Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bob’s Red Mill Review


Bob’s Red Mill is a company that has been dedicated to providing stone ground gluten-free oats, cereals and flours to its consumers for 30+ years, using dedicated fields, production lines and numerous testing before and after packaging and have been around since the mid 60’s!

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I love baked goodies, but am a better cook than a baker unfortunately, so I’m very happy to have gluten-free products available to me that don’t need 4 different kinds of flour, 3 different starches and all kinds of other ingredients to keep it together, not readily available to me! Bob’s produces the goodie mixtures I like; add an egg, a bit of water and BAM, you’ve got cookies 😉 This was exactly what it was like with their shortbread cookie mix, I needed to add an egg yolk, 3/4 of a cup of butter and a few tablespoons of water (I added vanilla as well). I tried rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters which unfortunately didn’t work for me, I suggest using wax paper as mine kept sticking and falling apart! I loved that they looked exactly as a shortbread cookie my wife would make and tasted very close as well. I divided my dough in 2 batches and added cinnamon to 1 batch for a different taste, even the gluten eaters loved them! This is an excellent product for people newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, tastes very good, no crumbly texture and is very versatile when it comes to adding other flavorings. Even my son enjoyed it.

Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats

When I was diagnosed with Celiac, I was told that I was able to eat oats but only if they were of the purest form. Now I’m not one for oatmeal but occasionally a bowl is good with cinnamon and brown sugar, and we can’t forget the oh so yummy apple crisp and crumble! So I’m glad to have been given the opportunity to review Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free quick oats. These do have to be cooked as they are quick not instant! Big surprise I’m going to tell you I had a bowl with cinnamon and brown sugar  and was surprised to find that they tasted exactly like regular oatmeal. Unfortunately for me they did cause me a slight bit of discomfort, I would definitely recommend them to someone with  gluten intolerance, but suggest that people with Celiac try them at their own discretion!

 

All purpose flour

One thing I’m grateful for is that I’m able to find flour mixtures that are ready for use, Bob’s makes numerous different kinds of flours and an all-purpose mix is 1 of them. Unfortunately with this they suggest that you use Xanthan gum, which is a bit scarce in our area but with searching I was able to find some 🙂 I like the fact that this flour has a 1:1 ratio, very simple for converting recipes to a gluten-free one. There are endless possibilities to do with flour, I’m thinking of trying to make my own breaded for chicken strips and such, I’ll keep you posted on how that one turns out 🙂 I used a recipe from my mom and made some cinnamon buns. Again was surprised at how great they tasted! There’s no crumbly/gritty texture to it and the buns came out nice and soft, definitely worth trying this!!.

 

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix

I couldn’t believe the size of the raisins in this mixture! When they said that there are “plump” raisins, they weren’t kidding! As with most bread, I had to add yeast and let it rise for a good half hour before baking, which was conveniently included with the mixture 🙂 I love the way this bread tastes, I personally like toast with a cinnamon/sugar mixture (something from my childhood) and this adds to the deliciousness. It’s just like I would have bought it from the store, but does have the consistency of banana bread (heavy), either way it was yummy to me 🙂

All in all, I was very impressed with the products from Bob’s Red Mill and would recommend that you try them for yourself! If you do be sure to let me know what you think 😉  I will definitely be purchasing more products from this company in the future!
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Kulapix Review

**BRAND NEW to #Canada!!!!**

I was recently given the opportunity to try one of many amazing products made by Kulapix . It’s an online personalized store where you can find anything from Mugs, Calenders, Aprons, PhotoBooks & so much more. The options are unbelievable and with such a large variety to choose from, it’s sure to please everyone! You can find these products exclusively online on their Website …They ship to Canada & the USA. (*Note: If you live anywhere else and are still interested, simply drop them an e-mail and they will arrange something with you). They are VERY Friendly & Helpful~

For my Review I chose the NotePad. I thought it would be a great little way to advertise my website. I am always doing trades, giveaways & more, so this is perfect for me. I can write a little message and stick it in the envelope. I also thought I could write my Contact info on it and hang it up on #Advertising Boards in my area. As you can see on the Notepad, I added the 3 little Butterflies at the bottom. This was my way of personalizing it. I absolutely love Butterflies and the 3 of them represent my family (Hubby, Me, Our Son). You cannot tell what-so-ever that they were added in there, they blend in so well. With so many options to choose from, Kulapix can be used for your:

  • Personal Use
  • Business Use
  • Gifts, Weddings & more
 
To find out more Information or to Contact them, please find them on one of the following!!!
 

 

 

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Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)

Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)

What is SCOP? If the scanned price of a non-price ticketed item is higher than the shelf price or any other displayed price, the customer is entitled to receive the item free, up to a $10 maximum. When the item has a price tagged, the lowest price applies. When identical items are incorrectly priced, the second one will be sold at the correct price.

