Friday, January 29, 2016

SlimFast Voxbox Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! I was selected to receive a SlimFast Voxbox for Influenster. Today, I'd love to share it with you :) I love Influenster because they are always shipping out the best products to test.

 What's in the Box?
1- SlimFast Advanced Ready to Drink Shake in Creamy Chocolate
1- SlimFast Advanced Nutrition 100 Calorie Snack Pack Sour Cream &Onion Baked Crisps
1- SlimFast Advanced Nutrition Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Meal Replacement Bar
1- SlimFast Advanced Nutrition 100 Calorie Snack Drizzled Crisps in Cinnamon Bun Swirl
My Thoughts
So many people set a goal each new year to lose weight. This was the perfect box to start the new year off on the right track. Receiving this Voxbox allowed me to try SlimFast's products. I loved the Chocolate Shake, the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bar and the Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps. The crisps had a nice flavor to them. It was nice to see that there was a good sized portion in the bag. I have bought 100 calorie snacks before, opened up a bag, and there was 5 chips inside. The chocolate shake was delicious. It was so creamy and satisfying. The meal replacement bar was filling and flavorful. I'd buy all of these SlimFast products again! They're good!
*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a yummy syrup! Introducing Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup! Add this delicious syrup to your pancakes, French toast or waffles! You can even add a little drizzle to your morning oatmeal. Yum! Kiss those fake syrups good-bye!

This syrup contains only four, all-natural ingredients. Ingredients include caramelized cane sugar, Tahitian Vanilla, GMO-free Boyajian maple and French Celtic sea salt hand-harvested from the Bay of Biscay. Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup is made by The French Connection is Ashland, OR! Lori's Salt Caramel Syrup is Fat-free.

My Thoughts
I used Lori's Syrup on a batch of waffles. So so good! I could tell after one bite of my breakfast that this syrup is made with natural ingredients. I could really taste the vanilla and caramel. With a slight hint of maple. Even though this syrup is only made with 4 ingredients, the combination of the flavors make for one heck of a syrup. Nothing like I have ever tasted. This syrup was a huge hit in my house.
I am a lover of syrup and have to say that I recommend this one. It is so versatile. You can use Lori's syrup in Lattes or pour some on your favorite ice cream.  I look forward to making my husband and sons homemade pancakes and drizzling on some Salt Caramel Syrup! I am also looking forward to trying this syrup on top of some vanilla yogurt. I will be purchasing more of Lori's yummy Salt Caramel Syrup!
One Tablespoon of syrup =
60 calories
15 grams of sugar
0 Fat
98mg of sodium
One, 8 ounce bottle serves 16!
I received a free bottle of Lori's Syrup to create my review. All opinions are my own. Always! Thanks, Lori!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Stuffed Cabbage Featuring Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce


Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce! Nello’s Biodynamic Marinara is the first ever U.S-grown, U.S.-crafted Biodynamic® jarred tomato sauce on the market, created from Heirloom tomatoes, Genovese basil, and Italian purple garlic grown on family-owned Whitted Bowers Farm. I chose to make Stuffed Cabbage using this one of a kind sauce. This Stuffed Cabbage recipe is super easy and delicious! The Stuffed Cabbage and the Biodynamic Marinara paired perfectly together! Recipe below :)

Stuffed Cabbage Featuring Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce Recipe
12 Cabbage leaves
1 lb ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
1 jar Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1. Cover cabbage leaves with boiling water. Let stand until leaves are limp. Drain.
2. Mix beef, rice, garlic, salt, pepper, onions and green pepper.
3. Put 1/3 cup in each leaf; roll, tucking in the sides.
4. Place rolled cabbages into a baking dish. I added a little bit of sauce to the bottom of the baking dish.
5. Cover rolled cabbages with Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce. Add parmesan cheese if desired.
6. Cover and bake at 350* for 45 minutes.
7. Serve with a delicious salad or bread and enjoy!


Nello's Biodynamic Marinara Sauce is delicious! It's like nothing I've ever tasted before. This sauce is all natural an does not contain any yucky ingredients. All of the ingredients are from the U.S. Nello's Biodynamic Marinara is the perfect sauce for every meal. Use it on chicken, pork, steak, fish and of course pasta. Nello has sure made history with this sauce! I can't wait to see what Nello comes up with next! Visit Nellos website to learn more!

I love my job as a mombassador for Nello's! Sauces sent to me to review and create awesome recipes! Stay tuned for a special recipe featuring the "dadbassador" in our house!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Paper Trax Review

Hello! Today, I  share with you Paper Trax! My son and I first Saw Paper Trax on The Axel Show, a Youtube channel. My son is a huge fan of Axel and his adventures. I quickly contacted Paper Trax to do a blog review. Within a week or two, we were racing cars down our Paper Trax! You can buy Paper Trax in 4 count or 10 count! The box is a bonus trax :)


Paper Trax comes in two cute designs. Both have dinosaurs one them :) Every order comes with Command Strips.

