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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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Apothecary Extract was kind enough to send me a large, 4 ounce bottle of their tea tree oil. The oil came with a PDF file containing 53 different ways to use tea tree oil. Great All Purpose Essential Oil I LOVE tea tree oil, I've used it for years! Tea tree oil comes from the melaleuca tree, Latin name Malaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil is used for a variety of holistic purposes. I've used tea tree oil, mixed into shampoo or conditioner, as a scalp treatment to help prevent dandruff. I've also mixed in a few drops of the oil... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Backyard Diva
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Thera Vita was kind enough to send me a jar of their Thera Relief to review on my blog. Great Pain Relief Formula The product came package in a 2 ounce jar, wide mouth jar making for easy application the pain relief formula. The product is thick and creamy making... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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I recently had a chance to try Ageless by Thera Vita. They were kind enough to send me a 1.7 ounce bottle of their hyaluronic acid serum to review for the Beauty Diva blog. Ageless is a lightweight, clear gel you apply to your under eye area. I use the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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Today's guest post is written by Victoria Stotts. Good measuring cups have three things in common. They allow for accurate dry or liquid measurements, are made of durable, long-lasting, high-quality materials and include markings for various units of measure like ounces, milliliters and cups. Trendy, angled designs, colorful, stackable and enjoyable measuring cups of all sorts should always include these important features so that they effectively measure up. A recipe can only be as good as the culinary tools used to prepare it. Utilizing good measuring cups allows cooks to confidently compile ingredients into delectable cuisine. Dry and liquid measurements,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Above: wine labels for Dunlor Wine Although the popular adage ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ seems to apply to most things, the same cannot be said about wines. Wines are not just described by their notes, but also by their label. In fact, bottle labels on a wine are what catch customers’ attention. An article of Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal explains the message that the label on the wine sends across to people. Fine Dining Lovers’ Domaine Dorléan has also investigated how the wine label impacts people’s decisions when they decide to buy a bottle. The label... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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KitchenMade™ was kind enough to send the Cuisine Diva a set of their stainless steel measuring cups so I could test and review them for the blog. I am a bit of a kitchen gadget nut so I'm always looking for the latest and greatest products to test. What I really like about this set of measuring cups is that they come as a set of 6. Most measuring cups come as a set of 4. The KitchenMade™ measuring cups come in the following sizes: 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 2/3 cup 3/4 cup 1 cup You don't normally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Cuisine Diva
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Foxbrim was kind enough to send me a sample of their Youthful Radiance Eye Cream to review for Beauty Diva. I thought they sent me a sample, and not a full size product, as the product is packaged in a tiny, half ounce bottle. But I checked their website and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Beauty Diva
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 Jul 28, 2014 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 Jul 26, 2014 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 Jul 24, 2014 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