Monday, October 5, 2015

Crowdtap sampling: Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage

Through Crowdtap I was able to sample a new product by Johnsonville. They have come out with a fully cooked breakfast sausage that comes in original flavor (our family favorite) as well as Turkey and Maple. The local Harris Teeter only carried the Turkey and original flavor, which suited us just fine because we absolutely love the original flavor variety.
copyright Durhamonthcheap - the new Johnsonville product comes in a good size package
 The product page maintained by Johnsonville can be seen here and you can also use a store locator to determine who carries which varieties.
copyright Durhamonthcheap - a nice and flavorful breakfast of waffles and Johnsonville breakfast sausage

copyright Durhamonthcheap- syrup is a must, but not for the sausage, their flavor is too good to dilute with maple

copyright Durhamonthcheap- can I finally start? This sausage looks really good and smells delicious.

copyright Durhamonthcheap- let me sum it up - Yummy!

Disclaimer: Through Crowdtap and Johnsonville, I was provided a coupon for a free product. All opinions stated in this blog post are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third parties.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Influenster Voxbox: Apple & Eve VoxBox

 Through Influenster I was able to sample a collection of products by Apple and Eva. They product organic juices that are much lower in sugar than many competitor brands. I got 1l of apple juice, which looked and tasted like freshly pressed apple juice. It was slightly cloudy and listed as natural - it truly tasted like juiced apples. We loved it on its own, but also enjoyed it mixed with frozen fruit and some yogurt as a breakfast smoothie.
In addition to the apple juice, I also received three quenchers, which are little juice boxes. These are perfect for lunch boxes for young and old and came in three fantastic flavors. Our favorite was the Fruit Punch Burst. This product has 50% less sugar than the leading regular juice because it is naturally sweetened and is truly a healthy fruit punch flavor.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - the natural and organic Apple Juice from Apple & Eve

copyright Durhamonthecheap - the apple juice tastes yummy on its own or blended with fruit for a smoothie

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Apple and Eve has a great selection of products!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - finally a Fruit Punch that is healthy and tasty + perfect for the lunchbox
Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample collection from Apple & Eve containing their organic juices as well as the juice boxes in three flavors (Quenchers). The opinion expressed on this blog is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crowdtap Sampling: Folgers Flavors in 4 different wonderful addictive varieties

I love Folgers coffee and so I was excited to get to sample the new Folgers Flavors, which come in 4 varieties: Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel and Mocha. It is hard to pick a favorite because all of the varieties add great flavor to your coffee. But I think I prefer vanilla because it goes well with the light blends of coffee that I usually drink. Since I like to drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, I usually have light blends and now with Flavors by Folgers I can add variety to my coffee.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - great selection of flavors in the mail!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - ready for the enhanced morning coffee

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a splash of Vanilla to the coffee for a luxurious coffee experience

copyright Durhamonthecheap - best thing, now your decaf can be turned into vanilla or caramel too!
I love the fact that you can add flavor to decaf and regular coffee is great because my mother needs to drink decaf and usually can only find regular coffee with flavor. So she has been drinking her coffee without flavor for years,  but now she is thoroughly enjoying playing flavor mixer with her coffee. She likes vanilla as well, but will often mix equal squirts of vanilla with caramel for a more complex falvor. Which brings up a great benefit of Folgers Flavors, you can add as much and as little flavor as you wish and you can mix flavors. So the cup of coffee in the morning is now really turning into an individual experience that you can suit your taste.
I love the fact that Folgers Flavors come in small bottles that can be easily packed into a purse and so I have my flavored coffee on the go. Some days I will pack my Hazelnut or Caramel and enjoy flavorful Caramel coffee courtesy of Folgers all days long. I love it!

Disclaimer: Through Crowdtap I received samples of Folgers Flavors for sampling and sharing. The opinion expressed in this blogpost is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Product Review: LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Floss

Through Crowdtap I got an opportunity to try out a new floss by Listerina. It is called Ultraclean and the name is appropriate. I used this floss, even though I am more used to flossticks.  But because it is from Listerine and I have had very good experiences with the brand, I trusted that their floss would be good too.
copyright Durhamonthecheal - new floss by Listerine

copyright Durhamonthecheap - new floss by Listerine
 I tried it out and unlike other dental floss, this one is sturdy and cleans well, but does not cut into fingers and still gets all the dirt out. For the first time I felt that my teeth and gums were really being massaged and not turn to shreds and so I was happy. I also felt that my mouth was fresher after the flossing and so rather than dread this daily exercise in getting string through my teeth, this floss was truly a massage for my gums. I can highly recommend this floss and the size is perfect to carry around in your purse for in between meal emergencies.

