>U Mom Knows Best: March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

White Matcha Tea Is Loaded With Antioxidants For Better Health And Great Smoothies

   My readers know I am crazy about Matcha green tea powder as I have written several posts about it. I love the health benefits of Matcha powder as well as the natural energy it provides. I personally do not like the taste of green tea but I want the benefits of it. I love using Matcha in my smoothies as it tastes so much better that way and it is like drinking many cups of green tea.  I recently discovered White Matcha Tea Powder and had to try it. White Matcha is made in exactly the same way as regular Green Tea Matcha is made but with white tea leaves. Matcha tea powder is made from tea leaves that are stone-ground to a fine powder.

Are you thinking, what is white Matcha tea powder and why should I drink it? Let me explain what Matcha is and the great benefits of it.

White Tea has some wonderful qualities to help maintain good health. In essence, White Matcha contains those same qualities with a purer taste. The health benefits of White Matcha include:

High antioxidant count to kill free radicals in the bloodstream
Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer
Decreases fine lines and wrinkles in the skin
Helps maintain a beautiful complexion
Has only one percent (1%) caffeine content of coffee

What is the flavor of amazing White Matcha? Its flavor is quite mild with a vague natural sweetness. It is lightly malty and does not have a grassy taste like some teas do. White Tea is delicate with a slight perfume-like taste. I have an amazing recipe for a smoothie that uses White Matcha Tea. If you are new to Matcha, you will not be able to taste the Matcha, all you will taste is just a wonderful grape flavor. You can also mix the White Matcha tea powder in hot water for a hot beverage.

Purple Cow Smoothie 
1 cup plain yogurt( store-bought or Homemade)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup grape juice
1 teaspoon White Tea Matcha

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix for about a minute on high speed. This makes a generously sized smoothie that is great for breakfast or 2 servings for a snack. I drink this smoothie for breakfast before I go running as it is easy on my stomach. The energy I get from it gives me a great 5-mile run.

White Matcha is a great tea and of the best quality. It is one of the most competitively priced matcha tea powders. Red Leaf offers many varieties of Matcha Tea for you to enjoy. Try them today and you will not go back to any of the other tea companies again.

Lightload Towels Are Awesome For Camping-A Review and Giveaway

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

Have you ever discover a product that was so unique and cool that you wanted everyone to know about? Well I have, the Lightload towels are a very cool product that is great for camping, boating, hiking, and even for trips like the one my church is going on to help in Haiti. Lightload towels are a full size towel that fits in your pocket saving you space when packing. They only weigh 5 ounces! The towel  expands to full size with water. The package that the towel comes in is waterproof so that would be great for a boat trip. The soft absorbent Lightload towel is made from a material called viscose which is made from cellulose. The towels are durable and reusable to last for a trip and dry quickly. You can even dry them in the dryer.

The next pictures will show you what to towel looks like from opening, adding water and finally the towel.

My son who is holding the towel is 5'6" so you can see the towel is a good size. I love that the towel absorbs water quickly so you can dry off fast. The Lightload towel dries fast too. These great towels will take up almost no space in your bag. This is great for my church members who are going to Haiti as they need all the space in their suitcase to bring donated items to the orphanage they are helping. 

Lightload also sells towels in different sizes:

 Beach towels 36x60 inch in assorted colors
 three pack 12 x 24 inch in assorted colors
Lightload Towels Two Pack (each 12x12 in. 30x30cm)
 two packs 12 x12 inch in assorted colors

For more information and to purchase these awesome towels visit:

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Now for the best part! I have a Lightload towel to giveaway to one of my readers. All you have to do to win is enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Free Coffee At McDonalds

Here is a great deal to get free coffee for two weeks, thats a lot of savings!
 Pick up a free small hot brewed coffee at McDonald's starting March 31st through April 13th. Valid during breakfast hours only! So make sure you stop at McDonalds on the way to work for your free coffee. Click below for more details.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Introducing Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream For A Beautiful Face

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I love using dual purposed products on my face as that is one less step I have to do and it saves me time too. I discovered a product that is two in one for my face. Studio Gear CC cream is a foundation and sunscreen in one. This wonderful CC cream gives me great color correcting coverage while giving my face a SPF 20 sunscreen too. I love the way this Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances my  complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish. I love using Studio Gear CC cream as it gives my skin a natural look while covering up all my flaws. It is so simple to use and a couple drops covers your face. I also love that the bottle is small enough to pack in my bag for on the go makeup. 

The CC cream comes in three shades to match most skin colors. I received the natural shade and it blended in perfect with my light skin tone.

Key Benefits:

Prevents fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients
Restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention
Brightens and illuminates skin with a non-oily, complete coverage application

 Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigious cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.

The Studio Gear Professional Brush Collection is the core of the line. Made only from the highest quality hairs and hand-tied for unbeatable quality, women around the country are using this collection to enhance their makeup application and express their creativity with precision. Customer loyalty is ensured through a lifetime product guarantee and with over 40 tools, everything from basic to advanced techniques are covered.

