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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger -- My Inner Nerd

#BehindTheBlogger -- My Inner Nerd

Growing up, I never really considered myself a 'nerd.' I really wasn't your stereotypical definition of a nerd; I had my share of friends, I considered myself decent-looking, I wasn't socially awkward (cerebral palsy notwithstanding), I did get pretty good grades, but I wasn't in the running for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, I never really got into the whole 'sci-fi/fantasy' genre, I followed and even played SOME sports (What do you mean Bowling isn't a sport? IT IS SO!)... None of my personality fit the 'Nerd' spectrum.

However, one thing that I did enjoy was technology. I still do enjoy it, probably more now than I did when I was a teenager.

I got so much pleasure from watching 'Kevin Cable' work when he would install/upgrade our cable lines. He probably thought I was 'underfoot' watching him. But he made it interesting, and when Mommy got into her 'switch the living room around' moods, I was the one that was in charge of unhooking/reconnecting the TV setup.

In school, Computers were a big part of my life. I was almost ALWAYS using one, and I was one of the first ones to have a computer at home. I was one of the first kids to access the Internet at school... way before it was commonplace to use it in the library. I was the first one of my friends to have the Internet at home... when the only options were AOL or a local dial-up provider.

When we went to digital cable and Road Runner Internet, I was the one who once again watched Kevin install the new cables and had to learn the new set top box and new remote... this wasn't a 'hook the coaxial cable to the back of the TV and use the TV's remote.' Nope. All new technology. Same with the new Internet... 'Ethernet? What the heck does that even mean?'

As time went on, my academic interests shifted to tie in with this 'nerdyness.' I 'dropped out of' the Medical Transcription course from ICS (now Penn Foster) to take their Web Page Design course. I threw myself into this field, even asking my mom for HTML coding BOOKS for Christmas that year. Seriously, what 19 year old girl wants BOOKS for Christmas? Oh yeah... a nerd.

When Mommy died in 2001, I promised myself I'd graduate with the equivalent of an AA degree in Web Page Design, and I did. I got my certificate in 2003, and seeing my name on that paper with the words 'Satisfactorily Completed the Requirements' was one of the proudest days of my life.

Since then, the love for technology has grown tenfold, and in some way, has even expanded. I have taught myself graphic design (and why I don't do it any more is a post for another day). I have repaired old laptops to decent working status quite a few times. I have even taken an old HDD from a failed laptop and turned it into an external drive, thus recovering my files from the drive.

I love reading about Windows, Mac and even Linux distros. 90% of my YouTube subscriptions are technology related. I love debunking people's 'beliefs' about technology...Yes, Win10 'phones home'... A LOT. However, it's anonymous. When Win10 sends data home, it's under an id like 'UserABCD1234,' not your name. Microsoft has NO clue what files you actually have or what is IN those files. They just have data of what apps you're using and what WAYS the apps are being used. All technology that is connected to the Internet does this... Android, iOS, Mac, Linux... even my Chromebook does it. The only difference is Microsoft is up-front and honest about doing it! I love reading about all the fun and interesting things you can do with a piece of technology.

I don't see my love for technology dying soon. There is way too many interesting things to see, learn and do with technology to even consider not being a technophile... and if being a technophile means I have to embrace my inner nerd... Well, Let's start embracing, my little inner nerdy self! LOL

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Love With Food May 2016 box

Love with Food
May 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 Empathy.’ Empathy is all about understanding what others feel and go through. At Love With Food, we understand the struggle of people with Celiac disease, and always encourage others to empathize too. For Celiac Awareness Month, we partnered with one of the most trusted brands in allergy-friendly food, Enjoy Life Foods, to bring you a special box of delicious and completely Celiac safe goodies.

According to my tracking apps, my Love With Food box SHOULD be here with today's mail. With that being said, Let’s take an in-depth look at the May 2016 box.

At Enjoy Life, our whole business is making smile-good foods that keep people’s insides happy. That’s why all of our foods are specially made to be gluten-free and free from the 8 most common allergens.
Scott Mandell and the Enjoy Life team

Our products are free of:
-tree nuts
Also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.

