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One2Try Review – HyrdoChic Sun Protective Active Wear

May 5, 2016

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Do you get a new suit each swimming season? How about getting one that offers sun protection? The suits and active wear at HydroChic are stylish with exceptional sun protection.

I have been browsing the selection at HyrdoChic and I adore the swim dresses. These dresses can be worn in and out of the water. HydroChic was so kind to share with me a swim dress, swim bra and swim shorts.

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I love the colors and the style of the Geometric short sleeve swim dress. It has a contrasting turquoise and purple top with a black bottom. The design is flattering even for a plus size shape. I have been wearing this as a dress while at home and even running errands since my pool water is much to cold to get in yet. The fit is good. The dress has movement with ample coverage. The material feels great! I wanted to see how it was in the water so I heated my jacuzzi. It feels and response just like a swimsuit! I thought it might be heavy soaking up water, but it was fine. The best part is this swimdress comes in missy and Plus sizes! The material offers UPF 50+ Sun Protection!

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The Supreme swim  and sports bra is very supportive and is ideal for wearing under the swimdress. The swim shorts come to just above the knees. The piping adds a nice look and it goes well with the swimdress. I can wear just the swim shorts with a t-shirt for an active look. They are comfortable.

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Whether you are plus sized or simply looking for sun protective active and swim wear, HydroChic has many styles to choose from. The colors are bold and vivid. No need to hide from the sun – get yourself protective clothing from HydroChic!

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One2Try Review – Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Fruit

May 5, 2016

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We have been eating much healthier in my home, especially with summer swimsuit season coming. I enjoy having an ice cold fruit smoothie as an afternoon pick me up. The fresh taste of Wyman’s of Maine frozen fruits is filling my glass.

I can use the frozen fruit right from the freezer in my high speed blender. The mango chunks are delicious! It is so much easier to have these then cutting and slicing a too juice mango. This is a whole lot cleaner! The mango chunks are fresh frozen so they have that fresh from the market flavor. I like to add them together with a banana for a very tropical taste! The chunks are a good size and can be used for many desserts or cooking.

The wild blueberries are incredible. They are small in size but the flavor is huge! Nothing beats wild blueberries in a morning bowl of cereal. I toss a few in my oatmeal. Pancakes for hubby is a real treat with these delectable morsels. Of course I love having them in a smoothie. The fresh picked blueberry flavor blends well with other berries.

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Wyman’s of Maine believes in sustainable growing practices. They have been a family owned company since 1874. They know a thing or two about wild blueberries with more then 10 thousand plus acres of blueberry fields. They are also caring for the honey bees. We need the bees for our food production, they are taking an active role in preserving the bees.

Fresh freezing of fruits is a way to preserve the goodness in the harvest. I can tell by the flavor that this fruit is high quality! It is very convenient for me to have it available in my freezer at all times.

Look for Wyman’s of Maine products in health foods and grocers near you. I can find mine in many stores in my area.

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Think World Vision this Mother’s Day

April 22, 2016

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This Mother’s Day, think about how you can globally help children. World Vision is committed to helping children and mothers around the world.

What can you do differently this Mother’s Day?

Teach your own children about cultures and other countries. Take a moment to learn about a new location together. Find out about its families, its way of living and what it likes to eat. I can see making a family adventure right in the comfort of your own home. Pick a location at random or choose one you always wanted to know about. Do online research. Ask your children what they want to know about. Make it a game to hunt for the answers. Make it about fun and fascinating facts!

Read a story book about a faraway place. Take some time to discuss the differences in how we live and explore how they live.

Learn about different foods in other regions of the world – Not all locations have grocery stores. Find out how they get foods, or grow them.

For the ultimate in a Mother’s Day Gift – Sponsor a child. Sign up with World Vision to sponsor a child as a family. Choose whether to help a boy or girl. Share what your donations will be doing to help this child and its effects. Let them know about the changes your help will bring. Clean water, bed nets, education and much more. Let a child be a child!

Your sponsorship is a one on one relationship with the child you selected to help. You will receive updates about your sponsored child. You can communicate directly with them. Send packages, emails or even take a family trip to visit. Each dollar donated make more then $1.30 in impact. Support a child and you are supporting the community. Let them grow and thrive.

