Freedom Super Foods Cacao Powder Review


Disclosure: I received a package of Cacao Powder from Freedom Super Foods to review. All opinions are my own. 

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You all know by now how much I love chocolate. And not just any old chocolate but GOOD chocolate. This rule even holds true when I bake with chocolate.

Thanks to the folks at Freedom Super Foods I got to try their Cacao Powder which not only tastes good but is good for you! Their Cacao Powder is organic, natural, unsweetened and full of nutrients. It is the perfect Cacao Powder for any dark chocolate recipe and it comes in a convenient resealable 1 pound bag. And believe it or not the Cacao Powder from Freedom Super Foods comes with a 60 day money back guarantee!

So what did I make with the Cacao Powder?

First I started with a dessert that isn’t very healthy but it is a favorite from my childhood so I couldn’t resist!

No Bake Cookies!

No Bake Cookies!

My Mom made these cookies all the time for my brother and I and they were as good as I remembered them. Click here for the recipe to make them for yourself!

The second thing that I made with the Cacao Powder was a healthified version of Chocolate Cupcakes from the recipe book that I received from Freedom Super Foods. When you order your Cacao Powder from them you will get one as well and it is full of great recipes!

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The cupcakes were B approved so you know they have to be good since he is our resident picky eater!

What would you make with the Freedom Super Foods Cacao Powder?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Review: Day 2

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As you read yesterday, Karla and I had an awesome time on the first day of Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend BUT we were feeling a bit left out. Let me explain. It seemed that everyone but us had a fancy dancy Oprah bracelet that lit up periodically during the show. And gosh darn it, we wanted one for ourselves.

After a bit of research we found out that the bracelet we lusted over could be ours by going to O Town which was an attraction all of its own right outside of the Palace. We didn’t have time to go to O Town before the event started on Friday night but we made sure to make time to head over there Saturday morning. We also discovered that we could save some time standing in line by downloading The Life You Want app and pre-registering ourselves for the bracelets. It was a HUGE time saver let me tell you.

The fancy dancy bracelet and program!

The fancy dancy bracelet and program!

While in O Town we did check out a few of the tents. Although it was quite cold out so we didn’t stay out there for long.

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After our chilly tour of O Town we headed inside to get day two started! But first a selfie and a tweet …. which was featured on the Oprah screen!!! We were so stoked about that. lol It’s the little things.

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After Oprah opened the show, her Trailblazers were brought onto stage one by one.

The first Trailblazer was Mark Nepo, a cancer survivor and the author of countless books including The Book of Awakening. I had never heard of him and to be honest he was my least favorite speaker out of all the ones that were on stage that day. He had a good message but it was spoken in a way that sounded like he was trying to hypnotize me and I found that to be distracting.

After Mark Nepo spoke, Oprah was back on stage so that we could do an activity in our workbook. I enjoyed the workbook activities because it helped me to apply what we had been listening to and it kept the day very interactive.

Next up was another Trailblazer….this time it was Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat, Pray, Love. I had certainly heard of Elizabeth before but I had not read her book. (Although I am currently reading it now!) I found Elizabeth to be a very entertaining speaker that conveyed her message in a way that way very relateable. She talked about how all of us will need to go on a quest at some point in our lives and discussed the one that she took and wrote about.

After Elizabeth was done, Oprah lead us through another workbook activity. This one had us look at all of the areas of our lives and how we felt we were doing in those areas compared to how we wished we were doing in them. It really made me think about what is most important in my life and what I need to be giving my attention to.

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The next Trailblazer on stage was Rob Bell. Rob is a pastor and a Michigan native who started an innovative church in Grand Rapids. He has also written many books and done countless other things. Again, I had never heard about Rob and since I am not a religious person I was unsure if I would be able to relate to his message. Surprisingly I found him very easy to relate to and quite enjoyed his time on stage. He is definitely not your typical pastor and I found his approach and message to be very refreshing. I may even pick up one of his books in the future.

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After Rob spoke we had a lengthy lunch break and then we came back to workout. Yep, I said workout. A representative from SoulCycle led the large crowd through a 15 minute exercise routine that was both fun and invigorating. If you have a SoulCycle near you I am jealous because it seems like an awesome way to workout both your insides and your outsides. Let’s hope they expand soon!

After our workout the last Trailblazer of the day came on stage. Again it was someone who I was not familiar with but the crowd seemed to know her quite well. Her name is Iyanla Vanzant and she is a star on the OWN Network among many other things. We were not able to listen to her for very long as I had to leave early since Chris’s son’s birthday party was that same day. But for the short amount of time that we did hear her talk I enjoyed her message and her ability to connect with the audience. I may have to check out her show on OWN!

Although I had to leave the event early on Saturday I feel like I walked away feeling very inspired and motivated to make some changes in my life. To listen to the “whispers” of my soul and to trust my gut instincts.

As cheesy as it sounds, I truly believe that I won those tickets for a reason and that Karla accompanied me for a reason. These types of things just don’t happen. We were meant to be there. And I think we both plan to make the most of our experience to shape our lives into the best possible version that they can be!

