Drop Down MenusCSS Drop Down MenuPure CSS Dropdown Menu

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger -- End of The Road

#BehindTheBlogger -- End of The Road

So, it's that time of year again...another year winding down, a new one about to begin.

And what can we say about 2016?

In a few short words: IT SUCKED.

IT SUCKED SO HARD.

So many greats have left us this year...
~Abe Vigoda - One of my faves on Barney Miller. I never really watched Fish, but I watched a LOT of Barney Miller reruns. You couldn't help but love the the old curmudgeon.
~Alan Rickman - Most people will know Mr. Rickman as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, but he will ALWAYS be the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Theives in my mind.
~David Bowie - Most people know Mr. Bowie from Labyrinth (which is how I initially knew of him) or from Ziggy Stardust, but I know him best from his single Let's Dance or his cover duet of Dancin' in the Street with Mick Jagger. My sister was OBSESSED with him.
~Mother Mary Angelica - Founder of EWTN. Even though I'm not really religious, I watched some of her shows while doing my Confirmation studies. She was about the ONLY one on EWTN I liked. She seemed sweet, but stern in her convictions
~Garry Shandling - I loved It's Garry Shandling's Show in the 1980s, although their plotlines were probably too advanced for a child to be watching. I never watched The Larry Sanders Show; Never really appealed to me.
~Nancy Reagan - I am not a Republican by any means, but she was one of my favorite First Ladies. Her 'Just Say No' campaign was a huge boost for the war on drugs. She had style and grace that hadn't been seen since Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. I give her the utmost respect at how she handled 'Ronnie's' Alzheimer's/Dementia and death.
~Prince - One of my favorite musical artists as a child and teenager. A lot of my favorite songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s are by Prince. I think it was at this point that I knew 2016 was going to be a suckfest.
~Chyna - My favorite WWE 'Diva' from the Attitude Era. Along with Lita and Trish Stratus, Chyna was a true trailblazer for women in wrestling/Sports Entertainment, whatever you want to call it. It was a shame she got tangled up with the people she did, and it's sad that she passed when she did, because it seemed like she was FINALLY turning her life around. The way she was treated by the WWE after her death (and the company's REFUSAL to induct her into the Hall of Fame) is one of the MAJOR reasons I started distancing myself from watching.
~Merle Haggard - I honestly thought Mr. Haggard had died in the 1990s. Turns out he didn't, and he was still making music up until his death. My favorite song by him is If We Make it Through December.
~Alan Young - Wilbur on Mister Ed. I loved watching reruns of this on Nick at Nite/TV Land.
~Muhammad Ali - Kind of expected this one, actually, considering his 30+ year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was one of the true greats.
~Gene Wilder - And this is where I was convinced 2016 was just one big ball of suckitude. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite childhood movies, but he was also HILARIOUS in Blazing Saddles.
~Leonard Cohen - Talented poet, singer and songwriter. His song Hallelujah is how I know him and I love it.
~John Glenn - A HUGE piece of US History left us. He influenced NASA so much with his missions.
~Alan Thicke - Regardless of what he may or may not have done to Tracey Gold on set, he was still a great actor and will be remembered as 'Papa Seaver' to many of us.
~Zsa Zsa Gabor - I spent a long time looking at her Wikipedia page, trying to recall what she was famous for. Turns out, the only thing I personally remember her for was her slapping an LAPD officer. She's been in a lot of films, but I don't recall seeing any of them besides Beverly Hillbillies, and that was a cameo appearance.
~George Michael - Make this the 3rd childhood music icon we lost in 2016. I remember listening to One More Try after my 3rd grade teacher, Miss Smith, told us she was leaving the class to get married and not realizing he really didn't mean a schoolteacher. (C'mon, I was 8 at the time... I didn't understand the meaning of the song) Same with Father Figure; I had NO clue that song was about BDSM... My little 8 year old brain couldn't process the meaning of 'Daddy' beyond 'a male parent of a child.' My 30-something brain was shocked when it realized what his songs were truly about. My favorite song of his is his duet with Elton John, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. I was a huge fan of both men before, but this duet sealed it for me.
~Carrie Fisher - Really? Princess Leia? After hearing she was on the mend, this is the one that just blew me away and convinced me 2016 was just being vindictive.

As of this writing, we have 4 more days of 2016 left... I am so glad we've finally come to the end of the road for it, and it can do what it did to so many people this year.

#BehindTheBlogger Sidebar Button

Thank you for reading a story from #BehindTheBlogger Hop. Every 2 weeks a group of bloggers is given a writing prompt. These prompts are very open ended, so our bloggers can write about whatever they desire. The main rule is that their blog post directly relates to the topic of that week. The point of this hop is for our readers to get to know us on a personal level.

