Mom Knows Best : May 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Apple Pie Smoothie Made With Plant Based Vegan Protein Powder


      I love drinking smoothies in the morning as the are a great way for me to eat a nutritious breakfast. Smoothies are great for a quick breakfast before or after I workout in the morning. I make sure my smoothies are loaded with protein, fruit and omegas. I call them my powerhouse breakfast and I love how easy they are to make and drink. I always keep portioned controlled packs of fruit in the freezer along with protein powder in my pantry so I can whip up a smoothie in no time. Last summer my neighbor gave me tons of apples from her apple tree and I cut them into pieces and froze them in 1 cup portions. My trick to keep them from browning is stirring them in apple juice before freezing. I don't peel the apples as I want the fiber in my smoothies and the peels don't affect the taste of the smoothie as they get pureed in the smoothie. So if you have tons of apples this summer, freeze them for smoothies.

  I also like to use a plant based protein in my smoothie as I try not to eat animal products. I discovered a vegan protein powder that tastes awesome and has 22 grams of protein per serving, which is great to promote lean muscle growth and for muscle repair after working out. This vegan protein powder is made by Everlast VP and has only 110 calories per serving. It is made from yellow pea, rice and hemp but trust me it tastes great with its mild vanilla flavor making it great to add fruits and veggies to.



22 grams of muscle building protein
Only 110 calories per serving
High levels of BCAA and Glutamine.
High bioavailability
Hypoallergenic
Natural stevia sweetened
Lactose-Free
Gluten free
Cholesterol free
Soy free 
Low carb and low fat
Hormone free
GMO free

For more information on Everlast VP vegan protein powder and to purchase, click on the below links. You can save 5% off the price too by using this coupon code MOMKNOWSBEST in the discount code box at checkout. The protein powder is 40% on their website and this coupon will bring the price down even further, making it a great deal.


Check out Everlast Nutrition on Facebook and Twitter

Apple Pie Smoothie

1 cup chopped apples, frozen or fresh
1 cup water
1 scoop Everlast VP protein powder
2 Tablespoons flax meal
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Mix all ingredients in a blender for a minute or until well combine. Enjoy right away or place in the fridge for later.


"These opinions are my own and was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."




FREE Bai5 At Smiths And Kroger Stores



To get a FREE Bai5  at your favorite Kroger store, mine is Smiths, select your store and load it to your shoppers card! The coupon will only be available TODAY between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Expires 6/14/15.


While you are there look through the rest of the coupons and find one for free Grain Berry pasta


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What To Use To Reduce Visible Signs of Aging, Wrinkles And Fine Lines



     People are always surprised when I tell them my age. They say to me "you must have good genes." They think my young looking skin comes from my genetics, but they are so wrong. I have young looking skin because I use beauty products that help reduce the signs of aging. My motto is " why look old when there are beauty products that help you to have young looking skin." My favorite anti-aging creams, that I feel work to keep me young look, always contain collagen boosting Peptides and other wonderful skin ingredients like vitamin C and Matrixyl. I feel by using these ingredients on my face I have been able to fight the signs of aging and keep those wrinkles away.


     I was offered a opportunity to review an anti-aging cream with the ingredients that I look for when shopping for face moisturizer. I received a bottle of RegenFX Age Defying Moisturizer to use on my face and let me just say " I love it!" This cream has a wonderful peppermint scent and feels so refreshing on my skin. The cream absorbs quickly and does not feel sticky. I like the way my skin feels and looks after using the cream. The cream my my skin feel soft and hydrated which makes my fine lines less noticeable.

         So what is in RegenFX Age Defying Moisturizer?

Here is some information on this wonderful anti-aging cream that I got off their website:

EFFECTIVE PROVEN INGREDIENTS - Each bottle contains a unique proprietary blend of Collagen Boosting Peptides, Vitamin C, E, Green Tea Extracts, and Matrixyl 3000. Provides structual lift and reduction of wrinkles.

DIMINISH WRINKLES AND FINE LINES - Our complex formula of tried and tested ingredients reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on any surface of your skin. Key ingredients that increase skin elasticity.

ALL DAY HYDRATION- This Anti Aging Moisturizer is guaranteed to give your skin that dewy, moisture boost that lasts all day to help you achieve a youthful. Boost oxygenation and metabolic performances on the skin.

SUPER 7 PEPTIDE COMPLEX - Proprietary Blend that contains the rice bran oil-based compounds can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 50 percent and limit free radicals in the viable epidermis by up to 45 percent.

