Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies

When I was a kid we always had Werther’s Original hard candy in the house, it was my parent’s favorite candy, of course my sister and I loved it, too. I can remember curling up on our light blue love seat reading books with my mom with a piece of Werther’s Original candy in my mouth. We all still enjoy it today!

werthers caramel sugar free

Several years ago my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, it runs in his family, his father had it and his sister also has it. It’s been a tough transition but he does well with managing the disease and takes better care of himself to lower the risk of complications. One of those things he did was, of course, give up his beloved candies and sweets containing sugar.

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One thing he didn’t have to give up, Werther’s Original. They’ve made their delicious caramel candies in a sugar free version!

werthers sugar free candy

If you are a Werther’s “connoisseur” you may be able to tell the difference between their regular candies and sugar free candies. The difference is very slight and if someone were to hand me Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies and not tell me they were sugar free I wouldn’t guess it. But knowing it was sugar free and having grown up eating the regular Werther’s Original, I noticed just a tinge of a difference in the flavor of the sugar free and the regular. The Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies are really good and I love that Werther’s has made this option for my family members and others who are living with diabetes. Each candy has just 8 calories and they come in 4 different flavors Classic Caramel, Caramel Apple, Caramel Coffee and Caramel Cinnamon. I love classic caramel, but I think my new favorite is the Caramel Coffee, it is delicious and to be honest I’m not even a coffee drinker! All of the flavors are so good.

werthers original sugar free

Whether you have to avoid sugar for medical reasons or are dieting and trying to lessen your sugar intake Werther’s Orignial Sugar Free candies are a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Head over and “like” the Werther’s Orignal Sugar Free Facebook page for coupons, updates, giveaways and more!

Howard House was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Sets

Health and beauty go hand in hand. In order to look and feel your best it is important to be healthy on the inside and out. With Sibu Beauty you can achieve both health and beauty. Sibu Beauty is a natural health supplement and beauty product line that I’ve used for about a year now and just love. You can read our past reviews here and here.

For the holidays Sibu Beauty has launched 3 new gift sets! One specifically for men, the Men’s Shaving Kit ($45), as well as the Inside & Out Duo and the Holiday Total Beauty Gift Set.

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>>Sibu Beauty Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Nourishing Daytime Facial Cream

Price: $35.00

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>>Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps
>>Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream
>>Cleanse & Detox Bar
>>Nourishing Body Cream
>>USDA Organic 100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Price: $60.00

About the Products

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Omega 7 Cellular Support Gel Caps – These are soft gel supplement that nourish and protect the body and promote healthy hair, and skin from the inside out.
Repair & Protect Nourishing Facial Cream -This is a light facial cream that can be used daily, there’s no greasy feel to it, making it perfect to apply under make-up. It helps boost collagen production and creates the perfect barrier to moisturize, rejuvenate, repair and protect.
Cleanse & Detox Bar – I’ve use this facial soap bar for the past year and simply love it. I have dry skin to begin with and this is one face soap that does not further dry my skin out.
Nourishing Body Cream – This luxurious cream doesn’t just hydrate thirsty skin, studies have proven it to aid in the preservation of youthful texture, protection against sun damage, and even improvement of symptoms from eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and burns and wounds.
100% Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil –This is use for treatment of eczema, acne, rosacea, burns, and wounds AND as a traditional beauty treatment preserves youthful skin tone and texture.

Scent: These products all have a light, natural, citrus sent to them, making them refreshing and not overpowering.

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Thick Creamy Texture of the Sibu Nourishing Body Cream

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Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials App

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Nordic Naturals, one of my favorite and most trusted companies for vitamins and supplements (read my Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omaga Xtra review) has just launched a free mobile app available for those with iPhone, iPad and Android systems.

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Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials App Press Release:

The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials appoffers easy access to the company’s full range of award-winning products.

Features of the new app, which is available free to Apple and Android mobile device users, include the ability to order products online or find a retail store. The “Daily Omega Reminder” allows users to set daily prompts for taking their omega-3s and monthly reminders to reorder products. Information on the wide-ranging benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids is available to educate consumers and help them select the right product to meet their personalized nutritional needs.

“Nordic Naturals is an omega-3 industry leader,” said Joar Opheim, CEO and founder of Nordic Naturals. “We are pleased to lead the way in offering the convenience of a mobile app to consumers.”

