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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.**

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nature by Canus Goat Milk Soap

Nature by Canus Goat Milk Soap

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Over 20 years ago, our laboratory developed a proven technique that transfers the benefits of fresh goat's milk to our goat milk soap products.

The company got its start in the extraordinary city of Montreal in the early 90’s when two friends decided that the world would be a whole lot softer if more people washed with soap made from fresh goat’s milk.
In just a few short years, our soap became one of the largest selling soaps in all of Canada. People across the country were discovering the amazing restorative benefits of goat’s milk, and our bars were flying off the shelves.
Now it’s America’s turn to experience the revolution. Our full line of fresh goat’s milk products are available online and in many major mass retail and drug store chains, supermarkets and specialty stores throughout North America.

Feel the glow with Nature™ by Canus
The first time I'd ever had Goat's milk was when I was well into my 20s and living in NY. It is seriously the BEST milk I'd ever had, but it is SO pricey. I noticed that when I did drink it, my acid reflux was calmer for WAY longer than when drinking cow's milk.

So, when I was approached to do a review for goat's milk soap, I readily said yes. If the goat's milk was making my insides happy, How happy could it make my outsides?


^^The three soaps I received^^

It just so happened that when it came time for me to review these, my dyshidrotic eczema on my hands decided to have a breakout/flareup, so I figured these would be a great test for them.

Olive Oil & Wheat Proteins Soap
We have extended the natural benefits of fresh goat’s milk by adding olive oil and wheat protein, both known for their antioxidants and moisturizing properties. Olive oil nourishes the skin while wheat protein restores its natural elasticity. The combination results in skin that is more toned, yet hydrated and soft to the touch.
You will love the delicate, natural fragrance!

~Free of parabens and phosphates
~No artificial colors
~Finished products not tested on animals

This soap was the top winner for the eczema treatment. The olive oil and the goat's milk gave my hands a calming effect and my fingertips were NOWHERE near as painful as usual. I didn't see too much of an impact from the wheat proteins.
The smell from this soap is INCREDIBLE. It reminds me of fresh baked bread with warmed olive oil for dipping.

Shea Butter Soap
Shea butter is a plant lipid that is recognized for its excellent emollient properties. This natural moisturizer aids in hydrating your skin and maintaining its natural elasticity. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, shea butter rejuvenates skin pores and tones the skin. Our shea butter will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft.
You will love the calming fragrance!

~Free of parabens and phosphates
~No artificial colors
~Finished products not tested on animals

I didn't really feel like this had a good effect on the eczema... if anything, I think it made the flareup WORSE! It smells really nice, almost exactly like shea butter lotion and does leave my hands feeling softer, but it didn't really calm the prickly and sore feeling in my fingertips like the Olive Oil soap did.

Fragrance Free Soap 1.3 oz
Our fragrance-free soap is beneficial for those with extra sensitive skin. It delivers all the benefits of our original formula, without the scent. It’s ideal for people who love our fresh goat’s milk products but are sensitive to some ingredients.

~Free of parabens and phosphates
~No artificial colors
~Finished product not tested on animals

This soap was the second best one for my eczema. It did calm it, but not as well as the Olive Oil soap. It also didn't make it any worse, like the Shea Butter soap did. It kind of had the goat's milk scent to it, whereas the other two soaps had the scent of their ingredients. This one just had a clean, milky scent to it.

I really don't see a problem for disabled people using this soap. It's great for skin conditions and just overall skin health.

These soaps would make great stocking stuffers for anyone with a skin condition like dyshidrotic eczema.

This is available from The Nature by Canus website or Amazon Prices may vary by website.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Awesome soaps that leave your hands feeling soft and smooth!
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, December 13, 2017

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica AR3iS SonicFuel On-Ear Headphones

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The ATH-AR3iS SonicFuel® on-ear headphones are designed to enhance your everyday listening experience with newly designed 40 mm drivers that deliver clear mid- and high-frequencies and full, expressive bass.

The headphones come with a detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with mic and controls, making it easy to answer calls and handle music/video playback on your devices. The headphones also feature soft, memory foam earpads and an easily adjustable, padded headband for a comfortable fit and outstanding sound isolation. Plus, the headphones fold up for easy portability.

