Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Taste It Tuesday-Kombucha

***Disclosure-Sample product was received.  All opinions stated are my own based on my own experience.


With plenty of challenges in any given day, it’s challenging for women to treat themselves without guilt. 

Reed’s Culture Club Kombucha is power-packed with herbs and super fruits like ginger, goji berry, pomegranate, grapefruit, cranberry and hibiscus. Reed’s uses only spring water to brew the tea for their kombucha, and the finished product is the truest, most raw form of the tea.  Kombucha tea is packed with probiotics and beneficial enzymes.

Everyday we have been trying a different master tonic.  The Reed's Culture Club Kombucha is all numbered:

1-Goji Ginger
2-Hibiscus Ginger Grapefruit
3-Lemon Ginger Raspberry
4-Cranberry Ginger
5-Pomegranate Ginger
6-Coconut Water Lime
7-Passion Mango Ginger
8-Cabernet Ginger

According to WedMD, Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sicknesscolic, upset stomach, gas, diarrheanausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.

Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

I have had several intestinal issues the last couple of years.  One thing I can never do is burp on my own.  I have been clean eating which includes no sodas.  But sodas help me burp.  I really like the the kombucha drinks have a fizz and make me burp naturally.  I like the different flavors.  Each bottle was only 50 calories.  Each bottle has its own flavor and taste totally different.  I have used ginger in my juicing before so I was use to the taste but if you have not, then just be warned.  Passion Mango Ginger was the one liked the most.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Road Trip Music-Kidz Bop

***Disclosure-Sample product received.  All opinions stated are my own.

What is a road trip without music?  We love to karaoke on our road trips.  Once you hit out of town, your favorite stations are gone and then what?

KIDZ BOP 26 TRACKLIST-

1-Happy
2-Timber
3-Dark Horse
4-Story of My Life
5-Pompeii
6-Sing
7-Counting Stars
8-Team
9-Best Day of My Life
10-All of Me
11-Not a Bad Thing
12-Ain't it Fun
13-The Man
14-Say Something
15-Let it Go

    I like Kidz Bob because it is kids singing the songs.  I am so glad that Let It Go made it on this one because is my daughter's favorite song right now.  We love this song too and sing along with her, if she lets us.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Skin Care Sunday-Bio-Oil

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are based on my own personal experience.

Since 2008, Pregnancy Awareness Month (May) has been empowering pregnant women and new families to easily adopt healthy routines into their lives.  Through education, exercise, nutrition, wellness and nurture, PAM helps women make healthy changes for themselves and their families. 

As America’s #1 selling multi-use skincare oil and a must-have for moms-to-be, Bio-Oil is proud to support PAM for the second year in a row.  Together, PAM and Bio-Oil are helping pregnant women stay healthy from the inside out.  

This is me at my baby shower carrying my daughter.  I was huge but so proud of my beautiful belly.

Did you know that Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone with the unique formulation of Vitamins A & E, Lavender, Calendula and Rosemary oils, Chamomile extract and breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil.  The essential product treats aging and dehydrated skin and protects against moisture loss. 

I was introduced to Bio-Oil late after my pregnancy and heard of many of my friends who used it and swore by it.  I am still trying to return to my normal self.  

When the body expands faster than the covering skin, the skin tears, forming a scar as it heals. These scars are visible on the surface of the skin as stretch marks.
The likelihood of developing stretch marks varies according to skin type, race, age, diet and hydration of the skin. Those most prone to stretch marks include pregnant women, body builders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and individuals who experience rapid weight gain.
Stretch marks are permanent in nature, and although Bio‑Oil is formulated to help improve their appearance, it can never remove them.

My total was stretched out and now I am trying to lose all that baby and excess weight I have gained.  

Bio‑Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the stretch marks, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. During pregnancy, it should be applied from the start of the second trimester to areas that are prone to stretch marks such as the abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs.

Even though I may not go to 100% baby smooth skin, next time I will know try Bio-Oil.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Rescue-TrapStik for Wasps

***Disclosure-Sample product was received.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Saturday my husband and I were outside doing some outdoors work on our lawn.  He was cutting the grass and I was trimming our shrubs.  My Lil Bit was her little pool enjoying the sun.  Next thing you know, I scream.  I feel an excruciating pain on my leg.  I screamed for my husband and i didn't know know what bit me.

Next thing you know my husband, sees the swarm of wasps that has made a nest exactly where I was trimming.  This big wasp bit me on my leg.  It hurt really bad.  I am so glad it was me and not my Lil Bit.  The bite soon became a swollen spot on my leg.  My husband hurried up and installed Rescue!  A little to late for me but not too late to protect the rest of the family from these wasps around our house.

