Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee

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I love a good cup of coffee to start out the day. I want a coffee that I can count on to taste just the way I want it time after time. Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee is just such a coffee. It’s light, fresh roast and slightly sweet flavor deliver that wake up punch that I need to get going.

 

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I really love the selection of coffee and cocoa products from Brooklyn Bean Roastery. A little bit about them:

They’re really from Brooklyn. The company started with 3 guys who saw the need for an independently owned coffee company that could deliver single serve coffee on a consistent basis and run their company with quality, originality, and local pride. They developed a process for their product, called ‘Roast2Cup’ technology, that has changed how coffee is delivered. This process ensures that every cup will be the best cup every time you brew.

 

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Brooklyn Bean Roastery performs five different quality control checks with each batch they make:

  1. Visual inspection – only the best coffee beans make the initial cut.
  2. Supervisor-monitored grinding – A little secret: if it’s too coarse, it won’t brew properly; if it’s too fine, the coffee gets bitter.
  3. Portion quality control – precisely the right amount is packed to ensure the best brew every time.
  4. Filled and sealed pods are individually hand-checked for perfection.
  5. Brewed coffee samples are consistently taken for aroma and taste testing checks (we admit, this is our favorite part of the job!)

It’s their sincere hope that this will produce the best cup every time.

Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee, just like all of their coffees, is made 100% Arabica coffee beans, and comes in a convenient 40-count box.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Bean Roastery’s French Roast K-Cup Coffee can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XT683UG/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_CmvKybK65B3JF

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Spumoni Cookie Recipe

As requested, my recipe for Spumoni cookies. These are similar to regular chocolate chip cookies, but made with white chocolate, dried cherries, and pistachio nuts. Mmm, I might need to make another batch!

 

Spumoni Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour                                   1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt                                                            1/2 cup butter, softened

½ cup shortening                                                      3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar                                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs                                                                  1 cup dried cherries

1 cup pistachio nuts, shelled                                  2 cups white chocolate, chips or chopped

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine first 3 dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix sugars, butter, and shortening in a large bowl,  beat until creamy. Add vanilla, then eggs, one at a time and mix well each time. Gradually add in flour mixture and beat well. Stir in chocolate, cherries, and nuts. Drop by generous tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Cool completely before storing in a sealable container. Dough or baked cookies freeze well.

pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser

 

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I’ve been studying some information that had been passed along to me regarding having a healthy PH balance in my body. I am finding that there are numerous physical issues that can be caused simply by having an acidic balance that’s too high for the body to properly digest and assimilate nutrients before flushing them out. Acidosis, even at a slight level, can cause a plethora of unwanted reactions. A list of these is:

 
 Inflamed sensitive gums, cavities
 Immune deficiency
 Sciatica, lumbago, stiff neck
 Respiratory problems, shortness of breath, coughing
 Yeast fungal overgrowth
 Low energy and chronic fatigue
 Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and reduction in oxygen
 Heart problems, arrhythmias, increased heart rate
 Weight gain, obesity, and diabetes
 Bladder and kidney infections
 Accelerated free radical damage
 Premature aging
 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
 Osteoporosis, weak brittle bones, hip fractures, bone spurs
 Headaches, confusion, sleepiness
 Joint pain, aching muscles, and lactic acid buildup
 Allergies, acne

 
I was pretty concerned because tests I’ve taken have already shown that I have Osteopenia, the beginnings of Osteoporosis, as well as Osteoporosis in some areas of my body. I felt it was necessary to at least attempt to put a halt to future damage, much less attempt to create a healthy balance in my body to avoid future issues. I got pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser to see just where my levels were.

 

 
The pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser are really easy to use. They work in a number of applications such as testing Urine, Saliva, Water, Pool, Hot Tub, Hydroponics, Garden Soil, Aquariums, and Kombucha Tea.I used them to test my saliva by removing one of the test strips, wetting the whole colored strip with saliva and waiting for 15 seconds, then compared it to the supplied color coded chart. It doesn’t give partial numbers but gives whole numbers from 0 to 14, 0 being strongly acidic and 14 being strongly alkaline. The neutral range is 7.0. My first test was a 5, which means I am acidic. I tested the second day at 7, which is neutral. I noticed that the foods and drinks I consume can alter the readings by quite a bit. Water really helps to bring me back into the neutral range, especially if I add a slice of lemon to it. I thought this strange, as lemon has an acid taste, but it actually helps your body lean more towards an alkaline reading.
pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser come in an opaque bottle to protect the strips from light and air. The bottle contains 100 strips and they’re good for up to 2 years. They can be used on virtually any liquid that needs to be tested and they deliver accurate results in a short amount of time. If you aren’t satisfied for any reason, HealthyWiser offers a guarantee that you can receive a replacement or refund.

pH Test Strips from HealthyWiser can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XT683UG/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_CmvKybK65B3JF

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

 

Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit

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I picked up a Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit and it’s such an awesome kit I had to tell you about it! This kit consists of 6 of the most popular and most used oils; Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Lavender, and Tea Tree. These oils are good for so many different applications. The oils are Therapeutic grade and will work directly on skin when combined with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond, my 2 fave carrier oils. They can be put in a spray bottle with water for a room spray or in a diffuser.

