Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gift Ideas: Thoughtfully Gifts - Unique & Flavorful Gift Boxes! [My Review]

I can't wait to tell you about this really unique gift idea. It's called, "Thoughtfully." Well, they offer up such a wide variety of gifts that you can give (or give to yourself!). I mean just glancing over at their site and I can spend hours on there. And I am particularly obsessed with their food and bar area (check it out).

In fact, that is why I am so excited to share with you this really awesome gift set that I had the chance to try out! It's called the "Tequila Cantina." If you know someone who loves tequila, I think this is an incredible gift to give. Check out some of the photos I took -





You really get nice quality things when you get this type of gift set. It came with four delectable different salts (my favorite is sweet salt; oh yes, yum). And the lime salt (um yeah, oh so yum). And it came with a really fancy cutting board and knife! When I set it all up, I couldn't take it down for weeks. I felt so fancy! Like I wanted to invite everyone over to do shots. Hehe.

Price wise, it is a tad bit expensive - this comes at about $99.99. But you really get quality stuff here. You do. And if this isn't your style, they offer up so much more. Check out this breakfast in bed gift set or this coffee therapy gift set. 

You know what is even better is that I don't even have to warn you about deceptively large products in the photos. You do get nicely sized items when you purchase these gift sets. When I looked over what they had to offer, I assumed everything would be so tiny. But that wasn't the case! These are really nice!

This will honestly be one of the first sites that I go to if I'm at a loss for gifts. They have so many clever sets to offer. I'm kind of also loving their birthday gift sets too (I mean, if you want a gift for you for your birthday, this would be so fun to get, or GIVE! Even better right??) And the prices range widely too, so not everything is expensive. So this is worth your time and consideration, I really can't say that enough.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for fun updates. And I'm so happy to announce one lucky reader will receive a Thoughtfully gift box from a specific catalog. Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 12/18.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mrs. Renfro's Salsa & Sauces [Review + Giveaway]



I have always been such a fan of Mrs. Renfro's salsa and sauces and this time around was no different for me! I think one of the coolest thing about the company is that it's family involved - you can just tell by the people who are running the show! Take a look here.

I had the chance to try out a few of their items as you can see. First of all, for the longest time I had been wanting to have cheese sauce. Well I had the chance to try out their Ghost Pepper Cheese Sauce. OH MY you guys this is spicy spicy stuff! And I LOVE hot sauces! But this stuff...this leaves the memory of hot and spicy on your tongue for the longest time. I swear. But if you can withstand spicy and hot flavors, you will want to try this. Check it out! But that isn't the only other kind of cheese sauce they have! They have other kinds that I plan to try out (um, that maybe isn't so hot, haha).

I also tried out their Classic Barbecue Sauce! This was really good. It had just a bit of spicy flavor to it but this time it didn't overwhelm me. I loved adding this to chicken and I think you would too. It had that sweet barbecue flavor but it was just a little spicy. This stuff was good.

Also I had the chance to try out their nacho jalapeno slices! These were amazing too. And you know? Not that hot. I liked that! I comfortably add them to things like tortillas with cheese or beans and rice or nachos. So good.

Find out all the great things that Mrs. Renfro's has to offer! Click here to find out the products that they have and purchase some for your next family gathering! Also like them on Facebook or Twitter too!

And best of all, one of my lucky readers gets to win four jars of Mrs. Renfro's salsa of their choosing! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 12/18.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Great Coffee Gifts - Capresso Grinder & Percolator [Review & Giveaway]



For the longest time, I have wanted to try out a percolator. I remember growing up we would go to this Italian restaurant that had the BEST percolated coffee. You could just smell the good coffee in the restaurant when it was being made. So when I had the chance to review this percolator by Capresso, I couldn't wait to tell you about it.

Let me tell you that if you are a coffee lover, or know one, this is an excellent site to visit to get some great coffee gift ideas. Like, really. They offer EVERYTHING you need for your coffee fix from grinders, to espresso machines, to milk frothers, to coffee makers. And it's awesome quality stuff.

So when I set up the percolator, it was a bit of a process of figuring out what was best for me. My tip is - more coffee, less water. I tried to go by the suggestion by ended up with pretty weak coffee. I like really strong coffee, actually. So I chose ground well dark roast coffee and made sure to fill it as much as I could (but left a little room at the top) and filled it up to ten cups of water.

THAT made good coffee. I really enjoyed this so much and it is such a special experience to make this type of coffee. It's rich, actually. It's a different taste than when you use an espresso machine or drip coffee.

If you have been looking for a percolator, you can purchase this 12 cup percolator by Capresso by visiting this link. It's available right now for $69.99.


The other item I reviewed was this Ceramic Burr Grinder. Oh my goodness I love this thing! For a long time I would just use this smaller kind and do just two batches of coffee with the grinder .So this one, you fill the top lid with coffee beans and grind it up. You pull out the container and voila - coffee! It's a great to me, because I can just fill the beans up and press the button and walk away while it grinds up. It only stops when the container it fills into reaches the top. My only tiny complaint is that is a tad messy when you take off the lid, but not that much. My favorite feature is that you only have to do ONE round of grinding (I usually make a full 12 cups of coffee).

If you are interested in this grinder, make sure you visit this link and purchase it now for $59.99.

