Saturday

SuperSeedz Pumpkin Seeds Review

I was so excited to get a great free sample from the SuperSeedz company. They sent me a full size bag of their "Really Naked" gourmet pumpkin seeds. This variety that I sampled is unsalted and the only ingredient is shelled pumpkin seeds. I like this variety because it is pumpkin seeds in their pure form, no seasonings added. 

The other varieties of gourmet pumpkin seeds this company makes are sea salt, cinnamon and sugar, coco joe, tomato italiano, curious curry, somewhat spicy, and super spicy.  


I got a 5oz. bag of these pumpkin seeds and just by looking over the bag I am happily surprised by the nutritional information because I am a big proponent of healthy eating. First of all these are peanut free, tree nut free, gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO. So these would be able to suit a variety of dietary needs.

One serving of these seeds contains 9g of protein. That is my favorite part because I like adding protein to my diet and am always on the lookout for foods with high protein levels.

I also really like the taste of these. Other brands I have tried in the past tasted almost dry or too hard. These are not dry nor too hard, and make a great little snack. They are great on their own, and would also be a good addition to salads, yogurt, granola, and trail mix. 

You can check out more info on these products at superseedz.com

Friday

Perrigo Nutritionals Review

I was very lucky to try out some great products in an amazing gift package from Perrigo Nurtitionals with lots of stuff to test and try out with my family and also a great book called " Say Goodbye to Survival Mode" by Crystal Paine.

About Perrigo Nutritionals

·         Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand

·         Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year

·         Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States

·         Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods

·         Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition






Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!

Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 

* The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and gift pack has been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.

Monday

Tone Bath and Body Wash

Today I reveived a new product to test out from BzzAgent.  Tone® bath and body wash with pink peony and rose oil.  I am looking forward to trying out this product, as I have never tried out Tone® products before.  They also make bath bars and foaming hand wash in addition to their body wash products. Their body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients that include invigorating scents.  I will be posting again after I get to try out this product and I will let you all know how I like it.  They also sent me some great money saving coupons on their products to pass out and share with friends and family.  




Here are the varietes of Tone® body wash:

  • New! Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids


Saturday

Ashley Bridget Magic Collection Bracelet


Today I received a wonderful bracelet I ordered from Ashley Bridget.  This bracelet is called the Wizardry bracelet and it is from the Ashley Bridget Magic Collection.  The description of this bracelet from their website is:

"Magic is all around you, you just have to open your eyes. The Ashley Bridget Wizardry bracelet is a testament to the wild wonders of life.
The Wizardry Bracelet includes 5 bracelets that are fastened together by two steel clamps. It includes a lobster claw clasp and back chain, making it fully adjustable to fit any wrist size."



Currently most of their bracelets and other jewelry are on sale for 60% off, which is a great deal and the savings helped me to purchase this bracelet.  I really love the bracelet and the look of the black and silver combination and I think the bracelet is very unique looking.  I have already gotten a few compliments on it today, and I look forward to purchasing from this company again.  The bracelet is high quality and durable and I know I will be getting a lot of wear out of it.

In addition to Ashley Bridget bracelets they also sell rings and necklaces.  I find all of their products to be quite charming and fashion-forward and high quality. Check them out for yourself while the 60% off sale is still on!  The Ashley Bridget bracelet I got was truly a great deal with the discount.


Friday

Recent Free Samples

Here is some of the recent free samples I received in the mail.  Every week I get lots of free stuff just from signing up for free samples online.  Almost all of this I received from signing up for samples on Free Stuff Times, which is my go-to freebie website and has been for years now.  The site is updated many times a day with the latest free sample offers from many different companies.  




This is about a week's worth of free samples for me.  Sometimes I get more or less, but it is always fun to check the mail and I look forward to it everyday. The recent free sample items I got this week are:

  • (3) $1 off Mt. Olive products and a magnet (I got this for complimenting their products)
  • FREE Mom Made Munchie product coupon
  • Cookie Dough Oreos
  • Sensodine extra whitening toothpaste
  • Suave advanced therapy lotion
  • Bicycle steam punk playing cards
  • Aubrey north woods shave cream
  • DeLallo 2014 calendar with product coupons inside 

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Tuesday

Taco Bell Sauces at Home Review

As a member of BzzAgent I often get to try out and review new products, and also share them with friends and family.  My latest product to sample and share is Taco Bell Sauces at Home.  These are a new line of bottled Taco Bell sauces. You know all of the little sauce packets that Taco Bell always has at their restaurants?  Well of the flavors from the sauce packets now come in glass bottles that you can buy at the grocery store and other retailers.  The four flavors are mild, hot, fire, and verde salsa.  For this Taco Bell Sauces at Home review I have tried out their mild sauce.  


I tried out their mild sauce as a dipping sauce for some cheese pizza that I had for dinner tonight.  The sauce is the perfect viscosity, as it didn't spread out too far on my plate.  The flavor was just the kick needed for my plain cheese pizza.  The flavor was robust, without being overpowering.  It tastes like I would expect taco sauce to taste, and I have a lot of other uses in mind for this product.  


Some other uses for the mild sauce I am planning to try are on enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and as a dipping sauce for breadsticks.  BzzAgent also sent me some money saving coupons for Taco Bell sauce that I will be passing out to friends and family.  I do recommend the Taco Bell mild sauce and plan to purchase it again. I am thinking it will taste really great with Mexican cuisine and look forward to trying it out with other foods.


