Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back To School with Taste Of Nature!

One thing that is really going to take a lot of getting used to for me about my boys going back to school this year is snacks. I have really gotten used to them being here with me, and that means that when we want a snack, I can just whip something up in the kitchen. Now, I am going to have to start paying attention to our snacks and making sure that what I buy for the boys is something quick and portable, and something they will be able to eat on the go, since we are going to be super busy now. Thankfully, Taste Of Nature swooped in to help me save the day!

The folks at Taste of Nature make some awesome organic snack bars, and they agreed to send us a few to try out to see how we liked them! Oh, and like them we did! First of all, most of you know that we have been trying to eat better lately. Well, Taste Of Nature makes that super easy. Their snack bars are 100% certified organic, gluten free, and non GMO project certified. I love that they contain nothing artificial, no added sugars, and no chemicals of any kind. That makes me feel good about feeding Taste Of Nature snack bars to my guys!

Another great thing about Taste Of Nature snack bars is that they are easy to take with you on the go. I can easily stick them in lunchboxes, or the boys can take them with them in the car, no worries, no mess. The boys (and me!) really enjoyed these bars a lot. I like that the packaging is clear, so you can see just what you are getting. They come in some awesome flavors, and with eleven to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone! My personal favorite was Canadian Maple Forest, so sweet and yummy! The boys really loved Himalayan Goji Summit, which surprised me, since it wasn't something I thought they would choose. I guess that just goes to show you, when you let your kids make their own choices, they might really surprise you.

We really enjoyed these bars, and I am sure that we will be buying more of them in the very near future to stuff our lunchboxes with! At only around $1.99 per bar, these are a great deal too! You can find them at your local natural foods store. In my area, Whole Foods carries all of the flavors and they are easy to find. If you want to see what stores in your area carry Taste Of Nature bars, check here: http://www.tasteofnature.ca/where-to-buy/. Thanks Taste Of Nature for introducing us to these wonderful snacks! Make sure to join them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date as well! 

The Other Woman- Out On Blu Ray TODAY!!!!

The Other Woman is coming to DVD and Blu-ray, July 29th!
It’s time to get even! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes girl power to a whole new level with THE OTHER WOMAN, debuting on Blu-ray & DVD July 29. With Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as the leading ladies and newcomers Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj bringing the jokes left and right, ladies all over better be ready for the perfect movie to end their summer in style! Cameron Diaz leads a knockout cast in this irreverent comedy about love, lust and the laws of karma. New York attorney Carly Whitten (Diaz) is nobody’s fool. So when she accidentally discovers that her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she’s less than thrilled. Not only that, she and Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann), learn about yet another mistress (Kate Upton)! Great boyfriends are hard to find, even in the movies. To prepare you for the release of The Other Woman, we have made a list of the top ten boyfriends that Hollywood films have to offer.
1. Noah Calhoun- The Notebook
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
The Notebook
2. Jack Dawson- The Titanic
“Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful.”
3. Harry Burns- When Harry Met Sally
“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
4. Leo Collins- The Vow
“I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.”
The Vow
5. Lloyd Dobler- Say Anything
“What I really want to do with my life — what I want to do for a living — is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it.”
6. Sam Wheat- Ghost
“I love you, Molly. I’ve always loved you.”
7. Westley- The Princess Bride
“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”
Princess Bride
8. Patrick Verona- 10 Things I Hate About You
“It’s not everyday you find a girl who’ll flash someone to get you out of detention.”
9. Augustus Waters- The Fault In Our Stars
“I’m in love with you and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

10: Phil – The Other Woman

In honor of this release, we are teaming up with Fox Home Entertainment to give away a Blu Ray copy of "The Other Woman"!!! Want to win? Head on over and "like" the Flip Out Mama Facebook page so you can find out all the details about the contest!!! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Checking In With The Econo Lodge Riverside- Pigeon Forge, TN!

