Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Upcycling Challenge

*I am part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel. From time to time I'm given promotional cards and other items for participating in various ways with the group. I love being a #ChickfilaMom!

 Around Valentine's Day I was sent 2 cards for soup and 2 cards for breakfast items at Chick-fil-A. The enclosed letter challenged me to use the cards for the soup and keep the containers to upcycle into something new.

Being that I just had a baby, it's been pretty difficult with 4 kids to get up to Chick-fil-A like we had been able to previously. I was just now able to get to the restaurant today and pick up my soups as well as my New Mommy Meal (more about that at a later time!)

I already had several ideas in mind and I was given another card for soup in a separate envelope. My kids helped me come up with a seed starter or mini greenhouse for one container. This will have our milkweed sproutlets growing in it. I also thought a baby bank would be cute for another. The last container I came up with was for a wipes dispenser or maybe even a container for trash bags.

I really enjoyed this challenge as I like to get crafty when I can and I am always saving items to use in projects later. This got me and my kids thinking outside the box and helping to reduce, reuse and recycle things into something useful around the house that we didn't know we needed.

I've taken a few pictures for this post but still need to finish eating the soup and creating the diy projects since I am barely getting any extra time for myself right now with a newborn. Pictures and anything extra I may need to add will be up after lunchtime tomorrow and no later than 6 tomorrow night.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste - Review for Moms Meet

*I received this product for free from Moms Meet who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are all my own unless otherwise noted.

Today's topic is toothpaste...

A lot of toothpastes out on the market today have several things in common and that would be that they are actually bad for your body. Why do we need added ingredients in our toothpaste that do more harm than good?

Recently my family and I were given the opportunity to test out a brand that has been around since 1930 and is family owned. We had never heard of them before but were willing to see what they were all about.

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care & Whitening Toothpastes are fluoride, carrageenan, sodium lauryl sulfate, & gluten free.

You can read each ingredient and look up it's benefits online. Some of those happen to be neem leaf, pomegranate, triphala, and xylitol.

Retailing at $5.99 you can find these toothpastes here on their website: www.himalayatoothpaste.com

  • Full line of flavors include: Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint, Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon, Simply Spearmint and the Original Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste. 

Our personal testing experience...

We took a family vote after trying each variety and did not really enjoy the flavors all that much. I was told it kind of tasted like old or expired toothpaste and it almost had a medicine type flavor. For me since I have really sensitive gums and teeth right now, the cinnamon variety made my gums bleed a little bit. I think the mint was just okay but it took a lot of getting used to. I will say that it did pretty well in the whitening department.

Would we as a family consider buying this product in the future? I really don't think so. As far as I know, the toothpaste is only able to be purchased online and I don't make that many purchases online especially for toothpaste. Also, we all enjoy different flavors and we like it to taste good, not leave a weird aftertaste in our mouth.

Would I recommend to friends and family? Only if they came to me asking what I thought about toothpaste and healthier options. For the whitening side of toothpastes I would for sure recommend these to anyone that asked.

The cute tote bag, zipper pouch, and toothbrush were a nice touch to this kit. I am now going to be looking into the entire range of products that the site offers and you can do the same at: www.himalayausa.com/products

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Cottonelle Mega Roll VoxBox from Influenster - Review

* I was given a complimentary Cottonelle #OnAMegaRoll VoxBox from Influenster and Cottonelle
All opinions are my own unless otherwise noted!


As a family of 5 and sometimes sharing a bathroom with more than one person throughout the week, we are bound to go through some toilet paper. We all have a specific preference in what we like and don't like when it comes to toilet paper. I think I speak for my entire family when I say that we enjoy our toilet paper roll lasting a bit longer, that it be soft but strong enough to not tear on you as you wipe, and that it does a great job cleaning up the first time. 

That's where Cottonelle Clean Care comes in!

4 rolls in 1...the package says...

I was impressed and it takes care of all of our toilet paper needs.

The clean ripple texture is designed to clean better and it really did it's job!

Why use any other toilet paper when these mega rolls last longer, are softer, and do their job the first time around?

*Thanks again to Cottonelle and Influenster for sending this #OnAMegaRoll VoxBox for me to test and review free of charge!

{Pics coming tomorrow!}

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bobs Red Mill - Taste Test Review for MomsMeet - Unboxing Kids

*I was selected to be a Bob's Red Mill Influencer as a part of the Moms Meet community. I am a Mom Ambassador & also a Mom Blogger there. I was given a few coupons, (8) single serve oatmeal cups, a bobble head of Bob, and a few informative items to read over, all for free for testing and reviewing purposes!*

As part of this new program on Moms Meet, I was asked to submit a product review video. I left this up to my 'Unboxing Kids' to do a taste test review.

