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    Pact Dream Big Pajamas {Review + Discount}

    June 10th, 2021
    I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links

    Sleep time with 3 girls

    My girls are great sleepers and beaten the 3 of them, they know how to get ready for bed pretty quickly. 

    Sleep has never been an issue so when it comes to getting ready at night, choosing pajamas is important for each girl. 

    Pact as a Company

    I am not new to Pact. Ever since I ordered stretchy pants and underwear for me and my husband, we realized how lovely the material felt on our skin. 

    Pact is made of organic cotton and is Fair Trade Certified which means they do their best to take care of this planet. Did you know that Organic cotton uses 91% LESS water than conventional cotton to be produced. So, by choosing certified organic cotton from Pact, you’re supporting water conservation efforts, too!

    I totally didn’t know this fact so this totally changed my mindset on what I’ll be purchasing in the future.

    Pact Dream Big Pajamas

    The girls had a chance to try Pact’s pajamas.  While we received 2 orders of pajamas, I learned that each order comes as a 2-pack with 2 varieties. 4 pairs of pajamas in all which worked well since we have 3 girls. 

    Pact carries Dream Big Pajamas in kids’ sizes 18 months through size 10. My youngest is almost 6 years old so even though she’s still wearing 5T, I decided to order size 6 in the Jungle Floral and Elderberry design. 

    My older girls are closer in age so I ordered the same size for them. They got excited to choose the Oceans and Stellar Blue option. They like sharks so while blue isn’t always their favorite color, they decided to go with this theme. 

    These pajamas are prewashed and shrink resistant and really fit snug around the girls’ waists.  They loved the designs they chose and the fact that these pajamas don’t have tags. If I could tell you the amount of times that these girls asked me to cut or remove tags from clothing. 

    I loved the feel of the pajamas for each girl. Now I wished Pact made pajama shorts as an option since these pajamas will work best for the fall and winter. We have no air conditioner in the second floor so these long sleeves and pants make them a bit unbearable and hot. 

    Thankfully the girls were able to use the last month when it was still cold in Pennsylvania. 

    Where to buy

    Pact Dream Big Pajamas for kids typically retail for $50 for a 2-pack at wearpact.com.

    Save 20% on your first Pact purchase at wearpact.com with promo code MomsMeet20. Offer is valid until 12/31/21. (Note: Offer valid on first purchases only. Does not apply to sale items. Cannot be combined with other offers.)

    Follow Pact on Facebook @wearpact and on Twitter @pactorganic.

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    Zucchini Tomato Salad with 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    May 22nd, 2021

    Olive oil is such a lovely addition to any meal but what I did not know much was the process that olives go through in order to offer a supreme product. Flavor for Life introduced me to Le Stagioni d’ Italia 100%  Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Le Stagioni d’ Italia 100%  Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    What makes this 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil unique? It is col-pressed which means that no heat or chemicals are added to produce this oil. It is basically the juice of freshly pressed olives.

    Did you know that olive oil tastes differently when pressed from unripe or ripe olives? 

    In order to pass the test before going into production and labeling, the oil goes through an expert panel of taste testers that are a part of the International Oil Council in Europe. This is for real! They taste for the presence of specific qualities needed like its fruitiness, bitterness, and spiciness.  If it does not meet these qualities then it does not pass as extra virgin.

    I hope you learned something because I certainly did!!! My whole experience in enjoying this 500ml bottle of 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been completely different based on the information I read on Flavor for Life.

    Taste and Use for 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    This olive oil is harvested in Italy and is vegan, gluten free, and contains no additives or  preservatives.  While this olive oil can be heated up to 400 degrees F, I decided to use it only as a garnish or to make a simple dressing for my Zucchini Tomato Salad.  It has a robust flavor of artichoke and almond, with a medium bitter and spicy aftertaste, as well as a green, ripe, fruity aroma with a leafy feel. 

    In addition to learning about the process of quality extra virgin olive oil, I also did not know that I needed to be vigilant on how to store or even protect my oil. Between use, I learned that I should store my oil somewhere dark and cool (around 57°F, if  possible), not on the counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator.  I am totally also making sure to keep the lid screwed on tight, and to use my oil within six months of opening.

    Fresh Zucchini Tomato Salad with Simple Vinaigrette 

    I always tend to make simple recipes because we have a busy schedule so in this time, I decided to try my hand at risotto with the Le Stagioni d’ Italia Carnaroli rice that was sent to me along with the olive oil. Well, I know my husband gives me a hard time making fancy meals for my kids, but I love exposing them to dishes they normally would not be given. One of my three kids enjoyed my risotto which is okay. At least they tried it and enjoyed my simple fresh salad. 

