Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kasandrinos Organic Olive Oil - Add This to Your Pantry [Review + Giveaway]

I love olive oil. I think it's one of those things that aren't in my diet enough. I put it on everything too! Beans and rice meals, variety of rice dishes, pasta, you name it. 

So I had the chance to try some by Kasandrinos. It comes from South Eastern Greece and their olive oil is Certified Organic. What I like about them is their olive oil is fresh. They only sell from the current year's harvest. And I also appreciate that they describe their process in vivid details on their site. Plus, it's a small family business! Made by brother and sister team, Tony and Effi Kasandrinos. Read more about their story as well. 

The flavor of this olive oil is excellent. It tasted wonderful and I really appreciate that the bottle was dark (this helps protect the olive oil! The bottle is supposed to be dark to help protect it from the light!). The grocery store olive oil just doesn't compare to this, I can tell you that's for sure. 

The 500ML is about $25 and you can get a pack of four bottles for about $75. While this may be a bit more expensive than what you pay in the grocery store, this is far better quality than what you usually get. Purchase some today! 

Make sure you visit their website and purchase some olive oil today! They also make SOAP you guys! SOAP! I think that's amazing. I think you should definitely check this out. Also they offer up spices and some other edible items here. And of course, olive oil.

Make sure you like them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

I'm so happy to announce I get to giveaway one bottle of olive oil to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 11/18.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Peanut Butter Recipe Round Up [Plus a Giveaway!] #SantaCruzOrganic #Recipes

Anyone else really excited about this time of year? I swear I get so much more inspired to try new recipes and things like that when the weather gets cooler and all these fun holidays start coming up!

So I had the chance to try out some of Santa Cruz Organic's amazing peanut butter and fruit spreads and I can't wait to share some great recipe ideas with you guys!

Santa Cruz Organics is really one of my favorite brands of peanut butter. It's organic and I love the fact that the ingredients are really healthy, no strange oils or added sugars. This means so much to me as I really strive to eat healthy. Plus it just makes for a better experience, especially if you use peanut butter in a recipe.

Amazingly enough Santa Cruz Organic doesn't JUST offer peanut butter, they have over 60 organic items  ranging from fruit juices, lemonades to sauces, syrups and fruit spreads. Isn't that amazing? Plus, it's also Non-GMO Project Verified. That's VERY important to me as well!

And if that doesn't inspire you to purchase some Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, I am circling together a few recipes from really awesome bloggers that will really wake up your taste buds. Check these out (some of these make for REALLY good Halloween treat ideas!!) -

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Bark

Chatham Hall's famous Monster Cookies (with a gluten-free adaptation!)

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Smore Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

Creamy Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Small Batch Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Peanut Butter Almond Bark Cookies

Easy No Cook Peanut Butter Thai Salad

Don't these recipes sound amazing??? I thought you may like these! The peanut butter, fruit spreads, and also their apple sauce are such classic lunch time foods. I love that their fruit sauces, such as this apple sauce I had recently is completely sugar free! I'm not a huge fan of apple sauce on it's own actually, but this I enjoyed. Plus I've also used apple sauce as a sugar replacement in recipes in makes for such a great gentle sweet taste and also adds in a nice texture to recipes.

I'm very happy to announce that I get to giveaway a prize package which includes Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter, Fruit Spread and Fruit Sauce to one lucky winner!

Can't stand to wait for the giveaway to be over before trying these amazing products out for yourself? Be sure to visit the Santa Cruz Organic website for more information!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wild Friends Foods - Tasty Peanut Butter!

I had the chance to try out a couple of different types of peanut butter by Wild Friends Foods. I was so happy to try something new like this, I hadn't heard of this company before.

The pretty cool thing is that it's semi-local to me, based in Oregon. The owners of Wild Friends Foods made peanut butter due to a craving they had one night in college and rather than going out to buy some, they made some! How's that for inventive? One cool thing is that they are organic and non-GMO. I am gluten-free so that was the only small tiny bummer that they have the little warning that they make their peanut butter in the same place where they process wheat. So just keep that in mind if you are really impacted by cross-contamination.

But I had the chance to try out their regular peanut butter and my brother tried out their Honey Pretzel Peanut Butter. I really enjoyed their regular peanut butter! It's creamy and I appreciated the fact that there isn't anything extra weird in it. This is so important to me. In the regular peanut butter - it's just peanuts and salt. And my brother actually tried that honey pretzel kind and he enjoyed it a lot! I noticed in the ingredients list for the honey pretzel blend that there was nothing but good stuff in it - pretzel pieces, peanuts, peanut oil and salt.

