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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Voortman Pumpkin Spice Wafers

Voortman Pumpkin Spice Wafers

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Delicious wafers with the distinct seasonal flavor of pumpkin spice! Available for a limited time only!
I am a Pumpkin Spice junkie... which it completely surprising, since as a child I wouldn't TOUCH pumpkin pie. Mommy tried NUMEROUS times, but it was not happening.

Sometime in my teenage years, I finally caved and tried a pumpkin pie from McDonald's, and I was sold. Since then, I get stoked when September hits, because I know that everything Pumpkin Spice will soon be hitting the shelves.

Grandma knows this, so when she saw these at our local Tops Markets, she picked up a package for me.


^^the package Grandma bought me^^

These taste a lot like actual pumpkin pie stuffed into a cake-style ice cream cone. They seem to be very heavy on the cinnamon, which for me is not a bad thing, because I LOVE anything cinnamon flavored.

There are two downfalls to these cookies...
1. They are VERY crumbly. Anytime I ate these I had crumbs all over me and the desk.
2. Some wafer cookies have a heavy taste of salt, while others don't. This gives it a strange salty-sweet taste. It's not a BAD taste, but when the cookies before have all had a sweet taste to them, it can throw you for a loop.

The biggest problem disabled people will have with this is opening the outer wrapping. The cookies turn to mush quite easily with a few chews.

Being this is a seasonal item, it may be hard to find this in stores. (Grandma could still find them in our local Tops Market as of last week) I cannot even find these on eBay, so you MAY have to wait until September again to find these.

FINAL THOUGHTS
If you like pumpkin pie, you'll LOVE these!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love With Food January 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
January 2017 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
February's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

January’s theme was ‘Seize The Day.’ This time of year, everyone’s thinking about making changes in their lives, and at Love With Food we’re no different. While it’s easy to get back into that everyday routine you’re used to, we want to encourage all our super snackers to mix things up a little. Book that international trip you’re always wanted. Run that marathon. Or just try some new all-natural snacks! Hey nothing wrong with baby steps!

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.


Since I was eager to dive right into the box, I completely forgot to take a picture! So, I did an unboxing video!

VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN PEPTIDES
FROM THE CARD: We believe that whole-food-based nutrition containing collagen is essential for overall health, fitness and wellbeing. However, our bodies require an abundant amount of collagen and modern food processing has removed this natural healthy nutrient from our diets. Supplementing our body with collagen helps promote better digestion, youthful skin, healthier hair, stronger nails, bone & joint health, and overall wellness.

I received the unflavored package, and I don’t know what I did wrong, but these would NOT dissolve completely for me. I tried half into a glass of milk, and thinking even though it says it will dissolve into cold foods and/or drinks the milk was too cold, I tried the second half into a very hot cup of coffee. Both times, the bottom of the cup looked like there was a grainy syrup in it.
I will admit, I could not taste a difference in my drinks, minus the grainy feel to it. I think I’d opt for another way of getting collagen into my diet.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Paleo Friendly

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE in PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH and MILK CHOCOLATE CRUNCH
The Milk Chocolate flavor reminded me a LOT of a Skor bar, which I went through a phase of loving as a teenager. However, unlike Skor bars or even the Dark Chocolate flavor I reviewed in last January’s box, This was soft on my teeth.
The Peanut Butter flavor was a bit harder on my teeth, crunch wise. However, it was my favorite flavor of the two. I could really taste the peanut butter in this flavor.
Save 15% on your order at davessweettooth.com with the code ‘FIRST15’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

SKINNY POP POPCORN in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BAG: We believe in snacking without compromise. To us, that means using the fewest, cleanest and simplest ingredients possible to bring you the best tasting popcorn. - That’s the Skinny!

I tasted nearly NO cheddar flavor on this. Maybe one handful out of the whole bag. The popcorn itself tasted fine. I just wish there was more of a cheddar flavor to the kernels.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Preservative Free

DOOR COUNTRY KETTLE CHIPS ORIGINAL FLAVOR
FROM THE BAG: Our original kettle chips are in a class by themselves – the perfect combination of crunchy and salty goodness made from three simple ingredients.
Door County Potato Chips are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality. We use only the finest natural ingredients to bring out the real flavor and texture of this delightful snack.
These crunchy snacks have no preservatives and zero grams trans fat. Our chips are fresh and simple, just like Door County itself!
From our family to yours, Enjoy the goodness of Door County Potato Chips!

