RXBAR protein bars

I was introduced to the RXBAR brand by being a member of Crowdtap (www.crowdtap.com). I was chosen to sample the bars and give my honest opinion and review the products. The sample kit I received contained coupons for a free box of rxbars, a box of rxbar kids, several $2.00 off coupons and a sample bar of each rxbars kids flavor. Which are Berry Blast, Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon Raisin.

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I love the simple, kid and parent friendly look of these bars. The main ingredients are clearly printed on the package and the bright colors and fun smiley fruit/chocolate gives them a kid-approved look. I imagined these to be like granola-type bars I had tried before but these bars have a totally unique look, taste and texture. Its more of a chewy bar but not sticky to hold. The berry blast ended up being the favorite flavor of both of my children, one said it tasted like a fruit roll-up. (I have 2 boys ages 11 and 14) At first, the look of the bars did make them somewhat hesitant to try them, but once they tasted the bars they were hooked. They both liked he chocolate one alright and neither cared for the apple cinnamon, but to be fair that’s just not a flavor that either one of them care for in any product. I ended up eating the rest of that bar and really enjoyed it. I also used my free box coupon to purchase another box of the berry flavored kids bars and I chose peanut butter as my other box. I really liked it. It was almost like biting into a chewy  & crunchy peanut butter candy bar. Think, snickers minus the chocolate, but healthier.

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When I went to go redeem my coupons I was curious where I could buy the bars. I used the store locator on their site which pulled up Meijer and Kroger. While both of those stores had individual bars for sale they did not have whole boxes. I finally was given a tip to look at Target and sure enough they had a large selection of RXbars. They are about average to maybe a little higher than the cost of some other bars but I think they are worth it knowing that what I’m feeding to my kids and trying to do a better job at clean eating. I’m kind of regretting not picking up those blueberry ones as well. May have to on my next trip.

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I can not get over how simple the ingredients are in these bars…no mono..suco..dexto (my made up artificial ingredient word)…junk. All words I recognize, can pronounce and know are good for me and my family. Most bars contain 130-210 calories and a large amount of protein. (The berry blast kids contains 7g protein).  They contain no gluten, dairy or added sugar but are made in a plant that produces peanuts, tree nuts, milk and soy so be aware of that if you are looking for allergy friendly products.

I think these bars are great for a quick breakfast, an on the go snack, a pre or post workout nutrition bar or an after-school snack that is wholesome and filling. They would be a great addition to a kids school lunch box as well.  I really enjoyed trying out these bars and can’t wait to try even more flavors.

  • I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.
  • All opinions are 100% my own

 

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pacs

I was send this full size bag of Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus dishwasher pacs for being a member of the Generation Good community (Check it out on http://www.seventhgeneration.com) My first impression was that the packaging was clean and bright and easy to read, the packaging gives lots of information and shows the powerful action of the pacs. With its resealable packaging, you don’t have to worry about them spilling out or little ones getting into them. (although, obviously, kids are smart so don’t let your ninja babies get into them, I’m sure its possible)

The pacs are filled with a powder detergent that is white on one side and blue on the other, a mix of enzymes and oxygen bleach to get your dishes the ultimate clean.

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The pacs have a light citrus scent that is clean and refreshing but not overly strong. The scent has no synthetic fragrances and is a USDA certified bio-based product, so it’s au-natural!

Now on to the best part….does it work. In short, YES!! I have a major issue with my glass cups looking foggy or spotty after being through the dishwasher, but I noticed with this detergent I noticed clearer glass and no more water spots!! I have 2 kids that don’t believe in rinsing out anything but God love them sometimes I do bribe them into loading the dishwasher so a lot of times we end up washing dishes a second time because there is food still stuck on a plate or in a bowl.  However, when I have used these pacs I have not had any issues with stuck on food. I believe the emzymes in this product really work at losening and removing stuck on food. I am spending less time rewashing or rinsing out dishes after they have been through the dishwasher.

The bag I received contains 18 pacs that easily fit in the detergent dispenser of the dishwasher. I love that there is no mess from spilling liquid or powder detergent and no measuring or guessing how much to use.

I will be using this product from now on because it is more natural and healthier for my family and its Da-Bomb at getting my dishes clean the first time. So go get ya some, yo! (sorry for my bad slang, but I’m a mom.) *I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Advil PM

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Advil PM is a nighttime sleep-aid that also relieves pain and contains 200mg ibuprofen. I have not been sleeping well for a while now. I could fall asleep easily but would often wake up several times throughout the night. Sometimes for just a few minutes but often for a few hours. I didn’t think it was affecting me too much but I could tell as time went on it was harder and harder to get through the day without being absolutely exhausted. Once receiving my sample of Advil PM I decided to give it a try. I have used other sleep-aids in the past and while I slept well, the next day I felt like I was in a fog or moving slowly.

