Monday, April 30, 2018

Gift Options and Healthy Indulging

It’s time to celebrate moms and get ready for bikini season. Yes, that’s an odd combination, but it seems to be the best way to describe some of the things I tried this month.

Everything you can do with My Photo…
My first thought when I was asked to try My Photo was that there are already a dozen great places online that do this: upload a photo and turn it into a gift, or something to hang on your wall. I promised I’d give it a try and it definitely has its unique points.

My Photo is definitely the easiest service of it’s kind I have seen. All you need to do is email any picture to Within minutes, you’ll receive an email back showing your photo in different products! I did order Wall Clings. The good news is that the photo quality is the best I’ve seen on any of these services. The bad news is that I got the Wall Clings because their canvases and products are higher priced than most of the others.

Bottom line: If you are looking for a really high quality piece that’s easy to produce, give My Photo a try.

For your favorite guy or gal, any time of year…
Gourmet Gift Baskets has lots of unique ideas for all holidays, but they sent me one for Mother’s Day that I certainly love.

The Premium Spa Gift offers many relaxing hours in one basket. It contains everything needed to pamper yourself, whether you are a woman, man, or a couple. You’ll receive all these products for $99 (there’s so many that you can even divide it into more than one gift):

Moisturizing Body Lotion, Body Wash, and Triple Milled Bath Soap from San Francisco Soap Company;
Terry Cloth Slippers;
Four Points Massager;
Wooden Pumice Brush;
Loofah Disc;
Premium Skin Smoothing Brush;
Foam Sea Sponge;
Wooden Foot Brush;
10” Massaging Bath Brush.

Let’s get healthy for summer…
Pereg sent me a selection of healthy products to try out. It’s going to take me a while to get through them all (can’t wait to try the Banana Flour), but I got started creating something simple. Check out my recipe for Blackberry Yogurt Muffins, made with their Coconut Flour.

Vodka drinks in a can…
Why limit your choices this spring and summer? How about some vodka cocktails in a can?

I was a little confused at first, but the healthy options from Vrai had me ready to test them out and they did not disappoint. I had to rely on friends to sample the Tangerine since I have a citrus allergy, but it was a big hit. I can certainly understand, because I loved the Green Tea. The interesting part is that I don’t really like green tea. This had a bit of fruit-flavor and wasn’t bitter.

Be careful because Vrai goes down just like (all natural) iced tea, but 5.5% alcohol can add up if you down too many.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Satisfy your Hunger and Thirst with these New Products

I loved the options that arrived on my doorstep this month and I think you will too.

Stock your fridge with Muuna Cottage Cheese…
It’s no secret that I tend to eat lots of extra calories when I’m traveling. Things are a lot different at home, where I’m looking for healthy options.

Yogurt is usually may go to for packing protein in a quick cup. I’m always careful to pick the least amount of sugar too. Now, I have another option, Muuna Cottage Cheese.

They sent me a case in plain, black cherry, and raspberry. They were all delicious, with fruit and little sugar, and only about 120 calories. A small container of Muuna Cottage Cheese is also loaded with  at least 15 grams of protein.

In addition to the flavors I tried, it also now comes in peach, blueberry, strawberry, and mango. Check for it in your supermarket.

An Instant Coffee find from Alpine Start...
Alpine Start Instant Coffee sent me a box of their instant coffee, made from high altitude Arabica beans. The idea was to make a product similar to Starbuck’s Via, only better. I think they’ve succeeded.

I poured a packet into a glass full of ice and water, then topped it with a little almond milk. It was delicious. The coffee flavor is fresh and distinct, and it blended in with no pebbly taste. (Does anyone remember Sanka?)

I can’t say I loved it hot, I felt it was a little thin, unless I put it in a small cup. It is great for rubs (i.e. steak, chicken) and smoothies. Skip the frapuccino and make yourself something delicious with one of these little packets.

ArT Wine Preserver so you don’t have to finish the bottle…
...Of course, you may want to, but it’s no longer necessary. The ArT Wine Preserver will keep preserving that same bottle of wine. You can pour a glass, but it back in the refrigerator or wine rack, and not worry about what it will taste like.

A two second spray of argon displaces the oxygen in the bottle to keep the wine fresh. I gave it a try and you couldn’t tell the bottle had previously been opened. It’s well-worth the $15 investment to preserve up to 50 bottles of wine. You can buy it on Amazon right now.