Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Try Something New Tuesday: Kroger Yogurt Review

 I am on my way to a healthier me!  The last couple of weeks I have really focused on eating healthier and exercising.  One change I have made in my diet is the switch from a high carb diet to a high protein diet.  Bzz Agent made this easy for my by offering me the chance to try out the New Kroger Greek, Greek Lite and Carbmaster yogurts.  I was sent a Kroger gift card to purchase my choice of yogurt.  As an added bonus, they also included coupons to give out to friends and family.  (I have a few left, so hit me up for them!)

First I tried the Greek Yogurt in the Strawberry flavor. 

One thing that I noticed right away on the carton was that it was sweetened with STEVIA!  This made me really happy to see that they used a safe, natural sweetener. It also contained 14 grams of protein and 130 calories.  I loved the taste of this, but not sure I liked wasting 130 calories on it.  
The Greek yogurt had a great smooth texture and tasted yummy!  I didn't really notice the big tangy taste that usually comes with Greek yogurt so that was a plus.  

A few days later, I was craving something sweet and remembered the Black Forest Cake Carbmaster yogurt in the fridge.  

This one was super yummy!  I was a bit bummed though when I saw that it was sweetened with an artificial sweetener.  However, it was only 60 calories, 4 carbs and 9 grams of protein.  

This particular yogurt was chunkier with bits of chocolate and cherries in it.  Overall it was tasty and I would consider purchasing it again.  

The last yogurt I tried out was the Greek Lite in the Peach Flavor.  

I liked that this was a Greek Yogurt with only 90 calories, but again it was sweetened with artificial sweeteners.  It contained 16 grams of protein which was awesome!  What a great and easy way to get protein in.  This particular flavor, however, was not a hit with me.  It reminded of sour cream...a peach flavored sour cream.  Yuck!

However, Baby Sis loved it!  While she slurped it down, I settled for the Greek Lite in the Strawberry flavor and was much more satisfied! 
And don't you love her hair?  Just woke up! :-) 

Overall, I was happy with Kroger Yogurt.  I am happy that this company is stepping up and making products that fit the healthy eating trends.  I know that it isn't quite possible yet to have a natural sweetner and also fewer calories, but I hope I see Stevia in more products by Kroger.

As always, my opinions are honest and truly my own.  I was not compensated, but I was given Free products to try. Thanks to Kroger and Bzz Agent!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shick Hydro Silk Razor Review

Spring is right around the corner, or at least I hope it is!  I am looking forward to flip flops and warm weather.  With the warm weather, comes shorts and capris.  I will admit, that is one nice thing about winter...I don't have to shave my legs because they are always hidden.  However, Shick is making shaving a bit easier with it's new Shick Hydro Razor.  As a Bzz Agent,  I was given the chance to try it out and took it with me when we went on our trip to Florida in February. Yes, I actually had to shave me legs! 

I received a full size Shick Hyrdo Silk razor with an extra cartridge included with it, as well as, a few coupons to hand out.

The razor has a nice curved handle that makes it easy to use.  The head of the razor has 5 blades and this really cool moisturizing serum that gives your legs a silky smooth finish...therefore, it is the "Hydro Silk"  razor.  The 5 blades help to give a super close shave that lasts longer than a few days. 

If you look closely at the top and bottom of the blades you will see a bunch of white "dots".  This is the moisturizing serum that is activated when wet.  You can feel the silkiness by rubbing your finger over it. It truly helps to make you legs feel super smooth.  I was really excited to use it in Florida when I had to show off my legs on the beach.  I really liked the razor, but there is just one issue I had with it.  It doesn't last very long!   By the third time I used it, the silky serum was gone and the blades seem to be a bit "rough".  It does come with an extra cartridge which is handy, but if you shave more than once or twice a week you will be racking up some serious dough in this razor by changing out the cartridges so frequently.  However, if you run across a great deal on it, I suggest trying it out for yourself!

Note: I  received a Free Shick Hydro Silk razor as a Bzz Agent.  All opinions are truly my own and I was not compensated. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MorningStar Farms Meatless Burger Review

Many of you know my struggle with weight loss...well I am at it again...try to lose some weight!  This time, I am getting serious.  I am making some big lifestyle changes, and my diet is one of them.  Right now I am tracking calories and taking a serious look at the labels of the foods that I eat.  I am trying to incorporate protein in my diet to give me the satisfaction and energy that I need to make it through the day.  Therefore, when I had the chance to try out a great source of protein as a Bzz Agent, I was on it.  MorningStar Farms is a company that I was somewhat familiar with.  I had a roommate in college who was a vegetarian and would eat the veggie burgers.  I have always been a little hesitant to try them, but when I had the chance to try them for free, I thought "What the heck?!"  