For more information about how Child Sponsorship works, visit World Vision today. Open your heart this Mother’s Day. World Vision wants all children to be cared for. Find out how you can help.

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One2Try Review – Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate

April 22, 2016

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I have heard that tart cherries are very good for helping fight inflammation. I just learned about an exciting new way to add tart cherries to my day. Introducing Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate.

SAM_1732This concentrate comes in a bottle as a thick mixture. The recommended dosing is one ounce of tart cherry concentrate mixed in 4 ounces of water, or a favorite juice, once daily. I added it to water at first. Let me tell you, it is tart! Even added to water it still remains a strong taste. I found it tasted the best when I added it to a smoothie with other fruits. I also add it to a larger amount of water for a refreshing drink during the day. If you like tart, the standard dose could be very refreshing!

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The benefits of tart cherry juice:

Antioxidants

Melatonin – helps with sleeping

Inflammation – studies have shown it helps reduce inflammation and ease muscle soreness.

What is great about Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry concentrate is there are over 1000 cherries in a 16 ounce bottle. The concentrate offers 22 servings. The ingredients are simple 100% Tart Cherry Juice. No sugar added, all natural and non-GMO.

Look for Stoneridge Orchards products at your favorite health food market.

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One2Try Review – Kura Smoothie Powder

April 22, 2016

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I enjoy making smoothies. Why not make the smoothies work for me? I was recently introduced to Kura New Zealand Protein Smoothie Powder.

I can add one of these Kura single packs to any smoothie. The protein powder is made from all Natural ingredients. Most importantly – grass fed dairy protein! Kura makes sure all their ingredients are GMO free. There are no added sugars, no preservatives, nothing artificial such as sweeteners, flavors or colors and no gluten.

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What is inside is protein packed powder filled with omega 3’s, probiotics, plus vitamins and minerals. I am enjoying the berry flavor Kura. It is easy to add to my blender with the beverage of choice. I make my smoothies with unsweetened almond milk. Add the Kura powder packet and whichever vegetables or fruits I desire. Since this is berry flavored, I stayed with adding berries. Almond milk. Kura Smoothie Powder and blueberries. That is all. Blend and enjoy.

It is very tasty and quite smooth. There is no gritty feel. I do have a high speed quality blender. I am pleased with how well it blends. The flavor plus the 14 grams of protein will keep me coming back to Kura.

They have 3 flavors available – Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry. Kura can be purchased in my area at several health food stores. It is also available online from Amazon.

Add something good to your smoothies. Kura Start Your Smoothie! 

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One2Try Review – Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatmeal Grahams

April 14, 2016

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I am enjoying the health benefits of oats. Nairn’s has been making oatcakes since 1896. For the past decade their wheat-free products have gained in popularity.

SAM_1726The newest product in the Gluten Free line is the Oatmeal Grahams. These delicious grahams have all the wonderful flavor of oats in a delicate graham cracker. The graham has a nice crunch to the texture. I like the size, they are perfect for a quick snack. The packaging makes it a breeze to toss in a lunch or briefcase. Four grahams are in each individual package. They stay fresh in the packs until ready to eat. I do not have to follow a gluten free diet, but I do watch out for wheat flours. I find the flavor of these oatmeal grahams to be very satisfying.

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Nairn’s is proud of their Scottish Company Heritage. They have many decades of experience with the best quality oats. I never knew so much about oats. Did you know they are planted in the Spring for a Summer Harvest? Another interesting fact – oats were once used for currency. Scotland has the best climate for growing oats so they ripen slowly. There is more to oats than just great taste.

Find more information about Nairn’s products online.

Nairn’s can be purchased at health food stores. Whole Foods has them in my area.

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One2Try Review – Wally’s Natural

April 14, 2016

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I have been exploring more and more natural products lately. There are too many chemical in the things we eat, use on our bodies and breathe. Time for more diligent label reading and making smarter choices.

Wally’s Natural believes in all natural personal body care products. They use high quality, organic and all natural ingredients in their products. Besides using natural ingredients, their facilities are using green manufacturing processes! They are environmentally friendly!