It's hard to believe that it has been a year since we visited our friends at the Econo Lodge Riverside in Pigeon Forge. (Check out all the fun we had on that trip HERE and HERE!). We had so much fun there last year, and my boys have been begging to go back since the day we left!! Lucky for them (and me!) we will be heading back to Pigeon Forge in October and visiting the Econo Lodge once again, but, in the meantime, we wanted to catch up with all that has been going on at our favorite hotel! 
photo credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

Let's just say that the folks at Econo Lodge Riverside have NOT been enjoying a summer vacation! They have been keeping themselves super busy, fixing things up and making their hotel even better for their guests. So, what have they been up to? Oh, not much, just constructing a $500,000 river walk on the Econo Lodge property! It is so gorgeous, I can not wait to check it out! 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside 
The new river walk includes benches, fire pits for hanging out outside,picnic tables, a paved walkway path, and more. It is so beautiful, adding to a already beautiful hotel and making it even more fun to hang out outside and feed the ducks! 
Photo credit Econo Lodge Riverside 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside 
We are also super excited about the addition of the beautiful pavilion to the Econo Lodge property out back! This is going to be great! The pavilion will include seating for over 100 and some extra large BBQ grills for everyone to enjoy. This is a really great addition to the property and is going to make things even better for guests of the Econo Lodge Riverside! I am sure that bigger groups are going to really make use of the 1000 square foot pavilion, and I know that personally, my family is going to love having the ability to grill out and eat under that pavilion. Talk about a great way to save money on your vacation while still spending quality time with family! 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

The pavilion is not finished quite yet, but it will be very soon! We can't wait to check it out! But, in the meantime, check out the progress: 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

I know that all of the great additions to the outside of the Econo Lodge Riverside property are probably enough to make you want to stay, but don't forget about the complimentary hot breakfast, the amazing indoor pool, the game room, the immaculately clean rooms and the wonderful customer service. Honestly, for my family, there is no place we'd rather stay, and in a place with as many hotel options as Pigeon Forge, that is saying a lot. If you are ready to make your reservations, here's where you need to go: http://www.econolodge-pigeonforge.com/. Make sure to check out Econo Lodge Riverside on Facebook too, so you can stay updated with all of their amazing updates: https://www.facebook.com/EconolodgeRiverside

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally by Jeff Landers

We recently got the chance to review a great book for all women who are going through a divorce. Jeff Landers' new book "Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally" is a must read for any woman who is going through a divorce or even thinking about a divorce. The truth of the matter is divorce happens to lots of couples, and women especially tend to be much more emotional when it comes to divorce, instead of thinking things through sensibly. 

This book touches on a ton of different subjects relating to divorce and finances, but they are all very easy to understand and Jeff does a great job of explaining things that could otherwise be very complicated. Jeff really does a good job of getting down to the nitty gritty and discussing things that don't usually come up in daily conversation. I would hate that any woman would have a NEED for this book, but the reality is that many women DO need this book. If you are in a situation where divorce is happening or even a possibility, you should give it a read so that you can be prepared and know what to do. 

The fact is that divorce is messy, and no matter how "smart" you are, or how "financially savvy" you are, things are just different when it's your emotions that are wrapped up in it. You have to keep your wits about you and keep the emotional side out of it (as much as possible, anyway). This book does a great job of helping with that and it is a must read for any woman dealing with a divorce. You can check out Jeff Forbes' blog, website, and YouTube channel for even more helpful information on divorce. Don't forget to buy a copy of the book for yourself on Amazon! With the Kindle version under $10 and the Paperback under $15, you really have no excuse not to get a copy! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up Challenge + GIVEAWAY!!!

I received a sample product in order to conduct this review, however, all opinions are my own. 

It's summer time, and Balance Bar is celebrating with a Summer Shape Up Challenge! You guys know that I have been trying to eat healthier, exercise more,and get in shape this summer, so I was excited to take the challenge! I had never tried Balance Bars before, so I was excited to give them a go! We were sent an awesome gift pack with tons of Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Balance Bars to check out. They were delicious, and believe it or not, my boys even loved them! They are now calling them candy bars and asking for them every day! Wow! 

Balance Bar is in this challenge to help you get motivated, so all month long, they will be posting tips and videos for getting healthy on their Facebook page, and super awesome personal trainer Holly Del Rosso will be hosting a Twitter chat at the end of the campaign to help keep us all motivated. It's gonna be great! (Thursday, July 31 at 3pm EST.. don't miss it!) Until then, check out some of Holly's best tips: 

