Posted by: suzan | September 2, 2014

Back To School The Healthy Way – Year Round Health

MARTHA STEWART STUFF

For many of us, back to school starts today and depending on your school, some of you may have kids already in school. So whether you’ve already finished with your back-to-school shopping or you’re just hitting that dreaded list, keep in mind some important thoughts for the entire school year. A healthy and safe school year is our top priority along with good grades and good behavior of course, but all those must start off from somewhere and a healthy and delicious nutrition plan is the foundation.

As my son and I went through his first grade supply list, I had to think about his lunch and snacks as well. Although it would be easier to buy school lunches throughout the year, it really isn’t feasible as we all know they aren’t always very nutritious. Even if schools are trying to initiate healthier lunch choices, I still see schools that offer cheeseburgers, sodas, and hot dogs as part of their lunch plans. While those may be fine once or twice, if your kids are eating them every day know that school budgets rarely allow these meals to include organically-grown foods. And foods laden with artificial ingredients and preservatives are bound to lead an unpleasant toll on your child’s health in the future. Parents who have children with severe allergies also know the dangers of buying school lunches as the schools are not always diligent in weeding out allergen foods.

So how can we ensure a healthy school year for our kids? While there are no surefire way in preventing the occasional cold or flu, we all know how they can affect their health and well being. Probably the best way in thwarting a cold is to keep up your immune system. Eating nutritional foods that include tons of vitamins and antioxidants are key as well as getting plenty of rest and exercise. Children should also limit as much stress as possible and stay away from those with colds and flu around them.

Below I’ve compiled a list of suggestions and products to help ensure a healthy school year for children and adults alike. While it would be nice if we could keep our kids safe from everything, in reality, we all have to scrape a few knees to earn the bigger reward – and that is the infinite knowledge to help our bodies be the best it can be.

Supplements and Vitamins:

Calcium – this is an important nutrient for growing bodies. Calcium along with enough Vitamin D, can help build strong muscles and bones in a growing child’s body. Start them early on this and they’ll develop strong bones and muscles into their adult years. Once adult’s reach a certain age, the calcium in their bones start to deplete regularly, so it’s also crucial for adults to take Calcium and Vitamin D together for absolute absorption. Foods that are rich in calcium and that kids will enjoy are: Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Fortified foods, Kale, Spinach, Soymilk (make sure soymilk are fortified), and Ice Cream (as long as they are made with whole milk).

Vitamin D – this vitamin is essential for growing bones and muscles. During a child’s formulative years it’s important to provide them with enough Vitamin D whether it’s through fortified milk or sun exposure, be sure your kids get plenty of this vitamin to prevent bone depletion later on. Foods rich in Vitamin D are: Fortified foods such as milk and yogurt, eggs, and some fatty meat (but do limit this as there could be problems consuming too much fatty meat).

Iron – Iron is essential for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body and for important brain health. When kids are low in iron, they are sluggish and tired and can’t concentrate. Babies get iron from their mother’s breast milk, but after they’ve stopped drinking breast milk, it’s important to include this vital vitamin in their diet. Although I don’t recommend young kids to be vegetarians, vegetarians can get their intake of iron from soy, lentils, nuts, dark greens, and iron-fortified grains. Just remember to eat Vitamin C- rich foods along with Iron-rich foods for better absorbtion. Foods that are rich in Iron are: Beef, Poultry, Beans, Nuts, Mollusks, Lentils, Chickpeas, Soybeans, Egg Yolks, Dark Leafy Greens, Raisins, and Iron-enriched Cereals.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is a powerhouse and pretty much most of the vegetables and fruits available contain this important vitamin. It helps with proper absorbtion of most other foods because it is easily digestible and your body knows how to filter it throughout. Vitamin C is also great for building your immunity and is essential in the maintenance of bones, muscles, and blood vessels. Although it hasn’t been proven to truly prevent colds in kids and adults, eating enough of this important vitamin along with other nutrient-rich foods will help build a foundation of good health . Foods that are rich in Vitamin C are: Oranges, Tangerines ( or any citrus fruits), Guavas, Strawberries, Papayas, Kiwi, Dark Leafy Greens, Tomatoes, and Broccoli.

Potassium – This important nutrient helps with normal heart and muscle function, maintains proper fluid balance, and builds energy. It also helps promote strong bones. It will also help kids keep a normal blood pressure which can carry on into adulthood. Foods that are rich in Potassium are: Vegetables and Fruits that are “orange-colored” such as oranges, tangerines, bananas, apricots, and cantalope, Tomatoes, Milk, Yogurt, and Fish.

Fiber – Fiber is such an essential nutrient because kids and adults need it on a daily basis. Fiber helps regulate the stomach and the intestinal tract so that kids will feel regular. Fiber helps with digestion so that important nutrients can properly pass through their system for proper assimilation. Fiber is also great at keeping kids full, especially when kids run around all day depleting a lot of energy. Foods that are rich in Fiber are: Legumes, Lentils, Berries, Nuts, Chickpeas, Oranges, Apples, and Cereal that contain high fiber content.

