Taste the difference with 16 Water


Do you drink enough water on a daily basis? I have to admit that at one point I didn’t. Then I had to have surgery to get rid of a nodule from a salivatory gland under my tongue that made me start to drink more water. The ENT told me that it was due in part to not drinking enough water. From that point on I make an effort to drink at the very least the required eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily. I also find that when I drink enough water my skin is less dry and I just feel better. With this being the summer time I tend to drink more water.

I am grateful that my husband and kids drink plenty of water too, and I don’t even have to remind them. My son in fact drinks more water than any of us. He is well hydrated.

Not only is drinking plenty of water good for our overall health and skin, it can also help you to eat less calories. Sometimes when you feel hungry its not really a food hunger – it’s a fluid hunger. It’s your body looking for more water, not more food. Plus drinking water fills you up helping you to drink less.

We use filtered water at home (in pitchers) and reusable water bottles. Sometimes we have to purchase water, especially when we’re out and about and neglected to bring a reusable water bottle with us.

My husband will tell you that all bottled waters taste the same. He said it doesn’t matter if it’s a generic brand of water or a high priced water like Fiji or Voss – he said they all taste the same. I don’t believe that. I think that some bottled waters do taste a lot different than others. I find some waters to have a certain taste to them and others I find to be more refreshing and quench my thirst better than others.

I was recently introduced to a brand of water called 16 Water.

Mt. Halla

Sixteen Water comes from a small volcanic island off the coast of South Korea called Jeju. In the center of the island is an active volcano called Mt. Halla. This is where 16 Water comes from.

Sixteen Water starts out as rainwater that collects inside Mt. Halla. From there the water travels through 16 layers (1,400 feet) of purifying, mineral-rich volcanic bedrock inside Mt. Halla, resulting in an 18-year purification process. The water is very filtered leaving behind mineral rich water. In fact, 16 Water contains high levels of Mg(Magnesium) and Ca(Calcium) levels which is important for energy metabolism.

Sixteen water also has an alkalinity similar to the body’s pH balance (pH7.8, great for body absorption),making it one of the healthiest waters on the market.

Sixteen Water

The whole filtration process takes an astonishing 18 years. That is a long time to wait for naturally purified water.

The above details about the water come from the brand. I am not a scientist so I have no way of varying these statements.

Needless to say I found the water very intriguing. I also wondered how it tasted. Thinking about how it travels through so many levels of volcanic rock to purify it, I was curious to see if it had an earthy, mineral taste to it.

The brand sent me some 16 Water to try out for myself and to let my family give it a try too.

Sixteen Water, in my opinion, does not have an Earthy or mineral-like taste to it. In fact I find the water to be very refreshing. It even quenches my thirst better than the filtered water from our water pitchers. Dare I even say it is more refreshing than some of the pricier bottles of water I have tried over the years.


Sixteen water has a clean, crisp taste to it.

My husband, who firmly believed that all bottled waters taste the same, even commented on 16 Water. He said it does have a better, cleaner taste than other bottled waters he’s tried. He actually noticed a difference between 16 Water and other water that we drink (including our filtered water).

My kids didn’t give me much feedback on 16 Water except to tell me that it was “good.”

I honestly don’t know if 16 Water contains the magnesium, calcium or other minerals. I have to take the brand’s word for that. From a non-scientific standpoint I find 16 Water to have a pure, crisp and clean taste and I find it very enjoyable to drink, especially when it’s ice cold on a hot and humid summer day. Once bottle really quenches my thirst.

Sixteen Water can be found a Fairway Markets, Amazon and other retailers across the country.

For more information about this interesting and unique water brand please visit www.SixteenWater.com.

What do you think about 16 Water? Does it sound like something you would like to try?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Yoplait Yogurt… it’s not just for breakfast


Do you like yogurt? I do. My kids do too. In fact they have been eating yogurt since they were toddlers. I didn’t start eating yogurt until I was a young adult. Yogurt wasn’t as popular when I was a child as it is today. Not only that, there were limited flavors and varieties decades ago.

I know a lot of people who enjoy yogurt too. It seems like most of them eat yogurt with their breakfast or in place of a regular breakfast. My kids have been known to do that too.

Sure, Yoplait yogurt is a yummy breakfast option, but you can enjoy Yoplait yogurt all day long, not just for breakfast.


Yoplait yogurt is a delicious any time treat.

