Friday, January 15, 2021

#HealthyStart - Quality Products That Can Help Reduce Anxiety from CBD Living!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to CBD Living for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

CBD products are all the rage right now, but sometimes it's hard to tell the good stuff from the junk.  We love getting to try out a variety of CBD products so that we can share what works with y'all.  Our most recent win in the CBD arena is CBD Living.  They offer an extensive line of products in an assortment of edibles, tinctures, teas, drinks, topicals and more.  Their products are made using the most up-to-date and comprehensive technology there is available on all things CBD and how it works best.  CBD Living wants their customers to have access to safe, effective products that are worth every penny!  We got to try out a few of their best selling products: 


CBD Calming Gummies

Available strengths:
100 mg (10 mg - 10 ct.)
300 mg (10 mg - 30 ct.)

These gummies are a pretty tasty way to get your CBD. The assorted flavors are Cherry, Pineapple, Apple, Orange and Lemon and each gummy contains 10 mg of Broad Spectrum Nano CBD, along with 10 calories and just 1 gram of sugar.

CBD Calming Tincture

Available strengths:
100 mg (.15 oz) Travel Spray
100 mg (.5 oz)
300 mg (1 oz.)
750 mg (1 oz.)
1500 mg (1 oz.)
4500 mg (2 oz.)
10,000 mg (2 oz.)

Tinctures are a super easy way to get your CBD.  You can drip a few drops under your tongue or mixed in with food or drinks. 

CBD Loose Leaf Tea

If a cup of tea is part of your relaxing routine, CBD tea can be a great option! CBD Living offers five mouthwatering flavors and combines 250 mg of organic nano CBD with the highest-quality organic tea leaves and can be served hot or cold.  This particular blend has quickly become one of our favorite teas and has a lovely aroma and flavor.  

CBD Living has several proprietary methods of producing high quality products that can get the benefits of CBD delivered to your body quickly and efficiently.  Their products are made from non-GMO ingredients and are THC-free.  They use only 100% organic hemp sourced from state-licensed farms in Oregon and Colorado and their products are made in the USA.

If you are interested in trying CBD products for a healthier lifestyle, CBD Living is a great place to start! 



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, January 14, 2021

#HealthyStart - Yummy Gluten-Free and Fiber-Rich Snacks from Flax4Life! + Giveaway

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Flax4Life for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We are always looking for ways to add nutritional value to our snacks and Flax4Life helps us do just that without sacrificing flavor!


Flax4Life products are certified gluten-free an packed with fiber, protein and Omega 3s and they are crazy overloaded with sugars.  They still taste amazing though and the single-size packages make it easy to snack well on-the-go! 


Flax4Life muffins are hearty and filling and come in great flavors like Chunky Chocolate Chip, Wild Blueberry and Carrot Raisin.


They are packed with fruit or chocolate as well as a plenty of fiber and protein to keep your sweet tooth and your hunger satisfied.  They make a fantastic grab-and-go breakfast or a filling snack.


Flax4Life also offers up a great selection of decadent brownies with all of the taste and none of the guilt!


It's easy to treat yourself to a nutritious and delicious snack or dessert when they are packed full of rich, fudgy chocolate flavor and loaded with Omega 3s, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.  With mouth watering flavors like Mint Chocolate, Dark Cherry, Cappuccino and Toasted Coconut, your tastebuds will thank you!


We think Flax4Life muffins and brownies make a fantastic better-for-you snack and love that they come in flavors that the whole family enjoys! 



Flax4Life has generously offered up an awesome snack box of muffins and brownies just like the one featured in this post to 2 lucky readers!  Enter to win below:







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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

#HealthyStart - Books to Jump Start Healthy Habits from Quarto!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Quarto Group for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Today we have a great selection of books that will help you start the new year off with some new, healthy habits thanks to Quarto!


Last year was a doozy and hopefully 2021 will be a little calmer.  These books are sure to bring that spark you need to get motivated to start some healthy habits and get to living a happier, healthier lifestyle for years to come!


Looking to get more organized and calm the chaos?  We love:

The Holistic Guide to Decluttering
Organize and Transform Your Space, Time, and Mind

Join author Michele Vig, the founder of Neat Little Nest, on an interactive journey to learn how to clean out and organize the key areas of your life! Declutter your home, calendar, and mind to find real, lasting change.

