Make Water Better With Bobble!

The new year brought resolutions to lose weight and be healthy for many people, including me!  I love water, but I definitely don't drink enough.  Tap water simply doesn't taste good, or at least it doesn't in my town.  Buying plastic bottles full of water doesn't make sense, either, because you're wasting money and filling up landfills with unnecessary trash.  Bobble has been making this decision easier for us.  The Bobble bottles come with a replaceable carbon filter that removes chlorine and organic contaminants, making the water taste better, without waste.

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I received the Bobble Sport in gray to review.  It holds 24 oz of water and comes with a cap and handle for easy carrying.  The Bobble Sport is safe to wash in the top of the dishwasher, which is one of my favorite aspects.  It is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC, as well, so it's truly a healthy way to enjoy your water!

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Each Bobble filter is good for 40 gallons of water, which is equivalent to about 300 single serve bottles.  The filter does a great job of making the water tastier.  My tap water tastes much better when I drink it out of the Bobble Sport.  (It should be noted that you still shouldn't drink unsafe water out of it.)

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The Bobble Sport comes in magenta, lavender, blue, and gray and sells for only $9.99 on the Bobble website, which is where you can also buy a replaceable filter for $6.99 or the orginal Bobble.  Bobble also has a new product, the Bobble Jug which holds 64 oz!

Connect with Bobble on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Bobble is giving one reader their own Bobble Sport!  Just enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

Giveaway has ended and Kathy P. is the lucky winner!

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Yes, There is a Delicious, LIGHT Iced Coffee You can Enjoy at Home! #LightIcedCoffee #cbias

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My hubby and I almost always drink a cup of hot coffee in the morning here at home.  If it's not first thing in the morning, however, I don't like hot coffee, even when it's cold outside.  Sometimes I like to splurge on an iced coffee when I'm out shopping or running errands.  The problem is, iced coffee is loaded with calories.  I always try to order skim milk, but I checked out the online information for one of my favorite iced coffees and found out that a small is 260 calories, has 12 grams of fat and 34 grams of carbs!  International Delight Light Iced Coffees offer a healthier, equally delicious alternative to help me stick to a healthier lifestyle while feeling like I'm treating myself.  

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And the best part is that I can have this treat at home and save money and be able to sip and enjoy my iced coffee.  (See how much money I've saved in the International Delight widget on my sidebar!)  There is no driving to the coffee shop, waiting in the drive-thru (or going in with two kids,) making sure to order it correctly, paying, and then there's the fact that I usually slurp it down while shopping rather than enjoying it for all of the calories that it's worth.

These delicious, LIGHT, iced coffees come in Mocha and Vanilla and while I'm more of a mocha loving girl….I will say, I love these two iced coffees equally!  I enjoy drinking my International Delight Light iced coffee in the afternoons when the boys are napping and I'm working on blog stuff, doing laundry, or just trying to squeeze a bit of reading in.  I love that can quietly pour myself a glass of light iced coffee right out of the refrigerator and sip it slowly without having to make coffee and worry about the sounds or smells waking up the boys.  It's such a nice way to relax in the afternoons!  

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I have also started making light iced coffee popsicles for a tasty dessert!  I just pour the International Delight light iced coffee into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy.  Sure, it looks like chocolate ice cream popsicles and the boys want one, but well, I just tell them it's coffee and they're not interested.

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International Delight Light Iced Coffee will be available in the dairy case at Walmart stores beginning on January 21st, so make sure to look for it then.

Connect with International Delight on Facebook and Twitter.  Also, sign up to join the International Delight Community and receive deals, coupons, flavor updates, and more.  I've received a lot of great coupons and info from being a member.

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and WhiteWave All opinions are mine. #CBias #SocialFabric

 

 

Discover New Vitamin & Health Products with Bulu Box

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service that introduces you to new vitamins, supplements, and other health products.  In each box are 4 to 5 premium products for you to try.  Products include vitamins, weight loss, sports nutrition, protein, diet, energy, detox, digestion, sexual health, herbs, natural remedies, endurance, and more.  You subscribe to Bulu Box, and each month you'll get something new!  And you can earn points by reviewing, sharing, and completing short surveys to purchase a full-size product of what works for you.

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Below is what I found when I opened my review Bulu Box.  Samples of SafSlim, Herbal Papaya capsules and tea, Vibrant Health Vibrant Cleanse, SunWarrior raw protein, and Vitamin C spray.

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It was interesting to read about these products, some I had never heard of before.  This box seemed timely with the first of the year because it contained products to boost my immune system as weight loss products.

The Bulu Box was pretty cool.  I felt like I gained something by reading up on the different products and making an informed decision about them.  I am hoping there is a way to customize your preferences in the future, however, because some of the products I wouldn't use because of their ingredients.  It was nice to see the variety, though, and see that they included organic products.