The Studio Gear color palette is vibrant and original - the colors are true, pure, and precise. The simplicity and quality in the eye shadows and lipsticks provide staple colors for any look, whether it be timeless or trend. Customers ask for products by name and keep coming back again and again.

To learn more about this wonderful CC cream or to purchase click on the below link.
 There also a promotional code to save 10% off your order.
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"These opinions are my own and I was sent  sample of the above mentioned product to facilitate my review."

Free Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables eCoupon for Kroger & Affiliates on 3/28!


This Friday will be another FREE Friday for Kroger (and affiliate) shoppers!! On Friday, March 28th you’ll be able to load a digital coupon for FREE Birds Eye  Frozen Vegetables to your card! The coupon will only be available that day, but won’t expire until 4/12/14. Click on the below link to get your coupon added to your card

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUDAFED REPLAY™ Help for My Sinus Pressure And A Sweepstakes

"This is a sponsored post from SUDAFED® and the opinions are my own."

Sinus pressure can be awful and can prevent people from being their best or participating in activities. I remember a time when I had sinus pressure and congestion. It was nighttime and I was trying to get some sleep but sinus problems were getting in the way from me getting to sleep. I was congested and could not breath through my nose. I can not sleep when I am having to breath through my mouth. Mouth breathing makes my mouth all dry and then I have to drink water. Well you know what drinking water all night does to you, don't you? You have have to pee all night. It was a rough night for me. I did not sleep well that night due to sinus congestion. The next day I was tired and groggy since I did not get any sleep. My head hurt from the congestion and sinus pain. I did not feel like working and called in sick. I needed some relief! I went to the drugstore nearest my house and bought SUDAFED®. That red and white box was my friend for the day as it took away my sinus pain and congestion. I felt so much better and that night I had a good night sleep.

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I have a wonderful sweepstakes to tell you about with great prizes.
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Sinus sufferers can enter to win a SUDAFED REPLAY™ to help 
them relive their most regrettable, missed out moments. By 
simply describing the activity they missed or suffered through 
due to sinus pain and congestion on the SUDAFED REPLAY™ app 
on the SUDAFED® Facebook page, sinus sufferers will be entered 
to win a $250 gift card for such experiences as a Flight Replay, 
Sporting Event Replay, or Movie Replay. The makers of  SUDAFED® are giving 90 people each the chance to press rewind on life and replay the moments missed or suffered through. The sweepstakes is 
open through April 6, 2014

To enter this great SUDAFED® sweepstakes just click on the below link and win your chance to press rewind.

So what are you waiting for go enter to win a SUDAFED REPLAY™ on life.

Tell me about a time sinus pressure and congestion stopped you from participating in an activity. Did the pain stop you from going to a game, on daytrip or from even getting on a plane?

"These opinions are my own and being that this is a sponsored post, I was compensated to write this post."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cooksimple Meal Starters a Healthy Meal Kit

I love that I found Cooksimple Meal Starter as they are healthy meal kits that can be made with or without meat. For years I have been telling my family that someone should make a healthy vegetarian helper meal and a company finally has granted my wish. Cooksimple uses 100% natural ingredients like quinoa, brown rice, and chia seeds help you create a healthy dish that’s ready to serve in 30 minutes. There are lots of varieties for your family to choose from—including sloppy joe and lasagna!  You just add beans, tofu, chicken, or ground turkey to the mix along with water and cook it in a skillet.The pouch that the mix comes in even has lines on it so it can be used to measure the water for the mix. How cool is that, no need for a measuring cup. Their meal starters are based on leaner proteins, lower sugar, and more fiber so you feel full longer. With all-natural real-food ingredients, you can see, taste, and feel the difference! They also are gluten free.

I received 5 different boxes of Cooksimple from Moms Meet to try and share with my friends. The ones I received were Sloppy Joe, Skillet Lasagna, Coconut Curry, Cowboy Chili, and Jambalaya. Last week I made the Cowboy Chili for dinner and added pinto beans. It was an awesome chili that my family loved. I loved that it was healthy.

 I made  the coconut curry with tofu for dinner tonight and it tasted great. I love that I just used one pan to make the dinner and it was ready in 30 minutes. 

Go to Cooksimplemeals.com to see all the wonderful flavors of meal starters they have and to find a store near you that sells these healthy meal kits. I found these meal kits at sprouts near me.
 I will be making the Sloppy Joe Cooksimple Meal for my friends on Sunday and using lentils instead of meat. I can't wait to share with my friends.

So what Cooksimple Meal Starter would you like to try? 

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned products from Moms Meet to share with my friends. I was not required to write a review."

Nutra-Lift® Simply Superb Shampoo with GOAT MILK

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

When I saw this new shampoo that was made with goat milk, I was very interested in trying it and seeing how it could help my hair. I was sent a bottle of Nutra-Lift Simply Superb Shampoo with goat milk to try and I could not wait to take a shower that night. I am always looking for hair products that help make my hair look its best.