Our lives are busier than ever before, leaving us burned out…and leaving our homes cluttered. The Holistic Guide to Decluttering shows how three core components—physical, time, and mental clutter—are intricately linked and how focusing on one area alone is not likely to bring the peace our souls desire. Including step-by-step tutorials, reflection tools, and worksheets, this book gives practical ways to learn the “how to” of holistically decluttering and organizing so you can begin to feel the freedom that comes from organizing:
  • You'll explore your attachment to things and are given practical ways to successfully go about decluttering and organizing your home. Find inspiration through success stories and beautiful photos showcasing how organizational systems can both simplify and offer a daily delight.
  • Learn (or re-learn!) how precious and finite time is. Although it is fleeting, you will be empowered to start owning your time. You will learn ways to make positive changes to help plan, prioritize, and make the most of your hours, days, weeks, months, and years.
  • Above all else, the mind is the most powerful force for an organized life. Only by decluttering your mind can you begin to grow and create lasting change.
By bringing these components together, you will see how decluttering can reach far beyond a simple closet cleaning. If you take the proper steps to clear your clutter with intention, you can find a deeper emotional release and sustainable transformation.


Want to teach yourself and your family how bringing joy to others can be really fulfilling?  Check out:

Be Kind
A Year of Kindness, One Week at a Time

Produced in partnership with the nonprofit organization kindness.org, Be Kind emboldens you to try an act of kindness every week for a year, benefiting others and yourself while deepening connections in your community.

Each of the 52 weeks of kindness includes a dose of inspiration (a story about when a small act of kindness, an authentic personal gratitude letter that had a big impact, a Q&A, or a quote from a notable thinker); a fascinating statistic or fact about kindness that has been researched by Kindlab, the research arm of kindness.org (e.g. Kindness improves the well-being of both the giver and the receiver.); and a suggestion for an act of kindness to do in one of the following areas:
Kindness toward those around you (service workers, colleagues, neighbors)
Kindness to self
Kindness with kids
Kindness as a group
Kindness to the environment
Cyber-kindness
Fully illustrated, engaging, and inspiring, Be Kind will have you changing not only yourself and your communities, but also the world, one week at a time.


Need some motivation to get those creative juices flowing?  Try:

Conscious Creativity: The Workbook
experiment, explore, create

Drawing on the success of her breakout book Conscious Creativity, artist Philippa Stanton dares you to throw away technique and open the door to free creative movement with this hands-on workbook.

Acknowledging the power of chance and experimentation, this is a safe space in which to scribble, sketch, tear, scratch, fold, weave – anything that Philippa’s playful prompts inspire you to do. There are no rules here: choose an activity at the back of the book or start at the beginning; pick an exercise on light and shadow, paint your own colour chart or build a collage of found items, whatever makes your creative juices flow.

Packed with simple suggestions to open our eyes to the beauty of ordinary things, this workbook draws on themes including randomness, colour, texture and the senses to encourage us to connect with things we might not normally notice. Breathtaking original photography acts as a catalyst to inspire us to take a chance with new ideas, follow up coincidences and find new ways of expressing our creativity.

Conscious Creativity: The Workbook is a liberating place to be random, get things wrong and make a beautiful mess.


Looking to learn about how scent can boost mood and enhance the atmosphere of your home?  How about:

The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy
An Illustrated guide to blending essential oils and crafting remedies for body, mind, and spirit

Written by two of the leading voices in aromatherapy, Amy Galper and Jade Shutes, The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy is a progressive, comprehensive approach to using aromatherapy and essential oils for healing and wellness.

Essentials oils have been used across all world cultures for thousands of years. While the popularity of aromatherapy has endured, the methods and applications of the craft have evolved. The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy is the modern practitioner's guide to working with aromatherapy and essential oils.

Using techniques developed over decades of teaching, you will learn the science of aromatherapy and how essentials oils interact with our sense of smell, brain pathways, and skin. The guide also includes over 50 plant profiles, plus recipes and blends for health and beauty. Included are remedies for digestive health, immunity, women's health concerns, and more, such as Hand & Body Wash for Flu Recovery, Self-Love Botanical Perfume, and Tummy Massage Oil for Indigestion.

