Thursday, February 28, 2013

Premama Review and Giveaway

Are you pregnant or nursing?  Are you taking your prenatal vitamins like you are suppose to?  Do you hate horse pills or pills at all? 

When I was pregnant with my son over 15 years all there was for me to take were horse pills.  Now with my daughter Gia, a little older and wiser, the pills got smaller and I was able to take them.  But my sister in laws who were pregnant at the same time could not pass the regular size pills.  They do not like pills at all and even though they are good for the baby had a hard time swalling the pills, even going so far to cutting them in half.  So what if I told you there is a new way to drink prenatals?


Premama Vitamin Drink Mix-
-100% Natural
-6 calories
-Easy to digest
-Flavorless
-includes DHA, Folic Acid, Iron
-also Ginger, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium to help with nausea and digestive relief

My thoughts-best idea ever.  This mix can be added to your water, juice, or smoothie.  I have been into juicing lately, adding my mix everyday. 

Want to give Premama a try?  Win a 30 day supply...



How to enter:

1)  Must be a follower. (1 entry)
2)  Facebook share. (1 entry/per share/per day)
3)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win 30-day supply of Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix! @drinkpremama #giveaway ends 3/8 http://tinyurl.com/d2b7aoo

This giveaway ends 3/8/13 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected to win.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  You must leave your email in the comment.  US only.  Good luck.

Denny's Skillet Platter Review

So what's for breakfast?  Don't feel like cooking....on the weekends mommy takes a break.  We load up the car and we go grab some breakfast.  One of the spots we always head to is Denny's. 

Denny's has a new menu - Complete Skillet Meals.  They are only $8.99.

The “Complete Skillet Meals” menu features affordable three-course meals.  Guests can enjoy more than 100 possible meal combinations to satisfy any taste and budget. With so many delicious options, diners will have trouble deciding how to start - a cup of hearty soup, a Denny’s garden or Caesar salad or seasonal fruit.  Next, choose from one of six delicious dishes including the Prime Rib Loaded Potato SkilletCountry-Fried Steak Skillet,Chicken Loaded Potato SkilletPot Roast SkilletBacon Chipotle Chicken Skillet and the Hash Skillet. Complete the meal with a tempting dessert - Mini Apple CrispMini Banana SplitPecan Pie or Denny’s famous Pancake Puppies® Sundae.  The limited time menu also features three breakfast options including the Banana Caramel French Toast SkilletWestern Skillet and the Fit Fare® Veggie Skillet.


My thoughts-These are the 2 menu items we picked.  The Western Skillet was my choice.  It comes with eggs, hashbrowns, peppers..mmmm.  The other skillet we ordered was the Banana Caramel French toast.  My kids love French Toast.  I asked for extra bananas for the baby.  I like that the food stays warm until you are ready to eat it.  I normally feed the baby first and then afterwards I can finally eat.  When I got ready to eat, my food was still warm.  It was so delicious.  The baby loved the bite size ham on my Western Skillet.  It was all very yummy.  Can't wait to go back and try the other skillets.
***Disclosure-GC provided to sample menu.  These are my honest opinions based on my own experience at my local Denny's. 

Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends Giveaway

Are you bored with your cereal?  Are you ready to try a new flavor totally different than what you have tried?
Take your taste buds to the Tropics!  New Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends-
-10g whole grain
-120 calories
-6 g of sugar
-9 essential vitamins and minerals
-4 wholesome grains
-Heart healthy (0g trans fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol)
-Wic eligible

If you are like me, I like variety in my cereal but I still need the nutrition.  I like Honey Bunches of Oats and all the variety of cereals they offer including this new one.

Wanna try it?  I have a giveaway.

How to enter:

1)  Enter the 2013 Tropical Trip Sweepstakes here. (1 entry)
2)  Facebook Share. (1 entry)
3)  Follow @HBOats on twitter. (1 entry)
4)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win @BBOats #HoneyBunchesOfOats #giveaway @independentmami ends 03/28 http://tinyurl.com/bvoxy6z


5)  Tweet. (1 entry/per day/per tweet)

Enter the Tropical Trio Sweepstakes http://insiders.purex.com/tropical-trio?id=10153

This giveaway ends 3/28/13 at 8 a.m.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please leave email in the comment.  Good luck.

***Disclosure- Sample provided for review.  All opinions are my own. 

And the Winners are...Borax, Purex Crystals for Baby, and Pajanimals

The Borax winner is....

