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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chewy.Blogger: Tomlyn Multi-Vitamin Bacon Flavor Small Dog Chews

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ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
With all the treats and table foods Chase gets, I worry he doesn't get enough vitamins in his diet. When I buy foods and treats, I try to make sure there are good vitamins and stuff he should have in them, But I know while table food has vitamins for us humans, they don't have the vitamins doggies need.

We DO have another vitamin for Chase, but it's in chewable pill form. He won't chew it up in that form, so we have to crush it into a powder and then mix it with peanut butter, then have him either lick it off the plastic spoon or our fingers... and that's a complete mess.

So, when I saw these as part of Chewy's blogger program in December 2017, I snagged them. I wanted something that would be easy to give to Chase, plus be in a flavor he loves.


^^what we received^^

Tomlyn Multi-Vitamin Bacon Flavor Small Dog Chews
You’ll have no problems getting your puppy to eat his daily vitamins with the tasty flavor of Tomlyn Multi-Vitamin Bacon Flavor Small Dog Chews. These chews are soft enough for pups of all ages to eat, and they’re scientifically formulated to keep them in peak condition. A carefully selected mix of vitamins, amino acids, probiotics and enzymes work together to help maintain your furry friend’s vision, bone, teeth, skin, brain and heart health.

Key Benefits
-Scientifically formulated and loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics, and enzymes
-Provides nutrients essential for healthy eyes, bones, teeth, skin, brain, and heart
-Helps maintain overall health and keep your pup in peak condition
-Formulated by veterinarians for small dogs under 30 pounds
-Bacon flavor makes administering to your dog easy and enjoyable

Sadly, Chase didn't really like these vitamins, and I'm not sure why. At first I thought it was the size, since they are a bit larger for his mouth, so we cut them into half. He still wasn't having any of them. We tried multiple days and it was still a no-go for him. I think it was because of the texture. He really doesn't like chewy treats, opting for jerky-style or crunchy treats.


^^actual shape of treat -- treat enlarged to show texture^^

The smell is of... well... bacon. But here's the thing, it's not your typical 'fresh bacon in the frying pan' smell. These have the smell of bacon bits or like Beggin' Strips... imitation bacon. Be warned if this smell nauseates you.

I really don't see disabled folks having a problem with these treats, except with the ziploc-style bag. If these need to be cut smaller for your pup, this may be a problem if knife use is a issue.

The Tomlyn Multi-Vitamin Bacon Flavor Small Dog Chews are available at chewy.com for $13.00 a bag.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These were a flop for Chase, because of the texture of the product. I think if these were crunchy biscuits, he would have taken them.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Only if your pup likes chewy textures

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM 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.**

Monday, January 29, 2018

Love with Food January 2018 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
January 2018 Gluten Free 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!
January’s theme is ‘Rise.’
Happy New Year! We hope you’re as excited as we are for 2018. The new year is a perfect time to turn the page to a new beginning, to RISE and achieve your goals. To help fuel your daily adventures, we’re sending you on-the-go, wholesome foods like granola bites and fruit bars, but also some healthier twists on beloved treats like a new corn snack and sugar free caramel!
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

ISOFRUT FREEZE-DRIED CRUNCHY FRUIT in STRAWBERRY-BANANA
FROM THE POUCH: We don’t taste like strawberries and bananas – we are strawberries and bananas!

While I usually love strawberries and bananas, I didn’t really care for these. The banana pieces were too hard, and the strawberries were way too tart.
I’ll stick to the fresh variety of these fruits.
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TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, Halal, Vegan

BAOBAB FOODS BAOBITES in BLOOD ORANGE
FROM THE POUCH: Baobab is a wild-harvested superfruit naturally bursting with nutrients – fiber, electrolytes and antioxidants – more powerful than blueberries, goji berries, acai or pomegranate. We bring these powerhouse nutrients together in high-flavor fruit bites.
With BaoBites, you not only help your body thrive, but also empower others to live a higher quality of life. Eating BaoBites creates sustainable income for the women of southern Africa who harvest our baobab fruit and makes a positive impact toward the protection of the ancient baobab tree.