Nutra-Lift® Simply Superb Shampoo with GOAT MILK gives you more beautiful hair. Here is the company's description of this shampoo:
A premium gentle, daily, sulfate free shampoo infused with luxurious pure silk for shiny and vibrant hair. A shampoo that moisturizes and conditions with Goat's Milk. Including a Natural and Organic, delicious blend of aromatic, anti-oxidant rich herbs for a healthy scalp. Especially formulated for people with sensitive skin. Pure and natural for beautiful hair. Many people with eczema, psoriasis, acne, extra dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin find using goat milk personal care products very beneficial. Great for normal hair. Excellent for dry damaged hair.

That description sounded great to me and I wanted to try it on my hair to see how beautiful my hair could be. I have wavy hair and with the right shampoo it holds a nice curl if I allow it to dry naturally. The below picture is how my hair looks before using Nutra-Lift® Simply Superb Shampoo with GOAT MILK.

I tried the Nutra-Lift® Simply Superb Shampoo with GOAT MILK that night when I took a shower. I enjoyed the nice scent the shampoo had and I felt a gentle tingle on my head as I was lathering. I love that the shampoo is great for dry or normal hair. I have dry hair while my husband has normal hair so we can use the same shampoo. My son who has eczema can even use it as this shampoo is also great for sensitive skin. 

My hair was soft and easy to comb after my  shower. It was a little bit more wavy and I like it that way.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner & Perservative Makes My Wood Shine

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

I live in the desert of New Mexico which means it is very dry here. My wood table takes a beating due to the dry air so I was happy to find a product that not only cleans my table but moisturizes it as well. Scott's Liquid Gold is a rich blend of natural organic oils and it deep cleans, moisturizers and protects natural wood. Unlike waxes and polishes, Scott's liquid Gold penetrates the surface of wood to draw out deep, set in dirt and grime. It restores the natural beauty of wood grain and enhances the color and shine. 

I used Scott's Liquid Gold to clean my table, here is the before picture. The 2nd one is a close up view of the table.

My table has a nice shine to it after using the spray. The spray made my table clean and I am happy that it will be protected from the dry air also.  My dining room had a nice scent of almond to it after using the Scott's Liquid Gold and it lasted for a while. The smell was a nice reward for cleaning.

Scott's Liquid Gold can be used natural wood like furniture, kitchen cabinets, paneling, doors and alomost anything made of wood.
Scott's Liquid Gold covers nicks, scratches and water damage on wood surfaces.
Scott's liquid Gold does not contain water like most dusting sprays.

Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative was founded in 1951 in a garage in Denver, Colorado.  Made with natural organic oils, it rejuvenates and restores all types of natural wood. Scott's Liquid Gold has been a trusted name in household care for generations. We bet your mom or grandmother had a can of Liquid Gold under the kitchen sink!. Scott's Liquid Gold makes high quality household products that are sold in stores across the US. Scott’s Liquid Gold  has been in the same location since 1970 and is proud to be an American manufacturer.

Scott's Liquid Gold is available nationwide at most grocery stores and discount stores including Wal-Mart and Lowe's. For more information, visit their website at http://www.scottsliquidgold.com/

Look for Scott's Liquid Gold on Facebook and Twitter

How would you like to win a can of Liquid Gold? I am giving away a can of Scott's Liquid Gold to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Make A Great Energy Smoothie With Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics

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

The weather is getting nicer and I have started running first thing in the morning. I am not a morning person and I need some energy to get me motivated to run. I don't want to eat a full breakfast as it is hard to run on a full stomach but my body needs fuel. Forget coffee, as then I have to go potty when running. My solution is a smoothie made with Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics.

What is Matcha- green tea powder? It is my secret to great energy for running. Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics has other wonderful benefits too like:

Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way

Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.

Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin

Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

To learn more about these wonderful benefits click on the below link:

Strawberry Green Tea Smoothie

1 cup yogurt
3 strawberries
1 teaspoon  Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics
2 tablespoons chia seed(great for omegas and endurance)
3 ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

The above smoothie is quick and easy to make. I drink it about 30 minutes before I run and I have plenty of energy to run 5 miles. I love the nutrition of my smoothie as it is packed with protein, vitamin c, calcium, omegas from the chia seed, and lots of healthy antioxidants. Try  Organic Matcha- Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics and see if you have more energy.
To purchase this wonderful product, click on the below link:

When you order the Matcha green tea powder you will receive FREE MATCHA RECIPE GUIDE EBOOK WITH PURCHASE: 50+ Recipes All Yours - Emailed After Purchase.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Free 2-Liter of Dr Pepper TEN, 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, or Canada Dry TEN for Kroger & Affiliates on 3/21

Free 2-Liter of Dr Pepper TEN, 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, or Canada Dry TEN for Kroger & Affiliates on 3/21 for my Albuquerque readers that is Smiths.

On Friday, March 21st you’ll be able to load a digital coupon for a FREE 2-Liter of Dr Pepper TEN, 7UP TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, or Canada Dry TEN to your card! The coupon will only be available that day, but won’t expire until 4/5/14. Click on the below link to get the coupon loaded to your store card.


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