>U Mom Knows Best: August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time To Stock Up At Smith's Case Lot Sale- My Top Ten Deals

I get excited when Smiths has their case lot sales.

I love saving money!
 One of the best places to save money is your grocery bill. A Smith's Case Lot Sale is a great way to stock up on items that your family regularly uses and you can save a lot of money. You might have to pay more ( buying more items) when you buy items by the case but, in the long run, the savings add up as you don't have to buy that item for a while at regular price. Another advantage of buying items by the case is you have plenty of the food your family likes in your pantry and you don't have to run to the store which results in you buying unnecessary items. The savings might be only 25-50 cents per item but when you are buy 12 items that will add up to $3.00 to $6.00 per case. If you are buy ten different items that will add up to $60.00. I know what you are thinking,"but I don't need 12 cans of soup." Time to change that thinking and save money. Those 12 cans of soup will be fine to eat for at least a year and will probably be eaten in about a month. Let me show you what ten items I will be buying from this case lot sale and show you how much money I will be saving by buying in bulk. I will be quoting average prices when showing my savings, take in mind that I normally buy things on sale so your savings might be even better. These ads are also for the Smiths stores in New Mexico.

Item #1  Kroger peanut butter  This is a favorite item in my house. My boys can consume a jar or more of peanut butter a week so 12 jars will be used in less than 3 months. I normally pay $1.99 a jar for Kroger peanut butter so $1.00 a jar is a great deal. I will be saving $11.88 by purchasing a case.

Item #2 Ragu Pasta Sauce  My teen loves making pasta for dinner and this sauce is great to use on pizza so we use 1-2 jars a week. So 12 jars will be used up in less than 3 months. I normally pay $1.99 a jar for Ragu Pasta sauce so $1.00 a jar is a great deal. I will be saving $11.88 by purchasing a case.

Item #3 Macachun Ramen Noodles  There are 24 packages in this case and 4 people will be eating these. So these will go quickly as my boys love these for snacks and quick meals. I normally pay .20 for one so I will save $1.20 a case but I will buy two of these so my savings are $2.40.

Item #4 Campbells Chunky soup  Winter is coming and soup is a favorite easy meal to make. These are also great for lunches. My family uses 2-3 cans a meal so 12 cans will be gone in less than a month. I normally pay $1.99 a can for  Campbells Chunky soup so $1.00 a jar is a great deal. I will be saving $11.88 by purchasing a case.

Item #5 Tillamook Cheese  We go through a lot of cheese in our house. These 5-pound packs of shredded cheese can be frozen for up to a year or more. I normally pay $3.50 or more for a pound of cheese and these are priced at $2.59 a pound so that is a savings of $4.51. I will be buying five of these so I will be saving $22.55

Item #6 Libby's Vegetables  We use a can of veggies a night and these are great to add to soups so 12 cans will be used up in less than a month. I usually pay $1.00 a can so that is $6.00 in savings. I will be buying 2 cases,one corn, and one green bean so $12.00 savings.

Item #7 Simple Truth Organic Beans  I like to have these on hand for making hummus and chili. I usually buy non-organic at $1.29 a can so the savings are $4.80 a case.

Item #8 Kroger Can Fruit  My boys love can fruit for breakfast so 12 cans will be used up in less than a month. I regularly pay $1.19 a can and I will be buying 2 cases so savings are $4.80 a case.

Item #9 Bumble Bee Tuna  My husband packs a lunch for work and uses a can a day so 48 cans will be in 3 months or so. I will be saving $.30 a can so are $14.40 a case.

Item #10 Hormel Chili  I don't normally buy this item so I don't know the savings but I am assuming $.50 a can so savings of $6.00 a case. I am buying these for my boy's Cub Scout food drive.

