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Monday, September 24, 2018

Enjoy A Delicious Healthy Meal In Three Minutes

Three minutes is all it takes for a healthy & delicious lunch!

I received samples of Blount Rice & Noodle Bowls to facilitate this post but the opinions are my own.

  My husband's job keeps him quite busy and he often has little time for lunch. So if he does not pack a lunch, he tends to grab lunch at a fast food place. He knows that is not the best option for lunch but when hunger strikes and he has little time that is what he eats. So I make sure he has food options at home so he can quickly pack a lunch the night before. I know I could make his lunch for him but the one time that I did, I made it all wrong. It had something to do with not placing the sandwich fixings in the right order. So I don't make his lunch anymore. My husband lately is tired of sandwiches so I have been trying to buy healthy food that is easy for him to combine into a delicious lunch. My husband likes quick and easy lunches. So when I discover these rice and noodle bowls that only take three minutes to cook, I decided to have my husband try them. My husband liked that he could keep some in his office fridge for quick healthy lunches. The flavors of these meals sounded so delicious that even I had to try one. 

Chicken made without antibiotics is always a good thing

  My husband like that these quick meals had meat in them. I like that Blount thought of us non-meat eaters and made a delicious vegan Vegetable & Rice Bowl that is even gluten-free. My boys were excited about the noodles in the meals. Everyone agreed that the best part of these meals, after the delicious taste, was easy they were to make.

Meals that even kids can make

 My boys know how to use the microwave so they made their own Blount Bowls on a night that this mom did not feel like cooking. It was quite simple for them as all they had to do was add the noodles to the sauce bowl and cook for three minutes. The meals had plenty of flavor and veggies. My picky eater actually ate vegetables that night! He said that the roasted sauce from the Hibachi Chicken & Rice Bowl was so good that it made the vegetables taste good! My son had no clue that he ate red peppers and onions as all he tasted was a delicious tomato sauce.

These Asian-Inspired and Thai Inspired Bowls Were Delicious

My husbands favorite Blount meal was the Coconut Chicken & Noodle Bowl as he loved the thick and creamy sauce. My Vegetable & Rice Bowl had the same sauce as the Coconut Chicken bowl and lots of delicious veggies. I do love veggies. My youngest son enjoyed the Chicken Ramen Bowl
and said it was a delicious soup with noodles.

  Blount also has a Beef Pho Vietnamese Style Beef Noodle Bowl for those who love beef.  My husband has requested that I buy these Rice & Noodle Bowls more often so he can grab them out the door for his work lunch or enjoy one on fend for yourself dinner nights. Discover all the Rice & Noodle Bowls that Blount makes HERE.

Which Noodle or Rice Bowl would you try first?

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Green Beauty Products That I Discover For Cooler Days

Take your summer glow into the fall months with these green beauty products.

    I received a box of organic skin care products from Sanre to facilitate this post.

 The cooler weather will be here before I know it. Here in Albuquerque our cooler temperatures usually start at the beginning of October around the time our Balloon Fiesta begins and that is just the morning/evening temperatures. The daytime temps stay warm enough for shorts up until November. There have been many Halloweens here that my kids are too warm in their costumes. It is always the early morning of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta that I am complaining about having to wear jeans. It is hard to transition from wearing shorts and a tank top the day before to jeans and a jacket. I am always glad that I dressed warm as it quite chilly at 5:30 am while waiting for the hot air balloons to go up. By 10 am I am stripping off the layers as it back to 70 degrees. The hot/cold temperatures can do a number on my skin so it is around this time that I start using thicker creams on my dry skin. This fall I am excited to use some new organic SkinFood products that I received the other day.

Natural organic ingredients are best for my skin

I received samples of beauty products to facilitate this post.

  I try to eat natural organic food so it makes perfect sense to me to put organic ingredients on my skin. My son's sensitive skin has made me more conscious of what I put on my skin. So I want to keep my skin healthy the same way I do for my body. When this box of skinfood products arrived, I was like a kid in a candy store and I just had to try them all. I really liked the names of Sanre creams and they all had wonderful natural scents that did not affect my allergies. If a product has a chemical scent, I will start coughing due to my sensitive lungs. My husband brought home a hand lotion from his last trip that did not have a natural fragrance and it set me into an allergy fit when he applied it to his hands. So he now uses it in the morning before I wake up.

  My favorite organic cream was the C-Love as it had a nice cherry scent. The Supple Sunshine -Solar- was my favorite cream to use at bedtime as it had soothing lavender in it. These skinfood creams were thick and made my skin feel so smooth.

 Natural fragrances are always good for my allergies

  The next two products that I pulled out of the box was a purifying cleanser and a hemp serum. I was amazed at how well this cleanser cleaned my skin. I took a shower the night before after wearing makeup, so I thought my face was clean. I guess my soap in the shower missed some spots as my white washcloth turned brown and I did not leave the house that day. After I washed my face I used the serum which was a nicely scented oil. I like applying oils to my face for intense hydration. I find that while oils make my skin so soft, they also make my skin look greasy so I use beauty oils before bed.

Lips that taste like chocolate is awesome!

  I got excited when I saw a Chocolate Lips moisturizer as I love anything with the taste of chocolate. This lip product had a sweet taste to it but it did not taste like chocolate to me. That is probably a good thing as I would be licking my lips all day. The Sweet Lips also had a nice taste to it but it was not sugary. I guess the nice taste is good as I tend to lick my lips. So you will never see me wearing lipstick as they taste bad and they get messy on me.

    The last products were sample sizes but these teasers of a product were fun to try. The radiant glow was too dark for my skin but it blended quite well into my skin so I might just have to buy a shade lighter for some natural color on my face. I loved the Vanilla Sensation Solar as it smelled so good and I would be better about applying my sunscreen when it smells like vanilla and has organic ingredients in it.

