Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Treats: Alternative Baking Company - The Best Gluten Free Cookies You Need to Try [My Review]

I may not embrace my inner cookie monster too often, but it's definitely inside of me. Since going gluten free, I haven't really had the chance to explore my options for gluten-free treats, but there are some tasty options out there.

The one I had the chance to try most recently were cookies from Alternative Baking Company. They offer up vegan (non-gluten free cookies, but they also offer gluten-free options for those of us with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten! Their company makes vegan cookies and they make them in a way that they taste like traditional cookies. Don't you love that? It's a healthier option that is much better for you than most processed foods. Make sure you read more about their company on their website.

I had the chance to try a variety of flavors from the Alternative Baking Company and I loved ALL of them. Let me just say after you finish each cookie it's like they leave good memories in your mouth. My family and I tried out five different flavors - Lemon Dream, Fudge Indulgence, Chocolate Explosion, Cinnamon Burst, and Pumpkin Delight. Every single one of these flavors were amazing. The texture of the cookies were nice and chewy and the flavor just exploded in your mouth. Of the ones I tried, I loved fudge indulgence.

Overall, these are absolutely amazing cookies and if you need to buy some for any reason at all - whether it's a gift for someone or you just want something amazing to try at home - make sure you check these cookies out. They are phenomenal!

When you purchase on their website, they do require that you purchase at least three sets of cookies (there are 5 in each pack). But trust me it's worth it. Each pack costs $13.75 too.

Make sure you visit their website to order your batch of cookies. Also you can like them on Facebook (which I highly recommend because they hold regular giveaways!). Plus if you aren't gluten-free, make sure you check out their website to find out more of their amazing variety.

I received free products in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Make Your Own Gluten Free Pizza with Rudi's Pizza Crusts [Review and Giveaway]

I had the chance to review some items by Rudi's, a very popular gluten-free brand that has some pretty good options out there for those of us who need a gluten-free diet.
I tried out some bread and gluten-free pizza crusts. So, I can't wait to tell you about that experience. But first, a bit about their company history. Rudi's Bakery opened for the first time in 1976 in Boulder, Colorado by Sheldon Romer. He named the bakery after a spiritual leader named Swami Rudrananda who brought the eastern culture and spiritual traditions to America. By 1981, Rudi's Bakery became certified Kosher and soon their products appeared on grocery store shelves. They were one of the first to participate in an organic food program in 1998. So you can tell that this bakery has made food production and quality be their priority and has had such a great impact on the food industry overall. Read more about their company and mission by following this link.

I had the chance to try out their bread and their pizza crusts. Of the two, I really enjoyed - really REALLY - their pizza crusts. I did try their bread and it was pretty good. But I want to focus on their crusts because that stood out to me and I've been purchasing these crusts since then.

You get two in a pack and I made a total of three pizzas all at once on a standard cookie sheet. It's really easy to make a pizza on your own, by the way. I chose Classic Pizza Sauce, Mozzarella, and Pepperoni. I mean it's easy and it's cheaper than ordering it from delivery. I slathered on parmesan of course and voila!

You obviously have a fantastic, tasty pizza on your hands. I like the fact that the crust doesn't disappear, it stays really sturdy throughout cooking (and doesn't become a crusty little chip).

I am definitely going to buy (and have already bought) these again. And also, it's really filling. These four pizzas served to three adults (and we all have healthy appetites) and we were very satisfied.

Find out where you can purchase Rudi's products in a store near you by following this link.  You can also check out their website for recipe ideas, and plus they have a coupon available for $1 off Rudi's products. check it out here!

Plus make sure you are following them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest  for company updates, news and more!

I am also so excited to announce I get to giveaway 3 coupons for free Rudi's products to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 3/7.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Mod Cabin - Quality Beard Care Products [Review and Giveaway]

For you ladies out there with bearded fellas in your life, whether it's a brother, boyfriend, friend, father, or anyone other guy that has beard or facial hair, you would be surprised how much attention goes into caring for the hair on their face.

So I can't wait to share my brother's experiences who had the chance to try out some amazing facial hair products made by

What I really can appreciate about this company is that they make their products in consideration for the type of individual who really cares about what they put on their skin. They state that their products don't contain any "parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic dyes" which have been linked to "skin sensitivity, neurotoxicity, and cancer." And you can just tell based on the information they describe on their site that they take skin care products very seriously. And whether you are male or female, I think you should take that into serious consideration when you purchase products you put on your skin. Read more about The Mod Cabin by following this link.

