Day 1 : Aveda Naturally Straight

I’m not gonna lie.. Blow drying my hair is THE worst. I loathe it. Mostly because my hair gets wavy and slightly frizzy. In order to tame the mess I have to use my flat iron.

Heat + Heat = Dry!!

The lovely folks at She Speaks and Aveda sent me Aveda’s new product Naturally Straight.

From their website:
*After 5 consecutive applications of naturally straight, hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes*

Ok here are my results from my FIRST use. FIRST! Oh and did I tell you I just used the blow dryer? No flat iron!!

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(I received this product for free, all words are my own)

Zevia soda – refreshing drink or cocktail must have???

zero calories + naturally sweetened + delicious= trifecta of awesomeness!

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Thanks to my friends at Moms Meet I got to try Zevia zero calorie soda in some pretty awesome flavors! Black Cherry, Ginger Root Beer, Mountain Zevia, Grape, Cream Soda, Orange, Lemon Twist and Grapefruit Citrus to name a few. What I didn’t realize was that they make almost 15 DIFFERENT flavors.

zevia-productHands down my favorites were Grape & Grapefruit Citrus. I have ALLLLWAAAAYYYY been a grape soda fanatic and minus heading to our local soda shack you can’t find anything that doesn’t have everything TERRIBLE about regular soda – artificial everything, high fructose corn syrup etc etc.

pssssst. Can I tell you a secret.. ? Can I trust you..?

These sodas are important to keep in your pantry. What? Did you just ask ‘WHY?’

Because. Like every other parent out there.. when the kids go to bed.. what do you want to do more than anything in the world? (remember that this is a family friendly blog.. minds out of the gutters people!)

MAKE COCKTAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are many variations. My favorite recipe:

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2oz Tequila (2oz is for a normal day, 4oz is preferred)

1/2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

Combine, add ice, top with Zevia Grapefruit Citrus soda

(you’re going to thank me later)

Have I not shown you the ways of Zevia soda yet? Here’s some other game changers:

*This soda contains no calories, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

*Zevia Zero Calorie Soda is sweetened naturally with a unique blend
of high purity Stevia (grown right here in the US!) and Monk Fruit.

*It’s totally Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten-Free! totally.

So is this something you’d want to try for FREE?? 

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Just comment on our blog with what flavor you’d want to try. TWO randomly selected winners will receive 2 coupons for a free 6 pack! (psst our Instagram page is running the contest too!) Contest is open until 9/30/14!

Can’t wait until then? Head to their website and grab a coupon NOW!

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Hey dude.. put down my stash..

ozzy the soda stealer

xo

Sarah

 

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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

the unwanted phone call

Last week my life was put into perspective. The gravity of a lifetime being put into perspective is HUGE. I, like everyone else, live day to day, Husband, kids, work, lather, rinse, repeat. We get caught up in these routines, monotony, schedules.

My Endocrinologist thinks they found an ‘abnormal growth’ in my thyroid.

abnormal.

what.

We had been monitoring my Thyroid for 2 years now. It all started with some sluggishness… then it became enlarged. Blood tests came back negative for any Thyroid issues.. slides of cells told nothing.

I went for my yearly check up and things seemed routine. Ultrasound & needle aspiration. Done and Done. My Doctor started off by saying things seemed fine and normal and no need to do a needle biopsy this time. 20 minutes later that changed.. Let’s do one for good measure, she said.

Two days later, with my kids fighting in the background, headed out the door to get my Kindergartner… the word Cancer has possibly been introduced into my life. My head was spinning. Hysterical thoughts, mortality, what about my three boys? In 1 second life comes to a screeching halt.

They found abnormal Follicular cells and I would need to have a thyroidectomy. They will need to remove half of my thyroid in order to figure out if it is indeed Cancer, what kind, how big, if it has spread. She said they will run more tests and make decisions while I am on the table. There is a good chance they might take the entire thing.

After crying, fighting back tears as we picked up our son from his second day of Kindergarten.. I did what any person would do. Google.

I found out the following things:

This is the SECOND most common Thyroid Cancer

If you’re going to get Cancer… Thyroid is where it’s at. The survival rate, if detected early, is good.

I should be getting a call this week from my Surgeon. Add that to the list of things Adults have… Lawyers, Life Insurance Agents and Surgeons.

I have become oddly at peace with things. Maybe because crying about the unknown seems like such a waste of time. I’d rather be hanging out with my family in the woods somewhere. Not saying that fear or sadness don’t creep into my thoughts.

I keep telling myself that things will be fine.

xoxo

Sarah

Worldfoods – easy, tasty, authentic curries & sauces even my kids love! (free $1 off coupon! for you)

