>U Mom Knows Best: 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Heart Healthy Orange Glazed Carrots Using Baby Carrots

 These lightly sweet glazed carrots sparkle with the sweet flavor of orange. They are delicious and coconut oil makes them a heart-healthy vegetable.


 The new year is a great time to focus on healthy diet changes like eating more vegetables. vegetables are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals as well as plenty of fiber. Eating several servings of vegetables is good for your gut and can also help prevent things like constipation. Whether cooked or raw, eating vegetables are also good for preventing diseases like cancer. Vegetables are loaded with antioxidants which are natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Research has shown that people who eat more vegetables and fruits have lower risks of several diseases.

So how does one eat more veggies when they don't like the taste of most vegetables?

Making changes to your diet and the foods that you eat is not always easy. You are used to eating certain foods and then you realize that they may not be good for your health. So eliminating your favorite foods, like greasy french fries, and replacing them with healthy vegetables can be hard. Fries taste good and carrots may not taste good to you. So my first word of advice with getting used to eating food that is better for your body is not to eliminate your favorite foods but instead add the new healthy foods to your dinner plate. 

 The next part of learning to enjoy eating vegetables is discovering new ways to cook them. Cooking vegetables and adding flavors to them will make the veggies taste better. Raw vegetables are not better for the body when compared to cook vegetables. In fact, cooked vegetables may be easier for your body to digest. It is a matter of preference when it comes to how you eat or prepare your vegetables. Vegetables can be eaten raw, cooked, steamed, or even roasted. My kids like roasted vegetables the best.

Baby carrots are a family favorite vegetable for meals

 Baby carrots are a simple vegetable to start with when introducing vegetables to your meals. I love baby carrots as they are ready to eat. The bite-sized carrots are peeled and washed, so they are ready to eat, straight from the bag. Orange baby carrots also need chopping when using them for recipes. You can simply cook the carrots in water or add the small carrots to your recipes. 



Baby carrots are:

+ Loaded with vitamin A

+ Full of fiber

+ High in antioxidants

+ Low in calories

+ Good for eye health

+ Low in sugar

+ Crunchy

+ Plant-based


A sweet orange glaze adds delicious flavor to cooked carrots

 A simple way to add flavor to cooked vegetables is with a sweet glaze. This sweet orange glaze is added to the carrots after they are cooked and adds a nice sweet orange flavor to the cooked carrots. While most glazed carrot recipes use butter, this recipe uses heart-healthy coconut oil. Coconut oil is a healthy fat and is also rich in antioxidants. Made from fresh coconut meat, coconut oil adds a nice flavor to recipes like cooked carrots and homemade granola. Coconut oil is good for sauteing vegetables and baking. Swapping out your current oil for coconut oil is simple and delicious.

 These orange glazed carrots are healthy and easy to make. They are sweet, tangy, and downright delicious. Even picky eaters get excited about these carrots! Your family will love them and will ask for seconds. 

Recipe Ingredient Notes

+ Carrots: While this recipe calls for baby carrots, you may use whole carrots. Just peel the carrots and cut them into desired small pieces that are similar to baby carrots.

+ Brown sugar: For a different flavor, use maple syrup. To make the recipe lower in sugar, use a brown sugar substitute.

+ Orange Juice: The acidity of the orange juice brings such a bright, refreshing flavor to the glaze on the carrots. 

+ Butter: You may use butter in place of the coconut oil or use vegan butter to make the carrots dairy-free.


Recipe Tips

+ Glazed Carrots can be prepared up to 2 hours before serving and taste delicious at room temperature as well as warm.

+ Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I don't recommend freezing the carrots once glazed.

+ The recipe can be easily doubled.

More Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Roasted Beets In The Pressure Cooker 





Monday, January 17, 2022

Riverside Designs For All Your Beach Theme Decorating

 My beach theme bedroom project is finally completed! After seven long months, my new dresser has arrived and my bedroom remodel is finished.


 Almost a year ago, my husband and I started some home improvement projects and we are finally done! Well almost done, as we are still waiting on a replacement shower door for the kid's bathroom. I say the home projects are done as the bathroom is functional, the current shower door just had problems with the clear coat coating but it still works for taking a shower. The glass shower door just has a weird design on the glass.

 It was a year ago, that these home remodel projects started and it all had to do with a leaky bathtub faucet. That leak in the bathroom led to removing a section of the bathtub wall panel to discovering a pipe that needed replacing. Since the cheap wall panels in the bathtub needed replacing, we decided to do a bathtub to shower conversion. This leaky faucet was actually a blessing as it led to discovering mold in our laundry room.

