Friday, September 23, 2016

Balmshot Lip Balm

Balmshot Lip Balm

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Wayne S. Forrey, the company's founder and product inventor, contracted lip cancer in 1983 due to his outdoor lifestyle and frequent sunburned lips. After successful lip reconstruction surgery, he began using lip balm everyday to protect and moisturize his lips. Wayne became dissatisfied with industry standard lip balm dispensers because the knurled disk base would twist and rotate in his pants pockets...thereby mashing the balm into the cap...making a gooey mess. Many people told Wayne they experienced the exact same gooey mess. To solve this problem, Wayne went to his garage and invented a much better lip balm dispenser system including a firmer twist base and tighter fitting cap. BALMSHOT was the result of this innovative effort, and a new Idaho company was born in 2010.
Chapped lips are usually not a problem for me. I have poor saliva control, so I'm usually dealing with wet lips and sore, chafed chin skin, where it's inflamed because of 'sitting' in wetness for long periods.

However, there ARE times where my lips DO get dry and uncomfortable. But normal lip balm doesn't really work for me. It usually washes right off. Enter BalmShot, which is made with beeswax, so it has better staying power than petroleum jelly-based balms.

I received a box full of 3 different flavors of BalmShot; Classic, Cool Mint and Vanilla Mint. Let's take a look at them.


^^what I received^^

CLASSIC
I gave this to Mama Melissa when she had a cold and her lips were cracking. Since she is diabetic (well, TECHNICALLY Pre-Diabetic, but let’s not split hairs here), I wasn’t 100% sure if the other two flavors had any sugar content in them, and I wasn’t about to raise her numbers over lip balm.
She instantly fell in LOVE with it. She said the dial turned easily, the balm was NOT goopy or slimy, and it applied very smoothly to her lips. She also said she felt instant relief from the burning her lips were experiencing.

COOL MINT
I was a bit disappointed in this flavor. It didn’t seem as heavy on the mint flavor as I would have liked it to be, considering it was a strictly mint flavored lip balm. The smell reminded me of a mint teabag. It tingled my lips more than the Vanilla Mint flavor, but I thought it fell flat when it came to the mint smell/taste.

VANILLA MINT
This was interesting… when opening and applying, it smelled like a York Peppermint patty. I really didn’t smell too much vanilla scent, nor did I really taste it either.
The actual lip balm went on smooth and silky, and I did experience some tingling because of the peppermint oil in the balm.

I had some difficulty getting the caps off, but I did like that I had more ‘real estate’ to work with. The grooves in the caps also made gripping them easier when pulling them open.

The thing that I see disabled people having the most trouble with is twisting the base. The two I personally tested worked harder than traditional lip balm bases. I know this is a feature of the tube, but depending on how affected their arms/hands are, it will be very difficult for disabled people to use this.

This is available from Amazon for $15.97 or you can find a local retailer by clicking on Find your local Retailer.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Finally, a lip balm without the goop and mess! Can't beat that!
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, September 18, 2016

ADMIN POST -- Where I've been...

ADMIN POST -- Where I've been

So, you may have noticed that posts have been slowing down around here... I'm lucky if I get 1-2 posts written a month anymore.

And the straight up truth is... I'm lazy. No other way to say it.

That's not to say I don't have the DESIRE to blog... I actually do. However, it seems like the days I actually plan to sit down and do something blogging related, whether it's an actual post, organize my Google Drive or even crop/watermark pictures, something comes up...

~The grandparents are going shopping and we (Mama Melissa and I) need to watch the house.
~The grandparents are going out to eat and we (Mama Melissa and I) need to watch the house, plus find ourselves something to eat, unless Grandma brings something home for us.
~The grandparents need Mama Melissa's help and I have to keep Chase out of their way.
~The Internet cuts out and I'm left with a 15" paperweight until it's back on. (which is the one downfall of using a Chromebook)

or (and this is the main one) I get distracted by Facebook and/or YouTube and nothing gets done.

Yes, I COULD take my Chromebook downstairs and work there while the grandparents are gone, but they like to leave on a moment's notice (even though I ask if they are going anywhere that day) and Grandpa has a complete meltdown if someone is not down there when they walk out the door. That leaves me no time to 'bag up' my system and peripherals to take them downstairs.

I do plan to get 'caught up' and get some more content out for you guys, but until the weather cools off to the point where it's too cold to do any outside work and I don't have to watch Chase and/or the house, the content will still be slim.