You can start your subscription to Bulu Box at the website for only $10 a month plus free shipping.  This is a pretty good price for the amount of stuff I received in my Bulu Box.  Or, sign up for a whole year and save $10 with the code "DISCOVER" at checkout, making it the price of $110 for 12 months.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Introducing….Humerus The Funny Bone!

Giant Microbes are always funny, cute, and maybe even a bit weird but you’ve gotta admit that they make you think!  Humerus the Funny Bone is the newest creation from The Drew Oliver Company, makers of Giant Microbes.  He’s “The Funniest Guy in the Joint” and is pretty cute, too!

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To get Humerus to tell a joke, all you have to do is give a clap.  Humerus tells joke after joke like “How did the funny bone get broken?  His jokes cracked him up!”

We all enjoyed playing with Humerus the Funny Bone, even the boys who didn’t really get the jokes but still laughed!  Humerus comes in his own “stage” box and keeps telling jokes as long as you clap for him!

If you know someone who loves bone or human body humor, then Humerus would make a great gift!  You can buy him for $29.95 at the Humerus & Ulnar website!  Follow on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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Lucky ’13 New Years Giveaway Hop featuring Nielsen-Massey

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 2013 is on it’s way and in order to kickoff the year with a BANG, the LUCKY ’13 New Years Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR is here! Each of our participating bloggers is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more.  This event will run from December 29th until January 12th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below. Good Luck & Happy New Year!

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I love to cook and with the holiday season coming to an end, I’ve done a LOT of baking.  I’ve really enjoyed having these delicious, high quality Nielsen-Massey extracts on hand for my holiday baking!  I have used the almond extract for icing and the vanilla extract for pecan pie.

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Nielsen-Massey has been around since 1907, crafting the world’s finest vanillas and flavors.  Their experience has produced quality products and awesome customer service.  They’ve also perfected some amazing recipes, all available on their website.  How about some yummy chocolate chip cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

 1 1/2 c. butter, softened

1 1/4 c. white sugar

1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 T. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 eggs
4 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1-12 oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate chips. (2 c.)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, soda, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop with a #40 scoop (looks like a metal mini ice cream scoop) or a rounded measuring tablespoonful about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased insulated baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly: remove from baking sheet. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen crackly, chewy-crispy bakery-style cookies.

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Or if you’re a brownie fan, here’s a yummy recipe from Nielsen Massey:

Not So Blonde Brownies

1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
2 tablespoons Kahlúa
1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate
3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts of choice (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.

Cream the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the chocolate extract and Kahlúa. Add the sifted dry ingredients in two additions, beating well after each addition. Fold in the white chocolate chunks and nuts.

Spray a 9 x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the batter over the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Serves 15

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Check out the Nielsen-Massey website for more recipes, information, and to find a retailer near you.  Amazon sells Nielsen-Massey products if you’re looking to purchase them online, as well as other online retailers.

Now you have a chance to win a set of Nielsen-Massey extracts for your own baking!  Just enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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Stuff the Stockings with YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears

Let’s face it, the Captain is looking forward to getting some candy in his stocking tomorrow.  As much as I want to be able to give the boys a treat, I don’t like giving them candy containing food dyes and other junk.  That’s why this year, they’ll be getting organic gummy bears from YumEarth Organics!

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This bag of gummy bears contains 10 snack packs – perfect for portion control!gummy bears

I had to sample what I’m giving my kids, and YumEarth Organics gummy bears pass the test.  They’re not you’re ordinary gummy bear, but they’re delicious and honestly, my kids don’t care how they look, as long as it tastes good.  And the taste combined with the fact that my kids are getting gourmet candy made with organic ingredients like fruit juice makes me feel better about them eating candy.

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Yum Earth Organics Gummy Bears are made with organic brown rice syrup, organic cane sugar, natural flavors, organic fruit juice, citric acid, ascorbic acid, organic sunflower oil, and organic carnauba wax.  YumEarth promises to never use artificial dyes, tree nuts, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, peanuts, soy, dairy, or MSG and these gummy bears are certified organic and fat free, too!

You can purchase a bag of YumEarth Organics gummy bears for $7.99 on the YumEarth website or at other retailers like Amazon and Target stores.

Enter to win a bag of YumEarth Organics gummy bears in the Rafflecopter form below!  Giveaway ends at 11 PM, central time on December 31, 2012!  GOOD LUCK!

Giveaway is over and Vera G. is the lucky winner!

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media.

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Keep Straps Out Of The Way With Carseat Sidekick

If you’re a parent or have ever transported babies in the car, you know how frustrating it is to have to hold the baby, keep him/her happy, and move the carseat straps out of the way so you can keep the baby happy without having the carseat buckles jab them in the back or have to dig around under them to find the carseat straps and buckles.  I’m so glad that the Short Stack Jack team invented hte Carseat Sidekick!  This little contraption is safe and easy to use.