One of my favorite things to make is Frozen Breakfast Bars. In fact my teenage daughter makes them often. They are great for breakfast, as a snack, after work/school snack and even a late night treat.

These are super easy to make and you can use any flavor or variety of Yoplait yogurt and fresh fruit. This recipe is made with blueberries but we’ve made it with raspberries and strawberries too. My son suggested watermelon but I think it might be too watery for this recipe (but I bet it would taste good).

These bars take about 10-15 minutes to make and about 3+ hours to set in the freezer.



  • 2 1/2 cups of oats & honey granola
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 containers (5.3 oz each) Yoplait Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh fruit
  • 2 tablespoons of oats & honey granola, coarsely crushed



Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix 2 1/2 cups granola and the melted butter. Firmly press in bottom of ungreased 8-inch square pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Freeze about 5 minutes or until cold.


Spoon yogurt over crust; gently spread to cover. Sprinkle with fresh fruit and crushed granola. Freeze about 3 hours or until firm.


Remove from freezer 10 minutes before cutting. To make bars, cut into 5 rows by 2 rows. Wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap. Store in freezer.


You can mix and match the Yoplait yogurt and the fresh fruit. For example, use blueberry Yoplait yogurt with fresh strawberries, or Blackberry Harvest Yoplait yogurt with raspberries. You can also use any Yoplait yogurt. The only one I have not tried this recipe with is the Yoplait whips. It might work with that too.

Because these bars are so sweet and fruity they would make a great dessert too. You could easily serve this treat after dinner. Maybe not in a bar form. Perhaps served in a small custard cup.

Another easy frozen treat (ideal for the summer months) is a frozen yogurt “sandwich.” Simply take two of your favorite granola-like cookies or breakfast bars (I prefer Natural Valley Breakfast Biscuits). Spread your favorite Yoplait yogurt on one side of the cookie/bar, then top with another cookie/bar. Wrap in plastic wrap and pop in the freezer a few hours until frozen. What you get is a delicious frozen on the go treat that you don’t have to worry about melting and making a huge mess (trust me, they are so good you’ll gobble it up immediately).


These are also so easy to make that your kids can help you make them (or make them on their own).

You can find a nice variety of Yoplait yogurt, such as Original, Light, Greek (my favorite variety) and Gogurt at your local Walmart.

How do you enjoy Yoplait yogurt? Do you only eat it at breakfast time or do you find unique ways to enjoy it all day long – even on the go?

What is your favorite Yoplait yogurt recipe? I would love to hear about it. Please comment and tell me about it.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yoplait®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome



I have several “pet peeves,” as do most people. One of my peeves is food going to waste. Living on a budget we can’t really afford to toss food out because it went bad or gone stale. It really irks me.

To give you an example, when my kids were younger our elderly neighbor would leave a box of pastries outside our door (we live in a condo so it was inside). Most of the time it was stuff the kids wouldn’t eat, but I would ever tell him that. He as kind enough to do that for my kids. My husband and I would eat whatever the kids didn’t want.

Sadly, most of them didn’t last more than a day. Some items you can’t put in the fridge because they get all sticky or mushy. Leaving them under a domed cake plate is an option (which is what we did) but they would still end up getting stale by the next day.

It’s not just pastries, its other baked goods like cakes, cookies and cupcakes. They can get stale quickly.

Recently I was sent a product that can help make stale foods a thing of the past. It’s called the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome. It’s smart cooking technology keeps your food fresher- longer.

Food Dome

The Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome looks like a regular domed cake plate. The only difference is that this one has a vacuum that sucks all the air out of the dome which helps to keep your food fresher longer. As a bonus the dome also keeps your foods safe from household pests (flies, ants… even your pets).

Using the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome is super easy. Simply add batteries to the vacuum (it works with 2 AA or one C – using the C battery will give you optimum performance). Next, place your food item on the plate, then cover with the dome. Then press the red bottom on top and the unit will suck all the air out of the dome. There is nothing you need to do.

When you would like to open the dome to retrieve one of the food items simply release the air, grab the food item, replace the dome and press the red button again to vacuum out the air again. Vacuuming out the air takes about a minute depending on what you have inside the dome (how bit the item/items are).

There is no need to worry about keeping on top of it. If the seal is broken or the pressure inside drops for any reason the vacuum will go on automatically and vacuum the air out. That is part of it’s smart technology. It’s a worry free product.

For your safety the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome is made out of food grade materials and is BPA free.

For my first test of the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome I place a frosted doughnut under the dome. It was freshly made from the shop and very soft – as it should be.