How does RegenFX Age Defying Moisturizer work?

This cream is formulated to:

+ Minimize the breakdown of collagen & retain collagen levels 
+ Stimulate the skin to continually produce its own natural collagen 
+Maximize & strengthen the formation of collagen fibers 
+Increase skin's overall elasticity to improve the appearance of lines & wrinkles 


So if you want to have younger looking skin or keep your skin young looking, then this is a product that I recommend. To get more information on how this Age Defying Moisturizer, click on the below link.


You can purchase the Age Defying Moisturizer on Amazon.


So try to guess my age. How old do I look?


"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."












Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies


   These yummy breakfast cookies are packed with healthy ingredients that will give you energy to get your day started. These cookies are easy to grab when you don't have time for breakfast. I like to eat a couple of these cookies before I go for my morning walk. They also make a great afternoon snack. I love that they are low in sugar and fat but high in fiber.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies 

2 tablespoons flax seed meal
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

 1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Combine the flax seed meal, bananas, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla until well mixed.
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, whole-wheat flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour in the banana mixture, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Mix well.

3. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Repeat with the rest of batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the cookies on a plate or wire tack. Store these cookies in the fridge or in an airtight container at room temperature.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Life After 25 $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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I Am Improving My Bone Health With ProVital-K2



        I want my bones to be healthy and strong. As I get older I know my bones need more help to stay healthy and strong. My daily recommended allowance will be going up in another 200 MGs according to the charts. I want to do all I can to make sure my body gets the calcium it needs and that my bones absorb the calcium. I don't want to be a hunched over lady with weak bones when I am older. I want strong bones that don't break when I fall.

    I discovered that vitamin K2 helps improve bone strength by delivering calcium to the areas that need it. So now I am taking ProVital-K2 , a unique product that gives me the K2 that I need along with magnesium and lemon bioflavonoid. This supplement is a proprietary blend that contains a pure form of vitamin K2 and has been clinically proven to improve and support not only the bones but also the heart and skin. 

I read this on the  ProVital-K2 website about vitamin K2:
 Vitamin K2 performs critical functions necessary for good health, development, and longevity. It regulates the essential mineral calcium. Calcium in the right places is very important but accumulation of calcium in the wrong places is unhealthy. By activating certain proteins in the body, K2 assists in metabolizing calcium, getting it into the bone matrix and teeth while keeping excess out of, or reversing buildup in, our tissues and cardiovascular system.


Here are some of the benefits this supplement offers.

HEART

Promoting heart and cardiovascular health- significantly decreasing “all-cause” and cardiovascular mortality rates.
Redirecting calcium away from soft tissues such as in the cardiovascular system.

BONE

Improving bone strength – healthier stronger bones.
Delivering calcium to the areas that need it and away from those that don't.

SKIN

Increasing skin’s elasticity by providing more nutrients and oxygen to tissues through better blood flow, resulting in smoother, softer skin and the appearance of fewer wrinkles.



I have been taking the product for thirty days. The capsules are easy to swallow and I don't notice any taste when I swallow them. I love that my bones are getting the calcium that they need with ProVital-K2. So will you give your bones K2 so they can stay strong? 

To learn more about ProVital-K2 and to purchase a bottle, click on the below link.



"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."




VENUS A New Solo Album By JOY WILLIAMS





  Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress rarely revealed herself, except through the duo’s music. Joy Williams has released a new solo album, Venus, which tells the story of here journey out of darkness.

  This new album has 11 songs in which she honestly recounts about what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. She doesn’t try to defend or explain, but instead tells a simple  straightforward story of events, sparing no one, especially herself. It shows how one woman has come to live her truth — the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable — and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own.

  I enjoyed listening to this album and wanted to share my favorite song, Woman(Oh Mama), you can listen to it below. This song has a nice beat to it and Joy does a great job of describing the woman in her words. It is a song that I enjoy singing to. If you enjoy this song then you need to check out the rest of Joy Williams solo album Venus. JoyWilliams stunning new solo album Venus available June 30, 2015

 iTunes : http://bit.ly/JOYWILLIAMSVENUS

 Amazon: http://bit.ly/VenusAlbumJoyWIlliams

Official Joy Williams website: www.joywilliams.com

 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/joywilliamsmusic
  YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/JoyWilliamsVEVO



#JoyWIlliams  #O2O



I participated in the Joy WIlliams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Friday, May 22, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen $50 Gift Card Giveaway


California Pizza Kitchen $50 Gift Card Giveaway

I love California Pizza Kitchen as they have great pizza. It is one of my favorite places to visit for gourmet pizza. Now you have the chance to win $50 to California Pizza Kitchen.


