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Apr 30, 2013

#SmoothBlogger updates, Big Daddy style

I am participating in a campaign as a Smooth Fitness Ambassador and will be reviewing a treadmill from Smooth Fitness in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts/opinions expressed are always my own.
I wanted to update you all on my hubby's progress ever since he started his "Smooth Fitness" way of life. He has worked so hard to make sure he fits in some time in his crazy, busy schedule to get a jog or run in on the treadmill, even if it means getting up at 5:00 AM! So far he lost 6 pounds in the first 6 weeks but gained back 3 pounds. I think it was a combination of holiday festivities and stress eating that did it. He knew that it was time to get serious again.
He had to regroup and go back to eating leaner and cleaner. Thankfully, he was able to lose the 3 pounds he gained and even lost 2 more. I have to say that Dwayne really surprises me with his food choices. He is not one to eat anything he knows nothing about or sounds too trendy. One of his latest favorites (mine as well) is fat-free Greek yogurt with organic granola.

He even requests vegetarian meals and NO rice. Now that one is shocking! He can tell if he has gone a couple days without exercising on the treadmill because it shows clearly through his mood and sleep habits. Dwayne has a goal of being under 200 pounds so there is a lot of work to be done. He has 30 pounds to go right now and the whole family is cheering him on. We will celebrate his 40th birthday at the end of June on the beach so he has his work cut out for him! I will let you all know how far he gets in the next few weeks. 

Be sure to check out Smooth Fitness on the web, Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their line of treadmills and elliptical machines. 
Shelly, Mom Files
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#ZzzQuilNight for a better night's rest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZzzQuil for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
There is a new product out from the makers of Vick’s NyQuil and DayQuil called ZzzQuil . ZzzQuil was made specifically to help aid in occasional sleeplessness, not colds. This is perfect since my husband occasionally has trouble falling asleep at a reasonable hour. His days are so full with his job, college classes, homework and family time. Let’s not forget his duties around the house like grass cutting, fixing things and numerous other things. You would think he would be completely passed out the moment his head hits the pillow with all of that! Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case for him. He becomes so over tired that he can’t fall asleep. This leads to him being up for sometimes hours after I have fallen asleep and he ends up flipping channels on the television or tosses and turns. That makes for an uncomfortable night for us both! He was happy to test out the ZzzQuil for himself to see if that would help.
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We received a bottle of the liquid version in a warming berry flavor. He liked the flavor and said it was like tasting a more pleasant, fruity version of NyQuil or DayQuil with a hint of warmth. He was very happy to see how quickly the ZzzQuil made him go to sleep and stay down uninterrupted. He didn't feel groggy when he woke up either. This was good news since that was a problem with some other sleep aids he has tried in the past. We are pleased with this product and plan to purchase it in the future if needed. If you have difficulty sleeping, you should give ZzzQuil a try! If you try out ZzzQuil for yourself, be sure to tweet using the hashtag #ZzzQuilNight and also stay connected to ZzzQuil by liking their Facebook page.
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Apr 27, 2013

Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover {Review & Giveaway}

I received a bottle of one of the newest products from the Soft Scrub family called Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Gel Cleaner. It is made for tile, grout, showers and bath tubs.
The gel formula is made to cling to surfaces to penetrate and remove though stains without any harsh fumes or overspray. I actually really like how it sprays. It is thick enough to cling but thin enough to spray easily. 
It does not have those harsh bleach fumes like most mold and mildew removing cleaners. This makes for a much more pleasant cleaning experience. I like using the stream spray to pinpoint those small cracks that mildew likes to grow in the bathroom. It leaves behind a bright clean that makes me happy.

Would you like to try this cleaner out for yourself? 3 Momfiles readers will win a coupon each good for one FREE bottle of Soft Scrub cleaner. Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on May 13, 2013. Three winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email to claim prize. Please leave a valid email address in the event you are selected as a winner. Please follow giveaway rules or all entries will be disqualified. Momfiles is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!

