Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MAM Baby Review and Giveaway

MAM Feed and Soothe Set - Green
MAM is a company that makes a bunch of baby products including bottles, pacifiers, oral care products and sippy cups. I have been reading a ton of information about baby products so that when I do my registry, I know which products are best. These MAM bottles came highly recommended from many different sites including my Baby Bargains book that I borrowed from the library.

For my review, I was sent a few products to try out from MAM. I was sent the Feed and Soothe Gift Set seen above. MAM makes bottles for babies of all ages. They have anti-colic bottles that have a vented base for a smooth milk flow. They have bottles and sippy cups for kids when they are a bit older as well. All bottles are BPA free.

MAM Pacifiers
They also have pacifiers in all different cute colors and patterns available. These are available for babies of different ages including newborn, 0-6 months and 6 months +.

MAM Bottle Brush- Main
I was also sent the MAM soft brush which is a brush to clean bottles. It is very soft and has non-scratch bristles that are flexible. It is made to clean the inside of the MAM nipples.

MAM products are sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, Walgreens, Rite Aid and more. The products are affordable and have good ratings.

The MAM Baby Feeding set is available on Amazon for only $17.53!

MAM Feed and Soothe Set
The giveaway will be for the MAM Feed and Soothe bottle and pacifier set to one reader from the US or Canada.

Family Memories at McDonald's

McDonald's can get a pretty bad rap but I have some great memories from my childhood of going there. Back when I was in third grade, my parent's purchased a farm about an hour and a half from where we lived. We would go up there most Friday nights and spend the weekend there. We would pick my dad up from work and often stop at McDonald's on the way. I remember getting a Big 'N Tasty sandwich and enjoying them in the car on the way up north with my family. Now, we still go up north to the farm but not every weekend and we often don't travel together. McDonald's was a quick meal for us. We would also often get their side salads.

The family up north at my parent's farm last year.

Now, there are a few things that I like to get from McDonald's when I am on the go. I like their coffee and like that I can get it half-decaf. Another favorite is the egg white delight mcmuffin. It has egg whites, a whole grain English muffin, cheese and Canadian bacon. On the go, this makes a pretty good breakfast.
Egg White Delight McMuffin
I've also gotten their fruit and maple oatmeal which comes with oats, red and green apples, cranberries and raisins. I get mine without brown sugar. I learned that they partner with farms for fresh produce to have available. Food goes quickly from the farmer to the restaurant for peak freshness.

The other items that I like from McDonald's are their salads. They are full of veggies and good in a pinch. I like to stop at McDonald's early in the morning before going to the farmer's market or for an inexpensive coffee while I am away from home. Skip the breaded chicken for the grilled chicken though.

There are many options from McDonald's that are not nutritious but when I am busy and on the go, I think that they have fairly healthy options available.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by McDonald’s via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Tasty Products Review

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Seven Sundays Muesli
1. Seven Sundays Muesli- I was sent some of this delicious muesli to try in different flavors including vanilla cherry pecan, ginger pear macadamia, original toasted and bircher. My favorite is the original toasted muesli because I love the toasted flavor of nuts and it tastes great in this mix. It is packed with real, healthy ingredients including almonds, banana chips, coconut, brazil nuts, currants, honey, flax seeds, oats and more. Measure out a serving though because muesli is nutrient dense (1/2 cup is 240 calories). All of these flavors are tasty and I love them over Greek yogurt, plain or just with some milk.

Enlightened Ice Cream
2. Enlightened Ice Cream- I reviewed Enlightened ice cream in the past and loved it so much. It is extremely creamy, low in sugar, high in protein and fiber and low in calories. When I found out that they came out with a bunch of new flavors, I was so excited. The peanut butter bars are delicious with only 80 calories and 9 grams of protein. I also liked the mint ice cream sandwiches with 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of sugar and only 100 calories!! These desserts are totally guilt free and taste awesome! I love every flavor of Enlightened bars. 

3. Teavivre- I love trying different flavors of tea and Teavivre has some high quality teas available. They come loose leaf and come in many different varieties. These are Chinese teas and come in some common Chinese tea varieties. Some of the ones that caught my eye were the apple awakening tea, strawberry oolong and waterlilies fruit tea. I really enjoyed these teas, especially the decaf varieties in the evening. The fruity teas were very tasty and were different than some other teas I have had in the past.

Make a stand Lemon-aid
4. Make a Stand Lemon-aid- I love lemonade and in the beginning of my pregnancy, I had a huge craving for it. I finally satisfied my craving with this lemonade. It is very tart which I liked and so does my husband. He has been taking one of these to his late night classes every day since he likes them so much. The company has a great cause. Their found is a 10 year old that wanted the 18 million enslaved children of the world to be safe and free. The company started when a girl had a lemonade stand for 173 days straight and raised $100,000 for child slavery. After that was accomplished, she decided to bottle the lemonade to continue to raise money.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Your Diet

As I have mentioned before on social media, I am a proud Balance Bar ambassador.

There is a new post up on the Balance Bar website about tips to "spring clean" your diet that I recently wrote.

Check it out on the Balance Bar site.
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