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Healthy Snacking with Boxtera

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Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girls.

 

Boxtera was nice enough to send me a one month box for review. It included Banana Ribbons, Ridiculously Good Fruit Chips, Mango Chews, BBQ Banana Chips, and Hibiscus Flowers.

The Banana Ribbons are perfect if you are in need of a little bit of energy. They are high in protein and are loaded with vitamins that are essential to your health. They are just the right amount of healthy mixed in with sweet. They look a bit funky and are sorta hard to chew but have good flavor.

The BBQ Banana Chips were amazing and our favorite. Made with a kick to them when you wanted that little bit extra flavor!  Hubby and I are for sure ordering more of these little goodies.   They didn’t last long here.

The Ridiculously Good Fruit Chips are something that even the little fingers will enjoy. They are a sour snack that will not be able to be resisted by anyone in your household. They are ridiculously good and also ridiculously good for you. If you think you have had the best fruit chips before, you have never tried these.  I grabbed these one day on my way out the door and was very surprised at how good they were.  Perfect for an anytime snack.

The Mango Chews will delight your senses as they taste like they have just come from the tree. These are also a sour snack with just the right amount of chewiness and flavor that you will not be able to resist.  For me, I am not much into this snack.  I have never been a fan of mango’s, except in a fruity drink.  ;)

Hibiscus Flowers are, well not sure how to explain them.   They are unique I guess.   They are like a huge gummy type of candy, or fruit, or .. oh I don’t know.   They taste sorta like cherry or strawberry.   Regardless, they were my least favorite of the box and I will not be getting them again.

 

Boxtera offers people that love food another way to snack on the best gourmet snacks that are available. You can choose from a subscription of 5, 10 or 20 full-size healthy snacks that can be delivered anywhere including the office! Each of their boxes has a snack variety that will be categorized into five taste categories:savory, sweet, sour, bitter and salty. They also sell the snacks separately so once you find your favorite you can always have it!

Aside from great taste and uniqueness, the snacks have:

  • No trans fats
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial colors

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Music Straight Into the Ears, In Comfort

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Music Straight Into the Ears, In Comfort.    That is what the new Relay’s headphones will offer you.

SOL REPUBLIC RELAYS deliver amazing sound, and are the perfect headphones for anyones active lifestyle.

Are you a fitness buff?  Like to run, hit the gym, workout at home, bike, ski, skate, etc.  These headphones are sweat and water resistant and flexible so they won’t fall out no matter what sport you are into.   They might be compact, but they will deliver comfort and sound like no others.

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My son is always complaining about the ear buds that came with his phone.  I won’t say what phone he has, just that the company could do better for as much as the phone costs.  The ear buds hurt, are not flexible at all, and are not a one size fits all.   When I told him he could have these he was so excited and has said several times how much he loves them.  Unfortunately, I never got to try them.  LOL!  He snatched them right from me.  That’s ok, I know he needs them and will use them more.

Here are the features of these Relays Headphones ~

  • Enjoy rich, powerful music and audio with the RELAYS’ i5 sound engine
  • Provides a universal, adaptive fit with FreeFlex™ technology
  • Headphones stay in your ears, even when working out (sweat-and water-resistant)
  • Seamless design makes RELAYS low profile—they won’t stick out
  • Take calls with a convenient single-button mic and control your music

Check them out for yourself, you will never want to put another pair of headphones in your ears again.

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 Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.   All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s. 

 

A New Twist on Snacking from Crunchmaster

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A new twist on snacking from Crunchmaster.

@LuvCrunchmaster #Crunchmaster

I was already a huge fan of Crunchmaster, but they went and out did themselves and now I am yet a bigger fan!!

Check out these new Popped Edamame Chips.   They are totally to die for!!   I love them, and they will now be a staple in my home.   I don’t buy regular potato chips anymore (haven’t for a while now) because I love snacking and if they are here, I will eat them.  So, I try to keep things in the house like healthier snacks and Crunchmaster is a household name and seen in my cupboards all the time.   I wasn’t to sure if I would like these chips,but with one bite I was sold.   I use them for a regular snack, or to scoop my avocado tuna fish dip at lunch time, or even for a scoop chip with taco meat.  A perfect compliment to any wrap or sandwich as well.  Or a handful just to nibble on when I am in a snack mood.  The Wasabi chips are great with the taco meat.  Perfect pairing.

