Product Reviews

Save on Easy Plant-Based Meal Solutions at Publix

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods & Boulder Brands. All comments and opinions are my own.

As the mom of a busy family, I love to make sure that I incorporate delicious, yet healthy ingredients into each of our meals. I feel that it can sometimes be a challenge to find items that are rich in nutrients, full of flavor, and easy to get on the table.

Thankfully, I can create healthier, plant-based meal solutions with items found right at my local Publix. With plant-based products from Birds Eye ®, Gardein TM and Earth Balance ®, I can be assured that I am feeding my family high-quality foods without giving up taste or convenience.

Gardein products offer a range of tasty plant-based foods with a meaty texture. While they taste like meat, these products are made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut (to name a few). Gardein products are also cholesterol-free and have no trans or saturated fats. In addition, they are animal and dairy free, so they make a fantastic meal solution for many lifestyles! We tried the Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders and my boys loved them! ! They are bursting with flavor in every bite and I feel good about what I am giving my family to eat!

Birds Eye Steamfresh Southwest Style Protein Blends were the perfect complement to the Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders! Located in the freezer section at Publix, Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends are packed with protein and nutrient rich vegetables, grains and beans. They have 10 grams of plant-based protein per serving and are high in iron. I especially love that these can be cooked right in the bag, and are ready to eat in just minutes! While in the freezer section at Publix, make sure that you also look for Birds Eye Steamfresh Superfood Blends. This line of ready-to-go dishes, are made from nutrient-rich vegetables, grains and fruits. What a fun and quick way to enjoy nature’s healthiest ingredients steamed right in one bag!

Earth Balance Original Buttery Spreads are definitely my favorite when it comes to buttery spreads. It has definitely made a name for itself thanks to its creamy spreadable texture. It is perfect on toast or any of your other favorite snacks. I also love that it is plant-based, vegan, lactose-free, non-dairy, gluten-free and has 0g Trans-fat, no MSG, and is also non-GMO.

Would you like to save on these delicious plant-based products? Head over to www.getthesavings.com/chooseplantbased where you can score fantastic savings! From 2/17/18-3/2/18, you can save $1 off any 1 Gardein Item or $1 off any 1 Earth Balance Buttery Spread. In addition, pick up 2 for $5 Birds Eye Protein Blends, and 2 for $6 Birds Eye Superfood Blends.

Quick and Easy Dinner Solutions with Mrs. Paul’s® Seafood and Veggie Meals

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods. All comments and opinions are my own.

Do you ever have those days when something unexpected occurs and you just don’t know what to make for dinner? You want to provide your family with a nutritious and delicious meal, but time is of the utmost importance. Thankfully, Mrs. Paul’s® Seafood and Veggie Meals are now available in the frozen seafood aisle at your local Publix store to help ease your dinnertime dilemma!

Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals are made with premium seafood, and are rich with Omega-3s that are paired with high protein Birds Eye® vegetables and grains. These meals are not only a good source of protein, but they are also the perfect combination of flavors and textures. In addition, they are super easy and quick to make. In fact, you don’t have to open or plate it, they can be steamed in the microwave in just minutes! Flavors available at Publix include: Lemon Herb Shrimp, California Style Salmon and Garlic Shrimp.

My family and I love seafood, so we were excited to try these “easy-go-to meals” from Mrs. Paul’s. We tried the Lemon Herb Shrimp variety, and it was so flavorful! The shrimp, barley, spinach, sweet potatoes and chickpeas all come together with a pleasing lemony flavor that is seasoned to perfection. Every bite was full-flavored yet delightful! I also loved how vibrant the colors of the dish were when it was plated! Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals are definitely my new favorite quick and easy meal to pick up for those hectic days that I am pre-occupied. It’s the perfect simple meal for two!

I am looking forward to trying the other varieties of these meals! Thankfully you can save on Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals right at your local Publix. Starting 2/17/18 through 3/2/18, you can save $1.50 off one Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals with the coupon found at: www.getthesavings.com/mrspauls.

Which variety of Mrs. Paul’s Seafood and Veggie Meals do you plan on trying with your coupon?

Delicious Eats and Treats for the Big Game!

Disclosure: I received the products in this post to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. (Please see my disclosure policy)

Are you ready for some football? 🏈🏈🏈 The big game is this Sunday, February 4, and I am here to share with you some delicious eats and treats as you prepare your menu for the day! The Super Bowl is not only a fun time for us to be surrounded by family and friends, but also a time for delicious food!

