April 23, 2015

nuNaat's Garlic Magic Hair Care

I got a great opportunity to work with a fantastic company called, nuNaat. They make wonderful hair care products for an inexpensive price. I worked with them once before with their Brazilian Hair Care Set. It was wonderful and I still buy the hair mask till this day because it leaves my hair so soft and shiny. I was a bit surprised when they told me the new hair care set was made using garlic. Yea that smelly delicious stuff you use for cooking was being used for shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and a leave in treatment. As much as I was a little worried about the smell, I was super excited to try it out. It couldn't possibly be that bad if its by nuNaat.

So I got my package, really fast by the way, and took the four different bottles out. Like I mentioned before they were shampoo, conditioner, a leave in treatment, and hair mask. The first thing I did was open them up so I could smell what they smelled like.

I opened up the shampoo first and took a whiff and...it smelled great! It had a very light floral soap scent. It was thick and creamy and with two quarter sized dollops it was enough to clean my hair. It lathered up well enough, but not a lot. It isn't like regular shampoos that lather up a lot, its "cleaner". I don't find a problem with this, although it does mean I have to use slightly more to coat all of my hair. The conditioner has less of a floral scent, it actually doesn't have much of a scent at all. It too is thick and creamy and I had to use two dollops to cover my entire head as well. It washed off easily and I could feel the difference in my hair after using it. I didn't use the hair mask the first time because I used the regular conditioner. I did use the leave in treatment, but I believe I put too much. I can honestly say I wasn't sure how much I was supposed to put and ended up putting too much because it was left with a lot of residue. The next time I used it, I used much less and it came out fine. It left my hair super soft even after I straightened it with my flat iron. A few days later I did try out the mask and wow it left my hair so full, shiny, and soft. I have another hair mask that I loved, but I have found myself reaching for nuNaat's garlic hair mask.

So the main reason for me trying it out is because of my main issue...dry scalp. Yup I have dry, flaky, itchy scalp that always seems to get worse on days I wear black clothes. Garlic shampoo is great for people whose hair is thinning out. As we get older some of us tend to start losing our hair. Garlic helps to prrvent hair loss by acting as a stimulant for growth in cells. It helps to make your scalp healthy and aid against dry and itchy scalp. It helps to prevent breakage so yay, no more split ends. Also if you have issues with frizzy hair..well guess what it fixes that too! I had never heard of garlic shampoo, but I'm so glad that I got to try it out.

Since using it my hair is much softer, shinier, and more importantly no itchy dry scalp. Nothing more embarrassing that huge flakey dandruff all over your shoulders. So if you are experiencing any of these issues then you should definitely try out NuNaat's new Garlic Hair Care Products. They're all pretty affordable and you can purchase them online and in stores.

Prego Alfredo Sauce Review

So I've had Prego Alfredo sauce before, but to be honest it wasn't always my favorite. While it was good I always reached or the more inexpensive brand that was just as good, but certainly not better. Well I was able to try Prego's Light Alfredo through Crowdtap and loved it. Sadly though when I went to go find it again in my store...there wasn't any. Apparently stores don't carry it and when trying to search for it online, nothing comes up!

Okay Prego, why you holding out on us? Give us the tasty Light Homestyle Alfredo sauce please. So since I wasn't able to find the light variety I just got regular Homestyle Alfredo. It still had the same thick, creamy, not too salty flavor as the light version.

So of course I like things simple and easy so I went for some Shrimp Alfredo! So I grabbed my shrimp, a little unsalted butter, and some peppercorn and started cooking. I cooked the shrimp till they were almost done and added the alfredo sauce. I let it continue cooking making sure not to overcook the shrimp. No one needs rubbery overcooked shrimp in their life...no one. Before I even started to cook the shrimp though, I took some Barilla thin spaghetti and started boiling it. I like my noodles to be a little chewy, how about you?

After making sure the noodles were just right, for me anyway, I drained them and dumped them in the pan with the shrimp and alfredo sauce. I made sure to coat the noodles so that they would all have sauce...sauceless noodles = no bueno!

