Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Field of greens - Winder Farms review



I had the opportunity to try out Winder Farms, which is awesome. Its farm fresh groceries delivered to your door. 

Here is what we got for our delivery; 


Stonyfield Yogurt smooties all natural hormone free, fruit both cut up and whole, veggies, fresh baked bread, fresh baked cookies, coconut milk, chocolate milk, rolls, regular and pink lemonade (both organic and all natural), grape juice, apple juice, green tea, bacon, grass fed meats, did I mention we got bacon? Oh and we got chopped kale salad and a ready to heat meal. I believe it was the chicken dish and it was so good I can't even tell you. I feel like I am forgetting something as I couldn't unload of all it without having the kids being hungry and wanting to sample EVERYTHING!


 

I was so impressed by the quality of the organic produce. My boys were so excited to see purple carrots and try different things! I used the greens on top of the carrots and I juiced it with the kale and lemon. I added someone things as well. Just a note with juicing and I am sure you already know, if you are juicing everything should be organic or you are drinking pure pesticides and well that defeats the purpose. 



You sure do get a lot of healthy things at Winder farms



For breakfast my boy had the bacon, fresh fruit, with the fresh baked Winder Farms bread with organic butter. I also took some of the organic oranges from the box we got and juiced them. It was a five star breakfast to say the least! 



In my house my boys have to eat 6 or 7 times a day. Well those are the times I help them get meals and snacks, anything after 7 they have to fend for themselves, lol! So when my toddler was hungry for snack it was a piece of cake, um I mean a piece of fruit. I got out the fruit from Winder Farms and my boys enjoyed.


My oldest son put dibs on the pasta so those were off limits for us. He said they were very delicious. I apologize for not getting an after shot as he made it as quickly and before I had a chance to  take a photo he was licking the bowl. Ok maybe not licking the bowl but there was nothing left.


I love that they included recipes for you to try with their fresh organic produce.


 I had the recipes for the roasted carrots and the chard and chickpeas. While I didn't have chickpeas I modified the recipe just a tad and I thought it came out ok. 


Like I said I didn't have the chickpeas which their recipe called for. As a parent if you don't have something improvise, and well I had Great Northern Beans in my cupboard so it worked out. I also added the organic shishito peppers to the recipe… I felt like Americas Top Chef in this moment. I was having fun trying out different things with my organic produce.  The only thing missing in this picture is the feta cheese.


This was my lunch and it was fabulous! It was so delicious and I made it myself, with the help of Winder Farms! The feta was heavenly as it melted both on the beans and in my mouth one bite at a time. The fork full of swiss chard sprayed with lemon mixed with feta and the beans gave it a unique and buttery taste. This is my new favorite dish. 



 As mommy law states, as you sit down and act relaxed …they will come. The littles will arrive to drink or eat what you have even after they ate a meal like I don't know 20 minutes ago? Welcome to my world! CINDERELLA ERM...Mommyella, MOMMYELLA where are you we are hungry AGAIN!!!!????




Is it lunchtime already? Wow the day goes by so fast. I have to say making meals was a breeze with Winder Farms. I felt like such a good "MommyELLA"giving my kids organic food. The best part with my hectic schedule it was delivered to my door. One less thing for this "ELLA" to do!!!



  


Lunch was hormone free lunch meat with Winder Farms organic fresh baked bread and organic lettuce. Accompanied by organic fruits fresh from the farm with some coconut milk on the side. A little olive here as "OLIVE" my boys! :)




 My middle son wanted a PB&J sandwich with fresh baked bread, chocolate milk and fresh fruit. OMSG ( Oh my sweet goodness) if I don't win or at least get into the semi finals for mother of year after this I don't know what will!



 Lunch was a crowd pleaser! I have never seen my boys so happy and excited to eat. Do you think it had anything to do with the fresh baked bread from Winder Farms?




Bite after bite I had to tell him to slow down!!!



                                   Looks like Mikey likes it too! LOL



 For my afternoon snack I had the Kale salad mix, it was delicious!!! So easy, healthy and simple!





What is sweeter than freshly baked cookies, sharing with your loved ones!
 Warning once they are open they will all be devoured.





 My toddler loved dipping his in the coconut milk!!!



These cookies were huge and filled with chocolate goodness. They were so moist and hit the spot for my sweet tooth.





 






 I took this time to enjoy the moment and relish in the sweetness. These cookies were so divine they deserved to be eaten as such. Cookies and milk and I dusted (washed off) my tea set and enjoyed these cookies in a sophisticated way. Not like uncivilized littles who just dunked the cookies and slurped their coconut milk. I took my time. Just a word of caution, don't enjoy and relish in the bite after bite or you will find they disappear from others with sticky fingers!




 I was very pleased with Winder Farms, if you want to try them out you will get $30 your first order. Its so worth it, and I promise you it won't be the last time you order from them either. With all you have going on why not make your life simple? Best part its farm fresh!