Crunchmaster Popped Edamame Chips are all natural, gluten free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, non-gmo project certified.  And, if that isn’t enough, they are delicious too!      Crunchmaster offers many healthy snack choices, but I will be honest.. these are now my top pick.

Crunchmaster is having a great contest right now too.   It is a recipe challenge and you could win $2500.    Check it out on Facebook.

Wanna try them?   Click Here for a coupon.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy these great snack recipes for Game Day.

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Gluten Free Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings

Ingredients:
2-4.5 oz bags Crunchmaster® Multi Grain Sea Salt Crackers
1 cup gluten free barbeque sauce – use divided
1/2 cup honey – use divided
4 lbs chicken wing drumettes

Directions:
Pour ¾ cup of the barbeque sauce and ¼ cup of the honey in a large plastic storage bag and mix. Add the chicken wings, close the bag and toss several times to coat the wings with the sauce. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray.

Grind the crackers in a food processor or blender to fine crumbs and pour onto a dinner plate. Remove a chicken wing from the marinade, roll in the cracker crumbs to coat and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken wings. Discard the marinade. Spray the tops of the wings lightly with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until browned and cooked thoroughly (registering 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the wing).

Combine the remaining 1/4 cup barbeque sauce with the remaining 1/4 honey and serve with the wings for dipping. Makes about 30 wings.

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Gluten Free Taco Dip

Ingredients:

1 can fat-free refried beans

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning mix

2 cups shredded Mexican blend ( cheddar/Monterey Jack) cheese

1 bag (4.5 oz) Crunchmaster® Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers

1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

 

Optional additional toppings:

1 chopped avocado

3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and season with taco mix. Set aside. Spray a 24 oz. Au Gratin dish, or 9” deep dish pie pan with non-stick baking spray. Evenly spread 1 can of fat-free refried beans on the bottom of the dish. Top with ground beef/taco mixture. Sprinkle with Mexican blend cheese. Layer  the Multi-Seed Crackers around the outside of the dish in an overlapping pattern. Cover crackers with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Bake  at 350˚F for 15 minutes, until cheese melts, and dish is warmed through. Take from oven and remove foil from crackers. Cover with fresh chopped tomatoes and sliced green onions. Serves 8.

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Gluten Free Buffalo Wing Dip

Ingredients:

1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1/3 cup spread-able cream cheese, soft

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

4 oz. precooked chicken breast, finely chopped

1/3 tsp. hot sauce (Cholula or Tabasco)

In a small mixing bowl, combine sour cream and cream cheese. Blend together well.  Mix in crumbled blue cheese and chopped celery. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat chicken breast on medium heat.  Add in the 1/3 tsp. of hot sauce, mixing well until chicken is lightly coated.  Stir continuously on medium heat until the chicken begins to brown, and the sauce begins to adhere to the chicken.

Fold hot chicken into the dip. Serve immediately and spread over Crunchmaster Original Multi-Seed crackers

Crunchmaster multi-seed & multi-grain crackers offer a tasty, gluten free alternative to regular wheat-based crackers and snacks. With a blend of California brown rice and other gluten free grains and seeds, they’re packed with 100% whole grain goodness and oven baked to a light, crispy perfection.  All Crunchmaster products are certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.   All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Ditch The Purse or Wallet #WhatisC4M

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Ok Gals and Guys, it’s time to ditch that heavy purse that is killing your shoulder and full of stuff you don’t need, or guys, that wallet in your pocket that is bulky and not good for your back if you are sitting for hours on end.   Ditch it, and get a Q Card Case.

For some time now I have been struggling with how to carry my phone, and my id, money and debit card.   Sometimes I just don’t have enough pockets, or I just hate having stuff in every pocket.  My phone is one thing I never leave home without.  Sad, but true, it is always with me.  I have been looking for the perfect way to carry everything I need, and leave the purse at home.   Finally I found it!!  I was so excited when I contacted CM4 and they agreed to send me a Q Card Case, for my iPhone 4S, in Hot Pink!!  Yeah.. I love my pink goodies.