Disclaimer: I got a free sample of LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN Floss through Crowdtap in exchange for an honest review. The opinion is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dial Rewards - get rewarded for what you do anyway!

Dial has come up with a great way to rewards its customers. They have started a Dial Rewards programs that lets you earn bonus points for making purchases of a variety of Dial products.
Sign up is very easy. Just go to and sign up with an email and a (secure) password. You will get a welcome email to activate your account within a few minutes.
Then you are ready to go. Enter codes from purchases to win entries for great gift card sweepstakes or complete a variety of brief activities such a sharing informational Dial items on social networking or completing surveys or something as simple as watching a brief video. Points add up very quickly and entries to the sweepstakes are requiring only 10 points each!
Variety of gift card sweepstake entries are available for just 10 points each!
I have started completing surveys and also watching some of the videos. It is fun, a nice break from household chores or work and then you fell refreshed to continue with what you were doing before.  Surveys are quick and super easy to complete.
So, go visit to sign up and join in on the fun!

Disclaimer: As a member of Purex Insiders, I was given a promotional code to enter for prizes. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third parties. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Crowdtap Product Review: Bumble Bee® Prime Fillet® Gourmet Flavors

I received through Crowdtap three tins of tune in exciting new flavors. The Bumble Bee® Prime Fillet® Gourmet Flavors come with sun-dried tomatoes, jalapenos or chipotle. This makes prepping a tasty lunch or a light dinner even easier than before. Need your protein, but do not have the time to prep some fresh meat or even boil an egg? No problem, pop open a tin of tuna from Bumble Bee® Prime Fillet® Gourmet Flavors and you have your protein already prepped and in very tasty form.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - my mother showing off how she is getting stronger thanks to Bumble Bee

copyright Durhamonthecheap - us trying the new Bumble Bee® Prime Fillet® Gourmet Flavors with Jalapenos

copyright Durhamonthecheap - you can see the added heat when you open the tin

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a light dinner for two to beat the summer heat

copyright Durhamonthecheap - yum! sums it up nicely.

Disclaimer: Through Crowdtap I received free samples in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third parties.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review: "Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories" by Tamera Alexander et al.

This book is interesting in a number of ways. First of all, four female authors got together to write a book about the post Civil War life in the South. In addition, each short story is complemented by a recipe that is full of Southern tradition and makes your mouth water. Oh yeah, the recipe is also tied to the story and to me, this was similar to some of the traditional recipes in our family that all came with a story as well. Sometimes the story was about a special meal at which the food was served or sometimes the recipe simply was explained through a story so we as kids understood the significance of a special meal on a holiday.

So in this book Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser tell us their story of the life in the South after the Civil War. For Tamera Alexander, this story is about a woman desperate to visit her now lost family home. Bought by a Northerner, an attorney, who plans to present this house to his fiancee, Savannah Darby needs to get at least once back into the house to find something very precious to her, left there by her father. Will she succeed or is the house, like the traditional Southern life, gone forever?

Similar to the story "To Mend a Dream" by Tamera Alexander, the stories by Shelley Gray and the authors also deal with the struggle by women and men in the South to adjust to the new reality of a land now under new leadership and property lost to the winners of the war. Society is not the way it used to be, but in some way things are not so different. Women and men still fall in love and friends from before the war are still friends and long lost lovers are still around, so maybe there is hope that not all is lost.

When Russel Stark returns home after the war in "An Outlaw's Heart" by Shelley Gray, his mother is ill and his former love has not changed a bit from a lively, radiant beauty she was before the war. Can Russell meet his mother's expectation and save the family homestead, while also living his own life?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interpretations of post Civil War life by each of the authors in the book. Each story presented a different facet of Southern Life after the war and how people need to adjust to the new reality, while still holding on to the old family and friends.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in advance of the publication date for review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.