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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Goodie Box is just AWESOME!

September Free Daily Goodie Box

Thank you #DailyGoodieBox


Hello Everyone:)

I'm so grateful to Daily Goodie Box for being so generous as always. Yup, that's right another awesome Daily Goodie Box for the month of September arrived two weeks ago. I couldn't be more excited! A lot of wonderful products that I'm super excited to try and I spotted few of my favorites already. This is going to be fun and exciting product reviews for all of you because Daily Goodie Box is just simply awesome. Check out two of my recent blog post for July Daily Goodie Box and August Daily Goodie Box. 

So, If you love receiving free samples and love to share your opinion about the products that you tried just like I do. Then, this blog post is right for you. The Daily Goodie Box is FREE sample box service. It's totally FREE to join. Sign Up for FREE, you then fill out your profile so that they can match you with perfect Daily Goodie Box that caters your personal style. New boxes pop-up everyday and they offer both full size and sample size products. Once Daily Goodie Box send you a box for free. All you have to do is to try the products and share your thoughts by leaving a review on their website. Yup, that easy :)


Best thing about Daily Goodie Box- shipping is FREE and No Credit Card required EVER. 

As always Daily Goodie Box never fail to impressed with their September Daily Goodie Box. It was packed perfect and lots of great products inside that I cannot wait to share with you. Are you excited? Grab your favorite drink and lets get started. Shall we? :)

Lets start with my newest favorite GinnyBakes - Chocolate Chip Cookies- this is absolutely delicious! A cookies made with love and passion, gluten-free mini cookies, non- GMO, and its organic. WE so LOVE this cookies! perfect for snacks paired with a glass of milk. Yum! I highly recommend this product. It's simply delicious!

Next on the list is this Trolli - Sour Bite Crawlers I would describe this product as mouth meddling, tangy, sweetly sour, weird wormy goodness. Yes, all these great flavors all in one bite! At first you can taste the sweet sugar coat shortly followed by sweetly sour- and the candy itself is soft and chewy. Indeed, a great treat for everyone. Delicious! (My family's favorite gummy candy)


I'm super excited to try this ButterFields - Hard Candy- This is my first time trying out this product. I must say that it taste so GOOD! I would describe the taste of this candy as perfectly sweet orange in a hard candy. No wonder why this is America's favorite hard candy. It taste absolutely delicious and perfect candy for any occasions. Who wants ButterFields Hard candy on their hands right now? I know for sure I do!:)

Moving on to the next product! Lets all say hello to Rufus Teague - Made Some Sauce these two samples the I received taste scrumptious. This stuff is so awesome and perfect for barbecue's. Rufus Teague also offers other products which great for your cooking essentials. Check their website HERE. I highly recommend these products to everyone. 
 

Looking for all purpose seasoning? Look no further because this Paleo Powder - Seasoning is all you need. As first time used of this product. I was totally impressed with the result. It's great seasoning for  meat, veggies or any dish you're cooking. As foodie, this all purpose seasoning is all what I need. A must-have item for sure. I love this product!

This Crown Maple  - Maple Sugar is rich in natural antioxidants and provides a healthy alternatives to granulated sweeteners. Ideal for use in coffee, tea, baked goods, and even cocktails. I really like this product it makes my cup of coffee taste so much better and its all-natural, no additives, and gluten free. Yes, indeed a must-have item in everyone's pantry.:)




Next on the list is this GURU - Organic Energy Drinks I would never thought that this product exist until Daily Goodie Box sent me one. This is really exciting because this Guru Organic drink taste so good! Did you notice the packaging of the product? It look so catchy and cool. 

Lovebug Probiotics - Here’s The Skinny can streamline digestive function, quell sensitive stomachs, improve energy levels and elevate mood. I'm excited to try this product and cannot wait for the results. It has maximum effectiveness, leading strains, and no unnecessary additives. This is just so awesome!:)


Nellie’s - Baby Laundry Soda is the last product on my September Daily Goodie Box. I couldn't be more happier to share with you my love for this product. I sampled Nellie's product before through Daily Goodie Box and was impressed with the results. A perfect all natural baby laundry that has all great stuff. It's biodegradable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, gluten free, no GMO's and septic safe. I highly recommend this product to everyone.:)

..and that summarized my awesome my September Daily Goodie Box. I hope you have fun reading my reviews. Don't forget to sign up for free. It's definitely worth doing as you may never know what may pop-up in your mailbox. Until next time everyone. Stay gorgeous as always!:)

 xoxo- Melgie

Disclosure: I received Daily Goodie Box for free to review. Opinion expressed are my own. Thank you Daily Goodie Box for these wonderful goodies. 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Maine Blueberry Pancake for Breakfast:)


Hello Everyone :)

I fell in-love the first time I was at Maine. It was such a great vacation that I'm thinking going back there next year (hopeful). I know, sometimes I get little obsessed but to tell you- I missed being at Maine-the place was just incredible, relaxing, full of adventures awaits, and breath-taking views. On top of that, wild Maine blueberries is everywhere. Yes, literally everywhere! So, I helped myself and grabbed blueberries while we we're at Cadillac Mountain & Acadia Mountain. So, today's pancake recipe is inspired by this delicious Maine Wild Blueberries.
If you want to learn more about Maine, Southwest Harbor vacation check out my blog post HERE. Our a-MAINE-zing Summer Vacation ... enjoy this delicious blueberry pancake with your family!:)


Maine Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Notes: On this recipe I used store bought pancake mix and frozen wild Maine blueberries. Feel free to use any homemade pancake batter recipe and either fresh or frozen blueberries on hand.

