Thursday, April 30, 2015

Something Snacks Review {April 2015}

Something Snacks consists of something familiar and something adventurous; something for everyone. Every month they try to incorporate something sweet, something salty, something alternative or healthy, and something international, along with other miscellaneous snacks.
I was so excited to have the opportunity to review Something Snacks! I love trying new things, and I was especially excited to try an international snack, as I don't get that chance very often.
Here is an image of everything that I found inside the April 2015 box:
Let's start with my favorite thing from the box...
Rusty's Homemade Island Chips: These were so delicious! By far my favorite snack in the box.
Now on to the rest of the box:
Brownie Brittle - Toffee Crunch flavor: Yum! I have tried Brownie Brittle before, but never the Toffee Crunch flavor. I really liked it!
Corso's Seasonal Decorated Shortbread Cookie: Mine arrived a little broken, but it still tasted great! I had a little nibble, then gave the rest to my son. He loved it!
Strawberry Daifuku Mochi: Probably my least favorite item in the box. It is  gummy type candy, and gummies aren't really my thing.
East Shore Cajun Pretzels: These were great! They were pretzels with a little kick... What's not to like?
Fabz Fava Beans with Sea Salt: I was surprised by how much I liked these. They were really good! A little salty - not too much, just enough. These made a perfect mid afternoon snack!
Gourmet Popcorn Creations Strawberry Cheesecake Glaze: This was not my favorite either. I love popcorn, but usually not sweet flavored, so I was not surprised that I didn't like it. I guess I am more of a salty kind of girl!
Something Snacks subscription boxes are $10 per month (+ $3 S&H). I think this box is a great value!! There is no way that you could get this variety of snacks for such a small price elsewhere.
I would definitely recommend Something Snacks to any snack lover like myself! Check them out!
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.


Nerd Block Jr. Review {April 2015}

My son loves to get mail. Every time we get a package, he checks the address label to see who it is for. He gets super excited when it is anything for him.
Recently I was given the opportunity to review Nerd Block Jr. and I could hardly wait for the package to arrive for my son. I knew he would be thrilled!
Nerd Block Jr. is a monthly subscription box just for kids. It is designed just for kiddos ages 6-11, and you choose either a girl or boy box. They offer an adult box as well.
When the box arrived, I gave it to my son who promptly tore into it! He was so excited!!
Here's what we found in our April 2015 Nerd Block Jr.:
The first thing my son wanted to do was try out the mad libs and bounce the Sonic ball. He loved everything inside!!
Nerd Bock Jr. is $13.99 plus shipping ($6 shipping to the US). I am not sure of the retail value of the items included in this box, but I do feel like the Nerd Block Jr. is a good value for the money. I would definitely recommend it!
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Max Daniel Designs {Review}

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I don't know any Mom out there who doesn't like to cuddle up and relax every now and then. Cuddling up with Max Daniel blankets takes it to a whole new level.
Max Daniel Designs is a family-owned and operated business based in Los Angeles that has been making their blankets since 2003. They make adult throws and baby blankets.
I was given the chance to review the Champagne Dots baby throw and I was thrilled when it arrived! You seriously have to feel these blankets to fully understand how soft they really are. I can say with all honesty that Max Daniel blankets are the softest blankets that I have ever felt.
I gave this blanket to a dear friend of mine who just had a baby girl. She was absolutely amazed at the softness of this blanket. Her baby cuddled right up in this blanket and went to sleep. Though she couldn't tell me, she seemed to love it!
If you are in the market for a soft blanket for a baby or an adult, look no farther than Max Daniel Designs. You can find trendy, chic blankets in multiple sizes to fit any need.
And remember, Mother's Day is right around the corner! Get something for Mom that she can use and will absolutely love! Visit to get your own Max Daniel blanket today! Use the coupon code MDMOODYMAMA between 4/29/15 and 5/31/15 to receive 20% off any blanket in their entire collection (excluding sale items)!

I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Coway 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise Machine {Review}

This time of year, our whole family suffers from allergies. My son by far suffers the most. Even though we keep our home dusted and clean, keeping all allergens out of our home is impossible.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Coway 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise Machine, I was very excited. I couldn't wait to put this machine in my son's room and see if it helped him with sleep and breathe better. 
The Coway 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise Machine is not only an air purifier, it also has a built in sound machine. My son was very excited about the sound machine part and couldn't wait to try it out. 

