I posted a video showing you all of my goodies, but wanted to give you a quick rundown on the loot, too! I know you’re all getting ready to kickoff summer and let me tell you- this box of awesome is sure to bring you some seasonal enjoyment for sure!
VitaminShoppe Next Step
I received 2 packets each of the berry and chocolate shake mixes. While the berry wasn’t my favorite, I loved the chocolate! My simple, but delicious recipe: In a large Nurtibullet cup- half a banana (feed the other half to your begging toddler), one packet of mix, 1 1/4 c unsweetened coconut milk. Blend until smooth. I used my new Next Step cup (with this awesome device that fits inside to help keep your drink mixed), which fit perfectly into the stroller, and headed out for a few miles with Addie in the neighborhood.
The shakes are great for extra energy and to give me some freedom in my afternoons- it is hard to wait to eat until Addie wakes up because I get hungry sooner and end up with a bunch of dishes. Using these shakes as a full meal replacement doesn’t work for me while I’m pregnant, but I add an apple or a handful of almonds to the mix and feel totally satisfied until dinner!
Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds
With my package of Blueberry Flavored Almonds, I was set for a snack for 2 days… except Addie nabbed it and I only got to try a few. They were delicious- the perfect addition to my Next Step shakes- and awesome for Addie, too! Along with the usual health benefits of almonds, the flavors that are available from Blue Diamond give some variety to snack time, as well as to your butters! We love to make almond butter here, and with the summer coming up and all the fresh fruit picking, I will be stocking up on the strawberry almonds, making almond butter and dipping my fresh picked berries all summer!
Do you want to make your own almond butter?
Grab your food processor with the “S” blade. Add 2 packages (8oz.) of whichever almonds you choose (strawberry for us!). Blend! As you go, scrape down the sides. After about 10 to 15 minutes of blending, you will see the oils coming out and your butter becoming smooth. Go a few minutes more and you’ll have the perfect blend- no need to add anything more! We store our homemade butters in the fridge for added shelf life- especially in the hot summer months.
Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
I got a box of these as an #Influencer in my #GoVoxBox. I am currently pregnant, but I always carry feminine products with me bc I’ve been there with nothing when I needed them- so I threw a few in my diaper bag and forgot about them.
The following week I was in a public restroom at the zoo, and a young mom was frantically digging in her own bag, her toddler ripping at her pant leg. She looked at the paper towels and went to reach for them. “Do you need…?” I started as I pulled out a tampon. “YES and THAT’S MY BRAND!” she nearly screeched! She went on to tell me how running around with a toddler means that the Playtex Sport is her only go-to for what she called security.
Me? I’m taking note and saving a few of these for myself! I think that anyone who is that sure about a product has me on board to try it too!
Aqua Spa Relax Body Cream
This is my new obsession. Seriously. I usually buy whatever is on sale wherever I am when I realize I’m out of lotion, but I’ve never encountered a lotion like this! It is thick, but not greasy- and a little goes a long way… meaning this bottle is lasting me for quite a while. Pregnancy isn’t easy on the body and I’ve found my belly and legs feel amazing every night (well into the morning) when I apply it. The scent is soothing, but not overpowering, and I love that it totally takes my senses on a little spa trip. It’s also found in a number of local stores and on Amazon- you can bet this Amazon Prime member is going to check out the other available products with her next delivery! Perfect to pamper anyone in your life (most importantly, yourself).
ProFoot Pedi-Rock and Triad Orthotic
If foot care isn’t the bane of my existence normally, it is really awful when I’m pregnant! For myself, I have flat feet, so I wear custom orthotics (attractive, right?)- so I sent those beauties to my mom. She LOVES them! Her words: Perfect for all day wear in most of my shoes. I used them all weekend for the daily stuff like dog walking and gardening and all week running from meeting to meeting and seeing clients. I feel a little less back pain and more important, my feet don’t feel as tired or swollen. The support is wonderful! Thank you for sending me these! So there you have it- they are great for those looking for extra support. And me? Well… I’m a barefoot summer girl and it’s already started. While reaching my feet is a feat more appropriate for Cirque du Soleil, I can still reach! The soft design is perfect for all the curves of my dancers feet, making the balls of my toes so smooth, and gentle enough to clean the sensitive (place where the) arch (should be). I have used a few pumice-type stones, but never one that contoured to my foot as I used it- the design really does change the feel from kind of a painful necessity to keeping feet smooth to a little escape made just for me. #GoPROFOOT!
Müller Corner Greek Yogurt
I hadn’t tried the Muller yogurts before, but I like a lot of Quaker products. #MullerQuaker yogurt is rich and creaming and the corner fruit is just enough to mix in and fill you up! There are quite a few different flavors- ours being the Blackberry & Raspberry! Mmmm- totally fills my cravings! They are great as an afternoon snack, accompaniment to breakfast or- best of all- dessert! If you’re looking for your new summer go-to filler, this is totally it!
So… an awesome box? You bet. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, but all opinions, as always, are my own and not swayed by outside sources. I hope you will try a few out and make this summer your best summer, yet!