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Boston Proper sure knows how to treat a gal!

August 27, 2010

At the She Blogs birthday bash last night at the W hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the founder Julie (who happens to be my best friend going all the way back to high school) and myself were lucky enough to have our clothes for the night sponsored by Boston Proper, and Boca Raton based clothing company.  I could not have felt more like a princess!  The earrings and bracelet were superstar glamorous and I’ve never worn a dress that made me feel so sexy!

I don’t have a picture of the shoes… but if you can imagine a 5 foot 9 inch gal working a 5 inch pair of stilettos, well… that was me!  Surprisingly enough though… they were relatively comfortable and easy to walk in, which was good because I was on my feet all night long!

Check out their online catalog here!

disclaimer: I received a product sample in order to facilitate this review.  However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author only.

Corazonas snack liberation

August 20, 2010

Corazonas is a California based snack company that  specializes in heart healthy snacks that help lower LDL cholesterol.  They use plant sterols, which multiple clinical studies have shown reduces the “bad” cholesterol.  Their oatmeal squares, while being extremely delicious and the perfect breakfast, are high in whole grains, fiber and protein.

I had the pleasure of trying the Banana Walnut and Chocolate Chip squares.  Their potato chips and tortilla chips are lower in fat than your average potato chip, are healthier for you, and still have that crunchy goodness that a lot of “diet” chips are missing out on.  The potato chips really do have the feel of a good old fashioned kettle chip.  I tried the Slightly Salted… and while I personally prefer so salt the heck out of my chips, I still found them to be quite delicious.  My husband loved the Black Bean and Cheese tortilla chips, but being a tortilla chip purist… I think I’ll stick to plain old restaurant style tortilla chips.

They are currently running a 28 Day Challenge… simply go have your cholesterol measured, eat their chips and oatmeal squares as they recommend… and see the results for yourself after 28 days!

For the 28 day challenge info go here

To find a retailer near you go here

disclaimer: I received a product sample in order to facilitate this review.  However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author only.

An open letter to Lion Brand Yarn

August 18, 2010

Dear Lion Brand Yarn,

If you could stop making so many awesome yarns with so many beautiful crochet and knit patterns my husband would appreciate it 😉

Thanks,

Me

If you knit or crochet and you’re not a part of the Lion Brand community you’re missing out on a lot of really awesome patterns!  The email newsletters always have something new, whether its a full pattern, an interesting edging, or my favorite, a link to a new Lola cartoon.  The website lets you browse the patterns, or you can use the pattern finder to customize your search by type of needlework, type of project, or even yarn weight.  Check it out here!

How much coffee do teachers really drink?

August 17, 2010

I’m not a morning person.  There.  I said it.  I drink my first cup of tea on my way to work each morning… but once I hit my classroom I can’t get my coffee pot started fast enough.  And of course, the smell of my coffee wafting out the door and down the hallway is like a homing beacon for all my friends.  So of course, it only seemed natural to treat my friends like guinea pigs when JavaFit sent me some product samples.  Who knows coffee better than teachers?

When the box arrived it was a beautiful sight…

They even included a hat, a t-shirt made from organic cotton… and a reusable shopping bag!  I love those bags!  I always love when a company supports organic and earth friendly measures.  It gets even better… when I was looking though their product catalog they included I saw a line of not only organic coffee, but fair trade coffee as well.  For those of you unfamiliar with fair trade coffee… basically it cuts out the middle man and the company buys more directly from the farmers, which means the farmers actually get a fair price for their coffee instead of the middle man seeing the profits.

Anyway, back to the coffee!  They sent me a nice selection of their different blends; Energy Extreme, Immune Plus, Diet Plus 62, Original Roast, and Focus Plus.  This is no ordinary coffee!  It is full bodied, medium dark roast and tastes like a normal cup of coffee.  This is no ordinary cup of coffee though, the difference is noticeable in about 10 minutes.  The Focus Plus is probably my favorite.  It has the usual caffeine of a cup of coffee, but they’ve also added some B vitamins as well as Alpha-GPC, which is a dietary supplement that is similar to a natural choline compound in the brain and has been shown in some studies to enhance memory.  The Wiki article is here.  I have to be honest, I was definitely more focused and alert that day.  The Diet Plus 62 is very high-energy as well.  The proprietary blend that they include in the coffee put some pep in my step and I found myself practically bounding around my classroom that day.