Anonymous said... 10

1/21 https://twitter.com/yourpotofgold/status/293483609338306560 yellow_patricia at Hotmail dot com

January 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

The Purex Crystal for Baby winner is....

DONNA CHEATLE said... 9

tweeted  https://twitter.com/lilypaddj/status/301755583827156992

lilypaddj3@gmail.com

February 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The winner of Pajanimals is...

Lauren said... 7

I follow your blog

laurencoto2008@gmail.com

February 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The winners have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please respond to the email sent to you.  Thanks for entering.  Stay tuned.




C is for Cereal

Sesame Street has teamed up with Post and they have created 2 cereals for toddlers-Elmo Apples and Cookie Monster Banana.
Did you know that Nutritionists recommend toddlers 2 to 3 years old eat 1 1/2 servings or more whole grain foods per day?

Post Sesame Street C is for Cereal-

-provides 2/3 of toddler daily whole grains.
-Provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals
-16g of whole grains per 20g serving
-only 1g of sugar per serving
-No artificial flavor
-No high fructose corn syrup
-Fortified with iron, zinc, choline



My thoughts-I like that they are small in size.  Easy to pick up and eat as a snack or finger food.  Easy to chew and swallow.  My daughter likes both flavors.  She loves to eat them all day long.  I tasted them and they are good. 

***Disclosure-I am a BzzAgent.  I received this product to sample and review.  These are my own, honest opinions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Little Passports Review

Spring break is next month already.  Any plans for the kiddos to stay busy and not be at home bored?  Is a Staycation in your future plans?  Well get those little passports ready!
Little Passports is a subscription-based service that fosters excitement about geography, history, and culture by following the travels of animated characters Sam and Sofia on their magic scooter – both around the world and in the USA! 


Kids travel to far off countries and different states with letters, activities and souvenirs they receive each month in packages from Sam and Sofia. Please find more information about the USA Edition and World EditionIt’s a great way to introduce kids to new cultures each month.

My thoughts-My son has traveled with school and church all over the USA.  He was excited when he saw this kit:

USA Edition (ages 7-12)
The recently released USA Edition begins with the USA Discovery Kit, including a letter from Sam and Sofia, a wall-sized USA map, field guide, scratch book, disposable camera and photo scavenger hunt.  In subsequent months, kids will receive a travel journal packed with 32 pages of activities themed around two different states.

He pointed to all the places we have been to together, places he has been too, and places he wants to visit.  He liked that he was able to learn about places in the USA.  He was actually off on Friday and read up on New York, Texas and Florida, which are all places he has been too.  He made notes of things he did not see and wants to see next time he visits.  I love all the learning he has done and how much interest he has had for this.  

If you are looking for something for your kiddos to get into, or just learning guides for them, Little Passports is a great choice.  Growing up we never traveled anywhere.  Travel for me was in the books I read but so distant.  These kits are so much fun and perfect for your kiddos.  They will enjoy them like mine did.

***Disclosure-Sample kit was received to review.  All opinions stated are my very own, honest opinions.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

totalwallcovering.com Review

It is almost Spring time.  Spring cleaning is right around the corner.  I got a head start on my cleaning since we had the entire house painted.  But once the paint goes up, there was something still missing.  I have always liked the wall murals/stickers/decals that I have seen online.  They are like stickers, except they are removable.  I had wondered how they worked and were they really removable.

Lil Bit's room is pink and brown.  Nothing on the walls but the paint.  Filled with furniture and toys only.  My daughter's room was missing something.  And after looking online I found exactly what it was missing.
The plain closet doors and dresser now have my daughter's favorite characters, Princess decals.  They were really easy to use and remove.  I placed them in different areas but really liked how they made the plain closet doors, not so plain.  This is exactly what her room was missing.  She loves the Princess decals.



Disney Princess Wall Decals-
  • ItemId: RMK1470SCSDK
  • Item Name: Disney Princess Wall Decals
  • Description: 37 Peel and Stick Pieces, Peel and Stick, Repositionable, Removable and Whimsical Fun.
  • List Price: $19.99 / Each
  • Price: $15.99



I like the embellishment with the little jewel studs.  And the decals were removable.  I placed them on the door in the middle but my line wasn't so straight and had to readjust the decals a little after placing them on the closet doors.  They were easily removed and then stuck with no problem.

***Disclosure-Sample provided to review.  Any and all opinions are my own, honest opinions based on my experience.

Hint Review


HINT, Inc. is a company that produces all natural premium essence water with no sweeteners, artificial flavors or preservatives. 

