Thursday, June 23, 2016

Refreshing My Fridge And my Kids This Summer With BODYARMOR

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of BODYARMOR sports drink. All opinions are 100% my own.*
Summer is here! The days are longer and much, much busier. Instead of being in school (and on buses) for 7 1/2 hours a day, the kids are now at home all that time. They are also up much later than when school is in session. They stay up until I go to bed (which is usually VERY late.)

With much more time to fill, and all the night hours spend inside already, during the day, we get out and play hard as much as possible. We have a trampoline and a swing set (and bikes and such), so even when we can't leave the house, there is plenty to do right in our own backyard, literally.

The heat here in Florida is almost beyond words. The humidity is suffocating most of the time. My children are like me, in that, they get dehydrated so quickly. It is so important that we all keep hydrated. The kids hate plain water (as do I.) They like sports drinks, but I wanted something better for them, and for myself.

BODYARMOR is more than a sports drink. It has vitamins and coconut water on top of the potassium and other electrolytes. It also does NOT have excess sodium or artificial ingredients. BODYARMOR comes in eight awesome flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange Mango, Strawberry Banana, Tropical Punch, Lemon Lime, Mixed Berry, Grape and Blackout Berry.


All 8 flavors taste truly delicious. To me, they are better than any other sports drinks I have tried (which is every major brand and then some.) My kids love them! Even my picky husband loves them.
Unlike most sports drinks, BODYARMOR does not contain any artificial colors or sweeteners. The flavors are natural. My favorite flavors are Blackout Berry and Tropical Punch, but again, they all rock.


I recently started the process of cleaning out my pantry cupboards and refrigerators, getting rid of all the things we don't need anymore and filling them with all the essentials for summer. It was way overdue. I was throwing away things that expired a year ago. Obviously, it's not fun, but it had to be done, especially the refreshing with new items. The first staple that I had to make sure was in the fridge was BODYARMOR.


At least along with the extra cleaning does come from the extra fun of summertime. We are having so much fun already, and with a new stock of BODYARMOR, we are all ready for a new adventure. With several birthdays upcoming and my husband's vacation from work and family coming to visit, we have a lot of activities on the horizon. At least with BODYARMOR we will be well hydrated and nourished.

What are your plans this summer? Do you have any fun adventures planned? Do you have a yearly tradition during the summertime? I would love to hear all about your summer activities. I hope all your summers will be as fun as ours. If you want to stay summer ready with BODYARMOR, it can be purchased (in Florida) at Publix, Winn-Dixie and Target. You can even download a coupon HERE.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WWE & Fatherhood.gov are Celebrating Dads!

Happy Father's Day weekend everyone! This Sunday (and every day) we celebrate dads and all the amazing things they do for us. I don't see my dad as often as I would like to, but I am thankful for him every day. He was always there for us, even after he and my mom split up. He has been there for me my whole life.


Another amazing father that I am honoring this Father's Day is my children's father - my wonderful husband. He works so hard to provide for us, and he is still so involved when he is home. Providing financially is great, but nothing is more important than actually spending time with your children. Even the smallest moments can mean so much, and shape a child forever. My husband is aware of this, and he is always there for our children. They cherish every minute spent together. (Daddy is their favorite.)


I am so lucky to have two such wonderful men in my life, and I actually have 3, because my father-in-law is such a kind man, who has accepted me into his family and shown me as much love as my own father has. I am very blessed. I hope all of them know how much they are appreciated on Father's Day and every day. I sure try to make sure they are pampered as much as possible.

It is so important to show fathers how much they are valued. Father's are so important. That is why WWE has partnered with Fatherhood.gov to celebrate dads and to raise awareness of just how important it is for dads to #MakeAMoment and be a #hero for their children.

I love WWE's campaign with Fatherhood.gov. Not only does WWE have a huge platform to get the message out there, they do more than talk the talk. WWE superstars and their own children participate in the ad campaign, so it is not just something they are saying, it is something that they are living 24/7 365. Just another reason that I love WWE.


It is so cool to see the big, manly and in many cases "bad" guys with their kids. They look so sweet. That is a huge weakness of mine, to see such "tough guys" being so kind and gentle with their kids. Every father should know how important they are in their child's life, and do everything they can to make a positive impact and be a good example.

You can learn more about the #MakeAMoment campaign, you can visit Fatherhood.gov. You can also visit Fathershood.gov on Facebook & Twitter.

