Disclosure: I received product from Sprout in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Summer is HERE! I’m parternering with the Blogging Mamas Network on their latest Event to help you Keep Cool in the Sun!
We’ve come together with a great group of bloggers who have a ton of prizes to help celebrate the Summer season and give you the chance to win!
A lot of our summer is spent outdoors or at the pool and when we make the day to day decisions about where to go, it’s great to have some snacks that we can grab on the fly in order to stay healthy on the go. One of the ways that we are helping our little one stay well fed and take a snack break in the shade is with Sprout Organic Foods new blend pouches and chewy snacks. We’ve had the pleasure of sampling Sprout’s line before and these new products were enjoyed by myself and Tomato in the last few weeks. Great flavors such as Pear Oatmeal with Maple and Carrot in the new Textured Grain Medley pouches and the Tropical Fruit and Pumpkin and the Purple Berry and Carrot Crispy Fruit & Veggie Chews are great additions to our pantry and pool bags. Tomato said that she liked the Crispy Chews Snacks because they were “tasty and crunchy” and before I knew it the bag was empty. So, if you are looking for organic snacks for your “on the go” family this summer, take a moment and enter below for a chance to win. Best of luck!
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We’re taking a much needed break here at home. A little staycation, a little mid year analysis of what might be coming next, and a little need for nice, long walks and fresh air. So, I will catch everyone on the flip side in July. I hope everyone has a happy and safe end of the school year and enjoy your June!
Welcome to Tuesday Greens #34!
This week the hits keep on coming with the weather and the weeds in the Northeast. We unearthed some pokeweed in a couple of our raised beds, so we will be turning those into flower beds and declaring this “The Summer of Container Gardening” at our house. I took some pictures of all of the verdant green that is popping up. Pictured above are some potted peppers and tomatoes, others waiting to be potted, some cucumbers popping through, the world’s saddest zucchini plant that is trying nonetheless and our fig tree. That giant forsythia is currently up for debate here and I am thinking it won’t be here for long. Considering that it is where the current rabbit warren resides and they have a great affinity for all of the perennials that I got at Glick’s, it will probably go in order to encourage their relocation. They don’t eat those yellow flowers though, which I think are Sundrops, so I will be setting out some more of those over the course of the summer. My mom has a ton of them, so we can separate and bring them over to fill in along the fence.
It’s great to see how others’ gardens are picking up and the recipes have been so much fun to see and pin! Last week’s top post was Healthy Lemonade from Titus 2 Homemaker. Stop over and see how she is staying cool this summer.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts this week! Hope all is well and have a great time in your gardens and kitchens!
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary class pass in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Balance. It’s a word that I have been trying to embrace a lot lately.
I have been taking on a lot lately and have felt off kilter. So, when the opportunity to head over to Chestnut Hill, PA and check out Balance, I jumped at it. I had started to get back into working out a few months ago and then I got busy. Taking care of myself is always what I let slide by the wayside first when I get overwhelmed. As a former Division I athlete, I have always done best when I have a practice time to report for, so having an appointment at Balance was a step towards regaining my own balance.
Tomato came with me to the class because it was being held for parents and kids. One of the reasons that I have been feeling defeated in my fitness lately is that I feel like she is growing up without watching me take care of myself. So a parent/child class was a great place to restart. Parking was easy by the studio and when we walked in and saw the equipment, it was like being taken back into the weight room and fitness workouts at Jadwin Gym and Palmer Stadium. Medicine balls, heavy ropes to throw and free weights were all available in the wide open main room. I loved how open everything was and that you didn’t feel like you were going to trip over anything or hamper anyone else’s workout.
We started the class down in the yoga room with Kathy and it was a great way to open up our lungs and stretch before getting into the heart of it. Tomato was enjoying the poses, was doing well with the balance exercises and loved being next to me as we worked our way through the class. After yoga, we headed back up into the main room (ellipticals and treadmills are located in a side room) and began our cross training with owner, Amy Carolla. We ran through ladders, did squats, worked our abs with the medicine balls and did a slew of jumping jacks. Wall sits, and more squats and using our arms to make waves with the heave ropes were all great fun throughout the hour. I was back in my element of dryland practices before the swim season began. And the best part, was that Tomato did it all. I mean all of it. She definitely is born of two distance athletes with the stamina that she has.
My fear of trying to fit a workout in while also being an at home mom started to lift. I think we can actually swing some of this in the backyard or at the playground. We even have a chance to head back a couple of more times to do a class together. Oh, how I wish this place was closer to get to it more than once a week. If you are in the Philly suburbs, it is well worth checking out. The staff was courteous and encouraging and it was a positive environment. You don’t get that intimidating feeling you get at some chain gyms. It feels like they are working with you and moving you toward your goal. Class descriptions, schedules and pricing are all on their website. You can buy single classes or packages and even schedule semi-private classes to split with your friends. They offer a wide variety of group fitness classes from Zumba to yoga to Boot Camp and Barre/Pilates Fusion. Group fitness classes (60 minutes) are only $15 (at a single class price) or less with a package deal, which is a great price for the attention and training that you are getting. They even have Family Fun nights on certain Fridays and if you have teenagers, give them a call at 267-335-2271 to see when their teen strength and training classes are this summer in order to keep them fit for their varsity seasons.
I am happy that it has gotten me to rethink how I am attaining balance in my life and setting a good example for my daughter. How do you find time to fit in fitness in your life? What classes would you want to attend at Balance?
Welcome to the Green Your Summer Event! The Blogging Mamas Network has come together with like-minded bloggers to make sure your grass isn’t all that is green this Summer!
Each blogger in the Event is bringing readers a great green prize to win. You have until June 13th to enter, so be sure to hop around to them all and find great eco-friendly products to help you go green!
While you’re hopping, be sure to enter the TWO Grand Prizes for to Green Your Summer for Mom and Baby! You’ll find prizes including a Lunette Menstrual Cup, Amber Necklace and Bracelet Set, a Merino Wool Sleepsack, re-usable Snack Pouches, and earth-friendly Vinyl Wall Decals from Walls Need Love!
So, what do we have up for grabs here at Crafty Garden Mama?? I am running a giveaway for Troipcal Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. One of the great ways that you can go green this summer is by incorporating organic ingredients into your cooking.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.