>U Mom Knows Best: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Back To School With @MeadFiveStar Giveaway

Back To School With @MeadFiveStar Giveaway 

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You can check out Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews Review of Mead Five Star Products  Here

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Gourmet Gifter Has Gifts To Please Most Everyone

      My parents and other relatives live far away. So when it comes to gift giving, I am always searching for the perfect gift to give for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays like Christmas. I like to give unique gifts that I know the person will enjoy. I like to buy the gifts online as the company takes care of the shipping. I love giving food gifts and most people enjoy receiving food, including me. My favorite food gift to give and receive is chocolates. I know some people do not like to receive chocolate as they are trying to eat healthy so that means I have to shop at different places to buy gifts for different people.

    I have discovered a place that sells many different food gifts that will please even the people who want to eat healthy. Gourmet Gifter sells wonderful gifts like candy and chocolate, my favorite, but they also sell many healthy food gifts too like popcorn and cold pressed meal replacement bars. Gourmet Gift has a wide selection of food gifts too, so you can send different gifts to the same people for gift occasions.

   I was sent four yummy treats to sample to give my opinion on. Two of the food items were healthy and two were not. The healthy food items were so delicious that my family did not realize that they were healthy and ate them all up. All of the food items that I received would make wonderful gifts for any occasion. So read on to see what I received. I listed the in order of my family’s favorites.

                               Salty Sweet Addiction 

   My family loved this healthy kettle corn popcorn and ate the whole bag in a day, I barely got to eat any. I loved that this 100% all natural popcorn is gluten free and low calorie,  so it is sure to please even the healthiest person. Gourmet Gifter also uses non GMO butterfly popcorn for its rich corn flavor that has a great flavor punch. This salty sweet popcorn is also low in sodium and a great source of fiber. It is a great snack that I can feel good about serving to my kids as it is free from Trans-fat, cholesterol, preservatives, and MSG. This is a gift that I would give to my dad who is on a strict diet due to health reasons. I would also gift it to my friend who wants her children to eat healthy food.

                        PurEarth Meal Replacement Bar

     This cold press meal bar was quite delicious and made a great breakfast on the go. I enjoyed my Meal bar last Sunday, as that is a day I take my breakfast with me due to we have to be there early in the morning. The meal bar that I received was pineapple flavor and had no sugar added to it. The bar receives  all of its flavor from the sweet pineapple. I love that that nothing is baked, cooked, or heated, so none of the nutrients in the ingredients are degrade, That means your body is getting great nutrition. This yummy bar is loaded with all –natural prebiotic fiber that is derived from the tapioca plant. This bar is easy to digest and loaded wit fiber. I would love to receive these meal bars for a gift. It also would make a great gift to give to my friend who is a runner and is always looking for healthy food to eat on the go.

                                                                  Peanut Brittle

    This handmade peanut brittle was delicious and packed with peanuts. This brittle was sweet and crunchy. The peanut brittle had a nice buttery taste to it and made a nice afternoon treat that satisfied my sweet tooth. This gift would please almost anyone on my list as my friends and family love receiving sweets.

                                                       Chili Cheese Puffs

       Do you have a friend or relative that loves cheese puffs? Then these chili flavored corn puffs are sure to be a hit. These fluffy corn puffs are topped with a blend of cheese and a flavorful spice. I normally don't like cheese puffs but these were delicious and they did not leave my fingers bright orange. My father-in -law would love receiving these puffs for a gift.

  These were just some of the yummy products that Gourmet Gifts sells. They sell many other sweets, snacks and healthy items. I love that you can buy the items separate or buy gift baskets that are filled with favorite items. So whether you buy a gift basket or select items to make you own food basket, Gourmet Gifter is a great place to buy food gifts for almost anyone on your list for any gift giving occasion. Go take a look at their website and see all the yummy items that they sell. Christmas is almost here or maybe you are looking for a birthday gift. Gourmet Gifter is a great place to shop for a gift to say thank you to someone.You don't need a reason to buy a gift and you can even treat yourself. So go take a look at their website.