Happily Advil PM did not give me this feeling. I took it around 8:30pm- was asleep by 9:30pm and woke up at 6:00am without feeling groggy and had more energy throughout the day and felt I could focus more since I had had a good nights sleep.  The pills themselves were small and easy to swallow. They did not need to be taken with food an were coated so they did not have a chalky taste. If you are having trouble sleeping I would give Advil PM a try. It was enough to let me get a good restful nights sleep without giving me that zombie feeling the next day.

 

 

Viva Labs probiotics

20160814_110758.jpgViva Labs advanced bioactive probiotics contain 25 billion CFU. The bottle contains 50 vegetarian capsules. Warning that this is not a child proof bottle and should be kept in a cool dry area away from children. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health and digestive system. Probiotics contain a good bacteria that helps your gut and digestive system stay healthy. Probiotics are also good in preventing colds and allergies. Since using the probiotics I have noticed a slight decrease in my allergies, especially my dry, itchy eyes. The capsules can be taken 1-2 times a day with or without food. I have been taking mine once a day in the morning with a glass of water, since I have been using them for a while now with no issues, I may begin taking a second capsule per day. I did not notice any problems or upset stomach while taking them without food. The probiotics also contain a BioXtend technology which prevents the pill from disintegrating too early in the stomach ensuring that the probiotics release in the GI tract where you want them to be. Viva Labs offers a great product at a great price. If you are looking to begin taking probiotics, these are perfect for you. * I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Night Cream

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 night cream contains hexinol technology. This is an anti-aging compound that targets 5 signs of aging: discoloration, sagging, moisture loss, dull skin tone and wrinkles. As I start to get older I have noticed signs of all of these problems so I was fascinated by a product that would help with all of these issues. I tried the night cream after washing my face at night and liked that once you applied it it was really light and airy and didn’t feel thick or sticky. It goes on clear and dries quickly so its not like you are wearing a mask or have to keep your face from touching the pillow at night.

I have been using the night cream for just over a week now. While the product says women started to notice results in about 4 weeks, I can already tell somewhat of a difference in just over 8 days, mostly in the feel of my skin. It feels so much softer and smoother. I feel like my skin looks brighter and more moisturized. You can apply the night cream alone or under your favorite moisturizer. I love that this night cream is working while I sleep.

Loving the results so far. I will post before and after pictures after 4 weeks.

  • I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Freschetta Gluten Free Pizza

I tried the 4-cheese Freschetta gluten free pizza. There is also a pepperoni choice. The first thing I noticed in the store was that it was easy to find and with the other frozen pizzas, the box made the pizza look very appealing. The price was much higher than a regular frozen pizza ($9.99 at the store I went to) but if you are comparing it to other gluten free pizzas it is about equal in price, if not a little lower. I loved that it was clearly marked gluten free so easy shopping. Its even certified by the Celiac Support Association.

The pizza serves approx. 4 people so it is the perfect size. There is also a single serve option as well, perfect if you are just needing pizza for 1. I wasn’t sure how my family would react to eating the gluten free pizza, so I didn’t tell them at first. We have had gluten free items in the past- cupcakes and some crackers and they were just awful and so dry. So I didn’t tell my kids there was anything different about the pizza and I was surprised that not only did they eat it but my kids and husband all commented that they really liked the pizza and the crust especially. It had a thin crust but it no way tasted like it was what I consider to have that”gluten free” taste in terms of being dry or not tasting good. If you love a thin crust pizza, you will love this pizza!

There was a good amount of cheese. The sauce had a great taste and wasn’t too thick. We actually all loved the light crust crust and would definitely get it again. Easy to make and very filling. The cook time and temperature is the same as any other frozen pizza product. Freschetta can be found in most major grocery stores and also comes in non-gluten free varieties.

I care for a young man who had Celiac disease and his favorite food is pizza, and I know how frustrating it can be for him to not be able to eat foods he likes.  I can’t wait to let him try this. I hope in the near future that we will begin to see many more gluten free products and at the same price as other food.  Way to go Freschetta for making a gluten free product that taste so good!!GFPizzaGFPizza1GFPizza2* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Jergens wet skin moisturizer

Jergens wet skin moisturizer is amazing. I wasn’t sure what to think since I had never tried a product like this before. I applied immediately after showering before drying off. It felt very smooth and silky without being too watery. It was super easy to apply and my skin felt immediately moisturized. It was not thick or sticky and you can towel off immediately after applying without removing the moisturizer. It absorbed quickly and my skin felt silky smooth even hours after my shower. My skin felt less itchy and dry and looked more soft, moisturized and had a nice glow.