  1. Take your workout outside. Outdoor workouts are challenging and refreshing so try paddle boarding, surfing, cycling, yoga in the park or group runs like a 5K.
  2. Eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Most fruits and veggies are at their peak during summer months and by eating them you’re adding more nutrients to your diet. Look to add a host of different colors to your meal with various fruits and vegetables. Try grilling vegetables (corn, eggplant or zucchini) for a delicious side to your dinner or add juicy fruits (blackberries, peaches and melon) to your morning breakfast.
  3. Find a buddy to workout with. By partnering with someone, you’re more likely to work out when you say you will and it’s also a great way to catch up with old friends. Some of my favorite “buddy workouts” include biking, outdoor dancing classes, canoeing, and of course, hiking (with a healthy picnic at the end!)
  4. Drink more “fun” water! It’s important to drink a plenty of water especially in the summer when you’re more prone to dehydration. I like to make infused water mocktails to make water more exciting and delicious and only adding 20 calories or less. Buy some fresh fruits, slice them up and add to your water. My favorite combinations are peaches and strawberries, strawberries and mint or cucumber and watermelon and you’ll want to drink it all day in fun infusers like these from the Ball® brand.
  5. Eat many small meals. When you eat smaller portions more frequently, your metabolic rate tends to be higher (meaning you can burn calories more easily). I always tell my clients to eat 5-6 small meals a day that are packed with nutrients, including a snack in between each meal with something like a Cookie Dough Balance Bar® which will keep you full longer and help satisfy your appetite. Balance Bar® is also a great snack to put in your purse or gym bag so you always have a nutritious snack on-hand and can avoid making those bad snack choices at that last minute and when on the go.
Balance Bar offers over 20 varieties of bars based on the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help maintain your blood sugar levels already within a normal range. They help fill you up and give you energy that lasts through your workouts and daily activities.(The above information is provided by Balance Bar.)
Personally, I was super excited about the extras that we got to check out along with the Balance Bars. The Ball Canning water infuser is absolutely one of my favorite things I've ever owned! I love, love, LOVE drinking water, it makes me feel great, but, I sometimes get bored with it. Now, I can add flavor to my water without getting those little fruit pieces stuck in my drink. I hate that! This thing has actually been a lifesaver for me and I seriously don't know how I survived so long without it. When you drink as much water as I do, it's a must have!

Want to see one of Holly's videos? She doesn't mess around! Don't forget to join Ball Canning and Balance Bar on Pinterest so you can check out all the latest happenings! 

And, guess what?? The folks at Balance Bar are so generous, they are offering one lucky Flip Out Mama reader a chance to win the same awesome gift package as we received! All you need to do to enter is check out the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions. Good Luck! 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Six Important Tips For Women's Health!

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Everybody's trying to get healthy these days. I know I am! While I might not be doing the best job in the world, I really am putting forth the effort lately. It can be really overwhelming when you are trying to simply "get healthy". I know, for me, what worked best was to simplify things into a few key ideas on what to do to try to improve my health. So, today I am going to share with you, the top health tips for women who want to get healthy or stay healthy!

Tip #1: Stay Active

Hardly any of us are as physically active as we should be. I know for me, it has been really hard to make exercise a habit. However, it is one of the very most important things that you can do for your health. All of us should be aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week. It doesn't have to be "working out' in the gym sense either. Playing outside with your kids, having a dance party, or taking your dog for a walk- it all counts!

Tip #2: Drink More Water.

Yes, you. Even if you think you are drinking enough water, drink more. Water has so many health benefits, and it is so simple, people often overlook it. Staying hydrated is one of the biggest things you need to do in order to stay healthy. Drinking water improves your skin, reduces aches and pains like headaches, helps to reduce food cravings, increases your energy while relieving your fatigue, helps you to stay "regular", flushes toxins out of your body, helps with weight loss, boosts your immune system and more. We could go on and on, but you get the point- drink more water!

Tip #3: See Your Doctor

Many women, especially in their younger years, put off doctor's appointments thinking that they don't really need to go. The truth is, checking in with your doctor at least once a year for a checkup is really important. Your doctor can help give you tips on how to stay healthy, as well as perform testing that you might need to check for an underlying condition that could bother you in the future. Preventive care is very important, and by visiting your doctor for a check up even when you are not sick, you will be creating a dialogue and forming an relationship with your doctor that will definitely come in handy in the future.

Tip #4: Watch Your Diet

Yes, we all know how important it is to eat right, but we don't always do it. Even if you don't need to lose weight (lucky you!), you should be eating for your health. Processed foods, junk foods, and empty calories are not doing anything good for your body, so get rid of them. Eat more lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy, and you will be doing your body good! Experts also recommend eating 5 or 6 small meals a day, or, if you choose three meals a day, make your biggest meal of the day breakfast.

