Fill Your Nutritional Gap with MegaFood – And Help Others Too!

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It’s the new year! And yep, just like almost everyone else out there, I’ve been taking the new year as a good reason to try and live a bit healthier. A quick look online (and a chat with my doctor), and I was told that, along with a decent diet and exercise, getting good vitamins and supplements was really a simple way to generally increase my health. Uh, that’s it? That’s all I have to do? Count me in!

My doctor counseled me on the importance of finding good supplements, though, and my search led me to MegaFood Multivitamins. Vitamins focused on providing nutritional supplements through the power of farm fresh food, it makes it easy to close up some of my nutritional concerns – without worrying about putting chemicals or other crappy body at the same time. Who wants to “fix” their problem by causing new ones?

The MegaFood Multivitamin for Women has become my daily staple. Supporting my general health and well-being, brown rice, carrots, broccoli, and oranges come together to help provide some of the much-needed vitamins for my body. As a young female, this vitamin works fantastically for me. It’s simple to take two a day, and it doesn’t taste bad. The pills are slightly larger than I’d prefer, but they go down pretty easily with a glass of water. I’m happy to see that MegaFood also offers specialized formulas for Women Over 40 and Over 55. Everyone is sure to have some of those hard-to-find nutrients that are important to their health and well-being.

MegaFood also offers some Booster Powders. In a powder form, these are going to be so easy to add to a morning smoothie or protein shake. I’m pretty excited to see how I can get the Daily C-Protect into my daily morning protein shake in order to boost my immune system. Can’t be getting sick in the middle of winter!

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Does your health matter to you? Are you open to adding a better vitamin to your day to close any nutritional deficencies you have? Well, MegaFood wants to help you – and those in need. Visit this website, and pledge to make an effort to get all of the nutrients your body needs. With every pledge, MegaFood will donate a bottle of MegaFood Multivitamins to those in need. YOU will also receive a $5 coupon towards the purchase of any MegaFood Multivitamin, and you’ll be entered to win a year’s supply of MegaFood Multivitamins and a trip to a wellness retreat!

PLEDGE to bridge the nutritional gap and help others in the process!

Want more information? MegaFood will have a Facebook Live launch event on February 7th. Not only will there be giveaways, but the entire day will be focused around one very important cause: getting enough nutrition in your life. Check out the details for the MegaFood Facebook event and RSVP to ensure you remember to attend on February 7th!

Disclosure: MegaFood provided free samples of MegaFood vitamins for my trial. However, all opinions included in this post are my own – and I’m still taking my MegaFood vitamins every day!

Giveaway: Premium Cocktail Mixers with Cocktail Crate!

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Cocktail Crate was founded in 2012 by 24 year old cocktail lover, Alex Abbott Boyd. Only 1 year out of college and with no experience in the liquor or food industries, Alex was motivated by a desire make and sell a product he could be truly passionate about. The first batches were paid for with $5,000 raised through the crowd funding website Kickstarter. Each bottle was handmade and labeled by Alex in his home borough of Queens, and the deliveries were made to local stores via the NYC subway. By the end of 2014, demand for the mixers grown well beyond Alex’s ability to personally make each bottle, and he brought on an amazing team to help with production. With that step complete and new flavors in the works, Cocktail Crate is extremely excited to see what the next year brings!

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To get things started, they want to host a giveaway so 1 lucky winner can try their premium mixers! Fundamental to their mixers is how easy they are to use. There is a reason why Screwdrivers are popular. They’re just so easy to make! There is also a reason why many people stop drinking them after college – they don’t taste very good. Cocktail Crate brings the ease of the 2 ingredient cocktail and elevates it to the level of a craft beverage. With Cocktail Crate, you can make a delicious beverage with just one of their mixers, your favorite spirit, and some ice!

Cocktail Crate doesn’t just settle for average, either. Concerned about all of the artificial flavors and HFCS in most cocktail mixers? Never have to worry about it again when you add Cocktail Crate into your kitchen. They only use fresh, local, and organic ingredients in their mixers. Their cocktail mixers are sweetened with nature’s sweeteners such as local wildflower honey, agave nectar, and cane sugar.

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Sound awesome? I know it does! Enter to win a 4-pack of their mixers right here! Be sure to follower their Instagram for even more chances to win!

WIN IT:

Cocktail Crate has generously offered to send a 4-pack of Cocktail Crate mixers (in Ginger Bee, Sriracha Margarita, Spiced Old Fashioned, and Lavender Bloom) to one lucky winner! To enter, simply complete the form below (one entry per person, per method). Info collected will only be used to verify the winning entry and contact the winner. This giveaway will close on May 7th at 11:59pm EST. The contest is open to readers in the US only.

One winner will be picked randomly through Giveaway Tools and I will contact them via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address or another winner will be chosen.

