VidañaBeauty Skin Products Review

Howdy! Have you missed me? I sure have missed blogging lately.  I've been in the process of buying a home and it has literally taken up so much of my time.  We finally closed on July 21st and have been busy packing and cleaning for the big move on July 30th!  Add to that, working and trying to get out there and check things off our summer bucket list and you as you can imagine I am one tired girl!  I am so looking forward to things calming down and getting back to the blog.  I really enjoy sharing my messy life on here and I have tons of great topics to share such as our experience in buying a short sale home, packing tips, summer bucket list fun, and tons more!  

Today, though, I wanted to take a moment and share my thoughts on a new skin care product line called Vidaña Beauty.  They so generously sent me their entire new line of anti-aging skin care products to review.  The new product line consists of:

facial cleanser | day cream | night cream | eye cream | eye serum

Vidaña Beauty is ran by two sisters here in Las Vegas and all their products are also manufactured locally.  I am all for supporting local business!  Their family has been in the health & beauty industry for over 30 years.  

I've been using the products now for about a month and I am pretty happy with them.  Being in Las Vegas, I love that they offer sun block protection and hydrates the skin.  Last week, I was out in the sun and got my cheeks a little burned, so my skin was so dry and flaky!  I used the day and night cream regularly and it made a huge difference!  My face was not as tight and dry.  

I honestly do not love the smell of the facial cleanser.  It's a bit overpowering for me personally.  The other products don't such a strong scent at all and I like that.  And, I'm not really sure what the difference is between the eye serum and the eye cream. I'm using them of course, in the hopes of minimizing some of those laugh wrinkles I'm noticing around my eyes lately ;)

As most of you know, I'm not too frilly or girly and when it comes to skin care regimen, I am not the most consistent.  As I'm get older, though, I have definitely realized that I really do need to take better care of my skin.  It's the only face I have and I want it to look healthy and bright as long as possible!  

For more info on the Vidaña products and how to try them out yourself check them out here:

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That was a nice break but now I am back to packing up my kitchen! XO 

E-hydrate Protein and Drink Mix Review

As a mom ambassador for, I was sent protein-on-the-go and drink mixes by E-hydrate to try out and review.  All opinions and comments are my own.  I was sent the protein mixes and the drink mixes for both adults and kids.  

All E-hydrate's products are natural with no artificial sugars or artificial ingredients, so I felt great about giving these to my kiddos.  My kids love to go on runs with me and we do fun kid "boot camps" together so they are pretty active.  One day after one of our 1 mile runs, I gave them each a pouch of the protein-on-the-go.  We filled it with water, shook them, and tested them out.  Both kids liked the flavor, we had chocolate and cinnamon roll.  Each pouch has 10 grams of protein, electrolytes, and only 70 calories, so it's a nice, healthy snack after they've been running around all day!  I think they'd work great for after school or after a sporting event.  

I too had my protein on-the-go.  Filled it up with water and shook it.  I will say it was not super smooth and I still had some lumps of protein that didn't dissolve completely.  I guess I should have shaken it more...The flavor was ok for a protein shake.  I never expect them to be the most delicious thing ever, but they get the job done.  At 25g of protein + electrolytes it's great for recovery after a hard workout or a long run.  I think they'd be great to take hiking too! 

Next up to try were the drink mixes.  The kids mix is provides the electrolytes and immunity support, again without the added sugars or artificial ingredients.  It has 0 grams of sugar, 4 carbs and only 15 calories.  They're a great alternative to sports drinks and are small and convenient to keep on hand.  My kids really enjoyed all the flavors, especially the strawberry lemonade.  

The adult drink mix provides hydration + energy.  Which one of us busy moms couldn't do with a little more energy, right?  Again, they're way better for you than a sports drink with 0 sugar, 1 carb and 4 calories, and super convenient to carry in your bag.  I added a pouch to my water bottle and took it to the gym with me. The tastes great and kept me feeling strong throughout my entire workout.  

If you have an active family and want to keep quick and easy protein and hydration on hand, I would definitely recommend E-hydration.  The protein pouches and drink packets are easy to store and don't take up much room.  Check out their website where you can learn more about their products, read reviews, and order directly online.

Product Review | Nutrition53's Lean 1 Supplements

Last month I was contacted by Nutrition53, a California-based health and fitness company, and they offered me a Lean1 Fat-Burning Meal Replacement special care package, which is part of their line of healthy supplements, for you to try out and provide a review of on my blog. 

Bill Romanowski, a former NFL player, is Nutrition53's founder and CEO.  After his career in the NFL, and with his interest in nutrition, he brought together leading doctors, scientists, and nutritionists to come up with unique formulations for premium nutritional products for a fit and healthier lifestyle. 

I received individual 6 packets of each, Lean1 & Lean 1 Pro, in chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, and chai flavors.  They also threw in a handy shaker, which I love and use often ;) 

Lean1 primarily functions as a meal replacement because it fulfills daily dietary requirements. It is a healthy and complete meal in a drink. One serving is 200 calories, this is of course with just water.  It also packs 20g of lactose-free protein.  Lean1 also contains 17 fruits and vegetables, 7g of dietary fiber, carbohydrates, and 27 vitamins & minerals.  Other key ingredients such as Green Coffee Bean extract will aid in triggering your metabolism to speed up and burn more fats. 

Lean1 Pro is a fat burning protein shake and is not intended as a meal replacement, but rather to be used either before or after your workout.  It has 230 calories per serving and provides you with 30g of lactose-free protein.  It also has green coffee bean extract to help burn more fats and branched-chained aminos for lean muscle definition, and leucine peptides for muscle growth.  

So, now that you know what's in them, the next question is: How do they taste?  Well, they're not bad.  They're protein shakes and taste like protein shakes.  No, it's not a delicious Haggen-Daz chocolate shake but it's still pretty tasty.  Normally, I mix my protein shakes with almond milk and half a banana or a few frozen strawberries, but I had these with just water and I didn't gag!  This is a plus, since I've tasted some protein shakes that I can't finish due to the chalky taste.  I'll be honest and say I am not a huge fan of drinking my meals, so I don't frequently have meal-replacement shakes.  I do have a protein shake almost daily after my workout though.  For product tasting purposes, I did have the Lean1 meal replacement shake to replace my breakfast one morning and I was surprised that it did actually fill me up until lunch.  I won't be trading my egg white, turkey bacon, and spinach omelets for a shake every morning, but now I know that I can have a healthy and filling shake on mornings where I just don't have time to cook or when I'm looking for something a different.

Bottom line: I would totally recommend the Lean1 and Lean1 Pro shakes.  If you're like me and enjoy a protein shake before or after a nice workout at the gym, I think you'll find these to be tasty and filling.  Here's their website for more info: Nutrition53!  They also offer various other protein powders, including a vegan version, and multi-vitamins.

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