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Thursday, March 31, 2016

I Stand With MEA

I Stand with MEA

For the first time as far as I know, the School District I graduated from, Montrose Area Schools in Montrose, PA, is in the midst of a Teacher Strike. The Montrose Education Association (the teachers) are at odds with the School Board over health benefits and salaries. The teachers are willing to meet the School Board's request of changing and paying into their healthcare insurance, which will save the District $5000 a year per member. However, when the teachers asked for a raise, the School Board balked at this. You can read more about the Strike on MEA'a Facebook Page.

I'm here to say I stand with the Montrose Education Association and it's members.

I'm thankful for Montrose Education Association and it's members... without it, I wouldn't have had what I consider the best education I could have asked for. I knew if I was having a problem with a course, I could go to that teacher and get the help I needed. I could rely on any teacher to make sure I was safe at school.

I hear a LOT of Montrose's community members saying 'If teachers don't like their job, get a new one.' Here's the problems I see in that theory...
a. Most teachers don't major in education for the dollar. They major in it because they have a passion for helping others. Listen to a teacher talk about their students sometime. They don't refer to them as 'my charges' or 'my subordinates.' Every teacher I've heard calls them 'my kids.' They look at the students they teach as their own kids. Matter of fact, I've heard this right on my own Facebook newsfeed.
I won't give names, but there was one teacher in particular that went ABOVE and BEYOND their job description to make sure I had the BEST education at Montrose... and to this day, I'm very grateful to that teacher.
b. It's HARD for recent college graduates to find jobs, in their field or otherwise... imagine how tough it would be for someone who has taught for the past 15-20 years?
c. Almost every other job pays overtime when an employee works past 8 hours a day; Teachers do not. If a teacher stays after to tutor a student, they are DONATING their time. If a teacher chaperones a school dance/event, they are DONATING their time. They don't get paid for that time.
d. They may only 'work' 187 days of a calendar year, but they take a lot of their OWN time 'working.' Tests don't grade themselves. Lesson plans don't write themselves either. These things are done, at home, 'off the clock,' taking time away from their OWN families. Same goes with supplies; a LOT of a classroom's supply stock comes from the teacher's own checkbook.

I PROUDLY stand with the MEA.

I implore the Montrose Area School Board to work with MEA and come to a resolution that ALL sides are happy with. You are not hurting yourselves or the MEA members by not working with them to come to an agreement. You are hurting the very people you claim to care about: the students of Montrose Area School District.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Zim's Crack Creme

Zim's Crack Creme

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Zim's Max CRACK Creme Original Liquid Formula 2 oz is an All-Natural multi-use liquid herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Recommended for nighttime use but can be used throughout the day as well. Use on Hands, Feet, Elbows, Cuticles & More. It was developed by a pharmacist over 60 years ago when cement workers came to him complaining of dry, cracked skin on their hands and feet. This oil formula features Arnica Flower Extract and Myrcia Oil.

Our original liquid and creamy daytime products are ideal for the dry split fingers often associated with dry atmosphere weather in wintertime or southwestern climates.
I make no secret that I am a big girl. I'm not 'morbidly obese' or anything, but for my height, I am overweight.

Being overweight, I sometimes get cracking skin under my belly, where the waistline of bikini underwear would sit. I try to avoid wearing bikini underwear for this very reason.

However, a few weeks ago, it was my 'monthly time' and the underwear I keep specifically for that time are supposed to be high-cut briefs, but with the feminine pads I use, they become bikini underwear... which rub under my belly.

It's a never-ending cycle here, folks.

So, when I was finished with my 'monthly time,' I was one very cranky and sore CP Chick. Normal body lotions, even ones designed for their healing properties, provided little to no relief. That's when I decided to try Zim's Max Crack Creme on it.


^^Box of Zim's Crack Creme I received^^

Being I was working in a VERY sensitive area, and this is the liquid formula, I opted to use a cotton swab to apply the liquid. It provided instant relief to the cracked skin and it shortened the healing time of the cracked skin. Usually, it takes a full week for the cracked skin to heal and underwear choices are restricted to men's boxers or very baggy boyshorts, at least 2 sizes bigger than what I wear.

However, when using the Zim's Creme, I was able to wear my normal 'Granny Panties' style and my form-fitting boyshorts with no soreness or added chafing. As I said above, it also shortened the healing time down to 3 days with continued use (Morning and night).

Since then, I've used this on my dry finger tips, which become prickly and sore when the seasons change. The dryness is still there, but the prickliness and soreness are to a tolerable level.

The main trouble I see disabled people having with this is the fact that it is liquid. Therefore, shaky hands may knock this over and spill it. It does have a bit of a strong scent, so if you have scent sensitivities/breathing issues, it is advisable to use this liquid in a well-ventilated area.

This is available from The Zims Website for $6.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Helps when nothing else will touch the skin. Fast acting and beneficial to the skin.
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, March 28, 2016

ADMIN POST -- Just a note about domains

Just a note about domains...

