Thursday, July 22, 2010

Please excuse...

Please excuse my absence! I have to have a unplanned surgery and do not know when I will be back. Sorry for this. This is why I have been gone so long. I don't know when I will be back :(. Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Review of Cheribundi Tart Cherry Drinks

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive samples of Cheribundi. Cheribundi has three varieties: Tru Cherry, (sweetened with apple juice; no cane sugars added etc.) Skinny Cherry (lower calories; sweetened with healthy stevia)  and Whey Cherry (has protein added). I got to try all three!

The Tru Cherry was delicious and did in fact taste like cherry pie! I love that it has 2 servings of fruit per bottle. I could easily drink this everyday!  Each eight ounce bottle contains 50 cherries (1/2 pound of fruit). Tru Cherry has 130 calories per serving and does not add sugar; instead it is sweetened with apple juice concentrate. I love companies who think outside of the box and do not add can sugar and high fructose corn syrup. I like to leave nature as healthy as possible :). I received two bottles of Tru Cherry and gave one to my cousin to try. She loved it as much as I did.

Skinny Cherry has fewer calories than Tru Cherry. I am not sure if all of you are familiar with stevia. It is an non-caloric herb that is naturally very sweet. More companies are beginning to use stevia to sweeten their products for those who have diet concerns. I am so glad that Cheribundi is involved in using stevia. I think it is so much better than many of the diet sweeteners out there. Skinny Cherry has 40 tart cherries in every 8 ounce bottle and only 90 calories. After trying it, I was pleasantly surprised. The stevia wasn't at all overpowering but just right. It was delicious! If your ever having a craving for a bad treat, grab a Skinny Cherry instead and it will take care of that craving. You won't be disappointed!

Lastly, I tried the Whey Cherry. I drank this one right before going on a walk because it is has 8 grams of protein. This is a perfect drink for me to have for exercise because I cannot stand the average sports drink that are filled with dyes and sugars. Whey Cherry is also sweetened with apple juice concentrate which makes me very happy. Whey Cherry has 160 calories and 45 cherries per bottle. It also has a powerful ratio of nutrients, carbs and protein to keep you at your best whether you are taking a walk or play sports competitively. I was nervous to try this one because some of the healthier drinks with added protein can be a bit bitter. But the Whey Cherry has a nice flavor to it! I loved the added benefits like protein, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. I would definitely recommend this drink to anyone!

I am very impressed with Cheribundi. I learned that they bottle their products in such a way to keep the nutrients of tart cherries instead of boiling them away. Each bottle contains phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. I am always looking for healthy nutritionally balanced products and am so glad I found Cheribundi. You must go check out  Cheribundi's Website for more great information and where to buy their yummy drinks.

Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page! Cheriundi is giving away an ipad!

Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own. I received the above mentioned samples but wasn't compensated in any other way.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers - April 23rd

 The great people at  One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapes are having a celebration of followers! Go to  Celebration of Followers to add your blog to the list and meet new bloggers!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

WIN a Blog-Makeover

Do you have a blog? Are you having a hard time designing your layout? Then you need to enter, Thanks, Mail Carrier's contest for a blog makeover by Housenine Designs. I know my blog needs helps so I entered her contest too! Without an education in web designs I am very limited. I know how I want my blog to look but making it that way is another story. To enter go to Thanks, Mail Carrier's Blog today to win! And you must go to Housenine Designs to see Thais Helena's beautiful work and if you don't win you can hire her to design your blog :)!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Barbar Blow Dryer Contest

Win a Barbar Blow Dryer from Natural Mommie! Go to Natural Mommie  to enter today! Ends 4/15

Win a Eureka Tent!

Momstart Blog is giving away a  Timberline SQ 4XT! How cool is that?! I really need a tent and just about everything else. If you are like me and need a new tent, you should go to MomStart Blog to enter today! And for all your camping needs, go to  Eureka. They have great, quality camping gear!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Win a Eureka Sleeping Bag!

It is almost time to start thinking about summer and summer activities. I know I can't believe it either! Well, if you are like me you need all the help you can get on camping supplies. Outnumbered 3 to 1 blog is having "A leap into Spring Event" and you can win a sleeping bag from Eureka Tents! They have great sleeping bags and the best part: you can chose from 3 choices. So join me and enter today by going to  Outnumbered 3 to 1.  Also, you should go to Eureka Tents' website for tents and more!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just in time for Easter!