Nothing says football like something crunchy. TGI Fridays Potato Skins, available in several flavors like Cheddar Bacon, Sriracha, Loaded Potato are sure to be the hit of your party! Every bite is filled with delicious flavor and that crunch we all love in a party food! If you are searching for a gluten-free option, Boulder Canyon offers their Ancient Grains Chips that feature a combination of seven grains and seeds including quinoa, millet, chia, amaranth, brown rice, brown teff and sorghum. They are available in flavors like Pink Himalayan Salt and Cracked Pepper, Sea Salt and more! They are so delicious and crunchy and every bite is packed full of remarkable flavor! You can GO HERE to find TGI Fridays Snacks and HERE to locate the Boulder Canyon Snacks at stores near you. 

Don’t forget the kiddos during the big game! Cole’s Quality Foods is heating up the frozen bread aisle with their Middles products! Choose from varieties like Salty Pretzel Middles with Beer Cheese Filling, Plain Bread Middles with Mac & Cheese Filling, French Toast Bagel Middles with Sweet Cream Cheese Filling and more! My guys and I went crazy over these! The flavors are seriously so delicious and every person at your party is sure to enjoy them! My boys ages 12 and 6 especially loved the Mac & Cheese Bites! GO HERE to find these products at a store near you.

No party is complete without a sweet treat! Cafe Valley Bakery has taken sweets to a whole new level! They provide delicious items like muffins, turnovers, croissants and cakes. I was sent the Dr. Pepper Ring Cake and the 7UP Ring Cake to sample. Wow! Each cake is so moist and packed full of flavor. I could not get over how much that these cakes really do taste like Dr. Pepper and 7UP! If you are searching for a fun and unique treat for your party, these cakes would make the ultimate Super Bowl dessert and a true crowd-pleaser as well! GO HERE to locate these items at a store near you.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday and may the best team win! 🏈🏈🏈

Canvas on Demand Review + 65% Promo Code for ANY Size Canvas!

Disclosure: I received a 16×20 photo canvas from Canvas on Demand to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

I love to capture special moments with my family and to display them throughout my home. I feel that photos are a way to treasure and share memories for years to come. One of the easiest ways to preserve memories is with a Canvas. I was recently given the opportunity to review a 16×20 traditional gallery wrapped canvas from Canvas on Demand. I have reviewed other canvas companies before, but I have to tell you that Canvas on Demand is beyond exceptional! Canvas on Demand offers museum-quality canvases, that are hand-stretched neatly around a hardwood frame. It’s no wonder that they have sold over a million canvases!

What sets Canvas on Demand apart from the other canvas companies? 

Choose from a Wide Array of Canvas Sizes– The traditional gallery wrapped canvas is available in any size from 8×8 to 55×100 inches!

Ordering is Super Easy– decide what photo that you would like to use. Upload and add to cart. You can also directly upload from Facebook which is a huge plus!

The Highest Quality Canvas– Canvas On Demand works with the finest canvas material in the industry for superior durability, image clarity, and color accuracy.

Customizable Canvas Edges– The 1.5 inch thick canvas remains the most popular option, but the 0.75 inch thin canvas provides a different aesthetic and is suited for traditional framing options. I love that Canvas on Demand gives you this option! (see my photo above for the thickness. I just love this quality about the canvas. It is so well made!)

When I received my canvas from Canvas on Demand, I could not believe how stunning it was. I was seriously blown away! Every little detail in the photo is so perfect. The color, lighting and shading is magnified and the photo really does “come to life.” This is a photo from our Thanksgiving vacation this past year in Orange Beach, AL., and I will treasure this canvas for years to come!

Is there a photo that you would like to preserve for yourself or as a gift for someone that you love? Valentine’s Day is almost here and I can’t think of a better gift for you to show your love! Thanks to the folks at Canvas on Demand, my readers can save 65% off any item or photo canvas with promo code SWEET65. This promo code is valid through February 12, 2018 so you will have plenty of time to take advantage of the offer. GO HERE to take advantage of this sweet offer!

If you do take advantage of this offer, please be sure to let me know how your experience is. I would love to see your photos as well!

Review of Integrity Chef Cold Brew Coffee & Tea Maker

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. (All posts may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please see my disclosure policy)

It’s no secret that I am coffee lover. Shhhhh! Well, I do love anything to do with coffee. Whether it be hot or iced, coffee is definitely one of my favorite beverages! However, given a choice between hot or iced coffee, the cold variety wins for me every time! With that being said, I was so excited to review the Cold Brew Coffee Maker from Integrity Chef!

The Cold Brew Coffee and Tea Maker from Integrity Chef is a coffee lover’s dream! One of my favorite varieties of iced coffee is definitely cold brew, so I was excited to try this. No worries if you are not a coffee lover, you can also use the coffee maker for tea!

