Giveaways, Happiness Project, Reviews

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In today’s society women and young ladies are bombarded with negative body images along with images of scantly clad women that most strive to recreate. Unfortunately, we often forget that fitness is not just to look great in the mirror, but it is a reflection of how we treat ourselves and our bodies as temples.

We should be nourishing our souls, minds, and bodies with positivism. Michelle at Faithful & Fit has developed a wonderful fitness system that supports one’s soul, mind, and body. Faithful & Fit is a membership based at home system that features uplifting and spiritual articles on a weekly basis.

Watch a detailed review HERE!

Features

  • Weekly motivational e-mails featuring scripture and inspirational articles
  • Variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout videos
  • Weekly meal plans
  • Weekly grocery lists
  • Monthly challenges
  • Facebook support group

To celebrate this wonderful program that will support thousands of women and young ladies, I am hosting a giveaway for a FREE one year membership.*

And if you’re not lucky enough to win, then try a FREE 14-day trial.

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*Chic & Cluttered is not responsible for fulfilling this giveaway. Faithful & Fit will provide the prize.

I received a complimentary one year membership to Faithful & Fit in order to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Reviews

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Is the Bible true?

Patterns of Evidence was originally released in 2015 and explores the credibility of the Bible with commentary by several Christian scholars.

The quality of the production was of the highest and offered a very intriguing perspective of several stories from the Bible. The documentary takes the audience on a 12- year journey, using animations, with well-known archaeologists: Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl.

While some may not agree with filmmaker Timothy Mahoney, Patterns of Evidence will intrigue viewers on both sides of the debate about the Bible’s credibility. There were some debatable and not covered in great detail opinions about the Exodus, but overall the documentary is a great addition to your wealth of information or a great school assignment for students to study various perspectives.

If you’re interested in purchasing or viewing the documentary, watch the following trailer or visit the website. For less than $3, you can watch it on Amazon or Vudu!

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Recently, I have been working on improving my morning self-care routine that normally consists of me hitting snooze so many times that I throw on a little make-up and head out the door–late, of course! HSI sent me a professional flat iron so that I could review it. The HSI Professional 1″ Flat Iron has made it so easy to straighten or curl my hair each morning in less than 10 minutes.

The ceramic heat plates warm within seconds; you can adjust the temperature from 140-450 degrees Fahrenheit. The iron is so sleek that your hair, no matter how nappy, will not get snagged while straitening or curling.

If it couldn’t get any better, you will receive a curling glove and velvet storage bag–perfect when getting ready at the gym and needing to throw it into your bag still warm.

I only have one complaint–the temperature and on/off buttons are located between the two ceramic plates making it difficult to make adjustments while warm.

Check out this wonderful product with the link below!

Glider Ceramic Flat Iron

XOXO

Danielle

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Bath Bombs are all the craze right now, so I was super excited to try Cute & Young Bath Bombs with a discount.

Cute & Young did a fabulous job with the packaging of the 6 bath bombs. Each bath bomb comes individually wrapped and labeled. Each scent is described in an additional brochure.

Sweet Dreams 

Blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Sunflower & Sandalwood Oil, it produces a relaxing & calming effect, and helps in release of natural melatonin for better sleep.

Lush Life 

Blend of Black Pepper & Eucalyptus Oil offer warming & stimulating effect that invigorates your senses & prepares you for a wonderful evening

Get Lucky 

Blend of Sweet Orange Oil & Bergamot Oil

Don’t Worry 

Blend of Peppermint oil, Rosemary Oil & Juniper Oil

Feeling Good 

Let the blend of Palmarosa, Rose & Ylang Ylang Oil uplift your mood.

Fix You 

Blend of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rosemary & Eucalyptus Oil works like an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, helps prevent infections & bacterial growth, and helps overcome depression

Unfortunately, all the bath bombs smell alike to me. All have an overpowering scent of Ylang Ylang, which is great for anxiety, but not necessarily what I want to smell every time I bathe. It could be that the bath bombs need to be separated to ensure the integrity of each scent.  But for a going price under $20 for 6 bath bombs, you can’t beat it!

They would make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas!

Get them here amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5A39SM

Happy Shopping!

XOXO
Danielle

 

***I received this product using a discount to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

Reviews, Teacherisms

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I love music. I love all types of music–alternative, rock, country, Broadway showstoppers, the list goes on. I believe that music has the power to uplift and motivate the human spirit. I also use it to connect with my students on a more personal basis; if I know the latest and greatest hits, then it opens the avenue to deeper conversations about the history of songs and importance of monitoring what we watch and listen to. While teaching middle school American History can be challenging, it is also very rewarding when you make a difference in a child’s day or even better, future choices.