I personally love the Lemongrass oil. I had never tried Lemongrass before and it has such a clean, citrusy smell. Everyone in the house commented on the scent. I think it’s my new favorite. They only thing I missed was a dropper to get the exact amount I wanted to use, but it’s fine. I used some of the Sweet Orange when cleaning and it really seems to work well without using chemicals in my home. And when my kidlet started fussing that she was feeling like she was coming own with a cold, I gave her some Vitamin C and used the Eucalyptus oil with my coconut oil to chase the symptoms away. She felt better after that, no she never missed any school. I am curious to see which oils they will offer next!

The Pure Body Naturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Sampler Oils Kit can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/Vremi-Silicone-Ice-Cube-Tray/dp/B01H7BF1DA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484886222&sr=8-1&keywords=Ice+cube+trays+with+lids

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski

If you like books that make you really stop and think- look no more. I just read The Waking of Grey Grimm by Tony Bertauski and what a ride!

Ms. Bertauski’s characters were believeable and the story was told from different perspectives and timeframes. It centers around a teen named Grey Grimm, who has disappeared into what’s called “the Maze”, a contest played inside your brain. The lucky ones survive to enjoy their riches. The not-so-lucky? Well, if they live it’s not pretty. As Grey’s mom tries to get her son back before he is consumed forever, we see just how far people will go before they’ve gone too far. And things aren’t always as they seem.

I loved how the story didn’t go in a straight line but at times would veer seemingly off course, only to find out later that what was happening brought everything into focus. Or did it? This is one of those stories that can’t be read when there are a lot of distractions or you’ll miss a key bit of information you’re going to need later. Pay attention- it’s worth it!

My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards

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I have really enjoyed reading My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards. It’s a book of devotions centered around the author’s mother’s quilts and the stories behind them. Each devotion has a scripture reference, a quilt pattern with a color picture included, and a prayer starter. The stories were rich in history, showcasing colorful patterns of the quilts that had been handmade for centuries by her mother, grandmother, and other family members. Each quilt brought out a lesson based on scripture that would carry her faith forward and honor the memories of her mother and grandmother. She often wove historical references into the devotions, such as including a quilt that had been designed and pieced in the 1840’s using a Carolina Lily as the design. The quilt had been buried during the Civil War to keep it protected from thieves. What had once been bright red and green was now rust and brown. The history had been passed down in her family and finally, the quilt was donated to a museum for safekeeping and to allow the story to continue. The biblical reference was Deuteronomy 4:9, which is a reminder to keep track of our past and repeat the stories often, lest they be forgotten in time. We are to share with our children and our children’s children.

This lesson was brought home by sharing the quilt with the museum so that everyone who visited the museum could hear of its story and preserve it in the hearts of others.

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Each devotion is written in such a way. A scripture reference, a devotion tied to a quilt, a picture of the quilt, and a prayer starter to tie it all together. Ms. Richards did a wonderful job with each of her devotions and the book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. It’s a wonderful way to relax and spend time with the Lord.

My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards is available for purchase on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-Quilts-Devotions-Needlework/dp/1617956120/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards was provided free of charge by FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of review. That being said, all of the preceding opinions are my own and not reflective of Ms. Richards, FlyBy Promotions, or any other entity.

A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery by Anna Celeste Burke

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Georgie Shaw and her hunky detective boyfriend Jack Wheeler are back and chaos is soon to follow. The soon to be married couple are surprised, and not in a good way, by the demands of her boss Max Marley that she wear a hoop skirt to get married in. Is this another of his famous publicity stunts? The couple decide to confront him face to face with the issue so they head out to Marley World, where madness ensues. How much trouble can a wedding be? Well, apparently plenty if you work for Max Marley and plan on getting married on one of his sets. This book is funny and still manages to carry off a legitimate mystery plot at the same time. I love the author’s take on her characters and this book doesn’t disappoint!

Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays

 

I love cold drinks but I’m not fond of our ice maker. The ice cubes have a nasty freezer taste that I really don’t like and I end up drinking something warm rather than use the ice cubes. Funny thing is, our ice maker has limped along since we moved into the house 14 years ago and it has finally given up on us. Perfect time to get new ice cube trays.

