Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Confessionals


I Confess:

  • My son amazes me on a daily basis
  • I have become addicted to pretzels and almond milk
  • I am missing my afternoon walks due to bad weather 
  • I am caught up on all my reviews
  • I now must come up with other topics to write about
  • I hope you all have a wonderful weekend

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easy Mealtime Hacks #Giveaway

We all want to feed our family healthy meals but sometimes life gets busy. sometimes we need a little extra help getting a meal on the table. well with Van's help you can not only give your family a good meal but it can be quick. Here let me let Van's Foods tell you more.

Hello from Van’s Foods! We know how busy life can be for Van’s foods fans. Between work, working out, parenting, driving, walking, riding, creating, days get full – fast. Some meals are easy, and you've got plenty of time to plan, shop and put together something delicious. Other times, there’s yoga or soccer or Scouts or a late meeting, and you need something fast and easy that you can still feel good about eating. Which brings us to our gift to you this month – easy, nutritious mealtime hacks from your friends at Van’s. They’re all delicious, nutritious and a cinch to pull together. First up?

Breakfast. To pack a quick protein punch, start with Greek yogurt and pair it with whatever fresh or frozen fruit you’ve got on hand. Add Van’s Soft Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters and you have decadent flavor and a hearty, wholesome start to your day. (With taste like that, you’d never guess they’re gluten-free!)
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Snack. Now before you put away those breakfast fixings, tuck that handy re-sealable bag of granola in your briefcase, purse or backpack. It’ll be there for you all day as a soft, chewy pick-me-up whenever the snacking urge strikes. The best part? You can feel great about every whole grain bite.

Dinner. For homemade feel in a fraction of the time, gather the following: Van’s new gluten-free Ultimate Cheddar Penne Pasta, a rotisserie chicken and the fresh or frozen veggie of your choice.

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Warm up your veggies while your pasta is cooking – and take a moment to slice the chicken for serving. Season your veggies with salt and pepper and serve with the pasta and chicken. (For variety, you can also choose Van’s Rotini & Red Sauce or Creamy Herb & Garlic pasta.

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 No time for veggie prep? Grab some pre-cut crudités while you’re at the store, and embrace the convenience. Need more ideas for delicious, nutritious meals? Stop by our blog, where we feature great recipe ideas from some of your favorite writers. Happy hacking!


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 At Van’s Foods, we know it can be tough to stay active and track progress along with everything else in your life. To make it a little easier, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win:
  • a complete yoga set with all the basics including a 1/4" thick yoga mat, 12" foam roller, D-ring yoga strap and foam yoga block
  • a Fitbit
  • coupons for free Van’s foods and
  • a $50 Visa Gift Card for a total value of $220 in prizes!
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This is a sponsored post written by Van’s International Foods, Inc. and facilitated by Everyday Life.     

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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort #Travel #Review

Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort. It has been my mission to try out all of the Disney Resort and this was my most recent stop on my list.  

This tropical paradise is built around 45-acre Barefoot Bay, the Resort hotel brings the Islands to you with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and colonial architecture. Six villages—Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica—host colorful Guest rooms, some pirate-themed! “Island-hop” as you explore 200 lushly landscaped acres, or simply enjoy lazy days soaking up the sun in a hammock. 

Each island has access to it's own private beach and has it's own pool. There is also a larger pool at the main house that has a slide and other fun things for the kids. There is also a marina access for boat rental. also on the beach are hammock for just chilling.

The rooms come with coffee maker, fridge and ice buckets. Plenty of drawers for your clothes. The room we stayed in slept 5 people. We had two Queen beds and a pull down bed for son. the pull down bed will sleep one person comfortably and can be put away to make sitting room. 

The bathroom area has sliding doors for privacy which is great as the bathroom area is a little small. We found all the amenities we needed for our stay from shampoo to bath soap. Plus we had plenty of towels. Our room was very nice it felt like we were in a tropical hut on an island.

At the main house they have a nice sit down restaurant where you can get great food. Along with the restaurant that requires reservation they also offer quick counter serve options. Here you can enjoy everything from pizza to burgers. they also offer healthy options like fresh fruit and veggies. 

If you are tired and don't want to head back to the park for more walking that's ok. They offer lots of activities at the resorts for the kids like an arcade room, a camp fire on select nights plus the bring winner you can see the firework from the beach. 

Other perks of staying at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort include:

  • Free Transportation to parks
  • Free shuttle service between islands
  • Your own Magic Band that allows you to do everything with a touch of your wrist
  • Extra Magic hours at select parks
  • Plus round the clock Disney service and Magic
I must say I truly enjoy our stay here and was of course very well taken care of by all Disney cast member. They even helped us when we had car trouble without any hesitation. 

Have you ever stayed at The Caribbean Resort or any Disney resort? If so what was your favorite part of it? 

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