Mom Knows Best : 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy Homemade Croutons Made In A Bag

                                Check out how easy it is to make croutons! 


   The other day I was looking my fridge and I found a bag of rolls that no one was eating. The rolls were fine and I hated wasting food so I decided to make some croutons with the rolls as I knew that my boys love croutons, especially the teen. So I sent my youngest son out to the yard to get me some fresh rosemary. My son brought me back several big sprigs of rosemary, it is a good thing that my rosemary bush is huge so I always have plenty. I then went to my pantry and grabbed a bottle of  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some garlic powder, sea salt, and a gallon size zip lock bag.

I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided 


  Making homemade croutons are so easy to make in a bag. All you do is cube the bread into pieces and then place them in the bag with the olive oil and spices. The olive oil gives the croutons a great flavor and I love baking with it. Did you know that olive oil has a high smoke point (400 F)? That makes it great for a light saute, baking, frying, and over fresh tomatoes.


  To keep the olive oil fresh, make sure to store it in a dark and cool place (around 57F) and never in the refrigerator, on the countertop, or near the stove. Also, keep the lid screwed tight and use within 6 months after opening.

Did you know that olives are a fruit? Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made by pressing the fruit without heat or chemicals so it is the freshest and purest olive oil available. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is also virtually free of acid below 0.8%.



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Learn about European oil

+ Olive trees have been in Europe over 1000 years and farmers use different  soils and environments to produce the most delicious olives

+ Different olives produce different flavor profiles of olive oils

Olives harvested early in the season produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent

+Olives harvested at the end of the season taste mild and buttery

Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor

Italian olive oil is often dark green and has a herbal and grassy flavor

+ Greek oils packs a strong flavor and tends to be green

+ French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor



Easy Homemade Croutons In A Bag
Day old bread or rolls
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-gallon size plastic bag

Oven 350F 
Cut the bread into bite size pieces and place into the plastic bag. Add the spices and close the bag. Shake the bag a couple of times. Then add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and close the bag again. Shake really well. Open the bag and place the bread pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the bread pieces for about 20-30 minutes or until brown and toasted.


About Zucchi Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Zucchi is a 200-year-old company that has been owned and
managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family. Zucchi
is committed to creating the highest quality oils, sourcing
from the top olive oil growers and blending their oils in an
artisanal manner. Zucchi’s point of difference is their upscale
taste, quality, traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of
Blending. Find out more at www.zucchi.com/us

Make sure to check out my Parmesan Rosemary Artisan Garlic Bread. This wonderful recipe also uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil and is amazing.

http://www.momknowsbest.net/2017/06/parmesan-rosemary-artisan-garlic-bread.html



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Awesome Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas & a Giveaway

Looking for healthy breakfast ideas for when you are in a hurry?


  For most families getting out the door in the morning can be a stressful time. It seems for them, that there is never time for a nutritious breakfast. My busy crazy day is Sunday morning as we leave for church early in the morning. I have discovered some awesome items that can you can grab and go in the morning. That way your kids can get a healthy breakfast. These items are easy for your kids to grab from the fridge and they can eat them while you are getting ready for work. These breakfast items are also great for traveling. These items will come in handy when my boys will be going to YMAC camp next month. They have to be at camp at 7 AM so I am glad for these easy Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas.


   
  I love that all I have to do is add milk or water to my Overnight Oats and stick it in the fridge before I go to bed. Then in the morning, I have a delicious container of oatmeal that I can enjoy at home or take with me out the door. I just love all the all the flavors of Overnight Oats. My favorite flavor is Blueberry Vanilla Almond. This container of oats is loaded with certified Gluten-free oatmeal, chia seeds, almonds, vanilla, and blueberries. Overnight Oats also is available in Apple Nut, Cinnamon Raisin, and Mixed Berry.  Moms will love that these portable containers of oatmeal are supercharged with nutrients, protein, and fiber.