 

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I got a set of Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays and right off the bat I fell in love with them. They are a bright, cheery blue and green color, and they’re made from premium food grade silicone. The cool thing I really like is they are so super easy to get out of the tray. The tray is flexible so you can twist it, but they recommend you pop single cubes out by pushing up on the bottom. This makes it convenient if you decide to use the trays for gravy cubes or baby food leftovers, even juices.

 

I was really happy to find out that the Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays from Vremi have lids on them so they don’t absorb freezer odors or get anything else mixed into them by accident. These also make stacking much easier. Each tray makes 21 cubes and they’re really cube shaped. They measure 1.3 inches on each side. They look really cute in a drink glass and they’re the perfect size for my kidlet’s glasses. And the trays are safe in the dishwasher, so cleanup is a cinch!

I am really happy with my Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays. I would totally buy them again!

Vremi’s Straight Chillin’ Ice Cube Trays can be found online at:

https://www.amazon.com/Vremi-Silicone-Ice-Cube-Tray/dp/B01H7BF1DA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484886222&sr=8-1&keywords=Ice+cube+trays+with+lids

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set

 

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This is my new favorite hair tool set, the Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set. This set consists of the base handle, a 1.25″ barrel, a 1″ barrel, a .75″ barrel, a .7″to 1″ wand and a .3″to .75″ wand. The 2 barrels have clips to secure the hair while curling. The wands spiral from the large diameter to the small diameter with no cool tip so there is also a protective glove, plus there’s a zip up heat protective bag to store all of the pieces in when not in use (and cooled down).

 

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This set is easy to use. Simply choose which tip you want to use and push it into the handle. My only issue is that there were no directions for changing the barrels so I kept trying to push in the barrel and twist to lock because there was a lock/unlock icon on the side of the handle. There is no lock function- just push the barrel into the handle. Then heat up to your desired temperature for your hair type. Temps range from 250ºF-300ºF for delicate or fine hair types, 300ºF-375ºF for normal hair, and 375ºF-410ºF for thick, coarse, or natural hair types. The temperature is in easy to read bright green LED numbers right on the handle. It only takes about 90 seconds for the iron to come up to temperature and you’re good to go. If you are forgetful like I sometimes am, it’s nice to know that there’s a build in 60 minute automatic shut off. Switching is simple- just allow the iron to cool down, then pull the barrel off and put on the size you want, then you’re ready for the next great curl!

 

 

The barrels are made from Ceramic Tourmaline, the handle is a good quality feeling handle, and the bag is really nice. The cord is an extra long  8’10” with a 360 degree swivel.  It all comes in a very stylish looking black box. Altogether, this set as well as their other products looks and feel very upscale. I am really happy with Xtava’s 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set and I’d buy it again in a heartbeat.

 

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The Xtava 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curling Iron and Wand Set can be found online at:

 

I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.

 

WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon

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I have been intrigued by the idea of using WiFi operated cameras to keep an eye on things. I can see where they would be useful in many applications, such as; watching to make sure a sitter is actually keeping an eye on their charge, protecting a vulnerable area from trespassers, watching for movement at the entrance to your home, as well as many others.

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I got a WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon and it includes the power bank with an HD 1080p WiFi capable camera, a charging cord, an 8 gig Micro sd card and a mini disc for hooking the device up to your computer or laptop.I’ve been trying to get it hooked up for days now. I began by using the directions included in the box with the device. Unfortunately, the directions leave a lot to be desired. I spent quite a while trying to decipher them, then decided to try the disc. I’m not really sure what the purpose was for including the disc because it really didn’t help me get any farther than I already was. I am not a tech genius, but I do find that I am more savvy than most when it comes to computing and electronics. But this little device has been a tough nut to crack.

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I was able at one point to get the camera operational. It had a fairly nice picture in a mid- darkened room. I could view what was going on from my phone while it was happening. It has a red light and a yellow light that flash while recording. This is pretty noticeable and I can’t imagine it not being obvious that there was something flashing. It also has 2 small white lights, kind of like a flashlight, but very small and not very powerful that I could tell. I wasn’t sure exactly what they were for. I like that I was able to unplug the camera and move it and it would still record. I shut it down and then attempted to start it up. Back to square one. I spent another 45 minutes trying different combinations to get it working again.

All in all, this device, when working, takes good video. I am not sure about the playback because I was never able to get it to replay. And it seems to need to be completely reinstalled in order to use it again. I can’t give it a very good rating at this point, but I will continue to work on it and see if I can decipher how to get it to work properly.

The WiFi Hidden Mini Camera Power Bank from Icemoon can be found online here:

https://www.amazon.com/icemoon-Wireless-Security-Activated-Cameras/dp/B01HZBB230/ref=sr_1_1?s=gift-cards&ie=UTF8&qid=1484632915&sr=8-1&keywords=WiFi+Mini+Camera+Icemoon
I received this product at a discounted price or for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My review is a reflection of my experience with the product. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am not associated with the seller in any way.
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