Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tasty Protein Shakes Made With NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex

*Disclosure- I received a sample to help facilitate this post. No monetary compensation was provided. I am not making any health claims in this review, just simply sharing my experience with the product. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise or nutritional routine. Your results may vary from mine.

My dad was really tall and really thin. I remember he would make a shake every morning and dump some powder mix into it. He always said it was to help him build up his muscles. One day I decided to try some for myself, and blech! It was the grossest thing I had ever tasted! From that day forward, I didn’t have a good impression of powdered mixes and said I would never try one again. Fast forward 20 some odd years and I started a little ole blog. One of the companies that I was introduced to through blogging was NeoCell, which has been a tried and true favorite of mine for the past 3 years. Their skin care line, Beauty Bursts, and more recently, Keratin Hair Volumizer Supplements have been a part of my daily routine, and I can’t imagine going another day without using any NeoCell products. So when Jean, from NeoCell, was reading through my blog and discovered I have Ulcerative Colitis, she sent me some information and suggested that I might like to try NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex since some of NeoCell’s other fans have had a lot of success at keeping their Chrone’s and Colitis symptoms at bay with daily use of the Collagen Sport. Honestly, my first thought was “Oh, No! Not a powdered mix!” But since I have had nothing but amazing results from other NeoCell products in the past, I was open to giving it a try.

My Ulcerative Colitis has been under control for several years now, but even when I take the best care of my body that I can, I do have an occasional flare. As we were preparing to leave for our Florida vacation, I started to get really nervous. Travel is one thing that can set my symptoms off, and I did not want to be sick on our trip. A week before we left, I started taking the NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex. The flavor I am trying is French Vanilla. It said to mix a scoop with water, but I wasn’t sure how that was going to taste, so I mixed it with my almond milk. While it did alter the flavor on my milk slightly, it was nowhere near the awful flavor of the powder mix I tried years ago. After using NeoCell products for the past few years, I do find there is a distinct flavor of the collagen in their products, and I could taste it in this mix, but it is not a bad taste at all! I don’t really drink my almond milk straight from a cup, but I do use it in my cereal daily. So, what I do is mix 1 scoop into 6 ounces of my almond milk, pour what I want over my cereal, then drink the rest out of the cup. That way I am getting the recommended amount without forcing myself to down a glass of milk daily.

NeoCell Collagen Sport


Here is what I really like about NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex:

- It is made with Whey Protein, which is easier on the stomach than soy, rice, and plant based protein powders.
- It is the only protein on the market that does not contain gluten, added sugars, or lactose.
- It dissolves quickly.  
- It is easy to digest.
- It supports bone muscle and joint health.
- It has 30g of protein per serving (I need 70g a day, so I am almost 1/2 way through getting what I need daily by using it in the morning).
-It is rich in amino acids.



My results? I felt great after using NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex. I didn’t feel sick once on our trip, nor did I feel the fatigue that I normally do after full days packed with physical activity. My husband even noticed how well I was doing too!

Another long time user of NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex, Jessica Dumanch, has created 50 delicious protein shakes using NeoCell Collagen Sport, and wrote an e-book including her tasty recipes, titled Omega Method #5 Gourmet Protein Shakes. I received a copy as well so I could try some of the shakes for myself. There were many to choose from, but the Bad Habit Smoothie has been my favorite so far:

Protein Smoothie


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
8 oz unsweetened Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons coconut cream
a handful of silvered almonds
1 scoop NeoCell Collagen Sport Whey Protein Powder
1 stevia packet
 
 Place all ingredients in a blender and serve cold.

*Since I am more of an almond milk fan, I used that instead of coconut milk and it still tasted amazing!

Not only does the e-book contain great recipes, I found a lot of useful information on protein, amino acids, collagen and exercise, and she included extra links for even more information (like where to find your daily recommended protein intake. This is how I found that I need 70g daily.) Jessica’s e-book even made a feature on Huffington Post!  You can read more about it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/preetam-kaushik/proliferation-of-the-prot_b_6051796.html

I am very impressed with NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex, and will continue to use it daily. You can purchase it in French Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate flavors. 15 servings is $29.95 and 50 servings is $49.95. You can get it directly on the NeoCell website.