Overnight Oats will be available at Amazon under the brand Dave’s Naturals starting in July!
                                                         Check out Overnight Oats at 
                                            http://www.davesgourmet.com/overnightoats

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  Another favorite grab and go breakfast item that my boys love are these delicious pouches of naturally flavored applesauce. Fruit Me Up pouches are a healthy, mess-free way for my boys to eat their fruit at home or on the go. These yummy pouches are available in Classic Apple, Apples & Cinnamon, Apples & Strawberry, and Only Apples. My boys enjoy Fruit Me Up applesauce pouches for breakfast and for snacks. Their favorite flavor is Apples & Strawberry. They don’t require refrigeration so, you can stash some in your bag for snacks for the kids when they get hungry while you are out running errands. These delicious pouches are made from organic fruits. These applesauce pouches are an easy way for my boys to attain their 5 a day!


                                          Check out the fruit pouches at  
                                                   http://fruitmeup.com/
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  My boys and I get a complete breakfast when we grab an Overnight Oats and Fruit Me Up pouch. These two items give us plenty of protein, whole grains, vitamins, omegas, antioxidants, and even fiber.

                                                     GIVEAWAY

I have eight containers of Overnight Oats to giveaway, two of each flavor, to one lucky reader. To have a chance to win these delicious oats, just enter on the giveaway form below. Good Luck!


This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

eClip Is The Answer To Babies Being Left In Hot Cars & A Giveaway

Check out this awesome product that will help prevent babies being left in hot cars!


  Too many babies have died because of being left in a hot car and something needs to be done about this. For the most part, parents do not intend for this tragedy to happen to their baby. It just happens and parents are devastated when it does happen to their baby. These parents never thought it could happen to them. If you are like me, you cringe when you hear about another baby dying in a hot car and say "something must be done about this. Well, a company has come out with a wonderful product that can help prevent infants from dying in hot cars. 

Elepho has created a wonderful product that parents can clip onto the child's car seat or diaper bag and it will alert the parents so they will not forget to take the baby out of the car. You must check out
The eclip® product now!


                               eClip®: Helping to prevent babies from being left in cars

 Go check out Elepho's Kickstarter program for the eClip and see how you can help prevent babies from being left in cars!


Giveaway
Since the eClip won't be available until December, Elepho sent me an eCheck Oximeter to try out so I could see the great quality of their products. The cool thing is they are also allowing me to host a giveaway so my readers can have a chance to win one!



  This Oximeter is a cool product that helps me to monitor my pulse rate and oxygen levels while I am exercising. I love that I can see if my pulse is at a healthy level.  I love that this meter is soft around my finger and does not squeeze my finger. I have a friend who is on oxygen and she uses a different type of oxygen meter and hers is the kind that pinches the finger. So I thought of her when I agreed to review this meter. My friend has to check her oxygen levels frequently so I will be giving her this eCheck Oximeter. 

Your vital signs at your fingertips:
Ideal for sufferers of asthma, COPD and diabetes, of all ages, the Elepho eCheck pulse oximeter use advanced reflective pulse oximetry optical technology to measure your pulse and check how much oxygen can be found in your blood. Just place your finger in the device and turn it on. A large LCD display gives you precise results in just a few seconds. eCheck makes it simple for anyone to take a measurement day or night. Save time and money, by eliminating unnecessary trips to the doctor or clinic.


So if you have a need for this wonderful product or know someone who could use a comfortable pulse oximeter, then you need to check it out at http://www.elepho.com/echeck/ and then enter for a chance to win one.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited



Friday, June 23, 2017

My OgoSport Party


  My boys and I just hosted a wonderful party at the park. It was a perfect hot day, we could have asked for better weather. Now I know what you are thinking, the hot weather is perfect? Well, it was a water balloon fight party. I was sent some cool items from OgoSport and Tryazon to feature at my party. I was sent several OgoDisk H2O, water balloons, and other fun items for my friends to take home.


This is a Featured Party opportunity from
Tryazon (pronounced Try-uh-zon ☺). There are 49 similar parties taking
place this week within the US. Tryazon is a service dedicated to
getting innovative products into people’s hands and mouths, in fun
settings like this. They offer excellent product samples and savings for
all who participate.