 

 The removal of the mold problem through mold remediation has helped my asthma in a tremendous way and I am still able to treat my asthma and I am still able to treat asthma symptoms naturally. This past year was tough on my body with my asthma. I am happy to say that our many home improvement projects and some natural lung healing treatments have reduced my asthma symptoms greatly.

New flooring meant a new coastal themed bedroom

The bathroom project took us to a flooring store to select the tiles for the shower and that sparked the process of replacing the carpet upstairs with new vinyl flooring. Two years ago we were going to have new carpet installed upstairs but put it aside due to the cost and covid. I am glad that we waited as my severe asthma problems convinced my husband to replace the old carpet with vinyl boards.

 The process of ripping out the old carpet to prepare for the new flooring installed, had us looking at walls that need painting. Our master bedroom needed some updating. Through selecting the new paint colors and looking at a photo wall, I decided to remodel my master bedroom with a coastal theme. 


 The year 2020 was supposed to be the year that my husband and I went on a beach vacation but that did not happen, thanks to the pandemic. So since I could not visit a beach, I decided to bring the beach to me. I had so much fun shopping for coastal-themed decor. From a 4 foot tall flamingo to a beach-inspired plant, my bedroom was starting to look like a beach resort. I had the most fun shopping for the wall decor with a coastal look and I discovered an amazing place that sells unique steel metal art wall decor.

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A huge variety of Coastal Metal Art Pieces

  Riverside Designs is my favorite place to buy decor for my walls. I discovered this steel decor website when I was shopping for artwork for my kitchen. The new fridge that we purchased last year was tall so we had to remove the top kitchen cabinet. That left a huge bare spot on the wall that needed wall decor. I wanted metal art as the fridge had a steel look. So through searching for steel metal art, I found Riverside Designs and this cool blue Wacky Sun that looks so awesome above my refrigerator.


 Riverside Designs also had steel metal art with a beach theme! I was loving all the colors that the beach wall decor, made from steel metal, came in. From seafoam to pink, these beach coastal metal art pieces are offered in 9 different colors. I had a hard time selecting what I wanted to buy for my beach-themed bedroom. I wanted to buy it all. I just loved that I could select from so many coastal art pieces and the prices were amazing.

Riverside Design Coastal Theme Metal Steel Art

+ Six Different Sizes

+ 9 Different Colors

+ Over 70 Styles

 I just loved the sea turtles, flamingos, beach balls, and even the wall decor with beach words like " Life is Better At The Beach." I quickly filled my cart with all the steel artwork from the Coastal Collection. Then I showed my husband my favorite coastal steel art pieces to hang on the wall. My husband helped me decide which ones to purchase for our bedroom walls. The rest of my selections are saved in my favorites to purchase later this year for our backyard decorating needs. Check out some of my favorite steel metal pieces from the Riverside Design Coastal collection. 

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  I am in love with my new beach-themed room. This room just makes me feel like I am at the beach. So if you are looking for coastal beach-themed decorations to hang on your walls, Riverside Designs is the place to shop. These steel metal pieces are perfect for inside and outside as they are made from quality materials that will not rust. 


 The coastal art looks great on walls. They are perfect for your sunroom or backyard and are easy to hang on the fence. If you are looking for the perfect hottest gift to say thank you to your friend who invited you to their beach house, then check out the huge selection of steel metal art that Riverside Designs has. From gifts to decorating, I know that you will find several designs of steel art to purchase. If a coastal theme is not what you are looking for, no worries as Riverside Designs has many other awesome collections of metal art. I even have a coupon code so you can save 20% off your purchase. Use code METALART20 and save 20% at Riverside Designs.

Which metal art is your favorite?





Thursday, January 13, 2022

11 Products You Need For A Healthy Year

 The New Year is always a good time to focus on change. It is a great time to reset your life by making changes to your health. Check out some amazing products.

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 About a week ago, many people celebrated the New Year. They said goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Many people also made New Year's resolutions that have a focus on health changes. The first month of the year is always a great time to make healthy changes, especially after a month of unhealthy routines. 

 December is usually a month that is filled with so many things that are not healthy for our bodies. Things like stress from doing too much from shopping to trying to create a picture-perfect home for the holidays. Then there are all the parties and get together with indulging in way too many sweets and fattening foods. Our busy life and the cold weather also can make us cut back on exercise. So the month of December usually ends with our bodies not feeling so healthy. Maybe that is why there is so much sickness around us with so many people catching colds and the flu.

