Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Love With Food March 2013 Review

Yay! I love my Love With Food subscription. It's my favorite subscription box yet!

Cassava Chips by Wai Lana

I’ve seen these at Target and Big Lots recently, so I’m glad I got to finally try them! They were quite good and I grabbed another bag when I was at my local Big Lots last week. I’m thinking I’m hooked on these!

Pasta Chips by Vintage Italia

These were more like crackers. They were definitely different and had a tasty marinara flavor. I spotted them at Mariano’s recently but I don’t think I’d buy them again.

Shortbread Fingers by Walkers

I kinda love shortbread cookies. I love them with coffee so I’ll be sure to try this one morning, if I can ever remember to.

Chai Spice Macaroons by Emmy’s Organics

Oooo! I’ve seen these at HomeGoods before and bought a packet to try. I remember regretting not buying more because they’re delicious! They’re a little pricy but I love them, and the chai spice flavor is right up my alley.

Taco & Burrito Seasoning by Desert Gardens

I used to make crockpot chicken taco chili all the time but I don’t eat chicken anymore. I’ll try to find a meatless use for this! I feel like taco seasoning is always good to have on hand.

Earl Grey Tea by Taylors of Harrogate

Never had Earl Grey tea and I’m not sure I’d like it. I doubt I’ll drink this ever, to be honest.

Ginger Chews by Chimes

I’ve seen these before but never tried them. I’ve had other ginger candies so I’m sure I’ll like these as well.

Lollipops by Pierrot Gourmand

I’m going to stash this in my purse for whenever I need to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Bag Clip

Yay! LWF swag! You can never have enough bag clips.

Revolution Foods Build Your Own Meal Kit

Alright. I looked up where there was a store that sold this near me and I went to a Mariano’s about half an hour away and I scoured the entire store and couldn’t find it. I was so irritated.

Monday, March 24, 2014

GLOSSYBOX February 2014 Review

I originally tried GLOSSYBOX in January with a LivingSocial deal. I wasn’t planning on continuing the subscription, but I decided to when I saw the spoilers. I wasn’t TOO excited when I read a review of someone else’s box, but thankfully, I got different things and I’m very happy! Just like last month, my box arrived in March. Their shipping seems to be slow. I don’t mind as much because the products that I’ve received are pretty great. I decided to cancel after this month because I want to use up some makeup and hair products. I have so much!

Emite Makeup Eyelash Curler

In the information card it says “accentuate your eyes this fall…” Uh? I was very excited to get this because, believe it or not, I don’t have an eyelash curler! I can probably count the times I’ve used one on one hand.

Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm

I wish this actually smelled like figs, but that’s just the company name. I have a billion lip balms but they never go unused. The packaging is adorable as well.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in City of Angels

This was the first spoiler and what made me decide to continue my subscription. I’m wearing the color right now and I LOVE it. This kind of pink is the pink I had for my wedding, aka my favorite shade of pink! I love the formula. It goes on so smooth and dried fairly quickly.

Pureology Serious Colour Care Colour Fanatic

My hair is indeed colored (Coloured?) so this suits me. I hardly use hair products so I’ve accumulated a lot…I better get on that.

Sumita Beauty Kala Color Intense Pencil

I love black eyeliner. I wear it every single day without fail. Some people find it to be too dramatic for them but for me, I can’t do without it. Never ever.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Love With Food February 2014 Review

I’m a little behind. I’ve been busier than ever at work! It’s good but also very tiring because I’m active all day. Anyway, I ordered this LWF box with my points and then decided to re-up my subscription – yay! They had a promotion where you got an extra 1,000 points plus $15 to ProFlowers or Cherry Moon Farms.

This month’s box was full of sweet treats. There were only two savory items. I hardly eat sweets so this was fun for me! I ate most of these snacks either at work or in my car.

Restaurant Style White Bean Chip by Beanitos

I love Beanitos and have been a fan for some time now, so I was happy to see them in my box. I haven’t tried this flavor yet, as I’m partial to the chipotle BBQ flavor, which is AMAZING. I’ll be trying these white bean chips with some guacamole I got at Costco (Wholly Guacamole 100-caloie packs).

Snack Olives by Mario Camacho

We’ve had similar snack olives in LWF before. These are pretty good! I love that they’re not all briny like jarred olives. Perfect for work!

Dark Chocolate Crepe Dentelle by Gavottes

These were a delicious, light, and flaky treat.