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Fun with Bright and Environmentally-Friendly Cupcake Liners

4y8qzb2mlfKNzUqJ73KKBIaHrk7ITrfBELLzBobb7skI gotta say, I love cooking and baking – and I love cooking and baking even more when it’s going to look gorgeous in photos after I’m done. As much as I love tasting my treats, I honestly love the photo-worthy designs of my treats even more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been inspired to bake something purely because I thought my camera could take some lovely photos of it.

That’s partly why I love the California Kitchenware Butterfield Silicone Cupcake Molds. Made from silicone, this set has 12 silicone cupcake molds in bright blue, bright yellow, and a bright pink/purple. Standard in size, these will fit regular-sized muffin tins. However, according to the instructions, no muffin tins are needed. You can just use these on a cookie sheet if muffin tins aren’t something you have.

Made from food-grade and non-stick silicone, these are designed to be freezer, microwave, and oven-safe up to 500 degrees. They also can be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. I tested them up to 350 degrees for my cooking, and each one of the 12 went into the top shelf of the dishwasher for cleaning with no issue. (I recommend turning them inside out in order to get them as easily cleaned as possible)

The cupcake molds were super easy to use, and honestly, look at how bright and stunning the molds look against the cupcake pan. (No, I didn’t put the pan outside in the snow to get that photo. No, you can’t prove it.)

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When it comes to baking, the cupcakes came out really evenly-baked and very moist. They were really delicious. I really recommend these muffin tin molds for cupcakes that you plan to cool before eating, though. If you attempt to eat them while warm, because of the inflexible nature of silicone, the cupcake can come apart while trying to get the mold of the silicone off. Cooled cupcakes that had been out of the oven for two or three hours seemed to do best with these silicone molds. The warmer ones (10 minutes out) tended to fall apart as you tried to remove the silicone molding.

I love that I have reusable cupcake mold liners for the muffin tin now. I don’t feel so bad about making cupcakes now that I know that my cupcake molds can just be reused again and again. I always used to feel so bad throwing away the paper liners. Now I don’t have to. Definitely a more environmentally-friendly way for me to enjoy the occasional cupcake or morning muffin.

Like the look of it for yourself? Check out the California Kitchenware Butterfield Silicone Cupcake Molds right on Amazon.

Know What’s In your Hard Cider When You Make It With Mr. Beer

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If you remember, I did an earlier post about how the Mr. Beer Hard Cider brewing kit would be a great holiday gift. Turns out, I thought it would too because I ended up getting one myself! We’ve had great experience with the Mr. Beer beer brewing kits, so I thought it was time to try out the hard cider ones.

I actually think I prefer brewing hard cider instead of beer. I think it’s actually a little bit easier, so if you’re someone who is split between the two, I’d recommend starting with the homemade hard cider kit. I’ve just finished the brewing, and now my hard cider will need to sit around for a couple weeks to ferment. It can sit around for a bare minimum of a week to get the fermentation it needs, but I’ve read multiple sources that recommend letting it sit out for even longer for better-tasting hard cider. I like better tasting, and my patience is luckily okay with waiting.

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It’s super, duper simple. Even if you have no experience with home brewing, you can have a batch of hard cider started fermenting within 40 minutes (and that’s including the time you have to wait for the water to boil or your supplies to sterilize). It only requires some house-hold items such as a measuring cup, spoon, pan, and granulated sugar. Everything else you’ll need, including the bottles to keep your hard cider in, are all included in the kit.

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See? Everything you’ll need to start your first home brew is all included in the box! It’s all pretty and clean, and they even include optional Mr. Beer Hard Cider stickers to put on your hard cider bottles if you’d like. They also have bottle caps for the bottles and everything. It pretty much means you’ll be ready to make your hard cider as soon as you open the box.

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To start, you have to sterilize your equipment. The instructions are clearly printed and easily explain each step (I’d actually argue that the Hard Cider instructions are much, much easier to follow than the Beer-making instructions). The no-rinse sterilizing powder is already included. It just requires pouring some water and letting your items soak for a minimum of 10 minutes.

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Done. Look at how easy that was.

After that, you just have to boil 4 cups of water, add in the bottles of apple juice mix (which smell very strongly of apple. It’s kinda neat!), and add in sugar. Once you’ve mixed all of that together, it all gets transferred into the Mr. Beer Hard Cider keg where you add more water, mix everything up really well, and then you add your yeast. That’s it! Now I just have to wait a couple weeks in order for the fermentation to be over.

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After I finished with my Mr. Beer Hard Cider batch, I went onto making a batch of Mexican Cerveza beer as well. It was super easy to do both of them – though I definitely preferred the process of making the hard cider over the beer.

Give it a couple weeks, and we’re going to have a delicious home-made beer ready to go.

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