Category: Reviews

Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal

After feeling great doing the Whole 30 program I was looking for ways to incorporate more gluten free foods into my life.

Especially during breakfast time.

So when Bob’s Red Mill asked me to review their Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups, I was super excited. fullsizerender

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups feature hearty and nutritious blends of whole grain, gluten-free oats with flaxseeds, chia seeds, fruits, nuts and spices.img_1761

These convenient, carry-anywhere cups contain 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, and are a good source of iron.

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are milled, mixed, packaged, tested and confirmed gluten free in their dedicated gluten- free facility.

Microwaveable and ready in just three minutes, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are available in four delicious flavors, including Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Hazelnut, Brown Sugar and Maple, and Classic.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-7-48-12-pm

My 1.5 year old, Jacob was the first one to try it out. img_1792img_1801He’s a big fan! He seriously asks me for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups everyday this week. 

The following day I went over to my friend, Miri’s house to test them out. img_1478She’s a fan! She said, “Eating gluten free for breakfast isn’t always convenient, but with this carry cup style it’s going to be easier.”

Not only is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups delicious they are also super easy to prepare. You can either microwave or use boiling water to prepare. img_2415 img_1477 A single serving cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups retails for $2.49.

My favorite flavor is the blueberry and hazelnut. It’s the prefect mixture of sweet and nutty flavors. Yum! img_2416

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Bob’s Red Mill provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.



Ragu Thick and Hearty Sauce

I normally make my own tomato sauce, but when I heard Ragu was coming out with a Thick & Hearty sauce I was excited to try it.

Ragu Thick & Hearty sauce comes in 5 flavors.img_2264RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is simmered in tradition with a made-from-scratch taste.

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is crafted with only vine-ripened California tomatoes for a bold, thick, and hearty texture that hugs the pasta.

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce has no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup.

The suggested retail price for a 23 oz. jar of RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is $3.50.

The  first sauce we tried was the Thick & Hearty Mushroom.img_1919HI was going to just add it to past, but hubby was in the mood for meat sauce.

Step 1: Brown meat until very little pink.img_1924Step 2: Boil pasta according to directions on box.img_1925Step 3: Drain pasta AND meat.

Step 4: Add Ragu Thick & Creamy Mushroom sauce to meat. img_1939Step 5: Bring to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. img_1944Tip: Don’t fight with the sauce at the bottom of the jar. Turn the jar over and wait for all the sauce to drip down towards the lid. When ready pour the sauce into the pan. img_1946And just like that we had a delicious, thick and hearty sauce that the whole family loved!img_1948img_1950Including this little guy.img_1953 img_1956 img_1959img_1963

Where to Purchase

RAGÚ® Homestyle Pasta Sauce is available at your local grocery store and at the following retailers: Target, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Kroger, Vons, Raley’s, Lucky, SaveMart, Stater Brothers, and Smart & Final. Go to here to find a store near you.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Ragu provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.



Harvest Snaps

Getting your kiddo to eat their veggies can be tough! 19F58B7300000578-2859971-image-a-4_1417650866325(photo via google)

Thanks to Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, made from 70% whole green peas, you can now snack guilt free with 5 grams of protein, 16% of the recommended daily value of fiber, and less fat and sodium than regular chips per serving.IMG_1799

Every Harvest Snaps snack is baked, not fried, and is guaranteed to have a satisfying crunch.IMG_1798

Harvest Snaps snacks are minimally processed and gluten-free.non-gmo

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps are available in four delicious flavors: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper, and Wasabi Ranch. Harvest Snaps Lentil Bean, made from whole lentils, are available in two flavors: Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme.IMG_1086

To see the difference we had a neighborhood taste test. IMG_1257


The kids thought it was funny to see the peas and “chips” side by side. IMG_1110It was such a lovely afternoon. I love our neighborhood kids!

The kids and families all had different favorites. My favorite Harvest Snaps flavor is Onion Thyme.

We ended the evening with each kiddo taking a snack size bag home.IMG_6106The retail price for Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps ranges between $1.99-$2.49 per item, depending on the retailer.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Harvest Snaps provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.


Farchioni Olive Oil

Almost every dish I prepare starts with a little bit of olive oil.Balsamic Garlic Chicken

From appetizers to the main course olive oil makes things taste SO much better. But not any olive oil will do. Using extra virgin olive oil like Farchioni makes things taste right.

Farchioni Class Oil Farchioni is a great Italian success story that started way back in 1780 and is now on people’s tables all over the world, with products recognized and prized for their quality. Their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the pride of the Farchioni family, is the fruit of decades of work, study, and experience in selecting the nest quality olives in Italy and other countries. This is why Farchioni is one of the top five producers, bottlers, and distributors of extra-virgin olive oil in Italy.

Why choose European?

 The olive tree has been revered in Europe since Antiquity. Over thousands of years farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees (cultivars) and optimized them for different environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields.

