Apr 17, 2014

Michigan Made Products

I recently joined the Midwest Bloggers network where I have been able to connect with others in my adopted region of the country. In honor of my new home and all the other Midwest bloggers out there I'm sharing some amazing Michigan made products!


In 1959, a Michigan meat-packing company, Hygrade Food Products, was chosen to be the exclusive hot dog supplier to the Detroit Tigers Stadium. The company launched a contest to decide on the best brand name for these hot dogs, and the winner was chosen as "Ball Park Franks." Today, these delicious dogs are still served up at Tigers games and can be found in your favorite grocery

 
A bevy of boxed baking mixes from Chelsea, MI has made it possible for families to enjoy the fresh taste of everything from cornbread to pancakes – and who could forget that little blue box?



 
Gerber Products Company has been producing baby food and baby products since 1927, when it was founded in Fremont, Michigan by Daniel Frank Gerber. Today, the company is still located in Fremont. Frank's wife began the business making hand-strained food for their seven-month-old daughter, and Frank soon saw a business opportunity. Within six months of creating a small product line, Gerber's baby foods were being sold nationwide. Today, Gerber offers more than 90 products worldwide and controls 83 percent of the U.S. baby food market.
 
 
Whirlpool is the global producer of home appliances that was founded and currenly has headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan on the gorgeous west coast of Michigan. Need something from Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air or another great household appliance manufacturer? Well, those and more happen to fall under the umbrella of the Whirlpool company.


 
These makers of industrial strength work clothes are well known for their  warm coats and bib overalls found on construction sites all over the world over. Carhartt also overs a women's apparel collection, streetwear line, and donated thousands of pieces to rescue workers after 9/11. The company was founded 125 years ago in Dearborn, MI where its headquarters remain and where the descendents of its founder Hamilton Carhartt still own and run the company as a private venture.
 
 
What are some products or brands that have come out of your state or region?
And while you're here...
 
 
Join the Go Green Accessories Swap that benefits mental health awareness. Get to scoop and sign up here.


 
#mentalhealthmonth
#bethechange
#nomorestigma
#mentalhealthawareness


Apr 15, 2014

Literary Junkies Link Up

I know everyone loves a good swap! Who doesn't love meeting new people and getting free stuff? The Go Green Accessories Swap is even better because it supports mental health awareness. Check out the details here and then sign up.



Today, more people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides, and we lose 25 soldiers to suicide for every solider lost in combat. Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones. National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for us work together to break through that stigma. AWARENESS IS THE FIRST STEP TO A HEALTHIER NATION!



Now on the the Literary Junkies Link Up (my favorite!).




Here are this month's questions:

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I'm finishing up the Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick. I was looking for an easy read. This one has turned out to be too easy and super corny. I wouldn't recommend it.
 
2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you've never read them which do you think you'd prefer?)
It's between Divergent and Hunger Games, although I've read all three series. However, I do like the love story in Twilight...
 
 
3. TV Series Based on Books they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this?
I think they have to do this. I don't think there is enough conent in books to actually make a long running series.
 
4. You've just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What's the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters?
I'd pick 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It's very relevant in our culture today.
 
Josie Cormier played by Victoria Justice

 
Alex Cormier played by Anna Gunn

 
Peter Houghton played by Michael Sera

 
Lewis Houghton played by Daniel Craig

 
 Lacy Houghton played by Diane Lane
 
 
Patrick Dutcharme played by Sean Bean
 
 
Jordan McAfee played by Hugh Laurie
 
 
and
Matt Royston played by Robbie Amell

 
 
5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better?
I would have the author write the screen play so that some of her original ideas that may not have fit in print form could be shared in movie form.
 
6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books?
I put it on a shelf in my home library (arranged alphabetically by author's last name, of course).

 
HAPPY READING FELLOW JUNKIES!

Apr 14, 2014

Go Green for Mental Health Awareness Accessories Swap

Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and activists across the country draw attention to the mental health issues that affect as many as one in four Americans. Today, more people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides, and we lose 25 soldiers to suicide for every solider lost in combat.




Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones. National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for us work together to break through that stigma. Now is the time to express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues and draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.

Support Mental Health Awareness Month by joining the Go Green Swap and plastering social media! Sign up to swap green accessories and wear them proudly throughout the month of May.


 
  • Sign ups start today and go through next Wednesday, April 23.
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name, e-mail address, and blog address (if you have one) or e-mail your information to BloggerAsh703@gmail.com to sign up.
  • Swap partners will be assigned on Thursday, April 23. Make sure to contact your partner ASAP!
  • Shop for your partner. Spend $10-$15 on a GREEN COLORED accessory or accessories for your partner. Think jewelry, socks, scarves, etc.
  • Mail your package by Saturday, May 3. This gives you an entire week to shop!
  • Come back here to link up and show off your goods on Friday, May 9.
  • Start to spread the word now! Invite other friends/bloggers to join the swap and get on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to promote mental health awareness. #gogreenswap #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmonth Keep it up throughout the month of May!
 
I hope you'll consider joining the swap so we can put mental health in the LIME-light
 
Thanks to Aubrey from Dreaming About Someday for the awesome idea! I participated in her blue nail polish swap for autism awareness.
 
 
Resources:
mentalhealthamerica.net
nami.org
thesoliderproject.org
 



Apr 11, 2014

Friday! Five #Royally Fun Photos

Today is the last day to enter the Springtime Mega Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win products from Victoria's Secret, Garnier Frutis, Zoya, and more. A $100 voucher to NakedWines.com is also included in the prize package! The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday!

I am so far behind on reading blogs this week. We've actually had nice weather and I neglected blogs to be outside. Please forgive me! I still love all of you.

This week's contribution to Five on Friday and Friday Favorites are five photos from The Cambridges' first week of their Royal Tour becuase by now we all know I have a very unhealthy obession Enjoy!

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Have a fantastic weekend!

Apr 9, 2014

8 Spring Skincare Essentials


Don't forget to enter the Springtime Mega Giveaway. It ends this Friday! Enter for a chance to win products from Victoria's Secret, Garnier Frutis, Zoya, and more. A $100 voucher to NakedWines.com is also included in the prize package!



//1// Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. For a deeper clean and to help schlep off dead skin cells.

//2// Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Hydrating Cleansing Milk. Vitamin C stimulates cellular renewal to help boost collagen and elastin production for skin that looks healthier and younger.

//3// Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector. Primer and sunscreen in one. Available in SPFs 25 and 40. It's oil-free formula and sheerness makes it perfect to use under makeup or alone when enjoying time outside.

//4// Avon's Ideal Flawless CC Cream. SPF 50. Begins to fade the appearance of dark spots in just two weeks! Instantly evens tone and improves skin over time. Powerful sun protection with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+. Buildable light to medium coverage.

//5// Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Scrub, Absolute Glow Gel, and Illuminating Face Moisturizer. Get a jump start on your tan with this three step process or use each product individually. Not into a glow gel? Avon also offers a Satin Glow Daily Body Moisturizer.

//6// Garnier Nutrioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. Say bye-bye to your heavy moisturizers!

//7// Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser. This exfoliant is a sure way to renew your skin for spring! Use alone or with the Pro-X Advanace Cleaning System.

//8// Good 'ol H20. Drink up!
 
 
How does your skincare routine change from winter to spring?