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Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake Mix Review and Three Summer Detox Recipes

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Hi all!  So, lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier and exercise more.  I haven’t been exercising as much as I should, but I have started to eat better. It’s hard for my to find something quick and nutritious in the morning, though.

Luckily, I received samples of the Arbonne Essentials® Vanilla Protein Shake Mix ($77, Arbonne.com) and have been making shakes in the morning. It provides 20g of  vegan  protein  to  help  support  muscles, plus  more  than 20  essential  vitamins  and  minerals  per  serving. Clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index, which has little effect on blood sugar levels and does not cause a spike in blood sugar.

I have been using the recipes below to add variety to my breakfasts.  I’ve tried the first two, but not the third one yet (I need to pick up some ingredients for it.  And I’ve made them without the Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost because I don’t have it.

Recovery Support Shake

Almond Butter Shake

Hearty Boosted Protein Shake

I really like the taste of the vanilla powder, which is the one I have. I made the first shake with fresh mango and love it.  I want to try it with banana next.

I found out by trying the second shade that I’m not a fan of almond butter (but I love almonds)!  I am going to try this with a little bit of natural peanut butter next.  I think it will be good.

I will be trying the third shake this week. I think it sounds good and different from the other two.

I would recommend this protein shake mix because it tastes good and keeps me full all morning.  It is pretty pricey, but it’s great quality! I want to try the chocolate shake mix next.

Have you tried any Arbonne nutrition products?  Which are your favorites?

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Fogo De Chao’s New Menu in Kansas City!

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I was very lucky to be invited to a media event for Fogo de Chão’s (fogo-dee-shown) new Kansas City Menu! My husband Brad and I got to hobnob with local KC writers, social media mavens and TV reporters.

Have you heard of Fogo de Chão before? It’s is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria,  specializing the Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – roasting high-quality cuts of meats over open flame – and a  service model known as espeto corrido (Portuguese for “continuous service”).   Founded in Brazil in 1979, Fogo de Chão (which translates to “fire on the  ground”) currently operates 51 locations throughout the United States, Brazil Mexico and the Middle East. Fogo Kansas City opened in 2009.

Fogo is best known for its distinctive and authentic Brazilian full churrasco  dining experience, which begins with a gourmet Market Table and Feijoada Bar that includes an abundance of seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables and  feijoada. The main course features a variety of simply seasoned meats that are  carefully fire-roasted by its famous gaucho chefs, plus seafood, desserts, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list.

A decadent dessert menu features signature, house-made Papaya Cream with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur, South American Flan, Crème Brûlée and much more.

Unique to Kansas City, Fogo now offers three dinner menus for guests to enjoy all that Brazil has to offer at three distinct price points – no matter the occasion, Fogo fits any budget. Select Cut ($29 – $32): Select one cut of fire-roasted meat to be carved tableside, including:

  • Picanha ($32): Most prized Brazilian sirloin steak, lightly seasoned with sea salt and sliced thin
  • Fraldinha ($32): Strongly marbled bottom sirloin steak, carved against the grain for tenderness
  • Leg of Lamb ($32): Fire-roasted until tender, and sliced off the bone (served with mintchurri sauce)
  • Center-cut Pork Chop ($32): Cured and seasoned with Brazilian spices, and thickly sliced off the bone
  • Chicken ($29): Tender citrus-marinated chicken breast, lightly seasoned with Brazilian spices

Brazilian Cuts ($39): Experience a selection of Brazilian favorites – from the house specialty sirloin, Picanha, to a decadent leg of lamb, Cordeiro – which include:

  • Picanha (Prime part of the Top Sirloin), Alcatra (Top Sirloin), Fraldinha (Bottom Sirloin), Costela de Porco (Pork Ribs), Cordeiro (Leg of Lamb), Bisteca de Porco (Pork Chops), Lombo (Pork), Medalhões com Bacon (Bacon Wrapped Steak), Linguiça (Pork Sausage), Frango (Chicken)

Full Churrasco Experience ($50.95): Guests can enjoy the full churrasco experience for which Fogo is best known – continuous tableside service of signature cuts of fire-roasted meat.

