treat would your dog love?

A Deck Maintenance Tool You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

A Deck Maintenance Tool You Didn’t Even Know You Needed -- The DeckTool
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A Deck Maintenance Tool You Didn’t Even Know You Needed A Deck Maintenance Tool You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

Outdoor maintenance is hard enough with all the grass to be mowed, trees and shrubs to be trimmed, flowerbeds to be weeded, and leaves to be blown. There are a variety of options to make all of these jobs easier. One thing that I haven’t seen before, though, is a handy tool that will save my butter knives from a life of hard labor.

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Daily Suncare Doesn’t End When Fall Begins

Daily Suncare Doesn't End When Fall Begins
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I’m not one for rhyming, but in this instance, it works. Daily suncare shouldn’t end with fall begins. Everyone is hyper-conscious of wearing sunscreen in summer. After all, it is the time of year when our skin receives the most exposure to the sun. When fall arrives, and we start piling on the layers, wearing sunscreen doesn’t always seem like a priority. In reality, it should be a priority all year round.

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Healthy And Socially Conscious Snack Options

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Healthy And Socially Conscious Snack Options

Snacks, drinks — it’s the stuff of life, right? Everything we take in to nourish our bodies won’t be a full meal. And often, snack and hydration options aren’t given nearly as much consideration as full meals when it comes to health objectives.

Snacks and drinks during the day are often grabbed on-the-go — sandwiched between hours at work, collecting the kids from school, and ferrying everyone to various other appointments and activities. It can seem impossible to find time to make sure that what we eat and drink between proper meals is a good, healthy choice. Anything that makes these choices as close to thought-free as possible (while still being healthy options) is a win, in my book.

Adequate hydration is the most important thing. After all, we can survive much longer without food than we can without water. But, plain water is boring. Most people will find any way they can to liven it up a bit. A slice of lemon, some berries, maybe a sprig or two of mint — great ways to give water an extra kick of flavor, but they all require a small bit of preparation. And some days just do not afford any extra time to think about, much less execute, that kind of task.

Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages

Tohi Aronia Berry Antioxidant Beverages

Tohi Ventures has a super simple solution to support your healthy lifestyle. The only prep required is for you to pick their products off the grocery store shelf and put them in your shopping cart. Done. Tohi is a Native American word that means wellness. The aronia berries that they use in their line of canned drinks are grown in the American Midwest. They were utilized by Native Americans for their nutritional and medicinal value.

In addition to having a distinctly NON-boring super rich purple color, Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages are chock-full of healthy antioxidants. They are also clean label, all natural, non-carbonated, no sugar added, caffeine-free beverages.

Tohi Aronia Berry Antioxidant Beverages

I can’t even tell you how many “healthy” drinks I’ve tried. It’s rare to find one that tastes smooth and crisp without either the taste or texture reminding me that it’s a supposedly good health choice. Often, I end up with a puckered face after drinking such products because some of them frankly just aren’t that refreshing.

These drinks really just taste like a nice flavored water to me. And they have fun flavors. Aside from The Original aronia berry drink they offer Blackberry Raspberry, Ginger Lime, and a Dragon Fruit flavor option. Check out the deep, vibrant red color!!! Drinks like this are best when they are super-cold. I pour these over a glass full of ice cubes. But, they are refreshing straight from the refrigerated cans, also.

Here’s what I like about Tohi Aronia Berry Beverages:

  • They’re non-caffeinated, but not bitter or dull-tasting. They’re refreshing and activate my taste buds.
  • They all feature a really gorgeous dark purple hue — instantly less boring than clear water or brown soda.
  • They’re canned, which means they are easily portable. You can grab one or two of them on the way out the door in the morning and toss them in your bag. Or you can tuck them into a cooler or keep them in a mini-fridge by your desk at work.
  • Aronia berry beverages feature many health benefits. They are naturally sweetened with monk fruit. Also included are antioxidants to combat free radicals in our environment. Truly a no-guilt drink option.

Check out this quick and easy Popsicle Recipe that can be made from these delicious drinks for extra refreshment and nutrition during the hot summer months. Tohi also offers some very interesting skin care and health supplement items in their product line that I am very interested in giving a try. 

While refreshing drinks are essential, a substantive snack is also much appreciated to help me get through busy days. Some days, I seem to be so focused on getting my to-do list done (as much as is possible) that I have been known to just forget to eat breakfast and/or lunch. We’ve all been there, right?

