Food, Food/Beverage, Giveaways, Natural

Drinking Snapple Straight Up Tea – Giveaway

received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.

Drinking Snapple Straight Up Tea - Giveaway

Iced tea remains a popular summer drink and Snapple has a new variety to offer. This is the Snapple Straight Up Teas. I found mine at my local Target tore. The name says it all…a tea with natural ingredients and no artificial additives.

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Snapple Straight UP Teas come in a variety of flavors,

  • Sorta Sweet
  • Sweet
  • Unsweetened
  • Roobios
  • Honey Green

Near the juice and teas in the appropriate aisle I found 2 of the flavors, Sweetened and Unsweetened. My husband prefers unsweetened and he liked it a lot. I need sweetness so the Sweet tea was so delicious. You get the sweetness it tells you it provides and the refreshing aftertaste.

I was given several extra Snapple goodies to giveaway. 3 Readers will win 5 VIP coupons for Snapple Straight Up Tea. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 7/5. Good luck!

 

Food/Beverage, Gift Ideas, Healthy Living

DIY Care Packages for those in Need and those that Help – Giveaway

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador and they are featured in this post as sponsored #TheDayIsYours

Care packages are packages that show you care as the name states. Whether you want to help out someone in need, comfort someone who you are apart from or reward those that help, putting together a care package can offer some much needed items to help someone out.

We keep homeless care packages in the back of the car. Whether we box up leftovers at a restaurant or hand over a care package it gives those in need some comfort and necessities that I would hope gets them by. I change the homeless DIY care packages up for different seasons. Then if my son is with me I encourage him to grab a bag from the trunk and we make a new friend and hand him or her a bag. We get a thank you and my son adopts a prideful smile and we check stock to see how many more we have for the next encounter whenever that may be.

DIY Care Packages for those in Need and those that Help

In the winter our homeless packages include gloves, cough drops hand warmers. In the summer I include chapsticks and moist wipes to cool down a hot and sweaty face. If I can come across small sunscreen samples I may include that too. I typically make up 4-5 at a time. Sometimes I can hand out 2 a week and sometimes it can be 2 weeks before I cross paths with someone who can use one. No matter the season I always have a water bottle, extra pair of socks, bandaids, Kleenex, a toothbrush and a nutrition bar. I may add more depending on what I can round up to add with these items.

These last packs we made include Premier Protein bars. What a great bite of nutrition on a long day. They are coated in yogurts and chocolates but it is a thin coating and they seem to hold up well when in a warm car for a bit. They don’t turn to goo and mush so these bars are great to add in the summer as well as winter.

Another care package I assemble every year are volunteer bags. I am on the PTA Board and our biggest event of the year at the school is the June Water Carnival. We need so many volunteers for this event-close to 60! So, leading up to the long day I make DIY volunteer care packages that are handed out when our volunteers check in. The event chair types out instructions for the volunteers depending on their task and we insert those into the bags. Also included are a name badge, a lei (this helps us find volunteers in a sea of children and teachers), snacks and a bottle of water for them to have on hand.

Like the homeless packages, I include nutrition bars. This year Premier Protein graciously provided me with bars to give to our volunteers. This saves on the PTA budget and gives the parents that protein without artificial additives they need in delicious flavors. Thank you Premier Protein for being apart of these packages for such deserving people-in need or just helping out.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a Premier Protein package. Ends 6/30/2017. Open to US and 18+. Good luck

Food, Food/Beverage, Giveaways

Brooklyn Bean Roastery CocoMocha Review and Giveaway

Thank you to Brooklyn Bean Roastery for the partnership on this feature

Brooklyn Bean Roastery CocoMocha Review and Giveaway

With spring ending and summer beginning this month it is time to change your coffee flavor. Yes! I said change your coffee flavor and why not? With so many flavor choices and coffee strengths there is enough to change flavors every season of the year. Nothing goes together better than coconut and summer. The aroma of beach, coconuts and the warmth of the sun and long days. Cocomocha coffee from Brooklyn Bean Roastery is my summer flavor.

I have to admit that I was skeptical about coconut and coffee and perhaps drinking it without my trusty creamer giving me the sweetness I crave in my coffee. I cannot think of another coffee flavor I’ve tried where I don’t need my creamer prior to trying this coffee. It is a limited, seasonal coffee.

The box has 40 K-Cup pods and retails about $24 on Amazon and it is a Prime qualifier so you can be enjoying a cup within the next 48 hours. Of course they have many other flavors and strengths of coffee and cocoa to choose from.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a box of Cocomocha coffee from Brooklyn Bean Roastery. Open to US, ages 18+ and must not have won their coffee in another giveaway in the last 90 days. Ends 6/25. Good luck!

Earth Friendly, Food, Food/Beverage

Eco Friendly Boxes Wine Packaging from Bota Box #GoBota #ExploreEverything

This post is in collaboration with my brand partner, Bota Box. Opinions and story are my own. #gobota #exploreeverything

Eco Friendly Boxes Wine Packaging from Bota Box

To tread lightly on our Earth means to make smarter shopping decisions. When you walk into a grocery store you see aisles and aisles of plastic, glass and cardboard boxes. Inside those packages are sometimes more packaging. Then at home our garbage and recycling bins are full by garbage pick up day. Multiply that by every household on this planet and that is a lot of environmental harm. Bota Box understands this and they make buying their boxed wine products a choice that benefits our environment.

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With wines that come in 100% recyclable packaging with BPA-BPS free wine bags inside, Bota Box truly has environmentally friendly packaging. Not all “eco-friendly” packaging is created equal. It’s important to make sure you see the official stamps on the packaging that assure you that the product you are buying is packaged with care. And even better then the words ‘recyclable’ are the words ‘reusable’. This means that, like Bota Box, VOC-free inks and post consumer fibers or other reusable sources are used.

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Now that you have made an earth-conscious decision to by products that are creating less landfill waste it is time to celebrate. Because there is no glass or corkscrew you can take the wine to enjoy anywhere. Having it in a box that is more easily portable than bottles means transporting your wine is easier because 1 Bota Box equals 4 bottles of wine.

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Shopping smarter is as easy as trusting what you read. So look for more than words. Look for the stamps and seals that say your product is truly eco friendly. I look for these stamps on packaging for this reason as well as assuring my foods and cosmetics are truly organic or natural. If we all made buying smarter a priority imagine how lightly we can begin to tread on our Earth. Keep the tips in the image below as a reminder on how to shop smarter.

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Give Bota Box and Bota Mini wines a try. They are so smooth with fantastic flavors. No bitter aftertaste and the cost is fantastic. You can find the brand in most grocers and convenience stores.

Bota Box has summer wines: Dry Rose and Mini Sauvignon Blanc and all season wines: Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, RedVolution, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, NighHawk Black Red Blend and Malbec. Remember how much Bota Box cares for your love of wine and the footprints we all leave in the environment. Visit Bota Box to learn more.

Food/Beverage, Giveaways, Natural Foods

LaCroix Flavored Sparkling Water Giveaway #LiveLaCroix

Sample sent for feature

LaCroix giveaway

The hashtag is #LiveLaCroix and the meaning of that is whatever you want to make of it. For me it was about tossing all juices and sodas from the house. We find ways to enjoy water by adding natural flavors. When we do crave that sparkling carbonation, the flavors of LaCroix satisfy.

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My favorite: Orange. The other flavors to choose from: passion fruit, mango, apricot, pamplemousse, cran-raspberry, berry, pure, lime, lemon, coconut, peach pear and tangerine. Great flavors with nothing artificial added.

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Want to try an 8 or 12 pack and #LiveLaCroix? Enter below. Open to US and ends on 4/4. Good luck!

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Food, Food/Beverage, Recipes, Spring 2017

7 Perfect Cocktails for Game Night

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Once you’ve picked out your activities for the night and set up the games for your evening of fun, you’ll need to plan and prepare the menu. No game night is complete without perfect party favors. You’ll want to have pre-made pitchers available so partygoers can refill their glasses quickly and get back to competitive gameplay. Use the following cocktail guide to pair your activities and snacks with a beverage menu your guests will thoroughly enjoy.

  1. Sparkling Fruit Sangria

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Sangria is an excellent addition to the drink menu of any get-together. It’s a fun, fruity, summer-themed party drink that’s easy to make in large quantities.

Serves 6

  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 10 large strawberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/2 cup of triple sec
  • 1 750 ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 750ml bottle of champagne

Mixing Instructions:

Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, the rest is rather simple. First, thinly slice the orange, lemon, and lime into rounds and place them in a large mixing bowl. Slice the strawberries in half and add them to the fruit mix. Then, combine the brandy, lemonade concentrate, lemon juice, orange juice, and triple sec in the bowl. Stir for about one minute before taste testing the cocktail, and add a quarter cup of sugar if it’s too sour.

To bring out the flavor of all the fruits, refrigerate the mixture overnight.  For a sparkling, fizzy sangria, stir in champagne just before serving it to your guests. This recipe can be easily adapted to accommodate designated drivers and those who don’t like or can’t drink alcohol. Simply leave out the triple sec and brandy, substitute red grape juice for red wine or sparkling red wine, and replace the champagne with two cups of carbonated water or club soda.

        2. Jungle Juice Cocktail

The Jungle Juice Cocktail is inspired by a drink of the same name that garnered its fame on college campuses. Jungle Juice is popular because it uses inexpensive materials and can be made in large quantities. The drink itself tastes different depending on your location (local bar versus university campus), your bartender’s preferences, and a few other regional discrepancies. Like sangria, Jungle Juice relies on tropical fruity flavors to appeal to your palate and boost your mood.

