Friday, June 26, 2009

Fruit2Day Review

If your family is like mine, we are on the go a lot and don't always take the time to eat the way we should. So I was really happy to hear about a new product that offers a healthy alternative to unhealthy snack foods that we often grab when we're in a hurry.

Fruit2Day is a unique beverage/snack. The website says it's not a juice, it's a snack. I would agree it is not a juice. It has more of a thinned out smoothie consistency with little chunks of fruit in it. It is all natural, with no sugar added and only has 110-120 calories per serving. And it contains 2 full servings of fruit! It comes in four flavors: Cherry Grape, Strawberry Orange, Pineapple Banana and Mango Peach. Packaged perfectly in a 6.5oz bottle, you can just grab it and go.

My samples arrived icy cold and my oldest son immediately grabbed the Mango Peach and started chugging/chewing. He gave it rave reviews. My youngest, who likes almost nothing, snagged the Pineapple Banana bottle and took one drink and declared it "gross." At least he was true to form. I tried the Strawberry Orange. Here's my honest review about it: while I loved the flavor combination, I had a hard time with the chunks of fruit mixed with the liquid. But I have texture issues when it comes to food, so the combination kind of threw me off. Seperately, the juice and the fruit were good. The fruit was not mushy, it was firm and crisp and sweet...not icky or sour. There were lots of chunks of strawberry, little bits of orange pulp, and many tiny pineapple pieces and the juice was a delicious mixture of several different all natural fruit juices mixed with banana puree, which would account for the consistency.

Later that evening my husband tried the Cherry Grape flavor and declared it "not bad." I noticed he finished his bottle quickly and asked me to pick some up for his lunch box, so I am assuming that "not bad" meant "pretty good."

I will definitely buy them again for a healthy snack for my son and husband, but in the spirit of being honest, I probably won't drink them myself. While I absolutely love the concept of this healthy drink/snack, I can't get over my texture issues enough to give Fruit2Day a place in my personal food routine. I am ecstatic that my son likes it though and am happy to keep it handy for him, as I would much rather have him drink/eat one of these than a handful of chips or a candy bar. Now if I can just get my little guy on board!

Wanna try Fruit2Day for yourself? Two (2) Lucky readers can win a coupon for a free 2-Pack of Fruit2Day! Just leave a comment telling me which flavor you think you might like! Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents and ends at 12 midnight MST on July 10th. Win extra entries by Twittering this contest or mentioning the contest on your blog! Leave separate comments letting me know about your extra entries.

Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheet Review

I'm all about convenience, because as many of you know, my organizational skills as a business woman somehow managed to escape when I made the transition to becoming a SAHM 10 years ago. I thought maybe they were taking a short vacation. But they have been slow to return. So when I find a product that makes my life easier, I LOVE to talk about it! And just so you know, I always give HONEST reviews. I will not say a product is great if it doesn't work. Having said that, I have lots of products to review this week!

Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets are the newest thing to hit the laundry detergent market. The sheets contain detergent, fabric softener and anti-static all in one easy-to-use little cloth like sheet. The detergent is released during the wash cycle and the softener and anti-static are released in the warm dryer. Seriously? This product just might catch on!

When I received a pack of Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets last week, I was a bit skeptical about how well 1 sheet would clean my clothes. I have two boys and a husband who sweat hard and who roll around in the dirt all day. I demand a lot from my laundry detergent. One little sheet? I shook my head and threw it in one of my stinkiestt, dirtiest loads. I had my doubts, but remained hopeful, because if this stuff works? My WHOLE laundry routine just got a LOT easier!

An hour later, as I pulled clothes out of the washer and transferred them to the dryer I checked a few to see how they looked. They looked and smelled clean. We have really hard water where we live so fabric softener is a must and I am horrible at remembering to add it to the wash, so I was anxious to see how the clothes came out of the dryer. I am pleased to report that the sheets do exactly what Purex says they will do. My clothes came out of the dryer clean and soft and lightly scented.

Now, I still have to use a stain treatment on many items of clothing, which I do with any detergent I use, so know going in that Purex does not claim that these sheets will eliminate tough stains without pre-treatment of some kind.Also, the directions do state that you should use 2 sheets for really large loads.

All in all, I was really pleased with the sheets and am excited about the prospect of not lugging home big bottles or boxes of detergent every few weeks. Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets come 21 to a pack and run about $6.99 in the retail stores where I've seen them. Packages are available in three scents - Spring Oasis, Tropical Escape, and Pure & Clean. The laundry sheets are compatible with both front or top loading washers and are HE compatible. Considering that one pack of these sheets eliminates the need to purchase fabric softener and dryer sheets, it is really cost effective! I am excited to think that I have just streamlined one of my least favorite tasks.

Thanks Purex for your innovative addition to the laundry world, you have just made a lot of moms really happy and left us with a few more minutes on our hands...that's not an easy thing to do!

Wanna try the sheets for yourself? Win a pack by leaving a comment! Contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry...shipping!) and will end at 12 midnight on Friday, July 10th. Earn extra entries by Twittering this contest or mentioning it on your blog! Make sure you let me know about the extra entry in a separate comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Great Stuff to Know for Your Summer Disneyland Vacation!

If you are planning a Disneyland Vacation this Summer, here is some information to let let you know what's new at Disneyland, along with some money-saving deals!!

* A new fireworks show, Magical, that will include a Dumbo puppet flying through the sky and Eden Espinoza (the star from Wicked) singing "Baby Mine" (all kinds of emotion in that show!). The way the music is choreographed to the bursts of color in the sky, our Fireworks shows become enchanting storytelling.

* New characters in the Fantasmic! show on Rivers of America, along with HD projection. HD also stands for Huge Dragon – he’s 40 feet tall and breathes fire! (Just scary enough to be frightfully fun).

* New floats and new lighting, along with enhanced musical effects for the popular favorite, Disney's Electrical Parade. The new lights are LED, too, so they’re more energy efficient and kind to the environment.

For Southern California residents, the Summer Fun Pass is a fabulous deal -- 3 days for $99. Yes, that's only $33 a day, between June 1-Aug. 23.

For travelers, we're offering 2 nights free when you buy three nights at a Disneyland Resort hotel, or a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel. The package includes park-hopper tickets for each day, as well. That's five days of fun for the price of three!

In case you missed it, we also opened a new street show this spring.
Celebrate! A Street Party is a dazzling street show featuring a cast of nearly 100 dancers, DJs and Disney characters inviting guests along the Disneyland parade route to celebrate with them as they perform music numbers in a lively presentation that allows some guests to show off their own dance moves in a conga line or twist party.

Details on summer deals:
Summer Fun Pass: Now through June 3, Southern California families (zip codes 90000-93599 in California, 21000-22999 in Baja California) will find the best value at Disneyland Resort by purchasing the “Southern California 2fer Ticket,” which enables guests to visit either Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure one day, then come back on another day to play in the other park, for free! Information is available at or by calling (714) 781-7290.

2 Nights Free: For those planning a multi-day getaway at Disneyland Resort, there’s the “2 Nights Free” offer. Guests who purchase a three-night summer vacation package – three nights of hotel accommodations and three days of theme park admission – will receive two more nights at the hotel and two more days of theme park admission. That’s a total of five days and nights of Disneyland fun for the price of three. Details on these packages are available at or by calling (800) 854-3104.

Free on Your Birthday: These travel values are in addition to the first-of-its-kind “Free on Your Birthday” offer – one day’s free admission to a Disneyland Resort park with valid ID. Register for Free on Your Birthday at