Newly designed 40 mm drivers provide rich, full-range sound reproduction with crystal-clear mid and high frequencies and powerful, detailed bass
Top-mounted PCB design enables smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement and reduced distortion
Stylish round housing design
Soft, memory foam earpads and easily adjustable, padded headband provide a comfortable fit
1.2 m (3.9') detachable cable with mic/controls for use with compatible devices
Foldable for space-saving portability
Available in black (ATH-AR3iSBK) and white (ATH-AR3iSWH)
I am not really an audiophile by any means. When I use a headset, I just want something comfortable. I tend to wear my headsets a lot during the day, whether I'm watching my tech subscriptions on YouTube or I'm using YouTube as my personal radio station.

But, while the Logitech G230 Gaming Headset is my daily headset of choice, the wire being so long and irreplaceable has me, well, annoyed. So, when Audio-Technica offered to send me one of their new headsets for review, I jumped at the chance!


^^Stock Photos of the headphones^^


^^Headphones Open^^


^^Headphones closed^^

I LOVE the sound that come through these. Very rich and full, but not over-bassy. I don't hear any tinniness through the ear pieces, and the music/sounds do not distort at loud levels.

My favorite thing about these headphones are the detachable wire, which is considerably shorter than the Logitech wire. I don't know HOW many times I have had to buy new headphones, because something happened to the wires, whether it snapped or one of the earcups lost sound in them, But with these Audio-Technica headphones, if the wire were to break, I can easily head to any electronics department/store (or even eBay or Amazon) and pick up a new 3.5 mm male to male wire and Presto! I have my headphones working again. It's also a plus if the wire ever get tangled, I can just unplug them from the earcup and straighten the wire out.

I also like the fact that these headphones fold up, so if I want to store them in a backpack or travel bag, I can detach the wire and then fold the actual earcups in towards the headband. That eliminates the risk of them being broken during travel.

Now, for the downside of these headphones, the earcups themselves. They are ON-EAR cups, meaning the sit directly on the ears. It's fine at first, but after a few hours of listening to music or watching Youtube videos, they start to really hurt. I'm not sure if this is how they should be, because I have worn SkullCandy On-Ear headphones for hours and they did not hurt my ears at all. It seems to be worse for those wearing glasses, because Mama Melissa tried to wear them, and she developed the sore ear quicker than I did.

I really don't see disabled people having issues with these headphones. The biggest problem MAY be replacing the detachable wire, if it ever needs replacing.

These are available from the Audio-Technica website or Amazon for $79.00 on either site. These would make a great gift for the audiophile on your list.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great sound, but better suited for tinier ears.
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, December 6, 2017

Love with Food November 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
November 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!
November’s theme is ‘Attitude of Gratitude.’
This November, we are giving thanks for all of you. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and patience during this snacking journey. Thank you for engaging with us and our partner brands, and for constantly providing great feedback. Thank you for putting the “Love” in Love With Food.
*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

MADEGOOD APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA BAR
FROM THE PACKAGE: Organic – With Vegetables* – School safe without peanuts and tree nuts
Manufactured in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens:
~Peanut
~Tree Nuts
~Wheat
~Soy
~Dairy
~Egg
~Sesame
~Fish & Shellfish
*Nutrients found in 1 serving of vegetables

Take Apple & Cinnamon instant oatmeal and turn it into a chewy granola bar. This was really, really good.
However, when I ate it, 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.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy Friendly, Kosher

EMMY’S ORGANICS VANILLA BEAN ORGANIC COCONUT COOKIE
I didn’t really taste much vanilla in this cookie. I mainly tasted just coconut.
While these are infinitely better than the Lemon Ginger flavor I had a few months ago, 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.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Organic, Kosher, Fair Trade

CRUNCHMASTER MULTI-SEED CRACKERS with SESAME, QUINOA, FLAX AND AMARANTH SEEDS
These reminded me SO much of the Stella D’oro Sesame breadsticks I munched on as a child. Very thin and crunchy. I really didn’t taste anything other than the sesame flavor. These were one of my faves from the box.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No Artificial colors or flavors, Vegan, Cholesterol Free, Low Saturated Fat

PRINCE OF PEACE GINGER CANDY
FROM THE PACKAGE: Prince of Peace Ginger Candy are great for the whole family. The sweet ginger taste is warming to the senses. Ginger is also known for bringing comfort to the stomach.

