TheraZinc Lozenges Will Keep you Healthy on The Go #Giveaway

Seems like everyone I know is getting sick! I was so sick the week before Christmas, and it seemed that it lasted so long and I couldn’t get any relief.

Even though the holidays are behind us, cold season is still in full swing. It can be difficult to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong as you head back to work, the gym, and your daily routine. Here are a few tips from Quantum Health to help you feel your best in 2017!!

 

 

    1. Go to bed early. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to suppressed immune system function.
    2. Wash your hands frequently. If you’re tired of hearing this old adage, check out the science behind hand-washing, as reported by the CDC.
    3. Put down the candy. Avoiding sugar is a great way to keep your immune system in fighting shape. Consuming sugar can suppress your immune system for hours after ingestion.
    4. Take a walk. Not only is this good for your waistline, but exercise provides a myriad of immune benefits, from flushing out bacteria to slowing the release of stress hormones.
    5. Keep a roll of TheraZinc lozenges handy. These delicious supplements combine elderberry and zinc to keep you feeling your best. They are easy to keep in a purse or backpack, and dissolve quickly in your mouth.

 

 

 Zinc Elderberry Lozenges in a Pocket-size roll.

With the addition of Zinc, these lozenges combine two popular, immune-boosting nutrients.*

Research from Europe suggests that Elderberry and Zinc provide the nutritional support your body craves.

Ingredients: Zinc (from Zinc Gluconate), Elderberry Powdered Extract Other Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Fructose, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Magnesium Stearate and Rebaudioside – A (Stevia Extract).

 

Recently, an analysis of several studies showed that zinc lozenges reduce the length of a cold by one day, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold. I am willing to try anything to help reduce cold symptoms. I was pretty excited when I was contacted to try out these Lozenges. I haven’t had a cold yet to really try them out, however the flavor and taste of the Elderberry is great. They are not chalky like some lozenges, and go down nice and smooth. I love that I can keep them in my purse. I am looking forward to really trying these our when I am sick with a cold or virus.

 

****Giveaway****

We are giving our readers a chance to win a 14 pack of the Lozenges plus a $25 gift card to Amazon!! One lucky reader will win! Giveaway ends 2/6. U.S. residents only.

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*I received these tips plus a 14 pack of Lozenges in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Chefsteps Joule Sous Vide Review

My husband loves to cook. I always said he missed his calling in life, he should have been a chef. He loves kitchen gadgets and always buying new ones that come out.  I am very lucky that he does all of the cooking because, to be honest, I am NOT  a good cook. I always say I wish there was a simple way for me to cook with food coming out actually edible. Well, luckily for me I have found a way! Let me introduce you to the best cooking tool you could have in your home….Chefsteps Joule.

 

Joule is a rugged kitchen tool that’s made for everyday use. Its strong, durable body is made of extruded polycarbonate, and the top and foot are 316L stainless steel. There is no display to break, which also means Joule is half the weight and size of other sous vide tools, so you can carry it in your knife bag or store it in your top drawer. Joule preheats water way faster than other sous vide devices, and the LED is all the display you’ll need for information at a glance. Heat a pot of water. Or a Cambro. Or the kitchen sink. Capable of heating 20 liters of water or more and equipped with a universal clip along with a magnetic base, Joule works where you want it to work. With Bluetooth LE and WiFi control, you can cook from anywhere. When’s the last time you started cooking from work? Or the bus? Never, that’s when!

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What is Sous Vide?

Sous Vide is a French term that describes cooking food in a sealed bag, immersed in water that is kept in the exact temperature that you set. That means steak is never over cooked, chicken is always tender and briskets are fall apart tender.

When I first heard about Sous Vide cooking, I kinda looked at my husband like he was crazy. Cooking meat in a bag? Say what?! No thanks.. not for me. If I only knew then how much of a staple this would be in my kitchen. This little cooking tool is AMAZING. It will honestly change the way you cook forever.

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How to use the Joule:

Using the Joule is really easy peasy. As long as you have a smart phone, you are good to go. Just download the Joule app (free!!) for Android or IOS and connects via bluetooth. This app gives you easy step by step instructions on how to use the Joule to cook the best meal. You pick the recipe and it will tell you exactly what to do. I love that because I am the type of person who needs detailed step by step instructions on how to cook a meal. All the controls happen on the app, other than the On-Off button on Joule.