Capresso offers so much for the coffee lover and I highly recommend that you take a look at all of their amazing items and consider their stuff for a holiday gift! Like them on Facebook for updates and Twitter as well.

I am so happy to announce that one of my lucky readers will win a Capresso Percolator! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 12/16.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gift Idea: Love With Food Subscription Box

This post contains affiliate links for which I receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

Get the Love With Food Black Friday Deal!

Gifting season is just around the corner!

Are you in need of some ideas? I'm such a huge fan of subscription boxes and especially food based ones. I wanted to recommend for you foodies out there looking for gifts (or want to HINT at a gift you want) that you should try out "Love With Food."

Best of all they even have a gluten free option! So they offer a lot of different plan options, and I highly recommend you go check them out. They have a tasting box and a deluxe box. Their gluten-free box has a starting price of $24.99 with a month to month plan and $68.97 for a 3 month subscription plan.

They have a GREAT Cyber Monday deal going on right now as well! That if you purchase a 6 month or longer plan, you get a $10 Gift Card. 

Purchase now! 
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Find Sponsorship for Your Group or Event with Pear Up!

Get up to $1000 in sponsorship money for Adult Hockey from Molson

If you are part of any team or group or have an event coming up, do you need sponsorship? Well, I highly recommend that you check out the site, PearUp.com. They have so many ways that you can fund your team that you must check out what they have to offer. It offers up to $1,000 in sponsorship funding for custom t-shirts, food and catering, products and cash donations for non-profits, youth and parent groups, K-12 and college organizations, events, and kids and youth sports teams and organizations. Here's a few opportunities they have available -

Get up to $1000 in custom apparel sponsorships for your child's school group through US Cellular at Pear. This link is for Iowa, Nebraska and Western Illinois

Get up to $1000 in sponsorship money towards cash donation or custom apparel for your Adult Sports team from Miller Lite at Pear. Chicago and Columbus Only.

Get up to $1000 in sponsorship money from Verizon Fios. Available to all groups located in select areas of New York metro area, Baltimore and Philadelphia markets.


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Cucina & Amore - Tasty Food! [Review + Giveaway}



Happy Thanksgiving! What better time to talk about food than today, right? And I love the chance to try some foods that take me out of my comfort zone. And I found that opportunity with some amazing foods by Cucina & Amore. They sent me a few items that I can't wait to tell you guys about.



Cucina & Amore is a company that focuses their attention on healthy food. Isn't that awesome? Founder Ruth Wilkinson who wanted to create simple and healthy meals for her family. A mom, breast cancer survivor and a pretty obvious foodie if I do say so myself, she created this business to be the thing that she wanted to see in her pantry. Read more about the company over on this page.



First I had the chance to try out their Quinoa Meals. That was definitely a unique experience! I hadn't had anything like that before. They have a ton of different kinds to offer (check it out here!) and the thing I like about it is that it isn't too filling. I like a light snack kind of vibe for meals like this. I would highly suggest heating it up and one of my favorite was the Spicy Jalapeno and Roasted Peppers which was VERY flavorful.



Also I had the chance to try out a very unique salsa called Piquillo Pepper and Mango! I loved the smell if it because it had that hot salsa scent but also a mild sweetness thanks to the mango. It was so good to dip chips in and it was so tasty. I actually really recommend this! (Check it out here!)

I've gotten really into artichokes lately so I also enjoyed their artichoke bruschetta that worked so well with some of these gluten-free crackers I found. It's a great addition to any holiday pre-meal snacks that you may have prepared! (Check it out here)

A few other items I had the chance to try was their Truffle Sauce. I hadn't tried truffle sauce before and I really have to say I enjoyed it with rice and sundried tomatoes (just a little bit mixed in). That you guys was so good. I highly recommend this. (Check it out here)

Overall if you are looking for a great food experience, I would suggest Cucina & Amore. They have quality excellent tasting foods to offer and they are such good quality. I would say find out where you can find them in a store near you! Need some recipe ideas? They have some really good ones here! Make sure to like them on Facebook and Twitter.

I am so excited to announce that I get to giveaway a Quinoa Meal Box (6 meals in one box) to three lucky winners! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 12/16. US Only.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Modern Oats - Instant Oatmeal [Review & Giveaway]


I do enjoy oatmeal in the morning but half the time I don't really bother taking the time to make a full on breakfast before I leave for the day. I'm not much of a morning person! So I enjoy when I can find an instant oatmeal that I feel good about having and it's quick too. 

So I couldn't wait to tell you guys about my experience with trying out their foods.  It was founded in 2013 and they desired to change how people thought of oatmeal. They basically created their food for the people who think oatmeal is boring. And you know, you can tell. This stuff is pretty good.

As you can see, I had the chance to try a variety of flavors. One thing that jumped out at me is that they offer up Gluten-Free, Non-GMO whole rolled oats. The mix-ins that they add into the oatmeal are all really healthy, like dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. It's just a really healthy morning meal. And I LOVE that!

One of my favorite flavors that I tried is the Chocolate Cherry. THIS was incredible. I ate these up so quickly. I loved the chocolate mixed in with the oats. It actually made me happy to eat breakfast. My second favorite was the Apple Walnut. I felt like this was also a great flavor combination and didn't need any extra sweetener like honey or anything like that!

If you are as excited about these oatmeal cups as I am, make sure to check out where you can buy some in a store near you! Be sure to sign up for their newsletter and find out other flavors they have to offer.

