Monday, February 28, 2011

DressGoddess.com Review and Giveaway

I LOVE dresses. You can see me either always in a dress or capri pants in the summer time. It's kind of a sickness because if I go shopping, the dress section of a store is the first thing I gravitate to. I don't need another dress, but if I see one that I love that is a good price, I just have to have it!

Dress Goddess sells the largest selection of prom dresses, evening dresses, cocktail dresses, and formal dresses on the web. (taken from website.)

They have the most beautiful dresses ever. I found myself browsing from page to page just loving each one and wishing I could own them!

I was sent a strapless black dress that I absolutely love! This girl is modeling the dress I received.



This dress would be perfect for a wedding, a formal party, or just a night out on the town! It fits me perfectly and is easy to zip up, and it's comfortable on. I love how it looks on me too. The dress has a twisted bust line and a flared skirt. This dress would look great with a pair of red heels for a pop of color, and some chunky gold jewelry. I can just envision it now! All you need is some warm weather :)

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L'Athene Giveaway

Does your skin need a boost? Are you finding it dry, oily or both? Are you tired of looking in the mirror at skin that doesn't make you happy? Well, I have just the product for you!

Two nurses, Nan Brown and Lil Bogdan, who worked with burns and severe dermatological conditions at Johns Hopkins and other leading hospitals created L'Athene. After fifteen years of treating skin at its very worst and studying clinical and
holistic skin healing principles, they discovered that skin responds best to pure, potent, nutrient rich natural preparations. After much research L’Athene was born!



This all-in-one facial cleanser dissolves impurities, make-up and excess oil without detergents. It smoothes and tones without stripping skin. Most skin cleansers and soap contain harsh detergents…that can strip the protective acid mantle of skin, leaving skin imbalanced, irritated, and dull-looking. it cleanses gently and effectively with natural cleansing agents that balance, restore, nourish and effectively cleanse dirt, pollutants and dead cells from skin. It contains French lavender oil which is known to tone, calm and help to regulate sebum production. Natural antibacterials effectively help to remove bacteria.

Triple antioxidant potency of Vitamin E, Echineacea and Rose Hips restores skin balance and gives anti-aging protection.

Beneficial for combination, normal, dry skin.

* ULTIMATE ANTI-AGING CLEANSER
* Non-Detergent—No Stripping of Skin
* Restores Skin Balance
* Helps Minimize Signs of Aging
* Reveals Soft, Smoother Skin
* Soothes Redness and Inflammation
* Leaves Skin Feeling Clean, Balanced and Protected
* Prepares for Maximum Penetration of other Skin Treatment Products


USAGE FOR NORMAL/DRY: On dampened skin, cleanse in a circular motion. Rinse with lots of warm water (15-20 splashes). Pat dry. Follow with VITAPURE Antioxidant Serum. Follow with L'ATHENE Moisture Treatment.

USAGE FOR COMBINATION SKIN: Double wash morning and night. Double wash: on dampened skin, wash first time full face and second time just T-Zone. Rinse well and then take warm wet washcloth and polish skin. As skin gets healthier (less oil), wash face twice a day with only a double wash once a day and other time, wash full face only (no double wash).

USAGE FOR VERY DRY: Cleanse only at night and splash with water in morning.

USAGE FOLLOWING LASER TREATMENTS (Intense Pulse Light, Laser Resurfacing, Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion): On dampened skin, wash morning and night. Rinse with lots of warm water. Gently cleanses, helps protect and maintain skin barrier, and limits unintended effects from procedure. For use, following a post-op program, when your skin is ready for skin care products.

USAGE FOR MINOR BURNS OR SUNBURNS: On dampened skin, wash twice a day and rinse very well with warm water.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Just Add Water System Review and Giveaway

I like to frequently find and use the latest cleaning products that clean my home, make it look great, and make my life easier all at the same time. It's nice to make my cleaning a lot bit less of a chore too.

JAWS, or Just Add Water System is a revolutionary cleaning system. It's a refillable, reusable, and remarkable way to clean.
Just fill our reusable spray bottle with H2O, pop in a super-concentrated cleaning cartridge and you’ve got eco-friendly cleaning power wherever you need it. It’s an innovative, easy-to-use, non-toxic* and effective system that reduces plastic in landfills, conserves resources and saves you cash. In fact, when you finish your Just Add Water™ starter kit and buy cartridge refills, you can make 2 full bottles of cleaner for less than $2.00 each. (Taken from website.)

