Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Cento Fine Foods Offers Must-Have Foods for Your Pantry

When it comes to what you buy for your pantry, you want foods that have real ingredients and not weird fillers you can't pronounce. Not only that, you want a company that you can trust too. On top of that, you want it affordable! 

I was excited to try some products from Cento Fine Foods and I encourage you to add them to your pantry shopping list. I had quite a wide variety of samples but here are just a few of my favorites:

All of these are now new favorite staples in my pantry! I love chick peas and toss in a bunch of spices and cook them in the oven for like 20 minutes. Yum! They also have some really great marinated artichokes. Those are always something that make for a great snack or added to an Italian pasta salad!

Most of all, I love their olive oil and tomatoes. In fact, they go the extra mile to make sure you know they have quality sourced ingredients. With the olive oil, you can trace it back to the grove where the olives were grown

To me, this is obviously a company that wants you to trust what you feed yourself and your family. And another amazing thing is how incredibly affordable their products are to purchase online.

You don't want to miss their products! Make sure you check them out on Amazon or shop on their online store. Shipping costs can be a bit high so make sure you request them in a store near you!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Win Tickets to Disney Princess - The Concert

I can't believe I am sharing this amazing giveaway with you all! One lucky reader of my blog will have the chance to win 4 tickets to Disney Princess  – The Concert!

About Disney Princess – The Concert

For generations, Disney’s Princesses have enchanted us with their courage and kindness. Their music has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, for the first time in forever, that beloved music will be celebrated in Disney Princess – The Concert! Be our guest as an all-star quartet of Broadway and animated film icons celebrate all the Disney Princesses and Frozen Queens in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation, and stories, alongside their magical Music Director and enchanting Prince.

Check out this fun video!

So in order to win the 4 tickets to the show, you must be able to attend one of the following shows dates/locations:

Ready to win? Simply enter via Rafflecopter below! The winner will choose which event they will be able to attend and I'll make sure they get those tickets. Giveaway ends October 31st and I'll reach out to the winner on November 1st!

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

3 Ways to Recover After Your Workout

If you have been pushing yourself during your workout, without making sure you rest and recover, you may be experience results that don't feel all that good. By giving your body time to restore itself, you are giving yourself the best chance at coming back stronger and reducing the risk of injury. Consider some of these best practices to improve your workout recovery time and get stronger every day.

1. Get more rest.

Getting a good night's sleep is essential to your overall health, both mentally and physically. If you aren't getting enough rest, you are missing one of the benefits of sleep to your post-workout recovery. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep will improve your workout performance and recovery time. If you are the type to exercise or train earlier in the day, take a short twenty-minute nap a couple of hours after your workout. It'll re-energize you and won't get in the way of your nocturnal sleep.

2. Improve your protein intake.
Protein helps the body in a variety of ways, and the benefits of protein vary based on the time you are eating it. For example, eating protein right before bed can help your muscles repair while you sleep. Having protein in during the morning can help rebuild your muscles and give you an energy boost for the day. If you haven't eaten for a while since finishing your workout, make sure you get a protein boost afterward between 20-50 grams, based on your weight.
3. Drink plenty of fluids.
Any athlete or individual with an active exercise lifestyle knows that hydration is essential to your body's wellbeing. Having a proper amount of water before and after a workout helps prevent dehydration. Many people have water before a workout but forget to do it afterward, which can lead to dehydration. If you sweat excessively during your workout, replacing the fluids in your body is even more essential.
These simple tips we have listed above are the easiest ways to make sure you recover after a workout and reduce soreness. Keep in mind though as you continue to push yourself during your workouts, some soreness is expected.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

5 Memorable Backyard Camping Ideas

Camping in your backyard is a great way to introduce kids to the outdoor lifestyle within a safe atmosphere. With the right setup, your backyard campout can be as memorable as ever. So, if you're in the mood for s'mores and sleeping under the stars, we have a few backyard camping ideas for you to make it an unforgettable experience. 

1) Get the tent out. 

For your campout, and before night falls, have the whole family work together to set up the tent. Use this time to instruct your child about how the tent serves as not only shelter but also protection from any possible dangers you may experience in the outdoors.  

2) Utilize that fire pit. 

A fire pit is ideal for camping in the backyard. You can use it for cooking up s'mores and telling scary stories. You will want your fire pit to be of good quality, so contact Zephyr Outdoor Living to design and install your fire pit for your backyard. Before you know it, your fire pit will become one of your favorite aspects of your backyard. 

3) Pack some good food. 

To have the right type of campout, make sure you pack all the food you need for your backyard adventure. For dinner, get all the items you need for your grill, such as hot dogs, burgers, and all the fixings. Prepare some tasty sides, such as potato or macaroni salad the day before. Get some chips, vegetables, and dip. Not to mention, pack all the ingredients for s'mores. For breakfast, you can get your griddle pan to make pancakes or fried eggs.  

4) Get the right lighting. 

