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May 22, 2015
by Lauren Mueller
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Smart Art Box

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WHAT MAKES US PUSH FORWARD

Smart Art originated as a small group of traveling friends, driven by the desire to see the world and experience the culture created by historical visionaries. Along the way, this small group of traveling friends found inspiration in the many mediums found anywhere from the poorest of villages to the most prestigious of cities. Each medium expressed the artist’s individual communities, heritage and personality. For this reason, inspired by the passion portrayed in their art, a new determination was born to pursue and discover the many exciting art mediums across the world.

Together, we are committed to ensuring artists understand art and it’s many mediums throughout time in order to create a better understanding of the world around us. Smart Art’s mission is to deliver products that kindle creativity, stimulate exciting new techniques and establish a deeper connection with art for all.

 

Smart Art Box Review:

This is by far the coolest box subscriptions I’ve gotten to review! I was expecting the typical paint, brushes, canvas, colored pencils to arrive at my house but to much surprise I got something completely new to me. In my box I received Corafoam, Unline Comfort Grip Utility Knife, 2 pieces of 3M Production Sandpaper and Wood & Lino Carving Tools. It also comes with a helpful information pamphlet that explains how you can use these items. I love doing crafty things but I was a little worried about this box because I have never used any of these things before. The Corafoam is a high-density urethane foam that can be easily carved and sculpted, it can be painted like wood by using practical paint like fluid acrylics. You can use the Wood & Lino Carving tools on multiple surfaces, they are lightweight and feature natural wood handles. When working with the Corafoam its suggested to cut it into smaller pieces so you have multiple surfaces to carve and/or practice on.

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In the pamphlet  it explains about the Ancient Hawaiian Tiki and gives you step by step instructions on how to create Tiki Mask using all the tools provided. As you can see by my picture I didn’t do a Tiki and went with Thomas the train! I’m not to sure why I went with Thomas, maybe it’s because I’m surround by Thomas and his friends 24/7 (haha). You get 2 pieces of nice size corafoam to work with and like suggested I cut one of them so I could have a smaller piece. I was pretty surprise at how hard this was to cut and as I tried I began to doubt myself as to if I could this. Was I really going to be able to make this look anything like Thomas? I wouldn’t know until I tried and I was determined to get it to somewhat look like him. When using this box you cannot expect what you are sculpting to be done quickly, this takes patience and a steady hand. As you can see I’m far from finishing my project but I’m having a blast getting there. Sculpting this project is something I do right before bed, a little at a time.

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Prior to diving into it I did gently draw Thomas on the Corafoam just to guide me along. I have nicked myself with some of the sculpting tools so this project is a labor of love. With this being my first time trying anything like this I’m pretty stoked with how my little Thomas is coming along. I have enough Corafoam left to do other projects too and I’m hoping I get better with each one that I do. Like I’ve mentioned before this isn’t some quick art project and takes times. With having to go slow it’s quite relaxing and can be a bit aggravating at times but luckily if you make a mistake it can be fixed pretty easy. The Smart Art subscription box are $49.95 monthly or $119.95 for 3 months; in each box you will get a different artist that highlights their time period, 8-11 full sized art supplies, a unique project and a pamphlet detailing a new art. I’m sure we have some crafty and art lovers on here who would like this subscription box company. To check them out for yourself all the link are posted above always.

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May 22, 2015
by Lauren Mueller
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Our Approach & What We Do

Fresh N Lean was created with the purpose of delivering a product that focuses on people’s overall health and well-being. It’s not meant to be a quick fix or a fad diet that comes and goes and does more damage in the end than when you started. We do not eliminate carbs or restrict and count calories, what we provide is healthy nutrition to keep you healthy and strong.

