Saturday, March 31, 2012

Kodak Easy Share M23 Camera 14.2 MP G!veaway!

Photo was provided by DirtyTruthReviews to me, for the purpose of this post.

Enter below in the Rafflecopter to win a Kodak Easy Share 14.2 MP Camera! Find out more info about the cool camera on the Kodak site here. The prize is being provided by Dirty Truth Reviews, as a joined giveaway event with some other bloggers. Some random facts from the site; camera takes amazing pictures where you can edit and share your videos/captures right away, with all the great up to date features packed into a small pocketable camera, including being able to share via email, twitter, facebook, and many other social media sites with ease. Absolutely worth entering, and do look at the above link for all the information about the camera.

~Giveaway will end 4/16... Good luck! :)~

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Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice Pack 4/14
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Cheribundi Natural Tart Cherry Juice - Review/G!veaway



Do you like cherries?  If you like them as much as my son does :P well..imagine fifty (50) cherries, pit removed right in front of you, ready for you to enjoy every bite and flavor-that's what sipping a Cheribundi (Tru Cherry flavor) juice is like for me.  Taking a sip of a Cheribundi tart cherry juice is a surge of flavor, just the same as biting into a fresh cherry, but maybe even better..because they say there is 50 of them in every 8oz. bottle, with the exception of the "Skinny Cherry" flavor that contains 40 cherries with only 90 calories compared the other flavors ranging from 130 to 160.  Oh and excuse me if I'm sounding like a commercial, but these are my real opinions. :)

I tried four different flavors, pictured on the left; Tru Cherry, Cacao Cherry, Ginger Cherry, and Skinny Cherry.  
-Tru Cherry is our favorite flavor, it is named perfectly, tastes just like true cherries, cherries in a bottle.  Ingredients: tart cherry juice (not from concentrate), and apple juice (from concentrate).  
-Cacao Cherry reminds me of chocolate covered cherry treats, the ones that you bite into a chocolate and cherry flavor gushes out.  Ingredients: tart cherry juice, apple juice (from concentrate), sugar, water, cocoa powder, natural flavor, lactic acid.
-Ginger Cherry, I was afraid to taste, thinking it will be so full of the ginger flavor.  Then was pleasantly surprised at the well blend, you can taste the ginger but in such a subtle sweet, tart cherry way.  Ingredients: tart cherry juice, apple juice (from concentrate), ginger juice (ginger root, water), natural flavor.
-Skinny Cherry, is simply a light version of Tru Cherry if you ask me.  Still good, but less tart, less strong flavor.  Ingredients: tart cherry juice, water, reb a (natural stevia leaf sweetener)

You know how I love it when I can not only be pleased with the ingredients of a food/beverage, but being able to type up the simple list of ingredients for you, makes me even happier.  Did you know cherries are a superfruit?  They are, and all the nutrients and health benefits are all packed into every bottle of Cheribundi because of "their gentle juicing process the nutrients aren't boiled away."  Benefits are, but not limited to helping naturally gain better sleep at night, help athletes both professional and casual perform their best, and so on...  Bottom line, they taste good, and they are so good for you.  I can't wait to try them in different recipes!  Learn more about Cheribundi, including where to buy here.  

A piece from their site:
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Enjoy Life Foods - Plentils Chips - Review

Screenshot from Enjoy Life Foods site
You already know we are huge fans of Enjoy Life Foods here. When I heard of the new Plentils chips, I wondered how they would taste, and wondered if we would need that addition to our diet. It only took a bite for me to change all my questions about the new chips.

I was in shock to see the flavors, and wondered if it would taste like lentils entirely. Instead they tasted good, and like the flavors, like "Margherita Pizza" I mean how? Completely allergy friendly and like pizza, so unbelievably good. Enjoy Life Foods did it again, another great creation! We eat potato chips, corn chips even, but these are flavored and very well done that are allergy friendly!

The four flavors you need to try yourself:
Margherita Pizza
Light Sea Salt
Dill & Sour Cream
Garlic & Parmesan








There are definitely worth a try and if you have any restrictions in you diet holding you back from enjoying any other kind of chips, do give these a try.  For anyone that does or doesn't have food allergies, you can give them a try to see you how you like them.  They contain 40% less fat than the leading potato chip, are made from high protein lentils, and no artificial ingredients.

