27 September 2013

5 Great Reasons To Learn Brazilian Portuguese

My Dear Friends,

Many people share the desire to continue his or her education after he or she has completed the years of formal education in the national schooling systems. One of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself is to learn a new language. This is a great tool to possess because you will be able to utilize it in so many ways through out your life. One of the best languages that you can invest time and effort in to learning is Brazilian Portuguese. Some of the most important reasons that you should learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese include the fact that it is much more laid back and easy to learn than other formal foreign languages, you will be able to interpret your own meanings from Brazilian literature and music, you can communicate with the locals while you are visiting places that speak this language, it is the 6th most spoken language in the world, the Brazilian economy is growing rapidly, and finally Brazil will gladly accept new people in to their community if you decide that you would like to reside in the area.

There are many great reasons to learn Brazilian Portuguese, however, one of the greatest reasons to study this language is because you can learn it relatively quickly and easily in comparison to other languages and dialects. This is a huge impacting factor when it comes to learning a new language. Some languages like German and very difficult to get started with, and only become more difficult to retain as you go on with the language. With Brazilian Portuguese, you will have an easy time figuring out what words mean in reference to each other and the sentence structure is relatively quick to pick up on. This makes reading and speaking the language easy to attain and maintain over the years. Another great reason that you should learn Brazilian Portuguese is because of the fact that there are many great artists and writers that originated in Brazil who have works that are translated for you. However, if you speak the language on your own, you can come to your own artistic interpretations of the pieces and draw your own intellectual conclusions. The next big reason for why you should learn Brazilian Portuguese is that you will be able to speak the language in any of the places that have this as their national language when you visit. This is important for when you are trying to navigate the area without a guide. Furthermore, this is the 6th most widely spoken and accepted language in the entire world with 204,000,000 people speak Portuguese, so you will be able to communicate with so many people when you take on the challenge to learn a new language and choose Brazilian Portuguese. Finally, one of the best reasons to learn Brazilian Portuguese is that there are some amazing statistics about Brazil’s economy that make it a desirable place to work. With the economy on the up and up, you will be doing yourself a favor to take a chance learning Brazilian Portuguese in order to make yourself more hirable. This is a great way to make money from your investment in learning a new language, and Brazil will gladly accept new members in to its community.

If you are interested in learning a new language, then you should learn Brazilian Portuguese because it is much more laid back and easy to learn than other formal foreign languages, you will be able to interpret your own meanings from Brazilian literature and music, you can communicate with the locals while you are visiting places that speak this language, it is the 6th most spoken language in the world, the Brazilian economy is growing rapidly, and finally Brazil will gladly accept new people in to their community if you decide that you would like to reside in the area.

 Information Provided By Portuguese For Life

Friday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

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26 September 2013

{REVIEW} FRAAS Reversible Scarves

My Dear Friends,

Over the years, season after season, scarves & wraps have adorned the outfits of celebrities, trendsetters and fashion leaders worldwide.  Scarves add a colorful pop of eye-catching accessory to every look, whether it be jeans or dresses. As the leading company in this category, FRAAS has a reputation for creating the most eye catching and expertly designed pieces.

"The Fall and Holiday line offers many unique and dazzling options for the marketplace and we are experiencing very positive feedback,” says Ken Krieger, VP of Sales for the innovative international manufacturer and marketer of woven and knit scarves, capes, ponchos, stoles, ruanas, wraps and gloves. “Designing unique, striking products for many different tastes, budgets and climates has always been a priority for us at FRAAS,” adds Aimee Zucchetti, Brand & Sales Manager for the company. “We love helping consumers update their wardrobe with fresh and exciting products."

The newest FRAAS line features distinctive styling that updates and/or coordinates with existing wardrobes as well as the up-to-the minute fashion. There are a variety of yarns and techniques so that every climate and preference is covered.  The retail values range from $26-$100, giving the customer plenty of affordable options.  

Scarves are the "IT" gift as they are just so versatile.  With so many available sizes, color ways and shapes, one can create many different looks with a single scarf.  Color coordinate your outfit to your scarf, add a scarf for a pop of color or try tying it different ways to create wholly new looks!

FRAAS is on the mark with its color palette and trends which include COUNTRY ETIQUETTE (rich autumnal shades), NOUVEUX GENERATION (including many pop colors and bold looks) and PALACE GRANDEUR (an embellished and opulent story). In these trends, brights, mid-tones and neutral shades mix and match into pure perfection. Yarns (woven and knit options) include Cashmink(TM), acrylic, modal, viscose, cotton, poly, wool and cashmere. Patterns & accents include touches of metallic, updated plaids, unusual animal prints, elegant abstracts, florals, color blocking and ombre effects, menswear with a twist, geometrics, dots and stripes. Digital prints are gaining popularity and reversible styles appeal to many consumers due to their flexible styling. Novelty techniques such as unusual fringe, crinkling, gathering, open work, scrunch, boucle and loops adorn select styles. Velvet is also back on the scene and looks super rich.
I was given a scarf in the style #060607 for the purpose of this review.  It's a lovely cerulean blue polka dot scarf which is reversible to a multi-hued print featuring cerulean blue dots.  It's incredibly soft as it's made of viscose & acrylic and is a whopping 14"x72" long!  These lovely scarves retail for $40.  I can't wait for it to get just a little colder so I can wear it frequently!  These would also make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season! 


