Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Snacking Made Easy with Blue Diamond Almonds



Trying to keep fueled and healthy this summer? Blue Diamond Almonds are a super snack for so many reasons. They are ideal for outdoor activities - whether you are hanging out in the yard or headed to the park - since they won't get crushed. Almonds can satisfy the urge for a salty snack while providing loads of Vitamin E and magnesium. Vitamin E is great stuff for your skin and magnesium helps with proper muscle function so while you are out running around in the sun what better treat than Blue Diamond Almonds :D Vitamin E and magnesium also fight inflammation (source:livestrong.com).

My sister Tera likes taking them with us when we go on road trips. She will forget basic stuff like toothpaste or an atlas but if I ask where the almonds are no problem!  We basically live out of the car on our trips so almonds work out great ~ no matter how hot it gets in the car or what we throw on top of them they survive deliciously. Makes them great for camping too. OOh I bet they would be fab for taking to the beach too!

Summer events are always hard to bring stuff for. In my family there is more than one diabetic and my sister Val's gang is trying to stick to a paleo diet. Blue Diamond Almonds are fine for both of these. I know what I am bringing next get together! I have been doing a little research on almonds and they are beneficial for Type 2 diabetics and those with cholesterol issues. They improve the HDL (healthy) and lower the LDL (lousy) levels.
(source:bluediamond.com)

Enough of the research - the almond flavors supplied to me by Blue Diamond are consistently delicious. The Rosemary & Black Pepper variety makes you smack your lips and reach for more. I had a little fun with the Whole Natural ones and popped some into yogurt to fuel my blog writing.

YUMMY



Have you learned anything from me today? Do you have anything you would like to share? I love comments :D
I love when I receive products to try that teach me so much! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. The opinions and pictures are all me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Freeman Beauty BareFoot Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream is for All-Body

Not just for feet any more! Welcome to the new Freeman Beauty Bare Foot experience with products designed for all of your skin needs. I have always loved Freeman products and it was great when Influenster.com gave me a chance to review a new one.




I gave this product a few little tests - after willy nilly slathering it all over my feet first :D . Since this is for all over the body now I put it on one arm and did not use it again. Kind of drives me nuts playing scientist as I have the summer skin blues . I won't for long because this stuff really works and after a few days and another shower I can still feel the difference after only one use!

One of the stipulations for my review was to find the product at WalMart and that was easier said than done - WalMart places the Freeman Beauty products in different places and each WalMart is different. I found this line in a center aisle display with other products designated for use in the sun near the gardening center.


 I chose the Freeman Beauty Barefoot Moisturizing Massage Cream and next time I go back I think I will pick up the Exfoliating Polish as they had these nifty little Try It Free Rebate tags on them. Since Influenster.com had provided me with a free coupon the first time I now have a nifty little rebate form waiting for a purchase. Not only that - its Freeman's and I already know they have again created a winner. Other Influenster members stated different places they found this product were in the travel size section and the bath oil section.

Another great thing is this product uses such familiar skin friendly ingredients such as Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera which help it go on smoothly and provide hydration and nourishment. It also contains Algae which is rich in antioxidants and helps condition, hydrate, soften and purify skin.

I have always heard that when applying products use a circular motion toward the heart to promote blood flow so that is how I do it.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Friday, May 30, 2014

Egg Friendly and Earth Friendly- Ceramic Green Earth Pan by Ozeri

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Nice touch ~ custom pan protector included  


This product is a game changer - I am cooking more and having fun doing it. The Ozeri Green Earth Pan not only makes it easier to cook it makes it safer. 
 The textured ceramic cooking surface creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking performance. Less heat needed means less energy used. 
 This ceramic coating is 100% PTFE and PFOA free meaning no harmful fumes are emitted during cooking.
-PTFE = PolyTetraFluroEthylene - the fumes of which can be lethal to birds and small pets
-PFOA=PerFluroOctanicAcid - persistent pollutant (does not break down)  

I did not know about these before I reviewed this ! It was great to cook eggs and have them just slide around with very minimal oil. Basically you just season the pan and you are ready. That worked so well the next day I purposely spilled over the cheese on a grilled cheese to delightful and delicious results.
  
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Scrambling was all I would do to eggs but no more limits! With Ozeri's Green Earth Pan available on Amazon (click me and see!)
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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Game at Your Own Pace With ThinkFun Solitaire Chess :D

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Sometimes you just want to unplug and get away from it all. The phone, the TV, the computer are all fun yet you do not get away from the ads, the reminders, the to-do list, the pace of things set by others.

That is why I jumped at the chance to review Solitaire Chess Strategic Skill Building Game . No logging in or setting up a time to play. You just set up the space friendly board book and maybe throw a log on the fire.

I like a challenge, I like time to ponder or putter and I love games. ThinkFun’s Solitaire Chess fits all these categories. It also purports to reduce stress and provide a good brain workout. So far so good but we’ll see about the stress level when I get to the harder levels...


