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It’s Official: I’m a part of Jamberry Nails!

UPDATE: Jamberry Nail Shields ARE VEGAN!
I’m so excited about these Jamberry Nail Shields, that I jumped on the opportunity to be a part of this awesome company. These nail shields are affordable, long lasting (2 weeks on hands, 6 weeks on toes), good quality, and a large variety (150 designs)!

I can never keep polish on my nails, it chips immediately no matter what I do. These will not!

They are applied and removed with heat. A blow dryer, an alcohol swab, and cuticle pusher is all you need to put these on your nails. Yes, they do work on acrylic nails as well.

The company is amazing. It is growing rapidly and boasts a high commission.

The opportunities are endless with Jamberry. If you are interested visit my site and I’d be happy to help you.

laurabelle.jamberrynails.net

Hope to hear from some of my readers soon!

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Initials, Inc.

Who has heard of Initials, Inc? If you haven’t, you should check out their catalog and website. I absolutely love their products and I am super excited about this company. Something awesome about Initials, Inc is that personalization is FREE, everyday! This is not common in direct sales, usually it is extra, about $6 extra.

I am joining this awesome company in order to contribute to our family since I stay home with my kiddos. I want to help out, and Initials seems just the company to let me do that.

I tried a direct sales company in the past for over two years but couldn’t stand by their products due to many returns. I did well, but felt since I couldn’t stand by the products, I couldn’t sell them.

I checked and double-checked with several consultants on the number of returns they have experienced. It is very low compared to what I had. Returns are to be expected once in a while, but not consistently.

I am looking forward to this company, which is still on the small side. I think that is great, because it allows for growth, and since there are not many consultants it gives me the opportunity to share the company and let you in on all the great products, support, and rewards.

Please e-mail laurabellesboutique@hotmail.com if you’d like more info. I’d love to help you in whatever goals you’d like to accomplish. I will also be able to do online orders and parties so if you love something in the catalog, message me and I’ll help you with that as well.

By the way, I love The Dish on page 37 of the catalog. What a great way to carry that casserole to pot lucks and bar b ques this summer.

Some Great Vegan Cook Books Worth Checking Out!

Becoming vegan is not always easy, but it’s so worth it.  It was easy for me in the beginning, only because I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. It wouldn’t have been so easy if that was not the case. I was a vegetarian since I was 12, so I didn’t have to kick everything at once. I can’t imagine the difficulty of not only becoming a vegetarian, but eliminating eggs, dairy, and all other animal products, as well.

In the beginning, I had a hard time finding recipes that I liked so, I started making my own. On most days, I don’t have time to experiment with different recipes so cookbooks come in handy.

I was excited to see there is a fairly new cookbook by Roberto Martin who is Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s personal chef. Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, over 125 recipes so tasty you won’t miss the meat looks great. I will definitely be checking out this book  since it features recipes like Chocolate Cheesecake and Avocado Rubens!

Some other Vegan cookbooks that look worth buying are:

The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

Quick Fix Vegan: Healthy Home style Meals in 30 mins or less

Candle 79 Cookbook

Modern Vegan Classics from New York’s Premier Sustainable Restaurant

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook

Crazy Delicious Recipes that are Good to the Earth 

and Great for your Bod

I am excited to find this cookbook and you should be too if you’ve read Skinny Bitch.

There are so many great vegan cookbooks out there, you should never have a shortage of recipes!

Lots of Organic Snacks for only $28 shipped!

Remember my post about the $40 Ecomom voucher? (no longer available) Well, I got my goodies today! I paid $18 for the voucher and an extra $10 on the site to score free shipping. I paid a total of $28 for all 18 products!! Awesome deal for organic snacks. My kiddos will be stocked up for awhile. Some of the products are vegan. I tried the grape Jammy Sammy, very yummy after a long run!

Be sure to let me know what you bought if you scored this deal as well!

Homemade Dog Food

So, as most of my readers know, I have Siberian Huskies.  ( that is not my dog in the picture, but too cute not to share). Notoriously, huskies have sensitive stomachs and, one of mine in particular, has this trait to the extreme. Depending on what food we feed her, she has severe tummy problems and gas.

We found a food that semi-works but, after reading so many things lately about dog food recalls and fillers in dog foods, I have decided to cook all my huskies food from now on.

I’ve been researching food recipes and have known about many people feeding their huskies a raw diet. I won’t be trying that. I can’t stomach it (vegan). Though I would never feed my dogs plant based, don’t believe in it, dogs are omnivores, not herbivores.(Simply my opinion, by the way) I can’t do raw meat.

Here is a recipe just in case you are thinking of making all your puppy’s food also. I’ll be sure to let you know how it is going and how the pups love it. If anyone has a good, wheat free recipe please share. Wheat can cause tummy troubles and aggravates both my dog’s bellies.

This recipe is enough for a week. I may be making a month’s worth and freezing individual portions. I’ll let you know if I decide that and how the recipe changes for a month supply.

Homemade Dog Food- Chicken

7 cups cooked chicken

3 and 1/2 cup brown rice

3  and 1/2 cup mixed green vegetables (i’ll be starting w/ broccoli and green beans, then adding asparagus and kale)

1 and 3/4 cup – 2 cups chicken broth

Can substitute makeral for the chicken for variety. I developed this recipe after, Maddie, my 11 year old yellow lab was diagnosed with cancer a year old. She lives with my mom and after her diagnosis I researched recipes for dogs with cancer. Note: Maddie’s recipe differs a little bit, if anyone would like it, let me know.

Note: You should never feed your dog, onions, garlic, chocolate, corn (cannot be digested), grapes, raisins,and mushrooms. They are toxic to dogs.

Discuss with your vet, like I did with mine, before switching your dog’s food.

Free Kindle Book: Vegan Junk Food 225 Sinful Snacks

This is a great free ebook download for your Kindle. Head over to Amazon to get Vegan Junk Food 225 Sinful Snacks That are Good for the Soul.

Reminder, if you don’t have a Kindle you can still get this, just download a free reading app from Kindle or Barnes and Noble and you can read it on your computer.

Amazon prices can, and do,  change at any time so HURRY if you want to get this $16.95 book for FREE!

Thanks, Chrissy Cleaver’s Coupon Corner!

Send a FREE KIND Bar to Two of your Friends

KIND bars are great, healthy snacks. Though they are not vegan (they contain honey), my family has tried them and the kids love them.

Right now, if you head over here and click accept this mission, you can send a KIND bar to two of  your friends.

You can invite yourself if you have more than one e-mail address or send one to someone in your household and maybe they’ll share 😉

Thanks, Freebie Shark!