Saturday, August 23, 2014

ginnybakes - Review

***Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Medai Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.***

Just the facts - 

• ginnybakes offers a line of scrumptious chocolate chip cookiesmade with tempting dark chocolate.• ginnybakes’ coconut oatmeal bliss line is made with organiccoconut blended with dark, organic raisins, crispy wholewalnuts, and gluten-free rolled oats to make the perfect oatmealcookie with a tropical twist.• You won’t find any artificial ingredients in ginnybakes cookies.• Every product from ginnybakes is gluten-free, organic, non-GMO, and kosher. They also offer a line of totally vegan treats.• ginnybakes produces cookies, bars, crumble snacks, and bakingmixes—to fit each every one of your cravings.• The retail price for a 5.5 oz box of ginnybakes is $5.99, the priceis the same for a case of their mini boxes.• ginnybakes products are sold at Costco stores in the SanFrancisco Bay Area, Whole Food Market stores, and FreshMarket. They recently found their way into Stop & Shop, Giant,Martin’s, Big Y stores, and Peapod for those who live in theNew York and New England region! Use the store locator to find even more ginnybakes locations.

Before accepting to review the brand ginnybakes, I had never heard of it or seen it in stores. I'll be honest and say, that I've tried a few products that were gluten free and vegan and they were not as delicious as one with a sweet tooth would hope. I'm not on a strictly vegan or gluten free diet, therefore I'm open to all things, but I just knew that there was a brand out there that was gluten free, vegan and tasty. ginnybakes is the REAL DEAL!

This was the AMAZING package that was sent to me!

Say it with me...OH-EM-GEE!

It was packages of their amazing pre-baked cookies and nutrition bars, as well as dry ingredients so that I can make my own at home!

The first thing my kids tore into (which are the WORST critics when it comes to dessert reviews, these boys are TOUGH!!!) the mini-cookies bags!

It was definitely chocolate chip love, and as the bag states, fresh baked. They were crispy, and buttery and delicious! The boys loved everything so much they tore into the nutrition bars -

These nut & fruit bars are jam packed with flavor! I loved that you were able to taste each and every component as opposed to others where you can only taste ONE thing. The flavors are out of this world! I must admit that I was rather fond of the karma, love & apricot. That's not saying I liked the other flavors less, but this was by far the nuttiest and just...I could have ate an entire box if they let me!

I baked the lovely brownie bites, they were extremely easy to make. The ingredients to add to the dry ingredients in the box were less than four and they baked moist and delicious in minutes! I typically like my brownies very soft, so I always underbake them. The box says 10-12 minutes, I baked them for 8 and they were perfect. Want to know why there isn't a picture? Well I wanted to take a picture after they had cooled, and then once I cut them and served to the boys. 

That soooo didn't happen...

I let the brownies cool and jumped in the shower, only to be greeted by three boys with chocolate stains on their toothy grins. I kind of gasped and said "Hey!!! Those are for a review!" and they all said "Yeah, we're your taste testers!" They didn't realize I needed pictures as well as sworn testimony *wink* ugh...I digress, the life of a mother. But, there you have it folks, the worst critics devoured the entire box of baked goods in less than a week, and so far I've baked about 2 other boxes of ginnybakes goodies for them. I'm saving the muffin mix for a "Mom Rainy Day" or in other words, when they go back to school and they last longer than a minute!

Want to know what this mom loved most? The ingredients were simple, fresh, organic and easy to pronounce. 

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Walgreen's Well Beginnings - Review

***Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.***
"Well BeginningsTM is Walgreens exclusive baby care brand designed to help you nurture your baby’s wellbeing. The assortment of high-quality baby products support the healthy development of your baby at a great value and are conveniently found at your neighborhood Walgreens."

Just the facts -

The entire Well BeginningsTM product line is exclusive to Walgreens, your friendly neighborhood drugstore known for its health and wellness expertise.
Well BeginningsTM Size 4 Jumbo Diapers (31 count) offer a soft stretchable waist and side panels that wrap your baby in softness, offering leakage protection for day and night. The amazingly soft inner liner features natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe to soothe your baby’s bottom.
These quality baby diapers are available in Newborn to Size 6 and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Well BeginningsTM Newborn, Size 1 and Size 2 diapers have a wetness indicator feature and turn blue when wet.
Well BeginningsTM is all made in the U.S.A. and is made up of high-quality products at a great value.
The retail price for Well BeginningsTM Size 4 Jumbo Diapers
(31 count) is $8.99.

