Recently, I had the joy of winning a prize pack from NuNaturals at Terry’s blog, My Journey with Candida. I do enjoy stevia as a sweetener in place of sugar and was thrilled to see the variety of products that NuNaturals offers. Here’s my haul:

Pure Liquid™ Vanilla Alcohol Free NuStevia™ Glass Bottle 2 oz

This is a truly amazing product. If you love NuNaturals NuStevia, this is a product that you must try. This is not merely a Vanilla flavored Stevia liquid like so many others on the market. This is a true Vanilla extract made from premium bean that produces a product with incomparable taste. Once you have add this to your tea or coffee, yogurt, or lemonade, you will not know how you lived without it.

NuNaturals has combined Singing Dog Vanilla with our delicious Stevia. Now you can have the delicious taste of vanilla bean extract with our amazing Stevia. Our Alcohol Free Stevia Extract contains 140 mg per ml and is in a base of vegetable glycerine.

For individuals that are sensitive to alcohol, here is a product especially for you. For everyone else, the unique sweet taste that the glycerine imparts makes this a favorite of many NuNaturals NuStevia users. The Alcohol Free Extract has a taste that is mellower than the alcohol based liquids.

NuStevia™ White Stevia™ 50 Packets

White Stevia™ Extract Powder contains the flowing agent maltodextrin, a food grade carbohydrate derived from grain. Tasteless, maltodextrin is the perfect medium to use with the extract, making it easier to measure. This form is perfect for sprinkling on cereal and yogurt as well as mixing in beverages. One quarter to three quarters of a teaspoon is the recommended serving.

White Stevia Powder contains 60% more Stevia extract than most other brands on the market. The cost to get the same sweet taste of other brands can be up to 2 1/2 times more expensive compared to NuNaturals. NuNaturals White Stevia Powder will save you money.

nunaturalsNuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract , 1-Ounce

Our NuStevia White Stevia Extract is our most concentrated form, and only a tiny amount is needed. This is a powder extact. This form is excellent for mixing up large batches of beverages or for recipes. The 1 oz bottle contains only the NuStevia extract. NuNaturals Pure NuStevia Extract contains absolutely no calories.

NuStevia Simple Syrup 16oz

NuStevia Simple Syrup is here! Simple syrup is traditionally used in many of your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Use NuStevia Simple Syrup in cocktails, mocktails, and coffee. Now you can make delicious low-calorie, low-carb drinks. Also great for cooking. NuStevia Simple Syrup is perfect for making any recipe or beverage healthier by replacing sugar with an easy to measure, no calorie sweetener.

NuStevia syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness. No refrigeration required.

NuNaturals uses our premium grade NuStevia extract from which the unpleasant aftertastes have been removed. NuNaturals NuStevia products use only the highest grades of Stevia extract that we select for purity, sweetness, and superior flavor. 385 servings per container!

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup 16oz

NuStevia Cocoa Syrup is here! Use NuStevia Cocoa Syrup on ice cream, coffee, and to make healthy chocolate milk. Also great for cooking. The rich chocolate syrup taste will instantly transport you back to the days of your childhood, without the sugar and unhealthy additives. This is a mom’s best friend! Give your kids the chocolate satisfaction they crave without the added sugar.

NuStevia syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness. No refrigeration required.

NuNaturals uses our premium grade NuStevia extract from which the unpleasant aftertastes have been removed. NuNaturals NuStevia products use only the highest grades of Stevia extract that we select for purity, sweetness,and superior flavor. 385 servings per container!

raw chocolate balls

I even tried one of Terry’s recipes and adapted it to my own. Yum! Although it does have a lot of calories from the nuts, it is gluten free, sugar free, and perfect for anyone that has a restrictive diet.

No Bake Sugar Free Chocolate Oat Bars

1/3 cup NuStevia Cocoa Syrup

2 T. water

1 cup almond butter

3 T. peanut butter

1 and 1/2 cups uncooked instant oats

Mix together in a large bowl the water, almond butter, peanut butter, and NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. Add the oats and finish stirring everything together. Shape into balls and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips for Encouraging Healthy Habits in Kids

by Diane Estrella

You may not think much about it now, but habits your children develop at a young age will stay with them their entire life. When you instill healthy habits, they are far more likely to stick with them and grow up to be a healthier adult. Maybe you already have a teenager who is struggling to lose weight, or perhaps you have a younger child who has no interest in physical activity. Whatever the case is, these tips will help create healthy habits.


Be an Example


Telling your child to eat healthy and exercise while you shovel in pastries sitting on the couch is not going to fly. You need to be the example. They learn from watching you, so the younger they are, the more natural healthy habits will be because they will be all they know.


Plan Active Activities


Family movie night is great for cold winter or rainy summer evenings, but family time should include activities that get you moving. I get it; movie night is cheap. However, so is packing some snacks and water and going on a Saturday morning hike, or grabbing the sleds on a winter day and going tobogganing.


Take Daily Walks


Even a small amount of activity is better than no activity at all. Going for a 20-minute walk around the block after dinner is better than plopping down on the sofa. A walk will speed up digestion and give you a chance to talk about their day, homework, upcoming sports games or dance recitals, etc.


Don’t Use Food as a Reward


Promising a stop at the ice-cream parlor, if they are good teaches them that unhealthy food choices are rewarding. It can be tempting to bribe with food, especially when you have a million things going on, you’re stressed out, and you just want them to cooperate. If you are going to use food, make it something healthy, like smoothies or fruit kabobs.



