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This post about natural candy and better Easter basket options was brought to you by The Lovely Candy Company, who provided a media sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest.

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Still looking for new ways to stuff those Easter baskets? Well, it’s time for the chemical and dye-laden jellybeans and other junky stuff to move over and make room for the newest candy in town. Made with all natural ingredients, Lovely Candy is one option that you just might not want to part with when it comes time to play Easter bunny. Continue reading

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Get to Know Sambazon: Review and Giveaway {Ends 6/18} #MomsMeet

A girl’s gotta have priorities. Right now, I have to pick and choose my priorities pretty carefully because my two biggest priorities (Little Man and Baby E) kind of trump all others. Getting my butt out of bed in the morning, staying awake during my commute and getting a good, healthy breakfast into my body are all at the top of the short list.

Luckily, I’ve found a new juice that takes care of those daily to-do’s. I’ve seen Sambazon on my grocer’s refrigerated case for a while, but I never tried them until I was offered the opportunity as a Moms Meet™ blogger. Once I went to the store with my coupons and really looked, however, I found that Sambazon fulfills a lot of the priorities that sometimes fall down a little lower on the list, but are still really, really important to me: All Sambazon Superfood juices and smoothies are Non-GMO, USDA Organice, vegan, gluten-free and provide whole food nutrition. They’re also Fair-Trade certified, meaning that they support the environmental and social well-being of the Brazilian Amazon and its people (2 million acres of the Amazon rainforest and over 10,000 family farmers, to be exact!)

Just reading the ingredients of the Sambazon organic juices and smoothies got me excited for breakfast. Here are some details on the three varieties I tried (and shared with some of my coworkers):

Blended Breakfast: This is the first beverage to combine whole fruit with quinoa, amaranth, chia and organic/non-GMO verified soymilk for a truly nourishing and satisfying smoothie. The strawberry/banana blend is a good source of fiber with 7g per bottle.

Protein: I tried the Chocolate + Almond + Coconut Milk since any one of those flavors is enough to turn my head. All 3? Definitely a winner. My coworker and I split it and while we through the texture was only the teeniest bit chalky, we really liked the flavor. This is a breakfast in itself, and I felt like I didn’t need anything else with it.

Acai/Antioxidant: This is the original Amazon superfood juice, and it’s bursting with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas. I fought my free radicals with the Acai + Blueberry + Pomegranate flavor, and it was my favorite of the bunch. I was surprised, because it didn’t have all of the coconut/chocolate/grains of the others, which I thought I’d like better. This one was simple and really smooth (although a tad sweeter than I had expected) and with a thinner consistency, it went down super easy. I probably could have gone through 3 bottles if I had them. My buddy at work agreed that this was the best one we tried.

Sambazon is also available in an Energy blend (which I didn’t choose because it contains caffeine – a no-no for me right now) and a Supergreens with Kale and Ginger blend that contains two servings of whole fruits and veggies and no added sugar. There are ten varieties in total, and each 10.5 oz bottle retails for $2.99.

As a busy breastfeeding mom, I love having go-to products that I can pick up when I’m in a hurry without having to think about them. Sambazon is now one of them! It has every quality I look for in a drink (or food), so I know I’m spending my money wisely and getting quality, bio-available nutrition.

To learn more and keep up-to-date on news and promotions, follow Sambazon on Facebook.

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Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet™ Program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a #MomsMeet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturereof this product.

 

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Diaper Junkie, Internet Junkie, Junk Food Junkie

Wow! What a fun blogging weekend it was!

I heard from so many supportive, encouraging, cloth-diaper-loving moms after my Fuzzibunz post, and I couldn’t be more excited to keep building our collection! It really has the potential to become quite an addiction, but it’s all for the greater good of our Mother Earth, right? Yeah, that and cute fluffy little butts in rainbow colors. :D  There’s such a passionate community of women out there (and some men, too, I’m sure) and I’m elated to have found them! Huge thanks to everyone for all your comments and suggestions! More cloth diaper updates are coming in the near future…

On another note: Hold on to your hats, people. I have some really exciting news!

I now have internet service….IN MY HOUSE!

