Friday, February 28, 2014

Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu (Review)

Disclosure: I'm a BzzAgent, and I was given free product and information from BzzAgent in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I received Coricidin HBP last month, and it happened to arrive at my house at a time when I felt like I was coming down with a cold.  Good timing! I monitored my blood pressure during the time that I took it, and I didn't notice any problems!  Since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about two years ago and even though I'm a RN, I really didn't think much about taking whatever we had in the house for any cold or upper respiratory ailment I had. Not good thinking, and it definitely sets a bad example. I was grateful to try the Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu. It's decongestant-free cold relief for people with high blood pressure.

I talked with a few of my friends at work who have high blood pressure (just because we work in the medical field doesn't make us immune to having high blood pressure!). I told that how they could try Coricidin HBP the next time they had a cold or flu or cough and chest congestion, due to the different Coricidin HBP products that were out on the market. There's Day & night Multi-Symptom Cold, Cough & Cold, Maximum Strength Flu, Cold & Flu, Chest Congestion & Cough, and Nighttime Multi-Symptom Cold.   I told them about S. Epatha Merkerson, an actress who has high blood pressure, and that she takes Coricidin HBP products. I mentioned about the American Heart Association's website to them, to read more about high blood pressure risks, at American Heart Association . For more information and to get a valuable coupon, my readers, stop by Coricidin HBP.

I will be continuing to inform my friends and family members about this brand of products, and I know that I'll be continuing to purchase this product!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Powerocks Magicstick (Review)

Disclosure: I received a Powerocks Magicstick and information from  Powerocks in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I don't like it when my iPhone runs low when I'm out and about and not near my car or an outlet to charge it. I'm constantly on my phone on Instagram or taking pictures of things, which runs my battery down if I'm doing the above things a lot! My purse tends to be small and full of my main essentials, so carrying a big charger is out of the question.  I'm really glad that Powerocks came out with a Magicstick that is compact and easy to carry in my purse. It's a compact and lightweight charger! My son can easily carry it in his backpack or whatever it is that he carries his school stuff in everyday. 

It charges with a single USB port and a corresponding cable from micro to USB connections, and it comes with the cord that you can connect to the plug that goes into the wall. The cable can be used to charge the MagicStick from any high current USB port. This same cable can be switched around when you need to charge your item with the Powerocks Magicstick. On the opposite end of the Magicstick is a button that when pressed lights up showing what level of charge it's at. Blue for 100 to 70 %, green for 70 to 30 %, and red for 30% to 0%. Very easy to tell! 

Here's a few facts or pieces of information about it for you:

1) it has a 120 day warranty

2) Aluminum housing for durability and safety

3) Engineered with smart chip technology to prevent damage or over-charging

4) Compatibility: smartphones, iPhone, MP3 player, e-reader, portable gaming, mobile phone, smartphone, GPS.

5) Available in 8 colors: Charcoal, Blue, Black, Purple, Red, Silver, Pink, and Green

6) It charges as fast as a standard wall charger in an electrical outlet.

7) check power status with a touch of a button

8) Most smartphones can get up to 2 full charges with the MagicStick.

9) It comes with a carrying bag.

Son and I took it to FLBlogCon Forum last month with us, but didn't need to us it. I used it a lot several nights with my iPhone during the Sochi Winter Olympics recently, and it charged my phone while I was using it! I do recommend the Powerocks MagicStick!

For more information: check out MagicSticks and other Powerocks products at Powerocks USA

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats : Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes by Debbie Adler (review)

Disclosure: I was given the cookbook in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I'm letting you know heads up that I have some kind of food allergy, it's something that is in the Cajun Mix that either Great Value's or Walmart's on the label for it. To this day, I don't know what item in it made me break out in an almost full body rash about 8 years ago. I've avoided it since, but still am wary of trail mixes or any other mix.  For those with members in your family who have food allergies, have you ever had to tell that child or even yourself, "no, you can have any" when there's a treat around?

 Debbie Adler, an author and bakery owner has created a cookbook with allergy-free and vegan recipes. Debbie Adler created this cookbook of 50 recipes of muffins, cookies, bread, cupcakes, brownies, and more that are safe to eat for the allergy sufferer or a vegan or really anyone! Each and every recipe in Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats is gluten, dairy, soy, nut and sugar-free. She includes the nutritional facts for each dessert. I  know that there have been times where I wanted to know what was the total carbs and what was the fat content of a particular dessert. I  do appreciate that they are included in the book! Sugar and allergen-free food foods such as stevia and quinoa flour are included in the recipes. There are also recipes in her book in which we, the readers, are able to make our own substitutions, like with sunflower seed butter (there's a recipe in the book for that!). If you can't find a certain ingredient locally, she lists websites and companies of places that sell some of the products that she uses in her recipes so that you can purchase them.

To mention a few things that Debbie's done, she's appeared on NBC's Evening News, and her cupcake place has been featured on and E! Online. She's been featured in Pilates Style Magazine. She has had her recipes publishes online by the Food Allergy Research and Education, The Chalkboard, Life Goes Strong, and on Here's a quote from Ray Romano, "Debbie Adler is a culinary genius!"

