Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods

SmoothieBox.com offers a convenient and healthy breakfast alternative

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SmoothieBox.com offers a convenient and healthy breakfast alternative

If ever a healthy breakfast could make mornings easier! Nothing gives me the satisfaction that I am starting my day off right than when I pack my blender with nutrient-rich veggies and fruits and make a morning smoothie. I would do it more often if it wasn’t for all the prep and mess. I need quick and on-the-go most mornings. I found the Super Smoothie SmoothieBox that comes to your door!

A typical SmoothieBox has 20 pre-portioned smoothie bags and all you do is add your liquid of choice and any other powders/additives if you wish. The contents + liquid like water, almond milk, etc.. is enough for a nutrient-rich smoothie. I even caught the tween in the kitchen over the weekend making himself a Berry Flavor SmoothieBox smoothie. He just added water and also grabbed a banana and added that too (not necessary, but he did). To make sure I get enough protein I add a scoop of nut butter and I also add in flax seeds and typically choose water. They are so delicious and quick!

At SmoothieBox there are 4 different flavor packs:

  1. Cacao Flavor: tastes like a chocolate covered banana! Inside you get organic bananas, zucchini and kale along with cacao chips, coconut water, coconut cream, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs + powder. For great skin and natural energy, enjoy a couple of Cacao Smoothies each week. Excellent post-workout!
  2. Green Flavor: tastes like a mild citrus-like refreshing smoothie. Adding extra apple or mango really elevated this flavor! To me, I would call this the most refreshing taste of the 4. Inside you get organic chopped spinach, granny smith apples, avocado, pineapple, lemon juice, smoothie chips (frozen smoothie chunks), apple juice, flax seeds and hemp hearts. A great dose of fiber and Vitamin C. Makes a great lunch and your digestive system’s new BFF!
  3. Berry Flavor: tastes like a berry paradise! Inside you get organic wild blueberries, strawberries, cauliflower, berry chips (frozen berry bits), sweet potato puree, banana puree, lemon juice, beet juice and raw hemp seeds. A great pre-workout smoothie. Your heart and brain will love these ingredients!
  4. Clementine Flavor: mix with a nut milk and you can have an orange dreamsicle flavor! This is the most versatile of all the flavors and you can have a lot of fun adding just about anything you wish to this pack. Inside you get mandarin, organic sweet potato, carrots, ginger clementine chips (frozen bits), coconut cream, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, coconut water and dates. It’s naturally high in vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids, and magnesium to boost your energy and help your nervous system.

*Keep in mind that all the ingredients listed above are organic. For simplicity I did not label ‘organic’ before every ingredient. They are the best of ingredients and sources.

You can see in the photos that they are sent as pre-portioned bags – 5 of each flavor. You can add on a mug and a daily dose of collagen too if you wish. You can also rearrange the flavors if you wish, so you are sent only your favorites. The smoothies are vegan and gluten/dairy free. You will not find any added sugar or artificial ingredients.

You can save $15 off of your SmoothieBox + Free Shipping with code SMOOTHIEFAN15 at SmoothieBox.com through 12/31/21. Visit SmoothieBox.com

Beauty, Home, Mother's Day

FaceSecret Pillowcases are so easy to change so you sleep clean every night

FaceSecret Pillowcases are so easy to change so you sleep clean every night

You probably don’t give much thought to your pillow dander when you fall asleep each night. If you were to be told that you really should change your pillowcase every night for improved skin health and to reduce allergens, you might say ‘fat chance’. Changing pillowcases are a pain! I have some I have to work at getting my pillows into and then those with a tail that hangs off that I awkwardly fold up or bunch up out of sight and call it good enough! Let me tell you about FaceSecret Pillowcases.

satin pillowcase

FaceSecret Pillowcases are so easy to change so you sleep clean every night. This is because they are designed to fit right over pillows and they will fit no matter the fluff or flatness of your small to king size sleeping pillow. It literally takes seconds to put on. The best part is you can even take it on trips so you can sleep on your FaceSecret rather than a hotel pillow. It includes a carry travel bag.

fitting a pillowcase

Appropriately named, FaceSecret pillowcases come in 2 different materials – Satin-Polyester (available in pink, grey and white) and Jersey Cotton (available in grey and white). I have the satin pink and grey for myself and my husband. The quarter inch woven elastic won’t snap  – and has its elastic pull-tie drawstring to ensure that great fit. I thought about older parents and grandparents who may have a hard time shoving pillows into pillowcases and how great this would be for them.

satin pillow

I also learned in my research about FaceSecret pillowcases and their purpose that Satin-Polyester is proven to be essential for the healthy skin and helps with anti-aging (keeps skin smooth on pillowcase and protects delicate areas around face) and to prevent bead head (allows hair to glide rather than tug and damage hair). FaceSecret actually helps the health of your skin and hair as well as become a great barrier to allergens.

travel pillow

If it makes you feel better to make a change to eliminate the haven for dust mites, bed bugs, fungus, dirt, oil, bacteria and more from your standard pillow case habits, FaceSecret is the easiest change you can make. Washing it is easy and it makes a great gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. It is a small business and made in America. Visit FaceSecret to order yours today.

Food, Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Family Movie or Game Night

Celebrate Mother's Day with a Family Movie or Game Night
Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

There is talk that my County will move back to a COVID phase 2 again and in our state that means limited restaurant seating, no theaters open and keeping gatherings very small. It also means a potential year 2 of a Mother’s Day in and spring staycations. There are still fun ways to celebrate Mother’s Day from home. Plan a movie night or game night – Mom’s choice.

Sour candy

You can start by gathering the kids to make a great dinner then get creative with snacks and food bars to keep everyone fed and happy as the evening plays out. Whether it is a colorful candy table for movie night or a tablescape with treats at a game table, it is these fun touches Mom loves because it shows thought and is so simple that even the toddlers can help be a part of the set up.

red vines

How much better does this spread look than throwing bags of candy on a counter and having a generic evening? For most seasons and Holidays, you can find limited editions of  Sour Punch & Red Vine candies. Having fruity, sour candies means you get a fun color palette. We just finished Easter season so these spring colored-candies are still probably available in most stores and make such pretty tables when you empty the bags into glass dishes. It becomes it’s own ‘Mom’ themed decor.

Send Mom upstairs to pamper herself and while she is out of sight, hand the kids candies, dishes, plants and decor and let them set up the evening spread to elevate your family game or movie night for Mother’s Day.