Prize: $50 CPK Gift Card 

Dates: 5/23-6/6
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Mom Knows Best did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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How To Make A Volcano With Discover With Dr. Cool


  My two younger boys just love to make things, including messes. They also love learning about how things work. I love when I can combine learning and art into one great adventure. They were thrilled when I told them they were going to make a volcano. They just could not wait to do this project. This project was perfect for the rainy day we were having.

  I received a cool volcano kit from Discover With Dr. Cool and this kit made a wonderful rainy day activity. My boys and I were excited to learn about volcanoes. The kit included everything we needed to make a volcano. I loved that there was info and activity books included so my boys were able to learn more about what a volcano is made of of and what makes it erupt. It even included some rocks that were formed from volcanic ash.


My boys first read the adventure guide to me and even I learned some new info about volcanoes. Then the fun began, the making of the volcano. The kit included plaster and a plastic mold so we could make the volcano. My son had fun mixing the plaster with the water. 


Then we poured the plaster into the mold. We waited 30 minutes for it to set. Then we un-molded the volcano and put it in the oven to dry.


    When the volcano came out of the oven, it was painting time. My sons loved painting the volcano with the included paint. The kit included red, yellow and orange. My sons and I though brown or black would be great colors to paint the volcano but there was none of these colors in the kit. So they combined the colors together to make an awesome looking volcano.


Once the paint dried, it was time for the best part. My boys were so excited to make the volcano erupt. The kit included the chemicals needed to make the cool reaction. My boys loved watching the "lava" flow down the volcano. The kit include enough chemicals for two eruptions but you can use baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring for more eruptions.


    Discover With Dr. Cool Volcano kit made for a great fun learning adventure on a rainy day. This kit includes: Volcano Mold, plaster, paints, brush, eruption powder, and 3 real specimens, including: a real geode, an obsidian arrowhead, and a floating piece of volcanic rock called pumice.  This kit is perfect for a science fair project or gift for kids 6-12 that are interested in volcanoes, earth science, or geology. The full color info and activity guides were written by teachers and are filled with cool science facts about volcanoes and puzzles to solve. Check out the Discover With Dr. Cool website to learn more about this science kit and many others that they sell. My son wants to discover The Break Open Geode kit for our next learning adventure.




Take a look at Discover With Dr. Cool website and tell me a product you would like to buy for you child. What kit would make a great gift for your child?


"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Day At The Zoo With Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreen Review/Giveaway




         I am so excited to be able to go to the zoo with my youngest son and his school on a field trip. The zoo is always a fun place to go as I love seeing all the animals. This zoo trip is going to even more exciting as a new baby hippo was born last month and a new alligator exhibit just opened. The zoo of course is mostly outside and it will be a sunny day when we visit. So a day out in the sun requires a bag packed with certain items. I packed my bag with our lunch, a bottle of water, sunglasses, a hat for my son, and the most important item safe sunscreen. I know wearing sunscreen daily can protect me from the aging effects of the sun and dangers like skin cancer. My bag is by the door ready to go for our fun day at the zoo.



            A day in the sun always requires safe sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. My choice of sunscreen is Goddess Garden Organics. This safe sunscreen is certified organic and free from chemicals and gives my skin broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, without irritating my son's sensitive skin. I love that this safe sunscreen is also biodegradable, reef-safe, vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten ingredients. The packages are of course recyclable.




  Goddess Garden Organics sent me their Everyday Natural Sunscreen and Sport Natural Sunscreen to use on my family. I love that these safe sunscreens come in spray or lotion forms, which makes applying the sunscreen easy. My favorite way to apply this safe sunscreen is with their trigger spray container, I just love that the container has a safety latch on it to prevent the product from spraying in your bag.

Did you know sunscreens use toxic chemicals such as Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Ocrisalate, and Octocrylene which absorb into your bloodstream and are extremely unhealthy? 


Click here for more information on Oxybezone.

Goddess Garden is a Zinc and Titanium (mineral) based sunscreen with an SPF of 30. 
Look at all the plant based ingredients that are in Goddess Garden Sunscreen. These ingredients moisturize, protect, and repair your skin too, very cool! The sunscreen smells great and absorbs quickly without leaving your skin greasy or white.


