Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Lego® Blue Brick Eco Backpack Review


Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Summer is coming to an end and school is approaching quickly. With that said, parents everywhere are starting back to school shopping. And, what's one item that all of our kids need for school? A backpack! Today I am sharing with you the best backpack, ever!
Introducing the Lego® Blue Brick Eco Backpack!


Each LEGO® backpack saves 8 plastic bottles from the landfill. Lego Bags Backpacks are ergonomically padded with contoured shoulder straps that are designed for small bodies. Its body is made with premium quality recycled polyester. The materials used to make the backpacks are CPSIA compliant and free of PVC, lead and phthalates. Some other features include:
  • 360 degree reflective detailing to increased visibility
  • Adjustable front sternum strap helps balance the load with an easy click
  • Interior name tag for personalization
  • Side mesh pocket holds a water bottle or other quick-access items
  • Front D-ring provides convenient attachment point for lunch bag or other belongings
  • Front knob-shaped zipper pockets hold small supplies
  • Roomy main zipper compartment with interior slip pocket keeps items closer to the wearer's back for optimal weight distribution
  • Padded back panel has LEGO® brick stitch detailing
  • Soft poly tricot on shoulder straps & padded haul handle make transport comfortable
  • Oversize LEGO® brick zipper pullers
  • Recyled PET main body material
  • YKK zippers with custom brick pullers
 Two front knob-shaped zipper pockets
 
 Zippers with custom brick pullers

 Cute interior design
 
 Back of backpack
 
 Mesh pocket on one side of backpack
 
Interior pocket with name tag
 
Lego Brick Eco Backpacks are available in four colors: blue, black, red & pink.
Backpack dimensions: 16"H x 10"W x 6.5"D.
Matching Lego Eco Brick Lunch Bag coming soon!


My Thoughts

We are in LOVE with this Lego® Bags Backpack! I am so amazed by the quality. The backpack is made from sturdy materials and I know that it'll last my kindergartener all school year. They are guaranteed, by Lego Bag, that they will last all year and then some! I love all of its features, including the mesh pocket on the side and the zipper compartments in the front. The main compartment opens up and allows me to put all of the school supplies that my son needs, plus a lunch bag and a small jacket. I know that he feels comfortable wearing the backpack because of all of the padding on the backside. The material is easy to wipe clean with a dampened cloth. Hang to dry. It is not recommended washing the backpack in the washing machine.

The backpack looks just like a Lego. And, if your kids are like mine, they are obsessed with the toy! My oldest son is super excited to use it. I am too, for times when I don't feel like carrying a heavy purse. A backpack is great for taking to events- such as fairs, carnivals & concert. So much more easier to carry around. A very versatile backpack that will be used over and over again! This Lego backpack is our favorite!

Lego® Bags has a wide range of backpack styles to choose from. Ninjago backpacks, Lego® City, Lego® Friends, etc. There are also lunch bags, storage bags and accessories available. Visit http://legobags.com/ for more information and to shop!



The Lego backpack was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SHOP || $50



Monday, August 7, 2017

Jarro Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Women's Probiotic Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics for women! Jarro Formulas was founded in Los Angeles in 1977 by Jarrow L. Rogovin. Jarro's early formulations earned the company a reputation for producing innovative and efficacious supplements at a time when the health benefits of dietary supplements were just beginning to be recognized. Jarro Formulas' has a complete line of nutritional products including vitamins, probiotic, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, enteral nutrition products and standardized herbal concentrates. Jarro Fomulas' mission is reflected in it motto- "Superior Nutrition and Formulation".

Jarro-Dophilus Women's Probiotics is true probiotic for women because it uniquely contains four patented probiotic strains. These strains are know as "Astarte". All four of the Astarte strains were isolated in clinical research from young women, healthy women in their third month of pregnancy and are the predominant species found in the vaginal tract of healthy women.

