Monday, July 06, 2015

Happy Raturday!

Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Review: Hamburger Helper Asian Sides: Beef Fried Rice

I like to try new foods when I see them, so when I saw this Hamburger Helper Asian sides Beef Fried Rice, I decided to get a box and try it out. Now I should also state that I have stopped buying the regular Hamburger Helper because most of it tastes really bad to me and my family doesn't like it either. There's really very little that I won't eat or at least try, but there are a few things that I refuse to eat anymore, Liver, Hamburger Helper, Liverwurst, Snails, Raw Fish or anything that smells rotten will never be eaten by me.

I usually make dinner every night for my family and I like to add potatoes, rice, noodles or some sort of side dish to accompany the protein that I make. I remember what it was like to be a single person working all the time and never having time to make a real meal. Eating Tv dinners, frozen chicken or ramen noodles for dinner isn't something I'm likely to do again now that I have a family.

The directions for this rice seemed very simple, brown the beef, add the rice and everything else in the one pan that they call for and let the rice get tender. After that you scrape everything to one side and scramble one egg in the pan and then mix it into the rice. I'm not sure who thought mixing an egg in the same pan was a good idea, it wasn't as easy as they make it seem and it didn't even look all that appetizing on the box. Eggs are for breakfast and not really all that great mixed together with hamburger and rice. I'm not sure what the makers of this rice were thinking at the time they came up with this.

Now I'm pretty easy to please, really. Knowing this was Hamburger Helper I didn't expect it to be gourmet food but I did expect it to at the very least be edible. Unfortunately, I expected too much.

I got a little out after it was done and put it on my plate, I knew right away it wasn't going to be good because of the smell but I decided not to say anything to my husband when I told him dinner was done.

I sat nibbling my food while Ken got his food out and sat down. I watched his face as he took a bite and made a face. He took another bite, I'm guessing just to make sure he tasted what he thought he did and looked over at me, making a face.

The rice and hamburger tasted horrible, a bit like salty vomit and the eggs did absolutely nothing to help this dish. We could not even finish what we had on our plates before getting up and throwing it all in the garbage.

We were still hungry since it was dinner time so I thawed out some pork chops and made them instead.

My conclusion
I will never buy another Hamburger Helper side dish ever again. They have forever left a salty vomit like taste burned into my taste buds and I would rather eat ramen noodles for dinner from now on.

If you are looking for a good side dish for dinner tonight and you see Hamburger Helper on the store shelves. Walk away, very fast and don't look back.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Review: EcoScents 100% All Natural Soy Wax Melts - "Fall Spice Pack"

Product Description
5 Fragrances of Spices you Crave including Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Stick, Hot Cranberry Tea, Harvest and a complete Mystery!
Over 200 hours of Fragrance time per pack!
Soot and Toxin Free!
Cooler melting temperature makes them safe to use around children and pets!

Place one cube in the dish of any Aroma Burner and Enjoy!

My wax warmer.

My Review

I put one of the cubes in my warmer and waited a while and didn't smell a thing. I went over to my warmer thinking maybe it wasn't plugged in but it was and the wax had melted but unless I was right next to the warmer I couldn't smell a thing. I've tried all 5 scents and the same thing happened with all of them. I used two cubes thinking that would put out more scent but it didn't. I wouldn't waste my money again on these since they don't work and have little to no scent when put in a warmer.

I give this 1 star out of 5. 

Friday, July 03, 2015

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.

While I was out because of my broken arm for two weeks, I was sent several boxes of freebies. The first one above is a box of books and author swag that I won in a blog contest from Donna over at In My Humble Opinion

I also won a book and author swag from SOS Aloha blog

I was sent two different Smiley360 kits, the first one is for Emergen ZZzzz

 And the second Smiley360 kit I received was for 2 free boxes of Tazo tea. 

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Review:Quality Creations Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter

Product Description

100% Organic, Vegan and GMO Free. Gluten Free & Soy Free as well. Includes the numerous benefits of Chia, Flax and Hemp Seeds. Great source of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, keeping you healthier. Flavored with cinnamon and vanilla for a tastier treat with no added sugar. Smooth, creamy spread high in protein and fiber. Handcrafted for health and happiness.

My Review

When you first get this product and open it, you might see that the oil has separated from the rest of it. Don't panic, that's quite normal and is easy to remedy. Just take a fork and start mixing it. It's going to be thick in places so you'll need to use some strength to mix this and it might take a few minutes to get it smooth, at least it did for me but it's so worth it. This Almond Butter has such a great taste, like nothing I've ever had before actually. 

I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I have to say that it was sweeter than I'm used to but I really liked the flavor of it. 

I like trying new foods and I'm so glad I had the chance to try this because I know that I'll be trying more of the different flavors of peanut butter and almond butter from this company. I've now tried two different flavors from this company and I've loved both of them. 

If you'd like to buy this product, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: Crushables Air Frehseners

Product Description

An innovative air freshener that creates fresher, healthier air instantly with one CRUSH!
100% Pure Essential Oils directly from the plant - No toxic chemicals; No phthalates; No artificial scent.