If you would like to learn more about NeoCell Collagen Sport Ultimate Recovery Complex, or any of NeoCells’s amazing products, be sure to visit their website. Additionally, you can stay up to date on new products and current promotions by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Orkin "Mouse in a House" Game & Giveaway #MouseInAHouse

*Disclosure- I received a sample to help facilitate this post. All opinions stated are my own. 


Last winter I was in my garage headed toward my car when I stepped on a soft lump. I seriously about died when I realized it was a little mouse (already dead, not by my foot), and high tailed it to my car. I ended up calling my husband from my cell and demanded that little bugger had better be GONE by the time I got home. During the winter months, the mice really like to head towards our garage for warmth and shelter, and my hubby will see one in there occasionally. Thankfully, the dead one is the only one I've ever come across, and never would be too soon if I saw another one in there.
   
Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents. Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” – your house!

Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing “Mouse in a House” – a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season – try your best to stay alive and see how long you last!

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your home. To learn more about pest control grounded in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN®.

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Do you think you could survive the winter if you were a little rodent? Use the above app to play the Mouse in a House game to see how well you'd do!

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One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win an official Orkin #MouseInAHouse Cozy Fleece Winter Blanket (4x6)!

Each household is only eligible to win Two (2) Orkin #MouseInAHouse Cozy Fleece Winter Blankets via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

The giveaway is open to legal residents of the U.S., 18+, and will run through 11/14. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or they forfeit their prize and a new winner will be selected. Please enter on the Giveaway Tools form below. *Make sure you are properly completing each task you claim an entry for. All entries are verified. Failure to do so will result in disqualification!*

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enjoy Yummy Chocolates Made From Sustainable Cocoa With Nestlé Cocoa Plan This Halloween

*Disclosure: I received a sample of the product for the purpose of a review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions stated are my own. 


To say I love candy would be an understatement. I really, really love it, and that means I probably eat more of it than I should. With Halloween less than a week away, candy is definitely at the front of my mind right now. I know that I am not the only one with a sweet tooth. Did you know that demand for chocolate has doubled  over the past 20 years, but the supply of cocoa beans has remained the same? Tough economic conditions, poor social conditions for farmers, and lower-yielding crops have put the future of cocoa at chocolate at risk. Can you imagine a Halloween without chocolate? That's a scary thought! Thankfully, Nestlé has a plan in place to help sustainably source the cocoa it uses in many of their famous chocolate candies, through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

It is a long road for the cocoa to make it into the tasty chocolate bars we so love to eat. Most of the cocoa production is centered primarily in West Africa, starting out as just a pod on a tree. It takes 400 cocoa beans to make just 1 pound of chocolate, and with the world consuming over 3 million tons of cocoa annually, it's no wonder the supply is dwindling. Since 2009, Nestlé Cocoa Plan has been sourcing sustainable cocoa so that 53 million U.S. households can continue to enjoy their favorite Nestlé chocolates for generations to come.


The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is protecting the future of Cocoa by:

- Training 33,000+ farmers in sustainable farming practices.
- Providing over 1 million disease-resistant, higher-yielding cocoa plantlets to farmers.
- Investing $120 million to improve cocoa sustainability globally.
- Initially source 80 tons of cocoa by the end of 2014.
- Build or refurbish 40 schools in the Ivory Coast for children in cocoa farming communities.

This Halloween, we want to support brands that practice making products with sustainable cocoa, but trying to differentiate between companies who do or do not can be a challenge. The easiest way to tell is by looking on the bag for one of these 4 labels:

We will be passing out Nestlé CRUNCH to our trick-or-treaters, but the following candies are also made with sustainable cocoa:

- Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
- Hershey's Bliss
- Dagoba Organic
- Schaffen Berger
- DOVE Dark Chocolate


Nestle Halloween Candy

You can also find sustainable cocoa in other non-candy products as well:

- Hot cocoa, such as Nestlé Hot Cocoa
- Chocolate milk, such as Nestlé Nesquik Ready-to-drink and powder
- Cocoa powder
- Baking Chocolate, like Nestlé Toll House Morsels (Dark and milk chocolate)

If you would like to learn more about sustainable cocoa, you can read more at the Nestlé Cocoa Plan website.


 What kind of candy are you passing out this Halloween?


The Prince Blu-Ray Giveaway

*Disclosure: I did not receive compensation to help promote this post. FilmBook, a movie website, is sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions stated are my own.