Please hop along and read all of the blog posts in this weeks hop. Just click the links below. If you want real and raw emotion, then you will find it here. After you read each post, please comment and share. We want to get to know you too!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Irresistibly delicious chocolate chip cookies
Perfect for an afternoon snack, evening dessert, or even a sneaky midnight treat, Chips Ahoy! Cookies have been an American classic for over 50 years. And with a variety of mouthwatering flavors, there's a Chips Ahoy! cookie that will satisfy the deepest chocolate cravings--no matter if you like them crispy and crunchy or soft and chewy.

Chips Ahoy! Cookies pair perfectly with milk and coffee, or take your snacking to the next level by creating an indulgent Chips Ahoy! ice cream sandwich. Chips Ahoy! Cookies come in convenient resealable packages so they're ideal for outings or simply sharing at home or work.
As I child, I LOVED Chips Ahoy cookies. Back then, there were only two varieties; Original (Crunchy) and Chewy. I was all about the Original. I absolutely HATED the Chewy variety. To me, they did not have a ‘chocolate chip cookie’ taste.

As I grew older, I noticed my taste buds changing. I started gravitating less to the sweet snacks and more to the saltier snacks… except for donuts. Donuts was my sweet tooth’s kryptonite. I could (and still can) pass up a chocolate bar, but I was Homer Simpson around donuts.


^^Thanks to Wenchy for clipping this gif for me^^
Homer Simpson is property of Matt Groening

When I saw Lamarr Wilson do a taste test of these on his channel, I was intrigued. Could they REALLY put the taste of a cinnamon donut into a cookie? I honestly didn’t think this would be possible. Despite my hatred of the Chewy variety, I bought a package to test them out.


^^Outer Package and cookie^^


^^Closeup of an individual cookie^^

Where these differ from normal Chips Ahoy cookies is they contain NO chocolate chips. Instead, they are made with Cinnamon & Apple flavored chips. Truth be told, I could not taste any of the apple flavor in these.

I also don’t think these are as chewy as the normal Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies. From my memories, the Chewy variety crumbled VERY easily. These cookies have a good form to them and didn’t crumble, even when bit into.

The most amazing thing about these cookies is they actually DO taste like a cinnamon donut. I’m not talking the kind that are pre-boxed; I’m talking about the ones that you’d find in your local grocery store’s bakery, with the crystallized cinnamon and sugar topping.

The main problem I see disabled people having with these is opening the package. While it does have a pulltab on the top, the plastic does not fully separate, and can become twine-like. These thin plastic 'strings' probably could cut, if you're not watching what you're doing. I don't see any major issues with chewing, since these are soft and take minimal effort to chew.

Cinnamon Donut Chips Ahoy cookies are available from most major retailers, starting at $2.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
These cookies have changed my opinion about Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies... They are delicious and PERFECT for the Holiday Season!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Relief

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Relief

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Ulysses S. Grant was President and the population of America hovered at 39 million, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia, and sold his first batch of what he called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, combined the soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia into one softish drop. By doing so, he discovered that he had created a product that could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and sweetener and Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. “I have discovered something,” Pine wrote, “which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was.” He added,”Perhaps I won’t make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that’s more important than money.” Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his “discovery” would become one of the most effective, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.
When I was in high school, I used to keep Halls Vitamin C drops in my backpack or purse. Cough drops were too harsh for me, but I still wanted something to soothe a scratchy or dry throat, which would happen a LOT when I was on the Transderm Scop® patch. Plus, it helped give me my RDV of Vitamin C. Win-win situation.

The downfall was that I tended to accidentally bite down on the drops before they were thin enough to crunch, and then I’d get teeth pain. Granted, the pain would subside quickly, but it was still distracting in the middle of class to startle-jump when the sharp pain would rattle my mouth.

Chewing gum just wasn’t the same. It did little for the dry throat, but I noticed I was making more saliva, which in turn meant drooling more and defeating the purpose of the patch.

For the longest time, I was faced with a conundrum; use the Vitamin C drops and hope I didn’t break a tooth in the middle of Earth Science, or give up the drops all together and hope a drink from either the water fountain between classes or from home would suffice. I chose the latter.

Fast forward to my 30s, and while I don’t get the dry throat as much anymore, It’s been replaced with acid reflux. I’ve learned to combat it with hard candies, but I’m still dealing with the teeth pain if I bite down before the hard candies are thin.

Enter Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops.


^^Stock photos of what I was sent^^

What makes these different from most cough/throat drops is that they feel hard, but they become gummy-like as they dissolve in the mouth.

I was sent two flavors, the Vitamin C Orange flavor and the Sugar Free Wild Cherry flavor. Let’s take a look at each flavor.