                                                     Gourmet Gifter Website

     Gourmet Gifter thought it would be great idea to do a promotion for new customers! Each person on their first time order will receive 3 free bags of Colby's Kettle Corn ($12 value) with a $30 purchase.
                                                The promo code for this is FIRSTORDER

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned products in exchange for a honest review."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My SOLVADERM STEMUDERM REVIEW Helped Me To Discover Youthful Skin

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    My friends tell me that I have young looking skin. They are shocked when I tell them my age.  They think that my young looking skin is the result of good genetics. I think I have young looking skin because I lead a healthy lifestyle and because I started to use anti-aging skincare products at the first sign of fine lines. I have been using anti-aging products for quite some time. Over the years research has led to some amazing discoveries in ingredients that help the skin to look young. One of those ingredients is wrinkle-fighting peptides and Solvaderm Stemuderm  is a concentrated anti-aging solution that is infused with peptides. Peptides inhibit muscle contractions to prevent the formation of furrows and creases.

     I discovered that Stemuderm is a product that addresses all of those troublesome signs of skin aging, you know those awful fine lines, and works to restore your skin back to a more youthful look. I also learned that this product. This product also has ingredients in it to increase collagen, your skin’s elastic, and a stem cell complex that can delay skin aging and encourage regeneration. Lastly, this product has a blend of moisturizers that will quench and soften your skin while providing a plumping effect to fill in surface irregularities on your skin. All this will help your skin appear ageless and velvety smooth. 

   The description of what the product can do for my skin sounds wonderful, but does it really do all that? I needed to try Stemuderm to see if it would make my skin look more youthful, as who doesn’t want younger looking skin. I just love Solvaderm’s motto “Redefining Skin Science™” so I had to give this product a chance to see how it could help my skin. I used Stemuderm for a week and I love the way this product absorbs quickly and is not greasy. The lotion made my skin soft and it's plumping effect made those fine lines near my eyes less noticeable. Yes I do have fine lines near my eyes, but because I use anti-aging products that contain the ingredients found in Stemuderm, those fine lines have not increased into wrinkles and keep getting less noticeable. I just love it when I tell people that I have a 25 year old daughter and they then say " you had her at a very young age." I just smile and say "yes" as they don't need to know that I had my daughter when I was 25 years old.

Would you like to have younger looking skin?

               For more information on Solvaderm Stemuderm just click on the below link and discover a product that will slow the appearance of furrows and creases.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blogger Bash 2015 Sweet Suite Box

I attended Blogger Bash 2015 and they sent me a big box of toys. My boys and I had a blast looking at all the toys.
Watch the video and see what I received in my box from Blogger Bash Sweet suite.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hooked On Tuesday Is An Awesome Deal At Bonefish Grill

    I think you know by now that Bonefish Grill is my favorite place to eat seafood. When they run a special deal, I like Bonefish Grill even better. Bonefish Grill is running an awesome deal this summer and it is only happening on Tuesdays at dinner time. The Hooked on Tuesday features nine meal options that award –winning Chef Cliff Pleau created. These innovatively delicious entrees include a fresh salad and Bonefish’s signature dessert and start at $14.99. Just look at the unique entrees that are being served. Bonefish Grill included items from both the sea and the land so even people who don’t care for seafood can find something to enjoy. I love that now you can choose what signature sauce to add to you entree to customize it to your taste.

Atlantic Salmon
— 6 oz., grilled to perfection + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable

Spicy Tuna Bowl — Premium sushi grade, sesame-seared rare, avocado, sweet chile sauce, jasmine rice + passion fruit salsa

The Angler’s Sirloin Steak —6 oz. center cut sirloin served with choice of fresh side + seasonal vegetable

Ahi Tuna Steak — Grilled to perfection + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable

Cold Water Lobster Tail
— 5-6 oz. lobster tail, seasoned and steamed, served with warm drawn butter + crispy Yukon gold potatoes

Fontina Pork Chop
— Boneless pork chop, fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto, mushroom Marsala wine sauce

Shrimp + Scallops — Jumbo shrimp and scallops + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable

Pecan Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout — Artichoke hearts, fresh basil + lemon butter

Filet Mignon — USDA center cut 6 oz. served with choice of fresh side + seasonal vegetable

  Each entrée also includes a Bonefish Grill’s signature desserts. Look at the yummy choices that include Classic Cheesecake, Macadamia Nut Brownie, or Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie.