The TrapStik® for Wasps catches paper wasps, carpenter bees and mud daubers.
The TrapStik® for Wasps uses new VisiLureTM technology to lure these stinging insects with appealing colors and a multi-dimensional pattern. Wasps are attracted by the colors and patterns on the TrapStik®, then get stuck to the adhesive surface.
  • Catches queens and workers, from spring through fall
  • Can be placed near a nest to reduce populations, making it safer to spray
  • Odor-free
  • Pesticide-free
  • Water-resistant
  • Made in USA
Wasps are lured to the sticky surface, and once stuck, they expire on their own.
I hope you don't have these around your house and never get bitten by one.  A friend recommended putting a freshly cut potato, cut side down on my bite to take the venom out after you remove the stinger.  Luckily I had no stinger in me but it hurt like I did.  I took benadryl and it knocked me out so it was too late for me to do this.  Have you been bitten by a wasp?  Do you have a home remedy?  What have you done?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flick Friday-Planes: Fire & Rescue

***Disclosure-My daughter and I were invited to an advance screening.  All opinions stated are based on my own personal experience.

Hitting the movies with the kids is a must in the Summer.  Today Planes: Fire & Rescue comes out.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.  Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”). 

Yesterday I got home and picked up my Lil Bit.  I told her we were going to go see Planes and she got so excited.  She kept saying, "Mami, hurry we go catch the planes"!  Planes: Fire & Rescue is in 3D so there was a lot of action flying right at us.  My daughter was telling me, "Look at the green helicopter, What color is that plane, etc"...  And afterwards she was making airplane noises with her arms out, pretending to be a fast plane.  I really liked that this movie talked about fires.  Here in Texas there are always wild fires and on one of our road trips, we actually passed through Bastrop which suffered a lot of damage.  So proud of the real firefighters and rescue workers.  This was a cute movie.  We both enjoyed it.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D today.  Grab the family and make it a Family Movie Outing!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tasty Thursday-Crispy Green Summer Travel Tips

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Road trips and travel go hand in hand with Summer.  Travel has become a part of our Summer adventures.  I am always looking for vacation travel tips to help our adventures be better for our family.  Sometimes the season traveler can have a tip that will make all the difference. 

Here are the Crispy Green’s Top Six Summer Vacation Travel Tips:
·  If you’re traveling by air, make sure you visit your airline website to equip yourself with full knowledge of baggage rules, potential fees, meal availability, wi-fi, etc. Don’t be blind-sided by extra fees and penalties – read the fine print.

·  Road trippin’ it this year? Reduce the risk of any car troubles by making sure your vehicle is running at peak performance. For those mechanic types, you can do it yourself; however, for the rest of us, stop in at your local auto maintenance center and let them check the oil, tires, filters, etc. (And make sure your GPS device is set up and ready to navigate.)

·  If you’re traveling abroad, make sure you and all family members have up-to-date passports. Just stop in at your local post office or do a google search to find out all the details. It does take time to process, so make sure you check well before your travel dates!

·  If you’re traveling to an exotic destination, you may be required to have a vaccination, OR, there may be some cultural traditions that you need to be aware of. Do your online homework. Everything you need to know is just a few clicks away.

·  For foreign travel, consider taking a Rosetta Stone language study (if you don’t know the language). Otherwise, try one of the many language translator apps available for iPhone and android devices.

·  No matter WHAT method of travel you are taking, you can ALWAYS keep some healthy snacks in your purse, backpack, diaper bag, tote bag or carry-on. Crispy Fruit snacks by Crispy Green are the PERFECT travel mate and will keep the kids (and adults) happy between meals.

Vacations are a big part of summertime for many families. Crispy Fruit snacks by Crispy Green are the perfect, on-the-go, healthy snacks for wherever you are headed!
 


Because of Crispy Green’s commitment to healthy snacking, all of their products are now Non-GMO Project Verified. Crispy Fruit snacks are also allergy-free, kosher, non-fat, non-cholesterol and less than 55 calories per bag! Crispy Green – 100% fruit, nothing else!

My daughter loves fruit.  But I can't carry groceries bags with me of fruit wherever I go.  These are perfect to pack in her bag.  She loved the apple and banana ones that best.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday-San Diego Bucket List

I am such a lucky girl, more like blessed.  I once was a single mother.  I worked very hard to get to where I am and God has always looked out for me.  When one door was going to close, he already had another one ready to be opened for me.  I have been blessed to have been working for an awesome company for 10 years now.  I say awesome because they have given me so many opportunities that I would not have had.  Thanks to them I get to visit the beautiful city of San Diego as part of my anniversary gift from them to me.  It also happens to be my birthday week.  How perfect is that!  I remember making a wish once upon a time to travel, see, discover, and have adventures.  My next travel adventure is San Diego.  Never been there, I had no idea where to go or what to do.  But I have complied a San Diego Bucket List of things I want to try, see and experience.

