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New Southern Style Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Dunkin Donuts

 

Dunkin Donuts Chicken Biscuit Sandwich

I am a huge fan of Dunkin’ Donuts. I am literally there almost daily. You know you go to DD (Dunkin’ Donuts) too much when you don’t even have to speak your order – the people behind the counter already know what you want and how you want it. :-)

I threw off one Dunkin’ employee the other day. He saw me coming and started to make my usual iced coffee but I told him I wanted a hot coffee instead. It really threw him off. He looked confused. LOL!

I love it when Dunkin’ Donuts comes out with new foods and beverages. I always have to try them at least once.

One new menu item is the Southern Style Chicken Biscuit Sandwich.

The new sandwich is only available in the New York Metro Area.

The Southern Style Chicken Biscuit Sandwich features a tender, juicy breaded chicken filet on Dunkin’ Donuts signature Buttermilk Biscuit.

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I had the chance to try one out last week.

I wasn’t sure if this was a breakfast food or lunch food. I ended up having one for lunch.

The chicken was soft and tender. It was a thick piece of chicken too.

The biscuit was a bit too dry for my taste, but that might just be the one I had. I haven’t had another one yet to see if all the biscuits are like that. Don’t get me wrong – the biscuit was tasty. The whole sandwich was delish. I just think the biscuit that I had was a little too dry.

I plan on ordering it again. Not only was it delicious I found it filling and very satisfying. Paired with a cup of coffee (or iced coffee) and you have a nice on-the-go lunch option.

The new sandwich is only available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. The suggested retail price is $2.99.

To find a Dunkin’ Donuts near you visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

If you don’t have it already I recommend the Dunkin’ Donuts app. It’s very handy. You can use it to pay for purchases, find a location near you and they even send you coupons. :-)

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Kimberly

*I received a gift card in order to try out the sandwich. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Tips for surviving Back to School season from Balance Bar

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… 

I don’t mean Christmas (although that is a wonderful time). I’m referring to back to school time.

Don’t get me wrong – I love my kids and I enjoy doing things with them over the summer. But there comes a time when parents are ready for the kids to go back to school and return to regular schedules. For example, my kids are up to 2:00 or later, then they sleep until noon (you’ve got to love teenagers). By the time I get home from work they are just getting up or too tired and grumpy to want to do anything.

A lot of my daughter’s friends work (she’s been looking for a job with no luck). That means there is no one around to hang out with so she’s been very bored this summer. We also haven’t been able to do as much as we wanted to due to financial reason (lack of $$$).

Surviving back to school time is a whole other story. Getting the kids up, ready and out the door, keeping on them to study and do homework, making sure they pack a nutritous lunch… it can get crazy!

Parenting expert and mom blogger Jenny Ingram from Jenny on the Spot has some great tips for surviving the Back to School season.

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Keep Smart Snacks within Reach. Back to school isn’t only exhausting for kids. Moms and dads get worn down too so smart snacking is important. Pack a supply of nutritious snacks to have in your purse for when you’re running errands or going from school to practice. ItzyRitzy’s reusable snack bags are perfect for keeping your on-the-go snacks organized and always handy. Fill them with grapes, almonds, carrot sticks and Balance bare bars for a healthy snack sure to satisfy both busy moms and kids until dinner!

The (digital) calendar is key. To make sure no one misses an activity, homework deadline or playdate, color code each kid in your calendar so you know exactly who is doing what and where and when. I love the Cozi app – it’s free and great for organizing your upcoming activities and goes everywhere you do since it’s on your phone.

Pack bags within your bag. If you’re like me, you have a huge bag. It’s great for storing lots of things, but it can be a wasteland and hard to find anything if you’re not organized. I keep a mini bag that holds my chapstick, hand sanitizer and other items I regularly reach for in a brightly colored small bag that stands out. An Itzy Ritzy snack bag can even double as an organizational bag that’s stylish too!

