Category: Weight Loss

Naturade Total Soy Review and Giveaway

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If you follow me on an even semi-regular basis, you know I’ve been on a weight loss journey for just over 9 months. December 30, 2012 I decided it was time to lose weight. It has nothing to do with a resolution, or even the numbers on the scale. My decision was based solely on being unhappy with myself and my health and realizing that my kids deserved a healthy mom. Since December I have been able to lose just over 38 lbs! Its been a lot of hard work, but totally worth it.

So, when I got the chance to try Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement I couldn’t wait! I received both chocolate and vanilla flavored drink mixes to try out. After replacing my breakfast daily with Naturade, I’m pretty happy with the results. I have seen a slight increase in my average weekly loss and that felt great! The drink mixes are super filling, and very versatile. You can mix your drink powder right into your favorite cold drink…even water! I mixed mine with some ice cold milk, yum!

The only thing that I didn’t like was that the Total Soy is not all natural. I feel that all natural products are much more beneficial especially where losing weight and keeping it off is concerned. None the less, still a good product.

GIVEAWAY!!!
Naturade has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway! One lucky winner will get 7 packets of Total Soy! Giveaway will begin on 10/5/13 at 12:00 am EST and end on 10/12/13 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com. Good luck! Please click the link below to enter:

Enter Giveaway Here

***I did not receive any compensation from Naturade, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Bare Fruit Review and Giveaway

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I’ve falled in love with a new snack, Bare Fruit. I received 2 boxes of their Crunchy Cinnamon Apple Chips. They’re 100% natural, the ingredients are apples, and cinnamon. Can’t get any more pure than that.

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In the picture above, you can see both the front and back of the box that the .53 oz bags of Apple Chips come in.

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The boxes turn into a cute little display, and I love it! This is a snack I can feel confident about keeping on the counter to let the kids help themselves. They think they’re getting a great treat at their own will, and I smile on the inside because I know that there’s one apple in every bag. Great way to slip some extra servings of fruit in on your kids. I loved breaking up the Apple Chips and putting them on some vanilla ice cream that I made. They gave such a great taste and texture to the ice cream, it was amazing!

I love the snack size packages for on the go convenience. I threw a few bags in the diaper bag this morning on my way to my son’s football game. I’m so glad that I did! I didn’t have to spend money on unhealthy, concession stand food while keeping the kids satisfied at the same time. If you guys give these a try, I would love to hear what you think about them!

GIVEAWAY!!!
Ok, this giveaway will be run differently than usual. Instead of a rafflecopter giveaway, this is straight through a facebook app. If this follows the rule of every other facebook app, it will not be mobile friendly and need to be entered from a computer. Giveaway will begin 9/26/13 and end on 10/03/13. One winner will receive a case of Bare Fruit snacks! Click the link below to enter:

Enter the Bare Fruit giveaway here

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You can also scan the above QR code, and be taken directly to the giveaway!

***I did not receive any compensation from Bare Fruit, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Portion Plate Review

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Portion Plate is a great way to help control portion size. So many of us are getting way too many of the food we shouldn’t be eating, and not enough of the food that are good for us. Portion Plate has been a really great tool for me. I thought I was feeding my family healthy before, now I realize how much damage I was doing by not paying attention!

I received 2 adult Portion Plate placemats, and 2 children’s Portion Plate placemats. You can see the front and back of them in this picture:
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I also received 2 adult Portion Plates:
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And 2 children’s Portion Plates:
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I couldn’t wait for our first meal using the Portion Plates…this table looks to empty!
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So, I have been using the Portion Plate for almost every single lunch and dinner. Once you’ve been using them for a while, it makes it easier to visualize your own plate that way without having the Portion Plate in front of you if it’s dirty and you’re feeling lazy lol. Below are a few example of the meals that I have served using Portion Plate.

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This was a lunch that my daughter loved. Sliced cheese dogs, brown rice, sweet corn with red peppers, and sliced apples.

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Another lunch my little one loved! Diced chicken breast, Gerber Veggie Dip flavored puffs, sweet peas, and diced peaches.

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If you’re having a lazy night and making freezer-to-oven foods, you can still use the Portion Plate! This evening we had chicken fries, french fries, sliced carrots, and half a slice of whole grain white bread.

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Portion Plate can also help you correctly portion a taco instead of loading everything on there. Here we have one tortilla, carne asada, grilled onions and jalapenos, and home made salsa…yum!

You can see just how versatile Portion Plate is. The possibilites are endless, and I am in love! My kids really loved the placemats! It gave them something fun to look at and read while they ate. I love that it was educating them as they ate, and they had fun doing it. Definitely reccomending this to everyone I know!