I am in love with this case!!  It fits my id, my debit card and my cash (if I have any).  It is the perfect case for any time of the day, no matter where I am going.  And it is not bulky or over sized.  My phone still fits in my docking system and in my back pocket just fine.

I of course got a case that fits my phone, but they also carry cases for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Go check them all out.    If you are like me and tired of dragging a big ol purse around full of stuff I don’t need all the time then check out the Q Card Case.

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Are You Grounded? #JuilConnect

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Are You Grounded ?
#JuilConnect @Juilfootwear

Definition of Grounding ~ or as Juil calls it ~ Connecting.   Connecting means making a direct connection with the earth beneath your feet.   It has been shown that ancient traditions and modern research have shown that this “connection” is important for our wellbeing.    The Juil soles are designed to connect you to the earth with every step you take.  They have copper conductors to channel natural energies and act as antioxidants and return your body to it’s natural state of being.

With Juil you can rebalance natural energy, rediscover true comfort and relish everyone’s compliments.

These have to be the most unique pair of shoes I have ever had on my feet.   I was excited to be able to choose a pair of Juil shoes, and I picked out a pair of Mojanda in black.  They are so cute, stylish and comfy.  I honestly have only worn them around the house for a bit, because we are in full blown, extremely snowy and cold winter right now.  I hope to get to a warmer climate for a couple weeks vacation and will for sure bring my new sandals with.  Check out my shoes.

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Not only did I get shoes, but a cute bag, a notepad, and literature on the company and products.  Very nicely done package.  I can’t wait till I can wear these more.  Summer just can’t come fast enough!  When I first put these on, the dots were kinda strange feeling on my feet.  I just wasn’t used to having a cold piece of metal touching my bare feet.  But, wearing them around the house for a few hours, and I didn’t even notice the copper dots.  Is it time to get grounded?  Check them out.  Tell me what pair of shoes you would pick out.

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

 

Tickle Your Tastebuds with #BigTrain

There is nothing better on a cold fall or winter day then a hot cup of coffee or tea in one hand and a yummy cookie in the other.  Or when the summer heat has you melting, to enjoy a cool refreshing drink while you relax and let the sun shine down on you.   No matter what your reason or the season Big Train has something for you.

A huge selection of blended iced coffees, chai latte mixes, protein drinks, real fruit smoothies, low carb products and even products with no sugar.  Check out the Big Train selection and see for yourself, and tell me what you would love to enjoy and when.

I was lucky enough to get to try a few of their natural products since I don’t use anything with artificial sweetener in it.  I got these goodies ~
Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies, Pomegranate Blueberry real fruit smoothie, Lemon Cooler Fruit Tea Blast smoothie and Sereno Chai Tea mix.
The peanut butter cookies are to die for!! They pair perfectly with the Chai Tea too.

The smoothie mixes were great to add to my morning vanilla protein drink.  They also were a nice refreshing drink during the day when I was relaxing on the deck in the sun.   And, the fact they are real fruit is an added benefit for me.

If you like coffee, chai, tea, cookies, smoothies, or even protein drinks you should check them out.

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.

Fill Your World with Music – #SoundSpot Bluetooth Speakers #MC #Ad

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I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.”

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@Soundfreaq #SoundSpot Bluetooth Speakers #MC #Ad

If you asked anybody who knows me, what one of my favorite things is, they would tell you it’s music.  My day is filled with music from the time I get out of bed till I go to bed.  Either my radio, my ipod, the channels on the tv, in the car, at my desk, in a bar, etc.  And, music doesn’t end when my husband comes home because he too is a music lover.  He is always strumming on the guitar, or cranking the tunes in the garage, or watching some kind of concert on tv. Being music freaks is who we are and we wouldn’t change it.  Being in a rock band for 7+ years was a huge part of our life and also made my love and appreciation for music grow.  We have a stereo in our basement, an ipod dock in my candle making room in the basement, an ipod dock in my fitness/workout room and 2 ipod docks in our living room.  So, freaks we are, but we love it!!

