Monday, February 29, 2016

Lunchskins Zip Bags Review

Happy Leap Day! Today, I share with you a new product from Lunchskins! Lunchskins has just recently introduced their new Zip Bags! Lunchskins allows us to reduce, reuse and recycle. Which means less plastic bags in our oceans and landfills. Just one Lunchskin replaces 500 plastic bags!

The Zip Bags come in 3 sizes: Mini, small and medium. Also available are velcro bags, bibs, lunch totes and waterproof bags. Lunchskins come in a lot of different designs and colors. There is a design for everyone to enjoy :)

Here are just a few ways that I use my Zip Lunchskins:

 The Small Zip Bag is great for storing spare change.

My favorite use for the small zip bag: Storing all of my store loyalty cards.

I use the Medium Zip Bag for snacks.
 And for storing refrigerator magnets.
There are so many different uses for Lunchskins. I have used my Velcro bags as ice packs, coupon holder, to store puzzle pieces and to keep my glasses scratch-free. Luncksins are great for packing snacks or sandwiches for school lunches or road trips. They wash nicely and can be used over and over again. I have been using a few of the Velcro bags for a few months now and they still look brand new. Lunchskins dry quickly and don't stain. They store neatly in my cabinet. I really love these bags. They make a great gift. Lets make the world a better place for future generations and buy Lunchskins!
Lunchksins are dishwasher safe, toxin free and certified food safe. The Zip Bags are made out of quick-drying lightweight fabric.
*I am a brand ambassador for Lunchskins. All opinions are my own. Always!
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Legend of the Easter Robin Book Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a book called The Legend of the Easter Robin- An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith. This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling author, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation.

The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. The Easter Tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for is and how much he loves us.

About the Book:

In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. "Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?" "We'll have to leave that one to the Creator," Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother's house! Tressa is thrilled-and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins' nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. Ant there is a very special story to hear-a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin.  Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will capture and teach your child about compassion and faith.

Age Range: 4-8 years
Publish Date: January 26, 2016

My Thoughts

This hardcover book is 32 pages long and is full of color and wonder. The Legend of the Easter Robin taught my sons as to how the robin got its red breast. This is a great book to read to your children around the time of Easter to remind them as to why we celebrate Easter. Seeing Tressa coloring Easter eggs shows us that it's okay for us to have our own Easter traditions.

My boys loved the colorful pages and cute puppy that was on a lot of the pages. The illustrations really make the story come to life. The cover of the book immediately caught my eye. The book is beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading this book to them. Read this book with your family on Easter Day. :)

At the end of the book, the author shares with us a more detailed version of the old Pennsylvania Dutch Tale.

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

 Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you our trip to the Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. If you love planes and their history, this is the place to visit. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center consists of two huge hangars. There is the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. These hangars display thousands of aviation and space artifacts.

This Museum is one of nineteen Smithsonian Museums. At the National Air and Space Museum, you can see exhibits such as Business Aviation, Cold War Aviation, Human Spaceflight, Korea and Vietnam Aviation and Modern Military Aviation. To name a few. Some of the planes on exhibit are a Lockhead SR-71, a Concorde and the space shuttle Discovery. The center also has an IMAX theater and an Observation Tower which gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the surrounding areas. Visible from the tower is Dulles International Airport. Feel your tummy start to growl while your looking at all the planes? No worries.. There is a McDonald's right in the museum!

The Air and Space Museum's information:

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Admission: FREE
Parking: $15

IMAX Theater
Observation Tower
Gift Shop
Baby Changing Rooms available
Handicapped accessible
Restrooms available on each floor


10 am - 5:30 pm Everyday

Here is the Observation Tower and a photo taken from inside the Tower. Facing towards Dulles International Airport. It was really awesome to see the planes landing and taking off.
Here is the Lockhead SR- 17 Blackbird that my husband was so thrilled about! Its amazing to know that this plane made it from Los Angeles to Washington, DC in one hour and 4 minutes! Fast!
 Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

U.S. Air Force Plane
The Space Shuttle, Discovery. To me, this got my attention the most. It was so cool to see. This space shuttle was so much bigger than I imagined and it was so cool to see what the outside of the shuttle was made out of. Truly fascinating.

While on the lower level, look up! You'll see a bunch of planes!
Our visit was a lot of fun. It was so amazing to see how planes have developed over the years. It was also to be in a place where part of one of the Transformer movies was filmed. The museum has a few pieces on display that you can look at. Including the script, costumes and The All Spark "Sliver". My sons loved sitting inside of a small plane where they got to explore all of the buttons and switches. If you visit the museum during the week, there is a observation deck where you can see workers working on airplanes in the shop. Don't forget to grab a souvenir on the way out from the Museum Store!
The museum was clean and the employees were helpful and friendly. There is a lot to see and do at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia. If you are ever in the area, its a must see. Especially for plane lovers.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Stall Mates Flushable Wipes Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you Stall Mates Flushable Wipes! These individually wrapped flushable wipes are great for traveling and for every day use in the bathroom. Stall Mates uses only the best quality natural ingredients. Stall Mates wipes are cruelty free and they are made in the USA, in an FDA compliant solar powered facility.