Tip #5: Don't Skip The SPF

This one is especially important for younger women. Sunscreen is so very important, and not just when you are hitting the beach or hanging out poolside. Obviously, wearing sunscreen now will lower your risk of skin cancer later in life, which is very important. However, lowering your skin cancer risk is not the only benefit to wearing sunscreen. Do you want wrinkles or premature aging? Didn't think so! Wearing sunscreen helps keep your skin young and healthy looking. What's not to love about that?

Tip #6: Get More Sleep

Here's another one that we all know, but don't always follow. Sleep is so important, and the majority of us are skipping out on a good night's sleep on most nights. Believe it or not, there have even been studies that show that the less sleep a person gets, the more likely they are to be obese. Getting enough sleep helps to boost your immune system, and makes heart trouble, high blood pressure, and diabetes less likely. It also improves your mood and helps your brain function, so make sure that you are getting enough zzzzz's!

For more helpful health tips, check out http://www.molinahealthcare.com.

Want FREE Music? The Voice and Rite Aid Can Help You With That!!!

This post has been sponsored by Global Influence, however, all opinions are my own. 

Do you guys LOVE The Voice? I know you do! I do too! I have never gotten into other "singing competition" shows, but I love The Voice. I really love Adam and Blake together, they are so funny, and really are probably one of the biggest reasons why I watch the show. I also really love learning all of the stories behind the performers, it's so great to see someone go from really struggling to becoming a famous artist! 

Now, The Voice is teaming up with one of our favorite stores, Rite Aid, and one of our favorite brands, Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy (great hair care products, if you haven't tried them already!) to offer a super promotion to The Voice fans!!! Here's the scoop: 

Hit a high note and let your hair shine! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ will give you the confidences you need to feel, look and perform at your best! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ makes your hair beautiful and resilient by deeply nourishing your scalp. So head into Rite Aid and find the CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product that is right for you.

And now in partnership with The Voice, get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers, when you purchase any CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product at Rite Aid from 7/1/14–7/31/14.

How great is that?!? Not only can you get some really great hair care products, you can also snag yourself two FREE music downloads! But, you better hurry, this offer is only good through the end of July, and July's HALF OVER already! (Can you believe that!? Only 163 days until Christmas!!!) So hurry up, enjoy your summer, and grab yourself some FREE music today! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hapari Swimwear Review and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!!!

*I received a sample product in order to conduct this review, however, all opinions are my own. 

Today's review and giveaway is for something we all have to have, but probably not many of us actually ENJOY shopping for! Yep, we're talking swimsuits, and while swimsuit shopping was one of my favorite things to do in my younger (skinnier) days, let's just say it is NOT one of my favorite things now. It's so hard to find a suit that is flattering, and well, COVERS all the parts I need it to cover. 

That is where Hapari Swimwear comes in. Hapari is a great swimwear company that focuses on cute, yet modest swimwear. They have SUCH cute suits! I chose a few of my favorites to showcase for you guys: 

From the Hapari site: 

Distinctive and beautiful, Hapari swimwear is designed to enhance a woman's natural beauty — no matter her shape.

At Hapari, we believe that every woman deserves a fit that will flatter her figure because you should look and feel great while having fun in the sun. And that is why our swimwear is created from the finest fabrics and with body-shaping features to help you feel comfortable and confident!

Whether you're looking for a tankini, bikini, one-piece or plus size swimwear, we believe you should never sacrifice style for comfort and coverage. And with Hapari, you'll never have to!

I'm telling you guys, I absolutely love these suits! I got the chance to pick out any suit I wanted from Hapari's site! It was such a hard choice, I only decided and then undecided, and then redecided only about, oh, a thousand times! But, as you guys know, I am always looking for a good deal, and that is exactly what I did! When I checked out Hapari's "sale" section, my heart went pitter-patter! Oh so many great suits and all at wonderful prices- I was in heaven!  I actually ended up getting TWO tops and one pair of bottoms that could coordinate between the two suits, so it was like getting two suits for the price of one! 
Here are the two tops I chose, along with the brown tummy tuk bottoms- they all go together perfectly and I couldn't be happier! Sorry folks, but you are not going to see a picture of me in my swimsuit, not this year haha! I am not ready for that just yet! I am so happy with these two tops plus my one pair of bottoms. This will be perfect for when we go on vacation, I can just pack these three pieces and it will be like having two brand new suits! Love it! 

