Mindy

Mindy is a first-time Mom living in Maine. She recently left her full-time Paralegal job of more than 10 years to become a Stay-at-Home Mom. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, sunshine and spending time with her daughter.

Mar 272015
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Bounty.

So, here’s a little secret of mine… I’m a big germophobe.  My husband makes fun of me for washing my hands 100 times a day, and for all of my other OCD cleaning tendencies, but I don’t care.  It’s who I am, and I’m not going to change my ways any time soon!

One thing that really drives me nuts is dirty sponges and dish cloths.  I absolutely cannot clean dishes or my kitchen surfaces with a sponge or dish cloth that has been sitting out for who knows how long, and has who knows what growing on it. 

I have been using Bounty paper towels and Dawn dish soap  to clean the dishes that I can’t fit into my dishwasher, as well as my counter tops and other kitchen surfaces, for many years.  It is so easy to grab a paper towel, squirt a bit of Dawn dish soap into it, run it under hot water and wipe up a mess.  I like knowing that the paper towel is CLEAN, and is not just going to spread more germs around my kitchen.

When I found out that there is now a specially designed 2-in-1 product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with grease-fighting power of Dawn dish soap, I was beyond thrilled.  I feel like I should have marketed this idea years ago! 

Bounty with Dawn

When activated by water, Bounty with Dawn stands up to tough messes like grease and dried food residue.  I put these cool new paper towels to the test after making a yummy Chocolate-Crazed Sundae. 

Chocolate-Crazed Sundae

This Sundae had LOTS of chocolate syrup in it, which of course left a big mess in my bowl when I was done eating.  What made it even worse, is that I was interrupted by my kids before I could wash it, so the syrupy mess dried onto the bowl pretty good.   The Bounty with Dawn cleaned the dried on chocolate syrup with no problem at all!

Dried on Food Residue

Bounty with Dawn

I also tried using the Bounty with Dawn to wash down my dirty counter tops and kitchen table, and it worked wonderfully!   I even cleaned Kayleigh’s high chair tray off, which is often times one of the biggest messes in my home, with very little effort.

Bounty with Dawn is the thickest, strongest Bounty available on the market, with 70% more fibers in each sheet and clothlike durability to stay intact while cleaning.  Bounty with Dawn can even be reused.  All you have to do is simply rinse and wring the grease out to keep tackling any mess with just one sheet!

The grease-fighting power of Dawn combined with the strength of Bounty cleans 4x better than a used dishcloth.

You can find Bounty with Dawn at Walmart, which is great, because you can do all of your shopping right in one place!  Connect with Bounty with Dawn on Facebook and Twitter for more information, and to get the latest news and promotions.

 Posted by at 7:59 am
Mar 052015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Fellowes Brands. I received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

John and I reached some pretty big milestones last year.  We got married, purchased our first home, and found out that I was pregnant with our second child!

Along with all of these milestones came a mountain of paperwork.  After taking out a mortgage on the house, we got bombarded with unsolicited credit card offers and offers for homeowner’s insurance quotes, etc.  I absolutely loathe junk mail, and now that we are homeowners, we get a ton of it! 

After I found out I was pregnant, I started receiving medical bills in the mail too.  Paper medical bills are really unnecessary, as I have an online account with my hospital, where I can view and pay them any time I want.  It doesn’t stop the paper bills from coming though. 

I really hate having all of this paperwork scattered around our home.  It contains so much personal information that I don’t want others to see, and I can’t just throw it away in the trash because of that.

Luckily, we got the Fellowes M-12C shredder last year, and it has really helped us to keep the paper clutter away, and dispose of our confidential paperwork in a safe manner.

