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Monday, April 27, 2015

Help Your Child Learn A Second Language With Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book & A Giveaway

   I live in the wonderful state of New Mexico. It is sunny here most days out of the year. New Mexico is also made up of a lot of different cultures. The two most common languages spoken here are English and Spanish. There are many people here who do not speak English. It is common here to go to the store and hear the cashier speak both English and Spanish.

   Knowing both of these languages will help people succeed in the job market. My husband is a health inspector and sometimes needs to speak to people who only know Spanish. Thankfully, my husband is fluent in Spanish. My husband learned Spanish from years of working in restaurants. My husband gets special assignments at work because he is able to speak this second language. The schools here do not offer any Spanish classes until high school.  That frustrates me as I know my children can learn a 2nd language easier when they are younger.

I found a wonderful book that helps my children to learn Spanish. The Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book is a book that has the story in both Spanish and English.  Each page of the story has the story in both languages. You read a couple of sentences in English and then read the same sentences in Spanish. The pages are colorful and the story keeps the child's attention as they read or listen to the story about a bear's adventures. This book is perfect for children who are learning how to read too. The parent can read while the child listens or the child can read with you.

            My son enjoyed reading the story to himself in English and then I helped him read it in Spanish. The only thing that would make the book better would be a read along CD so I knew I was pronouncing words correctly.

   The Bosley Sees the World books are available in other languages like French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Hindi.This children's book is perfect for kids who are learning English. So if you want your child to learn a 2nd language the Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book  can help them. You can even order the book for your Kindle. 

Buy this book on Amazon


I have a copy of the Bosley Sees the World: A Dual Language Book to giveaway to one of my readers. You can even choose the language of the book. To have a chance to win, just enter on form below and good luck!

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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for a review."

Friday, April 24, 2015

Shrimp Quesadillas With Wild Blueberry Salsa

  I have discovered a new blueberry that is awesome in taste. Wild blueberries are wildly different from the regular blueberries you normally find in the produce section. Wild blueberries may be tiny but they have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. They also have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger blueberries. Research shows the health benefits of these tiny berries to help gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health. They are called wild blueberries because they are not planted and they grow naturally in fields of Maine and Canada. They have been growing wild for over 10,000 years!  Did you know that  99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest? This locks in their nutrition and taste.

   I found my Wild Blueberries at Whole Foods in the freezer section and they were priced at $3.50 for a 10 ounce bag. You can also find these yummy berries the freezer section of other stores. Just make sure the bag says Wild so you know you are buying the right ones.

Learn more about these tasty Wild Blueberries

I decided to make a salsa with my package of Wild Blueberries and this salsa goes great with Mexican food like shrimp quesadillas. I made my salsa with mango and green chile, a pepper that is mostly grown where I live. I live in New Mexico and we put green chile on almost everything. This is what this tasty pepper looks like after it is roasted and you buy it in mild, medium, and hot. This pepper adds a kick of flavor to Mexican food. If you don't live in New Mexico, you can find green chiles in the ethnic section of most grocery stores. They are sold in cans.

Shrimp Quesadillas With Wild Blueberry Salsa
serves 4

salsa ingredients 

1/4 cup white onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces frozen Wild Blueberries
1/2 cup fresh mango, diced
1/4 cup roasted green chile, diced( use canned green chile if needed)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
dash salt

shrimp quesadilla ingredients

1 pound cooked shrimp
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Saute the diced onion in the 1 tablespoon oil for 2 minutes in a pan heated over medium high heat. Let the onion cool. Combine all the remaining salsa ingredients with the cooled onion and gently stir until well mixed. Set aside.

Take the tails off the shrimp and saute them in a pan over medium high heat with the tablespoon of oil. Cook the shrimp until light charred. Set aside.

Place a tortilla in a dry heated pan over medium high heat. Spread 1/2 cup of the cheese on the tortilla. Then evenly place 6-8 shrimp on top of the cheese. Cover with another tortilla and cook for 2 minutes or until light brown on the bottom tortilla. Turn the quesadilla over and cook for an additional 2 minutes or light brown and crispy. Remove from pan and cut into 4 triangles. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, shrimp and cheese. Serve the shrimp quesadillas with the Wild Blueberry salsa.

I received a gift card from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, so I could purchase the ingredients to make this dish. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

VIIcode Eye Mask Is A Refreshing Spa Treatment For Dark Under The Eye Circles And More

  When I look in the mirror, I don't always like what I see. I see those dark circles under my eyes along with those fine lines. Some days I even see bags and puffiness. The joys of getting older. Not getting enough sleep does not help my eyes either. So what I am suppose to do when I don't like what I see in the mirror? I could complain or I could use a wonderful eye treatment to help my eyes look better.

