Watermelon And Blueberry Infused Water

    Many of you have been hearing about the benefits of drinking infused water on a daily basis.  Since giving up drinking soft drinks last August, I have been experimenting with some refreshing ways of enjoying my daily recommended water intake.  You might be surprised to find out that there are some great reasons why consuming infused water is a good idea.     Infused water is basically cold water that contains a mixture of herbs, fruits, or vegetables.  Many people swear by it because they claim that it helps them to stay full so they don't have as much of an appetite for eating junk food.  The fact of the matter is that drinking water is necessary for staying hydrated and maintaining all of our life functions.  It helps to flush toxins from your body and it assists in digestion.       Many people also use infused water recipes to assist in reaching their weight loss goals.  The reason for this is that it … [Read more...]

Raspberry Cheesecake Float Recipe #SienteGlade @Glade #CBias #Ad

*This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SienteGlade #CollectiveBias    Most people have no idea how stressful being a teacher can be. While it is a very rewarding career in so many ways, shaping young minds and supervising them daily is a tremendous responsibility. When I get home at the end of the day, I often need to unwind and destress so I try to set the mood in my home that helps to make me feel more energized. After all, my day is not over when I get home as my role as mom goes into full effect at that time!     My grandmother in Spain loves to make "batidos," or shakes with different fruits that are full of vitamins to give you energy. Lately, I have been researching some of the different fruit combinations that can be used to make smoothies and shakes. I love to live my life with a lot of zest and passion so I immediately became enamored with raspberries in my shakes. Not only are they … [Read more...]

Coffee Yogurt Smoothie Recipe @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    I think when most people think of smoothie recipes, they imagine that you take fruits or vegetables and blend them together with a few other ingredients and, voila!  Most of my friends are obsessed with iced coffee drinks or blended coffee drinks that they spend an insane amount of money buying at major coffee retailers.  The frugal girl in me likes to make these at home and I have been trying to create a delicious coffee smoothie recipe with my Folgers coffee for quite some time.     You would be surprised how inexpensive and convenient it can be to make your own yummy coffee beverages.  With just a few simple ingredients, you can even make them in the morning and take them with you on-the-go.  This is a huge deal for me because mornings in our house tend to be extremely hectic with me getting ready for work and the kids getting ready for school.       Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to spend making elaborate … [Read more...]

Flavored Water For Kids With No Sugar! @AquaBallDrink #Giveaway #Ad

    As an educator, I am often shocked at how many sugary drinks I see my students consuming during their lunch.  Although our school does not serve these drinks, nor sell them in our vending machines, many of our students bring them in from outside and actually purchase them in the morning before coming to school.  I often wonder if their parents are aware of the unhealthy beverages that they are purchasing with the lunch money that they give them.     Since our two boys were little, we have made sure that sugary soft drinks were not a part of their diet.  My husband doesn't drink soda and he has always made sure that our sons do not consume it either.  As a result they drink a lot of natural juices but, I have to admit, they don't drink nearly as much water as I would like them to.     AquaBall was developed by a former school principal, who saw way too many children drinking sugary beverages during school, and not enough water. He created AquaBall as a fun way for kids to drink … [Read more...]

Enjoy Some Well-Deserved Relaxation! #SangriaSunday @yellowtail_usa #Ad

*This post was written by me on behalf of Yellow Tail USA. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.        This past Thursday was the last day of school for New York City public school students.  As a middle school teacher, I can tell you that being an educator is a heck of a lot of work and, by the time the end of the year rolls around, most of us are in sore need of some rest and relaxation.     Being from Europe, I have always enjoyed a delicious glass of Sangria during those times when I am looking to enjoy some down time.  In Spain and Portugal, it is typically served during the summer and is a popular drink among tourists and locals alike.  There is just something about having the wind blowing through your hair and enjoying some fresh air outdoors while you sip on some delicious wine.     I'm looking forward to enjoying having the summer off and to relaxing a little too.  Here are some of the ways that you too can … [Read more...]