I am so happy to announce that I get to giveaway a variety pack to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest ends 12/9.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Virtual Scavenger Hunt! Join in & Win Prizes [#Giveaway]



I have an awesome event to announce to you guys! It will be taking place this Sunday starting at noon pst and it's for a virtual scavenger hunt! Questions will be posted on the hour from noon until 5 pm PST and with each question you answer right, you have an entry to winning a $50 Gift Card!

It will be all about the book, "Beckham 101" by Suzanne Eglington.

RSVP by visiting the Facebook Event page here.

Will I be seeing you there?
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Friday, November 4, 2016

(A Hidden Gem!) Free Spirit Farm Homemade Soaps and Lotions Review

I love when I find an unexpected hidden gem online and I found one with the Free Spirit Farm soaps and lotions. I can't wait to tell you guys about them! These are products made by two sisters and are made with trustworthy ingredients. Plus, the prices of these awesome soaps and lotions are the best I've seen in any beauty store.

So, here's the items I had the chance to try -



I absolutely loved their Lavender Dream soap. I have pretty sensitive skin these days and I know my face just LOOKS for reasons to break out or get weirdly dry in some patches. So I am always wary of new soaps to put on my skin. This stuff, this "Lavender Dream" soap was amazing. I loved it. It didn't dry out my skin, left me with just a really soft feeling and I used it daily for a couple of week. Plus, it smelled really nice and it didn't over do it with the scent at all. I'm also really happy to tell you that the price of this soap is extremely reasonable. I highly recommend this Like, really recommend. Please go out and buy this soap if you want quality good soap. Right now you can purchase their items on Etsy.com via this link here.

I also had the chance to try out some of their lotion! I really liked this a lot as well. I appreciated the healthy ingredients here too. I mostly used their lotion on my neck and hands but I toted this lotion with me to work and put some of the Peppermint Breeze lotion on my hands and I really enjoyed the fresh scent! It made me want to lick my hands. It wasn't oily at all and it just made my hands really soft. I tend to hand wash dishes a lot and that soap leaves my skin really dry and so using this lotion made for such a nice follow up.

Also I had the chance to try out their Chocolate Delight lip balms! And I have to tell you that if you are a chocolate fanatic I highly recommend purchasing this. This tastes like you  are rubbing cocoa on your lips. It's like a dessert and would honestly make for a perfect date lip balm if you know what I mean (wink wink, hint hint).

I may be overgushing here you guys but really these are such nice products at such reasonable prices. So go check out their web page here and also visit their Etsy page. If you don't see things on their Etsy page that you are interested in, I would say send them an email and find out when the product is available. These products would make such perfect Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers!

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Boutique & Beauty Bar: Recipe for a Unique Shopping Experience #madonnaandco

There’s always a risk when you create something new. Will people like it? Will it succeed? Will it be worth it?

When Madonna and Co. re-launched in Mid-town East Side, (bordering on the Upper-East Side) from our former location in Soho, we emerged as a different entity, incorporating what made us great in the past, but with new additions. We were more.

In addition to our new location on 60th street, we opened a full service salon and beauty bar within the store, bringing to a life a completely unique shopping experience.

Fashion and Beauty: An Innovative Convergence

The inclusion of the beauty bar inside our boutique converged the worlds of fashion and beauty in a way that’s never been done. For the first time, women have the opportunity to receive comprehensive beautification in a one-stop shop.

Bringing together fashion and beauty as we have done was not without risk, but innovation always involves a leap of faith. New creations don’t arise from the ether. Innovation comes as the result of unique combinations, whether it be a boutique and a beauty bar, our designs and exclusive designer capsule collections, or glam and chic, etc. Creating one-of-a-kind experiences from unique combinations is what Madonna & Co. has always done.

Our willingness to break barriers and defy categorization is what makes our selection of fashion and accessories so vibrant and original. All of the clothing in our store has been designed and hand picked from collections around the world. By dealing with the designer themselves and direct with our factories, we are able to offer luxury items at affordable prices.

The vast selection of unique affordable clothing featured in our shop is what makes us the best NYC boutique operating today. By shopping at Madonna & Co., you receive the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll never cross paths with someone wearing the same outfit; one-of-a-kind, wearable and affordable clothes for independent woman is what we do.

Community of Independent Women

While the ability to get a full-service haircut, styling, and complete makeup treatment in the same place where you find all of your exclusive designs and luxury clothing is extremely convenient, the impetus behind opening the beauty bar had more to do with community than convenience.

We wanted to create a space where independent women from all walks of life and ages could come together to shop, socialize, and express their femininity. We imagined a world where the social aspects of a salon coalesced with the activity of shopping. Our love of fashion and beauty led us to invent a world that unites these spheres and offers women a place to have fun and engage in a dialogue about fashion and style.

At Madonna & Co. we believe in creating a personal style. We see it as our job to assist women in crafting their own individual aesthetic. Every woman that walks through our doors is a unique assemblage of beliefs, values, and traits. Her aesthetic preferences are a function of her entire worldview and identity.

Creating the perfect outfit involves a translation of sorts. Our aim is to help the women who shops in our store translate their core identity into an aesthetic that embodies and represents who they really are and how they feel. Every woman who comes into our store receives a unique treatment that results in a unique style – whether her preferences lean towards glam, chic, posh, or edgy.

