Barefoot by the Sea

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wyman's of Maine Feature and Blueberry Chia Smoothie Recipe #sponsored #ad

Do you ever feel like you're trying to get it all done? This week has felt like a sprint, rushing here and there, to appointments and commitments. Yes, it's our last full week of school vacation but way back in June I decided it would be a "great idea" to load all our appointments: doctors, dentists, hair, vet, car into this week. Well, we are running everywhere and still trying to cram in the fun. 
Yesterday I thought about getting the girls a smoothie but then I decided I would make our own. I feel like that's relatively easy and so much better than what you can but at the usual suspects. Luckily, I also had some convenient and delicious frozen wild blueberries from Wyman's of Maine just waiting to be enjoyed. Super convenient, these blueberries are perfect stash in your freezer and using your favorite smoothies and recipes! I love the resealable bag too!
Blueberry Chia Smoothie 
  • 1 cup Wyman's Wild Blueberries
  • 3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Combine all ingredients in blend and mix on high. Add ice if you like yours extra cold. Serve and enjoy!

Wyman's has a whole line of delicious fruit for you to enjoy! Check it out here and more yummy recipes using their products here. 
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Please note, I did receive product samples to facilitate this review and feature recipe. All opinions, as always are my own. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Save Money With Groupon! #ad #sponsored #groupon

Please note, this is a sponsored post however, all opinions, as always are my own. 
Today I'm sharing my love for all things Groupon!  If you don't know about Groupon, then I'm happy to share why I love it so!  It's an online discount sight where you can save all sorts of money buying the things you would get anyway!  I've been an avid Groupon user for a few years now and it's safe to say I trust it, I love it and I'll continue using it for years to come. 

I do love the finer things in life every once in a while. Being on this "mom budget" doesn't always allow for extras like pedicures and manicures or new electronics. So when I'm feeling a bit "blah" I head over to Groupon! I can almost always find a local deal that I can get a Groupon for and then it's time for a little pampering! 

It's not just for beauty. There are so many different ways to save! You can find amazing deals on electronics, gifts, massages, nail and hair salons and restaurants because, let's face it, going out to dinner can cost a lot! This way you can still go and enjoy a treat without breaking the bank! Sign me up! 

I was surprised recently to find out that you can also get Groupons for purchasing items. My husband is always on the hunt for great electronics. I was excited to see that you can actually get Apple products on the Groupon site, refurbished Ipads, Apple Pro Books and more. Who knew there were such amazing deals to be had? I recently got a couple of "starry night" lamps for my girls. They were a great deal!  I definitely will be heading over to Groupon when it comes time to make Christmas purchases which will get started sooner rather than later! 

I always make sure I'm signed into my Groupon account on my home computer so that I can find the deals that are customized for my area. 

Be sure to check out Groupon on Twitter and Facebook to be in the know!  

Do you use Groupon? What are you looking for typically when you are searching? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Better Late Than Never!

I've read my friend Carla's blog for a while now and she's introduced me to the Hodgepodge. I've learned a lot about Carla so I thought I would join along!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

Click here to join the fun. Every Tuesday, grab the questions, link back and answer them on Wednesday!

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

I'm pretty decisive in general. Recently, we decided to move ahead with refinacning our house. If it works out, we will lower our payment and knock a few years off in our favor. We've talked about it for a while and finally decided to just move forward. That felt good. 

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe. Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

It doesn't bother me because in life, I feel like we are always anticipating the next thing. The next season, the next holiday,  the next big event. I've tried hard to focus on living in the moment these days. I see that time is fleeting so I'm trying to enjoy what's in front of me and make the most of it. I can honestly say that, for the most part, I skip right over the Autumn related posts - unless I just can't resist them. We still have a few Summer bucket list items to check off and we're working on these this week. They include one very last trip to the beach, a trip to my Mom's pool and a few evening walks with my girls. S'mores sound fun too but we may opt to do that Labor Day weekend when it's the last hurrah of Summer! 

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?

SO hard to pick one. I'll go with evening Summer skies, they are incredible!

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying, 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.
In general, I get stressed fairly easily in my day to day life. It's a weakness. Yet, for some reason when there is a "real crisis" I am able to put the silly things aside and focus on the task at hand, get down to business and help however I'm needed. Recently, my friend thought she'd lost her kid at the park. She immediately panicked and I just took off on a mission to find her. I just feel like in those real situations, the ones that matter? There's no time to stand around and talk about feelings! By the way - we found her, she wandered off to the playground by the beach. Stressful on a busy day but quick action certainly helped!

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?

Bruchetta and Caprese Salad. We eat a lot of it in Summertime because the tomatoes are so delicious! So easy and simple, our garden is FULL of tomatoes and basil so why not?  We won't either often once home grown tomato season passes, it's something we look forward to in the Summer!

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

My girls and I spend evenings during the school year coloring in those books. It is really a way to connect with them, talk about our days and let those creative juices flow. It's fun! Our library hosted a Dover Publishing Company event on National Coloring Day earlier this month and we picked up some beautiful books that will keep us busy for a while! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

"Memories made at the beach stay in our hearts forever" 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Life Lately: Late Summer

It's safe to say that we are in full harvest mode here! When we got back from Cape Cod, we were absolutely inundated with peppers, zucchini and tomatoes! It's been hot here and not a normal hot for this time of year, it's also been super humid which is been perfect for our garden! 

Last week I tried Kris' recipe for zucchini muffins. They did not disappoint! I made a batch for the house, and a batch for the freezer. I still have 5 zucchini in my refrigerator and at least 10 more in the garden, ready to be picked. It's safe to say there will be more grating and baking in our future! 

We've also been enjoying delicious, simple flatbread. It's SO good! I used Joseph's or Trader Joe's flats, top them with fresh tomatoes, peppers, basil, oregano and cheese and bake for 10 minutes for a fresh, delicious take on pizza. I can't get enough of it! 
My girls also love popping fresh tomatoes into their mouths. So fresh and good. Few things give me as much joy as a quiet summer afternoon, watching my girls laugh and pick from the garden we planted all together. These are the memories I hope they'll cherish. I know I will!
What have you been loving these days?
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