10.22.2014

Review and Giveaway: KIND Snacks

You know that feeling: you're away from your kitchen, suddenly starving, and surrounded by junk food. Do you break down and buy something you'll later regret?

Let's try a different scenario: you're at a party and the only food options don't fit your dietary needs, but you're hungry. Do you eat the food anyway and suffer the consequences later?

Maybe you don't worry about these things but I do!



KIND graciously sent me a sample box of their low-glycemic snack bars and now I don't think I'll ever be without on in my purse. They are so convenient, so delicious, and when I eat one I don't have to compromise my food convictions.

The three bars I received to try were Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond, and Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt. Each bar boasts 6-7 grams of fiber, 5-6 grams of protein, and only 5 grams of sugar. They are also all natural, GMO-free, gluten free and low sodium. Reading the ingredient list makes me hungry instead of confused. But best of all, these bars are so delicious! (After all, what good is a healthy snack if you just don't want to eat it?)

My family considers these to be some special splurge treat. I have found myself sneak eating them so I didn't have to share and I'm not ashamed of that!

After taste testing our family has ranked our favourites as follows:
#1 Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt
#2 Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
#3 Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond
They were all good!

You can easily find KIND at a store near you and I highly recommend you do! They are delicious, satisfying, and won't derail your goals.


 photo SignatureHeather_zpsd054c2f7.png
 
THE GIVEAWAY:
 
One lucky reader will win a prize box of KIND snacks!
 
US residents only, please.
 
~enter after the jump!~
 
Disclosure:
I received this product free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.
 
***Be sure to check our sidebar for additional giveaways that may interest you!***

10.21.2014

Review: KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream



Getting older is tough especially when you start to see the wrinkles starting to form. I have been on the lookout for a great product that will make my skin look like I am in my early 20's instead of my 30's. I came across KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream while online one day. The reviews were outstanding and the product is also loved by celebrities. So I thought....what the heck...why not give it a try.

KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream basically launched a company. The cream is like a reset button for the skin. It is ultra-rich and transforms skin on contact with Michael Todd's now famous formulation for immediate face-saving firming, lift and tightening. KNU Anti Aging Face Lift Cream is made with 70% organic ingredients synergistically combined with a unique combination of Matrixyl 3000®, Syn®-Coll, Epidermal Growth Factor, DMAE, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Snail Serum, Arbutin and L-Arginine and other clinically proven ingredients
known for their powerful skin regenerating properties.

The cream promotes healing, repair and natural collagen and elastin production over time for reduced density, volume and depth of wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Powerful antioxidants protect against further damage. 

The cream is especially suited to dry, sensitive, pigmented or wrinkled skin complexions. The cream comes in a 1.7 oz. pump jar (KNU anti-aging jars without the pump are outdated and will not be as effective) which is a 3-4 months supply.

My Review

   I was sent KNU anti-aging Face Lift Cream from Michael Todd Organics to review. My skin can be pretty sensitive especially when it comes to using creams/lotions. Many seem to clog my pores and make my skin worse than it was before I started it. My real aging worries are the bags underneath my eyes and the wrinkles around my eyes. I have noticed since using the KNU anti-aging Face Lifting Cream that it has greatly minimized my under eye circles. It has also lessened the wrinkles from around my eyes and it doesn't bother my eyes (I use the cream pretty close to them) or clog my pores. I love how fast the cream absorbs and how moisturizes and plumps my skin up. It also doesn't make my skin oily at all....a huge plus. Michael Todd True Organics and/or TruOrganic.com is the ONLY certified reseller of Michael Todd True Organics product line.
 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png
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.

Review and Giveaway: The Whizpops! Sea Blue Sea

My youngest is an animal lover like no one I've ever met. I am constantly in awe at his compassion and curiosity toward animals that sometimes make me queasy. Because of that I knew he'd enjoy this week's CD: The Whizpops! Sea Blue Sea.


I was right, of course. How could he resist this fun album where each song is devoted to a different sea animal? Before long we were singing along and bopping and the boys would ask me to play it again. The songs would definitely count as edutainment: teaching about lifecycles and habitats in such a fun way. None of us was able to select a favourite song, but neither did we find a song we didn't like. This album is a winner.

 photo SignatureHeather_zpsd054c2f7.png
 
 
THE GIVEAWAY:
 
One lucky reader will win this CD!
 
