Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Umpqua Oats Oatmeal Review


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you delicious oatmeal from Umpqua Oats! Umpqua Oats was launched in Roseburg, OR in 2008 by two moms who were craving a delicious alternative to typical instant oatmeal packets. Their super premium oatmeal is a satisfying, on-the-go breakfast choice for people who crave a hearty, delicious and creative meal to start their day!


Umpqua Oats are custom milled and made with unbleached rolled oats that have a rich, nutty flavor. Their oatmeal contains all-natural nuts and fruits. Umpqua Oats are never mushy. They have a lightly "chewier" texture. Umpqua Oats contain NO fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors. Their oatmeal contains ancient grains and are lightly sweetened.


These high quality oats are available in cups as well as packets. Every cup of Umpqua Oats is loaded with high quality Mix-ins. The Cups come in 8 yummy flavors: Fruit & Nut, Apple Cranberry Cinnamon, Maple Pecan, Triple Berry, Vanilla Almond Crunch, Salted Caramel, Apple Walnut and Blueberry Apple. Their packets of oatmeal come in 3 yummy flavors: Fruit & Nut Fusion, Apple Cranberry Crisp and Maple Pecan Harvest. Umpqua Oats are proudly made in the USA.

Pictured: Insane Grains Maple Pecan Harvest Oatmeal
 
My Thoughts

Umpqua Oats are filling, delicious and satisfying. I love the flavor combinations that they put into each of their oatmeal recipes. An awesome mixture of fruits, nut and spices. I love both the cups of oatmeal and the packets. The cups are great for breakfasts on-the-go or for a healthy packed lunch. Their bigger, thicker oats keep our bellies happy and full. I love to add a banana or some fresh fruit to the top of my packet of oatmeal. Preparation is easy. Just add water and microwave. It's best to follow the preparation instructions either on the box or on the individual cups. Umpqua Oats are great! An oatmeal that my family enjoys. :)

I received Umpqua Oats in exchange for my honest review. All opinions written here are my own.

~Melissa~
 
Monday, April 24, 2017

Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars Review & Giveaway!

 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars! Wild Zora is a family-owned business. Wild Zora's mission is to create "real food" that tastes good and that is healthy for our families to enjoy. Wild Zora's bars are made with meats & veggies that are minimally processed, contain no artificial ingredients and are made with 100% grass-fed beef, 100% free-range turkey and 100% natural lamb. Their beef, turkey and lamb are raised on-pasture without antibiotics or added hormones.


At Wild Zora, they only use the highest quality ingredients in their Paleo Bars. The main ingredients in their bars are: 100% grass-fed beef, organic unsulfured apricots and veggies- kale, peppers, tomatoes(depending on the recipe). Wild Zora's Paleo Bars are gluten-free, all-natural and healthy. I got to sample 5 of their tasty flavors: Parmesan Beef with kale, tomato & basil, BBQ Beef with kale, tomato & red bell pepper, Chili Beef with kale, apricots & cayenne, Mediterranean Lamb with spinach, rosemary & turmeric and Curry Turkey with spinach, dates and cardamom.



My Thoughts

Wild Zora Paleo Bars are REALLY good! They are savory, moist and full of flavor. The spices and flavors aren't overbearing- they're just right. The packages are convenient and just the right size to take on the road or to pack in a lunch box. One serving is enough to satisfy my hunger and I know that when eating them, I am eating something that is healthy. My kids love them and so does my husband. I needed to hide the bars on him until I finished my review because if I didn't they would be all gone. My favorite flavors were the Curry Turkey and the BBQ Beef. Healthy, delicious snacks are hard to come by nowadays, so when I come by one, I make sure to support that business. Thank you Wild Zora for making such an amazing snack that is both healthy and flavorful! I highly recommend!

I received Wild Zora Bars in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

Visit https://wildzora.com/ or more information.


GIVEAWAY!!
 
Enter to win a Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bar Sampler Pack! One winner will get to try the five flavors shown above! US only. Must provide email when entering. By doing so, you will be subscribing to Wild Zora's newsletter! :) Good luck!
 
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

April Degusta Box USA Review

 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you April's Degusta Box! Each month, Degusta Box USA will send you 10-15 full-sized products each month. All of with will be a surprise! You won't know what you are getting until you open up your box! So, subscribe today for ONLY $19.99 a month!
 
So.... what's inside April's box??
 

Nando's Peri-peri sauce is made from African Bird's Eye Chili and a blend of ingredients- onions, sun-ripened lemons, garlic and spices. A sauce that's full of flavor! $5.99


Chiridos air-puffed snack chips come in 3 healthful flavors that are inspired by traditional dishes in Mexico. These chips are low in fat, high in iron and fortified with eco-friendly cricket protein. $1.49/each.

