Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Come Clean

Come Clean Pop Culture Soap create natural, paraben-free, sulfate free soap for your pup and is scented with essential oils leaving them not only clean but smelling fresh as well.

You can get the soaps in three different scents
Lemon Eucalyptus (Anti Flea and Anti Tick) 
Lavender Coconut (Moisturizing)
Bergamot Sage (Calming)
Since Jack tends to get on the drier side when the weather changes I decided to give the Lavender Coconut soap a try. Jack gets a bath every Sunday and I have been using the same liquid shampoo and conditioner with him since I got him. I thought that switching to a bar just to try it out might be “torture” to him but actually it wasn’t and he wanted to eat it because it smelled so good.   The soap lathered up beautifully and smelled AMAZING. I wanted to use it on myself.  The soap rinsed out of his fur quickly and the despite him running in and out of the gardens chasing bunny rabbits the smell lingered on him for a good five days.  

Definitely check out Come Clean if you’re interested in trying a new product on your pup.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Labor Day Cocktail Hour

What’s a holiday without a festive cocktail? Below is my favorite spa water recipe that you can either leave virgin or amp it up with some vodka.

What you'll need:
Sparkling Mineral Water 
Ice Mint 

For the kids and I (virgin recipe):
Squeeze some lemon into your mineral water. Next add blueberries and strawberries. Allow to marry for at least two hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a mint leave.  

For the Adults: Follow the recipe above but add a couple ounces of your favorite vodka and mix well.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Healthy Detour

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I always like to keep a snack of some sort in my purse. You never know when you’ll get hungry and a bag of nuts or a bar is a lot less calories than a quick stop at the local mini mart or fast food joint.  

Since I recently found out that I have a gluten allergy I jumped at the opportunity to try out Detour Bars. The bars truly are a “snack” bar with 130 calories, 10 g of protein, low in sugar and a good source of fiber. They’re soft, chewy and have a Greek Yogurt drizzle – yum! They’re the perfect on the go snack and are now a staple in my purse (along with almonds). Not to mention if you need a sweet fix I highly recommend the Apple Cinnamon bar!
Blueberry has a slight blueberry taste as well as blueberry pieces in it. The bar is on the sweeter side and definitely makes for a great snack especially after a workout or if you are craving something sweet.

The Apple Cinnamon is delicious and by far my favorite. With chunks of apples through the bar paired with the perfect amount of sweet. I have been eating these when I have a serious craving for ice cream or chocolate and what I love is that it actually fills me up instead of leaving me wanting more.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrate: Jack Turned 2

 Jack turned two yesterday, and in honor of his birthday here is a look back at the past 8 months.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grill It Up

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When asked to host a dinner party that included a beef dish I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity. The first thing that came to mind was steak. Then it hit me – I never make beef at home! I think it’s my inability to grill (I have no idea how to even turn it on!) combined with the fact that I can’t even copy my mum’s simple beef stew recipe in the fall. It was then I knew my beef deficiency was about to end thanks to the Beef Checkoff.

What’s the Beef Checkoff? It’s a national marketing and research program that was established in 1985 as part of the Farm Bill, Funded by America’s cattle farmers/ranchers. The program is directed by cattle farmers, ranchers and importers direct the national checkoff program, which uses funds toward research and promotion efforts designed to increase domestic and/or  international demand for beef. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA oversee the collection and spending of these beef checkoff funds. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor for the Beef Checkoff and manages research and promotion programs on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers with oversight from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA. One of the checkoff programs NCBA manages is the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” Brand.

Have you visited the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” website yet? It’s amazing, not only does it give you a ton of recipes, but there is information on the different beef cuts (I knew NONE of this information before), grilling tips (thank you!) and even talks about the health benefits ofbeef (who knew!). You definitely should check out the website and see how you can incorporate beef into your next meal!
I decided on hosting my dinner party on Sunday. After spending an hour on the website reading recipes and learning all about grilling and beef cuts I decided to keep it simple and went with a steak. A Ribeye Steak to be exact.
 I used this chart found here to help me get through grilling flawlessly.
 I simply used this rub from Williams-Sonoma on the steak, grilled it up and served it with a tossed salad and grilled corn on the cob. My dinner guests were very impressed (they usually get a chicken meal) and can’t wait for the next dinner party which I think is going to be a taco bar.