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It is really portable so I am trying to get myself to take it outside and get some extra Vitamin D. I think it would be great for parents sitting outside watching the kids play.
Other thoughts: gift giving, put in the office for a refreshing break. Any ideas?


You can purchase ThinkFun Solitaire Chess on Amazon OR

Check it out on the ThinkFun Site and see all the other fun stuff they have!

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Birds of a Feather Flock Together on G+ #GrowingCirclesHop




Learning about Google+ is an adventure and joining in the #GrowingCirclesHop is a great way to do it! The common thread for this flock is to meet other people that use Google+ and quite a diverse group of birds this is. I co-hosted for the first time last week and met social media bloggers, foodies, do-it your selfers, fashionistas, artists and more! Actually a little overwhelming as like a butterfly I was flitting from flower to flower.
 I am still processing all I learned yet here I am back to happily co-host this week because it was so much fun. You can apply to co-host or just join in by using the hashtag  #growingcircleshop. I grew my followers by 30+ and since this group tends to trend I predict even more this week as it is truly growing and this week I am better prepared.
A great thing about co-hosting is I now have permanent links to everyone who participated on my blog post however those are not the only fine birds I met.

 Here is the fancy html provided to me if you want to check out co-hosting :


Is it Thursday again already? Yes, it is! That means it's party time.



Welcome to the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, where we network and share content all day long every Thursday.

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.




If you want to be notified the next time the Hop starts, give us your email below and we will send you a quick notification the next time it goes live.



 


Note * The email reminder and signup goes to the creator of this blog hop not to me *

Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shakes Start Your Day Out Right




It has been a lot of fun reviewing Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shakes and they have become part of my daily routine. I was sent a  "bzzkit" from BzzAgent.com that included one Vanilla and one Chocolate Mocha Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shake and some coupons.




I decided it would be fun to go to our local park so I could take some interesting pictures, throw some frisbee and try them out ~ good enough excuse for a little picnic. :D



I just wanted something light and easy so I opted for roast beef sandwiches and the Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shakes. These drinks need a nickname - I am going to call them Bzz Special K Shakes since bzzagent introduced me to them and they make me buzz around like a bee. For one thing I do not think they are just for breakfast ~ I like them for a pick me up snack. The label reads like a vitamin bottle and they have as much caffeine as a small cup of coffee.




So whether you are hitting the road or your computer chair in the a.m. I would so suggest grabbing a Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shake. Especially if you want a nutritious little buzz ~ coffee does the buzz trick however if you can grab a drink that has the caffeine of coffee and nutrition to really fuel yourself in a tasty way these are an excellent choice. It is great to be able to grab one and get started on what I need to do. These are really becoming a part of my routine - I am going to have to start buying them by the case! Just reading the label makes me feel like I am doing something good for myself .

I AM A BZZAGENT  and received products to review



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Want a Grape Way to Start the day? Join in the Fun at Google+ #GrowingCirclesHop!


 Whether you are just curious, just confused or just savvy about Google+ this is a fun way to meet a diverse group of Google+ users. Truthfully I am still a little confused and started out just posting pictures and found some fun groups with themes like #SignSunday and #stairsthursday. I have seen seasoned social media friends fumbling about on Google+ still - I am thinking of one in particular who published a book on social media. So don't be afraid ; just click, copy the hashtag (#GrowingCirclesHop) and post a little something. I always find it interesting who I find  I have some family members that rarely frequent most other social media sites yet they love Google+! I use a Google blog so my blog posts go straight there which is a " Google + " too :D

Sometimes I jump in with both feet and volunteered to co-host this "morning" event but no worries - you can join in the fun anytime!

They even gave me this fancy html :D



Welcome to the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, where we network and share content.

Interested in Co-Hosting?
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.




If you want to be notified the next time the Hop starts, give us your email below and we will send you a quick notification the next time it goes live.






*The email reminder list goes to the creator of the G+ #growingcircleshop ~ not to me*

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Get Old Fashioned Comfort with New Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Need a little nurturing for a sore throat? Check out Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops!

Original Pine Bros were first manufactured in 1870 and had a strong following until the 1970's when their parent company sold the rights and dropped the ball. Now the original formula has been painstakingly researched, revived and  repackaged! I remember these from when I was a child and wondered where they had gone. They were part of the nurturing ritual my Mom gave us when we were sick.

Available in three great flavors Natural Honey, Wild Cherry and Licorice and two styles of packaging : Bags containing 32 drops and my new favorite- pucks, which contain 26 drops. The pucks have a screw on lid which keeps the lozenges fresh and secure for travel. A Lemon ~ Citrus formula is planned for release in the next year or so also.

























These delectable and effective little drops are available at Kroger, Walgreen's, CVS, Safeway, Rite Aid or check your local supermarket or drugstore. Merchants like to stock what you want to buy so if you do not see them ask them to stock them. You can also order them from the site here: *Pine Brothers* .


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.