Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dell Cove Spices Organic Popcorn, Seasonings & Tea! {review}


Hey guys, we got another cool review today, and this time we are featuring some delicious organic popcorn and spice seasonings (plus some delicious tea) by Dell Cove Spices
 I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for well-made popcorn. And high-quality tea. Y'all feel me?? 


Sooo in this package, I was sent two delicious organic gourmet tea blends and a gourmet popcorn kit. Yum! I was sent a Rose green tea blend and a Mint green tea. 


Both are so flavorful! My favorite though is the Rose green tea. I drink it quite frequently now and love the little hints of rose combined with the green tea leaves. So uplifting and rejuvenating. I'm already a huge fan of green tea, but the rose petals and other ingredients in this tea made it so much better. 

The mint is good, but a little strong for my own preferences. If you love minty foods you will be in love with this tea blend.


So now on to this incredible popcorn kernels and seasonings kit! This set is the bomb. So delicious. My husband and I enjoyed everything in it! 


This set includes 4 varieties of non-gmo kernels and 4 gluten-free spice varieties! 


The popcorn kernel varieties here are Ruby Red, Midnight Blue, Baby White and Rainbow.
My husband and I enjoyed all four. Differentiating between flavors is a little tricky since once they are popped, the only thing we really noticed was difference in size - and even that wasn't too noticeable. All four were delicious! 


The spice varieties here are Vietnamese Cinnamon & Spiced Sugar, Smokey BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, and Sweet Maui Onion. 
My husband and I both agreed that our favorite was the Vietnamese Cinnamon & Spiced Sugar! We love Vietnamese food and this blend actually reminded us of our favorite Vietnamese dish, which is foh. Even though foh is not sweet at all, somehow this blend gave us that little hint of it which made us quite happy. It's true to its name for sure! 

The Smokey BBQ blend is actually on the spicy side, believe it or not. I'm not a big BBQ fan so this one wasn't my fave. It's still yummy though.

The Salt & Vinegar seasoning initially had me turned away because....salt and vinegar on popcorn?? I'd never tried that combo before. Hubby was a little skeptical too initially, but it grew on us both! I like this blend because it wakes up your senses! Salty and sour somehow work really well here. 

The Sweet Maui Onion blend is also quite delicious. Once again, the flavor clash of sweet and salty works really well. I like the taste of onion anyway, so it didn't take anything at all for me to like this one! 

OVERALL, I plan to be supporting this business again soon! I am pretty sure when we run out of the Vietnamese Cinnamon & Sugar we'll be buying more, it's just that good!
I enjoyed getting to review Dell Cove Spices - tasting their yummy popcorn and seasonings was a real treat!

Check them out today and tell them I sent ya! 

Also, be sure to visit them on these social media outlets!
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clean-Eating Baking Mixes by SavvySimple {review}


Good morning amigos!
 It's been a few weeks since I last posted, I know. 
But today we have a special treat - quite literally - a review featuring Savvy Simple, a shop that specializes in all-natural baking mixes! NO artificial flavors, additives or chemicals! You can have your baking mix vegan or lactose free if you choose, as well. 


Who hear loves to eat cake? I'm sure a lot of hands went up! Isn't it nice when you can enjoy baking but rest assured that the ingredients are going to be relatively clean and without all the extra junk? Savvy Simple offers lots of different baking blends and even icing mixes too. The prices are pretty good, too! 


To my excitement, I was sent 3 different baking mixes and 2 different icing mixes! 



I was sent the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake mix, the Carrot Cake mix, and the Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix! As well as the Peanut Butter Frosting and Vanilla Frosting mixes. Yum! It took me a little while to test everything because I generally don't eat sweets except on the weekends. And I travel on the weekends semi frequently, so that doesn't leave a lot of time to bake. 


The first thing I tried was the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake mix, paired with the Peanut Butter Frosting. 


First of all, all fives mixes are super easy to make. You don't have to be a master chef/baker to fix these up! And it doesn't take too much time, either.

