Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: September 2015

Healthy Breakfast and Snack Ideas with Van’s New Cereals + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Van’s Foods and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Van’s Foods are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


It’s my daughter’s first year of school and our days can get pretty hectic.  We are on the go constantly. Most days I fix a quick breakfast and plenty of snacks for travel time.  But I also want to make sure we are eating healthy.  Van’s sent our family their new cereal Blissfully Berry and Cocoa Sensation.

Each cereal consists of 17 grams of nutrient-dense whole grains, including ancient grains millet, quinoa and amaranth.  They have 5-6 grams of fiber with 110 calories per three-quarter cup serving. There are no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.  As well as, no dairy, egg or corn.

Silvana’s Kitchen has created two fun and healthy snack recipes for you to try!

Crunch Chocolate-Banana Sweet-n-Salty Snack Mix
Makes: 8 cups
Ingredients:
3 cups Van’s Gluten-Free Cocoa Sensation Cereal
1½ cups plantain chips or banana chips
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or coconut flakes
1 cup roasted salted almonds
½ cup raw pistachios
½ cup dried berries, such as cranberries, cherries or blueberries
½ cup chocolate chips
In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients.
PB & Berry Blast Snack Mix
Makes: 8 cups
Ingredients:
3 cups Van’s Gluten-Free Blissfully Berry Cereal
1½ cups gluten-free pretzel sticks
1½ cup roasted salted peanuts
1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
1 cup dried blueberries

In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients.
To celebrate the launch of Van’s new cereals, they are offering YOU a Back-to-School giveaway featuring coupons for FREE Van’s cereals.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Get Your Discount Code to ZooBoo KIDS Lowry Park Zoo

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Lowry Park Zoo and will receive promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Lowry Park Zoo and ZooBoo KIDS are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

It’s an all new ZooBoo just for kids, ideal for boys and “ghouls” under age 11.  ZooBoo Kids is a fun Halloween treat for your family!  Your kids will go batty with extended hours on select nights with fright-free festivities, such as, trick-or treat trail, corn maze, creepy critter encounters, friendly character appearances, fall photo opportunities, games, decor and even a monster mash dance party!

On special days, guests can check out some the zoo animals have a smashing good time too with pumpkin toss enrichments.  ZooBoo KIDS activities are included with paid admission or Zoo membership.  Visit Lowryparkzoo.org for a schedule of events.

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo 

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours on select nights during special events. Daytime admission prices are: adult – $27.95, seniors (60+) – $25.95, children ages 3-11 – $20.95, and children 2 and under are free. Parking is free. Visit http://www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.
$3 OFF ZOO ADMISSION – Enjoy $3 off Zoo admission and spend the day visiting more than 1,000 animals on 56 acres of lush, natural habitats! Offer valid for up to 4 guests per original coupon presented. Coupon not combinable with any other offers. No cash value. Valid only during daytime hours; not valid for special events. Prices subject to change without notice. Discount not applicable to AAA rates. Expires 12/31/2015.

God Bless Our Fall Children’s Book + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post of behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and God Bless Our Fall Children’s Book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


One of the things I miss most about Colorado is the weather and seasons, particularly fall.  What a gorgeous time of year.  I loved the crisp air, the color of the leaves and the fun autumn activities. Sigh, hopefully Florida will bring us some fall fun this year.

Speaking of fall, Big C picked out this months book, God Bless Our Fall.  What a fun and colorful story that depicts everything our family loves about this season.  And it reminds us of how great our God truly is.

This is the fifth story in the God Bless series.  It’s definitely the perfect book to add to your little one’s collection.  The padded board book with rhyming text and colorful pictures is a wonderful book to introduce children to fall and God’s blessings.

Big C shares her new book with her little brother, pointing out all the fun and beautiful fall activities our family loves to celebrate.  One of our favorite traditions is picking out the best pumpkin and carving a fun face!