  So now I will add up all my savings to see how much I will be saving by buying in bulk. I will be saving $102.59! I am amazed at the savings. You can save some significant money by buying in bulk at the Smith's Case Lot Sale. So get to Smith's and stock up your pantry. This sale is also a great time to buy food for all the holiday food drives or your local food pantry. This sale starts today (August 31, 2016)  and runs for two weeks (9/13/16) so that gives you plenty of time to head to Smith's for groceries. You do have to purchase a full case to get the great savings. If you don't need a full case consider splitting a case with a friend or donating some of it to a food pantry. Keep in mind the above prices and ads are for the Smith's stores in New Mexico but check out the Smith's website to see if your local Smith's is having a case lot sale.


                   What items will you be stocking up on at the Smith's Case Lot Sale?

"These opinions are my own and I will be compensated with a Smith's gift card."

Monday, August 29, 2016

Making Lunch With Welch's Fruit Snacks Can Help Fight Child Hunger

 A simple lunch can help fight hunger.

   When you take the time to pack a lunch with delicious Welch's Fruit Snacks you are helping fight child hunger. It is cool to know that your purchase of Welch's Fruit snacks can help children. This back-to-school season, Welch's has partnered with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization. From now through October 2016 Welch's fruit Snacks has committed to provide 1 million meals to children in need.

I know my children, especially the teenager, loves the taste of Welch's Fruit Snacks. They are made with real fruit and provides 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. I want to help fight hunger so I will give my children this delicious treat in their lunch box. So I will be stocking up on fruit snacks for my boy's lunches. Can Welch's count on you to help fight hunger across the country? 

What flavor of Welch's Fruit Snacks will be in your child's lunchbox?

You can even print a coupon to save $0.50 on your next purchase of Welch's Fruit Snacks Just click on the above link for more information.

"These opinions are my own and I received samples of Welch's Fruit Snacks to facilitate this post."

Boost Your Memory With A Delicious Purple Smoothie

Could your memory use a boost? This purple smoothie promotes healthy aging and memory.

   As people age they worry about their memory and developing dementia and other memory diseases. I discovered a wonder purple product that will boost your memory, promote healthy aging and maybe prevent memory loss. I say maybe because doctors are still trying to figure out what causes dementia but they all agree that a healthy diet may prevent it. A healthy diet that contains plenty of natural plant pigments called Anthocyanins may also play a role in preventing cognitive (memory) decline. Did you know that Anthocyanins are plentiful in purple fruits and veggies? Maybe that is why the Alzheimer support group chose the color purple to represent love ones who suffer this devastating disease. So it simply is a good idea to eat lots of purple fruits and veggies in my opinion. I discovered a delicious way to get lots of purple fruits and veggies into my diet. I just make a make a smoothie that contains 12 different fruits and vegetables. Now I know what you are probably thinking. What combination of 12 fruits and vegetables are in this smoothie and how big is this smoothie? Try making a list to see how many you can think of.

   The secret to my memory booster smoothie is a fresh dried purple powder made by Blendfresh. This purple powder is made from 12 fruits and vegetables, that are a pretty shade of purple, and nothing else. So when you use a scoop of this powder in your smoothie, you are getting an awesome amount of Anthocyanins into your body which can help the body in all these different ways.
                                                     Promotes a healthy heart
                             Assists in the protection from colds and urinary tract infections
                                             Can help in protecting cells from damage
                                        Helps with healthy aging, keeps memory strong
                                                      Aids in reducing stress

Here are all the fruits and vegetables in this healthy 12 Purple Fruits & Veggies powder. How many of them were on your list?
                                                      Passion Fruit
                                                      Black Raspberry
                                                      Black Currant
                                                      Purple Carrot
                                                      Concord Grape
                                                      Purple Cabbage
                                                      Purple Beet

   So how does Blendfresh make this nutritious purple powder so that it contains so many nutrients? They prepare it at low temperatures to keep the active nutrients alive and also the ingredients are all organic too. It only takes 1 scoop(0.4oz) to get all the nutrition like vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C and iron. This powder can be mixed and sprinkle into many foods like yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal for a great nutrition boost. It is a great way to get fruits and vegetables into your kid's diets. Blendfresh makes three other fruits and veggie powders- red, orange, and green along with protein powder. Go check them out and see how you can get some awesome nutrition into your body.