App users will be among the first to be notified about product launches, emerging research about omega-3s, and store-specific sales and promotions.

The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials app also answers the question, “Why Nordic Naturals?” App users can learn about the company’s patented manufacturing processes, independent testing, and participation in ongoing research. The app will also help consumers understand the qualities that distinguish Nordic Naturals products, including proven purity, exceptional freshness, great taste, and superior triglyceride form.

“We’re dedicated to making a difference,” Opheim said. “From the way we source our raw materials, to the way we process our oils, to our charitable donation programs – we are guided by our goal of seeing generations of healthier, happier people around the world.”

Based in Watsonville, CA, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils to help provide the essentials of an extraordinary life. Distributing to more than 35 countries, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products in a variety of flavors and formulations, all in line with leading standards for safety, efficacy and sustainability. By providing omega oil supplements for adults, kids, athletes and pets, Nordic Naturals helps everyone do more of what they love. Further information is available at www.nordicnaturals.com. Nordic Naturals is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nordicnaturals and people can follow the company on Twitter at @NordicNaturals


Ranch Chicken Nuggets And Hidden Valley's Lunch Break For Kids



Lunch Break For Kids

The Chef & Child Foundation (CCF) and the makers of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressings & dips are partnering to host the Lunch Break For Kids fundraiser to showcase how simple, good food can make healthier bodies and stronger family connections, as well as support CCF’s national Childhood Nutrition Day in its mission to promote healthier eating to kids and their families through community-based initiatives.


It seems like only yesterday that my kids were little. Little feet and little hands, and all throughout the house it seems that everything we owned had a tiny counterpart. We had a big couch… the kids had a little one. I had a rocking chair, they had a little rocking chair. We had a big bed, the kids’ were small. Big car, little car. We had grown up dishes, the kids had cute little plates, cups and silverware that worked with small hands. The same thing was true with food. Big food and little people versions. As a home school mom, I was very blessed to be able to spend lunchtime with my kids nearly every day, and both of them liked helping me get things ready. One of their favorite lunches was a little kid version of my Ranch Chicken. For them… Ranch Chicken Nuggets with finger veggies.

Because it is such an easy recipe, is healthy, features Ranch seasonings and is fun for kids to help make, I thought this would be perfect to share with you, while highlighting Hidden Valley’s Lunch Break For Kids program. Helping kids learn that healthy food is good food doesn’t have to be hard. And it’s one of the things you can do as a parent that can have a lasting impact with your kids- both my teens love broccoli, request my veggie soup all the time, and have been known to order the steamed veggies when we go out to eat. I’m calling that success.

So. Here is the recipe for my kid friendly version of Ranch Chicken–Ranch Chicken Nuggets.


You will need a cookie sheet/baking pan, spatula, gallon sized zip baggie, measuring cups and spoons.

1 lb. chicken, cut into bite size pieces.

* Tip- if you are using frozen chicken, only let it thaw partway, so it’s easier to cut. On the other hand, if your chicken is thawed/fresh, just throw it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Slightly frozen is much easier to handle*

2/3 cup bread crumbs (regular plain or panko)

1/3 cup fine shredded cheese (I prefer Italian blend, but whatever suits your fancy will work)

1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp. milk (I like skim- use whatever you like) 

2 full tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (I used Fiesta Ranch for a kick, but Original is delicious)

Salt/pepper to taste

Assorted veggies, cut into finger-food-sized pieces

2-3 Romaine lettuce leaves

Hidden Valley Ranch Single Serve cups (or just pour your Hidden Valley Ranch into little cups for dipping)


*When cooking with the kids, I would pre-cut the chicken and put it in a bowl, and then let them measure the other ingredients into bowls. So, in the instructions, I’m assuming you have done that, too.*

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Pour bread crumbs, cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch seasonings into gallon sized baggie. Shake to mix well. My kids liked dumping everything in the bag, then jumping up and down to “mix.”

Pour egg mixture over chicken pieces. Little ones think it’s fun to get their hands all slimy while making sure the chicken is evenly coated with egg mixture. Take a break to wash hands.

Place coated chicken in gallon baggie and let your kids shake, squeeze and mush until well coated with breadcrumb mixture.

