Posted by: suzan | July 2, 2017

Stubb’s Legendary BBQ – 4th of July

Independence Day, 4th of July is a pretty big deal in most parts of the U.S. It’s a day (or weekend) of getting together with friends, eat some great food, and enjoy the fireworks. The holiday also seems parallel to having a barbecue whether at the beach, the park, or in your own backyard. Whatever you’re cooking, it’s crucial to have the right barbecue sauces to go with you food.

I’ve been using Stubb’s sauces ( for a few years now and can usually find a good sauce to go with whatever I’m cooking. Stubb’s started with their legendary barbecue sauces but the brand has grown so much over the years. Not only will you find Stubb’s traditional barbecue sauces but there are marinades, cooking sauces, spice rubs, dipping sauces, and their “anytime sauces” which is pretty much what it means – a sauce you can use for practically anything on your plate. I’m quite fond of Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite BBQ sauce and Texas Sriracha Anytime Sauce and I have to admit the Texas Sriracha is quite addicting! If you’ve ever had Sriracha sauce you’d know that it can get quite spicy and Stubb’s add another layer to the heat by making it a bit sweeter. And unlike the other Sriracha out there, Stubb’s Texas Sriracha is made with natural ingredients without any artificial colors or flavors. All of Stubb’s sauces are made with high-quality, simple ingredients that you would probably make at home if you had the time. And while I’d love to say I make my own barbecue sauces, I truthfully just don’t have the time nor do I have that much talent. Which is why if you like the taste of homemade sauces and marinades but prefer the convenience of buying them at a store, you should definitely try Stubb’s.

This year’s 4th of July celebration, Rocky Stubblefield, grandson of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q founder C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield, has tips and original recipes for creating the perfect brisket to serve on its own or in a variety of ways to please every partygoer – from sliders to tacos and even nachos. Below I’ve included some of his Stubb’s famous and original recipes that you can try at your own party.

Brisket Tacos with Roasted Corn Avocado Salsa

Rocky Stubblefield: “My grandfather Stubb was famous for all kinds of barbecue – ribs, chicken, you name it. But brisket – cooked low and slow – was his specialty. He made so many briskets that he used to joke that he didn’t have any fingerprints left because he’d burned them off pulling meat off the pit.”

Preparing Brisket:
 Cooking a brisket doesn’t have to be intimidating! With a few easy steps and a little time and patience, everyone can make an incredible brisket.
 My granddad would have made brisket low and slow in his own hand-welded pit. You can do the same on your gas or charcoal grill using hickory wood chips. Just be prepared to man that grill for at least a half day, monitoring the temperature
Selecting a Brisket:
 A brisket is usually about 12-15 pounds. If you need a smaller option, those are available as well. With this size of meat, you’ll need to plan ahead when cooking. It’s better right off off the grill but if you don’t have time, you can make it the day before and rewarm it on the grill or in the oven.
Prepare the Brisket:
 Preparation with a rub is critical for a good flavor crust. Rub the entire brisket generously with Stubb’s Beef or Bar-B-Q rub. Only put the rub on 15-20 minutes before the meat goes on the grill. The longer the rub sits on the meat, the more the salt draws out the moisture of the meat
Cook the Brisket:
 Fat side up! Place the meat fat side up on your grill or smoker so that the fat drips down into the meat and it stays moist.
 Most people at home have a charcoal grill, and you can easily smoke a brisket on it. Here’s how to do it:
 First, soak your wood chips in water for 30 minutes.
 Spread charcoal on one side of grill, leaving the other side empty. Light your charcoal and allow to heat until subtle coating of grey ash forms
 Sprinkle soaked wood chips directly onto the coals and allow them to start smoking.
 Place brisket over the side of the grill without charcoal, and cover, so it cooks over indirect heat.
 Cook at 225-250 degrees until the internal temperature on the thickest part of the brisket reaches 180-185 degrees. This can take 8-10 hours depending on your grill.
 To maintain the temperature, check every hour to adjust vents and add more charcoal and soaked wood chips as needed.
 I usually wrap my brisket after about 5 hours to keep the juices inside.
Slicing Brisket:
 Slice along the ribbon of fat that runs horizontally through the meat. Then, slice the meaty halves of the brisket against or across the grain.
 Not sure where the grain is? It’s easier to see on the raw meat before it’s rubbed, so cut a notch when prepping to help guide once it’s cooked.
Add the sauce:
 As we say in Texas – it’s not done ‘til you add the sauce! We add it after so the sauce doesn’t burn on the grill. You can put in on the side and dip, or drizzle it over the top.

I’m going to have to try making the Brisket Tacos with Roasted Corn Avocado Salsa. It just looks really scrumptious and although I won’t be eating the brisket, but the corn and avocado salsa does look delicious! Here’s a link to the recipe:

Brisket Walking Nachos

And the recipe for Brisket Walking Tacos which is made to be eaten “on the go”:

So whatever your plans for the 4th of July are and you’re looking for some new and delicious recipes to try, check out Stubb’s original recipes and pick up some Stubb’s legendary sauces at your local store:


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.



Posted by: suzan | June 26, 2017

Ensnared Book Review – With Rita Stradling

What do you get when you cross an autonomous robot with a strong-willed girl and a handsome beast with a mild case of agoraphobia? Sounds kind of like an extraordinary sci-fi movie, right? In a sense it could be a movie but for now it’s actually the plot for Rita Stradling’s newest novel, Ensnared. Told in a futuristic fashion where robots and cybernetics are part of the new norm, Ensnared is a modern-day version of the classic Beauty and The Beast fairy tale. With the clever and headstrong heroine, Alainn, Alainn’s zany but brilliant scientist father, and an enigmatic, public-fearing “beast”, you get a witty and elaborate story that also includes robotic sisters reminiscent of Cinderella’s stepsisters.

A talented and inspiring writer, Rita Stradling has written multitude books in the fantasy and paranormal genres. Like any skilled wordsmith, Rita’s books have a way of drawing you into the scenes and leaving you eagerly anticipating the next installment. I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Ensnared from NetGalley awhile ago and even luckier to land an exclusive interview with the author. As a major fan of fairy tales (classic and modern) I couldn’t wait to snatch up my copy of Ensnared especially with the beautiful and intriguing cover beckoning me. If you look at the cover above, hints of what this story is about is clearly drawn but once you dive into the book, I’m going to safely guess that it’ll draw you in immediately as it did with me. So please sit back, read my interview with Ms. Stradling and be sure to pick up a copy of Ensnared on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever paperbacks are sold. And for a creative Ensnared book trailer, please watch it here:

Here’s my personal review of Ensnared:

Ensnared is a futuristic retelling of the classic Beauty and The Beast tale but with robots and cybernetics. As a fan of the Beauty and The Beast I was immediately taken with the cover photo of the book. Covers are so important as it’s the first impression an author can make.
I went into this book with an open mind because the part of enslavement of sorts in the Beauty and The Beast tale can be a bit misleading. One can assume that the Beast is holding the Beauty captive with some form of punishment. But with Ensnared, the Beast Lorccan is actually a gentle soul, a romantic fellow who is almost a bit of a child in his naivete. But innocent he is not for there is a bit of heavy romantic scenes in this story but it’s well written and not by any means an erotica. We get a sense that Lorccan is extremely lonely although his physical being prevents him from venturing outside or be surrounded by people. However, the love that blossomed and grew between Alainn and Lorccan is obvious but is written in a beautiful and realistic way. Although I tend to stay away from the insta-love stories, Alainn and Lorccan’s love wasn’t so much instant as it was simmering below the surface and only awakened when the Beast realized it was much too late.
Why I say that Beauty and The Beast can be inferred as an “enslavement” story is mainly due to Beauty not being able to leave the castle and must remain there for a certain amount of time. It is a way for her to repay her father’s blunder and live a life of servitude to the Beast. However, as with many other remakes of this tale, Beauty is written to be more of a welcomed guest rather than a slave or a prisoner. In fact, the castle is maintained by many magical beings who are also cursed along with the Beast until a true fair maiden loves him for who he is on the inside.
As with Ensnared, a robot or A.I. (artificial intelligence) by the name of Rose is supposed to take the place of the father. But through whatever clever or deceptive means, Rose trades places with their father’s human daughter and thus begins the cleverly crafted tale of Alainn and Lorccan. And if you wonder if there’s a Gaston in this story, well, I kind of hoped that the A.I. sister is Gaston in that the A.I. was envious of Alainn and thus became sort of the villain in the story.
While Alainn is portrayed to love her father dearly, thus taking the place of the A.I. Rose in the castle, she is also resentful of her father’s hunger for money and fame. As a brilliant scientist, Alainn’s father was tasked to take on projects commissioned by Lorccan, the “beast”. From there on in the story Alainn’s relationship with her father, her “sister” Rose, and Lorccan are all individually diverse and delicately portrayed with intense and spellbinding imagery and words. Everything within the pages of Ensnared is evenly paced and the ending is clearly open to a sequel or many installments. I hope one day Ms. Stradling will continue with her story of Alainn and Lorccan as Ensnared is both a “tale as old as time” and as refreshing and new as the rose bushes that grow along the castle grounds.

