Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shake the Crave {Review + free offer}

Now we all know how bad diet/heath drink mixes usually taste... right? Yeh, they can be pretty ick.
There's a new kid on the block tho' and it's GOOD!

Shake the Crave is a new, highly researched, product from Trusted Health Products. It comes in Vanilla {w/ real vanilla beans} and Chocolate and they are pretty awesome. I know because I just tried them! :)
{Disclosure: Trusted Health Products sent me 2 packets of product free of charge. All opinions here are mine + are unreviewed by anyone.}

Now anyone who knows me knows I have some weight to loose and, like most people, that number on the scale has been going up and down for more years than I care to think about. I just had a monumental birthday and have vowed to get rid of the weight once and for all - and along comes Shake the Crave. This might be the thing that jump starts my process to my goal. Let me say that I'm really picky about what I eat when I am able to be. At home we eat grass-fed meats, lots of fruits and veggies, don't eat HFCS, have very little sugar in the house {mostly to lightly sweeten tea & fill the hummingbird feeder}, and are grain-free. As such my taste buds have changed and, altho' I've never craved sweets, normal sweet foods are often too sweet for me. I do, however, crave breads - which I don't eat anymore. of course. {and you'd think I'd loose weight on this Paleo approach, and I have, but throw in being an older person with a underachieving thyroid... disaster for weight loss}

Okay, so yesterday morning I tried the Vanilla flavor - Let me just say YUM! I expected the usual diet shake flavor - you know what I'm talking about. Shake the Crave vanilla was GOOD. I totally wouldn't mind drinking this a time or two a day. In fact I wish there was more of it in a serving. It kept me full for about 4 hours, as I went about my morning, which was great since I often don't have breakfast. {I know I know} So, that was a winner. No after-taste, no weird mouth feel {but I guess it should be noted that I don't have any sensitivity issues} just a real shake-like experience. I used 1 cup of raw whole milk and followed the directions.

Organic Non-Fat Dry Milk, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Powder, Organic Ground Vanilla Bean (in Vanilla Shake Mix), Organic Cocoa Powder (in Chocolate Shake Mix), Electrolyte Blend (Potassium Citrate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride).
Allergen information: Contains milk and tree nuts (coconut).

I applaud them for using real sugar as I think we have all had enough of the high fructose corn syrup in our lives. It was easy to make - pop in the blender - easy easy. The blender even rinsed out easily unlike when I make my own smoothie with a million ingredients that stick to the sides of the container.

So, this morning I tried the Chocolate flavor... IKR. Chocolate is almost always bad bad bad in the shake world. But Shake the Crave came through again for the win. I will say I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but I don't dislike it either. The chocolate flavor in this shake was nice and ... well chocolate-y. It was a bit too sweet for me and somehow coated my throat a bit, but I wouldn't call it chalky, nor gritty, so it might have just been the "too sweet" factor - it was still good and I think most people with normal sweet tolerance would be fine with it. I would definitely drink it again, no prob.

I really really appreciate that the ingredients contain no GMOs, artificial anything, no fillers, no MSG... Love that!

"Every ingredient in Shake the Crave has a common purpose: to benefit your body directly. No fillers, no fluff. Just pure ingredients working together to nourish your body and help you feel fuller longer."

Want to try Shake the Crave?
For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers 2 FREE sample packets of Shake the Crave vanilla or chocolate shake mix. They said they would love to have our readers try out Shake the Crave and agreed to send the 2 sample packets FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge of $4.95. This is a one-time only offer!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{Review} Got Matcha?

I made this cup of Matcha Green Tea, by Kiss Me Organics, following the directions in the last recipe in the ebook that you can download here, as a pdf {right click & save as or whatever your save option is for your system}, and includes not only recipes for smoothies, yummy looking baked goods, and frothy lattes, but more details about the product and green tea in general. There are some lovely sounding recipes in this ebook, and you should be able to come up with eleventy million more using these as a springboard. We tend to not use sugar nor grains so I'll be skipping many of them as they are written but I will be adding some green tea powder into some of my own - looking over the recipes in this ebook will make that very simple. I do, however, look forward to trying several as written, including the Curry and Matcha Mole! :) Yum!

You can learn more about Matcha Green Tea Powder here.