So, What was in the May 2016 box?

Get ready to fool all those gluten-free baked good doubters with these fluffy, moist muffins. Just add a little water, oil and your favorite mix-ins!

Okay, so we know the deal by now… anything that needs to be cooked/baked is a no-go in this house, at least for right now. Things MAY change in the near future on this front, but as of the posting of this review, it’s a no-go.
I MAY try to talk ‘Grandma’ into making these, but I’m still BEGGING her to make a cookie mix from last year for me.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

A classic treat with just enough sweetness to be utterly craveable, minus all the pesky gluten.

I got a different brand of Snickerdoodle cookies in January’s box and I really enjoyed them. These were softer than the brand in January’s box, but they also had an odd taste to them… something grainy or ‘seedy,’ like you’d find if eating blackberries. Still soft on the teeth though.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

These light and airy bites are the ultimate combination of better-for-you and phenomenally delicious.

These were the exception to the ‘No Potato’ rule. I’d say the ‘crunchiness’ around the level of a ‘sweet’ rice cake, like Quaker Apples & Cinnamon or Quaker Caramel Corn. I didn’t taste too much salt on these, to be honest. They tasted quite bland.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

An iconic flavor combination packed into a perfectly portable bar, for bringing the good snacking times with you everywhere.

This had the slight texture of something made with crispy rice… Almost like a chewy granola bar made with rice and oats. VERY sweet. I didn’t taste caramel in this; I tasted more of a syrupy flavor. The syrup taste overpowered the cinnamon or the apple flavor.
Despite that, I would eat this again, and they’d be perfect to toss into a child’s lunch box/bag.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

The ideal energy-packed snack for getting you through that 3 p.m. slump or getting through that weekend hike

This 'Trail Mix' contains Sunflower kernels, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and apricots. The fruits were very tender and the seeds weren't very hard on my teeth/gums. I deducted a point for how hard this was to open and get out.
TASTE: 8.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Fruity with just a touch of chocolate, this nut-free mix won’t ever let you down when your sweet tooth calls.

This 'Trail Mix' contains Sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, chocolate chips and cranberries. As with the Beach Bash mix, The fruits were very tender and the seeds weren't very hard on my teeth/gums. But something just didn't taste right in this one. I liked the Beach Bash flavor better. I also deducted a point for how hard this was to open and get out.
TASTE: 6.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Chocolate lovers, get ready to drool. This bar packs in cocoa AND chocolate chips for an ultimate indulgence-while leaving out all the gluten.

This was my LEAST favorite thing in the box. The chocolate had a very ODD taste to it, kind of chalky, if I had to pinpoint the taste. I’m not one for brownies either, and this had the texture of brownies.
Despite the odd chocolate taste, it did have a pretty decent flavor, but I probably would NOT eat this particular bar again, just because of the odd chocolate flavor.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Not too sweet with a sinful buttery taste and an irresistible crunch. Would you believe there’s no gluten or dairy? Mind blown.

Tasted just like a normal sugar cookie. Very crunchy, but yet easy on the teeth.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Everyone’s favorite cookie, baked thin and crunchy to satisfy your biggest cravings-and your Celiac diet.

Chips Ahoy cookies, Anyone? Because these tasted EXACTLY like them, complete with the same level of crunch! The coloring was a bit lighter, but everything else is the same!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

What’s better than a s’more you can have anytime? This soft, rich treat has all the nostalgic flavor that you love, with none of the allergens you don’t.

I wouldn’t call these bars ‘soft,’ since a piece hit my gum issues and made me have such a reaction, Mama Melissa asked me what was wrong, because I nearly went through the roof in pain.
All I really tasted in this was the chocolate and the rice ‘crispiness,’ Not really a S’mores flavor.
I like the taste of these, but if you have sensitive teeth/gums, you might want to avoid these bars.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Dairy-free

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

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

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

**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.**