Put your olive oil to the test and try this yummy recipe.IMG_1115

Balsamic Garlic Chicken
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  1. 1½ pounds boneless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  2. salt and pepper to season chicken
  3. 2 tbsp olive oil
  4. 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  6. ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  7. ¾ cup chicken broth
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large 10-inch skillet over medium high heat. When skillet and oil are hot, place the chicken in the skillet evenly.
  3. Cook the chicken on one side for 5 minutes until browned, flip the chicken and cook for 3 more minutes.
  4. Set chicken aside.
  5. Add the garlic and the mushrooms into the pan and stir to combine. Cook this for 5 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.
  6. Add in the vinegar and broth.
  7. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Uncover the skillet and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes to thicken the sauce slightly.
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Where to Purchase

Farchioni oil is available at Whole Foods North Atlantic Region (New York metro market), Gourmet Garage in NYC, Best Markets in Long Island and Adams Fairacre north of New York City.

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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Cascade Platinum ActionPacs


You’ve got life upgrades in spades: Whether taking steps into parenthood or taking steps into a new place to call home, there’s a lot going on. Why not upgrade your dishwasher detergent with Cascade® Platinum™ ActionPacs™? With 3X more film-fighting power, better grease cleaning abilities and rinse aid action powered by Shine Shield, these tough-on-grime dishwasher packs make it easy to clean even the hardiest stains. Formulated with the grease-fighting power of Dawn®, ActionPacs™ clean tough food stains better than six bargain brand detergent packs combined. That’s why it’s the #1 recommended detergent by North American dishwasher manufacturers.

As a daily dishwasher user these ActionPacs are really handy. It’s not only easy to use, they actually work.


Lightly rinse your dishes, place an ActionPacs in your compartment, and tada you are done!IMG_5703 IMG_5704

Can’t get enough of Cascade® Platinum™ ActionPacs™? Download these ActionPacs™ coupons and save on the #1 recommended North American dishwasher detergent.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the BzzAgent program. While Cascade provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

NeilMed Naspira


Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately with allergy season and cold season this happens often. Until my kiddos learn how to blow their own nose I have to release the mucus for them.

Luckily baby J doesn’t mind it and even smiles when I get our aspirator out.IMG_7445IMG_7434Introducing… NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator

Naspira-FRONTNeliMed® is the largest manufacturer and supplier of LVLP (Large Volume Low Pressure) saline nasal irrigation systems in the world. The mission of the company is safety, affordability, and effectiveness to sustain long-term growth and create drug-free and effective nasal/sinus care for millions of consumers worldwide. NeilMed products help to alleviate common nasal and sinus symptoms in a simple, safe, effective, and affordable way. Additionally, NeilMed has developed a growing line of products for baby care, ear care, and first aid.

Just the Facts

NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator is the world’s most uniquely designed nasal aspirator system that safely and effectively suctions baby’s and toddler’s stuffy, runny or congested noses.

With the unique, transparent 2-in-1 design, you can either use it as a NeilMed® NasaBulb aspirator or as an effective Nasal-Oral suction device, where parents can use suction force generated by the mouth to alleviate nasal congestion in babies and small children.Naspira-PT01The high-grade, all-silicone design allows for easy pull apart cleaning of all components, as well as sterilization through boiling water or microwave disinfection protocol.

The NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator includes 7 in-line disposable filters to prevent mucus from inadvertently entering the tubing and reaching the user’s mouth.

Where to Purchase

NeliMed products can be found at Target, WalMart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon, Kinney Drugs, Shop Rite, Brookshire’s,,, and

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation with the Moms Meet program. While NeliMed provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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Grateful Naturals

Now that I go kickboxing several times a week I need something to keep the funk at bay.

But after many different deodorant brands (even a men’s brand) I was still getting funky mid way through class.

On the hunt for something better I came across, Grateful Naturals.  13118863_1724954091057877_302442749792600507_nThis mompreneur makes amazing stuff! She makes things like lip balm, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and other goodies. Her items are natural, without any harsh chemicals and with ingredients you can actually pronounce. Plus they smell great too!!

I tested out her deodorant in lavender for the week. IMG_4923IMG_4922Just after one try I noticed a difference.

First thing I noticed was the color. It didn’t freakishly white like those other sticks. It looked like a natural color. Kinda what it should look like if one was to use natural ingredients.

Second was the texture. It was thicker. I didn’t feel the need to spread it several of times as it came out thick the first time.

Next was the smell. I love lavender but this smelled like fresh garden picked lavender. I loved it!

After a week of using it I no longer found myself smelling funky mid class AND I found myself not needing to reapply before class.

I am so excited to have found this deodorant!!

Thank you Grateful Naturals for your awesome deodorant!

Can’t wait to try your the rest of your products.

Where to Purchase

Grateful Naturals products are sold locally and online.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation. While Grateful Naturals provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.


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