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Vita Coco Kids flavored Coconut Water & FREE RIO 2 Tickets

 

RIO 2 Vita Coco Kids Promotion

Do you drink coconut water? Have you ever tired coconut water?

I know many people who enjoy coconut water. I’ve never tried it before. I do like coconut, but I have never enjoyed it in liquid form.

What exactly is coconut water?

Coconut water is the clear fluid that is found in the center of the coconut. Usually it’s tapped from young, green coconuts.

Coconut water directly from the coconut is…

  • Low in calories
  • Naturally fat free
  • Chooestorol free
  • Super hydrating
  • Contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes.
  • Coconut water also has more potassium than four bananas.

That is pretty impressive.

I have seen Vita Coco on the market but I’ve never tried it before. They offer pure coconut water as well as flavored coconut waters. They also have a kids line called Vita Coco Kids. Vita Coco Kids offers coconut water in kid-friendly flavors.

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Currently Vita Coco Kids is offering flavors inspired by the new film, RIO 2. The RIO 2 flavors are Blu-Berry Beach and Gabi’s Pink Lemonade.

I received both flavors to review with my kids.

I really enjoyed Blu-Berry Beach. Initially I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the flavor but by the time I finished half the juice box I really started to enjoy it. The flavor was a hit with both of my kids too. It really does have a blueberry taste to it. My family happens to love blueberries so it’s no wonderful my kids enjoyed it too.

Gabi’s Pink Lemonade was not that appealing to me. There was something about it that I didn’t like. I’m not even sure I would liken it to pink lemonade.

My son liked this flavor and my daughter was “on the fence” about it for a while. She didn’t like it the first time she tried it but then she tired it again and said that it wasn’t so bad after all.

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Both are kid friendly flavors. I just happened to find the blueberry flavor (Blu-Berry Beach) more to my liking. I also found it to be very refreshing, especially when you drink it cold. I felt like it quenched my thirst.

Vita Coco Kids comes in boxes with attached straws. They are ideal for on-the-go or to toss inside a lunch box.

Blu-Berry Beach and Gabi’s Pink Lemonade are only 35 calories, 200 mg of Potassium, 8 grams of sugar and 20% of your daily required Vitamin C.

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For a limited time when you purchase a box of Vita Coco Kids RIO 2 flavors (Blu-Berry Beach & Gabi’s Pink Lemonade) you also get a FREE movie ticket to see RIO 2. Look for the details inside the box. There is a special code that you need to enter on the Vita Coco Kids website which get you the FREE movie ticket via Fandango.

For more information visit VitaCocoKids.com.

Look for specially marked packages for the RIO 2 promotion. Vita Coco is found at many retail locations across the country.

Have you ever tried Vita Coco Kids or Vita Coco? Do you have a favorite flavor? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received 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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What’s cooking? What are your family’s favorite recipes? #CleanitForward #FinishMoms

 

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Does your family have favorite recipes that they never get tired of? I think all families have favorite recipes that get passed down from generation to generation.

I always try and serve my family meals that are “healthy” for them. I don’t like to rely on pre-packaged foods unless I have to. I would much rather rely on foods I can buy at our local farmer’s market. I would rather use foods that are free from toxins (like pesticides) as well as foods that have been genetically altered or essentially created in a lab.

After watching some food related documentaries I am even more cautious about what my family eats and drinks.

My family is big into soups and stews. They love it when I prepare a hearty stew on a chilly day or a pot of flavorful chicken soup for lunch or dinner.

When I make soups and stews I tend to go overboard on the vegetables. You can never have too many vegetables. Thankfully my family enjoys almost every vegetable (including spinach, broccoli and lima beans).

Two of my family’s favorites are my version of my mother in law’s Italian Wedding Soup. It pairs perfectly with a Spinach & Strawberry Salad made with spinach and fresh picked strawberries, topped with Feta Cheese. Mmm… I could go for some right now!