Ingredients:
2 cups Pancake Mix 
1 1/2 cup water
Butter
1 cup Maine Blueberries- frozen

Directions:
1.) Combine pancake mix and water in a bowl and stir until large lumps disappear. Set aside
2.) Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto hot pan (lightly grease pan if necessary)
3.) Then, add frozen blueberries on top of the pancake. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges looks dry. Turn only once and cook the other side for about a minute.
4.) When little bubbles appear on the pancake, then its ready to flip. Wait for another minute until the other side is cook.
5.) Serve hot with butter on top and maple syrup. Yum! Enjoy :)


I can't get over how amazing Maine, Southwest Harbor. It has everything to offer from delicious and good eats, to scenic picturesque views, adventures that the whole family love and enjoy. It just amazing how this simple recipe took me back to Maine- the adventures that we did, the hikes and trails, and all the memorable moments that we had at Maine. I can talk about our Maine Vacation forever, But, I'll stop for now (hahah) Anyways, I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I do. I will see you ext time for more fun blog post. Stay gorgeous as always!:)

xoxo-Melgie

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Wonderful Summer Vacation 2017

a-MAINE-zing Summer Vacation

Southwest Harbor, Maine


Hello Gorgeous :)

Summer won't be complete without a summer vacation escapade. I'm just so lucky that we're able to take a week off and spent wonderful time at Southwest Harbor, Maine. This was really exciting for us because it was our first time in Maine specifically (Mt. Desert Island) I wasn't expecting much but to my surprise the place itself is a paradise. Such a sweet treat to see such a scenic views from the car window, the shoppes, and the beauty of nature at its BEST. That's how our memorable, fun, and exciting summer vacation begin.
The most exciting part about this blog post. I am going to take you to our adventures as we unfold our one week a-MAINE-zing summer vacation. Also, it will help you guide for your next summer destination at Maine. So, grab your favorite drink and lets chat. Shall we?

But first,  let me share with you a little story about Mt. Desert Island. The place is beautiful and home to Acadia National Park. 

In all, some 17.188 acres burned. Over 10,000 acres of this was Acadia National Park. Property damage exceeded $23 million dollars. Considering the magnitude of the fire, loss of human life had been minimal. An unknown numbers of animals died in the blaze, but park rangers believe that most outran the fire and found safety in ponds and lakes. Once the fire was over, it was time to start anew.  Some timber was milled, slash was burned, and other logs, still visible today, were left to prevent soil erosion. Nature, however, played the predominant role in the island's restoration. The forest that exist today re-grew naturally. Wind carried seeds back into burned areas and some deciduous trees regenerated by stump sprouts or suckers. Today, instead of one uniform evergreen forest, we are treated to brilliant mix of red, yellow, and orange supplied by the new diverse deciduous forest.

I had so much fun reading the history about Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. I can't help myself but to fell in-love with this place. Are you ready to start this adventures? Lets go!

Stay Cozy at Harbor  Ridge Resort a perfect place to stayed in while visiting Southwest Harbor, Maine. The place was SO PERFECT. It offers everything for a great vacation. A deck overlooking the beauty of south harbor, nice beds and hot tub and of course the kitchen where we cook our food.I personally LOVE this place. Its BEAUTIFUL! 
Looking to camp? Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods are the primary campgrounds in the park.


Now that we have a beautiful place to stay in. Lets move on to our MAINE Food Adventures. Yes!
As foodie lover this is probably the most awaited right? First taste was this delicious Lobster Roll with homemade potato salad. It was so good. A must-try for seafood lover out-there. Next was Lobster Combo Deal where I get to have a whole lobster to myself (lol) Other food we tried are Margaretta Mussels, Fish & Shrimp, Trio Seafood Sampler, Parmesan Scallops and so much more. 

Also, if you're into pies- this Maine Blueberry Pie is a MUST- have when your at Maine. It made with Maine wild blueberry (which you can find everywhere in Maine) and it taste scrumptious.


Next adventures are so fun and exciting! Let me welcome you to Hikes & Trails Galore where I experienced hike granite peaks, carriage road, beautiful trails, climbed mountains, rugged coast of Maine, and relaxing scenery at its BEST. 

