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Thursday, August 11, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger -- Let it Go

#BehindTheBlogger -- Let it Go

This is another prompt that I've been debating what direction to take this.

And while I got this prompt pretty late in the game, the decision came pretty quickly once I thought about it.

I am a bigger girl. Last time I weighed myself, I weighed 173.6 lbs. I'm 5' 2.5". I wear an 18-20 in jeans and an 1X/XL in stretch/elastic waist pants. I'm 'short and stocky.'

However, I don't let my weight bother me... for the most part. I come from a family where HONESTLY, my sister Margaret, my cousin Adrienne and I are the thinnest in the family. I accept myself as a BBW.

And most people accept me as I am. I get more looks from society for the way I walk than my weight. My friends accept me at my current weight. I don't feel judged...

Except by one person; Mama Melissa's father.

He is of the 'Thin is In' theory. He constantly runs me down for my weight, along with my disability. I'm called a 'fat*ss' and a 'ret*rd' on a daily basis. No matter how much I (or Mama Melissa) explain to him that Yes, I have brain damage, but the damage is on the PHYSICAL lobes of my brain; it has NOTHING to do with my intelligence or mental clarity, he still refers to me as a 'cripple' and/or a 'ret*rd.'

And it used to bother me for a long time.

But then, I started thinking... Why am I letting him get to me? Why do I really care what he thinks of me? He has no say over me. I'm not related to him by blood, and he takes every opportunity to remind me that Mama Melissa is NOT my mom... which he technically is right on that.

However, Mama Melissa CANNOT have children; I am the closest she has to a child. To her, she IS my mom.

But that doesn't change the fact that I was letting someone that has no real say over me control me.

And that's when I started taking a page from Elsa's book and began to let it go. Stop worrying about what others think of me and concentrate on my happiness.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Love with Food July 2016 GF box

Love with Food
July 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!
I got a notification in my FedEx app that the August box is on it's way to me, so I figured, 'Well, I don't want a repeat of last month... better get on the ball!'

July’s theme is ‘Love is Adventure.’ It’s the height of summer, which means that everyone is raring to get outside and enjoy all the sun, warm weather and freedom that this season has to offer. What pairs better with adventures than scrumptious snacks? Nothing, we say. That’s why we packed this month’s box full of bright, bold flavors that will be right alongside you as you hit the open road.

^^excuse the wire -- my phone was nearly dead that day^^

Telling you what to eat this stuff with would be a disservice, because it’s good on everything. Fruit, crackers, toast --  there’s no wrong choice.

I got the crunchy Almond Butter packet and while it was delicious, it was very hard to ‘mix’ in the packet and actually squeeze out and spread onto my toast in the morning. I think if it had came in a single-serving cup, I would have had better luck. I did like the taste of it and the almonds were diced just small enough that it didn’t hurt my teeth.
TASTE: 9/10 on taste alone, 3/10 for the packaging.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

There’s popcorn and then there’s this organic, addictive, gluten-free stuff. Try it and tell us you can’t taste a difference.

The GOOD stuff
~gluten free
NONE of the BAD stuff
~NO artificial colors
~NO artificial flavors
~NO cholesterol
~0g trans fat (per serving)

I am usually not one for popcorn, but this? OMG. I’m not kidding when I say this is the BEST popcorn I’ve ever ate, even better than commercially available popcorn. This tasted exactly like unbuttered movie theater popcorn. This bag was pretty much INHALED.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Organic, Gluten free

The power of protein keeps you full and feeling good, so go ahead -- indulge in the nougaty goodness of LUNA protein for under 200 gluten-free calories.

Finally, a bar that didn’t have the sour yogurt taste like the Nineteen bars did. A little chewy, but not grainy, like some protein bars. I really didn’t taste the berries in this.
TASTE: 8/10

Why put in all the effort of cooking mac and cheese when you can get it in a crunchy snack? You’ll wonder where these have been all your life.

FROM THE BAG: Beans make a better chip.
100% Baked
4g Complete protein
Nothing artificial ever
Good source of fiber
0g Trans fat

Cheetos made from beans, with the powdered cheese from boxed mac & cheese. This is EXACTLY what these were. Still yummy though.
TASTE: 8/10

This might just be the chip of the season. Crispy, spicy, citrusy, and perfectly pair-able with your favorite dip. Now all you need is a party.

Had a hint of sweetness to them. The Jalapeno and lime flavors balanced one another nicely. Easy on the teeth… almost seemed to dissolve in my mouth. One of my favorites of the box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

Planning a road trip? Make sure these crunchy, salty snacks are number one on your list of essentials.

FROM THE BAG: Try on the great taste of Gratify.
Gratify Pretzels taste so delicious you won’t believe they’re gluten free. Baked to crisp perfection, they are just right for snacking at home or on the go. So get ready to be surprised.
Just like your favorite pair of jeans, you’ll find the great taste of our certified gluten free pretzels the perfect fit.
Enjoy the taste that’s designed to fit your lifestyle.

We received the ‘Everything Thins’ flavor. I personally wouldn’t call these ‘pretzels.’ They had the texture more of crackers than pretzels. I loved the flavors of these. Another favorite of the box.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Three ingredients, zero gluten, all delicious. We dare you to resist eating the whole package in one sitting.

Tasted just like an ordinary rice cake to me. I like rice cakes anyway, so this was a nice little treat.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Organic, Non-GMO

These are not your average overly sweet peppermints. This is big, bold minty flavor that really lasts. Try one and see.

Mama Melissa took these for herself, since she is having blood sugar level issues and couldn’t have many of the snacks this month. The one I did get for tasting purposes tasted like a ramped up candy cane. Yum!
You can take $10 off your first order from thepurcompany.com by using LOVE10 at checkout.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

You’re just a few minutes away from a simple but flavor-packed dish made with ancient grains and just enough spice to keep it interesting.

Okay, I’m going to be straight-up honest. This sounds disgusting. According to the box, There are apples, sweet potatoes, and cranberries in this. I’m not 100% sure I’m going to even make this, but if I do, I’ll be picking those ingredients out.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

The ideal summertime cookie; Sweet but not too sweet, with a touch of spice and citrus. Your only regret will be when you get to the last one.

FROM THE PACKAGE: Have it all.
Simply classic, crowd-pleasing Lemon Ginger Macaroons. Smooth lemon flavor with a piquant, lingering bite of freshly ground ginger. Sweet & delicately spiced, these healthy treats are the perfect flavor combination. Yum!
This package embodies why we started emmy’s --  to provide delicious, healthy, energy-enhancing foods, made with love & care.

I normally like macaroons, but these were nasty. I didn’t like the way the flavors blended together. The lemon and the coconut did not jive well at all.
TASTE: 2/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Non-GMO

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.**