Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ready to Eat WaffleWaffle Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you WaffleWaffle! WaffleWaffle is a unique spin on a traditional Liege-style Belgian Waffle. These gourmet waffles were created by Justin Samuels and Samuel Rockwell while in college. Traveling, and seeing waffles in many different shapes, sizes and flavors, made the dynamic duo want to create the best waffle in the world. I say they did it! They make one heck of a delicious waffle!!

WaffleWaffle is a Belgian-style with an American twist. The WaffleWaffle team uses local materials to make their yummy waffles. All of their products and packaging are made using wind power, renewable resources and wholesome ingredients. WaffleWaffle is dedicated to providing high quality waffles as well as dedicated to using high quality ingredients. Their waffles are made no preservatives, no additives, no artificial ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup. WaffleWaffles are proudly made in the USA. They're perfect for eating on-the-go because the waffles don't need syrup! Along with their Ready to Eat Waffles, WaffleWaffle also has Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches & Stroopwafel(which are both brand new!!). I got to sample their 3 new Ready to Eat Waffles: Cookies & Cream, Strawberry and Birthday Cake. Other flavors include: Original, Double Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll, Berry Berry Patriotic, Red Velvet, Cinnamon, Chocolate Cocoa, Maple Bacon and Chocolate Chip. Yum!!
 Top to bottom: Cookies & Cream, Birthday Cake & Strawberry.

My Thoughts

WaffleWaffles are by far the best waffles. They're delicious! My family loves them because they are convenient and can be eaten on-the-go. No matter where we are, we can enjoy a delicious waffle. Without having to add messy syrup and without having to warn them up. Each box contains four individually wrapped waffles. This is great because I don't have to worry about the waffles going stale if I only want one waffle at a time. I personally love my WaffleWaffles lightly toasted with butter. The waffles are already sweet so there is no need to add syrup.  Out of the three flavors that I got to try(Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Birthday Cake), my favorite flavor is Strawberry. Great for a midnight snack, too! I highly recommend WaffleWaffle!

I received WaffleWaffles in exchange for my honest review. All opinions here are my own. Always!
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Maple Hill Creamery's Drinkable Yogurts & Greek Yogurts Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you yogurt products from Maple Hill Creamery.
Since 2009, Maple Hill Creamery has been crafting uniquely delicious whole milk products.  All while building a grass-fed Milkshed in New York State. Maple Hill Creamery's mission is to craft the highest quality dairy products. Their mission is to create high quality milk to craft their yogurts, kefirs and cheeses. Maple Hill Creamery's Dairy Farms are 100% grass-fed and organic.

Maple Hill Creamery started out with only 2 milksheds. Now, they have over 100 farms. They have become one of the fastest growing dairy brands. Their products are available in over 6,000 retailers across the US, including Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway, Sprouts, BJ's, Costco and Stop & Shop. Maple Hill Creamery's products are organic, non-GMO and kosher.  The milk that they use to make their products are 100% pasteurized.

My Thoughts

Maple Hill Creamery's Greek Yogurts and Drinkable Yogurts are great! I can really see the quality and love that goes into their products. My 4 year old LOVES their Drinkable Yogurts and my 2 year old LOVES the Greek Yogurts. It's awesome when a mom of two picky boys is able to find foods that their kids will eat. So, thank you for that, Maple Hill Creamery! I really love Maple Hill Creamery's products because they are creamy, rich and flavorful. I love the flavors that they have. flavors we got to try: Maple, Peach, Raspberry and Wild Blueberry. The Maple flavor is the best! I look forward to trying and reviewing more of Maple Hill Creamery's products. I highly recommend!

