2/20/17

Amazfit Smart Activity Tracker #review #tech #fitness

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Staying in shape is an important part of living well. I try to eat healthy but I love food, plus I live a pretty sedentary life. The Amazfit smart activity tracker is a great way to remind me I have to keep moving. It also tracks my sleep patterns, which is another important part of living well. Best of all, the Amazfit Equator in Rose Gold looks more like a beautiful bracelet than an activity tracker!
Amazfit offers several different activity trackers for both men and women. My Equator arrived in three small black boxes, ready for easy assembly. Included was the rose gold silicone wristband, the Amazfit smart activity disc, and a charging base for the disc that plugs into any USB port.
I plugged my charging base into my laptop and set the disc on to charge. The flashing light let me know it was charging, and when it was charged, the light glowed steady. Then I downloaded the free app onto my phone so I could easily track my daily activity. The disc snaps easily and securely into the wristband.
The Amazfit Equator is so comfortable to wear that I barely even noticed I was wearing it. It's held onto my wrist by two u-shaped clasps, each one grabbing the other side of the band. It's easy to put on and easy to take off. It's water resistant, but I chose not to wear it in the shower. I've been wearing it continuously for a week now, and there is still nearly half a charge on the disc.
The Amazfit Equator app allows me to set my own goals for number of daily steps. As I said, I don't walk as much as I should, so the first day I set it to 1000, but surprised myself by going over 3000, so I easily adjusted my daily goal on the app. The app does not need to be open, so it won't drain your phone battery; rather it syncs with the smart disc when you open the app. I found myself checking the app a couple times a day to make sure I was getting near my goal.
These are actual screenshots from yesterday. You can see I went over my daily goal of 3000 steps, so I walked 1.46 miles, and burned 73 active calories. Yeah, I know, not impressive, but it's a start and the Amazfit activity tracker is making me want to increase my activity just so I can move my goals up and live better. The screenshot below is my sleep activity. You can see I am quite the light sleeper, with less than 40 minutes of deep sleep time. Fortunately I didn't wake during the night, which is unusual for me. Increasing my deep sleep time can likely be accomplished by increasing my daily step goal, and I'm going to test that over the next few months. 

I am very impressed with my new Amazfit Smart Activity Tracker. I like being able to set activity goals, see how I've done towards those goals, and the feeling of accomplishment when I beat those goals. As a person who needs more activity, the Amazfit is encouraging me to do better. I love the fashion look of the Equator as opposed to other activity bands or watches. I highly recommend Amazfit products! Visit Amazfit at www.amazfit.com to check out all the styles of activity trackers for men and women.

2/17/17

Vidalia Chop Wizard #review #AsSeenOnTV

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I love my knives and cutting boards, but I really hate chopping and dicing. When I was offered the Vidalia Chop Wizard for review, I was skeptical about whether it would perform well, but I've always wanted to try one out. Now that I've tried it, I am a huge fan!
The Vidalia Chop Wizard is SO easy to use. The box contains a base, a lid, two cutting inserts, and a cleaning pick. I took everything out of the box and easily popped the lid onto the base. The base has little rubber feet to keep it in place during use, and measurements on the side that can be used when the base is set on its side.
The two inserts that come with it are for chopping (larger grid openings) and for dicing (smaller grid openings). The inserts set easily and securely inside the base. The grids are made up of stainless steel blades that cut cleanly through fruits, vegetables, and even hard-boiled eggs. To use, place the item to be chopped or diced onto the insert placed in the base, and press down on the lid. It's that simple!
Cleanup is just as easy. I rinsed everything off and popped all the pieces into the top of the dishwasher. The cleaning pick is included, but the only time I needed to use it was when I diced a hard-boiled egg. A bit of the yolk ended up in the raised grid that's on the inside of the lid when I pressed down, but the cleaning pick slid right through it and cleaned the yolk right out.
I chopped up tomatoes for taco night, diced up hard-boiled eggs for our salads, and diced up strawberries to put on ice cream. The Vidalia Chop Wizard is actually fun to use. I was literally digging through my fridge looking for more stuff to chop. It works on onions, peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, and so much more.
Here's a delicious salsa recipe, quickly and easily made with the Vidalia Chop Wizard:
· 1 green onion, chopped
· 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
· 1 fresh jalapeno chile pepper, diced
· ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
· 2 tablespoons lime juice
· 1 tablespoon lemon juice
I am totally in love with my Vidalia Chop Wizard. It's safer and faster than using a knife, and cuts way down on the mess I have to clean up after preparation. It will chop thick cheese slices into perfect cubes for snacking and is even strong enough to chop nuts. Five stars for the Vidalia Chop Wizard!
Visit www.chopwizard.com
to purchase the Vidalia Chop Wizard
or you can get it from Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond.

