UnReal UnJunk your Halloween #getunreal #tryazon @unreal.snacks

 

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On Facebook one day I stumbled upon this opportunity to host a Tryazon UnReal UnJunk your Halloween party. The super cute Dia de Los Muertos themed packaging intrigued me to click because my girl scout troop and I were planning a camping trip to work on the Night Owl Badge and we needed to learn a legend. I thought to myself those would be the perfect snack if I could get my hands on the Book of Life movie then we are going to have a pretty great movie night! So I applied and, I was chosen to participate! YAY! I was so excited to share these with my girls! I got the email and started to learn more about the UnReal brand and what Unjunk your Halloween actually means. I was surprised to learn these candies were not just ordinary candies, but pretty great candies!

I got the first email and started to learn more about the UnReal brand and what Unjunk your Halloween actually means. I was surprised to learn these candies were not just ordinary candies, but pretty great candies inside and out! The founders wanted to make candy that wasn’t completely and utterly terrible for you. Candy that was made from responsible and healthy real ingredients for example colored with fruits and vegetable dyes. I think they accomplished that and then some! These candies taste amazing! Plus they are made with more protein and fiber from real foods, with less sugar, so that each candy has a lower glycemic index.

My girl scouts got to enjoy these candies at our camp this past weekend and they loved them. Our top favorite pick of all the candies are the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups! We are going to hunt down the Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups to try those next.

20171007_214703_HDROur unjunk movie night with our UnReal candies!

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The girls testing out all the different candies. Talking about what non-GMO, organic, and fair trade mean for our health and our environment.

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A little late night snack in our bunks before lights out! We did share with our fellow campers across the hall. 🙂

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We had a blast learning about this great brand and tasting their great candies please check them out and give them a try! Especially our favorite the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the Milk Chocolate Gems! Thank you so much Tryazon and UnReal!

If you want to learn more about Tryazon, a dedicated service that gets innovative products into the hands of people in fun settings, click this link to see what they are all about!

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Back to School Savings with Groupon Coupons! #Back2School #SaveMore

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You all have heard of Groupon right!? Businesses post a group of tickets discounted or coupons to an activity, event, or restaurant for a discount but only a limited amount of items for that discounted price. It’s a great way for families especially bigger families like mine to save money! At this very moment, Groupon is even offering 25% off your first Groupon with code WELCOME at check out. Deals on top of deals? It doesn’t get any better than that but wait it does!

I just learned that Groupon launched coupons!!! I use coupons for everything they are like money just not green! On the Groupon site, here are 71 deals and coupons for Target. I LOVE TARGET! One of my absolute favorite deals for Target is $5.00 off $50.00 plus free shipping! Imagine how much more you can save on all the back to school cost hitting us right now! This deals is not only good online but, in store as well. They also have 30% off in their home department. I could shop Targets home décor section for hours. I can really get lost in there. While on the Groupon site be sure to check out all of the other retailers they offer deals and coupons for such as Aerie, Footlocker, Rue 21Payless, Office Depot/Office Max, Aeropostale, JCPenny, Famous Footwear and so much more! Don’t miss out on those extra savings on all the back to school purchases. Groupon has all of your shopping need covered!

 

 

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ShearMadness #haircutsforkids

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HELLO! Blogging world long time no talk, Eh? Well I had to jump on this offer and share all about Shear Madness! No, I am not talking about my motherhood journey although shear-madness is what I would describe it as. I am talking about a completely amazing place that got my kids to sit still for an amazing and affordable hair cut and not just the older ones…the…3 year old! (He is 4 now, but 3 the first time I took him in.) Yes he got a hair cut at Shear Madness and he looked so dang cute afterwards and he loved it!

Check out the offer below! And stay tuned to learn more about Shear Madness and our experience!