Paper Trax is a completely recyclable, all paper based race track created to race cars. Paper Trax easily attach to your walls with Command Strips. Don't like where you've placed your Paper Trax? Just pull the Command Strip tab! Watch Paper Trax in action HERE!

This is what the tracks look like when put together.

My Thoughts

I did not tell my son that the awesome people at Paper Trax were sending us Paper Trax samples to play with and test. When I opened the package, he was so excited! He immediately wanted to make a cool track for his Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. But, the postman was not very gentle with our package and most of the Paper Trax were wrecked. We were only able to make a short track. In which he had fun on :) The Paper Trax team quickly sent us some more samples. They arrived safely and we started building!

My son plays with his Paper Trax every day. He has so much fun racing his cars down his ramp. He usually has me build a ramp out of cardboard. I must say that it is a lot easier to make a ramp with Paper Trax. I am not good at making ramps out of cardboard! (Thank you, Paper Trax) It's easy to build a custom ramp. All you need to do is put the Paper Trax together, and adhere them to the wall with the Command Strips. They're super sturdy and durable. I have taken our trax off the wall a couple of time. No damage to either the wall or trax! The possibilities are endless! Both my little guys love playing with Paper Trax :)

I recommend Paper Trax to anyone who has a child. Paper Trax = hours of fun!

I received Paper Trax in exchange for my honest review. All opinions written here are my own. Always! Thank you, Paper Trax Team!
Support Paper Trax HERE!
Monday, January 18, 2016

Cookie Chips Review

Hey there! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you HannahMax Baking's Cookie Chips! These yummy Cookie Chips are delicious treat thanks to Joanne Adirim. Joanne Adirim uses only the highest quality ingredients in her Cookie Chips! They're delicious!

These Crunchy, All Natural Cookie Chips were born one afternoon when Joanne was baking with her kiddos. They were baking the company's namesakes, a crispy, sweet treat. Needless to say, her kids devoured the cookies so quickly. Right then and there is when she knew she had something BIG! The Cookie Chip was born! A delicious snack you can feel good about, all six flavors of Cookie Chips contain a mere 120-130 calories per serving. They’re made from the best, whole ingredients. Like milled cane sugar, creamery butter, cage-free eggs, fine chocolate and pure bourbon vanilla. Plus, you’ll never find any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats or GMOs in anything that comes out of the HannahMax bakery. Isn't that awesome??

 Cookie Chip Flavors I tried:

Oatmeal Raisin
Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip
Sea Salted Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chip
Cinnamon Sugar

My Thoughts

I was able to try the six flavors listed above. My favorite Cookie Chip flavors were the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Oatmeal Raisin (I normally do not like Oatmeal Raisin Cookies so this says a lot about the flavor of the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Chip) And, don't get me wrong, I loved ALL of the flavors. It's just that these two were my faves! The cookies are light, not heavy or greasy. The cookies are super thin and about the circumference of a clementine. These Cookie Chips are not soft. They are crunchy and sweet. They are the perfect size for little hands. My sons loved them! I had to hide the bag of cookies on my husband. :) I can sit and eat a whole bag. All I'll need is a cup of tea! These yummy Cookie Chips are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! :) You won't be able to have just one!

The Cookie Chips are also available in couple gluten-free flavors:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Lemon Sugar
  • Snappy Ginger
* I received Cookie Chips in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ALWAYS! Thank you, Cookie Chips and HannahMax Baking!
Shop Cookie Chip HERE!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 Giveaway!!

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible -- learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni Produced By: Melissa Cobb Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Kate Hudson
Yogurtland is karate-kicking the year off by bringing the fun and excitement of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 to their locations! Through February 28, you’ll be able to enjoy new flavors of their delicious frozen yogurt inspired by your favorite characters from the movie, starting with Po’s Cookies and Cream and Mei Mei’s Dragon Warrior Passion Tart.
After you fill your cup up with one of the awesome new flavors, stop by the toppings bar to scoop up some of the Kung Fu Panda 3 inspired toppings. Add Po’s Power Crunch cereal or the Bamboo Wafer Cookie to your frozen treat to take your frozen yogurt to the next level! Enjoy with one of their five collectible spoons featuring characters from the movie: Po, Master Shifu, Tigress and more – available while supplies last.
For those of you looking to take the fun and excitement from the movie home, key chains of these AWEESOOOME characters will be available for purchase at participating Yogurtland locations while supplies last. Visit all Kung Fu Panda 3 websites - #KungFuPanda Visit the Official Site Like ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ on Facebook Follow DreamWorks Animation on Twitter and Instagram

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Narwall's Monster Letter Wall Decals Review


Hey! Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you the cutest wall decals ever! Monster Letter Wall Decals from Narwall! These Monster Letters are cute for a children's room or playroom! Aren't they awesome?