I received a FREE product for review purposes. All opinions are as always, completely my own. 
Shelly, Mom Files
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Running Out? Run In! is back at Publix {$25 Gift Card Giveaway}

It happens way too often. We think we have extra items in our pantry, bathroom or laundry room and we realize that we are all out! It's such a pain when you run out of the things you use the most, isn't it?
From May 15th  through May 22nd , look for the “Running Out? Run In.” event at Publix® to take advantage of great savings on some of your favorite brands from General Mills and Procter & Gamble, like Wheaties, Totino’s, Charmin and Crest.  Plus, if you buy $30 of participating* items from 5/15 through 5/31, you can mail in to receive a $10 Publix® gift card to use on your next shopping trip!  (For more details on this great rebate, please visit www.runningoutrunin.com) 

*Participating products: Wheaties®, Cascadian Farm®, Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch and Total® Whole Grain Cereal (assorted varieties); Hamburger Helper® and Suddenly Salad® (assorted varieties); Totino’s® Party Pizza (assorted varieties); Totino’s® Pizza Rolls (40ct, assorted varieties); Yoplait® Light Yogurt with Granola (assorted varieties); Yoplait® Go-Gurt (8ct pkg 2.25oz, assorted varieties); Gain Laundry Detergent (100oz, assorted varieties); Dawn® Dish Detergent (20-24oz bottle, assorted varieties); Charmin® Basic Bathroom Tissue (12 double roll pkg, assorted varieties); Bounty® Dura Towel and Bounty® Paper Towels (1 King Roll, 1 Big Roll); Crest® Toothpaste (8.2 oz) + Oral-B Indicator & Complete Manual Brush (1ct) assorted varieties; Herbal Essences® (6.0 -10.7oz, assorted varieties) and Vidal Sassoon Shampoo/Conditioner (12oz, assorted varieties) 

I know for a fact that I will be taking advantage of this offer and plan to stock up on Bounty paper towels, Gain laundry detergent, Cascadian Farm cereal and Crest toothpaste. As a matter of fact, we are almost out of toothpaste in all of our bathrooms in my home. One nice thing about shopping at Publix is that you can be able to get all that you need and be in and out!
Would you like to take advantage of this deal? Publix and MyBlogSpark are providing a $25 for me to give away to one very lucky Momfiles reader. Enter below:
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This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on May 12, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email to claim prize. Please leave a valid email address in the event you are selected as a winner. Please follow giveaway rules or all entries will be disqualified. Momfiles is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!

*I received a prize pack, information, and giveaway that have been provided by General Mills and Publix® through MyBlogSpark.
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Apr 26, 2013

New French's Flavor Infuser Marinades, Just in time for BBQ season!


As part of a promotional program with The Mommy Factor (http://www.mommyfactor.net/) and French’s, I receive product samples for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Views
expressed are always 100% my own.


The temperatures are finally starting to warm up and barbecue season is kicking off. French's, the mustard company we have known for many years, has come out with a new product that is perfect for grilling season. Introducing French's Flavor Infuser Marinades. I received a couple of these marinades to test out in my kitchen.
The marinade is uniquely packaged in a tube complete with an infuser tip made to penetrate your meat to distribute the flavors from within. I tried the Zesty Italian flavor first on some chicken drumsticks. The product is very easy to use. All you do is remove the seal, replace the infuser tip, press the infuser tip into your meat and squeeze lightly in different spots. 
It was very easy to do and I squeezed some of the remaining marinade on the outside of my chicken. Because I did a small amount of chicken, there was still enough marinade left for a few more pieces. I will have to keep that in mind when I use the next one since these are intended for one time use. I let it sit for the 10 minutes recommended on the package.

I was not able to grill my chicken so I did the next best thing, roasted it in a cast iron pan on the convection setting of my oven. It came out nice and brown and my family enjoyed how juicy and flavorful the chicken tasted.
I think this product is perfect for at-home cookouts, camping, beach-side cooking or even to travel if you are staying in a place with a kitchen. The marinade contains enough flavor that eliminates the need to add anything else. This makes for a very quick and easy process. French's Flavor Infuser Marinades come in 4 flavors and can be found on the marinade aisle of your grocery store and can be used on a variety of proteins.

For more information about French's Flavor Infuser Marinades, check out their website and stay connected to Facebook for recipes, tips and product information.
Shelly, Mom Files
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Apr 23, 2013

Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray Review #spon

I love to clean. I know most people would say that I'm crazy, but I really do enjoy it. I find cleaning to be therapeutic when I have too much on my mind. Being a busy mom of 3, I ALWAYS have too much on my mind! I received a bottle of Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray to try out in my home. I am a long time Lysol product user and was excited about this particular item. Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray is a powerful cleaner without the harshness of bleach, and can be used on many surfaces throughout the home.The hydrogen peroxide formula releases thousands of micro bubbles that penetrate to dissolve grease and soap scum. The first place I tested it out on was in my bathroom in the tub. I use very moisturizing products in the shower, so they tend to leave a residue behind. I sprayed some of the Power & Free cleaner on a small area and let it sit for about 30 seconds. It had a very light, mild scent. I was able to wipe the dirt and grime off completely and didn't even have to scrub hard. I ended up cleaning my entire tub quickly without the harsh chemical odor that I am used to with bathroom cleaners.
Here are some product facts about Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray:

Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria.**
Use this product to clean household areas, kitchen, and bathroom.
No harsh chemical residue.
No gloves, masks, or protective eye wear needed.
Available in two fresh scents: Citrus Sparkle Zest and Oxygen Splash.
*On tough grease and soap scum.
**When used as directed.

Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria.**
Use this product to clean household areas, kitchen, and bathroom.
No harsh chemical residue.
No gloves, masks, or protective eye wear needed.
Available in two fresh scents: Citrus Sparkle Zest and Oxygen Splash.
*On tough grease and soap scum.
**When used as directed.
  • Kills 99.9% of viruses & bacteria.**
  • Use this product to clean household areas, kitchen, and bathroom.
  • No harsh chemical residue.
  • No gloves, masks, or protective eye wear needed.
  • Available in two fresh scents: Citrus Sparkle Zest and Oxygen Splash.
I have used Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray in my bathrooms, kitchen and also to clean down my son's play areas. I feel good about using a product that is safe around my family and kills germs and bacteria in the process. To learn more about  Lysol Power & Free Multi Purpose Spray, visit Lysol and the web and "like" them on Facebook.

*On tough grease and soap scum.
**When used as directed.

*On tough grease and soap scum.
**When used as directed.
Lysol® Power & Free uses the cleaning power of a hydrogen peroxide formula for a powerful clean with no bleach harshness! This helps ensure you don’t have to make sacrifices while cleaning, such as opening all the windows or ushering the kids and pets out of the room. Lysol® Power & Free will help you break free from your ordinary cleaning routine- it’s a powerful clean that’s family friendly!
What do you love about a clean home? One of my readers will win a bottle of Lysol® Power & Free Multi Purpose cleaner to try in their own home! Comment below to be entered to win!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules

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Apr 22, 2013

We got a moss ball!

Did  you see this post last week? If so, then this post will make sense to you. I got a moss ball for the fish tank. It is so nice to see the pretty glass pebbles instead of that icky algae. If the moss balls weren't $8 each, I would have gotten about 3. We will see how it goes. So far all of the fish haven't bothered it and it looks cool. It reminds me of a felt ball. Let's hope it helps to keep the algae out of the tank :) 
Do you have any experience with moss balls?
Shelly, Mom Files
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One Life To Live is coming back!

I found out in recent months that One Life To Live is coming back! I remember when the show was cancelled and how devastated me and my daughters were. We even had a OLTL going away watch party. The series premiere will come out on Monday April 29th on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.

In this new "Catch Up" clip, beloved One Life to Live character Victoria "Viki" Lord takes you back to Llanview to relive the drama of the previous seasons all over again.

Here is a sneak peek of what's in store for the new OLTL season. The cast is a lot younger with reoccurring roles by High School Musical's Corbin Bleu and Jersey Shore's JWoww. There's even a guest appearance by Snoop Dogg, so this season's definitely going to be great! I am looking forward to seeing some of the past characters as well. I can't wait to find out the latest happenings in good ole Llanview!
  
Shelly, Mom Files
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Apr 19, 2013

Smooth Fitness treadmill panel demo #SmoothBlogger #spon

It has been a couple of months since we have had our Smooth Fitness treadmill and we are all still enjoying the benefits of it. Every time we drive by our old gym, we talk about how glad we are not having to fork over all that money each month. Lately, the entire family has been busier than usual, with end of the school year things going on as well as work, college and family functions. Thankfully we all can squeeze even 10 minutes in as often as we can to get a quick workout in. When you have an at-home gym, there should be no excuses! Honestly, if I don't get at least 5 workouts in a week, I don't feel like myself. My body has gotten conditioned to exercise and when I finish a workout, my mood improves and my energy level elevates.

I wanted to share a short video to show you how easy the treadmill is to use. As a matter of fact, I think I said at least 6 times in the video how easy and user-friendly it is  :-) 




I will be posting my husband's progress next week. Stay tuned!

Be sure to check out Smooth Fitness on the web, Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in a campaign as a Smooth Fitness Ambassador and will be reviewing a treadmill from Smooth Fitness in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts/opinions expressed are always my own.