Very bland. It was seriously like chewing air. These were very hard to chew and had ZERO taste of orange. I was actually expecting something like the Nothing But The Fruit from last month’s box.
I more than likely WOULD NOT buy these on my own.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Nutrient-Dense

JESSICA’S GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA
FROM THE POUCH: Thanks for trying me pure & delicious gluten-free granola! It is filled with plenty of chocolate chips. Each batch is baked at a low temperature to create a wonderful flavor and crunch. I use only high-quality ingredients such as certified gluten-free oats, ground flax, coconut, organic honey, real maple syrup and pure vanilla extract. You’ll never find any artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. My granola is great for breakfast or snacking right out of the bag.
Enjoy! – Jessica

I wasn’t too crazy over this granola. I do not like semi-sweet chocolate, and this is what the granola uses. It also uses chocolate liquor, and I am not a huge fan of liquor in general… and I am SUPER fussy with my chocolate consumption. Honestly, Almond Joys and Ferraro Rocher candies are the most chocolate I’ll eat on a regular basis.
These are also hard on the teeth, but maybe I’m just accustomed to the Quaker Chewy Granola bars, which are very soft on the teeth.
The taste is nice, but the hardness of the pieces knocks in the head for me.
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TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, No Cholesterol

ROUTE 11 POTATO CHIPS in DILL PICKLE
FROM THE BAG: In 1992, we fired up our first little cooker and started making chips in an old feedstore in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our original quest was to pay tribute to the most popular snack food in the USA, by just trying to make an excellent potato chip. Our recipe is simple; good potatoes, high quality oil and unusually delicious seasonings. It even amazes us that something so simple can be so good.
Relative to the rest of the snack world, we are still small potatoes. And that’s exactly how we like it. This small size affords a chipper attention to detail, turning what is usually mass produced by machines into a fine work of art. Try the chips and see for yourself.

I usually am not one for Kettle chips. They hurt my teeth, and these were no exception. They have a nice crunch to them, but way too tough for my teeth.
I did like the flavor though. I could taste the dill flavor nicely. I don’t really like dill pickles, but I do like dill dip. Go figure THAT one out.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, No MSG

THE DAILY CRAVE VEGGIE CHIPS
FROM THE BAG: Thriving with a Gluten-Free lifestyle
Snacking well never tasted so good!
Say goodbye to greasy chips that are full of artificial additives. The Daily Crave Veggie Chips and Veggie Sticks contain no artificial preservatives or flavors and still give you all the great taste you desire.
These tasty alternative snacks fit in perfectly with a gluten-free lifestyle while delivering he crunch we all love. People looking for satisfying snacks no longer have to sacrifice. With simple ingredients you can pronounce, snacking well never tasted so good

I got these in a hummus kit last year and I really liked them. The spinach (not kale, sorry!) and tomato flavors were not overpowering at all. Since I had had these before, I gave them to Mama Melissa, because they are diabetic-friendly. She said the spinach chips tasted just like the spinach we get on subs at Subway and the tomato chips tasted very similar to the potato chips.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Kosher

BOB’S RED MILL ORGANIC OATMEAL in FRUIT & SEED
FROM THE TUB: Dear friends,
This delightful blend of whole grain rolled and stone-ground oats, nutritious seeds, and delectable fruits is sure to make you swoon. Now the World’s Best Oatmeal is gluten-free, organic and ready to go anywhere.
To your good health,
Bob Moore

I was skeptical of these at first, because I didn’t know what fruits were in this, and having ate things with flax and chia seeds before and not liking the taste.
But this was absolutely delicious. The fruit ended up being cranberries which tasted a little like raisins. There were also sunflower and pumpkin seeds in this as well, giving the oatmeal just the right amount of crunch.
What I really liked about this oatmeal is no cooking required and no dishes to clean up after eating. Just add hot water and let it sit for 3 minutes, then eat right out of the cardboard tub.
I would totally buy this again!
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Organic

PURE LEAF TEA BAGS in GREEN TEA & MINT
This was exactly at it sounds… green tea with mint flavor. It tastes just like taking a cup of green tea and dropping 1 or 2 of those Starlight Mints into the cup.
I’m more of a coffee drinker, so I will be saving the other 2 tea bags for if/when I get sick again.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Diabetic-friendly/Sugar Free

