Ruvi Drink Taste Test + Review

From my holistic health site,

By Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant since 2005

Ruvi is a brand of drink powders that are sold in variety packs or individual flavoers. Your first order comes with a mixing cup and blender ball, which work well and look good.

*This review is not sponsored. I purchased all of the products and these opinions are my own. Price per serving is between $3.00 and $5.00, depending on how much you buy in your order. Price variables include free shipping, sales, and various mutli-pack offerings.

I am always impressed by a convenience product that doesn’t contain anything except the fruits and vegetables I’m looking for, which Ruvi does.

Ruvi comes in four flavors. I’ll review each one separately.


Tangy! I made mine into a smoothie with blueberries, protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk. If I wanted it sweeter, I would have started with a banana instead of blueberries. It…

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Let’s Recommend | Women in Translation

For your#weekendreads and #book #TBR.

Callum McLaughlin

August is Women in Translation Month. As the name suggests, it’s a time when we’re all encouraged to reach for and discuss books written by women in translation, to combat the gender imbalance that continues to persist within international literature. Last year, I recommended 8 titles for those looking to get involved, and while I stand by those picks, I wanted to highlight some more in case anyone is particularly keen to boost their TBR before the month kicks off!

I’ve linked to each book in case you’d like to know more or pick up a copy, but without further ado, here are 10 excellent books by women in translation.

Loyaltiesby Delphine de Vigan | France | Translated from the French by George Miller

53415025__SY475_As the title suggests, this is primarily a look at the concept of loyalty in its various forms. With each of the 4 main characters…

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Influential Women: Enheduanna – High-Priestess, Astronomer, First Known Author

Who was the first author? Read about her here.

Under the influence!

File:Disk of Enheduanna.JPG from Wikimedia Commons – Author: Mefman00CC0

Daughter of Sargon

The world’s first known author is widely attributed to have been the daughter of Sargon (1) of Akkad in the 23rd century BC. We know her today as Enheduanna, which may have been a title of office, in which case her real name is unknown. She was the High Priestess of Nanna-Suen, a moon deity of Mesopotamia presiding over his temple complex in the city of Ur. The “En” part of her name signifies “leadership” and “ heduanna,” means “Ornament of Heaven” reflecting the divinity she served.

Clearly, she was of very high status in the society of her time and her writing was greatly influential then and in later times. Considerable parts of her work still exist in her original poetic form which has been influential in various religious systems throughout history.

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Breasts: a conundrum

Thank heaven for bralettes. And now you know more about me than before. Also, I am a huge fan of the boob shirt.

Author Anne Montgomery

download-3 Ancient sculptures celebrated breasts.

It might surprise you to know that displaying female breasts in public was once the height of fashion. Prehistoric statues, by and large, almost always depicted breasts in their entirety. After all, early humans understood these appendages were pretty useful and rather magical, since, geez, they produced food.

During the 16th century, women of all classes happily displayed their breasts and no one seemed too upset about it. It wasn’t until the late 19th century when John Singer Sargent painted the Portrait of Madame X in her sleek black dress that people started raising their eyebrows in regard to exposed mammary glands.

By today’s standards Madame X – actually Paris socialite Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautre – is ridiculously tame. So, attitudes were clearly changing. By the early 20th century, there was nary a breast to be seen, as women were now covered from…

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The Occupation Thesaurus Writing Guide Is Here! #Giveaway

I have been waiting for a book exactly like this.

Jill Weatherholt

Hi everyone! Today I have something fun to share…a special chance to win some help with your writing bills. Who doesn’t need some extra help with their bills, right?

Some of you may know Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers. Well, today they are releasing a new book, and I’m part of their street team. Their books are an incredible resource for writers. I’m handing the blog over to them so they can tell you a bit about their Writer’s Showcase event, new book, and a great freebie to check out. Read on!

Certain details can say a lot about who someone is, like a character’s goals, desires, and backstory wound. But did you know there’s another detail that can tie your character’s arc to the plot, provide intense, multi-layered conflict, AND shorten the “get to know the character” curve for readers?