*I received these products as a BzzAgent, and all of the opinions are my own.






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Friday

Coupons

Every week I contact compainies online via their contact form on their website, and give my feedback on their products and often ask if they have any coupons available to send me.  I usually tell them what I like about their products and tell a personal story/experience I had with their product.  Many companies appreciate the positive feedback and often do mail coupons.  I have been very successful with this and keep up on contacting companies every week.  I often find that the companies send better coupons than you find in the normal coupon inserts in the Sunday paper.  Chobani is a great company to request coupons from and I believe you can do so from them once a month.  They sent me (3) 30 cents off coupons and even included a hand-written thank you letter in response to me contacting them.  Now that is great customer service!  



Okay so if you didn't know how much I love coupons, you will know now..  For Christmas my brother got me this fabulous coupon organizer to store all of my coupons in.  Inside of it there are tons of dividers and pre-made label stickers to put on the dividers with categories like bread, milk, laundry detergent, air fresheners etc., so I can keep everything organized.  This is made from an eco-friendly fabric and was purchased from GlowGirl Fibers.  They make lots of other cool stuff too :)


I don't think a week goes by where I do not use coupons at the grocery store.  It has helped my budget tremendously over the years.  I figure every little bit helps whether it is 50 cents off or a dollar off a product, it sure adds up after a few trips to the store.  I also only use coupons on products I know I will use, and on food I know I will consume.  I don't use coupons, just to use them.. unless I can get the product for free or close to free.  From contacting coupons online I have also found that some companies even send free product coupons, and those are the best!  

Have you had any experiences contacting companies?  What have been your results?



Wednesday

My Disney Side Party Pack

I am working with Disney Parks and MomSelect and received this great DisneySide party pack today all for free in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. I was highly impressed with the contents of the celebration kit and am super excited to share the photos of my kit with all of you! The party pack all came in an amazing brand new piece of American Tourister luggage that is black with red accents, which is mine to keep as a hostess gift. I have never had any type of nice luggage before so this is surely a treat, and I look forward to putting it to use. The luggage I received was jam-packed and over-flowing with goodies when I opened it.  #DisneySide








My party pack consists of:

 * Disney napkins, cups, balloons, plates, tablecloth and banner

 * Disney tattoos and stickers

 * Disney Bingo, trivia, and face painting kits

 * Hp photo card packs

 * Disney Vacation planning DVDs 

* Disney cookie cutters and cupcake wrappers

 * 6 pack of Crasins dried cranberries and coupons

 * American Tourister Luggage

 * Measuring cups and recipe cards from ABC's The Chew

 * Hanes t-shirts and decorating kit

 * Social Media Tools

* Disney Luggage Tag

* Mickey and Minnie art prints

 * and MORE!

I am working with Disney Parks and MomSelect and received free products for my Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday

Taco Bell Sauces at Home Bzz Campaign

As a member of BzzAgent I was selected to try out Taco Bell's new Sauces at Home. They offer the same 4 flavors of sauces that they have available in the little packets at their fast food places, now in bottles. I used to always take extra packets with me when I got food at Taco Bell and stash them in my purse for later because I loved their sauces so much! BzzAgent sent me 2 flaors to try and test out. I received the Mild Sauce and the Fire Sauce. The other 2 kinds available that I did not get to try yet are Verde Salsa and Hot Sauce.


As you can see I have already had a few helpings of the Fire Sauce. I just love hot foods and condiments! I added the fire sauce to my dinner the past few nights. I used it to top my dinner of chili and beans last night, and tonight I used it as a dipping sauce for my dinner of chicken quesadillas. Let me tell you, a little of this stuff goes a long way. It is full of flavor, and you will definitely notice the heat. I have not tried out the mild sauce yet but I am imagining it will be good on many foods. I am planning to use it to top some nachos that I will be making for the upcoming Super Bowl. The sauces come in 7.5 oz bottles and can be found in stores and online. 

*I received these products as a BzzAgent, and all of the opinions are my own.

Friday

Mom's Meet Fresh Express Salad Swap Party

As a member of Moms Meet I was chosen to try out Fresh Express Salad with my group and host a Fresh Express Salad Swap Party. Being a Mom Ambassador I will be receiving vouchers for Fresh Express salads, plus coupons to share with my group. I am very excited for this sampling opportunity because I am into healthy eating and just love salads. Participants in the sampling will get an exclusive first look at the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap. It’s an ingenious way to eat better and feel better in the New Year.
"Craving a cheeseburger or creamy pasta but not loving the calorie count? Fear not, mom! With the help of Fresh Express you can capture the flavors of your favorite foods in lower calorie salads. That’s what the Fresh Express 30 Day Salad Swap is all about: eating smarter, eating better. Feeling better, too. And you’re going to love Fresh Express’ unrivaled selection of fresh salad mixes, complete salad-making Kits with dressings and toppings, and wholesome organic products. Because they’re the just the tools you need to make delicious, nutritious meals for you and your family."
I will be posting more about my Fresh Express sampling and experience when I receive and share the vouchers for the salads. Be on the lookout for a review of their salad kits!