As a Bzz Agent, I had the chance to try a meatless burger from MorningStar Farms.  I settled on the Spicy Black Bean Burger.  One great thing about MorningStar Farms is that they have a variety of recipes on their website.  I was a little intrigued by the Spice Black Bean Burger Southwest Wrap.  I am huge fan of wraps and this looked tasty, so I made a few changes and whipped one up.   Another great thing about the veggie burgers, is the ease of preparation.  After defrosting the microwave for a minute or so, I quickly cooked it on a non-stick skillet.

One thing that impressed me was the lack of grease, unlike that with ground beef.  It took a few minutes to cook while flipping it every so often.  When it was finished, I cut it into a few small pieces and placed it on a whole wheat wrap.  I topped it with cheese and salsa and popped it in the oven for a few minutes to let the cheese melt. 

When I was finished, I topped it with lettuce and reduced fat sour cream...

and Ta-da!  My truly yummy dinner was born!  I really liked the flavor that the pieces of corn and tomatoes added to the burger.  I also enjoyed the Mexican spices.  While it wasn't too spicy, it did add to it's flavor.  One thing that I wasn't quite sure of was the texture.  It was a little "softer" and maybe a bit mushy when compared to a ground beef.  Therefore, I am not sure how I would like this if served on a bun.  Overall, I was happy to try this out.  I like the health benefits that these products have and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.  Will this be a new staple to my diet...not sure.  However, I will be willing to try out some more recipes to experiment with more MorningStar Products.

Note:  As a Bzz Agent, I was given a coupon for a free package of MorningStar Farms Veggie Burgers.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are truly my own. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Where's the Snow?

Okay, so I have a confession...I was hoping for at least 7 inches of snow today.  Instead, we got maybe 1 inch.  I am READY for Spring, but if we are going to get snow, then LET IT SNOW like a foot!  The last three snowfalls have been slightly disappointing.  Our local weather reporters have predicted several inches more than what we actually received. Therefore, I am a bit bummed. My boys had so much fun last week in the snow, and I was really excited to take Baby Sis out in it this week since she is finally healthy.  Oh well...instead, I'll share pictures from last week.

 Last year we didn't really get a lot of snow, so they were begging to go out and play in the snow.  They were so excited, that it didn't even matter that they were still a little under weather themselves.  We got all bundled up and heading out to make a snowman.

Here is my pathetic attempt to help my boys make a snowman.  It looks like it is melting.  We will leave this up to Dad next time. 

The boys loved it though! Then, I remembered this cool little brick making mold in my cluttered basement, and we started making this awesome fort.  Thank Goodness I never threw it away like I had planned. 

 The boys had so much fun making their little fort.  Of course, Mommy had to help a little.

 They had even more fun using it as a place to hide for a snowball fight!  

  After a short snowball fight, we had to go in side and warm up with some hot chocolate!  

While I am so excited to hopefully see the sun and green grass soon, I still long for one more BIG snow! Not sure I will get my wish.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

One of my go-to recipes after a busy day is this super easy Sloppy Joe Recipe.  Almost all of these ingredients you will find in my pantry at all times.  The entire family seems to enjoy it, so that is always a plus!  Serve these with chips, carrot sticks and/or mace & cheese and you have a easy meal. 

Here is what you will need...
  • 2 lbs. of Ground Beef  (you can always 1/2 the recipe for 1lb of ground beef)
  • Minced Onions (or fresh onions)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Cans of Tomato Soup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 T. Vinegar 
  • 2 T. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Mustard
Brown meat with onions and season with salt & pepper while browning. Drain off fat.  Mix remaining ingredients together.  Then add to meat mixture.  Simmer till heated through.  Serve warm on hamburger buns.  

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Organizing Challenge?...Count me in!

Last year, I participated in an organizing challenge over on Organizing Junkie's blog. It was a month long process and I was able to get rid of quite a bit of stuff.  Unfortunately, there is still junk in my house that needs to leave or it needs to be organized.  I am back again this year and working on the same room...my BASEMENT.  This particular area is split into two rooms;  one is for storage and the other is the playroom.  Both are in need of some serious help!

When you walk into the storage room, you are greeted with this mess...

Behind the door is this great storage cabinet, that needs to utilized...

More pictures of the mess...


But there is one area that is "sort of" organized.  I started working on this last month.

 Then, there is the playroom...


I am super motivated and ready to make some changes.  Join me in the challenge!

We've Survived the Flu!

Who needs a flu shot?  Not us!  We just survived our first official flu epidemic that hit and tried to wipe out our house.  It started with the boys last week and then this past week it knocked Baby Sis down for awhile.  

It started with a fever that lastest for several days.  Then a nasty cough and runny nose and lots of crankiness. Finally, Baby Sis is recovering.  Whew!  What a week!  Now, maybe I can catch up on some blogging.