Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Costco Meets Whole Foods

Have you heard of Thrive Market?!  I hadn't heard of it until recently.  Thrive Market has your favorite brands at wholesale prices. So many times we think to ourselves, I need to eat healthy organic foods or have safer products in the home, but they are so expensive. Well, Thrive Market has solved that problem.

Thrive Market makes living a healthier life hassle-free and affordable. It's one-stop shopping for food, beauty, baby and home.  Thrive Market only sells the best healthy products at very low prices. 

The first order is 15% off. There's free shipping with orders over 49.00.  I have a feeling they ship a lot of free orders. How much do you spend on groceries?! I know I spend more than $50 a week! You can do an advance search and shop according to your preferences or diet. 

There is also a section for Green Cleaning . You can buy all of your cleaning products from them and not have to worry about having harsh chemicals in your home. 

Thrive Market is only available in the US. Sorry to my Canadian friends, but you can still recommend this to your American family and friends.  

My mom is having knee surgery in May.  I suggested to her that she should start planning now for then. Mom can set up her Thrive Market account now and after she has the surgery she can have healthy food delivered to her and she doesn't have to depend on others to shop for her.  Mom can choose the products herself. 

My mom can use it now too because it is difficult for her to get out of her home to go grocery shopping.  Especially during the winter in Chicago. 

I plan to also use Thrive Market when we visit Chicago this summer. Just place the order and it will be waiting for us at my mom's house when we arrive.  No excuse for not eating healthy while on vacation. 

So give Thrive Market a try.  A year's membership is $60.  With every paid membership Thrive Market donates one membership to a low-income family.  There's a 30-day no risk free trial. During this trial you can have complete access to an incredible selection of products at wholesale prices.  They have an easy return policy and phenomenal customer service.  If you have a problem they will work with you until they get it right. 

This is the easy way to keep your home and family healthy.  They've done all of the research for you and have chosen only the best products on the market.  You can connect with Thrive Market on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Find out more at

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quick Tuesday Tip: Nivea Lip Butter

I've been dealing with some extremely chapped lips this winter. I've tried a few things to help the situation, but nothing worked.

Finally I tried Nivea Lip Butter.  I'm using the flavor Vanilla and Macadamia.  The Lip Butter is like butter. It's creamy and smells like vanilla. It contains shea butter and almond oil. It's not greasy and keeps my lips moisturized for hours. I'm so happy. 

Nivea Lip Butter retails for $2.99. The price is right too!

I highly recommend this product. Please go to to find out more about this and other products.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Celebrating My Favorite Year in Music 1985: February

Continuing my celebration of this great year in music, we move to February.  I will just highlight some of my favorite albums that were released that month. During this month we saw releases from Til Tuesday with "Voices Carry."Great debut album, my favorite track was not the title song, but "Looking Over My Shoulder."  Tears for Fears released their second album "Songs From The Big Chair."  To my every song on that album is great, but my favorite track is "Head Over Heels." The video is fun and shows a lighter side to the band.  Also Mick Jagger released his solo debut "She's the Boss". "Just Another Night" was a hit song from that album. 

There were a couple of movie soundtracks released that month from "The Breakfast Club" and "Vision Quest".  "The Breakfast Club Soundtrack" included the hit song from Simple Minds called "Don't You (Forget About Me)." "The Vision Quest Soundtrack" included a hit song from Madonna "Crazy For You."

The most notable album release is from the late Whitney Houston.  "Whitney Houston" was her debut album and it became the best selling debut album from a female artist of all time. This album had a ton of hits "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "You Give Good Love." I remember seeing the video for "You Give Good Love" for the first time and saying to my friends "That's the girl from Seventeen Magazine! Now she's singing!" You can watch my favorite song "Saving All My Love For You" below.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Website Review

I enjoy staying fit and FitnessBlender.Com is always part of my workout routine. I've been doing their workouts since they only had 30,000 Facebook likes. Now they have over 250.000! I actually reviewed them a few years ago. Check out that review here. recently released a new website.

