Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Review

Since becoming a vegetarian I've spent a lot of time researching natural ingredients for cooking and solutions for household and beauty needs. One of the things that kept coming up both online and in conversations was coconut oil. People talked about how tasty it was in recipes as well as how useful it could be for your skin, body and even around the house. I love the fragrance and flavor of coconut, so I thought it was worth a shot. It can be a bit expensive, so I bought a little container of a cheap brand at a discount store. On my skin it felt okay, but flavor-wise, it was bitter and … [Read more...]

Xlear SparX Candy Review

Who doesn't love candy? Before receiving an invitation to review Xlear's SparX Candy from Moms Meet, I'd never heard of them. When I read about the product, I found out they were sweetened with the naturally occurring sweetener, xylitol. Here's what they had to say: Xlear SparX is sweetened naturally with xylitol, a plant-based, dentist-recommended sweetener that’s been proven to improve dental health and strengthen tooth enamel.  Xylitol doesn’t interfere with the body’s blood sugar levels or insulin production, making it safe for kids and adults on a sugar-controlled … [Read more...]

Bella Viva Orchards Mixed Dried Fruit Review and Glveaway – Ends 5/31

I have a confession. My family has a fruit addiction. Like, seriously, we should buy stock in it. So, when I was given the chance to review a one pound bag of Bella Viva Orchards Mixed Dried Fruit, I was on that business like my kids on...well...fruit. When the fruit mix arrived it looked so good, I actually hid it so I could get some before my boys tore into it. Once the fruit was out of the bag, I realized that one pound is a lot of fruit, and my boys and I enjoyed the mix for several snacks as well as mixed into some trail mix and with oatmeal. Happily, it went a LONG way. What's … [Read more...]

What’s for Breakfast? Nature’s Hand Granola Review

Since my first taste of granola cereal as a little girl, I've always been a huge fan. It's loaded with flavor and is a filling, whole grain, energy boost for the beginning of the day. As a mom of three boys, a great start to the morning is important. Without a solid foundation to the day, my little dudes can run me ragged long before lunch time. So when I was given the opportunity to try out Nature's Hand Granola cereal, I was totally excited. Nature's Hand Granola is made with premium, all natural ingredients, such as roasted oats and wheat, soy oil, nuts and seeds. The cereal is … [Read more...]

Dulce de Leche Cheerios Review and Prize Pack Give Away (ends 3/19) – NOW CLOSED

Cheerios brand cereal has been a staple for moms and families for decades, and with good reason. Their commitment to great ingredients and small, easy to hold and chew size has made them one of the first solid goodies are babies get to enjoy. Cheerios has recently added to their available flavors of whole grain cereals, including the delectable Dulce de Leche Cheerios. Packed with whole grains (39% of the daily recommendation per serving, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans), only six grams of sugar per serving and lightly flavored with the Latin inspired caramel flavor … [Read more...]

Wellness Wednesday: Deliciously Healthy Perks to Salsa

One of the best things about summer in the Arias house is mom's salsa. She uses freshly-picked, homegrown ingredients from her carefully-tended garden and, as homemade salsas go, hers is second to none. In honor of Mama Arias' fresh salsa, we would like to focus on the benefits of this delectably, spicy summer treat and share how amazingly healthy the ingredients in a fresh bowl of salsa really are and how they can aid you in your quest for better health! If you make your own salsa or like to buy it fresh from a deli, these are a few extraordinarily hearty ingredients you want to make … [Read more...]