Friday, July 13, 2012

Even Healthier Olives with Musco Family Olives!

I have always loved Olives as far back as I can recall, and I craved them with each one of my pregnancies.  Because of the chronic back pain I live in with my Degenerative Disk, my blood pressure is often borderline, and I just can't enjoy salty foods as much as I would like to which includes olives. All of this means I usually only enjoy olives 2-3 times a year when we have a family dinner with extended family.  Until Now.

Musco Family Olive Co specializes in olives and focuses it's attention on producing quality olives while also loving the earth.  They recycle over 90% of their water reusing the water for irrigation and recycling almost 1.5 billion gallons of water on-site!  What happens to the other 10%?  Mother Nature evaporates it!     Musco Family Olive Co's latest products:  Early California and Pearls brands come in reduced salt options so finally we can enjoy healthy, low fat olives filled with healthy fat without all the added salt!

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I was blessed to receive a beautiful pack of olives to help with my review.  I am enjoying these olives all by myself since neither my husband or children enjoy olives, and I don't feel the least bit guilty!  They are so good, and for the first time ever, I didn't feel the urge to drink all evening after eating them.  They have all the same great flavor of regular green or black olives but without the saltiness.

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I decided since it is just me enjoying these that I would choose a grown adult recipe from the website to try out.  I adapted the recipe for The Bloody Olive to serve just one.  I have never been a Bloody Mary drinker, but this is a super tasty drink, and I am seriously considering adding it to my favorites.

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The Bloody Olive

serves 4
24 oz. bloody mary mix
8 oz. vodka or gin
4 tsp olive juice
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Garnish:
12 olives
4 wooden skewers
4 celery stalks, with leaves
4 lemon wedge
To prepare:
  1. Fill 4 glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces vodka to each and fill three-quarters full with the bloody mary mix.
  2. Pour a teaspoon of olive juice and hot pepper sauce (if desired) on the top of each drink.
  3. Place 1 celery stalk in each glass.
  4. Place 3 skewered olives across top of each glass. Garnish rim of glass with lemon wedge.
  5. Serve.

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You can find these olives and all the other selections on the Musco Family Olive Co website, Early California Olives on Facebook, and Pearls Olives on Facebook.  

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Musco Family Olive Co for the products I received to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

National Icecream Month with Green Valley Organics!!

Although we are striving to eat healthier in our home, the one thing that  never changes is my children's love for ice cream!  This is a treat we only enjoy on birthdays or while on vacation, and they love every single lick!  As a mom, I am always looking for ways the kids can get their "ice cream" fix without all the guilt, especially during July which is not only the hottest month for us, but coincidentally National Ice Cream month as well!

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I have the perfect solution that is both healthy and lactose free:  Green Valley Organics.  Green Valley Organics has a Certified Humane program which meets the gold standard for treatment of animals.  As a life long animal lover, this is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, and very important to me that I pass down to my children!  Additionally, Green Valley Organics brings peace and love to people:  peace to lactose intolerant bellies, and love to the planet by always utilizing certified organic processes!  

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I was blessed to receive a generous package from Green Valley Organics, and since this in celebration of National Ice Cream Month, we decided to make the Strawberry-Lemonade Swirl Yogurt Pops!

Strawberry-Lemonade Swirl Yogurt Pops

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 (6 oz.) Green Valley Organics Strawberry Yogurts
  • 1/2 cup Green Valley Organics Plain Kefir
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbs. warm water

  1. Peel the lemon, reserving the whole lemon for later use. Place the peel in a saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Strain and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Put yogurt and kefir in a blender; add chilled sugar syrup and blend until smooth. Pour into a liquid measuring cup.
  3. Rinse out blender, add strawberries, honey and water. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Pour the yogurt mixture into each of the molds, about two-thirds full.
  5. Top the molds off with the strawberry puree.
  6. Using a wooden skewer, poke the strawberry puree down into the yogurt mixture, swirling as you move the stick up, down, and around in the mold.
  7. Tap mold gently to release any air bubbles.
  8. If using a conventional mold, place the top on the pops and insert sticks. Freeze until solid, about 3 to 4 hours. If using cups, glasses or unconventional molds, freeze until pops just begin to set, then insert the sticks, and freeze until solid.
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Needless to say these were huge hits with the kids after playing in the heat all day, and they never even knew how healthy they were for them!

I give Green Valley Organics the My Wild Crazy Life Seal of Approval because they are Certified Organic, Certified Humane, and offer lactose free dairy options!  You can read more about them and find their other wonderful products on the Green Valley Organics website, Facebook, and Youtube.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Green Valley Organics for the products I received to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.





I'm a Guest Blogger Today!!



I have had the wonderful privilege of being the guest blogger for the yhoti blog today!  I would love it if all my lovely readers would stop by and read the post HERE and leave some comment love!  I give some great ways to save money on back to school shopping, so it really is a helpful post!  







Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beat the Summer Heat with Eco Vessel Water Bottle!

I can't say this has been the hottest Summer I have ever endured in the Southern heat, but it is definitely in the top five.  It is just sweltering and staying hydrated has become a must rather than a matter of sheer enjoyment.  I have always been a "drinker" so I have no trouble getting enough coffee, tea (both sweet and unsweet), sodas, etc; however, water consumption is just a struggle for me.  I have found that using a water bottle with a straw that holds several cups of water in it really helps me get my water quota in.

Eco Vessel offers 100% recyclable, bpa free water bottles made from sustainable materials.  You can feel good knowing you are saving the planet and landfills while enjoying your water since sadly over 80% of disposable water bottles aren't even recycled!  Eco Vessel also gives back to the community and supports organizations such as Water for People and The Unicef Tap Project.

