Friday, December 20, 2019

Daily Goodie Box - December 2019


Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.  

December brought another fun-filled Goodie Box! This one is perfect for the holidays because it contained chocolate! :) As well as other items that were fun to try! Check them out below.



BodyBio - E-Lyte Electrolyte Concentrate - This liquid is easy to use, just a capful of the concentrate, poured into an 8oz glass of water, and it's ready to drink! It's said to replenish your electrolytes and more, So it's great for dehydration and to drink after playing a sport or working out hard. Aside from the good nutrients, I didn't really like this product, because of its texture and taste. I found it to be very salty and left my mouth feeling odd, like I had been drinking creamy salt. I think it could possibly be better if the liquid was flavored, or added to an already flavored drink, but I personally wouldn't recommend this liquid in water.

Aprati Foods - Mocati™ Hard Candy Assortments - These little candies were fun to try! I loved the delicious coffee flavors and that each piece was long lasting. The pack contained 3 flavors: Caramel Macchiato, Mocha Mint, and Espresso. I enjoyed each one, but I think the Caramel Macchiato was my favorite. Perfect for on the go!

Lock Laces® - Elastic No-Tie Shoelaces - These no tie elastic shoelaces are perfect for joggers, or putting on your little ones shoes, to prevent them from coming untied. The pack comes with 2 laces and they're one size fits all so it will work on all shoes!

Michael's® Naturopathic Programs - Adrenal Xtra ENERGY Support™ - I have yet to try these yet, as I am afraid of taking the 3 pill dosage haha. These pills are huge! I would love to have natural energy on a tired day, but the amount you have to take just to get that, is kind of daunting.


Chocolat Frey® - Crunchy Nut Bars - This was by far my favorite product in this months Goodie Box! I love all things chocolate, especially when hazelnuts are added to the mix! The candy bar was made and shaped directly from Switzerland so that makes it extra special. The only thing I would change about this had, is to maybe have the hazelnuts cut in half, instead of whole. But overall, it was delicious and I would love to try more of their products!



Dalmatia® - Fruit Spreads - I received the Dalmatia Tangerine Spread, which made me happy because it made me think of Paddington Bear and his Orange Marmalade :) Although I've never been very fond of orange flavored jellies, this one was fun to try and tasted pretty good on a piece of toast. I would have preferred it to be less sweet, but the texture was good and I really enjoyed trying it out.

Enzymedica - Heartburn Relief - Unfortunately, I've joined the crowd with many others who experience heart burn on a daily basis. I've tried many products and none of them seem to work very well for instant relief. I was hoping to get lucky, and find this one would work, but unfortunately it didn't for me.

NibMor - Daily Dose Chocolate Bars - Another delicious chocolate product for this chocolate lover, and it really hit the spot. I received the Dark Chocolate Tart Cherry bar and it was delicious! The cherry mixed with the chocolate was perfection. These bars are the perfect size for an after meal dessert. Definitely recommend!

I've enjoyed trying another batch of products and looking forward to the next! Would you like to try your in Goodie Box for free? Join the Daily Goodie Box to receive your own set of products to test!
    Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!  

I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.
 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Quality Sprinkles: Christmas Green Holly & Red Berry

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.
 
 
It's almost that time to make Christmas desserts!! I was testing out these adorable Christmas Holly sprinkles I received, and sprinkled them in some Apple Spice Oatmeal Cookies. In the future, I think they would look excellent on frosted cupcakes! 
 
 

I love that these sprinkles are made with natural colors, and nothing artificial. They are Gluten, GMO, Soya, and Dairy free; Made without hydrogenated fat and are kosher, halal, and vegan. They make all your desserts look extra festive, and add a bit of crunch to each bite!
 
 
 
You can find the Christmas Green Holly & Red Berry Sprinkles available, as well as other beautiful sprinkles, at qualitysprinkles.com
 
 
 
I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.  
 
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Smooth As A Pumpkin PB Cocoa Smoothie



What's the craziest smoothie combination you've made? 



 I recently found a delicious mix that tastes as good as a milkshake! 

This smoothie contains Frozen Homemade Pureed Pumpkin, cinnamon, peanut butter, vanilla, hot cocoa powder, and water. It's sweet with some health and protein in there, and oh so delicious! 


