The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: August 2016

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Terra's Kitchen Review!


My job, life and blogging keep me really busy. So busy, in fact, that sometimes I don't have time for anything let alone coming home after an 8 hour day to make dinner. I do it though but it is hard. Sometimes I just need a little break. We go out to eat but that gets expensive and when eating out you never know what is in the food you eat. With hubby having to eat low fat, low salt food it makes it doubly harder.

This is why I love meal delivery services. They make my life easier and since I am doing the cooking, I know exactly what goes in my food. I also get to try different types of food that I am not used to cooking.

I was asked to review Terra's Kitchen food. I have reviewed other meal services so I wanted to see how this one fared with the others. I liked the veriety of food available. I also liked that you can choose your meals plans and there is no long term commitment. This is great because sometimes I don't need the meal service.


Meal delivery services make sense for me and hubby because it is just the two of us. You can order 3 meals for 2 or 4 meals for 2. You can also order 2 meals for 4 people. You can also customize your menu as you go. You can choose gluten free, low calories, vegan or paleo meals. There are fresh salads as sides and you can supplement with proteins. The flexibility is amazing.


The food comes in a wonderful eco-friendly delivery Vessel that is reusable. The food is delivered and the box is picked up the next day. I loved this delivery system because the food stays cold and it is packed so well, there is no spillage or mess. Everything came in it's little packages. Plus the fact that I don't have to deal with boxes, dry ice or packig is a HUGE plus. Plus the fact that is is reusable scores points with me.



The recipe cards were easy to follow. I have had issues with other meal delivery services that the recipes were incomplete or hard to follow. Terra's Kitchen recipes were exactly as written. And the recipes were fast and easy. Best of all, the recipes were delicious!



I tried a few meals. I tried Creamy Black Bean Sliders, Happy Chicken Bowl and the Terrachiladas. All were delicious and easy to make. I did have to add a side dish to the meals except the bowl but an added salad or rice didn't take that much time and it made for a well balanced meal.


The food was really good. This is one of the best meal delivery plans I have tried. It is actually my favorite. The food stayed fresh for a long time. I didn't try the black bean sliders until a week after the meals came and all the ingredients stayed super fresh. That surprised me because I have had other meals plans and some of the ingredients are no good after 2 or 3 days. Not Terra's Kitchen food though. I really liked that.



If you like meal delivery plans, I highly recommend Terra's Kitchen. The variety of food to choose from is amazing. I loved the vegetarian options because although we are not vegetarians, we have been trying to go more vegetarian and it is hard. But Terra's Kitchen makes it so much easier. I will defintiely be ordering from Terra's Kitchen again.

If you want to try Terra's Kitchen, use this code for $30 off your first order: WILLYNILLY30.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Nonni's Dark Chocolate Almond THINaddictives Review and Giveaway!

If you have read my blog for awhile now, you know I am a huge fan of Nonni's THINaddictives. I am a fan of anything Noni's including their biscotti. But the THINaddicitives are my favorite because they give me the sweet I crave without the calories!

THINaddicitives average 70 or 80 calories so they are perfect for a snack at anytime. I have been trying to eat healhtier and it's tough because when I am at work, my sweet cravings kick in around 3 o'clock. What makes it harder is that we have snacks at work and it is so easy to go grab a cupcake, doughnut or chips at any time. This is a huge problem.


So THINaddictives are the perfect snack to slip into my purse and then leave in my desk when the cravings start. I can have one pack and it satisfies my cravings. And now THINaddicitives come in new flavors that satisfy my chocolate cravings as well. The new flavors include: Dark Chocolate Banana Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond and Double Dark Chocolate Almond.


The THINaddicitives are lightly drizzled with decadent dark chocolate and made with real ingredients such as California almonds, bananas and sweet cherries. They are absolutely delicious. They are crunchy yet you get chewy cherries and bananas. The almonds give it a great nutty taste.
They are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates and contain at least two grams of protein per pack.


