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6.1.12

Farm Rich keeps it easy - @FarmRichSnacks Review

As kids head back to school after a nice winter break, lets keep a few snacking tips available for when mom (or dad) needs just a few minutes to spare.


Here are a few back to school snacking tips, 
shared from Farm Rich:



·            Start the Week Off RightFor Bethanne Latkso of Worchester, Mass., organization is the key.  “I have two kids, a busy husband, and I’m designing my own jewelry line, so I don’t have time for frequent trips to the grocery store. Instead, every Saturday, I map out the week’s activities and plan our meals and snacks around that.”  Latkso says in addition to saving time during the week, planning also helps eliminate poor food choices.  “Because I’m eliminating impulse buying, I make better food choices – everything from buying more fresh fruits and vegetables, to buying better snacks for my kids.”

·           Mini-Meal Replacement.  For Leah Welch of Brandon, Fla., a mother of two boys ages 10 and 12, snacks that serve as a mini-meal are a lifesaver. “We are constantly going between baseball, soccer and chess,” explains Welch. “Just before I drive them to an activity, I’ll pop something like Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas into the microwave. They eat them on the way to the game and they’re good to go until we can get home for dinner. It’s a much better choice than fast food.”

·           Sneak in Wholesome Snacks When They Least Expect It.  “When my teens are having a study group or a sleepover, instead of letting them load up on sugary soda and potato chips, I try to sneak in a snack that’s more nutritionally soundand the brain food they need,” says Nicole Mills, an Atlanta mom of three.  If teens balk at serving friends fresh veggies and dip, parents can try Farm Rich Cheese Sticksor Mozzarella Bites made with real mozzarella cheese.  Real mozzarella cheese is a good source of calcium and protein, but they don’t have to know that!

·           Make Healthy Snacking Convenient.  Kim Griffin, a business owner with two teenagers, says because her children are at the age where they can prepare snacks for themselves, “I stock the freezer with things that are easy to heat and eat. They like being able to reach into the freezer to grab a snack they can heat in the microwave and be ready to eat in just minutes.”  With frozen appetizers like Farm Rich Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers or Mini Philly Cheese Steaks, they can have a filling and better-for-you snack in just minutes.  Or, suggests Griffin, put some Farm Rich Meatballs in the Crock-Pot, let simmer all day and bowl the kids over with the aroma when they walk in the door from school.

In light of last year’s snacking study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tips like these are important for helping give kids snack choices that are better for them, despite the chaos of an active lifestyle. According to the UNC study, kids are snacking more than ever before – in fact, nearly 98 percent of children 2-18 snack between meals. 

"Kids still eat three meals a day, but they're also loading up on high-calorie junk food that contains little or no nutritional value," said study leader Barry Popkin, Ph.D.  He also noted that salty, fatty snacks, such as chips and crackers, accounted for the largest increase in the types of snacks children were eating during the three-decade period reviewed in the study.

We had the chance to review Farm Rich Products and we were once again impressed.
The Mini Philly Cheese Steaks were AWESOME!!! I loved them and even made them as a meal for Marc one day... We will for sure be keeping these in stock (as soon as I find them again, last couple times I looked, they were not there... )
The other we reviewed were the Meatballs.  We have tried these before and loved them just as much... We have used them as just the meatballs and a dipping sauce... We have also used them to make meatball sandwiches!
YUMMY!!!
The thing I love about this is that they come in resealable bags...
 You know, for the families that do not INHALE the whole bag at one time... 
(Take this family of 4 boys and 2 adults... Yeah, you know what I am getting at!)

Keep Farm Rich in mind for snacking... and quick meals!!!!
You will not be disappointed! 

Follow Farm Rich on Facebook and Twitter.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

5.1.12

Time for a Hug - Book Review

National Hug Day is January 21st.
Did you know that?

To kick off the celebration of such a fun day, I get to share a wonderful new book with you...

Time for a Hug is by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green.
We received it for review and I love it...
Love the colors, love the rhymes, love the message.

I am a hugger.   I absolutely LOVE hugs.  Do you?
When I first moved to Atlanta, I noticed just how much a hug could change your day....
It was weird, I did not have anyone to hug, so it was a bit sad...
Over time, I made great friends and even now, whenever we see each other, we hug hello and we hug goodbye. Broxton does the same thing!

Marc and I love hugging him and we are constantly giving hugs (and stealing them) throughout the day!
With Time for a Hug, I see that we are not the only one!
This book starts with Little Bunny waking up and starting the day at 8.
Each and every hour... It is TIME FOR A HUG!!!!
Throughout the day, they do several different things...
Bounce balls, smell flowers, build cities... and no matter what, every hour on the hour...
HUG!!!
I love it!!!

Besides the love shown throughout this book, I love that it also is gender neutral.
The characters are two bunnies...
You never know if it is a girl or boy bunny...
Nor do you really know if it is mama or daddy bunny!
(When I read it, I read it as a mommy and her son... because of Broxton and I, but I am sure each person will take from it what they want!!!)

