Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery by National Geographic Kids!


 
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Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you one of the best gifts to put under your Christmas tree. The gift of  literature! As we all know, reading to our children is very important and it does make a huge difference. If your kiddos like to read, as much as mine do, then check out National Geographic's Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery!


Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature's Nursery is one of the cutest children's books! It's contains beautiful photographs, animal profiles and fun facts. Hey, Baby! is packed with the cutest, fuzziest and tiniest baby animals. Hey, Baby! is organized by habitat. Each section opens up with a poem and ends with a cute section called "Tot Lot." Which is a photo gallery of even more cute animal babies.




My Thoughts

My family and I are huge fans of anything National Geographic. We particularly love the books that are available for children. Hey, Baby! is one of the cutest and factual books. The book is big, colorful and has sturdy pages. I love reading it to my kiddos because its teaches them all about nature's baby animals. While reading, I couldn't count how many times we all said "awww" when we turned the page. Seeing all of the baby animals made us want to keep reading. My kids really enjoyed learning about their habitats, friendships, folktales and animal rescues. I look forward to reading Hey, Baby! over and over again!


This gorgeous, 185 page, hardcover book is only $24.99 and is the perfect keepsake. It can be purchased wherever books are sold. Including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Target, Costco, Walmart and shopng.com/books.

Purchase Hey, Baby! this holiday season and by doing so, your purchase will help fund exploration, research and conservation efforts of the National Geographic Society!


~Melissa~
 
Friday, December 1, 2017

Fingerlings Monkey GIVEAWAY!


Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing a special giveaway with all of my awesome readers. As we all know, the holidays are quickly approaching and all of us are scrambling to pick up the hottest toys to put under our tree. One of those "hot toys" this year is the Fingerlings Monkey! I ordered these cute monkeys months ago when they first came out and I ordered a few extra so I would have this chance to give one away to my readers! I have two Fingerlings- One blue "Boris" and one pink "Bella". One winner will choose whether they want blue or pink. :)
 

One winner will be chosen and contacted via email on December 12th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond. If I do not hear anything back within 24 hours, I will be forced to choose another winner. I will to ship prize ASAP that way the winner will have their Fingerlings before Christmas! US only, please! Prize fulfilled by A Sampling Bee! Good luck!!

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Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies Review





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 Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you delicious chocolate chunk cookies from Back To Nature! Back To Nature's mission is to give people truly delicious foods made from recipes inspired by nature. Back To Nature carefully selects all of their ingredients to create the best tasting products. Products that are simply delicious and simply good.
 

Back To Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with wheat flour, semi-sweet chocolate chunks, dried cane syrup, safflower oil, brown rice syrup, baking soda and sea salt.  These chocolate chunk cookies do not contain any hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. They are Kosher and do contain wheat and soy. A serving of 2 cookies is 130 calories, contains 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 70mg of sodium. One package retails for $3.49-$3.99 each.
 
 

 
My Thoughts

Back To Nature makes one delicious cookie! These cookies are loaded with chunk of chocolate and are oh so crunchy. I love eating them right out of the box or dipping them into a cold glass of milk. The cookies are bite-sized and perfect for kids. My son loves when I put a few of these cookies into his lunch box for school. I have never had a cookie before that was made with wheat flour. I must say, there is no taste difference whatsoever. The chocolate chunks? Are exactly that. Chunks of semi-sweet chocolate! So yummy! I have found my new favorite cookie, thanks, Back To Nature!


Back To Nature's Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just the start of an amazing product line. Back To Nature also has granola, juices, cereal, nuts & trail mix, crackers and soups. Visit their website to see all of their amazing products.

To find a store near you, visit: backtonaturefoods.com/where-to-buy.

~Melissa~
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November's Degusta Box Review

 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing with you November's Degusta Box USA! Degusta Box USA sends you 9-14 full sized food/drink products each month for only $19.99. Why wouldn't you want to get a box delivered each month that is loaded with goodies? Degusta Box USA makes a great gift!


So, what's inside November's Box...