Music makes the whole body sing.  It is good for the soul, the mind, the body, and better than any apple a day!  Music puts a smile on ones face and can also make a tear drop to the cheek.   The words, the melodies, and the meanings of songs touch everyone, everywhere, different.   And since music is such a big part of my life that is why I love the Soundfreaq products.   Recently I received the Soundfreaq Sound Spot Bluetooth Wireless Speakers and all I can say is, NICE!

I got one in black and one in wood grain look.  I have to say I love the black, but the wood grain is a bit gaudy.  Good thing looks aren’t everything right.  Can’t judge a book by it’s cover… LOL!   These little speakers kick some serious butt!  They are so cool, and easy to use.   Simple, either plug your phone into it, and listen to your music.  Or, you can set up the bluetooth and stream music from across the room, just by your music app on your phone.  They have a built in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 7 hours, and you can charge your phone with it too.   Want more noise? You can hook two of these together and have some real sound!  They are the perfect size for any room in your home and have an on board touch button display to play, pause, skip tracks and control the volume.  Also, this cute little speaker is compatible with many different apps, like music mp3′s, Rdio, Crackle, TuneInRadio, game apps and more.

Now, I can have music in my bathroom!!   Yes, I said that!!   I love music while I am showering, and I usually crank up my fitness room ipod dock, but I know that isn’t good for the speakers, so now I can have one of these in my bathroom and listen to my music while I dance and sing in the shower!!   And, since they are so small, it is easy to bring to my computer to recharge when I need too.

If you have never checked out the Soundfreaq stuff you really have to.  They offer a great selection, at great prices.  My son has been begging for some kind of ipod dock or something for his apartment bathroom, so guess what he is getting for Christmas.   And, another cool feature, since they hold a charge for 7 hours, you could bring it with you in a boat, or camping, or in the car (if your car has no ipod dock), or even on vacation for in the motel.

These little speakers have such a crisp sound.   I have had small speakers like this that just never give me the volume I want and impressively these deliver.  I like loud… kinda who I am!   The first time I hooked my phone up to it I was shocked!

Check them out, and tell me what color you would pick.  See how well the wood grain one fits in my decor.

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Once a Heartthrob, Always a Heartthrob @RickSpringfield

That is exactly how I feel when I hear or see Rick Springfield!!  OH MY!!   I remember the first time I saw him I was watching General Hospital one day with my Mom and there her was.   Me being a young teen girl I just fell in love, as did so many other young teen girls, as well as their mothers and Grandmothers.  How could one not fall in love, he was absolutely HOT HOT HOT!

Well all thru my teen years Rick was my go to man for sad songs, happy songs, dance song, make out to songs, romance songs, and everything in between.  I just adored him and would dream about the day I would meet him, and be his wife.  LOL!!!   Seriously.   I was going to marry him, along with about a million other girls I am sure.

Years went by, I ended up marrying someone else, and never did I get to meet Rick or even see him in concert.  But, about a year ago my dream came true.  Not the one about me getting to marry him (I am still dreaming of that), but the one where I got to see him in concert.   I didn’t get to meet him, but I was in the front row, and got to touch him, he looked at me, and I just know … he must have fell in love with me too ;)  (snicker).

But seriously, I did finally get to be a teenager again and scream, drool, cry, grope, and just let my mind run wild that night as I stood in front of him as he was dripping sweat all over me and singing all those songs I so loved.   Now, I look forward to the day I can see him in concert again.  Maybe one of these days I will actually get to meet Rick.

I am not that star crazed girl I used to be…. I am worse now!   LOL!!   Now that I actually got to see him I can’t stop wondering what he is like to talk to, go for a walk with, play a card game with, or even jam in the studio with.  (since I am a drummer and sing a bit)   Oh how I would love to be on stage with him some day.

