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Shish Kabobs and a Product Review!

kabob skewer maker 05PicMonkey Collage-shish kabobsShish kabobs are one of our favorite summer dinners!  We love to grill out as much as we can over the summer months.  Kabobs are simple to make and you can use a variety of meats and veggies sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.  We also add fruit from time to time…pineapple is one of our faves!  The options are endless…chicken, steak, shrimp, veggies and fruits galore.

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I was sent the Brocheta Shish EZ BBQ Kabob Skewer Maker with Stainless Steel Skewers to test and review and we were very eager to use it!  This skewer maker kit comes with 4 side panels as well as a bottom and a top.  The panels slide into each other and the lids snap on the bottom and the top.  It’s very easy to assemble.

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All you need to do is prep your meat and veggies and your set!  We purchased a rump roast and decided to just use potatoes, onions, and tri-color peppers with our kabob skewers.  We let the rump roast marinate in bbq sauce overnight for this review.   We seasoned everything with salt, pepper, and a Southwest Cajun rub!  Simple and easy but oh so delicious!

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After layering your ingredients you snap the lid on and insert either the 4 or 16 mini skewers.  The 4 skewer option worked best for us because there is only 2 of us in the house and we wanted bigger chunks of meat and veggies on our kabobs.   After you have inserted the skewers you take a very sharp knife and cut downward on all four sides to make sure the ingredients are cut through all the way.

The kabob skewer maker is very easy to assemble and it minimizes your time putting each ingredient on the skewer one at at time.  Perfect for using when friends and family come over to visit. The kabob maker comes apart and stores flat. A great addition for any kabob lover!

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Presto! You have your four skewers ready to get cooking on the grill.  The only issue we had is that I cut the tri-color peppers too thin so we had to re-assemble them onto the skewers because they kept on falling off.  Next time I’ll just leave them in big chunks instead of cutting them into thin strips!   Lesson learned.

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Just a grillin’!

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Super yummy and easy meal!

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The man behind the grill today…my love!  He puts up with all my product testing ventures!  I think he loves this kinda product testing where he gets to taste test!

If you are interested you can find the link to the Kabob Skewer Maker here on Amazon.  It’s originally priced $39.99 but you can currently get it for $21.99.  It’s dishwasher safe so that makes it very easy for clean up!

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Influenster Sunshine VoxBox

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I’ve been a member of Influenster since November of 2012 and I’ve had the opportunity to test and review all kinds of awesome products.   I love that each VoxBox comes with a variety of different name brand products.

The Sunshine VoxBox includes products from Blue Diamond, barkTHINS, Dickinson’s, Infusium 23, Sinful Colors, and Vaseline.  Do you want to become a Influenster and get your own free products to test and review?  Sign up here!

Here’s what was included in my #SunshineVoxBox:

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A coupon for a Free package of barkTHINS! 

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New Blue Diamond Sriracha flavored Almonds!

These babies are HOT and spicy just like the hot sauce.  Super tasty for an afternoon snack!  I keep a few snack bags inside my purse so I always have the option of a healthier snack with me while I’m on-the-go.

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I’ve received these Dickinson’s Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths before in another VoxBox and loved them!  They are dermatologist recommended and they not only clean off oil, dirt, and makeup from your skin but they also soothe & refresh your skin making it soft and feeling so clean!   I also love the fact that these cleansing cloths don’t dry out your skin.  I use them twice a day-when I wake up in the morning and at bedtime before I go to sleep.  

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Next up is the Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Leave-in Treatment.  I absolutely LOVE this product.  It contains avocado and olive oil and is the perfect solution for frizz control.  It leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth.  You can re-apply this as needed and you don’t have to worry about rinsing it out of your hair.  

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Sinful Colors in Southern Belle…a perfect shade for summer!  I love Sinful Colors nail colours.  The polish dries very quickly! 

Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Intensive Care’s Aloe Sooth Spray Moisturizer is the best invention ever!  A spray lotion that quickly absorbs into your skin to moisturize and hydrate your skin.  I love that this spray moisturizer has aloe in it.  Perfect to throw in your purse or gym bag!  It’s become my go-to lotion.  Leaves my skin feeling cool and moisturized and it’s great if you have been out in the sun too long…it sprays on cool and the aloe will help with sunburn.  

What a fun VoxBox to get this summer!

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Catching up and Snacking the healthy way with Graze!

Every summer I look forward to eating tons of  fresh vegetables from my garden, fresh fruits, and a variety of nuts and seeds.   I don’t eat heavy meals in the summer mainly because it’s hot outside and I prefer to snack on healthy alternatives throughout the day.   Picture it…poolside for the day with a variety of veggies, fruits, and healthy snacks.  My kinda summer!

We decided not to plant a garden this year because I started a new job and just haven’t really had the time to commit to having a full garden like we have in the past.  I’ve already made plans to have some container gardens this fall so at least I’ll be able to eat some of our own veggies later this fall and winter.   I can’t tell you how much I miss having my own garden.  There is nothing better than growing your own food and having it readily available to you at all times.

Speaking of the new job…I’ve been super busy and this is why my blogging has been kinda sporadic lately.   The job is something I’ve had experience with since I was in high school and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s not really a job to me because I enjoy it so much!   Plus…it gives me time to explore my other hobby, photography, with the flexibility of the hours I work.

I belong to several monthly subscription box services and today I wanted to introduce you to Graze.  Graze is a group of seven friends that came together to create healthy snacks because they wanted a healthier way to snack.  They were tired of not having options other than candy and chips and wanted to create a variety of healthy snacks for themselves and others.

They offer over 100 recipes that are available for your snacking pleasure.  There are no artificial flavors or colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fats, and no genetically engineered (GM) ingredients in any of their snacks.  These snacks are packed with flavor, vitamins and nutrients, whole grain products, fiber, and they are all a great source of protein!

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How Graze works:

Visit Graze here

Fill out your details (name, e-mail address, home address, payment type)

Tell Graze what snacks you like (there are over 100 to choose from)

That’s it…Graze takes care of the rest (they will hand pick out a box for you and send it to your home or work address)

For $11.99 a month you get FOUR snacks to try out per month.  After you receive your first box you can rate each snack so that they get a better idea of what you like and what you don’t like.

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My first box included a variety of treats!

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Fruity Mango Chutney with Black Pepper Dippers

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This snack was a delightful surprise!  I love mango…so I knew this would be delicious!  The black pepper dippers were spicy but paired with the chutney it had such a unique taste to it. graze box 04a

The Protein Flapjack was my favorite snack in this month’s box!   This snack consists of rustic rolled oat flapjack with flaxseed, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.  It’s a trail mix bar that is perfect for on-the-go.   It has 8 grams of protein and is a whole grain product.  The trail mix bar is soft and chewy unlike most trail mix bars.

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So good!

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Iced Cinnamon Bun is sure to be a crowd favorite!  It contains cinnamon honey almonds, yogurt sunflower seeds and vanilla cookie drops.  It has a sweet taste and the cinnamon honey almonds are amazing!

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Graze’s Popping Corn is whole grain corn that is low calorie!  It’s lightly salted and so much better for you than movie butter popcorn!   It’s light and fluffy once popped.  You won’t be disappointed with this snack.

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Tempting, huh?

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You can find Graze on their website here, Facebook here, Instagram here, Twitter here.  If you try them out…please let me know what you think about your experience!

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All Beauty Water Review #allbeautywater

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All Beauty Water is a skincare drink that is specially formulated to help hydrate and nourish your skin.   We all know how important it is to drink water and All Beauty Water gives you benefits that most bottled waters don’t.   Each bottle of All Beauty Water is 2 glasses of water, plus 8 SkinVitamins, and 7 SkinNutrients that include minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes.

All Beauty Water is available in three delicious flavors:

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Strawberry Açaí

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A skincare drink that contains all natural products with no calories or sugar!  This formula is simply made up of water and vitamins that hydrate and nourish your skin.