                                         Purple Memory Booster Smoothie
                              1 cup water
                                             1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
                                             1 scoop 12 Purple Fruits & Veggies
                                             1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
         Combine all ingredients in a blender and process for a minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

               "These opinions are my own and I received s sample of 12 Purple Fruits & Veggies to facilitate this post."




Sunday, August 28, 2016

$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Event! A big, fun event, brought to you by a lot of great bloggers!

Would you like to win money to Walmart? What would you buy if you won?

And an extra thanks, to the great co-hosts: Animal Bliss, Cha Ching Queen, and Deliciously Savvy.

This is a great prize, to help with anything you need, from back to school, and more!

Good luck everyone!

The Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card! Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 9/20/2016. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:

 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts August 29th, 2016, and will end on September 20th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Playmobil Travel Carry Case Giveaway

playmobil Carry Case Travel Package Giveaway

How fun are these playsets! Your kids will enjoy playing with theses Playmobile sets when they are on the go.

Sponsor: playmobil

Prize: Carry Case Travel Package, which includes four different Carry Cases (Vet Visit Carry Case, Soccer Shootout Carry Case, Fashion Boutique Carry Case and Police Carry Case), valued at $45.00
Care for all the animals with the Vet Visit Carry Case. This easy, take-along case has everything kids need to tend to sick pets and help them heal. Set includes one figure, two dogs, one cat, exam table with lamp, stethoscope, medical tools, feeding bottles, medicine, bandages, and tons of other accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!
Set sail for a swashbuckling adventure with the Pirate Raft Carry Case. This easy, take-along case jam-packed and ready for young buccaneers! Set includes one pirate figure, log raft with functioning cannon, barrel, sword, monkey, and lots of additional accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time!

Create a chic outfit with the Fashion Boutique Carry Case. Enclosed in an easy, take-along case, this boutique has trendy clothing that can be used to dress up the skilled fashion designer. Set includes one adult figure, clothing mannequins, interchangeable dresses, purse, design and sewing tools, and other accessories. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! .
Embark on rescue missions wherever you go with the Police Carry Case. This easy, take-along case allows kids to help out the police as they race to the rescue. Just jump on the police motorcycle to race downtown to the scene. When playtime is over, simply store the pieces inside the case for next time! Set includes one police figure, motorcycle, helmet, police sign, flashlight, and additional accessories.
Dates: 8/27-9/10
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!


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Huge Melitta Coffee #Giveaway

Melitta Coffee Giveaway

I love coffee and this giveaway will satisfy your coffee cravings. I love all the coffee that you can win!

Sponsor: Melitta Coffee

Prize: 3 Bags of Melitta Gound Coffee and 3 Boxes of Single Server Cups Plus a Box of Filters RV $50
Dates: 8/27-9/10
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!


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Does Waxing Your Legs Hurt?

I tried waxing for the first time

                                I received samples to facilitate this post

  I had never waxed my legs before but I had heard a lot of good things about leg waxing so I decided to give an at home waxing a try. I wanted to experience the silky smooth skin on my legs and not have to shave for eight weeks. My husband would be thrilled to have my smooth sexy legs next to him too. I did my research on leg waxing and decided to use all-natural sugar wax kit. The kit I choose came with everything that I needed to wax my legs and I liked that it was water soluble. That way if I chicken out during the process, I could just wash the wax off my legs without a mess. After I selected the wax kit that I was going to use, I had to let my leg hair grow. I was just fine with that as I hated shaving. Thankfully, my leg hair is blonde and unnoticeable. I am one of those lucky girls that can shave once every two weeks. I do shave about once a week as I (and my husband too) like smooth legs. It took about three weeks for my leg hair to grow long enough to wax. My husband was anxious for me to try the wax kit on my legs as he enjoys my smooth legs.

Tips to make waxing less painful

  Since this was my first time waxing, I did plenty of research about the best technique and ways to minimize the pain. My thinking was I could handle a little bit of pain for the reward of not shaving for 8 weeks. Through my research, I learned some tips to make at home waxing easier and hopefully pain-free.

