Sunday, February 21, 2016

Evolve Paleo Pantry Review



Paleo is short for Paleolithic – this is the period of time where humans evolved as they are found today. It is pastoral evolution. Where lush grass grew in the fertile valleys. The pyramids were built about 3000 years ago. These great edifices serve to pronounce to the world that a permanent house-based society was now the human norm and millions of years of pastoral evolution was now passé. It was the beginning of an insidious decline of human health. This new lifestyle was enabled by the mass production of the super food – grain. Before that, during the end of the Paleolithic era, life was in its wild and most pristine state.
We at Evolve want to try to fuze that way of eating with the modern techniques and foods we have grown accustomed to. The Paleo diet is based on principles such as low to no grain and low sugar intake; thus low carbohydrates. This low carb way keeps your body working at optimal levels. We also believe in no dairy. There is nothing in dairy that you cannot get from other sources without the significant harm done to your body eating dairy products.
We believe the body has an innate ability of healing if we give it the fuel it needs and get out of the way. We believe that food is cornerstone of living and if we mess that up, your life will be built on a shaky foundation and nothing will function as it was designed. At Evolve, we are a clean eating company. We purchase only the best ingredients when possible.

I haven't fully evolved to the paleo life style.. but I have been eating less sugar and completely low carb. I'm getting married in about a month and half.. and also I just feel better when I eat less processed foods. There are a lot of clean foods out there and Evolve Paleo Pantry had some good products to send me!
Starting with the Assorted Balls. - When I told my co-workers that I'd be bringing Paleo balls for all of us to try, they were a bit hesitant. Then we all tried them and all that nervousness went away. Double Chocolate, Cherry Chocolate, Key Lime, Mint Chocolate, just to name a few. These balls are just like chewy granola bars and they have a good amount of fiber in them. They are also tasty. I'm going with the Key Lime and Mint Chocolate to call my favorites!
They offer Breakfast Mixes as well. I received the Banana Pancakes and Honey Cinnamon Cereal. I actually gave these to my mom when she was visiting last weekend. I only eat eggs or yogurt for breakfast. I'm not a huge pancake or cereal person. I used to be... times change I guess. She was extremely excited to take those home with her though!
Beer Nuts, Salt and Pepper Pistachios, and Hawaiian Punch Trail Mix. The Hawaiian Punch trail mix is a huge hit. Inside there are pieces of pineapple, coconut, cashews, peaches and cherries. They are so sweet and so good. When I'm feeling the urge to grab something unhealthy.. I immediately grab this trail mix and feel so much better about my decision. The Beer Nuts are in my lunch for tomorrow and I'm keeping the Pistachios for our next get together. Pistachios are always a crowd favorite! They have a variety of other trail mixes.. there's a few others I'd love a chance to try.. especially the Island Fire and Tangy Thai.
Then there is the sauces. Salsa and BBQ sauce. I love salsa. I put it on a lot of the food I eat. It has a little kick to it, which I really like. I have yet to try the BBQ sauce, but it's almost grill season, so we'll definitely be getting good use of it.
Ghee.. .I've never really heard of Ghee before, or used it. I'll need to find some recipes to use it in and try it out.

There is a wide variety of products that they offer. They have more flavors then some of the products you saw that I received. It's good to know there are companies out there that create low carb/low sugar/paleo foods. It's nice to know there are so many other people out there that want to live the healthier lifestyle. I'm so glad I was able to try these great products. Find out more on facebook and twitter.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

MuffinElse Review

There are so many clean treats out there. I was able to find another one to enjoy!
MuffinElse. MuffinElse is a Texas-based family owned business with a mission - to enable people to indulge in a healthy way - by creating a healthy snack that you can prepare quickly yet without compromising on the quality of the ingredients. MuffinElse paleo muffins are soy free, dairy free and grain free and it takes less than 2 minutes to prepare.

Muffin in a mug and it only takes less than 2 minutes! That's crazy right? I was a little nervous at first, but it's so easy to make and it tastes great! The first one I tried was the Pecan Clover.
I made it at work and while it was cooking you could smell the clover throughout the room. It smelled so good.
I took a small taste at first, and then I was really impressed, so I walked around the office to see who else wanted to try it. No one did, so more for me!
They offer four flavors: Pecan Clover, Cinnamon Rising, Nutty Maple and Double Chocolate. I am a huge fan of the Pecan Clover and Nutty Maple so far and I have a feeling the other two will be just as good. I'm not sure what I'm saving them for, but I am! A single packet is $2.99 -- inexpensive and oh so good. 90 seconds in the microwave and you have a yummy muffin to enjoy. They are Certified Paleo, Soy Free, Dairy Free, and Grain Free. If you're looking for a new clean, Paleo snack to try, check out these Muffins! Find out more on facebook and twitter.