I got a full bag of these in the April 2017 box. This time, I only got 3 of them.
These were interesting. The packaging is MAINLY in an Asian language, some dialect of Chinese, which I don’t understand. The little blip above is pretty much the ONLY English on the package.
Going into these, I thought they would be hard candies, but they were more chewy than hard. Only thing I really didn’t like about them was the ginger burned my mouth.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

GLUTINO GLUTEN FREE PRETZEL TWISTS
FROM THE BAG: Come on baby, it’s a party! It’s a celebration! Even if it’s just a snack. She eats up life by the fist-full, living every day to the fullest. The smile on her lips strikes up the band in your heart and you can’t help but join the dance.
Let’s do the twist!

In April, I did a review on Glutino snacks, but these weren’t one of the snacks. However, I really couldn’t taste a difference between these and normal pretzels, minus a ‘wheaty’  and sort of sweet taste to them. I actually liked these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

ANGIE’S BOOM CHICKA POP POPCORN in SEA SALT
FROM THE PACKAGE: Back when Dan and I first started popping kettle corn in our Mankato garage, we wanted to teach our kids the value of hard work – and have a little fun along the way. We also wanted a snack we felt good about feeding them (and, ah, the world). Flavorful snacks with real ingredients found in a kitchen, not in a lab (you know, ingredients you don’t have to scrunch up your face to say). Snacks packed with energy, not guilt. Snacks that keep the joy in snacking (and snacking and snacking…). With bright bags that radiate all the love and fun that went into them from the beginning. After all, isn’t that what snacking should be about? We couldn’t agree more. Enjoy.
XO, Angie

Plain, salted popcorn. That’s all this is.
I’m not saying it’s not good, because it is, just… for me personally, I like a bit more ‘flavor’ to my popcorn… butter, white cheddar, even the Cinnabon flavor would work.
I think if I was sent a different flavor, I would have liked it better, But this just fell flat for me.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Whole Grain

ONE POTATO TWO POTATO SWEET POTATO CHIPS in PLAIN JAYNES
FROM THE PACKAGE: At One Potato Two Potato, we believe in a world where a snack food that’s better for you can still be exciting and tasty.
So here’s to a world naturally fun and flavorful, as it was meant to be!
Simply delicious.

My main ‘problem’ with these chips is that they seem to be ‘kettle style’ chips, and they usually hurt my gums.
Other than that, they were pretty tasty. The taste of the sweet potato wasn’t overpowering at all, and there was just the right amount of salt on them. However, I’m not entirely sure I’d buy these for myself.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-MSG, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, Nut-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher

PAMELA’S BAKING AND PANCAKE MIX
FROM THE PACKAGE: Wake every morning to light and fluffy pancakes made in no time! Quick, easy and delicious with 8 whole grains per serving, use Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix to make all types of delicious baked goods!

Considering there are 4 grams of sugar in this mix, and the diabetics I live with like to keep their count to 3 grams per item, I will be passing this onto my cousin.
What I really like about Pamela’s Products is their support of national and regional non-profit Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance and Autism Support Organizations. The last one is important to me, since I have HS friends whose children have Autism. Those organizations need all the support they can get.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

GO ORGANICALLY FRUIT SNACKS in MIXED BERRY
FROM THE PACKAGE: At Go Organically, we believe Fruit Snacks should be made with Read Fruit. We source USDA certified organic fruit and other quality ingredients to offer you the best, most authentic and delicious snacks for your family.
Please try all of our mouth-watering varieties for a taste experience you can feel good about.
Go Organically. You’ll like what’s in it. You’ll love what’s not!

These are actually softer than traditional fruit snacks… They almost feel like gummy candies.
I couldn’t really decipher what berries were used, but they did taste very fruity.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic

CRIO BRU 100% GROUND COCOA BEANS in FRENCH ROAST
FROM THE PACKAGE: Honest Energy.
Theobromine is a naturally occurring substance found in cacao that provides a gentle, long-lasting boost of energy so you won’t feel jittery during the day or sleepless at night.
Honest Energy offers you a healthy, non-addictive alternative to caffeine. Honest Energy doesn’t impersonate. It doesn’t leave out the details for convenience or marketing. Honest Energy works with your body – not against it. Read more at criobru.com/honestenergy.