Now that you've seen what Walgreen's has to say about their Well Beginning line, let's talk about what my friends and family thought about it!

This is what my package contained, Well Beginnings Baby Wash, Well Beginnings Diapers (Size 4) and Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes. 

What did my friends and family think? -

While my own children have outgrown the days of diapers (*sigh of relief* Phew!) the children of close friends and family have not and I thought it would be ideal to have them test out the Walgreen's Well Beginning brand with their little ones! I gave each a sample pack, with a diaper, baby wash and a few sensitive wipe:

B.G. from Fontana, CA says: "I liked that the wipes were unscented because my son is very reactive to scented baby wipes. They didn't tear or fall apart and I was able to use less than my typical brand. I didn't even know Walgreen's made their own brand but after seeing the price I'm definitely switching!"

Our baby wash, made right here in the U.S.A., is designed for use on your baby’s entire body. The rich lather effectively cleanses your baby’s hair and skin without the fear of tears.
Unlike baby soaps, this baby wash cleans without drying because it’s 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced. In fact, it is milder than baby soap.
The tear-free formula is clinically tested hypoallergenic and is dermatologist- and allergy-tested as well as paraben- and phthalate-free.
The retail price for Well BeginningsTM Baby Wash is $2.99.

T.R. from Montebello, CA says: "The diapers were so awesome! I was amazed at how long my daughter stayed dry! The elastic on the thighs didn't mark her leg like her usual diaper and it didn't leak from the sides, which was cool because we had a long drive to the beach today."

These wipes are made with Tri-Form, a unique 3-layer fabric, specially designed with 2 quilted cottony soft outer layers for superior and gentle cleansing for your baby’s delicate skin.
The inner layer is strong and thick to prevent tearing or stretching, keeping your hands clean.
The wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, dermatologist-approved, and made in the U.S.A.
The retail price for Well BeginningsTM Sensitive Wipes (72 count) is $2.39.

S.P. from Montclair, CA says: "I loved all my samples and after I tried them out on my twins I went out and bought a few bags for our own use. I can't believe I was sleeping on this brand struggling with searching for deals on the competitor!"

Now, while I don't have small children, I do have a 6 year old, who is rather sensitive to scented kids body wash and regular adult shampoo, so he definitely, or rather, his skin benefited from the baby wash (but shhhh...he didn't know it was called "baby wash" don't you know he's almost a "man"). I used the sensitive wipes to take off my makeup after running out of make-up remover and they left my skin feeling fresh and cool. I truly enjoyed spreading the word about a brand that may not be so well known to many who are struggling to find the right brands for their infants! It's easy to find, affordable and most of all mother approved! If you'd like to find out more about the Walgreen's Well Beginning brand check them out on -


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Dial - Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash - Review & Giveaway

I can say with all certainty, that at my age, I like what I like. Sure, there are a few rare things that I'll try and love, but for the most part I think I know what I like to smell like after a shower.

Which is why I was exstatic to try out Dial's NEW Coconut Water refreshing mango body wash! It's as wonderful as it sounds! It has a light tropical scent but the body wash is so moisturizing it feels like you stepped out of the shower and put on soft lotion without the sticky feeling!

Here is some of what Dial has to say about their new body wash!
"COCONUT WATER FACT:  Coconut Water is found in young, green coconuts and known to be rich in antioxidants & electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration."
Not sure how you feel about it? Why not try it for FREE? Enter below for your chance to win a coupon for a FREE bottle of DIAL Coconut Water refreshing mango Hydrating Body Wash (Up to a $4.49 Value)

***Disclaimer:  As part of the Purex Insiders Community, I was facilitated a complimentary bottle of Dial Coconut Water refreshing mango Hydrating Body Wash for testing and review purposes. All opinions expressed in this blog post are 100% my own***