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This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived! My fall and holiday baking season will truly begin now and requests for my family’s favorite pies, cobblers, loaves of bread and cookies coming in. I’ve already baked a Pumpkin Pie, brownies and a dozen cookies. While I love having sweet treats on hand, I want to be aware of my sugar intake and theirs. Some of my close family members had or have prediabetes and type 2 Diabetes, so I’ve learned the importance of being aware of your blood sugar levels throughout the day and how certain foods and drinks can help minimize blood sugar spikes now and throughout the holiday season. 

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We all know that feeling- the dull ache in the back of your head, the itchy nose, and the tickle in your throat. I woke up to all those on Sunday morning, but refused to name it. By Tuesday, I was waving the white flag and admitting I had a cold. I have zero energy and appetite by this time, but thankfully, I had received a complimentary bundle of Greens Plus superfood powders and energy bars to try and I am really thankful I did!

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Greens Plus products are non-gmo, gluten, soy, dairy free and  have been helping people live healthier happier lives since 1989. Since my cold was making me feel anything but healthy or happy, I decided to give their energy bar and Advanced Multi wild berry superfood powder a try. 

Why try something new while suffering with a cold? Because Greens Plus has incorporated into their proprietary blend so many nutritionals that target the total body organs and cells. Literally, it is hard to find a competitor who would do the same and I needed to give my body some much needed nutritional help pronto!

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Greens Plus bars are thick and dense and quite tasty. Even with a cold. I really loved the dark chocolate energy plusbar with dates, almond butter and superfood greens.  Greens Plus says the food from Greens Plus when consumed delivers quick satiety results by feeding the body on the cellular levels and delivering the so needed energy to do what we need on the daily basis and I completely agree. After eating just one bar, I felt full and had a bit more energy.

#GreensPlus Advanced Multi Wild berry superfood powder

You know how hard it is to stay hydrated when you are battling a cold, so later in the evening; I decided to give their Advanced Multi Wild Berry superfood powder a try. I wanted to really taste this blend, so I’d know what type of smoothie it would work best in, so I mixed it in water, shook it up in the handy Greens Plus shaker cup and said bottoms up!

Trust me, it tastes a lot better than this color makes you think it would. I was able to drink almost the whole 8 ounces in record time, so I know adding it to a smoothie, or blending it into a favored juice will be an easy way for me to add superfood goodness to snacks and drinks in the future. 

#GreensPlus superfood products

If you want to bounce back from a cold faster, or just add a healthy dose of targeted nutrition for the total body, I invite you to learn more about Greens Plus, by visiting their website and by looking for their products at these retailers.

Trader Joe’s
Vitamin Shoppe
Safeway, and

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Thanks to lots of rest and the healthy boost I’m getting from Green Plus products, I’m feeling much better today and hope to have this cold gone by tomorrow.

From our home to yours we wish you a very happy, safe, healthy Halloween!

Please share in comments: What type of smoothie would you add the Wild Berry superfood powder to?

A special thank you to Royal Canin and PetSmart for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions and love of my fur babies are my own.

Earlier this month our fur princess Dottie turned 8. Like all princesses, she deserved a special birthday gift.  If my non-fur children would have gotten their way, Dottie would have received a birthday party fit for a true princess. 

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I convinced them that a trip to PetSmart for a new toy and some special cat food would suffice. 

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We love going to PetSmart! Their staff is always so friendly and knowledgeable about all types of pets, not just our fur babies. We always look at the beautiful birds and fish before heading to our main department: Cats.

On this special occasion, I wanted to give Dottie a special treat that would also be good for her changing needs. No longer a kitten or young adult, we were noticing a subtle change in how Dottie ate and enjoyed her food. She was showing signs of discomfort after eating; I was looking for a food just for digestive health and nutritional needs for an adult indoor cat.

The Cat food section at PetSmart offers a variety of products for all ages, stages and nutritional needs.  As we walked down the aisle, we were drawn to the Royal Canin food section because it was one of the largest there.

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Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition and they strive to bring the most precise nutritional solution for cats and dogs. Through extensive research, Royal Canin has identified the needs of our cats and dogs. 

They live by the conviction that, no matter how much we love our fur babies and treat them like family- our pets are not people and they require unique nutritional needs.

We decided to gift Dottie some Royal Canin for made just for the digestive health of a mature cat. Thankfully, Dottie loved her special gift and will buy her more on our next PetSmart trip.

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Royal Canin and the PetSmart staff are here to help you make the best possible food choices for your cats and dogs as well. No matter if they are large or small, pure bred or mixed breed, there is a specially formulated food made just for them.  I invite you to visit PetSmart’s store locator to find a store near you. 

If you would like to learn more about all of the Royal Canin cat foods available prior to going to PetSmart, please visit their cat food page.

Please share in comments: Do you and your family celebrate your pets birthdays? If so, how?

Health and nutrition bars review

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Recently I received a box full of goodies to review for Vitacost. Since the representative couldn’t tell me exactly what products I might receive, I was pleasantly surprised with my box. It was a mixed lot comprised mainly of health and beauty products and health and nutrition bars and supplements. 

Today I want to share my thoughts on the bars I received and a little bit about Vitacost the company.

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All the top brands for discount vitamins, supplements, whole foods, health foods and sports nutrition online at up to 50% off other companies. Plus, they offer a flat rate shipping fee of $4.99, or free with any order of $49 or more. 
They also have a refer a friend opportunity where you can earn $ 10 each referral.  I signed up and would love it if you signed up using my link here.

My Product Reviews:

Promax Fit 'n Crisp Protein Snack Cinnamon Crunch:

crunch bars

These bars are like a cinnamon-y rice crispy treat, only better. They are not icky sweet, and have 13 grams of protein and 140 calories. Both my daughters loved this one, so I will buy again.

healthy snack bars

Their tag line says it all for me. They really are the best tasting, healthy snack bars we’ve had in a long time. KIND bars are all natural with ingredients you can pronounce.

We received 3 KIND bars: Almond and Coconut, Dark Chocolate & Cherry Cashew, and Cranberry Almond. Each bar had its own unique quality and taste but the one I would buy over and over again? The Almond & Coconut!  It’s like a not so good for you candy bar (think Payday) gone healthy. I am hooked and will buy again!

blueberry bar

I wanted to love this totally organic, healthy sounding, delicious smelling bar, but I didn’t. I just liked it. 
I could taste the dates and Agave nectar more than I could pick up on the blueberries.   My daughter and my husband on the other hand LOVED this bar and wanted more, so I will buy again.

health bars

This bar is made with raw and super foods, one of them being Hemp.  Again I wanted to love this bar. 
It looks like dark chocolate and smells like Mocha. Win-Win for me.
  But, I did not like this bar at all. It is thick and dense. It leaves a vitamin taste in your mouth. And I experienced a mild case of burps in which I could taste the Hemp, or what I perceived to be the Hemp, I likened it to eating grass clippings. My family didn’t care for the taste or texture of this bar either, so we won’t buy again.   

peanut butter bars

This is a huge protein bar, so you could split it. It has 28 grams of whey protein. Overall, I liked the flavor and consistency of this bar, but my husband liked it more. My kids thought it was just okay. If we bought again, it would be for keeping in the car for road trips or when hunger strikes and you can’t stop and eat. 

I hope you have found these reviews helpful. I will have another Vitacost review for you soon where I will share the rest of the products included in my Vitacost box.

To learn more about Vitacost, visit their website or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: I received the above listed products to facilitate my reviews. No monetary compensation was provided, however, if you should use my refer a friend link provided in this post, I may receive a referral credit to my Vitacost account. All opinions are 100% my own.