Fresh, Family, Food #ChuysCharlotte

I had such a fun opportunity this week when I was invited to join a group of Charlotte bloggers and writers to check out Chuy’s restaurant and get a taste of their menu. For those of you unfamiliar, Chuy’s is a tex-mex restaurant new to our area in Charlotte; and while I’ve been before for a girls night, I was pretty excited to dive a little more into the menu and leaner more about it.

Chuy’s is a Texas based restaurant and they’ve joined the Southpark area to bring in a taste of their fresh flavor for us to enjoy! I really loved getting to know about the company and menu. As a mom who is pretty obsessed with ingredients and what I feed my family, I was so surprised (and excited) to hear everything is made fresh daily! Nothing frozen in this place! Each Kitchen Manager even travels to New Mexico every year in August to hand pick the green chili’s and ensure they are made to perfection before they bring them back fresh! – - YES!

We were walked through their fun “sauce tour” where we got to taste test each of their variety of sauces and told exactly how each sauce is made.

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That is just a tiny glimpse of the options you get at Chuy’s. No matter how many sauces I tried, I kept going back to the Creamy Jalapeño. This is a speciality at Chuy’s and they even gave us their secret ingredient (shhhh – I’ll never tell!) You can even buy it in bulk to take home – this WILL be my “go-to” staple to take to all parties this summer!

Why Moms Will Love It?

Not only is Chuy’s a fun atmosphere (it is surprisingly a sweet family date spot!) I have only been for a girls night, but this will absolutely be our new place to take the whole family for a fun meal! Not only do they have a fabulous kids menu, but because everything is freshly made, it is seriously a way better option than most! I asked questions about the ingredients and I actually got answers.. which is os rare in a restaurant these days.

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There’s also a pretty sweet TO GO menu AND you can call ahead and they’ll bring it right out to you! Seriously – a GODSEND! As a mom of two toddlers, I don’t want to feed my family fast food if I’m looking for a quick meal option on the go, and it’s not easy to find a restaurant that makes good fresh food the whole family will love to be able to grab on a pinch. You can literally pick up the phone, order, and pull up and they’ll bring it to you – SCORE!

I can tell you right now, this is going to be a new staple in our family. My husband LOVES mexican food and is a sauce extraordinaire.. he was so jealous as I was texting him pictures of each of the sauces I got to try and mix up!!

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Oh! And can I just mention? My lunch was BEACHBODY APPROVED! I started 21 Day Fix this week so have a pretty strict diet I need to go by. The waitress was amazing meeting my requests – grilled fish taco’s with a salad and dressing on the side. I didn’t eat the beans and only had half of the tortilla and it was SO GOOD. I have been craving it ever since!! See! You CAN eat out and be healthy too… and Chuy’s makes that super easy with their fresh and whole ingredients/menu!

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So moms – - there IS a better option out there! Who wants to lunch date next week!? ;)

Chuy’s – THANK YOU for having us! It was so much fun to learn about the effort put forth in providing quality food for your customers – I really enjoyed lunch and am already planning my trip back for one of those Green Chili Margaritas!!!

Have you been to Chuy’s in Charlotte? Share your pictures on Facebook & Twitter; use HASHTAG #ChuysCharlotte!

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Oil Pulling : Week 1 | What are the Benefits & What are My Thoughts?

You may have heard about the benefits of oil pulling recently.. it seems like it’s all the rage (it was even on GMA this week!) Well, when I first heard of it, I thought it sounded totally ridiculous, but then my natural side came out and I decided to give it a try.

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I figured since my Facebook status about my day 1 experience ended up with 59 curious and encouraging comments, this was a topic worth discussing and why not share my experience week to week with what I’m finding to be the benefits? I started this trend on Wednesday, so here’s my day by day recap.

Day 1 : I thought I was going to puke. I literally cannot stand the taste of coconut, but coconut oil has so many health benefits ranging from containing some of the healthiest and fattiest acids to helping you burn more fat, and even lowering your risks of things such as seizures and heart disease!

