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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gillette Razors Makes Shaving a Priority for a #SmoothSummer

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Hey ladies, is it time to start thinking about your husband's birthday gift for this year?  Oh it is that time around here - and let's be real, most gifts for the hubby also become gifts for us ladies too. Don't believe me? New Grill = yummy food. Fire Pit = fun in the backyard.  Gift cards to the hardware store = a complete honey do list!  

Seriously, we have it good.  This year, though, I am putting a #SmoothSummer on Jeremy's birthday wish list.  How do I achieve a Smooth Summer you ask?  I buy the newest innovation in shaving, introducing the Gillette Fusion Proglide razor!

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So now you are probably wondering why this birthday gift is not only a great gift for a husband but also for us ladies in the equation.  I know that some of you ladies like your man with facial hair, beards, or mustaches but me, I like my man SMOOTH!  If it was up to me Jeremy would shave every day!  I understand how annoying it is to shave every day but if you have the right razor your #SmoothSummer lasts longer and less shaving has to be done.  

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I started researching some ideas for Jeremy's upcoming birthday gifts and I really couldn't think of anything but then it hit me.  What is something that we talk about nearly every day?  Yup, shaving or I should say NOT shaving.  When I met Jeremy we were young, baby faced teens.  Call me crazy but that smooth baby face is the man that I fell in love with and married.  The facial hair craze is not my thing at all.  Thankfully with a little pushing Jeremy has decided that picking up a razor every day can be done, you know to make his wife happy!  ;)  

When we get dressed in the morning and see him clean shaven in his dress pants, tie and pressed shirt I feel proud that he is my husband and man he looks good walking into work!  So professional in my eyes.  Clean and ready to take on the world of social work!  

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Even though Jeremy's birthday isn't for another couple of days he got lucky and got to open one of his gifts early.  Hey - I had too, family pictures means it is time for a good razor and a good shave.  He laughed at me when I handed him the gift bag and he saw the Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor but he isn't laughing anymore! Thanks to this great proglide razor he doesn't HAVE to shave every day and he is still smooth!

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Honestly, I cannot imagine being a man in the summer in the heat with facial hair.  I know I would want the closest and smoothest face in the summer sun.  Finding this new technology is a win win.  Jeremy has enjoyed finding his Smooth Summer face using his new birthday gift and I have enjoyed getting close to his smooth face!  Like I said - WIN WIN!!  ;)  

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Using the manual version of the Gillette Fusion Proglide razor has proven to be a hit.  That flexball technology is pretty cool and it helps Jeremy get every little bit of hair off his baby face.  He might hate that I am saying baby face but hey honey - you are going to be 33 years old (OLD!) - take the baby face complement!  Also, being smooth and clean shaven makes you looks younger and your skin look healthy and rejuvenated!  Happy Birthday!!    


I would like to share a sneak preview of our recent family photos (more to come soon) but do you see that picture?  Came out fantastic right?  The kids look adorable, I look put together and the hubby looks amazingly smooth!  That picture of Jeremy is what makes my heart go, and once he knows that, he will be using his birthday present whenever he needs too.  The best shave with Gillette Razors!  

You can surprise your husband with his birthday wish list addition by stopping by your local Walmart.  For a super low price of $11.97 you can give him the give of the best shave!  You will be proud to walk into a room with your clean shaven hubby and he will love the idea of not having to shave EVERY day!  

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How do you like your man's face?  Smooth and Clean Shaven?  Rustic mustache? Mountain Man Beard? 


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Finding Confidence and Fun with SwimWays

Disclosure:  I received these items in return for my honest review and opinion.  


What a fun summer it has been and man we have seen a huge change in both of our kids' confidence when it is time to hit the pool!  Early this summer I told you that I would be having the honor of reviewing some great SwimWays products and I was hoping that those products would help the kids get more comfortable in the water, especially Jude.  Well after multiple times in our little pool in the backyard, a trip to a great Colorado Hot Springs and a Summer BBQ Pool Party I am here to say THANK YOU to SwimWays!  