Have you seen the commercials for the #MakeAMoment campaign yet? They are adorable. If you watch WWE programming, you should have seen them by now. If you don't watch WWE programming, you should watch WWE programming. Seriously, what are you waiting for? The Money in the Bank PPV is tomorrow night (6/19 @ 8pm EST) on WWENetwork. You can even get your first month free. What a great way to celebrate Father's Day. That is how we will be spending our night. Happy Father's Day everyone!

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of WWE. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, June 17, 2016

SeeTheLite with Litehouse Foods. Recipe + Giveaway

*This review and giveaway was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.*

I recently had the opportunity to try some Litehouse Foods products and create an original recipe suitable for Father's Day and/or graduation celebrations. I was hoping to find some of the Chunky Blue Cheese in my local store so I could make a buffalo bleu chicken lasagna, but I couldn't find any.

It may have been a blessing in disguise, though, because I ended up having to get another product, Avocado Ranch With Bacon. I had to come u with a whole new recipe to use the Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing, and it ended up being totally awesome.


I wanted something unique, not just a salad or to use the dressing as a sandwich topper or something, I wanted it at the heart of the recipe. I decided to do a practice run for our Father's Day meal. Since I already had the main course planned (steak) I figured a side dish would be good. I have to have a carb with every meal, so that was a no brainer. I thought of a pasta salad, and I had a ton of great ideas, but I decided to shake it up and make a delicious rice dish instead.

I love almost every kind of rice, but my favorite base (before other ingredients are added) rice is Smoked Basmati rice. It has a rich, smoky flavor and a substantial, but tender long grain. I usually enjoy it simply with butter, but I wanted to see how it works in a recipe.

I cooked the rice as I always do (adding smoked sea salt, to add extra smokiness). When it was done, I added in the dressing, and heated it through again.

Smoky Bacon Avacado Ranch Rice:

Ingredients:
2 cups (soaked) Smoked Basmati rice
4 cups water.
2 teaspoons smoked sea salt.
1 cup Litehouse Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing.

Directions:

Soak rice for 30 minutes. Drain.
Add 2 cups soaked rice and 4 cups water to pot (medium heat). Bring to boil. Add Smoked Sea Salt, stir. Cover. Continue to cook on medium heat for 10-11 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. Add 1 cup Litehouse Avocado Ranch With Bacon dressing. Stir to combine completely (gently so as not to smash the rice). return to low heat until heated through. Enjoy!





It came out perfect. It is very flavorful and hearty, but still delicate somehow. I decided they would be best presented in a special way, so I used little dessert cups. They look awesome. I can't wait to make this again on Sunday.


The recipe is so simple. Just 3 ingredients! This will be a new go-to for me for BBQs, entertaining and pot lucks. I  may even dress it up in the future with added bacon pieces or an avocado garnish. This recipe is so versatile. It will keep well in the fridge and is sure to be a hit.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Back To Campus With At Home Stores

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of At Home and MomSelect. All opinions are 100% my own.*

With school being out, there is a lot of focus on summertime fun. I am all for fun and games, but I also like to plan ahead. Recent high school grads and current college students are enjoying the break from school, but it won't last long. Time always flies when you're having fun. Fall semester starts in just a few months.

Thankfully, there are "overbearing" moms like myself to start the preparations early. And it's nice to have stores like Home Goods, that have all the essentials all the time. We (my sister and I) recently visited our local Home Goods for the very first time. They have everything you could ever want to decorate and organize your home, office, dorm, etc. I am upset with myself for having not shopped there sooner.

At Home has so many wonderful accents and decorative items. I was so tempted to go on a spree and redecorate something (or everything.) However we were there for my sister, who is returning to college in the fall. Of course, I had to get some things too, though. The biggest issue in my home is the same as in dorm rooms - lack of space. I needed storage solutions, and I found just what my unorganized heaps of stuff needed. Best of all, I got it all at a great price.

We ended up choosing some of the same things. We both got an over-the-door, 24 slot (large), shoe organizer. Yes, I have several pairs of shoes. No, that is not what I used the organizer for. I hung it on the back of the bathroom door, and filling it with all my shampoos, conditioners, body scrubs, body washes, face masks and so on.


It hold tons of stuff, stuff that used to live in cardboard (shipping) boxes that were stuffed wherever I could find room. I used to have to open a dozen boxes and search for an hour just to find what I needed. Now it is so easy, and it takes up way less space.