PIK-NIK SHOESTRING POTATOES in SEA SALT & VINEGAR
These were really good. Take the flavor of Salt & Vinegar chips and put them on shoestring potato pieces. I took enough for tasting and then gave the can to Mama Melissa, since they work well with her diabetic diet.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

CHIMES TOASTED COCONUT CHEWY TOFFEE
These weren’t very chewy at all. I had to treat them like hard candies for about 5 minutes before I could actually bite down on them.
I could really taste the coconut in these, but it didn’t taste toasted. It just tasted like normal coconut.
Once these are softened, they have the texture of Starburst candies.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free,

TOM & JENNY’S SUGAR-FREE SOFT CARAMELS in VANILLA BEAN
These are supposed to be ‘teeth-friendly,’ meaning they won’t stick to your teeth. While that premise is true, they DO stick to the paper and your fingers. I was actually looking forward to passing these onto Mama Melissa, considering they are sugar-free. But with 23 grams of sugar alcohols, she promptly said, ‘Nope!’
I got the Vanilla Bean flavor. The taste is nice, with a lot of vanilla, although you do get the telltale taste of the sugar alcohols in them.
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TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free

THAT’S IT. APPLE & CINNAMON ZESTY BAR
This tasted like cinnamon applesauce. While I like applesauce, I DO NOT like the cinnamon applesauce, because it’s WAY too heavy on the cinnamon for my liking.
This also wasn’t very ‘zesty’ either. I was expecting some ‘bite’ to it, but there was none. I just tasted like cinnamon applesauce.
I wouldn’t buy this on my own.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Kosher, Vegan, Raw, Non-GMO

MADEGOOD CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA MINIS
FROM THE POUCH: School safe – Free from peanuts and tree nuts – Organic – With Vegetables*
~Peanut
~Tree Nuts
~Wheat
~Soy
~Dairy
~Egg
~Sesame
~Fish & Shellfish
*Nutrients found in 1 serving of vegetables

MUCH softer on the teeth than Jessica’s granola above. Much tastier as well.
Just like with the last MadeGood granola bars, when I ate these, I didn’t taste any vegetables, but it turns out there is actually ‘Vegetable Powder’ in this, and that powder contains: spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms.
I’d probably eat these again.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy Friendly, Kosher

RUNA BLOOD ORANGE AND PASSIONFRUIT CLEAN ENERGY DRINK
Nope. Not happening. Took one sip and I was done for. Mama Melissa got about 3 sips in before she calls it quits and gave the rest to her parents. Her mom got the same amount of sips as I did before she said Nope as well.
Grandpa is the only one that liked it, but he didn’t want to drink it because he was afraid the sourness would bother his stomach
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Diabetic-friendly

PURELL MULTI-SURFACE DISINFECTANT
FROM THE PACKAGE: Disinfects Food Contact surfaces
Worry free around kids, pets & food

This is the 2nd bottle of this I have received, the first being in the November box. Basically, this is the liquid form of a Clorox wipe. I used it to clean the placemats on our table and it worked just as well as a Clorox wipe.
What I like about this spray is it’s a non-bleach spray; the main active ingredient is Ethyl alcohol, so I feel safe using this around Mama Melissa and her asthma.

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 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.**

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Chewy Blogger: Rachael Ray Nutrish Pawsta Beef Stuffed Riggies Recipe Dog Treats

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
Another food that Chase likes is pasta... Anytime we have Macaroni & Cheese or Spaghetti, he's at someone's feet, begging for some. So, when these were offered as a choice, I took these as well, because I thought it'd be a better way for Chase to get the pasta taste he craves.


^^what we received  -- treat enlarged to show texture^^

Rachael Ray Nutrish Pawsta Beef Stuffed Riggies Recipe Dog Treats
Rachael Ray Nutrish Pawsta Beef Stuffed Riggies Recipe Dog Treats are brimming with the delicious taste of real meat. Each Pawsta treat is stuffed with real USA farm-raised beef and is the first ingredient in every bite. It’s a mouthwatering, Italian-style beefy rigatoni treat that’s packed with scrumptious flavor. Plus, it’s made with no corn, wheat or soy.