*I received these items to review, all opinions are a 100% my own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our Mornings with Tropicana Orange Juice #TropFloridaOJ


I always try to start our day with fresh fruit mixed in on our plate in the mornings. Whether it's bananas in our cereal, a fresh fruit salad, a fast smoothie for me, or fruits on top of waffles and pancakes, it is there. Another refreshing way we like to add fruit to our mornings is with Tropicana Pure Premium 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice. Has been a great way, not only in the mornings but all day as a healthy refreshing drink for years. One of my favorite fast fruitful treat we really enjoy is smoothies, fruit smoothies. I always use Tropicana Orange Juice in it too. When I was younger, my mom used to freeze the "Lots of Pulp" (my favorite) Tropicana Juice, in little ice cubes as a sweet frozen treat, which I enjoy today with my son. I always purchase the "Lots of Pulp" and "Calcium" Tropicana Orange Juice for my family.




I'm happy to share with you the news of the Tropicana sweepstakes where you can enter on their facebook page. There are chances to win 100 Florida prizes, including one-year supplies of Tropicana (in the form of twelve 59oz Tropicana Pure Premium containers) and a trip to Florida to visit an orange grove. Ninety-nine will have a chance to win a one-year supply, as one winner will get the trip to Florida, the grand prize winner gets to invite three guests for a trip for four including round trip to Florida, three night stay at a Florida hotel. Also an exclusive experience at a Florida orange grove. Sounds like a great time for whoever wins, and you can't win if you don't enter! With a 100 chances to win, 
why not give it a try and enter here. :)

I was happy to learn that Tropicana is committed to using the best fruit to give us the great tasting juice we all want and with the nutrition we all need. Each 59 oz container of orange juice has 100% vitamin C, great of our immune system, not to mention the varieties you can get like "Calcium" with as much calcium as their is in a glass of milk in every serving of juice. There are facts that is great to learn as it has been our number one choice of juice for so long.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy oranges at home. :)
I had the opportunity to learn so much more about Tropicana, some interesting facts/history in the process of this post. Did you know that Tropicana is the single largest buyer of Florida fruit? They purchase approximately 11.6 billion oranges from Florida each year. Tropicana uses groves in 22 different Florida counties, primarily in central and southern Florida. The different microclimates and soil types mean that fruit reaches peak maturity at different times, allowing Tropicana to harvest ripe fruit throughout the entire growing season. The two major orange types in Tropicana Pure Premium is Velencia and Hamlin. Valencias usually have more intense color and flavor while Hamlins can be sweeter. They each add unique characteristics to the TPP blend. I love the flavor of Tropicana orange juices, they are never too bitter or sweet, now I know a little more about what goes into making that perfect flavor. Some Florida growers sample oranges by cutting them into a cup shape, allowing for drinking juice directly from the fruit..funny my son likes to do the same thing! :) Tropicana's roots in Florida go back a long way, some of it's current grower relationships date to the 1960's. Oranges have been grown in Florida since the 1560's, approximately 147 years before any other U.S. state.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Times Square's Costumed Grifters

Best looking "Mickey" we saw, right before
a child slipped out of his father's arms to run into
his for a picture.
I visit the "special Toys R Us" as my son calls it on Times Square often with my little one.  Every time we visit, it is a guarantee that we see something..well interesting on our way in and out!  Over the years the costumed grifters have increased.  Right out of the train, I saw three people getting into costumes right on the steps of the train station, as I made sure my son didn't see any of it.  We saw at least four "Elmo's," three "Mickey Mouse" characters in different themes, "The Smurfs," of course the funny/strange looking versions of either Cookie Monster or Grover, it was a parade of funny costumed grifters, in every direction once on Times Square.

As their numbers increase they seem to be getting more and more "aggressive" as they get a little closer to almost grab your child.  The thought and strategy for them is lure the child in and then the parent feels like they have to pay and many seem to, not this mom though.  My son will not be getting near those (sorry) stinky dirty strange costumes...  One "Hello Kitty," out of at least five we spotted while walking around, kept following us within that one block, targeting my son by calling him over gesturing with it's big furry arms.  My son was excited like every child was to see a fun character walking around.  I didn't want to scare my son, so I said something along the lines of "yeah how fun" and told him not to get close. lol!  I nearly lost it, by the fifth time I turned around and I heard "it" speak, and say "come, come" in a strange "girly" voice bowing slightly looking down at my son.  Sounded like a man, making a "girly" voice.  I looked straight at its mouth, assuming that is where the person was looking through, and said "NO, no more, stop it!"  Once I said that, it worked, "it" stopped following us with it's little money bag hanging by it's side.  

