Adding sparkle to my day with Canada Dry Sparkling Water

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My favorite type of drink is anything carbonated. There’s something about the pop and fizz of that liquid when it hits your tongue that is so satisfying to me when I am really thirsty. To me, it feels like heaven! Since most carbonated beverages are usually laced with sugar or worse – high fructose corn syrup, a good healthier choice is straight up water. Canada Dry Sparkling Water  has a few different flavors that I decided to give a try when I spotted them at Walmart the other day. I used a coupon I got from the Walmart website to get both the $.75 and $1.75 totaling $2.50 in savings. The retail price on a 6 pack is $2.98, so you do the math! Totally worth it, if you ask me!

I was happy to see that they were re-closable bottles with a cap rather than a can that you can’t re-seal if you just drink half. When it comes to cans, I have a bad tendency to open one, drink half and once it looses fizziness, I dump it and start a fresh one because I can’t stand a flat drink when its supposed to be fizzy. I have better chances preserving the fizziness when it comes in small bottles such as these.

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So when I got home with them, I first chilled them down in the fridge, because nothing adds more sparkle to my day than a COLD fizzy drink. Happiness comes to me in small doses, so for a little extra sparkle I decided to slice a lemon in half and squeeze in in for more zing. A little garnish never hurt either! :) #AddSparkle

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I decided to go with 2 kinds of flavors that sounded most appealing to me, which is berry and lemon. Straight up non-flavored would be great to add juice to, but that just didn’t sound as good as the flavored ones did at the time of purchase.

Plus knowing that i’m not consuming a sugared carbonated beverage adds some personal achievement sparkle to my day. It feels good to know that I spared my teeth for just one more day.

Adding sparkle to my day with Canada Dry #cbias #AddSparkle  #shop

Above all else, my favorite way of adding sparkle to my day is trying to keep my tummy from feeling so sick. Being pregnant with #2 has left me with few choices to eat that won’t send me hurling. A nice, cool glass of Canada Dry Sparkling Water helps settle my stomach when I’m feeling ill.

Reasons why I LOVE it:

  • Re-sealable so it doesn’t go flat as quickly as cans
  • Flavored to suit your personal tastes
  • Add a splash of fresh citrus for extra zing
  • Portable!
  • …And best of all – All-natural and sugar free

How do you add sparkle to your day? Feel free to share what makes you tick – I’d love to know!

Learn more about the lineup of Canada Dry’s products on their website. #CollectiveBias

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Fast and Easy fried rice with Success® Rice boil-in-bag

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Success® Rice gave me the opportunity to share this delicious recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Jazzing up plain rice is one of my favorite easy side dishes to make with dinner. Unfortunately the truth is, I’m not very good at making rice the old fashioned way. I have a tendency to burn it and have it all stick to the bottom of the pot, while the rest of it is undercooked. It can be pretty frustrating – so I look for products to make my life easier, which is why I am a big fan of Success® Rice. 

It takes about 10 minutes to bring it from box to the table and here’s how I do it! First, I start a pot of water and bring it to a boil. I add the pre-filled bag to the bubbling water and set the timer for 10 minutes. It’s a BPA free bag that’s food safe and best of all mess-free – cleanup is a snap! There’s 4 different varieties of Success® Rice, regular white rice, brown rice and the new Jasmine and Basmati rice for more exotic dishes. No idea what to do? Check out these recipes for some inspiration!

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While that is boiling away, I chop up some green onions, and sauté them in a pan with sesame oil. I just LOVE the nutty smell it gives off!

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Once those are nice and soft, I move them to the side of the pan, and drop in a slightly scrambled egg…

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Next, I used a can of mixed veggies.. You can use fresh or frozen ones, but for simplicity’s sake I used canned. Just be sure to drain and rinse them well.

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Keep stirring in the pan and make sure none of it burns. Adjust the temperature as needed… By this point, your rice is probably ready to come out, so I drained and opened the bag into the veggies & egg. Mix it up well and add about 1/4 cup of soy sauce and stir.

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Quick and Easy fried rice with Success Rice #SuccessRice @Success_Rice #ad

Stir for a minute or so to get it all coated well and serve – a true crowd pleaser in no time flat! Be sure to stop by and visit Success® Rice on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for announcements, recipes and special offers.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Success® Rice.

Making felt balls using Palmolive Dish Soap #Palmolive25Ways #cbias

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As like most crafty individuals, I enjoy taking some time to make things with my hands when I have the free time to do it. Now with JP finally in school, it’s left me with some free ‘alone’ time to relax, decompress and make something fun while he is gone. One of my favorite crafty things to make aside from stamping & card making is felt balls. I’m you’ve seen these adorning wreaths, garlands and many other decorative accents for their playful child-like appearance.

Making them is fairly easy – all you need is wool roving (I got mine on etsy), dish soap (I used Palmolive), a bowl of hot soapy water and clear cold water. I found my palmolive at Walmart in the dish soap section – There’s so many types to choose from! I came home with soft touch in Aloe.

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First I began by breaking off a small piece of the wool. It comes in long stands, kinda similar to a long strand of cotton batting.

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Next, I spread it out to loosen it up and create space between the fibers before fashioning it into a large, loose wad of wool.

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feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

Without submerging the mass of wool, I wet my hands with the hot soapy water and got it slightly wet. The idea is not to soak it, but just to get suds on it without loosing the airy sphere shape. One there was a good amount of suds within the fibers, I used both my hands to cup it and squeeze out the suds gently while still keeping its shape.

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With very little pressure, I rolled it like making a meatball using the flat of both my hands.

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Keep on rolling, cupping & gently squeezing out the suds shrinking the ball as you go.

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Using the clear cold water, squeeze out some of the soapy suds and continue to roll like a meatball. You can use more pressure as the ball becomes smaller.

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Keep rollin’ & rinsing!

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Finally you’ll develop a nice tight ball like this!

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feltballs made with palmolive dish soap #Palmolive25Ways #CollectiveBias #shop

The really nice part of doing this project using Palmolive is how soft it leaves your hands feeling without drying them out! There’s countless way of using Palmolive besides boring old dishwashing from making extra bubble juice for kids to blow bubbles to using it as a household glass cleaner. What dish soap uses would you do? #Palmolive25Ways

Be sure to check out the sweepstakes that Palmolive is currently offering – you can enter to win a 2000$ gift card AND weekly prizes. Sweepstakes begins on August 11 and you may enter here. #CollectiveBias

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