Monday, April 11, 2016

Filippo Berio Delicato

I received a coupon recently for a free bottle of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I'm already a regular user of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, so I was excited to try the Delicato or the Robusto.  After searching high and low for it at my local stores, I happened upon the Delicato while on vacation.  I was glad I had my coupon in my car and was able to pick it up.

This couldn't have come at a better time, I've been trying to eat better and salads have been a big part of that.  I've been making my own dressing.  Below is a fresh strawberry vinagratte I made with left over strawberries the Filippo Berio Delicato and some apple cider vinegar.  The mild flavor of the olive oil doesn't overpower the other flavors in the dressing like Extra Virgin or regular Olive Oil sometimes does.  I also made Italian seasoned parmesan croutons to go with my salads and added a splash of the oil to get the seasoning to stick.  They are the best croutons I've ever had. 

I am a huge fan of this olive oil and can't wait to see what other things I can make with it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Attitude 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash

I received a bottle of 2 in 1 Shampoo and Body wash in my Influenster Nuture Voxbox as a complementary test product for review.

 I've been using natural shampoo and this was on par with that product and I love that I can find it at Target.  It didn't make my hair overly dry like other 2 in 1's that I've tried.  It lather's nicely in the hair or on a bath pouf or washcloth.  You feel clean after using it.  It really is a nice multitasking product.  I'm usually skeptical about products like this, but this actually works pretty well.  It smells nice too.

I feel good about letting my kids use it as well because it doesn't have a bunch of irritating stuff in it so it won't bother their sensitive skin.  It also speeds up shower time after a long day at camp and sporting events.

I'll definitely be looking for this at Target in the future.  It is a little pricey, but I expect Target will have it on sale, with coupons, and their app so it will be no more expensive than the stuff I use now.

Influenster Nuture Voxbox Review

I love receiving Voxboxes from Influenster to review.  I was very happy to find out I'd be receiving this box.  I always get a mix of stuff I've never heard of, never tried, and tried and true items I love.

Inside was a facemask by Hada Labo Tokyo, a full sized Attitude Shampoo and body wash combo product, a coupon for a free bag of Ore Ida Easy Fries or Tater Tots, a coupon for a free box of Uncle Ben's rice, a packet of Red Vines Licorice, a box of non-drowsy Dramamine tablets, and Blue Lizard Sunscreen.

The first thing I tried was the Dramamine.  I was headed to the amusement park with my family and am happy to report that it really kept the nausea away and there were no side effects to report.

I was extremely happy to receive the coupons.  Free food is always a plus, especially with 2 hungry little boys around.  Ore Ida and Uncle Ben's are brands I know and trust and keep around all the time.  The Easy Fries are a quick and tasty side for a weeknight dinner.  The Uncle Ben's rice was a great side for a night when I have a little more time to make dinner, but it still only took 10 minutes to make and tastes great. 

I'm always skeptical about 2 in 1 products, but the Attitude shampoo and body wash really delivers.  Usually something that washes my body strips my hair of all moisture and leaves it either too dry or with a residue.  This product is really nice.  It lathers nicely, cleans well, and smells good.  I think because it doesn't have all the stuff in it that other shampoos and body washes do it doesn't strip my hair like other products do.  I've been using natural shampoo and this was on par with that product and I love that I can find it at Target.

I've been loving the Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen.  I keep it in my purse and apply whenever I'm in the sun, which is almost all the time lately.  My boys are very active and both play baseball.  We've been spending alot of time at the baseball field or at the park so keeping this in my bag has been really great.  My son has sensitive skin and alot of sunscreens make my face breakout.  This doesn't both either of us so we've been using it alot.

The Red Vines got mixed reviews in my house.  I was never a fan of Red Vines, I just don't care for the flavor.  I think they are cherry flavored and I don't like cherry flavored anything.  My oldest son and husband felt the same, however my husband kept sneaking them out of the bag at the baseball tournament we were at over 4th of July weekend.  My youngest son, however loved them as did all of the younger siblings cheering for our team over the weekend.