People generally hate green tea or like it. Some even love it. Some put up with it for the heath benefits. I don't dislike green tea, and this cuppa was no exception. On first sip I didn't love it's earthy taste, but I definitely didn't dislike it either, and will keep drinking it for the health benefits. which you will have to search on your own time - as the powers that be don't allow me to make any health claims, such as increased energy, a metabolism boost, increase in focus, improved skin health... even if I wanted to. I also think it would be very easy for anyone to get used to the taste, or to go ahead and add the honey the recipe mentions as optional. I LOVED not having to wait for a tea bag to steep and then having to throw away the bag/wrapping {although I usually compost the bag, a tea bag wrapping is rarely compostable}
My cup is half empty as I write this and I'm liking it more and more.

Of course if you dislike green tea, but still want to try it for the potential benefits - this is the way to go as it contains 137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea. And the recipe book shows you how to make a shot of it - down it and you are done!

Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Green Tea Powder is certified organic and free from chemicals & preservatives. That's important to me. {and should be to you}

I know people tend to get their boost of energy from coffee in the mornings, as does my hubs, but I've never liked the taste of coffee unless it's all frou-frou-ed up until it no longer resembles, nor tastes of, it's original state. I've always been a tea drinker, so this is much more my speed & you get the same boost, if not better, than the boost you get drinking coffee.

Thanks Kiss Me Organics for making a great 100% organic product!

And here's the recipe I used to make my lovely green tea! {I used raw milk barely heated, no sweetner, & sadly I don't own a frother. I think iced would be lovely too ... but it's cccoold here. lol}

Organic Green Tea Latte Ingredients:
1 teaspoon of green tea powder
1/3 cup of warm-hot, but not boiling, water
8 ounces warm-hot milk, soy milk or almond milk—don’t
     boil the milk, either
Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey, agave or sugar substitute
     (we prefer the drink unsweetened
Optional: milk foam for garnish
Small whisk
Optional: Milk frother
*Note: Almond milk only has 80 calories and delivers a
sweet taste.

Green Tea Latte Instructions:
1. Whisk green tea powder and water in a small bowl until the tea is dissolved and top slightly
2. Stir in sweetener.
3. Add warm milk to the top of the drink, filling the cup.
4. For a frothier drink, pulse in a blender or use a frothing wand.
5. If you have a milk frother, froth the warm milk first, then pour.
*For an iced drink, prepare recipe to step 3; then add 2-3 ice cubes and mix in a blender.
*Note: Make sure to mix the green tea powder in hot water first (not boiling) to dissolve powder

I was provided with a free 4oz. bag of Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder to facilitate this review. I was under no obligation to post a positive review - all opinions are unreviewed before posting and are my own. In fact what you read below is all mine also and may not reflect the views of any of the companies that I work with - one can hope tho':
Spay and neuter your pets, and please check with pet rescues for adoptable pets before shopping for your new family member in a store where they, in all likelyhood, purchased that innocent being from a horrible puppy mill. When puppy mills are no longer profitable the madness will stop.
Give peace & kindness a chance.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

{Review} English/Spanish Cinderella Book

Happy Language Kids recently asked me to review their third book in their series of bilingual children's books. These books help children {and adults, but they are obviously geared to children} learn either Spanish or English in an easy way using a story that is familiar to them.
The book is accompanied by a website where the book is available in an animated format, and the site has many games allowing kids to practice the vocabulary from the book.

Cinderella/Cenicienta will be familiar to most children so it's the ideal vehicle to help English speaking children learn Spanish, or the other way around. Children won't lean specific words, as the words are in full sentences, but it's a great introduction to the language and it would be simple to go further and pick apart the sentences to learn individual words. You could even do this as a family project.

My 5 year old granddaughter liked the book but we didn't spend a huge amount of time with it. If I printed it for her I think she would have a better experience with it. But she's just like that. :) 

She did enjoy playing on the website Happy Language Kids and hung out there for awhile. 

You can purchase Cinderella/Cenicienta through Amazon. 

You can also read my review on Goodreads, and Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 11, 2013

{Giveaway} Woolzies Dryer Balls

Last week I posted a review of Woolzies Dryer Balls and how much I liked them. You can read that review HERE.

