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Bubbles are Back! @Adenandanais Bubble Bath

This post about gentle baby bubble bath was brought to you by aden + anais, who provided a sample product to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 12.13.17 AM You may remember that we’re currently in the midst of a bathroom remodel. I’m working on another post that tells the whole story of that neverending DIY project, but for now, I’m just reveling in the thrill of a new family milestone: my kids’ first bubble bath in our new tub! The project is far from finished, but we do have a brand new tub and tile surround, so for the first time since little Elliette was born, I can now put both kids in a tub full of bubbles and let them play together! Continue reading

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Mantry Subscription Boxes for the Seriously Fun Foodie

This post about men’s foodie subscription boxes was brought to you by Mantry, who provided the sample for review. No further compensation was received.

Mantry Subscription BoxThere’s a new subscription box on the market, and it’s geared toward men. 

Ladies, we must infiltrate. Mantry is where ALL the good stuff is. The good news? It’s not really just for men. It’s for anyone who likes to discover unique artisan food products and learn all about what to do with them (<<that’s the best part. They tell you how to use each item!)

And this isn’t a box of flimsy samples. These products are carefully curated, full-sized and accompanied by a pamphlet filled with stories and recipes/uses to best showcase them. You can expect 6 items in each shipment, and they all come packaged in a cool USA-made crate. (Mine now lives on my counter.)

And there are themes. Cool themes like Smoke & Whiskey, Awards Night or Craft Beers. The box I got was full of items that contain …wait for it…beer and spirits!

Dude. I am all over it. 

Mantry Subscription Box

Now remember, you’ll get different stuff, but my Mantry crate contained:

  • all natural salame from Olli Salumeria
  • Dogfish Head Ale Chowder
  • Butter & Scotch Green Chile Margarita Popcorn
  • Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
  • Wondermade Guinness Marshmallows
  • Reginald’s Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter

Mantry Subscription Box

I got a little giddier with each item I pulled out of the crate. I’m not sure which is my favorite, but the ginger syrup resulted in some seriously cool handcrafted drinks (the enclosed tip sheet included a recipe for a Dark & Stormy, which made for a very smiley me.)

Mantry Subscription Box

And the bourbon peanut butter? OMG. My banana has never been so happy.

Mantry Subscription BoxEach surprise in the crate was freshly made with real ingredients, and I really think the popcorn may have been popped about 1/2 hour before it was shipped to me. There wasn’t a single thing I wouldn’t purchase again, and because they’re all full size, there’s still a little party going on in my kitchen.

The verdict: The other subscription boxes I’ve tried should run and hide. Mantry is king.

Mantry Subscription Box

 

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Inspired Mother Maternity & Nursing Pillow {Review & Giveaway}

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Being pregnant is a wonderful thing, but there’s no question that those months can be very uncomfortable. Personally, I found sleeping very difficult because I am a tummy sleeper and that’s a no-go in the later months. I had always wanted a maternity pillow to help me get those much-needed Zzzz’s I had been missing, but I never did invest in one. (I actually won one, but never received it. Boo.) Continue reading

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Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Natural Greens Review and Giveaway Ends 11/10

 

I think I might have superpowers, and you can have them, too!

Let me explain…

Eating healthy with NO fridge for 5 whole weeks? Nearly impossible! But now that the new fridge is in the hizzy, I finally feel like myself again! I went out and stocked up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies, but I think I may have gone a little overboard. So what to do with all the extras? Juice them! And since I have been feeling a little sluggish and tired lately, I thought I’d take a chance on a product designed to provide a boost of vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients and essential Omega 3 fatty acids from cold-milled Golden Flax. (Phew! That’s a mouthful!)