I'm hoping this week, I can at least get the Google Drive organized and the unedited photos cropped and watermarked. I also want to get a few EXTREMELY OVERDUE sub box reviews posted.

If you're still reading the blog, THANK YOU. You guys are why I do this.

Becky
Webmaster

Friday, September 9, 2016

Love with Food August 2016 GF Box

Love with Food
August 2016 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!
I got a notification in my FedEx app that the September box is on it's way to me, so I figured, 'Well, I don't want a repeat of July... better get on the ball!'

August’s theme is ‘Love is Family.’ There are so many opportunities to enjoy being with family this time of year. You might be planning one last big summer getaway, or just getting back into the back-to-school family routine. So why not make that time even better and add in some irresistible snacks? Everything in this month’s box is sure to be a hit with the whole family, so share it around and make this August one your family will always remember.

Now, this month’s box didn’t come with an information sheet, like the other Love with Food boxes usually come with. It just had a card with the paragraph above and a few other tidbits that really didn’t have anything to do with the snacks. While it saves ME time from not having to type the info, it makes it a bit hard to disclose all the dietary guidelines. I’m hoping this is just a one-time thing, and I will try my best to provide what diets can have the snacks.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only.


^^what I received -- excuse the cluttered desk^^

GOODIE GIRL COOKIES
I received the Midnight Brownie and the Quinoa Choco-chip cookies and my review of them is here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2016/03/toufayan-bakeries.html
TASTE: 9/10

STONERIDGE ORCHARDS MONTMORENCY CHERRIES
I was a bit scared to eat these, because I thought the pits were left in the cherries and I'd have problems with the pits hitting my gum issues.
However, These are very reminiscent of raisins. They have the texture of raisins, and they taste a bit like raisins, but yet you can taste the cherry flavor.
What surprised me the most about these was that they weren't very tart, like the bag said. I was expecting a puckering effect when eating these, but they were actually on the sweet side.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher

PEANUT BUTTER & CO. MIGHTY NUT POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER IN VANILLA
I really don't do powdered peanut butter. Call me lazy (or not wanting to deal with drama) but I didn't want to be bothered trying to make this. I don't even like eating the peanut butter that needs mixing.
I may look on their website for a recipe for a milkshake/smoothie, but as of right now, this is going unmade.
TASTE: ?/10

NATURE’S PATH ENVIROKIDZ CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BAR
I wouldn’t really call this a ‘granola’ bar. There was more rice instead of the oats. Not saying it’s a bad thing, since I like rice. But it made it more crumble-prone than traditional granola bars. It did hurt my gum issues, but I have a feeling that it was the whole chocolate chips hitting the sores than the granola itself.
TASTE: 9/10

POPCORNERS CARNIVAL KETTLE CORN CHIPS
FROM THE BACK OF THE BAG: We love snacks, just like everyone else --  the crunch, the flavor, the fun. But we’re not about compromising and being forced to choose between the junky chips that make you feel bad or the alternative chips that taste like cardboard. So we said to ourselves, *It’s time for something different. Something better.*
We’re always striving for something that everyone will enjoy. Here are some things that we do:
~Preservative Free
~Dairy Free
~Vegan
~Peanut & Tree Nut Free
~Double Pressed for Extra Crunchiness

These kind of reminded me of a funnel cake from a fair, which only increased my homesickness, since the Harford Fair just passed. I’m determined to make it back to the fair one of these years.
But these had a lightly sweet taste to them; nothing overpowering, but you could definitely taste the sweetness. I loved the crunchiness, but they didn’t hurt my teeth either.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy Free

DIPPIN’ CHIPS VEGGIE CHIPS
KALE, CARROT & SPINACH TORTILLA CHIPS
Party-tizers Veggie Dippin’ Chips™ are uniquely designed dippable tortilla chips made with certified gluten-free ingredients. Our recipe starts with US home grown corn and a blend of delicious veggies, carrots, spinach & kale. We challenge you to try them with or without a dip. We love them both ways!!!

