The Ultimate Juicer - Making Healthy Snacks at Home

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Making healthier choices everyday is sometimes a struggle for moms! We’re always on the go, have so little extra time and we often prioritize ourselves last. I’m always looking for tools and hacks that can help me indulge in the things I love the most, but that are simple and easy to use. I was so excited to get my hands on a Hurom juicer. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the machine and I couldn’t wait to experience it first hand!

I’ve heard that they are easy to clean, can make juices, smoothies AND ice cream (certain models) and they are absolutely gorgeous (so no need to try to hide it in a drawer when you’re not using it). They come in the most gorgeous colors, from rose gold to silver to black, so you’re guaranteed to find a model that fits in perfectly with your home’s style!

I tried the Hurom HZ Slow Juicer. It’s Hurom’s top-of-the-line juicer, made in stainless steel. It has a patented Slow Squeeze Technology that mimics that motion of a hand squeezing juice, so you’re guaranteed to have fresh juice that remains in its most natural state (and therefore packed with all the nutrients that you want your juice to have)! This juicer has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a top-of-the-line juicer, such as a control lever and a fine and coarse strainer that allow you to control the amount of pulp in your juice, as well as parts that are made from quality materials. You feel it the minute you start to unbox it - the pieces are sturdy, heavy and able to withstand daily use (because it’s so amazing you’ll want to use it every day)!

One thing I noticed immediately, was how the pulp that came out of the machine was dry! I have a cheaper brand of juicer and I always feel like I’m wasting fruits and veggies because the pulp is wet, fleshy and filled with wasted juice! This is a problem I didn’t have with my Hurom!

As a busy mom on the go, one of my favorite features is how easy it was to clean. Other juicers that I have tried leak on my floor, take SO long to disassemble and wash and take forever to dry. The top fo this juicer detaches easily from the base, so it can be put in the sink, there is no leaking while you carry it, it comes apart in under 1 minute, and can be washed just as quickly! I major bonus was that is came with a drying rack so that I don’t have wet pieces all over my counter!

The Hurom HZ Slow Juicer works on everything you can imagine! Fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I decided to try it out and make a juice and then ice cream! fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I still can’t decide which I preferred! I made a delicious peach juice and added some sparkling water for an extra refreshing summer drink!

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I added some sparkling water to my peach juice and it was DELICIOUS!

I added some sparkling water to my peach juice and it was DELICIOUS!

My juice was so delicious that I decided to make an ice cream smoothie bowl next! All you need is yogurt and frozen fruit! You’ll see below how incredible my smoothie bowl turned out! My final verdict? 10/10. This machine literally does it ALL. Smoothies, ice cream and slow pressed juice - there’s no reason to ever own another machine. It’s such good quality, so easy to clean and use, and the bonus is that it’s gorgeous too! Click here to visit Hurom’s website and check out the rest of their juicers!

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Can you believe I made this with a juicer?

Can you believe I made this with a juicer?

The Coffee Maker of My Dreams

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When I heard that Keurig had come out with a new coffee maker, I was intrigued. I am OBSESSED with my Keurig already for a few reasons and couldn’t imagine what they did to make it better! I can make my favourite blend of coffee at home, from Starbucks to Tim Hortons to Van Houte, at a fraction of the cost, it’s simple to use, easy to clean and looks great on my counter top. I didn’t think it could get better… until I received the Keurig K-Café Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker.

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The Keurig K-Café coffee maker has all the benefits of my original Keurig plus SO MUCH MORE.

Ready?

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With the K-Café coffee maker, you can make cappuccinos and lattes! Yes. You read that correctly. A Keurig coffee maker that allows you to make your own Starbucks latte at home. There is a frother on the side of the maker that is so easy to use, you could basically do it with your eyes closed. You add the milk to the appropriate measuring line (cappuccino or latte) and press the button on the front. It even has a “cold” button which keeps your milk cold for your cold drinks!

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That brings me to my next fave feature: it perfectly makes iced drinks! Now that summer is here, who doesn’t want an iced latte? Chose your fave blend, froth the milk with the “cold” setting, add a glass of ice and press the “latte” button on the top of the coffee maker and that’s it! A perfect, made at home iced latte that doesn’t cost $7 and doesn’t require me to clean a million pieces in a complicated machine!

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For all you die hard black coffee fans aka sleep deprived moms, the K-Café coffee maker has got your back! On top of the cold drinks and milk frother (which should be enough to convince you that this coffee maker is the best), you can choose from 4 different cup sizes for your coffee, there is “strong” button to add more of bold taste to your regular cup of coffee and a “shot” button for the perfect latte and cappuccino or for those mornings when you have no time to enjoy a coffee but Need. That. Caffeine. Oh… or if you just enjoy espresso style coffee. #momlife

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There are a few other added features that I think are super cool (but nothing beats the milk frother for me):

  • Auto-off function when the coffee maker is idol for 2 hours so it saves your mom brain from wondering if you turned it off.