Making healthy goals for the New Year is a good thing

 So making healthy goals for the New Year is a good thing. The first of the year is the best time to give your body a reset. Starting with a Reset Day and progressing to a Reset Month will give the body time to rest and heal. Making healthy changes to your life can help your body function at its best. While some changes may be hard, in the end, your body will perform better and you will feel better,

While I strive to live a healthy life year-round, the winter holidays can also encourage me to eat too many gluten-free mocha brownies and not getting enough sleep. The stress of trying to get everything done makes it tough for me at times and having the kids home from school means extra work for me. While I always make time for exercise, as it is a huge mood enhancer for me, finding the time to work out can be hard during the holidays. So I have to remember these 13 Simple Ways To Sneak In A Workout

 So I am happy that January is here and the kids are back in school, they were super bored being at home. I am also starting this month with ways to get my body back on a healthy track. From focusing on eating more vegetables to getting more sleep, I am making changes in my life. Some of the changes include some new healthy products that I discovered and other changes include products that stopped using during the past month or so. So take a look at these products that I am loving this month.

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Eleven Products You Need For A Healthy Year

1. FeelGood Superfoods ~ As I mentioned earlier, I am trying to eat more veggies. Eating plenty of vegetables was super simple to me when I had my Southwest swingset garden. Now that winter is here and the selection of produce at the store is slim, I am not eating a whole lot of green veggies. So I am glad that I discovered a delicious Superfood shot that is loaded with fruits and veggies. These small bottles of juice give me the benefits of eating fruits and veggies.


 FeelGood Superfoods Immune Support Shots are all-natural daily fruit & veggies shots fortified with essential vitamins. Each shot is packed with the natural healthful goodness of 26 organic superfood ingredients. These physician-formulated Immune Support Shots provide 1000mg of vitamin C, plus vitamins A, D3, B6 & B12.

2. Fx Chocolate ~ The cold winter keeps me inside for my morning ifit exercise and that means I am not getting my daily dose of sunshine. So the lack of sunshine can do a number on my mood and leads to me experiencing SADD. The rays of the sun also give our body some vitamin D, so maybe it is the lack of vitamin D that can cause my seasonal depression. So I started eating a piece of chocolate every day to get my supplement of vitamin D.


 FX Sunshine is a delicious way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. This artisanal chocolate contains a therapeutic dose of vitamin D as well as vitamin K. The chocolate is sustainably sourced and contains zero grams of sugar. Vitamin D has been clinically shown to improve moods, bone health, and support a healthy immune response, so eating a piece of dark chocolate is a good thing. FX Chocolate also comes in other supplement formulas so you don't have to swallow pills to get your daily supplements.

3. Regular Girl ~ Start the New Year without constipation or other gut problems. I have spoken about Regular Girl many times on my website as this is a product that I love. This fiber supplement is so easy to use and keeps you regular in the bathroom department. I discovered Regular Girl many years ago and at first, I just used it while traveling. Now I mix this tasteless fiber powder into my daily smoothie to help me go #2 at a regular time every day.


Regular Girl is different from other fiber supplements. This fiber does not give me gas or bloating and mixes into any liquid or soft food like yogurt. Regular Girl also contains probiotics to give your gut healthy bacteria that are good for your immune system. This pink supplement may also help you lose weight as fiber keeps your body feeling full, so less snacking. One tasteless packet in the morning mixed into smoothies, coffee, or any other liquid means I go like clockwork every morning. You have to try Regular Girl to see how amazing this fiber supplement is, flight attendants love Regular Girl. Use my code MOMKNOBEST10 to save 10% at Regular Girl.com. The Regular Girl starter kit comes with a cute water bottle and is the best way to try Regular Girl at a great price.

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4. Oaza ~ Now that it is too cold to go outside, I am working out inside. That means that I am also sweating more. I think that I sweat more inside on my elliptical, more than I do when running outside. Living in a desert means no humidity so I don't sweat when exercising outside. I used to only drink an electrolyte replenishment drink in the summer but now I am reaching for hydration every day. I discovered the best way to rehydrate after a sweaty workout and it is through my favorite morning pick-me-up drink.


 Oaza is a hydrating coffee that is simply delicious. this sugar-free and dairy-free cold brew coffee drink has under 30 calories! The best part is you don't have to work up a sweat to enjoy it. Oaza comes in 3 delicious flavors ~ classic dark roast, oat milk latte, and cacao mocha.

 Oaza was created out of a certain necessity for Oaza’s founder, Jeff Burbank. Exhausted from long commutes and long work-days, coffee became an all-encompassing presence in his life. But with this uptake in caffeine came some unwanted side-effects — dehydration that led to the dreaded, seemingly inevitable coffee crash. From this problem came Oaza, a coffee that both tastes good and keeps you hydrated. That’s why he chose the name “Oaza.” Meaning oasis, this canned cold brew would be refreshing, regenerative, and revitalizing. Thus came Oaza, an electrolyte-infused coffee that maintains your energy, keeps you focused, and tastes delicious.

