Friday, July 20, 2018

Swerve: The Ultimate Sugar Replacement

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


Getting my Swerve on with Swerve: The Ultimate Sugar Replacement! 


Swerve is an excellent substitute for sugar, as it is made through a unique process of taking the glucose from GMO-Free fruits and starchy root vegetables grown in the U.S. and France. They ferment that glucose with natural microorganisms brewed inside of brewery tanks, and this fermentation creates a compound called erythritol. Then enzymes are added which break down the starch in the root vegetables, creating oligosaccharides. Natural Citrus flavor is the last addition, making the complete product of: Swerve.

   Swerve is great for those with diabetes as it has zero calories and it's non-glycemic so it will have no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels. It also does not contain any artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. You can use this product just as you would sugar, it even browns and caramelizes right! Swerve comes in both granular and confectioner sweetener, and they also have different baking mixes! I made a Lemon Pudding Cake with a Lemon Swerve Glaze using Swerve's Confectioner Sweetener. I was amazed with how identical this stuff is to Powdered Sugar! It made the perfect frosting, but the taste is super sweet. I found it to be much sweeter than Powdered Sugar, and it has a cool sensation as well. I feel that less sweetener can be used, which is great because it will last longer but sweeten just as well. It worked great sprinkled across pancakes too!



Swerve is a fantastic sugar substitute that really brings a lot of flavor!

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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Influenster Renew Vox Box

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.
 

I recently received the Renew Vox Box through Influenster and am loving the products inside! 

 

 Not Your Mother's Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Nutrient Rich Butter Masque : First off, I want to mention the scent of this product. It smells SO good! I use it once a week, lathering my thin/straight hair, allowing it to sit for 2 minutes, then rinsing out and following with a shampoo to cleanse. My hair is left feeling softer and smelling great. Though the smell doesn't linger in my hair like I would like it to, so I occasionally find myself using it as a leave in conditioner, just slightly on the tips of my hair if I'm throwing it into a messy bun. So far it's been great!

I have very much enjoyed a sample of Sumbody's Milky Rich Natural Soap. It has a pleasant smell and leaves my face feeling soft and clean. I really love the ingredients this bar is made of too: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Goat Milk, and sum Scent Blend... It allows the soap to be gentle on my skin and feel refreshed after each use.

Splenda Naturals is an excellent sugar substitute. I love using it in my baking cookies. It adds such a nice, sweet flavor and doesn't leave a gross taste behind like a lot of artificial sweeteners do. This one is derived from stevia leafs, extracting the goodness out. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and only non-GMO ingredients. It also tastes great in tea! 

Garnier's SkinActive Soothing 3-in-1 Moisturizer Mask and All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover are equally great products! The mask is infused with Rose Water and feels like lotion to put on, smells wonderful, and lefaves my face feeling so soft! It's like a mini spa treatment. Probably my favorite product in this box! I also notice it allows my skin to absorb lotion easier. The cleanser works really well on removing my waterproof mascara, which is great to use just before bed. It seems to moisturize around my eyes as well. It has no scent and can be used without rinsing.

The last product was a coupon to pick up a free container of Pure Blends Plant-Based Butter in either Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil, but I have yet to find this in stores to purchase. Once I do, I will buy the avocado oil butter because this sounds most delicious! They are both made certified vegan, with the avocado oil butter containing 2.5g Monounsaturated fat per serving and 0g trans fat per serving, being a good source of Omega 3 ALA and is gluten free. I'm sure it's buttery flavorful!


I have loved trying each of the products listed above. They are all things I would love to continue using. Have you tried any of them? I would love to know your thoughts!


I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yeast Free Fried Dough Balls (Wannabe Donut Holes)



If you are craving fried bread, or donut holes, you have to try this recipe! I found it over at Sugar Spun Run and have made it multiple times since. However, we often eat them without any topping, so they become just little fried dough balls! They are sooo good and really easy to make! To make these scrumptious little bits, you need the following ingredients:
 
 1 tsp Salt
2 cups Flour
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
5 Tbsp cold Butter
3/4 cup Milk
Oil for Frying

 
To begin, heat your oil for frying, then gather the ingredients. The instructions say to combine the dry ingredients together before you cut in the butter with a pasty mixer, but if you're anything like me, I just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, form it into a dough, and call it good haha. You want the dough to have a nice consistency so you may have to roll it around in flour until it reaches that point. You then will be able to roll the dough into balls and they're ready for frying! 

 
You can fry several balls at a time, and they cook pretty quickly. You want them to be a nice golden color so make sure you cook them until they are otherwise you might have literal "dough balls" haha. Once they are thoroughly fried, pull them from the oil and drain on a plate covered in paper towels. You can then decide if you want to eat them plain, or roll them around in a cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar mixture. 



