Around the Web: Cookies for Santa

Perfect Cookies for Santa!

It’s that time of the year… time to make delicious cookies for Santa… Check out these yummy recipes from Around the Web we have found for you!

Santa Face Cookies

Santa Face Cookies by In Katrina’s Kitchen

Milk & Cookies for Santa

Milk & Cookies for Santa by Sweetapolita

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Knead for Speed

Santa’s Shortbread Cookies

Santa’s Shortbread Cookies by The Clever Carrot

Orange Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Orange Cinnamon Roll Cookies by Rock Recipes

Gingerbread Hearts for Your Cookies & Milk

Gingerbread Hearts for Your Cookies & Milk by Babble

Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale Review

Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale w/ 400 lb Capacity and SmarTrack App

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) to complete this review.

The ultimate, affordable Bluetooth scale from Taylor! The Taylor 7222F uses the latest Bluetooth technology to transfer your data wirelessly from your scale to a tablet/iPad or smart phones, IOS and Android products with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. There is no longer any need to keep logs, notes, or journals of your statistics, the scale and the app do all the work for you. The mobile devices that are compatible with many IoS and Android phones and tablets!

Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale from Taylor

As someone who has been on the weight loss journey before and now is trying to keep the weight off and gain muscle I know how important it is to have a good, reliable scale to keep you in check and motivated to continue towards your goals. The last time I worked with EatSmart I introduced you to the scale that I call my best friend for the past two years (EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale). Now you can tell how excited I was to work with them again and test their new product. My old scale still has a place in my bathroom, but now a new, more modern and with more features scale is added to my daily routine.

Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale from Taylor

While both scales can tell you your weight the other features are a bit different. My old scale was able to measure body weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass where the new Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale one is measuring body weight, body fat, body water and muscle mass along some new features like setting a goal weight which lets the scale tell you how much weight you need to lose or gain to reach your goal and it will also tell you how many calories to eat doing the day to reach it. But the biggest perk of the Taylor scale is obviously the Bluetooth technology that allows the scale to communicate with your phone/tablet trough the app.

Personally I love lists, writing down my goals, keeping track of my weight, the progress I’m making and so on… With all that said I love the app being connected to this scale and how easy it was to set up and use. It saves you time, it keeps everything in one place, you can even share your charts on social media or email them.

Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale from Taylor

I tried the app on both my Android phone and the iPad and it worked perfectly on both, but I of course prefer my phone just because it’s always with me. The app lets you add in your specifications and once you set up your scale (the gender, age, height, activity level) it will automatically sync with the app. The only thing is don’t forget your device when you weigh yourself, because the phone/tablet should be in the same room as your scale and turned on for it to be able to sync.

Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale from Taylor

I love how the app shows graphs and it tells you the ranges like if your body water level is normal or above… It really helps you see the progress that you are making and honestly reaching your goal will be more easy. When I got this scale I had a goal to lose about 7 pounds and doing the time I was testing the scale and all of the features I was able to reach my goal (as you can see above). Now more recently I went a bit below my goal, but that is where Taylor scale comes in great and helps me get back on track and towards my original goal.

Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale from Taylor

I also love that the scale is sensitive enough to recognize who is on it (of course if you have same/similar weight/measurements as someone else in the house this may not work). My husband and I have different goals (I’m working towards losing/maintaining weight where he is working towards gaining and bulking) and this scale has been perfect addition for both of us.

If you are looking for a great gift for someone on your holiday list this season, or for yourself you will not go wrong with this scale!

Product Information:

  • Bluetooth® technology transfers user data wirelessly to tablets/iPads or smart phones, iOS and Android products with Bluetooth® 4.0 or higher (see below for device list)
  • Utilize the free SMARTRACK app or connect to other well-known health & fitness apps list)
  • Tracks weight, and estimates body fat, body water and muscle mass, and has a goal setting and tracking feature
  • Daily Calorie feature calculates maximum calorie intake needed to maintain current weight
  • 11.8″ x 11.8″ durable, tempered glass platform
  • Dual-line 3″ x 2″ readout
  • High capacity up to 400 lb. / by .2lb increments (lb/kg switchable)
  • Supports up to 8 users
  • Bluetooth Technology

Key Features: The Taylor 7222F estimates body fat, body water, and muscle mass. In addition, the scale has a daily calorie feature, which calculates maximum calorie intake needed to maintain your current weight. This scale comes with a goal setting and tracking feature. The goal setting feature allows you to set a definitive weight goal that you want to reach. The tracking feature will track all of your statistics every time you step on the scale.

What’s in the box? Inside the box you will find the 7222F scale, the instruction manual, quick use guide, and 3 brand name AAA batteries.

You can purchase Taylor Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale on Amazon for $59.95 + FREE Shipping!

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Book of the Month: Moriarty

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Moriarty

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—dubbed the Napoleon of crime” by Holmes—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty’s death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction originally introduced by Conan Doyle in “The Sign of Four”, must forge a path through the darkest corners of England’s capital—from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the London Docks—in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.

A riveting, deeply atmospheric tale of murder and menace from one of the only writers to earn the seal of approval from Conan Doyle’s estate, Moriarty breathes life into Holmes’s dark and fascinating world.

Harper – December 9, 2014 – 304 pages – $16.46

Top 5 Items for Runners & PRO Compression Review

Top 5 Items for Runners This Holiday Season Featuring PRO Compression Socks

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) to complete this review.

PRO Compression socks deliver maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet, you will feel the difference.

Pro Compression Logo

Fitness is a big part of my life and while I enjoy running outdoors most of the year, winter in Midwest is not one of the times. Between cold temperatures, snow storms and it getting darker earlier, I’m not so thrilled to hit the trails. I would much rather snuggle up with a blanket and wait out the winter. During the cold months I prefer running on the treadmill, but since I don’t have one at home and can’t always make it to the gym I have to be brave and go outside.

