Monday, November 21, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Faithbox {A Review}


I received this product for free from the Family Christian Blogger Program (www.familychristian.com).  As a Family Christian Blogger Program blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinion do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Family Christian, Faithbox or the manufacturer of the product.



I've noticed lately that there seems to be a new trend in the way companies are selling monthly subscriptions.  One trend that I am hooked on are monthly kits/boxes for things that I use, such as planner kits and bible journaling kits.  But there are more than just those.  I've even seen a monthly "box" subscription for your pet.

However, one monthly "box" subscription that I have seen and heard of quite a bit is one called Faithbox.  I was considering purchasing a one-month subscription to try it out when I was contacted by Family Christian to review the August 2016 Faithbox.




Each Faithbox subscription will contain a 30 day devotional, plus various other products from companies that have a positive effect in the world today.  You will also receive an Impact Guide which will give a brief overview of the products, how to use them, and why those particular products were chosen for that month's Faithbox.



In the August 2016 Faithbox, you would have received Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst (one of my favorite authors!), Everyday Faith 30 day devotional, Steamm Espresso shot, The Stitch by Speak Your Silence and Thoughtful Cards designed by the Faithbox team.




I can honestly say that all the contents in the August 2016 Faithbox, at first were a bit confusing as to why there were included, but after reading how the Steamm Espresso shot helps to provide polio immunizations to children overseas and how The Stitch funds one on one counseling to people affected by child abuse in the United States, it made me realize that there are these awesome products that not many people may not know about and using a service, such as Faithbox, is a blessing in not only spreading God's word, but also helping others in need all over the world.

Not only do the products contained in each month's Faithbox help to provide services such as immunizations and counseling, but every Faithbox shipped also provides three meals to a non-profit organization called Rice Bowls, which helps to feed hungry children.

I was so impressed with Faithbox, both in the choice of contents in the box and how fun the products chosen were, I have a feeling that a lucky person (or two or three) in my family will definitely be getting a monthly subscription to Faithbox as Christmas gifts this year.

If you would like to learn more about Faithbox or even order your own Faithbox, check out Family Christian.




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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Getting your Kids to Take Their Vitamins Just Got a Little Easier {Review}

Getting your kids to take their vitamins without the need for pills.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Let's face it, getting our kids to eat healthy or even just one bite of any kind of veggie sometimes results in you getting frustrated and your child throwing a temper tantrum or crying.  So while we can only offer veggies and healthy foods for them to eat, it is up to us as parents to make sure that they are still getting their daily vitamins and minerals.

Now, I personally know that my daughter will eat certain veggies and only for a certain length of days before she tires of them and moves on to another one of her few chosen "go-to" vegetables that she will eat.  I also know that by her being such a picky eater, it puts a limit on what vitamins and minerals her body will be getting and possibly increasing those that her body will be lacking.

So in order for her to get the daily nutrients she needs,I can either fight with her on a daily basis to try new foods (which is often the case) or make sure she takes her vitamins.  Because she is only 6, she hasn't quite grasped the concept of swallowing a pill so any type of vitamin that she takes has to be in powder or liquid form.

So I was on the hunt to find a powder type of vitamin that didn't contain fillers, sugars, coloring or preservatives.  But to make it even more difficult, I needed a kids' vitamin that was gluten, dairy, and soy free due to food intolerances.

It was then that I had finally found a vitamin that met all of those criteria and more.


MegaFood Multivitamin made with organic vegetables and fruits.
MegaFood Kids Daily Multi

MegaFood, a well-known supplement company, partnered with brands that my family has used for quite some time, and are well known such as Kauai Organic Farms, Lundberg Family Farms, and Uncle Matt’s Organic to create a powdered vitamin for kids five and older.

MegaFood Daily Immune made with elderberry and echinacea for added immune support.
MegaFood Kids Daily Immune

MegaFood also offers three types of powdered supplements:  Kids Daily Multi, which is made up of organic vegetables and fruits; Kids Daily Immune, which features immune boosting ingredients such as elderberry and echinacea; and Kids Daily B-Centered, which is formulated from brown rice to support mental focus, calmness and healthy energy levels.  These can be given separately or altogether.

But the one thing that really drew me to using MegaFood was the ability to add their powdered supplements to foods such as smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, applesauce, and more.  The ability to "hide" vitamins that do not leave a "powdery" taste is HUGE.  No kid will willingly eat any food that has been prepared that has a weird taste in it without immediately asking you what you did to that food and refuse to eat it.  Not to mention the frustrating feeling that you tried to hide a powdered vitamin in a food that your child loves and will eat, only to be busted that you tried to hide something "healthy" in it.