This cake is really promising. I love the general flavor of peanut butter combined with chocolate. The icing is delicious and I added some Nutella to give it that chocolate-y color.
My only complaint with this particular mix is that it was a little on the dry side. My family agreed. A simple fix would be to add some sour cream, a pack of instant pudding, or even applesauce etc to moisten it up! 




Next is the Pumpkin Spice muffin mix. I don't actually own any muffin tins right now, so I decided to improvise and make a muffin loaf instead! I made this for when my sister-in-law and her husband came over one weekend, and let me tell you, this stuff got eaten up realllyyyy quick! It's sweet but not too much. I used sweet potato instead because I didn't have pumpkin on hand and it still tasted delicious! I give this one a thumbs-up! 



Alas, for the Carrot Cake mix, I didn't get good pictures of the finished product. Here you can see after I poured the batter into the baking pans. This is definitely my favorite mix of them all. The vanilla icing mix paired perfectly! I made this one for Mothers' Day and my mom LOVED it. So did my brothers and dad, too. ;) It was definitely a hit, and very moist! Sour cream was included on this one and was advised in the add-in ingredient list.

The vanilla icing was perfect to go with this cake! If I wasn't trying to eat clean and sugar-free most of the time, I would have eaten more than I did. Haha!

All the products were very easy to assemble! The ingredients lists are simple, too, which is the best part! They truly fit the name - Savvy SIMPLE! 

You should go check out Savvy Simple if you love baking - and easy baking, at that! Tell them I sent ya!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Dirt Road Chic Soy Candles {review}


Happy Tuesday lovelies! 
Today I am pleased to present to you a review from The Dirt Road Chic a shop that specializes in amazing handcrafted soy candles! The Dirt Road Chic is based out of Michigan and offers small-batch, hand-poured candles that will make your whole house smell incredible!

I got to test two different scents and am positively in love! 


I was sent the Snickerdoodle candle and also the Cucumber Melon candle, and both are delightful! 
The scents are rich and delicious! 


I picked the Snickerdoodle candle and Cucumber Melon because I thought they were two very different scent types so wanted to get a good idea of both kinds! 

Both my husband and I agree that our favorite is Snickerdoodle for sure. It smells soooo darn good and makes us crave homemade cookies! If I wasn't trying to stay away from sugar, I'd be making some snickerdoodles right now just because this candle smells so divine! 

The Cucumber Melon candle smells lovely, too. It is fresh and rejuvenating and makes me think of summer!


You can definitely see and smell the quality in these soy candles! I 100% recommend this shop! 

Go check it out and tell me your favorite scent!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

LittleLuxe Bath & Spa {review}



Happy Friday y'all! Who's ready for another review? Today we have LittleLuxe Bath & Spa, a delightful small business specializing in dozens of quality, natural bath and luxury spa items! 
Now and then you just need to pamper yourself, amiright? What better way than to indulge in some decadent bath salts, sugar scrubs or bath soaks? 

I was sent a collection of bath scrubs/salts and also a sugar lip scrub and the Bird of Paradise bath gift set from LittleLuxe. I absolutely love the photography and aesthetic designs on the LittleLuxe Etsy listings! So pretty! 


This set features a homemade soap and bath salts. The soap has a sweet but almost tangy scent. It definitely has a tropical vibe to it! I love the color scheme! The bath salts have a similar scent but it’s a little different. I love the color of these salts. The scent is sweet and tropical themed, but I am not super fond of it personally. It is starting to wear on me a little more but initially it wasn’t a scent I would pick above others.  Overall, this is definitely a lovely gift set however, and I loved the packaging as well!


Here is a synopsis of all the bath soaks/scrubs I was sent. Visit the LittleLuxe store to see the full collection of bath soaks and scrubs! 

Blueberry Bath Tea Soak
 I love that this bath tea soak has actual dried blueberry pieces in it! It smells very pleasant and sweet, and not overbearing at all. One of my favorites in this collection!

Pink Lemonade Lip Scrub 
This sugar lip scrub tastes so darn good! It tastes just like real pink lemonade. It's very messy to use, but my lips felt so soft and moist afterwards. I am definitely a fan of this flavor! If you check out the link above, you'll see there are dozens of other cool flavors to pick from, too! 

