Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Perky Jerky

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

I love jerky. Most of you know this if you have read my blog for any period of time. It's one of my favorite snacks. I was able to try two different kinds of jerky from Perky Jerky: Turkey and Beef. My personal favorite was the Beef. 




Jerky is a very hard thing to review, well, food in general is, because everyone has very different tastes. I really liked this jerky though. It was different from what I would normally buy in the store. This jerky has a sweeter taste to it. Nevertheless these were great. When you bite into a piece it was nice and tender, and packed with flavor. You can tell the time the company put into their flavors. 

Perky Jerky contains NO:

  • Fat
  • perservatives
  • Nitrites
  • or Added MSG
Each serving is only 60 calories and contains ELEVEN grams of protein! Talk about a power snack! I was extremely satisfied with Perky Jerky! 

10/10!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.


I have been venturing into the world of healthy eating, and one of the most important parts of that is measuring out your portions. I also just recently started an etsy shop, which means I will be shipping products out a lot more frequently. Instead of being able to print off shipping labels from home, I always had to go to the post office, because I had to have my products weighed! Now that this scale has come into my life, I don't have to worry about either of those things anymore!




The first thing I noticed is how elegant and simple this looked! This is something I am happy to display on my counter! This scale is very easy to clean, since it is glass. The buttons are also touch, which means no gunk getting in between the buttons! 

I tested the accuracy on a few different items, and it is spot on! I am very satisfied with this scale, I use it almost every day. If you are looking for a scale, that not only works wonderfully, but looks great, then this is definitely the scale for you!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Glass Dharma Straws

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I have been hearing a lot more hype about glass straws lately. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, because I will admit, I was pretty happy with my regular straws. It didn't know if these would be easy to drink out of, or it they would be too big, or too small. 

After I opened the package I was pleasantly surprised with these straws. I drink a lot of ice water in the summertime, and always with a straw. I decided to try these out the day that I received them, and I have to say, the hole was not too large, or too small. I was able to easily drink out of it without getting too much or too little beverage. 

I also tried the shorter straw in a can of soda, which I have decided was the best idea I have ever had. I like to drink everything with a straw, but putting a regular straw into a can of soda, is basically impossible! It just floats out! But, because these straws are glass, they are much heavier than your average plastic straw, they do not float out of the soda can. 

Glass Dharma straws are handmade in the USA, and come with a lifetime guarantee! These straws completely blew my expectations out of the water! I will definitely be using these instead of my disposable straws. They make me feel good that I am not putting anymore plastic straws into our landfills. 


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Nordic Naturals

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I was very impressed with the quality of Nordic Naturals. The variety of vitamins and supplements they offer is amazing! my favorite were the chewable multivitamin Gummies. They were definitely the most tasty multivitamins I have ever tried. When I am through with the bottles that I was sent, I really want to order more!
 "At Nordic Naturals we believe that omega oils are essential to life. By correcting the global 
omega-3 deficiency, we give each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong. 
Through science and innovation, we are committed to delivering the world's safest, 
most effective omega oils."



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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Blue Steel

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

I was very exited to be reviewing a ring from Blue Steel. The ring I received was very beautiful. It was called the "Blue Diamond" ring. I love rings, they are almost the only type of jewelry that I wear. I always have on at least three different rings. 

When the ring arrived, I was astounded. The ring was beautiful! I put it on, and it fit very comfortably. The band ws nice and smooth, and it was a very tasteful looking ring. I have not hopped on the bandwagon with everyone else... I do not like very gaudy rings, so this ring fit my tastes perfectly. 

The Blue Stripe down the middle of the ring is very pretty when the sun hits it. I received lots of compliments about this ring. I was also nervous when I first received this, because my skin tends to be sensitive with different metals. Usually many rings end up breaking out my skin, and turning my finger green where the ring was. I shouldn't have worried. This Ring from Blue Steel didn't do either of those things, so I can attest to this ring being high quality. It was very sturdy, and didn't bend after over a week of wearing it. 

My husband was even looking at a few of their other rings, saying that he would like to order one. That is saying a lot because he tends to be extremely picky about what he wears. 

I was very satisfied with this ring. I would definitely purchase a ring from there in the future! They have quite a variety of different styles, and I can't wait to order one!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway: Energybits



Energybits have offered my readers a giveaway! I have previously reviewed these and I loved the energy they gave me!



"ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and Jonathan (their Community Manager) has let me know that he'd be happy to share more info on their sample program - you can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com"


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Review: Ora's Amazing Herbal

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I was really impressed with all three of the products that I received! The All purpose salve is by far my favorite product that I was able to review for them. If you are looking for a more natural, environmentally friendly body product, then I urge you to go check out Ora's Amazing Herbal!


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Ora's also sells lip balms, and other types of Salves and different fragrances of body powders! I fell in love with their products, and I hope you do too!


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Giveaway: Ring Stix

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Review & Coupon Code: Bulu Box August 2014

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

Bulu box is a subscription box program that delivers monthly "goody boxes" right to your door! I will share with you what I received in this months Bulu Box, and at the end of my post, there will be a special coupon code Just for my readers. 50% your order! This box is a great way to find new and healthy snacks, beauty and workout supplements, and just interesting little products. I urge you to check them out. 



That is what came in my Bulu Box this month. A great buy for only 10 dollars a month! Each month you get a box of different healthy snacks and other great products delivered right to your door! 
If you want to take the plunge, you will get 50% off your order by using this coupon code, made especially for my readers! 
Here is the Code: BULUGAN626

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Kidz Gear Headphones

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My nephews love to watch movies in the car, but really, how many times can you listen to Elmo in one day? I was so excited to be able to review these! Every parent grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin or babysitter knows that when kids start watching movies... they want to watch them over and over and over again! 



Before these headphones, Frozen had become my worst nightmare. And no, I can't just "Let it Go". 

Here is where these headphones come in- you can plug them in and have your kids listen to their movies, or music and you don't have to hear about how Olaf lost his butt, or Kristoph knows love experts. These headphones are volume controlled, meaning, your kids can't turn them up super loud. That way they wont hurt their hearing. They have comfortable ear pads, and stay on your head nicely. They are also adjustable, so they can grow with your kids. 

My nephews loved these, they had their own set of headphones, and felt like "big boys". Their mom certainly loved them also. 

I also received a splitter cable, so your kids can both listen to something at the same time! This is great to stop the fighting before it even starts. 

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Review: Ring Stix Pro

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It takes a lot to get my husband out of the house. A LOT. It usually involves hours of pestering. I received Ring Stix Pro to review, and the day after it arrived in the mail, my husband spotted it next to my desk.

"What is that?" he asked. 

"Ring Stix. It's a game. Do you want to go out and play?"
Within minutes he was outside with my brother, and they were running around the yard like little kids. My husband came up to me on the way back into the house and said that he was really surprised at how fun they were, and that they had surpassed any expectation that he had. He even asked if we could bring these on our upcoming camping trip. 






 I have to admit, I had tried these earlier that same day with my brother, and they are a blast. I usually am pretty awful with outside sports type games, but these were super fun! At first it took me a while to get my aim down, the ring was flying in all sorts of directions. After about the 5th time, it felt very natural and I could get the ring to go where I wanted it to go. My brother and I played for about an hour that day, both of us catching the ring several times. 


This game was new and easy to learn. I would even consider buying another set so more people could play with us. My husband is completely sold on this game. he even asks me to play! 


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: UV Light Urine Stain FIghter



Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

This product I had mixed feelings about getting. I was nervous about getting it, because I didn't know what I was going to find in my house, but excited because I knew if I found something I could get it cleaned up. So far I have found three separate spots in my house, where there have been "accidents", but really, I think it's because our male dogs has separation anxiety, and tend to be pretty spiteful when we leave to go places and don't take him with us.


I was able to quickly find these spots, and get them taken care of. I was sort of disgusted that I had not found these spots sooner! I have much more confidence in my house now. I don't have to worry about not finding any "accidents" anymore!
I had no idea that was there, but it's CLEAN NOW!

This is small and fits in my hand comfortably. It is not big and bulky, and I love that it runs off from batteries and doesn't have to be plugged in.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Smelly Washer


I was able to try and review Smelly Washer Cleaner. I have had a musty smelling washer for some time, and have tried lots of cleaners to clean it. Nothing has really worked.


Smelly Washer was easy to use, all you had to do was dump a cap full in your washer and run it, as you can see from the video.





