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Did you know May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? To encourage kids to participate, below are four great activity ideas, courtesy of Go Organically, to inspire those of all ages to get active and go outside this spring.
Ahhh, spring. Warmer weather, flowers in bloom, and a chance to rediscover the joys of the great outdoors after several months of hibernation (and the occasional binge-watch). Need another reason to get moving? May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—which makes it the perfect time to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle while inspiring your kids to do the same.
Studies show that kids need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. So lace up those sneakers, stretch out those limbs, and head outdoors to try one of these fun-filled family activity ideas from Go Organically® Organic Fruit Snacks.
1. Gear Up
Make sports equipment easily accessible so you'll be more likely to use it. Park bicycles near the front of your garage, or keep scooters in the mudroom to inspire impromptu usage. Stash a Frisbee or soccer ball in your car for pick-up games, or "catch up" on the day while playing a quick game of catch in the evenings. The idea is to integrate activity into your everyday life so it becomes a part of your routine.
2. Play Nature Bingo
Which family member has an eagle eye for spotting things like squirrels, ant hills or pine cones? To find out, head to your local park—or simply your own backyard—and play an active yet educational game of Nature Bingo. Print out a free online template (we like these for their earthy feel) and try to find as many items as you can, marking off each square as you go. Be sure to fuel your adventure with fun snacks for kids and adults, including trail mix, fruit, and our favorite grab & go treat, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.
3. Embrace Old School Games
When we were kids, it was all about classic backyard games like Freeze Tag, Simon Says and Hide-and-Seek. Our favorite? Red Light/Green Light. One child acts as the "stoplight" and stands with his or her back to the crowd across the yard from the other kids. When the stoplight shouts "green light," the kids move forward and try to be the first to touch the stoplight. At any point, the stoplight may shout "red light!" and turn around. If any of the players are caught moving, they're out.
4. Take a Walk
It sounds so simple, but sometimes it's nice to get back to basics with regular family walks. Take the dog out together in the morning instead of making it a one-man job. Or work off dinner by hitting the pavement as a family for a sunset stroll. It's a great way to discover your surroundings, get to know your neighbors, and enjoy quality time as a family while burning off energy. We always bring along reusable water bottles and easy-to-tote Go Organically kids organic snacks to keep everyone smiling.
For more information about Go Organically Fruit Snacks go to: http://www.goorganicallysnacks.com
They say that beauty is only skin deep, but in order to have beautiful skin and hair, you must take care of them. Below are some of the latest and most luxurious beauty products that will allow you to look and feel your ultimate best.
Correxiko ® www.correxiko.com
Correxiko® Skin Supplements are formulated to provide the body’s cells what they’re lacking and help heal skin through lessening sun damage, acne, uneven skin tone and premature aging. Launched in 2016 these capsules, whose ingredients are 100% vegan, hit the beauty world with a clear mission, “offer results that are seen and felt.” Beauty junkies started buzzing about the top-notch ingredients leading it to achieve “best-seller” status for Beauty Supplements in Europe.
Correxiko delivers the first noticeable improvement, a rise in cell energy levels within the first week of use. Then over the next weeks of daily use, people start to reap the rewards of brighter, more even skin tone. “This product is for the hardcore beauty and wellness enthusiast. These are people who work out, eat well but want an added edge to their beauty routines,” says Dr. Dinuk Dissanayake, Correxiko Co-Founder.
Theragrow Hair Regrowth Helmet~ Theragrow.com
For 40% of women who suffer with hair loss and the self-consciousness it leads to; finally, there is a discreet FDA cleared at-home product designed strictly for women. Theragrow™ is a helmet worn at home that harnesses the power of laser light to minimize hair loss and promote hair growth. It delivers the same precise wavelength and dosage of energy proven to rejuvenate hair follicles and effectively regrow hair.
