Guilt-Free Frozen Treats from Arctic Zero

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Summer wouldn’t be nearly as sweet without ice cream, and indulging in a delicious scoop is one of our favorite ways to beat the heat. All that sugar and saturated fat that fills up a pint, however, puts a damper on the family fun. This year, we’ve opted for a better-for-you frozen treat with Arctic Zero.

Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts

Arctic Zero is a little different from ice cream, and it’s every bit as enjoyable.  Sweetened with a combination of organic cane sugar and monk fruit, Arctic Zero is low glycemic and doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols.  In fact, you won’t find any artificial ingredients in their products.  If you know me at all, you know that’s the first thing I look for on a food label.

Arctic Zero offers a wide assortment of yummy flavors in two different kinds of pints:  Creamy and Chunky.  Creamy pints are fat free and have only 35 calories per half-cup serving, while the Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams) and have just 75 calories per half-cup serving.  Next time you’re grocery shopping, take a look at a few pints from other brands, and you’ll see how big the difference is.

Arctic Zero

There are plenty of other reasons to love Arctic Zero too.  All of the pints are GMO-free, lactose-free, and certified kosher, plus there are many gluten-free options as well.  Each serving has 2-3 grams of fiber and 3-4 grams of rBST-free whey protein, making Arctic Zero just right for protein smoothies or shakes. [Read more…]


7 Tips to For Growing a Green Family + Giveaway

When we have more tasks to complete in a day than we can possibly accomplish, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of our lives and overlook bigger issues, like sustainability and our environment.

Sustainability

With summer upon us, the beautiful green that we are surrounded by is a reminder that it’s the perfect time to bring new, sustainable habits into our daily lives that we can stick with all year long.  These seven practical pointers for going green will get you moving in the right direction.

1. Bring air purifying plants into your home. Improve the air quality in your home by introducing plants that act as air filters, absorbing the harmful gases and toxins from furniture, paints, and plastics. Peace lilies, golden pothos, and Boston ferns are only a few examples of the many plants that can help remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

2. Look for local, seasonal foods. Eating local and seasonally means you are likely to avoid the food miles and greenhouse gas emissions associated with foods that aren’t in season and travel a long way to get to your table. In addition, seasonal foods can be less expensive and taste better. Because it is picked only when it’s naturally ripe, seasonal produce retains all of the nutrients and flavor that is lost when food is harvested prematurely. If you are feeling ambitious and have space, you can even start your own vegetable garden for the most localized produce possible.

Compost

3. Start a compost (or look for compost programs in your neighborhood). Don’t let your fruit and veggie scraps go to waste in the landfill, where they will ultimately contribute to climate change by emitting methane. Instead, start a compost in your yard or look for programs in your community that collect organic material for composting. Compost is a natural fertilizer and can be added to your garden or potted plants.

4. Swap or donate clothes. Swapping clothes that your kids have grown out of with other parents is a great way to share and/or get “new” clothes without actually purchasing anything. If you can’t think of anyone to swap with, then donating old clothes is another great option. Swapping or donating clothes helps with spring cleaning and extends the life of each item.  (If you don’t have anyone to swap with, you can try a site like Swap.com or Schoola.com.)

5. Use non-toxic products. If you are taking on some serious spring cleaning, make sure you are using non-toxic cleaning materials because chemical-based supplies contribute to water pollution and can be harmful to your health. Websites and apps such as GoodGuide and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning help to find safe and gentle cleaning products. You can also make your own with baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.

6. Clean out your air filters. This season is expected to be warm as we continue to break records for global temperature records. For many of us, this means turning on air conditioning and (ideally) cleaning out or replacing the air filters. Air filters that have not been cleaned or replaced in a while can mean that free-flowing air is being blocked, making the system work harder to push air out. Clean filters will not only prevent unnecessary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but will also save you money on your electricity bill.

Plastic-Free Picnic
7. Plastic-free picnics. Nothing says summer like an afternoon picnic. To minimize your negative impact on the environment during these outings, swap out plastic single-use containers and utensils for reusable non-plastic items. It can be easy to rely on single-use plastic items such as water bottles, cutlery, plates, and cups, but it creates a lot of waste that will most likely end up in a landfill (or even in the ocean)! Look for glass jars and cloth bags to carry and contain your goodies and bring silverware from home to cut down on the waste you create.

Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates are co-authors and founders of The Sustainability Co-Op blog, which strives to understand and communicate the interconnectedness between global and local societal needs and environmental concerns.  They are also the authors of the book Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact, a comprehensive resource that introduces readers to the concept of sustainability and humanity’s growing impact on the environment; why it’s harmful; what steps government, companies, and other institutions are taking to help; and finally, what individuals and families can do to make a difference.

One lucky Game On Mom reader is going to win a Growing a Green Family Prize Pack, which includes a copy of Sustainability Made Simple and a Large Reusable Baggu Tote Bag!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 8/17/17 t 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

Growing a Green Family Giveaway [Read more…]


Win More than $380 in Prizes in the Cicis Pizza Picnic Fun Event!

I’ve never had pizza on a picnic, but I think it’s a fantastic idea, and I’m happy to be sharing this pizza-themed giveaway from Conservamom with you!

