Thursday, April 24, 2014

Real Foods Infographic

Do you eat real foods? Do you know what I mean when I say "real food"? Most of us probably grew up eating mostly NOT real food so it can be a difficult transition. Here's some more information for you about eating a real food diet -

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What part of switching to a real food diet do you think will be the most difficult for you?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sweeten Life Naturally with Stevia From NuNaturals (Review with Giveaway, Ends 05/09/14, Worldwide - FOUR WINNERS!!!!)

Disclosure: We received several NuNaturals products for free in exchange for our honest opinion about them.

NuNaturals has such a wide variety of stevia products. Stevia and raw honey are the only two sweeteners we use in our home regularly (though sometimes we will use xylitol in small quantities. But since xylitol can cause stomach upset in larger quantities, we by far prefer stevia). We love that stevia is natural, plant based, and doesn't affect insulin levels, making if the perfect sweetener for diabetics. Stevia is also naturally gluten free. When I asked NuNaturals about their products being gluten free, I received this fantastic response:
"Our products do not contain ingredients that contain gluten produced in gluten free facilities. The "Natural flavors" found in our products are Allal plant extracts. They do not contain natural flavors that are known to cause allergic reactions in the body. There have been over a billion servings sold without one negative reaction reported to us. With that track record we are confident that our Stevia products are very non-allergenic."

Good to know, right? ��

I am almost positive that NuNaturals sent me one of every kind of their extensive amount of stevia products.

They have MANY tasty varieties as well as several different forms of stevia.

NuNaturals has powdered stevia sold in packets which I keep in my purse for when we go out to eat to use to sweeten my tea.

 The powdered shaker of stevia works well for baking.

NuNaturals has bunches of flavors of liquid stevia drops. We found so many ways of using these! We lived adding them to our tea and trying various flavor combinations. I think my favorites were Orange + Lemon and Cherry Vanilla! My husband REALLY liked the unique flavor of the Lo Han Supreme. He also routinely began using the peppermint in his morning coffee!


I decided to try a new gluten free pie dough I recently discovered. I haven't baked a pie in a long time, but a blueberry-lemon pie sounded delicious...only I was out of lemon...or was I? I used the Lemon flavored stevia! 

I added several drops into the pie filling.

Just blueberries, NuNaturals Lemon Stevia drops, vanilla extract, Kerrygold butter, and cinnamon...that's it!

Here you see me dripping the Lemon Stevia drops in!

The pie is baking.

And it's finished! It smelled so delicious while it was baking. I could literally smell the lemon and blueberry blending!
This pie is fabulously delicious!!! The Lemon stevia sweetened it just right while adding great flavor.
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A list of SPECIALS listed are on their website for consumers to select from -

NuStevia REB 99 Pure Stevia Extract , 1 oz. size :
Regular = $17.99 / SPECIAL $14.99
NuGrains Oat Fiber , one pound bag
Regular =$4.99 / SPECIAL $3.29
Lo-Sweet LO HAN Extract, .71 oz
Regular =29.99 / SPECIAL $19.99
Extra Energy Tabs, 30 Caps
Regular =$7.99 / SPECIAL $5.99
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NuNaturals has a NEW NuGrains Oat Fiber. A great way to increase fiber in your diet. ZERO calories, ZERO Fat. A super addition to your favorite recipes.
(Again, I asked about it being gluten free, here is the response I received- "Oats are naturally gluten-free, however some oat products may be contaminated with gluten in cross fields.
We have never received consumer issues from this product and many of our customers follow a GF diet.")
NuNaturals has generously offered a giveaway for ( 4 ) four of you to win (1) one 2 oz.bottle of each of the Lemon / Cherry Vanilla / Peppermint Flavored Stevia Liquids, PLUS a 50 pkt. box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets. Totaling retail value of $ 48.00 each winner.
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What Are GMOs? Infographic

Ever wonder exactly what GMOs are? Wonder why they are used?  Wonder no more...

What did you learn that you isn't know about GMOs??

Happy Birthday, Little Passports! (You Can Win to Celebrate!)

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Little Passports 12 Month Subscription Giveaway + Melissa and Doug Toys
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What better way to celebrate Little Passports turning 5?!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Building Immunity with Nordic Naturals' Vitamin C Gummies (Review with Giveaway , Ends 05/07/14, US Only)

Disclosure: We received free products in exchange for our honest opinion about Nordic Naturals' Vitamin C Gummies.
Nordic Naturals has been featured a couple of times on my blog now. I really love this company for many reasons, just a few of which include:
2. My kids love the variety of flavors offered by Nordic Naturals. (Tangerine, Lemon, and Strawberry, just to name some.)
For this review, I am going to tell you more about Nordic Naturals' Vitamin C Gummies
First of all, the ingredient list is superb. This is one of the first things that I usually look at for anything for my kids.
 Here's some more information about Nordic Naturals' Vitamin C Gummies-
For ages 4+

 250 mg vitamin C per serving

 No artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives

 Pectin based and gelatin free

 100% vegetarian

 Supports a healthy immune system*

 Provides antioxidant support*

Vitamin C Gummies offers an essential nutrient that kids need for growth and development. In addition to supporting many of the body's physiological functions, vitamin C helps optimize immunity and provides antioxidant protection.* These delicious, sour, tangerine-flavored gummy slices are suitable for children ages 4+. Grown-ups love them, too!

