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Try It Tuesday: Daily Goodie Box #freebies @dailygoodiebox #TryItTuesday #review

I was excited to be chosen to receive a Goodie box and once received, I was not disappointed. There was a nice mix of products for me to try. I also liked that the portion sizes are bigger than other sample boxes.

For March’s edition of Try It Tuesday, I decided to give my honest opinions of the products that I tried.

Here are some of the products in my February box:

JustChill – Stress Relief Drinks 

I had the ginger flavored drink. I do not usually like zero calorie drinks because I don’t like sugar substitutes. I liked this because it had a strong ginger flavor which I think helped to mask any of the possible after taste of the sweetener. It was definitely refreshing. I believe this is best served cold and is a great alternative to ginger ale. I recommend it and would buy this again.

Vermont Smoke & Cure – Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork Sticks 

These are pretty tasty and full of flavor. I think these make a good snack.

Nature’s Bakery – Raspberry Fig Bars 

The pack came with two fig bars that are just a little bit thicker and wider than the fig bars your grandmother might be used to eating. While I could not taste the raspberry flavor, I did think these were delicious. I ate these as my breakfast one morning and was surprised how filling they were. These are so-o-o-o much better than another well-known national brand that I will not name.

Jack N’ Jill – Natural Toothpaste 

I cannot remember using kiddie toothpaste when I was little. I am so used to using regular toothpaste that the first time I tried this, it seemed like it was not strong enough to clean my teeth. I realized that I was not accustomed to natural toothpastes and decided to keep using it. For example, I had to remember it was not going to foam up in my mouth because that chemical was not present in natural toothpastes. A foamy mouth is one of those things that I have always come to associate with “clean” feeling. Once I got over my initial hang ups, I started to enjoy the qualities of the product. This is a very mild teeth cleanser. Because it is all natural, I think definitely would use this for my children’s teeth.

Nellie’s All-Natural – Laundry Soda Packs 

I could look at the packaging and imagined that this would be a quality product. I was not disappointed. These laundry packs cleaned my clothes like they I figured they would. I like the fact that this is a natural product. All natural does not mean I have to walk around with dingy clothes. Great stuff!!!

Coffee Blocks – Butter Coffee 

I have heard so many good things about bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter) that when I saw this, I was excited. I do not usually drink coffee. Regular coffee makes me sleepy. I was hesitant to try this because of that fact. I tried it one morning…I. Was. Hooked. I followed the directions and it was too strong at first. Instead of 12 ounces of water, I used 16. It was still strong but not so bitter I could not drink it. I added a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it. I drank it at 9am. At 6PM, I felt like I was still hyped up from that cup of coffee. I had so much energy. By the end of the day, I was tired and went to sleep with no problem. RECOMMEND!!!!! I already told my bulletproof coffee loving friends that they have to buy this.

Aloha – Daily Good Greens 

This is my least favorite product of the box because I am not a fan of protein powder shake mixes. And the only chocolate I like is milk chocolate. I mixed this packet with water because I do not like milk. I don’t know if that affected the flavor. I can say that Aloha brand was better than most, but I probably won’t be buying this flavor. Overall, it did not taste like minerals and vitamins. I think I could drink the vanilla flavor mixed in juice or a smoothie with no problem. I do like the fact that it is full of a lot of good, healthy ingredients. It would make a great addition to anyone’s healthy regimen.

Gorilly Goods Coast

This is was so delicious. Ingredients include organic cashews, organic raisins, organic coconut nectar, organic coconut, organic curry, sea salt, and organic cayenne. I have never had a curry flavored snack and was curious how it would taste. I loved it. Great balance of flavors. I ate it slowly because the small package was almost 200 calories! But the flavor made it worth it. I savored every morsel.

TOW Final Word: Overall, I am glad to have been introduced to these neat products that I am now adding to my regular shopping list! Let me say again that I am in love with Gorilly Goods cashew nuts and the Coffee Blocks!!!!

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Try It Tuesday Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme #TeaTime #tryittuesday

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I have been remiss in regularly sharing my product reviews as part of my Try It TUESDAY meme. I hope to do better in 2017.

Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme 

I am not usually an Earl Grey tea drinker, but it was so good that I had to share.

I cannot tell you what temperature I brew my tea but the water is close to boiling. I have a kettle that heats the water to boiling and then turns off. I doubt the water loses too much heat in the time it takes for me make my cup of tea.

They called this Earl Grey Supreme because it is a mix of for black teas, Silvertips, and Bergamot.

About the company: In 1970 John Harney, Master Tea Blender, embarked on a mission to share his love for tea. Harney & Son Tea selection offers over 200 varieties of the highest quality leaves. The Harvey family personally sources their tea from the most reputable, established estates and garden throughout Asia and India.

Why do I  ❤ love ❤ this tea? It is full of flavor and richness with a hint of citrus. Usually, I flavor my steeped black tea with a little cream and sugar. This tea has a natural sweetness so that I did not feel like it needed any sugar.

TOW Final Word: Buy or Pass
BUY! I have come to realize that this is an excellent quality tea in comparison to earl grey varieties by other brands. If you are a tea connoisseur, you will definitely enjoy this tea. If you like the occasional black tea, you cannot go wrong with having this in the pantry.