Today's we have another fun giveaway from FilmBook.  Somehow I missed hearing all about The Prince, but after reading the synopsis, it sounds like if you are a fan of films like Taken, this is one that will be right up your alley.

The Prince. (Stars: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack).  Paul (Patric), a mechanic with past ties to the underworld, is unwittingly drawn back into the life he gave up when he suspects that his daughter has been kidnapped; and he must team up with his old partner, Sam (Cusack), in order to confront Omar (Willis), his former nemesis, in order to rescue her.

Filmbook is offering 3 lucky winners a copy of The Prince on Blu-Ray! The giveaway is open to legal residents of the U.S., 18+. The giveaway starts 10/28/14 and ends 11/18/14. FilmBook is responsible for winner selection and prize shipment. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Painted Olaf Pumpkin

I'm getting back into the grind of things after being M.I.A. for almost a week. We just got home from vacation and now I definitely need a vacation from my vacation. I am exhausted! I can't wait to catch up with you all again, so I'll be making the rounds to visit you all over the next day or so :) I have A LOT to catch up on, so today's post is short and simple.

I hate carving pumpkins. I only cut those babies open for the seeds. So, every year I take a mini pumpkin and decorate it with some paint and a few other mixed media objects. Since we just got back from Disney, I thought I'd share with you the painted pumpkin I made for Allison this year. We made Olaf from Frozen.

All we needed was a few mini pumpkins close to Olaf's body shapes, some paint, pipe cleaners, and a few poms and we got to work.


Start by painting your pumpkins white. When dry, paint on Olaf's face. Someone with a steady hand could probably do a better job here, but hey. I'm not the best painter out there, so you get what you get. Twist a bit of orange pipe cleaner until you get the shape of a carrot. Glue it on the face. Next, glue all 3 pumpkins together with hot glue. Cut your brown (I only had black, so that's what he ended up with) pipe cleaner arms and hands and twist together, then glue on. Cut and glue a few strands of pipe cleaner for the hair. Glue on a few black poms down the center. I didn't know what to do for feet, so I just cut a large marshmallow in half and glued those on.

Then, Olaf was done. This can be made fairly quickly. It took about a day to get it all put together, but most of the time spent was waiting for the paint to dry.

Frozen Olaf Painted Pumpkin

Did you carve or paint your pumpkins this year?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5 Ways to Save at the Drugstore

*Disclosure- This is not a sponsored post. I am just a huge fan of CVS/pharmacy and wanted to share these helpful tips with my readers!
 


It's that time of year where germs are lurking around every corner, just waiting to hop on board and make us sick. With my kids back in school now, they've already both had a round of feeling ill, with my oldest already having to see the doctor this season. I am a busy mom and hate how much time is spent at the doctor. Then more time sucked up waiting for our prescriptions to be filled. It's time consuming, but a necessary evil. CVS/pharmacy wants to help make it a little more easier for when illness strikes, by offering 5 simple tips to save time at the pharmacy.

  1. Wait for your reminders. Don’t waste time going to pick up a prescription that’s not ready. Many pharmacies like CVS/pharmacy now offer text or email alerts or provide customers with a call when it’s time to pick up a prescription.
  2. Keep all your information in one place. Save time by keeping all prescriptions managed in one place. For example, CVS/pharmacy enables consumers to have 24 hour access to their prescription records, view and order refills, and keep them up-to-date with health needs all via their CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app, CVS/pharmacy iPad app or CVS.com.
  3. Scan to Refill. Quickly and easily scan the barcode on a current prescription when it needs to be refilled. Many pharmacies now have secure apps which allow customers to refill prescriptions in seconds.
  4. App-tastic. With advancing technology, there are many tools that help consumers not only save time, but stay healthy. The CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app has great features like the Drug Interaction Checker which helps customers avoid drug mishaps by checking medications and their reactions with other medications, over-the-counter products, foods, or lifestyle elements, such as the sun. It also features a Pill Identifier, which takes the guess work out of which pills are which and lets people search by color, shape, and markings on the pill to ensure the right medication is taken to treat the right medical condition.
  5. Time your visit right. Of course the busiest times at pharmacies vary by location, but it has been found that going to the pharmacy during mid-morning or late afternoon it can be generally less busy. Also, it’s important to note, the first of every month is when most people get paid and Medicaid benefits are renewed so pharmacies can typically be much busier then too.


If you would like to learn more, visit the CVS/pharmacy website.






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