Mom Knows Best : 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Naturally flavored Eggnog Matcha. Review + Giveaway


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Happy New Years! The New Year gives you a clean slate to be healthy again. The holidays gave us an opportunity to over indulge and I did just that. A New Year is my perfect invitation to get back to healthy eating and taking care of my body. I am bringing in the New Year with eggnog, a healthy version of course. I discovered Eggnog Matcha.

What is Matcha? It's a special green tea powder with great antioxidant benefits. Matcha is the powder form of green tea leaves, giving you more antioxidant benefits than brewed tea. 

Matcha benefits include; adding vitality and vigor, including roughage into the diet, keeping illness at bay, controlling weight gain, combating cancer, purifying the blood, controlling blood sugar, increasing antioxidants, adding important minerals and vitamins into the body and generally keeping the mood in a pleasant delighted state.

Now you can have your Matcha taste like eggnog. 

Eggnog Matcha, despite its name, does not taste at all like eggs but borders more on the taste of vanilla or even custard. This taste is refined by the balancing effect of Matcha to make a mellow treat that is very pleasurable for the palate. Its thick creamy feel in the mouth makes it an easy favorite for those wanting to treat their palates to pure leisure and unforgettable pleasure.

I made a wonderful, healthy smoothie with my Eggnog Matcha, you can use Matcha in a hot latte or add to yogurt. I added 1/2 teaspoon of Eggnog Matcha to a cup of milk and 4 ice cubes in my blender. I was rewarded with a creamy eggnog smoothie. The Eggnog Matcha being 100% natural does not have any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. I added a package of Stevia to my drink for some sweetness. Yes the drink is green, Match is green tea, but the flavor is awesome. 



Here's to a healthy New Year!




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Monday, December 30, 2013

Losing 20 lbs in 20 Weeks - Mickey on Nutrisystem



Here is some great information on weight loss that I want to share:

“The Helicopter Mom” is a household story as old as time. One woman, too many roles and not enough time to juggle them. As a result, the woman is now neglecting herself and binge eating between play dates and deadlines, trying to keep herself afloat. The turning point in this particular mom’s life came when her husband pointed out something he had just read in a study. People tend to surround themselves with like-minded people and this does not just apply to the intellect, but body types as well.




The reason for this is that you tend to gravitate towards people that want to do the same things as you. When you are a healthy, active person then you make friends at the gym or in the park. When you are a stay at home mom that lives in a triangle between the grocery store, kindergarten and the park, then you are likely to meet similar people.

Mickey realized that between a pampering husband and three pregnancies, she had managed to let many pounds sneak on to her hips. All those in-between meals, sudden sugar cravings and snacking during cooking had left her a size that she had never imagined she would be. After her 3rd pregnancy she was 40lb overweight.

Gaining weight had made her lose contact with her thinner friends. She used to be the girl in the cute clothes, avoiding fatty foods at night and preferring to walk from club to club with her thin friends, as opposed to cabbing it. She had gone from a hip and young college student, to a stay at home mom whose idea of a night out meant large meals and larger desserts, followed by a comfy cab ride home. She had even lost her will to shop, knowing that most of the clothes she really wanted to buy were not made in her size.

All of these things were beginning to pile up and causing her to loathe her daily routine. When you do not feel pretty, you do not act pretty either, because you are innately unhappy with yourself.

Thus, Mickey decided to put her foot down and do something about it. This is why when Nutrisystem invited her to become an NS Nation Blogger she accepted. Nutrisystem would provide the meals for free on the condition that she would blog about her weight loss experience. Nutrisystem has partnered with many bloggers offering them their program and support services for free or even coupons discount codes—you can get a few at WeightLossTriumph. Mickey lost 20 lb in 20 weeks.

follow along her Nutrisystem 5-month journey as she shares her enthusiasm, her struggles, her opinion about the food, and why Nutrisystem worked for her. Prior to Nutrisystem, Mickey tried many diets. All of them made her feel miserable.  It felt like time had stopped and that she hadn’t had good food in years. The main thing she didn’t like with all these diets and weight loss systems she tried is that there was a lot of guesswork involved.  She writes: “I’ve counted points, counted calories, limited some foods, eaten more of others, measured, prepared, etc. The Nutrisystem plan is so much easier.  You’ve heard me rave about how great the food is and it’s true.”