The beauty bar allows us to take the crafting of a unique style one step further. In addition to helping women find their dream new fashions, our stylists bring years of experience and knowledge to the table, assisting women realize their dream hairstyle!

We offer every customer a free consultation at the salon and beauty bar before her first appointment. This consultation gives us the chance to learn about what the specific customer likes about her hair or makeup styling and what she’d like to change. Our stylists and make-up artists will then present some possible ways to enhance the aspects of her appearance that the customer would like to shake up.

While our head stylist is an expert in all types of hair, her specialty is curly hair and we call her "The Curly Hair Expert." Our custom line of No Frizz Miracle Gel – designed specifically for curly hair – mirrors this focus.

Come Join our Community

What are you waiting for? Come join in on the fun! Today’s the perfect day to unleash the beauty within you and find that perfect outfit you’ve been longing for.

Booking an appointment at the salon and beauty bar can be done either by phone or via styleseat.com or on our new on-line store, for your convenience.

We also provide off-site makeup & hair services as well and can help you plan the perfect party or host all kinds of events in our luxurious boutique, including bridal/baby showers, fashion product launches, etc.

So come on down today and introduce yourself!
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Purely Elizabeth - Very Tasty Granola [Review]




Anyone ever try Purely Elizabeth granola? This is one of the most trustworthy granola brands to me. It started small! In 2008 actually. The idea was born as a result of handing out homemade gluten-free treats at a marathon. Elizabeth realized that she could do something with this great recipe everyone loves! You ought to check out her timeline into making the company it is today! It's so inspiring! 

I was so happy to try out a few new kinds of granola. Blueberry Hemp Ancient Grain Granola, Pumpkin Fig, and Cranberry Pecan. One of the things I love about her granola is that it's so healthy. It's such a different experience than most granola. You can just tell by the taste that it isn't better made. Of these three kinds, I really enjoyed the Cranberry Pecan and Blueberry Hemp. I thought these two kinds had a better taste and more of a stronger cinnamon taste added to it. I thought the Cranberry Pecan almost reminded me of Cinnamon-grams from when I was a kid!

I did enjoy the Pumpkin Fig but I thought the dried fruit inside was a little bit too tough to chew and didn't blend well with yogurt as much. 

Overall, I think Purely Elizabeth has so many good things for you to try. I think you need to check this out! Make sure you visit their website to find out where you can find Purely Elizabeth in a store near you. Be sure to like them on Facebook and Twitter.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New England Coffee - Tasty Coffee for your Morning




I had the chance to review some coffee by New England Coffee company. New England Coffee company has a long history, starting all the way back in Greece in the early 1900s (can you believe that?) It's such an interesting history and I highly recommend you go by their website and check it out. Best of all, watch their Centennial Video.

Anyways, I had the chance to try out a few different coffees - Centennial Reserve, New England Breakfast Blend and their flavored coffee, Hazelnut Blend. The two first coffees were more of a medium roast, which I liked much more than I expected (I tend to like dark roasts). I was tasting this coffee over hot weather seasons and so I liked turning the medium roasts into an iced coffee. That made it really taste good. And then I have to tell you, I REALLY love their flavored coffee. Hazelnut is just the start. But I loved their Hazelnut blend, it's perfect for the upcoming holiday seasons and I highly recommend this.

In fact, speaking of holiday seasons, I can't help but notice that they have a Pumpkin Spice coffee right now. 

Make sure you check out what they have to offer. Right now they're available in stores on the upper north eastern states but I believe the rest of us can purchase their coffees online. So if any of their tasty blends sounds right up your alley, I highly recommend going to their website to purchase some of their coffee.

Make sure you like them on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter for deals and company news!


I received coffee in exchange for my honest review.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fragrance Outlet - Find Your New Scent At a Lower Price! #fragranceoutlet #mypure


It won't be long before you need to start thinking about gifts (oops, did I say that too soon?). Well if you aren't the type to think this early about gifts, if you are looking for some perfume at incredible prices, I think you should check out the Fragrance Outlet.

They offer some amazing deals and really fantastic brands at great prices.

I was lucky enough to try out this new perfume called My Pure Eau De Parfum. I loved it! It's such a clean, pretty smell to me. It goes well with my day to day routine too. It's got a quiet sort of floral scent but then more of a mild fruit smell. According to Fragrance Outlet it's "top notes" are plum and iris. Interesting!

It runs at about $85 (down from $93.50) and I think that's a pretty good price for good perfume, at least to me. But here's the amazing thing. With Fragrance outlet, they have so many deals going on right now, I was able to drop this down to $42.50! Isn't that incredible?? And one of the cool things is when you get perfume from them you get a few samples too AND you even get "Fragrance Outlet" dollars! I really like that! One major plus is that if you like a particular perfume but it isn't at the price range you want, you can "follow the price" and I think that's awesome. You can get emails or text alerts once the price is updated!

Overall, if you are looking for perfume at a good price and good quality, search here first. I think you are bound to find something that you like.

Make sure you check out if there is a Fragrance Outlet near you or purchase online.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kasandrinos Organic Olive Oil - Add This to Your Pantry [Review + Giveaway]



I love olive oil. I think it's one of those things that aren't in my diet enough. I put it on everything too! Beans and rice meals, variety of rice dishes, pasta, you name it. 