The Lovely Candy Company all natural, soft, buttery caramels are crafted with only the finest ingredients. Real butter and sweetened condensed milk are used to create this indulgent sweet treat. These caramels are gluten-free, kosher and non-GMO. Contains NO high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. Made in the USA. $2.50


Café Bustelo Café con Leche Instant Coffee Sticks contain the perfect ratio of espresso-style coffee, sweetener and non-dairy creamer. The portable sticks are great to take with you on-the-go! $2.99


Walkers Shortbread Cookies are made using four all natural ingredients including butter. These cookies do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or additives. The Scottie Dog Shortbread Cookies are a fun, delicious snack to enjoy with everyone. Kosher and suitable for vegetarians. $4.49


Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar are packed with delicious bits of Oreo Cookie pieces mixed with vanilla flavored crème filling, and coated with European Milka chocolate candy. $1.79


Bauducoo Mini Panettone  is moist, fresh and made with Sun-maid raisins. Panettone is a traditional holiday cake made with care in a process that takes 52 hours. This mini Panettone is perfect for on-the-go. $2.75


Rufus Teague smoky, sweet, hot Kansas City BBQ Sauce has just enough spice to make your taste buds jump! Perfect for grilling, dipping or drinking straight out of the bottle! There was a sample in this month's box.


Country Archer Jerk Co. Turkey Jerky is made with 100% cage-free turkey breast. With no added hormones or antibiotics. Made with organic ingredients and real smoke flavor. $5.99


Goya Pico De Gallo Salsa is a mild and authentic product of Mexico salsa. It's a home style, chunky salsa featuring onions, tomato paste, jalapenos and coriander. $2.19


Goya Tortillas are a staple of Mexican cuisine and a favorite for taco and burrito lovers. Use these yummy tortillas to make homemade tacos, quesadillas, burritos or enchiladas. Goya Flour Tortillas are 10" that are shelf stable, have no cholesterol and no trans fat. $1.99


Aneto Natural Chicken Broth is delicious by itself, in soup, stews or risottos. Aneto's secret to a delicious broth is high quality chicken and vegetables. Simmer them on low for 3 hours and you have a delicious broth! Free from preservatives, additives, GMO, trans-fat, nuts, gluten, dairy and soy. $6.99


Bell's Seasoning is America's oldest seasoning. This seasoning was started in 1867 by William G. Bell and is a seasoning that is packed with a unique blend of herbs and spices. This iconic, salt-free blend is all natural and has become a staple of Thanksgiving tables throughout the country! $2.99


Arteasan crafts yummy ready-to-drink 5-calorie iced teas. Their teas contain 1 gram of sugar per bottle. Arteasan infusions blend fragrant teas with sumptuous fruits and unexpected botanicals from 5 continents and over 20 different countries. $2.50



My Thoughts

I love getting Degusta Box US every month to review. The products are a complete surprise and I am always happy with my goodies. November is packed with products to help make a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving dinner! The seasoning, the chicken broth.. both perfect for making a delicious turkey! This month's box also has a lot of yummy snacks. I really enjoyed the sample of Turkey Jerky and the Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar! The Shortbread Cookies were good, too! I have always been a huge fan of The Lovely Candy Co. and these caramels were creamy and delish! All-in-all, $20 for this box is so worth it. It's so fun to try new things before actually buying them. I highly recommend Degusta Box USA!

I received Degusta Box USA in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Barilla Perfect Pasta Party!


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you my Barilla Perfect Pasta Party! Barilla was nice enough to send me an awesome party pack. My party pack Included 24 packages of their Ready Pastas, 4 jars of sauces and pesto, 10 lunch boxes and 10 coupon booklets. Barilla's Ready Pasta allows busy parents, like me, to cook a delicious meal and have it ready quickly. The Ready Pasta comes in pouches that can be put right into the microwave. Microwave for 60 seconds and the pasta is ready to eat!

 
Barilla's Ready Pasta is fully cooked. To prepare, squeeze the pouch to loosen up the pasta. Tear top to vent prior to cooking. Microwave for 60 seconds. Pouch will be hot. Use cool touch zones when handling. Add your favorite ingredients and enjoy!
 
 
Barilla's Ready Pasta is all-natural and made with 3 simple ingredients- a dash of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and "al dente" Barilla pasta. Ready Pasta does not contain any preservatives and they are non-GMO certified. Ready Pasta is available in 4 different pastas: Rotini, Penne, Elbows & Gemelli.
 



For my party, I made pouches of Barilla Penne Ready Pasta, a salad and my favorite, Chicken Parmigiana! I used Barilla's Marinara Sauce to make the chicken parmigiana and it turned out SO good! I love their Marinara Sauce. I loved the fact that I did not have to add any butter or oil to the Ready Pasta. After reading the package, I noticed that the pouch already contains an extra virgin olive oil. My sons loved it right out of the package!

