Monday, December 29, 2014

Amarula Cream Liqueur - Perfect Celebration Drink!

I had the wonderful opportunity to try the Amarula Cream Liqueur and I couldn't wait to share my experience with you.

One thing I learned from drinking this liqueur is that Amarula is made from a fruit called "marula" found in Africa. Found in South Africa (as well as Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Zimbabwe) marula trees grown in abundance. They are beautiful trees and drought-resistant. The fruit from the tree (the marula fruit) is a sweet, tropical fruit. It has a citrus tang and a creamy taste. Actually it makes for a perfect liqueur in my opinion.

Amarula isn't just for their incredible liqueur. They also do amazing things for the region. From the women's job creation project in Western Cape communities, Amarula Elephant Research program, and so much more, there is an even bigger reason to purchase this Amarula liqueur than just it's amazing taste. Find out more about each of their programs by clicking here.

Now, to the most important part, the liqueur! I have to tell you this was unbelievable. One of my biggest complaints about liqueurs in general is that they can be too sweet and I have a hard time enjoying it. But this wasn't the case. It had such a light, sweet flavor and yet it was so rich at the same time. It goes down smooth and it's guaranteed to please your family, friends, or guests. It also would make for an excellent gift, or thank you gift of some kind. Over all, this is the best liqueur I've had in a while and I promise this is better than Bailey's ANY DAY. I wish they had this in every store.

The price? I would say it's about the cost I would personally usually purchase for liqueur's. It isn't out of range, in my opinion. I did a little hunt online for you to see where you can buy this and at BevMo.com, you can purchase this for $21.99 but unfortunately it's out of stock right now! I actually signed up to receive notifications for when they get it next. I was actually lucky enough to find this liqueur near ME (I live in Oregon) and so I'm very happy about this. If you want to purchase this amazing liqueur, I highly recommend checking out Wine-Searcher.com. I made it easy for you, too, so just click on this link.

Overall, I was so pleased with this drink. I definitely plan to purchase and enjoy this again. It was gently sweet, rich tasting, and far better than anything I've tasted in a while.

For more information about Amarula, visit their website Amarula.com. Also, visit them on Facebook and for you lucky Canadians, I couldn't help but notice they have an amazing giveaway going on, so make sure to check it out!

I received this complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread Review [And Giveaway] [Ends 12/21]

It's really hard for me to find gluten free bread that tastes good. A lot of the bread out there these days just doesn't work as toast or has an awful texture. That's why I was so excited to try the Canyon Gluten Free bread!


I have to say this is by far the best I've tasted so far. In fact, I've even ordered from them on my own off their website (yup, it's that good). What I love about Canyon Gluten Free is that it is owned by people who know what it's like to have to deal with being gluten-free! Christi Skow, the co-owner, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007 and she appreciates gluten free foods that "are delicious and healthy."


I had a few of their products sent to me -


7 Grain Bread
Cinnamon Raisin
Mountain White
Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia


Personally, of the four products, I loved LOVED LOVED their focaccia bread. I had this with scrambled eggs in the morning and dipped the bread in olive oil and it was A-MAZ-ING. I haven't had gluten free bread this good in...well...ever. I didn't even realize it was gluten free.


Next was the 7 Grain Bread and Mountain White. I really enjoyed these for sandwiches. They held steady after being toasted. I also tried their cinnamon Raisin and it was definitely good, although I didn't enjoy it as much as the other breads that I received. I think I just like my cinnamon raisin bread to taste a BIT more sugary, maybe.


Also, I want to tell you that I went out and bought more of the focaccia bread, 7-grain, and mountain white with my own money. That's how good those things were. Also, I bought (on my own, with my own money!) the Cranberry Crunch Muffins and those are very good as well. They taste amazing and are a perfect treat for the morning!


Visit this link to find out the gluten-free bread selections that you can buy! Also, be sure to check out this link to find out about any special offers they have going on and sign up for their newsletter to stay in touch! Best of all, find out where to buy this amazing bread at a store near you.


You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

I'm also excited to announce that one of my lucky readers will receive the same bread that I received to review. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 12/21.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Frozen The Songs ZinePak [Review and Giveaway] [Ends 12/16]

I am so excited to tell you about this amazing gift idea for the Frozen fan in your life! This movie has taken OVER the holiday season and if you've run out of options for a Frozen gift, here's one to add to your shopping list, especially for this last minute holiday shopping weekend.

The Frozen: The Songs ZinePak is a Walmart Exclusive item. I had the chance to review this and I couldn't believe what it all comes with. It comes with a poster, a sticker, an ornament, a CD, and an 64-page magazine filled with behind the scenes info, games, quizzes, and so much more.

Personally I haven't had the opportunity to watch the movie yet, but I've heard the music and it's SO adorable. I looked through this ZinePak and it's so much fun.