Shelly, Mom Files
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Apr 18, 2013

New Brioche French Toast at IHOP


IHOP®, the restaurant known for “Everything you love about breakfast” is introducing its latest breakfast innovation: Brioche French Toast.

These thick-cut slices of rich round brioche bread are soaked in a lightly-sweetened vanilla batter and grilled to a delicate warm golden crispiness that is perfectly ready to layer with three flavorful varieties of toppings: Bananas Foster, Berry Berry and Peaches & Cream, will be in restaurants beginning April 15th.

“We’re delighted to bring our guests the next generation of French Toast,” said Natalia Franco, Senior Vice President, Marketing, International House of Pancakes, LLC. “They have been coming to IHOP restaurants for years because they know no one makes French Toast like IHOP restaurants can, and they love the way we continually find ways to surprise and delight them. Our new Brioche French Toast is unlike any they’ve ever tasted—it will delight our French Toast fans--and create new ones!”

Brioche French Toast comes in three delicious and distinctively new flavors:

Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast comes with a New Orleans Foster’s sauce made with sliced bananas, caramelized in a buttery brown sugar glaze, and whipped topping.



Berry Berry Brioche French Toast layers blueberries and strawberry topping with a luscious dusting of powdered sugar and whipped topping.



Peaches & Cream Brioche French Toast combines sweetened sliced peaches, honey-roasted pecans and vanilla cream drizzle with a dollop of whipped topping.

Guests may enjoy three slices of Brioche French Toast alone, as a delicious indulgent treat, or as part of an IHOP Combo, with two eggs, done the way they like them, optional choice of crispy bacon, pork sausage links or a grilled ham slice, along with IHOP restaurants, signature golden hash browns.

For more information or to find an IHOP restaurant near you, please visit www.ihop.com.  Follow IHOP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ihop.


Shelly, Mom Files
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NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND WALGREENS PROVIDE FREE HEALTH TESTS TO COLUMBIA AREA URBAN AND MINORITY COMMUNITIES WITH WAY TO WELL HEALTH TOUR

If you live in Columbia, South Carolina, this is some great information for yourself or to pass along to someone in need...

For a seventh consecutive year, National Urban League and Walgreens are partnering for the Way to Well Tour to provide free health screenings to Columbia residents. The national tour will provide free health resources to residents in urban and minority communities who experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. The service is free and insurance will not be billed.

“Way to Well reflects our commitment to disease prevention and to improving everyday health through education and early detection. With the NUL, the nationwide traveling health tour is one way we deliver on our pledge to improve lives by providing underserved communities greater access to the resources they need.” said John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “We also thank our customers for supporting this cause with us, and ultimately making this important wellness services program a reality by simply purchasing our brand.”
The Way to Well Health Tour is partially funded by consumers who support the Walgreens wellness services mission by purchasing Walgreens brand health and wellness products. Beginning February 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens brand health and wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventive wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund®.

The national tour will provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services to residents in urban and minority communities who experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. The service is free and insurance will not be billed. Tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight.

Collectively, the health tests valued at over $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants will consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. Consumers are encouraged to report their results to their doctor or health care provider so they may discuss any concerns with them.

In addition to critical screenings uninsured visitors will receive vouchers for free flu shots redeemable at any Walgreens Take Care Clinic. Also available with the tour are educational health and wellness resources provided by NUL as well as Walgreens Way to Well cause partners: American Heart Association (AHA), American Cancer Society (ACS), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The tour will be making the following stops in the Columbia area:

Thursday, April 18th – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
South Carolina State House
1100 Sumter St
Columbia, SC 29201

Friday, April 19th – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Walgreens
4467 Devine St
Columbia, SC 29205

Saturday, April 20th – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Walgreens
423 W Main St
Lexington, SC 29072

Sunday, April 21th – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Walgreens
7801 Garners Ferry Rd
Columbia, SC 29209

Thursday, April 25th – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Walgreens
1223 St Andrews Rd
Columbia, SC 29210

Friday, April 26th – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Walgreens
1903 S Lake Dr
Lexington, SC 29073

Saturday, April 27th – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Walgreens
1010 Old Barnwell Rd
West Columbia, SC 29170

Monday, April 29th – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Walgreens
2224 Augusta Rd
West Columbia, SC 29169

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,840 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems,
pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
About the National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. For more information, visit: www.nul.org


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New custom t-shirt from Dress United

I was so lucky to receive a custom t-shirt from Dress United to review. When I went on their site to order it, my first thought was, "Will they have the cut I like?" I am very particular when it comes to t-shirts. I only like a fitted v-neck style. Lucky for me, they offered that and several other styles. I went with Classic Girly Tee because the description said that they tend to fit a size smaller.
I initially wanted the purple but was afraid that my logo was going to have white spots where the "o" and "e" were. It turns out that it only looked that way on the website and they correct it when they print your shirt. It took me about 5 minutes from beginning to end to order my shirt. Honestly, I think it took that long because I couldn't decide on a color! The Dress United website is so user friendly.

