Friday, April 24, 2015

Snacking Healthy on Homemade Blueberry-Apple Leather

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


My kids  were complaining a few weeks back about our lack of snack options. Oh, we have plenty of fruit, nuts and yogurts for them to snack on, but they were hinting on to a few more "junk food" options. Allison actually got specific and wrote "fruit snacks" on my grocery list. I do treat them to a little junk food here and there, but not often. They are so used to the healthy snacks, when I do buy something like fruit snacks, the box will sit barely touched for months at a time. Instead of caving to my daughter's request, I pulled up this Blueberry-Apple Leather recipe I remembered seeing on Golden Blossom Honey. I have never made my own fruit leather before, and I really had my doubts on if it was even going to turn out right. Thankfully, it was a lot easier than I imagined, and baked up perfectly!

Fruit Leather

My girls loved their own homemade fruit roll ups and I love that they are made with all natural ingredients! I think I may try playing around with fruit combinations to see what other flavors we can create!

Ingredients
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups Granny Smith apples, cut into thin slices
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY

Click Here For Full Recipe

 
homemade fruit leather




You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What fruit combinations would you like to try in your homemade fruit leather?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ouch!

Allison has a fascination with watching YouTube tutorials. Mostly she sticks with hair and makeup, but recently stumbled on stage/costume makeup tutorials and thought it would be funny to play a trick on her sister.


Such a little prankster! Since she doesn't have access to the professional stuff, she had to improvise with some lipstick and play-doh. Mariah might have fallen for the trick if Allison was actually screaming in pain. I think she needs to look up some YouTube tutorials on acting next.

Did you ever play pranks on your family members when you were a kid?


Save Big At CVS/pharmacy! "Fill Your Bag" Promotion Starts 4/26!

*Disclosure- This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive any form of compensation to share this information.


If you are a CVS/pharmacy shopper, you are not going to want to miss this offer! CVS/pharmacy recently announced they are gearing up to kick off a "Fill Your Bag" promotion. Running from 4/26/2015 to 5/23/15, shoppers can save 30% in store and online on more than 3,000 CVS brand products, as well as other select exclusive items!


During the promotion, ExtraCare members will have the opportunity to save on the following CVS/pharmacy exclusive product lines:
  • CVS/pharmacy Brand: Products that carry the trusted CVS/pharmacy Brand name range from allergy and cold remedies to first aid essentials and personal care items, including CVS/pharmacy 24 Hour Indoor/Outdoor Allergy Relief, and CVS/pharmacy Extra Strength Pain Reliver. To ensure the best quality, all CVS/pharmacy Brand products are held to the same strict testing guidelines and FDA regulations as competing brands, and are developed with the same high-quality ingredients.
  • Beauty 360: Beauty 360 features a wide range of beauty products including manicure and pedicure kits, brushes, and cosmetic implements.
  • Gold Emblem Abound: Launched in May 2014, this newer line offers customers a wide range of better-for-you snack and grocery items, such as Blueberry & Pomegranate Superfruit Snack Bars, Fruit & Nut Fiber Trail Mix, Organic Dried Cranberries, Heavenly Light Popcorn and Sea Salt Flavored Baked Rice Crisps. Each product is free of artificial flavors and preservatives and contains no trans fats. Additionally, the Gold Emblem Abound line includes products that are gluten free certified, sodium free, cholesterol free and contain sources of protein, fiber, omega-3s, probiotic cultures and potassium.
  • Gold Emblem: Includes more than 250 great-tasting snacks, beverages, and groceries – including nuts, trail mixes, chips, pretzels, dried fruits, candies, cookies, spices, juices, condiments, baking essentials and breakfast bars.
  • Total Home: Among the wide variety of products included in the line are facial and bath tissue, paper towels, garbage liners, food storage necessities, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, gardening aids, and more. Total Home offers customers high-performing options that make home upkeep easier, better and more affordable.
  • Caliber: This line offers high-quality classroom and office supplies, including paper, pens, pencils, and notebooks at an affordable price.
  • Just the Basics: A line of household essentials that brings smart simplicity to shopping for everyday value. Just the Basics offers a selection of practical items from a variety of categories throughout the store including household, beauty, baby, grocery and personal care.
  • Pet Central: Grabbing a treat or care item for furry friends doesn't require an extra stop; the Pet Central line offers items, including snacks, toys, beds, kitty litter and shampoos.
 To participate, members of the ExtraCare® program can simply scan their cards at the ExtraCare Coupon Center to receive a 30% off coupon each week, with a limit of one coupon per week. Customers who participate in store will also receive a reusable shopping bag that is free with purchase!

Customers can find additional details on qualifying products in the CVS/pharmacy weekly circular in-store, or online at www.cvs.com/fillyourbag, beginning April 26. Shoppers can also follow CVS/pharmacy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CVS_Extra and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CVS to learn about upcoming promotions.

For more information or to locate the nearest CVS/pharmacy, please visit CVS.com. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

7 Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I can hardly believe that my girls will be on summer vacation in less than 2 months! With the end of the school year approaching and the weather warming up, we are in full summer vacation planning mode right now. Plane travel isn't in the cards for us, but we intend to take a few road trips this summer. Of course, we are starting our vacation with a bang to Cedar Point, followed by another day trip to Chicago. We have also been toying with the idea of taking an extended road trip to New York, maybe taking in Niagara Falls while there. If that doesn't happen, I would like to explore the caves in Tennessee. No matter what destination we choose, I know one of the most important things about our road trip will be to make sure we have our car stocked with summer road travel essentials. Thankfully, CVS/pharmacy has everything we need for smooth travels.


