Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Nutty Coconut Coffee w/ Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream (Review & Giveaway)

One of the best parts of Fall has to be all the warm and delicious drinks we get to snuggle up with on the couch or outside on your front porch on a beautiful Fall day. A perfect Fall day to me is reading a book under my zebra print snuggie while sipping on a warm drink.

I had the opportunity to try the new Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream. This just kicked whip cream up a notch. This delicious creamy flavorful whipped cream gives your ordinary coffee a boost. It definitely has a coconut taste that will bring your ordinary whipped cream to shame. The taste isn't over powering, it's just the right amount of coconut flavor.

Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream is non dairy and lactose free, so even those of you that are vegan or lactose intolerance can enjoy the delicious Coconut Whipped Cream. It's cholesterol free and only contains 13% fat. This is definitely a more healthier choice than some of the other whipped creams out there.

Not only would this be a great add to your pumpkin latte and hot chocolate, but it also tastes delicious served with fruit and would be great on pumpkin and pecan pie. I was able to bring a couple to our Thanksgiving dinner at my in laws and everyone loved it on their pumpkin pie bites that I brought along as well. My mother in law absolutely loves coconut, so this was a perfect add to her pumpkin pie.

This is why this week's Thirsty Thursday is Nutty Coconut Coffee. I got the recipe over on the Gay Lea website and altered it a bit adding coconut milk to give my coffee an even more coconut taste. You can get the new Coconut Whipped Cream at your local Sobey's, No Frills, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore retailing between $2.99 - $3.49.

Nutty Coconut Coffee
2C  Freshly Brewed Dark Roast Coffee
2oz Cocnut Milk
2oz Bailey's Hazelnut Flavour
Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream
Dash of Cinnamon
Chocolate Syrup (optional)

Make coffee. Add in the coconut milk and Bailey's Hazelnut. Pour into two mugs and top with a generous amount of Real Coconut Whipped Cream, a dash of cinnamon and chocolate syrup. Drink and enjoy!

Gay Lea is teaming up with Just Us Girls to give one of our Canadian readers a chance to win a Gay Lea prize pack that includes 4 dessert plates, 4 dessert forks, 4 napkins, 4 napkin rings, a pie server, and two vouchers for Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received samples of Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GoGo squeeZ, Perfect For After School Snacks & Lunch! (Review & Giveaway)

We're going into month three of being back in school and I'm still pretty excited on what I make for the kids lunches. With the help of social media sites, there are tons of ideas on how to make lunch for your kids more exciting and healthy. Not only awesome ideas for lunches, but after school snacks too.

My kids are pretty picky and only eat certain foods, so when I got the opportunity to try the entire line from GoGo squeeZ, I was pretty excited. GoGo squeeZ is fruit applesauce in a pouch that has a resealable cap. Not only are their products made with 100% real fruit, but they're made natural with no preservatives, are gluten and dairy free and have no artificial flavors added. They come in eight different flavors and my kids enjoyed trying every single one of them.

Apple Apple
Apple Peach
Apple Banana
Apple Mango
Apple Berries
Apple Strawberry
Apple Grape (New!)
Apple Pear (New!)

One of the things I love about GoGo squeeZ is that these fruit pouches are not only delicious, but they are very convenient and a healthy snack for my kids. You can take them with you anywhere and are perfect when you're on the go. They're a perfect add for the kids lunch and for an after school snack.

As a parent with little ones that get hungry quickly while being out, snacks that are mess free and easy to take with you are great to have. I love having GoGo squeeZ handy when we're traveling a far distance or even when we're headed to an appointment. I also love that they have a resealable cap, so if your kids don't finish they're snack, they can screw the top back on and have it for later. This is a perfect way not to waste the snacks kids eat.

With Halloween coming up next week, these would be a great add to give to the Trick OR Treaters that will be coming to your door. Their parents will thank you with these healthy and fun treats!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received samples of the entire line of GoGo squeeZ at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review #MrPeabody

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - The WABAC - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

My kids were really excited when we got a chance to watch Mr. Peabody and Sherman.  They heard so much about the movie from a couple friends. So when they saw it laying on the table, they screamed with joy.

