Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Color Run 5k at Columbus, OH on July 23rd!

Two years ago, I took the plunge to "run" my first 5k - and fell in love.  Let's be honest, I hate running - but there are so many novelty 5k's out there that incorporate so much fun into the event that you don't hate every minute of it!  From bubbles to foam to COLOR, there's so many fun ways to make running actually fun.  The Color Run is probably the best known fun 5k around, and I am excited to share $5 off The Color Run registration with all of my readers - so read on to save on The Color Run tickets!

The Color Run Columbus - 2014
In 2015, The Color Run switched up their 5k a little bit by not only having color stations, but SHINE stations, too!  The Shine stations left runners sparkly and shiny.  Even more exciting, my daughter was able to lead a color throw alongside of the DJ at the after party.  We had a blast!

The Color Run Columbus - 2015

I cannot wait to see what The Color Run has in store for us on July 23rd, 2016 - and I hope to see you all there!

Save $5 at www.thecolorrun.com using promo code TCRCOLUMBUS4 - Only works for The Color Run registration in Columbus, OH

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hot Italian Premio Sausage Chili

I recently received a coupon from Influenster for a free package of Premio sausage, so I have been on a mission to find a yummy, new recipe to use it on - and I officially have found it!

In the past, I've always used ground beef in my chilis, but the thought of using sausage sounded like an interesting way to literally spice things up!  I adapted this recipe from HelloFresh (which I will gush about soon!) to include Premio's Hot Italian Sausage - and it's been a hit in my family!  I've never made chili so much from scratch before, but wow - you sure can taste the difference!  Onto the recipe...

1 package Premio Hot Italian Sausage
1 red onion
1 clove garlic
1 green bell pepper
1 bunch scallions
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 packet vegetable stock concentrate
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
Olive oil
Sour cream

1 - Prep the ingredients: Half, peel, and dice the onion.  Core, seed, and remove the white ribs from the bell pepper, then finely dice.  Mince or grate the garlic.  Thinly slice the scallions, keeping the greens and whites separate.  Drain and rinse the black beans.
2 - Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add the Premio sausage to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned.  Set aside, then slice into 1/2 inch rounds once cool enough to handle.
3 - Heat another drizzle of oil in the same pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions, peppers, and scallion whites to the pan and cook, tossing for 4-5 minutes, until softened.  Add the garlic, cumin, and chili powder to the pan and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until fragrant.
4 - Add the diced tomatoes, black beans, vegetable stock concentrate, oregano, and 2 cups water to the pan.  Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir the Premio sausage into the pan.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.
5 - Serve the chili divided between bowls (we serve it on Fritos!), dolloped with sour cream and garnished with scallion greens.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Influenster Comfort VoxBox

Comfort VoxBox

Influenster has graced me with yet another one of their amazing VoxBox's - this time it's all about Comfort, just in time for the cold season!  There's lots of goodies to be found in this VoxBox, so let's get it unboxed!

Ragu Old World Style Traditional Sauce

Looks like we are started off here on the wrong foot.  I was sent both a FREE coupon and a $ off coupon towards Ragu sauces - unfortunately, they can only be used at Safeway and other stores that aren't in my area.  Looks like I'll need to give these away... hmmm... do I sense a giveaway?

Annie's Homegrown Organic Soups

This was the first product our family decided we needed to try immediately!  Annie's new organic soups are available in 5 delicious flavors, all packed with 100% Annie's goodness, like fun, bunny-shaped pasta.  Although we didn't have any of Annie's signature cheddar bunnies available to use as croutons, these Organicasaurus puffs worked out quite well!  I've never found a tomato soup other than Campbell's that I truly enjoyed, until now!  Annie's Organic Tomato Soup was creamy and delicious - without too much of a tomato-y taste to it.  We can't wait to try out the other flavors!

Tide Ultra Stain Release Free

Tide's New Ultra Stain Release FREE helps remove 99% of everyday stains AND it's free of dyes and perfumes!  I'll be honest - I like my laundry to smell, so I normally shy away from the detergents that are free of fragrances.  However, it's always nice to have some sensitive laundry detergents on hand when I am washing a load of delicates or fabrics that will be used with babies.  Not to mention, the sale they had going on at Target, with a gift card offer, a Cartwheel % off, plus a store coupon made for a deal I couldn't pass up!

