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Try A New Book! Amazon GC & Children’s Chapter Book Giveaway

The weather’s been a bit wonky this winter, hasn’t it?

Being snowbound with little ones who have a hard time putting down that electronic gizmo can be a bit trying, so I’ve decided to hold a giveaway!

Recently, we found that one of our girls (while still reading) has been reading below grade level in school.  So we made the decision to box up all under-grade-level books and comic books and stow them away until things have improved.

To help our girls gain confidence in their reading, and to ensure it was an enjoyable experience, we chose several series of 2nd-grade-level chapter books that featured some of their interests, for them to try out!

We got Scooby Doo, Puppy Place, Rainbow Magic Fairies, Black Lagoon Adventures, Cam Jansen, Magic Tree House, Bailey School Kids, Thea Stilton and Charming Ponies.

Imagine my joy when the timer ‘dinged’ on their mandatory 20 minutes and they still wanted to keep on reading longer!

To help give you a boost in finding something new to tempt your little one’s literary tastebuds, I’m offering a $5 Amazon gift card and a new paperback copy of “Goldie” the first book in The Puppy Place chapter book series (both my 7-year-old girls LOVED this one!).

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Just enter in the rafflecopter form below!

Happy Reading!
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Feed Your Snack Attack With Funny Face Cranberries! #Free #Rafflecopter #Giveaway

One of the things I’ve learned in dealing with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), is that I can’t rely on spur-of-the-moment snacking decisions to keep me healthy.

Really, how many of us start feeling a bit lightheaded because we’ve skipped a meal – hey, we’re busy parents! It’s easy to get distracted by rambunctious small children and let our own need for food go by the wayside.  Or maybe the kiddos actually cleaned their plate for once and the deliberately small portion we chose for ourself won’t be supplemented by our children’s leftovers.

And there we are, in the midst of our busy schedule and we need something FAST!  So we make a grab for whatever is closest – or make a pit stop at a convenience store or fast food joint – and hurriedly stuff our face with junk that’s overloaded with carbs, fat, sugar, chemicals and barely any redeeming nutritional value whatsoever.  The short-term sugar-high may feel good for a few minutes before you inevitably crash and burn, feeling a little ill and regret all the empty calories you ingested.

In my car, my purse, my workbag, my work area and my kitchen, I’ve got a stash of tasty healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. (Sometimes I feel a little like a squirrel hiding its stash in all these places!)

Here’s what I have in my basic Snack-Aid Kit:

  • A bottle of water
  • A mini-can or two of Low Sodium V8 (higher potassium than regular version)
  • A packet of nuts
  • Dried fruit (Currently, my fave is Funny Face Cranberries)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • A nutritional food bar like Clif or Larabar (no relation to me :D)

If my budget allows, I’ll even get those DIY Tuna Salad mini-kits and add that.

You can even combine the nuts and dried fruit in a tasty trail mix!

Try out this recipe for Choo Choo Cherry’s Easy Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix from the Funny Face Cranberries Recipe Page!

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Besides being a change-up from same-old same-old raisins, let’s do a nutritional comparison between the two:

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There’s a heckuva lot more sugar and a lot less fiber in the raisins compared to Funny Face Cranberries!  Wow! Half my daily requirement of fiber in just one serving of the cranberries!  Half the sugar per serving, too!  And that’s with the raisins’ serving being a miserly 1/4 cup, while Funny Face treats me nice and serves me 1/3 cup of tasty goodness! (It means I get to stuff my face with a lot less guilt :D)

Funny Face Cranberries are also a great substitute for any recipe that calls for raisins – bread pudding, muffins, oatmeal, etc.

The little snack-sized boxes are the perfect size to slip into your children’s lunchboxes, too!

And with Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a useful tip: nibble on some of your healthy snacks prior to sitting down for the Big Meal.  You can still enjoy all your favorites, but it’ll be easier to keep to smaller portions if you’re not going into the meal while suffering from hunger pangs!

If you’d like to win a chance to nibble on Funny Face Cranberries for yourself, and receive a nifty reuseable lunchbag and other fun treats, please enter our giveaway below that’s been generously sponsored by Funny Face Cranberries!

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And if you enjoy hanging out on social media, you can find Funny Face Cranberries here:

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Happy Holidays!

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*I received samples of Funny Face Cranberries from the manufacturer to facilitate this review and they have sponsored a giveaway prize for my readers.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the sponsor’s point of view.

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”! 😀  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! 😀

Then she asked if it had any GMOs in it. 😀 (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! 😀

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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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**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
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and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not
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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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