Now, I'm not 100% sure what I should be tasting here, because when I opened the bag, all I could smell is the carrots... or maybe it's the kale I smell.
I tasted a lot of corn, kale and salt... VERY heavy on the salt. Not saying they weren't delicious, but I'd be leery of eating these if you're avoiding sodium/salt.
TASTE: 8.5/10

FRU-LICIOUS FRUIT & CREAM SMOOTHIE IN BANANA
For ease and less mess, I took this and added it to a cup of milk for a ‘banana milkshake.’ The milk weakened it a little too much, but I could still taste the banana in it.
The main problem I had with this was it was very thin and runny. When I think of a smoothie, I think of a drink that has some thickness to it… like a milkshake or at the very least, Stage 1 baby food. This ‘smoothie’ was the equivalent to a fruit juice, like Apple juice or a boxed fruit drink.
TASTE: 8/10

GOT SNACKS CINNAMON HONEY ROASTED COCONUT CHIPS
FROM THE BAG: did you know? Coconut keeps you healthy with
Fatty acids promote heart health and improve good cholesterol (HDL)
High in Fiber - Consuming foods high in fiber helps keeps you feeling full. This also helps your digestion.
Manganese helps breaking down fats and protein while supporting both the immune and nervous systems, as well as promoting stable blood sugar levels. It also helps the use of iron, thiamine and Vitamin E.
Oils and fibers from coconut meat act as Probiotics
Natural Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Catechins

Okay, this is the ONE product in the box I had a MAJOR problem with. Looking at the bag, I’m thinking I’m getting a good amount of coconut, which I LOVE. And being Cinnamon Honey flavor, I was looking SO forward to this snack.


So imagine my shocked look when I FINALLY get the bag open, and I see this…


^^Immediately after opening the bag^^

Not even half a bag.
However, these are absolutely delicious. They are crunchy, but not hard on the teeth. I loved the flavor. The cinnamon honey mixture played WONDERFULLY with the coconut taste.
TASTE: 8/10

VEGAN ROB’S SPINACH & MATCHA KETTLE KETTLE CHIPS
FROM THE BAG: Hi! I’m Rob…
My childhood was filled with passion and wonder. I dreamt of making snacks and making people happy.
My first snacks were made by hand in 1986; clean snacks that were both delicious and functional. I knew then the importance of beneful blends and seasonings made with real ingredients, and I continue to use them today.
Vegan Rob’s Spinach and Matcha are Non-GMO Kettle cooked potato chips that will make you crave more.
You can follow us and be a part of our journey which has lasted 30 years.
Thanks so much, from the bottom of my heart.
“Live & Enjoy!” -- My mother’s mantra
Rob

These were interesting. I tasted NO spinach on these. I tasted the potato chip and a hint of sweetness from the Matcha, which is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea.
The thing I didn’t like is how hard these were on my teeth. I know Kettle chips are hard to begin with, but usually saliva will soften them. These didn’t seem to soften much with saliva.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

SHEFFA ZESTY SNACK MIX
FROM THE PACKET: SHEFFA is a word for abundance. It's also the sublime energy that moves through all creation, Earth-supporting and nourishing, giving a boundless flow to all beings. SHEFFA is what food should be -- a wealth of enjoyment and sustenance. After all, food is energy. Real food is loaded with simple, pure energy that flows from nature.
Our mission is to bring you foods with an abundance of delicious, authentic flavor as well as vital energy. We want you to love the foods that love you back.
We wish you Sheffa!
Leslie & Amotz
Sheffa Foods Co-Founders

Not entirely sure what exactly hit my gums, but SOMETHING in this hit my oral issues and I nearly went through the roof.
The taste was yummy, but a bit spicy for my liking. It tasted like they lost the chili powder in this.
TASTE: 7/10

BOB’S RED MILL GLUTEN FREE MUFFIN MIX
I was not able to make these… I now live in a house with 3 adult diabetics, and the sugar content is WAY too high for them. I ended up passing this to my cousin.
TASTE: UNKNOWN

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.
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, August 11, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger -- Let it Go

#BehindTheBlogger -- Let it Go

This is another prompt that I've been debating what direction to take this.

And while I got this prompt pretty late in the game, the decision came pretty quickly once I thought about it.

I am a bigger girl. Last time I weighed myself, I weighed 173.6 lbs. I'm 5' 2.5". I wear an 18-20 in jeans and an 1X/XL in stretch/elastic waist pants. I'm 'short and stocky.'

However, I don't let my weight bother me... for the most part. I come from a family where HONESTLY, my sister Margaret, my cousin Adrienne and I are the thinnest in the family. I accept myself as a BBW.

