Category Archives: Lifestyle

Make Your ‘Custom Lyfestyle’ a Better One Today

Custom Lyfestyles’ has to do with the way people live and care for themselves on an everyday basis. As humans, we see impurities on the outside that are sometimes hard to deal with. Feeling and looking good externally can boost confidence levels within. Custom Lyfestyles is a line focusing mainly on skin and body care that makes your life trouble-free with the help of technology. All of our products are top of the line and high quality. Make your ‘Custom Lyfestyle’ a better one today. https://customlyfestyles.com/

Have You Ever Wanted to Quit Your 9-5 Job — Work from from Home — Spend More Time with Kids — Travel the World & Make a 6 Figure Income?

Check out this info & great guest post below. Motherstucker walks the walk & talks the talk. Working from home really is the best!

You can learn THIS in the next 5 minutes. Click here  & join Digital Altitude now! Make 2018 THE year for YOU & YOUR family 😉

See you at the top,

Michael Force/Founder

Amazing but Simple Tips for Getting Perfect Legs

In the process of taking care of our hands and face we often forget to give enough attention to the way our legs and feet look. It is therefore very important to maintain your lower limbs and take all necessary steps to keep them looking beautiful and healthy at all times. Given below are some easy but essential tips that will help you maintain your legs and bring them close to looking perfect.

  1. Don’t hurt your legs

Would you like to have scar and cut marks on your face or other exposed parts of your body? In all probability you will reply with an emphatic no. Similarly, it is vital to ensure that you take good care of your legs and feet and stop them from being grazed against rough surfaces or invite accidents that could leave ugly marks on the skin. In case you already have a few tell-tale marks or scars then it is recommended that you take all possible steps to have them removed at the earliest to help show off a perfect set of legs.

2.Do workouts

Fat tends to accumulate in the calves and thighs thereby making them look disproportionate and out of shape. Firstly, it is very essential to get rid of this extra flab through regular walking, workout and fat burning programs that include a good and healthy diet. Post that, you need to get in touch with an experienced trainer to understand the different moves that can help you get shapely, tight and well-toned legs on the double. As per your lifestyle, stamina and work schedules, you may want to go for bike riding, jogging, walking, jumping rope or trampoline, aerobics, squats, lunges, swimming, climbing stairs, training by weights, etc. The trainers at Element Fitness explains how to get perfect legs with the right kinds of moves and exercises, do ask for a session to get the best results at the earliest.

  1. Tanning

It is quite easy to get your legs tanned the wrong way in tropical countries, therefore it is crucial to invest in a good sunscreen formula to take good care of your legs and make them look appealing and attractive. On the other hand, people who are very fair may need to go for artificial tanning modes to make their legs look the way they want them too.

  1. Hair Removal

Legs with hair are a complete no in case of women. Be it laser hair removal, waxing, or shaving, it is a good idea to choose a hair removal technique that is less time consuming, comfortable and easy to perform on a regular basis.

Leg makeup, pedicures, eating healthy and right, etc. are some of the important things to do for getting perfect legs. In short, you may have to go an extra mile to make your legs shapely, as well as flaunt healthy and clean skin. Get toned at the earliest – your legs also deserve to look good!

Motherstucker’s 2018 HAPPY NEW YEAR MUST: Natural Skin Care Essentials for Your Body, Heart, and Soul!

Our relationship with Nature is our truth. We place the value of this intimate relationship at the forefront in designing products that promote personal wellness. At iHeart Nature, we are all about honoring this relationship in how we create natural, earth-friendly, skin care products that are sustainably sourced. Wherever possible, we use organic ingredients, earth-friendly packaging, and partner with micro farms and small businesses.
iHeart Nature supports the passionate community of conservation champions; a healthy planet for a healthy you!
iHeart Nature Products = Natural Skin Care Essentials for Your Body, Heart, and Soul developed and tested by an expert panel of physicians from a wide range of holistic healing arts.

