Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Under the Sea Holy Bible Review

Hi there! Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you a cute kids bible. The Under the Sea Holy Bible, NIrV is a perfect gift for children ages 6 to 10. Themes of underwater fun and sparkling fish grace the interior of this wonderful children’s Bible. The outside is covered in foil and sparkle. The interior has color inserts featuring whimsical underwater scenes with themes of God’s care and love for each of us and all of creation.

My Thoughts
This book caught my son's attention right away. The colors on the cover are vibrant and the cute fish are glittery and shiny. There are a few colored pages throughout the book that are nice to look at. I love the fact that this is a hardcover book. Which means to me that the book will last and it's pages will stay intact.
In the book, there is a page which lists the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are in a language in which it's easy for children to read. The New International Reader's Version makes it a lot easier for kids to understand.
This Under the Sea Bible is geared toward ages 6-10. My son is almost 4 and he enjoys bringing his bible with him to church every Sunday. This bible is perfect for children. I highly recommend!
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I received a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. Always!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Niche for Men Wipes Review

Hey there! Today, I share with you Niche Wipes for Men! Niche Wipes can be used on your face and body. Niche Wipes are the only full body, face and body scented cleansing wipes that are designed to eliminate odors. All you'll need is one scented, individually wrapped man-sized wipe. Each wipe will refresh the skin with its awesome fragrant scent! These wipes take me for stinky to fresh in a matter of seconds.

Each Niche Wipe is guaranteed to remove sweat, dirt and bad odors caused by daily work and activities. Niche Wipes contain aloe vera, ginseng, soothing oils and a cologne scent. Together these powerful agents help to revitalize, cleanse and moisturize the skin. Each 10x12 wipe is individually foil wrapped. Which makes them the perfect wipe for on-the-go.  Bring them to the gym or leave some in your car. No matter where you go, always have Niche Wipes readily available! Niche Wipes are available for purchase in packages of 2 wipes or 10 wipes.

My Thoughts

The Niche wipes are just plain awesome.  Whenever I was in a pinch, the wipes at my disposal were small, with a floral essence or made me smell like a baby changing table. I could not find a product that met my needs until I tried the Niche wipes.

My first thought was these wipes are huge! The wipe keeps unfolding and unfolding out of the discrete flat black guy packaging. I felt like I had a paper towel sized wipe primed for cleaning. The wipe was perfect from head to toe. I only had to use one wipe per application (I was used to several smaller wipes until I was happy).

Secondly, the masculine scent is perfect. I am always worried that I will smell like a teenager who found a discount body spray with an overabundance of headache. Not with Niche wipes. Dare I say delightfully masculine? I smelled like dude and I didn't fumigate the neighbors! When you are done using the Niche wipe, you have a calm sense of clean and invigoration. I love these wipes!

I was used to having to carry a few different products with me in order to clean, and these were makeshift not-geared-for-men sort of products that I could do with out. Now that I have the Niche wipes, I just tuck one packet into my bag and off to work I go. I can leave the gym with confidence in knowing my co workers will not know I was just sweating for an hour. I am confident you will have the same experience I did.

I received Niche Wipes for Men in exchange for my honest review. All opinions written here are my own.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kidstir Subscription Box Review

Hi Loves! Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you Kidstir. Kidstir is a monthly kid's subscription box that allows your kids to help you cook! We want to raise our children so that they have a healthy and happy connection to food. These monthly hands-on kits allow kids to build their own cookbooks, try new foods and learn about where food comes from.

I got to review the We Love Dinner Kit. This Kidstir box came with 2 tools to cook, recipe cards, a card explaining how to set the table and a cute idea for decorating your dessert. Recipes included Fancy French Chicken, Root For Me and Chocolate Lava Love. This kit also included Table Talk game cards. The 2 tools included in the box were a Magic Garlic Bulb Tool and Measure It Up! Spoons. Tools that a perfect for kids :)

When you start your subscription with Kidstir, they send you a 3 ring binder to keep all of your recipes in. I love this idea because the recipe book is something that they can share one day with their children. This recipe card is for Fancy French Chicken.
My 3 year old son loves helping me in the kitchen. He had a lot of fun seasoning the chicken. He also loved using the Magic Garlic Bulb!
Here is my son's hard work! He was so proud of his dinner :) This Fancy French Chicken recipe was amazing!
My Thoughts
This is the best subscription box to get your kids into the kitchen. Creating a love for healthy food early on is so important. Letting my son help me in the kitchen and allowing him to get his hands dirty will make him want to prepare a healthy meal. Kidstir is fun, creative and unique. I look forward to experiencing other Kidstir boxes with my boys.
I really loved the idea of the Table Talk cards. These cards allowed us to have a nice conversation while we enjoyed our delicious chicken. The tools that the box came with made me want to create a kid's kitchen tool drawer. A place where they can keep all of their cooking utensils. Using fun tools in the kitchen will make your kids want to help :) I also loved the tip card that showed my son the proper way to set a table.
The recipes that this box came with were delicious. They were super easy to make and only required a few ingredients. Most of which I had in the house already. All-in-all, I really enjoyed everything about this subscription box. We had a great time cooking, setting the table and talking. I highly recommend Kidstir!
I received a Kidstir box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Thanks, Kidstir!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Little Passports Subscription Box