 

 

 

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Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Review: Day 1

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I had the most incredible weekend thanks to Mom Among Chaos.  I entered their giveaway for two tickets to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend AND I WON! People really do win those blogger giveaways after all people. ;)

I’ll be honest with you though, I think it is going to very hard for me to put into words what the weekend was like and what I got out of it but I am going to give it my best shot.

As I mentioned I had two tickets so I invited my friend Karla whom I graduated High School with. We go way back and have had some similar life experiences that have kept us bonded even after all the time that has passed since High School.

Friday night was the first day of Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend and I don’t think either of us really knew what to expect. We knew that Oprah was going to be there and that was about it. And honestly that was enough. lol

Our selfie from day #1!

Our selfie from day #1!

The event was held at the Palace and just in case you happen to not know what that is, it is where the Detroit Piston’s play. Karla and I got there about an hour or so before the event started and the place was PACKED. We already had our tickets in hand but it took FOREVER to get through the line and up into our seats.

Speaking of seats. Did I mention how awesome they were?

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This was our view of the stage! As you can imagine we were quite pleased with our seats.

Out of curiosity I did look up how much the tickets were for this event and found out that tickets started at $99 and went up up and up from there. Our seats were actually $299 a piece! Can you imagine paying that?! Although the price seems high I had to remind myself that it was a two-day event and any concert I have gone to has easily been around $100 a ticket so I guess all things considered, the tickets were priced appropriately. Although if I had to pay for the tickets myself I probably would have went with the $99 ones.

Oprah ended up coming on stage about a half hour later than scheduled. I am guessing it was because she wanted to make sure a bulk of the people were actually in their seats because as I mentioned getting through the area where they scanned our tickets took a lot of time. Luckily she had a DJ named DJ Kiss playing some great music to entertain us while we waited.

Soon enough Oprah DID come on stage!

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Eeek! I still can’t believe that I got to see Oprah! Who would have thought?

Oprah spent the next hour and a half talking about her life. Starting from her childhood and her family life to the progression of her career.

Did you know that on Oprah’s first day of Kindergarten she wrote a letter to her teacher stating that she did not think that she belonged there because she knew how to write? That letter got her moved to First Grade that same day!

Oprah is one pretty amazing woman, let me tell you!

She also gave some insight into what we could expect for day two. She had selected “trailblazers” to help us find the way to live our best life. The trailblazers included Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat Pray Love, Iyanla Vanzant who stars on the OWN network and several others. It was a great line-up of inspirational people and I plan to tell about each and every one of them tomorrow when I blog about day two of the event.

Until then I leave you with this quote from Oprah:

“Every moment you have the choice to open up…to listen to the whispers and live the way your life is nudging you to live…to walk boldly on your own life’s path.”

 

 

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The Super Run Lansing Giveaway!

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Thanks to the folks at The Super Run I am back with another giveaway! This time it is for their Lansing event which is on the 27th at Hawk Island Park.

Just like their other events, there will be a 5k and a kids 1k with some great superhero swag like a cape and other items.

The charity that will benefit from the Lansing Super Run is the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

In addition to the two race entries that I am giving away, each winner will also receive a custom cape from SuperFlyKids!

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We Will Never Forget

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I spent a lot of time trying to think of a blog post for today but nothing seemed quite right. It felt odd to consider posting something that I would post any other old day as today certainly isn’t any old day.

So instead, I am posting a link to a video of B reciting the Pledge of Allegiance from about a year ago. (I wanted to embed it into the post but I couldn’t get it to work.) Not only is B saying the Pledge of Allegiance but he is also in the bathtub wearing a life jacket…..because that is how he rolls.

It seemed fitting to post the video today, so click here to watch it.

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WIN Detergent Review

Disclosure: I received two bottles of WIN Detergent to review. All opinions are my own. 

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It should come as no surprise that I am TOUGH on my workout clothes! I drench them in sweat and I cover them in mud. Because of that I need workout clothes that can withstand the beating that I give them and a detergent that can clean them up so that they are as good as new.

Prior to using WIN, I just used my regular detergent to wash my workout clothes but to be quite honest, my regular detergent wasn’t cutting it anymore. Although the clothes would come out of the washer smelling just fine, as soon as I worked out in them again I could immediately smell the stench of all my previous workouts. It was gross.

It was getting to the point where I was considering throwing away some of my workout clothes even though nothing else was wrong with them. But before I started throwing away some of my favorite workout clothes, I decided to do some research on detergents made specifically for athletic wear and WIN seemed to be the top detergent for the job.

Fortunately while I was doing my research WIN reached out to me about trying out their detergent. Perfect timing!

I received two different bottles of WIN. One is WIN Green which is fragrance and dye free and the other is the normal WIN which is scented. I tried them both and I prefer the scented one but that is just my preference.

