Friday, March 17, 2017

Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice - Jump Start Your Spring! - Review & Giveaway



Welcome to the spring time! Okay we have a bit more time before it's official. And considering the snow storm and rainy weather, it doesn't seem like old man winter wants to loosen his grip. But still that doesn't mean you can't get started on celebrating the upcoming sunshine! Woo!

So recently I got the chance to try out the Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice. I like adding lemon juice to a variety of recipes because it adds an extra zing to it. Plus how many of us can't resist an ice cold glass of lemonade. Especially in the warmer weather. And it's coming! I'm sure of it.

What makes Santa Cruz Organic special is that it 100% organic AND it's non-GMO project verified. They are also 100% juices too. It's great ingredients so you don't have to worry!

What can you do with lemon juice? Well let me tell you!

- Add a tablespoon to tuna salad to give it an extra zing!

- Sprinkle some in salad for a low calorie dressing alternative.

- Mix some into your next baking recipe to give it a fresh lemon zest.

- Mix some in a glass of water to energize you in the morning.

- Add some in with a little honey and a splash of warm water if you need to soothe your throat.

- Stir some into sweetened iced tea for a summery drink!

Do you use much lemon juice in recipes? I would love to know how you use it! I love the fresh taste of the Santa Cruz organic lemon juice - it's one of my favorite brands and they always offer up fantastic quality. Check out what they have to offer here.

I'm happy to announce one of my lucky readers will be getting each of Santa Cruz 100% organic juices. Giveaway ends on 4/2. US Only. Enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Consider Shea Butter

Skin Care

I do enjoy finding natural items that I can use for beauty products. Vaseline and coconut oil really work well for my skin and I tend to avoid using products with hefty ingredients lists. Lately I've started to learn a bit more about shea butter which isn't something I've considered in the past!

1) It's incredibly moisturizing.

It gets into the deep layers of your skin and stops any kind of moisture loss. It's also nicely absorbed too - not greasy like a lot of other skin care products.

2) Anti-inflammatory

Actually there was a study in 2010  by the "Journal of Oleo Science" done recently that says shea butter reduces inflammation! It also has been known to be really healing as well.

3) Anti-aging.

Shea butter has a lot of antioxidants that replenish your skin. These vitamins are what fights the impact of aging on your skin.

4) Bonus reason! You can use it on your hair.

I've heard of using moisturizing products for your hair but recently I learned that shea butter can be so good for your hair. It reduces scalp itch and can repair damage on your hair. It also can soften your hair as well.

Obviously this scratches the surface on the major benefits of shea butter. Have you used this on your skin or hair or as a beauty product? I'd love to know what you think?

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Divatress - A Fantastic Way to Update Your Look! #Divatress #beauty #ad #spon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Recently my mom and I talked about how if we had the extra money, it would be fun to wear wigs. I think wigs are an EXCELLENT way of trying out a new hair color, a new hair style, and just updating your look in general without the commitment, the time, and the money. Personally I'm not really inclined to go to the salon and get dye jobs done and I'm definitely not brave enough for a short cut. But I would LOVE to try these things out with a wig.

So, I recently learned about Divatress. They offer wigs for anyone's budget! PLUS they have so many beautiful styles. They have synthetic wigs, wigs made with human hair, short wigs, and wigs for women of all ages. I was searching through their site and these wigs jumped out at me as being really fun to wear!








If your beauty budget makes you pause about going down the route of wigs, than you will be happy to know that Divatress is very affordable. I'm noticing a lot of their wigs within an affordable price range for me depending on the type of style I'd be interested in trying. And you know if you are also wondering if famous people wear wigs, THEY DO! One of my favorite singers, Sia is famous for wigs! Rhianna wears them too.  So does Lady Gaga and so many others. Whether it's for beauty reasons, or giving your hair time to heal or maybe growing back hair from hair loss, it's an awesome time to want a wig. Divatress should be your first stop. Be sure to check out what they have to offer here.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Book of the Month - March Giveaway & Subscription Deals #AmReading

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Are you part of the "Book of the Month" club? I tried it for a couple of months as part of their affiliate program and I loved it! They also offer up some AMAZING deals so if you haven't signed up, check out what they have to offer -

3-months Membership For $9.99 Per Month + Free BOTM Tote

$5 for 1-month memberships

PLUS, have you ever wanted to judge which book people should read for the month?? Well they have a really cool judging contest! Find out how you can be the judge of the next Book of the Month mailing by visiting their blog post here.

