Gwyneth and the Attack of the Condescending Hunger Limes

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As part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, celebrity chef Mario Batali recently gave Gwyneth Paltrow  the task of  feeding her family for one week on only $29 per person- equivalent to someone living on SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps.) The picture above shows the choices she made. How noble! How brave! Ms. Paltrow and her fans seem … Read more

Yummy Yammy® Sweet Potato Salsa Review + Giveaway Ends 03/27

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**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. Here at The Outspoken Yam, we support all yam-related endeavors, so this company was CLEARLY a match made in Miami. I was so excited that I actually signed up for it without really considering … Read more

Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash Giveaway! 3 Winners, Ends 04/15 #Dial #PurexInsiders #MarulaOil #DialMiracleOil

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**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. New Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash is infused with caring Marula oil for beautifully, soft skin. This new body wash is formulated with Micro Oil Technology for a … Read more

Give your makeup a makeover with Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics!

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I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.   I’m a fan of Victoria Jackson and her positive message of empowerment, putting forward the notion that makeup should be used to build confidence and enhance your own natural beauty- not as a mask … Read more

Madonna’s Rebel Heart #RebelHeart #O2O

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Whether you love or hate Madonna, she is an iconic force that simply cannot be ignored. Her constant self-reinvention has helped her remain relevant for longer than most wanna-be pop chanteuses have even been alive. If her newly released 13th studio album Rebel Heart is any indication, she will also be sticking around long after … Read more

evian® Facial Spray Giveaway! 20 Winners, Ends 03/29

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***This has been a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker. Yams, however, are notorious for their honest opinions. I have an awesome announcement to share with you from the Wilkes Group, distributors of evian Facial Spray! If you’ve been curious to try this product, you’re in luck. They are giving away two 5 oz Facial Sprays … Read more

Disney Villainess Party! #DisneySide

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***I received free products to facilitate this post but all JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH ENTHUSIASM is completely genuine! We recently had the incredible opportunity to host a Disney Villainess Party for the girls and their friends. Since we are all huge Disney fans, we were stoked beyond belief. To help get us in the … Read more

Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub Giveaway! Ends 03/02

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*** This is a sponsored post and I received free products in exchange for my honest opinion. Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub is an all-natural, petroleum-free formula that temporarily relieves cough due to the common cold; it can also be applied to sore muscles and joints for relief from minor aches and pains. It’s available in … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and Cookies!

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I hope all of my sweet yams are feeling loved today…and every day! I spent the day cuddled up inside with the fireplace glowing, the snow falling prettily outside and the kitchen full of pink and red baking supplies I honestly don’t even care much about Valentine’s Day, I’m just a sucker for pretty, girly … Read more

Purex Powershot Detergent Review & Giveaway! Ends 02/27, 3 Winners!

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**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I can’t quite decide if we’re the cleanest people who ever lived or the dirtiest- all I know for certain is that we generate vast mountain ranges of laundry. Anything that makes that task faster, easier or more efficient is truly a pure blessing. … Read more

Lovebirds

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The cardinals have been out in full force, jewel-colored flashes glittering against the stark background of snow.  I’ve watched this pair over the last year as they built their nest, hatched and raised a pair of boy and girl siblings to teenager-hood. It’s fascinating to see that even now the whole family stays together. I … Read more

AMI Clubwear $50 Giftcard Giveaway! #boots #shoes Ends 1/18

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Pretty soon I will be posting my review of a pair of gorgeous boots from AMI Clubwear, but I wanted to let you in on my fabulous giveaway with them right NOW! They feature the latest trends in club fashion, sexy bodycon dresses, swimwear, wicked lingerie and the most outrageously perfect shoes. They generously offered … Read more

Penny Paperheart Doll Giveaway! #LoveHallmark Ends 1/12

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**I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. The minute I saw Penny Paperheart from Hallmark, I was over-the-moon in love. She’s just utterly adorable and the sets she comes in are filled with the cutest, most spot-on details. The Deluxe Playset features a house-shaped storage box that folds out into a perfect … Read more

Real Coconut Shell Soy Candles (Made in Hawaii) Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/09

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These Coconut Scented Soy Candles are such a cool idea, I knew I’d love them the minute I saw them! Not only are they made of highly scented 100% soy wax, they’re packaged so cleverly in actual coconut shells. I can perfectly imagine being washed away on a tropical isle, the sun glittering off the … Read more

Weird Beauty Moments: Thanks, Disney!

