Live Worldly {GIVEAWAY}

I am incredibly inspired by women in business who are chasing after their dreams.

A few months ago, I had a chance to attend a networking One Million Cups Event that featured female-driven small businesses in the metro area.  It was AWESOME.  While I was there to prospect new business for my company, I instead felt incredibly inspired and motivated by the passionate stories I heard that day.

One of these stories came from a group of women who spoke about a business named Live Worldly.

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What is Live Worldly?

Live Worldly is an amazing site full of gorgeous accessories and handmade items from around the world.  How gorgeous are these?

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The company sources the most beautiful pieces from all the continents, and GIVES BACK to the communities where the artisans live.  Donations are made to education, job creation, empowering women, and many other causes.  So, when you shop, you are helping to support communities throughout the world!

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I had a chance to visit Live Worldly‘s HQ, and was so excited to learn more about their operation!  Andrea the COO of Live Worldly gave me a lovely tour of their site, sharing with me their vision and how they have been growing the business!

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One of their most popular items is this Brazilian beauty that was featured in Macy’s a few months ago.  How gorgeous is this Beleza Bib Necklace??

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This piece is available in multiple colors via the Live Worldly site, and I’ve officially added this new accessory to my wardrobe!  It arrived yesterday!  I looooove it!  So excited to wear it soon…

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Another offering from Live Worldly are the amazing Brazilets line.

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Brazilets are worn for good luck, a 200-year old Brazilian tradition of good fortune, for you and the planet. Wear your wishes with these Brazilian wish bracelets or give them as a gift to families or friends. Wrap the Brazilet around your wrist, making three knots and three wishes. When it falls off, it is believed that your wishes will come true. 

As Andrea and I toured the facility, you can only imagine how excited I was to see all the pretty, pretty pieces… some of which hadn’t even been listed on the site yet!  So fun!

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Excited about Live Worldly’s causes and the ability to share with you a new site that I’ve grown to love, my new friends at the company wanted to share a giveaway with NTTC readers!

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This giveaway includes:  A fabulous messenger bag from Brazil, brazilets, a handmade keychain, and a Live Worldly flag.

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To win, enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Also, you can shop the site, and save using a special NTTC Coupon Code.   Simply use “LIVEFREE” to save 15%!

Be sure to follow Live Worldly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - – This is the best way to stay up-to-date on all their offerings!

Thanks, Live Worldly, for your hospitality, and for offering this giveaway to my readers!

Disclosure: Live Worldly provided the giveaway items for No Thanks to Cake readers; however, the opinions on the site and its products (and that gorgeous necklace above) are my own.

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34 Degrees Tour + a {GIVEAWAY}

34 Degrees?… No, I’m not talking about the crazy Spring weather in Colorado, although that’s JUS T about the temperature here in Colorado this morning…  Today’s post is about my favorite go-to cracker!

I had an opportunity to first try 34 Degrees crisps about a year ago.  I was initially attracted to the company when I noticed their nutrition label… After all, 9 crackers for just 50 calories???  Yes, Please!!!

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34 Degree Crackers are actually made right here in Colorado, so when I received an invitation to visit their production location and to learn more about their company… I immediately said yes!

The evening was hosted by Founder Craig Lieberman and his fabulous team, and they shared with their guests not only lots of great information about the company… but also an evening of delicious food pairings.

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The company actually has Australian origins, named after the latitude of the city of Sydney, Australia!  Craig lived there and developed a passion for food… and a passion for Australian crisp bread which inspired the company that began 11 years ago!

Being onsite at 34 Degrees, I got to see their production line… and was fascinated by the whole experience!  The crackers themselves are made from batter, much like pizelles.  While we weren’t allowed to take pictures on the production line, we did snap a few photos afterward.  Because… when do you have a chance to take pics with your friends wearing lab coats and hairnets? 

Denver Bloggers at 34 Degree Cracker Event | No Thanks to CakeTop Row:  Me, Lynne, Lauren, Heidi   Front Row: Tiffany, Kim, Kaitlyn, Laura

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Also of note, they were cooking up their famous Rosemary flavor (my favorite!!) as well as two other new flavors that should be coming out soon!!!  So cool to see product innovation coming off the line and excited to have them in my pantry!  Can’t wait to tell you more about them once they’re released!