^^What I was sent^^

VITAMIN C ORANGE
These were lighter on the orangey flavor than I remember the Halls drops being, but still yummy. I can’t really tell you how much of the RDV of Vitamin C is in each drop, but I like the fact that these DO have Vitamin C in them, so if forget to take my actual vitamin that day (or I feel like I need a boost) I can pop 1 or 2 of these drops and still get some Vitamin C.
These Vitamin C drops can be found at Kinney Drug stores. If there isn’t a Kinney Drug store in your area, you CAN get them at the Pine Bros. website: http://pinebrothers.com/online-sales/

SUGAR FREE WILD CHERRY
Living in a house with 2 diabetics (one who also has COPD) and 1 pre-diabetic (who also has asthma), finding cough/throat drops that won’t spike their readings or interfere with their breathing issues is a chore at times. If the drops are sugar free, asthmatics and COPD sufferers can’t really use them, because there’s something that will interfere with their breathing issues… and if the drops are fine for folks with breathing issues, most of the time diabetics can’t use them, because the drops aren’t sugar-free.
Pine Bros Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops combat BOTH these problems, since these drops have NO actual medicine in them (like traditional cough drops do) so they are fine for those with breathing issues and they use Maltitol Syrup and Sucralose for their sweeteners, both of which are acceptable for diabetics.
I gave a bag to Mama Melissa and a bag to Grandpa, to gauge their opinions. Grandpa has YET to open his bag, but Mama Melissa thought the drops were okay. She’s not fond of hard candies/throat drops as it is, and ESPECIALLY not cherry flavor ones, so it’s a surprise she actually said these are okay.
As for me, I think I like the Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops BETTER than the Vitamin C Orange drops, which is saying something, since I don’t really like sugar free things. These actually reminded me of Life Savers Wild Cherry candies. These drops are VERY heavy on the cherry flavor, and they don’t taste sugar free at all.
I wouldn’t want to eat too many of these at once, since diabetic sweeteners can have a laxative effect.
These Sugar Free Wild Cherry drops can be found at Harris Teeter, Harmon, & ShopRite stores. If there aren’t any of these stores in your area, you CAN get them at the Pine Bros. website: http://pinebrothers.com/online-sales/

You can also look on the Pine Bros. Where to Buy website to find a store in your area.

Another good point about these drops are that they are vegan, which means there is NO animal-byproduct gelatin in these. These are made from plant products, so vegetarians/vegans can use them without worry.

I think the BIGGEST concern disabled people should have with these drops is the obvious choking hazard. These will dissolve if sucked on long enough, but care will want to be taken with those who have poor oral control.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great tasting Throat Drops that won't hurt your teeth!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

Spicy Subscriptions

Spicy Subscriptions

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

Even though I am disabled, as a grown woman, I have needs. Spicy Subscriptions makes it possible to take care of those needs safely and discreetly.
About Spicy Subscriptions
Spicy Subscriptions is a monthly subscription service. Choose between our Premium and Deluxe Spice Boxes! We'll send you an assortment of romance and intimacy products such as personal toys, lubricants, oils, books and massagers in your Spice Box.
I believe I was sent the March 2016 Premium box (yes, I'm THAT far behind on reviews).

Please click the 'Read More' below to read my reviews...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Love with Food November 2016 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
November 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!
December's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

This month’s theme is ‘Love is Food.’ Food is one of those universal way that we show love. Whether it’s making a favorite treat for a friend’s birthday, perfecting family recipes on a holiday or even making breakfast in bed, we’ve all experienced the love expressed through making (or sharing) food. So this month, show your love by passing around the food in your red snack box!

Again, 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. Apparently, this is their new method, so 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 unless otherwise noted.


^^what I received^^

FLAPJACKED HIGH FIBER MIGHTY MUFFIN WITH PROBIOTICS IN MAPLE PUMPKIN
We have to be one of the few families WITHOUT a microwave, which is what this requires to make. I may stop by their Facebook page to find out how to make this another way, but if I can’t, this will go unmade/unreviewed until I have access to a microwave.
EDIT 02.02.17 - So, last week... we got a new microwave. It's small, but it doesn't have to be GIGANTIC just to throw an occasional breakfast sandwich or bowl/plate of leftovers in.
This morning, I decided to make this. It wasn't AWFUL, but I didn't really care for it. It wouldn't mix smoothly, and there were 'bits' of... I'm not entirely sure what. It looked like maple syrup, but there were these grainy things in them, that felt like pieces of my teeth had broke off and I was chewing them.
The actual texture of the muffin was soft, but the grainy bits ruined it for me.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, High Fiber, High Protein, Low Cholesterol, Non-GMO

HEALTH WITHOUT THE HASSLE GUMMY VITAMIN PACKS
I received two of these packets, one with Vitamin C and one with Biotin. We all know what Vitamin C does, and I personally take 1000 mg a day. These gummies contain 250 mg per 2 gummy serving. I may save this for if/when I get sick, for an extra dose.
Biotin supplementation is commonly used to strengthen hair and reduce hair loss. In addition, biotin may be able to improve flexibility in brittle nails and increase strength in thin nails. It’s also sometimes used in diabetes treatment, so I may give this one to Mama Melissa, if her doctor okays it.
You can save 30% on your first order of these vitamins by using the code gummy30 at shop.vitefive.com/gummy30
TASTE: UNKNOWN
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GO ORGANIC CHOCOLATE GINGER CHEWS
Two worlds collide to create these super yummy chocolate ginger chews - chewy chocolate deliciousness blended with zesty ginger. They're chocolately smooth and with a zing of spice!