So what is an OgoDisk H2O?
The OgoDisk H2O is a lightweight disk that flies and floats. It has a stretchy material like makes objects like water balloons bounce off. These cool disks are awesome for water balloon fights as they make great shields. When a water balloon is coming towards you put the OgoDisk up and the water balloon bounces off of it, sometimes splashing on the person who threw the water balloon so they get wet. These disks made our water ballon fight so much fun. The OgoDisks are also great to use a flying disk. My boys can’t wait to try them in the pool.

                             #ogosport  #tryazon
  My son was anxious to fill up all the many balloons that came with the OgoDisks. They could not wait to take all the water balloons up to the park. Thank goodness for a cooler with wheels. We also brought with sponges so once the water balloons were gone, they could have fun with wet sponges. Wet sponges are a great substitute for water balloons and they bounce off the OgoDisks just like water balloons.



The OgoDisks were a huge hit with my boy’s friends. I am glad that they sent plenty of extras for my boy’s friends to take




Want to know more about these cool OgoDisks H2O? Then head over to Amazon to have a look.
https://www.amazon.com/OgoSport-Disk-Water-Balloon-Bouncer/dp/B06XPC5TYV

Check out some photos from the party




Want To Sleep On Clouds? Try The Puffy Mattress


                      Have you ever wonder what a cloud feels like?

Sponsored post: I received compensation to write about this product
Have you ever looked up at the clouds and wonder what they would feel like? I remember as a kid lying on the soft grass and staring up at the clouds with my friends. We would see shapes like animals in the clouds and wonder how the clouds felt. The inspiration for one of the most comfortable mattress was inspired from the clouds. The owners of Puffy created their mattress on an airplane as they were looking out the window staring at the clouds.

Our inspiration for Puffy™ stemmed from a plane flight back home. While staring out the window, a thought came to mind “What would it be like to lay on a cloud?" The thought became the catalyst for us to initiate our research and develop a cloud that one can sleep on - thus Puffy™ was born. At Puffy™, we are dedicated to cultivating the most comfortable mattress for anyone to sleep on.




The Puffy took 182 formulations,117 prototypes and 3,464 hours to bring you a Cloud-Like comfort and full bodied support with just the right amount of give and bounce -all while keeping you cool while you sleep. This mattress has a specialized 2 -layer system with a 3in. top layer and a 7in. base core layer. The 3in. top layer is cultivated from their unique Deep Sleep Cloud™ foam.


The Puffy mattress comes with an affordable price and is made in the USA from start to finish. The mattress also comes with a 15-year warranty. The folks at Puffy want you to be unsatisfied with their mattress so they offer a 101 night trial with free returns if you don't find their mattress to be like sleeping on soft clouds

Puffy also thought about safety when they created this comfortable mattress.

Their most comfortable mattress is manufactured without chemicals. The Puffy company uses CertiPURUS certified foam

What Does CertiPUR-US mean for the consumer?
                                                           ~ no ozone depleters 
                                                           ~ no PBDEs
                                                           ~ no TDCPP or TCEP (” Tris”) flame retardants
                                                           ~ no mercury, lead, and other heavy metals 
                                                           ~ no formaldehyde 
                                                           ~ no phthalates 
                                                           ~ Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions 

With Puffy mattress you get a comfortable mattress that is shipped to your house. Go to https://puffy.com/ to discover more about this cloud soft mattress.








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This Friday, June 23rd, 2017– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for FREE Chef's Cut Real Jerky 
Although 06/23/2017 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 07/09/2017


                I love Friday Freebies!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Ultimate Camping Chair

Check out the cool camping chair that my husband is getting for fathers day!


 My husband enjoys camping with my boys. For him, it is a time to get away, enjoy nature and relax. When my boys go camping, I stay home and enjoy some much needed time to myself. People ask me why I don't go camping with my boys. I simply do not enjoy it and my allergies to weeds and smoke make it hard for me to go camping. I do help with the preparations for their camping trip though. I do all the grocery shopping and save batches of ice for them. My husband and boys will be camping this year on fathers day. What a perfect time for my husband to enjoy time with his boys. My boys, of course, wanted to surprise their dad with a gift while camping so I found the perfect gift for my husband. The boys are going to surprise their dad with a reclining camping chair. They decide to wrap the chair up and hide it in the card, which will not be easy as my husband packs the car. When they arrive at the camping site, they will give their dad his present a couple days early so he can enjoy his new camping chair all weekend long. This camping trip is with the Cub Scouts and all the other dads will be so jealous of his gift. The boys have also declared that they will not let anyone else sit in their dad's new reclining camping chair. So my boys will tell all the other Cub Scouts that their new dad's chair is off limits as they want their dad to enjoy his gift.


