Sunday, May 31, 2015

Did You Know You Can Still Snack With Celiac Disease?

As you may or may not know, May is Celiac Awareness Month. CeliacDisease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten in ingested. This disease is hereditary (those with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) with Celiac Disease have a 1 in 10 chance of developing the disease themselves). As there is no proven cure yet, it's important for people to know and be aware of the disease.

As someone who knows little about Celiac Disease, I do know a few friends who suffer and have had to make life changes to their diet. They do very little snacking but were so happy to hear that they now can have a long time favorite childhood snack.

Piping Gourmets is a great company that offers gluten-free desserts. They offer delicious, gluten-free Whoopie pies in a variety of flavors ( 

Who doesn't love Whoopie Pies?

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I cannot wait to try them!

Disclaimer: I will be receiving a complimentary product for my honest opinion.  Look for my review soon!

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Walk Down Memory Lane - I Missed You Brother! (July 2008) #memories

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.  ~Marc Brown
This pictures is so cute to me. My son was on his first away play date. His friend lives down the street and we decided to meet them as they headed back to our house. My daughter’s arm is outstretched because she was running ahead of me to hug her brother. He is running to me and actually bypast her which just broke my heart because she was calling his name and running to him.

Friday, May 29, 2015

An Unconventional Diet Process That May Reshape How You Eat

The Creative Process Diet. It is a highly unconventional high-concept art book that seamlessly integrates psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and art -- all for the purpose of helping the reader to lose weight and/or get into better shape as effortlessly as possible. 

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I must start with my very first opinion of this book. It took me three read throughs to understand the concept and not see it as a pompus attempt to redo dieting. 

Here is what I shared on my personal Facebook wall: Reviewing the most boring diet book of my life. It is something about mastering your psyche and ritualizing how u eat and plan your meals. Imagining yourself taking the food into your body, using it and dispelling. Eventually like dreaming when u sleep your body will diet on a sub conscience level. Kill me now! Things like preliminal, self mastery, obtained, ritualized and bindling don't sound like a diet. Not loving it, complete bullshit written by some self important, egotistical doctor and I am only one chapter in.

After my second and then third read through, I have a better understanding and more concrete idea of what the writer is conveying. 

Maybe it was because when I open a diet book I want it to tell me what to eat, when to eat, possibly give me some example plans and recipes. If you are like that, this may not be for you.

If you have read all those diet books and want something else, The Creative Process Diet may be the one for you.

Ben Adams, goes the no BS route. He wants you to stop, really think about your food as not just an enjoyable thing we do which inevitably adding unnecessary calories but to really consider your intake. My friends who are in the best shape of their lives do this. They don't eat just anything. They consider it and not just in a fanatical way but in a healthy, educated way. They know that the food they intake will travel through their body and be used as either fuel or become unnecessary waste that will either pollute their system or add pounds.

Who knew that by creating a preconceived eating plan, you will truly limit your intake. You are holding yourself accountable and this can only be a positive thing to your health and your waistline.

The book itself is designed in a very basic way. It's literally black and white although I still didn't find it easy to digest because for me it bordered on the philosophical side and I am so not into that but when it came down to the actual plan, it was really easy although I found the log book a little confusing at first with the OBT/DOC Obtained and Ritualized sections but I think I figured most of it out.

I like how I can keep track of my water intake because this is something I always make a conscience effort to do. I do love my water!

What I learned:

  • I do like writing down what I will eat the day before (who knew)
  • I definitely drink enough water
  • I love Tuna and have no problem eating it as often as possible
  • Just because I don't agree with something at first, I may just learn something if I don't close the book.
  • The diet has to work for you so make it your own.
  • I DO know how to eat but chose to not make the right choices
  • I am not as spiritual in my dieting as I am in my life. 
  • I remembered why I called myself the Amateur Reviewer rather quickly.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun Family Friendly App by Crayola Has My Family Creating Our Own Music Tracks #FunApp

Don't let this icon fool you, this Crayola DJ App is for beginners and seasoned DJs as well.

Very recently my kids got into a computer game where they are DJs in a room full of their friends. They never spoke about being a DJ prior but love the idea of playing music for the friends and talk about playing the DJ with the radio in the car every morning so when I told them there was this cool app from Crayola where they could actually lay down their own tracks complete with sound effects they were excited to check it out.

 The Crayola DJ app was pretty easy to learn and starts with a tutorial so you can quickly grasp all that you can do with the app.

The app looks like a colorful, lit DJ kit with two turntables for your to add your tracks to, 8 sound effects, a slide button for tempo and a balance button.

On the turntable you hit a plus sign and select one of the 5 genres.
  • Hip-Hop
  • Dance
  • Pop
  • Fusion
  • Holiday
Lay down your drum beat and add some rhythm and melody.

You can also take the arrows on each track and move them to make them bigger or smaller depending on the sound you are going for.

Don't like what you hear or want to make a change simply hit any of the icons on the turntable and it removes the sound.

Goddess loved adding the melody and sound effects while Handsome got a kick out of scratching. It was pretty neat to hear what they came up with. I must admit even I kinda got into a little.

