Feeling chilly? Perfect timing for @FrontierSoups !!

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To my Japanese husband, soup just means one thing: miso.  Miso soup is considered a side dish and never a main meal in Japan.  But here in America, particularly the northern states, soup as a main dish is very much looked forward to as autumn weather turns nippy!

When Moms Meet approached me to try out Frontier Soups‘ ‘Homemade In Minutes‘ line, I was rubbing my hands in anticipatory glee.

“Just trust me,” I cajoled my skeptical husband. “Soup for dinner is really a thing in the US!  Think how nice it’ll be to come home at the end of a long day, all chilled to the bone (“That won’t be so nice!” he quipped.) and getting to sit down to a nice hot steaming bowl of soup!  It’ll warm you right up from the inside out!”

He was willing to give it a try, though his one caveat was that I also prepare an ample supply of steamed rice. (Rice is a Japanese meal-time staple – they don’t consider it having been a real actual meal unless rice has been served, even if the table’s loaded with bread and pasta.)

The things I liked most overall about these soups, was that:

A) They were easy to prepare

B) They were quick to prepare

C) They didn’t need expensive or exotic add-ins

D) Many of the mixes are gluten-free, so if our gluten-free cousins came to visit, we’d be able to serve those to them.

E) The corn and rice ingredients are Non-GMO, and there’s no MSG or other non-natural ingredients!

F) They tasted GREAT!!!

Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup

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I’m a fan of Chicken Noodle Soups, with a Jewish background, how could I not be?  Happily, this soup did not disappoint!  It had a lovely made-from-scratch taste, without the overdose of fat, even considering the minor butter add-in.  I didn’t use chicken breast, though. I had some leftover cooked boneless, skinless thighs and those worked just fine!

This was a good, satisfying soup, and paired with some cheese toast, was good for a light lunch, or for pouring down the gullet of a person with a cold.

I give it 4 stars for taste and 2.5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability.

Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder

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I love chowders, particularly seafood chowders!  But soup-mix potatoes are usually ‘meh’ at best. Well, I don’t know how Frontier Soups went about preserving their soupmix potatoes, but when reconstituted as part of the soup, these taters did pretty good!  No points off for those!

There was a teensy bit of cayenne for some very minor heat, but it was nothing that scared off the kids.  I added in some shrimp and served it forth.

This was one that got a verbal exclamation of enjoyment from my husband! (Yay!) and with only the obligatory bowl of steamed rice, he was willing to concede that yes, soups can really be a real meal. (With rice alongside. Of course.)

I give it 5 stars for taste and 4 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability served alongside a small green salad or green smoothie (And the rice, of course – who could forget the rice!) This was one that did a good job of sticking to your ribs! And the kiddos ate every bit of it!

South of the Border Tortilla Soup

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This one was also a winner with my husband and I, but a bit too strong-tasting for my kids.  I really didn’t think it was all that spicy though.  I did add in 1 cup of mild queso salsa, but just to give it a bit of creaminess that my husband expected after having his tastebuds spoiled by commercial chain restaurant tortilla soups. The tomato salsa I used was also mild.

I give it 4.5 stars for taste and 5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability, as-is. (Yes, dear – rice, rice, rice! Sheesh! *whispers: but really, while rice is nice, this soup can stand alone with all the veggies and protein it’s got.)

Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup

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Without cream, not pureed.
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With cream added and pureed.

Literally, a few minutes before I made this one, my husband called to let me know he’d just gotten a tooth extracted, and by the way, could I please make sure that dinner was liquid? Oh yeah, and the dentist said – ‘No rice!’.  There was manly whimpering.  Very manly…really!

So I prepared this mix , added cream and then ran the whole kit and caboodle through my nutribullet blender to puree it all.

It. Was. Fantastic!

“THIS!!  This is AMAZING!!” my husband gestured emphatically and ecstatically.  Thank god, because he was so happy with this soup that I didn’t hear a single kvetch, moan, whine or complaint at the lack of rice on the table. :D (YAY!!!)

This was a gorgeous-tasting soup!  I haven’t tasted better in a restaurant!