I see the excitement that every child gets when we see our favorite characters roaming the streets of colorful lights, I admit even I was pointing them out..at first.  But, when will they stop increasing?  It is no longer "Oh look Elmo," if we just see like five of them hanging out together, not to mention how they all look a little different (with one's eyes a little more cross-eyed then the next).  Takes away the excitement of going to a theme park or having one over for a birthday party, and having kids believe that they are "real."  It is just like going to the mall to see "Santa" and seeing four of them sitting next to each other.  I'm sure my son has already figured out after seeing so many of them pass by what they are exactly.  Thank you costumed grifters of Times Square for that, I wonder how many parents feel the way I do?!

In the end, I want to be nice, but I'm not a fan of them.  Is it because I see them so often?  Are they only there to swindle some money from tourists?  As a New Yorker, I haven't stopped to take a picture with any of them, and don't know anyone from here that has either.  I get it, times are hard, but I do wish they would stop standing on 'every' street corner and in between.  There's too many of them, and too many costumes that don't look good.  I read somewhere they make around $500 during the weekdays, and around $300 on weekends, and I have seen them busy, photo after photo.  Seems an easy "job," if you could call it that, when the weather is nice out, good for them as they must be people trying to provide for their families, but I really hope we will see less of them in the hot Summer days!

Have you encountered with one or five?  ;)  What are your thoughts?


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Huge Cloth Diaper Giveaway - $500+ Value #BootyBuns

Booty Buns Giveaway Event
Welcome to the Go Green Give Charity Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event sponsored by Booty Buns Cloth Diapers! Over 175 blogs have teamed up to present this amazing cloth diaper giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering.
Here's your chance to win an entire stash of one-size cloth diapers!

This amazing cloth diaper prize pack includes:

20 Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
(these true one-size cloth diapers fit 3-45 lbs!)
20 matching flannel/terry cloth wipes
40 microfiber inserts
20 cotton flannel liners
Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway
(picture does not show inserts or liners also included)

First, a little about Booty Buns...

Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
In case you haven't heard about them, Booty Buns Cloth Diapers are incredible one-size cloth diapers that truly fit from birth to potty training! They feature a snap-down rise with 5 different snap settings (most one-size diapers only have 3!) and a waist with 10 regular snap settings plus 2 crossover snap settings. The diapers have hip snaps to prevent wing droop on smaller sizes. The incredible size range of this diaper fits from 3-45 lbs!
Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
Booty Buns Cloth Diapers are pocket diapers and each diaper includes 2 snap-on microfiber inserts that can be stuffed into the diaper or laid on top with the included cotton flannel liner against your child's skin. The diapers have a waterproof PUL outer and a soft suedecloth inner with dual gussets on the inner lining to ensure everything stays IN the diaper! Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers come in an assortment of bright colors and each diaper includes a matching handmade flannel/terry wipe. You can find out more about the diapers at Booty Buns, or check out the detailed Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diaper Review at Daily Mothering!
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Booty Buns is dedicated to encouraging others to "go green" and "give charity." Shannon, the owner of Booty Buns Cloth Diapers, leads by example. For every diaper that Booty Buns sells, she donates one Booty Buns Cloth Diaper to a child in need in the US and third-world countries. Booty Buns is the exclusive cloth diapers donator for Operation Showers Of Appreciation, and they are also donating diapers to babies that have severe medical issues here in the US. Shannon hopes to donate a lifetime supply of cloth diapers {20 diapers} to every baby in need around the globe. You can join in this effort by purchasing your own set of Booty Buns Cloth Diapers and telling your friends about Booty Buns!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Working Out at Home

 I have a slow growing collection of workout videos at home now.
This is one of them. :)
Do you do workout videos at home?  Any suggestions for my next purchase?




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Healthy Now to Healthy Later - Update #Cbias #DigestiveCare

