Just Fruit and Grains is a new snack by Sunripe! Much like any breakfast cereal bar, the bars are all individually packaged and sold separately or in a box. The difference is that it combines a breakfast cereal bar with a fruit bar for a textured taste.

Initially, my husband and I really enjoyed these bars. It is nice to know that you are getting health and convenience, especially on the go! Hubby is an avid oatmeal eater so that helps with the texture part of it. The kids (3 and 5) were not overly in love with these fruit bars at first, simply because they have a 'gritty' taste. This soon subsided after indulging in a few, and now they LOVE them!

It is a bonus that the bars have a balance of 70% fruit or fruit and veggies and 30% grains and seeds, with nothing else added – no processed or refined sugars, no fillers and no bad stuff.

As a parent this is important, especially when looking for alternatives to a school lunch-time snack. Convenient, affordable and reassuring ;)
 
 
I was recently given a pair of Viking Sandals to review. Giving a woman shoes is like giving a kid candy, so I was not going to pass up this opportunity! With over 12 styles to chose from in their Spring collection I was on cloud nine!!  I quickly chose the 'toe thong' style by Viking for its versatility, and chic design (so hard to chose). I am usually a size 7-8 and matched the size perfectly to the chart. Unfortunately for me they arrived huge! 

The Baker Shoe Company was AMAZING for returning their product quickly, efficiently and super-friendly service! I would recommend going down a size if you are ordering online. When my new ones arrived in a smaller size I was so eager to try them on!! For years I have opted for this style of shoe because they are easy to throw in your bag for a weekend away, wear to the beach, or even for long walks, the comfort of these shoes make them a favourite wardrobe essential. Well, after wearing the Viking Sandal for 2 weeks now, I can tell you personally they are now my new favourite brand!! So comfy, so soft, and sooooo versatile! 

Take a Look:
 
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Don't you just love them?
I am super-excited for the nice weather, these shoes will definitely get their wear this year. I think I can even pull these off under a maxi-dress too (can you tell I love them?). The best thing about these shoes is that they don't give your feet the added pain at the end of the day. I love a shoe that looks great and feels even better! Next time, I will have to opt for a funkier colour or shiny finish! 

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Loving them from every angle!

A little information about the company: Baker Shoe Company, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is an importer and distributor of fine, comfort footwear and it has been in business for over 50 years!!  Baker Shoe is known for its commitment to quality footwear and top notch customer service. It believes that its success is dependent on the success of its own customers. Baker Shoes is a leader in providing comfort footwear to independent retailers all across Canada. For more information Visit: http://www.bakershoe.ca/BAKERSHOEviking.html 

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Disclosure: I was provided a pair of Viking Sandals to review as part of a promotion through Influential Media (www.influential-media.com). All opinions are my own. 
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When I received the Ooma Telo for review, I had no idea what it was or why a person would use this. Since its price-point was pretty high ($229) I thought why not give it a try. The box simply states that it is a free nationwide calling and advanced telephony service. It is digital phone line with calling features just like a regular home-phone, along with calling nation-wide for free! Since it plugs into any broadband Internet connection and existing home telephone, I was eager to try it out and see if it did exactly what it said it did. Initially, I thought this idea was for a basic second line, something I was looking into purchasing anyway. I hurried home to set it up and within minutes (literally 25 mins or so)I had my new Ooma Telo phone line hooked up and working.

The diagrams in the manual show exactly how to set up the box, making it easy even for the not so technical person, like me! Once online, you have an array of options at your fingertips. A new number is easy to find depending on your area, even gave the same area code and first 3 numbers to any phone number in my community. With the Ooma premier service ($9.99/month) you have options such as, having a second-line, 3-way calling, Multi ring, back up phone number, Google voice, advanced voice mail, call privacy options, personalization and my favourite FREE calling between Canada and the US!!

YES, this is possible! I am living proof that this service has all these features and SO many more! I was in disbelief that a service this low in cost could give you so much! The only downside I found was (there is a catch) was that the company only provides you with 5000 minutes of air time per month. I throughly tested this because I thought that 5000 minutes wouldn't be enough for a chatter-box like me lol. Guess what? I did not even come close to using these minutes in my moth trial!! 5000 minutes is actaully a lot when you think about it, it is over 3 hours per day!

Guess what I did next? Since, I LOVED this service and voice reception, I decided to make the Ooma Telo my permanent home line. I have ported over my number (took a short 2 weeks) and I am loving this service even more with my original phone number, no one has noticed the change and I love having all the extra options even though I don't need half of them! I calculated a savings of over $300 a year! I also love that you can bring the Ooma telo box wherever you may be vacationing or visiting so that people can call you even when you are not home without paying long-distance or having to change a thing. As long as you have a broad-band connection, your good to go! This will come in handy when spending our winter vacation at my parents Florida home!

This product is definitely one that I will be recommending to all my friends and family, it does exactly what it says i does and gives you so much more! Worth every penny!
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Let me start off by saying that I grew up with a dog all my life (among other pets). That being said, when my husband and I got married it seemed the natural transition would be to get a dog. Along came 'Pharaoh' a black chihuahua obviously named with the intent of having him live a privileged life. I spoiled Pharaoh for the first year giving him one too many treats, making him FAT and double his intended size!  

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This is 'King' Pharaoh in his glory! thanks Milkbone!

When we had children, and decided we were doing more harm than good with his unhealthy habits and we started to shape up his diet a little. Pharaoh is far from his ideal weight, but even with dogs this can be a struggle--especially with a 3 year old and 5 year old constantly feeding him! We have stayed away from treats mainly because of the bi products found in most, thanks to Milkbone little Pharaoh will now get to enjoy these healthy snacks more often!