The thought of any kind of snack that’s not ready to go with no up-front prep is enough to have me trying to convince myself that it’s totally cool to just wait to eat until dinner, when I can sit down and take the time to prepare and enjoy it. But, that often ends with me raiding the pantry for anything I can snack on quickly.

Whether I’m prepping dinner after yet another busy day or on-the-go and toting a ton of stuff around, here are two easy, healthy, and tasty snacks I recommend.

Kate’s Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Kate's Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Granola bars are one of the easiest snacks to grab when hunger pangs strike. But, not all of them are healthy. They can be packed with stuff that tastes good, but does little to nothing to support a healthy body. Kate’s Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars tick several boxes on snack success list:

  • They are well packaged and don’t tend to fall apart while getting jostled around in my purse. I do not enjoy opening a granola bar snack that has broken apart. I think they tend to do that when they are drier, so I like that these are more moist and hold together well.
  • The company offers appealing flavors and the appearance of the bars makes me excited to eat them. You can actually see the healthy oats, fruit pieces, and nuts. My two faves are the Mango Coconut bar and the Lemon Coconut & Ginger bar. 
  • The bars have all the sweetness I love in a snack, but contain no artificial sweeteners. The bars are all sweetened with all-natural, organic honey. (Many thanks for the bee’s hard work!) Also, they are USDA certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO and kosher. So, you can nibble away without guilt!
  • I also like that these are nice, thick snack bars. They fill up your hand nicely and each bite is a delight to be savored. Kate’s Real Food has a winning lineup!
Kate's Real Food Hand-Rolled Energy Bars

Sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little more adventurous. Something that I can snack on over time like while reading or crafting, visiting with a friend, or working at my desk. At these times, I am apt to pour a small amount of jelly beans or chocolate candy in a little bowl to snack on. Here’s a better option.

Women’s Bean Project

Women's Bean Project Snacks

You will never have heard of these flavors of snacks before. And they have caused no small amount of excitement around my house lately. Both my husband and my teenage daughter have laid claim to a couple of my Women’s Bean Project snacks. Here’s why — variety and uniqueness!

We’ve all had nuts, dried fruit, chips and candy. Been there, done that. And Women’s Bean Project has these, too, but if you are starting to yawn with boredom … perk up. I’m about to take a hard left into heretofore unexplored flavor realms.

Women's Bean Project Snacks

You ever tried Swedish Fish? It’s one of my favorite candies. WBP has a version of this gummy candy, but it’s flavored with raspberry. I love them because they have all of the fun with a flavor twist and are so soft and chewy. Winner!

Banana chips or plantain chips your thing? How about plantain chips with chili picante flavor? Intrigued yet?

My kids (when they were young) loved dried pineapple and mango. WBP offers dried mango with chili spice. It’s good. It’s not my personal jam, because I love the simple sweetness of dried fruit. But, my husband loves it!

In addition to snack options, Women’s Bean Project also offers other food items like soup and chili mixes, baking mixes, coffee and tea, popcorn, cookie mixes, dog snacks, and even some apparel and Inspiration Necklaces. My adult daughter loves Lentil Soup, so I’m thinking I may purchase a few things from this company to add to her birthday gifts next month.

Women's Bean Project Snacks

I love having munchies on hand when I’m working or crafting. I’m a late-night snacker when I’m writing or knitting. It’s pretty easy to fall into the habit of having a small bowl of potato chips or a handful of candy sitting beside me to munch on. I appreciate having a healthier (yet just as quickly ready to eat) option available.

Obviously, this company has created jobs. All companies do. But, what’s great about the Women’s Bean Project is that this Colorado company (celebrating its 30th anniversary) has an important mission aside from producing quality products.

It also provides employment for women with a history of incarceration, former gang associations, and former addiction issues and gives them the means of creating a better future for themselves and their families. 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to offer opportunities to those who have found themselves down on their luck. We need many more companies who will provide opportunity and reach out to those who need help getting back on their feet. It’s so important to help our fellow community members when they need it, it helps everyone in the long run.

Here at Beauty Brite love trying new snacks. Here are a few others we’ve tried that you might like:

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Overhaul Your Snack Cupboard

There are no shortage of snacks out there. It’s up to us to do a little digging to find the best ones for our families. Hopefully this article will make it a little bit easier for you.

What is your favorite healthy snack to feed your family?