I love the behind the scenes information and the actors who get to talk about their character and who they play. And you get to listen to all those amazing songs (including Let It Go by Idina Mezel and by Demi Lovato version!). Plus 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "For the First Time in Forever."

And best of all I am so excited to give this away to one of my lucky readers! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 12/16.

Best of all, you can purchase this NOW just in time for Christmas! Visit this link to find out if you can pick this up IN STORE or have it shipped to you!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set - Best Smelling Candles. Ever. [Giveaway Ends 12/12]


My mom and I absolutely LOVE candles. I love the ambiance they put across. I love how they smell. It just sends off a serene relaxing vibe that I really enjoy. There are only a few candles out there that we have bought though that I've ever had the opportunity to compliment the smell. I mean candles smell good and all but I've never thought...WOW.


Until now.


I received three an Old Factory Candle Gift Set to try and ladies and gentleman these were AMAZING. These smelled like - WOW. I tried the holiday scents (I almost wanted to say FLAVORS because they smell so good I fought the urge to lick the candle).


The Winter Wonderland gift set included the scents Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, and First Snow. The Hot Cocoa actually made the apartment smell like chocolate cake. I kid you not. The Roasted Chestnut had a sweet, spicy vibe to it as well. The First Snow smelled clean and very nice.


Also, the best thing of all is that these burn for quite some time. My biggest disappointment is that they are fairly small, they are about 2 ounces. But actually considering that they can burn up to 20 hours, it definitely makes up for it.


Overall, if you are looking around for a gift to give someone, these would make an excellent purchase. For the gift set of three candles (you choose the scent) it's $25.00. That's fairly reasonable. The presentation of the candles is nice - they come in a little box with a bookmark type of thing inside that tells you the scents. It's a charming holiday gift.


Not to mention there are so many different scent types to choose from. See below for all of the scents you could find -


Fall Harvest
Fresh & Clean
Happy Holidays
High As a Kite
Man Cave
New Born Baby
Romance
Spa Day
Vacation
Winter Wonderland (the one I tried!)


So you get so many different scents for many different occasions. obviously, these are year round candles and they are so special.

To purchase your candles, visit this link to Amazon.com  


I am so excited to announce that I get to giveaway the same candle gift set to one of my lucky readers! This giveaway is comment entry only, so all you have to do is visit this Amazon link and tell me which candle gift set scent you would want to win. 

PLEASE NOTE: You are required to leave your email address with your comment although you will be disqualified. Giveaway Ends Friday, 12/12 at 11:59 PM PST.

Winner: Bridgette Wilbur! Chosen via random.org.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates - Review - Buy One Get One Free Deal Inside!

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates, a chocolate company started 1972 by Mrs. Cavanaugh herself.  I love the history by how this company started. Make sure you visit their website and read more about their history.

I tried these chocolates over the Thanksgiving break. It was the perfect chocolates to share with my family and serve as a evening treat following all the goodies we already enjoyed that day. We sampled the four different chocolate bars and the box of chocolates that I received.

Let me say...Oh. My. Gosh. This was incredible chocolate. Now, I heard some other people who reviewed this chocolate say this was too sweet. For me, I don't think I've ever said anything was too sweet, so take that into consideration.

I tried the Caramel Candy Bar, White Chocolate Almond Coconut Candy Bar, Mindy Mint Candy Bar, and the Dark Chocolate Almond Candy Bar. Of the four, I personally enjoyed the Caramel Candy Bar. This had amazing gooey chewy-ness to it and I am personally a massive fan of caramel with chocolate anyways. But you know what, all four chocolate bars were good. They were all very soft and tasty. I even enjoyed the white chocolate, which is amazing because I usually don't care for the stuff. Overall, this would be an AMAZING treat as a stocking stuffer.

Also we received assorted box of milk chocolates to review. Also AMAZING. Every bit of chocolate was so good and you get a great variety to choose from. This was such good chocolate to share and it's SO rich. This is worth buying. This would make a great gift to give or just a special treat to bring to a dinner or something to enjoy with family.

I know your instinct MIGHT be to just venture off to See's Candies or Godiva or something BUT aside from getting amazing chocolate made by Mrs. Cavanaugh, you also can get ONE BOX FREE if you buy a box. So this beat's out any in store deal you may see, I think.

Use the code USFAMILY2014 when you purchase your box to get one free. This is definitely a must have!

Visit Mrs. Cavanaugh's website here to purchase one pound of chocolate and receive one pound of chocolate FREE with your order!

I received complimentary chocolate in exchange for my honest review.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Send Me Gluten Free November Box [Giveaway Ends 12/21]




I was so happy to receive the November Send Me Gluten Free Box. If you caught it a couple of months ago, I got to try out the October box and I absolutely loved it! 

Send Me Gluten Free is a monthly subscription box service that sends you a TON of gluten free snacks to try (sample size to full size).

This month I tried quite a few different snacks. Here's the full list -

Bell Plantation PB Thins
Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips
Boulder Canyon Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
Nature’s Path Sunrise Granola
Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate
Snack Out Loud Crunchy Bean Snack
Wow Baking Co. Chocolate Chip Cookie
Amazing Foods for Life Muffin Mix (Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip)
Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tab
(2) Breeze Bars (original peanut crunch & chocolate cranberry)
Swerve Sweetener samples

I also received a ton of gluten free coupons, featuring a coupon for Pascha chocolate, Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips, Canyon Bakehouse bread, and more!

I really enjoyed this month's box. I couldn't believe how much gets packed into the box, either. The breeze bars and granola were perfect for breakfast to bring with me in the morning. One of my favorite things about these boxes is that it gives you snacks to take with you for lunch or in the morning and it makes packing lunch or breakfast so quick! The chips, the bean snack, and the PB crackers were so tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed these. I haven't had the chance to try the muffin mix yet, but I am planning too soon!

There were a few things I wasn't too interested in trying, such as the seaweed chips (although my older brother tried it and he actually liked them!), the sweetener samples and the drink tab.

Overall, I enjoyed this box a lot. Probably more so than the October box, to be honest. This box comes about $30 a month if you purchase a monthly subscription. Considering everything that you get with each box, I would actually say this isn't too bad of a price. Also, since I've gone gluten free I've had a hard time finding a lot of products to try, so to get familiar with different items that I could purchase either online or at the store is so important to me.

The best thing is I get to giveaway a January box to one lucky reader!  Giveaway Ends 12/21.

If you don't want to wait for the giveaway to end to see if you can try Send Me Gluten Free, make sure you visit their site and purchase a subscription. Also now through 12/31/14 you can save 10% with the holiday code HOLIDAY10. Purchase now by visiting this link.

Make sure you also follow them on Facebook (they have giveaways!), Twitter, and Instagram.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Perfect White Elephant Gift - Holiday Tumblers Review and Giveaway

One of the things on my must-have holiday list are holiday tumblers! I LOVE having them on hand and something about being able to take my coffee with me on the go is so appealing (my late night shopping trips TOTALLY got an upgrade).


Anyways, I had the chance to try out the Holiday Tumblers made by Reduce Base Brands,  a company started in 2006 that make attractive eco-friendly products designed to help consumers "turn over a green leaf." I don't know about you but one of my main goals this next year is to get much more eco-friendly and this is one step in the right direction.


The holiday tumblers come in a variety of colors - perfect for this season! They are 16 ounces, double walled insulation to keep your drink warm, and BPA free inside and out. Also, they fit into most car cup holders and their open close lid limits spills! (It really does, I am well known for sloshing my mug of coffee a lot).


I absolutely loved this. The most important thing about tumblers like these is actually keeping coffee warm! These do the trick. I was able to enjoy my coffee about forty-five minutes longer than I would using a regular cup. That was great! I don't drink my coffee fast either, so this was so important.


Also, best of all, the prices is RIGHT for these tumblers. Right now they are just $7.99. So if you are shopping around for an office party gift or want to beautify a gift basket you are putting together for a family member or neighbor, this is the perfect addition.


If you want to purchase your holiday tumbler, make sure you visit Reduce's website here.  They also have some amazing sales going on right now, so make sure you take advantage!


Visit this link to sign up for their newsletter to find out about giveaways, coupons, and MORE!


You can also find Shop Reduce on Facebook,  Twitter, and Pinterest.  

I am also excited to announce that one lucky winner will receive TWO holiday tumblers with the color of their choice! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 12/14.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Enter to Win a Freshwater Pearl Necklace from PearlParadise.com


Now through December 6th, you can enter to win a Freshwater Pearl Necklace from PearlParadise.com. Perfect gift for the holidays!

Also, if you don't win, no worries, you can still save tons of money on the site! Take 15% off any regular priced item with the code CYBER15. This expires 12/9/14 so get shopping!

Click here to shop!

Click here to enter!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Deal Alert! CyberMonday Savings All Week Long at Game Stop!


For the gamer in your life, make sure you stop by and take advantage of their week long Cyber Monday savings! If you need some ideas, make sure you check out their amazing gift guide!

Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link for which I will receive compensation if you purchase through my link.


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Deal Alert! Free Shipping With Create UR Plate through 12/8

This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive compensation if you purchase through my link.

I have an exciting deal to share with you! If you are shopping around for delightful holiday gifts, you will want to check out what Create UR Plate has to offer!

Because from 12/5-12/8, Create UR Plate is offering free shipping on everything! Don't wait, shop now! 


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