So I had the chance to try some by Kasandrinos. It comes from South Eastern Greece and their olive oil is Certified Organic. What I like about them is their olive oil is fresh. They only sell from the current year's harvest. And I also appreciate that they describe their process in vivid details on their site. Plus, it's a small family business! Made by brother and sister team, Tony and Effi Kasandrinos. Read more about their story as well. 

The flavor of this olive oil is excellent. It tasted wonderful and I really appreciate that the bottle was dark (this helps protect the olive oil! The bottle is supposed to be dark to help protect it from the light!). The grocery store olive oil just doesn't compare to this, I can tell you that's for sure. 

The 500ML is about $25 and you can get a pack of four bottles for about $75. While this may be a bit more expensive than what you pay in the grocery store, this is far better quality than what you usually get. Purchase some today! 

Make sure you visit their website and purchase some olive oil today! They also make SOAP you guys! SOAP! I think that's amazing. I think you should definitely check this out. Also they offer up spices and some other edible items here. And of course, olive oil.

Make sure you like them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

I'm so happy to announce I get to giveaway one bottle of olive oil to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 11/18.

Use coupon code FANCYTHAT15 for 15% off your order.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Peanut Butter Recipe Round Up [Plus a Giveaway!] #SantaCruzOrganic #Recipes



Anyone else really excited about this time of year? I swear I get so much more inspired to try new recipes and things like that when the weather gets cooler and all these fun holidays start coming up!

So I had the chance to try out some of Santa Cruz Organic's amazing peanut butter and fruit spreads and I can't wait to share some great recipe ideas with you guys!

Santa Cruz Organics is really one of my favorite brands of peanut butter. It's organic and I love the fact that the ingredients are really healthy, no strange oils or added sugars. This means so much to me as I really strive to eat healthy. Plus it just makes for a better experience, especially if you use peanut butter in a recipe.

Amazingly enough Santa Cruz Organic doesn't JUST offer peanut butter, they have over 60 organic items  ranging from fruit juices, lemonades to sauces, syrups and fruit spreads. Isn't that amazing? Plus, it's also Non-GMO Project Verified. That's VERY important to me as well!

And if that doesn't inspire you to purchase some Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, I am circling together a few recipes from really awesome bloggers that will really wake up your taste buds. Check these out (some of these make for REALLY good Halloween treat ideas!!) -

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Bark
http://cakewhiz.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-cracker-bark/

Chatham Hall's famous Monster Cookies (with a gluten-free adaptation!)
http://www.worthystyle.com/2015/11/chatham-halls-famous-monster-cookies.html

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
http://ashleemarie.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake/

Smore Peanut Butter Cookie Cake
http://ashleemarie.com/smore-peanut-butter-cookie-cake/

Creamy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
http://ashleemarie.com/creamy-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
http://cakewhiz.com/peanut-butter-and-jelly-thumbprint-cookies/

Small Batch Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
http://cakewhiz.com/small-batch-healthy-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Crispy Peanut Butter Almond Bark Cookies
http://becomeacouponqueen.com/crispy-peanut-butter-almond-bark-cookies/

Easy No Cook Peanut Butter Thai Salad
http://www.momknowsbest.net/2016/10/easy-no-cook-peanut-butter-thai-salad.html

Don't these recipes sound amazing??? I thought you may like these! The peanut butter, fruit spreads, and also their apple sauce are such classic lunch time foods. I love that their fruit sauces, such as this apple sauce I had recently is completely sugar free! I'm not a huge fan of apple sauce on it's own actually, but this I enjoyed. Plus I've also used apple sauce as a sugar replacement in recipes in makes for such a great gentle sweet taste and also adds in a nice texture to recipes.

I'm very happy to announce that I get to giveaway a prize package which includes Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, Fruit Spread and Fruit Sauce to one lucky winner!

Can't stand to wait for the giveaway to be over before trying these amazing products out for yourself? Be sure to visit the Santa Cruz Organic website for more information!

Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 11/15. Us Only.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wild Friends Foods - Tasty Peanut Butter!



I had the chance to try out a couple of different types of peanut butter by Wild Friends Foods. I was so happy to try something new like this, I hadn't heard of this company before.

The pretty cool thing is that it's semi-local to me, based in Oregon. The owners of Wild Friends Foods made peanut butter due to a craving they had one night in college and rather than going out to buy some, they made some! How's that for inventive? One cool thing is that they are organic and non-GMO. I am gluten-free so that was the only small tiny bummer that they have the little warning that they make their peanut butter in the same place where they process wheat. So just keep that in mind if you are really impacted by cross-contamination.

But I had the chance to try out their regular peanut butter and my brother tried out their Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter. I really enjoyed their regular peanut butter! It's creamy and I appreciated the fact that there isn't anything extra weird in it. This is so important to me. In the regular peanut butter - it's just peanuts and salt. And my brother actually tried that honey pretzel kind and he enjoyed it a lot! I noticed in the ingredients list for the honey pretzel blend that there was nothing but good stuff in it - pretzel pieces, peanuts, peanut oil and salt.

I think this is a great peanut butter brand! And they have so many different varieties, especially some holiday blends that are coming out!

If you are interested in purchasing, visit their website to find out which kind you'd love to buy! Or find it in a store near you.


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Stock Up Your Gluten Free Snack Stash with Glutino!