You can purchase God Bless Our Fall for $9.99 on Amazon or Thomas Nelson!  Tommy Nelson is giving you a chance to win a copy by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Good luck!


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Treating My Face with Natural Skin Care + Giveaway

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Exposed Skincare and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Exposed Skincare are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I never had clear skin growing up.  I was always searching and trying new products to get rid of my acne.  At first, these new products would work.  But I felt like my skin would get used to them and I would be back where I started.  These skincare products were always full of harsh chemicals, too.

As I grew older, I learned to eat healthier and drink more water instead of sugary drinks, and my face started to clear up.  But when stress rolls around (and as a mommy, when doesn’t it?) or that time of the month, break outs tend to happen.  The past few years, I’ve also freed our home of any harsh chemicals, including what goes on our skin.

Exposed Skincare sent me an amazing package of natural skincare to pamper my face.  The kit came with everything I needed for my skin type to clear my pores, lose the acne and have a smoother face. I received Facial Cleanser, Clearing Tonic, Acne Treatment Serum, Clear Pore Serum, Moisture Complex and a Clarifying Mask.

As a busy mom, I don’t use every product every day.  I created a program that fits my schedule and my skin type.  My skin tends to dry out easily, so I definitely needed to take it slow.  Every night, during my shower, I use the Facial Cleanser.  And once I get out, I apply the Clearing Tonic.  From there, I decide if I need the Acne Treatment Serum or the Clear Pore Serum.  I always end with the Moisture Complex and add in the Clarifying Mask once a week.

When I first started the program, my skin broke out more then normal (as the directions said would happen).  I gave it a few more weeks and my skin began to clear up nicely.  I don’t have flawless skin, and I probably never will.  But I love what Exposed Skincare has done for my face.  And I love that I’m using natural ingredients on my skin.

Exposed Skincare is giving YOU a chance to win an Expanded Kit, a value of $60!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.


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A Bible Adventure with Super Hero Hannah + Giveaway

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Bible Belles and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Bible Belles and their children’s book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.


Big C is now in Pre-K!  I can’t believe my little baby is old enough to go to school.  How did she grow up so fast?  She is definitely ready.  She’s been talking about going to school, well, probably since she could talk.  
But one of my biggest fears since she was a baby, was her being bullied or ending up in the wrong crowd.  I have prayed protection over her for so long.  I know she is going to do great, but I feel like it’s always important to remind her of God’s love and blessings for her.
Big C recently received The Adventures of Rooney Cruz, Hannah the Belle of Prayer, the first book in a series of Bible super heroes for girls.  In this book, Rooney gets bullied and made fun of by other girls in her school.  One day, a very special angel visits Rooney and takes her on a special adventure to meet a super hero in the Bible, Hannah.  Through her journey, Rooney discovers she has a real super power, too – the power of prayer.

Though this book is geared toward girls, ages 6 – 10, my daughter absolutely fell in love with it. (And so did I).  Among her many books, she chooses to read Hannah every night before bed.  She stops me at different parts and asks important questions.  We are definitely looking forward to reading all the Bible Belles superhero books as they become released!  Check out this video to learn more.

About the Author



Erin Weidemann is a mommy, wife, teacher, former college athlete and 5 time cancer survivor!  As a young girl growing up, she often felt insecure and out of place, constantly comparing herself to other girls.  Something that is very common with young girls.  Erin’s passion for connecting girls with biblical heroes comes from her desire for them to see examples of real women whose inner beauty was used by God for a mighty purpose.  By writing this series, she hopes to connect girls with real heroes (not glamorized media women) so they can learn their own value and carry it with them for the rest of their lives.

You can purchase the same book Big C received for your favorite girl(s) for $17.99 at BibleBelles.com.  Stay connected with Bible Belles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all their latest books, discounts and giveaways!

Bible Belles is giving away one copy of The Adventures of Rooney Cruz, Hannah the Belle of Prayer to one blessed reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Good luck!

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