Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Healthy Living Link Party #40

  Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #40. We had another great party last week and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.

  We have some new but minor changes on our party! It is highlighted on the rules of the party. Also, do not forget to visit other host if they have chosen your post to feature. Each of us are still featuring awesome post, the only difference is that they will proudly feature you on their blogs!

   So have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.

 The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!


Grab the button if you are featured !
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Rules of the Party:
  • Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.
  • Please link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  If you want to share your other post (non-healthy living) and promote your linky party, you can do so HERE. You are welcome to link up both NEW and OLD post that needs more attention :) but please limit to 3 only.
  • Don't link up and run, please visit other bloggers. Make new friends or say hello to old friends
  • Please follow your hosts and guest hosts in some way. We pin all entries and share the features on all of our social media platform. Say hello to us and let us know if you are new here, we will follow back.





By adding your link to this blog hop gives A Bountiful Love and all the Co-Hosts permission to share your posts and pictures via social media. Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.

Let's party, link up below!



Monday, December 7, 2015

Cookie Butter and Banana Blondies


If you have some ripe bananas just sadly laying on top of your kitchen counter, put them to a good and delicious use. While my all time favorite is a good 'ole banana bread. I'm also up for using the versatile fruit in other yummy treats. I have made Layered Banana Muffins before and it was a hit too!You can always use a ripe banana as an ingredient substitute. Read on : Healthy Baking Substitutions.

 




Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup mashed bananas
1 scoop or 1heaping tbsp of cookie butter ( I used a heaping tbsp)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour


Brown Sugar Drizzle:
    1/2 cup light brown sugar
    2 Tbsp milk
    1 cup powdered sugar

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Prepare all of your ingredients.


    In a mixing bowl combine melted butter and sugar. Mix to combine.


     Add in egg and vanilla. Stir. Mix in a heaping spoonful of cookie butter and stir until well incorporated.


     Stir in salt, flour and banana until batter is smooth and even.Pour into prepared pan.


    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert toothpick in the center to check if it is done.
    Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.


    While letting the blondies cool , make the drizzle.




    Brown Sugar Drizzle
    Ina medium saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and milk and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat, let it cool for 3 to 5 minutes . Using a whisk, stir in powdered sugar. Drizzle on top of the blondies and let it set before cutting into squares.


     Easy and delicious!






    http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/08/cookie-butter-roll-ups.html


    http://www.abountifullove.com/2014/07/caramel-apple-muffins.html


    http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/03/caramel-heath-cupcakes.html



    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Bloggers Spotlight Linky Party #1

       How excited am I? Very much ! Welcome to our very first Bloggers Spotlight . It is a two in one party. A linky party , where you can share your awesome post and a Pin -it Party where you can share your Pinterest link for re-pins.

      Just like any other parties, we have outlined very simple and not so strict rules.  Make to come back next for our features! We will comment and share your awesome post on our social media to give you the best BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT.

    Have fun!





    Meet your host :
     

    Cristina  of A Bountiful Love

     Hilary of Raising Fairies and Knights


     

    Help us spread the word and grab the button!

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    LINK UP RULES:
    • ALL encouraging and wholesome post are welcome. Old and new. You are welcome to share as many posts as you like! 
    • Not a must but we appreciate if you can follow your host in any way , let us know if you are a new follower, we will return the love back.
    •  Leave a link to your actual post and not your home page. A link back to your host, is greatly appreciated.

     PIN-IT PARTY  RULES:
    Old or new post or pins are welcome. Leave the pinned Pinterest link , not your actual post.
    Pin at least 2 other links.





    All post are pinned on Bloggers Spotlight Pinterest Board . This is a collaborative board , if you’d love to join , see HERE.

    If you need social media support group (more fb likes, pins , re tweets or shares) , join our  Facebook group HERE.


     

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    Healthy Living Link Party #39

         Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party #30. We had another great party last week and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy posts with us.

          Here's what you have missed from A Bountiful Love! 


    http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/11/goodnight-moon-free-printable-pack.html

    http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/11/10-low-calorie-and-clean-eating-side.html


     For my recent GIVEAWAYS --> Enter here

    Visit the Healthy Living Link Party #35


        The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.

    Meet Your Healthy Living Link Party Hosts

    Healthy Living Link Party Hosts
    Healthy Living Link Party Hosts


    ANNOUNCEMENT: Elaine is stepping away from the Healthy Living Link Party after this week but never fear Cristina from A Bountiful Love's Blog has graciously agreed to continue with the link up. You will continue to get email from her about the party.

    Here Are The Featured Posts From Last Week As Chosen By Our Hosts 
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    caramelized-salmon
    Cristina chose CARAMELIZED SALMON from Morsels of Life
    sweet-and-spicy-enchiladas-4
    Dawn chose Sweet and Spicy Enchiladas from Sweet Mornings
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    Elaine and Melannie chose Arugula, Orange and Pomegranate Salad from Seasonal Cravings
    If you are featured, feel free to share, with pride, the badge below on your blog or website!
    Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess



    Let's Get Started

    Rules of the Party:
    • Please follow your hosts and guest hosts in some way. We follow back.
    • Please link to your healthy recipes or information on living a healthy life which appears on your blog and not your home page or social media accounts.
    • If you accidentally link a post that is not healthy living related you can delete you own posts.
    • Please don't link the same post week after week.
    • Do not link to other link parties or selling websites. This includes hiding link ups that start with a recipe or anything else.
    • Giveaways are welcome as long as they are related to healthy or green living.
    • Please leave us comments. We love to hear from you.
    • Don't hit-and-run, please visit other bloggers. Make new friends or say hello to old friends
    • Grab our party button below for your blog or link back to us in some way, but it is totally optional.
    • Cristina will send you a weekly reminder using the email you provide when linking up. Don't worry, she won't SPAM you and you can unsubscribe at any time.
    • We review each entry to tweet and pin them and reserve the right to remove all links that do not meet the above criteria.

    Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess


    Disclaimer: Adding your link to this blog hop gives Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess And Co-Hosts blogs.
    Note- We pin all entries to Pinterest and all featured blog posts on Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess and Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source. Social media features are linked back to the link party. Emails are obtained to notify all past participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time.
    Not linking up a post this week or are not a blogger? Never miss another Healthy Living link party! Sign up for reminder e-mails!



    Let's Party, Link up below!



    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    15 Charities That Help and Support Children

        When I was younger and single, I never thought  about children in need. Yes, I feel bad for unfortunate children but I never stepped up and never came out of my comfort zone. Now that I have children of my own, it does open up a whole new level of awareness in your heart. It pulls on my heartstrings in many ways. While there are a lot of non profit charities to support , I've compiled a few and provided the links so you can read more information on how to help.



       What a better way to teach our children what Christmas is really about . That Christmas is not just about receiving  and that we do not have to wait for Christmas to bless someone. Imagine how we obsessed about the kind of food we feed our children, while some kids don't even have something to eat. How we have to shop for another pair of shoes because it is on sale while some kids don't even own one. How we fill up  our trees with so many gifts for our children, that we unconsciously teach them what Christmas is not about. Do you know how much will it affect an unfortunate kid receiving a present on Christmas? You are giving them great joy... that at least for once a year..they get a new outfit or a new toy.



        This post is NOT an affiliate post . This post is to reach out to you,  that this Christmas lets give love to children who are in need.  Remember too that the most important gift we can bless them with  is the gift of prayer.


         Help me spread the word. Tweet and use #givegreatJOY



    1. CHILD FUND - Child Fund's  aim is to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities.  You can give by a monthly giving commitment , give a bike , Investment fund , give books and by giving through real gifts catalog.

    https://www.childfund.org/
     Image source : https://www.childfund.org/

    2. SAMARITAN'S PURSE

       From the Bible passage Luke 10:30-37  , where a Samaritan helped and rescued a man (while others just passed by) , is what  the Samaritan's purse had been doing for over 40 years. They are a non denominational  evangelical Christian organization that provides help throughout the world.These are some of he few things that Samaritan's Purse do for the kids : children ministries, international crisis response ,feeding programs and operation Christmas child. To read more about what they do , click here. To read more about who they are, click here.


    http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

    3. ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

    St. Jude treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. When you help St. Jude , you help with their research against the fight to cancer , families never receives a bill so they can concentrate on their child . Your donation will provide treatment , housing and food, after all, all a family should concentrate on is helping their child live. To learn more about how you can get involve , click here.

    https://www.stjude.org/
     Image Source : https://www.stjude.org/

    4. SAVE THE CHILDREN

         Their vision states : A world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. They save children’s lives around the world. They fight for children’s rights and help them fulfill their potential. To read more about the great help they provide  the children, click here.



    https://www.savethechildren.net/what-we-do


    5. FEEDING AMERICA

       Feeding America leads the fight against hunger in communities nationwide. They provide food and support to more than 12 million children each year through programs like the BackPack Program, Kids Cafe, the School Pantry Program and the Child Hunger Corps. To read more about how you can help, click here .

    http://www.feedingamerica.org/


    6. MARINES TOYS FOR TOTS

        The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. To read more about their goals , objectives and activities , click here.

    http://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx

    7. FAMILY GIVING TREE 

    Their mission states :  The Family Giving Tree fulfills the exact holiday wishes and provides backpacks filled with school supplies to those children in the most need in our communities while inspiring the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more on how you can help, click here.

    http://www.familygivingtree.org/about-us

    8. SHOES THAT FIT
     Shoes That Fit is helping children in need in thousands of schools across America. Over 1.4 million pairs of new shoes and other necessities have been raised and distributed and that number continues to grow. They accept no government funding  and with over 90% of contributions going directly to school children through an impressive network of volunteer-run local grassroots chapters, Shoes That Fit is uniquely efficient and effective in its life-changing operations. To read more, how you can make a difference and get involve , click here.


    http://www.shoesthatfit.org/
    9. ALEX'S LEMONADE STAND 

    Alex's lemonade stand ,  raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. To learn more about them, click here..

    http://www.alexslemonade.org/

    10.CAMP QUALITY
     
       Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Get involve, Click here.

    http://www.campqualityusa.org/
    11.USAID-ASIA-PHILIPPINES

       USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty. Their mission. To read more about their mission, click here. To get involve, click here.

    https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid


    12. STAR APPLE FOUNDATION

    Star Apple Foundation's mission statement is to help the poor have a better life by providing basic housing , help victims of natural disasters with emergency aid and to help get their lives back on track
     and to stem out Malnutrition to improve health and education of children. To read more about what they do, click here. You can get involve , here.

    http://www.starapple.ph/index.html

    13. CHARITY INTERNATIONAL -PREVENT CHILD TRAFFICKING

     Charity International's mission statement is  to work with children, families and communities to overcome a lack of food, poverty and homelessness. Help them prevent child trafficking by helping one child at a time overcome poverty and hunger. To read more information and get to get involve. click here.

    http://www.charityinternational.com/prevent-child-trafficking.cfm

    14. CHILDHOPE ASIA-PHILIPPINES

       ChildHope Philippines is an international, non-profit , non-political, non-sectarian organization whose principal purpose is to advocate for the cause of street children in the Philippines. To read more about their projects and how to get involve, click here.

    http://childhope.hope.org.ph/

    15.SMILE TRAIN.ORG

      Smile Trains provides free cleft surgery for children.  To get involve, click here.

      Image source :http://www.smiletrain.org/





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