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Monday, May 29, 2017

Love With Food May 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
May 2017 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!
May’s theme is ‘Savor Every Moment.’
With 2017 almost halfway through, we may find ourselves thinking how quickly the year is going by. In the blink of an eye, the moments we create with our friends, family and loved ones can rapidly turn into memories. With so many celebrations going on this month, whether you’re celebrating the awesome mother in your life, the seasons changing or living deliciously gluten-free in honor of Food Allergy Awareness, we’ve made sure that our May box won’t let your taste buds down! Now, go out there and truly savor every moment!!

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

GLUTINO GLUTEN FREE PRETZEL TWISTS
FROM THE BAG: Come on baby, it’s a party! It’s a celebration! Even if it’s just a snack. She eats up life by the fist-full, living every day to the fullest. The smile on her lips strikes up the band in your heart and you can’t help but join the dance.
Let’s do the twist!

A few weeks ago, I did a review on Glutino snacks, but these weren’t one of the snacks. However, I really couldn’t taste a difference between these and normal pretzels, minus a ‘wheaty’  and sort of sweet taste to them. I actually liked these.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher

PAMELA’S FIGGIES AND JAMMIES COOKIE in RASPBERRY & FIG
I LOVE regular Fig Newtons (even though they give me loose stools), so I was looking forward to this. It was okay; I could taste the figs in it, but I really didn’t like the raspberry flavor in it. I think I’ll stick to the regular Fig Newtons from now on.
TASTE: 6/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher, Additive Free

MUNK PACK PROTEIN COOKIE in PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE CHIP
FROM THE WRAPPER: Your world is what you make it. Choose your adventure. Take chances. Fuel your life.
For all life’s adventures.

After getting a Snickerdoodle protein cookie in March’s box that was completely disgusting, I was skeptical of even trying this. But I sucked it up and tried a bite.
I was surprised how delicious this was. It tasted just like a normal cookie. It was soft and chewy, which I actually don’t normally like, but this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t overloaded with chocolate chips, and I could taste both the chocolate and the peanut butter.
Unlike the Snickerdoodle cookie, THIS I actually would eat again.
Get 15% off protein cookie 6-packs on Amazon with the code LWFMAY15. Code valid through 07.31.17
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Sugar Alcohol Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Kosher, High Fiber

BAKERY ON MAIN OATMEAL in MAPLE MULTIGRAIN MUFFIN
At the time of posting this review, I have not actually made this, simply because I keep forgetting to take it downstairs with me. Once I have, I will edit this.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Dairy Free (unless added after preparing), Wheat Free, Casein Free, Trans Fat Free, Cholesterol Free

FRUIGEES ORGANIC FRUIT SNACK in KALEFORNIA GRAPE
FROM THE POUCH: Squeezing in the good stuff is what Fruigees is all about. Our organic fruit snack in a squeeze pack is made with a healthy combo of fruit and veggie juices. Always on the go, it’s tough to eat right, so we’re offering everyone a tasty treat that can’t be beat -- Dave & Josh
WHAT MAKES FRUIGEES SO AWESOME?
-Organic Ingredients
-Non GMO
-Totally Vegan
-Essential Nutrients
-Gluten Free
-BPA-Free
-No Sugar Added

In one word, UGH. I usually don’t even try these ‘fruit and veggie medleys’ after the Salad Power fiasco from last year. But I gave this the benefit of the doubt, because the ingredients read that it had more fruit juices than kale, and it even smelled of the grapes more than the kale.
But no… I got one sip in and I was DONE. The kale overpowered the fruit juices. However, there was more of a grape aftertaste. It just wasn’t enough to salvage the drink. I promptly threw the rest of the pouch out.
Get 20% off Fruigees 12-packs on Amazon with the code LOVEWF20. Code valid through 06.30.17
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

PLENTILS LENTIL CHIPS in GARLIC & PARMESAN
FROM THE BAG: From ancient times to the present, the lentil has been proven to be one of the best sources of plant-based protein. This chip’s unique recipe results in a protein-packed, crunchy experience, bursting with flavor as you savor a great-tasting “better-for-you” chip.

