Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with Boulder Foods, March 14th.

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Did you know that March 14 is National Potato Chip Day?! Boulder Canyon, the leading better-for-you snack brand, is celebrating with the launch of their new Rice Bran Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.

The new kettle-cooked chips are cooked in 100 percent rice bran oil – the oil extracted from the hard outer brown layer of rice after the tuff – feature three delicious flavors:

–          Roasted Jalapeno: The smoky heat of roasted jalapenos in these chips gives taste buds a savory burn.

–          Teriyaki Ginger: These chips pair zesty ginger and tangy teriyaki flavors to create the perfect Asian flavor.

–          Himalayan Pink Salt: Featuring the increasingly popular Himalayan Pink Salt and all its natural benefits, this chip is has just the right amount of flavor in each bit.

Just like the rest of our products, Boulder Canyon Rice Bran Oil chips are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO and don’t contain any trans-fat, MSG or cholesterol.

 

 

Little Debbie® Mini Muffins: Moms and Dads of 7 a.m. #momsof7am #ad @LittleDebbie

Crazy mornings? You’re not alone. Parents, you are truly the glue that holds it all together during those early a.m. hours.

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Dear Mom and Dads of 7 a.m.,

Mornings begin the same way across American households, but each parent gets their gang going differently – and that includes breakfast. Some of us are lucky to be able to sit down and enjoy a bite while others are rushing out the door to make it to school on time.

Do your best to enjoy each morning. Laugh at the little things, smile at the big things and cherish the little moments as we all know they grow too fast.

Rushing to get out the door can seem like a task and with our group which ranges from one kid to five kids daily this task can seem like a chore. Little Debbie®  created the “#Momof7am” campaign to bring a little humor into our morning routines.

Today was a good day, we had time to cuddle in the early a.m hours as well as a few extra moments to sit and chit chat during breakfast. Aiden certainly has grown to love his morning which begin with Little Debbie® Mini Muffins.

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Are you a mom or dad of 7am? Share your story: Little Debbie #Momsof7am.

 

 

Iowa, today was beautiful. Thank you.

Yes, I said that. Iowa is a beautiful place to live and a perfect place to raise children. The weather isn’t always the greatest considering we offer four seasons which vary from seriously being freezing cold to being so hot and humid you could fry an egg on the hood of the card.

Today, I decided due to weather it was the perfect opportunity to stop along the way home at one of our local Dairy Queens to enjoy a blizzard.  Which Aiden loved. Wait, mom loved it too…

A walk was in store, along with a dirt bike ride. Someones in Heaven. No, he’s in Iowa.

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Brain Boosting: Foods to add to your shopping list.

Food on the Brain…

Top Brain Boosters to Add and Brain Drainers to Drop From Your Shopping List

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The foods you have in your pantry and fridge may be helping or hindering your brain. Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine explains that the foods we choose have a lot to do with how sharp, attentive, alert, focused and happy we feel after they are consumed. Certain foods may taste great have additives in them that literally cloud our brains and leave us sluggish and dull headed. The opposite is also true. We can eat certain foods and feel a charge of mental energy and focus. We spoke to Dr. Calapai and got a quick list of foods that boost and drain the brain. Which ones will you add and remove from your shopping list?

Brain Boosting Foods to Add!

1 Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are great sources of vitamin E.  Higher levels of vitamin E correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older. Add an ounce a day of walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and un-hydrogenated nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter, and tahini. Raw or roasted doesn’t matter, although if you’re on a sodium-restricted diet, buy unsalted nuts. “Adding nuts to your diet can aid in decreasing levels of enzymes that lead to protein plaques from forming and dementia. Nuts can also reduce brain inflammation, keep blood pressure low, key for preventing stroke,” explains Dr. Calapai.

  1. Blueberries

“I eat these daily and encourage patients to add blueberries to as many things as possible. They’re great on their own, added to a shake, to oatmeal, or even to a salad,” says Dr. Calapai. Blueberries are tasty and sweet and loaded with antioxidants. They’re packed with vitamin C, K and fiber and pack high levels of gallic acid, making them especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress. “Studies show that eating blueberries can boost focus and memory for up to 5 hours,” adds Dr. Calapai

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline which is a B vitamin know for aiding brain development keeps memory sharp and protects the brain from later decline with age. It’s also loaded with vitamin C. Just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels makes you feel full quickly, too. “People hear broccoli and roll their eyes thinking it’s bland a boring. Think of broccoli as a canvas ready to be painted with spices and flavors, offers Dr. Calapai. Try stir frying with a bit of olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add in a spoonful of orange or lemon juice and it gets this nice sweetness to it.

  1. Fish

Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and other fish are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA seems to be very important for the normal functioning of neurons in the brain. Eating more fish often means eating less red meat and other forms of protein that are high in artery-clogging saturated fats. “People who are lacking in Omega 3’s can experience mood swings and feeling edgy or negative. Omega 3’s have been know to be mood boosters in addition to enhancing focus and memory,” says Dr. Calapai.

  1. Avocado

This creamy treat is also a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E. Research suggests that foods rich in vitamin E—including avocado, which is also high in the antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C—are associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The NEW Color Correct Line Collection from Hard Candy

Hard Candy’s new limited edition line of color correcting primers and concealers offer the power to color your way for the ultimate in clear skin!  From combating dry skin, acne and dark spots, this limited edition collection has the perfect shade for every complexion.

Color Your Way to Clear Skin

The NEW Color Correct Line Collection from Hard Candy

 

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Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Stick, $5

Creamy, bendable pastel stick concealer

Camouflages skin imperfections

Available in six shades

Hard Candy Color Correct Radiant Primer, $5

Neutralizes skin impurities prior to makeup application

Available in six shades

Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Créme Wand, $5

Corrects skin imperfections

Flexible brush tip applicator is soft on the skin while contouring the face

Available in six shades

The Hard Candy Limited Edition Color Correct line is available only at Walmart.

2017, travel plans. California and Cancun.

If traveling were FREE you wouldn’t see me.. 
 
We absolutely love exploring and traveling through the US and hope to travel Internationally in the near future. Blogging, has influenced many of our recent getaways and we hope to continue to offer reviews in the future of places we’ve visited.

 

This year we have some awesome new adventures planned. The mini and myself have visited the Los Angeles area before. However, this time we will be staying on Venice Beach via Airbnb.com.

After our short visit in March we will then hop onto a Carnival Cruise and sail away for a few days of mom and me time. It’s much needed. I love this little boy and cherish one on one with him. I am so nervous yet excited.

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Following this trip, the boyfriend and myself have a much needed getaway planned to Cancun at the Golden Parnassus all inclusive resort!

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