Give Your Pet A Holiday Stocking Treat!

Fresh, Real Food Options for Pets from Freshpet Inc.,  the first and only maker of fresh, all natural food for pets, wants you to give the gift of irresistible,  delicious treats to your pets. This holiday, stuff your pet’s stocking with the wholesome, yummy snacks for pets that are sure to be their favorite gift of the year! Whether your pet woofs or purrs, Freshpet® offers freshly prepared treats and meals for your dog and cat, using as always only fresh, natural ingredients. Just be sure to refrigerate!

Some of the Freshpet® Treats available for your dog and cat include:

-Freshpet® Dog Joy® Turkey Bacon – Dog Joy® Treats. Smoked to perfection, these all natural turkey bacon treats are an absolute favorite of pups everywhere. Made in the USA. Available in 3oz and 6oz resealable pouches. 

-Dog Joy® Sausage Slices – Dog Joy® Treats. Real chicken and beef sausages sliced thick then baked to perfection, these treats are sure to make your dog bark with excitement. Made in the USA. Available in 4 OZ resealable pouch. About Freshpet

Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food. Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpetrefrigerators in your local store.

Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, and pet specialty retailers across the US and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business. To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com

Motherstucker’s 2017 Holiday Spice Guide

National Bake Day is December 23, 2017! Are you ready? Prep correctly for the 2017 Holiday Season with Artisan Spice Co., a small batch spice company with lots of unique spice blends! Motherstucker’s FAV’s & MUST HAVES:

♥ Aged Bourbon Pepper: A blend consisting of premium peppercorns, herbs & spices with real aged bourbon. This is a natural for seasoning red meats, game & seafood.

♥ Artisan Steak Seasoning (Grinder): A chunky blend of dill, coriander, pepper & other spices that truly enhance the flavor of steak & roasted vegetables.

♥ Chesapeake Seafood Blend: Great for steaming crabs & shrimp or for flavoring crab cakes, seafood, soups, dips or stews. Can also be used in potato & macaroni salads or as a condiment.

♥ Everything But Salt (Grinder): Don’t be salty!  Everything but Salt isn’t quite everything, but almost. A variety of herbs, onion & garlic to enhance any dish. The perfect blend for those watching their sodium intake. 

♥ Himalayan Pink Salt (Grinder): Jurassic Salt, also known as Himalayan salt, is mined from evaporated seas that flowed freely during the Jurassic period. High mineral content, coarse, light pink in color, nice briny ocean flavor.

♥ Merquén: Traditionally, this blend was crafted by the indigenous Mapuche people of south-central Chile. This version combines select sweet, spicy & smoked chilies with sea salt and spices. Try it out in your next vegetable side dish of onions, potatoes, or squash! 

♥ Sriracha Lime: Sweet & spicy Sriracha fused with a touch of zesty lime. Sprinkle liberally on everything from scrambled eggs to grilled pork chops, burgers to tofu. This bold & versatile blend transforms simple to sensational! Try it in Honey Sriracha Lime Salmon Hello PERFECT Holiday BRUNCH Dish!

♥ Tennessee Whiskey Rub: YOU HAD ME AT TENNESSEE WHISKEY! 😉 Whiskey Rub is a pepper blend made with a small amount of Jack Daniel’s. It has hints of rosemary & garlic and is a real winner for lamb & other red meats.

♥ Wild Bison Blend: This aromatic & versatile blend enhances the flavor of all wild game, lamb, poultry & especially bison. Ingredients include; garlic, salt, chilies, onion, turbinado sugar, & juniper. Bring Wild Bison Meatballs to your company party & WOW them 😉

♥ Zesty Chipotle Blend (Grinder): A blend of Mexican oregano, chipotle & pepper flakes for a true southwestern flavor. Give any dish some smoke & heat. It is a great sprinkle for pasta, pizza, & salads.