 

Cici's Picnic Fun Giveaway

Cicis, the nation’s top family-friendly pizza buffet restaurant, is always ready to offer fun and delicious meals. Cicis offers great tasting food full of flavorful choices at a great value while delivering a fun and friendly dining experience. At Cicis, guests can enjoy a wide variety of pizzas, including stuffed crust, deep-dish and flatbreads, along with pastas, salads and desserts for dine-in, carry-out and catering. There’s something delicious for everyone who walks through Cicis doors!

To celebrate National Picnic Month, Cicis has an unbelievable summer special available to all:  3 Medium 1-Topping Pizzas for $4 each!

Picnic

In honor of this great special and National Picnic Month, Cicis is ready to bring some fun to all our readers with two amazing contests! One will be held over at the Cicis Instagram page, where they will be asking fans to share photos of their own picnics for a chance to win pizza-themed picnic baskets. All you have to do is post an original photo of your pizza picnic spread using the hashtags #pizzapicnic and #sweepstakesentry and tag @officialcicis in the photo description to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes starts on July 17, 2017 and ends on July 30, 2017, for more information and rules head over here.

Each winner of the Cicis Instagram Sweepstakes will receive a Cicis picnic basket containing one $150 Cicis gift card, one pizza-themed picnic blanket, one pizza-themed pool float and one cooler tote.The second big way to win is right here! One lucky reader will win an amazing gift pack sponsored by Cicis! This amazing pizza-themed picnic basket includes the following prizes:

  • Visa gift card – $150
  • Cicis gift card – $150
  • Pizza-themed picnic blanket – $24.99
  • Pizza themed pool float – $35.99
  • Cooler tote – $20

All you have to do is head below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends on 7/30 at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 yo + to enter. Void where prohibited.

Good luck! [Read more…]


Joovy Caboose Ultralight Giveaway

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Giveaway

It’s Groovy Joovy Week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. So far we’ve seen reviews and giveaways for the Joovy Caboose stroller, Joovy Tricycoo 4., the Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller, and the 2017 Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center. Janessa is wrapping up the week today by sharing her review of the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller and we’ve got a giveaway for one too!

Here’s some basic info about the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller:

The new Caboose Ultralight Graphite is the most lightweight, compact and efficient double stroller. Designed for two children of different ages, it is preferred by parents for its practicality. With new upgraded features and an even lighter frame, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite continues to empower older children by giving them a choice to stand or sit while strolling.

The Caboose Ultralight’s design has been improved with a new graphite-colored aluminum frame and it is 10% lighter than the previous Ultralight model. At 22 lbs. fully configured, it is lighter than some single strollers. A new rear canopy attachment provides shade for the child sitting in the back. The new parent organizer also holds two beverages and has a convenient zippered pocket for keys, phone or wallet. A universal infant car seat adapter is included and fits most car seats on the market. This handy accessory converts the stroller into a travel system, allowing the older child to stand on the rear stand-on platform.

The storage basket is ample enough for a diaper bag. Sealed ball bearing wheels provide superb maneuverability and the 4-wheel suspension make for a smooth ride. The linked rear parking brake adds extra security when the stroller is parked. In addition, the Caboose Ultralight has the most compact fold for a double stroller. If your children are within 2 years of each other, you may consider the optional Caboose Rear Seat, which converts the rear bench seat into a front-facing, full-size, reclining seat. This accessory is sold separately and it folds up with the stroller for convenience. It’s also easy to install or uninstall.

The Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a versatile tandem stroller that offers the size, weight and maneuverability of a single stroller without compromising features!

I’m teaming up with a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller!

If you’d like a chance to win the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (lower 48 states) and ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 28th, 2017. Good luck! [Read more…]


Enter to Win a Joovy Room Playard!

Joovy Room Giveaway

It’s Groovy Joovy Week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Every day this week (Monday through Friday) there will be a new Joovy product highlighted! So far we’ve seen reviews and giveaways for the Joovy Caboose stroller, Joovy Tricycoo 4., and the Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller. Today Janessa is sharing her review of the 2017 Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center and we’ve got one to give away to one lucky reader too!

Here’s some basic info about the Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center:

The new Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center offers convenience and functionality in a contemporary design. This premier, full-featured nursery center is a bassinet, changing station and playard, all-in-one. The full-size bassinet on the Room holds an infant up to 15 pounds. Both the bassinet and changing table are removable.

A notable feature is the Room’s flip-away changing table, it has a sturdy and comfortable vinyl top (not fabric) so it’s super easy to wipe down and can support a baby up to 25 lbs. When not in use, just flip over the changing table so it’s out of your way. The removable diaper organizer has several compartments to hold wipes, diapers, lotions and more. The giant side pocket is perfect for storing blankets or additional Joovy Room Fitted Sheets.

One waterproof cotton sheet that works in the bassinet or playard floor is included, additional fitted sheets are sold separately. The Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center has two wheels making it easy to move around your home and it includes a zippered travel bag for when you are on the go.

I’m teaming up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy and a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center!

If you’d like a chance to win the Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (lower 48 states) and ends at 11:59pm EST on July 27th, 2017. Good luck!

Entry Form

Disclaimer: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited. The sponsoring company is responsible for prize fulfillment.