Review: Jump Sport iBounce Kid’s Trampoline

A week or two ago I was contacted by JumpSport who was looking for bloggers with children 2-5 to review a kid’s trampoline: the iBounce Kid’s Trampoline  I remembered JumpSport from my first FitBloggin (2013), but had been bummed that I was too pregnant to feel comfortable jumping in their exercise class.

I was excited to review and indoor toy that could keep E1 moving during the winter.  It was also an exciting opportunity because E1 has loved “Toy review videos” on Youtube lately and he was over the moon with a chance to star in his own review video.   Plus, since it has a giveaway to it too it was extra fun.

So we assembled it this weekend and he has been bouncing all weekend long.  It came with 3 DVDs that have bouncing ideas and games, but he prefers to just free bounce.  Even E2 wanted to get in on the action though her gross motor skills require lots of supervision still.

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I really like the trampoline, the bungees are covered so that kids won’t get caught in them.  It isn’t too high off the ground but it still has a good bounce to it.  E1 can get some serious air.

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The handlebars are sturdy and make it safer for the kids.  I do think E1 might be on the cusp of being TOO big for it, it is designed for 2-5 yr olds.  Still I can see E1 and E2 getting a lot of use out of this.  And if E1 is bouncing during the occasional netflix video even better.  There is even an iPad holder you can attack and an app to give additional bouncing games for the kids.
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I could go on, but I think the smiles on E1’s face and his enthusiasm speak volumes.  (Please note, he is sometimes tempted to show off and forgot the handlebars at one point.  We are working on that, lol.)

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Giveaway: Quest Bars!

This summer has been a whirlwind, with far more activities and travel than ever before.  It just sort of happened that way, but this last weekend was our first real weekend home relaxing all summer.  Travel can reek havoc on healthy lifestyles, especially when one is easily led astray (ahem).  One of my go-to’s during this crazy time has been Quest Bars from Quest Nutrition.  And since they had a representative at FitBloggin’ again this year I was able to get some samples so I could try all their delicious flavors.  And thanks to Quest, I have not one, but TWO sample packs to giveaway to loyal readers so you can try them too!12sampler

Photo from Quest Nutrition (because I forgot to take my own before starting to eat them!)

I really love Quest’s hashtag #cleancheat because it feels that way.  It feels like a cheat food, but the reality is that it is nutritious as well as being delicious.  Most of the bars end up being 4 or 5 Weight Watcher PP, which is a good size snack, but they have a great amount of protein and fiber and very few net carbs.  For many bars that description sounds like it would be a bland soy mess, but Quest bars are delicious!

My favorite bars are the Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but the amazing thing is that there was not a single flavor that I didn’t enjoy.  I would have them all again.  That says something since I am notoriously picky when it comes to protein bars.  (Actually, I had to hide them from E1 and Mr. Goat too, otherwise they would all disappear!

As I said above, Quest is giving me TWO 16-flavor sampler packs to giveaway.  Just enter below!  They will even ship worldwide!  I have a bit of jealousy about my own giveaway.  I ate all my Quest Bars.  See?

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All Gone! *sadface*  Time to order more!

 I was given some Quest bars from Quest Nutrition to try and review.  All opinions are my own however.  The giveaway will be open until 10pm on Monday, August 18.  You can tweet once a day but all other entries are one time only.  

 

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Bondi Band Review and Giveaway

90% of the time I love my haircut.   I used to have longer hair and it always irked me.  It would get long and limp so easily, but at the same time I was used to it and afraid to change.  Somehow it seemed that long hair hid a fat face better.  However, I finally got brave enough (in stages) to get cut my hair shorter and shorter, until I reached the long shaggy pixie type cut that I have now.

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And like I said, 90% of the time I love it.  The other 10% is when I am exercising.  When I am exercising I hate my hair.  I cannot put it in a ponytail and my bangs hang in my eyes.  Most of the small narrow bands just slide through my hair and it is too fine for most clips.   I have tried many different options to try to find something that works for working out.

My favorite is Bondi Band.  I squealed when I was offered a chance to review them because I already knew that I loved the product.  They are a wide headband and they don’t slide off my head as I am working out.  They can get sopping wet and don’t drip sweat into my eyes from my hair.  Yes, I pretty much look like a fool when wearing it, but I am never going to be a fashion over function sort of girl.  Besides, I love the clever phrases on the Bondi Band.

