Monday, November 30, 2015

Purse Perfector and Amazon Giveaway

Purse Perfector and Amazon Giveaway

As women, I think it is safe to say that we seem to always carry around a ton of stuff with us no matter where we go. Big purses full of things that we may need at some point. You can never be too prepared. Right? Several years ago, I discovered the beauty of purse organizer that changed my life. Now anytime I want to switch bags, I can do it in a flash. Plus I can actually find things in my purse. That is remarkable on its own! So....

Are you always losing things at the bottom of your purse, gym bag, or briefcase like me? Then you are going to love this giveaway of the Purse Perfector organizer PLUS a $10 Amazon gift card as an added bonus! Your Strong Tower along with a great group of bloggers are super excited to bring our fans this awesome giveaway just in time for the holidays! If you win, you’ll get the Purse Perfector of your choice of size and color.

What is the Purse Perfector? Until a few short weeks ago, I had no idea! Now I keep thinking, “Where has this been all of my life?” The Purse Perfector was created by Lyn Marsteller out of her frustration with trying to find an attractive purse that also kept all of her contents organized and easily accessible. She realized that it was really the inside of the purse that was the problem, so she created the Purse Perfector as a purse organizer insert that could easily go from bag to bag while keeping everything in easy reach. Check out the video below to see it in action.

I (somewhat) jokingly say that I could survive the zombie apocalypse with the contents of my purse – everything but the kitchen sink is in there! I was using the “pouch” method of trying to keep things organized. I had a multitude of pouches of various sizes with similar things in each pouch (one with my wallet and checkbooks, one with lip balm and gloss, etc.) It was better than nothing, but I still had problems finding things because they were hidden in pouches, and sometimes the small pouches were hard to find in my big purse.

When I received my large purse organizer, I honestly thought there was NO WAY it was going to hold all of my stuff! However, I was pleasantly surprised that it accommodated everything. The best part is that I can see all of my stuff and nothing gets lost on the bottom of my purse anymore! It’s very easy to pull the Purse Perfector out of my current bag and drop into another one, which makes changing purses a breeze. It also zips apart, so I can use half of it in a much small bag; it’s like a purse in a purse. I like that the Purse Perfector is made in the USA and is very sturdy and durable, so I will have for a good long time!

The Purse Perfector comes in two sizes and a variety of colors. And it’s not just for purses! It can help keep your suitcase, diaper bag, briefcase, backpack, and gym bag organized too. It would make a great gift for busy professionals, frequent travelers, new moms, and anyone who wants to stay organized!

Discount Code

Order yours now to ensure delivery by the holidays and use code HOLIDAYSHIP2015 for free shipping! (If you happen to win after you order, your purchase price will be refunded.)

Who is on your holiday shopping list who would love a Purse Perfector?

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This giveaway runs from Tuesday, December 1st through Monday, December 7, 2015. Contest is open to US residents age 18 and up. A Midlife Wife is not responsible for prize shipment. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize, otherwise another winner will be chosen. Disclosure: I (Christine Luken) was given a Purse Perfector to sample and compensated for organizing this giveaway. This is no way impacts my review, as all opinions are my own.

What Happens Under the Mistletoe Book Giveaway

I love a fun collaboration of authors that create an anthology of stories that combine to bring you a great read. I reviewed this collection from 4 impressive historical romance authors that you can check out here. These 4 stories are loaded with all of the things we love about romance, including the hot guys! A fun, flirty addition to your holiday reading. And now you can win a copy too!

What Happens Under the Mistletoe
featuring authors like Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins + more
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition
Publish Date: October 27, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1476786087

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, and Candace Camp, and USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran come together for a sizzling historical romance holiday anthology.

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead. In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in Twelve Kisses when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle. In By Any Other Name, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss. In Sweetest Regret, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

In this all-new story collection sparkling with sexy charm and heartwarming wit, four beloved bestselling authors reveal the mix-ups and make-ups, the missed chances and golden opportunities that come but once a year.

Enter to Win

One lucky person is going to win a copy of What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Meredith Duran, Karen Hawkins and Candace Camp to enjoy this holiday season! Here is how to enter!

Giveaway Details: This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. Follow the directions in the Giveaway Tool below. This giveaway will close on December 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST Time.

Chris received complimentary product for review purposes. Prize provided by the Pocket Books. Please read our Official Rules before entering this giveaway. We must receive all entries by the end date of the contest and the odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter. A Midlife Wife is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hearty Chili Soup Recipe

When the temps go down the first thing I start to think about is soups and stews. There is nothing like a hot, steamy bowl of a hearty soup to warm you from the inside out.

I love a good chili but I am the only one that seems to enjoy beans in my recipe in my household. So when I get in the mood, I usually end up making two batches, one with and one without beans. Then I tried making a soup out of my chili recipe and it has become a go-to for my lunches on any chilly day. Nice and hearty, loaded with fiber and protein. This recipe is fast to prepare and you may have the ingredients in your cupboard right now!

Hearty Chili Soup Recipe

Hearty Chili Soup Recipe


1 pound ground beef
1 15 oz. can Chili Beans in Sauce
1 package of Lawrys Chili mix or use Chili powder to taste
1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
2 Cans of Water
1/4 onion, minced
1 Beef Bullion Cube
Shredded Cheese


In a deep sauce pan, brown the beef along with the onion. Drain fat and return to pan. Add in your tomato sauce, water, chili beans, and seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add your bullion cube. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add in additional water if necessary or to taste.

Serves 4

Enjoy this with a salad and some french bread. Don't like beans either?? Omit them but you may not need to add additional water.