Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{Feature} Cheers to You VoxBox



Last month I had the opportunity from Influenster to receive their Cheer's Vox Box.There were lots of new items in here that I have neither tried nor seen, so I was excited for the chance to use everything. This box contained a good mix of items all of which I ended up enjoying and will be repurchasing in the future.

Starting with the food items: Way Better Snack chips in the flavor Sweet Chili, I am a sucker for snacks, so of course I tried these first.  They have a lightly spicy flavor with a nice sweetness to balance out their profile, These chips are non-GMO and are made from sprouted grains, seeds, and beans and are great for snacking.

The next food item, well a coupon for, was the Hormel Taco Meat, fully cooked, shredded and seasoned and packaged in the refrigerator section. I really didn't know what to expect from a refrigerated chicken bag, it was a strange concept to me since usually the refrigerated meat I purchase is either cold cuts or raw.  Me and Q tried the chicken version, there is also shredded beef and beef crumbles available, The prices on these range from $4.99 to $5.99, so it is pricey for this item, but the convenience for a family taco meal is so wonderful, it might be worth it. The flavor was good and the meat was moist and tender. We will be repurchasing sometime in the future.

I was very apprehensive to try the Suave Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner, but ended up really enjoying this item. I had used Suave products in the past with less than desirable results and had strayed away from the brand because of these reasons. After using this line from Suave, my reservations didn't hold up and I was really impressed with the results of this combination. I really don't know if I can give up my Redken shampoo for this Suave duo though, but I will say that it has been nice to have in my shower. There isn't an overwhelming odor and my hair feels very soft and looks shiny after using. I do have colored hair though, blonde, so I do need lots of moisture from my shampoo and conditioner and I'm not so sure that Suave has the correct balance for my needs.

Lastly, is the Dr. Teals Lavender Epson Salt Soaking Solution. Not a new product for me, but if you are unfamiliar they are a salt solution for your bath that is nice for soaking achey muscles and helps to relax you with the lavender and soften your skin.

There is another item of sorts left, a card to download a free app Yaye. It's a free workout app and it's pretty nice. Yaye allows you to build groups and connect with your team to keep track of each other throughout to the week to make sure you are meeting goals. It's nice to see your friends sticking to their goals or to know you are or just to have that extra support to get on to you and call you out for not meeting your weekly goals. The interface of the app lets you take photos to add to the wall feed that correspond to your workout that you are recording for the week. There are also challenges built in within the app that you can sign up for. There are a few technical issues with out the layout out or some of the logistical set up of some of the recording work that I would like to be changed. Overall I like recording my workout and seeing how my friends are doing with their goals. Its a nice starting point if you are being to workout again.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

XOXO,
Carolyn
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* Items received compliment for promotional purposes from Influenster *

Monday, January 4, 2016

{Review} Chomp Snack Sticks

Upon my husbands return from deployment, and even throughout, I've been trying my best to ensure that he has healthier protein options available for his daily snaking and meals. He has a busy lifestyle, from being in the military to being a student and being my husband (I'm a lot of work...), and I want to make sure he is getting wholesome and filling protein options to help keep him healthy and fit throughout his daily routine.

Recently, we had the opportunity to try out a new product called Chomp Snack Sticks. I was excited to try this product as it fills many of the categories we look for in our snack options, they are high in protein (9g) for the amount of calories (100 kcal) relative to their cholesterol, sodium and fat amounts. Additionally, these snack sticks are soy-free and gluten-free using grass fed beef raised without added hormones or antibiotics and have no MSG or preservatives, like nitrates!


We were sent a variety pack of six chomps two each of:
  • Original
  • Hoppin' Jalapeno
  • Crankin' Cran

Our favorite of the three options was the Hoppin' Japaleno and I enjoyed the Crankin' Cran, which has a nice jelly filled center! They do not have a bad after taste nor do they have an oily residue associate with them and are a healthier version of a Slim Jim! The only negative I can think of is that I had a hard time opening the packaging.

We are hoping to find these in the local grocery store soon, as we would definitely would be taking them on the go in our busy lives that we lead!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome back!

Hello all new and old readers, I'm back!

I've been absent for several month from the blogosphere and I'm itching to regain my entry back. These past few months have been such a whirlwind of events! From enjoying the last summer of my life, meeting my nephew, traveling out of the country, beginning the last leg of my academic endeavors to become doctor, and being reunited with my husband - I have definitely stayed occupied.

I'm so behind on my blog feed and vloging subscriptions I have no idea where to pick back up.  I've been so consummed by so many life events I've neglected this little blog a bit, but I'm determined to pick back up and share my experiences here. 

I wish you all the best and hope you make the most of your day!

XOXO,
Carolyn

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Having Fun in the Sun


Schools are out, pools are open and summer is rapidly approaching. The sun is high over head and the hot weather has already arrived. Finally, there is time to enjoy these long gorgeous summer days and it's the perfect time to take a trip to the beach or lay out by the pool.

It's important to keep in mind that while there are several health benefits we get from the sun, such as Vitamin D synthesis permitting an adequate diet we also must have caution! Make sure to apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater to protect from UVA and UVB, this doesn't just apply to summer, but year round as well. Keep in mind that the highest amount of UV rays from the sun happen between 10am and 4pm. Additionally, sunglasses that block 100% of UV" rays or ones that say "UV absorption up to 400nm" are idea for optimal eye protection.

As a medical student, part of my longing for career in medicine stemmed from my interest in skin cancer. I am fairer in the skin spectrum so I have always had some caution in outdoor activities. I burn easily and have experienced a few painful sunburns in my life that I would never wish on anyone. I now take extra precautions to ensure my protection from the sun in any outdoor activity. I wear hats and sunglasses, I use sunscreen and I make sure to take a daily vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D has so many health benefits for us so it is essential we get an adequate amount daily. I usually live in a library with no windows, I have have to make sure I take my supplement daily. 

Now that the summer is here and school is out I finally have the chance to enjoy the outdoors, safely.

Additional sun safety tips can be found here.
Have fun this summer, but be safe!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley | Honeymoon Part 2

Honeymoon part deux:

Our honeymoon travels wouldn't be complete without a visit to our dear old friend Harry Potter! Universal Studio's had just opened a new Harry Potter attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring Diagon Alley. So with hotel and travel arrangements, Q and I made our way to Orlando, FL for all thing fantastic and wonderful.

The detail of the entire Wizarding World attraction is impressive in itself, including the linkage of the Hogwarts Express traveling between Hogsmead and Diagon alley. Each area individually offers something of pure delight and magic. To get the full experience of each area, I'd recommend visiting during the day as well as during the evening for a unique experience.

I absolutely loved visiting the different magical shops and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment offered, from the shows to the rides and the environment created within Diagon Alley itself. Another worthy component of the experience was indulging in the variety of food and fares offered in the attraction area. These are some of the favorites of the many I tried... I think I gained about 5 lbs (seriously), though all of it went away after being at home for a week.