   My husband and I enjoyed a night out last night at Bonefish Grill during the Hooked on Tuesday promotion. My husband enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Steak while I enjoyed the Shrimp + Scallops . My husband choose the Asian Pan signature sauce and I choose the Mango Salsa sauce. The Asian Pan sauce gave my husband's Ahi Tuna Steak a nice Oriental flavor while the Mango Salsa had a nice kick of spice to it and gave my seafood a nice fruity taste. We both chose the Cesar salad as our salad choice. The entrees were generously portioned and the food was so delicious. My husband and I both agreed that the price for our food was awesome. Bonefish Grill does a great job when it comes to seafood as their seafood is fresh and seasoned to perfection with spices beyond lemon and butter.

  For dessert we selected the Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie and Classic Cheesecake. The desserts were so delicious and of course I had to sneak some bites of my husbands dessert.

   So get to your favorite Bonefish Grill location and enjoy the Hooked on Tuesday promotion that includes a entrée + salad + dessert starting at $14.99. Which entrée and dessert will you enjoy?

            Hooked on Tuesday  Choose salad +entrée+dessert every Tuesday starting at 14.99 


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Parmesan Spinach Freekeh

     What is Freekeh? Freekeh is a flavorful, high-fiber whole grain that is a traditional food of the Middle East and Northeastern Africa. This roasted young wheat has a nice smoky flavor and a pleasant chewy texture which makes it great for side dishes and salads. This yummy grain cooks up in 25 minutes and also makes a hearty hot cereal. This whole grain is loaded with nutrition too. A ¼ cup serving has 8 grams of fiber, 7 grams protein and lots of iron. 

   I was sent a package of Freekeh from Bob’sRed Mill and I could not wait to cook it. I placed this whole grain in boiling water and simmered it for 25 minutes. The result was a marvelous whole grain that looked like cooked wheat. I tasted it and I loved the chewy texture. I could have eaten the whole pot of Freekeh just as it was, but of course I wanted to make a side dish with it. I added a bag of cooked frozen spinach, some parmesan cheese and some spices. The result was a healthy whole grain side dish. Next time I will add some tofu or other protein to make it a complete meal.

                       Parmesan Spinach Freekeh

                2 ½ cups water
                1 cup uncooked Freekeh
                12 ounces frozen spinach, cooked and drained
                ¼ cup parmesan cheese
                1 teaspoon garlic powder
                1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  Place the water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cup of Freekeh, cover and simmer on low for 25 minutes. When the Freekeh is cooked, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Serve as a side dish.

  I am going to have to try this yummy grain another day for breakfast and add some sugar and milk to it. I can see Freekeh being great for making my homemade veggie burgers.

How would you enjoy Freekeh? What ingredients would you add to this grain?

“These opinions are my own and I received the above-mentioned product from Bob’s Red Mill in exchange for a review.”

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Blue Man Group Was An Awesome Show At Blogger Bash And A Giveaway

    I went to New York last week for many blogging conferences. One of the conferences that I attended was Blogger Bash. The first day of the conference they treated us to own our private showing of The Blue Man Group. It was so awesome, we bloggers has the whole theater to ourselves. The Blue Man Group was a terrific show to see. Those Blue guys did a wonderful job of entertaining us. The show was very funny and the best part of the show was when they pulled a blogger out of the audience and included her in the act. The Blue guys came this close to choosing me, but I am thankful they did not, as that blogger had to go on stage with the Blue guys, something that would have been out of comfort zone. I highly recommend that you go see the Blue Man show.

I even got my picture taken with the Blue Men.

Enjoy some other pictures that were taken from other Blue Man Group performances.

                            Here is some more info about the Blue Man Group

Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in 15 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

  Click on the below link for more information about the Blue Man Group and how you can buy     tickets to see the show.

    Now for the best part! All the bloggers who attended the private showing with Blogger Bash received a wonderful prize package to host a giveaway on our blogs. I have 4 tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader so they can attend the Blue Man Group show. The tickets are valid in select locations (see below for list )for select performances  and must be redeemed by June 8th, 2016.

                                 New York
                                            Las Vegas
                                            North American Tour


To enter to win 4 tickets to see the Blue Man Group show just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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

Blogger Opp @MeadFiveStar Giveaway (ARV $70)

This is a Blogger Opp for a great giveaway of

Mead Five Star Giveaway 
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This is a giveaway for Mead Five Star Expandable 2 Inch Binder with Zipper & Mead Five Star Expandable Backpack ($70 ARV)

Each blogger will receive 2 free links for posting and sharing (Facebook & Twitter). 