Omega Fatty Acids – one of the most important nutrient are omega fatty acids (3,6,9). Omega 3 is the most beneficial as it helps with many functions including inflammation, cognitive, and the heart. Omega 3 seems to be prime for almost any age and is one the crucial developing nutrient for fetuses and infants. Foods that are rich in Omega 3’s (DHA, EPA, and DPA) are: Salmon, Anchovies, Walnuts, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Flax Oil and Fish Oil.

Probiotics – Kids with a good digestive system build up stronger immunity and may get fewer colds. A healthy digestive system supplies the body with the ability to get rid of toxin and germs. Our body already contains a good amount of probiotics but when we get sick, they get depleted easily. Foods that are rich in Probiotics are: Yogurt, Fermented foods, Miso, Kefir, and Sauerkrauts. 

Healthy products:

Stonyfield Organic (www.stonyfield.com) – Organic and natural dairy products including milk, yogurt, and ice cream. Can be found in most natural grocery stores as well as major supermarkets. They have products specifically formulated for children and comes in exceptional flavors.

Happy Family Brands (http://happyfamilybrands.com) – Organic and natural foods for kids starting at infantry. They have an assortment of products ranging from cereal to puffs to yogurt.

Envirokidz/Natures Path (http://us.naturespath.com/) – Organic and natural foods ranging from cereal to granola bars to toaster pastries. I love the fact that they have a line dedicated to kids only (Envirokidz) with adorable packaging that also benefits the environment.

Lunchskins (http://www.lunchskins.com/) – Truly unique sandwich bags made without BPA and phthalates and easily washable. They come in an assortment of fun colors and designs and sizes suitable for snacks, sandwiches, and larger totes. I use them all the time to put my son’s snacks in them and when we’re traveling and because they are easy to wipe clean, you don’t have to worry about storing bags with leftover food smells either.

Boiron (http://www.boiron.com/) – Homeopathic medication for kids and adults. They use safe, herbal ingredients that are formulated to be used everyday, several times a day.

Nordic Naturals (http://www.nordicnaturals.com/) – A wonderful assortment of supplements and vitamins for kids and adults. Their products range from kids multivitamins to DHA products to specialized supplements such as Vitamins D, vitamins for skin, hair, and eyes. They also make natural vitamins for pets.

Barleans (http://www.barleans.com/) – Made with the best organic and natural oils, Barleans makes a great assortment of supplements for kids and adults. We love their Omega Swirl as it is truly the one product that kids will want to happily drink.

Yummi Bears (http://www.heronutritionals.com/) – Part of the Hero Nutritionals company, Yummi Bears vitamins and supplements are specifically formulated for kids. My son loves their Yummi Bear Sugar-Free Multivitamin as they are naturally sweetened with Lohan fruit instead of sugar.

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*Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Back to School.

 

BOIRON NEW LOGO

If I had a permanent back and neck massaging servant living with me I think I’d be pretty happy. But since I don’t and that’s unlikely to happen, it’s nice to have some homeopathic treatment for those days when my whole body is sore. And it’s sore because of running around with my son, getting things done that need to be done, and working on the computer all of the time. For most of us it’s pretty common to end up with a sore and achy neck or back which causes unnecessary pain throughout the day. Sometimes a good massage will work sometimes you just need something stronger.

I’m always wary about topical pain creams because I’m worried about the side effects. The ingredients used in those creams still end up being absorbed into my skin and my body so I need something that is made from naturally derived ingredients such as herbs and plants. Old herbal remedies have worked wonders in the past and from personal experience it’s what I prefer. So when I was offered to try and review Arnicare and Calendula Cream from Boiron, I thought it couldn’t have been a more perfect time. I had just developed a really nasty ache in my neck and it wouldn’t go away for days.

You’ve probably already heard of the company Boiron (http://www.boironusa.com/) who specializes in natural, homeopathic medicine. Their products range from colds to coughs to topical creams and gels and are made with natural ingredients that have been used for centuries. We’ve been using their adult and children’s cough and cold medicine for many years now and they are effective as long as you start right away.

BOIRON ARNICARE GEL

In the case of my sore neck, I was very surprised to find that Arnicare Gel worked immediately on relieving the aches. I used a small amount and rubbed it in and in a few moments my neck wasn’t as sore anymore. Yes, it was that soon and I myself was surprised at the quick efficacy. I don’t recall ever using another product that worked almost instantly. And I liked that it rubbed in smoothly and didn’t have a funny smell either. The main ingredient with Arnicare is Arnica of course and it’s completely paraben-free. Arnicare Gel works on relieving muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. As with most topical medicine I believe you’d have to use it as often as possible until the problem goes away. Arnicare Gel is great for areas including the neck, back, shoulders, leg, and foot. My husband gets calf pain from walking around a lot at work and he was even surprised that Arnicare worked so well.