When I first handled these, they actually felt more like a hard candy than a chew. But I tried one anyway.
It tastes like a Tootsie Roll with ginger in it. I did NOT like the one I did eat. I’ll probably hand toe other two off to a non-diabetic family member, since I don’t like them.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GO ORGANICALLY FRUIT SNACKS
These fruit snacks have 5 different flavors: Strawberry, Apple, Orange, Peach, & Cherry.
Honestly, the only one I tasted for definite was the orange. The rest of the flavors ‘blended’ together, even when ate separately. I liked the taste of these. Very fruity.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

FREEYUMM DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIE
Judging by amount of things this cookie is free from, I was going into this with a ‘This will be nasty’ mindset. It wasn’t awful, but it was quite bland for a cookie with 4 different kinds of sweeteners in it.
You can save 20% on your first order of these cookies by searching for FreeYumm on Amazon and using the promo code FYLOVE01 (Expires 12.31.16)
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Sesame Free, Seafood Free, Sulphite Free

WISE CINNABON POPCORN
FROM THE BAG: You’ve got good taste!
Well, Hello there! The irresistible world famous flavor of Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Rolls has made it’s way to our popcorn. Take a moment to enjoy the simple pleasure of this one-of-a-kind flavor - A delicious sweet escape!

I received 3 snack bags of this, and because they fell within Mama Melissa’s ‘sugar limit,’ I gave her 2 of the 3 bags.
Best ways to describe this is taking buttered popcorn and sprinkling a GOOD dose of cinnamon onto it. It is absolutely delicious!
My inner teenager smiled at this, since Wise is a ‘HomeRegion’ staple, being made in Berwick PA, and we lived about 70 miles from the factory.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

NOGII PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE HIGH PROTEIN BAR
Need to power through that frenzied grocery shopping trip right before Thanksgiving? This sweet, crispy, energy-packed bar is here to the rescue.

FROM THE PACKAGE: The day is busy; the demands are high. Whether I am training for a 5K race, pushing through a long day of work, or getting the kids from school to practice and back -- I rely on nogii bars to keep me fueled, energized and ready to tackle it all!
I created the nogii (noh-jee) bar as a solution to my search for a lower calorie, NO GLUTEN, NO GUILT, HIGH-PROTEIN snack on the go with quality carbs for sustained energy. It goes wherever I go -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck

This reminded me of a Rice Krispie Treat. It had the same texture to it, just wasn’t as crumbly. I liked the chocolate on the bottom. It also wasn’t as sweet as I had pictured.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, High Protein

RIGONI DI ASIAGO NOCCIOLATA ORGANIC HAZLENUT SPREAD
FROM THE WEBSITE: SO GOOD. SO ORGANIC.
It's actually quite simple. Quality ingredients produce superior taste. Only certified organic ingredients go into each jar of creamy, dreamy Nocciolata. That means no chemicals, no artificial flavors, no GMOs and absolutely zero palm oil. Nocciolata is still made following the Rigoni's exclusive family recipe. It is a slow process that uses only carefully selected ingredients like dark chocolate from the Antillean Islands, Italian hazelnuts (16%), brown sugar, skim milk and Bourbon vanilla extract.
Enjoy Nocciolata any time of day. Try it in the morning on toast, or on a crusty bread for a delicious afternoon snack. Nocciolata is the perfect special ingredient for cakes, crepes, cookies, muffins, and many more recipes. It's fantastic as a frosting or filling in all your baking inventions! No matter how you enjoy it, there are always new ways to love Nocciolata!

I actually used this on my morning Pumpkin Spice toast, and I really didn’t taste the hazlenut flavor in this; all I could taste was the chocolate, which played VERY nicely with the pumpkin spice flavor of the bread. It was a bit sweet, but nothing overpowering.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Organic, Non-GMO

SHINE ORGANICS SMOOTHIE BLEND in REVIVE PEAR CELERY COCONUT LIME GREEN TEA CHIA
FROM THE POUCH: Experience Shine Organics -- Our special blend of superfoods will help you feel your best and shine your brightest. Shine On!
REVIVE
Help keep your mind and body on the right track with REVIVE. Organic fruits, veggies, green tea, and chia seeds blend deliciously to give you a refreshing snack your body craves.
~Good source of Vitamin C
~Good source of Fiber
~240mg of Omega-3 (ALA)
~No Artificial Flavors
~Made without the use of GMOs

Again with the ‘baby food’ like pouches… and again with the chia seeds. I’m not one for chia seeds, to be honest.
Once again though, the pear flavor overpowered the other flavors, so I didn’t taste too much of the chia seeds… or anything else, for that matter. I did detect a SLIGHT hint of the lime. Disappointingly, I didn’t taste any coconut, which is the flavor I was looking the most forward to.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