After using this I was impressed. My washer really does smell cleaner and not as musty. I will also be trying the other methods soon, including trying it to clean my dishwasher!

Smelly Washer is All Natural! It is also septic safe!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Infused Spreads

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Every loves the classic peanut butter and jelly, and up until recently... that is all I thought Jams were good for. I remember being very small and having my grandma make me breakfast every morning; each morning it was the same thing: Scrambled eggs with White Cheddar cheese, and toast with strawberry jam. I had the same breakfast every day, for about 3 consecutive years. To this day it is still one of my favorites. I had always loved Strawberry Jam, and never really gave other jams or jellies a chance.


I received 4 different Spreads to try:
- Strawberry lavender
- Blueberry Ginger
- Raspberry JalapeƱo
- Orange Chipotle Marmalade

All of these were very different than any spread or jam I have ever tried before. My husband enjoyed all of them except the marmalade, my personal favorite was the Strawberry Lavender. Though I also liked the Raspberry Jalapeno.

The Orange Chipotle Marmalade was one that I just really wasn't sure what to do with. You certainly cannot put this on a sandwich or toast. I tried it plain, and it was definitely not something that I would eat by itself, so I pondered about this product for a while... and then it clicked. Grilling.
I love to make chicken on the grill, and usually we use bbq sauce, but instead, we used This Orange Chipotle Marmalade. This made the chicken so amazingly filled with flavor. If you like "orange chicken" from Asian restaurants, you would absolutely LOVE this.

I would also like to add that Infused Spreads does not pack unnecessary ingredients into their spreads. For Example: The Blueberry Ginger Jam contains only four ingredients- Blueberry, Sugar, Ginger and Citrus!

Many of their spreads would be great for a cheese tray. I loved the different flavors, and i loved experiencing something that I hadn't before. Be adventurous with your food!


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: Sweet Dreams Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask, Earplugs, and Carrying Case




Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

Many of you have probably tried regular sleep masks before, as have I, and you will probably agree with me on this one. They suck. I have gotten trapped into the glamour of them. you watch movies and the actresses wear them when they go to sleep and make it look so incredibly easy, and comfortable. HA! Wrong. Every sleep mask I have tried up until now, I have hated. They are always way too tight on my face, aren't long enough, or just plain don't block out any of the light. 



For all of those reasons I was so skeptical about trying this sleep mask, but I decided to give it a try anyways. 

I tried this during the middle of the day. I had been having a very hard time sleeping, I was restless, and just couldn't keep my eyes shut. I kept tossing a turning, knowing that i had to get some sleep, but just couldn't shut my eyes. So I went and grabbed this eye mask and put it on. It was very comfortable, and was definitely big enough to cover my entire eye region. The best part about this particular mask, was the the part that goes over your eyes, was molded. So it felt very natural. I could open and blink my eyes with the mask on without any difficulties. This also did a wonderful job of keeping the light out.  

I did try to put in the ear plugs, but they were not my favorite. I can sleep fine with noises anyhow, so I would probably never use them. The mask on the other hand, has a permanent home, right on my nightstand. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Scensibles Bags

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If You Are Uncomfortable Reading About Female Hygiene Products
Do Not Read Further


Do you want to know what one of the most terrifying things is about being a woman? Being out in public, when it's that time of the month. Well, actually, being any where but home during those few dreaded days. Scensibles bags are trying to help ease that fear. Instead of trying to flush your sanitary products, or using half the roll of toilet paper to wrap them in, You can put them in these cute little bags. 

Scensibles Bags:
- Saves Plumbing Costs
- Minimizes Germ Exposure
- Eliminates Odors
- Conceals Contents
- Reduces Waste

You can put any sort of feminine hygiene product in these, tampons, pads, wipes, anything. These bags are scented, and contain an antimicrobial additive that reduces odors from germs. The bags are also made form Biodegradable plastic!

These are a very good idea. I keep these in my purse just in case the situation arises when I have to use them. 


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Review: Sky 1 by William Amerman



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Review:
I enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get into it though. It was well written and the scenery and settings were very descriptive. I could picture it in my own mind very easily. I love books like this. This book got my mind working about what I would do if I was in the situation that the main character, Nick, was in. My final verdict on this story is that I would recommend it. 

