Wyman’s – The Benefits of Fruit Made Easy

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Wyman’s – The Benefits of Fruit Made Easy!

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I love fresh fruit, but unfortunately not all fruits are in season when I’m craving them.  I’ve learned that frozen fruit is fantastic to keep on hand to satisfy my fruit cravings.  I recently tried Wyman’s of Maine.

Wyman’s of Maine brings you the finest quality fruit from our own fields and from family farms around the world. Our premium fruit is fresh frozen at harvest—when flavor and healthy goodness are at their peak—making it easy to enjoy the benefits of fruit every day.

All natural, with no sugar added, Wyman’s frozen fruit is just as nutritious as fresh and is convenient to use, right out of the bag. Simply fantastic!

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The Mixed Berry is my favorite.  I often eat a bowl of these mixed berries as a sweet treat after dinner.  They’re great to use in baking too!

They have several varieties such as Wild Blueberries, Strawberries, Red Raspberries, Mango Chunks, Mixed Berries (Wild Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries), Triple Berry Blend (Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries), Blueberries, Strawberries, and Mango Chunks.

Six good reasons to fill your freezer with Wyman’s:

  1. Superior fruit: Picked at the peak of flavor and healthy goodness
  2. Nutritional value: Fresh-frozen at harvest and just as nutritious as fresh
  3. Convenience: Quick and easy to use in your favorite recipes
  4. Year-round availability: Delicious, colorful variety that’s always in season
  5. Easy, resealable bags: Use only what you need
  6. Long-lasting quality: An excellent value for your dollar!

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Make Fabio Viviani’s Homemade Pasta in just 3 Minutes

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I had the opportunity to attend Savor the Central Coast this past fall and it was fabulous! It was held in the beautiful central coast of California. One of my highlights was meeting Chef Fabio Viviani and sitting in on his seminar.

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All I can say when you listen to Fabio is to be prepared for some culinary entertainment! He is a Celebrity Chef, restaurateur, and best sellling cookbook author Viviani, Fan Favorite of Bravo TV “Top Chef” Season 5, “Top Chef All Stars” Season 10 competitor, and star of “Life After Top Chef”.

He taught us how to make our own Duck Sausage Fabio-style and my favorite new recipe – Homemade Pasta in 3 Minutes!

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I can totally see why Fabio was voted fan favorite on “Top Chef“.  He is hilarious.  If you don’t like cooking I believe he could change your mind.

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He explained the difference between “Italian measurements” and “American measurements”.  When a recipe calls for a tablespoon, rather than measuring and leveling a tablespoon he just takes a spoon and guestimates.  It makes more sense and that’s the my Slovenian grandmother cooked too.

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He also encouraged cooking with wine. Speaking of that, you should check out his new wine collection!

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I always feel like it’s so easy to follow the pros at these seminars and then I can never duplicate it at home. That was not the case with Fabio. He made it very easy to remember and repeat.

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Making homemade pasta could not be easier.  You combine 4 eggs, 12 tbsp flour, a pinch of salt, a little pepper, and a touch of olive oil. Blend the ingredients in the food processor until it “hoola hoops”.  It sounds silly, but you’ll see it roll around the sides.  If it’s a little sticky, add more flour.

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I rolled mine into thin “snakes” then cut them in little pieces.  I smushed them with my thumb to make these fun shapes.

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I brought a pot of water to a boil and dropped the pasta in.  When the pasta floats, it is cooked. It literally took no more than 3 minutes!

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The results were delicious! I will never eat boxed pasta again. I love that I can make my pasta gluten free too!

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Low Carb is Much Tastier than Low Fat

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One of my favorite lunches is the Chicken Enchilada bowl above. It’s so easy to make and I even use real cream in it!  I know there’s this idea that diet food has to taste gross. Honestly, I used to believe it too.  I mean I’ve had some of those prepackaged and powdered meal and well, let’s say they leave a lot to desire.

I learned that they taste gross because they’re low fat. I mean have you ever tasted the difference between low fat and full fat anything?   When you take the fat out of food it doesn’t taste good anymore.

I have tried more than one diet that included packaged meals and they were awful. They looked really good but they tasted like cardboard and I got bored really fast. It was so hard to stay on the diet and it made me crave flavorful foods even more.

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It’s totally different with Plan Z. I have been making the most delicious meals on plan Z and they have a HUGE database with tons of yummy low carb recipes. In fact, they’re even offering FREE recipes!

