Category: Reviews and Giveaways

Del Monte FruitBurst Squeezers Review (Win a $50 Walmart gift card!)

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I was just talking on Baby Nosh about how much I like this new “food in pouches” thing. It started with baby food but now applesauces and other fruity purees have gotten in on the action, which is great when you need something easily transportable.

I had just bought some of these FruitBurst Squeezers when I got an email asking if I’d like to review them and host a giveaway so the timing was great. I mostly give them to Carter for his afternoon snacks, but I also keep at least one in my diaper bag for hunger emergencies.

Del Monte sent along a few cute signs to show how we like to enjoy our Squeezers:

As an after-school snack:
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In Carter’s lunch bag: lunch squeezers

Treat for Mom: amy squeezers I’ll admit…sometimes I eat them as a dessert.  I’m still working on losing the baby weight and it’s a great sweet ending to the day. Better than cookies, right??  And they have a ton of Vitamin C, which we could all use now that cold and flu season is upon us. Bonus: They don’t have HFCS!

Del Monte wants you to join in on the fun by sharing photos of how your family enjoys the five fun flavors of Fruit Burst Squeezers. I’d love to see them on my Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #DMFruitBurst!
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The Del Monte product, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Del Monte. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated monetarily for this review.

Haribo Smurfs Gummy Candy

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Haribo. I received product samples, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

smurfs1 This was my Smurf when I was a kid!

As the saying goes, “everything old is new again.” I watched Smurfs as a kid, and 30 years later, my son watches the same little blue dudes. Except now they have a cool CGI movie. Excuse me…movies (plural, Smurfs 2 came out a few weeks ago). And the funny thing is that I can actually remember some of the episodes!

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Anyhoo…these little Smurfs gummies showed up on my doorstep a little while ago and SOMEONE was super excited. I’d show you the picture but it was blurry from his jumping. What I love about these gummies is that they’re raspberry and strawberry flavored. Two of my faves! Plus, they’re made by Haribo, the gold standard when it comes to gummy candy (they didn’t pay me to say that…I love their bears more than any other brand).

I think it’s so cute that Smurfette’s hair is colored yellow, and you can tell it’s Papa Smurf because of the red hat. Such attention to detail!

I’m sure this makes me cheap, but I always bring my own snacks to the movies. I bring crackers, candy, etc.  I even bring empty cups so we can fill them up using the water fountain! I’m sorry, but $5 for a bottle of water makes me angry. These gummies are definitely going in my bag when we go see Smurfs 2, that’s for sure. I might share them with Carter if I’m feeling generous.

Have you seen the new Smurfs 2 movie? What did you think?  I think it looks really cute…even better than the first one.

Sambazon Superfood Juice Review and Giveaway #MomsMeet

Breastfeeding makes me hungry. Like, really REALLY hungry. I eat two breakfasts (like a freaking Hobbit), a big lunch, snacks throughout the day, and a nice dinner and dessert. Way more food than I’m used to eating.

So when I eat something, I want it to be filling and satisfying. That’s why I liked this Sambazon juice. It was thick and creamy and chocolatey, but not too sweet. The thickness gave my empty stomach a nice satisfied feeling, and the protein kept me satisfied for several hours afterwards.

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I chose the Chocolate + Almond + Coconut Milk flavor, and paired it with a slice of toasted cinnamon-raisin bread. Like how the labels are matchy-matchy? Total coincidence.

I’m excited to check out the different varieties of Sambazon. They sell it at my local Giant (among other places) so it’s not one of those things you can just get at a health-food store or at Whole Foods. I love accessible healthy foods. (PS – You can also find them on Facebook, where they post coupons all the time)

Sambazon is available in a range of flavors and health-specific combinations:

  • Açaí/Antioxidant: Original or Açaí+Blueberry+Pomegranate
  • Energy:  A rich berry superfood juice blend with 50mg of organic caffeine per bottle, and a new Mocha Java superfood smoothie with 80mg of organic caffeine from fair trade coffee beans, plus a hint of chocolate.
  • Protein (the one I chose): Açaí berry + Vanilla; Açaí berry + Chocolate; Chocolate + Almond + Coconut milk
  • Supergreens with Kale + Ginger
  • Blended Breakfast:  Strawberry-banana blend 

Sambazon juices retail for around $2.99. Wanna try it without spending a dime? Use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win three free product vouchers, plus a wooden bowl and spoon valued at $45.

