Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ripple Pea Milk - product review

Here I go trying another Ripple product. Based on my last encounter with the Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative, I was not hopeful. That yogurt was gross! I guess I was feeling adventurous or something and thought, why not. I am happy to report the the Ripple Nutritious Pea Milk was better. It still wasn't absolutely delicious, but much better. I tried the chocolate flavor milk. I can't speak for how the regular milk would taste.

So, here are my pros and cons of the product. Pro: It smells good when you open it, just like chocolate milk should. It doesn't have a strange color cause it is brown from the cocoa. I think the regular milk is a strange light brown color. It has a really smooth and silky texture. Basically the same texture as regular chocolate milk that you would buy premixed at the store. For the most part it tastes good. It has great nutrition. And now the Cons: There is still a bit of pea aftertaste. That is just really hard to get past for me. It isn't cheap. Overall, for someone who follows a vegan diet or someone who is lactose intolerant, this could be a good alternative for them if they like chocolate milk.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Anything For Your Pet - product review

*Disclaimer: I received products for free in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed are completely mine.

Thanks to Kroger's MyMagazineSharingNetwork I received some free products for my cats. I received1;

  • ONE (1) Free Meow Mix® Simple Servings™, 2 pk., 2.6 oz.
  • ONE (1) Free Coupon for Purina® Friskies® Party Mix® Gravy-licious Cat Treats
  • ONE (1) Free Coupon for Purina ONE® True Instinct Cat Food

So, let's just go down the list and I'll share my thoughts on it. First, the Meow Mix Simple Servings. I thought I would try these out when I was trying to get the cats to stay in one place while I applied their flea medication, they aren't fans of getting the med. My plan however failed. They didn't seem to care about the food at all. Usually they only get soft cat food as a treat, so I assumed they would be all about it. Guess not. I left it unattended for a minute though and the dog got it. She thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Second, the Purina Friskies Party Mix Gravy-licious Cat Treats, these are ok. Just another typical cat treat, nothing special. My cats like these and will eat them. 

Last, the Purina One True Instinct Cat Food, this is great. There are several things to like about this cat food. It is grain free, no fillers, made in the USA, and my cats loved it. I have tried other grain free cat foods in the past and they have not been fans, They are this one right up. I would definitely consider buying this cat food for them more often. 

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dr. Praegers Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers -- product review

*Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are completely mine though.

Unlike the last product that I reviewed for the MyMagazineSharingNetwork (Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative -- bad, just bad), Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Chipotle Pollock Burgers were super yummy. I was skeptical before I even tried this product. It seems like, for myself at least, frozen seafood product can be a hit or a miss. I like fish and I am trying to eat more of it on a regular basis because it is so good for you. I have tried some other fish "burgers" in the past though and have been disappointed in them. So, when I tried these, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact I scarfed down my whole burger, and not just because I was hungry. It was that good!

Now, I haven't tried any of the other products from Dr. Praeger's, so I can't tell you they are all good. But, based on the Black Bean Chipolte Burgers I would be more than willing to try more of the products. They have other good things going for them besides the great taste though, such as: sustainably caught fish, several gluten free products, good for you ingredients, individual packaging for the burgers, and the list goes on. I would highly recommend Dr. Praeger's products.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ripple -- product review

*Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed are all mine.

Thanks to the MyMagazine Sharing Network I have had the opportunity to try and review a lot of great product. And then there was this one. This product review is for Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative. This may be my first not so positive review.

Fist off, I love Greek yogurt. I eat it often. Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative is a little different though. Here is a quick overview of the product. It is dairy free (great for people with dairy issues), it has plant based protein (vegan friendly), gluten free, and has the same benefits of Greek yogurt. Those things are all great if you need that in your diet. I however do not require any of those.

Here is the down side (in my opinion at least.) The taste is terrible. Pea protein is the main plant based protein that is used, and you can taste it. This tasted like peas mixed with yogurt. It was not good at all and it let a very unpleasant aftertaste. I tried both the vanilla and strawberry flavor and could not eat a whole container of either one. I tried several bites of the vanilla and just one of the strawberry. I just could not get past the taste.  Ripple is a no-go for me.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Daring to Hope -- book review

Daring to Hope is the second book from Katie Davis Majors. Her first book was Kisses from Katie. I listened to her first book as an audio book. It was so good. Kisses from Katie is basically her story or moving to Uganda and following God's calling for her. If you haven't read that book then I would recommend it. It isn't necessary to read it before reading Daring to Hope, but it will give you more of an understanding of her story and how she ended up where she is. As much as I like Katie's first book, I do think this one even better. 