Have you signed up yet? You should! This is an amazing way to keep up with the latest reads (I have discovered amazing books this way) or it makes for a wonderful gift.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nature's Bakery - A Healthy Treat You Won't Feel Guilty About! [Review + Giveaway]





I'm a sucker for a grab and go treat. Something about the treat in it's quaint wrapper that I can just toss into a lunch bag that is vastly appealing to me. Being that I'm gluten-free, I'm always really cautious of my treat choices too! So, I can't wait to share this amazing treat that Nature's Bakery has to offer.

I had the chance to try out a couple of different treats by them. First, their gluten-free fig bars (and then my brother had the luck to try their brownies (which are NOT gluten-free)). Nature's Bakery started in 2010 by father and son team Dave and Richard Marson. I love their philosophy by the way, "Keep it simple, have fun, and achieve balance in life through nature, activity, nutrition, and community." Read more about how their company started here.



They offer a variety of gluten-free fig bars - fig, raspberry, pomegranate, and blueberry. I personally loved the blueberry, it was a tasty experience and in general, I love the blueberry taste anyways. I think one thing I was so happy to see is that this was made with Smart Flour! (I have reviewed smart flour before and love their product!). PLUS this fig bar is non-gmo - something VERY important to me.

I think these fig bars are an excellent afternoon treat. The afternoon is when I get the munchies and more likely when I'd cheat and have something not that good for me. But these are one of those treats that really are a healthier alternative!



My brother tried the chocolate brownie treats. This was a good on the go snack! One of those, quick I need something to eat, grab this kind of snacks. That's an awesome thing to have around the house, I think. One thing he liked about it was that it wasn't overly sweet.

Overall, if you happen to come across Nature's Sweet treats in the store, I think you should buy a box and try them for yourself. These are a great treat to have that you won't feel guilty over! You will definitely find these in a store near you (I hope!).

Be sure to also follow them on Facebook, Twitter  and Pinterest.

I am also happy to announce one lucky reader will win five boxes of Nature's Bakery products of their choice. Ends 3/29. Enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Protes Chips: Enjoy Gluten-Free, Non GMO Protein Snacks #GlutenFree #Giveaway



I'm on a snack fixation lately, can you tell? Well I love having chips to snack on yet I don't like that sneaking sense of guilt by having them though. Reduce that guilt though with these amazing chips I just heard about recently called, "Protes" chips!



It all started when this guy Krik was sick of the only protein snack option being 'protein bars.' Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the concept of "protein snacks"! It started in 2009 as an idea than 2013 Protes became a real thing! Read more about how they came to be over here. 

So I had the chance to try out a variety of flavors of Protes chips - Tangy Southern BBQ, Spicy Chili Lime, Zesty Nacho, and Toasted Coconut. Of the flavors I tried, I loved Zesty Nacho the best. One thing that's cool is for a small snack pack, it's only 100 calories!



One major thing I appreciate about these snacks is also they are guten-free! So these are snacks that I can enjoy! PLUS they are non-gmo too, and that's also very important to me.

Right now you can buy a pack of 6 4 ounce bags of chips for $22.50. That's a pretty decent price, I think! One thing I do wish they showed on their site is an ingredients list, but when you check out their "what's inside" they do provide some information.

Be sure that you check out where you can buy chips at a store near you or purchase them online. Also be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

I am also happy to announce I get to giveaway a Protes chips prize pack to one lucky winner! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 3/27.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Celebrity Pregnancy: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley finally Confirms Pregnancy

Victoria’s Secret model finally ends all pregnancy speculations through an Instagram post of her on a bikini bump snap that captions: 'Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love

Rosie x Photo by @jasonstatham'.


Everyone was quick to send their congratulations and best wishes to the lovely couple. The photo was taken by the 49-year-old actor star showing his fiance, Rosie on bent knees on a beach with her hand holding her back, showing off her growing bump.

It seems that the soon-to-be-married couple couldn’t contain their excitement for the New Year blessing. This duo has been together since 2010, so it sure is the perfect time to get pregnant.

Speculations on Rosie’s pregnancy began spreading when she shared a photo of herself clad in a baggy poncho. Since then, fans were eager to learn the truth. I guess, they can all smile now with the good news of Rosie’s pregnancy.

