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Thursday, November 15, 2018

PonyCycle Is The Toy You Wished For As A Kid

I wish they made an adult version of this cute pony.


  I received a PonyCycle in exchange for this post.

  When you were a kid did you wish for a pony? I know there was many Christmas's that I asked Santa for a pony but I was always disappointed when I never received my pony. Now you can be that awesome parent and give your kid the next best thing to a pony. The best part is this ride-on pony needs no food and never makes a mess. Kids will jump for joy when they discover the PonyCycle under the Christmas tree this year.

Grandma got Abby a pony!

 This grandma decided to get a PonyCycle for her first grandchild, even though she does not move yet, as this simulation animal toy is so adorable. The cute pony will look so darn cute in her bedroom. The pony arrived when my daughter and baby were visiting last week. My daughter was so excited about the PonyCycle, that she had to post about it on the family photo page. The baby was happy to look at the cute pony and she thought it was so soft.


The best toddler Christmas gift!


 My granddaughter will be seeing this pretty pony under the Christmas tree. Isn't great that she won't remember this photo that grandma took? It is so fun to shop for baby's first Christmas. You can take them with you to the store and not have to hide the presents in the cart.

My boys were super jealous!



 My older boys were super jealous that they did not get a pony. They are 10 and 11 so I know they would rather have dart blasters for a Holiday present instead of a ride-on-toy. My boys just had to try the soft plush ride-on horse and that was ok as this pony is very durable. The small horse that we received can support up to 55 pounds and the larger PonyCycle can support kids up to 88 pounds. Since my one son is short for his age and weighs only 50 pounds, I enlisted his help to show you how fun this toy is.

No batteries needed!



The PonyCycle runs on kid power and needs no batteries. Kids just use their legs to make the pony go. This ride-on has wheels that move when kids place their feet on the peddles. It gives children great exercise as well as sparking their imagination. Kids will have some great adventures as they ride the PonyCycle. This toy that will be on every kid's list also exercises their balance and coordination skills.

Don't worry if there is snow on the ground on Christmas

 Do you remember as a child, receiving a bike for a Christmas present and not being able to ride it as there was snow on the ground? The PonyCycle can be used both indoors and outside. Think of all that great exercise the kids will get in the cold winter. This is truly a toy that will get plenty of use. I like that it is not heavy and I can pack it up it the car to bring to the park.



PonyCycle has been flying under the radar since 1995 when the director invented a mechanical horse for his grandson, and they have been rapidly growing their US presence since 2008. All products are environmentally friendly and made with high-grade fabric and sewing finish, making the toys soft and comfortable to ride on or play with. They can be found in 89 countries.

PonyCycle toy is an adorable, child-sized ride on toy pony which relies on child power to move. 
 The ride on toy comes in two sizes and is made for kids ages 3-9. Your little one will feel like riding a real pony, as a natural riding motion is required to get Pony moving. So let this be the year that your child gets the pony he/she wished for. Watch my video below to see it in action and then head over to PonyCycle to see their awesome video.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Cafe Joe USA Makes A Great Cup Of Joe

Are you a coffee drinker or a coffee lover?


       I received plenty of delicious coffee from Cafe Joe to facilitate this post.

  Most people are coffee drinkers as they feel they need a cup of coffee to start their day. They flock to those places that sell over-priced cups of coffee and order the same coffee day after day. A coffee lover drinks coffee for the taste and is always trying new kinds of coffee. Some coffee lovers may have their coffee as a delightful way to start their day or wait until mid-morning to enjoy their coffee and savor every sip. Coffee lovers may also make their coffee at home. Coffee lovers may also love to try different varieties of coffee as well as have several coffee makers in their house. For me, coffee isn't just a drink-it's a lifestyle and a daily ritual.

The above paragraph is based on my opinion and may or may fit everyone who drinks coffee.


Love the crema on this coffee!


