Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eva Ruth's Wheat & Gluten Free Specialty Bakery



It all began in the small town of Middletown, Rhode Island the during 2009 with a passion for baking not just any desserts but those that are free of both wheat and gluten by Ruth Flynn where she discovered just how hard it was in locating top notch gluten-free treats and made it into reality when she concocted her very own muffins, brownies, cakes and cookies.

Before Ruth started as a Gluten-Free chef she began as a New England cardiovascular 
sales representative for GE medical systems, then later in 2010 Ruth called it quits and opened the doors to Eva Ruth's gluten and wheat free bakery offering an array of decadent cakes, pastries, cupcakes plus full sized breads both fresh and frozen ! 

How could I have lived in Rhode Island practically all my life and not have known about Eva Ruth's bakery in Middletown let alone that you could find her baked goods in the frozen foods section at select grocery stores across both Massachusetts and Rhode Island !? 

Gluten and I are no longer bff's so Ruth herself provided me with some of her tasty wheat and gluten free products to try out and here is what I was sent!

Muffins-



Pumpkin: 



Call me classic but I love pumpkin flavored anything it adds both 
great texture and flavor to soups , smoothies, cakes, brownies and even muffins ! Biting into this moist yet savory  muffin reminded me that Fall is near with a touch of sweetness from cinnamon ! 

Banana chip: 


the banana gave it just the right amount of sweetness making the muffin so moist and delicious with creamy morsels of chocolate chips! 


Sour cream coffee cake: 




The tanginess from the sour cream balanced out ever so perfectly with sweet cinnamon and coffee 
crumbs making each bite more delicious ! 

Sourdough sandwich bread : 



This bread offered a fluffy texture with great sourdough taste and made amazing sandwiches . Here we have a chicken club with lettuce, onion, bacon, crunchy cucumber and a thin layer of cheese it was the best sandwich I've had in a long time ! 

Home style stuffing mix :
This stuffing mix being the only gluten free mix I've tried was super delicious it offered the right amount of seasoning without it being dry. 

Italian bread crumbs :
The Italian bread crumbs gave great flavor to the chicken coating it perfectly making it so tender and bursting with flavor ! These bread crumbs sure would be great on lasagna for sure !

Onion dill bread crumbs:
I haven't had the chance to try them yet but I will update as soon as I do ! 

Seeded Multigrain Crackers:


the seeded multigrain crackers provided both great texture and flavor the seeds gave a toasted like taste to them making them crispy being the perfect cracker for hummus, cheese, almond butter or even soup ! 




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I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Poland Spring brand Sparkling Waters 7 Day Challenge with smiley360


It all began when a glacier made it's way into the ocean nestling in Maine over 20,000 years ago where it was safely tucked into the land materializing into natural springs.

Before that let's go way back to a time before Poland Spring became a well known water brand it started as an inn owned and run by the Ricker family in 1797 who was the first person to ever take a sip of the fresh and clean water from it's natural source and noticed just how refreshing it was !

Hydration is so important especially when it's the summer time and super hot out, I can't stress that enough whether you are laying on the beach , riding a bike, jogging etc. drinking water is key it's refreshing and also quenches thirst! 

What better way to help beat the heat than with a burst of fun and fruity flavors from Poland Springs brand of sparkling waters?

I'm on the 7 day challenge with Poland Spring and smiley360 where I'm replenishing my my body with Poland Spring Sparkling water twice a day for seven days to see what happens and believe me when I tell you I couldn't have been on this challenge at a better time because we are in the middle of a heat wave! 

It's been super hot out this summer and the only way to keep me going strong is with water, it keeps me hydrated on the most hottest days but with a burst of flavor thanks to Poland Spring brand sparkling water that contains a natural fruit flavor, bubbles, and spring water without any artificial ingredients, calories or sugar ! 

Did I mention that they are available in refreshing fruity flavors which makes them a much better choice than any sugar laden beverage like juice and or soda !

You can find Poland Spring brand Sparkling waters in the water aisle at your local grocery store in fruity flavors like

Black cherry
Raspberry lime 
Mandarin orange
Cucumber melon
Lemon
Ruby red grapefruit
Coconut pineapple
Strawberry 
and more !


For the Poland spring brand sparkling water mission I received two free product coupons to purchase waters of my choosing along with a reusable bag and the flavors I chose were original and strawberry. 

I loved the fresh picked taste of sun ripened strawberries with each bubbly sip it was clean, fruity and so refreshing.

If you aren't into fruity drinks then the original is a great choice it's still refreshing and delicious ! 


As I was approaching the end of the seven day challenge with Poland Spring sparkling waters I noticed a difference in my cravings for ice cream and I'm drinking water a lot more now than I was before which is a good thing because I don't think I was getting enough.

