Saying More with Hershey’s this Holiday Season

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It didn’t take much for me to be excited about reviewing these fun new Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe and sharing them with you.

I knew from the description (and my long-standing love of all things Hershey’s!) that I would love them (and I do!)…  they are creamy and rich with soft milk chocolate and crispy bits surrounding a whole roasted hazelnut, everything we love about regular Hershey’s KISSES only better!

But, I was even more excited about the “Say More” campaign that Hershey’s is introducing this holiday season!

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

We all know how wonderful technology is and how it has taken our relationships to another level.  We can easily keep in touch with friends who live on the other side of the world, and we can video chat loved ones whenever we miss their faces.  We are in almost constant ‘contact’ with everyone

But how often are we so in contact with everyone that we are really not in contact with anyone?

We share little bits of ourselves (let’s be honest – usually the best bits!) with everyone, but we don’t take the time to get down and deep with people face to face.  It’s just too easy to avoid the hard by pulling out the filters of our electronic devices.  But you know what?

The hard is good.  Because it’s real, and real is good.

Real is alive and throbbing and it’s what keeps us going.  Painful or joyful, real is living.

The knowing that we are not alone, that other people understand our struggles and our joys.  That someone feels our hurts and celebrates our triumphs.  That someone sees past the “I’m fine” of small-talk to the deeper truths lying being our practiced smiles.

The deep soul-searching gazes and heart-healing hugs that can only be handed out face to face…  those are the bits worth living for!

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love technology as much as the next person.  I absolutely love the re-kindled friendships with friends all over the country and the world, but you know what I love more?

Hugs.  Hugs and heart-filling soul-sharing words.

Saying MORE.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe

Hershey’s wants to give one of you a box of these delicious new chocolates, so enter below.

Plan to share these special new treats with your loved ones…  and SAY MORE this holiday season!

Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe Giveaway

*I-C will randomly select fifty winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.  (The giveaway ends December 14th!)

Hershey's KISSES Deluxe

new gadgets for the cook who has everything

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation.”


We all have someone on our Christmas lists who is an avid kitchen enthusiast, but seems to have every gadget we can think of.  It feels almost impossible to find something fun to give them, that they don’t already have and that also doesn’t break the bank.

Well, look no further, because these 3 little gadgets from KitchenIQ are perfect!  They are different, better, and fun enough to be an exciting gift. And they are inexpensive enough to fill stockings, or buy all 3 and add some goodies to make a fun kitchen gift basket!

This Edge Grip Knife Sharpener is the #1 best selling knife sharpener on Amazon right now, and it’s easy to see why!  It is compact, durable and incredibly easy to use.  With 2 stages of sharpening (coarse for sharpening dull knives, and fine for polishing off knives that just need a little boost!) and a great price, this gift is a no-brainer, for yourself or anyone who owns a knife (so basically everyone!).


This 3-in-1 Potato Tool is so fun and probably my favorite new little kitchen gadget in a long time.  The peeler is sharper than any I’ve ever owned, the scrub brush is wonderful, and the best part…  hiding in the handle is a paring knife!  No more grabbing out 3 different things to get those potatoes washed/peeled and cut.  I just love things that simplify my kitchen, and you probably do too!


And this Better Zester is just perfectly named!  It really is the best zester I have ever seen/owned or used (and I have tried a lot of zesters in my day!).



I got to spend some time showing some friends these new fun gadgets recently, and we all had so much fun, especially with this zester.  As you can see, we even grated tangerines we were just having so much fun!


Besides being incredibly sharp, with these neat little v-shaped blades and a non-stick coating, these zesters have a party going on in the back.  We all had never seen anything like this!


After you zest your citrus (or grate your garlic or fresh ginger!), turn over the zester and see the magic…


The cover on the back catches all the beautiful, fragrant zest!  No mess on the counter and bits scattered everywhere!  And then, when you want to get it out…


slide down the cover and it has a cute little scraper that scrapes down all the zest off the back of the blades.  And the back cover also has measurements on it so you can see how much you have!