Key Benefits
-U.S. farm-raised beef is the #1 ingredient
-Inspired by real recipes from Rachael's kitchen for the ultimate tail-waggin' experience
-Made with the world's best ingredients cooked right here in the USA
-No corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or meat by-products
-They’re just a fun treat that looks and tastes like real pasta that every pup will love.

Sadly, Chase didn't really like these treats, and I'm not sure why. At first I thought it was the size, since they are quite a bit larger, so we cut them into quarters. He still wasn't having any of them. We tried multiple days and it was still a no-go for him. I think it was because it's a beef product, and Chase is a poultry boy.

I really don't see disabled folks having a problem with these treats is the ziploc-style bag. If these need to cut smaller for your pup, this may be a problem if knife use is a issue.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish Pawsta Beef Stuffed Riggies Recipe Dog Treats are available at chewy.com for $2.99 a bag.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These were a flop for Chase, because of the beef flavor. I think if these were chicken rigatoni treats, he would have liked them more.
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Only if your pup likes beef flavored foods/treats

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM 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.**

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chewy Blogger: Rachael Ray Nutrish Savory Roasters Roasted Chicken Grain-Free Recipe Dog Treats

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
It's no secret that Chase loves his chicken. 90% of his treats from Chewy are chicken-based, and we had good luck with other Rachael Ray meals with our old cat, Morris. Knowing this, I selected these treats for Chase.


^^what we received  -- treat enlarged to show texture^^

Rachael Ray Nutrish Savory Roasters Roasted Chicken Grain-Free Recipe Dog Treats
Rachael Ray Nutrish Savory Roasters Roasted Chicken Recipe Dog Treats are bursting with the mouthwatering taste of fresh-roasted chicken. These delicious treats are made with real USA farm-raised chicken as the first ingredient plus wholesome chickpeas, potatoes and a hint of rosemary. It’s a grain-free recipe packed with protein that your pup will jump through hoops for again and again.

Key Benefits
-U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient
-Inspired by real recipes from Rachael's kitchen for the ultimate tail-waggin' experience
-Made with the world's best ingredients cooked right here in the USA
-No corn, wheat, artificial flavors or meat by-products
-Now your pup can have a delicious roasted chicken treat any time they like!

While Chase did enjoy these treats, The problem Chase had with these was the size of them, They were a little too big for his mouth. We had to cut them in half for him to actually enjoy them. Once they were cut to his size, he would scarf them down almost immediately.

I really don't see disabled folks having a problem with these treats is the ziploc-style bag. If these need to cut smaller for your pup, this may be a problem if knife use is a issue.

The Rachael Ray Nutrish Savory Roasters Roasted Chicken Grain-Free Recipe Dog Treats are available at chewy.com for $2.99 a bag.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Chase seems to love these treats, once they are small enough for him!
STARS: 
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM 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, January 17, 2018

Let's Hatch Chicks!: Explore the Wonderful World of Chickens and Eggs

Let's Hatch Chicks!: Explore the Wonderful World of Chickens and Eggs
by Lisa Steele

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Introduce children to the life cycle of chickens from egg, to hatching, and beyond with Let's Hatch Chicks!. Author Lisa Steele, of Fresh Eggs Daily, shows the entire process in kid friendly terms.

In this book you’ll meet Violet, a plucky and fun-loving chicken. Violet has an exciting secret to share with you: she’s ready to be a mom!

Join Violet as she keeps her eggs warm and protects them from danger. See what happens each week as the chick grows inside the egg. And when the new chicks arrive, that's when the fun begins again! These baby chickens need a lot of help to get along in the big world. They will need food, a new home, and sometimes a little help from mama hen.
So, usually I don't review books here, but my 2nd cousin now has chickens and she's new to the whole world of raising chickens. I knew her mom and her grandparents really have no clue what they are doing either, so when Lisa Steele asked for reviewers for her book, I asked if I could review a cope and I planned to let my 2nd cousin take the honors.