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Save $2 OFF $20 purchase of services and/or retail on your first visit only @ShearMadness #haircutsforkids http://www.desmoineskidsguide.com/coupons.php?bid=13000&dealid=2920

Snap a pic of your kid’s best Lego creation and #win $200 if you get the most votes! #ImagineThis @bricks4kidzcorp

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Do your kids love Legos? Post a Photo of Your GREATEST ORIGINAL LEGO CREATION For A Chance to Win $200 And Be Featured in A NATIONAL BRICKS 4 KIDZ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN! Want to win? Here’s how…Go to https://www.facebook.com/bricks4kidzco…/app/577559595616814/ and Submit Your Photo. Encourage friends and family to VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO. The person with the most votes wins!

The contest runs from July 11th to September 12th. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 cash prize.

*Winner Announcement* Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort – South Padre Island Review & #Giveaway #SPI #BahnLove

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Winner:

Clarissa Lopez

Congratulations Clarissa, and thank you all for entering!

I have sent you an email and hope to hear from you within 48 hours.

Here is the link to the review post.

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The Perfect Summer Cure for Mosquitoes! #BlogReview #Summer #Bugsoff #USFG @ThermaCELL

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I wrote a blog post recently about this amazing product Thermacell and I was actually able to test it out!

Today was the perfect evening to test it, the kids were playing outside with their neighborhood friends and I was watering the garden and grass. We live in south Texas and mosquitoes are always around. I also know how bad spraying my children with insect repellent every time they go outside can add up to negative consequences for their health. As Nadia said there can be phthalates, a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics more flexible or resilient and also as solvents in bug repellents that we are putting onto our skin. Back to the Thermacell because I really like that it can protect my kids without me having to spray or slather them up with anything.

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I put it together in under 2 minutes tops, it was really quite simply to assemble. It  was working in under 5 minutes and no sign of mosquitoes the whole time we were outside.

Thermacell is something I would recommend for everyone to have  when outside. I would have loved to take this camping earlier this summer. I can’t wait to bring it to the beach and daycare playground the mosquitoes are terrible there. I hope it keeps the flies away too! Next time we cookout I will let you all know.

Thermacell has the perfect design for your outing whether your relaxing in your own backyard, camping, or hunting.

You can grab you and your family one now and use code “FamilyGuide2016” at checkout on Thermacell.com for 20% off your order of $40 or more!
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Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 For Every Season Book Review #Cookbook #BookReview

Michael Symon's Cookbook Review.jpgI was sent this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. 

I first stumbled upon the chef Michael Symon on The Chew when I was still caught up watching Days of our Lives. He is the full of life, great big ol’ laugh, fun-loving guy who is always doing things the easy way.

One of my favorites on the show! When I was offered the chance to review his book I jumped on it. When it arrived I was like a kid at Christmas rushing to the door when the UPS driver arrived. I ripped open that booked and flipped through every page taking in the vivid, fresh photographs. I love that the book is broken up by seasons because I love to garden and eat what’s in season. I also really appreciate how every meal has half the ingredients dedicated to fresh fruits or vegetables. He even added some great holiday recipes and some that use leftovers from your ham and turkey for breakfast-genius! I have yet to complete one of these recipes in the book but I will very soon so keep an eye out on instagram, facebook, and twitter.

A few on my list to try:

Fried Eggplant Sandwiches with Harissa

Spicy Fried Shrimp

Sweet Corn Fritters

Chicken and Couscous with Snow Peas, Garlic & Ginger

Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Asparagus with Sesame & Orange

Click here to get Michael Symon’s Book!

Why I love Cozi and Mint #FamilyOrganized

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Rey and I obsessed over a  marathon of Life or Debt this past weekend and really snapped that our families finances have seriously been neglected since we first moved to Texas. It’s been over a year that we have examined our budgets and financial plan. Clearly it’s a chore we both like to avoid and not one of our strong points.

I have always been a pen and paper kinda gal. I loved taking notes in school with all my different colored pens and decorating my planner till it looked like unicorn vomited on it. That had always been me, until I realized my family financial binder was failing our family and my paper planner couldn’t keep up with my hectic schedule. I needed to go virtual in order to get the time-saving tools I need, as well as the life saving email and text reminders.