I really like that this system is green and eco friendly. I was sent the complete system which has 4 bottles of cleaners for glass and hard surfaces, multi purpose cleaner/degreaser, bathroom cleaner, and disinfectant. I like how each cleaner is a different color too.



The systems are easy to use and install. All you do is fill your reusable bottle with water, pop in the assigned cartridge for each system, screw the trigger spray back on and get cleaning! The glass and surface cleaner is perfect for cleaning mirrors, my glass kitchen table and coffee table too. It leaves a non-streaky residue and cleans very well.

The multisurface cleaner is great for cleaning countertops, the fridge/freezer, the microwave, the stove, and any other surfaces as well. It does not have a harsh smell either. It's not very noticable.

The bathroom cleaner and disinfectant cleaner is great at cleaning my bathroom. It gets it sparkling clean and does a fantastic job too. When I use the disinfectant I know that my bathroom is 100% clean.

I really love these cleaners. They keep my house looking fabulous and I love that the cleaners are reusable and good for the environment. The cleaners spray well and the solution does not get clogged in the bottle when you spray it.

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Premier Pets Review and Giveaway

I love to spoil my dog any chance I get. A new collar? Yes! A stylish new dog bed? You bet! New toys and treats? Of course! I love my dog and want her to always be happy :)

Premier Pets is an online store which features dog and cat toys, bowls, collars/leashes/harnesses and more.

Colby has a whole basket full of toys that she loves, but I always like to fill the basket up more from time to time.

I was sent a Pogo Plush toy and a Pogo Plush Beaver for Colby.



The patent-pending design provides a unique bounce-back action that dogs prefer over traditional stuffed plush toys. Our Pogo Plush toys are built with inner bouncy frames and free-floating squeakers that will give your dog hours of fun.

Colby loves both of these toys. They are soft, furry and just right up her alley. She is particular in which toys she likes though. She doesn't like hard plastic or latex toys, only furry and squeaky. I gave these toys to her yesterday and she's been squeaking them up a storm and just loving them! If I can't find her I don't even have to call her name, I just have to follow the squeaking sound.

The beaver is adorable and a lot of her toys are animal themed, so I had to keep the pattern going. This toy doesn't have eyes for some reason, but Colby doesn't seem to mind! The toys are unique as they have an inner bouncy frame which is not how I've traditionally seen dogs toys before. The toys are small enough for her to play with comfortably. She is a small dog and some toys are too big for her to carry around or chew on. Colby is really enjoying these toys and I'm so glad!
Both toys would be great for dogs of all ages who enjoy squeaky toys.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Udderly Smooth Review and Giveaway

Having dry, hydrated skin is extremely important. It's not pleasant to have harsh, rough winter skin. It's vital to have products that keep your skin looking as best as possible.



Udderly Smooth products contain rich moisturizing ingredients. Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth® can be used on dry skin, cracked skin, for diabetes foot care, as a facial moisturizer, as a general moisturizing lotion and many other uses. (taken from website.)

I was sent a nice assortment of Udderly Smooth products for review purposes. I received foot cream with shea butter for dry feet, Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream for dry skin, and some product samples. I've seen this brand for years in my local drug store, but have never tried it before. Now I get the chance to!



Udderly SMOOth® Foot Cream with Shea Butter for Dry Feet moisturizes, smooths roughness and softens dry feet. Helps get feet ready for summer sandal season and smooth winter dry skin.



Original Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream is a greaseless, stainless water-based moisturizer with a light fresh fragrance.

Originally developed for use on dairy cows, Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream. is used by many people for their dry and chapped skin.

Use Udderly Smooth® as an everyday multipurpose moisturizing lotion. Udderly Smooth®. contains rich moisturizing ingredients that perform to soften dry, chapped skin.

