Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blogger Opp and Review/Seventh Generation Eco-Friendly ; Small Bottle ~ Big Clean

Certain soaps irritate my skin so I really like Seventh Generation's Free & Clear laundry detergent because it is clinically proven to be hypoallergenic. It is made without dyes, synthetic fragrances or optical brighteners.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear 4X Concentrated Natural Laundry Detergent has the most eco-friendly container I have used in my laundry room too. It is made out of recycled fiber and can be composted or recycled. I have not yet entered the composting world but this also makes it lighter than standard containers. The fact that the soap is concentrated also helps.
 I lined it up next to a bottle of another product that contained comparable loads.
Seventh Generation = 50 ounces    Other Product = 100 ounces 

Which one would you rather haul home from the store? My laundry area is tiny so it is nice to have  extra room in there. Much easier for pouring too.

I am a member of a panel called Generation Good by Seventh Generation. Check it out!

 I received free samples to try and a coupon form Smiley360 and Seventh Generation.

Monday, April 18, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil System Brought My Curls to Life

Lets get bouncy! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I want to describe L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Every Day Care Regimen. Of course the great coconut scent comes to mind also. I feel like I am pampering my hair when I use this product. My hair is really more manageable now and it is much easier to comb through.
 The system is really easy - just use the shampoo, conditioner and top it off with the Re-Nourish Mask. One of the suggested uses for the mask was to put it on for 20 minutes BEFORE you shampoo and condition and I think I liked the results even better.
The mask is creamy but not too thick and I like that it comes in a jar.

The containers are practical and pretty and I really like that the words conditioner and shampoo are large enough to see in the shower. I may finally have found the right hair system for me!

I received free products from Crowdtap to sample and review - all opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sahale Snacks ~ An Adventure in Flavor :D

I adored trying out Sahale Snacks. The quality of the ingredients is impressive. Being able to recognize all the ingredients as natural food is rare.

As a breakfast bar kind of person the Sahale Bars really appealed to me. I love the convenience of bars - no utensils, no cooking. All bars are not created equal and Sahale Bars are in a class of their own. Even the names sound better ~ like Salted Caramel Apple Pecan Layered Nut Bar. Or Almond Vanilla Latte Layered Nut What surprised me more with this sampling venture was that I preferred the Sahale Grab and Go Snacks even better than the bars. Especially the Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews Glazed Mix. Sturdy packaging keeps the product fresh and portable. As a bit of a nibbler (meaning I like to eat a little bit at a time) these are really handy as I can just have a few bites then clip the bag til I want more. They are also great in hot cereal - skip the sugar just toss a few spoonfuls of these lovelies in for a great flavor boost.

We took a few Sahale Bars on a recent excursion to Fernbank Museum of Natural History so we could enjoy the adventure without getting hungry and they slipped nicely into my jacket pocket. We had some fun with Sahale Bars at an exhibit too.
I think he wants my Sahale Bars!

Sahale Magic!
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I received products for testing purposes from crowdtap.com. All opinions are my own.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Stuff I Like Coffee Drink Featuring Almond Breeze

As a Blue Diamond tastemaker I get to come up with original ways to use Almond Breeze so this month I decided to make a coffee drink. I love coffee drinks and sometimes they are just way too sweet and have so much stuff going on it's ridiculous. This is a really simple drink to make and not too sweet made with stuff I like. A healthier alternative to many of the coffee drinks out there.

4 oz Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk
2 oz prepared espresso (I used instant and let it cool off)
2 oz Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
Put ice in glass and 4 ounces Almond Breeze Original Almondmilk, add 2 ounces espresso than two ounces of Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk, stir and enjoy!