My brother had the chance to try Backwoods Beard Balm & Conditioner as well as the Birch Tar Soap.

Here's what my brother said about the Backwoods Beard Balm: "Very clean and easy to apply. It leaves facial hair soft and easy to manage. You can apply it at night for great shine and control the entire following day."

So, if you know of a guy in your life that would appreciate an excellent beard balm, make sure you share this information with them. I know they would appreciate it.

Finally the Birch Tar Soap, my brother said, "It's very clean and fancy smelling. It's sturdy and lathers up easily. It also conditions hair quickly and effortlessly."

Although I didn't try the Birch Tar Soap it had such a rustic smell to it. I think that's perfect for a guy. Overall you can tell these products were a great experience for my brother!

I hope you can pass along the information to all the bearded or facial hair'd people in your life. If you would like to purchase these products, visit this link to purchase Backwoods Beard Balm and this link to purchase Birch Tar Soap.

You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Best of all I am so excited to announce that I am giving away Birch Tar Soap to one lucky reader!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Activity Gift Ideas: Be Tourist in Your Own Town with!

Although I've lived in Portland, Oregon for over 7 years now, there are still some unexplored neighborhoods that I have yet to really get to know. You know how it is, when you get into a rut it's just hard to break out of sometimes!

One thing that I would love to see happen for myself is to really get to know some of these areas and when I heard about I knew this was the right way to do that! So I can't wait to talk about their website.

First of all, I do want to tell you they aren't in EVERY city. Right now it looks like they are in Anaheim, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Seattle, Boston, Maui, Portland, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. So they offer a very large selection of kind of cities that may just be on your list of vacation hot spots this summer.

You can sign up VERY easily. It took me less than two seconds with my Facebook account. And once you select a city to explore, you can start browsing around activities you want to learn more about.

Just taking a look at what they have to offer, I can already see two that I want to save for myself, like Murder Mystery Theater!

Plus, they offer you a "bucket list" so you can keep track of which activities you want to participate in and when the next schedule for that activity pops up. Check out what my bucket list looks like right now:

What I like in terms of food related activities is that you can tell them about allergy information and I think this is great. What I like best about this site is that you can purchase a gift card for someone. I think this is wonderful when you want to give a gift (maybe for a long distant friend or  family member) without having it be just a plain ol' gift card. Now with Vimbly they can DO something.

Visit and find out if there are activities in your area and sign up!

I received compensation to write this post. My opinions are 100% my own.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Three Bakers Gluten Free Bread [Review and Giveaway]

I love when I can find tasty gluten-free bread. It's something that's actually hard to find. But when I had the opportunity to review Three Bakers Gluten Free Bread I jumped at the chance. I knew this would be the right product for me especially when I read over the company history.

Jan and her husband Dan launched the bakery following not too long after her diagnosis of Celiac Disease. Experimenting with the variety of gluten free flours proved to be difficult until finally they got the recipe right and soon couldn't keep up with the demand. Honoring her father who had passed away in 2003, Jan the "Three Bakers" company was born.  Read more about her inspiring journey to go gluten free by following this link.

I received three different breads to try (as well as purchased a loaf of my own bread in the grocery store!). I tried the MaxOmego Whole Grain and 5 Seed Bread. 7 Ancient Grains Whole Grain Bread, the White Bread Whole Grain, and the Whole Grain Hoagie Roll. Last week, I also purchased Rye Style Whole Grain Bread.

Right away my overall feeling of the bread was that it tasted good. Sometimes my experience with gluten free bread is that it's either tasteless or even much to my horror a little medicinal tasting, but this was neither of those things. The MaxOmego Whole Grain and 5 Seed Bread was particularly hearty. So I thought that worked great for breakfast. The White Bread Whole Grain complimented tuna sandwiches VERY well (total win!) and this is definitely something I will look out for as well as the Whole Grain Hoagie Roll (it withstood my tuna melt!). 7 Ancient Grains and Rye Style both worked great as toast too.

