Saturday, June 13, 2015

McDonald's "Restaurant of the Future" #CreateYourTaste Event

Last week, my family and I got to attend a fun event in Clearwater, FL hosted by McDonald's of Tampa Bay to celebrate their new restaurant concept with the “Create Your Taste” menu. 
The Create Your Taste concept allows you to completely personalize your burger using in-restaurant kiosks.
Individual burgers are delivered to your table by McDonald’s crew members, allowing you to relax and enjoy the custom dining experience.
At the Kiosk, you can easily personalize your burger by choosing from a variety of toppings including American cheese, natural sharp white Cheddar and natural pepper jack cheese, buttered and toasted artisan roll and bakery style bun, Big Mac special sauce, spicy mayo, creamy garlic sauce, sweet BBQ sauce, preservative-free guacamole, jalapeños, grilled mushrooms, thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, crisp red onion, caramelized grilled onions, chili lime tortilla strips and crinkle cut pickles.
Each quarter-pound is made of 100 percent USDA beef patty.  It's presented open-faced in a nice metal basket so you can see all the great ingredients you selected.
I decided to try one of their already built burgers, the SoCal Burger, which has guacamole, chili lime tortilla strips and more.  It tasted great, and was very filling. 
I loved using the Kiosk, it was very easy to use.  I ordered all the kids' meals on it too, which made it very convenient when they were selecting each item in their Happy Meal. 
We got spoiled with a visit from Ronald McDonald's.  Ronald entertained everyone with juggling acts and trivia questions.  He even autographed the shirts the kids won.
This was a dream come true for my kids.  They got to visit behind the counter and make their own customized Sundae.
We had a great time, and I can't wait to see more kiosks appear in McDonald's around Tampa Bay. 
I want to give a huge Thank You to McDonald's Tampa Bay for having us over, the kids will remember this visit forever.
Disclosure: I was invited by McDonald's to participate in this free event, as well as receive free gifts.  However, all opinions 100% mine.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Xlear with Xylitol Care Kit Review #MomsMeet

Disclosure: I received a Xlear Care Kit for free from Moms Meet, however all opinions are 100% mine. #MomsMeet

I've blogged about Xlear products before, and I was happy to do another post about their products because I think it's so important for everyone to know the benefits of Xylitol!
What is Xylitol? Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar.  It’s not an artificial sweetener, but an all-natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. Xylitol has been researched for over 40 years, resulting in thousands of studies confirming its effectiveness and safety.

My favorite product are the Spry Gems.  Spry xylitol mints are sugar-free and sweetened with 100% xylitol!
Clinical studies have repeatedly shown that products sweetened with 100% xylitol may reduce the risk of tooth decay when used consistently.

Spry also comes in gum form.  Clinical trials have shown the benefits of chewing gum sweetened with xylitol after meals and snacks.  It is recommended that you chew a piece of xylitol gum after every meal or snack for maximum benefit to your teeth as it may reduce the risk of decay in the tooth.  
Products sweetened with xylitol create an unwelcome environment for bacteria.
Another great product that came in the care kit is the Xlear Nasal Spray.  The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays has been shown to make them more effective at improving and maintaining upper respiratory health.  It comes in adult or kids option.
This was my first time trying the Spry dental line.  I thought the toothpaste, the brush and the oral rinse were great.  The taste is the same as you would expect with other products. 
The Xylitol in the dental products has been proven to promote salivation and moisturize oral tissues. All the ingredients are also from non-GMO sources.
My Opinion:  I would recommend any and all of the products above.  I love how versatile Xylitol is, and how many benefits you get from using products with it. My kids love the Spry Gems, and I have no issues giving them away!

Buy It: You can purchase the Xlear Care Kit, valued at $65, for only $25 now through June, 30th 2015. Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ScarAway Scar Repair Gel ~ Review~

I decided to try ScarAway Scar Repair Gel after reading all the positive reviews on it.

ScarAway Scar Gel is a professional grade, over-the-counter scar treatment that works for new and old scars. 

Physician Formulated ScarAway scar treatment is Clinically Proven to flatten and soften raised scars, reduce redness, fade discoloration, and relieve itch and discomfort associated with scars.

  • New ScarAway Gel (formerly Kelo-cote) features patented Kelo-cote silicone technology, which dries within minutes forming a flexible, breathable, waterproof invisible sheet over the affected area

  • Acts like an invisible second layer of skin, providing 24-hour efficacy in one easy application; Ideal for scars of various sizes, shapes, and locations. Safe, effective and discreet use on facial scars

  • Convenient to use - This odorless, transparent, breathable and lightweight scar reducing gel is suitable for all ages and skin types, including children and those with sensitive skins


    I tried really to get a before and after picture, unfortunately, I couldn't get the right lighting to accurately show the results.  However, I used the gel on an old scar of mine, and a scar on my son, and I do believe that the gel helped fade some of the redness. 