Lovely Candy Original Chewy Caramels will take you back to the nostalgic days of mom and pop candy shops. These all-natural caramels are made with real butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and molasses. Made with NO artificial colors or flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. Just pure and simple ingredients. $2.49



Wild Planet USDA certified organic free range chicken breast, roasted right in the can without added water or fillers. Moist and flavorful, Wild Planet roasted chicken is perfect for salads, burritos and soups. Super easy, quick and versatile! $4.99


PR Bars are certified gluten-free and packed with the perfect blend of carbs and vitamins to boost energy and endurance. PR Bars are fuel to keep you Performance Ready. Made in the USA. $2.07


Bush's Hummus Made Easy and Garbanzo Beans combined make the perfect homemade hummus. These 2 items can be found in the bean aisle of your local grocer. $1.00/Beans, $2.29/Hummus Made Easy.


Mutti is made with 100% Italian tomatoes. This concentrate is a great way to bring flavor, texture and color to your meals. In the upcoming months, there will be more awesome products from Mutti in the Degusta Boxes! $2.99


Better Oats are premium steel cut oats with the added convenience of instant oats. Enjoy a bowl of warm, maple and brown sugar oatmeal. $3.99


Wilton quick and fun Candy Drizzle Pouches make it easy to decorate drizzle treats. Conveniently melt candy right in the package, snip the corner and drizzle away. Add drizzle to popcorn, pretzels, cupcakes or fresh fruit. Available in chocolate flavors, too! $1.99


Skinnygirl Peach Bellini Green Tea k-cups are unique and refreshing. This revitalizing green tea is infused with the sparkling sweetness of ripe juicy peaches. All natural ingredients and sweetened with a touch of stevia-zero calories. Enjoy hot or pour over ice! $4.99

*April's box also contained Café Bustelo Espresso Instant Coffee. Depending on your profile preferences, you'd either get Skinnygirl Tea or the Café Bustelo.
**There were also a few bonus items in this month's box for reviewers.


My Thoughts

For $19.99 a month, you can't go wrong. This monthly subscription box is totally worth the price and the items inside exceed the cost of the box itself. April's items totaled $34.28(that's not including the Café Bustelo)! I love getting Degusta Box each month because I get to try new products- like the Chiridos chips that are made with cricket flour or the Better Oats that are delish! My favorite item this month?? Everything! :)  Each box also includes recipes and coupons. This is a subscription box that I highly recommend. SUBSCRIBE today!

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

For more information, visit https://www.degustabox.com/us/. $19.99/month
 
~Melissa~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pacific Gold Beef Jerky Review



 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Pacific Gold Beef Jerky! Pacific Gold marinates their USDA certified cuts of steak in marinade for over 24 hours. Adding a variety of spices and seasonings to leave their jerky with a smoky flavor. The meat is then slow cooked for a tender bite. Their jerky is made with thoughtfully sourced authentic ingredients. Ingredients that's are gourmet and deliver awesome taste. All of their jerky products are made in the USA from U.S. or imported beef.


Pacific Gold's Jerky does not contain any artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. Pacific Gold's mission states, " When it comes to quality and flavor, we don't just want our jerky to be good. we want it to be as good as it gets." Pacific Gold's Jerky comes in 5 amazing flavors: 

Bourbon Glazed
Charred oak barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon hand-blended spices. Ingredients: beef, brown sugar, water, bourbon, salt, sugar, spices and natural flavorings- maple syrup concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, soy sauce & lemon juice concentrate. This flavor contains soy and wheat. 70 calories per serving, 7 grams of sugar, 250mg of sodium.

Sweet Korean BBQ Recipe
Slow roasted pork, brown sugar, tamari soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Sweet & Savory. Ingredients: pork, sugar, brown sugar, water, tamari soy sauce, salt, spices & natural flavorings, sesame seeds and sesame seed oil. This flavor contains soy & sesame. 90 calories per serving, 9 grams od sugar, 260mg of sodium.
 
Japanese Style Teriyaki
 Marinated premium cuts of steak in a delicious blend of soy, pineapple and ginger. Creating a rich, authentic teriyaki taste. Ingredients: beef, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, sugar, agave syrup, pineapple juice concentrate, spices and natural flavorings, honey, ginger juice, garlic juice and sea salt. This flavor contains soy and wheat. 70 calories per serving, 7 grams of sugar, 135mg of sodium.
 