What a cute story and so glad to have the chance to share it with Broxton (and of course all of you!)
So, go on and order a copy for your house...
Don't forget... January 21st, hug away... It is national hug day!!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

4.1.12

Pine Bros Throat Drops - Review

With the weather FINALLY getting cold around here...
Well, at least for the day...
I am prepared and ready!
We have medicine in the cabinet...
(Although I do need to buy more juice.)
We have new throat drops too.

Please tell me that you have seen the Pine Bros commercial...
You know it has that guy in it... Rudy the celebrity.
He looks a bit like Elvis, with the hair / sideburns and glasses...
but that patch of hair on his chest... wow... probably has his own name.

Anyways, I hate to say it... But I had never heard of Pine Bros until the Pine Bros commercial caught my attention...
Then, I was asked if I would be interested in trying them out.
Well, since we use throat drops throughout the year, I figured it would be nice to try something different.
Different they were...

They are "softish".
I knew they would be, as they say so on their site..
But, I really wasn't sure what to expect.
They are not hard like other drops... but they are not chewy/gummy like others either.

I thought for sure that I would like the honey the best, but they really did not taste that great to me...
The cherry was normal, so I knew those would be the ones I would purchase in the future...
Then, I looked at their site..
They also have two new flavors coming soon: licorice (the boys would like them, me... Not so much!) and I really want to try the Lemon Citrus.    I liked that they were "softish" as I am not the best when it comes to drops... I normally chew and swallow them, so they really don't get the full effect, well... You really can't with these!!!!
Now, not only do they taste different.. they also come in a little plastic case...
I liked that, as I hate when my drops end up at the bottom of my purse.. this way, I can just grab the little case and I am good to go!

You can click HERE to read more about the Pine Bros story.

Follow Pine Bros on Facebook.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Kicking it "old school" with @QuagmireGolf

When I was growing up, there was the coolest line of shirts that I had ever seen..
They changed color with heat!!!!
Do you remember them?  You would touch your shirt and your hand-print would be left there!
It was so cool....
Well, how about they are back!!!!

Broxton received the coolest shirt for review!
Have you heard of Quagmire Styles?
I was so excited when it came!
Let me explain...
The delivery guy comes with a package...
We were chatting, so I went ahead and opened it up.
It was the Color Fusion shirt!!!!
The two of us were like "How COOL?!  They brought this back!!!"
Now, when I was younger, it was just a t-shirt...

Now... WOW!!! T-shirts, collard shirts, shorts, hats!
They are really expanding!!!


Marc and I put our hands on there... I pressed down hard, Marc just barely had his on there... 
Notice how that determines the amount of the color change!

You just place your hand on the article of clothing and your body heat changes the color!
Broxton received the "stud" shirt... His goes from green to yellow.
As soon as he saw it, "Is that for me?!"  "Wow!"
He had to put his hands on it and watch.
I did notice, as much as he runs around, the top, by his neck is always first to change!  :)
We normally get him a size 4 in shirts, as he has a long upper body and the 3's are a bit short on him...
But, with this, we got the XS (4-5) and it was a bit too big.
No complaints here... that just means we will wear it when he gets a bit bigger.
I personally would rather it be bigger and him get to wear it longer, than it be smaller and the time he is able to wear it is cut really short!!!!

No, he will not be wearing it out, just yet... as it is that much bigger...
I think that I have found a company that is really true to size!!!!
(Another plus!)
Head over and check out their new catalog for 2012.


You can click HERE to see where you can purchase it locally!
Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

3.1.12

Disney introduces a little girl princess....


This was a press release I received.  I think it sounds super cute and although I do not have a little girl, I still plan on watching to see this!  
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DISNEY TO INTRODUCE A LITTLE GIRL PRINCESS, "SOFIA THE FIRST,"
IN ANIMATED SERIES AND MOVIE ON DISNEY CHANNEL AND DISNEY JUNIOR

TV Movie Premieres in 2012; Series Launches in 2013 with
Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn among Voice Cast


Disney will introduce a little girl princess to its celebrated legacy of princess fairytales in an animated television movie and series, "Sofia the First," premiering in fall 2012 and spring 2013 respectively, on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world.  While Disney princess fairytales have been enchanting audiences for more than 70 years, this is the first time a series has centered around a princess as a little girl.  The stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children.  The series and movie are productions of Disney Television Animation.

"Sofia the First" stories are set in the storybook world of young Sofia who starts out life as a regular girl. But when her mom marries the king, she is whisked off to a glamorous, but sometimes confusing, castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings, Amber and James.  "Sofia the First" will include appearances by Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (fairies seen in Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty") as the headmistresses of Royal Prep, the academy that Sofia, along with other princes and princesses, attends.  Special event appearances will be made by classic characters including Cinderella and other Disney Princesses.