If anyone is still accessing my site from http://www.disableddivareviews.com, please change the link to

http://www.thecpchick.com

Right now, I have a 301 Redirect set up on the disableddivareviews.com domain. Since I am not renewing this particular domain, I will be removing the redirect on March 31, 2016.

After that date, you will NO LONGER be able to reach this site through the disableddivareviews.com domain.

No other change on your part is needed.

Thank you.

Becky
Webmaster

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SunButter Sunflower Spread

SunButter Sunflower Spread

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
A Passion For Sunflowers Is The Seed For Sunflower Butter

The Red River Valley, which stretches along the North Dakota and Minnesota border, has long been recognized as one of the world’s richest and most productive agricultural regions. In Fargo, North Dakota, centered in the birthplace of confection sunflower, our founders at Red River Commodities developed a passion and a wealth of experience working with sunflower seeds. With an increase in peanut and tree nut allergies (the number of U.S. children with peanut allergies more than tripled from 1997 to 2008) we wondered if our sunflower seeds could be a part of the solution for kids and their parents. We imagined a delicious peanut butter alternative made from sunflower seeds, grown in the area. And we set out to make it.

The Making Of SunButter

We began working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop our SunButter Sunflower Spread. We initially expected it would be used as an ingredient in other food products. Soon, it became clear: We had a sunflower spread that would safely take the place of peanut butter for families with food allergies.

When we introduced SunButter in 2002, Governor John Hoeven declared, “Wow, SunButter tastes great and it is the future of North Dakota.” SunButter provided a solution – offering a delicious peanut butter substitute – for families with peanut and tree nut allergies. Our customers turn to this peanut and tree nut free sunflower spread for safe lunches, snacks and peanut and tree nut free recipes.  SunButter is produced in one continuous process from field to table that ensures a fresh roasted flavor, improved product consistency and a finished product that is now free from all of the top 8 food allergens.

SunButter is not just for families with food allergies – SunButter is an ideal choice to send for lunches and snacks in schools that restrict peanuts or forbid them. It’s a healthy treat packed with more nutrition benefits than peanut butter and a delicious roasted sunflower seed taste.
I love peanut butter, and thankfully, I don't have an allergy to peanuts. But sometimes, I like something different on my Fluffernutter sandwiches. Being I also love sunflower seeds, I was curious about SunButter spreads. Could they be just as delicious as normal peanut butter?


^^What I received^^

I was sent one jar of the 'Crunch' variety and a drawstring bag from the company. I was also sent some coupons, but they went AWOL in the picture above.

This spread doesn't have much of a different taste that peanut butter. The texture is different, though. It's more 'soupy' than traditional creamy peanut butter, and it likes to separate frequently. In the 'Crunch' variety, you get bits of actual sunflower seeds, which are softer on the teeth than peanuts. I can eat this spread with no issues, even with my oral/gum issues.

This tastes delicious when used in marshmallow fluff sandwiches, but because of the 'soupy' texture, expect to make more of a mess than traditional peanut butter and fluff sandwiches.

The main problem I see disabled people having with this spread is stirring it once it has started to separate. Oil forms on the top of the spread and it becomes even 'goopier' than usual, making it hard to stir. When completely stirred together, the spreadability of this is about the same as creamy peanut butter. If you have issues spreading creamy peanut butter, you may have some issues spreading this spread.

This is available from Amazon starting at $6.68. Alternatively, you can visit Sunbutter's Where to Buy page to find a store near you.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A yummy alternative to peanut butter, but expect to make more of a mess with this spread.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Comfy Buttons for Jeans Denim Waist Extenders


Comfy Buttons for Jeans Denim Waist Extenders

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Comfy Buttons for Jeans, by Comfy Clothiers, are a great way to add a little extra room in the waist area of your jeans. Using these Comfy Buttons is super easy and only takes a moment. At one end there is a button slot that you connect to the button on your jeans. At the other end there is a metal button that you put through the button slot on your jeans. Voila! Now you can breathe again! Features two slots to allow between 1/2" and 2" of extra space. You are viewing our 3-pack which comes with 3 jeans extenders. One is black, one is navy blue and one is a medium denim blue in color, so they will be sure to match most any pair of jeans. If you need waist extenders for your jeans, then look no further as you've find the perfect product. These are 100% cotton and are machine washable. They feature METAL buttons not plastic like some cheap alternatives. Works great for jeans and also works for jean shorts or denim shirts with buttoned-style fasteners. Each extender is denim material, and is not elastic.
My weight fluctuates a lot, whether it's because of my cycle or depending on how much or little I eat. I didn't want to get separate jeans just for these time, so I was excited to get these to try and review.

However, you don't gain as much room as the company claims. I only had what seemed like an extra inch to my jeans. My jeans still felt tight and uncomfortable. They did make buttoning my jeans easier, but it kind of felt like they dug into my waist more.