    My son's scar was slightly raised, and after using ScarAway gel for a couple of weeks, I've noticed the scar is less noticeable.

    BUY IT: The full line of ScarAway products is available at pharmacies, drug stores and other outlets throughout the country starting at $34.99. More info HERE.

    Disclosure: I received ScarAway Gel free in exchange for a review, however all opinions are 100% mine.

    Quick & Easy Parent-Friendly Meals from Tastefully Simple + Giveaway

    Disclosure: I received tastefully simple products in exchange for this review, however, all opinions are 100% mine.

    In the past, I've attended Tastefully Simple parties and I've been a huge fan of their products.  I love their dip mixes, their sauces, and desserts, but I had never actually checked out the recipe section of their website.

    I already expected to love the flavors, but I was really excited to put the "parent-friendly" notion to the test.

    With two parents who work full time and four kids that play sports most nights of the week, I'm always looking for quick delicious dinners to make at home.

    I took on the challenge and decided to try the Bayou Bourbon and Bacon Meatloaf recipe and Sweet Mustard Roasted Potatoes
    The Bayou Bourbon and Bacon Meatloaf uses Bacon Bacon ($8.99) which is also amazing to use for dips, and Bayou Bourbon Glaze ($8.99). 
    The Sweet Mustard Roasted Potatoes recipe uses the Sweet Mustard Moppin’ Sauce ($8.99). 
    Both recipes took less than 30 minutes of prep. time which definitely qualifies as quick to me.  They were also very simple to follow.
    The Result:  Dinner was delicious!
    The meatloaf had a sweet caramelized flavor, and the potatoes had a nice sweet and smoked flavor.
    It was so nice to offer a flavorful dinner that did not require a lot of prep. time.  The recipes don't use very much of the tastefully simple ingredients, so there is plenty of leftovers to make more meals.
    After a simple delicious meal we treated ourselves to very yummy Chewy Chocolate Cookies using the tastefully simple Chewy Chocolate Cookie Mix ($7.99). 
    The Cookie mix is so simple to make, you just add a little vegetable oil and water, mix it up, and place on your cookie sheet. 
    And $1 per box is donated to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign!
    After 12 minutes in the oven, you get these irresistible cookies! 
    They were delicious!
    The kids ate the meal so well, they definitely earned cookies for dessert.
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    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Host a Paw Patrol Birthday Party

    My daughter is huge fan of the Paw Patrols and the only thing she's been asking for is a Paw Patrol Birthday Party.  She was asking for that 6 months before her actual birthday!
    I love to plan themed parties so I was happy to oblige.
    I've been working overtime for months now, so I tried to keep it as simple as possible, while still making it fun for her. 
    I always start with centerpieces because they're the easiest things to set your theme.
    I googled each Paw Patrol Character and printed them on photo paper, then I taped them to kabob sticks.  I placed the sticks in mason jars filled with shredded color paper.  You could fill them with tissue paper as well.
    Next, I visited Dollar Tree to stock up on plates and napkins, and of course I looked for anything puppy themed.  These doggy bowls were perfect for snacks!  And I used the small jar for Scooby snacks. 
    Some of the kids thought they were real dog treats, it was funny to see their faces when people ate the "treats".
    Let's not forget about Birthday Invitations!  I made my own Paw Patrol Birthday Invitation using Hp Photo Creations from Myprintly.  They were easy to make and I printed them at home on photo paper so no shipping cost or wait. 
    I used an old frame and printed this funny sign for the food table. 
    I put Whoppers in the puppy bowl to make it look like dog food.
    The dog treat jar has Scooby Snacks in it.
    The Chocolate Covered Oreo Paws were a big hit, and they were very easy to make. 
    I used good quality white chocolate, melted it and covered the oreos.  I let it set in the fridge a few minutes, then I melted milk chocolate, put it in a Ziploc bag, cut the corner and traced the paws on the cookies.  I decided to experiment with letters and numbers, and it worked too.
    This was the sweets table.
    Of course you have to have a beverage station.
    I bought plain red and blue cups and printed the Paw Patrol signs from the Nick Jr. Site HereThey were great to keep track of who's cup was who's.
    They have other great printable, including invitations.
    Finally, kids are always looking for their party favor on the way out.  I loved the Adopt a Puppy idea I saw on pinterest, so I recreated it.
    I found small stuffed animals 90% off after valentines, so I stocked up, cut off the red bows that were them, and they were perfect for our adoption bin. 
    I printed a little thank you note on sticker labels and put them on cardboard paper.  Then I attached them with ribbon to each puppy to personalize them.

