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Friday, August 29, 2014

intelliGLASS Screen Protectors from intelliARMOR



My daughter loves listening to music on my husband's iPhone when we are in the car. It is the only thing lately that has kept her 2 year old meltdowns in check. What kid doesn't love listening to the Frozen soundtrack? She loves to just click on the playlist and change the tracks back and forth. We have a little DJ behind us as we drive in the car. I was always afraid that she would drop and crack the screen so I was super excited for the chance to try the intelliGLASS Screen Protectors from intelliARMOR.


The intelliGLASS is not your ordinary flimsy piece of sticky plastic that sticks to the screen. It is specificially crafted with an ultra hard (9H - harder than steel) glass inner layer and an "Oleophobic" outer layer to prevent scratches, absorb shocks, and repeal oil & grease. Best of all, because its real glass, you retain 99.99% touchscreen accuracy and clarity. I had experiences where it would be difficult to slide or touch certain parts of the screen with the old protector on. With this protector I feel like the phone doesn't have anything on top of it.


It is also super easy to put on with the Silicone Adhesion that gives you a bubble free application.

Each intelliGLASS which works with the iPhone 5/5s/5c comes with:
  • 0.33 MM intelliGLASS screen protector 
  • Touch screen cleaner 
  • Dust removal tape 
  • Microfiber Cloth 
  • intelliARMOR home buttons (do not work with fingerprint scanners) 

I was super impressed with the great packaging. I loved that it came with clear instructions and everything you needed to install the screen protector. It even came with a little alcohol pad to clean your phone screen. It also included the extra step of a dust removal tape to make sure all dirt and dust was taken off of your phone before adhering the protector. When I installed the screen protector I was amazed at how it just laid on without any air bubbles. The instructions say that some small bubbles may appear and would disappear during normal phone use. I didn't encounter any!


You can learn more about the intelliGLASS and intelliARMOR products and order one for yourself at: http://intelliarmor.com/collections/frontpage/products/intelliglass-iphone-5-5s-5c

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Felt Pretend Play Jewelry Tutorial


My daughter loves playing pretend by wearing tiaras, hats and jewelry. She got some cute play jewelry as a gift but I had to quickly take them away when they broke into small pieces. I decided to make something safer and more durable.

Supplies:
  • Template
  • 3 sheets of felt, 2 in pink and 1 in purple
  • Wax paper
  • Sewing Machine
  • Velcro
  • Fusible Web
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun 
  • 1 purple and 1 pink pom pom
Directions
  1. Fold one of the pink felt sheets in half and place some fusible web in between layers. Peel paper and fuse layers together. 
  2. Print out template. Place a piece of wax paper, matte side up on top of all of the pieces on template except for diamond shapes and trace around. Place the traced wax paper shiny side down onto felt pieces and iron on. Make sure to iron on tiara to the double layered felt. Cut around all of the pieces. Peel off the wax paper. 
  3. Take a piece of fusible web and place on top of diamond pieces on template paper side up. Trace all around. 
  4. Iron on fusible web to colors of felt you want the diamond pieces to be. Cut out and set aside. 
  5. With a warm iron fuse the diamond pieces to the crown. You can sew some edge stitching around the accent pieces to make it more durable.
     
  6. For ring, hot glue pom pom onto middle. Sew a small piece of velcro on each end of ring. 
  7. For the necklace and the bracelet, place circles in a row and over lap them by 1/4" inch. Pin them in place and sew a straight or decorative stitch down the middle. 
  8. Sew a small piece of Velcro on to both ends of bracelet.
  9. Sew a 10" piece of ribbon to each of the ends of the tiara and necklace. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie with Paradise Coconut Oil


I have been using coconut oil for over 2 years now. I first used it to cure my daughter's cradle cap. I have used it on my hair, nails and on my skin. Since starting my weight loss journey I have used it in place of some of the oil I use in cooking.


Everyday I find more and more reasons why coconut oil is good for you:
  • It helps with metabolism
  • Smooths and softens skin
  • Helps healthy liver function
  • Natural Appetite suppressant
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • ...and much more!
My favorite way to use coconut oil is to give my smoothies a nice rich and satisfying coconut flavor.


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk (frozen into ice cubes)
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tblsp Paradise Coconut Oil
  • 4-6 drops liquid stevia (optional)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.


I love using Paradise Coconut Oil from TheraVita because it is USDA certified organic and is made of 100% coconut oil with NO artificial ingredients or fillers. They even care about the environment by using coconut husks, shells and old coconut trees to power their factory in place of Diesel fuel. You can order your own Paradise Coconut Oil on Amazon.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: Back From Vacation


Weight: I gained 1.7 pounds for an adjusted total of 53.4. My husband had a week off from work and we decided to do a staycation. I was completely off track, ate what I wanted and didn't make it to the gym.