Jarro-Dophilus is the only women's multi-strain probiotic comprised solely of vaginally-derived strains vs. intestinally or non-human derived strains. Multiple clinical studies have shown that oral supplements with Astarte strains promotes healthy vaginal, urinary and reproductive tracts.
EnteroGuard® is Jarrow Formulas’ proprietary cellulose-based, food- grade, pH-sensitive enteric coating that resists stomach acid. EnteroGuard® ensures that probiotics pass through the stomach unharmed and are released in the intestines intact and ready to act.

 
My Thoughts 

Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics are working wonderful for me. The capsules are a good size and easy to swallow. Tasteless, too.  I have been taking one capsule a day for about 3 weeks now. My tummy feels more regular and my body just feel better when I take Jarro-Dophilus. I've tried a few different probiotics in the past and this one is by far the best. I love the fact that these probiotics are not only good for my digestive system. They are also good for my urinary tract and good for vaginal health. I highly recommend Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics. And, my boys love the kid's probiotics! Jarro Formulas products are great for the whole family!

Jarro-Dophilus is available for purchase at health food retailers such as Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmer's Market and Natural Grocers. These probiotics are also available on iherb.com, vitacost.com and swansonvitamins.com. Visit jarrowprobiotics.com for a full list of retailers.

**I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

~Melissa~
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tea It Up with Swiss Tea!




 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Swiss Premium™ Tea! Swiss Premium Tea started in the heart of Pennsylvania. Swiss Tea starts with just three simple ingredients: water, tea & sugar. Their teas do not contain any high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Swiss Tea has a homebrewed taste that all iced tea lovers enjoy. Every glass of Swiss Tea is made with high quality ingredients and is also available unsweetened. Swiss Tea is a great iced tea to serve to your family!


We all know that summer is all about swimming, BBQs and family picnics. What's a better way to stay hydrated while enjoying these summer activities? Grab an ice cold glass of Swiss Premium Tea! Swiss Tea is available in 11 flavors!

How am I planning to "Tea It Up" this summer?

Swiss Tea is a refreshing drink that we all enjoy. We will "Tea It Up" this summer by enjoying our Swiss Tea on- the-go. Whenever my family goes on road trips during the summer, we pack a gallon of  Swiss Tea in our cooler. And, when enjoying Swiss Tea at home, I like to add a slice of lemon to my iced tea. We are planning a beach trip this weekend and I plan to "Tea It Up" while soaking in the sun's rays! A trip to the beach is never complete without a cold cup of iced tea.  :)

Swiss Premium Tea is giving you the chance to win a $2,000 "Tea It Up" Summer Package! Winner will get the summer package of their choice. Summer Package choices include a Backyard Makeover, Family Golf Set & Lessons or MLB Baseball Package For Four.  Enter for your chance to win at Swiss Tea. And, while you are visiting their website, grab a coupon for 50 cents off!

**Compensation was provided for this post. All opinions written here are my own.

~Melissa~


Sweeps link: http://bit.ly/2tTHwnK
Coupon link: http://bit.ly/2upPo3R
 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Kyvan Sauces Review

 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Kyvan Sauces! Kyvan was founded by Reggie Kelly, an NFL Pro. Since he was little, cooking has been a big part of his life. Reggie wanted to bring his sauces into our homes because c'mon, who doesn't love a good "Down South" meal? So, he grabbed all of his family secret recipes and pitched his idea to retailers in 2011 The name Kyvan came from Reggie's children- Kyla & Kavan. Now, Kyvan Sauces are available in retailers nationwide as well as available on Amazon.

Smoked Brisket with Sweet BBQ Sauce
 
Kyvan doesn't provide just sauces.. Kyvan also offers a wide variety of salsas, seasonings, jams & jellies. Sauce flavors include: Jambalaya, Sesame Garlic BBQ, Original Hot Sauce, Hot Wing, Asian Style BBQ, Sweet BBQ, Sweet Potato BBQ, Cherry Apple BBQ and Honey Apple BBQ.