US residents only, please.
 
~enter after the jump!~
 
Disclosure:
I received this album free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.
 
***Be sure to check our sidebar for additional giveaways that may interest you!***

10.20.2014

Review: Dang Foods



When I think of one of my favorite foods I automatically think of coconut. Coconut is healthy, delicious and probably one of the most versatile crops on the planet. The husks can be burned to produce electricity, the juice/water is full of flavor and packed full of electrolytes, and the meat can be eaten raw, pressed into creamy and delightfully flavorful coconut milk or toasted for a truly special experience.

Dang Foods decided to package up their toasted coconut chips made from the nutrient-packed copra (meat of the coconut) so that everyone could share in the delight of this delicious snack. The snack is not only delicious but also provides energy. The chips are made by slicing the meat out of mature coconuts and then gently toasting it until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to a golden brown. Professional tasters have been known to detect notes of vanilla, yogurt and pear.

Oh, and since copra is high in fiber, you don't have to eat a lot to feel full. Dang Coconut Chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy all of your crunchy, sweet and salty snack cravings at once.

You can even try Dang Coconut chips in/on;

Ice Cream
Salads
Oatmeal
Yogurt
Trail Mix
Cakes and Cookies
Cereal
Baked Goods

My Review
  I was sent a few bags of Dang Chips to review. My first reaction after eating a handful of these coconut chips was "DANG! These chips are amazing!" The chips are full of flavor, crunchy, crispy and all around perfect. They are great to snack on during the day to keep yourself from reaching for those not as healthy potato chips or chocolate. My husband loved taking a bag with him to work for an easy on-the-go snack. My children love eating them at the park and I love snacking on them late at night. No matter where or when you like to snack on these morsels of goodness Dang Coconut Chips are addicting! 





Disclosure
I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

10.19.2014

Review: Chamilia 2014 Limited Edition 'Love You To Death' Collection



A few years ago my husband purchased me a Chamilia bracelet for Christmas . At the time I didn't know what in the world a Chamilia bracelet was. When my husband gave it to me the bracelet was pretty but rather plain. He told me that through the years I could add to it. I was confused until I realized that a Chamilia bracelet is a very fancy charm bracelet (not like the charm bracelets of the 1980's or 1990's!).

The bracelet can be worn as a romantic gesture, a friendly gesture or used to showcase a

hobby or sport or array of other themes. You will find an endless array of charms and because all pieces are interchangeable you have tons of possibilities. You can tailor your Chamilia bracelet for the seasons, holidays or your outfit. The great thing is that how you wear your Chamilia jewelry is totally up to you!

Oh and Chamilia doesn't only make charm bracelets, they also make necklaces and earrings. If you don't know quite where to get started check out the '“prĂȘt-a-porter” selection of Starter Sets; expressive and themed bracelets and necklaces in ready-to-wear, preselected designs.


Brand new for the 2014 Chamilia has released the Limited Edition 'Love You To Death' Collection. The Love You To Death Collection features Love You To Death Earrings and Love You To Death Charm. Both are made from .925 sterling silver and showcase Swarovski Crystal accents for teeth with heart shaped cut-out eyes and nose.

My Review
   I was sent an 'I Love You To Death' Skull Charm to review. This charm is absolutely stunning-so shiny and it looks perfect amongst the other beads on my Chamilia bracelet. It would look perfect paired with other Chamilia Halloween charms or just with your everyday charms. It is completely up to you! I have gotten so many compliments on my new charm--it is totally something out of my comfort range--normally I go for the glitzy, sparkly charms. Even my husband said "wow! I wouldn't have thought you would have chosen that charm! It's really cool!" I too love how absolutely funky and fun it is! See I can still be hip and a mother of two. Right? Well, at least my husband thinks so!  

You can purchase the Limited Edition Chamilia 'Love You To Death' products and other Chamilia items by visiting www.Chamilia.com
 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png
Disclosure
I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

10.18.2014

Post: Giant's Lower Prices!


Giant Food announced last month the launch of a low-price initiative that will mean even greater savings for customers on thousands of items across the store. For more than 78 years, Giant has provided the highest levels of quality, value and service to its shoppers. This tradition continues with the unveiling of a new value phase, which will let customers watch their savings stack up every time they shop. 