Get YOURS at http://artisanspiceco.com & receive an instant 10% off coupon on the website main page & $5 shipping on all US orders!

Benefits of Handcrafted Soaps!

What do you love most about your favorite commercial bar of soap? Is it the bubbly synthetic lathering agents? The “squeaky clean” feel of detergents? Or maybe you thrill to the skin drying hardener that makes for a long lasting bar.

If you are thinking that doesn’t sound like what I look for in a soap, then be sure that you ARE using soap. Take a look at the label. Don’t see the word soap? Then you are most likely using a detergent & that can mean an extremely drying, synthetic, chemical clean. Handcrafted soaps are a better, natural, gentle way to clean your delicate skin. 

You can feel the amazing difference between commercial bars & glycerin rich handcrafted soaps. Pectolite, LLC is the home of Simply Natural Bath & Body Products, which includes a line of handcrafted artisan soaps. Their unique formulations ensure that the skin loving oils that go into making their soaps is exactly what your skin gets out of each creamy, lathery, ever so emollient bar. Want softer, happier, more nourished skin naturally? Then give real soap a try. From the super sensitive to the seriously sensuous, Pectolite has handcrafted soap bars for all skin types, including those allergic to coconut, palm & olive oil. http://www.pectolite.net

MOTHERLOAD HOLIDAY 2017 GUIDE: PURPLETRAIL

Stressed out? ‘Tis the season! One of the most stressful holiday tasks can be creating holiday cards. We’ve all been there! Impossible  to navigate sites, photo formatting issues, non-exsistant customer service, delayed printing, poor quality prints… SKIP that MESS this year with NO FAIL PurpleTrail! Right now, PurpleTrail has Free Shipping on orders $75+ (for a limited time!) on their GORGEOUS Personalized Winter Holiday Cards & Invitations!

Cross holiday cards off your TO-DO list today! Then shop the PurpleTrail site for your holiday gifts from highly tailored printed products, to cards for every occasion, to printed planners, to customized gifts & wall prints.Motherstucker’s gift orders are placed & my holiday cards are IN THE MAIL thanks to PurpleTrail. The most stressful part of the entire experience? My “check engine” light came on en-route to meet with the family photographer this year. After the photo shoot — while sitting in the auto service department — I was able to upload the 2017 photo & place my PurpleTrail order.  100% Customizable. Created by Me. Now it’s YOUR turn. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Photo credit: Andrea Monteruil Photography

Turn up the Heat for National Apple Cider Day!

November 18 marks National Apple Cider Day! Check out this quick & delicious Ginger Whiskey Cider recipe, courtesy of the NEW Brooklyn Crafted Mini Ginger Beer. Cheers!

GINGER WHISKEY CIDER

Courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted

  • 2 oz. Hard Cider
  • 1 oz. Whiskey
  • Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Traditional, to fill
  • Crushed Ice

Directions

In a 12-16 oz. high ball glass, combine the hard cider and whiskey. Fill the glass with crushed ice and top with Brooklyn Crafted. 

Zebras! Elephants! Giraffes! OH MY ;)

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  • PERFECT GIFT – A MUST have item for first time Parents, Baby Showers, or Friends. Learn more: www.zooliebaby.com 

 

October is National Pasta Month!

Gluten free, protein-packed, high in fiber – not necessarily the first terms that come to mind when sitting down with a big bowl of pasta! Today’s options go far beyond wheat or white, with trending brands like Explore Cuisine offering pastas made from organic beans, lentils, & peas, loaded with plant-based protein, iron, & fiber.

For those looking to celebrate, Motherstucker wants to share a few  #NationalPastaMonth recipes: Simple Spaghetti for beginner chefs & Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce for those who like mix things up in the kitchen.