My husband and I really enjoyed this experience and will be going back!  Have yhou eaten at Fogo de Chão?

Here are photos from my evening and from Fogo:

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VineOh! Wine Subscription Box Review: Oh! Ho Ho! Holiday Box December 2017

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I received my second Vine Oh! subscription box a couple of weeks ago.  It’s there holiday box and contains two bottles of wine and holiday goodies!

Vine Oh! is $59.99 for a $120+ Value.  It is delivered 4 times a year and includes free shipping.  Ships to: The US, except the following states: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MS, OK, RI, UT. Boxes ship via UPS Ground.

Here’s a look at the December box:

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The box contains:

Pure Cosmetics 3D Fiber Lash Mascara – ($30 USD)

Violet & Brooks Mosaic Crystal Earrings – ($28 USD)

Hallmark Home Holiday Cheeseboard – ($25 USD)

World’s Softest Cozy Low Socks – ($9.99 USD)

CST Treats Toffee and Biscotti –  ($11 USD)

Plus two wines (see below)

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Sorry for the blurry pic!  Also, I gave this away to someone who I think will love it, so I can’t take another photo.  This looks like a fun product, though!  I believe it’s a two step system of fibers and mascara.

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These are so pretty, and it’s hard to see from the picture, but they are really sparkly, too!  I don’t wear earrings but these are a great gift for someone who does.

IMG_9862 This cheeseboard is festive and fun!  The cheese knife is a little axe and it stays in the notch in the trunk — so cute!  Amazing for the holiday season.

IMG_9864.JPG I love getting socks!  I got a bunch for Christmas, which always makes me happy! These are extremely soft and I love the print.  I will wear them all winter long!

IMG_9865.JPG The toffee (on the left) was my favorite of the two.  The chocolate was smooth and the toffee was crisp and buttery.  The biscotti was nice, too.  Great with coffee.

IMG_9859 Here are the wines I received:

Speechless California Merlot ($24.99 USD) delivers aromas of dried figs, black currants and cinnamon, with flavors of anise and licorice, blackberry jam and notes of cloves and caraway.  I liked this okay.  Merlot’s aren’t my favorite reds because they are pretty dry.  This did have a nice, rich flavor to it.

NightVine Chardonnay ($27.99 USD) is perfect for the nights that require reflection and rejuvenation. This wine is from one of the most respected areas for Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley. Delivers aromas of ripe pear, vanilla, caramel, and citrus leading to flavors of whipped sweet cream, balanced oak and a buttery finish. I really like this chardonnay.  It’s crisp and bright.

Do you subscribe to Vine Oh!?  If so, how do you like it?  It’s a bit pricey, but you get two great quality wines and a box of goodies.  I’m going to keep subscribing for a little while at least!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Gifts For the Hard To Buy For on Your List

Some people are so hard to buy for…relatives, co-workers, all men (LOL).  So it great to find gifts that most people will love!

Below are gifts that can go to almost anyone and will be loved:

Popcornopolis Red Snowflakes 5-Cone Gift Basket

Popcornopolis Red Snowflakes 5-Cone Gift Basket ($44.99 USD) — It just doesn’t get any easier…on your time, your wallet, and especially your reputation for giving the most awesome holiday gifts ever. Our snowflake-bejeweled 5-cone popcorn gift basket comes beautifully pre-wrapped and ready to give, but it’s the five favorite flavors inside that will preserve your place in the Gift Giving Hall of Fame. Reason: these are the recipes that made Popcornopolis famous, the top five of all time. And every one promises an amazing taste experience all by itself.

Flavors: Caramel Corn, Kettle Corn, Cheddar Cheese, Cinnamon Toast, and the crowd-pleasing Zebra® Popcorn

Available at http://www.popcornopolis.com

 

Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger

Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger ($49.95 USD) This portable charger is barely larger than a pack of gum, and can power a typical smartphone up to three times and a small tablet once, making it a great, lightweight power source that users can stick in their purse or pocket. Available in a range of color options.