We pride ourselves in providing real food made by real people, not something pumped out of a machine.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide everyone with a healthy vegan diet meal plan to promote a healthy lifestyle All of our dishes are organic vegan meal, GMO free, and contain no artificial ingredients. Everything is tailored to provide well-balanced and nutritious meals to keep you and your whole body feeling great. Our meal delivery is great for:

  • Healthy long-term carb balanced weight-loss diet
  • Type 2 Diabetics (please call for our diabetic option)
  • Suffering from Heart & Cardio Vascular Disease
  • Pre-Op & Post-Op hospital patients
  • Athletes & Weight Trainers
  • Anyone looking to live longer and be healthier

Delivering Health To You

We have created not only an affordable healthy meal/diet plan, we offer a convenience that is seldom found. If you’re looking to maintain your existing health, lose weight or get fit, give yourself and people around you the gift of health – order or call us now

 

Fresh n’ Lean Review:

It can be hard at times to eat healthy especially if you don’t have a lot of time to prepare a meal. Being a busy Mom who is always on the go I’ve found myself in this predicament a time or two. Yes you can purchase those “healthy” frozen meals in your local grocer but sometimes they aren’t all that healthy or taste very good. My kids aren’t to picky about foods and are willing to try new things (sometimes lol) so when I got the opportunity to try out Fresh n’ Lean I was pretty excited. These are healthy pre-made food that you get delivered right to your door and all you have to do is figure out how you want to cook it. You can either use the microwave, conventional oven or stove top of course if you choose the conventional oven or stove top you will have to place the Fresh n’ Lean food in the correct cooking safe dish, pot or pan.

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My family and I got to try a good array of foods by Fresh n’ Lean, some I didn’t think any of us would like to be honest. Like usual though I told myself and the kids that we wouldn’t know if we would like it unless we tried it. My oldest was a little more reluctant then my younger child but she got over that rather quickly. The items we got to try were; Banana Breakfast Oatmeal, Mixed Berry Chia Pudding, Banana Muffins, Cauliflower Black Beans w/ Yams, Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Pasta, Rosemary White Beans w/ Kale,  Cumin Lentils & Vegetables and Italian Greens w/ Quinoa. When you receive your Fresh n’ Lean food you will notice that it comes in a styrofoam type cooler which contains your food and ice packs. I recommend that as soon as you unopen your box to place everything in the fridge, when I opened mine the ice packs were completely thawed out which isn’t surprising considering I live in Florida. All the food you receive are in microwave safe containers so all you would have to do is puncture holes in the plastic when heating.

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I figured I would start slow with the food and gave my kids something they already enjoy which was the Banana Muffins. Because I had them in the refrigerator I just popped them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up. My oldest said “they don’t look good” but she quickly changed her tune after the first bite. She said that they taste way better than they look (7 years are always completely honest) which was followed by her saying my banana muffins I make don’t taste as good and I need to get the recipe from the company. The next morning it was time to try out the Banana Breakfast Oatmeal, once again this was a huge hit with the kids and I actually got a bite of this before they ate it all and I agree with them it tasted amazing! It was very filling and had an amazing fresh fruit taste. Through out the week we all tried the rest of the food. Many of them were big successes like the Cauliflower Black Beans w/ Yams, Cumin Lentils & Veggies and the Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Pasta but  the Italian Greens w/ Quinoa, Mixed Berry Chia Pudding and Rosemary White Beans w/ Kale were not. I personally enjoyed everything minus the Mixed Berry Chia Pudding, that I wasn’t to big a fan on either.

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Everything tasted fresh, had great texture and was yummy. These meals were super easy to make and I felt good giving them to the kids because I knew I was giving them something healthy. The meals were very filling and provided a great boost of energy to this tired Mommy. Have you ever ate a quick not so healthy meal and just feel “blah” afterwards like you just felt kind of sick? I can happily say I didn’t feel like that after these quick meals and neither did my kids. I’m extremely happy that my family and I got to try out Fresh n’ Lean, there were foods that I would have never thought my kids would enjoy like artichokes and lentils for instance. It doesn’t matter if your a busy mom, over worked employee or just wanting to eat better but don’t have the time to prepare these meals Fresh n’ Lean will do all the work and deliver it right to your door. This is a great company with great tasting healthy foods! Like always I’ve posted the website and media links at the top of this review, so you all can head on over to their site and check them out yourself. Also you can use the coupon code 3THINKERS to recieve 15% off!

