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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.


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.

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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^^

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM THE POUCH: Experience Shine Organics -- Our special blend of superfoods will help you feel your best and shine your brightest. Shine On!
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

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

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

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.

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.

**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

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.

Fun way to get a whole bunch of snacky goodness at once!

**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.**