Antioxidant Natural Greens from Tropical Traditions is a premium dietary supplement, featuring  3 different blends in one delicious and nutritious berry-flavored powder:

  • Quality Fiber Blend
  • Delicious Greens Blend
  • Organic Vegetable Blend

Now I’m definitely not an advocate of juicing or supplementing instead of eating a healthy diet. But since my diet contains lots of whole foods already, I thought it couldn’t hurt to add a little punch to my morning juice or smoothie, especially since it’s so easy to do. Just add a scoop of powder, and blend it in. It mixes easily, with no weird, powdery taste. And no artificial ingredients – because I have a strict no-tolerance policy for junky stuff in my health food, natch.


 

So, how do I feel? I feel good! Ok, so maybe not exactly like a superhero, but pretty darn good. A litle more alert, a little less pooped. Sure, that could be just because I’ve been making an effort to do something good and healthy for my body. That tends to make me feel better all on it’s own. And I’d hate to make any kind of health claim, because, well, we’re all different. But what I can tell you is that the pleasant berry flavor of TT Greens Supplement makes it truly easy to get used to, and it doesn’t ruin the lovely juices and super yummy smoothies I put it in.

And that’s KEY to a product like this because, as I’m sure you can guess, in order to reap the benefits, you have to be able to actually get the stuff down the hatch.

So, with Tropical Traditions, drinking green is easy! Score! :D Now, to figure out whether I can add my Floradix into my juice, too. (That really might catapult me into superhero status, and frankly, I’m not sure I am ready for that kind of pressure.)

Want to try Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Natural Greens?

Enter to win it!

**This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Gaby, with comment #6!**

Mandatory Entry: Tell me your favorite green vegetable. (That’s it! Easy as asparagus!) Leave your answer in a comment below, and please be sure to leave me your email address in EACH comment.

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The entry period for this giveaway is open until Nov. 10th, 2011 at 8pm. A winner will be chosen on or around that time via Random.org, and notified via email. Winner must confirm win with an email response within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Residents of US only, please. I received a product sample for review purposes, but all thoughts expressed are my own, honest opinions based on my personal experience with the product.

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Oats, Glorious Oats!

We love oats.

I love them, my husband really loves them, and our little man is even starting to love them.

Our favorite way to eat oats is in one of their purest forms: Overnight Oats, like these:


If you’ve never tried them, Kath is a great resource for instructions and recipes. We do ours even more simply, though. Just oats and almond milk, soaked overnight, then topped with whatever we have around. Easy peasy!

When using a recipe where the oats are the star of the show, it’s important to start out with the best ones you can find. Our favorites are the certified organic thick rolled whole grain oats from Tropical Traditions.

(Yup, that Tropical Traditions. The company  known for their coconut oil also carries oats, and a ton of other products, from whole grain cereals to deodorant!)

As you can see, TT oats have a great, old-fashioned rolled oat texture.

They hold up to the soaking without getting mushy, and they retain a dense, chewy bite. Plus, they’re organic! Tropical Traditions oats are by far the best quality oats we’ve found.

Breakfast is a hard meal for me, since I don’t eat eggs or sausage (and I reserve bacon for only the fudgiest occasions.) Empty carbs are easy to find in the morning, but eating them for breakfast is the quickest way to ruin my day. So I stick with what works: Add some fresh fruit, nut butter and a few shakes of cinnamon or cardamom to a cup of almond-milky oats, and you’ve got a satisfying, breakfast that beats any Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity or McHeart Attack sandwich.

I love having a big bag of Tropical Traditions oats around for savory recipes, too. I recently used them in my new favorite recipe: Quinoa Burgers. If you haven’t tried these, please, please do. I promise you – they are FAB (and easy!)

If you haven’t checked out Tropical Traditions yet, stop by their website and see all they have to offer, and make sure you don’t miss their impressive recipe page (it features more recipes than I could hope to make in a lifetime! 8O )

Next up on the ABCGP “to-make” list?

Healthy Carrot Oatmeal Bites

Spiced Crockpot Granola

Uh oh! It might be time to order more oats! ;)

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Disclosure: I received a product sample from Tropical Traditions for review purposes. I was under no obligation to provide a review or positive comments about the product. All opinions stated above are my own, honest opinions based on my personal experience with the product mentioned.

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