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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Silk Soymilk 10-day Challenge #imabzzagent


I recently took the Silk Soymilk 10 Day Challenge thanks to the free product coupons I was sent from Silk and BzzAgent. There were some ups and downs, but overall I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the switch was! You can take the challenge too! Head over to the Silk site to find out how, and to get a coupon to get you started!

First of all, Silk is a healthier overall choice over milk so I definitely wanted to give it a try. It has no cholesterol & lower saturated fat than dairy milk. It has as much calcium as typical dairy milk. See for yourself, and check out the benefits compared to milk on their site.

BzzAgent and Silk sent me two free product coupons and I had a hard time choosing which two varieties to get, with all the choices available. Just check out all these choices and you tell me you could only choose two!

Silk Soymilk - available in:
Original
Light Original
Organic Original
Vanilla
Light Vanilla
Organic Vanilla
Very Vanilla
Chocolate
Light Chocolate
Organic Unsweetened
DHA - Omega 3

Silk Pure Almond - available in:
Original
Vanilla
Dark Chocolate
Unsweetened

Silk Pure Coconut - available in:
Original
Vanilla

I ultimately chose Silk Light and Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate. Yum!


One thing I did notice right away, is the price. At my local grocery store, Silk was priced at $4.99 for a half gallon. I have to admit that there is absolutely no way that I would pay $9.98 for a gallon of "milk". I see it's on sale this week at the same store for $3.00, but that is still $6.00 a gallon. Not many families on a budget would be able to financially make a complete switch from milk to Silk. But as I found out while experimenting, Silk is great for substituting while cooking and baking, which could be completely within my budget.  But I'd still stick with diary milk for cereal and everyday drinking.


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First up is the Silk Light. I figured it was the closest thing to dairy milk. I was slightly wrong. The taste is good, but not quite like milk. It tastes a little like watered down milk, with a touch of vanilla. I easily substituted this in recipes with no complaints from my family. I made some homemade macaroni and cheese using the Silk Light and I actually thought it turned out creamier and tastier than with regular milk!


Now this is not the recipe I used, but one I found on the Silk site that looks equally as delicious as mine!  Ok, their picture is better, but don't be fooled, mine as super tasty too!


Silk Macaroni & Cheese

A creamy, non-dairy take on a family favorite.

Ingredients

8 ounces elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup flour
2-3 teaspoons mustard powder, to taste
3 cups Silk Original or Unsweetened soymilk, warmed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
pinch of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups soy or rice cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Boil macaroni in lightly salted water for 7-8 minutes until just done. Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and mustard and cook for two minutes. Add warm Silk, salt, onion powder, pepper, cayenne and nutmeg. Cook, stirring often until mixture thickens and just comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of soy cheese. Stir until cheese melts. Add cooked macaroni and stir until evenly combined. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of cheese.

Prepare topping. Mix melted margarine with panko crumbs until evenly coated and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve while warm.

Sounds yummy to me!

I also used it in my coffee instead of flavored non-dairy creamer and couldn't hardly tell a difference! It added just a touch of sweetness that dairy milk just doesn't have.  However, no one in my family liked just drinking a glass of Silk Light. The flavor is a bit strange and would take a little getting used to. My kids did try it on their cereal and were surprised that the flavor worked so well. It adds just a bit of sweetness and is still creamy enough to make cereal delicious!

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Next up was the Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate. One word - divine! It is the absolute smoothest, creamiest, most chocolatey, chocolate milk I've ever had!


Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate has 50% more calcium than dairy milk and only 120 calories.

As recommended on the Silk site, I tried warming it up for hot chocolate. I think it was almost too creamy to be warm. Felt a little thick going down, but still super sweet and chocolatey!  AND it still has less calories than typical dairy milk!  I couldn't find any recipes on their site using the Dark Chocolate but I'm sure you could get pretty creative!

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I have to admit, I was surprised that I actually liked Silk as much as I did.  You hear 'soy milk' and you think FAKE milk, right?  I did!  Fake milk that can't even compare to rich, creamy diary milk.  Boy was I wrong.  I was pretty happy with the two products I chose to try out, but I'd love to be able to give all of the 17 varieties.  Silk, you've made me a believer!  My only issue is the price.  If it were a little closer to the price of dairy milk, I guarantee TONS of consumers would be jumping on the Silk bandwagon!

Why Silk?  Check out all the reasons why Silk is better for you than dairy milk on their site.

Follow Silk on Twitter.  And on Facebook.  Or check out The Silk Channel on YouTube.

And take the challenge yourself!  Register here for a $0.75 coupon to get you started.

I'm a BzzAgent and was provided with 2 free product coupons and 4 $1.50 off coupons for Silk.  Although I was provided free product, my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by Silk or BzzAgent.  See my full Disclosure/Acknowledgement policy here.  Thank you to Silk and to BzzAgent for providing the product for me to try out.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dunkin Donuts $20 gift card #GIVEAWAY Ends 4/8/11 **closed**

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I have a $20 Dunkin Donuts gift card burning a hole in my pocket!  And I don't have a Dunkin Donuts near me :(

And just for the heck of it, I'm giving it away to one lucky A SAHM Looking for a Deal follower!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Dog breath no more with Therabreath! #review

Ever wake up in the morning NOT feeling like P. Diddy?  More like someone snuck in and dirtied up your mouth while you were sleeping?  Or do you just suffer with chronic bad breath, even with regular brushing, flossing, and breath mints?  I've been there.  I felt like I did everything right, and still had bad breath.  I was a chronic gum chewer to try to combat it.  Nothing worked.  Then, I was introduced to TheraBreath products.  This is the answer I've been waiting for!