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I received a "Wave" Triton Eco Vessel, and I love it!  It is violet and pink so you know this ""Pinkalicious" girl loves it for that reason alone.  However, it is also light weight, easy to carry, and has a nice flip top straw so that I don't have to unscrew the top every time I want a drink of water! The great thing about the straw is the way it is designed, it doesn't accidentally open in my handbag, beach bag, or tote!  I know that I can stay hydrated while looking fabulously pink and being kind to the earth!  That's a win:win in my book!


You can find this bottle and many more on the Eco Vessel website, Facebook, and Twitter.   

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Eco Vessel for the products I received to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something..

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fantasticakes, Inc: Gourmet cakes with a Home Style Taste!


Up until I was in the 6th grade in school, my mother was a SAHM who had a love for sweets.  I remember coming home from school every day to the smells of things like a freshly baked cake or pie.  She loved them so much that she made a fresh cake at least every 2 days and often every day.  Because of this, two of my favorite comfort foods are warm cake with no icing and pies or tarts!

Fantasticakes, founded by Van Keshish began by catering corporate and celebrity events with their cakes and bakery items.  They have been served at events such as movie premiers, celebrity events, and now they are available to everyone nationwide!  They offer a wide variety of Bundt Cakes, Coffee Cakes, Tarts, Layer Cakes, Pastries, and Mini Pastries.  Each item shows a true commitment to quality taste and design.

I was blessed to receive two tarts from Fantasticakes to facilitate my review.  I received the Apple Tart and Raspberry Tart when they arrived, and I had a swarm of kids around me immediately.  These tarts were almost too beautiful to eat.  They remind me of the perfect fake ones that are under glass in the entertaining section of fancy department stores, and I really didn't want to cut them.

Boy, am I glad I did!  The Apple Tart is what I call "Apple Pie America!"  I don't often enjoy apple pies/tarts because they have too much cinnamon or cloves, but I can say this tart has just the right amount of spices.  So much so I ate a piece for breakfast the next day!

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The Raspberry Tart was hands down my favorite.  I have a love for berries, and this was just so very tasty reminding me of the fresh red raspberries we eat off of Grandpa's vines!  The kids begged me daily until the tarts were gone, so I can give them a thumbs up on taste, quality, and definitely design.


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Go ahead and check them out on the Fantasticakes website, Facebook, Twitter, and the Fantasticakes blog

 Disclaimer: Many thanks to Fantasticakes, Inc for the products I received to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nature's Sleep Slippers-So Comfy, I May Wear them Everywhere!


 I have been hot natured most of my life, so up until the last year or so, I have never worn slippers.  However, now that I am older, the hardwoods don't feel as "cushy" under my feet as they used to, so I have taken to wearing slippers and am always looking for the most comfortable pair of slippers.

Nature's Sleep is a company which provides high quality, affordable comfortable products to help people get a healthy night's sleep and allow people to wake up feeling refreshed. I absolutely love that they use sustainable practices to protect the Earth's resources while utilizing a special process that allows for higher quality at a lower cost!

I was blessed to receive a pair of pink Closed Toe Slippers from Nature's Sleep to facilitate my review. The first thing I noticed when I opened them was how very soft they are. They are so soft I have found every single member of my family sneaking and wearing them except for my husband who would if they fit him!
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They are made of mostly cotton and polyester with a “thermoplastic rubber bottom.” I don't know exactly what that plastic is, but it is a nice heavy bottom that looks almost like it is covered in cloth. I can say without hesitation that these are the most comfortable slippers I have ever owned or worn, and I love that they are made out of memory foam!

You can find these slippers and more of their wonderful products on the Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Nature's Sleep for the product I received to try. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when deciding to purchase

Monday, July 9, 2012

Big, Assorted Flower Hair Clips 12 for $12 at Oopsie Daisy!!!


 A while back I was blessed to host a giveaway from Oopsie Daisy, and many of you fell in love with them along with me!  They have everything you can imagine:  Toys like Jellycat Scruff Pup , Books like the "Tickle Monster" and even Photo Props such as theLondon Raquel Headband Coco Chanel Addiction and some awesome bows! 



We have been on vacation since Tuesday, and I came home to the best surprise in my mailbox from them.  I received a package of 12 assorted Flower Hair Clips in the mail.  These clips can be worn in hair, or attached to an elastic band or hat to be worn by a baby.  As you know, big stylish bows are in right now for babies, little girls, and even for adult women.  You've heard the statement "Go big or go home" and that is definitely true with the headbands that are being worn right now.  I wish these bows were around when my girls were babies!
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I can tell you first hand, you can't make these bows for as low as they are selling them right now.  Oopsie Daisy is running a sell where you can buy a 12 pack of Assorted Flower Hair Clips for $12!!   You can choose two inch, 3 inch or four inch bows and they are still 12 for $12!!   The flowers alone retail for more than $1 each, have crystals, and can be worn various ways!

Whether you have a baby, little girl, or just want to jazz up your own style, NOW is the time to stock up on these bows!  The clip on the bows is handy so you can clip them onto virtually anything, and they are super cute in your hair!  You can see from the picture below that even at the young age of 36 29, these bows are still a youthful, yet beautiful accessory!
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You can head on over now to check out this 12 pack of Assorted Flower Hair Clips deal, along with all the other awesome products on the website!  It is so magical,  you may just want to stay awhile and browse-I know I always do!

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Oopsie Daisy for the products I received to facilitate my review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something..