Monday, March 23, 2015

Love with Food: March Tasting Box

Being a mom of three, I'm always looking for healthy snacks that my kids will enjoy. The problem with that, is that the healthier ones usually cost a bit more. Ok, so that's not really a problem itself, but when you buy something because you think the kids are going to love it & they don't (which usually means that no one else in the house will either), then you're left paying money for something that just went in the trash. After a few times, searching for new healthier snack alternatives can be really discouraging. 

In comes Love with Food to save the day! 

"Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes."

I was blown away by the amount inside this Tasting Box! It came with 9 different goodies that are either organic, all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk (almost all of them were a hit), along with several coupons. I did recognize a couple of the goodies inside, but a majority of them were new to me. 

Lightly Salted Plantain Chips by Turbana

These were by far my favorite! The kids all seemed to like them too, but they didn't go back for seconds. Which was fine, because I didn't want to share anyways. 
 Annie's Chocolate Bunny Grahams

Annie's anything is always a huge hit in my house & these Chocolate Bunny Grahams were no exception. Although everyone got to try a bite, my son quickly claimed these as just his & had them devoured in no time! 

 Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics

I've never heard of these chips before, but now I'll have to be sure to keep a stock of these. Not only did my oldest daughter love these, but everyone else did too. Needless to say that this little bag didn't stand a chance! 

 Nutty Rice Bites with Cranberries by 180 Snacks

Think rice cake meets granola bar & this is what you get. I'll admit that I was a bit leery about this one, but was pleasantly surprised by the taste. 

Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in the Raw

I was kind of disappointed that there was only one truffle. Because everyone loved it & insisted on having two bites. Which basically means that I was disappointed that I had to share. It was that good! 

Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt by The Good Bean

I've never had roasted chickpeas before in my life, but the sea salt had me wanting to try them. Unfortunately, I thought they lacked flavor, although they packed a mighty crunch. 

Choco Chews by TruJoy Sweets

These reminded me of a Tootsie Roll. Only chewier. And better.

Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest

I've tried these before & they're pretty good in smoothies. My youngest got all excited & wanted to eat them straight from the bag, until she remembered that she didn't like them. 

Moringa Organic Tea by Miracle Tree

I'm a huge fan of tea, especially mint flavored, so this was like pure heaven to me. 

Based on the selections in the box, I think my family have found quite a few new "favorites" when it comes to healthy snacks. Best yet that it didn't cost $50 of trial & error to figure that out. The tasting Box is only $10 a month & when you purchase one, one meal is donated to a hungry child in America. Also available is a Deluxe Box ($17/month) which comes with 16-20 snacks & supplies two meals to a hungry child in America. There is also a Gluten Free Box ($24.50/month) which comes with 8-12 gluten-free snacks a month & also supplies two meals to a hungry child in America. 

Interested in trying a Tasting Box from Love with Food for FREE? Use this unique LINK & pay nothing but $2 for shipping.  

Love With Food ships via USPS and takes just about a week to receive.If you order by the 1st, you will receive your box that month. If you order after the 1st, you will receive your box the following month.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Booker Streets of Mayhem & a Giveaway!

On a cool October afternoon, the majestic blue sky above Dallas is polluted with swells of gray smoke, carrying shattered memories of fifteen people, mostly children, who've just been killed by an explosion on a bus.

A white supremacist group claims responsibility, opening old wounds, turning neighbor against neighbor--fracturing the community. A Southeast Dallas native, Booker T. Adams couldn't be more invested in the city…in the people he'd served for the last seven years as a beat cop for the Dallas Police Department. Without warning, it becomes personal for Booker on so many levels. And as panic grips the city, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to end the chaos.

With his career called into question and his family in the crosshairs of one terrorist act after another, Booker invests every fiber of his being to protect a broken community, and to stop the brutal, senseless slayings.

If he fails, terrorism will reign in the city of Dallas.

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My Review:

Being that this is the first book of the series, I would hate to give too much away. That being said, John W. Mefford has done an amazing job at creating not only a storyline that will keep you reading for hours on end, but a truly relatable character named Booker. 

With the city of Dallas on complete edge from numerous bombs, Booker, a mixed race  & unfairly suspended cop, makes it his personal mission to save the city. All the while, it's like you're right there with him, seeing everything play out right in front of your eyes. 

I really loved the fast pace of this book, as well as the "mystery man" point of view. I feel like it gave that extra bit of depth that really submersed me. I was completely captivated by the ending & couldn't wait to get started on the next book in the series! 

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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