Friday, September 19, 2014

Ecosak Nylon Nut Bag Review

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Well, can you believe that I am trying out a nut bag to make my own almond milk? (I'll pause a moment so that you can let the shock wear off!) I can honestly say that never in my life did I intend on making my own almond milk. But as you know, we are making some changes to our diet.

So I decided I would give it a try.  And with the Ecosak I also received some recipes which really helped since I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to do.



I asked Lil Man if he wanted to help me, and he was more than thrilled. Apparently making almond milk was an exciting and fun thing for him.


First things first was to wash the Ecosak (easy to do) and soak the nuts. Yep, I put some raw almonds in a bowl, covered them with water and let them soak 6-8 hours or so. After they had been soaked, I simply drained the almonds, added them to the blender, added about 2 cups of water, a half teaspoon of vanilla, and Lil Man pulverized the almond mixture in the blender. 

Then we poured that mixture through the Ecosak. I assumed it would be really really messy. But I was wrong. It was super easy to use. Lil Man helped me press the liquid out of our nut mixture. It wasn't hard to do at all.





I also thought the clean up would be difficult. I mean we just squeezed milk out of a nut bag. But honestly, I turned the bag wrong side out and and rinsed it out (added a little detergent), but yeah pretty much use, rinse and hang it up to dry.

I had just assumed that making my own nut milk would be time consuming, messy, and require lots of clean up. But the Ecosak was super easy to use. The entire process took minutes.

As for the result? Well, Lil Man wasn't impressed with the taste. Hubby wasn't either. So I might have to tweak the recipe (the possibilities are endless - and several different types of nuts can be used to make various nut milks). I personally thought the taste was decent. I've never had nut milk - so this was my first experience.

Today was the true test for me. I had cheerios with almond milk instead of my cows milk. And well, I thought it was pretty good.

Will I make almond milk again? I sure will. I like how I am making something that isn't processed. I'm using all natural ingredients. And the Ecosak made the entire process very easy.

If you make your own nut milk, I encourage you to give Ecosak a try. And if you are newbie like me, I also encourage you to try it. It really was super easy. And I have to admit, like Lil Man, it was fun to do.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hunger Action Month - Do Your Part By Using FoodTweeks #calories4good.



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September is Hunger Action Month. And it's astounding the number of people who are hungry. "1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger." (source FeedingAmerica.org). Wow, 1 in 6 people.

And there is a way that you can help, and it's actually really simple and quite easy. It's an app called FoodTweeks. So how does it work? It actually has a dual purpose. Every time you trim calories from your food choices, those calories are donated to food banks. Say what? I know. I thought the same thing when I heard about it.

But basically it's really easy. You type in the food that you going to eat. The app gives you suggestions on how to 'tweek' the calories (like a substitute or smaller portion size) and each time you 'tweek', a food bank will receive donations from FoodTweeks.








I have to admit that's pretty cool. And when you share your tweek on social media, you can double your calories that are being donated while at the same time raising awareness about hunger in America.  #calories4good

You can double your donations each time you use FoodTweeks by going  here http://www.foodtweeks.com/communities/moms/ and enter MOMS as the promo code. I signed up with this promo code so that my donations will be doubled.

I have tested the app, and I love the concept. First of all, it makes me aware of what I'm about to eat. And by tweeking the food, I'm able to save some calories which I'm hoping will help with weight loss. And at the same times, I'm helping others in need. I encourage you to check out this free app. It's available on iTunes and Google Play. http://www.foodtweeks.com/#howitworks

I plan to use #calories4good.

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It's Today Not Tomorrow - Living In The Moment

Lately, I keep finding myself thinking about, trying to plan or let's just face it, worrying about the future. And today, I realized I need to just stop. That's right - just stop. Focus on the moment, not the moment tomorrow, not the moment 5 minutes from now, but the moment now - this moment that I'm currently living.

This feeling of needing to focus on the future stems from finances. I'm not sure why the minute your child goes to preschool that a woman feels (or feels pressured by others) to try to generate some income during those precious 2.5 hours that your kid is in school. And maybe most women don't feel that way, but I do. And I, at times, get outside pressure from others that this is what is expected of me


And so I'm feeling the pressure and my stress level is rising, and I'm missing the moment because I'm worrying about what I'm going to be doing as a job a couple of years from now when Lil Man goes to school. And trust me, as I type this I know how utterly ridiculous that sounds. Because we don't know the future or our circumstances, and I honestly have no clue what employment I will be able to find a couple of years from now. 

And I also think part of the reality is that I feel guilt. Yes, guilt. Because I feel in some way I should be contributing financially to the household. Now granted, in Hubby's defense, he doesn't harp on this. But there are comments here and there about me getting a J O B and when will I generate some income. And I think whether it's truly implied or not, I feel that it is. I feel that I should somehow be contributing. So I work my rear off, trying to find ways to generate some income here and there. 

And I realized today, I'm missing today. I'm stressing about getting this done and that done so I can try to 'work' to bring in an extra $20 or $30 when Lil Man is napping or at school. 

And this is not what I want...this stress... but I also don't want this guilt or pressure either of feeling that I'm not contributing financially. I haven't found the balance yet, but I know that I need to. 

Because in the blink of an eye, these years will have morphed into something else. And today is today, and it's where I need and ultimately want to live. 




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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Pocket Sous Chef Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I'm so excited to be a part of this great giveaway. There are 3 awesome prizes available.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Foundation Review


I don't wear a lot of make up, and when I do it's very minimal. I've never been one to wear a lot of foundation. But because of my skin tone, and a few scars, when I do wear makeup I will wear some type of foundation (usually mineral powder or something every light).

So I was looking forward to giving the Ageless Derma Natural Pressed Mineral makeup Foundation PARABEN FREE with Vitamin A, E and Green Tea Extracts a try 




My first thought was that I liked the smell. I don't normally go around smelling my makeup! But when I opened it, I couldn't help but notice the pleasant smell. Then I read the ingredients. It has green tea, and if I'm not mistaken sandlewood. It reminded me of the spa :) 

The application was easy. It was pretty much just swipe and apply. It went on easy enough. It blended well. It covered but wasn't 'too much'. And it seemed to last. 

Below is a before (on the left) and after (on the right). 

Same room - same lighting - no filter - so as you can see it did help cover my natural red tint. And although my skin is sensitive, I haven't had any reactions or breakouts. 
Overall, I'm pleased with the Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Foundation


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