We also got some really cool collapsible storage cubes. They are made of fabric, but they are super sturdy and they are just the right size. They hold a good amount of stuff without taking up a lot of space. And they fold down when you are not using them, to take up virtually no extra space. Plus they are pretty stylish, at least I think so.


Right now I am using one of them for the beauty items that I just had to have, but have not gotten around to using, because I had them tucked away since December, since I had no place to put them. Just one of these cubes holds all 8 items with room to spare. I have plenty of plans for the other one, once I get more of my stuff out of the shed.


These adorable storage cubes look great almost everywhere. I can even just sit them under my coffee table and they look like they belong. They would be great to actually transport things during a move too. You can move your stuff and it will still be unpacked when you arrive. I need dozens more of these awesome cubes, and I desperately need one of the shelf things that these can go in. Looks like I'll be heading back to At Home in the very near future.

If you are looking to decorate or organize your home or office, or if you are sending a child off to (or back to) college or if you are a college student, you must check out your closest At Home store. At Home has put together a checklist for "back to campus" planning. It is very comprehensive, and I found it very helpful. You can download the checklist HERE.

I need all the tips I can get, so the checklist is awesome. I would love to hear your tips and ideas too. What are your best organization tips for home or dorm. Do you have tips to make moving in to a dorm easier? What is the most challenging issue you have faced in the move to college? How did you overcome it?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Friday, May 27, 2016

House Monkey Review + Free 1 Month Trial

I have just discovered the most amazing app. Usually I am not one to use an app for everything. In fact, I have like 4 apps on my phone, well 5 now that I added the awesome House Monkey app. The name might be a bit silly, but the concept is anything but. It is a household managing app.


"What is a household managing app?" you ask. Well, it is a comprehensive organization super tool. I am the world's worst organizer. I mean it. I am constantly on my last thread of sanity. I can't remember my own name half the time. With House Monkey, I am finally taking control of managing our household.

House Monkey is like a the digital version of a chore chart, to-do-list, event manager and file cabinet all in one. A schedule of household chores, errands, activities and events can be loaded into the app so that everyone in the family can be on the same page at all times. It is such a time saver. Everything runs so much more efficiently, and all the weight is no longer on my shoulders alone.



Now my husband can keep track of school events, dinners with the in-laws, trips to the grocery story, and when it's his turn to take out the trash or sweep the porch. It help me remember what chores that my kids and husband are going to do, so I don't end up doing them myself. 

It also has reminders for home/appliance maintenance like changing the air conditioner filter, cleaning the dishwasher or adding septic tank additive. I can even set rewards and issue "Banana Points" for chores completed. As if everything running smoothly is not reward enough.



It helps all of us plan our schedule, so we never double book. We all have calendar apps, but they are all independent, so we never used to know when someone else in the family already had a commitment. Now we all manage our commitments in the House Monkey app, so we all know when one family member is busy. It makes everything so much easier and avoids having to cancel plans later.

As nice as the household management is, I am just as thrilled to have the scanning capacities. I would use a whole different app for that if I needed to, that's how badly I needed this in my life. With House Monkey you can scan recipients, warranties, contracts and other vital paperwork. You can also store data-heavy videos and photos.

I had so many product warranties and especially user manuals all over the house. I am the type that keeps them for months or years, and ends up getting so fed up with the clutter and throwing them away - right before I need them. It's the same with receipts. I also scan in the grocery lists, so hubby knows exactly what to get without having to remember it or try to use a paper list (that he would lose.) In fact, I lose every list that I make also. It has been a  huge help to me. 

Also, I almost was not able to download the House Money app because my phone has so many photos and videos that I was out of space. I had to delete some. I have since uploaded them all to the House Money app, so now I have tons of space again. Really, House Monkey is taking care of everything.

I am still the world's worst organizer, but my life is so much more efficient now. house Monkey does all the work, and my family gets all the convenience and none of the stress. I am so glad that I found an app that could help me manage our lives in spite of my absentmindedness and lack of any planning skills. House Monkey is awesome.



If this type of household management sounds like something your family could benefit from, you're in luck. You can get a FREE 30 day trial of House Monkey. For more information, and to get a 30-days FREE coupon code, please visit: http://www.monkeytribelife.com/
You can download the app in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of House Monkey. All opinions are 100% my own.*