Sunday, May 21, 2017

Special K New Nourish and Protein Snack Bites!


As a mom I am always on the go, it seems I never have the time to relax, and often I even go without eating because I am so busy I just simply forget. Thankfully Special K® knows it can be tough to find time to stop and take a break. That's why the brand is expanding its line of portable snack options with its new Special K Nourish and Protein Snack Bites.


The Special K Snack Bites are a poppable new take on the bars women already love, that make it easy to eat on-the-go, whether you snack a little or snack a lot. Special K Nourish and Protein Snack Bites deliver real, satisfying ingredients you can see, like crunchy pistachios and almonds, quinoa and rich dark chocolate. Special K Protein Bites also pack in up to 9 grams of protein per serving. Packaged in a unique stand-up, resealable bag, these new snacks are easy to grab throughout the day.

Snack Bites Special K Nourish Bites are available in savory Dark Chocolate Pistachio and sweet Blueberry Almond Quinoa flavors Special K Protein Bites are available in creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate and chewy Caramel Nut flavors Snack Bars – introducing new flavors

Special K also added new chewy Caramel Almond Sea Salt and rich Chocolate Coconut Cashew flavors to its previous Nourish Snack Bar flavors of Cranberry Almond and Chocolate Almond Special K Protein Snack Bars are now available in tangy Chocolate Cherry Nut and sweet and salty Caramel Pretzel Cashew flavors, in addition to the previous Fruit and Salted Nut and Chocolate Peanut Pecan flavors.

I personally love the Caramel Almond Sea Salt, I cannot get enough and almost always have one ready to go in my purse so when I am hungry I have my own snack.

Whether you snack a little or snack a lot, Special K's new Nourish and Protein Snack Bars and Bites are a deliciously snackable option that checks all the boxes. For more information about Special K's new Nourish and Protein Snack Bars flavors and new Snack Bites varieties, please visit http://www.specialk.com.



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Don't get dehydrated this Summer use LifeStraw


We are a very outdoors family, when my 2 oldest were younger we had a chance to visit CO. Well because of the time difference from FL to CO our family was up early and we decided to head out to Hanging Lake.  Because of leaving so early and not really thinking we only had 2 bottles of water, thankfully there was a stream down the side of the mountain as we hiked up, but we did risk catching something from drinking the water, thankfully we didn't but I never wanted to be in that situation again.

The LifeStraw is a wonderful device which filters out harmful bacteria without having to boil water, you just stick it in the water and drink! The LifeStraw Steel is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping and travel. The 2-stage filtration process removes bacteria and protozoa and reduces organic chemical matter and chlorine.

You seriously, just stick the Lifestraw Steel into the water source and drink like you are using a straw. The filter inside the Lifestraw cleans the water INSTANTLY! When at the park I see a lot of mom's who freak out about their kids using the water fountains, with the LifeStraw Steel no more freak out! You can purchase it here.

I have been drinking a lot of soda because at the theme parks this is my cheaper option, but now there is a new LifeStraw it's the new LifeStraw Go - now with a carbon capsule that reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor! Available in 5 colors. Which makes me fill up water more often, which I would avoid because of them sometimes just looking to nasty around the spout.

LifeStraw has a  Follow the Liters program, for every LifeStraw product sold, a child in a developing country receives clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year.

The LifeStraw features:
Uses replaceable activated carbon capsule to reduce bad taste, chlorine and organic chemical matter for up to 100 liters (26 gallons).

Uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology (0.2 microns) to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons)

Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli

Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns

Available in 5 colors

BPA Free Tritan Bottle

Replacement hollow fiber membrane cartridges available

Replacement carbon capsules available

Does NOT use iodine or iodinated resin

I have already started to purchase one LifeStraw for each of my family members because this summer we will be going outside a lot more so I want to make sure we never run out of fluids and with LifeStraw we will be set. You can learn more about LifeStraw here.

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gluten Free Namaste Foods #Giveaway!


When looking for foods I often look for healthier options and some things I enjoy are gluten and allergen-free because my kids seem to act a little crazier when they eat to much of these items. Namaste products are all 100% dedicated gluten and allergen-free!

Namaste pasta meals, grab‘n go soups, pantry staples, baking mixes and coating mixes are free from the Top 8 Food Allergens. I was able to pick out a few samples in which to try out and feed to my family.