Not only have we been able to give Jude some confidence in the pool but I feel like he has learned how to swim better too.  Obviously at 4 he has a lot to learn still but this summer was certainly a success and it was FUN too.  The last couple of swim lessons we had in the winter were not fun and were not helpful so we are super happy for what Jude has accomplished in the last 2 months!  YAY Jude!  

SwimWays is the brand we love for all things swimming. Check out some of the items we have learned about and use every time we hit the pool!  


Ready for a pool party?  We are!  Toys and safety, a great balance for the pool.  

Items for your next shopping list:

Gobble Gobble Guppies Toy - HUGE hit, in fact, when we were at a pool party we had to finally take the toy out of the pool because some other kids were taking it from Jude and Teagan.  It was a  lot of fun for both Jude and Teagan!  

Squidivers Dive Toys - these cute and bright squid toys became a favorite when we were at the Hot Springs with our family.  Jude and my niece who is 6 had a great time throwing these guys through the air and either diving for them (yes Jude was getting his head wet!) or making the adults find them!  Silly games but so much fun and we saw Jude's confidence grow HUGE with those squids!!!  

SwimWays Swim Step 2: Swim Vest -  THIS is a huge help with Teagan.  She is our daredevil.  She is not afraid of the water and wants to be BIG.  That's great but can be scary.  Using this swim vest not only helps Teagan learn to swim but it keeps her safe!  This is a great help with getting her to learn how to use her arms and legs when she is swimming with us too.  

Power Swimr - What gave Jude confidence?  Swimr.  He is a bit too large for this item but it has really helped us show him he can float and he won't sink to the bottom of the pool (his fear).  

Spring Float - (not pictured)  Welcome to relaxing!  Yes!  Okay, at the Hot Springs it was hard to relax when we were chasing and swimming with 4 kiddos but we would take turns on the lovely SwimWays Spring Float.  The relaxing was great but the best part about this item was the ease of transporting it from our house to the Hot Springs in our car!  Super portable!  


My little lady ready to hit the pool!  Loving her vest of course. She is not happy when we take it off because that means she is done swimming.  Ha!


Not the best fit for this big boy but with the help of the Swimr I feel like Jude's swimming confidence is super high!  


Playing with our Gobble Gobble Guppies Toy!  Fun at the pool!


Check that Jude out!  He is in the pool having fun with out us having to hold him!!  Confidence, fun, experience and safety!!  YES!


In case you were wondering if swimming is a great way to make kiddos tired, I thought that photo pretty much sums it up!  Hooray for summer and swimming!



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Save Money - Make Money! Buy & Sell Gently Worn Children’s Clothing by the Lot with Loteda

Disclosure:  This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Loteda for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


I might have a clothes buying problem, not for me but for my kids.  I think there are a lot of us out there – the parents who want to dress our kiddos to the finest every day but then just months after finding the cutest clothes we find ourselves packing up those adorable outfits because the kids grew and putting them in the “to donate” pile.  Oh what a waste!  A waste of money, space and time!  The idea of having these perfectly wearable clothes for Jude and Teagan and having to donate them makes me crazy!  There is a new program that is called Loteda  that will totally take the crazy out of this circle of clothes life. 

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I really like the idea of consignment sales but then I think about how overwhelming looking through consignment racks, bins and shelves can be.  Yikes!  Not my thing!  Loteda has read my mind, a mind of a busy working mom who simply doesn’t have the time to catalog clothing or look through racks of clothing!  Loteda is an ONLINE seller of children’s clothing, sizes newborn to 5t but instead of selling single items they sell the gently used clothing by the LOT.  Lots are simply organized by gender, season, and size – seriously how simple!  The buyer can buy a LOT of winter clothing for their 2t girl without spending hours looking through clothing.  Loteda FTW! 

