Saturday, January 14, 2017

#pureleafhomebrew moment! - great new home brew flavors from Pure Leaf


Through Influenster and Pure Leaf I received two samples for home brew from Pure Leaf. They came in iced tea and regular hot tea. I love both of them, while I have to admit to prefer the iced tea because you know in North Carolina that's what we do. I like that I can brew the tea as long as I want and can add some sweetener to make my green iced tea and pretend like a true Southerner that the citrus makes the sweet concoction almost healthy. I let the tea bag sit in a large glass of hot water for 30 minutes, then add two teaspoons of sweetenter (I use Splenda) and then split the tea into two glasses and lastly add ice cubes. You end up with a wonderful iced tea that you do not have to feel guilty about.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - two great flavors, regular black tea with vanilla and green iced tea with Citrus - love them!

copyright Durhamonthecheap -the green tea with citrus is very light and refreshing

copyright Durhamonthecheap - have to get some more from the store soon, love the flavor combination.
 So if you are used to Pure Leaf Iced Tea and would like to have the tea flavor and quality, but would rather not haul around bottles of the addictive good tea - try to homebrew options from Pure Leaf now and enjoy either black or green teas at home. Each "bottle" comes with 16 pyramid bags that make 16 enjoyable, high quality teas in the privacy of your home or the office!



Disclaimer: I received these products courtesy of Pure Leaf & Influenster for sampling purposes.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: Listerine UltraClean Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash!

Through Crowdtap, I got to sample a new Listerin Mouthwash - the UltraClean Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash leaves your breath smelling fresh, but also protected your teeth and keeps gingivitis germs off your precious gums and teeth. I like the minty fresh flavor that it had and really found it not to induce any sensitivity on my teeth. Both are big pluses for me because my teeth occassionally get sensitive when I use tooth whitening treatments and I had a lot of artificial flavors. My dentist knows about my hate for the artificial cinnamon fluoride treatment. So this mouthwash hits all the right buttons and left my breath smelling fresh for hours.
Give it a try when you are in the store or drugstore the next time. I like it and let me know whether you are a fan of UltraClean Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash now as well!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - great new mouthwash that protected gums and keeps breath fresh!

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Listerine UltraClean Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash! in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs

Through Crowdtap I got to try out Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs. Normally I would share the sample with my mother but there was a warning that people with a tendency for nosebleed have to be careful. So my mother with her medication could not sample - bummer, because she has a cold and really wants to get rid of it. I was happy to oblige since I am also going through my annual winter cold and the application of these swabs could not be easier. They are individually packaged and you simply pop one open, swab the inside of your nose and I felt relief after just one application. My nose was less stuffy and the cold seemed weaker too, less nasal drip. So hooray - anything to be less miserable in the winter.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - mother baking cookies and Zicam by her side to make the cold go away

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Zicam swaps conveniently fit into the purse to have them available when needed.
Overall, I was impressed not only with the unusual and novel application method for a natural product. I also liked the ease with which to apply them and they seem effective when I tried them. I was concerned that someone like my mother probably should not use them due to her medication and would like some more information on how people with certain medication can still use the product or whether there are alternatives that are save for them as well. I still Zicam swabs in my purse to make sure I am prepared for a cold and also have a couple in my car for emergencies.

Disclaimer: I received a sample to use and review. The opinion expressed here is my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Crowdtap sampling: Zicam Cold Remedy Ultra Berry Lemonade Crystals

 My mother is busy making cookies for Santa Claus and of course here comes the annual cold that is not helping in baking the cookies. I was able to sample Zicam Cold Remedy Ultra Berry Lemonade Crystals through Crowdtap and decided to give her a couple of samples so she could see if her cold was disappearing faster. She mixed the crystals into a water in the morning for two days in a row and she said she felt better on the third day that she wanted to save the additional samples for another bout with the cold. She also indicated that the berry flavor is not bad and at least does not totally taste like medicine.
I like the fact that the Zicam Cold Remedy Ultra Berry Lemonade Crystals come in little packages that fit easily into my purse and so I can take them with me, especially when I travel and be sure that my cold does not hang around longer than necessary.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - mom can bake up a storm without her cold getting in the way thanks to Zicam

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Zicam crystals are perfect for on the go.

 Overall, I was impressed not only with the flavor of the crystals, but also with the fact that my mother's cold was going away quicker than usual. So far, the Zicam seems to be doing the trick at least in this one case. Give it a try and see if it helps you out.


Disclaimer: I received a sample to use and review. The opinion expressed here is my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Bzzagent sampling: Barber Foods Frozen Chicken Dinners - Cordon Bleu variety



Through bzzagent, I was able to sample the Barber Food Frozen Chicken varities. They come in a number of flavors, including our personal favorite Cordon Bleu. They also have Broccoli and Cheese, Italian-inspired flavored and even some with lobster. The local Kroger carried the Cordon Bleu and two portion (which come in one package) run you about $5 to $6, but you can find sales with prices of about $3 and even some online coupons for $1 off.
We paired the Cordon Bleu with some basic potatoes in butter and creamed spinach. The preparation is really simple; pop the chicken out of the packaging onto a baking sheet and put in the oven. Following the instruction on the box, the chicken came out nicely browned and you could tell that the cheese on the inside was melted - yum! Once cut open, the filling was substantial, with plenty of ham and Swiss cheese. The flavor was outstanding and the portion size was perfect for one adult as a dinner paired with sides.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - the meal with Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu

copyright Durhamonthecheap - high quality chicken meat

copyright Durhamonthecheap - you can see the cheese on the plate and the ham filling
 Overall, we were impressed by how easy the prep was and we thought the flavor was outstanding. It made us feel like eating restaurant food at home at a bargain price and (after a hard week at work) at our convenience - which meant sweat pants and fuzzy socks.

Disclaimer: I received a coupon for a free product in exchange for testing the product and providing honest feedback. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party. 


 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Crowdtap sampling: Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread

Through Crowdtap I received a sample of the new Jif Product "Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread"and I must that I am impressed by the flavor combination.
The peanut butter is still the creamy goodness that you are used to from Jif, but now with a hint of cinnamon that goes well with just bread (PB&C), but I love it on waffles. I prepare the waffles either fresh or, if in a rush, from the toaster, coat them with syrup and then smear some Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread on them for extra flavor. It makes the breakfast more filling and also really, really tasty. Neither of which is a bad thing.
So if you are looking for a new spin on the PB and something at breakfast, try Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread and see how you like. I can highly recommend it.


copyright  Durhamonthecheap - not your mother's PB on a waffle!


Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for my honest opinion and a review. The opinion expressed is my own and has not been influenced by third parties.