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January 18, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Spartan Race

While I'm not a race enthusiast, I really admire those who are able to commit to training and competing in races. It must be so personally satisfying to complete a Spartan Race. I have two little ones at home (sometimes more) a,d there are days when showing is my personal goal. I'm sure other moms out there can relate, but I wanted to tell you a bit about the Spartan races for those of you who are thinking of signing up for one!

Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing, 20+ obstacles), the Super Spartan (8+ miles, 25+ obstacles), the Spartan Beast (13+ miles, 30+ obstacles), and the Ultra Beast (26+ miles, 60+ obstacles – one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon). The obstacles themselves also vary from race to raceThere are actually three new & different kinds for 2017; an Elite pass, an Open pass & a Trifecta pass.

WIN IT: free race code good for any US Spartan Race


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January 09, 2017

Review of Corazonas Heartbars

Corazonas Heartbars are now a staple item in our pantry. What are they, you ask?

Corazonas© HEARTBAR™ philosophy is that food should be both delicious and good for you, life should be fun! That's why they've created a thoughtful mix of tasty, heart-healthy ingredients that help lower cholesterol while creating a convenient snack that is truly good and good for you.

What makes a Corazonas HEARTBAR both delicious and nutritious?
·         NON-GMO Ingredients
·         Contains Plant Sterols, which helps to lower (LDL) bad cholesterol*
·         Excellent Source of Whole Grains
·         Shelf Stable and small in size which is perfect for grab-n-go snacking

A few months ago Corazonas sent us some oatmeal squares to sample and review.  After doing some research on the company, looking over the ingredients (which are healthy and words that I can pronounce by the way), and tasting them…I decided I just had to get my hands on more.  I immediately purchased several more boxes on their website.  They were offering free shipping on orders over $100 or more so I decided why not?  I have tasted many of their flavors including orange cranberry, dark chocolate cherry, oatmeal raisin, banana walnut, apple cinnamon, and white chocolate macadamia.  My top picks would have to be the oatmeal raisin, apple cinnamon and dark chocolate cherry.  The ingredients are all natural and the squares are a great on-the-go snack item.  I take them to work, the gym, and with me when I am running errands.  My four-year-old son loves eating them as a bedtime snack.  They are really tasty and not as bland as other oatmeal bars I have tried in the past.  Overall I would give them 3.5 stars out of 4.  My one reservation is that they are on the dry side.  This is a great company with a great product.  Check out their website and see what great offers they have going on.  We are a frugal family and decided to stock up on lots of their clearance items.  Oh, did I mention they also sell mini oatmeal squares too? 

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December 23, 2016

ATOM: Movie Ticketing Ap (and discount code)

There is a new movie ticketing app called Atom Tickets. They reached out to me to see if I wanted to check it out, especially with the release of Disney’s MOANA in theaters everywhere as of November 23rd. My oldest son had NEVER been to a movie theater, so we thought it would be fun to try out this ap and take him to see MOANA and spread the word about how this ap makes going to the movies with a family a fun and seamless process and it allows you to use an exclusive discount at check-out in-app (using a promo code below).
With Atom Tickets, families can buy movie tickets to the latest premieres straight from their phone and even pre-order their favorite movie treats at select theaters. They’ve eliminated ever waiting in line with the kids as you simply scan your QR code at tablets upon arriving to the theater and pick up pre-prepared snacks at the Atom Express Lane. Pick your seats and change them at any time using the reserve seating feature and even send your husband/wife a screenshot of his ticket so he/she can come in separately after parking the car. Going to the movies has never been easier and in just a couple easy steps families can book tickets, order concessions, choose seats and skip the lines at their next movie.

My son had a BLAST at his first movie theater experience.

Use this code: MELINDA  to get $4 off each ticket through the new year!!!

December 19, 2016

Bake It Better!

 During this time of year you hear a lot about people wanting to help others, and I personally enjoy making meals/desserts for families who just added a little one to their family, or people who are recovering from surgery etc., so what better way to help this time of year than to bake for a cause! 

Bake up a treat of your choice using Miss Jones baking mix and/or frosting, and they will donate $1 to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Just use the hashtag #betterwithmissjones on Instagram or Facebook, or visit their website for more info at creativity is the secret ingredient! 