^^What I received^^

The main problem disabled people will have with these extenders is how stiffly the button holes work. I needed Mama Melissa's help to get the extender's hole over the original jean button. I'm not saying this won't loosen up with continued use, but the first few times will be extremely difficult for disabled hands. However, The extender's button will work just like the original jean button.

Disabled people may want to look at elastic style extenders instead of these.

This is available from Amazon for $10.99.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great for those that have fluctuating weight, but a bit tough for disabled people to use.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Only if you have help to get dressed.

**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, March 18, 2016

Toufayan Bakeries

Toufayan Bakeries

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Toufayan family bakery in not only making delicious bread, but also making an impact in the world around them.

The ToufayansThis tight knit family business has a history of giving back. Karen Toufayan, VP of Marketing and Sales, credits her mother with instilling the important values in the family, and her father Harry with reinforcing it since they were children.

“Ever since I can remember, my Dad was always giving back to the community or anyone in need,” said Karen. “From small gifts to people he came in contact with daily, to dropping product off at local fishing derbies, it’s part of who he is.”

One of the largest and most significant projects undertaken was the rebuilding and expansion of a youth center in Armenia. After visiting his home country, Harry was moved by the need of children in the city. Undertaking the rebuilding of the crumbling structure, Harry also implemented improvements and additional activities. The center now houses an after school program with a focus on arts, sculpture, weaving, music and sports. After the completion, Harry saw another need for healthy meals, and once again expanded the center to include a soup kitchen which offers 3 meals a day, 365 days a year to those in need, including children and the elderly. Harry and his wife privately sponsor the center and make quarterly visits to oversee operations and determine additional need.

The Toufayan’s also help out at home, with donations and activities to support a number of causes. When asked what their most passionate endeavor is when it comes to giving back, Karen replied, “Children and their education. So many schools struggle with budget cuts, and it’s a perfect way to give back locally and invest in the future.” In 2009 the Toufayan’s ran a NYC marathon and raised more than $35,000 dollars to help a local school. In 2011 the Toufayan sisters ran again and raised almost $40,000 for the school’s financial aid fund. For the last ten years, Toufayan has also partnered with a local school to offer a breakfast snack for children who didn’t eat at home.

MuckFest 2014 Beginning in 2014, Toufayan partnered with the National MS Society in both New Jersey and Florida, two of their major operating areas, to give back to the local community and help fight multiple sclerosis through support of fundraising efforts and participation in local community events. As a major corporate sponsor, Toufayan donated lunch to over 12,000 participants at the New Jersey MS Walk in Ridgefield Park. Siblings Greg and Karen Toufayan (and executives at Toufayan) also quite literally “got their hands dirty” in June at the annual Muckfest MS event in New Jersey, a mud run and obstacle course that brought out over 4,000 participants to raise awareness and funds for MS research and education. In September of 2014, Toufayan will participate in three Bike MS events, two in NJ, and one in FL, donating lunch for all of the participants. The partnership between Toufayan and MS grows stronger in the local communities of Florida and New Jersey each day, with more planned events for the future and beyond.

Natural disasters are also met with product shipments to feed those in need. Victims of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and hurricanes on the east coast received assistance from Toufayan. Heart Walks, 5ks, AIDS charities and other activities are supported through lunch sponsorships and product donation. The Toufayan family is passionate about national organizations including the American Red Cross and Health Corps as well.

Like the long tradition of baking in the Toufayan family, they hope to pass the tradition of giving down to the next generation as well.
When I eat sandwiches, I prefer either toast or wraps for the 'bread.' Traditional bread sticks to the roof of my mouth if it has mayonnaise or even mustard on it. Both toasted bread and wraps eliminate this problem for me, plus wraps are healthier for you, if you're watching your carbs intake.

I have used pitas for the 'salad' type sandwiches, and they were good. But they're not really 'snackable.' So I was excited when I received this shipment from Toufayan Bakeries for review.


^^Toufayan Pita Chips (L) and Goodie Girl cookies (R)^^

PITA CHIPS
The Toufayan family has taken its 85 year history of making pita bread, and created the first gluten free pita chip that tastes great. Toufayan’s Gluten Free Pita Chips are Vegan, Non GMO, Oven Baked and are All Natural, with no Cholesterol or Trans-Fats. Our Gluten Free Pita Chips also have a uniquely crunchy texture with a taste the entire family will love. Like our original pita chips, Toufayan Gluten Free Pita Chips are “Scoop-Able”, specially shaped to scoop up the goodness of your favorite dips. Enjoy Toufayan Gluten Free ”Scoop-Able” Pita Chips either as a snack or with your favorite dips.

