October 20, 2014

Tony's Pizzeria Pizza Review

I was chosen to try out Tony's Pizzas through BzzAgent, umm yay! So I have tried Tony's pizza before, but honestly it's been a very long time since I've done that. With having such a large family of 5 teens I can't get by with just one or two pizzas. So I was excited to plan a pizza night for all the kids to try out the different varities of pizza Tony's offer. Tony's Pizza offers 8 pizzeria style varieties: pepperoni pizza, sausage & pepperoni, cheese, supreme, meat trio, sausage, bascon cheeseburger, and half pepperoni - half cheese.

My kiddos are strictly meat eaters so I chose: pepperoni, meat trio, sausage & pepperoni, and cheese for me. I went with the cheese pizza for myself to help cut down on some of the sodium. I'm really trying hard to limit my daily sodium intake and pizza isn't really friendly to that diet. Tony's Cheese pizza has 25% or 600mg of sodium. I had to be really strict with my food earlier in the day, but I stayed within my limit. Now that 600mg is for 1/3 of the pizza and couple with some salad I was able to get a taste of some great pizza and not feel too bad at the end of the day.

The kids had meat trio, pepperoni, and sausage & pepperoni to choose from. The lucky ducks were able to sample a little from each pizza. I really tried to get a picture of them eating, but I swear they inhaled the pizza like that was the first food they had seen in years. I was busy cutting up the pizzas as they came out the oven and before I knew it, it was all gone. I was able to include some tasty looking pictures of the pizza so enjoy!

Pepperoni pizza has a little sodium in it at 650mg, 330 calories, and 12g of protein. The pepperoni's are a good size and have a great flavor.

Sausage & Pepperoni has 710mg of sodium, 350 calories, and 12g of protein. The same pepperoni is used, full slices, along with sausage crumbles. The sausage was a little on the small size, but it had great seasoning making it really tasty. I was a tie with regular pepperoni for second place.

Tony's Meat Trio has the same amount of sodium as the sausage and pepperoni but has 360 calories and 13g of protein. It has the same slice pepperoni, sausage crumbles, and small diced ham. I wish the ham was a bit bigger but you could still taste that it was ham.

All of the pizzas came with a thinner, crunchy, and crispy crust. I absolutely love thin and crispy pizzas so this was a super duper plus for me. All the pizzas cooked up in the same amount of time, but I noticed the cheese pizza didn't need as much as the other pizzas. It was a little too brown, but whatever I'm not hard to please. I thought it still tasted really good and I liked some of the browner, crispy cheese. Of course I love all kinds of cheeses so I'm a little biased. I cooked all of the pizzas straight on the rack, no pan needed, to make sure they would get the crispy crunchy crust I love. You can use a pan for a softer crust if you so wish.

I'm so glad to have found Tony's Pizza again because overall all the pizzas were so tasty and filling. Everyone was happy to be able to try everything. I was happy to not hear any whining about not liking a certain topping.  I'll definitely be buying more Tony's pizza in the future and hope they come out with more varities - how about a double pepperoni pizza? Or perhaps a vegetarian style pizza?! Anyway, if you're a meat loving carnivore like my kids, then you'll definitely love Tony's Pizzeria Style Pizza.

Disclaimer: I was sent coupons for a free pizza along with coupons to share with family and friends. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. #GotItFree

October 2, 2014

Snuggle Scent Boosters Review

 I'm a member of the Snuggle Bear Den and was sent a full sized package of Scent Boosters to try out for myself in my home. Being the aunt/mother of 5 very active teens is quite a hard job. It's even harder when it comes time to wash all their clothes. From their every day wear to their sports wear, they can be super tough on them. I don't have a lot of money to be spending on detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, scent boosters (of any kind), etc but I still want and need my family's clothing to smell good. Especially when you have a football player that sweats a river every game. Eww the smell is terrible and don't get me started on their stinky socks!

Now I've used other brands of scent boosters - both of which can be pretty expensive, and I noticed something. I had to put more in the wash than it recommended. So in reality I wasn't getting all the bang for my buck. I was using up to a full capful more than I was "supposed" to.  That's wasteful and not really efficient. When the box arrived with my Snuggle Scent Boosters I could smell it outside the box. Seriously that has got to be a strong scent to do that, right? Well yes and no; I'll explain more later.