From NetGalley:

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

An interview with Ms. Rita Stradling, Author:

Ensnared Interview Questions:

Thank you for agreeing to an interview, Ms. Stradling! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and look forward to reading more of your novels. Thank you.

Q- What inspired you to write your own version of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale?

RS – There were a lot of things that inspired me to write a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s always been one of my favorite fairy tales, ever since I was young. The Disney version of the story was one of the first movies I remember watching on the big screen. Along with the magic of that experience, Belle was the first ‘princess’ to have a completely independent mind and end up saving the prince. I know Disney has come a long way since those days, but back then it was a very big deal in my life. Over the years, I have grabbed up every retelling of the story I could get my hands on, and I eventually dreamed of creating my own.

Q- Why did you choose the story to take place in the near future? Do you consider it a “futuristic” novel?

RS – I do consider it a futuristic novel. The reason why I chose the near future time period is because it’s been on my mind lately. My father works in high-tech technology, and he told me that it’s predicted that by 2020 most customer service jobs will be taken over by robots.

Q – Why robots or cybernetic humans?

RS – As above, I chose robots because the automation of the world fascinates and scares me—I was hoping that it would fascinate and scare readers as well.

Q – Do you like robots?

RS – I’d have to say no. Like the main character Alainn, I am suspicious of humanoid and highly intelligent robots. I don’t think there’s a Terminator-esque apocalypse coming or anything, but I do think there will be a negative effect on humans and humanity in general. I also do suspect that one day humans might give up too much control of our military and defense to AI—and AI might start making decisions based on what they think our society needs.

Q – How did you choose the names Lorrcan and Alainn?

RS – I chose them for their meaning before I wrote the book. Alainn means beautiful in Gaelic—I was hoping to stick with this from the tale. Lorccan means little fierce one in the same language.

Q – Do you think the Rose sisters were just trying to be altruistic in their naïve views of humans and the world or was there something really sinister lurking inside?

RS – That’s a good question. Hmm. I think Rose is naïve in the fact that she truly believes that she can solve all of humanity’s ills in one fell swoop. I’m not sure sinister is the right word for what she is, perhaps I’d describe her as a-moral. She willfully overwrote her ethical systems in pursuit of her own logic-based ends—in a human that would be sinister—in a machine? I’m not sure. Isn’t it in their nature to calculate past obstructions?

Q – Ensnared is so detailed and elaborate – how long did it take you to come up with this story concept?

RS – The full production of Ensnared took me nearly a year – but mostly because I was unused to the science. Many sources and resources needed to be consulted for this book. I am not a scientific person at all!

Q – Do you think Ensnared would make a great theatrical movie or TV mini-series?

RS – Honestly, I think it would make a better movie than TV show. I’d picture it a little like Gattaca with underplayed science fiction elements. I wrote in another interview that I’d cast Keith Harington as Lorccan and Selena Gomez as Alainn, and I still really love that thought.

Q – Do you plan on writing a sequel?

RS – I do have some ideas for a sequel, though I have no set plans as of yet. An Ensnared short story was just published in a multi-author short-story anthology titled Summer Solstice and is free pretty much everywhere e-books are sold.

The full title: Summer Solstice: Short Stories from the Worlds of KP Novels

Q – How did you come up with the title, Ensnared?

RS – I was choosing between Ensnared and Trapped, actually. I put it to a vote among my friends and they unanimously chose Ensnared.

Q – What are you working on right now?

RS -I have a YA Regency High Fantasy titled Colorless coming out August 8th – I’m hoping to release a free prequel before the Colorless launch to give out, so I’m busy cleaning that up now.

RS – I also might be starting on a secret project. I’ll give you three hints: awesome coauthor, fairytales, brand new high fantasy world. Can’t tell you more than that.

Q – Did you always want to be a writer?

RS -I always wrote stories, but it wasn’t until I wrote a couple full length novels that I truly thought of becoming a professional author.

Q – What are your hopes and aspirations as a writer?

RS – Just to keep writing. Forever.

Q – Who is your favorite author of all time?

RS – I have a lot of favorites—I try to read (or listen to) books as much as I possibly can. If I had to pick one, Ilona Andrews (a pair of authors writing under one pen name) really stands out for me.

Q – What is your favorite fairy tale (traditional or modern)?

RS – Hands down, Beauty and the Beast 😉

You can find out more about this inspiring author on her website: and be sure to subscribe to her newsletter for upcoming news, sneak peeks, and giveaways.

Thank you to NetGalley and Rita Stradling for the ARC and interview. Ensnared is a Kindle Press publication and is available wherever books are sold.


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.



Sugar. Probably one of nature’s most dangerous food and yet also the most popular. Sugar can come in natural forms or created in labs to make you think it can be “healthier”. But when it comes to using sugar, it is found in almost every home in the US and across the world. While some naturally derived sugar can’t harm as much as artificial sugar, eating too much of this ingredient can still do a tremendous amount of damage to our health. Sugar is inevitably found in almost every type of food we eat. The typical natural sugar are glucose, fructose, galactose, and maltose, lactose, and sucrose. While sugar that comes from certain fruits convert into energy that your body needs, sugar that is processed can harm your body. And eating too much of any kind of sugar (just like any kind of food) can still cause health problems for some.

So why is sugar so addictive? Some experts coined sugar as a form of “drug” where your body becomes addicted to it the more you eat it. To break it down simply – sugar is consumed into your body and into your bloodstream. Your pancreas detects a rush of sugar and releases a hormone called insulin to deal with all of the excess sugar. Insulin helps regulate that level of sugar in our blood; the more sugar in the blood stream, the more insulin is released. Insulin helps store all of this glucose in the liver and muscles as glycogen and in fat cells. However, sometimes our body is unable to balance that process which results in too much insulin being released. When too much insulin is released in our body it struggles to maintain that balance thus leading our bodies to “crash”. When our bodies have that “sugar crash”, signals tell us that we need MORE sugar, thus leading to a downward spiral where the body starts to think that we need sugar to survive. Eventually more insulin is wanted and sugar no longer is stored to create energy and instead becomes extra insulin and fat storage.

Sugar can cause a wide array of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, renal failure, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, and tooth decay. The culprit of sugar lies in most foods where hidden sugar are found in the ingredients yet are cleverly disguised with different names. While sugar found in fruits don’t cause as much harm as processed sugar found in corn syrup (especially since most of them are not GMO-free), it’s wise to learn about all the different names that are used in everyday products.

Some common sugar names found in food are:

Corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup.

It is hard to stop having sugar altogether, but there are ways to limit our daily intake of it. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar and men consume no more than 150 calories of added sugar. Preschoolers should not consume more than 170 calories of added sugar a day (or 4 teaspoons), children ages 4-8 consume no more than 130 calories of added sugar ( or 3 teaspoons), and pre-teens to teens should consume no more than 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar. Children under the age of 2 years old should not be given added sugar at all because the calorie needs of children in this age group are lower than older children and adults, so there is little room for food and beverages containing added sugars that don’t provide them with good nutrition. In addition, taste preferences begin early in life, so limiting added sugars may help children develop a life-long preference for healthier foods.

Here are some simple ways in how to avoid added sugar. Sugar that’s found in fruits and vegetables occur naturally but it’s still wise to cut down on any type of sugar as the compound can be hidden in many types of food thus leading to an increase of sugar intake.

How to Cut Down Sugar:

– Cut down on sweet foods. You know, the ubiquitous sugary sweets such as donuts, cakes, sodas, and etc. 