You will want to have the right lighting, so you can still enjoy your backyard as it gets dark. Adding string lights can create a unique atmosphere, and will likely be something you leave up all season long. Give your kids flashlights and play a game of flashlight tag. Don't forget to bring the flashlights out when it's time to tell scary stories. 

5) Play fun, outdoor games. 

Outdoor games are a great way to enjoy your backyard camping trip. If you are up for the challenge, plan a scavenger hunt for your kids. Play games like Frisbee, tag, and yard games like croquet. Be sure to include toys and games your kids can play while you cook, like board games, puzzles, and coloring books.  

Camping in the backyard can be a fun way to show your kids how to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors. You may not be able to have your traditional camping adventure this season, but this is still an excellent way to make memories and enjoy the fresh air. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Top 5 Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Summer is upon us and it's not too late to give your backyard some much-needed attention. We're sharing a few outdoor living space ideas to make it an appealing place for you and your crew to enjoy. Whether you need an upgrade to your existing space, looking to remodel, or have no idea where to begin, here are a few easy ways for you to begin:

1) A variety of comfortable seating choices.  

Having comfortable places to sit and relax is essential to an outdoor living space. As you select your seating options, consider the purpose of the seating area, and how many people you want to be able to accommodate. If you want the area to feel more like a living room, you will want to have a few comfortable sofas and chairs. If you want the ability to have meals outdoors, you will want to the seating and the table to accommodate this expectation. Be sure you still have enough room for people to walk, play, and move around in the space.  

2) Appropriate lighting. 

During the evening and late-night hours, you will want lighting that will add an ambiance while also makes sure people see where they are going. For your seating areas, consider using torches, lamps, and string lights to cast a warm, inviting glow around your space. If you don't like dealing with outdoor lighting and electrical questions, consider looking into a few solar lighting options. Also, be sure to install accent lighting to highlight pathways and other designated areas.  

3) Add some shade. 

In the summer months, make sure you shade yourself and your loved ones from the sun and the heat. Umbrellas will easily add shade around seating areas. A canopy, such as a fabric sail shade, over your backyard, will protect you and your guests from the sun and add privacy to your outdoor living space. 

4) Include a little warmth. 

Fireplaces or fire pits are a must-have item that can which you can accommodate any budget. You don't need an elaborate outdoor fireplace for your outdoor living space. Fire pits can be very affordable and very stylish. They also serve a variety of purposes. If you have the budget, installing a pizza oven can also be a fun addition to your outdoor living space - and can add some tasty memories to your home.  

5) Don't forget the plants. 

As you finalize the must-haves for your outdoor living space, don't forget about adding a little bit of green to your outdoor living space. You don't need an established garden area, but consider planting a few seasonal plants for changing color. Planting vines can also provide extra shade and privacy as well as style.  

While spring turns into summer, be sure to consider these top outdoor living space ideas.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

10 Gift Ideas for The Most Difficult Person On Your List

The holiday season is upon us and earlier than ever! Looking for the right gift has never been easy, but if you are stumped for ideas, it can be even harder. Of course, it's the thought that counts, but we still want our gifts to be thoughtful, regularly used, and not donated or sold after a few weeks. It's especially difficult when you can't decide what to get for someone really particular. Whether you want to upgrade their gear or give them something they won't be able to forget, we have just the right gift for this holiday season.

AJNA 37L DuraDiamond™ Travel and Adventure Camera Backpack ($349.99, fstopgear.com)

f-stop is the world's leading camera bag and accessory company and their new Ajna backpack is a major step up in their designs. Perfect for the outdoorsy type, the travel-obsessed, or the photographer on your list, this lightweight carry-on compatible pack is weather-resistant with improved strength and organization. The DuraDiamond™ material is proprietary to f-stop and in combination with the T6 aluminum and plastic hardware adds strength to critical carry components. Thanks to the aluminum frame, it shifts the pack's weight to the hips, making it a comfortable carry all day long. 

Analog Waking Clock ($299.00, OneClock.co)

Launched in early 2021, OneClock has designed a minimalist analog clock that will gently wake you up using science-based sounds. Perfect for the minimalist, the tech overloaded, or sleep-deprived on your shopping list, this device was purposely designed to keep tech out of the bedroom and improve sleeping habits. It doesn't have Bluetooth, WiFi, or apps; in fact, it doesn't even have a snooze button. The OneClock is built by hand using high-quality, long-lasting parts with a precision machined aluminum enclosure, solid wood front and back, and a low glare glass face. 

Cleo+Coco Daily Essentials Kit ($49, CleoAndCoco.com)

The expectation for clean products is on the rise, and that person on your list who wants to save the planet, but also get good skincare products, will love the Cleo+Coco products. Their Daily Essentials skincare kit is a perfect bundle to give, which includes their Coconut Cleanse Face+Body Bar, Mineral Cleanse Hand+Body Bar, Charcoal Deodorant, and Dry Shampoo+Body Powder. Not only are these products free of aluminum and petroleum, but are free of synthetic fragrances that normally hide dangerous ingredients like parabens. So much more than a deodorant, this is a luxury skincare item that will please even the most particular on your list. 