5. Strawberry Leopard ~ My New Year health goals also involve pink and purple hair. There is just something about colorful hair that lifts my mood and encourages me to be good to my body. Since I am all about using products that don't contain toxic chemicals, I am glad that I can use an at-home, clean, vegan semi-permanent hair color to make my hair purple.


 Strawberry Leopard is an at-home, clean, vegan semi-permanent hair color line with 18 shades of fun color. So now you can feel good about changing the color of your hair. Strawberry Leopard is Cruelty-free and Long-lasting. Their hair color contains Bonding Technology – along with rich Rice Proteins and Amino Acids – to help repair & strengthen your hair while coloring. Their bold and pastel hair color lasts up to 8 weeks and is infused with Vitamin B5, Mango Oil & Shea Butter to keep your hair healthy & hydrated while looking awesome. From purple to pink with many other color shades like blue and green, I am sure that you will find your favorite color. So add some excitement to your hair with these vegan hair colors. 


6. Nuzest ~ Six years ago, I added a protein shake to my meal plan. The reason was to help heal a running injury but after a couple of weeks of increasing my protein intake, I began to notice that my body was less flabby. I even started to develop toned muscles on my arms. I decided to step on my Fittrack scale, I gave up weighing myself years ago, and I was amazed that I lost 5 pounds! Even though I was a runner, that number on the scale had stayed the same until now. It was a plant-based protein powder that finally helped that number on the scale move and tone my body. 


 My body needed more protein to lose the last 5 pounds. Now I drink a daily protein smoothie that is made with Nuzest every morning. I like Nuzest as it is made with clean ingredients and is free of the top 8 food allergy items. This smooth-tasting protein is also vegan and tastes the best. Nuzest mixes so well in water so I don't get any grit in my smoothie. I also find that Nuzest gives me the best results in my protein powder recipes like Dairy-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes. You need to try Nuzest protein, it comes in many delicious flavors.

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7. MicrodermaMitt ~ My healthy body reset also includes healthier skin. The cold dry winter can do a number on my skin as well as me not making time for my skincare routine. I get lazy in the winter and sometimes skip washing my face before bed or I forget to apply lotion to my body. So my skin can use some TLC and I am using this cool mitt that exfoliates my skin while I am in the shower.


MicrodermaMitt makes Exfoliating Mitts for the face and body, as well as skincare products. Our Mitts are all-natural, made from floss fibers that swell when wet to gently grip dead skin and other impurities trapped in your pores. Your skin will instantly feel smoother, healthier, and look more radiant.

8. Ouisi ~ A healthy body includes a healthy mind. So I am making the year 2022, the year that I focus on taking care of my mind. One of the ways that I am focusing on mental health is by spending more time with my family and also stimulating my brain. My boys love playing card games and board games so I decided to check out a game that looked enjoyable for the whole family.


OuiSi ("we-see") is a visual game that is fun for the whole family. What made me select this game was the award-winning sets of 210 visually-connecting photo cards. These cards have some pretty amazing photos of everyday objects in unusual ways. This card game can be played in so many different ways. The activities and games ignite creativity and curiosity, regardless of age. Ouisi is an open-ended game with mindful discovery that invites your kids to put down tech gadgets and engage. This card game sure does challenge the brain and can invoke awesome conversations.

9. Nira ~ This past month I have been neglecting my facial care. My healthy plan for this month is to be more consistent with using my laser facial device. I discovered the Nira Skincare Laser Device several years ago and this device helps keep the wrinkles away. The Nira really works at targeting those fine lines on my face, that is when I remember to use it a couple times a week.


 The Nira Laser device for the face is a laser device that stimulates the collagen in your skin to increase. So the collagen fills in the fine lines making them look less noticeable. You have to check out the Nira reviews to see the amazing before and after photos. It is hard to believe that my skin still looks amazing at 56 but it does thanks to the Laser device from Nira. Make sure to use my code MOMKNOWSBEST so you can save 10% on this amazing facial device. Right now the Nira Laser device is 40% off but this sale won't last long. So get you Nira now and experience younger-looking skin.

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10. Splendid Spoon ~ I will be doing a food reset program for the month of January. That means that I will be including ready-made plant-based meals for my meals to help reset my body back to healthy eating. While I can make my own healthy plant-based meals, I find that eating vegan meals that are ready-made makes things easier and there is less of a chance of me reaching for the junk food.