TheraBreath was created with people like me in mind.  People who have suffered for years with no relief.  Check out their site and learn how bad breath starts, and TheraBreath fights it!  (About TheraBreath)

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TheraBreath Toothpaste

From the Therabreath site:
"Brush with this toothpaste twice a day and you will stop bad breath, guaranteed! This formula is also great for gum health and nothing is more powerful at fighting cavities. Therabreath Toothpaste is designed to control the anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath. Buy it today, use it regularly, and you'll breathe easier and smile more often."
First off, I tried the Therabreath Toothpaste.  If I'm being honest, I wasn't impressed with the cleaning power of this paste.  I would brush in the morning, and by the end of the day, my teeth were feeling a little grungy.  However, even though my teeth felt not-so-fresh, my breath still was!  The germ killing power of the paste is undeniable.  If you are going to use this as your regular paste, and want to make sure your teeth stay smooth and clean, I'd recommend brushing 3 times a day.  My one other complaint, is the larger size of the container.  It's a little hard to squeeze and hard to get the paste from the end of the bottle.  Other than that, this stuff is fantastic!  The paste is smooth and creamy, not gritty.  And the minty flavor is very mild yet still refreshing. 

*I give it one thumb up!*

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TheraBreath Oral Rinse

From the Therabreath site:

"Stop your bad breath and end chronic halitosis by using TheraBreath Oral Rinse after brushing with TheraBreath Toothpaste. This amazing rinse uses the odor-obliterating power of OXYD-8 for treating bad breath, stopping halitosis and eliminating sour, bitter and metallic tastes in your mouth."

Next up was the TheraBreath Oral Rinse.  I like the fact that the rinse is a very mild mint.  I don't like feeling like I'm burning off a layer of skin, just to kill germs.  I think this would be great for older kids and teens as well.  And it left my mouth feeling fresh and clean, without an overpowering mint flavor.  And even when the mint wore off, my breath was still incredibly fresh!  And what's cool is the bottle comes with a snap-on cup for easy rinsing.  You just pop the cup off of the cover, pour in your desired amount, and store it back on the bottle when you're done.  My only complaint with the Oral Rinse, is that it feels like you are rinsing with water.  I, psychologically, felt like it wasn't working because I couldn't taste it much, and it didn't bubble or foam or anything.  Like rinsing with water.  Now, this may just take some getting used to, but I sort of missed my sizzling, bubbly mouthwash.  Maybe if the mint was just a touch stronger, it would feel better to me.  But don't get me wrong, I still love this stuff! 

*It gets one and a half thumbs up from me!*

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TheraBreath Lozenges

From the TheraBreath site:

"Our unique Lozenges are unlike any breath mint you have ever tried. They work in three distinct stages to make sure your mouth is fresh, moist, and healthy. This three stage approach is not only unique, but incredibly effective at controlling bad breath odor. Try our Lozenges - we guarantee you have never experienced a mint like this!"
And last up is the TheraBreath Lozenges.  Don't you hate it when you have bad breath, pop a breath mint, and are just left with stale, minty bad breath?  Well, welcome to the future of fresh breath. These little guys are incredible!  They are a pleasant mint flavor, without being overpowering.  They are just the right size.  And they are individually wrapped so you can stick them in every coat pocket!  And whenever you eat something that leaves and unpleasant odor in your mouth, just pop one of these bad boys and your confidence will soar!  And the price is absolutely incredible.  These are priced at $13.00, which seems high for breath mints.  But keep in mind, the box has 100 mints!  Yes, 100!  Can you imagine a roll of breath mints with 100 pieces!  I am sold.  These are a must have! 

*I would give these 8 thumbs up if I had 8 thumbs!*

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Overall, I am in love with the TheraBreath line of products and I can't wait to see what they come out with next!  They already have Teeth Bleaching kits, Gum and Mints, and even Pet Products!  I'd love to see a line just for kids!  You can purchase TheraBreath products online or check out where you can buy them locally.

Thank you to TheraBreath for providing me with the products to review.  My breath has never been fresher!

I was provided with the three Therabreath products that I reviewed, free of charge for review.  All opinions are my own.  See my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Confidence boosters from EdenFantasys! #review

Sometimes you just don't feel sexy. Sometimes you feel blah and boring. Sometimes you're just not in the mood. EdenFantasys has the answer to your bedroom blues!

EdenFantasys carries a huge selection of products from sex toys and gear, as well as beautiful and sexy lingerie! I recently ordered a couple of things, hoping to spice up my bedroom too!

I got the Cowl neck halter dress
and the Industrial net dress

I found both to be of good quality and craftsmanship, especially for the price. My hubs has been working out of town, so I haven't tried them out yet, but I know that the confidence these sexy items give me, will surely transfer over the bedroom when he comes home! He should just take them off, because I'm going to knock his socks off!


If you want to be a little "spicier" than just some lingerie, Eden Fantasys has a selection of sexy toys, bondage gear, and sensual play items that will blow your mind! And their prices range from items priced below $10 to some that pale in comparison to my first car purchase! There truly is something for everyone.

Gentlemen, if you have trouble choosing the right item for your special someone, there is so much information available for each item, you'll be sure to find just what your lucky lady (or other loved one) will love! And there is even a community where you can ask and answer questions. Really. There are no excuses. Get out there and release your inner Prince Charming!

And ladies? Liberate yourselves! Break out of your shell! Let your inner Marilyn out! Whether you're shopping to fly solo, or you're in a relationship, whether you are just a novice explorer, or a seasoned vet, get your groove on with EdenFantasys help!

Head over to the site and check out the great selection. And check out the community for answers to those tough-to-ask questions.

Follow EdenFantasys on Twitter.
Like EdenFantasys on Facebook.

I love EdenFantasys. I've ordered gear on my own, as well as with Eden gift cards. I was offered a gift card for a review, but it did not influence my review. All opinions are my own. View my full disclosure policy here.