WIPALA HEALTHY SNACKS ANDEAN BAR
According to the Inca Legend, Andean Grains were the food of the Gods, until a Fox broke into Heaven, stealing and spreading this food of the Gods throughout the Andean Region. This makes our Andean Bars a sacred snack, where Quinoa and Andean Lupin are our holy ingredients.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this bar. It looks like your typical granola bar, but it does NOT taste like a granola bar. I’ve tasted BETTER, but I’ve also tasted a LOT worse. The saving grace of this bar was the chocolate/cacao pieces. I think one of the other flavors the company offers would be better, because this one just didn’t do it for me.
You can save 20% on your order of these bars AND get a ‘Buy 3 Get 1 Free’ deal by using the code LoveFood at www.BonusSalus.com
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

BARILLA GLUTEN FREE FETTUCCINE
This is just fettuccine noodles without the gluten. I couldn’t really tell a difference between these noodles and normal fettuccine pasta. I ended up making my Spiced up Spaghetti with this and it was JUST as good with the fettuccine noodles as with spaghetti noodles.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: 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. Also, cooking the fettuccine noodles, if cooking isn't your strong point.

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 lots of snacks and part of a meal, all that are good for me.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hangry Kits

Hangry Kits

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
People have been “hangry” since the dawn of time (cavemen were always super hangry, from what we hear), but the dangerous phenomenon of being hangry was only recently recognized by modern society. Technically defined as “being irritable as a result of feeling hungry,” we would just say that being hangry is “goin a lil cray cray when you starvin!”

When someone is hangry, nobody wins. He/she is hungry and gets angry, then that makes you angry, and you’re all still hungry. Luckily, we discovered a cure for being hangry: The Hangry Kit!

First unveiled in July of 2016 by our trusty leader, Reuben (the perfect name for the man who cured hanger, amirite?), Hangry Kits are stuffed with fresh, delicious, filling snacks to relieve hanger instantly. Since then, our small US-based team has been working tirelessly to end the global hangry crisis by personally packing every Hangry Kit with fresh, quality-ensured products.

Whether the hangry person in your life craves something sweet, salty, savory, or sour, there’s a Hangry Kit for every appetite. From Planters and Knott’s to Nature Valley and Snyder’s of Hanover, we make sure each Hangry Kit has the perfect combination of the freshest, most trusted names in snacking to satisfy the hangriest person you know. All Hangry Kits are fulfilled and shipped in the US, meaning your potentially lamp-saving-kit will get to whomever needs it quickly, safely, and reliably.

So what are you waiting for? Hanger only gets worse the longer you wait! Order a Hangry Kit today and help fight the hangry epidemic!
Have you ever been so hungry you’ve gotten angry? Where you’ve become HANGRY?

Enter Hangry Kits to the rescue! These kits are filled to the brim with snacks to bring you back from the brink of hangry-ness.

There are 9 different kits to choose from, but because Mama Melissa is pre-diabetic, we were sent the Cheesy kit, since it contained the least snacks with high amounts of sugar.

About the Cheesy kit:
SHOWER THE HANGRY PERSON IN YOUR LIFE WITH SNACK LOVE: When hangry (hungry + angry) times hit and only savory cheesiness will do, this Cheese snack sampler is your best friend. Birthdays and holidays can give rise to serious hangriness, but college students and soldiers always require immediate Hangry First Aid.
20 HANDPICKED CHEESE-FLAVORED CHIPS & CRACKERS: Cheese lovers know that all snacks are not created equally. That's why we’ve selected 7 varieties of cheesy chips and cracker snacks - 20 individual servings in all - to satisfy your cheesy cravings.
SNACKS PICTURED ARE EXACT SNACKS INCLUDED: We hate it when we buy a sampler pack and the products we receive aren't the same ones advertised - so we will never do that to you. What you see is what you will get.
COMES IN OUR SPECIAL HANGRY KIT EMERGENCY SNACK BOX: You or your hangry friend are going to get a kick out of receiving this in the mail. Store your snacks in the fun box and get a chuckle every time you open it.


^^Outer box^^

This is the outer box. Reminds me of the Love with Food packaging.


^^Magnet included in the box^^

Upon opening the box, I was greeted by this magnet (which I slapped onto the refrigerator) and two 'flyers,' advertising other boxes they have.


^^the inside of the box, showing all the snacks^^

So, what was inside? (All bags are considered ‘Snack Size’)
 2 bags of Nacho Cheese Doritos
 4 bags of Goldfish Crackers
 4 packs of Austin Cheese & Peanut Butter Crackers
 2 bags of Cheddar Cheez-it Crackers
 2 bags of Original (Crunchy) Cheetos
 4 packs of Handi-Snacks Ritz Crackers with Cheese
 2 bags of Flamin' Hot (Crunchy) Cheetos

I’m not entirely sure why, but the kit we received did NOT have the Austin Cheese & Peanut Butter Crackers; instead, we received 4 packs of Austin Toasty Peanut Butter Crackers. (I ate these myself, since they are over Mama Melissa’s limit of 3g of sugar content. These crackers have 5g of sugar) It was okay with me though… I liked these crackers just as much.