The first I requested was the Waffle and Pancake mix, I chose this because if I do cook I am often making one or the other for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I love to play with mixes I often add fruits, syrups and more to give them flavor because most mixes just lack. These waffles and pancakes are absolutely delicious! They win the taste test over any wheat waffle and pancake mix on the market. They are light and fluffy with a hint of pure vanilla. What is really amazing to me, is that they are sugar-free, too, which how can you beat that!?!  I did let my kids put on syrup if they chose to but most just ate with butter.

The 2nd I asked for was the Organic Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. Just because you are eating better or have a diet you have to go off of doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the good things in life. These Organic Dark Chocolate Brownies are fudge filled delicious goodness. What I really enjoy about the Organic Dark Chocolate Brownies is that I can actually pronounce and I know what the ingredients are Organic cane sugar, organic brown rice flour, organic cocoa (processed with alkali), organic tapioca starch, organic arrowroot powder, citrus fiber and salt. They bake thick and taste amazing! I enjoy them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Finally I tried the Rice Milk mix from Namaste Raw Goods. The Rice Milk Powder has a slightly sweet flavor, which makes it great for baking. I love that I can replace things without my kids noticing I am actually feeding them healthier food. I also sometimes mix a little for my cats, which makes them go nuts wanting more, but its a special little treat for them. It comes in a resealable pouch also, so I don't have to worry about kids hitting and it dumping out.

I really enjoyed the Namaste products and look forward to trying more of the many products offered from the brand. You can visit Namaste here and see all the other great products.


Enter to win: Namaste reusable grocery tote bag full of one Pasta Meal, Baking Mix, Coating Mix, Soup Cup and information.

Namaste Gift Bag


Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

New Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities!


Organic/non GMO foods, are the way to go, and when it comes to candy it is hard to find, that meets both standards.

Our family is a huge fan of Now and Later which is a soft chewy candy but it has a lot of dye and other things to give it is flavor and knowing how horrible I was when I was given red dye products I am sure it rubs off on my kids. Thankfully Torie & Howard have now come out with the new Chewie Fruities.


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!

My kids and I tried these products and were pleasantly pleased at how great they tasted and they even seemed to last a little longer then are normal candies. My kids each had their own personal favorite.


Joshua and Elizabeth enjoyed the California Pomegranate and Michael really enjoyed the  Italian Tarocco Blood Orange. The 2 others couldn't pick they enjoyed them all.



You can also pick up 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 Pink Grapefruit and Tupelo Honey, which is ironic because I am not a huge fan of grapefruit pink or not, it always seems to sour but the hard candy has that perfect mixture that it is the best!

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

New Pop! The Best way to Enjoy Popcorn!


I love LOVE popcorn, I love it at home, at the movies, out and about, I just simply LOVE popcorn, but I hate getting the kernels stuck in my teeth, gums or simply choking on them. Thanks to New Pop problem solved!

New Pop really is a new idea on how to enjoy popcorn. New Pop is popcorn which is skinless popcorn! Yeah, you read that right, SKINLESS popcorn. New Pop starts with a kernel of corn and removes the skin using a very unique (secretive!) process. Once the skin is removed, the kernel is then popped under high pressure. Not heat! Using high pressure locks in all the nutrients and maintains its flavor. Most conventional popcorn is popped using heat, salt, oils and butter. Not New Pop! No Oil, No Salt and No Butter is used! After New Pop skinless kernels have popped, they add a dash of raw organic cane sugar and a dusting of natural flavors to create our different flavor varieties.


New Pop comes in 3 flavors as of now, but I am sure more are to come, just because they are so delicious! The 3 flavors are:

New Pop Original: is made up of 2 things. Corn and raw organic sugarcane.
I ate the whole 4.23oz bag in one setting, but no worries the whole bag was less than 200 calories.

New Pop Sweet Cinnamon: only 3 ingredients.... I bet you can even guess what they are.....corn, cinnamon and raw organic  sugarcane. These were so good that I tried them with milk like cereal and it worked great.

The last flavor by New Pop is New Pop Hot & Sweet: Corn, red chili peppers and raw organic sugarcane. I tried these last as I thought it could be a bit hot on the tongue. I was wrong, the hot and sweet go perfect together that make for a real treat.


There are so many benefits to enjoying New Pop popcorn:

1: No more popcorn stuck in teeth, no more choking on the skin
2: Healthier, tastier option
3: The kids also enjoy this snack, scoring points for you as a parent
4: Come in 3 great flavors

You can purchase New Pop by visiting their website here, and on Amazon.

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.