 

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May 19, 2015
by Nikki
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Avitae Review

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About taken from the site: Pure and simple, Avitae is healthy hydration with an all-natural energy boost. So whether you’re looking to survive a work day or power through a workout, you can skip the coffee, soda, and energy drinks. Avitae has arrived, and it’s go time.

Avitae offers a full family of butt-kicking beverages, from the classic awesome twosome of water and caffeine in three energy levels to a collection of ridiculously delicious fruit flavors. Each is free of calories, sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors and other ingredients you can’t pronounce, making them a welcome alternative to, well, the alternatives.DSC00570

 

My thoughts: I guess they can make anything have caffeine in it these days. My boyfriend is obsessed with caffeine and so he searches up products to try. Well, this time he ran across aviate which is water and caffeine which I’m not sure why water needs caffeine.  The aviate waters come in different milligrams of caffeine and also come in flavored. I got sent one of each product which was nice since the flavors just came out when I messaged them. The good news is this water won’t stain your teeth like coffee or pop so that’s a plus.

My boyfriend loves flavored water so he couldn’t wait to try these out. I did get to try a sip and to be honest I wasn’t a fan. But to be fair I’m not a big fan of flavored water anyway so I can’t really base my opinion on that. My other half loved the aviate water all except the 45 mg one but only because he said it didn’t contain caffeine.  Avitae would be nice to have especially if you’re worried about the effects of pop and coffee. If you’re trying to stay away from caffeine but you’re addicted to it maybe you can wean yourself off by using the 45 mg one. I know how bad of a headache a person gets when they try to stay away from caffeine after having it so long.

You can use the find now button on their website to find out where you can buy some closest to you. You can also buy them on amazon and office depot. Office depot looks cheaper only 24.99 for a pack of 24 but not sure on shipping.

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May 19, 2015
by Nikki
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Sneakz Review

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About taken from the website: The Sneakz® story goes something like this…

Allison: I just made some awesome carrot-beet-spinach vegetable juice. Wanna try some?

Charlie: Sure…gulp gulp gulp…that’s actually really good, and packs in my veggies for the day! gulp gulp…

We should make a kid version of this for my little niece, Sage. She used to love veggies, but now when she sees them, she makes the “YUCK” face!

Allison: Well, what if we took something really yummy and snuck in veggies? Like chocolate milk? I bet she’d love that…

And to make a LONG story short…we brought in our foodie friend, Derek, to perfect our magic blend of chocolate milk and veggies, worked with our artist friend Bill to create our packaging, and voila, Sneakz was born!

We’re so excited to bring our yummy chocolate milkshakes to our nieces and nephews, friends and family, and any kids who struggle to get their daily veggie nutrition.

With Sneakz, we’re making healthy eating more fun and helping kiddos actually enjoy eating veggies. With Sneakz, we’re taking vegetables from YUCK to YUM!

Charlie and Allison
Co-Founders of Sneakz Organic

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My thoughts: Sneakz is a product that has hidden vegetables in it like the sauces I tried out last year. Only this is milk and comes in vanilla and chocolate. I usually don’t have trouble getting my daughter to eat vegetables she even eats broccoli. But being around my nephew and other smaller kids I could see them turning down plenty of good stuff.

My daughter has been sick so I couldn’t get her to try it. I did get my boyfriend to taste it since I’ve been pretty sick and can’t taste. On the first taste, my boyfriend wasn’t sure about it. After a couple drinks he said it tasted just like organic milk. So he couldn’t even tell it had vegetables in it which to me is a plus. With this, a kid can have something they love and also get healthy ingredients. Products like these impress me big time. If you have a problem child be sure to check out sneakz I’m sure your child will love it.

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