Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 9/1-9/7/2014

Happy Monday!!

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday!! The last few weeks have been so busy around here that keeping to a menu plan has been next to impossible. I am hoping since this will be our first week back in the swing of things that keeping to a menu will be much easier. 

School is back in session, the summer is gone and so are the summer holiday so here we go again! I am looking forward to the cooler weather, football, and hockey! Bring on everything pumpkin too!!

Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Hot Dogs
Spanish Rice
Blackeyed Pea Stew
Chicken Parmesan OrzoSpinach Salad
Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

Bacon Sandwiches

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement Review... Natural Facelift! #purelyholistic

The older I get the more I realize how important skin care is and the more I realize if I don’t take care of my skin now that age will not be kind to me. Ha! Don’t laugh!! ;-) I was never good to my skin when I was younger I lived in the sun and surely I will pay the price for that down the road.

I recently started taking a holistic Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement to help reduce wrinkles and lines and even worse crow’s feet! I know we are all going to age eventually but I don’t know about you I am not planning on doing it any time soon. I prefer to look as young as possible as long as possible and with this new supplement I just might have found the way!!

Purely Holistic phytoceramides use rice based phytoceremides which have been clinically PROVEN to be SUPERIOR to Liowheat based Phytoceremides which can be 33% more effective at improving the signs of aging skin than Wheat phytoceremides.  You can’t beat that! No one wants to wear their age on their face.

What I love is that phytoceramides hydrates, thickens and binds the skin from the inside out. This reverses the aging process that naturally occurs. Who wants to add poisonous Botox to their body? Not me! Even the idea of Botox terrifies me I prefer natural and I feel better using natural products.

I don’t want to be thinking about a facelift down the road! I would rather do something that is more natural than to do something so drastic….. Let’s say a natural facelift!

If you are looking for a natural supplement to improve the look and age of your skin look no further than Purely Holistic phytoceramides. Visit to place your order.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Vita Nut Milk Bag Review + Giveaway #VitaNutMilkBag

I had never heard of a milk bag in my life until I saw one made by Vita Nut Milk Bag. Who knew having a milk bag could really be such a game changer in my kitchen? I guess we really do learn new things every day!

Just hang it to dry!
If you are someone who makes your own almond milk or any nut milk or maybe you even juice the Vita Nut Milk Bag is the bag for you. It’s perfect for insuring your experience is free of mess, lumps and the aggravation that goes with cheesecloth tearing or even cheap milk bags that are commonly found at big box stores tearing or clogging.

What’s worse to me is using cheesecloth only to have everything you are straining go right through the cheesecloth anyway. Ugh! True story! The Vita Nut Milk Bag will not only save you time but also money because you are getting a Premium, 12" x 10" Vita Nut Milk Bag that actually does what it says.

I am in love with this milk bag and have used it in more ways than I even imagined. My strainers in my kitchen are not fine enough to wash quinoa in but the Vita Nut Milk Bag is perfect.  Simple pour the quinoa in, pull the strings tight, then wash. When I am done washing the quinoa I simply rinse the bag then hang it to dry. It’s that easy!

I also discovered that the Vita Nut Milk Bag is incredible for wringing out frozen spinach. Honestly this is my new favorite tool in the kitchen when it comes to spinach. I can’t get over what a fantastic job it does. I have used dish towels and things like that to wring out the spinach but nothing beats the Vita Nut Milk Bag because it comes out perfectly dry without all the hassle. I have never gotten spinach that has come out so dry in my life. When I am making a dip using spinach that is a must, no one wants watered down dip!

Once again when I am done using the milk bag to wring out my spinach I simply rise the bag and hang it to dry. The spinach doesn’t even discolor the bag I can’t say that for some of my dish towels.

I can’t even imagine not having this milk bag in my kitchen any longer. Several days a week I find new and wonderful ways to use something that seems so simple yet can handle so many jobs.

I have used the Vita Nut Milk Bag at least 30 times since I received it and what’s shocking to me is how durable it is. It looks brand new no matter how much use it’s getting. The milk bag is made of a tight weave and heavy duty fabric which means you can squeeze more liquids out. No more waste, and drier pulp!  You won’t have to worry about holes, tearing or clogging like you deal with using cheaply constructed bags.

