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7/19/14

Organic dry food pouches

It's hard to always get my daughter to eat her veggies, so I find mixing them into her foods and milk is a great method for us. 

With 'nurturme dried organic pouches' htf (hard to find) veggies are dried and conveniently packaged and ready to include in a baked dish or sippy cup. 




Peas, quinoa, apples, carrots, raisins, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, bananas and more, yum! 

My daughter is a picky'ish eater, and I feel so much better knowing she's getting different helpings of organic powdered foods without her even noticing. 


I just pour a bit of the goodness into mac&cheese, baked bread, sippy cups, etc. 

The pouches are around $1.60 ea at Target. I haven't seen them anywhere else, where I live. 

Definitely a winner for our household. 


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**No compensation has been made for this review. Just a happy consumer sharing an opinion.**

Sauté Express... makes chicken delicious


I'm not the greatest cook. I try my best. 

One product I found that I keep going back to are these little cubes by LandOLakes called "Sauté Express" 


They make chicken taste as yummy as restaurant chicken, I swear. 

There are a few different flavors available.. I love the Garlic & Herb ($2.79)


To Use: 
First I heat a frying pan to medium heat and place two cubes in the pan. After they've melted, I place fresh raw chicken strips in the pan, sprinkle salt on each, then cover and begin sauteeing for about 10-12 minutes, turning over every few minutes. 


When thoroughly cooked, I have delicious, juicy, tender fillets that even the picky eaters in my family love. 



The chicken I use matters too... 
Raised cage free, no antibiotics, humanely raised -- hooray! 

If you're a mom on a budget and want something delish for your fam...try them! I hope you will love them too :) 

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***this is not a paid review; just a happy consumer review!**

6/19/14

Organic Fruit & Yogurt Pouches

Maybe it's the 100+ degree temps, maybe it's my body craving extra nutrients, but whatever it is...these fruit pouches make me happy. I love to review products that I genuinely love. 

My daughter (2) loves these organic fruit pouches, and somehow I got to trying them and I love them too!! They are incredibly delish and taste nothing like 'baby food.' 

For around $1.40 ea I know she is getting organic fruits, veggies and yogurt. When I'm in a hurry and don't have time for a meal, I'll throw one in my purse for me too. 



Ingredients: (Gerber pouch) 
Organic peach puree, organic apricot puree, organic carrot puree, organic yogurt, organic pear juice concentrate, vitamin C, citric acid. 
"Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth"

AAA+++ rating in our household. Love them! 

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Ever thought about sponsoring a child?


My mother showed us videos of orphans when I was growing up in the 90's. Often they were malnourished, abused, completely alone in the world...and I wanted to help them. But because there were so many conflicting stories of greedy people/companies taking donation money and it never getting to the poor, it was hard to know whom to trust and where to give. 

I'm so thankful to have found an organization (I believe) is truly out there helping. WorldVision. 

This past June, my family started sponsoring ($35/mo) a little girl from the Dominican Republic who's birthday is exactly one month apart from our own daughter's. The money will go to her parents to help with food, shelter and clothing for their family. 

When we log in to WorldVision, we can see her "scrapbook," photos, email communication, etc. 

We can mail her small packages, write letters (my husband knows Spanish, but otherwise World Vision would translate for them), even set up an actual visit to meet "our family" if we were to ever travel to the DR. We recieve letters and photos in return about the child and her family. 


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6/4/14

Thank you Joel {& Victoria} Osteen


One day my mother phoned me. She knew I was going through a rough time in our financial circumstances, trying to find a good job for my husband, debating daycare costs, returning to work, moving, etc. 

She pretty much begged me to listen to that week's "Joel Osteen Ministries message." 

I had only heard him speak a few times in the past few years, but I decided to go ahead and listen again that day. His message was about having God-sized prayers. 

My mother said she had never heard the thoughts before, so eloquently put, had never been taught nor taught the principles, and I should really listen to it. Maybe it was her insistence, or the timing, or God's hand in my life...but I'm so glad I listened. 


I couldn't believe what this minister was saying... it was like he was speaking right to my heart, my own life, the VERY things I was going through! 

This happened this past March, 2014. I have been listening every Sunday since without missing a single message. I even listen to previous messages during the weekdays (the iPhone app is awesome) when I feel my life is overwhelming and I just need some clarity and perspective.

As a millennial, I recommend this minister, Joel Osteen, as a place to go without feeling judged, lacking, or insignificant. When life or people have you pushed down, listen to Joel and I promise you will find some piece of strength to stand up and keep going. 

I have been raising my daughter very alone since she was born two years ago. My immediate family is small--dad passed away, mom and brother live out of state. I am not recieved by my husband's family, and I don't really have anyone else for help; which if fine, I have to accept it so I try my best. 


