Wild Foods Tea Sample Review 3

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Chamomile with our favorite tea-supporter: peppermint!

Prized for centuries in the Roman and Egyptian Empires and in Ancient Greece. Chamomile has a multitude of health benefits, which is why it was our most recent addition to the Wild Tea line.

  • Chamomile is antibacterial: Helps prevent and treat colds and a sore throat
  • Chamomile is a powerful way of promoting sleep via its mild sedative effect.
  • Chamomile is known to reduce inflammation and is known to help alleviate headaches, cramps, IBS, etc.
  • Full of antioxidants to help promote overall health
  • Effective for healing and keeping skin healthy through its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties
  • Peppermint is a powerful immune and respiratory booster that’s great tasting and great for you! (A potent cough and fever reducer!)
  • Steep 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water for 6-8 minutes.
  • INGREDIENTS: Organic Chamomile Flowers and Peppermint

*If you are allergic to ragweed, avoid chamomile. *Remember this can have a mild sedative effect, so be ready for a nap of sleep if you decide to down a whole mug!

 

Wild Foods Tea Sample Review 1

**Not sure why WordPress deleted my other post**

So let me start off by telling you that Wild Food Co  is an amazing company.  The founder Colin Stuckert will email you himself if you send them any questions.  As I have food allergies, I have had to email him a few times with questions.

This all started with a free sample request, they allowed you to pick one and then they would send you one random one.  I received an email from them because they were overwhelmed by the response to their samples. So I took that opportunity to ask them if they could NOT send me anything with Chocolate in it due to my allergy.  H wrote me back to confirm my allergy and that was all I heard.  When I received my 100% free sample (didn’t even pay for shipping) I saw on the shipping slip that he had made note of my allergy and said not to cross contaminate.  How thoughtful!

They included a bunch of guides and stickers (I am a sucker for swag) and the tea I picked was the review that follows.  I will do one on the tea they picked for me as well.

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The Coconut Chai Rooibos is a killer way to finish your meal. It not only helps you curb fatigue after your meal (those annoying “crashes”), but also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion. The cinnamon has a insulin-curbing effect, which helps to reduce the amount of calories that are stored as fat following your meal. The blend of ginger, coconut flakes, cloves, safflower, crushed chilis and a dash of organic flavorings, provides a dose of Wild nutrition while serving it’s purpose to help digest your calories.

We love Wild Tea #1 hot and immediately after a meal.

Tea has been linked to a multitude of health benefits. In fact, the areas of the world where people live the longest (like Ikaria, Greece and Okinawa japan), locals drink tea on a daily basis.

Most people don’t know this, but you can brew the same tea multiple times and get not only differently flavor profiles but even more nutrition! We recommend brewing for only 2 minutes when you are planning on multiple brews.

Get the Wild Edge today with Wild Tea #1!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

Rooibos tea is named after the South African plant it is harvested from. Rooibos is often referred to as “red” tea. It contains more antioxidants than tea from the Camellia sinensis plant (white, green, black, oolong, yellow, pu-erh) and has no caffeine. Rooibos tea is also thought to help with anxiety and allergies.

Rooibos Tea Benefits:

  • Full of antioxidants: high concentrations of aspalathin and nothofagin that prevent free radical damage.
  • Includes minerals: magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc and iron
  • Improves circulation via a potent antioxidant Chrysoeriol.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Improves digestion and overall gut health via the high concentration of flavonoids–specifically one called quercetin.
  • Improves your skin: Rooibos tea contains phenylpyruvic acid, which improves your skin and can help reduce acne, psoriasis and eczema.

What You Get:

  • Loose Leaf Premium Rooibos Tea
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Ingredients: Rooibos, Saigon Cinnamon, Ginger-Coconut Flakes, Cloves, Safflower, Crushed Chili, Organic Flavoring

The tea is very flavorful and spicy.  My husband drank my entire first glass!

Folgers Flavors™ Coffee Enhancers – CrowdTap

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  • 12 Folgers Flavors™ Coffee Enhancers
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I had no idea these little guys where not creamer – I was a little disappointed at first – BUT I soon got over that when I saw how many they gave me AND once I tried them.  It is nice to be able to add extra flavoring to my coffee without having to over do it on the creamer.

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Coca-Cola Life – BzzAgent

What are your sweetest moments? You know the ones we’re talking about. Big or small, they’re the moments you want to sit back and savor. Whatever they may be, Coca-Cola Life has the deliciously sweet taste to match. Made with the genuinely sweet combination of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract, Coca-Cola Life is perfect for your tireless quest to make every moment of your day just a little bit more memorable.

