Friday, September 25, 2015

PaleoCrazy Organic Matcha Tea Review


 
 Welcome! Today, I share with you PaleoCrazy's Organic Culinary Grade Matcha Tea! Do you enjoy drinking Matcha? Read my review below :)
 
 

PaleoCrazy's Matcha is 100% Organic. The Matcha comes from Japan. It's great for drinking as well as for baking. Use your Matcha to make cookies, pound cake, lattes, smoothies, etc. Matcha is full of healthy antioxidants that help you feel better, lose weight, focus better and help you live a cleaner lifestyle.

Typically, Matcha is the only tea variety that is ground into a fine powder form for a reason. When healthily drinking Matcha or enjoying a food or beverage made from Matcha - you consume the entire tea leaf. This is the primary difference between Matcha and all other tea. Normally black tea or other green teas are consumed via steeping the tea leaves infused with hot water. Most importantly, Matcha drinkers receive the full nutrition benefits of the whole tea leaf and will enjoy the high concentration of green tea antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Matcha is extremely rich in 3 very important nutrients that are of high interest for healthier lifestyle living: Insoluble Fibers, Antioxidants, and L-Theanines. - Via PaleoCrazy


 
 
My Thoughts
 
This Matcha Green Tea is good for you. I prepare it by using 1 teaspoon of Matcha, 8oz of hot water, half a teaspoon of Sugar in the Raw and a Matcha Whisk. Add ingredients into a cup and whisk for 2 minutes. If you don't use a whisk, you'll get clumps of Matcha at the bottom of your cup. The Matcha is strong and it might take you a few times in order to get use to the taste. It's strong because, unlike black teas, you are getting the whole leaf. I personally don't like the taste of Matcha alone. So, I find natural ways to sweeten it up a bit. I like making a Matcha smoothie with either banana or pineapple. Bananas and pineapple chunks give it just the right amount of sweetness. Without the added sugar.

After drinking Matcha for over a week, I noticed that my metabolism is better. My skin feels softer and I am more energized. I recommend!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!


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~Melissa~
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pulled Pork Shredder Meat Claws Review


 
Good evening! Tonight, I got to test out my new Culinary Claws on a Pulled Pork! I'd love to share my experience with them with you. So, read on.. :)
 
 
 


Culinary Claws can handle anything from your BBQ grill, smoker, or slow cooker. Cut, chop, slice, flip pork, turkey, beef, lamb, or brisket in the oven. Scoop charcoal into/out of your grill. Carry the hot roast from the crock pot to the kitchen and then easily shred it in seconds. Also superb for mixing salads, pastas, and vegetables. Use your Culinary Claws to shred lettuce, too!

The Culinary Claws are made out of a durable nylon plastic and they are BPA free. They are heat resistant up to 450 degrees.  The claws are easy to clean. They are dishwasher safe!

 
My Thoughts
 
 
I was able to shred an 8 pound pork shoulder in under 5 minutes. The Culinary Claws made my job so much easier. I feel like I was able to get more meat off of the fat from using the claws. Use the claws to get the pork shoulder out of the crock pot, too. I usually have such a hard time lifting it out of the crock pot. Not this time. The claws shredded the meat nicely. Leaving only small sized shreds. When I was finished with them, I washed them by hand just to see how well they'd clean up. Soapy water and a sponge is all you'll need! But, I love how they are dishwasher safe! The nylon plastic is durable. The claws did not chip or break during use.  They are worth the $7.99 price tag
 and are made to last! When you purchase the Culinary Claws, you get a lifetime warranty and a free recipe e-book!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always.


 
~Melissa~
Monday, September 21, 2015

Volmate Digital LCD Voltmeter Review


 
Good morning! Today, I share with you a great product for the man/men in our lives! My review for the Digital LCD Voltmeter by Volmate is below :)
 
 
This is not only a Voltmeter. It is also a Multimeter, Ohmmeter and a Ammeter. The 3 1/2 inch LCD screen makes it easy to read it's readings. The LCD also has a backlight. The voltmeter takes a 9 volt battery which is included with purchase. Use your Voltmeter to check to see if your rechargeable batteries are full or to check your rechargeable battery's remaining capacity. The use of a multimeter is one of the most basic skills in electronics.

Your purchase includes:
 
1 Digital LCD Multimeter Voltmeter Ohmmeter Ammeter
2 Test Leads
1 9V Battery
1 English Manual
 

Specifications:
 
1. DC Voltage: 200mV-600V ±(0.5%±2dgts)
2. AC Voltage: 200/600V ±(1.2%±10dgts)
3. DC Current: 200uA-10A ±(1.0%+2dgts)
4. Resistance: 200Ω-2MΩ ±(0.8%±3dgts)
5. Power supply: 9V,6F22
6. Max. display: 1999 
7. Diode:  Yes
8: Dynatron: Yes
9. LCD Backlight: Yes
10: Continuity Buzzer: Yes
11: Input Impedance for DCV: 1MΩ
12: Sample Rate: 3times/S
13: Low Battery Indication: Yes
14: Data Hold: Yes
15: LCD Size: 70 x 40mm
16: Dimensions: 5.43”×2.76”×1.22”
17: Standard Accessories: Battery(built-in), 2 test leads
18: Standard Individual Packing: Gift Box, English Manual 
19: Product Net Weight: 9 oz
 
 
My Thoughts

A great product to have around. This Voltmeter is perfect for testing batteries. Having kids in the house, there are so many toys that take batteries. This product makes it easier for myself and my husband to find batteries that have enough charge for their toys. The Voltmeter is easy to use and can easily be propped up by the built in stand. The protective cover keeps it from getting banged up if dropped. Also, the protective cover allows you to get a better grip on it. The LCD screen is easy to read. The backlight is a nice feature. I recommend this product.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!





