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Zero Water Filtration System

I drink water and a lot of it. Its rare to see me without one of my water bottles near by (reusable of course). I drink a lot of water not only for my health but also to help me feel good. When I am dehydrated I feel “blah” and I can’t function right. I also have a weird little lump in one of my salivary glands that swells up if I get dehydrated and it’s rather bothersome. To make sure I don’t have to deal with it I make sure to drink ample amount of water per day.

On average I’d say I drink about a gallon of water per day. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

When I was growing up we had well water. I loved how it tasted. It was also VERY cold straight from the tap. You never needed ice cubes to chill your water. It was freezing cold the moment you fill up your glass. I loved it!

I miss those days. Where we live now we have town water. Blah! I don’t like it one bit. Maybe I’m just spoiled from the well water. Our current tap water has an odd taste to it. I will drink it if I need to swallow an aspirin or something quick like that. Other then that I use the Brita water pitcher we keep in the fridge.

For the past several weeks I have traded in our Brita with a Zero Water filtration system. Its a large pitcher with a  filter that is suppose to remove 100% of detectable dissolved solids and is suppose to provide more complete filtration than conventional carbon water filters.

I always worry about what is lurking in the water that we drink. That is why I will only drink filtered or bottled water. I wouldn’t want to put my family at risk having them drink something unhealthy.

The little device next to the pitcher is the TDS monitor.

When I was learning more about the Zero Water filtration system I was curious to know what “dissolvable solids” were. In a nutshell it simply means things present in water OTHER then water. These are things that can be organic in nature (leaves, plankton, silt) to man-made things such as fertilizer, rock salts, and even sewage. Ewww! Gross!

There is a way to test water to see if there are things OTHER then water found inside. One way is is the test the “Total Dissolved Solids” using a TDS monitor. The amount expressed is in units of mg per unit volume of water (mg/L), which is also referred to as parts per million (ppm). The TDS is directly related to the purity and quality of the water. Another words the lower the number the better the water is for you to drink.

Zero Water is the only one on the market that says its TDS readings are zero, meaning that the filter captures everything “non-water” and keeps it from ending up in your drinking glass. I found this to be really intriguing and I wanted to learn more about it.

Zero Water sent me a filtration system consisting of a pitcher and filter. They also sent along a TDS monitor so I can test out Zero Water and compare it to other waters.

I can’t tell you how I excited I was to set up my own little laboratory and test the Zero Water pitcher with other water options my family might use.

I compared Zero Water to the Brita, bottled water and tap water.

First up was a glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher. I inserted the monitor to get the reading and it came to .20. I was surprised it wasn’t at zero. Interesting…

Next I tried tap water. Eww! Our tap water had a reading of 392! Oh my goodness! That is HORRIBLE!

I used a regular store bought bottle of water (generic brand) and the monitor gave me a reading of .23. That is not bad at all.

Lastly I tired a glass of water from our Brita. The Brita gave me a reading higher then the bottle water at 268. WOW! How can that be? I was shocked to learn that the Brita was almost as high as the tap water. However I did find out why. As per my husband we should have replaced the Brita filter a month ago. No wonder it is not working right. We have been using the Zero water pitcher that I totally forgot to replace the Brita filter.

I thought I would give the Zero Water another chance so I pour a fresh glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher and got a reading of .22 the second time around.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see a zero, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the Zero Water system. I like the sleek design of the pitcher. It doesn’t take up much space in the fridge. The water also tastes good to me and my family with no weird after taste or anything nasty like that.

Zero Water’s filters offer five different layers of filtration to remove the things that shouldn’t be in your drinking water.

The Zero Water system is around the same price as similar filter systems. The replacement filters are roughly $15 each were as we were paying around $9 for the Brita.

To be honest getting monitor numbers above zero on the Zero Water pitcher doesn’t bother me and it wouldn’t deter me from recommending it to others. It’s A LOT better then tap water.

The only downside so the Zero Water is that the pitcher doesn’t seem to hold as much water. It seems like we’re constantly filling it up. But that is a fair enough trade off to know that the water we are drinking is free of harmful things. It’s also a good sign that my kids are drinking enough water.

To learn more about Zero Water please visit www.ZeroWater.com. The brand is also on social media. You can find their links on the bottom of their website.

Zero Water carries a variety of products in different sizes and styles. You can find Zero Water products on their website as well as at many retail locations across the country.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

Chew for the Loot! (Giveaway – ends 3/7/12)

Have you seen the commercials for the new Trident and Stride promotion called “Chew For The Loot” yet? If not keep an eye out for them.

Chew for the Loot is an instant-win game that rewards you for chewing gum. Trident and Stride are giving away one million dollars to loyal fans, $50 at a time. 