    Zucchini Tomato Salad with Simple Vinaigrette

    A simple fresh and summery salad that compliments risotto.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: dressing, olive oil, salad, tomato, zucchini
    Servings: 4

    Equipment

    • cutting board
    • Knife

    Ingredients

    • 2 small zucchini, cubed
    • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 tbsp 100% Extra Virgin Olive oil
    • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp crush black pepper

    Instructions

    • In a class bowl, add chopped zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and parsley.
    • In a small dish, mix ingredients for vinaigrette and mix well.
    • Pour over veggies and toss well.

    Where to find 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Le Stagioni d’ Italia products are available to  purchase nationwide at Grocery Outlet. 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil typically retails for $19.99 for a 500 mL  bottle.

    Learn more about Flavor Your Life :

    flavor-your-life.com 

    facebook.com/flavoryourlifena 

    twitter.com/flavor_yourlife

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    WAMA Hemp Underwear {Review + Discount}

    April 5th, 2021

    Hemp clothing

    Are you familiar with hemp clothing at all? I was introduced to hemp clothing a few years ago because I learned I have a sensitivity to synthetic clothing. I would break out and feel really uncomfortable. Fast forward many years and I saw myself hardly purchasing new essentials. Here is where WAMA underwear comes in.
    Not only do I only wear cotton clothing, I really have had a great experience with hemp and hemp and cotton blends.

    WAMA underwear

    Have you been introduced to WAMA? There are a tiny startup in a super tiny niche so I was excited to learn more about this company and to share with you how much I enjoyed trying a few items.
    Did you know that hemp fabric is naturally anti-bacterial, with anti-odor properties? It is super comfortable, breathable and gets softer with every wash. Hemp is also organic, eco-friendly and can help save the planet.  Perhaps you did not know that there was such thing as hemp underwear but I believe it is much more comfortable and durable than cotton or other textiles.

    WAMA Styles

    When it comes to small underwear companies is the fact that there are not enough options to wear. It is either hipster or high waist. With WAMA underwear, I had TOO many choices! It was really hard to choose but since I AM a female with a high waist, I was excited to see how their high-waist underwear fit without feeling like grandma underwear.
    I ordered 2 others styles along with the high waist pattern. I ordered the thing and the hipster style along with the triangle bralette.
    I was encouraged to order the large size because the underwear runs small.

    WAMA underwear review

    I actually loved the feel of the underwear as well as the color. It is available only in black and the label is green. Each item is a blend of cotton, hemp and spandex. After every wash the material gets softer which is truly my ideal. Here is what I thought of each style:
    • Hipster: This was my favorite style even with a high waist, it sat at my hips pretty comfortably without running down at all. This was perfect in a LARGE size whereas in order brands I would normally wear a medium.
    • Thong: While I am not usually a fan, I loved the feel and the option of wearing with workout pants.
    • High-Waisted: This was probably the only style I would have ordered my normal MEDIUM size as they stretched out a little too much.
    • Triangle Bralette: This bralette is designed for every day wear. I mostly enjoyed at home if I was not going out anywear or during the evening as I was winding down for the day. I loved the feel of this bralette because I usually prefer bras with no underwire.

    Discount code

    Want a chance to try this brand? They also sell in womens and mens packs so you can save a lot more. Give it a chance and start feeling good in your own skin while knowing you are supporting a small business!

    Use my link https://bit.ly/3rMGDeM to order and save 20% on your order and receive FREE US shipping as well! Give it a try and you’ll fall in love.

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    Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret [ Kids Book Review]

    March 12th, 2021
    I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

    Homeschooling and Reading

    Between homeschooling and our every day schedule, the girls enjoy reading a variety of books. During the day, the girls read books focused on their school work. In the afternoons and evenings they enjoy reading other books of their choosing, for their own enjoyment.

    When we all started Book 1 of the Explorer Academy series called The Nebula Secret, my 8-year-old started it but really couldn’t get into it. My 9-year-old definitely caught on and started reading a little every day. Meanwhile, I started reading on my own as well. There is something fun about reading the same books with your kids. This book definitely had its challenges for my middle daughter, but then I realized she did much better listening to this particular book than reading it herself. I will share that later.

    National Geographic Kids

    Do you know much about the National Geographic Kids?

    National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through its award-winning books, magazines, website, television series, apps,at bu
    games, and more. It is the only major kids brand with a world-class scientific
    organization at its core. National Geographic Kids brings its brand of powerful,smart storytelling to the fiction world under its Under the Stars imprint, which launched in 2018 with the first book in the Explorer Academy series, The
    Nebula Secret.

    If you have kids that love mystery, suspense, adventure and more, they’ll love this series. I actually enjoyed reading the book myself because I like adventure and mystery too. My daughter and I had a great time talking about the story in itself.

    She also had a chance to read out loud to her sisters, which they really enjoyed. I loved the fact that there were challenging words in the book that allowed my girls to ask questions. It also helped them with pronouncing but not only that, the book defined some of the words for them too!

    Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

    The Nebula Secret is the first book in the Explorer Academy series by author Trudi Trueit. It is about 12-year-old boy Cruz Coronado who leaves his home in Hawaii to join the prestigious Explorer Academy where he and 23 other kids from around the globe are being trained to be the next great explorers.

    Right off the bat we get drawn in by some unknown mystery that keeps us drawn into the book. Who is out to get him and why are this mystery person trying to sabotage Cruz’s future at the Explorer Academy? The book is filled with wonderful colorful drawings that make this book such a fun book to read. Not only that, but the author has added some codes for readers to crack in order to find out the mystery behind the book.

    Here is what the author says about them:

    Cracking the codes and solving puzzles will help reveal to readers more about what Cruz and his friends are  up against as they try to complete the mission Cruz’s mom left for him. A secret message might tell readers  what to watch for, be wary of, or even give a hint about what is going to happen in the story. Readers will  even find subtle messages embedded in the illustrations. All of the codes are meant to point readers to the  truth but I have to say that many of the messages aren’t easy to find. So, look carefully!  

    We are having such fun trying to find them out and little did I know how much fun I would have as well with my daughters too!

    Are you interested already? After you finish reading Book 1 there is The Falcon’s Feather (Book 2), The Double Helix (Book 3), The Star Dunes (Book 4), and The Tiger’s Nest (Book 5, the latest installment, released on January 5, 2021).

    Did you know?

    After we finished the book, we noticed that there was a section called “Truth Behind the Fiction.” This section focuses on the many ideas that were discovered by real National Geographic explorers during their research. A lot of the story line behind the Explorer Academy series lies with fact-based fiction that is inspired by real-life adventures! I think that is fascinating!

    When I have my girls read books, I have them realize the importance behind what they are reading. The beauty of this book series is the fact that they are learning and having fun at the same time. Each book integrates STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), geography, and other subjects into an action-packed story line. They also get to go ONLINE to Explorer Academy where they get to research the character profiles and see real explorers.

    It also teaches my girls about great values such as friendship, loyalty, family, and trust. They are introduced the diverse cultures and it shows them a whole new world just by reading these adventures.

    Where to buy?

    I am all about additional reading material that supports my girls education so please take advantage of the amazing savings when you purchase this series. In addition to that, book purchases help support the vital exploration, research, education,and conservation projects of the National Geographic Society. What a great cause!

    Save 50% on The Nebula Secret by using the promo code 50OFFEA1 when you purchase on Amazon. Click here or visit momsmeet.link/ExplorerAcademyOffer. Offer valid 1/18/21 through 3/19/21 or while supplies last.

    Watch the book trailer on the website to get even more of a sense about the book series. So fun!

     

    Learn more online
    exploreracademy.com
    facebook.com/natgeobooks
    twitter.com/natgeobooks

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    Low Carb Pizza Omelette

    February 25th, 2021

     

    This Pizza omelette is a delicious one serving recipe for low carb and low glycemic eating lifestyle.

    I really enjoy eating pizza but we we have a bad relationship with each other. ha! I have found alternatives to enjoy the delicious flavors of pizza while maintaining and focusing on creating a healthy eating lifestyle.

    While many talk about intuitive eating and not denying ourselves of eating our favorite foods, I’ve learned about the fact that one can have food triggers.

    Do you know that how we relate to food can create unhealthy habits in our life? When I’m in stressful situations I used to reach for food but not just any food.  I’ve learned in the last year that my “comfort foods” are fatty foods but then it would make me gain excess weight and even more so because I didn’t have a gallbladder.

    My point is, we need to know ourselves and what we run to in stressful situations and that in essence and in the long run,  it will prove to be more harmful than anything else.

    Pizza Omelette

    Low carb goodness using egg beaters
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time10 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: breakfast, low carb
    Servings: 1 serving

    Ingredients

    • Ingredients
    • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms sliced
    • 1/2 cup zucchini sliced
    • 1 cup egg beaters
    • 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup fat free mozzarella cheese
    • 16 slices Turkey pepperoni chopped

    Instructions

    • Ingredients
    • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
    • 1/2 cup zucchini, sliced
    • 1 cup egg beaters
    • 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup fat free mozzarella cheese
    • 16 slices Turkey pepperoni, chopped
    • Recipe
    • In a 8 inch non stick pan, spray with olive oil and add veggies and cook on medium high for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and prepare pan for eggs. In a bowl, add seasonings and egg beaters and whip. Add the chopped turkey pepperoni and add to greased 8 inch omelette pan. Cook for 5 minutes, using a spatula to allow uncooked egg to go onto pan. Flip omelette over when the middle is mostly cooked. Add cheese and veggies and fold and cook for 3 minutes and serve.

    Notes

    Comments
    1 leaner / 3 greens / 2 condiments - need to add 1 fat
    Nutrition
    264 calories / 8.4 grams carbs/ 4.1 grams fat/ 45.5 grams protein

     

    Enjoy this recipe and let me knowhow you like it.

     

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