Only lasers with a wavelength between 670 and 686 nanometers can penetrate deep enough to reach the base of the hair follicles and stimulate growth; a depth of 3 to 5 millimeters. No other light source, including devices using LED light, can achieve this. By treating the base of hair follicles, Theragrow's proprietary cold laser technology ensures the mitochondria - the energy generator of hair cells - is reactivated. The mitochondria then produce cell energy that is absorbed by hair follicles stimulating new hair growth.
Tresor Rare- Tresor-rare.com
Ultimate Pearl Facial Peel
A definitive facial peeling gel which assists brightening, cleansing, detoxifying and conditioning the skin, generating a softer, fresher and brighter looking complexion. This mild formula includes a unique combination of ingredients to methodically and comfortably eliminate dead skin cells, surplus oil and residues hence leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft, resulting to a new healthy glow.
Application(Use this facial peel up to twice weekly in the evening.) Apply a small amount of the peeling gel onto dry skin. Using the tips of your fingers rub the gel into the face in small circular movements until you see a water-like basis. At that point, leave the mask on your face for 2-5 minutes. Remove by gently rubbing off, in the same circular motion (A tad more aggressively) getting the peeling effect. Keep rubbing until the mask has completely flaked off. Keep away from rubbing onto the eye contour area. Rinse off any remaining residue using lukewarm water or a toner. 2.04 oz
Enter to win! One winner will receive a trio of luxury beauty products which includes: Correxico Skin Care Supplements, Theragrow Hair Regrowth Helmet and Tresor Rare Ultimate Pearl Facial Peel. (ARV: $993)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Mother's Day is coming! There are all kinds of Moms out there, and all of our beloved mothers deserve a gift that honors them. Maybe your mom likes flowers and candy. Perhaps she enjoys beauty products to be pampered with on her special day.
The perfect mother's day gift should really be based around what means the most to your mom, or is unique to her hobbies and talents. Whether Mom is a business moms, designer moms, artistic moms, chef moms or music mom, AirTurn wants to help you to find that perfect gift. Here is an idea that will really be something she appreciates:
The MANOS Universal Tablet Mount! Save space on your desk, table, kitchen counter, or wherever you need to have your tablet! The MANOS universal tablet mount securely holds your tablet of any size while the DClamp mounts it firmly to any horizontal surface.
This amazing gift idea will hold mom's tablet or smartphone in place while she plays music, follows a recipe, or follows instructions for that latest DIY project!
The MANOS universal tablet mount details:
- Rugged heavy-duty design that will last you for many years!
- Holds smartphones and tablets from 5” to 13.3” with protective covering
- Proprietary rubber coating on mount fingers for maximum grip on the widest range of surface materials and textures
- Mounts to top of mic stand or side mount
- Accommodates flat and rounded device and cover surfaces
- Provides an unobstructed view of your device’s screen, as well as an uncluttered view from behind
- Easy rotation "on the fly" between landscape and portrait modes
- Made in the U.S.A.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a MANOS universal tablet mount. (ARV: $59)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For a limited time you can save 10% on your order from now until Mother's Day by using the coupon code MOM10 at checkout.
For more information or to place an order go to: https://store.airturn.com
Lately, the color “millennial pink” has dominated Instagram feeds. This bubble gum inspired shade is a beautiful pop of color on your eyes, cheeks and lips. Since Mally Roncal’s products are always on-trend, it’s only natural she made products that go with this fad. Check out these Mally Beauty millennial pink beauty essentials to keep you on trend and gorgois. (I may not be a millennial myself, but I LOVE a pretty pink for my cheeks, lips and eyes!)
Mally Beauty Evercolor Extra Eye Shadow Stick in Pink Champagne ($25)
This product provides quick application and long-wearing color that looks incredible all day. It is a multifunctional product - your primer, shadow base and eye shadow all in one. Once your look is complete, it will stay fresh all day long.
Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss in Pink Daisy ($18)
Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfect pink pastel shine every time.
Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape & Go Blush Single ($24)
Mally Beauty Shimmer, Shape & Go Blush Single’s formula is weightless, creamy and super blendable. This product allows you to create a soft blush for radiant skin. The design of the blush allows you to apply the product quickly by simply swiping it on the cheeks, creating the perfect spring look.
Where to Buy: www.mallybeauty.com
My April Degustabox was a very good one! It had many delightful treats that I loved trying, and one that I did not. (Read to the bottom of this post and you shall see which one I was not very impressed with.) But your opinion just might differ from mine if you have a more 'adventurous palate' than I do.
Regardless, I love Degustabox and it is my very favorite monthly subscription box. I look forward to its arrival every month. Read below to see what goodies came in this month's box:
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee Single Serve Packets. Each box contains 6 single serve packets and is ready to go where you go. I don't drink coffee, but I am certain that my daughter-in-law will enjoy these.
Lingonberries are a super fruit with antioxidant benefits. This small red berry has been picked and enjoyed since Viking times. Its piquant sweet and tart flavor makes it as unique as it is delicious. Felix jams are made of simple ingredients: handpicked wild lingonberries, pure sugar and fresh water, in a time-tested recipe.
I had just ran out of jelly, and my son, Braxton always enjoys peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in his school lunch. I think he really liked this delicious Lingonberry jam. I certainly thought it was delicious. I just had never heard of lingonberries before. I thought I was aware of every berry on earth, but apparently there are many out there. Very tasty, kind of like a small, tarte blueberry.
What a great concept! You can melt these little morsels right in the package, and then drizzle the melted salted caramel onto pretzels, strawberries, cookies, cake pops and other treats. Or, you can just do as I did; open them up and devour each one before you get the chance to drizzle it onto anything at all. Perhaps next time? They are simply irresistible.
PERi-PERi sauce is made with African Bird's Eye Chilli and a blend of ingredients – onion, sun-ripened lemons, garlic, and spices. This one is full of flavor with loads of garlic for company.
Shame on me, for I have not tried this sauce yet. I love spicy and I love garlic, so I am betting it will be very delicious!
PR Bars are certified gluten-free and packed with the perfect blend of carbs and vitamins to boost energy and endurance when you need it most. I love healthful energy bars. This one was delicious. It is what my body needs!
USDA certified organic free range chicken breast, roasted right in the can without added water or fillers. Moist and flavorful, Wild Planet roasted chicken is perfect for salads, burritos, soups or any favorite recipe. I used it to make the most delicious chicken salad sandwiches ever! I add a little bit of mayo and a nice amount of homemade zucchini relish. (Contact me if you want the recipe for the relish. It is so delicious!)
BETTER OATS® 100% premium steel cut oats are cut thick to preserve their natural texture. By adding flax seeds, we ensure that our oats deliver more than just great taste and texture but are a good source of ALA Omega-3. I love how the packets have measuring cup pouches so that you can add the perfect amount of water. Delicious and nutritious.
These all natural, soft, buttery caramels are made with real butter and sweetened condensed milk to create an indulgent, sweet treat. They certainly did not last long around here. Maybe five minutes? So good!
An easy way (just 3 steps!) to make homemade hummus. BUSH'S Hummus Made Easy®, available in the bean aisle, is the perfect blend of simple ingredients like tahini, olive oil and spices. Just blend with a can of BUSH'S® Beans for a delicious, homemade hummus. BUSH'S Hummus Made Easy® is available in 3 flavors: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Black Bean.
Since this is such an easy way to make my favorite snack, you bet I will keep on buying it!
All natural ingredients and sweetened with a touch of stevia, with zero calories these could quickly become your favorite afternoon indulgence. I haven't tried this tea. My daughter says it takes a special machine to make it, and I am not familiar with this brand, so I do not know for sure.