***I did not receive any compensation from Portion Plate, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Hi I’m Skinny Review

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Hi I’m Skinny has reinvented the snack in my opinion. They make some of the best tasting chip variety snack that I have tasted in a long time. I received 6 delicious flavors to try out: Multi-Grain Sea Salt, Multi-Grain Cheddar, Mulit-Grain Sweet Onion, Mulit-Grain Tangy BBQ, Veggie Tortilla, and Sweet Potato.

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First up, the Multi-Grain Sea Salt. They were really yummy! A taste I would compare to a classic potato chip, and would please anybody. The Multi-Grain Cheddar is tied for my favorite. Tasting very much like Sun-Chips, I was hooked on the first bite. Although the taste my be comparable, the wholesome goodness of the snack can not be matched anywhere. Multi-Grain Sweet Onion was the favorite of my oldest son. He liked putting them in PB&J sandwiches for lunch. I loved the taste of them as well, so good.

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Multi-Grain Tangy BBQ is the other flavor that tied first for me. They were really delicious with a nice sweet and tangy kick that the whole family enjoyed. The whole bag was eaten at my son’s football practice. Between my family and the other kids I couldn’t keep ahold of them! Veggie Tortilla were my middle son’s favorite. They taste just like tortilla chips and really hit the spot. Sweet Potato seemed to be my daughter’s favorite. After one she kept coming back saying “Skinny sticks”. So cute coming from an almost-2 year old’s mouth.

All of the flavors that I tried of Hi I’m Skinny were really great. What I love even more though is that they’re GMO free and all natural. The sweetness comes from evaporated cane juice…brilliant! If you’re looking for an alternative to your current snack, make sure you keep these snacks in mind.

GIVEAWAY!!!
Hi I’m Skinny has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway! TWO lucky winners will get a Hi I’m Skinny Sampler pack of their own (same items I received)! Giveaway will begin on 8/31/13 at 12:00 am EST and end on 09/07/13 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com. Good luck! Please click the link below to enter.

Enter Giveaway Here

***I did not receive any compensation from Hi I’m Skinny, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Skinny Pop Review and Giveaway

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Skinny Pop has some of the healthiest, tastiest popcorn around! There’s no extra anything in their popcorn. It’s a really great alternative to many other snack food that help you pack on the calories and pounds.

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Skinny Pop sent me a whole case of popcorn to try out. I received 3 large bags of original, 3 large bags of Black Pepper, and 3 bags of snack packages.

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The original Skinny Pop is absolutely delicious. All you taste is the popcorn and a slightly salted taste. It is popped to perfection and every member of my family loved it.

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The Black Pepper Skinny Pop was my favorite. It still has that great flavor with a little bit of extra bite to it. There’s not too much pepper, it is seasoned just perfectly!

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The Skinny Pop snack size packages are great for on the go or just a simple already portioned out snack for the kids. I love being able to throw a bag or two in the diaper bag before we head off somewhere. My kids are quite happy having a snack on hand, and a snack they love is even better.

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Here is my daughter sitting and enjoying a snack package of Skinny Pop as she watches some TV.

I am really glad I found Skinny Pop. They offer a delicious snack for the whole family, and that’s priceless to a mom of 3. Anything every person can agree on is A+ in my book!

GIVEAWAY!!!
Skinny Pop has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway! One lucky winner will get a case of Skinny Pop! You may choose how many of what items you wish to make up a whole case. Giveaway will begin on 8/22/13 at 12:00 am EST and end on 8/29/13 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com. Good luck! Please click the link below to enter.

Enter Giveaway Here

***I did not receive any compensation from Skinny Pop, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale Review

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I was super excited when the folks over at Eat Smart said I could try out their Precision Pro Kitchen Scale. It has been such a blessing to have this scale handy!

December 30th, 2012 I decided I was tired of being overweight and unhealthy. I am a mother of 3, and after I had my daughter (now 20 months old) the weight just wasn’t coming off, and I wasn’t trying too hard. It was time for a change. I still eat the foods I love, I just pay very close attention to portion size and take a daily walk. So far I am down 25 pounds!

I was without a scale, and was guessing whether or not I had the correct portion. The Precision Pro has made my life so easy! One of my favorite cereals has a serving size of “56 grams / about one cup”. So I’ve been measuring myself out one cup.

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You can see how off the one cup measurement can be. 11 grams over what it should be and that’s a lot when you are calorie counting.

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Now I can measure out the perfect bowl of cereal! Super simple and no more guessing.

(If you place your bowl or measuring cup on the scale before turning it on it will be zero’d out and the food weight will still be accurate.)

I don’t know how I lived without the Precision Pro scale, but I’m glad I have it now! Buy Yours Here

***I did not receive any compensation from Eat Smart, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***