I think this is a great peanut butter brand! And they have so many different varieties, especially some holiday blends that are coming out!

If you are interested in purchasing, visit their website to find out which kind you'd love to buy! Or find it in a store near you.

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Stock Up Your Gluten Free Snack Stash with Glutino!

Glutino is such a staple for gluten-free brands and offer a great variety of snacks! I had the chance to try some of their snacks and some we're new, even to me! Here's a look at some of the loot I got to try out -

I really enjoyed these snacks! By the way, if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend their gluten-free english muffins. They are amazing and they taste just like regular bread. Also I ended up making canadian bacon and swiss cheese sandwiches (put in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes!) with these for breakfast and they were SO good.

Also I got the chance to try their fudge covered pretzels and their salted caramel pretzels. The salted caramel pretzels were so good I forgot to take a picture of them. They were that amazing. I can't wait to see them in the grocery store. I also enjoyed the fudge pretzels but not as much amazingly enough.

They also offered up some really tasty cookies that I put in the fridge for a while and had cold and YUM. They were so good as a late night treat!

Also, they have some good crackers like Parmesan and Garlic bagel chips and vegetable crackers. The taste is mild so it's not too potent and just were really tasty. The bagel chips were almost TOO crunchy but they would be an awesome item to put on some kind of spreadable, like olive tapenade! 

Also their pretzel chips were VERY good. I dipped them in salsa and ketchup and I enjoyed these so much as a snack. They were better than any gluten pretzel I've tried! 

Overall, if you eat gluten-free, Glutino is such a good brand to try! Visit their website to buy some today. 

Have you ever seen their products in the store? What kind of snacks of theirs have you tried?

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gluten-Free Snacks & Rice Entrees by Lundberg [Review + Giveaway]

I've long since been a fan of the Lundberg's brown rice, but I really had no idea that they had so many other products out there that I should try! So I couldn't wait to share about my experience with a few products of theirs that was very new for me. 

First of all, I loved LOVED their Sweet Dreams Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes. This is my new favorite treat and I highly recommend trying these out. I slathered some peanut butter on top and YUM YUM YUM. There isn't too much of a layer of chocolate and I appreciated that (I didn't feel too guilty afterward!). It's just enough to satisfy your taste buds.

The Sea Salt Rice Chips made for an excellent snack. I love the texture of the rice chips, not that heavy and also very light. 

Also I tried the Lundberg Thin Stackers Rice Cakes and since then I've bought them a couple of times. I'm usually not too keen on rice cakes in general, but I liked these way more than I expected. These kinds are much thinner and easier to use as sort of a sandwich. I loved spreading peanut butter on these. 

Then for the Sprouted rice, I really enjoyed that. The Chile Verde rice especially! You get a pretty good portion in these boxes and plus the seasonings for this is really good. Just enough but not overwhelming.

Overall, I think Lundberg is one of those household staples that I think you should add to your pantry. Whether it's rice or snacks or something for dinner, it's definitely worth going for. They're one of my favorite gluten-free brands!

Check out their website if any of these products catch your eye or find out where you can purchase them in a store near you. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for company updates too.

Best  I'm also excited to announce one lucky reader will be winning a variety of rice by Lundberg, which includes Antique White, Tri Color Blend, and Organic Sprouted rice entrees. Ends 11/7. US Only.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stubb's Barbecue Sauce - Excellent Sauces for Cooking! [Review]

I had the opportunity to review some barbecue sauce by Stubb's BBQ sauce. Well, you've likely seen this sauce in the store and if you have ever wondered what it was like, well I hope I can convince you to try it. This is good stuff.

Did you know there's a pretty cool story behind the sauce? Well, C.B. Stubblefield (or also known as Stubb's) got his first chance at cooking for other people as a "mess sargeant in the US Army." After the Army, he moved to Lubbock, Texas, where he created the official Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q. It wasn't long until his restaurant and food and sauce drew a following. In the 80s, he moved his restaurant to Austin, Texas, and his restaurant became a famous stomping ground for celebrities, singers, and even presidents. When he went to perform on the David Letterman show, he handed out the sauce and told Letterman it was made from "Love and happiness." I paraphrased a lot of this story so I highly recommend you read it in full by checking out their website.