These little balls make a yummy snack and they're fun for the whole family to enjoy. Your little ones might even have fun helping roll out the dough balls! Enjoy!


Check out my other recipes here
 

Friday, May 25, 2018

April 2018 Daily Goodie Box

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   If you haven't joined in on the fun... Join Daily Goodie Box! 
They send boxes each month, full of amazing things! Below is the box I received for the month of April. It is probably one of my favorite boxes yet...Check out all the fun items I received!


   Cinnamon Snaps Shortbread Cookies by Flathau’s Fine Foods. These cookies were SO good! They had the perfect texture and flavor with just the right amount of crunch. The cookies are very lightweight and their addictive taste will make you want to eat the whole box in one sitting! I wish I had more while writing this up haha. These were my favorite item in this box, because they were that good! Literally like heaven in every bite haha.


   One dose of DayClear Allergy Relief medicine that is said to relieve sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy nose & throat, and cough for 8hrs a day...  I haven't had the need to use this product yet but it seems like it might be a decent allergy medicine. I am surprised that the entire bottle is one dose. It seems like a lot of liquid to take at one time. I think I would prefer a pill to swallow, over drinking this much of a dose. However, some may find they like it better this way so they don't have to measure or swallow a pill.


   Real Chemistry's Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser is a soft facial cleanser that removes makeup, impurities, and excess oil. It has a light scent of grapefruit and contains ingredients to hydrate the skin and amino-acids to keep it clean. The cleanser lathers easily and applies to the face nicely. It is easy to wash off and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and softened. I like this one!


   Good Karma's Dairy Free Chocolate Flax-milk was delicious! This was my first time indulging in Flax Milk so I was excited to see what I thought. The bottle of Chocolate Flax Milk contains 0% less sugar than dairy milk with 10g of plant-based protein and 1500mg of Omega-3s making it a healthy drink to enjoy with your morning breakfast, mid-day snacks, on the go, ect. It is a great drink and I really like the flavor! It's creamy and can be enjoyed any time of day. I would love to try their Vanilla flavor next!


    Foods Alive Himalayan Pink Salt  is 100% pure mineral salt derived from the Himalayan Mountain Range that is ground into a fine powder so you can use it to sprinkle on your food, add to water for a touch of minerals in your drink, or sprinkle into your bath for a detox. This salt has a light pink color due to the trace elements and minerals, including energy-rich iron, which is great for the system. I love the sweet pink tone this salt holds, and the naturalness of its flavor. It works great for seasoning!


    Lavender Aromatherapy Dough by Loaf Slime. I was looking forward to the aromatherapy aspect of this slime, but was pretty disappointed that I smelled no Lavender whatsoever. It smelled like a typical plain slime would smell, very dull and glue-like. It was also extremely sticky, making it hard to really play with, without it sticking to literally everything. I really like the idea of aromatheraputic slime, but it needs some ingredient tweaking to make it better.


    4th & Heart Ghee Butter in the flavor of Madagascar Vanilla Bean. I have never had Ghee Butter before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I found this butter to be very creamy and shocked that there was no lactose or dairy in it. I could really taste the strong cow-milk taste, but it really lacked the vanilla bean flavor. I tried this product on pancakes, and it was interesting to taste so strongly. I think it's really a product to get use to, but I prefer regular butter. Something I'm really confused by, is on their website, they don't mention what the ingredients are at all, but they claim to be lactose and dairy free, while also claiming to be "grass-fed". I do not understand this concept(???). Overall, it's an ok product I wouldn't buy on my own to use on pancakes, but it might taste excellent in cookies!


    Goodwipes Down There Wipes For Gals is a great product for tucking away in your purse to use on the go when you need a little freshening up. These wipes are hypoallergenic, pH Balanced, Alcohol-free, and Paraben-free so they are great on sensitive areas. You can use them any time of the month, when you want to feel that extra clean sensation! The sample I received is the Shea Coco scent, that is very light and refreshing. It smells great without linger. I love how the wipes feel and the clean effects they leave. They are also 100% flushable and biodegradable. A very good product!


   RawRev Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar is a delicious snack to take on the go! Filled with fruit, nuts, and seeds, this vegan superfood bar will give you natural energy to go on with your day, while filling your body with excellent nutrients including 5g of plant based protein! It's perfect for those wanting an extra boost when they're feeling munchie. I enjoyed trying this bar, and found it presently filling. I could see myself eating a bar for breakfast with some fruit. Another great product!