Overall I don't really don't have anything bad to say about this bread. It tasted good and I'm going to make sure to look out for it in the store. Probably the only downside is that your store may not have this in stock and they also may not have many selections to choose from, which is disappointing because Three Bakers has SO many gluten free options to enjoy.

Make sure you visit the Three Bakers website and find out more about their gluten free product line. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you find out where to find three Bakers breads in a store near you by following this link.

I am very excited to announce I will also be giving away the Three Bakers Whole Grain White, 7 Ancient Grains bread and the Hoagie Rolls. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 2/23.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Purex PowerShot Review (And Enter the Purex Grand Prize Giveaway!) [Review and Giveaway]

The newest, latest and greatest thing from Purex has come out this February. It's called PowerShot - blazam! Doesn't it make you think of something magical and powerful?

Well it definitely makes me think that! I had the chance to try out this new product before it hit the shelves and I can't wait to tell you about it.

First of all, I noticed that it really got out the grime in my wash. And when I finished the wash cycle my clothes and linen were impressively clean! Voila! I love the fact that it measures things out for you too with the little cup and that is already attached at the top. I hate having to waste a lot of time having my hands gunked up by the cap that you usually have to mess with in most detergents. I did have to avoid the temptation to overdo the soap. I trusted that this detergent knew how much I would need and it was right.

Overall I would highly recommend you give this a try if you happen to see it at the grocery store. As a tip, I tend to find these newer laundry items in stores like Rite Aid. So if you have one near your house you will definitely spot this there, I'm sure of it.

I'm so excited too because I get to giveaway three coupons for Purex Powershot Detergent to one lucky reader! Plus, I'm not the only one doing a giveaway. Visit Purex's website and enter to win free Powershot detergent and three grand prize winners will receive a Whirlpool Washer and Dryer set (plus you can print a coupon from them too!) You can also find out more information about PowerShot by visiting this link.

Simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 2/19.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Coffee Suggestions: New England Blizzard Bold Review

New England Coffee is a family owned third generation coffee company that has been in business for more than 95 years. I had the chance to try out their seasonal blend of coffee and I can't wait to share with you my experience.

I had the chance to try the New England Blizzard Bold coffee. I tend to be a very very picky coffee drinker. When I read about a company's "bold" roast, I usually get concerned, because sometimes I find that it doesn't have that full taste that I like about bold roasts. To be honest, I often find an underlying cheaper taste to some of the bold roasts I've tried in the past. But this time, I had the chance to try something that was really tasty.

The New England Blizzard Bold Coffee is a full dark roast without any kind of bitter quality to it. It's very flavorful. With a lot of the dark roasts I try, I sometimes come across an old or burnt quality to it, but not with this coffee. It's really enjoyable for any kind of coffee drinker. I would even say this is better than the usual popular coffee brands that I normally buy.

Best of all, it's the kind of coffee where I can actually enjoy a second cup! Usually I don't enjoy the second cup so soon after my first but that certainly wasn't the case. Again it's a tasty dark roast and I can't wait to see what else comes from this brand. New England Coffee Company obviously knows how to brew up a good blend of coffee.

And guess what? It's extremely affordable. It is running about $6.49 for a 10 ounce bag and to me that is an excellent price. You can buy yours now! It is seasonal so this will only last through February so get it while you still can! I promise you will be very pleased. Purchase now.

New England Coffee also has a Coffee Club that you can subscribe to and you can save 20% on coffee when you subscribe! Find out more information here.

Visit New England Coffee's website to purchase coffee, gifts, and other items such as tea and single serve coffees.  You can also follow them on FacebookTwitterGooglePlus  Pinterest
 and read their blog  (and plus they have a Blizzard Bold Contest going on throughout the month of February - so join in the fun!)

I am also SO excited to announce that I will be giving away a gift basket to one of my lucky readers. One reader will win Barista Basket which includes 3 boxes of single serve coffee, 2 bags of ground coffee, a mug, and a coffee scoop. Can't wait for the giveaway to be over to get one? Purchase yours now! Giveaway ends 2/21.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

NewAir AH-450B Space Heater Review

I had the chance to review the NewAir Electric Space Heater AH-450B. This is an incredible little heater that I have in my living room. Although do note, my living room is fairly small. So far, I would recommend this for small bedrooms and not large spaces as I don't think it would heat large rooms well.