The taste is just like any other plain Kettle chip, but these were REALLY hard on my teeth.
If Door County were to make normal potato chips, I’d eat them, but due to my gum issues, I wouldn’t get these again.
Buy one bag, get one bag at DoorCountyPotatoChips.com with the code ‘LovewithFood’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

FREE FROM VEGAN GRANOLA
Looking at the ‘Perfect for these diets’ list, I was actually thinking this was going to be the next thing to eating sawdust. But I was actually VERY pleasantly surprised.
It tastes just like a granola bar, but in a 'free' form. The sweetness level actually surprised me. It's not overly sweet, but there is a good amount of sweetness it it, which comes from organic applesauce, vegan cane sugar, dried cranberries (which I thought were raisins, to be honest), maple syrup, nutmeg & cinnamon. This was hands down my favorite item in the box!
Save $5.00 on your order over $25.00 at redplatefoods.com with the code ‘FREEFROM’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Peanut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Sesame Free, Vegan

ALOHA DAILY GOOD GREEN DRINK MIX in CHOCOLATE
Nope. Another one that wasn’t happening, after learning my lesson with the Garden of Life Protein Mix, I wasn’t even going to try this. I was NOT going to subject myself to nausea again.
Save $10.00 on your order over $50.00 at aloha.com with the code ‘LWFSAVE10’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan

TASTY ORGANIC FRUIT SNACKS
These reminded me heavily of Cherry Gummy Life Savers. Very soft on the teeth. However, they liked to get stuck in my teeth as well. One of my favorites of January’s box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

TRUVIA NECTAR SWEETENER
I tried this in a cup of tea I received for Christmas, Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea, since I wasn’t sure how a sweetener with honey would taste in coffee.
It was okay, but it seemed to leave a very strange aftertaste in my mouth. I believe it was the brand and not the fact that it’s ‘supposedly’ diabetic sweetener, since I can use Splenda without this aftertaste.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

HONEY STINGER ORGANIC FRUIT CHEWS in FRUIT SMOOTHIE
These have a STRONG honey taste to them. Otherwise, these are very similar to the Tasty Fruit snacks from above. I didn’t feel any jitters or nervousness after eating these, so I’m guessing the energy comes from the honey and other sweeteners used in these.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

EMMY’S ORGANICS ORGANIC COCONUT COOKIE in DARK CACAO
I reviewed the Lemon Ginger flavor of these cookies last July and HATED them.
The Dark Cacao cookie tasted infinitely better, but they are still not a cookie I’d specifically go out and buy… which it PAINS me to say, because Emmy’s Organics is a ‘local’ company to me, based out of Ithaca, NY. I feel like I’m hurting the local economy by speaking ill of them.
The taste is reminiscent of an Almond Joy bar, minus the almond.
Save 20% on your order at emmysorganics.com with the code ‘LWF20’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Kosher

TRUVIA SWEETENER CRYSTALS
I tried two packets of this in a morning cup of coffee and it just didn’t taste as sweet as I’m accustomed to. Just like with the Truvia Nectar sweetener above, it left a very strange aftertaste in my mouth.
I ended up passing the remaining packets to other adoptive family members.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

REVIVE ALL NATURAL ENERGY SHOT
Okay, so… like I said in the video above, I was leery of trying this, since I know energy drinks/shots aren’t supposed to be the greatest for you.
But after reading the ingredients list and see that it was basically just juice concentrates. I decided to try it… it’s just concentrated juices of superfruits. How bad could it be?
Really bad.
I got two sips in and I couldn’t drink any more of it. I’m not sure if it was the flavor I received (Watermelon Berry) or not, But it tasted outright repulsing and my stomach started churning. I ended up tossing the rest of it in the trash.
If you do drink energy shots and want to try this, Save on your next order at drinkre.com with the code ‘LovemyRE’ (one time use per customer - discount cannot be combined with any other offer)
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

DELALLO GLUTEN FREE LASAGNA
As I said in the video, I passed these on to my grandma, since she does the cooking here. I’m sure she’ll be making lasagna in March for Mama Melissa’s birthday, so when she does, I will come back and edit this.
TASTE: UNKNOWN as of this posting.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks and part of a meal, all that are good for me.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Friday, February 10, 2017

aLLreLi X100 7200 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse

aLLreLi X100 7200 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Isn't it a pain having to take the time to adjust to a new gaming mouse? You might have thought about upgrading to a high tech laser mouse to enhance game play, but the thoughts of having to adapt might be a big turn off.