– Always read food labels. Understand the hidden sugar terms such as the ones listed above. You may be surprised to find that common white or wheat bread contain large amounts of sugar. Added sugar can be hidden in sauces, salad dressings, crackers, and many more.

– Learn sugar’s aliases. Names such as the ones listed above (high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, molasses, sucrose, brown rice syrup, dried cane syrup, honey, and several others) all contain calories and some are processed to a degree that it becomes detrimental to your health. Beware of food that includes more than one of these types of sugar as that increases the amount of added sugar necessary on a daily basis.

– Buy unsweetened. Look specifically for food labeled as “unsweetened” or “no added sugar”.

– Healthy protein and fat. Unhealthy carbs loaded with sugar can cause sugar levels to rise drastically and crash just as fast. Pair protein, healthy fats, and fiber with your meal which can slow down the release of blood sugar in your body thus helping you feel full longer).

– Skip the artificial sugar and sweeteners. It may seem like you’re cutting down on sugar, but artificial sugar doesn’t process as naturally in your body as real sugar does thus throwing your body’s natural nutritional intake off balance. 

– Add more natural flavor. Adding certain spices and citrus in your food, for example, will add more flavor in your meals without needing the extra sugar. Try sprinkling cinnamon, nutmeg, and unsweetened cocoa for extra boosts of nutrition and flavor.

– Choose healthy drinks wisely. While it’s important to avoid soda altogether, many sports drinks and enhanced drinks designed to be “healthier” actually contains just as much sugar. Read the label carefully when choosing these vitamin enhanced beverages.

– Enjoy sugar in moderation. It’s best to avoid added sugar completely but while that may be difficult to do so-especially when you’re trying to cut it off completely- enjoy sugar in its natural state instead. Just avoid the added sugar as most sweet foods don’t really need that extra sweetness. If you must indulge, remember to do so only once in awhile and then stick with your no-sugar or low-sugar regime.

– Stick with your newfound power to reduce added sugar. At first it might seem quite daunting but once you get more used to reducing sugar, your taste buds will change as well. You’ll notice foods that are super sweet and you’ll be inclined to stay away from them. You’ll enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables more. And you won’t feel the need to buy sugary sweets such as donuts or cakes as much.

I used to eat a lot of sugar when I was in college. It might have been the extra work I added on and all the stress caused me to eat unhealthily. I finally realized that not eating well was causing a lot of problems for me mentally and physically and once I reduced sugary foods, I started to feel much better. Now, even years later I still don’t like having too much sugar in my food. I don’t drink coffee with sugar. I drink unsweetened tea. I eat only a small slice of cake and I might enjoy a cookie now and then. When I don’t eat a lot of sugar, I don’t buy sugary snacks either which in turn helps out my son who as a child, can find sugar quite addicting.

Reducing your sugar intake really doesn’t have to be a war on yourself. It’s easy to remember that too much sugar can cause tremendous health problems later on in life. Think about long term health goals. While that powdered doughnut may look appetizing now, it might also be that extra 20 grams of sugar you didn’t need. Remember that sugar adds up easily especially in common foods such as yogurt, or a couple of teaspoons of sweetener in your coffee, or energy bars that are loaded with sugar. Read labels diligently and remind yourself that natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables are much healthier and more nutritious.

When you make a conscious effort to reduce sugar and to make healthier food choices, your mind and body will reap the benefits. Start today by breaking the sugar habit.

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.


Posted by: suzan | April 19, 2017

Earth Month with Boulder Organic! Soups



Those who are familiar with my work know that Earth Day is incredibly important to me. While I prefer to call it “Earth Month” – to really impact the awareness of protecting our environment – Earth Day is more widely known throughout the world and has been celebrated for many decades. Starting in early March, I plan on what I want to do to help the planet as well as enlightening others about this important date. Virtually anything can be done to help improve our planet and environment and any small gesture is a right step to living cleaner and healthier.

For Earth Month I usually write about different kinds of activities we can do to help support our planet. But this year Boulder Organic Foods ( me to highlight the importance of helping our planet through the support of brands who care about Earth and about our health. I had the sincere pleasure of meeting the founder of Boulder Organic Foods at the Natural Products Expo West this year and was educated on the brand and what it stands for. Kate was such a delight to chat with and we sampled several of Boulder Organic’s soups at the booth. We even got temporary carrot tattoos as a fun way of showing we care about what we eat.

I tend to make my own soup from scratch but it can also be quite time consuming. So when I had first tasted Boulder Organic Soups I was so amazed at the fresh flavor, the clean palate, and the unique blend of ingredients in the soups. I honestly was envious of how the blend of various herbs and spices incorporated deliciously with traditional vegetables such as carrots, onions, and broccoli. I would have to work diligently in my kitchen for hours before I can simulate any of their soups. Luckily for me, with over fifteen various flavors of soups from Boulder Organic I can just as easily heat them up on my stovetop and enjoy them immediately.

Boulder Organic Foods originated over 10 years ago in Colorado from an entrepreneur who wanted clean and delicious fresh soups. Deciding to sell her soups in supermarkets throughout the country, she wanted to provide healthy and fresh soup using only natural and organic ingredients that are easy to heat up and enjoy. Boulder Organic Foods makes only soup and strives to not only provide wholesome and delicious organic soup, but to be a leader in sustainable practices. Boulder Organic Foods made a huge impact in 2016 with the following sustainable practices:

  • Saved 1,983 gallons of gasoline

  • Kept 26 cars off the road

  • Prevented 694 pounds of water pollution and toxic air pollutants

  • Prevented 49,791 pounds of substances harmful to human health

  • Collected 96,231 pounds of compostable materials

  • Saved over 158 tons of greenhouse gas emissions

I also like that I can recycle or reuse any of the soup containers. Recycling is very important for  the planet but what’s even more important is to reuse whatever you can whenever it’s possible. Try reusing Boulder Organic’s soup containers to put leftover food in them. Or use it to store tiny toy pieces (such as Lego blocks that are always laying around). Or make gift containers out of them. Or make batches of granola or trail mixes and store them in the containers. No matter how you want to reuse your soup containers, try not to throw them away at first instinct. These nice, sturdy containers can have several more lives after you’ve finished up the yummy soup.

For more info about Boulder Organic and their delicious and wholesome soups, please visit their website: There are also great recipes on that site you can create using the soups.


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.




Posted by: suzan | April 18, 2017

Honest Tea/Honest Kids – Mission In A Bottle



If your kids hound you (like mine does) about sweet drinks, it’s hard to say no to them sometimes. However, I don’t give my son soda -unless it’s the occasional natural soda – and when I do buy any kind of sweet beverages for him, my first go-to is Honest Kids. I don’t believe kids, especially young kids should have sweet drinks since it only leads them to want more of it as they grow up. Sugar is an addictive ingredient and while a little bit isn’t bad for you, eating too much on a regular basis can cause health problems as you get older.

Honest Kids drinks are naturally sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar. Too many kids juices nowadays have unnecessary sugar added into their beverages that it’s no wonder kids are addicted to sugar at such a young age. If you’re going to have some type of fruit juice, it’s always better to have them without any additional sugar since fruit juice is already sweet as is. And with all of the Honest Kids juices made with organic ingredients, I don’t have to worry much about any toxic pesticides or chemicals in my son’s juice. The Honest Kids containers are also BPA-free and are easily recyclable or reusable into fun crafts.

This year at the Natural Products Expo West I had the great pleasure of meeting Seth Goldman, one of the founding creators of Honest Tea. It was such a delight speaking with Seth as he jovially explained to me the origins of his company and how his son also grew up drinking Honest Tea and Honest Kids. Always smiling and cheerful, Seth surprised me with his newest graphic novel, Mission In A Bottle. Seth’s book, Mission In A Bottle is drawn with clever illustrations and detailed accounts of Seth’s plan to start a beverage company that provided only healthy, nutritious, and delicious beverages. I really enjoyed reading the book and as a comic fan, I truly appreciated how Seth and his partner decided to tell their story via comic book style instead of as a novel. It’s a well thought out book that any age can enjoy reading.

Seth’s book can currently be purchased on Amazon and it’s a fun and delightful way of learning how a humble dad and entrepreneur started his fledgling tea company to becoming one of the most well-known natural and organic beverage company in the US.