Okay, so for the buyers of the clothing it got easy right?  Well I have also thought about selling our Gently-used at consignment sales but that too takes a TON of time and energy.  Loteda helps the sellers too.  All you have to do organize your clothing into LOTS by Gender, Season and Size.  Then simply take photos of your gently used clothing and upload those photos to Loteda.  They do the hard work.  Loteda calculates the selling price by using the original retail value and the condition of the items.  Now comes the part that makes you some money!  How to sell, Loteda sends you a prepaid shipping bag and you bag up the items and mail them to the buyer.  Once the buyer has received their package Loteda PAYS you!  BOOM!  Loteda pays you 90% of the selling price.  Easy money and those clothes are out of your kiddos closets!  For those of you who do not want to wait for your items to sell to get them out of your house you can also send 25 items or more directly  to Loteda and then they categorize it and do the hard work.  Even with that help you earn 60% of the selling price.  Not bad!


I learned a fact about most American families today and frankly I think I probably blow this number out of the water (I told you, I have a problem!).  American families spend on average $804 per year per child on clothing alone!  Oh goodness!  The idea of that money being “gone” after just a couple uses of the clothing makes me sad!  Loteda keeps your LOTS at almost 70% the original retail value – this means you can make some of that money back and get some FANTASTIC deals from other parents! 

Who likes coupons?  I DO!!  Use the code Summer20 at checkout to take advantage a special 20% off your Loteda order!  Expires 8/31/14 so get to shopping now! 

Does Loteda sound like something you would use in your home?


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Breaking the Summer Slide with Disney Junior #Ready4Preschool

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August is just days away, which means soon we will be getting #Ready4Preschool in the mornings instead of sleeping in and hanging out at the park.  While I am a little surprised at how fast the summer has gone so far I am also super excited for Preschool to start again for Jude.  Thanks to Disney Junior we are already focusing on taking some time to sit and enjoy some great learning activities with Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates but still having fun doing it.  

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When I brought these Disney Junior games and learning activities home from the store Jude was immediately ready to sit down and see what it was all about.  The Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Learning Schoolhouse Activity set is amazing!  I promise your Preschooler will love it and so will you, I feel like we will not only use this set for the rest of the summer but will focus on using this set on the days that Jude does not go to school this year.  What a great way to keep learning even when not at school!  

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The best part about these great Disney Junior back to school items is that Jude totally thinks they are games and toys but guess what?  They are more than that - he is learning and loving it.  I picked up a few of the great priced activity packs with his favorite characters to use when we are on long car rides or at church on Sundays.  These activities are great because they include everything you would need to achieve the learned activity in the pack.  Our favorite so far has been Jake and the Neverland Pirates Rhyming Learning Activity!  It kept Jude busy all morning in church!  

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So why am I worried about getting some learning in right now?  Prepping Jude for Preschool isn't just about getting new shoes, clothes and a fun backpack - for Jude it is all about remembering how to sit and focus on a project.  While we are thankful for the Montessori Program he attends and love that it isn't about sitting in a desk all day we do understand that Jude's wild imagination and active body makes it hard for him to sit and focus on any work, even if that work is something "active".  

Have you heard of the summer slide?  Being that Jude is in Preschool I do not mean the summer slide of reading or math skills but just the basic daily school routines and expectations.  For the last 2 months Jude has been on overdrive, he doesn't sit or walk he RUNS...its like he knows what summer break is all about already.  

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To combat Jude's version of the Summer Slide we are making an effort to bring him to a quiet space at least once a day and let him focus on some learning activities.  Since these learning activities involve his favorite Disney Junior characters he is loving this new summer routine.  

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I never want school or learning to become a boring or hated thing for my children so making sure we encourage our kiddos to study and use their precious brains every day even at home!  As busy working parents sometimes it is hard to exactly figure out what activity can be done to promote this learning but with these great options from Disney Junior we are set! 

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With these learning activities we have been able to really focus on some great things that I think will surprise his teacher in the fall.  Telling time, finding his state on the map and some writing too.  While I love these kits I am super happy with the portability of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Learning Activity, there is so much in this kit that I worried it would become a mess but thankfully Disney Junior knew that moms like me wouldn't be happy with a mess...even an educational mess.  This kit is perfect for our lifestyle.  We get it out, Jude does some activities and everything fits into the folders nicely!  Boom!  Disney Junior for the win!!!  