Independentmami's San Diego Bucket List
-Paddle Board
-Take the Coronado Ferry
-Kayak
-Tour a Haunted Hotel
-Party on a Yacht
-Watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean
-Hope Aboard the USS Midway
-Seaworld San Diego
-San Diego Zoo
-Tour an old town
-Hang out with Navy Seals
-Ride a trolley
-Enjoy a Summer outdoor concert
-Tour Caves

Let's see how many I can cross off, and by the way the hubby gets to come on this adventure as well.  The only other time we have been able to get away was our honeymoon and I was sea sick most of the cruise.  I am so excited, this will be a couple's retreat for us.  No kids, No work!

Do you have anything I missed that needs to be added?  Have you been to San Diego?  Tell me more?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Makeover Monday-New Me

This month is my birthday month and normally I do not celebrate for an entire month.  But this year it only seems fitting that I celebrate the triumphs I have been overcoming by doing a makeover.  I really like the song Arianna Grande sings, "I got 99 problems, but you ain't 1 of them"  Basically that is how my life has been feeling lately.  My husband always says that when a woman chops off her hair she is having problems.  I never thought I was having problems when I chopped off my hair.  My hair is thick and it gets to be too much after it is so long.  I wanted a make over for me, not because of my problems.  So i went online and decided to look for a completely differently look that anything I have ever had.  This where my choices after searching for the looks I liked:
Just look at the cut, not the color.  I looked under round faces, thick hair, looks that thin out your face, and etc...and these were the final looks I liked.  I posted it on IG and FB.  #1 got the most votes.  Many told me not to do it.  My son really liked #2.  Eventually I decided I needed all gone and I really liked #3.  Especially the color.  Something different and new is what I was looking for.  So I headed to the salon and they did they work and this is the final product:
The cut is a little different.  My master stylist didn't want me to look like a boy.  She really didn't want to chop it all off but in the end she said it was my decision.  My reasoning is that it will grow out into #1 and #2 eventually.  My hair grows fast, I think?  Anyways the whole point is that this change has really given me a little attitude about myself.  It makes me feel powerful.  Not to many people have the courage to do things out of their comfort zone.  And trust me, this took a lot out of me to go through with it.  Always wanted to do it, but in the end chicken out.  I finally did it and I love it.  Chopping off my hair has set me free!
I really like that my haircut is so playful.  I can style it different ways and if I don't and just wake up, who cares.  It is short and sassy like someone told me the other day.  What do you think?  Would you chop it all off?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Travel Tuesday-Schlitterbahn Galveston

Disclosure-I am a member of USFG.  I wrote a sponsored post Mom's Ice Chest Challenge #BahnCooler and in return I received four complimentary passes to Schlitterbahn Galveston.  All opinions stated are my own based on our own personal experience.

This Summer has been a rainy one, and on our schedule has been a day at Schlitterbahn Galveston.   Rain or sun shine, we were making it a Sunday Family Fun Day
Oh what a difference 1 year makes.  This is my Lil Bit.  Last Summer, she was at 29" and this year she is at 33".  But that is not all that has changed at Schlitterbahn Galveston, the Screaming Serpents is a new addition.
My son and I rode down the this slides that twist and inter twine and when you come out, you aren't where you started.  This was such a fun slide.

On our way to this I hit a part of the waterpark I had never been too, believe or not.  We have our favorite places we normally go to with our first stop being the lazy river.  This time we decided to walk around the entire waterpark and I discovered a whole another side of the waterpark I had not seen.
There is a beach volleyball court.  You can join in a game anytime.  There were games going on all day long.  What was so nice is that you didn't even have to know the people.  Everyone just joined teams and started planning, so much fun!

We were having so much fun, all the water fun, and fun in the sun made us hungry.  We packed #BahnCooler ready with snacks and drinks.  But just one sniff of the pizza and we were sold.  We got a large pizza to share.  We were so full after we ate we needed to take a break.  I was telling my husband, "All that is missing now is a big hammock to take a nap"....and voila!

 

The weather was perfect.  While my daughter took a nap I was able to ride more rides with my teen.  What a wonderful day we had, until next time. 

 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sun Care Essentials

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  Informational post only.

What are your plans this 4th of July weekend?  Lots of fun in the sun?

We will definitely be out in the fun having lots of fun.  But first we will protect our skin.

Neutrogena has a great variety of sunscreens for everyone in the family.


NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ 
This innovative sunscreen stick is perfect for outdoor activities such as sailing, surfing, hiking, biking and even sandcastle building with your kids. The mess-free application is ideal for on-the-go protection and the unique wide-faced stick makes for a quick and easy face and body application. 


NEUTROGENA® Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+
This spray-on sunscreen provides full-strength protection for those kids that can't stay out of the water for too long. Specially formulated with Helioplex®,  this sunscreen was created for direct wet skin application.


NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
Did you know that a baby's skin is 10 times more sensitive to the environment? Made from 100% naturally-sourced ingredients, this sunscreen is perfect for your baby's soft and gentle skin. Formulated with PureScreen® technology, it reflects harmful UVB/UVA rays before they touch your baby's body. 



 Buy One Get One 50% off sale until July 5 Walgreens and CVS in case you need to run out and get some.