Monday, March 12, 2018

Naked Energy Pre-Workout Supplement Smoothies #ad

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. #ad

Post by Laura

My husband has been a big fan of Naked Nutrition products for a few years now. He did tons of research and taste tests before he picked a Whey Protein Powder that he would have in his diet. He is very health conscious about all aspects in his life, so much so I envy his dedication to it.

When he decided to step up his work outs to match his healthy eating he looked into products that could enhance work outs. An obviously choice was to look into Naked Nutrition products, we discovered Naked Energy.

He tried it as directed on the jar to add to water but without and added sugars or flavors it was not very appealing in taste, but then again he was not drinking it for the flavor. The main reason for it was a more natural boost to his workouts. He said it was like a caffeine boost without the jittery side effects of other supplements.

Information from the website:

"Naked Energy is a pure, unflavored pre-workout that has been formulated with only premium, non-gmo ingredients. Naked Nutrition’s #1 objective is to help you perform at your highest levels with the cleanest products available. Our pre-workout will give you the energy you need to take your workouts to the next level.**"
The Naked Difference:
  • Only 10, High-Quality Ingredients
  • Designed to Enhance Athletic Performance*
  • Formulated to Impact Your Workout*
  • Made in the USA
  • No Added Artificial Sweeteners, Colors or Flavors
  • Non-GMO and Vegan
  • Heavy Metals Testing Conducted by a Third-Party Laboratory
  • No Added Sugar or Salt
  • Soy and Gluten Free
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

I decided to make him a fruit smoothie and adding the Naked Energy before he started to workout. It definitely improved the flavor! I added the recommended amount of powder with some fruit we had on hand, I included strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and peaches with ice and coconut water.

Naked Nutrition Blog has some recipe suggestions on their website for smoothies and more

If you are adding a pre-workout to your workout regimen I do recommend using a more natural supplement like Naked Energy. I like that it is made in the USA and tested for heavy metals.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Practically Perfect! MARY POPPINS RETURNS Trailer #MaryPoppinsReturns

Post by: Laura

I seriously screamed when I saw the trailer for the new Mary Poppins Returns movie!! I grew up watching the original movie and it is a part of my childhood. I have watched it hundreds of times and still as an adult watch it. I make my son watch it with me and do the dancing with the songs. He may have rolled his eyes a few times at me while we do it too! I fondly remember my siblings and I dancing and singing along with the movie too, it fills with my heart with joy. In elementary school we even had our school concert singing all the songs from the movie! Mary Poppins is a part of who I am!!!


In the sequel, which arrives in theaters this Christmas, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

You can Like MARY POPPINS RETURNS on Facebook

MARY POPPINS RETURNS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 25, 2018!


Monday, February 19, 2018

Chicken Spinach Pizza with White Sauce

I think that making pizza is one of the very best ways to get creative in the kitchen. There are so many toppings, sauces, and kinds of pizza dough to make, that you could literally make a different pizza every night of the year.
This recipe for a chicken pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers is one of my favorites. The white sauce is a snap to make, and you can certainly add more of your favorite toppings. One thing I have started doing is buying pizza toppings from my favorite little grocery store's salad bar. For this pizza I bought the all the toppings there, including the already cooked chicken. So easy, and a real money saver, too.
I have made my own pizza dough in the past, and I definitely want to start experimenting with making it again. I used an already made crust for this pizza, and it still very good, but nothing beats homemade.
I actually made two of these yummy pizzas, but the following recipe is for one pizza.

Ingredients to make one large pizza:

1 4oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 cup chicken, cut up
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced red bell peppers
1 large pizza crust, homemade or store bought


To make the sauce, stir together cream cheese, ranch dressing, onion and garlic. Spread evenly over pizza crust. Top with chicken, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, and cheese.
Cook in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Cheesy Whole Wheat Dog Treats

-Post by Patricia

Dare I admit that I have never really been a dog person? I know many people love their dogs like they might love their own children, but I have never been one of those people.

When you are raising five children, the amount of pee, poop, and vomit you deal with is no small amount. And I just never wanted to deal with that when it came to adding a dog to the family.

But that changed when a certain dog came into my life. A dog I like so much (ok, love) that I actually bake dog treats for him. Go figure.

This is our sweet Chewie. The guy really lives up to him name too. He has been know to destroy everything from a fabulous pair of new high-heels, to a complete set of wooden toy blocks.

But he is always forgiven, of course. Just look at that face.

I whipped up this batch of easy cheesy dog treats for Chewie, and he loved them. They look especially cute when you use a bone shaped cookie-cutter, and it's an easy shape for your dog to eat.

These treats are great to give as gifts too, around the holidays, to the dog and dog-lover in your life.
I guarantee the pups will gobble them up.

Recipe for Cheesy Whole Wheat Dog Treats


3 cups whole wheat flour
11/2 cups cheddar cheese
1 egg
1 cup water or beef broth


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place flour in medium bowl, add cheese, egg, and water or broth. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Roll out dough on floured surface to about 3/8 of an inch thick.
Use cookie cutter to cut shapes. Place them on a foil lined cookie sheet and cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until firm.

Makes about 2 dozen treats, depending on cookie-cutter size.


Friday, January 12, 2018

California H20 Water Challenge for Classrooms #ad #SaveH20 #MomsMeet

*I am writing this sponsored post for Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to share this information and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
As a Californian I know how important our water is to the state. We need it for farms, for homes and for business to function. We take pride in our ability to conserve and protect our watershed. Even in our school system we teach how Californians use water and how important it is to us all. I just completed teaching my own son the ways we use water in our state and how to use less of it.

In our home we make sure we turn off water while brushing our teeth, we don't over water our garden, we only wash dishes and laundry if its a full load and we limit our use of water wasting activities like washing the car.

Jenkinson Lake Drinking Water Reservior 
Many of our beautiful lakes and rivers are an important part of our drinking water that are also our outdoor activities areas. We are extra careful when we are out enjoying our local waterways as to not pollute it or cause waste.

The California Water Service hosts an annual contest to challenge teachers and students to learn more about water conservation through project based learning that aligns California Common Core Standards curriculum.

Information About Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge:

• The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and
implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion),
focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as
a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water
problem in an individual and community-based endeavor.

• A handbook can be found at,
including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans.

• Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio
documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying
cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute
the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource

• Early Registration closes Dec. 31, 2017. Final Registration closes Jan 31,
2018. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.

• Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is
complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning
the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating
these guidelines.

• Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd /
K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental
Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective
and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while
achieving curriculum standards.

• Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a
panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field.
It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed
/ K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project
goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with
student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on
student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice.

You can learn more about the Cal H20 Water Challenge here.

Here is a video of last years winners of the Cal Water H20 Challenge:

Winners of the Cal Water H2O Classroom Challenge will receive:

Grand Prize
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

2nd Place
Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

3rd Place
Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

4th Place
Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student

All Participant Prizes
Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card

Waterfall at Lake Jenkinson

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