Monday, September 22, 2014

StyleWriter 4 Basic Edition Sweepstakes

If you do much writing for work, personal business or as a career, as I do, you know how important it is to make sure your written word is fluent, grammatically correct and flows well. Even if you have great ideas, sometimes it can be difficult to come up with the right words, but mostly even the best writers need a little help with proofreading from time to time.  

Since so many of you are writers and bloggers, I thought you'd be especially interested in the following:

StyleWriter 4 is the perfect addition to your office to help you become the best writer you can possibly be! Whether you have years of experience, or you are sitting down for the first time, you can become a better writer instantly with StyleWriter 4. With this great Free Trial Offer, you can start using the world's most powerful editing software immediately

 If you aren't sure about whether this is for you or not, check out the great video: Introducing StyleWriter 4! Not only will you learn more about the program, but you'll surely be convinced about what a great tool it is for you!  

StyleWriter 4 is great for:  
  • Back-to-school students in high school & college. Great for editing research papers, term papers and creating brilliant essays with ease. Students who download the free trial will also receive the acclaimed guide: “How To Write An A-Grade Essay!" Not only will they have the tool to use, they will have instructions applicable to their school needs.  
  • Content creators & freelancers. With the extra edge you'll have on the competition, you'll find this software helps you focus on your projects more. Being able to make your ideas come to life on paper is so much easier when you are using this amazing software.
  • Job applicants. Anyone who is currently looking for a new job can benefit from this great software. Not only could it be used to adjust your current resume, but it will also give you an edge with those careers where the written word is vital in securing the job. You already depend on spell checker to point out basic errors in your writing. Now you can use StyleWriter4 as an intuitive copy-editing software. It will show you how to edit, redraft, change and overhaul your writing into a style that is competitive with top writers and journalists in your field.  

Not sure if this is a program that is quality enough for you to invest in? StyleWriter 4 is currently being used by many organizations you will recognize and respect. Current StyleWriter's users include: 
  • University and high school students
  • City of Los Angeles (2,000-user licenses)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (1,000-user licenses)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (1,000-user licenses)
  • Farm Credit Administration (Agency-wide license)
Start your journey toward becoming a better, more professional writer with a Free Trial Download of StyleWriter 4! Once you see how invaluable this program is, you can easily upgrade to the edition that works best for your needs.
  • Starter Edition: Popular with students and others on a budget. StyleWriter Starter takes what you have written and shows you how to edit it into a plain English document -- clear, concise and flowing.
  • Standard Edition: StyleWriter Standard has all the features to improve your writing, including a powerful style checker with advanced editing techniques, style writing graphs and customization.
  • Professional Edition: StyleWriter Pro adds a powerful Editor's List to the Standard Edition. This is the most popular choice for our users, especially academics, lawyers, accountants, engineers, technical writers and journalists.
No matter what your need is when it comes to proofreading, writing and excelling in the written word, StyleWriter 4 is the program you want to add to your computer today. Not only will you be giving your clients, teachers, or simply yourself the best you can, you can do so with pride and know the words were totally yours. Get your Free Trial of StyleWriter 4 today to begin making the most of the writing talent you already possess. 

Seven winners will each receive a StyleWriter 4 Starter Edition.

Giveaway ends October 6th at 11:59 p.m. Open WW, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck! 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

You have a stack of expired medications and you don't know what to do with them. Perhaps someone died in the family and left behind a medicine chest of prescription drugs. You know enough not to flush them down the toilet, right? And throwing them in the trash is not a good option. If you're like me, you have a box where you collect them until you figure out what to do.

Well, I have good news! This coming Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! And it's not just about prescription drugs; it's also about OTC drugs as well.

Click here to find a location near you.

Those in the Pittsburgh area can also drop off medications at a variety of UPMC hospital locations in the area on Friday, September 26 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

They recommend that you keep all drugs in their original containers, but to conceal your personal information on prescribed medication vials.

Let's do our part in keeping the waterways and landfill free of toxins from medications. I'll be dropping mine off. How about you?

Keeping it green and out of the landfill,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend quote -- Our love of pets

Pets are humanizing.
They remind us we have
an obligation and responsibility
to preserve and nurture
and care for all life.