   Prince & Spring Fruitmojis Fruit Snacks are fun for both kids and adults! As emojis are the popular thing right now, your kids will love checking out each shape before they eat it. These gummies are made with real fruit juice and contain no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or high fructose corn syrup. They are also certified-gluten free. They taste great and make an excellent lunch box treat or after school snack. My son really enjoyed testing these ones out :)



Once again, I enjoyed trying each of the above products. If you would like to sample products from a Daily Goodie Box, be sure to sign up!!

Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!


I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beautiful Melamine Dishes with plateshoppe

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

With Summer around the corner, brunches and get-togethers will be happening more often, and having beautiful dishes for your table setting will cheer up the scene, bringing that much more pleasure to your festivities. Melamine dishes are a top choice for outdoor tableware, as they look like a ceramic dish but are made of a hard plastic, making them more durable for the long haul. 

Plateshoppe has many gorgeous designs and sizes of tableware to choose from. Each piece is designed in the U.S.A. by artist: Gail Sarasohn, with beauty and fun intertwined. You can find side plates, dinner plates, mugs, and platters, the perfect piece to complete your collection. Mix and match the designs, or purchase products in a set; there's many to choose from!

I  recently had the chance to review my choice of some of the plateshoppe items, and I chose 4 side plates from the Byzantine Navy Collection, a Platter from the Menu Collection, and a 15oz 'Fill Me Up' coffee mug. I love how dense the mug feels in my hand and that it will hold a nice amount of coffee or tea. The plates and platter are made stable and the design fits perfectly for a Spring or Summer weekend brunch. I especially like that everything is dishwasher safe. This makes for an easy clean up! But they are easy to handwash just as well; with the slick material, everything washes right off, just be sure to use nothing abrasive. I also love that the mug is microwavable so I can keep my drink warm, however, the plates are not. This set will be fun to use on our patio, but will also be used indoors too!


Check out plateshoppe.com to see all the fun and colorful designs. Which one(s) would you like to own? Also be sure to visit @gailsarasohn on Instagram to see the sets in use!

*Would you like a chance to win your own choice of plateshoppe tableware? Enter through Rafflecopter below! Giveaway Ends June 1. Open to the U.S.


This post is made possible by plateshoppe.com in exchange for my honest review, in which I will be compensated. All opinions my own.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ohuhu 12x50 High Quality Binocular's

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


The Ohuhu 12x50 Binocular with included Case  is a great set of binoculars! They are heavy duty, arriving in a carrying case that comes with a strap for the binoculars, a cleaning cloth, and directions. The binoculars are easy to use, and each lens cap easily comes off for quick use. It took me a bit to get the lens to focus, but I was amazed with how far away I can see through these.

They are really great for bird watching and travel. My son loves to look through binoculars so he's been having all kinds of fun testing these ones out. They are the best we've tried yet! And with their rubber coated design, they are comfortable enough to hold, and allow them to be durable for both indoor outdoor use. If you're in the market for a new set of binoculars, these are amazing to look into and at a great price.

Here is an example of a photo taken on my phone's camera, with the binocular's against the lens. The eagle was perched up on the corner of a rooftop, about 100 feet away. 

The Ohuhu 12x50 Binocular with Case is a great product for bird watching, hunting, hiking, ect. It also makes a great gift! You can find it available for purchase on Amazon for under $40. 

I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Intelligent Blends Affordable Coffee or Tea K-Cup Pods + An AMAZING Deal!


If you're looking for a great deal on K-Cups, check out Intelligent Blends at shopblends.com
They have affordable prices and several items to choose from, in either coffee or tea. 
Whether you're looking for Light, Medium, or Dark Roast, Decaf, Organic, Flavored, or Bold, ...they have something for everyone!! Sampler pack's make a great first buy so you can try out all their flavors and see which one you like best. They also make a unique and fun gift!

I have 2 packs coming that, I can't wait to try!
The 16ct. Coffee Pods sample which contains the following:       

  • Dark Roast
  • House Blend
  • French Roast
  • Light Roast
  • Donut Shop
  • Espresso blend
  • Organic House
  • Organic Colombian
  • Kona Coffee
  • Salted Caramel
  • Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Double Caffeine
  • Half Caff
 And the 16ct Flavored Coffee Pods sample which include:

  • SALTED CARAMEL
  • HAZELNUT
  • FRENCH VANILLA
  • FRENCH TOAST
  • JAMAICAN RUM
  • RASPBERRY CHOCOLATTE
  • VANILLA BISCOTTI
  • BANANA
  • HAZELNUT




[I will update once I try these, and I will tell you what is my favorite.]

If you want to check them out, visit shopblends.com or click here and get 5% off your first order!! ++ For a limited time, you can get the above sampler packs for just $2.50 each + free shipping if you use the code
WHL-NEW-250