Sea Salt
Tastes like salt. I mean, just take a piece of pita bread, sprinkle salt on it, bake it to a crispy chip and eat it. Nice crunch to it though. I think I may try these with my Dill dip later on.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Salted Caramel
Didn’t taste the salt on these. More of a sweet taste to them. Thought I detected a bit of a chocolate flavor on them. I think these would be good to scoop a ‘fruity’ dip with, like a sweet cream cheese dip or scooping ice cream with.
TASTE: 9/10

Chili Lime
I had something like this before, but I can’t remember where or when. I want to say it was the Takis Fuego Hot Chili & Lime tortilla chips, but nowhere near as hot. I didn’t taste the lime, and the chili flavor was very nice.
TASTE: 9.5/10

COOKIES
Toufayan Bakeries are also responsible for distributing Goodie Girl cookies, a line of gluten free cookies. I wasn't expecting these, but I was ecstatic to get them just the same.

Mint Slims
So get down with my forever cool, Mint Slims. OMG — A gluten free thin mint people! It's the perfect treat, and trust me, Just the Right Amount of Wrong.

When I first saw these, I thought they were going to taste like the Girl Scouts Thin Mints. But they were SO much better. The mint level was on par with Keebler Grasshopper cookies or if York made their Peppermint Patties into cookies. I LOVED these.
TASTE: 10/10

Toffee Chaos
Buttery bits of toffee, caramelized crispy rice, and mini chocolate chips. It's the perfect treat, and trust me, Just the Right Amount of Wrong.

Tastes a lot like a Skor bar baked into a rice cookie. Very crunchy; a bit too crunchy for my teeth, but a delicious taste to them. I think the only change I’d make to these is make them a little more chewy.
TASTE: 7/10

Quinoa Chocolate Chunk
Quinoa is the brain food of the Aztecs. Shove some chocolate in there and "Oh...my!" A sophisticated gluten free cookie for the blogs.

A gluten free Chips Ahoy. I couldn’t tell these were made with quinoa. A bit hard on the first crunch, but I really enjoyed these. Just the right amount of sweetness with the chocolate, which wasn’t hard like most ‘chocolate chunk’ cookies. The hardness was about the same as chocolate chips.
TASTE: 9/10

Oatmeal Raisin
A scintillating update to a classic that will evoke fond memories that will wake up your taste buds. Just imagine crunchy mounds of toasted oats, cinnamon and raisins. A classic indulgence.

I love oatmeal, however Oatmeal Raisin cookies aren’t usually on my list of favorite cookies. These are the exception. I’m not sure why, but I thought I tasted a heavy sweet salted flavor in these, but I didn’t see salt in the ingredients. I did like the raisins and how they were still plump, even after being baked. These also crumble in the mouth, so these are easy to chew with minimal pain if you have oral issues.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Midnight Brownie
A dark cocoa brownie, packed with chunks of semi-sweet Belgium chocolate. Not overly sweet. It’s the perfect gluten free treat that’s sure to please even the most discriminating palate!

My least favorite of the cookies. These were WAY too chocolatey for me. I don’t really care for brownies, so I ended up giving these to Mama Melissa, after I took enough for photos/taste-testing.
TASTE: 4/10


^^Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps^^

WRAPS
Like our regular wraps, Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps use only top quality, wholesome ingredients. They are naturally cholesterol free and trans fat free. True to the original traditions, we hearth bake each wrap to perfection so they are convenient and versatile. They are moist, delicious and nutritious. Toufayan Gluten Free Wraps are great for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snacking.

Original
These taste just like your typical tortilla wraps. Nothing more I can really say about them. I liked these a lot.
TASTE: 8/10

Savory Tomato
Reminded me of the bread used on a Wegmans subs, with the tomato 'juice,' mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Very yummy. One of my favorites of the 4.
TASTE: 9/10

Garden Vegetable
Tastes like you added a slice of tomato and lettuce to a sandwich, without the mess of the tomato ‘juice.’ Very yummy. The other favorite of the 4.
TASTE: 9/10

Spinach
Wasn’t too keen on this one, which surprised me, considering I love spinach on my subs from Subway. I used roast beef and Lacey swiss on this, with Dill dip instead of mayonnaise. If you like a heavy spinach flavor, you’ll enjoy these wraps. But I didn’t care for it.
TASTE: 6/10

The only problem I see disabled people having with any of these foods, minus any chewing issues the person may have, is with the wraps. They didn't like to stay 'wrapped' for me, so I ended up making 'sandwich tacos' with the wraps. They worked great for that.

Both Toufayan Bakeries products and Goodie Girl Cookies are available from most larger chain grocers and 'big box' stores. I personally didn't see these brands in my local Wal-mart; then again, I wasn't specifically looking for them. However, I did see the Toufayan products in my local Wegmans store, in the bread aisle.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Very yummy snacks and wraps, with none of the junk added.
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, March 17, 2016

Love With Food Gluten Free Box March 2016

Love with Food
March 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!
This month’s theme is ‘Love is Real.’ There’s nothing more real than love - for family, friends, or even just for life itself. And what better way to show love in a very real way than with delicious all-natural snacks! This month, show someone you love how special they are and share these goodies. Then again, there’s nothing wrong with showing yourself a little love and keeping them!

Due to one of the items being highly perishable once opened, I reviewed this within 72 hours of receiving the box. With that being said, Let’s take an in-depth look at the March 2016 box.


SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER CHIPS BY IPS CHIPS
These are no run-of-the-mill chips. They’re protein-packed crunchy bites with just a touch of spice that are about to change your snacking forever.

I tried a different flavor of these in the Send Me Gluten Free box for September 2015. Egg whites are hands-down my favorite part of the egg. Growing up, my mother used to get SO mad at me, because whenever she would make hard-boiled eggs, I'd either give her the yolks or toss them out and I'd just eat the whites.
We got the Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavor this time. I really liked these, but I gave these to Mama Melissa, because she didn’t eat the barbeque flavor. They tasted like puffed corn chips. The only problem is you don't really taste the pepper flavoring at first. The first bite of the chip tastes like salt, then the pepper flavor kicks in.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

CHOCOLATE SEA SALT PROTEIN BAR BY RXBAR
An indulgent mix of 100% cacao with savory sea salt, this delicious bar has 12g of egg white protein, 7 ingredients, no added sugar and absolutely no B.S.

I was indifferent to this. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that great either. It tasted like a ‘healthy’ brownie bar. Best part of this were the almonds and cashew pieces, but I still wouldn’t buy this on my own.
You can take 25% off your first order on these protein bars by going to www.rxbar.com and using the code RXBARlovefood at checkout.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free

CHICKPEA SNACKS BY BIENA FOODS
Break from the snacking norm with these crunchy flavor-packed bites. Tip: they’d make a perfect post-workout energy boost!

I did an entire review on this same brand of chickpeas back in August 2015; You can find that review here: Biena ChickPeas. I can't say much more than what I already have said. However, we got what seems to be a new flavor; Rockin’ Ranch. But I tasted more of a Dill dip flavor than a ranch flavor.
TASTE: 9.25/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

GLUTEN-FREE MACARONI AND WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE BY HORIZON ORGANIC
Horizon’s gluten-free mac brings the cheesiness kids (and adults!) crave. Made with real Horizon organic cheese, this mac can’t be outgrown.

Haven’t made this one yet. I will update this once I prepare this.
EDIT 07.08.16: Okay, so I ended up making this on 07.06.16, when Mama Melissa's parents went out for dinner. Turns out it was NOT White Cheddar, but normal Yellow Cheddar cheese.
I couldn't taste ANY difference between the gluten-free variety and the common variety. It wasn't as 'soupy' as the common variety, but it wasn't creamy either. I did like it though. I ended up taking an unused packet of Bacon Ranch seasoning from a Suddenly Salad kit and added 1/2 to this. Made it even better!
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Organic

CLASSIC CHEESE CHEESE UPS BY WELLABY’S
These bites have all the real cheese and calcium you want in a cracker and none of the trans fat you don’t. And would you believe there’s no gluten?

Puffed up triangular Cheez its. That’s all these were. I liked these and wouldn’t mind picking some more of these up.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free

GLUTEN FREE CORN & RICE ORZO PASTA BY DELALLO
This pasta is the answer to anyone who still thinks gluten-free recipes have to be “boring.” They’ll be changing their tune after the first bite.

This looked like yellow grains of rice. I actually liked this, but it was a big hassle to make, and I actually vacuum-locked the pot I used to cook this. I needed Mama Melissa to help me break the vacuum seal on the lid.
I wouldn't recommend a disabled person making this without help.
TASTE: 6/10 (9/10 for actual taste, 3/10 for ease of preparation)
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

SIMPLY SWEEET POTATO CORN TORTILLA CHIPS BY WAY BETTER SNACKS
Sweet potatoes get brought up to the major leagues with a dash of sea salt and quinoa. Your salsa won’t know what hit it.

FROM THE BACK: What do you get when you add sprouted seeds, beans & grains to a tortilla chip? A Way Better Snack!
Every chip in here is bursting with goodness, because we’ve unlocked the powerful nutrients found in premium, wholesome ingredients. So when you share these deliciously sprouted chips, you’re actually improving someone’s well-being. You’re the best.
Still good & crunchy. Still great with salsa. Just better for you. Doesn’t that make snacking better too?

WHAT’S BETTER ABOUT THESE CHIPS?
1. Sprouting eliminates the outer, protective layer of seeds, beans and grains that makes them hard to digest.
2. By Sprouting, we naturally UNLOCK the protective layer, increasing nutrients and making them available for the body to use!
3. Each serving has over 190mg of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
4. Sweet potatoes are a snazzy spud and are oh so simply sweet!
5. Oh, and OUR chips are YUMMY!

I can’t put my finger on it, but I seem to have had something that tasted like this before. I loved that, and I loved these. I could probably ditch traditional potato chips for these!
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

APPLE 2 THE CORE GENTLY DRIED APPLE BY PEELED SNACKS
Dried fruit doesn’t have to mean dried flavor. These bites will blow you away with seriously sweet-yet-tart apple taste, just try one and see.

