Month: October 2013

Review: Annie’s Homegrown Rice Pasta & Cheddar Gluten Free

Annie's Homegrown Mac&CheeseI’ve heard of Annie’s Homegrown macaroni and cheese products for some time and have been wanting to try them, so I was excited to see a single-serving container in my #MamaVoxBox from Influenster. I was even more excited that I got to try their gluten-free option — the Rice Pasta & Cheddar Gluten Free Microwavable Mac and Cheese Cup.

All in all, my family was impressed by their natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, synthetic preservatives, GMOs, growth hormones, or persistent pesticides.

My husband and I shared some with our toddler, and all of us enjoyed the true cheddar flavor.

However, we’re not big salt people, so we were a little disappointed by the sodium content in one small single-serving container — 470 mg. The ingredients list shows salt in both the cheese and as a standalone ingredient. We prefer to add salt if we find it’s needed, and in this case the salt contained in the cheese would have likely been enough for us, flavorwise. got it from influenster However, many Americans prefer a lot of salt, so that’s par for the course, and it could be much worse.

I would like to try more flavors from Annie’s Homegrown, and I am thankful for the opportunity that we had to try this product.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary through Influenster.

Not the time or place…

As if my husband and I weren’t dissatisfied enough with Capital One — this morning I saw their new commercial that made me even more glad we switched banks recently. Granted, this commercial is for their Quicksilver credit card — we go by Dave Ramsey’s debt-free Financial Peace plan, so we rarely use credit cards.

The commercial features Samuel L. Jackson, and ends with the following statement:

“Unlimited 1.5% cash-back on every purchase, everywhere, every damn day.”

I know “damn” isn’t considered a majorly terrible swear word, but my toddler and I were catching the weather this morning via “Good Morning America” and this commercial aired.

I’m not a prude — there’s a time and place, and the early morning time slot is not that place. Sure, we hear words stronger than that sprinkled throughout prime time television, but again, that’s prime time, not early morning. Plus, it just feels too contrived in a commercial like this — not very professional.

At least I know who to blame if my toddler comes out with the phrase “every damn day.” Thanks a lot, Capital One.

Save a commercial like this for after the kiddos have gone to bed. (more…)

Review: Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles

Dr. Scholl's Comfort Insoles from Influenster

When I opened my Influenster MamaVoxBox, I was excited to see a pair of Dr. Scholl’s for Her Comfort Insoles inside! Chasing my 15 month-old, 23-pound-and-growing little boy around the house can be quite a daunting task, but these insoles really do the trick to keep me on my toes and my feet from aching.

I’ve tried some imitation brands, and even tried one pair of the original Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel “Are you gellin’?” insoles, but I love that these are specifically made for women’s shoes and feet. I especially love that there’s no cutting and trimming required to fit them into our shoes, so there’s no guesswork with trying to make sure you cut them accurately. (more…)

October 15th, National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day

October 15th, National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Today is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day, and October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.

My husband & I remember our angel baby Serenity Rose, gone in June 2008. We remember and honor all the precious babies gone too soon; those who have touched our hearts, blessed our lives, and changed us forever. Always loved, never forgotten.

We thank God for blessing us with The Boy, our rainbow baby, in July 2012.

This is good stuff. Having been there and heard many of these from people who meant well, I can say firsthand that when you don’t know what to say, don’t say anything – just share a hug and a prayer.


Wrong: Don’t talk about him. It will make you sadder.

No. Actually, talking about him makes me happy and helps me work through feelings. I’m sorry if you are uncomfortable, but this is part of how I cope with my grief. I need to make sure that people remember him.

Wondering what you CAN (and SHOULD) say?

I’m sorry.
I wish this hadn’t happened.
How can I help?
What can I do for you?
I’m lighting a candle for you.
You’re in my thoughts.

A brief history of October 15th, National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Official website of October 15th.