 
I made all of my guests these prize packs to take home with them! All-in-all, we had a great time! I am a huge fan of Barilla's Ready Pasta. It's delicious and super easy to prepare. I love that I can take a pouch of pasta and quickly make it my own. The pasta cooks nicely and is not over cooked or under cooked. Barilla put just the right amount of extra virgin olive oil on the pasta. The pasta can be eaten right out of the bag. But, we like to add some butter and mozzarella cheese to the top of it. The convenient pouches are great for lunches, traveling or for quick weekday meals. I highly recommend these Ready Pastas!
 
Barilla & Tryazon sent me samples to review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
~Melissa~
Monday, November 13, 2017

Natural Sins Chips Review


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you crispy chips from Natural Sins! This "Un potato chip" comes all the way from Costa Rica and they are delicious! These yummy chips come in both fruits and veggies. Natural Sins Chips contain only 2 ingredients: the fruit or veggie and pure cane sugar. Natural Sins is changing the way we snack by offering a healthy alternative to the potato chip. Natural Sins Chips are a healthy snack that the whole family can enjoy. My sons LOVE them!


Natural Sins processes all of their Costa Rican fruit and veggie chips by hand. After searching for the best fruits and veggies, they hand slice the fruits and veggies 1/4mm thick, sprinkle them with pure cane sugar and then bake them low and slow. When opening a hand-packed bag of Natural Sins, you will be able to enjoy crispy slices of whole fruit. Natural Sins Chips come in 4 yummy flavors: Coconut, Mango, Pineapple and Beets.



Natural Sins Chips are all-natural, fat-free, high in dietary fiber, tree nut free, low in calories and contains 0% sodium. Each 1 ounce bag contains one serving of fruit or veggie. Calories per bag ranges from 92 calories to 168 calories per 1 ounce bag. These chips are also non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. Natural Sins Chips do not contain any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And, they are baked, NEVER fried or freeze dried.

 
 
My Thoughts

Natural Sins Chips are amazingly good! I was surprised at how thin they are sliced and the amount of flavor that is in them. My favorite chips are definitely the Mango Chips. They are sliced so thin, crunchy and coated with just the right amount of sugar. I can devour the whole bag in one sitting and I know that they are healthy for me. One bag is not enough and I tend to find myself tearing open another bag. ;)  I love coconut chips because they contain so much more less sugar than other brands coconut chips and they are delish! The beet chips are good, but I am not a big beet fan. Can't get past the dirty flavor. But, for someone who loves Beets, try these chips! The pineapple chips are so so good. I am a hue pineapple fan! One thing I noticed about Natural Sins Chips is that when slicing, they did not cut off the outer skin. Natural Sins left the fruits and veggies just the way they are. And, I think by leaving the skin on, it gave the chips that much more flavor and crispiness. I highly recommend Natural Sins. Throw those yucky potato chips away and grab a healthy, all-natural bag of Natural Sins Chips!

I received Natural Sins Chips in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

~Melissa~
Friday, November 3, 2017

Trisha's Almond Toffee Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Trisha's Almond Toffee! Trisha's Almond Toffee was created over 30 years ago by Aunt Trisha. This family owned business started in Texas but is now based in Maryland. Trisha's Almond Toffee is handmade and prepared with only the freshest and finest ingredients. All ingredients used to make Trisha's Almond Toffee is made in the USA. Including Almonds from California. Trisha's Toffee are preservative free as well as gluten-free. Trisha's Almond Toffee is unlike any other because it won't stick to your teeth!


Trisha's Almond Toffee is available in Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate. Flavors include Plain dark, white and milk, Sea Salt and Pumpkin Spice! Trisha's Almond Toffee is made fresh-to-order. Which means that the toffee is made fresh right after you order. Trisha's Almond Toffee is perishable, so it is recommended that the toffee is refrigerated or kept in your freezer. Trisha's Toffee has a 2 month shelf life, unrefrigerated. Trisha's Almond Toffee makes a great holiday gift, party favor, corporate gift or a treat for yourself!



My Thoughts

Trisha's Toffee is excellent! It's rich, crunchy, full of flavor and absolutely does not stick in my teeth! My favorite flavor is the Milk Chocolate Sea Salt. This flavor is perfect with just the right amount of salt. My taste buds are craving some right now! It's very noticeable that these toffees are made with only the best, high quality ingredients. And, I love how the toffee is made fresh-to-order! With the holidays coming up, Trisha's Almond Toffee makes a wonderful gift! Stocking stuffer, too!

I received Trisha's Toffee in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own!
 
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