Now, since these are national brands, I’m sure most of us have ate these snacks at one time or another. Therefore, I’m not going to review each snack, like I do with the Love with Food boxes.

I really liked how this was packaged. The box was packed full with the snacks, and all the bags were still sealed. These are the same snacks you’d find at the register of a grocery store or a convenience store. They were all fresh, with the majority of the expiration dates being in January 2017, except the Goldfish having an expiration date in April 2017.

The biggest problem that disabled people are going to have with this kit (minus any chewing issues) is going to be opening the bags. As I said earlier, These are ‘snack-size’ bags, so they will be harder to open than full size bags would be. The box itself is sealed with one big circle sealing sticker, which I was able to slice through easily with a pointed spoon. Once the box seal is cut, the flaps open with a simple pull.

These kits would make an AWESOME gift for the foodie or snacker in your life.

This is available from HangryKits.com/ starting at $21.99. Gift cards are also available.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Fun way to get a whole bunch of snacky goodness at once!
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, November 14, 2016

Letting the true me shine...

Letting the true me shine...

I originally posted this as a note on my personal Facebook, but I wanted to share it here as well.

You know... Ever since the Presidential Election, especially all day Friday, I felt awful. And I don't mean physically ill (puking after having garlic and pumpkin eggnog with spaghetti, notwithstanding); I mean emotionally ill.

I felt like I needed to ‘hide.’ Hide who I was; hide my thoughts, my feelings, my wants, my desires.

I felt like I was wrong... wrong to feel the way I do. I felt like I had no right to be scared. That even though I’ve seen and read evidence of the horrendous things that have been said for the last 12+ months and can interpret them, that I was seeing it wrong... along with millions of other Americans.

I felt attacked... like I needed to change my opinion just to suit others. I felt like I was on the losing end, so instead of ‘ruffling feathers,’ I felt like I was expected to just nod and smile politely, just to avoid fighting... Just like a ‘good woman’ does.

I felt afraid... afraid to post or share things on Facebook that I related to, for fear of being told to ‘stop believing the mainstream media.’ Fear of once again, being told that None of that will ever happen and that I need to do my research away from the ‘mainstream media.’ Fear of not even knowing what others would consider the ‘mainstream media.’

I even felt stupid... that even though I think I had a great education and I feel confident that I can clearly and cohesively interpret things I read/see/hear, that I wasn’t understanding them the way I was expected to.

and then... I felt ashamed.

I felt ashamed of being a Democrat. Ashamed of being a liberal. Ashamed because I am scared out of my mind that someone who is against EVERYTHING I believe in is going to lead the country for the next 4 years. Ashamed that I feel the way I do.

And most importantly, I felt ashamed of myself for letting it get that far.

Mommy didn’t raise me that way. Mommy would be SO upset with me if she was alive. She’d be scolding me for not standing up for myself. She’d be yelling at me for letting myself feel like I was bullied.

I sat and took a long look at things... No one else is letting their friends ‘control’ what they post. Why the hell am I?

I don’t need to ‘hide’ how I feel.

I’m not wrong for feeling the way I do.

I shouldn’t care whether I ‘ruffle feathers’ or not.

I shouldn’t feel afraid to post things I agree with. It’s MY wall; not yours.

I shouldn’t feel stupid, because I’m not. I’m smart and have a good understanding of most things.

AND I SHOULDN’T EVER FEEL ASHAMED OF ANYTHING!

I am proud of being a Democrat. I am proud of being a liberal. I am COMPLETELY scared out of my mind that someone who is against EVERYTHING I believe in is going to lead the country for the next 4 years.

I’m scared for my black friends. I’m scared for my Latino/Latina friends. I’m scared for my other foreign friends, which are too many to list. I’m scared for my female friends. I’m scared for my poor friends. I’m scared for my disabled friends. I’m scared for my LGBTQ friends.

I’m scared for America.

From now on, I’m saying WHAT I want, WHEN I want. It could be sweet; It could be so laden with swear words, it’d make a sailor blush. (Actually, I’d bet on that last one, truth be told) If it goes against what you think, TOO DAMN BAD.

Life is too short to worry about making others happy. You gotta make YOURSELF happy and the hell with everyone else.

And THAT is what I intend to do.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Love with Food October 2016 GF box

Love with Food
October 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!
November's box is on it's way, so it's time for the monthly post!

