Back to School with Vamousse Lice Treatment & Giveaway (Ends 9/6)

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Today I am going to talk about something unpleasant: Headlice. With the kids heading back to school, this is usually when we as moms start worrying about germs, colds and flus and the like. Unfortunately, coughs and sneezes might not be all that kids can catch. Headlice, while not life threatening is just a terrible thing. It’s hard to get rid of once you have it and if you have more than one child, the odds of everyone getting it are good. And just recently, I heard news about how some states have been plagued with an even harder to kill lice super-bug. Isn’t that lovely? I think it’s better to just prevent if you can (and there is a way) and have an easy way to deal with it should you need to.

Did you know that when your children are exposed to lice, symptoms, if any, typically take 2 – 4 weeks to show up, meaning that a person with head lice has potentially been sharing those lice for weeks before their infestation is detected.

Luckily for me, so far, none of my kids have ever gotten lice (knock on wood), but the second that I hear that it’s going around the school, I will be bringing out the Vamousse Lice Defense shampoo. This is a gentle, daily use shampoo great for use by the whole family as a replacement to your everyday shampoo in order to defend against head lice infestation. The active ingredient Natrum Muriaticum (sodium chloride) is used to kill lice by dehydration. It’s safe and non toxic, so no need to worry. It’s also pesticide free as it is homeopathic.

If the worst does happen and your child does get lice, Vamousse Lice Treatment can be used which kills 100% lice and eggs in 15 minutes by dehydration in just one treatment. It includes a professional steel comb. Vamousse is clinically proven up to 100% effective with treatment and combing. As the name indicates, it is a mousse product, which allows for a quick and precise application. It is non-toxic and pesticide free, and safe for children 2 years and older.

Buy it: Get prepared for back to school time with Vamousse products. They can be purchased at a retailer near you. Click here to find a location.

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Pirate’s Booty Back-to-School 6 pack Giveaway (Ends 8/23)

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Arrrr you ready for back to school mateys? When ye be preparin’ your child’s lunch box be sure to pack it full ‘o Pirate’s Booty snacks before they set sail on the big yellow ship (aka the school bus). These are my kids absolute favorite snack! They literally jumped for joy when they saw that I received some samples recently.

The Aged White Cheddar is made from puffed rice and corn, blended with real aged white cheddar cheese and baked perfectly to pirate standards. These are a snack you can feel good about giving your kids because Pirate’s Booty is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack, with half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips. Pirate’s Booty is gluten, peanut and tree-nut free, so it’s safe for kids with allergies and their classmates too. Pirate’s Booty is made without trans-fats and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Also, it’s more convenient than ever, as Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar now comes in half-ounce size multi-packs that are only 65-calories per pack!

Buy it: Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar one-ounce 6-packs are available at retailers nationwide.

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Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/23) #smartandcrunchy

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Disclaimer: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Does your family love fish? Mine does. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, fish makes a simple and delicious meal. We recently got to try the all new Smart and Crunchy products from  Gorton’s. Did you know that  Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy fish sticks and fillets are made with 100% wild-caught alaska pollock? And, get this: Gorton’s entire line has no artificial flavors and no MSG.

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Having the kids home for the summer, we went through our fair share of  Gorton’s fish sticks. It is just so convenient to be able to pull them from the freezer and have a delicious and nutritious lunch in a matter of minutes. The flavor of the panko breadcrumb used is tasty and gives them a great crunch. I really like that Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy fish sticks have 50% less fat than Gorton’s regular fish sticks and are 180 calories per serving.

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I am certain that we will have our fair share of Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy fish fillets for dinner when school starts back up. With all of the recipes available on the Gorton’s site, I am sure to find at least a dozen different ways to prepare them.

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Buy it:
  Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy products are available at a local retailer near you. Find a store and get a coupon here.

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One of you will win 2 free Gorton’s Product Coupons, matching adult/child aprons and a Smarty Crunchman Plus Stuffy! Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Mealtime Magic Cookbook: Delicious Dinners in Half the Time Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/23)

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With back to school time comes all the hustle and bustle of routine which includes dinner time. During the busy school week, it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of feeling too busy to cook. What if there was a way to not only spend fewer hours in the kitchen, but also help you save around $500 a year? What if I told you that the answer is available in the form of a cookbook?