As if I needed any more reasons to love the Vita Nut Milk Bag … it comes with a Recipe E-Book with nut milk and juicing recipes specially designed for use with the Vita Nut Milk Bag. How great is that?

You too can have a Vita Nut Milk Bag in your kitchen visit to place your order.

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Body Merry Review Labor Day Sale!!! #BodyMerry

I don’t think there is anyone on the planet that has the dark circles under their eyes like I do. I have horrible circles that make me look like I am part raccoon. No seriously! Raccoon! I am a wife, stepmom, student, and so on… I lead a really busy life that doesn’t always allow me to get the sleep I need. I know none of us really get the sleep me need and it normally shows up on our skin and under our eyes.

I recently starting using this incredible Natural and Organic Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream. My eyes can use all the defense they can get you know what I mean? Not only does it help those pesky dark circles but also wrinkles and puffiness. I don’t have to worry too much about the wrinkles YET but I do have a lot of puffiness and of course my raccoon circles.

I really love that Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream is made for all skin types and is free from Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. The sulfates are huge for me because I am allergic to sulfates! When I use shampoo or other soaps with sulfates I pay for it later.

Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream is a blend of 70+ power packed ingredients including: Vitamins C + E + B5, Peptide Complex, Amino Acid Emulsification, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Antioxidants, Aloe, Cucumber, Green Tea and more!

You will also love that’s its cruelity free (huge plus for me) and it’s 100% Satisfaction guaranteed! No risk! So why not give it a try? I took a chance and I am sure happy that I did!! 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Natizo Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Review + Giveaway #natizospoons

Measuring spoons and I are not friends. I tend to break them or lose them or even (heaven forbid) I grind them up in the garbage disposable. Yes, my husband always loves when I do that. Ha!

I have never really had nice set of measuring spoons because they always end up being victims of my own destruction. I have always wanted a nice set but I have never found a set that I thought was nice enough to be bothered with or maybe I should say something that would hold up to my line of kitchen distruction.
Natizo recently gave me the opportunity to try out the absolutely beautiful stainless steel measuring spoons and I have to tell you I am certainly happy they did. I love this set.

They are very durable (with me they have to be) and they are a beautiful stainless steel. I am absolutely in love with the fact that they are engraved with the measurements on the handles. This is such a huge must for me because I have had more than my share of measuring spoons that end up with no measurements on them after a few washes. I don’t want to have to struggle while I am cooking to figure out which spoon I should be using. With Natizo’s stainless steel measuring spoons that will never be a worry because they are engraved for life. They are also made with a high grade of stainless steel so you won’t have to worry about them rusting or even tarnishing.

Here is another thing I love about them. The flat spoons edge are designed to make leveling off ingredients fast and accurate. When you've finished cooking, they are safe to put in the dishwasher and the easy to open ring holds the spoons together allows you to use them individually or as a set. I love that too!!

Are you in need of a new set of measuring spoons like I was? Look no further than Natizo stainless Steel measuring spoons! Visit to order!

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Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter Review + Giveaway + Recipe #BeautyByShea

I was very excited when the opportunity to try Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter was presented to me. I have always wanted to try Shea butter because I have heard in the past that you can make some amazing beauty products with it.

I have a lot of allergies to commercial beauty products because of all the chemicals they have in them. Having the ability to make my own beauty products is essential to me. If I don’t make a lot of things myself I just go without because commercial products tear my skin up with rashes.

The Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter exceeded all my expectations! I used the Raw Organic Shea Butter to make my own Whipped Shea Butter Brown Sugar Scrub and I have to tell you it turned out amazing. Who needs to pay a ton of money to buy spa products when you can just make your own for a fraction of the price?
You just can’t find products like this any place. If you want the best quality Raw Organic Shea Butter on the market then this is the product for you! I can’t even begin to tell you just how impressed I am and just how much I love the Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter!

I have no doubt, like me, that you will love the smoothness, and the natural smell and how the organic Shea butter leaves your skin feeling! Like I said spa day!
One thing I want to note is if you buy REAL organic African Shea butter it will have a natural earthy smell. If you buy Shea butter that doesn’t have that smell then you are not getting the real deal. This is the real deal!

Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter is a wonderful product and a super value that I don’t think you will find better any place for the quality you are getting. What are you waiting for? I love it and I know you will too!!