Serves 1

  • 1 lemon
  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30 ml rum
  • 30 ml triple Sec
  • 15 ml sugar syrup
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 45 ml pineapple juice
  • 45 ml cranberry juice

Mixing Instructions:

First pour the vodka, rum, triple sec, and syrup into a mixing glass filled with ice. Then, slice two medium-sized wedges of lemon and squeeze in the juices. You can adjust the amount of orange, pineapple, and cranberry juice to your preferences, but they must be added in equal measure. Shake or stir the mixture to blend the ingredients. Last, strain the cocktail into a new mixing glass with ice. Add a maraschino cherry or slice of lemon for garnish.

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      3. Kamikaze

The Kamikaze is a fruity variation on the classic Gimlet cocktail. Despite its fruit-laced flavor, the Kamikaze is slightly more tart than its classic cousin, but no less elegant. This beverage makes a great party drink for cocktail enthusiasts.

Serves 6

  • 300 ml vodka (Smirnoff works well)
  • 300 ml orange liqueur
  • 300 ml lime juice

Mixing Instructions:

Before adding any liquid ingredients, fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then, measure 25 ml of vodka, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a jigger and add them to the shaker. Shake the mixer vigorously until the tin’s surface feels cold. Then, using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a tall glass. You can also make a Kamikaze from high-quality tequila. However, substituting vodka for tequila will push the taste closer to a Margarita than a Gimlet. For a smoother, less tangy twist, add a dash of coconut liqueur.

     4. Perfect Scotch Sour

Moving away from tropical party drinks, the Perfect Scotch Sour is more subtle than its classic counterpart, mixing sweet flavors with a hint of slightly sour lemon juice.

Serves 6

  • 300 ml blended scotch whiskey
  • 6 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 150 ml lemon juice
  • 105 ml sugar syrup
  • 6 egg whites

Mixing Instructions:

Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Next, using a jigger, pour in the blended scotch whiskey, lemon juice, syrup, and angostura bitters. Crack six eggs and carefully separate the whites from the yolks. If this proves to be too difficult, purchase a carton of liquid egg whites, and add twelve tablespoons (approx. 30 ml) into the shaker. As with the Kamikaze, shake the mixture until the surface of the tin is cold, and then strain it into a short glass. Top the drink with a thin slice of lemon for garnish.

     5. Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of the great classic cocktails. Its rich blend of sweet whiskey and bitters makes it a favorite within and outside of the greater New York City area. Its popularity is credited to New York’s Manhattan Club in 1874. The original Manhattan was made with rye whiskey. However, after the Prohibition, bourbon grew in popularity, and the drink adapted to the people’s newfound desire for blended whiskey. The classic Manhattan cocktail is an ideal choice for those who like less fruit-flavored drinks.

Serves 5

  • 250 ml malt whiskey
  • 125 ml sweet vermouth
  • 5 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 5 maraschino cherries

Mixing Instructions:

Pour the malt whiskey, angostura bitters, and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Next, fill the glass with ice and stir the mixture with a bar spoon. When the ingredients are completely combined, strain the mixture into a martini glass. For garnish, add a maraschino cherry to each glass.

      6. French Martini

The French Martini is a tropical spin on the classic cocktail by the same name. It’s a popular party drink, easy on the palate, and visually striking. The frothy top adds an extra visual effect that your guests will love.

Serves 5

  • 200 ml vodka
  • 100 ml French raspberry liqueur
  • 250 ml pineapple juice
  • 5 twists of lemon

Mixing Instructions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with medium-sized cubes of ice. Next, pour in the vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. Shake the mixture until the surface of the mixing tin is cold, and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Using a sharp knife or a lemon stripper, cut a long piece of lemon peel and twist it onto the rim of the glass.

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      7. Gin Fizz

Last, but certainly not least, is the Gin Fizz, a subtly sweet drink with a sharp, almost bitter blend of added citrus. There are two ways to prepare this drink. The first requires less mixing and more club soda for a fizzier finish. The other uses egg whites (and a lot of mixing) to give this bubbly cocktail a creamy froth atop the body of the drink.

Serves 5

  • 250 ml dry gin
  • 125 ml lemon juice
  • 50 ml sugar syrup
  • 20 ml club soda
  • 5 lime wedges
  • 5 egg whites (optional)

Mixing Instructions:

First, fill a glass with small to medium-sized ice cubes. Next, pour the gin, lemon juice, syrup, and club soda in the glass. Stir the mixture with a bar spoon until all the ingredients are combined, and garnish with a lime wedge. For the alternate, creamier version of this cocktail (also known as the Silver Gin Fizz), fill a glass with ice and pour in the club soda. Then, combine the gin, lemon juice, syrup, and egg whites in a cocktail shaker. Shake the mixture vigorously for about ten seconds. Then, add the ice and club soda to the mixture and shake until the shaker’s surface is chilled. Last, double-strain the drink into the prepared glass.