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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#MacysFFSavings Giveaway

Macy's $1,500 Giveaway 
 Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00 AM ET to Thursday, December 8th at 11:59 PM ET.
Fifteen (15) winners will receive a $100 Macy's gift card.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (12/13) via the email address they used to enter. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Interactive Book Themed Christmas Advent Calendar 2016

I'm excited to share with you all Beck Valley Book's unique interactive Christmas Advent for booklovers!!  If your looking for gifts or treating yourself, dive right into the Advent Calendar full of fabulous books from so many amazing authors for Christmas Gifts or for you to enjoy, special offers too!

Here we go....
Hover over the dates and they will become alive with so many wonderful book choices and some offers!  Click on the blog post link in each date to be taken to the author's own Christmas advent page where you will find out much more plus what makes Christmas special for them this year.

Hover over the advent calendar dates to find out which book is hidden behind...

Merry Christmas from all the Beck Valley Books reviewing team xx
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Current book tours open for sign ups HERE



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Toys R Us #CyberMonday

Walmart #CyberMonday

Kohl's #CyberMonday

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Nine Lives #CatHomeMovieNight #Giveaway

An all-star cast, a collection of cats, whats not to love? Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, and Christopher Walken star in this purr-fect family comedy. Nine Lives is sure to make a cat-lover out of everyone as you and your family enjoy all of Mr. FuzzyPants' hijinks! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment let the cat out of the bag on Digital HD October 25th and on Blu-ray & DVD November 15th!!
Grab the kitties and kiddies and enjoy a fun, feline-inspired family movie night like we did. We received a kit equipped with all we needed to enjoy the film as a cat. That's right! Whiskers helped transform my little one into a friendly feline, while cat toys, a milk bowl, collar, and cat mat will let our Gracie feel like the royalty she is!

Cars 3!!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Target #BlackFriday

BestBuy #BlackFriday

Walmart #BlackFriday

I Know I've Been Quiet

Hello everyone! I know I have been sort of MIA lately, but life has been......insane. I don't care to bore you all with the details, but I am here, and I will keep blogging. Having two jobs, and a child, and a husband, and a house, and holy shit, life is real. Trying to handle it all. But I am here. And I am gonna keep on trucking! Hang with me!

 

Happy #Thanksgiving2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Family Friendly T-Day Tips

Thanksgiving seems like a ridiculous time to think about making healthy choices. In between the parties and special holiday meals, it’s nearly impossible to avoid our favorite comfort foods that threaten to derail our best intentions. With that said, the children's health/weight experts at Kurbo Health offer their top 7 tips to enjoy a healthy, joyful Thanksgiving.

1. Plan meals ahead of time:
This is true for the big meal and smaller meals leading up to special events. Get rid of the “save room for the big meal” mentality and try to eat green and yellow light foods throughout the day. If you don’t eat breakfast or lunch you will be so hungry by the time dinner comes along that you will overeat and make bad food choices. A filling breakfast of plain low fat yogurt or scrambled eggs and fruit followed by a bowl of soup for lunch is a great way to avoid overeating at Thanksgiving dinner. Grab a healthy snack of veggies and dip before you go to the dinner party or bring it with you, so you aren’t tempted to fill up on red-light hors d’ oeuvres when you first arrive.

2. Make It Fun
It is so easy to get caught up in the food aspects of a holiday that we often forget the other activities that make the holidays fun, special, and memorable. This year, try some non-food activities. A family bike ride or hike in the morning, before your guests arrive is a great way to start the day. Engage the kids in decorating and setting the table. My job was to create place-cards for all the guests! Get fun stickers and markers; the kids will feel more integrated into the holiday in a non-food related way.

3. Limit Red Lights Choices and offer more Green Lights!
I know this sounds crazy but you can still enjoy favorite red lights without going over the top. Instead of serving 5 different types of pie, offer one or 2 varieties of pie. Also, you don’t need sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. Research shows that if there are more choices, we will eat more. Think about serving a couple different types of salad or veggies sides to encourage more green lights.