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Now I know this might surprise all of you but Jude's favorite part about having time for school at home is this fun Mickey Mouse Clubhouse hand pointer.  HA!  Not surprised.  The bossy Jude comes out with this pointer too but so does his imagination.  He was playing and teaching school to himself and it was the coolest thing to watch.  Coming from a family that both of my parents were teachers I certainly played school a lot and I love watching my own child do it years later.  

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I must say, Disney Junior certainly had their thinking caps on when they created this great line of Disney Junior Back to School Activities, Games and Sets.  I am already thinking about stalking up on some of these other items for birthday presents and Christmas gifts because I know Jude would love to enjoy all of these fun but educational Disney Junior games.  

I was pleasantly surprised at the whole Disney Junior Back to School activities and educational fun that we found while browsing for activities for Jude at Walmart.  The prices are great and the products are high quality.  I know that we will be using these Disney Junior branded items through out the school year to keep Jude on track and #Ready4Preschool!


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How do you make sure your child doesn't participate in the Summer Slide?


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Huggies® Costco #Giveaway #SnugandDryPlus #MC #Sponsored

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign with  Mom Central Consulting and Huggies® Brand. I received product samples for review.  All opinions are my own.


Last week I told you that I was super excited to be a Huggies® Costco Ambassador and now it is your turn to be excited!  Huggies® and Costco want to give one of you a $50 COstco Cash Card!  Hey, that's a lot of Huggies® Sung & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies® Natural Care Plus Wipes!!  

I have already expressed our love for Huggies® Sung & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies® Natural Care Plus Wipes but I thought I would show you how much Teagan loves them too! 

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I don't know if you can tell but she is a bit of a wild lady!  We love the Huggies® brand for many reasons but these pictures tell you exactly why.  The Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers are snug!  They do not slip or slide when Teagan is in full effect!  Not to mention, on the occasion that she decides to bless us with a night that she sleeps in her crib until morning, we need a good DRY diaper to help her stay comfy while dreaming.  

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Now that we are set on the brand and type of diapers and wipes we love to use for Teagan it is really great we can find a great deal on them at our local Costco.  By the way, we LOVE Costco, we save money every time we shop there, especially when we need to buy diapers and wipes.  Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are only available at Costco. You can’t get them anywhere else! 

Now, go, run, and try them!  You will be super happy with your decision to try them!  



Time for you to get in on this great Costco Cash Card Giveaway!  Simply enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below!  Must be 18 years old to win.  Giveaway runs from 7/28/2014 - 8/4/2014. Good luck!  

Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central Consulting.


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Medifast Week 1 Results and Thoughts

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.





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Last week I announced that I was an Official Medifast Blogger and was starting my final weight loss journey, while I was super excited to start my program I was also really nervous but I am here today with some great updates!  I am not going to lie, the first week of Medifast isn't all fun and games, frankly, those Medifast headaches and ketosis breath makes it hard to stay committed....well until you step on the scale and see this!  


Week One Results:

I lost a total of 

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pounds!!!!

That's right friends, almost 9 pounds gone in just 7 days!  That headache was totally worth it on Thursday.  After seeing my success I am really motivated to continue.  Time to give you a run down on my past week. 

Staying On Plan:


For the last 7 days I have honestly been on plan.  That is a huge accomplishment for me!  Obviously, with the results I have seen this week I know that if I stay on plan I will accomplish my goals with no problem!  As I stated before the first week of Medifast can be a big transition but with motivation and WATER you can make it through.  

For those that are not familiar with Medifast, when you stick to the plan your body goes into Ketosis, that's a good thing!  What is Ketosis?  Ketosis means that our bodies are using fat for energy.  Hey Body!  USE THAT FAT!  Now the issue that Ketosis brings is sometimes some bad breath and headaches.  Thankfully after about a week the headache goes away as long as you continue to drink TONS of water; that Ketosis breath...not so much.  Invest in some sugar free gum, your friends and family will thank you!  