I like oatmeal but normally don't eat it a lot for breakfast, especially in the summer months. I was curious about this program as I had never tried Bob's Red Mill products apart from some flour I recently bought at my local grocery store. I had made my own oatmeal very similar to the ingredients in these little portable cups but I really liked the idea of having a very easy way to do this with little effort on my part.
Upon opening the box, I inspected the following contents:
 *2 of each of the following oatmeal cups - Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon,
 Gluten Free Blueberry Hazelnut, Gluten Free Brown Sugar & Maple, & Gluten Free Classic
*a few coupons
*a bobble head of Bob
*2 pieces of paper with more information about the oatmeal cups

I glanced over these papers and here is the information that was found on them:
"Bob's Red Mill Good, To Go. These on-the-go hot cereals are made from a delightful blend of gluten free quick rolled and old fashioned oats, stone ground Scottish oatmeal, wholesome flaxseeds and nourishing chia seeds. Simply add hot water and your delicious, whole grain power breakfast will be ready to eat in just a few minutes. Choose your flavor and take it with you anywhere you roam for work or adventure.

Reasons to ♥ our new Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups:

*Ready in THREE minutes - add hot water or pop in the microwave
*Gluten free (R5 ELISA tested)
*Whole grain
*High fiber and protein, at least 7 grams each per serving
*Hearty - keeps hunger away

#bobsredmill                                                                                                             www.bobsredmill.com

Take Bob With You. Anywhere.
Now it's even easier to enjoy the goodness of Bob's Red Mill just about anywhere, thanks to the new Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups. The convenient carry-anywhere cups feature hearty and healthy blends of whole grain gluten free oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds, fruits, nuts and spices. Available in four delicious flavors and ready in just minutes, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are GOOD, TO GO."

Watch 'Unboxing Kids' do their taste test review for an honest take on these oatmeal cups.

Honest opinion from me, Blogging Mama...

*Easy to follow instructions (my children could do it, if they wanted to!)
*Single serving cups
*Very filling
*Healthier option than some other brands out there
*Easy to pronounce ingredients and I could understand what each one was. (no surprises!)
*Very quick to make
*Can make them your own with fresh fruit, honey, syrup, or other add-ins

*Caution, Hot! (yes, should be common sense but it can still burn you if you're not careful!)
*Not very flavorful for everything that has been added for flavor
*Following instructions and one was watery more than others

*I would say that the likes outweigh the dislikes by a mile. Since the things that bothered me/us can be avoided by making it how we like it. I still enjoyed these oatmeals a lot more than others out there claiming to be good for you and no hidden ingredients.

So what do you think? Will you give these a try?

Make sure to follow the Youtube video link to actually give the girls a like if you liked their video and if you would like to see them do more taste tests along with their unboxing videos.

We really enjoyed our taste test and hope we will be selected for more in the future for different companies.

(Hopefully adding photos tomorrow!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Country Crock Campaign - VoxBox Review & Unboxing

* I received a custom VoxBox for free from Influenster and Country Crock. This product was given to me to test and review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise noted!

When you think of butter, what comes to mind? For me, it's Country Crock! Why? The answer is simple, because it reminds me of simpler times, baking in the kitchen with my grandma. Also, every time you would come over to her home and open her refrigerator for whatever reason, you would see butter containers all over. Inside these containers you wouldn't know if you were going to find leftovers or butter. It was something that always made me laugh and another sweet memory of grandma. 

Now, back in the day, I don't remember if there was just one size that the butter came in or not. I don't even remember the flavor it had. It has been a very long time since I have had Country Crock. What I do remember about it is the memories that were made in the kitchen with grandma and hopefully I will be able to pass down some recipes to my children in her honor. Now that's what I call, "memories that will last a lifetime!"

Since growing up and having a family of my own, I've used unsalted butter in recipes with the occasional  pinch or two of salt, when needed. I didn't think I was missing out, but one taste of the Original Spread - Country Crock and I was hooked! I couldn't believe how spreadable it was, straight out of the refrigerator, and the salt was balanced quite well. I looked for all kinds of items to spread the butter on and recipes to use it in.

Check out our Youtube Video below for a full "unboxing and review" brought to you by Bakin' Katelyn. Make sure to subscribe to us as well!