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Gluten-Free

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No Artificial Sweeteners, Preservatives, or Flavors

I loved them all-but if I had to choose I think my favorite would definitely be the Strawberry Acai!  It’s surprising how much flavor this water packs into one bottle.  A very yummy and refreshing alternative to plain old water after my workout routine!

You can find All Beauty Water via social media on Facebook here and Twitter here.  Try them out…you will be pleased with the results you get from drinking this skincare drink!

It’s important to make sure you drink plenty of water and with the addition of all the vitamins in this skincare drink…you can’t go wrong!  Poor hydration and nutrition can damage your skin and your overall health.  If you have skin care issues like me (I have a slight case of eczema that flares up from time to time) then this is the perfect solution for you!

I received products in exchange for my honest and unbiased review courtesy of All Beauty Water.  

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Home Chef Review #homechef

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Home Chef‘s mission is to make creating fresh and healthy meals at home easy for everyone.  The chef-inspired meals are sure to make your mouth water with anticipation…even for the pickiest of eaters.   All of the fresh ingredients and instructions you need for each meal is delivered to your home in a flavor-packed kit.  No need to worry if you are not home during the delivery…they keep everything sealed and packed with ice packs and installation inside the box so that your meals stay the appropriate temperature until you can unpack it.

You receive one box per week with your choice of  up to 3 meals (eight new recipes are available every week) for 2, 4, or even 6 people.   You make all the choices when it comes to this delivery service-the meals including choices for your dietary preference, how many servings you need, and even your delivery date.

All Home Chef meals are priced at $9.95 per serving and delivery is FREE for orders over $40.  It’s a great idea if you want to experience new dishes a few times a week without having to go out to eat!  You get the opportunity to cook in your own home with your family and the meals are very healthy and nutritious.

I received three meals courtesy of Home Chef in exchange for a review and I was so very excited to get my first box!  I chose the Smoky Char-Grilled Pork Chops with Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Pistachios, and Dijon Vinaigrette the Parisian Bistro Steak with Potatoes Dauphinoise and Green Beans, and the French-Cut Chicken Breast
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We decided to use the Pork Chops for this blog post review.  It’s been awhile since we had pork chops so out of the three meals we received we were excited to get started on this meal.  The thing I love about these delivery service meals is that you have all the ingredients packed together readily available to you when you are ready to start cooking.  There are just a few steps involved in prepping the meal…this meal took us less than 30 minutes to prepare.  There are a few ingredients (ie.  olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.) that you will need, but those should be already in your kitchen-easy to access.

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These are the ingredients that came with the Pork Chop meal.  Each ingredient comes in it’s own bag and is labeled appropriately.

This recipe calls for 2 boneless Pork Chops, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, a Shallot, a Lemon, Shredded Purple Cabbage, Dijon Mustard, Rice Wine Vineagar, Roasted Pistachios, and Shaved Parmesan.

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The first step is to prepare the veggies-wash them all and then slice the brussels sprouts and the radish.  Mince the shallot, and half the lemon.  Then prepare the dressing by mixing the Dijon mustard, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, minced shallot, and the juice of the lemon.  Simply combine the dressing into the veggie mix and the Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is ready!  This salad was absolutely delicious and I will be making it again-it was a different take on most salad recipes-very tasty and had a yummy crunch to it!   Home Chef 04

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Season the Pork Chops with salt and pepper and then grill them!
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The mixed salad is divided and put onto two plates.  The pork chop is placed on top of the salad and then garnished with some more salad, the roasted pistachios, and the shredded Parmesan.
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The Smoky Char-Grilled Pork Chop recipe is a low-carb, low-calorie (525 calories per serving), gluten-free, and soy-free meal.  Perfectly proportioned for two people or more…we had leftovers!

This meal was inspired by Chef Jimmy Madla.

I was very impressed with the whole process. Easy to use online website, fast and safe delivery service, and the meals were exceptional- super healthy and nutritious. Recipe cards were easy to follow along with while prepping the meal. A great home delivery service for a “date in” at home makes for a great night with family or friends.