Tomato Concentrated in all its forms is a great way to bring flavour, texture and colour to your cooking. It is perfect for recipes that require long cooking times such as bolognaise sauce, casseroles and stews. But it can also be used in quick recipes: a dash of seasoning for pasta or a sauce to go with a dish. Contains large quantities of vitamins, minerals and Lycopene, a powerful natural anti-oxidant , 100% Italian tomatoes. I have not tried this products yet. I will try to remember to use it next time I cook up a delightful stew. Or homemade chili? Hmmm.
There I was, happily munching on one of these three bags of neat looking bags of snacks, sitting on the couch, thinking they were kind of tasty. I offered a bag to my daughter, who tasted one and asked if these were corn chips. I looked at the bag and saw the words 'cricket flour' and I almost spit out my snacks I was eating. Crickets? I was eating crickets?????? I am still completely grossed out. This will teach me to not look at ingredients before I taste them. My daughter, however, was unfazed and ate another one. I'm sorry, I cannot knowingly eat bugs. I just can't.
"Chiridos air-puffed snack chips come in three bold and delicious flavors inspired by chapulines, a traditional snack from Mexico. Chiridos are made with lentils and cricket flour and contain 5 grams of protein and a full serving of iron in each 128-calorie bag. With their light and crunchy texture, craveable taste and consumer-friendly pricing, Chiridos are the sustainable, healthy snack you can't stop munching...." Well, I CAN.
All-Natural Zenify is infused with the same stress-relieving antioxidants found in 15 cups of green tea, with no caffeine. Zenify helps keep you sharp, focused, and productive throughout the day!
I gave this drink to my daughter, who is kind of stressing out lately from planning her wedding. Well, she told me that is tasted like 'fizzy water or some kind of energy drink' and she didn't really enjoy it. So, I am not certain if this beverage really works or not.
To get started on your monthly Degustabox subscription go to: https://www.degustabox.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it's time we start thinking about the perfect gift for her. Thank god ColorMetrics, Smashbox, Sophia Gushee and Wink Brow Bar has us covered with options for any type of Mom out there.
For the busy mom: Get real hair color in one swipe with TouchBack Marker
Unlike mascara, crayons, gels, and powders, TouchBack won’t flake or rub off with brushing. TouchBack bonds to the hair and stays true until shampooed out.
For the healthy mom: Learn how to detox your home (and your life) with A to Z of D-Toxing, written by Sophia Gushee
“I share the lay of the land that I wish I had sooner--a road map of a family's potentially toxic exposures, especially those that are avoidable--so that you can formulate a game plan that suits your family's unique environment, lifestyle, and budget."
For the bold mom:Give her brows that wow at Wink Brow Bar
“Defined brows make you look in control and portray your mental outlook on life. From an aesthetic perspective, they structure your face, so that the eye rests on a person’s upper area, make your jawline lift and cheekbones higher.” – Umbreen Sheikh, Founder of Wink Brow Bar
For the glam mom: Help her get the glow with Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer
This satin-smooth formula illuminates, perfects and enhances radiance while hydrating for better makeup application.
Pack away those winter hues and dive into summer with a new look and new ‘do with Philip B! Promptly transform your look without commitment.
Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist Ultra-light spray gives hair sexy volume and shiny, piecey, tousled waves (plus a gorgeous beachy scent).
- A texturizer and conditioning treatment in one, loaded with botanical moisturizers
- Boosts volume and amps up waves to recreate the piece-y, tousled, bombshell texture you get from the ocean
- Leaves hair gleaming and bouncy, not stiff; pure Orchid and Kukui oils impart a healthy, voluptuous feel
- Blend of Sea Salt and Aloe Vera creates gorgeous lift
- Infused with sexy, mood-boosting notes of pure Coconut and Tahitian Gardenia; perfect for your late-afternoon revival kit!
- Paraben & phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo Luxe twist on dry shampoo technology lets you create serious volume without sacrificing shine.
