Monday, August 22, 2016

Precious Knit Blankies from Leisure Arts




Remember the awesome Loom Knitting Kit I told you about in early July? Well here we are again, thanks to Leisure Arts, with another great product for those just learning to knit or other's who want some new patterns.

Precious Knit Blankies for Baby is that product and boy is it a fun book! The skill level ranks from Beginner to Easy-Plus so they all are doable for the beginner! I had never tried creating a blanket before, only hats from my the Loom Knitting Kit. I was very excited to try my hand at some sweet little blankets for our bundle of joy due in February. Jean Adel from jeanadel.com and the Managing Editor for Lion Brand Yarn Company created this as her second book and she did a wonderful job.



In Precious Knit Blankies for Baby there are 16 blanket designs to choose from. I started with the Ribbed Blankie on page 40. The design is rated Easy, which I would agree it is! With the General Instructions on page 67 and Knitting Basics on page 73, I was able to start my blankie! Once I got the two stitches down, it was just a matter of time, lots of time and will take me more time to finish. With home buying and the end of summer activities, I haven't had time to finish the beauty, but I will and when I do, you will get to see the fluffy blankie!


I am very excited to finish this one and start another. I have my eye on the Pom-Pom Carriage Throw pictured below next. Doesn't it look just so cozy!!! 


My favorite thing about this book is that it is easy for the beginning knitter to learn these techniques with the included instructions. I was a little intimidated at first, but with some trial and error was able to get the techniques down to a doable level. I'm sure I will run into times where I miss a stitch and have to go back, but that is a given! Can't be perfect all the time. Precious Knit Blankies for Baby really does make creating precious gifts for your own children or for other's extremely easy and fulfilling. For me, looking at something I made is much better than buying something and right now I have the ability to do so! Thank you Leisure Arts for producing such a great book!

*I received this book free for testing and review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. 


BODYARMOR Super Drink


If you have a kid in sports, are a runner yourself or work out in any way, some sort of electrolyte drink is probably in your fridge or cooler. Rehydrating is EXTREMELY important after a workout or being out in the field or track for any amount of time in the sun or heat. My husband told me about BODYARMOR one day in the grocery store as he was training for a half marathon at the time and he knows I enjoy healthier electrolyte options as a runner myself.

So I gave BODYARMOR a try for myself, and was VERY happy that I did. I took the time to compare labels on both bottles of BODYARMOR as well as Gatorade, which is one of the most popular athletic drinks. Here is what I found:

Gatorade Ingredients for Frost Glacier Freeze Flavor:

Water
Sugar
Dextrose
Citric Acid
Salt
Sodium Citrate
Monopotassium Phosphate
Modified Food Starch
Natural Flavor
glycerol ester of rosin
blue 1

Note that it has artificial color (blue 1) and modified food starch, which can be difficult for those with gluten and wheat sensitivities to digest. The sugar content in this particular bottle is 21g and the bottle itself was 28 fluid ounces.

Now onto BODYARMOR
Photo courtesy of BodyArmour.com

And here are my own pictures of the ingredients from the Orange Mango




The plus of coconut water being one of the most prominent ingredients is that it is packed with electrolytes itself as well as potassium - more than a banana even! Every race I have ever participated in there are banana's at the finish line. I'm starting to think they should also offer coconut water for the athletes, or in fact why not give us BODYARMOR! Not only that, this is packed with helpful vitamins for a faster recovery. They contain 200% of the Required Daily Intake (RDI) of Vitamins B2, B5, B6, B9 and B12 and 100% of the RDI of Vitamins A, C and E.

My son tried the grape one first and actually loved it. I really am a fan of the fact that there are no artificial flavors or colors in these too. Those are a huge problem with a lot of the sports drinks out there on the shelf. This is also Gluten Free for those who are wondering.

