WINNER!!

by Nicolle on February 27, 2014

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~$25 Walmart gift card & 2 Del Monte VIP coupons from Del Monte 

#575 - Toni M

 

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The Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes information and gift card have been provided by Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes. Opinions are my own.

New Gluten-Free Menu Options at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

Last year I was all about introducing more gluten-free foods into my diet. Don’t want to bore you over the details, but since I’ve gotten older and put on some weight, I was having the symptoms related to gluten allergies…if you will. My focus isn’t as strict as it was last year, but it’s also been easier to find gluten-free foods too. I don’t find myself reaching for ideas, much as they are now at my fingertips.

With that in mind, I was recently contacted by Souplantation AKA Sweet Tomatoes to try their new Gluten-Free options on their menu. Honestly I was floored to hear about them in a restaurant, but then again, it sounded like a great fit. Most salads are gluten-free (depending on the toppings), so why not have gluten-free bakery options, etc.

New Gluten-Free Menu Options at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

Before the Family and I arrived, I checked out our local menu to see what was on the up & up. I spied a few items that were gluten-free, such as the Cali Cobb Salad, Dill & Dijon Deli Salad, Chili, and the Coconut Muffins, that sounded delicious. And they did not disappoint.

I tried many things on our visit, both gluten-free and non gluten-free and was pleasantly surprised at how fresh & wonderfully all tasted…especially the gluten-free treats. I tried both the Cali Cobb Gluten-Free Salad and the Caesar…by far the Cali Cobb Gluten-Free Salad was the best!! The Dill & Dijon Deli Salad were delicious and so was the non-gluten-free Corn Chowder. But what stole the show visit, were the heavenly Gluten-Free Coconut Muffins…absolutely delicious. It’s all I wanted once I tasted them. My normal Blueberry Muffins I eat there, didn’t even compare anymore. In fact, the next morning for breakfast…I was craving those tasty little things :)

New Gluten-Free Menu Options at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

From the research I gathered, they are made from Coconut Milk. Being that they are gluten-free, I’m used to more stiff of a bread, whereas these were the complete opposite. They were moist, spongy and simply flavorful. Hubby thought they were too coconut-y, but I disagree. They didn’t sit as high as other muffins or mini-breads, as I compared it to my normal Blueberry Muffin. And it was hard to find a pretty one in the mix to snap a photo or two for you to see for yourselves, but that didn’t phase me…as long as it tasted good, I was fine!

As usual we have a wonderful meal as a family when we visit our local Sweet Tomatoes. Even better is everyone can pick what they want and I don’t have to clean the dishes…that makes for one happy Mama!!

Check out your local Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes for gluten-free menu options near you.

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*One (1) lucky reader will WIN – $25 gift card to your local Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes*

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The Del Monte products, information, gift pack, and gift card have been provided by Del Monte. Opinions are my own.

Quick & Healthy Snack & Lunch Options from Del Monte

Early on as a new Mom, I learned a key fact in feeding my growing precious kiddos, maintaining a balanced diet. Now I may not follow that rule for my body (so busy, ya know) but for my kids, I ensure a proper balanced diet. They love fruits & vegetables as we introduced them early on, as part of our routine. They always have a protein, fruits & vegetables and dairy almost every meal.

As a busy Mom these days, I’m always on the lookout for healthy & quick snacks and options for lunch. Squeezables have been a recent favorite along with cup style convenience foods. So when we were sent a couple 4-packs of Del Monte Fruit Cups and a couple of 4-packs of Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers, the kids & I were super excited.

The first we tried were the Fruit Cups. We received Mango and Mango Pineapple to try, both we have not had before. I personally love Mango and Pineapple fruits, so I definitely enjoyed the Fruit Cups, as did my 5yo son (he’s a very adventurous eater). However, my picky 7yo daughter was not a fan of either.

Quick & Healthy Snack & Lunch Options from Del Monte

Next up were the Fruit Burst Squeezers. Knowing that they contain 1-1/2 servings of fruit or fruit & veggies, I couldn’t wait to introduce them to the kids. I always taste test new foods we buy them and this was no different. We received Simply Fruit Mixed Berry and Fruit+Veggie Peach Mango. Both flavors I enjoy, however the combinations and texture of the Squeezers were not my favorite. Keep in mind I tried these before giving them to the kids and not in front of them. They both were not fans of these, unfortunately. Though, since we all loves Strawberries, I’d be curious to try the Fruit & Veggie Strawberry Squeezers.

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The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 products, information and gift pack have been provided by Sony Pictures. Opinions are my own. 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray & DVD

One of my most favorite books to read as a kid, was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So when the first movie was announced, I was beyond excited! It lived up to everything I thought it would be and more. So with the new release of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, you could imagine how thrilled I was. This sequel, if you will, is beyond the book and let’s your imagination run free as a child.

Synopsis: Picking up where the Inventor Flint Lockwood left off, he thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention – a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – “foodimals!” Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again.

The kids and I enjoyed every minute of the movie and the newly animated life on the island. The kiddos favorite is the tacodiles. How could you go wrong with the name? I especially liked the shrimpanzees, because I like shrimp and the word combination is genius! The further and further we watched, I started to predict what would happen and boy was I wrong. My favorite part, was when Flint’s Dad became friendly with a family of Pickles. He showed them how to fish for their own sardines and they really enjoyed his company.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 family movie night

To prepare for our traditional family movie night, I stocked up on our favorite candy (this is a BIG treat, because we don’t have candy often), popped some popcorn, loaded up the drinks and presented the kids with everything including the movie…on a silver platter wooden tray. Needless to say, they were thrilled, especially because the “popcorn bowl” was the adorable ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ tin lunchbox we received with the movie. And everyone has had their fair share of holding “Berry”…even the dog :/

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The VEEV product and information has been provided by VEEV. Opinions are my own.