Splendid Spoon makes resetting my body easier. Their delicious plant-based smoothies, noodle bowls, and more help my body heal and recover from all that holiday food. I love that their meals are ready-made so all I have to do is heat them up. The Splendid Spoon meals are also allergy-friendly so I can feel safe eating them. The gluten-free meals are loaded with nutrition and delivered to your home. 

Your box of healthy food is waiting for you!

 Start the new year with a box of healthy meals that are delivered to your home ~ so no need to step inside a grocery store to be tempted by unhealthy food. Having food that is ready to eat will take away the stress of making meals. Splendid Spoon is the tastiest way to shed some pounds.

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11. Beam Minerals ~ Your body has 37 trillion cells and every single cell needs minerals to function. That is what I learned a couple of months ago when I attended the virtual Nourished Festival. After I listened to the speaker speak about a plant-based mineral supplement and how it helped her regain her health. I knew that I had to give these minerals a try.


 My body was recovering from lots of trauma. We had just gone through mold remediation in our house and a gas leak from a water heater not being properly installed. I had experienced my first anaphylaxis shock from dipping my hands into milk after I cut jalapenos up without gloves. I am allergic to milk and mold. My lungs needed to recover and heal as my asthma was out of control again. So I decided to try Beam Minerals as part of my natural lung healing treatment.

 Beam Minerals are plant-based and are easy to take on a daily basis as they have great taste. What appealed to me about these minerals were their many health benefits like supporting natural detoxification and helping with inflammation. These minerals from plants have many other benefits but these were the ones that stood out to me. The Beam Minerals were also 100% Bioavailable so they go to work as soon as you ingest them. I really liked that they came from plant sources and were not chemically sourced from salts, rocks, chalk, and eggshells, like other mineral supplements. The human body doesn't easily assimilate elements like eggshells!

 So I took the Beam Minerals MICRO-BOOST™ - Exceptional Micronutrient Support and ELECTROLYZE™ - The Gold Standard of Electrolyte Replenishment every day for a month. At first, I did not notice any difference in my asthma symptoms, I was still having that nagging cough, especially while I was sleeping. It was probably my lungs detoxing out all the irritants. Then by the end of the month, I noticed that I no longer was awoken in the middle of the night with my asthmatic coughing. I also no longer needed to use my essential oil inhaler before I exercised. I was finally sleeping better. 

 These minerals played an important part in my healing as they helped my cells detox all the stuff like the mold. Everyone can benefit from taking minerals as our bodies need them to function properly. You need to head to the Beam Mineral website to see all the different benefits that these plant-based minerals offer the body. While your lungs may not need healing like mine, you may have different types of body healing. Minerals benefit even a body that is healthy as they will help the cells get their nutrients and take the waste out. So I encourage you to learn more about Beam Minerals and make them part of your healthy year plan.

Happy Healthy New Year!

So these are the many healthy products that I have included in my New Year health reset. I will also be starting allergy shots next month. In December, I had allergy testing and discovered that I am allergic to a long list of weeds, grasses, trees, and plants that grow around my house. I am hopeful for the allergy shots as I have dealt with seasonal allergies for over 20 years. The seasonal allergies affect my asthma so the allergy shots will help reduce my asthma episodes. I will, of course, write about my experience with allergy shots. So here is to a healthy new year ~ healthy new you.  I encourage you to try these products as part of your healthy happy new year.  



Tuesday, January 11, 2022

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4 PREMIERES ON PRIME VIDEO #HOTELTRANSYLVANIA


Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. 

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 It is hard to believe that 10 years ago, the premiere of Hotel Transylvania was in movie theaters. I remember taking my 2 youngest boys to see this family favorite movie and it was an awesome movie! To refresh my memory, I looked up the introduction to the original Hotel Transylvania and it brought back fun times that I had with my family.

About paragraph for the first Hotel Transylvania.

 One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!


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 Fast forward to 2022 and Hotel Transylvania #4 is ready to welcome you back to the castle for a night of family fun. The best part is you don't have to leave the house to see this awesome movie. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4 premieres on Prime Video on January 14th. So pop some popcorn and gather the family for an at-home movie night. The Drac and the Pack are back to reunite you with your favorite monsters. Get ready for an all-new adventure that will delight the family.

About  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4 

 Drac and the Pack are back like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the 'Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank), and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis).

 On January 14, family movie night becomes family SPOOKY night! Will your family be ready for a fun movie night with these monsters? Grab your fellow ghouls( ie children) and celebrate the premiere of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania! Find out if Van Helsing’s mysterious invention will go haywire. 