I’ve tried multiple diets. This is the first one that has worked and the first one I’ve really enjoyed.  I had no clue that low carb could taste so good.  I really enjoy eating “real” food.

Are you ready to change your life and lose weight like I have? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their video to find out more.

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Girls Night out in Hampton

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Some of my favorite people to hang out with are the North Iowa Bloggers. Not only do we “get” each other when it comes to blogging and writing, but they’re just really great people to hang with. We try to get together just because at least once a month. We all have lives of our own and pretty busy schedules so it’s always fun when we can make it happen.

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Our night started out at Pakoda’s Steakhouse in Hampton, IA. My meal started out with a salad and I chose the Raspberry Vinaigrette.

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I had the portabello steak and it was amazingly full of flavor. The steak was tender and cooked perfectly.  The vegetables were also seasoned perfectly and tasted so good.  They do cook each plate to perfection so if you’re in a hurry this is not the place for you. If you want to enjoy conversation and good food, this is definitely where you should head!

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After dinner we headed to the Country Heritage Bed and Breakfast for a painting party!  They invited the gals from Creative Spirits in Ames.

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They taught us step by step how to take a blank canvas and turn it into a masterpiece.

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In fact, mine is hanging on my wall right now!

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I love this selfie that Jenn took of us while we were painting. We had great conversation and so much fun!

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I love how each of  our paintings turned out so differently.  We had such a great night.

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This is one of my favorite pics from night. It’s of me and my “twin” Jeni.  Yes, twin. It’s a long story that started at this bed and breakfast this past fall. We’ve enjoyed the idea and it’s kind of taken on a life of it’s own. :)

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Battle for the Book

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The munchkins love Jake and the Neverland Pirates and this adventure is no different!  They ask to watch it over and over and thoroughly enjoy it with each viewing. The bandana included was a huge score for the little pirates.  This is one you definitely want to add to your collection!

Join Jake and his friends as they battle Captain Hook to save Wendy’s storybook and the story of Peter Pan! Embark on a magical adventure with Jake and Captain Hook in JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES: BATTLE FOR THE BOOK on Disney DVD January 6th! This DVD is value packed with four additional episodes and a FREE exclusive checker board bandana with gold coins fit for any aspiring young pirate!

Here’s some awesome Jake and the Neverland Pirates activity sheets!

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JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES:

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This value-packed DVD includes the Battle for the Book! adventure plus 4 additional episodes, over two hours of fun! Plus FREE inside every DVD is an exclusive checker board bandana with gold coins, you can’t get anywhere else!

 

Synopsis:                                When Wendy’s special Storybook is stolen by Captain Hook, Jake and his mates go to London to help Peter Pan’s friend (from the classic movie Peter Pan).  The longer the book is out of Wendy’s hands, the more she and her brothers (John and Michael) forget about their past adventures on Never Land.  The battle for the book continues in Never Land, where Hook plans to destroy the book and its stories in the legendary Ring of Blue Fire.  It’s up to our young heroes to save Wendy’s Storybook and the Story of Peter Pan!

Talent:                                      Sean Ryan Fox (Life Tracker, East of Kensington) as Jake, Madison Pettis (Cory in the House, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and 3, The Game Plan) as Izzy, Jadon Sand (Frozen, Wreck it Ralph) as Cubby, David Arquette (Scream movies) as Skully, and Corey Burton (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Captain Hook

Executive Producer:       Rob LaDuca

Producer:                               Mark Seidenberg

Director:                                 Howy Parkins

Street Date:                           January 6, 2015 (Director Prebook: TBC; Dist. Prebook: 11/25/14)

Packaging:                              1-Disc DVD with free checker board bandana with gold coils packed inside

Run Time:                              Approx. 141-minutes

Rated:                                       TV-Y

Aspect ratio:                        1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)

Sound:                                      2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles:      English, French & Spanish

The Paisley Hanger – My Favorite Online Boutique

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My Favorite Online Boutique

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In college I had my favorite mall stores I used to love to shop in with my friends.  We always wanted to look cute and stay in style.  Now that I’m in my mid 30’s I still want to be in style, but my tastes have changed.  I can’t wear the same “cute clothes” that I used to and I’m not really ready to wear some of the older styles. I want clothes that are age appropriate but I still feel good and look good when I’m wearing them.