Texas Steakhouse Recipe
Paired with a wonderful blend of hardwood smoke, savory and salty notes, garlic, onion and paprika. Ingredients: beef, brown sugar, sugar, water, salt, beef stock, spices and natural flavorings, natural smoke flavor, soy sauce and paprika. This flavor contains soy and wheat. 70 calories per serving 6 grams of sugar, 470mg of sodium. 

Carne Asada
 Crafted to evoke the timeless cast iron-seared flavor. Paired with jalapenos and red peppers. Ingredients: beef, sugar, brown sugar, water, beef stock, salt, spices and natural flavorings & natural smoke flavor. 13g of protein, 420mg of sodium, 0g saturated fat, 80 calories per serving.

Left to right: Sweet Korean BBQ, Japanese Style Teriyaki, Carne Asada, Texas Steakhouse & Bourbon Glazed.
 
Pictured: Texas Steakhouse Recipe
 
My Thoughts

I love Pacific Gold's Jerky not only for their flavors, but because of the sodium content in each serving. The sodium content is way lower than some of the other jerky brands that I have tried. Each 3 ounce bag of Pacific Gold Jerky contains 3 servings so there is plenty to share. Pacific Gold's flavors are amazing. I especially like their Teriyaki and Texas Steakhouse flavors. I love how their jerky is all natural and does not contain any yucky additives or artificial flavors. Everything that Pacific Gold uses to make their jerky is only the best. The texture of their jerky is perfect. Not too tough and not too moist. Pretty perfect, if you ask me! I highly recommend Pacific Gold's Jerky. Which flavor would you like to try??

For more information and to find out where to buy Pacific Gold Jerky, visit https://pacificgoldsnacks.com. BUY now!

I received free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

~Melissa~
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunridge Farms™ Products Review

 
 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you yummy products from Sunridge Farms™!
Sunridge Farms'™ foods are all natural and organic. Their mission is to provide the healthiest products to their customers by producing foods without highly processed or refined ingredients. Sunridge Farms uses only non-GMO ingredients. They are committed to supporting organic farming as well as supporting our planet. Sunridge Farms™ has been in business for over 30 years and is a family-owned business. Over the years, the SunRidge Farms™ name has become one of the most widely recognized and trusted names for organic and all natural nuts & seeds, dried fruit, candies, and snacks & trail mixes.




Sunridge Farms™ has hundreds of products. Their product line includes items such as candies, flour, baking goods, trail mixes, dried fruit, pastas, sweeteners, etc. Just to name a few. :) Each and every one of their nut products is free of additives, artificial flavors, and preservatives. The certified organic and natural cranberries, apricots, mango, pineapple, papaya, crystallized ginger, raisins, and more offer the natural sweetness that only Mother Nature can provide. And, SunRidge Farms’™ tropical fruits are guaranteed to have no added sulphites, and do not contain hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

 Heavenly Cranberry Crunch
 
 Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Malt Balls
 
Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramels

My Thoughts

I never knew that Sunridge Farms™ carries so many awesome products! I got to sample their Milk Chocolate Pecan Turtles, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Malt Balls, Heavenly Cranberry Crunch Trail Mix, Chile Lime Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews, Caramel Toffee Nut Crunch, Supreme Fruit & Nut Mix, Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix, Maple Pistachio Coconut Cranberry Crunch, Peanut Butter Mini Cups and Dark Chocolate Almonds.

I love taking their trail mixes on road trips! Their trail mixes contain so many healthy ingredients. Perfect for hiking and camping, too. May favorite trail mix is the Caramel Toffee Nut Crunch! Sunridge Farms™ has many different trail mixes available. There is a trail mix for everyone!

Sunridge Farms'™ cashews and pumpkin seeds are great! I like them because they have the perfect amount of salt. The Chile Lime Cashews are to die for! Yum!

Sunridge Farms'™ Peanut Butter Mini Cups are perfect for baking. They're small and can easily be baked into a banana bread or muffins. The Dark Chocolate Almonds are great for snacking on. Pecan Turtles are my favorite and the Peanut Butter Malt Balls?? OMG! Amazing!

All-in-all, Sunridge Farms™ has amazing products. The nuts are great, the fruits are great and the chocolates are great. I can definitely say that they are committed to making good, healthy products for their consumers. I highly recommend Sunridge Farms™. Out of all of the products that I got to try, my favorite is the Caramel Toffee Nut Crunch.

For more information, visit https://sunridgefarms.com/. Sunridge Farms' products can be found, in bulk, at your local health food store(s).

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

~Melissa~
Monday, April 10, 2017

Ringling Bros. at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD + Ticket GIVEAWAY!


 
Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM comes to the Baltimore, MD area. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM is coming to the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore from April 20 – 30.


In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the Royal Farms box office. For group rates and information, call the Royal Farms Arena Group Sales department at 410-347-2006.
 