 Join the #CentrumSquad to learn more and share your own unique recipes! 

 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Two Turkey Challenge With Feed The Children Dot Org


'Is the thought of Thanksgiving turkey and dressing making you drool 🤤? Me too! 


But the holidays are also a hard time for a lot of families. Some kids won’t get a big meal or maybe any meal. 

That’s why I’m taking the #twoturkeychallenge from @feedthechildrenorg . If I can help make a difference in the life of one hungry child or family, that’s the best Thanksgiving gift I can possibly give. 

Would you like to join me? 

Find out how to accept the challenge at https://actv.at/55P/and don’t forget to tag some friends to accept the challenge with you!'


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Seventh Generation Zero Waste Challenge Win



   I recently took the Seventh Generation Zero Waste Challenge, where me and my family try to be waste free for a week, and share an image of the trash we accumulated during that week. It was actually easier than expected, and a great way to be mindful of what we are using/wasting. I always like finding ways to reuse different items, to get the most life out of them before they go to the waste facilities. Especially finding new uses for jars and crafting with recyclables! Anyway, through doing this and sharing my outcome, I won a whole package filled several Seventh Generation products!! 
 


   A wonderful set of Paper Towels, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Toilet Paper, Hand Soap and a refill...All fantastic products that are better on the environment. I am so grateful for receiving this, thank you Seventh Generation, for all you do! We love your products!

   Interested in learning more about Seventh Generation and having your own chance at winning amazing products? Join the Generation Good Community where you can learn more, share your opinions, review products, and have a chance to win!


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Daily Goodie Box - November 2019

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   For the month of November, I received an awesome Daily Goodie Box filled with all kinds of fun things! Keeping me hydrated, healthy, and happy!




Hydralyte - Electrolyte Solution: These drinks are great at keeping the body hydrated after being sick. They're chocked full of electrolytes and help replenish your system after bouts of heavy sweating, puking, and diarrhea. I received a Hydralyte in the flavor orange, and though the flavor reminds me of cough medicine with a hint of salt, it seemed to re-hydrate me pretty quickly. I like that this drink has 75% less sugar than other electrolyte drinks out there. A great one to keep on hand during flu season. You can even enjoy a bottle, after an intense workout, to replenish all the water you lost during a sweat-out!


Teaonic - MOJO Herbal Wellness Shots: I was sad to see my wellness shot leaked out in my box, but thankfully I was still able to try it for this review. I received the Digestion shot, which is a mix of herbs, juices, and plant extracts to help clean the gut from inside out. This shot contains Aloe Leaf, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Lemon, and Hibiscus. I love that it is supposed to help with digestion, but if I'm being completely honest, this drink was nasty. I couldn't bring myself to drink more than a sip haha...I guess that's why they call it a shot. So you can drink it fast!

Sir Kensington’s - Pizza Ranch Dressing: I was really excited to see Pizza flavored ranch dressing in my box! Two ingredients that go well together, in my opinion. This dressing is great in salad, but also delicious to use as a dip for fries or drizzled across nachos. I love that it's made with Sunflower Oil, and that it's dairy free so even those with lactose allergies can indulge in it!

 Susan Brown’s Baby - Sensitive Baby Diaper Therapy® Cream: Though I don't currently have a use for diaper cream, it's always nice to have some on hand during the cold winter season, if needed for wind burn and chafing. It's not just for babies! I do like that this one is made with natural botanics such as Calendula, Oats, Chamomile, and Shea Butter, so it's gentle on the skin and soothes as it moisturizes. It doesn't have a strong chemical scent like other diaper cream, which is great for sensitive noses!

WOLO WanderBar - Peanut Butter Protein Bar: Made with 16g of Protein, 11g of fiber, and 4g of sugar, this protein bar will be one you want to have with you on the go. The bar has a crispy bottom layer and a soft chewy top, giving your mouth an enjoyable texture to munch on. I enjoyed eating mine, though a bit chewy, it's not too sweet and has a decent taste. I would love to try some of their other flavors!

Aprati Foods - Frutati™ Hard Candy Assortments: I love these little hard candies! They're great to suck on when you're wanting something a little sweet with less sugar. My favorite is the Green Apple Mango flavor. I love that these candies are GMO free and contain no artificial flavors!


