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LUVO – Healthy Heat & Eat Meals – Mama Feed Yourself, You’re Important, Too! – Review

In a previous blog post, I mentioned the phenomenon of Post-Pregnancy Depletion that can persist for several years, even more than a decade after giving birth.

Sadly, the majority of moms neglect to take proper care of themselves, while wearing themselves out to the bone taking care of their family!  We grab kid-chewed leftovers or whatever’s available within reach that our significant others haven’t already devoured, and stuff it in our mouths, or we go for the keep-us-going junkfood so we can be at least minimally functional, while we further starve ourselves of nutrition, because who’s got time to cook a nice gourmet meal for mama? Certainly not mama!

Well guess what? Someone’s got the time, after all: LUVO!

These two were my favorites: Orange Mango Chicken & Red Wine Braised Beef and Polenta!
These two were my favorites: Orange Mango Chicken & Red Wine Braised Beef and Polenta!
“Luvo [loo- vō] has Latin roots, and it loosely means to give aid or strength to accomplish a purpose. To us, Luvo is a person who takes care of themselves so they can in turn, care for others. Luvo is a movement that sparks the belief that leading a healthy lifestyles creates your best self and inspires the world around you.”
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You might have seen LUVO meals in your grocery’s frozen food section lately, as you were shopping for your family.  Mama, it’s time to do some shopping for YOU! 😀
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LUVO meals are heat and eat meals that are filled with tasty, natural and healthy ingredients.  While they’ll certainly be a treat for someone with a refined palate, they might not match a junk-food fan’s taste profile. You can actually taste the spices and herbs that are used for seasonings.  They aren’t over-laden with salt or other shelf-preserving ingredients. And best of all – they are EASY to prepare!  Toss one in the oven and a relatively short time later, you’ve got something yummy that’s not going to deepen your nutritional deficit.
Convenient steam-in-bag (non BPA) servings.
Convenient steam-in-bag (non BPA) servings.

You NEED healthy food, mama, and since no one’s likely going to be cooking it for you (including yourself if you’re like a majority of (sorry, it’s got to be said!) self-neglecting mamas, this is as close as you’re going to be getting to having a chef prepare tasty, healthy, chock-full-of-nutrition meals for you on demand, unless you actually do have a chef on your household staff.

Orange Mango Chicken
Orange Mango Chicken
Red Wine Braised Beef & Polenta
Red Wine Braised Beef & Polenta
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Luvo is all about helping people make healthier choices for themselves and their families.  We believe it should be easy to enjoy delicious and nutritious food that is responsibly sourced.  That’s why we’ve created chef-inspired frozen meals that have quality proteins (from whole plants and lean meats raised without antibiotics), whole grains, generous portions of fruits and veggies, responsible amounts of sodium and added sugar, and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.”

Just the facts
• Signature Luvo meals offer delicious culinary recipes with full servings
of veggies, whole grains and quality proteins, flash frozen in custom
Steam in PouchTM packaging. Inspired by the French cooking technique
“en papillote,” which means “in parchment,” the pouch creates an
aromatic steam that gently cooks each meal in its own flavorful juices.
• Luvo Bowls offer delicious recipes in a convenient paperboard bowl
that steams quickly in the microwave. These Bowls feature a self-venting
film that does not require puncturing, peeling back or stirring
during the cooking process, maximizing convenience and locking in
flavor.
• Luvo PlantedTM Power Bowls offer delicious recipes with at least two
full servings of veggies, organic whole grain rice from Lotus Foods and
plant proteins – in a convenient paperboard bowl that steams quickly in
the microwave.
• Luvo meals use responsible amounts of sodium and added sugar.
While other frozen brands load up on salt, Luvo uses herbs, spices
and quality ingredients to deliver amazing taste. Luvo never uses any
artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.
• Luvo’s people-, animal- and planet-friendly practices include using
antibiotic free meat and poultry, using non-GMO ingredients whenever
possible, and giving back to the community through partnerships with
local nonprofit organizations.