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The Pantry Club Review

The Pantry Club began in 2010 and is part of a family business established by Matt and Alicia Webb. All our products are manufactured in the U.S. The Pantry Club gourmet dip mixes are made with natural ingredients, are MSG-free and Nitrate free and come in ten very popular flavors. Most of the dip mixes are Gluten-free and Dairy-free. Our products are sold in Sam’s Club shows, Safeway, Albertsons, regional grocery outlets and select health food stores. The Pantry Club and its parent company Deluvia Inc. is a three-time winner of the Inc. 5000 award of fastest growing companies in the U.S., and ranked #32 in the Top 100 Consumer Products Companies.
Sometimes when you go to house parties people ask you to bring a dish or an appetizer. Sometimes when you host your own get together it's always nice to have food around. You'll go to the grocery store and you'll wonder "what can I make tonight"... why not spice it up a bit and make your own dip with Pantry Club Mixes? So many to choose from. They also offer many recipes as well. The dips I received: Sesame Garlic, Sriracha Ranch, Cucumber Dill, Onion Chive, Chipolte Chili and Garden Ranch. -- I made the Garden Ranch for the superbowl game and didn't take any pictures. It was so yummy with vegetables. My fiance and I really enjoyed it. It was very easy to make as well! All the dips are quite easy. I've also tried the onion chive! We accompanied this with pita chips! We have a few left and I can't wait to use them for the next get together! The Pantry club has so many other dip mixes to choose from, and they also have beer marinades, cheeseball mixes ( they have a tiramisu one!), and warm appetizer mixes. You'll be set for your next party, or you can enjoy them just for you!
This smoked cheddar and jalapeno dip looks amazing!

The mixes are gluten free, MSG Free, Nitrate free, Dairy Free, made with natural ingredients, and have a long shelf life! Find out more on facebook.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Deluvia Skin Care Review

The name Delúvia comes from the geology term “Diluvium” which are deposits formed by flooding waters, which seemed a fitting name for a product derived from pure minerals from the Dead Sea. The company originally began as a home business and quickly grew. Now, over a decade later, the corporate offices and manufacturing plant encompasses over 10,000 square feet. The Delúvia Dead Sea Purifying Mud Mask quickly took off so the owners created a complimentary Dead Sea skincare line to use along with the mud to get even better results. With the desire to keep the line as pure as possible, further development was done to create the current paraben free, organic line.

Deluvia is made with natural and organic ingredients without any filters or preservatives. They are based in Clearwater Florida and are a family business.
I received the Miracle Aloe Cream and the Spreadable Body Scrub (ginger citrus). I love the aloe cream. I put this on my body every morning. It helps my skin stay hydrated which I need. Anything that has Aloe in it works for me! I'm such a fan. Body scrub has always felt weird to me, but I've learned to enjoy it. With this you're supposed to massage over slightly moistened skin and rinse thoroughly. It's made with dead sea salts to clean and exfoliate your skin. It doesn't leave a greasy feeling like some other scrubs out there.

Deluvia has Skin Care, Body Care, and Mineral Make up Products. There is so much to choose from! Find out more on facebook and twitter.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Natural Sins Reviews

Natural Sins - The Un-Potato Chip. BY FAR THE BEST SNACK IN THE WORLD. Hands down. I'm obsessed with Natural Sins. There are only two ingredients in every bag of Natural Sins. They are full of flavor and amazing flavor at that. They Crunch just like a chip.. but guess what... NO REGRET! No Guilt. NONE!
Coconut. Pineapple. Mango. Beet. The four flavors of Natural Sins. I wish I took a picture of the Pineapple chips, because they are in they look like a pineapple! It's so cool. But here's the mango one.
They taste exactly like what it is. The pineapple tastes like the pineapple.. and then mango tastes just like a mango and so forth. I'm obsessed with the mango and pineapple ones (if you couldn't tell). I'm not a huge beet fan, so I gave those to my manager. I tried the coconut -- and they were okay -- so I gave the rest to a co-worker who ate the bag in one sitting. The mango and pineapple though.. I'd buy bags and bags of those. So incredibly tasty. I have only good things to say!

They are from Costa Rica and they have their own way of doing things: We certainly didn’t think we could waltz in and steal a few potato chip fans along the way without having a pretty spectacular chip to share with the rest of the world. It starts with our fruits and veggies. We scale volcanoes hunting for pineapples in their skirts, climb atop wild coconut trees to find the perfect fruit and wield our machetes through the jungle searching for two-pound mangoes.
Once we’ve found fruits and veggies worthy of Natural Sins, we hand slice them a ¼ mm thick, sprinkle each batch with pure cane sugar and bake them low and slow. When you tear into one of our hand-packed bags, you bite into crispy slices of whole fruit. What follows is jaw-dropping wonderment that awakens all five senses and tastes like no other chip on earth.