Which flavor will you choose ?!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The Sanctuary At Soledad Goats Vegan cheese Review


It all began with Violet the goat who won over the hearts of Goat cheese farmer Carol and Julian Pearce being the very last baby to be born on their farm, they couldn't fathom the idea of bringing in anymore into the world with so many animals who are in desperate need of help and with that being said The Sanctuary Of Soledad is now the proud home to over 100 horses, pigs, dogs, chickens, turkeys and goats that have been rescued.

The Sanctuary at Soledad goat cheese is made without any animal products, gums, or carrageenan.

Their unique yet creamy blend of cheese is sourced from plants using the finest of ingredients that are all natural and non GMO.

What makes The Sanctuary at Soledad vegan cheese so unique is their unique blend of nuts that they are made with such as pine nuts, macadamia and cashews providing you with a rich and creamy texture like the real thing without the dairy!

The Sanctuary at Soledad offers 12 flavors of cheeses to choose from that add both great texture and flavor to any sandwich, pizza, burger, salad and so much more ! 

Spreadable cheeses:

*Chevre Truffle
*Chevre Peppper
*Chevre Plain
*Cheddar Sweet Pepper
*Cheddar Spicy
*Cheddar Pub style
*Cheddar Plain


Other cheeses:

American style
American style spicy
American sweet pepper
Ricotta
Parmesan 

There's nothing better than a bagel toasted to perfection for breakfast with a smear of cream cheese on top and these cheeses from Soledad make the perfect spread to any bagel it's creamy like cream cheese but adds great flavor with it's unique blend of nuts, herbs and spices! 


Mikey's muffin toasted to perfection with a smear of Chèvre garlic and herb with crumbled bacon, sliced cucumber and fresh strawberries 

I love cheese whether it's cheddar, Parmesan, sweet or savory but me and dairy lately just don't get along so when I came across The Sanctuary at Soledad I was sold ! 

I mean hello a spreadable cream cheese made from nuts ?! 

You'd imagine my excitement when I received an assortment of their spreadable vegan cheeses to review just thinking of all the ways I could savor each and every one of their creamy texture was endless from crackers , to sandwiches even burgers! 



Here are the flavors I was provided with to review and my thoughts on each one.

Cheddar Plain:


offers a unique blend of cashews, probiotics, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, Himalayan mountain salt, canola oil and agar. Provides a creamy texture with a hint of sharpness to it perfect on burgers, crackers even on pizza. Here we have a Mikey's English muffin pizza with spinach, cheddar cheese and chicken 

Cheddar Pub Style:
made with the same ingredients as the plain cheddar but with arrogant bastard beer giving it a bit of a bite to it making it the perfect cheese served with pretzels like those soft ones you'd get at the mall sprinkled with salt and golden brown ! I never really cared for the taste of beer but this cheese was delicious it was creamy and not overpowering in the beer flavor department.

Cheddar Sweet Pepper:

made with the same ingredients as the plain but the shallots and peppers give it 
a nice sweetness making it the perfect cheese on grilled cheese I loved the sweetness from the shallots and peppers along with the creaminess of the cheese .

Garlic and Herb: I absolutely loved this cheese it offered a chive cream cheese like taste to it being flavored with garlic, cilantro, and parsley it was super tasty in scrambled eggs, omelettes, bagels and much more ! 

Cheddar Jalapeño:



made with the same ingredients as the plain cheddar only with a kick from 
habanero and jalapeño peppers adding a great amount of spice to burgers! I loved that it was spicy but not too spicy which for me is huge since I'm not a fan of foods that are overly hot it was creamy and delicious! 


Chèvre plain: made with cashews , probiotic, Himalayan mountain salt reminded me of a plain cream cheese only nut based and so good it went along great on toasted English muffins, bagels and crackers too! 

Chèvre Truffle:





made with the same ingredients as plain but seasoned with truffle oil, dill, fresh garlic, cilantro and nutritional yeast. I loved both the taste and texture of this cheese it was creamy, flavorful and delicious I added some to an omelette for breakfast with chopped onions, spinach and olives on occasion and burgers too ! 

Chèvre pepper:

sourced from the same ingredients as plain with a twist of cracked black pepper and a pinch of nutritional yeast providing a creamy texture and bit of kick from the black pepper

I enjoyed each and every flavor of The Sanctuary at Soledad vegan cheeses they were creamy yet unique in their own special way the herbs and spices went together so perfectly.


The Sanctuary at Soledad isn't just about their vegan cheeses either they make chocolate bars and hand soaps too ! 

Purchase their Vegan Cheeses today online ! 