♦ Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

INGREDIENTS

7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine – cooked & drained

2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler

3.5 oz. pecans – peeled & halved

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

3 oz. pine nuts

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE

1 large bunch of fresh basil

2 cloves garlic

2 oz. olive oil

2 tbsp pine nuts

1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Peel skin from garlic cloves, & chop into big chunks. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, & nuts several times until finely chopped. Add the salt & olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds & pine nuts in skillet. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

♦ Simple Vegan Chickpea Spaghetti

INGREDIENTS

1 box Explore Cuisine Chickpea Spaghetti

1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)

1 cup organic pasta sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the spaghetti until soft according to the packet directions. Drain the water from the pasta, & stir in the pasta sauce. Add more if you like more sauce. Serve in bowls & then sprinkle the nutritional yeast on each one. Season with salt & extra nutritional yeast if desired.

Bon appetit!

Calling All Snack Moms & Dads!

If you’ve got kids, you’ve got snacks. The two just seem to go hand in hand! As parents ourselves, we’re always looking for ways to bust boredom with the snacks we serve, whether at home or heading to an after-school activity. So for all you soccer moms, scout dads or other parents on snack duty, let’s shake things up and bring back the fun to snack time!

Focus on Fruit

Packed with goodness and great taste, fruit is a no-brainer snack choice for kids. Plus, it’s a naturally gluten-free and nut-free option for kids with sensitivities. While some little ones will gladly devour all types of whole fruit, others need a little more coaxing. Try these ideas:

  • Slice it Up: We’re not sure why, but kids tend to like fruit better when it’s washed, cut, and ready to go. So slice those apples to amp up their appeal!
  • Set it Up: Out of sight, out of mind, right? Rather than keep bananas and oranges tucked away, display them in a bowl on your kitchen counter for an easy-grab solution.
  • Kebab it Up: Pro-tip: Everything is more kid-friendly on a stick—perhaps because it resembles a magic wand? Add strawberries, grapes, melon and other bite-sized fruit to a skewer, alternating as you go.
  • Mix it Up: Offer fruit in a variety of forms and textures, from freeze-dried to canned to smoothies and beyond.

Veg Out

Don’t tell your kids, but snack time can be a great time to incorporate veggies—especially if you do it in an artful way! A few of our faves:

  • Ants on a Log: Fill a celery stick with natural peanut butter, then sprinkle with raisins.
  • Bell Pepper Rainbow: Cut half-moon strips out of red, orange, yellow and green organic bell peppers. Arrange in a rainbow shape and add a piece of raw cauliflower on either end to mimic clouds.
  • Cucumber Sandwich: Use two round cucumber slices as your “bread” and fill with a yummy spread, such as hummus or cream cheese.
  • Kale Chips: Spread organic kale leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven until browned, about 10-15 minutes. Let kids help by sprinkling on salt, pepper and/or parmesan cheese when done.

Grab and Go

We like to get all Pinterest-y just like any other parent, but sometimes it’s all about quick and portable. These packaged snack options are great for car rides, field trips, lunch boxes, sports practice or any other time you need to head out the door in seconds flat. It all depends on which flavor your kids are feeling!

  • Salty: Popcorn, pretzels, veggie straws, mixed nuts
  • Sweet: Animal crackers, oatmeal cookies, graham crackers, individual cereal boxes
  • Bars: Granola bars, protein bars, cereal bars, etc.
  • Other Popular Picks: Raisins, string cheese, yogurt tubes, Go Organically gluten free fruit snacks

Is it snack time yet? We’re hungry! Don’t forget to follow Go Organically on Facebook for more meal and snack ideas. 😉

Motherstucker’s Realization on Vacation

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post with Combat sample product &/or payment. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own & not influenced in any way.

