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Eating right, staying healthy and taking the proper vitamins have never been my strong point. 

Since becoming an Adult Essentials Brand Ambassador, I have really tried to make the effort to start a healthier lifestyle...boy did it work! Since the beginning of my journey, I have lost a total of 10 lbs without sacrificing or dieting! My 3 simple steps are as follows:
1. Eat as much natural, non processed foods as possible.
2. Stay active
3. Take Adult Essentials Vitamins EVERYDAY!

I can honestly say that Adult Essentials vitamins give me the strength I need to face each morning with a boost of energy, and sweetness....love how they taste! I also admit, I do indulge once in a while in an extra vitamin....although not recommended ;)
They taste so yummy that you would never believe that they are good for you! I have now recruited my sister, and my husband as avid Adult Essentials junkies! 

I am so glad I took part in this program to make myself, my lifestyle and the people I love healthier, happier and more active! Thank you Adult essentials <3 It has been 3 months of positive energy and a NEW me!!

Visit Adult Essentials at :
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.

 
 
I started off telling you about my former experience with Adult Essentials Vitamins in my first post (read here) and my journey to better health. That was a month ago, and here I am a month later taking necessary steps to enjoying more physical activity and better eating habits. Don't get me wrong, I have not lost dramatic weight or become an overnight athlete, but I am feeling better and doing more to stay healthy and active- a big step for me.

Recently, I have made a point of getting outdoors more. I have started to do weekly visits to a local nature reserve where I do a little hiking and long walks with the kids. Surprisingly, this makes me feel so much better and more in tune with the earth around me and my own body. If you would have asked me months ago to do this, I would have laughed at you. Now, I couldn't imagine spending my Saturday anywhere else.  
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Look at these faces! Thankfully I am building lasting memories with them as an 'Active' mama!

With this new and improved lifestyle comes so many opportunities to teach my kids the importance of physical well-being and respect for the world around them. My sweetest indulgence now, is not a bag of chips but a few yummy vitamins in the morning and a day filled with sunshine and love! Thank you Adult Essentials!

Don't forget to look for my next update in a month! Same place! Same Yummy Vitamins ;)

Visit Adult Essentials at :

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.


 
 
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. 

Enter Below to WIN!!! 

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.  
 
 
--Toshiba Tablet and Toshiba Passive 3D TL515 Series TV Review
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First off, let me begin by saying that I am completely thrilled to have been chosen among numerous digitally-connected women in the She's Connected Community to be an official Toshiba Holiday Hero Brand Ambassador!    The purpose of my assignment is to make buyers aware of the AMAZING products Toshiba has to offer. The Toshiba Tablet and the Toshiba Passive 3D TL515 Series TV in particular.

I was given a Toshiba Camileo HD Camcorder (sweet bonus) to document my experience. I have managed to take some pictures to assist with my review. 

Since Toshiba products are found in a variety of stores, this assignment was very easy  to access. The closest retailer I was sure would have what I was looking for was Best Buy. Surprisingly, they had both the items I needed. I really fell in love with both these products and I know you will too, after reading this!

Toshiba Tablet
This tablet is slim, highly functional and really easy to use! This is especially important when it comes to people who are just crossing over to a tablet from a PC. With the amount of technology changing at a rapid rate, individuals will feel at ease using this tablet with its easy navigation, and storage capacity. The tablet comes with 8 Gigs of space and the option of expanding to a 32 Gig memory capacity. I also found the dual camera a bonus (my son loved this too) because often times you can only take a picture from the reverse side of a tablet. With the Toshiba Tablet it is easy to take both reverse pics (from the back) and forward facing pictures! Comes in 6 different colors (bonus) and usually sells for $399.99 at Best Buy, but it was on sale for 319.99. What a steal!
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FEATURES:
  • nVIDIA Tegra 250 processor and 1GB of RAM offers super fast performance for all your basic tasks
  • easy set up
  • A spacious 10.1" high-res multi-touch widescreen display with an HD view 
  • super easy navigation and very responsive touch sensory
  • 8GB internal memory to store files as well as a memory card slot for more storage space
  • lightweight- unlike most tablets with this amount of storage.
  • 5MP rear-facing camera with autofocus lets you snap shots and record videos, as well as a 3MP front-facing camera 
  • built-in speaker for audio output with headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make it easy to connect to a wireless network or your hands-free devices
  • GPS navigation capabilities
  • A full-size SD card slot, mini USB and full-size USB 2.0 ports 
  •  HDMI to view media on the big screen
  • replaceable battery for longer lifespan
  • COMES IN 6 DIFFERENT COLORS!!
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Toshiba Passive 3D TL515 Series TV 

The Toshiba Passive 3D TV was impressive! Best Buy had 2 of them lined up side by side and they were AMAZING! Since the televisions have a LED screen with 'RealD technology' it was easy to see the difference even with the naked eye (well at least it was for me) This technology lessens eye strain and allows for longer viewing time. So, if you watch a lot of television or like to play a lot of video games this is the TV for you! It also has TriVector 2D to 3D technology that makes you gain 3D experience with the usage for glasses. This television series comes 3D ready, which means you do not have to hook-up an extra box or output to enjoy the experience, like you do with other brands.

This was my favorite part--it has BUILT IN WIFI!! YouTube, Netflix, Facebook and Flickr, and Twitter were all readily available. Because of its incredible capacity and quailty Toshiba Passive 3D TV comes with a large price-tag and sells for  $1399.99 at Best Buy. At first I thought it was a huge price to pay for a television, but this is no ordinary television! personally, I think it is an investment well worth the price tag!

  • LED screen with RealD Technology
  • longer viewing time with less strain to the eyes
  • gaming television
  • built in Wifi
  • Tri-Vector 2D to 3D Technology
  • 3D ready
  • Slim, and sleek design
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Toshiba Canada website www.toshiba.ca.  
Follow @ToshibaCanada on Twitter and follow #ToshibaTablet and #ToshibaTelevision
'Like' Toshiba Canada on Facebook! 

***I am participating in the Toshiba Brand Ambassador program by ShesConnected. I received a Toshiba Camileo in exchange for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are honest and always our own***