So once I was able to get through the transition I started feeling amazing.  I knew I had lost weight but mostly I simply felt less bloated which is a great motivator for me.  I hate that feeling.  Since being on the Medifast 5-1 plan I have only felt bloated once and I believe it was because I might have over done it on the veggie intake.  Ha!  One thing that I really need to remember while on this plan is to drink lots of water, I am not a fan of water so this is hard for me to achieve but overall I feel better when I am well hydrated on this plan.  

So for those of you who are worried about the transition, I am being VERY honest here, it is a tough week but if you keep track of your plan, drinks TONS of water and get some gum, you will make it through!  

Food:


Alright, now on to the GOOD stuff - FOOD!!  Before I go too far into this let me tell you all about the Medifast 5-1 plan that I am currently on.  Right now every day I eat 5 prepackaged Medifast meals that range from 90-110 calories each.  Medifast has so many choices for you to enjoy too - Shakes, Pudding, Brownies (OH THE BROWNIES!), pretzels, cereal, Mac n Cheese, Smoothies, Pancakes, ect.  Seriously, something for everyone - and everyone has their own favorites too.  I am sure you will start to see what my favs are too. 




Not only do I get to have 5 of those yummy meals a day but I also get a Lean and Green Meal.  This meal is prepared by me or even at a restaurant.   Lean and Green is exactly what it sounds like - Veggies and Lean Proteins!  In pretty good portions too.  




I am not hungry, you probably think I am starving, I am not!  In fact, there are some days where if feels like I eat ALL DAY LONG!  If there is a HUNGRY day I simply reach for my water bottle or enjoy a sugar free Jell-O cup or a Dill Pickle.  Nom!  

My second day on plan I had to head to Jury Duty and you know what?  I was able to pack for it and stay right on track!  How easy!  


   



And in all of this I do not have to give up my slight Coffee obsession!  Check out this brillant idea.  Medifast has Ready To Drink Shakes that come in a French Vanilla Flavor so every morning I head to my favorite Starbucks and order a BLACK no sugar or milk added Grande Iced Coffee in a Venti cup.  Once I get my treat I add my first Medifast Meal of the day to my coffee - the RTD French Vanilla Shake - and stir and enjoy!  It feels like a cheat and it isn't!!!  Yum! 




Worries:

Weekends are hard.  I find myself struggling on the weekend to stick to the plan completely. Last Saturday we had a birthday party to go to and while I did have a Hot Dog (no bun) I felt good walking away from the chips, dips and cookies knowing I made a decent choice.  Eating in large groups is hard, I am proud to be on this journey with Medifast and talk about it all the time but there is still some embarrassment there as well.  With time and results I know that will go away.  

My next challenges will come next weekend - it is Jeremy's birthday weekend and we always go to dinner and celebrate.  I will need to be focused on the prize on that day!!  


Weight Loss:

Month 1 (-9,

Total Weight Lost = 9 pounds


GOALS:

Goal 1 - To make Medifast a new habit (21 days!)  Started the program on  7/20/2014 - stay on plan until 8/10/2014!!

Goal 2 - 20 pounds gone

Goal 3 - 30 pounds gone

Goal 4 - 50 pounds gone

Goal 5 -60 pounds gone



Start a new journey and save some money while doing it!



Click here to place your order!  

Medifast has some deals for you! If you use my code, OURSTORY15, you can receive $15 off an order of $150 or more. Or, use code OURSTORY28 to receive 28 free meals (a $67 value!) with your purchase of $250+.

Limit one per customer. The OURSTORY28 code is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts.

Both codes expire on 12/31/2014. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program.




How was your week?  Did you Stay ON PLAN?  Are you writing about your Medifast journey? If so link up!! Let's motivate each other!!  