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I was so excited to find the Paisley Hanger online!  It is an online boutique that has tops, dresses, skirts, accessories, and more!  I love that the clothes are cute (cute for a woman in her 30’s) and modest.  I also love the selection. They’re all very hip and in style.

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I was visiting my family in Florida from Iowa this past Christmas and my sister was a little chilly. It was in the 70’s and she was cold, but I digress. Since I was in short sleeves and rather warm I offered her one of my jackets I brought down with me.

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She immediately chose my Jade Accent Cardigan.  I had to ask for it back before I left too. It’s super comfy and has a great slimming effect.

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I think the reason this boutique has such a great selection is the woman behind the boutique – Mandee.

I have always had a passion for fun, fashionable, trendy and affordable quality women’s clothing. As a mother, I think it goes without saying that we put our children first and ourselves last. Buying the “essentials” such as ball gloves, soccer cleats, LEGO’s, and everything else needed to raise 5 growing boys, I sometimes feel guilty when I look to purchase for myself (I am sure you mom’s can relate). And when I do take some mom time to go on a shopping adventure, I feel even more guilty when I look at the price tags on cute clothing.

So, to make a long story short, I came home one day and told my husband that I wanted to start an online store offering stylish women’s clothing without the price tags often found in box stores.

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I love the selection and I love the prices even more. It’s one of my favorite places to shop. Check it out, you will not be disappointed!

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WINNER! Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast Wins Nations Most Outstanding Food Event at 6th Annual TASTE Awards

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SUNSET SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST WINS NATIONS MOST OUTSTANDING FOOD EVENT AT 6TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS

 2015 EVENT SCHEDULED FOR SEPT 24-27

LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 16, 2015) – Thursday night, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast – one of the country’s premier wine and food events — devoured the competition at the prestigious 6th Annual Taste Awards, where Hollywood luminaries honor the world’s best achievements in food, fashion, home and lifestyle events as well as programs on television, film, online and radio.

After a red carpet strut and star-studded ceremony, the organizers of Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast were awarded “Outstanding Food Event,” a significant achievement for a five-year-old event.  Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast offers four-days of hands-on culinary activities in one of the most beautiful, undiscovered corners of California – located in San Luis Obispo County midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Event organizers for Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast are planning this year’s culinary spectacular scheduled for September 24-27, 2015 at the renowned Santa Margarita Ranch and throughout San Luis Obispo County. The event brings the pages of Sunset magazine to life, showcasing regional lifestyle tips and Central Coast winemakers, brew masters, chefs, and artisan food purveyors.

“The TASTYs” – informally known as the lifestyle entertainment industry’s version of  “Oscars” or “Grammy’s” of the lifestyle entertainment industry – were awarded at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater by celebrity presenters such as  Alie & Georgia (Cooking Channel), Bobby Bognar (History Channel), Chef Ashley James (PBS), Andres Izquieta (Esquire Network), Jolene Sugarbaker (YouTube) and  Michelle Harris (Alive and Well TV).  A panel of judges – a diverse and respected group of food and wine editors, writers and bloggers, chefs, fashion journalists, television producers and other experts — chose Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast among a field of top nationally renowned events in California, New York and Las Vegas.

“We are delighted and proud to be honored by the prestigious Taste Awards and appreciate the recognition for San Luis Obispo County as a leading destination for wine and food,” said Stacie Jacob, CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County, which organizes the event with Sunset magazine, the premier guide to living in the west.  “When we created the event five years ago, we wanted to create a truly immersive wine and food experience that stood apart, but we never dreamed that in just a few years we’d become one of the nation’s signature wine and food events. Last year we earned the 2014 Fame Award for Best Epicurean Event, a great honor by culinary industry peers, and now with the TASTY we’re excited to know that our event as truly arrived with media and consumers.”

The economic impact for SAVOR and overall awareness that the event creates for local tourism reaffirms the event’s ongoing success and continues to display a robust impact on San Luis Obispo County. Throughout the 2014 event weekend 9,500 guests attended Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, reflecting a 10.3% decrease over 2013 due to a restructuring of events offered. The event charmed food and wine lovers from across California and the country with a total of 36% of attendees from out of San Luis Obispo County, including Los Angeles, the Bay Area, the Central Valley, 22 different states and Australia. This reflects a 0.5% increase from 2013. Revenues from the four-day event boosted the local economy by $4.48 million, trending closely with 2013. The total economic impact from attendee spending in region was $1.15 million. The public relations efforts for the event garnered over 300 million total media impressions with a publicity value of $46.9 million.