Place on cookie sheet lightly sprayed with oil.

Place in 400 degree oven for 15- 20 minutes, until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.

Arrange on plate. Add veggies on a lettuce leaf along with dip. Tell your kids what fantastic helpers and incredible cooks they are, and eat up!!

Click on the location tab here  for a local Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser or a Childhood Nutrition Day volunteer location in your area to join, or start one of your own.

The Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.




Cure For Cat



This morning while looking at the news I came across a story that just broke my heart. I want to share it with you, in hopes that you will be moved to help…and to tell at least one other person, who in turn could tell one person, and so on until we have been able to reach enough people to save her life!


Cat Davis is only 24 years old. And she is  fighting for her life. Cat has a progressive disease called Scleroderma.

This is directly from the Cure For Cat website:

Cat Davis was diagnosed with a syndrome called CREST.

This is an acronym for five diseases. The “S” stands for a rare and fatal disease called Rapidly Advancing Diffuse Scleroderma. The word scleroderma means “hard skin.” Roughly 300,000 people in America have this devastating disease. It is a disease that causes the body to form excess connective tissue (like scar tissue) that eventually will harden her skin outside and inside to such a degree that her bodily functions will cease. As of today, Cat has this all over her body. The scleroderma is visible and she looks tan in addition to having hard restrictive dark blue patches all over her body. She is in constant pain, fatigued, and unable to work. Her body is turning to rock. Her fingers ulcerate on a regular basis (the “r” stands for Reynaud’s), she is often throwing up at night due to her free reflux (the “e”). Her face is a constant rash (the “t”) and the “c” which stands for Calcinosus causes a whole other host of problems.
She is very ill.



Funds need to be raised in the next few weeks in hopes for a cure. The disease has progressed to the point of her heart, lungs, and other internal organs hardening. She can’t even dress herself  anymore. Doctors have informed her that she has a year or less to live if her stem cell transplant isn’t successful and the transplant is only possible as long as her heart doesn’t harden anymore, which leaves only a short time to act.

These next few weeks are critical for fundraising. Insurance has denied funding twice, leaving the Davis family to pay $125,000 up front in order to get her the transplant she needs in order to stay alive.  She will NOT be eligible for the transplant that will save her life upon the progression of the disease.

Every day, every helping hand is crucial. Let’s come together and help give her a chance. I have donated what I could today, and plan on doing more as soon as I can. Please visit CureForCat.com and give whatever help you can. Thank you.


Please share this with your family and friends.

Provella For Women

Quite a while back my Dr. suggested that adding a probiotic supplement to my daily routine would be a good idea.
I was told about how probiotics work. Our digestive system has “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. Keeping the correct balance between the “good”  and the “bad” bacteria is vital. Things like medications, your diet, disease processes, stress and your environment can upset that balance. Being “out of balance” can lead to vaginal health issues, digestion issues, even impairing the ability of your body to absorb good nutrients.  I found out that taking a probitic daily, could even help support a healthier immune system.
I am a big believer in natural ways to support my body health wise and was very interested the benefits of good bacteria.
I recently had a chance to try the Provella Probiotic Dietary Supplement.  Provella has been specially designed for women and has a Patented Controlled-Release Technology. It helps *restore and  maintain balance of good bacteria to support digestive & vaginal health.  It’s Gluten Free and suitable for Vegetarians. That is important to so many people nowadays.  Provella contains a proprietary blend of 6 bacteria strains: 
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus reuteri
Lactobacillus fermentum
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus plantarum 
It couldn’t be easier to take Provella. It’s a once daily supplement, with or without food. No prescription required!  Because it is time released you don’t want to crush or split it.
My main goal in trying a probiotic was to help me with digestion issues. I read that gas or bloating could be a side effect but that if so it would diminish. After a little more than two weeks, I’m happy to report that I had no problems, and that I have just begun to notice that the digestion issues that prompted that original talk with my Dr. have decreased quite a lot! In fact, we just spent the weekend at a theme park, and even though I indulged in some fatty foods (come on, we were at a theme park! I had to!) the stomach cramps I had come to dread  were basically nonexistent. As far as I am concerned, that’s success.  My only negative comment at all is the price.  I wish it were a few dollars cheaper for a month’s supply, but they do have a $6.00 off coupon right now! That said, I think the benefits of being more regular and less prone to vaginal infections is worth the price, I’m just a cheapskate, lol.  You can buy Provella at Drugstore.com. They have a video Q & A to help anwer your questions. You can watch it right here.