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 Spring is a wonderful time for garden adventures, both in the backyard and in books. Little Passports asked blogger and child education expert, Deb Chitwood, to create a reading list of great garden books for ages 3-5 and another for ages 6-10. Venture outside with your little explorers and enjoy some or all of this
Spring Reading List: Garden Adventures around the World!

And if you missed Little Passports' last blog post on creating life long readers, you can view it here: 4 Tips for raising a life long reader

Its a perfect time for your little explorer to get lost in a book!

Spring Reading List: Garden Adventures around the World
4 Tips for raising a life long reader

We are so excited to be trying Little Passports! This subscription box will allow my son to learn about different places in the world without actually visiting them. And, if he decided that he really likes the place that he is exploring, he can someday truly visit that place! I cannot wait to see his face when he opens up his first Little Passports Box!

Your kids will love Little Passports too! Grab them a box today :)

Sweet Delight Nut Free Chocolate Review

Hello there! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you more yummy Easter Chocolates! These chocolates are from Sweet Delight! Sweet Delight's chocolates are nut free and delicious! I was able to sample some of Sweet Delight's Easter Candy and their candy is truly amazing!

Sweet Delight Nut Free Chocolates are made in small batches in a nut free facility. The company was created by a mom who's daughter has a severe peanut and tree nut allergy. These chocolates are handled with care and don't contain any harmful nuts. In addition to molded chocolates, Sweet Delight makes caramels, lollipops and candy bars. There are chocolates available for every holiday :) Have a special event coming up? Sweet Delight takes special orders! Chocolates are available in Milk, Dark and Crispy!

Aren't these lollipops too cute!
My Thoughts

Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate! It's creamy and full of flavor. I sampled a few of the lollipops and 2 solid milk chocolate bunnies. I could tell that Sweet Delight's chocolates are made with care and love. I love buying chocolates that are made in small batches. To me, the chocolate just tastes better. Sweet Delight really has a great tasting chocolate. It's a chocolate that everyone will love and be able to enjoy because it contains NO nuts!

These cute solid bunnies and lollipops make the perfect Easter Basket stuffers. You won't have to worry about your kid's nut allergy if you hand them this chocolate. It's perfectly safe :) I love Sweet Delight's Chocolates! I highly recommend!

As soon as I was done taking my photos for this post, my sons and husband started eating the chocolates. My sons really enjoyed the lollipops. They are the perfect size for them. I tried to save them for their Easter baskets, but those yummy lollipops didn't stand a chance!

I received Sweet Delight chocolates to create my review. All opinions are my own! Thanks, Sweet Delight :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wall Control's Metal Pegboard Tool Organizer Kit Review

Hi there! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you an organization company based out of Georgia. Introducing.. Wall Control! Wall Control allows you to organize your garage or basement easily with their pegboard style storage and organization products. All of Wall Control's products are made in the U.S.A. Wall Control storage systems are the industry leader when it comes to pegboard tool storage and organization.

The Wall Control pegboard storage system solves five main wall-mounted storage challenges better than any other system available today:

Durability -  Wall Control's strong metal pegboard prevents the peg holes from fraying and wearing out over time. Traditional pegboard panels start out ugly, wear out quickly, and eventually the pegboard hooks no longer stay engaged in their peg hole and will fall out when the tool is removed. The panel face, manufactured in the US from 20 gauge steel, ensures that Wall Control's system will last a lifetime; many times longer than traditional pegboard products.

Strength - Traditional pegboard is weak by nature due to the material it is made from. The strength of steel, combined with a formed flange around the perimeter, make our metal pegboard panels over 10 times stronger than conventional pegboard. More strength equals more storage.

Versatility -  Wall Control's unique "Combo" style panels allow the user the option of utilizing traditional pegboard hooks as well as our own patented, much more secure, "double offset" hook and slot design. Wall Control's metal panels are also magnetic so you can attach all your magnetic accessories as well. Engineered for both secure engagement and ease of movement, Wall Control's Hooks, Brackets, Shelves, and Accessories will install easily and stay put. The versatility of these storage panels is also highlighted by the all-steel shelving system that Wall Control panels support. Finally, a pegboard system that has the ability to support substantial weight on a matching, integrated shelving system.

