Sunday, October 22, 2017

Veggie Tots & Veggie Rings Review


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Veggie Tots & Veggie Rings from Farmwise! Veggie Tots & Veggie Rings are a frozen, delicious and nutritious snack. They are made from a blend of all natural beans, farm grown vegetables and potatoes. The ingredients are chopped and blended together with spices, herbs and a pinch of salt. A delicious snack or side dish that everyone can enjoy!

Veggie Tots & Veggie Rings are non-GMO, gluten-free and Vegan. They are also free from the top 8 food allergens: soy, dairy, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg & fish. Each 3 ounce serving contains 2 servings of vegetables.


Veggie Tots

Broccoli & Sweet Potato Veggie Tots are loaded with veggies, vitamins A, C & K, and contain a good source of protein and fiber. They are low in sodium and gluten-free. 2 servings of vegetables in every 12 tots.


Veggie Rings

Cauliflower, White Bean & Onion Veggie Rings contain 4 grams of protein. They are a good source of fiber and 12 rings contain 2 servings of vegetables. Loaded with vitamin C.

  1. Veggie Tots & Rings are best cooked in a oven: Preheat Oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Arrange frozen tots in a single layer on a baking sheet without tots touching
    (Parchment Paper recommended)
  3. Bake 16-20 minutes to desired crispiness
    (For Convection or Toaster Ovens: Bake 12-15 Minutes)

My Thoughts

My family loves the tots, rings and fries! Yes, we have had the fries, too! They're delicious, crunchy and full of flavor. I love how the tots and rings are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I cannot tell that there is veggies in them. Which is good, because I have two picky eaters at home. Both kiddos love them and prefer the tots over regular French fries. The tots and rings bake so perfectly. It's like they just came out of a fryer. No need to salt them because they already contain the perfect amount of salt. I love serving Veggie Tots & Fries as a side dish or as an after lunch snack! So yummy and best of all, healthy! Check out my review for Veggie Fries!

Which would you like to try? The Tots or Rings?

Visit the store locator to locate Veggie Tots, Fries & Rings near you!

 
I received free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, always!
 
~Melissa~
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Adagio Teas Review

 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Adagio Teas! Adagio Teas carries a wide blend of all kinds of different teas. White Teas, Oolong Teas, Black Teas, Green Teas, Flavored Teas, Seasonal Teas and much more. All of their teas come directly from growers, making them both fresh and affordable. These farm-fresh teas have superior flavors!

All Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Tea processing involved 5 steps: Plucking, Withering (allowing the leaves to wilt and soften), Rolling (to shape the leaves and wring out the juices), Oxidizing (see below) and Firing (ie: Drying). The five basic styles of tea are White, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu Erh. Adagio Teas relieve depression and anxiety. Depression levels in people who drink tea is much lower than in those who do not drink tea. Tea provides relief from life's stresses all while giving you a health dose of mood-boosting antioxidants.


White Strawberry White Tea- white tea, rooibos tea, apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, blueberries, natural strawberry flavor, strawberries, blue cornflowers, rose petals and natural vanilla flavor.


Wild Strawberry Herbal Tea- hibiscus, rose hip, apple pieces, natural strawberry flavor, strawberries and raspberry leaves.


Earl Grey Green Tea- green tea, orange peels, natural bergamot flavor and blue cornflower.


Candy Apple Black Tea- black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark.

 
Top left to right: White Strawberry, Candy Apple.
Bottom left to right: Earl Grey Green, Wild Strawberry.
 
My Thoughts

Each package of Adagio Teas is complete with an ingredient list and steeping instructions. Choose from their wide variety of awesome teas. I couldn't believe how many different kinds of teas! I really loved the teas that I got to try: Wild Strawberry Herbal Tea, White Strawberry White Tea, Earl Grey Green Tea and Candy Apple Black Tea. I really enjoy all 4 of these flavors. The Candy Apple flavor is perfect for the fall season. Tastes just like a candy apple that you'd get from a fair. Any kind of green tea is my favorite so I really enjoyed the Earl Grey Green. Both Strawberry teas are so so good! Both are amazing and taste totally different. I drink at least 15 cups of tea a week and I really enjoyed the flavors of Adagio Teas. With my favorite tea company going out of business(Teavana), I know exactly where I am going to get my teas from now on... Adagio Teas!

I received Adagio Teas in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!
 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Field To Cup Tea Subscription Box Review

 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing with you a lovely tea subscription box! Field To Cup is a unique monthly Tea Discovery service that does things differently. Field To Cup is unique because all of their teas are high quality and loose leaf. They test each of their teas using the International Method of Cupping. Which means that they brew their teas according to different tastes. That information is then recorded and put into the steeping guide that comes with your box each month. If you are unsatisfied with any of your teas, Field to Cup will send a replacement in next month's box.