But it doesn't have to be that way!

We designed the aLLreLi X100 Programmable Wired USB Laser Gaming Mouse to adapt to you, not the other way around, giving you the gaming experience you want and deserve.

When we say that the aLLreLi X100 Programmable Wired USB Laser Gaming Mouse is a programmable gaming mouse, we really mean it. Our wired mouse can be adjusted in many different ways, giving you a gaming mouse that seems as if it were built to your exact specifications.

AS SENSITIVE AS YOU NEED With six DPI resolution settings (800-1200-2000-3200-5000-7200) this wired mouse will give you the sensitivity level you need for top performance in any game
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY Our gaming mouse is equipped with an AVAGO3310 laser engine that is able to detect your movements with ease
COLOR-CODED LIGHTING The programmable gaming mouse includes six lights that match the DPI settings, making setting the sensitivity simple. You can choose which light matches which and adjust other aspects of the light performance
FULLY PROGRAMMABLE GAMING MOUSE With the included profile and macro editor software, you can map the buttons included in the design to work with your favorite games for faster responses in all types of scenarios
TOP PERFORMANCE Our wired mouse has a 1000Hz Report Rate and a tracking speed: 60 inch/sec, 20G acceleration with full speed transmission when connecting with a USB 2.0/3.0 port
So, this is the 3rd mouse from aLLreLi I’ve reviewed, and I HATE to say this, but it’s my LEAST favorite.


^^What I received^^

It’s a larger mouse, which is common for gaming mice. The buttons are coated with a ‘rubbery’ texture, but it also has chrome accents on it, which gathers fingerprints and ‘sweat dirt’ quite easily… and it makes it nearly impossible to keep clean. (Right now, I have a spot on it that refuses to come off, no matter HOW many times I wipe it)


^^Chrome details on the mouse^^

There are 6 different DPI settings:
RED – 800 DPI – Seems to be fine in a word processor, but seems to ‘drag’ in a browser.
YELLOW – 1200 DPI – My personal ‘sweet spot.’ In person, it’s NOT yellow. It’s more of a lemon-lime or 'Chartreuse’ (or for any WWE fans, DX green)
GREEN – 2000 DPI – Now this is what I consider TRUE green. It’s more along the lines of fluorescent green, but brighter. It’s okay, and I find myself bumped to this one a lot if I’m not careful.
BLUE – 3200 DPI – Usable with concentration, but not one I like to use if I can help it.
CYAN – 5000 DPI – Too sensitive for me. BARELY usable.
PURPLE – 7200 DPI – Pretty color, but impossible for me to use.

This came with a mini CD, which have specific gaming drivers and software to set up game-specific macros, but since I use alternative OSes (Chromebooks and/or Linux Mint), I found no use for the mini CD. Otherwise, this is another Plug-n-Play mouse.


^^Replacement feet/pads^^

One good thing about this mouse is the inclusion of replacement feet/pads. I like this, because if the feet/pads become too scratched or scuffed, this can impact use during game play. I’m not sure if you can buy these replacement pads separately or not.

The main reason I did not like this mouse is the side buttons did not work. I rely on this buttons heavily during use, especially while reading blogs or news websites. Nothing happens when I hit these buttons. I at first thought it was a Chromebook thing, but the buttons still do not work while using Linux Mint. I wouldn’t think I would need the drivers from the CD for this function, since these buttons work just fine on the other two aLLreLi mice I’ve reviewed.

The only problem I see disabled people having with this mouse is the DPI. Some of the settings will be nearly impossible for anyone with a hand/arm disability to use, and the DPI button is NOT recessed. So, quick or spastic movements may change the DPI setting by accident.

This is available from Amazon for $26.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, I like the aLLreLi brand of mice… This particular one just fell flat for me.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes/No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Genial Day Feminine Products

Genial Day Feminine Products

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
GENIAL DAY®  is a brand of awesome products for women, by women.  The GENIAL DAY® brand stands out because of the spirit of innovation and genuine concern about a woman's health and environment. Our products are designed to provide women with the ultimate comfort and a peace of mind. Therefore, they feature skin-friendly pH, are air permeable, and free of harmful chemicals.