If you know someone who is getting married or buying a home this year, the Fellowes M-12C shredder is an excellent gift idea.  I always like to give practical gifts that I know people will actually get use out of, and the Fellowes M-12C shredder definitely fits the bill! 

shredder

Here are a few reasons why the Fellowes M-12C shredder is the perfect shredder for at-home use:

  1. With its slim profile design, the Fellowes M-12C shredder doesn’t take up a lot of room.  Our home is only 960 square feet, so we really can’t afford to lose all of that valuable space.
  2. The Fellowes M-12C shredder has cross-cut blades that destroy 12 sheets of paper into approximately 302 particles per sheet for greater security.
  3. I have a very busy and curious toddler, so the SafeSense® Technology of the Fellowes M-12C shredder is very important to me.  It automatically disables the shredder when there are hands touching the paper opening. 
  4. The Fellowes M-12C shredder can shred more than just paper!  It can also shred shred credit cards, paper clips, and staples! 
  5. You can run the Fellowes M-12C shredder for a full 5 minutes before its automatic cool down starts.  I can get a lot of shredding done in 5 minutes!

shredder

Want to know where you can find this awesome gift idea?  You can purchase the M-12C at Target Stores nationwide and Target.com, for the suggested retail price of $99.99.

Give the gift of organization and security this year.  It’s sure to be one of the most useful and memorable gifts any newlywed or new homeowner will receive!

 Posted by at 8:15 pm
Mar 032015
 

One of my favorite things about living in the State of Maine, is the food.  There are so many unique foods here, and us Mainers really know how to cook!  Some of my favorite foods that are rather unique to Maine are lobster, of course, fiddleheads, whoopie pies, and even Moxie soda.

Another food that is fairly unique to Maine, is the red hot dog.  I’ll never forget the time I was in the deli section at my local grocery store, and a group of girls, obviously not from around here, gathered around the hot dog section, completely in awe of the red hot dogs.  They had never seen them before and were very intrigued.  I grew up eating red hot dogs, so I found their reaction to be quite humorous.

Red Hot Dog

Red hot dogs are so popular here, that a local restaurant even created a special egg roll filled with a red hot dog and fixings.  How clever is that?!  We sure do love to experiment with our foods here, and the end result is usually very good. 

We usually serve our red hot dogs with a few different sides – baked beans. coleslaw, or the ever popular Lay’s potato chip. 

Red Hot Dog

When I heard the Lay’s brand was doing their “Do Us A Flavor” contest again, my mind immediately turned to red hot dogs.  The two already pair so well together, that I really think a red hot dog flavored potato chip would be amazing!  Of course, it would also  have to have the traditional Maine toppings of onions and mustard, too. 

Red Hot Dog

I’ve created my flavor, now it’s time for you to create yours!  There is a $1 million grand prize for the best potato chip flavor idea.  How awesome would that be?! 

Your chip flavor should be inspired by a city/state.  Later this year, four delicious finalist flavors – representing flavorful cities and towns across the U.S. – will be fully developed, brought to store shelves and voted on by America. 

Lay's Potato Chip

To see official rules and submit your flavor visit www.DoUsAFlavor.com for a chance to win!  You can also enter via Twitter (follow @Lays for details), through the Lay’s Facebook Page or by using your cell phone to text FLAVOR to CHIPS (24477).

You will be asked to provide:

  • Your name
  • Flavor name
  • Up to three ingredients
  • The chip style
  • The city and state that inspired your submission
  • A brief description or inspiration story for your flavor.

Good luck!

If you enter the contest, let me know what great flavor you came up with in the comments section below!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Feb 212015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a GB stroller to facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I bought, and asked friends and family to buy, all gender neutral baby products.  I knew I wanted to have another child, and fairly close in age to Kayleigh, as I am getting on in years.  Buying gender neutral items the first time around meant that I wouldn’t really have to buy too many things for the next baby, even if it should happen to be a boy. 

When my husband and I found out that we were in fact having a boy, we were really grateful that we did buy gender neutral items the first time around.  I’m in my 38th week of pregnancy, and we have been buying a few necessary items here and there, like diapers, wipes, clothing, etc. over the last several months.  Thankfully, we didn’t really have to make any large purchases this time around. 

One item I did want to purchase, however, was a new stroller, preferably a travel system, so that I could push the newborn in it. 

When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, John and I had spent a large chunk of money on a very popular brand named travel system.  While it did come in handy during our times of need, I honestly hated it.  It was heavy, bulky, hard to open and close, the handles were very uncomfortable, and it didn’t feel very sturdy, especially when turning corners.  It was also impossible to install and uninstall the car seat in the stroller by myself.  I was quite disappointed in this travel system, and with a new baby on the way, I desperately wanted to purchase a new and better one.