One thing she likes about Nutrisystem is that it’s a diet you can follow even when you away from home (i.e shopping, running errands). She can easily get a meal with her when she is out and about. She often keeps some lunch bars in her purse and car. Even when she went for a few days to Great Wolf Lodge on vacation, the 3 days worth of Nutrisystem meals that she took with her were allowed her to follow the plan easily.
Having dropped 20 lb weight, she is feeling healthier and happier especially since she is now wearing jeans that are a size smaller, and tops that had previously stretched across her torso, look as adorable as they did the day she bought them. With the increase in energy and a healthier outlook, Mickey is now taking more pride in her appearance again. She is making a conscious effort to exercise more and eat healthier.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chocolate Mint Cream Pie Oh My!


I made this pie for Christmas dinner and it was awesome! It is a thick creamy pie with wonderful flavor, so much better than anything you can buy in the store. It is worth the time to make it. Let's just say it went quickly!

Chocolate Mint Cream Pie

24 chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 package chocolate mint chips
2 egg yolks
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put the sandwich cookies in a food processor and process into crumbs. Mix the melted butter into the crumbs and press the mixture into a pie pan. Chill the crust for an hour.


In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in milk until well blended. Add chocolate chips and egg yolks; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat. Beat in cream cheese with wire whisk until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate just until cool, about 1 hour.

In large bowl with electric mixer, beat whipping cream and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Reserve 1 cup whipped cream for topping. Fold remaining whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture. Spoon evenly into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Spoon or pipe reserved whipped cream over filling. Store in refrigerator. I shredded some chocolate on the pie before serving, I just used a chocolate bar that I had. You can also use cookie crumbs too.




Friday, December 27, 2013

FREE Gatorade PRIME Chews or Pouch



On Friday, December 27th you will be able to load a digital coupon for a FREE Gatorade PRIME Chews or Pouch to your card! The coupon will only be available that day, but won’t expire until 01/11/2014 Go here  http://kroger.softcoin.com/programs/kroger/freefri/?origin=freefri&ytp=001034009077000000000000&banner=Smiths to download your coupon to your card.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Original Doodle Art Kit Review And Giveaway


My son received a very cool present for Christmas this year. Pictured above is a Original Doodle Art Kit. The Original Doodle Art kit is a tube that contains a 24"x 34" poster or four 11" X 14" mini posters and 12 non-toxic dual tipped markers. There is several pictures to choose from on their Website. I love that everything is included in the tube so your child can start coloring right away. The Doodle Art is easy to wrap up for a gift and makes a great activity to bring along when visiting grandma.

The markers included in the tube are non-toxic and have two different tips, calligraphy and fine tip


My son received the Prehistoric poster which has pictures of dinosaurs to color.


Here is a picture on the poster. 


The Original Doodle Art Kit is a poster that will keep any young artist busy for hours. I love that I can roll and store the poster in the tube when my child is not coloring. When my son is finished with his poster, I will frame it and hang on my wall.

The Original Doodle Art Kit  makes a great gift for kids and grownups. To purchase the Original Doodle Art Kit go tohttp://plasmarttoys.com/product-doodleart.html


Now for the best part! I have a Original Doodle Art Kit to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!






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This Is What Christmas Is All About




My church had a play with the children last Sunday. It was about the birth of Jesus. I love when the children are involved in sharing Christmas with others. It is so awesome to see little ones showing the love of Christ to others and learning at the same time. The director of the children's play did an awesome job working with the kids and everyone enjoyed the show. My boys ages 5 and 7 years though it was so cool to be in a play.


Jesse, age  5 years is in the green and played a shepherd. 


                                      Kodi, age 7 years and in a white shirt, played a shepherd too.


Here is some of the other children in the play.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Piczzle - Your special puzzle with your own photo. Review + Giveaway


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Coupon code: MomKnowsBest15-21
21% discount on all prices.
Valid until: Wednesday, January-08, 2014; 23:59



Still looking for a gift idea? This will not get to you in time for Christmas but it can be a great birthday or thank you gift. Piczzle is a puzzle that you design with a photo of your choice. You just go to their website http://piczzle.com/ and upload a photo. Then it gets made into a high quality puzzle. It even comes with a storage box. Mine is going to be a Christmas gift for my husband, who love puzzles. So I have not put it together. I will post pictures once he builds the puzzle. I am so excited to give him this gift of Piczzle - A special puzzle made with our Christmas photo of the kids last year.