~ James Cromwell    

Friday, September 19, 2014

IOTUT Friday -- Some tips for converting your family to real food

It's Friday, which means it's time for me to suggest an alternative to the way we tend to do things. 

Today's is short and sweet (mostly because I have to leave soon to go teach my class at Carnegie Mellon for their Osher program!):

Based on the wonderful book, 100 Days of Real Food, which I reviewed yesterday on the blog, here are a few of Lisa Leake's tactics (in my own words) for convincing a reluctant spouse or other family member to make the switch to real food:
  • Don't tell them you're making the switch. Just feed them good food.
  • Buy some of the same foods (i.e. peanut butter, pasta, dairy products), but opt for the better versions.
  •  Slowly (did you get that... slowly) add more vegetables into the weekly menu. You want to win your family over to veggies? Skip the canned versions and get the fresh, non-GMO stuff. It's seriously much better.
  • Let them have the occasional junk food... it's not going to kill them.
  • Practice patience and gentle persistence.
If all else fails, use the age-old adage -- If you don't like what I'm serving, make your own dinner!

So, instead of harping and lecturing, just use the above tactics and you'll be feeding your family wholesome, healthy meals in no time!

Offering healthy alternatives,

Click here to read my review of 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

100 Days of Real Food

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for the possibility of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Are you ready to give up what appears to be food but really isn't? Well, I have the perfect book for you!

Wait, did I just call 100 DAYS OF REAL FOOD the perfect book? Why, yes. Yes, I did.
Lisa Leake, photo by Kelly Trimble

Lisa Leake has managed to take the cookbook from so-so to fabulous. This 360-page book is a must-have resource for every kitchen out there. Seriously. Not only does Leake present some amazing recipes, but she seasons the pages with wisdom and more information than a brain can hold in one sitting!

Here are some of the things I love about the book:
  • An understandable definition of what "real food" is; specifically, "More of a product of nature than a 'product of industry.'"
  • An explanation of what real food is not. So many people gravitate toward, "low-fat," "low-carb," or "low-calorie" thinking they're making healthy choices. Wrong. She even puts us in our place when we find ourselves reaching for organic products -- pointing out that highly processed foods, such as cookies, candy, and crackers, are not healthy for us, even if they're labeled as organic.
  • Reasons why we should avoid highly processed foods. How about coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, or cancer? Did you know that a long shelf life is a high priority in the food industry? The reason? Profit, not health.
  • The real-food impacts on our health.
  • How to decipher food labels, including a break down of some popular foods and what their labels are actually saying.
  • How to shop for real food, including a farmer's market shopping list.
  • What to do when traveling and/or eating out.
  • How to decide on portion size.
  • What to do about reluctant spouses.
  • How to explain your mission to friends.

The 14-week mini-pledges: doing 100 days, step by step.Leake doesn't throw all this info at you and expect you to change your family's eating habits overnight. No. It's a purposeful 100-day process, broken down into 14 weeks. 

Between her wisdom and her writing style, Lisa Leake presents a solid argument for eating real food. I enjoyed the book and then enjoyed trying out some of the recipes. 

The first one I tried was her Veggie Pancakes. So, so good. 

I did find my batter was a bit too runny after grating the vegetables, so I ran it through a strainer before cooking. I also added onion because, well... just because onion makes everything better.

Photo by Carrie Vitt

Admittedly, the picture in the book looks a whole lot better than mine. But trust me. They were delicious.


Then I tried her Eggs in a Basket. While they were good, I preferred my own version of this wonderful recipe a bit more. However, I think part of the problem lies with gas stove (what she uses) versus electric cooktop (which I use).

The third recipe I tried was her Potato Hash. Again, the cooking times varied, but in the end, my husband said they were the best "homefries" he'd ever eaten. 

Some other bloggers reviewed recipes from the book and I wanted to share one with you that seemed especially delicious.

Looks good, right? My mom used to make eggplant parmesan for her cousin, Kelly, every year for her birthday. I wish Mom was still around to try this recipe out for her.

All in all, I give this book a resounding 2 Green Thumbs Up! Put it on your Christmas list. Better yet, buy it for everyone on your list. They'll seriously love you for it!

If you want to find out more about Lisa Leake and her revolutionary approach to eating, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Reviewing it for you,

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for the possibility of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Share it

Search This Blog