Pangea Nutrition Mediterranean diet for a healthier you

There is a lot of pressure to have the perfect beach body this time of year, but really being healthy should be the goal. For years now we’ve heard how healthy a Mediterranean diet is, but truthfully, do we know what that actually means? That’s where Pangea Nutrition comes in.

This is not a “diet” but a way to change your relationship with food without sacrificing flavor, blowing your grocery budget or taking the fun out of cooking. Plus they plan and deliver your meals which takes a lot of the guess work out of what you need to do.

The meals I got were chicken and salmon, with greens, beans, tomato, zucchini, walnuts, feta cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I would say I had or have cooked with every ingredient they sent, so there was no worry about odd flavors or being nervous about what I was trying.

They even sent a snack for in between lunch and dinner.

Basically, every time you prep dinner you’re prepping your lunch as well. My first night was chicken seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano, served with quinoa made with chicken broth and grated carrot with a side of sauteed spinach mixed with green onion, feta cheese, walnuts, raisins and some lemon juice. It was by far my favorite of the three recipes.

While making dinner, I was also setting aside foods for lunch. This meal was paired with a lunch of radicchio salad with the couscous topped with feta and walnuts. I don’t actually eat radicchio, but made it for my husband who loved it. I skipped ahead to the next lunch, which was arugula topped with feta, walnuts, pinto beans and pickled beets. The dressing recipe is simple and delicious. I was actually concerned that it wouldn’t have a great depth of flavor, but it really complimented the other flavors without being overwhelming.

The next dinner was walnut crusted salmon with balsamic glazed apples and sauteed spinach and radicchio, cooked with balsamic vinegar and a bit of garlic. I did have the spinach and radicchio, which loses its bitterness when cooked, especially with vinegar and honey.

The final meal was chicken again, this time served with sauteed zucchini and tomato. This was my least favorite, mostly because I am not a fan of zucchini.

My concerns were not the size of the dinners, there was plenty of food, but the lunches which were salads. But there was fat and protein in them which definitely made them more filling. The snack of mixed nuts definitely made a big difference getting me through the day. There was no mid-day lag with the meals.

Breakfast was left open, just suggesting to keep it healthy and balanced. You cannot skip breakfast with this plan, so please do not try.

The other recommendations were to keep salt intake low, drink plenty of water, do some form of exercise for 30 minutes a day and enjoy an occasional glass of wine if desired.

Aside from being a bit fussy with some of the ingredients, the meals consisted of items that are in my house on a regular basis, simply put together in a different style. Had I just gotten the recipes, without food I would have had the core ingredients on hand, which makes this lifestyle change so much easier.

The one part of the program I had an issue with was the actual recipe card. Each recipe has 3-4 steps, which isn’t hard. But instead of putting the notes on what to put aside to lunch in the middle of the dinner recipe instead of in a sidebar or at the bottom. For example, the first recipe had the vinaigrette recipe for lunches before the sauce I needed for dinner. The salmon recipe was the same, combining how to cook the apples with lunch prep.

The placement of those recipes slowed down my meal prep, mostly by distraction because after the first day I ignored what to do for lunch until I was packing up leftovers.

The other thing I would note is that if you do not cook regularly the prep work will take time.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the food, was very happy with how I felt even in just a couple days and look forward to making the recipes again.

Each week you get –

  • Someone else to do the shopping with your choice of delivery dates.
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners for two people for about $150 or $12.50/meal.
  • Six healthy meals with little prep and cook time.
  • A variety of new recipes to try and enjoy.

Find out more or start your trial today by visiting them here – https://www.pangeanutrition.com/.

Use code MedMon17 for 60% off through mid-June, in celebration of Modern Mediterranean Diet Month.

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Go chalk crazy with Yoobi

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You know when a product is good when you have all the kids on the block gathered on your driveway sharing nicely. This time it was sidewalk chalk that brought them together and that’s all thanks to Yoobi.

You see, Yoobi has brought chalk art to a new level with a wide variety of products, as well as some impressive color choices.

The first item opened were the chalk paints. My almost 12-year-old brought them outside to play with and she’s not even the that likes to draw. That’s how cool this item is!

