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October 1, 2014

$50 Halloween #Giveaway

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It's that time of year again when the leaves are starting to change colors (and fall off the trees) and our little ones are starting to think about what they want to be for Halloween. I know my daughter has been talking and debating about it for a few days now. She can't decide if she wants to be Claudine from Monster High or Batgirl. Oh the decisions to be made by an eight year old.
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With Halloween just a few weeks away, Parenting Beyond is excited to offer you the opportunity to win $50 to! My 9 year old picked out his very first Halloween costume this year from . If you'd like to read all about it (and our little "Cookie Monster/ Abby Cadabby/ Let It Go/ Chicken" on Parenting Beyond, click on over here.

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September 30, 2014

Universal Eco Eats Challenge - Freeze it, don't waste it! #EcoEats

Disclosure: I will receive a gift package from Green is Universal in exchange for participating in the Universal Eco Eats Challenge and sharing via this post.

For my Eco Eats Challenge I choose to focus on the Freeze food that is almost expired in order to preserve challenge because we actually had a really good crop of zucchini we harvested from our garden this year. Usually we get enough to enjoy for a few months as well as a little extra to share. However, this year we had a really great crop and have harvested way more than we could imagine using before it would all go bad. So I diced to do a little research and found ways to preserve our zucchini so we could enjoy it all year long. I opted to cut ours up in a few different ways so that I had options for different uses later. I've done it shredded before in baggies for breads, but never any other way. So I'm very excited to now  have some ready to add into meals as well as for making the zucchini fries that I found on Pinterest!

Are you interested in ‘eco-eating’? NBC’s Green is Universal is hosting an “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17. To join, visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox. No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident and 18+. Read official rules here.

If you choose to participate come back and let me know what challenge you complete!

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September 29, 2014

Marquis O3 - The all-natural energy drink

Marquis O3 is the only premium energy drink that is certified USDA Organic, has O Calories, and contains O Sugar. Do I have your attention now? I know reading those three pieces of information got my attention. My husband likes to use energy drinks when he's had a long day at work to get him through the afternoon slump. But I've always worried about him getting a sugar high from them and crashing hours later when we are supposed to be getting things done at home in the evenings. Not to mention all of the other additives and who knows what they will have for side-effects. I personally have never been able to get past the overbearing taste of all the energy shots and drinks on the market now. So when I first tasted Marquis 03 I didn't really have high hopes for it either. I guess that's where I now have to remind myself to not go into trying something new with a negative attitude. It really wasn't at all what I was expecting. It actually had a mild flavor and didn't give you that jolt that a lot of energy drinks do on the first sip. It was more like a carbonated juice drink. I have to say it wasn't too bad, and it did seem to give me an extra jolt of energy when I started feeling a tired slump in the mid-afternoon. Something I would definitely consider keeping on hand with all of the afternoon running I have to do some days for the kids now that school's back in.


  • Has nine all-natural ingredients, including: Stevia, Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Vitamin B Complex, and Vitamin C.
  • Stevia is an all-natural, non-caloric sweetener that doesn’t spike-and-crash blood glucose level like sugar.
  • Green Tea is a great source for natural caffeine. As a natural stimulant, it provides many health benefits, including boosting metabolism to help burn calories faster.
  • Yerba Mate is another great source for natural caffeine and antioxidants. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, Yerba Mate delivers both natural stimulants and nutrition.
  • Vitamin B supports and increases cell metabolism, and promotes cell growth and division. It also enhances your immune system and nervous system.
  • Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that acts as an antioxidant and helps boost the immunity system.
  • Non-GMO, Gluten-free, Vegan, and made in the USA

Buy it:
Marquis O3 is available for order online at, and sold at numerous Southern California locations, including: Bloomingdales, Trimana, Rainbow Acres, Om Nom Organics, and more.

Marquis O3 is currently available in three refreshing flavors: Citrus, Super Berry, and Mango Ginger.

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