I recently posted here about my experience when I started taking 4X Pro-B from Costco.com, and wanted to give you all an update, as I promised.  I purchased the 4X Pro-B from Costco.com and shared my shopping experience here on Google+.  It has been over a month now, and I have seen results!  At first I was skeptical, and hesitant after not seeing results or any real noticeable difference right away like everyone else that tried it seemed to be experiencing.  I continued to take it everyday, and just about the 25th day and on, I started to notice I had a schedule..if you know what I mean...  A schedule was something I had forgot was a normal, healthy thing when it comes to digestive health!  
No matter what it is you might be doing, exercising, changing your diet, or taking probiotics, it is great to actually see results.  I've been exercising allot, and with warm weather here already, it is definitely an extra push.  I haven't started running outside yet, that will be in the next week or two.  To keep up with a more organized, rather 'scheduled' healthier lifestyle, I have been keeping up with the home workout videos daily.  I used to take classes in my local gym for fun back in the day, before I became a mom.  Since I can't go take classes anymore, I feel like workout videos work best for me because I can be home, follow along a routine and see exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.  I have a couple of different ones now that I switch back and forth from, some with weights, some with tons of stretching and so on.
So the steps I've taken have been to take 4X Pro-B everyday for #digestivecare, exercise and, eat right.  I haven't changed anything drastically in my diet, but I have stopped buying ice cream..as often as I used to.  I make sure to drink lots of water, and remember to eat.  I mentioned before that I used to grab just about anything to eat or snack on, it was done without even noticing sometimes, but I have changed that.  I have been eating lots of colorful foods, tons of vegetables, and fruits!  As easily as we all seem to get used to, and "addicted" to eating food that isn't good for us, it is possible to gain that amount of love for a food that is good for you too.       
If you are interested in trying the 4X Pro-B from Costco.com for a better digestive health or to help maintain the healthy you, I do recommend it.  If you're like me and don't see a difference right away, I say give it time, sometimes somethings take longer for some people.  I feel lighter and more energetic with all the steps I've taken recently to lead a healthier lifestyle, including taking the 4X Pro-B!  And if you have already tried it, share a review on the site for everyone to see.  If you aren't a fan of Costco on Facebook yet, become a fan here to keep posted with the latest.     


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Sneak Peek: $500+ Cloth Diaper Giveaway Starts Saturday! #BootyBuns

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Would you like to win a LIFETIME SUPPLY of cloth diapers?!
The Go Green ♥ Give Charity Cloth Diaper Giveaway Event sponsored by Booty Buns Cloth Diapers starts this Saturday, March 24th!

Over 175 blogs are coming together to present this fantastic fluffy giveaway hosted by Daily Mothering. Mark your calendar because you don't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win an entire stash of one-size cloth diapers!

ONE WINNER will receive a gigantic cloth diaper prize pack valued at $546!
And, the winner will get to select their choice of diaper colors!

This amazing prize pack will include:

20 Booty Buns One-Size Cloth Diapers
(these true one-size cloth diapers fit 3-45 lbs!)
20 matching flannel/terry cloth wipes
40 microfiber inserts
20 cotton flannel liners
Booty Buns Cloth Diaper Giveaway
(picture does not show inserts or liners also included)
This giveaway will be open to U.S. and Canada.

Come back March 24-31 for your chance to win it all!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Drinking Soda Can Be a Good Thing - SodaStream Fountain Jet - Review (with Pictures)

SodaStream Fountain Jet is a super fun way to enjoy soda!  You get to make it yourself at home or really anywhere you are willing to take it!  It's meant to be at home, but I would take it to the park for a family outing, would be a great conversation piece..and all I'll need is clean cold water to have everyone pleased!  Everyone could pick their flavors, or choose to have sparkling water.  I'm in love with it for so many reasons.  Drinking soda at a party or everyday using the SodaStream, you will be saving on tons of bottles or cans that would otherwise be waste.  You will be doing one good thing, the same as if you filter your water and use a re-usable bottle instead of buying bottles of water.  

There are so many flavors to choose from, too many to list here, but if you go here, you can click on all the categories to see all the great flavor options.  The categories you can choose from are Regular Flavors, Diet Flavors, Energy Drink, Sparking Naturals, Sparkling Tea, Sodamix Variety Packs, and MyWater Essence Flavors.  So far I have tried the Lemon Lime, and Orange flavors and love them!  I'm excited to try out all the flavors, not sure if I ever will, but I will try!  I'm most interested to try the tea flavors!  Most of the flavors I've seen don't contain tons of calories compared to "regular" store bought soda, and don't contain high fructose corn syrup.. and that's good!

When it comes to anything that requires assembling or even simple twisting on and off, I usually let my husband do it, but I wanted to see how it would be to do this all on my own.  It was incredibly easy, with practice my 3 year old probably could make soda for everyone if I let him..but I won't. :)  See the pictures below to see how easy it is to make your own soda at home with the SodaStream Fountain Jet!  Easy to use is so good...  If you want a video demonstration, my friend has a great short video up on Youtube, and of course you can also find tons of information including a video on the SodaStream site.    

The Carbonator!
SodaStream Fountain Jet! 

Place cover back on..
Twist on in the back!
After twisting on carbonator bottle
press button above until you hear 3 buzzes
and you've already got sparkling water! 
Fill with water to the "fill line"


I read the ingredients, and nutritional
facts...  No high fructose corn syrup
and only 35 calories... 
Want flavored soda? Pick from many great flavors,
I chose Orange..

