Wholesome Goodness Prize Pack Review and Giveaway

I was offered the opportunity to review products from Wholesome Goodnees, a healthy and tasty line of foods that are new to the United States. The products in the package I received are:

Kentucky City Style Barbecue Sauce
Almond Milk Chocolate Flavor
Garden Style Mild Salsa
Sea Salt Chips
Grilled Vegetable Chips
Multigrain & Flax Chips
Mountain Trail Mix
Tuxedo Trail Mix
Apple Cinnamon Omega Granola Bars
Quick Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal
Multigrain Oats Cereal

I enjoyed all of them. My favorite was the Apple Cinnamon Omega Granola Bars. They are small, but full of flavor. One serving, one bar, contains 2.5g of fat, 0g cholesterol, and 40mg of sodium. When I looked at the nutritional information on their products, I noticed that most of them are low sodium. I like this about Whole Goodness foods, because I prefer eating foods that are low in sodium.

I received my package in time for the party I had on Saturday. I put the chips out for my guests, and they loved them. The favorite of the chips was the Grilled Vegetable. Absolutely yummy. A serving size of these chips is about 16 chips. There are 7g of fat in one serving, with 80mg of sodium and 0 cholesterol.

Check out the ingredients in the chips.  There isn’t one that I don’t recognize.


Stone Ground Corn, Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Medley (Red & Green Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Tomato and Carrot), Toasted Corn Germ, Sprouted Ancient Whole Grain Medley (Buckwheat, Sorghum, Millet, Amaranth, and Quinoa), Dried Cane Syrup and Sea Salt.

Last night, my husband made meatballs using the Kentucky Style Barbecue sauce.  There’s no fat or cholesterol in this barbecue sauce, but there is 240mg of sodium per serving.  I ate 2 meatballs, and didn’t even get half of a serving of the barbecue sauce on them.  You don’t need to use a lot of this barbecue sauce on your meat.  It has a lot of flavor, and a little goes a long ways.

If you are on a gluten free diet, some of their products are gluten free.  Some are also Kosher.  You can check out the product information pages on their website to find out what the allergen information is for each of their products.

Wholesome Goodness is new to the United States, originally available only in Canada.  Now, they have their products in over 200 stores in NC, VA, MD and WV.  If you are not in one of those states, don’t worry.  As good as their foods are, they are bound to be available in more states soon.  In the meantime, Wholesome Goodness has offered to do a giveaway for my readers.  The prize pack will include one of each item that I received.  This giveaway starts now, and will end March 13, 2012.  Please leave one comment per entry.  The winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted by email.  Open to US only.


Main Entry:

Please leave a comment telling me why eating healthy food is important to you. (1 entry)

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My Autism Son Is Typing Independently

I’m so proud.  My son is typing independently.  For a long time, he would only type using hand-over-hand.  This morning, I watched him on the computer, and he was typing in Shania Twain’s name.  I was so proud.  He did it perfectly.  He’s typing his name at school.  I also think that he is typing other things on the computer.  I’ve seen searches that he is doing on the computer, and they are new searches.  That means he would have typed at least the beginning of what he wanted to pull up on the computer.  Once he does that, then the search box will start pulling up things that match what he is typing.  But, he has to at least start the search by typing the beginning on the search phrase.  I’m such a proud mommy.

I spent the weekend taking care of sick kids.  Both of them were sick.  I had an AVON party scheduled for Saturday.  Luckily, the hostess wanted to do it here at my house.  I was able to keep the kids occupied while I did the party.  I ended the party with some good sales and another party scheduled.  Then, last night, I realized I scheduled the party on a day that I had family plans.  My husband and I did a quick change for our family plans, but I could tell he wasn’t happy.  We were supposed to go the aquarium for my son.  His birthday will fall during the week, and we were going to take him to the aquarium on a Saturday.  Now, we are going to go on a Sunday, and hope that we are back in time for his church class.

I’m a little upset this morning with the computer.  My husband did something to it last night, and there are a lot of thing missing on the computer.  I had to download my Chrome browser.  It was gone.  Now, I have to set my bookmarks, which is a big hassle for me.  I had a lot of sites bookmarked.  I also checked, and the pictures I had on the computer are all gone.  There were a lot, and they were family pictures that I never printed out.  That means they are all gone.  Among the pictures were several years of Christmas pictures, camping trips, family events, birthdays, school events, and more. Like I said, I’m not happy.

