Artisan Soapers of North Carolina – Deck The Halls Edition

What better way to start your day than smelling your favorite scent or using a soap that actually cleans and makes your skin glow? The superior quality of a handcrafted soap is beneficial to your skin in many ways. Mass-produced store bought soaps contains a mixture of chemicals and additives that might be harmful to your skin while handmade soaps only contains a hand full of ingredients such as glycerin, oils, butters, juices, sodium hydroxide, fragrances, natural colorants, and locally grown ingredients: honey, beeswax, sugar, herbs, or nuts. The all-natural beauty bars also have antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and the right pH levels (9-10) that are essential to a healthy skin. Not only your body will benefit from using handcrafted soaps but you will also support small businesses and entrepreneurial artisans.

It won’t be hard to find a local soapery near you. This line of business has been trending for the last couple of years as people are becoming more aware of the benefits of all-natural and organic products. If you reside in the great state of North Carolina, please visit – in store or online – these fantastic shops I’m featuring below. If you are a little further away, you always can make your purchase online. These stores have a wide range of handcrafted soaps, great feedback from their customers, and a user friendly website that will give you an easy online and pleasant shopping experience.

Any of these one-of-kind products are the perfect stocking stuffers. Purchase a full set or a basket and gift it to your special friend, wife, or a coworker!

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5 Interesting Items You Can Find on Amazon

I have been an Amazon shopper since early 2015, and after several years, I came across a handful of interesting items that normally you wouldn’t think about buying online. I had my doubts at first but after trying them, I just wish I had them sooner. In my opinion, the majority of these products should be a gift to yourself however, don’t let this stop you from gifting these to someone else – you make your own rules! Check out these 5 interesting and useful items I found on Amazon in the last few months that are now part of my household.

5 Interesting Items You Can Find on Amazon

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Dogs 101: Grooming Your Dog is Important

If you are a pet parent, you should always try to make some time to attend your pet’s grooming needs. Brushing your dog’s fur and his teeth are very important grooming tasks that should be in your weekly to-do list. A clean and healthy coat is an important part of keeping your pupper happy and having a house with less dog hair to clean. Follow the tips below with the right tools and meet the handsome model for this post, my super high energy 3-year old Beagle, Jack!

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Beauty Deals for Black Friday 2018

Urban Decay, MAC, Clinique, Lancôme, Tarte, and Bare Minerals are just a few of the great brands that you will be able to spot on the cosmetics deals for the 2018 Black Friday.Macy’s, Ulta and Sephora will be offering amazing deals on top-of-the-line brands. Belk is not too far behind but this year, Belk Beauty cosmetics line is taking the front stage for the best deals. If you are looking for a special fragrance, Macy’s and Belk will be your best bet. As you scroll below, you will find a variety of hair appliances, gift sets, and everything beauty-related. After turkey day, there is only one thing to do: shop ’til you drop. A good way to exercise too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pumpkin Crunch

It is only acceptable to eat pumpkin-related foods during the Fall. I’ve been making this dessert for years and it’s always a success. Easy to make and utterly delicious, the Pumpkin Crunch will please your crowds’ taste buds. You can prepare and refrigerate the wet ingredients the day prior but I strongly suggest to bake this dessert in the same day you are serving it. Remember to let it cool down for 3-4 hours before serving it to your guests. The top layer has a delicious crunch and the bottom will have a sweet pie consistency. All together is a party in your mouth. Oh and while you bake it, your whole house will smell amazing!

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Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

It is a great time to start sharing some of my favorite recipes since this is the start of the baking season. I personally like simple but delicious recipes and one of my most-liked casseroles is the Sweet Potato-Pecan. This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings and it’s a Southern staple, mainly in North Carolina.

While white potatoes are lower in fat and sugar, sweet potatoes have fewer carbs and calories. Also while sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A and vitamin C, white potatoes contain more protein and fiber. There is no clear winner in this battle and just everything else, the secret is to eat your potatoes in moderation.

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Best Christmas Light Displays in Western N.C.

Feeling all jolly? With Christmas being around the corner, you don’t want to miss these amazing light displays across the N.C. Piedmont region. Some of these breathtaking displays are the best in the state. Since it’s the beginning of November, many of these festive events are still in preparations for the season. With plenty of time to plan and prepare your Grinch-type siblings for this adventure, schedule a weekend trip with your family and spend the evening admiring the fairy lights and cherishing the moment. Eggnog and hot chocolate might be included!

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Gifts for Geeks and Nerds – Deck the Halls Edition

Fellow geeks and nerds of the w’rld, Christmas is coming! The gift-giving season is apace approaching and with less than 50 days hence until Christmas, it might be a valorous idea to start thy shopping or at least w’rk on thy list. If ‘t be true thee has a geek ‘r a nerd in thy life, this is the right gift list f’r thee. Delighteth yourself with these gl’rious treasures!

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10 Fun & Easy Recipes Made With Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween is here and you anticipate having everlasting piles of candy in your kitchen, in your living room, in your bedroom, and everywhere else. You eat candy for 3 or 4 days but the piles are still there, everywhere! After Halloween season, the amount of candy can get a little out of hand but I have a few suggestions to get your blood glucose levels back to normal (or not?). Start by donating some of you candy to our troops by visiting https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy or https://soldiersangels.org/Donate-Halloween-Candy!.html to find out how to give away your candy. You can also pay a visit to local nursing homes and homeless shelters to make your donations. If you decide to keep some candy for yourself, take 15 minutes out of your time to prepare these easy and fun recipes.

10 Fun & Easy Recipes Made With Leftover Halloween Candy

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