Open to US
Start 8/1/15

Co-Hosts & Paid links will be listed on the main form. 

If you would like to co-host this event it will be $7 for 5 extra links (plus your 2 free links+ 7 total) and a back link to your blog. (Daily comments email sign-ups secret word pages & all other premium links are included in those 5 co-host links so get crafty!)
Premium links for co-hosts to add on are $1, limit 5 extra

(or additional co-host links over limit)

Secret word pages are $3
Adding social links or Daily Comments, retweets etc $2 each, limit 5
email sign ups $2

If Co-Hosting or purchasing links- send to grovesamy81@gmail.com as a gift,  Mead in the notes.

Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch.

Please share 3-4 times a week. The success of the giveaways depends on how much they are seen.

I hope to see you there.

If you have any questions or comments about this giveaway, please contact Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews at grovesamy81@gmail.com

Friday, July 24, 2015

Free Premier Protein Bar for Kroger & Affiliates on 7/24

To get a Free Premier Protein Bar 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 8/8/15

Kroger • Baker’s • City Market • Dillons • Fred Meyer • Fry’s •Gerbes • Jay C • King Soopers • Owen’s • Pay Less • QFC • Ralphs • Smith’s

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CoffeeCrazy's Espresson Blend Makes A Great Cup Of Coffee

   It is 6:30AM in the morning and I am on a flight to New York. I am on my way to enjoy a week of blogging conferences. I have been up since 3:30 AM and I am kind of tired. I am of course thinking of coffee. I really want/need a cup of coffee. I could get a cup of coffee on the plane, but I have no clue what brand of coffee they serve and I want a good cup of coffee. Sure, I know what you are thinking, coffee is coffee. Not to me. When I drink a cup of coffee I want it to taste good. I admit I am picky about my coffee. I like to savor my coffee, to me coffee is more than a drink, it is an experience. If my coffee does not have the taste I am looking for, I will not drink it.

    I have discovered CoffeeCrazy Espresson Blend whole bean coffee, the other day, and my coffee experience has gone up a notch. This is not your average coffee, this is a 12 oz bag of Love. CoffeeCrazy is crazy about coffee and it shows when you take that first sip of coffee. Their coffee is not only super fresh but is organic, fair trade and a part of the rainforest alliance. I was sent a bag of their premier blend of whole bean coffee and once I opened the bag of coffee I knew by the great aroma that a great cup of coffee was going to be in my cup.

    CoffeeCrazy’s organic espresso blend is super formulated with a secret combination that is intense, dark cocoa, dark brown sugar yet smooth on the palate. It tasted wonderful with milk and sugar and made a great cup of coffee. This great cup of coffee, in my opinion, comes from the fact that CoffeeCrazy sources the finest beans from around the world and it is also ranked one of the highest pure organic espresso blends. Their coffee is roasted in the Italian espresso tradition and consists of 4 different single origin coffees. One is Fair Trade certified organically grown from Central America. They combine that coffee with an organically grown African and 2 diverse organically grown South America beans to create a complex espresso that will be love at first sip. Their coffee is also non-GMO.

      CoffeeCrazy Espresson blend is best as an espresson but also tastes great in a French press or any other way you choose to brew it. I like to brew my coffee in an espresso maker. I simply grind up these wonderful beans and brew it up. The aroma is awesome too while it is brewing. I like my coffee with milk and sugar. So why settle for average coffee when you can have a wonderful tasting cup of coffee. I can’t wait to get home to enjoy another cup of CoffeeCrazy coffee.

   Check out this wonderful intense, dark cocoa, dark brown sugar espresso blend by clicking on the below link. Trust me you have to order a bag.