I know there is a way to reset the computer back to a previous point, but I don’t know how.  I also don’t know if that will restore my pictures.  My husband has some explaining to do when he gets home tonight.

Lawmaker Says Girl Scouts Promotes Homosexuality and Abortion

Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris says. He has labeled the Girls Scouts of America a radical organization that promotes homosexuality and abortion and is out to destroy American values. – LATimes

When I heard this on the news, I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or get mad.  I was a Girl Scout leader for 3 years.  I have taken a break from it this year, because my daughter wanted to do cheerleading.  I only became a Girl Scout leader because of my daughter.

One thing that strongly stands out in my mind, from when I did the leader training, is that we were not to discuss sensitive issues with the girls in the troop.  If they were to bring them up, we were to refer them to their parents.  It was not our place to take a stance on issues like homosexuality, abortion, religion, or other sensitive subjects.  These were up to the parents.  We were to encourage our girls to respect each other, respect their differences, and respect their beliefs.

Morris said he made his discoveries after talking to some knowledgeable constituents and conducting “a small amount of Web-based research.” He said the discussion and research led to his conclusions that the Girl Scouts encourage sexual activity, are a front for Planned Parenthood, and that scouts are encouraged to look up to role models who endorse feminist, lesbian and Communist agendas. – LATimes

In y experience, Girl Scouts is for promoting strong girls.  They strive to teach them to be leaders.  They teach independent thinking.  I would like to see the research Morris has supporting his views of the Girl Scouts.  I think that he went out on the internet to look for something negative about the Girl Scouts, and used that to discredit them.  I also believe that if you were to go online and look for something negative about anything, you will find it.  It doesn’t mean that it is true.

Morris needs to do more research, in my opinion.

Staying Healthy In The Winter

When it’s cold outside, I don’t want to go outside to exercise.  I tend to want to eat more than usual.  Since I am focused on living a healthy lifestyle, I wanted some tips on how to stay healthy in the winter.  I wanted to share some tips that were given to me to do just that.

1. *Get enough Vitamin C*: Wintertime means cold and flu season so it is even more important than ever to keep your immune system functioning at its best. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by raising HDL (good) cholesterol, as well as lower blood pressure. People with diets high in Vitamin C have lower rates of colon and prostate cancer.
a. Eat citrus! Oranges and clementines are in season so why not reach
for one instead of the bowl of chips while watching the game? Jam packed
with nutrients and fiber, they are also packed with Vitamin C. They are so
easy to eat, just peel and go!

2. *Get enough Vitamin D*: Now that we are not outside as much and
daylight hours are dwindling, it is especially important to get enough
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for your immune system, avoiding
depression and bone health! The top 3 food sources are cod Liver oil
(which is dangerous to take), herring and oysters, so your best bet would
be to take a Vitamin D supplement or find a multivitamin that includes 1000
IU of Vitamin D such as AlternaVites or Nature Made Multi Complete.

3. *Exercise*: It can boost the immune system, maintain or achieve a
healthy body weight, improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure as
well as control diabetes. Being overweight can put you at risk for many
diseases because excess fat can cause inflammation and damage to your
tissues. Now that we are forced to stay indoors and not walk around as
much it is important to get to the gym or find other activities to stay
physically fit!

4. *Get your carotenoids*:

a. Beta-carotene, the most well known carotenoid is a major
anti-oxidant that helps to slow the aging process. Additionally, it is
rich in infection-fighting cells which help to prevent you from getting
sick. A bonus, it also helps to reduce cardiovascular disease, especially
strokes and heart attacks as well as protect against cancer cells. There
is no reason not to eat enough food rich in beta-carotene in the winter
months as they are readily available, so stock up on carrots, sweet
potatoes, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce and broccoli.

