Monday, July 28, 2014

KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups: Review & Giveaway!




KitchenMade is a company that specializes in manufacturing high-quality items that will help make your kitchen experience more efficient. KitchenMade believes in having superb customer service; if at any time you are unsatisfied with their products, you can return them, no questions asked. They believe in a hassle-free lifetime guarantee!

KitchenMade currently sells a beautiful set of six Stainless Steel Measuring Cups that are made from FDA-approved, heavy-duty 18/8 stainless steel. This stainless steel comes from one unit, which helps prevent the measuring cups from ever rusting, bending, or breaking. KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups come in the following sizes: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, and 1 Cup. As you can see from the pictures, the measuring cups are very easy to store, as they are conveniently designed to "nest" inside of each other. The cups also will rest easily on your counter-top, having a relatively flat bottom.

The KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups have engraved markings both on the handles and on the insides of the cups; these markings indicate measurements in 'cups' and 'mLs', for liquid ingredients. You will never have to worry about the engravings rubbing off, as happens with the more cheaply-made plastic measuring cups from other companies. The KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups have small, pouring lips that makes baking and cooking easy with less spills. Since they are made from high-quality stainless steel, they have no sharp edges and cleaning them is simple. With the KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, you will save money, because you will never have to replace them. They are made for precision measurements, so all of your cooking and baking will turn out just right -- there is no guessing.

Right now, you can purchase the KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cup set, here, on Amazon, for just $17.67; Amazon Prime members will receive free shipping! On top of a lifetime guarantee, you will also receive a free E-book with twenty-five different recipes to enjoy.








 


 KitchenMade sent me the set of six Stainless Steel Measuring Cups in exchange for my honest opinions. I was very pleased! The reason I wanted these so badly? I had a set of shabby, plastic measuring cups with measurements written in on the handles in some sort of ink. The measurements rubbed off rather quickly after just a few times of washing them, so then it was pretty much a guessing game from there on out. One of the handles snapped on my plastic set, and they were not very easy to clean. They were light-weight and very poorly made, and I didn't even have as many as this set has. Needless to say, my cooking and baking were in jeopardy! I needed something accurate and higher-quality, so that I wouldn't have to waste money in the future buying new sets every time the plastic ones had their measurements rub off or broke.

KitchenMade's Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are very clearly high-quality -- they are heavy and have a nice shine to them. I will never have to worry about the engravings rubbing away. I love how they nest inside of each other, because they barely take up any space in my kitchen drawer. They just look fancier! I feel better using them, and I don't knock them over nearly as much, since they sit solidly on the table. I have nothing bad to say about this set at all! I think it is well worth the price and that the engravings are large enough for most anyone to read. If you are in the market for a new set, or need a unique gift, this is definitely the product for you!


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Raw Shea Butter: Beauty by Shea - Review & Giveaway!




Beauty By Shea is a company that directly imports 100% organic, raw, and unrefined Shea Butter from Ghana. This Shea butter is carefully manufactured using a double-filtration system: it is filtered first in Africa and then again in the United States. Once it has gone through its second filtration, the Shea butter is packed into one pound-sized bricks, and packaged and heat sealed into the simple bag you see pictured above. Beauty by Shea has a love for organic products with natural healing abilities. They take pride in their customer service and their high-quality Shea butter. 

Beauty by Shea cares about how their Shea butter is sourced. They participate in free trade, by working with an importer who directly interacts and does business with tribal women in Ghana. You can rest assured knowing that Beauty by Shea helps to support the local economy and better these women's lives.

Shea butter is derived from the seed of the African Karite tree, and can be both yellow or ivory in color. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins. In Beauty by Shea's 100% Organic, Raw Shea Butter, you will find Vitamins A, E, F, and K. Vitamin A is responsible for the majority of the moisturizing qualities of Shea butter; it is wonderful for treating a variety of skin conditions and even for wound healing. Vitamin A helps with the renewal of skin-cells and is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that can help balance the oils in your body and be preventative against sun damage. Vitamin F is full of essential fatty acids which are very moisturizing to dry/damaged hair and skin. Some of the conditions that Beauty by Shea's 100% Organic, Raw Shea Butter can help with include: insect bites, sunburn relief, dry/damaged hair, stretch marks, eczema, acne, cracked or torn skin, frostbite, rashes, soothing calluses, evening out skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots, muscle fatigue, psoriasis, and more.

Since Beauty by Shea's 100% Organic Raw Shea Butter contains no chemicals, fillers, or artificial ingredients, it retains all its natural healing properties. Once Shea butter has been overly processed or has been aged too long, it starts to be deprived of many of its wonderful properties. This Shea butter is made for topical use only, on any area of your skin and even your hair. It is great to use as an ingredient when making your own soap, lotion, or shampoo/conditioner.