Piczzle - your own puzzle from your special image.
Piczzle's Cardboard Puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been laminated with a glossy finish. Our cardboard puzzles are precision press cut so that all pieces will be perfectly match one another and they are printed using an advanced digital printing technique that results in sharp, multicolored prints.


http://piczzle.com/ has many designs to choose from. You can even choose 6 to 2000 pieces. They also have wooden puzzles with 8 to 1500 pieces. This makes a great gift for any age. An eight piece wood puzzle would be great for a baby gift while your husband may like more pieces for a cute Valentines gift. What a great way to remember a special day!


I have a Piczzle puzzle to give away to one of my readers. You will get to design it with your own photo. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!




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Friday, December 20, 2013

Pure MCT Oil (Coconut Oil)Ultimate Health, Weight Management, Immune & Energy Boost) Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


When I had the opportunity to review Pure MCT Oil, I was intrigued as I had never heard of it. After doing some research, I found out it was coconut oil. I had heard a lot of wonderful things about coconut oil so I had to try it. The Pure MCT Oil manufactured by Elite Gold Solutions is the Elite Gold Solution for all natural pure MCT Oil. It has a lot of wonderful benefits with the main one being to help burn fat and increase energy. I can always use that help.  The MCT oil can be used as a supplement or in cooking. I think it would be great in a smoothie. You can use it in a salad dressing or a sauce too. I decided to try it in my daily yogurt. I just stirred in one tablespoon(the recommended amount) into my yogurt. I did not notice any taste difference in my yogurt. When I tasted the MCT oil by itself, it has  nice light flavor. I have been using the product for about a week and I noticed my energy levels have been nice. I have not noticed any difference in my fat, that might take a while to notice. I am hoping with the holiday season, the MCT will prevent weight gain as I over indulge.


Here are some facts about the Pure MCT Oil:

Burn Fat And Increase Energy With Elite Gold's Ultimate MCT Oil found naturally in coconut oil and palm kernel oil, MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) is a type of fat that can be rapidly and easily digested by the body.  Digested easily means that MCT does not get stored as fat like other energy sources do. And unlike other fats, MCT does not require large amounts of enzymes and bile acids for the intestine to absorb it, which results in the body having increased energy.  By using MCT Oil in place of other oils and fats that are consumed, most users notice a healthier weight and better body composition as a result.  Several university and professional studies back this research.  However, no more than 4 ounces of MCT Oil should be consumed each day.  Experts also suggest that if you are new to MCT Oil you should start slow, gradually adding up to the maximum 4 ounces over a period of several weeks. When the bottle says Elite Gold, you can be sure that the product you receive is the best available on the market: Made in the USA, Zero Binders, Fillers, or Additives, No Artificial Ingredients... Always. Elite Gold's MCT Oil can be used regularly in salad dressings, smoothies, soups and many other recipes.  Order now and discover the benefits of this amazing fast-acting liquid energy source!

Indications
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's) are fats that are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption. Elite Gold Solution's MCT oil is metabolized very quickly in the liver and is reported to encourage energy expenditure, and not fat storage. Numerous studies suggest that substituting MCT for other fats in a healthy diet may therefore help to support healthy weight and body composition.

Ingredients
100 Percent Pure MCT Oil (MCT Oil from Coconut/Palm Kernel Oil.)

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablespoon (15 mL) 1 to 3 times daily. MCT Oil can also be used as a substitute for conventional oils in salad dressings, sauces or cooking as a source of beneficial fatty acids.

 

 

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Free Twix At Kroger Stores(Smiths)




On Friday, December 20th you will be able to load a digital coupon for a free king size Twix bar to your card! The coupon will only be available that day, but won’t expire until 01/04/2014 Go here http://kroger.softcoin.com/programs/kroger/digital_coupons/?campaign=DigitalCoupons&banner=Smithsto download your coupon to your card.