And most people accept me as I am. I get more looks from society for the way I walk than my weight. My friends accept me at my current weight. I don't feel judged...

Except by one person; Mama Melissa's father.

He is of the 'Thin is In' theory. He constantly runs me down for my weight, along with my disability. I'm called a 'fat*ss' and a 'ret*rd' on a daily basis. No matter how much I (or Mama Melissa) explain to him that Yes, I have brain damage, but the damage is on the PHYSICAL lobes of my brain; it has NOTHING to do with my intelligence or mental clarity, he still refers to me as a 'cripple' and/or a 'ret*rd.'

And it used to bother me for a long time.

But then, I started thinking... Why am I letting him get to me? Why do I really care what he thinks of me? He has no say over me. I'm not related to him by blood, and he takes every opportunity to remind me that Mama Melissa is NOT my mom... which he technically is right on that.

However, Mama Melissa CANNOT have children; I am the closest she has to a child. To her, she IS my mom.

But that doesn't change the fact that I was letting someone that has no real say over me control me.

And that's when I started taking a page from Elsa's book and began to let it go. Stop worrying about what others think of me and concentrate on my happiness.



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Friday, August 5, 2016

Love with Food July 2016 GF box

Love with Food
July 2016 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!
I got a notification in my FedEx app that the August box is on it's way to me, so I figured, 'Well, I don't want a repeat of last month... better get on the ball!'

July’s theme is ‘Love is Adventure.’ It’s the height of summer, which means that everyone is raring to get outside and enjoy all the sun, warm weather and freedom that this season has to offer. What pairs better with adventures than scrumptious snacks? Nothing, we say. That’s why we packed this month’s box full of bright, bold flavors that will be right alongside you as you hit the open road.


^^excuse the wire -- my phone was nearly dead that day^^

BARNEY BUTTER SNACK PACK
Telling you what to eat this stuff with would be a disservice, because it’s good on everything. Fruit, crackers, toast --  there’s no wrong choice.

I got the crunchy Almond Butter packet and while it was delicious, it was very hard to ‘mix’ in the packet and actually squeeze out and spread onto my toast in the morning. I think if it had came in a single-serving cup, I would have had better luck. I did like the taste of it and the almonds were diced just small enough that it didn’t hurt my teeth.
TASTE: 9/10 on taste alone, 3/10 for the packaging.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

PURE GROWTH ORGANIC POPCORN
There’s popcorn and then there’s this organic, addictive, gluten-free stuff. Try it and tell us you can’t taste a difference.

FROM THE BAG:
The GOOD stuff
~organic
~gluten free
~kosher
NONE of the BAD stuff
~NO artificial colors
~NO artificial flavors
~NO cholesterol
~0g trans fat (per serving)
~NO MSG

I am usually not one for popcorn, but this? OMG. I’m not kidding when I say this is the BEST popcorn I’ve ever ate, even better than commercially available popcorn. This tasted exactly like unbuttered movie theater popcorn. This bag was pretty much INHALED.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Organic, Gluten free

LUNA PROTEIN BERRY GREEK YOGURT BAR
The power of protein keeps you full and feeling good, so go ahead -- indulge in the nougaty goodness of LUNA protein for under 200 gluten-free calories.

Finally, a bar that didn’t have the sour yogurt taste like the Nineteen bars did. A little chewy, but not grainy, like some protein bars. I really didn’t taste the berries in this.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

BEANITOS BAKED WHITE BEAN MAC N’ CHEESE CRUNCH
Why put in all the effort of cooking mac and cheese when you can get it in a crunchy snack? You’ll wonder where these have been all your life.

FROM THE BAG: Beans make a better chip.
100% Baked
4g Complete protein
Nothing artificial ever
Good source of fiber
0g Trans fat

Cheetos made from beans, with the powdered cheese from boxed mac & cheese. This is EXACTLY what these were. Still yummy though.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free

LATE JULY JALAPENO LIME CLASICO TORTILLA CHIPS
This might just be the chip of the season. Crispy, spicy, citrusy, and perfectly pair-able with your favorite dip. Now all you need is a party.

Had a hint of sweetness to them. The Jalapeno and lime flavors balanced one another nicely. Easy on the teeth… almost seemed to dissolve in my mouth. One of my favorites of the box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

GRATIFY GLUTEN-FREE PRETZELS
Planning a road trip? Make sure these crunchy, salty snacks are number one on your list of essentials.

