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Friday, January 31, 2014

Green Mountain Creamery YoYummy Yogurt #Review

*Products received*
YoYummy was started by three guys with a very basic philosophy in mind: create a healthy, responsibly-made yogurt that tastes great and is affordable! YoYummy and Green Mountain Creamery strive to support their local dairy economy and community, using only Vermont cow milk from the Commonwealth Dairy. As a company, they are also committed to environmental sustainability and package all of their products using BPA-free materials.



YoYummy Yogurts are available in four flavors: Mixed Berry which was my favorite, Strawberry, Strawberry-Banana and Cotton Candy, my daughter's favorite.  I have tried many different brands of yogurt and this brand is my absolute favorite.  My daughter has never really liked yogurt.  She would always just take one bite and leave the rest.  I bought different kid friendly brands and flavors for her but she just didn't like them.  I asked her to try the YoYummy yogurt and she agreed especially since I told her that they had a Cotton Candy flavor.  I handed her a pouch, she was even able to open it herself which she really liked.  She tasted it and by the look on her face I knew she loved it.  She said, "This tastes so good Mommy", she finished the entire pouch and then asked for another.  I was really happy that I finally found a yogurt that she enjoyed eating.  It has just the right amount of sweetness and is perfectly creamy.  They use real fruits and berries which helps to add some natural sweetness to the yogurt.  

Some great facts about this yogurt is that it contains 10 percent less sugar than the leading national brand.  It is also made in Vermont with Grade-A rBST-free Vermont milk and is a great source of calcium plus is rich in vitamin A and D.  It contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and is gluten-free.  YoYummy yogurt is available for purchase at Wegmans, Costco, Hannaford, Stew Leonard's, Fresh & Easy and Sprout's Farmer's Markets.  This product's retail price is $4.99 for a 4-pack, $9.99 for a 12-pack and $1.29 for single pouches.  I think it is worth every penny for the great taste and quality that you are getting.  It is a wonderful healthy snack option that you can feel good about serving to your family.  You can just grab a pouch and go... no spoon needed.





Learn more about YoYummy yogurt by connecting with them online.  Right now you can go to yoyummykids.com and cast your vote to help name their cow plus discover their new flavors.  You can also access fun coloring sheets for the kid's and get special offers and coupons for you.  Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up with the latest information about their products.


Thanks to YoYummy and Green Moms Meet for giving us the chance to try this tasty yogurt.  If you would like to have the opportunity to try products such as this visit greenmomsmeet.com to sign up to be a Mom Ambassador or Mom Meet Blogger.








*I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Under Construction...

I wanted to let everyone know that my blog design is under construction.  I was using a free design template and didn't realize that it wasn't going to be free anymore until it was removed.  I just noticed it was gone today but I am working on getting it fixed.  I have been receiving a lot of new visitors since becoming a part of the Disney group and I didn't want you all to think that I didn't have any style, lol.  My blog does look pretty plain right now though.  I have contacted the previous designer so hopefully it will be fixed within the next couple of days.  I am thinking about adding a matching social network icon too just to kind of combine everything into one area.





*This is not a sponsored post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I'm a #DisneySide @Home Celebration Host!

*I am receiving a free party kit to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration.  Thanks to Disney and MomSelect.

Show Your Disney Side
I am so excited to be selected as a host for the #DisneySide @Home Celebration.  This is going to be such a fun opportunity and I can't wait to share about my experience with all of you.  Who knows I may even come up with a special giveaway so you can all enter and join in on the fun by showing your #DisneySide too.  My party is scheduled for next month so I am trying to figure out what theme I want to choose.  They want every party to be unique of course and to show off your own #DisneySide.  My theme will probably be a mixture of many characters because we love Disney in our home.

My daughter had her birthday party last weekend and she had a Sofia the First theme.  I was really happy with her choice of theme.  The decorations were cute plus I like Sofia the First because of the inspirational and valuable lessons that she teaches children.  When I think of Disney it brings out the child in me and fun memories of my childhood.  I am really looking forward to this party and showing my #DisneySide.





*Thanks to Disney and MomSelect for providing the free party kit.  Any opinions expressed are my own.
 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Resolutions for 2014 & More...

Hi everyone!  Sorry I have been missing for a while.  I have been really busy over the holidays and had a lot going on so I took a little time off.  I had another surgical procedure done and it put me down for a few days which put me a little behind on my Christmas shopping and holiday party planning.  I also had a few house parties for various companies plus more products and attractions to review which I will be posting about those soon.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a Happy New Year.  I am very hopeful that this year will be even better than the last.  We actually spent our New Year's Eve at the hospital with our daughter.  She was knocked down right on her face by a much older child at a local bounce house place called Kid's Rock (I usually wouldn't mention the name but after you read more you will find out why).  Too bad she didn't get knocked down in the actual bounce house.  She was basically knocked down on the concrete floor, it only had a thin later of padding.  Lets just say it was an accident but it could have been avoided had the rules been followed by the child and their parent.  

After it happened I picked my daughter up off the floor and I don't want to be graphic on here with the details but it was a mother's worst nightmare.  It was such a terrible feeling for me because I did not know what to do to help her and she wouldn't let me really look at her face so I could see how bad she was hurt.  All I know is that it looked really bad.  I called my husband to come so we could take her to the hospital.  I had my daughter near the front so my husband could find us and I felt like the manager of the place was really rude.  He kept making comments like he wanted us to leave while I was waiting for my husband to get there.  My friend was with me with her daughter and she noticed it too.  I felt like the manager should have done more for us and treated us better.  He seemed to not care.  I will not be back there.  Not just for the manager's actions but for the fact that there was not any staff watching over the play areas.  I know you sign a waiver when you go in a place like that but when you sign that waiver you are expected to follow their rules and you expect them to insure your child's safety by ensuring that others follow the rules too.  I feel like the waiver is invalid when they don't have adequate padding on the floor and they don't have staff insuring that others are following the rules such as ruff playing and no grown ups in the play areas.  My daughter and my friend's daughter got trampled on by older kids whose parents did not care to watch them.  That happens at at places like that but most places that you sign a waiver at has someone to referee.  