Genial [jee-nee-uh l] favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: so as to give life, growth, or health.

Genial... that’s what our products are all about. By sharing them with you, we wish you a gentle, comfortable, healthy, and pleasant day. 
Ah. Periods.

It’s something every woman deals with and every man hates talking about.

As a teenager, I started out using pads, since my mommy was afraid I’d lose my virginity by using tampons. Granted, anyone that has taken some sort of health class knows that’s not the case. But my mommy was ‘old school’ in that aspect.

As my CP symptoms began to worsen, I switched to tampons, simply for ease. It was so much easier (and neater) for me to just change a tampon and go about my day than deal with changing pads and constantly ruining underwear when I’d have a spillage or ruining the adhesiveness of pads by shaking. Plus, I wasn’t getting the skin irritation when using tampons, like I was with pads. The most I dealt with was a little soreness from the applicator pinching my skin or pulling some hair when the tubes were pushed together. By this point, I was in my late teens and early 20s, had a boyfriend and no longer a virgin. So, Mommy was fine with it.

I was even playing it smart by following the tampon box directions to the letter… Change at least every 8 hours, full or not, use the SMALLEST absorbency needed to prevent leaks, Use pads at night, remove when finished with menstruation. I never had an issue.

But, when I moved in with Mama Melissa’s parents, I was forced to go back to pads full time, because of the TSS warning… which meant going back to ruined panties. Going back to leakage/spillage. Going back to skin irritation and redness. It sucked, but it was ‘their house, their rules,’ even though I’m over 18.

I’ve tried many different brands of pads, trying to find a brand that wouldn’t irritate the sensitive skin down there, but also keep my panties in decent shape. I managed to find one brand that did this… I REALLY want to say it was Stayfree with Velcro wings. However, they seem to have discontinued the Velcro version and went back to ‘tape’ fasteners for the wings. With shaky hands, these don’t work the best and I end up ruining perfectly good pads when the wings either stick to themselves or the underside of the pads themselves!

So, when Genial Day asked me to do a review of their products, I readily said yes. What drew me to them was the claim they made of not being irritant to the skin. I wanted to put this to the test.


ITEM HERE


In the package, I received:
1 package of 24 regular liners
1 package of 10 Super Absorbency pads
1 package of 8 Super Plus Absorbency pads
a box of Eivi Smart period Underwear

The liners are a bit short for my needs. I’m accustomed to the Always panty liners for ‘Plus Size’ women, which cover the crotch of my panties perfectly. I needed to take two of these to get the coverage I need.

The Super Absorbency pads are the ‘sweet spot’ for me. They look like an ultra-thin maxi with wings, which I usually DON’T like, due to having problems applying the wings to the outer crotch of my panties. However, These wings are different in the fact that they are 'cut' to wrap around the crotch of the panties better. They stay put, have just the right absorbency, and the wings don’t become useless if/when they stick to each other. Surprisingly, I really really love these pads.

And now to the ones I loathe… the Super Plus Absorbency pads. These are a thinner version of the Always MAXI Pads Extra Heavy Overnight with Flexi-Wings that Mama Melissa uses, complete with the flare-out ‘wings’ for the butt part of the panties. I’m not sure if I had a bad batch or what the deal was, but these just would NOT stick to my panties at all. I ruined 2 perfectly good pads, trying to put these into my panties. After the 2nd pad became ruined, I gave up and just used one of Mama Melissa’s pads that day.

As far as the underwear go… I didn’t even try them. I have no shame in admitting I wear a size 18 to 20 pants (I have a pair of elastic waist jeans that are size 20 that fit just right, but yet, I have a pair of  elastic waist jeans that are size 18 that are a bit baggy.) I was sent a size medium of these underwear, which are designed for a size 10-12… Yeah, this was NOT happening. I knew they would not even get over my rump. However, they do feel quite soft to the touch and I like the fact they have have ‘wing pockets;’ specially designed flaps that you insert the wings into, to ‘hide’ them from the outside of the panties. Not exactly sure WHY this is a thing, but if you’re the type that wears shortish skirts or dresses, no one will see your pad’s wings if an accidental flash happens.

Now, the BIGGEST problem I see disabled women having issues with is using the ‘wing pockets’ on the Eivi panties. If they have shaky hands, they might ruin the adhesiveness of the wings while trying to insert them.  The packages of pads have ‘easy-open’ flaps on them, so opening the packages are very easy. Otherwise, if a disabled woman can put a pad in her panties, she’ll have no trouble using these products.