Pregnancy is so sweet, you can’t help but smile when you learn that one of your friends or loved ones is pregnant. The thought of a new baby on the way is so wonderful, one can’t help but gush over a pregnancy announcement.

Rosie and Jason are just a few of the celebrities joining the pregnancy bandwagon this year. To start off, we have Jay Z and Beyonce who are pregnant with twins, Madonna just had the go signal to adopt twins girls from Malawi. Not only that, we also have George and Amal Clooney, also expecting twins, and now this. Wow! Congratulations to all of them!


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Driftaway Coffee - A Perfect Subscription for Coffee Lovers


While 2017 gets under way, I feel like a new year represents the opportunity to try new things! If you are looking for some new coffee in your life, coffee drinkers pay attention! I had the chance to try some coffee by Driftaway Coffee.

I love a company with a great back story. And this one has a pretty cool starting point! Inspired by Steve Job's commencement speech, owners Anu Menon & Suyog Mody, desired to create something for themselves. And that's when Driftaway Coffee was born as a result of a desire to do work they loved while also including their love of coffee. Read more of their story here.

More than just loving the taste of their coffee, there is a variety of reasons that I think this is a subscription plan you should try. I enjoy the fact that it's customizable and you can select everything from the profile of coffee you want to how much you expect to drink. Even better, the subscription plans are really reasonable. For 32 ounce coffee subscription, it's about $34 which is REALLY good pricing in my book. 

Also if you are looking for a pretty sweet gift for someone, they have some swanky looking gifts that are great for the coffee lover in your life. Be sure to check them out! They are bit pricey but worth it in terms of value. 

If you also have any coffee curiosities, they have an awesome Q&A section too. Like, why do some of us put sugar in our coffee (it's more than just because of our sweet tooth!). Check this out here.

Overall, I like Driftaway coffee for it's personalized experience and reasonable pricing. I think you should check this out too. Purchase now.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

My New Favorite Gluten-Free Snack Cracker #GlutenFree #Giveaway



I recently discovered my newest favorite gluten-free cracker. Everyone, that is gluten-free, gather around, you will love it. You know what it is? It's Milton's Gluten-Free Crackers!


One thing that makes Milton's stand out to me, aside from offering some great snacks, is that they also do a LOT of good work for the community. They are actively involved in a variety of causes and organizations. Check out who they support and how they can support one of your causes! 


So I had the chance to try out a few different crackers flavors - Crispy Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Everything, and Multi-Grain. My two favorite flavors are the sea salt and the cheddar cheese. One of the great things about these crackers is that they are light, but they don't leave you disappointed. It's still a hearty cracker! The sea salt is my favorite by far, it makes great for dipping into salsas and sauces and it's just so good. A light salty flavor! The cheddar is also really good too - it's definitely a strong cheddar taste and like the sea salt, it is a light cracker but hearty enough to leave you satisfied.

Another huge perk is that they're non-gmo! Plus it's certified gluten-free, and has so many different good things about it that makes this a guilt free cracker snack!  Make sure you check these out.

Make sure you find out where you can get these crackers in a store near you! I've already bought more after trying them out for the first time.  Also be sure to like them on Facebook and Twitter.

I am so happy to announce that I will be giving away a Milton's Crackers prize pack to one lucky winner! Giveaway ends 3/26. Enter via Rafflecopter below.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

Kohana Coffee & Cold Brew #Review #Coffee


Coffee always gives me such good feelings. So I am always eager to try out coffee and find some good ones that I can share with you guys. Well, I couldn't wait to tell you about this amazing coffee blend Kohana Coffee.

This coffee was inspired by a pretty awesome island adventure. Getting caught up in a terrible storm on the island of Oahu, founder Victoria Lynden had to stop to wait out the storm. She was drawn in by the most amazing scent of coffee and of course, followed her nose to find out the aroma. Well, the rest is history and soon she met the roaster of this coffee John and she set out to make coffee in this island style way. Read about this coffee's awesome history over on their webpage.

I had the chance to try out some of this tasty cold brew and their dark roast coffee for myself. In these cold winter days, I love coffee. Well, this coffee immediately reminded me of being on a tropical vacation. It had such a flavorful tropical vibe to it and it almost tasted flavored even though it wasn't. How about that for a unique experience? I also really enjoyed this cold brew - you mix in a 1/3 of this cold brew concentrate with 2/3's milk (which I recommend doing) and then I suggest adding a little rum!