Available at http://www.goalzero.com

Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern

Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro Flash USB Rechargeable Lantern ($24.95 USD) — This USB rechargeable and dimmable lantern also includes a built-in 120-lumen flashlight. It can withstand a variety of climates and terrain and can run up to 170 hours on its lowest setting. Weighing just over 2 ounces it maximizes pack space and performance.

Available at http://www.goalzero.com

Readers.com The Adrian Computer Reader

Readers.com The Adrian Computer Reader ($24.95 USD) — Help ease your eye strain with The Adrian Computer Reader. These trendy browline readers offer lightly yellow tinted, fully magnified lenses with anti-reflective coating that will offset your screen’s glare.

Purchase at http://www.readers.com

Sunglass Warehouse Heritage Sunglasses

Sunglass Warehouse Heritage Sunglasses ($15.99 USD) — Keep your look classic no matter where your weekend takes you with these mixed material, polarized round shades.

Purchase these and more great shades at http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com

VineOh! Wine Subscription Box Review: Oh! For Me! Fall Box

I received my very first Vine Oh! subscription box!  I was so excited to try this.  It consists of two bottles of wine and fun and pampering products.

Vine Oh! is $59.99 for a $120+ Value.  It is delivered 4x per year and includes free shipping.  Right now you can get $20 off your first box (like I did) with the code WineForMe.

It comes in one big box, but the surprises are in a smaller box on the top and the wine is packaged well on the bottom.

The box with the goodies!

Here’s what’s included, plus two bottles of wine!  Here’s the wine I got:

2016 New Crush California Pinot Grigio ($18.99 USD) — New Crush Pinot Grigio is an aromatic and complex wine that presents aromas of white peaches and white flowers, sea spray and oyster shell. The fresh and light flavors rang from casaba melon to citrus zest with a hint of Creme Fraiche in the finish. Perfect wine for all white wine enthusiasts.
2014 Speechless Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon  ($24.99 USD) Speechless Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic cabernet from the Lodi region in California. With aromas of toasted oak, jam, and tea leaves, this wine has rich dark fruit flavors with firm tannins. Great wine to enjoy on a quiet night; a night when being speechless is not only a nice treat, but a well-earned reward.
I have not tried the Pinot Grigio yet, but I can say that the Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty!  It does have a deep, fruity flavor.  I don’t know much about wines, but reds are my favorite and I really enjoyed this one!
Now on to the box of goodies.  This was a big reason I got the box, because it included both wine and other treats:

Wei Mung Bean Sprout Stress-Relieving Smoothing Mask – $12 USD

Wei Millet Sprout Instant Smoothing Nourishing Mask – $12 USD

I have tried the Millet Sprout mask already and loved it.  These come with tongs to get the masks out of the serum.  The masks come in a tube.  Once you use the mask, you are left with lots of serum in the tube.  I have been using that on my face, neck and hands and love how smooth my skin looks!  I will try the Mung Bean Sprout mask soon.

Fizz and Bubble Milkshake Bath Bombs – $15 USD (Listed on card as $14)

These 12 bath bombs come packaged in a plastic drink cup with a straw inside and a loofah too!  It’s so cute and the Lavender Fields scent is very nice.  My daughter loves bath bombs, but I’ve already tried them out so she can have the rest if she wants!

This cute little tray is great for jewelry, lip balms etc.  It’s very sweet and will make a nice gift, if I decide not to keep it.
This is a really sturdy canvas bag with a fun saying on it.  I will use this to take packages to the post office.
Metropolis Gourmet Popcorn, 3.5 oz – $6 USD (Listed $5)
Well, these are gone! They were eaten by the second day I had them.  They were so tasty and sweet, but not too much so. This was a really nice treat!