So I opened up the box and yay, there were my scent boosters in a nice purple bag. I was sent a pack of Lavender Joy and it smelled great. The packs are pretty big and well they're super easy to use. You open up the resealable bag, pop a Scent Booster pack into your washer before you put you're clothing in. You may have to use more than one pack if you have a larger washer like me. That's okay though because it ends up being one pack per load. They are safe for all kinds of washers - regular and HE. Also they're safe for all types of clothing even activewear and sleepwear. Each bag comes with 20 loads for a regular washer or 10 loads for a larger washer. They cost around $3.97 for a 20 pack and $6.97 for a 56 pack, obviously your prices will vary. I think that's pretty on par with other scent boosters.

The scent itself is pretty intense when you first take your laundry out of the washer. You don't even need to add a dryer sheet because it's got enough scent and is soft enough to go without it. I do have a dryer bar because I hate static cling, but I don't think it adds or takes away from the scent boosters. I think how long the scent lasts depends on your household. For me I have kids coming in and out, playing around on the bed, etc. So the scent stays around for about 4-5 days. My aunt who doesn't really have anyone to mess up her bed, etc says the scent lasted more than a week.

But you know, you don't have to use your Snuggle Scent Boosters just for your laundry. My mother smokes, eww I know, so sometimes my clothes doesn't smell as fresh as I'd like. I took a couple of the Scent Booster packs and put them in my drawers, and I put them in a little sachet and hung it in my closet. This way I get that great smell in my room and in my clothes!

Overall, if you're looking for a change from those more expensive scent boosters and want something that really works check out Snuggles Scent Boosters! There are two different scents as of now: Lavender Joy and Blue Iris Bliss, I haven't tried the latter yet but I'm definitely going to. You can totally afford to try these out and hey if you don't like them send the rest to me! I love these things!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Snuggle Bear Den and was sent this product to review and try out. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

Vichy Idealia Review

For the last eight days I have been using Vichy Idealia Life Serum. I was sent some samples for myself as well as for some friends so we could all try it out together. Now I'm pretty wary about stuff

I put on my skin because it's not in the best shape already. I have tried so many products only for them to leave my skin burning and red. So on day one I used my regular cleansers and that was it. I wanted to start off using Vichy Idealia as if I hadn't really used any other products before. So after two more days of just washing with my regular skin cleanser I started my 8 day challenge.

Vichy's Idealia Life Serum is supposed to:
  • Even & illuminated skin tone
  • Visibly refined pores
  • Moisturized & refreshed skin
  • Youthful-looking complexion 
Vichy asks you to identify the 4 different factors that effect our skin on a daily basis: environment, diet, uv rays, and stress/lack of sleep. Now I don't know about you but all of those factors effect my skin big time. Living in South Texas we get hot beating down on you sunshine practically every day of the year. That can definitely do a number on anyone's skin. My diet could be better, but hey I'm working on it. I started drinking tons more water, eating way more greens, and a lot less junk food. Stress seems to be my middle name on some days with 4 teens and one preteen in the house. Yea, how do you think I deal with all those hormones?? And last environment - while I don't smoke my mother does and I'm around her a lot, but I think how much could it really affect me, right? So no to the sampling!

Day 1: I again used my regular face cleanser, patted down my face and went for the Vichy Idealia. They came in these super cute little pink pouches. I think there should have been more info on how many times I was to use it. Seeing how there were only eight samples, I assumed it was only once per day. I opened up the small sample sized package, after much effort, and squeezed every little bit of the cream out. First, there wasn't much of a smell - that's a plus. I hate using products on my face that smell weird. It seriously turns me off and takes away from the experience. I followed the directions and smoothed the cream on my face moving outwards towards my hairline. I did feel my skin and it was definitely smoother and more firm after a while. I didn't see any significant different in tone or clarity.

