Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mike's Muffins - Gluten-Free Breakfast Option! [Review and Giveaway]

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I had the chance to try these out recently and I couldn't wait to tell you about it! They certainly provide a healthier and unique twist on the English muffin. I love English muffins and since going gluten-free, I really thought I had to give them up! They are one of my favorite breakfast bread choices!

So when these came along I knew that I had a great find. I had the chance to try out two kinds - cinnamon raisin and toasted onion.  What I liked first hand about these muffins were the simple ingredients inside.

For the toasted onion, the ingredients include Eggs, Almond Flour, Purified Water, Coconut Flour, Toasted Onion Flakes, Baking Soda, and Kosher Salt.

For the cinnamon raisin, it includes eggs, almond flour, purified water, coconut flour, raisins, cinnamon, baking soda, kosher salt, and stevia.

I have to ask, have you ever purchased a flavored food product and notice that the flavor they are saying it is, isn't even in the ingredients list? I've noticed that before in some yogurts I've purchased and it bothers me a lot! So when I looked over these ingredients, I LOVED the fact that I actually saw TOASTED ONION FLAKES in the ingredients list for my Toasted Onion English Muffin! And then in my Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins, were raisins AND cinnamon! How about that??

Taste-wise, of the two kinds, I preferred the cinnamon. I am sure what helped me love it even more was the fact that I could easily add peanut butter to it. SO GOOD. I highly HIGHLY recommend putting these under the broiler to toast and taking time to make sure they get fully toasted. (The site also mentions this, but gluten-free bread takes longer to toast). I tried it under the regular toaster and it just didn't taste right. So make note of that.

I liked the toasted onion but it just didn't have the same flavor as the cinnamon kind, I thought. But to each their own!

Overall, this is one of the healthiest gluten-free breads I've seen out there and I hope to see them make even more kinds! Make sure you visit their website to find out where you can find Mike's Muffins in a store near you and you can also purchase these online, just follow this link. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm also excited to announce that I get to giveaway a grand prize of one of each variety of Mikey's Muffins to one reader and two additional winners will receive a variety of their choosing. Enter via Rafflecopter. Ends July 19th. 
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I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.

Cricut & How Their Machines Work

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home d├ęcor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine.

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:

Cricut Explore One™

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One:

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials
Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall.

Smart Set® Dial - Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.

Images and Fonts - You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges - Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go.

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app - All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free.

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.
Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Spun Cinnamon Honey by the Savannah Bee Company [Review and Giveaway]

Nothing says summer, like honey. Something about that golden spread can add so much to a treat! I had the chance to try something pretty amazing by the Savannah Bee Company and I can't wait to tell you about it!

Founded by Ted Dennard in 1999, the Savannah Bee Company is a culmination of 35 years work finding the best possible honey.  I love a company that has a passion for what they do and this company is obviously passionate about honey! I've never seen so many honey items!

Just peruse their website, and you will see so many eye catching items. Some honey for everyday purposes and even honey that can go with cheese. Cheese, you guys. CHEESE

But I had the chance to try out a couple of different kinds of honey products. One was the Spun Cinnamon Honey and the other was Propolis Throat Spray.

I absolutely loved their spun cinnamon honey. I tried it with these oatmeal muffins I make and it was just - kablam! A total upgrade happened! It has the lightest but sweetest taste and I could've just finished off the jar in one serving. You really will want a ton of this stuff. My only complaint was how narrow the opening was, because the honey is a little liquidy and you can't really fit a spoon through the opening. But between you and me, that totally didn't stop me from enjoying myself.

Not to mention by the way, I also indulged with the spun cinnamon honey by adding it to my peanut butter sandwich...oh GOODNESS this was good. So tasty and so amazing.

I also tried the Propolis Throat Spray. I was a bit reluctant at first, but when I caught an itchy throat over the weekend and sprayed this and it did the trick. It doesn't taste all that great though, but it's worth trying out.

So make sure you check out the Savannah Bee Company if you are as honey-obsessed as I am these days! You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram for company updates and more!

And I am so excited to announce I get to giveaway a jar of the same Spun Cinnamon Honey to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on July 10th.

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I received the above mentioned items in exchange for my honest review.

Get to Know Cricut - The Cutting Machine for Crafters

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines. 

A little known fact about Cricut is that they’ve actually been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people. 

Today, millions of people use Cricut’s award-winning products to create beautiful, inventive, and personal projects. 

So, what is Cricut? Cricut is actually a family of electronic cutting machines that make it possible for you to easily create amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Well, not totally DIY because Cricut’s incredible machine’s do a LOT of the heavy lifting. 

The two machines that Cricut offers are:
To give you loads of creative freedom and versatility, Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines. 

Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad, so you can design just about anything, anytime, and anywhere. 

Once you’ve uploaded your design (or pre-designed image) to your Cricut Explore cutting machine, you can sit back and watch it magically bring your design to life. 

