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Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Goodie Box Review #sponsored #ad

Hello...June? It's been a while since I've been here, in fact, it's already June 23rd! I am kind of surprised I've already missed almost a month here. It's been more of the same on my end, life just gets busier and busier. I feel like that's been a theme for me in 2017! I'm hoping now that my kids are out of school (yay Summer)! I'll have more opportunities to interact, share and write here! I have been able to keep up with my bloggy friends and I'm still reading but time keeps on slipping away!

Back to business! I received this month's Daily Goodie Box and it was full of goodies! In case you missed it, you can check it out here. The Daily Goodie Box is 100% free so not at all like other subscription boxes out there. Simply become a member and fill out a personal profile on their site (also free). If you meet the requirements for a Goodie Box you'll be eligible for a box shipped to your doorstep! The eligibility is based on various factors like demographics, interest in current products, etc but it's worth trying to get one because the boxes are GOOD! Every month, they feature samples of a variety of food, drink, and personal care items. You'll be  asked to review your items in online profile. The more reviews you do, the better your chances of getting chosen for future boxes! Win, win, win!

Now let's check out what arrived in this month's Daily Goodie Box! 
  • Pure Growth Organic Snack Mix - Last month's boxes contained an oatmeal from Pure Growth Organic, and this snack mix looks great as well!  It's organic, non GMO and free from artificial colors/flavors, preservatives!  Yummy!
  • Crown Maple Organic Maple Syrup - SO GOOD! I was really excited about this! High quality maple syrup is certified organic and smells absolutely delicious!

    • BetterThanCoffee Energy Bars - Interesting! This little bar is made with guarana and maca for a quick boost of natural caffeine. I got the Dark Chocolate and Mint flavor - gives you a perfect mid day jolt! 
    • Goddess Garden Mineral Removing Cleanser  - Goddess Garden was also featured last month and this time they've sent a cleanser. It has French clay to lift away impurities and a tightening effect to minimize pores. Great, gentle, win-win!
    • BiPro Protein Water - This berry Burst flavor was great for my husband.It has 20 grams of protein in each bottle with only 90 calories and no carbs.
    • Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment - Tiger Balm was in last month's box too and I loved the pain relief patch they sent. This ointment works equally as well and I like it because it's effective and unscented.

    You can sign up to get your own Daily Goodie Box too, no credit card is ever required! Each box also contains a bunch of coupons! 
    *Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review and post my honest opinions. I did not received any other compensation. 

    Have a great weekend my friends!

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Last Hodgepodge of May!

    From this Side of the Pond

    Here we are, the very last day of MAY 2017! Crazy isn't it? Time certainly isn't slowing down these days and soon we'll be welcoming JUNE! I haven't blogged much this moth but I wanted to wrap up with a dose of the HODGEPODGE!  Click the button above and come join the fun! Thank you, as always Joyce for hosting! 

    1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain. An organized, clean house, planting the garden, landscaping, seeing a project completed, a good DIY, perfecting a delicious meal. Most of all, watching my family all together...the sweetest moments, when my girls are laughing, interacting, smiling and talking. They're developing that close sisterly bond and when I see that? I know we've truly done our job and accomplished something incredible.

    2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why. That is SO TOUGH! I really find that a difficult question. I guess I'd pick Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake because oh my goodness they just make me laugh so much.  

    Oprah because, she's Oprah and probably Tom Cruise because I would love to have him explain Scientology and/or call me glib.

    3. Do you have a great burger recipe? What's in it? What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out? I do love a good veggie burger, I also make a yummy turkey burger stuffed with spinach and feta. I'm not big on burgers but do love the smell of a grill on a Summer day.

    4. What's the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis? Without a doubt, the future, my kids and keeping them safe in this uncertain world. I guess that's a few but #1 would be my kids!

    5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans. I'd love a long, lazy Summer with trips to the farm, lake and beach. We'll visit Cape Cod and unplug for a bit, spend a lot of time enjoying our local area. I just am excited to have my kids home for the Summer and we're all looking forward to stepping out of the routine!

    6. Insert your own random thought here. We've had a lot of gloomy days here - A LOT. Did I mention it was 49 degrees here on Memorial Day? Pouring rain! I made salad and flatbread, we cuddled in blankets. It was cozy but felt like late March. This was appropriate!

    On that note, Happy June my friends! Let's hope for sunshine ahead! I'm ready!