Note that there is 18g of sugar per serving (2 per bottle), but keep in mind that coconut sugar has naturally occurring sugar of about 14 grams per 11oz. This is an unprocessed sugar that our bodies more easily absorb than most and the pure cane sugar is also less processed than the conventional sugars in most drinks.  



There are 8 delicious flavors to choose from:


I received them all aside from the Strawberry Banana and the Blackout Berry, which is there newest addition. Click the links above to find the flavors and the nutritional facts for each individual bottle to decide for yourself if this is a great choice for your family. I know my family has found a new favorite!

Some can get away with just drinking water to replenish fluids and electrolytes but I personally cannot. I have actually become dehydrated and had to go to the hospital twice while just drinking water and being out in the hot sun doing strenuous exercise. I have extremely fair skin and get depleted very quickly. I find that having choices like BODYARMOR or drinking plain coconut water are my best bet for staying hydrated and healthy.

And I am not only one who loves this stuff! TOP Professional Athletes including Kobe Bryant, Mike Trout and James Harden are major investors in BODYARMOR.

I found BODYARMOR  easily in our local Cub stores with the other drinks and soda's. In fact before this, that is where my husband kept pointing them out to me!

Find a store near you:



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And check out who else is talking about BODYARMOR at the BODYARMOR Buzz

Click here for a coupon toward your purchase


Note: If link says it does not work, try again later. They probably ran out for the time being! :)

*I received these 6 BODYARMOR drinks complimentary for review purposes. Any statements made and opinions are 100% my own and in no way affected by the fact that I received this item at no cost.

Era Organics Giveaway

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Sponsored by Era Organics


One winner will receive these four products; ARV $85

My review HERE


Hosted by MomJunky


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Looking for Summer Fun? Wheel Fun Rentals in Minnesota Has You Covered

Photo courtesy of Wheel Fun Rentals


If you are anything like our family, you love the outdoors! The fresh air, the exercise and just the enjoyment of nature itself is very fulfilling. As someone who enjoys many activities and who lives in an apartment with lack of room, we don't purchase everything we enjoy like paddle boards, canoes and kayaks. We just don't have the room to store them! Thankfully there is a company called Wheel Fun Rentals that has our back when it comes to outdoor fun! You can rent canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, cruiser boards, double kayaks and so much more by the hour here! Here is a closer look at all the fun things they rent out : Wheel Fun Rentals - What we rent. The bikes can be rented full day and half day as well. This is perfect for families who want fun on the water or off the water.



My family and I were able to rent paddle boards at the Wheel Fun Rentals Lake Calhoun location in Minneapolis. The rental process was very easy and I just left my ID with the gentleman at the counter to pick up when we were done. I liked that because then I had no risk of losing it in the water! I was also able to leave my shorts, tank top and flip flops at the paddle booth so I didn't have to carry them on my board, though if I had a kayak I probably would have just taken them along with me. I took the risk of leaving them there and thankfully they were still there when I got back!!

The lake was perfect and there were fun channels to board or kayak through under bridges and into smaller area's of the lake that were calmer than the larger lake itself. It is much easier to paddle when there aren't so many waves!


The hour was a perfect amount of time as we went later in the day to avoid such big crowds, though there were quite a few people there still and parking was fun to find. It was a pretty hot day to so the evening hours were much more enjoyable and less likely to get scorched!

When we got back to shore, workers took our boards and we replaced our paddles (you get to choose one to fit you!) and our life jackets and picked up my ID. The process was so easy and it was SO much fun! You have to try it!

To find a location near you, find one here: Wheel Fun Rental Locations. They are located in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most states have multiple locations as well which is very convenient! Note that not every location has the same rentals so be sure to check that out too when choosing location.

The rentals themselves are very affordable too ranging from $10 per hour to $37 for full days at the Lake Calhoun location. Rental prices vary by location but are fairly similar. The only differences I noticed were on the full and half day pricing. 

So what are you waiting for??!! Check out Wheel Fun Rentals today for some amazing, outdoor fun!