And here is the giveaway that I promised... One lucky reader will win a box of 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls! Thanks Woolzies!
Enter on the widget below...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls - Review

I've heard great things about wool dryer balls and had been wanting to try them, so when I got the chance to do so I jumped at it. Just for the record, and case there is anyone out there who doesn't realize this {and the powers that be believe there are a lot of you}: I received a package of 6 Wool dryer balls from Woolzies Dryer Balls to try out and then tell you all about them. I only blog my true experiences, and the links in this review net me no affiliate income. so... no worries. :)

Does your dryer leave your clothes all clinging together because of static? Does it take longer than you think it should for your clothes to dry? Tired of chemicals in your clothes, and non-absorbent towels {clothing softeners can affect the absorbency of towels and cloth diapers}.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are made of 100% pure New Zealand Wool and act as a natural fabric softener by using gentle friction to soften clothes. Think about it; no chemicals, no throwing away dryer sheets, AND they can cut your drying time by up to 25%. They also can help eliminate wrinkles, and are 100% safe even for people with wool sensitivities. I love Eco-Friendly products!

Some quick facts that you may, or may not know:
Fabric softeners of all kinds contain numerous harsh chemicals that are/can be toxic to the environment and, of course, us. Woolzies bounce around in your dryer naturally separating and creating space between your laundry allowing the hot dryer air to circulate better and cut down on drying time. Of course this saves time, money, and energy.

Woolzies are guaranteed to last for at least 1000 loads, and since the wool is not directly touching your skin, and does not shed, everyone can use Woolzies Dryer Balls without any allergic reactions.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are completely handmade! They are not mass produced by machine, so you will notice some variation in size, color, and texture. Yay for handmade!

I bet you've seen the plastic, or rubber, dryer balls in your local store - those balls are made from chemicals, including PVCs, which are released onto your laundry by the hot dryer air, making them dangerous to your health and the environment. ick.

Miss that nice smell from your favorite chemical-laden clothes softener? After the laundry is dry take out 2 of the Woolzies Dryer Balls and apply your desired amount of pure essential oil to each ball, toss back in the dryer and run on AIR FLUFF for 10 min. Your laundry will smell lovely again and the scent will linger for several days. {Don't use hot air because the heat will destroy the oil before it can scent your laundry}

And... my thoughts... I REALLY like them! I thought that they might be "tennies in the dryer" loud, which might be a problem because, while I'm home most days, I usually forget wait to turn on the dryer until dh is in bed. upstairs. right above the laundry room - but they aren't loud at all. :) I also love that they separate the clothing while they are bouncing around in there because we have an awkward dryer hose situation that doesn't allow the best airflow to the dryer. This means that I often have to run 2 dryer cycles in order to get the contents dry. Woolzies Dryer Balls actually help out quite a bit with that and, surprisingly, I've had several loads, including jeans, that I've only had to run once when the Woolzies dryer balls are used.
Of course the most eco-friendly way to dry your clothes is to hang them out but we are quickly approaching winter, and while I do have a clothesline I also have eleventymillion trees which don't really facilitate quick drying from the sun, and have the added risk of birds pooping on the slowly drying clothing. So yeh. there's that.

As I said, I really love the Woolzies Dryer Balls - more than I even thought I would. I don't know what shape they are in after 1000 uses but I can see them being retired into cat toys {or dog toys - did you know dogs.love.wool? They do! Well, mine do.} Win win.

And... speaking of winning... :)
One lucky reader is going to win a box of 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls of their very own! {You'll love them!} - I'll get that giveaway up on Monday.
Thanks everyone for reading and I'll see you on monday! :)
In the meantime Woolzies can be found at the following retailers:
Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, Walgreens, Drugstore.com

Bonus words:
Monday - No Chemicals!
Tuesday - Dryer Balls
Wednesday - Woolzies
Thursday - New Zealand Wool
Friday - Homemade
Saturday - Eco-Friendly
Sunday - Low Noise

Monday, September 23, 2013

Educational Alphabet Flashcards make learning fun

Flashcards have been used as a learning aid probably forever. They are a simple concept that helps us retain information and they work, and can even be fun! I was sent this box of School Zone Alphabet Flashcards to review for Educational Toys Planet {they have all kinds of cool toys - take a look}.