I received free products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions written here are my own.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Degusta Box March Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you March's Degusta Box USA. Each month, get a box FULL of snacks, drinks and sweets for only $19.99 a month. Some past months have included items such as pastas, hot sauces, chocolate bars, chips, sparkling water, etc. Each month, Degusta Box contains items that cost a lot more when purchased separately. So, subscribe to Degusta Box USA today, enjoy yummy foods and drinks, and save some money! :)

So, what's in March's box?...
GOOD THiNS Sweet Potato chips are made with real sweet potatoes. This is a snack that you can feel good about eating. These chips are delicious! $3.69

Mrs. Thinster's Chocolate Chip Cookie Thins are their best-selling cookies. This classic flavor is packed with chocolate morsels. A cookie that goes perfect with a tall, cold glass of milk. Dunk these cookies into peanut butter, icing or a chocolate spread! $2.99

Tolerant Foods takes all natural legumes and turns them into yummy pastas. Each serving of their pasta contains between 14-20 grams of protein,  high fiber and a full serving of vegetables. Tolerant's pastas are allergen free, gluten-free, Organic, Kosher, Vegan and non-GMO. $4.99

Goya Quinoa Blend is a nutritious blend of brown rice, quinoa and vegetables. It's delicious and easy to prepare. This quinoa blend is a good source of fiber, gluten-free. vegetarian, 100% whole grain and trans fat free. This is the Degusta Boxes Product of the Month. $2.99

Loacker Crispy Wafers contain the finest hazelnut cream and are covered in a yummy chocolate. This box contained one of three flavors. $3.99

Paul's Quinoa Bars are produced with only 100% natural, certified organic and gluten-free ingredients. This bar is a mix of Paul's quinoa flakes & puffs, pumpkin seed, flax seeds, almonds, peanuts and honey. $7.49

Energems are a bite-sized energy supplement made with dark chocolate, just the right amount of caffeine and vitamins B and D. Energems contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. $6.99

7 Days baked croissant is the perfect snack in a bag. 7 Days has a full line of yummy snacks. $1.49

Boboli pre-made pizza crust makes making a yummy pizza super easy. Just add your favorite toppings and bake! $4.99

Lemoncocco is a new non-carbonated drink that is made with lemon and coconut. It's refreshing and light. A great drink to enjoy any time. $1.59

So, what do you think of March's box?? Lots of goodies!

My Thoughts

As I always say, I LOVE getting Degusta Box USA each month. March's box contained some awesome goodies. I really like the Boboli pizza crust because it made making a weekday dinner easy. I also loved the Tolerant Foods Green Lentil and Beet Pasta. What a delicious pasta! My kids even loved it! Paul's Quinoa Bars are amazing! They are full of seeds and nuts. Perfect for a mid-morning snack that's healthy for you. I haven't met a Mrs. Thinster's cookie that I haven't liked. Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor. The Good Thins were really good with a small piece of cheese. All-in-all, I enjoyed every product this month. Especially the Lemoncocco drink! So refreshing and delicious!

March's total: $41.20!

By subscribing to Degusta Box USA, you'll save $21.21!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Luvo Meals Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Luvo Meals! Luvo Meals are microwaveable meals that are healthy and delicious. These chef-inspired frozen meals are nutritious, high in protein and made with lean meat proteins, whole grains, fruits & vegetables and a responsible amount of sodium. Luvo Meals contain no added sugars and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Luvo uses herbs, spices and quality ingredients to make a more flavorful, healthier meal. Luvo also uses antibiotic free meat and poultry, too. Their meals are made with non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Luvo is a great company not only because they make great meals, but because they give back to the community through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations.

Each Luvo Meal comes in a "Steam in Pouch" packaging. Luvo Meals are easy to prepare: Simply place the pouch on a microwaveable safe dish, steam side up, and follow the specific meals cooking time. Allow meal to rest for one minute in the pouch after microwaving to lock in flavors. Use scissors to cut open the pouch(be careful of steam). Gently tilt the pouch over your dish and allow the meal to slide right out. Enjoy!

Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
Covered in a creamy Turkey Bolognese Sauce. This meal contains 18 grams of protein and contains 1/2 cup of vegetables.


I really enjoyed this meal. The turkey Bolognese is out of this world good! The raviolis are stuffed with just the perfect amount of spinach and ricotta. I highly recommend this meal!