Day 2-5: Went pretty much the same as day 1. I cleansed with my regular cleanser, opened up the package and slathered the cream on. My skin was really smooth and firm, but again no difference in tone or clarity. I started to wonder if I was doing something wrong. While I loved the feel of my skin I was really wanting to see the difference and not just feel it.

I went online and started to read up on Vichy's Idealia Life Serum and saw, "...use Idéalia Life Serum twice daily for 8 days." Ah, so I was supposed to use it twice daily. I wish it had mentioned that in the packaging. So there I was left with only 3 small sample packages left so I just decided to keep using one per day.

Overall, I can definitely feel the difference in my skin's softness and firmness. It still isn't shiny and brilliant like others so I'm a little bummed by that, but I do think with proper continued use I'd see better results. I think it's a great product to add to your collection if you're looking for something new or better. It goes for $44 for 30ML bottle so it's not too pricey, but may not be in everyone's price range. I do think that if you can try it out for yourself, do it!

Disclaimer: I participated in a Sample and Share courtesy of Crowdtap and Vichy. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

September 11, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Art Piece Review

I was pretty excited when I was approached to review FulcrumGallery.com. I had actually never heard of them at that point, but who doesn't love some paintings to decorate their wall. The website is so easy to navigate and isn't too cluttered. They have their products arranged by room, styles, subjects, etc to make it easy for you to find what you like.

Aside from the thousands of paintings, prints, and mirrors they offer. You can also create your own masterpiece using your own photo. I am not a photographer so I didn't opt for this choice, but I think it's pretty awesome to have those special moments made into paintings. I'm thinking they would make a great gift for some parents and grandparents. The process is so easy too. I think the bigger the image is the better, so don't crop it. I made my image smaller and it wouldn't work because images need to be at least 900x900. Also right now they have a 50% off all "My Pictures" artwork, so for a 16"x16" gallery wrapped print it's only $50.99. That's pretty affordable for something that is of high quality.

Choosing your own print is super easy, but choosing a print from the thousands they offer, not so much. I saw so many images that I liked that I had practically made my choice 4 times before my final decision. They have a print that will match everyone's tastes and preferences. I finally settled on a print that said "Hope" by Grace Pullen. I love the background, it has a beach feeling to it. Just because this isn't your own print doesn't mean you can't customize it to your liking. Fulcrum Gallery let's you choose your frame and mat color. Those two choices can make the same print look totally different depending on the colors you choose. There are 3 other prints in this series: Love, Dream, and Relax. It was super simple to place my order in and I got a confirmation email within minutes. Shipping is standard shipping so it took about a week to get here.

When I got my print it came in a pretty large package. I was a bit confused because I didn't think the print would be that large. Upon opening up the package I saw why it was so big. FulcrumGallery.com makes sure your print will arrive to you safely and not messed up so they pack your print extra carefully. It wasn't too difficult to remove the print from the box, and any extra work was worth the extra packaging. My print was in excellent condition, not one blemish on it. On the back of the print there are two signatures: one for the personal framer, and the other for quality assurance. This means you can rest assured that what you're buying is 100% the best quality. On the back of the frame were two long metal hook type things. I obviously don't know the official name for them so bear with me. I used the one already attached to the back to hang my print. I wish there was perhaps some wiring to hang the print instead so it would be more sturdy. Either way my print looks fantastic on my wall and even with it being by the door, which gets slammed often, it is still hanging straight.

Shipping was on point and everything got here looking exactly as it did online. So I'll definitely be going back to Fulcrum Gallery for some more prints. I'm definitely thinking about getting a personalized print next time for my mom. A canvas print of all her grandchildren would make the best gift! So if you're looking to add some personal touches to your home, then you should definitely check out FulcrumGallery.com. They will have something to suit your tastes and decor in your home, I can pretty much guarantee that.   

Disclaimer: I was sent a print of my choice free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and no compensation was received. This photo is indeed hanging in my house and looks great on my wall.