Here's a picture of the suits, so you can see how great they look together and how perfectly everything matches! I love that Hapari has designed their site so that everything is able to be "mixed and matched", that takes all the guesswork out of swim suit buying, you just pick two pieces that you like,and you're done! Let me tell you guys, these are really great quality swimsuits, too. I am used to buying cheapie swimsuits every year, and I am now in love with the quality of Hapari's suits. I guess you really do get what you pay for! 

As you guys can see, I am super duper in love with Hapari and I am  definitely never going anywhere else to buy my swimsuits again! And... now for the best part...... Hapari Swimwear is so awesome, they are giving one lucky Flip Out Mama reader a $100 gift code of their own to pick out their own amazing swimwear and experience the Hapari difference! How exciting is that?! We're going to run the giveaway until 7/20/14, so hurry and get your entries in! Good Luck Guys! 

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Fun In The Sun With Oriental Trading Company!

*We received the products mentioned in this review free of charge in order to conduct this review. All opinions are 100% our own.*

If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that we are HUGE fans of  Oriental Trading Company. I turn to them not only when I need party supplies, but for Christmas stocking stuffers, treats for Trick or Treaters at Halloween, school supplies for our homeschooling adventures, and any craft supplies that I might need, when I am feeling crafty. (Which is not too often!) Well, once again, Oriental Trading has saved the day for me and the boys! Earlier this month, my little man turned FOUR! Can you believe it? He decided that instead of having a big party for his birthday, he wanted to take a camping trip with me, his brother, his daddy, his aunt and uncle and his older cousin. Sounds easy enough, right? What I didn't anticipate was all of the stuff I would need to do a birthday-party-while-camping! Fortunately, Oriental Trading had everything we needed! 

You guys probably already know that we love Ninja Turtles around here, so naturally, we had to have a Ninja Turtles birthday party! We picked up a TMNT table cover, some plates and napkins, and of course, some green silverware. I also picked out some really great TMNT candles for Bean's cake and a few streamers to decorate. My favorite purchase, though, were the TMNT face masks that I picked up to wear to the party! Everything, as usual, was super affordable from Oriental Trading! 

Because of how affordable Oriental Trading is, I was even able to pick up some extras to make our camping trip a bit more fun! I got a whole pack of giant bubbles, which all the kids LOVED! Even the grown ups got in on the fun with these! Another great purchase were the grenade shaped water bombs (turtle bombs, according to Bean!), they were so much fun! We just set up a big bucket of water, and the kiddos went crazy on each other! It was so much fun, and a cheap and easy addition to our camping trip! I have to say, however, the best thing that we got this time around from Oriental Trading were a set of small fish shaped water games. You probably remember these games from when you were a kid.. They are filled with water, and you press the buttons to get all the rings on the post? Oh my goodness, the entire family has had a great time with these, even the grown ups! I even caught my 15 year old niece playing with them, and NOT her cell phone! Come on, what's not to love about that!? These were definitely a great purchase, and we will be playing with them for a long time to come! 

As usual, I have absolutely no complaints about our order from Oriental Trading. Even when I wait until the last minute to order, my order arrives super quickly. The packing is always great, and I have never had a problem with things missing or being broken. I always feel like I am getting a good value for my money when I order from Oriental Trading, and I feel like my money goes further than it would otherwise. I will continue to highly recommend this company forever!  They have come through for me once again, and makes being a "fun mom" effortless!! What more could I ask for? 

Thanks again, Oriental Trading Company! If you want to check out their amazing deals, visit them at http://www.orientaltrading.com/. They are always offering great promotions, like free shipping or other discounts, so you are gonna want to check them out! Also, make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Game Time With Educational Insights: Diggity Dogs and Kitten Caboodle Game Review!

We received a sample product in order to conduct this review. All opinions are our own. 
If you are a mom, you probably already know all too well about the summertime blues and the boredom that kicks in about halfway through the summer. Lucky for us, Educational Insights sent us a couple of great games to kick that boredom's butt this summer! We got the chance to review both the Diggity Dogs and the Kitten Caboodle Games, and they are so much fun for our preschooler!
 We have had so much fun checking out these games! My boys love dogs, so I knew the Diggity Dog Game would be fun, but since we have two cats, they were much more interested in checking out the Kitten Caboodle game to see if they could find out "kinds" of cats in the game. In case you are wondering, Kitten Caboodle is a card game that helps kids with matching, taking turns, counting and more.

