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!

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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 JalapeƱo Cream Cheese Spread

  • 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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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!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Daily Goodie Box - August 2019

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

   I received some great items in the August Daily Goodie Box! Check it out below to see all the fun things I tried.

DRY Soda Company - These Culinary-Inspired Sparkling Sodas are lightly sweetened and made with botanical flavors. I received the flavor: Rainier Cherry to try, and wasn't that thrilled with it, as I prefer my sparkling waters to have a stronger flavor. This one was pretty dry in taste, but added a nice touch when I mixed juice in with it. I do like that there are some unique flavors with this brand, so maybe I would like another flavor better!

Bubba’s Fine Foods - Grand Garlic Parm ‘Nana Chips - These are really interesting in the fact that they are made with Bananas and tasted so much like potato chips! They have a great taste and are seasoned perfectly. I would love to see them a bit thinner, more like potato chips, but overall they're really great. I do wish they weren't made with coconut oil, as those with but allergies can't have them.

Foods Alive - Nutritional Yeast. This is my first time trying any kind of nutritional yeast and I am shocked with the great flavor! It tastes so similar to popcorn. It's unreal, that this isn't real cheese haha. I am happy to see that there is this option for those who can't have or choose not to have animal produced cheese. I love that this can be used for so many food items: popcorn, garlic bread, soup, salad, and so much more! It makes a great addition to protein, fiber, and vitamins.

Natralia - Heel Balm - A lotion made specifically for rough, dry feet. It is said to have visible results within 3 days. It will soften your skin, using a balanced blend of Shea Butter, Rosemary Oil, Safflower Oil, and Aloe Vera. It has a decent minty smell, that kind of reminds me of a mix of Tiger Balm and Foundation Makeup. I haven't noticed complete results over 3 days, but it does make my feet feel nice when I apply it before bed.

Evo Hemp - Mocha Chip Hemp Bar - Made with just 7-10 ingredients and no added sugars, fillers, oils, or sulfates, the Evo Hemp Mocha Chip Bar was one of my favorite items to try! I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious this Hemp Protein Bar is! It has an interesting texture, that reminds me of the center of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It's very soft and creamy like peanut butter with bits of crunchy pieces due to the cashew butter, pea crisps, and chocolate chips. The flavor is sweet and very enjoyable, making it feel like a dessert in every bite! I would love to try all their flavors!

Aqua Biome™ - Fish Oil Classic Strength - I love the benefits that are said to be given with taking fish oil pills (promotes digestion, balances mood, supports the immune system, joints, and so much more) so I will continue trying these out, but the fishy burps are almost unbearable when I'm not a fan of fish flavor lol. With every burp, it tastes as if I just ate a larger piece of salmon. Definitely take on a full stomach and probably before bed to avoid bad breath during the day ;)

SolarDerm - After Sun Facial Moisturizer helps sooth the facial skin after sitting in the sun for too long, which is especially good to use after getting a sunburn. It also helps prevent premature aging and skin cancer by using natural resources from green tea and oats, to replenish skin and keep it hydrated. There is a slight scent to this moisturizer, though it fades after time. It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished, I really like it!

Flathau’s Fine Foods - All Natural Shortbread Cookies - These Shortbread Cookies are so delicious! My favorite item from this Goodie Box because they're so great. The cookies are soft enough, with a nice little crunch and they have a hint of caramel to the taste. They are a bit crumbly, but worth every bite. 

 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, August 6, 2019

Chill Boys Soft Bamboo Boxers Giveaway - Winner Chosen!

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

One of the most comfortable boxers my husband has owned, Chill Boys brings all the important qualities needed in a pair of boxers!

   If you remember awhile back, I reviewed a couple of different types of Chill Boys Boxers: the Performance Wear and Soft Bamboo. Well we recently got to try the new Chill Boys boxers made with 95% Viscose from Bamboo, and 5% Spandex. They are so silky soft and provide plenty of breathing room. The elastic band is stretchable and does not dig into the waste. Each pair is lightweight and dries quickly for plenty of wear. These boxers provide everything you need in an undergarment. They are available in the colors, black, blue, or gray and range in sizes from Small to X-Large. These boxers would make an awesome gift for the men in your life! 

Visit for more information and products, where you can make easy purchases with free shipping over $25. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

   Want to win your own pair of Chill Boys Boxers? Enter through Rafflecopter below. There will be TWO Winners. Giveaway ends 8/22 Good Luck!!!

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