Daring to Hope is more of Katie's story and also the stories of those that have come into her like. It is stories and love, hope, and faith. It is also stories of pain, heartbreak, and deep hurt. Daring to Hope is open and honest. Katie has allowed herself to raw and deep in such a beautiful way. While reading you get a sense of her deep faith and devotion to God and where her hope comes from in the midst of her everyday life, no matter what that day brings. 

This book could be enjoyed by a wide range of audience. I think both men and women would enjoy 
it. I also think that a wide range of age groups would enjoy this book. This is something that I would have enjoyed reading in my later teens and I also think my Grandma, who is 93, would enjoy reading it. Over and over while reading Katie's words I would think, "This is perfect for someone who has or is going through deep hurt or loss." For myself, I lost a good family friend very suddenly and unexpectedly recently. I was reading this book during that time and there were so many words and lines that brought me comfort. So, for myself, thank you to Katie for sharing her hope. 

Lastly, this is my final book review for Blogging for Books. They have chosen to shut down the program. I have enjoyed writing these reviews for them, it was fun while it lasted. 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MTN DEW ICE -- product review

*Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliated links. I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are completely mine.

First of all, these days I do not drink very much pop. For the most part I have cut it out of my daily diet. I will occasionally have a pop when I am really craving it, when I get fast food and it comes with the meal, or when there is really good root beer involved. Secondly, I very very rarely drink MTN DEW. Now, back in the day, I was a regular, multiple times a day pop consumer. And this included just about any kind of pop.

Through Kroger's MyMagazine Sharing Network I received the opportunity to try the new MTN DEW ICE. So, I received my free sample and I did drink the whole bottle of it.
So, here is what I thought about it. Initially, I liked the taste of it. It was a crisp lemon lime flavor, much like most other citrus type sodas. Cool, crisp, and refreshing just as it should be. It does have the added bonus of caffeine (a signature of MTN DEW.) Most other citus sodas do not contain caffeine. So, it you want that extra boost, but like lemon lime pop, this is a good choice. Here is what I didn't like about it, the aftertaste. To me the aftertaste was very artificial or chemically. I'm not sure if I noticed this because I don't usually drink MTN DEW at all or because this is just how it tastes. Overall, I think if MTN DEW is your thing then give the new MT DEW ICE a try.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Kroger's New Spa Line, Facial Masks -- product review

Kroger has a new line of spa products out. As a member of the MyMagazineSharingNetwork, I was given a free sample of the facial sheet masks and under-eye care product to try. I like beauty products and don't get to pamper my self with things like face masks as much as I would like to, so I was all up to try these out.
I have now tried two of the products. First, was the Brighten Under Eye Care. These were easy to use. Just two little patches that you place under the eye area and leave on for 20 minutes. When done, peel off and pat in any leftover liquid. They felt a bit weird, but not too bad. Let's be honest, as a mom of a toddler who still doesn't sleep through the night, I can use some under eye care. I don't know that these made a huge difference, but the area under my eyes was a bit brighter or shinier after using the product. I would possibly try these again.

Next, I tried the Deep Clean Facial Sheet Mask. This was my first time using a mask like this. It was an interesting experience. I don't really know that I would be up for using another one of these. First of all it was cold on the face. That may have been nice in the summer, but in the winter, no, Second, it just felt awkward on the face. You are suppose to leave it on for 20 minutes. I lasted maybe 15, and was done. Third, I looked like something from a scary movie. Seriously. Good thing my toddler was still sleeping when I tried this out.
I don't think my skin felt any cleaner when I was done. It does fell smooth and moisturized though, that is good. Overall, not sure the facial sheet mask is for me. I think some people would enjoy it though. They are inexpensive, so it is worth a try.

There are other products available in Kroger's New Spa Line as well. I think I would really enjoy some of the other products, like the Epson salt bath soaks, or the relaxing lotion. Those sound really nice to me. I'll pass on the facial sheet mask though. #KrogerSpaLine #MyMagazineSharing