My best advice? Melt the oil. Coconut Oil can get hard during the colder months and while I melted mine a little bit, I didn’t melt it enough. I had to spit it out. I tried it again and made it five minutes (the recommended time is 15-20 minutes per day.)

Day 2 : MUCH easier! It was the first thing I did in the morning and made it to almost 20 minutes! The tricks that I found were keeping busy while swishing, going with a spoonful rather than measuring out a full tablespoon, and melting it completely.

Day 3 : I ended up going even longer than 20 minutes, because I was prepping some things for the kids snacks and upcoming lunches! Even the taste doesn’t both me as much (dare I say I might actually start to acquire a taste for coconut oil!?!?!)

Why Start Oil Pulling?

So why did I start this trend in the first place even when I can’t stand the taste of coconut? Well, for starters, you can use other oils. I’ve heard of people using olive oil and sesame oil too, but I’m choosing coconut oil, because of the above health benefits AND it’s supposed to help whiten your teeth naturally.

Some tips :

  • Do it first thing in the morning. You should do it before you do anything else. I rinse my mouth with water first and take a few sips then start the oil pulling immediately after.
  • Make sure you spit out the oil in the trash. I never would have thought of doing this, but if you spit it out in the sink, you’re spitting out all of the bacteria right into it.
  • Swish around a little bit of water after spitting it out then immediately brush your teeth!

The benefits of oil pulling goes back to thousands of years ago when it was used as a way of detoxification. Oil Pulling is not only a great benefit for your overall oral health, but it also help with things such as migraines, sinus issues, hormone imbalance, vision, and allergies just to name a few.

For me, starting this habit know will hopefully grow with me and continue to be a normal part of my day, like brushing my teeth. I know it sounds totally crazy, trust me! I thought the same thing, but for me, swishing around some coconut oil for 15-20 minutes each morning while I get the kids breakfast ready or lunches for school – is totally worth it, looking at what I could stand to gain from this daily hygiene regime.

Have you tried oil pulling? What type of oil do you use and why? I want to hear your thoughts and results!!

Announcing the First Annual Mother’s Day Guide & Giveaway with BabyElan {Daily} & Forever’s Like a Dream!

I am so thrilled to share with you a fun and exciting event in partnership with our friends at BabyElan {Daily} to celebrate moms this Mother’s Day!

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We wanted to put together a fun giveaway for all of our awesome reader’s who are moms to give you the opportunity to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day! From April 28-May 12th, we will be featuring some awesome companies and products to share with you and running a fab giveaway featuring them all for one super lucky reader!!  - – It could be YOU!

All you have to do is make sure you are subscribed to both my email list and BabyElan {Daily} so you don’t miss out!! We’ll be featuring Lindsay Phillips, Danskin, Jessica London, SpaRoom, & many more!!!

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Vitamin C Serum {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum | Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, & more!

Up until recently I never had to stick to a strict face washing routine. Growing up, I was lucky and never really had to deal with pimples or anything so I never learned how to properly wash my face. Now that I’m older and I’m worried about things like sun damage and wrinkles, I want to do what I can to help my complexion and aging. I also don’t want to slather up my face with all kinds of cancer causing chemicals either.

Ever since being pregnant, my skin has completely changed. I break out so easily and have way more sensitive skin so finding a product that both works and I don’t have a reaction to is hard to find.

I was excited to find Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum. I’ve tried serum’s before and have always found it to be my favorite in the different steps that come with many face washing routines. However, the price tag has almost always scared me away.

Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum comes with a much better price point, so I couldn’t wait to try!

Vitamin C Serum | No Parabans | Natural & Organic Ingredients

What are the Benefits of Vitamin C Serum?

  • Protects skin from sun damage, prevents from fine lines
  • Gives skin a smoother & brighter complexion
  • Increases collagen production; brings back sins natural elasticity… & so much more!

What I Think

While I have used serum’s before, I honestly can say that I felt the benefits with this serum more so than ever before. After washing my face with face wash and toner then putting just a few drops of this serum on my face, it felt tighter. It almost felt like I had a face lift or some other big procedure, but nope – it was just the serum! After using this for several weeks, my face is much more soft and smooth than it has been ever before! I am so excited to add this serum to my face washing routine!