“This prestigious award – and the continued creativity of our wine and food artisans – has permanently placed our region on the world’s culinary map, giving travelers more reasons to stop and stay in San Luis Obispo County as they head up and down California’s iconic coast,” said Jacob.  “It also inspires us to continue in our mission to herald the magnificent bounty of our beautiful region, exceeding expectations with new and unique flavors and experiences” said Jacob.  “We hope everyone join us later this year to discover what all the fuss is about. I promise you won’t be disappointed and neither will your taste buds.”

About Visit San Luis Obispo County

Visit San Luis Obispo County promotes San Luis Obispo County through advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales. Its membership base is comprised of over 500 tourism industry-related businesses including lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, golf courses and retail stores. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is produced and managed by Visit SLO County. For more information on Visit San Luis Obispo County, please visitwww.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com.

About Sunset

Sunset (www.sunset.com) is the leading lifestyle brand in the West. Through magazines and books, events and experiences, and digital and social media, Sunset covers the West’s best flavors, destinations, design trends, and innovations. Sunset engages and inspires an audience of over five million educated, active and affluent consumers every month through its five regional print editions—Pacific Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, Southwest and Mountain—as well as via all tablet devices and its website. In addition to its print and digital publication, Sunset showcases the region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations through its flagship events, established home programs, licensing partners, books and International Wine Competition. Sunset is produced by Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world.

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Paddington Comes to the Big Screen – Movie Review

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Paddington Comes to the Big Screen

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Paddington, the beloved children’s tale of a bear who finds a home with the Brown family, has received quite the update. The film which was adapted from the original books first published in 1958, hits screen today in true Paddington style. This adaptation brings all the same mischief that you remember to today’s children in a beautiful and entertaining story. 

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EmmyLou, age 5

Now I have loved Paddington since I was a little kid. It’s one of the first books I remember my mom reading to me. So you can imagine that I had pretty high standards to compete with going in. The mere thought of the movie not giving homage to my favorite bear was terrifying. Parents need not fear though, this movie not only does a fantastic job of portraying Paddington, but also adds humor for all ages. 

I can’t speak for children, as I am 17 years old…but I really think that kids will like this movie. The excitement in the theater was tangible as the kids in the seats next to me clutched their plush Paddington’s for dear life. The parents (and my mom who I took with me to the showing) seemed to enjoy it just as much as their children! I love when a children’s movie, like this one, speaks to all ages. 

The characters are what really flesh this movie out. Younger children will be watching for Paddington. Older kids and pre-teens will relate to Judy Brown, who as described by Paddington, suffers from a severe case of embarrassment. And parents will be able to have a laugh as they watch Mr. & Mrs. Brown scramble to figure out what to do with the mischievous house guest.  

All in all this movie is a faithful adaption of the books that everyone loved so much as kids. Heart warming and entertaining, Paddington is a film for the whole family. 

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Synopsis: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

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Sync up your New Year’s resolution to stay on track #BetterMoments

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It’s hard to believe it’s already 2015!  As we start on our journey through 2015 here are a few ways to sync up your New Year’s resolutions so that you stay on track! All through December I heard people making their resolutions for the New Year. Unfortunately now in January I’m hearing a lot of people saying they have broken their resolutions.  The good news is they may be able to increase their chances of achieving their goals by just by using their smartphone or tablet to keep on track with their resolutions.

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Families are already relying on technology in their daily lives. U.S. Cellular is happy to help people leverage the available technology to enhance and simplify their lives so they can enjoy better moments with family and friends over the New Year and all year long.

Today’s technology and smartphones, such as the iPhone 6, offer a variety of apps and products to help keep users on track and increase the likelihood of sticking with any resolution throughout the year. In fact, recent survey findings by Prosper Mobile Insights indicate more than one in four U.S. smartphone or tablet owners plan to use their smart mobile device to help them keep on track with their resolutions.

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The Runtastic Six Pack app is great for those looking to lose weight or get in shape. This free app allows users to work out from home by creating custom work outs with a virtual personal trainer which will show users the proper way to do new exercises.  This is one that I really like. I live in a really small town and the closest gym is at least 20 miles away. I love that I can work out in my own home.

