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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REVIEW -- Dream Dots for Spots


Dream Dots for Spots

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is a Dream Dot?
A Dream Dot isn’t simply a sticker — it’s a unique super absorbent hydro matrix patch. It targets spots and breakouts overnight using no harsh ingredients, yet gives dramatically effective results. With a 100% waterproof, breathable, satin-smooth, wafer-thin surface, it acts seamlessly as a second skin, conforming to any contour of the face. On contact with the spot, the patented core locks in and absorbs the spot exudate. A moist healing environment is formed, maintaining ideal pH balance, temperature and hydration levels while sealing in repair factors, which leads to faster healing. Pain is reduced as nerve endings are cushioned and protected in this moist condition. The patch swells and turns white overnight as it absorbs exudate giving a visible reduction in redness and inflammation when removed in the morning.
I still suffer from acne at nearly 36 years old. I seem to break out HEAVILY around my mouth and chin area. It's from my lack of saliva control, especially when I sleep. I drool in my sleep, and the skin 'sits' in the pool of saliva, becoming red and chafed.

So, I was thrilled to get these for review.


^^how to apply^^




^^what I received^^

I found these to work wonders. Applying them to smaller whiteheads/pimples saw the blemish disappear overnight. Larger/more inflamed whiteheads took two nights to clear, but the blemished was reduced significantly after the first night.

These are best worn at night. I did try to wear one during the day, since I had forgotten to apply one the night before and it did not stay on my face while eating a buttered bagel.

While they do work, disabled people may have a hard time getting these dots off the papers, even with the perforated lines. Most often than not, the edges would fold together and I wouldn't be able to get an air-tight seal. Even though I didn't always get the air-tight seal, the dot still worked.

These are available from Amazon for $17.90 or a twin pack for $29.90.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These work wonderfully, although they can be hard to remove from the papers. Despite that, I feel these are a must-have for those that suffer from random, with-no-warning breakouts.
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, April 28, 2015

REVIEW -- Happy Fingers Cut Resistant Gloves


Happy Fingers Cut Resistant Gloves

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Happy Fingers Cut Resistant Gloves

These gloves are made of food grade vinyl: Dyneema, Steel wires, dacron and spandex. They have EN388 Level 5 cut resistance which is highest mark in a cut resistance test. They are antimicrobial, so you can use them safely for food. You can wash them with a washing machine, or just like a dishes with dishwasher liquid and hang to dry dip. They are breathable, comfy, stretchy, fit either hand. Package comes with two gloves, you can use both or one for extended usage. They are cut resistant, not cut proof. Can be used outside of a cooking area as a work gloves.
Made to prevent serious injuries while working with sharp items. You will Get 100-day satisfaction Guarantee.
The older folks I live with are constantly 'on edge' when I'm using a sharp knife... which annoys me to no end, considering I have been cooking on my own since 12-13, if not YOUNGER, making complete Thanksgiving dinners from 15 on. I've never seriously injured myself while cooking, minus oil splatters or misplaced/slipped potholders on baking sheets.

But, to appease them, I accepted these gloves for review.


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^^what I received^^

These fit VERY tight. I had a extremely hard time getting these onto my hands, even with the spandex. It honestly feels like there is NO give to them whatsoever. They do protect the hands well, but disabled people are going to have trouble getting them on. I also felt like I had less control of the knife while wearing these. I didn't feel like I could feel the handle as securely.

What annoyed me the most about the gloves had nothing to do with the actual gloves; it was the company. The owner was VERY pushy and wanted a giveaway winner BEFORE I had even done a full review. He continuously asked for a winner within 3 days of receiving the item. I had to do a flash giveaway and then he expected information I did not have. I did not enjoy working with this company at all. I will not work with this company again.

These are available from Amazon for $22.95.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The gloves are decent and live up to their promises, but the company's customer service is maddening.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: The gloves, yes; this particular company, No.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

REVIEW -- Love with Food March 2015 box

Love with Food
March 2015 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!
At the end of February, I signed up for the Love with Food trial. I was sent one free box (s&h applied), which was the March 2015 box.

The March 2015 box was curated by Megan Roosevelt, AKA Healthy Grocery Girl. Megan Roosevelt is a plant-based Registered and Licensed Dietitian as well as the founder and CEO of Healthy Grocery Girl®. She is an internationally published author, web TV host and producer, as well as nutrition expert for television and magazines. Megan is also a sought-after speaker for corporate wellness seminars and events.

Megan struggled with multiple eating disorders in high school and college. Having overcome her personal health struggles, she is passionate about helping others do the same.  You can watch Megan's story here.

So, What was in the March 2015 box?