Instructions: With the fragrance capsule still inserted in its paper packaging, crush the capsule just once in its center to activate and release its fragrance.

Fresh scents last up to: • 30 days in a gym bag • 1-4 days in a car • 2 weeks in a vacuum bag. Varies by exposure to sun, heat, and air flow.

Proudly Made in the USA - 3 Crushables in each package + 3 Bonus samples, one of each of the other 3 scents.

My Review

This product is great for small spaces that need a little freshening scent. Places like cars, closets, gym bags, bathrooms and even trash cans. You just press the product until it pops and hang it where you want it. It gives off a nice scent without you having to do anything more. If you're looking for an innovative and interesting air freshener, this might be it. 

I like all the scents but the relaxing lavender was probably my favorite. Lavender has always been a favorite scent ad I always feel calm and relaxed when I smell it. I put them n every room in my apartment and they've been hanging in there for 3 days and I can still smell them. These are best when used in smaller spaces like closets and bathrooms I found though. 

If you'd like to buy this product yourself, you an find it here

Disclaimer: I was given a free sample of this product for review purposes. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Raturday!

Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've got permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*

*What your rat would text to you if he had a phone*

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: PacificCoast NutriLabs 1000mg Vitamin C

Product Description

Discover the Vitamin C Connection
When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing disease, Vitamin C plays a huge role. As a water-soluble molecule, it can directly affect free radicals in the body, which are known to advance aging and induce oxidative damage.

Why You Should Take It Everyday
Because we can't store Vitamin C in our body, taking a quality Vitamin C supplement is a no-brainer. It ensures that you're getting the sufficient amount of nutrients you need every day.

It's one of the most essential nutrients you can consume, and integrating it into your diet can offer a bevy of benefits:

• Immunity Booster
• Improves Digestive Health
• Supports Asthma Symptoms

• Firm and Fairer Skin
• Improves Hair Growth
• Healthy Gums and Teeth
• Slow the Signs of Aging

• Manage Your Stress Levels
• Increase Your Energy

Weight Loss: 
• Burn More Calories and Fat
• Aid Muscle Recovery
• Increase Testosterone Levels

It's important to note that the majority of these studies had their subjects consuming 500-1000mg a day of Vitamin C. Thus, our high potency tablets deliver 1000mg in each capsule.

My Review

I've been wanting to try some Vitamin C for a while because it's supposed to help keep you healthy and if I remember what my grandma used to say, it helps prevent colds too or at least boosts your immune system. So I started taking this when I got it and it didn't upset my stomach, it was easy to swallow and I think it might have even helped with the healing of my broken arm or the swollen tissue surrounding it. I haven't had a cold in the past 2 weeks since taking this and I've been around a few people with colds. I feel good and it didn't upset my stomach so I'm happy. 

If you'd like to buy this product, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review: Gwee Racer

Product Description

  The Racer is a cleaning kit that easily fits in any briefcase, desk drawer, handbag, backpack, or carrying case. Always handy when you need to clean your Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, PC, or Macbook

The Gwee Racer goes beyond simply wiping your screen by offering the valuable benefit of antimicrobial cleaning power via Ultra-Fresh™ technology. It effectively fighting the bacteria and fungus that frequently accumulate on plastics and other materials used in smart phones.

 A unique magnetic capability keeps the Gwee Racer™ secure in its holder while the holder conveniently attaches to the back of tablets, or Laptops using a special adhesive. This is an optional feature as the embedded magnets will often hold the Racer and its holder to your screen without using the adhesive. 

 The Gwee Racer™ comes with 3 additional cleaning pads that are also washable. The variety of fun and fashionable colors allows you to match your laptop sleeve, tablet case and desk accessories or simply your personal sense of style.

My Review

The Gwee Racer lets you attach this product to your touch screen so that you can clean the touch screen surfaces of your devices. I used this product to keep my laptop screen dust free and it worked very well for that purpose. I let my husband use this product to clean his touch screen Kindle and he loved how it kept his screen clean.  This product has an Anti-Microbial cleaning pad embedded inside to to give you a great clean on your touch pad surface. 

I liked that this worked on my laptop and got rid of the dust, bacteria and germs. It also has a sticky backing so you can stick this on the laptop or to the back of your ipad and it stays where you put it.  If you'd like to buy this product for yourself, you can find it here

Disclaimer: I was given a free sample of this product for review purposes. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Slowly coming back around

Thank so much for all the well wishes as I've been recooperating with my broken arm. I'm slowly getting back to normal and am following the doctor's instructions on the exercises he's having me do to get better and be able to use my arm faster. I still can't move my shoulder but the pain is getting better. I'm slowly getting back online and will e making my way to visit blogs. I'll be posting a few reviews that I wrote before I broke my arm that are due soon and hope to get back to normal soon. Thanks so much for all the well wishes and for sticking with me.