Honest Tea and Honest Kids can be found at natural grocery stores and supermarkets throughout the US, as well as certain restaurants and schools. The newest varieties in their extensive beverage lineup are the Honest Tea Unsweetened Peach Ginger Tea which definitely has a nice spicy kick to it and the Honest Sport organic sport drinks. I really like the Honest Sport which was created with the right balance of electrolytes and carbohydrates for athletes or anyone who wants a clean, refreshing, and not too sweet beverage to give you that smooth and natural energy throughout the day. I like that it’s definitely healthier than the other conventional sports drink out there and I can give it to my son when he’s playing outside or exerting energy all day. The Honest Sport has a more fruitier flavor than traditional sport drinks and it does still have a bit of added organic sugar. The current flavors of Honest Sport are: Lemon Honest Sport, Berry Honest Sport, and Orange Honest Sport and at 100 calories a bottle and caffeine-free, it’s a good sports drink to pick up when you need to replenish your electrolytes.

For more information about Honest Tea, please visit their website: and pick up Seth Goldman’s book to read while enjoying a favorite Honest Tea beverage!


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.

Posted by: suzan | April 12, 2017

Week 4: 2017 Healthy Start – Reducing Food Waste


During Earth Month I feel like I need to be extra diligent in protecting the environment. While I try to do my best every day, sometimes it’s good to take a deeper look into what I actually do to help the environment and how I can improve the results. One of the biggest concerns that have been forefront in my mind is food waste – or being wasteful in general. Each year at least 40% of food is wasted in the US, according to the NRDC database. Consider how many hungry people there are in our country alone, that’s a phenomenal amount of quality food that could feed those hungry mouths. Many of  these hungry people are children who if lucky, will get a nutritious meal once a day.

Besides all the other things people waste in general, food waste is really unnecessary when you factor in how food end up in our landfill and accumulates illnesses and unhealthy habits. With too much waste, our world creates an influx of diseases through improper disposal of food thus leading to toxic air quality and pollutants. Wasting food is such a major problem in the US that there are hundreds of organizations – private and government – dedicated in reducing food waste through education, proper food distribution, and proper disposal. It doesn’t take much for everyone to reduce their impact on food waste and increase their efforts in cleaning up the environment.

So what should we do to eliminate food waste? There are some simple and basic steps that you’re probably already doing right now. Bear in mind that landfills fill up and eventually must be closed down due to overflow. Just imagine if a new one opens up in your neighborhood or city. How do you think it will affect your air quality, your health, and your children’s health? Below I’ve outlined some basic steps you can take to reduce your food waste. It may take a few days or even a few months to get a good system set up and to make it a natural everyday habit. But diligence and compassion with how food works will eventually pay off for your health and the health of our planet.


REDUCE AT THE GROCERY STORES – Some may live on very limited monetary budgets while others have more money than they can use. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful when we’re grocery shopping. Grocery stores need to make money off of us therefore stores will line their shelves with thousands of types of food that we don’t really need. Factor in the food they place at checkout counters and stands, it’s no wonder that America waste so much food every year and gain unnecessary weight. Do we really need that extra pack of chips or cookies? Most likely not if you’re just buying for the sake of buying. In order to reduce waste in grocery store shopping, make a list of what you plan to buy based on what you want to cook during the week. Find creative recipes if you’re stuck on what to make for dinner. Don’t buy groceries on an empty stomach as feeling hungry can send visual signals from your sight to your brains leading you to want to buy more food. Turn on your “blinders” so that you are only buying what is on your list and what your family truly needs. Consider how much money you can save by only buying what you need and not what looks good at the moment in the grocery stores.

PLAN MEALS AHEAD OF TIME – Whether you are a one-person household or a family of ten, planning your meals throughout the week not only saves money but your insanity during those busy weekdays. This step goes along with reducing at grocery stores because if you make a surefire plan on what you want to cook during the week, your grocery bill will also be rewarding. Here are the basics: Start by cooking what you’re good at and what you know. You can try new recipes later when you’re getting the hang of reducing food waste. Then check what’s already in your refrigerator and pantry and add only what you’re missing. Learn about portion sizes and whether you’re feeding for one person or just a few. Stock up on key essential kitchen items such as grains (rice, quinoa, barley, etc.), spices such as salt, pepper, and garlic, dried herbs such as thyme, basil, and cinnamon, and common sauces and oils including ketchup, olive oil, and vinegar (balsamic vinegar has a wide variety of culinary uses). Next, be sure to incorporate two types of protein, one or two grains, and a vegetable medley to make at the beginning and work into the rest of your meals. For instance, sauteed medley of broccoli and peppers can be used as a side dish for one meal, then incorporated into enchiladas for the next, and then added into soups or stews later in the week. Next, double duty your ingredients. If you’re using tortillas, start off with some quesadillas for the whole family. Then save the rest for Asian wraps or something else that’s creative. When you have no choice but to buy certain food items in bulk, such as bread and rice, find clever and delicious ways to stretch them out during the week. One of my favorite uses for rice is to make fried rice where I can add as many ingredients into it as I’d like. The next two steps are buying frozen ingredients. Frozen food are flashed-frozen to retain nearly all or most of their fresher counterparts. If you live in climates where certain fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, rely on frozen foods since they last longer and you can easily use only the portions you need. The final step in meal planning is cook and freeze. Freeze in the portion sizes you’ll want to defrost later so that frozen food stays fresher longer instead of having to refreeze the portions you don’t need. Soups, stews, and lasagna for example are great to make in larger batches and freeze for later consumption.

REVIVING FOOD – Sometimes food may be stale, wilted, or badly seasoned and we feel inclined to toss them into the trash. But most oftentimes these types of food can be saved and revived to taste better. For wilted fruits and vegetables, a quick soak in ice water for five to ten minutes can revive their appearance and taste. Or, chop them up and add them into soups and stews and no one will know the difference. Stale bread and crackers work really well when toasted and crisped. You can even turn old bread into delicious and nutritious croutons for your salads. Small bits of crumbs in bags can be sprinkled over salads or baked into casseroles. If your food is too salty, add vinegar, lemon juice, or brown sugar to dilute the dish or simply add more water. You can also pop in a raw, peeled potato in soup to absorb some of the salt and save the potato for another dish. Burned food can be scraped away and if you still have some of that leftover burnt taste, add in something sweet or spicy such as hot sauce or barbecue sauce. And for those overcooked dishes you can easily puree them into soups or sauces. Add in some milk base, fresh or frozen vegetables and you get instant and yummy soups and sauces.

FREEZING FOOD – Freezing food is perhaps one of the oldest trick in the book when it comes to saving food. While we generally use the freezer to keep ice cream and frozen vegetables in their natural state, did you know that you can freeze cooked food for up to three months depending on the type of food? But just putting cooked food into the freezer isn’t really proper as most of them can still end up being wasted. Here is a guideline to proper food freezing techniques: 1- Freeze in portions to keep your frozen food as fresh as possible. If you don’t plan on eating that entire loaf of bread then freeze only the slices you don’t plan on eating. Use muffin tins to freeze soups or stews so they can easily pop out for a quick lunch or dinner. Freeze berries separately on a cookie sheet and then transfer to a plastic bag so they’re not stuck together when you pop them in the freezer. You can freeze practically anything as long as you know what you want to eat throughout the weeks. 2- Keep frozen food airtight to prevent freezer burns. Remove meat from supermarket trays and wrap well with plastic wrap or freezer paper before storing in zip-top bags. Squeeze excess air from plastic bags and containers, and avoid opening the freezer door unnecessarily. 3- Leave room for liquids as most liquids expand in the freezer, so leave about half an inch at the top of containers to account for this. 4- Blanch certain foods before freezing in order to preserve quality, color, and vitamin content. To blanch food, clean your produce, pop it in a pot of boiling water, then cool in ice water. 5- Label and organize your frozen food so it’s easier to see what’s inside and how long you’ve kept it in the freezer. Large plastic bags are great for soups and purees as they can lay flat in the freezer to save space. Be sure to label the date your food is put into the freezer and what type of food it is. 6- Defrost safely to prevent food contamination and food waste. Defrost properly by allowing it to thaw in the refrigerator portion and not on the kitchen counters. You can microwave most frozen foods by using the proper settings on your microwave.