I will be making followup posts on this that will include some recipes passed down to me from my grandma, our very own #MakeItYours cookie recipe, and quite possibly a secret craft I thought of that would go great with Country Crock.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Toosum Healthy Snack Bars - Review

*Toosum reached out to me on Twitter and asked if I would be interested in sampling their snack bars. Although the products were free to me, my opinions are honest and all my own!*

I am fairly new to the healthier eating club. I have tried a few diets/lifestyle adjustments and have seen results here and there with what I was trying to achieve. As far as snacks, I don't know as much. Recently, I've been avoiding too many carbs unless I'm running, but even then I try to be careful as to what exactly it is that I am eating.

At first glance of each bar, it looks and sounds great! Coconut and banana? Can't go wrong! Something about this one just didn't make it into my top favorite bars though, flavor wise. I was a bit disappointed. I decided I would check out the ingredients.

I was happy to see things that I am already familiar with, like chia seeds and rolled oats. This made me feel better about eating the bars that I was testing and reviewing. My concerns were in seeing the words cane and syrup. Also, upon checking out each bar and seeing it's nutrition facts, I noticed how many carbs are in just ONE bar. Wow, 19 and 20 in another?! This required further investigation, and after seeing this post made on their Twitter account, I felt better about what I was eating. Here is the nutrition facts if you would like to see them for yourself.

I tried the cranberry and acai  bar next. The flavors together were not as bad as the first one but still did have that weird aftertaste. I did like the crunchiness that the seeds provided and the smooth textures and smell of each bar.

The cherry and plum wasn't too bad but I was starting to see a trend. I think some of the bars needed more sweetness but if I were in charge, I might go for something like Stevia to sweeten them up. I could be wrong but I think maybe the baking soda added at the very bottom of the ingredients could be the culprit for that off flavor I just can't figure out. I notice when I need it in a certain recipe, that if it is not balanced out just right, it changes the whole thing into something almost inedible. This is on the verge of that in some of the bars, not all.

I saved the best sounding one for last and obviously the best tasting out of the bunch as well! I think I would prefer that all of the bars were flavored like this one. The ingredients did include Greek Yogurt (yum!) and all around rounded out blueberry flavor. The smell and texture was perfect and the taste kind of reminded me of those breakfast pastries as a child. Two thumbs up!

 You can click on any photo that you would like to see a bit closer. 

 Overall, the bars were decent. I don't think I would actively seek them out if they were in the store. Also, I do not make very many purchases online, so I don't think I would buy them there either. However, if I saw them in the store I currently shop at, I might be more likely to buy them. As I have read, currently, they only sell them in a few stores in NY. This would make it kind of impossible for me to get to them as I live in Texas. I don't normally buy snack bars for myself but would be willing to start since I try and get in a few good running sessions throughout the week with my son. Another note, is that the bars actually kept me full, so all I would have to do is to keep hydrated and get out there and get my exercise on!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Natra Cure Cold/Heat Therapy Socks - Review

*I was given a pair of NatraCure Cold/Heat Therapy Socks to test and review for free. All opinions are my own!*

NatraCure reached out to me on Twitter to test and review a product of my choice that was on their list. This was very new and different to me as I normally seek out the companies I would like to review for and also have joined sites that help me find brands that already are looking for people like me. Well, to say the least, I was thrilled to try something new, as I always am.

Upon receiving the product of my choosing, (Cold/Heat Therapy Socks) I examined them carefully. A gel pack was inserted in the front/top and another was placed inside the back where your foot would rest. These can be easily pulled out and put back in, whenever you need them.

I then decided to read the inserts which told me the following:

After checking out the gel packs, (front and back) I felt the inside of the socks, and tried them on. They were very soft and comfortable, also felt true to my size. I could see myself wearing just the socks when not using them for relief. Another good thing is that you can wash them, as long as you remember to take the packs out.

 I tried out both hot and cold therapy options on this product and I have to say that I was not a fan of the cold sensation I had on my feet. The heat however, really helped when it was cold outside and after running. I think with the cold packs, I probably had them too cold. I could barely keep them on my feet. My one daughter might like them because her feet seem to always be hot.

Overall, I really enjoy these socks and will be using them in the future. I would have preferred them in the color black, but again, I was given these socks for free to test and review. The color doesn't really sway my vote. What does, is the fact that these are priced at $19.99 on the site and on Amazon. I get that they are therapy socks, and I don't know much about that outside of this product test, so I will let you be the judge. I would give them probably a solid 4. I would love to hear some debate on them if you have tried this product.

Oh, and the site does say this on the page, Money Back Guarantee: Enjoy your Cold Therapy Socks or return them within 60 days for a full refund of the purchase price.

Click on any link that is highlighted to further check this product out and make your own decision on whether or not it would be a good purchase for you.