BOIRON CALENDULA CREAM

Next I tried the Calendula Cream which is effective as a topical first aid. It’s great for soothing and healing minor skin irritations such as cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns, and sunburn. I did have a bit of a sunburn when I was out gardening and forgot to put on sunblock one morning. The next morning it ached a bit and was slightly red and I rubbed some Calendula Cream on my shoulders. The cool cream soothed the scratchiness of my skin and in a few days I noticed that my skin did not peel nor did it hurt when fabric brushed against it. As a long time fan of Calendula I had a feeling it would work pretty well.

The good folks at Boiron would like to offer 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger the chance to win a full sized Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream. This is a great opportunity especially with school starting soon and you’ve got teenagers who are into sports. So how do you win this fabulous prize? Read below to find out!

The prize will be 1 full sized Arnicare Gel and 1 full sized Calendula Cream.

Here’s how to enter the Boiron’s Arnica and Calendula giveaway:

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Boiron USA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoironUSA and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Boiron’s Arnica and Calendula giveaway. Become a follower of Boiron USA: https://twitter.com/BoironUSA and “Tweet” that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Tell me how you keep yourself healthy.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

Contest Start Date: August 29, 2014 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.

Contest End Date:  September 16. 2014

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.

Good Luck and thank you for participating!

 

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REVOLUTION FOODS

With Summer waning to a bittersweet end, parents are starting to think about preparing for their children’s new school year. My son will be starting first grade this year. Yikes! It’s going to be a big year for him transitioning from a smaller private kindergarten to a larger public school. I think I’m more nervous than he is and that’s granted given I tend to over think on a lot of things. But I also want to be super prepared as well and I want to make sure my son has the best new school year experience possible.

That being said, proper lunch nutrition is top on my list. When I was in elementary school I distinctly remember my mom packing my lunch. I may have gotten a few stares here and there for not buying school lunches, but I was always satisfied with what was in my lunch bag. Now with budget cuts and “mystery” food being served in schools around the country, it’s no wonder that more and more parents are sending their children off to school with homemade lunches. It’s less expensive and it’s a whole lot healthier as long as you provide healthy choices.

When I was doing research and approached with healthy school lunch initiatives, it saddened me that certain schools around the country offered only the barest of nutritional options to their students. Perhaps the budget cuts around the nation put a real dent in what the schools could afford to buy, but that also meant there are children who have no choice in what they eat at school. So when I learned about Revolution Foods Making Cities Healthier initiative, I was not only intrigued but I wanted others to know about what this company does as well.

REVOLUTION FOODS MEALS

Revolution Foods (http://revolutionfoods.com/) was founded by two moms who believed that healthy food choices shouldn’t be limited to only those who could afford it. Their program to help schools provide healthier lunches began seven years ago and is currently serving more than 1 million healthy meals a week in school districts across the country. They hope to one day be the revolution of healthier meals at schools with not only proper lunches, but real life nutrition education as well. Revolution Foods provide only natural products and their meal kits may one day replace those other conventional meal kits we see on the shelves today. Revolution Foods meal kits are healthy, contain only natural ingredients, and are a whole lot of fun for kids and adults to enjoy a wholesome, delicious, and healthy meal. I never realized how important it was to pack school lunches for my own child until I heard my friends and relatives talk about the lack of nutrition at their children’s schools. It’s unnecessary really, and the sad fact is that not all parents have the time or resources to pack lunches for their children so they have to rely on what their schools offer.

Revolution Foods Meal kits make it much easier for busy parents. It’s a cool and healthy way for kids to enjoy their lunch or after school snack. The meal kits come with a crackers and protein option or a cheese pizza option and a natural sweet snack. It doesn’t include a beverage however, but just add a bottle of water, milk, or juice to your child’s lunch bag and you’re all set. Depending on the age of your children, I think the meal kits are great for a light lunch or an anytime-of-the-day snack. But if you do pack it for your child’s school lunch, make sure they are old enough to be able to open the boxes and the plastic wrapping. The meal kits are all neatly packed and includes fun activities printed on the box itself. I got my son the Turkey and Cheddar Meal Kit which came with whole wheat crackers, all natural cheese, and all natural turkey slices. And also the Ham and Cheddar Meal Kit which also included crackers, cheese, and ham.

REVOLUTION FOODS KITS

What I really enjoy most about these meal kits are the natural ingredients used. There are no “artificial anything”, no nitrites/nitrates that you’d typically find in deli meat, and no preservatives. It’s not only healthy for your children but better for the planet as well. Although the meal kit is really meant as a snack or a light meal, I think if you did use it as lunch for your kids, you’d want to pack some yogurt and fruit in there as well just to fill them up a bit. My son had the meal kits when we were on a road trip and it helped a lot with car boredom and we didn’t have to stop at a fast food restaurant to satisfy his rumbling tummy.