Homemade Hot Wings with Hot Wing Sauce

My Thoughts

 Kyvan Sauces are amazing! I was surprised by how much flavor and deliciousness! Each BBQ sauce flavor has it's own unique flavor. Some of them are sweet and some are a bit tangy. All perfect for my BBQ loving palette. Out of all of the BBQ sauces, my favorite is the Sweet BBQ. My husband and I smoked brisket on the grill so we had something taste the sauces with. Oh my goodness.. the brisket and the Sweet BBQ went to well together. I also made homemade buffalo wings so I can try Kyvan's Original Hot Sauce. Yum!! The hot wing sauce had a spicy kick to it. Really good! I really enjoyed cooking and marinating with Kyvan Sauces. Great southern BBQ sauces that are great for all kinds of food! If you could try any of Kyvan's Sauces, which would you like to try?

I recommend Kyvan's Sauces for all of your BBQing needs! Delish!

I received Kyvan Sauces in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SHOP || $4.69 +
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sneakz Organic Milkshakes Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Sneakz Organic Milkshakes! Sneakz Milkshakes deliciously disguise a mix of 5 nutrient-rich veggies: cauliflower, spinach, carrots, sweet potato & beets. Sneakz Milkshakes are made with simple, clean USDA Organic ingredients. The milkshakes are non-GMO, soy-free & gluten-free.  Sneakz do not contain any carrageenan, antibiotics, GMOs, synthetic hormones, artificial flavors, artificial colors or sweeteners.


Sneakz contains less sugar than sodas and most juice boxes. Sneakz strives to create healthier drink alternatives that contain less sugar, taste good and provide positive nutrition. These yummy milkshakes are available in 3 delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry. Every 8 ounce serving of Sneakz contains 1/2 cup of veggies. Sneakz are best served chilled.


Ingredients: Organic skim milk, filtered water, Sneakz organic veggie puree blend(filtered water, organic dried carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach) organic cane sugar, natural flavors & gellan gum. (Strawberry flavor contains beets).
 
My Thoughts

We love Sneakz! I love them because it gets veggies into my kiddos without them knowing. Also they taste really good and are healthy. My kids are super picky eaters and Sneakz allows me to get at least some veggies into them daily. I also love the fact that they are low in sugar and sodium, but high in protein. The milkshake box fits well in their small hands. My 5 year old says that he likes Sneakz better than regular cows milk. His favorite flavor is the strawberry. My youngest, who is 2, loves the vanilla flavor. We recently took our Sneakz Milkshakes to the beach and my sons enjoyed sipping on them while playing in the sand. Sneakz, in our household, are not only used for a drink. We enjoy them as a dessert, too!

I received Sneakz to try with my family in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, always!
 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July's Degusta Box Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you July's Degusta Box USA! Get 9-14 full size products sent straight to your door each month. Each month is only $19.99, which is way less than what you would pay in store. You'll enjoy opening Degusta Box USA because the products inside are a surprise! You won't know what's inside until your box arrives.


What's inside July's box??


Karma Wellness Water has vitamins and nutrients right in the cap! Just peel, push and shake to transform your water into wellness. The KarmaCap holds the vitamins and nutrients until ready to mix. Formulated with 110% of 7 essential vitamins & only 20 calories. Karma is gluten-free, lactose-free and non-gmo. $1.99


Waffle Waffle are buttery waffles that are wholesome, flavorful and hearty. These Belgian waffles are made with quality ingredients and real pearl sugar. No syrup is needed and can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere! $1.79


Vermont Smoke & Cure Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork sticks are crafted from lean, whole cuts of beef and pork. They also contain real spices. This recipe is Vermont Smoke & Cure's best-selling! Awesome flavor in every bite! $1.99


RXBAR makes whole food protein bars with 12 grams of protein. The bars are gluten-free, soy free, dairy free and have absolutely no added sugar or preservatives. July's box contained one free coupon to purchase an RXBAR. $2.49


