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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rabbids Invasion Giveaway

Get Ready for a Rabbids Invasion and Giveaway

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The Rabbids Invasion has begun and just in time for the Easter holiday you can deliver the Easter Bunny on a more funny note. These crazy rabbits are not just for Easter and will make great gifts anytime of the year. These funny friends have lept off the screen and into the hearts of children and adults alike and you have a chance to win a Rabbids Invasion Prize Pack below.

My kids are A-typical boys.  They love fart jokes and crazy characters.  What I like most about Rabbids Invasion is the fact that they are ridiculous and crazy without being a bad influence.  Dexter, being 6, likes the way that they talk and he loves their silly faces.  In one episode, one of them slipped on a banana peel and he and Oliver laughed uproariously!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ozeri 8" Green Earth Frying Pan Review




Happy Earth Month!  I love April for so many reasons and fresh flowers, sunshine and Earth Day sure are a few!  Ever since I started this blog over 5 years ago, I have brought attention to many Earth-friendly products and companies.  Yes, April is National Earth Month but every day in my home is Earth Day.

A few months ago, I received an Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan for review.  In all honesty, they're probably not happy that it took me so long to test the pan out and give it a fair review.  I detest bloggers that don't do enough of that.  I have used "green pans" before and they chip, stick and get nasty after a few weeks/months of use.  I wanted to make sure that YOU were told the truth about Ozeri and their pans.

First off, I used this pan, at least once a day for the last 4 months.  Thats over 100+ times of cooking, washing, drying and repeating.  I always wash and dry it right away and hang it on the wall in my kitchen so it won't scratch.  Another thing you should know is that THIS PAN IS MAGIC!!  Let's get to that!

 The number one reason that I adore this pan:

                                                                                      
                                 

The second picture illustrates how clean an omelet flips out of the pan!  This is where other pans frustrate me.  I was blown away from day one.  The third picture also illustrates how amazing the nonstick coating is on the pan.  I was making a frittata and all I did was clear a little section of egg off with a spatula.  It was effortless!  The last picture, the grilled cheese demonstrates how EVEN everything cooks in this pan.  Its still mind-blowing even after so much use.

The second things I love about my Green Earth Frying Pan:

  • Unlike other ceramic cookware brands, the Ozeri pan utilizes an ultra-safe ceramic coating derived from nature which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating as found in nature (no heavy metals or chemicals) that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant Bakelight handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

Pretty much what this means is that the nonstick coating that Ozeri utilizes is nontoxic and won't compromise your food or your health!  That is not only revolutionary but it is admirable and noteworthy!

The third thing I adore about this pan:

Do you notice that there are no rivets fastening the handle to the pan?  I love love this!  How many times are you cooking something in a pan and food sticks to the rivets and it cakes on and is very hard to clean off?  Yeah, I can't stand that either.  I also can't stop thinking about how much old food is caked under the rivet...

I have absolutely zero complaints about this pan.  I love everything about it.  In fact, my husband, who is a chef, said "this is by far the best pan I have ever used".  Now, that is a heavy compliment!

Purchase yours today on Amazon and get free shipping on orders over $35. 

*I was provided with this pan for purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own and I was not under obligation to write a positive review*

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Shaklee 180® Snack Bar Flavors

"How does it taste?"  That is always the first question people ask me when they hear that I use Shaklee 180® products.  When caught noshing on a bar, I get people that say "that will fill you up?" I always say the same thing "the bars are delicious and they are very filling!  I am not hungry and sometimes forget when its meal time because of it."  A diet cannot be successful if you're hungry all the time and I am sure that is why Shaklee 180® works.  It works because the products are delicious, healthy and they don't make you feel as though you are deprived.


Look at the close-up of the new Shaklee 180® Cherry & Almond snack bar?  Doesn't that look sinful?  I adore the huge chunks of cherries, almonds and the sprinkling of white chia seeds.  It is the perfect combination of sweet and chewy.  I could eat them for every meal they are that good!


One thing that I can never get enough of is coconut and the Shaklee 180® Chocolate & Coconut snack bar certainly didn't disappoint.  The coconut is finely shaven over the top of the chocolate bar for an extra oomph!  I liked both snack bars a lot but I think my favorite is the Cherry & Almond.  Who doesn't love that combination?  Its decadent but healthy and like all Shaklee 180® products, they contain leucine. 

From the Shaklee 180® website: 

"What's Leucine?  Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps with protein synthesis. In other words, it's a one of 9 building blocks of protein that can only be obtained from the diet. It's present in protein-rich foods including milk and other dairy products, tofu and other soy foods as well as fish, chicken and lean meat.
Once absorbed, leucine goes directly to muscle tissue, where it activates a chain of events that ultimately creates lean muscle. Think of it as cash to build a home—the home being muscle. When you have enough cash, you can pay the contractor to buy the equipment they need to build your home. Similarly, when you have enough leucine, your body can start making muscle protein. And the more leucine you have, the more muscle you can build. 
What Does Leucine and Muscle Have to Do With Losing Weight?On most weight loss diets, you end up losing muscle in addition to fat. That's because when you take in fewer calories than your body needs , your body has less energy to fuel basic biological functions. To make up for that, your body breaks down muscle proteins for energy. This is bad because its your muscles that help burn calories. Here's where leucine does its magic while you lose weight; by stimulating protein synthesis it helps your body preserve muscle mass while you lose the right kind of weight—from fat, that is. In turn, your metabolism stays up, which is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for the long haul."
Check out my guest blog post on Shaklee's blog to learn more about A Day in the Life of Shaklee 180®  What flavors do you love and wish to see made into a healthier version?