The good folks at Revolution Foods would also like to offer 2 LUCKY readers of Happymomblogger the chance to try their new meal kits. Each winner will receive ( 2) FREE product coupons to pick up at their local store. You can find Revolution Foods at most major supermarkets and Targets around the country. For store location, please visit their website: http://revolutionfoods.com/in-stores/.  So how do you win this great prize? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter the Revolution Foods giveaway:

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Revolution Foods on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionFoods and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

#2 entry – Become a follower: http://twitter.com/#!/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Revolution Foods giveaway. Become a follower of Revolution Foods:  https://twitter.com/revolutionfoods and “Tweet” that you are entering the at Revolution Foods giveaway at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Tell me what you like to pack for your kids lunches.

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: August 29, 2014 – CONTEST CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED.

Contest End Date: September 16, 2014

Only 2 winners will be chosen at random and I will post the winners names on my blog.

Good Luck and thank you for participating!

 

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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BARLEANS

One of the best things you can do to live a longer and healthier life is to eat well. Unfortunately not everyone can eat healthy all the time and that’s when a supplement comes in handy. Whether it’s lack of money or time to cook healthier, it doesn’t take much however to find good supplements and incorporate them into your life. I try to cook and eat as healthy as possible, but I also know that it’s nearly impossible to eat a balanced meal every single day. In this crazy and busy world nowadays, and unless you’re a dedicated health guru, supplementing with vitamins and minerals really adds to the health factor. And when it comes to your kids, you may notice that more companies are catering their vitamins and mineral supplements to the younger members of your family.

I’ve been giving my son Omega-3 vitamins for a couple of years now and even his pediatrician had recommended it. I personally think it’s fine to give your kids a supplement but it also depends on their ages and needs. Not every child needs a supplement but the most common kinds such as Omega fatty acids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D are actually helpful for proper growth and protection in children. It’s always best to do your own research and speak to an expert but if you’re already taking vitamins and supplements then you probably know the benefits of doing so. When I discovered Barlean’s several years ago I was impressed at their extensive lineup of vitamins and supplements for adults and children. Using only the highest quality of ingredients in their products, Barlean’s has given consumers years of extraordinary Omega essential nutrition such as Flax Seed Oil, Fish Oils, Olive Leaf Complex, and Specialty Oils. I give my son Barlean’s Omega Kids Swirl which is super delicious and complete with the purified fish oils. I myself enjoy taking their Omega Swirls as they are an easy way of getting your omegas into your body.

But Barlean’s (http://www.barleans.com/) is so much more than just supplements. They deliver their refrigerated organic flax and fish oil supplements immediately after bottling them. This ensures that the freshness and efficacy of their supplements are offered to their consumers without any in-between processing time. The shelf life of these refrigerated supplements are about 6 months from the date they were brought to your stores so be sure to keep an eye on the expiration date. And I always keep my liquid flax oils in the fridge each and every time.

BARLEANS OLIVE LEAF

As a long-time fan of Barlean’s, the company had sent me two versions of their Olive Leaf Complex supplements. I tried both the Olive Leaf Oil and the Olive Leaf Softgels and personally, I prefer the softgels only because they are a lot easier for me to remember to take them. Since I already take the flax oils I didn’t feel it was necessary to take both supplements in oil form. However, the folks at Barlean’s ensured me that it was alright to take both oils at the same time.

As most of you probably already know, olive leaves were used as medicinal purposes many years ago and is still used today to prevent illnesses and support one’s immune system. Olive leaf is used around the world as a health tonic and powerful antioxidant*.Barlean’s olive leaves are fresh-picked at sunrise, immediately fresh-pressed and then bottled to capture full-spectrum nutritional potencyThe benefits of Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex are:

• Healthy Immune System*
• Healthy Cardiovascular System*
• Healthy Blood Pressure*
• Healthy Joints*

BARLEANS OLIVE LEAF CAPSULES

All Olive Leaf Complex are fresh-pressed to ensure the freshest and finest supplement and are available in liquid, softgels, and throat sprays. So how effective is the Olive Leaf Complex? Well, I had a sore throat and a slight cold not too long ago and just didn’t feel like talking or doing much and with a young kid, that’s really not possible. And I knew that if I didn’t tackle on my cold immediately, then it might turn worse. So, I had started taking the Olive Leaf Complex liquid and the sore throat went away quicker than if I hadn’t taken any supplements. I purposely did not take any medication as I wanted to test out the effectiveness of the Olive Leaf Complex. Of course it’s not meant as a treatment of any kind, but I do prefer nipping the colds early on and early prevention when possible. I believe that with any supplements, you have to take it religiously to build up the endurance in your system. Your body will recognize most supplements and process them as they should but always do your own research just to be certain.

The wonderful folks at Barlean’s would also like to offer 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger the opportunity to win an Olive Leaf Complex supplement. The winner can choose either the liquid form or the softgels form. I personally prefer softgels but liquids work just as well when you want something that goes down easily and without any water to wash it down. The Olive Leaf Complex has a slight minty flavor and the softgels has no flavor. With the flu season coming up soon and children going back to school, it is essential to start taking care of your body now. I for one hate to get any kinds of colds or flu so I try to be diligent in preventing them. Barlean’s can be found at most natural grocery stores in the refrigerated section as well as the vitamins and supplements aisle.

