Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fuel Snacks from Foodie Fuel ~ a review

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My favorite snacks are ones that taste delicious while still being good for you. Often I find myself short on time and long on hunger, so I need to keep a supply of nutritious snacks at hand, both at home and in my car. Snacks for at home are simple, I can grab a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit as I stroll through the kitchen. Snacks for my car can be a real challenge. I cannot just leave a bunch of bananas on the backseat until I am hungry for them, and it can get messy trying to eat from a package of mixed nuts while driving down the highway. What's an active girl to do? I must eat, otherwise my mommy attitude gets replaced by one that more resembles a monster. I found a great solution: Foodie Fuel snacks!

Back in October I was introduced to the Foodie Fuel company and their oh-so-delicious snacks at the MomsMeet WOW Summit. Besides being a great organic, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly snacks to bridge that time in the afternoon when you're craving something a little sweet, these fuel snacks come in four flavors. Why is that important you're wondering? I'll tell you: as much as I like chocolate, I cannot be eating it every time I need a healthy car-snack. Too often I have found health-food companies focusing on everything chocolate, and not having enough alternative flavors. 

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I was pleasantly surprised to find the Fuel Snacks from Foodie Fuel come in four unique flavors: Butter Toffee, Cinnamon Ginger, Coconut Vanilla, and Swiss Chocolate. Then - I tasted them - oh my! Deliciousness! I'll readily admit I went back by their booth a second, and then a third time to try the snacks all over again. Each flavor is distinctly unique, and the texture is somewhat crunchy, yet lightly chewy. It looks like a cracker, but tastes more like a cookie. Butter Toffee tastes the sweetest to me, but with only 8 grams of sugar per serving while still providing 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein  it is satisfying while not actually being that sweet. All of these flavors are made with low-glycemic, slow-burning carbs, healthy fats, and complete proteins. 

Cinnamon Ginger scored high with my husband on flavor, as he agreed that it was good, but knowing my tendency to not-share while hungry, his consumption of Fuel Snacks was limited. :) Arlene said this flavor reminded her of walking into a country store, with spices, candles, and pie.

Swiss Chocolate is actually lower in sugar, with only 4 grams of sugar per serving, while still being quite tasty! One of the reasons these remain so good-for-you while tasting divine is the use of organic coconut sugar as the sweetener. The different flavors are all made with various combinations of nutrient dense food sources like: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, coconut sugar, golden flax seeds, sea salt, and natural flavors.

My absolute favorite flavor is the Coconut Vanilla Fuel Snack! Sadly, this bag was gone all too soon. I will need to order some more right away. Thankfully, the awesome folks at Foodie Fuel who provided me with this box of goodness filled with Fuel Snacks for this review also provided me with a discount code for all of you, our readers, to use to order your own Fuel Snacks. From today through December 31st, 2017, you can enter the promo code Homesweetlife at checkout to receive 25% off your order. That means you too can enjoy these delicious snacks, at home or on the go. By clicking on the pictures on the Shop page of their website, you can see the nutrition label and the ingredients list for each flavor.

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Fuel Snacks from Foodie Fuel come in two sizes: 2 oz (2 servings) or 4 oz (4 servings). The smaller bags are great for throwing in your purse, backpack, or gym bag, The larger ones are great for sharing, for using at home, for recipes like those found on their blog, and for gifting! Need any ideas for a foodie, athlete, or outdoorsman on your Christmas list? These would be superb! You can order in individual quantities of each flavor, or by the case. The 2 oz size comes in a case of 12 pouches, the 4 oz size in cases of 6 pouches.

Foodie Fuel's Fuel Snacks can be found in over 1200 stores nationwide, and their website has a handy store locator feature.

Now remember, you can get that 25% discount for your online order through 12/31/17 by entering Homesweetlife at checkout!

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I received free Fuel Snacks from Foodie Fuel in exchange for this honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.



Monday, November 20, 2017

Books With Bean ~ The Eye of Minds


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Title: The Eye of Minds 

Author: James Dashner 

Published: 2013

Genre: Young Adult/ Science Fiction 

Summary: Michael and his friends Bryson and Sarah are gamers. They spend most of their time in the VirtNet, a full immersion virtual reality gaming world that is the place to be. Michael and his friends are among the top hackers and gamers who love playing games and having fun in the VirtNet, but their safety and the safety of the VirtNet is in trouble. A new gamer named Kaine is a name floating around the VirtNet and it doesn't mean anything good. So now the VNS (VirtNet Security) has asked Michael and his friends to follow the clues and stop Kaine and bring safety back to the VirtNet. After following the first clues they find themselves on the Path. A place deep in the VirtNet and now they have to survive the Path and find Kaine and bring him down.

What I liked about it: You probably recognize the name James Dashner as the writer of the extremely popular Maze Runner series. This is very interesting but very different. I read the first Maze Runner book and it wasn't really my thing, so I honestly do not even know why I picked this up in this first place, not having really liked his other books, but I did and I don’t regret it. The world is super interesting and I found myself liking Michael and his friends, the mystery of who Kaine is and what he is trying to do is interesting and it kept me interested throughout all three books.

Language: There is some mild swearing.

Romance: There isn't romance in the first book, however they do go to a dance club during the beginning of the book to find out how to get to Kaine and it does mention that the woman are in kind of skimpy clothing but it is in passing and small sentence. Also Bryson does make a few  mildly dirty jokes. 

Violence: One of the games they have to go through is a war game and the people get really mauled up which he describes in moderate detail.

Magic: In virtual reality a person can do anything and they mention that there are magic games in the VirtNet but they don’t go through them in the book.


Recommended Age: 13-14 and up is a good age.




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful Thursdays ~ Graciousness



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Graciousness - n. courteousness, kindness, pleasantness

I am so thankful for the graciousness of attitude I have encountered so much in recent weeks. So many times I have found myself thankful for a kind cashier at the store, a well-spoken word from a friend, or the overwhelming grace of our Lord.

As I sat thinking yesterday about it being 40 days until Christmas, I was overwhelmed by how gracious God has been to me. It made me pause and think about how much I want to celebrate the goodness of God this season. All day today, little things kept reminding me of His faithfulness and provision.

When you find someone being gracious, notice it, remember it, and try to do likewise. 

If we all spent our time showing graciousness, instead of trying to be "right" all the time, the world would be a much nicer place.

What are you thankful for today?


SchoolhouseTeachers.com flash sale ending soon!

Just in case you've missed hearing about it, I wanted to let you know that one of our favorite online resources, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is having a flash sale through this Friday 11/17/17. Purchase an annual membership, get the second year free, and you'll receive a cool SchoolhouseTeachers.com tote bag. I use my tote a lot. It's sturdy and roomy. 

So remember - the sale is only through Friday. If you'd like to read more about some of the resources available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, head over and read our past reviews, or this one from January of this year, or this one from last year focused on High School resources.





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