 Laugh as Drac and his pals are transformed into humans and Johnny becomes a monster! Make sure to see Drac and Johnny's new mismatched bodies! Will Drac and Johnny find a cure?  The heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. With help from Mavis and the Drac Pack, Drac and Johnny just might find a way to get their bodies back.

Watch the movie trailer and the official movie (on January 14th) for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 4 ~ HERE 


How many HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movies have you watched?

The first HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie was released in 2012. Then Hotel Transylvania 2 followed in 1015. In 2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was a comedy movie on the big screen and now Hotel Transylvania 4 Transformania is here. Four great monster movies that were made for family movie night! Do you have a favorite Hotel Transylvania movie?


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Looking for more movie night inspiration?

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Hotel Transformania is releasing on amazon prime video on January 14.





Is Adoption Right for Your Unborn Child?

An unplanned pregnancy can be one of the most stressful situations a woman can face. If you're not ready for the responsibility of being a parent for whatever reason, the decision is what to do with this new life you care carrying. Many women will choose not to terminate the pregnancy. It may be based on religious or personal beliefs but either way, there will be a baby at the end. A common path is putting the child up for adoption. It's not an easy decision and it brings up many questions. Should you put your unborn child up for adoption?


Get the Facts

Putting a child up for adoption is a huge decision and like any other, you need to be well-informed. Do your research and find out the laws in your state, such as adoption in Iowa. It's important to understand the different types of adoption and what your rights are as the birth mother. Speaking to an adoption agency is an excellent way to get the information and counseling you need to make this vital choice.

Types of Adoption

There are three common types of adoption and you should understand how they all work before you make a decision on which is right for you and your baby. They are:

  1.  Closed Adoption - This is the least common type of adoption representing only about 10% of the total adoptions in the U.S. In a closed adoption, only the medical records of the birth parents are given to adoptive parents. No contact or other information is transferred. It is closed because it cuts ties with the child. It's important to consider that someday, the child will grow up and may wish to meet their birth parents. A closed adoption will make this difficult.
  2. Open Adoption - The most common type of adoption in the U.S is open adoption. The birth parents can specify criteria for the adoptive parents and help in the selection process, ensuring that their child goes to the right kind of home. Contact can be maintained with the child as they grow up and regular visits can also be agreed upon and scheduled.
  3. Semi-Open Adoption - Semi-adoptions contain elements of the other two. Only medical records are given to the adoptive parents but the birth parents are active in the process of choosing the adoptive pair. Contact with the child is generally not a part of the adoption but a mediator may handle regular communication between both sets of parents.

Dealing With Emotions

In giving a child up for adoption, you are giving your offspring an opportunity for a better life. Nevertheless, there are many emotions that can be difficult to deal with such as guilt and the grief of losing a child. Getting therapy or counseling should be considered to help deal with any negative emotions you may experience.

The decision to become a parent is a big one. An unplanned pregnancy can present you with that decision before you are ready. Adoption may be your best choice. Learn the facts, get help, and decide carefully. Giving your child the gift of a good life may be one of the best things you ever do for another human being.

Splendid Spoon Plant-Based Meals Makes Healthy Eating Easy

 Healthy eating is not as difficult as it seems. Skip all those fade diets and instead incorporate delicious healthy meals into your meal plans.


 The New Year is here and so many people are wanting to lose weight or just get healthier. January is a great time of the year to make healthy changes in your life. Our bodies have been through several months of unhealthy eating and most likely lack of exercise. This downward spiral of not being kind to our bodies starts with the sugar overload of Halloween, stuffing our faces with way too much food in November, and way too many parties in December. Let's also include the stress of holiday shopping in the mix and it's no wonder so many people are sick. Our bodies are crying out for some healthy changes!

 So if you are looking to improve your health, I am proud of you for taking the first step. I too use the month of January to get back to my healthy habits. I admit that I ate too many sweets, like my lemon blueberry bread that I was able to make gluten-free and vegan. I am able to convert most of my healthy recipes to fit my food allergies by using gluten-free ingredients and vegan options. I also over-indulged at mealtimes in December. I also skipped many of my workouts. So I am using the month of January to get back to following healthy habits.

Making healthy changes can be hard 

 It can be hard to regain your health after the holidays. For me, the month of January brings additional challenges to sticking to my new healthy goals. January is the coldest month so I tend to want to stay inside and do nothing. I have to force myself to get out of bed in the morning and exercise. I find that morning exercise is the best for me as it helps put me in a better mood. I also like to get my exercise done and out of the way. If I want till later to exercise, my tired body makes way too many excuses.