Ease of installation - Wall Control installs in minutes. Ease of installation was a key criterion during the design phase of this pegboard system. Manufactured with a built-in flange on all four sides, the Wall Control storage panel requires no pre-built framework and mounts directly to any flat surface. The flange spaces the panel's perforated face away from the wall so that the hooks, brackets, and shelves will engage with no wasted area. The convenient 16"x32" standard size and modular design make it easy to handle and a snap to install. If you have traditional 16" stud spacing, you can hit studs all the way down your wall with Wall Control's brilliant mounting hole instructions. If not, have no worries,  included are drywall anchors as well, so hitting studs is not required, although obviously preferred, if possible.

Attractive Appearance - Available in eight durable, scratch resistant, powder-coated colors as well as a very reflective and attractive metallic galvanized finish, Wall Control Storage Systems truly are suitable for use in any location wall-mounted storage is desired in the home, office, or workplace. These high quality finishes resist rust and stains and even wipe clean with a damp rag. When you combine sleek design with a high quality finish, you can't go wrong.

Wall Control offers their customers a wide variety of products including:

Pegboards- available in vertical, horizontal or slotted
Hooks & Accessories- brackets, shelves, bins, cabinets, accessory kits
Value Kits- for the kitchen, crafts, garden, home, office
Custom Orders
Let's Start Building!

The Metal Pegboard Tool Organizer Starter Kit came with (2) Galvanized Metal Pegboard Panels 32in x 16in (Covers 32in x 32in when installed), (12) Standard Hooks, 3/4 Reach, (4) Medium Hooks, 1-7/8 in. Reach, (2) Long Hooks, 6 in. Reach and (2) U-Hooks, 3 in. Reach. The hooks that are included are black. Mounting instructions and hardware(Pictured above) are included. I also purchased 6 standard hooks. Purchase this Kit HERE.

Measuring correctly is key. Always measure and then re-measure.

I always need my helpers! Please excuse the mess!


My Thoughts

I am excited to share my Wall Control experience with you! I had been looking into some sort of flexible organizational system for over a year now, and when I had the opportunity to test the Wall Control system, I was anxious to see the craftsmanship of the product, its versatility with other systems, and the skill level needed for installation.

I was certainly impressed with the craftsmanship Wall Control put into the design of this products.  The mounting locations are 16" on center and will work for most wall studs 16" on center. The openings for the hooks and pegs are perfectly spaced and allow the user to maximize product storage.  I love the way hooks are designed as they simply secure on the top and bottom of the opening, and each hook uses wings or tabs to keep sideways movement to a minimum. The end result is a space saving, weight distributing hook that securely holds items.

The Wall Control System does not limit you to wall control hardware, as the metal board is engineered with holes 1" on center that will adapt to conventional pegs from other manufacturers. I used the Wall Control pegs to mount a small basket I had for small loose items. The boards are even magnetic, so I was able to stick my magnetic parts trays and torpedo levels to the edges of the Wall Control board for further clutter organization and ease of use.

For those of you who have never tackled a project like this, you will feel like a pro and your finished results are durable and certainly functional.  The impact to the time taken from your day will be minimal as installation was simple and seamless. I feel like my installation would have taken longer than most as I was using masonry drill bits and a hammer drill, and I had 2 panels mounted in less than thirty minutes.  The Wall Control system allowed for family participation as its low "intimidation" factor gave me the perfect opportunity to involve my 3 year old son!

Above all, I truly enjoyed my Wall Control experience. From the mounting hole spacing and quality mounting hardware, to the hook design and universal peg mounts, this system is one that does not limit its user. One could even say the Wall Control has an addictive property, as I have already picked out my next Wall Control products. I cannot wait to expand my Wall Control system and maximize my wall space for my storage needs.

The finished product.

Disclaimer: I received these Wall Control products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Written and reviewed by Vincent Bernardo
Friday, March 18, 2016

Culinary Corner's Baking Mat Review, Recipe & GIVEAWAY!

Hi there! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Culinary Corner's Baking Mat. This baking mat is non-stick, silicone and flexible.  Culinary Corner supplies cooking and baking tools at great prices. Dimensions: 16 5/8 X 11. Culinary Corner's Baking Mats come with a lifetime guarantee.

This baking mat slips right onto your cookie sheet. There is no need for you to use baking sprays or oils. Which is much healthier :) One side of this mat is slightly tacky so it will not slide or shift while preparing food, or while in use taking pans in and out of the oven. Culinary Corner will make cooking and clean up in your kitchen easier and faster with these Baking Mats. These mats will not absorb odors or stain and are approved for washing in the dish washer; however the non stick mat can easily be cleaned with soap and water and left to air dry on your kitchen counter.

Additionally, they are FDA approved silicone and made from the best materials and were tested by professionals and everyday people to ensure quality. Knives and other sharp utensils can damage these mats so use them with care. Culinary Corner offers a 100% satisfaction GUARANTEED. Baking mats are a great way to achieve better results especially with all your time and effort that you put in with all the daily cooking and cleanup done in your kitchen.

My Thoughts

I know you won't believe me when I say this, but, this was my first time ever using a baking mat. Yes, I know, that's crazy. But it's true! Now that I have used one(finally) I will never bake without a baking mat again! The cookies slid right off of the baking mat. Most of the time, they get stuck on the tray and I end up breaking most of them. I highly recommend these baking mats! I wish I had at least 6 more of them! They clean nicely and I haven't had any trouble with them staining.

We baked our favorite cookies, Vanilla Pudding Cookies with Sprinkles, and did a little experiment. I baked one batch with the baking mat and one batch without the baking mat. Can you tell which one is which? The left cookie was baked with the baking mat and the one on the right was not. They were both baked with at the same temperature for the same amount of time. As you can see, the cookie on the left cooked more evenly and has less of a brownish bottom. Really amazing.

Vanilla Pudding Cookies with Sprinkles
3/4 cup of butter
1 egg, 1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 (3.5)oz packet of instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup of your favorite sprinkles
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with Culinary Corner's Baking Mat. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
3. Next mix in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
4. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
5. Finally add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
6. Using a medium (2 tablespoon) sized cookie scoop drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set. Don't over-bake if you want super soft soft cookies.
7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
(Makes 24 cookies)
Not it's time for a GIVEAWAY! One winner will win one of these Baking Mats from Culinary Corner! US only, please :)

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

Good Luck,
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Vermont Nut Free Chocolate Review

Hey there! Easter is one of my favorite holidays. And, we all know that Easter is not complete without chocolate! Vermont Nut Free Chocolate that is. Nut allergies, especially in children, are so common nowadays. Vermont Nut Free makes it possible for children to enjoy those Easter treats without having to worry. I recently sampled some of Vermont Nut Free's Easter candy and the chocolate is AMAZING!

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates was invented by a mom who's son was allergic to peanuts. Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are made in small batches. Using only the finest nut-free ingredients. Their entire selection is peanut and tree nut free! So, these delicious treats can be enjoyed by everyone! There facility is 100% NUT-FREE!

Vermont Nut Free sent me some Jelly Beans. These little beans are so fruity and full of flavor. Perfect for filling plastic Easter eggs. When purchasing, Vermont Nut Free sends the Jelly Beans in a 120z. tote.

This cute chick is made from milk chocolate and crisp rice. So good and chocolatey! Once my husband and sons saw him, he didn't stand a chance!

A yummy Easter Bunny made from solid milk chocolate. This was my fave. He was so yummy. I also got to sample some dark chocolate and it was the best dark chocolate that I have ever had. And, I usually am not a big dark chocolate person.

My Thoughts
I totally recommend Vermont Nut Free. There chocolates are amazing! Everything was shipped to me quickly and everything made it to my door safe and sound. All of the chocolates were wrapped in plastic treat bags and tied with ribbon. The dark chocolates came in pastel colored foil. Vermont Nut Free has a wide range of items, not just Easter candies. Visit their WEBSITE and see what else this awesome company has to offer. And, if you are ever in Vermont, visit their factory store in Grand Isle!
I received Vermont Nut Free Chocolates in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own! Thanks, Julianna! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Basket Gift Guide and GIVEAWAY!

Hi there! Easter is right around the corner so I have decided to create an Easter Basket Gift Guide! All of the products are products that I love! I wanted to share them with you because they are perfect alternatives for your child's Easter Basket. Especially if your child has a nut allergy. This Easter Basket Gift Guide will allow your child to play with something cool, eat their meal in a fun way, pack there lunch while helping the environment and allow them to enjoy nut free snacks that taste just like the real thing!

Here are all of the products that I am giving away:

The winner will get these cute, new bunny and chick Pick-Ease! Perfect for picking up food :)
Fresh Baby's Popsicle Maker is in the shape of a carrot :)  

 Skeeter Nut Free

Skeeter Nut Free Snacks are 100% NUT FREE!

Sweet Delight Nut Free Chocolates
An Easter Basket wouldn't be complete without some delicious chocolates! These cute lollipops are NUT FREE! 

 Paper Trax

Paper Trax makes the best basket stuffer! Your kids will be entertained for hours! 


Winner will also get these Lunchskins reusable snack and sandwich bags. I love these!

One winner will win ALL of these awesome products!  US only! Winner will be notified on 3/22/16 and prizes will be shipped ASAP. Good luck :)

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All of these lovely brands sent me products in order for me to run this awesome giveaway! Thank you Paper Trax, Fresh Baby, Skeeter Nut Free, Pick-Ease, Sweet Delight Nut Free Chocolates and Lunchskins! <3