FROM THE BAG: Try on the great taste of Gratify.
Gratify Pretzels taste so delicious you won’t believe they’re gluten free. Baked to crisp perfection, they are just right for snacking at home or on the go. So get ready to be surprised.
Just like your favorite pair of jeans, you’ll find the great taste of our certified gluten free pretzels the perfect fit.
Enjoy the taste that’s designed to fit your lifestyle.

We received the ‘Everything Thins’ flavor. I personally wouldn’t call these ‘pretzels.’ They had the texture more of crackers than pretzels. I loved the flavors of these. Another favorite of the box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

LUNDBERG FAMILY FARMS ORGANIC RED RICE & QUINOA THIN STACKERS
Three ingredients, zero gluten, all delicious. We dare you to resist eating the whole package in one sitting.

Tasted just like an ordinary rice cake to me. I like rice cakes anyway, so this was a nice little treat.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Organic, Non-GMO

PUR MINTS PEPPERMINTS
These are not your average overly sweet peppermints. This is big, bold minty flavor that really lasts. Try one and see.

Mama Melissa took these for herself, since she is having blood sugar level issues and couldn’t have many of the snacks this month. The one I did get for tasting purposes tasted like a ramped up candy cane. Yum!
You can take $10 off your first order from thepurcompany.com by using LOVE10 at checkout.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

COOKSIMPLE CHIPOTLE SORGHUM PILAF
You’re just a few minutes away from a simple but flavor-packed dish made with ancient grains and just enough spice to keep it interesting.

Okay, I’m going to be straight-up honest. This sounds disgusting. According to the box, There are apples, sweet potatoes, and cranberries in this. I’m not 100% sure I’m going to even make this, but if I do, I’ll be picking those ingredients out.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

EMMY’S ORGANICS LEMON GINGER MACAROONS
The ideal summertime cookie; Sweet but not too sweet, with a touch of spice and citrus. Your only regret will be when you get to the last one.

FROM THE PACKAGE: Have it all.
Simply classic, crowd-pleasing Lemon Ginger Macaroons. Smooth lemon flavor with a piquant, lingering bite of freshly ground ginger. Sweet & delicately spiced, these healthy treats are the perfect flavor combination. Yum!
This package embodies why we started emmy’s --  to provide delicious, healthy, energy-enhancing foods, made with love & care.

I normally like macaroons, but these were nasty. I didn’t like the way the flavors blended together. The lemon and the coconut did not jive well at all.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.
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.**

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GIVEAWAY - Back to School with One Step Ahead

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Monday, August 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY -- Back To School In Style

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Kemosabe Flavored coffees

Kemosabe Flavored coffees

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Based in Tucson, Arizona, it is the mission of Southwest Beverages to become the world’s premier dry mixed beverage company. We will accomplish this mission by offering our customers better quality hot cocoa mix and gourmet flavored coffee products at fairer prices, which will build brands that are sustainable in the marketplace.

Southwest Beverages was founded by Bob Jenkins, his wife, Susan and their entrepreneur minded son, Kevin. Bob, a 40-year veteran of the soft drink industry, has applied every aspect of the executive management experience he gained from working for Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Beverages and Snapple, to the development of Southwest Beverages. The company tag line, “It’s a DRY mix®”, is reflective of the company’s dry mix beverages and a “play” off of the most popular phrase associated with the climate of Arizona, “It’s a DRY heat”. The company logo depicts the Catalina mountains of Tucson as it back ground with its mascot cowboy, “Durango”.

All Southwest Beverages products have been carefully designed and uniquely blended into a ready-to-serve dry mix that contains all the creamer, sugar, flavoring and cocoa and/or coffee ingredients necessary for the consumer to simply add eight ounces of hot water to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. All of our ingredients are premium quality selected from the best American suppliers. All of our products are passionately blended and hand packaged at our Tucson, Arizona manufacturing facility and shipped to the consumer with pride and care. All products are 100 % gluten free and 99.9 % caffeine free and are easily microwavable. To enjoy, simply empty one envelope into a mug with 8 ounces of hot water, stir, cradle the mug in your hands, then sip, savor and enjoy.

Kemosabe premium quality, instant, ready-to serve, gourmet flavored coffee single serve envelopes are available in chocolate cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut, creme butterscotch, chocolate Irish cream, mocha and french vanilla.