Adding It To Foods


A fast and easy smoothie to add MegaFoods' Daily Multi and Immune to.
Banana Chocolate Smoothie with MegaFood Kids Daily Multi and Immune

One of the recipes that I added MegaFoods' Kids Daily Multi and Daily Immune to was a smoothie recipe that my daughter actually loves - a banana-chocolate smoothie.  She typically has a smoothie at least every other day, if not daily.  Banana-chocolate is her favorite, so it was a perfect recipe to test out if she even noticed that a powdered vitamin was added.

Recipe: Banana-Chocolate Smoothie

1 1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 scoop MegaFood Kids Daily Multi
1 scoop MegaFood Kids Daily Immune
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 ice cubes

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until blended well.  Serve immediately and enjoy.


Verdict


Its a winner! The Banana-Chocolate Smoothie with MegaFoods' Multi and Immune was a hit.
It's a winner!

She loved it.  She didn't realize anything was added differently to the smoothie and there was no difference in taste.  

I am very pleased with MegaFoods' supplements and will continue to use them and try other recipes to incorporate them into.  

If you would like more information on what MegaFood offers and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers, go to www.megafood.com/kids-boosters.




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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Confessions of a Planner Addict {Review and Giveaway}



I have a confession...

.... I'm a planner addict.  I LOVE to plan.  I currently have three planners, all for different things going on in my life - one for my personal stuff, one for my business and one for blogging.

I've been wanting (and looking) at getting a planner to use as my faith journal/planner.  Something that I could put personal things in, but also one that would have scriptures and a place for my daily prayers.  You know, something fancier than just a 3-ring notebook.

Finally Found "the Planner"


I had looked at a few planners at the local craft store and online, but nothing really "spoke" to me. Well, that was until I was asked to review the Daily Planner by Anchored Press.

Anchored Press was founded by Deana who found the inspiration for creating the Daily Planner by using her day planner as a way to keep her schedule, devotional, prayer journal, meal plan, goals and memory keeper in one spot.  After many prayers, Anchored Press Daily Planner was created to help others who were looking for a way stay organized, but firm in God's Word.

The day I received the Daily Planner was one of those days - you know, then things are going bad and just get worse the further the day went on.  But I can tell you, as soon as I opened the box and unwrapped the Daily Planner, it was pure joy.

Why Is This Planner So Special?


The Daily Planner is beautiful.  The pink, blue, gold and white colors on the front and back cover are beautiful and the pages themselves has plenty of room for writing appointments.  But there were a few things that stuck out that were in the Daily Planner that were not in my other three planners.



First off, there is a section called "My First Four" where you are to put the four things that are most important and have to get done that day.  Secondly, the scriptures and daily devotions are short, speak to your heart and make you think about the Word. Third, a place to put meals that are family favorites and what is planned for dinner that day.  Lastly, the "Pray-Ponder-Pencil" section for the day where you can write out your prayer to the Lord for the day or your thoughts for the day or even just to doodle.



There are so many other aspects of the Daily Planner that I am in awe of.  Yes, it can be used as a planner, but can also be used as a memory journal to write those special things that happen that day. The end of the month has a section to write any prayer requests.  On Wednesdays, there is a special prayer to pray for your child(ren) and on Saturday, there is a spot to write down what God has blessed you with during the week.



Special Discount


Now even though I reviewed the 2016 edition, and 2016 is almost half way over, there is still almost 7 months planning left to enjoy and is on sale for 40% off.  If you plan to wait until 2017, the 2016 Daily Planner edition will be available late August and will feature 2 formats, more color options and a separate prayer journal.  One of the planners has 52 devotionals, 1 for each week written by some amazing women of God such as Christine Caine and Jenni Catron!  

Getting Your Own Daily Planner


If you plan, or are wanting to start planning, or maybe even just looking for a prayer/devotional/journaling planner, I highly recommend the Daily Planner.  I know it will become a part of my time with God for years to come.

As a way to say thank you for allowing me to review the Daily Planner, you are able to enter in the giveaway to win one of ten Anchored Press Planners of your own.



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A New Paleo Approved Snack Option {Review}



When you are trying to eat Paleo and/or healthy on the go, snacks are either fruit or veggies.  But what do you do when you are craving something on the sweet side but you don't want to ruin your healthy way of eating or cave into eating something that has artificial flavors or processed ingredients?