I was pretty excited when I got to review his latest DVD, An Affair of the Heart.   A great documentary of him, his life, his fans, his love for his wife, and his passion for music.   I watch the movie, and laughed and cried.  I felt like I knew him, as I listened to the stories from the fans he has met and how Rick changed their lives.  I started to think back to my teen years and realized, Rick changed my life too.   Maybe not in the same way as some of his fans, but in the fact that his music was always there when I needed it to be.  I could be in a bad mood, and he could cheer me up.  And since losing my Mom I have listened to his song about his Father, and I have cried and cried because it touches my heart and soul.   Rick touches my heart and soul.

No, I might not be a crazed fan like some of them out there.   Maybe I would be if I could afford it, but that isn’t the case.  So, all I have is his music and his DVD, and the memories of the one and only concert I got to see.    I even asked his PR guy if I could get a phone interview, but Rick is just to busy.   Sad, but I understand.   Maybe some day my dream will come true.  (about meeting him, not marrying him.  But, if he asks.. the answer is YES!)

If you would like to learn more about Rick, check out his DVD, Check him out on Facebook or Follow on Twitter.

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received this awesome DVD to facilitate a review.   All opinions are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.

Healthy Snacks for on the Go #GoBites

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Healthy Snacks for on the Go #GoBites

If you are busy like me, and always on the go either it be at home moving non stop or out and about you know how hard it is to find a healthy snack you can just grab, go, and enjoy.

GoBites is changing that!!

Handy, personalized, snacks delivered to your door for you to enjoy when you are on the go, or even if you are not on the go.  You don’t have to be a busy person to enjoy GoBites because they are perfect for everyone.  But just so happens they are exceptionally perfect for those who are on the Go.

Just visit GoBites.com, pick your flavors, tell them how often you want yoru boxes to come and checkout.  You will get what you want, when you want and be able to enjoy them however you want.  Perfect!!

Many selections to choose from, which means there is something for everyone.  Even for a super picky eater like myself.   I got a full box of GoBites and they mixed it up good for me.  What I didn’t like, my hubby got to enjoy since he will eat just about anything.  LOL!  Pick from selections like Banana Split, Apple Berry Crunch, Blackberry & Co., Chocolate Monkey, and so many more.  Go crazy and try something new!  Get yourself a GoBites Box.

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Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions expressed are 100% Living Smart Girl’s. 

Feel Good in your new #FeelFitWear

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 #Styleforyouractivelife #Fashionablefitnesswear #FeelFitWear

Just because I work out at home that doesn’t mean I do it in my old raggedy sweats or my pj’s.  No, I do like to look cute, and be comfy when I workout no matter where I do it.  And what better way to look good and feel good than by wearing my new FeelFitWear workout clothing for women.   When I am working up a sweat on my elliptical, jogging outside, working out in my fitness room lifting weights and doing my strength training, or even relaxing with a good yoga session I love to look cute and feel comfy.
FeelFitWear has me covered, literally! ;)

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I love my new Keep-Up Fitness Capri and Chloe Sports Bra.
Not only are they super cute, but they are super comfy.  I feel like I am wearing nothing, because they move with me as a second skin and to me that is very important.   I have Fibro, and my body and skin is very sensitive to clothing that tugs and pulls, or is itchy.  I look just as good after my workout as I do before, because they breath really nice and I don’t looked soaked in sweat.  Strange, I sweat my tush off but these clothes don’t get icky or baggy and feel great.

See what Cathe has to say about FeelFitWear

FeelFitWear is an awesome company and Veronica is great to work with.   They offer a discount to fitness trainers, and also offer wholesale.   Also, they have every day free shipping as well as they ship to over 80 countries.

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FeelFitWear just started to sell wholesale
They offer 15% OFF to all fitness instructors: To apply see banner on the bottom of the home page.

  You take all that, and then add in the fact their products are top notch and they have an awesome selection of products and you have one of the best fitness apparel companies I have come across.
And, they have more than just workout wear.  They also have a full line of Cathe DVD’s to help you get your sweat on.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube

#Styleforyouractivelife #Fashionablefitnesswear #FeelFitWear

How would you like to win a piece of workout wear from FeelFitWear?
Winner can select any item up to $100 in value from FeelFitWear.

Enter below.  Giveaway open to US Only.  Giveaway Ends 11/01/13 at 11:59pm Central Time

Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review. All opinions expressed are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.