Naturade VeganSmart Nutritional Shakes

Naturade VeganSmart Nutritional Shakes

I had gastric bypass surgery almost five years ago, so that means that protein supplements are a part of my daily routine. Since I need a minimum of 60 grams of protein per day, but have a much smaller stomach than the average person, I turn to protein powder for the majority of my protein needs. One protein powder I recently tried is Naturade’s VeganSmart Nutritional Shake, and of all of the protein powders I’ve tried, theirs are among the better ones in terms of taste and amount of protein in a serving.

Naturade VeganSmart Smoothies

Naturade VeganSmart Nutritional Shakes are available in chocolate, vanilla, and even chai! One serving of VeganSmart — two scoops of powder — offers 20 grams of plant-based protein, as well as 22 individual vitamins and minerals, plus 6 grams of fiber, and a nice boost in probiotics and digestive enzymes.

In terms of the amount of protein offered in a serving, Naturade’s VeganSmart offers a decent amount. Taste-wise, while I found the vanilla to be a little too sweet for my liking, the chocolate and chai flavors were spot-on, and quite delicious. These are definitely protein powders I would recommend, especially for health-conscious individuals who prefer plant-based protein and vegan-friendly ingredients.

You can purchase Naturade VeganSmart Nutritional Shakes in 22.75 ounce containers for $34.99. Follow Naturade on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Rating: ★★★★★

Disclosure: 4Sponsor & Naturade provided me with free products in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Give the gift of fun & education with an electronic keyboard

My son’s eighth birthday is this Saturday, and Christmas is only a little over five months away. What does this mean? Well, for me personally, it means that it’s time to start Christmas shopping. I know July is rather early as well as cliche, but the earlier you start, the more time you have to come up with gift ideas, hunt down must-haves and ingenious ideas, and make the money required to pay for them all. ;)

One gift worth considering this year is an electronic keyboard. These awesome keyboards offer hours of entertainment for children as well as adults, they encourage imagination, and they can help from an educational standpoint with learning music and musical composition. I had an electronic keyboard when I was a child and I absolutely loved it – and I’m not even that musically inclined! I can only imagine what a musically talented child or adult could do with an electronic keyboard.


 

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

Nail Polish Canada, a company who sells all sorts of nail polishes and nail care products, is partnering with bloggers to offer up an amazing prize to one winner: 200 nail polishes! How it works is simple: participating bloggers pick the polishes that will be included in the giveaway! I chose NCLA’s Sugar Fix. Enter to win that a bunch of other nail polishes in the Rafflecopter below!

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{GIVEAWAY} Fix Noseblindness with Febreze

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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Noseblindness is 100% real. The word was coined to represent the undeniable and very much scientific fact that we become acclimated to the smell of our home, vehicle, and belongings. Febreze defines noseblind as:

The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them (even though their guests do).

Noseblindness is a combination of physiological, psychological, and sociological responses to odor, and simply just being in the same environment the vast majority of the time. Cooking with strongly-scented ingredients (such as garlic, onions, or fish) or having pets (such as several cats or even one dog) can lead to undesirable odors in your home that you yourself may not necessarily notice, even though your guests do.

I firmly believe in the theory of noseblindness. Our household is called home not just by four humans, but by six cats (and two large litter boxes!), a dog, and several tanked critters. Whenever it rains, or whenever we’ve been away from home for more than a couple of hours, upon entering a room in our home (especially the living room or kitchen) it’s very apparent that we are, well, pet owners. We clean and organize on a regular basis, but there are still smells in your home that simply won’t go away. You can, however, stay on top of existing and potential odors by treating the sources (such as cooking with strongly-scented foods on only rare occasions or when the windows are open; and using behavioral modification to work with stubborn pets who don’t always use the litter box), and by using air fresheners that don’t just add a good scent, but eliminate the bad ones as well.