We moved to another area where you can play with balls and the walls were padded but unfortunately the floor was not padded enough.  If it had been then my daughter would not have got hurt like she did.  Also if the older child and their dad had not been ruff playing it would not had happened.  They had hit my daughter in the head with a ball and after that happened I was walking over to get her out of there and I was a few seconds too late.  She was knocked right down.  That place is very loud inside but when she hit the floor I heard it.  My heart dropped but my legs ran.  I started to panic but then quickly pulled myself together for her.  

She is doing better now but we are still not sure about her teeth.  We have to take her to the dentist next week.  She suffered a lot and was in a lot of pain for 2 weeks.  She couldn't eat hardly anything.  I am just so mad at the treatment we received from Kid's Rock.  The only exception was the girl working the register.  She was really nice and caring but the guy was not.  I felt like they should have called and asked how she was doing the next day at least because you have to write your number on the waiver form so they could have called.  They didn't even offer to give us our money back, we weren't even there long before it happened.  I guess the guy wanted to pretend that it didn't even happen.  I am thinking about calling to talk to one of the owners about the treatment we received after the accident and let them know that they might want to add extra padding to that area.  What would you do and do you think I am wrong to think that it is somewhat their fault with what happened to my daughter?

Okay so lets get off that subject now...

What is your resolution(s) for this year?  I usually don't make any but I decided to this year.  My first resolution is to start going to church every Sunday.  We have not been in a long time due to my health problems and most Sundays my husband had to work.  My husband has a new job and has his weekends off for now... I think this is our chance to get back to God.  I feel it is very important for us as a family to attend.  It will help us lead our daughter in the right direction and help her grow teaching her valuable life lessons.

My second resolution is to spend more quality time with my family.  Not just my husband and daughter but my extended family as well.  I also want tell them more often that I love them and am grateful for them.  I am especially grateful for my sister and I love her very much.  We have had our ups and downs but who hasn't?  I would not know what to do without her...she is my best friend...she is always there for me anytime I need her even though she has problems of her own.  I pray for her and her family everyday that they will receive the happiness they deserve.  I am also grateful for my mom and dad.  They were always good to me while growing up and I was lucky to have two parents that loved me like they did and still do.  Both of my parents are now battling two different diseases and it has changed them.  It is such a terrible feeling seeing your parents suffer.  I know that God will not give anyone more than they can handle.  All I can do is pray for their healing and have faith.  A few years back they divorced and no one seen it coming because they were so in love.  My mom left my dad and became a totally different person.  I couldn't understand what had happened until I found out that she was sick.  She has (MS) and part of the disease affects the brain and can cause you to do things out of the ordinary.  I don't blame the entire thing on the disease but it did have an effect on her decisions. 

I learned this year to cherish every moment I have with my loved ones because you never know if it will be your last moment with them.  My dad was always a healthy man but about a year ago he almost died due to a Hemorrhagic Stroke.  It was caused by a rare disease he has called Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy.  Amyloid is a protein that forms and accumulates on the walls of the blood vessels in the brain causing them to deteriorate over time until they break down and bleed.  He had massive bleeding and had to have emergency brain surgery.  Now he has lost his peripheral vision plus his memory comes and goes but on the bright side, he can walk, talk, and can remember us.  It is a sad situation for such an independent man to now have to depend on others to help him.  He doesn't realize the extent of his disease but it is a progressive disease which will more than likely ultimately cause him to have dementia.    We were totally caught off guard because like I said he had always been healthy otherwise.  He is a strong man though and he is coming though this a lot better than they thought he would.  I am so grateful to still have him in my life. 

Like I was saying, my mom has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and she is now rapidly declining.  She has a really hard time thinking and trying to process what she wants to say.  In her mind she knows what she wants to say but it doesn't come out where others can understand what she is saying most of the time.  She also has trouble remembering things now plus she has a lot of back pain and numbness in her hands.  She is also staying depressed a lot because of the pain and also because she is not getting along with her sister.   I don't think her sister realizes the extent of her disease.  I hope that she will realize it before it is too late.  Life is too short to argue and you should never stay mad at your family.  Forgiveness is a virtue and it will make you feel better all around.  It is the Christian thing to do.  I just pray that both of my parents will continue to fight their battles and I want them to know that they are not alone.  I have medical problems of my own but compared to what they are going through my problems seem small.  When I have bad days I try to tell myself that there is someone else that is much worse off than I am.

So now you all know some of why I have had breaks in my postings and get M.I.A sometimes.  Family always comes first but as I have said before I do appreciate all of my followers and I hope you will all continue to follow me and see me through my journey called "life".  If you have anything you would like to share with me about what is going on in your life I would love to hear about it.  The good, the bad or the I'm not sure what it is.  Or tell me if you have a resolution for the year.  



Happy New Year!!!










*This is not a sponsored post, I was not compensated in any way.  This post contains my own personal thoughts and views.  Your opinions may differ from my own but these are my own honest opinions and is the story of my life.  Feel free to submit your own opinions in the comment section below.