Free 8×10 Print At Walgreens


You can get a free 8X10 print at Walgreens. Plus select in store pick up to get free shipping.
It looks like this is today only (12/20) so I would not wait. You might grab this for a gift and add a nice frame.
Head over to Walgreens and use coupon code: TODAY8X10 at checkout.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Good Cook Cookie Exchange



Like your favorite holiday cookie recipe for a chance to win a Good Cook Sweet Creations cookie making kit. Like and enter to win up to 3 cookies recipes a day. Get some great recipes for holiday baking while you are there. The cookies look wonderful.
http://www.goodcook.com/index.php?main_page=sweet_creations

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Give Cookies From A Mix A Great New Taste



I usually don't like baking cookies from mixes but I had some in my pantry that I bought from Christmas sales last year. When I do bake from mixes, I add my own touch to make them taste and look better. I am going to show you how to make new flavors and looks from a couple of cookie mixes by just adding one ingredient. 

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies


The cookie mix that I made into a different taste was a gingerbread cookie mix. The secret ingredient is black pepper. You might be thinking, black pepper in a cookie? Trust me on this one, you have to try it. Just add 1 teaspoon ground black pepper to a gingerbread cookie mix when you mix all the ingredients together. The black pepper brings out the ginger and tastes wonderful.

Rosemary Sugar Cookies


The next cookie mix is a sugar cookie mix. I added 1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary to the sugar cookie mix, if you don't have fresh you can use 1 teaspoon dried. The Rosemary gives a wonderful taste to the sugar cookies. Trust me again, you have to try it.

Chocolate Chip Muffin Trees


This cookie mix was a chocolate chip one. I baked the cookies in mini muffin tins. After making the dough, place 1 inch dough balls into grease mini muffin tins or in papers. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes at the same temperature on the package. Remove the papers after baking. I decorated the cookies with green frosting and Christmas sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Tree


My 14 year old son got into the fun too! He took the sugar cookies that I made from the above mix and made a tree using green frosting and sprinkles.

Now you have no excuse not to bake cookies, as it is simple to make great cookies from a mix. Do you have any ingredients that you add to cookie mixes that makes them special?




Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PREMIUM Solid Cordz® 1 Foot Extension Cable (5-pack) Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


PREMIUM Solid Cordz® 1 Foot Extension Cable is a cool product that I think every house needs. These are extension cords that will allow you to use all the slots on it. Do you get frustrated that your power strip has eight slots but can only fit three because your plugs are huge?


PREMIUM Solid Cordz® 1 Foot Extension Cable can solve that problem for you! Liberate your power strip and clean up the mess!


I love these PREMIUM Solid Cordz® 1 Foot Extension Cables as I can can now use all the slots on my power strip. They come in a 5 pack and each cord is 12-inches in length. They are equipped with a 16AWG wire gauge and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed. CSA Approved for top quality and have  Heavy-duty molded ends/
These make a great stocking stuffer and also great for a hard to buy person. 
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Monday, December 16, 2013

FDS Personals Perfectly Portable Cleansing Cloths Reviews



I was sent some samples of FDS Personals which are portable cleansing cloths to try and give my opinion about. These are packs of 10 cleansing cloths that can be used in place of or in addition to toilet paper. They are great to carry in your purse to use when you are out and about. They will help you to feel fresh down there while wiping away odor causing bacteria. I love that the are free of parabens, sulfates,and alcohol.They also are gentle enough for sensitive skin. 

 I love the designs on the packs!

These packs of FDS Personals are great portable cleansing cloths. I put a pack in my purse and loved that I had them to use while I was out Christmas shopping when I had a potty break. They did not irritate my skin and I like the mild scent. They are also enriched with natural extracts and moisturizing Aloe Vera. I also used one on my face last night when I was too tired to wash my face. Now us ladies can be fresh with style! Which pack is your favorite?  Don't worry if you can't choose,  as you get all three in the package. The box the wipes comes in is also so cute, it looks like a purse and it is not embarrassing to buy at the store.
To get more information on FDS Personals go to http://www.fds.info/. They are also sold at Walmart.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to write this review."

Kroger Skillet Meals To The Rescue




This time of year it’s all too easy for your daily dinners to become an afterthought. And even when you do remember, it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming undertaking. Kroger Skillet Meals are an easy option for a between-the-big-meals dinner choice they can make in only 10 minutes!

Kroger Skillet Meals are my favorite no time to cook meals. They are a great way to get dinner on the table in 10 minutes.

