Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Product sampling: Arm and Hammer baking soda - multipurpose household aid!

Through, I received a package of Arm and Hammer Baking soda together with a nifty shaker bottle. The shaker bottle was included to use the baking soda for somethings besides freshening the fridge. Baking soda is also great for cleaning rugs, simply sprinkle some baking soda on the rug and then vacuum. Cleans the rug and makes the rug smell nice too!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Arm and Hammer baking soda and the handy sprinkler bottle for using baking soda

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Arm and Hammer baking soda and the sprinkler bottle through in exchange for an honest review and sampling. The opinions expressed in this blogpost are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Crowdtap sampling - Vichy Idealia‘s 8-day #LifeProofSkin challenge

copyright Durhamonthecheap - my Crowdtap Vichy Idealia package, plenty for sharing
Through Crowdtap I received an 8 day trial kit for Vichy Idealia as well as several sample packages to share. I loved how the samples were packaged. They looked really nice and fancy in the little pink bags and so I handled a few out of work. Both ladies were definitely interested, even though they had not heard of Vichy prior to me bringing in the samples. They, like me, will now start the 8 day trial to see whether we can see the visible effects and get younger skin in just 8 days. I am definitely excited about trying out Vichy Idealia!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - happy recipient for the 8 day trial package

copyright Durhamonthecheap - carefully inspecting the Vichy samples to see how to use them
Disclaimer: I was provided samples to apply Vichy Idealia for 8 days and review the product and its effect on my skin. I was also given samples to share. The opinion expressed in this blog is solely my own and has not been influenced by Crowdtap, Vichy or any other third party.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Influenster Product sample - Keurig 2.0

After 7 years and many times signing up for a Keurig, any Keurig to sample, Influenster finally took pity on my and gave me a Keurig and not just any Keurig, but a Keurig 2.0. This new addition to the Keurig line of products can accommodate regular K-cup for single cups, Keurig vue cups as well as the brand new K-carafe cups to brew 4 cups in one quick brewing cycle.
copyright Durhamonthecheap- my very own Keurig, finally, after 7 years of waiting!

Below is the picture essay of how I brewed my first cup of Keurig coffee in my own house and some of the features available only in the Keurig 2.0. I could go on about how great the Keurig 2.0 is, but I will not distract anymore from the pictures. Look at the image below and I will simply end by saying that the 7 year has been worth it and I am enjoying every minute that I can pop into the kitchen and in a couple of minutes have a truly outstanding cup of coffee available, full of flavor!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - adjustable wallpaper for the light display

copyright Durhamonthecheap - brewing my first cup of Keurig coffee in my house!

copyright Durhamonthecheap- display is east to read and tells you exactly what to do

copyright Durhamonthecheap - playing around with the settings, lets see what wallpapers are available.

copyright Durhamonthecheap  - lets select green to go with the green walls in my kitchen

copyright Durhamonthecheap- 10oz cup for a nice late evening coffee, not too strong, but still full of flavors thanks Keurig!

copyright Durhamonthecheap- the Influenster package had all that is needed to get me started!

copyright Durhamonthecheap- nice selection of K-cups and K-carafe cups. I love the ability to select a size now

copyright Durhamonthecheap- more than 250 varieties of coffee, tea and other beverages are now available for Keurig!

copyright Durhamonthecheap- the K550 is the most expensive Keurig 2.0 since it is programmable
Disclaimer: I have received a Keurig 2.0 through Influenster to sample and review the product. The opinion expressed in the blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by Influenster, Keurig or any third party. 

Product review: Purina One - the better dog food and it also seems to taste great

Through Crowdtap, I received the opportunity to have the dogs sample Purina One, a new blend of dry dog food by Purina. This sampling was part of the 28 Day Challenge, in which owners could switch their dogs to the new premium blend to see whether the coat turned out to be more shiny and the dog had more energy. The 28 Day Challenge is still underway and if you register, you can received a $3off coupon of Purina One, so your dog can sample the new dog food as well. 

copyright Durhamonthecheap - gobbling up the Purina One True Instinct food blend - healthy and tasty!

on their website, Purina indicates the various benefits of switching your dog to Purina One, including a shinier coat!
For our sample, we chose the True Instinct blend because it is good for the heart, the joints and has turkey as the first ingredient, ensuring that no fillers are added that diminish the nutritional value of the food.
if you go to the Purina One website you can for yourself the various benefits of the new line of dog food!

Disclaimer: I received a sample and a coupon for a full-size bag of Purina One dog food through in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by Crowdtap or any third party.

Product review: Truvia brown sugar blend - perfect for baking, but with 75% fewer calories than regular brown sugar

Just very recently, Truvia brought out a new product. If you have followed their Facebook page, you will know that Truvia really kept this product a secret. But has been hinting for days that it would be a pantry staple and they were right. I had received a sample through ExpoTv  and decided to make some banana bread to see how the brown sugar blend would work.
I made my quick and dirty banana bread by mixing butter, banana mash, flour, vanilla, baking soda, salt and one egg in a bowl; then baking the mix at 350F for about one hour. The product came out looking like banana bread and after slicing itl the product also tasted like banana bread. I honestly cannot tell the difference between my traditional bread and the calorie-deprived version. If this is what healthy baking tastes like, I am all for it.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Truvia brown sugar blend definitely works well in banana bread.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Truvia brown sugar blend with 75% fewer calories than regular brown sugar courtesy of ExpoTv in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by ExpoTV or any other third party.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

bzzsgent review: NERF® Demolisher Blaster

Through I was provided with a free NERF Demolisher Blaster as well as several $10 off coupons to share. This item is brand-new by NERF and sells for about $40 at stores, including Walmart, nationwide. We tried it out in the backyard and based on the images below, it is definitely kid friendly. With minimal instructions, the toy is easy enough to handle and shoots the arrows very far. The toy, as you would expect from NERF and despite a name like Demolisher, is safe and with a sturdy plastic construction will last even with the roughest play a good long time.

The NERF Demolisher 2 in 1 can be used to shoot darts and missiles and for up to 90 feet - pretty impressive compared to the usual kids toys. It comes with a detachable banana clip and has real pump action for blasting missiles.

The toy is recommended for kids starting at 8 years of age and I can see teenagers enjoying this one as well. I like the safe construction and handling of the toy, still would recommend that adult supervision be present, especially for kids in the younger age range. So not surprising with toy, NERF has another winner on their hand.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free toy through in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by or any third party.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crowdtap sampling review: Listerine Naturals Mouthwash

Through I received a full size bottle of Listerine Naturals Mouthwasy, which is free of artificial flavors and dyes. I love the fact that Listerine now has come out with a natural mouthwash that helps limit the chemicals in my household. As you can tell from the image below, the product is truly free of artificial flavors and dyes! I am very much in favor of limiting chemicals that are being used in the household and have now switched to more natural cleaning supplies as well as using my own garden to grow truly organic vegetables. So an all natural mouthwash only makes sense.

copyright Durhamonthecheap -love the natural ingredient in this new mouthwash

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Listerine Naturals is nice and clear, no dyes, but still works well!
I like the mint flavor of the traditional mouthwash, but in a better for you and the environment form.I have included a short video below that summarizes how happy I am that a mouthwash has now come out with artificial flavors or dyes. Keep an eye out in the store for Listerine Naturals and give it a try yourself.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample through in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in the post are solely my own and have not been influenced by Listerine, Crowdtap or any third party.