Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Whole Wheat Tuna and Spinach Wrap with a Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Why waste your lunch time standing in line or waiting in a drive-thru when you can make your own healthy lunch? This tuna wrap is easy to make and perfect for someone on the go. If you are staying in for lunch, the spinach and strawberry salad add a nice refreshing touch to your lunch.

To make the sandwich: Use a whole wheat tortilla, lay a layer of freshly washed and dried spinach down, add a tablespoon full of tuna, and wrap how you desire. That simple!

To make the salad: When making the sandwich make sure to wash enough spinach for your salad, cut up a few strawberries and add to the top of the spinach. You can add a light vinaigrette for added flavor if you wish.

It's not only simple but it's healthy and it will save you money! If you have any quick, healthy lunch ideas feel free to share them in the comments below.

Healthy Snacks: Doughettes

Since March, 2016 I have been working on improving my health. There are many recipes that I have tried in order to satisfy my cravings. This treat is called a doughette. It's made using peanut butter, oats, dark chocolate chips, honey, and a few sprinkles to make them pretty. After I made this batch I put them in the fridge to set and ate one doughette each day. 

The batch I made was rather big for just myself. They lasted me two weeks but it was just enough to curb my sweet tooth. 

Are there any healthy treats that you have tried? If so, share them in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dermagist Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin Review plus #Giveaway

Disclosure: A Mom From The Burbs received a 4 fl oz bottle of Detoxifying Acne Cleanser and a 1.7 fl oz jar of Clarifying Cream with Resveratrol for acne-prone skin to review for free. We received no other compensation and our review expresses our 100% honest opinion of this product. You may have a different experience with the product than we did.

Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin

For about a month, A Mom From The Burbs has been hard at work reviewing a couple products from Dermagist - Miracle Cosmeceuticals for Beautiful Skin. Let's start with the Detoxifying Acne Cleanser.  

Product Information: From information provided from Dermagist: Kill acne-causing bacteria with none of the side effects of Benzoyl. This skin-calming cleanser is great for maintaining clear skin, and for treating acne breakouts.

To use the Detoxifying Acne Cleanser - Work cleanser into a lather and smooth over an already moistened face. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

From information provided from Dermagist: A rich cream that clears pores while killing acne-causing bacteria. Resveratrol and clinical Vitamin C along with multiple soothing agents. To use the Acne Clarifying Cream - Apply with finger tips to previously cleansed skin until fully absorbed. Massage gently over the breakout or acne-prone are twice daily or as directed by a doctor.

Our experience with the product: As a women, I usually experience breakouts during monthly hormonal changes. I figured this would be a great product to bring to my readers and for me to try out. The first step in using the Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin is to wet your face, put a small amount of the Detoxifying Cleanser onto your fingertips and work into a lather at the breakout area.

When I used the Detoxifying Cleanser, the first thing that I noticed was the color and consistency of the cleanser. It looked like dove soap (white and pearly) but it smelled more like glue. It didn't have a pleasant smell.
Acne Clarifying Cream

After I worked the Detoxifying Cleanser in and rinsed off, it was time to apply the Acne Clarifying Cream. The cream comes in a frosted jar and the cream is about the consistency of pudding. This product has a pleasant smell and glides on over the acne prone areas with ease. It left my skin feeling silky smooth.

I used the product twice a day for two weeks but didn't really notice a change, so I decided to use it a little longer. After using the product for about 30 days, I noticed my skin started to clear up and I wasn't getting as many breakouts as I normally do. Today there are only a few spots on my chin area that have any acne left.

Would I recommend this product? It wouldn't hurt to try it however, I would test an area of skin before using this product to make sure you do not have any reactions to these skincare products.

How many stars would I give this product? I would have given 5 out of 5 stars but the smell of the Detoxifying Cleanser just got to me and I am giving this a 4 out of 5 stars. Fix the smell and this product will be a 5!

How about a giveaway? Dermagist will be giving one of our lucky readers a chance to win the Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin. To enter, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. Goodluck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nerf FireVision Review

As a mom, I'm always searching for ways my kids and I can play, have fun and get some much needed exercise. Thanks to Nerf I found something that does just that and it looks cool. It's called the Nerf FireVision Sports.
Okay, maybe it doesn't look that cool but it sure is a lot of fun! Nerf took a Nerf Football, added reflective material to the sides and gave you lighted frames to illuminate the strips. The lights of the frames light the strips only for the person wearing them. Whatever color frames you have, red or green, is what color you will see on the ball.

The ONLY issue I had was that the frames don't sit well on your face if you wear eyeglasses. If you are going to play football I would suggest taking your eyeglasses off, if you are not going to be blind as a bat, or maybe wear an eyeglass band to hold the frames on. They WILL fall off your face if you don't secure them properly if wearing glasses plus the frames.

We had a good time playing catch in the backyard and I could see us taking this with us camping or even to a graduation party or family get together. We could easily set up teams by purchasing extra frames for $5.99 each. That's not that bad of a price for tons of fun!