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What happens if two or more identical non-price ticketed items are incorrectly scanned?

  • Customers are entitled to the first item free (up to a maximum of $10) and the subsequent item(s) at the correct price.

Will the cashier give me the product free without mentioning the SCOP?

  • It is likely that you will have to ask the cashier to apply the Scanning Code of Practice. If the store is a participant they must give it to you for free or $10 off if the priced scanned is higher than the shelf or other displayed price.

 I never forget this rule, as alot of times, you can get stuff for free and dont even realize it. And it is worth the wait while they make sure of their mistake! 🙂

**You must pay attention because they won’t just give it to you, you gotta mention it..

 

Stores that accept SCOP:

Atlantic Superstore, Real Canadian Superstore, Metro (Quebec & Ont), Loblaws, Walmart, Giant Tiger, Toy R US,

 

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Biore’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

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I used the Biore’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips for the first time and I am in love. I absolutely am in awe with all the junk that came out of my nose from this one little strip. Its amazing what this product can do.  I felt a really deep clean and it was very easy to use! My pores felt unclogged after only 1 use!

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I now use it as a part of my 2-step Program developed by Biore 🙂 It instantly cleans a week’s worth of dirt and oil – In just 10 minutes!!

What is this program you ask??  It’s the Daily use of a Biore Complexion Clearing Product AND the weekly use of a Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip!

You can buy these products at select food, drug and mass merchants stores across Canada. It sells for aprox. $9.99-$14.99

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Have you tried this product before? What did you think?

 

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Curel Foot Therapy Cream Review

 

As the brand Canadians have trusted for years to treat dry, itchy and irritated skin issues, Curel Skincare has expanded its line of therapeutic lotions to include a New product that specifically targets the unique needs of feet: Curel Foot Therapy Cream … 

Here are some of the benefits that this cream has.

  • It penetrates so deeply into the skin, that you get noticeably softer and smooth feet in just 2 nights.
  • Made with natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E, this scientifically tested product will help build a 24-hour hydration barrier to significantly improve the look & feel or heels and feet.
  • It is Dermatologist-tested
  • And is a Great price, Retailing at aprox. $3.99

 

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I was recently given the opportunity to test and review Curel’s foot therapy cream and must say that I am extremely happy with the results! I love that this product is safe for Diabetics as my hubby has type 1 Diabetes and is always complaining about having sore cracked heels. The smell of this product is awesome and reminds me of baby powder/lotion, a great scent indeed 🙂 After only 1 night (I put it on before bed), I noticed my skin was softer than it’s ever been.

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I also noticed that the cracks that were so noticeable had actually started to disappear! I also like the fact that it isn’t greasy as most foot creams are, and that it is dermatologist tested and recommended by Physicians 🙂

This is most definitely a product that I recommend to anyone with dry, cracked, tough skin as well as Diabetics.
Curel foot therapy can be found at your local grocery, pharmacy and large market retailers.

 

For more information or to find a store in your area, please visit: www.curel.ca

 

Disclosure: I received product(s) for free in exchange for an honest review, which may differ from yours. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I used personally, and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Curel Skin Care Itch Defense Lotion

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Product Overview:

 

  • It relieves dry, itchy and eczema-prone skin. With continued use, it helps control future flare-ups
  • Strengthens skin barrier to help minimize the penetration of allergens and irritants to the skin
  • Gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin (Gentle enough for Babies)
  • No prescription needed – easily found in the hand and body lotion aisles at the store
  • It is Steroid FREE
  • Contains Panthenol, known to help improve hydration, relieves irritation & redness.
  • Dermatologist-recommended, Allergist & Pediatrician tested!
  • Fragrance-free
  • Curel Itch Defense lotion was granted the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance
  • This wonderful product sells for aprox. $9.99
 

 

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*Curel products can be found at select grocery, pharmacy and mass market retailers across Canada.
 
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RoomMates Wall Decals Review

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The decals have bright, brilliant colors and are VERY easy to put on the wall. They are removable and do not chip your paint in the process!!They are beautiful, durable and very high quality!  Use them to jazz up any room in the house!! They have such a wide variety, there’s surely something to fit everyone’s needs!! I’m really happy with the products.

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If you are looking for a place to buy some nice, brand name or unique designs for any room in your home, then look no further. They have great prices and a great selection!!!

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Kinnikinnick’s gluten free bagels

I am and have always been a little scared you could say, to try a product that is known as “healthy”, as I know that certain things have to be removed and added to specialty foods! During my transition to Gluten Free foods, I have taken it upon myself to advise people of the foods that I have tried and liked that are GF, as well have the same taste as foods containing gluten, as I am very fussy when it comes to taste and textures of food and don’t find that there are many accurate search options for gluten free reviews out there! This being said,  I am very happy to share my thoughts with you on Kinnikinnick’s gluten free bagels 🙂

Now we live in a small area and unfortunately don’t have a very big selection when it comes to foods that I am actually allowed to eat, so I was beyond happy to come across these delicious looking bagels made by Kinnikinnick foods, which look and smell exactly the same as a regular bagel!

