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It’s Time for Spring Fashion! JORD Wood Watch Review & Giveaway!

Spring tricks me every. single. year. It feels like perpetual winter and suddenly one morning I wake up and walk to the window in my flannel jammies and winter slippers to peek through the curtains and BAM, spring! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shinning, and I squint my eyes wondering how the heck it happened.  With the sudden surprise of warmer weather comes the sifting through my wardrobe, in search of anything light and airy to mimic the welcome new season. It’s a fun time of year to go shopping for clothes and accessories. And if you’re into accessories, I have a unique wood watch that might become your newest favorite! It’s definitely mine!

(Make sure to read to the end and enter the giveaway!)

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

When JORD first contacted me I read the email and literally sat back and scratched my head wondering what the heck such a cool company would want to work with this hot mess. I’m not going to lie, most days I live in athletic gear and never leave my house. The glamorous life of a online health & fitness coach/blogger/full time mom. (Glamor what?!?) Anyhow, once I accepted the fact that yes, indeed they had meant to contact me, I was fully on board! I LOVE watches. Those of you who are newer followers may not know, but I worked in fine jewelry around pretty watches, diamonds, and golds of all colors for over five years, and once you work with those beautiful pieces, you become a bit of a jewelry snob. Even I can’t afford my tastes in jewelry. #truestory

JORD had me print off a wrist measure chart and after filling out the appropriate info the watch was on it’s way.

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

I was super impressed with how it was packaged and the box and accessories it came with. I’ve worked with a few high end watch companies in my day and JORD is top notch in their quality.

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

First Impressions

The watch came in a wooden box that was magnetized to help keep it closed. It also had a little drawer in the bottom to keep the tube of preserve, the cleaning cloth that was included, as well as the extra link they sent. The attention to detail was refreshing. It also had an instruction and care booklet on how to keep the wood looking good for years to come. Being wood, the watches can come into contact with normal sink activities and rain, but should not be worn showering, swimming, or diving.

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

I was a little hesitant about the scratching that is bound to occur with wood, but the preserve keeps it looking good, even if and when it gets a little scratched. And honestly it just adds personality to the watch. Working with watches made of all different kinds of metals: titanium, tungsten, gold, and stainless steal, they all scratch over time, with the exception of tungsten, which has very minimal wear marks. I was also impressed that they use a mineral crystal for the face instead of just glass, which is a nice touch as it’s a lot harder to scratch.

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

Wood Watch Week In Review

I wanted to give it a solid week of wear before this post, so I could give my honest opinion.

JORD Wood Watches. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

Watches Made From Wood

I wore it shopping, around the house, to my moms, and on date night. I hit it good a few times and gasped, thinking for sure I cut the crystal, but each time proved me wrong. It’s still holding strong and looking brand new. Another nice touch I noticed while looking it over today was that the back is carved the date it was made. Mine was 10/20/16 and is from St. Louis!

Another thing I noticed while wearing it consistently for a week, it goes with EVERYTHING! I picked this one. It’s made with zebra wood and literally looks perfect with almost every outfit. It’s also super light, much lighter than most watches, so much so it’s easy to forget I’m even wearing it. You can shop the whole women’s collection here.

Try on a JORD Wood Watch. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

And if you have a special guy in your life that loves watches, (Travis was SUPER jealous, he has a small addiction himself. Maybe I know his Fathers Day gift already.) make sure to check out the men’s selection. There are some cool ones!

Try on a JORD Wood Watch. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

Outfit details:

My JORD wood watch: Shop here

Shirt: Stitch Fix

Jeans: BKE

Shoes: JustFab

Have I convinced you yet you absolutely need one? How about a giveaway to make it even better!!!

Try on a JORD Wood Watch. The perfect accessory to mix and match with any outfit this spring.

~ Contest Info ~ 
I’m super excited for this contest and I hope you are too!
The winner will receive a $100 e-gift code to the JORD site to go towards your own wood watch!
All other entrants will receive a $25 consolation e-gift code at the close of the contest. 
Contest ends at 11:59 CST 4/23/17 and both gift codes expire 06/25/17

Thank you JORD for giving me the pleasure of reviewing your watch! I was impressed!