Savor every sip

  I know that I am a coffee lover and I have 6 different coffee makers in my house. Why so many coffee makers? Well, each coffee maker has a different use as I make my cup of coffee to suit my taste and mood for the day. In reality, two of the coffee makers are not used by me. One has a timer that my husband uses and the other is used by the teen to make a quick cup of coffee. Each of my coffee makers creates a different taste to my coffee and I tend to use one for a while and then switch to another when I want a different coffee drink. I know that each coffee maker adds a different taste to my coffee. I am always checking out different coffee makers as I love seeing how they can make my cup of coffee into a differently enjoyable taste sensation. When the weather was hot, I was using my cold brew coffee maker as it makes a great cold latte. On weekends, I will use my espresso coffee maker on the weekends as it requires more time to make a cup of coffee. When I am tired or pressed for time, I will use my pour-over coffee maker but the coffee maker that is my favorite one right now is my coffee maker that uses Nespresso capsules. This coffee maker makes a great cup of coffee that is so rich and full of flavor.

So many choices for my delicious cup of Joe 



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  Why am I loving my coffee maker that uses those cute little Nespresso capsules? Well, it has to do with some amazing premium Kosher coffee from Israel. Cafe Joe USA knows how to make coffee for coffee lovers. They make their coffee in small batches and utilizes the best coffee technology. They place their rich coffee into these airtight "EVO" coffee capsules to ensure maximum freshness so I get a cup of joe that has a new height of flavor, body, and aroma. The unique coffee capsules also have a tamp dome that gives my cup of coffee a robust crema and provides a rich and fulfilling coffee experience that I am loving. Did I mention how fresh the coffee tastes?

Perfect coffee grounded into colorful capsules



   I am also loving all the different delicious coffee flavors that are in the Cafe Joe USA 10 flavor variety pack. The colorful boxes and capsules just make me smile every time I brew my flavorful cup of coffee. I like that I can have a different coffee flavor experience every day of the week. The boxes have great descriptions of the coffee types and a number rating scale that tells me how bold and dark each coffee grind has. It is simply perfect coffee grounded into colorful capsules that make an awesome cup of coffee.

No Nespresso maker no problem



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  If you don't own a Nespresso coffee machine and want to still experience the great fresh taste of Cafe Joe USA coffee, don't worry as they also make delicious batches of coffee that are available for all coffee makers. Their rich and bold coffee is available in whole bean, k-cups, and even Turkish coffee. The best part is I have a coupon code MOMKNOWSBEST so you can save 15% off your order of some amazing coffee that I think was created just for us coffee lovers.





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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Honey Whole Wheat Bread For School Lunches

This healthy bread is amazing for sandwiches



  My kids are attending a new school this year and this school does not have free breakfast and lunch. So that means that the boys are now eating breakfast at home and packing their lunches. While I am happy that they are now eating more nutritious foods, I am not happy with my grocery bill going up. One of the items that I have been buying way more of is sandwich bread and I am not liking the price of whole wheat bread. My boys love peanut butter sandwiches and are eating them for breakfast and lunch so that means I am buying three loaves a bread a week. I have tried to give them ideas on packing other things in their lunches or eating oatmeal for breakfast but they just want PB & J sandwiches. I am not going to complain as they are packing their own lunches and making their own breakfast. One less job for me is always a good thing. It is also teaching them how to be more independent. I know that they will eat their lunch at school as they packed the items they like to eat. They just have to follow my guidelines when packing their lunch. That means they need to pack fruit, milk, a protein source, and a whole grain. I also let them pack a healthy granola bar, protein bar, or chickpea chips in their lunch box for an afternoon snack.




 I am loving these one latch locking system food containers for my boy's lunches as they are BPA free. They also are freezer, fridge, microwave and dishwasher safe. Thes containers are great for packing their sandwich and fruit.



 I love using honey in my whole wheat bread as it gives the bread a nice sweet flavor. My preferred brand of honey is one that is made from local honey hives. Not only does this honey have a nice flavor but it helps with our allergies as the bees are eating from local plants. This honey is also a favorite in my Cold & Flu Honey Lemon Ginger Tea so I make sure that I have plenty in the pantry for winter.



Love using my bread machine

 I love using my bread machine when making bread as it does all the mixing, kneading, and rising for me. I rarely, if never use the bread machine for baking the bread as my family does not like those weird looking loaves of bread. I also find that the bread machine dries the bread out when I use it for baking. So I always take the dough out of the machine and bake it in the oven in my bread pans. The bread machine is also great for pizza as it makes an awesome pizza dough.




HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
INGREDIENTS   MAKES ONE LOAF
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast

Instructions

1. To make the bread in a bread machine: put all the ingredients bread pan in the order listed. Program the bread machine for dough and press start, as you only want the machine to do the mixing and rising. The bread will be baked in the oven. Skip to step # 4 when the bread is done rising.

2. To make bread by hand: Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

3. Knead the dough until it's smooth and just slightly tacky, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled in volume in a warm spot, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

4. Once your bread is done rising, gently deflate the dough and shape it to fit a greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan. Let it rise, covered, until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

5. Bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 35 minutes, or until a digital thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 190°F. Remove the bread from the oven, remove it from the pan, and cool it on a rack.

Make sure to check out my recipe for

  Everything Spice Protein Bread  

https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/11/everything-spice-protein-bread.html


                   

EVERYTHING SPICE PROTEIN BREAD


I love all the protein, seeds, and spices in this wheat bread.



  I am not usually a bread person but when I do enjoy bread, it has to be homemade and loaded with seeds. Once in a while, I will buy bread at the store if I am craving bread but the kind that I like is very expensive, like $6.00 a loaf. This bread that I enjoy from the store is good because it has protein in it. I like the extra protein in my bread as I don't eat meat and I am trying to strengthen my muscles. So since I do not want to pay $6.00 for a loaf of bread, I decided to make it at home. I have made bread plenty of times but this is the first time that I am experimenting with adding protein powder to my bread. I have used protein powder in many other recipes like chocolate pancakes but never in a bread recipe that uses yeast. So I am not sure how the protein powder will affect the rising of the bread.


 I made the boys Honey Whole Wheat Bread last week so I decided to make a loaf of bread that I would enjoy. When I make bread, I love adding lots of flavor and seeds to it. So I decided to see how an Everything But The Bagel Spice blend would taste. I love this spice blend on bagels and eggs. It is also great on avocados. It really is an amazing spice blend. I like that all my favorite spices are all in an easy to use shaker container.


  This bread is amazing and has great taste. The protein powder gave the bread an amazing shape and texture. I made this bread along with a honey wheat bread on the same day and followed the same recipe, except for adding the protein powder and everything spice. This one rose so much more. The salt and garlic in the bread also give great texture too. I love eating this high protein bread with over easy eggs and a sliced avocado. I just place the eggs and avocado on top of a slice of bread and it is so delicious. I sometimes sprinkle more Everything Spice on top of the eggs! This bread also makes amazing sandwiches too.






Everything spice protein BREAD
INGREDIENTS   MAKES ONE LOAF
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour 
  • 2 scoops plain protein powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 4 tablespoons Everything Spice Blend
  • 1 egg yolk


Instructions

1. To make the bread in a bread machine: put all the ingredients bread pan in the order listed, except the egg yolk. Program the bread machine for dough and press start, as you only want the machine to do the mixing and rising. The bread will be baked in the oven. Skip to step # 4 when the bread is done rising.

2. To make bread by hand: Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, except the egg yolk. If your dough is too dry add more water 1 tablespoon at a time.

3. Knead the dough until it's smooth and just slightly tacky, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise until doubled in volume in a warm spot, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

4. Once your bread is done rising, gently deflate the dough and shape it to fit a greased 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan. Let it rise, covered, until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Beat the egg yolk and brush on top of the bread dough. Sprinkle additional Everything Spice blend on top before baking.

5. Bake the bread in a preheated 375°F oven for 35 minutes, or until a digital thermometer inserted in the center of the loaf reads 190°F. Remove the bread from the oven, remove it from the pan, and cool it on a rack.

Check out my recipe for Honey Whole Wheat Bread 
https://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/11/honey-whole-wheat-bread-for-school.html



Friday, November 9, 2018

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Give Christmas Cookies From A Mix A Great New Taste

Make cookie mixes exciting with your own special touches


I usually don't like baking cookies from mixes but I had some in the pantry that I bought from Christmas sales last year. When I do bake from mixes, I add my own touch to make them taste and look better. I am going to show you how to make new flavors and looks from a couple of cookie mixes by just adding one ingredient. 