Summary:
Nick Burke has been allotted 389 square feet of living space by the government. Disease spreads quickly when people are packed together so tightly. Quarantines are regularly imposed in an effort to contain the spread of infection. Lately, though, rumors are spreading that quarantines on some Grounds are not being lifted.
 
When a quarantine is imposed on Nick's Ground, he and his family are trapped. The only way out is to break laws that carry a penalty of death. Fearing for his life and the safety of his family, Nick joins forces with a local group to move to another Ground. But can he trust his new friends?


About The Author:
William Amerman was born in Houston, Texas and obtained his Bachelors degree in English from The University of Texas - Austin, way back in the last century. He lived in Austin for eight years, then moved to Denver, Colorado to explore the whole "mountain man" lifestyle. In Denver he met a cute Dutch girl on a ski slope, whom he quickly wooed and followed back to her native country, The Netherlands. He married the cute Dutch girl in 1999 and they spent the next 7 years raising two sons and a sadly over-weight hound in a suburb of Amsterdam before moving back to the US in 2003. Their third son was born in 2005.
He received his MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University in 2009 and currently holds a "real" job in Information Technology in order to feed his three sons, but manages to write in the mornings and on weekends. His latest efforts are directed towards finishing a futuristic thriller trilogy based on a simple idea he had one late Saturday morning lying in bed, looking at the sky through a skylight window in the roof; proving that getting up early can be a hazard to creative thinking! 

Review: 4/5 Losing a point only because it was a little hard to get into at first. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Pink Zebra Sprinkles

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A lot of you know by now that I love candles, and candle accessories. I recently had the opportunity to review Pink Zebra Sprinkles. If you are anything like me, you had probably never heard of them before! They are little "sprinkles" of wax! You can put them in your wax warmer instead of the giant cubes. 


The best part about these is that you can mix scents! 

I was sent two different scents to try: Watermelon and Orange Blossom. They both smelled divine, but my personal favorite was the watermelon... even the envelope the samples arrived in smelled amazing. I took them out of the package, and within minutes my entire bedroom smelled like watermelon and Orange Blossoms. I hadn't even put these in the warmer yet! 

I realized something after reading a little bit more about the product. You don't even have to stick them in the warmer... if you want your clothes to smell good, sprinkle a few in your dresser drawers. You can also easily make your own candles with just a wick, and the Pink Zebra Sprinkles. 

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Review: Skout Organic Trailbars and Trailpaks

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

I usually am not a huge fan of energy type bars, mostly because they are always dry and tasteless. I was very wary of trying these bars, because of all of the bad experiences I have had previously. I tried one of the chocolate flavored ones first, because I was craving something sweet. 

When I blog, I blog at nighttime, and I end up craving sweet things. Instead of eating a candy bar, or something unhealthy, I tried these trail bars, and I have to say, I was very impressed with the flavor, and the texture. These were moist and packed with flavor. They also gave me a boost of energy, and I was able to keep on track while I was writing. I was able to try all five flavors:
- Blueberry Almond
- Apple Cinnamon
- Cherry Vanilla
- Chocolate Coconut
- Chocolate Peanut Butter


 

These bars are Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Dairy and Soy Free, contain naturally occurring Protein, Fiber and vitamins, and contain no refined sugar or fillers. 

The other product I was able to review from Skout, was Raw pumpkin seeds. I was very impressed with these! When I was a kid, on Halloween we would toast the pumpkin seeds after we hollowed out of jack o lanterns. After trying these Raw seeds, especially with the flavorings on them, I don't think my plain old toasted seeds will be as satisfying. They are very fresh, and the portion size is quite a lot. If you are feeling the "slump" in the middle of the day, these would be a very good snack. I like to keep these next to my computer if I start to get that "snacky" feeling. They help me curb my appetite, and keep me on track, so I don't have to get up and break my concentration by going and grabbing a snack. 

I was able to try all three of the flavors:
- Black Pepper BBQ
- Jalapeno Salsa
- Sea Salt

My favorite flavor was without a doubt, the Black Pepper BBQ. Each serving size contains 10 grams of protein. 


I loved both of these products. I would recommend them to anyone. If you are an active hiker, these were made for you, but even if you are a busy mom, looking for a pick me up throughout the day, or accidentally skipped breakfast or lunch, these would be great!

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