Saturday, June 14, 2014

Go Way Better With Way Better Snacks!

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you about my liking of Way Better Snacks. Their Way Better Blues and Multi Grain snacks have me totally obsessed! You think I'm over exaggerating, huh? Yeah, I'm not... I have made it my mission in life to find these Way Better Snacks close to my home. All of my hard work and searching has yet to pay off but I haven't checked the most obvious store yet, The Fresh Market. Unfortunately for now, this is the only store near my home that carries Way Better Snacks but I hear that they will be available at all Market Place Kroger Stores October 1st. Yay for me, not so yay for you. I will be hoarding all of them in my pantry, sorry guys! My 20 month old daughter is probably just as obsessed with Way Better Snacks, as well, especially if there is hummus involved.  

Way Better Snacks are high in omega 3’s, antioxidants and other vital nutrients, and all are low in sodium and saturated fat.  They're also all natural, vegan, certified gluten free, non GMO, certified kosher, full of whole grains, and free of preservatives. Way Better Snacks also uses a process called sprouting (germination) for their grains and seeds to ensure your body receives all the nutrients it should. Watch the video below to learn more, it explains sprouting way better than I could.

Way Better Snacks has six different types of tortilla chips to choose from including Multi Grain, Unbeatable Blues, Black Bean, Sweet Potato, Naked Blues, and Sweet Chili. My favorites, of course, were the Unbeatable Blues and the Multi Grain, however, I loved all of them. Most of Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips are made with organic sprouted golden flax, chia seeds, quinoa, radish seeds, brown rice, and broccoli seeds. The broccoli and daikon radish seeds contain sulphoraphane glucosinolate which is the natural antioxidant found in broccoli. I know what you're thinking, Way Better Snacks sound weird and way too healthy, but trust me, the flavor is still there and the seeds just give those amazing chips personality (plus, I like to pick them out and munch on them).

Way Better Snacks are "sprouted" to be the best so go ahead and give them a try! Connect with Way Better Snacks on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to day on current promotions and news.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 at IMAX!

The following information has been provided by IMAX
Looking for an action-packed weekend of amazing fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's belovedHow to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.
 Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.
Hurry over and check you local IMAX theatres for times and don't miss out on the IMAX 3D experience of How to Train Your Dragon 2!
For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website. For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here

Monday, June 9, 2014

Newman's Own Organics for the furballs in your life.

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***

My dog, Karma, is a very special girl. Karma is a 3 1/2 year old American Mastiff that was born with a serious heart condition. At first the Veterinarians thought she just had a minor heart murmur, but after a visit to the doggie cardiologist all hope had vanished. She was basically diagnosed with heart failure because of how bad the condition of her heart was. Karma was given no more than 9 months to live; the doc's all figured her heart would give out before she made it to her first birthday. My heart was broken. Just two months earlier, my very best friend and first dog, Buster, had passed away from a stroke. He was only 5 years old and not a single person could tell me why he seemed to age so fast. So here I was, trembling from the thought of having to go through this all over again. Everyone told me to just have her *bleep* (I can't bear to say that awful word) but I wasn't going to give up on her.

I had just started a ton of research on why a fairly healthy 55lb dog could possible age so fast. What I found just absolutely disgusted me...

Most dogs, let me rephrase that, ALL dogs are allergic to wheat, corn, and soy products. If that's the case then why do "big brand" dog food companies list wheat, corn, or soy as one of the first ingredients on their labels? Because the FDA and AAFCO only make sure that all the ingredients are labeled on all dog food products. They do NOT pay attention to the source or safety of the ingredients thrown into most dog foods. So what are you feeding your dogs? Probably a form of wheat, corn, or soy, and by-products, beef, artificial coloring, animal digest, bone meal, salt, sweeteners, and a ton of preservatives among many other unnecessary ingredients. 

Wheat, Corn, or Soy- Like I said before, a major allergen for ALL dogs.
By-products-  Consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines.
Animal Digest- Undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used are usually hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers.
Beef- Dogs have just as much of an issue digesting beef as we humans do. 
Animal meal- Such as Chicken, beef, bone, etc. The rendered tissues, including bone, blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents.
Salt- "While salt is a necessary mineral, it is also generally present in sufficient quantities in the ingredients pet foods include. Just like for humans, too much sodium intake is unhealthy for animals. In poor quality foods it is often used in large amounts to add flavor and make the food more interesting."
Sweeteners-"Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough job trying to get them to eat something healthier."

Now let me ask you this, would you feed that to a member of your family? What I'm getting at here is that I was slowly killing my own dog, Buster, by feeding him that crap on a regular basis. As soon as I got word that Karma only had so long to live, I made it my mission to keep her as healthy and happy as possible. I switched to an all organic dog food which possibly prolonged the life of my very fragile Mastiff. Karma is now 3 1/2 years old and still going strong. She plays like she's a ginormous puppy frolicking in her own little bubble thanks to companies like Newman's Own Organics. 

Newman's Own Organics dog food ingredients consist of natural human grade chicken, organic brown rice, carrots, peas, and is free of herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and chemical additives. Newman's Own Organics dog food also has no wheat or corn products, artificial colors or flavor enhancers and is preserved with vitamin E. They also offer an array of wet dog food and organic dog treats as well. Wouldn't you feel so much better feeding your pet Newman's Own Organics instead of "big brand" dog food? I do and our dogs are much healthier because of the choices I have made regarding their food. Newman's Own Organics dog food gives your dog the nutrition he needs without all the added, should I say, crap? When you switch your dog to Newman's Own Organics you will not only notice a difference in appearance but in their physical abilities as well. Newman's Own Organics will have your dog running circles around other dogs because of the much better energy, strength, and agility levels obtained from their all organic dog food; All the while being as handsome as ever with his shiny coat and healthy smile.

I could honestly sit here and lecture you all day about making the right food choices for your pet but why do that when you can find out for yourself? Newman's Own Organics dog food is obviously a little pricier then regular old dog food because of the human-grade qualities it has; however, their food runs a little cheaper (price not quality) then most holistic and organic brands. I can't tell you how important it is to make the switch to Newman's Own Organics. You'll increase your dogs life span as well as cut back on Vet visits and unnecessary health issues.  Our dogs love Newman's Own Organics and I'm positive your dogs will, too.    
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The picture below is Buster. Wasn't he cute?

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***

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