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies


The cookie mix that I made into a different taste was a gingerbread cookie mix. The secret ingredient is black pepper. You might be thinking, black pepper in a cookie? Trust me on this one, you have to try it. Just add 1 teaspoon ground black pepper to a gingerbread cookie mix when you mix all the ingredients together. The black pepper brings out the ginger and tastes wonderful.

Rosemary Sugar Cookies


The next cookie mix is a sugar cookie mix. I added 1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary to the sugar cookie mix, if you don't have fresh you can use 1 teaspoon dried. The Rosemary gives a wonderful taste to the sugar cookies. Trust me again, you have to try it.

Chocolate Chip Muffin Trees


This cookie mix was a chocolate chip one. I baked the cookies in mini muffin tins. After making the dough, place 1-inch dough balls into grease mini muffin tins or in papers. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes at the same temperature on the package. Remove the papers after baking. I decorated the cookies with green frosting and Christmas sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Tree


My older son got into the fun too! He took the sugar cookies that I made from the above mix and made a tree using green frosting and sprinkles.

Now you have no excuse not to bake cookies, as it is simple to make great cookies from a mix. 

Do you have any ingredients that you add to cookie mixes that makes them special?




Hen in a Hurry Chef Prepared Meal Box Review

I like getting food delivered to my home


                  I received 4 meals from Hen in a Hurry to facilitate this post.

 Most days my life can get crazy and it is hard to get dinner on the table so we have what is called fend for yourself night. Then there are the nights when I just don't feel like cooking as I am not hungry as I ate a late lunch. So I like having meals that I can pull out of the freezer that makes cooking dinner easy and fast. So when I was asked to try Hen in a Hurry, I was excited. That way I had a couple nights off from cooking. The meal service had an awesome selection of healthy meals to choose from. I liked that these meals were chef-prepared meals and made with clean, sustainably sourced, responsibly raised ingredients from our trusted farmers and purveyors.

No Waste. No Prep. No Preservatives. Just heat and enjoy!

  I liked the sound of heat and eat. It was also great that the meals had no preservatives in them. Unlike other meal subscriptions that I have tried, these meals were ready to eat, no having to prep my food. I was able to select my meals by ingredients and I liked that because of my food allergies. I loved that I was able to choose vegetarian and vegan meals. Hen in a Hurry also had Paleo, gluten-free, and Keto meals. While there were many meals to choose from, I was disappointed that there was only one dairy free, vegan meal and the bad part was that this meal had tofu in it. I have soy and dairy allergies so buying prepared meals can be tough. So I selected meals that I knew that my family would enjoy and some of them had veggies that I could enjoy.

The meals came in a huge cooler

  The meals arrive at my house in a big styrofoam cooler. They were still frozen as the cooler had plenty of dry ice in it. The meals that I selected were

 + Bourbon Braised Pork Belly with Stone Ground Grits
 + Cheddar and Chicken Enchiladas with Creamed Corn
 + Shrimp and Quinoa “Grits” with Buttered Brussels
 + Whole Grain Hash with Tofu with Grilled Green Beans

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  I decide to heat up the Shrimp and Quinoa “Grits” with Buttered Brussels for dinner as I do love shrimp. I thought that I could at least enjoy the shrimp and the Brussel Sprouts. The Butter Brussels were cooked in coconut oil and not butter so that was a plus for me. I liked that the packages listed all the ingredients so I could know which ones had dairy and soy in them. It only took 8 minutes to cook the meals in the microwave. Once they were done, I had to taste. I like that the Brussels were lightly seasoned and not mushy. The shrimp was also delicious.

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  My family is excited to try out the rest of the meals, especially the Bourbon Braised Pork Belly. I will be making this one this weekend when the teenager comes home for fall break. The rest of the meals will be enjoyed later in the week. I will update this post after they eat those meals. My family likes that there are delicious chef-prepared meals in the freezer so they can quickly heat them up for dinner. Hen in a Hurry meal service has a huge selection of meals that can fit almost any diet. For a limited time, you can save money on these delicious meals also. Just click on the below link.