I signed up for this sampling before we decided to stop drinking soda – it was getting out of hand.  When my husband got sober 4 years ago he replaced the alcohol with soda – and it was really easy for me to also drink soda right along with him.  Plus at my work it is rather cheap in the soda machine, I still have to resist buying one for an after noon pick-me-up.

So – I gave the sample coke to my dad, who drinks Coke products – He liked the first taste of the new coke, but didn’t like the after taste at all.  And I am guessing that it is the stevia that he doesn’t like.  It can have a bit of an after taste even when I mix the powder into other drinks.  So this is not a Coke product that we will be buying anytime soon.

Silk® Cashewmilk – BzzAgent

It took me a very long time to be able to find this at my local Fry’s food store.  It was hidden in the very small refrigerated part of the heath food section of the store.  They had only one flavor, Original, and there were not very many in stock.  So I used my free coupon and and gave it a try.  Lets just say I am much happier with the Vanilla flavor of the almond milk.  I might like the cashew milk better had it been a flavored one.

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**update**

We used the original unsweetened flavor to make some chicken Alfredo for dinner a few nights ago – and it turned out amazing.

 

Petsmart Groomers – Talk About Sensory Overload…

So – my husband and I thought we would try getting our boxer’s nails trimmed at Petsmart.  Reasons for this:  Dozer HATES getting his nails trimmed and will fight me, and just get very upset when I try to trim his nails.  Tuula is just plain hyper sometimes and I don’t want to hurt her and then cause her to hate it like Dozer does.

We were getting her nails trimmed by the vet when she was going in for her shots, Dozer would get his done while he was there for anything major.  But I looked it up on Petsmarts webpage and it was not bad priced and done as a walk in.  My first clue that this was going to be a bad idea was the condition of the area where they trim all the hair.  There was so my hair floating around the room that I instantly wanted to leave.  Then the nice girl who checked us in had some Emo blonde who acted like she was way better than I was as a human being – but she decided that taking Tuula’s leash off her harness and putting a loop around her neck was a good idea.  Other than her collar when we first got her – my dogs don’t wear collars so this was not an idea that she was liking from the get go.

She has never been taken from us (other than at the vet and they usually pick her up because she is still smaller) so she was not happy about walking with this stranger.  But she went with her and they sat down on the floor with her and attempted to trim her nails – I then got almost “scolded” because her nails were so short to begin with and since they are clear we would be able to trim them on our own.  “Next time we should do a nail grinding instead of a trim.”  Oh really, you think she is gonna let you get near her with that?   Needless to say, my poor husband was in sensory overload and so was poor miss Tuula.  We got her a toy, grabbed a bag of dog food, paid the $9 for them to trim her nails (missing like at least 3 of her nails) and we got the heck out of there.

So, will we be taking our dogs back there for anything – umm no.  Will I still buy food and toys for them there – yes.  Our poor Tuula, she went to sleep with not real peeps out of her last night, we did have to put her in her kennel for a little bit when we got home.  Her and Dozer decided to play romper room in the kitchen and knocked over their very full water bowl.  BUT – since we pulled the fridge out to clean up the water – hubby decked to dust behind there and vacuum the coil and fan on the back of the fridge – so not over all a bad thing.

After her little “reset” she was back to her sweet self.  6 and a half months old and 39lbs!  She is getting so big!

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They are sewer and septic tank safe – and that is a must for us because of where we currently live.  I love the convenient travel packs – you can put them in your gym bag, purse, car, camping tote, pretty much anywhere.  They are also stylish and fun looking so it’s not like you have to hide them.

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Got Power? **UPDATE**

So – my husband and I are trying to get our house on the market to sell – hence why I have not been writing as much.  So of course as Murphy’s law has it, our house has tried to kill us yet again.  Last Thursday night while I was running a load of laundry through the dryer and watching a little TV, we lost power to about 80% of the house.  We have the living room, most of our bed room, AC (thank god) and the washer. The dryer wouldn’t run, but the light inside it was still on, strange right!  We quickly ran outside to look at the breakers and couldn’t see anything so we turned them all off and back on – still nothing.  But we did smell something very hot and saw a little smoke when we went to the large main box and flipped all of those as well – still nothing.  So we ran an extension cord to the fridge and turned off all the remaining lights that were not mission critical.

I then began the frustrating task of looking up electricians on google and calling them at 8:30pm.  After about 50 calls at about 10pm at night, I gave up and went to bed.  I started again in the morning by using a service called Networx where you give them your zip code and what you need help with.  They fax/email it to companies and then the companies call you.  You get an email with the list of who they sent the information to as well.  A few companies that I had left voice mails with called me back, but mostly no one was willing to help me or unable to help me in a timely manner.  Giving me a 4 hour window almost 24hrs after I called you is not what I call service – but I digress.