MORINGA ORGANIC TEA BY MIRACLE TREE IN STRAWBERRY

Megan's thoughts: Who doesn't love a quick pick me up? This tea is delicious, nutritious and I love that it is USDA Organic, ensuring high quality standards.

I wasn't crazy over this. It had a very detectable strawberry flavor to it, but I didn't really like the taste or hot strawberries, at least not in this.
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic

CHOCO CHEWS BY TRUJOY SWEETS

Megan's thoughts: Here's a candy everyone can enjoy. Chocolate chewiness that's vegan, gluten-free and organic -- no artificial colors or artificial flavors either!

To me, this tasted like a less sweet Tootsie Roll. It easily got stuck in my teeth. It was heavy on the chocolate taste, but not the sweetness. Personally, I would not buy these.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO

ANNIE'S CHOCOLATE BUNNY GRAHAMS

Megan's thoughts: Made with organic whole wheat, these crunchy snacks contain 8 grams of whole grains per serving. A handful will put a little hop into your steps.

On the back of the package (and on the front) it says 'No Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors or Synthetic Preservatives' I really liked these, although I wish there was more 'graham' taste. All I could taste was the cocoa. The taste was similar to the Chocolate Teddy Grahams. I actually would buy these!
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Vegan

LIGHTLY SALTED PLAINTAIN CHIPS BY TURBANA

Megan's thoughts: Sure they're great on their own, but what about adding a couple to your next homemade trail mix?

FROM THE BACK: A Plaintain chip a day keeps the potato chip away.
Chip. Bite. Yum. Discover the snack that has potato chips running for cover. With freshly harvested plaintains and natural ingredients Turbana chips are wholesome crunchy goodness in every bite. Straight out of the bag or as a side snack, they're a tasty and healthier alternative. Grab a bag and you'll be saying Simply Platanicious! yourself.

These were my 2nd favorite item in the box. They were VERY flavorful and crunchy. The crunch was right on par with Lays or Wise thin potato chips. I didn't really taste the 'banana' flavor plantains should have... Then again, I've never ate an actual plantain in my life, so I really don't know the taste.

Besides the Lightly Salted flavor, Turbana Plantain Chips come in 6 other flavors: Chili, Lime, Chili Lime, Garlic and Sweet. I'd gladly buy these if I found these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

HEMP HEARTS BY MANITOBA HARVEST

Megan's thoughts: Three tablespoons of hemp hearts provide 10 grams of plant-based protein! I love to add these hemp seeds to a salad, wrap or sandwich!

After a bad experience with hemp seeds a few months ago, I try to avoid these at all costs. So, Mama Melissa ate these. She said they tasted just like regular hemp seeds.
TASTE: 7/10 (according to Mama Melissa)
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

ROASTED CHICKPEAS WITH SEA SALT BY THE GOOD BEAN

Megan's thoughts: One serving of these chickpeas contains 4 grams of protein, 4 grabs of fiber and serious crunchy, sea salt enjoyment!

FROM THE BACK: Say no to nuts & yes to a healthy crunch!
Finally, the perfect snack! The Good Bean turns nutrition-packed chickpeas into crunchy satisfying nibbles that are a good source of healthy fiber and natural plant proteins. Our snacks are gluten free, have less fat than nuts and contain absolutely nothing artificial.

These were my ABSOLUTE favorite of the box. I'd never had chickpeas before this (that I know of... They could have been in a recipe, unknown to me) and I loved these. To me, these tasted just like a peanut. They had a really nice crunch to them. I would happily buy these in a store.

In addition to the sea salt flavor, these come in Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili & Lime and Sweet Cinnamon flavors.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO

SEA SALT BOPS BY GOOD BOY ORIGINALS

Megan's thoughts: Be careful. These organic, gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified baked potato snacks are dangerously delicious.

FROM THE BACK: Hello Good Boys & Girls!
Want a full-flavored snack that is Certified Organic & Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & tastes great? These all-natural, Baked Organic Potato Snacks are an original recipe and oven baked for a flavorful crisp perfect with your favorite dip. BOPS™ contains 65% less fat than regular potato chips. Discover healthier snacking with BOPS™!
GOOD BOY ORGANICS develops Certified Organic & Non-GMO products for the entire family. Our naturally Reduced-Fat & delicious snacks are also Certified Gluten-Free.

Honestly, these tasted JUST like ridged potato chips. I couldn't really find a difference between these and normal ridged potato chips, except these seemed to be less greasy. I really liked these.

In addition to the sea salt flavor, BOPS™ come in three other flavors, Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion and Aged White Cheddar.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO

ALMOND BUTTER CACAO TRUFFLE BY TWO MOMS IN THE RAW

Megan's thoughts: Who knew raw, gluten-free truffles could taste so indulgent? Clearly, in this case, moms do know best!