So that's what I did. I received this box of goodies from Miss Jones Baking Company to come up with something tasty!

I used the Miss Jones Baking Company's organic sugar cookie mix to create a sugar cookie crusted chocolate peanut butter pie. Doesn't that sound delicious? :) I'll link the recipe below in case anyone is interested! Miss Jones cookie mix is certified organic, non-GMO, plant-based, responsibly sourced, and contains no artificial colors of flavors.

In our home, we love chocolate and peanut butter and any combination of the two. My son also loves helping me in the kitchen, so he was happy to mix up the sugar cookie mix for my pie crust, while I got the peanut butter and chocolate layers ready. It was a team effort!

If you're reading this, please comment and share your own creations, and don't forget to enter the contest to win an incredible Grand Prize, valued at over $1,500. You can find all of the contest information at

Here are a few photos of sample Bake-it-Better Challenge entries that give you an idea of what contest entries could look like.

What would you create???

Here is the recipe if you're interested in trying it:

December 07, 2016


So I've never done a huge holiday beauty giveaway, but thought this was the year to start!

What am I giving away? I'll tell you:

I'm giving away:

NYX concealer in lavendar
Jane Iredale Brow Pencil
Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick
Goody Hair ties
Real techniques beauty sponges
Coastal Scent Shadows
Colourpop Eyeliner
Kevyn Aucoin matte bronzing veil
elf color correcting stick
nyx cream highlight & contour palette
urban decay shadow 

Enter to win, before it's over!

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Open to US addresses only. One winner will be chosen on 1/3/17. This giveaway is not sponsored by any of the brands listed. I'm hosting this independently!

December 04, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD

I have been a fan of Amy Grant since I was a kid. Back when her "baby baby" [heart in motion] song came out in the 90s. I had them on cassette tape in my car for the longest time, and now on CD and online. I love her voice. My son and I love listening to her Christmas albums, and now she has a new one! Tennessee Christmas has the same mellow sounds of her previous albums but some new songs for her. I love it!

Check out “To Be Together” Audio on Youtube:

WIN IT: One reader will win this CD for themselves

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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

November 18, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Where Jesus Slept

“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so- young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.  

My son really loves animals right now, so he enjoyed this book, and the repetition of the story helped him know what was coming. By the end of the book we were both chanting the repetitive phrases. He's almost 4, and I think this book would be great for kids 2 years on up!

WIN IT: One reader will win this book

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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

November 04, 2016

We were in a Chick-Fil-A Commercial...

So my family was asked to be part of a Chick-Fil-A commercial back in September. They sent a producer from LA, sound guys, lighting, make up artist and more. It was a BIG deal. They were at our house from 5:45am to about 4:30pm. It was a long day, but the boys were on their best behavior that day. I was grateful, but the producers wanted to see kids acting up, so they made it happen :-P Check it out here:

Also available on the chick-fil-a facebook page!


If you are looking for a beauty kit or palette, check out these Sephora Holiday Gift Ideas:

Or if you are looking for smaller ideas to fill a stocking, check out these great options:

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What will you be adding to your holiday shopping list??? I'd love to hear. Leave a comment below ;-).

October 30, 2016

NYX Makeup Tutorial

I love to try new products, and NYX is one that I started using about 6 months ago. It's a brand found at Ulta and CVS (and other locations I'm sure). I had only used a shadow or two of theirs in the past but recently I've tried their color correctors, concealers, palettes and more and I've been really happy with the results. For such an affordable brand they make some really great products. Below is a makeup tutorial using all NYX products. I hope you enjoy!

Please check out my other tutorials and reviews on my youtube channel:

October 24, 2016

Be The Best You With Nature Made®

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

It's so easy to be healthy in the warmer months when gardens are blooming with fresh fruits and vegetable, and the weather is warmer. When it's warm it's fun to get outside and enjoy the day with a long walk, or playing a sport. However, as the weather cools, it's can be harder to stay healthy, which is why I wanted to share some tips on how to keep your body running well with vitamins and minerals (in addition to a balanced diet, of course). Take your health to the next level and be the best you possible with Nature Made®, the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*.