I am pleased with the shirt overall. The material was soft and the fit was just right. As an almost 40 year old woman, I appreciated the longer cut as well. I have ordered shirts before that I felt barely covered the top of my pants. I want to order a couple more in different colors for the spring/summer. What do you think of it?
Right now, if you place an order from Dress United, you can receive a discount of 30% off plus free shipping in the US. Go here and use the code: BLOG30OFF4U. These tees are a great marketing tool for your blog, business or organization.
Shelly, Mom Files
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Apr 11, 2013

You learn something new every day

You are probably looking at this photo and saying, "What in the world?" Looks pretty crazy. An Outback Steakhouse bag as a decoration? Is this a new trend?
Actually, it is a makeshift fix for a pesky problem we have been trying to resolve.  Behind the bag is William's fish tank. We went into the pet store a few days ago to purchase a couple algae eaters and some algae removing stuff. The gravel and ornaments in the tank were slowly getting covered in algae and we knew we had to do something soon. After getting our fish and water treatment, we headed over to the check-out counter.  The cashier asked me if I was trying to get rid of algae in a fish tank. I told her yes and she politely asked if I would like to hear some advice. I accepted and listened. She was very animated and seemed to know her stuff. She suggested some non-chemical methods for me to try and see if they would work. She explained the ins and outs of algae and asked me how often I turn on the light in the aquarium. I told her I had a day and night light and that I run it 24/7. Well.... she told me that was what my problem was. Too much light has been feeding the algae and allowing it to grow. OOPS! That explained it all right there!

She went on to tell me what steps to take. Of course the obvious thing was to turn the light off. She said to only run it at night, maybe 6-8 hours. Next she suggested that I cover the tank in a blanket for 3-5 days without any light and see if that kills the algae. No lie, I looked at her 10 kinds of crazy. A blanket? She told me that if that didn't work then my other option was a moss ball. I noticed them around the store, but didn't know what they were. Here is an example of what a moss ball looks like:
They are supposed to absorb nitrates and prevent algae. Her last bit of advice was to use a chemical although she was against it. I decided to try her blanket idea... hence the Outback bag. Guess what? Blocking all the light for 3 days now has stopped the algae from growing and it is almost all gone! I plan to remove the bag tomorrow and will purchase a moss ball this weekend. I wish I could remember the young lady's name or face so I could thank her for her wonderful advice! I just love home remedies and I certainly learned a whole lot in the process :) 
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Apr 8, 2013

My latest food obsession, Yum Yum sauce

It is not unusual for me to get on these crazy food kicks where I find something I like and end up eating it like it's going to no longer be available. My husband would love to tell those stories! My recent foodie find is Yum Yum sauce. I have had it several times at my favorite Asian eatery and I can't get enough of it. I found it in Kroger by accident the other day and although it was a bit pricey ($4.29) I just had to have it. It came in regular and spicy. I wanted spicy, but figured I would see if the rest of the family would like it too.
You can put it on all kinds of food--- steak, chicken, seafood, veggies, salads and pretty much anything you like. I tried some out in a wrap today and it was pure perfection!
For those of you wondering what it tastes like, it is almost like a kicked up mayo with a saucy, dressingy type of consistency and a tangy sweet taste. I will be getting the spicy next time. Even the husband called me up from work and told me that the Yum Yum sauce "set off" his wrap I sent him for lunch.

Have you tried Yum Yum sauce before?
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New Cascadian Farm Crunchy Granola Bars from Publix {$25 gift card giveaway}

The great taste of Cascadian Farm granola bars are now available in a crunchy variety in oats & honey and peanut butter flavor at Publix supermarkets. Cascadian Farm is organic and uses 9 or fewer pantry ingredients per bar. They have the perfect balance of sweetness and crunch and are a convenient and healthier snack choice. They are perfect for lunch boxes, emergency purse snacks, pre or post workout snack or even crumbled on top of Greek yogurt.
Publix carries a wide variety of Cascadian Farm foods including granola bars, cereal, frozen items like fruit and vegetables, potatoes and more. My local Publix has the Cascadian Farm crunchy granola bars on sale for 2 for $5. That is a great deal! I grabbed 2 boxes to have on reserve for the kids lunchboxes and for after school.

