Wake Up And Live With Marley Coffee #StirItUP

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host some local bloggers at my house this past weekend to taste Marley Coffee because Seattle bloggers + Coffee + Reggae Music = yes please.

There are a few really awesome things about this coffee that I think are amazing, aside from the great taste:

1. Founded by Rohan Marley.

I’m kind of a sucker for Bob Marley’s music, so it was really cool to learn that his son, Rohan Marley, is choosing to keep his legacy alive by aligning himself with things that were important to his Dad. Bob Marley had dreamed of returning to farming one day and that dream was honored when Rohan purchased a coffee farm in the Jamaica Blue Mountains in part to help support farmers and the economy of rural Jamaica.

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2. Marley Coffee Gives Back

I’m also a sucker for companies that have a mind for the greater good and use their platform to give back. Every single serve capsule of Marley Coffee purchased gives back (.01 cents) to the Waterwise Project, an initiative to help clean the river in Sidamo region and improve lives and communities in Ethiopia where Marley Coffee sources beans.

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3. Marley Coffee Making The Eco-Friendly Transition

AND they care about the environment? This one is a big deal because with the introduction of pods and keurigs came this crazy increase in waste. Over 10 billion capsules are consumed and go into landfills annually in North America alone! That’s enough waste to circle the earth over 12 times. Each year. Marley Coffee will transition all existing K-cup compatible products to the EcoCup Capsule in Summer 2015 and will be one of the first brands to market with an easy to use recyclable single serve solution.

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4. Buying Marley Coffee

I’m happy to share this $2 off coupon if you’re interested in trying Marley Coffee. A complete list of retailers who sell this coffee can be found here and you can order it at Amazon.com as well.

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Grab a box and invite me over to stir it up with you, because I am always game for a coffee break!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marley Coffee. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Measure Up?

I’ve never had any sort of tablet before because I couldn’t justify having a phone with all the functionality I needed in one hand, and a tablet with the same functionality (minus the phone) and a bigger screen. But I pined for that bigger screen.

I was so excited to receive the opportunity to try out the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, because with a 6.1″ HD Screen it has married my yearning for a tablet with my need for a phone. I have been in love with the larger screen and it runs on Android so I have access to all of the great apps offered in the Google Play Store.

While I do enjoy the smaller phones for talking purposes, the fact is I spend more time reading and typing on it then I do chatting. I think this 6.1″ screen size is as large as I would go for a phone device without being too large. I can still fit it in the kangaroo pouch of my hoodie, I can still slip it into my coat pocket and obviously it still fits into my purse.

The second thing I love about this device is a biggie…the battery life is unreal. On one full battery this thing lasts for 2.5 days and that’s WHILE you are using it the entire time. This is huge to me because between texting friends, killing time playing games, and taking photos/videos of our family outings…I use my phone a lot. And I kill the battery a lot.

It has a $299 price tag and no contract required, I’d say if you are in the market for a new phone you should definitely add this to your list of options to research!

Unlock the possibilities with Huawei. With the largest screen, and longest battery life, where will you go with Huawei. Visit GetHuawei.com to learn more and unlock your possibilities!
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Huawei Device USA. The opinions and text are all mine.

Things I Am An Expert At

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1. Tracking down animals in my neighborhood that need me to rescue them.

2. Telling children what to do.

3. Eating my weight in pumpkin pie.

4. Putting things off.

5. Spending money.

And as it turns out I’m also an expert at being an expert. I’m excited to see my articles featured as part of the SheKnows Expert Among Us . This is what I am an Expert in for them this week:

13 People having a worse holiday than you (in GIFs)

Get what you give: Why I pay it forward during the holidays

8 Ways to entertain your kids without TV

And in the spirit of giving, I had the opportunity to share my very special reason for giving this holiday season with SheKnows and The Salvation Army. Check out the video and share your #redkettlereason!

I hope I can write an article about eating my weight in pumpkin pie next. That seems like an organic fit for me.

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan

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Bring. On. The Chocolate.

For as much as I love to eat chocolate it’s interesting how little I actually know about it. I didn’t know cocoa beans grew in pods on trees. I didn’t know the demand for it has doubled in the past 20 years and I didn’t know that cocoa crops were depleting.