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Best phone case EVER!!! #EYN #walletcase #tryITtuesday #iphonecase #iPhone6plus

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It has been a while since I have talked about a product that I love for you to try.

In an effort to revive my Try It Tuesday meme, I am going to talk about my favorite phone case.

E-Y-N = Everything you need

EYN Products  makes the best phone case ever. I have had different cases for my iPhone and I always come back to this brand. I can hold my phone, 2 cards, and my ID. Plus there is a nifty little mirror.

I discovered this company when I bought a case for my iPhone 5 off of Groupon. My first case was a light blue in color. While I love the functionality of this phone case, I do not recommend purchasing in a light color because if you are OCD like me once it starts to get dirty, you are going to want to buy a new case.

When I upgraded to 6Plus, the first thing I did was get another EYN case. This time, I bought it on Amazon.

Thank you PRIME free shipping!

When people first see my case, they ask if it is one of those external batteries that people sometimes have on their phones. When I tell them it is my phone case, they are pleasantly surprised.

While this is my favorite phone case, I have two complaints:

(1) I can’t use the phone jack with my aux cord in my car. My ear phones are Bluetooth, so that’s is not much of an issue. I have to take off the bottom part of the case too use the aux cord.

(2) One of my power charging cords does not stay plugged in because the space surrounding the charging port is narrow. It fits Apple charger cord but not some after market charger cords. Again, not a deal breaker, but a mild annoyance.

TOW final word: Buy, Borrow, Pass
BUY. This will be the last case you will want because it has everything.

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Try It Tuesday #tryittuesday #yogurt #breakfast #siggis

tryitTuesdaySiggi’s yogurt

This month for Try It Tuesday, I decided to tell you about Siggi’s yogurt. I admit that I bought this yogurt because of the stylish packaging. ***I am a marketer’s dream<3*** As I read the label to see what was made Siggi’s yogurt from other yogurts, I realized that I never had an Icelandic style cream yogurt and thought that would be good to try in case I liked it.

It caught my eye, BUT the regular price (I think regular price was $1.75) was more than I wanted to pay for a cup of yogurt. When I saw it on sale last week at my local grocer, I decided that it was time for me try.


I chose the coconut flavor because I like coconut yogurt in my usual brand and the granola I usually put in my yogurt goes well with coconut flavored yogurt.

The number of calories in Siggi’s are much higher than what I usually expect when eating yogurt. In reading the package, the company said that they do not use as much sugar as other yogurts brands. I thought this would be a good thing because sometimes I think that yogurts are too sweet. I like sugar and honey as sweeteners but do not like stevia, sucrolose or aspartame.

After tasting this yogurt, I thought

  • I needed to add honey because it was not sweet enough.
  • I could not taste the coconut flavor, tasted like plain yogurt (not even hints of vanilla).
  • It was thicker than Greek yogurt and very creamy.

TOW Opinion: If you are looking for a yogurt that has a lot protein and very little sugar, then you will like this flavor of Siggi’s. To me, I would prefer buying plain Greek yogurt since I still need to add sweetener to it. When I eat yogurt with granola and fruit, I want my entire cup to be 200 calories or less. I would rather sacrifice a little bit of the creaminess for a sweetener like honey. However, if the prices were the same, I might opt for the plain Siggi’s (about 80 calories) which is similar to plain Greek yogurt but a lot creamier.

Chef It Up #tryitTuesday #greenwoodsc #uptowngreenwood

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For my Try It Tuesday feature this month, I want to focus on a new business venture from my favorite local restaurant Montague’s called Chef it Up.

The concept is very simple: they prepare ingredients for you to take home and cook a delicious gourmet meal. The majority of the recipe’s ingredients are in the bag and already measured, chopped, and diced, ready for you to sauté in the saucepan. You may need some pantry items like butter, flour, or vegetable oil.

On their website (www.chefitupgreenwood.com) they say:

Our meal recipes are created by chefs, feature local meats and produce, and are ready to cook right out of the bag. We take the guesswork out of cooking and put the fun and enjoyment back in.

I am well known among my friends for my lack of cooking ability. I love to bake, but cooking, no so much. While I can follow directions for a recipe, cooking is not something that I have a passion to do. Thankfully, the hubs likes to cook more than I do.

However, the concept of having everything prepped already intrigued me enough to purchase Chef It Up bag meal chicken piccata from the Uptown Market last Saturday. In addition to having all of the ingredients already prepped, inside the bag was a recipe card and a QR code for a how-to video.

On Sunday afternoon, I set out my ingredients, got out two saucepans, and turned on the stove to begin cooking. I didn’t watch the video first, but the recipe card was very easy to follow.

Seasoning the chicken

 

Cooked chicken in the orange glaze and almonds


This was delicious!!! I was so surprised, mainly because I have little confidence in my own cooking ability. It was quick and easy to prepare. Being able to cook this AND it turned out like the picture gave my self esteem a boost.

Should you try? Yes!!! This is a great option when you want something a little fancy but don’t feel like trying to buy all the special ingredients to make that happen.

For someone who does not like to cook, I definitely am going to do this again. Signing up for their weekly newsletter will let me know what meal options are available in the coming week. I might even suggest to the hubs that I need to have a regular monthly cooking night.