Green Goo - Peppermint Toothpaste: An all natural, plant based toothpaste that will clean your teeth without all the added chemicals. It will help soothe the gums and prevent plaque build up, while keeping your teeth bright and clean. I really didn't like the aftertaste this toothpaste gave. It left my mouth tasting like soap, which is odd because of the mint flavor this paste contained. Sadly, it's not a toothpaste I would want to continue using.


Que Bella - Peel Off Masks: I was most excited to receive these little face masks and enjoy some at home beauty treatments. I get to Refine with coffee, Exfoliate with Pumpkin Seed, and Energize with Lime & Mint! I love that these masks are enriched with natural ingredients and gentle on my skin. Each Pack smells delicious too! The Pumpkin Seed smelled like Marshmallows!!




I've enjoyed trying another batch of products and looking forward to the next! Would you like to try your in Goodie Box for free? Join the Daily Goodie Box to receive your own set of products to test! 

   Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!  


I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.  



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Breakfast Stuffed Waffle Biscuits



   Have you ever made biscuits in a waffle iron? They don't quite fit right, at least in my experience, but if you can get the biscuits to fit enough to bake inside, the end result is delicious! 



   I made Breakfast Stuffed Waffle Biscuits, filled with eggs, ham, pepperoni, and cheese. You want the eggs to be precooked, so I made little muffin eggs in the oven, beforehand, but you can also do scrambled. 

You begin by taking a can of layered biscuits, so you can tear each biscuit apart, into two. Roll them flat, as flat as you can get them before they rip, then begin filling them with your eggs/meats ect. Top with the other layer you rolled and crimp the sides together. 

Place in the center of your well greased waffle iron and use as your normally would. When the iron is done, so is your stuffed biscuit! It comes out beautifully, with a little crisp on the edges, and it tastes even better!! 
 
   This is such a quick and easy meal to make, and the biscuits can be filled with all kinds of things that suit your tastebuds. Just beware, it left my waffle iron a mess, so the cleanup is not so fun. This was probably due to the grease/sauce from the cheese/meat, leaking out and burning. I might have just stuffed the biscuits too full 😌🤭

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Gracie Lou Wants A Zoo - Book Review

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   
   Gracie Lou Wants A Zoo written by Shelly Roark, is an adorable Children's book, about a little girl named Gracie Lou, who really wants to own all the animals she can. Even though she already has a pet turtle named George, Gracie Lou asks her parents if she can have this animal or that, so she can have an indoor zoo! With each request, the parents respond with a reason why she cannot have the pet: not enough space, not enough water, or supplies for that animal, ect. Her father tells her she needs to be patient, and that God will take care of it when and if the time comes. Gracie Lou becomes tired of waiting and being patient, that she is becoming increasingly irritated. She falls asleep and dreams of owning all the animals she longs for. Her apartment home becomes so full of these pets, that she doesn't know what to do! At first it is fun, but quickly the situation becomes chaotic and messy! When Gracie Lou wakes up, she realizes that maybe she doesn't want all the animals at once, because of the responsibility and lack of space she has, she knew she couldn't care for them all. In the end, Gracie Lou learns to be content in what she has, and enjoy life as it is, being thankful every step of the way.


   I love the moral of the story in this book. There's something we all want a little more of, and sometimes we too become irritable and impatient when we don't get our way. This cute story is a reminder that, even though we want something really bad and think it might be great, in the end, what we have now might actually be better than what we think could be more. It's a great story to teach children, to be grateful for what we have been given, and to enjoy each day with a full heart. 

You can find Gracie Lou Wants A Zoo available for purchase on Amazon in Hardback or Paperback.



This review is made possible by BookCrash,  in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

NURSAL White Noise Sound Machine



   Looking for a better way to sleep at night? 

   The NURSAL White Noise Sound Machine will help you sleep and relax without hearing noise from the outside world. It has 24 different sounds to choose from, ranging from fan, white noise, and nature sounds. It has a timer and memory function for each use, so you can set it for 30, 60, or 120 minutes, or you can leave it set to run all night. The machine has two power supply options, so it can be plugged in or Battery operated. Its compact size allows it for easy travel so you can take it to a hotel with you as needed!

