Monday, August 31, 2015

Garlic Gold :: Organic, Gourmet Garlic Products {PLUS Exclusive Discount + Giveaway Opp}

Garlic Gold is a small artisan condiment company from Ventura, California. They take gourmet to the next level with their handcrafted line of 100% USDA Organic, delicious garlic products that anyone can enjoy - from a seasoned chef to every mom cooking for her family. They are proud of their unique garlic products, and of their exceptional quality. Transforming any dish into a masterpiece is easy with Garlic Gold.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Garlic Gold has perfected the unexpected in the form of garlic-infused oils and crispy garlic Nuggets. The Garlic Gold Gift Box in particular is a fantastic introduction to all things Garlic Gold. Add some more Nuggets and you're golden. Not only are these products all super versatile, but they're made of very few ingredients and without preservatives or sugar. Just real ingredients - a rarity these days! 

Let's take a closer look at what Garlic Gold has a offer:

Garlic Gold - This is organic extra virgin olive oil with bits of toasted organic garlic Nuggets. This lends a wonderfully rich flavor and extra texture to my salads, and if I weren't gluten-free you can bet I'd be pouring it all over sourdough bread...

Garlic Gold Oil - A garlic-infused organic extra virgin olive oil with a rich flavor and smooth taste. A fabulous basic for all types of cooking in the kitchen. 

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette - A vinegar-free olive oil dressing enhanced with garlic, lemon, and seasonings. It's a great marinade or perfect for salads.

Garlic Gold makes Nuggets, which are made from organic garlic that's been chopped and toasted in organic extra virgin olive oil. The result is surprising and delicious. Nuggets come is six varieties and can be purchased individually or as part of a sampler or gift box. I received a total of four to try.

Garlic Gold Nuggets are crunchy, crispy little morsels, perfect for so many uses in the kitchen. Garnish a salad, sprinkle on pizza or steamed veggies, dash a bit on your favorite appetizer or any other dish that needs a little flavor and texture boost.

Garlic Gold Nuggets - The classic original Nuggets made of just garlic toasted in extra virgin olive oil. Simple yet amazing flavor. 

Parmesan Nuggets - I'm a cheese lover, and garlic is delicious on everything. This combo of Nuggets and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is the best of both worlds!

Italian Herb Nuggets - Classic Nuggets blended with basil, oregano, and other herbs lends a savory finish to any dish.

Sea Salt Nuggets - A blend of Nuggets with gourmet sea salt will enhance and elevate any dish.

Whether you like garlic a lot, or a little, Garlic Gold will quickly become a family favorite. A couple things that I particularly enjoyed about all these products is the strong presence of garlic, and obvious freshness. There is no hiding the deliciously rich garlic bathed in olive oil in the oil-based products, and the Nuggets are fresh and crispy.

At the moment I'm on an extremely strict diet for my nursling who is showing signs of milk allergic colitis and more. I'm literally down to about 25-30 ingredients I'm able to eat in an effort to keep flares down and let her body heal. Guess what? I CAN EAT GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL. I can't even tell you what a relief that is! So, my sauteed mushrooms and zucchini are tossed in Garlic Gold Oil and my homemade cauliflower garlic sauce is pureed together with Garlic Gold and frozen in large batches. My salads are tossed with original Garlic Gold, or with Garlic Gold Nuggets for some crunch and Garlic Gold Oil with a splash of balsamic vinegar for my dressing. I reinvent my dairy-free mashed potatoes with some Garlic Gold Oil. It's hard being so restricted, but Garlic Gold allows me to still have some fun with food. And hey, I don't have to prep garlic cloves before cooking! BONUS.

Garlic Gold products are a wonderful gift for the food connoisseur or anyone who enjoys cooking with unique foods. Garlic is a kitchen staple, but Garlic Gold is kicking it up a notch with their delicious, handcrafted products full of garlic goodness.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shop Smarter & Save More with the SaveMart Supermarkets App & SaveSmart Rewards {$50 Giveaway - Ends 9/8}

Moms have many roles to fill each day, and especially as a second-timer I can attest to the absolute dire need for organization to combat the daily chaos. With homeschool back in session, a new baby and what seems like a billion projects and tasks to complete, I'm definitely overwhelmed at times. Anything that can help make my day easier, I'm all in.

SaveMart Supermarkets wants to help make life easier and also reward you for shopping in their grocery stores. With their SaveSmart Rewards program and smartphone app, you have an excellent way to shop smarter, plan better, and save money right at your fingertips.

I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

The SaveMart Supermarkets app establishes a shopping profile when you sign up, simultaneously enrolling you in the SaveSmart Rewards program. It provides you with a fully integrated space to plan meals (by browsing a large online recipe database), create shopping lists, clip electronic coupons and view the weekly ad. Time spent in the store is then simplified and more efficient! You also accrue rewards points for your purchases, and then you can redeem those points for more in-store rewards in the future. The many features of this app make it a desirable bonus for SaveMart shoppers.