The final item I used from the box was the facial mask.  I don't get much down time so finding some quiet time to enjoy it was tough.  I've never used a paper mask like this before and it was a little strange.  It is very moisturizing though.  I typically use masks to pull out impurities, not put moisture back in, so it was a nice change.

Friday, July 3, 2015

#BeginwithBen Review

I'm a busy mom of 2 boys who needs something quick, easy, healthy, and tasty to put on the table in between baseball, basketball, piano lessons, drum lessons, and whatever else is going on in our crazy life.

When I got my Nurture Voxbox from Influenster with a coupon for Uncle Ben's, I knew the possibilities were endless.  I grabbed a box of Chicken Rice and made BBQ chicken.  I had made pulled pork in the crockpot the week before an had some left over sauce in the fridge, add some homemade apple sauce and some microwave veggies and we have a decent weeknight meal.

I love Uncle Ben's, it's quick, tastes good, doesn't break the bank, and comes in a wide variety to fill out any meal and any family's needs.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review of Non-Drowsy Dramamine

I've used dramamine for years.  The one drawback is that it always made me sleepy, but it did keep the motion sickness and nausea at bay when it struck.  I always take it with me and deal with the drowsy side effects for the sake of not feeling sick.

When I was young, it was tradition to go to the local theme park Kennywood.  As a kid I rode every ride in the park multiple times without a hint of nausea or motion sickness.  As I got older, things changed and I get carsick sometimes or the rides bother me especially the ones that spin.  Atleast my beloved roller coasters don't usually bother me.  I normally get a little bit of nausea after a ride, but it goes away as I walk around the park or wait in line with my family.

I was happy to receive this product in my Nuture VoxBox, as my oldest son suggested we make our annual pilgrimage to Kennywood this past weekend.  It was a beautiful day and we went for the evening.  I took 2 pills as directed on the box before we left for the park.  I am happy to report that I experienced absolutely no nausea symptoms during our outing to the park.  There were also no drowsy or unwanted side effects, which we all know can sometimes accompany non-drowsy products.  I felt great all afternoon and evening.  This is very exciting for me as I love going to theme parks with my kids but I have to sit out of some rides because they don't make me feel so well.  

We have a vacation later this summer with a long drive, a boat ride, and a theme park planned during that trip.  These will be in my bag this summer with my other must take medication to keep me feeling my best.

This product was provided by Influenster for complimentary testing purposes.  

Ore-Ida Easy Fries review

French Fries are my all time favorite food, with some Heinz Ketchup on the side with a little salt.  Ore-Ida are a favorite from my childhood.  My mom always made them when I was growing up so when I saw the coupon for a free box to try these out in my Influenster Nurture VoxBox I couldn't wait to grab them at the store.

The box is small, but just enough to share with one other person or eat them all and not feel gluttonous.  For a family of 4 I'd suggest 2 boxes.  My kids weren't feeling French fries the night I made these so it was the perfect portion for us. 

I love that they are hot, crispy, and ready out of the microwave in just 4 minutes.  I rarely make fries at home because they take 20 minutes or more and hot dogs only take 5 minutes or less.  Its a little different if I'm making something that takes longer to make or I'm baking something else, but on a night where we have a baseball or basketball game or practice that runs late or some other activity and I need a quick dinner on the table these are perfect.  I will be purchasing these again as well as the other varieties to keep in my freezer.

This product was provided by Influenster for complimentary testing purposes.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Influenster TCLVoxBox

I recently received a TLCVoxBox from Influenster to test some of the products seen in the picture below.  I'm always excited to get a VoxBox and test all of my products.  Overall, I'm very happy with this box.  Keep reading to see what I go and what I think of the products I received.

I received a coupon for a complementary package of Breyers Gelato in the flavor of my choice, I picked Vanilla Caramel.  Breyers Ice Cream is a frequent staple in our house and as an ice cream lover I was excited to try this.  It is creamier than regular ice cream.  If I had to describe it is is like whipped cream and ice cream combined into a frozen treat.  It isn't as hard as traditional ice cream.  This indulgent treat is very rich, and my whole family liked it.  The Gelato had about the same nutritional content as regular ice cream with caramel.  I will definitely try the other flavors, like triple chocolate.