Last May’s Love With Food was nothing but Enjoy Life foods. And in that box, we had the Sea Salt plentils.
While I didn’t care for the Sea Salt flavor, I really enjoyed these. They were soft on the teeth and very flavorful. There was just enough garlic flavor and it played nicely with the parmesan.
I think I’d actually buy these if I saw them in the store.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

LANCE’S GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES
FROM THE BAG: 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

WOWBUTTER TOASTED SOYBUTTER in PEANUT BUTTER FLAVOR
The premise of WOWBUTTER if for those who are allergic to other nut butters, but still want the ‘taste’ of a nut butter. Both a CREAMY and CRUNCHY version are available in most stores. I believe I received two samples of the creamy variety.
I tried this on some toast one morning, and really could not taste a difference between this and commercial peanut butter. The spread does not seperate, like most soy-based nut butters do and it spreads easily onto toast.
Get 10% off ANY WOWBUTTER purchase on Amazon with the code LWFMAY20. Code valid through 07.31.17
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Preservative Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

SCHAR ARTISAN BAKER MULTIGRAIN BREAD
FROM THE WEBSITE: Schär introduces another gluten-free wonder with the Artisan Baker! This new line with amazing taste and texture will replace the original Classic White and Multigrain breads. European recipe crafted with sourdough, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and honey, we believe it is the best tasting gluten-free bread!

I toasted this one morning and had my usual sandwich with it, that morning being tuna fish and lettuce. OMG, it was SO good. I loved the little seeds in the bread. If I knew what store sells this bread, I’d DEFINITELY be buying it.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Lactose/Dairy Free, Preservative Free

RED BIRD LEMON CANDY PUFFS
FROM THE BAG: With just a few simple ingredients like pure cane sugar and all natural lemon oil, we make our Red Bird Lemon Mini Puff in our hometown of Lexington, NC. It’s more than a recipe, it’s a family tradition since 1890. Because our puffs are handcrafted, each one is unique, like a snowflake… only tastier!

So, when I opened the bag, I initially thought these were lemon hard candies.
However, when I popped one in my mouth, it had the texture of those After Dinner Mints or buttermints. The lemon taste isn’t overpowering, but it’s the ‘fake lemon” taste most lemon candies are known for. I actually did like these.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, No artificial colors, Allergen Free

BANZA CHICKPEA MAC & CHEESE in WHITE CHEDDAR
FROM THE BOX: Chickpea pasta makes better Mac & Cheese.
The easy, cheesy oh-so-delicious meal you grew up with just got better. Banza took pasta made from chickpeas and added loads of yummy, cheesy goodness.
With 2X the protein, 8X the fiber and fewer net carbs, you can make every night mac & cheese night.

This is my 2nd time reviewing a Banza product. I got a box of the penne pasta last year and LOVED it.
I made this for my 2nd cousin and she ate every bit of it. I was surprised an 8 year old would scarf it up like she did. She actually pouted when it was gone!
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten Free, rBST free, High Fiber, High Protein, Low Glycemic Index

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages. Cooking also has to be a strong point to make the Banza Mac & Cheese.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks and meal items, 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.**

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Big Oh! Box Adult Subscription Box

The Big Oh! Box

**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. The Big Oh! Box makes it possible to take care of those needs safely and discreetly.
About The Big Oh! Box
Discover new paths to pleasure with The Big Oh! Box

An adult subscription box featuring a curated selection of full-sized toys & accessories designed to stimulate you & your partner’s appetite for exploration. We’ll send you everything you need to achieve greater heights of pleasure — discreetly packaged.

The Big Oh! Box started with the concept and goal of being sex positive and inclusive of all persons, regardless of body type or sexual orientation. We believe that pleasure shouldn’t be reserved for any specific person, sexual orientation or even for a specific time. Our vision is to help you find what pleases you most, whether it’s with a partner, or playing solo. Everyone deserves to play and you deserve something more than just a “date night” box. Our goal is to help everyone achieve their big oh!
I believe I was sent the March 2017 box.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#BehindTheBlogger -- Dear Mama

#BehindTheBlogger -- Dear Mama

Dear Mommy,

I miss you.

This is the 15th Mother's day I'm 'celebrating' without you.

And I miss you every day.

There are days all I wish for is that I could talk to you. You always made me feel SO much better about whatever I was going through. You always did everything you could to guide me to do the best I could. The mantra of "You can do anything you set your mind to." is how I've come so far in life.

It's why I'm still here today.

Deep down, I know you're still guiding me, especially now while I'm contemplating life changes. I really don't believe in 'higher powers' or 'higher beings,' but I know you are subconsciously telling me what to do... and I know I should listen, because you've never steered me wrong before.

I hope I'm making you and Daddy proud in Heaven... or wherever you are. I hope I'm living up to the expectations you and Daddy had for me. I hope when we meet again, you can look at me and beam with joy and pride, because I exceeded every hope you had for me.

I love and miss you so much. Happy Mother's Day in Heaven.

Love,
Your Baby Doll,
Becky


My Two Moms -- (R) Mommy & me, 1989 and (L) Mama Melissa & me, 2012

Dear Mama Melissa,

Thank you.