 

Learn more online
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* I received this product for free from Moms
Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the
manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest
opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
** Text in italics was provided by Moms Meet and the manufacturer.

Uncommonly Good Gifts For the Special People In Your Life (That Includes You, Too!)

In the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, one of the ‘languages’, or main ways a person may best express or receive love, is “Giving gifts”.   I like to put a lot of thought into a gift, trying to get to know the person, what they enjoy, what would make them happy and what would best make them feel cared about. I also enjoy such gifts – ones that someone obviously put a lot of thought into, not just snagged at a convenience store on the way over (sometimes with the price tag still attached).

The best gifts I received and the ones I gave that got the best response were the ones that were SPECIAL!  Ones that you didn’t find on practically every big-box chain-store’s shelves.

Gifts that you may never have known about but once you see it, you just know that this was MEANT to be in your life! Or in a loved-one’s life. I’ll let you in on a secret: there’s a veritable treasure trove (good for wives or s.o.’s – hint, hint!) of such items at Uncommon Goods! 😀

THIS is definitely on my husband’s wish list:

Bonsai Forest
A DIY bonsai forest! How cool is that?
Aquaponic Garden
Or an Aquaponic Herb Garden!

And for the kids –

edible chemistry set
CHEMISTRY they can EAT!!!

Although, to be honest, I’d probably give all those gifts to myself. 😀  The hubster and kids can just look on in envy at my newly acquired awesome gifts. 😀

However, there are SO MANY amazingly terrific things on this site, that you’ll never have to resort to coffee mugs or socks ever again.

If you’re stuck for something truly special to give to your wife or mother for her anniversary, they’ve got a great selection of items already curated.

What makes it even nicer is that Uncommon Goods sells products that weren’t made at the expense of harming people or animals. <3

In addition to finding uncommonly great gifts for your loved ones (including yourself!), another wonderful thing about Uncommon Goods that I really like is that they donate $1 to charity for every purchase made. So far they’ve donated over $1,000,000 through their Better To Give program!

They’re also founding members of B Corporation, an organization that was “created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. The B seal means that a company has met the standards outlined in a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates a company on issues ranging from providing a living wage, to lessening their impact on the environment, to giving back to the community.”

I strongly urge you to go take a look at the amazing selection at Uncommon Goods, you won’t regret it!

And if you happen to be a friend or relative of mine, my birthday’s coming up… 😀  I’m really jonesing for one of their recycled glass nightlights – so beautiful! Those would probably also make a very memorable housewarming gift!

These teeny earring vases would also be PERFECT!

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This post is a sponsored partnership between Twice Blessed Life and Uncommon Goods. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Pictures and italicized text are from the Uncommon Goods website.

Just The Tip (Of The Iceberg): Why the Women’s Marches are about more than just Trump

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I’ve seen some posts by people trying to downplay all the Women’s Marches as merely being about impotently protesting Trump only.
These marches are about SO MUCH MORE than protesting one man.
Why are women being vilified for wanting to be regarded as being of equal value as men are in society?
There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction when women report having been treated unfairly or having seen such. For some weird reason, this is interpreted as “hating men”. We are told there’s “no need” for the feminist movement, and that women who support that movement are to be feared and hated.

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 (Swap the ‘w’ for a ‘b’ and you’ll see the REAL reason women who practiced herbal medicine and lived outside the strictures of patriarchal society were persecuted, hunted down and slaughtered as “witches”)

 

 

Well, there most certainly IS a need for the feminist movement because:

When a woman shows up in the ER, her level of pain must be SIGNIFICANTLY higher than a comparable male’s in order for her to be taken seriously that it’s not somehow ‘all in her mind’.
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Women’s heart attack symptoms are SIGNIFICANTLY different than a male’s, yet the only symptoms shown in mainstream media are male symptoms – resulting in fewer women being able to self-identify when they are having a heart attack and fewer people around them taking their symptoms seriously.
 