  • A feature where you can turn on the coffee maker, add your pod and walk away and it will brew your coffee as soon as it is ready (with my old coffee maker I used to have to turn it on, wait for it to be ready and then insert the pod). No more wasted time!

Lastly, in case you weren’t aware, you can actually use regular ground coffee in your Keurig by purchasing  one of their reusable pods! So if your fave brew doesn’t already come in a K-cup, no problem! There’s also a huge selection of Tea and Hot Chocolate Pods on the Keurig site that you can order and have delivered right to your door!

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Top Recommended Books for Toddlers by YOU!

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I love turning to other moms to ask for advice. Whether it’s pregnancy, postpartum or kid related, I’m never disappointed! I recently asked my followers and friends on Instagram for their top rated books for toddlers! Zane loves to read and I wanted to surprise him with a few new books, but walking into a book store and choosing one is like Mission Impossible. They all look the same and I have NO idea what’s age appropriate for a 2.5 year old! How many words are too few and how many are too many? I got some GREAT recommendations and not surprisingly, many of them were recommended by several different people! So have a look through the list below and happy reading!

Not So Terrible Twos Thanks to My First Bear Paws

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Dare’s My First Bear Paws and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Oh Terrible Twos, how I dreaded you for SO long. Before I knew it, my first born was 2 years old and here I was waiting for the storm to hit. It’s been quite the adventure so far (he’s now 2.5 years old) but we’re surviving and with smiles on our faces (most of the time!). It really hasn’t been as bad as everyone promised, and I think a lot of it has to do with being prepared for whatever hits! I’m sharing below my top 2 tips for surviving the “not so terrible twos” so that you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying all of the firsts!

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Keep them busy and give them their independence: A stimulated toddler is a happy toddler... and a toddler that can make their own decisions is an even happy toddler! I try, as best as I can, to let Zane explore, be independent and enjoy all of the “firsts” that come along with growing up! Since turning 2, he’s had so many fun firsts and I can’t wait to see what happens next! He picked out his clothes for daycare for the first time, he has his first girlfriend (her name is Emma), he had his first concert at daycare where they learned to sing over 10 songs and he even decided he wanted to start picking out his own snacks. It’s no surprise to me that he chose My First Bear Paws, and I’m not complaining! They’re delicious and made with only 5 grams of sugar per serving!

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If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you know that they’ve been our go-to snack for over a year. They were the first snack that we ever gave Zane, and they are the only snack we trust! He loves them now as much as he loved them back then!

This is from when Zane was 1.5 years old! My First Bear Paws were our choice of snack even back then!

This is from when Zane was 1.5 years old! My First Bear Paws were our choice of snack even back then!

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Always be prepared with snacks: With a growing toddler, comes the days where you feel like all they’re doing is eating! As a mom on the go, it’s so important to have snacks on hand that can easily fit in my diaper bag or purse! I also need snacks that I don’t need to convince my son to eat (no one has time for tantrums when you’re on the go!). I love that My First Bear Paws come in convenient portable packs and that Zane loves them! The vanilla flavour is sweet enough that he feels it’s a treat, but with no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours and 8 grams of whole grains, I feel great about feeding them to him. They’re a great snack to bring along for their first swimming lesson, their first time down the slide alone at the park (they’re so delicious, they’ll probably help him make some new friends at the park too!) Zane can hold the pack himself, they’re fun-shaped and fun-sized and the portions are the perfect size for his growing body. We love to pair them with fresh fruit and sit outside for our after-daycare snack! Where do you enjoy your My First Bear Paws?

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Getting Back Into Shape With A Newborn

This blog is sponsored by AfterShokz and PTPA Media. As always, all opinions and views that I have expressed are my own.

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For those of you who have been following along on my pregnancy journey, you know that we welcomed the newest addition to our growing family on April 2 - little Boston Novak. He is a little bundle of deliciousness and spends the day sleeping and cuddling. I’ve been soaking up every second of newborn bliss, but with the warmer weather around the corner (and pool season!) it’s time to get back into shape! Finding the time, energy and free hands to exercise with a newborn is not easy. I thought I would share some of my tips and recommendations for getting into shape and feeling better about your postpartum body!

For starters, you don’t need to go to a gym to start losing weight. There are SO many programs online that you can download on your phone or watch on YouTube that make working out at home a breeze. There are programs that last as little as 20mins/day or ones that give you a full-body 1 hour workout! I totally recommend starting slow. Don’t be too hard on yourself and definitely start with a reasonable goal. It took 9 months to put the weight on, so don’t expect it to come off over night!