Stall Mates are hypoallergenic. They contain NO alcohol or parabens. They are also fragrance free. These wipes are gentle enough to use on your face, body, your baby and even your pets! The wipes contain only aloe, chamomile and cucumber. The wipes packet is discreet. They can easily be put into a pocket, purse, gym bag, suitcase or diaper bag. Stall Mates are flushable and bio-degradable. Stall Wipes are septic safe. They are TSA approved to be carry-on friendly. Stall Mates goal is to make you feel clean anywhere!

Wipe size is 8" x 6"
My Thoughts

I love having wet wipes on hand. I put them in my diaper bag so I can use them on the go. Whether we are home or out, having these wipes makes it much easier to wipe my 3 year olds bottom after he uses the bathroom. I leave a bunch in our bathroom at home as well as in our guest bathroom. These wipes leave no residue, oiliness or lint. They contain just enough wetness to wipe a hiney or messy hands. They are not overly wet and dry quickly. They are soft and gentle enough to use on your face. I love the fact that they are hypoallergenic and that they contain no fragrance. That being said, I like to use them as a makeup remover! I have had no problems nor have I experienced any adverse reactions from using them. I recommend these wipes!

For every box sold, Stall Mates gives back by planting one tree. I am in love with this idea and I love how most companies nowadays give back to our world and/or communities.

You can BUY Stall Mates Flushable Wipes in packs of 3 or 30. Purchase on Amazon | $11 for a pack of 30 individually wrapped wipes.

*I received Stall Mates Flushable Wipes to create this review. All opinions are my own. Always!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

oogaa's Body Suit Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a cute Body Suit from oogaa! oogaa's Body Suit is available in Blue oogaa Monkey pattern and Pink oogaa Elephant pattern. This body suit is made out of 70% bamboo 30% organic cotton blends.

The Body Suit's envelope neck line allows you to easily put the body suit over your babies head. Secure the body suit on your baby by simply snapping the three snaps at the bottom of the body suit. Sizes available up to 18 months.

My Thoughts
This body suit is awesome. It's soft, easy to put on and easy to take off. I love it because it washes nice. I can't count the number of times where I buy an item of clothing, wash it once and it shrinks or just looks dingy. Not with this oogaa body suit. After several washes it still looks brand new. Stains wash out of it without me having to soak it. The material is chemical free, comfortable and breathable. The monkey design is cute and fun. It's natural fibers provide UV protection which I think is awesome. This body suit makes an awesome outfit.
This body suit is great for sensitive skin. It is non-irritant. oogaa's body suit keeps baby dry while keeping bacteria away. This body suit fast drying.
Grab a couple of these body suits and make your expectant friend/family member a bouquet of onesie roses!
I am a brand partner for oogaa. I received this body suit as a part of my partnership. All opinions are my own. Always!
SHOP | $6
Monday, February 15, 2016

Plated Meal Subscription Box Week of February 8th :)

Hello! One of my fellow #mombassadors was nice enough to let me have a coupon code to try 6 free meals of Plated. I absolutely LOVE meal subscription boxes, so I ordered my box quickly. I love having these boxes delivered because it gets me into the kitchen and it allows my family and I to try new recipes. Here are the 3 recipes that I got in the box for the week of February 8th.

Ginger Cod en Papillote
 Spaghetti and Meatballs with Ricotta, Pecorino and Nello's Marinara Sauce
 Pan-Roasted Chicken with Crispy Brussel Sprout Home Fries

My favorite recipe? Please don't make me choose! I loved them all and I plan on making them again and again and again! But, I will tell you this.. I am in LOVE with the Crispy Brussel Sprout Home Fries! I have been craving them every day since I made them! Every meal you see here was super easy to make. They all took less than 45 minutes to cook. They are portioned perfectly and filled me up! I recommend Plated!

Have you tried Plated before? Which one of these recipes would you like to try? Let me know in the comments!


OZ Natural's Ocean Mineral Cleanser Review

Happy Monday! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you OZ Natural's Ocean Mineral Cleanser! OZ Natural has a wide variety of products, which are all made in the USA. This face wash is guaranteed to cleanse your skin and clear clogged pores naturally and effectively.

OZ Naturals Natural & Organic facial cleanser is considered to be the highest quality skin cleanser on the market. Contain ingredients such as rosehip oil, rich ocean minerals & vitamin E. This formulation was developed to specifically be gentle on sensitive skin yet highly potent and effective at dissolving nasty particles that clog your pores. OZ Naturals cruelty free formula does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is safe for all skin types. This Ocean Mineral face cleanser is extremely effective!