I was clearing off my reading table today, throwing out a bunch of fashion magazines, when I noticed an ad for Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse perfume. It reminded me of when I first saw their ads: I was convinced the name was Modern MOUSE. This notion stuck with me through a long session of staring at … Read more

Professional Cocktail Muddler Bar Tool Review + Giveaway! Ends 11/20

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This Professional Cocktail Muddler from Btipsy is the perfect bar tool for the upcoming holiday season. I think it adds a bit of class and sophistication to at-home parties and gatherings. It’s visually very sleek and lovely, made of the highest quality stainless steel with  a grooved nylon head that will never corrode or pollute … Read more

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/01

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I love the flickering, warm ambiance and delicious scents that candles bring to my home. Especially as the days turn darker and chillier, I consider them among the list of essential supplies to keep me cheerful. Fuzzy soft blankets, chunky knit sweaters, suede boots, velvety pillows, stacks of unread books, hearty soups and breads, a … Read more

How To Be A Good Wife.

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Take small mouthfuls of food, like a baby bird, and make sure to chew daintily with your mouth closed. Emma Chapman’s How To Be A Good Wife, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller, is punctuated by such glimmering diamonds of 1950’s marital etiquette. I felt an instant kinship upon seeing this- I remember copying similar advice … Read more

Style Steal Today only! Floral Print Scarf – $8.95 & FREE SHIPPING- 2 Scarves for under $12!

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**This post contains affiliate links. Style Steals – 4/20/15 – Floral Print Scarf – $8.95 & FREE SHIPPING w/code “SPRINGSTEALS” – Special $2.99 Scarf Add On! . Today’s #StyleSteals is our Floral Print Scarf in 3 colors!! Complete any look with this beautiful, feminine floral print scarf as you head off for a day of … Read more

Tea’s Gorgeous New Styles from the Madras Coast

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  **This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. Shop Girl New Madras Coast Arrivals at Tea Collection I’m so in love with the breezy, beachy color palette of the new Madras Coast Collection from Tea! For me, it invokes impressionistic painters, gazing … Read more

Alite Advanced LED Plant Grow Light

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**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. The growing season here in Ohio seems to be getting shorter each year. Blame global climate change, or the grumpy Old North Wind, or whatever you like- but the effects are real. The spring … Read more

NEW Purex® Crystals ScentSplash™ Giveaway Ends 05/01, 3 Winners

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**This is a sponsored post made possible by Purex Insiders. All opinions are completely my own. Purex® Crystals ScentSplash™ is the next evolution in laundry in-wash fragrance boosters. It contains refreshing scent beads that release bursts of fragrance with irresistible freshness that lasts! This new Liquid Crystals formula is convenient and versatile enough to be … Read more

Victoria Jackson Cosmetics Bundle Giveaway, $67 ARV, Ends 04/24

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As I said in my product review,  I’m a fan of Victoria Jackson and her positive message of empowerment, putting forward the notion that makeup should be used to build confidence and enhance your own natural beauty- not as a mask to hide who you are. Thus I was thrilled to get the opportunity to … Read more

SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes! #SweeTARTSRopes

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I received these new SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes from Smiley360. Now, most people know I’m a candy-loving fiend, especially sour candy of any kind. One of my favorite candies of ALL TIME are the giant chewy SweeTARTS. Oh my goodness, those are tangy heaven. However, I usually can’t stand any kind of licorice or … Read more

Birthday Sweets Chalkboard Party Theme

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links Sweeten up the celebration with the new Birthday Sweets party theme from BirthdayExpress.com! This chalkboard-inspired theme features a black background with “Birthday Girl” written on it in white and pink. Birthday Express has all the … Read more