Immune Boosting Yummy Gummy Bears

Kids are tough enough to get food down, let alone vitamins or anything else! Can I get a raise of hands moms and dads out there? While my son is finally showing signs of improving on the eating front, my daughter has decided if it’s not a mandarin, cookie, or hot dog she wants no part of it. At least we have the mandarin going for us. I know the eating paradox is a frustration I share with many of you. That’s why I wanted to share this super simple, immune boosting, yummy,  gummy bear recipe today!

Easy & tasty immune boosting gummy bears. 100% fruit juice, sweetened with honey, filled wiht vitamin c and elderberry syrup.

For the last year, inevitably whenever we went to Costco my son would spot the huge container of fruit snacks from across the store. One he saw it, it was over. “Please mom please, gummies!!!! Please!?!”

Immune Boosting Gummy bear

Gummies from the store have so many unnecessary ingredients though, so I was always hesitant but did give in from time to time. I knew there had to be a better option though, and a cheaper one than Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks. I might have to mortgage my home over if I was going to buy them often! If you’ve been following me long, you will know my first thought is how can I turn these home made gummies into good for you ones. Stuffed with things my kids need, all in a little sweet bear they would enjoy. I researched and came up with the perfect solution that received rave reviews from my two picky food critics, oh wait, I mean kids.

Kid approved, healthy, immune boosting gummies

Let’s cover the health benefits of these sweet little guys quickly so we can get to the recipe! These colorful little bears are filled with four powerhouse ingredients that make a big impact on health.

Beef Gelatin

Beef Gelatin, used in the healthy yummy immune boosting gummy bears

The gelatin in these isn’t used just because it’s the thickening agent, beef gelatin is packed full of collagen and protein that:

  • Keeps bones healthy and strong
  • Has natural glycine which promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems
  • Supports skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
  • Supports joint health

I use the Vital Proteins Collagen Protein, because I know it’s the highest quality. The gelatin comes from pasture raised, grass-fed beef. You could use a gelatin like Knox, but all they list on their ingredient label is gelatin, so you have no idea how it was sourced and know nothing of the quality, which immediately sends up red flags to me personally.

Black Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries naturally contain A, B, and C and stimulate the immune system. It’s a great preventative for the cold and flu if taken daily throughout the winter months. If you do come down with it, double up by taking it twice a day for faster healing time. I use Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup, 5.4 Ounce.

Vitamin C Crystal Powder

Vitamin C is great for the immune system, this is a universal truth we don’t argue with. However, it also has a great leg up on cancer as well!

“Vitamin C crystals can help flush healthy cells of toxins, effectively reducing inflammation and the possibility of cell mutation. In fact, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America successfully lobbied the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use vitamin C as an alternative cancer treatment.” Via Live Strong

Plus, the Vitamin C has a subtle tang that I think makes the gummies that much better!

100% Grape Juice

You may be thinking hu? Grape juice? Yep! I give it to my kids every day because it’s a great preventative for the stomach flu! You might think it’s a little crazy, but google “grape juice and the stomach flu” and see everything that comes up. Lots of people swear by it as a preventative, and so do I!

Grape juice helps keep the pH of your intestines (where the virus lives) alkaline which doesn’t allow the stomach flu, or norovirus as it’s truly called, to grow well. I’ve been giving my kids grape juice (Welch’s sugar free 100% frozen concentrate) for the past two years and have avoided any sign of the flu. Even after my sister who lives with us kissed my son goodbye and was home hours later sick as a dog! And if your child or you do contract it while being on grape juice, it seems to not be as severe.

Gummy Bear Immune Boosting Kids snack

Now that we know how amazing the ingredients are, let’s get to the fun part, making and enjoying these Gummy Bears!

I used Candy Silicone Molds & Ice Cube Trays, SENHAI 3 Pack Gumdrop Jelly Molds, Chocolate Molds, Gummy Bear Candy Molds – Bear. The set was inexpensive and worked perfectly. I might end up getting one more set so I can do the whole batch at once and not have to pop out and re-use the molds because the recipe makes so many! Each mold holds 50, and the entire recipe makes 350 gummies. If you don’t have molds you can grease a cookie sheet or use wax paper and slice them up into cubes once set.

Gummy Bear Molds

I placed the molds on a cookie sheet since the silicone is bendable and you need a hard flat surface when filling the molds.

Healthy and Yummy Immune Boosting Gummies

The kids can enjoy these sweet treats daily, never realizing the health benefits stored inside each little purple bear. You as a parent will feel good knowing your picky eaters are actually getting some sort of nutrition inside their little bodies. I call that winning!

*Thanks to Vital Proteins for providing the product for this post! The content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Easy and Tasty Immune Boosting Gummy Bears
These little bears will be a highlight in your kids day, and you can feel like a super parent because they are so full of health benefits. The kids will never guess!
Course Snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes total
Course Snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes total
  1. In a saucepan simmer juice, water, and honey until almost boiling.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin, one tablespoon at a time until thoroughly dissolved. Add in the vitamin c and elderberry syrup, stir.
  3. Use the dropper that came with your molds to fill them up. Place in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then simply pop them out! Each mold makes 50 bears, so I kept the gelatin on very low heat and as soon as I removed all the gummies from one mold I would refill it and place back in the fridge, grab one that was ready and pop it out, and then refill. Do this until all gelatin is in molds.
  4. Place gummies in a sealed container and store in the fridge for up to 10 days. I give the kids about 15 gummies each per day and this works out about perfect. I always take a small handful for myself too. No shame though! They are just as good for me as they are for the kids!
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Coffee + Protein = Love

Getting in enough protein has always been a struggle for me. As a busy mom, fitness coach, blogger, and runner of the home I simply don’t have enough hours in the day. I’m sure most of you can relate! I meal prep and try to plan ahead as much as possible, but some days it doesn’t happen, or I simply need a little extra protein to meet my quota.

What if it’s possible to have protein in a cup of coffee?

BuzzFit Protein Coffee review. Bold, caffeinated, close to perfection.

Mind blown! I mean, my love for coffee is apparent, as well as my love for this substitute. Some afternoons though, I just need a real cup to keep me going. And if it has protein in it? Well sign me up!

Coffee Tattoo - protein coffee

Let’s be clear here, I don’t believe in drinking all your nutrition each day. I see some people desperate to lose weight and build muscle adding a scoop of protein to almost every meal. Just no you guys. That makes me cringe!

Protien Coffee is Jawsome.

Now, I do drink Shakeology every darn day. But it’s not because of the protein. It’s my holistic, superfood, vitamin shake that keeps my anxiety and depression at bay. It also contains micronutrients, probiotics, helps stimulate the metabolism, as well as repair muscles, among many other things. I’m a firm believer that the soil most of our crops are gown in is damaged and nutrient deprived, so obviously our food is as well. Shakeology is my key to making sure I’m giving my body what it needs to stay at optimal health. Besides the occasional extra scoop of protein here and there, I am mostly eating my nutrition. But you guys, some days it’s tough to remember to eat on time, and eat enough protein. Am I the only one who gets so overly starved that I could inhale a whole pizza? Yes I said whole, and yes, I’ve done it before. #noregrets

Just kidding, I totally regretted it.

Anyhow! When I saw this lovely protein coffee by BuzzFit I was immediately intrigued. It sounded too good to be true. I didn’t have to stay curious long however, because the company was more than willing to let me review it!

BuzzFit Protein Coffee review.

{If you’re wondering, the beautiful hat I’m wearing is made by the talented Ciera, a.k.a Girl Boss, knitter extraordinaire, and CEO of Mountain Love Co. You can check out more of her work here.}

Well, How Does It Taste?!

With a little bit of nervousness I made my first cup. I really wanted to love it but was afraid to be disappointed. I shouldn’t have worried though, because it was yummy and hit the spot! Very bold and rich. I guess I was expecting more of a latte flavor? Not sure why. I do like mine with a little almond milk, and the creaminess of it cuts the boldness a bit. But if you like it strong, as in your coffee black, it will be great. With a touch of almond milk I’m a happy camper. I’ve also added some vanilla to it, a little hazelnut extract as well, and both have been great. You could also make a coffee protein shake! Really you could use it a ton of ways. I also think it would be amazing as an add-in to hot cocoa. Coffee cocoa? Maybe my love for coffee is taking this one a little far, but I’m totally trying it.

BuzzFit Protien Coffee

The container comes with 16 servings. Each serving is 2 Tablespoons and contains 10 grams of protein, 2 carbs, 0.5 of fat, and rings in at 60 calories. The ingredients are simply whey protein and Colombian coffee.

I’ll be keeping this as a staple for those days mama is lacking in protein and patience, and needs a warm cup to keep her upright. 😉

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