One of the first things that struck me about the Integrity Chef Cold Brew Coffee Maker is just how easy it is to use. It makes up to 5 cups of cold brew, so you can make as little or as much as you would like to. Here are some easy suggestions on how to prepare your cold brew coffee. I followed these directions and the cold brew came out perfectly!

1. Grind your favorite coarse ground coffee beans (1.5tbsp of grinds to 4 ounces of water recommended)
2. Place the grinds in the filter and fill the pitcher with room temperature or cold water
3. Leave the pitcher in the fridge overnight (8-16 hours)
4. Remove the filter and dump out the coarse coffee grinds (do not replace filter into pitcher)
5. Replace the cap which creates an airtight seal that preserves the aromatic cold brew coffee flavor and enjoy your cold brew coffee for up to 2 weeks!

I was amazed at the taste of the cold brew coffee. It was so rich and delicious. And, it tastes even better the longer that you let it set in the refrigerator. I added a little bit of cream and stevia to my coffee and it tasted just as good as my favorite cold brew that I get at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. Think of this as being a huge money-saver in your budget as well!

Integrity Chef provides other quality kitchen products like the magnetic steel measuring spoon set, stainless steel salt and pepper grinder set, stainless steel kitchen tongs and more. You can see all of the Integrity Chef products HERE. In addition, Integrity Chef has a heart to help those in need. partnered with World Concern to provide cures for children in third world countries who lack access to clean drinking water. Parasites in contaminated water can enter children’s bodies and cause excruciating pain. For every Integrity Chef product you purchase, 1 precious child will be completely cured of parasites. Consider purchasing from Integrity Chef to help them bring renewed hope into a child’s life! As of Jan 2018, 15,786 children have been SAVED thanks to customers! GO HERE to purchase your very own Cold Brew Coffee and Tea Maker from Integrity Chef. 

I highly recommend the Integrity Chef brand and hope that you too will consider purchasing their products. You won’t be disappointed!

I’m Running on Dunkin’ Donuts This Holiday Season!

(I received a gift card to faciliate my review for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

I don’t know about you, but I am officially in holiday mode right now! It has been a busy few weeks planning and preparing for Christmas and finishing up some last-minute work projects for 2017. I think that it is safe to say I am running on Dunkin’ Donuts! I have stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts several times these last few weeks to fuel up on my favorite holiday-flavored coffees and lattes!

I love the new holiday-themed flavors this year! Peppermint Mocha, my personal fave, combines cool peppermint and rich chocolate flavors. The Brown Sugar Cinnamon, brings together the sweet taste of brown sugar and the flavor of cinnamon. Both flavors are available in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. In addition, Dunkin’ has brought back their festive holiday cups. This year, they feature a festive design and the simple word, “Joy” to convey the happiness and spirit of the season. This year’s design incorporates seasonal graphic icons like snowflakes, peppermints, holly leaves and holiday trees to stir up the warm, nostalgic feelings associated with this special time of year.

If you are a Dunkin’ Donuts doughnut lover, they have something for you as well! A holiday trio of seasonal donuts, highlights Dunkin’s merry menu. The new Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut is a frosted donut with cookie dough flavored filling and topped with crumbled frosted sugar cookies, while the new Gingerbread Cookie Donut features a caramel frosted donut sprinkled with ginger snap cookie topping. Dunkin’ Donuts also has the Snowflake Sprinkle Donut, a frosted donut with red icing and special snowflake sprinkles, and Snowflake Sprinkle MUNCHKINS, featuring the brand’s chocolate glazed MUNCHKINS donut hole treats rolled in snowflake sprinkles.

Be sure to stop by your local Dunkin’ Donuts while you are out with friends and family this holiday season and fuel up on these delicious treats!

Review of PlaSmart Travel Bingo

Disclosure: I received Travel Bingo to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Want to keep the kiddos entertained while they are in the car? Travel Bingo by PlaSmart is the perfect solution! I am so thrilled to feature this product in my Holiday Gift Guide and think that it would make such a fun gift idea!

You can entertain kids and keep those long road trips fun with this game! Kids can whiz by sliding the windows shut as attractions are spotted. Play alone or with another passenger Be the first to complete one line or an entire card and shout out BINGO! This comes with 2 sets of cards.

My boys have been taking advantage of Travel Bingo lately when we are in the car and they love it! I know that this will come in handy later this month when we go on vacation and are in the car for several hours at a time. I highly recommend this fun game to all of you with kiddos! Oh, even mom and dad can get in on the fun! I plan to join in!