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I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples free of charge to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own . 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

My Haagen-Dazs Aah moment with Crowdtap

It all began with Reuben Mattus where he turned his dream of providing the world with delicious ice cream made with high quality ingredients  starting off with the classic flavors of vanilla, coffee and decadent chocolate and that is how Haagen-Dazs was born !

Haagen-Dazs ice cream is made with cows milk that isn't treated with the growth hormone rBST .

Haagen-Dazs contains no GMO's 

Some flavors are free from gluten whereas others aren't. 



Ever since I was a kid my favorite treat has been ice cream whether it's on a hot summer day, a birthday or holiday feast it's the perfect little treat when craving something sweet plus who could resist the cool creaminess of ice cream ? 

Sure I've tried all sorts of brands and flavors of rich cool and creamy ice cream goodness but never Haagen-Dazs until now that is thanks to Crowdtap! 

I can't believe I've never tried Haagen-Dazs their ice cream provides a creamy consistency like no other ice cream I've tried before it's rich and so delicious in flavors like Belgian chocolate, butter pecan, brownie a'la mode and many more ! 

My coupon for Haagen couldn't have arrived at a better time from Crowdtap on one of the hottest days of the summer so I found myself  in the freezer section coupon in hand licking the freezer door with all sorts of decadent ice cream flavors staring back at me. 

The one that spoke to me was the caramel cone! 

When it comes to ice cream I like a little sweet with a little crunch and Haagen-Dazs caramel cone is all that and more! 

Crispy waffle cone with dessert? A crunchy chocolate coated cone surrounded by buttery swirls of caramel goodness mingling with gooey caramel ice cream.

I was brimming with ice cream delight and couldn't wait to dig in to sweet creamy caramel ice cream with crispy cone pieces coated in luscious chocolate surrounded by sultry ribbons of golden caramel ! 



No matter what flavor it's the ultimate treat in beating the heat this summer and boy has it been brutal   what with Rhode Island being in the middle of a heat wave and all! 



Maybe it was the sticky sweetness of caramel ice cream or the crispy cone pieces enrobed in chocolate or the sexy caramel swirls either way it was enough to make me swoon! It was salty, it was creamy, it was sweet, it was chocolaty and literally melted in your mouth with each sinful bite creating the ultimate dessert experience .





If you aren't a fan of caramel or chocolate Haagen-Dazs offers a wide variety of flavors to choose from like short bread cookie, butter pecan, cherry vanilla and so much more !

Find your Aah moment today with Haagen-Dazs, oh just how simple and sweet a reward can be ! 


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Monday, August 8, 2016

Lovebean Dairy Free Super Food Chocolate and Caramel Spreads Review!







Spread on a little love with Lovebean Superfood fudge spread ! 

Lovebean superfood  fudge is a raw spread that is not only the perfect topping for any baked good but is also vegan, Paleo and raw!

 Lovebean Fudge spreads are made from organic ingredients and are based with coconut oil providing us with healthy fats plus rich in antioxidants.

:Lovebean is made without any of the following

*Gluten 
*Dairy
*Refined Sugar
*GMO's 
*Soy

It all began with the intent to create the most delicious chocolate bar in Costa Rica where Mr. Lovebean was residing out by the breathtaking beaches, all of the ingredients were there but finding chocolate that was not only organic but healthy too was next to impossible at local retailers. 

He then realized just how much hard work went into making chocolate bars entailed so he chose a different route and concocted Lovebean Fudge ! 

Lovebean Fudge provides a creamy yet delectable texture and taste that any chocoholic is sure to love! It's thick, it's creamy, it's chocolaty, and so delicious no matter what you pair it with from fruit to ice cream it's insanely fudgey! 

Lovebean superfood spreads are available in four flavors

*Original Coconut
*Raw Chocolate
*Roasted Hazelnut
*Sea Salt Caramel

Growing up as a kid my all time favorite treat from our local ice cream shoppe was an ice cream sundae maybe it was the hot fudge and how it melted hitting the cold ice cream.

With each spoonful it had the perfect ratio of ice cream and hot fudge and what's a sundae without the cherry?

What's not to love when you've got thick and creamy chocolate fudge on top of your favorite ice cream? That's right there is nothing better first you get that cool refreshing yet creamy ice cream and that warm gooey rich decadent chocolate only with Lovebean it doesn't melt it hardens like magic shell only healthier! 


Makers of Lovebean were more than kind enough to send me samples of their spreads to try out for review and being that I love desserts I couldn't wait to taste them!

Here are the flavors that I received to facilitate this review.