Glutino is such a staple for gluten-free brands and offer a great variety of snacks! I had the chance to try some of their snacks and some we're new, even to me! Here's a look at some of the loot I got to try out -


I really enjoyed these snacks! By the way, if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend their gluten-free english muffins. They are amazing and they taste just like regular bread. Also I ended up making canadian bacon and swiss cheese sandwiches (put in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes!) with these for breakfast and they were SO good.


Also I got the chance to try their fudge covered pretzels and their salted caramel pretzels. The salted caramel pretzels were so good I forgot to take a picture of them. They were that amazing. I can't wait to see them in the grocery store. I also enjoyed the fudge pretzels but not as much amazingly enough.


They also offered up some really tasty cookies that I put in the fridge for a while and had cold and YUM. They were so good as a late night treat!

Also, they have some good crackers like Parmesan and Garlic bagel chips and vegetable crackers. The taste is mild so it's not too potent and just were really tasty. The bagel chips were almost TOO crunchy but they would be an awesome item to put on some kind of spreadable, like olive tapenade! 

Also their pretzel chips were VERY good. I dipped them in salsa and ketchup and I enjoyed these so much as a snack. They were better than any gluten pretzel I've tried! 

Overall, if you eat gluten-free, Glutino is such a good brand to try! Visit their website to buy some today. 

Have you ever seen their products in the store? What kind of snacks of theirs have you tried?

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gluten-Free Snacks & Rice Entrees by Lundberg [Review + Giveaway]


I've long since been a fan of the Lundberg's brown rice, but I really had no idea that they had so many other products out there that I should try! So I couldn't wait to share about my experience with a few products of theirs that was very new for me. 

First of all, I loved LOVED their Sweet Dreams Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes. This is my new favorite treat and I highly recommend trying these out. I slathered some peanut butter on top and YUM YUM YUM. There isn't too much of a layer of chocolate and I appreciated that (I didn't feel too guilty afterward!). It's just enough to satisfy your taste buds.

The Sea Salt Rice Chips made for an excellent snack. I love the texture of the rice chips, not that heavy and also very light. 

Also I tried the Lundberg Thin Stackers Rice Cakes and since then I've bought them a couple of times. I'm usually not too keen on rice cakes in general, but I liked these way more than I expected. These kinds are much thinner and easier to use as sort of a sandwich. I loved spreading peanut butter on these. 

Then for the Sprouted rice, I really enjoyed that. The Chile Verde rice especially! You get a pretty good portion in these boxes and plus the seasonings for this is really good. Just enough but not overwhelming.


Overall, I think Lundberg is one of those household staples that I think you should add to your pantry. Whether it's rice or snacks or something for dinner, it's definitely worth going for. They're one of my favorite gluten-free brands!

Check out their website if any of these products catch your eye or find out where you can purchase them in a store near you. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for company updates too.

Best  I'm also excited to announce one lucky reader will be winning a variety of rice by Lundberg, which includes Antique White, Tri Color Blend, and Organic Sprouted rice entrees. Ends 11/7. US Only.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stubb's Barbecue Sauce - Excellent Sauces for Cooking! [Review]



I had the opportunity to review some barbecue sauce by Stubb's BBQ sauce. Well, you've likely seen this sauce in the store and if you have ever wondered what it was like, well I hope I can convince you to try it. This is good stuff.

Did you know there's a pretty cool story behind the sauce? Well, C.B. Stubblefield (or also known as Stubb's) got his first chance at cooking for other people as a "mess sargeant in the US Army." After the Army, he moved to Lubbock, Texas, where he created the official Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q. It wasn't long until his restaurant and food and sauce drew a following. In the 80s, he moved his restaurant to Austin, Texas, and his restaurant became a famous stomping ground for celebrities, singers, and even presidents. When he went to perform on the David Letterman show, he handed out the sauce and told Letterman it was made from "Love and happiness." I paraphrased a lot of this story so I highly recommend you read it in full by checking out their website.

This has always been one of my go to sauces, and only partly because it's gluten-free. It actually tastes really good. In fact, I'm not usually an enormous fan of barbecue sauce (usually it's too sweet and I am SUCH a ketchup fan). But this sauce is one I love having with chicken dinners. It makes it taste...AMAZING. I love it for dipping and it's just so good.

I've tried a couple - Spicy and Sweet Heat. I am such a huge sucker for really spicy foods. I love the spicy flavor of this BBQ sauce. The sweet heat is amazing for cooking up barbecue because it combines the spicy quality and then also the sweetness that you may expect from barbecue sauce. It's just a good combination of flavors.

Not to mention, Stubb's has SO much more than just barbecue sauce! They have marinades, rubs, cookin' sauces and even wing sauce. Also, I have a few great tips for grilling for you provided to me by Stubb’s. I know most us usually for the standard staple of the grill - hot dogs and burgers. But think about adding in Stubb’s to your recipes! Like “Boosted burgers” and coat your patty’s with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Ruband sprinkle with seasoned salt before cooking. Check out this recipe if you need ideas. 

Do something amazing with your grilling by mixing in your favorite hot sauce with Stubb’s Original or their Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Sauce, heat them both up in a pan and then add the hot sauce. Try out this recipe if you need ideas.