KALA Beans are light, crunchy and packed with the healthy goodness of beans. Making it a snack you can feel good about eating. KALA Beans are available in 3 great flavors. $3.99


Mrs. Thinster's Cookie Thins are thin, delicious cookies that are made with all natural ingredients. The cookies are free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and they are non-GMO. $2.99


King Arthur Flour Essential Goodness Baking Mixes are made with just the good stuff. Everyone's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie mix is made with premium chocolate chips, real brown sugar and no artificial anything. This is July's Product of the Month. $4.99


Wise popcorn is lightly, air-popped and packed with whole grains. This popcorn is mouthwatering, delicious and gluten-free. Available in lots of yummy flavors including: white cheddar, butter, sea salt & Cinnabon cinnamon roll! July's box contained 4 snack size bags. $0.75/each


Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil is derived from first pressing of the finest Spanish olives. This oil has a bold, intense olive flavor. It has won the award for the ChefsBest Excellence Award for overall quality. $3.99


Mutti is a smooth creamy puree of tomato skins and seeds. It's enriched with the addition of Mediterranean Herbs and a hint of chili peppers. Mutti Tomato Sauce makes a great base for first and second courses. Just add your favorite ingredients to make it your own! $2.29


My Thoughts

Another awesome month of Degusta Box USA goodies. I enjoyed all of the snacks as well as the olive oil. I have yet to make the cookies because I am saving them for a special occasion. But, I will be sure to share a picture. I love getting this subscription box each month because of the selection of goodies. There's snacks, drinks, ingredients for cooking, etc. Something for everyone. And, best of all? Try all of these goodies for much less than what you'd pay at a grocery store!

I received July's Degusta Box USA in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE  || $19.99/monthly

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roasted Veggie Dip Recipe Featuring Dean's DairyPure® Sour Cream


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing with you a yummy recipe that I got to make with Dean's® DairyPure® Sour Cream- Roasted Veggie Dip! This recipe is loaded with roasted corn, roasted peppers, roasted zucchini and spices. A delicious summer dip that can be enjoyed on hot, summer days. Scoop up this yummy dip with tortilla chips or sliced veggies!

 
Dean's DairyPure Sour Cream is a delicious sour cream that is all-natural and is made with NO artificial growth hormones. It's a rich, creamy sour cream that is the perfect addition for any meal. Dean's DairyPure Sour Cream is made with fresh milk and cream which comes right from their own dairy. Add a dollop of Dean's DairyPure Sour Cream to the top of your soup or nachos.


About the Brand

Deans Foods has more than 50 local and regional dairy brands. Their brands distribute milk, ice cream, teas, juices, bottled water and of course, sour cream. Some of their brands have been around for 100 years, serving as the cornerstone of communities for providing wholesome, great-tasting DairyPure Products. DairyPure Sour Cream is made with fresh milk and cream from local dairies and held to the standards of their 5-Point Purity Promise®:

  1. No artificial growth hormones.
  2. All milk is tested for antibiotics.
  3. Continually quality tested to ensure purity.
  4. Only from cows fed a healthy diet.
  5. Cold shipped from your trusted dairy.

Roasted Veggie Dip featuring Dean's DairyPure Sour Cream
 
 
Ingredients:

1 container of Dean's® DairyPure® Sour Cream
1/2 cup roasted orange pepper
1/2 cup roasted red pepper
3/4 cup of roasted corn
1/2 cup roasted zucchini
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
dash of pepper
garnish with parsley(optional)
 
Instructions:

  1. Roast peppers, corn and zucchini on the grill or on a stovetop grilling skillet. Rotate every 5 minutes. Cook until tender.
  2. Let roasted veggies cool slightly. Cut corn off the cob. Cut peppers and zucchini into pea-sized pieces. Measure out ingredients and place them into a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add sour cream, salt & pepper to roasted veggies and mix gently. Pour dip into a bowl. Add parsley if desired. Serve with chips and/or sliced veggies. Enjoy!