This was such a great family movie for us all to sit down and watch together. Filled with lots of adventure and humor, this was a movie that we all enjoyed and loved. I loved how they went back in time and how they came in contact with other characters from different time periods. I also love how there was adult humor that my husband and I got. When we weren't laughing during the movie it was completely quiet in the house as every single one of us was so into the movie.

We've watched it twice now and I'm guessing we will be watching it a few more times, so I'm glad this is in our movie collection. If you're looking for a new family movie to enjoy, this is definitely it. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is now out on both blu-ray and DVD and would be a great gift to any kid since the holidays are right around the corner. Be sure to enter our giveaway HERE for a chance at winning your own copy!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Mr. Peabody and Sherman on Blu-ray DVD combo at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan (@kassmorganbooks & @The100)

Title: The 100
By: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
ISBN: 9780316234498
Pages: 336

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

The 100 is a futuristic story based in a time 300 years post-apocalyptic earth on a space station type of town hovering over earth. We know the earth was soaked in radiation during "The Cataclysm", but little information is given as to what was the cause. You are given pieces of information at a time through the course of several of the main character's (Wells, Clarke, Bellamy and Glass) points of view.

This story is geared toward young adult readers, so the pieces were pretty easy for me to put together. I wasn't taken off guard by any of the twists or turns…but a younger reader would easily be. I cannot even think of anything that would not be appealing to either female or male teenager for this book.

I can honestly tell you, I have never in my long reading career read a book so short on description and enjoyed it! There are 323 pages of straight-to-the-point story. The author is masterful in this style of writing. You're hooked and you don't even realize you didn't get a great deal of description. I didn't realize until my son started reading this book and asked me if Clarke was the blond girl in the TV show. At that point I realized I didn't know what Clarke looked like. I had an image of her in my head based solely on her personality portrayal. It takes quite a skill to do something like that, have the reader create a character visually without any help from the author, and still successfully create characters that the reader has an attachment to. I have read many books that lacked description of their characters and cannot remember one story where the author successfully managed to create an attachment to that character.

This is great for young readers. It's an easy read, action-packed. The pace is fast and geared to grab and hold a person's attention. I just eagerly starting the second book and I will be very excited to read the third!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The 100 at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gifts For Men This Christmas!

Let’s face it: shopping for men is officially impossible. Trawling department stores yields row upon row of hopelessly boring ties, hip flasks and socks, and attempting to find a suitable aftershave is a minefield (if a sweet smelling one). But don’t worry ladies, it is possible to find the man in your life a practical, purposeful gift this Christmas and we have a few ideas for the well-groomed man, the foodie, the outdoor man and the gadget geek man. 

For the well-groomed
It might seem a little obvious, but you can’t go wrong with shaving accessories. Whether you opt for a classic packaged, high-quality brush for lathering up, some decadent post-shave balm, or a new, top of the line electric razor, it’s something he’ll use every day. For the jet-setter, consider a flight kit for his next business trip, or if he must insist on boycotting the razor, some beard oil will keep his facial tresses smelling.

For the foodie
If the guy you’re shopping for considers himself something of a gourmand, thank your lucky stars, for the opportunities for present shopping are endless. A chilli plant will give him the chance to grow his own fiery seasoning, while a teppanyaki grill is a cool way to prepare a sit-down dinner in front of his friends. As for drinks, consider a hand-curated mixed case of craft beer, a thoughtful and trendy treasure to stash under the Christmas tree.

For the outdoor type
The survivalist in your life can never have too many Swiss army knives, so invest in one in the certain knowledge it will be used, even if it’s just to knock the cap off a beer. A hand-cranked generator will keep a camper with a phone happy, and at full charge, or for ultimate brownie points, buy him a Go Pro to capture all his extreme survival antics from a first person point of view.

For the gadget geek
A true feat of modern engineering, the pop-up hotdog toaster is now a thing. If this sounds a little random, consider a Chromecast, a nifty device that turns any TV with a USB port into a smart one. If your male recipient is a keen golfer, he can attach a Swingbyte to his favourite club and perfect his swing without leaving the office, or cool down his beer in an instant with a freezable Chillsner.

With plenty of time and lots of options to pick from, don’t panic, you’re sure to get him the perfect present.
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