So I get a call from a very nice man who worked for a father and son local company…I like the local small shops – they are my kind of peeps.  So I told him what had happened and he said he would check on the schedule and call me back.  I had already heard this about 20 times with no follow through, but I gave the guy some faith.  In a matter of about 10 mins he called me back and said he had moved some things around and would have a guy out to me by 10 am (2 hours from time of call) AMAZING!  I told him how much I appreciated it. Their tech was there a few mins early even, I told him what had happened and he instantly had an idea of what the issue was.

So off to the main panel he went with all of his testers.  A few mins later, the remaining power went out (but I still had AC, it was well over 105F where I live that day) He knocked on the door and let me know that he had found the issue, he took me out to the panel to show me.  One of our large breakers (that I found out wasn’t even the correct one for that panel) had began to eat itself.  It had gotten very hot and had started to sizzle and melt.  Fun times right!

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It appears that back in like 2007 when we had a bolt of lightning hit our house it had taken out that same breaker, the repair that had been done was more of a temporary fix since they used an incorrect breaker and it had reached the end of its life.  The tech who was now standing at our power box told me that he would go and try to find the correct breaker for our unit, since it was an older box it might take he a little while, but since I still had AC I was OK.  I just had to make sure I stayed out of the fridge.  He took off and was back in about an hour with the correct part.  I turned off everything I could inside the house and we flipped all the smaller breakers off.  He replaced the breaker, and we slowly started to switch everything back on and he tested all of the breakers for me.  We then went inside and he checked the dryer and all the other outlets in the house.  Everything looked good.

He went out to his truck to write up the bill, he then came inside and like a little kid with a bad report card, told me the bill was a little high.  I sighed to myself, I knew this was coming.  I already had my check book out ready to cry.  He then told me the bill was only a little over $200 and that he had given me a discount for being an Angie’s list member.  SCORE!  That was not near as bad as I was expecting.  I told him I had already planned on about $500 – and he said NONONO…..    So I will be using them again you can be sure of that!

To all the other companies who didn’t bother to return my calls – or waited almost 2 days to call me back – BOOOOO!  Good customer service is my #1 requirement.  At least call me back, I left a lot of voice mails, all of which were me on the verge of frustrated tears because no one seems to care anymore.  All except one company – who I have already referred two other people to AND posted them up on my FB page.  Bravo!!

**Update** 12/20/15 I received a Christmas type postcard from the company who did all the repair work on our house with a coupon code for future work that is good till like April of 2016!!  Can I just say again – AMAZING JOB!

Aveeno® – Crowdtap

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20150430_162517If you are selected for this mission, you will receive these items:

  • 1 AVEENO® SHEER HYDRATION DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION
  • 1 AVEENO® PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN WITH BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30

This arrived on 4/30/15

 

– I apparently didn’t get my review done fast enough for the people at Aveeno’s CrowdTap department – because they flagged me.  You know I take it very personal that they would do that.  I understand that there is a time frame on these free samples, but when you give me a date to get them done BY – then I am going to do the review on that last day – so I can give the product a chance to work and show me what it is all about.  To flag me on the day that it is due is not good product practice.  I will have to think long and hard before I buy their product.

Also their sunscreen feels greasy and “balled” up while applying it to my face.  So if you are going to be cocky like that, you better have an outstanding product.

Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen – PinchMe

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Product Description:

Made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals, our everyday natural sunscreen provides powerful broad-spectrum sun protection. With its sheer, non-greasy application, this certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable sunscreen is good for you and the world around you.

*Only ships within the United States

Product Features
  • UVA/UVB broad spectrum SPF 30 coverage through a synergistic combination of naturally occurring zinc and titanium. No synthetic chemical sunscreens are ever used!
  • With nourishing plant-based ingredients including red raspberry, coconut oil, and green tea, our certified organic sunscreen will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and protected.
  • Certified to NSF/ANSI 305 body care organic standards.
  • Strong water resistance rated up to 40 minutes.
  • Please recycle this number 5 container.
  • Non-Nano, Reef Safe, Non-GMO, Biodegradable, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Alcohol Free, Paraben and Phthalate Free, and Free from Gluten Ingredients.

Ingredients

ACTIVE: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%, Zinc Oxide 6.0% INACTIVE: Aloe Vera*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lecithin (Sunflower), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum (*CERTIFIED ORGANIC)

I really liked this because I didn’t feel sticky after I put it on.  Seems to do well for keeping my skin protected, I look forward to using this again during my next outing in the sun.  (Arizona is in the triple digits right now for temps, so I am staying inside as much as possible)