Fight Cravings, Boost Energy, and Accelerate Fat Loss with IdealBoost

IdealBoost products help your body to fight cravings, gain energy, and burn fat.

Something I constantly fight with is my love for sodas and sugary drinks. I recently found a company who makes drink mixes called IdealBoost, and they are great for someone who wants more energy, appetite control, and to have less sugar. Something important to me when I have drinks with little to no sugar is that they need to taste good too. IdealShape, the company who makes IdealBoost has gone through 40+ flavor revisions to get the perfect flavors for their drinks. With IdealBoost drink mixes, I’m able to have my favorite types of drinks while still satisfying my taste buds.

IdealBoost Raspberry Citrus drink mix helps with weight loss, craving control and it also boosts energy.

Craving Control

IdealBoost helps to crush cravings by providing fiber inside their drinks to help you feel fuller as well as Slendesta which is a potato protein extract that stimulates a hormone called cck ( a natural hunger blocker in your body). You can feel full up to 3 hours! I’ll be honest – I am very much a grazer, so I get hungry pretty often. I don’t feel like I stay full more than an hour or two with IdealBoost, but that’s not a major concern for me.

IdealBoost Raspberry Citrus drink mix helps with weight loss, craving control and it also boosts energy.

Energy

In IdealBoost, a blend of vitamins B3, B6, B12, Green Coffee Bean extract, caffeine and Green Tea help to provide energy while reducing body weight. I feel like rather than a buzz, I get slow and sustained energy which is great. Amazingly, there are only 5 calories in IdealBoost cold drink mixes (10 calories in the hot chocolate mix) and 0 grams of sugar!

IdealBoost Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

One thing that I really love about the drink mixes is that there are ones for both hot and cold drinks. I have a Hazelnut hot chocolate mix that contains raspberry ketones and it is so yummy! I feel like it tastes more like raspberry than Hazelnut, but it’s so creamy and flavorful.
IdealBoost Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

The last product I want to mention is IdealL-Carnitine . L-Carnitine takes fatty acids to the mitochondria of our cells which then burns it as energy. Essentially, you’re using fat as a fuel for your body. You take two of these pills with a meal or before you exercise to get the most out of it.

IdealShape Ideal-Carnitine

Over-all, I think if you are looking to reduce sweets, boost your energy, and help with weight loss, you should check out IdealShape’s products. They have a huge variety of drinks, supplements, snacks, and more.

IdealShape Products

Check out IdealShape’s website at https://www.idealshape.com/ .

Ciao!

*These products were provided free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

New Year and Healthier Habits Featuring NutriBullet

NutriBullet Smoothie

I have always loved making wholesome and yummy smoothies, raw food treats and more. The only problem is that I don’t always make huge quantities so it never really works in a regular blender — that’s where the NutriBullet comes in. I’ve used the NutriBullet for years and I love how I’m able to make drinks, treats and more with it in a snap.

NutriBullet Pro 900 Series

Something I have been wanting to accomplish this year is to make healthy smoothies for myself every morning. There’s so much goodness in fruits and veggies. I tend to have low-ish energy daily and I know that upping my intake of healthy foods and vitamins is just what my body needs. In the past, I have used both regular blenders and juicers and I feel like juicers take the fiber and goodness from my fruits and veggies and a lot of blenders don’t blend everything smoothly enough. I’m sure there are expensive blenders that do a great job, but I’m not about spending $500-$600 on a blender. The NutriBullet is a much more affordable option.

Smoothie Mix for NutriBullet

EXTRACTION

What makes the NutriBullet awesome is that it doesn’t just blend everything together — it extracts it. You can put fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and more into it and it will break down the pulp and fiber into a smooth consistency that can be absorbed easily by your body. You’re able to get the optimum amount of nutrients from whatever you put in the NutriBullet.

