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One of my weaknesses is snack foods. I love a bit of sea salt, some flavor variety and crunch. I am able to satisfy this craving with tortilla chips.  There are many choices out there, so I was pleased when I had the opportunity to try Food Should Taste Good All Natural Tortilla Chips. DSC05854 FSTG Youve Been Chipped pic for KNKFood should  taste good, now shouldn’t it? Pete Lescoe agrees. He created Food Should Taste Good, Inc in 2006.  His goal was to make a unique new snack with great taste, real ingredients, and sophisticated flavor – the qualities he is most passionate about in food.   In my opinion, with these natural tortilla chips; he knocked it out of the park.

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How many of you are checking labels to see what ingredients are going into your food?  I know I am checking my food labels, especially with all the news lately about what is going into our food.  Food Should Taste Good has quality natural ingredients in their tortilla chips.  I am very familiar with the short list of ingredients in each package, which not only makes me feel good about what I am eating, but also what I feed to my family and friends.  Another bonus is when I am familiar with the ingredients it saves time when scanning a label.  Who wants to have to Google the ingredients in their chips?

The first variety of tortilla chips I tried was the Multigrain flavor.  Each chip is full of brown rice, flax, sesame & sunflower seeds, and quinoa.  It’s amazing all that goes into one chip, but it does.  Sometimes I shy away from trying foods that are healthy for me because I tend to not like the flavor.  The Multigrain is big on flavor and big on nutritious ingredients.  Shhh… don’t tell the kids.  I loved these by themselves or paired with a little pico de gallo.DSC05785 FSTG Blue Corn pic for KNKNext up was the Blue Corn flavor.  They have blue corn, and like the Multigrain, it also has brown rice, flax, sesame & sunflower seeds, and quinoa in each chip.  Again you can’t go wrong eating these delicious chips by themselves.  One bonus of these tortilla chips is the low sodium content.  My mom has to watch her salt in-take and to me, Food Should Taste Good Chips have the perfect amount of sea salt in them.  If you like to dip your chips; I suggest a good homemade salsa, pico de gallo or hummus.  With all the fresh produce out there at Farmer’s Markets and from your very own gardens; you are sure to either find some homemade fresh dips or  go make some yourself.DSC05812 FSTG Jalapeno pic for KNKI love all of these tortilla chips, but the Jalapeno flavored ones is one of my favorites.  I go for a little kick in many of the foods I eat. It’s not too little kick and not too much kick, it’s just right for my taste buds. These tortilla chips are made with jalapenos and crushed red pepper.  If I’m in the mood for a dip; I’d pair this with some guacamole or a queso cheese dip.

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And the last flavor I tried was the Sweet Potato.  Did you guess what it’s made of? You got! Sweet potatoes.  The great thing about these chips is you get a bit of salty & sweet at the same time.  I wasn’t sure what I would pair this with if I was in the mood for a dip, so while I was looking at the package I found that Food Should Taste Good gives you ideas of what to pair your chips with.  Check out the back of your package, on the lower right hand side of the bag. How cool of them to do that!

All four flavors I tried are all natural, whole grain, certified gluten free, certified vegan, certified kosher, cholesterol free, MSG free, trans fat free,  and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives!  You can feel good about your family eating the snacks from Food Should Taste Good.

Keep an eye out on this blog for future giveaways, tips, coupons, recipes, etc. from Food Should Taste Good! 

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For samples, coupons and fun; you can connect with Food Should Taste Good on their website; sign up for their newsletter; or find them via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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To purchase Food Should Taste Good products, you can find them available at many conventional and natural grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada or in their online store 

I received the products to review.  All opinions are my own.  No other form of compensation was received.

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(Give) Back to School Giveaway!

Sponsored by: SoapBox Soaps

Hosted by:  Savory Savings 

Co-hosted by: Swanky POV

 
How would you like to win an assortment of socially responsible prizes such as rain boots, bamboo toothbrushes, natural soaps, pet products and more?  There will be at least three winners – each prize pack is valued at $300 or more!  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a SoapBox Soaps giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from August 18 through September 1, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!