If you are tired of your kids acting moody or feeling sluggish as a result of too much sugar then below are Kara’s  Goldin, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of San Francisco-based HINT, Inc.top 5 reasons why you should encourage your children to drink healthier and switch from soda to water:  

1.    Hydrating – Water is extremely essential and it’s at the heart of a healthy lifestyle! Drinking water throughout the day helps your child learn by providing energy and attentiveness, which will help them focus on activities that develop language, social and comprehension skills. Lack of water could lead to dehydration, which causes symptoms that hinder a child’s cognitive development, including confusion and fatigue

2.    Beneficial – Drinking soda and other sugary drinks negatively impacts a child's development. Issues such as weight gain, diabetes, dental problems, etc. can arise as a result of making the choice to consume unhealthy drinks

3.    Approving – HINT is the first beverage other than plain water approved by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for all three of their tiers (Elementary, Middle, and High School students)

4.     Enjoyable – Reassure your children that the beverage promises to make drinking water easier to drink and more fun. With just a hint of flavor – HINT is available in ten unique and delicious flavors including Watermelon, Blackberry, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Raspberry-Lime, Mango-Grapefruit, Lime, Pear, Honeydew-Hibiscus and Cucumber

5.    Useful– HINT isn’t an alternative to water because it is WATER. HINT is a great way for kids of all ages (and adults too) looking for a healthy, more flavorful drink option to still reap the advantages of water

If it’s the carbonated bubbles that your child loves, then not to worry, HINT Water also launched the first and only unsweetened sparkling essence water, HINT Fizz and is available in four flavors including Blackberry, Watermelon, Strawberry-Kiwi and Peach.

HINT, whose mantra is Drink Water, Not Sugar®, became the brainchild of Kara Goldin, a mother of four, when seeking a refreshing, unsweetened, no calorie beverage for her children. Kara got the idea for the all-natural fruit essence water when one day her daughter reached for a juice and she then asked her to make a healthier option. Kara was surprised to see her daughter go for the very drink that she had in hand – just water with a HINT of lime flavor.

Before Kara started HINT, she found herself spending a lot of time in the grocery aisle looking for healthy options for her family and realized that beverages were heading in the wrong direction. Since then, HINT has become one of the largest privately owned beverage businesses in the US.

Kara was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and was just recently named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women.

My thoughts-My son plays Soccer and runs Cross Country for his school.  And I like that the school encourages their athletes like my son to drink water.  With that said, what kid wants to drink water all day long, I know as an adult I don't.  I like that Hint is flavored water.  It is water with a hit of flavor.  There are no sweeteners, calories, or preservatives.  It is Vegan, Gluten-Free, and No MSG.  It contains no juice.  But what it does contain is flavor.  No more drinking plain water.

***Disclosure-Samples provided for review.  These are my own, honest opinions.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Taste: Tuesday at 9|8c on ABC

One blind spoonful could change everything on ABC's all-new alternative series, "The Taste," an exhilarating one-hour cooking competition that puts 16 culinary competitors - from pro chefs to home cooks -- to the fire with four of the world's most notable masters of the food world who will judge their creations based on a blind taste test.
In this pressure-filled contest, the taste in a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing. The series features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and chef/restaurateur Brian Malarkey. These four culinary superstars and mentors will each coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. In each episode the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through various elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors' dishes blind -- with no knowledge of whose creation they're sampling, what they're eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home.

My thoughts-I love food challenge shows.  I like to see how creative the cooks can get.  It is amazing what they can do in such little time or with the challenges they are given.

I will be watching tomorrow, will you?  The Taste ABC on Tuesdays at 8/7c

***Disclosure-I am an Influenster.  This post is my entry into a challenge prize.




Jillian Michaels Hard Body Review



So I love Jillian and I know am one of her biggest fans.  I love her no excuses attitude and love that she kicks butt.  She can kick my butt any time or so that is what I use to think....lol

I tried this total body workout for 45 minutes per day.  this is me after her workout.  She kicked my butt.  It was hard but guess what, that is why it is called HARD BODY!!  I like that you are not still for a minute.  It is a continuous workout.  One minute you are up and the next you are on the floor.  You are doing combinations and work the entire body at the same time.  If you have ever done one of Jillian's workouts before, you need to try this one.  I even had a friend join me in the workout.  She is a Jillian fan and loves her workouts.  She said this was a hard workout.  But we both enjoyed it!
I like that she has beginner, intermediate, and advance modes throughout the entire workout.  Every step of the way, she is there to help in case you don't get it with modifications or if you need to slow down.  There are 2- 45 minute workouts.  I can't wait to be able to handle the next 45 minutes!
Hard Body, here I come.