NutriBullet Pro 900 Series with veggies and fruits

SIZE

I currently have the NutriBullet Pro and I love it because it has a capacity of 32 oz. It fits nicely on my counter and isn’t huge and bulky. I can make small batches of smoothies and more in it or I can make a smoothie for both my husband, baby and I. The size is perfect for my smaller family. There are other options for sizes  depending on what you need. Sizes go from 24 oz all the way up to 45 oz!

NutriBullet Smoothie

SMOOTHIE RECIPES

I had to share a few favorite smoothie recipes with you! I hope you love them as much as I do.

Smoothie made with NutriBullet Pro

Berry Delightful Smoothie

  • frozen berry mixture : blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.
  • spinach
  • pineapple
  • yogurt: strawberry
  • apple juice

Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like! Blend together and enjoy.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Fresh Ripe Bananas
  • yogurt: strawberry or plain
  • Almond Milk

You can check out more about NutriBullet at their site HERE.

*This product was sent to me free of charge for an honest review from NutriBullet. All opinions are my own. 

What are your favorite smoothie combos?

Ciao!

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE #LETSGOPLACES

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

I drove the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE with my family for a week and it was pretty fun to drive. With a teething baby, getting out of the house lately is a must and we love to drive around. I like how smooth of a ride this vehicle is for all of us.  It’s not quite the size of a regular car but also not the size of a large SUV. It lies somewhere in the middle (think hatchback), which makes it a decent vehicle if you have a smaller family or are single.

Interior of the 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

So, something I have never experienced yet is the band system that the C-HR has: Continuously Variable Transmission.

“A CVT is an automatic transmission that instead of using fixed gears uses two pulleys connected by a steel band, with the diameter of one of the pulleys continually adjusting as needed to  provide an optimal gear “ratio” to transfer power to the car’s tires.”

I’ll admit, when I heard this car had CVT, I was a little nervous to drive it. After driving the city streets to run errands with my daughter and after driving through windy mountain roads, I’ve found it to be not too bad at all.
2018 Toyota C-HR XLE dash and steering wheel

SPECIAL FEATURES

-Toyota Safety Sense Pre-Collision System which can alert you if a frontal collision may occur. It may also apply brakes for you.

-Lane Departure Alert which alerts you if you have most likely veered into another lane.

-Automatic High Beams: a camera on the windshield watches for vehicles in front of you and adjusts your high or low beams according to what other driver’s cars are doing.

-Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: it uses a radar and a camera to watch the car in front of you and see what speed they are going and what distance they are from you. It adjusts your speed so you are at a safe distance of that car.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE radio setup

MORE FEATURES

Radio – The radio is today’s expected standard with touchscreen, AM/FM player, auxillary auto jack and USB 2.0 port. You can also connect your phone to it by Bluetooth if you so desire. I love that you can control the radio from the steering wheel. Something that I’d definitely love included in the C-HR is GPS. I use it quite often and it’s nice to have it on the screen in my car rather than on my phone.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior

Electric Parking Bake – This is pretty cool. You can pull up the button for the electric parking brake and it will turn on. When you push the button down, it turns off. In Utah, we use the parking brake a good amount so I love the ease of using this.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Steering Wheel Controls

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Exterior

 

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Rear View Mirror and Backup Camera

Rear View Mirror with Backup Camera – I’ve never had a backup camera in a car so this is super convenient for someone like me who doesn’t love reversing cars. The rear and back windows are pretty small so there is not much space to see where you are backing up. You definitely can reverse without aid from the backup camera but I find it helps.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior

Gas Mileage – Between my husband and I driving the C-HR for a whole week, not one full take of gas was used, which is super nice (average MPG is 29). I love the luxury of having just that little bit of a larger vehicle without the sting of a high gas bill.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE TrunkTrunk Space – I think the trunk space in the car is actually pretty decent. When I went to the grocery store I was able to fit a giant box of chips, all of my groceries and a 24 pack of sodas in there. I’ve been able to fit my stroller pretty easily in the trunk as well. I definitely think this isn’t a vehicle that you could fit a ton of luggage and other items if you were using only the trunk space. But for every day items, and a few bags, it’s perfect.