 The lack of sunshine also makes it hard for me to function in the winter. The joys of the winter blues when you live with SAD. Light therapy does help with my depression but not with my energy levels. So I need all the help I can get with eating healthy food. I am glad that I ordered my shipment of Splendid Spoon last month. Having a freezer full of healthy plant-based ready-to-eat meals makes it easier for me to eat healthy meals.

 Splendid Spoon meals is offering $80 off + a FREE pack of our best-selling Wellness shots. So make a healthy choice and order a box of their delicious plant-based meals!

Why I love Splendid Spoon vegan meals

 I discovered Splendid Spoon last year and I am in love with Splendid Spoon vegan meals for so many reasons. These healthy meals from Splendid Spoon are ready to eat and I don't have to spend hours in the kitchen following a recipe like most other healthy meal kits that get delivered to your home. That means no chopping up vegetables. I have tried other meal kits and when life gets busy, the last thing I want to do is cook a healthy meal from a million boxes of ingredients.

 With Splendid Spoon you get a box of delicious meals that are all made with plant-based ingredients and all you have to do is heat them up. I also like that the meals are gluten-free and allergy-friendly. This is the only meal subscription box that I can filter out all my food allergies, even mushrooms! So I don't have to read the ingredients of each meal before I select my meal choices. Having food allergies to soy, dairy, and mushrooms can be hard. If I wanted to know the ingredients in each Splendid Spoon meal, they make that simple too. The food ingredients are clearly listed on their website and on the food containers. So when I order food from Splendid Spoon, I can relax knowing that their meals are safe for me to eat. 

 I also love Splendid Spoon meals for how easy they are to grab from my freezer and heat up for a meal when life gets busy. I don't know about you but when I am hungry, I want to eat now and if I don't plan ahead, I will reach for snack foods. I always have plenty of Splendid Spoon quick meals in my freezer as they are perfect for grabbing out the door. So I can grab a frozen smoothie and it thaws out by lunchtime. The Splendid Spoon Noodle Bowls and Grain Bowls are also perfect for when I pack meals to go.

Types of meals Splendid Spoon offers

+ Plant-Based Smoothies- 18 delicious flavors

+ Gluten-Free Noodle Bowls - 10 delicious varieties

+ Plant-Based Soup and Grain Bowls - 33 awesome selections

+ Cold-Pressed Juices - 5 plant-powered juices

+ Desserts and Snacks - 5 delicious bars

+ Healthy Shot drinks  

Try Splendid Spoon and get $80 off your 4 boxes!

My favorite Splendid Spoon Meals

 So far I have enjoyed every Splendid Spoon meal that I have ordered. I have ordered over 6 plant-based meal boxes from Splendid Spoon and each time I made sure to order different meals. My favorite Splendid Spoon smoothie is the Mint Chip. It is hard to believe that this delicious smoothie is made with kale as all I taste is minty chocolate. My favorite noodle bowl is Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles. This vegan meal tastes just like mac and cheese!


 My favorite grain bowl is the Roasted Brussels Sprout Grain Bowl. The Oven-roasted Brussels have a dijon-cider sauce that makes these veggies so delicious. My favorite soup is Cumin Sweet Potato Puree Soup. This creamy soup is so good! 


Is Splendid Spoon worth the cost?

 While some may think that Splendid Spoon is expensive, it really is not. Right now Splendid Spoon is having an awesome sale their meals start at $7.50 a meal. That is a great price for healthy food that is ready to eat.  Having healthy ready to eat meals that help you stick to your health goals is so important to succeeding. Think about what you would usually do when you are busy and hungry. 

 + You order food in - that means having to tip the driver so that means having to pay delivery fees plus a tip to the driver. That makes the meal way over $10!

+ You go to the fast-food place - Last I checked a combo meal from a so-called healthy meal was about $10.

+ You go out to eat - My last meal out with my son was $35.

+ You go to the store to buy healthy food - you end up buying junk food too.

+ You buy plenty of fruits and veggies with intentions of healthy eating - Most of it rots before you eat it!


 So, yes these meals that are loaded with healthy plant-based ingredients are worth the cost. The Splendid Spoon meals are delivered to your house, so no need to go to the store. The meals will make it easy for you to make healthy meal choices. Trust me, I look forward to these delicious meals. They are full of flavor and taste better than a frozen store meal. The meals are filling too and loaded with plenty of nutrients. 

 I start my day with a smoothie and then have a bowl for lunch. In between meals, I snack on fruits and veggies. When dinner time rolls around, I continue eating healthy food as these meals have set my mind in a healthy way. So dinner may be another Splendid Spoon meal or my favorite Southwestern Sushi Burrito. 

 Right now Splendid Spoon meals is offering $80 off  + a FREE pack of our best-selling Wellness shots. So make a healthy choice and order a box of their delicious plant-based meals!



