Monday, July 30, 2018

Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese

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


    Made with just 4 ingredients, Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese is one of the best cream cheeses out there. Green Valley combines pure organic cream, seas salt, lactase enzymes, and live active cultures to produce this delectable cream cheese, perfect for spreading onto a bagel, adding to desserts, making sauces and soups...so many delicious opportunities. This cream cheese is USDA organic, certified gluten free, and lactose free so it is easier to digest for those that are lactose intolerant. A plus for my family!
 

   I really love Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese, it's amazing!! It has the perfect creaminess and texture. It spreads smoothly and has the perfect flavor. I love that it only has 4 ingredients, so you really know what you're eating. It's also fantastic that they made a lactose free option, as many people have a harder time digesting lactose, so this one really hits the spot. I could eat it everyday and be happy. It tastes amazing on a warm bagel or slice of toast. I can just imagine how delicious it would be as a cheesecake!!

Visit greenvalleylactosefree.com for more products and information, as well as recipes! You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Warrior Blend Plant Based Protein by SunWarrior

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


Warrior Blend Plant Based Protein by SunWarrior is a great protein powder to use after workouts! It is made of several rich sources such as Yellow Pea's, Hemp Seeds, Goji Berries, and Coconut to provide a dynamic fusion of raw plant-based protein. This powder is full of Arginine, Leucine, Lysine, and branched chain amino acids. It is a super-food packed protein shake that will help you on your journey through fitness!

I had the opportunity to try the SunWarrior chocolate protein powder and loved blending it as a smoothie mixed with frozen bananas. But it is also one of the few protein shakes I've tried, that I enjoyed drinking just mixed with water! The powder seems to dissolve pretty well and is a great way to boost your nutrition and feed your muscles. It is very filling so you can also use it as a meal replacement, making it perfect for breakfasts on the go! I like to have a shake after my workouts, as a way to nurture my muscles after I worked them. SunWarrior makes all kinds of different products, it would be amazing to try them all!

Visit sunwarrior.com to see more information and products.
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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own. 
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 2018 Daily Goodie Box

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

July 2018's Goodie Box is full of all kinds of fun stuff! I received the following items:
Svelte Organic Protein Shake , Oogie’s Snacks Gourmet Popcorn, Herbal Zap Herbal Supplement, Glee Gum, Bakery On Main Granola Bar, Curoxen First Aid Ointment, Fix Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce, and Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches.


Svelte's Banana Creme Organic Protein Shake was my very favorite item in this months box. It has a delicious banana cream flavor that is smooth and filling, made with real organic banana puree blended with organic non-gmo soy milk. You can have this drink as a meal replacement or to use as a pre/post workout drink. I enjoyed mine after my morning workout so it felt like I rewarded myself with a little treat afterward! These shakes are vegan and gluten-free, 180 calories total, and contain 11grams of protein, 20% of your daily fiber at 5grams and 6grams of sugar. They will help you control your hunger and give you nutritional energy each day. Svelte currently has 5 different flavors: Chocolate, French Vanilla, Banana Creme, Cappuccino, and Spiced Chai. I would love to try them all!

Oogie’s Snacks Gourmet Movie Time Butter Popcorn is like movie theater popcorn without the excessive fat. There are 43calories per cup of this cholesterol free popcorn, with no trans fats. It is gluten free made with all natural non-gmo corn. I expected Oogies Move Time Butter Popcorn to be as delicious as going to a movie theater...but to me, it tastes like day old popped popcorn from home, in my opinion. Though it does have a nice butter flavor and you can taste the quality of butter cream used in the ingredients, I wasn't a big fan. Now if had no kernel skins, I just might like it! But I'm not a big fan of popcorn with kernels, and I prefer a fresher taste.

Herbal Zap Party Detox Herbal Supplement is especially good after a celebration where you drank too much the night before. This ancient Ayurvedic herbal blend will help your body through its natural detox process, and balance out your system to get it back on track. The supplement is made with Ginger, Amala, Turmeric, Coriander, Black pepper and Key Lime with a a hint of cane sugar. You easily dissolve one packet in a cup of water, to enjoy hot or cold. Take it to detox your system or just when you're feeling a little down and need a pick me up!