The new website contains over 300 workout videos and some great new features like My Calendar.  Workouts can be added to the calendar directly. (See picture below) The days with the dots are where I've added workouts.  Just click on the day and it takes you to your workout. The thing I like the most is that you can add purchased programs to the calendar.  That makes them easier to follow. Unfortunately, none of the previously released ebook programs can be added to the calendar, it's only the FB Programs listed on the site. (see above picture)

My Calendar
You will still be able to purchase the ebook programs. I reviewed the meal programs last year.  You can find the review here. Also included on the website are recipes and a blog.  There's nothing to pay except when you buy the meal and fitness programs.  They are great at keeping prices low and the quality high. You still get over 300 workout videos for free. 

Find out more at You can also connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popcorn Review (It's not Garrett Popcorn, but still good)

I live in Toronto, but I'm a Chicago girl. To me Chicago is a fantastic city known for its architecture, live theater, wonderful people (like me) and of course the food. When you think of Chicago food, deep dish pizza immediately comes to mine. We are also known for what's called the "Chicago Mix." That's a mixture of cheese and caramel popcorn.  If you're a Chicagoan and you hear the words "Chicago Mix" Garrett Popcorn comes to mind.

When I'm home I always try to go to Garrett Popcorn. Why?! Because it's the best popcorn ever! That's where the "Chicago Mix" was born. Recently Garrett Popcorn has had to stop using the name "Chicago Mix" because of a lawsuit by a company called Candyland. Candyland holds the trademark for "Chicago Mix." They had to change the name to "Garrett Mix". But I still call it "Chicago Mix." Shhhhh! Don't tell anyone!

I was very happy to find G.H. Cretors' "Chicago Mix" here in Toronto. I was amazed at how close it was to the "Garrett Mix." The caramel popcorn definitely reminded it me of Garrett's "CaramelCrisp."  It was sweet, buttery and just yummy.  The cheese popcorn could have been cheesier, but when you put the two together....heaven.

Chicago Mix

G.H. Cretors' "Chicago Mix" is the closest brand I've tried that tasted like Garrett's.  When I ran out of it, I made a special trip to the store to get more.  I hope that the store continues to sell it. It's like having a little piece of home with me in every bite. 

Their popcorn is gluten-free and contains non-GMO ingredients. Another reason to like them, right?! Check out G.H. Cretors' website for more flavors. You can also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 7.2-Cup Kettle Review

Never used electric kettles before we moved to England. We lived in England for two years. When we returned to Chicago that was one of the first things I bought for our new home.

I have been through a few electric kettles since then and just recently purchased a new one and it is my favorite.  It's the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 7.2-Cup Kettle. I like it because it's stainless steel and it boils water quickly.  When filled completely it takes about four minutes to boil.

Doesn't take up much counter space, has auto shutoff and cord-free pouring I recommend this electric kettle.  You can go to to find out more about this kettle and other products. You can also find the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 7.2-Cup Kettle at Also check out my review of the Hamilton Beach 5 Qt. Slow Cooker.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender Review

My dad received this Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender as a gift. He told me he had no use for it so I took it off his hands. Yes, I know I'm such a good daughter.  Anyway, I was so excited to receive this.  I imagined making all kinds of soups and smoothies with it.

First of all, it's very easy to use and to assemble. The motor body and detachable blending shaft snap together. After use detach the blending shaft. The clean up is a breeze. I basically just rinse it off the blending shaft and wipe off the motor body.  I have made soups and smoothies with the hand blender.  It makes the soups thicker in a matter of seconds. Smoothies blend easily and get super thick. It's a great product and I'm always looking for ways to use it.

My super thick protein smoothie

The blender came with a mixing beaker (pictured above). I make the smoothies right in the beaker. The detachable blending shaft and beaker are both dishwasher safe. The beaker is microwave safe. Also included was an instructional recipe booklet (pictured below).

I recommend this product. To find out more about this and other Cuisinart products please visit their website at  You can also follow them on TwitterInstagram and like them on Facebook.

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