Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well



I find it really amazing that so many different things we put in our body can do so many things. I mean, if we drink a lavender tea, we feel relaxed, and if we eat sunflowers, it can boost our brain power. I love that Vitanova has packaged each of these things for me, in one convenient tablet.

Vitanova has recently added to this line of distinctive supplements four new products designed to support daily living and wellness:
  • KeepCalm features sustainably sourced organic Ashwagandha supporting energy, stress relief, and health in today's high-stress world.*
  • Sleep Well has calming botanical complexes, because nothing is more important than a good night's rest.*
  • Beauty Collagen Renewal supports skin elasticity and firmness.*
  • Brain Food contains phosphatidylserine and polyphenols made from non-GMO sunflowers and blueberries.*

Keep Calm formulaAshwagandha can aid during times of stress and support an energetic and rejuvenating sense of well-being. Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic herb, which can modulate a person’s response to stress. Adaptogens help the body cope with internal and external stressors that may exhaust the adrenal system.


Sleep Well formulaVITANOVA SLEEP WELL Our Sleep Well formula is a vitamin-mineral-amino acidherbal combination to encourage natural, restful sleep. Two B vitamins play key roles in the production of adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep patterns. Magnesium aids in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles. GABA is an amino acid that calms an overexcited brain, and L-theanine stimulates the brain’s production of relaxing alpha waves. Four traditional herbs are included– passionflower, chamomile, lemon balm and hops– long known to reduce anxiety and aid sleep.



Beauty formula: VITANOVA BEAUTY Collagen is an essential structural component of skin, a protein that connects and supports bodily tissue. Vitamin C plays an integral role in collagen synthesis. Hyaluronic acid, a major component of skin cells, aids in tissue repair and maintaining moisture. Our Collagen Renewal contains the three types of collagen peptides (I, II and III)—the most abundant forms in the human body and essential for healthy, younger-looking skin—and potent antioxidants that help repair damaged skin and avoid premature aging.




Brain Food formula: Brain cell membranes are highly enriched with phosphatidylserine (PS). PS levels ensure the membrane’s fluidity, structure and function. Nerve cells in particular, depend on healthy membrane function for normal nerve signal transmission. Maintaining normal PS levels has been associated with normal and efficient brain glucose consumption, efficient signaling processes and other biological pathways to ensure healthy cognitive and mental functions. Our Brain Food is a daily source of PS, as well as polyphenols from blueberry, which have been studied for their role in brain health.*




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Forth- Delicious Plant Based Snacks For Everyone!




With all the Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free/No Sugar/No Dyes people out there, I have a hard time bringing a treat I can share with my friends when we meet, and we always love to share new things. 

Recently, I had the chance to sample Forth products. Forth products will never contain dairy, eggs, soy, or gluten. No fillers, preservatives or artificial ingredients either. 

Additionally, every Forth product contains ingredients which burn at different rates, in order to provide sustained energy.   Fruit sugars burn faster than seeds, seeds burn faster than whole grains, and so on.  Eating any Forth product will help your body stay energized for a sustained time period.


The Belly Bar is by far my favorite! 

Forth Belly Bars/Bites have a broad nutritional base and a warm, comforting flavor from cranberries, lemon, ginger, apricot and honey. Grandma knew that ginger was soothing to the stomach and that cranberries were good for the urinary tract system and so do we. Grab a Forth Belly Bar/Bite and feel naturally vitalized!

The Calm Bars are very good too, and my kids liked them! 

Forth Calm Bars/BItes have a broad nutritional base and a soothing lavender, vanilla, honey and berry flavor. Forth is passionate about using the best ingredients to achieve optimal nutrition and health, and Calm products are a prime example.  The play between scent and taste is married in this bar, designed to uplift and soothe the soul!


You can check out the whole line of Forth products here


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Vita Coco Coconut Water




My husband has been drinking coconut water for the past 3 years or so. He has tried more than once to get me to drink it, but i was never sure I would like it, and I didn't really check the health benefits. After receiving a sample package of Vita Coco Coconut Water, I decided not only would I research why I should drink it, but that I would actually try it.

SO, what are the health benefits?
Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and refreshing drink contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium.

Ok, I had no idea. I should have been drinking coconut water for a long time, since I am seeing a Doctor now for issues with my metabolism. He didn't even tell me about coconut water!