You can find Home Chef on Facebook here, Twitter here, Pinterest here, and Instagram here.  Follow along and you can see some of the nutritious meals that they offer.  If you are interested in trying them out simply visit their website here.

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Pereg’s Quinoa Line + a Giveaway!!

Pereg Natural Gourmet Foods is a family company that was established in 1906.  They produce more than 60 varieties of spices, spice blends, and herbs.  These spices are all fresh, all-natural (100% Gluten free and NON-GMO ), no additives, and no preservatives.

Some of the products they offer include Quinoa, Quinoa Pasta, Quinoa Pops cereal,  Couscous, Flavored Basmati Rice, Farro, Breadcrumbs, Spices, Mixes for Rice, Oils, Salads & Spreads, Salt, Toppings, and Grains.

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is known as the mother grain that comes from the Mountains of South America.  Quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds.  The nutrient composition is favourable compared with common cereals.  Quinoa is a rich source of the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and folate and is a rich source of the dietary minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

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I received the Quinoa 6-pack Assortment with a special blogger discount courtesy of Pereg.   This bundle is perfect for Quinoa lovers…it includes all the flavors they have available in one box!  You get six 10.58 oz canisters-one each of Quinoa with Spinach, Quinoa with Vegetables, Quinoa Lemon & Herbs, Quinoa with Mushrooms, Quinoa Southern Style, and Quinoa All’ Italiana.

Right now you can save 10% and get FREE shipping on the same bundle I received.  Visit the link below to get in on this special deal!

Pereg Quinoa 6-pack Assortment Bundle

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Quinoa is very simple to prepare.  You can either make it using the stovetop or simply using the microwave.  I prefer making it via the stovetop.

Boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan, add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil & 1 cup of quinoa mix. Reduce heat to low, cover loosely. Cook for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.

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Quinoa makes a perfect side dish to any meal and it’s packed full of nutrients.  Try serving it with baked chicken or fish…delish!

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I’m giving away two canisters of Pereg’s Quinoa so be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below!

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You can follow Pereg on Facebook here and Pinterest here.

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#Tryazon #DabbleGame Party

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DABBLE is a family-friendly fast thinking word game that is suitable for ages 10 and older. This game is very similar to SCRABBLE but has it’s own uniqueness.  The object of the game is to be the first player to score 100 points.   Each player tries to be the first one to spell 5 words within the allotted time to win the round.

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The game contents include 142 tiles (plus 6 Spanish Tiles), 4 five-tier stadium style racks, sand timer, tile bag, and rules.

Rules of the game include:

each player can only pick 20 tiles from the bag without looking at them

each player’s goal is to create one 2 letter word, one 3 letter word, one 4 letter word, one 5 letter word, and one 6 letter word before the timer runs out

blank tiles have no point value and can be used as any letter, but not as an apostrophe

each player can challenge the other’s words

You can choose a subject category at the beginning of each round.  We chose to have a DABBLE Garden Party!   You simply can use any words that associate with the topic.  This is optional…but it’s fun to pick a category and see what your family and friends come up with.

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The game suggest ages 10 years and up but in my opinion it’s a great game for any age.  You can never be too young to learn how to spell.  It’s a very challenging game that is a great learning tool for kids and adults.  It’s fun for the whole family and you can expand and develop your vocabulary, spelling, and quick thinking skills.

My niece and nephew really enjoyed this game.  Dakota had a blast trying to think of words and we have planned another DABBLE party to consist of a NASCAR theme.  I’m excited to partake in that game!   My niece, Saniyah, will be 5 years old so she more or less just played with the tiles, however, we are trying to teach her to spell so this will be a game that will come in handy for when she starts school this fall.

I received the DABBLE Party Kit free courtesy of Tryazon in exchange for my review.  My party kit included The Dabble:  Fast Thinking Word Game, a second game to giveaway, exclusive coupons for my party guests, and a party host guide.

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