Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane

It all began in 1969 with Mo Siegel and wild herbs that he himself plucked from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and concocted tea out of them . 

Later on he then sold Mo's 36 and 24 herbal teas to a number of Health Food stores within the area in muslin-bags sewn by hand.

Then in the year 1972 Celestial Seasoning's flagship blends was launched being their Red Zinger and Sleepy time. 

Now Celestial Seasoning's distributes more than 1.6 billion cups of tea a year and their line has grown including but not limited to chai tea, rooibos tea, wellness tea, Cool Brew iced tea and green tea with over 100 ingredients that are originated from over 35 countries.

There's nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book on a cold Winter night with a piping hot cup of Celestial Seasoning's Holiday Tea in Candy Cane Lane that offers a cool minty sensation of peppermint, intertwined with a nice burst of orange zest, warm cinnamon, milk thistle, blackberry leaves, roasted carob, roasted chicory and creamy vanilla bean.

Celestial Seasoning's Holiday Tea are available in these festive flavors

  • Candy Cane Lane
  • Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland
  • Gingerbread Spice
  • Nutcracker Sweet
  • Sugarplum Spice
  • Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Tea is

  • Gluten Free 
  • Decaffeinated

Brewing Instructions:

  1. Heat up fresh filtered water until it's very hot but not to a boil
Did you know that green tea tastes better when it's made with cooler water?

2. Steep one cup of water over the tea bag in a cup then steep for a total of two minutes and remove the bag

3. Sweeten as you'd like and enjoy!

4. Candy Cane Lane Holiday Tea can also be enjoyed iced if you pour 2 cups of stifling hot water over a total of 4 tea bags in a pitcher that is heat resistant  and prepare as above, then add 2 cups of cold water and serve over ice! 

Even though that the Holiday season is over it's still Winter and very chilly especially since we've just had our first snow fall! Candy Cane Lane Celestial Seasoning's tea sample couldn't have arrived at a better time to warm me up on a cold Winter's night it was the perfect way to recuperate after a long week it offered the perfect balance of cool peppermint along with the burst of orange peel, warm touch of cinnamon and slight creaminess of vanilla!

Look for Celestial Seasoning's brand of Holiday Tea's at your nearest retailer today!

Share the magic with someone special !


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with a sample of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Holiday tea to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinions which in fact are my own.











It all began with Sarah creator of Nutty Snacks when she was driven to concoct not only a healthy snack that provided great flavor to provide her four kids but something that would be filling. 

So she set up shop in her kitchen and created a snack made up of fresh, delicious , all natural ingredients and Nutty Snacks was born!

If you love granola you will be delighted to try Nutty Snacks trust me !

Sarah herself provided me with a sample of her Cinnanutty snack mix and being that I love sweet, nutty and crunchy snacks I couldn't wait to try them!

But first before I get to the tasting part let me tell you more about Nutty Snacks!

With Nutty Snacks you can experience a new granola without any of the following

  • Gluten
  • Oats
  • Grains
  • Preservatives
  • Chemicals
  • artificial Sweeteners

Nutty Snacks are available in 

  • Cinnanutty
  • Choco Peanutty
  • White Macanutty
  • & Nutty Nilla

Just look at those crunchy nuts sprinkled with sweet cinnamon goodness! CinnaNutty Snack mix is a unique blend of almonds, roasted cashews (cashew nuts and salt) pecans, ground almonds, that have been sweetened with coconut oil, maple syrup, natural vanilla bean paste, natural almond extract and then sprinkled with cinnamon!

I absolutely loved this mix it offered a nice crunch from the nuts with the perfect amount of sweetness in each cinna-ful bite! This morning's breakfast was bursting with flavor from the nuttiness of the almonds and crunchy pecans to the roasted cashews, mixed with the sweetness from the cinnamon and coconut oil that gave it a slight nutty taste balanced out perfectly by the essence of warm vanilla.

I sprinkled some of the Cinnanutty mix on top of some fresh goat's milk yogurt with sliced apple for breakfast this morning and loved the balance of the crunch of the nuts with the sweet yet warm cinnamon on this chilly Winter morning!

You can sprinkle Nutty Snacks on anything imaginable from smoothies, yogurt, salads even ice cream or eat it straight from the bag for a satisfying yet sweet crunchy snack!