Mealtime Magic: Delicious Dinners in Half the Time by Amy Houts is an award-winning cookbook, where the author shares her time-tested, proven method of intentional planning to provide delicious, home-cooked meals and spend fewer hours in the kitchen. There are over 200 pages of recipes with clear, detailed directions will help your cooking earn rave reviews even from picky eaters. Many of the recipes are multicultural to represent the melting pot if the USA. In the book, you will find typical American fare such as Chicken ‘n Dumplings and Beef Pot Pie as well as Italian dishes, Mexican food and Asian cuisine too.

The system is not like any other I have seen before. It basically teaches you how to plan ahead so that you end up with up to 3 nights worth of dinners. This is perfect for me because I really lack creativity when it comes to cooking. I find the book very practical and the combinations of meals that you end up making are well thought out. Here is an example of one of the three day meal plans. Day 1: Asian Chicken Salad Day 2: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Day 3: Rainy Day Chicken-Rice Soup. I think this is great, because there is less food waste involved and your family ends up eating healthier in the process. You also end up spending less, because there are less of those nights where you end up getting fast food because you don’t have a meal plan.

Buy it: If you’d like to simplify dinner time, be sure to check out Mealtime Magic.  You can order your copy here.

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Dell Cove Spice Co. Organic Non-GMO Popcorn & Seasoning Set Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/17)

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With the weather getting ready to start cooling off in a few weeks, it’s time to start thinking about bringing the fun indoors. Having a movie night complete with popcorn on the weekend is a good way to spend some quality time with the family. Even better if it is Organic and Non-GMO popcorn, right?

Dell Cove Spice Co., was born out of a love of comfort food and the last recession. The economy forced the future owners to live half-way across the country from one another, so they looked for a way to still do something together that was fun. That connection turned out to be cooking. Their virtual cooking-date-nights turned into a food business, and helped them reunite in Chicago and start their own business.

Now, they hand-mix all of their spice blends and offer more than 25 popcorn seasonings. On their site you will find some unusual flavors such as pizza, margarita and ketchup and also more popular ones, including sriracha, kettle corn, and Daria’s Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, which is named after their grand-daughter. They also sell an awesome variety of different popcorn kernels which you can buy in bulk or in sets. Dell Cove Spice Co. works with small-scale popcorn farmers in the Midwest who grow non-GMO popcorn for them.

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For this review, I was sent a sample pack of popcorn and spices to try. The popcorn varieties I received were Baby White, Rainbow, Midnight Blue and Mushroom. The spices included were Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane, Pizza, County Fair Dill Pickle and Jalapeno. Each of the varieties of popcorn has different characteristics. For example, the Baby White popcorn has a crisp texture and mild flavor. Once it is popped, there are very few of those shell-like pieces that can get stuck in your teeth that will be found in your popcorn bowl. My teeth sure do appreciate that. Another example is the Mushroom kernels. These are best for making caramel corn, because it holds the seasoning flavor really, really well. This kernel produces a round, mushroom-style popped corn that is more dense and compact. And because it’s round in shape, it holds up very well to being stirred in a pan. Don’t worry though, you won’t need to be a popcorn kernel connoisseur to find the right popcorn for you. Everything you need to know about each one is listed on their site.

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While you can make Dell Cove Spice Co. popcorn in a pan, I used an air popper for mine. We really liked them all, the biggest hit with the kids was the Baby White kernels with the Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane topping. I think my kids get their sweet tooth from me.

Buy it: If you like popcorn, you’ll definitely want to check out all that Dell Cove Spice Co. has to offer. From popcorn and seasonings, to gift sets, with choices like sweet, savory, spicy or vegan they’re sure to have something that you can’t wait to try. Click here to shop.

