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Hi! My name is April, and I am the wife to a wonderfully hilarious guy, and a mom to five great kids, three of whom are my step-children. I am blessed to be able to work from home as a Freelancer and Blogger. Thanks for visiting!

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Kiss Me Organics and asked if I would be willing to review their Organic Green Tea Matcha. First, I wanted to know what in the heck Matcha was. That’s not something I had ever heard of, so I admit I did a little research before agreeing to try this product. Matcha is a green tea powder that provides many health benefits.

Organic Matcha

Organic Matcha has many different benefits, such as:

    Giving you all day energy with increased focus. It provides four to six hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant.

  • It gives your metabolism a boost as it can increase thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from a normal 8-10% daily expenditure to between 35-43%.
  • Improved skin health. Scientists discovered Matcha helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.
  • It has 137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea. The antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body’s natural defenses against oxidation. It prevents many age related diseases.

After reading all of the information I could find about it, I decided to give it a try. After all, I can use all the help I can get to improve my health, and the fact that it’s USDA Certified Organic was even better (if you recall, my family and I try to buy organic products as often as we can). Another huge plus for me is that, as far as I can tell, Organic Matcha is allowed on the Paleo Diet. Yay!

Kiss Me Organics matcha powder, is sold exclusively to Amazon. After ordering, I was almost immediately emailed a 50 plus recipe book in PDF format. It’s a good thing too, because I needed to know how to use the Matcha. The book has a variety of recipes from smoothies and lattes to breads and meat dishes. I chose to first try a smoothie recipe, since it was the easiest and I love my smoothies!

matcha smoothie

Barry Good Morning Smoothie


1/2 cup cold orange juice

1 tsp Matcha

2 tsp warm water

1/3 cup chopped strawberries

1/3 cup blueberries

1/2 banana, sliced

Mix Matcha and warm water until blended. Add all ingredients to blender and run until smooth. If needed, add more orange juice or water for a thinner smoothie. Makes one smoothie.

I added ice to mine too. With all the fruit and juice in the smoothie, I could barely taste the Matcha. It was really good!

matcha berry smoothie

For a limited time only, Kiss Me Organics will provide my US and Canadian readers with a 15% discount which will expire by September 30, 2014 by using coupon code: V9SSUSEP on Amazon.

Please click here to >>Share The News About the Organic Matcha Giveaway

The really really good news is that one of my readers will be the winner of a bag of Organic Matcha! Open to US and Canada residents only beginning Friday, August 29, 2014 and ending on Friday, September 12, 2014. Please enter using the form below. Good luck!


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Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for a review

On this day 17 years ago, I became a mom to a beautiful baby boy. It remains one of the happiest days of my life. It has been a joy to me watching him grow up, even though it’s never been easy. My wish, my dream for my son is for him to always have a kind heart, strength of character, have compassion, to seek joy, to develop a strong love of God and to follow his dreams. I hope he always remembers that he is a blessing straight from God.

Happy Birthday Christian! I hope you enjoy your day! I love you!

17th Birthday

My mother in law passed away on August 12th. She is now together again in Heaven with her husband, daughter and grandson (my stepson).




We have suffered such devastating loss this year, first with my Aunt, then Tyler and three months later, my mother in law. Last year, we lost two family members as well (my mom’s siblings). I saw this quote on Pinterest and just had to share it…because it’s nothing more than the truth.


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My kids started school this week. I just want to know why school starts earlier and earlier every year? Everyone keeps saying that it’s because we are going to be going to the year-round school system, but I’ve been hearing that for the better part of a decade now. If they’re going to do it, then do it! I really hope they don’t…I just miss the days when school didn’t start back until late August or right after Labor Day.

I want to know why my daughter has a middle school dance EVERY Friday night? COME ON! I have better things to do than hang around every Friday, waiting to pick up my kid from some dance that she doesn’t need to be at anyway. Middle school dances should be banned. These kids are too boy/girl crazy anyway. I’m just sayin’!

I want to know why I’ve already seen Christmas mentioned several times and it’s not even September yet?!

I want to know when Facebook will stop changing?!

I want to know why Facebook is trying to imitate Pinterest? Seriously, if I wanted to see all the recipe posts, I’d go to Pinterest (and I love me some Pinterest)! It’s getting really old…just sayin’.

And why is it that we can never just have one problem at a time? No. We have to have several problems crop up at once. Like, why do we keep having tire problems on our car? Seriously, I would need three or four hands to count how many times we had a blow out or flat tire over the past year and half. Why won’t our lawn mower start? Why won’t my vacuum cleaner actually vacuum? Why is my washing machine acting funny?


Why does Comcast suck so bad? We pay around $200 a month for phone, internet and cable. When we first got it a little over a year ago, we were only paying $99 plus tax for all three. Then the price went up a few months later. Not only did the price go up, but they took some of our channels away. Then our voice mail didn’t work for two months. Then the price went up again. Then they took more channels away again. Then the price went up again. And now our internet and wifi is slow because…get this…they changed their internet programs, split them into two. And since I have the lowest priced one, we have nearly exceeded our usage meter, or some such bull poopy as that. Seriously? If we are paying $200 a month for your crap service, we shouldn’t be exceeding anything! So, we will be dropping the cable soon at the very least (thank God for Netflix and Hulu), and possibly going back to At&t.

And finally, why do those we love have to get sick and die? I know it’s part of life, and life isn’t always fair. But I am still left wondering….why? I’ve lost four family members over the past year and half, three of which were my mom’s siblings, the other my stepson. We have another family member that is ill. Why our family, and why so close together? I guess that’s a question I’ll have to ask God.

It’s just one of those days weeks months years.

This too shall pass.

But seriously, if anyone has an answer to some of these questions or if you want to rant about something, I’m all ears. What are you tired of? Is there something you just want to know…why?!

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