There are 5 different tea subscriptions you can choose from: Tea Explorer, Tea Discovery, Tea Discover Plus, Premium Tea Discovery and Wellness Herbal Discovery.

Field To Cup's Subscription Boxes contain: Wellness Teas, Fruit Teas, Black Teas, Green Teas, Rooibos Teas, Festive Teas and Premium. On Field To Cup's website, shop customer favorites, accessories, tea gifts and past subscription boxes.

Here is what's included with your subscription:
  • 10g each of 7 different teas(enough for 28 cups)
  • Tea sachets
  • 40% off teas from current box
  • 15% off all other store items
  • Detailed steeping guide
  • Tea rewards
  • Free shipping
  • Free tea replacement
  • First access to new products!
Sweet Heat Fruit Tea

My Thoughts

I am a huge tea lover and I was so excited when I found Field To Cup. The quality of their teas is amazing! They're flavorful and steep so nicely. Field To Cup really puts their heart and souls not only into their teas, but into making sure that their subscribers are satisfied. For the price each month, this box is loaded with a good variety of teas. I love how the box comes with a steeping guide and tea sachets. It's awesome how many different kinds of teas came in September's box. I was able to enjoy a different tea each day. I highly recommend Field To Cup! I got to try their Discovery Box Plus!

The teas in my box included:

Green Tea Pearadox
Sweet Heat Fruit Tea
Organic Indian Summer Herbal Tea
Apples N' Honey Black Blend
French Earl Grey Black Tea
Pearific Green Tea
Dark Berries Black Tea
Organic Silvery Buds White Tea

My three favorites:


I received Field To Cup Subscription Box in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

SUBSCRIBE || $29.97/monthly

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Get Your Hands on Your Dream Car with Cars.com


 
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Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you how you can Buy, Sell or Trade your car at Cars.com. Today, we all need vehicles. Whether for getting back and for to work or for driving your kids to school. Buying a car is a huge financial purchase that requires a lot of planning and decision making. Finding the right car is excited and nerve wracking. We all want to make sure that we find the best car for our families needs. That's where cars.com comes in. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect car.

1. Research

Always do your research beforehand. Figure out what model, year and make of the car(s) that you are interested in. When it comes to a car for my family, we tend to lean towards an SUV. Something that will fit us comfortably and still have a lot of trunk/storage space. Cars.com is an awesome site to visit when trying to find a car that fits your needs.

2. Budget

Before committing to a purchase, always make sure that you can afford your purchase. When buying a car, you are not only committing to a car loan, but to auto insurance and maintenance. Auto Insurance rates can vary depending upon make, model, year and color of a car. Don't forget about gas!

3. Payment

Will you be paying for the car out right or applying for a car loan? Make sure that if you are applying for a loan, that you get pre-approved. Call around to get the best rates. Sometimes, you'll be able to get a lower rate when searching outside of the dealership. Have a trade-in? Make sure that you know your old cars value before applying.

4. Test Drive

Time to take a test drive! This is a must when purchasing a new car. Does the car drive nicely?
Is it spacious? Do you feel comfortable driving it? Does it get good gas mileage? Feel free to test drive as many cars as you'd like before making a decision. Don't settle on a car that is unaffordable and uncomfortable.

5. Car Features

You can save a lot of money when buying a car without all of the fancy features. What features do you need compared to what features you want? You can save quite a bit of money when not getting all of the high tech gadgets in a car. Do we really need heated or cooled seats? No. The only thing I recommend when purchasing a car is GPS. Only because we travel a lot.

6. New Versus Used Cars

You may find a perfectly good used car while searching, that is more affordable and more reliable. New cars are not always best.

**Have fun while searching for your dream car and rely on cars.com to help with any questions that you may have!**

Cars.com also helps with Car Seat Checks: https://www.cars.com/article s/2013/09/how-carscom-conducts -car-seat-checks/.
Monday, September 25, 2017

Degusta Box USA September Review


Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am sharing my review on September's Degusta Box USA. Love getting a surprise products? Then, Degusta Box USA is for you! Every month, get 9 to 14 full sized food products shipped right to your door! It's a great way to try new products. Degusta Box USA is shipped monthly for only $19.99!


What's inside September's Box??


King Arthur Flour Essential Baking Mixes are made with just the good stuff. The Lemon Bar mix Is made with real lemons and no artificial anything! $4.95


Mutti Passata is the quickest and easiest product to prepare. All it needs it to be heated. The passata retains its bright red color. velvety texture and sweet flavor. $4.49


Reese On the Go Fruit Quinoa Cups are a satisfying snack that you can take anywhere. These cups are loaded with quinoa and sweet fruit flavors. The ready to eat cups make snack time easy and enjoyable. $3.99



Goya Rice Pilaf is the perfect seasoned rice to serve with dinner tonight. This rice pilaf is delicious and ready in under twenty minutes! $1.99


Natural Sins bakes up the most perfect Costa Rican fruit and vegetable chips. They are bursting with flavor and satisfying. Available chips- Coconut, Mango, Pineapple and Beets.