Make sure to stay hydrated, get a good quality yoga mat so that you don’t hurt your knees, take it slow, and I recommend getting a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! Let me tell you why: They use bone conduction technology so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you. It’s no fun and it’s definitely not motivating to work out in silence, and you most likely will be working out while your newborn naps! Using AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones means that you can blast your favourite songs while being able to hear when your baby wakes up. You can also answer calls with it so when you’re in the middle of a work out and your phone is ringing, you don’t need to stop and break your momentum!

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With nice weather around the corner, I also recommend going for walks whenever you can. The fresh air will do your body wonders and walking is a great way to start being more active. You’ll also be able to do it with your newborn and pushing a stroller will give you great added resistance while not putting too much pressure on your joints! When we go for walks, I always have my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones. I can listen to music, answer phone calls, catch up on podcasts and hear oncoming traffic. Traditional headphones don’t allow you to hear what’s happening around you which can be dangerous when you’re with a baby and can’t hear danger coming your way.

Overall, my biggest piece of advice to getting back into shape after having a baby is to be patient. Equip yourself with the right tools and the weight loss will come. In no time you’ll be feeling better about yourself and will be fitting back into those jeans you thought you would never wear again!

I find that my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones have really helped me during my workouts! Have you tried them before? I would love to hear about what must have product you use during your workouts!

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2 Months Later and We're Still LOVING Purina ONE®

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PONEVisibleDifferences #PurinaONEPets #Purina28DayChallenge #CollectiveBias

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A few months ago we took the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge. We immediately noticed improvements in our dog Rambo and can’t wait for more of you to experience the same benefits with your pets! We felt so good about making this change in Rambo’s diet because because Purina ONE® is made with 0% fillers and 100% nutrition! They’re highly digestible so your pet will feel just as good! We immediately noticed Rambo was more excited around mealtime (and this hasn’t changed!). We can barely walk through the door with his new bag of food without him begging for some! This is, no doubt, because of the crunchy bites and tender, meaty morsels. After the first week, we noticed that he seemed happier overall and had so much energy! He was even able to keep up with our 2 year old son (and he never stops moving). And with summer just around the corner, I’m so thankful we made the switch to his diet because he’ll be able to keep up with us on all of our outdoor adventures!
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By week 3, we noticed Rambo’s eyes were sparkling, his skin looked SO healthy and his coat was glistening! It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise given that Purina ONE® is made with omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which support the eyes, skin and coat! The benefits of switching your pet’s food to Purina ONE doesn’t stop with the outside - their immune system will be supported by the change as well due to the unique antioxidant blend of vitamins E & A and minerals zinc and selenium. What really sealed the deal for us was a vet visit at the end of our challenge. Rambo’s vet IMMEDIATELY commented on his teeth and gums (which he previously had issues with). She confirmed what we had already noticed - the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge was definitely great for Rambo. Besides supporting healthy teeth and gums, it has high-quality sources of protein, including real meat as the #1 ingredient which helps support all of your dog's muscles, including a healthy heart.

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We were so impressed with the improvements in Rambo that we haven’t switched his food back since finishing the challenge and we’ve now incorporated other Purina products into his diet, such as their treats! Rambo is obsessed with the Purina ONE® True Instincts Bites With Farm Raised Chicken Dog Treats. I invite you to take the Purina ONE® 28-DAY CHALLENGE Give your pet the high-quality ingredients that help them reach their lifelong potential! With Purina ONE®, you could see visible differences in just 28 days–like strong teeth, vibrant energy, sparkling eyes, and a radiant coat. Make the switch today and save $3 on Purina ONE® when you register for the 28-Day Challenge at www.Walmart.com/PurinaONE. What differences will you see? Visit your local Walmart to redeem your offer and realize your pet’s potential. Save $3 on one (1) 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend® dry dog food, any variety, or 2.8-lb. or larger bag of Purina ONE® dry cat food, any variety. Limit one per individual, household or e-mail address. While supplies last.
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Click ADD TO CART BELOW to start the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge with your pet!

A Mom and Dad's Best Friend - And It's Not Who You Would Think

This blog is sponsored by AfterShokz and PTPA Media. As always, all opinions and views that I have expressed are my own.

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Mom life is all fun and games until daily responsibilities and chores come knocking at your door. There are a million and one things I would rather do than fold laundry… but unfortunately no one else has volunteered to do it for me (if you find someone, send them my way!). My hands seem to always be full with groceries, laundry, lunch, toys (and the list goes on and on). Thankfully, it’s all become a bit more enjoyable thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! I’ve been using them now for over 3 months and keep finding new places to bring them and use them! They allow me to blast my favourite music, catch up on podcasts and even answer phone calls without needing to compromise hearing everything going on around me.