- Refreshes tired, unwashed hair, giving it a clean, powdery-fresh feeling without any powdery residue
- Extends the life of your blowout
- Creates gorgeous body, texture and lift anytime
- Absorbs scalp oils and neutralizes product build-up
- Leaves hair with a sexy, gleaming finish (not matte)
- Doubles as a hair perfume: Scents strands with warm, sensuous notes of Pure Russian Amber
- Paraben free; color & keratin-treatment safe
Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray Weightless, time-released hair perfume builds sexy texture, enhances shine and protects against damage from heated styling tools. Apply as a pre-styling primer to elevate shine and prevent breakage and split ends. A sexy, lingering hair fragrance that plumps up your hair and shields it against the ravages of heat styling. A mix of botanical hydrators (Safflower Oleosomes, Mongogo Oil, Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil) and a potent L-Amino Acid Complex repairs fragile strands as it protects.
- Strengthens hair with a potent L-Amino Acid complex and amino acids and condition it with botanical hydrators so light and tiny that they’ll never weigh you down
- Light, seductive notes of Oud , encapsulated in tiny safflower oleosomes, gradually release over time for a lingering, follow-me scent
- Detangles and shields hair from the scorch of hot styling tools. It also builds in sexy texture: supremely plump, bouncy and satiny-soft
- Creates an invisible, weightless shield against the sun, chlorine and salt water
- Sweet Blue Lupine Peptides offer superior color hold to keep color from fading or turning
Maker of the #1 brand of natural and organic breakfast burritos, Good Food Made Simple is committed to revolutionizing the freezer aisle with clean, made-with-organic foods. Just this month, Good Food Made Simple announced its expansion to lunch and dinner with a new line of restaurant inspired Entrée Meals.
The Entrée Meals are made with organic ingredients and use simple, real foods like whole grains, organic veggies and humanely raised meats. Focused on flavor, Good food Made Simple worked with a professional chef to recreate restaurant-inspired recipes for a true culinary journey.
More often than not, I find myself too tired to cook something remotely creative, or even that healthful for my family. I mean, the sentiment is there. I do desire to feed my family food that is good for them. I do desire that they like what I cook, but sometimes my efforts are just not appreciated and the dinners I make go to waste.
I have been a fan of Good Food Made Simple's breakfast burritos for quite awhile now, and when I discovered that this company also made entrees? I knew I HAD to try them.
Good Food Made Simple offers chef crafted frozen meals using clean, simple ingredients. When it comes to good food, less is more. It’s that simple. I went to Target to check out the new Entrée Meals, and I was amazed at the mouth watering variety that I saw in the freezer section. I quickly and excitedly selected a few that looked delicious. (It was a very hard choice, because they all looked delicious.)
Here are the Entrée Meals I chose:
This Buffalo Style Chicken is my family's favorite so far. We all love the juicy chicken, the perfect creamy sauce, which is a savory blend of shard cheddar and blue cheese, combined with a tangy buffalo sauce. The pasta is tender and delicious. It is the perfect dinner!
Yum! I absolutely love this Chicken Pad Thai, because I am a huge fan of Thai food, and this entree is the BEST Pad Thai I have ever had! It is Sweet. Salty. Sour. Spicy and PERFECT.
This entrée is simply devine with its tender, juicy pieces of steak. It is a very hearty meal with the black beans, veggies and rice. It is topped off with delicious sharp cheddar cheese in a fabulous ranchero sauce.
My family loves spaghetti and meatballs, so this turkey meatball dish is a huge hit at dinnertime at my house! It is made with organic, broccoli and peppers, turkey meatballs, and organic fettuccine. I love the tangy sauce! This is a very light, but satisfying meal.
I am impressed not only by the flavor of each Good Food Made Simple Entrée, but am very happy to know that they are made with no hormones, no antibiotics, no animal by products. Only wholesome ingredients. Only the best for my family.
Enter to win: One winner will receive five free product coupons to redeem for Good Food Made Simple Entrées. (ARV: $22)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tool form below. Good luck!