Both of my kids enjoyed these gummies, especially Daniella, who literally begged to take them multiple times DAILY...seriously! They are the perfect size.
I definitely noticed an increase in her immunity level. Life got crazy and somehow we missed a couple of doses (despite her incessant begging!) and she immediately came down with an awful cold. We upped her dosage for a couple of days and the cold was gone almost as quickly as it came. Shortly after that, our bottle ran out and Daniella just about cried because she loved them so much. Brandon also liked the gummy form instead of a capsule style supplement.

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Reflecting on Lent 2014

Now that Lent has ended, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my Giving Back Instead of Giving Up project.
I spent 40 Days thinking about others and how I could help them. What could I do to give back to my community, my family, my friends, etc., but not completely break my wallet? I enjoyed finding many ways to do this, but I am very introverted and I enjoy living in my little shell. This forced my hand at reaching outside of my comfort zone.  
I think that the hardest part was fearing somebody "catching me in the act". I didn't want someone to see me leaving something somewhere for it to benefit someone. I didn't want public acknowledgement...I know that sounds strange because blogged about my experience. Why would I blog about it if I didn't want acknowledgement? I blogged about my experience doing this for two reasons: 
1. To hold myself accountable. Knowing that I had to blog about what I did each day pushed me and motivated me even on those days (and yes, it happened a few times) when I honestly just didn't feel like it. But I did it anyway because it wasn't just about me, it was about affecting others...which leads me to reason number two.
2. To inspire others. I wanted others to pay it forward. I wanted others to remember to think about ways that they could help someone else. I wanted people to reach out to one other with a caring heart.
Did that happen? I don't tell me. Did I inspire any of you?

Why You Should Stop Drinking Bottled Water Infographic

We used to drink bottled water very regularly. Now it is something that is done very rarely...this explains a lot as to why -

Do you drink bottled water?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 40 of 40 Days of Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Lent 2014

For the last day of Lent 2014, my Random Act of Kindness for my Giving Back Instead of Giving Up project is a bit bigger...not by the size of the kindness, but the size of the item!
Ever since we rearranged the rooms in our home to create a schoolroom/playroom, our office has gotten very little usage. We moved both computers into the schoolroom as well as having acquired a filing cabinet. So the office really is no more.
Because of this, we have a huge desk that has no use anymore. The two desks that we have in our schoolroom/playroom were both given to us so we decided to pay it forward by giving away the desk from our office.
I really hope that someone can put it to good use!

Day 39 of 40 Days of Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Lent 2014

My Random Act of Kindness for my Giving Back Instead of Giving Up project for today was a surprise for my aunt. She loves all things Disney. We had a bunch of Disney figurines that were Michael's mother's. Sadly, they have sat in storage for about ten years.

Not anymore! I packed them up and shipped them to her. These adorable figurines needed to be displayed!





There was about a dozen in all. I am so glad to hear that they will be displayed again! She received them yesterday and loved them!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Teaching Your Children About the Passion of Our Lord (The Gluten Free Version!)

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I did not receive any compensation from any brands mentioned.

Have you seen the FANTASTIC post over on Catholic Icing (Okay, what post over there ISN'T fabulous? But, I digress...) entitled "Story Of The Passion Lunch- Symbolic Lunch For Good Friday"? Okay, go take a peek and come back.

It looks fabulous, doesn't it? What a wonderful way to teach your children about the Passion of Our Lord. doesn't quite work if you are gluten free. So I wanted to share our version of a Good Friday lunch in Christ's honor. I'll warn you now that my pictures aren't as awesome as hers!

Yes, I realize that some of these choices are not "clean" real food, BUT we do "let some things go" when it comes to special occasions and what could be more special than our Lord?

Here's my modified Shopping List:
  • Grapes (this is just because we don't like olives! You could also substitute spinach leaves to represent the leaves on the olive tree)
  • Peppermint Patties (These are for Judas’ “silver”, so if you want to wrap something else in silver foil, that would work as well. Our patties are not wrapped round-like)
  • Hershey’s Kisses (for the “kiss” from Judas) We also used the dark chocolate ones because they are purple, the color of Lent.
  • Plastic Cocktail Swords (We bought ours in the party section of Publix.) 
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs (We also don't care for eggs.)
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins
  • Glutino Table Crackers
  • Salt and Vinegar Chips
  • Glutino Milk Chocolate Wafers (Yes, there are gluten free pretzels made by Snyder's and Glutino. Our store was sold out so we made do with what we could find)

I took the Glutino table crackers and used a knife to carefully break it in half long-wise to make my cross (held together with peanut butter).

Grapes, speared onto the swords.

Crown of thorns. Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins spread with peanut butter. Then I finely chopped a Glutino milk chocolate wafer and placed it around the edges to represent the thorns.
The candies, as listed.

Salt and vinegar chips.
Not the healthiest of meals, but the peanut butters provides some protein, the grapes are an added fruit, and there's nuts in the round crackers, too.
Please follow Catholic Icing's Passion of Our Lord scripture readings as you enjoy your light lunch. Don't forget that not only o we not eat meat on Good Friday, but we also fast. Therefore, our lunch will be a light meal.

Day 38 of 40 Days of Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Lent 2014

My Random Act of Kindness for my Giving Back Instead of Giving Up project for today was another online offer.

I was cleaning up around the house doing more spring cleaning and came across some things that we no longer have a use for.
So I posted them online offering them for free!

I love giving stuff away!