These cards are targeted for children ages 3, 4, and  5 - my granddaughters are just turned 1 year, and 5 years having just started Kindergarten. They both love the cards! The little one loves the colorful images and carried around her favorite {D for doll} for quite awhile. 5 year old Mady wanted to play school with them of course. :) There is a card included that has some ideas and instruction for games you can play with your child also, so they don't always have to be playing school. lol.

Just having these around for them to pick up and look over, maybe a comment from you here and there, would be a great intro to the alphabet, letter sounds, and how the two connect! The cards themselves are printed on sturdy stock and, as mentioned, are nicely illustrated.

These cards have been something the girls pull out of the play room on a regular basis - now if I could just get them to put them back into the box when they are done with them! lol.

{my apologies on the photo quality - I gave my camera to my mom to use for awhile, and my phone cam has a bit of a lag time that doesn't go well with moving children}

Thanks to Educational Toy Planet for the opportunity to review the School Zone Alphabet Flashcards!

If you are interested in these flashcards, or another educational toy please check out the links above for more information. Sign up for their newsletter to receive coupons in your email. :)

Disclaimer: As usual, opinions in this review are mine, however, links were provided by Educational Toy Planet & are not affiliate links. As mentioned, I was sent these flashcards free of charge to facilitate my review but I was under no obligation to post a review either positive or negative.
Spay/Neuter your pets & practice kindness. Reuse, Repurpose, & Recycyle.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Make your summer shine with Firmoo eyewear

I've been a bit mia lately. Sorry about that. Our isp is Hughesnet and, don't believe a word of the commercials you see on tv... it's h o r r i b l e. It's slow and extremely frustrating {Just check their fb page for all the happy comments! lol. /sarcasm}. It's very hard for me to bring up the blogger editor with any consistency so... this blog is not currently being updated regularly. It's actually always been this way I was just willing to spend more time trying to get the whole shebang to work before. {we live 30 min from town so heading to the nearest wifi isn't always an easy option either} I will try to get things posted for you again in a more timely manner - I miss the giveaways and such that we had this spring.    
In regard to Firmoo - I'm hoping to get a new eye rx soon and review their glasses. They look awesome! And the prices are fab. So, if you are in the market for new eye wear check them out - you might be glad that you did! Read on for more info and thanks for reading!

Hit your summer with Firmoo Free Glasses in June

The most awaited part of the year - S-U-M-M-E-R has finally come. Aren't you excited to be at the beach, wearing shorts, being tanned, andsweaty yet gorgeous and going to music festivals? Well I definitely am! What is summer without a new pair of eye wear? An easy remedy for this is to stop by Firmoo.com and pick up a free pair of glasses so that you won't miss a moment this summer. New arrivals are part of the First-Pair-Free-Program. Now get yours for FREE!

+ Looking for Retro Style Glasses?

A retro glasses frame offers a quirky retro look. This eye wear, with bold color and fashionable designs, will lighten up your summer. The rectangular lenses are surrounded by thin and sleek rims, extending out to metal stems. Spring hinges add extra comfort to wear. Find out your own and unique style.

+ Looking for Oversized Glasses?

To be yourself and find your own way to show yourself! This eye wear with big a conspicuous frame is so unique and attractive - they will let you stand out of the crowd. Over-sized glasses are always your best choice for showing your star quality in the fashion trend.

+ Looking for Fashion Tinted Sunglasses?

These two pairs of retro-style sunglasses are somewhat different from traditional wraparound sunglasses I've seen before. They have a traditional frame shape with sunglasses lenses, which makes you look more fashionable and elegant in this hot summer season.
Still have no idea about how to style your pairs? Check out a few ladies modeling their favorite Firmoo eyewear.
(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)
New Customers, check more products for your first free pair at Firmoo right now! You just need to pay shipping. First come, first served! (Simply clicking "LUCKY DRAW" on this page, you may even get a totally free pair including shipping free.)
About Firmoo
Firmoo is the World's Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices which start at 8 dollars- 80%-90% lower compared to that in local store.
Firmoo throws a small amount of funds in my paypal acct. for posting this info for them. All text and photos were provided by them except the obvious rambling at the top of this post. That's all me. :) Thanks for supporting my blog. 
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