This has always been one of my go to sauces, and only partly because it's gluten-free. It actually tastes really good. In fact, I'm not usually an enormous fan of barbecue sauce (usually it's too sweet and I am SUCH a ketchup fan). But this sauce is one I love having with chicken dinners. It makes it taste...AMAZING. I love it for dipping and it's just so good.

I've tried a couple - Spicy and Sweet Heat. I am such a huge sucker for really spicy foods. I love the spicy flavor of this BBQ sauce. The sweet heat is amazing for cooking up barbecue because it combines the spicy quality and then also the sweetness that you may expect from barbecue sauce. It's just a good combination of flavors.

Not to mention, Stubb's has SO much more than just barbecue sauce! They have marinades, rubs, cookin' sauces and even wing sauce. Also, I have a few great tips for grilling for you provided to me by Stubb’s. I know most us usually for the standard staple of the grill - hot dogs and burgers. But think about adding in Stubb’s to your recipes! Like “Boosted burgers” and coat your patty’s with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Ruband sprinkle with seasoned salt before cooking. Check out this recipe if you need ideas. 

Do something amazing with your grilling by mixing in your favorite hot sauce with Stubb’s Original or their Sticky Sweet Bar-B-Sauce, heat them both up in a pan and then add the hot sauce. Try out this recipe if you need ideas.

This is the time of year that I think is so fun for cooking and trying recipes (without any heat, I'm so much more motivated to try new things!) and so I'm really encouraging you to try out Stubb's BBQ sauce next time you are in the store. You can like them on Facebook, and Twitter. And make sure you check out their website for recipe ideas. Also, you can purchase their products online  or in a store near you. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Celebrate Fall with Hallmark [Review + Giveaway] #LoveHallmark

Fall is officially here! Doesn't it feel like the summer just started? Well, I really enjoy this time of year a lot and I'm so happy that it's year. This season is definitely one of my favorites - it reminds me of new starts (cause of the school season) and just good times with family (Thanksgiving!). It's also such a pretty time of year with the leaves changing. It always smells good this time of year too, a lot of good cooking happens and it makes everything smell so good.

Speaking of scents, I had the chance to try out some amazing things by Hallmark that I can't wait to share with you. Best of all, I get to giveaway a 16 ounce fall scented candle to one of my lucky readers.

I had the chance to review the Crafters & Co. Tabletop Wax Warmer and Wax Melts. I did this on a night that I decided to make oatmeal muffins and so when I got the wax warmer, I set it up and put it one of the wax melts. I loved how this smelled - LOVED IT. You know, it just made the whole house feel so homey and warm and cozy and sweet smelling. I think it's the nicest way to relax and make your home smell nice. It's such a lovely way to welcome in fall.

then I had the chance to try out the fall scented candle! Also amazing. I love these warm fall scents. If you're thinking of getting this for yourself, I highly recommend buying these scents right now. It just smells like a sweet baked good. Half the fun of baking treats is the way it makes your home smell, so this is a way of getting that without the work of baking. Heh heh! P.S. These candles run about $19.95 right now and there's an AMAZING deal about to happen - you get to buy one get one free on Crafters & Co Jar Candles and Wax Melts at any participating Hallmark Gold Crown Stores Nationwide.

If you want to check out the kinds of wax melts and warmers available at Hallmark, I highly recommend going to their website and checking out the warmers available and the melts.

Like I said, one of my lucky readers gets to receive a 16 ounce "Celebrate Fall" jar candle. Ends 10/26. US Only.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Luv Michael Granola - A Tasty Snack Option for Your Day #luvmichael #luvmichaelco

I love granola. I swear thanks to gluten-free oats, Granola is a hugely important part of my day. I had the chance to try out a little bit of this new kind of granola and I was so happy to give this a try! The company is called, "Luv Michael" and it's a pretty special company too. You'll see why. 

It started on as a home business almost a year ago, September 2015, to make gluten-free and nut-free granola. Now they are in 30 stores across the New York area. I think that's so impressive! They train, educate and hire people with Autism. They work with autism specialists to develop a curriculum (based on the New York State food handler's license) and are dedicated to teaching all aspects of a small business to those they employer. Like their site says, this is a labor of love! I love supporting companies that do good works like this, so be sure to read up about them on their website.