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The Runtastic Six Pack and its 50 workout videos can also be paired with the UP by Jawbonea fitness wristband. It can track what you eat, any activities throughout the day and your sleeping habits, then suggest small changes that will help you reach your goals. I’ve noticed that now that I am tracking what I put in my mouth it really makes me more aware. Because of that I am choosing healthier snacking options.

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Getting organized is another popular resolution, and we all know how hard it can be. The Any.Do app is an award winner that’s perfect for enhancing any to-do list. The app allows you to create lists of tasks that need to be completed and organize them by category and importance. You can set alarms and also easily sync your tasks from your mobile to your desktop to help stay on top of any to-do list, no matter where you are.  I am very excited to start using this one. I make all sorts of lists to help me get my work done.

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Many people resolve to see more of their family members throughout the year. The GroupMe app allows everyone in the family to stay in touch and make plans, no matter where in the country they are located. This app allows users to create several groups in which each member can share events, photos, videos and texts.  This would be a great app to use for party planning.

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Another one is the Check app. This free app allows users to link bills, bank accounts and credit cards. The app then notifies users of when a payment is coming up and even lets users set up automatic payments.

Those looking for help sticking with some of the most common New Year’s resolutions can use U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network, with speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G to download some of these helpful apps onto their smartphones and tablets.

Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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Meeting Agent Carter and Spending Time on Set #AgentCarter #ABCTVEvent

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Did you catch Agent Carter last week?  It was amazing! The show is based on Captain America’s girlfriend, Peggy Carter.  In Captain America the story went from the Captain’s crash to when he woke up in the future. Did you ever wonder what happened to Peggy and all that time in between? They did include an Agent Carter short on the blu ray, but now you’ll see even more about with this brand new series, Agent Carter!  I loved it so much, that I want to BE Agent Carter :)

A huge thank you to Marvel for all of the pictures in this post!

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Back in November I had the amazing opportunity to enter the top secret world of Agent Carter and it was incredible.

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We started out talking with costume designer, Gigi Melton. She gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the costume design of  Agent Carter.

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She had all these poster boards lying around the room. A lot of them had the styles and clothing from the 1940’s. There were also character boards that had each character’s wardrobe on them and the color palette they wear. They do extensive research on the era and the type of clothing people wore.

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They even shared some of Agent Carter’s actual wardrobe!

Then we the Executive Producers and Showrunners, Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas. They took us on a tour of the set!

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It was so very cool walk around the SSR office and check out the diner that Peggy frequents.

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Look! I got to sit at Agent Carter’s desk!!

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Even better, we got to meet the actual Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell!!!  She was so sweet and extremely poised.  We asked her about how she trained for her role of Agent Carter and if she had any special training for her all the “kicking butt” she did.

She shared that she had trained in the theatre. She took basic training for unarmed combat and stage fighting. She learned how to make it look realistic without actually hurting people. She did share that she happen to kick one of the stunt men and hit an actor in the face on the first day.

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We were also curious because the fashion and beauty from that era.  It looks really great on Hayley we wondered if she was taking inspiration from that. We asked if she was looking for pieces that more reflect the era of Peggy or more just looking at it as a role.  She shared that it has helped her appreciate the detail of clothes that are tailored for you compared to clothes that you find in the malls. “You can go into a mall sometimes and pick a nice dress and it’s not quite right. It can kind of leave you feeling deflated and a bit like lack of confidence. When you have well fitting clothes that flatter you it gives you such a lift.”

She added that the era (the 1940’s) was a time when women’s bodies were celebrated  and their curves were celebrated.  “It’s such an elegant time and I think it’s made me made my tastes a little bit more expensive because I find that better quality clothes are more flattering than just kind of the shapeless lycra stuff that seems to be everywhere.” She even shared that she was going to commission the costumier to make her more clothing like Peggy’s.

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We asked her to walk us through the progression from when they first called her and pitched the idea to when she came in and read the script.  First she talked about the one shot she filmed and how it was a lovely kind of epilogue to Peggy’s journey. It took about 9 days and then she went back to London, did a play, and didn’t think about it.  “It was very much an isolated project and there was no talk of anything else.”