Tandoori-inspired Spiced Chicken
This amazing meal contains mango, broccoli, brown rice and cauliflower. The Tandoori-inspired Spice Chicken contains 19 grams of protein, 440mg of sodium and is only 270 calories.

I really enjoyed the Indian flavors and spices in this meal. The combination of ingredients all go well together. The mango adds a slight sweetness to a spicy meal!

My Thoughts

I am in love with Luvo Meals. Not only are their meals delicious, but they are filling and good for me and my family. Their meals come in so many awesome flavors that I had a hard time choosing which ones to review when I was in the grocery store. I wanted to try them all! But, I chose their Spinach Ricotta Ravioli and the Tandoori-inspired Spiced Chicken. Two totally different meals, two totally different flavors. Both awesomely tasteful and delicious. I love that these meals are healthy and I love the pouch that they come in. The meals just come out tasting so good and there are no splatters or messes in my microwave. I highly recommend Luvo Meals! Grab a few next time you are at the store. They make a great at-work lunch!

For more information, visit for more information and to locate Luvo Meals near you!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet(, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.


Once Again Nut Butters Review

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I am happy to share with you Once Again Nut Butters! Once Again Nut Butter has been manufacturing their yummy nut butters, seed butters and honeys since 1976 in upstate NY. Once Again Nut Butter is 100% employee owned. Their nut and seed butters are gluten-free certified, non-GMO, certified organic, vegan and kosher. I was chosen through Moms Meet to sample a few of Once Again Nut Butters. Thank you Moms Meet & Once Again Nut Butters!


Top Left: Honey Roasted Almond Butter- uses only the finest organic almonds available. They are dry roasted and milled with nothing else added to produce delicious organic almond butter.
  • Ingredients: Organic Almonds.
  •  Gluten Free Certified, Non GMO Verified, Certified Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Paleo.
Top Right: Sunflower Seed Butter- is made by roasting organically grown sunflower seeds. The seeds are milled smooth with sugar and salt added to create a delicious sunflower seed butter.
  • Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Sugar Cane and Salt.
  • Gluten Free Certified, Non GMO Verified, Certified Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Paleo.
Bottom Left: Creamy Cashew Butter- uses only the finest organically grown cashews to create a super creamy organic cashew butter. 5%-8%expeller-pressed organic sunflower oil is added to enhance the spreadability of this butter.
  • Ingredients: Organic Cashews and Organic Sunflower Oil.
  •  Gluten Free Certified, Non GMO Verified, Certified Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Paleo.
Bottom Right: Creamy Peanut Butter- uses organic peanuts that are dry roasted and milled. Oil separation occurs naturally. To prevent, stir and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Ingredients: Organic Peanuts.
  • Gluten Free, Non GMO Verified, Certified Organic, Vegan, Kosher.
Once Again Nut Butter uses a wide variety of nuts and seeds when making their nut butters. They do not use any oils when roasting their nut or seed butters. The nuts and seeds are dry roasted. Once Again Nut Butters contain no preservatives and no trans fats.

Some facts:
  • All almonds must be pasteurized according to the FDA.
  • Oil separation is a natural occurrence.
  • Aflatoxin, which is a dangerous chemical mold, is tested for twice when creating the butters.

Left to right: Sunflower Seed Butter, Creamy Cashew Butter, Creamy Peanut Butter, Honey Roasted Almond Butter.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed sampling Once Again Nut Butters. I never had Sunflower Seed or Cashew Butter before so I was most excited to try those flavors. Each of these flavors is creamy and delicious. My favorite nut butter, out of these 4, is the Peanut Butter. Each flavor is very good. I'll take Once Again's Peanut Butter over Skippy any day. All four of these nut butters are great to spread on toast, waffles or English muffins. Also, add some to your overnight oats or breakfast smoothie. Add these awesome nut butters to cookies, too! Once Again Nut Butters come in many different flavors. There are also butters available that are salt free and lightly sweetened. They even have honey, too! All-in-all, I highly recommend Once Again Nut Butters!
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I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ProNourish™ Drinks By NestlΓ© - - Melissa Bernardo