I recently made a trip to Walmart with my son to see what vitamins we could add to our daily routine. We frequently shop at Walmart because they always have low prices, which means that we don't have to wait weeks/months/years for "the perfect sale" before we can buy what we need. As of right now the kids have their flouride (rx), vitamins (otc) and probiotics, but the only thing I take is a multivitamin. I started to wonder if there were other things out there that would help my body function better. I went right to the Vitamin section and noticed a bunch of brands, but the ones I decided to purchase were by Nature Made®Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!†

I mentioned before that my older son take probiotics. I feel like this has become a big thing as of late. You hear about them everywhere, but what are probiotics? According to the Nature Made® website, Probiotics are “good” bacteria that naturally exist in cultured or fermented foods (like yogurt and certain cheeses) that offer benefits for your digestive system. They crowd out unwanted organisms and allow more of the "good" bacteria to be present in your gut. Nature Made® Probiotics: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.† Nature Made® Probiotics are only available at Walmart SuperCenter locations.

I decided to buy some Vitamin C, D, and fish oil on my trip to Walmart. The label says Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals in the bodyVitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and as a woman, I need this! Finally, Fish oil is good for a healthier heart. Nature Made® vitamins and supplements: An easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).†

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October 18, 2016

Heat Up Your Workout, as the Weather Cools!!!

Anyone else dread the drop in temperature that comes with Winter? I love taking my boys for a long walk into town, to the library, the post office, the park, or even to my older son's school. It was so nice, but now as it cools I fear I'll lose my motivation to exercise and be active, so it's imperative to find something I enjoy so it won't be work. You should too! I wanted to put together a post on how to select the right shoe and the right activity for you! 

If you are intimidated by standard gyms full of machines, that's ok, there are many other options. There are at home videos - kick boxing, yoga, P90X. There are gyms that cater to a particular interest like Ninja gyms that provide a workout you'd see on the TV show: American Ninja Warriors (yes, they do exist). Or if you love to dance, there are dance classes or dance groups (square dancing, line dancing, ball room dancing etc). Or I've even seen some moms strap on their little ones and vigorously clean the house and that's a workout in and of itself. You just have to find what works best for you!

Now, onto footwear. Obviously if you want to dance, you'll need tap/ballet shoes for that. But for all the others, you would want a good sneaker, but what kind?

If you want something to protect joints, look for a shoe with a lot of cushion. Memory foam souls are really growing in popularity and for good reason. I recently tried the Reebok Zprint Women's Running Shoes. The Reebok Zprint offers Flexibility, shock absorption, and Memory Tech sockliner for even more cushion and comfort, perfect for running. Each shoe is built for a specific purpose. The extra shock absorption is critical when running, which is why I really love these Reeboks. I've recently started running again, and I think having the right shoe makes all the difference!
I also had a chance to try the Skechers GOwalk 4 Exceed Women's Walking Shoes. Since I go walking almost weekly, I know what works for me and what doesn't. Flip flops just don't cut it! I've tried canvas sneakers, sandals, and even boots, but at the end of the day, sneakers just work best. The Skechers Gowalk  walking shoe offers tapered midfoot design for improved arch support, stabalizing panels, and innovative and highly responsive midsole cushioning perfect for strolling. I wear these when I take the boys for a walk, or when I want a less intense working at the gym.  

My husband had a chance to check out the Reebok Men's Crossfit Speed TR Sneaker during his weight training, and this shoe offers compression fit for muscle support and a 3mm heel drop for a stable ride, full-foot grooves on the outsole for gecko-like traction, and metasplit flex grooves for balance. These shoes are super comfortable, lightweight, and contour to my foot.  They are great for training, walking, exercising, and walking.  They are light enough to throw in my gym bag and do not bog me down when running.  I like how the fabric allows my feet to breathe and how the soles bend easily for added comfort.  The soles are different from other sneakers in that they are not stiff and rigid.  They move with me and not against me; a feature that is a must for people that spend a lot of time on their feet. 

So regardless of if you want to walk, run, weight train, dance, you must first get the footwear right, and that will make the exercise all the more enjoyable!

Let me know, what's your ideal workout???

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