They use bone conduction technology, which means so you can listen to your music while still being able to hear exactly what is happening around you. It means that I can hear the daycare call, hear the doorbell and hear my son when he wakes up from a nap.

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Until the baby arrives, you can find me dancing around my house, folding laundry and preparing the baby’s room with a HUGE smile on my face thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air. They make everything more enjoyable because mom life can be isolating… so I’m especially excited to really put these headphones to good use when the newest addition to our family (baby boy #2) arrives next week! They are part of my hospital bag essentials (if you miss my post, click here to read about why I’ll be brining them with me). I remember newborn life with Zane as being very isolating. He slept all day, so I was home alone a lot, and then he was awake all night eating and crying. This meant lots of nights in the dark, feeding him alone and trying to not do things like watch TV so that he would fall back asleep after. Thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones, I have a feeling the nights will be a lot more enjoyable for me! I’ll be able to sit back and still hear the adorable newborn noises and grunts while also enjoying relaxing music or even talking to a friend!

I’m also not the only one who has been making good use of my AfterShokz Trekz Air wireless headphones! My husband has them EVERYWHERE he goes. He loves playing sports and has found them especially useful when he’s with our son, Zane! They often go for runs and thanks to AfterShokz Trekz Air, my husband can hear if my son needs anything, can hear what’s happening around him (such as cars), but can still keep a beat going and listen to music! More importantly, he can hear me call when I need him to stop on his way and buy me some donuts! They’re sweat resistant, making them perfect for every workout - even the more intense ones! And with no cord, you can move freely and really push yourself to the max.

AfterShokz Trekz Air come in so many gorgeous colours - whatever your style is, you’ll find a pair for you! I have the Canyon Red and love that they stand out, but aren’t too flashy. They’re the perfect accessory to every outfit and the colour is great for my husband too! I would love to hear about your experience with AfterShokz Trekz Air. Tell me about it in the comments below!

The Truth About Pregnancy Pillows

The truth about pregnancy pillows: THEY WORK.

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I didn’t buy any when I was pregnant with Zane… mostly because I was skeptical and not really sure why a pregnancy pillow would be that different than the 20 pillows I had on my bed already. I remember with Zane, I had 1 pillow under my belly, another between my legs, 2 behind me so I wouldn’t roll on my back and a few others depending on how uncomfortable I was. They didn’t really help for long periods of time because they always shifted, moved out of place, or when I eventually had to get up to go pee, it was mission impossible getting them all back into place.

I got my hands on 4 different pregnancy pillows from Boppy and am here to tell you: Don’t make the same mistake I did. Their pillow are affordable, amazing quality and will save your sanity by allowing you to comfortably sleep during your pregnancy! Go. Get. One. Now.

Total Body Pillow: It supports your head, shoulder, belly, legs and ankles. It really is a support for every part of your body. You can use with while lounging or sleeping and it really is the ultimate solution. I LOVE my regular bed pillow, so this full body pillow I would mostly use while lounging. I asked a friend for her opinion and after her first night sleeping with it, she told me it was the best sleep of her pregnancy! Even her husband asked why she didn't get one sooner!

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Support Pillow: It supports your Head and Shoulder, Baby Bump and Shoulders, Baby Bump and Legs, or Back and Legs. It allows you to use your own bed pillow (which I love) and is compact enough to bring anywhere! I will definitely be packing it in my hospital bag!

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Side Sleeper Pillow: It supports your Back and Baby Bump and is especially helpful for women who are used to sleeping on their backs but need to learn to sleep on their sides during pregnancy. It gently cradles your baby bump and sits behind your back, preventing you from rolling over! The stretch panel will grow with you throughout your pregnancy!

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The Wedge: It supports Knees, Back or Baby Bump. This is probably the most underrated product out there. I would have NEVER thought a tiny wedge could make such a difference… but it’s incredible. It alleviated so much pressure off my hips and back during my pregnancy!

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I sleep with the wedge under my belly and the support pillow between my legs. Whether you are pregnant, know someone who is, or are currently trying to conceive, pregnancy pillows will save you and I would definitely consider them a must for every pregnant woman!!! I love my pillows from Boppy because they are durable, affordable and you can remove the covers to easily wash them. I wish I would have tried them sooner!!!!

All of Boppy’s pregnancy pillows have removable covers, making them super easy to wash and reuse pregnancy and pregnancy. I regret so much not investing in one for my pregnancy with Zane! Head over to Boppy to check out all the other amazing products that they have for pregnant and nursing mamas!