Those are just two examples. Here’s another:
 
How many women have experienced this: whether in work, school, in a relationship or social/other setting, if a woman has an idea it gets downplayed, ridiculed, ignored, but afterwards, if a male voices that same idea, it gets lauded as though it were the most brilliant idea, despite the male most likely having merely copied the idea from the female that voiced it first.
 
And another:
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How many times have we seen the military being portrayed in TV/movies like this: The drill sergeant addresses the new recruits: “Listen up, ladies!” or compares them to “women” in a way that indicates being like a woman is somehow weak, inferior, of less value than being a man.
 
And another:
 
Men are so terrified to be equated with women, that men who are sexually assaulted (whether by another man or by a woman), or who are the victims of domestic violence, are seldom able to report this to the authorities for fear of being seen as occupying a “lesser” role – the “female” role. And the ones who do bravely attempt to report this, sadly often find themselves being re-victimized by the authorities (as they do to victims of both genders), whether by outright ridicule or by disbelief, because supposedly “real men” don’t get raped or abused, only the “weaker” sex – women – do.
 
And another:
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From a very young age, boys are programmed by society to not express “feminine” emotions or preferences. “Boys don’t cry. Men don’t cry.” “Pink is for girls, blue is for boys.” “Superheroes are for boys, princesses are for girls.” “Dolls are for girls, only the mother should take care of the baby/kids.” “Housework is women’s work.”
 
And another:
 
“Girls aren’t good at math.”
(Go see the movie “Hidden Figures” to disprove that one.)
 
And another:
 
Practically any industry or occupation that was initially male dominated (due to societal discrimination against women), was respected and thought highly of. After society relaxed it’s prohibition against women entering the workplace and women began entering those professions, whether teaching, cooking, computer programming, real estate, the sciences, men began disdaining those professions as suddenly not being “as hard as” other still-male-dominated professions, despite the women working just as hard as, and in some cases, even harder, than the men in those professions had.

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When men then began to enter previously female-dominated professions that had been ridiculed as being “women’s work” and therefore less respected, those men were ridiculed for doing “women’s work”…until a large enough percentage of men had entered that industry, then suddenly those professions gained respect and legitimacy in the eyes of society: nursing, for example.
 
And another:
 
When a woman has a legitimate grievance, she is blown off and asked if she’s having “that time of the month”. When a man has a grievance, there is no brushing it off as being due to temporary hormonal surges and therefore not worth paying any heed to, regardless of the legitimacy of the grievance.
 
And another:
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Men who lead are praised as having executive leadership abilities. Women who lead are called “bossy” and “bitches”.
 
Trump is only the very visible, very loudmouthed, tip of the iceberg. Women weren’t protesting and marching “only” against Trump, they were protesting against the entire iceberg that taken as a whole is harmful to both women AND men.
 
And that is why we need feminism.
 
Not because we want to “feminize” men, but because sexism, misogyny and prejudice against women and stereotypically “feminine” characteristics (whether exhibited by women OR men) is wrong.

 

And don’t even get me started on the globally pervasive (sometimes even directed at hetero folks) homophobia that is also a result of “feminine” characteristics being deemed “weak” and “wrong” for men, and “masculine” characteristics being deemed “strong” and “wrong” for women!

Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

I was chatting recently with another mama friend who’s questioning a lot of things lately, particularly religion and some of the dogmatic beliefs that unfortunately can be a part of many worship communities. And it called to mind my own ‘wake-up call’ in 2012 when my mind was opened just enough to let the Light in – and I saw my “church” in a whole new way.
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It was cataclysmic for me and I have sympathy for my friend because I knew something of what she was going through and would continue to go thru as she tries to make order of a world thrown topsy-turvy when she realized that the dogmatic beliefs she’d been following were there to control and constrain her growth, not to nurture it.
 
It inspired me to draw a little comic strip about some of what I experienced (I’m NOT a great artist.) and I thought – go big or go home – and made it into a little vid on youtube. Hope you enjoy it. 😀
Civilized comments are welcome. 😀
Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

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