In using a few of Wally’s Natural products, I really enjoy the results.

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The Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil is made with sesame oil, castor oil, lavender oil and a few natural extracts. I like the roll on application bottle. It lets me place the oil just where I need it, mess free. This moisturizer works to nourish skin areas in need of help. Dry skin, scars skin irriations and aging skin can all benefit from the body oil. I have a scar on my hand I am treating with the body oil. I am seeing slight results in the changing of the scar appearance. The skin is softer than ever. With continued use, I hope to see more fading. For dry skin, this oil is amazing. My hands feel much softer with a youthful appearance. The best part is a little goes a long way. No greasy feeling, it absorbs well. it can be applied whenever needed. Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil is good stuff!

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Wally’s Aromatherapy Blends are essential oil combinations.

These blends are created for:

Balance

Calming

Energy

Focus

Muscle Warming

The Muscle Warming Blend contains peppermint, rosemary and cinnamon essential oils. The roller ball applies it on the right sore spot. My neck gets stiff sometimes, rubbing a small amount of this oil makes it feel better in a few minutes. I can feel the warming action, loosening the tension. This is a great oil to have for aches and pains. Organic Muscle Warming Aromatherapy Blend feels good and smells good.

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Dragging in the afternoon? You need a whiff of Energy Blend. Citrus oils are combined with pepperming for an uplifting fragrance. After applying to my wrists, a pulse point works best, I could smell the energetic fragrance. My senses woke up. It helps me continue my day!

To purchase these and other Organic Wally’s Natural products – order directly online.

Make smart decisions in choosing organic and natural.

Many thanks to Wally’s Natural for providing the review product.

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One2Try Review – Purblack Shilajit – What is this stuff?

December 8, 2015

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Have you heard about Purblack Shilajit? It is a live resin used as a naturopathic healing food in Ayurveda and European medicine. It has many health benefits listed. I have heard from friends that this stuff is awesome and One 2 Try. Based on referrals from friends and the glowing reviews of the product on Amazon, I wanted to give it a try. I figured it could not hurt.

I was provided a 2 weeks sample courtesy of Purblack. I started out with an open mind.

My experience – when I first got the smaller size 7gm  jar  the resin seemed to be rock hard in the jar. I was having a hard time getting any product out. I learned to use a butter knife to pry a small amount out. Once I finally was able to get some out, rolling it my hands makes it pliable to roll into the pea sized ball recommended dosage. Drop the ball into warm water and stir a few minutes until dissolved. It will dissolve creating a brownish color water. Then drink the water down.

 

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Gulp, Gag! I found it hard to take the Purblack water straight due to the powerful sulfur like taste. I added a little honey to make it more palatable. Better, but I still could never finish the entire glass. A friend suggested adding it so a juice, I never tried it that way.

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I tried another dose suggestion – swallow the pea size ball on a spoonful of honey then follow with water. That technique was easier to have no taste in my mouth, but then it gave me an upset stomach. I stayed with the dissolve in water method and I got used to the taste.

My results – In the 2 weeks I have been sampling it, I can honestly say I have not seen any significant results. Many reviewers have mentioned energy, better sleep and more glowing reviews. I have not seen any health changes as described including any effect on sleep. Maybe I need to try it longer. I may fall in the category of it takes a bit longer people. I was hoping for much better results.

One thing that others around me noticed – it made me a little angry. I was snapping at everyone and everything! It happened as soon as I started taking it. I tested it by not taking it for a day or two, no anger on those days. There are very little side effects listed for Purblack and anger is definitely not listed. Strange coincidence? Supplements can affect people in different ways.

Purblack seems to work wonders for others but might not be for me. Do your own research and perhaps give Purblack a try. You can order from Amazon.

Many thanks to Purblack for providing the review product.

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Healthy Nutrition from #GoMacro Review & Giveaway – closed

June 3, 2015

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I am on a mission to improve my health from the inside out. I made a choice almost 2 months ago to transition into a plant based lifestyle.   Everyday I am surprised of the vegetable recipes and meals I can create. I find myself wanting to taste more and more different types of vegetables and beans. I am putting my kitchen skills to work and enjoying every minute of it.