There are so many interesting things you can make and do with Cricut – which we’ll be sure to cover in a future post. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s best to go over each of Cricut’s machines, what they do, and how they are different. And since I’ve given you quite a bit of info already, we’ll pick up on there in next week’s post!

Until then … happy crafting! 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Smart Flour Pizza - A Smarter Gluten-Free Pizza Night!

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I had the chance to try out the Smart Flour Pizza recently and I couldn't wait to tell you about it. I feel like gluten-free pizza has come a long way and I've been so happy to see more and more options sprout up around the grocery store for those of us who can't have gluten in our diet.

It started out back in 2005, when Georgia Hutton wanted to make a flavorful gluten-free flour blend for a friend diagnosed with Celiac disease. Thus, the smart flour blend was born! Charlie Pace soon came on board and acquired the business, and that's where we are today. Read more about the start of Smart Flour Foods here.

I tried this pizza and thought it gave an interesting spin on the genre. I didn't find it all too crispy but that's okay, because I'm not usually the biggest fan of SUPER crispy pizza. Of the two kinds I tried, I really enjoyed the Margherita Pizza, because it had a lot of flavor and personally that's one of my favorite kinds of pizza (aside from pepperoni). The nice thing about this pizza in comparison to some others I've tried is it's a really nice size, and the crust has an interesting, healthier taste to it.

The cheese pizza does need a little extra something, maybe your own toppings like garlic or something like that. Alone, I didn't find it all that flavorful. But overall, still pretty good! I highly recommend you try this out and see for yourself if Smart Flour Pizza is the right pizza for you! It will definitely be something I try again. It may not be one of my favorite kinds, but its definitely good tasting!

Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linked In and YouTube. And check out their blog for the latest company updates. Make sure visit their main page SmartFlourFoods.com to find out where you can purchase it in a store near you!

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 19, 2015

20% Off Mabel's Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack with the Flip Flop Icon

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Did you know that today is National Flip Flop Day?! In recognition of this fun day, Mabel's Labels is giving you 20% Off Limited Edition Camp Label Packs with the Flip Flop Icon

No coupon code is required but this deal is only available through a special offer page. To access your 20% off, go toMabel's Labels' Limited Edition Camp Label Pack special offer page today. 

Mabel's Label's camp label packs are filled with a collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and personalized tags designed especially for everything that goes to summer camp. Identify clothes and footwear, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more with these summer essentials.

As always, remember - Mabel's Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Smart Drones: See the World In a Brand New Way #SoloatBestBuy #Ad

Can you imagine seeing the world from a brand new point of view? If you are an outdoorsy type, who loves taking that great shot, you must check out this amazing new thing at Best Buy. Or if you are the type who want the latest in greatest in technology, this new thing is the product for you. So what is this amazing new thing that Best Buy has come out with and you will want to add this to your summer wish list?

Solo, the Smart Drone is now in Best Buy stores. It's powered by two integrated Linux Computers and retails for $999. It might seem like a pretty hefty price tag, but if you are the type who loves to go exploring, especially in the outdoors, I can't imagine the type of views you could get with this thing. Talk about gaining a new outlook on the world! 

It's an intelligent drone to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts. You are free to focus on getting the shot with this drone. 

Why should you buy now and why with Best Buy? Well from now until July 11th, you can get a FREE Solo Smart Battery (retails at $149.99) when you purchase this 3DR Solo Drone. 

So as you are thinking about an out of this world graduation gift, this is an amazing gift to buy. It's so unique and I am pretty sure that it's one of a kind type of gift. Click this link to purchase now.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Vitamin C Serum - Add This To Your Morning Beauty Routine [Review and Giveaway]

What is your morning (or evening) beauty routine? For me, I'm usually so tired at night that if I remember to wash my face, it's an enormous deal. But in the morning, I pay so much more attention to my skin. I always put on coconut oil of some kind, but lately, I've been adding a new addition to my routine - Vitamin C Serum.

I've heard about the benefits of using a Vitamin C Serum for a while now and jumped at the chance to try it out and see the kind of impact this had on my skin.

I have been using the Amara Organics Vitamins C Serum 20% (with Vitamin E and Hydraulic Acid) Serum for a couple of weeks now. One thing that stood out to me was how gentle this was on my skin. It wasn't harsh at all. I use it daily each morning and follow it up with  a moisturizer.

Vitamin C Serum is supposed to reduce signs of aging. I'm only 28 so I'm not sure that I have a lot of evidence of aging to worry about just yet. This is also supposed to brighten skin, repair damage, and improve elasticity in your skin. (Read this article I found!) I highly recommend reading this article which talks a lot about what you should buy and look for in a Vitamin C Serum.