             1.  About 30 minutes prior to a wax, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
             2.  Use an exfoliating scrub on the areas you’ll be waxing.
             3.  Let your hair grow to one-quarter of an inch before waxing.
             4.  Never get waxed right before or during your period. (you are more sensitive then.)
             5.  Wash your legs with warm water before waxing to remove any oils.
             6. A light sprinkling of talc powder on the legs will help the wax remove the hair better.
             7. Holding skin taut with one hand while removing the strip helps too.
             8. Soothe skin after waxing with an aloe based lotion or gel that was stored in the fridge.

All natural ingredients

  So now that I had all these helpful hints, I was ready to start the waxing process. I took the lid off the BodyHonee’s all-natural Sugar Wax and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The wax looked like honey, it looked delicious. No, I did not eat any but if I did, I would be OK as it was made with pure cane sugar, sea salt, and lemon juice. While the wax was heating up, I laid out my hair removal paper strips that came with the kit. Once the wax was heated up, I stirred it with the wooden spatula and applied a thin layer of sugar wax to my leg. I am glad I decided to do my waxing in the bathroom as it was a little bit messy. I then applied the paper strip to my leg and quickly removed it. I was amazed that the hair came out with just a little bit of pain. I then applied the Post Wax Oil to my legs. The oil soothed away the pain and inflammation that comes with pulling hair out of your legs. This was not as painful I as thought it would be. The key is to pull the strips up fast like pulling a bandage off.

The key is to pull the strips up fast like pulling a bandage off

  I like that BodyHonee sells different types of wax kits according to the type of hair your legs have. My legs have fine hair so the all-natural Sugar Wax was perfect for me. The extra strength hair removal kit might be better for my underarm hairs. There is also a video on their website and FAQs which helped me learn how to wax my legs. I think the best part of waxing is the silky smooth legs that I will have for up to eight weeks.

Silky smooth legs

                   Have you done an at home waxing before? 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Teenager Back To School Must Haves For Great Looking Hair

 The kids went back to school today!

     The first day back to school is always an exciting day for my younger boys. The teen, on the other hand, was not as excited to be going back to school. He just does not get excited about new shoes and school supplies like the younger boys do. This morning he complained that he had to get up early and wanted more sleep. He grabbed a smoothie and ran out the door. He did stop for a moment so I could take a picture of his back to school photo. Back to school for teens can be stressful as that means having homework and less free time. Teens also worry about how they look and want to make a good impression. For my teen, it is all about having new shoes and new clothes for that first day. It is also about having nice hair and smelling good for the girls.

  My son likes hair care products that have a nice scent to them. His favorite right now is Pert Plus 2in1 Classic Clean (at drugstores nationwide.) He likes the scent as it is not "girly" scented and that it is a one-step product. He can get in and out of the shower faster every night with Pert Plus. This product combines both shampoo and conditioner to get his hair clean and shiny so it looks nice for school. 

  I remember when my daughter was in high school and how much time she spent on her hair. She is now married and a teacher herself. She did not have the option of a get-up and go morning like my son has. Her longer hair required much more time to look nice. That meant getting up in the morning to take a shower and then having to blow dry it. The blow dryer, although necessary, would leave her hair dry and damaged. She would have loved using the Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Collection (sold at Target) on her busy school mornings.  This lightly scented shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment are perfect for replenishing moisture-deprived hair. They are formulated with a blend of avocado and olive oil to instantly transform dry damaged hair into soft, healthy-looking, more manageable hair. Teen-aged girls will love how their hair looks after using Infusium23. The 23 stands for a complex that is enriched with provitamins, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids.

    Teenage girls will also appreciate having a hair dryer that quickly dries their hair to get them out the door faster on school days. The Hot Tools® Turbo IONIC® Dryer (sold at Ulta) is small, lightweight, and powerful to help them dry their hair fast. Moms will like how quiet it is so they can sleep in while their daughters are using it. The PRO-MOISTURE SYSTEM™ with ION TECHNOLOGY® is supplemented with Tourmaline to deliver a hydrating “spa treatment” for their hair — while fighting frizz and locking in moisture for supremely soft, manageable hair. Girls will love the bright neon orange color, it might just brighten their morning.