I give it a solid 5 stars for taste AND 5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability, if served with a glass of milk for some protein!

This was a soup that you wish you could strew on satin-covered sheets and roll around in it – forget rose petals!  Pureed, the mouth-feel  and quality ingredients melded into luxurious richness. Maybe pair it with some garlic bread, but go easy on the garlic, you don’t want to overpower the awesome taste of this soup!

(And then my husband made me puree some rice. Sigh.)

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Frontier Soups is an American company founded by Trisha
Anderson, who transformed her life-long love of cooking into
a career in the food industry. The company is dedicated to
creating the best all-natural products possible. They believe
that soup is the essence of comfort food and Frontier Soups
mixes make it so easy to serve simple, satisfying meals at
home. Today, they offer a variety of all-natural soups, stews,
chili, and chowders to families around the country.

Just the facts
• All Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes include all-natural ingredients
with no added salt, preservatives, or MSG.
• Frontier offers a variety of mixes including: South of the Border Tortilla Soup
Mix, Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red
Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable
Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse
Alphabet Soup Mix.
• With the help of Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes it takes just 30-
45 minutes to create a meal for your family and friends.
• All corn and rice ingredients in every mix are certified non-GMO. Many of the
Frontier Soups mixes are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association.
• Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes are available from the following
retailers: Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger Natural Stores, Central
Market in Texas, Great Harvest Bread Stores, Omaha Steaks, Braum’s Fresh
Markets and 1500 other independent and specialty stores across the country,
and in Canada at Sobey’s and Whole Foods. Products are also available online
at Frontier Soups, Abe’s Market and Amazon.

Frontier Soups is offering an exclusive Moms Meet deal to share with
my readers! With the Moms Meet Soup Mix 6-pack, you‘ll get 20%
off the original price, plus free shipping on your order! To purchase,
visit frontiersoups.com/moms-meet-soup-mix-6-pack.

Visit frontiersoups.com to get more information about the company. On their website
you’ll also find recipe ideas that will help upgrade your traditional soup recipes to
gourmet meals in a few simple steps. Plus, Frontier Soups also publishes a blog filled
with cooking tips and must-know nutrition info!

You can also find them on Twitter and on Facebook

*Text in italics was provided by the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC.

** I received this product for free from the sponsor of
the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC,
who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a
Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product
and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group
LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

 

It’s National Kale Day on Oct. 1st!

From the National Kale Day website

Be a Kale Hero:

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  • How Can You Help?

    #1 – Join Team Kale and downloadthe Kale Hero Kit, giving you the tools, facts and infographics to become a kale ambassador.

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    #3 – Help spread the word about National Kale Day with hashtags#nationalkaleday and #kaleday2014(click to tweet)

    #4 – Send in your photos planting, growing, cooking and eating kale… click here to upload your images and announce your events.

    #5 – Sign the National Kale Day petition at Change.org, asking Congress and the President to declare the first Wednesday of every October the official National Kale Day!

Mommy’s not-so-guilty pleasure: @Zevia Soda Review and #Giveaway

hugsodaI may be a green-smoothie-making mom who avoids feeding my family junk whenever I can, but I’m only human and sometimes temptation sneaks up on me, seductively whispering sweet nothings in my ear and my resolve wavers.

One of my guilty pleasures is soda.  It’s usually something I can only very rarely indulge in, because either it has empty calories and nasty ingredients, or it has carcinogenic non-calorie sweeteners and nasty ingredients. None of that is anything I’d want my kids to drink.  And oh, is it addicting!

But sometimes I really really really want some soda!

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Lucky me (and you!), I’ve found Zevia zero calorie sodas that are sweetened with natural stevia and monkfruit!  No calories, no carcinogens, no artificial sweeteners and lots of great flavors!

MomsMeetSM sent me a whole case to try out on my family! All of the flavors were pretty good, but our favorites out of the 15 flavor line-up are: Cream, Cola, Caffeine-Free Cola, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Ginger Root Beer and Lemon-Lime.  And something I was pretty surprised about was that the colors for some of the flavors like Orange and Grape, were clear!  None of the clothing-staining, unnatural coloring  in those that comes with conventional sodas!  And none of them had any weird aftertaste that zero-calorie sodas sometimes have.