Jillian Michael's Hard Body will be available on March 5.  You can pre-order your copy online.

***Disclosure-Sample provided for review.  These are my honest opinions.


***CLOSED***KeVita Review and Giveaway


KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

DID YOU KNOW?

80 % of your immune system lives in your gut. Healthy gut = Healthy Immune System.
My thoughts-I am all for anytime that will not make my allegies react in some sort of way.  I am always looking for healthy drinks and food I can intake that will actually help my digestive system.  I hit my 30s and I have had all sorts of problems.  But I am trying to help my body by trying new, different items out there.  So I went to Whole Foods and found a drink called Mojita, mmmm sounds good huh?  It has lime, mint, and coconut.

All of the ingredients I like.   A non-alcoholic drink with the ingredients I like.  It was good.  I gave some to my mom to try as well and she liked it too.  

Wanna give it a try?  I have a giveaway....

How to enter:

1)  Tell me which drink you would like to try? (1 entry)
2)  Facebook Share. (1 entry/per share)
3)  Tweet.  (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Wanna try @KeVitaDrinks?  @independentmami #giveaway ends 3/4 #cleanse #organic #probiotic http://tinyurl.com/bbfymn8

This giveaway ends 3/4/13 at 8 am.  3 winners will be randomly selected.  The winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please leave an email in comment.  Good Luck.

***Samples provided for review.  These are my honest opinions.




Friday, February 22, 2013

Beauty Trends-Premio Lo Nuestro




Cómo Lograr el Look de Maite Perroni en la Alfombra Roja de Premio Lo Nuestro por Gabriel Samra, Estilista de Celebridades Para Pantene


· El estilista de los famosos, Gabriel Samra nos dice cómo lograr el moderno peinado que Maite Perroni lució en la ceremonia de Premio Lo Nuestro, siguiendo tan solo tres sencillos pasos.

· Inspiración: "Maite siempre acapara todas las miradas cuando llega a la alfombra roja y para mí , fue un placer trabajar con un cabello tan bello y saludable. Para esta noche, decidimos dejar atrás el look de cabello ondulado e ir con un look de cabello liso y sofisticado pero al mismo tiempo sensual y atrevido, el complemento perfecto para su sexy vestido metálico. Lo más interesante de este look moderno es que marca la pauta y se adelanta a las próximas tendencias para el otoño de 2013," dijo Gabriel.

1. Paso 1: Para iniciar la transformación, sequé el cabello con un cepillo redondo grande para alisarlo desde la raíz hasta la punta.

2. Paso 2: Una vez seco, separé el cabello en capas superiores e inferiores, recogiendo con un clip la capa superior para mantener el cabello separado. Entonces, seccioné la capa inferior en mechones de 2 pulgadas y apliqué Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray para proteger el cabello de daños por el calor y aumentar su brillo. Utilizando una plancha, alisé cada sección de la raíz a la punta, dedicándole entre 3-5 segundos por sección. Una vez que la capa inferior del cabello de Maite estuvo completamente lisa, repetí los pasos anteriores en la capa superior.

3. Paso 3: Para el toque final, utilicé un peine para alisar el cabello y poner en su sitio y por último, rocié todo el cabello con Pantene Pro-V Stylers Flexible Hold Hair Spray porque su fijación flexible mantiene el movimiento natural del cabello y hace que el look se vea natural!

· ¡Para más tips de belleza visita www.MiPantene.com y sigue a @PANTENE por Twitter! #WantThatHair
Get Maite Perroni’s Red Carpet Look at Premio Lo Nuestro by Pantene Celebrity Hairstylist Gabriel Samra

· Celebrity hairstylist Gabriel Samra tells us how to get Maite Perroni’s trend-setting hair look at Premio Lo Nuestro in three simple steps.

· Inspiration: “Maite always makes heads turn when she gets to the red carpet and for me it is great to work with such beautiful healthy hair. For tonight, we decided to leave behind the wavy hair look and go with a smooth and sophisticated straight hair look that makes a bold statement and is the perfect complement to her sexy metallic dress. What is most exciting about this look is that it sets the tone and anticipates the upcoming trends for Fall 2013,” said Gabriel.