Do you have teens who are heading back to school?
 Is looking good important to them?

Enjoy your kids while they are young and don't care about how they look. I just had to include the younger ones back to school photo. They are so excited to be going to school!

"These opinions are my own and I received the above-mentioned products to facilitate this post."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Phi Naturals Vitamin Giveaway! 3 Winners / 3 Prize Packs! A $269+ TRV!

Phi Naturals Vitamin Giveaway! 3 Winners / 3 Prize Packs! A $269+ TRV!

Sponsored By: Phi Naturals

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Phi Naturals is a health & beauty company founded by two doctors, Dr. Rick Argall and Dr. France Carpentier, who have a combined experience of over 70 years in healthcare. Since founding the company, the doctors have had a focus on product quality and providing an excellent customer experience. All of Phi Natural's products are formulated by the doctors with the assistance of chemists, herbalists, and nutritionists. All products are proudly made in the USA at an FDA-registered lab. This prize pack is perfect for me as I love the benefits of collagen.

** 3 Winners **

All winners will receive the following prize pack:   Collagen Complete Powder  - $49.99 Natural Sleep Aid - $19.95 Vitamin D-3 - $19.95 A prize package worth $89.89! x 3 winners = $269.67 TRV!

Open To US & Canada entries - Must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 8/20 12:00 AM EST through 9/3 11:59 PM EST Good Luck!

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received nominal monetary compensation to host this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a new winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Event

Hey bloggers! Here is a fun new blogger opportunity (Hosted by Lil' Blog and More)
 This will be a fun event, that will have a huge turn out, so be sure to join in (There are lots of options available!)
Prize for the event: A $100 Walmart Gift Card!

Actual Giveaway Dates: 8/29 - 9/20.

This is a great way to gain a lot more followers on your social media channels! There are completely FREE options, sharing options (for additional entries on the form.) and paid options, available! 

Last day to sign up for this event: 8/27
You can sign up for this event HERE

Netflix's Newest Series For Kids- Bottersnikes & Gumbles Will Be Released On August 19th!

  “This review was made possible by iConnect and Bottersnikes & Gumbles.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine."

 The Bottersnikes & Gumbles are coming to a TV near you! This Friday, August 19th Netflix is releasing a new series for kids ages 6-9 years old! While it is geared for boys and girls ages 6-9, grownups will enjoy the show too. This delightful, yet funny show is based on a beloved series of children's books that were published in the UK and Australia between 1967 and 1989. Until now, this children's show was only available in Australia and the UK. Netflix has now made the "Bottersnikes & Gumbles" series available to all subscribers. The show has these unique characters who live in a fantasy kingdom of rusting junk and abandoned things from the human world.

So what are Bottersnikes & Gumbles? 

The Gumbles are the good guys....mostly..... while the Bottersnikes are the bad guys.  The Bottersnikes are pictured on the left and the Gumbles on the right. If my boys were to write a story, I think the characters would be very similar to these pictures. 

My boys and I just love the descriptions of these "creatures" along with their names. 

 # The Gumbles are Tink, Willi, Bounce, Happi, Merry, Float, Jolli and Toot
 # Gumbles live on The Junk Highway in a Gumble Tree with an old school bus on it
They are fun loving, resourceful thrill seekers who can squash and stretch into any direction
 # Gumbles like gumbling around which is an extreme and exciting cross between parkour, free climbing and base jumping 
#Their favorite snack is grubs

 # The Bottersnikes are The King, Chank, Weathersnike, Gubbo, Smiggles, Glob and Snorg 
# Bottersnikes live in Snike Hill and are ruled by The King Bottersnike 
# They’re mean spirited, selfish, lazy, stinky, mostly evil creatures
# They’re half the size of a human adult, with hard scaly skin, sharp teeth, claws and ears that glow red hot when they get angry, which is most of the time
# Bottersnikes eat junk, rusty nails, but their favorite food is mattress stuffing
# The Bottersnikes are afraid of water because they shrink when they get wet

  My boys and I were able to preview a couple of episodes of the Bottersnikes & Gumbles series and found them to be funny. I just loved seeing how the Gumbles transformed a junkyard into a fun place to live. They have the coolest treehouse and moat. The Gumbles love to create things with the items they find in the junkyard. The Bottersnikes on the other hand, are too lazy to create a nice place for themselves so their side of the junkyard looks nasty and smelly.