Miniature First Aid Kits. It’s helpful to have some first-aid basics in your bag for everyday incidents that are bound to happen. My homemade first aid kit includes Band-aids, Neosporin, Kleenex and wipes. Trust me on the wipes – they’re much more effective than napkins at cleaning up whatever messes my kids have.

Be prepared for homework. With after-school activities, keep homework supplies in your car and bag so your children can do their work while you’re waiting for soccer practice. Keep rulers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, calculators and a clip board in the car to make sure you’re prepped for any homework assignments.

Label everything. With 3 kids, and all the supplies and gear that come with them, I’ve learned to love labels. Before schools starts, I put Mabels Labels on their lunchboxes, backpacks, jackets, shoes, sporting equipment and anything else I can get my hands on. You’ll never have to hear “she’s wearing my sneakers” again and also helps avoid lost items in the school coat closet.

Pack healthy school lunches efficiently.  Trying to accommodate everyone’s lunch needs is hard. Make their sandwiches and then let them choose 3 snacks for themselves. In your pantry, have mom-approved snacks (like Mixed Berry Balance bar bars) in three drawers and every kid is allowed to choose 1 item from each drawer to add to their lunch.

Transitioning summer bedtimes. Yes, I’m probably guilty of letting the kids stay up a little too late during the summer. But that’s what summers are for! However, those late nights are not going to work once school starts, so I like to gradually transition their sleep schedules. 4-5 days before school starts, I’ll move their bedtimes up 10-30 minutes. It’s a slow process but really helps to ensure they’re rested and ready for the first day.

These are some great tips!

Check out this infographic too.

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Getting my kids back on their bedtime routine is really hard. They are teenagers in high school and feel like they shouldn’t have a bedtime. As parents we disagree. They need ample sleep to do well in school. Not only that they are beasts when you try and wake them up when they are tired. Plus when they are super tired they tend to not hear the alarm clocks and then they end up missing the bus and we have to drive them into school late.

We normally have them start cutting back about 10-14 days before the first day of school so that we can get them to go to bed by around 10 PM which we feel is a decent time (although I would rather it be 9-9:30).

I already try and keep school lunch foods and supplies with an easy access (after school snacks too). My kids are old enough to make their own lunches but as a mom I want to make sure they have plenty of healthy options to choose from.

Speaking of school lunches and snacks, have you tried then new Bare Balance Bars? They are YUMMY!!!!

I received a few samples to review. They are delish!

Bare Balance Bars are currently available in three flavors – Mixed Berry Nut, Sea Salt Caramel Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut. All three flavors are Non-GMO, gluten free, soy free and dairy free. 

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To be honest it’s hard to pick a favorite from the three flavors. The Sweet & Spicy Nut and Sea Salt Caramel Nut are both vying for top position. Don’t get me wrong, the Mixed Berry is yummy too.

My family has always loved Balance Bars. The Bare Balance Bars are not coated in chocolate like regular Balance Bars. That is why they are called “Bare”. All you see are the nuts, fruits and other natural ingredients.

Look for Bare Balance Bars where ever Balance Bars are sold. You can also purchase them online on the Balance Bar shop website. There is also a store locator on the site too.

Visit www.BalanceBars.com for more information. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

Jenny Ingram and Balance Bar are hosting a Twitter chat tomorrow (August 19th) at 2:00 PM (EST). Those who attend are invited to ask Jenny for her tips and tricks for staying organized during the busy back to school season.

Join Balance Bar (@BalanceBar) and Jenny (@jennyonthespot) and a few others for the hour long Twitter party.

The official hashtag is #BalanceisintheBag. Those who attend the Twitter party and use the hashtag will be eligible to win prizes from Balance Bar and Itzy Ritzy products.