This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own. 




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Twins with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy NEED YOUR HELP!




When her twin boys were five, Brandi Simeneta, a mid-Michigan mom, was given some life-changing news that was very difficult to hear.

She knew her sons had always been behind in terms of physical development. They didn’t walk until they were 18 months old, and once they did walk, they had trouble getting up stairs. What she didn’t know, at least right away, is that she is a genetic carrier of a mutation that causes Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the disorder that affects her 10-year-old boys, Riley and Shay.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive neuromuscular disorder that impacts one out of every 3,500 boys born in the United States. Symptoms usually appear before age six and include an awkward manner of walking, frequent falls, fatigue, difficulty with motor skills, and more.
As the twins grow and their disorder becomes progressively worse, Brandi explains to them what’s happening, but there is one thing she doesn’t focus on — the prognosis for people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy isn’t good. In fact, the average life expectancy is only around 25. It’s the leading genetic killer of children, and has a 100 percent fatality rate.

As a mother, what can you do with that?

Well, Brandi maintains you just go on with your life as best you can, adapting as things change.
“You don’t really have a choice,” she said. “It’s hard, but the way it progresses, you just kind of go with it.”

But there is something that has given her a glimmer of hope: A drug called Eteplirsen, which has been in clinical trials for two-and-a-half years, and in that time, has been found to increase dystrophin, in some cases keeping the disorder from progressing and even in some cases mild improvements have been documented. However, though the study was favorable, with absolutely zero recorded side effects, the powers that be want larger and longer-term studies.

However, there is a drive to get accelerated FDA approval for Eteplirsen, but time is running out. They need 100,000 signatures on a petition by March 29 to get White House attention on this matter, and at press time, more than 63,000 signatures were still needed.

For Brandi, this drug feels like her only hope for her sons’ survival.

“When they were diagnosed, it was like, they’re not going to make it. There’s no cure,” she said. “I don’t have any other options right now. They already have this bad outcome. It can’t get any worse.”

Won’t you take just a minute or two out of your life to possibly give these two sweet boys and thousands of others with this genetic disorder a chance to live and thrive? Time is running out, to sign the petition, and sadly, for the current generation of children with Duchenne.

The link for the petition is www.theracetoyes.org/, and a whitehouse.gov account is required. It takes just a minute to enter your first and last name, ZIP code and e-mail address, and then click a confirmation link in your e-mail to sign. It’s that easy.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wellness Offers Nothing But the Best for Daisy #lovemydog

Disclosure: I am writing about the Wellness brand as part of an advertorial.

A friend of mine nearly broke my heart a few days ago. I stopped by to visit and caught her having a private moment with her dog. She had her arms wrapped around his neck and her face buried in his fur. I saw the evidence of her sadness in her red rimmed eyes. She was clearly embarrassed to have been caught hugging her dog and crying. As she looked at her feet she bashfully said "My one wish? That he lives forever..." As I looked at her dog, a splendid 8 year old fellow, I saw the abundance of white in his formerly deep red hair and I melted, tears formed in my eyes too. Partially for my friend and her aging dog, partially for my own beloved Daisy. 


Pets are members of our family! Did you know 83% of pet owners feel that way? #lovemydog My girl is an Old English Bulldogge and she is nothing short of worshiped in our home. We want nothing but the best for Daisy. She is one of our babies. We want to give her a comfortable home, tons of love, quality medical care and the best dog food possible.


When it comes to feeding my family, I choose natural foods whenever I can. This includes Daisy. I know when I eat processed food I feel sluggish and bloated, but that doesn't always stop me from eating junk food when it is in front of me. Daisy will eat just about anything too. That means I have to make healthy choices for her. 



 Dr. Al Townshend, staff Veterinarian at Wellness® Pet Foods say “natural diets offer ingredients with some important health benefits such as probiotics, those good bacteria that are essential for a healthy immune system and digestive tract; glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health; omega-3 fatty acids or fish oils for heart and kidney health; and added digestive supplements to enhance digestibility to get the very best benefits from quality proteins and fats.”


Natural dog food offers many benefits that result in a happy and healthy dog.

Wellness® uses natural, high-quality proteins and fats in their pet food products. With the addition of fruits and vegetables, that provide natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the Wellness® blends are some of the healthiest pet food options available commercially. Wellness® dog foods don't include artificial colors, flavors or ingredients. Wellness offer consumers the “Check Your Bag” #checkyourbag website to compare the Wellness® brand of dog food to other “natural” competitors.