Sign Up 
To sign up for SaveSmart Rewards and gain access to lots of time-saving features, shoppers can go to their local store, download the ‘SaveMart Supermarkets’ app through the Apple Store or Google Play, or sign-up and manage their profiles online at I was able to quickly and easily sign up on my PC, but I manage my account using my iPhone.

Weekly Ad
Forget the Sunday paper. This app has a running list of items on sale in the current ad! What's even better is you can tap the "Add To List" button on any item to add to your Shopping List within the app. No paper ad to shuffle with, and all your grocery shopping needs are in one location.

SaveSmart Rewards
When I signed up for SaveSmart Rewards, 100 points were added to my balance. Accumulate points from your purchases in store and redeem those points for rewards. Current rewards included money off discounts and free products, including bananas, hot dug buns, bottled water and lots more.

Digital Coupons
Add available digital coupons to your rewards account and watch the savings come off at checkout in store. No clipping necessary! Coupons are categorized and even searchable.

Shopping List
Your Shopping List combines all the items you've added from the weekly ad, the recipes within the app, and any additional ingredients you've also added yourself. Items added from the ad and recipes are categorized such as "Meat and Seafood" and "Produce", so your list is simplified further for organized shopping. You can email your list to yourself using the letter icon at the top of your list.

Recipes & My Recipe Box
Browse hundreds of recipes for appetizers, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks too. Each recipe within the categories shows the recipe name, prep time, a photo, and the option to "Add To Recipe Box" before even viewing the recipe if you'd like to check it out later. Your personal digital Recipe Box houses all the recipes you're interested in in one convenient place. Clicking on the recipe takes you to the full recipe, complete with notes, servings amount, ingredients, preparation directions, and nutrition facts. Each recipe also has an ingredients tab where you can go down the ingredients list and add any items you need to your shopping list. Meal-planning = DONE.

Using Digital Coupons & Redeeming Rewards
At checkout, simply provide your phone number you signed up with or use your rewards card (there is an option to have one mailed to you if you prefer a physical card) to access your SaveSmart account. Any coupons or rewards loaded to your card will be redeemed automatically.

The SaveMart Supermarkets app is a great organizational tool for busy moms like me looking to cut back on time spent trying to meal plan, get a grocery list going, and clip coupons. It's so easy to browse recipes, add ingredients to your shopping list, and save money on products you probably already buy. This is a smart way to cut back on last minute shopping trips for forgotten ingredients, and earn rewards while for buying what you would anyway. I'm a list lover and my day goes a whole lot smoother if every to-do list in my brain is out and on paper, or in my phone. I typically have several paper grocery lists going on at once because my brain is just everywhere at once, but having just one list within the app is really convenient.

Overall I think SaveMart Supermarkets did and excellent job creating an app that is user friendly, convenient, and easy to navigate. It's pretty intuitive and doesn't have a learning curve to it at all. It saves you time and money. Since a mom's smartphone is essentially her command center these days, going digital with her grocery shopping is certainly the way to go.

Enter To Win:
One of my readers will receive a $50 gift card to SaveMart Supermarkets!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Natural House Cleaning Ingredients to Have at Home

Disclosure: This is a guest post.

Choosing commercial detergents and cleaners can be a time sucker especially when you’re faced with so many products in the market. Sales assistants do get tacky to convince you to purchase the items that they are trying to promote. To remove all the hassle, you can simply create your own cleaners with the use of natural house cleaning ingredients that can be found in your kitchen. In this page, we will list down the things you will find most useful to have at home for cleaning purposes.

Natural House Cleaning Ingredients to Have at Home

1. Baking Soda

There are more than 30 ways that you can use baking soda in cleaning. Baking soda can be used as an odor remover, drain cleaner, and a soft scrub as well for taking our dirt and stains in the bathroom and kitchen. Just by sprinkling baking soda or soaking it for an hour inside the toilet bowl will cut down the stinky smell of urine. Baking soda mixed with hot water will do wonders when taking out the loosened pieces of burned food in the oven or pot.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Original Konfidence Jacket :: Award-Winning Swimming Aids for Children {Giveaway - Ends 8/30}

Buddy isn't a strong swimmer, YET. Unfortunately that's what happens when you don't have easy access to a pool! Last time he swam was at a friend's birthday party. He wore an ill-fitting life jacket that was more cumbersome than helpful in letting him gain any real swimming experience. We definitely need to step it up, so next time he swims, he'll be wearing a swim jacket from Konfidence.

I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Konfidence is Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of award-winning premium protective swimwear, swim aids and swim accessories for babies and children. Recently, their Original Konfidence Jacket™ was named a 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) GOLD award winner!

