Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Delicious Seasoned Pecans from Modern Mixology! {review}


Good evening my friends! 
I just got back from a week-long road trip with my husband up to historic Gettysburg for the 155th reenactment of the Gettysburg battle. After all the traveling, I am excited to bring y'all some new review this week and next!

Today I'm featuring Modern Mixology, based out of Virginia! This shop features yummy snacks that are expertly crafted and made with natural ingredients! 

I was sent two different kind of seasoned pecans to test and write about - yum! Who else loves nuts as much as me? 


I got to try the Cinnamon Spiced Pecans, and the Bourbon Pecans. Both are delicious and I love how simple the ingredients are.


Both are definitely sweet in flavor. The Cinnamon Spiced pecans are very true to the name, they taste just like cinnamon and sugar. So yummy and addictive! I had to stop myself from eating the whole bag in one sitting! 
Neither varieties were messy. I can tell they were made in a professional setting. 

The Bourbon pecans give you that little taste of sweetness mixed with a distinctive hint of alcohol. Yes, the bourbon flavor is very noticeable here. Great gift for that person in your life who enjoys a little drink now and then! And I must say, I've never tasted anything like these pecans before. It's a unique experience...bourbon on nuts? Huh? But it definitely works! I'm not even a big fan of bourbon! 


I am excited to see what Modern Mixology will offer in the future. Definitely keep an eye on their page for new items and new flavors coming soon! If they are anywhere as delicious as what I've tasted here, I'll definitely want to try them out! 

I give the Cinnamon Spiced Pecans a 5 out of 5 star rating, and the Bourbon Pecans a 4 out of 5, just because I liked the Cinnamon Spiced Pecans best of all. 

Go visit Modern Mixology today and show them some love! And make sure you tell them I sent ya! Happy Wednesday!

// note: I was sent these items in exchange for my honest opinion. Photography is mine. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Silba Body and Skin Care {review}






Good afternoon lovelies! How was everyone’s weekend? Today I have another awesome product review for you guys, and your skin is going to love it! We are featuring Silba Body and Skin Care today, with all natural facial care products from Silke Bayer, an International Certified Aromatherapist. It’s time to pamper your skin!


I was excited to get to try out the facial care line from Silba Body and Skin Care.  I was sent a sample of each of the following: Lavender/Tea Tree Face Wash, Grapefruit Face Wash, Rose Toner, Rosemary Toner and Lavender/Frankincense Toner, Vanilla Infused Facial Jojoba Oil, Citrus Splash Facial Scrub, Rose Hibiscus Mist, and three different lip balms – lavender/geranium, lemongrass, and peppermint.

Before I go on, I must comment on how professional all of these products looked. The packaging was so pretty and even color coordinated. It was so much fun trying out each of the items! And now here’s my breakdown on each one.


  
Lavender/Tea Tree Face Wash
So, this facial wash smells awesome. The combination of lavender and tea tree works really well. This is a good facial wash if you have dry skin. I know the label says for “all skin types”, but I have oily skin and felt that this was a bit too moisturizing for my own skin type. Of course, my preference in facial washes is to have a wash that leaves my face feeling clean and dry, instead of clean and moist. That might sound kind of silly, since a lot of people struggle with dry skin, but I’m the opposite. Anyways!


Grapefruit Face Wash
Once again, awesome scent on this facial wash.  I love citrus scents so this one really got my interest. It’s similar to the lavender/tea tree wash in consistency, so refer back to my previous statements above. If you have dry skin, you’re going to love this stuff! If you have oily skin like me, you might find it a little too heavy on the moisture.

 

Rose Toner
Have you used a facial toner before? These things are the bomb. I love to use a good facial toner in the morning when I first wake up, or in the evening before bed after showering. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, but also moisturized. The rose toner was designed for “dry/normal/and or sensitive skin.”  I love the scent of rose and this supplied just the right amount of moisture. Definitely a fan! Hubby liked the scent on me, too. *wink*

Rosemary Toner
This toner was described as being best for “oily/acne prone/combination skin.” Of course this was one of the first toners I tried, since I definitely fall into that category. While I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards rosemary as a scent for body products, this toner smells very pleasant. I like the consistency and feel like it compliments my skin type. Another YES, to this toner!