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #MyGoodLife


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They always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right?  I have no idea who THEY are but I totally agree, especially for children.  Now, the idea is great but the time is limited in the morning before work and school which sometimes means that Jude goes to school in the morning after only having a breakfast bar in the car - I am not proud of that. Thankfully NESTLÉ® seems to know that there are mornings like this in most homes.  Time to share how we have started Fueling our Mornings with the help of NESTLÉ®!  

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Jude is a chocolate milk lover, MAJOR! Every time we go out to dinner that is what he orders.  While I am thankful that he wants to drink milk I do wonder how much that Chocolate is pretty much canceling out the healthy aspect of drinking milk.  He started wanting Chocolate Milk over just plain white milk even at home. Enter the battle over milk - THEY also say to Pick Your Battles - again, I have no idea who THEY are but THEY are right again.  Once we decided this battle wasn't worth it, we stumbled across the  NESQUIK® Powder Chocolate Drink Mix.  

Even though Jude is getting a treat and drinking Chocolate Milk he is still getting great nutrition. I do not hesitate to mix this up for him in the mornings before heading out for the day because I know that the extra little goodness in his glass is actually giving him more vitamins and nutrients! Good Food Good Life friends!

NESQUIK® Powder Facts (website):
"NESQUIK® Powder turns milk into an irresistibly delicious, extra nutritious drink for your family. NESQUIK® Powder has 25% less sugar than the leading syrup brand and is specially fortified with added calcium, Vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals to help build strong bones."

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

I am sure that most of you are familiar with the morning rush once school starts, right?  Who has time for breakfast?  I barely have time to get all of us showered, dressed, lunches packed and manage any meltdowns, let alone think about preparing a balanced, healthy breakfast for my family.  Well this school year is going to be different!  No more sugar filled cereals, bars and treats for the kiddos.  Using the yummy CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ Powdered Drink Mix I am getting creative in the kitchen but it isn't taking all morning! Mom For the Win again!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Recipe

Free Printable Recipe Here

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

Ingredients:  
11 oz Mandarin Oranges in Orange Juice
1/2 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
1 cup Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup Ice
2 packages of CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ Powdered Vanilla Drink Mix
1 Navel Orange for Garnish (optional)

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

Directions:

1. Add the Mandarin Oranges in juice, Frozen Pineapple Chunks, Ice, and Vanilla Yogurt to a large blender.

2. Blend well! Making sure all of the ice is gone!

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

3. Once the mixture is blended well, add the packages of CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ Powdered Vanilla Drink Mix to the blender as well. Blend well!

4. Your Fuel is ready to enjoy! Top your glass off with a slice of orange and serve immediately. Best enjoyed cold!

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

Told you it was easy!  Now I am writing out all kinds of smoothie recipe ideas using the CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ Powdered Drink Mix. I think my kids will love trying out the new creations in the coming months.

Not only am I a happy mommy when I think about all the great nutrition that my kids are getting in this Orange Creamsicle Smoothie but with the stress of breakfast gone in the mornings we seem to have a better time in the morning. Being a working mom is hard, I only get to see my children each morning before work for about an hour. *tear* So when we are running around stressing out about getting dressed, ready and fed for school or work I feel like our time isn't filled with good memories or experiences. Sharing simple moments with my family and being able to have some time to do it over some YUMMY smoothies makes me feel happy and blessed!

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

That face!  I love him and I am so thankful for my little guy.  Oh and in case you can't tell...he LOVES this smoothie!  Fueling that little guy for a big day is so easy now!  

Fueling Our Mornings with NESTLÉ®: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #Recipe Orange Creamsicle recipe.  Breakfast smoothies with Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix.  NESQUIK® Powder

To help you create your own Breakfast Essential Orange Creamsicle Smoothie you can find all of these ingredients at Walmart.  Have fun with the family and create something yummy every morning to help you Fuel Your Day!  #MyGoodLife  


CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ Powdered Drink Mix comes in these flavors: Rich Milk Chocolate, Classic French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate Malt, Strawberry Sensation and Dark Chocolate.  Now help me get creative for the school year!

What flavor combo would you create for your family?


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