I decided to try VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask to help my eyes look better. This spa like treatment provides 8 hours of night care for you eyes. The treatment is very easy to use. You simply place these eye pads on your eyes and enjoy a cooling treatment that helps to repair the skin under your eyes. You can wear them to bed or,if you are brave like me,  during the day if you work at home. The Fed Ex guy most likely got a good laugh when I answered the door while I was wearing these.

      So what are these things under my eyes? These are professional eye masks that contain a gel made from Ecological Oxygen Plant Extraction(EOPE) which are natural ingredients to help repair the skin under the eyes. These ingredients help improve vitality and elasticity while soothing those fine lines. I love that these masks moisturize the eye area to prevent premature aging. They are safe for all skin types and do not contain Parabens, Sulfates, or Alcohol.

  When I first applied the eye masks, I felt a cooling sensation that felt good on my tired eyes. You can store these in the fridge for even more cooling power. The masks did not irate my skin and they stayed in place while I worked on the computer. The next day I wore a pair to bed and they stayed on as I slept as they were still in place the next morning. The skin under my eyes felt softer when I woke up. The instructions say to use them 2-3 times a week and it may take 3 boxes to see the most effective results. I would rather use a natural product for a gradual effect than a chemical one that may damage my skin. 

    The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask product comes in a box of six pairs of eye masks. Each pair of eye masks are individually package in a tray in a seal envelope. They are available on Amazon. To purchase a box, visit the below link.

So pamper your eyes with VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask. Try these eye masks to awaken the skin cells under your eyes to help fade those dark circles, firm the skin and reduce puffiness.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for this review."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trust Dial Baby Wash & Kids Hand Wash For Clean, Healthy Skin And A Giveaway

  My youngest has sensitive skin and when he washes with grown up soaps he gets eczema on his skin. My son sometimes also breaks out in itchy hives from some soaps. When I select a body or hand wash for him I make sure it is hypoallergenic. Dial now makes baby and kid products that are gentle on delicate young skin. Their new Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash was developed with pediatric dermatologists and are

+ Hypoallergenic
+ No added parabens
+ No artificial dyes
+ PH balanced

    I just love that the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash is fragrance free but does a great job of cleaning my child' skin. This wash has great lather and does a great job of cleaning all the dirt off my son. I don't have to worry about my son breaking out in hives when he washes with this body and hair wash. It also is tear free so when he gets the soap in his eyes he does not cry. My son still has fine hair so this product does a great job of cleaning his hair too.

   As a mom I insist that my boys wash their hands often as they always seem to be dirty. I want a soap that not only is gentle on their skin but also one that makes hand washing fun. Dial Foaming Hand Wash has a wonderful watermelon scent and comes in a cool foam that entices my boys to wash their hands. My boys love the foam so much that they actually scrub their hands a little longer. That makes me happy as they are washing the dirt and germs down the drain

     The Dial brand has been developing trusted personal care products for clean, healthy skin and now you can trust them for your babies and children's skin care needs. Look for these new products in your favorite stores that carry Dial products like Walmart and Target. To get more information on these new Dial products, click on the below links.


I am giving away 2 coupons that are good for either 1 free Dial Baby Body+ Hair Wash or 1 free Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. To have a chance at winning, just enter on the form below and good luck!

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"The Dial brand provided me with samples of the above mentioned products in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cold Green Tea Latte Drinks Made With Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder


    Spring is finally here and the weather is warm.When the weather is warm I like to drink ice cold drinks. I like to drink those ice cold green tea drinks that the coffee houses sell. I recently went to a website of my favorite coffee house to look at their drink menu. I was shocked to see that my favorite tall cold green tea drinks had 35-45 grams of sugar in them. 35 grams of sugar is equal to about 9 teaspoons or 3 tablespoons of sugar. That is a lot of sugar. I had to find a way to make those green tea drinks at home and I found a great recipe that tastes just as good as the coffee house drinks but has way less sugar in them. I can even use the type of milk that I enjoy like almond or cashew milk.

  The main ingredient is those ice green tea drinks is Matcha Green Tea Powder. This green powder is what makes those ice green tea drinks so healthy and yummy. I have discovered that I can buy my own Organic Matcha Green Tea powder and make these wonderful drinks at home for way less money. I can also make mine with less sugar too, making my matcha tea drinks better for me.

    So what it Matcha Green Tea powder? Matcha is green tea leaves that are ground into a powder thus giving you a powerhouse antioxidant that has awesome health benefits. Matcha has way more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates. Here are some of the awesome benefits of Organic Matcha Green Tea powder.

INCREASE MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION - The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine. It’s good, clean energy.Enhances mood - Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. For this reason, matcha is also known as a natural mood enhancer.

