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.

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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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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.

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California Raisins are a healthy and nutritious treat for everyone to enjoy

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending an intimate little gathering near my home, and it was all about the goodness of California raisins. Raisins are such a wholesome, nutritious treat and is perfect for kids to take to school to enjoy at snack time. Now that JP starts kindergarten this week, its definitely something I will be packing in his school bag.

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There’s many reasons I love these as a snack for him, but the ones that stick out the most are the fact that they are natural with no added sugar (like no high fructose corn syrup) have zero fat and cholesterol. Also they offer other nutritional benefits like 9% of your daily fiber and potassium AND 6% of your daily iron per 1/4 cup serving.

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So the party had a full spread of yummy goodies with raisins and we were all excited to dig in and enjoy! My little guy had a great time and filled his plate up with 1 of everything – his favorite was the raisin bread.

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 There was even a cameo by the California Raisins guy! Remember these guys? I sure do! Sadly, my child runs in the other direction when he sees a costumed character like this, so I wasn’t able to catch a picture of him with the California Raisin. It was still fun to see it though, and all the other children thought it was a big hit.

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 So as a special treat, I’m offering a giveaway – some fun raisin themed goodies, and a California Raisins plushie!!

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Included are some awesome recipe cards dedicated to using raisins as a main ingredient. Perfect for after school snacking! Be sure to check out the California Raisins on Facebook as well!

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