This luxurious bath salt soak will take you to the beach even if it's not quite vacation time! I love the scent, and the dead sea salts will leave your body feeling radiant. 


Vanilla Espresso Natural Body Scrub
Oh my goodness, this sample smelled so good! It makes me want to eat it! This natural body scrub is great for exfoliating the skin, and I’m telling you, it really does smell like espresso with a little hint of warm vanilla. Another favorite!

Fresh Blackberry Body Scrub
Blackberry is not a common scent you see in a lot of beauty products! And this sugar body scrub really nailed the blackberry scent! It is sweet and refreshing. I like it almost as much as the vanilla espresso body scrub! 

Overall, this shop has a lot to offer. They use only natural ingredients, too, which is the best part! 
Go check out LittleLuxe Bath & Spa today if you wanna "treat yo'self" a little! 

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note: I was sent these items in exchange for my honest review. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Exhale Natural Body Care {review}


Good morning! How has your week been going so far? I still can't believe it's Tuesday already. This year is just flying by! Today we have a delightful review from another small business on Etsy!

Please welcome Exhale Body & Birth to the blog today! This shop offers dozens of all-natural products - everything from tinctures and essential oil blends, to soap, lip balm and teas. Exhale focuses on general natural health and wellness, but also specializes in products to help with fertility! 


(Before we get started, have you entered the SPRING GIVEAWAY yet?)

Y'all know I love essential oils. I have made a few tinctures in the past, too. There is so much power you can harness from different herbs when they are kept in a tincture form! Not to mention, they will preserve for a pretty long time in that state. 

So naturally, I was pretty darn excited to get to try out some of the blends from Exhale.
I was sent four different products, and each one I have enjoyed testing! 

Here's what I was sent, and my analysis of each product: 

This alcohol-free tincture is a major blessing and must-have. I don't get many headaches, but when I do, they are terrible. I started getting one over the weekend after doing some inversions in yoga, and took two dropper-fulls of this tincture. In about 20 minutes I was headache free. I also had my husband try it because he said he was getting a headache later that evening. I didn't hear him complaining a bit after that! 

I love the ingredients in this tincture: Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Chamomile, Organic Willow Bark, Organic Valerian Root and Organic Ginger. 

Sometimes even the most energetic person needs a little extra boost, am I right? For the most part, I have a lot of energy - I mean I kinda have to, as a personal trainer and group instructor. My diet and lifestyle keep me pretty awake. But there are times when I wouldn't mind a little extra "awakeness". Haha! This energy-boosting aromatherapy roller has a lovely citrus scent mixed with peppermint. The pink grapefruit and lime essential oils mixed with the peppermint oil will definitely get your mind/spirit feeling sharp and rejuvenated! A little goes a long way! 


"What is Arnica? Well it's a super plant from the sunflower family that helps relieve aches and pains. So if you have a bruise you can't get to heal, you have arthritis pain, some muscle soreness or a headache that just won't go away. All you have to do is roll this on your sore muscles and let it's magical properties start to ease your pain. We have included some organic essential oils in this roller to help ease you into relaxation. These essential oils are also known to help with pain relief."

This is a description on arnica that is on the original Etsy listing. I love this stuff! It's so easy to use, and since I work out frequently any kind of muscle relief is always welcome. I messed up something in my knee doing lotus pose in yoga practice, and have been rubbing this oil on the affected region. It seems to be helping ease some of the pain. 

The ingredients in this muscle rub are:
 Organic Arnica Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Organic Rosemary Essential Oil, Organic Frankincense Essential Oil, Organic Bergamot Essential Oil, Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Organic Clary Sage Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Grass Essential Oil and Organic Lavender Essential Oil.

Ahhh, now this lip balm is the BOMB! Or, the BALM, should I say?! I loved the scent as soon as I got it. It smells like actual strawberries and cream. So sweet and pleasant! The scent is not overwhelming at all. This lip balm leaves your lips soft and moisturized, too - but without all the harmful chemicals of a typical store-bought lip balm! 