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It takes about 1 minute to properly install the Carseat Sidekick.  All you do is attach the clip to the handle with the opening facing away from the carseat.  Then, attach the magnetic strips underneath the chest buckle and you’re all ready!

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The small, secure magnets keep the strap away from the seat so you can quickly place Baby in the carseat.  Then, you gently pull the strap away from the outer piece and it falls away while you buckle up Baby.  It’s honestly the simplest, yet very valuable baby “helpers” you need!

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carseat accessoryYou can purchase a Carseat Sidekick at ShortstackJack.com for $17.99.  The Carseat Sidekick comes in Boy (blue and green, as shown,) Girl (pink,) or Neutral (orange.)  Connect with the Carseat Sidekick company on Facebook.

Dawn R. is the lucky winner of the Carseat Sidekick!
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Reverse Charades – The Perfect Family Game This Season!

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Are you ready for a fun new game to play at your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties?  Reverse Charades is a “hilarious twist on a classic stand-by.”  With Reverse Charades, one person guesses while the other members of the team have 60 seconds to act out words.

We received the Junior Edition (ages 6 and up) to review.  I was sure this would be a hit with the youth group, but we haven’t tried it out with them yet.  I’m absolutely positive they will love it, though.  I wasn’t quite sure how it would work out, so our little family gave it a spin and even with a four year old and two adults, it is loads of fun, so I can’t even imagine how much fun it will be with a room full of people!!  Check out this fun video from the Reverse Charades website:

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When we played, the Captain and Daddy had a fun time acting out words for me to guess:

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This was the boys trying to get me to guess “eyelids”:

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The cards are easy to read and lots of fun!

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Reverse Charades is definitely the game of the season and can be played all year long!  There is also the Original Version and expansion packs for hours of fun!

Purchase Reverse Charades at the website for $23.99 or on Amazon for a slightly lower price.

Connect with Reverse Charades on Twitter and Facebook!

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Prenatal Vitamins Are Made Easy With Premama Drink Mix

prenatal vitaminsFirst things first, I’m not pregnant.  BUT, I was thrilled to get to review Premama prenatal powdered supplement mix because I remember those HUGE prenatal vitamins I took when pregnant with both of the boys.  I hated those things, but knew I needed to take them for me and the baby.  Add in morning  all day sickness, there never was a good time to take them.  I really wish I had Premama when I was pregnant.

Premama is an easy to digest, all natural powder that you mix with the beverage of your choice.  They come packaged in two servings so you can even split them up during the day.

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It has all of the key prenatal vitamins and minerals including folic acid, iron, DHA, CoQ10, and calcium, along with others that are vital to both mom’s health and baby’s health.  Premama also includes ginger root, that is said to reduce nausea associated with morning sickness.

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I tried the Premama mix for myself.  First, I dissolved it in a glass of milk and drank it.  The box says that it is flavorless, but I could definitely taste something…it wasn’t bad, and maybe it was just the smell, but it was just not flavorless to me.  I almost want to say that it was the ginger root that I tasted, but like I said, it wasn’t bad.  I might have a harder time stomaching it if I were pregnant and dealing with morning sickness, but it’s still better than a prenatal vitamin.  And really, it’s hard to find a vitamin that has all that Premama contains.  Women who are pregnant and even those trying to conceive need to take a prenatal vitamin to lessen the chance of birth defects and Premama might be the answer for many women.

Premama can be purchased for $25 for a thirty day supply on Amazon or other retailers.  Check the Premama website for more information.

Connect with Premama on Twitter and Facebook.

Bekah K. is the lucky winner of the 30 day supply of Premama!

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“Find Me If You Can!” Personalized Book from Bammco

Captain Fussybuckets, like any other kid, loves to see pictures of himself.  He also loves “Search & Find” books and games, so the personalized book – “Find Me If You Can!” from Bammco is PERFECT!  These sweet books have hundreds of pictures of kids throughout the book, and a picture of the Captain on each page.  It’s tricky and fun to try to find his picture on each page, but he has had a lot of fun looking for himself.

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And what’s great is that Baby D loves to search for “Bubba,” too!  It’s always fun to see who finds the picture of the Captain first.

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I love that it comes in a sturdy, hard cover and the pages are bright and heavy duty.  The only thing that I would change about this book is the spiral binding.  Baby D leaned on a page while getting up and it ripped at the binding.  :(  It’s easily fixable, but I just want everyone to be aware that they have to be really careful with little ones.

Ordering your own book is easy…just log on to Bammco.net and upload the picture you’d like to use, type in the child’s first name, and you’re all set!  A book with one uploaded image is $29.99.  You can get up to five uploaded images in one book, with each extra image costing $5.  This would make a great activity AND keepsake for the future!

From now until December 21st, use code “buckethead” for 10% off of your order!

Follow Bammco on Facebook and Twitter to connect with the brand and stay up to date on information!

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