This is the time of year that I think is so fun for cooking and trying recipes (without any heat, I'm so much more motivated to try new things!) and so I'm really encouraging you to try out Stubb's BBQ sauce next time you are in the store. You can like them on Facebook, and Twitter. And make sure you check out their website for recipe ideas. Also, you can purchase their products online  or in a store near you. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Celebrate Fall with Hallmark [Review + Giveaway] #LoveHallmark

Fall is officially here! Doesn't it feel like the summer just started? Well, I really enjoy this time of year a lot and I'm so happy that it's year. This season is definitely one of my favorites - it reminds me of new starts (cause of the school season) and just good times with family (Thanksgiving!). It's also such a pretty time of year with the leaves changing. It always smells good this time of year too, a lot of good cooking happens and it makes everything smell so good.


Speaking of scents, I had the chance to try out some amazing things by Hallmark that I can't wait to share with you. Best of all, I get to giveaway a 16 ounce fall scented candle to one of my lucky readers.

I had the chance to review the Crafters & Co. Tabletop Wax Warmer and Wax Melts. I did this on a night that I decided to make oatmeal muffins and so when I got the wax warmer, I set it up and put it one of the wax melts. I loved how this smelled - LOVED IT. You know, it just made the whole house feel so homey and warm and cozy and sweet smelling. I think it's the nicest way to relax and make your home smell nice. It's such a lovely way to welcome in fall.



then I had the chance to try out the fall scented candle! Also amazing. I love these warm fall scents. If you're thinking of getting this for yourself, I highly recommend buying these scents right now. It just smells like a sweet baked good. Half the fun of baking treats is the way it makes your home smell, so this is a way of getting that without the work of baking. Heh heh! P.S. These candles run about $19.95 right now and there's an AMAZING deal about to happen - you get to buy one get one free on Crafters & Co Jar Candles and Wax Melts at any participating Hallmark Gold Crown Stores Nationwide.

If you want to check out the kinds of wax melts and warmers available at Hallmark, I highly recommend going to their website and checking out the warmers available and the melts.

Like I said, one of my lucky readers gets to receive a 16 ounce "Celebrate Fall" jar candle. Ends 10/26. US Only.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Luv Michael Granola - A Tasty Snack Option for Your Day #luvmichael #luvmichaelco


I love granola. I swear thanks to gluten-free oats, Granola is a hugely important part of my day. I had the chance to try out a little bit of this new kind of granola and I was so happy to give this a try! The company is called, "Luv Michael" and it's a pretty special company too. You'll see why. 

It started on as a home business almost a year ago, September 2015, to make gluten-free and nut-free granola. Now they are in 30 stores across the New York area. I think that's so impressive! They train, educate and hire people with Autism. They work with autism specialists to develop a curriculum (based on the New York State food handler's license) and are dedicated to teaching all aspects of a small business to those they employer. Like their site says, this is a labor of love! I love supporting companies that do good works like this, so be sure to read up about them on their website.

So, I had the chance to try out a little bit of their granola and I was SO pleased! It was almost like the marriage of a Rye Crisp Cracker and a Graham Cracker, with just a light amount of sugar. It was very crunchy and tasty but not the same usual sugar blast I get from most granola (which I GREATLY appreciate!) 

I really hope to see them in stores as they are only in stores in the New York area (although you can purchase from their website!). If you are interested in buying some tasty granola from a unique company that is doing good things, purchase some today! Be sure to also like them on Facebook and Twitter

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Kinnikinnik's Gluten-Free Donuts - Amazing Things Are Happening [Review & Giveaway]


So, following a pretty stressful day, I came home and got a pretty cool delivery. And you know what they were? Donuts! By this company called Kinnikinnik. Not feeling the donut vibe, I put them in the freezer and didn't think about it. Several hours later, as I made an extremely late breakfast, I took the plunge.


So I heated them up in the microwave for about a minute. And plopped a couple next to my scrambled eggs. Oh my goodness you guys. These are some amazing donuts. See, the funny thing is, these donuts came at the weirdest time. Two days prior a coworker told me, "Gluten-free donuts aren't good!" And you know what? They were SO wrong. These donuts were amazing. Just adorable little rounds of goodness. 

They weren't the usual HUGE donuts you may see in the bakery, but that was fine by me, because I think they tasted awesome. You get about 6 donuts that are about the size of a mini bagel in one package. And they taste amazing. I am SO happy that these are gluten-free. I plan on treating myself with these in the near future (I'm happy to see they are in quite a few stores). They run about $6.59 a box (based on their website's prices for ordering), not sure if it's the same in stores. Honestly, I think this is worth trying out. It's a tasty treat that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Find out more information about Kinnikinnik and what else they have to offer by visiting here. And find out where they are in a store near you.

Best of all, one of my lucky readers gets to win donuts by Kinnikinnik to enjoy! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US only. Ends 10/22.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Beanfield Snacks - Bean Chips That are Flavor Packed


I spotted someone with this chip bag most recently and so I jumped at the opportunity to review these chips. Beanfields Snacks was founded in 2011 by Reed Glidden and his wife Liza Braude-Glidden as well as Reed's brother Roy Glidden. And they wanted to change the way we all ate (what better way to start than how we snack right??) So they created delicious plant based Non-GMO (so important to me!) snacks.  

They are an environment conscious company and they also include a main ingredients that is better for your health than the usual ingredients that you see in chips - beans! There is so much good stuff at this company so make sure you visit their site and see what they offer the community and the good works that they do.

