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Friday, April 29, 2016

Free Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drink

Free Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drink Receive ONE (1) FREE Ocean Spray Grapefruit Drink or Juice, any variety (60-64 fo). Available in most stores.

Exp 05/15/2016

FREE Friday Download at Kroger!
This coming Friday, April 29, 2016 – ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for one Free Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Drink.
Although 4/29/16 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 5/1/16.
You can load the coupon online at Kroger or through their iPhone Appicon or Android Apps.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Celebrate Mother's Heart With A Nordic Naturals Giveaway

This Mothers day taste pure love with a gift from Nordic Naturals.

  Moms are the leaders of the family when it comes to watching out for the families well-being. We moms, do all we can to make sure everyone is healthy. I thought I knew everything about nutrition and feeding my family, but I was wrong, I have plenty to learn. I recently discovered that my family was deficient in omega-3s. Did you know that 91% of all Americans are deficient in omega 3s?  I thought my family was ok when it came to omegas. I just did not understand how my family was at risk as I mix flax seed meal into smoothies and serve fish once a week. I was shocked to learn that while my flaxseed was healthy, it was not giving me the proper out of omega-3 ++. While I was doing some good with these choices, I learned it was not enough as my family needed more omega-3's as they support many vital health functions. I did not want my family to be deficient in omega-3s.

 omega-3s can help support:

Normal cardiovascular and brain function
Mood support
Healthy joints, skin and eyes
Immune support
Nervous system function
A healthy pregnancy
Proper brain, eye and nervous system development in young children

Omega-3 fatty acids fall into two major categories: plant-derived (flaxseed) and marine-derived (fish). This is often confusing for physicians and patients, and many think the two are interchangeable. Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which can be partially converted to EPA and DHA, but that conversion is somewhat slow and can be inhibited by lifestyle and health factors. Research shows that approximately 5% of ALA converts to EPA, and just 1% converts to DHA, under optimal conditions. While flaxseed and flaxseed oil may contain many health-promoting benefits, they do not provide the necessary amounts of EPA and DHA.

Check out these articles for more information on omega-3s.

  So what is a mama to do? I discovered that serving my family wholesome food and tasty omega-3 supplements is the easiest way to ensure that they are not part of the 91% of Americans who are deficient.  I was sent a bunch of Nordic Naturals products and a wonderful cookbook to help my family get their omega-3s. I was excited to try these products and recipes.There were even supplements for babies and pets, Nordic did not forget anyone when it came to omegas.

                    Just look at what my family received to help us with our omega 3 intake .
                                              Complete Omega Xtra (Mom)
                                              Ultimate Omega 2X (Dad)
                                              Children’s DHA (children)
                                              Probiotic Gummies KIDS (children)
                                              Vitamin D3 Gummies KIDS (children)
                                              Baby’s DHA (baby)
                                              Omega-3 Pet 2oz bottle (family pet) 
                        THE COMPLETE MEDITERRANEAN DIET by Dr. Michael Ozner

 It was easy to get my family to take their daily omega-3s as all these products tasted good. My boys loved the burst of strawberry flavor from the Children's DHA while my husband and I got a tasty lemon flavor from our omegas. I love that these soft gels contained pure fish oil to give my family what they needed in omegas. My boys also loved the flavors of the Probiotics and D3 supplements and I love that they getting additional immune and bone support. 

  The cookbook had many delicious heart healthy recipes in it that follow the traditional Mediterranean diet. Many of the foods I serve my family already follow this diet so this cookbook will inspire me to make some delicious meals to get even more omegas into our diet. I started stocking my pantry and freezer with heart healthy ingredients and will be making many of these recipes.

                                         Does your family get enough omega-3s?

For more information about these Nordic Naturals omega-3s and other supplements please visit                                

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I have a Nordic Naturals gift basket to giveaway to one lucky reader. This gift basket will contain all the Nordic Natural supplements that I received, The Complete Mediterranean Diet cookbook, and a bag of swag. For a chance to win, just enter on the form below. Good luck!


This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning giveaway depends on number of entries. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of end of contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Sponsor is responsible for shipping out prize. Void where prohibited

"Nordic Naturals provided me with a gift basket filled with the above-pictured items to facilitate this post."

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Thanks To Strivectin I Can Smile Again

  My husband always tells me to smile when I am getting my picture taken. It drives him crazy that I chose not to smile in pictures. I simply choose not to smile for one reason, as doing so shows my age. When I smile those fine lines around my eyes appear, so I choose not to smile as I don't want people to know my real age. I smile a half smile in photos so those pesky fine lines are not seen. I do not like what age and other factors do to my skin. Do you have fine lines around your eyes? Notice in the photo below, this was taken a couple months ago, how I half smile.

  Thanks to Strivectin, I can smile again in pictures. Their new Intensive Eye Concentrate is proven to visibly reduce the look of lines around the eyes. I have been using this wonderful tube for about three weeks and I can see those lines starting to fade. I can't wait to see the results after using this wonderful cream for several months. My son is getting married in three months so by then my eyes will be amazing and I will be smiling in the wedding pictures!  I just want to hug the people at Strivectin and say "thank you for giving me my smile back!"

The folks over at Strivectin know about skincare. I am thankful for their 35 years of research and their patented NIA-114 technology. Their technology and other wonderful ingredients make for a great Intensive Eye Concentrate that will help me be able to smile again. This cream was not only made for fine lines, but also to help with screen fatigue. They realized that all that looking at screens like, computers, phones and Tvs,  leads to squinting and rubbing which causes signs of fatigue in our delicate eye area. Just look at the other ingredients and what they do for eyes.