For your chance to win look for specially-marked packs of Trident or Stride. Simply open the game piece to find out if you’re one of the lucky winners.  If you don’t win the first time, keep trying because the more you chew, the more chances you have to win!

My kids love to chew gum. I know my son especially likes Stride. I think I need to make sure that he gives me the game piece, just in case. 🙂

While you can’t win on Facebook, Trident and Stride have put together interactive Facebook tabs that allow you to get a virtual taste of money right now by adding some bling to your mouth (using one of your Facebook photos).  Try it now and ‘LIKE’ the official “Chew For The Loot” tab at your favorite brand’s Facebook page:

–    Trident: www.Facebook.com/TridentGum
–    Stride: www.Facebook.com/Stride-Gum

For more information or for the official rules and regulations please visit www.Chew4Loot.com

To help you get started on your chance to win I have to boxes (12 packs in each box) to give to two lucky readers (one box per winner).

To enter please comment on what you would use the $50 for if you were one of the lucky Chew 4 the Loot winners?

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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It.”

Kimberly

*I will be receiving free product samples. There was no compensation. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart Recipe Challenge (Giveaway – ends 3/6/12)

Earlier this morning I was watching the news. There was a segment on “silent heart attacks”. Mostly women experience the silent heart attacks. Many of them don’t know they are even having a heart attack. The news said 19% of women have these kinds of heart attacks and of those 19%, 15% will die by the time they get to the hospital because it would be too late.

NOT the way I wanted to start the morning. 🙁

I worry about my heart all the time. I admit that I should be doing A LOT more to take care of myself and my health. My husband does. I should be more like him. Heart disease runs in the family. His father died when he was 42 years old (my son was 11 at the time) of a massive heart attack. My mother in law had heart problems too, including bypass surgery. Because of that I have encouraged my husband to visit a cardiologist regularly. So far, so good. The doctor says he’s “ticker” is in great shape. Now I have to jump on the “heart healthy bandwagon”, so to speak.

There are more than 42 MILLION American women who suffer from some form of heart disease. Risk factors are on the rise too! Now more than ever a heart healthy diet is VERY important.

Campbell’s is taking the initiative to show people that heart healthy cooking doesn’t have to be bland or difficult to prepare. Now it’s sixth year, the Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart campaign has pledged to contribute more than $3.6 million to the American Heart Association through 2012. I think that is awesome!

At Campbell, we have a tradition of culinary excellence, and this year’s campaign builds on that legacy to support our commitment to heart health,” said Eric Christianson, Vice President, Campbell Soup Company. “We hope these delicious and easy recipes will inspire people to feel like a top chef in their own kitchen.”

For this year’s campaign AdDress Your Heart has a Cooking Challenge with put celebrity Chef Richard Blais up against Campbell’s Master Chef Thomas Griffiths. Each was asked to create a mouthwatering dish that incorporate two of Campbell’s nearly 100 heart-healthy products, all in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. 

Chef Blais created Spicy BouilliaBlais and Chef Griffths created the Spiced Chicken and Green Bean Salad recipe. It’s made with Campbell’s Select Harvest Healthy Request Tomato and Basil Soup (which I love on it’s own too or with rice), Pepperidge Farms Farmhouse Whole Grain White Bread (I had to substitute this because I couldn’t find it at my local grocery store), and a very delicious V8 V-Fusion Pomegranate Blueberry juice. 

The full recipe can be found on the Facebook page.

I had to substitute a few things because either my local grocery store didn’t carry it or I knew my family wouldn’t eat it (this recipe called for mushrooms and I’m the only one who likes mushrooms).

The recipe was more involved then the kids I’m used to making but it turned out really good as far as the taste. My presentation left a lot to be desired (thus the reason I don’t have a photo). I over cooked the green beans and they looked sort of funky. They tasted fine, they just didn’t look too appetizing. 🙂

It turned out really good and I have a hard time believing that it was a “heart healthy” meal. I actually was very gourmet, so so than I am used to making at home. It’s something that I will make again.

I haven’t tried the Spicy BouilliaBlais yet because it is made with Scallops and Shrimp and no one in my family will eat them except me (I love seafood). I didn’t want to make the whole thing for myself (freeze for future meals) because I’m not sure how long seafood will last in the freezer. I will have to wait to make this for when I have company.

You can also find the recipe on the Facebook page. In fact if you visit the Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CampbellsKitchen you can watch the “AdDress Your Heart Cooking Challenge” webisodes, get these and other recipes as well as coupons for Campbell’s heart-healthy products.

Fans can vote for their favorite recipe. Each vote will trigger a donation by Campbell to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, to help fund research and eradicate heart disease. For every vote through March 1, 2012, Campbell will donate $1 to the movement, up to $625,000. That is awesome!