These almond thin cookies are a guilt-free indulgence with wholesome, antioxidant-rich ingredients baked into every bite – including real fruit and crunchy California almonds. Each flavor is low in sugar, carbohydrates and calories, making them a snack consumers can feel good about enjoying.

I love these. I keep them in my purse, desk and at home, they make the perfect evening snack. I Love these!

If you want to win some THINaddictives, just enter below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

$25 Gift Card Giveaway!!

Summer is almost over so I am giving away a $25 gift card, your choice!

Enter below!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tips for Vacation Ready Skin with AVEENO® Positively Radiant + GIVEAWAY! #BellezaEspontanea #Aveeno #AD


A few weeks ago, I came back from Costa Rica. It was our summer vacation. We love to travel but with work, we only get 2 big vacations a year now. But we also try to take mini vacations and staycations throughout the year. Somestimes we just head to the beach for the day to get some down time.

Being on vacation doesn't stop me from continuing my beauty routine though. In fact, it is more important than ever because usually when on vacation my skin is exposed to sun, chlorine, cold and extreme conditions. When I fly my skin gets dehydrated and I find myself working harder to make sure my skin stays moist and soft. So I always bring the products I use at home with me when I travel.


Luckily, I have some amazing tips from AVEENO® Hispanic Dermatologist Dr. Francisco Flores as well. He recommends AVEENO® Positively Radiant products because they are formulated with Active Naturals Total Soy Complex which helps with tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots. I use Positively Radiant products and I love them. 



Here are some great traveling tips from Dr. Flores:

* Wherever you are don't forget to remove your makeup - AVEENO® Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes easily remove makeup, oil and dirt that can dull skin. These wipes prevent pores in the skin from clogging and avoiding acne outbreaks during sleep. It also stops the proliferation of bacteria on your pillow where they can reach the rest of your skin. 
* Clean and moisturize your face every night - AVEENO® Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup leaving your skin radiant. And don't forget AVEENO® Positvely Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 Broad Spectrum. Sunscreen is so important!! 
* Reduce the look of stubborn dark spots AVEENO® Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector - to even skin tone and minimize the appearance of dark spots. 
* Mist your face with mineral water - mineral water refreshes your face and makeup when traveling. This will noticeably boost your skin's luminosity while working to reduce the visible signs of aging.  
* Get your beauty rest and perk up your peepers - If you are going on a plane apply some extra rich night cream around your eyes and put on a sleeping mask. Both will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake up. And don't forget the eye drops. They will lubricate and soothe your eyes. 
* Drink lots of water - Water helps control your calorie intake, energize your muscles, keep the balance in your, but most importantly water helps your skin look healthy ad beautiful. Always keep a bottle of water handy. 

These are fantastic tips. Many of which, I follow when I am on vacation. Other tips I would add are to always carry a hat to avoid too much sun exposure. I also like to make sure to carry special sunscreen for my lips and eye area wheter I am at the beach or in the snow. And make sure you take hair conditioner because the heat or cold will dry it out.




We are headed to Mexico in December and I will definitely be taking my AVEENO® Positively Radiant products when I go. We are headed to a beach resort so I will have to deal with sun, wind and chlorine. My face will thank me though because I will continue my beauty routine the whole time we are there!



You should check out the AVEENO® Positively Radiant collection if you are traveling this year or if you just want to start a wonderful skin routine. If you want to win a collection of AVEENO® Positively Radiant products, enter below! 



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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pete's Dragon Giant Giveaway!!

Petes Dragon Poster

Disney's reimagined Pete's Dragon hits theaters everywhere on August 12th and to help celebrate a group of bloggers has put together an amazing prize pack for you! One lucky reader will win the following:
Pete's Dragon Giveaway
Synopsis
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar winner Robert Redford(“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

PETE’S DRAGON flies into theaters everywhere on August 12th!