ENERGY BOOSTER - There is caffeine in Matcha, but it releases into the bloodstream slowly. Matcha's caffeine has an alkalizing effect, resulting in a much gentler influence on the stomach, which gradually aids with digestion, healing, cleansing.

LOWERS CHOLESTEROL - people who drink Matcha Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Matcha green tea powder contains 60% EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate).

FAT BLOCKER - Matcha green tea increases metabolism and aids the body in burning fat faster.Matcha green tea contains the polyphenol EGCG, a thermogenic component believed to boost metabolism.

    I was sent a package of Organic Match Green Tea powder from uVernal so I could make my favorite ice green tea latte drinks.Their Matcha is made from 100% organic green tea leaves and tasted wonderful in my drinks. I love that I can make 24 drinks at $1.00 each from their 4 ounce package.

       You can buy this Organic Matcha Green Tea powder at Amazon for a great price with this 25% off coupon TGY4AM6P. Just click on the below link.   Price for product is $24.99! With coupon code, price is $18.74!

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                                              Ice Green Tea Latte
                            12 ounces cold milk or milk substitute like almond milk
                                          1 teaspoon Matcha Green Tea powder
                                          1-2 packages sweetener like Stevia or 2-4 teaspoons sugar
                                          4 ice cubes
                                      Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well. You can adjust the sugar to                                           your taste. I find that one Stevia package is plenty for me but you may like it                                         sweeter.

                   Watch my video to see how to make this yummy ice green tea latte.


Disclaimer: I received this item at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Veggie Burgers Made From Teff

     A while back I got this wonderful box of ancient grains from Bob's Red Mill. There was a lot of new grains in there and I had fun trying them all. There was one grain in the box call Teff, a tiny whole grain that has been a staple of traditional Ethiopian cooking. This grain is loaded with protein, iron, fiber, and calcium. I have eaten the grain as a hot cereal and love the nutty taste it has, but I have not used it in any recipes until today. I discovered a yummy veggie burger recipe in Kiwi magazine that uses Teff and I just had to make it. These veggie burgers have awesome flavor.


                                                         Teff Veggie Burgers

                 Makes 4 burgers

                                         2/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Teff
                                         2 1/2 cups water
                                         2 Tablespoons olive oil
                                         1/3 cup chopped onion
                                          1 cup chopped kale
                                          1 small sweet potato, peeled and shredded
                                           1/2 cup corn
                                           2 cloves garlic, minced
                                          1/4 teaspoon salt
                                           1 Tablespoon olive oil

       1. In a medium saucepan bring the Teff and water to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed by the Teff. Remove from heat and allow to sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
2. In a large pan heat the oil.Saute the onion, kale, sweet potato, corn, and garlic for 9 minutes or until potato is tender.
3.  Add the Teff to he vegetable mixture, along with the salt and mix well. Form the Teff into 4 patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Using the same saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. When oil is hot, carefully place the Teff burgers in the pan. Cook 5 minutes on each side.

Serve on rolls with cheese or other favorite burger toppings.


Monday, April 13, 2015

A Better Way To Get Your Daily Intake Of Vitamin D With Misol Vitamin D3 Peppermint Oral Spray

Did you know most people do not get enough Vitamin D? One of the ways to get Vitamin D is through the sun but when we use sunscreens our body can't absorb the Vitamin D. So we either take the risk of skin cancer or not get our Vitamin D. We can also get Vitamin D through food but most people do not eat enough of the food that contains Vitamin D.  So how are we to get Vitamin D in our bodies? We can take a pill or use a cool spray that tastes good.

     MISOL D3 is a Vitamin D3 Peppermint Oral Spray  that delivers 5,000 IU into your blood stream within minutes. This spray is a refreshing way to get your daily intake of Vitamin D3. This 90 day supply helps increase the absorption rate of Vitamin D3 many times higher than capsules and tablets. Vitamin tablets and capsules can take hours to absorb into your bloodstream and get diluted in the process,  while this spray absorbs in minutes.

I found this cool spray easy to use and the taste was pretty good. The taste could be a little bit more peppermint flavor, but it is a vitamin and not a breath spray. I like that I am getting my daily D3 in an easy spray as I don't want to expose my skin to the dangerous sun rays. This spray is great for anyone, especially vegetarians as Vitamin D3 comes from eggs,fish, and liver. Most people would have to eat a lot of these foods to get the amount that is in one dose of this Vitamin D3 spray.

So discover how easy it is to get your daily D with a cool spray. There is a lot of useful information on Misol's website about Vitamin D and how this product works. So check out the website at the below link. You can also read testimonials.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product in exchange for this review."