Get FREE a2 Milk® & Win a Trip to Australia!

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Have you ever had trouble with lactose? It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my tummy is to it. And the more friends I have that have the same problem ;) It turns out that there are different types of protein in cow milk, A1 and A2. The a2 Milk Company™ has found a way to produce milk without the A1 protein that affects sensitive digestive systems. The A1 protein is to blame for post-dairy discomfort and is currently found in every traditional and organic cow milk on the market today. a2 Milk® comes from specially sourced heirloom cows and brings you cow milk without the upset stomach!

The a2 Milk Company™ is working with dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest to grow and expand their herd of a2 cows. The cows, by nature, produce milk without the A1 protein!a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1Now, people who are lactose sensitive don’t have to turn to nut or bean based milks. They can still enjoy the nutritional benefits and delicious taste of cow milk! a2 Milk® has:

  • approximately six times the amount of calcium as soy beverages
  • approximately eight times the protein of almond beverages and
  • approximately six times the potassium levels of rice beverages

To get your own free a2 Milk® through a receipt redemption program, head over to Try a2 Milk. While you are there, enter to win a trip to Australia, too! If you win, you have to promise to take me, though. My people are from there! Seriously, Ada is named after my great-great-grandmother Ada from Australia. She even had a pet kangaroo :)

I am so thrilled to continue my ambassadorship with a2 Milk®! I have loved trying this new-to-me product and have found it to be easy on my stomach (read: I can eat more dairy if I drink it). a2 Milk® is carried at our local Lassen’s. I am excited for a2 Milk® to gain traction and popularity and be carried in every store where you buy milk. To find your nearest grocery store that sells a2 Milk®, click here: a2 Milk® Store Locatora2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-1-2

Spring Break with the KIA Sorento

I was given a car to borrow and drive in collaboration with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

For Spring Break, we were fortunate enough to have the 2016 KIA Sorento to cruise around in! It was so much fun!! It drives like a car but has seating for seven. The girls loved the little back seats, it was like their own little play land!

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The Sorento took us to Los Angeles and the trip down and back was quiet and smooth. Some features I love:

  • cruise control that automatically slows you down when approaching traffic (super helpful on LA freeways)
  • lane deviation that tells you when you are drifting out of the lines
  • back up camera, camera in the front, and a bird’s eye camera angle to see if you are in the lines of a parking spot!
  • giant sunroof – literally feels like the entire roof of the car is a window
  • smooth as buttah ride

The KIA Sorento took us to the Los Angeles Temple, IMG_9045 Alameda Park in Santa Barbara, IMG_9196Nordstrom to try on the latest shoe trends,IMG_9223Sephora to try out red lips and rosy cheeks, IMG_9203and lunch at C’est Cheese! IMG_9184We also climbed Mt. Figeroa and went for a hike! It was all abloom with poppies and lupins, just beautiful! IMG_9337Sunset was unbelievable up there.IMG_9331Hiking while hugely pregnant with my little sidekicks!Thank you, DriveShop for the fun wheels to cruise around in for our Spring Break adventures!

Living Well with Nature Made Vitamins

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.Nature Made Vitamins-1Every stage of life is different. Our goals change from year to year based on what is going on in our lives. Obviously, my health and wellness goals this year have been different than in past years. At this time last year, I was busy training and getting ready for the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon! I know some women continue running throughout their entire pregnancies, but I can’t do it past the middle of the second trimester. I miss it so much! I get jealous when I see people out running or Matt goes for a run. For now, it’s walking, prenatal yoga, swimming, and the elliptical. Unfortunately I had to give up the stationary bike because I was riding it like a kid that had outgrown a tricycle, due to the big baby bump in the way! Hopefully at the time of this year’s half marathon, I will be getting ready to welcome baby girl number three into our family :) Nature Made Vitamins-1-2This year’s wellness goals have been all about staying healthy throughout my pregnancy and growing a strong baby girl. So far, so good! Today begins the 30 day countdown to June’s due date. She will be here next month!! I started out my pregnancy like all of the others, completely nauseous and unable to keep anything down. So I took chewable sour gummy vitamins when I could. Then, once the nausea finally passed, I had to switch to swallowable vitamins because the gummies reminded me of being sick and made me gag. Nature Made Vitamins-1-3Off to Walmart to get some Prenatal Vitamins from Nature Made. I grabbed some Fish Oil for Matt, too, and love that they have a burp-less variety! That’s what has kept me away from Fish Oil in the past, the yucky aftershocks throughout the day. He has been taking them and says they live up to their burp-less promise. The Prenatal Vitamins have been excellent and easy to swallow thanks to the gel coating. I am grateful for a vitamin I can easily take to help keep my baby and I healthy and strong! New moms: even after baby is born, you should continue to take your Prenatal Vitamins. Especially if you’re nursing! Baby will get those good nutrients and you will feel better, too. Nature Made at WalmartTo help you with your health and wellness goals, Nature Made has a microsite here where you can sign up to receive Nature Made Daily Boosts…little things that you can do to help your overall wellness. Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 $50 Walmart gift cards below!
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*I-C will randomly select 20 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Here’s to Nature Made helping you achieve your health and wellness goals this year, whichever stage of life you are in!

