Archives for January 2015

Healthy Snack Trends and Ideas for the Big Game from Whole Foods Market

Are you ready for the Big Game this Sunday? I have to admit I’m not one for watching the whole game but I love the Half time show, commercials and delicious Snacks and appetizers! This year, I have made the resolution to try my best to eat healthier. Whole Foods makes it much easier to keep my New Years resolution. Healthier Snack options are also delicious! Some of my favorites are:

Bean chips – forget bean dip, bean chips are everywhere and offer a host of nutrients and fiber, and are often gluten free. Fan favorites include:

  1. Beanitos – Chips are made with black or pinto beans and one serving contains four grams of protein. Flavors include Chipotle BBQ, Better Cheddar, Original Black Bean and Simply Pinto Bean.
  2.          Beanitos Puffs are made from a blend of beans and other wholesome grains, and come in game-ready flavors like Hot Chili Lime, Nacho Cheese and more.

I actually just tried these for the first time and I love them! They are so tasty and much healthier than fried chips or chips and bean dip! My favorite is the Chipotle BBQ Beanitos! I did pick up a bag of the Beanitos Puffs and can’t wait to try them on Game Day!

My other favorites are the Whole New Hummus! I am already a big fan of Hummus but the Hope Hummus in Spicy Avocado is my new favorite!

Whole new hummus – the latest spreads are made with creative ingredients like lentils and avocado, and come in flavors that will make football fans want to take a time-out.

a.       Hope Hummus –lentil spreads that combine the wholesome legume with simple ingredients to create tasty dips. Flavors include Original Lentil, Garlic, Habanero and Curry. Their selection of traditional garbanzo bean hummus comes in very non-traditional flavors like Spicy Avocado, Kale Pesto, Sriracha,Jalapeño Cilantro and Thai Coconut Curry.

b.      Love & Hummus – this brand blends chickpeas with tahini (sesame seed butter) and other innovative herbs and ingredients. The Spicy Harissa flavor uses the uber-trendy exotic spice blend for an upgraded hummus.

For those who’d rather relax pre-game, Whole Foods Market offers ready-to-cook appetizers like organic chicken wings, frozen pizzas and guacamole dip (these items and more on sale game-day weekend, Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1). And, all prepared hot pizzas will be on sale for $10 on game-day Sunday, February 1.

I had to pick up some of the Organic Chicken Wings and a frozen pizza! I just may have to go back to pick up an all prepared hot pizza on Sunday morning! My husband is a big Pizza lover!

Here are my two favorite Healthy Game Day Recipe Options from Whole Foods! I can’t wait to make them this weekend!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Creamy Cucumber Dip

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And a few more:

Appetizers and Dips

The Main Course

Self Disclosure: I received compensation in form of a gift card to buy samples to facilitate this feature. Recipe and Photo Credit: Whole Foods.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood Announces “Fast & Furious” Ride!

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Ready….Steady….Go!

 

Universal Studios Hollywood Goes Full Throttle with National Commercial Launching Much-Anticipated Summer 2015 Arrival of the Action-Packed Thrill Ride,

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” During NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Coverage!

Universal Studios HollywoodSM shifts into high gear with the debut of an innovative, national 30-second commercial for its summer 2015 launch of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The gripping spot will jump-start Universal Studios Hollywood’s campaign for the eagerly-anticipated opening of “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride and new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

“What better place is there than the Super Bowl to launch a campaign where millions of viewers huddle for non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense,” said Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood.  “In just 30, thrilling seconds, our compelling spot resonates with the exhilaration this immersive thrill ride will deliver when it opens at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer.”

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series in a groundbreaking mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film franchise that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.  Featuring Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw), “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars in a harrowing escapade to save one of their own from an international crime cartel.

The dynamic hydraulic motion-based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story that fuses sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery, projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen.  Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 65,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen will employ 34, 4K projectors and a sophisticated projection configuration system to fully envelope guests in unprecedented realism.

Coupled with an intense blend of thrilling visceral effects, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will take guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour.  Exclusive interstitial content, filmed with the cast members, will be featured on the tram monitors highlighting interactions as they engage guests en route to the ride’s climatic scenes.  Along the tram route and featured at the ride, sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, will enhance the story.

The adventure will culminate with spectacular action sequences that send guests careening through the streets of Los Angeles—at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour—aided by the elite team of unforgettable heroes.

Please click here to see Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Super Bowl commercial which will be accessible in conjunction with the spot’s national airing.  Join the conversation online using #FastFuriousRide, and for all the latest news, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitterat @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions, including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

Credit: Universal Studios.

Poli Easy-to-Clean Sippy Cup is a Must-Have!

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If you are looking for a Sippy Cup that is super easy to clean then the Poli Easy-to-Clean Sippy Cup is the solution! My son is way past the age of using a Sippy Cup but we received one of these to try out. We tried it out with a friend’s toddler and it was a hit! I have to admit, that I have seen other sippy cups that claim to be easy to clean, so I was slightly skeptical. But, this one really is easy to clean! I also know that many sippy cups do leak and spill but this was also not the case. Pretty impressive! The patented spill-proof valve doesn’t need a straw. It is also 100% Break Proof and our little reviewer loves the Nursery Rhyme design. It is now her favorite cup! Other pros: 100% made in the U.S.A and it is BPA Free & Phthalate Free. The cup is 8 oz. and you can purchase on Amazon.com for $19.99. I highly recommend for ages 8 months and up.

Check Poli out on Facebook too!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post but any opinions expressed are unbiased. Photo Credit: Poli.