The holidays are always packed with fun parties, big meals and boisterous celebrations. But all those things sure take a lot of work! You’ve got a lot on your plate this time of year, which is why Kroger wants to make sure you’ve actually got something on your dinner plate on those nights between big events. With Kroger Skillet Meals you can have a quick, easy and delicious meal, while taking one thing off your to-do list and helping you get through this joyfully crazy time of year.

Ready in just 10 minutes, each Kroger Skillet meal contains at least two servings per bag and 20 grams, or more, of protein per serving

Enjoy a wide variety of authentic Italian flavors including NEW Tuscan-Style Penne, Sausage Rigatoni, Penne with Grilled Chicken and many more!

Also available in delicious NEW Asian and Mexican varieties like Shrimp Lo Mein or Chicken Fajitas
Create a complete meal by pairing Kroger Skillet Meals with your favorite sides, such as Kroger Garlic Bread, and Fresh Selections Salad Kits

"These opinions are my own and I received coupons from BzzAgent to buy the above mentioned product."

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gildan Premium Cotton Comfort Underwear Giveaway


It's the first thing your family puts on in the morning and the last thing they typically take off at night. In between, you can only hope it doesn't rip, ride up or rub you the wrong way. It's their old underwear – and it's about time everyone had a new favorite pair.

Gildan sent me a package of their women's underwear to review, so I put it to the test by wearing it. Sorry, no pictures of that as this is a family blog. I loved how comfy they feel and they fit so good. Gildan makes underwear that is comfortable and fits great.  They make comfortable underwear for the whole family at prices you can afford. They have plush waistbands, taped seams( no exposed stitching) and cotton/spandex rib fabric in the leg bands(instead of rubber), Gildan knows underwear! 

In a national consumer preference test conducted last year, Gildan outperformed the two biggest names in briefs. In a head-to-head (or bottom-to-bottom) comparison, 75% of all respondents preferred the fabric of Gildan over Hanes Red Label and Fruit of the Loom.


Gildan makes great basic underwear not fancy ones that never fit right. Isn't it about time you get underwear that feels good! To see the great products Gildan makes and to purchase some. Go to http://gildanonline.com/ While you are there make sure to buy some for the whole family and give them comfortable underwear they will love.
I have a giveaway for one of  my readers to win a package of Gildan underwear. Winner will choose style, type and size. Enter on form below and good luck!



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Friday, December 13, 2013

Kroger & Affiliates Friday Freebie - Official Thread - Kroger card required - 12-13-2013 Free Friskies cat treats


This one is for the cats in your lives. Today only you can download this coupon to your Kroger card but you have until 12/28/2013 to redeem it at any Kroger store.
Free Friskies® Party Mix OR Indoor Adventures Cat Treats
Receive ONE (1) FREE package of Friskies® Party Mix OR Indoor Adventures Cat Treats, 2.1 oz.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cooking With Beans Book Review


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


 I was offered a Kindle book about how to cook with beans called Cooking With Beans and jumped at the opportunity as I am always looking for new recipes for beans. I love beans not only because I do not eat meat but because they are a great, inexpensive form of protein. I started eating beans many years ago when money was tight but I discovered that I love the taste of beans more than meat. I also felt better when I cut meat out of my diet. This book is also great for meat eaters too as it will show you how to add  them to meals for the health benefits too. Beans are low in fat, high in protein, and packed with fiber.
Most people do not eat beans as they don't know how to use them in recipes.. This book will show you how to make frugal and delicious recipes using beans. . There are so many types of beans that you can use in your cooking. The Cooking With Beans will show you how to make cheap and easy meals using dried or can beans. The Cooking With Beans Book has over 20 recipes in it from breakfast to dessert. I was surprised that you can make a chocolate gluten free cake with beans. Another favorite of mine was the lasagna recipe.I also loved the recipe for roasted chickpeas, my kids love snacking on those.
While the majority of recipes in the book have meat in them, you can just omit it if you don't eat meat like me. The only thing I did not like about the book was there was no pictures of the recipes. I like pictures to help me decided if I want to try the recipe. Other than that, I give this book a thumbs up as it shows people great ways to get more beans into their diets. So if you are looking to get the wonderful benefits of beans into your diet go to Amazon and download this book for only .99 cents.  That is a great price!


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