Sadly, I haven't seen my cousin since Christmas, so I haven't been able to give her the book (my copy arrived a few days after Christmas). Since I don't want to delay Lisa's review, I'm going to try to review this as best I can, since I'm an adult and this is aimed more towards elementary-aged children.


^^Cover of the book^^

I thought the illustrations in this were just absolutely ADORABLE. They are full-color and well drawn. and the colors are rich and vibrant throughout the whole book.


^^Random pages in the book, showing the beautiful illustrations^^

I thought the story flowed well, going from Violet prepping the nest to her laying her eggs, to how the chicks hatch and grow up with Violet's help and teaching along the way. It's aimed for children in grades 1-2 (6-8 year olds) and is very easy for a child to follow along with, but it's not written in a 'mocking' tone or like Ms. Steele is 'talking down' to the child.

The entire book is super informative, even for an adult. I have NO experience or even knowledge of raising chickens (which is sort of funny, since I think my daddy had chickens in our barn when I was a child) and even *I* learned a lot of things about how to raise chickens.

I don't see disabled kids having trouble with this book, besides a reading disability. The book is easy to hold and the pages turn easily.

ABOUT LISA STEELE
Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, so it's no surprise she has made her name raising her own backyard flock and sharing natural chicken keeping advice. Lisa is also an aspiring herbalist and avid gardener who shares tips on both her award-winning Fresh Eggs Daily blog and Facebook page of the same name. She holds a Maine Master Gardener certification and her popular website has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs.

A regular contributor to such publications as Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm, the Farmers Almanac and Chickens magazine, as well as HGTVGardens.com and BHG.com, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has appeared on P. Allen Smith's radio and television programs, NPR, Good Morning Maine and Bill Green's Maine, and is currently hosting her own "chicken lifestyle" television show on Maine's WPME-TV.

She is the author of Gardening with Chickens, Fresh Eggs Daily, and Duck Eggs Daily, and frequently tours the country speaking and signing books at fairs and other venues.

Lisa and her husband live on a small farm in Maine with a menagerie of chickens, ducks, dogs, and an indoor-outdoor barn cat. In her free time, she enjoys knitting socks, DIY projects and cooking with fresh produce from the garden and fresh eggs from her coop.

This is available from Amazon for $10.52.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Really informative book for kids and adults alike!
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.**

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love with Food December 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
December 2017 Gluten Free 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!
December’s theme is ‘Share the Love with Christine Ha.’
‘I love the holiday season! It’s a time to reflect on the past and make new memories with loved ones. It’s also a time to share, and this December, I want to share with you some unique snacks that are both tasty and healthier for you. Now you can indulge this festive season and still feel good about what you’re eating!’ - Christine Ha, The Blind Cook, MasterChef Season 3 winner
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

BLUE DIAMOND MINI NUT-THINS in HINT OF SEA SALT
Very… plain. I didn’t detect much of a salty flavor on these. There’s actually a cereal out on the market that has the same flavor, but I seriously cannot remember the name of it. I prefer the Cheddar Cheese flavor more.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic/Sugar Free,

BAKERY ON MAIN GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA in CRANBERRY ALMOND MAPLE
FROM THE BAG: Bakery On Main was born in the little bakery of Michael Smulders’ Natural Food Market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Our mission from the beginning has always been to make our friends and customers HAPPY with wholesome and delicious baked goods. That mission continues with our fearlessly unique, gluten-free granola!

This reminded me of the Honey Graham Oh’s! cereal. It was a bit hard on my teeth, but nothing that a little saliva wouldn’t soften up. I loved the whole almonds in the bag, but the cranberries lacked flavor. They had the texture of raisins, but absolutely no taste.
I’d probably buy this as cereal, that’s how good it is!
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Kosher, Non-GMO

MOON CHEESE in PEPPER JACK
These were VERY hard on my teeth and actually very bland. I didn’t taste any Pepper Jack flavor until the very end of chewing the piece.
I took 3 pieces for tasting purposes, then passed them onto Mama Melissa, since these had NO sugar in them and worked well in her diabetic diet.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic/Sugar Free, Non-GMO

MUNK PACK PROTEIN COOKIE in PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP
FROM THE WRAPPER: Your world is what you make it. Choose your adventure. Take chances. Fuel your life.
For all life’s adventures.