So, I had the chance to try out a little bit of their granola and I was SO pleased! It was almost like the marriage of a Rye Crisp Cracker and a Graham Cracker, with just a light amount of sugar. It was very crunchy and tasty but not the same usual sugar blast I get from most granola (which I GREATLY appreciate!) 

I really hope to see them in stores as they are only in stores in the New York area (although you can purchase from their website!). If you are interested in buying some tasty granola from a unique company that is doing good things, purchase some today! Be sure to also like them on Facebook and Twitter

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Kinnikinnik's Gluten-Free Donuts - Amazing Things Are Happening [Review & Giveaway]

So, following a pretty stressful day, I came home and got a pretty cool delivery. And you know what they were? Donuts! By this company called Kinnikinnik. Not feeling the donut vibe, I put them in the freezer and didn't think about it. Several hours later, as I made an extremely late breakfast, I took the plunge.

So I heated them up in the microwave for about a minute. And plopped a couple next to my scrambled eggs. Oh my goodness you guys. These are some amazing donuts. See, the funny thing is, these donuts came at the weirdest time. Two days prior a coworker told me, "Gluten-free donuts aren't good!" And you know what? They were SO wrong. These donuts were amazing. Just adorable little rounds of goodness. 

They weren't the usual HUGE donuts you may see in the bakery, but that was fine by me, because I think they tasted awesome. You get about 6 donuts that are about the size of a mini bagel in one package. And they taste amazing. I am SO happy that these are gluten-free. I plan on treating myself with these in the near future (I'm happy to see they are in quite a few stores). They run about $6.59 a box (based on their website's prices for ordering), not sure if it's the same in stores. Honestly, I think this is worth trying out. It's a tasty treat that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Find out more information about Kinnikinnik and what else they have to offer by visiting here. And find out where they are in a store near you.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Beanfield Snacks - Bean Chips That are Flavor Packed

I spotted someone with this chip bag most recently and so I jumped at the opportunity to review these chips. Beanfields Snacks was founded in 2011 by Reed Glidden and his wife Liza Braude-Glidden as well as Reed's brother Roy Glidden. And they wanted to change the way we all ate (what better way to start than how we snack right??) So they created delicious plant based Non-GMO (so important to me!) snacks.  

They are an environment conscious company and they also include a main ingredients that is better for your health than the usual ingredients that you see in chips - beans! There is so much good stuff at this company so make sure you visit their site and see what they offer the community and the good works that they do.

Now to the chips! I had the chance to try out a wide variety. I immediately tasted the difference in these chips than others I've tried. The beans in them gave them such a heartier flavor. They didn't taste empty to me and at the same time, they were so incredibly flavorful. Plus they have flavors like black bean with sea salt, white bean with sea salt, and sea salt if you want to indulge in your favorite dipping sauce.

But I had a variety of chips to try out - Jalapeno Nacho, Nacho, Barbecue, Ranch, Pico De Gallo. and then Black Bean with Sea Salt, White Bean with Sea Salt, and Sea Salt. My absolute favorites were the Nacho and the Barbecue Flavor. SO incredible!! These are my new favorites. The Pico de Gallo and the Jalapeno Nacho was very spice chips, I enjoyed these as well. Surprisingly enough the Ranch wasn't one of my favorites. I really appreciated the clean but salty flavor of the Black Bean with sea Salt, Sea Salt, and White Bean with Sea Salt. They made great additions to lunches and for dipping!

I think there is so much flavor and crunch with these chips. They aren't light, which I really enjoyed, so they were hearty enough to go with dinners to me (like beans and rice! Or hot dog night! oh you name it!). And I like chips that are hearty enough for hearty dips, these definitely were. I imagine these would be amazing for all those nacho recipe out there too.

Overall, I think these were amazing and next time you are in the grocery store, you should go for buying a bag of these. I highly recommend this brand.  The awesome thing is I get to giveaway some chips to one lucky reader! One winner will receive a 6 pack of chips. Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 10/16.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Perfect Bar - Perfect Way to Snack Your Day

I'm always on the look out for making my snack times easier and healthier. I love the idea of a health bar but sometimes they don't cut it for me ​- preservatives, weird tastes, strange ingredients, all that stuff.

But then I discovered the Perfect Bar and I couldn't wait to try it out and tell you about it.