So how do do you win this fabulous prize? Read below to find out!

Here’s how to enter the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex giveaway:

ENTRIES:

#1 entry – “Like” Barlean’s on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barleans and write on their wall that you are entering the contest at Happymomblogger: http://www.happymomblogger.wordpress.com/. Please put Happymomblogger as the heading.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

#2 entry – Become a follower: https://twitter.com/happymomblogger and “Tweet” me @happymomblogger that you are entering the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex giveaway. Become a follower of Barlean’s:  https://twitter.com/barleans and “Tweet” that you are entering the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Complex giveaway at Happymomblogger.

#3 entry – Subscribe to my Blog.

#4 entry – Tell me which Barlean’s supplements you’d most like to try (http://www.barleans.com/) .

#5 entry – Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs using the link provided below.

You can enter by telling me the 5 entries in the LEAVE A COMMENT box. Please be sure to give me your name and email address so that I may contact you if you win. Contest is open to residents of US only. 18 years and older please. Please be sure to provide a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Only 1 contestant per household please. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prize. Any violation of the rules will deem your entry as disqualified. Happymomblogger is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes but will do the best to ensure your prize gets there. In  the event the winner can not be contacted within 3 days of email sent then another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibed by law.

Contest Start Date: August 29, 2014 – GIVEAWAY CLOSED, WINNER WILL BE SELECTED.

Contest End Date: September 16, 2014

Only 1 winner will be chosen at random and I will post the winner’s name on my blog.

Good Luck and thank you for participating!

 

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Posted by: suzan | August 25, 2014

WORLD FOODS – Products Worth Reviewing

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Some days I’m really at a lost as to what to cook for dinner. With me being a vegetarian, it’s much easier for me to whip up a delicious salad or stir-fry than it is to plan a great meal for my husband and son who are not vegetarians. So at times I rely on pre-made sauces and marinades. Nothing wrong with some help now and then right? Especially when you do a majority of the cooking and you have to come up with something that everyone will like to eat.

So when I was offered to review WorldFoods (http://www.worldfoods.com.my/wf/index.php) as a Moms Meet Ambassador I was excited to try this new Asian fusion food company. I’m not much on heavy sauces as I used to think they overpower the actual dish, but I was willing to give WorldFoods Asian sauces a try. Ranging from Thai to China to India, WorldFoods sauces and marinades contain all of the essential ingredients you’d find in traditional Asian and Pan Asian cooking.
Ingredients such as Chili peppers, Garlic, Ginger, Cumin, Turmeric, and Cinnamon make up a unique and delicious blend of sauces that make your mouth water and your taste buds thanking you later. If I had to make these sauces from scratch I’d probably wouldn’t do a professional job with them and that’s why companies such as WorldFoods take out the guessing game for us.

 

 

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WorldFoods is an internationally known company originated in 1998 and made up of professionals in the food industry. With their extensive line of Asian fusion sauces and marinades, you could probably try all of their products and never finish with the expanse of dishes you could come up with. WorldFoods has 51 types of Asian dipping sauces, pastes, noodle sauces, stir-fry, cooking sauces, marinades, chutneys and salad dressings available worldwide. I was very fortunate to have tried their most popular ones: Thai Yellow Curry, Thai Coconut Galangal, Fried Rice Nasi Goreng, and Thai Green Curry Paste. My first experiment was with the Fried Rice Nasi Goreng having tried that dish a long time ago at a restaurant. The recipe called for chicken and shrimp however so instead I included sweet onions, eggs, and diced green onions to make it a vegetarian dish. The fried rice was spicy enough for a unique flavor and it wasn’t overpowering or too pungent. Next time I may add shrimp to it for my family and see how they like it.

I then tried the Thai Green Curry Paste as I love curry and can find so many uses for its intricate blend. Curry is really a fusion of spices and the Thai Green Curry Paste wasn’t too spicy but just enough to give it a good bite. It was easy to pour it over rice and mixed with some vegetables and protein and you’ve got an authentic Thai dish. One of the reasons I like WorldFoods is that there are so many varieties to choose from. Asian cooking can be difficult and time consuming, but it’s because of the complicated blend of flavors that make them so popular and delicious.

WORLD FOODS SAUCES

WorldFoods uses only natural ingredients and ingredients authentic to it’s nation. There are no artificial ingredients or preservatives. And you’ll find some well-know ingredients such as ginger and garlic and others like galangal that make up a delicious and nutritional meal. So if you love Asian food and cooking, then you might enjoy WorldFoods. With so many varieties and flavors to choose from, you’ll find something to use that can simplify your meals or become a unique treat for your family and taste buds. WorldFoods can be found at most natural grocery stores as well as certain major supermarkets. For store locations, please click here: http://www.worldfoods.com.my/wf/where_to_buy/index.php.