One Momfiles reader will win a gift pack containing 4 Cascadian Farm Crunchy granola bars (2 oats & honey and 2 peanut butter) as well as a $25 Publix gift card. Enter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will end on April 22, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email to claim prize. Please leave a valid email address in the event you are selected as a winner. Please follow giveaway rules or all entries will be disqualified. Momfiles is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck! 

The information, products and General Mills gift pack were provided by General Mills and Publix® through MyBlogSpark.
Shelly, Mom Files

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Apr 4, 2013

Chili Lemon Pistachios from Sincerely Nuts, YES please!

Since me and my husband have been eating healthier foods and getting our exercise in regularly, we have had to be very creative with our snack choices. One of our favorite go-to snacks is fruit or nuts. I received a bag of Sincerely Nuts pistachios in chili lemon flavor to try out. My first impression was, "Wow, those are some HUGE nuts!" I don't think I have ever seen such big pistachios before. They were packaged in a heavy-duty, sealed plastic bag with a zipper closure for freshness.
I popped open the first nut and tasted it. I liked the subtle chili lemon flavor with a not too salty bite. The nut itself had that natural sweetness that pistachios normally have. I then end up tasting almost 1/4 of the bag! They are hands-down the best tasting and highest quality pistachios I have ever eaten! Even my husband loved them and he is not into flavors besides lightly salted or unsalted.
Some facts about Sincerely Nuts Pistachios:

They are cholesterol free, a good source of dietary fiber and protein, they are gluten-free and do not contain trans-fats. Sincerely Nuts provide the best grown pistachios that have no additives or preservatives as well.
Sincerely Nuts offers many varieties of Premium nuts, seeds, dried fruits, snacks and more. Right now through Aril 26th, Momfiles' readers can receive a special discount of 10% off any purchase of $40 or more using the code: MOMF10

We really enjoyed these pistachios and we think you will too! Sincerely Nuts products are great to have delivered to your home or as a gift for friends, family or business-related connections. Join Sincerely Nuts on Facebook and Twitter for product information and discounts.

I received a product sample for review purposes. All thoughts/opinions are my own as always. 
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Apr 2, 2013

New Post-It Mobile keeps you organized, on-the-go!

Being a homemaking, mother of 3 keeps me on-the-go at all times. Now that I think about it, my entire family is always scattered all over the place... school, work, college, activities, travel and more. We try our best to stay as organized as possible. When the school year started, I purchased planners for all of us. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to scheduling, labeling and sorting things. I was thrilled when I received the entire line of Post-It Mobile products to review. Post-It really came up with some neat ideas for busy people like myself. I was really impressed with the selection and the versatility behind this line.
Post-it Mobile products are designed be attached to items you carry like notebooks, binders, laptops, book bags, cases and more. I love that I can attach tabs to my planner so that I can keep track of the most important tasks by color. 
All you do it peel off the backing from the sticky surface. I added these cute tabs on the back of my planner so I always have them on hand when I take it to-go in my purse. 
My husband loves the convenience of having Post-It notes and tabs that are attach to his book bag for when he goes to his night college class. He gets a lot of use out of them with those enormous books he studies from!
One of my favorites is the assorted tabs and notes that fit into binders. I have this one in my family bill binder and if I need to take the binder in the carpool line to do some quick updates, I have my Post-It Mobile items already in there! Oh and even better for the carpool line, they have a clip-on portable Post-It note holder that attaches to your visor. Oh man, I just had a nerd moment!
Check out this neat highlighter with tabs and pen in one! It clips onto most anything and would be especially good at the office. It is even great for students since it can easily be attached to a lanyard.
Post-It even has attach & go pockets that fit on your laptop or the back of your tablet or planner to hold important things like business cards, documents and more. The whole family fought over picked out what they needed the most and I can see them being a great benefit for our busy lives. It's also a great way for me to use the color-coded tabs for my blog post scheduling and giveaways.

You can find out more about Post-It Mobile and Post-It products on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I really love their Pinterest page for all the great ideas on organization. You have to check them out!

I received free products samples in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own as always. 
Shelly, Mom Files
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