After getting a Snickerdoodle protein cookie in Last March’s box that was completely disgusting, I was skeptical of even trying this. But I sucked it up and tried a bite.
I was surprised how delicious this was. It tasted just like a normal cookie. It was soft and chewy, which I actually don’t normally like, but this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t overloaded with chocolate chips, and I could taste both the chocolate and the peanut butter.
Unlike the Snickerdoodle cookie, THIS I actually would eat again.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Sugar Alcohol Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Kosher, High Fiber

RXBAR KIDS BARS
I received 2 different flavors of these…
APPLE CINNAMON RAISIN
Going into this and reading the ingredients, I thought this would be like a granola bar, which I love. Even opening the package and seeing it have a brownie like texture, I still thought it would taste alright, considering it had cinnamon in it, and I do like cinnamon flavored foods.
I couldn’t even finish the bite I took. I got 2 or 3 chews into it and I had to spit it out. I couldn’t even swallow it. It was totally disgusting.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

BERRY BLAST
And if I thought the Apple Cinnamon one was terrible, the Berry Blast flavor was even WORSE. I took a smaller bite and that’s all I could stomach of it before throwing it back in the box, unfinished.
My major problem with these bars is how they got stuck in my teeth. They are very chewy and will ‘mold’ to your teeth.
I will never be buying these.
TASTE: .5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

BEANITOS BLACK BEAN CHIPS
FROM THE BACK: We’re two brothers who love to snack! We think everyone deserves to crunch and dip without compromise -- to enjoy a snack that tastes great and is good for you. But we just couldn’t find a snack that fit the bill… so we created Beanitos.
Beanitos are an honestly delicious snack made from super nutritious beans that have fiber and protein grown right in them, They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients.
Some call us revolutionaries. Others call us and say, “C’mon over and bring some Beanitos.” We think you’ll call Beanitos your new favorite snack!
Doug & Dave
The Foreman Brothers

We got a bag of the Original flavor, which is just black beans lightly salted with sea salt. I would have liked more of a salty flavor to these. They tasted very bland to me. They had a nice crunch to them, but still were bland.
I think I would have liked these more if we had received one of the other flavors.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Diabetic/Sugar Free,

NOTHING BUT THE FRUIT REAL FRUIT BITES
I received 2 different flavors of these…
MIXED BERRY
Little cubes of what tasted like concord grape and blueberry Fruit Roll-ups. They weren’t too bad, actually, But I would have liked to taste more berries, like raspberry or blackberry.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan

STRAWBERRY
While these were good, I really did taste too much strawberry flavor in them. I tasted more of the apple juice flavor listed in the ingredients. I did like these, but I think I liked the Mixed Berry pouch more.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan

ANNIE CHUN’S ORGANIC SEAWEED SNACKS in SEA SALT
FROM THE PACKAGE: Gourmet  Foods Made Simple & Better For You
Our mission is to create foods that are not only convenient to make and eat, but also better for you and your family. As we increase our line of snacks and meal solutions with a variety of Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic, vegan and gluten-free products, you’ll be able to find delicious foods from Annie Chin’s for every member of the family.
Annie Chun’s Organic Seaweed Snacks
Never feel guilty about snacking again!
These light and airy sheets of seaweed are lightly seasoned for a satisfyingly savory crunch.
They’re irresistibly delicious -  and they’re gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!

Okay, I am NOT one for seaweed. Only reason I managed to get the Ocean Halo’s seaweed snacks down was the BBQ flavor on them.
So, I pretty much was dreading trying these. But for the sake of review, I did.
I ate ONE. ONE sheet and I was done. They do have a generous amount of salt on them, and that salt leaves a nice aftertaste, but I still couldn’t get past the seaweed taste.
Sorry, Seaweed fans, I can’t do it
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Diabetic/Sugar Free, Organic, Vegan, Dairy free

POP ART GOURMET POPCORN in THAI COCONUT CURRY
FROM THE BAG: Popcorn is the canvas that we paint with bold flavor!
Like the Pop Art movement itself, Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. We elevate this All-American snack by infusing it with fun flavors that appeal to the foodie snack lover. Our palette of ingredients includes only the finest quality Organic Non-GMO popcorn and all natural herbs and spices.
Our Thai Coconut Curry Popcorn is a unique blend of savory spices mixed with creamy coconut milk. This popcorn is loaded with exotic flavor and perfect for those who crave the tropical taste of Thailand!