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Pete's Dragon Coloring Sheets!! Opens August 12!

This movie was one of my favorites growing up! I can't wait to see the remake! It looks just as good and stars two of my favorites: Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford!!

And, of course, I have coloring sheets for the kiddos! Just click on the image and print! These are great before the kids go back to school!! Enjoy!











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PETE’S DRAGON flies into theatres everywhere on August 12th!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Master Lock Gears Up for Back to School + GIVEAWAY!


It's Back to School time and it's time to get the kiddos ready for the school year. Besides the usual school supplies, you should think about other supplies kids might need to get back into the swing of school.

Master Lock has you covered though. Kids need to secure their items as well. Backpacks, Lockers and much more. Master Lock also has a variety of products to do so.


For The Locker – A new school year can bring new worries, but don’t let your locker be one for you or your child.
· Lock up your locker with the Master Lock 4400D Indoor Bluetooth Padlock which turns your phone or any Bluetooth-enabled device into a key.
· Equally innovative, the 1500iD Speed Dial Set-Your-Own Combination Lock opens with a combination of directional movements, is easy to use and comes in four vibrant color options (red, purple, blue and black). Perfect for younger kids who don’t have Smartphones yet!

For The Backpack – Your child’s backpack may include important school documents, personal information, homework and valuable items, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and money. It is important to ensure protection if items are left unattended.
· Master Lock 1550DAST Backpack Lock or Master Lock 1548DCM Set Your Own Combination Padlock creates an added layer of protection that will help deter possible theft and give you and your child one less thing to worry about.

For The College-Goers – For those living on college campuses, it is necessary to take the extra safety precautions to ensure that your valuables are safe and secure.
· Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace keeps your cell phone, money, keys, jewelry, credit cards or other small valuables secure while on campus or away from your belongings.
· SentrySafe PL048E Portable Laptop Safe is perfect for those who are living in a dorm or apartment for the added security for your laptop when you are not there.

I received the Portable Laptop Safe to review. It is perfect for home use or for the college student. The safe is great to place valuables. Because it has a tethering cord, you can put it in your home, office or dorm room and tether it to a secure location. The digital lock makes it secure. If you forget the combination, you can use the keys.


The safe is padded and large enough to fit a full size laptop. It is big enough to fit 2 laptops. I will be using this when we leave town and have to secure our laptops. Last year we were robbed and if we had this safe our laptops might have been spared. The steel construction makes it heavy duty and it also has a carrying handle. I highly recommend it.


Master Lock also has a some tips to keep your kids safe this Back to School Season:

· Familiarize Yourself With Your School: Your first day in a new environment can be overwhelming. If possible, head to campus or your school building prior to the first day of classes and find your classroom, test your route to class and explore the campus or facility. It’s important to learn the buildings’ exits, emergency protocol and evacuation plans and the location of the nurse’s office or school health center so you can be prepared for the unexpected.

· Use a Trusted Locker Lock: Perfect for lockers, Master Lock’s innovative, technology-based Indoor Bluetooth Padlock (4400D) is operated by a Smartphone versus a combination or physical key. Not only does the product appeal to tech-savvy students but also to parents who are concerned about their child forgetting their locker lock’s combination. The product has an award-winning design and is feature-rich, allowing authorized users to control their padlocks, monitor the padlock’s activity and share digital keys. Equally innovative, the 1500iD Speed Dial™ Set-Your-Own Combination Lock which opens with a combination of directional movements, is easy to use and comes in four vibrant color options (red, purple, blue and black).

· Secure Your School Supplies: School bags and gym bags include important school documents, personal information, homework and valuable items, such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and money. Attach the easy-to-use Master Lock 1550DAST Backpack Lock, which comes in four bold colors to help identify your bag. Or, use the versatile Master Lock 1548DCM Set Your Own Combination Padlock. This added layer of protection will help deter possible theft and provide peace of mind so you can worry less about your belongings and focus on enjoying the school year and extra-curricular activities.