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Next came the stencils. which brought a different kind of skill to chalk drawing.yoobi

 

 

Then of course the freehand art that always happens.

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At the end of at least an hour, if not more, a half dozen kids ages 7 to 12 were quietly amused by the chalk products. The driveway was so full we tracked chalk dust in for days until it rained. None of the kids moved from our driveway – which is the smallest of the three houses – that’s how into the art they were.

It is worth every penny to get these chalk art kits from Yoobi to have peace and quiet while the kids are outside having fun. And it’s not a lot of pennies actually! The chalk paint rollers are $1.99 each, while the stencils are $4.99 and a bucket of 60 jumbo chalk is $6.99.

Even better, Yoobi gives back. In just two years they impacted over 2 million kids. They support the Kids in Need Foundation donating school packs. They also partnered with The Starlight Children’s Foundation, which gave supplies to over 200 hospital school programs all across the U.S.

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Every Yoobi purchase helps them help others. Yoobi chalk can be purchased at Yoobi.com along with fun supplies for indoor play and goodies for adults, plus free shipping on orders $25 or more. It’s also available in Target stores.

Pharmagel celebrates 30 years of skin care innovation

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Every time you look there is a new product that says it will basically give you the skin of a 10-year-old. From reducing fine lines and wrinkles, to firming skin and diminishing dark spots, we’ve heard it all and tried many month’s salary trying to find the perfect fit.

So why not start out with a company that has been around for 30 years instead?

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Pharmagel Nourish Oil

Pharmagel has got to be the beauty industry’s best kept secret. Before I did my Mother’s Day guide I hadn’t heard of them myself and I have spent decades buying gook to battle combination skin.

Here’s what I know:

This is the happiest I’ve been with my skin in over a decade with very little effort to make it happen.

I love their Nourish Oil, which contains Sea Buckthorn – something I have been using a few years now to reduce acne inflammation – and combines it with other essential oils like Argan and avocado to not only reduce inflammation, but softens skin.

I am equally thrilled with their Glyco-8 lotion, which is a special 30th anniversary product. It combines glycolic acid and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate with vitamins E and A which actually softens and brightens skin. It has no greasy residue and does not feel like there is a layer between my skin and the air. I put it on before bed, add some Nourish Oil to zap spots and I am done messing with my skin. I put in on after my morning shower and dust my face with a mineral powder with sunscreen for a light base that can be left as is or dressed up. After about a week of doing this I actually looked in the mirror and said outloud – “I look younger!”

And there’s more:

No matter what skin type you have or solution you prefer Pharmagel makes it. Not sure if you’ll like it? Check out their travel size options first.

In addition to the Glyco-8, Pharmagel has two other special 30th anniversary editions available – Hydra Cleanse which is a botanical face wash that uses oat extract and aloe vera to maintain skin’s moisture and for normal to dry skin the DN-24 Hydracreme, which uses Retinol instead of glycolic acid for the same results as the Glyco-8.

For the entire year they will have monthly special to celebrate 30 years of skin care innovation. Find them online here.

 

 

Enjoy summer in a bottle with Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails Southern Peach

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Jack Daniel’s latest country cocktail flavor will have the breeze flowing, waves crashing and bring you true peace.

And then you wake up….

When reality hits reach for Jack Daniel’s Southern Peach Country Cocktail. While it can’t actually transport you to a place where your co-workers are awesome, your children clean their rooms and your husband takes out the garbage, Jack Daniel’s has captured summer in a bottle with their collaboration with R&B singer K. Michelle.

Jack Daniel's, Peach“Jack Daniel’s is a brand with rich history. Also being from Tennessee, I’ve always appreciated how JD falls in line with my southern values,” says K. Michelle. “This collaboration with Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails is a celebration of all those values, and I’m excited to share that with my fans.”

The premium malt beverage is along the lines of a wine cooler, but without the sugary sweetness. The peach flavor is authentic and doesn’t taste artificial in any way. It reminded me of my favorite sangria that is made with white wine and peach schnapps without all the work of slicing the fruit – or having to wait for peaches to be in season!

The fruity beverage is light enough to have as a pre-dinner cocktail without feeling like you had a drink. At 4.8 percent alcohol it’s at the very least half the strength of a glass of wine.

Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails are premium malt beverages that come in eight flavors – Jack Apple, Black Jack Cola, Cherry Limeade, Berry Punch, Downhome Punch, Lynchburg Lemonade, Watermelon Punch, and now Southern Peach. Find them in a store near you.

Please drink responsibly.

Ergo Chef’s SHINZUI is a great all-round knife for any level chef [Review]

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Every home cook has a knife preference. Some like to use paring knives for just about everything. Others like mid-range 5-inch utility knives. Me? I use 8-inch chef knives whenever I can.

Ergo Chef’s new SHINZUI chef knife is a great example why. It’s comfortable, strong and has enough space on the blade to swiftly maneuver ingredients off a cutting board. Oh, and it can cut! shinzui

The variety of things I used it for included hard and soft vegetables and meat. The precision I was able to achieve slicing onions to caramelize was impressive. A word of advice, keep your fingers tucked in so you don’t lose one.

This company says the knife was designed for precise slicing through all types of food product with a newly developed Japanese Super Steel blade with a patented design. The Japanese VG10 steel blade has 33 layers of softer Damascus steel per side for a beautiful one-of-a-kind pattern with each knife & a hard center core of VG10 Super Steel hardened to 60 HRC for long edge life.

It has a precision 15-degree cutting edge per side to provide easy cuts through vegetables, fruit, red meat, poultry, pork and fish.

This is definitely one of those knives you’ll use for a long time.

FEATURES:

  • Damascus Blade Made in Japan: VG10 Japanese Super Steel Core with Our Custom Damascus Layer Patterns – Each knife pattern will be slightly different.  VG10 is a high carbon Japanese steel known for its samurai sharp edges and tough long lasting sharpness.
  • Edge: Double beveled 15 Degree’s per side for incredible strength and smoothest cuts through toughest foods.
  • Heat Treat: 60 HRC for superior long lasting sharpness and durability.  Tempered to perfection.
  • Handle: Black G10 fiberglass resin composite with red G10 stripes down both sides of the full tang.  A Mosaic center rivet and 2 stainless steel rivets complete the look and are polished for beauty. The G10 handle is one of the world’s strongest materials for lifetime of worry free use.
  • Blade Length: 8″
  • Blade Height: 2.25″
  • Blade Thickness: .090″
  • Handle Length: 4.9″
  • Handle Width: .880″
  • Handle Belly Height: 1.120″
  • Weight: 9.5 Oz.

Official Doctor Who subscription block service to begin this month

The new Doctor Who subscription "block" from Nerd Block and BBC. Photo courtesy of Nerd Block.

From food, to makeup to clothing, subscription box services have been taking over our modern way of life. With the convenience and sometimes fun mystery of what one will receive in subscription boxes, these type of services make it a lot easier and exciting to get products you are interested in.

Many people know one of the most famous subscription box services, Loot Crate, where it takes a nerdy or geeky theme of the month and subscribers receive a mystery box of items related to that theme which often includes apparel, toys and accessories. The themes usually vary from comic books, to TV shows, to villains and much more. However, there are many other subscription services that cater to peoples’ interests. For example, Ipsy caters to makeup lovers and Cat Lady Box clearly caters to cat lovers.

People who love these subscription boxes will be thrilled to know that one of the most popular fandoms in the pop-culture world is getting its own official subscription box. Nerd Box and BBC have partnered up to create an official Doctor Who subscription box, or “block” as they call it. Whovians all over can now receive exclusive Doctor Who items that will be sent straight to their doorstep. Not only are these items exclusive but also collectible. Many people in the pop-culture and “geeky” community love collectibles from their favorite fandoms and with Doctor Who being so popular worldwide this is the perfect block for fans to get to receive the best items from their favorite show. Nerd Block states that this new block will “allow fans of the longest-running sci-fi television series to obtain exclusive and custom-curated officially licensed collectibles featuring their favorite Doctors, companions and characters. Subscribers of the Doctor Who Official Block will receive a range of unique items that will fuel their love of the iconic series and add to their anticipation of upcoming episodes.”