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Interior and Trunk

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Back Seat and Child's Car Seat

Lastly, as far as space goes, I’d say the Toyota C-HR is pretty spacious. I’m able to fit my one-year-old’s large, rear facing car seat pretty easily in the back seat. When I am sitting in the C-HR I have plenty of space both in the back and front seats and I am 5′ 8″.

We’ve loved taking the windy roads of the mountains, the hustling and bustling city roads and more this week in the Toyota C-HR. A special thanks to Toyota for allowing us to test it out! Definitely check it out HERE or at your local Toyota dealership.

#LETSGOPLACES

IF YOU WERE ABLE TO DRIVE THE TOYOTA C-HR FOR A WEEK, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

Ciao!

*I was able to test out the Toyota C-HR free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Re-Play Recycled: Toddler and Baby Tableware

Re-Play Recycled Plate, Fork and Sippy Cup from the Sorbet Collection

Re-Play Recycled Cups from Sorbet Collection

I have a favorite tableware company for kids, and it’s called Re-Play Recycled

Re-Play Recycled Plate, Sippy Cup and Fork from Sorbet Collection

If you’re not familiar with Re-Play Recycled, let me give you a rundown on them. They are a family-owned and family-focused company who make children’s tableware out of recycled milk jugs! It’s honestly the coolest thing. Everything they create is manufactured in the United States. To date, Re-Play Recycled has been able to save 20 MILLION milk jugs from the landfill. 

Re-Play Recycled Sorbet CollectionRe-Play Recycled Cups from Sorbet Collection

I absolutely love what this company stands for. All Replay products are free of BPA, BPS, PVC, lead, phthalates and melamine. Also, everything is sanitized with the strictest standards. To reduce their carbon footprint, Replay tries to keep travel from production to packaging very short — unlike companies who hire production in other countries. 

Close up of sectioned plate from Re-Play Recycled Sorbet Collection

What I’m Loving About Re-Play Recycled Tableware

  1. So. many. colors! Something that is great about Replay’s tableware is that there is no short of colors to choose from. You can go simple with black and white or spruce it up with bright and cheery colors.
  2. Their tableware is thick and not flimsy.
  3. An assortment of products for children: plates, bowls, cups, utensils and snack stacks.
  4. Very simple to wash.
  5. Simple to use and assemble.
  6. The price is right.
  7. Easy to find in stores and online.

Sectioned plates from Re-Play Recycled Sorbet Collection

Close up of snack containers from Re-Play Recycled Sorbet Collection

I currently have the Sorbet Collection and love it so much. It brightens up my kitchen and looks so pretty up on the shelf. It has every piece of tableware I could want for Avery. Included with the collection is:

  • divided plates — awesome if you have a picker eater or just want to keep foods separated.
  • flat plates
  • bowls
  • sippy cups
  • 10 oz drinking cups
  • snack pods with lids — they’re stackable!
  • forks
  • spoons

Re-Play Recycled Sorbet Collection

Re-Play Recycled Sorbet Collection : Plates, Cups and Utensils

I would highly recommend buying a collection because it’ll last for ages and you get all the tableware you could need for your child.  But, of course if you want to try out some of Re-Play Recycled‘s products, they do sell them individually and in small bundles too.

Snacking from the Re-Play Recycled Snack Container

Eating Sherbet with a Re-Play Recycled Spoon

Be sure to check out Re-Play Recycled online and show them some love! 🙂 They’re an awesome company. You can find them on TWITTER | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM

*These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Ciao!

$500 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY – ENDED

So, I have been doing a lot of GIVEAWAYS on my Instagram, but I thought I would make sure that my blog followers had a chance to win a GIVEAWAY. I teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers to gift a $500 Amazon Gift Card to one winner! There are several entries you can gain using different platforms.

Use the form to enter below and good luck!!

amazon giftcard giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS JOVAN B! YOU ARE OUR WINNER.

Giveaway winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours then an alternate winner will be selected. Open to International and 18+ years of age. Amazon giftcard will be emailed.

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