-New Bonus Buy Savings Signs-
These new Bonut Buy Savings Signs highlight the time-limited protons that offer customers outstanding value.

-Low Everyday Price Signs-
The New Low Everyday Price Signs highlight long-term reductions on many customers favorite everyday products.


Using both of these signs will help customers locate great deals across Giant Stores.

Why?
The new value proposition is driven by customer demand for quality products at competitive prices. Along with price investments, Giant is also improving the customer experience with enhanced fresh, upscale, local and ethnic product lines, as well as new items.

-Giant's Weekly Circular-
Find the best deals under Low Everyday Prices, Bonus Buy Savings and Gas Rewards

To learn more about Giant's initiatives and ow you can "Watch Your Savings Stack Up," visit www.GiantFood.com

I was sent a wide selection of some of Giant's favorite low-priced items and I was extremely impressed. The products ranged from name brand products, extremely fresh produce and Giant's own brand of products. I can't wait to do more shopping at Giant for the upcoming Holiday Season!


 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png

10.17.2014

Review: Clairesquares





When my husband and I were married and I asked him what his favorite dessert was I was surprised by his reply. 

Shortbread...more importantly...his grandmother's shortbread.
(which contains 8 sticks of butter, mind you.)

I never had REAL shortbread (only the kind that came in tins)...until I had Clairesquares Shortbread. Once I had Clairesquares shortbread I truly knew what deliciousness I was missing out on!

A bit about Clairesquares
    Clairesquares officially opened for business in 2006, but long before then at the tender age of 12 Claire began making her delectable treats. Growing up in County Cork, Ireland, Claire took inspiration from her mother’s recipe books and set out experimenting with fudge, butterscotch, toffee, and caramel. Her best-loved endeavor was the caramel square, a mouthwatering combination of shortbread, caramel and chocolate. A budding entrepreneur, Claire tried her hand selling the squares at school. Before long, her classmates were addicted and she sold out every week.

Years later and miles away in San Francisco, Claire felt homesick for her native Ireland and turned to the stove. She whipped up a batch of those same buttery, Irish treats for her friends. Much to Claire’s delight, they elicited the same wondrous reaction as years past. Itching for a career change from environmental science and encouraged by her friends’ enthusiasm (and constant harassment for just one more square), Claire decided to sell her Irish treats in the States, and Clairesquares was born!


My Review

   I was sent Buttery Shortbread, Shortbread and Caramel (Milk Chocolate) and Shortbread and Caramel (Dark Chocolate) to review from Clairesquares. All of the shortbread was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The shortbread was buttery, flaky and absolutely perfect. My favorite out of them all was the Dark Chocolate Shortbread and Caramel. How could you go wrong with a large layer of Shortbread covered in caramel, covered in dark chocolate. It was heaven! I had one slice of the plain shortbread before I realized that my husband had taken the rest--. When I asked him where the shortbread went he said,
 "Clairesquares lives up to my grandma's recipe...I know because...I ate it all!" 

Well, there you have it folks. If you are looking for buttery, delicious shortbread that is as good as your grandma's look no further than Clairesquares!

 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png

10.16.2014

Review: Nature Made KIDS FIRST Children's Vitamins

I received a sample of Nature Made Children’s Vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

    I am super excited to share with you a preview of Nature Made KIDS FIRST, a line of vitamins, minerals and supplements designed for children and adolescents ages 4 to 18 years. 


The KIDS FIRST product line consists of the following products;
  • Multivitamin Gummies
  • Multivitamin with Omega-3 Gummies
  • Vitamin C Gummies
  • Fiber Gummies
  • Multivitamin KidMelts
  • Calcium+Vitamin D3 KidMelts


As a Mom of two I am always busy and so are my kids. My kids are also quite picky about what they eat (Whoa is me!). I am always very concerned whether or not my children are getting the daily nutritional support they need. According to national research data, children (ages 4-18) have several shortfalls of essential nutrients including vitamins A, D and E, calcium and magnesium. I have purchased vitamins in the past only to have my kids push them aside or complain about the taste. I was interested to see how they would react when I presented them with great-tasting, easy-to-chew tummies and smooth-dissolving tablets from Nature Made KIDS FIRST.

