Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitness Friday: Jost Running "Home Run" (August)


This has been a fun summer running with Jost Running

Any readers done a virtual run through Jost Running after reading about them here? 

August races begin August 3rd and continue through the end of the month. If you haven't run a race yet this summer, be sure to check these ones out. These races only cost $25 and each month a different benefit a charity cause. The charity cause for August is Camp Promise. 

The medals pictured above are the 2 medals you could earn for August. The September races will benefit NYRR's Team for Kids. 

Check out all my other posts of Jost Running Races over the past few month too!

NO EXCUSES THIS MONTH!

If running a race this summer was a goal, let's make it happen!

With Jost Running Virtual Racing, you run at your own time and report in your run results.


I was given the above medals to review JostRunning.com and participate in the program. All thoughts, opinions and photographs belong to SGBG. No monetary compensation was received.

Thrifty Thursday: Jamba Juice at Home (Protein Smoothie Recipe!!)



We have been on a bit of a Jamba Juice kick lately since we have been going to the Mall of America for my daughter's iBook Camp at the Apple Store, and we were thrilled to find out we could make our own Jamba Juice smoothies (2 as packaged or 3 with the recipe below) at home for less then the cost of just 1 small smoothie there. (fyi - the average small smoothie cost there was $4.79 and this was regular price at my local grocer for $3.39). I prefer the smoothies that are amped up with protein, so I created a recipe that was just that.

Protein Packed Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie
1 - 8oz. frozen Caribbean Passion Jamba Juice pouch
1 1/4 C apple juice
1 C greek yogurt
2 T flax seed meal
1 C ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Makes 3 servings.

ENJOY!!


I was sent a coupon from Influenster to purchase the above package. No other monetary compensation was received. All opinions, thoughts, photographs and recipe belong to SGBG.


GIVEAWAY and Review: Lalicious Sugar Tiare Flower Whipped Sugar Scrub


Imagine my surprise when I found out I was getting an unexpected delivery of this LALICIOUS Sugar Tiare Flower Whipped Sugar Scrub and had the option of reviewing it on Save Green Being Green with the option of having a giveaway for my readers. Of course I wanted to review this and Of course my readers wanted a chance to win this!

I love the smell of this sugar scrub, but I am not able to distinguish which flower scent it is. Gardenia perhaps? The flower scent is a parfum on the ingredient list, but there are many other natural products listed on the ingredients list including cane sugar, coconut oil, sweet almond oil (they three are the first 3 ingredients listed too), soybean oil and honey.


I love how it feels on my body after I used it. The oils in it leave your skin feeling moisturized and the sugar that provides the scrubbing power is gentle and cleansing.

This Lalicious Sugar Tiare Flower Whipped Sugar Scrub is available in 2 sizes: 2 oz and 16 oz.

You can buy Lalicious Sugar Tiare Flower Whipped Sugar Scrub from Beauty Care Choices. While you are there, why not pick up some of the other products I have told you about that they sell (You get FREE SHIPPING for order $49+!)

Be sure to also check out other items in the LALICIOUS line of products and see what else you would like to try. I think I would love to try one of the lip butter. My lips get dry in the winter and will probably need a product like that. 

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I was sent the above mentioned product with the option of having a review and giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and photographs belong to SGBG. No monetary compensation was received.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Ark Survival Gear Seeds



I got this mega pack of seeds from ARK Survival about a month ago and promptly went through them and figured out which ones I could plant yet this season. The rest of my gardens were planted a month earlier and in Minnesota we don't have a long growing season and have a small window to get in seeds that take longer, so I had to figure out what items could be planted that grow quickly and will do ok trying to start in the heat and still be harvested yet before fall. I have pictures of 2 packets I got in the ground and the sprouts that I have so far.

The ARK Survival Seed Pack contain all heirloom, non GMO seeds and offers a variety of seeds so that you could plant enough seeds be prepared for every aspect of a potential natural disaster.


These are all 30 seed packets. I took a close up picture that you can click on to see some of labels. There is supposed to be over 3500 total seeds inside this bag of seed packets.