There are so many different varieties of the Vita Coco Coconut Water, but I think the Lemonade is my favorite! It is so lemony and coconut-y, it's perfect for a hot summer day (which is pretty much every day in Florida!) 

Some of the other flavors include: 
  • Peach & Mango 
  • Pineapple
  • Twist of Lime
  • Chocolate
You can purchase Vita Coco Coconut Water at most grocery stores, and even convenience stores! 


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Products




The Alba Botanica Even Advanced line is perfect for me. A mom in her early 40's, trying to get by without a lot of harsh chemicals, I'm against animal testing, and artificial colors.

even advancedsea plus renewal night cream

While you catch your z-z-z’s, this little gem works the night shift to help break up uneven pigmentation and dull spots for a bright morning complexion. When used nightly, our botanically powerful Marine Complex, enriched with DMAE, fortifies skin and reduces discoloration after 2 weeks while it plumps skin with continuous moisture. Potent antioxidant-packed Thioctic Acid helps minimize the effects of sun, stress and time. Sleep on it for more clarity in the morning.


even advancedsea moss moisturizer spf 15

A daily dose of sun doesn’t have to be a risky proposition with this lightweight, antioxidant-rich miracle worker. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, featuring sea moss extracts, fortifies skin and helps correct uneven tone, while our breathable sunscreens help protect against future discoloration and sun-induced complexion issues. Wears well alone or under make-up.



even advancedsea algae enzyme scrub


Sometimes you need a touch of the tough stuff to get your glow on. This gentle but effective scrub fights off dull, dry skin to instantly create a smoother, more even complexion that seems to glow. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, infused with sea enzymes, fortifies skin and encourages a more uniform skin tone.



even advancedsea kelp facial toner

To face the stresses of your day, your skin needs balance. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, featuring micronized sea kelp, balances pH levels, fortifies skin and encourages a more even toned complexion. Instantly, your skin is balanced: evenly content and perfectly prepped for optimal moisturization.

even advancedsea elements eye makeup remover

Sometimes you need to mix it up to get the best results. This gentle, hypo-allergenic eye makeup remover needs a little shake to get it going, but then it can’t be stopped. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, rich in nourishing sea algae, replenishes the delicate eye area while makeup simply slips away without irritation or oily residue. All 300 lashes are clean, nourished and naked in seconds.


    even advancedsea mineral cleansing gel

    Lather away the daily grime with this frothy cleanser that freshens and brightens your complexion. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, rich in sea minerals, fortifies skin and encourages even tone while washing away dulling impurities. Get a fresh start every time you clean.

    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Barnie's Coffee Cold Brew is Now Available in Convenient Pods!




    So I have to admit, I like cold brew coffee, but I don't exactly know what it is. Well, until now. I always thought it was just regular coffee that had been refrigerated without adding ice, so it didn't get diluted. I WAS SOOOOOOO WRONG.

    Barnie's Coffee recently sent me a kit to try making my own cold brew coffee at home, along with these awesome step by step instructions.



    Introducing Cold Brew Pods.
    One pod. One great cup of coffee.
    #doyouevencoldbrew?
    Cold brew is a process of brewing coffee that offers a smoother, more
    balanced flavor. It tastes naturally sweeter and bolder than its traditionally hot-brewed counterpart. It also gives you almost twice the caffeine with less acidity.
    Want to take it with you? No problem.
    Cold brew pods allow you to brew and enjoy cold brew wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling, going to work, or going on a road trip – you’ll never have to go without cold brew ever again. 
    You might be wondering - how do I even cold brew? It’s simple.
     
    1. Place single pod in 12 oz. glass
    2. Pour water ( 5 oz. | Filtered | Room temp )
    3. Wait 8-12 hours
    4. Remove pod
    5. Add water or milk ( 4 oz. )
    6. Enjoy!
    Are you ready to explore new Grounds for Adventure? Share your coffee journey with us and hashtag
    #barniescoffee and #doyouevencoldbrew

    Now, I make my coffee the night before and when I wake up, BOOM I have cold brew coffee waiting for me, ready for my cream and sugar!

    Barnie's Cold Brew Pods were super easy to use too, and they really taste great! You can check out the full line here.