~Melissa~
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rumiano's Cheese Review


 
Hello! Today, I share with you Rumiano's Organic Grass Fed Cheese! Who loves cheese? Raise your hand!! Read below to find out more about Rumiano's awesome cheese!
 
 

Rumiano Cheese Company is the oldest family-owned cheese company in California dating back four generations. Rumiano's cheese is great because it is Organic and Non-GMO. Also, the moos are grass fed :) Rumiano's recently put their cheese to the test and learned that Rumiano Family Organic Cheese when compared to conventional cheese, contains over 30% higher Omega-3 fatty acids AND over 25% higher CLA's (conjugated linoleic acid).  Both of these important fatty acids have been shown to improve cardiovascular and heart health along with many additional health benefits. Rumiano's has several cheeses to choose from. Including Sharp Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Chipotle Cheddar, Colby, and Fontina. Just to name a few :)
 
 
 
 
 
Visit their website and enter their giveaway. They are giving away 52 8oz blocks of their cheese to one lucky winner!! 52 blocks!!

ENTER: http://rumianocheese.com/blog/item/fourth-annual-rumiano-big-cheese-sweepstakes-is-here

My Thoughts

I tried the Pepper Jack Cheese and the Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I loved them both. My favorite out of these two flavors I'd have to say is the Pepper Jack. It's full of flavor. The Pepper Jack had just the right amount of spiciness to it. The Sharp Cheddar is perfect for those who do not like spicy cheese. They're both smooth in texture and pair awesomely with crackers and pepperoni. Rumiano's has a cheese to satisfy every taste bud. Get Rumiano's Cheese for your next party! Everyone will love this cheese!

Visit Rumiano's Cheese online to learn more and to find a store near you that carries their cheeses.
 
~Melissa~

Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero Book Review


  
 
Happy Wednesday, all! Today, I share with you another great book. Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero. This book is now a major motion picture from Paramount! Coming soon!
 

Overview

Captive, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols- on the run as the suspect of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son- takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren's best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope. Paperback. 272 Pages.

Here is the Official Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IKJFYegRJk
 
My Thoughts

This is a great book. The book keeps you entertained the whole time. I was hooked by the first page. I think I read most of the book within a day! I do not want to get too far into the story because I do not want to give anything away. But, I do recommend this book. I would like to see the movie.

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

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~Melissa~
Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung Book Review


 
Hey! Today, I share with you a book called The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden. Written by Kevin DeYoung.
 

Kevin DeYoung, Father of six, is a best selling author. He lead his children through an exciting journey through the Bible. Connecting the dots from the Garden of Eden to Christ's Death on the cross to the new heave and new earth. Illustrations by Don Clark. Don Clark is an award winning artist. He brings color and imagination into this book. Hardcover. 132 pages. To learn more, visit HERE.

My Thoughts

I read the entire book to my son in one sitting. He was so interested and entertained the whole time we were reading it together. When we were done reading the whole book, he asked me to read it to him again. We really enjoy the colorful pictures and patterns. I like how the book breaks down the Bible and makes it easier for us to follow along and learn. The book makes it easy for kiddos to learn. I recommend this book.

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
~Melissa~
Friday, September 11, 2015

Saving for a Sunny Day with Suntrust Bank- Buying a Home

Suntrust Bank makes it possible for you to save for your Sunny Days. Like buying a new home!
Buying a home is a very exciting. But, at the same time it can be nerve-wracking. My husband and I just bought our first house almost a year ago and I remember the mixed emotions that it caused. One moment you are super excited and then the next I was so worried about having the money to afford everything. Especially those unexpected costs.

That's where Suntrust comes in. Suntrust makes it possible for you to save for those unexpected expenses. For those of you who are homeowners, or expecting to be a homeowner in the near future, know that there will be those unexpected bills.