After Dome


Normally doughnuts are stale by the next day. Not only that, glazed/frosted doughnuts sometimes get soggy and gooey if they are in the fridge.

I put the doughnut in the dome for 24 hours (actually it was longer than that). When I finally removed the doughnut I was surprised to find it just as soft as it was the day before. It wasn’t stale at all. It was a bit gooey but that is only because I neglected to move it from the sunlight, so even though it was in the dome it was receiving direct sunlight which is not good for chocolate.  That was “user error” as my tech-hubby calls it. It had nothing to do with the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome. The Food Dome did exactly what it was supposed to do.

Since then I have used the Food  Dome to house biscuits (including left over Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster) and some fresh bagels from the local bakery. So far, so good. I am pleased with the results from using the Food Dome. It really does keep baked goods fresher longer. I also like the added bonus of not having to worry about flies and not having to waste plastic by putting these things in plastic bags.

For more information about the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome visit MyGoodCooking.com or visit the Auto Vacuum Food Dome page directly. The Food Dome is available on their website as well as other retail locations such as Amazon.

What do you think about the Good Cooking Auto Vacuum Food Dome? Does it sound like a product you could use in your home?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 



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The Minions are here and they are taking over General Mills Big G cereals (giveaway ends 7/25/15)



The Minions are taking over theaters across the country. Have you seen the movie yet?

I think the Minions are aiming for world domination because their adorable faces are popping up all over the place, including many of your favorite products including some General Mills cereals.

Inside specially marked packages of General Mills cereals you’ll find collectible Minion buddies (mini sized minions). There are six different characters in all for you to collect and trade with friends.

Each Minion buddy has the ability to connect with other buddies too.


You can find the Minions buddies for a limited time in the following specially marked Big G cereals from General Mills;

  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Banana Nut Cheerios
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Reese’s Puffs
  • Trix
  • Golden Grahams

You can also find other Minion fun on specially marked packages of Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks including Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Gushers.

Betty Crocker Fruit

General Mills was kind enough to send me a cute Minion buddy, a couple of specially marked packages (so we have three Minion buddies in total) as well as a Fandango gift card to go and see the movie. We are planning on going two weeks from now (we have plans this coming weekend).

Check out this exclusive Minions move trailer from General Mills for a special sneak peak of one the summer’s biggest premieres.

I am planning on hanging our Minion buddies off our Christmas tree as ornaments. They already come with a handy string to hang them with.

For more information about General Mills please visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites. All the links are found at the bottom of their home page.

General Mills Minions

General Mills would like to give a lucky reader a fun Minions prize package which includes;

  • Specially marked box of Big G Cereal
  • Specially marked box of Betty Crocker fruit product
  • Minion buddy
  • $25 Fandango gift card which you can use to go and see the movie.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what is your favorite General Mills and/or favorite Minion character?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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NEW Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon.”



I try and make an effort to eat right and exercise. Judging by my rather plump physique people might not think that I do – but I do. I make conscious decisions every day about what I put in my body. I don’t eat chips, candy, cookies or cakes. I do on occasion, but not on a regular basis. I try and snack on better-for-you options like nuts, cheese, fruits and raw veggies.

I am only human and I do enjoy a sweet treat from time to time. Sometimes you crave ice cream sundaes, a slice of apple pie or fresh out of the oven cookies. They are all OK in moderation.

Yogurt is a great snack option, especially the nonfat or low fat kind. Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, “good bacteria” and other things our bodies need. Yogurt also tastes great and can be enjoy any time of the day. It can be enjoyed as a snack, a meal or as part of a recipe.

Many yogurts stick with fruity flavors, which is fine. But sometimes you want something a little different.

Dannon Light & Fit has a new flavored yogurt on the market worth trying out – Tiramisu flavored Greek nonfat yogurt.

Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt provides you with 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 ounce serving.


I’m the only one in my family who likes Tiramisu. My hubby is not a fan and my kids tried the cake once and didn’t like it. That’s OK. More Tiramisu for me.

Dannon was kind enough to send me some of their new Tiramisu flavored yogurt to try out for myself.

My kids eat a lot of yogurt – at least one daily. I had the Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu yogurt on the shelf in the fridge next to the other yogurts. I noticed that the Tiramisu was disappearing from the shelf rapidly. I found out that my kids were eating it!

