Tastykake® Kandy Bar Kakes

Making “S’mores” is a quintessential summer activity. We always bring graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars when we go camping so we can melt up some gooey treats around the campfire. The S’mores experience is hard to replicate, but the flavors can be captured in other goodies. I just tried S’mores Kandy Bar Kakes from the Tastykake® company.
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There is a graham-flavored cake and a marshmallow-flavored layer of frosting that is enrobed in a chocolate coating. It’s like S’mores-on-the go (no campsite required)!
This is what the inside looks like:
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The chocolate coating is super. I would have preferred a thicker marshmallow layer (frosting, after all, is my favorite food); however, overall, it was a delicious dessert.
I would recommend cutting the bar into 2 or 3 pieces to serve kids. I would also suggest freezing it and eating it right out of the freezer (sort of like an ice cream bar).
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Kandy Bar Kakes are available in S’mores, Peppermint, and Peanut Butter flavors.
Learn more at the Tastykake® website:
http://www.tastykake.com/
The Tastykake® Kandy Bar Kakes are sold at grocery and convenience stores across America, in boxes or individually.

Which flavor would you like to try?
What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample for testing and review purposes.
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Coincidentally (while on the subject of S’mores), Dairy Queen just announced that S’mores Blizzard® Treat is its Blizzard® of the Month and will be available all summer long at DQ®!

Playing Games for a Good Cause

There is a fun new site–GoodGames.org–that lets users earn donations for worthwhile causes simply by playing online games.
Users simply go to www.goodgames.org and choose from a list of 109,000 nonprofits and schools (or add their own); then earn donations for their favorite cause when they play top quality online games.
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Goodgames features a range of great online games, including Mahjongg Dimensions, Klondike Solitaire, Trizzle and more. Playing any of them will help earn donations.
With over 113 million Americans playing 50 million hours of casual online games a DAY, Goodgames could raise over $ 1 billion a year for charitable causes!
Goodsearch, the parent company of Goodgames, has already donated nearly $10 million to causes nationwide through their supporters’ simple daily actions–such as web searching, shopping online, dining out, and taking surveys.

So, let’s all play some games!!
Which causes will YOU choose?

Re-Body Hunger Chews

I was given the opportunity to try
Re-Body® Hunger Chews™ – Mandarin Orange
(thanks to Naturally Savvy…visit
www.naturallysavvy.com for more info).
These are meant to help control your cravings and, in turn, help control your weight. The “secret” ingredient is Satiereal® Saffron Extract. Each chew is 30 calories and contains 88.5 mg of the extract.
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Honestly, I work out daily and always have a good appetite, so I am not sure that they reduced my cravings. My theory is that food cravings (e.g. chocolate) are often psychological, and I am not sure there is a supplement to solve that issue.
However, I believe the Re-Body® Hunger Chews™ are a high-quality product and not just a scam; using them for a longer duration may indeed prove their efficacy.

The website says: “Studies have shown that after eight weeks of use, participants had a reduced desire to snack, fewer instances of between meal snacking and had an increased feeling of fullness.”
Other Ingredients: Evaporated Cane Juice, Brown Rice Syrup, Natural Flavors, Rice Syrup Solids, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silcone Dioxide, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Glycerin, Natural Color from Fruits and Vegetables
Learn more at:
https://www.myrebody.com/Products#Control-Appetite

Have you tried these? Or any similar products?
Let me know what has or has not worked for you!

Melissa & Doug Easter Shop and Giveaway

Melissa & Doug’s Easter Shop is Open!
You know all kids would love an Easter basket filled with bunny rabbits, lambs, classic toys, and other sweet surprises!
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Pick out your favorite Easter toys here:
http://www.melissaanddoug.com/top-easter-toys-for-kids?utm_source=Shopatron+Email+Marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Top+Easter+Toys+-+Easter+Shop&utm_content=osullivanrobin22%40gmail.com&utm_campaign=030613+Blogger+Email+-+Easter+Shop+is+Open

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Even better?
Melissa & Doug is providing a lucky winner from their community with $200 to spend toward toys in the Easter Shop!
It’s easy to enter at this link:
http://ymlp.com/xgmmwqyqgmgqh

What’s YOUR favorite Easter basket surprise??