Fiber Choice Immunity Support Fruity Bites

With winter right around the corner, I am doing everything I can to boost my immune system and get ready for the onslaught of germs.  Fiber Choice Immunity Support Fruity Bites help support overall well-being by supporting your digestive health and your immune system, combined!  Unfortunately, I am not quite sure what I did with my sample packet that was included in my VoxBox, so I'll have to get back to you on what I thought of these...

Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites

If you love snacking, Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites claim that they were made just for you!  Fisher Nut combined wholesome ingredients like roasted almond, whole grain popcorn, and milk chocolate together into one delicious, bite-sized snack.  At only 15 calories per bite and no artificial preservatives, it's a snack you can feel good about!  When I first tried the snack bites, I was unsure of how much I really liked them - however I found it near impossible to stop snacking once I started!  These snack bites are the ideal mix of salty and sweet to leave you feeling satisfied.

Do you wish you could receive VoxBox's from Influenster, too?  It's easy!  Just click this link to sign up, and start receiving your very own products to test out and review, too!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

We interrupt your latest broadcast to bring you... more reviews!

Full Time Energy Super Fruit and Berry Weight Loss Blend

Over the past year, I've lost 25 pounds and would love to continue to trend and lose even more.  That's why, when I was offered to receive Full Time Energy Weight Loss Blend free of charge in exchange for my honest review, I was stoked to give it a try!  I've used other products with Raspberry Ketones and Garcinia Cambogia in them in the past, with varying negative results.  Either the products have suppressed my appetite so much that I get physically ill when I try to eat (which isn't good - our bodies need fuel!), or they have no effect on me what-so-ever.

Sadly, this product falls into the latter category.  When I first received the product, I put it straight into my refrigerator, because I was worried about the taste.  I know refrigerating liquids can help them go down more smoothly, so I was hoping it'd help.  The next morning, I filled up the cap and took a swig.  Surprisingly, this stuff doesn't taste all that bad!

After a few hours, I realized that I never felt a burst of energy, and I was STARVING.  It was as if this product actually increased my appetite, rather than suppressing it - which I have also experienced in Garcinia Cambogia products in the past.  Different products affect everyone's bodies a little different, unfortunately this just isn't the product for me.

Valentina Paris Hand Painted Wine Glasses

If you ever are looking to say, "Just one glass", yet drink half of your bottle of wine, these glasses are your ticket!

Seriously though, these hand painted wine glasses are beautiful.  I received them for free of charge in exchange for my honest review, and love being able to pull them out when company comes over.  The only problem is that they are so large they don't even fit in my cupboards!  Thankfully, they are gorgeous enough that I don't mind them sitting out - they serve a double purpose as a decorative piece!

50 Assorted Craft Sanding Sticks

I do a lot of crafting, so when I was offered to review the above pictured craft sanding sticks at a discount, I knew it would be a great deal and motivation to get some more of my projects complete!

These sanding sticks are just as expected - they come in all different shapes, grits, and colors and work just like all of the nail files that I've purchased in the past.  If you use nail files regularly in your crafting, I highly suggest picking up this bulk assortment on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPS30LG/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Glow 2 Go Self-Tanning Towelettes

Awhile back, Thermalabs approached me to try out their Glow2Go Self-Tanning Towelettes in exchange for my honest review - unfortunately, I don't think they're going to enjoy my review too much.  I normally use St. Tropez's Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, but that can get expensive, so I was excited to possibly find a more inexpensive option.

The towelettes come in trendy gold-toned packaging.  The instructions say to unfold and apply towelette all over your body as needed.  Pretty simple, so I started right away!  One of the first things I noticed was that unpleasant self-tan odor that comes with the majority of self tanning products on the market.  I have been lucky enough to find a few brands that don't leave you smelling like a fake bake, but this is not one of them.  I then was surprised to see how quickly the towelette felt dry, as if all of the product had been used up.  I ended up using THREE towelettes, just to do my legs!  So, when I originally I thought that this box would give me 20 applications of a golden glow.. now I am down to just 5 more, and that's only if I want to self-tan my legs and nothing else.

Although I was disappointed with how many towelettes I had to use, I was still willing to stick with the product if the results were phenomenal.  So, I waited the directed 4 hours, and took after photos.  Upon comparison....

I don't see a single difference.  Maybe I was already too tan to start with, and this works better on pale skin?  Thankfully, I didn't get the streaks that other users have complained about, but I feel that might be because I used SO MUCH of the product until I knew I was completely covered.  I also could smell my legs for the rest of the day until I finally took a shower to wash the scent away.