The next item in my box was a bar of Ivory soap.  I use Ivory all the time to clean my makeup brushes and wash my face in addition to regular bath/shower soap.  It is a regular staple in my house.  It is affordable, easy to find, and a brand that I trust.  I love to clean my make-up brushes with it because I can tell when they are clean when I scrub the bristles over the bar of soap.  Since I wash my face with the soap, I know it isn't going to cause irritation.  There are lots of other things you can do with Ivory like making your own detergent and making bath crayons for your kids.

I received a sample pack of Puffs To Go tissues.  I have kids, that means I always need a tissue.  I usually have some napkins or tissues stashed in my bag, but they get dirty or ripped plus they are usually not the best quality.  The packaging is cute, and it is nice that the tissues stay clean in my bag or pocket when I'm on the go at a t-ball game or at the grocery store.  These are strong enough to wipe a runny nose or a dirty face, but soft enough not to irritate the skin.  I've used them to touch up my make up and wipe up spilled juice boxes.  I would definitely purchase these and keep them in my purse or carry them in my pocket.  These are perfect for a busy mom on the go.

Neosporin's Neo To Go is also a must for a bust mom.  I mentioned I have kids earlier, and both of my boys are very active in sports.  One or both of them always has a cut or bruise and I'm not always able to wash out whatever the injury of the day is.  This is the perfect solution.  It is compact and easy to keep in a purse, pocket, or car.  It is much easier to apply to an active kid than neosporin in a tube which I also use frequently.  Add a bandage of your choice and you are good to go and you know you are going to protected and the little ones are going to have some relief.  I'll be keeping this in the first aid kit I keep in my car from now on.

Also in my box was a Shell Fuel Rewards Card.  I wasn't really sure about this one, mainly because I couldn't think of a local Shell Station near where I live.  I went on the website and looked for a station near me and expanded to a 50 mile radius, and my suspicions were confirmed that there isn't a Shell Station within 50 miles of my location.  The program looks great though, you can earn various amounts of cents off of gallons of gas by shopping for groceries, online shopping, eating out, shopping at local retailers via e-coupons, and other promotions with your rewards card.  They have an online and mobile app so you can track your progress.  It would be a great way to earn savings off of your gas, but this isn't a great program for me as I don't have Shell Stations where I live.  The program looks like a great way to save, I'll be keeping a look out for Shell Stations popping up in my area.

The last item in my box was a sample of Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express.  This products is a wrinkle blurring balm that claims to instantly blur wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.  You gently pat it on the skin over your moisturizer or over your makeup.  The product is very creamy and goes on invisibly.  You can't tell you are wearing anything.  The product feels really nice on the skin.  I didn't find it greasy or heavy.  I wore it over my moisturizer, as I don't wear make up everyday.  I am very lucky and don't have many wrinkles yet, but I do have some barely there fine lines on my forehead.  I didn't notice much of a difference when using this product.  I'm not sure if I had more defined wrinkles if that would make a difference.  I'll keep experimenting to see if I can find another use for this product or if I can notice a difference when combined with something else.  My only other caution to new users of this product is read the back of the package for the instructions on how to open the compact.  I did not flip it over and could not figure out how to open it for the life of me.  Eventually I figured out that the lid slides instead of the typical hinged compacts that we are all used to.  Now that I know how to open the box I actually prefer it because it prevents it from opening in your bag and making a mess.  The top is mirrored so you can apply the product with the compact open and use it as a mirror while applying other products with the compact closed which is a bonus.  The compact is quite large though, so it will take up a bit of room in your make up bag, but there is a nice amount of product in the pan.

Update:  I was posting my review on Avon's website, and I read a few other reviews from other users just seconds after posting this.  I found my use for this product.  So I said I don't have wrinkles, but other people said they used this under their eyes.  I do have dark circles and I always look tired, so I said what do I have to lose and I patted this under my eyes and within 5 minutes my eyes looked less puffy and tired.  I still had the darkness that I would normally cover up with concealer for a night out.  Less puffy and tired looking is a win for me.  

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All opinions are my own and all products were provided complementary by Influenster for testing purposes.