SweetWorks for Valentine’s Day! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! That means yummy treats such as chocolate! My favorite is candy from SweetWorks! I received a few samples and my favorites are the Niagara Chocolates: Foiled Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Hearts and the  Niagara Chocolates 3.5 oz foiled Semi-Solid Milk Chocolate Teddy Bear! But, my husband liked the Celebration by SweetWorks  Conversation 1/2″ Gumballs the best. My son liked the Niagara Chocolates Foiled Dark Chocolate hearts but he also loves Sixlets!  So many choices! You have to check out their website!

 

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We have teamed up for a Valentine’s Day Giveaway! One winner will win a Valentine’s Day package from SweetWorks! (Chocolate and the SweetWorks Conversation Gumballs will be included). Deadline to enter is February 5th, 2015 at noon PST. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite SweetWorks type of candy! You can check out the website! Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook too! One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via Random.org. Good luck! 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this review/giveaway. Photo Credit: SweetWorks.

 

Kitty Cat Condo by Cozy Cat Furniture is a Must-Have! My Cat Titan loves it!

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Pets are special and I think that cats deserve special furniture! It not only helps to give them something to scratch on besides the couch. It is also a place for them to relax and play. We recently received a Large Kitty Cat Condo Tree with Round Cat Beds from Cozy Cat Furniture and it is a hit with our cat, Titan. He really likes the hanging pet mice! What I like it that it was super easy to assemble and seems to be high quality. The design is rather creative with places to hide, play and sleep. It features 7 sisal posts for our cat to play and 3 comfy perches for down time. (Which I wish was at night but usually is in the late afternoon!) This really is a Must-have for all pet cats! You can find this one and many more great products at www.cozycatfurniture.com.

Here are a couple more images! It actually is really quite big!

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Features:

  • Overall size: 22” L x 22” W x 59” H
  • Color: Beige
  • Covering material: Faux Fur.This covering material has same quality as regular carpet, except the regular carpet is heavier.
  • Board material: Strong Particle Board
  • Base: 23” x 23”
  • Cozy cat condo: 9.8”D x 9.8”H
  • Bolster cat bed on top: 12”D (outside)
  • Round cat perch with lazy back: 12”D
  • Square cat perch: 14” x 14:
  • Cat tunnel: 8”D
  • You can clean it easily with a vacuum cleaner or mild detergent.
  • Assembles in minutes! All needed tools and instructions are included.
  • Free Shipping to Continental US

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Body Cream for Valentine’s Day! Special Valentine's Day Giveaway Opportunity!

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Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Body Cream is just perfect for Valentine’s Day! I received a sample and first off, I just love how this one smells! It smells so good! It really doesn’t surprise me since all of the products I have received from Good Earth Beauty smell delicious! This body cream smells just like Chocolate Dipped Strawberries! It is a thick whipped body cream full of vitamins and nutrients and left my skin feeling soft. I love that it isn’t greasy and it absorbs quickly. This really is a Must-Have for Valentine’s Day! 4 oz. Jar retails for $14.00 and can be found on the Good Earth beauty Website.

More info:

Free of: parabens, pesticides, petroleum, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial colors.

Handmade with love in the USA

by Mod Perfume for Good Earth Beauty.

We have teamed up for a Valentine’s Day Giveaway! One Winner will win a jar of the Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Body Cream. To enter, tell us what you will be doing this Valentine’s Day! Deadline to enter is February 5, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via Random.org.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature/giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Good Earth Beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zubels, the perfect Baby Shower Gift! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Looking for the perfect Baby Shower gift? Zubels is the answer! Zubels are 100% cotton (some organic) hand knit toys, hats and sweaters which are sure to be cherished and loved by children of all ages.

Zubels were born of a creative group working together to bring smiles to children (and to us). There was a need for an eco-friendly yet purposeful toy whose only requirement was a little love and imagination.

I received a really cute hand knit hat (the Owl Hat bean Blue) to review and since I don’t have a little one in the house, I gave it to a family member. This is now her son’s favorite hat to wear. I love that it is just adorable and it really makes me want to just smile! It is 100% cotton and hand knit. Truly it is too cute for words!

But, I was also quite amazed when I checked out the website. You really have to take a look! They have such a variety of hats to choose from! There are so many cute choices for both boys and girls. The hats vary in price from $20-24. 

We have teamed up for a giveaway! We have the Girls Snail Hat to giveaway to one winner! To enter, check out the website and let us know your favorite item on the website. Deadline to enter is February 5th, 2015 at noon PST.  One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via Random.org.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples via Tomoson to facilitate this review and giveaway. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: Owl Hat: Zubels. Snail Hat: SoCal City Kids.

Popchips provides a less oily option for families on Super Bowl

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Super Bowl is undoubtedly one of the biggest food events of the year and it wouldn’t be a celebration without potato chips. In fact, over 28 million lbs or approximately 6.7 billion oily potato chips are consumed on game day alone.

 As you plan your Super Bowl parties don’t forget popchips!  They are a  better-for-you snack option and you can  save $1.00 off any two bags with less oil that doesn’t sacrifice any of the taste.  In fact, if everyone switched out each of their fried potato chips with popchips on game-day, roughly 1 million gallons of oil would not be consumed. Now, how cool is that?!

Potato popchips are available in 7 delicious flavors and contain no fake or phony ingredients, no trans fat, no saturated fat, no msg and are certified gluten free.  I will be reviewing soon so stay tuned!

Visit http://poppedvsfried.com/ to get more information and to find the coupon for $1.00 off any two bags!

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post but I will be receiving samples to review soon! Stay tuned! Photo Credit: popchips.