If you want to check out the new Crayola® DJ app it is available now for $4.99 on Google Play (link ) for Android phones and tablets. In June, it will also be sold in the iTunes Store for iOS devices, for the same price.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Legacy Games for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Minuscule: Valley Of The Lost Ants Available On Demand Today AND A DVD #Giveaway

Good things come in small packages! That’s certainly the case with the adorable, animated feature Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants.  These endearing insects will be in theaters, On Demand, and on DVD TODAY May 26, 2015 from kaboom! Entertainment

This epic adventure has the added twist of almost no dialogue – think Wall-E meets A Bug's Life! These animated stars communicate solely via a synchronized soundtrack featuring music and sound effects to tell the tale of their journey. With the lone voice of Richard Dreyfuss as the narrator, Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is the buzz worthy spring feature you won’t want to miss.

The 411 by Maria & Goddess

Oh we LOVED this movie. It is adorable from the first moment to the last. Who doesn't love ladybugs and these guys are so cute with their big eyes and innocence. 

The movie takes you on a minuscule journey into the life of the insect, arachnids and other bug kingdom.

This is a wonderful journey that will have you on the edge of your seat. Incredible animation and sweet little bugs (this is the only way I like my bugs). Parents and kids alike will enjoy this ride due to the storyline and the breathtaking macro photography mixed with 3D effects.  We sat there saying, it's real, it's fake, never knowing if we were looking at true animation or real world effects. It is like a "real" cartoon! 

When newly hatched ladybug is separated from it's family she is quickly adopted by a troop of black ants who want to get some sugar home to the nest. They work together to navigate our beautiful world and come to a compromise that helps both of them.

You will undoubtedly love this movie.

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The Psychic Circle  - Souls Entwined by D.L. Cocchio

Sixteen-year-old Rachel's psychic world is shaken when Billy introduces her to telepathy and astral travel, awakening her desire for more spiritual adventure. She can't get enough. Together with a teenage shaman, a healer, a psychic, and a witch, they form "The Psychic Circle" to secretly explore the paranormal.

Romance blossoms between Rachel and Billy as they realize they have a very strong connection. Could Rachel possibly have found her soul mate? But her best friend becomes jealous and causes trouble, using black magic, which could sabotage Rachel's chance at having the true love she’s been yearning for.

Now Rachel must decide if she should fight fire with fire in order to protect and pursue this obvious soul connection. After all, all's fair in love and war, right?

The 411 by Maria:

What happens when a witch, a shaman, a healer and a psychic find each other and complete a cosmic circle? Well, for 16 year old Rachel, lots of unexplained things.

Rachel knows she is different than others, heck she has wounded, long dead men falling at her feet.

When Rachel meets Melody a new girl in school, her life takes an electrifying twist. Melody is new to the school and is also into "psychic stuff".  Rachel immediately invites her to attend her Friday Meditation Group with some of her other friends.

When Rachel meets Billy in an astral state her whole world becomes technicolor and her visions and gifts really take flight! Their connection transcends everything else and the possibilities are endless.
With great power comes great responsibility and quickly Rachel learns that trusting your friends can come with a cost.

Author Debbie submerses you in her youthful world easily. You are a teenager full of wonder, angst, hope and life. Friendships, love, and dreams are part of every teenage girls life and Psychic Circle Souls Entwined is an mystic ride of innocent abandon. I cannot wait for Part 2.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Kids love toys from their favorite shows and with this toy they get to be Doc Mcstuffin and tend to her animal friends.

  • Doc really walks with her mobile to help toys in need everywhere!
  • Doc talks and sings with Lambie as her mobile siren lights up
  • Includes Doc Doll, Lambie, Stethoscope, thermometer, horoscope and magnifying glass

Great gift idea for now or later.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Walk Down Memory Lane - Rocking on the Porch Swing (2006) #memories

My husband got this swing for me when I was pregnant. I spent so many days of my maternity swinging away and waiting for the baby to come. After he came I sat many hours with him outside, talking with him and just trying to form a bond that would never be broken. The swing is in need of repair but I will never forget the many hours that I sat swinging with my kids or just pushing them while they sat.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pedal A Path Into A Family Game Night #Giveaway #nationalbikingmonth

When you’re young there is no greater freedom than hopping on your bike and going for a cruise around your neighborhood. That exhilaration has been captured in a new board game, TheSchwinn Biking Game, where players race to be the first cyclist back to their parking spot. To advance your bike around the board, each player must roll the dice to see how many spaces they can move and then answer a trivia question about bicycling correctly to earn another roll. Each trivia card has four difficulty levels of questions so players young and old are challenged by the game. Young kids might have to identify parts of a bike like handlebars or pedals during their turn while mom or dad have to identify who invented the first bike on their roll. 

The Schwinn Biking Game is so fun! Select your bike, roll the die and get ready to race to the finish line. 

What we love about it is that we can all play a trivia game at our own level. There are four levels with the easy questions first the hardest last. My son and daughter started with the first questions and quickly moved up to the second since they weren't being challenged enough. The best part about that is that a family with kids as young as 4 can play this game together. 

 Here is Goddess reading a question to Handsome. The answer is on the card but you need that red thing to read it. 

We changed the game a bit as we played. The yellow spots on the board are where you answer a question. If you get it right you go again. If you land on red we read a fun fact so we could learn more.  There are a few ways to play it to make it work for your family.

 As you can see my kids had a great time.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary game for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.