For diet lovers our low calorie, diet Kemosabe Lite gourmet flavors are available in the same flavors as our sugar based Kemosabe flavors. Each flavor offers the same great taste but with less than 1 gram of sugar per serving.

Each Kemosabe and Kemosabe Lite envelope contains all the ingredients necessary for you to make 1-8 ounce serving. Simply add water. Easy microwavable. 100 % gluten free and 99.9 % caffeine free.

Available in Six Flavors:

Mocha
Chocolate Cinnamon
Chocolate Hazelnut
Crème Butterscotch
Chocolate Irish Cream
French Vanilla
I love coffee, especially flavored coffees. I try to limit myself to 2 or 3 cups a day, because it tends to give me some AWFULLY bad heartburn. But it seems to only be perk coffee. I don’t get it as much with instant varieties, but it’s hard to find flavored instant coffee.

Which is why I was super excited to get some Kemosabe brand coffees from Southwest Beverages for review.

I received a box of the Chocolate Cinnamon variety, a box of the Chocolate Hazelnut variety, a Sampler box, containing 5 of the 6 varieties, and 2 packets of the Crème Butterscotch variety.


^^The boxes I received^^
NOT SHOWN: 2 Crème Butterscotch packets

Mocha
Our signature flavor coffee blend is infused with just a hint of cocoa to form a rich aroma and great tasting flavor.

I’m usually not one for Mocha coffees; they always seem too rich for me. But this was just the right balance of richness and creaminess, without being overly sweet. If all Mocha coffees and creamers were like this, I’d have no problem drinking them.
TASTE: 9/10

Chocolate Cinnamon
This ever popular flavor marries the sweet and spicy qualities of cinnamon with our flavorful mocha blend to create a coffee lovers delight.

This was one of my favorite flavors, just because it had cinnamon in it. The chocolate wasn’t overly done, and the cinnamon gave it a nice contrasting flavor; a lot of sweet with a bit of a spicy kick. Very delicious.
TASTE: 10/10

Chocolate Hazelnut
This nutty coffee flavor is the perfect combination of our creamy mocha blend and toasty hazelnuts. Wow!

While I usually like the hazelnut flavor, something about commercial hazelnut coffee creamer just doesn’t cut it for me. The creamer companies seem to put TOO much hazelnut flavor and it overpowers the natural cream flavor.
However, with this flavor, the chocolate muted the hazelnut flavor just enough to where it was a nice equal flavor.
TASTE: 9/10

Crème Butterscotch
This blend of rich, creamy butterscotch coffee will warm your heart and bring back your childhood memories of Grandma’s candy dish.

I think this was the least of my favorites, but I am not a huge fan of butterscotch to begin with. The only Butterscotch thing I like is butterscotch pudding.
I will say it was a very creamy flavor, very reminiscent of butterscotch pudding, but the flavor of the coffee with the butterscotch ruined it for me.
TASTE: 7/10

Chocolate Irish Cream
A descendent of its spirit-based Irish cream cousin, this classic winter treat blends two of our most popular flavors together to form a rich and indulgent delight.

My ex-boyfriend got me hooked on Irish Cream/Creme creamer, so this was a treat. I liked the way the creaminess of the Irish Cream blended with the creaminess of the chocolate for a rich, decadent flavor. Neither flavor overpowered the other.
TASTE: 9/10

French Vanilla
The burst of vanilla flavor delightfully blended with our rich creamy coffee creates an aroma and taste you’ll find yourself continuously craving.

This was my other favorite of the flavors I was sent. Just like with the hazelnut flavor, commercial French Vanilla creamers taste like the companies lost the bottle of vanilla extract in them and seem to be WAY too sweet for me. They also seem to give me some unpleasant ‘bathroom issues.’
But this coffee mix let me enjoy the French Vanilla flavor without all those issues. I really liked this mix.
TASTE: 9.5/10

My favorite thing about these mixes is I don’t need to add sugar to my coffee when drinking them. When I don’t have flavored creamers, I usually add 2 spoons of sugar to my cup. These mixes have the sugar added right in, so all I need to do is add the water, stir and drink (once the coffee cools to a drinkable temperature… I’ve burned my tongue MANY times on coffee)

Speaking of how simple it is to make these mixes, They are going to be a CINCH for disabled people to make and enjoy. The mixes come in resealable bags, so they are simple to open. The hardest thing for a disabled person may be actually pouring the hot water into the cup.