I personally start with very easy trails which includes Bar Harbor Shore Path ( not a park trail ) offers Harbor and Island views. Wonderland Trail offers evergreen forest to rocky ocean shoreline. 
Easy Trails- These hikes are on uneven ground, but overall are fairly level. I love this kind of hike and great to start with if your new into hiking. There are some trails listed but I'm only going to share the trails that I hiked. Bar Island, Great Meadow Loop, Ocean Path its start from Sand Beach to Sea Cliffs. Be careful near cliff edges. 

Moderates Trails- these trails have some steep grades, and some level stretches. Its kinda like a moving up little bit from easy hikes. So, We tried to do two moderate trails out of eight trails listed. Cadillac North Ridge Trail- open scent, views of Frenchman bay. Indeed beautiful!  Great Head Trail was one of my favorite. Its really inviting hike for me and my family. We walked through evergreen forest along sea cliffs and experienced the beauty of nature. We sat on rugged shore line over looking the scenery, and  hearing the ocean waves. 


Strenuous Trails- these trails include steep grades and steady climbs. I was little skeptical about this trail but we made it. Yay! First was Cadillac South Ridge Trail its forest opening to gentle granite scent, exposed ridge. I admit that this hike was little harder compared to other hikes that we've done. It got to the point that I feel so tired that we have to stop multiple times. Its definitely rewarding hikes. It just beautiful and Maine wild blueberry provides good eats. They're literally everywhere and they're so delicious. I helped myself by grabbing blueberries on our way back (wink)

Acadia Mountain Trail was one of my favorite views of some sound, step descent to fire road. I admit that it was little challenging for me at first. But, then again, we stopped multiple times enjoyed the beauty of nature and when we reached the top. It was BEST ever! I can't describe how fun and memorable it was being on the top of Acadia Mountain and seeing everything from top. It was indeed BEAUTIFUL.

Sand Beach, Echo Lake & Indoor Pool Adventures

If your looking for great place to hang out and for swimming. Sand Beach is famous for its unique sand made of shell fragments. It is a great place to go for the day to relax and enjoy the Maine weather. I personally love Sand Beach its located really close to nice hikes and trails Great Head Trail & Thunder Hole are two really popular tourist destination. A great place for lunch or picnic after long hikes. We visited this place twice and can't get enough of its beauty and uniqueness.

Another great place for swimming is Echo Lake is really popular swimming destination. It's located very close to Acadia Mountain Trail and other beautiful trails. My kids love being here and spent half of the day swimming.

Aside from these two great swimming destination. We also enjoyed the indoor pool and soaking on hot tub offer at the resort that we stayed in. It was so FUN!


We done so many things in a period of a week. I surprised myself on how many things we accomplished. Next on our adventures are Sight Seeing Tour Cruise. Yes, the Island offers all kinds of tour cruises, like Whale watching, lighthouse & Acadia Park Tours, Lobster and much more. We decided to go for Sight Seeing Tour Cruise- it was great experience. We're able to visit little island around the area, up close and personal with seals, lighthouse, and able to see 5 Eagles. On top of that, the scenery of the whole Island is beyond amazing. Yup! the trip lasted for like 2-3 hours and it was so wort it. Indeed one of the list on to-do list when visiting Maine.


Even if the weather is not on your side. There are still ton of things to do, to make every single fun and special. Like visiting Museums & Oceanarium, OR take a drive on Park Loop Road where you can see breath-taking views. Its beautiful! We visited Wendell Gilley Museum a special stop in Southwest Harbor for visitors who love woodcarving, since this is the home of marvelous collection of carved birds. Local carver Wendell Gilley became very well know for his miniatures of song birds and sea birds. I loved all the birds carvings inside the museum. They all look SO real and so inspired by Wendell Gilley. Its great for birds lover, kids, and family. 

We also explore Oceanarium where we learned the life of the lobster and the lobster fisherman. I found out that it takes 7 years for a lobster to reach 1 pound. I was so amazed with this information and changed my views towards lobster. It was great visit and learned so much.


...and that summarized my a-MAINE-zing summer vacation. I hope you have fun reading my blog and gives you inspiration on your next summer vacation. Before I end this post. Let me share some tips that I learned from this trip and to save you money.
** Travel Tips*
* Get your PARK PASS you can buy this online or visit one of the locations. This pass is valid 7 days, and it gives you access when entering Acadia National Park
* If you're driving. Packed everything you need from toiletries, pantry essentials, and so much more. I literally brought everything with me. The only thing that we bought while we're there were the basic necessities like milk, butter, lunch.meat, bread, and water. That cut down our expenses to like 90 percent. 
* Packed your own FOOD. To maximized your saving packing lunches are best way to do it. There are lot of picnic areas around the park. It's great to just sit, relax, and enjoy the nature. 
* To enjoy this vacation to the fullest, treat yourself and family for great dinner.There's plenty of nice restaurant around and they all served delicious food. Yum!
* One thing that we enjoyed to do after dinner is sight seeing around the area, shopping, and getting ice cream while watching Bar Harbor. 

I will see you in few days for more fun and exciting blog post. Until next time! Stay gorgeous my friends.:)

xoxo- Melgie

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