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Check out the unboxing of the meals

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

How to Make Your Bedroom a Better Place for Sleep

  Sleep is so important for one health and well being. I just love these ways that can help you get a better night of sleep so you can wake up feeling refresh and ready to start your day.

 Waking up after a restful sleep will have to you ready to face the day. If you toss and turn then wake up groggy, however, you'll want to crawl back under the covers. You can create a space that's conducive to getting a good night's rest every evening. Try these five ways to make your bedroom a better place for sleep. 

Create a Peaceful Space
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Image via Flickr by fran.trudeau

 When it's time to sleep, the darker the room the better. Sunlight tells your body that it's time to wake up. Turn off all the lights and use dark curtains to block light from the neighbors' house or street lamps. Artificial light can limit your body's melatonin production. This sleep hormone level rises when it's dark and decrease as the sun comes up. 

Banish Electronics
 Sound and light from electronics can stimulate your brain and make it hard to calm your mind and fall asleep. The blue and white light from electronic screens can also stop you from producing melatonin. The ding of your email and text messages may beckon you to stay awake and pick up the phone. Leave the television and computer off and put your cell phone in silent mode.

Clean Your Room
 It's easier to fall asleep in a clean, organized room. Clutter can make you feel anxious since you'll lay in bed worried about cleaning it up. Make sure the air is clean too. Dust often, wash your bed linens weekly and use natural ways to purify the air. Add plants that produce oxygen to your bedroom decor or try a homemade baking soda air freshener.

 Add aromatherapy scents to the room to induce sleep also. Lavender can reduce anxiety, while vanilla is soothing and may lower blood pressure. Jasmine can limit restlessness so you'll experience better quality sleep throughout the evening.

Cool Down
 Your body cools down and produces melatonin as the sun sets to get your body ready for sleep. The best temperature to ensure a restful sleep all night is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The trick is not to make the room too cold since you will have to expend energy to get warm, which can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Find the Perfect Bed
 A comfortable bed is essential for healthy sleep. If the mattress is too soft, you'll sink into it and wake up with aches and pains. You want some support, but if your bed is too hard, you'll put pressure on your lower back, neck, and shoulders. Try to find a happy medium. 

The perfect bed is different for each person. Make sure to test out a new mattress when it's time to replace your old bed. Keep in mind that the age of the mattress matters too. Don't keep a mattress for more than ten years.

Now, your bedroom can be the perfect place to get eight hours of quality sleep. Focus on relaxing before it's time for bed. You'll wake up refreshed and full of the energy you need to have a productive day.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Easy Two Ingredient Everything Bagel Recipe In The Air Fryer

              This homemade bagel recipe is super easy to make!


  My favorite flavor of bagel is the everything kind. I just love the toppings and plenty of them. There are only a couple of places in town to get an everything bagel that satisfies my craving and a store-bought bagel just won't cut it. It has to be fresh out of the oven for me. So when I discovered an easy two ingredient bagel recipe that I could make in the air fryer, I was all in. I knew that I had to make this bagel! This recipe needs no yeast or fancy mixer. You don't even have to use a soda bath! The bagels are mix, form, and bake! You can bake them in the air fryer or the oven. My family loves these bagels! Since I was making bagels, I knew that I had to make my own Homemade Everything Bagel topping.


  If your store does not carry all the spices that are needed to make the Everything Bagel topping or the spices are expensive, then you need to buy this Everything But The Bagel spice blend. If your store does not carry spices in their bulk section then this spice blend is so much cheaper to buy. I love that this product has all the spices combined for me. I buy this spice blend as it is amazing on eggs and avocados. I also use it on fish and in other bread recipes.


So what are the ingredients in these Drool Worthy Bagels?



 All you need are self-rising flour and Greek yogurt! Don't worry if you don't have self-rising flour as you can easily make some with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt per one cup of flour. You also need an egg white to give the bagels a nice shine. These chewy bagels taste great with cream cheese or butter! You can even make a delicious egg sandwich them.