If you want to reap the benefits of what vitamin c serum has to offer at a bargain of a price, I promise you, you will love this! The best part is they offer a 90 day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. In a world where botox and face lift’s are so popular, why take such an invasive approach when a serum like this actually works!?

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Skinny Jane “Skinny Blend Protein Shake” {Review & GIVEAWAY}

Since becoming a mom, I’ve grown to be really picky and strict about ingredients and what I’m feeding my family. I never realized the benefits of knowing what’s in our food beyond the package saying it’s healthy until I really started researching what we were putting into our mouths.

Recently, I’ve also spent a lot of time looking into different nutritional products. Struggling to lose the weight I gained from my FIRST baby (yes – he just turned five!) I have had a really hard time taking (and keeping) it off. When I got pregnant with my second, I worked out and stayed active throughout my pregnancy to where I hardly gained any weight and that came off almost immediately; the weight from five years ago still lingers.

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I had the opportunity to try out a new protein shake by Skinny Jane; Skinny Blend and I was anxious to look into it and try it out. My husband and I have been on a clean eating diet eliminating soda, coffee, and all the junk and working out regularly; so I thought a protein shake might be a good addition to our clean eating.

The brand offers several weight loss challenges using their products and also offers more than just protein shakes as well.

Upon looking at the shakes, offered on Amazon.com; I loved seeing the ingredient list is shown right on the information. Finding full ingredient lists is hard to come by these days. I also loved seeing that this shake isn’t filled with sugar. Many of the protein shakes out there is just a ton of sugar, and that can’t be healthy; nor something I want in my regular diet.

Skinny Blend Protein Shake Ingredients

My favorite parts about Skinny Blend?

  • Taste. Most protein shakes I’ve tried tasted just plain BAD. Either chalky, chunky, too sweet, not sweet enough. The point of a protein shake is to curb cravings and give you a healthy alternative, but you want it to taste good too. I couldn’t count on two hands the amount of protein shakes I’ve tried that I couldn’t even make it through the first sip!
  • The Variety. I like how Skinny Blend offers a variety of flavors. I tried Vanilla, which I LOVE, but they also offer chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla too – something for everyone!
  • It does what it’s supposed to do. I found really full after drinking a full protein shake and definitely found myself snacking (or at least the craving to snack) decrease.

My Results?

I had already been clean eating for several weeks and dropped around 12 lbs. I drank Skinny Jane for 7 days and stuck to a clean eating plan and dropped 3 more! I found it helped me with overall cravings and portion control – after you stick to a healthy eating plan for several days and have something that takes away that feeling of hunger, it’s easier to curb those cravings and I started finding myself more full sooner during meals too!

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Divergent | In Theaters Now! {Review}

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to check out a pre-screening of Divergent with Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, & Theo James just to highlight a few of the favorites starring in this film. While Divergent is based on the book series by Veronica Roth, I went into this with a blind eye having never read any of the books.

Divergent | In Theaters March 21

 

I had seen previews and I was picturing a series “Hunger Games” style, but I will tell you… I was so pleasantly surprised. I love a good movie series based off of books. I always find myself sucked in, but 9 times out of 10, I either wasn’t a huge fan of the book or the movie didn’t exactly mimic the book in ways I would have preferred. I will tell you… as soon as I got home from this pre-screening, I bought the first book in the series and am already halfway done!

While I can’t fully compare the book to the movie as of yet, from what I’m reading so far, I am finding myself really happy with how the movie was portrayed based off the books and it’s making me even more excited for what’s to come!

Divergent is set in the future where the world is in turmoil after war destroyed the nation. The world is divided into factions to help keep the peace and when Tris discovers she’s Divergent, life as she knew it has changed forever.

When Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) realizes one of the factions has planned a conspiracy to kill those of her type, she forms an alliance with the incredibly handsome Four (played by Theo James) to stop the Erudite faction from destroying any and all Divergent’s and to discover what being Divergent truly means.