Marine Micro-organism Extract helps to boost the skin,s natural collagen

Encapsulated Caffeine Compound delivers caffeine deeper and more efficiently to visibly reduce under eye puffiness

Optical diffusers- reflect light to brighten dark shadows and help alleviate visible signs of screen fatigue while improving makeup application and wear

I am happy to add Strivectin Intensive Eye Concentrate to my daily routine of skin care. My motto is why look your age when you don't have too. What are some of the things you do when getting your picture taken to look younger?

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"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Strivectin Intensive Eye Concentrate to facilitate this post."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vegetarian Chocolate Protein Pancakes

A great delicious healthy alternative to traditional pancakes.

   Pancakes are a special treat in our house. I don't make them often as they are not a healthy breakfast option. To me, they are more a dessert, especially when served with syrup.  I like my boys to eat healthy items like oatmeal for breakfast with fruit instead of pancakes with sugary syrup and fattening butter. My teen will once in a while make some pancakes for breakfast or they will enjoy them while camping. I have discovered a way to make pancakes that healthy and delicious. My chocolate protein pancakes are so delicious and are loaded with protein, fiber, and 21 vitamins and minerals. My boys love that pancakes are no longer for special occasions, in fact, they love these chocolate protein pancakes more than regular ones. The leftover pancakes are great for peanut butter sandwiches.

  So how can you make healthy and delicious pancakes? You add a delicious healthy chocolate protein powder to your pancake mix. My favorite chocolate protein powder is Chocolate Cacao Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal.  I always have a container in my pantry as I also use this incredibly healthy protein powder for my morning smoothies. The delicious chocolate flavor comes from Raw Cacao and organic stevia. What I really like about Raw Organic Meal is how they use organic raw plants for the  20 grams per serving of Organic Raw Sprouted Protein Blend. Then Garden of Life adds super healthy ingredients like Organic Raw fruits and veggies. They also add an Organic Raw fiber Blend from chia seed and flax meal. There is no need to worry about taking a probiotic, as Garden of Life added a Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend as well as an Organic Raw Greens Blend. Garden of Life packs a whole lot of nutrition into a scoop of delicious protein powder.

             Vegetarian Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Serves 2-4

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 scoop Chocolate Cacao Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups cashew or almond milk
2 tbs agave syrup or honey
1 egg
Coconut oil for the skillet


1. Mix together the first five dry ingredients.
2. Add the remaining three wet ingredients and stir together until combined .
3. Place ½ Tablespoon of coconut oil into skillet and pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake.
4. Cook each pancake about 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with fresh fruits like bananas or strawberries.

"These opinions are my own and I received samples of Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal to facilitate this post."

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Beautiful Solution To A Daily Hair Problem

This bracelet is designed to integrate your always-needed hair tie elastic with stylish jewelry.

   I love when I come across a product that makes me go, "where has this been all my life?" A couple weeks ago, my husband and I were watching TV and this commercial came on for the Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets I watched the whole ad and thought to myself "what a great idea!" My husband, on the other hand, made a comment in such that he thought it was a weird idea. I immediately explained to him about the frustrations, we ladies, have with the need to tie our hair back and not having a hair tie handy. My husband understood and then said, "you need to review this product." I, of course, wanted to so I could tell other ladies about this wonderful bracelet. The next day, I received an email from a PR person asking me to do a mother's day promotion for these beautiful bracelets. I, of course, said yes.

When I received my bittersweet By Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets, I was overjoyed with excitement. The bracelet was so beautiful. I just love how light it feels on my wrist. The flower design on the ends of the bracelet just adds a special touch of elegance. It is a stylish piece of jewelry that is so functional. I love that I can add any color hair tie to it and match my clothes for the day. This beautiful piece can be worn with any outfit, even my dressy ones. The most important thing is I will always have a hair tie available when I need it, no more having to search my purse for one. Never again will I be without a way to put my hair back. This will be great for those windy days, that come out of nowhere, and I need to put my hair back. 

  The Maria Sheen bracelet started as a present created by her husband. The ever-observant engineer noticed his wife's habit (a basic necessity!) of wearing an elastic band around her wrist. The problem was the elastic band was an eye sore and it left a dent around the wrist. Her husband decided to solve the problem, and did it with style! He created a bracelet that eliminates the pressure from the elastic around the wrist and makes the hair tie look like a stylish bracelet by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place.  The idea was so simple but so unique that he currently has a patent pending for the design! 

                                            I just love how the bracelet got its name:
When my husband surprised me with the bracelet he had it engraved with my name (Shireen Maria) in my mother's native language, Farsi. However, my Icelandic husband did not realize that Farsi is written from right to left (not left to right like English), so the engraving read "Maria Shireen." When translated to English "Maria Shireen" means "bittersweet" which is where the name of the bracelet was born.  Thus began our journey to bringing this functional fashion accessory to women everywhere. 

  These wonderful bracelets are the most ideal, perfect gift for any mom, from the on-the-go mom and working mom to an athletic mom or traveling mom. They come in black, gold, silver, and rose gold and are just beautiful with or without a hair band! The bracelets hold those not so beautiful hair ties in a beautiful and fashionable way. Your mom will love you for this thoughtful gift...we promise! Get your mom, or yourself, one or more of these pretty bracelets and free your wrist from ugly hair ties.

                               Check out this beautiful bracelet and other styles and colors.

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Always keep one of your hair ties handy for times when you need to put your hair up, but don’t get caught without one of the Maria Shireen bracelet .

"These opinions are my own and I received a bittersweet By Maria Shireen hair tie bracelets to facilitate this post.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pampers And Amex Card Giveaway

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