The first meal I cooked was New York Strip Steaks. We are BIG steak eaters in our house and my husband hates when his steaks are overcooked. So, the first thing you do is pick a recipe from the app. Then plug in and set the Joule in your water (The unit is waterproof – the entire thing can be submerged). This can be a pot, a bucket…anything you wish that the Joule will fit in. Since the Joule is small in size you do not need a giant pot to cook in.  How cool is that?! Then we seasoned each steak and pre-seared them per recipe. Put each steak in a separate zip lock style bag (another awesome thing is this does not require bags to be purchased from Chefsteps, you can put your meat in any type of ziplock bag you please). From there, we attach the bags to the sides of the pot with clips (we use chip style clips, thank you oxo) and you just press start on the app and then that is it! You just sit back and relax and wait for your meal to be done! So simple! When it was done we gave it a quick sear over the grill (you can also use a pan) and the steak was ready to eat. You will be able to enjoy the most perfectly cooked steak you have every had.

 

Is the Joule powerful?! Yes it is! Joule features 1100 watts of power. This is the most powerful Sous Vide on the market for home use.

 

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Usually when we cook steak or go out to a restaurant, we ask for medium or medium rare. With traditional grilling, we usually end up with overcooked meat. The Joule will never overcook. You will get edge to edge perfection. Our steak came out perfect as you can see from the photo. It was very tender and super juicy. My husband brought the Joule to work and cooked chicken, he said it came out super moist and flavorful.

 

Meat isn’t the only thing you can cook in the Joule. You can cook vegetables, eggs and desserts!! The possibilities are endless with all of the delicious recipes on the app.  The Joule makes cooking so easy, and the app is super helpful with the detailed instructions and pictures.

 

We are so happy with the ChefSteps Joule. It has changed the way we cook forever. We are very excited to try Prime Rib with the Joule for our Christmas Dinner!

 

ChefSteps is selling Joule for $199. This would make an awesome gift for someone who LOVES to cook (or wants an easier way of cooking, like myself)!

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*I received a Joule in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Leapfrog Holiday Gifts for Toddlers (Review) (Holiday Gift Guide)

 

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The holidays are here! If you are looking for educational and fun toys for your toddler and preschooler, look no further. Leapfrog has some great products, and I was able to review two of them.

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Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat

Get a jump on counting with 3 ways to play!

Twist, dance, leap, laugh, count and learn with the Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat—designed especially for active toddlers. Keep little ones moving and exploring with 50+ songs and phrases and 3 ways to play. Ages 2-5 yrs. $29.99.
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The Learn & Groove Musical Mat is for ages 2 years to 5 years. I have a 5 year old and 8 year old, my 8 year old even loves it since she understands the instructions and patterns. The Musical Mat is designed to help gross motor skills, music, rhythm and of course numbers. Both of my kids love music and dancing, so this mat is perfect. My kindergartner is learning numbers and patterns, so this is great for him.  I love that this musical mat encourages kids to get up and be active. With all of the songs and ways to play, the kids love spending time playing with this mat!

Count Along Cash Register

Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings—20 checkout items included! Ages 2-4 yrs. $19.99.

Product Features:

  • Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings-20 checkout items included! Requires 3 AAA batteries (included for product demonstration only; replace for home use). For ages 2 and up.
  • Counting and imaginative role play combine with a register pal that comes to life with 50+ fun phrases and educational songs. Spunky, singing register has plenty of numbers, counting and role play skills in store.
  • Set up your store! Place food items on a table or shelves, give your customers their coins, and invite them on a shopping spree! Shop for milk and eggs. Scan the carrots. Insert the correct amount of coins or swipe a shopping card!
  • Total button tells you how many coins to insert in the count-along coin slot. Shop along to cool sounds and fun songs.
  • Includes cash register, 8 colorful food pieces, 10 coins and a shopping card. Skills learned include colors, counting, and numbers.
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This cash register had provided endless hours of fun for my kids. My kindergartner is learning how to count money by using it and some simple math. My 8 year old loves to shop with me so she is really loving to pretend she is a store cashier. There are many fun features, It has a smiling face that lights up when buttons are pressed. It sings, counts, tells you the number you are pressing and it adds up your total by pressing the pictured healthy food buttons. It has been providing my kids with endless fun.
 These would make great holiday gifts or birthday gifts! Check out all of Leapfrog’s educational toys by clicking here. 
*I received these products by being in the Leapfrog Blogger Program. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Christmas Gift Wrap Sets From Zippkids Amazon Store Review