Drawing on the authors' unique methodology and expertise as aromatherapists, herbalists, and healers, you will learn the art of blending formulations with great skill and discernment.

The Ultimate Guide to… series offers comprehensive beginner’s guides to discovering a range of mind, body, spirit topics, including tarot, divination, crystal grids, numerology, witchcraft, chakras, and more. Filled with beautiful illustrations and designed to give easy access to the information you’re looking for, each of these references provides simple-to-follow expert guidance as you learn and master your practice.


These books can get help you make 2021 a little better and brighter than last year and really, who couldn't use that?  Check out Quarto for a great selection of really awesome books to help you find peace and joy all year long!



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.

ABCD Diaries' 2021 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 

The holiday for love is upon us and we are gathering our favorite gift ideas for the whole family to celebrate Valentine's Day 2021!  From gifts to goodies, we will be putting the whole list here for easy reference.  As we find these awesome products, we'll be adding them to this post along with pictures and a link to our review of the product.  This listing will be updated daily, so check back often to learn about some really fun products to show the ones you love how much you care this Valentine's Day!

Have a product you'd like featured in our gift guide?  Contact me at christinbanda (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gifts for Adults

Cococlectic

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Plum Deluxe Tea

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Chariteas

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Shinesty

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Sunnyland Farms

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DEFY CBD

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Popilicious

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Theo Chocolates

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Pink Pineapple - Melissa's Produce

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Buddha Tea

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HEPP'S Salt 

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RylieCakes Cookbook

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Gifts for Kids

The OP Games

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Blue Dot Press Kids Books

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

#HealthyStart - Indulge with Stevia-Sweetened Lily's Chocolate Bars!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Lily's for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We love chocolate around here!  A good bar of chocolate can be such an indulgent treat, but with Lily's you can have all of the delicious, rich flavor with none of the guilt!  That's because Lily's chocolates are sweetened with Stevia, not refined sugars!


Lily's chocolates are sourced from Non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients harvested with Fair Trade practices, so you know every decadent bite is better for you, better for the earth and better for the farmer.

If you haven't tried subbing Stevia for sugar, you should.  Stevia is a plant and sweetens perfectly without having to add refined sugars or artificial sweeteners to your treats.  Way healthier than your run of the mill sugars and sugar substitutes and tasty too, Lily's proves that!

So treat yourself with a yummy bar of Lily's chocolate.  You deserve it!




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.

#HealthyStart - Brainiac Kids Applesauce is Supercharged With the Good Stuff!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Brainiac Kids for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

If you find it tricky to get your kiddos to eat healthy, Brainiac Kids can help!  They supercharge great tasting applesauce pouches with lots of good stuff that your kids won't even know is there!


These ready-to-go pouches are made with seasonal, non-GMO, and 100% US grown apples. Each pouch also includes meaningful amounts of critical brain fueling nutrients like Omega-3 DHA/EPA and choline. 


They come in yummy flavors like Apple, Cinnamon and Strawberry and require no refrigeration making them great for at home or on the go!


Brainiac Kids applesauce has no artificial flavors or added sugars and they taste pretty great.  Both of our brainiacs approved!


Brainiac Kids applesauce makes it easy to give your kiddos a more complete amount of vitamins and minerals whether you have picky eaters or not.  Nutritious and delicious, these applesauce pouches are one of our new favorite better-for-you snacks!




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, January 11, 2021

#HealthyStart - Detoxify Your Pits with Aluminum-Free Deodorant from WildRoot!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to WildRoot for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We are so over beauty products that contain toxins like aluminum which is why we were super stoked to get to try WildRoot, an all natural line of deodorants:
 

If you are looking to kick start your new year by eliminating harmful chemicals from your beauty routine, WildRoot is the deodorant for you!  It is aluminum-free, paraben-free and contain zero chemical fragrances!  WildRoot uses simple ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, mango butter, tapioca starch, baking soda and arrowroot powder to create deodorants that actually work to keep underarm odors at bay!  Plus, thanks to pure essential oils, they smell amazing!  Check out a few of our favorite scents:

Citrus Leaf: Lime and Sage

Meadow Sensitive: Mandarin and Lemongrass

Mountain Air: Ho Wood and Juniper Berry

Wildflower: Lavender and Ylang Ylang

WildRoot goes on smooth, smells fantastic and lasts all day...proof positive that you can use clean ingredients and have great results!