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It’s that time of the year again: kids all over the country are headed back to school. While gathering those school supplies, it’s also important to remember your child’s safety. That’s where ELPH comes in! ELPH is a silicone wristband designed specifically for children, adults, the elderly, and individuals with special needs. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification, with clear instructions directly on the band, so you can be reunited with your lost loved one, although none of your child’s sensitive identifying info is directly on the band for strangers to see.

ELPH bands are simple to use. You activate and register the band, and in the event that your child is separated from you, a good Samaritan can either call the toll free number or scan the band’s QR code to be directly connected to an emergency contact (you!). Ruth from Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the ELPH band. Be sure to check out her full review to see how cute and functional these bands are, and why they should be a must-have on your back to school list.

How cool is that?  I can think of many times this would have been a blessing – including the time my Alzheimer’s grandmother escaped her home in the middle of the night, in a snow storm with no shoes!   Thankfully the police had found her but we would have known sooner, had she an ELPH! 

ELPH wants to help one lucky family get prepared for the school season,
so they’re giving away an ELPH and a $100 Target Gift Card to help with back to school shopping!

Connect: You can connect with ELPH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy it: You can purchase your ELPH band on their website for only $19.99. This includes a year of their amazing service.

Win it: One lucky person will win an ELPH band of their choice (size + color) and a $100 Target Gift Card!

Open to the US and Canada, ages 18 and up. Ends 8/28/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. ELPH is responsible for prize fulfillment. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please note, if the winner is Canadian they can opt for $100 PayPal instead. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any questions about this giveaway.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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If you are a tech lover or looking for the best in home theater, you don’t want to miss out on this event! 

Best Buy is conducting in store events from August 9 – November 1 where you can learn all about the 4k Ultra HD TV’s by experts from LG, Samsung and Sony and enter for a chance to win a 55″ class 4K Ultra HD TV!  Every Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., select Best Buy locations will conduct personal demonstrations where you can learn and experience the Ultra HD TV’s up close and personal. 

Haven’t experienced the Ultra HD TV yet?  Well, now is the time! Best Buy’s 4K Ultra HD TV’s will bring you:

Stunning Resolution:

Get four times the picture resolution of Full HD 1080p.  The increased pixel allows you to sit very close for a fully immersive experience.

Experiences That Feel Real:

Experiences that feel breathtakingly lifelike with amazing level of detail

Better Picture For Everything:

4K Ultra HD improves the quality of all current move & TV shows to gorgeous nearly 4k Ultra HD quality

Content is coming as Sony has introduced a 4K Ultra HD Media Player that comes loaded with free 4K content plus, you can download more than 200 4k films.  Find out more about it at Bestbuy.Com/SonyExperience

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Make sure to visit a store near you to experience and learn about Ultra HD TV every Saturday 11am – 3pm and enter for a chance to win your own 55” Ultra HD TV (includes installation & Geek Squad Protection)! 

Go to www.bestbuy/4kuhdevents for more information.

As an added bonus, select stores will have exciting give-aways from Sony & LG including tickets and cord keepers while supplies last.

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Welcome to the Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair Giveaway Event

Sponsored by Pish Posh Baby

Hosted by : Conservamom

Pish Posh Baby is a one stop shop to all baby gear. Not only do they offer top of the line and the best baby gear and items out there but they have a team of amazing Mom reps ready to help you on your decisions, question and more. You will find a price match guarantee here as well so when buying your little one their items you will know you are getting the best service, selection and price!

The Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair is an exclusive feeding seat with a sophisticated pneumatic lift system. Its chemical-resistant, waterproof pad provides a soft cushion and can be easily removed for cleaning. The Boon highchair is equipped with an adjustable-position, compact tray, as well as top-quality safety features including a five-point harness and restraining post. The Boon High chair glides in any direction on six urethane casters that will not scratch floors, while the hands-free braking system easily locks the chair in place. Boon’s neat lift allows for continuous height positioning, making it easy to adjust the seat to the perfect height. With it’s Streamlined contemporary design that fits easily under tables this high chair is a dream.

Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will get their very own Boon Flair Pedestal high chair! So head below for your chance to enter and win! This giveaway is open to US only and ends on 8/22 at 11:59pm.

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamoms. Open to US & must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Conservamom will not be responsible for prize fulfillment. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

We have been in the market for a new stroller for our newest daughter due to arrive in just six weeks. I have been researching stroller styles that will fit the needs of both a newborn and my toddler grandson if necessary.  I have had my share of big, bulky strollers in the past and having to collapse and lift those beasts into the car while wrangling three little ones?  No, thank you.

What we needed was something lightweight and compact – something like an umbrella stroller – that I could collapse and pick up easily but still had all the features of big stroller.  I recently had the opportunity to review the GB Ellum Stroller in Raspberry and well, she is a dream! Check it out…

strollerThe GB Ellum is a stylish full size stroller.  But get this – because it is lightweight and compact, it feels like a lightweight stroller.  I can collapse and lift this sweet little gal into the car with one hand!  It’s a win already, I am telling you.  And the cute raspberry flowers?  Swoon!

IMG_0527Let me share with you all the cool features about this stroller!  When the box arrived, it was much smaller than I expected. I thought for sure I was going to have a zillion parts to assembly.  I opened the box and was very surprised to see that other than the attaching the wheels, it was completely assembled! I was able to get it put together in under five minutes.

Since we are waiting on baby Quinn to arrive, Kinsley plopped one of her dolls in the seat and we took it for a spin. The stroller has 360 degree wheel base so it is easy to push and glides and turns very easily with only one hand.

IMG_0537One of my favorite features is the canopy.  After raising six kids, one of my biggest complaint has been the small canopies.  How many times have you pulled a canopy down and found it short coming, only to have to throw a light blanket over the top – and of course the blanket hangs down, catches a wheel and spins into a wadded, dirty mess on the ground?  The canopy on the Ellum?  Fantastic!  The canopy has a see through area so I can check on baby easily. It also has a section that unzips and expands to allow more coverage over baby. Genius!

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Oh the reclining seat!  My last stroller reclined with a rod I had to pull up and it would always disconnect from the stroller and I would constantly have to take it apart and reassemble. The GB Ellum seat reclines via a toggle.  I just reach under and adjust the toggle to obtain the seat height I want.  So easy and reliable! 

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The seat also features the coolest padded back for comfort.  It has a three point harness and padded straps.  Underneath is spacious storage for the diaper bag with a detachable cup holder on the side.

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Another feature I love and didn’t have with the bulky strollers  – an adjustable foot rest! It can go down and straight out so it’s great for any size kiddo. It also goes upward when approved car seats are attached.  Yes, you can attach certain car seats to create a full travel system.  The GB Ellum converts to a travel system with following infant seats: the Graco Snugride Click Connect 30, 35 or 40 and the Chicco Keyfit and Chicco Keyfit 30.

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But the best part?  Collapsing this stroller is as easy as 1-2-3!  It folds down easily and quickly without needing two hands…and it stands by itself so it doesn’t fall over when collapsed. It took me a couple tries to figure it out but once I did, easy peasy. I just kicked up the lock on the axle, reach down and pull up on a strap in the seat and it collapses like magic.

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After it is folded, I can easily lift it with one hand and fit into the car.  I have a big SUV with plenty of space but the Ellum folds so compact, you could fit it with no problems in any size car.

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The GB Ellum is perfect for city strolls and shopping and it will hold kiddos up to 50 pounds!

I am pleased with this super cute lightweight stroller and can’t wait to take little Quinn for a spin.  I love how the GB Ellum stroller just makes everything so easy for a busy mom (and grandma) like myself.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a compact lightweight yet full sized stroller.

The GB Ellum comes in two colors, raspberry and fusion and is available at Babies R Us for $219.99.  Right now, it is on sale for $189.99!!

Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

The Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway is here! Hosted by Motherhood Uncovered, the BAM Giveaway aims to spread awareness of breastfeeding and the benefits to both mom and child. We want to encourage more moms to breastfeed their infants and support brands that are making nursing easier and more comfortable for moms! This exciting new giveaway is a great opportunity for you to learn about great products for mom and baby.