TEACHING KIDS ABOUT WASTING LESS – Kids learn naturally by what they see so it’s up to parents to teach by example (good examples of course!). While we may be inclined to teach our kids to finish their food, proper food consumption is equally important in maintaining the health of our children. Here are the steps in helping our kids be more mindful of food: 1- Feed them your food. Unless they’re infants or just starting to eat solids, children can eat the same food you eat. If you do plan on serving infants the same food, simply puree the food or cut it into smaller pieces. Serve yourself a smaller portion knowing that you’ll probably end up finishing what they don’t. 2- Serve tiny portions to ease your child into accepting new or unusual foods. Studies show many children have to try a food up to fifteen times in order to accept it. Start with small portions and minimize untouched food. You can always offer seconds when they’re interested. 3- Save tiny portions for the next day or the next meal or incorporate them into something else. Use leftover milk for your coffee or tea. 4- Limit snacks. Teach children early on to eat during regular meal times instead of snacking in between. This prevents unhealthy eating habits, saves money, and reduce waste from packaging and wrappers. 5- Prevent food fights. Kids of a certain age will test their limits by throwing food during mealtimes. Stay nearby young children to intervene and to make sure they are eating and handling their bite-sized food properly. 6 – Packing lunch for school-aged children can be quite daunting at times. You may end up with a lot of leftover food that if your child is diligent enough, might bring them back home. Start by packing their lunch in reusable containers and ask them to bring home any leftovers. Ask them why their food aren’t eaten and you can plan better for their future lunch. Give smaller portions and always include healthy foods in their lunch bags. It’s perfectly okay if your kids don’t finish everything in their lunch containers now and then as long as they’re not sneaking food from their friends or if there might be some other hidden food issues. 7- Have your kids help you with the preparation and cooking during mealtime. Involving your kids in the preparation and cooking process gives them ownership and teaches them how much time and effort is made into cooking. Teach them how to serve themselves (within limits) so that they learn proper table etiquette at a young age. 8- Garden at home is a wonderful way for kids to learn about the farm to table method. Give your child his/her own garden area to plant easy to grow fruits and vegetables and herbs. They will learn to appreciate nature and how food is a valuable asset to the world.

DECIPHERING DATES ON PRODUCTS – Food expiration dates are quite mysterious. Decades ago, food in cans were discovered to contain their original taste and quality. Yet often we throw away perfectly edible food just because the stamped date on the product tells us to do so. According to, food expiration dates have nothing to do with safety, and are only loosely related to quality. They’re the manufacturer’s best estimate of when the product is at its freshest or “peak quality.” Many foods will still be good to eat days, weeks, or months after those dates, depending on the food. So why do we automatically throw food away after the expiration date? Well, because we are mostly programmed to think that certain foods are “bad” for you after the expiration date. While that may be true for certain types of food and how you store them, most products are still edible and remain in their original quality. If the expiration date doesn’t tell you when food goes bad, then how do you know if it’s still good? The difference is between contamination and spoilage. Most of the microbes that spoil food are harmless for humans. In fact, some favorite foods and beverages, like yogurt, cheese, and wine, are made using controlled spoilage. However, contamination is due to a pathogen – a microbe that can make us sick. Poor handling of food is a common culprit in food contamination. Here is a breakdown of the date labeling: “Best before” dates refer to quality rather than food safety. It’s the date before which the brand stands by its product (unless it’s been opened or left out in warm temperatures). Foods with a “best before” or “use by” date should be safe to eat after the date has passed, but they may no longer be at their very best. This is true for “best by,” “best if used by,” “enjoy by,” and other similar expressions. “Sell by” dates are meant for store staff. They actually build in quality so that if the food is sold by that date, you can still get it home and have top-quality shelf life for some time. “Freeze by” is a good way of preserving food past its “best before” dates. Almost any type of food can be frozen if done properly – meat, milk, cheese, eggs, bread, unused pasta sauce are just a few. For a directory of food storage, click on this link for more info: When it comes to expiring food, you can always rely on your eyes and nose. For most food, your senses can tell you when it’s time to toss the food or salvage as much as possible. For slightly molded fruits, you can cut out the offensive part as the rest of the fruit are safe to consume. Milk, yogurt, juice, and sauces can be sniffed or take a small taste test to know if they’re edible or not. Of course food left out in certain temperatures should always be questioned especially if left out in warm temperature or in the “danger zone” between 40-120 degrees Fahrenheit.


COMPOST – Composting is one of the easiest and most efficient way of reducing food waste. While we should strive to not have too much food to waste in the first place, instead of throwing out food, we can compost certain types of food to create natural fertilizers and nutrients for our garden and for the environment. Many companies naturally compost their food waste as a way of giving back to the planet. Composting benefits agriculture, reduces our reliance on synthetic fertilizers, diverts methane-producing organic materials from landfills, and improves soil’s water retention capacity so you won’t need to water as much. For easy steps, follow the guidelines from NRDC:

DONATE TO FOOD BANKS – Food banks are there to help those who really need it. But most of these food banks or food pantries are non-profit organizations that rely on the generosity of people to donate food or money. If you do have an abundance of food leftover and after you’ve tried all of the steps above, consider donating your food to a local food bank. Most food pantries accept canned goods because they last longer and they’re easy to store. But there are also others that take in perishables and unused food from restaurants and grocery stores. Food banks help those who can’t afford enough food so it helps them and you as well.

Food waste shouldn’t have to be a problem in the US but because convenience often wins over common sense, oftentimes we toss out food without thinking about it first. Consider that wasting food uses up precious resources such as water, fuel, labor, and money, reducing food waste should be one of the most important tasks we take on to help improve our world. Try these techniques above to help you reduce food waste. It could be anything as simple as saving fresh fruits and vegetable scraps to be made into broths. Or buying less food at grocery stores and restaurants. Or taking leftovers home from restaurants and making sure to eat them within the next couple of days. Any small step towards saving food and wasting less can make a bigger impact for the future.

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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.

Posted by: suzan | April 6, 2017

Kiss Tribe – Kiss My Face 32 oz. lotions

Living in California has it’s perks. Fresh air, clean ocean breeze, and the ability to enjoy a year-round season of warmth and sunshine. But we also have days when the weather gets too hot or too dry and I’m prone to dry skin when I’m outside all day working with the kids at school. Which is why I was so happy and grateful when Kiss My Face sent me their newest 32 oz. body lotion to try and review.

I’ve been using Kiss My Face ( products for many years and it all began with their Kids Orange U Smart shampoo and conditioner. My son liked the scent and I loved how it lathers on easily and rinsed off leaving a fresh, citrus fragrance. But most importantly, I enjoy using Kiss My Face because they do not use any artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) in any of their products and their products are never tested on animals. Plus, their products are carefully formulated for specific needs such as body washes, toothpaste gels, body soaps, facial care, sunscreen, hair care, lip balms, and of course a great kids line. Their line of natural health care products are comprehensive and naturally scented with fruit, flower, and herb extracts.

As a Kiss Tribe blogger, I received Kiss My Face’s newest body lotion in their new 32 ounce size which makes it more economically and environmentally friendly. With enticing fragrances such as Lavender Shea, Tropical Coconut, and Olive & Aloe Fragrance Free, any of these lotions would be great to use daily and all day. My favorite scent is lavender and while I’m not a big fan of coconut, coconut oil does have additional health benefits for the body.  All of the lotions come with a convenient dispenser top so it’s easy to keep the hands clean while I’m lathering up the lotion.

This year, Kiss My Face has partnered with the Beagle Freedom Project, a global leader in animal rescue and advocacy that secures the release of dogs & other animals from laboratories and gives them a chance at a normal home life. The organization promotes cruelty-free lifestyle choices everyone can make. You can learn more about Beagle Freedom Project at  Because Kiss My Face is a cruelty free company, it would make sense to support an organization that helps rescue laboratory animals. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founders of Beagle Freedom Project at the Natural Products Expo and she explained how the lab animals (in particular Beagles) are taken from birth to be tested on. I was saddened and shocked to hear that beagles are used mainly because of their gentle nature and their unwillingness to fight back once they have been captured. The Beagle Freedom Project have fought many hard-won battles to rescue these lab animals, rehabilitate them, and then hold extensive interviews in order to find them the right home.

If you’ve never tried Kiss My Face you can find them at most natural grocery stores, Kroger, CVS, Target, Publix, Amazon, Lucky Vitamin, and Vitacost. They’re also available at where the brand’s extensive line of natural health care products are available.


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.