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

Every child deserves a learning environment that’s safe, healthy, and optimal for learning. Unfortunately, many schools across the country are subjecting children to unhealthy classrooms with poor lighting, inefficient energy usage, or harmful toxins. When a school goes green, children AND the environment benefit!

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Sustainability is important to Pureology. To improve student performance and reduce the carbon footprint of schools, Pureology is offering a Green School Makeover to one Grand Prize Winner. You could win this for your local school when you enter the contest.
You can nominate a school here:
http://www.pureology.com/GreenSchools

And learn more about Pureology at their website:

http://bit.ly/VzWAQh

I put in a submission for our local elementary school, because I want optimal health for our kids and our land. The funds could be used for water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficient upgrades, and more.
Do you have ideas for how your local school can go green?

Health & Fitness Inspiration

Where do you go for inspiration on diet and exercise topics? I have a health & fitness Pinterest board to collect images and ideas.
My link is:
http://pinterest.com/robinosully/health-fitness-inspiration/
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Blogs are also a great source of tips and encouragement.
I recently discovered
http://knowmybody.com/
which is full of articles about fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices, wellness, and more.
The site has tutorials on body composition, muscle building, weight loss, and setting goals.
I recommend checking out the site!

Do you have favorite health-related blogs?
Do you want to share your fitness or diet Pinterest board?
Please leave a comment!

L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

It might be magic!
I was given the opportunity to try L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream through the SheSpeaks blogger program.
This multi-tasking skin beautifier delivers 4 helpful actions: it hydrates, corrects, evens and perfects–all for $10.95!
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I don’t like to use a lot of skin products, so the fact that this one could take care of so much all in one little tube was quite appealing.
After one week of daily use, I can say that is really does instantly transform to your appropriate shade for a flawless, bare skin finish.
Over time, I may even see more beautiful skin (here’s hoping!).
The all-in-one skin BB cream has “Beautifying Beads,” which are encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C&E.
Check out more details at:
http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/Products/Makeup/Face/BB-Cream/Magic-Skin-Beautifier-BB-Cream.aspx?shade=Light

Have you tried BB creams? Do you have a favorite?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tube of L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream for review purposes from SheSpeaks.com

Balance Bars: Giveaway

I have been a fan of Balance Bars since I was in college. The first time I tried one of the peanut butter & chocolate combinations I could have sworn it was an ordinary candy bar. But, all 28 flavors are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model that gives you sufficient energy for any workout!
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Check out a fun Balance Bar review & giveaway at Susan’s Disney Family Blog:
http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/search/label/Giveaway?updated-max=2013-01-14T10:55:00-05:00&max-results=20&start=3&by-date=false

Do you have a favorite energy bar?

Teeccino: A Healthy Coffee Alternative

Are you a coffee person or tea person? Some people have a strong preference, but I have always been a drinker of both, depending on time of day or depending on my mood.
Teeccino Herbal Coffee is a unique beverage that combines some of the healthy aspects of both coffee and tea.
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Teeccino is naturally caffeine-free and non-acidic, but it still provides a natural energy boost. It comes in ground form, like coffee, or in tea-bag form. You can choose from light, medium or dark roast. There are even tasty flavors like Chocolate Raspberry or Caramel Nut!
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You can learn more at
http://teeccino.com/category/11/Herbal-Coffees.html

Disclosure: As a Naturally Savvy Team Blogger, I received free samples of Teeccino for review purposes.
Visit Naturally Savvy at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/

Fight Flu Symptoms with Oscillococcinum

Fatigue? Headaches? Body aches? Chills and fever? Not fun. There is a homeopathic medicine that can help: Oscillococcinum. When taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, it has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the duration and severity of these symptoms.
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It is safe for everybody two years of age and older.
I like that the sweet, melting pellets do not require chewing or swallowing…and there are no side effects (no drowsiness)!

You can follow @OscilloUSA on Twitter
Learn more and download a coupon at http://www.oscillo.com/
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary 6-dose box of Oscillococcinum for review purposes from Naturally Savvy: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/