Capabunga –  $5 USD

One of these little toppers comes in every VineOh! box.  They are so cool and handy! You slide them onto the top of the wine bottle and they can even be stored on their side in the fridge or counter without fear of leakage.

What do you think of this fun subscription box?  I think it’s really fun and I’m looking forward to the Winter box!

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Looking For A Tasty Mother’s Day Gift? Try GourmetGiftBaskets.com

I think food gifts are such a fun way to show the ladies in your life that you care on Mother’s Day!  I know my mom loves receiving treats!
One of the top online gift giving sites, GourmetGiftBaskets.com, has just released several new items to truly delight any mom or grandma — from those who became moms (or grandmas) for the first time over the past year to those who have been mothering kids for more than 75 years!
Here are some of their brand new 2017 Mother’s Day offerings:
Mother’s Day Brownie Cake
NEW! Mother’s Day Brownie Cake, ($49.99 USD) —Looking for a Mother’s Day gift, but you want something that’s not so predictable? Get her this scrumptious Mother’s Day Brownie Cake! This 12-inch delight will arrive to her door just as fresh as if you had picked it up from the bakery. It also has a special Mother’s Day message for Mom on top, reminding her that you’re crazy about her. 
This is delicious!  The frosting is soft and the browning part is good, and sweet.
Love for Mom Cookie Gift Box

NEW! Love for Mom Cookie Gift Box ( $29.99 USD) —Cookie-craving Moms will get a great surprise this year with this gift box. GourmetGiftBaskets.com has created this gorgeous gift showcasing six different varieties of gourmet offerings: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge Brownie Cookies, Lemon Sugar Cookies, Pecan Sandy Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies. There’s something for almost every Mom here!
I haven’t tried these, but they look amazing and if your mom loves cookies, this would be perfect!
Happy Mother’s Day Gift Basket
NEW! Happy Mother’s Day Gift Basket, ($69.99 USD) –Pampering Mom’s tastebuds has elevated to a new level in 2017 with this basket — a stunning arrangement of tea essentials. This beauty features a keepsake “Awesome Mom” mug, two types of tea, sweet sugar sticks, and gourmet cookies. She’ll think of you as she’s enjoying cup after cup of relaxing tea alone or with her friends. There’s plenty to share.
This is is such a pretty gift basket!  I’m giving one to my mother-in-law because she loves tea and cookies.

To see the full selection of Mother’s Day gift ideas (baskets, towers, cakes and more), click here.

Have you finished your Mother’s Day shopping yet?

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The Hollywood Mother’s Day Gift Bag

Distinctive Assets, the LA-based entertainment marketing company credited with beginning the marketing craze of celebrity swag nearly two decades ago, will once again be producing and distributing its annual “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” Gift Bags. Distinctive Assets will be pampering twenty-five of Tinseltown’s most
famous maternal stars with innovative, unique, useful and fabulous products and services!
The list of this year’s famous mommies and mommies-to- be includes Kerry Washington, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Anna Chlumsky, Ellie Kemper, Blake Lively, Vanessa Lachey, Blac Chyna, Amber Tamblyn, Tori Spelling, Amy
Smart, Beyoncé, Lily Rabe, Amanda Seyfried, Ciara, Lauren Conrad, Audra McDonald, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morissette, Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks, Hoda Kotb, P!nk, Lake Bell and Janet Jackson.
These celeb mom’s sure are lucky! Here are some of the wonderful goodies which are going to be included in the bag:
RUMI X
1. RUMI X , eco-friendly active-wear made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, is gifting Hollywood moms with their hottest designs! The line includes a wide variety of different styles and even maternity sets!
Naples Soap Company

Naples Soap Company is gifting all natural soap bars, body oil, moisturizers and bath bombs! 

Slimware

Slimware allows moms to control their nutrition by gifting them the SMART plate!

Happiest Tee
Happiest Tee gifts Hollywood moms with the luxurious shirts featuring moms’ happiest places! The fabric is unbelievably soft and comforting!

What do you think of these great products?

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