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What better way to beging the week than with a giveaway? It is Thanksgiving week after all and I am in a giving mood. And, what thing do people love most? Their phone, of course. So, when I partnered with Uncommon Goods to do a giveaway, I knew a phone gadget would be the most beneficial for my dear readers. I bring you the Leaf Universal Phone Charger.

leaf universal iphone charger

I tested it out first with my own iPhone (I have an iPhone 4S) and I noticed a few plusses and minuses with my particular phone. First off, the charger takes a few hours to completely charge (as is common with most portable phone chargers) and it lets you know just how much charge it has with a three color system. It varies between red, green and blue to let you know how much more time is needed to charge. It is handy to bring with you, because it comes with its own strap. I honestly just threw it in my purse, though. It is not very bulky, so it did not take up too much space in my rather small (but lovely) purse. It also fit nearly any phone, because it charged via a USB cord. The only downside I found is that the charge does not last for more than one or two days, so if you plan on charging it before the day of use. It is very cute, though and it comes in three colors. There is also a matching amplifier stand that looks pretty cool, too. Uncommon Goods has pretty unique Christmas gifts including stocking stuffers for men and iPad accessories.

But onto the giveaway! Use the Rafflecopter entry form below for a chance to win!

  • Giveaway will end 11:59 PM PST, December 14, 2013
  • Must be at least 18 years old to enter
  • Must be North American resident

 

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Good Luck to everyone!

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 pumpkin-smoothie-recipe

If you have ever been on a diet, you know the struggles that come with abstaining from sweets. I love sweets and not eating them is just plain wrong – especially around this time of year. Pumpkin is simply not to be missed, and I have found a way to enjoy pumpkin all its natural glory at only 200 calories. That makes it worth passing up the pumpkin drinks at Starbucks. The secret to getting your pumpkin fix in a beverage without consuming the caloric equivalent of a meal is the base of the smoothie. Most people use Greek yogurt, frozen yogurt, or ice cream as the base of their smoothie, but this is very heavy and can pack on the calories quickly. These ingredients can also add a multitude of other hidden ingredients in the process. The trick is to use a frozen banana. It might seem weird, especially in a pumpkin smoothie recipe, but it truly is the best smoothie base. The tastes of banana is lessened when it is frozen and it blends with pumpkin flavor quite well. A banana also adds a bit of its own sweetness and whips up much better than yogurt. To top it all off, you cannot beat the fact that a banana is completely natural and costs about 20¢ – a far cheaper price than any yogurt.

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Serves 2
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 10 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
At 100 calories per serving, this delicious pumpkin smoothie recipe will fix your sweets craving without breaking your diet. It is also full of calcium, fiber, potassium and all-natural ingredients to keep you healthy as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk (60 calories total (unsweetened, 30 calories per 8 oz. serving))
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree (35 calories)
  • 1 banana (frozen and cut in half, 100 calories)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (6 calories)
  • stevia (sweeten to your liking)
  • 1 dash pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 dash cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 dash nutmeg (optional)
  • 5 ice cubes

Directions

Step 1 Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency.

This makes two servings ooooorrrr one large serving. You are guaranteed to be full if you drink this by yourself. Or, you can share with someone else. I am usually selfish, because I am a pumpkin fiend and it is the best natural sweet treat I have found for 200 calories. If you have any variations on this recipe, let me know below. This pumpkin smoothie recipe is my favorite fall treat, so the more I can jazz it up, the better.

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  • Karin - November 8, 2013 - 7:32 am

    Yum! Will try.Helps to pass up pumpkin pie.ReplyCancel

  • lacie - December 1, 2013 - 8:16 am

    I can’t taste the pumpkin. It just tastes like a banana smoothie :(ReplyCancel

  • Claire - December 1, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    @Lacie – did you freeze the banana?ReplyCancel

Halloween Painted Pumpkin

Okay so it’s Halloween Eve. Are you finding yourself decorationless?  Yeah tomorrow is Halloween and kids will be out roaming from house to house excited to get their candy but also to see some scary decorations. Moviestar and I try to put up some stuff around our apartment {we live in a bungalow type place with a front and back door so its easy to put up outdoorsy  stuff}. But if you find that October was spooked away so quickly that you don’t have any pumpkins carved on your front porch like these below carved by myself, Moviestar, Bonnie and her boys, why not try painting some pumpkins?

Jack-o-Lantern Collage

Literally today I decided to try this and though I wanted to do more intricate details on it {like spray painting over lace to give it a pretty look or a few lines and chevrons}, I decided it would be much easier to just give my pumpkin a creepy high gloss black look.

Painted Pumpkin Collage

Having gone through it now, I would have just sprayed the stem first and then once dried, covered the stem and then sprayed the black {to be honest, I tried doing a gold chevron along the center but it just wasn’t going to work with the ill planned way I tried to do it. Ha!} But if you have a little time to put together a few decorated pumpkins, follow my lead or take a step further and try one of these!

Candy Corm Painted Pumpkins

Striped Painted Pumpkin

Monogram Painted Pumpkin

Painted Face Pumpkins

Chevron Painted Pumpkins

Skull Painted Pumpkin

Painted and Decoupaged Lace Pumpkins

Lastly, if you dont even want to bother with the painting or just want to paint one or two and decorate others a little more simply, try these out:

Fishnet Covered Pumpkins

Lace Covered Pumpkins 

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