Raw Chocolate:
Thick decadent rich smooth chocolate with a slighty nutty taste of coconut making it the perfect spread for any cake, brownie even muffins or as an ice cream topping! I was in for a real treat because as soon as the fudge hit the ice cream it formed into magic shell and for good measure I added in some chocolate chips and a cherry!

Roasted Hazelnut:
This spread made for the perfect spread on top of hazelnut muffins it provided a thick texture with it's creamy rich chocolate giving a slight crunch of roasted hazelnuts that were absolutely divine ! 

Sea Salt Caramel:
Rich and buttery gooey stringy caramel sprinkled with a touch of sea salt that will provide you with a luscious experience ! I added a drizzle of caramel to some dairy free chocolate ice cream and topped it off with a sliver of Hail Merry's Almond Butter Tart !

I enjoyed each Lovebean fudge flavor they were sweet but not too sweet and didn't offer any weird yucky after taste as other spreads do each unique and flavorful in their own special way!

So what are you waiting for spread on a little love today with Lovebean Fudge! 

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I received no compensation for this post but was provided with the above samples free of charge to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt alternative Crowdtap Sampling


Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt alternative is soy based but offers that same smooth creamy taste and texture as dairy style blends.

What makes Silk Dairy-Free yogurt unlike any other is that it contains a total of six grams of plant powered protein in each serving  combined with  live and active cultures.

Silk Dairy-Free yogurt is made without the following 

•High Fructose corn syrup 
•Carrageenan 
•Lactose
•Cholesterol 
•Dairy
•Gluten
•Casein
•anything artificial like colors or flavors

Silk Dairy-Free is low in saturated fat and is vegetarian. 

Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt is a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.

Silk Dairy-Free has also been verified by the Non GMO Project's verification program.

Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt is available in these silky-smooth flavors; see what I did there? 

○Blueberry 
○Strawberry 
○Black Cherry
○Vanilla
○Tropical Pineapple 
○Plain
○Peach & Mango

I'm no newbie to Silk Dairy-Free yogurts in fact I've tried them before and have to admit they are luxuriously creamy taste just like other yogurt but without the dairy and bursting with fruity flavor!

They are simply irresistible! 

I was chosen through Crowdtap to try out Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt alternative for this sampling and how could I resist their creamy consistency? 

I mean come on they are creamy, fruity, full of flavor and packed with protein plus make the perfect snack and or breakfast while on the go! 

Add some fresh fruit and Granola your good to go!

Before this sampling I tried the Silk brand strawberry and blueberry yogurt both were super scrumptious and bursting with fruity goodness a little tart and sweet which is what I enjoy so this time around I chose to sample their tropical pineapple and I'm not saying it just because it's summer and stifling outside! Ok I am pineapple is my all time favorite summer fruit it's tart , it's juicy and oh so sweet not to mention refreshing, how could you resist? 

As I took a spoonful I knew I was in for a real treat.

The yogurt was thick but oh so creamy and offered that same taste as regular yogurt. Then the burst of sweet juicy pineapple took me over it was like my tastebuds were on vacation! 

Silk Tropical Pineapple Dairy-Free Yogurt made for the perfect breakfast on a hot summer day with some crunchy Granola and freshly cut pineapple on top !


Which flavor will you choose?

Look for Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt alternative today at the nearest super market in the dairy aisle! 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Tampax Pocket Pearl SheSpeaks Program


Summer is here which means endless trips to the beach with the girls for a day of fun in the sun, tanning, laughing,  sipping on cold refreshing lemonade and swimming to cool off.

Going to the beach is fun but not when you have your period especially if you are in constant worry of your tampons or pad protection failing you.

Trust and believe me it's not fun plus can be quite embarrassing.

You're friends just texted you and told you that they were on their way over and that's when you notice Aunt Flo has arrived.

You start rummaging around you're purse for a tampon only to come up empty handed.

The girls show up and notice that worried look that you've got on.

Girl you've just got your period didn't you?

"Don't worry I've got you covered, it's new from Tampax."


*Tosses you the new Tampax Pocket Pearl.

Tampax Pocket Pearl fits easily and discreetly in any purse or bag that can go with you virtually anywhere whether it's a night out on the town, the movies , school , work or the beach!

Tampax Pocket Pearl offers backup protection with it's unique braid which helps stop leaks before they happen.

It has a no slip grip applicator that's easy to use.

I put the new Tampax Pocket Pearl to the test and I am loving not only their design and the fact that they fit discreetly in my purse but how easy they are to use, mess free plus it's super comfortable.

Look for Tampax Pocket Pearl today in the feminine hygiene aisle at a store nearest you! 

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I received a free sample of Tampax Pocket Pearl courtesy of SheSpeaks for reviewing purposes only and the following thoughts are in fact my own.