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I’ve linked to both recipes in case you are interested in learning how I made them (both recipes are found in the same post).

Another family favorite is stew. I make it with pork or beef. One day I’d like to try it with chicken.

As I mentioned earlier my stews tend to be mostly vegetables. But you can find some meat if you look.

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Making stew is easy. Its basically a pot full of your favorite vegetables, some tomato sauce, water, meat and seasonings. I cook mine in a crock pot and let it simmer all day long. I usually pair it with some slices of Italian bread (great for soaking up the juice too).

We do like to enjoy fun foods too. My kids used to love to watch the series iCarly. On the show they liked to make spaghetti tacos. I made them one night just for the fun of it and it was such a hit that we make them from time to time. We’ve even had them with chopped up meatballs mixed in with the spaghetti.

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What you put in your body is important. You want to stay healthy and keep your family healthy. That is especially important when it comes to toxins and harsh chemicals. No one wants to ingest those.

Did you know that harmful toxins can find there way on to your dishes? Some dish detergents contain chemicals and harsh toxins that you certainly wouldn’t want being used on your family’s dishes.

Finish Power & Free and Finish Jet-Dry Power and Free are made with less harsh chemicals and still leave your dishes sparkling clean and shiny.  The products use no chlorine bleach use less dyes and fragrances compared to other Finish products. Instead Finish Power & Free uses hydrogen peroxide. The micro-bubbles penetrate deep to remove the toughest food messes. It rinses cleanly leaving your dishes sparkling clean.

Finish Power & Free is the only dishwashing product NUK. NUK is the #1 manufacturer of pacifiers and orthodontic bottles. NUK has declared that Finish Power & Free is a trusted brand for the cleaning of their feeding and care items.

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Years ago when my children were babies I would never, ever think about cleaning my bottles and pacifiers in the dishwasher because I didn’t want any residue left over that could be harmful to my kids. I always boiled them in a huge pot of filtered water. I wish Finish Power & Free was around back then. It would have made things A LOT easier for me.

If you concerned about what you feed your family, I’m sure you will comfort in knowing about products like Finish Power & Free.

Finish Power & Free products are found at many retail locations nation wide.

Quantum® Power & Free™ dishwasher detergent’s three-chamber capsule features powerful cleaning ingredients with Hydrogen Peroxide Action to attack the toughest food stains and leave a brilliant shine.

Jet-Dry® Power & Free™ rinse aid works during the rinse cycle to protect against spots, film, and residue.

I love the packets because they are so easy to use and much less messy than liquid detergents. Unlike powdered detergents (they are the worse!) the Power & Free packets don’t leave behind a clumpy mess that you need to scrap clean.

The Power & Free rinse aid is a must have for spot-free glasses. I don’t get to entertain as often as I’d like to, but when I do I want to make sure my drinking glasses are crystal clear and free from spots and residue.

For more information visit www.FinishDishwashing.com. You can also request a FREE product sample (found under the “offers” tab).

Don’t forget to check out Finish Dishwashing on Facebook too.

What are YOUR family’s favorite recipes? I would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment and tell me more about them.

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Kimberly

*I am a part of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms and have received free samples and compensation for participation/review however the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Outback’s Wood-Fire Grill meal is a 3-course meal for $11.99 #OutbackBestMates

 

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T.G.I.F! It’s almost officially the weekend. I’m sure many readers will be heading out with their friends and family tonight or this weekend to do fun things and grab a bite to eat, or maybe a few cocktails. If you need a little help on deciding where to go you should certainly check out Outback. Outback has a special promotion going on right now where you can get a wood-fire grilled 3-course meal for only $11.99.

For your first course you can start off with your choice of soup or a signature side salad.

The second choice gives you several yummy options to choose from;

  • Parmesan-Herb Crusted Wood-Fire Grilled Chicken (I want to try this!)
  • Wood-Fire Grilled Outback Special Sirloin
  • Sweet Chili Wood-Fire Grilled Chicken & Shrimp

Your third course is a dessert. You have a choice of either the classic cheesecake (I’ve had it before – it’s delish!) or Carrot Cake.