I had heard about a new product that was being discussed in one of the Paleo groups called Merry Bites.  They are Paleo approved, non-GMO, vegan and free of peanuts, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, wheat and gluten and made with coconut oil (which, as you know, is very healthy for you and helps to increase your metabolism).

Who is Hail Merry?

I was given and opportunity by Hail Merry, the company that produces Merry Bites and Miracle Tarts, to have a taste test of their products.  I wanted to find out more about Hail Merry and found that Hail Merry has a women-led kitchen, and dedicates a portion of their time and resources to help charities that help victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Merry Bites Taste Test



Hail Merry graciously sent a package of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Salted Brownie, Pure Vanilla and Lemon Merry Bites.  I tried the Pure Vanilla and was hooked.  Merry Bites are about the size of a golf ball, yet are packed full of flavor.  I didn't think that something so small would cure my craving for something sweet, but it did.  Not to mention, a serving size are 2 bites, which you wouldn't think would be enough to cure any snack craving, but it did.

The Verdict


Now, honestly, I'm used to eating healthy, so anything made with pure, natural ingredients is nothing new to me.  I decided to have my mom and aunt try them to see what they thought.  Let's just say that they were hooked and had me go to our local health food store to purchase more.

But my biggest skeptic, my daughter, who shrugs her nose at every new food I buy to try, tried the Chocolate Chips Cookie Dough bites.  I didn't tell her it was healthy, but was a new snack product to try.  She, at first, new that it was healthy because it didn't taste like any of the not-good-for-you cookie dough products that she has eaten in the past.  However, after her second bite, she said that she actually liked them and would take something like this with her to work to have on her breaks.  

If you would like to try Merry Bites, you can find them in your area at hailmerry.com/where-to-buy.


 I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stuff Nose Relief For Your Infant - Fast {Review and Giveaway}



Let's face it, having kids means at any given time one of them is bound to come down with a cold or, depending on their age, they may be teething, which is what my little one is going through.  When she is teething, she gets the same symptoms of a cold - stuffy, running nose, crabby and just not feeling well.

Of course, the day that my daughter had her ballet recital, my little one woke up from her nap running a low grade fever and stuffy nose.  (No one ever said getting sick or having a sick child was going to be at a convenient time.)  These are all typical symptoms for her when she is teething, which she was due to cut her eye teeth soon.

As most parents know, having a child with a stuffy, runny nose, often means little to no sleep for both you and your child.  They can't breath through their nose or they have drainage making them cough, which makes for an all around not so fun night and lots of coffee in the morning.

Enter Into The World of Nasal Aspirators




Now, a few weeks prior, I was approached by NeilMed to try a kind of nasal aspirator for infants and young children that didn't require something being stuck up the nose and is safe to use.  I remember when my two younger children were sick and had stuffy or runny noses, I would just use the blue nasal aspirator bulb that you get when your child is born or from the store.  It seemed to work, but was nerve-wracking for me because I was always afraid I was going to poke them in the eye trying to use it, which often resulted in making them mad and crying.

So when my youngest started to get her first second of teeth in and had a cold, I decided to try NeilMed's Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator. I trusted the NeilMed brand to work because I have used their NetiPot when my sinuses start to act up.



The Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator's design is unique in that most aspirators have the only option to squeeze some type of "bulb" to suction your baby's nose (similar to the traditional blue bulbs we grew up with).  But with Naspira, you have another option to use a hose attached to the bulb whereby you can create suction by sucking on the mouthpiece at the end of the tube, which, in turn, helps to get rid of a stuffy nose.

Honestly, at first, I was concerned that using the suction created by using the mouthpiece would cause the mucus to go into the mouth (gross, right).  But it doesn't.  Naspira is designed with a filter in the line that stops any mucus from entering your mouth.

The Results Are In



After testing it out a few times and getting a feel on how to use it, I tried it on my daughter, who, at this point, wasn't happy with something around her nose, but within a few uses, and clearly getting some mucus out, she was able to breathe a little better.  I was impressed by how well it worked and how you can clean it by putting it in boiling water or the microwave to sanitize it.  I will definitely use it again (but hopefully not any time soon).


Bonus Time


NeilMed has gracious awarded me two opportunities to share with my readers so that you can try out the Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator the next time your little one is ill.

You can save $3 off the purchase of Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator when you order through NeilMed's web store at neilmed.com

Or, instead of going to one of the big retail stores such as Babies R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and others to buy the aspirator, you can enter in the giveaway below to win one of THREE NeilMed Nasal-Oral Aspirators for free.





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




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