Lavender/Frankincense Toner
Originally I was going to pick a favorite of the three toners, but now that I think about it, I like them all equally in a different way.  They each offer a unique scent and moisturizing quality, and I’ve enjoyed using all three!
The lavender/frankincense toner is definitely awesome, because it’s promoted as being great for all skin types. It’s not heavy on the moisture and it leaves my skin feeling awake and refreshed. It’s almost like the feeling of splashing cold water on your face on a hot day - but with a lovely scent to it, and also additional skin vitality benefits. Can I just say the addition of frankincense made this toner all the more amazing? Definitely another WIN!


Vanilla Infused Jojoba Facial Oil
This facial jojoba oil smells so warm and delicious.  The ingredient list is delightfully simple, too. Just pure jojoba oil infused with vanilla, and vitamin C.  I honestly feel like I’m rewarding my skin with this decadent oil. A small amount goes a long way!


Citrus Splash Facial Scrub
While I love the citrus scent, I wasn’t super hyped about this particular item’s consistency. When I think of a scrub, I think of exfoliating textures that are relatively easy to wash away. This product felt more lotion-like to me than scrub-y. I tested it in the shower while going through my normal routine and felt like it was a little too moisturizing and heavy on the oils to be a facial scrub.   Going back to the whole moisture thing, though, if you have a lot of dryness, your skin would probably love this!
For example, my husband liked this. He tried it and said it felt really moisturizing on his face. His skin gets really dry after being in the sun a lot, so it worked well for him.


Rose Hibiscus Mist
Okay, so this mist was actually one of my favorite things in the whole box! Y’all know I love anything rose scented, and the fact that hibiscus flowers were infused here just made it a whole lot better.  If you want to feel refreshed, spray this mist near your face and enjoy! You can use this mist to set your makeup, too. I love the floral undertones and how easy it is to use this mist. Another win!  


Lip Balms
All three lip balms are the perfect consistency and provide excellent moisture to dry, chapped lips. The scents are not over-bearing at all. They remind me of summer! The lavender/geranium scent is unique, and I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a lip balm with that combination before. Initially you smell the geranium first, but the lavender compliments it nicely.
The peppermint scent is on point – probably my favorite of the three. The lemongrass scent smells just like real lemongrass. Believe me, I would know, I’ve grown lemongrass before.

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Overall, my conclusion is that Silba Body and Skin Care provides a luxurious, all-natural facial care line that is particularly awesome for people with dry to normal skin.
 And as somebody with oily/acne prone skin, I am a big fan of the facial toners, vanilla oil, and facial mist! 

The products in the Silba Body and Skin care facial line will leave your skin feeling hydrated and free of harmful, synthetic chemicals. 
You should try them out today and let me know what you think! 
Be on the watch for their new, upgraded body care line coming soon!




Monday, June 25, 2018

Natural Yoga Mat Spray {review}



Hey guys! Today I have an awesome review featuring a natural yoga mat spray from
 The Box Plant! Fellow yogis, this one is for you!



 I was sent an all-natural yoga mat spray to test and review and I have to say that this one is a first! Even if you don't do yoga, but use those dirty yoga/exercise mats at your local gym - you know how gross they can be and how synthetic and chemical-y the gym cleaner sprays always are! Know what I'm talking about?? 

This is the solution for you, if you can relate to the above scenarios! 


This yoga mat spray includes nothing but natural ingredients that are safe for you, your skin and your mat. It comes in an adorable little bottle with the cutest label!  The scent is pleasant and mild, not overbearing at all. 


I use my mat inside and out, so it gets pretty dirty. This spray is a must-have, whether I'm in the gym or outside going through my own flows!



The ingredients are delightfully simple: organic witch hazel, distilled water, and an essential oil blend. 

After testing this yoga mat spray, I have to say it's got my seal of approval. Before you go use that nasty chemical stuff at the gym, think ahead and bring your own natural spray from The Box Plant! You could even spray a small cloth or towel and bring it with you to wipe down gym equipment and other fitness tools you'll be using, as well. 

Hey, another added bonus for getting yourself one of these natural sprays - you'll get free shipping if you're in the USA! 

Check out The Box Plant today! They also have natural linen sprays, bug repellents, and other essential oil diffuser blends to keep you feeling your best!

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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!
 Facebook  
  Instagram 




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.