5. *Vitamin E*: Another important antioxidant that helps to boost your
immune system and prevent against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many
popular food sources are rich in Vitamin E such as nuts, seeds, vegetable
oils and whole grains, which are available all year round, but recommended
intakes are 100 – 400 mg per day and some people may need a multivitamin in
addition to what they eat. Multivitamins can help make sure they are
getting enough Vitamin E to reap its immune-building properties.

Remember to always wash your hands, get enough sleep and drink a lot of
water! Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and take advantage of what
is in season during the winter such as: avocado, broccoli, carrots,
cauliflower, clementines, kale, oranges, pears, sweet potatoes, tangerines
and winter squash. All full of vitamins to keep you healthy all winter
long! -Ilyse Schapiro MS, RD, CDN www.ilyseschapironutrition.com

To stay healthy:
– Reduce excessive carbohydrate consumption — with decreased
activity/exercise in the winter, the body doesn’t need extra fuel from
carbs. All they will do is spike insulin and increase fat storage.
– Reduce systemic inflammation through adequate nutrition, sufficient rest,
and stress reduction. In turn, the body isn’t constantly warding off
inflammation, and can quickly and efficiently deal with cold/flu
antagonists and other viruses.
– Since sun exposure is significantly decreased, seasonal affective
disorder can set in easily. Supplement with Vitamin D to protect against

Do we eat more in the winter?
– From an ancestral perspective, humans may be wired to eat more as a
buffer against food shortage/starvation in what could be a colder than
average winter.
– With less light and more indoor time, exercise suffers as does motivation
to be healthy. Couple this with holiday festivities and you see hundreds of
extra calories consumed in comparison to other months.

Sayan Sarkar
CEO, InvigorateNOW

LOVESICK Book Review

Author Spencer Seidel has come out with a new crime novel titled LOVESICK. I was sent a review copy to read and keep. I found this book to be captivating. It’s well written, and draws the reader into the story immediately. In the beginning, a murder of a young man is discovered by two beat cops. It appears that the crime was committed by the young man found covered in the victim’s blood, at the scene.
The author introduces the main character, Dr. Lisa Boyers, as a forensic psychologist, who is brought in to interview the young killer, and help him recover his lost memories of the killing. As the story unfolds, Dr. Boyers has to face her own past demons, and fight to stay alive.
One thing I loved about this story, is that just when you think you know what is going on, the author introduces a twist to the storyline. Everything changes, and you are left trying to figure it all out again. I found myself feeling sympathy for the young man charged with murder. His whole life was turned upset down, and he couldn’t figure out why.
Spencer Seidel shows how one decision a person makes can impact many lives. Also, he shows how that one decision can lead to a lifelong series of events. You’ll have to read the book to understand what I mean. I don’t want to give away anymore than what I have.
One thing that I would have liked to have more of in this book, is romance. Dr. Lisa Boyers is brought into this case by an old friend, Paul Ducharme. There is a chemistry between the two, but Lisa isn’t ready for a relationship. I understand why the author didn’t expand more on this, but still felt that it was an element that needed to be included in the storyline. It would be nice if the author made a series of books based on these characters. If he does that, he could build up a romantic relationship between the two.
This is Seidel’s second book that has been published. His first book, Dead of Wynter, was well-received by critics. If he keeps writing as well as he has in LOVESICK, I predict a long, and successful career as an author of crime novels.

Free Big Red Safety Box For Wanderers

Is your child a wanderer?  If you have an autistic child, you know what this means.  If you don’t, it means that your child “escapes” or “elopes” a lot.  This is a big deal for parents with an ASD child.  My child is a wanderer, and we’ve had a lot of scary moments because of it.

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism.

The Big Red Safety Box is a valuable tool for caregivers as a means to educate, raise awareness and share simple tools that can assist in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related incidents in the autism community. The Big Red Safety Box contains educational materials, such as a caregiver checklist, a Family Wandering Emergency Plan, a sample IEP letter that can be used to implement prevention and response protocols in school, along with safety products, including two GE Door Alarms, one Who’s Shoe ID, and five laminated adhesive stop sign visual prompts for doors and windows. Big Red Safety Boxes are provided free-of-charge to families with a loved one at risk of wandering. While supplies last, they can be requested at this link:http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/bigredsafetybox.htm.

Supplies are limited.