Over the last few months, I had been researching travel systems like crazy on the internet.   There were only a few that really caught my eye, but I still wasn’t really interested enough to actually purchase them.  I wanted something that was stylish, functional and most importantly, affordable. 

When I heard about the GB Evoq Travel System, I just knew I had to have it!  It had everything I was looking for – style, functionality and a great price to boot!

GB Evoq Travel System

STYLE

The GB Evoq Travel System has a very sleek look to it.  I am so in love with this vibrant teal color.  It is so beautiful, and also gender neutral, which works great for us.  I just know we will turn some heads while we are out walking with the kids this year! 

GB Evoq Travel System

FUNCTIONALITY

The GB Evoq Travel System is awesome!  I can install the car seat in it to push my newborn around, or take it out to push Kayleigh around.  I can adjust the height of the handles to make it more comfortable for me, or whoever else might be pushing the stroller.  I can easily have my child facing me, or facing away from me. 

GB Evoq Travel System

There is also a place for Kayleigh to stand and ride while I am pushing the newborn at the same time! 

GB Evoq Travel System

The Asana35 Infant Car Seat, which includes GB’s authentic FirmFit Installation system, is so easy to install, that I can actually do it all by myself.  I am a stay-at-home Mom, so I plan to take the kids out for walks by myself quite often this year.  I really need to be able to install the car seat by myself!

GB Evoq Travel System

The unique FirmFit System helps to provide an easier installation, providing you with the peace of mind that your baby is protected and riding in one of the safest car seats available.  I love the sound of that!

GB Evoq Travel System

The GB Evoq Travel System also comes with a roomy storage basket, which I love.  Having 2 kids under 3 is going to require me to carry around A LOT of stuff, so I’m definitely going to need all the storage room I can get!

GB Evoq Travel System

I also love this expandable canopy that provides great airflow and protection from the sun.

GB Evoq Travel System

AFFORDABLE

Like I said earlier in this post, I have been researching travel systems for a while now, and I have seen some that were very pricey, and definitely not in my price range.  The GB Evoq Travel System is very affordable, and well worth the money.  I love that I don’t have to break the bank to get everything I am looking for in a travel system.  The GB Evoq Travel System really does have it all, at a great price!

GB Evoq Travel System

GB products are sold exclusively at Babies “R” Us stores and BabiesRUs.com.

Follow GB Child USA on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

 

 Posted by at 2:07 pm
Feb 182015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Kayleigh, having a safe birth was one of the first thoughts that entered my mind.  There was a hospital 10 minutes from where I lived, but I wasn’t just satisfied with that.  I wanted to make sure that I was doing what was best for myself and my baby, so I started to research the different options available to me.

After watching several documentaries and reading as much information as I could find on childbirth, I knew that I wanted to have a natural (unmedicated) birth with a midwife. 

While researching, I found a hospital 45 minutes from where I lived, that had a birthing center inside of it, and that was staffed by 5 midwives.  I was so excited to find exactly what I was looking for.

My whole pregnancy experience with Kayleigh was just absolutely amazing, thanks to the midwives and their wonderful nursing staff.  From the very first appointment, to the delivery of my daughter after a 24 hour natural labor, with 2.5 hours of pushing, I can honestly say that it was the best experience I could have ever dreamed of having.  I felt so safe and secure the entire time, knowing that I was being treated by some very knowledgeable women, and that if anything at all should go wrong at any time, I could be transferred over to the hospital section and taken care of. 

I am now 38 weeks pregnant with my second child, and I have been going to the same birthing center during this pregnancy.   I’m a bit overweight this time around, so I am being monitored pretty closely, with extra ultrasounds to check on baby’s growth, extra glucose tests to make sure I don’t develop gestational diabetes, and monitoring to make sure my blood pressure stays in the normal range.

I feel so lucky and privileged to be taken care of this much during my pregnancy.  My midwives really care about my health and the health of my baby, and do everything possible to make sure we are safe at all times.  They actually schedule 30 minutes at the end of each appointment, just so that I can feel free to talk to them about anything at all, without feeling rushed.  The support I receive from them is truly amazing.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in a country where quality healthcare is difficult to find, or hard to afford.  Did you know that 800 women – nearly 300,000 every year – die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth?  Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries.  That just saddens me so much.  Every pregnant woman should have access to quality healthcare to ensure that she has a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

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I was really happy to recently hear about Kangu, which is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. Kangu’s crowdfunding platform is designed to help put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths by enabling donors to support life-saving health services for pregnant women – mamas – and their babies in need, globally.  Isn’t that great?!