The Entrée Meals launched nationally at Target stores and are available in the frozen aisle in 12 varieties retailing for $3.99.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Let's face it. Dogs LOVE treats. And dogs DESERVE treats. After all, they love us unconditionally. As any pet parents know, it is important for your four-legged family member to have healthy treats!
My dog, Banner, is a twelve year old black lab. Banner loves his daily treats. His newest favorite is Delectables Stew Lickable Treats.
The Hartz Mountain Corporation introduces Delectables, the first lickable stew treat for dogs, available at Walmart, Amazon.com and select retailers around the country. “Delectables Stew Lickable Treats for dogs represents a true innovation in the canine treat category,” says Susan Burris, Brand Manager, Dog Treats, Hartz Mountain Corp. “Perfect for small dogs, Delectables Stew is a delicious and lickable wet dog treat that provides a new occasion for treating and healthy snacking and is ideal for dog parents who love to pamper their pets.”
Ideal as an in-between meal treat or as a savory topper for dry food, Delectables Stew Lickable Treats’ convenient, single-serve pouches provide dogs with appealing, low-fat treats made with real chicken, beef, cheese and vegetables, without meat by-products. Delectables Stew Lickable Treats are available in four varieties, including Chicken, Chicken with Cheese, Chicken with Beef and Chicken Senior Formula.
Look at this cute video of little 'Ripley' enjoying his lickable stew treat:
My black lab, Banner isn't a little dog, by any means, but he still adores his Delectables. Banner's favorite way to eat his lickable stew, is when I pour it as a delicious topping on his dry dog food. It is like the icing on the cake for him!
You can see all of the goodness in Delectables Stew Lickable Treats!
Delectables make Banner Happy! (He's smiling, I promise!)
Enter to win! One of my readers will be chosen to receive a 12-pack of Delectables Stew Lickable Treats.
How? You can enter to win by using the Giveaway Tools form below. AND while you're at it, you are invited to share a photo of your pooch with his/her tongue out on Instagram with the hashtag #delectables to celebrate 'Tongue Out Tuesday.'
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that this month is National Foot Health Awareness Month? I didn't either until today. But it makes sense, doesn't it? Our feet are there for us through thin and thin. They take us wherever we need to go. They support us when we falter. Feet absolutely should be celebrated! I am celebrating my feet with Airplus Foot Care.
The Airplus line of footwear accessories features nationally acclaimed designs created to work with every type of footwear. As the pioneer in offering a separate product line tailored specifically for women, we continue that tradition today with both comfortable and fashionable accessories that set the bar for practicality and value. Whether you are seeking relief for your heel, forefoot or arch or need all-day comfort at work, Airplus has an effective solution for you!
Here are the top selling products from Airplus (that you may also enter to win below)
Memory Plus Insoles – These responsive memory foam insoles provide targeted relief - molding to your foot to help evenly distribute pressure, providing cushiony, flexible support with every step - $11.99 Plantar Fascia Orthotic – Eases heel pain and provide stability to the wearer. The arch plate offers support while the gel drop offers extra cushioning in the heel - $11.99 Hug My Heels - improve shoe fit and stop rubbing in a flash - $5.99 Ball-of-Foot - provide superior shock absorption, long-lasting comfort and relief - $5.49 Fantastic Footie - prevent toe and heel rubbing by wearing discreet foot liners - $5.99 Save My Soles - slim enough to fit all show types providing extra cushioning at hell and ball-of-foot for targeted relief - $7.99 Aloe Infused Socks - These ultra-moisturizing socks - that come in wide range of colors and patterns – are infused with Aloe and Vitamin E for a soft, soothing texture that not only comforts your feet, but warms them as well - $5.99
Enter to win! One winner will receive an Airplus Foot Care prize package which includes the following: Memory Plus Insoles, Plantar Fascia Orthotic, Hug My Heels, Ball-of-Foot, Fantastic Footie, Save My Soles and Aloe Infused Socks. (ARV:$46)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Here is a useful infograph about Plantar Fasciitis:
For more information go to: http://www.airplusfootcare.com/