Make sure you check out all the amazing coffee experiences they have to offer by visiting their online store. Also find out where this coffee is in a store near you. Like them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Save Money on Computer Ink - Printing on a Budget

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One of the main hurdles to me actually using the printer that collects dust in my bedroom is that ink is usually so enormously expensive. I figure, do I really NEED to print that stuff out? So I think, nah and I don't. But I really love having computer ink handy.

So I want to recommend a program to you guys that will most definitely save you money on computer ink. It's the HP Instant Ink program.


First, find out if you have an eligible printer by visiting this link here. 

Once you know you have an eligible printer, select the plan you want. First, you can have an occasional plan that lets you print up to 50 pages a month for only $2.99. The plans go all the way up to $9.99 for 300 pages. The amazing thing about this is if you have any left over pages, it rolls over into the next month without a fee.

What is so cool about this is that the printer will talk to HP and let them know about your ink supply levels. If you rink gets too low, you get a new cartridge. Plus, you also get a prepaid recycle envelope to send back your old cartridge.

Finally ink can be affordable for you again. This is something that you must sign up for if cost is holding you back!

Save up to 50% on Printer Ink Replacement with HP Instant Ink! Receive the 1st Month Free - Sign up Now!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3 Ways to Save on Spending this Spring



Spring is almost here! Alright, so really it's a few weeks away and a lot of areas are dealing with some cold temperatures still. I can't be the only one thinking and planning for this season already, right?

So if you are on a tight budget, you are probably looking for ways to save without breaking the bank. From fashion to food to entertainment, I wanted to highlight a few spots where you can save money without spending a lot of money!

1) Save on Groceries.

There are a few apps I want to recommend. First, iBotta. Have you heard of this one? Basically you redeem money back after you purchase the item at the store. I've had some occasional success with this and was able to cash out once at $20. A lot of the things I buy aren't really on here too often but it does add up. They offer also generic things like buying a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk will get you some change back.

Also another one to consider is - Checkout51! This is similar to iBotta but I feel like  I like this a tad better. They're app is easier to navigate as well. You do scan some items but it's clearer to figure out if your product matches with the offer (I had issues with that with iBotta).  I believe that when you are ready to checkout (at $20) they will send you a check.

Also, some areas where you will find some great coupons - Mambo Sprouts, Hopster, and Lozo (which is a fantastic way to see most available coupons at once!)

2) Save on Style.

There are definitely amazing ways to save on style. First StyleWe has some amazing savings on clothes that you can find. Same with Just Fashion Now. They offer up some amazing deal on fashion for the spring that you must check out!

One other ways that you can save with fashion is by selling some of your clothes! Poshmark is one place you can go to. Also if you want an different way to shop, use Listia! You basically use points you've earned on the site to purchase things (usually you only have to pay shipping costs, sometimes not even that!). You can get a ton of points by listing some of your own stuff you don't want anymore.  I highly recommend it because a lot of fashion is listed on the site!

3) Save on Entertainment.

One cool tip is that if you want access to free movies, make sure you see if "Advanced Screenings" is in your area. They offer up ways you can get advanced screenings to movies and this is an excellent way of saving while still having fun! Also, if you want to put together a decently sized reading list for a long weekend, make sure you check out Overdrive. You can borrow ebooks with a library card from a library within your area. It's easy to use whether you use your Kindle to read or any smart phone. I personally use this all the time!

So this of course just scratches the surface and there are so many resources out there in your local area on how to get deals on things you enjoy the most. Hopefully I've helped you out with finding some new gems!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Ethical Bean Coffee - Tasty Coffee, Doing Good for the World [Review & Giveaway]



I'm such a coffee fanatic and any chance I can find a new coffee company, I'm all over it to try out their coffee! I came across "Ethical Bean Coffee" lately and was so happy to try out some of their dark roast coffee.

One thing that makes Ethical Bean Coffee stand out is that they make their coffee using fairtrade certified organic beans. This means that they are using an alternative system to produce and trade coffee.  And Fair trade regulations ensure that participants are operating in a fair and just manner. Find out more here.