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

31 Bags Lunch Tote Giveaway!

If you work outside of the home, what do you do for lunch? Do you bring leftovers? Make a sandwich? Eat a frozen meal? And how do you bring your lunch to work?

For me, before a few weeks ago I’d have answered that I bring my lunch to work in a Safeway plastic bag. Because I’m ghetto like that. But then opportunity reared its head and my friend asked me if I’d like to review one of the 31 Bags lunch totes, I jumped at the chance. Yes please!

My only concern about the bag was whether it would be big enough to hold everything. In case you were out of the loop, I’m 8.5 months pregnant so I’m eating a LOT.  (Spoiler alert: It was totally big enough, with room to spare!)

When I first got the bag, besides the really cute print (it’s “Woodblock Floral”), the first thing I noticed and loved was that it’s insulated. We have a gazillion ice packs in our freezer because apparently an ice pack and a bandaid heals all 5-year-old troubles. You can’t use an ice pack in a Safeway bag so this was the first selling point to me.

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See inside? The shiny metal looking part is the insulation and the ice pack’s under the orange-topped container. Look how much room is in there!

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I was able to fit all of the below and could have put way more. Love that. Below you’ll see my morning snack (the Life cereal), breakfast (chocolate banana muffins and a banana), lunch, and afternoon snack (yogurt and apple).

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Funny little side story about this bag. We went to see The Croods a few weeks ago and I hate spending $20 on the junk that tries to pass as food at the movie theater. So, since this bag sort of looks like a purse I filled it up with cheese sticks, cereal bars, Triscuits, and applesauce squeezers to eat during the movie. Can’t do that with a Safeway bag (without getting caught) either!  LOL

Here’s where the exciting part comes in. One of you will win this tote (in whatever pattern you choose)! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and a winner will be chosen on May 1st.

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If you want to buy a 31 Bag but don’t want a lunch tote, there are some specials running that you might be interested in.  The special for April is for every $35 spent, you can get a Pro Duffle for $25 (regularly $80) or a Jr. Rec Duffle for $10 (regularly $35). These bags are ONLY available in the month of April and from what I hear they’re roomy and awesome.

Disclosure: I was gifted the featured lunch tote in exchange for this review and giveaway. I have not been otherwise compensated and all opinions are my own. My 31 Bags consultant just happens to be my best friend, but that did not sway my opinions. Pinky swear!

This post is listed at http://www.online-sweepstakes.com.

Fancy up your Lunch

Lunches for me are difficult.  I’m really lazy about packing a lunch so usually I’ll just pack leftovers when I’m cleaning up the night before, or head out to ChickFilA for a sandwich crack. It’s not too often that I actually buy a frozen meal to eat because most of them are just so…blah.  And really freaking high in sodium.  (Why IS that???)

However, recently when I was at Target during lunchtime running errands, I picked up one of the Chef’s Picks from Lean Cuisine. Typically if I get a frozen meal I’m likely to choose Lean Cuisine because historically they’ve had better choices than some of the other brands.

This time I picked the Glazed Chicken. I wasn’t sure about the lemon-tarragon sauce, but the picture just looked so good I figured I’d give it a shot. Pretty, isn’t it?

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Of course, it never looks as pretty when you make it at home (as evidenced below), but I’m really glad I decided to try this one. This may actually be my very favorite frozen meal EVER. Seriously. I should have gotten two because now I’ll be craving it every day  for the next 2 weeks (pregnancy cravings are an odd thing, aren’t they?).

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The cool thing about these Chef’s Picks entrees, is that they’re created by real chef.  Like, ones you may have actually heard of (Michelle Bernstein, anyone?). So the flavors are layered and interesting, and really freaking good.  Try it.  I promise you won’t be sorry (at least, if you get the Glazed Chicken, that is).

I have partnered with Lean Cuisine through DailyBuzz Food to help promote their new line of Chef’s Pick products. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you Lean Cuisine!