*I worked with USFamilyGuide.com on this blog post and was compensated with a free rental at Wheel Fun Rentals. The experience and my opinions about it are 100% my own.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dodgers by Bill Beverly


I love reading books that captivate. One's that are so well written I cannot put them down until I finish it. Dodgers by Bill Beverly does just that.

The story begins in LA, the main character named East. A young teenage boy who has gotten mixed up in a gang. In fact, that is all he has known in his life. He doesn't have a father and the brother he does have has been living on the streets for a few years now as well. His mother is not active in his life and yet East still maintains honesty and some sort of dignity being a watchmen for a drug house.

This novel takes us from LA all the way to Ohio as East, his brother and two other men are sent on a mission by their leader. The road trip itself is full of surprises and though there is some violence in this book, it is far from graphic and a very enjoyable read.

During the whole story I found myself rooting for the well being of East. He is a good hearted kid, full of empathy and naturally a watchmen of all people. His character speaks volumes of those who live on the streets in the real world. They aren't all the thug they may put out to be. Deep inside they are still human.

I found this novel enjoyable from start to finish. It is definitely a novel I will re-read in the future and one that I am happy to have added to my library of books. If you are looking for a refreshing read, check out Dodgers by Bill Beverly . I really doubt you will be disappointed.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Timi & Leslie Giveaway!

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Sponsored by timi & leslie

Hosted by MomJunky

Co-Hosted by Deliciously Savvy

Starts 7/7/16-7/21/2016
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One winner will choose one of these awesome bags from the Marcelle Collection.

Each Set features:

  • An adjustable cross body, detachable strap so you can wear the bag hands free;
  • Our specially designed changing pad with a front mesh pocket to store your diapers, wipes or cream when you need to make a quick diaper change trip;
  • A zippered sac to hold soiled clothes;
  • A stylish clutch that you can use as your purse (who wants to carry a purse and a bebe bag?) with interior credit card slots and an inside zipper pocket;
  • An insulated bottle tote to keep your baby's bottles warm or cool;
  • Coordinated stroller straps to hang your bebe bag from your stroller;
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  • 3 exterior pockets;
  • 6 interior organizational pockets;
  • Inside key fob – never lose your keys again!
  • Bag Measures: 14"H x 17” W x 8” D and a 10.5” handle drop
One winner will choose which color - Black Edition, Teal/Saddle, Copper/Saddle, Sand/Saddle, or Black/Saddle
ARV $169

The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or forfeits the prize. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. All entries are optional. Void where prohibited by law.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Learn How to Knit with Leisure Arts


I have never known how to knit, so when I had this opportunity, I took it immediately. Loom knitting is extremely easy. It took me a bit to figure out the directions but once I did, this is one of the most relaxing crafts I have been able to do on my own!

Leisure Arts includes a Beginners Guide for Oval Loom Knitting with easy to follow instructions for 7 different patterns, including knit hats, a scarf and fingerless mittens! The best part ~ you can make them yourself! 

My cat loved helping :)

I started at the beginning of the book, naturally, as that is the easiest project for a beginner. The hat turned out awesome and my son loves it! It even fits great which I was worried since I didn't measure at all, I just eye-balled the length.


Knowing how easy one little hat can be, I am excited to make more for the shelters in the area. Yarn is quite inexpensive and this hat took maybe a quarter of a skein of yarn.


The kit contains the Beginners Guide, a stitching tool, a small loom with 54 pegs that is 11 3/4" x 5 1/2" and a large loom with 70 pegs that measures 15 1/2" x 9 3/8". I used the small loom, which is meant for making children's items, to make the little hat. The size and shapes of the looms are extremely easy to hold. 

If you have ever wanted to learn to knit, this kit is for you! It is less expensive than those in the stores. I went around and compared prices and this one took #1 for quality and price in my book. Click the link below to get yours today!

The Ultimate Oval Loom 2

*I received this loom free for testing and review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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