All these products can be found on Genial Day’s website.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These products do live up to their claim. I did not have any skin irritations this month from pads. It was SO nice to not have soreness and redness 'down there.'
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

#BehindTheBlogger -- Love Yourself

#BehindTheBlogger -- Love Yourself

Loving yourself.

It's something every person in the world struggles with whether they will admit it or not.

"You're fat."

"You're ugly."

"You're too stupid to do (insert action here)."

"You'll never amount to anything."

Words like that are so VERY damaging to a person's psyche.

And if you have a disability, it's even harder to love yourself, since you feel 'broken.'

Defective.

Useless.

Growing up, I never had to worry about hearing these words. My Mommy taught me from a very early age that I wasn't broken, or defective, or useless. She taught me I was anything but.

Her mantra to me was 'You can do anything you set your mind to.'

Her teaching me that mantra is a LARGE part of why I've come as far as I have in life. She wouldn't let me just sit back and 'Oh, I'm disabled... I can't do that.' She pushed me to do my best in everything I did. If I failed... Well, okay; so be it. But I least I could say I TRIED.

I loved myself when she was alive, because she wouldn't LET me hate myself.

But after she died and I moved in with Mama Melissa's parents, things changed.

When I finished my Web Design degree, instead of congratulating me, like Mommy would have done, Her parents acted like it was no big deal. Mama Melissa and my friends acted like it was a bigger deal than they did.

Over the next 9 to 10 years, I slipped into a period of self-loathing. I hated EVERYTHING about me... and a large part of that was in thanks to Mama Melissa's father. Everyday, I heard negative comments about me... (and these are EXACT quotes, folks, just censored for the web)

"You're a f***ing ret*rd."

"You're so f***ing fat, Nobody except Aaron would want you. Not even a ******* would want you." (Aaron is our neighbor with Downs Syndrome)

"You're so f***ing ugly. It's no wonder you dated the guys you f***ing did... That's all you could f***ing get."

And it doesn't help that Mama Melissa's mom would 'encourage' him while in his presence, but she would be like Mama Melissa and supportive of me when he wasn't in earshot. There were days I honestly didn't know if SHE felt the same as he did, or if she was just going along with him to 'keep the peace.'

After hearing this stuff day in and day out for 9 to 10 years, I began to believe it myself. 'Maybe Mommy raised me wrong. Maybe she shouldn't have praised me so much.'

Then in about 2012, a light switch flicked. I had a talk with Mama Melissa, who basically told me NOT to listen to him; He's always been this way, and he will never change. I started dating Pookie, my fiance... and he shows me every day that he loves me for me. My CP doesn't bother him. He's fine with the fact I need to use mobility aids. He's fine with the fact that I walk and talk 'funny.' He's fine with my weight, whether I'm at my HS weight of 142, or if I'm at my current weight of 180. (And yes, I'm ABSOLUTELY FINE with admitting that)

And in turn, my self-esteem is going up by the day... I'm regaining my self-confidence and my self-worth. I'm so thankful for that.

He's showing me what it's like to 'Love yourself.' And I love him even more for that.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Pringles Loud Crisps

Pringles Loud Crisps

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Everyone knows that Pringles® majors in flavor, and now, the snackable crisps are introducing a bold, new line-up – Pringles LOUD. The crunchy corn- and grain & veggie-based crisps are layered with flavor, and available in five mouthwatering varieties
I think it's safe to say I am a junk food junkie. I've been weaning myself off the 'sweet' snacks, because I don't want to be rude in front of Mama Melissa. So, Pringles have become our 'go to' snacks, because they work well with her pre-diabetic diet.

I was fortunate enough to get a preview of the new line of Pringles Loud crisps for review. Let's have a look at the flavors.


^^actual cans I received^^

Fiery Chili Lime
The corn crisps will blast your taste buds with spicy tomato flavor, splash some lime and finish with a delicious heat.