1. Step 1: To start the transformation, I blow-dried her hair using a big round brush to straighten from root to tip.

2. Step 2: Once dry, I separated her hair in top and bottom layers, clipping the top layer to keep it out of the way. Then, I sectioned the bottom layer in 2-inch sections and sprayed with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray to protect from heat damage and enhance shine. Using a flat iron, I straightened each section from root to tip, taking 3-5 seconds per section. Once the bottom layer of her hair was completely flattened, I repeated the above steps to the top layer.

3. Step 3: For the finishing touches, I used a comb to smooth and put hair in desired place. Finally, I sprayed Pantene Pro-V Stylers Flexible Hold Hair Spray throughout because its flexible hold maintains hair’s natural movement and makes the look seem effortless!

· For more beauty tips visit www.MiPantene.com and follow @PANTENE on Twitter! #WantThatHair
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

Yee haaa!! Partners...It's Rodeo time!

Fitness Friday-I Am Giving Up on Giving Up

So many of you are giving up things for Lent.  I am not Catholic but I like the idea of having to give something up for 40 days.  So I was thinking what can I give up for 40 days.  I could give up food for 40 days and just go on a liquid diet but then when I start to eat food again, then what?  I would give up bread, ice cream, and chocolate, yeah I am allergic to all that.  Already gave it up for life...lol.  So I thought the point is to commit to something for 40 days.  So instead of giving something up, committing to do something.  So I told myself I am giving up, on giving up on myself.  I am committing to 40 days of exercise.  Everyday doing something different and having fun doing it.

Day #1-Jillian Michael's Hard Body DVD -45 minutes beginner mode
Day #2-Gym -Elliptical, Stair Master, Bike, Treadmill, Zumba
Day #3-Slept -Did you know you are burning calories while you sleep?  You need to be properly rested, so catch up on that sleep you are missing.
Day #4 -Gym -Elliptical, Body Pump
Day #5 -1 mile walk while carrying my 21 lb daughter
Day #6 -3 mile run

Everyday I am trying out a different routine, or exercise.  Every week, I will switch maybe the order or day I do it on.  The point is sxtarting the commitment and learning what I like to do.

What are you giving up? or not?


Thursday, February 21, 2013

MommyParties- Mega Bloks Barbie

MommyParties presents:

How much fun can a girl have with Mega Bloks and Barbie?  This much fun.
Growing up I remember playing with all my Barbies and all their accessories.  What is a Barbie without a house, car, etc...?  But I never had a Barbie Mansion...

The girls had a blast and so can your girls...check out all the fun....

Building this mansion is so much fun...and the fun doesn't stop there.

For more information, check out http://barbie.megabloks.com/ 


***Disclosure-Thanks to MommyParties for providing party kit full of fun for all guests to enjoy and take home as well.  These are our own experiences.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

And the winner is...Smoothie King GC

Congratulations....

Lauren said...


9



I left a comment on The Muppets Again Sneak Peek post.



laurencoto2008@gmail.com



February 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Thanks to all who participated!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mommies Get Your Strollers Ready

Spring is around the corner.  January has past, February is halfway done, and then we will be in March.  The year is flying.  I love to take Lil Bit for afternoon strolls on her stroller.  Do you know where you stroller is?  lol...Well get that stroller ready...in case you dont have your stroller ready and are looking for a new one...We have the Britax B-Ready.

(The top-selling single modular stroller supports growing families with its integrated CLICK & GO system. It easily converts into 14 configurations that can carry one or two children using any combination of the top seat, 2nd seat, bassinet and infant car seats (sold separately). Additionally, its reversible top seat accommodates four recline positions.


The BRITAX B-READY’s (MSRP: $499.99) sleek new fashions will be available online and in independent and major retailers this February.)

Britax B-Ready is now available in 3 new colors (bright copper, mossy green and slate gray).


No matter the color...I hope you are ready.  We are!