    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Lovely Candy Company Caramels and Fruit Chews!

    My family has been enjoying Lovely Candy Caramels for a long time. We have always been big caramel fans, and of course I love that Lovely Candies are non GMO and made with no high fructose corn syrup. 

    Our decadent and rich original caramels.#1 Seller! Non GMO, no HFCS, no SOY. Rbst free milk. Kosher and GF certified – Made in the USA Resealable bags

    The Caramels are creamy and delicious, I love how soft they are, and easy to chew.



    The Sea Salt Caramels are another one of our favorites, with a hint more of a salty flavor which really makes the caramel tasty!


    You can imagine since I love the caramels so much, how excited I was to try the Fruit Chews! I am in love with anything fruity and chewy, so this was a real treat for me!

    The Tropical Mix includes flavors like: 
    • Mango 
    • Passion Fruit
    • Pineapple
    The Original Mix is
    • Apple
    • Blueberry
    • Cherry
    I think the tropical mix is my favorite, I really love the mango and pineapple flavors! Again the Fruit Chews are made with NO HFCS, Gluten FREE, Vegan and NON GMO. 

    You can purchase Lovely Candy Company products online here, or at Whole Foods! 



    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    H2O+ Beauty Takes Hydration Technology to the Next Level with the MiLi Moisture Meter




    H2O+ Beauty today unveiled the MiLi Moisture Meter, a convenient tool that measures skin hydration levels and enables consumers to understand exactly how much moisture their skin needs.


    H2O+ Beauty has long been known for the impressive hydration capabilities of its products. Founded on the belief that pure water is the key to beautiful skin, its best-selling Oasis Hydrating Treatment harnesses the power of pure water through signature hydrogel technology to nourish dry skin, and the Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream takes that a step further by doubling skin moisture almost instantly. Both products are clinically proven to boost hydration by over 100 percent and keep skin moisturized for 24 hours. With the careful measurement capabilities of the MiLi Moisture Meter, consumers can observe the effectiveness of these products in action and more carefully tailor their skincare routines to their exact needs.  





    The MiLi Moisture Meter is available as a free gift with purchase of any Oasis Hydrating Treatment or Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream during the month of May ($59 value). Starting in June, it will be available for purchase as a bundle with these two products, at $45 with the Oasis Hydrating Treatment or $49 with the Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream while supplies last. All products are available at www.h2oplus.com

    • Recommended for all skin types, even oily!
    • Continuous hydration: Clinically proven to keep your skin continuously hydrated for 24 hours
    • Oil-free
    • Rapidly absorbing formula hydrates immediately, softens and smooths skin


    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Nerium Youth Factor Dietary Supplements




    As we age, our mitochondria begin to break down. Scientists believe this is a major contributor to the aging process and causes sluggishness in both how we look and feel. The good news is mitochondrial health can be protected and restored through key nutrients and antioxidants found in a variety of superfoods. However, most people lack the necessary enzymes to break down, absorb, and utilize these longevity nutrients for optimal age-fighting benefits. 

    Arriving this month as a one-a-day tablet, Youth Factor Complete Vitality Complex contains both the Youth Factor Enzyme Blend and Complex NAA that help with:
    • Cellular energy support. *
    • Free radical defense. *
    • Strengthening the immune system. *
    • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles. *
    • Revealing brighter-looking skin. *


