Oct 172014

Healthy mind and healthy body- two very important elements when you are committed to your own well-being. Paul and I have been working hard at maintaining our mental well-being through therapy and honest communication. As for our healthy bodies, the process has been to include daily exercise, stretching and eating cleaner every day. I have also been drinking Youth H20 every day for the last few days and I feel fantastic! Instead of loading up a bunch of drug store vitamins and purport to provide the vitamins we need, I am drinking YouthH20 which is packed with organic superfoods that enhance beauty, performance and wellness! If you would like to try it with me, leave a comment before Oct 26, 2014 and you can win a supply of YouthH2O.

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YouthH20 is a youth activating concentrate that awakens your youth hormones. Within the daily 2oz bottle, you are getting:

  • Natural Vitamin C which improves collagen and elasticity in our skin from Camu Camu
  • Antioxidants from Purple Corn that provide the highest natural source to combat the free radicals that are known to cause the signs of aging.
  • Adaptagens for natural sustainable energy to recharge your batteries from Maca.
  • Great source of Niacin, Folic Acid, B6 and B12

CamuBowl 300x199 Staying Healthy With YouthH2O Plus Giveaway This amazing superfood concentrate has also been shown to aid in weight loss, improve your skin and is a source for natural energy. As you know, more energy, more libido! This super food is caffeine free, sugar free, gluten free and vegan! This shot of awesome helps balance the hormones of both men and women and boosts our health from the inside out.

I started taking YouthH20 when I went on vacation with my two boys and husband. I immediately noticed that I had more energy and was able to play with them to the point where they were conking out before I did. Also, I noticed that I slept well after long days of tennis, swimming and long walks.WholeMacaBowl 300x199 Staying Healthy With YouthH2O Plus Giveaway

I also recommend this product because the makers, ReVival, have a commitment to people and their health. They believe in using science and nutrition to combat health issues. They are committed to leaving no one behind and health for all. To that end, they are having me give-away a life-changing supply of this amazing product. They really mean it when they say- Leave No One Behind.

PurpleCorn 300x224 Staying Healthy With YouthH2O Plus Giveaway Thanks to Revival for our supply of YouthH20. All opinions are ours.

Oct 082014

As Paul approaches his 50th birthday, the thoughts of gifts to commemorate this auspicious birthday are occupying much of our time. This past year has been one of transformation and changes both physically and emotionally. His training for American Ninja Warrior has him doing things he never thought possible. At the same time, the sore muscles and occasional strains are an inevitability. Thank goodness Salonpas sent us a whole box of their different products to try out.

We have previously expounded on our love for Salonpas and how this is the only topical pain reliever we use. We always have Salonpas Pain Relief Patches on hand for the occasional back or neck pain. Just recently, we can credit Salonpas for relieving the pain of a horrible neck stiffness. Paul put two patches on me before bed and I woke up good as new.

The Deep Relieving Gel is also a great  way to deal with the soreness of new workouts. Right before bed, I rub some of the gel on Paul’s sore muscles and the gel continues to work for a long while afterwards. He can get some sleep and wake up refreshed. The newer pain relief gel patches still provide that great Salonpas topical pain reliever but they don’t stay on like the original patches. They seem to be better suited for wearing during the day but still seem to buckle and not stay put.

We can’t say enough about how much we love this product. We recommend them to everyone.

Thanks to the Salonpas folks for the box of their products. No other remuneration was received for this review. All opinions and sore muscles are ours.


Aug 152014

Have I told you how much I love Mexican food? It isn’t a secret. I have also told you that our go-to Mexican brand is Del Real. We adore them! From their tamales to their pupusas, Del Real makes the best Mexican food that you can buy at your local store.

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Del Real Foods is running a recipe challenge using the delicious Del Real Food products. Since I am a Cuban, and our meat of choice is pork, I am naturally drawn to their Carnitas. If you have never tried them, stop right here and get in your car and drive to Costco and buy some. They go well in tacos, burritos or even on some rice and beans. They are seasoned lightly enough to embellish but are perfect right out of the microwave!Del Real 1.5 150x150 Del Real Challenge   Cuban Sandwich

So, for my recipe challenge entry, I created the Del Real Foods Carnitas Cuban Sandwich!!