After the tour of the production line, we were swept away into a room to begin a lovely evening of cheese and cracker pairings!  Two chefs from Whole Foods took the helm and swept us away with all their fabulous creations…

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My favorite part of the night was when the fancy pairings started to be passed around….  The chef worked hard to prepare two decadent treats for us.

34 Degrees Cracker Pairings | No Thanks to CakeThese bite-sized reubens were phenomenal… and my first bite of a reuben ever!  I’m totally going to have to try a full sandwich at some point.  Aren’t they pretty??

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As the evening came to a close, we each received an amazing goodie bag, including several boxes of crackers, a 34 Degrees water bottle, notepad, purse hook, and a gift card to Whole Foods to purchase supplies to create our own 34 Degrees snacks!

Inspired, I came up with a few different ideas that I’ll share today.

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Frankly, it was so fun to invent these bite-sized appetizers!  I expect I’ll be making more… but here’s what I came up with to get started!

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The Honey Parmesan combination was the first I created.  Squares of parmesan, drizzled with honey, and then topped with cracked pepper.  The salty-sweet-pepperiness of this snack is one worth trying!!  Delicious!

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I’m a HUGE fan of tomatoes and caprese salad, so you know that I just had to put these tasty ingredients on one of these crisps!  This pairing was formed by adding a thin slice of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and then topping it with a fresh basil leaf and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.  Yum-o!

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The most decadent of my three pairings came next.  Inspired by Tiffany’s creation and the fig-proscuitto pizza I posted last year, this one REALLY hit the spot:  Trader Joe’s Fig Butter, Parmesan, Leaf Lettuce, a crispy piece of Bacon, and a spritz of Black Truffle Oil.   O-M-G…

There was also a BLT version, one with edamole (a recipe that I’m working on), and one more that’s on the back of the Whole Grain box… I started eating it before I could snap a good pic – - yes, it’s that good!

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Much appreciation goes out to my friends at 34 Degrees for giving me an opportunity to play with their tasty crackers and create all of these wonderful pairings and for a lovely night in Louisville.

Now it’s your turn to try these DELICIOUS crackers!!!

The team at 34 Degrees would LOVE you to try their crackers!  You can find them in the cheese/deli department of most major supermarkets, and you can even purchase them online at Amazon.com.  Another great way to try them is to enter this NTTTC GIVEAWAY!!

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One winner will be chosen from today’s post to win a 34 Degrees variety pack as well as a cute 34 Degrees purse hook!  Enter inside the Rafflecopter box below for your chance to win!!  You’re going to love these crackers, I promise!

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What flavor would you be most interested in trying:  Natural, Whole Grain, Rosemary, Sesame, or Black Pepper?
Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by 34 Degrees.  While I received free product and a gift card for recipe supplies, all opinions expressed above are my own.

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A Life-Changing {Giveaway} from Betsy Fry Coaching

I’ve got a FANTASTIC giveaway lined up for you guys today.  A few month’s back I hired the lovely Betsy Fry to be my life coach.  I’ve been forever changed by the process, and I’ve really set my sights on my goals, dreams, and perspective in a new way as a result of working with her!  (Click here to read my first month recap, for example.)

Now, I am BEYOND THRILLED to have a chance to share Betsy with each of you… and to give you an opportunity to work with her FOR FREE!!  Sessions can be held over the phone or in person in Colorado, depending upon your schedule, preference, etc.  Super flexible!

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Betsy Fry of Betsy Fry Coaching

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Y’all are probably here to checkout what delicious recipes that our infamously creative, Kelly, has cooked up!  Usually, I’m here to do the same.  Seriously, have you tried her bubble-up enchilada casserole  or the avocado mousse?   My mouth starts to salivate just thinking of them!

If you recognize my name it’s because Kelly has written about her experience with life coaching a few times, and I am lucky enough to be that coach.  Her tenacity and humor have etched her way onto my heart.