Yes, this does sound like a silly, crazy show but your kids will love it! You just have to watch it to understand. Click on the below links to learn more and to watch the show.

                  Click here to watch the show on Netflix: http://nflx.it/29XNlKL

        Check out the "Bottersnikes & Gumbles" website: www.bottersnikes.com

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Mellanni Luxury Linens Giveaway! Three Winners!

Enter for a chance to be one of three winners of this Mellanni Luxury Linens Giveaway!

Mellanni Luxury Linens Giveaway ends 9-19

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About the prize

Mellanni Fine Linens are silky soft, stain resistant, 100% microfiber, hypoallergenic and so much more! At Hints and Tips Blog we love these sheets. I can honestly say they are so soft that I sleep better. My granddaughter has spilled stuff on them many times and I don't have to get upset, I just wipe off the mess. The other thing we like about these sheets is that they actually stay on the bed! No more getting frustrated because one of the corners popped off. And Mellanni has been so generous to allow us to host a giveaway with 3 winners!
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*Hints and Tips Blog received free sheets for hosting this giveaway. Thank you for participating.
Disclaimer: None of the blogs that posted this giveaway are responsible for issuing the prizes. The sponsor listed above will be awarding the prize(s) to the winner(s). None of the social media platforms are affiliated with this giveaway in any way. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway like this, email pr@hintsandtipsblog.com and I will respond within 48 hours. It isn't too early to start thinking about Christmas Gift Guides and Giveaways!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Probiotics Are A Tennagers/Everyones Best Friend

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  I have known about probiotics for quite some time but only in the last year have I been experiencing the benefits. I use to think that the only way to get my probiotics was through yogurt, but I have since learned there are other ways like through a supplement. I have also learned that  probiotic supplements can give me way more probiotics and different types of strains. These different strains and increased numbers of the probiotics can do so much more, health wise, to my body than yogurt can do. Now there is nothing wrong with yogurt as it is a great source of protein, calcium, and some probiotics. You would just have to eat a lot of yogurt to get the same benefits that a probiotic supplement offers. I personally would rather take 1-2 easy to swallow capsules filled with 34.5 billion CFU's ( the probiotics) than probably over a gallon or more of yogurt.

  Last year when I started taking probiotic supplements it was for my gut health. Probiotics are the good guys that fight the bad guys and that brings balance to your gut which for me was a happy tummy that no longer had gas or slowness in the bathroom. I later learned that probiotics are great for the immune system so I started my younger boys on a probiotic supplement. My younger boys no longer complained of stomach aches and they did not get sick last winter. I did some further research of probiotics and read that they could help with gingivitis. My husband had almost all his teeth removed 2 years ago but was still having bacterial issues in his mouth. So I convince my husband to take a daily probiotic supplement and months later he had a good dental check up and his bacterial issues were improving. My latest research on probiotics is related to skin issues like acne and eczema. I read that probiotics can help clear up skin problems as our gut health can affect our skin. Makes perfect sense to me, it is amazing that a simple supplement filled with good bacteria can do so much.

   Now I am working on my teenager to take a daily probiotic to see if it can help clear up his acne. My teenager is frustrated that his acne cream no longer helps with those zits on his face. I gave my teen a bottle of Dr. Formulas Nexabiotic, as this one contains 23 probiotic strains, to see if it could help with his skin. My thinking is more of the "good guys" would help get his skin looking better as it helps restore his digestive balance. I like that these delayed-released capsules are designed to survive the harsh stomach acid and make it into the gut  I realize it could take 2 to 6 weeks of a daily probiotic supplement to see improvement in his skin. I am very hopeful that this probiotic supplement is going to help my teens acne as my friend just told me about how probiotics helped her son with his eczema. Her son has been taking a probiotic supplement for two weeks and his eczema is beginning to clear up.

