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.
















Sunday, May 24, 2015

{Review} Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin Cream


An empty house which was once filled and being in medical school is quite the formula for restless less and periods of insomnia. I was recently accepted to review content for Vita Science sponsored by Brandbacker on one of there sleep aids. Maxasorb Melatonin cream has been formulated to topically delivery Melatonin.

Its very easy to use and less of a hassle than using oral melatonin which you have to measure. The dispenser delivers 3 milligrams of melatonin with a full press of the pump, the correct dose, which can be rubbed into the skin of your arms or legs just before bedtime. It is easily absorbed and is an odorless lotion.

Not only can this be used as a sleeping aid, it can also be used to help combat  the effects of jet lag. The manufacture recommends applying the lotion the day of travel close to the target bedtime at your destination. This will aid in falling asleep faster, improves alertness during the day, and reduces daytime fatigue. Use the product throughout the trip and for a week after return to help your body readjust its natural sleep cycle.

I still have severe trouble sleeping, so I might have not been the best test subject to review content for this cream. Though, I have notice a significant improvement in becoming tired and staying asleep while using this melatonin cream. I think this is an easy product to use and I would love to see it in stores closer by so I can continue to use it.