We have been using Milkbone treats and Pharaoh has loved both types! He begs for one whenever we come home from a walk or when he does something worth praising! I have to admit though, my personal preference (i am not a dog) is the chewy textured treats, I assume it is because I can break it apart easier and use pieces of the whole treat for training purposes--again I am not a dog, and Pharaoh seems to like both just the same ;)

Milkbone snacks come in 2 textures:
Oven-Baked Granola Biscuits (hard)
Beef Flavour
- made with ground whole wheat, whole wheat flour, carrots, rolled oats and flax seed. 
Chicken Flavor
- made with ground whole wheat, wheat flour, sweet potatoes, rolled oats, flaxseed and chicken.

Oven-Baked Chewy Treats (softer)
Beef Flavour
- made with rolled oats, carrots and apples 
Chicken Flavor
- made with real chicken, rolled oats, sweet potatoes and apples.

PLUS!! One lucky reader will receive a Milk Bone Healthy Favorites gift pack valued at $50 which includes an assortment of Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Chicken Chewy Treats, Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Beef Chewy Treats, Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Chicken Recipe Biscuits and Milk Bone Healthy Favorites Beef Flavour Biscuits. 

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Disclosure – “I am participating in the Milk Bone blogger outreach program by ShesConnected. I received a supply of products and compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.”  
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Ok Lil-sugar readers, I have an AMAZING product to tell you about! Are you ready? Here it goes...over the next few months, I’ll be talking to you about Adult Essentials vitamins and leading a healthier lifestyle, because I am an Adult Essentials BRAND AMBASSADOR.  Yes, you heard me! I am SO excited for this for three reasons: 

1. I have been taking these vitamins for a LONG time now and LOVE them! I would't recommend anything else.
2. I have been promising to lead a 'healthier lifestyle' for quite some time now, and this is my chance to actually do it!
3.  Adult Essentials are pectin based gummy vitamins that are:
-gluten free, nut free, dairy free-approved by Health Canada-made with natural flavours and colours

So, follow my journey and educate yourself while you are at it! Join me through the next few months, while I explore and experiment, giving you information and an honest opinion on the Adult Essentials brand. I have been ordering the Adult Essentials Multi-vitamin for a while now, from Well.ca because, lets face it we don't always get out and vitamins are not always the thing on your list you will remember. Since shipping is free, I have always ordered here when the bottle ran low. As part of this journey with Adult Essentials I was asked to go to a local supermarket, drug store or vitamin counter to tell my readers (you) about my experience. 


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This is what I received! Some amazingly healthy 'swag' don't you think?

Since I live near by a Metro Supermarket, i decided to get some much-needed exercise and get those vitamins while I was at it ;) When I entered the vitamin isle, i started my search, but to my dismay the vitamins at the store were located at the bottom shelf, easily disguised by all the other vitamin brands. Making it difficult to even find them!  Surprisingly, the amount of vitamins were a little overwhelming, i mean, so many brands, types and flavors!! Not to mention, the various vitamins from Adult Essentials alone! 

So, there you have it. Looking for the 'right' vitamin can be overwhelming and a little out of the way from your usual shopping routine. BUT my suggestion would be to research before committing to one brand, and TASTE them as well. Once you have decided what you personally like, locate a store you usually shop at and make a point of buying them when you run low. Stay tuned for my next blog post when I discuss my health and how I chose to stay healthy with Adult Essentials!

You can connect with Adult Essentials here:

Adult Essentials Website
@AdultEssentials on Twitter
Adult Essentials on Facebook 

*Disclosure – I am participating in the Adult Essentials Blogger Outreach program by ShesConnected. I received a supply of vitamins and compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.  
 
 
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Want a classic spin on a 'Posh' gift for someone, or even your own children? Look no further! I See Me! Makes reading fun, educational and magical with their personalized book series. Since their site states that Brooke Shields and Courtney Cox Arquette  are big fans, I had to see what all the hype was about.The website boasts over 16 unique books that can be personalized with your child's name, family members and friends! Each book vivid and illustrated to perfection. 

The site also has personalized t-shirts, floor puzzles, blankets and other gifts to add to your purchase. Since, we are HUGE readers in my house, because my first born started reading at a young age (18 months) I was thrilled to offer him this surprise. I chose the "Who Loves You" book because I instantly fell in love with the story and loved the bright, whimsical nature of the book - Perfect for my boys! Not to mention, it is IMPOSSIBLE to ever find anything personalized or my children because of their names and spelling--this made me happy too!
Our first night reading this book became a nightly routine, the boys loved the fact that family members names were mentioned and that the story has a rhyming pattern (makes it easier to remember). My youngest who just turned 3 and recognizes his name was thrilled to actually be able to 'read' it to himself. I have now made this my 'go-to' gift for birthdays, holidays and hospital visits. This is a staple piece for any child's library!

About "Who Loves You" It is often said that there is no better gift that you can give a child than love. Who Loves Me? features the names of family members and friends who love the child, and encourages the child to reach to the sky when asked "how much" each of one of them loves him or her. This beautifully illustrated book reassures the child that he or she is loved "so much" by each person, with melodious rhymes describing the depth of each individual's love. Written by Jennifer Dewing, with colorful, whimsical illustrations by Maria Carluccio, this hardcover book is a perfect gift for a new baby or young child!

Gender and ages:Girls and boys ages 0-6Size:8.5" x 8.5"
Number of pages:20 (if you complete all 6 spreads)
Awards:Mom's Choice, Creative Child Magazine and HomeSchool.com

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Disclosure – I received an I See Me book to facilitate this review -one is being provided to the winner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.