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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Whole Grain Challenge and Nature's Harvest Giveaway

The information and coupons have been provided by Nature’s Harvest® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Nature’s Harvest® bread. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Nature’s Harvest®.

Did you know that it's recommended adults eat 48 grams of whole grain a day, and kids should be getting a minimum of 40-48 grams? I didn't, and when I first read that I thought "gosh that's a lot of whole grains daily!". 

I started reading my food labels more to see just how many of those whole grains I was consuming, and turns out I'm doing pretty good. Thanks to a few good choices of cereal, and Nature's Harvest bread, I get a fair amount of Whole Grains into my diet. With at least 8 grams of whole grains baked into every serving, Nature's Harvest makes it easy to incorporate into our diets. 

I went through a phase in middle school, where toast was all I wanted for breakfast every single morning. It's not the most filling choice, but it was quick and easy. I still love toast, but as an adult I know the importance of a balanced meal - especially in the morning. This Almond Blueberry French Toast has everything to start your mornings off right. 

Almond Blueberry French Toast. Start the day with Whole Grains

Almond Blueberry French Toast

12 slices Nature's Harvest bread
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp Almond extract
1 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs ground cinnamon 
fresh or frozen blueberries
whipped cream
maple syrup

Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. 
Whip eggs, milk, almond, sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow dish. 
Dip bread in mixture and place on skillet. Cook until browned, flip and continue cooking until browned. 
Serve with whipped cream, blueberries, and syrup.

The Challenge

Nature's Harvest bread is baked with at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving. I even picked up one loaf with 25 grams WG per serving! That's a fantastic amount to start your day with. Natures Harvest wants to help moms feed their families 48grams of whole grains daily, so has put forth the Whole Grain Challenge. From now until August 13th, you can enter to win weekly prizes just by taking the challenge to feed your family whole grains!
You can find more information on Whole Grains, get tips, and recipes by visiting Nature's Harvest online

The Giveaway

In addition to the weekly prizes you can win from Nature's Harvest, I'm also going to give away a $25 visa gift card and 1 $5 coupon for Nature's Harvest bread - provided by Natures Harvest. 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Swimming in Style and a Whimsey Lane Giveaway

I received product for review. All opinions are completely my own.
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Nothing says summer like a hot day and a new swimming suit. Add in a crazy busy summer and taking a little time to relax poolside is just what this mama needed. I'm sure if you're a regular visitor, you've noticed a bit more silence around here. Sorry about that - but I moved - and then took a week vacation in South Carolina.

Oh South Carolina! When I first made plans to visit this southern state I saw lazy days by the ocean. Then a month before our trip, the shark attacks began happening. BOO!! So the beach was out. Thankfully there was a fantastic pool at the hotel, and equipped by my friend Julia from Whimsey Lane, I had a fantastic suit to wear!

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One fantastic thing about going on vacation with family, is the 5 extra pairs of eyes and hands to help out with the kids. MAR-VE-LOUS! My anxiety level was greatly decreased thanks to my brothers, sisters and parents all helping out around the pool.

After a good swim I hung out on the side with my Little Prince. The pool was overall too deep for him, so besides the little steps going into it, and sitting on the edge he didn't have much to do. Just being outside though was enough for him.

Ya'll I had such a blast, and thanks to my dear friend Julia and her awesome modest swimsuits, even the pool was a good time. She's got all kinds of styles to choose from, and you can mix and match tops to bottoms like I did. I was a little skeptic on the red bottoms with blue top at first, but I love it. The contrast really makes it more fun to wear.

Who wants to own a Linda Tankini? One reader will win a Navy Linda Tankini with Red polka dot boy shorts.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Weekend Bites #44 On the Grill

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