Wellness® offers many benefits, I would like to share a few with you.
Excellent Nutritional Standards – Every batch of dry food is tested throughout the entire manufacturing process, from its basic ingredients to the finished products.
Essential Vitamins & Minerals – Designed for cellular health, immunity and disease resistance • Fruit & Veggie Antioxidants – A proactive step in improving nutrition for your pet.
Omega 3 & 6 Mix – Offering guaranteed levels of essential fatty acids for cellular function and healthy skin
Live Active Probiotics – Added after the cooking process to promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health at guaranteed levels


Learn more about Wellness® Pet Food:  Visit the Wellness® website.  Connect with the  Naturally Well Pet Community, a free online program that provides exclusive savings offers, fun contests and helpful tips about keeping your pets happy and healthy. Use the online store locator to find a retail location to buy a bad of Wellness® Dog Food for your dog.

Connect with Wellness® Pet Food on Facebook  and Twitter.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Citi Bank Every Step of the Way-Alana Nichols



We all have good days and bad days but how you choose to overcome them is what sets you apart from the crowd.  Paralympian Alana Nichols has faced unbelievable obstacles but instead of folding, she chose to rise up and win not one, not two, but THREE gold medals.  She is an inspiration and someone to definitely watch because she will make you feel good about life.  Watch her video below:



Inspiration: Alana not only became paralyzed in 2000 while snowboarding but she chose not to let her injury weigh her down.  She got right back up and competed in the Wheelchair paralympic games where she and team USA won a gold medal!  If that wasn't enough adversity, Alana lost her only brother in 2009, just months before the winter games.  She was devastated, understandably and wasn't sure if she could compete.  She decided that she would use training and competing as therapy so she pushed forward.  

As she sat at the top of the hill for her final run in the giant slalom, Nichols experienced calm that until that moment, she had never felt. "My brother was there, it was undeniable," Nichols said.

Nichols shot out the gate, down the hill, and finished a flawless run in just over two minutes and fifty-three seconds. When she crossed the finish line, and realized she had just won gold, she began sobbing. "People thought I was crying because I had won the gold medal," Nichols said. "I was crying because it was an amazing moment that I got to share with my brother."
Alana has paired up with Citi Bank and their Every Step of the Way Program to help raise money for US Paralympians.  By visiting the website you can meet 9 Olympians and learn their stories.  I chose Alana because I thought she was pretty and I wanted to know more about her paralympic journey.  In less than a minute I was able to click to have CitiBank donate $5 to the US Paralympians (or Olympians depending on which athlete you choose).  You can do it, too.  Citi is donating up to $500,000 to these athletes.  How generous and amazing!  Do your part to help so these athletes can do their part to inspire, achieve and live their dreams!

Watch the video below for more info on the program:


 
This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shaklee 180 App for Weight Loss



There are two things I never leave my house with; my purse and my iPhone.  I have actually left the driveway and got several miles down the road until I realized that I didn't have my phone.  I abruptly turned the car around and went back for it.  I feel as though I cannot function if I am not connected.  Its a reality that I live in and I, like the majority of Americans, have that common ground.  

Weight loss programs work when people are focused and committed.  Having an app to help with your weight loss tremendously allows you to be more in control of your life.  Since I am never without my phone, my Shaklee 180™ app is always with me too.

Shaklee 180™ app is just a small portion of a larger weight loss program.  A program that I have been very successful with.  Shakes and meals bars help to satisfy your cravings while keeping you full until the next meal.  With the Shaklee 180™ app, you are able to track your food and activity easily and concisely!



The Shaklee 180™ app gives you the power of their website, in your pocket.  This screen will allow you to access your daily logs, overall progress (can edit to show weight/inch loss), rewards and badges you've earned for logging in and it can also help you find resources.



When you go to input your log into the log, Shaklee has done an incredible job of categorizing different foods and it even allows you to use recently added foods to your list.  For instance, after breakfast, you open the Shaklee 180™ app and select Breakfast.  It gives you the option of adding Shaklee180™ products or other foods.  When you select other foods the above tab opens and when you click on fruits, for instance, it will allow you to choose your portion size!


This is the tab that opens when you choose to add Shaklee 180™ products to your meals.  It really does't get much easier to stay on track.  I especially like when you choose Smoothees, it then prompts you to add what you mixed in with your Smoothee (regular milk, soy milk, almond milk, water etc).


Under the "resources" tab, you can select Shaklee 180™ Workouts.  This will lead you to fun and inspirational workouts that can be easily added to your log for exercise.  They deduct the calories burned from your total calories which makes you feel really accomplished.  Each workout burns 250 calories.  I love doing the Shaklee 180™ workouts because they are fun, motivating and they can be done at home without expensive equipment.


How are you feeling?  That is an important question when dealing with what you eat, when you eat it and why you eat it.  Perhaps you check that you are having a bad day and that for lunch, you ate a cheeseburger and french fries.  You can then take that knowledge and learn why you eat certain foods, depending on your mood.  I also really like that Shaklee gives you encouragement here too!

Shaklee 180™ isn't just about products.  Its about support, health and nutrition to help guide you in your weightless journey.  

What is stopping you from achieving the best life possible?


This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own.