The foot cream is perfect for me because I frequently have dry feet in the winter. At night I put lotion on my feet and then sleep with socks on the entire night. In the morning, my feet are very soft and moisturized, but it doesn't last but a day or two. This cream really moisturizes well and keeps my feet looking fantastic. The cream doesn't leave a greasy residue and rubs in well. It has a subtle smell that is pleasant, not a harsh smell at all. The jar is large and will last me a while. The design of the label is cute with the cow print too.

The udder cream for dry skin is equally helpful too. It's good for keeping your ankles, hands, legs, feet, elbows, and any other part of your body moisturized. The cream comes in a pump and is easy to dispense. It rubs in smoothly and is non greasy as well. It does do a good job of keeping my dry skin at bay and moisturized for a few days which is really nice.

I really enjoyed these products and will turn to them whenever my dryskin needs some help.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Dry Soda Review

I'm not a huge fan of soda and carbonated drinks, although I do crave them from time to time. I'm always on the lookout for healthy or healthier soda drinks as well.



Dry Soda is better tasting and better for you. It is made from only four all natural ingredients including a minimum amount of pure cane sugar. The result is a less sweet soda that allows its fruit, flower and herbal flavors to shine through. At only 45-70 calories per bottle you can have a worry-free treat. (taken from Dry Soda info)

I was sent a variety case of 7 bottles of Dry Soda. The flavors I received were cucumber, juniper berry, vanilla bean, blood orange, lavender, lemongrass, and rhubarb.


Honestly, when I first saw the flavors names I thought they were a little strange. I wasn't sure if I was going to like them. What I knew instantly is that I loved the glass bottles and the label. The colors were bright and memorable, and I loved how each flavor had a different color.

First of all, I like that these sodas are very lightly sweetened. I dislike very overwhelmingly sweet bubbly carbonated soft drinks that burn your throat when you drink them. This brand is very lightly carbonated, it's extremely subtle but satisying at the same time. There is also a hint of sweetness which I liked. The soda flavors were all very unique and I would have never thought that a flavor like lemongrass or rhubarb could be bottled, but they are! The flavors of each soda are also very subtle, not in your face at all. I liked blood orange and vanilla the best. The flavors were crisp and clean and a nice change from a typical taste of a soda I would say these are very sophisticated drinks. This soda would be perfect for the health-conscious consumer as each bottle of soda has less than 80 calories per bottle! You can enjoy a nice drink without all of the calories.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nutrisystem Week 1

Well, over the past two days I have received 55 lbs of Nutrisystem food. One frozen box of food, and one dry package of foods. I have many delicious looking items to choose from like pancakes, french toast, a range of pasta dishes, asian beef, orange chicken, ice cream sandwich bars, and more. I have 28 days worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts/snacks. All of the food is separated by meals which is helpful, because I can just grab what I want and go. I really like the fact that Nutrisystem is built on support. If you have any questions, concerns, need advice etc, they are there for you, as well as a support chat on the website.



Check out a picture of all of my food. My freezer is about to burst!




The kit comes with a meal planner guide which gives you ideas on what is acceptable to eat for dinner if you are going out to a restaurant. Tips are also included like asking the waitress to box up half of your dinner, leave out certain sauces/dressings on food, etc. A food portion size guide also accompanies that. There is also a section in the guide where you can list out everything you ate for the day and at what time, so you can see exactly what you're eating which is very helpful. I will be taking advantage of this tool. You're also allowed to have a dairy, protein, or vegetable with your lunch, and you can have a vegetable or fruit with dinner too which gives a nice boost if you're worried about still being hungry.

Today is my first day on the program.
For breakfast I had the lowfat granola cereal around 8 am. Despite the small portion, it filled me up and tasted great. I don't usually have a large breakfast, so my body is used to small portions in the morning.

I had lunch around noon, and I chose the pasta parmesean with broccoli. It was quick to make and really tasted great. I loved the flavor of the sauce and the pasta with the broccoli was good too. The hardest thing for me might be drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. I do drink plenty of water per day, but I don't normally drink that much. I won't have any trouble eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables because I eat both on a daily basis anyway.

I had a snack around 3 pm of 1/2 cup of raspberries. I did 20 min of a cardio work out DVD too.
I was hungry at random times throughout the day, and I hope that will subside in the next coming weeks. I really like that the food tastes great and I don't feel like I'm on a diet! That's the best part.

