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Lynn Smythe
Delray Beach, FL
I'm a freelance writer and amateur athlete.
Interests: Gardening, running, sewing, cooking, weight lifting, cycling, freelance writing, racing in duathlons, fused glass.
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Hey there! My name is Lynn Smythe and I'm looking for a new career opportunity. Although I enjoy freelance writing, I've only been able to find part-time contract positions recently. I would love to either find a full-time, in-house opportunity (salary plus benefits) or a full-time, remote/telecommute position. Hire Me... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at lynnsmythecreations
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Ark Survival Gear was kind enough to send me a pack of their Ark survival seeds to review for the Backyard Diva blog. Ark Survival Seed Kit Ark Survival Gear packaged the seeds together to encourage people to start their own survival garden of sustainable food. They recommend using raised garden beds to plant your garden. I relocated to SE Florida from the Adirondack Mountains in NY state and have used raised beds ever since I planted my first southern garden 20+ years ago. Ark Survival Gear seed kit: 30 seed varieties Non GMO seeds Heirloom seeds Open pollinated seeds... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Backyard Diva
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Solid Cordz was kind enough to send me a 2-pack of their premium gold-plated HDMI cables to review for the Lynn Smythe Creations blog. They came just in time! I'm in the process of moving from my apartment in Boynton Beach to a friend's house in Loxahatchee. We are setting... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at lynnsmythecreations
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The Beauty Diva just tested garcinia cambogia with green tea to determine if it's an effective weight loss supplement. Apex Natural was kind enough to send me a bottle of their garcinia cambogia dietary supplement. The bottle contains 180 vegetarian capsules. Apex Natural suggests 2 ways to take the supplement... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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Xium was kind enough to send me a bottle of their 100% Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract. The weight loss supplement comes in a bottle of 90 vegetarian capsules. The recommended does is to take 2 capsules per day, with water, up to 2 times per day. Some people take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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Every so often I receive an email from online marketers and public relations consultants asking if I accept sponsored posts on my blogs. Sponsored posts are also called promoted posts, branded content, sponsored content or even native advertising. I do accept sponsored posts on all my blogs on a case-by-case... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at lynnsmythecreations
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Azure Naturals was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Ultimate Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum to test and review for the Beauty Diva blog. I also wrote a review on Azure Naturals Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum on the Beauty Diva blog. Above: Ultimate Retinol Serum by Azure Naturals.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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The Cuisine Diva recently got to try out some organic, green cardamom. Jiva Organics was kind enough to send me an 3.5 ounce (100 gram) bag of their cardamom pods. Visit the Jiva Organics Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jivaorganicfoods How to Use Whole Cardamom Pods This is how I use whole cardamom pods. I open a few of the green pods and extract the seeds, which range in color from brown to black. The black seeds are the most aromatic/flavorful. Discard the outer green pod and place the seeds in a coffee grinder and grind to the desired consistency. I like to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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This recipe makes a light and flaky buttermilk biscuit loaded with loads of cheddar cheese and savory chives. The secret to making light and flaky biscuits is to leave the butter in the refrigerator until ready to use. DO NOT let the butter warm up to room temperature. If you don't want to use buttermilk you can substitute regular milk, soy milk or even water. You can use parchment paper to line the baking pan, instead of greasing it, to prevent the biscuits from sticking to the bottom. Above: a pastry knife is used to cut the cold butter into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Craft Diva
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The Beauty Diva just tried out a new dietary supplement. Summit Nutritions was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Pure Raspberry Ketones. The supplement came in a bottle of 120 vegetarian capsules each containing 500 mg of raspberry ketone. What are Raspberry Ketones? Wikipedia says raspberry ketone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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I'll tell you right from the beginning, I never started blogging to make money. All of my 7 blogs started as hobby blogs. But, during the past few years, I've started to research ways to make a few $ while blogging on a part-time basis. And 2014 is the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at lynnsmythecreations