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with a sample of Nutty Snacks to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinions which in fact are my own.

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When you are craving a little something sweet and nutty munch on Nutty Snacks!






Saturday, January 7, 2017

Barilla Gluten Free Bzz Campaign

It all began in 1877 by an Italian family who started their own business which has now gone international in more than 100 countries. 

Barilla pasta and their ready to use sauces are popular in continental Europe where in Italy it's bakery products and in Scandinavia it's crispbread.

Growing up as a kid I loved pasta it was a meal that was easy to whip up in no time at all with crisp vegetables, bubbly cheese and red sauce simmered to perfection with just the right amount of spices for flavor served along side meatballs , sausage or even chicken for one amazing dinner that is sure to please any crowd.

Since I've been diagnosed with Hypothyroid I recently went Gluten Free and pretty much eliminated everything that contains gluten from breads to pasta which I love especially when served along side succulent meats like chicken, sausage and meatballs !

It's been an adjustment I had to get used to especially at parties and or restaurants, but now I can enjoy the dishes I've missed so thanks to Barilla for going Gluten Free so I don't have to sacrifice taste!

I'm a Bzzagent and on the Barilla Gluten Free Bzz Campaign and was provided with some of their pastas to try out for review and believe me when I tell you that I couldn't wait to cook up all sorts of hearty dishes from salads, to soups and so much more!

Barilla Gluten Free Pasta 

  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Contains no GMO ingredients
  • Made with a mix of corn & rice
  • offers that classic pasta taste as well as texture

Barilla Gluten Free is available in 

  • Penne
  • Spaghetti
  • Elbows
  • Rotini 
  • Fettuccine 

Growing up as a kid I had a love for Spaghetti and meatballs ! Who doesn't love spaghetti and meatballs ? I had a blast twirling it on the end of the fork it offered the perfect spaghetti to meat ball ratio with zesty red sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for flavor! 

Whenever I think of Spaghetti and meatballs I think about the scene from the Disney Movie Lady and The Tramp and who wouldn't ? It's so adorable ! 

My nephew's all time favorite pasta dish is pasta Fagioli ever since he was a kid that's what he'd get off the menu at Olive Garden and as a special treat my mom would make it just for him. So that's what I did made his favorite! I can totally see why he loves this dish so much it offers the perfect amount of spice, with zesty garlic that balances out the bitterness of the tomato sauce with a ever so slight sweetness to it and the beans add great texture!  Plus it's simple to make and requires very few ingredients that don't break the bank!

The aroma from the tomato sauce as it simmered on the stove made my mouth water along with the zesty garlic and spices  !

Pasta Fagioli ready to be served get it while it's hot! 

Rotini :

With the Rotini pasta I whipped up a simple macaroni salad to serve alongside a burger in the salad I added some chopped carrots, olives, red peppers to add a bit of sweetness, hard boiled eggs and topped it off with zesty ranch dressing ! I loved that this pasta dish was simple to make it required few ingredients and is perfect for any side and is a great dish to bring to any party! 

You are going to want to serve this pasta salad at your next gathering it's simple to make and requires few ingredients that guests will rave about!

 Look at that yummy pasta salad with crisp bright colored vegetables !
Dinner is served!

I am so glad that I was chosen to be a part of this Bzz Campaign through Bzzagent because I was able to whip up some of my all time favorite pasta dishes each one provided great texture as well as flavor whether served with a burger, in soups, chicken Parmesan, stews or as a simple side salad ! 

Each and every dish that was prepared was unique in their own special way that provided not only great chew but taste as well with the right amount of spices in Pasta Fagioli , or the simple pasta salad that paired ever so perfectly with a classic burger and even spaghetti and meatballs for a traditional family dinner served with salad and bread sticks that made dinner more delicious ! 














I received no compensation for this post but as a Bzzagent received samples of Barilla Gluten Free pasta to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray

When working out I don't know which is worse the embarrassing residue deodorant leaves behind or the odor !

It smells, it's sticky, and just plain disgusting not to mention uncomfortable because it's wet but thanks to AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray it's invigorating ! 

