Friday, March 27, 2015

Raising #HealthyMilitaryKids with P&G #Salute #ad

Compensation for this post was provided by Procter & Gamble via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this piece are my own.

I've always believed in raising Mary to active and healthy. When I was a kid, I always liked to stay in the house, but mostly because we lived in South Florida and it was miserable to be outside. But we live in a climate that is beautiful all year round now so Mary loves to be outside. Most of the time, she is outside anyways and since the weather is getting comfortable again, I've been planning lots of fun things to do outside. For the past two weeks, Mary and I have been stuck in the house because we both had pneumonia and that's no fun. So we're glad to be getting back into the swing of things. And one of the first outdoor activities we did this past week was visit an alpaca farm to learn about the alpacas, feed them and pot some plants.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous and was a breath of fresh air after a really cold winter. So heading outside to play with some animals was a great adventure for both of us!

When the weather is right, I love being outside and meeting some new animals was a great way to spend the day. P&G believes in the goodness of raising healthy and active military kids too and that's why they have teamed up with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to help bring ProCamps to a military installation near you! This ProCamp opportunity supports the Department of Defense’s Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, helping service members, their families and DoD civilians make healthier choices and live happier lives through nutrition and fitness.

So how can you bring ProCamps to your base? This is what you need to do:
  • When you buy P&G select brands at the commissary between March 19-April 8, you can help your Commissary bring a Pro Camp to your base.
  • Help your base be considered eligible for ProCamps selection by purchasing select, marked items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest, and Gillette at your Commissary.

ProCamps are a great way for your military child to meet a new friend, encourages a healthy, active lifestyle, and provides that once in a lifetime opportunity to play football with an NFL player. The kids will catch passes, learn routes and defend against these individuals that they look up to and see on TV each Sunday. And at each of the camps, the kids will receive a camp t-shirt, an autograph from the player, a team photo and a football among other things.

If you live on a base, this would be a great opportunity for your kids so I highly suggest heading over to the commissary to start your P&G purchases!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Drink a Better Sports Drink With @drinkbodyarmor

As I've mentioned a lot, Mary is a very active child. She loves all sports and is constantly outside. So as a parent, it's always important to me that she drinks a good sports drink to replenish what she loses during play. But recently I found out a very scary fact about a well known sports drink  that's on the market. And it's that flame retardant is put into it. I'm not exactly sure what their idea of benefit is with doing that, but my own thoughts say there is no need to have that in your body. Plus most sports drinks are full of sodium too which is just as bad as having artificial items in it as well.

But recently I was asked to try out a new sports drink and I had the chance to try it with Mary. It's called BODYARMOR and it's a premium sports drink with more potassium-packed electrolytes, vitamins and coconut water. It is low in sodium and contains nothing artificial which is a huge plus for me.

Currently, BODYARMOR comes in 7-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry-banana, tropical punch, lemon-lime, mixed berry and grape. And you can find these in supermarkets all over the US. For the Atlanta area, you can find them in Publix and Target currently.

So what is my overall thought on BODYARMOR? I think it's a much-needed change to the sports drink industry. It makes giving your kids something to drink after sports one less thing to worry about. Plus with all the great flavors, kids will really love them.

If you'd like to try out BODYARMOR, check out this money saving coupon too.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Clean Big Messes With #BountyatWalmart @Bounty @Walmart @SheSpeaksUp

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty

There are a lot of big messes that happen around my house. For example, a dog that used to be white but turned grey.

And how can you not have a mess if you have a duck that wears a diaper and lives in the house full time? 

Plus with all the birds, we always have a mess or two to clean up in the house. But we also have kitchen messes as well. Especially when we cook some of my favorite food which is Italian.

So now when I'm cooking, I make sure to have Bounty with Dawn in my kitchen. Bounty with Dawn is a specially designed 2-in-1 product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with grease-fighting power of Dawn dish soap. When activated by water, Bounty with Dawn stands up to tough messes like grease and dried food residue.

So we decided to put it to the test with four cheese lasagna and it worked amazingly! It cleaned everything with one sheet and I didn't have to stand around, scrubbing all day. I was very pleased with the results and have found a new favorite paper towel brand.

If you would like to try to make the lasagna recipe, you can find the whole recipe on the Kraft site. And remember that when you have a mess to clean, to use Bounty with Dawn.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waffles on a Snow Day #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_com

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When you wake up on a wonderfully snowy morning, the first thing that goes through your mind is waffles. Well, maybe if you're in my family.For some reason, during the winter we all crave waffles like crazy. So after my husband had told me a few dozen times that he wanted some waffles with everything on them, we decided to go get some!

Right in the heart of Chattanooga, there is a new restaurant called Wafflez Factory and they serve just what they say. Waffles and a lot more! So being a pancake and waffle family, we decided to try them out.

Wafflez Factory is right downtown near the college too so it's in the perfect neighborhood for college kids. And when we were there they were sure doing a lot of business! We went ahead and sat down and couldn't wait to see the waffle creations they had on the menu.

And being the sweet tooth that I am, I decided on chocolate with caramel topped with whipped cream and pecans. Can I say that I am drooling just at the picture?

Other than waffles, they offer a full breakfast plus lunch since they are open until 7pm. Something else wonderful about the Wafflez Factory is that they are a part of so they take the gift certificates! Before we left out, I went online and printed out my gift certificate to the Wafflez Factory and just tucked it away until I needed it. Then when I got to the restaurant, I presented it to the server.

Currently they offer two gift certificate denominations in the amount of $10 & $25. So the $10 would take $10 off a $20 bill and the $25 would take $25 off a $50 bill. That's a savings of 50%!

So if you're ever near Chattanooga and you're craving waffles really bad, then you need to stop on it with a gift certificate!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Try Out a Natural Detox for Weight Loss #FitTeaDetox

If you are anything like me, you probably want an easy way to lose weight without a lot of effort.
Growing up I was always very skinny but after having my daughter Mary, I started to gain weight. Now I maintain my weight but it's not a weight I want. And I want to feel good about myself without having to hide my problem areas in certain clothes.

But most of the time, I am just too busy to go take a run or even walk around outside. Going outside during the day means I have to stop everything I am doing for a few hours and that just doesn't happen. I am busy every single day and barely get enough sleep to stay awake as it is so making a few extra hours to workout is not in my books everyday.

But now there's a great new product that is all-natural, gives you energy, boosts your metabolism, aids in digestive health and boosts fat-loss naturally in problem areas. That product is Fit Tea! And what better product to try out than one that's slogan is "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline."?

FitTea is an all-natural detox tea.  It super charges and boosts your overall immune system and gives you more energy which I think everyone could use more of. Natural teas like FitTea have been used all over the world for thousands of years for weight loss and increased energy which helps anyone with a fitness program.

The ingredients in the loose tea of Fit Tea are Organic Green Tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Pomegranate, Guarana, Birch, Stevia, Corn and Honey Powder. These ingredients provide a fast-working and natural detox. These natural ingredients have other benefits besides detox, which includes weight loss, increased energy levels, suppressing the appetite, and natural antioxidants.

FitTea also offers a caffeine-free alternative. The ingredients are Holy basil (Tulsi) spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle and linden blossoms. So there's even a product for anyone!

My husband has been using Fit Tea daily for a few weeks and already I can see a difference in his stomach. That has always been his problem area and it's getting smaller so I can't wait to start Fit Tea myself!

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