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Ball Can-It-Forward Day & Win Free Jars! (Ends 8/14) #canitforward

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On Saturday August 1st, Jarden Home Brands hosted this year’s fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, broadcast live online at FreshPreserving.com from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. An event celebrating the joys of fresh preserving, Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. New this year, was an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!  The celebrity auction to support No Kid Hungry will be going on until Aug. 11. You can check that out here.

I am a newbie to canning myself, but I am finding that I really enjoy it and I especially love the outcome. Preserving your own fresh foods is very rewarding. I was sent a few supplies from Ball that I really look forward to using in the near future. My tomatoes are not quite ripe yet, but when they are, there will be some salsa making going on.

Here is what I received:

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·         Ball Canning Discovery Kit: The perfect, easy home canning starter set.  Equipped with a canning rack, recipe guide and jars, all you need is a recipe and stockpot to begin preserving!

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·         Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving: The new 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is the most trusted resource in home canning for over 100 years and this new 2015 release is its largest update since the first edition in 1909.  Expanding 56% from the previous edition, the 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book includes 75 new recipes, pictorial step by step guides for beginners and more!

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·         Design Series Lids (red): Great not only for home canning, the Ball® Brand Design Series Lids With Bands are also a great option for unique crafting creations, gifts and home décor with endless mixing and matching possibilities.

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·         Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix: Better tasting, fresh salsa is simple to make with Ball Brand Fiesta Salsa Mix. Simply add fresh, vine-ripened or canned tomatoes, and mix with a splash of vinegar for perfect salsa every time.

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Horti Hood 90° Folding Greenhouse Review & Giveaway (Ends 8/14)

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How many of you love the idea of having a greenhouse, but don’t want to commit to an entire permanent structure in your yard dedicated to this? I know that I am this way and that is why I love the idea of having a greenhouse that can be put away when growing season is over. I want to introduce you to my new friend, the Horti Hood 90° from Cave Innovations. The Horti Hood 90° is a wall mounted folding greenhouse. If you have a fairly tall, wooden fence in your yard, the Horti Hood 90° just might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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I received one for this review and was very anxious to get it set up. Everything you need to assemble it is included, even the storage bags for the off season. The assembly is very similar to putting a tent together. The poles are fiberglass and you just kind of shimmy them through the same way you would a tent. I was able to put it together mostly on my own, but I did have my 12 year old come out to help me at times just for the sake of balancing it. Once it starts coming together, it’s awkward and heavy, so I recommend having a helper. I also needed my husband’s help to mount it to the fence for me, since I am not good with the power tools.

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Once it was up we all just kind of stood around and beheld it’s dome-ness. It’s very nice to look at.  You can see that the greenhouse features two mesh covered ventilation panels, allow the plants to breathe while at the same time keeping out any critters.

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When you’re ready to tend to and water your plants, you simply lift it from the bottom to gain access. Please note that the shelf is not included with the Horti Hood 90°.

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I found that it was more spacious than I expected it to be. As you can see, I could easily fit in another planting shelf later on if I wanted to and there is also plenty of floor room for more potted plants. The greenhouse lifts up to allow you to get in and there are also different hooks you can use to hold it up as high as you want.

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It even can be folded all the way up against the wall when not in use. This is a feature that I find very cool and convenient. The integral awning is there to prevent rain build up in the pleats when folded open, which is really needed here in Oregon where it rains for a good portion of the year.

So what do you think of the Horti Hood? I am in love with mine and I’m sure it will get a ton of use for the rest of the summer and into the fall to extend out my growing season. Then in the Spring I’ll get it going again with some seedlings. It’s going to be great.

Buy it: Stop by GardenProducts4U, and check out the Horti Hood 90° as well as their other Horti Hood products. They are sure to have a solution to fit your space.

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OAXIS Launches Smart Wellness Line on Pozible

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

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OAXIS, an award-winning consumer technology company, has launched its OAXIS Wellness Line. Read the press release here.

OAXIS’ body analyzer, Bluetooth water bottle, and fitness bands can be ordered now on Pozible, a crowdfunding website now and will be available for purchase at Oaxis.com in September.

The OAXIS Wellness Line aims to empower users to both make healthier choices and make them much easier, with wellness technology that easily integrates into an active lifestyle.

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