Monday, April 25, 2016

Volo Energy Review

Volo Vitamins recently gave us the opportunity to review their berry and citrus flavored Volo Energy products. 

The product comes in individual-sized packets. All you need to do is mix it with 8 ounces of water, mix, and you have a good serving of vitamins.

I like that they are stevia-sweetened. They offer a great way to get your vitamins in! The flavors are good. (Although I felt they do have a bit of a powder taste to them). 

They make for a good energy drink alternative. My sister who drank the citrus variety noticed the caffeine content. They contain electrolytes and essential amino acids. They are sweetened with 17 different fruits.

If you're looking for a better alternative to caffeinated beverages or energy drinks, check out Volo Energy.

Reviewed by Becca :)

Disclosure: Although we were given the products to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Playing the Part Book Review

Bethany House Publishers recently provided me with a copy of Playing the Part by Jen Turano to review. I always enjoy Jen's books, as they are filled with light-heartedness and humor. Playing the Part was no exception.

Cover Art

Playing the Part was quick-paced from the start. It offered the wit that I enjoy from this author. The story offered just a little bit of suspense, which I also enjoy in books.

I like that the story only jumped between the two main characters, actress Lucetta Plum and the wealthy Bram Haverstein. This brought things out from each perspective, but wasn't overwhelming as some stories that go between more characters.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. The characters were easy to get behind and root for. The main character was funny, with heart. The man who won her heart was a gentleman. I liked the sweet romance and how things tied together so well.

If you are a Jen Turano fan, or a fan of historical fiction in general, check out Playing the Part.

Reviewed by Becca :)

Disclosure: Although I was given the book to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crockett Creek Beef Jerky Review and Discount Code

Crockett Creek recently contacted us to review their Original Beef Jerky. I really like that the jerky contained no nitrites.

The jerky smelled good as soon as I opened the package! It was delicious. It didn't leave the aftertaste jerky sometimes leaves. It was tender, easy-to-chew and made a filling snack. It also made for a quick, on-the-go meal.

Aside from the jerky we reviewed, Crockett Creek also makes varieties such as elk jerky, venison jerky, garlic jerky, and buffalo jerky.

Ready to try some for yourself? Use the code JerkyB25 to get 25% off your purchase!

Disclosure: Although we were given the jerky to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Farm Review

Back to the Roots sent us a fun product awhile back, and we were excited to give it a try.

I had never grown mushrooms before, so I was eager to see how this Organic Mushroom Mini Farm would work out. I soaked the bag like I was supposed to and then set it on a shelf to let it do its magic.

The above picture shows how things looked for the first several days. The box says that the mushrooms can grow in as little as a week, so I was eager to see them come in.

I waited, and I waited...

I began to give up hope and considered throwing the whole thing away.

If it hadn't been for the fact that I was supposed to review this product and I really wanted to give it a chance to prove itself to me, I would have tossed it.

Finally, something happened.

The day before the above picture was taken, the box was the same as it had been the day that I set it up. There had been no growth and everything looked as it had the whole time.

Suddenly, there were mushrooms where there had been none. That was pretty exciting.

Things progressed pretty quickly after that, and it almost felt like you should be able to see the mushrooms grow.

Every day, there was more growth. The mushrooms were getting bigger and bigger.

It was fun to watch the mushrooms grow up, and I think that this would be a very fun project for children. Kids will love watching the mushrooms get bigger and bigger each day.

If mushrooms are not your thing, Back to the Roots also offers a Garden in a Can Set, Water Garden, and even ready to eat products.

Thank you, Back to the Roots, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the product to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chambers Creek Kitchen Pizza Crust

We were recently given the opportunity to try out and review a variety of products from Chambers Creek Kitchen, and we loved all that we got to try! You can check out our review of their waffles here, their breads here, and their tortillas here. Now, we are doing one final review, a review of their Quinoa Pizza Crust.

These pizza crusts come in a pack of three and they are very reasonably priced when it comes to gluten free pizza crusts - or any pre-made pizza crust, really. The crusts are ready to be topped, heated, and eaten.

We used one of the pizza crusts to make pizza cheese fries of sorts, topping it with garlic, oil, and Parmesan. The results were delicious.

The crust has a great texture to it. It is thin and gets crispy. This is very different from other gluten free crusts that I have tried.

The crust would be delicious in a variety of recipes and for a mix of pizza types.

Thank you, Chambers Creek Kitchen, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the product to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Choc Alive! Review

We did a review for ChocAlive! awhile back - you can check it out here - and we were recently given the opportunity to try out a new product from the brand. We had the chance to try out a delicious Chocolate Spread.

ChocAlive! puts out products that are gluten free, vegan, and organic.

This Chocolate Spread is smooth and silky. It has a fudge-like consistency and taste. I could eat the whole container by the spoonful - and that is exactly how I ate the majority of it. It is a great snack on its own.

The spread is made with very simple ingredients - just agave nectar, cacao powder, virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, dates, cacao paste, cacao butter, and sea salt.

In addition to eating the spread plain, I also used it on pancakes and in a smoothie. It was delicious no matter how I ate it.

Thank you, ChocAlive!, for this opportunity!

Disclosure: Although we were given the product to review, all opinions and reviews are our own.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chocolate Sun Organic Self-Tanning Lotion Review

Having a tan is important to me, but I try to avoid harmful sun rays and the chemicals found in most self-tanning products. So this Chocolate Sun lotion was perfect for me!

Chocolate Sun offers self-tanning products that are made from natural and organic ingredients. The products are free of harsh chemicals.

The product they provided me with to review is called Cocoa Lite Enhancer. It is made for light to medium skin tones. Chocolate Sun also has a variety of other self-tanning products for other skin tones.

The lotion was easy to apply. It had a subtle cocoa butter-like scent.

I applied the lotion after showering last night. This morning I could see the difference in my skin's tone. I'm going to try to illustrate with these before and after photos.

Note: the color difference isn't 100 percent realistic, as my camera and the lighting weren't perfect.

I was very happy at the subtle change. It wasn't a drastic change, but I do believe if I apply it again, it will give me a richer golden tan.

If you're like me, you have some questions. I compiled a few answers below to questions I had before using this Chocolate Sun lotion:

How many times does it need to be applied to start showing? 
The variety I reviewed is said to help tan light skin, or build a tan after applying several times.

When does the tan start showing? 
Six to eight hours after applying, the tan starts to develop.

How long does it last? 
For a consistent tan look, it is recommended to apply every few days.

 A little tan can go a long way in building your self-confidence. Personally, the subtle glow it gave after one application helped boost my confidence. I look forward to continued use of my Cocoa Lite Enhancer. I would recommend the product for women who want a healthier way to tan.

I'd like to hear your thoughts! Do you have any self-tanning products that you enjoy using? Have you tried any natural tanning products?

Reviewed by Becca :)

Disclosure: Although I was given the product to review, all opinions and reviews are my own.