For dinner I had the glazed chicken tenders which I also really enjoyed. I like how vegetables were included for a healthy balance. I had an ice cream sandwich bar for dessert.

Over the weekend I need to buy some frozen vegetables to have with my lunch and dinners.

I want to make posts every Thursday and it will always be in the format of the ending of the week and the beginning of the week. I will weigh myself once a week. I will tell you how many pounds I am down next Thursday.

*Nutrisystem is providing their program free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program.

Would you like to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem too? Visit
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EMU Australia Review

In the winter, 95% of the time you can find me in fur lined boots. They keep me warm, are comfortable, and of course stylish. It's always nice to have a new pair of boots though, right?



EMU is dedicated to creating premium quality sheepskin EMU boots and merino wool products. Our collection caters for women, men and kids. The range includes sheepskin coats, lambskin jackets, sheepskin boots and superfine merino wool clothing. Emu Australia has developed accessories such as gloves and earmuffs and casual comfort slides, flip flops and sandals. (taken from website.)

The boots at EMU are my favorite. They come in a range of different styles and colors and all have genuine sheepskin inside. The boots are built to last and are of high quality. The sheepskin fur keeps your feet warm and toasty.

I was sent a beautiful pair of black Angels Lo boots.


The Angels Lo feature a stunning adjustable vintage leather belt and a sturdy antique finished metal buckle to add touch of style to a classic shape and a plush raw-edged sheepskin scalloped top line to add extra flair. (taken from website.)

I absolutely love these boots. I've never had a pair of short boots before, only tall boots. I have been wanting a pair of ankle boots for some time, so this was a great opportunity for me! The boots are a very sleek black and have an adorable black and silver belt attached to the side, which is great if you would like to adjust the shoe for a tighter fit (although I didn't have to). The boots fit me perfectly and are extremely comfortable and it's like walking on air. I love the fur lining inside as they will keep my feet warm and protected from the harsh NYC winter winds we frequently experience here. The fur is soft and fluffy. My jeans tuck nicely inside too and I love the look of that.





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Swimspot.com Giveaway

Even though it's still very cold outside, eventually summer will be here and it will be warm and tropical! Any girl can always use a new swim suit for summer too.



Swimspot offers trendy women's designer swimwear, separates, bathing suits, bikinis & one piece swimsuits from thousands of different styles and choices. I loved a lot of them, they were so cute. Here are two of my favorites.



Swimspot offers a very unique tool on their site called the Bikini Builder. 24 different tops and 24 different bottoms are provided, and you can create up to 576 combinations. Have fun with it and create something you'll love.

The Fit Specialist Program is also offered which is extremely helpful.
Information about the program:
Swimspot’s Fit Specialist program goes beyond a personalized shopping experience. It’s a philosophy and a service commitment. It’s why we’re here; and we’re dedicated to helping you find & buy head-turning designer swimwear with a perfect fit.

Call us. Email us. Schedule an appointment with a Fit Specialist.

No hassles, no fuss. We’ll do the work to ensure you feel great in a perfect fitting swimsuit.

• Take advantage of a free “personal shopper” experience. It’s kind of like having your own shopping concierge!

• Via phone or email our Fit Specialists will help guide you into the right style and fit based on your individual taste, preferences and body type. We’ll work with you to select flawlessly-fitting swimwear you’ll love.

• Free Shipping – Free Returns – Free Exchanges until we get it right.

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Ocean Spray Review

A few months back you might remember that I did a review for Ocean Spray craisins and diet juice. Well, now I've gotten another great chance to review a new Ocean Spray product!



Ocean Spray, produces many different types of regular and diet juices that are outstanding and quench your thirst like no other. They also offer sauces, produce, and oatmeal too.

A new line of sparkling juices has been introduced and I knew I had to try them. They looked great! The juices come in either diet blueberry pomegranate, or cranberry. Both flavors are also available in diet too. I love sparkling juices and carbonated water, so I knew I would really enjoy this new line. The diet cans have 10 calories per can, and the regular cans have 90 calories per can.