Sunscreen that smells like vanilla gets me excited


  Sanre makes there products in small batches by hand and they use safe organic ingredients that one can recognize, ones that are non-toxic. These ingredients are nourishing and healing to the skin like food is to the body. I love that use cold-pressed USDA Organic Oils and natural scents from spices and fruit extracts. The spices that they choose also have skin benefits that help with inflammation, bacteria, and wrinkles. In fact, many of the ingredients are found in foods that we eat. Your skin is like a sponge so what you rub on your face does get into your bloodstream. So if an ingredient is not safe to eat, is it safe to put on your skin? This is my new thinking about my skincare products that I am trying to use. Go take a look at Sanre's website and see all the wonderful natural ingredients that they put into their products. I wish the internet had a way to transport scent as these products smell so amazing!

Which of these products would you like to try?

About SanRe Organic Skinfood: 
A revolutionary way to handle your skincare needs. The brand brings together the best ingredients with the latest in green beauty innovation. The SanRe beauty line includes everything from intense hydrating moisturizers, lip treatments, and more. Created with quality in mind, the line focuses on using natural ingredients to help your skin bounce back after exposure to the summer sun.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Track Glow In The Dark Race Set Giveaway

My boys said this is the best toy ever!

   I received a Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Track System to facilitate this post

  My boys love this time of year as they get to play with the hottest toys for the holiday season. They love that their mom gets her hands on toys that they see on their favorite Youtube shows. My email can get flooded with requests for toy features and reviews, so I only choose toys that I know my boys an now new granddaughter would enjoy. Sometimes I let my boys know about the toys that are arriving and other times I keep it a surprise. This Max Flex 300 RC Glow In The Dark Race Set was a total surprise for my boys. They came home from school and saw the bow on the table and started jumping for joy. Thankfully we were heading out the door and the next day was Saturday as the boys kept asking when they could build the race track set. I thought I was able to buy some time taking pictures on Saturday as the boys had to first help a neighbor pull weeds. I was on the phone when the boys came home and they could not wait anymore. So while I was on the phone, they started building the RC Race Track set.

Ready to build right out of the  box

   I was amazed that they had the tracks all put together by the I finished with my phone call. This was a great phone call as my daughter called to say that they were moving back to Albuquerque. I was so overjoyed as now I could spend more time with my new granddaughter. When I walked into the room that the boys were in they were playing with the race cars. They both said "thank you, mom, for this awesome toy! It is the best toy ever!" 

Two side-by-side race tracks can grow up to 25 feet in length

  The boys said the race tracks were super easy to put together. The boys did not even need instructions. Thank goodness we had the 8 AA batteries that the set needed. The batteries are for the remotes and the cars charge from a hidden cord inside the handheld remotes. My son told me that the cars charged super fast and the cars lasted a long time before they needed charging again. I had fun watching my boys play with the Race Car set. These cars were going super fast around the track. All that my boys had to do was press the lever on their remote and the cars started moving. I love that the cars and remotes are color coordinated.

Long range and different speeds are awesome

   I wanted to see the range on the remotes so I had my son stand in the other room. My son did not even have to point the remote at his car and he was at least five feet away from the track. Racers can also make the cars go at different speeds with how they touch the remotes.

Unlimited possibilities for track building

  My boys quickly figured out that they could snap the tracks together in many different ways so they could build the track in many different ways. Some of the track pieces were also flexible so that made for so much creativity. The flexible tracks could be made all one color or into dual color tracks as the orange and blue pieces easily separated. My boys had the flexible track in circles and had the straight pieces going over books. I was amazed at all the ways the build the race tracks for the cars. There were 300 flexible pieces that included tracks and pieces to raise the track up.

Hours of fun

  My boys played with the Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Glow In The Dark Race Set all day and night. They quickly did their chore of emptying the dishwasher so they could get back to playing with the fash RC cars. I gave them the day off from folding laundry as they were having so much fun together with no fighting. The boys moved the RC tracks into their older brother's room so they could see it Glow in the dark. The boys were amazed at how the tracks changed colors while the cars quickly sped around the tracks. We did try the glow in the dark feature on a table in the laundry room but quickly realized that the track set works best on the carpet. That is a big plus in this house as remember past RC car sets that needed tile floors and my bathroom was the place for the races. With the car tracks working best on the carpet that means that the boys can keep the RC race track set up in their bedroom. Of course, there are no worries if they need to put the car tracks away as the tracks are so easy to put together and it is fun to build in many ways.

Everything fits in the box for storage

  My boys said, "mom we need to save the box to store the RC set in." When I put all the pieces back into the box, I was amazed at how it all fit into the box and I could close the box up. I am glad that I do not have to buy another plastic tote for storage like I had to for other toy sets. Another cool thing about the Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Track System is how it is compatible with other car track sets. So now my boys are getting some use out of their old race car tracks, you know the ones that were so hard to build and had such big pieces that were a pain to store.

This new Max Flex RC product combines flex track and straight track racing to provide a challenging experience for beginning and advanced racing fans - a combination of off-road and on-road racing. Each set includes 2 Tracer Racers RC cars which beam down purple light rays from their undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed.

See the RC cars in action!

The race track set glows in the dark!

I am so excited that I am able to giveaway one of these awesome Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Track Glow In The Dark Race Set to one lucky reader. This RC car set would be the perfect Christmas gift. Only one person will win so if don't want to risk this set being sold out at Christmas time, then head on over to HERE to purchase the Max Flex 300 RC Flexible Track Glow In The Dark Race Set.

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 48 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

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