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What is one thing you wish people warned you about before you had kids?
For me.. it would be how drastically your eating habits change. Sometimes it downright sucks. I miss frequenting my fav thai restaurant. It was always a hard decision between the massamun curry – a coconut based curry with potatoes, onions, carrots and roasted peanuts or tofu with cashew nuts, onions, mushroom, carrots and scallions. Pair that with a sweet Thai iced tea and we’re good to go. Focus Sarah, focus. 
Thanks to the kind folks at Moms Meet I was able to sample a mighty fine selection of WorldFoods sauces: Thai Yellow Curry cooking sauce, Indonesian style Fried Rice Nasi Goreng paste, Thai Green Curry paste and Thai Coconut Galangal stir fry sauce. All four of these are from their ‘Free From‘ product line that are “free from” gluten, dairy and nuts. Absolutely NOTHING artificial or genetically modified.
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I wish I was one of those my-kids-eat-anything type Moms but I’m not and my kids don’t. No matter how hard I try, how many times I introduce new items.. they like what they like. I decided to throw all my reservations about ethnic cooking out the window and try again.
Guess what happened? No seriously.. guess….
My kids ATE IT. Ok Ok.. maybe you’re not as excited as I am.. fine. But my kids ate something that wasn’t in the shape of a dinosaur or out of a squeeze tube!
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And using the sauces is easy peasy. We threw some chicken in the crock pot with the Coconut Galangal sauce and some frozen veggies. A few hours later we threw it over some rice. Done and done. That is seriously my kind of cooking. I work 40+ hours a week, not including my 2 hour commute everyday. The idea that I can have dinner ready and waiting.. PERFECT.
One night I decided to kick it up a bit. I grabbed the Nasi Goreng paste and threw all caution to the wind. Thankfully the jar has a SUPER easy recipe right on the side.
Step 1 – Make an omelette – cool & shred.
Step 2 – Add oil & Nasi Goreng past to your pan, cook for a couple of minutes.
Step 3 – Add chicken (it also calls for shrimp but I didn’t feel THAT adventurous aka I already had my jammies on and didn’t want to go to the store)
Step 4 – Once fully cooked, add cooked rice and TA DA!!
Guess what… MY KIDS ATE IT. If I could I would seriously hop a plane and shake Mr & Mrs WorldFoods Executive hands myself. They created a delish, simple yet authentic product that appeals to EVERYONE. Thanks guys, you guys rock!
Want to check out their sauces.. here is a coupon just for you!
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 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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Medai Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

ginnybakes cookies & mixes: gluten free, organic AND delicious? Yes please!

I had the pleasure of sampling some ginnybakes cookies and baking mixes thanks to the Moms Meet blogger program. I was blown away by the box of samples… what a great selection! I wasn’t familiar with the brand but have tried a bunch of different kinds of gluten free cookies… most of which were.. um… not great? However the ginnybakes brand holds it’s own.

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My favorite thing about these products (besides being non-gmo and organic) is how they taste homemade. Let’s face it.. when you had a Grammy that knew how to bake.. most store bought treats just don’t cut it. Oatmeal Coconut Bliss was hands down my favorite. Hello, my name is Sarah… and I’m a coconut-aholic. And they were just that, bliss. The Butter Crisp cookies reminded me of Christmas as a youngling. There is something about a buttery, sugar cookie that brings you back to being a kid. I think it’s the sparkly dusting of sugar ;o)

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Their ginnybakes mixes are just as great! I made the ‘lovely brownie bliss’ in my mini donut pan. I am not a huge fan of using oil in any baked goods. I’m the crunchy momma that always uses those handy little cups of apple sauce. (the ginnybakes recipe calls for coconut oil.. which i LOOOOOVE but ran out of in my AM smoothie). Using the applesauce made the brownies moist and cakelike. My boys went nuts over them. As you can see kid #3 was angry he couldn’t eat them all… sorry dude.

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As always I try to learn everything I can about the product I’m reviewing.. Their website is beautiful and their Instagram makes their founder, ginny simon, incredibly accessible. I was in awe when she started to comment on my posts about the product! Most of the time when you tag companies you never expect to interact with their creator!

From their website:

“founded in 2010 by ginny simon, ginnybakes is the realization of a dream. combining ginny’s passion for nutrition, active living and baking, our products are a natural expression of her dedication to leading healthy, balanced lives.”

And you can tell by their social media that they live that mantra. Photos of food, life, family and wellness. Unlike most company’s social media accounts, I thoroughly enjoy ginny’s updates. As a consumer I feel better about the products I choose when I feel a connection to the people and the passion behind them.

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Last but certainly not least they offer ginnybars and ginnyminis. Peace, Love & Apple was my favorite. They also make Love & Nuts, Karma, Love & Apricot and Happy Chocolate Bliss. Crunchy and slightly chewy made this lady happy on her long commutes to work. And then once I got to work I knew I had a little treat waiting for me later. ginnyminis are the perfect little snack during the day. Just enough to take the edge off ;o)

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 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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 

 

Squeasy Snacker – coolest/easiest/awesomest reusable food pouch. EVER.

I’m sure many of you can relate – kids LOVE anything in a pouch.

Applesauce – check.

Spinach mango – check.

quinoa salmon squash etc etc – check.

Kids will eat ANYTHING in a pouch… but it’s just too darn expensive. I can get like 3x the amount of applesauce in bulk than I can in pouches. But guess what.. my three boys ain’t got time for that.

So the solution – Squeasy Snackers! The lovely folks at Squeasy Gear are on the up an up and were kind enough to give me some to review (and to give away..keep reading!)

6ozgreen-2TI’ve seen many designs of reusable food pouches and usually it boils down to ONE thing.. how easy it is to clean. The best part of the Squeasy Snacker is that they’re made from 100% Food Grade Non-Toxic, BPA free, PVC free, Phthalate Free Silicone. You can easily inside-them-out to clean or throw them in the top rack of your dishwasher.

I was hustling out the door one day and decided to just put water in them. The kids thought they were so cool to use. However.. they had to get used to the squeasy-ness. Thankfully it was a hot summer day and they appreciated getting squirted in the face!

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The next thing I decided to do was make a smoothie in them. I did our old standby – coconut water, frozen berries, local maple yogurt and bananas! It was chilly and refreshing and a healthy snack.

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You can check out my kids reaction here on my Instagram post(Just like my kids to scream about going pee in the background! Ahh to be a Mom to three boys):

So you want to check one out for yourself? I have one Squeasy Snacker to give out to a lucky reader! Contest runs until 8/31!

To qualify you must comment on our blog below:

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I received this product for free from the sponsor – Squeasy Gear. As a blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions are my own and I was not paid in any way!