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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Win It Wednesday (7/01) #WIW + Little Tikes Giveaway

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #20!

We are back for another awesome giveaway link-up and, to offer you a great chance to win the Win It Wednesday Exclusive Giveaway! And, we've tweaked things a little bit... 
Now, instead of weekly giveaways for our Win It Wednesday Readers, we will be hosting a monthly giveaway. There will still be a new giveaway linky every week. However, the main giveaway listed will be for the entire month, instead of a weekly prize. This allows us, and our sponsors, to bring you bigger & better prizes! So, without further ado....

July's Win It Wednesday Giveaway is for a 
Little Tikes Cook 'n Grow BBQ Grill Playset

Be sure to enter below before heading off to the other awesome giveaways being added over the next few days!

Also, if you would like to sponsor a prize for Win It Wednesday for your blog, product or brand, please contact Stephanie at sosimplystephanie@gmail.com. We would love to feature you on next week's Win It Wednesday! 


St. Petersburg Staycation #StPete #Tampa #Staycation #FL


We had a week off of work for our Anniversary (6/27) and decided to stay home this year. There is so much to do around the St. Petersburg and Tampa area that we don't need to travel to have a great vacation. We had lots of plans and didn't even come close to getting everything on our wish list done. That's okay, a relaxing vacation is what we needed! We started off our Staycation with a trip to the Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays. 



I am a huge baseball fan. While our team lost, we still had a great time. It was a high scoring game, so it was very entertaining.

Dear Jose Bautista, 

I have a lot of respect for you as a baseball player and cheer for you when you are not playing the Rays. However, I have seen you hit more than your fair share of home runs. You can stop now. 

Thanks,
Crystal 

We also had a lot of great food while we were on vacation. I didn't take pictures of the majority of it (especially the nicer restaurants) because we were busy being romantic and enjoying each others company. However, I did snatch pictures at two of the restaurants.

The first set of pictures are from the Famous Lenny's in Clearwater (Alton Brown recommends them!!!):

Chicken and Waffles Benedict
Country Fried Steak
This was our second visit to Lenny's and we loved it just as much as the first time. They have a HUGE menu with lots of unique options on it. They also serve you a complimentary pastry basket with most meals (4-5 handmade and incredible pastries each!). Don't worry, they give you take home bags to take them with you too. Lenny's is not a place to visit if you are worried about calories. However, if you want great homemade food for breakfast or lunch...visit Lenny's.

We also finally made it to Casita Taqueria in St. Petersburg. They have two locations now and they have been on my list to try for awhile. We both ordered Casita bowls which had rice, guacamole, cheese, meat, beans, veggies and meat with tortillas on the side. We also ordered the special taco of the day. We tried Carnitas, Carne Asada and blackened fish for our proteins. The Carne Asada was definitely the stand out! It was really flavorful and was moist..which is rare for Carne Asada.

Carnitas Casita Bowl
Carne Asada Casita Bowl
Carne Asada Taco
The day before our Anniversary...we bought a car!! Funny Fact: I normally hate hatchbacks. However, when I saw this Kia Forte EX...I fell in love. It is so much fun to drive! I Love it!


I also spent a lot of time with my favorite furball. We have recently discovered that my little man has an enlarged heart and heart failure. He has been to the vet a lot and his medications keep increasing, so I loved being able to spend extra time with him. 

This picture was taken using a lens kit that attaches to your cell phone. Get it here (affiliate link): http://amzn.to/1gaQNBo

We also spent some time yard sale shopping, visiting Farmer Markets, running errands, at the beach and with friends. We ended our vacation with another Rays game. Unfortunately, they lost again. It was a low scoring and frustrating game, but it didn't dampen our spirits. We had a fantastic vacation! What do you do on your Staycation?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Win It Wednesday {6/24} #WIW + $20 Amazon Giveaway

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #19!

Last week we had another great giveaway linky with over 172 awesome giveaways added, plus the SwageU Bluetooth Headphones giveaway valued at $79! If you didn't enter to win last week, you can still do so and, if you did enter, don't forget to enter for today's daily entry! 

This week's 
Win It Wednesday Giveaway is for a 
$20 Amazon.com Gift Card! 
Be sure to enter below before heading off to the other awesome giveaways being added over the next few days!

Also, if you would like to sponsor a prize for Win It Wednesday for your blog, product or brand, please contact Stephanie at sosimplystephanie@gmail.com. We would love to feature you on next week's Win It Wednesday! 


Fit Snack June #FitSnack


**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase.**

I am happy to bring you another Fit Snack post! I have been eating a low sugar and low carb diet for the last month. So, I was happy to have some new snacks that fit my healthier lifestyle. This month's Fit Snack box was awesome and I already have a few new favorite products from this box. Here is what I received: 



*Safe Catch Tuna - This brand tests each fish for mercury levels! I am very excited to try this and see if I taste a difference.


*Muscle Pharm Protein Powder in Vanilla Chai Delight- I am a HUGE Chai fan. I order Vanilla Chai at coffee shops and drink it at home. Since this is a protein powder, I am going to wait to use it one morning before school or work to sustain me throughout the day. 