I LOVE dried fruits, apples and bananas being my favorites. So, I squealed in delight when I saw these in the box. I was sad when the bag was empty. I DEFINITELY need to find where these are sold and buy them out!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Organic, Gluten free

RASPBERRY COCONUT OATMEAL FRUIT SQUEEZE BY MUNK PACK
Change all your old-fashioned notions about oatmeal belonging at breakfast -- this fruit and fiber-packed snack is delish anywhere, anytime.

Two things I LOVE were in this; coconut and oatmeal. But yet, I didn’t like this. There is SOMETHING about foods in pouches that have a strange taste to them. The Kabrita Goat Milk yogurt I sampled had the same funky taste to it. I’m not entirely sure I’d buy this on my own.
TASTE: 4/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten free

ALMOND ROCA BUTTERCRUNCH TOFFEE WITH ALMONDS BY BROWN & HALEY
Watch out: This is not a candy for the faint of heart. This is pure almond-y, rich, chocolate indulgence. You were warned.

This was absolutely delicious. It was a LOT softer than typical toffee and it didn’t hurt my teeth, like most toffee does. I wish they had put more into the box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free

DARK CHOCOLATE ORGANIC RICE BITES BY MINI ME’S
Indulgent dark chocolate, a hit of sea salt and organic rice cakes make the perfect team for building your new favorite treat.

Wasn’t crazy over these; The dark chocolate ruined them for me. I think I would have liked these more if they had either white chocolate or milk chocolate. I ended up giving these to Mama Melissa, who got nauseous on them.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Organic

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

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

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, sweets, AND two meals in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

VIDEO -- 10 Most Unbelievable People with Disabilities

10 Most Unbelievable People with Disabilities

Growing up, My mommy always told me, 'You can do anything you put your mind to.' This is a mantra I live up to every day. I think this is why I'm still walking with mobility aids and not in a wheelchair.

Here, The Richest looks at 10 people who also live by the same mantra.


How many people on this list have you heard of? Did they forget anyone?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Carnivore Club subscription box

Carnivore Club

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Welcome to the exclusive club for discerning carnivores. Carnivore Club is the world’s first curated cured meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month our members receive an impressive faux-wood box filled with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Like wine, the laborious craft of cured meats is an art form that requires the diligent pursuit of perfection through endless hours of trial and error. Carnivore Club celebrates the individual recipes of each cured meat savant, no two meats are alike even when similar in name.

Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, South African Biltong and Artisanal Jerky are but a few. Carnivore Club loves artisans that purchase ethically treated animals, employ humane slaughtering practices, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products. Carnivore Club is about “satisfying your inner carnivore” through the discovery of amazing cured meats and the story of their creators. Enjoy the journey!
I'm usually not one for meat... okay, let me rephrase that. I'm not really one for beef or pork. I have my faves, like roast beef or hard/genoa salami (depending on where you're from is what you know it as... the one withOUT the hard black bits), but otherwise, I'm happy eating poultry or fish.

But I DO love summer sausages and pepperoni, so I was curious; Could Carnivore Club change my mind about meats? With a review box in hand, I decided to find out.


^^What I received^^

I believe I received the February 2016 box, so let's take a look at the meats sent.

THIS MONTH’S SUPPLIER
Ends Meat is a new York based whole-animal salumeria that makes dry cured meats inspired by traditional Italian styles and methods. Dedicated to responsible and sustained practices, they source their pork from local family farms in New York and New Jersey.

Ends Meat believes that the best food is made by hand from great ingredients. They go out of their way to develop strong relationships with the farms that supply them and only use animals they feel confident were raised responsibly. The family farm that supplied the pork in this Carnivore Club box maintains (in addition to several hundred ostriches) a group of a hundred pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free Berkshire hogs. All of this month’s meats can be directly ordered from Ends Meat starting in March of 2016.

IN THE BOX
LONZA (6 oz)
The pure simplicity of this salami, spiced only with sea salt, pepper and garlic, showcases the quality of the pork without any unnecessary frills or adornments. The taste of the meat shines through in its clean, original flavor.

This looked like uncooked bacon, but it tasted like peppered salami. It was easy to chew. I actually liked this one.
TASTE: 8/10

CACCIATORINI (6 oz)
In the tradition of simple, beautiful Cacciatorini, this small pork sausage is seasoned simply with black pepper or a combination of black pepper and a touch of other carefully selected spices.

This sausage is a bit hard to cut, but it’s easy to chew. It almost crumbles in the mouth. Truth be told, all I tasted in this was salt.
TASTE: 5.5/10

PANCETTA (6 oz)
Ends Meat cured this Pancetta for two weeks with salt, sugar, Tellicherry peppercorn, rosemary and thyme, and then dried for another four months. More delicate than bacon with the same flavorful fattiness, when diced this makes a great addition to a pasta or a high end omelette.