At Kangu, anyone – anywhere – can search profiles of pregnant women in need and contribute towards eliminating the financial barrier for a specific woman to access high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local medical partners, are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%!

When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be really scary.  It helped me so much to have midwives to talk to and ask any questions I might have.  I can’t imagine not having that kind of support during one of the happiest times in my life.  Making a donation to Kangu is something I can easily do to help another woman to receive quality healthcare and support during her pregnancy. 

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You can make a donation to a Kangu Mom of your choice by visiting www.kangu.org

Kangu

Influence Central is also hosting a for Kangu through which you can enter to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on your behalf.

The contest runs from February 10, 2015 through March 2, 2015.  You can enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media amplification tool below.

You can also follow Kangu on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news.

Kangu – One Mama at a Time

 Posted by at 3:55 pm
Jan 312015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the one year anniversary of their DD Perks Rewards Program, and offering members an extra 200 reward points with any purchase from January 27, 2015 to February 1, 2015. 

DD Perks

That means you can get a FREE any size beverage of your choice!  How great is that?!  What would be your beverage of choice?  Right now, I think I could really go for a Vanilla Bean Coolatta.  That is one of my very favorite items on their menu.  It’s so refreshing and delicious!

DD Perks

I have been a loyal Dunkin’ Donuts customer for longer than I can remember.  From donuts to breakfast sandwiches, beverages, and more, I think I have tried just about every item on their menu.  My personal fave?  Well, I’d have to say the ham, egg and cheese croissant.  It’s like the perfect comfort food to me.  It’s so warm and filling, and I just love that flaky croissant.  It’s a perfect start to my morning, or a great pick-me-up any time of day. 

We have about 7 Dunkin’ Donuts locations close to our home, so it is one of our favorite places to stop to pick up a hot cup of coffee, or a quick bite to eat.  Kayleigh’s favorite Dunkin’ Donuts treats are their bagels, and of course, the Munchkins!  She goes crazy over them.  

John and I have moved quite a lot over the last few years, and we always bribe our family and friends to help us with a Box O’ Joe and a bunch of pastries from Dunkin’ Donuts.  Let me tell you, IT WORKS!  The only problem we have, is that we have to sometimes break up the gathering that forms around the table and tell people to get back to work!  There is just something about a hot cup of coffee and delicious breakfast that brings people together.

I love that Dunkin’ Donuts recognizes their loyal customers like me, and rewards me for all of my purchases.   I get 5 points for every dollar I spend on qualifying purchases, and when I reach 200 points, I get a free any size beverage of my choice!  I have the DD Perks app on my phone, and it makes it so easy for me to earn and redeem my rewards, view their menu, and so much more! 

DD Perks

Sign up for DD Perks today, and you will get a  a coupon for a free, any size beverage upon enrollment and on your birthday, too!

Follow Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and promotions.

 

 Posted by at 1:56 pm
Jan 292015
 

Before I was a Mom, heading out the door to go to my appointments was a breeze.  Now that I have a toddler, it’s much more challenging.  Not only do I have to get myself and her fed and dressed before leaving, but I have to make sure I pack all of the necessities – diapers, wipes, an extra set of clothes in case of an accident, books and toys to keep her occupied during wait times, water and of course, snacks.  There is nothing worse than a hangry toddler, am I right?!

When choosing which snack to pack for Kayleigh, there are many things that I take into consideration.  It has to be something that is really convenient to grab on my way out the door, something that I know she will eat, mess-free, and healthy and nutritious.  I know that’s quite a tall order, but after several failed on-the-go snacks, I now know exactly what to look for.

Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks fit my needs, and Kayleigh’s needs perfectly!  They are crispy graham pockets filled with delicious ingredients, and made with 7g of whole grains and 5g of protein per serving.  They are baked with whole grains and contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors.