Here are the ingredients: (I love how ridiculously simple and natural they are!)
Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax & Strawberry Extract. 

And just saying, this lip balm is only 2 bucks. I mean, Burt's Bees is more than that, and there are way more ingredients, not all are exactly amazing for you, either. So this is a pretty amazing deal. 

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Overall, I am happy to give my 'seal of approval' for Exhale Body and Birth! This shop is awesome, and their products definitely speak for themselves. They aren't overpriced, they are great quality, and just great for you in general! You should check them out today! Tell em' I sent ya! 



Monday, April 23, 2018

Ole Man Cooking Seasonings/Spice Rubs {Review}


Who here likes to cook? Who loves their steaks, burgers and meats? Looking for a way to SPICE up your dinners?
Today we have a cool review featuring the shop Mister Joe Sprinkle and the "Ole Man's Spice Rub" collection. Mister Joe Sprinkle offers several different kinds of delicious spice blends for all your cooking needs! 

Personally, I enjoy making good food. I take pride in being able to prepare a meal that is both healthy and tastes good! I also love my proteins, especially since I'm trying to build lean muscle!

Sometimes when you are cooking beef or chicken it can be challenging to figure out a good seasoning combination. The Ole Man seasonings are just the right way to add a little flavor and kick! 


I was sent a sample of the Award Winning Original Blend seasoning/spice rub, the Diet Blend spice rub, also the Mediterranean Blend and TNT blend


As you can see, the ingredients are pretty simple! Nothing questionable. A lot of seasoning mixes from the regular grocery store include MSG and other bad ingredients. It's good to see that the Ole Man mixes don't do this! Yay!


The Original Blend is really good on steak and hamburgers, in my opinion. My husband and I tried it when we had company over and everybody loved the flavor! We also used a little bit on some sauteed mushrooms and onions, which tasted delicious as well. The TNT blend added a great kick! 




If you are trying to watch out for the extra sugar, the Diet Blend is perfect. It's just like the Original blend but minus the sugar and salt! You can still enjoy the unique Ole Man flavor but without those extra calories! 

The Mediterranean blend is great on chicken. Overall, my husband and I have really been enjoying these seasoning blends! They are a great deal for what you get nutritionally and flavor-wise! Especially with the free shipping!

Go check out Mister Joe Sprinkle today and try out these seasonings for yourself! They have sample sizes too! 



Friday, April 20, 2018

CeCe Naturals Hair Products {reviews}


Are you trying to grow your hair out or increase volume? Been struggling with dull, damaged hair for some time now? You'll be happy to read today's review, then! 
 CeCe Naturals specializes in natural hair growth products to make your mane look gorgeous and healthy! Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, CeCe Naturals has shampoo/conditioner for both curly hair and fine/straight hair. So no matter your hair type, you can enjoy the products! 


I was sent a Restoration Growth Oil, and a Fermented Rice Water shampoo rinse with Fermented Rice Water Conditioning Mask. I have never tried anything with fermented rice water until now, it's such a fascinating concept! 


The Restoration Growth Oil is a great natural conditioner and encourages the growth of roots, and strengthening of follicles. I massaged a few drops into my scalp and then distributed it through the rest of my hair in small portions. I left it in overnight and then washed it out then next day. My hair felt so silky smooth and radiant! 



The Fermented Rice Water Shampoo Rinse  is very thin in consistency since it's a rinse vs. a typical shampoo you'd find at the store. I had to use a little bit more of this since my hair is so long. I used it in the shower and it gave a wonderful lather which was surprising. 


Last we have the Fermented Rice Water Conditioning Mask. Click here to check it out on Etsy! 
If you're looking for a deep conditioner that will nourish your hair and moisturize to the max, this is it. It took me two washes to get it out fully. Serious stuff! I recommend only using a small amount because of how concentrated it is. 


CeCe Naturals has many other awesome hair care products which you should definitely check out! If you have curly hair, there are products specifically for you, too! 
Go show this shop some love and tell em' I sent ya! 

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note: I was sent these products in exchange for my honest review.