I actually haven’t tried this. It looks like a slab of unsliced bacon with a LOT of fat. Over half of the item was fat. I honestly didn’t know if I needed to cook this or not, and I didn’t want to take the chance of eating this raw. I ended up freezing this for later use.
TASTE: Unknown

NDUJA (6 oz)
‘Nduja is a spicy spreadable pork sausage originally from Calabria in Southern Italy. This ‘Nduja swaps out the traditional Calabrian chile for a blend of New Mexico Red, Ancho, Serrano, and Chipotle chiles. The ‘Nduja was aged for three months.
Now ready to serve, you’ll find it’s soft and perfect to eat spread on top of toasted bread or crackers.

This looks like a slice of meatloaf, but tastes like a pork spread with taco spices mixed in. And it was HOT. Even though it was thoroughly mixed, it tasted like they used WAY too much and it didn’t mix in enough.
I liked the fact I could cut this with minimal effort; a butter knife went through it easily. But I couldn’t eat a lot of this at once.
TASTE: 6/10

I see disabled people having a lot of trouble with this sub box, to be honest. Some meats are vacuum-sealed, and it’s very hard to actually open them. As I said above, I had trouble cutting the Cacciatorini, so if using a knife is not your strong point, That will be an issue as well. I’d suggest having good hand/arm dexterity or asking someone that can use a knife safely to cut up the meats that require this. The meats I did try are easy to chew, so that's a plus.

Taste wise, it depends on the level of spiciness you can handle. The least spicy of the four meats is the Cacciatorini, with the Lonza being the next spicy. If you can’t handle any spicy foods, you will want to steer completely clear of the ‘Nduja spread.

This is available from the Carnivore Club website for $50 monthly or $55 for a one time box.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Great for those that LOVE meat products, but due to the packaging, it's not the best for disabled folks.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes/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.**

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Munchpak February 2016

Munchpak

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is MunchPak?

MunchPak is an assortment of the best snacks from around the world delivered to your home, dorm room, or office as often as you would like.
So, it's the sixth month of Munchpak, and this will be the FINAL Munchpak review for me. Mama Melissa has decided to cancel her subscription to the box, so unless I start paying for it myself, this is the end of the road.
As always, I told Mama Melissa I would do a written review on this, so I'm going in the order she unboxed the MunchPak in. FYI, We got the FamilyPak, which has at least 20 snacks.

INSIDE FEBRUARY'S MUNCHPAK

Uncle Ray’s Ketchup flavored Potato Chips
Ketchup flavored potato chips
Country: United States

We’ve had two other brands of these before; one by Herr’s and one by Covered Bridge. These were wavy, and the taste was on par with the Herr’s brand. Very tasty.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Bud’s Best Cookies Bite Size Candy ‘n Cookies
Cookies with Candy
Country: United States

Reminded me of shortbread cookies with knockoff M&Ms. I liked these, but they seemed a bit underwhelming to me. I was honestly expecting more of the candies in these.
TASTE: 7/10

Scotch Almond Candies
Delicious scotch candy with an almond flavoring.
Country: South Korea

What seemed like butterscotch toffee with an almond on top. A bit too crunchy for me and my oral issues, but I did like the whole almond on top.
TASTE: 8/10

Palaroos Sour Candy Spray
Palaroos Sour Candy Spray Flavors: Strawberry, Watermelon, Green Apple, & Blue Raspberry
Country: United States

We received the Blue Raspberry flavor. Take a Charms Blue Razzberry Blow Pop (which, as a teenager, I ate by the display box monthly) and melt the lollipop/candy into liquid, then put it in a spray bottle. You now have this ‘candy.’ I only tried 3-4 squirts of this, but Mama Melissa said the more squirts you take, the more sour it becomes.
TASTE: 9/10

Sweet & Sour USA Sour!Tails! Strawberry Flavor
Delicious, chewy, sweet and sour candy straws are covered in sweet sugar and filled with sour filling.
Country: Spain

A sour, fruity Cowtail. I wouldn’t say the filling is sour, but it’s NOT like the filling in a regular Cowtail either. The fruity candy on the outside has more of the sour taste than the filling. I personally didn’t really care for this.
TASTE: 5/10

Toxic Waste Sour Smog Balls
Super sour and deliciously sweet combination of toxic waste incredibly sour candy.
Country: United States

Another one I didn’t really care for. I’m really not one for hard candies, and this is what these balls seem to be. Mama Melissa BIT right into hers. I pretty much swallowed mine whole, just to be able to move onto the next item.
TASTE: 3/10

Kras Dorina Kolumbo
And the right choice is new Kras Dorina chocolate bars: an irresistible combination of a creamy treat and the finest chocolate.
Country: Croatia

Mama Melissa and I seem to agree we’ve both had this chocolate before; we just can’t place where. This is a chocolate bar with hazelnuts and honey. Very creamy chocolate and the honey gives it an extra bit of sweetness. I liked this a lot. I also liked the fact that this chocolate did NOT make me gag.
TASTE: 9/10