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Provella. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

TriLight Health Supplements Review

Health Supplements

I’m not too big on pharmaceuticals and try to avoid them if possible, I don’t like to take them myself or give them to my kids. I prefer natural remedies to over-the-counter drugs. I recently got introduced to TriLight Health Supplements, a company that specialize in great tasting, non-alcoholic herbal formulas for pregnancy, children, and the family. TriLight Health has a variety of supplements for many specific aliments and needs. From Cold and Flu, Energy Support and Lymph Rub to Calcium and Magnesium Multivitamin Supplements, Weight Loss Care and so much more.

6 Reasons Why TriLight Uses Liquid Formulas:

>>Time Honored – Liquid herbal medicine has been used for centuries
>>Herbal Taste – Tasting the herb plays an important role in effectiveness
>>Bioavailable – Herbs in a concentrated liquid form enter the body in a more pre-digested state
>>Quick Assimilation – Liquids begin assimilation in about 15 to 20 minutes
>>Fast Acting – Much quicker than with encapsulated dry herbs or tablets
>>Superior Extraction Method – A Process that preserves and extracts more active constituents and naturally occurring vitamins, enzymes, minerals and volatile oils

For over 20 years now, we at TriLight Health have faithfully supplied our customers nationwide with our high quality line of liquid herbal products.

As I mentioned before Trilight Health has such a wonderful selection of these herbal supplements, it was very hard to choose which ones I wanted to try first. I ended us choosing the Female Formula and Peace Treaty.

natural PMS relief Natural ADHD remedy
Female Formula
>>Nutritionally supports the female organs, helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve PMS symptoms.
Ingredients: Female Ginseng, Squaw Vine, Cramp Bark, Blue Cohosh and Licorice Root in a base of Kosher Vegetable Glycerine and Reverse Osmosis Water.
Taste: The licorice is very prominent, I’m not a fan of the licorice flavor at all, but I tolerate it for this because it works for me.
Directions: 1 teaspoon (per 125 lbs. body weight) twice per day as needed. If you are experiencing painful cramps try using 1 tsp daily during the month. Then a few days before your period starts try using 3 tsp/day.  During the painful cramps take in heavier dosages as needed.
Price: $12.95 2oz, $39.95 8oz, $119.95 32oz
My thoughts: When my monthly visitor comes I get painful cramps and headaches. I also deal with bloating, fatigue…not to mention those strong cravings for chocolate,lol. I began taking this supplement a few days before I was expecting menstruation to start and let me tell you it lessened the intensity of my cramps, headaches and there was little to no bloating or fatigue. I’ve always been a firm believer in natural and holistic healing so I’m not at all surprise at how well this worked, I just wish I had been taking it for years.

Peace Treaty
This wonderfully soothing combination of herbs has been used to naturally support the central nervous system, body and mind relaxation, and sound sleep. Children with ADD or ADHD have responded favorably to this formula also.
Ingredients:Valerian Root, White Willow Bark, Scullcap, Passion Flower, Chamomile, Hops, Catnip Leaf and Cloves in a base of Kosher Vegetable Glycerine and Reverse Osmosis Water.
Taste: Much like chamomile tea
Directions: 1/4 teaspoon (per 25 lbs. body weight) straight or in water every 3 hours as needed
Price: $12.95 2oz, $39.95 8oz, $119.95 32oz
My thoughts: I got this for my 6 year old daughter who sometimes has trouble staying focused and can be a little rambunctious. She also has a hard time falling to sleep at night. I explained to her what this was the first she took it and in true fashion she began running around wildly exclaimly that it didn’t help her calm down…fast forward 30 minutes later and she was laying on the couch ever so mellow. The best part is it is all natural.

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New Nopalea Ultra

How much do you know about  super fruits? Do you make sure they are part of  your daily diet? If you haven’t yet discovered the amazing benefits,  a great way to take control of your health and well-being is to try them. Once you do, the overall feeling of wellness will convince you to keep it up! When you give  your body the nutrients it needs to help your immune system work properly, it’s a difference you can feel!