First, it's extremely easy to set up. When you receive this item, you really just have to place the wheels on the bottom (very easy to install) and plug it in. The wheels are good to keep the heater off the carpet or flooring and so it has enough room (and won't overheat).

I usually leave the heater on at 75 degrees and leave it at the "ECO" option (instead of
the HIGH or LOW setting). Also, the great thing is that you can also have the timer set for 2 hours up to 8 hours (so it can go off on it's own). This is really convenient because sometimes I can forget to turn off the heater and if you have a busy day ahead of you, having the ability for the heater to turn off on it's own makes that a nice safety feature. Also, it comes with a little remote for you to be able to mess with the heat setting a lot easier (who wants to get out of bed to have to turn on or off their heater?).

Also, the heater does get pretty hot around the metal parts of the heater. It does have a handle though, so if you need to move it from one place to the other, you simply pull or push on the handle. Plus, if something is getting TOO hot or if there is a concern about maybe something being in the heaters way it has a caution button that will light up for you and if you see that you can turn the heater off.

Lastly it's really easy to keep out of the way, and it has a place to wrap up the cord so it stays out of the way.

What I like the best is that it's really clear and easy to use. Best of all it does it's job to heat the room I'm in which I really was looking for in a space heater. I prefer to use this heater especially because it can heat up a section of the house rather than turning on the furnace or regular house heater. I would highly recommend this for everyone as I've used other space heater and so far this is the best one I've experienced.

I do want to point out just to let you know my perspective - the winter in my area hasn't really been overly cold. It has been down in the 30s in my area, but I know for some of you, that isn't very cold at all. It's been a pretty mild winter in my area for the most part. If you struggle with temperatures that are extremely low, just keep that in mind when you get this heater. That's why I recommend it for smaller rooms.

You can purchase this heater by visiting their website at and like them on Facebook.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Purchase Same Quality Electronics, but Cheaper than Big Box Stores

I am such a hound for finding a good deal and this new website is just up my alley (and yours!). It's called FoxSmart and right now their products lean more towards things you need for your entertainment system, but I know there's more to come.

Before I go into details about what I had the chance to review, I highly recommend you take a minute and read a bit about the company. They definitely stand out from the "big box store" crowd and they are setting themselves apart by keeping their prices low. They state on their site that they keep their prices lower than Amazon and Walmart otherwise they won't carry the product. How awesome is that?? I'm keeping a very very close eye on this company to see what new amazing things are to come. Read more (and get a kick out of their sense of humor!) by following this link.

I had the chance to review quite a few items actually.

A 17" - 42" TV Mount (available for $5.00)
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Stereo Aux Cable (available for $1.00)
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HDMI Cable (available for $2.50)
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6 Outlet Swivel Surge Protector (available for $15.00)
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Flat Panel HDTV Antenna (available for $15.00)
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Okay I don't know about you guys but I haven't seen prices like this anywhere else. Of all of the items I got, something that was new to me was the 4 Port USB Charger (pictured above!). Basically this is perfect for anyone who has a type of smartphone, tablet, e-reader, or anything that charges with a USB type of charger. This is perfect when you don't have the little "stub" (as I like to call it) that the USB plugs into the wall with. I love this because four pieces of tech can plug into the charger and we can enjoy our devices without losing power! It's one of my newest favorite things.

One thing that I also had the chance to really enjoy was the HDTV Flat Panel Antenna. This was amazing to me. I have an old television that I hadn't used in a few years (mostly because I don't have cable for that television and my VCR doesn't even work on it). So it's been sort of a dud in the back of my room. But I hooked up this antenna to it and I was actually able to get stations on it! Just a few, but that was better than the nothing it was before! I was so happy about that!

As for the other items I received, they were absolutely what I would expect to receive. All of the items were excellent quality, so don't be deterred by low prices. These items were just what I would purchase in any other big box retailer.

Best of all they use a very clear guides on how to use/install the item you've purchase from them with their online instructables! The pictures are clear and the walk-through is very simple. This is way better than getting a huge guide that I won't read with way too tiny writing. Plus, it saves trees!

Overall I loved this. Probably the only downside I can point out is that I would love to see a lot more products on their site than what they have, but like I said, I know way more is to come.

Visit their website and purchase some of the items I've talked about by following this link.

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

I am so happy to announce that I get to giveaway the USB charger to one lucky reader! Simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 2/19.

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