       I received a camping chair from RORAIMA  to facilitate this post.

  Since the boys want to surprise their dad with this reclining camping chair, my youngest son decided to demonstrate how comfortable the chair is. My youngest son also helped me make a video of how the chair works. You can watch that video later in this post. My youngest son loves a great photographer. He takes all my photos that I am in. I don't know what I am going to do when he gets older, I dread the day I have to pay someone to take my pictures.


As you can see this Ultimate Camping Chair folds up easy so you can take it anywhere. It is also very light, about 11 pounds. The chair allows one to relax and take a nap if desired as it comes with a removable pillow. My husband is going to like the two cup holders and the side pouch on the chair.


The chair is easy to use and reclines with ease with only two steps. Now watch the video to see the chair in action. 

video

Here is a photo of my husband enjoying his reclining chair on his camping trip. My youngest son took the picture as I did not go camping with them. To get more information about this The Ultimate Camping Chair and to buy one, just click on the below link.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heading To The Beach? Here Are Some Must-Buy Fashion Suggestions Heading To The Beach? Here Are Some Must-Buy Fashion Suggestions

The sunshine has arrived, and most of us are currently melting at work. Thank god for air conditioning! I don’t know about you, but I plan to visit the beach as soon as possible. With a bit of luck, I’ll manage to make the trips within the next couple of weekends. However, I know that I don’t have suitable summer clothing in my wardrobe. So, I’ll have to head out and do some shopping as soon as possible. If you’re in the same situation, you can use some of my suggestions from this page. These are what I consider to be “must-have” fashion items for any lady visiting the beach this summer. You should never leave home without them.


Bikinis and swimwear

There is no point going to the beach in this weather if you aren’t going to take a dip in the sea. Considering that, a new bikini is at the top of my shopping list. There are many different styles and types available. So, you just need to find something that suits your tastes. As is often the case in the fashion world, you’re probably going to find the best prices online. So, make sure you shop around and don’t settle on the first swimwear you find. You could encounter some fantastic deals if you check the right retail websites. At the end of the day, who wouldn’t want to bikinis for the price of one, right?


Sandals and flats

The last thing any woman wants is for her feet to sweat and become uncomfortable in the sunshine. Sure, you might walk barefoot when you get to the beach. Still, you’re going to need something on your feet the rest of the time. I think it’s always sensible to opt for simple sandals and flats as recommended by blogs like Who What Where. Don’t make the mistake of trying to wear heels or anything like that. You will regret the choice the moment you step outside. Sandals should make sure you don’t burn your soles on the concrete, but they will give your feet as much air as possible.


Summer dresses

So, what happens when the sun goes down? Well, I’ll probably want to head to a local bar or restaurant that looks out over the ocean. However, most of those places aren’t going to let me dine wearing only a bikini. That is why it’s vital to purchase a couple of summer dresses to put over the top. The designers that created Anthonys sundress collection seem to have the right idea. It’s all about covering your body while ensuring the best airflow possible. You can then add some cool jewelry to finish the look. So, make sure you take a look at the best summer dresses from top retailers before you head to the beach.
  

Well, there you have it, ladies. That’s my beach shopping list complete for this year. Feel free to take some of those suggestions and copy my ideas. I know I haven’t said anything revolutionary today. However, you wouldn’t believe the number of ladies I see wearing entire inappropriate clothing for the summertime. So, whatever happens, use some common sense and purchasing your summer wardrobe this year. Catch you next time!

Stop Leaks With Luvs And Print An Awesome Coupon #SharetheLuv

Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.



   I love summer as the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. It is a perfect time for family vacations and fun summer activities. Having kids can be costly but there are ways to save money. One of the ways moms can save money is with coupons. I am a big coupon user and when my kids were babies I always used coupons on diapers. I also used Luvs as they did a great job of stopping leaks and cost much less than other brands of diapers. 