All of this for only $11.99!

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Outback has even more wood-fire grilled dinners you can enjoy (they are not a part of the $11.99 promotion).

  • Firecracker Grilled Salmon: Wood-fire grilled Salmon glazed with Firecracker sauce and topped with mango salsa. Served with season mixed vegetables. It’s pictured above.
  • Bone-in NY Strip: Known for its juicy, intense flavor, the thick-cut NY Strip is grilled to perfection. Served with one freshly made side and a Signature Side salad.

You can enjoy even enjoy the fire-grilled flavor at home with Outback’s curbside take-away service. Simply order your meal online then head out to your local Outback restaurant to pick it up.

If cocktails are what you had in mind you might want to check out the very tropical sounding Grilled Pineapple ‘Rite at Outback. The Grilled Pineapple ‘Rite is made with smooth El Jimador Resposado Tequila and is hand-shaken with all-natural citrus juices and crushed pineapple. They even rim the glass with their very own hickory smoke margarita salt and they top it off with a wood-grilled slice of pineapple. Yummy! Even the hickory smoked margarita salt sounds good.

To find an Outback restaurant near you visit Outback.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and even Instagram.

To keep up to date on current Outback specials be sure to bookmark www.Outback.com/Specials.

What do you think about the wood-fired meals? Do you have a favorite? If you happen to head out to Outback this weekend and try any of these I would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment and tell me all about it.

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Kimberly

*I am a brand ambassador for Outback. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Have yourself a “Sangria Sunday” – You Deserve It!

 

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Today is Sunday. A day meant for rest and relaxation, yet many people don’t take advantage of the day. They are too busy catching up on yard work, doing overtime at work or running around like crazy as if it was the middle of the week and not the weekend.

STOP! SLOW DOWN! You don’t always need to be on the GO! GO! GO! You CAN take some “me time” for yourself. In fact, I encourage it. Having time to yourself to rest, relax and unwind is not only good for your mental health, but also your physical health too. The constant running around and stressing over work and things that need to get done can reap havoc on your body. It can also do a number on your mental health too.

You need to take care of yourself, but inside and out. Taking a break from your every day stresses is GOOD for you. Even if it’s just for an hour. Let’s face it, the lawn is still going to need to be mowed, and you’ll still need to prepare for Sunday dinner, but taking an hour for yourself is NOT going to ruin your day. If anything it will revitalize you and give you more energy to accomplish all the things you need to get done.

[Yellow Tail] would like to encourage readers to enjoy a Sangria Sunday. It’s the perfect excuse to dedicate a little time doing something you enjoy, whether is a craft, hobby, taking a nap, chatting with an old friend, giving yourself a mani/pedi, taking a long bath with a glass of you favorite wine (or Sangria!), working in your garden… whatever makes you happy DO IT!

If you need a little inspiration to plan your Sangria Sunday, here are some recommendations from [Yellow Tail] that you might enjoy.

Find ways to “pamper you mind and soul”. Whether it’s through prayer, mediation, reading a good book - even if it means dancing around in your living room!

Here are some suggested books and songs to get you in the mood.

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Pampering Your Soul

Happy is my favorite from the list. Seriously… it’s hard NOT to be happy when you hear that song. It always makes me want to dance too!

Create an “at home spa”. One of my favorite ways to relax and unwind is to give myself an at home spa treatment (usually my face and/or hair) while I lounge in a warm bubble bath, occasionally sipping my favorite beverage while in the tub. I like to light candles and play relaxing music too. Even if I have only 15 minutes to do this it’s so worth it.

Here are a few at home spa recipes to get you started.

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Lip BalmHappy HandsScrub

I also love to toss bath bombs, Epsom salts and/or Mr. Bubbles in the tub.