End Your Day Relaxing with VitaFrute Cocktails by VEEV

Confession time. I’m not a big drinker, not even socially, especially because I don’t get out much. I enjoy alcohol for it’s stress relieving abilities, because apparently I have a stick up my bum (basically I don’t know how to relax)  ;)  However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good cocktail every now and again.

For those of you who have set New Year’s resolutions to eat & drink better or those who already eat & drink better, I’ve found a cocktail for you! Veev’s VitaFrute ready-to-drink cocktails consist of organic fruits stuffed & juiced in a bottle for your drinking pleasure and ONLY 125 calories. Available in 3 thirst quenching flavors, such as Lemonade, Cosmo and Margarita.

End Your Day Relaxing with VitaFrute Cocktails by VEEV

I received the Cosmopolitan flavor cocktail to try out. It was my first time trying an organic cocktail and a Cosmo! A Cosmopolitan consists mainly of Cranberry Juice with a hint of citrus. It tasted best when on the rocks (ice cubes) but even better when the ice melted and it was watered down a bit for me. I haven’t had a chance or special occasion to dress up my drink, but I’d do a ring of sugar around the rim using oranges to make it wet first, then finish off with frozen cranberries as the “rocks”….see I told you I’m not a drinker, that lingo is probably not even right.

It is a bit tart for my taste, but I hope to improve it any chance I can get…then I can show off my cocktail making skills with the help of VitaFrute :)

Vita Frute SAVE $25 gym membership with purchase

SAVE: $25 off on any Fitness Class, Gym or Health Club Membership or Monthly Fees.  All ya gotta do is just  purchase 2 bottles of VitaFrute and mail in the rebate form.

My kids & I viewed a complimentary early screening of The Nut Job in 3D. Opinions are my own.

The Nut Job in 3D - now in theaters! #TheNutJob

In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.

Last week, the kids & I had the pleasure of attending the early screening of The Nut Job in 3D. Hubby thought it looked like another movie we’ve seen, so he opted out. I was pleasantly surprised how entertaining the movie was. There was a bit of comedy, drama, action and romance…the perfect amount for kids and the kid in you!

Surly is a loner squirrel, along with his friend Buddy, that stays away from the group in the park. Both the group and Surley & Buddy are looking for food to store for the winter, however the food is scarce. Just when they find a nut shop, a lot of drama comes out about Raccoon. I find it ironic, that while the animals are staging a heist, so are the humans that occupy the nut shop.

The Nut Job activity pack

Click on the crossword above to save the pdf pack of FREE The Nut Job printable activities. Just be sure to have enough ink in your printer to print them off ;) I ran out and luckily the kids weren’t picky about the missing colors.

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We received the game complimentary to write this review. Opinions are my own.

Tickety Toc Matching Game

My kids love games, though sometimes it’s hard to pry them away from technology to play with the classics. At ages 5 and 7, they enjoy board games and matching games. We have so many different varieties of matching games to choose from in our game closet, but when I learned of the Tickety Toc version, I just knew it would be the kids new favorite.

Tickety Toc Matching Game

And boy was I right! It incorporates my 5 year old’s favorite tv show with a matching game…how could it get any better?! It’s great for ages 3 and up. And comes with so many cards, there are a few duplicates matches, but that’s in case you want to play the full game of cards or just a smaller version.

Simply line up the cards (am I the only one that plays this way…is it my OCD?) in rows. The youngest goes first and turns over 2 cards. If they are a match, then the player goes again, if not, it’s the next players turn….and so on. The kids and I have played a few games lately, with all the cards. At first it seemed daunting, but it gets to be a lot of fun. It is also helping me learn the Tickety Toc characters on the tv show faster.

My son’s favorite character is Pufferty and calls him Puff! I like Battersby and my daughter just likes to kick our butt’s and win every time! What’s your favorite character?

I received a few complimentary IdeaVillage Products in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.

IdeaVillage Products Daphne Oz

Recently, Ideavillage’s Finishing Touch Diamond Personal Hair Remover, Flashlight Friends and Pedi Spin products, offered their affordable & quality products to life’s everyday problems, participated in Daphne Oz’s Baby Shower in support of an amazing cause “Moms-to-be Around the World”.

A few celebrity moms co-hosted and many others attended the celebration, enjoyed hor d’oeuvres and sipped cocktails to support this great cause, as a part of the Star Showers Series. The evening ended with guests receiving Finishing Touch Diamond Personal Hair Remover, Flashlight Friends and Pedi Spin products, to pamper themselves in the comfort of their home.

IdeaVillage products

I, too, received a few items to pamper myself, including the Pedi Spin, Finishing Touch Diamond Personal Hair Remover and Flipeez Animal Action Hat.

The Pedi Spin is new to me, but not entirely, as I have a similar one.  However, the difference is I must use a ton of elbow grease to get the same results as the Pedi Spin. I am hooked! It only took a couple minutes to smooth and pamper my feet. Actually I did my hubby’s and he did mine. Super easy! The only drawback, is the smell of dead skin…and we had just taken showers, so our feet were nice and clean.

Pampering at Home with IdeaVillage products

I actually personally already use & swear by the Finishing Touch Diamond Personal Hair Remover. It’s for trimming eyebrows, personal facial hair and the bikini area. It’s a must have for trimming the bikini area. Simple to use and quick to remove hair. And when it grows back, it doesn’t hurt!

Now since I was gifted with a couple pampering gifts, I decided to pamper my nephew with the Flipeez Animal Action Hat. He’s been itching for one and well, he’s been a good boy, so he definitely deserved it.