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The Cuisine Diva recently had a chance to try Skinny Noodles Shirataki. Genki USA was kind enough to send me a box containing 10 packages of their skinny noodles. They sent me 2 packages of each of their 5 noodle varieties: Shirataki rice Shirataki angel hair noodles Shirataki spaghetti noodles Shirataki spinach fettuccine noodles Shirataki macaroni noodles The noodles are made from the konjac root and are the perfect addition to your diet if you have diabetes or are trying drop a few pounds of extra weight. The noodles are gluten free, vegan and have 3-4 grams of fiber per... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Beauty Diva Reviews InstaNatural Rose Water I created the Beauty Diva blog to talk about different beauty products, makeup, fashion clothing, sunglasses and more. I've been working with InstaNaturals to test a variety of their beauty treatments. They were kind enough to send me a bottle of their Rose Water... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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Today's guest post was written by David Dunne. Above: image from Cape Fear Plumber. As a homeowner you are probably fully aware that a septic tank is a very important part of your waste management system. Regulations and inspections are in put in place by County Councils so managing and checking your septic tank regularly is a requirement. Remember septic tanks go through a lot so following a few simple tips for checking it could save you money in the future. Become friends with your Septic Tank! First things first, before you check anything on your septic tank you have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Backyard Diva
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Cuisine Diva Reviews Ice Sphere Molds Are you looking for a cool way to jazz up your cocktails? How about adding a giant, round ice-cube to your favorite frosty beverage? Infernal Innovations was kind enough to send me a set of 2 of their round ice sphere molds to try and review for the Cuisine Diva blog. Each mold makes a huge, 2.5" round ice-cube. It's a neat way to cool down your beverage without watering it down. Large ice spheres, like these, take longer to melt down than regular ice cubes. You can get creative with the ice sphere... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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InstaNaturals makes a great line of beauty products. They were kind enough to send me a bottle of Argan Oil Hair Treatment to try out and review for the Beauty Diva blog. I received a 4 ounce spray bottle of the argan oil blend. The hair treatment is a blend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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Above: yacon tubers look a bit like sweet potatoes. Have you heard of yacon syrup? Yacon syrup comes from the tuberous root of the yacon plant, Latin name Smallanthus sonchifolius. The plants are indigenous to the Andes Mountains from Columbia to Argentina. According to the Yacon Syrup Health Benefit website, "Yacon is considered one of the most preferred natural sweetener because it contains about 50% FOS or Fructooligosacharides, which do not in any way increase blood glucose levels." This fact makes the sweetener safe for diabetics to use. Life & Food Inc. was kind enough to send me an 8... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Do you take fish oil supplements or have you been thinking about taking a fish oil supplement? Number One Nutrition was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Omega 3 Krill OIl to try out and review for the Beauty Diva blog. The krill oil is packaged in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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AzureNaturals makes a great line of beauty products and was kind enough to send me a bottle of their skin repair serum. I've been using their Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum for the past few weeks. AzureNaturals skin repair serum is available in both a 2 ounce and 4 ounce... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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I've wanted to get a new bamboo cutting board to add to my kitchen gear. Premium Bamboo was kind enough to send me their bamboo cutting board set to test out and review for the Cuisine Diva blog. Premium Bamboo sent me a pack of 3 cutting boards: small, medium and large: small 8" x 6" medium 11" x 8.5" large 13" x 9.5" I had an old, wood cutting board that's seen better days so I was pretty stoked when this set of 3 cutting boards showed up in the mail. Like regular wood boards, your should regularly apply... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Above: Captiva Island, Florida Captiva Island is an excellent place to spend time with family and friends. There's plenty of opportunities to swim, jet ski, go shelling or just relax in the sun. When the day is ending, visitors to South Florida may want to settle in for a spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunset with some snacks and a cool adult beverage. The surrounding area does have several restaurant options that fall into the beach chic category with American-style food and drinks. Plus, the interior design of these bars sets them apart. Mucky Duck This is a pub that was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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I've been using InstaNaturals age defying moisturizing cream for the past few weeks. InstaNaturals was kind enough to send me a bottle of the face cream to review for the Beauty Diva blog. The cream is a bit thicker than I usually like for a daily facial moisturizer. So instead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Beauty Diva