Sunday, May 01, 2016

Universal Yums Monthly Box Review


Universal Yums is a monthly subscription box that sends you snacks from all over the world. A different place each month. This is my first month and this is the March 2016 box. (I write my posts about a month ahead of time so that's why this is posted this month. I always have about 30-40 blog posts scheduled at any time) 


There are two box sizes to choose from. The 6 or more snacks or 12 or more snacks. I chose the 6 or more snacks box.  For my box size, it's $13.00 a month. And they sent quite a bit in my box. The other box costs $25.00 a month. 


So I was sent 12 snacks in my box. Candies, cakes, chocolates and popcorn. This months box is from The Philippines. It was interesting to try the different snacks because I've never had any of these things. I'm going to share with you a few of the more interesting things I found and my favorites. 



This was a cookies and cream shortbread. It had a really great cookies and cream taste to it and even had some small pieces of cookie in it. But it had a really strange texture to me. 


As soon as I bit into it, it fell apart like powder. I'm used to shortbread being kind of hard. But this was like condensed cookie powder. It was good and I did eat it. 



This was by far my favorite out of the box. It's a hard coffee flavored candy. Tasted just like coffee and was so so good. 



Ken and I both tried this Pandan Cake. It smelled really good and when I broke it in half to share with Ken....


The cake inside was a light green. It was a bit dry but went well with my tea. It tasted a little like a vanilla cupcake. 

I had fun with this box. It was interesting to try new snacks that I've never had before and Ken even liked a couple of them. 



Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Take On A Strawberry Shortcake


So I really like Strawberry shortcake but I didn't have those little round cakes to make them, but I did have a box of yellow cake mix. So here's what I did. 

Follow the directions on the box of Yellow Cake Mix, bake, cool and cut into serving sizes. 

Top cake portions with a thin layer of Hersheys Chocolate Spread.

Add a spoonful of diced Strawberries and top with whip cream. 

Ken loved it and so did my daughter. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Freebie Friday!


Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding CouponsAMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deal Club.

This week I received:

A pinchme box with a Kashi bar and a cup of Kashi GoLean cereal
A sample pack of Playtex Tampons and pads
Sample pack of Always Pads


And a $5 gift card from Crowdtap

And I turned in points on MyPoints for a $10 Amazon gift card. 


Did you get anything free this week?


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Product Review: Joyoldelf 6 Piece Premium Silicone Kitchen Baking Set


Product Description

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? 
-1 x Turner: 11.4" x 2.8" 
-1 x Spoonula: 10.6" x 2.4" 
-1 x Mixing Spoon: 10.6" x 2.4" 
-1 x Slotted Spoon: 10.6" x 2.4" 
-1 x Ladle: 11" x 3.6" (holds 1/3 cup) 
-1 x Spatula: 11.5" x 2.2" 

OTHER BENEFITS / FEATURES 
-NON-STICK 
-STAIN / ODOR RESISTANT 
-ERGONOMIC DESIGN 
-HYGIENIC One-Piece Spatulas- no place for bacteria to hide 
-HEAT RESISTANT (UP TO 480°F) 



My Review

I've had this set for a while and have used all of the utensils and so far they are exactly what I was looking for. 

I had a set of black plastic spoons and slotted spoons that I'd had to about 5 years. But one by one, they all broke. Either melted and cracked or just got old, brittle and cracked. So I needed a new set of cooking utensils. I've bought a few other silicone cooking utensils but I'm always looking for more spoons. Because when I'm cooking dinner, I want a different spoon or slotted spoon for each dish. So this set really help round what I was needing. Now all of my metal cooking utensils have been boxed up and I only use the silicone ones because they work good and don't scratch my nonstick pans. 

They silicone cooking utensils are not flimsy at all. They have a hard nylon core that makes them very sturdy and easy to use even while stirring thick rice and meat dishes and being able to use a heavy hand on things like friend rice where you have to scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the rice from sticking, these work well for that too. 

And because it's a one piece design, there are no cracks or seams for dirt or small food particles to get into and cause bacteria. If you'd like you buy this set, you can find it here

I give this set 5 out of 5 stars

I received this set at a discount in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Favorite Picture of the Week


About 10 years ago Ken was standing in the alley behind our apartment complex and this black bunny hopped right up to him. He brought the bunny home and we had planned on keeping him but it turned out that our daughter (holding the bunny) was really allergic to him. So we found him a good home with people who had a couple of other bunnies. She really liked him and he loved being held. He was a really friendly bunny. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Target Beauty Box


This was last months Target Beauty Box and in it was...


Hair Food Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner 

Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray 

SinfulColors Professional Nail Color

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask 

Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF 30 Lotion 

nügg Face Mask 

 Juicy Grapefruit Body Lotion 

Caress Adore Forever Body Wash 


I've tried everything and really liked it all with the exception of the Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. I gave that to Ken because he uses hair spray and other sprays in his curly hair. I just put my hair band in and Bam! I'm done. lol 

I had a bottle of Sunscreen in my medicine cabinet and last month when I was doing a cleaning of the medicine cabinet, I opened the bottle and smelled it. It smelled...off. You know that smell when a bottle of lotion is like 10 years old and it just doesn't smell right anymore? Yeah, it had that smell. I think it was about 6 years old and there was just a tiny bit left in it so I threw it away. So I was glad to get a tube of Banana Boat because it smells good and we need a little sunscreen here in Las Vegas if we go out during the summer.

But for just $7.00 for this box, I'm pretty happy with it. 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief* 

"I have no idea what happened to the pillow stuffing. I think it exploded all over our cage." 


*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief* 

"Insert Yogies here." 


*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief* 

"Rattie massage. That's good stuff." 



*Photo courtesy of Poppy's Mischief* 

How am I supposed to eat if I don't sit in the bowl?"

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mexican Sweet Breads




Have you ever had Mexican sweet breads? They are really good. They are dense breads that are good for dunking into milk or tea much like a cookie but it's bread. I've found that if I pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds they soften right up and I like them that way much better. 

The brown ones are called Conchas. That's the only one that I'm sure of their name. They come in different colors, white, brown and pink. There might be other colors but those are the ones I've seen. 

We can usually find these in most of the grocery stores but they only have a limited selection of them. If you want to see a larger selection of them you have to go to a Mexican market. We like doing part of our grocery shopping there anyway because the prices on the meat and the fresh produce is almost half of that in the big chain grocery stores. Plus we find marinated meats for Fajitas and other dishes that we just can't find any other places. 

Have you ever shopped at a Mexican market or tried Mexican sweetbreads?


And yes, I know the sweetbreads aren't good for me but you have to have a little treat now and then. lol 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Favorite Video of the Week



So as you all know, I live in Las Vegas. I went looking for a video on Youtube of what the Vegas Strip looks like at night so I could show you all. I found this really great video of this guy who took video as he walked down the Strip and into some of the Hotels. So if you've never been to Vegas and wondered what it's like...here ya go.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Freebie Friday!


Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding CouponsAMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deal Club.

This week I was able to get...

A baby pacifier
Baby Bite A Brush
A card with a Natural Citrus Odor Eliminator sample on it
Larabar (came free in my last box I ordered from Amazon and says free sample on the back)


I also received a $5 Amazon Gift Card from Crowdtap. 


I also received a box of cereal from Smiley360


And I got one more freebie this week. Hmm I wonder what it could be? The box was so big and heavy that the UPS guy actually brought it inside for me. 


It's an office Chair!
I received this Commodore II Big & Tall Leather Executive Chair free from BzzAgent. This might be one of the best freebies I've ever received. 


Did you get anything free this week?