I really didn't care for this at all. I usually love almonds, and I couldn't taste almonds in this. I know it was almond butter, so it would be more of a paste-like texture, but this tasted just like a chocolate cookie to me.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher

NUTTY RICE BITES WITH CRANBERRIES BY 180 SNACKS

Megan's thoughts: What happens when you tumble together great tasting real food? Healthy, delicious snack bites for guilt-free munching all day long.

FROM THE BACK: Satisfying bite-sized clusters bursting with flavor. Simple healthy ingredients to keep you going -- wherever your day leads you. Life is complicated, but your snacks don't have to be. Take a turn for the better... DO A 180* -- YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK
Gluten-Free Made in the USA Healthy Snack Kosher 100% Vegan Dairy-Free

These sort of reminded me of rice/popcorn cakes or rice krispies treats with fruits, nuts and seeds mixed in. I like both of those, so I liked these. Only major 'bad' thing with these was the sugar count -- 9g. Not too 'healthy' if you're trying to limit sugar intake.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, Dairy-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.

Normally, the price for the Love with Food tasting box (8+ snacks per box) is $12 ($10 + $2 s&h), with the Deluxe box (16-20 snacks per box) $5 more. But I have a treat for my readers... Click the link below to get your first Tasting Box FREE! ($2 s&h still applies)

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I really enjoyed the variety I received in this box. If I had the funds, I would keep receiving them. They are definitely worth the money.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: DEFINITELY!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

REVIEW -- Trixi's Treasures Snack Mixes


Trixi's Treasures

Trixi's Treasure is the brainchild of Tricia Wong, born out of the desire to help empower people to make wiser food choices, live healthier lives, and to make even the healthiest of foods taste better! Trixi's Treasures LLC is a baking flavorings manufacturer and distributor that provides cooking and baking mixes. Products include Shantelyn's Treasure Dust Mixtures in various flavors with ingredients that encourage healthy living. They also offer pre-made snack mixes created from her 'Treasure Dust Mixtures' and other snack foods, such as fruits, Chex Cereals® and Goldfish® Crackers.

I was fortunate to receive 8 bags of Trixi's Treasure Mixes to sample. Let's take a look at each flavor.


^^The box I received, before we tore into the bags^^


SHANTELYN’S FRUIT STAND BANANAS+ TREASURE MIX
Our SHANTELYN'S FRUIT STAND BANANAS+ TREASURE MIX is our signature SHANTELYN "Original" TREASURE MIX that contains 100% "REAL" pieces of unsulfured and unsweetened, freeze dried bananas! We guarantee that your kids will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
I love bananas. It's one of my favorite fruits. This had really big slices of freeze dried bananas, which is different than normal dried bananas, because they were more 'puffy' and not 'chippy.' The flavors blended well, and there was lots of different cereals in this one.
I loved the fact that the sodium count in this was low (25 mg per serving), but there was no sacrifice of taste.
TASTE: 9.5/10


SHANTELYN'S MEAL IN A BAG CHEDDAR BACON CHEESEBURGER
This particular flavor was created for all those hardcore bacon fans, who love to go to fairs! Since everything is bacon this... bacon that...Ours is really bacon strong... ENJOY!
The idea behind the 'Meal in a Bag' Treasure Mixes are they are perfect for those who are always on the go... They are a quick, easy, convenient and healthy alternative to a drive-thru meal.
This flavor kind of reminded me of a Whopper with Bacon and cheese. I really tasted the cheese flavor and for someone that doesn't really like bacon unless it's crispy (Yes, we do exist! I know, the horror!!!) the bacon flavor was just right for me.
It also had pretzels, which are one of my favorite snack foods, along with the cereal pieces and the other assorted snacks. The sodium was low again (25 mg per serving) and still had the full flavor. I didn't feel cheated or like I was eating air.
TASTE: 8/10 (only because I don't like bacon)


SHANTELYN CHEESY CHEDDAR JALAPEÑO TREASURE MIX
Our Shantelyn Cheesy “Cheddar Jalapeño" Treasure Mix is for those who love the taste of cheddar cheese and Jalapeño peppers. It's a bit on the spicy side, but our customers love it! This one's a "HOT" seller!
I honestly didn't find this as spicy as they claim. Then again, I like spicy foods, so I may be immune to the spice level.
The sodium count is a bit higher for this one (100 mg per serving), but this also contained vegetable sticks, which were the Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, so it balanced the sodium out.
The flavor was delicious and there was a bit of spicy kick to it, but nothing overpowering.
TASTE: 9/10