Spiciest one of the bunch, in my opinion. What I really like about these is, unlike other ‘Chili Lime’ flavored crisps, I actually could taste the lime flavoring on these. There is a nice kick of lime. The chili flavoring actually tastes like chili, or at least chili sauce. Most snacks that are ‘chili flavored’ just dump a bunch of chili powder on the chips and call it done. To be able to taste actual chili was a real treat!
TASTE: 8/10

Mighty Margherita Pizza
This grain & veggie crisp is layered with the classic ingredients of the popular pizza – tomato, basil and mozzarella – inspired by the colors of the Italian flag.

Let me be honest here; I’ve never KNOWINGLY eaten Margherita Pizza. So, going into this flavor, I was expecting a flavor very similar to the Pizza flavor Pringles already makes, just ‘spicier.’
This is not the case. These are very heavy on the tomato and the basil flavor, not so much on the mozzarella taste. It is there, but very faint. I also seem to taste some oregano flavoring to these crisps. These are pretty good, but I’m not sure these would be a ‘must buy flavor’ for me.
TASTE: 7.5/10

Salsa Fiesta
In Spanish, "salsa" means "sauce,” and "fiesta" means "feast" – which traditionally involves a celebration. So, these corn-based Pringles are a saucy celebration in your mouth.

Honestly, I don’t taste too much of a salsa flavoring on these. I’m not even sure what I taste on these. I was honestly expecting to taste some other salsa ingredients on this, like fresh diced tomatoes, peppers and onions, similar to what I have tasted with other Salsa flavored snacks. It’s just more of a spicy tomato paste flavor. These are the ones that fall flat for me.
TASTE: 5/10

Spicy Queso
Who doesn't love delicious, melty cheese and peppers with corn crisps? Enough said.

Even though snacks like these crisps make my acid reflux flare, Sometimes, it’s just WORTH it.
And the Spicy Queso flavor is one of those times.
If you’ve ever had the Lance’s Captain's Wafers Jalapeño Cheddar Sandwich Crackers or the Buck Wild Jalapeño Jack chips, then you pretty much know what these taste like, just crunchier.
I’m actually surprised I like these, since I can’t handle eating jalapeños straight. These are my absolute favorite of what was sent, and I can see myself buying these.
TASTE: 10/10

Super Cheesy Italian
The main ingredient in any Italian dish – aside from parmesan and herbs – is enjoying the meal with friends and family. Grab a can of these new grain & veggie Pringles and invite everyone you know to dig in.

These have an AWESOME dose of parmesan cheese to them. It tastes like I took like a veggie-based dish and dumped a good amount of grated parmesan cheese on the dish. These are my second favorite flavor.
TASTE: 9/10

There is one downfall to these crisps. Because the crisps are made with corn and other grains, and not potato-based like typical Pringles crisps, these crumble and break very easily. While that’s great for my oral issues, it makes eating them from the can a complete chore. I had to dump the ‘crumbs’ and broken pieces into bowls and eat them with a spoon, just to be able to eat them all. This is the problem I see disabled people having. Otherwise, if you can chew other Pringles crisps, I don't see there being an issue.

These crisps are available from most major retailers, starting at $1.98 (Walmart pricing -- your local store may differ).

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very delicious, but also very crumbly.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: An absolute and emphatic YES.

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

XS Premium Guardian Tempered Glass Screen Protector

XS Premium Guardian Tempered Glass
Screen Protector


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The XS Premium Tempered Guardian Glass for iPhone 6/6S from scratches and other damage with premium tempered glass to ensure durability. The glass is smudge proof which helps prevent oils from collecting and reduces fingerprints. In addition the glass is tempered Real explosion-proof film Glass for delicate touch and feel.
Features:

Designed for Apple iPhone 6 (4.7-inch screen version)
Real explosion-proof tempered glass film for delicate touch and feel
Surface hardness: 9H
Smudge proof
Full transparency
A few years ago, when the blog was just starting, I reviewed the iLLumiShield Crystal Clear Screen Protectors for the Verizon Ellipsis 7". After seeing how much trouble Mama Melissa had trying to put them on, I swore off ever using a screen protector. I will use a case for them... actually, that's the FIRST thing I buy after I buy a new phone. But a screen protector? Nope.

Plus, as I said in my review of iPhone 7 Plus Rose Flower Case, I don't use iDevices on a regular basis. I am primarily an Android girl.

So, when I received this, I really had no use for it. But, I will try to review it the best I can.


^^what I received^^

Unfortunately, when I opened the shipping envelope, the outer packaging was scratched (as shown) and when I took everything out to take the photos, the protector itself was cracked. I'm not entirely sure I'd trust something that would break that easily during shipping.