I'm telling you that once you try one of these un-chips you won't want to go back to another chip brand. These Natural Sins are worth every bite. You can even buy them on amazon!! Find out more on facebook and twitter. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Summer's Candles Reviews

I love candles. They are in almost every room of my house even the bathrooms! They are all difference scents too. There has to be a variety! I'm always looking for new candles to try because candles are awesome! Summer's Candles sent me a variety of candles to review. Gina started Summer's Candles in 2014 when she was looking for a 2nd job and couldn't find one. She brought up starting a business to her daughter and she was all in.. the question was what business though? Candles came up and making candles was new to Gina but she liked them so why not try it out? She decided to go for it. "So I did my research on waxes, fragrance oils, wicks, and the first 6 months it was a lot of trial and error. I am going to be honest, I don't use a thermometer when I make my candles. I make my candles the way I cook my food, there is no recipe, I go off my senses and if it smells good and if the smell will last. All my candles are hand poured by myself, when I get new scents my daughter will give her opinion on them, some scents she doesn't like while others she loves.

Gina sent me a variety of different candles to try. She sent me some wax melts, the tins and also the votive's. There are so many scents to choose from when choosing the votive's.
Green Apple, Birthday Cake and Fruit Loops were the scents I received. I'm most pumped about the Fruit Loops. I took once sniff and I was in heaven. It smells EXACTLY like the cereal. It's pretty cool. The Votive's are $1.95 each. Then there are the wax melts. I love how it takes about 5-10 minutes for the wax to melt (maybe less) and it fills the room immediately.
About 20 minutes ago I had the Jamaican Island melting. My room smells like a beach right now and it's amazing. I also received Butt Naked and Pineapple Coconut. There are many different scents you can choose from! The wax melts are $1.99 each.
Then there are the tin candles. I received Vampire and Drakkar (mens fragrance). I am obsessed with the vampire scent. They range in price. -- There is such a variety of different scents you can choose from at Summer's Candles. They would make a great gift for any candle lover! You should check them out even the blog, you may learn something about candles you didn't know! If you want to buy some candles you can use the discount code "special" to get 15% off your first order!

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nugg Beauty Review

As The Face Mask Authority™, nügg is all about providing top quality skin treatments at affordable prices. Our innovative face masks are packaged in single serve pods and powered by cutting edge technology that eliminates the need for chemical emulsifiers.

I've never used face masks before so this was a first for me. I received three different face masks to try:
Anti-Aging -- Deep Cleansing -- and Exfoliating. I tried the Deep Cleansing first. When I think of face masks I think of the lotion sticking to my face and becoming all crusty. This wasn't the case. I massaged it on my face, let it sit for the appropriate time, and rinsed it off. I didn't feel myself itch it, and I didn't even notice it was on my face while I was waiting. It was such an easy process. My skin felt great afterwards too!
The other face masks they have are: De-Stress (may need to get some of those) -- Hydrating -- revitalizing -- and soothing. I love the design of each of the containers as well. They definitely make you want to pick it up and read what it is!
They are small packages and good for on the go. Besides the face masks you can get lip masks and eye masks also 4-Day Treatment Regimes as well as variety packs. They are produced without petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors. They are formulated with over 90% natural or naturally-derived ingredients. They are cruelty free.
You can look online and see what your skin concern is before buying any of the products. They'll let you know what works best for you! Find out more on facebook and twitter.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hnina Gourmet Review

Hnina- Nuts about chocolate. What am I nuts about besides their chocolate? Their packaging. Ha! Working in a print shop for the past couple years I learn to have a strange obsession with packaging and of course print. Before I get into the actual chocolate -- the packaging is awesome! Check it out.
Watch the video below to learn about Hnina

I received a variety pack of their truffles:
Almonds + Hazelnuts
Macadamias + Pistachios
Brazilian nuts + Almonds + Coconuts (favorite)
Walnuts + Cashews
Pistachios + Hazelnuts (favorite)
Pecans + Pine Nuts
and Seeds

These chocolates are guilt free pleasure. They are vegan raw. They have a high cacao content. The nuts and seeds are raw too. It's pretty cool. I gave the Seeds flavor to my co-worker and she took a bite of it, and you could see all the small seeds in it. It's definitely different.. but worth talking about.
I normally had these after dinner, as a guilt free dessert, with some milk of course! I always pair my chocolate with milk. Some people say Red wine is great with chocolates, I'm just not a red wine person. You can learn a lot about their chocolates and pairing options online. These chocolates would make a great gift for someone or even for yourself! I'm glad I had the chance to try these chocolates. They introduced me to a healthier type of chocolate :) You can find out more on facebook and twitter.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Crunchmaster Review