One of the fruits with detoxing properties is the  Nopal fruit,  from the Nopal cactus. It’s a  native of the mountains of Mexico. Since ancient times as food, and  also because of it’s medicinal and health benefits. Nopalea Ultra (pronounced “No-pah lay’uh”)   is a juice that contains this incredible fruit.   Nopalea is a product from TriVita, a 12-year old company that helps people pursue physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. To date, over 3 million bottles have been sold!  The antioxidants called Betalains, that  it contains, have been scientifically proven to help reduce inflammation, which is a leading source of pain! And, it may help with breathing and digestive problems.  Nopalea Ultra can help your body cleanse itself of toxins, and thus enabling optimal health.  Each 32 ounce bottle is sweetened with agave nectar and contains no preservatives, which is a big plus!


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Cure for Cancer

 Cure for cancer?

Over 80 years ago, in 1931, Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel prize for his discovery that cancer is caused by weakened cell respiration due to lack of oxygen at the cellular level.

According to Warburg, damaged cell respiration causes fermentation. Fermentation produces acids like lactic acid and lowers the cell pH levels of in the body to acidic levels. An acidic intra and extracellular environment destroys the ability of DNA and RNA to control cell division and allows cancerous cells to multiply. Dr. Warburg stated:

nobody today can say that one does not know what cancer and its prime cause is. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known, so that today ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

Since cancer cannot survive in an oxygenated, alkaline environment, the cure to cancer is to oxygenate the body, detoxify, and alkalize!

That’s it. Piece of cake. No cutting or splicing of the human body, no chemo, no terror, no hair loss, no funerals… nada. Though the best cure for cancer is the prevention of it in the first place, cancer has been proven to be reversible.

So how do we alkalize?
By keeping a pure, oxygenated environment wherein little to no fermentation takes place. In other words: eat pure, unrefined foods, breathe deeply, be stress-free, and do aerobic exercise daily. Anaerobic (“without air/oxygen”) exercise causes fermentation in the body. Though it is vital to get the heart pumping and your pulse to raise, be careful about doing too much anaerobic exercise because it stresses the body and creates an acidic environment.

Acid/Alkaline Food Chart:

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Doing yoga, breathing deeply, meditating, laughing, singing, and eating foods that are alkalizing/oxygenating (both words are pretty much synonymous) all contribute to an alkalized pH. Even thinking happy, positive thoughts has been shown to alleviate stress, and thereby reduce the amount of cellular fermentation. 

Some cool facts

>>We gain weight only when the body is toxic and cannot take out the trash. When our bodies are not able to output the same amount of toxins we input they become toxic/acidic. If you are not excreting the same amount of toxins you eat, put on your skin, or breathe in the air–you are creating cancerous conditions inside your body.

>>You sweat daily and have at the VERY LEAST 1 full and complete bowel movement every day. (Your output of toxins should be equal to your input in order to keep your cells oxygenated and your blood at 7.3-7.4 [slightly alkaline.])

>>Since most Americans do not output the same amount of matter that they input into their bodies it explains why so many people diet but do not lose weight. The body creates fat cells to store acid and other toxins. For instance, almonds have 79% fat, whereas pork only has 58%. The difference between the two is that pork, as with all meats, is literally dead. When anything is in a state of death or decay it holds an acidifying effect on its environment as it breaks down. Pork in particular is at 3 (or lower) on the pH scale, whereas almonds are at 8.

>>Acidifying factors include hearing, thinking, or saying harsh/bitter/angry words; being in a traffic jam; feeling jealous or vengeful; over working; over-exercising; eating acidifying foods; inhaling, or being exposed to acidifying chemicals; and using electronics for too long (tvs, radios, computers, phones etc). This basically includes anything that reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered to the body (especially being in a stressful or fearful situation–wherein humans subconsciously begin to breath shallowly).

>>Alkalizing factors include drinking fresh, pure water; breathing deeply; smiling or laughing; eating dark, leafy greens; eating citrus fruits; being in nature, singing or listening to/playing music, and thinking positive thoughts.

In text:

Eating Raw-Vegan Foods in College

Reference List:

Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko; Biology textbook (Essential Biology, by Simon et al);

Otto Warburg’s Speeches