When they showed the short at Comic-Con the response was so wonderful and excitable that they started talking in length about if they were to be make a show what they would be exploring. Why would people be relating to this woman from the 40’s? Why is she important now? “She’s capable, she’s intelligent, she’s vulnerable and she’s living this double life and having to juggle so many things at once,” Hayley explained. She was a super spy that had to juggle things and  remain strong all the time. The show explores what the psychological and emotional cost of that is. She really tries to confide in people, but is also really scared of confiding because she puts them in danger as well as putting herself in danger.  In addition to that she is also missing the love of her life, Steve Rogers. Because there was a lot emotionally going on it created quite an interesting character to explore.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” (Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski)


Make sure to check out Agent Carter Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC!

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Craving Something Sweet? Stay on Track with a Sweet Snack Hack!

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I’ve been doing really well with my weight loss and I’m still down.  I have to admit though that I still crave sweet things. Thankfully I’ve learned many sweet things that are better for me and I can add another one to the list, Yoplait Light Yogurts!

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They provide a simple way for women on a New Year’s weight management or wellness plan to help stay on track! Yoplait Light is a, healthy and filling snack that helps bridge the gap between meals, or the perfect late night treat for a little something sweet after dinner.  It also tastes amazing!

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My two favorite flavors (so far) are the Apple Pie and Lemon.  I also really like that I can find them just about anywhere making it easy to keep my fridge stocked.

Yoplait Light is a great snack any time of day, but especially in the evening. Available in more than 20 different flavors, such as Boston Cream Pie, it is the perfect companion to help kill that dessert craving without losing on great taste.

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Yoplait has gone and outdone themselves. Not only do they have these awesome new yogurts, but they came up with these tasty Snack Hacks which are all 150 calories or less!!

Check out all the amazing Snack Hacks here.

These recipes make it so easy to keep my resolutions and with all the different options I won’t even get bored.

Make sure to visit the Yoplait Pinterest page for more ideas and inspiration on snack hacks! Let me know if which one you want to try!

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Enjoy the Ride with the Mitsubishi Outlander

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For me, the holidays are all about family.  We skipped the white Christmas this year and headed to South FL to spend the time with my family.

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We had an amazing trip and made lots of wonderful memories. One of our favorite memories was driving around in the Mitsubishi Outlander.

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For starters, it’s a great looking vehicle. I love the style and the inside was also very comfortable.

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I loved the push button start and the way the car handled. The back up camera was very useful as well.

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The trunk space was amazing! It was one of my many favorite features. All the back seats fold down for maximum space.

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I love all the seating! There is the standard back seat that can hold 3 and there are two additional seats that fold up in the back area. Kelsey and Lily actually preferred to ride in the back.  It has child safety locks and windows that we used.

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The automatic tailgate made it very easy to load.

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I love the you can connect your phone. The car also has voice command which was very cool.

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We loved the car and the memories we were able to create in it!

OUTLANDER ES

Combining great looks, remarkable fuel efficiency and lots of standard features, calling this crossover SUV a “base” model is a bit misleading.

  • 166-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine

  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

  • Front-wheel Drive

  • FUSE handsfree Link System w/USB Port

  • Leather Wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

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An Inside Look at Marvel’s Agent Carter #AgentCarter #ABCTVEvent

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If you have been following me for any length of time you know I am a HUGE Marvel fan! I just love the movies, shorts, television shows, and more.  I am beyond excited to share with you about their newest addition, Agent Carter!!

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There is an amazing show called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that usually airs on Tuesday evenings on ABC.  Did you ever wonder where S.H.I.E.L.D. came from?  It all seemed to start with a movie you might have heard of – Captain America!

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Do you remember the Captain’s girlfriend, Peggy?  We went from the captain’s crash to when he woke up in the future. Did you ever wonder what happened to Peggy and all that time in between?  Yes, there was an Agent Carter short, but now you’ll see even more with this brand new series, Agent Carter!

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MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” (Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski)

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I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with  Co-President of Marvel Studios, Louis D’Esposito (also Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”) and Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb (also Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”) to discuss bringing Agent Carter to series on ABC.

We asked them why they went the direction they did rather than starting with the development of S.H.I.E.L.D. for those who already know and love the show. Why did they go back all the way to the S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve)?