***Disclosure-Sponsored Post Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post as a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories stated here are clearly my own.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

***CLOSED***PAJANIMALS DVD Giveaway

Hey PAJANIMAL fans,


February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day (February 14), Celebration of Love Week (February 10 – 16) and Love Your Pet Day (February 20), and Pajanimals want to help you celebrate by offering new FREE PAJANIMALS-themed Valentine’s Day printable cards available now at http://www.sproutonline.com/printables/pajanimals-printable-valentines-day-cards

Check out the new DVD,

In “Pajanimals Playdate,” the Pajanimals love to play games, sing songs and go on great adventures to meet new friends.  Each story resolves a challenge typically encountered during every preschooler's day. Through their imaginary journeys, these friends discover fun ways to learn daily life lessons. Snuggle up with the Pajanimals for a magical adventure and play date that encourages a bedtime routine!  $9.99; Ages 0 - 6   now available at www.ncircleentertainment.com and www.amazon.com 

I have a giveaway.  1 Lucky winner will get a PAJANIMALS DVD
How to enter:
1)  Show me the love, follow blog, Facebook, Network, Twitter (1 entry each)
2)  Share the love, Facebook share. (1 entry/per share, must link)
3)  Tweet the love. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)
Enter to #win @hensonparents @SproutTV PAJANIMALS DVD @independentmami #giveaway ends 2/28  http://tinyurl.com/ad6826e
4)  Follow @hensonparents on twitter (1 entry)
5)  Follow @SproutTV on twitter (1 entry)
Bonus Entries-
If you are a Facebook Fan-you get a bonus entry for each.
This giveaway ends 2/28/13 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  You must leave your email in the link.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.   For U.S. and Canada participants only please. Godd luck.
***Disclosure-Sample product received to review.  Any opinions stated are my own.

And the Winner..Escape Prize Pack

Congratulations goes to...


lilyk said...
20
I tweeted the requested message on Twitter at https://twitter.com/likwan/status/301590934368432128.

mslilyk@hotmail.com

Spoonful of Valentine's

Do you make your own V-day cards with your kids?  Do you do arts and crafts, bake desserts, or just plain have fun?  Well let me tell you about Spoonful.comDisney’s new lifestyle family site, features content grouped into four main categories (cook, create, play and celebrate).

Additionally, the site was built with a technology that allows for easy viewing across computers, tablets and mobile devices – perfect for parents on the go!

Here’s a peek at what Spoonful is serving up for Valentine’s Day:

Unique Valentine’s Day Card Ideas:

Mad Love Mad Lib Scrolls
Simple Homemade Gift How-To’s:
Kid-Friendly Dessert Recipes:

Free Printable Disney Valentine’s Day Cards:

                                                                                                                       

About Spoonful.com
Spoonful.com is a one-stop shop filled with thousands of inspired ideas that can bring a little magic into everyday family life. Spoonful delivers easy-to-digest daily doses of inspiration and information, designed to spark the enthusiasm of parents. The site helps parents power through everything from getting a handle on holiday festivities to figuring out a fun way to get kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The site’s responsive design also makes it easy to access from home or while on-the-go via smartphones and tablets.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

Weightloss Wednesday-V-Day Tips


What are your plans for the V-Day?  We always do food, the is the first thing I think about when I think V-day.  And lately working out has not been happening so not feeling so great about my V-Day outfit either.  But no worries, here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the most romantic (and at times, stressful) holiday of the year:

·         Eliminate pre-date jitters with some cardio!
o   Take 30 mins in the morning to walk, run, bike, etc. The endorphins your body releases during and after your workout will help you relax and allow you to clear your mind for the big night.
§  Did you know? If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes (Source: American Heart Association)

·         A healthy meal is a romantic meal
o   Plan Ahead: If you know where you’re going ahead of time and there’s a menu available online, be sure to review it and identify some of the best options that align with your healthy eating habits.
§  Aim for lean meats like fish, skinless poultry and beef (flank, tenderloin, sirloin) and avoid anything fried. Also, instead of eating the white bread rolls that come out before dinner, request whole wheat rolls – if they don’t serve them, it’s best to just skip it.
o   Menu 101: It may seem simple, but knowing how to read a menu is a key element in selecting the right items. Pay attention to terms such as “blackened” vs. “creamed” and “steamed” versus “sautéed,” as these preparation methods make a huge difference in how healthy a menu item is.
§  Knowing what is on the menu ahead of time will also reduce any stress or anxiety that may come from figuring out what to order.
o   Take It To-Go: Because so many restaurants serve huge portions, suggest sharing a meal with that special someone and/or request a “to-go box” when ordering and pack up half of the meal before beginning to eat.
o   Slow Down: While it is important to learn what to eat, focusing on how to eat is also a key component to dining out successfully. Be sure to chew slowly and notice the flavor and texture if the food – savor the flavor.
§  Also, don’t forget to pause mid-meal and check your appetite to prevent overeating and feeling stuffed. Remember, the first bite always tastes best!


 ***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.  In honor of National Heart Health Month, Jenny Craig, proud supporter of the American Heart Association, is sharing these tips.