Monday, January 10, 2022

12 Plant-Based Recipes with Immune- Boosting Power

 The human immune system plays a central role in fighting bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders. Food is an important medicine that has powerful effects on our immune system. Studies have shown that healthy individuals eat about 300 mg of dietary flavonoids daily. Besides having a good sleep, exercising, lowering anxiety, and getting quality vitamin D from the sun, our body needs plant-based recipes to boost our disease defense mechanism and increase the chances of staying healthy.



 Food is truly medicine and helps feed our microbiome with the needed nutrients for defense against illness and diseases. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian, plant-based recipes are a perfect option to get the necessary nutrients for the body's immunity.  As if that's all, having trusted preparing and delivery outlets like green chef vs sunbasket makes it easy to have these recipes prepared and delivered to your doorsteps at the most convenient costs and time. 

Without further ado, here are the 12 plant-based recipes that you can have prepared and delivered to help boost your immune power:

1. Orange Smoothie 

One of the advantages of a smoothie is the ability to pack a lot of nutrients in a single cup. This makes an orange smoothie your number one recipe to help boost your immune system. Oranges are loaded with vitamin C and this, when mixed with a little sweet potato, a dash of cinnamon, and other fruits, is just perfect for your health. 

2. Roasted mashed sweet potato 

Sometimes preparing a meal is not the problem but rather there is not sufficient time to prepare one. In this case, you can place your order with Green chef or sunbasket and have them prepare a roasted, mashed sweet potato for your next delivery. ​ Potatoes will supply you with fiber, help you lose weight, and prevent heart diseases by keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check. 

3. Cheezy Kale Chips

 Kale is one of those plants cherished for its huge supply of vitamin C and Zinc known for immune boosting. Furthermore, the Cheezy kale chips are great for even those who don't actually like Kales. You can place your next Cheezy Kale chips and have the antioxidants in the recipe help your body remove any unwanted toxins. 

4. Cinnamon Almonds

This is a sweet recipe to add to the list, given cinnamon's good taste. Opting for the Cinnamon  Almonds is a perfect choice given polyphenols that help the body fight inflammation and boost the immune response. Ordering freshly roasted Cinnamon Almonds from Green chef or Sunbasket will guarantee you almonds rich in Vitamin E and good fats. 

5. Carrot Ginger Dressing

Having multiple servings is a great day to start or end the day. Both Green Chef and Sunbasket offer a dressing or a dip carrot ginger recipe, and this serves a great deal in your recipe given the richness in beta-carotene and vitamin C. 

6. Broccoli salad

Forget about the cliché of broccoli being boring and instead focus on the impacts it yields in boosting the immune system. Broccoli helps increase glutathione levels, an antioxidant responsible for stress control. 

7. Pumpkin energy bites

Ordering the pre-prepared pumpkin energy bites from green chef or Sunbasket comes with a secret mushroom ingredient for that crispy bite. The mushroom in the recipe helps support immunity by increasing secretory immunoglobulin and helping protect against mucus pathogens.​

8. Walnut and Mushroom Bolognese 

While there are only a few foods rich in Zinc, the Walnut recipe provides just the right quantity to help the immune system improve metabolism function. The Walnut and Mushroom Bolognese from green chef and Sunbasket is filled with other foods such as carrots and tomatoes and helps supply quality vitamin C. 

9. Carrot and Ginger recipe 

 Nothing beats a perfectly prepared bowl of soup that you know supports your immune system. The recipe combines other spices such as turmeric and ginger to improve the immune system and prevent certain types of cancer.

10. Pumpkin Pie yoghurt 

Pumpkin is highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin A, beta-carotene, pantothenic acid, thiamine and provides a significant amount of potassium and folate. Ordering this yoghurt bowl serves you with plenty of proteins to keep you full and probiotics to help fight any form of stomach flu germs. 

11. Chia Seed Berry yoghurt 

This chia seed berry yoghurt is your best bet when looking for the perfect smoothie containing superfoods. The smoothie is ideal for boosting your immunity in the morning and after a long day. 

12. Mint Matcha Ice Cream

 Ice cream offers that change in taste that you may desire to relax from a hot day. Even more appealing, this healthy Mint Matcha Ice cream fulfills your sweet tooth taste while also helping boost your immunity. 

Reducing or dropping meat intake and choosing plant-based recipes is a perfect start to quality health. These 12 plant-based recipes offer you immune-boosting power by helping with heart health, allergies, and fitness goals. For those interested in trying or preparing these recipes, we highly recommend checking green chef vs sunbasket and placing a customized recipe order for their cheap next-door deliveries. 

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