In announcing the series, Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, "In Sofia, we have a 'peer to peer princess,' a relatable girl experiencing the same social issues as our young viewers – learning how to fit in, making new friends, conquering new skills and building sibling relationships."  She continued, "Although Sofia will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, our stories will show Sofia, and our viewers, that what makes a real princess is what's inside, not what's outside.  That the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace make you special, not the dress you wear."

Providing the voice of Sofia is Ariel Winter (ABC's "Modern Family").  Also highlighting the voice cast is Sara Ramirez (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy") as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as Clover, a wise-talking Rabbit; and Tim Gunn (ABC's "The Revolution," "Project Runway") as Baileywick, the family's Royal Steward.  The actors providing the voices of King Roland, Amber and James will be announced soon.

The series was developed by Craig Gerber ("Pixie Hollow Games") who also wrote the movie.  Jamie Mitchell ("Special Agent Oso") serves as both Executive Producer and Director on the series.  Gerber is Co-Executive Producer  and serves as the Story Editor.

The Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's animated and live action series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills.  Disney Junior is available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes (via a daily block on Disney Channel) and to millions of other viewers on 28 Disney Junior channels and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It is also seen via subscription video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com.  In 2012 Disney Junior will add a basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.

Disney Television Animation is an industry leader in the production of quality animated properties for television.  Disney Television Animation is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group at The Walt Disney Company

--Disney Channel--

**** This is not a sponsored post, I just received this email and wanted to share. *****

Starting off on a Clean Note... @Purex #giveaway


Okay, so every day in our house it is just the three of us... Marc, Broxton and Myself.
Throughout the year, we get the boys and our crazy house of three turns into a chaotic house of six.
Talk about a jump!  Well, we are all about saving money, but not at the risk of quality.  
Know what I mean?

We have tried several detergents and some I have liked, others not so much. 
Some were great, but just not economical.
A bit ago, I grabbed a bottle of Purex.
It was VERY affordable, so I wanted to check it out.
I loved the price... and the end results!
The clothes came out clean and smelling fresh.  
We don't always use a liquid fabric softener, but we do from time to time...
When I saw that Purex fabric softener was just as affordable as their detergent, I was a happy mommy.

We go through tons of laundry, just the three of us.
Marc wears about a million articles of clothing during the winter.  When he was taught to dress in layers, he PASSED with flying colors.  Remember, he works outside... and today our high is in the 20's (I think) so he has a great excuse for his clothing...
Broxton.. Well, he has to change as soon as anything gets on his clothing.  I love that he doesn't want to go around messy, but sometimes it is just water... (So, we change, let it dry and when the other clothes get wet, we put the dry ones back on.)
Now... When the boys are here... 
I feel like I work at a laundry mat!  Every single time you tell them to bring their dirty clothes to the laundry room, they have enough clothes to dress their whole school class... yet over half of the "dirty clothes" have not even been on their body... unless they are doing fashion shoots during the night while we are sleeping and I just don't know about it..

Moving along... 
My new found joy is anything Purex. 
I received a bottle of the TRIPLE ACTION PUREX DETERGENT in the mail.
(I am a Purex Insider, so very happy about that!)  I used it, loved it... and headed to the store to buy more.  Remember, 6 people = LOADS of laundry!

I was in love with the clean smell... there was hint of fragrance, but it was nothing to overpowering !
I am excited that not only have they made a Triple Action (Bright / White/ Clean) detergent... 
but, they also have it in a Free and Clear Formula.
If you remember, Broxton has eczema.   We go to the Free and Clear detergents when he has flare ups...
As to not have anything else to aggravate it.  We will be buying this now, as the cold weather always brings it out.
Side note... New moms... We used to buy pricier free and clear detergents when we first had Broxton... No need to spend all that money, as this works just as good, if not better... for way less than what they cost!  


Now, get this... I get to share this with you!!!
Who wants to win a coupon for the chance to try out the Purex Laundry Detergent

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Contest will end January 18 at midnight.
Contest for US - residents 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.


Purex provided a free sample of their Triple Action laundry detergent so I could write a review.  However, all of the opinion expressed here are my own.  

Hey there, my friends!

Hey all!
Hope you had an amazing holiday!
We were busy and I am still trying to get caught up and organized from the past few weeks!
Between trying to visit family in very short amounts of time, trying to visit with Marc as much as possible when he wasn't at work...  Trying to keep 4 boys occupied....
Well, you know how it goes!
I am starting back tomorrow on reviews, giveaways, meme's and more..
But...
Until then...
I just wanted to say:


Here is to a wonderful new year.
Make lots of memories.
Enjoy your family and friends.
Make new friendships.  Rekindle the old ones.
Never take a moment for granted.
Take lots and lots of photos.
Love.
Love yourself. Love the ones around you.  Love the ones you miss...
But just keep on LOVING.

2.1.12

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!


Let us get this year off started right.  
Here is a list of the winners from the past couple of months.

All winners have been notified, but I always (eventually) post the winners in case anyone is interested in seeing who won what... 
So...
Here is to a great new year!!!! 
Don't forget, if you have won... 
Feel free to grab this button (code on side bar) and let everyone know!!!!




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