Campbell’s offers nearly 100 convenient, delicious foods that are certified heart-healthy by the American Heart Association (AHA). This includes all 33 Campbell’s Healthy Request soups, Low Sodium V8 100% Vegetable juices and Prego Heart Smart Italian sauces, which have been screened and verified to meet the AHA’s certification criteria to display its Heart Check mark.

To encourage you to become more “heart healthy” and to promote Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart campaign, Campbell’s has generously offered to give a lucky reader a fabulous prize package. The package will include many of the ingredients needed to make both recipes (soups, spices, juices…) AND a hand held blender and a really cool microplane (a large hand held grater). Thank you Campbell’s!

To enter please comment on what you are doing to be “heart healthy”?

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– Post about the Campbell’s AdDress Your Heart Campaign and/or giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 6, 2012 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 with a name, mailing address (no PO Box) and phone number (shipping purposes only). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other amazing giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It.”

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compenstation. The opinions expressed are entirly my own and are not influenced in any way. Campbells will be providing the prize package for the winner.

Yoplait Lactose Free Yogurt (Giveaway – ends 3/4/12)

Lactose Intolerant people rejoice – there is now a Lactose Free yogurt on the market!

Introducing Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt. It is inspired by the Yoplait yogurt that everyone loves and enjoys.

Currently there are only four delicious flavors (I hope they come out with more soon) – French Vanilla, Peach, Strawberry and Cherry.

Each yogurt contains 50% of the recommended Daily Value of Calcium, including Vitamins A and D in every cup. The new Lactose Free yogurt does not contain artificial sweeteners. You can even use it in your favorite recipes, for example, Strawberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Crème Brulee.

I am somewhat Lactose Intolerant. I can tolerate cheese, some yogurts and ice cream in very small quantities (hard ice cream, not soft for some odd reason). I cannot drink a glass of milk or eat ice cream that has melted or it will seriously upset my stomach.

I was excited when I heard about the new Yoplait Lactose Free and I couldn’t wait to try it out. It took a bit before I saw it at my local grocery store. They didn’t have all the flavors yet, only Strawberry and Cherry. I picked up both of them. I’m not keen on plain yogurts (like French Vanilla) but I am looking forward to trying the Peach.

I really liked both of the yogurts that I tried. I normally prefer Strawberry but I actually liked the Yoplait Lactose Free Cherry better. Don’t get me wrong, the Strawberry was great too, I just liked the overall taste of the Cherry more.

Even though it doesn’t contain dairy the new Yoplait Lactose Free tastes very similar to regular Yoplait (I can tolerate most regular Yoplait flavors, meaning most of them do not upset my tummy). To be honest if you were to serve me a regular Yoplait and an Lactose Free Yoplait (taste test) I probably couldn’t tell the difference. That is how similar they are as far as taste and consistency.

It’s great that Yoplait released these new yogurts now. February is actually Nataion Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month. 

Click here to enjoy a coupon for $0.30 off Yoplait Lactose Free, hitting shelves in January 2012.

I have a nice Yoplait Lactose Free giveaway for a lucky winner. It includes a lunch tote, reusable ice packs, a coupon for a FREE Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt, bowl and spoon.

To enter please comment on your favorite flavor of yogurt.

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– Post about this review and/or giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 5, 2012 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 with a name, mailing address (no PO Box) and phone number (shipping purposes only). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other wonderful giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compenstaion. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Create great snacks and meals with WASA Crispbreads (Giveaway – ends 3/3/2012)

I am always on the look out for healthier snack and food options for my family. I take pride in the fact that my kids don’t inhale a bag of chips the moment they get home from school. Instead they usually grab better-for-you snack options like unsalted pretzels, raw baby carrots or an orange. I’m not saying that my kids are not allowed to have chips. They are. They just know that they have to keep it to a minimum.

My kids like to eat crackers. Sometimes they spread them with peanut butter and other times with cream cheese. While crackers are yummy I don’t necessarily consider them filling. You could easily down a half a package of crackers if you are not watching what you are eating.

Have you ever tried WASA Crispbreads before? They are like flatbreads. I’m sure you have seen them on the store shelves. Wasa is the world’s largest producer of flatbreads.

Did you know that Swedes eat more flatbread than any other people in the world? They eat almost 4 kilograms per capita. Wow! Flatbreads are actually available in most countries especially in other Scandinavian countries and Germany.

WASA Crispbreads are a yummy and wholesome alternative to crackers, or even bread. They are packed with whole grains. They are a healthier alternative but they don’t taste like “health food”. 

WASA Crispbreads are available in a variety of flavors and can be enjoyed morning, noon and night. You can can use them as a snack, a meal or they can accompany a meal. They are very versatile.