July 29, 2014

Fave All Natural Juice

We are big juice drinkers so I'm always trying to find the next best flavor, and the most nutritional. Nowadays juices are filled with dyes and HFCS which are not good for your body. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is used to sweeten a lot of our beverages and foods. The top of the list of those foods is soda and juices. HFCS is cheaper than real sugar which is why so many companies use it. Most juice drinks, fruit punches, and juice cocktails contain only a small amount of juice and the rest is water and sweeteners.

So why should you choose Fave?
I was sent the three flavors available from Fave to try out with my family. Of course the first thing I did was check the ingredient list. Everyone should definitely get in the habit of doing this if you want to live a healthier life. The makers of Fave Juice have no problem with sharing all the info on their website. Upon reading the ingredients list for all three flavors, you can easily see why I gave them a passing grade. You can actually understand every single word and there are no added dyes! There are only 60 calories per 8 ounce glass and 12g of sugar. That may be a little high, but remember sugar occurs naturally in all fruits and you'll be getting 1 1/2 cup of veggies and 1/4 cup of fruit. What a great way to add some extra veggies and fruits into you and your children's diets.

The first juice we tried was the Tangerine, Orange, and Pineapple - sounds delicious, right? First off because Fave is an all-natural juice product you will get some settling. Don't worry, just shake the bottle up and you're good to go. With this juice the tangerine flavor was off the charts. We like tangerines so this was a good thing, if you're not a fan you may want to pass on this. It was pretty hot during the day so I froze the juice into some pops to give to the kids. As you can see they were a huge hit, very messy, and super tasty. My nephew kept wanting more, and well I can't say no, right?

The second juice we tried was the Strawberry Kiwi. I'll admit I passed on this one as I've tried this pairing in other juices and was not a fan. My kiddos loved it though and it was thirst quencher when they came in from playing outside. They play basketball daily and I hate giving them those sports drinks that are full of salt and HFCS. I would advise against freezing this into a pop though. I tried and well the juice ended up tasting salty, which no one enjoyed.

Last, but not least was the Pomegrante, Blueberry, and Goji. I've never drank anything with goji in it, but blueberry and pomegranate are a fave of mine. I used it in a smoothie and my younger brother used it in a protein shake after his workout. It is sort of tart and not very sweet, but it's still flavorful. I didn't try freezing this juice as I mainly kept it to myself. I kow that's horrible, but I've got to have something to myself, right?

I was super excited when I saw Fave in my area HEB. There they were all three flavors sitting nicely in a row on the the shelf. Of course I had to grab some up because they're super affordable. Less than some of the other juices that aren't as tasty and good as Fave. 
Disclaimer: I received all three bottles to try out and review. No further compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

June 18, 2014

My life with LBL

So I'm going to touch on a very touchy subject for many women out there. Many women over 45 start to experience LBL or light bladder leakage. Now I know its not something that many women will admit, but it's a real problem that effects women all over the world. There happens to be many types of LBL, but the two most common are - stress incontinence and urge continence. Some women happen to be "blessed" with both types. Stress is caused by laughing, coughing, sneezing or even exercise. Urge is when you've lost the ability to fully control your urge to urinate.

What exactly causes LBL?
  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)
My Story:
I'm a lot younger than 45, but many years of holding it in while in schools for fear of going in a public place obviously had a bad effect. Yup all during middle school I would literally hold it until I got home. I always ended my school day with a mad sprint to the house hoping that the front door wouldn't be locked. I only had one accident, but honestly the years of doing this have now made it harder for me to hold it now. It's the most embarrassing feeling in the world sitting there laughing with friends and you feel it. Of course to me it feels like a huge tidal wave swallowing me whole, but really it's just little squirts. Those little squirts always tend to happen when I'm far away from home and my panty drawer. You then have to scurry the closest bathroom to try and remedy things with toilet paper and hope there are some liners in that stupid metal box. Of course there never were any liners or pads in that metal box and the tp never worked. I wold be left feeling uncomfortable all day worrying that there may be some odor. I honestly never bought incontinence pads because those were for old people.  I just used regular panty liners and pads which obviously are not made for LBL. So when I got a little email from Crowdtap saying to apply for a new mission I jumped on it.