10 years ago this month, my grandmother organized an autumn getaway for all the women in my family to Edisto Island, South Carolina. Meemaw, Aunt Lori, Cousin Mackenzie, my daughter Cady & I with bulldog Oedamae traveled from Kentucky to the beach house rental. We arrived at dusk, chose our rooms in the beach house & began to unpack. I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter at the time & soon after I began unpacking, I needed to sit down on the bed to take a rest. My bedroom walls were natural wood paneled with large dark knots. Pictures of sailboats hung on the wood walls. It was seaside shabby chic – quaint and very different than what I was accustomed to in Kentucky. As my gaze moved from ship picture to ship picture, I noticed one of the wood knots MOVING. I focused. I freaked! There was a huge roach scurrying up the wall!

I grabbed my daughter, bolted from the bedroom & immediately called the beach house rental company. After explaining my unwanted roach roommate situation, the rental company employee LAUGHED. I failed to see the funny and asked if a service person could come bug treat our rental A.S.A.P. When the rental company employee quit giggling, she explained to me very sweetly & sincerely, “Honey, that’s not a roach. We don’t have roaches in South Carolina. That’s a Palmetto Bug. There is nothing to worry about.” 

Fast forward 10 years, I now LIVE in South Carolina. While Spring, Summer, & Fall all feel like summer this far south – cool weather will be here eventually & NOW is the perfect time to protect my home from ants, roaches, Palmetto bugs, whatever. I found Combat Max – Ant & Roach Killing Foam Spray that comes in a 17.5oz ready to use aerosol can. This Quick Kill spray (kills ants & roaches on contact) dries invisible and leaves a protective force-field. Combat Foam expands into cracks and crevices where insects hide. Regular aerosol sprays can’t do that. Within minutes the foam disappears leaving no residues after treatment at Motherstucker headquarters.  

No ants, No roaches, No Palmetto bugs. Thank You Combat Max!

October Is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month & There’s No Better Way to Celebrate Than with Everyone’s Favorite Snack!

Celebrate with The Little Kernel “Miniature Popcorn” – Motherstucker’s FAV & one of the market’s smallest (& tastiest!) popcorn brands. With a unique, hulless, “miniature kernel,” The Little Kernel is popped in 100% PURE olive oil, & is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher, & certified whole grain.

Even better, TLK is available in six delicious flavors, including: Truffle Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty, Pink Himalayan Salt, White Cheddar, Butter & Naked (No Salt Added) (SRP: $3.49 each).

Wash this DELICIOUS snack down with refreshing AquaBall! The only zero-calorie, sugar-free & preservative-free children’s beverage currently on the market. The naturally flavored water is available in four fruity flavors (Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape & Strawberry Lemonade) & features fan favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen”, Disney Princesses, Marvel’s “Avengers,” & Disney Classic Characters. Parents can feel good about this choice as AquaBall is also a great source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, & C & is naturally flavored (no artificial flavors or colors). ENJOY 😉 

Welch’s® Fruit Rolls Deliver the Same Quality Consumers Love in Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, in a New, Irresistibly Fun Format!

Unroll the fun with the NEW Welch’s® Fruit Rolls. Featuring fruit as their first ingredient, these snacks  come in 3 mouthwatering flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, & White Grape Strawberry. Welch’s® Fruit Rolls contain 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C & are an excellent source of Vitamins A & E. Gluten free! Preservative free! Welch’s® Fruit Rolls are loved by kids & approved by MOMS!  Available in select grocery stores nationwide <3 

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October is National Apple Month!

Celebrate with delicious apple snacks & sips! From on-the-go apple snacks to flavored drinks, your family will be ready to celebrate National Apple Month all October!

Snacks:

  • Munk Pack’s Apple Quinoa Cinnamon Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is a delicious combination of apple cinnamon flavored oatmeal mixed with quinoa. This ready-to-eat oatmeal is packed with wholesome whole grains & real fruit bites!
  • Welch’s Apple Orchard Medley Fruit Snacks mix granny smith apples, golden apples and red apples with a hint of pear and apricot to create the delicious taste of applein every bite. Welch’s Fruit Snacks are made with REAL fruit and are Fat-Free, Gluten-Free and contain no preservatives.
  • Viki’s Cinnamon Apple Granola is a blend of gluten-free oats, organic honey, and unsweetened coconut, mixed with dried sweetened apples, raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Viki’s Foods never adds refined sugar, fillers, or preservatives!