Another reason I like Southwest Beverages is their fundraising work. Southwest Beverages has an AMAZING fundraising program, too!  For churches, sports teams, schools, and any other organization that wants to raise money, Sippity® hot cocoa mix and Kemosabe® gourmet flavored coffee are high quality products people LOVE.  The unique fundraising program generates 35 % profit margins and requires no up-front costs. To learn more about their Fundraising fund raising program please visit:  http://southwestbeverages.3dcartstores.com/Program-Features_ep_132.html

To learn more about Southwest Beverages, in general, and to shop for your favorite Kemosabe gourmet coffee flavor please visit their website by visiting that link.

BUT WAIT!!! The founders of Southwest Beverages, Bob and Susan, want to give one of my lucky readers the SAME package I reviewed!



Kemosabe Coffee giveaway

FINAL THOUGHTS
Delicious coffee that's easy to make.
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, July 13, 2016

Love with Food June 2016 box

Love with Food
June 2016 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!
So, I'm actually looking at July's box right now, which means I am once again behind! So, Let's get on with the review of June's box.

June’s theme is ‘Love is Celebration.’ It’s finally summertime which, come on, is a reason to celebrate all on its own, right? This is the season for great parties and get togethers, and what makes a great party more than great food? This month, share these scrumptious all-natural with someone you love and celebrate all the flavors of summer yet to come!


SINFULLY THIN BLUE CORN POPCORN
Ever made popcorn for a “light snack” and eaten WAY too much? Hey, we’ve all been there. But with this all-natural stuff, there’s no need for guilt!

FROM THE BAG: HUGE TASTE. small consequence.
No junk in our popcorn. No junk in your trunk.
Being goon never taste so great. Behold the savior of snacking, Sinfully Thin. No longer will you be trapped in popcorn purgatory when you unleash the naughty nibbler within.
Why so blue?
Blue corn is just better. It is slightly sweeter and more tender than regular popcorn. Its brilliant blue color contains anthocyanins, the same stuff that makes blueberries blue. Give back to your body and be more blue.

Not sure what ‘blue corn’ should taste like, but This tastes just like salted popcorn. Soft on the teeth as well.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

SOY VAY THAI STYLE PEANUT POPPED RICE CLUSTERS
These bring a whole new meaning to rice snacks. Crunchy, spicy and addictively bite-sized, you’ll be hooked right away.

Nice, spicy flavor to it, but a bit hard on my teeth. I’m not sure why they called these ‘bite-size,’ because they weren’t. One cluster took me 2 or 3 bites to eat. These were a bit too spicy for me. I still have half a bag to eat.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Dairy-free

SNAPZ ORIGINAL CRUNCHY PREMIUM APPLE CRISPS
You can’t get more all-natural than these crispy fruit bites made with real organic apples. Go ahead, have the whole bag.

FROM THE BAG: Our apples are picked fresh from the orchard, washed, sliced, and then using our unique method, are gently dried so we can produce fantastically crunchy, natural crisps that keep in all the taste.
BETTER, TASTIER, HEALTHIER, CRUNCHIER!
*Nut Free
*Gluten Free
*Not fried
*No added sugar or salt
*No artificial additives or preservatives
*70 calories

Dried out apple slices. That’s EXACTLY what these were. While I usually love dried/dehydrated apples, I did NOT like these. The dried apples I like are chewy and soft, almost rubbery. They also taste like apples. These tasted like… nothing.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Dairy-free

KETTLE BRAND SEA SALT POTATO CHIPS
One crunch of these and you’ll be thinking of all the great summer memories ahead, like barbecues and days on the beach.

FROM THE WEBSITE: Only three ingredients in this classic chip: potatoes, oil and sea salt. Why mess with simplicity? The pureness of a whole potato, thinly sliced, cooked to golden perfection, and seasoned with fresh sea salt delivers undeniable flavor and crunch.

Tasted just like plain potato chips. Not too heavy on the salt either. If I was blindfolded, I’d be HARD-PRESSED to tell these from other kettle-cooked varieties of chips.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

WILD GARDEN SUNDRIED TOMATO HUMMUS DIP
This stuff is so good, you’ll be tempted to eat it straight from the package. Not that we’d blame you.