WildRoot proves you don't have to sacrifice efficacy to be able to use a natural deodorant!  You can feel good AND smell good all day long without harsh chemicals and fragrances!  Check them out and detoxify your beauty routine for a healthy start to 2021!



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.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

#HealthyStart - Periogen Makes Oral Hygiene a Breeze! + Giveaway

  *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Periogen for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We are all about a whole body healthy start to 2021, so we can't forget about oral hygiene!  Periogen offers fantastic products for complete oral health:


Periogen’s unique blend of proven safe ingredients prevents the hardening of dental plaque buildup into tartar.  Periogen has put together a convenient starter kit to help give your mouth a complete clean at home and on-the-go.

Periogen Starter Kit

The kit includes:
1 - 4 oz. tube of our new Periogen Tartar Control Formula Toothpaste
1 - 3 oz. bottle of Periogen powdered rinse concentrate
12 - .1 oz. Periogen mint travel packets
1 Periogen soft toothbrush
1 swishing cup


Periogen rinse comes as a powdered concentrate.  A bottle holds a 30 day supply and comes with a handy scoop to make measuring easy. Just add water and you've got a complete oral rinse!  The starter kit also includes 12 travel packs of pre-measured mix in mint flavor that make keeping your mouth healthy while away from home a snap!
There are 3 ways for you to use the rinse...pick tha one that works the best for you and be on your way to a sparkling fresh clean!

Swishing Method
In a cup, mix 1/2 scoop of Periogen in 1/2 cup of water. Swish, spit and repeat

Brushing Method
Prepare Periogen solution, dip your toothbrush into the solution and brush.

Water Floss Method
Run the tip along the margin between each of your teeth and the gum.

Periogen is the only oral rinse that actually targets dental tartar buildup and will not harm enamel, glues, or dental appliances, which means it's great for users with braces!


The toothbrush in the starter kit features soft bristles and is gentle on your gums.


Periogen Complete Oral Health Toothpaste is derived from Periogen Oral Rinse and is bio-activated to fight tartar buildup.  It helps to whiten your teeth and freshen your breath and is fluoride free!


We love the full mouth clean we get after using Periogen products!


Want to enjoy the Periogen experience for yourself?  Enter to win a Complete Starter Kit below:

Saturday, January 9, 2021

#HealthyStart - Stock Up on Healthy, Great Smelling Cleaning Supplies from Sapadilla! + Giveaway

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Sapadilla for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

What better way to kick off a healthy start to 2021 than with some really awesome household cleaning products that are plant-based and 100% pure?!  Sapadilla offers a great lineup of products that are tough on dirt, grime and germs, but gentle on skin, surfaces and the earth!


Check out how we are keeping our home clean with our favorite Sapadilla products:

Super Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Since it's super concentrated, you end up using less detergent for the same amount of clean clothes!  Just a little goes a long way and we love the way this soap makes our clothes smell!

All Purpose Cleaner

Another super concentrated cleaner that can be used on almost every hard surface in your home. It works wonders on floors, walls, bathrooms, kitchens, pretty much anywhere that needs cleaned! This all purpose cleaner makes keeping everything ship shape a breeze!

Lovely Liquid Dish Soap

This lovely, biodegradable and earth friendly liquid gets your dishes squeaky clean while being kind to your skin. 


Vegetable glycerin and uplifting blends of 100% pure essential oils leave your hands delightfully clean and lightly moisturized.

Can I tell you my favorite part about Sapadilla products?  The scents!  You can choose between Sweet Lavender and Lime, Grapefruit and Bergamot and Rosemary and Peppermint and OH. MY. GOODNESS.  These amazing scents make cleaning smell like a spa day!  Honestly, I really can't do them justice with just my words.  These amazing scents are thanks to pure, natural essential oils!  No fake fragrances, no harmful chemicals.  Just your favorite natural essential oils making your house, your dishes and your hands smell so fresh and so clean, clean!  I know, I know, clean doesn't have a smell...but when a cleaner gets the job done well and leaves behind a gentle scent that makes me feel relaxed or happy or refreshed, I'm in!