Sips:

  • Celebrate National Apple Month with Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple, an excellent soda alternative that is slightly carbonated with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. This light and refreshing beverage contains Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and Sodium Free.

School Season Slow Cooker (Turkey, Black Bean, & Pumpkin) Nachos

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Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post with Luck’s sample product &/or payment. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own & not influenced in any way. 

School season & all the busyness that comes with it are in full swing! Afterschool activities, sports, homework, etc., consume so much of your time! Don’t let dinner preparation leave you feeling defeated. Get inspired with seasonal ingredients & Luck’s beans for meals that your family will FALL for!

MOMS, you already know that Luck’s Beans are the quintessential southern dish ingredient — bringing signature southern taste for distinct & delicious dishes — Luck’s also has high standards, delivering premium quality beans since 1947. Versatile + Easy + Convenient! Mix in pumpkin & lean turkey for this A+ kid approved at home Nacho Fest that checks ALL the boxes.

√delish

√healthy

√busy schedule friendly

√coupon friendly (Luck’s Coupon!)

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 15 oz. can Luck’s Black Beans (rinse + drain)

1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 cups (16 oz.) low sodium chicken broth

1 medium white onion chopped

3 jalapenos, finely diced/seeded

2 garlic cloves

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 ½ tablespoons chili powder

2/ ½ tablespoons cumin

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon red cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 bag of tortilla chips + sour cream, cilantro, & shredded cheese for garnish.

Directions:

Place olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add diced onion, 2 diced jalapenos, & garlic. 

Stir & cook for 3 minutes, then add turkey. Break up the meat & cook just until brown.

Add spices (chili powder, cumin, salt, red cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, & black pepper. Cook for 1 minute more & then move everything into the slow cooker.

Add maple syrup, diced tomatoes, pumpkin, chicken broth, & Luck’s Black Beans. Stir until combined. Cover & cook for 6 hours on low setting or 2 – 3 hours on high setting.

When ready, create a bed of tortilla chips on a plate. Top with School Season Slow Cooker (Turkey, Black Bean, & Pumpkin) deliciousness & garnish with 1 diced, seeded jalapeno, sour cream, shredded cheese, & cilantro. Makes 8 servings. Also yummy solo on crisp autumn days – no tortilla chips needed! For more school season inspiration see all the Luck’s Products & Luck’s Recipe Page

Disclosure:
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Luck’s.

6 Different Ways to Rid Yourself of Debt: Which Are Right for You?

With holiday expenses looming right around the corner, now is the time to focus on reducing your debt as well as your expenses! The process doesn’t have to be painful — in fact, it is probably much easier than you think — PLUS Motherstucker has some ideas on how the payoff can be FUN!

♦ Say adios to your landline (home phone) if you have adequate cell service at your home, or consider downgrading to a cheaper package.

♦ Downgrade your cable package too, or get rid of it entirely. There are SO many great options for TV entertainment these days! #NetflixAndChill 😉 Same for your utilities — call your  utility companies & get on a budget plan to give you more consistency with expenses each month. While you’re at it, program your thermostat for savings on heating/cooling when you’re not at home. The following is a Motherstucker guest post with even more help on the topic:

Guest Post: Easy Tips to Save Money on Utilities

♦ Sell/Buy clothes for yourself & the entire family at your local consignment store. Also consider renting clothing. Yes!  Rent the Runway & even FittedTot.com for the babies or toddlers in your family. This Motherstucker Blog post from last year outlines the $ SAVING service:

Save Money, Save Time, Save Space – Fittedtot.com

♦ Hold a yard sale! Advertise higher quality items on Craigslist, Facebook Sale Pages, or the local newspaper.

