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I keep hearing coconut oil being touted as beneficial for cooking and health.

Honestly, I was not sure about it. I googled a bit and found this article in the NY Times. My curiosity was piqued when I heard it produces yummy, flaky baked goods.

I had to check it out.

I read about Tropical Traditions and requested a jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. I felt daring, only a bit behind all the foodies!

32-oz. – Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 quart

I am glad I was curious. This stuff smells fantastic and is certified organic and produced by hand in the Philippines, using a wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts.

So how do they do it? Well, wet-milling is way of shredding coconuts. In the Tropical Traditions (TT) process, organic coconuts are shredded and cold-pressed in their own milk. After a little bit, the oil separates out naturally and can then be filtered from the coconut solids. This natural way of processing leaves an oil with no trans fatty acids. While so natural this oil has a long shelf life because of the inherent high level of antioxidants.

Here is what TT says: “As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept intact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. Also, Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.”

Well, when I first got this coconut oil, I still wasn’t positive what to do with it. So I played with it. I switched it out for my regular cooking oil when sauteing, made some chocolate/pistachio candy and pumpkin muffins. The candy and pumpkins muffins were delicious. I am sensitive to smells and I found the coconut scent very pleasant.

I really enjoy the versatility of using the coconut oil. It lends a sweetness to my gluten free cooking and now I have several choices I feel are good for my family in the kitchen.

In my quest to use all organics in the kitchen, I am becoming a much better cook!

For recipes and ideas for ways you can cook with coconut oil, visit the Tropical traditions Coconut Recipe blog found here:

You can purchase TT Coconut Oil here (and they are having some sales, too!):

32-oz. – Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 quart

And, I get to giveaway one 32oz. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, with a retail value of $40!

You really have to try this!

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All my readers know I am on a quest to find healthy foods for myself and my family.

When I began, I thought my eating would be so limited and painfully bland.

Wow, was I wrong. Organic, natural, freshly prepared with simple ingredients. That is the way to go. We have never eaten so well. After a couple of years of eating like this, my kids are even happy to bypass the packaged sweets in the store.

I recently got a chance to review Sante Nuts. Just, YUM. Another winner!

I really, really wanted to save these nuts for entertaining and a bit for baking. But, my family saw them.

They had just walked in the door from a game

Well, I went ahead and gave up trying to save these. I could tell it was futile!

We tried candied pecans, roasted salted pecans, candied walnuts and garlic almonds. My favorite was the candied pecans. They are delicious, crisp and sweet and fresh, but not too sweet. My husband, who loves walnuts and garlic, thought the candied walnuts and spicy garlic almonds were fantastic. While the sweetest, then the saltiest nuts went the most quickly, I saw that the kids liked the roasted, salted pecans as well.


I thought, overall, the nuts were much better than any I have gotten in the stores before. Definitely much better than the oversalted, canned varieties you can buy in many stores.

I like that you can see in the ingredients that very few ingredients are used. I want to see just a few things: nuts, salt, organic oil… And, the nuts are roasted using a “secret technique that minimizes the amount of oil the nuts absorb.” Using less oil gives you a healthier nut with more crunch.

Visit and read about the family tradition behind the company.

All good things!

Turns out, the motto for Sante is “Celebrate Life Every Day.” Yes, I agree.

These nuts would be wonderful for entertaining but also reasonably priced for daily uses like in salads, snacks, even baking. Or, maybe just to celebrate life every day.

A treat for my readers!

Use code 2011-Blog-030 to get 25% off any order at Discount good through December 16, 2011.

Visit for more information and recipes.

I received a sampling of Sante Nuts for my review through Zooka. I have given my opinion.


Just the other day, I posted on facebook that I wished we didn’t have to eat everyday. I got a bunch of “likes” on that post! Although I am a bit of a foodie, taking time to make sure I eat right seems like such a chore sometimes.

Many times, I do a decent job making sure my family eats well, but I forget to eat when I am running around. When I do that, I am cranky and tired. Not good.

When I chose to eat only organic I limited my food choices a bit. But, one of my favorite snacks is a cup of yogurt, and I just found out that Activia has partnered up with Stoneyfield to offer Stoneyfield Organic Activia. I was so excited to hear this. I signed up immediately to review the product. I do have some tummy issues and gluten intolerance, so I thought maybe it wouldn’t hurt to add the probiotic.

I got the Organic Activia Yogurt in the four pack of vanilla, and it is delicious. With only 90 calories in the vanilla, 5 grams of protein, and a plan for taking better care of my digestive system, this yogurt is perfect for me. I am so glad they came out with this. On top of all that, I can often find coupons and get it at a local grocery store. Cool.

Another part of this new line, Activia Selects, includes individual yogurt cups by Dannon. I grabbed one that was the Greek yogurt, as my husband loves that type. He said the pomegranate had a nice flavor. The individual serving cups are nice and a bit more of a meal, with higher protein. As I stick with organic, I’ll stick with the snack packs, but you might like the Selects.

The Official Word:
With new styles such as French, French with Fruit Bites, and Greek, you can satisfy your sweet cravings and help regulate your digestive system when consuming Activia daily for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Activia Selects contain an exclusive probiotic culture Bifidus Regularis and helps you feel good inside. These silky French and creamy Greek varieties prove nutritious and tasty options for those who have a texture preference.

Click to get more information and to get a free coupon for yummy yogurt.
And, make sure to check out organic Activia yogurt.

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dannon Activia Selects Yogurt Series and received a coupon to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”


Do Your Teens Want Contacts?

September 26, 2011

Looking so gorgeous for Homecoming -- wearing contacts fit the "Tropical theme"!

I blogged recently about my daughter participating in a Test Drive for the Bausch + Lomb Soflens daily disposable contact lenses. This has been a fun project for my daughter and I! You can read about my thoughts on letting tweens and teens wear contacts.

After trying out the daily lenses for about a month, my daughter is very pleased and offered to share how she feels:

 Yes, moving on to contacts has been a success!

I think she has beautiful eyes and you can see them better when she wears contacts. Of course, we originally decided to let her try contacts so she would be safer while participating in sports. Overall, she seems thrilled and I am happy she has the choice to wear contacts or just throw on glasses.

One nice thing about these particular contacts is that they are dailies–so you can wear them once and then dispose of them and not worry about sanitizing them, or how many days you have been wearing them, etc. This factor makes them a good fit for younger teens who might be careless with taking care of contacts.

Visit the Soflens daily disposables site and learn more about contacts for your teens.

“I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bausch + Lomb and received Soflens daily disposables to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”










This October, you can help support breast cancer education and research through your regular purchases at Sam’s Club.

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sam’s Club stores feature exclusive pink packaging on some of your favorite participating General Mills products. Keep an eye out for them!

  • For 5 years, General Mills has partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation to bring breast cancer support to local communities, and this year they are making their annual donation of $2 million to the foundation to advance breast cancer research and support education and community outreach projects.
  • Purchase specially-marked General Mills products like Cheerios and Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies at your local Sam’s Club and help decide how half of that contribution will be donated by voting at from now until April 14, 2012.
  • General Mills’ donations will be divided between two important Komen programs: the Treatment and Assistance Program, which assists women in securing care they otherwise may not be able to afford, and Prevention Research, which helps unlock the keys to preventing breast cancer. Voting results will be announced on Mother’s Day 2012.

In honor of the event, I have a Sam’s Club Pink Promotion prize pack to giveaway!

Inside you will find A $25 Sam’s Club gift card!

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