Pour in the flavoring..
Home made orange soda with
The SodaStream Fountain Jet!! 
You see how easy that was? What's not to love?  Here's four more reasons to love it, straight from their site. :)
There's even this great counter on the site, to give you another reason to smile while sipping on your freshly fizzed soda. 
The SodaStream is everything that I expected it to be and more, and we as a family definitely recommend it!  It is available at thousands of retailers today, find out your nearest location here


*I was provided the item to review, but all opinions are a 100% my own.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Taking Up a New Hobby - Knitting

I was out shopping a few weeks back, actually, maybe even a few months back when I ran into a cool crafting aisle...  I saw an assortment of all that I needed to knit and crochet.  I found myself very interested in the idea of being able to do anything of the kind.  With the temptation and affordable prices I ended up picking up a few knitting needles, one crochet needle, and two yarns.
 
Day by day I looked at the yarn and needles staring at me as a reminder, right by my bed to learn already...  Finally last night, I looked up some Youtube videos, and learned the basics.  Everything seemed impossibly hard, even something as simple (now simple) as "how to cast on."  I found myself in a knot, and frustrated with videos that seemed to be so fast moving.  Then somehow after replaying between two videos I got it.  I learned to cast on, which is unbelievably easy, and I laugh at myself now.  And then I seemed to start knitting..I haven't figured it all out yet, but after fiddling with it last night, I managed to have something to show for it.

I'm not sure what I'm making yet, but will continue to practice.  Oh and I don't even know how to finish, like close the ends...  LOL..if you are a knitter and found yourself on this page, you might be giggling at me.  Like I tell my son, practice makes perfect..at least better right? ;)

What new hobby have you picked up lately?  Do you knit? Crochet?  Have any tips for me? :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Do Something Silly Today!

Sometimes it's our kids that teach us to not take life so seriously.  My son was all giggles when he decided he wanted to put his jacket backwards, and I let him.  We weren't going anywhere far, but really..why not right?  For some added smiles, and giggles I thought it was worth it.  It didn't take long for him to want to have it the right way again, but it was fun..ny! :)

So, take time to do something silly today and everyday, for some added smiles or even laughter it'll be all worth it!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrating Frozen Food Month with Frozen Vegetables (with Pictures) #Cbias

A&P
Cart full of frozen vegetables!
Did you know that March is Frozen Food Month?  I didn't, but once I found out it was, I thought of celebrating by making a family meal with frozen vegetables as the main ingredient.  I went shopping at our nearest A&P Supermarket for the first time to go check out their frozen food section, you can check out my photo story on google+.  I was able to make a veggie stir fry (with beef) and a side of wild brown rice.  To continue the frozen food theme of our meal, I also made us all fruit smoothies for dessert with frozen strawberries as the main ingredient.
Vegetable stir fry with beef! 



Want to "celebrate" with me?  If you want to make what I made here, I've made it really easy for you to do just that! :)

You will need: 
-Your favorite collection of frozen vegetables; I used cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, peas, and corn (~1/2 cup of each)
-I also used fresh vegetables (3) mushrooms, (2) carrots, and (4) brussels sprouts
-Olive oil (1/4 of a cup)
-Your choice of meat (I used beef) thinly sliced
-Your favorite rice, noodles, or pasta on the side. 
-Pepper (to your liking, just sprinkle on)
-Soy Sauce (about 3-4 tablespoons-You will need less if you aren't using any meat)
-Sugar or honey (1/2 a teaspoon)

If you know me at all, you know I like good and simple.  The dish came out delicious, and I'm excited to share it with you all with tons of pictures! :)
Let frozen vegetables defrost for about a half an hour...
..or else you will have a frozen block which is hard to make stir fry with :)
Pour the oil into a small bowl...
..add the soy sauce and sugar/honey
..add thinly sliced beef/meat of your choice to marinade.
Fresh brussels sprouts thinly sliced...
What I use often as a substitute for onions, my son
is allergic to onions.
Fresh carrots thinly sliced, and mushrooms chopped to your liking...
Lots of frozen vegetables thawed and ready...
Stir fry fresh ingredients, starting w brussels sprouts...
..add in all the vegetables, (except for 1 carrot) and stir fry for about 7 min...
..add in the meat with half the marinade sauce in the middle, mix and stir fry again...
Place cover, and cook for about 5 min. (medium low heat)
Once everything is all cooked,
add in 1 sliced carrot on top and mix.
(that keeps them slightly cooked & crunchy
as well as adding more color)
I served it with wild brown rice. 

My sons plate, he loves his veggies! :)


For dessert, as I mentioned we enjoyed smoothies.  I made with frozen strawberries, a fresh banana, and some orange juice.  If you try this yourself, I'd love to hear about it! :)  Happy Frozen Food Month, hope you still eat healthy and colorful while "celebrating"  



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