So obviously the final verdict was delicious! Seriously I think I'll spend the extra cash to get the Prego sauce because it's really good. It has the right flavor, the right consistency, and I don't feel too guilty about eating it. It isn't overloaded with salt so it makes a great dinner for me and the family.

So if you're ever out at the store and see some Prego Alfredo Sauces grab them up! They also work really well for some homemade mac and cheese. Check out the recipe below which serves 10, obviously I did mention I've got a large family which means lots of servings! You can fix it to fit your family by halfing the recipe, etc. It's super tasty and actually really easy. Feel free to use reduced fat cheeses and skim milk, you won't be able to tell the difference.

Extra Recipe!
Mac and Cheese:
  • cooking spray 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni  
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce (I recommend Prego Alfredo Sauce)
  • 1/2 (1 pound) package processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup of milk (your choice)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13 baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; stir 1 teaspoon salt and vegetable oil into boiling water. Gradually stir macaroni into the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until macaroni are tender but still slightly firm, about 10 minutes. Drain well and pour macaroni into prepared baking dish.
  3. Pour Alfredo sauce into a 3-quart microwave-safe bowl and stir processed cheese into sauce; microwave on 60 percent power for 6 minutes. Stir sauce mixture and microwave for 5 more minutes on 60 percent power. Season with black pepper and paprika. Stir 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese into mixture until cheese has melted and sauce is thick and smooth.
  4. Pour half the cheese sauce over macaroni and stir to coat; pour in remaining cheese mixture and stir again. Spread remaining shredded sharp Cheddar cheese over macaroni.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbling, 30 to 40 mins. Let macaroni and cheese stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Disclaimer: I originally tried Prego Light Alfredo through Crowdtap, this review is on regular Homestyle Alfredo. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received for this review.

Campbells Soup For Easy Cooking Review

I tried out the Campbell's Soups For Easy Cooking "Mexican Style Tomato" and it was really great. I honestly didn't think it would taste as good as it did because sometimes big companies don't get Mexican or Hispanic flavors right. Things could sometimes end up tasting generic and just doesn't hit the spot. Well I was pleasantly surprised because the soup or sauce came out great.

So the soup actually doesn't really seem like a soup to me. I really see it as a flavored tomato sauce that can be used in different recipes. I don't think I could really see myself eating this as a soup. Maybe you would, but I just don't see it...now as a soup base, yes. Anyway, its got a really great flavor to it and thankfully wasn't that salty. I've been cutting down on my salt intake and now whenever I do eat things that are a bit saltier, it's totally unbearable. It tastes like I'm drinking sea water, it just assaults my taste buds.

So I was looking for something simple and easy to cook because now that summer weather has hit  South Texas I do not want to spend too much time roasting away...I mean cooking in the kitchen. So I went online to Campbell's Kitchen and found a recipe for "Easy Beef Taco Skillet". I didn't want to put tortillas into my recipe though because it just seemed too heavy, not too mention they add more salt to the recipe. I'm always changing up recipes and making them my own, cooking should reflect your wants and needs and in this moment I don't need tortillas. I did keep the cheese in the recipe though because...who doesn't love cheese!?

Easy Beef Taco Skillet
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion (about 1 cup)
1 carton (14.5 ounces) Campbell's® Mexican Style Tomato Soup
4 flour tortillas (6-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • Cook the beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
  • Stir the soup and tortillas in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir the beef mixture. Top with the cheese.

The kids really enjoyed this and honestly I wasn't totally sure they would. They can be extremely picky when it comes to certain foods. The whole, "I don't know what that is, but I know I don't like it" routine. Well they loved it and asked for more, thankfully this was more than enough to feed my extremely large famil.

The Campbells Soups for Easy Cooking do come in other flavors :
Creamy Herb & Garlic Soup With Chicken Stock
Savory Portabello Mushroom
Sweet Onion Soup

I'd definitely recommend trying them out, especially the Mexican Style Tomato, it is great with enchiladas too!