Each block is delivered bi-monthly, so unlike Loot Crate which delivers a monthly crate, this box is a bit more exclusive and subscribers can chose from three different delivery options. For one block, the price is $49.99. To get a better deal overall they are also offering two other buying options. $47.99 each for three blocks and $45.99 each for six blocks. The block will be able to be shipped to the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

 

The new Doctor Who subscription box by Nerd Block and BBC. Photo courtesy of Nerd Block

So if you are a Whovian or know someone who is, then this block is the perfect gift for yourself or someone else. Each block not only comes with exclusive items inside, but the box itself is designed to be a mini TARDIS so the actual box is considered a collectible as well. When you go to purchase a subscription, the website will ask you how long of a duration you want the boxes to be shipped and also a shirt size. So expect some fantastic apparel right off the bat.

With the new season of Doctor Who  just starting a few weeks ago, this block is a perfect and timely item that will really get the Whovian spirits high. To sign up to receive this amazing Doctor Who Nerd Block, click here. The time limit for subscribing ends in a week, so don’t miss your chance to receive this block of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey items!

Let there be light with OxyLED OxySense T-02 [REVIEW]

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No matter how big or small your living space is there is always one nook or cranny that you desperately need more light in. The hallway at night, the basement, the crawl space  – you know what I mean!

For me it’s my closet. Double whammy – the attic entrance is IN my closet so there’s very little I can do to fix it up. AND I have about 2 feet of space on either end of my closet that is covered by wall – no clue why, and after 16 years, still not at the top of my list to fix.

The biggest issue I have is trying to find something with just a little light, because, of course, my room is at the end of the hall, behind my door, so no adjusting can help me when my husband is fast asleep and I need one of at least 6 black sweaters to complete my outfit. I have tried a variety of battery operated lights that either don’t work, didn’t work for long or never got installed because using my phone as a flashlight was just that much simpler.

So when the folks over at OxyLED asked me to review their light I said sure, no problem. How much worse can it be than all the rest?

It took a bit to get here, so when I got the package I kinda went, what is this? This light is really small. It’s a mere 4 ounces and 7.9 x 1.2 x 1.5 inches. Of course, my next thought is how is this going to be a real solution?

Being very skeptical – 16 years later, who wouldn’t be – I propped it on the shelf in my closet instead of using the 3M adhesive it comes with. It also has motion sensor technology so you can simply leave it on, which is a huge bonus.

I did some laundry and found it to be pretty cool that it turned on when I opened my closet door. No hassles there. But what did it for me was trying to find a top in the dark while hubby was sleeping and this tiny little thing lit up all 4 feet of my closet! My jaw dropped.

The only issue I had with the unit is that it doesn’t come with the four AAA batteries needed to power it, so I had to run to the store. I actually bought cheap batteries to test the lamp out to see if repeated use wore them out. It did not.

Overall, this is the best solution I have had for my lighting issue ever.

For the whole $12.99 it costs on Amazon.com, this is what you get from this light –

  • Sensitivity > 3 meter Distance
  • Sensor Range: 120 degrees
  • 10 LED
  • Light color: Pure White
  • LED life: 50,000 hours or more

OxyLED has other lighting options as well, check them out here so you’re never left in the dark – or with on blue sock and one black one!

 

 

Harry Potter Ruled Pocket Journals from Insight Editions [REVIEW]

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. Every winter I rewatch the movies and every couple of years I reread the books. The series is like comfort food to me as it invokes a sense of warmth and happiness. But while I have a lot of Harry Potter fandom merchandise, one item I didn’t have was a journal.

I am excited to share information with my fellow fans about new Harry Potter journals from Insight Editions. This month they released multiple Harry Potter journals, including one for each of the four Hogwarts houses, one with the Hogwarts crest and one focused on the wizarding world that features the nine and three quarters symbol. Insight Editions was kind enough to send me three journals to try out: the Slytherin Ruled Pocket Journal, Hogwarts Ruled Pocket Journal and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Travel Journal: Ruled Pocket Notebook.