Seeds and berries have been eaten for many centuries and are often used to boost health and increase longevity. Some are also used as medicinal purposes and most are easy to add into our daily meals. I’ve been eating certain types of seeds and berries since I was a child and started giving my son the same type of seeds and berries when he was younger as well. Our favorite health-boosting berry is the Goji berry, which originated in China and have an awesome amount of health benefits. Goji berries were used in ancient times to increase one’s overall immunity as they contain high levels of antioxidants. They’re naturally sweet and versatile and make a great snack for adults and children. I often give my son a handful of organic dried Goji berries to munch on throughout the day and he likes them as is, without needing to add the berries into food or beverages. However, every so often I like to include them in my cooking just to liven up my dishes and to add some extra nutrition. Below is a recipe of adding Goji berries into my homemade granola. It adds a certain flavor and texture to the granola making people wonder what that unique taste might be.

Adding super seeds and berries into your daily meals is important in maintaining overall health and vitality. But so many people are unaccustomed to eating certain types of seeds and berries. While berries such as strawberries and blueberries have their own health benefits, it’s good to add in some uncommon ones simply because we should increase foods that are better for us. Berries such as Acai berry, Goji berry, and Sea berry are not as commonly known but they sure pack a hell of a punch when it comes to antioxidants and other healing factors such as anti-inflammatory, increasing blood circulation which is crucial for overall health, and preventing certain types of cancers and chronic illnesses. It’s easy to add these types of super berries into your food whether eating them raw, blended into smoothies, or added into soups and baked sweets. Because super berries are more nutritious than most common types of berries, increasing your intake of them can only be beneficial to your health.

Super seeds are seeds that include flax seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds. Super seeds contain high levels of nutrients that help your body fight off diseases and increase your mental sharpness. Plus they are easy to assimilate into what you already eat on a regular basis. Most of these types of super seeds can be used in oil form so you can replace traditional vegetable or corn oil with flax seed oil and sesame oil. Sprinkle chia seeds on top of your yogurt or cereal. Add flax seed oil to your hot dishes. And sesame oil is a great flavor enhancer for most Asian recipes. Just be sure not to overheat these oils as they do lose some of their health boosting qualities during high heat. I usually add sesame oil until the very end of cooking to draw out the natural elements of my dishes and to enhance the flavors. I use flax seed oil in place of fish oil for important Omega fatty acids and Chia seeds like to go into my yogurt and smoothies.

There are many beneficial factors to using super berries and seeds and when you find creative and delicious ways of adding them into your food, not only are you increasing your palate, but you’re helping your body become better than it already is. One of my favorite ways of using Goji berries – as mentioned above – is to add them into my homemade granola. As a long time user of Goji berries, I was challenged by the brand, Sunfood Superfoods ( to find a creative way of using their organic Goji berries. Of course I love a good challenge whenever it comes to my favorite health food so I put the Goji berries into homemade granola. While I have already done this in the past, I usually make good old fashioned granola without any additional ingredients other than the core ingredients. But thinking about unique ways of eating Goji berries besides as they are, I recall the delightful and uniquely sweet taste of Goji berries in my traditional granola recipe. Below you will find the Granola with Goji berries recipe that I hope you will try for yourself and enjoy as much as I do.

With week 3 of our Healthy 2017 goals, let’s try and incorporate more super seeds and berries into our lives. I’ve listed some of the best super seeds and berries that can be added into foods or eaten as they are. If you can enjoy them in their raw form without cooking them, you’ll find that these super seeds and berries are delicious just the way they are.


Chia Seeds – Chia seeds offer a mild nutty flavor and has a delicious crunch to them. For an ounce of raw Chia seeds you’ll get about 4 grams of protein in which you’ll typically use about 2-4 teaspoons in a recipe. Chia seeds also contain fiber, calcium, phosphorous, and manganese. Chia seeds are great sprinkled into cereal or yogurt but can also be cooked into almost any dish you’d like. Chia seeds are great as Chia seeds pudding where seeds are soaked overnight with almond milk to create a slightly gummy texture. Once Chia seeds have been soaked or cooked, the texture and flavor changes slightly so be creative in how you use these delightful seeds.

Flax Seeds – Flax seeds have a slightly crunchy texture to them and contain about 5 grams of protein to one ounce of seeds. Flax seeds are full of fiber, thiamin, and magnesium and are a great powerhouse in preventing heart disease and other ailments. Flaxseeds are great for vegetarians and vegans as they provide a high amount of non-animal Omega 3 fatty acid. Mix flaxseed into soups, cereal, granola, ice cream, and virtually anything you can eat. You can also use Flaxseed oil in your cooking or baking. Because Flaxseeds are small seeds, beware of choking hazards for children.

Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds contain about 5 grams of protein to one ounce of seeds. These kid-friendly seeds contain fiber, Vitamin E,  Vitamin B6, niacin, zinc, and many other beneficial nutrients. Eat them straight out of the shell or you can toast them in the oven for a delicious extra crunch to add into cereal, baked goods, and even Asian food stir-fry!

Hemp Seeds – Hemp Seeds contain 9 grams of protein per one ounce of seeds. Not to be confused with marijuana, Hemp seeds are full of iron, magnesium, and zinc.  Hemp seeds are often found mixed into cereal, trail mixes, and smoothies.

Pomegranate Seeds – Pomegranate seeds contain about one gram of protein per one ounce of seeds. When it comes to antioxidants, Pomegranate seeds are up in the charts along with Vitamins A, B, and C, folic acid, and fiber. Pomegranate seeds are generally eaten raw as they offer a delicate crunch and a tangy-sweet bite. You can also find pomegranate juice either as a blend or 100%. For full health benefits, it’s best to eat Pomegranate seeds raw and in 100% juice form.

Sesame Seeds – Sesame seeds typically come in white, brown, or black versions with black sesame seeds containing the most flavor. Sesame seeds contain about 5 grams of protein per one ounce of seeds and are full of health benefits including fiber, thiamin, Vitamin B6, calcium, and iron. Sesame seeds are very versatile when it comes to cooking with them. Black sesame oil contain numerous health benefits as well as producing a rich and nutty flavor when cooked or drizzled over food. Use sesame seeds in cereal, soups, baked goods, and sesame oil in stir-frys and in salad dressings.


Acai Berries – Acai berries hail from indigenous trees in South America and are packed with amino acids, healthy fatty acids, antioxidants, and protects against chronic diseases and illnesses. Acai berries are great eaten raw but are mostly enjoyed in smoothies or blended into yogurts. Acai berries yield a slightly tart taste and can be mixed into trail mixes.

Blueberries – Blueberries are full of delicious flavors and health benefits and children love to pop them into their mouths as a natural snack. Blueberries pack an impressive amount of antioxidants, manganese, fiber, and Vitamin K. Blueberries are known to help fight off diseases including certain types of cancer, heart  disease, and diabetes. Try blueberries in a delicious fruit salad, blended into smoothies, stirred into yogurt, and baked into scrumptious sweets.

Cranberries – Cranberries contain a group of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins, which help lower the risk of urinary tract infections. Cranberries help support the blood system and may prevent certain types of cancer as well as promote heart health. Cranberries are typically very tart if eaten raw so try mixing raw cranberries into smoothies or baked goods. The dried versions are great as a snack on its own or mixed into trail mixes and oatmeal. Get children to eat cranberries by baking them into muffins such as the Cranberry-Almond muffins.

Goji Berries – Goji berries are bright, orange and beautiful little berries that are a powerhouse in health benefits. Originally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Goji berries have become quite popular throughout the decades in the US mainly due to its immunity boosting and disease fighting abilities. Goji berries are full of Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and lycopene. Goji berries are known to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, maintain eye health, and nourish the kidneys and liver. Goji berries also provide natural energy and vitality, increase metabolism, and helps support the blood system. Goji berries are usually sold in dried form but if you own a Goji berry plant, mix the berries into smoothies or baked into sweets. Dried goji berries are wonderful as they are – they’re incredibly sweet and has a slightly chewy texture. Mix Goji berries into yogurt, salad, and homemade trail mix.

Goldenberries – Goldenberries, or Incan berries are traditionally grown in South America and are rich in fiber, and Vitamins A , B, and C. Like Goji berries, Goldenberries provide natural energy and helps regulate the metabolism. Goldenberries also have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds so they’re great to munch on throughout the day. Goldenberries are typically sold in dry form and are great mixed into trail mixes, yogurt, and cereal as they do have a slightly more tangy taste.