They explained that then it would look a lot like a show we already have and rather than doing the same thing again they wanted to do the journey that got us there. There was another reason they shared, “Also that would put Hayley in a position where she’s already empowered, for us the Marvel hero has to overcome something in order to become an even better hero is a more interesting challenge. ”

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We asked them if we were going to see more of Agent Carter in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now and the answer was, “I think it’s safe to say  that it’s all connected.”  Of course this lead into a conversation of easter eggs and tying in the cinematic universe into the show. “We love planting easter eggs” we were told and they shared that if you watch Iron Man 2, Tony Stark is wearing the same robe his dad was wearing in the Agent Carter Shorts.

When we asked if Captain America might make a guest appearance the answer was, “That would be fantastic.”  They explained he has an extraordinary schedule, but the door is always open to him as it is to all of their incredible cast.  You can take that however you like ;)

I did have an opportunity to screen an episode and I can’t wait for tonight! This show is going to be amazing. I also had the chance to visit the set and interview Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell!  I’ll posting all of that next week so make sure to watch for it!

Make sure to check out Agent Carter Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC!

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Smooth Skin with Anavita

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Smooth Skin with Anavita

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Say Goodbye To Wrinkled, Sagging, Dry Skin In Just A Few Short Weeks!

You can have more beautiful, smoother skin in just 2 to 4 weeks and see continuing improvement for 12 weeks (sometimes even sooner).  You will quickly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, firming and replenishing your skin to look noticeably younger, without needing expensive procedures like Botox or dermal fillers.

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I thought who best to try this product on but my own mother. Even in her silver years she has beautiful skin, but we all know a girl could never never turn down a chance for potential improvement! As the instructions indicated, I asked her to use this skin cream day and night to her face and neck for about four weeks, before we determined its effectiveness. Two weeks into the trial, I checked in for her feedback. She noted that she did not see any noticeable differences. Before shots are above and after shots are shown below. That being said, she did indicate the cream was light and moisturizing and had a nice, light scent.

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After the conclusion of the four weeks, although she did not report feeling a noticeable difference, I did notice a firmer appearance. In addition, the cream did serve well as a daily moisturizer and there were no negative side effects as a result of using the cream. I would recommend Anavita as an everyday, higher-end moisturizer and with time, the user may indeed reap the anti-wrinkle benefit offered by this cream.

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Simply massage on Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream after washing your skin in the morning and again at night.

Will It Work On My Skin Type?

Anavita’s non-irritating cream is well-suited for all skin types with a tested history of safe and gentle action by a long list of satisfied users. It is recommended for normal, dry, oily, and sensitive skin.

Your Single-Bottle Solution To Combat The Signs Of Aging

You no longer have to buy a collection of products to fight the signs of aging since Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream serves as a moisturizer, day cream, night cream, and makeup base.

Their unique formula stimulates collagen production and rebuilds the cellular matrix of the skin using three clinically proven ingredients – a super-absorbent form of hyaluronic acid, Argireline (5%), and Matrixyl – a combination that makes this anti-wrinkle cream for face and neck extraordinarily effective.

Your skin will benefit and look years younger from our high quality ingredients that are paraben free and not tested on animals. You will have smooth, toned, attractive skin again.

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As a company based in Tennessee, USA, we take great pride in our skin cream. The Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is manufactured for us in Canada under strict Canadian cosmetic manufacturing guidelines.

You want to look your best, and we want to help you achieve that with a great product for smoother, younger-looking skin.

Get $5 Off Wrinkle Cream Normally $29.95 – Amazon coupon code: USFG5OFF

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Jabra Headphones from Best Buy are perfect for your New Years Resolution

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I can hardly believe it’s already 2015!  I feel like time is flying by, in fact the older I get the faster time flies. I’m also realizing that most of my resolutions are geared to getting into shape and staying in shape along with eating better.  One of the items that was on my wish list this past Christmas were the Jabra Headphones. You can find Jabra on Bestbuy.com

I will be the first to admit that working out is not the first thing I think of when I get out of bed – in fact my first thought is how much longer can I stay in bed.  I am learning though that by working out and exercising I feel so much better and have a lot more energy.  I love listening to music so having good music and a great way to listen to it is an incentive for me. It actually makes me want to work out.

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You can take your training to the next level and get the ultimate wireless workout with Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless, new earbuds.  Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is an all-in-one training solution that combines an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching. It’s US Military grade durability certifications will inspire runners, cyclists, and exercisers of all types to beat their best performance.

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With a built-in intelligent app – Jabra Sport Life – exercisers will also get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout.  It has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned

Compatible with smartphones with BT capabilities

What are some of your tips to stay excited about working out?

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