When you first receive Shea butter, it may have softened and melted somewhat in the heat. To fix this (and to get a more solid brick), all you have to do is put it into the fridge for approximately 30-60 minutes. Beauty by Shea's 100% Organic Raw Shea Butter is very easy to use. All you need is to scrap off a dime or nickel-sized portion of Shea butter, and then rub your palms or fingers together to help heat it up and soften it. Once it has a smooth, creamy texture it is ready to apply! You should always soften it before application, so that you know how much you will have, and you don't over-apply.

Right now, you can purchase Beauty by Shea's 100% Organic Raw Shea Butter on Amazon, here, for the sale price of ten dollars; if you have an Amazon Prime account, shipping is free! I really think this is a steal, because many companies that sell Shea butter products with chemicals make a fortune off of it, and for no reason!






Beauty by Shea was generous enough to send me a one-pound package of their Ivory, 100% Organic, Raw, and Unrefined Shea Butter in exchange for my honest opinions. I have never actually used raw Shea butter before...only that which has been a minor ingredient in lotions and other beauty products. I didn't realize before receiving this product what a difference having the RAW Shea butter really makes. I didn't know that once you add too many things to Shea butter, it loses many of its most important properties. I have only used raw Cocoa butter and Coconut Oil in the past, both of which I have found to be useful for both skin and hair.

This Shea butter may be my new favorite beauty product! Beauty by Shea delivered it very quickly, in a simple, yet eloquent package. When I received my Shea butter, it wasn't rock solid, but it was a nice, creamy texture, so I did not put mine into the fridge. Shea butter has a very distinct, nutty scent, that is not over-powering nor unpleasant. To me, it smells very earthy and fresh. I have found that it is very easy to apply, but does not absorb as quickly as any skin oils or serums. My advice is that if you are going to use it over your entire body (it feels like a spa treatment..you come out feeling entirely soft from top to bottom), do so after your shower, and only put on a light-weight robe so that it has time to become absorbed. I have used the Shea butter not only just for its moisturizing qualities, but also for its role in the removal of stretch marks and skin conditions. I am prone to getting stretch marks on the insides of my legs and on my sides, and I always love having a new product to try on the purpley stretch marks that haven't yet faded. This feels like it could really work. It hasn't cured my acne, but my face feels incredibly soft. I also put the Shea butter on my feet, where I was starting to get some rough skin just from walking around barefoot. I think I love the Shea butter the most on my hair! It really makes my hair feel silky and smooth, like velvet. I have very thick, unruly hair, so for me, the Shea butter was not in the least bit greasy. For people with thinner hair, I'm not how it would work, but I would just suggest applying less. I couldn't find one negative thing about this product! I am so glad that I have it, and I will be sharing it with my friends and family.


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Taste of Nature: Review

 
 Taste of Nature is a company that was officially founded in 2008 and is based out of Ontario, Canada. Taste of Nature specializes in manufacturing premium granola bars which are made with certified organic ingredients from family businesses and farms. Taste of Nature's Mission is to provide customers with the most minimally processed and highly nutritional bars -- the closest thing to what nature has to offer. They produce small batches of their bars to allow for maximum freshness. Taste of Nature is fully committed to reducing their ecological footprint; they use green business practices in their manufacturing, packaging, and shipping. They also recycle food waste.



Taste of Nature has received several awards for excellence, including: 2009 Silver and Bronze ALIVE Award of Excellence, 2010 Gold and Silver ALIVE Award of Excellence, 2011 LIVERight Award, and the 2011 Premier Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. It is not hard to see why! Taste of Nature's bars are 100% certified organic and made with non-GMO ingredients. They contain nothing artificial -- no hard-to-pronounce chemicals, no preservatives, and no additives. There are also no sweeteners (artificial), no animal products/dairy, no cholesterol, no wheat, and low sodium. These bars are vegan friendly, certified Kosher and gluten free, so they work for a wide variety of special diets. Taste of Nature bars also have a low glycemic index. What else makes them so great? The fact that they pay attention to detail, and care about every single ingredient that goes into each bar. Taste of Nature's ingredients are not ordered in bulk - they are sourced. Taste of Nature uses WHOLE nuts and seeds in their bars, and tests the ingredients before they are used.

Right now, Taste of Nature currently offers thirteen different flavors of organic bars, including: Argentina Peanut Plains, Brazilian Nut Fiesta, California Almond Valley, Niagara Apple Country, Nova Scotia Blueberry Fields, Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Canadian Maple Forest, Caribbean Ginger Island, Himalayan Goji Summit, Mediterranean Pistachio Passion, Persian Pomegranate Garden, Polynesian Coconut Breeze, and Louisiana Pecan Parade. Taste of Nature was kind enough to send me six different flavors in exchange for my thoughts!



 Canadian Maple Forest

Canadian Maple Forest contains, per bar, 190 calories, 12g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 35mg of sodium, 19g of carbs, and 3g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Pecans*, apricots*, Brazil nuts*, agave nectar*, brown rice syrup*, raisins*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, maple syrup*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), maple flavour*, vanilla flavour*, sea salt, agar

This bar is amazing! When you open the package, you are met with a rich, maple smell...like someone just created homemade pancakes and poured maple syrup all over them. The sweetness of the maple is balanced by a smooth blend of the Brazil nuts and pecans. You can just taste a hint of sugary apricot. This bar could make anyone love nuts. I think it is a great substitute for breakfast.


Persian Pomegranate Garden

Persian Pomegranate Garden contains, per bar, 160 calories, 8g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 0mg of sodium, 21g of carbs, and 3g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Cashews*, walnuts*, agave nectar*, figs*, cranberries* (cranberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), apples*, pomegranate juice concentrate*, brown rice syrup *, whole grain brown rice crisps*, raspberries*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar definitely has an "exotic", other-worldly taste. Is is softer and a little chewier than some of the others. It is hard to put the flavor into words, other than the fact that it is a sweet treat that tastes almost "tropical". When I look at the ingredients of Taste of Nature's bars, I am always surprised. I wouldn't peg myself as a walnut or a fig fan, but when all of these flavors are mixed together, it creates a wonderful concoction. 


Brazilian Nut Fiesta

Brazilian Nut Fiesta contains, per bar, 190 calories, 12g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 5mg of sodium, 17g of carbs, and 2g of fiber. It contains the following ingredients:

Raisins*, peanuts*, agave nectar*, sunflower seeds*, almonds*, Brazil nuts*, brown rice syrup*, walnuts*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, pumpkin seeds*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar is not as sweet as the other Taste of Nature bars, and reminds me more of a basic trail mix. It still has a ton of flavor, but it is a lot more "nutty" and "earthy"; this bar is great for anyone who does not have a sweet tooth and wants a good snack in between meals. My boyfriend said this was his favorite bar, just because it is so versatile -- he doesn't always crave sweets, but this bar fits into any meal plan!


California Almond Valley

California Almond Valley contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 10mg of sodium, 18g of carbs, and 10mg of sodium. It contains the following ingredients:

Almonds*, raisins*, sesame seeds*, agave nectar*, sunflower seeds*, brown rice syrup*, pumpkin seeds*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar

This bar has just a touch of sweetness from the raisins and agave nectar, but is chock-full of that earthy, nutty taste as well. I like how you can taste each of the different flavors of nuts in this bar! I would crumble these bars up to put on top of my Greek yogurt in the morning, just to give it that extra boost. I want to purchase more of these bars for when school starts, because I will need all the energy in the morning that I can get!


Quebec Cranberry Carnival

 Quebec Cranberry Carnival contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 10mg of sodium, 19g of carbs, and 5g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Peanuts*, raisins*, agave nectar*, sesame seeds*, almonds*, cranberries*(cranberries*, apple juice concentrate*, sunflower oil*), pumpkin seeds*, brown rice syrup*, whole grain brown rice crisps*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), cranberry flavour*, agar

This was my favorite Taste of Nature bar that I tried, even though I am not a huge fan of sesame seeds! It had all the right flavors, and the cranberries were scrumptious. I felt like I was getting to cheat on my diet because of the sweet taste, but without having to feel guilty about it. This was the perfect snack for a busy day!




Himalayan Goji Summit

Himalayan Goji Summit contains, per bar, 180 calories, 11g of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 5mg of sodium, 17g of carbs, and 5g of protein. It contains the following ingredients:

Peanuts*, raisins*, sunflower seeds*, almonds*, agave nectar*, goji berries*, brown rice syrup*, raspberries*, sunflower oil blend* (sunflower oil*, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract*), agar  

You can purchase Taste of Nature's products at many local retailers throughout the United States and Canada - especially in health food stores or grocery stores. If Taste of Nature is not available around you, you can always order their bars online, here. A case of 16 Taste of Nature Bars currently costs $28.89. Family-packs of Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Niagara Apple Country, and Brazilian Nut Fiesta are available (5 bars) for just $5.52.

As you can see, this bar didn't even last long enough to be photographed! My unknowing boyfriend grabbed it out of the box because he couldn't wait to ask me if it was a "review item". He took it to work as lunch, and he loved it. He said it gave him a natural energy boost, and he really liked the flavor of all the seeds and fruits blended together. He had never eaten a goji berry before. He is interested in grabbing some more of these bars next time we visit the store!

All-in-all, I was very impressed with Taste of Nature's organic bars. I love the all-natural ingredients and the lack of artificial sweeteners. You won't miss the artificial ingredients at all! The unique flavor combinations and natural sweet taste of the agave nectar and brown rice syrup are so much better than granola bars from other leading brands. You can tell that Taste of Nature really cares to make a quality product. I couldn't believe how many whole chunks of nuts that these bars had, compared to other brands, who tend to skimp out. Each bar packed its own punch, and there really wasn't one that I disliked at all. These bars are great any time of the day, and keep you sufficiently full. I love that I have finally found a healthy granola bar option that I actually love! I definitely recommend these bars to anyone.


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