  I want to show you before and after photos of my teen's face but he won't let me take any pictures of his face. I am just happy that my teen is willing to give probiotics a try. I will let you know later after he takes them for a while if they helped with his acne. I love how probiotics are good for all ages. Provita Labs even makes supplements for kids and babies. Visit the below link to find out more about probiotic supplements and how they work

Do you take a daily probiotic supplement? If so how has it help you?

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Sugar Bowl Bakery Frosted Brownie Bites

Turn boring brownies into a fun dessert.

  How many times are you invited to a party and need to bring a dessert? You want to bring something that will wow everyone but don't have time to make anything. So you go to the store and grab something from the bakery. You then get to the party and place the store bought item on the table and hope no one sees what you brought. Well, I am going to help you change that with an easy dessert that looks homemade and tastes delicious. The best part is it is made with three store-bought items and so easy to make. All you need to make these delicious frosted brownie bites are a can of frosting, sprinkles and a container of yummy Sugar Bowl Brownie Bites.  You can find these bite-size pieces of chocolate heaven at many stores like Costco, SaveMart, Walgreens, and more.

These bite -size brownies are delicious out of the box and taste even better warmed up. They also taste great with ice cream or a tall glass of milk. I love that they are organic and non-GMO verified. They are the perfect start for great desserts like my frosted brownie bites. Just pipe any flavor frosting on the brownie bite and add sprinkles. You then have a fancy dessert to bring to that next party. I used orange cream frosting on mine for a delicious summer dessert. You could use other things besides sprinkles like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows or even fresh fruit. How tasty would vanilla frosting and a strawberry slice be. Make this dessert even more chocolatey with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips. So here is what the package looks like.  Now pick up a container of these rich delicious brownie bites and get to creating an easy dessert that will wow your friends.


"These opinions are my own and I received samples of Sugar Bowl Bakery Brownie Bites"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Be Diligent With Sun Protection! Use Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30

Repair the past, protect the future.

   I love summer as it means I can be outside more. Summer means more time to play at the park, ride bikes, go swimming, and so much more. The warm weather just calls me outside. The longer days allows for more fun outdoors. Summer also means I have to be diligent with sun protection. I don't want those harmful rays to hurt my skin and worse yet cause wrinkles on my face. So I make sure to wear sunscreen when I go outdoors. I don't know about you but I hate applying sunscreen as it is time-consuming and takes time away from my fun. So I combine sunscreen with my daily moisturizer and make it a habit to put it on first thing in the morning. I like double duty products. I also like when my favorite moisturizer combines SPF 30 with anti-aging ingredients.

    I now can use my favorite StriVectin moisturizer in the morning and protect my skin from the sun as well as repair past sun damage! StriVectin makes things easy for me with their Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30. This moisturizer has a wrinkle fighter, moisturizer, and SPF all in one! That means I only have to apply one product to my face and get wonderful benefits of sun protection and wrinkle repair at the same time. That is a win-win for me! This lotion hydrates my skin and is not heavy like typical sunscreens and my makeup goes on easily over it. StriVectin added my favorite NIA-114 anti-aging ingredient along with a bunch of other ingredients to make this my favorite morning product. Just look at the wonderful ingredients in this

                                        Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30

           ++ Patented NIA-114 technology   reinvigorates skin surface, strengthens and nourishes the moisture barrier,                            and inhibits the impact of environmental aggressors.

           ++  Deep Sea Microorganisms  heat-stable antioxidants derived from biotechnology to help stimulate the product                   of surface lipids within the skin.

          ++ Clove Flower and Algae Extracts  extremely potent antioxidants 

          ++   Osmotic Hydration Molecules  help stabilize water levels in the skin while improving water holding capacity

   So now this wonderful skincare product helps me enjoy summer even more. I now protect my skin and repair it at the same time. I can now enjoy incredible views like this and enjoy my summer.

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"These opinions are my own and I received a sample of Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30."
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