Friday, July 31, 2015

Food For Life - Healthy Gluten-Free Bread You Must Add to Your Shopping List

I always am on the hunt for gluten-free bread to add to my life. And I've noticed in my search that gluten-free breads are so different - some have more flavor, some are heartier, and some have a little bit of both in between. I recently tried gluten-free bread from a company called, "Food For Life." 



They reached out to me to try out their bread, and I couldn't wait! The company started out in 1964 and 50 years later, their mission hasn't changed - "to craft truly wholesome baked goods that specifically cater to helping health aware people who understand the needs of their bodies live life to the fullest."

So Food For Life offers a variety of gluten-free options including breads, english muffins, and tortillas. I tried out four different kinds:

Gluten Free Almond Bread

Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Gluten Free Original 3 Seed

Gluten Free Flax Bread 

After having tried all four breads, I can tell you these are hearty tasting breads. I think they taste good and they are also nice and filling! I think its an amazing way to start your morning. If you are like me and don't know what to grab in the morning and don't want it to be complicated (but want it to be healthy) these breads are an excellent start.

I do want to say though I preferred these breads with jam, or peanut butter, or cream cheese (okay not healthy but I LOVE that stuff), or even as a sandwich with tuna or cold cuts. I wasn't a huge fan of having the bread alone with just butter. I felt it needed a little something to go with it.

Of the four I tried, I really liked the almond bread the most. It's not something you see a whole lot and I really like almond flour. I think that's the best tasting kind of flour you'll see in gluten-free bread. Find out more about Food For Life gluten-free and wheat free breads and products by visiting their website. Also find out where you can purchase their bread in a store near you.

I received the above products in exchange for my honest review.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Moustache Coffee Club - Tasty Coffee for the Coffee Connoisseur [Review and Giveaway]

Thinking about this coffee club, I realized I think this coffee club is absolutely perfect for someone who really knows their stuff and knows what they look for in a cup of their morning java.

I had the chance to try out some new coffee by the Moustache Coffee Club and I have to say it was a very interesting and tasty experience. Take a look at the bag of coffee I received -




The Sidamo Guji Blend
The beans aren't as dark roasted as I would like, but the coffee is still very flavorful. It had sort of a nutty type of flavor to it and it made for an intriguing aroma while I made a pot of coffee. I enjoyed this for the afternoon since I prefer a darker roast for my morning coffee. For this lighter blend, I didn't want to make it too strong because sometimes VERY strong coffee overlooks the taste a little bit. So it made for almost a different kind of drink for me. I highly recommend this coffee blend for an iced coffee (or if you are ambitious, use cold coffee for a recipe that you are trying!).

So you can expect great things from Moustache Coffee Club! It is actually a delivery service that sends you coffee every week. I think this is a fantastic way for you to get to know new and unfamiliar blends that you want to try. It helps you step outside of the coffee box that you may lock yourself into! It sure did for me!

You can try Moustache Coffee for FREE by requesting a free 2 ounce bag (just click here to order yours free). You can also get one bag a week for $19.00 each week, or one bag every two weeks for $19.00 every two weeks, or once a month for $19.00.

You can follow them on Twitter or click here to purchase your subscription (or free trial). Also check out some of their coffees they've provided to their subscribers!

Best of all, I get to giveaway a bag of coffee to one of my lucky readers! Enter via Rafflecopter below and giveaway ends on 8/16. US Only.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Weird Amazing Way I Use My Patio Umbrella This Summer

So it may not seem like a huge thing, but the patio umbrella I had the chance to review recently by iPatio has done amazing things for me and my family this past summer.  My apartment gets full direct sun in the afternoon (the hottest point in the day) which is a major problem because we don't have air conditioning. This entire experience of heat is made even worse by the fact that my mom and I both have a heat sensitivity.



When I first received the umbrella from iPatio Umbrella, I was a little worried about its size. When we put it together, it looked HUGE. We were worried it may not fit in our very small balcony area. It did fit a little bit, although it scrapped the top of the ceiling. It's about 7 feet high, although there is a top wooden nob that is what seemed to make it scrap the top.

But when we finagled with the umbrella, we realized it serves an amazing purpose for us this summer - it blocks out that afternoon sun. When we received the umbrella, it comes in two pieces, one is the large umbrella piece, the second is the piece that the umbrella is attached to (the pole). So we took the first half where it's mostly umbrella and opened it up wide.

Let me tell you this umbrella is much larger than you get the vibe of on the website (which is a major plus to me!). I was worried at first the umbrella may be on the smaller size, actually. But when we opened it up, leaned on a couple of deck chairs, so it wouldn't fall,  we were able to block out that sun.


Obviously this isn't an ideal way you may want to use an umbrella. The best is if you have a table to fix it to, but my goal here was to block the sun, and this does. I think it takes down the temperature of the apartment and especially the living room which is the worse. But I think that the umbrellas you can find with iPatio Umbrella are such great quality. This wooden umbrella is sleek and classic looking. The fabric of the umbrella is also removable which is awesome if you need to wash it by the end of the season. 

Also, the price is perfect if you are looking for something high quality.  And you can even select the color of the fabric as well as whether you want light or dark wood. Best of all, this umbrella runs at $209.00 right now. That is a good price if you want a high quality item. 

Although it's a bit large for my personal balcony, which is on the very small side, but I was able to make it work in my own weird personal way. I think it's a bit better if you have a larger outdoor space than I do. Overall though, if you are looking for a patio umbrella, your first site to look at should be iPatioUmbrella.com Don't worry about shipping costs too because if you purchase from their site - shipping is FREE. 

If you are in search of some great patio umbrellas, I also am excited to offer you some great deals for your next umbrella purchase at iPatioUmbrella.com:

$10.00 off any purchase of $150 or more - ha1012

$20.00 off any purchase $250.00 or more - ha2012

$50.00 off any purchase $500.00 or more - ha5012
 

For 10% off purchase of 750.00 or more - ha201210

For more information about this umbrella and others, visit iPatio.com (to check out this umbrella in particular, go to this link.)  Also be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, and Pinterest

 I received the above mentioned items in exchange for my honest review.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Raw Spice Bar - Add a Little Spice to Your Life #SubscriptionBox


I was really interested in trying out the Raw Spice Bar subscription service. Although I don't use a whole lot of spices while cooking, I always like the challenge of trying something new.

What you can expect out of spice box is a very simple and easy process. You subscribe and when you do you get 3 to 4 ground spices that is enough to create three dishes for up to 12 people. You get three recipe cards (and can find more recipes online) and some history about the spice itself. Best of all, it's really inexpensive, you can purchase a subscription for $6.00/month.

Here's the spices I received below -

Saffron Threads
Mast-O-Khiar Herbs
Advieh Khoresh

This was part of their Persian spice box and it made me realize two things -

1) I really need to broaden my palate and start trying new cuisines for different reasons.
2) I'm not sure that broadening my palate should begin with me trying a very unfamiliar recipe!

I am not the most comfortable cook and the recipes included with these spices were pretty intimidating to me. So much so that I just haven't tried these spices yet!

But I want to give props to the more daring bloggers who did put in the effort to try something new and I want to recommend you take a look at the results of their meals. They do look good!


Piece of Cait - Raw Spice Bar Review
http://www.pieceofcait.com/raw-spice-bar-review/

Love and Laundry
http://loveandlaundry.com/2015/04/raw-spice-bar.html

Overall, and based on subsequent monthly boxes of spices, I think this subscription service is perfect for the person willing to try brand new recipes, and wants to put in the time to make them and try them. This will definitely broaden your horizons if you are willing to take the risks! Visit their website at RawSpiceBar.com for more details.

Thank you to Raw Spice Box for providing me with this product in exchange for my honest review.
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#MinionsCelebrate Giveaway - Win $500 from Birthday Express!

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Minions fans, have we got a giveaway for you! Birthday Express is hosting a #MinionsCelebrate Giveaway where you have the chance to win up to $500 in party product! All you need to do is post a photo of your family celebrating Minion-style to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #MinionsCelebrate and you'll be entered!

Get your entry in now because this giveaway closes on 7/31/15. Each week through the end of the giveaway, a winner will be selected. Thinking about having a party to celebrate the new Minions Movie? Check out some of our favorite Minions Party Supplies below.

Minions Despicable Me - Value Party Pack

Minions Despicable Me - Filled Favor Bucket



Minions Despicable Me - Pinata Kit

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When and How Can You Use Cricut?

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Now that you’re more familiar with Cricut Explore One™Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™, it’s time to chat about some of the really neat things you can create when you put it all together. 

As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™. 

For example, check out this adorable 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile. It’s a fun, easy starter project and makes for the perfect baby shower or toddler’s birthday gift (and can you believe it's made with felt?). And what’s a gift without a card? Cricut has an incredible selection of card examples made with Cricut Explore machines. There’s even a whole selection dedicated to everything baby, which is where I came across this cute baby shower card

Birthday
What better way to tell someone how special they are than with a hand/Cricut-made card and gift? This super fun shaker card is perfect for a 21+ birthday. And even if you purchase a gift, you can always use your Cricut Explore machine to personalize it. For example, if you bought a friend a purse or a wallet, you could use your machine to monogram it with their initials. Or if you bought them a plain shirt or sweater, you could customize it with a fun image or statement. 

I love this sparkly pineapple t-shirt. All you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set. 

Pool Party
Soak up the summer fun with a pool party! You can use your Cricut Explore to create everything from invitations to decorations. Here are some really creative ideas for how to add some special splash to a pool party

Engagement/Wedding
Make your own beautiful table decorations, banners, party favor boxes, cards, and more for the happy couple in just a few minutes! You’ll find some really impressive ideas in Cricut’s Design Space, such as this lovely Mr. & Mrs. card

There are an unbelievable number of project examples in the Design Space, which are categorized by type (e.g. baby, holidays, home décor, school, food, etc.) and by level (easy, moderate, and advanced). You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects on Cricut's Blog and Pinterest page

The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills! 
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

OAXIS Launches Smart Wellness Line on Pozible [And Giveaway]



This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

OAXIS, an award-winning consumer technology company, has launched its OAXIS Wellness Line. Read the press release here.

OAXIS’ body analyzer, Bluetooth water bottle, and fitness bands can be ordered now on Pozible, a crowdfunding website now and will be available for purchase at Oaxis.com in September.

The OAXIS Wellness Line aims to empower users to both make healthier choices and make them much easier, with wellness technology that easily integrates into an active lifestyle.

Enter to win products from the OAXIS Wellness Line below:

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

More About Cricut - And Designs

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If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter.

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™.

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice.

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life.

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.

Uploading Images

When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.

Cut What You Want® tool

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone®

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects.

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone.

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.

Stay tuned!
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Ardenne Farm Baking Mixes - Baking Even I Can Do [Review and Giveaway]

I've gotten to really enjoy baking mixes. There's something about having warm baked food that you made yourself. Although boxed creations are wonderful and tasty as well (I love them all! I am an admitted sweet tooth, of course). Anyways, so I had the chance to try a couple of different kinds of baked mixes by Ardenne Farms.

I had the chance to try out two different kinds - Cinnamon Crunch Muffin & Crumb Mix and Pancake and Waffle Mix. Both of which were gluten-free!

I have to tell you, I made the Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb mix on a night that I didn't want the usual thing for dinner. As I was perusing my cabinets, I came across this amazing thing! As you can see in the photo below, I obviously got all the ingredients together and got to work.









Let me tell you, this was a huge hit. My family actually isn't too huge a fan of this type of these boxed mixes, but they all LOVED this muffin and crumb mix. You get such a great cinnamon flavor, and the crumb mix for the top of the muffin is AMAZING. It's so cinnamon-y and flavorful. I highly recommend this for a Saturday morning and maybe throw in some good honey to add on top. This will be something I look for again.

Now onto the pancake and waffle mix! I'm more of a fan of pancake muffins (which are essentially mixing together the pancake mixture and putting in the oven; following all the directions as is). But since I made these on a REALLY REALLY HOT DAY (yet I wanted a warm breakfast) I decided to take a stab at pancake muffins in the microwave. So, mug pancakes. You know? It turned out pretty good! If you are going to do it, follow all the directions on the box, and then I would add a 1/4th cup of the mixture into a mug. Put that mug into the microwave and cook for one and a half minutes (check to see if it's fully cooked by sticking a fork through the middle; if it comes out clean, then it's done! If not, cook it about a minute longer).

Although of the two, I preferred the Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb mix, I can tell you that Ardenne Farms is a FANTASTIC baking mixes addition to the gluten-free world. If you spot this brand in your store and you are looking to buy something like this, definitely try these out. You will not be disappointed!

Follow this link to purchase Ardenne Farms baking mixes in a store near you  and you can also purchase off their website.  They have a variety of ways to follow them online, so make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

And best of all, I get to giveaway a box of the Cinnamon Crumb Muffin Mix and Pancake & Waffle Mix to one lucky reader. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 7/26.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Any MMA Fans Out There?

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Exciting news for all you MMA fans! Reebok recently unveiled their new Fight Shop. It's a destination where fighters, and those who train like fighters, can find all the apparel they need.

In Reebok's Fight Shop, you'll be able to gear up for the main event and shop the official UFC Fight Kit worn by all UFC fighters on Fight Night. The line of apparel in the Fight Kit was developed by Reebok in collaboration with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, for fighters.

The kit will debut for the first time in the Octagon at UFC® 189: MENDES vs. MCGREGOR onJuly 11.

In the Fight Shop, you'll also find UFC Fan Gear, so you can show your support for your favorite fighter, and Reebok Combat, gear that is light and breathable, enabling you to train like a fighter.

 

 


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