· Add Safety Precautions to New Living Quarters: For those living on college campuses, dorm living is an adjustment. While it may be fun to pop in and out of your neighbor’s room to study or watch TV, it’s important to remember that all your possessions, such as electronics, remain in your dorm room even when you are not. Keep your valuables securely stored to help protect against theft and other vulnerabilities. For smaller electronics and other valuables, such as cell phones and MP3s, use the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace portable mini safe and for your laptop, consider the SentrySafe PL048E Portable Laptop Safe.


For more back-to-school safety tips, visit the Master Lock website or connect with Master Lock on social via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.


When you are back to school shopping this season, don't forget to buy a few Master Lock items to keep property secure and safe for a wonderful Back to School experience!

If you want to win a Master Lock 1550DAST Backpack Lock, enter below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads with Fresh Flavors of Summer + Giveaway! #WoodFired #NationalWatermelonDay

I received an Applebee's card to review the Wood Fired Grill Salads. Opinions are 100% my own.


During summer there is nothing better than eating light. I stop making making rich and heavy foods and opt for salads and grilled meats. Because Tom is on a low fat diet, we eat a lot more salads and I incorporate salads into our dinners. It gets tiring though because my salads are good but not creative. Luckily, I was able to try the new Applebee’s® Unveils Wood Fired Grill Salads. Not only did they give me ideas for my own salads but they were delicious!



Starting at $8.99 at participating restaurants, the new Wood Fired Grill Salad lineup includes:
· NEW Southwestern Steak Salad: Hand-Cut Wood Fired USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak paired with chimichurri, pico de gallo, corn and black bean salsa, cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a creamy house-made cilantro ranch dressing. 
· NEW Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad: Mixed greens, cucumbers, feta, almonds and house-made creamy mint-Greek yogurt dressing. Also available with Spicy Blackened Chicken. 
· NEW Spicy Blackened Grilled Chicken, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad: Mixed greens, pickled in-house red onions, cilantro leaves and house-made champagne vinaigrette. 
· NEW Crispy Chicken ‘N Spicy Cornbread Salad: Mixed greens, made-in-house jalapeno cornbread croutons, grape tomatoes, shredded cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk dressing.

With National Watermelon Day (August 3rd) coming up, Applebee’s® Wood Fired Grill Salads are the best way to enjoy watermelon in all its glory. We went to Applebee’s® to try the new salads. I tried the new Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp salad but with chicken. I prefer chicken and I loved I could switch out the proteins on these salads. Hubby tried the Southwestern Steak salad.


The Southwestern Steak salad was really delicious. The steak was tender. It was filled with delicious corn and black beans. The chimichurri was flavorful and spicy. And the cilantro dressing pulled it all together. I need to have that cilantro dressing recipe. Hubby loved it and the next time I go, I am ordering it for me so I don't have to steal from him.


The Grilled Watermelon with chicken was so good. The chicken was juicy and moist which is hard to do because chicken breast on the grill can get dry. I love watermelon! The watermelon gave he salad a fresh taste. The mint-Greek yogurt dressing was light and refreshing. The cucumbers and feta brought it all together.


I will definitely be back to try the rest of the salads. These make a great dinner option for anyone in the family. Not only are they more healthful but are perfect for summer. And I excited about the grilled watermelon because it is one of my favorite foods since I was a little girl. When we went camping, we have always had grilled watermelon. It brings me back to my childhood.



Also, from July 20 – August 3 you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Applebee’s by submitting your favorite salad recipe via Applebee’s Twitter or Instagram using the #WoodFired hashtag or your best #WatermelonSmile (using the fruit to make a smiley face). Enter because you need to go try these salads! So GO ENTER!!! 

And if you want to win a $75 e-gift certificate to Applebee’s® to try the new Wood Fired Salads, then enter below!!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.