Barefoot by the Sea

Thursday, March 8, 2018

18 inches and counting...

I had planned to get back to blogging, that was an honest plan. My youngest ended up with the flu and was pretty sick for a bit of time and then school vacation was upon us. The week was good and although we didn't do too much, we had a lot of family time, a couple local trips and caught up on some things that have fallen by the sidelines for a bit. We had a couple days in the mid 60s and it was fantastic. We got out for walks, the snowbanks melted away and it felt like Spring was on its way. And then March came...
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As I write this, I'm home with my two kiddos (again) who are on their 6th snowday. The last day of school, yet again bumped to June 22nd. It's still snowing, we just hit 18 inches of snow. The worst part? Word on the street is that we're due for another Nor'Easter next week. 

So on that note, I hope you're cozy, warm and safe if you're in this madness. If you're someplace sunny, then I'm just jealous! Please send some warmth our way! 

Here's to sunny and warm days ahead! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

What I'm Loving

It's the little things around here, especially when it's the dead of winter. This past weekend was tough: rainy, foggy, dreary, gray. This is the time of year when I really miss the sun. The forecast for this week looks more promising but for now, I'm taking pleasure in the little things. Here's what I'm loving lately...

Fresh Salads! It's true that I do try to eat seasonally but lately, I've been craving greens again. Perhaps it's because I'm loving Trader Joes' Almond Butter Tumeric Salad dressing. It is so stinkin' good! Thank you Our Life In a Click for showing me the way! 
I also love this dressing which is also relatively new at TJ's! This Green Goddess Dressing has avocado, green onion and lemon juice. Good stuff! Word on the street is that there's another new dressing but I haven't seen it at ours yet. By the way, you can find these in the refrigerated section with the fresh greens. 
I'm also really excited to try this! We love pesto from time to time but this one is VEGAN! Horray! This is located over with the hummus and salsa. nights but not ordinary date nights, this time it's with my kids! If you have siblings, you know it's tough to find one on one time together. This past weekend, we headed out to a nicer than usual restaurant for dinner. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful evening. It isn't often that we can catch up and really talk these days since everyone is running in opposite directions. It was a great time! This Saturday, I'm hoping to take my other daughter! Look at how good this noodle bowl looks! 
Just a quick catch up but worthy of sharing! It really is the little things lately! What have you been loving lately? 

Daily Goodie Box Review

*Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions, as always are my own!**
The Daily Goodie Box: It’s More Than Just Free Samples!

It's that time of month again - the Daily Goodie BoxThe 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!  

Let's see what was included in this month's box:
  • Digestive Immune SupportThis supplement offers support for digestive issues.  The ingredients have been used for thousands of years to support and soothe digestive functions.  The four herbs are alma, coriander,vasaka and parpataka.  They are pure, all natural and ethically grown herbs. Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free and kosher!
  • biPro Protein Water: With 20 grams of protein and 100 mg of caffeine, it's the equivalent caffeine to a cup of coffee.  It's caffeinated with guarana extract and contains all nine essential amino acids for an efficient, complete protein source.
  • Choice Organics - Mushroom Wellness Teas: So good! Mushroom Teas for Organic Immunity Support! This is tasty! From their website: mushrooms have long been used across cultures as traditional medicine to promote health and vitality.

  • Andalou Face Cream Renewal Pods:  These little pods offer fruit stem cell complex, vitamin C, and probiotic microflora uplift tone and texture for a lighter, tighter, brighter looking appearance and a luminous complexion.
  • Goodwipes: Down There Wipes: Individually wrapped and perfect for on the go! This gentle Formula is pH Balanced, Alcohol-free, Paraben-free and Hypoallergenic for Your Most Sensitive Areas
  • Napz: This all natural sleep solution contains Chamomile, Passion Flower, Lemon balm and Hibiscus. The combination of these herbs calm your mind and body to induce sleep.

  • Good Natured Veg-ables Snack: Good Natured Selects not only makes snacking more delicious but better! Fun-shaped Veg-ables! These are light and snack-able and include several nutrients extracted from wholesome vegetables like spinach, carrots, and tomatoes. Crispy and tasty, perfect for on the go and lunchboxes!
  • Mango Ginger Chews:  Our Prince of Peace Ginger Chews are a delightful balance of sweet and spicy ginger taste with a pleasant chewy texture. Each Ginger Chew is individually wrapped for your convenience. Unwrap, chew and enjoy!

Be sure to head over to the Daily Goodie Box to check out all the items and sign up for yours! 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Try Open Nature® Air Chilled Chicken at Shaws! Taste the difference! #sponsored #ad

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Shaws  I’ve partnered with Shaws as a blogger to promote Shaws and all the wonderful products found in their stores! All opinions are my own.  
Open Nature® recently added a NEW product to their line! Open Nature® Air Chilled Chicken, available exclusively in the New England area at Shaws stores! 

Football season may be behind us and I'm sure many of made delicious party fare yesterday for the big game. Did any of you notice Open Nature® Air Chilled Chicken in the stores recently? Shaws shoppers are familiar with the quality of the Open Nature brand but what exactly is air chilled chicken? I wasn’t sure so I was excited when Shaws asked me to try Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken with my family and share my thoughts. It did not disappoint!

First, the basics. Air chilling is a process that’s been popular in Europe for decades. When raw chicken is processed, it's typically cooled in tubs of cold water. This causes chicken to absorb some water, which affects the flavor. In contrast, air chilled chicken is individually processed by suspending it in air and chilling it for several hours through multiple, purified air-cooled chambers. The natural juices of the meat are not diluted and air chilled chicken tastes better, cooks more quickly and results in no excess water to prevent the skin from getting crispy on the grill or in the oven. 

Since yesterday was the Superbowl, I figured it would be a great time to give this Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken a try. I made my usual chicken tacos to see if I'd earn rave reviews or if the family would notice a difference. 

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs total)
Sprinkle each chicken breast with taco seasoning  
Top with 1 cup of your favorite salsa (I used salsa verde) and 1 cup of petite diced tomatoes
Directions:Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6-8 hours), or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker and toss with the remaining salsa and juices until well-mixed. Serve and enjoy!

Everyone in the house enjoyed these! The Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken breasts are flavorful, juicy and more flavorful than the usual chicken! It's an affordable and high-quality product to serve your family. This chicken contains no antibiotics, no added hormones, are cage free, vegetarian fed and air chilled.            
Want to give it a try? Open Nature Air Chilled Chicken is newly available exclusively in Shaws stores. Have you seen it at yours?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaws. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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