My Thoughts

When I first started using this facial cleanser, I didn't notice much of a difference. After a few days, all the sudden, my face looked clearer! My skin is softer and it just looks healthier. This facial cleanser is a clear gel and it has a light, natural scent to it. One pea sized amount of cleanser is all I needed to get my face clean. With just a little water, it foams up and is enough to cover my face and neck. I just this cleanser both day and night. By doing so, my skin is clearer, my pores have shrunk and I have less clogged pores. One of the main ingredients of Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser is Rose Hip Oil, which is a natural acne and eczema treatment, its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties help to soothe the skin. This oil is a safe solution to repair the skin's surface, restore elasticity and protects against sun and pollution stressors that can lead to wrinkles. This is a great oil for dry skin that moisturizes and hydrates. I have been using this cleanser for over a month now and I am not going back to my old cleanser. This one is a keeper!

I love the fact that it is made in the USA. It's all natural and organic. Its a great facial cleanser for everyone. Gentle enough to use every day. I recommend this product. I am in love with OZ Natural's products!

I received OZ Naturals Facial Cleanser for free to create this review. All opinions are my own. Always!
SHOP | $22.50 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Green Blender Smoothie Subscription Box Review


Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you an awesome subscription box that allows you to make delicious smoothies right in your home! Green Blender sends all of the ingredients for 5 different smoothies. Shipped right to your door.

Each week, Green Blender will send you 5 different smoothie recipes. In your box, you'll get original smoothie recipes and pre-portioned ingredients. Green Blender sends you enough ingredients to make 2 servings per smoothie. So, share with your spouse or friend or save the second serving and have it for lunch! Green Blender focuses on sourcing the highest quality ingredients, and  they work with organic farms, urban and local farms, green markets, and vendors who value sustainable practices whenever possible. Start your day off with a delicious and healthy smoothie from Green Blender!

The smoothies that were in my Green Blender box were Spicy Apple Mango, Coconut Pineapple Mint, Honey Bok Choy, Orange Ginger and Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake.

 Spicy Apple Mango
Coconut Pineapple Mint

Honey Bok Choy

Orange Ginger
Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

Green Blender even sends colorful smoothie straws with their boxes!
My Thoughts
It was a lot of fun making my smoothies each morning. Having the ingredients pre-portioned made it so much more easier for this mom of two! Having everything pre-portioned allowed me to blend up my smoothies quickly. The directions for making each smoothie was easy to follow. Getting this Green Blender box delivered allowed me to try different smoothies. Most of which I would probably not think to make. My smoothie box arrived safely. All of the ingredients were fresh.
My two favorite smoothie recipes were the Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake and the Coconut Pineapple Mint. My least favorite was the Honey Bok Choy. Each week, one box costs $49.95. I look forward to trying more of Green Blender's smoothies in the future!
I received this box at a discounted price. All opinions are my own. Thanks, Green Blender!
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Culinary Corner's 3 Piece Spatula Set Review & Giveaway!

Hello! Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today I share with you Culinary Corner's 3 Piece Spatula Set. This 3 piece set is a necessity for every kitchen. Culinary Corner is based in New York. Culinary Corner has designed these spatulas with your wallet in mind. They create excellent quality products with reasonable prices.  Read my review below and enter my giveaway to win a set for your kitchen.

The three sizes and shapes are specifically made for everyday cooking and will hold up to the test of time even with professional chefs. One paddle has a spoon concave which allows scooping of materials like whipped cream or cake batter. One paddle is smaller in size for the more detailed tasks like decorating cupcakes or icing individual snacks, cakes and treats. The most common is the medium sized spatula able to tackle any job but also has one square corner for reaching into the cracks of blenders and food processors. In any case Culinary Corner is sure these spatulas are the go to utensil in your kitchen. These spatulas were made from the highest quality FDA approved materials available. These are able to withstand high heat and extreme cold which makes these spatulas perfect for any kitchen recipe. The spatulas have a special light blue color tint so the spatulas always look great and can be left out or displayed on kitchen counters, instead of hidden in a drawer. The paddles of the spatula is removable for easy cleanup, making sure there is no build up around the base of the handle this ensures proper washing and sanitation. These spatulas are made out of silicone.

The small spatula is great for scraping my Baby Bullet Blender.

My Thoughts

Culinary Corner makes one sturdy spatula. These spatulas are very useful in the kitchen. I use mine to cook eggs, to scrap my mixing bowl and to stir. I use them every day. They are by far the best spatulas that I have ever used. They have held up through a lot of cooking as well as held up to a 1 and a 3 year old playing with them. My 3 year old love to use these spatulas when playing with his Play-doh. My 1 year old likes to steal them and then put them in his play kitchen.

I love the colors of the spatulas. The spatula part is a pretty light blue and the handle is clear. The handle looks like it is glass. But, it is not. I love how the spatula part comes off. The spatula part does not come off easily but that is good because I don't want that part coming off when I am cooking. You just have to give it a good tug. It's a great for cleaning the spatulas.

I give these spatulas a 10! They are awesome! I recommend them!

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*I received these spatulas for free to create my review. All opinions are my own.