2/16/17

Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps and Meal Snacks #review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Farmer’s Pantry, the proudly American new snack brand, debuts the first snacks of their kind: 100% American grown first-ever Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps and the revolutionary, innovative Farmers Pantry Meal Snacks, a first in offering meat and veggies in one package. Farmer’s Pantry offers hearty, wholesome, and crunchy snacks that are made with ingredients grown exclusively on American farms: ingredients you can recognize as some of the oldest and most beloved food staples found in a farmers pantry.
Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps are crispy delights like no other on the market, made from one of the oldest and most popular American food staples – freshly-baked cornbread. Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread crisps are the first of its kind, delicately sliced and toasted to crispy perfection, and created from the wholesome goodness of cornbread you can munch on the go.
Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps, available in Original, Jalapeno, and Honey-Butter flavors, are a crispy, savory snack that tastes as mouth-wateringly delicious as the first bite of a slice of corn bread or corn muffin. The Honey-Butter is a sweet snack, but my favorite is the Jalapeno!
Made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms, these crisps are sure to appeal to discriminating snackers across the country. Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps are approximately $3.99 for 6 oz bags, and under $2.00 for 2 oz bags. They are a great snack anytime!
Farmer's Pantry Meal Snacks are the first ever snack that combines meat and veggies in one package. It is a revolutionary new snack created to fill the needs of today’s “on the go” busy Americans. Farmer’s Pantry Meal Snacks are like complete hearty meals, slow-roasted into crunchy snacks. Inspired by some of America's favorite recipes, Meal Snacks contain real meat and veggies in every pack. Is it a meal or is it a snack? Yes!
Each Farmer's Pantry Meal Snack is like a complete hearty meal, slow-roasted into a crunchy snack. The unique Farmer's Pantry cooking process is all about preserving nutrients and flavor. The recipes start with ingredients sourced from family farms across America. The snacks are seasoned, with a slow-roast for the meat and vegetables, then gently blended over low heat. Finally, before all the goodness has a chance to escape, they immediately seal it in the dual-pouch package until you tear it open and enjoy.
Inspired by some of America's favorite recipes, Meal Snacks contain real meat and veggies in every single pack. Farmer’s Pantry Meal Snacks have a suggested retail price of $5.99, in a 2.5 oz bags. Farmer’s Pantry passion to feed your hunger is for everyone, including the millions of American farmers who are being threatened with extinction. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today. Besides keeping American Farms busy and profitable, a portion of all Farmer’s Pantry sales is used to give back to keeping American farms healthy, by donating to organizations including Farm Aid, Farmland Trust, Family Farm Charities, Veterans Farm and National Young Farmers.

Visit www.farmerspantry.farm for more information.

2/14/17

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (Feb 15 -21)

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Giveaway! Chef Emeril Lagasse Footwear

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Chef Emeril wants shoe styles for not only those working in restaurants – from the kitchen to the waiters to the hosts – but he wants them stylish enough so the rest of us at home would want to wear them. The new Chef Emeril Lagasse Footwear line is EXTREMELY comfortable, slip resistant, water resistant, and odor resistant. These amazing shoes come in styles for both men and women!
My son works at two different jobs in the restaurant business and is on his feet all the time. It is very important that he have comfortable shoes. It's also required the shoes be slip resistant. He selected the Emeril Lagasse Men's Canal shoes and has been putting them to the test for over a week.
The Men's Canal is a classic lace-up, casual oxford sneaker with a leather upper. They feature color matching metal eyelets, rubber cap toes, and a padded collar. All of Emeril’s Footwear is treated with a NeverWet hydrophobic spray applied to the surface of the shoes so they are resistant to stains and water. The Agion anti-microbial breathable lining helps to keep feet fresh and reduces odor on the lining.
These shoes also have flex-channel rubber sole with a lug pattern that provides maximum slip resistance. Balanced Active Movement technology provides a double layer molded memory foam insole to provide 24-hour comfort. Plus, they look great -- they are modern, stylish, and professional.
My son has been thrilled with his Chef Emeril Lagasse Footwear. They are super comfortable and supportive, allowing him to work lots of hours without leg or back pain. Emerils Footwear is expertly designed and has our highest recommendation!
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2/13/17