PurseNotes Dark “Chocolatey” by TCHO and “Mokaccino” Serious Milk Chocolate + Blue Bottle Coffee by TCHO

So I didn’t realize I got two different flavors because I’m pretty sure I received two of the dark chocolate flavor. I’m not a HUGE dark chocolate fan but I try really hard to be. I did indeed keep these in my purse as emergency chocolates.

Chocolate Chip Biscotti by Biscotti di Suzy

This is the only item I haven’t tried yet. Back in high school, I learned how to make my own biscotti and would always enjoy a cookie with my morning coffee. I always watched my dad get up early to quietly drink coffee and read, and I’ve been imitating him ever since. It’s been years since I’ve made biscotti and equally as long since I’ve had some in general. I keep forgetting to eat it with my morning coffee! I’m going to go put this cookie by my coffee maker right now.

Honey Graham Sticks by Back to Nature

I usually like graham crackers, but these gave me a stomach ache :(

Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Emily’s Chocolate

Sinfully delicious! I rarely eat things like this, so this was a nice treat. The chocolate was thick and paired well with the blueberries.

Extras! What a cute bag clip. And I can’t wait to try the meal kit, although I have to go a bit out of my way to a specific grocery store to get it.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats

I first heard of “overnight oats” and “proats” on Instagram. Gosh, I find the best things there. I’m obsessed. I saw overnight oats bouncing all over my Instagram (I follow a lot of fitness and health accounts) and although the thought of cold oats weirded me out, I gave in. When I finished my Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful jar, I decided to try it. All I added was oats, protein powder, a few dashes of cinnamon, and a few dashes of cinnamon swirl Mix’ns (Another great Instagram find). Then, I put hemp seeds and chia seeds on top. It was unreal. So delicious.

I love carrot cake flavors so I decided to try carrot cake overnight oats and they were pretty amazing. It feels so good to prep my breakfast the night before and have it ready to go when I wake up. Although I generally wake up early and take time to enjoy my coffee, Internet, and breakfast, I’d imagine this would be perfect on a hectic morning as well. I dare you to try overnight oats!

½ C rolled oats
2/3 C almond milk
½ Tbsp chia seeds
½ Tbsp flaxseed
½ scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Garden of Life Raw)
Handful of shredded carrots
Cinnamon, allspice, ginger, to taste

Trader Joe’s Vanilla Bean Greek yogurt
½ scoop vanilla protein (I used BSN Lean Desert Whipped Vanilla Cream)

1. Combine all ingredients from the first list in a mason jar or an empty nut butter jar.
2. If making optional "cream cheese," combine ingredients in the second list in the yogurt container. Spoon half of the mixture onto the top of the oats. Not sure how well this would work with other yogurts or protein powders.
3. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Eat in the morning!

This may be good with some walnuts and/or raisins as well!

I’ve got a pumpkin spice oat concoction in the fridge as I type this! I am officially hooked on overnight oats!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Taste Guru February 2014 Box Review

I tried a month of Taste Guru (Via Groupon) back in November and liked it so much, I bought a 3-month subscription via Groupon! I’m not gluten-free but I really enjoyed the food in the box. In fact, only one item is still uneaten: the stuffing.

Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Tortilla Soup with Baked Chips Big Cup and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Pad Thai Noodle Soup Big Cup

I feel like I’ve had this brand before, years and years ago. These soups came in handy when I worked until 8:30pm (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday wahh) and just wanted to EAT! I really enjoyed this soup and will definitely buy more. Off to Whole Foods I go!

Viviana Plain Linguine

I received Viviana penne in November’s box so I was meh about receiving another one of their products. But, I love gluten-free pasta and prefer it to wheat, so this will not be wasted at all!

Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Breakfast Cups in Fruit & Nuts

This is the only item in the box I have yet to eat – I prefer to make oatmeal on the stove. I’ll try this soon though, perhaps on a manic morning when I’m scrambling to get ready for work. This weather makes it so hard to get out of bed, and I’m such a morning person! I usually spring out of bed but it’s been a struggle lately.

Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables in Sea Salt

I LOVE these chips. I’ve had them before and they’re one of my favorites. The first ingredient is navy beans – how cool is that?! These are starting to be sold in more grocery stores so I’m excited for that. I actually just grabbed two bags of their other flavors at Big Lots the other week.

Snapz Crisps in Pineapple

Delicious. I want more. These were crunchier than I anticipated. I thought they would taste more like freeze-dried fruit and be airy. It was a happy surprise! I hope I can find more.

Open Road Snacks Popcorn Poplets in Asiago Ranch

These were ok. These were my least favorite item in the box. They were a little too crunchy and caloric for me.