If I was to judge by the shields for the Ellipsis tablet, this will be nearly impossible for disabled people to install. I'm doubting any bubbles will come out easily.

This is available from Amazon for $5.00 as an Add-On purchase.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Easy to break and feels flimsy... I'd look elsewhere, or at least for a listing with multiple items, in case one breaks
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

iPhone 7 Plus Rose Flower Case

iPhone 7 Plus Rose Flower Case

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
This case is dual layered impact so it is not only eye catching, but very well built. It will definitely protect your phone if dropped. All the cut outs line up perfectly and have not had a problem plugging in a USB cable. It feels light and doesn't add bulkiness to the phone. The case extends past the camera and the screen, so if you drop it on a flat surface you're guaranteed to have the case hit rather than exposed phone. Quite comfortable to hold and feels secure while holding.

KEY FEATURES
-Dual Layer Design: Anti-scratch optical clear back panel + TPU bumper.
-Buttons are VERY easy to click: The power and volume buttons are covered by the case, and are being easy to press.
-Shock Absorption: Dual Layer Design with TPU Bumper for drop protection, Beautiful and Protective
-Precisely cut out : All ports are precisely cut out, the ports and openings are in the right spot; Also the case has riased lip on the front , which will protect the phone screen.
-Slim, Not Bulky: It feels light and doesn't add bulkiness to the phone. You do not need to remove the case to charge it.
Growing up, I mainly used Apple computers. All the schools I went to used them, and when I got serious about Yearbook Journalism/ACTA, Mommy bought me a Macintosh Performa 400 for home, so I could work on the layouts at home, sort of like ‘homework.’ (which came in handy when she got sick and I couldn’t stay after school, like Mrs. Setzer asked. However, Mrs. Setzer was AWESOME about it, unlike Mrs. Jenkins… but that’s another rant for another time)

About 1996, I switched to Windows, MAINLY for financial reasons. The Performa was dying a slow death, with the color battery only working 50% of the time, meaning some days my screen was in color. Some days, I had a monochromatic screen. So I went to a Packard Bell Windows 95 system… and back in those days, things WEREN’T very capable of working ‘cross-platform,’ which I found out the hard way when doing PR for the Drama Club/Choir production of South Pacific. Wasted 2 hours at home, making the program… just to have to redesign it using PageMaker 6.x on the school’s Apple Machines. (Only good thing about that was I got to skip a whole day of classes for PR work!)

But I always loved the Apple ecosystem. To me, it was just simpler, cleaner, polished… to sum it up, more efficient than Windows’ cluttered file system.

My last Apple product was an iPod Touch 4th Generation. I bought it, thinking at the time, I could use it as an iPhone without the insane lengthy contract. But that was not happening, because I didn’t realize WiFi was NOT the same as cell waves, and it wouldn’t work without wifi. After that experience, I switched to the Android OS, and I have been VERY happy since.

Before I bought my Samsung Galaxy S5, I toyed with returning to Apple by buying an used iPhone 5S or 5C, whatever was cheaper. I was going to buy it simply for the improved camera sensor, which may have been the same as the Motorola Photon Q, but the iPhone had the Stabilizing sensor. However, I then found the Samsung Galaxy S5, which had double the megapixels… and as a blogger, I need as many pixels in my photos as I can afford.

So, when I recieved this, I really had no use for it. But, I will try to review it the best I can.


^^case still in wrapper^^

That being said, I really cannot test how well this case works. It seems durable, as it’s made from hard plastic. It doesn’t bend or crack while trying to twist it. I like the gold accents the case has on the volume rocker and the power button. There is a TPU bumper that runs along the case, so it’s flexible along the buttons and ports.


^^case taken apart, showing the two pieces^^

The Anti-scratch back panel lives up to its name. Mama Melissa took our box cutter to it, and the design was NOT scratched on either side. Actually, I didn't see ANY scratches.

If I had an iPhone 7, I’d actually more than likely use this, since the case itself is clear, which means I could decorate it MORE by putting a picture of my choosing behind it.

I really don't think disabled people will have trouble with this. It looks like it just slides and snaps on.

This is available from Amazon for $7.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Good construction, but I'm not an iPhone girl.
STARS: for design and construction, UNKNOWN for durability
WOULD RECOMMEND: Based on design and construction, Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**