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Seems like my “guilty” pleasure has become “guiltless”! :D  And I can’t tell you what immense pleasure I had when one of my little girls earnestly approached me as I was enjoying Zevia’s Ginger Ale and started lecturing me on watching my calories and I could smugly point out to her that this was actually a SAFE soda for mommy to drink! :D

Then she asked if it had any GMOs in it. :D (Zevia is actually in the midst of the Non-GMO verification process, and estimates that they could be certified sometime in 2014!)

If you would like to try out Zevia for yourself, You can check here to find where Zevia is sold in your area! Here’s a link to some coupons to save money on your next purchase on Zevia!

And if you’re feeling lucky, 5 readers can win a voucher for a FREE 4- or 6-pack of Zevia in our giveaway below! :D

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Zevia is the original naturally sweetened, zero calorie soda with no sugar and no artificial sweeteners. This tasty treat comes in 15 familiar, favorite flavors including Cola, Black Cherry, Cream Soda, Grapefruit Citrus and Ginger Ale.

Consider it the smarter soda go-to for you and your family. Zero calories, naturally sweetened and delicious; Zevia is the soda trifecta of awesomeness.

• Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is sweetened naturally with a unique blend
of high purity Stevia (grown right here in the US!) and Monk Fruit.
• Zevia comes in 15 different flavors, including Ginger Root Beer,
Strawberry, Cherry Cola, and many more.
• This soda contains no calories, sugar or artificial sweeteners.
• No worries! It’s totally Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten-Free!
• The retail price for a 6-pack of Zevia ranges from $3.99 to $5.99.

Connect with Zevia online to see their latest products and get exclusive
access to discounts and special offers!

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facebook.com/zevia
twitter.com/zevia
instagram.com/zevialife
 pinterest.com/zevia

*Text in italics was provided by Moms MeetSM.

**I received this product for free from the sponsor of
the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC,
who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a
Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product
and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group
LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

BubbleBum comes to the rescue! Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of BubbleBum yet?

If you’ve got kids who still need booster seats and you’ve ever had to lug those around with you on vacation for the rental cars, or had to swap them from one parent’s car to another, believe it or not there IS an end to the pain!

We usually use convertible carseats and now that the girls are 7, we use them as “booster seats”.  I remember well when we brought these along with us on vacation:

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Pure. Unmitigated. Hell.

My husband is the lucky one who gets to regularly lug those seats from my car to his anytime we split up the kids for one-on-one time, or when I need my car and he needs the boosters in his car.  Judging by the look on his face when he’s lugging our clunky carseats, he is not a happy camper!

And then came along a very nice company called BubbleBum with the answer to our carseat woes!

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See those nifty things up there?  Those are the travel booster seats that BubbleBum let me try out on my kids.

These boosters are great!  They inflate and install so easily!  I could literally do it one-handed!  Behold the awkwardly filmed (with the other hand) video!

 

Since we’ve installed them, my husband can take the kids on unplanned outings, even if our lunky, clunky carseats are still in my MomMobile and I’m miles away!  He just pops these babies into his car and less than a minute later, they’re ready to go!

This makes him very happy!

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And when we go on vacation to visit out-of-state relatives, the BubbleBum boosters deflate and roll up into these neat little carrysacks so we can take them with us without bulking up our luggage!

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BubbleBum has a variety of colors and styles and is covered in a soft fabric.  My two girls say they are very comfy and leave a lot more room in the back seat for their books and car toys. (You could also fit a third BubbleBum in that middle space if you have a shoulder seat belt.)

BubbleBum meets and exceeds all US Federal Motor Vehicle Standards FMVSS213 and the European Regulations EU R44/o4 and can be used for children over the age of 4 who are between 40 ~ 100 lbs in weight.

You can buy BubbleBum boosters at Walmart and Target for avg. retail price of $29.99. Find the store closest to you here.

Trust me, it’s SO worth it!

Or if you feel lucky, you can enter our giveaway for a new BubbleBum booster of your own!

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*I was provided with BubbleBum booster seats to facilitate my review.  I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer.

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