Each journal is the perfect size for traveling. Being a bit bigger than a smartphone, they fit well in purses, bags and the pockets of most men’s jeans. As far as performance, the journals are malleable and seem like they could handle wear and tear well. Each journal has 192 pages of lined paper. They each have a ribbon bookmark so you can keep your place, and a have an elastic band to keep them closed when not in use. In the back of each book is a little attached folder. There is art on the inside front and back over, and a property of page that when opened has information and pictures.

The Slytherin Ruled Pocket Journal features this fun pattern in the front and back of the journal. 

Its information page tells you a bit about Slytherin and has pictures of the common room and Quidditch team. It also features small pictures and information about a few famous Slytherin alumnus, including Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy.

The Hogwarts Ruled Pocket Journal has an information page with pictures of the school. The inside front and back covers are beautifully decorated with artwork. The front shows Hogwarts Castle and a bit of the Forbidden Forest, while the back is of the Quidditch pitch. 

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Travel Journal also features some nice artwork. The front inside cover depicts the Hogwarts Express, while the back shows a city scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It also came with a MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) card and a cute little card about fees on the Knight Bus. The information page shows a timetable for the Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade and a ticket.

I am very impressed with these journals. They are sturdy and have great artwork. Overall, I think they are worth the price and great gifts for Harry Potter fans. I am also impressed with the company. According to the packaging, with the help of Roots of Peace, they grow two trees for every one used to make their journals.

You can get any of the Harry Potter journals above, plus those from the other Hogwarts houses directly from Insight Editions, as well as at various stores including TargetAmazon, and Barnes and Noble.

U Brands pens bring style and class back to your signature [REVIEW]

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Here’s my thought – we women spend hundreds to thousands of dollars every year on handbags and wallets. They are accessories to be admired. But what about the last time you tried to hunt down a pen in that pretty bag? Odd are you came up with a toss away pen from the bank or doctor’s office.

Having a “good” pen went away with having to carry a checkbook, but let’s face it, that’s really not okay. But for an object that sits and does pretty much nothing most of the time, it’s hard to want to invest in a good pen.

This is where the pens from U Brands come in. First off, they are gorgeous. From the packaging to the prints and even the clean solid designs, they make you want to hold them. Second, and just as important, they are affordable. Under $10 for either a 2 or 3-pack of pens is really reasonable.

I am a fan of the Monterey ballpoint pen with the click top. The barrel of the pen is a bit thicker than a generic pen, which is very comfortable. Plus it’s got a bit of weight to it that just feels right in my hand.

My daughter grabbed the Catalina Porous Tip Pens to add details to her artwork. The fine 0.7mm point size tip and no bleed ink gave her the look she was going for with ease.

The next time you pull out a pen don’t be embarrassed, have a U Brands pen ready! Visit them today and see their whole line of pens, desk accessories, markers and more!

Jade J Powerboost: The must-have power source for busy people [REVIEW]

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The first thing I did when I opened the outer flap on the box to see the Jade J Powerboost was say ooooh. Outloud. Like a little kid.

I repeated that oooh when I took it out of the box. The photos on the Jade J website do not do the sleek elegance of this portable charger justice.

It’s so pretty, I had a preteen on either side of me trying to snag it. Teeth may have been involved in keeping it for myself. *No children were hurt during product testing.

But don’t be fooled by the pretty exterior, this charger packs a punch.

The 3,000 mAh, 5V output charges a battery fully in about an hour, which is great for someone like me who runs a virtual office and has two kids to transport to after school activities while keeping in touch with my staff.

What was just as amazing as the boost it gave my phone was how light this unit is. Other portable chargers with this much juice weigh down your already laden bag. The Jade J weighs about as much as the protein bar I keep stashed for when I forget breakfast.

But Jade J isn’t just about power – it’s about accessories! They offer a 2-in-1 charge & sync cable that features both a micro USB tip for Android and a Made For iPhone (MFi) certified lightning tip for Apple, which make charging a variety of devices so much easier. They also have matching earbuds (pre-order now for April delivery!) with quality sound and controls to change a song or make a call without having to take out your phone.

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The gemstone colors suit everybody, and the sleek style can be dressed up or be casual, tucked in a backpack or evening bag.

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So what are you waiting for, buy yours today! Available at JadeJ.com (free shipping on all orders) and Amazon.com.