Monday, October 31, 2016

StrideBox Subscription Box Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you StrideBox. A monthly subscription box for runners. Subscribing to StrideBox is a great way to discover new and unique running products and accessories. Each month, members will receive a curated box of accessories, gear and nutrition products. Products that'll fuel your workout, race and training sessions.

So, what's in the box?..
Lightload Towels- Compressed towels that can easily be put into a gym bag or your pocket. Can easily be put into the running belt that's included in this months box, too. Add a few drops of water to start expansion. Expands to 12x12 inches. Great for wiping sweat, cleaning scrapes, etc.
Raw Rev Glo Bar- This bar contains 11 grams of plant protein. It's also high in fiber. Bring this vegan bar on your next run and you'll be sure to have plenty of energy.
Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Tea Crystals and Candy- Supports healthy digestion as well as stomach comfort while running. The perfect blend of healthy, sweet and spicy.
Nature Nate's Honey- An all natural honey that's straight from the hive. Use honey to fuel your race or workout.
Glukos Engery Drink Powder- A unique formula that's made to give you almost instant energy. Everything you'll need to unleash your body's true athlete.
Protes Protein Snack- Zesty Nacho chips that are vegan. These baked crisps contain 15 grams of protein per serving. Enjoy these after a run or whenever you are craving a healthy snack.
StrideBox Essentials Double Pocket Running Belt- Perfect for holding your keys, ID, credit cards, cash, chews, phone, Lightload Towels, etc. Adjustable and has two securely zippered expansion pockets. $12.99
StrideBox partners with awesome brands to deliver cool stuff to their subscribers each month. All of the products featured in StrideBox are geared towards running, training or recovery. So whether you are a recreational runner, training for your first marathon or headed to the Boston Marathon, StrideBox is perfect for you. Subscribe today for only $15 a month!

My Thoughts
I love StrideBox. Each box contains 5-7 items that are perfect for runners. I love the belt. It allows me to easily store my keys, a snack and cash. I find myself using it all of the time. Including while I am out and about or talking a walk. I also love how the box contains snacks. All of which are amazing. I put the honey in my tea. It gives me a good boost. StrideBox also contains a recipe card and a workout card. I highly recommend StrideBox.
I received StrideBox in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
SUBSCRIBE || $15/month

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dried & True Jerky Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Dried & True Beef Jerky. Dried & True Beef Jerky is handcrafted in Los Angeles, CA in small batches. Matt, the founder, started making Dried & True Beef Jerky in his kitchen using a single dehydrator. His jerky company is a huge success and he has now opened his second jerky company, Keto Carne! Keep yours eyes open for that review as well.

Dried & True Beef Jerky contains no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup or nitrates. This jerky is gluten-free and contains only all natural ingredients. Dried & True comes in 3 awesome flavors:

Original: A classic jerky with hints of Worcestershire sauce, onions and garlic.

Ginger Teriyaki: A jerky flavored with real ginger and pineapple juice. Then sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Chile Limon: Blends of spicy chiles with hints of lemon. A spicy jerky.

Join Dried & True's Jerky of the Month Club and get either 3 bags or 6 bags delivered to your door every month. Jerky ships FREE.

My Thoughts

Dried & True Beef Jerky is great! The 3 flavors are each awesome in their own way. The quality of the beef used it top notch. It's tender, moist and not hard to bite into. Between my husband and I, we ate a whole bag! My favorite flavor? The Ginger Teriyaki! So delish! Delicious jerky that I highly recommend. Try all three awesome flavors today!

I received Dried & True Beef Jerky in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE | $25 for 3 bags $45 for 6 bags
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Last week, my family and I got to experience Disney On Ice! We traveled to Farifax, VA to see the show. The show Follow Your Heart featured many Disney characters. We watched Nemo help Dory find her parents, the Emotions from Inside Out cheer on Riley at her big hockey game, a true friendship between Woody & Buzz and we traveled to Arendelle and got to see Olaf and Kristoff help reunite Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa.

Cinderella, Belle and Ariel were a few of the many Disney Princesses at the show. They sang and skated and put on a great show. Also in the show, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy! Disney On Ice is skating into a town near you. Check the show's schedule HERE.

Enjoy some pictures below :)


Toy Story

 Inside Out

Mickey Mouse

Finding Dory

Disney Princesses


Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

I was one of the bloggers that covered Disney On Ice's opening night in Fairfax, VA. The show was AMAZING! This 2 hour show kept my 4 year old and my 2 year old entertained the whole time. We all enjoyed the music and the stories. I would love to see another Disney On Ice show in the future. I highly recommend the Follow Your Heart show.
Save on Tickets. Use code RILEY at checkout! Get tickets HERE.