And because I adore Kelly so darn much, I wanted to offer up two coaching sessions for one of her readers. During our time together, I’ll guide you through where you’re feeling stuck and create an easy plan for you to stick to your goals in the future.

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Not sure what you’d get coached on?  In two sessions, I could teach you how to eat intuitively.  What exactly does that mean?  Read on, NTTC friend, read on…

How many diets have you tried in your life?  How many diets have failed?  Why do you keep thinking that a diet is going to work?

I’ll save you a lot of time, money and hunger:  Diets don’t work.  They never do and they never will. It’s time to move on.

So what are you suppose to do if you want to lose weight and diets are not the answer?

It’s simple:  Start listening to what your body wants and you will lose weight.

**Insert record scratch sound here.**

Intuitive Eating has been making a splash bigger than Kimye’s cover on Vogue.  It’s been covered by national news programs, written about on tons of blogs and is trending on social media.  Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, it’s a practice that you’ll thank yourself for getting into.

Here is the gist….

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That’s it.

Eat when you’re hungry.  Letting go of emotional eating and boredom eating can feel like a hard thing to do.  First you have to establish a new way to deal with your emotions.  Follow these steps until you’ve got it down pat.  If you’re someone who likes to eat when you get bored, then pickup some new hobbies, call a friend, fill up your life with things that bring you true joy…not just the temporary kind that you find in a box of cookies.

Stop eating when you’re satisfied.  Have you ever been around a little kid when they’re eating?  When they are full, they stop eating.  There is no thought process involved, they just know when they’re done. Tap into your inner child, allow yourself to slow down the eating process and start to notice your body signals that tell you that you’re satisfied.  At that point, drop the fork.

Eat things that make you feel good.  Be honest with yourself, does eating pizza and cookies really make you feel good?  I’m not talking about momentary pizza bliss.  I mean, do you feel sustained and ready to tackle the world after eating grease and sugar?  Probably not.  Now think about how you feel when you eat whole foods with serious nutrition.  Your body likes and craves fuel.  Give your body what it needs and you’ll stop craving crappy foods.

Move your body.  When you’re eating like crap, your body doesn’t have the fuel it needs to sustain healthy movement.  When you’re eating well, you’re feeling well and your body wants to move.  Working out + eating well are like peas + carrots, they just go together.  If you’re not used to moving, then start out slow, before you know it you might actually enjoy breaking a sweat.

Trust yourself.  You and your body want the same thing:  to be healthy and taken care of.  It might feel odd at first to cut the calorie counting and lift the food restrictions, but your mind will thank you for the much-needed break.  Once you deprogram your dieting mind, your body will take charge and it will lead you to a place of peace and trust.

Take some time to incorporate these steps into your life and watch how your relationship with food changes.  Remember that you’re breaking free from years of dieting and reprogramming your mind and body to trust the way that it was meant to function.

A client recently told me that this type of eating has, allowed her to feel free for the first time in years.

Now it’s your turn.  Let your restrictions go and set yourself free.

Want to learn more about me?  Checkout my website.

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Over the years, many of you have shared that you are trying to Find Food Peace, and these coaching sessions might be just what it takes to get you there!  Good Luck!!

NOTE:  You do not have to be present in Colorado to win.  Coaching sessions can be conducted via phone.  I actually did mine over the phone due to my crazy schedule…

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Re-Branding Update

A few weeks ago, I shared with you guys that I’m looking to rebrand NTTC

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There were so many great suggestions, but I’ve picked one that’s going to be my tagline moving forward.

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I just loved this one, and it’s going to be incorporated into not only my blog header and other PR documents.  Now, it won’t be an overnight process because I’ve got to engage the professionals to do all the fancy WordPress work behind the scenes.  Just the same, I can’t wait to see the final product.

Kenlie – - Thanks for coming up with just the right words for the tagline, when I was struggling!  Your Target gift card will be on its way!! xoxo

As far as NTTC is concerned, expect to see a lot of the same great content, just framed a little nicer with the addition of Kenlie’s genius tagline…

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