On the first day of school, I always greet my new kiddos with a bucket of candy and fun music. I want students to have a desire to come to school and own their education, so sometimes we have to let our hair down in the classroom.

I use two different types of music in my classroom. The first type is relaxing and used during tests. The kids have come to expect a nice, calm tune to be played during an exam. I always ask the students for their input on the volume. Sometimes they beg to have “music with words,” but during a test this is not recommended. Below are some great Pandora stations that play relaxing, test-taking music.

Spa Suite Radio

Instrumental Christmas Music

On the other hand, I like to make Fridays a special day in my class. We start the day with some upbeat music while the students complete their class starters. Of course, the music is turned off when we start class discussions, but as soon as we resume group work, I let the music continue. The following are some great Pandora stations. As always, monitor the lyrics.

Radio for Kids Radio

Tween Radio

Schoolhouse Rocks Radio

Family Road Trip Radio

This year I will be kicking it up a notch on Fridays with a LED Party Light! I will be using  my new Disco light for our fun music on Fridays, birthdays, and other occasions that deserve celebration. The light has a lifespan of more than 10,000 hours, so that’s a lot of partying! But my favorite feature is that it has the ability to sync to music and strobe following the beat. Remember to be sure no one in your class is sensitive to strobe lights.

How do you use music in your classroom?

***I was provided this product to provide an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. Another words, I will receive a compensation if you make a purchase using my link.***

Recipes, Reviews

 

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As an aspiring cook, I love…no, obsess over all things kitchen-gadget related. After seeing a demonstration of a vegetable slicer, I decided it was going on my wish list. The Deluxe Cook V-Blade Vegetable Slicer is everything an at-home chef needs with several options for all your cooking needs.

I decided to test the V-Blade while creating a simple side dish for an easy Sunday dinner. The V-Blade was easy to assemble and use right out of the box, though i do recommend washing it!

It comes with four cutting plates that cut the following:

1.5mm Julienne

3.5mm Julienne

1.5mm slices

3.5mm slices (as seen in my video review)

My one complaint is that the slicer does NOT include a detailed manual on how to assemble, use, and clean. The majority of the directions are located directly on the box. It only took me about 5 minutes to master the art of using the vegetable slicer. By the way, the box warns only to use the slicer on vegetables and fruits. I was hoping to slice some cheese, but I did not attempt after reading the directions.

I had no trouble slicing the zucchini and squash, but my tomato was slightly too big for the hand guard making it more difficult for slicing. I would think that Roma tomatoes would slice perfectly!

If you’d like to see the Deluxe Cook V-Blade in action, checkout my video review below. Also, keep reading for the scrumptious recipe!

 

Zucchini, Squash, & Tomato Dish

1 Squash

1 Zucchini

1 Large Tomato

1/4 pound of fresh Mozzarella

2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning

4 Tablespoons of Olive oil or Avocado oil

  1. Using the Deluxe Cook V-Blade, slice the squash, zucchini, and tomato into 3.5mm slices.
  2. Arrange the slice in a glass baking dish, alternating between the three veggies.
  3. Between each group of squash, zucchini, and tomato, include a slice of fresh Mozzarella.
  4. Coat the vegetables and cheese with the olive or avocado oil.
  5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
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I recently joined an online book club to help me pursue my goal of reading more books. The choice for January was Shonda Rhimes’s Year of Yes. I was so excited! I contacted my local library and immediately placed the book on hold…and I waited and waited for January 1st to begin what I thought would be a gem! And then I began reading…

I quickly became engulfed…waiting…waiting…until I enjoyed reading it. Was I really saying no, no, NO! to my favorite (current) TV show writer?!

Miss Rhimes spent pages, no chapters rambling!

“My paw is caught in a trap. I can try to chew it off and run away. But if you think I am whining now? Try me when I’m down a paw and have just a bloody gnawed stump to deal with.

The tears.

The drama.

The wailing and moaning.”

Every so often I would catch myself enjoying her personal stories about her family life, and then there would be pages of rambling about her political beliefs or her bragging about Shondaland or HER shows or HER success. About 100 pages into the TGIT writer’s memoir, I began to enjoy it! I liked it so much that she inspired me to begin to say YES! to more things that bring me joy and NO! to things and people that suck the joy right out of life.

I struggle to make time to read. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to read, but being a full-time teacher does not allow for much reading. Unfortunately, I wasted too many hours reading Year of Yes. Overall, I would rate the memoir 3 stars.

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