Don't be fooled by these small cans, they pack a great taste inside! I tried the diet cranberry first. The cranberry has a great tart and sweet flavor that accompanies a very refreshing splash of carbonation. The carbonation is very light and subtle, it is not overwhelming or harsh, like a soda. I've never had sparkling cranberry juice, but I absolutely love the combination.

Blueberries and pomegranate combine very nicely and I love them together, especially in Ocean Spray juice :) The two fruits have such a crisp, clean taste when paired together but it goes up a notch when paired with bubbles. These drinks are great for a pick-me-up during the day, or when you want something to drink besides water. They leave you craving their bubbly goodness long after the drink is gone.

The only thing I wish was that the cans were a little bit bigger, maybe just a few ounces more. It would also be nice if the sparkling juices became available in 64 fl oz bottles too. I wonder if over time more flavors will be introduced as well.



Schwan's Review and Giveaway

I've had the pleasure of trying Schwan's food in the past. I had some of their outstanding tortilla soup and four cheese pizza. Both items were full of flavor and satisying. I knew one day I would have the opportunity to try some of their great foods again :)



Schwan's, is an online grocery store that offers food delivery to your home. Products range from ice cream and dessert to meats, side dishes, breakfast items, main entrees, snacks, fruits/vegetables and more. I guarantee that you will fall in love with their food. The company is friendly and has great customer service. I think it's so convenient and fun that a grocery store on wheels comes to your house and saves you the trouble and hassle of grocery shopping yourself. (Taken from website.)

I was sent a mouth watering 6 oz portion of their baked ziti from the new Fresco by Scotto line and also a microwable brownie that looked fabulous. Fresco by Scotto is a family owned Italian restaurant in New York City. Their concept is simple: to serve delicious, fresh, seasonally inspired food in a warm atmosphere. Schwan's has created six Fresco by Scotto family favorite meals to enjoy at your own dining room table. (Taken from website.)



The baked ziti is a small portion and could be shared among two people, but I don't think anymore than that. It is very easy to prepare and in minutes you're enjoying a restaurant quality meal. The pasta is cooked al dente, and the cheese is very fresh and melty which I absolutely love. The sauce is nice and is robust and full of flavor. It's a pasta lover's dream.

What's better then to end a great dinner than with a sweet treat? You sometimes have to indulge! This brownie is warm and gooey and loaded with dark chocolate chips. Warm brownies go excellently with cold and creamy vanilla ice cream. Go on and enjoy some decadence! Just zap the brownie in the microwave and in no time it's melty, hot, warm, and so yummy. The chocolate was rich and very satisying. It's an excellent dessert for any occasion. I love the contrast of the milk and dark chocolate together, it's a nice twist. The pasta and the dessert would be a great date night meal with your significant other. There's nothing better than good food and warm conversation with the person that you love.

One lucky winner will be receiving a great treat from Schwan's. Penne Gratin and Raspberry Rumble ice cream. Can't you just taste them now?


Triple count perfection in this raspberry bonanza. SCHWAN'S® famous vanilla ice cream is marbled with rivers of deep red raspberry puree swirl and kicked-up with raspberry coated crunchy-clusters. The wild extravagance of raspberry-filled chocolate truffles will put you over the top. Get ready to rumble.



Penne pasta is coated in heavy cream and prosciutto (Italian-cured ham), then topped with real Parmesan cheese. Bake it in the oven until golden brown and bubbling hot. It is one of our most heavenly dishes.

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So Delicious Review and Giveaway

For some reason, many of my contests lately have been food related. I'm not sure why this is, but I haven't been getting any complaints about it! In keeping with the theme, let's add another one.



Turtle Mountain, creators of the So Delicious® dairy free brand, is a privately held natural foods company headquartered in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley. Since 1987, Turtle Mountain has produced a variety of all natural, dairy free frozen desserts, beverages, and cultured products. Our products are carried in select grocery and natural food stores throughout the US, as well as Canada and Korea. Our quality measures are world class, featuring an allergen prevention program that has set a new benchmark for the food industry. (Taken from website.)

The So Delicious line of products ranges from sorbets, cultured coconut milk, ice cream and ice cream novelties, and much more. I really like that the line carries so many different products, so there's something that everyone will like. These products are also great for individuals who are lactose intolerant or who have any food allergies.