Both of the bottles passed the sniff test from the washer as there were no lingering odors detected immediately after washing. After allowing my clothes to air dryer (the dryer is bad for most athletic clothes) I then did the REAL test. Which is wearing the workout clothes again to see if the stench was still embedded in them. I only had a couple of items that still had a bit of stench in them but most of my clothes were stench free! The items that were still stinky I have had for several years so I am not sure if I could hold WIN accountable for getting years of stink out of my clothes.

Overall I was very pleased with the WIN detergent and I won’t be washing my workout clothes in anything else!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Gladiator Rock’n Run Recap

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All right, are you ready to hear about the Gladiator Rock’n Run?

Well……I didn’t get to do it.

We had some very severe storms move through our area and the power was knocked out at work. I ended up working 12 hours the night before the race and then close to 16 hours the day of the race. Sometimes it sucks to be a responsible adult. *Sigh*

The bf on the other hand, DID do the race and you can read his recap by clicking here. Since I wasn’t with him, the Gladiator Run was his first solo mud run. So go him!

The power finally came back on at work Sunday afternoon, just in time for me to take B to his first swim class.

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B had a great time and is so excited about going back!

I will probably blog more about where I am taking him for swim classes and our experience there once we have had a few more classes under our belt to really assess it.

How was your weekend?

Anything not go as planned? 

 

 

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Next Up: Gladiator Rock’n Run

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It’s race weekend again! Woohoo!

Chris and I will be doing the Gladiator Rock’n Run for the first time although it is the second time that it has come to the Detroit area.

The Gladiator Rock’n Run is being held at Stony Creek Metro Park which Chris and I both love. We did the Back to the Beach run there earlier this year but I will assume that since the Gladiator Rock’n Run is  a mud run that it may be held in a different part of the park. We shall see.

According to their website that race is going to be a 6k, which is kind of a weird distance and it will have around 17 obstacles. Naturally there will be beer at the finish line and a post race type party. The finishers medal looks pretty sweet and you all know I enjoy adding to my medal collection.

If I had to guess, I would assume that this race is going to be similar to a Warrior Dash experience wise but there is only one way to find out. To run it! And run it I shall. And then I will report back to you all with my thoughts on it sometime next week!

Anyone else running / racing this weekend?

 

 

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He’s a 1st Grader!

B’s first day of 1st Grade was yesterday!

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He was actually supposed to start on Tuesday but his school did not have power thanks to a thunderstorm so he ended up having to go to work with me instead.

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He was hard at work, can you tell? And that smile faded into boredom before long as you can imagine.

The funny thing is, we didn’t even know that school was closed until I pulled in to drop him off. Because of which we had already taken this picture on what we thought was going to be his first day of First Grade.

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And yes, he is wearing s suit coat. A hand me down from Chris’s boys that is still a bit too big but for some reason he was dead set on wearing it and I am one of those Mom’s that doesn’t want to squash his individuality. He forgot all about the suit coat on his second first day of First Grade though. lol

With school starting back up, that means things are changing around here. I am back to the “regular” visitation schedule with B. Meaning I have him all week and his Dad has him on the weekends. I am REALLY happy about that as I didn’t enjoy the every other week arrangement we had this past Summer. I missed him too much!

We have also decided to bow out of Karate classes for now and instead B will be starting swim classes. I really enjoyed B’s Karate classes and his Sensei was absolutely wonderful. B however, was getting bored with the classes so I figured it was time to change it up. B has not yet learned how to swim and I want to make sure he does so that seemed like a perfect fit. I am hoping B will eventually go back to Karate classes but we shall see.

 Have kids? How did the first day of school go?

How are things changing for you now that school is back in session?

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Nadine West Review September

If you read my subscription box post, then you have probably been waiting on the edge of your seat for my review of my newest subscription box, Nadine West!

Nadine West is a monthly subscription box for women. In the box you will receive one top and two accessories based on a style profile that you fill out when you sign up. There is no fee for Nadine West unless you choose to keep any of the items that they send you. Whatever items you do not like, you can send back at no cost to you as long as it is before the return deadline.

Now that you know the details, let’s look at my first shipment, shall we?

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Naturally I immediately fell in love with the Nadine West pink mailer.

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And located inside my pink  mailer were my nicely wrapped items just waiting for me to open them. So without further ado, here is what I got!

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I am happy to say that I liked all of the items that I got! Although I did not keep everything.

Let’s start with the blue flower earrings. They are very pretty and very much my style. So much so, that I already have a pair just like them. They were also very very heavy which does not bode well for my ears so because of that and because I had a similar pair they were returned.

Next was the necklace. I liked this as well but it is a bit fancier than my lifestyle tends to be. I prefer jewelry that I can dress up and down and this necklace could not do that, therefore it was returned as well.

The polka dot shirt on the other hand was a keeper! This is the first polka dot item in my wardrobe and it is perfect for work with either a pair of slacks or a pencil skirt with a sweater or blazer over the top of it. I am looking forward to wearing it!

Overall, I was quite pleased with Nadine West. The prices were very reasonable with the most expensive item in my box being just under $25.

I am definitely keeping my subscription and I am looking forward to seeing what comes in my pink mailer next month!

Have you tried Nadine West? What are your thoughts?

 

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