10 Money Saving Tips- Make Your House Feel Like a Home:

  1. Determine your budget before you begin. Lets face it... If we didn't have a budget, our homes would be decorated completely.
  2. Get the necessities first. Like couches, a TV, dining room table, bed, dishes, silverware, food, etc.
  3. Update your existing furniture. It will be much cheaper for you to have those ugly chairs reupholstered than for you to buy brand new ones.
  4. Visit garage sales, tag sales, thrift stores or search online for items that people are either selling or giving away for free. One mans trash is another mans treasure :)
  5. Shop clearance sections of stores. Just because it's on clearance does not mean that there is anything wrong with it.
  6. Do a lot of online research. If you like a product, search for that product online and see who has it cheapest. Have it shipped and save gas money :)
  7. Adding a fresh paint of coat makes all the difference to a room. Paint it the most affordable decorating tool.
  8. Visit local home improvement stores in your area and ask them about their free, hands on classes. You can learn how to make your own home décor, paint, etc. Also check local craft stores.
  9. Have a decorating party instead of a housewarming party. Invite your family and friends over to help you paint, hang pictures and move in your furniture. This saves you money on having to hire help. Plus, everyone is just as excited as you are to see your new home. Have them help you decorate it.
  10. If you are crafty, make your own quilts, blankets, wreaths, pillows, etc. Plus, it'll be one of a kind. Which I love :)
Thinking of buying a new home? Suntrust will help you save for your Sunny Day. Suntrust will also set you up with a local loan officer who will inspire you and motivate you into taking the next steps in becoming a home owner. Visit their Owning a Home Resource Center to learn more.


        
    Sunny Days start here. At SunTrust, they have the tools and resources to help you achieve your sunny day. Start here to find out how they can help you enjoy the things that matter to you.
    At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you. They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.
    For even more sunny day inspiration visit yoursunnyday.com
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    Visit the SunTrust resource center anytime for help achieving your financial goals.
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

    ~Melissa~
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Veggie Fries- Carrots & Potatoes Review



 Happy Hump Day! Man, this week is flying by! Last night, I made these Veggie Fries for dinner. They are Carrot & Potato Veggie Fries! They are out of this world good, so, I HAD to share them with you :)

 
These Veggie Fries are 27% carrots and beans. They contain 2 servings of vegetables and they are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin D. These Veggie Fries from Heaven are Gluten-free, wheat-free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Nut Free, Soy free and Non-GMO. They contain only 30mg of sodium per serving.
Also available in Broccoli, Chickpea & Red Pepper and Kale & Tuscan Bean.
Ready to eat in less than 20 minutes!
 
Ingredients:
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • White Beans
  • Rice Flour
  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Starch
  • Water
  • Potato Starch
  • Less than 2% of Sea Salt, Tapioca Starch, Locust Bean Gum, Garlic, Xanthan Gum and Tapioca Dextrin
My Thoughts

First of all, I love how I can pronounce all of the added ingredients. That tells me that they're something that I can feed my family without having to worry about yucky, unhealthy additives. Second, these Veggie Fries can be a meal in themselves. They are too good. My family and I ate the whole bag last night. My husband and I both wanted more! My husband told me that they are the best fries that he has ever had. We were literally fighting over who was going to eat the last fry.

These Veggie Fries are not only tasty, but they are healthy for you. I noticed when I baked them, that they kind of got a little mushy and some of the fries were hard to get off the baking dish because of that. Regardless, they seriously are the best fries I have had. They're not overly salted and they don't leave you with that feeling of I ate too much. They're light. You can taste the carrot and beans but the favors are not overbearing. The fries contain just the right amount of ingredients. I recommend these Veggie Fries! I am excited to try the other flavors!

They make it easy for parents to sneak in veggies to their kids :) Shhh.. don't tell!

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If you are interested in trying Veggie Fries, visit their website HERE to find them in a store near you. Get yourself a $1 off coupon while you are there :) Enjoy!

~Melissa~
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Homemade Gnocchi with Nello's Marinara Sauce Recipe




Hello :) I am back with another awesome recipe to share with you featuring Nello's Marinara Sauce. I decided to make homemade Gnocchi last night. Here's my recipe :)
 

 

 
Ingredients
  • 1 jar Nello's Marinara Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup potato buds
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Directions
  1. Start by mixing the potato buds with the salt and nutmeg.
  2. Stir in boiling water and continue mixing until no dry flakes remain.
  3. Stir in the egg yolk until the mashed potato mixture has an even pale yellow color throughout.
  4. Stir in the flour and knead for about a minute with your hands.
  5. Use 1/2 teaspoon to measure out small portions of the Gnocchi dough. Using floured hands, roll the small dough portion around between the palms of your hands, making a ball, then press each ball down onto floured wax paper. They should be in the shape of discs or ovals.
  6. Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil.
  7. Add your Gnocchi gently. Let cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the Gnocchi rise to the top of the water.
  8. Drain. Smother with Nello's Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, etc.
  9. Serve with bread if desired.
  10. ENJOY!
 
My l3 year old son, Landon helped me make the Gnocchi dough. He loves to help me in the kitchen.

 
Gnocchi Dough
 

Ready to be boiled!


The finished product. Fresh, homemade Gnocchi topped with only the best sauce. Nello's Marinara, that is!


My Thoughts? Make a double batch because it's just THAT good! This Marinara sauce is out of this world good!
 
Have you tried a jar of Nello's Sauce yet? If so, what do you like to cook with it? What flavor is your favorite?  If you are reading this and asking yourself where do I find a jar of Nello's? Visit the website, www.nellositaly.com and visit their store locator. If Nello's Sauce is not available in a store near you, visit your store's service desk and demand this sauce to be on their shelves. Or else. Hehe :)

*I am a #mombassador for Nello's Sauce. Yay!*

~Melissa~