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Crazy hair, I don’t care!

Bondi Band has a ton of styles, colors, sayings and even bling on their headbands.  You can even order custom ones!  (Note to self: come up with a clever saying, order cute headband, be more awesome).  Plus in a touch I love they donate 10% of all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thanks to FitApproach #sweatpink and Bondi Band #bondiband I have TWO Bondi Bands to giveaway. I just love to give stuff away.  I was sent three total and chose to keep the one above.  It pretty much sums up my feelings about running to a tee.  But there are two more that you can win!
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So be sure to enter to win a new Bondi Band.  BUT, if you don’t win use the code SWEATPINK when you check out.  It is good for 10% off all items except Bargain Bin, Design Your Own, and Custom Items. It is good thru June 28th.
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I was provided the Bondi Bands from Bondi Band as a SweatPink Ambassador (with FitApproach).  As always, all opinions are my own!Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 6.27.06 PM

 

Congratulations Angie and Jill who won our Bondibands!  The giveaway is now closed.

{Sponsored Post} Rummage Sales and Pudding Cake

Whew, last weekend I was busy running my church’s first kid’s stuff garage sale.  Both our gym and fellowship hall were packed with donations ,all of which were sorted, priced and ultimately sold by my amazing group of volunteers.  They did a great job and we made a lot of money for our mission to Minneapolis and St. Paul helping kids in need.

It was great, and tiring.  If there is something I know about me is that when I am tired it is really tempting to stuff my face with dessert.  On the one hand, having dessert can be a nice way to relax and de-stress, especially when I have the points, but on the other it is hard to find good low point desserts that satisfy.

So on Friday night I found myself with a few points and a sweet craving, and a Tastefully Simple blog post that needed writing… Enter the Tastefully Simple Lush Lemon™ Pudding Cake Mix.

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One thing I have loved about getting to know Tastefully Simple products is how easy it is to make something.  I don’t have to worry about having ingredients on hand.  The only thing this cake needed, for example, was water.  Sometimes convenience can be dangerous when you are trying to lose weight, but this still takes time to bake, so it isn’t a mindless decision.

It was also nice how quick it is to put together – on Friday I had been at work for 10.5 hours working on the sale and I had another early morning on Saturday.  It was nice to be able to whip it together, let it bake, and relax.  It was also nice that my son could help.  It is pretty much fool-proof cooking.

The Lush Lemon™ Pudding Cake Mix took about 35 minutes to cook.  I do wish the directions were clearer about when the cake was done however.  There was a time range, but I had never made a pudding cake before and I was surprised by all the liquid even when the cake was “done.”  As a result I think I over baked it a little and it wasn’t as gooey as it might have been.

The cake was tasty.  You make in an 8×8 pan and it makes 9 servings, so they are good size pieces.  We had it plain but it would be great with some berries or whipped cream.  I like the lemon flavor – I have been on a lemon kick lately so it hit the spot there!  Best of all, when I figured out the Weight Watcher PP values each piece is only 4 points!

I can spare 4 points for dessert.  Yes I can.

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And I did.

Sometimes it seems like I should be more wary of desserts while on Weight Watchers. Still, I know that some of my success comes from not demanding that I give up treats entirely, but that I work them into my life with thoughtful planning.  The nice thing about this treat is that it doesn’t make me go crazy and eat the whole batch (like chocolate chip cookies) but it is a nice sweet treat.  Win-win.

And I am sure that because of a little indulgence on Friday night, it made it that much easier to say no to the donuts at the garage sale on Saturday morning.

And because I love to give things away, I am giving away a box of Tastefully Simple’s Lush Lemon™ Pudding Cake Mix to one lucky commenter.  Just leave a comment below with a valid email and tell me what Tastefully Simple product looks most delicious to you!  The giveaway will be open until Friday, May 30 at 10:00pm.

I was provided the Lush Lemon™ Pudding Cake Mix from Tastefully Simple.  I am also compensated for this post.  However all opinions are my own.

Congratulations Kat who was drawn as our winner!