Proud Moments:
  • Though I didn't make the healthiest choices I still didn't overeat. I tried what I wanted without getting completely full the way I used to. 
  • I didn't snack all day or eat tons of sweets at night. 
  • I took my daughter on a lot of outdoor activities where I ran around with her. 
  • I had the energy to clean out my entire extra room and closets. I also organized and got rid of a lot of excess clutter. 
Not So Proud Moments:
  • I had soda during the week and even bought a 2 liter coke one day. 
  • I didn't make time for the gym. 
  • I did no strength training. 
Getting Back on Track
  • Go to the gym 3 times
  • Strength training 3 times
  • Modified Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan
  • Take Vitamins and Probiotics
  • Increase FitBit goal by 500 steps and meet it each day

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Walgreens Well Beginnings™ Baby Product Line

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinon on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.



I love shopping at Walgreens because I have two conveniently located stores in my neighborhood. When I found out I was pregnant I knew I would try their entire Well Beginnings™ product line that is exclusive to them. As Moms Meet Blogger I got to review their awesome products.

The diapers are soft and super stretchy at the waist and sides. They hug my daughter so well that it gives great protection for both day and night. I am really amazed at how soft the inner liner is that includes natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe. The Well Beginnings™ diapers are available in sizes Newborn to 6. Newborn, Size 1 and 2 also have a wetness indicator.


The baby wash is amazing! It has a really rich lather that cleanses baby/toddler skin without drying the skin. It is 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced. The tear-free formula is also paraben- and phthalate-free.


I really love their Sensitive Wipes because they are super strong and won't stretch which help keep hands cleans when changing diapers. They are hypoallergenic and alcohol-free.


I also got the Walgreens Pediatric Electrolyte solution in my review kit. It restores fluid & electrolytes lost during diarrhea & vomiting to help prevent dehydration.


You can connect with Walgreens online to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers @ walgreens.com/wellbeginnings. You can also follow Walgreens on Twitter and
Facebook

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

me4kidz Medibag Family First Aid Kit


I have never had a formal first aid kit. I would always buy things as I needed it like bandages and gauze. Luckily I have not had an experience where I had to perform first aid on my daughter. I now think that it is safer to be prepared than not so I was excited when I got to review the MediBag Family First Aid Kit from me4kidz.


me4kidz does all the work for you by putting everything you need in a Kid-Friendly Organized "Doctor's" Bag. It is made of durable plastic that is easy to open. Inside the kit you get 117 first aid items for kids and the entire family. In the kit you get the following:

(12) Assorted Kid-Friendly bandages
(12) Junior bandages
(12) 3/4" X 3" Sheer bandages
(20) Antiseptic Wipes (sting-free)
(6) 2 X 2 Gauze Pads
(6) 3 X 3 Gauze Pads
(2) Knee and Elbow bandages
(1) Anti-Itch Ointment
(2) Antibiotic Ointments
(1) Burn Gel
(2) Hand Sanitizer packs
(1) Instant Cold Pack
(2) Blue Kid-Friendly Exam Gloves
(2) Fingertip bandages
(1) Plastic Disposable Tweezers
(10) Application Swabs
(1) Sting Relief Pad
(1) Emergency Information Label
(20) Kid-Friendly Fun Stickers (1) First Aid Guide
(1)Coupon for a Free 45 Item Refill Kit

This first aid kit is Pediatrician Recommended. It is manufactured in the USA and all products inside are Latex Free.


If you want to order your own Medibag Family First Aid Kit check out the following link: http://www.me4kidz.com/medibag.htm. Go to me4kidz to check out their other awesome products.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Healthy Cacao Dark Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding



I have been substituting healthier ingredients into my old recipes like agave syrup for white sugar and almond milk for whole milk. I recently got a chance to try Cacao powder so I decided to create a healthy chocolate pudding out of it.


Cacao powder is so much better for you than just cocoa powder. Pure Natural Cacao is an Antioxidant Superfood Rich in Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Copper & other Nutrients that can help keep you healthy.The minerals & flavonoids in Freedom Superfoods is highly alkalizing so it can help with sleep and energy. Some people who have tried the Cacao powder have noticed a decrease in appetite.


Healthy Dark Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 3 tblsp cacao powder
  • 16 drops liquid Stevia
  • 1/4 chia seed
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • coconut flakes (optional: for garnish)
Directions: 
  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the coconut flakes and agave syrup. I use a mason jar, cover it and shake it to mix. 
  2. Place in the refridgerator for at least 6 hours. 
  3. Drizzle in agave and mix. If you want it thicker place back in the fridge and let sit longer. 
  4. Divide into two dessert cups and sprinkle with coconut flakes to garnish. 

The Freedom SuperFoods Cacao powder is delivered in a heavy-duty, re-sealable stand-up pouch. This makes it easy to store and doesn't take up much space. Also helps your cacao stay fresh. When you order now, know that you're protected by a 60 day, no questions ask money back guarantee - even if you return the pouch completely empty. You can purchase your own bag of cacao powder on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/cacao-powder-raw-organic-non-fermented/dp/b00ho22m2g/

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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