If football isn't your thing, don't worry! Nerf FireVision also comes in two other fun sports. Nerf FireVision Hyperbounce Ball, which you can play catch with or maybe even baseball and Nerf FireVision Nerfoop, which is a basketball game. Add a little extra something to that game of H.O.R.S.E. by adding the FireVision frames!

Nerf FireVision is a great way to get the whole family outside playing and having fun! Don't forget to check out our video review on YouTube: Nerf FireVision Review

Disclosure: We received a Nerf FireVision Football and 2 Frames free from to review. Our thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. You may have a different experience with the product. #imabzzagent

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Covergirl + Olay {BzzAgent Review}

Red spots, age spots, freckles, wrinkles and other skin discolorations are all a part of getting older. I've seen several anti aging skin care products and I've seen makeup that offers skin discoloration coverage but I've never seen the two combined at a price I can afford. That was until I was offered the opportunity to try Covergirl + Olay's Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation and Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder.

Product Facts: 

Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation comes in 14 beautiful shades. To find one that fits you go to and get shade matched, discover tips and looks and more. You can find it at all major retailers with a suggested retail price of $13.99.

Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation has been clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of discolorations over time by hydrating the skin. It's perfect for Summer time or those harsh Winter days. Just one pump will instantly cover discolorations, lines and wrinkles while one bottle hydrates to help improve skin tone over time.

Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder helps instantly brighten skin tone while softening the look of imperfections. The formula has a built-in smooth-glide serum that provides a touch of brightness without feeling heavy or cakey.

Our Thoughts about the products:
First, there is a light scent to the Tone Rehab 2 in 1 Foundation. It's not too overpowering but if you have sensitivity to perfumes in makeups, lotions or soaps, this might be an issue to you.

The combination of the Olay and Foundation made the makeup feel soft and silky. It was very effective in covering the red spots and freckles on my face. You can see the before and after pics above or check out our YouTube video at: .

Also, it's not heavy like other liquid foundations I've used in the past. I could barely tell I had any makeup on.

Would We Recommend This Product? 
I would absolutely recommend this product if you are looking for anti aging products or product to cover discolorations in your skin. The $13.99 price is worth it because you are getting a foundation and an anti aging product all in one. You can't get better than that.

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Covergirl + Olay 2 in 1 Foundation and Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder for free as a part of a BzzAgent Campaign. All thoughts above are based on my own experience with the product. You may have a different opinion.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gutzy Gear Party and Review

My oldest child will be starting Upper Elementary in a couple of weeks. This means his first locker, which he will have to share with another student. It also means a much bigger school than he is use to. How can I help him feel like he fits in or make sure he grabs the right back pack at the end of the day?
Have you heard of Gutzy Gear? Our family and friends had the opportunity to try them out. Gutzy Gear are cool new accessories to help style the straps on any bag. You could even use these on diaper bags for an added flair!

So what are Gutzy Gear? Gutzy Gear are strap covers that velcro over any bags current strap. They come with two strap covers per package and also include one Gutzy. The strap covers are black with yellow accent color so they are very neutral.
Your child can style their straps with different Gutzies. Gutzies are somewhat like a patch that velcros to the Gutzy strap. There are several different styles your child can choose from. One thing I liked was knowing that I could purchase more Gutzies online or in certain stores. Some of my local stores that have them are Toys R Us, Wal-mart, Kmart and Office Depot.
The kids all loved the Gutzy Gears! There were several different Gutzies that the kids played games for. I know my kids already want to see what other Gutzies there are.

As the host, I loved them as well. I really liked how the Gutzies were secured to the package with velcro and I loved how soft the straps were. This was an added bonus in my opinion. Those back packs can get pretty heavy and cut into your shoulder. The Guzty straps give a little bit of a cushion. I may even "borrow" one for my seat belt. That thing is always cutting into my neck.

Disclosure: We received a party pack to share with our guests in exchange for our post. We were not instructed to give positive reviews. We were told to give our 100% honest opinion of the product. Thank you to MommyParties and Gutzy Gear for allowing us to try this product.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Crossing by Serita Jakes {Book Review}

The CrossingThe Crossing by Serita Ann Jakes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I generally like whodunit books but this one was really hard for me to get into. I guess I'm just use to books that follow one or two characters. This book follows the story of four characters. It bounces so much between the four that it's really hard to get into it and I will admit, I've put this book down several times to read other books.

So, what's this book about? The book follows Claudia, Casio, Vic and BJ. Here's the weird part, in the beginning of the book we find out that BJ was killed by an unknown person on a bus that was filled with cheerleaders and football players. We also find out that BJ and Claudia were friends.

The book follows how that night has affected Claudia, Casio and Vic that happened 10 years previous. One of Claudia's friends, Casio, is a police officer who has major anger issues. Vic is the new ADA who wants to open the case to look into who killed BJ. Vic and Casio don't really get along since Claudia use to date Casio but are forced to work together on this case.

How does everything work out in the end? Who killed BJ?

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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