Disclaimer: Winder Farms is available in California, Utah, and Nevada

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rest A Soul

Sweet Davia is turning 17 years old this month. April 2014 she was diagnosed with a very rare form of Cancer. According to her doctors she has been given 1 year to continue to light up this world. I have known Davia for the past 4 years . I have known her family and after I had my youngest son she would often come over and help me. She would hold my son while I did a load of laundry or took a shower. 
Through that time I got to know her and my family and I adored her. My middle son bonded with her the most and she really has a way with children. 

Davia's heart is truly of gold and her laughter is contagious! Her smile is light more like a burst of sunshine and you can't help but want to be around her. Despite everything going on in her life she always sees that silver lining. Will always try to make you feel at peace, regardless of what she is going through. She by far is the strongest girl I have ever known. I am praying for God's will to be done and I pray that miracles will happen. I can't even begin to express how heavy my heart is at the moment. 

I am asking and praying that if you could, would you please make a donation to this family? I am also coordinating a LOVE Boxes to be sent to this sweet girl. If you would like to send her a box of items please email me at Mommyjam123@yahoo"DOTCOM" and I will send you an address to where you can send it. Items can be cards of encouragement, nail polish, clothes, socks, anything you feel desired by your heart!  Your Monetary donations and or LOVE Box would be the biggest blessing ever. The world has been such a better place because of this sweet girl and I want her to know how many people are praying and thinking of her.  Click HERE to send monetary donations through her site. 

It would be amazing if in addition to all the wonderful people who donate to Davia  if;
Make a Wish foundation would do something so wonderful for Davia? Something that could make her heart smile as she has done for so many who have known her. 





Thank you again for your time and tender hearts. Here is the information again should you feel it your heart to donate. BLESS YOU!

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We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepsakes!!!!



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  As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LaSH SPot I'mmmm back this time for a little tinting….

I love getting my all my eyebrows and eyelash needs done at LaSH SPot in Costa Mesa. Sure with all the other places out there its hard to choose. Not for me. I have gone to other places and nothing compares to the quality and beauty of what they do. 

I love how they are all perfectionist when it comes to eyebrow tinting or eyelash extensions. They offer an array of services you can click HERE to find more. I would recommend that if you are getting an eyebrow tinting that  you have LaSH SPot do the waxing for the eyebrows as well. I made the mistake of going somewhere else and when I did the tint I could see all the mistakes the other place made with waxing. Thank goodness for LaSH SPot for doing a quick pull and clean up to fix the mess!

With that said I know what I am going to get my friends for the holiday stocking stuffers! The gift of beauty and maintenance from LaSH SPot. 


I had Michelle do my eyelash extensions and tinting! 




She did an amazing job with the lashes and since I was already here I wanted to try the eyebrow tinting. This is the before the tinting and after the extensions. Michelle cleaned up my eyebrows before adding the tint. 




Here are some before and after pictures; The left is "the before"/ The right is "the after". She made me look fantastic. They look so natural and beautiful and the tinting really makes your eyes pop out! 

I felt like I was able to walk the runway erm… drive the runway to  pick up my boys from school in style. Whether you are doing this a special occasion or not they have something for everyone to fit your needs! 

I felt like a princess again and lets face it Moms we are so busy we sometimes fail to make time for ourselves. I really loved how simple yet elegant my eyelashes and brows looked. I went from Mommy Drab to Mommy Fab!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes


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Organized by Budget Earth   As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

$150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway





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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Marty's Gourmet Seafood - BEST seafood market

While visiting New York and staying on Long Island I have to say I enjoyed all the food I have tried so far. Restaurants and shops alike in Huntington. After going out to restaurants and enjoying what they had to offer. I really wanted to do a night in. I was pleased when I found Marty's Gourmet Seafood. Since I am a tourist per say I have never heard of Marty's before. For you long islanders I know you are shaking your head at me at this moment, or maybe not… as this is a best kept secret???





 I was so happy when the lovely young couple at Marty's Gourmet Seafood invited me to partake in taking a tour and sampling some of their fresh seafood at their market.



I am big on presentation and customer service. Both were met as soon as I walked through the front door. I loved how clean and neat everything looked. I especially liked how they set everything up.




I couldn't help but see recipe cards and papers placed strategically around the market. I asked the owner and he told me that the customers share their recipes with the seafood they bought. Sometimes they share recipes they found online. I really liked that, not only did it have the feel that this was your go to local fish market it was REALLY a place where customers love coming in, it really is a sweet community. They pride themselves with not just customer service but really getting to know their customer.











Magazines adorned the table, perhaps more recipes to browse through. Or just a place to sit and chat while waiting for your order or just sit and take it all in. So many beautiful pieces of unique art hung on the wall and from the ceiling. It was very authentic and original. This was my kind of place. All I was missing was a cup of coffee.



Anytime I see a chalkboard as a menu I am in love! There is something so personable about that, that just makes me want to walk in and be a customer.





