The Nutritionist Reviews

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tula Skincare Review and Giveaway

Tula Skincare
***See below for a huge giveaway valued at about $200!

I was recently sent some products to try out from Tula which is a line of skincare products. I was sent the Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Revitalizing Eye Cream and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream to try out. I had not heard of this line until now and was excited to try it out.

As I recently wrote about, I have very dry skin and hair. I am constantly using moisturizing products to help hydrate my skin. I drink a lot of water. I take care of myself yet I still always have very dry skin. I was excited to try these products out as they are supposed to help with dry skin. They can also help with fine lines and wrinkles.
Tula Deluxe Regimen
Tula means balance. The concept of this line of products is that we need to take care of our insides in order to look good on the outside. Also that feeling good on the outside can help us feel good on the inside. The co-founder of the line is Dr. Roshini Raj, a gastroenterologist and internist.

This line uses probiotics which I love since I make sure to eat probiotics often (found in yogurt, probiotic supplements, sauerkraut, etc.). Studies show that the topical use of probiotics stimulates the skin's protective mechanism and improves moisture and the balance of good bacteria on the skin. It can also help to prevent acne and UV damage as well as increase elasticity and produce more collagen. Tula products can be purchased on QVC.


Tula Skincare

As a new mom, I am busy and do not have as much time for myself. Luckily, these products are quick to use and provide great results. I have enjoyed using the face cleanser when I shower. It leaves my face feeling clean but also moisturized which is nice because a lot of other skincare products leave your skin feeling dry. After my shower, I put on the face serum followed by the day and night cream. The day and night cream is a moisture cream that makes my skin feel less dry. The face serum helps to promote a more even looking skin tone and reduces dark spots.

The product that I have enjoyed using the most would have to be the revitalizing eye cream. Let's just say that right now, I am not getting a lot of sleep (hello three times per night feedings!). This eye cream is great to put on and helps reduce puffiness and dark circles. I love the way that it feels on my skin and makes me look like I'm not a zombie when I am short on sleep.

I have very much enjoyed using all of these products from Tula. They have made a difference in the dryness of my skin and I will continue to use them as the weather becomes even more dry all winter.

Giveaway
The giveaway will be for the full line of Tula's probiotic skincare products (Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Revitalizing Eye Cream and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream) to one reader of The Nutritionist Reviews ($198 value!).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert Platinum Points Program

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MC

Crystal Light
Are you a country music fan? When I first met my husband Troy, I did not like country music at all. He made me a country CD to listen to with some of his favorite songs on it and I never looked back. I now love country music and it is about 70% of what I listen to. I am also a fan of Miranda Lambert. Her song "Gunpowder and Lead" is one of my favorites.

Miranda Lambert recently paired up with CRYSTAL LIGHT for their Platinum Points program. This program helps to reward CRYSTAL LIGHT purchasers with Miranda Lambert gear. As a country music fan, this sounds awesome! This program coincides with Miranda's Platinum tour that she is on now presented by CRYSTAL LIGHT. To use this program and earn points, you just have to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products from Walmart, take a picture of your receipt with your smartphone and choose from a variety of rewards.

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To sign up for the CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert Platinum Points program, just click the link, enter your email address or Facebook information, purchase the Crystal Light products, and then visit www.earnplatinumpoints.com on your phone and take a picture. It is not too hard to do for earning some fun prizes, especially if you already drink CRYSTAL LIGHT.  

To get started, you can use the code mirandaic for 30 free points for signing up. Also by referring friends, you will earn 10 points for each friend that signs up. Gear that you can earn includes an exclusive song download, t-shirts and mugs. I would love one of the mugs! 

Crystal Light
To try out this program, I headed to Walmart to purchase some CRYSTAL LIGHT. I chose the lemon iced tea to try out since my husband often likes to drink iced tea for dinner. Walmart had a nice selection of CRYSTAL LIGHT products. I also like this brand of lemonade which I have at home. The products are located with the juice and was easy to find. 