 

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

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Posted by: suzan | August 16, 2014

Storm Siren – A BookLook Book Review

STORM SIREN COVER There is just something magical about picking up a hardbound book, flipping the pages and touching their gritty texture and feeling the weight of words transfer into vivid imagery inside your head. Books transcend time and place and when you pick up a really good book, you become involved in the author’s world and in essence, the hero or heroine’s world as well. As a BookLook blogger, I was given a great opportunity to review an advanced reader’s copy of Storm Siren written by Mary Weber. As an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction literature, the moment I saw the cover to Storm Siren it instantly drew my interest. I may have mentioned before but covers on a book can really make or break a deal. It is the first step in engaging a reader and a possible fan. But all those pretty images are just images until you dive into the book and decide for yourself whether the book truly belongs on your bookshelf, or in your Kindle library, or…you get the idea.

Giddy with excitement at receiving my hardbound Storm Siren, I told my family to leave me alone for a few hours while I enjoyed this fascinating book. From the synopsis alone, I had a feeling that I would be drawn into this new world and become immersed into the drama of intrigue, suspense, and the paranormal. And I was right. The first sentence of the book captivated me and I couldn’t put it down from then on. Storm Siren is a book about triumph, hardships, and discovery. But through all the intricate weaving of storytelling, there is a tender love story between all the fighting, misconceptions, and drama.

I really liked the heroine, Nym and the story is told in the first person so it was easy to follow along. Nym was brave, tempestuous, yet held an abundance of control and dignity throughout the book. She was young and passionate and didn’t always make the right choices but through the heart of it all, she believed in doing the right things. Then there was Eogan, the warrior charged to train Nym to fight for the kingdom in which she is also a slave. I liked that Eogan burned for her just as she burned for him and the dialogue between those two was so much fun to read! It was like watching first love being discovered and blossomed. And then the ending, the abrupt ending which had me going, “oh no! What happened to Eogan?” But fear not, the author’s second installment of Storm Siren will continue next June 2015. I hope I will get a chance to review that book as well.

I’d say this book is best for ages 16 and above. Although there isn’t anything too explicit in the book, the writing style is a bit mature and definitely not situated in a teenage world although the characters in the book seem quite young. But it was an easy read for me as the author transitioned smoothly and had very little grammatical errors. And the author’s usage of Faelon’s language was quite ingenious. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings where they had their own languages. Mary Weber is definitely a very good storyteller and her writing draws you in the moment you read her words. I like discovering new authors and will keep an eye on this one. If you’re interested in paranormal abilities set in a world of fantasy and war, you’ll definitely enjoy reading Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Storm Siren is set to be released on August 19, 2014.

Thomas Nelson Book’s summary of Storm Siren:

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Editor’s Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions made on this book are entirely my own and has not been influenced in any way. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this book other than receiving a copy of it. I may reveal spoilers from time to time but I will always preface it so you can skip that part or read them for the sheer fun of it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Posted by: suzan | August 13, 2014

The Perfect World

While I was pregnant I told myself that I would be the perfect mom: teaching my son how to become a good man, baking and bringing all the goodies for his school’s fundraisers, and essentially all the things that moms should instinctively know what to do. Well, when my son was born and I held his tiny, adorable body in my arms, all of my previous conventions flew out the hospital window with one big bubbly burp.

As I peered into his big, dark eyes and watched him furrow his eyebrows with worry, I thought to myself – hey little one, don’t be so troubled. I am the one who needs to worry about you growing up. But my son was always a worrier and a studier. He studied everyone and everything around him. He studied why leaves moved with the wind. He studied why some cars had four wheels and some had six wheels. He studied with that constant crease in between his eyes and people often wondered why he had that expression. I told them it was because he was a worrier. And then people would look at me funny wondering how I could raise my child to be so anxious all of the time. Well, my son wasn’t neurotic he was simply intune to all the things around him – something that I wished adults would be more conscious of.

As he grew older however, his brows furrowed less and he was more open and free. He is such a happy and funny kid, never letting things bother him too much for too long. I wondered to myself what happened to my little worrier and then I realized that hey, it’s probably better this way. It would’ve been much more difficult to get him out of that mindset than to teach him to be more carefree.

Being a first time mom is never easy. Heck, being a mom isn’t easy. But I suppose through experience and trials and error, we all learn through pitfalls and triumphs that parenting is a dirty job and yet a beautiful enigma. There may be hundreds of books on parenting and even thousands more advice from family and friends. But in the end, we as the parent should learn from our own mistakes and essentially from what our own children teaches us. We don’t live in a perfect world and although I wondered if I could have kept my newborn safe enclosed in an adamantium-made box while I carted him around everywhere I went, I realized through baby steps that it’s okay to let him breathe a little outside of his comfort zone and in essence allow myself to take a new breath as well.

As a writer and advocate of healthier living for children, I learned from an early age to live healthier and to do all that was possible to provide a safer world for my son. As years went on, my own downfalls forced me to deviate away from my early life lessons, but then I woke up from those self-deprecating paths and went back to advocating for my own health. I strived to be a better mom by teaching my son about eating healthy, buying healthier products, and giving back to Earth what she has given us. It may not always be easy to teach those basic life lessons to him, but even now as we grocery shop, he reminds me to buy organically.