You can Google more “at home spa recipes”. There are plenty of them available and most are super easy to make, just like the recipes listed above.

You should consider pampering your body by eating healthy. When your body feels good, you feel good. It’s OK to indulge in burgers and chips from time to time. You should pamper your body by eating healthy foods as often as you can. Make sure to drink plenty of water and get enough rest too.

Here are a couple of yummy recipes you might want to try to pamper your insides.

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Quinoa BlendI’m so glad that spring is FINALLY here. I am looking forward to the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that will be available at the local farmers market and local farms. During the spring and summer months my family enjoys a lot of fresh produce. Mmm… I could go for a great, big bowl of a garden salad right now.

The best part about Sangria Sunday – SANGRIA!

Have you ever had Sangria before? It’s a popular drink in Spain and Portugal. It’s wine mixed with a lot of fresh fruits and another type of liquid such as seltzer, soda or brandy. It’s a very flavorful drink as you can imagine. Any Sangria I’ve ever had tends to taste more like the fruit than the wine or other liquid. It’s great for relaxing or for hanging out with friends and family.

[Yellow Tail] was kind enough to send me a bottle of their Sangria, along with a few other goodies, so I can have my own Sangria Sunday. One of the items is a candle that smells like Sangria. It smells SO GOOD! I wish I had more of these candles. They smell amazing.

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Dear [Yellow Tail]… please consider selling your Sangria candles. They smell awesome! I would stock up on them and buy them as gifts. They smell THAT GOOD.

As tempted as I am to enjoy a glass of Sangria, I am going to hold off and wait until I see my cousin in a few weeks. My Sangria Sunday will actually be a Sangria Saturday, but that’s OK with me. Any time can be Sangria time. LOL!

I don’t get to see my cousin that often. She’s my dearest friend and I miss her terribly.

Once she came down for an overnight visit. She brought a bottle of wine and she and I sat in our dining room reminiscing and laughing the whole night (and finishing up the bottle of wine she brought). It was a great visit and I had a lot of fun. I want to re-create that night when I see her in a few weeks. This time I’ll bring the Sangria.

She lives on a lake and I think it would be wonderful to sit on her Adirondack chairs, overlooking the lake, watching the sun go down, sharing stories, creating new memories and sipping on a glass of [Yellow Tail] Sangria. I’m looking forward to that. I can even picture it in my mind.

Maybe we’ll even make this recipe.

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Have you been inspired to create your own Sangria Sunday? If so, what do you plan on doing? What will you do with your “me time”?

Have you ever drank Sangria before? If so, what do you think about the drink? Have you ever tried [Yellow Tail] Sangria or any other [Yellow Tail] beverage?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I received a free sample and other goodies in exchange for my participation and to review. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Please drink responsibly.

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Pirate’s Booty® Partners with Fox’s RIO 2 for a Booty Shakin’ Good Time (giveaway ends 4/20/14)

 

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RIO 2 has flown into theaters TODAY, April 11, 2014. It stars the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i am,
Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Here is a clip from the film.

 

It looks cute.

In celebration of the film’s release, Pirate’s Booty has partnered with Fox. Pirate’s Booty has created a limited edition 7 ounce package of their yummy Aged White Cheddar flavored Pirates Booty featuring images from RIO 2.

Seven ounces doesn’t sound like much but trust me, these are really big bags. It takes my whole family of four – including a teenage boy – to devour an entire package.

Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar are backed rice and corn “puffs” flavored in aged white cheddar. They contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are also Gluten free which I know pleases a lot of people, most especially those sensitive to Gluten.

Pirates Booty are oh-so-good too! They are a light weight and airy snack treat that are packed with flavor.

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In addition to the limited edition Pirates Booty RIO 2 bags, Pirates Booty is also holding a contest. The national Shake Your Booty contest ends on April 25, 2014 so there is still plenty of time for you to enter.