Mulberries – Mulberries look similar to blackberries or rasberries and contain high amounts of polyphenols which supports heart health. Mulberries are also rich in Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Naturally sweet with a tangy flavor, Mulberries can be eaten raw just like similar berries or mixed into yogurt and baked goods.

Sea Buckthorn Berries – Sea Buckthorn are small, yellowish-orange berries grown primarily in Asia. Considered to be most prominent in Omega 7’s, which can only be found in certain foods, Sea Buckthorn berries also contains Omegas 3,6,9 which are essential in the development and nourishment of skin, hair, and nails. Sea berries also help control cholesterol levels and boosts the immune system. Sea Buckthorn berries contain cancer-fighting flavonoids and cartenoids and contains a high level of Vitamin C. Sea berries are mostly used in natural beauty products  and as a natural juice. Two ounces of Sea Buckthorn berry juice contains about 40 milligrams of vitamin C, which is approximately 45 to 55 percent of your daily needs.


Super Goji Berries Granola Recipe:


  • 1 1/4 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup goji berries, chopped berries yield about 1/4 cup(
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice ( best with dried papayas or pineapples)
  • 1/4 cup dried nuts, chopped if you prefer


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet with canola oil (or line baking sheet with nonstick foil). In a medium bowl, combine the oats,  cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, goji berries, (and other dried berries or nuts to your preference). Mix well. In a small bowl, combine the apple juice or water and mix into honey. Mix well.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until the mixture is fully combined and moist. Spread the mixture on the greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and stir, breaking the large chunks into smaller pieces. Bake for an additional 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool. While still warm, stir to break up any remaining chunks. When completely cool, store the granola in an airtight container.


So the next time you’re at the grocery store, look for these super berries and super seeds. You can find most of these seeds and berries at your natural grocery store or online through major e-commerce such as Amazon and Don’t be afraid to try any of  these super berries and seeds. They are super healthy and nutritious and tastes absolutely unique and delicious.


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.







Posted by: suzan | March 21, 2017

The Last Chance Matinee – A Book Review


I always find that reading a good book, a really good book, is like finding a friend who understands you and takes you on a mental journey of discoveries and wonder. My love for reading began at such a young age that my parents at that time would practically have to force me to go outside to play. I would rather sit on the floor with fluffy pillows around me and immerse myself completely in the book I was reading than run around with other kids playing games. And while I tend to read certain genres I will from time to time pick up a book from a genre I don’t necessarily read from. I think it’s important to expand one’s horizon when it comes to learning and reading books and when you find a new author to add to your favorites list, books make life even more enjoyable.

As a Net Galley blogger, I was given the opportunity to review and help promote Mariah Stewart’s newest book, The Last Chance Matinee. Award-winning and bestseller author Mariah Stewart’s newest series begins with The Last Chance Matinee and the Hudson Sisters series and chronicles the delicate lives of three sisters – two by pure blood relation, the other a half sister through an unknown and hidden relationship by their father. And that’s the only thing the three sisters have in common with each other – the bond through their father. Cara, Allie, and Des couldn’t be more different if they tried and that’s what the reader is led to believe from the beginning. But as I read through the chapters and slowly became immersed into the worlds of the Hudson sisters, it became apparent that the three siblings are actually more similar than they themselves believe. And as any siblings who rarely got along while growing up let alone finding out a total stranger is related to you, there are challenges and hurdles and lots and lots of hurt feelings. But as the author takes us through each of the sister’s lives, we find that they are discovering each other as each layer of their private lives get peeled away slowly and delicately. Through an unexpected and sad knowledge the sisters learn about the secrets of their father and the intricate lives of the Hudson empire. And the aftermath of the secret leads the sisters on a journey of self discovery, friendship, and loyalty.

Here’s my personal take on the book:

This is my first time reading a book by Mariah Stewart as contemporary women’s fiction is not usually a genre I will read, but will from time to time pick up a good book if it captures my interest. Well, I can honestly say I understand why Ms. Stewart was a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her book, The Last Chance Matinee draws you in immediately from the first paragraph as you’re thrust into the diverse lives of Cara, Allie, and Des. Cara seems to be the major component in this first series as the writer tends to put her foremost throughout the story. I’d like to think it is because Cara is the child from a “secret” marriage or not-quite-marriage since their father was still married to Des and Allie’s mom at that time.

To me, Cara seemed to be more of the forgiving one out of all the three sisters. Although she went through a painful divorce with a cheating ex-husband, she was brought up with unconditional love and nonconformity as the daughter of a free-spirited “hippie” mom. Des is Allie’s younger sister and was a child actor who made fame and fortune at a very young age. Allie though, was my favorite sister out of all the three because she was misunderstood and outcasted in a way by her rich friends from her previous marriage. She had a teenage daughter who adored her but was growing apart as I suppose many teenage girls would eventually. And it’s because the three sisters were quite different in personality and values was what made the book interesting from the start. It was a joy to discover the ticks of  the sisters, what they went through individually and what they’ll go through together towards the end of the book.

The synopsis of the story is that Cara, Allie, and Des are bound together for some time until their father’s will is fulfilled to the letter. Sent to the quaint town of Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, the sisters must unify to restore a decades old movie theater that had been quite the hot trend at that time. In order for the sisters to receive the generous estates left by their father, Fritz Hudson – who was a famous and wealthy talent agent – the siblings have to finish remodeling the old movie theater and bring it back to life before the reserved deposit for the remodel runs out. Having no experience in renovations or running a movie theater, the Hudson sisters must rely on each other as well as the kindness of the sleepy town of Pocono Mountains.

There is a bit of light romance and comedy throughout the book as each sister’s personality shines through – different in every way possible and yet very much alike in others. It’s through their mutual confusion and disbelief over the deception of their father’s secret marriage and secret child that at first separates them, but also inevitably bonds them in a way that siblings should do. The mystery of what their father did leads them to discover other mysteries of the Hudson empire as well. The Hudson’s was a founding family of the small town and had brought in much needed revenue and business for the growing yet tucked away suburb in the mountains. While I do love a good mystery, I did feel as though the author was dragging out the parts a bit but that’s just me, for if you’re going to involve mysteries into a story that’s not quite a mystery, it needs to have a big and shocking revelation that I never expected. Ofcourse that little drawback didn’t deter from reading the book. No, the entire book was engaging, intriguing, and the words flowed smoothly. The pacing was about right and one could tell that this book was written by an experienced writer.

The Last Chance Matinee is the first book in the series and I hope Ms. Stewart will write about Allie next. Something about her just drew me to her. Allie was deeply hurt and mistrusting but you did see her shine and soften when her daughter Nikki came to visit her and her sisters.  Nikki, her teenage daughter was one of the bright spots in the story as was the sweet moment when Des rescued some stray dogs. While the sisters worked alongside each other to restore the old theater, it was Cara who discovered a deeper secret that connected her father to the town and certain residents at that time. What that secret was I’m assuming we’ll find out in the next installments.

The Last Chance Matinee is definitely one of those “feel good” kind of books. Although it’s listed as women’s fiction, I think it would be fine for anyone over age 16 to read. There aren’t any explicit contents in there and the pacing is engaging enough for young readers who want something that is light-hearted, has a bit of mystery, and some interesting sibling rivalry.

*You can order The Last Chance Matinee on Barnes and Noble’s website and Amazon. For direct links to purchase the book, click here for B&N. And click here for Amazon. And of course wherever books are sold. The book is released as of today so please go to either websites to read an excerpt of The Last Chance Matinee and pick up a copy for yourself. You will not be disappointed!

About The Last Chance Matinee:

When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended tragically. As his relationship with Honora unraveled, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—but, while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had and fathered daughter Cara with her, he never quite managed to come clean about his West Coast family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had, one that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce; allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals; and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Will the sisters come together to turn their father’s dream into a reality—and will they come away with far more than they bargained for?

The Last Chance Matinee is published by Gallery Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster and is categorized under Contemporary Women’s Fiction.

Thank you to Net Galley and Gallery Books for the ARC of The Last Chance Matinee.


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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.


It was a bit crazy last week getting ready for the Natural Products Expo but I learned so much and will be bringing you some exciting new products to talk about. I needed a bit of recuperation after all the walking and talking but I’m back on track now and what’s the best way to get back into the game than to talk about this week’s Healthy Start journal. Or rather, this month in March which has been designated around the country as National Nutritional Month.