This is a sponsored post by ProNourish™ Drinks and I received free products, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

ProNourish™ Nutritional Drinks by NestlΓ© are great for those with digestive sensitivities as it's formulated to avoid certain ingredients that may trigger digestive discomfort. And for those of us with busy, active schedules, we cannot have any digestive discomfort or side effects from food intolerances getting in our way. That's why NestlΓ© created a nutritional drink to help those in need. Your digestive discomfort might be a result of some kind of food intolerance, such as how your body reacts to FODMAPs, an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols, a specific group of compounds that mainly consists of carbohydrates. These types of carbohydrates can be poorly absorbed and can cause bloating, severe abdominal pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhea. Diets that are low in FODMAPs can reduce these symptoms.


ProNourish™ Nutritional Drinks come in two yummy flavors, French Vanilla and Strawberry Banana. ProNourish™ Drinks are gluten-free and contain no high fructose syrup, no sugar alcohols, and no artificial flavors. One drink contains 15 grams of high quality protein, 3 grams of fiber and 25 essential vitamins and minerals. ProNourish™ Drinks are suitable for those with lactose intolerance (but not for individuals with Galactosemia). ProNourish™ Drinks make a great snack or mini-meal.


I wanted to try ProNourish™ Drinks because I am one of the 80 million U.S. adults who suffer from digestive sensitivities, and I am tired of my digestive issues like abdominal pain and constipation ruining my daily life. I am a busy mom of two, and I am always on the move. I can't let my digestive issues keep me from enjoying my family. I love these drinks because they give me the nutrition I need, and also because the bottles are portable. I can throw a few in my purse and drink one on the go.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Bowl of Blount Soup

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! St. Patrick's Day is this Friday! I can't believe that it is here already. Don't have time to make Corned Beef and Cabbage this year? If not, grab a couple of containers of Blount Organic Soups at your local grocer and have a yummy St. Patrick's Day dinner ready in no time! Today, I am sharing with you two Blount Soups- Cheddar Broccoli and Coconut Lentil! Yummy!

Blount Soups are made with the finest and freshest ingredients. Ingredients that are sourced locally and then made into delicious soups by Blount's diverse Culinary Team. Blount Organic Soups are Organic and come in 8 flavors. Flavors include: Tomato Bisque, Cheddar Broccoli, Chicken Noodle, Chicken Tortilla, Coconut Lentil, Ancient Grain Minestrone, Savory Harvest Bisque & Vegetarian Chili. Some of the soups listed here are gluten-free, some are vegan and some are vegetarian. Click HERE for individual product details.

 Cheddar Broccoli- Generous pieces of organic broccoli, creamy sharp Cheddar cheese and a touch of spice.
Coconut Lentil- A robust vegetarian lentil soup with a mild coconut curry broth.
My Thoughts
I love these two flavors! They're both creamy and filling. Which is perfect for the cold weather that we have been getting here in Maryland. The Cheddar Broccoli has huge chunks of  yummy broccoli and the cheddar is just delicious. The Coconut Lentil is loaded with lentils and has a slight coconut taste. The Coconut Lentil flavor also has carrots and spinach in it. I love Blount Soups because they are delicious and healthy for you. Which flavor would you like to try?
I received Blount Organic Soups in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. Always!
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Laura Story's New CD- Helping Hands