This machine offers:
  • Advanced True HEPA
  • Filter change indicator
  • Clinically proven sound therapy developed by doctors
  • 6 Sounds with volume control and timer
  • Combine air purification and sound therapy or use as stand-alone 
After just a few days of keeping this unit in my son's bedroom, I noticed his allergy symptoms decrease. I also noticed that he slept much sounder.
I like the fact that this machine is very quiet on the low and medium settings. The high setting is a bit loud, but we keep it on medium and hardly notice it at all. I also like that it is small so it fits well in just about any space. I also like the fact that this has an auto-off timer. The sound machine has quite a few different sound options to choose from, and my son really loves this feature.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product. It works extremely well to purify the air, and the sound machine part is a huge bonus!
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, April 27, 2015

808 Dude {Review}

This natural organic grooming range for boys takes the stink out of adolescence – naturally!
808 Dude was created by an Aussie mum who couldn’t find grooming products for her teen son that weren’t full of crappy chemicals so she created a natural organic grooming range for boys.
The range consists of high quality products that use natural and organic ingredients for a cleansing routine that is so simple “it’s a no brainer” for teens to use while delivering awesome results.
I was recently given the chance to try out the organic teen grooming products from 808 Dude. I was so excited to let my son try them out!
Though my son isn't exactly a "teen" yet, he still has that terrible stinky boy smell from time to time. He plays sports and is constantly running around outside. His doctor told me just a month or so ago that he is at the age where he needs to start wearing deodorant.
I was completely on board with him beginning a new grooming routine, but I had the hardest time finding an all natural, organic brand that wasn't loaded with chemicals. I searched the internet until I found 808 Dude.
My son was given the opportunity to try the deodorant, shampoo & body wash, and zit free face wash.
My son loves using these products. They make him feel more "grown up", and (thankfully) make him smell better, too! I love the smell of his hair after he uses the shampoo & body wash. He smells so clean!
Overall, I would highly recommend these products to anyone with a son who smells like a... well... boy! I absolutely love the fact that there are no harsh chemicals in these products. They work just as well as the other deodorants and shampoos on the market, but they are all natural and don't harm my son's sensitive skin.
808 Dude originates in Australia, but they do have a US stockiest that carries their products! Be sure to check out Devine Beauty Emporium to find 808 Dude products! You can find them in their store in Costa Mesa, CA or online at
You can find more info on 808 Dude products on their Facebook page as well.
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes {Review}

Everyone’s favorite emergency first responders — Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder — return for five new adventures with their Griffin Rock friends, the Burns family! And this time, they’re joined by iconic Autobots like Bumblebee and, of course, the greatest leader of all time: Optimus Prime!

Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes will be coming to DVD on May 12, 2015. You will be able to purchase it for the low price of $14.93.

This DVD contains the following episodes:

Bumblebee To The Rescue
Bot To The Future
A Virtual Disaster
Rise Of The Heroes

My son is a huge Rescue Bots fan. He was so excited to receive this DVD. He started watching it the day that it arrived! He loves it and I'm sure he will watch it over and over!

Be sure to visit Shout Factory to pre-order your copy today!!

I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Olomomo Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe {Olomomo Nut Co. Review}

I was recently given the opportunity to try all of the different flavors that Olomomo Nut Co. has to offer, and let me just tell you, they are all delicious! The flavors are: Maple Garam Masala Kettle-Roasted Pecans, Plum Vinegar and Sea Salt Dry Roasted Almonds, Mango Chipotle Kettle-Roasted Almonds, Cinnamon Cayenne Kettle-Roasted Almonds, Cherry Vanilla Kettle-Roasted Almonds and Chai Bliss Kettle-Roasted Almonds.
All of the nuts from Olomomo Nut Company are all natural. You can pronounce all of the ingredients included on each package. All of the nuts include "love" as one of their ingredients, which is really awesome!
I loved each flavor for different reasons, but if I had to choose, I would say that Cherry Vanilla Almonds were my favorite for snacking. I used the Vinegar and Sea Salt flavor in a recipe (see below), which turned out amazing as well!
 For this recipe, I use Olomomo Vinegar & Sea Salt almonds as the main coating along with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.   This could not be easier to prepare!
Gather all of the ingredients.
Use food processor to grind the almonds into almond meal. I chose to use the Vinegar & Sea Salt flavor, but any flavor of Olomomo nuts would work perfectly!
Mix the almond meal with the parmesan cheese and roll the chicken tenders in the mixture. Place the chicken tenders in a hot sauté pan with olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes or so on each side until they are golden brown on both sides.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauces or just as they are! Delicious!
Olomomo Almond Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. chicken tenders
1 1/2 cups Olomomo Almonds (I used the Vinegar & Sea Salt flavor)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Grind almonds in food processor.
3. Place ground almonds, parmesan, salt and pepper together in a shallow dish. Mix well. Coat chicken tenders in mixture.
4. Place coated chicken strips into hot sauté pan. Cook each side for about 3 minutes, until cooked through and browned. Remove chicken strips from skillet and let cool on a baking rack or paper towel lined plate.
5. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces.
Makes 8 servings.
Which flavor of Olomomo nuts would you use in this recipe? I think I'll try the Cinnamon Cayenne flavor next!
Check out Olomomo Nut Company and order some of their yummy products today!
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Crunchy Cookie Chips by Hannah Max Baking Company {Review}