I welcome trying any vegan products. I recently was introduced to GoMacro! The GoMacro MacroBars plant based protein bars are a blend of brown rice, peas mixed with fruits and/or nuts for a delicious treat. There are no strange ingredients. You will be able to pronounce any ingredient in the tasty bars. Absent are salt, and refined sugars. Honestly, I never missed them. I had the chance to taste the eleven flavors of MacroBars courtesy of Gomacro.

While enjoying the GoMacro MacroBars, you are also giving your body important macrobiotics. The bars are USDA Organic, Gluten-Free Certified, Kosher Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan Certified, Soy Free & Macrobiotic. Each MacroBar has a unique flavor profile delighting the tastebuds. I am thrilled with the great taste.

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Granola + Coconut

Cherries + Berries

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Cashew Caramel

just to name a few!

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My favorite of the flavors is the Sweet Revival Sesame Butter + Dates. The flavor was almost dessert like with the sweetness of the dates adding to the earthy nuttiness of the sesame seed butter. I really enjoyed the Protein Pleasure Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip for a craving ending sweet treat. Banana + Almond Butter is another favorite.

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The GoMacro MacroBars come in two sizes. The GoMacro MacroBar Mini is the perfect size for tossing in my purse for an anytime needed pick me up.  The full size 2.5 oz MacroBar provides lots of organic protein for athletes and busy people on the go!

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Look for GoMacro MacroBars at your favorite health food market. In my area they can be found at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts and REI. If you are having trouble finding the bars, you can place orders directly online! Enjoy browsing the GoMacro website, the beautiful design is filled with lots of information. Right now you can get 40% off online! Visit the GoMacro Shop and enter code “BLOGGER” at checkout for 40% off your first order :).

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One lucky reader will win an assortment of GoMacro MacroBars Minis

Thank you very much GoMacro!

 

Giveaway ends on 6/15/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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NadaMoo Organic Non Dairy Frozen Dessert Giveaway – Closed

April 20, 2015

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I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream…..wait many folks scream because they can’t have ice cream. Never fear NadaMoo is here!

NadaMoo means “no dairy”, a word created by the family business originated in Austin, Texas. NadaMoo began by sharing their creamy no dairy coconut milk ice cream with family and friends. It soon grew by word of mouth, because of its creamy texture. A frozen non-dairy dessert to rival ice cream!

At my visit to ExpoWest, I was introduced to the flavors of NadaMoo. Their booth was a delight. A freezer showcase of all the flavors of NadaMoo with tasting spoons available. I nibbled on just about each flavor. I quickly had a favorite but a tasting spoon size was just not enough. NadaMoo was so kind to send some various flavor pints my way to use with my bigger spoon!

The flavors do not disappoint. I even like the colorful inviting packaging! Each creamy flavor is made from a Coconut milk base combined with organic, certified non-GMO ingredients. They offer 11 delectable flavors with more coming soon.

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I was right in my initial flavor favorite from Expo. My, can’t stop eating, NadaMoo flavor is the Bananas for PB & Chocolate.  A chocolate base mixed with bananas and peanuts. The only thing missing was jelly! I also really enjoyed the Sweet Cherry Lime. It reminded me of a cool delicious Cherry Limeade drink that helps you get through the hottest days of Summer. The cherry and lime flavors are balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and zing! My hubby’s fave was the newest flavor Cookies & Crème. No worries this flavor is gluten free! He had no idea this was non-dairy until I told him, after he devoured a nice hubby size serving. I enjoyed all the amazing NadaMoo flavors!

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Who knew NadaMoo could be so tasty? You can also use NadaMoo in recipes! NadaMoo is definitely One 2 Try!

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Look for NadaMoo at natural, conventional, specialty & co-op grocery stores nationwide. I can find it at a local health food store in my area.

Here is your chance to win!

One lucky reader will win a variety pack of 4 pints of NadaMoo and t-shirt!

Thank you very much NadaMoo!

 

Giveaway ends on 05/05/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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