Groschen Goblins Blog has a wonderful giveaway that is just in time for Easter: a Classic Easter Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets! You really don't want to miss this one. And it ends tonight so you must go there now! You should also check out
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Go to Groschen Goblins Blog to enter before it ends.

Scrubz Giveaway

The Groschen Goblins is having a great giveaway: a $15 gift certificate to Scrubz! Their products look so lovely and I'd love to win. There is good chance you could win to because 4 people will win! You should check out  Scrubz. They have all sorts of great Scrubz. To win, make sure to go to Groschen Goblins Blog to enter today. It ends tonight so hurry!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Win Gorgeous Sandals!

 Leslie Love Veggies is having a great contest! Bearpaw is giving a pair of new Bearpaw sandals to one lucky winner. You get to choose the color too. What a great contest! Join me in entering this contest. These shoes are so cute and will look great on you just in time for spring and warm weather.

Go to Leslie Love Veggies  to enter. Make sure you check out Bearpaw Shoes too check out all their great shoes! I know I am addicted :).

Win a ThermaPAK Laptop Cooler

Thanks, Mail Carrier has a great giveaway going on right now. I am a brand new blogger so I hope you will join me in entering this wonderful giveaway. Thanks. Mail Carrier is giving away a Thermapak Heatshift Laptop Cooler. This is really a great invention. Everyone who has a laptop knows that their lap becomes unbearable hot after having a laptop on it, even for a short time. It also helps keep your laptop running better by keeping it cooler. This is a great invention!

Go to  Thanks, Mail Carrier enter. Make sure you go to Thermapak to find out more about this great website!

Adventures in Gardening!

Since I was a little girl, I've wanted to grow a nice sized garden. Unfortunately, I never lived in a place where a regular garden was feasible. I got to grow up with friends who lived on farms and I lived vicariously through their efforts in gardening.

As an adult, with each year passing, I kept saying, "Well next year will be different!" I mean while in college who cared, right?! I was just busy getting my essays done on time. After college, I felt the urge to garden again but with a deck and no yard it wasn't possible. But this past year I was determined to have a garden. Thanks to the new "green movement" there is all kinds of options for container gardens.

I decided like a fool, that not only would I have my first container garden, I would also be a organic gardener! This meant no harmful pesticides. This is a huge project for someone who has no gardening experience or ideas or how to keep pests away.

So off I went! I grabbed some tomato plants at a local garden center, some potato seeds, and bunch of seed packets to start on my adventure. I planted my potatoes in these great new biodegradable, Potato Grow Bag.  I bought used pots at a flea market. While there, I saw a lady selling bell peppers among other things. I added the bell peppers to my already crammed deck.

I was late to plant my cold weather plants like peas and potatoes. And I refused to weed out my lettuce. I picked tomato plants that grow so big, they regularly get to be 10-15 feet tall in a regular garden. I wanted these tomatoes because they give off some many tomatoes and they are little. I thought, "I can handle them!"

Oh and that nice little bell pepper plant, it gave my garden aphids! It didn't take long for my late peas, over-crowded potatoes and lettuce to attract those nasty aphids. (Never buy plants at a flea market :-P)
Soon my too huge tomato plants were harvesting a nice friend too, spider mites. I had caught a few spiders in the house; no doubt because of the huge behemoths just steps outside my back door. Late I night I would cringe, thinking of how big these tomato plants would get and the horrendous spiders they would bring.

 After some research, I discovered a great natural product that would help my garden. DE or Diatomaceous Earth, a crumbled rock silt that kills bugs naturally. So I bought a bag. I sprayed all the leaves and with a hand held water bottle. By hand I stuck the powdery DE onto the wet leaf. DE is completely harmless but it is so fine that you can not breathe it in because it can harm the lungs; So here I was with a mask on in the hot sun covered with white powder, applying DE to each leaf on every plant. I can't imagine what the neighbors must of thought! By the time I was done, there was DE powder all over my deck. It looked like a white snow storm in the middle of summer. It was on the sliding glass doors, the ground and everywhere in between! My mom stopped by and looked out the door in horror. There was really nothing I could do. The DE had settled and wasn't going anywhere. I had a tarp down so none of it blew onto the neighbors.

After I got over the DE debacle, I realized I was losing the war with the aphids. Amazingly, though, the spiders stopped coming in the house. This was a nice side effect. (I know, I know spiders are great for the garden but I hate them!)

Well after the aphids pretty much had a feast for the whole summer, I was left with some produce and a great learning experience. I had more tomatoes than I could eat and hey some potatoes ;-)

So I am off again to do another container garden!