I find WASA Crispbreads to be very filling and satisfying. Where as I could easily down a half a package of saltines or other crackers, with the WASA I can have 1-2 crispbreads and feel full and satisfied.

Each WASA Crispbread has only 35-60 calories per slice. They are also all natural and fat free, except for two of the flavors (one has .05 grams of fat, the other 1.5 grams per serving). They are made with natural ingredients such as whole grain wheat, yellow corn, whole grain barley and whole grain quinoa.

You can top WASA Crispbreads with just about anything. Personally I like them with the low calori Laugh Cow Cheese (those small triangle shaped spreads). One triangle of cheese is enough to cover 2 slices of WASA.

My kids like WASA with Nutella. They like everything with Nutella. 🙂

WASA goes great with tuna fish. Use the WASA Crispbreads in place of regular bread for your sandwich. I’m just as filling as bread.

You can top WASA Crispbreads with cream cheese and fresh fruit or jam. You can also top them with hummus, refried beans, butter, peanut butter, banana, avocado or guacamole. The possibilities are endless!

 

WASA Crispbreads are great to dunk into soup too and go great as a side dish for stews and chili.

If you visit the WASA website you’ll find some recipes for WASA Crispbreads that I would never think to try and they sound SO GOOD too.  They have recipes for Feta and Tomato Bruschetta on WASAWASA Garlic (I’m going to try this recipe!), Ham and Swiss Muffuletta on Wasa and Wasa with Scrambled Eggs, Tricolor Peppers and Leeks. There are dozens of recipes found on the WASA website.

WASA Crispbreads are available in a variety of flavors so you can mix and match the breads with the various recipes and toppings. Some of the varities include Multigrain, Sourdough, Sesame (my favorite!), Light Rye and Hearty, to name a few.

For more information about WASA Crispbreads, or to check out the recipes or product information, visit www.WASA-USA.com.

WASA has generously offered to give a lucky reader a fabulous prize package. The prize including packages of WASA Cripsbreads, a pen, drawstring backpack and a REALLY nice recipe book called Cooking with Crispbreads which give you even MORE fabulous recipe ideas. Thank you WASA!

To enter please comment on what you think you would put on top of a WASA Crispbread, or what recipe you might use them for?

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– Post about this review and/or giveaway on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on March 3, 2012 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 with a name, mailing address (no PO Box), otherwise a new winner will be chosen in their place. 

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to so this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. WASA will be providing the prize.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Oreos!

Here is an interesting fact. This coming March 6th (2012) the iconic cookie, Oreos, will celebrate it’s 100th birthday. WOW! Who knew it’s been around that long? I would never have guessed it. Oreos certainly don’t look their age. Ha Ha.

In honor of this momentous occasion Oreo is releasing a limit edition Oreo cookie called Birthday Cake Oreo.

I love Oreos. Sadly they don’t always agree with my tummy so I can only eat 2-3 at a time. That is not really such a bad thing because it prevents me from each a half a dozen or more in one shot. I LOVE Oreos! With our without milk.

I’m one of those people who take apart the cookies, eat the cream and then enjoy the cookies. Do YOU eat your Oreos that way too?

I was excited when I heard about the Birthday Cake Oreos and I couldn’t wait to try one.

Birthday Cake Oreos look like regular Oreos except there are colorful confetti colors mixed in with the white cream. I really like the colorful new look. Oreos are already a fun cookie to eat. I think the colorful confetti cream makes them even MORE fun to eat and enjoy.

Another thing I noticed about the Birthday Cake Oreo was that print on the cookie it’s self. The cookie reads “Oreo 100” and features a birthday candle on top. They really thought of everything when designing these cookies.

The #1 thing I noticed about these delicious limited edition cookies is how they smell and taste. They smell EXACTLY like a slice of birthday cake and they taste like one too! I’m not exaggerating either. When you eat one of the Birthday Cake Oreos you would swear you just had a slice of birthday cake. It’s amazing how much the cookie tastes like a birthday cake.

They remind me of a vanilla birthday cake, even though the cookie is chocolate. I’m guessing they added more vanilla than they normally do in the cookie. I’m sure there is something else added to them to make them taste so out of this world wonderful!

These are going to be a limited edition. I truly hope that Oreo will reconsider that and make these available all the time. These are too good not to have around all the time.

The cookies shouldn’t be available on store shelves yet (not until the beginning of March) but my local grocery store already has them available for purchase. I have a feeling they might have “jumped the gun” a bit and put them out for customers a wee bit early.

If you love Oreos and you love birthday cake then you must check out these new cookies. Keep an eye out for them because they should be appearing on a store shelf near you any day now.

Two thumbs up, 5 stars and a 10+++ for the new Birthday Cake Oreo cookies. They are SO GOOD!

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.