This was my first time using Dean's DairyPure® Sour Cream but not my first time using the DairyPure Brand. I have tried their milk and previously worked with the company to create an overnight oats recipe using their milk. DairyPure products are great! The sour cream is the best sour cream that I have ever used. I am a huge sour cream fan and the dip I made turned out so good! My Roasted Veggie Dip is a cool, refreshing dip. Make some for your next summer party.

Visit http://bit.ly/2t7PhH1 to find DairyPure® products near you! Products differ in certain regions.

**Compensation for this post was provided. All opinions written here are my own.

Want to save on Dean's DairyPure® Sour cream on your next shopping trip? visit http://bit.ly/2tfousm and grab a coupon for 40 cent off one 16 ounce sour cream!
 


 
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kinzd Wallets & Makeup Bag Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you accessories from Kinzd! Kinzd was founded in Hong Kong over 5 years ago thanks to a little puppy, named Kinzd. Kinzd loved to chew and destroy anything leather. Since then, Kinzd has delivered 2,500,000 wallets to 95 different countries. Their goal is to offer slim wallets at an affordable price. All while using socially conscious materials. Read below to see the product that I got to review!

 

Slim Wallet RFID Front Pocket Wallet $11.99

This super slime wallet is lightweight, fashionable and functional. It's designed for both men & women. It holds: 6 cards, has 1 ID window and 1 money or receipt pocket. This RFID wallet keeps your vital information secure. Size: Approx. in 4.4 " x 3.15" x 0.12" / 11.2cm x 8cm x 0.3cm.


 

Crazy Horse Mens Slim Bifold Leather Front Pocket Wallet $18.99

A very classic and fashionable men's wallet. It's super slim and lightweight. It holds: 6 cards slots, 1 ID Window and 1 money or receipt pocket. (4 Quick Access cards slots, 1 ID card holder, 2 apartment room each side and 1 top center department for cash, receipt, changes, bills, check, receipts, ticket, etc). This is a RFID Blocking Wallet. Which allows you to keep your information safe and secure. Size: Approx. in 4.4 " x 3.15" x 0.12" / 11.2cm x 8cm x 0.3cm.



Women's Travel Cosmetic Bag Organizer $22.99

A waterproof cosmetic bag that is double layered and leather. This bag can carry your brushes, eyelash curler, lip stick, eye shadow, a brush, etc. The cosmetic bag has: Double Layer Zipper Pockets- The main pocket is big enough which can hold bottles and jars easily, it has a small separated internal zip pocket, you can keep certain things separated. Another bottom zippered pockets has many narrow compartments, it is perfect size to hold different cosmetic brushes, pencils and eyeliner, etc. All zippers are well made and can glide easily. It is made of Nylon oxford(Jeanette), sleek, waterproof, easy clean, anti-wrinkle, environmental protection. Bag Size: 9.53”x 6.69”x5.1”.

My Thoughts

Kinzd products are great! The cosmetic bag is big enough to carry all of my makeup goodies. The larger top compartment is a good size. Holds lots of makeup. I traveled recently and was able to get all of my toiletries and makeup products into this one bag. I love how it is waterproof and easy to wipe clean if spills occur. Bottom zippered pocket, where the brushes are kept, unbuttons and can be removed. The zippers work well and the leather handle is a nice touch.

I gave my husband the Bifold Wallet and he was so excited to fill it and use it. It holds all of his credit cards, ID, and cash/receipts. After using it for about 2 weeks, the wallet is still intact. No fraying, falling apart, fading or tears. In his words, it a nice, genuine, simple wallet. He does not like anything flashy and this wallet is not flashy at all. It's classy and timeless. Nice wallet. Makes a great gift and it's affordable!

I have yet to use the Slim Wallet and I am waiting for the perfect opportunity to. I think this wallet will be great for every day use as well as for special occasions. Even though it is slim, it can hold a lot of important stuff. Great for carrying to concerts, out to eat or while doing outdoor activities.

All-in-all, I really love Kinzd! Their products are made with great quality materials and they are affordable!

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


Monday, July 10, 2017

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Review


 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste! Himalaya Bontanique's Toothpaste is free from harmful ingredients such as SLS, Fluoride and Carrageenan. Himalaya offers a different approach to ingredients. Himalaya Botanique's Toothpastes are gluten-free and are a product of India.


Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste comes in 7 different flavors:

  • Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint
  • Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint
  • Complete Care Simply Peppermint
  • Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon
  • Simply Spearmint and the
  • Original Neem
  • Pomegranate
All 7 flavors of Himalaya Botanique's toothpaste are gluten-free. The foaming action of the tooth paste leaves your mouth feeling fresh all day long. When it comes to ingredients, Himalaya takes a different approach by using:

Pomegranate- which is an astringent fruit extract that helps support healthy looking gums.

Neem Leaf- cleans teeth and gives this formulation its sparkle. Neem works by keeping the mouth clean.

Xylitol- a tooth-friendly sweetener that has been clinically-studied to support good oral hygiene.

Triphala- a traditional detox formula in ancient Ayurveda composed of three myrobalan fruits for clean teeth and a radiant smile.

Papain & Bromelain- enzymes from papaya and pineapple to help remove surface stains.


My Thoughts

Himalaya Botanique's toothpaste is a really good toothpaste. All seven flavors are minty and leave my mouth feeling clean and fresh. I really like the spearmint flavor and the cinnamon flavor. I like the fact that these toothpastes are fluoride free. After using the toothpaste for a couple weeks, I notice that my teeth look and feel cleaner and they look whiter. I did not take a before and after photo, but I wish I did. Himalaya Botanique's toothpaste works well to remove yucky plaque, too.


**I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blaze and the Monster Machines MAGFORMERS® Magnetic Toys Review


 
 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you MAGFORMERS® Magnetic Toys! The set that I share with you today is a Blaze and the Monster Machines set. This set comes with 22 pieces. It comes with everything you need to create 8 different Blaze monster machines. You can create a dune buggies, race cars, space ships, etc. Or, create something unique!


MAGFORMERS® are made to the highest quality. Each geometric magnetic shape is Sonic welded using BPA free HQABS and Neodymium magnets. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the MAGFORMERS® click. All MAGFORMERS® are interchangeable and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store.


The 22 piece Blaze and the Monster Machines MAGFORMERS® set comes with:

  • 14 Magnetic Shapes
  • 2 Blaze Wheels
  • 6 Inserts
  • 6 Blaze Double-Sided Character Cards

  • These pieces listed above are compatible with all MAGFORMERS® sets. Visit http://www.magformers.com/ to shop, visit the Idea Gallery and to find out more information. MAGFORMERS® come with a one year warranty. Find Product Safety information HERE.

     Here are a few of their creations!

    My Thoughts
    My boys had fun for hours with MAGFORMERS®. This was their first time playing with MAGFORMERS®. This set had just the right amount of pieces to get them started. They each took turns making Blaze creations. Blaze and the Monster Machines is one of their favorite shows so they were very excited to start creating. I'd say that their first experience was a success. My boys enjoyed switching the character cards so that other Blaze members can take turns driving their creations. As well as taking their creations apart to make something new. My 5 year old was able to follow the building instructions on the inserts himself. The pieces fit nicely together and the magnets are so strong that they stay together. I love the fact that the pieces in this set are compatible with other MAGFORMERS® sets. That way, I can add to their collection. It's amazing what can be made with MAGFORMERS®. I did not have any problems with them cracking, breaking or magnets falling out. MAGFORMERS® are made of high quality products that last. They might seem expensive, but to me, they are worth every penny. I know that they are safe for my kids to play with. I highly recommend!

    I received MAGFORMERS® in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, always!

    SHOP || $49.99

    ~Melissa~