In the end, I've gotta be honest - I do not recommend this product.  For the price and the results, it just doesn't seem worth it, at least not for me!  If you do want to still check it out, it's available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NAIM3H2

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zahler Kidophilus Liquid, Advanced Childrens Probiotic

My daughter has to take Miralax quite often to stay regular, and I've always wanted another (more natural) option to help with her tummy troubles. So, when Apex Nutrition offered to send me this Children's Probiotic drink, I jumped at a chance to give her another option to help with her tummy troubles. Let me start off by saying this stuff is great! I don't have to worry about her taking it too often or the fact that she loves it so much she wants to take it daily. She enjoys the flavor of the product - and often is the one to remind me that she wants to take her "liquid medicine"!

We are down to only using Miralax about once a week - which is a great improvement compared to where we were before this product. With starting school in a couple weeks, I also am hoping this will help her fight off some of the bugs she might pick up from other students.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review, but I have to also say, this company is AMAZING to work with. My first bottle arrived with the seal broken, leaking all over my box. As soon as I contacted them to let them know about the issue, they immediately sent me a replacement bottle + some company swag. They were truly upset that the product arrived in the condition that it did, and you could just see their high level of commitment to the brand! If you'd like to check out Zahler Kidophilus Liquid, the Advanced Childrens Probiotic, it's available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX8OB9U

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July Review Round-Up! Flash Temporary Tattoos, All Natural Mosquito Repellent, and more!

Eco Defense Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
I spent the previous week at Girl Scout Camp and couldn't wait to give these mosquito repellent braclets that Eco Defense sent me a try.  I used the bracelets on my campers who's bug spray just wasn't doing the job. These are fantastic! They have such a pleasant aroma to them - very similar to citronella, and the girls loved wearing them. I was surprised at how well they stayed secured, and definitely noticed an increase in bugs biting me when I didn't have mine on! I especially loved the peace of mind knowing they were all natural vs. the horrible aerosol cans that the rest of the girls were using.

Flash Temporary Metallic Tattoos
I had also wanted to give these metallic temporary tattoos a try at camp with the girls, but unfortunately ran out of time.  Instead, we had fun trying them out at home, and love them! I just love the metallic finish to these tattoos - they are gorgeous once applied to the skin! Not to mention, they also come off of the paper backing so easily after just 15-20 seconds, unlike many other temporary tattoos that come off in pieces. My only complaint is that the one tattoo I was most excited for isn't printed as a mirror image - which is bizarre, because all of the other ones that include words are. Therefore, once it's applied, it's backwards and hard to read (see photo).

Regardless, these tattoos are excellent - there's definitely something for everyone in this huge pack!

50 Plant Panda Pots
Lastly, Panda Pots sent me 50 plant pots - which was perfect because we recently started sprouting the pits from our avocados, and these pots work perfectly as a container to transplant the pits once the root emerges. The pots are flexible, yet very durable. My kids just love helping out with these, since they are the perfect size - and you get so many in the pack, I don't mind them going around planting other random seeds that they find!

Andre Lorent Cellulite Cream
The first time I tried to apply this "Crazy Beautiful" Cellulite Creme, I was a little irritated because of how difficult it was to rub into my skin.  I remembered, however, that with most other cellulite creams, you are really supposed to massage it into your skin well - and the fact that this product doesn't absorb well into my skin just means I have to massage it even more!  I truly believe that one of the reasons this cream works so well is because it forces you to give your legs (or wherever else you might be using it) a deep tissue massage, which in turn increases the blood circulation in those areas.  Not only do I notice that my legs immediately feel more moisturized and soft, but I am also seeing the long term effects of using this product!

NO2 Nitric Oxide Preworkout Supplement
I've only used one pre-workout supplement in the past, so this review is specifically based off of my experiences with GreenForce's supplement and the similarities and differences with the other one that I've used.  While trying out this supplement, I took it before leaving for the gym and was surprised when I could feel it kicking in while I was still driving (within 10 minutes of taking it).  It definitely kicks in fast, however I also feel that it wears off quite quickly - about 20 minutes into my workout, I was already feeling drained.  The overall strength and energy boost that I get from this product is quite a bit more than I've experienced in the past, though.  I actually cut down to only taking 1 tablet at a time and I much prefer that experience than with the recommended 2.

I received all of these products at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review, but would feel the same about them if I had paid full price!