Vistaprint Promobox Review

The Promobox subscription from Vistaprint is relatively new to me, and it may be an interest to you if you are a small business owner. It may also be a fit if you work for a small non-profit or if you’re involved in a ministry where promotional materials that can get the word out about what you do, your mission, and your events may be helpful.

Check out the unboxing of my first two promoboxes.


As mentioned in the video, I contacted Vistaprint customer service and the designer spent about 45 minutes with me on the phone. He updated my profile to better capture my brand, recreated the banner and two other items that were not in line my organization’s feel, and sent the replacements to me with expedited shipping at no cost. This is typical of my experience with Vistaprint – when a mistake is made, they promptly make it right.

That said, while I still use Vistaprint’s regular services, after a few more shipments, I cancelled my promobox subscription. I liked and found use for only 1 or 2 items per box, and while the items are nice – they are not always needed in my business. At this time the benefits of this promotional item subscription service do not outweigh the cost and clutter that comes from getting items I won’t use. {Post flood, I’m highly commitment to clutter-free living.}

Overall, I think Vistaprint is a great company and the promobox program is promising. It is just not a fit for my organization at this time.  Want to give it a try to see if it can be helpful for you? Go to





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National Homemade Soup Day with {Recipe}

Y’all know what today is….

It’s National Homemade Soup Day!

{Que roaring crowd}

Soup makes my toes curl. It is so versatile. Light broth-based, hearty bean-based, hearty stewy-like or spicy chili-ish… I like. I like. I like.

Today I celebrated the Super Bowl day with a bowl of lentil deliciousness made earlier this week.

Lentils are one of my favorite foods. Often miscategorized as a bean, lentils are seeds providing protein, essential and non-essential amino acids, fiber, prebiotics, potassium, iron, minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and boron) and vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folate, and phylloquinone). According to the National Institutes of Health, lentils are one of the best health-promoting foods with documented connections to the reduction of diabetes, obesity, cancers and cardiovascular diseases (Ganesan, & Xu, 2017). Lentils provide all this health help at pennies per serving, they cook quickly and take on flavors well making them easy on a food budget, busy schedule, or picky palette.

Vegan chili is my go-to lentil preparation made using the from-scratch recipe posted here or my shortcut method of hooking up a store-bought lentil soup with spices, corn, and soy chorizo. But this week, I was inspired by Zoes Kitchen Lentil Soup.

Zoes Kitchen’s lentil soup is so good; I pulled staples from the pantry and fridge and decided to knock it off.

Here’s the blueprint of my version:

  • Sauté chopped onion, celery, carrots, and diced Yukon gold potato in a touch of olive oil for a few minutes til softened. Zoes Kitchen’s lentil soup doesn’t have potatoes. I added buttery Yukon golds for texture and creaminess.
  • While this is cooking, wash, rinse and pick through lentils two times to remove residue and small stones.
  • Back to the soup pot, stir in Himalayan salt, cracked pepper, and a few cloves of minced garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes to allow the garlic to become fragrant without burning. Add a spring of fresh rosemary and a sprig of fresh thyme.

NJ Lentil Soup Seasoning

  • Stir in the lentils and enough vegetable stock to cover by 1-2 inches. Lentils will nearly double in size when cooked.
  • Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook until lentils are tender adding additional stock if needed. {This pot of soup took about 20 minutes to cook}.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning {I added a bit of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning}.

That’s it.

I served this soup to the family Thursday night with a side of fresh carrots and crescent roll knots for the kids – crackers for me. Will and the kids loved it {SCORE!}

I enjoyed leftovers Friday afternoon and the remaining serving for National Homemade Soup Day tonight. Like most soups, it got better as the flavors melded over time in the fridge.

This super yummy, super simple soup will be a regular in our household.

Are you a soup fan? If so, what is your favorite homemade soup?

If you decide to give this lentil soup method a try – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy, healthy eating!

Ganesan, K., & Xu, B. (2017). Polyphenol-Rich Lentils and Their Health Promoting Effects. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18(11), 2390.


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3 Words for 2017 – 2 Intentions for 2018

Can you believe January 2018 has come and gone! Time waits for no one, and I hope the start of this year has been great for you.

I realize I have not shared in a substantial way for quite some time. Postings on social media continued a few times a week (on my Instagram, and Facebook personal and business pages), and I’ve sent a few emails to Nettye’s News subscribers, but I haven’t done more because I just really couldn’t do more.

For those of you that know what has been going on, our family has had a tremendously rough year and a half, and the sum of it all hit me hard a few weeks ago.

I had to take a moment to honor the place that I was at, which was a difficult place.

I had to acknowledge that I was in the valley and walk (not run) through it with God.

So I sat (relatively) still and was (relatively) quiet. I thought, prayed and listened and three words were like laid on my heart to define this past year.

and Growth.

It was easier to talk it than write it, and the video shares more.

It shares about learnings from our recent walk.
It shares my thanks. Thanks to God and to all of you that have been His hands on earth. Your prayers, support, and encouragement have greatly blessed our family.
It also includes my three intentions for this year, a bit about our house status, and details about a few upcoming speaking/teaching events.

God is good, and all is well.

If you are experiencing tough times – keep your head and heart lifted. Leave me a comment or email me and I’ll pray for you.

Chat with you soon.  Take care, God bless and be well.

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