Entering is easy. Simply take a photo or video of you and/or your family showcasing their best dance moves with a bag of Pirate’s Booty. Then upload the photo or video on the Pirate’s Booty Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PiratesBooty.

Photo submissions provides you with entry into the weekly contest. If you submit a video is provides you an entry into the Grand Prize contest.

The weekly winners will win a year supply of Pirates Booty, any variety (approx. value $288).

The Grand Prize winner will win a Bahamas Adventure Cruise (approx. value $4,995).

For more information or contest rules please visit www.PiratesBooty.com/RIO2.

For more information about Pirates Booty visit www.PiratesBooty.com. You can also check them out on Facebo0k (linked above) and Twitter (@PiratesBooty).

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Pirates Booty wants to encourage you to Shake Your Booty by offering to give a lucky reader a case of Pirates Booty in the limited edition RIO 2 bags (12 bags). Thank you Pirates Booty.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 why you would love to win a case of Pirates Booty?

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

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Kimberly

*I received a case of Pirates Booty in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Pirates Booty will be providing the prize.

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Thanks Domino and C&H for sweetening my every day

 

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Do you use sugar in the morning, or any time throughout the day? I don’t use sugar for my coffee, but I do like a sprinkle of sugar with my tea (sugar and milk or a squirt of lemon juice). I also like to sprinkle a little sugar on my pancakes (instead of syrup I use butter and sugar). I also enjoy using brown sugar in recipes except I hate using brown sugar because no sooner to I purchase it that it turns into a brick and it’s unusable.

I tend to use sugar packets. I don’t need A LOT of sugar so buying a big bag is not necessary. Ideally I would rather just pour in what I need or sprinkle what I need on top rather than dig out the sugar packets.

Thanks to Domino and C&H my days are a bit sweeter thanks to their convenient, flip top, easy-t0-pour sugar bottles.

Domino is the brand known on the East coast. The same brand is known as C&H on the West coast.

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The brand has introduced two different sugars.

  • Domino Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar
  • Domino Pourable Light Brown Sugar (known as C&H Pourable Golden Brown Sugar in the West coast).

Each sugar comes in an attractive looking hourglass-shaped canister. The lid pops open with just a press of the finger and snaps closed when not in use.

You can use the bottle to pour our as much sugar as you need or simply to sprinkle a little sugar on top. I have used the sugar both ways.

It also makes it easier to measure out how much you need to use for a recipe. You can pour the sugar in a measuring cup. You don’t have to scoop it out of a larger container.

The Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugars are smaller than regular granulated sugar (the kind you’d find in a sugar packet). It’s the same sugar – only the grains are ground down smaller. Being smaller in size means they dissolve a lot quicker too.

Have you ever sweetened a drink and then take a mouthful only to find that the sugar didn’t fully dissolve and you have a mouth full of sugar pieces? Eww! I’ve had that happen to me plenty of times, especially making ice tea from scratch. With the Quick Dissolve Superfine sugar you don’t have to worry about that problem. The sugar quickly.

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My favorite sugar is the new Domino/C&H brown sugar. It comes in the same hourglass-shaped canister with the pop open and snap close lid.

Unlike other brown sugars this one doesn’t turn into a brick! It doesn’t get hard. It’s just a pourable on the last day you use it as the first day. Yeah! Now I can sprinkle brown sugar on my pancakes, French toast, oatmeal and even my beverages. The brown sugar flowers just as easily as the white sugar does.

I might add that the label on the canisters peels off. What is underneath is simply clear plastic. That is how I have both of my canisters. It also helps me to see how much is left so I know when to replace it.

Both the Domino and C&H sugars should be found on a store shelf near you. They started to roll out last month. If they are not at your grocer yet they should be soon.

For more information and great recipes check out www.DominoSugar.com. There is also a product locator on their site if you wish to find either sugar near you.

You can also check out www.CHSugar.com. Both sites are nearly identical.

Be sure to check out your brand on the social media sites (the links are found on the main websites).

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Kimberly

*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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