Honey Maid Go Bites

DID YOU KNOW?

Recent data revealed that less than 1% of children get the recommended amount of whole grains in their diets.  Proteins are an essential nutrient children need.  Honey Maid Go Bites provide kids with about 15% of both the recommended daily value of whole grains (48g) and protein (34g).  How great is that?!

In addition to being a healthy and nutritious snack option, Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks are delicious, and toddler-approved! Kayleigh absolutely loves them. She often begs me for her “bites” and devours them when I give them to her. They are available in both chocolate and vanilla flavored fillings, so you can mix it up every once in a while, though I don’t think Kayleigh would ever get bored of either flavor!

Honey Maid Go Bites

So, the next time you’re shopping for a healthy and nutritious snack for your kids, pick up a box or two of Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks.  They are sure to be a hit at home, and on-the-go! 

Honey Maid Go Bites

Just look at that delicious chocolate filling.  Yum!

Honey Maid Go Bites

From crackers to Go Bites and Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid’s wholesome products are made with whole grains and real honey, without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, and are wholesome snacks families can agree on for any occasion!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 Posted by at 3:49 pm
Jan 292015
 

I received free product and promotional products in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Gorton's Blogger Giveaway

Pregnancy sure can do some strange things to you, huh?  When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I didn’t really have any food aversions, but this time around, I had a severe aversion to fish for quite a while.  I was absolutely distraught that I couldn’t eat fish, because normally I love it, and eat it on a weekly basis.  I ate fish regularly throughout my pregnancy with Kayleigh, and couldn’t get enough of it, actually. 

It’s been a long 8.5 months, and I am happy to report that my aversion to fish has been slowly going away, yay!  Last week I went out and stocked my freezer full of Gorton’s Simply Bake and Grilled products, and I am going to indulge!

Gorton's

I started my week off with this delicious Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.  I just tossed some fresh spinach and kale with diced orange pepper and grape tomatoes, topped it with a Gorton’s Simply Bake Salmon and drizzled with honey mustard salad dressing.  It was absolutely delicious!!

Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

I love how easy the Gorton’s Simply Bake and Grilled products are to prepare.  Not only that, but they taste amazing, and are good for you, too!  Experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, as it is a lean protein and contains plenty of natural Omega-3.

I’m in the home stretch of my pregnancy, finally.  I’ve only gained 15 pounds so far this pregnancy, and I am really happy with that, and want to continue to keep my weight down in this last month.  When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I gained 45 pounds, and I felt awful for several months after giving birth.

In addition to eating better, I have signed up for the Gorton’s 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge on SparkPeople.com.  You can also sign up using the SparkPeople app (available on iTunes Store or Google Play).  There, you will find daily tips and easy ways to stick to your resolutions for good.  You know, those resolutions you made at the beginning of the year, that usually fall the wayside after just a couple of weeks… The deadline to sign up for the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge is January 30, 2015, and you will be able to participate through the end of February.

I really love all of the daily tips they have shared.  They truly are realistic resolutions that are easy to stick to, like drinking more water during the day, adding more veggies to a meal, or having a healthy snack.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win the following prize package:

  • 2 full-value product coupons
  • Insulated tote
  • SparkPeople cookbook
  • Spark book
  • SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below, telling me what your New Year’s resolution is this year.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on February 5, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

Gorton’s is also hosting their own sweepstakes, where you could win $5,000.00!  This sweepstakes ends on February 9, 2015, at 10:59:59 a.m. EST.  Read full rules and enter the sweepstakes here.

Follow Gorton’s on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and reach out using hashtag #RealisticResolution.

Download a money saving coupon (75 cents off) for Gorton’s products here.

 Posted by at 10:24 am
Jan 272015
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.  All opinions are 100% my own.

When the flu hits, it always seems like it comes out of nowhere, and fast.  One day, everyone is feeling fine, and then boom, the flu is here!  John and Kayleigh were both sick last week – vomiting, feverish, lethargic and complaining of body aches, and they both seemed absolutely fine just prior to it hitting.

I’m 35 weeks pregnant right now, and the last thing I want is the flu!  Luckily, we were prepared for the flu, and got the symptoms under control before it got too crazy around here.  Also, I managed to escape getting it myself, so I’m super happy about that!