This Halloween I’m happy to help raise awareness about Nestle’s efforts to sustain cocoa crops by better supporting the communities and farmers who are growing them. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan started in 2009 with the intention of “improving the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products”…to put it simply. This year alone Nestlé has provided cocoa farmers with a minimum of 1 million higher yielding trees. They’ve helped hundreds of children found working on cocoa farms and have set a goal to build 40 schools between 2012 and 2015 to help educate those kids.

You can help support these initiatives by purchasing products marked with one of the sustainable cocoa labels like you see here:

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Here are some brands doing their part to provide products that are made with sustainable cocoa:

• Nestlé CRUNCH
• Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
• Hershey’s Bliss
• Dagoba Organic
• Scharffen Berger
• DOVE Dark Chocolate

I’ll be handing out Nestle Crunch Bars to trick or treaters this year and those kids can rest assured the sustainable cocoa they’re eating is part of a much bigger plan.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestlé. The opinions and text are all mine.

My First Mammogram

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Well I did it.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month Hanes has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and I have successfully scheduled and completed my first mammogram appointment!

You know how in the old days housewives would bake beautiful pies and set them on the windowsill to cool?

This process was pretty much exactly like that! Except instead of pies on windowsills it’s actually your boob you’re putting on a tray and then imagine just sort of shutting the window on top of the boob a bit.

Not so much pressure that it’s painful, but just enough for them to get the job done. I would compare the discomfort level to those machines in the grocery store that you stick your arm in for a pulse and blood pressure reading. In fact, I’ll go ahead and take that a step further and say I think those arm machines squeeze tighter than a mammogram machine squeezes.

I was lucky enough to find a mobile bus location close by that was really convenient. It was like a rock star’s tour bus. It had all the bells and whistles of a real office, small office at the front of the bus for checking in and a little lobby area to wait in. The women who helped me were so lovely. After checking in I was escorted to a bathroom where I was asked to disrobe my top and put on a gown.

After that I entered the mammogram room and the equipment in there looked very similar to this:

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I let the technician know when I was ready, she got me situated, explained each step exactly, snapped a few x-rays and I was on my way! The whole thing from start to finish took about 20 minutes. Not bad at all. The women were really comfortable to be around and they didn’t give me any opportunity to feel uncomfortable because it was just business as usual for them.

And if you’re nervous about pressure or squeezing or pushing boobs onto trays attached to machines, I will add that ALL of that is a whole lot more comfortable than radiation, chemotherapy, and/or a mastectomy.

Definitely worth making the appointment and of course there are other ways to be proactive about early detection. Being aware of symptoms and signs, self-examinations, and clinical breast exams are all important as well!

I received my clean bill of health and it feels really good to have completed that. Now that I know what to expect I definitely won’t feel as anxious going into my second appointment when the time comes.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hanes. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Zoomer Dino Love

My kids have been begging for a Zoomer since they released the dogs last year, so I loved seeing their reactions when a brand new Zoomer Dino arrived in the mail for us to review.

I’ll be honest, I thought since it was the Zoomer dogs they were pining after they wouldn’t be as excited about Zoomer Dino, but I was wrong.

They love him.

His name is Boomer. His eyes turn blue when he’s sweet and happy and they turn red when he’s angry…which is helpful, because then they know when to RUN.

He came with a whole list of hand movements you can do in front of his face to get him to sit, speak, whip his tail. This dinosaur is better trained than both of our dogs and poops 100% less.

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It also comes with a remote control that can make him run, chomp, and get angry with a flick of a button.

He chases, he’s fast, he roars and he’s just unpredictable enough to send my kids squealing and giggling down the hall. They have been so preoccupied with training their new little pet that their cries to each have one of their own have only INCREASED.

I have a feeling these will be topping each of their Christmas lists.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zoomer. The opinions and text are all mine.

Keep Your Marriage Spicy!

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I wrote about wanting to see Sex Tape awhile back and I finally watched it. Good Lord, Cameron Diaz’s sex life before she got married and became a mom in this movie was extremely…busy.

When I was invited to share my own tips on how to keep your marriage spicy I definitely had a few things to add!

I made a “keeping marriage spicy” video and God bless Pat for being such a good sport. He rarely makes an appearance in my videos because…well because I don’t want him in them, but also because he’s a private man.

So when I was all, “Hey, will you PLEASE put these adult sized footie pajamas on for my video? I PROMISE they’ll only see you in them for like a SECOND…” and he said yes? I was astonished.

Consider it his gift to the Internet (that’s you!).

Check out my marriage tips over at SheKnows today!