Greek yogurt is loaded with protein so these bagels have lots of protein!


These Everything Bagels are super easy to make!



 You simply combine the flour and Greek yogurt in a bowl. Then you knead it a bit and form them into bagels. You can also make other shapes if you like. Then you bake for 12 minutes in the air fryer or about 25 minutes in the oven. It is that simple! A warm fresh chewy bagel in about 30 minutes is awesome to me.

You can make the dough the night before and cook the bagels while getting ready for the day!



Easy Two Ingredient Everything Bagel Recipe
 Ingredients
1 cup self-rising purpose flour*
1 cup Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky)
1 egg white, beaten
Everything Bagel Spice topping

Directions:
   1. In a medium bowl combine the flour and yogurt, mix with a fork or spatula until well combined (it will look like small crumbles).
2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is no longer sticky. Add more flour if needed.
3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each into a ball. Then roll the ball into a 3/4 inch rope and form that into a circle.
4. Lightly brush the egg white onto the dough and sprinkle the Everything Bagel Seasoning on top. If you want plain bagels, just omit the seasoning.
5. Bake the dough in a preheated air fryer or oven.

Air fryer method
  Preheat the air fryer at 325F degrees for 12 minutes. Spray the air fryer pan with non-stick pan spray. Place 2 bagels at a time in the pan so they are not touching each other. Cook for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting.

Oven Method
Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper or a Silpat on a baking sheet. Place the dough on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting.

*If you don't have self-rising flour, just combine 1 cup of flour with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt.



Check out my recipe for Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning Spice. 


     http://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/03/homemade-everything-bagel-seasoning.html



You will love my easy recipe for Homemade Greek Yogurt.


http://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/03/how-to-make-homemade-greek-yogurt.html


Want to make your own yogurt?

http://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/03/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt-with.html


You can even make pretzels with this incredible two ingredient dough!

http://www.momknowsbest.net/2018/03/easy-two-ingredient-soft-pretzel-recipe.html


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Unique Holiday Gifts For The Fitness Buff

Looking for a unique gift for someone who is a fitness buff?


                  I received samples of the products listed to facilitate this post.

   I am sure you have a friend or family member who is hard to shop for when it comes to a holiday gift. Sometimes your go-to gift does not work for that person, especially if they are into health and fitness. My favorite gifts that I like to give to everyone on my Christmas list is coffee or chocolate and that may not work for someone who is a health buff or trying to lose weight. So as a fitness/runner, I have some great gift ideas for the healthy or those who are trying to get healthy. These are gifts that I as a person who regularly goes to the gym would love to receive under the Christmas tree. These gifts are reasonably priced too so they would make great gifts for the office exchange party or as an awesome white elephant gift. These gifts are also practical gifts that most fitness buffs would say "why did I not think of that?" I am pretty sure these gifts would be great for non-athletic people also So start your holiday shopping early this year so you can be the one who can say "I finished my Christmas shopping months ago!" I swear one day that is going to be me and I am not going to be that person who is shopping on Christmas Eve.

Sweat issues, missing hair ties, no food, forgetting locker combinations and dealing with a dead smartphone battery are all common issues that athletes face while practicing or competing in a sport. This holiday season, gift athletes with solutions to all their problems that they can keep in their gym bag, so they can stop worrying and focus on their game. 

Keep your hat free of sweat stink



  The athlete who wears hats is going to love these Disposable Moisture Wicking Liners. These unique NoSweat liners stick inside any Hat, Visor, Helmet or Hard Hat and keep them from smelling like stinky sweat. These liners stick in seconds and have Patented SweatLock™ Technology in them that absorbs the sweat from that great workout. These liners also keep the sweat from dripping down your face and off your glasses. The liners come in packs of 3, 12, and 25.

Website: https://nosweatco.com/


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Fashion with a purpose



  How many times have you gone to the gym only to discover that you forgot a hair band to put your hair back? Then you try to work out and your hair gets in the way. For me, even though I have shorter hair, I can't enjoy my workout with my hair hanging in my face as it just annoys me. The Busy Girl Bangle the perfect stylish piece of jewelry that even the couch potatoes would enjoy. If she has hair, then she will find this bracelet to be the perfect accessory to wear any day of the week. The pretty bracelet has removable rope chains and hair ties so when you need to put your hair back, you simply remove the hair tie from the bracelet. These gorgeous bangles come in many different colors and styles so they are the perfect accessory!