With Thanksgiving 2016 over, the countdown to Christmas is officially on!  With the ease of shopping online these days, it seems like it’s almost become possible to buy everything you need right from the comfort of your own home.  But while you’re shopping for that perfect gift, don’t forget the supplies you’ll need to wrap them all up.  It’s now easy to take the hassle out of gift wrapping with great Christmas wrap bundles available online from the zippkids Amazon.com store.

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I picked out two different bundles – one was a kraft style pack and the other a cheerful and bright red, green, and blue set.  The kraft gift wrap bundle comes with 44 pieces, including various sized boxes from “robe” to “mug” size, gift tags, stickers, and tissue paper.  The festive color bundle has 57 pieces, including several really cute gift bags.  What I love about these gift wrap bundles is that the boxes and accessories make gift wrapping so simple – no need for paper.  Just put your presents inside the beautiful boxes with tissue and tags that are included and they’re ready to give!

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These Christmas gift wrap sets are also an excellent value for just under $17 for the bundle and with Amazon Prime,  you can get them shipped free right to your door in just a couple days.  So once you’ve picked out just the right holiday gift for your friends or family, be sure to make it a “complete package” wrapped in a great gift bag or box from zippkids.

 

 

You can purchase these gift wrap sets from Amazon at the below links:

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gift-Box-Set-Supplies/dp/B01LFMRJA0/ref=sr_1_1?m=A20YS3S7GIT562&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1477594364&sr=1-1&keywords=44

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Gift-Wrapping-Set-Glitter/dp/B01LZVI7TV/ref=sr_1_1?m=A20YS3S7GIT562&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1477594987&sr=1-1&keywords=glitter&th=1

 

*I received the above gift wrap sets in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. 

Heather Little

My name is Heather Little and my husband and I have two sweet girls and one crazy dog. We moved to Florida 6 years ago and have loved every minute of it! I enjoy crafting, good food, shopping, and of course travel!

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Hard Candy Eye Essential Collection Review (Holiday Gift Guide)

 

Hard Candy has released new makeup sets for the holidays which are available exclusively at Walmart. The Eye Essential Collection comes with 2 eyeshadow palettes, 3 brushes, and a small pouch and retails for $4.88.  “Fall in love with these purse friendly eye shadow palettes.  Create that smoky look you desire for an evening out on the town or define your eyes with any of these coordinating shades for a natural look.”

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I loved all 12 shades in this palette.  The colors go on smoothly with minimal fall out and are surprisingly pigmented for this price point.  I especially liked the purple shade.  In my experience, the purple shades in many pallets are among the weakest shades.  Not so in this pallet.  Each shade was distinctively shimmery and will help create some fun looks.  This is my favorite of the two pallets available in this kit.  The eyeshadow had decent lasting power; actually comparable to some of the higher priced pallets in my collection.  Swatches were done without primer.

 

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In this particular palette, the shades are all very similar to each other.  It’s difficult to get more than one or two looks. Eight of the shades are silvery white shimmers. The blue and purple shades are the standouts here, while the two darker black shades are so similar to each other I couldn’t tell any difference, especially on application to the eyes.

 

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The only brush I found useful in this kit was the eyebrow brush/comb.  The other two brushes were so stiff and rough that I couldn’t even get them near my eyes and face.  They may be going in the giveaway bin, but the pouch they come in is adorable and I’ll be using it to carry smaller items in my purse.

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In my opinion, the neutral shades palette, the eyebrow brush and comb combo and the pouch make this entire kit worthwhile and an excellent value.  I plan on giving away the silver/grey pallets to a young friend to play with.

These would make great holiday gifts! Please check out their website here for more information.

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*I received a product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.