I know I don't say it, or even show it, as much as I should... But thank you for taking me as your daughter.

You didn't HAVE to. I was 22 when Mommy died... a legal adult by all accounts.

But when Mommy asked you to watch out for me because she knew she was dying, you stepped up without hesitation or asking questions. You said yes right away.

And when your mom asked you to move back to New York, you could have left me to fend for myself in Montrose... and after what I had almost pulled on you in September 2001, I honestly wouldn't have blamed you one bit if you did.

But you didn't. You told your parents that I was moving up as well; I was your responsibility now. I don't think they really liked it, but you didn't care. They could either like it or lump it. As far as you were concerned, I was your daughter.

We've fought a lot over the past 15 years, but I am extremely thankful that I've had you in my life.

I know I really don't say it, and DEFINITELY don't show it, as much as I should... But I do love you, and I would be so lost without you.

Love,
Becky

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Love With Food April 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
April 2017 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!
April’s theme is ‘Be The Change.’ We all have things in our lives (and beyond) that we'd like to change. And big change starts small (like planting a seed), and it starts as just an idea. This month, we want every one of our super snackers to stop thinking about making a change, and DO it! We chose this month's snacks with that in mind. These all-natural goodies are changing the way we snack, and they'll have your back through any changes that come along, big or small. So, what are you waiting for?

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

NATURE’S SOOTHIE IN COMFORT (GERMAN CHAMOMILE AND LEMON)
All I really tasted was the lemon in this lollipop... really didn't taste the Chamomile, which I do like.
I'm not sure what it was supposed to soothe or comfort, but my acid reflux stayed at bay for a while after sucking on this.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SENSIBLE FOODS 100% ALL NATURAL CRUNCH DRIED APPLES
FROM THE BAG: Satisfy your snack cravings with 100% real fruits -- and Nothing Else! Only the highest quality fresh apples are handpicked at the peak of ripeness and then Crunch Dried to ensure a delightful snacking experience. Our unique drying process retains the nutritional value, while locking in the full flavor and natural sweetness. Find the perfect balance between sweet and tart with this delicious blend of apples.
Light and crunchy bites of delicious apples are packed in this baf for a perfectly amazing, on-the-go snack anytime, anywhere.

Oh, companies like this REALLY grind my gears… huge bag, tiny amount of product. You can see in the picture above how big the bag of apples is.


^^upon opening^^

And this is what I got.
Again, these really had NO taste to them. I didn't taste any apple flavor until I was nearly done chewing. These were alright, but I'll stick to my rubbery dried apples.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO,

180 SNACKS ALMOND POPS WITH BLUEBERRIES
FROM THE PACKAGE: What is 180?
Improve the way you live… change the way you snack…
Adjust your SNACKitude
Treat your taste buds to this delicious snack packed with wholesome popped rice, crunchy baked almonds and sweet dried blueberries.
Take a turn for the better… Do a 180.
You’ll never go back!

These were AWESOME. I’m usually NOT one for blueberries, but these were really really good. Almonds are my favorite nut, so that was a bonus.
These were a bit crunchy for my teeth, but I didn’t care… they were that good.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher, Wheat Free, Cholesterol Free, Preservative Free, Dairy Free

GINNY BAKES MINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Tasted just like shortbread cookies with chocolate chips baked in. I didn’t really taste a difference in these and gluten-based chocolate chip cookies However, these seemed a bit harder/crunchier.
Use the code '20GBLOVE' on Amazon and their website for a 20% discount on any 4-count pack (Code expires 05.31.2017)
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO, Dairy Free

PRINCE OF PEACE GINGER CANDY
FROM THE PACKAGE: Prince of Peace Ginger Candy are great for the whole family. The sweet ginger taste is warming to the senses. Ginger is also known for bringing comfort to the stomach.

These were interesting. The packaging is MAINLY in an Asian language, some dialect of Chinese, which I don’t understand. The little blip above is pretty much the ONLY English on the package.
Going into these, I thought they would be hard candies, but they were more chewy than hard. Only thing I really didn’t like about them was the ginger burned my mouth.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

KASHI CHEWY NUT BUTTER BARS in SALTED CHOCOLATE CHUNK
OMG… This was SO good! Tasted JUST like a Quaker chewy granola bar. Same texture, same taste. If I was blindfolded, I would NOT be able to tell the two bars apart. This was hands down my favorite of this month’s box. I’m actually considering buying these on my own, it was that good!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan

DANG COCONUT CHIPS in SALTED CACAO
FROM THE PACKAGE: Chocolate and coconut = best friends for life. We added a pinch of sea salt to make them even friendlier and ended up with this dang-worthy trio.
Dang is my Mother's name. One day she gave me a recipe with toasted coconut chips that changed my life. The flavor was so good. I started a company to share out coconut chips with the world and named it after her.
Enjoy our coconut chips as a snack or sprinkle them on salads, ice cream and yogurt as a fun topping.
From my family to yours,
Vincent K., Founder

I love coconut. One of my favorite candy bars is Almond Joy bars. Mama Melissa is allergic to coconut, so I got this snack all to myself.
I absolutely LOVED these chips, which I think taste better than the original Plain variety I reviewed in the February 2015 Taste Guru box. All these are were 'shavings' of the coconut meat that were dried and toasted. They had the same crunch of a potato chip.
Only downfall to these was I had just had some trauma to my gums and the broken pieces from chewing kept jabbing me in the sore area. But there was no avoiding this, unless I didn't eat them.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SAVI RICE CRISP in CHOCOLATE
I actually expected this to be hard and crumbly, like most rice bars are. But this had the texture of a Rice Krispie Treat with chocolate on the bottom and drizzled on top.
The rice bar itself was really good, but the chocolate had a very strange taste to it. Turns out the company used unsweetened chocolate, which put me off a bit on the whole bar. Even though the chocolate was unsweetened, I’d probably eat this again though.
Use the code 'SAVE50TODAY' on their website for a 50% discount on any order
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

EVERLY DRINK MIX in POMEGRANATE BERRY
I haven't actually made this yet. I need to find a 2 qt container, and all we seem to have around here is either 1 liter bottles or gallon milk jugs.
When this is made, I'll edit this.
Use the code 'LWF5' on their website for a $5 discount on any order (One use per household)
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

HEAVENLY ORGANICS DOUBLE DARK CHOCOLATE HONEY PATTIE
FROM THE WRAPPER: Chocolate Honey Patties have a dark chocolate shell made from 100% cocoa that is filled with 100% organic raw white honey blended with natural flavor. These decadent, bite-sized treats not only taste amazing, but dark chocolate and raw honey both offer minerals and immunity-boosting antioxidants.

In a word, DISGUSTING. I was expecting a ‘honey’ flavor to this. I took one bite and PROMPTLY spit it right back out.
I don’t know WHAT I tasted, but it was DEFINITELY not amazing.
TASTE: 0/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, No Added Sugar, Organic, Non-GMO

HALFPOPS CURIOUSLY CRUNCHY POPCORN in ANGRY KETTLE CORN
FROM THE PACKAGE: Curious yet?
So curious you're reading the fine print! Either you're really bored, or we're really interesting (we'll go with bored). Well, since we have your attention, we might as well say something meaningful... LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST(or half-fullest...)!
Not Enough? Okay then, we loved the half-popped pieces at the bottom of the bowl, so we figured how to make 'em (cool story bro). You should eat Halfpops because they're awesome, crunchy, addictive, fun at parties, always up for a gun & willing to stay out past curfew. That's a little more reminiscent of what brands put here, right? Oh yeah, share with friends too!
Listen, this is not a dating website (although, we'd swipe right for you). If anything else, you should try 'em because you've already invested your time to read all of this. At least, if you try the product & love it, you'll know it was time well spent. Otherwise, you totally wasted two minuted of your life that you'll never get back, and if that's the case, we hope you took our meaningful statement above to heart.
-The Halfpops Crew

Growing up, Mommy would buy us microwave popcorn, and the half popped kernels were my favorite pieces as well. I liked the ones that had half of the popped corn actually out.
But, back then, I had better teeth as well, and could crunch them without fear of giving myself a migraine from teeth pain.
I really wouldn't say these are half-popped kernels. They are more like the unpopped kernels in the bottom of the microwave bag (which, fun fact: don't try to re-pop the unpopped kernels from a microwave bag in a plastic bowl... While they will pop, you also leave 'kernel dents' in the bowl). They did hurt my teeth a bit while trying to eat them.
These are a bit spicy for me. I don't taste any 'Kettle Corn' taste, just the 'Angry' spices, which are onion and garlic powders.
Use the code 'LOVEWITHFOOD' on their website for a 20% discount on your next order.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Nut Free

FAWEN DRINKABLE SOUP in SWEET POTATO & RED LENTIL with CINNAMON
It actually smelled good, but after opening it and seeing the foil cover removed from the 'nozzle,' I REFUSED to try it for health reasons. I was unsure if it had been tampered with.
TASTE: REFUSED TO TRY
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks, 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.**