Now to the chips! I had the chance to try out a wide variety. I immediately tasted the difference in these chips than others I've tried. The beans in them gave them such a heartier flavor. They didn't taste empty to me and at the same time, they were so incredibly flavorful. Plus they have flavors like black bean with sea salt, white bean with sea salt, and sea salt if you want to indulge in your favorite dipping sauce.

But I had a variety of chips to try out - Jalapeno Nacho, Nacho, Barbecue, Ranch, Pico De Gallo. and then Black Bean with Sea Salt, White Bean with Sea Salt, and Sea Salt. My absolute favorites were the Nacho and the Barbecue Flavor. SO incredible!! These are my new favorites. The Pico de Gallo and the Jalapeno Nacho was very spice chips, I enjoyed these as well. Surprisingly enough the Ranch wasn't one of my favorites. I really appreciated the clean but salty flavor of the Black Bean with sea Salt, Sea Salt, and White Bean with Sea Salt. They made great additions to lunches and for dipping!

I think there is so much flavor and crunch with these chips. They aren't light, which I really enjoyed, so they were hearty enough to go with dinners to me (like beans and rice! Or hot dog night! oh you name it!). And I like chips that are hearty enough for hearty dips, these definitely were. I imagine these would be amazing for all those nacho recipe out there too.

Overall, I think these were amazing and next time you are in the grocery store, you should go for buying a bag of these. I highly recommend this brand.  The awesome thing is I get to giveaway some chips to one lucky reader! One winner will receive a 6 pack of chips. Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 10/16.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Perfect Bar - Perfect Way to Snack Your Day


I'm always on the look out for making my snack times easier and healthier. I love the idea of a health bar but sometimes they don't cut it for me ​- preservatives, weird tastes, strange ingredients, all that stuff.

But then I discovered the Perfect Bar and I couldn't wait to try it out and tell you about it.

This was a surprisingly awesome experience having this bar. And I can tell you that this is one of my new favorite things. Let's start with the most basic amazingness that is the peanut butter bar. It's 17 grams of protein, and when you check out the ingredients of this bar, you can see all the good stuff, such as honey, good oils like flax seed oil, olive oil, and also food powders, such as organic lemon, organic papaya, tomato...and so much more; in fact, I'm not even doing it justice, so be sure to go to their website to see what other kinds of good stuff you get from this awesome perfect bar.

I noticed the taste of the veggies in this which gave it a unique taste that combined with the peanut butter. Really, I enjoyed this a lot. 

The other flavors were Almond Butter (also really enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the peanut butter one but definitely enjoyed this). Almond Acai, Almond Coconut, Fruit and Nut, Cranberry Crunch, and Carob Chip (another favorite).


This came on a day I really needed a pick me up, so I was so happy to try these out. If you are curious as to why this is called the PERFECT bar, well, it's non-gmo (VERY important to me). sweetened with organic honey which makes it amazing in my book, I sweeten my treats this way too if I'm baking. Plus it's Gluten-Free and it's a sneaky way of getting your veggies! 

Interested in trying this out for yourself? Check out where you can find it in a store near you. Also, you can purchase this online as well

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nana Joes Granola - Upgrade Your Breakfast! [Review and Giveaway]



I had the chance to try out some granola by Nana Joes. It was started by Michelle Pusateri who wanted to create something nourishing that she could eat in between surfing. I think that makes her cool in my book! She taste tested granola and voila! Here we have Nana Joes! Read more about the company here.

I got the chance to try out a few different granola types. 

The Trieftca Blend 

This has a variety of things in it - rolled oats, maple syrup, pieces of cocoa nibs, cranberries and more! Make sure you click on purchase now above to read the rest of the ingredients. It's gluten-free, and nut free too.

I thought this granola was perfect with yogurt. It wasn't too chunky and it blended nicely in my yogurt - wasn't totally awkward to eat with a spoon. I could really tell this was a healthier granola too - not a whole lot of junk in it, and that is greatly appreciated. It's a looser granola than what I usually see - not sure how else to describe it. 

Sunset Blend 

I enjoyed this one, but maybe not as much as I have others! It still tasted good, but I was hoping for a bit of a stronger flavor in the granola - or maybe I missed the added chocolate. Still good though and VERY healthy, you can tell. Also more of a looser granola than chunky.

Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Urban Radish Blend

Okay this one surprised me by far and was DEFINITELY my favorite. It had little coconut chunks with the occasional nuts and dried fruit. This surprised me because I wasn't sure what the taste would be like. But I really really really enjoyed it - this is something I would buy again. It made for a great snack and something I could take with me separate from yogurt which I loved. It had so much coconut goodness! By far, I can't say enough, this one is for sure worth trying out for yourself. It's really unique too - not something I've seen before. 

Tony's Trail Mix

This was definitely good - very flavorful. I loved the variety of foods you get in it. I think this makes for a great snack too. Loved the big chocolate pieces (I'm such a sucker for chocolate!) and the dried fruit. The price is a tad steep considering you are getting a 7 ounce bag, but I kind of think it's worth it because of how much good stuff you are getting. This isn't your average trail mix.

Overall, I really like what Nana Joes has to offer and I'm sure going to look for this granola in stores. You can probably buy some in a store near you too! Check out this list. Also you can purchase online here as well.

I'm also happy to announce that I get to giveaway some granola to one lucky reader! Ends 9/29. US Only.

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