Truth be told, I probably will never make this. We only have one coffee pot in the house, and it’s reserved for water for instant coffee.
If I can find the French Press I received as another review, I will try this, but as of this writing, this is untried.
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free

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

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.
Get 20% off Purell products at Jet.com by using PURELL20 at checkout (Search PURELL20 for eligible products)

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.**

Monday, December 4, 2017

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

Nancy's Petite Stuffed Bagels

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels are freshly baked bagels, made with fresh milk and real cream, ready to serve and enjoy in minutes! Inspired by Nancy Mueller for those who want to enjoy exceptional eating every day, each petite stuffed bagel combination is paired with distinct ingredients to create a robust line of flavors.

NANCY’S Petite Stuffed Bagels start with the same quality ingredients used in home cooking -- butter, flour, milk, eggs, fresh produce, herbs and high quality cream cheese and come in four delicious flavors!
I love bagels. One of my favorite Holiday memories is going to the Town Square Mall in Vestal, NY with my Mom and older sister and stopping into this coffee & bagel shop (I REALLY want to say it was ‘Bagel Town’, but this was about 20-25 years ago, so I can’t remember the name). They made the BEST bagels, and after that, anytime I went to Vestal, I made it a point to stop in there and get a few bagels to bring home.

Well, now that I live in Central NY, I obviously don’t get to Vestal anymore, not that it matters since it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. So, I’m relegated to the ones you can get in the stores. Our local Modern Market makes some delicious ‘French Toast’ bagels, but sometimes it’s a pain for me to spread the cream cheese, especially when my hands don’t want to cooperate with me. Plus, I tend to burn myself by accidentally touching the hot toaster when trying to get the bagels out!

So, Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Bagels are a godsend to my hands! No fighting with the cream cheese and no burnt and blistered hands or fingers! I was sent 3 of the 4 flavors to try and review...


^^Outer boxes^^


^^The three flavors labeled^^

Pumpkin: Enjoy a fall flavor favorite with Nancy’s Petite Pumpkin Stuffed Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with pumpkin puree in a pumpkin spice bagel (exclusively at Walmart)

Okay, so I am KNOWN for liking anything Pumpkin flavored, which is quite funny actually, since I wouldn’t TOUCH Pumpkin Pie as a child. I started liking the pumpkin flavor around 15 or 16, and I promptly kicked myself in the rump for not liking it sooner.
I find the warmer these are, the better they taste. I made some the morning after I received them, but by time I had made my coffee and sat down to eat, they were on the cooler side and tasted a little odd.
A few days later, Mama Melissa made me some of the pumpkin flavor when she was making herself some of the jalapeño flavor. Since she can walk faster than I do, I got to eat them when they were still warm and they tasted so much better than the bagels I warmed up.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Original: Keep it classic with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Original Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese in a plain bagel

These were okay… not really my favorite, but not horrible either. My main problem with these is they tended to ‘flake’ – like the bread had gotten wet and was just sloughing off. I really didn’t taste too much of an actual flavor in these; I felt like they scrimped on the cream cheese filling in these.
TASTE: 6/10

Jalapeño: Create a pop of flavor excitement anytime with Nancy’s Petite Stuffed Jalapeño Bagels made with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese blended with jalapeños in an asiago herb bagel

Whew-wee, these are HOT! I didn’t think these would be as hot as they are. I figured the cream cheese would ‘cool’ the jalapeño flavor down, but it didn’t. My acid reflux (and my mouth) were screaming at me every time I ate these, but I didn’t care. They were THAT good.  I ate about half and then gave the rest to Mama Melissa, since she doesn’t have acid reflux and they played nicely with her pre-diabetic diet.
TASTE: 8.5/10

All 3 of the bagels had very creamy fillings, although as I said above, I felt the Original was lacking in the filling department. But all 3 flavors I received for review were very soft and chewy.

The only problem I see disabled folks having is opening the inner bags. I had trouble opening them, even with scissors; I ended up needing Mama Melissa to open them for me. But as long as the disabled person can use a microwave safely, I can’t see any problem with these. (These CAN be made in a conventional oven or toaster oven as well, but since I was making only 3-6 at a time it wasn’t worth heating the conventional oven for that amount and we don't own a toaster oven here)

These are available at most national supermarkets, with the Pumpkin flavor being an exclusive to Walmart. These have a MSRP of $6.99 each, although Wal-mart sells the Pumpkin flavor for $5.98 a box.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very yummy bagels, perfect for on-the-go mornings or an after-school snack for the kids!
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.**