Autistic Son Honored By Boy Scouts

Sunday was a proud day for our family.  My son was awarded a special honor by another Boy Scout in his troop.  Each year, a scout is picked by the previous recipient of this award.  It is the Courage In Action award, and is presented in a special ceremony to the new recipient.  This year, the previous recipient of the the award picked my son to receive it this year.

In his speech, a couple of the reasons why he selected my autistic son to receive the award were touching.  He stated that my son had really opened up this year, was interacting with the other boy scouts, and that he did some great things during the summer over-night camping trip.

I’m so proud of my son.  He has come a long way with the Boy Scouts.  He really enjoys being a part of the troop.  He loves camping.  The other scouts have been so good with him.  They’ve learned how to communicate with my non-verbal child.  They have accepted him for who he is.  They help him learn, and have made him a part of their group.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that your child can not do something.  Do not think that he can’t do something.  Anything is possible when you give your child the chance.

Whitney Houston Has Died

Whitney Houston has been reported dead by the Associated Press.  48 year old singer and actress is dead, but the where and why are not yet known.

I was a big fan of her music, but not her.  I have always believed that she lived her life too far on the edge.  She has been reported as using drugs, and for being high-strung and temperamental.  Even though I didn’t approve of her lifestyle, I did enjoy her music.  I am saddened that she has passed away.  Before, there was always a chance that she could change.  I had hopes that she would revive her music career.  Now, it is over.

The Legacy of Eden Book Review

I was asked to participate in the book tour for Nelle Davy’s The Legacy of Eden. I enjoy reading books, so I said yes. They sent me the book to review and keep. Today is the scheduled day for the author to stop by my blog and answer any questions my readers may have.
I enjoyed reading this book. It’s a complex look into three generations of a family, from the view point of a third generation member. She is Meredith Pincetti, the youngest grandchild of the family. She relates the history of her family, as she lived them or heard stories about. She also carries a secret that isn’t revealed until the end of the story.
Meredith relates the story of the rise and fall of the Hathaway, her family, and the family farm Aurelia. I found that the book is dark in it’s content. This is not a happy, loving family. At the root of the family, and it’s history, is Lavinia Hathaway. She is Meredith’s grandmother, and the main catalyst of the events in the book. Lavinia manipulates people and events, with the end goal of getting what she wants.
The ending of the book left me wanting more. I wanted to know about Meredith’s future. I wanted to know about the future of her two sisters. I also wanted to know if Aurelia , the family farm sold at auction, will ever reclaim it’s past glory.
I think those are good questions to ask Nelle Davy on her visit to Carolina Mom Bloggers. I would also like to ask her a few other questions.
1. What was the inspiration for this story?
2. Do you have plans for another book, and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
3. Lavinia seemed like a character with no moral compass. What was it like writing that type of character?
4. Who is your favorite character, and why?

Getting Another Year Older

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I’m at the age that I don’t like my birthday.  It means I am a year older.  Remember the time when birthdays were excited?  I used to love getting a year older.  Now, I dread it.  I look in the mirror and see gray hairs I hate, and wrinkles I want gone.  In my mind, I’m not old.  The mirror has a way of making you see the truth.

I am going to be 41 tomorrow.  Yikes!  I’m starting a new skin care regimen.  Hoping to reduce the wrinkles I see around my eyes and mouth.  And my neck.  Hair color takes care of the grey hairs, temporarily.

Growing older isn’t all bad.  They say with age comes wisdom.  I must say, I am definitely wiser than I was when I was younger.  Experience is the best teacher.  Wouldn’t it have been nice to have the experience and wisdom that I have now, back when I was younger?  I think about the choices I made that I would like to change, but realize that if I did that, I wouldn’t have what I have now.  Our choices, good and bad, led us to where we are now.  They are also what we draw on to teach our kids.  Hopefully, we can help them to not make the same bad choices we made, and steer them towards the good ones.

Do I have a birthday wish?  If I could have anything, I would want…. Actually, I can’t think of anything.  At least, not an item.  It would be nice to have dinner out with just my husband.  Kind of a combined birthday and Valentine’s Day.

Since tomorrow is my birthday, I will give myself the day off.  I’ll post again on Friday.