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9.15.2014

Zevia: Zero Calorie Goodness {Review + Giveaway}

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.



Since I have officially been sugar-free for about 2 months, I have still been able to enjoy sodas like any regular individual. I was able to try almost 15 different flavors made by Zevia Zero Calorie Soda, and I really could not get enough! Thanks to Moms Meet, I was able to get the great sampler.



What makes this soda sugar-free and natural? It is sweetened naturally with a unique blend of high purity Stevia (grown right here in the US!) and Monk Fruit. This soda contains no calories, sugar or artificial sweeteners and is totally kosher, vegan, and gluten-free! I had a whole month to try different flavors, work it in recipes and even get my husband to at least like ONE flavor. My husband is an avid diet consumer, so my goal for him to give up aspartame was my goal.



Growing up I only had a chance to try Orange Crush twice so I at least knew how the soda tasted so when I had the Zevia Orange Soda, it was amazingly close to the high sugar soda. I had a new favorite!



I am an occasional mixed drinks gal so I taste-tested the Cola soda and made a rum and coke. It was quite tasty and I knew I could have this drink with a fraction of the calories. There is even a caffeine-free version too!



One of my favorite sodas that did not have caffeine or even during pregnancy for nausea was ginger ale. I am glad that I no longer had to rely on the high-fructose sugar in the regular sodas in stores. I made a lime, mint, and ginger concentrate which I then added Zevia ginger ale soda. It was super bubbly and refreshing.

One of things I noticed that was different about Zevia was the amount of carbonation. The carbonation lessened as each soda was poured over ice but when I stuck to drinking it out of the can, I knew I was going to receive plenty of bubbles. Refrigerating the cans was actually ideal because it kept Zevia cold with the carbonation.
Zevia was hard to before but now I have seen the soda at Wegmans, Giant Food Stores, and the regular health food stores. It is great the see the sugar-free alternatives at regular food stores. The retail price for a 6-pack of Zevia ranges from $3.99 to $5.99.


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9.11.2014

Celebrate #BebeConRitmo with Pampers {Giveaway}

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

It has been two months since I have been able to truly workout since having my appendectomy which means all my workout routines have been on hold. One of my favorite types of exercise is Zumba, which infuses dance, aerobics, and Latin music. When I first started it was in a gym or private studio but since having kids I have been trying to find creative outlets to do these exercises. In fact, I never really looked at them as exercise but more like fun dancing to great music.



When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I pretty much exercised through all three trimesters, so I only imagined that my daughter would be born with rhythm which I confirmed quite quickly at before she turned one. I did not get to exercise as much with my second pregnancy but I can confirm that both my girls really like listening to music and dancing. It is pretty fun seeing them move their little behinds and twirl.




What is my usual routine now? I wake up in the mornings before they do and I work for a couple of hours. As soon as they are up we change diapers, get princess dresses on with shoes, just like mommy and I listen to my daughter say "I wanna dance with mommy!" It has really been an encouragement and a blessing to have the girls so intrigued with YouTube videos as I work out to various channels.



I have to admit that I sometimes let the videos and music running without my exercising just so I can see what they do. It is really fun, precious, and very easy to record a video and great when diapers stay intact with all that activity!
Pampers is celebrating those fun morning moments when baby wakes up happy, energetic and ready to “bailar” in his or her crib after a good night’s sleep. When baby wakes up dry and ready to dance, mom can’t help but join in the fun!

 Parents, why not to take a short video of your little one's best morning dance moves and share it with us? From August 18th through September 24th, parents can upload videos under fifteen seconds by using the hashtag #BebeConRitmo or #BabyGotMoves. Parents can tag @PampersBabyGotMoves on Instagram or @PampersLatino or @Pampers on Twitter or even share their video on the Pampers Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/pamperslatino or www.facebook.com/pampers).



You and a lucky reader will also receive a basket filled with goodies that celebrate little one’s best morning moments, complete with a wireless Bluetooth speaker for the ultimate morning dance partywith your little one!

Here is what you would get in the prize pack GIVEAWAY:

o Jam Plus Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
o GrayBaby Einstein Octoplush
o Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
o Cha-Cha-Cha En la Selva (The Animal Boogie) book
o Pampers Sensitive Wipes
o Pampers Baby Dry Diapers


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