Check out this recipe for Whipped Shea Butter Brown Sugar Scrub, then purchase your Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter on

  • ½ cup Beauty By Shea Raw Organic Shea Butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of organic olive oil
  • 30 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl or in a stand mixing bowl and using either a stand mixer or a hand mixer mix until the ingredients are whipped and fluffy. 
  2. This could take up to 10 minutes. 
  3. Place in an airtight container and use and you please.
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Chicken Vegetable Rice

This is a great recipe that is so easy to make and delicious! I love quick and easy recipes that allow me to control the calorie count. I used to make this all the time! It never had veggies and it was loaded down with cheese. I have taken the same recipe and revamped it but I think I made it better! I love cheese but my body and hips do not appreciate it at all.

I can’t wait to make this recipe again because it’s so easy and great and I love that its figure friendly! I highly recommend that you add as many vegetables as possible!

  • 1 box Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix
  • 1 can cream of poblano soup
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrots well chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup frozen or canned corn
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast diced
  1. To a dutch oven add celery, onions, carrots, and garlic cook until the vegetables are tender then add rice mix, corn, and 3-1/2 cups water to the pot. 
  2. Bring to a boil then lower the temperature to medium. 
  3. Cook covered for 25 minutes then add diced chicken, and soup. 
  4. Cook for another 5 minutes or until heated through.
Serves 5

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review #phantomfit

My husband and I have gone through a major lifestyle change by not only changing our diets but we have gotten into the habit of exercising. We have quite a bit of exercise equipment in our home but the only thing we were missing and I really wanted were exercise bands to help strengthen my arms and legs. 

I went to our local sports and outdoors store but left disappointed because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. They had some resistance bands but they were things you had to put together and each piece was sold separately. In the end I walked away without anything because to get everything I was looking for would have added up to a pretty penny. I wanted simple not expensive!

Coincidentally, a few days later I was asked to try out PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands. I was so excited about this opportunity because this was exactly what I was looking for. Seriously! Perfect timing!! Now let’s top the perfect timing off with the perfect product!

PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands are incredible! They come with four different size bands size as in strength. I had to start with the least resistant band but now I have worked up to the second level band. I still have a long way to go until I get to the toughest one. I love that though! These bands give you the opportunity to work and build strength.

I have noticed a complete difference in my arms. They are already getting a toned look to them and for me that is heaven on earth!

PhantomFit Resistance bands are the best solution because they:
Are perfect for physical therapy exercises all the way to intense workouts
  • Works flawlessly for arm, ankle, and leg workouts
  • Are separated by resistance level to meet your needs
  • Are extremely durable and long-lasting
  • Are lightweight and portable
What's Included?
  • 1 Blue "Light" Band
  • 1 Red "Medium" Band
  • 1 Green "Heavy" Band
  • 1 Black "X-Heavy" Band
You'll also receive
  • Nylon carrying case for portability
  • Workout music downloadable as a mp3 file
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Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip

This recipe is a copycat version of Trader Joe’s Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. Personally I think it’s even better. I think the Trader Joe’s dip is great but I think it’s slightly lacking in flavor. I thought it could be improved upon and I think I did it.

I found this awesome copycat recipe and although I don’t think it’s quite Trader Joe’s recipe I think it’s better than their recipe, but I also think it was lacking in flavor also. I made a few changes to the original recipe by adding a few additional spices and increasing the salt. I don’t recommend that you add additional salt until you have allowed the dip to hang out in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. You need a lot of time for the vegetables in this recipe to get happy. It really does take everything coming together to make this recipe awesome.

I love this recipe! It’s fantastic and something that I will have in the refrigerator at all times. It’s low in calories and low in Weight Watchers points if you are interesting. It’s just fantastic!

If you are making this for an event you are going to want to make sure that you make this recipe a day or two ahead of time. It’s just sooo good!!

  • 1 (16 ounce) container fat free Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small box finely chopped spinach (frozen)
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • Cup water chestnuts, finely minced
  • Cup green bell pepper, finely minced
  • Cup carrot, finely minced
  • 3 small cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dill weed
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. This recipe must be made at least 24 hours before you need it!!
  2. Defrost frozen spinach then squeeze until all the liquid is gone from the spinach. The spinach must be completely squeezed dry. This will help to prevent the dip from being watered down.
  3. Cut the spinach into small pieces the finer the better.
  4.  Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  5.  Allow the dip to refrigerate overnight.
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1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

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