Friday, April 22, 2016

Relationships Fixes

Divorce is hard and giving advice for me is harder, though we all wish for time machines at those critical times in our life, to see into the future and be certain of our choices.


A broken marriage is devastating and it's not just the hurt, betrayal or neglect that can come along with it. 


This should only be a last resort, though in today's society it seems more like a drive-thru window, easy and convenient.


So what to do when you feel more like grabbing burger and fries, instead of working things out?




I didn't have an answer to that 5 years ago, I was set out to prove I could be a one woman show and didn't need anything or anyone to solve my problems, (insert time machine). We've all heard Aristotle's “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” and when it comes to raising kids and running a household, this is even more true than ever.


Recently I heard about Mort Fertel, when he and his wife experienced tragedy which threw their marriage into a tailspin they turned their marriage around and it became the basis for Marriage Fitness. Marriage Fitness with Mort Fertel can even help out when only one spouse is willing. Marriage Fitness is an innovative step-by-step relationship-changing system that teaches you how to save your marriage and the overall success rate is over 90%. You'll learn to neutralize your problems and put into practice a system of relationship habits that will shift the momentum of your marriage.

I do enjoy reading the "Today's Advice" column and jotting down in my little notebook inspiring ideas that work whether you're currently married or not. 

"Most people look for short-cuts. Today everything is about efficiency. Efficiency works with machines, business, and finances. But efficiency does NOT work with relationships." 

Sounds like my top of the line efficiency washing machine that never worked well, I actually went back to hand washing all our clothes in a wash bucket for a while and got better results, looking back, I wish I could have focus more of that energy into the marriage.



If there are no safety reasons to exit a marriage, but it simply feels like a lost cause, just remember that feeling when we finally finding something that went missing.

Get access to Mort’s free report “7 Secrets for Fixing Your Marriage.” Over 2,000,000 have subscribed to this free report and used the advice to guide them to reconciliation HERE.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Sweet time in the Big Easy

I visited my first Smoothie King 2 months ago, I had no idea what all the hype was about, lines of people waiting for what? Then I drank my first one, okay I get it now and Smoothie King’s Veggie Blends just got better, again. With a new limited time only Avocado Pineapple Smoothie in the lineup, they now have four delicious Veggie Blends options to sneak those extra greens in! Veggie Avocado Pineapple(New), Apple Kiwi Kale(kiddos favorite), Berry Carrot Dream, Carrot Kale Dream(my favorite).

Next stop, Smoothie King in NOLA.



We were so lucky to have to make an emergency stop in New Orleans (but not the emergency part, my computer crashed and I lost all my files). The first thing we did after our 2 hour drive was walk straight down Royal Street to the Smoothie King, we engaged in conversation with other smoothie obsessed locals, sharing flavor favorites and app points. 

I had to snap a few extra photos of our afternoon in NOLA.





Smoothie King has been around since 1973 (that's even before I was born), opening as a stand-alone vitamin shop in Kenner, Louisiana, Smoothie King now encompasses over 600 locations.
 Yet they keep coming up with new amazing smoothie, have you tried the Veggie Blends?  

New Veggie Avocado Pineapple Smoothie is a must for all you avocado lovers not to mention a convenience of getting the kids to drink their veggies to obtain important nutrients. 

Tips to sneak more veggies into your kids healthy diet...
I really just have one, smoothies!

That's all it takes for my kids, anything cold during the hot southern summers, they'll take it.


The benefits of avocado, carrots, kale will keep the whole family strong and the kids growing up with a great attitude towards veggies and healthy living.





We had a sweet time in Big Easy! and it's much healthier than all that king cake we ate over Mardi Gras.

 Get a $2.99 coupon for a 20oz (small smoothie) by signing up for the Smoothie King mailing list HERE.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Women: Our Heroes

Pinky Bass  #ShareYourHero





A lot of times our hero's are someone close to us, a family member, teacher or leader in the community, having moved away from relatives and my teachers over 2 decades ago, I look at the roll of a hero much differently than I use to. My everyday hero is no longer a person who plays a long term role in my life, instead it is a person who is inspiring, with the ability to have a positive impact on those around them, no need for accolades, just a kind hearted soul willing to share her gifts unaware they have become a hero among us.


Being a photojournalist for 16 years, I found myself displaced, newspapers were no longer employing us, I was newly divorced and nearly 40, now the monumental task of reinventing myself, while raising 4 young kids. I looked to local women for any clue as to my next step, a sign that there was more beyond the news print and all that I had worked towards to this point was not lost. Through that journey I crossed paths with a woman more than double my life experience, who during her time of grief had discovered a love for photography, she persevered through loosing her sister to cancer, divorce and a career change from missionary in Mexico to widely known artist in Alabama, and emerge with an innate ability to smile, laugh and an share her accumulation of art and music with so many. Her vast talents ranged from making a pinhole camera out of a camper to playing the cello at Sunday gatherings, she never stops living, creating, and inspiring the next generation of women artists.