What better snack for game time then crackers? You can pair crackers with so many different items... Cheese, jam, peanut butter, salami... many others! I love bringing a variety of crackers and cheese to parties. They are always a crowd favorite! Crunchmaster Crackers are awesome. I took a bite of one and I heard this loud crunch! They are definitely crunchy and it's a great name for the crackers! Their story:
It’s a long way from the rice fields that surround Niigata along the coast of northern Japan, where the art of handcrafting, aging, baking (on open grills) and perfecting rice crackers has long been passed down from generation to generation. At Crunchmaster, we’re committed to fusing the tradition of the East with the tempting taste sensations of the West to give you authentic snacks that not only taste great, but are better for you. Using our exclusive, proprietary rice baking techniques, we craft our baked rice crackers in the "Usuyaki" style (that’s Japanese for thin and flat) tradition, using wholesome ingredients. The result? Great tasting crackers with an incredible crunch



They have a variety of products: Popped Edamame Chips == MultiSeed Crackers: Original, Roasted Garlic and Rosemary & Olive Oil == Multi-Grain Crackers == Multi-Grain Crisps == 7 Ancient Grains == Baked Rice Crackers.

Crunchmaster crackers are Certified Gluten Free, 100% Whole Grain, Low Saturated Fat, Cholesterol Free, and 0g trans fat. You can find them in your local grocery stores.

I have been saving them for tomorrow's Superbowl game.. but I did open one bag and I've been using the crackers as an addition to my lunch. I've been having tuna salad on Mondays, and I use the crackers as a scooper instead of a fork! I love hearing the crunch in every bite. I can't wait to have them tomorrow and watch others enjoy the crunch as well!!

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Natural Vitality Review/Giveaway and Free E-Book Download

February is Heart Month so Natural Vitality along with Organic Connections has a new E-Book for you to download. Link here. It's called the Calmful Healthy Heart Book. Inside: Why your heart is awesome, Why being calm helps your heart, Tips for Heart Health, Learning about Magnesium, Yoga Moves, What's Yummy for Heart Health,and some Recipes! Go check it out!

Natural Vitality Mission Statement To provide premium and efficacious products that have a valid and unique reason for being. Our mission is not to compete but to fill a need that has not been met or to meet a need that has not yet been recognized. Our objective in producing and marketing products is to make life easier for our customers and help lessen stress in their lives. Our view of health is that all departures from wellness have stress at their root. Our approach is proactive on a product-specific basis but is also more broadly focused through our Calm Earth Project (formerly our Natural Revitalization program) which began in 2007 and through the print and web-based publication of our award-winning Organic Connections magazine (now in its eighth year) which is aimed at inspiring calm, creative & conscious living.

I was sent The Natural Calm: A Relaxing Magnesium Supplement -- An Anti Stress Drink. I also received the calmfull mug :) The flavor is Raspberry Lemon. It's actually quite good. I've been taking Magnesium vitamins to help with my headaches, but this supplement also helps.

“Magnesium enables your body to work, effectively. As the enabler of muscle relaxation, magnesium helps prevent and alleviate many health complaints such as headaches, constipation, cramps, and more. Equally important, magnesium helps restore cellular balance as a result of the body’s stress response. Magnesium plays a key role in reducing the risk and health complaints associated with stress. As a dietitian, I regularly see how food processing, food preferences, dietary needs, and ineffective supplementation result in insufficient daily magnesium intake. Increasing intake of food sources of magnesium and the addition of a quality magnesium supplement like Natural Calm from Natural Vitality* helps my patients achieve the health benefits of optimal magnesium intake, daily.”

So how stressful am I? Well let's see... I'm getting married in April... everything is pretty much planned for the wedding and pretty much everything is done. But you know there's always something that gets in the way.. let's see... The first dress shop I went to went bankrupt.. I found a new dress, one I love even more! Then a good friend of mine who was supposed to be standing up in the wedding decided to tell me she couldn't make it to the wedding period. Reasons we won't get into.... then there is the day of the wedding and things that go along with that and that hasn't even happened yet. Oh and I have trouble sleeping.. and work sometimes is really hard... So am I stressed? You better believe it. Hopefully after the wedding things will calm down and I'll be able to sleep again and just be able to breath... --- So the Anti-Stress drink has been great. When I feel those stress levels rising, I normally drink this. I normally have this mid-day early evening.. and it seems to really help me relax. That's what I need.. to relax. -- I also get migraines and I hear magnesium is supposed to help with that as well.. it has! I don't get them as frequently anymore.

While exploring the website a little more... I found some recipes to use this supplement in. It's a good thing I have some left. I'll need to try some of these out! Natural Vitality has other products out there for you too. I really recommend this if you're feeling stressed and need to relax. One lucky winner will win themselves this supplement to try. Good luck!!

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part