This summer, Luvs is offering parents opportunities to save money on diapers so that they have more money to dedicate to activities, vacations, etc. with the family.



Did you know that Luvs are also great for nighttime too? Luvs features Nightlock Plus and super absorbent leakguards so your baby will maybe just sleep better. The large re-fastenable stretch tabs make diapering easy too so even dads can give the baby a secure diaper. I just love the Luvs Money Back Guarantee which means if you are not happy with these diapers they will refund your money. See www.luvsdiapers.com for details.

The Luvs Money Back Guarantee: We feel so strongly about our diapers that we’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, we’ll refund your money.  See our website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details.

       I have another great reason to love Luvs diapers! You can save $2.00 off a package of Luvs Ultra Leakguard diapers with this print-at-home coupon. So click on the below link and use it at any mass, discount, or grocery store where Luvs are sold. You even have 30 days from the date the coupon is printed to redeem it. I love that as we all know how hard it is for moms to get out the door. Better yet, leave the baby with dad and use the excuse of buying diapers to enjoy a much needed time out of the house.

Featuring Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus™, its largest absorbency area ever, Luvs Diapers lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs. 

Coupon Alert 
 Visit HERE to print the $2.00 off Luvs coupon. 

Luvs diapers are available in sizes newborn through size 6 and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

+ Visit HERE  to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack.
+ Print-at-Home coupons expire 30 days from the date the coupon is printed by the consumer.
+ You can use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. + All Luvs Diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.






For more information on Luvs diapers visit the below links
Luvs website: www.luvsdiapers.com


A contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit and a super soft cottony material – softer than ever before – feels gentle on baby’s skin.

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Check out this awesome Giveaway! Ten people will win $100 to Macy's! 

 Giveaway dates: June 21st at 12:00 AM ET to Sunday, June 25th at 11:59 PM ET.

 Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Macy's gift card.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Take Smoothies To A Whole New level With Leap Smoothies

Take a look at these awesome smoothie mixes that are complete nutrition with 4-8 servings of fruits and vegetables.


  I sure do love smoothies as they are a way to get a powerhouse of nutrition in a glass of deliciousness. When I make my breakfast smoothie, I usually add protein powder, spinach, frozen fruit, and various supplements like chia seeds. I like having my smoothies for breakfast but that is not always an easy thing to do when I am traveling. The last thing I want to do is bring all my containers of supplements, fruit, and veggies. So I was excited to learn about Leap Smoothies. These complete smoothie mixes contain 4-8 servings of fruits and veggies, protein, fiber, and other wonderful superfoods like kale, goji berries, and spirulina. You can simply add a package of Leap to a glass of water or milk and have a complete meal, it blends well, or you can add additional fruits and veggies if you like. You can also blend these packs into yogurt for a delightful treat.

         Sponsored Post: I received samples of Leap Smoothies to facilitate this post

  The Leap Smoothies come in three delicious flavors and two types. One type makes a smoothie and the other makes a smoothie bowl. These bursting with nutrition smoothie flavors are Red Power, Blue Zeal, And Green Revive. All the packages are made with 100% real organic foods. There are no fillers, additives or preservatives. These pouches make instant smoothies! Just look at the ingredients in the Green Revive Bowl:

Organic Kale ~ Organic Spinach ~ Organic Maitake ~ Organic Coconut ~ Organic Banana ~ Organic  Mango ~  Organic Pea Protein ~ Organic Pumpkin ~ Organic Pomegranate ~ Organic Chlorella


 I had a hard time deciding which Leap Smoothie to try first as they all sounded so yummy. I decided to make a smoothie bowl, the truth is I have never made a smoothie bowl. So I was excited to make one. I chose to stir the Green Revive into a bowl of yogurt. I added fruit and chia seed to my smoothie bowl for added nutrition. I just love how pretty smoothie bowls look! I was amazed at how delicious my smoothie bowl tasted.  I am traveling next month to a conference so I will be taking some Leap packages my carry-on bag, along with a shaker so I will have something to eat while I am at the airport.



 I just love that Leap Smoothies are organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, kosher and contain no GMO’s.  Go to https://leapsmoothies.com to learn more about these delicious full nutrition smoothies.


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