The smell that permeated the house while toasting my Blueberry bagel was as if I had walked into a bakery and that was just from it being in the toaster!!! I love that they have the exact same texture as a bagel too, no crumbly/grainy taste as some Gluten Free food have! I also like the fact that they are only 36-40 Carbs, which makes a perfect Breakfast item for me as it has enough starch in it to keep my sugar from going low (from being a Diabetic) as well as being filling! There were many blueberries through out the bagel as well as that purplish hue that blueberries give, making it seem like eating a donut almost, Lol!

Now if you’re like me, you Love raisin bread! So the other delicious bagel I was fortunate enough to find was the Cinnamon/Raisin flavor. These are absolutely scrumptious. They have nice plump raisins throughout the bagel as well as a subtle hint of cinnamon, perfect for me as some breads tend to over do it! Just like the blueberry flavor, the cinnamon/raisin ones have that same chewy-ness without the grainy texture to them.

As someone just starting out and getting used to the taste of Gluten Free foods, this is definitely a product that I recommend buying. I won’t lie, they are a little expensive, just as every other GF food I’ve seen, but this is one product that is well worth the money and I for one will continue to buy bagels from Kinnikinnick foods, knowing that I’m getting the quality I’m looking for in a NEW food 🙂

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CheeCha Puffs Review

 

I tried these chips  for the first time. I absolutely fell in love with them. It’s exactly everything I ever expected from “The perfect snack”. Its Light, Crispy & Delicious. They are  Low in fat, Nut Free – Cholesterol Free, Dairy Free and no trans-fats, MSG, or GMO’s. Some are even Gluten Free 🙂 Perfect for the hubby !!!

I honestly couldn’t believe that I sat down and ate an entire bag of them myself. And the best part is I didn’t even feel guilty about it because they were so yummy and good for me 🙂 Even my Son is in love with them (his favorite are the Salsa) and as a Mom I would much rather have these in the house then any regular chip. Each one is perfectly seasoned, and crunchy and best of all, you don’t get that greasy feeling/taste in your mouth.

They are so amazing. I can honestly say that since trying them I haven’t bought any other brand name chip since! They truly are my favorite. (I am craving some as I write this hehe).  It’s a healthy, quick,  go-to snack that is 100% CANADIAN made to top it all off :).

The delicious flavors I got to review were the:

  • Triple Cheese (MY FAV)
  • Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper (MY FAV & Hubby)
  • Sea Salt and Vinegar (Hubby’s FAV)
  • Luscious Lime (This was I was not a big fan of, but its just a personal taste)
  • Fiesta Salsa (My 3 year old’s FAV)

I already tell everyone I know how great these CHEECHA PUFFS really are. Trust me when I say that it will be the BEST snack you will ever have!!!! Don’t just take my word for it.

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Natrel Dairy Products Review

 

I have always loved milk, but unfortunately suffer from lactose intolerance and quite honestly would deal with pain rather than drink lactose free milk, until I was given the opportunity to try Natrel’s Lactose Free milk! I was absolutely amazed at how it tasted exactly like the milk I would put myself in discomfort to enjoy. I was even more amazed when my 3 year old and my husband were also drinking it, not even knowing the difference! I am very happy to have come across this delicious milk and will continue to buy it and would recommend it to anyone with lactose issues, and don’t worry it doesn’t have that watery taste as most lactose free milks do 🙂

 

 

 

I have always been a coffee addict, but prefer mine w/ 2 sugar, no cream and the Lactose problem is extremely bad when it comes to cream, so I have asked my Hubby’s opinion on Natrel’s French Vanilla “Blend of milk and real Cream” 🙂 I love my caffeine, flavored and exotic coffee especially, so it was no surprise that I found this creamer to be very tasty & not too sweet (diabetic here)! The fact that it was thick like a creamer, (3.25% cream) I’d say, and not too watery as milk sometimes is, was what I loved most about it! I’d have to say that this is definitely something I will be purchasing in the future and is something I recommend trying to all you as well, Delish! Price is VERY reasonable. Under $3 for one of them! Great price I would say 🙂

 

If you like Chocolate milk as well, you’ll love this 1% Chocolate milk! In my area there are a few different brands of milk and I prefer one specific brand and am now able to add NATREL to it as well 🙂  Its thick and creamy. It has its way of tickling my taste buds (giggles). If you would like to learn more about the great products made by Natrel please visit:

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