But it can be a very lonely time, the first two years of parenthood. Friends are supportive, encouraging, around for their light in your life. I'm so thankful for my friends. But they are busy with THEIR OWN families, as I wish we were too. I always grew up with this notion that family is "there for you no matter what." Ah, me, what a silly millennial, I know. 

You turn 30, have a small toddler and some life lessons and you realize how other than your spouse (if you're lucky) and closest inner circle of friends, you have really no one. People can just turn on you. 

I didn't expect to be the black sheep of my family AND the black sheep of my in-laws....but I am. So I'd better just deal with it. I'd better get off my cushion of regrets and worries and stand up and face life. I can go into a corner and question why am I a failure, or, I can listen (and believe) in messages of hope and peace, like Joel's.. And believe I can be the best parent only I know how to be. I can take what I've learned, my regrets, my failures......pick myself up and keep going, even though it feels damn near impossible sometimes.  

My relationship with my mother is contradictory. She's always been shooshing me, not exactly encouraging me to speak my mind. But strong-willed little me, I had a LOT of questions about life early on and especially as a teen. That happens I think to some people when you are young and a parent (you love) dies. It's the person who gave you life, gone. How can you not live the rest of your life questioning it? Questioning the very life you live...trying to figure everything out... 

I've been trying to figure "everything out" all of my 20's. Now I just sit back and admit, "I don't know shiz." I hope I figure it out in my 30's, but who knows, probly won't. 

My husband and I agree we won't be ordering our kids around or getting "mad" at them when life doesn't go "right"--because who's to say what's "right?" Every choice has a lesson, one way or another. 

I used to sit there, wondering how much better off my daughter would be if I wasn't here. I realized, maybe my family and family-in-law probably wish I were dead so they could take over from my horrible parenting skills and they'd be happy I wasn't here. It's hard to admit that, but I've always admitted the truth, or at least tried, and this is no different. 

My journals date back to my very early teens, and (almost embarassingly) I wasn't afraid to write what I thought. 

I've been questioning whether my life is 'worth living' off and on since my early teens, per said journals. And it often seems like the times I feel the lowest are when I'm feeling judged and completely off'ed by family. Which I can accept as my own fault, but it still sucks and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. 

I guess I have to learn to distance myself from those negative energies. 

I try to cling to positive energies, like Joel Osteen messages.  


Here is a man who speaks from his heart, without judging, without condemning, just speaks as if he were in the room with you as your very best friend or father. I love the Osteens...I'm so, so thankful for how they have helped my life and thousands and thousands of others. I feel like a better person, like my life is worth living, one day at a time, because this man presents ideas and messages from the Bible and real life. Joel wasn't afraid to say "yes" when his father asked him to speak in 1999, even though he knew he'd probably face ridicule and question it all. I figure, if he believes in me, I've got to keep trying. 


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"Embrace the place where you are. See the good. Be grateful for what you have. Remember, there is a blessing and a burden for every season. Don't focus on the burden, you have the grace to enjoy the blessing." - Joel Osteen (2014).



"I've heard it said, 'disappointments are inevitable, but misery is optional.'" (Joel, 2014)



"The truth is...we all go through the valleys, but the valleys are what lead us to higher mountains. They're only temporary, they're not permanent." - Joel Osteen (2014)



"When you invest your time the right way, in helping others, those seeds that you sew will create the harvest you need not to just get out of the valley but to come up to a higher mountain, a new level of your destiny. It's important, not only how we spend our time, but whom we spend it with. To redeem the time, may mean, you have to prune off some relationships that don't add anything to your life." - Joel Osteen (2014)


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Joel's other messages (March, April, May 2014) have been so inspirational and amazing... he talks about how it's okay to keep the toxic, negative people out of our lives. It's better to be true to ourselves, right with God in our hearts than waste time on people who will never help or believe in us. 

It's been so enlightening, to see who is really there when you are "down and out" in life.  Joel explains how to choose to always be content, no matter what season or burden we are in. He explains that "while we are waiting for things to change, don't miss the beauty of today."

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"We think when we reach a certain goal, then we will be happy... and yes, you'll be happy when you accomplish your goals, but there are challenges that come along with it. I've heard it said, 'with every blessing comes a burden.' You'll never come to a place where you're problem-free; no conflict, no bills to pay, everybody's celebrating you... that's not reality. If you don't learn to be content where you are, you won't be content when dreams come to pass."   - Joel Osteen (2014)



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5/7/14

How to dye your hair at home..


Here is a video for how to dye your hair two different colors at home, for pretty cheap. Under $20. 








Video Tutorial HERE


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