I received some free product coupons for review purposes. I think I've tried So Delicious ice cream many years ago, but was not exactly sure. I couldn't remember what it tasted like or if I liked it or not. I had to settle the score and try it again.

I bought the So Delicious vanilla coconut milk and the chocolate and peanut butter ice cream.


I had never had coconut milk and I wanted to try something new. The milk was sweeter than normal milk and was a lot thinner too. I normally drink fat free milk, and this milk was even thinner than that. It wasn't as cold as regular milk gets, I noticed. It had a nice balance of coconut and vanilla flavoring, and the flavors mixed well together. I did like it. A cup has 90 calories, which is the same as a regular glass of milk. This milk would be great for drinking alone, pouring on your morning bowl of cereal, in your coffee, or any other way you please!

When I purchased the ice cream I was thinking to myself, how can ice cream be made without dairy in it? No cream in ice cream? How crazy! I was eager to try it and see what it was all about. Chocolate and peanut butter is a great combination of flavors when paired together, and I knew it had to taste great. The container had a nice separation between the chocolate and peanut butter, so when you scooped out a scoop you would get an equal mix of both flavors. I thought that was smart, so you wouldn't taste one flavor more over the other.

What I immediately noticed was that the ice cream was not creamy at all due to having no cream in it, but had more of a soft sweetness to it. The chocolate and peanut butter had distinct flavors which I really liked and they both tasted great. The ice cream had the same consistency to it as normal ice cream does. I would love to eventually try other flavors of the ice cream too.

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner who will win 4 free product coupons good for any So Delicious products. It is also REQUIRED that you follow So Delicious on Facebook to be eligible to win.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Chobani Review and Giveaway

I love yogurt and I try to eat it at least twice a week. The taste of it is great and I love the health benefits it provides.

About Chobani:
Mustafa Dogan is Chobani’s master yogurt maker. He’s an artisan armed with years of yogurt-making experience and is responsible for crafting the rich, deliciousness that is Chobani.

Mustafa custom blends special yogurt cultures just for Chobani. We add these to the milk that we receive daily from local farms to make yogurt. We then strain this yogurt to make it outrageously creamy and ridiculously high in protein.

This unique straining process is what makes Chobani Greek yogurt “Greek” and full of flavor and health benefits:
· All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors.
· Free of synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk.
· Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
· Made with real fruit.
· Twice the protein of regular yogurts.
· A good source of bone-building calcium.
· Gluten-Free and Kosher-Certified.
· Safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies.
(Taken from website.)

Chobani comes in a range of different flavors: black cherry, lemon, plain, blueberry, honey, raspberry, peach, pomegrante, strawberry, and vanilla.

I was sent a variety of 6 oz yogurt cups to review.


The cups are a generous size and hold a lot of yogurt. I never had Greek yogurt before, but have heard good things about it. I was interested to try it. I tried the blueberry first and the yogurt was much denser, thicker, and creamier than normal yogurt. It also had bits of blueberry pieces on the bottom of the cup. Upon first bite, it was very creamy and had a milkshake consistency to it. The blueberry flavor was prevalent and I did like that. It took a while to get used to the extra creaminess of it. I did not love it, but I am willing to give it a second chance. I think it's the type of food that takes getting used to it and you probably have to have it more than once to fully enjoy it. Greek yogurt is extremely healthy for you and has fantastic health benefits. I do like that the yogurts come in so many different flavors for everyone's taste preference.

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Three Sisters Cereal Review

When I eat breakfast, I mainly like to have a bowl of cereal. It is quick and easy and tastes great. I don't usually have time in the mornings to have anything else.

Three Sisters Cereal makes it easy to bring good taste and good value to your table. Our cereals use only the highest quality ingredients. Seriously, who needs to start their day with partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup? And, we never use artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Nothing fake or phony here! (taken from website.)

TSC offers delicious cereals in many different flavors for everyone's tastes. They have Cinnamon Sweets, Sweet Wheats, Honey Puffs, Marshmallow Oaties, Graham Crackerz, and Honey Oaties. I like enjoying foods that have all natural, healthy ingredients to them.

I was sent two bags of cereal to try, Cinnamon Sweets and Sweet Wheat.