Start 2021 off right with fantastic, natural, plant-based cleaning products from Sapadilla!


Enter to win All Purpose Cleaner and Hand Soap from Sapadilla!




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.

Friday, January 8, 2021

#HealthyStart - Young Mountain Tea: Delicious Loose-Leaf Teas from India and Nepal!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Young Mountain Tea for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Drinking tea is a fantastic and easy way to jump start your health and wellness goals for 2021!  It contains so many health benefits...both physical and mental.  We enjoy drinking both hot and iced teas every day around here and we're always on the lookout for great new tea companies.  Young Mountain Teas is among our new favorite places to find authentic loose-leaf teas from India and Nepal.  Check out a few of our favorites: 



Nepali Green Pearl is a fresh, strong organic green tea rolled into tight pearls. The tea makers at the Tinjure Cooperative carefully shape the leaf using heated pans, coaxing out a wide range of aromas and flavors that are best explored by steeping the same leaves at least twice.  This tea is from Ilam, Eastern Nepali Himalayas and offers tastes of smoked artichoke and Meyer lemons.  It is a very unique tea and quite refreshing! 



Assam Black tea is India’s signature morning cup: strong, bold, and full-bodied enough to handle milk and sugar. It’s the classic tea used for chai and to craft Earl Grey. This tea is sourced from the Chardwar Estate, a garden leading India’s post-colonial approach to tea.  This is a fantastic black tea and works well hot or iced.  This tea is the perfect morning or afternoon pick-me-up cup!



Kumaon White is a fresh and bright organic white tea from one of India’s forgotten tea regions. This tea is harvested on small-scale farms in the early spring from bushes that are nearly 200 years old.  It is super light, refreshing and comforting...the perfect hot tea for chilly mornings!  It smells amazing and tastes terrific! 


All of the teas we tried from Young Mountain Tea were fantastic!  They were authentic and delicious...making for a truly sensational cup of tea.  From the aroma to the taste, these teas were amazing!  Young Mountain Tea not only offers up wonderful teas, but in doing so they help small farmers in Nepal and India thrive.  We are huge fans of this lovely tea company and are so glad that Young Mountain Tea has become part of our daily tea time!



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, January 7, 2021

#HealthyStart - Baja Jerky Offers Sweet and Savory High Protein Snacks!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Baja Jerky for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Looking for a protein packed, better for you snack that tastes great AND keeps you satisfied between meals?  Look no further than Baja Jerky!

 
Baja Jerky comes in some really mouth watering flavors, is super tender and is minimally processed.  You won't find nitrates, nitrites, gluten, preservatives, or MSG in any of these jerky snacks.  Check out some of the bold flavors you can find at Baja Jerky:

Traditional

Sweet 1
Heat 2

This jerky is smoky and delicious!  The meat really shines in this classic interpretation!

Salsa Fresca

Sweet 1
Heat 3

Around here, we call Salsa Fresca "pico" (as in Pico de Gallo) but whatever you call it, it is deliciously fresh and full of flavor!  So why haven't we ever heard of it being used as a beef jerky flavor??  The fresh flavors of tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime really pop in this particular jerky and it is perfectly awesome!

Lime and Serrano Pepper

Sweet 2
Heat 7

My personal favorite from Baja Jerky, this flavor packs a delicious one-two punch, pleasantly spicy and zesty!  So, so super good!  If you like a little spice in your jerky, you are going to love this one!

Sweet Orange

Sweet 5
Heat 1

The most unexpected flavor we tried from Baja Jerky, this one offers a myriad of tropical tastes like orange and pineapple without being too sugary sweet.  Interesting indeed!


The freshness of Baja Jerky really stands out.  There is a light fresh feel to every flavor.  This jerky is so tender, it doesn't make eating jerky a chore for your jaw muscles.  These tasty snacks are perfect for munching at home or on the go and come in two sizes...single servings and shareable packs too! Baja Jerky offers up a variety of superb and unexpected flavor combinations that will rock your tastebud's world! 



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.