Febreze Air Effects (Meadows & Rain)Febreze offers several great odor eliminating and air freshening products, including the four they sent to me for review:


All four of these Febreze products have made our home smell amazing. Our living room needs the most scent-oriented TLC, since that’s where we all hang most of the time, and because our dog likes to sleep on the couch, and one of our cats has peed on one of the couch cushions on more than one occasion. We tackle odor issues as soon as we notice them, but I won’t lie: Febreze’s products, in particular the Fabric Refresher and the NOTICEables Plug-in, made a big difference. The fresh nature-inspired scent of Meadows & Rain killed the residual pet odors on our living room furniture and left behind a clean scent, and the ’round-the-clock work of the NOTICEables Plug-in in Hawaiian Aloha (my new favorite scent!) makes the entire room smell lovely.

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Febreze Air Fresheners #Noseblind

What was most noticeable (no pun intended), however, was how great of a job Febreze Air Effects and Candle did at eliminating the very-much-noticeable scent of buttery popcorn, which filled the living room while we had a movie night. We all agreed that my house smelled like, well, Jenn’s House, and then, after the movie (and two bags of popcorn), my house smelled like Jenn’s House With a Side of Popcorn. But just a few sprays of Febreze Air Effects and ten or so minutes of burning the Febreze candle was all it took to leave my house smelling fresh and serene.

Febreze Air Fresheners #Noseblind
Febreze Air Fresheners #Noseblind

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Check out all of Febreze’s products, and be sure to check out their special offers. You can follow Febreze on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Giveaway

Enter to win a Febreze Noseblindness Kit that includes Febreze Air Effects Spray, Febreze Fabric Refresher, a Febreze Candle, Febreze NOTICEables Plug-in, and a $60 American Express gift card that you can use to purchase additional Febreze products or other goodies for you or your home!

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{GIVEAWAY} Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals

Nordic Naturals is a Norway-based company that believes in the power of fish oil for overall good health. They offer a variety of fish oil supplements, as well as vitamin C supplements and comprehensive multi-vitamins.

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Why Vitamin C is so important
Vitamin C promotes immune system health, and a healthy immune system is key to fighting off infection.

Why Omega-3s are so important
Omega-3s are chock full of essential fatty acids (EFAs), which boost both physical and mental health. The body does not naturally produce EFAs, which is why it’s so important to make sure you’re getting enough of them through your diet, or with the use of nutritional supplements. Since EFAs help with cell membrane production, function, and overall health, there are some medical professionals who believe that a deficiency in EFAs can lead to neurological disorders such as hyperactivity and even autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Maintaining an appropriate level of EFAs via an Omega-3 supplement not only supports brain health, but eye health, immune system health, and give a much-needed boost to academic performance and memory retention.

Nordic Naturals News
Nordic Naturals offers a monthly newsletter, the Nordic Naturals News, and this month’s focus is on heart health. As the newsletter outlines, there are five simple ways to boost your heart health:

  1. Stick to a Mediterranean diet, which is high in whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and olive oil. This diet is low in saturated fat and free of trans-fat, as well as high in fiber.
  2. Employ moderation when indulging in alcohol and other dietary “extras”.
  3. Walk at least 10,000 steps, which is the equivalent of 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, every single day.
  4. Take an omega-3 supplement. Aim for at least 500mg per day.
  5. Identify sources of stress and find ways to reduce them, or at least improve your reaction to them.

With back-to-school season just around the corner, Nordic Naturals wants to make sure that children and their families are getting the support as well as supplies that they need! This year Nordic Naturals is running a special campaign, the Buy to Give Campaign, during which Nordic Naturals will donate a backpack full of school supplies (notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, pencils, and more) to the Kids in Need Foundation for every purchase of a featured Nordic Naturals product. These are the featured products:

The Kids in Need Foundation was started almost 20 years ago, and provides supplies and resources to over 3.6 million students and 120,000 teachers every single year. Over $550 million in school supplies have been donated to schools in need, and over $1.5 million in grant money has been awarded to teachers.

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Visit Nordic Naturals to see all of their products. Use coupon code BLOGGERB2S2014 to save 15% on any order of $25 or more (coupon expires on September 30th, 2014).
Be sure to follow Nordic Naturals on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway

Enter to win a bottle of Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Junior, a bottle of Nordic Naturals Vitamin C Gummies, a Nordic Naturals t-shirt, and a swag bag with all sorts of goodies!

Nordic Naturals

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