I should explain. For the past three years, since I’ve been living in my current home, I have not had internet service. I can’t get DSL because Verizon won’t run the necessary lines down to our street (even though it is available just a few houses away) so my only option has been dial-up, and I’m not havin’ that. 

I’ve been lugging my trusty Mac around with me, using the internet on my lunch break at work, setting up camp at local internet cafes, and even driving around looking for a connection when I need to send an important email. NO way to live, let me tell you.

And yes, I have been blogging under these crappy circumstances. I think I should get some kind of blog rewards points for that…

So last Saturday, I went to my local Verizon store and got an aircard!

The only problem? My reception at home sucks arse. It often tells me that I’ve disconnected my device when I haven’t, and I don’t get a strong signal, but it’s WAY better than nothing. I’ve been told that I can try a signal booster, but I’m not sure what that is. I think I have some research to do.

Until then, I’m having some often-interrupted but long-awaited fun online! And I’m not even going to feel guilty about it…yeah, right…

That’s where the junkie part comes in. I can see where this could become a problem, especially since I have two boys, big and small, who are used to having my undivided attention. It would be easy to spend hours upon hours online reading blogs, shopping for diapers and fun baby stuff, networking with other like-minded mommies and working on freelance projects, but I do solemnly promise to remember that I have a family, and they are much more snuggly and lovable than my laptop.

So after a very baby weekend on my blog, I think it’s about time to share some food pics!

I’m afraid my meals haven’t been all that interesting. I tend to eat the same things quite often (oats, veggie burger, etc.) because, quite frankly, it’s just easier for me to make healthy choices that way, but it doesn’t make for a very interesting blog. So I’ve decided to share the abundance of snack foods I’ve eaten recently. There are days when I am just a snackin’ fool, and when that happens, I figure it’s my body’s way of telling me I need something, but I’m just not recognizing the signal. So, I go with it (with restraint, of course.)

A few days ago, we visited the Cherry Alley Cafe again and I mealed on a terrific tempeh wrap, which I followed up with one of these BACON COOKIES, thank you very much...

Yup, vegan sandwich, bacon cookie. Watch out…I’m just that crazy. :razz:

These followed me home from a trip to get photos printed…

Mmmm, pickly. They were pretty salty, and I know better, but I ate them anyway. How could I not?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a total ice cream fanatic. I’m sure it goes back to long Sunday drives on Long Island with my parents, which inevitably ended up stopping for a hot dog at a roadside truck or a soft ice cream cone.  I’m sticking with the ice cream for the sake of nostalgia, because I sure ain’t eatin’ no hot dog any time soon.

Now that I’ve decided that most (not all, just as much as possible) of my ice cream will be dairy-free, I’m trying to narrow down the stores that carry coconut milk ice cream so I can keep some on hand.

I found some Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean from Turtle Mountain, and it’s just as good as I knew it would be topped off with a Kashi cookie hat.

I’ve had several different flavors of Purely Decadent now, and they are all no-brainers at this point. I just love this stuff. My issue is that I can’t find any CHOCOLATE!! :cry: Where’s the CHOCOLATE!!!???

I’ll tell you where…it’s in this pint of Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss! I found this almost an hour away at a grocery store near my office. The price was a bit salty, but the flavor was magnificent!

(and just to clarify, I don’t consider ice cream to be junk food. Especially not when it’s made with coconut milk…isn’t that a food group?)

Chocolate Hazelut Fudge, anyone?

Nice texture, too. You have to let it sit out for a minute before you dig in, but it was nice and smooth and creamy and yum. Can you believe I made this pint last a whole week?! Two woots for self-restraint!

My love still goes out to the folks at Turtle Mountain, but it’s nice to have another option for a product that’s so hard to find. And sometimes, nothing but chocolate will do. You know how it is.

Luna and Larry’s offers a fun variety of flavors, all certified organic and non-GMO, and their website is really fun. Their retired flavors list made me drool on my keyboard…

It’s been a snacky few days, but I must be doing something right with my portion sizes and mindful eating because I lost 2 pounds this week! I’m not watching too closely, but I felt a difference so I checked. I now weigh less than I did on the day I got pregnant, and I am eating all the foods I love. 

Neat.

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Are you feeling snacky? Tell me!

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