Plus one thing that is extremely cool about Ethical Bean is that you can actually track your coffee's journey from farm to shelf! I think this is so amazing. I love how they are uniquely creating a way for you to connect even more with your coffee. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this and it makes me want to buy the coffee so I can give it a try!



I had the chance to try out their Superdark French Roast and their Ethical Bean Bold Coffee blend. You know,  I absolutely enjoyed both. They have such rich coffee and it was so flavorful. Sometimes with dark roasts the beans end up tasting so burnt and I can't enjoy it. But these roasts were so rich.

Right now you can buy their coffee on Amazon and it costs about $10-$11 right now. Considering the quality of coffee you are receiving, this is absolutely worth buying. If you are a dark roast fan, you must try their dark roast coffees. You won't be disappointed! I also think you should check out their medium roast coffee even because it's such a good company.  Purchase their coffees now.

One lucky winner will receive a case of Ethical Bean coffee! It will be 6 bags of their whole bean or compostable pods. Enter to win via Rafflecopter. Ends 3/17.

Be sure you like them on Facebook  and follow them on Twitter.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cocomels - An Amazing Sweet Treat That Is Gluten-Free (or Dairy or Soy Free) #Giveaway



Being gluten intolerant has created some challenges for me. From being cautious with foods I'm selecting to researching the menu of a restaurant I visit to refraining from letting my sweet tooth guide what I eat before I have the chance to inspect ingredient lists. And when I had the chance to try out "Cocomels" I couldn't wait to see what they were like.

Cocomels were started by founder "JJ" who wanted a company that was like Willy Wonka with a twist - candies healthier for our bodies. And then the experimentation began! He tried out different treats and recipes to create this tasty before you treat. Read more about Cocomels beginnings over on their About page.

I received a few different varieties to try! I tried the Espresso, the Sea Salt, the Original and the Vanilla. You know at first I was a little wary, because I thought at first it was hard candy when I took a look at what the Cocomels were like. But they soften as you start to enjoy them and they taste so uniquely sweet. They have a gentle coconut flavor complimented by their corresponding flavors. My favorite of all was Sea Salt. I absolutely enjoyed that!

I actually think these are a PERFECT treat for someone that maybe isn't able to enjoy the usual candies and chocolates out there. I had a coworker who couldn't have dairy or soy and I offered her some and she was so happy! I think this is a great way to surprise someone who maybe can't always enjoy the usual treats that other people do.

And you know for a variety pack of 4, it's $21.99 right now! I think that's an amazing deal and worth buying that's for sure. They also offer chocolate covered cocomels and I would love to try those, I'll bet they would be amazing. Check them out.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I'm also so happy to announce that one of my lucky readers will win a Cocomels Prize Pack! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 3/5.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eat. Dream. Be. - Healthy Snack Bars [Review]



It's that time of year where we're all contemplating the holiday treats and sweets we finished off recently and getting ourselves back on track. Well, if you are in need of a treat that will leave you guilt-free, than I have something for you.

It's called, "Eat. Dream. Be." and these bars are healthy, filling, and will likely satisfy that sweet treat you desire. These treats were created by two friends who met and wanted to collaborate further. And Eat. Dream. Be as you can see by their website is far more than just food related amazingness. They offer up music and podcasts too. 

The thing that's first great about the dream bar is that it's certified gluten-free and that's something I'm very strict about focusing on because of my intolerance to gluten. They have three different kinds - Banana Lavendar, Apple Chamomile and Tart Cherry Lemon Balm. They don't offer up a sharp sweet flavor and at this point in the year that's a good thing. I actually feel good about myself eating these. The tart cherry starts out with a mild lemon flavor than has a tangy cherry flavor in there too. The apple chamomile is also mildly sweet and has just a pleasant flavor of apple throughout. The banana one was something my brother enjoyed (I'm not too big of a fan of banana) and he actually really liked this as well. 

I think overall these are fantastic for an on-the-go snack to have while you are getting fit this year. I promise you will not feel guilty enjoying these treats. You'll actually feel pretty good about yourself. Especially if you slather on some almond butter - yum! 

So if your interest is peaked, then head on over to the Eat. Dream. Be site and purchase some! This will compliment your next road trip, next hike, and any future adventure you have planned this year.

Want 10% off a trial 3 pack? Click this page to purchase now.

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