I recently received a sample Antiperspirant Dry Spray in Signature Island from the AXE brand through the Walmart website to try out I couldn't wait to see how it 

AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray in Signature Island offers tropical sensation bursting with Tangerines, Figs and apricots!

With AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray in Signature Island you get up to 48 hours of protection without any visible residue leaving you not only confident but dry as well!


  • Give a shimmy shake before each usage 
  • Carefully Twist the top open to show nozzle
  • Then Hold and apply 6 inches from underarm 

AXE Antiperspirant Signature Island goes on dry leaving you with a good clean feeling without any odor or wetness !

AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray is available in

  • Signature Gold
  • Signature Night
  • 48 Hour Charge Up
  • 48 Hour Advanced Protection
  • Signature Forest
  • Signature Island
I loved my sample of AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray in Signature Island that I received to try it offered a nice clean scent that left me feeling dry as well as confident !

Thanks to AXE I can work up a sweat while it keeps me dry with an exotic scent of tangerine, apricot and fig leaving me feeling confident, refreshed and ready to take on anything!

Look for AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray at your nearest Walmart ! 


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with a complimentary sample of AXE Antiperspirant Dry Spray to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.













Sunday, January 1, 2017

Shea Moisture Define & Enhance Curls with Coconut & Hibiscus

It all began with Sofi Tucker who had started selling Shea nuts at the local village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leona in the year of 1912. 

At the tender age of 19 the windowed mother of four began selling African Black Soap, Shea Butter, and Homemade hair plus skin products all throughout the countryside.

Shea Moisture is a company ran and owned by family made with certified organic, fair trade and natural ingredients.

I absolutely love Shea Moisture's Black African Soap it provides a nice scent and doesn't dry out my skin.

Their shampoo and conditioner's smell simply amazing  it's like walking into a field of fresh cut flowers with their sweet aroma wafting in the breeze especially with the nutty coconut and floral Hibiscus! Smells like a vacation to me!

I have tried all kinds of products from Shea Moisture and have yet to find one that I am not fond of their scents are invigorating and provide silky smooth hair, and soft supple skin !

I recently was provided with a sample of their Define & Enhance Curls Shampoo and Curl Enhancing Smoothie with the scent of coconut & hibiscus infused with silk protein and neem oil and being that I love the aroma of sweet and nutty coconut I couldn't wait to quench my hair with it especially with a little extra bounce.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus 
Define & Enhance Curls 
Shampoo & Conditioner 
is made without any of the following 

  • No Sulfates
  • No Phthalates
  • No Parabens
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Animal Testing
  • No Petrolatum
  • Color Safe 

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo:

Say hello to hydration and goodbye to tangles with Shea Moisture's Curl & Shine shampoo infused with sweet nutty Coconut & tropical Hibiscus that help manage frizz providing thick luscious locks that shine !

 To use:

Apply to a wet scalp and ever so gently deeply massage with hands gathering up a rich lather then rinse thoroughly 

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie:
Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is fortified with Silk Protein and Neem Oil to help not only frizz but defines curls while making the hair shiny and smooth. The blend of Coconut & Neem oils aid in restoring moisture within the hair resulting in silky hair without bringing it down being packed with vegetable butters that are high in nutrients for curls that bounce!

To use:

Separate hair and evenly distribute the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to dry or damp hair. Don't rinse out and style hair as you desire.

I absolutely loved the way that the Shea Moisture Define & Enhance Curls Shampoo and smoothie made my hair smell providing it with the the sweetness from the coconut and tropical hibiscus flowers creating luscious locks!


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with a sample of Shea Moisture Define & Enhance Curls to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.








Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie

It all began with Debbi Fields Founder of Mrs. Field's Cookie Company where she started in the town of Broomfield, Colorado with booming production and distribution facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

It wasn't until 1977 that Debbi set up her first cookie shop in Palo Alto, California not long after the warm cookies popped out of the oven their name stuck and Mrs. Field's Cookie Company was born!

Mrs. Field's doesn't just make cookies oh no they also offer

  • Brownies
  • Coffee Cake
  • Mrs. Field's Cake
  • Muffins 
  • & more!
I was provided with a free sample of Mrs. Field's Milk Chocolate Chip cookie to review and how could I pass up something so moist and so sweet that reminded me of my childhood? 