  • Several amazing brands have come together to give you a chance to win these awesome products!
  • ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a grand prize package – valued at $590!
  • 2ND PLACE WINNER receives a beautiful breastfeeding starter pack – valued at $130!
  • Open to U.S. Residents only.
  • Everyone who enters the giveaway will receive something special after the giveaway as a thank you.
  • The BAM Giveaway will kick off World Breastfeeding Week and run from August 1st through August 19th.
  • Entering is easy and can be done below via our Rafflecopter.

Below the entry widget are all the prizes! Check them out! We also encourage you to check out our sponsors who have amazing blogs you should follow.

REMEMBER?.the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The Rafflecopter entry widget is below.

Please share with friends and family and good luck!

Scroll below the entry form to get more info on our wonderful sponsors and prizes!

First, a BIG thanks to our Sponsors:

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We have discontinued the weekly “WINsday Link Up”. Instead, there will be an ongoing monthly link up that will be reset the first day of every month.  You can find the link up under the “giveaway links” tab for easy access.  It will be shared every week on our social channels as usual.  Thank you for understanding.

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Kid’s Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps.
 
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The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.
 
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Kids Academy is hosting an awesome giveaway!  Head over, download the app, and write a review in the App Store.  At the end of August, Kids Academy will randomly choose 2 lucky winners who will each win a $100 Amazon gift card!
 
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CONTEST RULES:
2. Write a short honest review on the iTunes App Store. If you have already reviewed this app, simply update your review and you will be entered!
 
Good Luck!

 

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

If you have followed along with my Family Talk About Drinking series of postsyou may be wondering how it is going with my son now that he has concluded his senior events and graduated high school.  We utilized the Anheuser-Busch Family Talk About Drinking parent guide over a course of several months so when he was faced with situations were drinking may come into play during senior celebrations, he would prepared to make smart choices. (You can catch up here, here and here).

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Using the guide, I was connected to a wealth of information – like opportunities to communicate with him regarding alcohol underage drinking. I am happy to say our training paid off and these events went well without any issues.  Now my son has moved out of the house and is living on his own.  The opportunity to drink without parental consequence and influence is greater.  What now? 

With the help of the parent guide and MJ Chorcoran, Parenting Coach, I was able to advance our underage drinking talks to another level. I was concerned about maintaining the lines of communication open with my son, in addition to how he would be reacting now that he isn’t so concerned about parental consequences. In other words, how do we make this transition?

The Family Talk About Drinking has some great tips including setting expectations, building trust, staying connected and staying on track. I think the hardest part for us is the communication and one I am trying to keep consistent.  Naturally, I worry when I don’t know what he is doing but so far, he is staying on track and making good decisions…or just not getting caught.  That worries me.  It’s such a delicate balance letting a child be a grown up, yet knowing they are still a child.

I recently sent some question over to MJ voicing my concerns about my son and she had some excellent advice.

How can I keep communication open when my child is living far from home?

Establishing a routine can help open lines of communication and will allow you to create conversations around school events and activities. Always ask open ended questions, ex. How does it feel to live on campus, what do you like the most?

How do I encourage my “adult” child entering college to make the right choices when his father thinks drinking is a right of passage and him being “one of the boys”?

It’s a challenge when parents don’t see eye-to-eye on underage drinking, but that doesn’t mean your message can’t be heard. Let your son know that he’s the one at choice and he can deicide for himself what he wants to do.

Resist the temptation to bend your rules and compromise your values. Even if you suspect that your son has been experimenting with alcohol, you should not change your behavior or position regarding underage drinking.

How much involvement should I have with my college student when they do make poor choices? Let them learn without getting involved? Bail them out?

The more you bail your college-aged child out, they more they will expect that. Work with them to solve the problem by being a support, but don’t take over and fix the problems.

MJ had some wonderful advice and with the help of the Family Talk About Drinking Guide, I feel I was able to make this transition easier for both my son and I. I know there is still a long road ahead of us but I am confident we can keep our conversations open and honest. 

You can download the Parent Guide here and learn more about the program and how to talk to your kids about drinking.

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Family Talk About Drinking Website and Facebook Page