Friday, April 28, 2017

PACT Organic Clothing Review


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you PACT Organic Clothing! PACT Organic makes really soft clothing that is better for both people and the planet. PACT Organic uses organic farming practices that don't pollute the water or soil. The company also partners with organizations that protect the well-being of the people who make the clothing. PACT Organic makes clothing for women, men and for baby. :)
 

All of PACT's clothing is super soft and are made with organic cotton which gives you just enough stretch for the perfect fit. Organic cotton is better. Cotton does not pollute the soil or air and it uses less water and less energy than conventional cotton. PACT does not use any toxic chemicals when growing their organic cotton. Which keeps our families safe by not exposing them to harsh chemicals. PACT Organic clothing is Global Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, Organic Content Standard ( OCS) certified and Fair Trade Certified.

 Underwear $22.99
 
 Men's Boxer Briefs $28.99 for 2 pairs
 
 Crew Socks $12.99 for 2 pairs
 
 Hoodie $48.99
 
Leggings $29.99
 
Washing Instructions:

Wash PACT Organic Clothing in cold water. Hang to dry- This saves energy and will ensure a longest life possible for your clothing. However, PACT's clothing can all be safety washed in warm water and tumble dried.

My Thoughts

PACT was nice enough to send me a whole entire wardrobe to try and let me tell ya.. I was super excited! I couldn't wait to slip into my new PACT Organic Clothing. I am amazed by how soft their clothing is! They even sent some underwear for the hubs. And for the record, he loves his new boxer briefs. When asked by someone what my favorite product is from PACT, I couldn't pick just one! I am truly in love with every single piece that I received. I love how the leggings fit. The stretch just enough to hug my curves. The leggings are really soft and 100% better than Lularoe. I always have to wear a camisole under my shirt. I love PACT's because its a shelf bra. So it gives me a little more coverage. The socks are super cozy. They keep my chilly feet warm. The hoodie is of course super soft and its great for chilly summer nights. Fits me snug. I love the lounge bra because its nice for when I have overnight guests. I don't have to wear my uncomfortable bra, I can wear my PACT lounge bra and have coverage and be comfortable. The organic cotton is high quality and the clothing washes nice. I haven't had any trouble with pilling, shrinking or fading. After several washes, my PACT clothing looks brand new! The material is thick and made to last. PACT Clothing is worth every penny! I highly recommend! (I will have a photo up of me wearing the clothes shortly..) :)

The leggings are the BEST!
 
Want to try PACT Organic Clothing?? Use my discount code SamplingBee25 and save 25% off your ENTIRE order! Visit PACT Organic Clothing to order.

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), 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.
 


 
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks Review and GIVEAWAY!


 
Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks! Vermont Smoke & Cure has been crafting delicious smoked meats(bacon!!) and meat snacks since 1962. These meat sticks are made in small batches and are proudly made in Vermont. Their recipes have changed minimally in the 50+ years that they have been making their products. Vermont Smoke & Cure's method is to keep things simple, local and flavorful. I got to sample 3 of their meat stick flavors: Spicy Italian, Cracked Pepper and Ancho Pepper.

 
Vermont Smoke & Cure uses responsibly sourced meats and local ingredients like maple syrup, apple cider and spices to make their meat sticks. Their meat sticks are made from certified humanely raised meats. The meats do not contain any MSG, eggs, fish or shellfish, gluten and no tree nuts or peanuts. Each and every bite of Vermont Smoke & Cure's Meat Sticks are full of robust flavors including smoke, cider, maple, salt and pure meat. As a company, they believe in Better Meat for All®.


Vermont Smoke & Cure also offers bacon, ham and sausage. They smoke using ground corn cobs and maple wood shavings. They never use any liquid or artificial smoke. The traditional smoke sources are from Vermont. The meats are all hand trimmed and grinded on-site. The uncured items use natural preservatives to ensure food safety. In the Sticks and Summer Sausage, instead of just adding acids, they ferment to lower pH the old-school way for the best flavor.



My Thoughts

I love the fact that Vermont Smoke & Cure's pork, beef and chicken is raised without antibiotics. Nowadays, everything we consume is full of yucky stuff. So, it's nice to know that I can feel good about feeding these meat sticks to my family. With that said, my family LOVES them. Including my 2 year old son. Vermont Smoke & Cure's Meat Sticks are great! They're very flavorful and not overly salty. I can taste the unique difference between the 3 flavors of meat sticks. But, my favorite is the Spicy Italian. The meat sticks aren't hard to bite or chew. They meat is tender and moist. A great snack for road trips, school lunches and mid-day snacks. I love eating Vermont Smoke & Cure's Meat Sticks with cheese and crackers. I just cut up the meat sticks into small chunks! I cannot wait to try their bacon, sausage and ham! I highly recommend Vermont Smoke & Cure products!

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

Visit http://www.vermontsmokeandcure.com for more information. SHOP

GIVEAWAY!!
 
Enter to win 24 Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks! One winner will win 8 sticks of each flavor(spicy Italian, cracked pepper, ancho pepper) US only! Enter below :)
 
 
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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~