My friends at Crowdtap sent me a sample of Poise's products. When I first heard of Poise I automatically thought of old ladies and diapers. What I received in my little kit was far from that. I got a sample kit of 3 different liners and 1 pad in a super cute little purple "purse". They threw in some coupons for good measure - it's like they know about my love of coupons.

The kit included:
  • Microliner Original x1
  • Microliner Long x1
  • Liner Long x1
  • Ultra Thin Pad x1

The Poise Microliner is exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to a liner. Super thin and absorbent without it making me look like I'm wearing a diaper. I wasn't sure it would be long enough for my needs, but it did an okay job. The microliner long was definitely more up to par for me and did the job superbly. But if you're still looking for a little more protection then the long liner is still really thin and will give you even more coverage. The ultra thin pad isn't as thin as some menstraul pads, but definitely thinner than most incontinence pads. It is the same length as the long liner and offers a bit more absorbancy.

All the pads have odor neutralizers, are the thinnest liners in their category, they all feature SAM (super absorbent material) and the price is pretty darn good compared to other brands. I think that's one of the top features I like is that they are affordable. Price is an issue for someone who has three still using menstrual pads and then to have to buy liners for LBL, it's hard on the wallet. So if you're out there and you suffer with LBL rest assure that you aren't the only one. 1 in 3 women suffer from it and Poise is definitely a great liner to help keep you dry and happy.

Want to find out some more information about Poise and LBL then check out their website:HERE

I received this kit as a part of a sample and share from Crowdtap and Poise. All opinions are my own and no compensation was paid. #LadiesWithPoise

November 24, 2013

Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Medication

I was given a chance to try out Orajel Cold Sore medication which includes two single dose treatment vials and one tube of moisturizer. I haven’t had a cold sore, but I can honestly say I didn’t really know what one really was. It wasn’t until one fateful day that a cold sore reared its ugly head and a co-worker screamed, “herpes!” while pointing. I was shocked and appalled, why would she be yelling that, I wasn’t “that type” of girl you know. Well what I had always known as a fever blister was in fact a cold sore. I was told it was just something you got when you were getting really sick. I really had no clue and so when that event happened I went to get informed.

What is a cold sore?
Well first of all just having something appear by your lips does not a cold sore make. I actually didn’t have a cold sore at the time, but a pimple in a unfortunate place. So what exactly is a cold sore? Well they are called fever blisters and are actually groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. It makes the skin red, swollen, and sometimes sore. These blisters may break open and leak clear fluid, which is the moment you have to be extra careful. Most cold sores heal within 2 weeks after scabbing over.

What causes cold sores?
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV. There are two types of HSV - 1 and 2. HSV-1 is the virus that cause cold sores while HSV-2 is genital herpes. Apparently  both types can cause cold sores so its best to get checked if any appear.

What symptoms should you look for?
Well one obvious symptom to look for is a cold sore. If you’ve been infected you may get pain around you mouth and lips, a fever, sore throat, or swollen glands. Even though most people have these symptoms there are some that never get cold sores or any symptoms. That’s why it’s always get to get periodically checked out by your doctor.

Can cold sores be treated?
While cold sores themselves can be treated you can’t treat the virus itself. Once you have it, it will always be with you for the rest of your life. So the best thing is to try and prevent them.

So how can you prevent cold sores?
Well avoid contact with an infected person, whether its your partner or stranger. Kissing isn’t the only way you can get the virus, sharing anything that an infected person may have used can  also spread it.

If you do happen to contract the virus, relax it isn’t the end of the world. Because over 70 percent of adults in America have oral herpes (HSV-1); so you’re not alone.

With Orajel Cold Sore treatment you can cut the healing time and after just one application it starts to heal your cold sore. Also, it’ll take away the pain really quickly if you have any. It’s pretty simple to use, you take one vial, snap it in half, and then gently rub it on your cold sore. You could also just press down on it to
make sure it covers the cold sore completely. It doesn’t burn and the moisturizer you use afterwards help to keep everything from drying out and looking worse.

While it can be a little expensive there are really no other options when it comes to cold sore medication. Most will take weeks and many applications to start the healing. You can find coupons online and sometimes in the newspaper.

Click here for more information: HERE