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I was given the scarf mentioned above in exchange for an honest review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you FRAAS & Lipton Publicity.  Images via FRAAS, Lipton Publicity & Google. 

Thursday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

Happy Thursday!  Here are some great deals & coupons to help you save!

24 September 2013

Tuesday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

Happy Tuesday!  I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week so far!  Today, I've brought you the best foodie coupons I could find.  Every little bit helps!


23 September 2013

{Fall Fashionista Events Lookbook Giveaway}

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Fall Fashionista Events Lookbook and Lookbook Giveaway!

In this Lookbook, you will get a •SNEAK PEEK• at all the prizes that are being sponsored by all 108 blogs for this years' Fashionista Event, hosted by Still Blonde after all these Years & Modly Chic and co-hosted by K Squared Glamour. I bet you can't wait to see all the great prizes in this year’s event!

Ju-Ju-Be Smart Bags for Smart People

Ju-Ju-Be is our Lookbook sponsor for the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway 2013!   They have provided us with three of their gorgeous bags. The winner of each bag will be able to choose their colors!  Up for grabs is the PackABe , the BeFabulous in Earth Leather, and the BetterBe.  Let’s take a look at these beautiful bags that can be used as everyday totes or high end diaper/parent bags.  Watch this video as Susan, the owner of Ju-Ju-Be Bags, describes these amazing bags with a presentation of the BetterBe:

Just a few amazing features of a Ju-Ju-Be Bag

  • Detachable and adjustable messenger strap
  • Messenger strap has a memory foam shoulder pad with a grippy textile underneath … no more straps sliding off your shoulders
  • Gusseted mommy pocket with extra long scrunchy key clip, sunglass case, lipstick loops, and pen loop
  • 2 exterior insulated bottle pockets … with Thinsulate™ by 3M™. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
  • Picture pocket to keep photos handy when bragging to friends
  • Crumb Drains™ … bye-bye mess!
  • Memory foam changing pad included … nice ‘n’ comfy, super cushy
  • Teflon® … fabric protector helps repel stains
  • Agion® … natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew
  • Metal Hardware … we don’t trust any of the cheap plastic stuff
  • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there
  • Machine Washable … air dry

Now, for the Fall Fashionista Lookbook

The Fall Fashionista Lookbook features many of the sponsors for the Main Event and for individual blogs.  Our Main Event Prizes total $1000!  Coupons.com is sponsoring $300 of our Main Event Prize. They want you to know that in addition to their amazing coupons, they also have coupon codes to use when shopping online!  How awesome!

More sponsors will be added everyday so be sure to check back and make a list of your favorite products & bloggers and then you'll be all set for the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway which takes place Oct. 3-9. Take the day off work and don’t miss this event!

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17 September 2013

{Fashionista Events Presents} A Monroe and Main Review/Giveaway!

My Dear Friends,

I have the most amazing news to share with you --- a HUGE review & giveaway c/o Monroe and Main!  This Monroe and Main Review/Giveaway is part of a Fashionista Events opportunity.  Clothing/accessories were provided by Monroe and Main as noted below.

Their new Fall Line just debuted and it is filled with colorful, chic, beautiful items!  Here are some style sets I made featuring items from their Fall Line, keeping in mind that every single item from these sets is from Monroe and Main.  Each of the small photos below, when clicked, will take you to that item.




The clothing/accessories I'm about to show you were provided by Monroe and Main.  I was given the opportunity to review a few of my favorite pieces & I'd like to share them with you.

First is this gorgeous Striped Sundress.  This lovely dress is made of a comfy jersey knit and features playful stripes and a unique hanky hemline that visually slims hips and midsection.

Second, I want to show you this adorable Stripe Tank & Stretch Bootcut Pants.  The pants are made of a cotton/elastane blend and they feature an extremely comfortable waistband.  The back zipper helps to eliminate bulk for smoother layering.  These pants sit just below your natural waistline.  The strip tank defines your waist in a peplum-style which is feminine and fun.  The elastic smocking and tie in the back help to define your waistline.

Their ordering process is one of the most simple, efficient ones that I've used online.  There's no hassle at all!  The site features all sorts of ways to make your ordering experience easier.  Try the Fit For You Guide or learn about their Credit Plan.  You can even request a free catalog!  Ordering from Monroe and Main is a truly enjoyable experience.

Now for the exciting part --- the giveaway!  There are ten $100 gift cards to Monroe and Main up for grabs!  Will you be the lucky winner?  The only way to put your name in the hat is by entering the contest using the Rafflecopter form below!  This giveaway is US only.  Good Luck Everyone!  #MMBloggerSpotlight

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I received the products mentioned above courtesy of Monroe and Main for review purposes.  This post is brought to you by Fashionista Events.  The giveaway prizes will come directly from the sponsor (Monroe and Main).  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Fashion In the Forest is not responsible in the event that a winner does not receive their prize.