Road trips can be fun, but if you aren't prepared, can lead to stressful situations. Keeping these basics on hand will help you get to your destination as seamlessly as possible.

Bandages- Because kids ALWAYS find a way to get a little scratch or bump that requires a bandage.

Multi-Surface Wipes- Kids are messy! No matter how far we travel, there is always bound to be a sticky mess that needs to be cleaned up before we even get out of the car.

Facial Tissues-  It never fails. When you don't have one handy, kids needs them. So I keep a multi-pack of tissues stashed all over the car to prevent snotty or slobbery seats.

Sunblock- Those harsh sun rays come beating through the windows, it's good to keep a tube handy to avoid nasty burns that are sure to ruin any trip.

Multivitamins- Healthy kids = happy kids = happy parents.

Pain Relief- It doesn't matter if we are in the car for 5 minutes or 5 hours. My kids take each car ride as an opportunity to nit pick at each other. Headaches are always bound to pop up when that happens. It's also great for sore or stiff muscles from sitting in the driver seat for long periods of time.

Snacks- Arguably one of the most important road trip essentials. When kids are hungry, they complain. And whine. And complain some more. We make sure we have more than enough healthy snacks to keep the kids satisfied until we reach our destination. Gold Emblem Abound is the perfect solution for us because they are free of all artificial preservatives and flavors, and are made with wholesome ingredients. And they taste great too!




You can find everything you need for your summer road trip in your nearest CVS/pharmacy or at www.cvs.com.


What road trip destinations do you have planned for this summer?





Support Gastrointestinal Health With Natural Goal Ultimate Candida Complex

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my policy tab for more information. 


Before I started blogging, I think I lived under a rock. It wasn't until I started reading other blogs that I learned about all of the nasty things that are living inside our bodies that make us ill. I learned so much from Terry over at My Journey with Candida. Things like parasites and worms, and even candida that affect our gastrointestinal health. Since I have ulcerative colitis, I was pretty intrigued by all I learned. Keeping my GI Tract in tip top shape is of utmost importance to me, and while I have managed to keep my illness in remission for several years, there's always room for improvement when it comes to keeping your gut healthy. I did my first parasite cleanse last September, and by the end of the 28 days, I felt a world of difference in my overall well-being. Recently, I could tell I've been due for another cleanse because chronic fatigue and irritability had been kicking in. I decided to do a candida cleanse this time around, and Natural Goal was nice enough to send me a bottle of their Ultimate Candida Complex to try. 


candida supplements

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a small amount lives in your mouth and intestines. Having small amounts is normal, as it helps to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. However, when it is overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine, penetrates the bloodstream, and releases toxic byproducts into the body, which leads to digestive issues. 

Eating a diet high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, consuming alcohol, taking oral contraceptives, high-stress levels, and antibiotics that kill off good bacteria can lead to overpopulated candida. 

Symptoms of too much candida include skin and nail infections, chronic fatigue, digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhea), bladder infections, irritability and mood swings, itchy ears, thrush, and strong cravings for sugar or carbohydrates. 

I am usually pretty good about my food choices, but I do have a weakness for bread and pasta, which I am sure does nothing good for candida build-up in the system. I started taking 2 Candida Complex capsules twice daily a month ago. Like my last parasite cleanse, I started feeling the effects of the "die off" process almost immediately. The supplements were killing off the bad in my gut, which releases toxins into the body. This is quite normal, but for me, it causes headaches. As bothersome as the headaches are, I don't mind them because then I know the product is working. 


candida supplements

It did take about a week for the headaches to subside, and I started to feel more energy after about 2 weeks. Even though I get stomach cramps occasionally from my ulcerative colitis, I did notice fewer cramps after eating and my belly started to feel a little less bloated. I noticed my cravings for starchy foods has diminished as well. What I like about the Ultimate Candida Complex is:

• It promotes the growth of healthy bacteria
• It improves immune health
• Safe and Effective- made with natural ingredients 
• Capsules are easy to swallow and don't have any gross aftertaste
• Made in the USA

I am very pleased with the results that I have received from using this product and will definitely use it again in the future.

Natural Goal Ultimate Candida Complex can be purchased on Amazon for $22.95.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

30 Minute Meal- Chicken with Herbs on Pasta

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Now that spring is here, it seems that our schedules have gotten busier, and the dinnertime crunch is on. Some days we don't come rolling in the house until 8pm! In order to fill up the bellies quickly so the kids can shower and get to bed at a decent time, I like to keep a recipe list of meals I can whip together in 30 minutes or less. This Chicken with Herbs on Pasta from Golden Blossom Honey is not only quick to toss together, but is filling and bursting with flavor too!

Chicken Herbs and Pasta

"Did you marinate the chicken?" my husband asked the first time we had this dish. Nope, it was just the perfect blend of herbs that brought the flavor to life! 


Ingredients

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
2/3 cup onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound chicken breasts, skinned and boned, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
16 ounces fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE

Chicken Herbs & Pasta

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!


What is your favorite 30 minute (or less) meal?

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