Now that my son is no longer that fragile little newborn, I can see things clearer through his eyes. He may not understand what GMO means or why fossil fuels released into the atmosphere is driving our planet into global warming. But through incessant teaching on my part and showing him that helping our own bodies also helps our planet, he is becoming quite the little advocate himself. He recycles, he reminds me to bring my reusable bags, and he turns off lights when he leaves the room. I truly could not be more proud.

The perfect world may exist one day, perhaps far into the future. But for right now, I am growing as a parent along with my growing son. Together we have triumphed and fallen, gave up on little fights, and learned to pick our battles. But in the essence of it all, my son is perfect in his own way, with or without those furrowed brows. Now, as I glance at my reflection in the mirror I too see the creased lines in my forehead from years of constant worrying. But that’s okay – because it’s my job to worry about my son, not the other way around.

 

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Posted by: suzan | August 6, 2014

ginnybakes – Products Worth Reviewing

GINNY BAKES

When I was going on a gluten-free or “gluten-less” program, I needed to know why it was important to reduce the intake of gluten type foods. On a personal level, eating less foods made with gluten made me feel lighter and I wasn’t prone to being so tired most of the time. I can just imagine how it would affect those who are completely gluten intolerant as it can be a very uncomfortable feeling. So when I was offered to try ginnybakes (www.ginnybakes.com) and review on my blog, I was very curious to how their gluten-free baked goods would taste.

I was sent their entire line of baked goods which ranged from chocolate chip cookies to their gluten-free baking mixes. I was quite surprised that ginnybakes had such an extensive lineup of products made with high quality ingredients and entirely without any traditional wheat flour. As a big fan of baked sweets, their cookies were actually quite delicious. My son’s favorite was their Butter Crisp cookies which I have to admit I liked as well even for a major chocolate lover as me. The Butter Crisp Love cookies as they are called were rich in buttery flavor, had a delicate crunch to them, and small enough in size where you could indulge in a few pieces. They are made with organic brown rice flour as the main ingredient and if we hadn’t known they were gluten-free cookies, we would not have tasted the difference. Their Chocolate Chip Love cookies were full of yummy organic dark chocolate chips and also had a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth crunch and it really was a toss-up as to which flavor was the best. But we tried them all just to give them a fair representation.

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Ginnybakes baked goods are all made with organic ingredients, are gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher. They believe that high quality and great tasting food should come together as one. As a family owned and operated company, Ginny Simon, the owner and founder of ginnybakes, wanted to bring delicious and all-natural baked sweets to those who live on a gluten-free lifestyle of just want something different than the traditional cookies you’d find in supermarkets. Their complete line of gourmet baked sweets are carefully formulated and tested for taste and can be found at most natural grocery stores and major supermarkets.

GINNYBARS

As a Moms Meet Ambassador I was very happy to have received ginnybakes to try and review. It has been hard trying to find really great tasting gluten-free products that doesn’t compromise taste and integrity. Most of the other gluten-free products were either really bland or dry in texture. With ginnybakes, their cookies were moist and crunchy and their ginnybars were moist and not too sweet and full of nuts and seeds. I’m not accustomed to having a lot of nuts in my snack bars but in the ginnybars they were blended into tiny pieces so you don’t get a mouthful of nuts and seeds. I have yet to try their baking mixes but I’m pretty sure they will turn out just as unique as their ready made baked goods. Judging by the gorgeous packaging alone they conjure up delicate homemade cookies ready to be enjoyed with a tall glass of frosty milk or a hot cup of green tea. And indeed the photos of the products actually represent how they look inside.

So for those who are on a gluten-free lifestyle or want to try something different, give ginnybakes a try. There are a great assortment of organic baked goods including Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss, Chocolate Chip Love, Butter Crisp Love, Coconut Oatmeal Bliss, ginnybakes Crumbles, ginnybars, ginnybakes mixes, and a few other delicious varieties.

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.

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Posted by: suzan | August 4, 2014

Aveda – Products Worth Reviewing

 

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Those of you who appreciate a really good beauty product company probably already have a few of their items in your house. Aveda (www.aveda.com), a company dedicated to providing naturally sourced and healthy ingredients designed to provide the benefits you need, is one of the rarest companies out there that have products actually proven to work.

As an Aveda Insider, I was given the wonderful opportunity to try their Color Conserve line – a unique hair color protecting system that is designed to prevent color fading. For those who color their hair, whether it’s to cover grey or it’s to try out a new color, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when your color starts to fade quicker than it should. Certain factors can shorten the duration of your color such as being out in the sun a lot, using too much shampoo and not using the right kind of shampoo, and the quality of your hair dye. With Aveda’s Color Conserve line, there are four products you could use to protect and preserve your hair color: Color Conserve Shampoo, Color Conserve Conditioner, Color Conserve Daily Color Protect, and Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment. I really like using the Strengthening treatment as my hair is fairly long and having to brush it often, I feel as if my hair falls out more than it should. Although my hair is already pretty strong, the strengthening formula has prevented less breakage and definitely made my hair smoother and shinier. I know it sounds strange, but I take hair care very seriously mainly because I wear it long so it should always look smooth and shiny. I saw results to stronger hair in about 1 week and that’s using their entire Color Conserve line.