For this particular serum, I appreciated that it went on gently. So far, I've used it about three weeks now and while I'm not seeing a huge amount of improvements for my skin quite yet (some articles I've read online say it can take up to six months of use for the serum to really show on your skin, although that is very individual).  I will definitely keep at it though as I am confident I'm seeing some slight improvements in my skin and when I use it in the morning, I swear my face doesn't look as tired.

If you are looking for a Vitamin C Serum, please consider this product to purchase. It has worked well with my skin so far and my skin is usually pretty sensitive. So that is saying a lot. By the way, I highly HIGHLY recommend you check out the amazing reviews this product has received on Amazon. A TON of people are raving about it, so if you are looking for a serum to use - this is one of the ones I would recommend.

Best of all, I get to giveaway a bottle of this same serum to three different winners. If you can't wait for the giveaway to be over, follow this link to receive 50% off your first purchase of the serum.

Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on July 6th.

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I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Grandpa's Famous Soap Review [And Giveaway]

I am trying to get better about washing my face at night, and so when I had the chance to try out soap made by Grandpa's Famous I couldn't wait to get better about that habit. Best of all, my older brother had tried out their soap that you can also use as shampoo!

There's a few things that jump out at me as being pretty awesome about Grandpa's Brands. First of all, they seem to be most well known for their Pine Tar Soap, and according to their website, the very first recipe came out in the 1870s! How about THAT? Grandpa's Brands has been through a lot of changes, but they remain such good quality. I love that it is made in the USA.  AND they are GMO FREE! Some people don't mind GMO products, but I do, and so this was so nice for me to see.

My brother had the chance to review their Pine Tar Soap. "The pine tar soap is awesome!" My brother said. "It smells really nice." Plus you can use it for your hair and he says it makes his hair look shiny, clean, and thick. He highly recommended this.

Meanwhile, my mom and I both tried out the Shea Butter Soap. This worked so nicely on my face. I tend to have sensitive skin so anything that doesn't make me break out or make my skin flake is wonderful in my book. My mom also has extremely sensitive eyes and loved this soap to wash her face.

These soaps make for a wonderful gift (and you must buy some for yourself!). Make sure you like Grandpa's Brands on Facebook and shop by visiting their website.

Best of all, I am really excited that I get to giveaway an AMAZING prize to one lucky reader.

One very lucky reader will receive:

1 Signature Grandpa Tote Bag
6 Pine Tar Soap (4.25 oz)
2 Pine Tar Travel Size Soap (1.25 oz)
1 Exfoliating Soap Saver Pouch

Enter via rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 6/28.

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I received the above two soaps in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Whole Mom: Camano Island Coffee Giveaway [Ends 8/29]

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Another giveaway for you! This is with the site Whole Mom and they are offering YOU the chance to win a two month supply of organic and shade grown coffee. Enter by following this link and good luck! The giveaway ends on 8/29.

Win a Gazelle Certified pre-owned iPhone or iPad [Ends 7/15]

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Okay, am I the only one here who uses a cracked iPhone? I actually have for a couple of years now for two reasons 1) I can't afford a new one and 2) I don't want to be in a contract to get a new one. But it isn't a good idea to use that kind of screen, and it actually is better to get a new phone. Do you use a cracked phone? 

If you do, this giveaway is PERFECT for you. As a part of Gazelle's Stop the Spread of #unprotectedtext campaign,Gazelle is giving you the opportunity to bare your soul on their Facebook page!

In 50 words or less, share your story about how you broke your phone and why you continued to use it. Be sure to use hashtag #unprotectedtext and @Gazelle in your social post.

When you post, you'll be automatically entered to win a Gazelle Certified pre-owned iPhone or iPad. Giveaway ends on July 15th.

Now is your opportunity to help stop this epidemic from spreading!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Renuzit - Make Your Home Smell Amazing [Review + Giveaway]

I can tell you that I am not a HUGE fan of deodorizer sprays. They don't tend to take away any negative smells nor do they improve the smell of a room too much. Especially the bathroom. These sprays just wrap themselves around the bad smell and make it a weird, funky combination that will end up on your tongue.

I had the chance to try out the new Renuzit Pearl Scents PERFECT for my apartment. I couldn't wait to tell you about it.

I tried out the sparkling rain Renuzit and I loved it! It is such a gentle smell to have in the bathroom, which is where I ended up leaving mine (as you can see in the photo above it did start out in my living room). It isn't overly strong and it really adds such a nice smell into a room that has a lot of potential for some not good smells. I noticed after a while it didn't remain as strong but the freshness in the room remained. I really liked that.

The Renuzit Pearl Scents come in so many different scents. You can try it out in:

Pure Breeze
After the Rain
Seductive Pineapple

These each have their own unique scents and can brighten up and liven up any room. Guests and family members will be happy for the lovely addition.

I am happy to announce that I get to giveaway three coupons for free Renuzit Pearl Scents to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 6/13.

For more information, visit renuzit website and find out where you can purchase Renuzit scents in a store near you.

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I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.