1 Package Del Real Carnitas

3 Tbs.   Butter

½ Tsp  Garlic

¼ Tsp Ground Cumin

2 Tsp Lemon (Or bitter orange if you have some which you probably don’t)

1 Pkg Bolillo or Torta Rolls

 Sliced Dill Pickles

  Swiss Cheese

  Yellow Mustard

          Prepare the Del Real Carnitas as directed on the package. In a saute pan, add 1 tablespoon butter, garlic, cumin and lemon. Add the hot carnitas out of the package and place in pan. Mix thoroughly and take the time to break up the meat. Take the roll and split it and add mustard, pickles, cheese and meat. Now, this is the most important part that separates a pork sandwich from a Cuban sandwich- a panini press, a little butter on the outside of the bread and press until it is crunchy. It should look like the picture.Del Real 3 300x200 Del Real Challenge   Cuban SandwichDel Real 2 300x200 Del Real Challenge   Cuban Sandwich

Whether we win or lose, these Del Real Foods Carnitas Cuban Sandwich are the next best thing to going to Miami!

Aug 092014

They gave us a speaker to review and one to give away.

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The following is a back to school post about head phones and a speaker system so cool you think you are living in the future.

If you are like us, you just realized that you have to get your kids ready for school. If you are exactly like us, you have one in College, one in 5th grade and the other in 2nd. The little ones need the basic stuff: new backpack, pencils, markers and crayons, all of which will be lost in a month. However, for our college kid who goes to school 3000 miles away and lives in a dorm, her needs are very different. Sure, she may need pencils but she can buy those herself. What then is imperative for your college kid’s back to school supplies? MUSIC!

sol headphones 150x150 Sol Republic Giveaway         SOL Republic is our favorite music listening device brand. The market is glutted now with everyone trying to outdo the others with prettier colors or some celebrity doing some graphic designs for the product. The truth is, yeah, you can plug your head phones into your phone and you will hear music. SOL however, is light-years ahead of these folks. Their Master Tracks On-Ear Head Phones are so comfortable that you forget you are wearing headphones and yet the sound quality is amazing.  Why do we think our daughter will love these? Easy. Aside from the great sound and the fact you can wear these on a plane and they are so comfy, you can change the headband to suit your mood and match your outfits. The 3 function cord allows the wearer to skip songs, adjust the volume and also to be used as a microphone for incoming calls. Yeah, you read that right.sol headphone 2 150x150 Sol Republic Giveaway

SOL Republic’s Master Track headphones are our favorite but the product that every college kid needs in their back to school supplies is the Deck Portable Wireless Speaker. The Deck is a small, unobtrusive device that acts like a wireless speaker and a speaker phone that you command through your blue tooth as far as 300 feet away. This speaker can easily be paired up with your music devices and play your favorite tunes. You control the volume and sound level from our own device. But, beware, on heist mode, your friends may take over the party!

The sound quality is in a word AWESOME! You can’t believe that such a small device can pack such sound. In a dorm room it would be fantastic but you can easily move the party to the beach. It charges quickly and is completely wireless but comes with inputs if you don’t have Blue tooth.

5 Reasons why we love Sol Republic’s Deck Portable Wireless Speaker:

  1. Instantly fill the room with great sounding music.
  2. Easily move that sound outside next to the pool or in the yard while you garden.
  3. It is so compact it can fit your purse or backpack and comes with a carrying case made from wet suit material!
  4. Doing a presentation? Connect this speaker to your computer and fill the auditorium with sound!
  5. Having a romantic picnic? How about bringing your portable orchestra to play Bolero for you!

O.K., the last one was not for the kids and our daughter should completely disregard that one.

So now that we have given you the perfect idea for your college kid, let us up the ante by giving away a Sol Republic Deck Portable Wireless Speaker! Yes, you can be their favorite parent or completely forget about them and keep it for yourself. That’s between you and your kid.

How do you enter? Easy. Go to the Rafflecopter giveaway
and go to town. The contest ends on September 7, 2014.  Good Luck!

We were provided a Master Track headphone and Deck Portable Wireless Speaker for review. All opinions are ours and we will not be giving our daughter either of these since she already has a Deck and headphones because we told you we love SOL Republic.

Jul 022014

shark tank 300x169 Shark Tank Giveaway         My parents came to this country over 50 years ago and in less than 5 years, they owned their own business. Their entrepreneurial spirit is what this great country was founded on. This is probably why we love Shark Tank so much. The premise of the show is to put inventors and entrepreneurs in front of very successful business people who may or may not want to invest in their project or business. The beauty is also that they give these people advice. These titans of industry know what they are talking about since many of the products that they have invested in have gone on to great success. Consider the Shark Tank box that has some of the coolest items that were featured on the show.

Shark Tank is on Tuesdays on CNBCPrimeTV @8pm. And, because they are so awesome, you too can get a Shark Tank box. #sharktankswag

To enter, take a look at http://www.cnbc.com/id/101229255# then go to our Rafflecopter form and tell us your favorite shark!

The contest runs from July 2 to August 2 just in time for Shark Week!!