This was… interesting. I don’t think I could really taste the curry on this, and the coconut milk gave it a strange flavor. It really didn’t taste ‘tropical’ either. I don’t think I’d buy this flavor again.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Diabetic/Sugar Free,

FRUIGEES ORGANIC FRUIT SNACK in 24 CARROT ORANGE
FROM THE POUCH: Squeezing in the good stuff is what Fruigees is all about. Our organic fruit snack in a squeeze pack is made with a healthy combo of fruit and veggie juices. Always on the go, it’s tough to eat right, so we’re offering everyone a tasty treat that can’t be beat -- Dave & Josh
WHAT MAKES FRUIGEES SO AWESOME?
-Organic Ingredients
-Non GMO
-Totally Vegan
-Essential Nutrients
-Gluten Free
-BPA-Free
-No Sugar Added

As we know, I usually have BAD luck with these fruit and veggie squeeze pouches. Usualy they taste absolutely DISGUSTING.
But this one wasn’t too awful.
It reminded me of a less sweet pulpy orange juice. I actually couldn’t taste the carrots in this, unless that is what made up the pulp of the drink.
If I found these in a store I visit regularly, I probably would buy this flavor, which is surprising since I HATED the ‘Kalefornia Grape’ flavor by the same company.
One plus of this pouch is it’s very easy to open. I had NO trouble opening this myself.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, No Sugar Added (but NOT Diabetic friendly)

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 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.**

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gold Canyon Candles

Gold Canyon Candles

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Gold Canyon creates The World's Finest® products to help millions of people make their home and personal lives better. You can have your own online boutique selling the latest trends in candles and home decor along side the advantages of a social selling system which provides the opportunity to make money doing business when, where and how you want.

Our winning community is here to help you be bold, take charge and change your life!
(ADMIN'S NOTE: I am going to try to keep this review on the topic of the candles, since I had issues with the company rep I dealt with, but I don't want the issues to influence this review)

I LOVE candles. They are just so calming to watch the flame flicker and dance, and the smell waifing through the house is just wonderful. I bought Mommy a lilac candle one year for Mother's day, and you'd think I gave her $1,000,000. Every time she'd burn it, it would fill the entire trailer with the scent of lilacs (and this was a 14x70 singlewide). I'd be in the back bedroom, where my computer was, and the scent was so strong, it was like I was burning it right on my desk.

So, when I approached a company rep about a review and he agreed, I was excited. We discussed the sizes, and by the messages I received, I expected to be reviewing medium sized candles.

So, I was a more than a little surprised when I opened the bubble mailer and saw these two tealight candles.


^^What I received^^
TOP: Caramel Pumpkin Kiss
BOTTOM: Sweet Pea

Now, I did not actually BURN these, since the tealight candles are encased in plastic holders, and I don't feel comfortable with burning the candles and the shell melting as well.

However, I actually didn't need to light them to enjoy the scent, which is a major plus to these candles. I set the Caramel Pumpkin Kiss candle out on the computer desk and the scent filled the room.

I have to say my favorite scent of the two was Sweet Pea. The pumpkin in the Caramel Pumpkin Kiss candle seemed to overpower the caramel scent, and it seemed to be a sickly sweet scent. With the Sweet Pea candle, while it was also a heavily scented candle, it was a nice flowery scent.

As with any candle, disabled people will want to be EXTREMELY careful with open flame, especially with the tealight varieties. The Mini size and larger sizes come in glass tumblers, with the wick INSIDE the tumbler, so there is a little more 'cushion' to them.

This is available from Gold Canyon Candles starting at $9.97 for the Mini sizes.

The larger sizes of these candles would be a great gift for the candle lover.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Wonderful scents that last for a long time
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes, but not in the tealight size

**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.**