For my experience signing up for this program, it was easy to do and was not hard to scan my receipt in and redeem points. I now have 100 points in my account. I like drinking CRYSTAL LIGHT on occasion for a low-calorie beverage when I do not feel like drinking water. I like that it is offered in many different flavors. I think that it would be a fun mixer for an alcoholic beverage to keep it fairly low-calorie. Miranda Lambert even has her own recipe for a "Randarita" that would be fun to try.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheSeason #CollectiveBias

Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins
I love tasty baked goods but prefer to have healthier options. These coconut cream cheese muffins are whole-grain, gluten-free, flour-free and fairly healthy. They are semi-sweet and taste more like a dessert than anything else.

This holiday season, consider giving family and friends homemade baked goods. My mother-in-law gives us a big tray of homemade cookies every year and this is much appreciated. Since I am not the best baker in the world, these gifts are especially nice. Giving homemade goods can also be a good way to save money this holiday season. I am making a homemade gift (not something you can eat) for Adalyn's grandparents for Christmas but cannot share what it is yet as some of them read this blog!
Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

Servings: Makes 12 regular sized muffins

Ingredients: 
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup nut butter (your choice)
1 cup oats
4 tbsp ground flax
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup Baker's coconut
1/2 block Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese

Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

Directions:
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and get muffin pans ready by spraying with cooking spray.
Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

2. All all muffin ingredients to a blender or food processor except for the cream cheese and coconut and blend on high until oats are broken down and batter is smooth.
3. Stir shredded coconut into batter.
4. Pour batter halfway into each muffin tin.
Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

5. Cut cream cheese into about 1 tsp cubes and place 1 cube on top of batter of each muffin.
6. Cover the batter and cream cheese with the rest of the batter until cream cheese is no longer seen.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until muffins are cooked through. Insert a toothpick into muffin and if it comes clean (except for cream cheese), it is done.

Coconut Cream Cheese Muffins

Enjoy!

For this recipe, I used Baker's Coconut which is a sweetened coconut product. It is very tasty! Another option would be to add a bit of healthy cream cheese frosting and add the coconut on top which would be really pretty. I also used Kraft Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese. This is a product that I purchase often as I prefer to use a lower fat product than the original. It is super creamy and added an awesome flavor to my muffins. If you prefer a sweeter center to the muffins, you could beat some powdered sugar into the cream cheese. Both of these products were easy to find at Walmart.


If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more.  If you're looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out. When it comes to cooking, I am pretty creative but still feel like a novice with baking. This site provides lots of cooking ideas!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Care

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

Adalyn at 5 days old "getting her first eye exam"- AKA visiting my dad at work!

Optometry is something that is very important in my family. My dad has been an optometrist for about 25 years and my brother is currently in his second year of optometry school at Ferris State University. My husband has pretty poor vision and requires either contacts or glasses at all times. He prefers to wear contacts about 90% of the time and wearing contacts that are comfortable is important to him. 

The optometrist and optometrist-to-be!

When I first met my husband, he did not take proper care of his eyes. He would leave the contacts in overnight even though they were not that kind of contacts. He would also wear his contacts for too long past the recommendation. Since talking to my dad who is now his optometrist, he takes a lot better care of his eyes. 

Troy now takes his contacts out each night, usually early evening, and puts his glasses on. He properly cleans the contacts and disposes of them when he is supposed to. His eyes are in better health now than before. In fact, this may not be the cause of it, but his prescription is now less strong than it used to be! One thing that he does that he is not supposed to is rub his eyes. He gets dry eyes quite easily and has a bad habit of rubbing his eyes. Whenever my dad sees him doing this, he reminds him that that can be damaging to his eyes and to go and take his contacts out.

Many people like to wear colored contacts this time of year for Halloween. It is important to remember that wearing contacts without the proper fitting from an eye doctor can cause serious risk and damage to your eyes. Besides Halloween, 17% of Americans have worn colored contacts and 24% of those have done so without a prescription. If you want to have crazy blue or purple eyes this year for Halloween, make sure you are seen by an optometrist for the appropriate prescription. 

Troy in his glasses!

Here are some tips for proper eye care from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.:
-Get a prescription from an optometrist 
-Practice good hygiene when putting contacts on and removing them.
-Wash your hands before touching your contacts.
-Replace your contacts as recommended
-Don't wear another person's contacts.
-Don't rinse your contacts with water. Use only the solution recommended by your doctor.
-Take your lenses off if you have any eye discomfort, tearing, vision changes or redness in the eye.

More tips and info, visit Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses. To keep track of when your contacts need to be replaced, check out the ACUMINDER® Tool.
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