    For most, that's simply not enough. Our cells' mitochondria not only need a boost, but they also need the best fuel possible. For that, Nerium introduces a supplemental powder featuring hearty servings of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables—far more than most would be able to consume from their diets alone. Youth Factor Superfood & Antioxidant Boost helps to balance the body's pH levels to help maintain well-being. It is designed to work in concert with Youth Factor Vitality Complex (tablet) for optimal benefits, to help:
    • Keep the body at its optimal alkaline state.*
    • Defend against free radical damage.*
    • Improve the body's ability to absorb the most beneficial ingredients in supplements and food.*
    • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.*
    What many are missing in the plant-diet-skin connection A plant-based, antioxidant rich diet is the foundation of good health, and especially for skin. What most don't know is that the biggest benefits of plants are derived from polyphenols, naturally occurring compounds that protect plants from disease, environmental assaults and aid in injury recovery. Some commonly known polyphenols include resveratrol (from red wine) and ptersotilbene (from blueberries).  A subset of polyphenols, called flavonoids (which give fruits, vegetables and flowers their vibrancy), is extremely beneficial due to their antioxidant properties. They can be found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, red wine and green tea.
    However, specific enzymes are required to break down the bonds of these flavonoids into a bioavailable form for the body to absorb the nutrients contained within. This is where Nerium's proprietary Youth Factor™ Enzyme Blend comes in to assist where the body's own mechanisms may fall short.
    Recommended dosages
    • Youth Factor Complete Vitality Complex—As a dietary supplement, take one tablet daily with food. Take with Youth Factor Superfood & Antioxidant Boost for synergistic benefits.
    • Youth Factor Superfood & Antioxidant Boost—Add one (1) packet to eight (8) ounces of cold water, juice, or in your favorite smoothie and mix well. Consume within 15 minutes after opening. Use in conjunction with Youth Factor™ Complete Vitality Complex for optimal benefits. Box contains 30 drink powder packets.
    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Torie & Howard Organic Chewie Fruities!



    I have been talking recently a lot about my jump to organic/non GMO foods, and I have to admit, when it comes to candy, I still let my kids eat junk, because finding something REALLY good that is organic and  non GMO is hard to find.

    One of my kids favorite sweet treats is Starburst candy, they could eat it all day (and so can I!) so when Torie & Howard send me a box of their ORGANIC and NON GMO Chewie Fruities to try, we were all really excited!



    Chewie Fruities are available in three of the same sophisticated flavor duos of Torie & Howard’s organic, Non-GMO hard candy and are designed to deliver a burst of sweet and tart flavor, says Torie Burke, company co-founder. A serving of the candy provides the daily requirement of Vitamin C.
    The candy is made in the USA, and flavors include:
    • Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey, 
    • California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, and 
    • Meyer Lemon and Raspberry. 
    The Chewie Fruities are USDA organic and kosher certified and contain no GMOs, preservatives or artificial dyes. They also are free from major allergens, including soy, wheat, gluten, nuts, and dairy.
    So what did we think after trying the Chewie Fruities? The kids LOVE them, I think everyone's favorite is the Meyer Lemon and Raspberry. They are chewy like our other favorite candy, and I am SO super happy knowing they are organic and non GMO, and they are priced well at just $3.99 a bag!


    You can also pickup Torie & Howard Organic Hard Candy (which we have been enjoying for several years now!) at Whole Foods! The hard candy is available in several flavors as well: 

    • Meyer Lemon & Raspberry
    • D'anjou Pear & Cinnamon
    • Pomegranate & Nectarine
    • Blood Orange & Honey
    • Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey
    My personal favorite is the D'anjou Pear and Cinnamon, it's so random to find a pear flavored anything, and it's so delicious! 


    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Protect Yourself From the Zika Virus this Summer with Avon Skin-So-Soft SPF Sunscreens!





    Living in Florida, we spend a lot of time at the beach, and outside at parks. This summer, we have plans already twice a week at the park, and once a week at the ocean, or the inlet. That means I am going to need plenty of sunscreen. What I love about the Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard is that not only is it sunscreen, it's also a mosquito repellent, so you don't have to use a separate spray to keep bugs away.

    With warm weather fast approaching, the prime season for mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus is back. This spring, proper protection is even more important as the threat of mosquito-borne illness continues to be on the rise.



    Avon's two dual action SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS lotions not only repel and protect against mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, but they also provide vital SPF 30 sun protection – something that's already a year-round must. Getting into the habit of regularly protecting yourself and your family from exposure to bugs and bites is one of the best things you can do to stay safe.

    Enriched with skin-soothing vitamin E and aloe, both products repel virus-carrying mosquitoes, and other insects such as deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, black flies, sand flies, and biting midges. Avon's SPF 30 formulas are also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, as well as non-greasy, DEET-free and PABA-free.
    Read and follow label directions and precautions. Ask a doctor before using on children under 6 months of age.
    Where to buy: Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    D-Lectables by Imperial Toys, Collect Them All!





    Imperial Toy® has teamed up with Disney to create D-Lectables™, an innovative toy line based on beloved Disney® characters reimagined as mix and match sweet treats.  Each D-Lectable™ separates into four interchangeable elements that snap together, creating hundreds of sweet configurations to mix, match and stack!  