4. Bring healthy foods with you
If you are going to someone else’s house to celebrate, bring a green or yellow light dish to share. This way you can ensure there is a healthy option for you and your family at the party. Here are three quick recipe suggestions:
Cut veggies and dip – simple and delicious. To change it up, our free holiday cookbook has several great dips, too!
Fruit platter - Load up on fresh, organic fruits in a gorgeous display, and throw a few exotic or tropical varieties in for the special occasion. Last year we made a fruit turkey that was a huge hit!
Or if food is covered - bring a craft project or your favorite game to share!

5. Don’t linger at the dinner table:
Once you have finished your meal (and the dinner conversation has wound down) clear the plates and put the dessert away! Start a family friendly after dinner activity like charades, Pictionary, or our new family favorite, Apples to Apples. Lingering will only cause you to eat (and drink) more.

6. Drink lots of water:
This will also ensure that you don’t overeat. If you are hosting, get creative and add sliced limes and cranberries to sparkling water, and be sure to fill glasses in between courses and between glasses of wine or cocktails for the adults.

7. Send leftovers home with guests:
Keep some of your favorites, but make sure that you don’t end up with a ton of red-light leftovers in your fridge at the end of the night.

Thea Runyan, MPH is the co-founder of Kurbo Health, the first mobile weight management program designed especially for children, teens, and their parents. For the past 15 years, Thea served as the Lead Behavior Coach for the Pediatric Weight Control Program Stanford Children's where her expertise in this field has helped thousands of kids, teens, and families manage weight and lead healthier lifestyles.
 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

You Are What You Eat: Eating Your Way to a Younger You

We all want to find a way to look and even feel younger. It may sound overly simple, but the food we eat plays a direct role in how we look, feel and even how we age. Here are three tips to get you on your way to eating to a younger you.

Eat Lycopene-Rich Foods

There has been a lot of talk about the benefit of antioxidants recently, and for good reason, too. Lycopene is a rich antioxidant that has been documented as playing a role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. Foods that contain lycopene are often red, as lycopene is a carotenoid that gives many vegetables and fruits their red colors. Foods that contain lycopene include tomatoes, watermelons, guavas, papayas, grapefruits, sweet peppers, cooked asparagus, red cabbage, carrots and mangoes. Many of these natural foods contain very few calories, making them a smart food choice if you’re also concerned about your diet and hoping to achieve weight loss, in addition to boosting your health.

Track What You Eat Digitally

Food journals can not only keep track of what you eat, but keep your accountable for what you eat as part of your diet, too. When eating to look and feel younger, you’ll want to keep track of your diet and enter in all of those lycopene-rich foods. Today there are ample resources, services and apps that can be accessed digitally via your smartphone. These apps can take all of the hard work out, like calculating and counting calories, for example. Many apps compatible with smartphones, including the Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by SparkPeople, use a database of information that includes a long list of foods, built-in barcode scanners and nutritional information, which makes tracking what you eat simple. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 also have a built-in health app that can track nutrition and sleep, which is critical. Lack of sleep, less than five hours per night, has been linked to weight gain, according to data reported by the Mayo Clinic. So if you want to look and feel younger, it's important to consider your sleep in addition to your diet.

Increase Your Vitamin C Intake

Since we were young, we’ve been told to eat foods rich in vitamin C or take our vitamin C tablets regularly. It’s one of the most common and familiar vitamins as it offers a handful of healthy benefits. Like lycopene, vitamin C is an antioxidant. Vitamin C is known to fight-off harmful free-radicals that can cause damage to the outside and inside of our bodies, causing us to not only age but also get sick. Experts from Arthritis Today encourage men to take 75 milligrams and women 90 milligrams of vitamin C each day, which is also the USDA recommendation. In addition to a diet that is rich in oranges, kiwi, strawberries, spinach and other foods that contain vitamin C, vitamin C can be used topically to prevent wrinkles and skin damage. A study from the Oregon State University found that vitamin C may help with and potentially treat UV skin damage, asserting that vitamin C is a “vital molecule for skin.” Television personality Dr. Oz also claims that topical vitamin C can reduce age spots found on the hands, face and neck.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

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