Wild Planet 100% pole and line caught albacore tuna is hand packed and cooked just once to retain all the natural juices. When preparing this tuna, do not drain the juice. Instead, mix the juice right back into the tuna to add flavor and nutrition. $4.99


SunRype Fruit to Go is fruit that you can take anywhere. Pack in your child's school lunches or stash some in your bag. These contain NO artificial ingredients and no added sugar. Gluten-free, nut-free, Kosher & Vegan. $.50 each



Post Shredded Wheat Frosted Cinnamon Roll cereal is covered with tasty cinnamon frosting with a burst of vanilla flavor in the middle. $3.49


Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Ready Sauce for Korean BBQ Stir-fry is an easy way to prepare a delicious, flavorful meal. This sauce brings home the exotic flavors of a favorite Asian dish in one convenient pouch. $3.49


 
Angelic Bakehouse Bread Crisps aren't your average sprouted cracker or crostini. They're made from sprouted grain bread, toasted to perfection and topped with sea salt. Great for dipping and pairing with your favorite toppings! $4.00


My Thoughts

September's Degusta Box USA is once again packed with goodies! My favorite products this month are the Bread Crisps, Coconut Chips and the Rice Pilaf. I look forward to cooking with the Mutti and making the Lemon Bars. I mixed the albacore tuna with some pepper and mayo and put a spoonful on top of the bread crisps. Yum! My youngest son loved the SunRype fruit strips. He ate both of them while I was taking my photos. I really love getting this box every month. It's always so fun to take pictures of all of the goodies. Especially when my boys help me. They look forward to helping me with the Degusta Box each month.

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

SUBSCRIBE || $19.99/monthly


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mini Perfect Bars Review




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.
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Mini Perfect Bars! Mini Perfect Bars are the original refrigerated protein bar. The Perfect Bar company is a sibling run company and the original recipe was created by Bud Keith aka "Dad." Bud was always looking for way to feed his family of 13 and wanted to give them healthy snacks on-the-go. On day, Bud ground up a bunch of super foods, mixed them with freshly ground peanut butter and honey, took one bite and said, "It's Perfect!." Right then and there is when Perfect Bars were born. When Dad grew ill, and later passed, the oldest of the 13 kids came together to support their each other. Perfect Bar was founded in 2005. 


They are made with creamy peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter. Perfect Bars are gluten-free, soy-free, Kosher, non-GMO and certified organic. The mini bars are fresh-from-the-fridge and come in the brand's two top flavors- Peanut Butter and Almond Butter. Perfect Bars are refrigerated for optimal texture and tastiness because organic honey is their only binder. There is nothing artificial in these bars!


Mini Perfect Bars are made with their respective nut butter bases, mixed with honey and 20+ super foods. Super foods such as kale, spinach and apple. Which means that they are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals. Each mini bar is only 100 calories and contains five grams of whole food protein. Every one of their bars are made in the USA.



My Thoughts

These Mini Perfect Bars are ah-mazing! My whole family enjoys them, even the kids! And, as we all know, it is so tough for parents to get their kids to eat anything healthy. Perfect Bars are a big hit! Probably because they're delicious, flavorful and creamy. I really love the Almond Butter Mini. It's loaded with sesame seeds and flax seeds. Both flavors taste just like nut butter with a touch of yummy honey. The size of these are perfect for snacking on-the-go, while traveling or for every day snacks for lunchboxes. Perfect Bars are great because they are filling at satisfying. I have also tried a few of their regular sized bars and they are absolutely delicious! I highly recommend Perfect Bar!

Love Mini Perfect Bars?? The brand also has 12 flavors in their regular-sized bars! Visit perfectbar.com/where-to-buy to find them in a store near you!

~Melissa~
 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Yummi Bears Organics Complete Multi-vitamin Review




"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.
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Yummi Bears Organics Complete Multi-vitamins for children! Hero Nutritionals, the company that makes these awesome vitamins, believes in embracing a happy, healthy life through positive nutrition. Yummi Bears were invented back in 1997 and were the first gummy vitamins. Today, they are the best gummy vitamin because they are the first and only organic and non-GMO gummy vitamin for children.

 
Yummi Bear Vitmins are free from artificial ingredients. These gummies do not contain any allergens, GMO's, gelatin, gluten or dairy. They are completely peanut/tree nut free and are manufactured in an Organic Certified Facility They are made with fruit based pectin and contains entirely natural strawberry, pineapple and orange flavors. The gummies contain 16 essential nutrients that support healthy growth and development.