   I purchased this sound machine for my son, so he could sleep better at night, and not hear our loud neighbor noise. Sometimes it can get pretty loud out there, and our house is pretty quiet at night. The machine was easy to set up, I just had to provide my own plugin for the cord they supplied, as it was only a usb attachment. The machine runs well, and has multiple volume options. I do wish it had different sound options, as in lullabies or soft tunes, but the light white noise will do. It's been keeping most of the noise out, and allowing my son to get a restful night of sleep, so seems to be working well so far!! 


You can find the NURSAL Sound machine available for purchase on Amazon


 I received the above product at a discount, and am not required to post a review. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Emergen-C Protein Fuel & Superfoods

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.
 

The Emergen-C Protein Fuel & Superfoods powder makes a great drink to add to my rotation of post workout drinks. I love drinking a smoothie after a good workout, especially when it has extra health benefits! I tried both the Mixed Berry flavor and the Pomegranate Mango flavor, both with water alone. I definitely liked the Pomegranate Mango better, but I found that with both drinks, the powder doesn't mix completely. I used my shaker cup for each drink, and though it's much easier than having to get a blender out, I might prefer to just use my single serve blender when it comes to mixing powders. I really like that these shakes give me 2 servings of Superfruits AND 2 servings of Superveggies! Plus 15g of protein, and it's chocked full of antioxidants and vitamins! These drinks are especially great on the go, as no blender is needed, and they will keep you full for longer. Overall, this is a great drink mix filled with all the healthy benefits!



Find more information and Emergen-C products at  https://www.emergenc.com/


I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Nacho-Style Twice Baked Potatoes



   As a member of Influencer, I joined in on the My Food and Family virtual vox box, and chose a recipe to make for my family and share it with you. I chose to make the Nacho-Style Twice Baked Potatoes, perfect for a Fall afternoon. To make these, I needed the following ingredients:

4 baking potatoes 
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Taco Sauce
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup Jalapeño Cream Cheese Spread


Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  • Wash the potatoes 
  • Prick them up with a fork.
  •  Bake in the oven at 400°F for 1 hour. 
  • After the hour is up, pull potatoes out and let them cool for a few. Change the oven temp to 350°F. 
  • Cut potatoes lengthwise in half; scoop out centers into medium bowl, leaving 1/8-inch-thick shells. 
  • Add cream cheese to potato flesh; beat with mixer until blended. 
  • Add milk; beat until potato mixture is light and fluffy. * I added in my own touch here. A little salsa, ranch, and seasoning (Cajun, Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder)
  • Spoon mashed potatoes into potato shells; place on baking sheet. Drizzle with taco sauce, top with cheese and crushed chips. I also sprinkled some red peppers and drizzled Japanese Kewpie Mayo across the top of ours.
  • Bake 20 to 25 min.



~ Enjoy!! ~


These were delicious and so easy to make! The crunched up Doritos on the top were the perfect addition to these baked potatoes. They added a nice texture and the taste was superb! I also added my own touch to a few things. I gave an extra kick to the potatoes by adding a little salsa, Avocado Goodness Ranch, and seasoning (Cajun, Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder) to the mix, as well as sprinkling on red peppers, and a drizzle of Japanese Kewpie Mayo. It was a perfect Fall meal! 


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I participated in this campaign as a member of Influenster and compensation has been involved. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Halloween Movies to Watch With Your Tween


   Watching one Halloween movie a day again, for the month of October!! Here is a list I conjured up, of Halloween movies me and my tween will be watching this month!! Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fun Eating With The ALITA Unicorn Double Taco Holder


Adorable food holders are one of the things that make my heart smile 😄

   This Unicorn Double Taco Holder is such a cute idea to hold tacos in. It can also be used to hold other snacks or meal items in: cookies, cut sandwiches, vegetable sticks, ect. It could possibly even hold your cell phone! The unicorn is easy to assemble and will bring so much fun to the table! It is BPA Free and made of non-toxic, 100% food safe materials. It is said to be dishwasher safe, however I would recommend handwashing to keep it looking great and to prevent water buildup in the cracks. I really love the quality, as it's made heavy duty and won't tip over. It's such a cute product and is perfect for all those unicorn loving people!!






You can find the Alita Unicorn Double Taco Holder available for purchase on Amazon for a great price!

 I received the above product at a discount, and am not required to post a review.