DIVERGENT

I’ll be the first to admit I was a little skeptical of the casting. I have never been a huge Shailene Woodley fan, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn (of Scandal) and I of course developed the same love for Theo James as the movie went on as just about every other woman in the theater! And I will say, especially after starting the book, Woodley nails it! She really does a great job of portraying Tris in the way her character was written… which is rare of the Hollywood world when portraying a character from a book.

Really though… I cannot WAIT to see it again!

Whether you’ve read the book or not read the book, GO SEE DIVERGENT. I promise you, you won’t regret it! If you want to read the books, but haven’t yet, do that too… but see the movie first. I actually liked seeing the story unfold on the big screen before reading it in print. But, now I am officially hooked on this series and Theo James isn’t bad to look at either ;)

I really feel like they did an amazing job portraying the book without going to “Hollywood.” (And I say that having not read the entire series yet), but from what I can tell so far, it really is based on the story itself and not sexed up or materialized – the story really is that good they didn’t have to, and I feel really good about how they brought the book onto the big screen.

DIVERGENT

Now I’m really just looking for excuses to fill up my blog with pictures of the mysterious, Four!

Have you seen it yet or want to see it? Tweet me! @Kelchristina using #DIVERGENT – I want to hear what you think or what you want to see!… Then after you see it, come back here and tell me what you think!

Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Charlotte March 22nd!!!

In light of The Harlem Globetrotters making their way through Charlotte on March 22nd, I thought I would share this fun coloring sheet! My kids always have a good time at this game and if you want to surprise your family with a fun afternoon outing, why not print off this coloring sheet to surprise them with!?

A fun tip : Print out the coloring sheets and leave them out for your kids – tell them about the game as they see the coloring sheets and have a fun coloring contest while getting the whole family psyched up to watch the Globies play!!

I can help make that even sweeter by a DISCOUNT!

Use code “TROTTER” to get $5 off; offer valid online only for only select price levels. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Tickets are on sale now to check out The Harlem Globetrotters on Saturday, March 22nd at 1pm at Time Warner Cable Arena! 

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Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask {Review} #JAdoreVoxBox

When my J’Adore Vox Box arrived from Influenster, I was so psyched to find what was inside! I love girly things and makeup, face masks, hair products, all of that are things I love to test out and find new products that work best for me and my lifestyle.

When I pulled out the Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask – I squealed! I love a good face mask and couldn’t wait to try it!

Every woman deserves to treat herself and relaxing in a hot bubble bath, with a good book, and this clay mask is my new favorite way to unwind! I give this TWO THUMBS UP! I need to go out and buy the full size bottle – the one that came in my vox box is almost gone!

Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask

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Harlem Globetrotters | YOU Vote on a New Rule!

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Charlotte with their 2014 “FANS RULE” Tour later this month and they’re once again adding another fun twist.

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After the excitement from last year, the Globetrotters are letting the fans VOTE on a new rule! This year’s ballot includes THREE never before seen rules!

  •  Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other.  The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.
  • Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team.  When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game.  When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded. 
  • Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot.   If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points.  If they miss, the other team receives five points.

To vote on a rule, CLICK HERE.

Head over and vote, then come back here and tell me which rule YOU want to see on the court!

Tickets are on sale now to check out The Harlem Globetrotters on Saturday, March 22nd at 1pm at Time Warner Cable Arena! 

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Zulily Weekly Deals 3/7 – 3/10

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This upcoming week, Zulily has some special treats for YOU! Some of my favorites are on sale this week and you can snag something for yourself from the Jessica Simpson Collection or Vera Bradley, and stock up some adorable spring essentials for your little one from Rufflebutts and Sesame Street!

Check out what else is in store for Zulily – time to go shopping mama’s!!

Friday, March 7th

Brooks – up to 50% off at zulily

Sesame Street Collection – up to 55% off at zulily


Columbia on sale up to 60% off at zulily

Jessica Simpson Collection – up to 70% off at zulily

Saturday, March 8th

Pearl Izumi – up to 40% off at zulily

Monday, March 10th

Vera Bradley home, bags and accessories up to 50% off at zulily

RuffleButts – up to 40% off at zulily

Stetson Apparel – up to 65% off at zulily

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