Promote a Healthy Environment


A child’s surroundings can either inspire them to get active or promote laziness. If you are in a dark, cluttered, dirty house with poor air quality, you will likely want to lie around and do nothing. A clean, well-lit home with great air quality just makes you feel like moving. Get them involved with chores, and give them responsibilities that go beyond cleaning their room. Have them clean the blinds or help you clean the wall water feature. Coincidently, a water fountain actually cleans the air and promotes a healthier environment, too. You can order one online at stores like

the revealing suzanne woods fisher

Love does extraordinary things to people . . .

In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she’s up to, she’s in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it’s worth it.

But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace, and an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review

I think a lot of the time, when one thinks of the “Amish” lifestyle, it’s easy to box it in as simple and uncomplicated. The author shows us in this book, and the entire Inn at Eagle Hill series, that nothing is ever as simple or as clear-cut as it seems.

The Revealing was full of surprises. There were more curveballs coming at me then I could believe possible. I think the reassuring factor in all of these books was the characters’ moral compass. They always went back to acting and reacting to others with love. When you have a strong foundation in your life, no matter what comes your way, you know that God will see you through it.

“It doesn’t matter what you intended. What matters is … what is.”

Good intentions do not always translate to making good choices. Having the follow-through to see something through to the end is difficult at times for sure. Many of the characters in this story had to decide what they believed in and stick with their convictions. Knowing what’s in your heart and not being swayed from the truth can be hard. Happily, many important lessons were learned by all.

Fans of Eagle Hill, do not fret. I’m pretty sure the author has a few more adventures to see this family through. Maybe a couple of weddings… babies… a mystery or two, and hopefully lots more beautiful examples of showing unconditional love.

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Revell Books sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Revell.

Welcome to the Western Round-up Giveaway Hop! A special thanks to M.K. McClintock for hosting this event.

the heart's pursuit by robin lee hatcherAbout the Book

A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family’s fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust.

Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men—but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver’s betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning—and deadly—quarry.

You can purchase The Heart’s Pursuit here.

You can read my review here.

The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Heart’s Pursuit, I am giving away my copy of this book to one of my readers. Open to US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

“Cariloha Fit” Bamboo Workout Clothing #Fitness

by Diane Estrella

If I’m gonna sweat THAT hard, then, I wanna look THIS good!

cariloha fit

Cariloha’s ultra-soft bamboo fitness wear is like no other on earth because it’s made of bamboo. Each item features the Four P’s to thriving while being active:

Athletic Performance.

Odor Prevention.

Skin Preservation.

Sun Protection.

cariloha fitness clothes

My Review

Love these!

I am fairly new to an exercise “workout” program. Better late than never, I guess. I want to be comfortable as well as fully supported. Cariloha fitness gear meets both requirements.

Cariloha Bamboo Fit is made in India with an organic cotton, bamboo, elastane blend. The people that designed them really took into account the way they fit on women, and made them work with our working-out movements. I felt a lot of support with the racerback cross tank and adorable in my “tennis” skirt. They wash nicely and don’t stretch or pill. I LOVE that they are organic and bamboo. If you have never tried bamboo, then you don’t know the softness you are missing out on. So gentle on the skin!

I especially loved the capris training pants. They are SO SOFT and stay in place. Nothing riding up or shifting around. These are the MOST comfy pants ever.

You can find Cariloha here on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Check them out!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from Cariloha. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

vegan ice creamThis revised edition of Vice Cream features more than 90 delicious ice cream recipes using all-vegan ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut milk, maple syrup, and fruit, plus recipes for raw vegan ice creams and sauces.

Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or following a dairy-free diet, you don’t have to miss out on one of the world’s favorite desserts. Although ice cream substitutes are available, none of them achieves the richness of the real thing or offers the breadth of delicious flavors—until now. Vegan Ice Cream offers decadent frozen alternatives that don’t rely on milk, cream, or refined white sugar. Instead, these luscious recipes use nut milks, fresh fruit, and natural sweeteners to create simple and inventive ice cream flavors, from old favorites like Chocolate Chip and Strawberry to exotic creations such as Pecan Pie, Pomegranate, Kiwi Mandarin, Piña Colada, Chai, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Gingersnap, and many more.

This fully revised edition now features more than 90 recipes, including raw vegan ice creams and sauces, and full-color photography throughout. From the very first taste, you’ll be astonished at just how tasty and rich vegan ice cream can be. So make room in your freezer, and never miss out on the joys of ice cream again.

My Review

Not what you expect, but not bad either!

For anyone that is vegan or has a dairy dietary restriction, this book is perfect to give you the ‘I scream for ice cream’ fix that all of us want.

In order to make the ice cream recipes in this book, you do need to have an ice cream maker, and within an hour’s time you can have fresh, homemade ice cream. Most of the recipes in this book make approximately a quart of ice cream. I do have to warn you that the ingredients needed to make vegan ice cream are easy to come by but can be expensive as well. Some of the common ingredients used in many of these recipes include raw cashews, real maple syrup, and pitted honey dates. If you are going into eating vegan ice cream thinking it is “regular” ice cream then you will be disappointed. It is different but still yum. Because no dairy products are involved, the consistency of the ice cream is unique as well. Each recipe will make a frozen treat not void of taste.

The other thing I noted is that my ice cream maker said it would automatically turn off when the ice cream was ready. Because of the unique texture of the vegan ice cream, I don’t think the machine registered it as “done.” After the recommended time limit, I checked the ice cream and it was ready to serve and eat.

I think the author has put a GREAT deal of time researching and perfecting these recipes to make them delicious every time. There is such a variety of flavor choices that everyone can find a favorite, or two, or three, to love. Definitely worth a trail taste bud testing to see if it’s right for you.

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Waterbrook Press sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Waterbrook Press.