Motif Passion Flowers by Luz Flora ($39.00, LuzFlora.com)

Founded by former filmmaker and author Macarena Luz Bianchi, Luz Flora was designed to brighten someone's day and bring joy to someone even in the midst of a difficult time. Purchase her red Motif Passion bouquet containing the blooms: Rose, Gerbera, Alstroemeria, Protea Pincushion, Cocculus, Hypericum. The Haute Couture arrangement contains 50 stems, and the Glamour Grande contains 25 steams. Add one of Bianchi's keepsake books to your gift to make this a long-lasting gift, perfect for someone who needs the touch of a bouquet of flowers for the holiday season. 

Elderflower Liqueur ($220, ReserveBar.com)

Made with 1,000 handpicked elderflowers, St-Germain® launches a limited-edition partnership of their St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur with iconic fashion designer Anna Sui. Encasing a 750ml of St. Germain is a tote designed with Anne Sui's signature touch and whimsical aesthetic. The tote features an intricate blue and green floral crochet design that matches the bright flavors of the liqueur it holds. This gift is perfect for the hostess in your home and she will delight at the dash of inspiration this liqueur brings to the cocktails of the season.

JURA Chrome E8 Coffee Machine ($2,499.00, ShopJura.com)

JURA's new generation of coffee makers blends versatility and luxury with increased functionality is a phenomenal choice for the coffee lover on your list. Included in the device are a Professional Aroma Grinder and JURA's state-of-the-art Pulse Extraction Process where the best coffee aromas develop. With their Fine Foam Frother, Extra Shot Function, and intelligent pre-heating along with the ability to control the device from a smartphone, this is an innovative machine designed to make cafe-quality coffee from home.

EttaVee Designed Planners (price per item varies; ErinCondren.com)

For the ultimate planner, you'll want to give them a piece from the newest Erin Condren collection who has partnered with lifestyle brand, EttaVee. Featuring vibrant hand-painted designs by EttaVee, this collection inspires people to see the beauty in the world around us.  Select from a variety of planners and notebooks along with personalized stationery and stickers. An excellent gift to give to the person in your life who loves planning ahead and adores artsy-inspired collections like this.

G-Shock Analog-Digital GA900VB-1A Men's Watch ($140, GShock.com)

Part of the new line-up of men's G-SHOCK timepieces, the Virtual World collection evokes a futuristic style as seen in many virtual reality concerts, video games, and movies. It has the signature toughness and designs of previous G-SHOCK models with a striking, bold blue-violet color that appears to be from another world or time. The GA900VB-1A watch has a standout octagonal bezel and thin case featuring a carbon core guard structure, as well as a unique light fade-out feature on the dial. It's the most eye-catching gift that would be perfect for someone who loves a classic, but futuristic-looking timepiece.

BURST Oral Care Lavender Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush ($79.99 each, Macys.com)

BURST Oral Care brings luxury to oral care with their new limited edition Lavender Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush. Wrapped in a matte lavender, this duo will elevate your teeth cleaning routine. The Sonic Toothbrush is a hygenist favorite with amazing results and glowing reviews from consumers. The Water Flosser is a go-to for people looking for a compact device that lasts 80-days on a single charge. At the intersection of beauty and home, this limited edition pairing is an excellent gift to give to the one with a mega-watt smile (and want to keep it that way).

Barmy Home Spa Gift Set ($29.99, Amazon.com)

Who doesn't need a spa day? Handmade in the USA, Barmy offers up an affordable luxury gift designed to give you the spa experience you may be missing out on. The set contains four large Bath Bombs, Goat's Milk Soap, and Bath Salt. Each item is made with quality ingredients and comes in an exquisitely designed gift box. Thanks to being in the USA, you won't run into any supply-chain issues like you may with some other items.  

Monday, August 23, 2021

$1 Deals at PaperMart & a Giveaway

As we say goodbye to summer and embrace the fall season, we're preparing for many upcoming holidays and times of the year. School season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more! If you feel overwhelmed by the prospects of having to get all the right wrapping and packaging for your upcoming holiday plans, places like Papermart are perfect to add to your must-shop list. 

PaperMart has the largest in-stock selections and has been around for years! They offer everything from bulk bags, shipping supplies, food packaging, party materials, and so much more.

So coolest of all, Paper Mart is having a MAJOR anniversary sale! Starting 8/23 through 8/29 they are marking down items to just $1! You don't even need a coupon to take advantage of this deal. 

I'm really excited about their wrapping items, like these Christmas bows available in this deal that started today. Items like this are so wonderful to have on hand as early as possible for the upcoming holiday season. Perfect for gift-giving, and for people who have birthdays around the holiday season like yours truly. 

And I'm so excited to announce an amazing giveaway where you can win one of 10 $20 Papermart GIft Godes. Make sure to enter via my giveaway link here

Giveaway ends on August 25th at 11:59 PM PST. All you do enter your email address on the form page. You'll be notified by email on Thursday 8/26. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own.