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a new CD from Laura Story called Helping Hands. Laura Story is a Grammy Award winning artist, songwriter, speaker, author and worship leader. Laura Story has the gift of penning songs that connect people all around the world. She has smash hits such as "Mighty to Save" and "Blessings."  In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin's diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for
three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the
iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28
consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.
Her new album's songs:
  1. Death Was Arrested
  2. Open Hands
  3. You Came Running
  4. Give Me Faith
  5. For The Love of My King
  6. Awake My Soul (A 1000 Tongues)
  7. Whisper
  8. Every Word You Breathe
  9. Majesty
  10. Extraordinary
  11. Grace Abounds
My Thoughts
I am in love with Laura's new CD! Her songs are breathtakingly amazing. I love a good Christian CD because I know that the songs are good for my kid's ears. Raising kids with respect for God is so important now-a-days. Out of the 11 new songs, I really like "Open Hands." This is such a great song and I love the lyrics.  I highly recommend Laura's new CD. It's wonderful music that everyone will enjoy. Purchase Laura's CD on Amazon!
I received Laura Story's new CD in exchange for my honest review. :)

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Irish Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cube(non-alcoholic)

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you a drink recipe for St. Patrick's Day! This Irish Coffee recipe is made with Brooklyn Bean Roastery Coffee. I used their Express-o Blend to make ice cubes. This recipe is super easy and super delicious! I decided to make this drink non-alcoholic, but you can simply make it alcoholic by adding some Bailey's Irish Cream. :)

St. Patrick's Day Irish Iced Coffee with Coffee Ice Cube(non-alcoholic)
Your favorite Brooklyn Bean Roastery Coffee(I used Express-o)
Bailey's Irish Cream Coffee Creamer
Whipped Cream
St. Patrick's Day decorations if desired
Brew two coffee k-cups and let cool. Pour one cup of coffee into an ice cube tray and place into freezer. Freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight. Place the other cup of coffee into the fridge.
Pop out ice cubes and place them into your favorite mug/cup. Pour cold coffee over ice cubes.
Add Bailey's Irish Coffee Creamer and stir. Top with whipped cream and a golden coin. Enjoy!


This is a smooth coffee drink that you'll want to me make over and over. The coffee ice cubes were great because as they melted, it was coffee rather than water. So, my drink was not watered down after melting. My Irish Coffee recipe is not only good for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy this yummy recipe all year long! I highly recommend using Brooklyn Bean Roastery's Coffee! Visit to see all of their yummy coffee flavors.

I am an Honorary Brooklynite for Brooklyn Bean Roastery. :) ~Melissa
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips Review & GIVEAWAY

Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips! Beanfields Snacks was founded in 2011 by Reed Glidden, his wife Liza Braude-Glidden and Reed's brother Roy Glidden. Their mission, when creating the company, was to change the way Americans eat. Their primary goal is to help improve the global food supply by creating delicious, non-GMO, plant-based snacks, with beans as the primary ingredient. Beanfields is a family-owned brand that is fast-growing. Their snacks are sold in the US, Canada, Australia and other countries. Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips are a snack that you can feel good about eating. Enter to win 6 bags below!

Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips are much better for you than regular corn tortilla chips. They contain as much as 150% more fiber per serving, 250% more protein per serving, and up to 44% less fat per serving. Beanfields Snacks contain no major food allergen ingredients, they are certified gluten-free, Vegan and non-GMO Project Verified. These crunchy tortilla chips come in 10 delicious flavors: Sea Salt, White Bean, Black Bean, Nacho, Pico de Gallo, Barbecue, Ranch, Salt & Pepper, JalapeΓ±o Nacho, and Unsalted. Beanfields Snacks are made with the best ingredients: Black Beans, Sea Salt, Navy Beans, Brown Rice, White Beans and spices.

My Thoughts

I love how Beanfields Snacks are made without the eight ingredients recognized by the FDA as the top food allergens. I am a huge tortilla chip fan so I was excited to try Beanfields. I love how their chips are made with yummy beans and rice. The chips are awesome not only because they're healthy to eat, but because their flavors are amazing. My favorite out of the 8 flavors that I got to try are the Sea Salt and Black Bean. I love Beanfields because they are high in fiber and protein. Beanfields Beans & Rice Chips are a snack that the whole family can enjoy. For more information, visit

I received Beanfields Chips in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

Enter to win 6 bags of Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips! One winner will be chosen and contacted via email. US only, please! Good luck! :)