This was a surprisingly awesome experience having this bar. And I can tell you that this is one of my new favorite things. Let's start with the most basic amazingness that is the peanut butter bar. It's 17 grams of protein, and when you check out the ingredients of this bar, you can see all the good stuff, such as honey, good oils like flax seed oil, olive oil, and also food powders, such as organic lemon, organic papaya, tomato...and so much more; in fact, I'm not even doing it justice, so be sure to go to their website to see what other kinds of good stuff you get from this awesome perfect bar.

I noticed the taste of the veggies in this which gave it a unique taste that combined with the peanut butter. Really, I enjoyed this a lot. 

The other flavors were Almond Butter (also really enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the peanut butter one but definitely enjoyed this). Almond Acai, Almond Coconut, Fruit and Nut, Cranberry Crunch, and Carob Chip (another favorite).

This came on a day I really needed a pick me up, so I was so happy to try these out. If you are curious as to why this is called the PERFECT bar, well, it's non-gmo (VERY important to me). sweetened with organic honey which makes it amazing in my book, I sweeten my treats this way too if I'm baking. Plus it's Gluten-Free and it's a sneaky way of getting your veggies! 

Interested in trying this out for yourself? Check out where you can find it in a store near you. Also, you can purchase this online as well

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nana Joes Granola - Upgrade Your Breakfast! [Review and Giveaway]

I had the chance to try out some granola by Nana Joes. It was started by Michelle Pusateri who wanted to create something nourishing that she could eat in between surfing. I think that makes her cool in my book! She taste tested granola and voila! Here we have Nana Joes! Read more about the company here.

I got the chance to try out a few different granola types. 

The Trieftca Blend 

This has a variety of things in it - rolled oats, maple syrup, pieces of cocoa nibs, cranberries and more! Make sure you click on purchase now above to read the rest of the ingredients. It's gluten-free, and nut free too.

I thought this granola was perfect with yogurt. It wasn't too chunky and it blended nicely in my yogurt - wasn't totally awkward to eat with a spoon. I could really tell this was a healthier granola too - not a whole lot of junk in it, and that is greatly appreciated. It's a looser granola than what I usually see - not sure how else to describe it. 

Sunset Blend 

I enjoyed this one, but maybe not as much as I have others! It still tasted good, but I was hoping for a bit of a stronger flavor in the granola - or maybe I missed the added chocolate. Still good though and VERY healthy, you can tell. Also more of a looser granola than chunky.

Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Urban Radish Blend

Okay this one surprised me by far and was DEFINITELY my favorite. It had little coconut chunks with the occasional nuts and dried fruit. This surprised me because I wasn't sure what the taste would be like. But I really really really enjoyed it - this is something I would buy again. It made for a great snack and something I could take with me separate from yogurt which I loved. It had so much coconut goodness! By far, I can't say enough, this one is for sure worth trying out for yourself. It's really unique too - not something I've seen before. 

Tony's Trail Mix

This was definitely good - very flavorful. I loved the variety of foods you get in it. I think this makes for a great snack too. Loved the big chocolate pieces (I'm such a sucker for chocolate!) and the dried fruit. The price is a tad steep considering you are getting a 7 ounce bag, but I kind of think it's worth it because of how much good stuff you are getting. This isn't your average trail mix.

Overall, I really like what Nana Joes has to offer and I'm sure going to look for this granola in stores. You can probably buy some in a store near you too! Check out this list. Also you can purchase online here as well.

I'm also happy to announce that I get to giveaway some granola to one lucky reader! Ends 9/29. US Only.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Gluten-Free Oats That You Must Try! [And Check Out My New Recipe!]

I had the chance to branch out and try some new oats by this really cool company -

Bakery On Main!

Have you seen their stuff before? They offer some really unique variety of choices for those of us who eat gluten-free. I love when companies start out small like this one does, by the way. It started out as a small bakery in Connecticut, and the Founder and President, Michael Smulders is obviously passionate about making tasty gluten-free food safe for celiacs and people who are gluten intolerant. That is greatly appreciated by me! Read more about their story here.

I had the chance to try out a couple of their oatmeal. It's one of the things that I really enjoy in the morning, especially as the season gets cold. And not only do I enjoy it in the microwave or on the stove but I love making oat muffins. Although one day I couldn't find my muffin tin so I turned my usual muffin recipe into more of a cake-ish bread creation as you can see picture below -

This turned out AMAZING. It's delicious with honey and butter and this time around I used Happy Oats by Bakery on Main. Why are these oats happy? Could be that they're non GMO, preservative free, gluten-free and that's gonna sure make me happy.