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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Went To BlogHer And Gained More Than Swag With SlimQuick Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix

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       I just returned from a great week of traveling to New York. I was attending some wonderful blogging conferences while I was in New York. In addition to the awesome swag that I received, I also gained some awesome information at this conferences. Sadly, I also gained something extra that I was not expecting. I gained some extra weight while I was in New York. The food at these conferences was awesome and I over indulged eating too much food. I also did not exercise for the whole week I was there. That is what led to me gaining an extra 5 pounds. I know what you are thinking, it is only 5 pounds. Those 5 pounds that I gained are making my clothes tight and uncomfortable. I want to be able to lose those pesky 5 pounds. Right now my life is busy and crazy. Since I took a week off work to attend these conferences, I am now playing catch up with work, in addition to taking care of my family. I met many wonderful companies at the conferences that I want to work with so I now have the additional work of networking with them. All this work can be stressful to me and might make loosing those 5 pounds hard. I need help losing weight!

    When I opened up my packages today I found a box of SlimQuick Pure Extra Strength Drink Mix in a mixed berry flavor. I read the box and discovered that this drink mix has natural ingredients in that will help me to lose weight 3X more than just dieting alone. This 0 calorie drink is not a magic potion, I still have to eat healthy, exercise and watch my calories, but it will help me with loosing the weight. Here is some ways SlimQuick works to help me lose weight.

                                           SLIMQUICK Pure works to
                                               -Increase Metabolism
                                               -Reduce Appetite
                                               -Boost Energy
                                               -Reduce Excess Water
                                               -Support Hormones
                                               -Reduce Stress

   So I had to see how SlimQuick tasted. If a product does not taste good I am not going to use it. The taste was pretty good. It had a nice berry flavor to it and since it was being added to my water, I was able to adjust to my level of sweetness by adding more water. I really liked that this drink was made with natural ingredients like BioPure Green Tea( the fat-burning component), antioxidants, calcium, and vitamin D. There are no drugs in this drink to make me jittery. This drink is 100% good with nothing bad in it.

    The first day of trying to lose those pounds, I mixed a packet SlimQuick with a bottle of water and drank it with breakfast and lunch. I noticed that day that I did not feel like snacking between meals and I felt like I had more energy when I went out for my morning walk. I also felt less stressed and was able to get some work done. I will continue to use SlimQuick along with eating healthy and going for daily walks until I finish up the box of 26 packets. I will let you know how my weight loss goes, maybe I might lose more than 5 pounds as I want to lose 10 pounds.

You can find out more about SlimQuick Pure at the below link. The second link contains a $5.00 off coupon that you can print and take to the store to help you get started with your weight loss.

                             Website http://www.MySLIMQUICK.com

                   $5.00 off coupon link  http://www.myslimquick.com/5-off-july-blog/

          You can find SlimQuick Pure Extra Strength Mixed Berry Drink Mix at these stores

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

SweetLeaf® Water Drops™ Makes Water More Exciting

   Summer is here and that means that I have to drink more water. I know water is the best way to hydrate your body but I get tired of plain old boring water. I just want something to drink with flavor but the problem is most drinks are loaded with sugar or if they are sugar-free then they are loaded with chemicals. I find it hard to drink enough water and sometimes have to force myself to drink water. So how I am going to keep hydrated when I get tired of drinking plain water?

   I have found new natural fruit flavored water enhancer that is convenient, sugar-free and gluten-free. These drops also have no artificial ingredients in them. I love that I can add flavor to my water with a natural product that gets it sweetness from Stevia, a natural sweetener. The SweetLeaf® Water Drops™ come in a small bottle that fits in your pocket or purse. A couple of squirts gives your water a great taste and helps you drink more water. I did not find any bitterness or aftertaste when I placed the drops in my water.

  These zero calories, zero carbs, and non-glycemic water drops come in 4 wonderful naturally fruit-flavored blends. As  mom, I love that the drops are clear which means no artificial colors or dyes to stain my kids clothes.  My favorite flavor is the Peach Mango and my boys love the Strawberry Kiwi. The Raspberry lemonade and Lemon Lime make my water taste good too. So whether you are watching your weight, avoiding sugar or diabetic these drops are the awesome way to flavor your water so you will want to drink more water.

  My boys and I love taking these fruit flavored water drops with us when we go to the park. I find that my boys will drink more water when the water has flavor in it. When it is hot out I don’t want my boys getting dehydrated so I just let them squirt these yummy drops into their water bottles. My boys then guzzle down their bottle of water.

Check out the SweetLeaf® Water Drops™ website for more information on these yummy water drops. While you are there you can find out where to buy SweetLeaf® Water Drops™. 

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product."

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