AVEDA COLOR CONSERVE

Aveda makes not only hair care, but skin care for women and men, body care, perfume, and makeup. Their belief is that natural beauty care should come from pure flowers and plants using nature as the foundation to healthier hair and skin. They have been in the natural beauty care business for almost 40 years and their products can be found in their salons and spas, as well as their own brick and mortar stores throughout the US. I love the fact that when you enter one of their stores, you are instantly greeted with a cup of their healing tea and an expert Aveda specialist ready to help you with whatever you need. I am almost always instantly transformed from a hectic mom and business woman to a calm and relaxed mom and business woman. The fragrances that greet you when you go into their salons and stores are so pleasant and inviting you probably don’t want to leave. And when you are in their stores, try out their products, get a massage, and sip some tea; the environment of their stores and salons are really calming.

AVEDA COLOR CONSERVE STRENGTHENING TREATMENT

Aveda’s beliefs are to provide their consumers with healthier products as well as maintaining the integrity of the planet. They use recycled packaging, responsible sourcing of ingredients, and focus on educating the public on preserving the beauty of our planet. Each of their products contain up to 90% of naturally derived ingredients, made mostly from essential oils of plants and flowers, and none of their products are manufactured with parabens, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate. You wouldn’t want those toxic ingredients in your body, so why would you want them on your skin?

I’ve been using Aveda skincare and hair products for many years now and I have definitely seen positive results after using their products. All of their products are targeted for a specific need whether it’s preventing color fading, reducing stress, smoothing out wrinkles, prevent shave burns, or thickening thin hair, there are many varieties in their products to suit most everyone’s needs. If you’re interested in trying out Aveda for yourself, visit their website for more info on their products and the services they offer.

 

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Posted by: suzan | July 30, 2014

Prelude for a Lord – A BookLook Book Review

BOOKLOOK BLOGGER PRELUDE

My love for reading started at a fairly young age, most likely around the time I first learned how to read. I read everything from books to magazines to newspapers to comic books. There really was no limit to what I would read nor did I set a standard on what to read. As I’m trying to teach my son the joys and benefits of reading, I too have picked up several books to read at once. Although it’s probably not a very sensible practice as intertwining stories can happen, I’ve decided to dedicate my sole reading time to Prelude for a Lord as a book blogger for the BookLook Bloggers program.

One of my favorite genres is historical romance. I love learning about anything from a different era especially during the Regency period where everything seemed so elegant and extravagant. What a life it must have been to wear lavish gowns and attend glorious social events. Thus, when I chose Prelude for a Lord, I expected just that. Allow me to start off with saying that this book has a beautiful and elegant cover which was what drew my attention in the first place. I think a cover really draws the initial attraction and helps establish the essence of the actual story.

Aside from the charming cover, Prelude for a Lord, written by Camille Elliot is a tale of love, compassion, and triumph. I felt sad for the Heroine, Alethea at times because of the situations she was put in but she felt like a true hero, a bit naive even at 28 years old, and sometimes self-deprecating.

Although it read a bit differently than the other Regency romance books I’ve read in the past, the story still felt like you were thrust into the lavish and sometimes cruel world of Regency, England. The writing was engaging but felt a bit modern at times and I don’t know if that was the style of the author or not, but overall for those who have never read a Regency-period novel, you’ll still find the story delightful. There were many characters in the book so a lot of names to keep track of, but usually in these Regency romance books you’ll find many supporting characters – and some are great while others need not be in there.

I did like the Hero, Lord Bay Dommick as he was quite misunderstood and had a bit of an edge to him. He is a professional violinist and daunted by love. Although he wasn’t as romantic as I had hoped he would be, he was still sweet to Alethea at times. Reading their interactions together is like stepping back in time into their world.

Overall I did enjoy the story and although there was supposed to be bit of a mystery going on, it would have been nice if the author delved more into the workings of a violin and gave more explicit details about the instrument. I don’t know a lot about violins and whenever I read a story that focuses on a specific topic, it would help to have more detailed descriptions of it.

Prelude for a Lord is a gentle read and great for virgin Regency romance novels. Although it’s listed as a Christian romance, there weren’t really anything in the book to sway you otherwise. There were a few mentions of the Bible but not enough where those who are opposed to any kind of religion might find it offensive. Perhaps because it is also a “clean” book without a lot of explicit details on the romance, it is a good book for those who don’t want to read erotica or anything trashy.

Zondervan’s summary of the book, Prelude for a Lord:

An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart? Bath, England—1810 At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician. In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal. But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick. Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul. Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

 

 

Editor’s Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions made on this book are entirely my own and has not been influenced in any way. I have not received monetary compensation for reviewing this book other than receiving a copy of it.

I may reveal spoilers from time to time but I will always preface it so you can skip that part or read them for the sheer fun of it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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