Both cereals are sweetened rice and whole grain wheat cereal. No trans fat, partially hydrogenated oil or phony flavors.

The Sweet Wheat reminded me of sweetened shredded wheat which I love! It had a great crunch to it and just a hint of sweetness. I really enjoyed it. It was very tasty and provided me with a good amount of fiber. It did not get soggy in the milk either.

The Cinnamon Sweets were like little squares of cinnamon heaven! Yum! I really enjoy cinnamon and when I can enjoy any cinnamon foods, it's a good day for me :) This cereal was my absolute favorite. The squares had a nice blanket of sweetness to them which also offered a pleasant crunch, which was absolute perfection for me.

These cereals would be great as a snack or for breakfast too. I do like dry cereal sometimes too and they would do just the trick for a mid afternoon pick-me-up. Both cereals are available at Whole Foods Markets around the nation.

Disclosure-I received complimentary cereal to sample for review purposes.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Simple Green Review and Giveaway

Stainless steel and granite can be very hard to maintain and keep clean. There are many products out there that guarantee streak-free cleaning, but that just isn't the case.

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is the leader of non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally safer cleaning products used for household cleaning, appliances, carpet care, and more. Many different products are available through this line including all purpose cleaner, dishwashing liquid, liquid hand soap, glass and surface care, dog stain and odor cleaner, and much more.

I was sent a Simple Green household products kit. I receibed 3 16 oz. spray bottles of SG's ready-to-use specialty cleaning products including their Simple Green Stainless Steel 1-step Cleaner/Polish, Simple Green Stone Cleaner, and Simple Green Stone Polish. The main point with this kit is to introduce the amazing formulas they have created for cleaning high-end kitchen and bath surfaces like stainless steel, brass, granite, corian, silestone, marble and many other surfaces found in modern homes. All are ready to use and all are, of course, non-toxic and biodegradable.


Last time I visited my parents, I had this kit sent to them so I could use it on their stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, and granite countertop. I tried the stainless steel cleaner on the previously mentioned appliances and they cleaned fantastically. Stainless steel is notorious for showing fingerprints very easily. A spray of this solution cleaned all of the fingerprints off very nicely. The solution sprayed on very easily and wiped away cleanly and easily. No greasy residue, fingerprints, or shine remained afterwards. The appliances gleamed with cleanliness and had a streak free glow.

I used the stone polish on the countertops too and the polish cleaned very well too. The product gave the countertops a nice gloss after they were polished and they shined nicely. Both products had no harsh fumes or a chemical smell either. Both my parents and I were very pleased with the results of both products. I have not tried the stone cleaner yet, but I'm sure it works fantastically too. I will certainly be using these again!

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Delizza Review and Giveaway

Eclairs are little bite sized pieces of heaven. They are great party desserts and a favorite among everyone. What's not to love about cold creamy chocolate pastries?

Delizza is prepared from an original Belgian recipe. Products from Delizza include Mini Cream Puffs, Mini Éclairs and other tasty pastries are the best Europe has to offer. A rich dairy cream filling makes these desserts a great complement to after-dinner coffee and perfect for any entertaining occasion. Cover
them with hot chocolate sauce, sprinkle them with powdered sugar, enjoy them with ice cream, fresh fruit or your own original topping recipe. Just Thaw & Serve.

I was sent a coupon to try any Delizza dessert. My store only carried cream puffs and eclairs. It was a hard toss-up, but the eclairs ended up winning. Other products include Belgian double chocolate mini eclairs and Belgian mini chocolate dipped cream puffs (which sound amazing!)



I really enjoyed the eclairs. They come in a box of 30 which is great for serving at any social gathering or event. They are bite sized and so cute. They had the perfect blanket of chocolate on top with a delicious, creamy center. The pastry was a great golden color. When you bite into the pastry, you're hit with a fabulous layer of chocolate which is sweet and just perfect. The pastry is soft and moist and wonderful. Your tastebuds then pick up the cool cream of the center of the treat. The cream is sweet, luscious, and rich. It pairs perfectly with the chocolate and the pastry. The pastry is fresh and the epitome of perfection and it's hard to not have more than one! :)

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