Balance Bar is also hosting a fun Pin 2 Win contest on their Pinterest page. From August 19th (today!) to September 12th fans can pin or repin images of how they keep balanced in the bag with all of their back to school must haves. I hope you’ll enter and join in on the fun.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Quick and easy appetizers and meals when entertaining

This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Do you like to entertain? I certainly do. Whenever I know someone is coming over I like to go all out to make sure they have an enjoyable time. From a sparkling clean home to delicious foods I try and cover all bases.

Sometimes getting ready for guests to come over can be a bit of a challenge. Now that I work part time that also cuts into the time I have to clean and prepare meals and appetizers for my guests. Thankfully I have a few know some quick and easy things I an prepare for those times when I don’t have the time to get everything done, and even for those times when people stop by unexpectedly.

I always try and keep my pantry, fridge and freezer filled with essentials and food items I can cook quickly enough for unexpected guests, or any time I want to save time preparing things.

One of my “go to” options for quick and easy appetizers and meals are frozen foods. Frozen foods are made from real recipes that families love as well as out of real ingredients. Freezing foods acts like nature’s “pause button” by freezing in freshness, taste and nutrients. There are plenty of benefits of frozen foods.

There is a great motto about frozen foods - Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh

A family favorite - Heinz Bagel Bites

So many frozen food manufactures offer a variety of easy to prepare food options, many of which can be enjoy when entertaining family and friends without compromising taste or nutrition.

You can customize frozen foods to suit your taste and needs. You add your favorite fruits, veggies, meats and/or toppings to give you froze meal your own personal touch.

When you have company over the last thing you want is to spend all your time preparing foods. I’m sure you would much rather hang out with your guests. That is why keeping some favorites in your freezer is a must. While the foods are warming up you can spend time conversing with your family and friends and having a great time. There is no need to spend hours preparing and cooking food.

The start of the 2014/2015 NFL season is just a few weeks away. My husband is already making plans with his friends to get together to watch the games. Sometimes they come to our home, other times he goes to his friend’s homes.

Chips and dips are fine, but they can get boring sometimes. When people come over to our home to watch the games I like to offer them other treats.

One snack/appetizer option is General Mills Totino’s Pizza Rolls. They come in a variety of different size bags (15, 90, 120…) so you can pick up as many as you think you might need. They are available in a variety of flavors – cheese, pepperoni, supreme and even bold new flavors like Buffalo Chicken and Jalapeno Popper.

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Every time I make General Mills Totino’s Pizza Rolls they are gobbled up right away. Both adults and children love them. Best of all they take only 10-12 minutes in the oven and they are ready to enjoy. You can even cook them in the microwave (I prefer the oven).

Another yummy snack idea I like to make from time to time for friends and family who come over to watch football is Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks. Once they are cooked I cut them up into bite size pieces and put them on a plate for guests to pick up with toothpicks. I fill small serving cups with ketchup, tarter sauce and some cut up slices of lemon so guests can enjoy them with their favorite topping.

This might sound like an odd appetizer idea, but ConAgra Banquet Sausages are great to serve too. Men seem to love them. :-) Plus you can have them cooked in the microwave in just two minutes.

ConAgra Banquet Sausages

Pizza is always a party favorite. I like to keep a few frozen pizzas in my freezer. Often when people come over to watch the games they are happy with “finger foods” like the pizza rolls and fish sticks. If some guests are looking for more of a meal option I can easily toss in a pizza and have it ready in 10-15 minutes. It’s faster and cheaper then ordering a pie from the local pizzeria.

My family’s personal favorite is Schwan’s Freschetta Pizza. My family’s personal favorite is the Signature Pepperoni. We LOVE the crust and the sauce has a bit of a “tang” to it.

I like keeping pepperoni and plain cheese pizza on hand because most people like either one of these flavors.

Having teenagers means that we often have guests at our house. Teenagers love pizza so I know I always have something to offer my children’s friends when they hang out after school. That is why keeping a few frozen pizzas on hand is always a good idea.