So here's the recipe -

2 and a half cups of ground gluten free oats
1/2 a tsp of cream of tartar
1/4 a tsp of baking soda
1 egg
1 and 1/3 cup of milk (or half and half or soy)
2 tbsp of butter (or olive oil)
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp of cloves
1/4 of honey
1/2 tsp of vanilla
About a cup or so of Frozen or fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together dry ingredients. Then add the milk, butter, and egg. Mix well.

I dab olive oil into pan and spread around with (clean lol) fingers to ensure this doesn't stick. Pour mixture into square baking pan. Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon on top. Then sprinkle on blueberries on top of mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

I love this recipe in particular because it's so modifiable. When the fall season and holiday season comes, I think I will experiment by adding some pumpkin to this or maybe turn it in gingerbread or something.

So I highly recommend adding Happy Oats to your shopping list and most of all, keep an eye out for what Bakery on Main has to offer, they've got some really good stuff. Visit their online store to purchase some that you can enjoy!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cool Off During the Dog Days of Summer

Right when I think we're done with the heat wave, another one is around the corner. Sure, it's the end of August and we should be done with summer soon at least, right? But not for me!

The last few weeks have had at least 3 days of 90 degrees and although we're finally on the cooling trend, I can't help but let you guys know about the thing you must get to cool off for these dog days of summer. (And you never know, the fall could be hot!)

So I had the chance to review the Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner.

First of all, it comes in this great huge box which can seem overwhelming if you are worried about putting the thing together. But you know what? It's EXTREMELY easy. And I opened up this box and started putting it together late at night too, so how about that? The hardest part was the hose and connecting it to the unit. Which took me less than five minutes to do, which is pretty incredible actually (I think I spent more time putting together and an office chair I got delivered once).

So I set this up in a back bedroom that really doesn't get a lot of sun in the afternoon, it's probably the coolest part of the house. One thing I loved is that there wasn't a need for me to remove the window screen, I just set up the part you put into the window and it was just plugging it in and turning it on!

Over the last few weeks, my city experienced a pretty horrid heat wave and so I've kept this unit plugged in and running during the hottest points of the day. To give you some perspective, my apartment is whatever the temperature is outside and sometimes hotter, because it faces the afternoon sun when it's the hottest point in the day. So it's really bad. But the room that I put the air conditioner, stayed at a cool 75 when it was about 100 in the rest of the apartment.

A nice chilly 66 Degrees in the Bedroom (during a cool morning)

For not as chilly days, I love the fact that you can adjust the temperature for how cool you want it, so this is greatly appreciated. PLUS it isn't very loud either, so it won't disrupt conversation or television.

Honestly this is the best portable air conditioner I have seen so far. It's the perfect thing to cool off a regular sized room (this is a room that I can close off to the rest of the apartment so that helps a lot as well!). Price wise, it may be a bit expensive, but this is worth purchasing. Really! You will be extremely happy with this product. It's one of the few things I can safely rave about it seems like, because portable air conditioners that are good are sort of hard to come by for me.

Right now you can get this on Amazon.com for $449 with free shipping. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Some Amazing Deals for Fall with Groupon #Groupon #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Can you believe it's fall already? Well, I sure can't. Leaves are turning colors, Halloween decorations are being discussed, and pumpkin spice is BACK. This also means that certain expenses will arise for you (it sure does for me this time of year).

Groupon is a fantastic place to start looking for deals on things like what you need for your home, gifts, and even school supplies. I think that's pretty amazing! Start your s earch by following this link here and see what you can find.

Spending just a few minutes on the site, and I found some pretty awesome deals. Seriously, just check out this deal for AA and AAA batteries (purchase it now!)-

One thing that's pretty awesome is that with Groupon and buying these products is that you can get so much variety - clothes, workout gear, jewelry, things for the kitchen and so much more. In case you are looking for things for college, check out these sheets that are at an awesome deal (purchase these now!)

And don't forget your pets! If you are adding a new furry member to your family, check out this pet gate (purchase now) -

These are just the beginning! I think this should be the one of the first places you check out for fair prices on things that you know that you will need for your home or for gift ideas. The prices are hard to beat. I think a lot of people assume Groupon is just for buying deals on events or entertainment but they have amazing deals on products that you can actually purchase!
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