I began my search for the best family calendar app. I wanted one that I could access from my laptop and cell phone. I wanted one that could link our entire family. I wanted one with great widgets and reminders. I wanted the impossible-as my hubby always says. Thank goodness I found Cozi because they have truly made it all happen! I learned about Cozi a few years ago and tried it out then but I wasn’t ready to leave my planner yet.

Cozi keeps everyone’s schedules and all your lists in one place the whole family can share. Check the family calendar, set reminders, and see lists from any computer or mobile device (PC/Mac, iOS, Android). Cozi is rated 4.5 stars in Google Play and iTunes and is the winner of multiple awards and accolades: Appy Award for Best Family App, Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal, Named Best App for your Personal Life by Mashable, Named Best App for a Better Life by NBC’s TODAY Show, and more. Cozi remembers everyone’s appointments, makes sure schedules are coordinated, and keeps track of shopping and to do lists—so you have more time for the fun stuff.

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Cozi has so many great features!

A few I love:

  • Color Coding Family Member
  • Multiple Calendar Schedules-that all mash into one
  • Laptop accessible and App with great widgets
  • Email/Text Reminders
  • Linked To Do List & Shopping List

Check out Cozi in this video!

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Now that our schedule was in order I could manage our time better and actually plan time to discuss our financial situation.

I tried Mint in college and decided to look them up again. I googled them and they rated really high on most sites. I logged in, and input all our accounts and instantly got the big picture. IT WAS AMAZING! It saved me SO MUCH TIME! I can access everything and  watch everything at the same time. I absolutely love it! I can literally see where every penny goes. I control it all-it’s very empowering!

Watch the video and give it a try! You seriously have to try it-once you do you will see the light and you will never go back.

I am able to create a budget for everything our family needs. Track those budgets easily and make adjustments to keep us on track. I really love that I can set goals for travel, the kids college savings, and paying off college debt.

They also have a MintBills which is equally awesome, give them a try to see if they can help your family avoid late fees.

Why I love Mint Bills

  • I can see all our bills & accounts in one place-no matter whose name they are under
  • Get reminders when bills are due-avoid late fees
  • Pay on the spot with our online bill payment feature
  • Schedule bill payments for free
  • Receive alerts when funds are low or credit limits are near

 

I hope one of these services can help you and please share what you use to help keep your family organized.

 

Monkey Mat Multipurpose Mat for Mommas on the go! #MonkeyMat #monkeymatlifestyle @usfg #Review

 

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I love watching Shark Tank and can’t wait to test out this product!

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Monkey Mat, AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK, allows you to make your space, any place! Originally inspired by an unexpected six-hour layover at the airport (constant cringing while two babies crawled all over dirty floors!), and also by overall active lifestyles, this go-everywhere large mat in attached ultra-compact pouch gives you a clean space on the go – no more bulky blankets! Perfect for all ages, all places – park, beach, concerts, dirty airport/hotel floors, camping, hiking, sports events & more! http://www.monkeymat.com

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Valentia’s Even Glow Serum #Review #USFG

I was sent this product in return for an honest and truthful review. 

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Our skin is damaged each day due to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical laden cosmetic products. The amount of free radicals waging war on the skin quickly depletes our natural protective resources.

Our premier formulation is backed by scientific research into the efficacy of each of the natural ingredients we have carefully selected.

Our proprietary blend of *skin super oils compliment our 20% Vitamin C base, leading to a powerful antioxidant treatment. Each natural ingredient was chosen to support and enhance Vitamin C’s efficacy on the skin, leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror.

We know this all sounds too good to be true… but soon you’ll see. 🙂

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SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C’s effect on the skin.

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

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98% Natural Ingredients (see below for a description of our Key Ingredients chosen specifically to enchance Vitamin C efficacy on the skin)

EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE:
Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY:
Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION:
The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES:
Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

I was able to try this product and really enjoyed the experience. I was worried to put what looked like oil on my face but my face thoroughly enjoyed it and thirsted for the moisture and vitality it gave my skin. This serum has sky rocketed me into the serum world. I used the whole bottle and then started testing out other serums. 

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Now that I am finishing up this post I see how much better my skin was back then and I want to go find this product on Amazon. My skin was so full and healthy!