Coke Play to Win!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GreatTasteTourney #CollectiveBias

How do you prepare for the Madness? Have you filled out brackets with coworkers, friends or family? What kind of snacks do you make to get ready for the Big Tournament? We always stock up on Coke Zero and OREOs, and come up with ways to make them fun while we watch the games.

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When you buy Coke Zero and Nabisco products, like OREO, at Albertsons, Safeway and other banners (Tom Thumb, Acme, Shaws, Pavillions, Star Market etc.) you can enter to win tons of cool basketball themed prizes… even a chance to attend some of the final games!

Available Prizes:

64 Cola-Cola ZeroTM Cap & Basketball

32 Over the Door Basketball Hoop

16 Albertsons $50 Gift Card

8 Electronic Basketball Game

4 10 ft Basketball Goal

2 Gift Card for TV/Surround Sound System

1 Trip for 4 to the 2017 NCAA®

Men’s Final Four® in Phoenix

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!

       HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Purchase participating* Coca-Cola or NABISCO products
  2. Upload a photo of your receipt showing your qualifying product purchase
  3. Register and upload receipt photo to: cokeplaytowin.com/tastethemadness
  4. Receive 1 entry per qualifying purchase for a chance to win prizes!
  • Mondelēz International and Coca-Cola are Corporate Champion and Partners of the NCAA.
  • NCAA and Taste the Madness are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  • © Mondelēz International group © Coca-Cola Zero is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company.
  • NABISCO is the Official Cookie & Cracker of the NCAA®
  • Coca-Cola Zero™ is the Official Fan Refreshment of the NCAA®

a2 Milk® Ambassador Program

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.a2 MilkI am so excited to announce that I have been selected to be an a2 Milk® Ambassador! I LOVE MILK! But what is a2 Milk®, you ask? Well, let me put on my Ambassador hat and tell you all about it :)

Back in the day (picture a milk man delivering milk to your doorstep in glass bottles), all cows milk had the A2 protein in it. Their milk was easy to digest and there were no issues. As dairy farmers started putting more pressure on cows to produce milk, the A1 protein started to manifest itself in the cows’ milk. The A1 protein is digested differently and began causing stomach problems in milk drinkers.

Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from sensitivities to dairy. An independent study found that one in four Americans had stomach discomfort after consuming milk, but only 3-4% of the population has been medically diagnosed as Lactose Intolerant. a2 Milk-5For those who do suffer, their options are usually to turn to a non-dairy milk alternative. Almond, soy, or rice in my friends’ cases. I have tried them and am not a fan. Almond I can bear if it’s mixed up in a smoothie, but I would still prefer the good stuff from a cow. Which is why I love a2 Milk®!a2 Milk-2Ever since I had my gallbladder removed, I have been more sensitive to dairy. I learned this in Paris, unfortunately. Matt and I had a gorgeous cheese platter for dessert at Astier and Matt insisted that I try every single cheese. Not one to back down from a challenge, I did it. And paid for it later at the hotel by throwing it all up! We joke about it because Matt showed true love by taking care of me and cleaning up after me…what a way to spend your anniversary! Luckily I was better the next day and we still had a wonderful trip. I have learned to limit the strong dairy after that experience!

a2 Milk® has returned cows milk to what it used to be! It has all of the benefits of cows milk: vitamins, taste, hormone and antibiotic-free, without the irritating A1 protein.

To find a2 Milk® near you, click here. Local friends: I found it at Lassen’s; Vallarta doesn’t carry it yet like the website says.

Lola’s Disney Side 4th Birthday Party!