*IPS Egg White Chips in Barbeque and Cinnamon - These babies are gone and they were delicious! They taste pretty similar to chips and definitely helped to get rid of my salt craving one day and my sugar craving another day. They are surprisingly low in sugar and aren't too bad on carbs. Warning: they are addictive.



*Bear Naked Granola in Coconut Almond Curry and Sea Salt Caramel Apple - You can't go wrong with granola. You really can't go wrong with yummy flavored granola from Bear Naked. I have been eating granola from this company for awhile now, so I was happy to get these new-to-me flavors.



*Coco Hydro Powder in Pineapple - This product is a little high in sugar for me. I also have not been a huge fan of the coconut water that I have tried. I am giving this one to a friend. 


*Bite Fuel Protein Cookies in Chocolate Chip - Protein cookies? Umm..yes, please. I haven't tried these yet since I am saving them for when I have an extreme sweet tooth. I am dying to try them though. I will let you know what I think of them. 


*Sweetwood Cattle Spices in Snap Dragon (Ginger and Green Chile) - This was my absolute favorite thing in the box. I have always wanted to add ginger to my diet, but I hate the flavor of it. I LOVE Chiles. This blend has a delicious Chile flavor that will be great with just about anything. The ginger is hidden!


*One Bar Fruit Bar in Apple - This bar was tiny, but it packed a lot of flavor. It basically tasted like a chopped fruit chutney formed into a bar.


*BONUS: Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar - Coconut and sugar? Yumm. How could you go wrong with this one? Well, unless you are like me and not eating sugar. This does claim to be one of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners, so maybe I will try it anyhow.


Wow. What a box! This box was one of my top favorite food subscription boxes I have ever received. Not only was it packed full of products, but I received two flavors on two of the products and I received a spice that will last for awhile. This box was SO worth the money that they charge for a subscription. Do you want to sign up? If you use my link below to sign up, you will receive a free gift! 

SIGN UP HERE -----> Fit Snack Subscription Box 

What subscription boxes are you currently receiving? 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Win It Wednesday {6/17} + Giveaway #WIW

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #18!

It's time for another awesome giveaway link-up and our special giveaway just for Win It Wednesday Readers!

This week, Rokit Boost is sponsoring our giveaway and one lucky winner will win a pair of SwageU Bluetooth Headphones valued at $79! Plus, you'll also have several chances to win awesome prizes with the giveaways added to the linky so after you enter the giveaway be sure to keep scrolling down for a 100+ awesome giveaways that will be added to the linky.  

Each week will feature a new giveaway exclusive to Win It Wednesday and new giveaways added to the linky so be sure to subscribe if you haven't already!  

Feel free to visit and enter as many as you would like and check back often as new giveaways are added until Thursday afternoon. Plus, daily entries for this weeks giveaway!


Citrus Zinger Sport #ZingAnything




**I received this product for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review**

Have you tried fruit infused water yet? I have been wanting to try it, but I wasn't sure how to easily infuse my water without make a mess or having seeds floating around. Then, I discovered the Citrus Zinger Sport from Zing Anything. 

The Citrus Zinger Sport has the following features:
  • finger hole for easy carrying
  • easy to add ice via the bottom opening
  • easy to clean, removable citrus press
  • reusable
  • 28oz bottle
  • BPA/Halogen/EA and Phthalate-free
  • 1 Year manufacturer warranty on any mechanical defects.
The cool thing about this bottle is that it not only helps you to infuse your water, but it actually has a citrus reamer to juice your fruit. The bottle design makes it super easy to juice your orange, lemon, lime, etc. without making a mess.




As a matter of fact, the entire bottle breaks apart very easily for quick and efficient cleaning.


As soon as my bottle arrived, I cleaned it and put it to the test. I really wanted to try mandarins since they are my favorite citrus fruit. I could not find them because they are apparently out of season. I purchased the smallest orange that I could find instead and tried the orange with blueberries. 


I had to put the blueberries on the top part of the bottle because the orange was too big. I actually had to juice it and slice away some of the peel to make it fit. Even still, it was tight and kept the orange from infusing the water any more than the juice I had squeezed into it. It was yummy, but I definitely learned that you have to use smaller fruit. If you want to use larger citrus, you should purchase the Citrus Zinger Biggie which is a wider bottle. Next, I tried half a lemon, mint and some fresh honey. 


This combination was definitely my favorite!! I have also used strawberries and blueberries and just placed them in the bottom container of the bottle. So good. 

This bottle seals really well. I have been taking it with me on the go to work and when running errands. It has not leaked or caused any problems. The handle comes in handy when I am trying to carry multiple items. I also love the pop-up sporty top. 


This is a great water infuser water bottle and I highly recommend it. I haven't even told you the best news yet. It is only $17.99 + $2.95 shipping! That is a great price for this well made bottle. It also comes in different colors and a few different designs. I received the Citrus Zinger Sport in the color sage. The sport also comes in Blue, Plum (purple), Yellow and Gray.

BUY IT:

Visit the Zing Anything website to purchase this water bottle and view the different versions that they make.