In 1999, Leibovitz published Women, a book of portraits made in collaboration with Susan Sontag. The popular series of photographs was accompanied by an exhibition that opened to great acclaim at the Corocan Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 

Launched in London in January 2016, the UBS x Leibovitz collaboration continues to explore the changes in the roles of women today while bringing to life one of the greatest art exhibitions of the 21st century. 

The tour will travel to ten host cities over the course of twelve months. Each venue will be selected based on its unique architectural context within the host city as well as its ability to attract both local and global attention. 

Exhibition cities include the following:
• London
• Tokyo
• San Francisco
• Hong Kong
• Singapore
• Mexico City
• Istanbul
• Frankfurt
• New York
• Zurich

To submit entries of your very own everyday women heroes by uploading portraits to Instagram and tagging the hashtag #ShareYourHero, share an Instagram photo and caption that tells the story of their personal hero. Photos will be automatically retrieved from Instagram and uploaded directly to the microsite. 

 Visit www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz to learn more.

Many thanks to memBrain for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to share my hero!


A photo posted by HelloBUN_NY (@hellobun_ny) on

Friday, March 4, 2016

Crispy Chicken Parmagiana Salad #HomeCookedWithHelloFresh

We're in the middle of a major home renovation, so basically I have no kitchen for the next 3 weeks. Our HelloFresh package arrived at my door just in time! Meals nicely boxed with fresh pre-package ingredients and come with step by step instructions, so despite having no stove, sink or counter tops, I was able to make a delicious gourmet meal in 30 minutes for my family using a small toaster/convection oven on the floor, yikes!








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The first meal I cooked was the HelloFresh Crispy Chicken Parmigiana Salad was simple and came out looking like a page out of a food magazine. My kids were amazed, especially since it has been over 20 years since I cooked chicken. Crazy as it sounds, I'm a vegetarian so I never cook with real meat, it usually soy or veggie based substitutes, so this was a major treat for the family!










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Bon Appetite!











Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Helping women stay active and fit

Over 51 million American women experience bladder leakage with ages ranging from their 20's to 80 years old. That’s 1 in 3 American women! In support of the millions of women who may need a different kind of underwear, Depend introduces Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a new moderate-absorbency brief featuring a thin design for complete comfort and a lower rise+ for an underwear-like look, fit and feel. available in black and beige colors. Whether you need a little protection after having kids, surgery or various other reasons, Depends is helping women everywhere to stay active.


The Depend brand is also entering year three of Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma. As part of Underwareness, Depend is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.


Visit Depend website to get a free samples by clicking on the "Get a Sample" button located at the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, select which sample you would like to receive and wait for them to arrive.


Support the cause and get a free sample of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs at www.Underwareness.com



Today’s post is sponsored by Depend, but my love for their Silhouette Active Fit Brief is all my own!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Nurture with Nature Valley & a giveaway


 Nature Valley Cereal is both delicious and wholesome, with simple ingredients that allows us to make a wide variety of morning meals, from an easy bowl of cereal to a layered yogurt parfait, it fit perfectly into our morning ritual, simplicity is key but so is the goodness, I love starting out my day with a warm cup of coffee, reading up on my favorite blogs, and conversation over a bowl of Nature Valley Cereal. Then it's off on our walk to school and it truly helps rejuvenates the mind, body and soul for the rest of the day.


Save with the $1 off Nature Valley Cereal coupon at Publix and scroll down to enter my $15 giveaway!

 

Reading the back of a cereal box never gets old.




New line of Nature Valley Cereal, which boasts three flavors, 23 grams of whole grain, and at least 11 grams of protein per serving, 100% natural, whole grain cereal includes Honey Oat Clusters, Chocolate Oat Clusters and Baked Oat Bites. 

Print a $1 off coupon to use at Publix so they can join in on the delicious breakfast! 
 buy-one-get-one offer (“BOGO”) available from 2/25 to 3/2.




 $15 giveaway for Ramblings From Utopia blog readers!

(1) go to naturevalley.com/cereal to check out Nature Valley Cereal and see the three new products 
   (2) visit readyplansave.com/savings to print the $1.00 off coupon. 
(3) Come back to this blog story and leave a comment for your official giveaway entry. 
Please include in your comment which new flavor they plan on purchasing and can’t wait to try!

Please note: Winner will be paid via PayPal and must supply an email address in you win.


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