I was too excited to sit down I had to keep taking a look around. I was so mesmerized by how fresh the seafood was. It looked and smelled very fresh, so fresh like you just fished it out from the pier and they cleaned it, wrapped it and placed it on the ice for you.



Just take a look at that Sushi - Grade Tuna! The Atlantic Swordfish, I am not huge fan as I don't like the way it usually looks in the supermarkets… that was until I saw it today. I decided that I would give it a whirl. No need to bait me on…..



The show was stolen by the lobsters! All attention went to them for moment. 



Seriously I couldn't stop staring at these beauties and thinking how my melted butter with a garlic sauce would complement those VERY fresh lobsters.


My son couldn't stop staring either and I was then sidetracked by the scallops and that salmon! 


It was hard to stay focused at Marty's Gourmet Seafood, everything was so fresh and you wanted to try it all. 


Look how fresh this salmon is!


Enthralled by all this fresh seafood it was easy to ignore all the external noise all around. Well not all noise, my toddler is still fixated on the lobster. And demands that my attention be put back to the lobsters and encourages his father and I to take just another look. Huge props to my son for his earner solicitation to his father to buy him those lobsters. A toddler after my own heart, which was short lived when he said he was hungry and took a quick look around to see what he could grab.


So long lobsters and melted butter, my toddler is eyeing the crab ragoons. I love this boy, he really does have impeccable taste. 



Thank goodness for this diversion, as I almost forgot what I was doing. I was so enthralled by all the fresh seafood. I realized I had to make a decision and what I was going to get to sample. It was so hard to decide. 

Crab rangoons, clam strips, popcorn shrimp, and seafood shells just to name a few of the choices. This is truly making it so difficult to decide. 



Next my eyes locked with all the fresh salads. OH the agony and torture, how can you just choose ONE fresh salad. My tastebuds are now getting impatient with my indecisiveness. 



Get ready to be tantalized and reeled in yet again with these salmon burgers. They were just so beautiful I had to take a picture.


Seriously just stop and stare at this salmon burger. You know you are so salivating just looking! I bet this tastes so amazing on the grill accompanied by Marty's cole slaw and a fruit salad. OMG! Yes it would, I can just taste it. 

Not only is Marty's known for their seafood! They have the best shrimp cocktail and they make all their soups from scratch everyday! 




I couldn't make up my mind as everything looked so wonderful. I was like a kid in a candy shop too many fabulous things to choose from. So I had them choose for me. As I was waiting I had the pleasure to speak to a customer who had been going to Marty's for over 20 years. She told me not only is it the freshest seafood on the island, you feel more like a friend than a customer. Its our neighborhood and our friends and I love going to Marty's. She also told me how her daughter would sit and stare at the lobsters as well. It brought back many memories. 


After much anticipation my samples were ready. I had to try a little of each and I was so excited to go back to where I was staying and light up the BBQ and eat some really good seafood! 




 Here is what we finally took home!

Jumbo fresh shrimp cocktail, Tuna Salad, Salmon, Swordfish, Stuffed clams, and Crab Rangoon.

I have to say that their Crab Rangoons were little pockets of deliciousness that went all too quickly. Trying to pry get these out of your toddlers hands will be difficult. You will want to make sure you have enough for those who don't like to share. I have to say they hit the spot with being filled with cream cheese and crab goodness. Hard to blame the toddler for not wanting to share!


The salmon was fresh and pink which required no special preparation so simply seasoned with salt, pepper and olive oil and grilled. Skin was crispy and salmon was moist and delicious. Simply the best piece of fish I've had in years.

Swordfish prepared on the grill with green point all abroad seasoning. Seasoning coating on the outside perfectly complimented the moist fish on the inside causing me to eat more greedily than usually and before I knew it the whole swordfish steak was gone.

Stuffed clams, with the breading with chunks of clams on the inside balanced flavors.

The tuna salad light on mayo because the tuna was so f rest and delicious it needed no masking. Generous slices of celery adding a satisfying and tasty crunch to every bite.




We also took home some seasonings and lets not forget the cocktail sauce.






We also tried three of their freshly made soups. We tried the long island clam chowder, carrot dill and the butternut squash. 

Goodness they were all so good. Now the long island clam chowder was a first for me. This chowder had TONS of clams and vegetables in it. This was a WHOLE meal in itself and it was absolutely delicious. 




Marty's Gourmet Seafood makes me want to move to New York! The feeling of a small town and great customer service not to mention their great food. I defiantly want to take a family trip and go to Marty's and grab some seafood and enjoy some good eating with my family. I really would love to take my grandmother as she would just be in awe. She is the epitome of a true Italian and it would be so neat to see her picking out her fresh seafood and even a better treat having her cook it up for all us. 

You New Yorkers are very lucky to have such a fresh seafood market on the Island, such as Marty's Seafood. If I lived on the island I would going at least once a week if not more. 

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