Yummi Bears Organics Vitamins are recommend for children ages 2 and up. As long as they can chew and swallow easily. Recommended serving size is 3 bears daily.

 My Thoughts

My sons LOVE these cute gummy vitamins! They give me no problems when its time to take their daily vitamins. They love the way they taste, are easy to chew and swallow and leave them so energized. I tried them myself and I really like them, too! Sweet and full of fruity flavor. I love that the gummies are loaded with nutrients that my kiddos need to have a healthy lifestyle. My kids ask for their Yummi Bears daily so I highly recommend them!

Where to Buy:

Hero Nutritionals Vitamins are available to purchase at: Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Ralphs, Kroger, Smart & Final, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Jimbo’s, amazon.com, and costco.com. To find Hero Nutritionals Vitamins in your area, visit: heronutritionals.com/store-locator.com for the full list of locations.


~Melissa~
Thursday, September 21, 2017

NCircle Children's DVD Giveaway!

 
 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a fun giveaway! Enter to win 3 Children's DVDs from NCircle Entertainment! NCircle Entertainment offers a wide variety of kid favorite shows. Entertainment that educates! Here are the three DVDs that I am giving away:


Floogals Mission Complete: Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there! Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day s research project and triggering an exciting adventure! First, the Floogals have an adventure in which they must learn the difficult task of assembling the Girl Hooman's jigsaw puzzle. They learn working in a team wins the day! The projects continue with investigating Boy Hooman's building of a model rocket, learning how to fly a toy helicopter to rescue Boomer, discovering who stole Dad Hooman's veggies in the garden and so much more! Adventure is everywhere they go. They're the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let's go! $9.99

Little Wolf's Book of Badness: All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum, Dad and his brother, Smellybreff. However, Mum and Dad are worried that their precious son, Little Wolf, is not as bad as a small wolf should be. So they decide to send him off to Cunning College in Frettnin Forest to learn the Nine Rules of Badness from his Uncle Bigbad. Uncle Bigbad is a hopeless teacher, but armed with determination and native wit, Little Wolf thinks things out for himself. Sent out by his Uncle to round up a troop of boy scouts to eat for supper, Little Wolf discovers that the scouts have many useful skills that Little Wolf can learn from them. In the end, Little Wolf decides not to follow outdated rules of proper wolf behavior but to be true to himself. As a result, he inherits his Uncle's fortune and becomes master of Cunning College. Based on a world-famous series of best-selling Little Wolf story books, this one-off is a treat for the whole family!


The Gumby Movie: Take a magical romp with the world's most popular clay boy in The Gumby Movie. For the first time, you'll enjoy this heartwarming adventure, fully re-mastered from it's original film rolls. This is the complete movie, with all it's scenes intact. This clay-animated masterpiece was written and directed by Gumby creator Art Clokey, and showcases Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, and introduces the Clayboys and singing sensation Tara. Gumby rocks out with the Clayboys for a concert benefiting local farmers. But things go awry when Gumby's arch enemies, the Blockheads, dognap his pet pooch, Lowbelly! Bad turns to worse when the Blockheads also kidnap the band... and replace them with clones! The battle between Clayboys and clones is filled with trains and planes, knights and fights, thrills and spills! True to classic Gumby adventures, The Gumby Movie takes viewers in and out of books, to Toyland, Camelot, outer space and beyond! The Gumby Movie Bonus Features include: Photo Gallery and Behind the Scenes. $24.99

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lundberg Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips Review


 
 
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.

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I bring you Lundberg Family Farms Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips! The Lundberg Family is an independent, family-owned company currently being operated by the third and fourth generation of family members. They created Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips to be healthy, tasty and eco-friendly. The Lundberg Family is very passionate about creating great tasting, high quality products. Making snacking healthy and delicious for all of us!



The Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips are organic, gluten free, allergy free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher. Available in 5 yummy flavors: Ancho Chile, Cinnamon Sugar, French Onion, Aged White Cheddar and Pink Himalayan Salt. The Lundberg Family uses organic grains when making their chips and they season them with organic spices from around the world.





My Thoughts

Lundberg Tortilla Chips are wholesome and delicious. The five flavors that I got to try are full of flavor. I really like all 5 flavors. Each is uniquely seasoned. But, my favorite has to be the Cinnamon Sugar. The tortilla chips are full of crunch. The red beans & quinoa give the chips a good flavor. I love to dip the pink Himalayan salt flavor into guacamole or salsa. Serve these chips at your next party or add them to your kid's lunchbox! They're really good!

Lundberg Family Farms Grounded Snacks Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips are available to purchase at amazon.com and Thrive Market as well as other supermarkets and natural food stores. To find a store near you, visit: lundberg.com/where-to-buy.


~Melissa~