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~


    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Pipcorn Cheddar and Salt & Vinegar Popcorn Review


     
    Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Pipcorn's new flavors! Introducing.. Cheddar and Salt & Vinegar! Pipcorn is a delicious mini popcorn that's all natural and whole grain. The mini popcorn is made in small batches and is proudly popped in the USA. Pipcorn is a guilt-free snack that can be eaten anytime!


    Pipcorn's Mini Popcorn is gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO. The popcorn is made with mini kernels. When popped, the popcorn is about half the size for ordinary popcorn. Pipcorn's popcorn is free from hulls. Pipcorn is available in 7 awesome flavors: Kettle, Truffle, Sea Salt, Cheddar, Salt & Vinegar, Ghee and Rosemary. These flavors are available in a 4 ounce size or a .65 ounce snack size. Pipcorn is made with olive oil instead of butter and is seasoned by hand.

     
    Salt & Vinegar Pipcorn

    My Thoughts

    I am loving Pipcorn's new flavors! Especially the cheddar flavor. I love anything that has cheese on it. Popcorn covered in cheese is always a good thing. ;) I like the Salt & Vinegar flavor too because the popcorn is seasoned just right. Not too much vinegar and not too much salt. I like the mini kernels instead of ordinary popcorn because the hulls don't get stuck in my teeth. I also find the mini kernels easier to digest. The popcorn is crunchy, flavorful and perfect for a movie night. I cant wait to see what other flavors Pipcorn comes out with! Which flavor would you like to try?? Let me know in the comments below.

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

    ~Melissa~
    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Balls of Protein Review


    Welcome to A Sampling Bee! Today, I share with you Balls of Protein. Sami, the founder of Balls of Protein, wanted to create an all-natural, healthy and raw high-protein snack. He focused on creating a snack that offers incredibly clean macro-nutrients. Ball of Protein do not contain any artificial sweeteners, genetically modified foods or food colorings. After several months of testing, Balls of Protein was born! The founder, Sami, uses only the finest ingredients when making his Balls of Protein.


    Balls of Protein are sweetened with pure honey. They are available in 4 awesome flavors:
    Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cup, Sweet & Salty and Tropical Seed Mix. Balls of Protein are an affordable, healthy snack that is proudly made in the USA. I got to sample the Chocolate Chip flavor and the Peanut Butter Cup flavor.


    Chocolate Chip- Inspired by a famous cookie.. This protein ball tastes and smells just like a hot chocolate chip cookies. It contains semi-sweet morsels of chocolate and high quality protein powder. They're sweetened with an all-natural, high quality honey.


    Peanut Butter Cup- This flavor is bursting with delicious peanut butter and smooth chocolate. The Peanut Butter Cup flavor is for an peanut butter fan. Sweetened with only the best, all-natural honey.

    **Contains - Milk, Peanuts, Soy. Manufactured in a facility that also processes Egg, Wheat, Coconut, Tree Nuts.


    My Thoughts

    Each individual pack of Balls of Protein contain 2 protein balls. An individual pack of protein balls is 250 calories, contains 16-17 grams of sugar and 19 grams of protein. I enjoy eating Balls of Protein. They're a healthy snack that can be eaten any time or on-the-go. I like both of the flavors that I got to try. The protein balls are loaded with flavor and I can really taste the protein in them. They're moist and not too sweet. They are about the size of a ping pong ball. Very filling and satisfies my sweet tooth.  This is the perfect snack for after a workout or for after a good hike. I recommend Balls of Protein. They are a yummy, healthy snack! My kids love them, I love them and my husband loves them! I can't wait to try the other two flavors.

    I received Balls of Protein in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Always!

    Visit https://www.ballsofprotein.com/ for more information and to purchase. $27.99 for 10 packets.

    ~Melissa~