♦ Get some help! Use a trusted company like Nationwide Debt Direct that educate consumers on one of the strongest proven debt-elimination processes out there today, helping you develop a solution to deal with intolerable amounts of credit card & other unsecured debts. Their customized in-house debt reduction strategies can help you get your finances back on track & you can become debt free in as little as 12-36 months. Don’t forget to check out the Nationwide Debt Direct Scholarship info too! Students from all majors & areas of study are encouraged to apply. The following people are eligible to apply for the Nationwide Debt Direct scholarship:

  1. High school students graduating this calendar year, and have been accepted into a college, or university in the USA.
  2. Students currently enrolled in a college or university, and not having reached their senior year.

♦ Download Apps for where you shop often. Once you have the app installed, focus on buying mostly sale items at grocery store or generic brands to reduce your cost. Use a grocery store awards program to earn money off gas. Buy your most expensive groceries in bulk at Coscto: meats, breads, cheese, produce, paper products. Establish a monthly grocery budget for the additional needs at regular grocery stores.

Burn Rubber to Check out the Newly Released Jeep Compass

Disclosure: I have been given compensation for this post by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. However, all thoughts & opinions expressed are my own.

For weeks, my friend Karen & I were looking forward to experiencing the Mountain Course (#FCAinCharlotte) with Jeep, Dodge, & Ram Trucks during the Charlotte Auto Fair (September 21 – 24th 2017). Our plan was to arrive around 10 AM Friday morning. Then, Motherstucker got this text (Karen in gray, Motherstucker in blue) at 7:42 AM: “Stay tuned. … may need to cancel. (Karen’s hubby) car trouble. ;( Karen’s hubby’s vehicle (which is not a Jeep, Dodge, or Ram Truck!) needed $600+ in repairs.  Her hubby stayed at the other dealership to deal with the mess, while Karen & I took off in my Jeep Sarhara to  the #CLTAutoFair! We enjoyed delicious fair food & learned firsthand all that Jeep, Dodge, & Ram Trucks can do!

The Charlotte Auto Fair is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a NASCAR track! We took in vendor displays, the manafacturers’ midway, & classic car auctions. We were kid-free for the day, but there was a Kid’s Play Zone that I can’t wait to check out with the littles next year!

The highlight of our day was the FCA Mountain Course! See video below <3 Our performance driver Michael took Karen & I on an adventurous ride in the newly released Jeep Compass (Mobile mountain! Articulation Feature! Side Hill!)!  IMPRESSIVE!

Although slick enough for catting around town, the Jeep Compass can certainly handle any expected (or unexpected!) off road situations. I personally love how the Jeep engineers have added little unexpected cosmetic surprises to the Jeep Compass – no spoilers here – Go see for yourself & tell YOUR friends!

Jeep Wave! XO, Motherstucker

From Messy & Chaotic – to Clean & Organized: The Hanga

Sign me up for the RIGHT please! MOMS, The Hanga is easy & fun to use! It’s frustration free & keeps in place on the clothes rack with it’s “easy off” form. Hanga (Hong-uh) is an Ohio based startup company inventing revolutionary ways of organizing closet space. From boutiques to bedrooms, they’ve developed a simple-to-use, sleek & sustainable product that will change the way you Hanga your clothes. Their hangers are made with galvanized spring steel. Build to last – forever! Join Motherstucker & BACK this Kickstarter to get YOURS November 2017! 

Break out of the Ordinary

Are you looking to shake up your families dinner routine? Are you struggling with meal planning? Do You Bake CAN HELP! They offer baking mixes, meal solutions, spice blends, pet treat mixes, drink mixes & so much more. Never any artificial colors or flavors. No fake anything — just great real goodness. Everything YUMMY! From sweet to savories to Gluten Free! Take the planning out if meal planning. Do you love to bake but often dont know where to begin? “Do You Bake” has the solution! No, you cannot just “ADD WATER” &  expect magic! This is wholesome food made with wholesome ingredients in almost every kitchen, wet ingredients like eggs & milk or substitutes but the instructions are truly simple. Fall catalogue just launched with returning customer favorites including Melt in Your Mouth Short bread cookies, Pumpkin Spice cookies, slow cooker solutions & so much more! Come visit “Do You Bake” HERE & shop today! 