It’s true. Your character’s…

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Buyer’s Guide To A Joy Forever Bath + Body (Lip Balms, Shower Frostings, Body Butters, Laundry Soap, & More)

I originally posted the A Joy Forever Buyer’s Guide to my sister site,

By Gina Briganti, a Holistic Health Consultant specializing in nutrition and Reiki and Nina Lackey, a trained esthetician who has worked for LUSH cosmetics in the past. Nina is also Gina’s daughter. 🙂

We reviewed almost every item you see pictured, but if we’re missing one you want to know more about, please ask.


If you’re not familiar with A Joy Forever Bath + Body, then we’re about to take you on a journey of discovery. We can’t keep a great company like this one to ourselves. Any longer, that is.

My daughter Nina and I have been buying from A Joy Forever for a few years now, so it’s well past the point where we know their products and can fully recommend them.

This post is not sponsored. We purchased most of the products, received a few as gifts, and the views expressed here are our own.

A Joy…

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Lockdown lessons learned from my cats

I completely agree, and look at those adorable cats.

Author Anne Montgomery

Like everyone else, I have been marooned at home for months. I realize I have no reason to complain, since that would make me sound like a spoiled brat.

images With a fridge filled with chocolate and wine you’d think I’d be a happy girl.

I have a lovely house, fabulous food cooked by my sweetie pie, a well-stocked wine rack and some spirits socked away just in case the Zombie Apocalypse rears its messy head. Then there’s the chocolate drawer in the fridge, where regular people probably keep fruits and vegetables. But, after recovering from an overweight childhood where I was yelled at every time that ancient refrigerator door latch gave me away, I keep all that sweet stuff available just because I can. My house! My fridge! My rules!

I also have my trusty Kindle on which to read, daily newspapers delivered to my front door, and Netflix, Amazon…

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Friday Feature Pollution Solutions – Let’s Detox from Leigh Goff

Love these detox recipes!

C.D. Hersh

Friday Features’

Guest talks about

Pollution Solutions – Let’s Detox


Leigh Goff

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

“Sip a glass of cool, clear water as you read this, and you may think water pollution is a problem somewhere else. But while most Americans have access to safe drinking water, potentially harmful contaminants — from arsenic to copper to lead — have been found in the tap water of every single state in the nation.”(1)

When we think about detoxing, we think about our health. However, our rivers, lakes, and oceans are in trouble just as the lake and bayou in KOUSH HOLLOW (my soon to release novel) and none of us, including my fictional characters, can be healthy without clean water.

Water pollution comes from things like pesticides, farm waste, oil spills, and industrial and radioactive waste. Radioactive disasters like what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power…

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A Writer’s Garden–The Wonder of Gardens by H. Carpenter

H. Carpenter is writing about gardens and I feel so blessed to read her words today.

Catherine Castle

Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing.

Today’s writer/gardener guest is H. Carpenter, who will be talking about the wonders and healing powers of gardens. Welcome!

The Wonders of Gardens

by H. Carpenter

Gardens are amazing places. They can be big, small, formal or informal. Have different sizes and shapes, and a variety of names that you’re probably familiar with like butterfly garden, water garden, xeriscape garden, Zen garden – the list is endless.

My garden is none of the above. It’s just a simple hodgepodge of plants, trees and shrubs. Over the years, working in this rambly garden has made me happy, sad and surprised.

Inage source H. Carpenter

Happyis azaleas hugging the fence line.

Inage source H. Carpenter

Poinsettias turning their flowery faces toward…

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The horror and heartache of getting hacked!

In case of hacking.

Peggy Jaeger

I always try to learn from the bad things that happen to me and boy-o-boy did I learn a valuable lesson yesterday.

Yesterday, on a beautiful, hot and sunny Sunday, while I was attempting to edit my upcoming Christmas book, my email account was hacked.


What a horrible word that is.

I had no idea and would never have known had my daughter not texted me that she received a weird email from me about needing help. She sent me a screen shot of the email. This is it:

She texted me immediately saying “YOU GOT HACKED.” How did she know? Anyone who is close to me knows that, 1. I would never ask for a favor in an email, and, 2. I would never sign off like that: Awaiting your response. It just doesn’t sound like me at all. 3. My email return name was wrong.

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