I received complementary tickets to the show from Feld Entertainment. All opinions are my own. Always!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Degusta Box USA Subscription Box Review- October

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! I am back with another awesome Degusta Box! This monthly subscription box is the best because it contains a lot of yummy foods, drinks and snacks.  For only $19.99 a month, enjoy 10-15 full sized products. This month, I made one of the recipes that was included in the subscription box. Review and recipe below!

What's in October's Degusta Box?..

Barilla Marinara Sauce- A sauce that contains only the best ingredients. Vine-ripened tomatoes, herbs and extra virgin olive oil. Grab a box of Barilla Pasta and enjoy an authentic Italian meal in minutes. $2.39

Numi Mini Tea Sampler- The pocket-sized box contains 8 premium organic teas. $3.99

Jones Pumpkin Pie Soda- The perfect mix of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of creamy, buttery crust. Perfect for the holidays. $1.79

Energems Dark Chocolate Energy Gems- Bite-sized energy supplement made with dark chocolate. Contains caffeine and vitamins B and D. $5.99

La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Flour Tortillas- The first non-GMO low carb tortilla! Each tortilla contains 4g net carbs, 3g of protein, 24% of your daily fiber and has only 45 calories. $2.99

Palo Popcorn in White Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Cheddar- A popcorn that is made with pure coconut oil. The popcorn is non-GMO and made with real cheddar. $0.99 each

Hometown Bagels in Cinnamon and Garlic- Prepared with the finest non-GMO ingredients. Eat them by themselves or with your favorite dip. $1.99 each

Lovely Candy Superfruit Chews- Lovely Candy Superfruit Chews are all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher without high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. Each chew has bits of real fruit. Flavors include cranberry, raspberry and blueberry. $2.49

Wasa Thins- Oven baked for a light, delicate crunch. Topped with sesame seeds and sea salt. Wasa Thins are a great healthy snack. $2.99

Crown Nut Sriracha Almonds- These flavored almonds are grown, processed, roasted and flavored in house. These almonds are full of flavor. $1.99

Barilla ProteinPLUS Pasta- A delicious wholesome pasta with 17g protein. Perfect for the whole family and Barilla Pasta is available in 7 varieties. $2.39

Barilla ProteinPLUS Penne Pasta with Barilla Marinara Sauce Recipe

1 box Barilla ProteinPLUS Penne Pasta
1 jar Barilla Marinara Sauce
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup Romano Cheese, grated
Fresh Oregano or Basil


Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2) Cook pasta according to package instructions.
3) Meanwhile, heat sauce.
4) Drain pasta and combine with marinara sauce, drizzle with olive oil, stir in fresh oregano or basil.
5) Top with Romano cheese

Total price for items in October's box: $32.97.

SUBSCRIBE today for only $19.99 a month. That's a $12.98 difference. Degusta Box ships for FREE, too!

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee. Today, I share with you my review on Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. A zero calorie tea that is perfect for satisfying your thirst. Southern Breeze Sweet Tea is made in Georgia. Sweet Tea is not just for summer. Enjoy an ice cold glass(in a cute SB Mason Jar) whenever! Read my review below. :)

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea comes in Original, Lemon, Raspberry and Peach. Southern Breeze Sweet Tea is easy to steep (for best results, follow the instructions located on the back of the packaging). The large family sized tea bags come already sweetened.  They are sweetened with Splenda sweetener. Southern Breeze Sweet Teas are certified Kosher and gluten-free. These teas have zero calories, zero sugar, zero carbohydrates and no glucose. A sweet tea that is safe for those who have diabetes. A tea that everyone can enjoy. Each box contains 16 tea bags.

Recommended Steeping Instructions:

1. Boil 2 quarts of water. Pour hot water into a large pitcher. Add 2 Southern Breeze Tea Bags.
2. Steep tea for 3-5 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bags and place the pitcher into your refrigerator. Or pour over ice.

My Thoughts

I love Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. I was kind of nervous to try them because I am not a huge fan of sweeteners. But, to my surprise, the tea tasted wonderful and I did not get a yucky sweetener aftertaste. It's easy to steep and is ready in minutes. I poured mine over ice and was able to enjoy a nice, cold sweet tea with my boys. My favorite flavors are the two pictured in my post: Lemon and Original. I love adding an extra lemon slice ;)

Bring your Southern Breeze Sweet Tea with you.. the bags are perfect for on-the-go and can easily fit into a pocket or purse.

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea is available for purchase online as well as at a store near you.

I received Southern Breeze Sweet Tea in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!