Fall Festival Deals

My Dear Friends,

Are you ready for some Fall Festival Deals?  Well, I've put together an awesome list of Corn Maze Coupons plus Fall Festival savings nationwide.  

Simply download valuable coupons for Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Family Activities in your area by clicking the links below! 
Schnepf Farms - Queen City

Forneris Farms - Mission Hills

Anderson Farms - Erie

Flat Acres Farm - Parker
Fritzler Maze - La Salle
Sunflower Farm - Longmont
Mile High Farms - Bennett
Wishing Star Farm - Calhan
Harvest Farm - Wellington

Devine Acres Farm - Devine
Fiesta Farm - San Antonio
Yesterland Farm - Canton
South Texas Maize - Hondo
Dewberry Farm - Brookshire
Brazos Valley Maize- Brenham

CM Farms - Dry Creek

Lane Southern Orchards - Fort Valley
Poppell Farms - Odum

Farmer Charley's Corn Maze Adventure - Monroe

Amazing Fall Fun - Waterloo
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Lowell
Hobson's Fun Farm - Rockville

All Seasons Orchard - Woodstock
Kuipers Family Farm - Maple Park
Odyssey Fun Farm - Tinley Park
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Lockport

Summers Farm - Fredrick County

Sauchuk Farm - Plympton


KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze - Gardner
Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Pleasant Hill

Seward Farms Maze - Lucedale

Afton Apple Orchard - Hastings

The Maize at Grandpa's Farm - Billings

Camp Fontanelle - Nickerson

VonThun Farms - Monmouth Junction
Sahl's Father Son Farm - Egg Harbor City

New York
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
Harbes Family Farm - Mattituck

North Carolina
Patterson Farm Market and Tours - Mount Ulla

The Corn Maze at the Sharp Run Market - Millersburg
Meadow View Growers - New Carlisle


Hurricane Hill Farm - CoatsvilleTriple B Farms - Pittsburgh
Reillys Summer Seat Farm
 - Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms - Hope (Western Cranston)

Cows-N-Corn - Midland
Wayside Farm Fun - Berryville
Belvedere Plantation - Fredericksburg

Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest - Spanish Fork

16 September 2013


My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop!  This is my third year to participate and I'm so excited to once again be a part of this event!  I have teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers as well as our hosts, Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks, to bring you this fun event that helps mom to kick back, realx, and WIN --- just in time for the kids to be back at school!

This event is a giveaway hop which means that, after you're entered to win my awesome prize below, you can "hop" on to the next blog to enter their prize as well.  All the prizes in this hop are worth a minimum of $25.  You can find a list with links to all the other blogs towards the bottom of this post.

I am excited to announce that our grand prize sponsor for this event is KOHL'S! They're giving away a $300 gift certificate to one very fortunate reader!  Click HERE to enter to win this incredible grand prize.

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My prize for this event is a $75 Amazon.com Gift Card so mom can get whatever she wants!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below!

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Don't forget to check out all the other great giveaways:

Disclosure: Measuring Flower and its writers, Homemaking Hacks and its writers, Fashion In The Forest and its writers and the other bloggers particpating in this hop are not responsible for any sponsor(s) who do not fulfill their prize(s).

11 September 2013

The Benefits of Visiting a Studio for Yoga

My Dear Friends,

Getting a good workout from home isn’t hard these days. With online videos, exercise DVDs, and more to choose from, you can get the body of your dreams from the convenience of your living room.

However, there are some instances where it may be better to exercise in a group environment, with other workout enthusiasts.

While practicing yoga at home can help you to achieve deep relaxation and a low-impact workout, most people cannot achieve the same results at home that you can expect from visiting a studio for yoga.

Exercise Harder

Working out in a group environment can force you to exercise harder to keep up with your classmates. This can help to reduce your chance of quitting, which is often the case when people stick to at-home workouts.

Just make sure that you do not hurt yourself by stretching past the point that you are comfortable with simply to keep up with the rest of the class. Listen to your body and be patient with yourself. The instructor will also be able to adjust your position if you are not completing the stretch properly or are at risk of injuring yourself.

Stay Consistent

The more consistent you are, the better results you can expect to achieve. By visiting a studio, you may have a better chance of practicing yoga regularly. Some of the best benefits associated with consistent yoga practice include the following:

• Increased flexibility
• Reduced stress and depression
• Insomnia relief and more restful sleep
• Massaging of the body’s organs
• Detoxification of the body
• Increased energy
• Toning and sculpting of the muscles
• Weight loss
• Relief of aches and pains throughout the body

Mix Up Your Routine

Variety is the spice of life. Sticking to one routine can burn your body out and lead to a plateau in your fitness results. Changing up your routine can keep you interested and keep your body guessing. This can usually result in the best results in a shorter period of time. Visit a studio for yoga near you to see what types of classes or workshops they offer. Choose a credentialed yoga instructor to ensure that you are completing the poses correctly.

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