Monday, September 26, 2016

Spice Things Up this Fall with Bueno Foods!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

New Mexico-based company, Bueno Foods, is celebrating their 65th Anniversary!  They are famous for their green chiles. However, they launched a line of products called Buenatural recently and we are excited to share these products with y'all this fall!

 

We got to try several Bueno Foods products...Here is a little info on each:

Organic Non GMO Wheat Tortillas
Organic and Non GMO Project Certified, these tortillas have an authentic homemade flavor. No artifical additives or preservatives. Aluminum free baking powder. Per serving: 0g trans fat; 0mg cholesterol; 0g saturated fat. 

Natural Blue Corn Tortillas
These natural corn tortillas are made with 100% pure nixtamal cooked and steeped slowly for maximum flavor and function, then stone ground. No refined corn flour. No artificial additives or preservatives. 3 simple ingredients: blue corn, water, lime. 

Hatch Autumn Roast Chile
New Mexico Certified Chile™ guaranteed to be grown in the fertile Hatch River Valley and roasted to perfection at our premium level roast, deeply caramelizing the natural sugars in the chile, giving it a robust, wholesome flavor like New Mexicans have enjoyed for generations.

We decided to use the Blue Corn Tortillas and the Hatch Autumn Roast Chiles in one of our favorite green chile dinners, Green Chile Casserole. 


Take this yummy casserole, we layer corn tortillas with "taco" spiced meat, green chiles, cheddar cheese and cream of mushroom soup.


Bake until browned on top and voila:


A hearty meal the whole family loves!  The tastes are perfect for fall:)  We didn't use all of the chiles, so B threw them in the food processor with some tomato and onion to make a lovely salsa as well:


The Whole Wheat Tortillas were great multi-purpose tortillas, my favorite use was for breakfast tacos!



We loved our Bueno Foods products and can't wait to try even more of them!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crazy Cups September Flavor: Caramel Pecan Cluster

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

As an ambassador for Crazy Cups, I get to review a different flavor of single serve coffee cups each month.  The flavor for September is Caramel Pecan Cluster:


Crazy Cups are single serve cups that contain 13 grams of coffee in each cup for a flavorful cup of coffee.  They are compatible with all Keurig K Cups® Pods brewers and other single serve machines as well.   We use an iCoffee brewer and they fit perfectly.  Crazy Cups are gluten-free, nut-free, and contain no calories.  The cups use cool-peel-recycle technology, making them recyclable after use.  We peel ours back once they're cool, toss the grounds into our compost bin and recycle the cups, easy peasy and eco-friendly.

Flavor description:
Treat yourself to the sensuous flavors of toasted pecans and sweet caramel goodness, and watch your cares melt away.

Our thoughts:
Caramel Pecan Cluster surprised us!  We were expecting something over-the-top sweet and it definitely wasn't.  B is our resident coffee drinker and he really enjoyed it.  It proved to be a tasty wake-up cup with the perfect balance of caramel and pecan flavors and a smooth finish.  Thumbs up from us!




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Loved + Blessed: An Encouraging Faith-Based Subscription Service September Edition

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We recently had the chance to review the September box from Loved + Blessed:


Loved + Blessed is a Christian faith-based subscription box service that delivers a box of encouragement right to your door each month.


Each box revolves around a central theme and comes with a mini poster, a sticker, a purse-sized scripture card and a gift.

The theme for the September box was Confidence:


The scripture card this month featured Psalm 139: 13-14 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made your works are wonderful, I know that full well."


There was also a duplicate set of theme and scripture cards to share with a friend.


The special gift for September was a bag with a bold black and white print to remind you that it's okay to stand out and be yourself: 


I definitely think there is room for Loved + Blessed in the subscription box market and I love that their mission is to deliver encouraging products that support a fantastic message!  

If that wasn't enough, Loved + Blessed gives a portion of the proceeds of each box sold to Union Rescue Mission, a charity that offers hope and healing to the homeless.  What an amazing cause!