Have you heard of Travel Bingo before? What are you thoughts on this fun game?

Review of Christmas Forest Alpine Christmas Wreath + Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided a wreath from Christmas Forest in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. (Please see my disclosure policy) 

One of the things that I love most about the holiday season is the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. The smell of evergreen lingers in the air and it cannot help to put a smile on my face! While I may not always be able to have a fresh cut Christmas tree here in Florida, I can have the smell of Christmas thanks to the beautiful wreaths from Christmas Forest!

What is Christmas Forest? “It is a place where magic happens every day, and the sights and scents of the holidays are alive year-round. From their very first handmade Christmas wreath sold back in 1976 at Pike Place Farmer’s Market until now, they have made it their mission to bring the very essence of Christmas into every wreath that we create. Alive with the fresh evergreen scent of the Cascade Mountains, each of their handcrafted wreaths is a one-of-a-kind creation, and a unique representation of who they are.” 

I was given the amazing opportunity to feature Christmas Forest in my Holiday Gift Guide this year and they were so generous to send a wreath to review. Christmas Forest sent me their Alpine Wreath and it is absolutely stunning! The pictures do not do it justice. In addition, the smell of Christmas is now in the air throughout my house! It definitely puts me in the Christmas spirit! The front of the box that the wreath was shipped in was too cute and has the fun message pictured below. My 6 year old really thought that the wreath came from Santa and his elves! How cute is this?

 

The Alpine Christmas Wreath looks a lot like the signature Cascade Wreath, but the elves added red berries for an extra Christmas color. Enjoy the aroma of the alpine fresh Christmas wreath from the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Everyone who sees this wreath on your door will love the pastel blue juniper berries and pale yellow incense buds from the Oregon desert. It’s very special and oh-so-stunning!

Thanks to generous folks at Christmas Forest, one My Sweet Savings reader will have the opportunity to win an Alpine Christmas Wreath for themselves! To enter the giveaway, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. The first entry is mandatory while you may gain additional entries with the other options.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Review of Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara

I was provided with product to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. (Please see my disclosure policy)

Many of you will remember that I have posted about Younique products here on the blog before. I absolutely love Younique’s Moodstruck 3D+ Fiber Lashes, so I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the Moodstruck Epic Mascara. In addition, I have included the Younique Epic Mascara in my Holiday Gift Guide this year!

Moodstruck Epic Mascara is a multi-effect wonder, adding proven volume, length, and clump-free curl. The brush features intermingling high and low density bristles that grip lashes at their root, maximizing definition and volume, and the tapered tip allows for defining and thickening even your tiniest, hard-to-reach lashes with precision and control.  

I personally love that that Epic Mascara is an easily buildable formula that also acts as the perfect first step of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ for the most extreme eyelashes ever. I took a photo of myself with one eye done of the Moodstruck Epic Mascara and one eye without. You can really see the difference! Can you say length and volume? I highly recommend this product if you are searching for a new mascara. At only $24 it really is a great value. Do you use Younique products? What are your thoughts on the Epic Mascara?

Younique is not only all about the lashes. They feature other amazing products like the Lip Stain that I am wearing in the picture above. The Moodstruck Minerals Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain is amazing and lasts all day! I am wearing the Sleek shade. You can see this product HERE.

You can GO HERE to order Younique Epic Mascara and other awesome Younique products.

Review of Original PlasmaCar + Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided with product to faciliate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

My boys were so excited when they found out that the Original PlasmaCar was going to be featured in my Holiday Gift Guide this year. They have seen them before, and my son Brady, who is almost 6, was so excited when the PlasmaCar arrived in the mail. He could not wait for his daddy to assemble it so that he could get on and give it a spin!

The Original PlasmaCar is an innovative, ride-on toy that harnesses the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, friction, and kid power. No batteries, gears, or pedals. Patented safety seat design places rider in a safe, comfortable position and minimizes tipping. Supports up to 220 lbs. In addition, the PlasmaCar also comes in many different color options for everyone on your gift list! The PlasmaCar would make the best gift this holiday season!

As you can see from the pictures, Brady had a blast on the PlasmaCar! Once he got on, it did not take him long at all to get the hang of it and to maneuver it. He is quite the PlasmaCar pro now and wants to ride on it every time that he has the opportunity to do so. I love that the PlasmaCar gets the kids up and moving. This is definitely a great gift idea that any child is sure to love! The Original PlasmaCar supports up to 220lbs., so even the parents can join in on the fun!

Thanks to the Original PlasmaCar, one My Sweet Savings reader is going to win a PlasmaCar for themselves! Please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. The first entry is mandatory while you may gain additional options with the other entries.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!