SHANTELYN PUFFCORN FACTORY JALAPEÑO POPPERS TREASURE CORNS
Our SHANTELYN'S PUFFCORN FACTORY JALAPEÑO POPPERS TREASURE CORNS are corn puffs that are sprinkled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño pepper flavoring, then coated with our signature “Original,” crunchy, sweet, salty, savory coating and baked
These are reminiscent of the Chester's® Cheddar Cheese Puffcorn with the jalapeño pepper flavoring to them. It had a hint of sweetness to them.
I thought these had more of a 'burn' to them, especially in the aftertaste. It's like the sweet and savory taste hits first and then BAM! Spicy flavor abounds!
The sodium count is VERY high in this one (230 mg per serving), but the ingredients list salt twice, once as just salt and then in the Cheddar cheese. I didn't find the salt off-putting, but those who need to avoid salt in their diets may want to steer clear of this one.
TASTE: 8.5/10


SHANTELYN PUFFCORN FACTORY NACHO CHEESE PUFFS TREASURE CORNS
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Again, These are reminiscent of the Chester's® Cheddar Cheese Puffcorn, except with Nacho cheese flavoring to them. It still had a hint of sweetness to them.
The flavor reminded me of the Nacho Cheese Doritos® in a 'puffed' snack... softer than the Doritos 3D®.
Just as the Jalapeño Popper Puffcorn, The sodium count is VERY high in this one (230 mg per serving), but the ingredients list salt twice, once as just salt and then in the Cheddar cheese, which I can't understand how they get Nacho Cheese flavor from Cheddar cheese. I didn't find the salt off-putting, but I love Doritos®, so I'm used to the salt.
TASTE: 9/10


SHANTELYN'S ICE CREAM BAR NEOPOLITAN TREASURE MIX
Our Shantelyn's Ice Cream Bar Neopolitan Treasure Mix is our signature SHANTELYN TREASURE MIX flavored for those, who love the taste the popular combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream flavors mixed together.
I hate saying this, but this was my least favorite of the flavors I sampled. I really didn't taste the vanilla or strawberry flavors; I mainly tasted the cocoa powder.
The sodium count drops back low on this one (50 mg per serving). With this having more of a sweet taste, it's understandable. The flavors blended well, but it was a bit too heavy on the chocolate for me. I would have liked an even amount of all 3 flavors.
TASTE: 5/10


SHANTELYN'S "ORIGINAL" TREASURE MIX
OUR SHANTELYN "ORIGINAL" TREASURE MIX IS OUR MOST POPULAR BAKED, READY-TO-EAT SNACK MIX. IT IS ALSO THE MOST REQUESTED FLAVOR FOR BOTH, OUR BAKED MIXES AND OUR SHANTELYN TREASURE DUST MIXTURES AS WELL!
This reminded me of a less salty MUNCHIES® or Gardetto's® snack mix. The flavor was very robust, without all the grease and sodium in commercial mixes.
The taste was on par with the Traditional Chex Mix® flavor, but again, less salty.
Sodium count was in the mid-range (100 mg per serving). Most of that I would say comes from the non-cereal snack pieces. I liked the flavors of this, but I would have liked more of the 'vegatable sticks,' which again were the Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, in this.
TASTE: 9/10


SHANTELYN PUFFCORN FACTORY WHITE CHEDDAR TREASURE CORNS
Our SHANTELYN'S PUFFCORN FACTORY WHITE CHEDDAR PUFFS TREASURE CORNS are PIRATE'S B**TY, white cheddar puffs that are coated with our signature “Original,” crunchy, sweet, salty, savory coating! This item has been requested over 100+ times, by many Trixi's Treasures' fans...soooo ENJOY!
Third mix that is reminiscent of the Chester's® Cheddar Cheese Puffcorn, but instead of using the orangey cheese, it had white cheddar flavoring to them. It also had a hint of sweetness to them.
The sweet and savory tastes played very nicely with the cheese flavor. They balanced and complimented each other well.
The sodium count is in the mid-range again (150 mg per serving), but I noticed any of the mixes that had cheese as a flavor had higher sodium counts than the ones that had a 'sweet' taste to them.
TASTE: 9/10

I can't see disabled people having a problem with these mixes. All the mixes have relatively low sodium counts, and there aren't any mysterious preservatives in these. Every mix contains carrot and beet, so you're also getting some of your RDA of vegetables. I think the main problem disabled people will have is opening and/or resealing the bags. (ALL bags are resealable zipper bags)

You can get these from Trixi's website, Trixi's Treasures.

BUT WAIT!!! Trixi wants to give one lucky winner 6 assorted bags of Treasure Mixes!

Trixi's Treasures Prize pack

FINAL THOUGHTS
These mixes are delicious and flavorful and I would highly recommend ANY of them.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: DEFINITELY!

**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.**

**A HUGE shoutout to Tricia Wong and her aunt, Carolyn Chun, for making this all possible! Thank you, Ladies!**