I think that of all of the coffee I subjected my coworkers to, that the Focus was their favorite as well.  I think I may have a few of them hooked on the JavaFit!  So… how much coffee do teachers really drink?  I’d say about 2 cups, though we define “cups” very loosely.  Most of the other ladies have very normal sized cups… but for myself and a few others this just would never do.  My husband tends to refer to them as my ‘coffee kegs’.  🙂

disclaimer: I received a product sample in order to facilitate this review.  However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author only.

Summers almost gone, kindergarten is almost here

August 15, 2010

It’s almost school time again, which comes early here in Florida.  Collin’s first day of kindergarten is Thursday (the 19th)… and I know I’m supposed to be all sad and stuff, but honestly, I’m really excited!  I’ve really enjoyed watching him grow through each stage of his life… and he’s such an outdoor “man’s man” kind of boy that as he ages we get to do more and more really awesomely fun stuff with him!  I’m looking forward to our first camping trip once its a little cooler, and of course there’s white water rafting in a year or two, he already snorkels… you get where I’m going here.  I think he’s the most excited about kindergarten though.  He’s picked out a new bookbag, he’s got some of his school supplies, and he talks about it incessantly.  I figured as a special treat to end the summer on a high note I’d take him and his best friend Chloe to our local Monkey Joes, which is basically a huge room (ours is in an old grocery store) filled with various types of bounce houses.

Normally admission is $9, which is awesome for a days worth of bouncing and running and fun.  I had a coupon for $5 off admission though, making it $4!  Monkey Joes has everything a parent could want… a concession stand, free WiFi, tv’s, and endless entertainment for the kids

Almost immediately the two rushed off, but sitting in the middle of the bounce houses I was able to easily keep an eye on them.  They also have “referees” on staff to make sure the kids don’t push, shove, run or otherwise create mayhem.  Needless to say Collin and Chloe had about as much fun as 2 kids can cram into a few hours.  I think our little end of summer celebration was a success!  Now I only have 10 short months to plan our “end of school” celebration! 🙂

Who doesn’t love jewelry??

August 14, 2010

Nicole over at Nicole’s Nickels is having a giveaway for a beautiful turquoise bracelet from Satya Jewelry.  The contest ends on 8/16 (i know i know… last minute)… so hurry over before time runs out!!  The site for the contest is here.

Spot ‘O Tea anyone?

August 13, 2010

Anyone who’s known me for more than a year or two will tell you I’m a caffiene addict.  In college I was at about a pot of coffee a day (or more).  Over the last year I’ve slowly started to replace my morning cup of joe with a cup of tea instead.  I’ll usually follow with coffee… but something about a smooth cup of tea really gets me going in the morning.  The people over at Yogi tea were kind enough to send me two very different types of tea to sample.  Yogi is very serious about their organic/natural mission.  Even the box it came in was made of recycled material and shredded paper for the packing instead of peanuts!  All of their teas are all natural, and most have a lot of organic ingredients.

One is a Green Tea with Goji Berry, which are both high in antioxidants.  This is definitely an excellent morning tea.  There isn’t a ton of caffeine, but just enough for a good pick you up.  The tea is very smooth and you can definitely taste the hints of cherry, blueberry and raspberry.  The other tea was a Chai, which is traditionally made with black tea, but this one is made from Rooibis Leaf, which is also called redbush.  The plant is naturally caffeine free, as is the tea.  This tea happens to be certified totally organic.  When the tea is brewed, the smell it gives off is absolutely amazing!  I let my dad have the first crack at this one since Chai is one of his favorites.  From half way accross the house I could smell it.  The tea has all of the usual spices of a Chai; cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and clove, but it also has stevia for a little added sweetness.  I wouldn’t recommend this tea for a morning brew… those of us who are caffeine junkies just wouldn’t survive!  However, it’s the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up.  The taste was just as amazing as the smell.  I usually sweeten my chai and make it with 1/3 organic vanilla soymilk, but the Yogi chai tea I drank straight as brewed… no sweetener, cream or soymilk!  It gave me a little pep, but since there was no caffeine I didn’t have to worry about being up all night.

Yogi tea is based out of Oregon but is available nation wide… I found it at my local Publix!  I have definitely found my new morning tea… I can’t wait to try the next flavor 🙂

disclaimer: I received a product sample in order to facilitate this review.  However, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author only.