When handing my eight year old (sadly, my son has to wait a few more months until he is four) the tummies and smooth-dissolving tablets to try she immediately looked intrigued. "Mom, I can't swallow pills," she said pointing to the smooth-dissolving tablet. I explained to her that the tablet melts in her mouth without water..."really?" she said. Next, she popped the tablet into her mouth and wah-la! She absolutely loved the flavor and taste (hurray!). Next she tried a KIDS FIRST FIBER Gummy...my daughter says that it tastes "just like candy!" She has always had digestion issues since she was small...so the Fiber Gummies are heaven sent. 




What could be better then giving your kids great-tasting vitamins and supplements? I will tell you what! Help making wishes come true for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. Nature Made has aligned with Make-A-Wish, the premier wish-granting organization for children. The purchase of Nature Made KIDS FIRST products will benefit Make-A-Wish with a donation for each bottle purchased, with a minimum guarantee of $100,000. 


Oh, and that isn't all....

All KIDS FIRST Gummies/KidMelts are made from all natural flavors, their colors are derived from natural sources, they contain no preservatives and no yeast. The Gummies are gluten-free and the KidMelts contain no sugar or calories!

To learn more about the KIDS FIRST product line and how each product benefits Make-A-Wish, visit www.naturemade.com/kidsfirst

Don't head to the store quite yet, Nature Made KIDS FIRST is set to hit store shelves in late October and will be sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.
 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png
I received a sample of Nature Made Children’s Vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Post: Paul Mitchell #Pink Out Loud



My Mom was a Breast Cancer survivor. She was proud of that fact and often comforted others that fought with the disease. "You can beat it!", she would say with a big reassuring smile on her face. My Mom's cancer never came back (thankfully), but that didn't stop her from teaching others to check for breast cancer. Always be diligent and check yourself for signs of Breast Cancer. If in doubt--check it out through a doctor. Better safe than sorry...early detection can save your life!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paul Mitchell has created a limited edition collection as part of their ongoing partnership with Bright Pink ,the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.

The Limited Edition Pink Out Loud! Collection from Paul Mitchell gives select favorite Paul Mitchell  products an outspoken new look to support Bright Pink and voicing their detection to empowering women to live proactively --hoping to one day kiss breast cancer goodbye. 

Additionally, Paul Mitchell is proud to partner with Bright Pink on a number of other initiatives throughout the year, like the Dirty Girl Mud Run Series which contributes funds to fuel their life saving mission. 

Raise your voice and join the movement the louder we area the stronger we'll be.

The Limited Edition Pink Out Loud! Collection includes:
New Pro tools express Ion Smoothe+
Super Skinny Serum

Fast Form
Paddle Brush
Sculpting Brush

The Limited Edition Paul Mitchell Pink Out Loud! Collection will be available in September-October  2014 in professional salons and Paul Mitchell Schools. Visit PaulMitchell.com/Pink for locations.

To learn more about Paul Mitchell’s partnership with Bright Pink, please visit www.paulmitchell.com/pink


PINK OUT LOUD!
Lend your voice to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer by pinking your social media profiles.

Download our PINK OUT LOUD! graphic by clicking here, or upload your own image with hashtag #PinkOutLoud. Together we can create a message that can’t be ignored!

 photo SignatureKiley_zps8c899e96.png

10.15.2014

Kickstarter: The Curious Creamery

Although my family enjoys a low-sugar lifestyle we recognize the need for sometimes foods. My mantra is party food is for parties. So instead of saying "I'll never have dessert again!" I know that I can and will, but with moderation. When I start making every day a party day then I get in trouble.

When our family does have dessert it has to be worth it. No sugar for sugar's sake! We want high-quality ingredients, fabulous flavours, and satisfying textures. Ideally we'd also like to make it ourselves.



The Curious Creamery has launched a kickstarter campaign to bring ice cream creation to your own kitchen. This is a brilliant idea. It lowers the carbon footprint of your sweet tooth and allows endless opportunities to customize your ice cream according to the tastes and needs of your family. As a bonus it also doesn't require another kitchen appliance. That's right: no new machine!
 
 
 
 
 

 photo SignatureHeather_zpsd054c2f7.png
 
Disclosure:
I received no compensation for this post but if the project is funded I will receive a thank you gift and our blog will be able to offer a giveaway.
Any opinions presented in this post are mine and have been written in my own words.

Disqus for Cherry Blossoms {the blog}