    They each come in surprise blind bags, and kids can collect all of their favorite Disney® characters like


    • Mickey Mouse, 
    • Minnie Mouse, 
    • Tinker Bell, 
    • Winnie the Pooh, 
    • Cinderella,
    Collect all of the mystery scoops and characters to stack your D-Lectables to the sky and create your favorite character combinations.  Over 30 styles in series 1 and 2 to collect!



    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Imperial Toy Kaos Pump Station with Color Bomb System




    My kids are always into water balloons, they love to throw them at eachother and see who can hit the other person the most. I love that the Kaos Pump Station with Color Bomb System now comes with color bombs, so that when they throw the balloons, you can see a splash of color and know who hit who!

    KAOS Portable Battle Pump is the number one water balloon filler to date! This pump station features a redesigned nozzle to include a new color bomb system! New Color bomb tablets have the ability to change the color of your water bomb. Throw them to see vibrant splashes as they explode! With the easy to use tie-knot filler, just fill, tie, and throw!

    Kaos Color Bombs:
    • Portable pump station to easily fill up water balloons
    • Includes color tablets that change the water color
    • Comes with 250 clear biodegradable water balloons
    • Attach the tie-not for tying balloon quickly
    • Colors may vary

    The Pump Station also comes with 250 water balloons for HOURS of fun!


    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Kiddy Up Ball Cannon Blaster by Imperial Toys!




    When my boys were little, we had just about every toy that came with a ball. I don't know what the fascination is with little boys and balls, but they love them! They love to bounce them, throw them, pick them up, chase them, and roll them!

    The Kiddy Up Ball Cannon Blaster is a super fun way for kids to play with balls. Place the balls in the cannon and SHOOT by stepping down hard on the launcher! This toy is perfect for ages 3 and up.

    Challenge your friends with the Pit Ball Cannon Blaster! Shoot Pit Balls up to 30ft with this fast-shooting blaster! Load the Pit Balls up and fire away, and enjoy countless hours of fun!

    You can purchase the Kiddy Up Ball Cannon Blaster at Target, Walmart and Amazon for about $19.99.

    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Seely Mint Candies Real Farmers, Real MInt



    Seely Mint is a brand that not only makes mint products, but actually owns and operates the mint fields that the products come from. Located in the Pacific Northwest, The Seely family has been growing mint for generations.

    Seely Mint products include:

    • Mint Patty
    • Mint Bark
    • Mint Tea
    • Mint Melts
    My favorite would probably be the Mint Melts. I love creamy mint flavor, and it sounds amazing. Made with simple ingredients like White Chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, whey powder, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla extract), Seely’s pure spearmint and peppermint oils. 

    You can purchase Seely Mint products in some stores (check here) or online here




    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Chirp Chips Are Really Chips Made From Crickets!





    When I saw Chirps Chips on Shark Tank, I was definitely intrigued. I couldn't believe the sharks were eating the chips and saying they were good! I know if they were not, the sharks wouldn't have eaten them, and some ate several!

    Chirps Chips are made from cricket flour. It's not the first ingredient, but yes, crickets are in the chips. The owners claim there to be one cricket per chip.

    So why eat Chirps Chips? Like, why eat bugs if you don't have to? Well, for one, after trying them, I can say they are GOOD. They definitely do not taste like cricket. Even the kids enjoyed them. Also, they are higher in protein and lower in fat than beef. So if you want high protein and low fat in your diet, this is definitely going to help.



    Chirps are the first ever cricket chip, made with a wholesome mix of stone-ground corn, beans, chia seeds, and of course cricket flour. Most chips are just carbs, but Chirps are a craveworthy chip packed with nutrients. Using cricket flour, we're able to pack in protein and fiber, while also adding a nutty, delicious flavor to each crunchy bite. Chirps are:
    • Full of protein (as much as an egg white per serving)
    • 30% less fat than regular chips
    • Gluten-free
    • Grain-free
    • Soy-free
    • Non-GMO
    • All natural
    You can purchase Chirps Chips at natural food stores or online! 



    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Arla Foods Dairy Products- Made With No Weird Stuff!