Lately I have been searching for healthy, natural snacks for my family. I have found a few things outside of fruits and veggies, but really haven't been able to find a sweet snack that everyone in my family really loves.
That is until I got the opportunity to try Crunchy Cookie Chips by HannahMax Baking Company! Cookie Chips are delicious little pieces of heaven. They are cookies, baked until they are very crispy and crunchy. They taste like a cookie, but crunch like a chip!
Cookie Chips has many flavors, and I was lucky enough to get to try them all! They have six different flavors: Original, Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar, Sea Salted Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.
My personal favorite were the Sea Salted Peanut Butter. Holy moly, they were delicious. My son's favorite were the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip and my husband preferred the Original flavor. I shared the Oatmeal Raisin flavor with a few girls at work, and they fell in love! All of the flavors were delicious!
The best part about Cookie Chips are the ingredients. Per Cookie Chips website:
A delicious snack you can feel good about, all six flavors of Cookie Chips contain a mere 120-130 calories per serving. They’re made from the best, whole ingredients we can find like milled cane sugar, creamery butter, cage-free eggs, fine chocolate and pure bourbon vanilla. Plus, you’ll never find any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats or GMOs in anything that comes out of the HannahMax bakery.
An amazingly delicious treat that is low in calories and made from whole ingredients?? Sign me up!!
I would highly recommend these chips to anyone and everyone. Seriously, ya'll, go get some of these. I know I will be.
In the meantime, check them out online:
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bella Organics {Review}

Bella Organics was founded in 2012 in response to a growing concern for the severe lack of all-natural and organic skincare products available. Our mission statement is simple: We believe that we should take care of our bodies, and in turn, our bodies will take care of us. That’s why Bella Organics products will never contain water, emulsifiers, or any of the toxic or unnatural ingredients that are found today in most mass-market products. We use only the best plant-based essential oils and extracts—each one specifically selected based on their unique botanical properties and their effect on skin. Our skin is our largest organ, and the one most affected by outside environmental influences and aging, so we should do everything we can to protect it—naturally!

I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to review Bella Organics products. I have very sensitive skin, which means I have a terrible time finding products that don't cause irritation. I was sent all different types of products to try.

The first item I sampled was the Orange Body Butter. It had a nice smell and goes on very smoothly.  I also received 2 other Body Butter fragrances:  Coconut Lime & Caribbean Coconut. I actually prefer these to the orange, simply because I like the smell of coconut more than oranges. With all organic ingredients, I know that it is safe for every day use on my skin. I can definitely say that I will be using these on a daily basis - especially the Caribbean Coconut! It smells amazing!

The second item I tried was the Lip Balm. I received several different flavors, so I tried the Chocolate flavor first. I love it! Great flavor and works really well to keep my lips from feeling dry and chapped. The other flavors that I received were Pina Colada, Coconut Lime, Vanilla Tangerine & Mint. They have so many great flavors to choose from!

Next I tried the Jasmine & Honey Hydrating Face Cream. When I first looked in the container, I thought the product looked a bit thinner than my usual face cream, so I was afraid that I wouldn't like it. I tried it though, and even though it has a thinner consistency, it works like a dream. A little goes a long way, so the product will last a long time. The smell is great, too!

Lastly I tried the Pine & Sage Foaming Soap. It smells great and works well. I love the fact that it gets the job done and has absolutely no chemicals in it!

Of all of the samples that I received, I did not encounter a single product that I did not like. I absolutely love that all of the products are certified organic. I feel so much better knowing that there are organic and healthy options for these types of products, and that they work as well (if not better) than other products that are loaded with chemicals.

I would highly recommend Bella Organics to anyone. They have organic products for everyone in your family. Be sure to check them out at

I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ecocentric Mom Box Review {March/April 2015}

About Ecocentric Mom Box:
Ecocentric Mom delivers healthy, natural, organic products exclusively curated for moms, pregnancy, and babies. Each box is packed with natural and eco-friendly goodies from businesses that care for the planet and our health. Choose between the mom, pregnancy, or new mom & baby box. Delivered in chic, eco-friendly packaging, your box will be a surprise until it arrives at your door.
I was very excited when presented with the opportunity to review the March/April Ecocentric Mom box! I am always on the hunt for natural, organic products for myself and for my family.
Here is a look inside the box that I received:

So many awesome products!! Here is a little information about each item:

First, I will start with my favorite item: the Country Choice Organic Oatmeal. I forgot to take a picture of this individually before I ate it! I got to try the Maple Spice Raisin flavor. Needless to say, it was delicious.
Price: $4.29 for 8 count box

Goddess Garden:  Unlike traditional chemical sunscreens, Goddess Garden is safe, effective, biodegradable, and free from harmful chemicals.
Price: $14.99-$17.99 for 3.4 oz bottle 
 I applied the Sunny Face packet on my son during his football game this past Saturday. It went on smoothly and worked well!