I have a question and answer from a Q and A that she answered for someone.
How did you end up as the owner of your own bakery? Did your bakery start off allergy-free, sugar-free and vegan or have your treats evolved over time?
 One day, I found that I was craving cupcakes... but not just any cupcake. I wanted one made with an all-natural, low-glycemic sugar substitute. Lo, and behold, I couldn't find it anywhere, so I figured out how to make them myself. Then I decided to share. That's how Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes started off---just sugar-free and organic with a few gluten-free options. Then, when my son was diagnosed with severe and life-threatening food allergies, I also made it completely allergy-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Barb's Note: I'm going to admit that I haven't had a chance to buy the ingredients for a couple of recipes that I plan to make, but I am still planning to make a few. When I do, there will be pictures on Instagram!  I am, however going to be sharing a recipe of hers here now on the blog. I really enjoyed reading her book, and am serious about planning to make some of the items!

Here's her Apple Fritter Donut Holes recipe! (I love the idea of eating these very much!---Barb)

Apple Fritter Donut Holes
(makes about 20 donut holes)

Donut Holes
15 x 10-inch sheet of parchment paper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/4 cup light buckwheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon sodium-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon guar gum
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup unsweetened plain rice milk
3 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
1/3 cup grated, peeled Granny Smith apple

Apple Cider-Lemon Glaze
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup powdered erythritol
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder


1.   Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper.

2. To make the donut holes, whisk together the two flours, cinnamon, baking powder, guar gum and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.

3. Add the rice milk, coconut nectar, sunflower seed butter, lemon juice, vanilla and stevia to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the grated apple.

4. Take about 1/2 tablespoon of the dough and shape it into a ball. Place the ball on the prepared pan. Repeat until you have used up all of the dough, placing the balls about 2 inches apart on the pan.

5. Bake the donut holes for 12 to 13 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown and bounce back slightly to the touch. Rotate the pan from front to back after about 9 minutes of baking.

6. Transfer the pan from the oven to a wire rack and let sit for 10 minutes before removing the donut holes to cool completely.

7.  To make the apple cider-lemon glaze, microwave the coconut nectar and coconut oil in a 2-cup measuring cup for 20 seconds. Add the powdered erythritol, lemon juice and apple cider and stir to combine.

8.  Frost each donut hole with the glaze, sprinkle a little cinnamon on each and place on the wire rack to set.

Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 donut hole): 60 calories, 2 g total fat, 0.0 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrates, 30 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein, 4 g sugars.

For more information, check out her website below:
Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes

"Smokestack Lady" (Official Music Video) - The Black Lillies

I started following this band in the past year. I had heard about them via a music show on PBS (it was on either the PBS channel from Daytona Beach or WUCF out of Orlando) where this guy traveled around the world and the USA scoping out music. This is The Black Lillies' latest song/video!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tek Recon (Review)

Disclosure: I was given free product from Tek Recon through Chatterbox, in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are mine and my son's.

We received a Tek Recon Chat Pack back in November, but Steven and Cameron (his friend) never got the chance to get together during the time that I was supposed to post it by. Plus, Steven was having a lot of back issues between the time that I had applied for it and when we received the products.

We received 1 Tek Recon Havok Blaster with its supplies and a Tek Recon Battle pack which consisted of 2 Tek recon Hammer Head Blasters and its supplies. We received 2 rounds of Ammo packs. We downloaded the app for the Tek Recon Live Action Online gaming from iTunes app store. The gaming app can also be downloaded from Google Play. We were able to attach our iPhones to both the Havok Blaster and the Hammer Head blaster with the smartphone mounts. I cut out the targets from the boxes and we briefly attempted to play with the Tek Recon Blasters at that time. I don't have any video of it, since we were seriously anticipating Steven and his best friend getting the chance to check out the game outside! Cam was over one weekend in December or January but it was raining outside that time.

I do recommend these, especially when you want your tween or teen to be outside having fun with their friends, instead of being cooped up in the house! The Tek Recon Blasters can be purchased from Walmart, Toys R Us and Kmart.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Call Me Maybe - THE ICE 2012 (+playlist)

I watched this YouTube video of the Shib Sibs earlier this evening, and loved it! I just had to share it with you all!

I will be back to doing some posts this week! It's been crazy here, Steven was out of school Monday and Tuesday last week due to his back pain, along with a visit to the sports medicine physician's assistant on Monday afternoon.  He ended up with a steroid dose pack and Lortab. He'll be going to my pain management doctor in about 10 days.  I was so exhausted from my back and work last week, that I'd come home and have breakfast, then end up dozing on the sofa. I knew that I couldn't post half-asleep. Who knows what I would have posted! Ha!

At night and on my days off, I've been watching A LOT of the Sochi Olympics! CR Celski, the Shib Sibs, Bode Miller, Julie Mancuso, Charlie and Meryl, the Russian skater who retired, and the list goes on.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Short share with you all about Chobani (sponsored)

Disclosure, I was given information to post from Chobani for a chance to win a gift card!

  1. 2, 4, 6, 8! What did we appreciate in this year's game day ad parade? @Chobani! #HowMatters