The last thing you want to have to do when you’re hit with the flu, is run out to the store.  It’s always best to be prepared, and have everything on hand that you might need when the flu strikes. 

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold and Flu

Here are some of the items we keep on hand to help deal with the flu when it hits our home.  You can conveniently find them all at Walmart.  I love that one-stop shopping, don’t you?!  In addition to being able to find everything I want in one store, I know I’m saving a lot of money with Walmart’s low prices.

  • Bottled water – It is so very important to stay hydrated when you have the flu, so we keep plenty of bottled water on hand.
  • Ginger ale – Ginger ale is great for helping to settle an upset tummy!
  • Tea – Tea is also great for settling an upset tummy, and if you’re having chills, it can help to warm you up.
  • Saltine crackers – It can be really hard to keep food down when you have the flu, but it’s important to eat.  Saltine crackers are filling, and very easy on the tummy at the same time.
  • Chicken noodle soup – There is just something magical about chicken noodle soup when you’re sick, isn’t there? 
  • Tissues – When I’m sick with the flu, I go through a TON of tissues.  I make sure I always have plenty on hand.
  • Heating pads – Oh, the aches and pains that come with the flu.  A warm heating pad on my back really helps to melt that pain away!
  • Thermometer – It’s really important to keep an eye on your temperature while you are sick, so having a working thermometer on hand is a must!
  • Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold & Flu – When you get sick, you need to have the proper medication on hand to relieve your symptoms and help you feel better fast. 

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Vicks® NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu has:

  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
  • The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.

Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Cough to help you sleep
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage

Vicks® DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu has:

  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.

Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
  • Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold and Flu

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe are available at Walmart.com and in stores. Be sure to stock up to prepare for cough, cold and flu season.

 

 Posted by at 2:33 pm
Jan 272015
 

The new year is a great time to get a fresh start and make resolutions to change bad habits and improve areas of our lives.  Many people resolve to eat healthier in the new year, but often times it can be hard to stay on track. 

In my younger days, it was a lot harder for me to stick to my resolutions, as I didn’t have any accountability.  Now, I am a wife, a mother to a toddler, and pregnant with my second child.  Not only do I want to eat healthier so that I will be around longer for my husband and children, but to also set a good example for them.

I always try to keep plenty of healthy foods in the house to snack on, so that I’m not tempted to eat a bunch of junk that I shouldn’t.  Planning ahead is key!

Now, I know this may sound old fashioned, but I love to keep Sunsweet® prunes and juices in the house.  Contrary to popular believe, they are NOT just for old people! 

Sunsweet products

Prunes actually have some really amazing qualities.  First of all, they are delicious!  They are very plump and juicy, and they have a great flavor to them.  Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. That’s always a great quality in a snack, right?  Prunes also add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe.  Sunsweet® Amaz!n Prunes only have 100 calories per serving!  Isn’t that awesome?!  They are a great snack to have at home, or on the go.

Sunsweet Prunes

Sunsweet® also offers their Amaz!n Diced Prunes, which are a nutritious snack that can easily be tossed into your cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber.  These only have 100 calories per serving, too!

Sunsweet’s PlumSmart® Light juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs.  It helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber, and it makes a fabulous addition to smoothies!

In addition to being delicious, studies suggest certain nutrients in prunes have the following positive effects:

Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, “Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature’s solution to maintaining good bone health.” Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.

Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.

Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.

Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.

One of my favorite go-to snacks is trail mix.  I love trail mix, because it’s super easy to throw together, and there are so many ways you can make it.  It’s also a great way to add a whole bunch of protein to your diet, it’s very filling, and a snack that can be eaten on-the-go!

I recently made a batch of trail mix using the Sunsweet® Amaz!n Diced Prunes.  It’s a really great way to get those prunes into your diet, and it added a lot of flavor to my trail mix, too.

Trail Mix

Below is the recipe I used for this trail mix, but you can certainly make it any way you wish, by switching up what kind of nuts you use, and adding your own favorite trail mix additions.  Just mix the ingredients all together, and store in an air-tight container!

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1 Cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n Diced Prunes
  • 1 Cup Dried Bananas
  • 1 Cup Coconut Strips

 Enjoy!

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