Stretch Skin Signature Oil is 9 perfect ingredients to help prevent stretch marks. This 100% natural belly oil is perfect in combination with the Stretch Softly Stretch Mark Prevention System (tank, shoots, oil). 
MSRP $22
Pure+Remedy: Botanical Firming Eye Cream: This powerful firming eye cream is formulated with dozens of botanical extracts, plant oils, and vitamins to boost collagen production, promote cellular rejuvenation and repair wrinkles. It will leave your eye area soft and hydrated with fine lines and wrinkles minimized.
Vitamin C Concentrate Eye Gel: This gentle and lightweight eye gel is a concentrated delivery system for a high form of active, bioavailable Vitamin C to skin around eyes. It instantly cools and soothes the delicate eye area.

Price: $32 for Botanical Firming Eye Cream, $30 for Vitamin C Concentrated Eye Gel
I tried both products and so far, I like them both! They smell nice and don't leave my skin feeling oily after application.
Travel in style with this chic, cruelly-free essentials pouch from Pure Essentials. Holds all of life’s little necessities in a smart, lightweight carrier. Made with PETA approved vegan faux ostrich print and faux sueded interior.
Price: $18 pouch available in black, brown, tan, cream
I absolutely love this pouch. It is so cute! I plan to use it as a pouch for my jewelry when we travel.

eco eggs are made in the USA from plants, 100% renewable content, and are fully compostable after use. They are made from non-toxic, durable, plant-based plastic and have a secure closure. eco eggs can be stored and reused for many Easters. After use, dispose of eggs in industrial compost.
Equal Exchange minis are made with cacao (cocoa beans) from farmer co-operatives in the Dominican Republic and Peru. The sugar and vanilla are also fairly traded and organic. The sugar comes from co-operatives in Paraguay and the vanilla from a co-operative in Madagascar.
Price (eco eggs): $5 per 12-count box
Price: (Equal Exchange): 20ct 4.5-g minis per 3.2oz box. for $6.99
I really loved the dark chocolate minis! They are so yummy!

Bear's Beauty is 100% Natural Hand-Made Small Batch Vegan Skin Care or the whole family! Essential Oils & Clays are suspended in a base of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to give you a naturally fresh experience without chemicals!
Price:  $6 for 0.75 oz tube
I was very excited to try this deodorant. I love the idea of a chemical free deodorant, but I wasn't sure how well it would work. I have used it a few times and as far as I know, no one has known the difference! I do notice that because this is not an antiperspirant, you do notice that you sweat more than you would with traditional deodorants. 

The Eco Trek Whole Food Bars are created from nutrient-dense ingredients, avoiding refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. They contain a wide variety of green foods, and happen to be vegan & dairy-free too!
Price: $14 for box of 6 bars
I split this bar with my son and we both liked it a lot! It was yummy and it was nice to know that we could have a healthy snack without any artificial sweeteners.

Brigit True Organics is a woman-owned, organic skin care company that offers hypoallergenic body care for super-sensitive skin. Their whole line is gluten-free, soy-free and doesn't contain any nut oils.
Their Peppermint Lip Balm is crafted with soothing healing herbs to bring immediate comfort and long-lasting protection to sensitive, dry, or chapped lips.

Price: $5
As a woman with extremely sensitive skin, I truly appreciate product lines like Brigit True Organics. This lip balm works well and has a great flavor!

I did not find a product in the March/April Ecocentric Mom Box that I did not enjoy. Everything was great and all of the product brands were new to me. I love finding new products, especially ones that are good for me! I actually went online and ordered a box of the Country Choice Organic Oatmeal since I liked it so much!
Now, on to the value.
The Ecocentric Mom box is $24 every other month. I personally think this is a great deal. I do not have accurate process for the sample size items included in the box, but I still feel like all of the items inside would be valued at over $24.
Overall, I would highly recommend Ecocentric Mom Box to any Mom out there. There are 3 different types of boxes, so there is one for every mom. Pick from Mom, Pregnancy and Mom + Baby.

Sign up for your Ecocentric Mom Box today and get $5 off with coupon code: ecolove2015
What item would you like to try from this Ecocentric Mom Box?
I did not receive compensation for this post. I was provided the product mentioned above to facilitate the review. All opinions are 100% my own.