Like I said, I just love things that simplify my life, and these 3 products are a kitchen game-changer for me.  Seriously, so fun, handy and USEFUL!

You can find all of these gadgets on the KitchenIQ website, or on Amazon (If you have Prime, you can have these here in just 2 days… and all the procrastinators rejoiced!).  ;o)

I just want to remind all of you lovely people who read down here to the bottom of this:  I will never, ever tell you I love a product if I don’t!  I was given these products to review, but I absolutely love them, I am thrilled to share them with you, and I’m already looking forward to sneaking a few of these into some loved ones’ stockings this Christmas!  

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We tried The Fast Metabolism Diet, and it worked!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, but the review is absolutely my own.  Questions?  Ask me!!

Ok, I am not a dieter by nature.  I am too much of a food-lover.  (Obviously!)  But after having 3 babies in under 4 years, my body had pretty much given up on ‘bouncing back’.

It didn’t matter what I ate, or didn’t eat…  my body stayed the same and seemed to get more uncomfortable every day.  I did’t feel like me anymore, but rather a miserable shadow of me, trapped in someone else’s body.

So, when I was offered the chance to try out Haylie Pomroy’s new book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, I was happy to try something new.  I wasn’t very optimistic, that’s for sure, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, and the Hubs was on board, so we jumped right in!

(If you follow me on instagram at all, you probably had an inclination something was going on!)

I read the book, and loved it right away.  Haylie has a very scientific but understandable approach to nutrition and dieting.  She explains things well, so that I understood them, instead of just saying “do this because I said so”.

I was pleasantly surprised when I started losing weight right away!  But much more importantly…  I lost inches!!

Lots of inches actually, and all from the right places!  We are a few days from being done with the diet, but Andrew has lost 12 pounds and 3 inches off his waist (and other places too!) already and I have lost 14 pounds and 4 inches off my waist (and lots of inches from other places!!).

My waist is smaller, my thighs are smaller, the fat just felt like it was melting off my frame.  Even though the scale didn’t change that much (not 20 lbs, anyways, but I’m definitely not complaining!), the measuring tape proved much more important.

I will take inches lost over pounds any day!  (We all know muscle weighs more than fat anyways, right?)

Ok, so the bottom line is:  I am happy with the diet.  I am glad we did it.  I will happily recommend it, and I will probably do it again someday (even soon)!

But you don’t just want the bottom line, do you?  You want the nitty-gritty.  So, here it is, pro/con style:

Pros:  It worked for me!  I lost inches & pounds, dropped lots of bad eating habits, learned to love some new-to-me healthy foods and good habits, and just feel better overall.

Cons:  It’s hard.  Ok. it’s not the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s definitely hard.  This diet requires lots of planning.  If you don’t plan, you will probably fail.  But, if you do a little planning, you will do great!

*There is an iPhone app that you can buy to go with the diet and I’ve gotta say, that was the best $1.99 I’ve spent in a long time!  I don’t think I could have done the diet without it.  And on the topic of money…

The only other real con I had with this diet is the cost.  Now, to be fair, that is not Haylie or this diet’s problem.  That is just the unfortunate cost of eating fresh veggies and real food.

That said, if you garden, wait until peak harvesting season to do this diet!  And for the rest of us…  late spring and summer, with their abundant farmer’s markets, farmshares and produce stands will make the cost of eating this healthy that much more bearable!

My husband’s hardest thing, besides just going through the pain of breaking bad eating habits (serious sugar cravings for that guy!), was drinking enough water everyday.

Water is a biggie on this diet, and you need to drink half your body weight in ounces every day (which we really should be doing anyway!).  I drink a lot of water so that wasn’t a big deal for me, but for my husband…  he felt like he was drowning a bit!  ;o)  But, he has definitely learned to be better about drinking water!

And as Haylie puts it…  if you don’t drink all your water so that the fat and toxins can be flushed out of your body, you’re basically taking fat off one thigh and putting it back on the other, because it has no way out!  Yuck!!

So, what do you think?  Do you think I’m a quack?  Or do you think you might give this a try?