    Here's a bonus picture of the smiling birthday kid!

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    The Kids Are Making Dinner Tonight with Family Finest Make-N-Bake Pizzas

    Disclosure: I received a free coupon for a Family Finest products in exchange for a review.  However, all opinions are 100% mine.

    My kids love to be involved with dinner but it's not always easy to keep things stress free with five people in the kitchen.
    We found the Make-N-Bake Pizza kit from Family Finest at Walmart for around $5, which I thought was very affordable.
    It comes with enough to make 4 individual pizzas.
    It was so easy to set each kid up with their ingredients, and let them create their own pizza.  One kids wanted the pepperoni covered by cheese, and another one wanted to make a smile with theirs.
    Once they were done creating, we popped them in the oven and dinner was served.
    I love that we were able to spend some family time together while making our pizzas, and it made dinner plans much easier on me.
    Don't forget to check out the Family Finest Facebook page and Save $1 on your own Make-N-Bake Pizza kit!
    Make sure to check out the other great products from Family Finest.

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Home Style Challenge with Renuzit Pearl Scents #DesignYourAir + Giveaway

    I was challenged by Renuzit Pearl Scents to spruce up a small area of my home! 
    I took the challenge and decided to spruce up my "office" area i.e. the desk in my bedroom.
    To help with the challenge, they sent me a gift card to Marshalls, T-J-Maxx or HomeGoods and some Renuzit Pearl Scents to bring that area smelling fresh.
    I found all kinds of goodies at Marshalls!  I loved being able to buy whatever I wanted for my desk.  Usually my purchases are always for the kids, so I definitely felt spoiled.
    I'm embarrassed to admit how much help my desk actually needed, but now that it's done, I feel so good.  My Renuzit Pearl Scents fit in perfectly with the rest of the stuff on the desk and it smells amazing.
    Check out my full review of the Renuzit Pearl Scents and find out how well they can fit in with your home décor. 
    Now, I can actually work from my desk.  The clutter is gone, I feel so organized.
    I love my new decors and accents.  I'm not very good at keeping indoor plants alive so the fake orchid was a great choice, and I love the message on my new wall sign. 
    Next I tackled the desk drawer.  I bought a desk organizer and things are much easier to find now.
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    Disclosure: The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearls Scents, as well as a gift card in exchange for a review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Easy & Healthy Grape Slushie #ZeviaLife #TheNewSweet

    Summer is around the corner and I love finding new refreshing drinks to serve to my family.
    My kids love the idea of drinking soda, but I'm not a fan of that.  However, I do let them drink Zevia Soda once in a while.  Zevia has zero calories, no sugar and no artificial sweeteners so I feel it's a good treat for them to have.
    With the Florida heat, a very cold drink is always welcomed especially when the kids play outside all day.  My kids love slushies, but I didn't want to water down the drinks with ice cubes, so I decided to try making the slushies in the ice cream maker.
    It was so easy to make!  Just simply use three cans of your favorite soda, I used Zevia Grape.  Pour the cans in your ice cream maker while it's on, and let it do the work for 20 minutes.
    There you have it, an Ice Cold Slushie that didn't get watered down with ice!
    It was huge hit with the kids!  And a perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer day!
    Disclosure:  I received Zevia product in order to write this post, however all opinions are 100% my own.

    Renuzit Pearl Scents: What's Your Pearlsonaltity? Review + Giveaway #DesignYourAir

    Your air freshener doesn't have to clash with your home decorations anymore.  Renuzit Pearl Scents are designed to accent and highlight your home décor as well as provide long-lasting freshness.
    I decided to put my Pearl Scents on a shelf inside my bedroom.  I used the Blue Sky Breeze which smells amazing.  The scent is not too overpowering, but enough that you notice it when in the area. 
    The silver top and blue package blend in with the frames and pictures on my shelf so well that I don't even notice it there.
    Renuzit Pearl Scents come in 5 different scents and colors:
    • Pure Breeze (Blue jar)        
    • After the Rain (Green jar)         
    • Tranquil (Light Blue jar)     
    • Serenity (Purple jar)    
    • Seductive Pineapple (Yellow jar)
    I love the different colors that the Pearl Scent come in to accommodate different decors in my home.   So far, I've smelled three of the scent and they all smell great, I've even had compliments on how nice my home smelled.
    If you have boys, you know their rooms don't always smell like roses. 
    Therefore, I found a great spot to sneak in a Pearl Scents on their shelf, and their bedroom has smelled so fresh ever since.  They may not notice but it has been very pleasant for me when I have to go in there.
    Two Kids and Deals readers will each Win a Coupon for Free Renuzit Pearl Scents.  (enter through the rafflecopter form below)

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    Disclosure:  The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearl Scents in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.