Glee Gum's Xylitol sweetened sugar-free Natural Chewing Gum is entirely a really cool product; a healthier version of gum, great for kids to chew on! It is sweetened with 100% xylitol which is a sugar alcohol made from American Birch trees, that is also found in the fibers of certain fruits and vegetables such as corn, raspberries, and plums. The xylitol can help fight off cavities and reduce plaque, so it's a better gum overall. It is also said that it can help clear nasal passages, so it's great to chew when your sinuses are bother you. I like that Glee Gum is a safer choice in gum chewing. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. and it is gmo-free. We got to try their bubblegum flavor and the taste is great, though it doesn't last long. I would love to try their peppermint and watermelon flavors! My son enjoys chewing Glee Gum and I like that I can feel better about the ingredients in it!

Bakery On Main's Double Chocolate Granola Bars are made by combining cocoa, chocolate chips, gluten free oats, and brown rice (among other ingredients) to give you a healthy and fun snack! They are made in the U.S. and provide a good source of daily fiber, have 4grams of fiber per bar. Each bar contains 4 grams of protein and 8grams of sugar. They make a great snack to eat on the go or to put in your child's lunchbox. Really, you can eat a bar anytime and feel satisfied haha. We enjoyed the nice chocolate taste, though not as sweet as expected... My son loved munching on this snack!

Curoxen First Aid Ointment is a great first aid ointment to have on hand. It kills germs 5x better than Neosporin does. It also does not lead to antibiotic resistance like many other ointments do. Curoxen is made all-natural with organic ingredients including oxygenated olive oil, calendula, and lavender essential oils. This ointment will help repair cells to promote quicker healing wounds and kill germs in a natural way. I like that Curoxen makes specific ointments aimed toward different issues. The one I received is for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, but they also have one with Vitamin D that is aimed for kids use, and one with Arnica for pain relief. Curoxen is definitely a good product to have in your first aid kit!

Fix Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce Packets are perfect on the go flavor packs so you can always add some extra spice to your meal, wherever you are! This is really good for camping or eating potluck meals that need a little extra. The Fix Signature Sriracha is made with all natural ingredients including organic chili peppers, garlic, sea salt, cane sugar and rice vinegar. They contain no fillers, nitrates, preservatives, trans fats, or cholesterol. Each 7g packet holds tons of flavor. I love adding Sriracha Hot Sauce to my eggs or tacos for that added kick of sweet and spicy. A little goes a long way and these packets are perfect for that!

Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches combine herbal ingredients to provide hours of pain relief when your body needs it most. Active ingredients including Menthol, Camphor, and Capsicum Extract really give you that hot/cold relief on your sore joints and muscles. These patches are so convenient for when your muscles are sore and in need of some extra attention. I like that your hands stay clean and the patch is so easy to apply, You get mess free, Christmas smelling, relief so your aches and pains can relax when needed. We really like having these patches on hand...perfect for those times we tend to overdue it! 

As always, I enjoyed trying each and every product. Some new and some I've tried in the past, but always fun to try again! If you would like to receive free goodies too, sign up for your own Daily Good Box! You will be glad you did!
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I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Children's Place Deals

 
Did you know The Children's Place occasionally has clothes for mom's and dad's too? From pajamas to t-shirts, you can find something special just for you, while you're back to shopping for your kids!

I recently purchased 2 mom shirts for just 79¢ each! (They were on sale for $1.99 and I had a 25% off coupon.) #Insta-Mom and Boss Babe are now added to my wardrobe, and both shirts are super soft. Check out some of the different options for both mom and dad below:


I love shopping at The Children's Place for my son. We've been shopping here for years! They have the perfect pajamas 😊 I love that their kid sizes go from newborn up to size 18 so your kids can wear this brand way into their teens haha. AND you can have matching family pajamas!


There are so many different styles, you can find something for every kids styles!

for tons of great deals + free shipping!
 

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!

For more information + recipes on Swerve Products, visit Swervesweet.com
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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!


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