At just $10 per month you can get your Loved + Blessed box or gift someone else with this monthly dose of encouragement today!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Time4Learning Online Education Program for PreK-12th Grade

Stay tuned for our review post in October!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Parragon Books September Picks: Space, Dinosaurs and Puzzle Adventures!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Parragon is one of the largest illustrated non-fiction publishers in the world. From great selections of Disney, Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Discovery Kids, Dora, TMNT, Sponge Bob to in-house favorites including Little Learners, Pinkabella, Dino Supersaurus, Glitterbelle, Life Canvas, Love Food and more, they make books affordable and accessible to readers all around the globe.  They also feature several fun book kits for all ages.

This month, our favorite books from Parragon include themes on Space, Dinosaurs and Puzzles:


First up, the Factivity Space 4-IN-1 Activity Pack


Take a journey through space and learn all about the universe with this awesome 4-in-1 activity pack! This awesome pack comes with an Incredible Space activity book, a double-sided poster to color, a 54-piece puzzle you can color when you are finished and four double-sided coloring pencils.


Professor Murphy's Brain-Busting Puzzles & Riddles


A fantastically fiendish collection of over 150 brain-teasing puzzles and riddles from the one and only Professor Murphy! Features an elastic closure to keep the book safe. Answer key included.


Craft Factory Dinosaur Adventure


Step back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth in this Craft Factory stencil activity. Simply grab a piece of paper and place it between the handy drawing surface and a stencil page. Then trace and color to add your own art to these dinosaur scenes!


My kiddos loved each and everyone of these fun goodies from Parragon!  Their very favorite was the Dinosaur Stencil Kit.  They had a great time creating fun dino scenes:

  


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Start the School Year Off on the Right Foot with Gold Toe Socks!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Socks are always a must-have on our back-to-school list!  Our favorite socks come from Gold Toe.  Gold Toe socks are super comfy and always feel great on.  They have a superior sock range for the whole family!

Both kiddos got to try out some of the latest sock fashions from Gold Toe this back-to-school season: 


For sporty girls: GIRLS 6 + 1 LINER BONUS
-Featuring EZ Match - The number of gold rings on the toes tell the size!
-Spandex for a perfect fit
-The toes are reinforced for longer wear and durability
-This season's FUN colors
-Limited Time ONLY!  Bonus Pack!


For athletic boys: 6 PAIR COLOR BLOCK LINER
-EZ Match® from Gold Toe makes matching up kids' socks EZ as 1-2-3. The number of gold rings on the toe tells the size.
-New FUN colors
-Spandex for perfect fit®
-Reinforced toes for long lasting durability


Both kiddos are LOVING their new Gold Toe socks!  These socks let them make a fashion statement while keeping their feet comfy all day long no matter what they get into:)

Check out Gold Toe's socks for the whole family!

Gold Toe can be found at retailers nationwide such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenny and Amazon, as well as, goldtoe.com

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Get Back to School with Products that are Made to Matter- Handpicked by Target!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**


In order to help us all get back into the swing of a new school year, Target has started the Made To Matter-Handpicked By Target initiative that includes 10+ innovative, sustainable products available as a part of this curated wellness program.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the awesome brands and their fantastic, time-saving, budget-wise, Earth-friendly products, all of which can be found at Target!

Tom's of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste, $4.99 and Men's Naturally Dry Antiperspirant Deodorant, $4.49


Justin's Peanut Butter + Banana Chips Snack Packs, $1.99 and Annie's Pea B&J Pockets, $3.45/box (not pictured)


The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm, $12.95 and Orange Hand Sanitizer Spray, $2.98
Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion, $7.29


Bitsy's Brainfood Smart Crackers, $3.99, Nature's Path EnviroKidz Granola Bars, $4.99/6 bars and Happy Family Organics Super Smart Pouches, $1.60


Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner, $3.99, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs, $12.99 and Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Hand Gel Handwash, $3.49


Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters


Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner, $10.99 each, Pacifica DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara, $15.99 and Yes To Coconut Paper Mask, $2.99


To be included in the Made To Matter program, these brands must adhere to the following guidelines before hitting the shelves at your Target store:

-Reduced waste and packaging which meets the rising consumer demand for eco-friendly products that limit waste.
-Closed loop systems, which utilize a production system where the excess of one process or product is used to make another product.
-Clean label products that are made without additives and harsh chemicals.
-Dietary and allergen restrictions that accommodate the growing commonality of specialized diets and food allergies.
-Reduced sugar—plain and simple!

Look for these brands next time you are at Target:



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.