Tuesday, May 24, 2016

4 fun hacks for an awesome road-trip!

Road trip with your besties! Sounds super cool. Doesn’t it? Ah! Nothing can beat the wonderful feeling of being with cool friends and experiencing the pretty roads. But have you ever tried amplifying the amount of fun by doing some super fun stuffs during the trip? If not then here are 4 ultimate hacks for you to have a fun-filled journey with your buddies:-
Compose your own road games.
Unleash the child in you and use your creativity to form some games which can be a great way to interact and pass the time. Play ‘truth or dare’ in an innovative way or you can re-cast your favorite movie characters using you and your friends as the actor and you can imitate them. There are various ways to experiment with the usual games. So, go ahead and get funky with it.

Take photographs
Not just selfies or the Instagram kind. Road trips exposes you to various wonderful things and it can prove to be of some prime contribution for a beautiful scrapbook once you get back home.

Carry special road trip music
Yes! Music is a must have for any of outing. Especially during road trip, it lifts up everyone's mood and enhances the feeling of team spirit among the members. So, carry some crazy, happy music which will add up to your fun.

Play bingo
Bingo! You heard me right.… Indulge in a game of bingo whenever you people feel like relaxing. The happiness of shouting the word ‘BINGO’ in a chorus is incomparable or you can also indulge in a friendly bingo war to see who wins the most. Bingo at New Look Bingo, since this site amplifies the delights of playing bingo.

Happy road tripping guys!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I was Catfished

Noah and I love to fish together. It’s one of our favorite things to do. We have many different fishing gear. We have all kinds of lures and hooks. Noah always makes fun of me because I have an old oven mitt as my glove. It works well. I am really good at taking the hook out of the fish and letting it go free. We always catch and release. I knew a girl who caught a bunch of fish and had them live in the bathtub until my friend came home and made her get rid of them. We have a small pond in our backyard, so we occasionally fish in it. It is stocked with quite a few fish. Many carps and even several catfish. The fish are very eager to jump on your hook and eat your bait. I always fish with raw bacon, I know it is a waste of bacon but it makes great bait. I can’t stand the thought of using worms.
We also like to just feed the fish. They always seem very hungry. I decided I was going to feed them some bread so I went down to the pond and started ripping up bread. The fish were barely letting it get wet before they devoured it. I also noticed there were four catfish just hanging out eating the bread. Noah was at school, but I decided, I was going to catch a catfish. I grabbed some bacon, our fishing rod and tackle box. I also grabbed Noah’s camera, because it’s waterproof. I didn’t want to bring my phone because it could have gotten wet.

I caught a few carps and told them I wasn’t fishing for them today. I was a woman on a mission. I almost gave up and went inside. I decided to try one more time. So, while I was fighting the little fish away from my bait, I caught a catfish. We have never caught one before. I was so excited. The catfish was so strong. It was difficult to reel in. I was walking farther away from the pond to help pull it in some. The road was almost completely bent. I quoted The Hunchback of Notre Dame and kept saying reel it in, give it some slack. Finally, I got it out of the water. I was shaking once it was on land. They are really ugly and their whiskers are creepy. I took a few pictures but for some reason the camera didn’t work and technology failed me. I was too focused on holding on to the rod and how I was going to get that sucker off the hook. I wasn’t looking forward to touching it. Catfish have barbs and it was very angry at me. I didn’t think to check if the photos came out or not. I was really excited to show Noah.

I think it had enough of me, so it broke the line and jumped back in the water, I ended up with pond scum smacking me on the forehead. It was a very proud moment for me. It reminded me that I can do anything, if I put my mind to it.  