Sweet Valentine's Day Fun with Halos Mandarins #halosfun

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Grab some Halos Mandarins for some wholesome fun this Valentine's Day! Pass by all the sugary junk and get your family sweet delicious Halos. Show your sweetheart you care with a Halos Valentine and make some hand-printed wrapping paper with Halos.
Halos are the perfect treat to give to others for Valentine's Day. Make a Halos Cupid or a Halos Love Bug for someone special. Halos are always a great choice for a sweet classroom gift, too. You can even print a Lunch Box Love Note to send in your children's lunchboxes.
Halos sent me this amazing box full of fun activities, stickers, valentines, and even some recipe cards, plus this adorable Halos plush. You can whip up a sweet breakfast for your family with a recipe for Halos Breakfast Parfait and make some sweet Yogurt Dipped Halos for an after-school treat.
There are so many ways to enjoy Halos Mandarins and you can find tons more ideas on the Halos Team Blog. My family loves Halos and we go through several bags a month when they are in season because we know they'll only be around for a few months each year!
Print some Halos stickers and decorate all the Halos in your house this February. You can also grab recipes like a Halos Smoothie and Halos Fruit Salad from past Halos Team Blog posts. There are also great gift ideas on their website so you can spoil your special someone.
Halos Mandarins are mother nature's sweet snack. They are juicy, seedless, and super easy to peel. They are California born and raised, and you can be assured they are 100% non-GMO project verified.
Give a sweet Halos Mandarin to all the sweet ones in your life (and be sure to enjoy them yourself too). Find great games and more at www.halosfun.com. And don't forget to play the Goodness Sticker Game for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

2/8/17

Blue Apron #review and Launch of FOX's MasterChef Junior 2/9/17

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
FOX’s MasterChef Junior has teamed up with Blue Apron to promote the launch of the new season premiering February 9, 2017. You can meet the newest bite-sized batch of home cooks during season five. These young home cooks will compete in fun, exciting challenges with Gordon, Christina, and a few special guests. Don't miss the MasterChef Junior premiere!
Check out this fabulous box of fresh ingredients I received from Blue Apron! My shipment was filled with high quality, super fresh ingredients so we could cook from scratch. Blue Apron works directly with farmers to make food more sustainable and recipes more delicious. You cook incredible meals from scratch with perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step recipes.
Your delivery includes farm-fresh, seasonal produce, meat with no added hormones, sustainably-sourced seafood, and absolutely everything else you need. My husband is the chef in our family, so I recruited him to prepare these incredible meals. The first one is Spiced Beef and Pickled Onion Tortas with Cara Cara Orange, Radish, and Romaine Salad.
The second one is a Mushroom and Potato Pizza with Fontina Cheese, Spinach, and Garlic Oil. It is a real treat to eat foods prepared completely from scratch. It does take a bit more time to prepare, but it's truly worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed these delicious meals from Blue Apron!

2/7/17

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (January 8-14)


Bloggers Wanted! Luck of the Irish Hop Event March 7-21

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The event will run March 7 - 21, 2017.
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Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from March 7, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight) until March 21, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Everyone should set their post according to CST, Post will be deleted from linky without a visible post at 4 AM.
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Kiwi Crate - Doodle Crate #review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I love products that inspire creativity in children of all ages. Kiwi Crate provides hours of fun hands-on learning and experience-based play through their Koala Crate for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate for ages 5-8, and Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate for ages 9-16+. The Doodle Crate, which I received, focuses on art and design, and this one in particular provided all materials and instructions to create a beautiful Stained Glass Suncatcher.
This Doodle Crate included a detailed instruction booklet, traceable patterns, a paint pen, translucent paints, three plastic circles of different sizes, chains and loops to connect the completed circles, a hanger, a paint spreader, and a suction cup to attach the suncatcher to a window. There was even a tack provided for popping bubbles that might appear in the paint during application. Kiwi Crate really thought of everything when designing this art kit.
The suncatcher patterns included in this Doodle Crate offered three different themes, as well as a blank pattern for those who wish to design their own. Since I live in Kansas, I decided to create a Kansas themed suncatcher and printed pictures from the internet for our state flower, state animal, and state bird. I printed the state bird in color to make sure I got authentic colors when I painted that circle.
I placed the plastic circles over each picture, taped it in placed, the traced them with the black paint pen. Once the paint dried, I went over some of the lines again to make them bolder. The paint pen is really easy to work with and I actually surprised myself with how well each one turned out. I traced a sunflower in the large circle, an Eastern Meadowlark in the medium circle, and a bison in the smallest circle, then filled the background with pattern so I could fill the entire circle with the translucent paint.
The translucent painting step takes time, spreading each color of paint between the lines. The translucent paint has a consistency like a cross between a waterpaint and a thin glue. The spreader that is included in this Doodle Crate is an excellent tool for applying the paint. I was even able to mix the purple and orange paint colors to make brown for my bird's wings. Once everything was dry, it took only minutes to assemble the suncatcher loops and chains, and hang it in my front window.
Kiwi Crate offers outstanding materials and truly interesting experiences for children. I am extremely impressed and absolutely recommend their products!
Check out their website today at