Miss Lola Jennie turned FOUR in August! She wanted a Princess Sofia birthday party, and it worked out perfectly with the Disney Side @ Home Party box we were sent. It had crowns, amulets, napkins, plates, placemats, snack bowls, a food stand, a centerpiece, tablecloth, and activities for the kids in it. The favor boxes were Doc McStuffins (another favorite) filled with wands, nail files, stickers, Cinderella buttons, and other goodies. IMG_3808We bought balloons and Maverick was not a fan of the giant floating Princess Sofia! IMG_3809For a game, we had the princesses see how far they could walk with books on their heads. Me demonstrating: IMG_3813They each received a magical amulet after completing the book balancing game.Disney Side @ Home PartyOur big four-year-old! IMG_3815

For food, I made peanut butter and grape (purple for Sofia) jelly sandwiches, had watermelon, grapes, oranges, string cheese, animal cookies, and filled our Mickey Mouse cake pan with carrots, broccoli, and dip. Disney Side @ Home PartyIMG_3842Happy little party-goers!Disney Side @ Home Party

Our DisneySide Party box had an awesome cake mix from Duff of Charm City Cakes in it. It was a colorful rainbow cake that was so fun and easy to make! IMG_3843The kids loved seeing when we cut into it.  IMG_3856 IMG_3857Lola opening her gifts…I love her facial expressions! IMG_3867 IMG_3871 IMG_3873Trying to get her sweet face in the picture with her Lola sticker book from Cap’n Walt :)IMG_3875 IMG_3881Ada & Emma trying out Lola’s new bunk bed set from Nonnie!  IMG_3905IMG_3883Having Lola as a part of our family for the past four (1/2) years has brought us such joy! She has been a light in our world. She’s a mommy’s girl and snugglebug. She loves to make her sister laugh, play with her, pull funny faces, use Maverick as a pillow, sing, go to Primary, color, write, spend time with her Nonnie & Nana, ride her scooter & bike, and would swing all day if I’d let her. Love you Lo!!   

I was sent a Disney Side @ Home party box to help throw a magical party for my Disney-loving girls! As always, all opinions are 100% mine. 

Proactiv 3-Step System Review

This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

6 weeks ago, Chewie was not impressed with my skin. I agreed with him, my pores were large and my skin tone wasn’t ideal. I had some rough spots and was prone to oiliness and breakouts. I had stopped using a 3-step program of washing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. I was skimping on my skincare routine and it showed! Chewie couldn’t be fooled.Proactiv ChewieEnter Proactiv’s 3-step cleansing system. Here’s what it consists of:

Step 1: Renewing Cleanser – I love how fine the beads are. I wouldn’t even classify them as beads because they are so small! Think of the softest, finest sand you’ve ever felt. That’s what it feels like is mixed into the renewing cleanser. Also oil-free with micro crystal benzoyl peroxide to begin to clear acne.

Step 2: Revitalizing Toner – Have you ever used a toner that burned? Not fun! The revitalizing toner is gentle and alcohol-free. It contains glycolic acid to help balance skin tone and remove dead skin cells. You can see it on the cotton ball after you use it! It leaves behind your radiant skin beneath, helping to balance your skin’s natural acids. It contains witch hazel (a popular toner in and of itself), aloe and chamomile, and allantoin. The toner removes excess oil without drying your skin out.

Step 3: Repairing Treatment – A light, oil-free leave-on lotion. It’s made with exclusive micro crystal benzoyl peroxide that absorbs into the pores to treat acne at its source. It penetrates deep into the pore to help heal blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. It leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

After using Proactiv’s 3-step system, here is my after picture (results may vary):ProactivNo filter, no editing, straight off my camera’s phone. Granted, the natural light in my after picture is more flattering than the fluorescent lighting with Chewie :) Otherwise, I see a huge difference! My skin is smoother, my pores are smaller, and my dark spots are lighter. I’m not having breakouts as often and my skin isn’t as oily throughout the day.

I have been using Proactiv for years and definitely have noticed a difference when I stop. I ran out and didn’t reorder it, so was totally slacking and just using regular face wash and lotion. The proof is definitely in the pictures! I wish you could feel my face, too. My skin is so much softer when using Proactiv’s 3-step system.

Are you a fan of Proactiv? What have your results been with it?