I planted Kentucky Wonder Bush Beans, Beets (these didn't come up at all, which make me wonder if the birds got them) and Leaf Lettuce. I might try planting the beets again because I only need 35 days to harvest the greens (55 days for the roots, which I might have time for too). I still have that space in the garden bed where I attempted to grow them.


Product Description from ARK 


100% USA, Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds, 30 Varieties With Over 7500+ High Quality Heirloom Seeds NON GMO Organic, NON Hybrid Seeds. All Seeds Are Proudly USA Sourced and Come with LIFETIME GUARANTEE and Bonus Survival Guide. Extended Life Breathable Paper Storage NOT Plastic!

These are the Kentucky Wonder Bush Beans (the smaller plants) that were planted a month after the other beans I had planted. My other beans have been prolific this season and are starting to wrap up, so it was nice to have more beans to plant. I try to do a second crop of beans anyways, to have some in the early fall.

I hadn't actually planted any lettuce this season up until now. Leaf lettuce grows pretty quickly, so you can plant it in the spring, early summer and late summer and have 3 harvests.

I need to pull out my radishes that I let go to seed and then I will try out the cherry belle radish seeds they sent me as well. And it is time to get some peas in the ground for fall harvest.

The tomato & pepper seeds will have to wait until next year when I start seeds indoors in the winter. The alfalfa seeds I will grow indoors in the winter for alfalfa sprouts and the cat nip we will start this fall in a pot for the cats. Everything else I will hold off on and try next year.

There are herbs and spies and medicinal plant seeds included as well. A couple things included I have never tried that I am looking forwards to are yarrow buttercup squash.


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.

GIVEAWAY and Review: Dial Coconut Water Mango Body Wash


The second of my giveaways and review this week that involve pampering yourself. This time I got to try out Dial Coconut Water Mango Body Wash. I was lucky to try it out because as soon as my daughter smelled it she informed me that she was out of body wash for her "swim bag" that she takes to swim team practice with her. Guess I will be going to the store to buy my own bottle of this. It smells awesome and clean very nicely.


Here you can see it in my hand. It is clear, which is awesome. Who needs coloring when you are washing your body clean anyways, but I do appreciate the smell. Did I mention it smells awesome?!?!?

What other scent would you like to try?

One lucky reader is also going to win a coupon to get their own bottle of Dial Coconut Water Mango Body Wash. I haven't looked for it in stores yet, but I usually have luck finding these products at Target or Wal-Mart.


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I was sent the above mentioned product and coupons for the purpose of review and a giveaway. No monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and photographs belong to SGBG.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Two Re-Purposed Light Ideas




I recently was asked to review RTGS Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor/Outdoor String Lights and new this was the perfect opportunity to try out a couple of crafts using re-purposed items. The top picture shows a coffee can turned in to a Star Light. I will go through the steps on how to make this below.

As you can see I started out with an empty coffee can, the LED battery operated string lights, spray paint (you might remember I did a bathroom fixture update with this same spray paint, I am getting a lot of mileage out of this one can!) and some batteries.


To start out with I drilled random holes all over the coffee can and the lid. Then, I spray painted both pieces (pictured below.)


I got a head start on another craft project that I was spray painting while I had the old bed sheet spread out and spray paint going.


What is great about LED lights is that they don't give off heat so you don't have to worry about a fire hazard so you can put them in either a metal or cardboard can.

 A feature that is really awesome about the  RTGS Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor/Outdoor String Lights is that the strand part can be full immersed in water and so I was able to take this empty bottle and fill it with blue colored water and stuff the light strand inside (the battery pack is behind it) and make this cool light feature for the dining room.

My husband thinks it would be really cool to attach to his line when he goes ice fishing this winter. We'll see if I let him use it or not, but because it is battery operated he could easily take it along with him. Also, the strand is actually 20 feet long (the wire is super thin) and he thinks it would be fun to put on the boat if we take it out at night. There are so many possibilities on where we can use this strand of lights. I am going to have to buy more.


To Find out more information online about 
 RTGS Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor/Outdoor String Lights:

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.