Apr 23, 2014

Mental Health Awareness

About 57.7 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Mental illnesses include, but are not limited to: depression, PTSD, panic, anxiety, OCD, social phobias, eating disorders, and some forms of stress. Are you or is someone you know affected by mental health issues?


Did you know we can help ourselves and loved ones? 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, celebrated in May since 1949, 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 end TODAY!

  • Leave a comment on this past 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. You will be notified who your partner is through e-mail. Contact your partner by the end of the day on Friday, April 24.

  • 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.

  • Spread the word now! Invite friends and other bloggers to join the swap. Get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to promote mental health awareness! #mentalhealthawareness, #gogreenswap, #nomorestigma #mentalhealthmonth




Strapped for cash and can't participate? No worries! It's all about raising awareness. Tweet, Facebook, and Instagram facts or share your story during the month of May. Pick out green accessories you already have and wear them proudly! Get the word out - #nomorestigma! 












Apr 22, 2014

April Subscription Boxes

Getting this done over the weekend to post on Monday was an epic fail, so Take 2 on Tuesday...

Again, super excited to get my Ipsy bag and Birchbox in the mail this month, but before we get to the product glutny let's talk about something that really matters...

  1. About 57.7 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
  2. Today, more people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides.
  3. We lose 25 soldiers to suicide for every solider lost in combat.
  4. 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.
Support Mental Health Awareness Month (May) 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. Hop over here to sign up - it takes less than 2 minutes!
#gogreenswap #mentalhealthawareness #nomorestigma #mentalhealthmonth


In April's "Rainy Days" Birchbox I received Beauty Protector's Protect & Detangle,  Color Club's Gala Gem Collections mini nail polish in Aquamarine Azulino, Color Contrast Eyeliner in Jamun (deep purple) by Sumita, and Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream.


Box Pros: I would use all of these products. I always, always, always use a leave in conditioner/detangler after I wash my hair so the Protect & Detangle will come in handy. I'm so excited that the eyeliner was purple! Purple is my favorite color and I often wear Clinique's Quick Liner Intense is Aubergine.  The nail polish I received was a pearlized sky blue color. It worked for me because I was nail colors that pop!

Box Cons: None. Another amazing Birchbox!



April's Ipsy Glam bag theme was "Beauty Rocks!" In my Beauty Rocks bag I found an Ubran Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil (travel size) in black velvet, a Costal Scents medium shadow brush, Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow in Champagne, Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion, and Luscious Long Wear Lip Pencil in nude from Starlooks.

Bag Pros: They actually sent me colors I will wear! Finally, finally! I am blown away by the fact they they had Urban Decay products this month. I'm so hooked on the eye liner that I may have to purchase the full size... in multiple colors. It glides on so easy and gives this intense color. Love it! I use exfoliatant products once a week, so Dr. Brandt's microdermabrasion is great, and the champagne colored eye shadow is perfect for me!

Bag Cons: I don't really use lip liner, but I've been more adventurous with my makeup lately so I will hang out to it. The makeup bag itself had a terrible vinyl/plasticy smell.

Ipsy vs. Birchbox: I'll go with Ipsy because they have sucked so bad in the past and this time they actually sent me stuff I will use! I'm in love with eyeliner and eyeshadow that Ipsy sent me. Congrats, Ipsy - your first win!

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Apr 21, 2014

Taco Casserole

A healthified version of Diary of Real Housewife's taco casserole.



Ingredients:

1 cup dry brown ice
1 lb ground turkey
1 cup corn, room temperature
½ cup black beans, rinsed, drained, room temperature
1 package taco seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheese
1 tomato
Fat Free Sour Cream or Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook rice on stove to according to package directions.
  3. White your rice is cooking, brown ground turkey until fully cooked. Season turkey with taco seasoning.
  4. In a casserole dish add cooked brown rice, cooked and seasoned turkey, corn, and black beans, and mix together. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with tomato and sour cream or non fat Greek yogurt.

Apr 18, 2014

Five on Friday

Enjoy this week's contribution to Five on Friday and Friday Favorites! Happy Weekend!

//1// I am hosting a swap that benefits mental health awareness. Here are the facts:

  • May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949.
  • Mental health issues affect as many as one in four Americans.
  • More people die from suicide in the United States than from traffic accidents or homicides.
  • We lose 25 soldiers to suicide for every solider lost in combat.
  • 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. 

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 are open until Wednesday, April 23.
  • Leave a comment on this past 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. You will be notified who your partner is through e-mail. Contact your partner by the end of the day on Friday, April 24.
  • Shop for your partner. Spend $10-$15 on a GREEN COLORED accessory or accesosries 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.
  • Spread the word now! Invite friends and other bloggers to join the swap. Get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to promote mental health awareness! #mentalhealthawareness, #gogreenswap, #nomorestigma #mentalhealthmonth


//2// I signed up for Chaotic Goddess Swaps latest - The Favorite Color Swap. I'm excited who I will get partnered with and what color palette I will be shopping for!
 
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Thanks for another awesome swap, CG!
//3//, //4//, and //5//
The royals are still on tour! Here are three of my favorite pics from last week.



 
 
 
 
There were so many great photos taken this week it was hard to choose. Check out What Would Kate Do and What Kate Wore for more pictures!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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