The Original Konfidence Jacket ™ is a swimming aid that takes the fear out of swimming for young children. Within the jacket are 8 removable floats which allows you to adjust buoyancy levels as a child becomes more confident in the water. There is a specific order of how to remove floats, therefore ensuring the Konfidence Jacket is always promoting the correct face forward swimming position.

The Original Konfidence Jacket™ is constructed of high quality, durable neoprene shell with soft Lycra/Poly interior. The wetsuit grade neoprene and unique design assure that the Konfidence Jacket will stay in place and not ride up.
Original Konfidence Jacket™ features:

•Easy to use eight removable float system for adjustable buoyancy
•Designed to coordinate with the Konfidence Child Wetsuit
•Full instructions for float removal printed inside jacket
•Soft flexible neoprene for warmth and buoyancy
•Yellow back for hi-visibility
•Tested to the latest safety standards

Buddy is thrilled with his new Original Konfidence Jacket™, and I think it will be a game-changer next time we take him swimming. He'll have the confidence to kick off the swimming pool wall and actually try to swim rather than fear sinking. While it isn't a life jacket, the buoyancy of the Original Konfidence Jacket™ provides is enough to encourage little swimmers to take the next steps to become a strong swimmer.

The Original Konfidence Jacket™ retails for $39.99. There are four colors to choose from and it's available in sizes Small 2-3 years (up to 44 lbs.), Medium 4-5 years (up to 55 lbs.) and Large 6-7 years (up to 66 lbs.). Watch the Konfidence Video on YouTube to see the jacket in action.

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Twitter: @konfidenceusa

Enter To Win:  
One of my readers will receive an Original Konfidence Jacket! (Child size only - choose small, medium or large)

Back-to-school: Tips for parents

Disclosure: This is a guest post. 

If your child is enjoying his/her holidays, let them know it is school time.However, don’t simply say it out loud and spoil their mood. Instead, carry out activities that remind them that it is school time.

Listed below are some of the ways in which you can make the move look smooth. Read it carefully!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Macy's Back to School Shopping Party in Modesto THIS SATURDAY!

It's back to school season and your kid's wardrobe probably needs a few new pieces. I have fond memories of back to school shopping with my mom and starting my first day back wearing a new outfit and a new pair of shoes each year. There's nothing quite like that fresh look and boost of confidence to kick off the new year!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Still BTS shopping? Join Macy's for a Back to School Shopping Party near you to get some serious style inspiration from celebrity vlogger, Lindsey Hughes! Check out Lindsey's favorite styles for the new school year and party it up as we bid summer farewell.

Macy's Back to School Shopping Party
August 22nd - 2pm
Macy's Vintage Faire Mall - Modesto, CA

For my locals, there's a FREE Back to School Shopping Party in Modesto THIS SATURDAY. So fun! While you're there, enjoy sips and sweets, a DJ, mini manis, and a photo booth. Plus, receive a free totebag with any $35 purchase in mstylelab!

View the full list of events for a party near you. Lindsey Hughes will be appearing at the following Back to School Shopping Party events: 

-Macy's Pembroke Lakes - Pembroke Pines, FL - 8/22, 2pm
-Macy's Memorial City - Houston, TX - 8/29, 2pm
-Macy's Willowbrook - Wayne, NJ - 9/12, 2pm

Even if Lindsey isn't appearing at your local event, you'll still see the styles she loves for the season. Her favorite trends will be displayed throughout the store! For more information, visit

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Go Back To School with SanDisk at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Do you own a smartphone? A tablet? A camera? It's back to school season, and a great time to reevaluate your storage needs for all your devices! Whether you're the student, or your child is, Best Buy is here to help you shop for the right memory cards to support safe storage for them all.
SanDisk delivers industry-leading performance and reliability for all your storage needs. Whether that's for professional-grade camera memory, point-and-shoot camera SD cards, smartphone and tablet microSD™ cards, or USB Flash Drives, SanDisk has it all. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices—because your stories span generations and your memory solutions should too.

For digital imaging, capture more fast action, record more than 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, and transfer speeds up to 60MB/s for smartphones, tablets and action cameras. SanDisk offers speeds over 10X faster than ordinary cards and transfer speeds up to 80MB/s for DSLR cameras and camcorders.
For your smartphone or tablet, add a SanDisk microSD™ card so you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand a compact SanDisk microSD™ cards for a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.
Use a USB Flash Drive for iPhones and iPads so you can easily transfer data between iPhone, iPad, and computers, as well as free up iPhone and iPad memory with both lightning and USB connectors. A dual USB for android devices allows for easy transfer between android devices and computers and also frees up space for photos, videos, music and more.
As you return back to school this year, be sure to check out Best Buy's SanDisk brand store for all your digital storage needs.