I asked them if they recognized the flavor, but they didn’t. My daughter said it tasted like coffee yogurt and my son just said he liked it. When I told them it was Tiramisu flavored and reminded them of the time they tried the cake at a restaurant we went to they didn’t believe me.

The yogurt does remind me of the luscious gourmet dessert cake. As soon as you open the container you can smell the coffee (it even smell a little like caramel).

The yogurt does have a touch of a coffee taste to it as well as a kiss of cocoa. I also taste a bit of vanilla.

Because this is Greek yogurt it’s also very thick, rich and creamy.

Dannon Tiramisu

I would liken this yogurt to a “dessert” yogurt. Don’t get me wrong, you can enjoy this any time of day. It’s just that this specific yogurt could easily act as a dessert after a meal – just like a piece of Tiramisu cake. This yogurt even goes good with a cup of coffee (I’ve had the yogurt in the morning with coffee).

If you are looking to stick to a healthy diet and want to find ways of enjoying declicious “treats” without all the fat and calories, look no further than Dannon Light & Fit yogurt – especially the new Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt. It will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide your body with protein too.

For more information about this and other Dannon products please visit Dannon.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter (@Dannon), Pinterest and Instagram. In addition you can check out the Dannon Light & Fit website at LightandFit.com. In addition you can check out Light & Fit on Facebook and YouTube.

The official hashtag is #IHeartTiramisu.

Have you tried the new Tiramisu flavor yet?

What is your favorite Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt flavor?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Take snacking to the next level with unique specialty flavor crackers from Back to Nature Foods



I love to snack. Who doesn’t? Sometimes we need to snack in order to get through the day until our next meal. Snacks help keep us from getting hungry. When we are hungry we are less productive, agitated and lethargic.

Personally I need a snack mid-morning when I’m at work or else I feel run down. Without a snack I will literally grab and eat the very first thing I see when I get home, whether it’s healthy for me or not.

Crackers are a snack I enjoy often. I like to spread cheese on them or top them off with a slice of cheese. Sometimes I top crackers with peanut butter.

I like crackers because they do offer you the flexibility to change them up a bit by using different flavored crackers and/or toppings.

I tend to stick with the same crackers but I am always on the look out for new crackers, especially with unique flavor combinations.

Back to Nature foods has some unique specialty flavor crackers, like Sweet Potato & Cinnamon, or Spinach & Roasted Garlic, that can change the way you look at snack crackers.

Back to Nature Foods actually makes a variety of foods like cookies, cereal, granola and soup, to name a few. For this post I’m just going to focus on their crackers, some of which were sent to me to review.

Back to Nature

Back to Nature Foods sent me some of their crackers to try out. They sent me a box of each of the following flavors;

  • Poppy Thyme
  • Sweet Potato & Cinnamon
  • Sesame Tarragon
  • Spinach & Roasted Garlic
  • Sunflower Basil

I have to say, these are amazing flavor combinations. Some flavors I would never put together – like Sunflowers seeds and Basil, but the combinations work so well together.

I enjoyed these crackers the same way I would other crackers (with the exception of using peanut butter). I topped the crackers with a variety of cheese spreads, American cheese and cheddar cheese.

The cracker’s flavors really stood out. It was a nice change of pace.

Even my teenagers enjoyed the crackers. My son never really reads a package. He just tries something and if he likes it he’ll eat it, if not he’ll never touch it again. He seemed to enjoy most of the crackers from Back to Nature.

My daughter is keen on healthy eating and exercise. She reads the labels for EVERYTHING. She even weighs things out to make sure she has the exact serving size. While I do admire her dedication, I also think she needs to be a teenager and enjoy herself from time to time. I loan burger and fries won’t kill you if you enjoy them from time to time and in moderation.

Back to Nature crackers are made with whole grains, oats and other ingredients. You can clearly see them in the crackers.


Back to Nature Crackers


Back to Nature crackers are made with no preservatives, flavors or colors.

You don’t have to pair these up with dips or toppings. These delectable crackers are great “as is” too.

I really enjoyed the unique flavors. Of the ones I received to review I enjoyed the Poppy Thyme and Spinach & Roasted Garlic the most. I would have thought for sure Sweet Potato & Cinnamon would have been my favorite (I LOVE the flavor combination) but surprisingly I enjoyed the other flavors a wee bit better.

If you would like to learn more about Back to Nature crackers and other Back to Nature products please visit BacktoNatureFoods.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Have you tried any Back to Nature products before?

What is your favorite thing to put on top of a cracker?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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