Ever since I was a little girl I shared a love for Mrs. Field's cookies no other cookie could compare to their soft texture that was chock full of chocolate chips that melted into your mouth!

My favorite cookie was their classic chocolate chip it was so moist, so chewy, so sweet , chocolaty, creamy and delicious even went great served alongside a tall glass of milk !

I thought they were the best when warmed in the microwave ever so slightly creating that fresh baked like feel to them so warm, gooey, and delicious!

Sure the chocolate would melt on the palm of my hand but I didn't care because that's what being a kid was all about !

Mrs. Field's Bite-Size Nibbler Cookies

  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Debra's Special Nibblers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Triple Chocolate
  • White Chunk Macadamia 
Mrs. Field's Cookies 

    • Frosted Cinnamon Sugar
    • Cinnamon Sugar
    • Butter
    • Cut Out
    • Peanut Butter
    • Oatmeal, Raisins and Walnuts
    • Semi-Sweet Chocolate with Walnuts
    • Semi-Sweet Chocolate
    • Debra's Special
    • Triple Chocolate
    • White Chunk Macadamia 
    • Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
    • White Fudge Brownie
    • Butter Pecan Praline 
Mrs. Field's Milk Chocolate Cookie Contains 

  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Soy
& offers only 130 calories in one cookie !

If you love soft chewy chocolate chip cookies then you are in for a delightful treat with Mrs. Field's I'll tell you!

As I bit into the cookie I felt like a kid again from the soft chewy texture to the sweet morsels of chocolate chips and the way they danced upon my taste buds !

Look for Mrs. Field's Cookies at these stores nearest you!

  • Rite-Aid
  • Big Lots
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Walgreens
and more!


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











Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hero of HackSaw Ridge

The hero behind the true story of Hacksaw Ridge was Desmond T. Doss born on February 7th 1919 in Lynchburg, Virginia by his parents William Thomas Doss (carpenter) and Bertha E. (Oliver) Doss who worked as a homemaker.

Desmond had two siblings his sister Audrey L. Millner and brother Harold Edward Doss.

During the Great Depression Desmond after the 9th grade dropped out of school to help support his parents where he worked at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia doing defense work at the beginning of world war 2 later Doss enlisted in the military service at Camp Lee, Virginia on April 1 1942. 

Later on he was sent to South Carolina's Fort Jackson to begin training with the 77th Infantry Division all while his brother Harold Doss performed aboard the USS Lindsey.

Desmond Doss being a Seventh-Day Adventist had very strong beliefs and blatantly turned down any weapons during combat or kill an enemy soldier. 

Desmond became a medic where he was then assigned to the 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 307th infantry, and the 77th Infantry Division. 

While Desmond served with his platoon whereas each platoon of B Company had only one medic.

While in Guam on combat and the Philippines in 1944 Desmond was awarded with a Bronze Stat Medal for helping wounded soldiers while under attack. 

For the Battle of Okinawa he helped save the lives of 75 wounded infantrymen from his very own battalion on the Maeda Escarpment.

Desmond Doss was wounded a total of four times in Okinawa and discharged on May 21, 1945 aboard the USS Mercy.

It wasn't until the year of 1946 where Desmond was diagnosed with Tuberculosis 
where he contracted in Leyte.

Doss then began treatment which lasted for five and a half years which cost him five ribs and a lung but before being discharged in August of 1951 with 90% disability he still received help from the military until after an over dose of antibiotics where resulted in being deaf completely in the year 1976 where he then was awarded 100% disability and was given his hearing back after having a cochlear implant in 1988.

Undeterred by his injuries Desmond was able to raise a family.

At the age of 87 on March 23, 2006 in his Piedmont, Alabama home Desmond Doss died due to breathing complications. 

Get to know more about courageous war veteran Desmond Doss in the Hero of Hacksaw Ridge behind the gripping story that inspired the movie!

I saw the movie and was completely blown away at how courageous he was to save the lives of many without a single weapon it moved me to tears at the bravery and loyalty he showed to his platoon and even enemies. 


I received no compensation for this post but was provided with a copy of the Hero Of Hacksaw Ridge book to facilitate this review in exchange for my honest opinion which in fact are my own.