Pro Compression

With cold in mind to have a good run you need to be prepared. You need quality items to keep you warm and keep you going. Plus with holidays and gift giving around the corner what better time than now to have some gift ideas for the runners on your list. Some of these make good stocking stuffers as well for others or yourself. Here are items that make a big difference to me and make my runs perfect even in cold temperatures!

Top 5 Items for Runners This Holiday Season (in no particular order)

Pro Compression

  1. Nike Racer Long-Sleeve Half-Zip Top ($45.00) – Nike long-sleeve half-zip top is perfect for running and layering in the cold weather. Feminine side seams and a back mesh panel help with comfort and breathability. Reflectivity at center back. Contrast color on sleeve seams for a pop of fun color. It will keep you warm without feeling too heavy.
  2. The North Face Winter Warm Tight ($85.00) – Supportive, fitted tight keeps you warm and comfortable on cold days on the trail. Stretch elastane in fabric promotes unrestricted leg-turnover, with knit panels at sides and behind the knee to increase breathability where you need it most. Petite zip pocket at center-back accommodates keys, credit cards, or other small items you need on-the-go.
  3. Nike Dri-Fit Lightweight Running Gloves ($15.00) – Keep your hands warm and protected from the cold while making sure you still have mobility and stay dry. They provide much-needed comfortable coverage.
  4. Adidas Aria Headband ($15.00) – A women’s-specific shape for a snug fit and contoured to completely shield your ears, this headband is ready to keep you warm and protected from the cold. Mid-weight ClimaWarm thermal fleece insulation maintains warmth while a moisture wicking mesh lining keeps you feeling fresh as you start to warm up.
  5. PRO Compression Marathon Socks ($50.00) – First off I have to say how in the world did I ever run before without these, or for that matter recover from a long run??? Experience maximum benefit with the Marathon full-length, graduated compression sock. True graduated compression technology improves blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance with less fatigue and faster recovery. In addition to improving vascular performance, Marathon compression socks support critical areas, muscles and tendons and help reduce inflammation, swelling and soreness. Put it all together for the perfect sock for running, training, racing, recovery and travel. I recently received the Marathon full-length in black socks from PRO Compression and I love wearing them while running outside, on the treadmill or just after a long run/day. This design requires more effort to put on than standard socks. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you. True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons. I absolutely love them and definitely think they should be on your holiday running wish list no matter where you live (hot or cold).

And to make your shopping extra special visit PRO Compression website, grab a pair (or two) for yourself and/or someone on your holiday list then enter code PINK2 at checkout for a 40% discount (valid until December 15, 2014)!

Pro Compression

About PRO Compression Socks:

  •  MADE in the USA
  • We always have a super fun Sock of the Month! A new sock designs every month with a discount! (so make sure you are on our email list). Can sign up on the home page under: Receive Monthly Specials.
  • One of the few compression socks companies that makes a true graduated compression sock (the ones that work!).
  • We sell direct, what does that mean to you? Bigger discounts and more focus on the customer. Our goals is to make sure everyone is in the correct sock or sleeve that is best for them!

Key Features:

  • True Graduated Compression
  • Arch support with just the right amount of compression.
  • Stabilization zone threw the sides to mid foot. Helps provide foot bed comfort.
  • Open toe box so it will not keep your toes to tight.
  • Wide cuff for added comfort.
  • Moisture wicking materials.
  • No blisters!

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Meaningful Within Your Means (Part 2)

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s about depositing hope, instead of checks. And withdrawing stress, instead of cash.

This year thanks to SunTrust Bank we are doing the holidays a bit different than we are use to. Sure our house is decorated as every other year and we are going to have presents under our tree, but we are focusing more on each other and on our family traditions than on how many gifts we got.

Over the years we have forgotten the joy of the holidays and the little things that matter more than the whole hustle and bustle. Instead of doing the holidays the way we remember them as kids my husband and I have focused more on the entertaining, presents and things that only stress us more and leave us not doing the only thing that matters… Enjoying the season with our kids.

This year for the first time we are family of four and we want to make new traditions with our kids. Traditions that they will remember when they grow up and maybe even continue with their families.

We already started by planning our holidays and spreading our budget wisely with help from SunTrust Banks Holiday Budget Plan and their Holiday Planning Guide.

We also started a new tradition of baking delicious desserts every week as a family to make the holiday season feel more sweet. And this also gives us an opportunity to spend time with our kids in an joyful environment that definitely is as sweet as the treats we are making. We take this time to talk, share, enjoy and while making memories for us we also make sweet gifts for our family, friends and neighbors. That way we know that we can make someone else’s day and holiday season more special than it is already.

Another thing we have been enjoying this holiday season is watching holiday movies and drinking homemade hot cocoa. Our 9 year-old daughter has been enjoying this new tradition a lot. She loves holidays and recently she said that “spending time with her parents and little brother is only making the season more perfect and special”.

Although every year we donate, this year we decided to make our daughter do the donating herself. She felt very good while donating her toys and clothing to those in need. I think this new tradition definitely made her feel like she was doing something bigger, better and is one we’ll continue for years to come.

What is next for us? We are going to make homemade gifts for our family, friends and neighbors like hot cocoa mix in a jar, homemade cookies, hand painted picture frames, hand knitted scarf’s… We are also planning a holiday party, but this year we are leaving the stress behind and focusing on enjoying the time with our loved ones.

This year think a little differently. Share with us How are you going to make this holiday season more special for your family? How can you be more meaningful within your means? For more ideas visit #holidaymeans!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit  holidaymeans.com

Meaningful spending made easy with our holiday planning guide.  Download here

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.