This was my first time eating hummus… and it probably will be my last. I’m not saying this wasn’t yummy, because it was. It sort of reminded me of salsa. But it just had a very odd flavor that just wasn’t really for me. I’m not sure if it was the chick peas, the tahini or the olive oil that ruined it for me.
If you like salsa and regular hummus, you’ll enjoy this. But I think I’d pass on this myself.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

SNACK FACTORY GLUTEN FREE ORIGINAL PRETZEL CRISPS
Now everyone can get in on the pretzel party with these crunchy bites that are packed with salty goodness and are 100% gluten-free.

I already reviewed these here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2016/07/snack-factory-pretzel-crisps.html
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

BRAMI SEA SALT LUPINI BEANS
Never had a Lupini bean? Here’s a preview: Protein-packed, fresh, perfectly salty, with absolutely no GMOs. We thought you might be interested.

Take a butter bean, dry it out for about a day, salt it, then eat it. You basically have these beans.
While I like butter beans now and then as a side dish, these were actually disgusting and hard to chew. They almost seemed like they were raw.
Take 10% off your order at bramibeans.com with the code 'LOVEWITH10'
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

JUVO ORGANIC RAW MEAL
Try a different way of eating raw with this fruit and veggie-packed meal replacement.
Tip: it goes great in your favorite juice!

FROM THE PACKET: JUVO was founded by a world renowned oncologist, Dr. James Hwang. He studied the benefits of raw food diets and formulated JUVO as a means of alternative treatment to optimize your overall nutrition.

Nope. Not happening. Last time I drank something with raw veggies in it, I nearly puked. I refused to even try this.
TASTE: 0/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free, Organic

THE COOKIE DEPARTMENT CHERRY BOMB COOKIE
One bite of this chewy, probiotic-packed, gluten-free masterpiece and you’ll remember what makes cherry and chocolate such a classic combo.

I actually wasn’t crazy over this. I expected a chocolate covered cherry taste. It tasted more like a brownie with cherries baked in.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

BANZA CHICKPEA PASTA
Protein and fiber-packed with a taste unlike anything else. Once you go chickpea, you never go back.

FROM THE BOX: Chickpeas make delicious pasta.
That’s why we used them to create Banza. We took a household favorite and made it even better, turning the pasta you love into the pasta that loves you back.
With 2x the protein, 4x the fiber and nearly half the net carbs, you can make every night pasta night.

Once again, I couldn’t tell the difference between these and normal pasta noodles. I made my Poor Man’s Tuna Noodle Casserole with them and LOVED it.
What I like about Banza Pasta is how good they are for you…
BANZA PASTA
25G Protein
13G Fiber
43G Net Carbs
Vs
AVERAGE PASTA
13G Protein
3G Fiber
71G Net Carbs

That’s a HUGE difference. And they are so yummy too!
You can take 25% off your order at eatbanza.com by using the code 'LOVEWITHBANZA'
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

ZOUQ CURRY CRUNCH
Exotically spiced, perfectly crunchy, with the ideal balance of sweet and sour. You’re not going to want to share this stuff.

FROM THE PACKAGE: A potpourri of sweet and sour taste harmoniously blended with rice flakes, chickpea flour, peanuts and turmeric powder. What Fun!
Zouq takes you on a romantic, mysterious, and magical journey to the world of exotic flavors. Zouq is where you share your love for food and adventure, connect to all who love exploring new food experiences, and where you cherish food memories from other cultures. Share your story and discover the world of flavors at www.zouq.com

My favorite thing in the box this month. Delightfully spicy with a hint of sweetness. Had a strong taste of cooked eggs, which was fine by me. I actually might buy this, if I can find the money.
What I REALLY liked about this was that it has turmeric powder in it. Turmeric powder is said to have benefits for people with CP, and the night I ate this, my legs actually felt NORMAL. I haven’t felt normal in so long, I actually forgot what it felt like!!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Organic, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

SOLA BAR
Packed with nuts, seeds, delicious spices and zero GMOs, this snack is a perfect pick-me-up anytime.

I’m going to be honest, I forgot what this tasted like. I believe we got the Chipotle flavor, which I don’t think was all that spicy. If I recall correctly, it reminded me a lot of the Keen One Quinoa packet I had in the March 2015 Taste Guru box.
Get 20% off and FREE shipping on your first order from solasnacks.com by using the code 'SOLALOVEFOOD'
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.
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.**