 Use the code GIFTS and receive 50% off now through Christmas

Website: https://gogirldesign.com/


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Never have a dead battery again



  Everyone has had this frustration way too many times. You pull our your phone or another electronic device only to find that it has a dead battery. For the fitness buff or gym fanatic that can make or break a workout. Not having music when you are working out on the treadmill or other machine is just plain awful. Gift the fitness buff in your life with a portable charger and they will be so happy. The myCharge portable charging device can charge most devices like phones up to 6X. These handy charging stations have built-in USB ports and micro USB cables so one does not have to worry about finding a cable to connect the device to the charger. This unique charging device would be handy for traveling or really almost any day. The charging device is small and lightweight so it can be tossed into a gym bag or even a pocket.

Website: https://mycharge.com/


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Stay safe when running outdoors


 No one likes to think about being attacked while running but it can happen. So being prepared is always a good thing. The Defense Alert Device is a runner's best friend. This multi-tool that includes a powerful flashlight for signaling or lighting your way and has pepper spray in case of an attack. The unique device also has an SOS button on the device that can send a message to emergency contacts so they know your location and can send help. This handheld safety device is very easy to carry run running and allows one to feel safe while running. The Defense Alert Device is there when you need it and gives you a piece of mind. I love that you connect the safety device to your phone so you can send an "I'm in danger" alert to people with a touch of a button. This discreet, sleek design fits in your purse, bag or pocket also and sprays a D.A.D.® Military Strength Sabre Red Pepper Spray at the attacker. It is also water resistant.

Website: https://tigerlight.net/


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Pack a healthy snack



 Packing a healthy snack to enjoy before or after your workout has never been easier. These commercial grade storage containers have an easy slide and lock one latch locking system so food stays put and does not leak all over your gym bag. The containers are great for all kinds of healthy snacks like fresh fruit and more. They are freezer, fridge, microwave and dishwasher safe. They are also BPA free and odor & stain resistant. So these awesome containers are also great for packing a healthy lunch. The containers come in many sizes and are also useful for holiday leftovers.

Website: https://wellslock.com/

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Clean up with intense hydration


 All that fitness makes one sweat and your favorite fitness buff will love these this awesome shampoo set that comes in these unique Mason jars. The Amino Mason hair care products not only leave your hair with intense hydration but comes in these cute jars that can be reused. The hair care products are made with milk, manuka honey, and a proprietary amino acid complex that strengthens and beautifies hair from the inside out. This hair care set will look nice in the shower and I love that the pumps on the jars make it easy to dispense the product.

Website: http://aminomason.com/                                                                            


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                                  Guilt-Free Water w/ Scented Ring


 Enhance the experience of drinking water with only the scent of all-natural oils infused in a ring around the neck of the bottle. This simple addition channels the flavor experience through your sense of smell, avoiding the need for artificial sweeteners or additives making it guilt-free! Szent comes five awesome flavors and is amazing water. The scented ring really made the water taste like the flavor that was on the bottle. When I smelled the scented ring of the bottle, it truly tasted of pineapple. I loved that I was drinking pure water with nothing added to it and it had zero calories. These Guilt-Free Waters w/ Scented Rings are so refreshing after a workout at the gym.

Website: https://drinkszent.com/                                                                            



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  The holidays mean decorations, presents, and most of all sweets. While these taste great on the palate, too many treats aren’t great on the waistline. That is where Elemental Seedbars come in! They are a tasty snack or meal replacement without over-indulging with a mouthful of sugar. These delicious bars are packed with nutrition and are dairy-free, gluten-free, and loaded with omegas. You will love the flavors of these raw Superfood Seedbars, my favorite is the dark chocolate and peanut butter. The variety pack contains 12 bars in four flavors and makes a great gift for any fitness lover.

                      Website: https://www.elemental-raw.com/  



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