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" This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk."
 I received free products.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Ore-Ida Chili Totchos For Two

Inspired by a contest and created by me. Fun, simple and tasty Ore-Ida Tater Tots recipe!
This was part of my JingleVoxBox adventure. Ask me how to join Influenster :)

I received a coupon for Ore-Ida Tater Tots from Influenstervox / Influenster and my mission was to create my own version of Ore-Ida Totchos. 
For more delicious recipes visit Kraft Recipes Totchos Hub

Chili Ore-Ida Totchos For Two Recipe
1/2 bag Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Tater Tots
1/2 15 oz can of chili 
1/2 cup of shredded cheese (I used a Colby and Monterey Jack mix)
4 oz diced green pepper
4 oz diced tomato

Prepare tots according to package directions. Heat chili while Oreida tots are cooking and chop green pepper and tomato. I used one Roma tomato. Remove tots from oven and set oven to broil. Pour chili over tots and top with shredded cheese. Toss on the veggies. Broil for 3-4 minutes.
Optional garnishes: sour cream, hot sauce

Easily adapts for larger servings! 

I received this product complimentary from Influenster.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Holiday Fun with Blue Diamond Almonds

For our family holiday festivities I took one container of Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds and a container of Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds. We had a lot of fun taking pictures with Mom's nutcrackers and the Blue Diamond Almonds. Laughing, snacking and being together is what the holidays are all about!

My snack hack for this post is to put slices of brownie on a pretty plate (or plates) and arrange or toss on some Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds. This way you can control the nuts to brownie ratio and how much brownie you are actually eating. All about balancing :D I found myself reaching for more almonds after I took this picture!


Actually my niece Abby - our family baker - tried using a silicone pan for the brownies and they stuck in the middle so it really is a snack hack. Have you ever used a silicone pan?

"This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds"
I am a Blue Diamond Tastemaker and received samples. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Make and Bake Cashewmilk French Toast ~ Almond Breeze Style

All the baked French Toast recipes I kept seeing required letting the dish sit in the fridge overnight. I devised my own that you make, bake and then you can eat. One bowl, one dish and everybody gets to eat it while it is hot. 

Also check out the link at the bottom for a great chance to win a Kitchen Prize Pack from Blue Diamond Almond Breeze! Imagine the Blendabilities ...

6 slices Texas Toast or other thick bread torn or sliced into bite sized pieces
5 eggs
2 cups Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend (I used unsweetened)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup maple syrup or commercial syrup product
*optional - sprinkle some brown sugar over the top before you bake for a nice sweet crusty top!


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease 9 x 13 glass baking dish.  Pour about 1/2 cup of syrup in the bottom of the casserole dish.  Layer torn bread on top of the syrup.  In a large bowl beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon.  Pour egg mixture evenly over bread in casserole dish and press bread down to make sure it's completely soaked.  Drizzle remaining syrup over top. Bake for 30-40 minutes until casserole is puffed up and golden brown on top.  Remove from oven.
 Optional :
 Drizzle with syrup (if you really love syrup)
 Dollop with preserves - this was pretty good, I used strawberry
 Top with Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds - I really liked the added crunch and fruity flavor!

Who said you can't have fun with your food. Any other fun topping ideas?

Leftovers with Blue Diamond Blueberry Almonds

The bonuses of using Almond Breeze Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend are plentiful such as you have more vitamins and less fat than with regular milk. Also this is a dairy free and vegan product so it is great for those with special dietary needs!

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. Enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Kitchen Prize Pack, get great savings and ideas for delicious Blendabilities at AlmondBreezeBlendabilities.com.  
Contest ends January 4, 2016. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tazo Chai #SweetMeetsSpicy Coupon and Review

Tazo Chai is a great little tea bag for black tea lovers. It is a subtle blend of powerful flavors subtly combined to produce a refined finish. Generally I drink everything plain (black tea, ginger tea) however this is a nice blend to add to my cupboard. I am new to chai tea and this is making me a fan. There are lots of different flavors.

Admittedly I am a caffeine fiend and I love having a whole new variety of products to explore with Tazo Chai . Especially the Tazo Chai cartons which give you the convenience of cafe style drinks you make at home! I think the Tazo Chai Organic Latte carton is my favorite mix although I have not been able to find all the flavors on my local store's shelves.

That is why I am happy to share a coupon and store locator link TAZO .

They have decaffeinated flavors also :D
I received a free sample to review. Thanks Smiley360!