I’ve been using it for about a week now and I can really feel and see a difference in my skins moisture. My skin used to look dull, dry and scaly, and now it is brighter, has more of a glow and doesn’t have that tight itchy feeling.

Jergens wet skin moisturizer can be found at most major retailers, groceries, drug stores, etc. It is a good value and completely worth it! 20160802_153648* I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Viva Organic Whole Grain Quinoa

Viva Naturals Organic Quinoa is delicious. It is pre-washed, Gluten-Free, vegan, non GMO, whole grain and USDA certified organic. This quinoa had a great flavor and texture. There are so many ways use use quinoa, it is very versatile. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook, so it is great for when you need a quick meal.

I use it a lot like you would use rice. It can be flavored just about any way you can imagine, I have put soy sauce on it with beef and broccoli to make a Chinese inspired dish to sweetening it with brown sugar to eat like oatmeal. Each serving (1/4 cup dry), contains 165 calories, 3g fat, no saturated, trans fat or cholesterol, only 2mg of sodium, 30g carbs, and 3g fiber. Its also a great source of protein at 6g per serving and 12% of your daily iron. The whole container serves about 19 and is resealable. My family and I use this as a staple in a lot of our quick, go to meals.

It comes in a resealable bag so you do not have to use it all at once. This 2lb. bag goes quite a long way.

 

* I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.Quinoa

(This is not my photo, I borrowed this from Amazon)

BIC Velocity Mechanical Pencils

BiC Velocity mechanical pencils are the highest quality mechanical pencils I have tried. Most mechanical pencils are cheaply made and the lead breaks easily, but this is not the case with these pencils at ll. they have a smooth, dark writing, a very durable eraser with plastic cap. The lead erases easily but does not smear. I found that I could press down more with these pencils where I was afraid to with other mechanical pencils for fear of them breaking so the writing was darker and easier to read.

They are #2 pencils with a 0.7mm lead so they are still a great option for taking to school or use on tests, They have a comfortable grooved grip that makes holding and using the pencil very comfortable. They come in fun colors. An an extra 12 leads and 5 erasers are included. The tip is retractable so you don’t have to worry about breaking off the tip when not in use. These are a really great value and can be found at many major retailers.
I know my kids aren’t super excited about going back to school but they are excited that they get these fun colorful pencils to use. My kids have used them to write and draw and really love using them because they don’t seem to break as easily and there is just something more fun about using a mechanical pencil. I love that they are not constantly having to sharpen their pencil and I’m sure their teachers will be too!

* I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.bicvelocity.jpg

Blize Tec mosquito & insect repellent bracelet

Blize Tec Luminous Silicon mosquito & insect repellent bracelets come in a resealable pack containing 5 bracelets in various colors. Mine came with pink, red, green, blue and yellow. The bracelets are a silicon material so they easily stretch to wear on a wrist or ankle. I will say that I am somewhat petite and it did fit on my ankle okay, but was a little tight, so if you have larger legs or wrists, the size may be somewhat of an issue. I think it would fit but may be uncomfortable or tight. while it may not be quite as effective, if you were hiking or biking you could also attach this to a bag or somewhere on the bike to help with bites.

The resealable bag allows you to use the bracelets and then store them for several days. Each bracelet contains  30% citronella oil, which is a pure natural oil and does not contain Deet. which lasts approximately 5 to 7 days. The bracelets will loose effectiveness in the vicinity of perfume and alcohol.

Where I live has been very humid and we have had lots of rain this summer so it is a perfect place for mosquitoes to live and breed. We have been getting a ton of bites when outdoors especially in the evening hours. So to really put this to the test my son and I each wore a bracelet and went on an evening walk. He wore his on his arm and I wore mine on my ankle since that seems to be where I get bit most. He is 10 and the bracelet was a little loose, but not too loose to fall off or be an issue. We walked about about 45 mins. and came home and neither of us got bit while on our walk. The next day I mowed our back yard which usually results in me being bit a lot. I try to use regular bug spray, but it is irritating when you sweat, stinks and feels sticky, and seems to run off. While the bracelet does have a light citronella smell, it is not near as strong smelling as a spray. I couldn’t smell it at all while wearing it. Only when I sniffed the bracelet to see if it has a smell did I notice it.

These would be great for biking, camping, hiking, any outdoor activity, especially for kids who hate the smell and feel of traditional bug spray.

These bracelets are also luminous, so they are great for using at night.  while they are not going to provide much light, they are good for keeping up with each other when camping or hiking and fun for the kids as well.

These can be purchased on Amazon or the Blize Tec website for around $12.99

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  • please excuse ugly foot photo 😉

* I received this product for a discounted price in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.