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Quick and Easy Egg Wraps

    Yet another break in blogging and I'll admit it, I have few excuses. My oldest turned 13 in the beginning of the month and I was busy with that, my youngest had a field trip, I've been working and life gets in the way. I love this space to inspire and share, I get so much from other bloggers and don't want to give up this creative outlet. I'll be back as often as I can! For now, I wanted to share a quick and simple breakfast or lunch idea that's been saving me lately. 
    I try to keep it healthy, especially during the weeks. Weekends tend to be when I'll indulge a bit more. Lately, I've been batch cooking egg wraps that keep me on track and are pretty healthy. I know they're definitely more healthy than the usual suspects. When you go out to eat, it's hard to ensure EXACTLY the fat, calories and nutritional content of your order, so we just hope for the best. What I love about these is that they're customizable, quick and handy. Make a batch in the beginning of the week and enjoy whenever you need some fast FUELING food!

    4 eggs
    Cooking spray
    Cheese of your choice (I used feta)
    Veggies of your choice

    Over a pan, cook eggs until they're done. Add your veggies, top with cheese and transfer to wraps while your cheese is hot and melty. That will be the "glue" that holds the wrap together. I freeze these in between sheets of wax paper. 
    Have a great Tuesday! Can you believe NEXT week is Memorial Day? Time is

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    Happy MAY - it's the Hodgepodge!

    Hello My Friends! It's been a while! What can I say, life got busy, then busier. After weeks of play prep and a week of performances and visits from family and friends, we ended on school vacation week. It was a MUCH needed break! So, while I had great hopes to get back to my little space here, I procrastinated and decided that was okay. I figured it would be a great idea to get back to it with the Wednesday Hodgepodge, which always gets my brain moving! If you haven't participated, come join the fun! Thanks as always, to Joyce for hosting! 

    1. Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Do you like Mexican food? What's your favorite dish? How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice? What about heat-mild, medium, hot? Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo? I LOVE Mexican food - but, living in New Hampshire, I often wonder if I've ever had real, authentic Mexican food. I do love a great Mexican salad with grilled veggies, pico de gallo and homemade guacamole. I would probably go with a side of black beans and HOT salsa! There are so many delicious Mexican dishes, I also love poblano peppers and fajitas! I probably won't have a special drink on Cinco de Mayo but I do love a good margarita! 

    2. Ever been to Mexico? For work or holiday? Love it or no? If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit? Can you speak Spanish? Yes, I've been to Mexico - I was a junior in college. Cancun is about as Americanized Mexico as you can get. I remember arriving an ordering nachos with my friends, only to be served stale chips with gluey, orange cheese. I'm guessing they figure college kids aren't culinary experts, at least not in the mid 90s. I studied Spanish all through school, can't speak it that well but can understand some (isn't that always the way?)

    3. What's one thing you may accomplish this month? I'm hoping to get yard work done (if it EVER stops raining), plant my garden and celebrate my daughter's birthday next week. That WILL happen! 

    4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's one thing you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished? Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered? I'd love for the community to get together to clean up the sides of the roads - this time of year it's SO dirty after such a long Winter. It's a beautiful area, but we need to clean it up this time of year. I am actively involved in our school system and try to help out where I'm useful. We just had a huge Earth Day event at my youngest's school, I'm happy to be involved and love seeing the kids get so excited about greening the grounds and making their school - and community the best place it can be!

    5. What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get? The show, 13 Reasons Why - which seemingly glamorizes suicide and I'm not sure why you'd let your kids watch this show. If you weren't aware of it and they're watching, have a conversation with them - it's too important not to! 

    6. Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in 'May the 4th be with you' ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being 'I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year', and 1 being, 'what's a Vader?' -where do you land? My husband is the biggest Star Wars fan I know - as in, he has trunk loads of items for his "someday man cave" of little circa 1970 Star Wars figures, old Empire Strikes Back glasses from Burger King, all sorts of merchandise. He is quite obsessed and in order to be married to him, well, it was kind of a prerequisite to be a fan as well. I remember seeing the original Star Wars with my Grandmother in 1978 in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Yes, I've seen them all. I never dressed as Darth but my husband has and yes, we have several lightsabers around the house (in the attic of course), but they're handy in case we need to use "the force". 

    7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post. Does it still ring true today? Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time? The post shared my then FIVE year old's pictures she took on my phone. She was so little but loved her puppies and was creative - that still rings true today! Family and creativity are two topics I love to write about - my family is just busier these days! 

    8.  Insert your own random thought here.

    Happy May Friends!

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