“I Believe in a Future Where Science and Technology Is Accessible to All…. “

Science and technology are shaping our future. Unfortunately, there are not enough women involved in those efforts. What kind of future will it be if women don’t have a strong enough voice in the making and understanding of our world?

It starts at home. Girls and young women need to know that they are qualified, able, and worthy of sharing their voice. They can make an impact on a grand scale, and it can start today.  Naughty Gits is a clothing and lifestyle brand dedicated to supporting and empowering women and girls in STEM. We make jokes, and we make a statement. Science and technology is ours too. We can make it fun, colorful, accepting, and beautiful.

I avoided my love of technology when I was growing up because it wasn’t cool. High school was hard enough already. It took me years to be able to see that maybe I could do this too. Since then, I’ve impacted the lives of millions with my work. I wonder if it would have been different for me if I had seen some of the cool girls wearing code leggings. How many more people would I have been able to help if I had started earlier?

You don’t have to code to wear these clothes. Wearing them makes a statement. It says “I believe in a future where science and technology is accessible to all. It may not be for me, but it could be for you.”  – Calley Nye, Founder of Naughty Gits

Colorful Recipes for Summer!

August may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean summer is over! To celebrate sunny skies & beach vibes, below is a selection of deliciously colorful summer recipes from Carrington Farms, Gaea, & Viki’s Granola <3

Carrington Farms Mermaid Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice bread
  • 4 drops Chlorophyll
  • 4 oz cream cheese or yogurt
  • ½ tsp spirulina powder
  • Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa

Recipe:

  1. Toast your favorite, better-for-you bread.
  2. Combine 4 drops of chlorophyll with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
  3. Combine ½ teaspoon spirulina powder with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
  4. Spread cream cheese or thick plain yogurt on toast
  5. Sprinkle with Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa
  6. Channel your inner mermaid and ENJOY!

Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Place 2 ounces of yogurt into a tall glass or mason jar.
  • Pour a 1/3 of granola evenly on top of the yogurt.
  • Place 2 ounces of yogurt on top of the granola.
  • Add raspberries.
  • Add remaining 2 ounces yogurt & granola on top.

Gaea’s Baked Pears with Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place shallow pan over heat and add butter 7 sugar. Stirring constantly over low flame, allow mixture to caramelize. Add pears & turn over frequently – cook them for about 10 minutes or until they caramelize. Add orange zest 7 juice and remove pan from heat. Place a large scoop of chocolate ice cream in each bowl, arrange 2 pears around it together with the pan liquid. Sprinkle with black pepper & drizzle pears with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.

Carrington Farms Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl

 Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    1 cup kefir or probiotic yogurt drink of choice
    1 Tbsp + 1/4 tsp Carrington Farms Chia Seeds
    1/2 banana, sliced
    1 dried fig, sliced
    1 strawberry, sliced (or fruit of choice)

Directions:

  1. Blend frozen berries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds and kefir to a thick consistency, for about 20 seconds.
    2. Pour into a small bowl & layer fruit & remaining chia seeds on top. Bring out your favorite spoon & enjoy this delicious smoothie bowl with probiotic benefits!

Tuesday Boozeday!

September is North Carolina Wine & Grape Month! But TOMORROW is the day Motherstucker gets to know more about the wonderful variety of North Carolina Wine! Did you know that there are over 180 wineries throughout the state of North Carolina?

Motherstucker was invited to attend the North Carolina Wine Month Kickoff Event at Childress Vineyards by the  NC Blogger Network. Look for Motherstucker Blog updates + social media updates to come!  #NCWine #NCWineMonth CHEERS!