It's sort of like a "go fish" game for cats, and it is really fun. It's easy for even the smallest players to understand, which is great! The point of the game is to collect the most "matches" of what your cat needs in order to "adopt" it. Once you have collected all of the things needed for your cat, you can adopt it and it's yours! The person who adopts the most cats, wins!!!
This is such a good game, and easy for little ones to understand! It's also quick to play, which is key for little ones. If a game goes on too long, my littles are bored and instantly done. Meltdown mode. Not with this game though, which is great!
If you are not into cats, don't worry. Diggity Dogs is the same type of game, only with cute puppies to adopt instead of cats. Still fun and easy for everyone to understand, which is great. Educational Insights makes some of our very favorite products, and these two new games are going on our "favorites" list for sure! If you want to check out Kitten Caboodle, Diggity Dogs, or any of Educational Insights other great products, visit them at http://www.educationalinsights.com/.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Perfect For Summer: Minute Maid Juice Bars!

I received a sample product in order to conduct this review, and all opinions are my own. 

We are smack dab in the middle of summer time and that means hot hot hot days!!! My boys love to be outside and they love popsicles, ice cream and other frozen treats.. (What kid doesn't?) But, I am always really concerned about what they are eating and what all those sugary frozen snacks actually have in them.  
Lucky for me, these new Minute Maid Juice Bars are a yummy frozen treat that I can actually feel good about giving to my babies. They are 100% juice, which I love! They come in three different flavors: Orange, Grape and Cherry, and they are delicious! The boys have been gobbling them up left and right, and I can't blame them! I tried one too, and they really hit the spot on a hot day! 

 Each box comes with 12 bars, which is a great deal! That is enough to last my boys at least a week or so, and that is if they have one almost every single day! I love that they are only 40 calories per bar, so I don't have to feel guilty if I want one too! I really love these little pouches too, much less messy than an ice cream cone or ice cream on a stick! These Minute Maid Juice Bars have definitely been a hit around our house this summer, and the boys are already begging me for more when our boxes run out! I would love to see some more flavors added in the future, just to switch it up a bit, but these three are great classics!

Make sure to grab some of these yummy treats the next time you are at your grocery store. You can click HERE to check out all of the other great treats that J&J Snack Foods have to offer! We love these juice bars, and I am sure that you will too! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Get Great Summer Hair With Alberto V05!!

We received a sample product in order to conduct this review. All opinions are our own. 

It's summer time,and when it's summer time, we sometimes neglect our hair. Long days on the beach or in the pool can really take their toll on on hair, causing it to break, dry out and just not look it's best. Well, that is a thing of the past thanks to Alberto V05! We were lucky enough to get a whole summer hair "care package" from V05 to try out this summer, and I am really glad we did! 
 We got a chance to try out the Essentials Body Wash, the Simply Stunning Leave In Conditioner, VO5 Salon Series Color Shield + Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner, and V05 Hot Oil Therapy Intense Moisturizing Treatment. All of these products were great, and I was really surprised how much I liked them!

VO5’s Hot Oil Treatment, moisturizes and conditions hair from roots to ends, helping to restore shine, strength and silky softness. It is definitely what I would call a hair care staple, and I have been using it since my early teens. I usually try to do a hot oil treatment about once a month on my hair. There is really nothing better than the silky softness of your hair the first time you rinse the hot oil out of it! Ahhh, bliss!!!

VO5 Salon Series Color Shield + Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner is really great for the summertime too. It helps to prevent color from fading. I don't know about you, but I really feel like my hair fades MUCH faster in the summertime. I guess it is from the pool and all the chlorine, and washing and drying my hair way more than usual. I really liked this shampoo and conditioner, it really has a great scent that lasted all day as well.

My favorite product in this summer care package was definitely the  VO5 Salon Series Simply Stunning Leave-In Conditioner. A good leave in conditioner is a must for me. My hair is dry and curly, so having a good conditioner is something I have to do daily. I really liked this conditioner, it smells great, and I like that it is also protecting my hair from breakage and split ends.

The final product in the package was an added bonus. I have always thought of V05 as primarily a hair c are brand. Honestly, I didn't even know they made body wash. But, boy, do I know now! The Essentials Body Wash is great! I received the Creamy Mango and Hibiscus scent. I love it, it is so fresh and citrus-y smelling!

What's not to love about Alberto V05 and their wonderful hair care (and now body!) products? Nothing! We love them in my house and you seriously can not beat the price! Check out V05's great offerings at your local drug store or grocery store, or check them out online at http://www.vo5haircare.com/
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