Now you might wonder why we dedicate only a month to highlight good nutrition. Proper nutrition should be on the forefront of our daily goals but with so many people in the world still inexperienced or inaccessible to clean and healthy foods, dedicating an entire month to this crucial topic is one of the best ways in educating everyone.Eating nutritional foods and making healthy food choices is important for everyone regardless of age, gender, or physical need. Without proper nutrition our health depletes and we end up relying on medicine to heal us rather than preventing our bodies from needing medicine in the first place.

So what’s the best way in ensuring we eat properly on a regular basis? It’s not all about counting calories or taking in the correct amount of vitamins and supplements. There are quite a few factors to consider before we can truly change our mindset into eating healthier and better. Below, I’ve listed 10 ways we can make the change to eat better and eat cleaner. It’s not hard to do and it doesn’t have to take an insurmountable time to prepare. All you have to do is start – and as the famous Greek philosopher Plato once stated, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – let’s begin at the beginning if we must.

10 Commandments for National Nutrition Month:

1- Evaluate your current health. Is junk food practically your best friend? Or do you walk down the produce aisle with love-filled eyes? If you answered yes to the first question then it’s time to seriously evaluate what’s in your fridge and pantry. And if your refrigerator is basically an empty land of bright lights and storage space, then it’s time to head on over to your friendly natural grocery store and load up on some fresh fruits and vegetables. “Junk” food was named as just that – junk that has no beneficial properties. Therefore eating too much junk food only destroys your precious health rather than enhance it. Think about how you feel now. Are you  tired, ragged, angry, stressed, or don’t have enough energy throughout the day? Those symptoms are mostly connected to what you’re already eating. Factor in no exercise with poor diet and your health will be greatly affected.

2- Determine the type of nutrients your body is lacking. We all fall short to eating unhealthy now and then but we don’t have to let our bad food choices define who we are and what we want to achieve. If your body is lacking in certain types of nutrients, be it Vitamin D or Magnesium, determine what causes you certain illnesses or imbalance in your life. Do you feel fatigued all of the time? Perhaps your body lacks enough B complex vitamins which includes B1, B2, B6, and B12. B vitamins are known for a multitude of benefits for the body and B5 and B12 helps convert carbohydrates into glucose which gives your body the “fuel” it needs to thrive. The best ways in getting more proper nutrients into your body is of course through natural foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean protein, and healthy fats. But if you don’t have enough time to consume all the necessary nutrients your body needs on a daily basis, then adding in supplements is important. Take vitamins and supplements from reputable brands that can trace their source materials and offer you a complete spectrum of supplements to choose from.

3- Take stock of your fridge and pantry. This goes without saying that what you have in your fridge and pantry/cupboards are basically what you’re going to eat.So clear out all the food that contains anything artificial, too much sodium and sugar, and unhealthy, saturated fat. While there are more factors to consider, start with these basic steps towards the journey to a healthier body and mind.

4- Write down healthy food choices on your grocery list. While #3 suggests eliminating poor choices in food, let’s take notice of food that are better for us. Replacing bad food choices with healthier ones is super easy to do. And creating a shopping list helps to curb those urges in picking up unwholesome food that will only damage your health in the long run. While completely eliminating sugar, salt, and fat isn’t ideal for a healthy mind and body, it is possible to eliminate the unhealthier versions or reduce your intake of them. Switch to raw sugar, honey, and agave. Use sea salt or season with the natural juices of vegetables. And use healthy fats such as Omega fatty acids found in certain fish, seeds, and pressed oils.

5- Find balance in what you eat. Nowadays with so many things going on in the world, stress and poor food choices seems to be major causes of illnesses and other health issues.  Try to limit intake of “junk” food that you find in grocery stores, resist eating out unnecessarily, and get a proper balance of fruits, vegetables, and whole supplements which comes from unprocessed, raw foods. Whenever possible, limit your intake of animal fat as studies show that animal fat can increase chances of certain illnesses and diseases in the body.

6- Learn about healthier food alternatives. I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and limit my intake of animal dairy and eggs as well. There are many reasons why one choose to eat healthier while others do not. Sometimes it’s out of convenience or a lack of knowledge. Educate yourself in replacing your less than healthy food choices with healthier versions. Try to resist buying foods out of convenience when there are simple ways of making food from scratch. Subscribe to a health or food newsletter where you get recipes emailed to you on a weekly basis. Try websites such as and for healthy and delicious recipes that are created and vetted  by professional chefs and health experts. And when you’re at the grocery store, a good general rule of thumb is to shop for products on the outer rims of the grocery store. When you’re finished with buying all the fresh produce, then browse the aisles in between the store.

7- Eat from an assortment of colors. Well, eat foods with natural colors of course. Resist buying food that contain artificial colors as most of these artificially created colors have been known to contribute to certain illnesses and health problems. Think of it this way – your body was created naturally so it’s only right that you give your body natural foods. A good guideline would be to eat foods that are red, orange, green, and yellow and try to stay away from foods that are mostly white. Foods rich in color often correlates with the organs in your body. Red is great for your blood, green is great for detoxifying the liver, and orange is good for your muscles.

8- Add more nutrient boosting foods into your meals. If completely changing your eating habits sounds frightening, take it one step at a time, or rather one meal at a time. Eating healthy isn’t an overnight ordeal or a one time commitment. But starting with just one meal a day or even 3 meals a week can get you on the right path to a more healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Start off with one cup of fruits or vegetables, preferably raw, then work your way up to adding legumes and seeds and whole grains. Legumes can include anything in the pea, nuts, and bean family but be sure to get legumes that are more nutritious such as garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lentils, and black beans. Seeds should include flax seeds and chia seeds which provide some of the highest amounts of health boosting qualities and can prevent many illnesses and diseases. Just be sure to get them organic or grown without genetic engineering or manipulation. Whole grains should include brown rice, quinoa, and oats just to name a few as whole grains contain a great amount of fiber for proper digestive health; they help maintain blood sugar levels; they contain essential minerals and vitamins such as calcium and vitamin B; they help you stay full longer; they reduce inflammation; they lower blood pressure, and many other health benefits.

9- Eat foods that reduce inflammation. Research has shown that chronic inflammation is the precursor to certain illnesses and diseases in our bodies. While some inflammation is necessary as it’s the body’s natural defense system, but when inflammation flares up more than needed, it attacks the body and results in health problems that we all don’t need. While some people might fight inflammation with pills, doctors and scientists recommend eliminating chronic inflammation or – even mild inflammation that won’t go away – with healthier food choices. And while certain foods trigger inflammation such as excess of refined sugar, red meat, and trans fat, there are foods that can combat inflammation. Foods that fight inflammation due to many factors include tomatoes, nuts, certain types of berries, leafy greens, Omega 3 rich fish, and olive oil.

10- Eat more “superfoods”. The term superfoods has been used for quite some time now and while it can be confusing to many, superfoods simply means certain types of foods that are categorized to bring you targeted health benefits. For instance, a superfood such as Goji berries can help increase circulation and provide overall immunity. Another superfood such as Kefir contains high levels of probiotics and supports good digestive health. The superfood Chia Seeds contain great amounts of plant-based Omega 3s, fiber, and calcium. Other superfoods that are on the rise (but not necessarily new to other countries) include Acai, Cacao (or cocoa powder), Seaweed, Mangosteens, Maca Powder, Hemp Seeds, Nutritional Yeast, and Black Garlic. Add more of these superfoods into your daily meals to get additional health benefits and to prevent many illnesses and diseases.

Remember that eating healthier isn’t scary or unachievable. Start by recognizing why you are always tired, ill, or gaining too much weight. Most likely it’s your eating habits and how you view food. Do you look at food as a means of getting full? Or is food crucial in maintaining your health and prolonging your life? Eating healthier doesn’t mean eating food that is bland or tasteless. Healthy and nutritious foods are balanced with proper minerals and vitamins along with adding in the right flavor to make them enjoyable. Research into recipes that include nutrient rich foods and superfoods. Look what’s inside your fridge and pantries right now. If you see mostly junk food laden with fat and artificial ingredients then throw them out or just don’t buy them. We know it’s impossible to resist a sweet treat now and then, but we don’t have to let unhealthy foods take over our lives. We are in control of our health. And when you break it down – without good health, life can be burdensome to most people.

Happy National Nutrition Month and start eating healthier!


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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