Tropical Treat Island Flavors Coconut Slice Confection
Mango, Pineapple, Banana and kiwi flavors come together to create this delicious coconut confection.
Country: United States

One of the two snacks I got to myself, since Mama Melissa is allergic to Coconut. I really didn’t care for the Mango flavor, but I really liked the banana-pineapple and the kiwi flavors.
TASTE: 7/10

Crown Candies Home style Peanut Log
Delicious and flavorful white, fluffy and sugary nougat center covered in a thin caramel layer and draped in whole roasted and perfectly salted peanuts.
Country: United States

Think Fluffernutter sandwich in a log, because basically, that’s what this is. The ‘nougat center’ tasted more like solidified Marshmallow Fluff, then rolled in whole peanuts. One of my favorites of the box.
TASTE: 8/10

SimSek ‘Petit Beurre’ Tea Biscuits
Tasty tea biscuit made from the finest ingredients that bring a warming touch to any tea or coffee time.
Country: Turkey

These were reminiscent of Graham Crackers or shortbread style cookies. Crunchier than graham crackers; more on par with shortbread cookies. Mama Melissa said they had a strange taste to them if you ate more than two at a time, but I didn’t notice the flavor.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Drumsticks chewy candy
Drumstick chewy bar is yummy candy for all ages. A UK favorite, milk and raspberry flavor.
Country: United Kingdom

UK’s version of Starbursts. I gave these to Mama Melissa, since they were TOO tough on my teeth.
TASTE: 4/10

Ola Pola Chocolate Wafers
A 2-pack of tasty chocolate covered wafers. A Polish classic!
Country: Poland

Just like a chocolate wafer cookie, covered in chocolate. Really no other way to describe this.
TASTE: 7/10

Cadbury Timeout Bar
Cadbury Time Out bars have a crumbly milk chocolate center that is light and crunchy and sandwiched between two chocolate covered wafer fingers.
Country: United Kingdom

UK version of Keebler’s Fudge sticks, but sweeter and not as crunchy. I really didn’t see much of a difference between these and the Ola Pola bars.
TASTE: 8/10

Boy Bawang Lechon Manok Cornick
Roasted Chicken Flavored Corn Snack makes for a meal even at snack time. They're just the right amount of crunchy and tasty to make for one amazing and legendary snack
Country: The Philippines

These were different. They were what seemed to be fried corn kernels, with a dusting of spicy chicken ramen seasoning. Very crunchy, and a bit hard on my teeth, but I still loved them. Another favorite of this month’s box.
TASTE: 10/10

Gullon Dueto cookies
Delicious Gullon cookies are perfectly wholesome and incredibly irresistible. Once you pop one of these in your mouth you will know why Gullon is so reputably known throughout Europe
Country: Spain

This cookie was really more like chocolate spread on two Ritz-like cookies. The chocolate was delicious, but I feel like I could just make these at home with a jar of Hershey’s Chocolate spread and a package of Ritz crackers.
TASTE: 7/10

Goralki Chocolate Wafers
Delicious chocolate wafers wrapped in even more high-quality Polish chocolate.
Country: Poland

Another one that was just like a chocolate wafer cookie, covered in chocolate. Very similar to the Ola Pola bars from above.
TASTE: 7/10

Cajillions chewy candy in Watermelon
Tiny, tasty, sweet, chewy little candies in a lot (about a cajillion) teeny tiny little delicious pieces. Strawberry flavor.
Country: China

Best way to describe these were chewy Nerds candies. Very heavy on the fake watermelon flavor, which I cannot stand. I also gave these to Mama Melissa, since I was afraid these would get stuck in my gums.
TASTE: 3/10

Fruit ConFusions Twists in Strawberry Pineapple
Juicy strawberry and pineapple twists
Country: United States

These were just like Twizzlers, but more ‘opaque.’ They were also heavy on pineapple flavor. I tasted more of the pineapple than the strawberry, which isn’t a bad thing if you like pineapple flavor.
TASTE: 7/10

Morinaga Hi-Chew Cherry Flavor
These are so yummy! Deliciously juicy, chewy and scrumptious Hi-Chews in mouth-watering cherry flavor.
Country: Japan

We’ve had these Hi-Chews before. ‘Fake Cherry’ flavor abounds in these chewy candies, which have a texture somewhere between the strawberry toffee above and Starburst candies. The cherry flavor was EXACTLY like a cherry lollipop or a LifeSaver in cherry flavor. I really liked these, better than the apple ones.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Only problem I see disabled people having with this (minus any allergies) is opening the packages and chewing the chewy candies thoroughly. If you can eat snacks, you'll be fine.

This is available from MunchPak.com starting at $9.95. These come in 3 sizes; MunchPak Mini (5-6 Snacks), MunchPak Original (10+ Snacks) and MunchPak Family Pak (20+ Snacks), and you can have it delivered weekly, bi-monthy or monthly. As I said, Mama Melissa was subscribed to the FamilyPak, delivered monthly.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Love this service! It's great to get snacks from around the world without leaving your house!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes