Thursday, June 30, 2016

Biena Chickpea Snacks Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you yummy Chickpea Snacks from Biena Foods! Biena's Chickpeas pack a big crunch and are full of flavor. These flaky chickpeas are sure to satisfy your need for a delicious snack!

Biena is the most award winning Chickpea snack on the market and they are revolutionizing the snack aisle with foods that are truly "good" for you. Biena Foods uses only the best, all-natural ingredients. Their Chickpeas are non-GMO verified. The Chickpeas are available in 6 yummy flavors: Sea Salt, Rockin' Ranch, Habanero, BBQ, Cinnamon Crunch & Honey Roasted. Each serving(1/4 cup) is packed with 6 grams of fiber and 5+ grams of protein. One 1/4 cup is only 120 calories! These little babies will fill you up!

 Habanero Flavor
 Honey Roasted Flavor
My Thoughts
I looked at the ingredients list and was able to pronounce every single ingredient. Which  of course made me very happy. Biena has really created an awesome snack. Biena Foods makes it easy to snack on-the-go with their sealable pouch. I find myself snacking on these yummy chickpeas at the beach, while driving and while watching my kiddos play at the park. This is a snack that every one of my family members enjoys. What makes me happy? Knowing that these chickpeas are good for them.
My favorite flavors? I have to say that the Honey Roasted is my favorite. The flavor tastes just like eating honey roasted peanuts. My second favorite is the Habanero flavor. I am all about spicy lately and these chickpeas are just that!
Biena Foods has come up with a lot of awesome flavors. I have seen a few other chickpea brand out there and their flavors don't match up to Biena's. These are the chickpeas that I will be buying from now on. They are amazing! I highly recommend!
I received Biena Chickpeas in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
Monday, June 27, 2016

Eboost Energy + Vitamins Powder Review- Spruce Flavor

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a pre-workout powder from Eboost. Eboost has a wide range of powders as well as energy shots and apparel. Eboost's products are certified vegan, allergen and gluten free. Pack a few of Eboost's single serve packets in your travel bag, purse or suitcase.

Eboost's newest powder is called Spruce. Spruce is full of energizing whole greens :) Get 3 servings of veggies and 6 grams of fiber per packet. This powder is gluten-free, vegan and allergen free. Spruce contains no added sugar, no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and its non-GMO. Spruce contains 5 key green vegetables- kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and cabbage. These ingredients are freeze and air-dried and made into powder. Eboost uses only the best ingredients when making their powders.

Spruce can be mixed with water, milk, juice and into a smoothie or protein shake. Eboost recommended that I mixed Spruce into some Almond Milk :) Mix one packet with 8-10 ounces of Almond Milk. Shake well. Pour over ice and enjoy!

My Thoughts
Spruce is a great powder. I took Eboost's advice and mixed a packet with some almond milk and the end results were amazing. The shake was frothy and delicious. I could really taste all of the veggies in the powder. But they were not over powering. The almond milk balances out the vegetable taste giving it a nice sweetness. Each packet contains 50 calories.
Spruce really filled me up! I had a full tummy until lunch time and I had energy to chase my two boys around the house. My sons were fighting over my drink. I had to make another one for them to share! I highly recommend Eboost.
I received Spruce Powder in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
SHOP | $39.99 (15 packets)

Hartz Cat & Dog Products Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a bunch of products from Hartz. Hartz is a company that supplies products for cats & dogs. Products Hartz supplies range from toys to flea & tick repellent. Hartz also has products available for reptiles, fish, small animals and birds. Check out Hartz's website for more information.

Products for Dogs:

Tuff Stuff Nose Divers
Dura Play Bone
Chew & Clean Bones
Dura Play Ball
Tiny Dog Toys- Lion & Elephant
Flea & Tick Drops

Products for Cats:

Flea & Tick Spray
Flea & Tick Collars
Flea & Tick Home Spray
Delectable Stews Wet Cat Food
Just for Cats Toys

Note: These are only a handful of items available. Hartz has a wide selection of items for your pets.

Cat Litter and Dog Wee-wee Pads are available as well.

My Thoughts

My pups love all of their Hartz goodies. Especially the toys and bones. Keeps them occupied :)  I love the flea and tick repellents because they have been working really well to keep them off my pups.

Right after receiving all of these goodies, our cat passed away. So, our kitty did not get to experience any Hartz products. But, I know he would have loved to have played with the toys as well as gobble down the food. :(

All-in-all, Hartz has amazing products. Hartz products are available at Walmart.

I received Hartz products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Hive Box Subscription Box Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you The Hive Box! The Hive Box is a monthly subscription box filled with goodies pertaining to "bees!" Each month, The Hive Box features items such as raw honey, artisan treats, beeswax-based products and bee themed paper goods and home goods. Definitely a subscription box to buzz about!!

The Hive Box ships out on the 25th of each month. Each box contains 4-5 bee-based goodies. Ranging from homemade soaps to homemade candies. The Hive Box team works hard to bring us high-quality goods made from small business owners. Each Hive Box comes with business information that way, if you find a products that you really like, you can buy them! Their website also has a limited amount of these products on sale in the "shop" section. :)

What's In The Box?..

Beeswax Candle Tin from Big Dipper Wax Works-
Bee Seed Bombs from VisuaLingual Limited-
Reserve Honey Bar from Bees and Beans-
Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Soap from Square One Soapworks-
Oregon High Desert Honey from BeeLocal-

My Thoughts

I really love this subscription box because it goes with my whole "bee" theme :) As you can probably already tell, the products in this box are ah-mazing! Every product is unique and perfect for a bee lover. I personally love anything that has honey in it or that has to do with bees.

The Beeswax Candle smells really good. It burns very clean and very slowly. The Bee Seed Bombs are perfect for planting in your backyard. They will grow into beautiful flowers that'll attract bees. I have not planted mine yet, but I will be soon! I love a good soap and this one from Square One Soapworks is by far one of the best bars of soap I have ever used! It's lightly scented and makes my skin feel so nourished. Love honey in your tea? Add some of this Oregon High Desert Honey to every cup. This honey is really good. It's raw and delicious. And last but not least, there was a delicious Reserve Honey Bar that was to die for! Honey Caramel & Hazelnut Nougat dipped in Dark Chocolate. Need I say more??

I highly recommend The Hive Box. I am in awe by the elegance of this subscription box. It's well put together and beautiful. Contains amazing products!

I received The Hive Box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE | $24.95
Use code JUNE15 and save 15% off your first order!
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tastee Caramel Apples Review & Giveaway!

Hi! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you yummy caramel apple from Tastee Apple! This company was started by a father and son and has been family owned since 1974.With both father and son willing to do whatever it took to produce the best-quality apple products possible at a fair price, Tastee Apple, Inc. was quickly recognized for old-fashioned goodness and family pride. Tastee is America's #1 Caramel Apple!

I got to try 2 different Tastee Apples. The first one I tried was their caramel apple. This apple has a layer of caramel topped with chopped peanuts.
The second apple I tried was the Turtle Caramel Apple. This apple has a layer of caramel, chopped peanuts and chocolate chips!

My Thoughts
I love apples smothered in caramel and nuts. These apples are really good! They satisfy that need for a sweet and salty treat. Tastee's Caramel Apples remind me of my childhood. Going to carnivals and fairs :) We know that those kind of activities are available to us all year. But, Tastee Apples to the rescue!
The apples are small, but fresh and crispy. Tastee uses granny smith apples. The mixture of the sour apple, sweet caramel and salty peanuts really gets your taste buds going! So yummy :)
I received Tastee Apples in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
Enter to win six (6) caramel apples (any variety). One winner will be chosen and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If I don't hear back, I will draw another winner. US only, please!
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Good Luck!!
~ Melissa~
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Mother's Quilts Book Review & Giveaway!

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a book review of My Mother's Quilts. My Mother's Quilts was written by Ramona Richards. Ramona Richards is an award winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she's called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother's stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother's Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at

About the Book:

The devotions in My Mother's Quilts are inspired by family heirloom quilts, some more than 100 years old. With humor and sincerity, Ramona Richards shares her memoires and lessons learned from the quilters whose legacies live on in their work. Rich, Personal, sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, each reading provides a lesson and encouragement from the faithful women who crafted the quilts. Together, these devotions depict the enduring legacy of faith, family, and beloved traditions. Includes full color photographs of each of the 30 quilts!

A quilt is love that serves a purpose.


Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona’s book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!

ENTER CONTEST: (This is the contest landing page)

My Thoughts
I really love this book. It's a book that I can relate to because my Mom loves quilting. Each story in this book is so touching. Seeing all of the beautiful quilts makes me smile. My Mother's Quilts makes a great gift for anyone who loves the art of quilting.
I received My Mother's Quilts in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Annie B's Caramels & Popcorn Review

Happy Thursday! Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you yummy goodies from Annie B's! Annie B's recently sent me some of the caramels and popcorn to review. I sampled 5 of their popcorn flavors as well as 5 different flavors of their caramels. Annie B's also sent me some yummy chocolates! I am a huge fan of all of these goodies :)

Annie B's has been handcrafting caramels since 1978. Their goal is to create awesome tasting products that'll make you smile. Tom & Carol, the founders, loved making caramels in their kitchen. They soon realized that they could turn their love for caramels into a business. They named their company after their daughter, Annie. Tom & Carol added popcorn to their product list a few years later and their popcorn was a huge hit!
Annie B's Caramels are available in more than 20 different flavors. The caramels are slow-cooked in copper kettles. The five flavors I tried were Original, Butter Rum, Chocolate, Cappuccino and Sea Salt. These five delicious flavors were wrapped in a 10 Piece Caramel Bag. $5
Annie B's Popcorn is available in many different flavors. I got to try the Triple Threat, Caramel, Caramel Sea Salt, Jalapeno Cheddar and sharp cheddar. All of their popcorn is gluten-free and made in a nut-free facility. Annie B's Popcorn is always popped packed to order and is always fresh and delicious! Available in small bags, large bags, gift crates, gift packs, popcorn tins and popcorn packs. The gift crate, gift pack and popcorn tin make great gifts for popcorn lovers. Small Bag- $2

My Thoughts
The caramels are buttery and delicious. As soon as I bite into them, they melt in my mouth. I really love these caramels because they taste amazing and they don't get stuck in my teeth. Every flavor is amazing. These are caramels that my whole family enjoy. I really love the sea salt flavor as well as the original. Each individual caramel is a satisfying size. Perfect for my sweet tooth :)
The popcorn is amazing, too. Annie B's sticks to their word when they say "made to order." The popcorn was really fresh and crunchy. Each flavor is unique and delicious. My favorite flavor is the Sea Salt Caramel. This popcorn is covered in caramel and has the lightest hint of sea salt. Writing this post is making my mouth salivate!
I highly recommend this company. Great, delicious products! And, the products were shipped to me very quickly.
I received these products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
Shop now- Annie B's
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

That's It. Fruit Bars Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you That's It. Fruit Bars! That's It. Fruit Bars contain only 2 ingredients- fruit + fruit= That's It! These bars are great for getting your recommended daily value of fruits in. Only 100-110 calories per bar. These bars are fat free, all natural, non-GMO, high in fiber and contain no preservatives. They are also gluten-free, raw, vegan and contain no added sugar. That’s it. is the only two-ingredient snack of its kind in the market today! See why..

 That's It. Fruit Bars come in 9 yummy flavors:

Apple & Cherry
Apple & Pear
Apple & Banana
Apple & Pinepple
Apple & Mango
Apple & Coconut
Apple & Blueberry
Apple & Strawberry
Apple & Peach

Yummy flavors sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. That's It. Fruit Bars are great for a quick breakfast. Grab one of these fruit filled bars as you are running out the door. They are a healthy snack to pack into your child's lunchbox. A great snack for any age. Snack healthy while knowing that these bars only contain 100% all-natural premium fruits!

My 1 1/2 year old grabbing one of the That's It. Fruit Bars while I am taking pictures of them.
He ate the whole bar!
My Thoughts
Fruit bars that don't contain any added sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors, purees, concentrates, or any type of preservatives? Sign me up! I know that these are healthy for my family. I love how they come in 9 different flavors. They're all super delicious and full of yummy fruit. My favorite flavors are the apple & coconut and the apple & pineapple.  I highly recommend That's It. Fruit Bars. My family loves them and I know that yours will, too!
I received That's It. Fruit Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
BUY | $19.99 (12 count)
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Litehouse Foods Dinner in Baltimore, MD #SeeTheLite

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you my experience at the Litehouse Foods Dinner Event in Baltimore, MD. This event was for blogger only and it was held at AGGIO. AGGIO is an amazing Italian restaurant located in the heart of Baltimore. When I got invited to this event, I was so excited!

Walking into AGGIO, my first thought was wow, this restaurant is fancy! Walking into the event, I was greeted by Maria, the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Litehouse Foods. I was also greeted by Kari Ramsey and Rebecca Scritchfield. All wonderful ladies :)

Beautifully decorated dinner table :)
Next, I was greeted by a male waiter who offered me red or white wine. I went with the white.
As I sipped my wine, I met a few fellow bloggers.
During our dinner, Rebecca, who is a dietician, gave us a live demonstration of how to make her recipe for Zesty Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Sliders. This is a recipe that Rebecca created for the event. Awesome recipe. I cannot wait to give these sliders a try!
Here is what I had for dinner..
A yummy salad with cedar springs greens, pickled spring veggies, English peas and shallots. Featuring Litehouse chunky bleu cheese dressing and homestyle ranch dressing.

 Fresh Beans- Burrata, house made bottarga, lemon, garlic and smoked ricotta salata.
Risotto- spring alums and oyster mushrooms.

Chicken Parm 2.0- Burrata, provolone, pomodoro and spaghetti.

For dessert, I had Tiramisu- Espresso, mascarpone, ladyfinger and cocoa.
By the time dessert came, I was stuffed! AGGIO's food is amazingly good! I had a lot of fun at this event. Great food and awesome company. I hope to attend an event like this again soon. This was a great experience. A big thanks to Litehouse Foods and Maria :)