    My kids are in love with cheese. They always have been. They are up for trying any brand, any where, any time. When we had the chance to sample some of the Arla products, we were all excited!
    My kids favorite for sure was the Arla Snack Cheese which comes in three varieties – Havarti, Gouda and Medium Cheddar – in convenient packages containing eight individually wrapped .75-ounce servings. Arla Snack bars are a delicious, better-for-you snack, ready to go with you wherever you go! They all seemed to like the Havarti the best, which of course, Havarti is one of my favorites too, and the Gouda made an awesome grilled cheese sandwich!

    The Arla Sliced cheese was my VERY favorite. The sliced cheese comes in Gouda, Havarti, Mild Cheddar, Muenster, and Fontina. With no added hormones*, artificial colors or preservatives, you can feel good serving Arla Cheese to the whole family.  Naturally delicious cheese is made from one of the world’s best foods – milk. Alra works side-by-side with their dairy farmers and know the path their milk has traveled from the farm to your fridge so you can feel good about what you and your family are eating. 

    I used the mozzarella on a pizza I made for the kids, and they INHALED It!
    Ok, So I am kind of weird when it comes to cream cheese. I favor one brand over everything else and am kind of snobby about it, because I LOVE cream cheese, and it has to be good! Alra Cream Cheese Spread definitely comes in at a tie with my favorite brand. Some of the flavors (like the blueberry and mediterranean) win hands down. I like to make an alfredo sauce with cream cheese, milk and parmessan, and it was actually SO much better with Arla, and knowing that it has less than half of the ingredients and a better nutritional profile than other common bagel spreads, Arla Cream Cheese is a simple, wholesome and delicious spread you’ll feel good about buying for your family. Arla Cream Cheese is free of added hormones*, stabilizers, thickeners, artificial flavors and preservatives.

    I really enjoyed the Alra Cheese products it has definitely become a must buy on my shopping list. You can learn more about Alra Cheese by visiting their website here.



    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Freshpet All Natural Pet Food



    When I made the switch over to organic/non GMO foods, I felt so much better. I didn't worry about what I was eating, and what the kids were eating. Before, I remember never feeling like I washed anything well enough to get all the pesticide off. Now, we rinse and eat!

    I started to feel guilty about my little "Mango" though. She can't control what I feed her, it's up to me to make sure she has a good diet. I also want her to be around for a long, long time, so I know I need to make the right choices.




    Freshpet is real, all natural pet food made from scratch with the freshest ingredients in our kitchen. Our meals are crafted using real meat and veggies you can see. We never have any preservatives – that’s why you’ll find us in the fridge on the pet food aisle. 

    Freshpet isn't pet food, it's FOOD food. Using real meat and vegetables, and not bi-products or fillers like other pet foods. 

    I love that you can look in the container of the Freshpet Stews and see everything in there, it looks like a stew I would eat! Mango sure loves it, I figured out this would be a good choice for her on the Freshpet Product Selector which tells you exactly which products to choose for your pet based on what they need and like. 

    You can purchase Freshpet products in most mass retail stores like Target in the pet aisle, in a little refrigerator!

    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

    Hip Chick Farms Organic Chicken Products



    After switching to cage free eggs a few years ago, I realized I needed to change to organic/non gmo fed chicken as well. It's funny once you start changing the way you eat one thing, you realize how many other things you eat that are not what you want them to be. Organic/non-GMO chicken didn't matter to me a few years ago, until I stopped eating GMO all together, and who would think chicken could be GMO? I didn't, but then it was explained to me that the chickens are fed a GMO diet, so essentially if we eat the GMO fed chickens, we are eating GMO too.

    All of the Hip Chick Farms products are:
    • Organic and/or Anti-biotic free
    • Humanely certified by an independent certified agency
    • Transparently sourced
    • 100% All-natural
    • Free of fillers, preservatives, and stabilizers
    I am really excited to tell you that not only do I really enjoy the Hip Chick Farms products, but the kids do too! They love the Chicken Fingers (I love that they have Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets too!)





    Some of the other products Hip Chick Farms offers are:

    • Organic Grilled Naked Nuggets
    • Organic Gluten Free Chicken Meatballs
    • Organic Turkey Burgers
    • Chicken Nuggets
    All products are already fully cooked, which makes for an easy lunch or dinner! You can pick up Hip Chick Farms products at Target. 



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