Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: European Olive Oil

Olive oil is my favorite oil to cook with and use in salad dressings and I always have some on hand. I recently recieved a bottle of European extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as part of the Flavor Your Life campaign through Moms Meet. Flavor Your Life is a campaign to educate North American consumers about the benefits of authentic European EVOO.

The olive tree has been revered in Europe since antiquity. Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives, a traditional crop of the Mediterranean Basin countries. EVOO is produced by pressing whole olives and is the only cooking oil that is made without the use of chemicals and industrial refining. 

My main use for EVOO is as a salad dressing. I combine the oil with a balsamic vinegar for a refreshing and healthy homemade dressing. My latest favorite combo uses Marc de Champagne vinegar I found while on vacation and it makes a dreamy light dressing that's perfect for a summer salad. 

The bottle I recently received was from the European company Zucchi. It is a 200-year-old company that has been owned and managed by seven generations of the Zucchi family.  Zucchi’s point of difference is their upscale taste, quality, traceability (with QR code) and the Italian Art of Blending. Find out more at

I received this product for free from Moms Meet ( to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review Dr. Mercola's Probiotic Powder Packets

While swallowing a whole bunch of bacteria might sound weird the health benefits of taking probiotics are now becoming better understood.  A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements rich in beneficial bacteria.

I recently had the opportunity to try Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets with my family. We sampled the powder packets for kids and the adult powder packets. This probiotic powder is soy free, gluten free and has a natural raspberry flavor. I like that Dr. Mercola’s products feature clean ingredients and uncompromising quality, while a portion of the profits goes towards health activism and charities.

So how did we like the taste... 2 out of 3 of my kids loved the tast of the raspberry flavored drink. My 7 year old hated it and refused to have more than a sip. The adults in the family liked the taste just fine. It's got a sweet fruity flavor that has a slightly bitter after taste.

About Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets
•Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Adults pack 70 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving, while Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets for Kids pack 10 billion beneficial bacteria in every one packet serving—what Dr. Mercola believes to be the optimal dose for most children.
• Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets contain 10 strains of bacteria, including super-strain lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, and promote an optimal environment for the growth of “gut-friendly” bacteria.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Healthy Eating Challenge

For the month of June three of my friends and I decided to do a healthy eating challenge. Each of us set our own goals and picked what food rules we wanted to follow. For myself I decided

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Many months ago I got an advance copy of Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider. Then I took a break from writing and never got around to writing my review of this book. Well today I've finally got it done! 
The author Tsh, is the founder of the well known blog  Simple Mom. I greatly enjoyed Tsh Oxenreider's previous book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living so when I saw she had a new book I was excited to get my hands on it.  This book tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. It's part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Bosnia to a Turkish high-rise to a congested Austin suburb to a small town in Oregon. 
I came away from this book with some great ideas for how to be more intentional in my own life and especially with my children. Tsh has a gift for making the overwhelming feel manageable. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She demonstrates through a variety of stories how to focus on the little things that really matter. She speaks of traveling internationally with small children and how valuable it is for kids to experience other cultures. Through her stories she's motivated me to be more willing to overcome the difficulty of traveling with kids for the chance to let them see more of the world.
Overall I loved this book! It's composed of small chapters that are easy to get through quickly which I like since I read non-fiction slowly. I appreciated her stories and honesty about her struggles. She exhibits how to focus on the little things that are what truly matter.
BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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