Performance Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 20 | 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 21 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 23 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 27 | 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 28 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 29 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 30 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 GIVEAWAY
 
Enter to win 4 tickets to the Thursday, April 20th showing at 7:30pm. Tickets are for this venue and showing only. One winner will be chosen and contacted via email. Good Luck!
 
Friday, April 7, 2017

Legoland Discovery Philadelphia + Ticket GIVEAWAY


 
 
 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you our visit to LEGOLAND Discovery at the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Philadelphia! I was very fortunate to attend their press preview on March 31, 2017. LEGOLAND and we got to be one of the first families to look at all of the attractions. LEGOLAND Discovery Philadelphia is an awesome facility that is going to make Lego lovers very happy!

The 33,000 square foot Discovery Center officially opened its doors to the public on April 6, 2017 at 11:00am. The facility has 10 Lego Play Zones including:

Imagination Express: An interactive LEGO ride that takes visitors on an adventure that starts at the Brick Station and goes from a soapy bath all the way to outer space.

LEGO 4D Cinema: Guests will be on the edge of their seats as an incredible action adventure unfolds in 3-D before their very eyes. The film comes to life in the fourth dimensions as flurries of wind, rain, lightning and even snow burst in the auditorium!

LEGO Racers- Build & Test: Let your imagination take over as you build your vehicle and take it to the ramps. Test your car and see how you can make it go faster! Once you have built the ultimate race car, time its speed on the test track.

LEGO® NINJAGO Training Camp: Train through interactive build challenge activities to improve your flexibility, agility, ingenuity and LEGO brick building skills to help protect NINJAGO from its marauding enemies. Complete your training in the NINJAGO Laser Maze.

Pirate Adventure Island: Go on a swashbuckling quest in the soft play area aboard a LEGO-themed pirate ship. Adventure through whimsical scenarios as you climb the rigging, walk the plank and capture the flag. Then, escape down the slide to make it ashore to the island's castle.

LEGO® Friends: Tell a story with Andrea, Mia, Olivia, Stephanie and Emma as you add your own creations to the colorful LEGO® Heartlake City.

Earthquake Tables: Visitors can build their own LEGO skyscrapers and see if their creation can survive the shaking earthquake-stimulating tables.

DUPLO® Park: Little builders can let their imagination loose in the DUPLO® Park. Build a colorful farmer's garden, climb up a small hill and slide down the other side or play on the special big, soft bricks.

MINILAND®: See iconic Philadelphia landmarks recreated from nearly 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

 

The brand new LEGOLAND Discovery Center also holds 25 minute workshops that are lead by experienced LEGO builders. There is also a café where you and your family can enjoy a quick snack or meal. Looking for a place to have your child's birthday party? Book their party at LEGOLAND Discovery Philadelphia in one of their party rooms!

Pictured: Girl's party room
 
Visit the Discovery Center's website HERE to purchase single-day admission passes, birthday party packages and annual packages.
Pictured: Michael Taylor; Store Manager
 

Our Visit

My family and I had such an awesome experience at the press preview for LEGOLAND Discovery! Walking into the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Philadelphia and seeing the bright LEGOLAND Discovery building was the best! My sons both ran straight for the entrance. After our welcome, and photos, the doors opened! We were one of the first families to ride on the  Imagination Express Train! It was so fun to ride an interactive Lego ride. My boys loved the ride. Next, we headed further into the discovery center and my boys ran right to the LEGO Racers- Build & Test area. This is where we spent the majority of our visit. The boys made their own race cars and they enjoyed racing down the slide alongside them. I had to tug them to different parts of the discovery center. :) We got to play with the giant rubber Lego bricks, which my youngest son loved! We also got to experience MINILAND. MINILAND is an awesome display of Philadelphia Landmarks including Independence Hall, Logan Square, Boathouse Row, City Hall, Citizens Bank Park, etc. And if you stay at this attraction for long enough(which you will because there is SO much to look at) the room goes dark and all of the buildings light up. There is even a little firework show! After hours of fun, these 3 attractions are our favorites. Every square inch of the center is covered in Lego themes! We had an the best time and we are looking forward to visiting again soon. We stopped at the Lego store, too!




We got to meet Bert the giant Lego figurine!
 
A HUGE thank you to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia and Merlin Entertainment for allowing my family and I to enjoy this event! We had the best time! :)

Visit https://philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/whats-inside/ for more information and to buy tickets! Tickets: $19- $59.

Plymouth Meeting Mall
500 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

 
GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away two(2) packs of four(4) tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia! I will choose two winners on April 21, 2017. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Tickets expire December 31, 2017. US only. Good luck!