WaterWipes at Target

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Even though both of my girls have long been potty trained, I still carry baby wipes with me. Once you’ve had them at your disposal, you can’t go without! They are perfect for wiping up messes in the car, cleaning hands before and after eating, cleaning sweet cheeks that need it, wiping down tables while you’re eating out, I could go on and on!

The creator behind WaterWipes is a mother whose child was getting terrible diaper rashes. She was trying to get to the bottom of it, and in looking at the ingredients list of the wipes was shocked to see so many chemicals listed. Thus began her mission to create a baby wipe that was pure, clean, and contained only wholesome ingredients. WaterWipes only has TWO ingredients!! That blew me away. They are made up of 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Water Wipes TargetI was skeptical about them, thinking they would fall apart in my hand, but I couldn’t be happier. They are durable and effective at cleaning without all of the other nasty junk that you find in other wipes. This is great news for my girls’ sensitive skin! Especially at this time of year with cooler temps and more vigilant hand washing. Their little hands get red and chapped, and I’m always trying to keep lotion or salve on them. Water WipesThey work well for washing off food coloring and frosting :)

Since WaterWipes are chemical free, they don’t have any preservatives. I never thought about that, but I guess it makes sense that a package would get moldy after time if there were no preservatives to keep it from doing so. A WaterWipes package will keep for up to 15 months before it is opened. Once it’s opened, though, it is recommend that you use the pack within a month.Water WipesI’m so glad to know about these for when baby June joins our family in May!

We’ve got an awesome giveaway for a $100 Target Gift Card! Enter below:

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I-C will randomly select 1 winner from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Find out where you can buy WaterWipes here.

Rock the Holidays with T-Mobile Simple Choice™ Prepaid Plans!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RockTheHolidays #CollectiveBias

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Anyone that knows me knows that I always have music playing. While getting ready in the morning, while baking, cooking, working, cleaning, driving my girls to and from school…especially during the holidays! All of my Christmas Pandora stations are in full force. Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Holiday) Radio for Sundays and Christmas morning, Josh Groban (Holiday) Radio, Carpenters (Holiday) Radio, and The Christmas Song Radio for the rest of the time. It’s a beautiful thing and really sets the tone for the season!

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The problem with streaming music from my phone all the time is that it can result in overages and unwanted charges. We are on a shared family plan, so data can get eaten up pretty fast. Enter T-Mobile Simple Choice™ prepaid plan with Music Freedom! For only $50 a month you can stream music at high speed from Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, or your app of choice. No limits and no stressing about how much data you’ve used; it’s all covered in your prepaid plan!

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I am always frequenting Walmart this time of year between Ada’s birthday party and Christmas baking supplies. I checked out the electronics department while there and was pleasantly surprised to see what great deals they had on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone and T-Mobile prepaid plans. I love that Music Freedom is part of the plan!

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We love making Christmas sugar cookies (I use this recipe from my friend Sue – it truly is no fail!) and decorating them with sprinkles. We made some for our Stake’s Nativity Celebration this weekend and they looked so pretty!

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We will be making another batch to leave for Santa next week! Isn’t Christmas magical?

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What do you listen to to get you in the holiday spirit? Have you ever tried Music Freedom with T-Mobile before? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Proactiv Review First Impressions

This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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I have been using Proactiv for years. I love the scent of the face wash! It has such a fresh, clean smell. The microcrystal benzoyl peroxide is something that you can’t find an any other face wash…I’ve tried! It is so fine and leaves your skin feeling smooth as a baby’s bum after washing.

I love getting a Proactiv package in the mail! It’s like your own little dermatologist in a box. I know that my skin will end up looking more beautiful than before when I get more product delivered. Clear skin leaves me feeling confident and helps take time off my morning routine with less time spent trying to conceal blemishes.

It’s funny, I used to think that I would only have to use Proactiv through my teen years. Then I moved to Utah for college and the dry, arid climate wreaked havoc on my skin. It was worse than before! Then I figured that I wouldn’t need Proactiv once I was a mom, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Between pregnancies, hormones, stress, and lack of sleep…my skin needs help preventing blemishes and controlling breakouts. It’s crazy to me that Proactiv has been the leading acne treatment for 15 years! I remember when I first saw a commercial (probably during TRL) and Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Kelly Clarkson were all spokespeople!

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I haven’t been using Proactiv regularly, so I am excited to show you my results. I’m hoping to help clear up my forehead and chin. I lean on my hands a lot while reading and working, so I get blemishes on my chin and forehead. Before and after pictures will be coming!