     My son and I had a great time at the zoo. My son has sensitive skin and Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen did not irritate his skin. He allowed me to spray him with the spray version and it went and quickly. We enjoyed being outside looking at all the animals. I am glad I was able to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with a safe sunscreen. Thank you Goddess Garden for making a sunscreen without harmful chemicals.


 What outdoor activities do have planned for this summer? Will you be using Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen to protect your skin?



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"This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood but the opinion is of my own.”

Monday, May 18, 2015

How To Decorate Your Kid's Backpack and Clothes With Easy Peasy No Iron Patches And A Giveaway



I have discovered a way to make kid's backpacks and clothes cool looking with patches. The awesome thing is these patches do not require any ironing or sewing.These patches will brighten up kids backpacks and clothes and are extremely durable and permanent. They can even go in the washer and dryer.

         Easy Peasy Patches are a brand new, patent pending product; there is nothing on the market like them! These fun patches are easy to apply to things like clothes, backpacks, water bottles, and sporting equipment. You just peel of the paper backing on the patch and stick it, so easy to do. Easy Peasy patches require no sewing or ironing. They can even be cut and used in crafting projects. Boys and girls will love using these patches to personalize all of there belongings. 


    These fun Easy Peasy patches were created as a solution to a "mom problem" children wearing out the knees in their pants but turned out to be so much more. They are great for holes on pants too. Your kids will able to wear those pants longer with a cool looking patch covering up the knee. No more having to use those ugly iron on patches that never stay on the pants. Easy Peasy patches will stay on the pants even after washing them.

Go check out the Easy Peasy website to see the wide selection of patches available for boys and girls.





  My son is happy with his Easy Peasy patch on his backpack and can't wait to show his friends.Easy Peasy patches are also available at walmart.com, Amazon.com, and sears.com


Giveaway


Three readers will win a $25 gift card to EasyPeasypatches.com so you can select your own patches. Just enter on the form below and good luck.

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Get Cash For Your Old Video Games, Phones And Other Electronics With Trade 4 Cash





     Do you have video games collecting dust in your house because you no longer play them? How about video game systems that are no longer being used? I know you probably upgraded your phone or tablet and now have the old ones in a drawer taking up space. You could try to sell them at a garage sale or you could trade them in for cash.

   Trade 4 Cash.com is a simple, fast way to sell your used video games, game consoles, movies, iPads, iPods, phones, and tablets. The process is easy and you get cash for items that you no longer need. It takes 4 easy steps to get cash for your used games, phones and more.  Why have these items collecting dust when you can have cash. Here are the 4 steps to getting cash for your items.

1. Get a quote on their website.

2. Pack and ship the item you want to sell.

 3. Get product valuation.  
         
4. Get paid.            

           
Trade 4 Cash is accepting Apple iPhones from the 1st generation to the 6th. You can make up to $333.00 for the iPhone that you are no longer using. The process is simple so go take a look and see how much money you can get for you phone.The ability to trade in your old Android and Windows phones is coming soon to Trade4Cash. So turn your old phone into cash with Trade 4 cash. Click on the below link to see how much money you can get for your phone.




   Take a look at your video games. Are there games you or your kids are no longer playing? Then make some cash off those games. Trade 4 Cash is accepting games from Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo. You can also make cash off of the game consoles too! The list of games that Trade 4 Cash will give you money for is to long to list. So if  you're looking to upgrade to a new system or just looking to downsize your collection, click the on the link below to find to see how much money you can get for your games or console. 




      You just upgraded your tablet or you are thinking it is time for a new tablet. Trade 4 Cash accepts most Apple iPads, including the minis. Pretty soon, you'll be able to trade those old Android and  Windows tablets in for cash with Trade4Cash.com. So sell that old iPad that is just sitting there gathering dust and get some cash in your pocket. Click on the below link to see how much money you can get for that tablet.


So get up and start looking around your house for items that you longer need. Make some cash off those unused or unwanted video games, game consoles, iPhones and iPads. Trade 4 Cash pays you in Paypal, eGift card or a check, you decided how you want your money. You can even donate your money to charities like Make A Wish, March of Dimes and many more. Summer is almost here and you can get extra cash for those summer activities or vacations by selling those unwanted items for cash. Visit the below link to see how simple the process is to get cash in your pocket.


What item do you have that you want to trade in for cash?



Sponsored post: I was compensated to write this post, but the opinions are my own





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