Mediterra Makes Snack Bars Delicious Again

Most of you are busy parents like I am. We sometimes end up eating while on the go. Sometimes when you have a lot of stuff on your plate you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a snack. I can’t count the times I have ate breakfast while making Noah’s lunch, getting him to take a shower and making sure he is ready for school. A snack where we sit down and actually need utensils are a few and far between. Parents end up eating a lot of bar snacks, because they are portable and easy to eat while multitasking work and parenthood. There are so many varieties out there. Most of them are geared towards kids. I like fruit but sometimes I want something more than a fruit filled bar. It becomes repetitive and boring to eat the same bar every day. I do like nut bars but again, you kind of get used to them, and Noah ends up eating them all. Even when I think I have hidden them away. I had the opportunity to try out some bars from Mediterra. 
 Here’s some information about Mediterra:
All Mediterra bars are based on the Mediterranean Diet that has been studied and noted by scores of leading scientists as one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world. Less of a diet and more of a lifestyle, the Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating based on the traditional foods (and drinks) of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. There’s an emphasis on consuming more whole grains, fruits, greens and healthy fats, and less meat and sweets.
Mediterra is the first nutrition bar that's truly savory in ingredients. Like the original Sundried Tomato/Basil and Black Olives/Walnuts Savory Bars, the new Kale/Pumpkin Seeds and Bell Peppers/Green Olives flavors are low in calories and sugar. All the Mediterra Savory Bars have less than four grams of sugar with no added sugars or sweeteners. The Kale/Pumpkin Seeds and Bell Peppers/Green Olives bars have only one and two grams of sugar, respectively. In addition, Kale/Pumpkin Seeds contains six grams of protein and Bell Peppers/Green Olives five grams of protein.
 Rich in vegetables, nuts, herbs and seeds the bars also contain protein-rich pea crisps, amaranth and olive oil. Each Savory Bar weighs 1.23 ounces and is all-natural, non-GMO, Gluten-Free, certified kosher and dairy free. The MSRP is $1.99.
 In addition to the first ever truly “Savory Bars,” Mediterra also offers four other bar flavors that provide ancient nutrition in a modern and convenient way:  “Yogurt and Oat Bars” in Yogurt/Oat/Cherry Pistachio and Yogurt/Oat/Apricot Pistachio flavors; andSesame Honey Energy Bars” featuring Sesame Seed/Pistachio/Greek Honey and Sesame Seed/Orange/Greek Honey.

I really love the Savory Bars, I enjoyed three of them shortly after I received them. My favorite is the Sundried Tomato and Basil Savory bar. It is very flavorful and different than the typical bar. It’s nothing I have tasted before. I love that it has capers in it. You can definitely taste the tomatoes and basil. The capers give it a nice little bite too.  Sometimes I want something savory but settle for something sweet. I also really like the Bell Peppers and Green Olives. Green olives always make me think of the Mediterranean. I love salads with green olives in them.  Mediterra Bars are definitely geared towards adults. I can enjoy these any time. Noah tried the Yogurt and Oat bars. He is really picky so he asked to try a bite, and then asked me for the rest. I sometimes don’t tell him what’s in it because sometimes it can be something he would be unsure of. His favorite is the Yogurt/Oat/ Cherry Pistachio Bars. He loves anything with cherries in it.

Another thing I really like is that Mediterra Bars are not hard. I have a habit of breaking up finger foods to enjoy it longer.  I have already told my mom and sister about them. They are both really interested in trying them. My mom asked me to save her one. It will be hard but I think I can accommodate her request. My mom does everything on the move, she’s a teacher so she rarely has time during the day to eat. I can definitely see her enjoying Mediterra Bars while she has lunch duty or while she is working on an IEP.   

Mediterra Bars would also be great on road trips or in the car line at your child’s school.  I love that a store a couple miles from my house sells them. So, now I don’t have to worry about saving her one if I get the craving because I can just run over there and pick some up. Actually, my best friend is the meat manager at that store so he would probably just bring me some if I asked. Mediterra Bars are in several different stores in my area, so it wouldn’t be hard to find. I would probably get them at the store my best friend works at, just so I can see him at work.

For more information, to find where to buy or order online please visit Mediterra.