Narwall's Monster Letter Wall Decals are pre-cut. All you need to do is peel and apply. The decals remove easily and will not damage your walls or doors. If you don't like where you've placed them, just peel them off the wall and re-apply. The letters are available in three different sizes- Six, eight and twelve inch. Each letter is a different color and had a different monster designs.

Narwall just came out with a cute clothing line featuring dinosaur prints, monster letters and the Narwall narwall :) Clothing is available in kids, ladies, men, toddler and baby.

My Thoughts

These letters are too cute! The monsters are not scary looking so you will not have to worry about your child(ren) getting scared. I love the fact that you can spell out a whole name, get your initials or even buy every letter of the alphabet! Using these Monster Letters is a great way to teach your child(ren) the alphabet. I'd say that these Monster Letters would even be good for a teacher's classroom.

The decals are good quality. Applying them is super easy. Removing them to adjust them is also easy. I did not experience any damage to my paint when removing them. The adhesive on the back of the letters is strong, but not strong enough to ruin your walls. The lecals are bright & vibrant and they last. Cleaning them is easy, too. I've been wiping mine down with a damp cloth to remove dust.

*Narwall sent me these Monster Letter Wall Decals to review. All opinions are my own. Always!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea Review & Giveaway!

Hey! Happy New Year! Today, I share with you a tea from Newport Skinny Tea. This yummy tea, that I was able to try, is called Malibu Beach Beauty Tea. Newport Skinny Tea is a company that believes that ancient herbs and teas are the most effective, safest way to get to the most vital, beautiful you. Newport Skinny Tea is dedicated to helping you become your authentic, blissful self, whatever that means to YOU!

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea helps strengthen collagen production. This tea also helps reduce excess water that is trapped in your tissues as well as reduce cellulite. After brewing your tea, you can use the tea bag to reduce inflammation and redness due to acne. Just place the tea bag on the effected area. Keep away from eyes!
Instructions: Steep 1 Tablespoon of tea per 1 cup of boiling water for 3 minutes, adjust strength as needed.
Ingredients & Their Benefits:
  • Young Hyson Green Tea & Black Tea: Boosts Metabolism
  • Calendula Flowers: Anti-Inflammatory, soothing
  • Lavender Flowers: Relaxing, soothing, aids digestion
  • Red Clover Blossom: High in natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
  • Rose Hips: Helps regenerate skin cells, protective, high in Vitamin C
  • Elder Flowers: Contains powerful antioxidants, detoxification aid, anti-inflammatory
  • Peppermint Leaves:  Lowers the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands. This, in turn, helps you in getting an oil-free and flawless skin
  • Chamomile Flowers: Especially revered for easing digestive woes, and comforting intestines.
  • Lemon Peel & Oil: Since its rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, it helps improve your digestion and clears the skin.
  • Dandelion Leaves: Detoxifier, diuretic and antioxidant
  • Linden Leaf & Flowers: Helps to renew the skin, It clears mucus from the body and clears the kidneys of excess waste.
  • Privet Fruit(buckthorn): Helps it eliminate all the toxins, mildly laxative. Used to treat all skin conditions.
  • Stevia Leaf: Sweeten without raising blood sugar 

 My Thoughts

I love the smell and taste of it. It is very lightly sweetened. Which I could do without. I don't mind the Stevia sugar, but I am not crazy about the aftertaste. I think the tea would be better without it. I usually drink my tea unsweetened. Especially if its a detox tea. But, I love this tea.  The tea brews nicely. The tea diffuser that I used left a little bit of tea debris at the bottom of my cup so I ran the tea through a coffee filter. It's a tea that I could drink every day. Which I plan on doing. From drinking Malibu Beach Beauty Tea, I've felt less bloated. My acne is clearing up and my skin is softer.

Newport Skinny Tea uses only the best herbs and teas. All of the ingredients are Organic, Preservative Free, Pure and Natural. Get rid of those unwanted Toxins with Newport Skinny Tea!

Newport Skinny Tea has a wide range of products. Including a 21 Day Newport Skinny Cocoa Tea, Looking Cute Kit, Mermaid Cove Metabolism Tea and many more.  Shop all of their products HERE.

*Samples were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. Always!

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