This month’s theme is ‘Love is Wicked.’ We show love for the important people in a lot of different ways, and sometimes it might come off just a little bit… wicked. Maybe you love to tempt your friends and family with irresistible indulgences like cookies or candy? Well, we think that’s the best type of wicked. So go ahead, be a little extra wicked this month with your Love With Food box… if you dare!

Again, 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. Apparently, this is their new method, so 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 unless otherwise noted..


^^what I received^^

RW GARCIA 3 SEED SWEET POTATO CRACKERS
FROM THE BAG: RW Garcia 3 Seed Sweet Potato crackers bring something new to the table. Great with any topping - our nutritious ingredients include North Caroline Beauregard Sweet Potatoes (prized for their exceptionally sweet flavor), stone ground corn and a trio of seeds blended together to make a delicious gluten free cracker. Enjoy!

Reminded me of a sesame cracker I was addicted to as a teenager. I am NOT ashamed to say I ate the whole bag in one sitting. I really didn’t taste the sweet potatoes in the crackers either, nor did I taste the chia or flax seeds.
My gums were a bit sore after eating these, but that’s because a piece of cracker JAMMED itself into my gums. YEOWTCH!!
I also received a recipe card with this box, which I will be posting on my recipe blog soon.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

GARDEN OF LIFE RAW ORGANIC PROTEIN in VANILLA CHAI
The directions on this say to mix with water, but I had a feeling this would not have tasted very good with water, so I cheated and used straight up cow’s milk. It still tasted disgusting and I ended up being nauseous while running my monthly errands.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Soy Free

LANCE’S GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER BITE SIZE SANDWICH COOKIES
FROM THE BOX: You can always count on Lance to provide great-tasting, high quality snacks for you and your family.
We are proud to offer Gluten Free Sandwich Cookie Bites, little bites of deliciousness for when you are looking for something sweet and satisfying. Each mini sandwich starts with real peanut  butter spread between delightfully baked gluten free cookies to create a wholesome and flavorful snack.
Free from gluten and egg, you and your family will love Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Cookies.

These tasted just like Ritz Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers. I’d be hard-pressed to tell a difference. Only thing I didn’t like with these were some of them were haphazardly put together. Cosmetic issue, I know. But that was my only issue with these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

RUNA CLEAN ENERGY SPARKLING GUAYUSA BEVERAGE in ORANGE PASSION
FROM THE CAN: Clean Energy in how we describe what Amazonian hunters call the “mental strength and courage” they get from drinking guayusa, a super leaf that has naturally occuring caffeine, polyphenols, and flavonoids.
These compounds in guayusa give you sustained and focused energy. No harsh chemicals. No  feeling burned out later. Just organic, healthy energy from a leaf, not a lab.
Get the energy you want now without sacrificing how you feel later. Not all energy is created equal -- keep yours clean.

Judging by the ingredients on the can, I was picturing a carbonated fruit juice drink. This was NOT the case.
This was completely disgusting. Thinking it was just my taste buds because I’m not one for low-sugar/no-sugar drinks, I had some other people taste it and they said the same thing; it’s nasty. It almost tastes like the fruits they used were rotten. We poured about half of it out.
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic

BEANITOS WHITE BEAN CHIPS
I got two flavors of these chips: Sweet Chili and Sour Cream, and Garden Fresh Salsa.

SWEET CHILI AND SOUR CREAM
Take a Fritos Scoopable chip, fill it with sweet and spicy chili, then drop a small dollop of sour cream onto it; you have the flavor of this chip. VERY yummy, but a bit hot for me. I took one for testing, then gave the bag to Mama Melissa, since these are diabetic-friendly.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic

GARDEN FRESH SALSA
I could really taste the salsa seasoning on this. It actually felt like I was eating a chip with salsa on it. The tomato flavor really shines through with these chips. Again, I took one for testing, then gave the bag to Mama Melissa, since these are diabetic-friendly.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Diabetic

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’m not entirely sure we’ll make this.
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 TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Kosher

TESSEMAE’S ALL NATURAL ORGANIC LEMON GARLIC DRESSING & MARINADE
I usually don’t do salads… at least not the ones here. (Sorry, I don’t do strawberries and bananas with my lettuce and tomatoes. Not happening) I may see if I can add this to a chicken salad,
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Diabetic, Vegan

KETTLE BRAND MAPLE BACON POTATO CHIPS
FROM THE BAG: In Salem, OR, we re-introduced native plants to our 2-acre wetland & have watched wildlife return, including a family of herons.
We planted 5 acres of native tallgrass prairie, now alive with a variety of songbirds in Beloit, WI.
Our national promise -- Non-GMO Project Verified
Gluten Free
No Preservatives
0 Grams Trans Fat

I usually shy away from kettle chips, because they are normally too hard for my teeth. But I ‘bit the bullet’ for the review… and I was pleasantly surprised.
I really don’t taste the maple flavor on these; I thought I tasted barbeque sauce, then a heavy taste of bacon.
If Lay’s or Wise made these, I’d gladly eat them more often, since those brands seem to be softer.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO

WALKER’S GLUTEN FREE PURE BUTTER SHORTBREAD
I love shortbread, so this was a happy surprise. And Walker’s brings me back to my childhood, when Mommy would order gifts from Figi’s and these would be the ‘Free Gifts.’
However, these cookies have a strange taste to them. I’m not sure if it’s the butter wasn’t completely fresh or if the absence of gluten alters the taste, but I wasn’t a huge fan of these.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegetarian

BROWN & HALEY ALMOND ROCA BUTTER CRUNCH TOFFEE
I was very skeptical about trying this, because I remember Butter Toffee can be very hard on the teeth, and I was afraid of this bothering my oral issues. While it hit the sore spots, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It tasted just like regular butter toffee.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

BIXBY ORGANIC CRAFT CANDY BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SEA SALT
This reminds me of a Baby Ruth with dark chocolate. I really liked the peanuts in the bar itself.I didn’t like the dark chocolate, but I never did like dark chocolate to begin with. I ate about half and tossed the rest.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

AWAKE ENERGY GRANOLA BAR in DARK CHOCOLATE CARAMEL
This was EXACTLY like a Quaker Granola bar. It was absolutely DELICIOUS. Even though it says it has dark chocolate in it, I didn’t taste the normal bitter dark chocolate taste. I think the caramel covered the taste well. I may pick some up the next time I go to Walmart.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SALTED CARAMEL SQUARES BY TAHANA CONFECTIONS
Good friends offer advice and words of wisdom. Real friends come over with caramel, cocktails, glitter, duct tape, catsuits and a plan.
We believe in the power of glitter, cocktails, catsuits, and, most importantly, friends and caramel. So before you go back to ruling the world, make sure to treat yourself. You deserve it.

I got these last year (ironically, ALSO in the October box), and the review can be found here: http://www.thecpchick.com/2015/11/love-with-food-gluten-free-box-october.html
Visit us at www.tahanaconfections.com and save 20% off your order. Use coupon code LWF2016 at checkout.*
*One coupon per purchase. Offer excludes Caramel of the Month Club and gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 06.30.17

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 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.**

Friday, November 4, 2016

Marble Finish Ceramic Electric Jar and Tart Warmer

Marble Finish Ceramic Electric Jar and Tart Warmer

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
This 2 piece warmer has a removable top dish and 36" power cord with built in on/off switch. Power light lets you know at a glance when the warmer is on. Use the dish to melt your favorite scented tart or wax potpourri. Remove the dish and place a jar candle on the heating plate to release the candles fragrance. Candle warmer measures 4 1/2" diameter x 3 1/4" high. Heating plate measures 3 3/4" while the dish is approximately 1 1/4" deep. Uses 20 watts of power. Gift Boxed.
Growing up, I LOVED scented candles. Mommy and I would always light candles around the Christmas season, to give our trailer the 'Christmas Tree' scent, since we used a fake tree 95% of my life (I've only had a real tree ONE time in my life, and that was Christmas 1989).

On one of my trips to visit Mama Melissa (where we now live), I bought Mommy a HUGE jar candle in her favorite flower scent, lilacs. The smell from this candle was SO intense, it easily filled our 14x70 trailer with the scent of a lilac field.

Mama Melissa and I like to burn candles as well. I personally like having the scent of the candle filling the room/house, and watching the flickering and dancing of the flame is a stress reliever for Mama Melissa. This is one of the reasons why I reviewed the Jackpot Candle about 15 months ago.

However, her father is EXTREMELY paranoid about burning candles anywhere except right in front of him, so he can watch it at ALL times. So, we're technically not allowed to have a candle in our computer room... even though we set it right on our computer table within eyesight of one of us at all times.

Enter the Marble Finish Ceramic Electric Jar and Tart Warmer.


^^Actual item^^

What I really like about this is the fact you can use it two different ways. You can either buy the wax melts and throw them in the dish or you can remove the dish completely and set actual jar candles on the hot plate. Mama Melissa and I used the hot plate method when the Jackpot candle burned too far down to safely light with normal matches.

I personally didn't care for using the dish with the wax melts, because using wax melts seems very wasteful. We were only able to get 2 or 3 meltings of the cubes before they no longer had scent to them. Considering most wax melt packs have 6 cubes in them, I'd need to buy at LEAST 4 packs to make it through a month. That's expensive.

The thing I see most disabled folks having trouble with is the power switch. It's the disc/dial style, which can be hard for most people with hand disabilities to work. I would have liked a rocker-style switch, one that doesn't take too much effort to push in either direction. The power cord is 3 feet long, so it will easily be long enough to go behind most furniture.

This would be a great Holiday gift for an older HS student or college student who loves the scents candles have, but aren't allowed to actually BURN candles.

This is available from Amazon for $19.88 (other colors available).

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great way to safely 'burn' candles or wax melts without running the risk of a fire hazard.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes