Thursday, October 8, 2020

My Favorite Brand Organic Italian Tomatoes and Garbanzo Beans (And Giveaway!)

canned tomatoes recipes

As the fall draws near, I am so excited about trying new recipes. Some of my favorite recipes have a tomato-base to them, whether it's beans, salsa, pasta sauce, or soup. I was so excited to try out garbanzo beans and Italian crushed (and peeled) tomatoes by Carmelina Brands. Plus, I also had the chance to try out their garbanzo beans! 

Now, one of the biggest reasons I recommend this brand is that they are Non-GMO verified. This is incredibly important to me when choosing products, especially anything that I eat. If you aren't sure what Non-GMO means, check out the information about what the Non-GMO Project does here.  

Not to mention what I also love is on their website they go into incredible detail about their tomato process and their bean process. They are obviously such a trust-worthy company and that means so much to me as a consumer.

So, now onto those tomatoes! I loved their Italian crushed and peeled tomatoes. They went so well in the black beans I made and added so much flavor. As for their garbanzo beans, they were such an amazing treat! I basically can rinse them and toss them into a salad or I grill them with seasoning on top of the stove. They save great and work so well with so many dishes.

In case you want a few of my favorite ways to cook up canned tomatoes and garbanzo beans, I have collected some of my favorite recipes:

Vegan Chickpea Nuggets

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Kalamata Olive Salad Dressing

Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad

Homemade Salsa

Spicy Hummus Recipe

Healthy, Sriracha Shakshuka Recipe

Short Rib Ragu

Chickpea Brownies

Crockpot Morrocan Ground Beef & Chickpea Stew

Five Cheese Marinara Sauce

Bacon Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

I hope you found some tasty recipes here!

I am so excited to announce that I will be giving away a Carmelina Brand package, which includes a care package of some of their products and a pizza cutter. Enter via Rafflecopter below and giveaway will end October 22nd. USA only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Enhancing Your Amazon Streaming Experience

When you think of streaming, you probably think of Netflix, Hulu, Twitch—the titans of streaming and live streaming. However, Amazon lies somewhere between those titans. 

Most, if not all of you reading this probably use Amazon streaming in some way, whether you’re using Prime Video, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, or the Fire TV Cube. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in how you can improve your experience.

Well, look no further! 

5 Tips to Enhance Your Streaming Experience

1. Customize Subtitles

You might not be aware of how you can customize the subtitles of any movie or show you watch.

Simply go to the settings of your Fire Stick or the Prime Video settings, and you’ll be bombarded with tons of options to improve the subtitles. Add backgrounds, change the color of the words, decide where they show up: you have complete control over the subtitles.

2. Use USB Storage

A big selling point for the Fire TV product line is that you’re able to take your shows and movies anywhere you want, as you can download them to your Firestick or Cube. However, if you run out of storage, don’t worry—that’s what USB support is for.

Both the stick and Cube come with USB support, so simply plug a USB drive into your TV and start downloading!

3. Take Advantage of Alexa

Another selling point for the Fire TV series is the inclusion of Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant. With it, you can avoid touching your remote entirely, telling Alexa what you want to watch, where to go, and vice versa.

It’s not essential, but it is pretty convenient.

4. Use Parental Controls

The last thing you want is for your kids to have access to explicit, violent content. And with the world of streaming, that content is never too far away. 

Fortunately, Amazon streaming comes with plenty of parental controls, allowing you to decide what your kids can access and when.

5. Tighten Up Security

Lastly, you should look into tightening up the security of your Prime apps and your Fire TV products. It won’t have a noticeable improvement, but you ‘ll be able to watch TV without having to worry about hackers.

A Firestick VPN goes a long way into protecting your identity. Take some time to set up security for yourself.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

My 5 Skin Must Dos for the Summer

photo credit: Tanviidotcom Soft Skin Remedy via photopin (license)

Ah, the summer. It's been one unique year if I do say so myself. Yet, I'm trying to do my best to keep up with some essential skincare habits. While all of these tips may sound absolutely simple, with as mentally as exhausted as I am lately, it can be incredibly difficult. You see, I have sensitive skin and it can react from anything like dryness to food sensitivities, and so I want to take care this year, especially with how stressful things are. So, here are my summer must-dos:

1) Moisturize.

There are a ton of ways to keep your skin supple and smooth and moisturizing should be on the top of everyone's list. Lately, I use a rose lotion that's really nice. I also alternate to an aloe lotion that makes my skin feel really nice.

2) Exfoliating.

I've started doing this at least once a week. Technically you shouldn't do this too often because it can damage your skin, so once a week or less is best of all. I use a coffee scrub by Shea Moisture  - and it is so nice for my skin.

3) Facial masks.

I hear good things about facial masks and this is something I'd like to try. I mean, I could have a facial mask on right now, you guys. So it's a multi-tasking thing and there's no reason why I can't do it.

4) Don't touch your face.

Okay, I do have a bad habit of picking at my skin. It isn't good. Considering we're in a "don't touch your face" way of life right now, it's essential to get on top of that. Taking care of my skin is one of the top ways I can get on top of that bad habit (dry patches make me pick more).

5) Do some beautifying. 

Yes, this is my word for 2020 - beautifying. You guys we are all home more and working from home more but that doesn't mean that you can't dazzle a little bit. I like using this Star Island highlighter. It adds light to essential spots to your face which can really help in all those Zoom calls we're doing.

What are you planning on doing for your skin this summer? Make a list and tell me what you think!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Giveaway Round Up for the Week

It's been a while since I did a giveaway round up for you guys! So, here we have some of my giveaway finds for the week. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what giveaways you spot. It's pretty safe to assume most of these giveaways are US only. 

Earrings and a 5-Pack Latte Set
Enter on Instagram.
Giveway ends on Monday 7/13

Summer Thrillers Book Giveaway
Ends August 3rd

Murder in Waiting Book Giveaway
Giveaway ends July 18th

Digital copy of a book with a Christmas mystery theme
Ends in 5 days

Win a BBQ Pit 
Enter on Facebook
Ends July 20th

Hope to have more to share next week! I'll work on getting this a weekly thing. 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

3 Fun Birthday Gift Ideas to Send Someone Far Apart

This is a pretty awkward time of year to have a birthday. COVID-19 continues to be on the rise, and while many places are opening up, it's hard to determine when that will change. Not to mention, many of us aren't that comfortable venturing out into society again, at least not like we used to. So if you know someone with a birthday coming up, and especially if you are far apart, I have a few ideas for you that you will want to consider. 

1) Go the electronics route.

If you have some money to spend this year, how about giving the latest and greatest in tech? Consider getting a Nintendo Switch, which so many people are really into these days. (Animal Crossing anyone?). 

2) A Subscription Box

Yup, subscription boxes still exist and are still amazing. What does the person in your life like? Beer? Wine? Letter writing? Books? You name it! Pick a unique love of this person and seek out a subscription box that fits that need. You'd be surprised about the variety out there. (Check out my favorite blog for ideas!).

3) A favorite show series box.

What series is your birthday person talking about? Or better yet, what are they convincing you to keep trying? Although most of us are streaming everything, there is never a guarantee that something will remain available online. Lots of shows get bought out by various networks and then poof! - they are not available like it used to be. So seek out some of their favorite shows and buy them the whole series (or as many seasons as you can) on DVD.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Taste of Childhood Has Returned

What was your favorite chocolate milk mix when you were a kid? I'll be honest. I was more of an Ovaltine kid, but I do remember the commercials for Nesquik and it is a part of my childhood in some way.

That's why I think it's so awesome that NESTLE is bringing back the NESQUIK we all grew up on! Apparently, this is all based on their consumer feedback. According to Haig Basmadjian, Marketing Director of Nestle USA, "Based on consumer feedback, our goal was to provide fans with the classic NESQUIK taste while continuing to offer other convenient and nutritious options for families."

They will be returning with the chocolate and strawberry flavors. Although they recommend you put it in milk, I'm imagining that I'll attempt the tricks in the past and putting this chocolate mix along with spoonfuls of peanut butter. Am I the only one who tried this? You can find out where to get your taste of memories by at the NESQUIK website.

What foods from childhood would you like to see make a comeback?

Monday, June 1, 2020

Aroma Ridge Coffee & Rum Cake

Recently, I had the chance to try out a very tasty coffee by Aroma Ridge and a couple of their rum cakes. If you are looking for some tasty coffee and a fantastic treat then you must check out this company.

What I love about Aroma Ridge is that it's a family company, started over 30 years ago. They partner with coffee farmers, focus on customer service, and roast beans to perfection. Find out a little bit more about the company.

And so I had the chance to try out some of their coffee. What I tried was particularly flavorful and was a perfect afternoon blend, I thought (I'm an all-day drinker of coffee). I love how Aroma Ridge provides a unique collection of coffees and at reasonable prices. So if you want to check out what they have to offer, make sure you stop by their website:

And so, if you want a particularly amazing treat (and I think we all need one in this time period), their rum cakes make for delightful unique treats! They come in a single serving size, but they also come in a size that you can share with the whole family!

Overall, Aroma Ridge is a fantastic company to purchase from and you are supporting a family business when you do so. Visit their website to get some delightful tasty treats!