Heinz Bagel Bites are also another “teen-friendly” (and adult friendly) option. They are easy to make (only 15 minutes in the oven) and are a perfect size for a lunch or snack.

Veggies

Of course we have guests over for other reasons (aside from football games). I keep other frozen foods on hands more formal meals, especially frozen vegetables. Green Giant boxed vegetables are available with delicious sauces and seasonings with make for great side dishes when you are hosting a dinner party. You can microwave them for quick and easy preparation. I keep many on hand, not only for guests but also to feed my own family (they are also great for a quick and easy lunch).

Pinnacle Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables are also available with seasoned and sauced varieties. I often grab for frozen veggies when cooking our Thanksgiving meal because I am able to offer many varieties of vegetables for my guests without having to spend hours preparing them.

Don’t forget dessert! No meal is complete without dessert. ConAgra Healthy Choice Frozen Greek Yogurt on top of a warmed Kellogg’s Eggo waffle is a delicious choice. Schwan’s Edwards individually packaged pies are also a great option. They also offer larger pies that serve many people. The Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Pie is to die for! That is my family’s favorite. It’s SO GOOD! The New York Style Cheesecake Pie is also good.

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel - Strawberry and Cream Cheese. Yummy!

All this talk about food has made me hungry! Especially thinking about the Schwan’s Edwards Pies. I wish I had one in my freezer right now. The best I can do is Pillsbury Toaster Strudel (we have strawberry and cream cheese flavor). I think I’m going to make one right now.

How do YOU incorporate frozen foods into your entertainment menu? Do you use frozen products to make party preparation quick and easy? What are your favorite frozen foods to use for entertaining? How do you feel about fresh vs frozen? Feel free to share your thoughts. 

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Kimberly

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Girls Night In With Butterfly Kiss and The Other Woman

 

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It’s nice to have friends. As a wife and a parent my #1 priority is my family. My world literally revolves around my husband and my children. I don’t mind since they are my heart and soul, but every now and then it’s nice to have a little “me time” as well as time with friends – even if it’s just for a few hours here and there.

Trying to coordinate time to get together with friends is not always that easy. Mostly it’s because like me, their lives revolve around their family too. That is fine with me. Often it’s easier to scheduled time for families to get together then just the women.

In a couple of weeks we’re having a family barbecue with a friend of mine and her family whom I haven’t seen in years with the exception of a brief visit at a wake. She’s been my friends for 35+ years.

Recently I received a fun, unexpected package in the mail. It contained a copy of the movie The Other Woman, a wonderful magazine, cute butterfly things that stick to wine glasses (so you know whose wine glass belongs to who) and two bottles of Butterfly Kiss wine.

I love butterflies. A dear friend of mine even gave me the nickname “my precious butterfly” (long story). I think they are beautiful creatures. I love photographing them too.

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I’ll admit that I like wine too. :-) Plus a great comedy is always fun – especially when you want to get together with friends.

It took me a bit to get some friends together (it’s summer time so everyone had plans) but I was finally able to pull something off.

My husband took the kids out for a few hours and I had a couple of friends over to watch the movie, enjoy the wine and nibble on some cheese & crackers, fruit salad and Italian cookies.

I apologies for not having photos of my friends, like me they are camera shy plus they don’t necessarily like the idea of appearing on my blog for the world to see. It as a casual get together too so no one was made up. It was more like a tee shirts and ponytails sort of things.

The film, The Other Woman, is definitely a “chick flick” as far as female bonding and sisterhood go (handsome men like Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney make for wonderful “eye candy”). On the flip side men will appreciate the beautiful women in the movie – Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton.

The film reminded me of a modern day First Wives Club but with younger women who are getting revenge for philandering rather than divorce.

Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) is a strong, powerful New York City lawyer. For the past several weeks she’s been dating a man name Mark. One evening, at the suggestion of her father (Don Johnson), Carly gets dressed in a very sexy outfit and goes to Mark’s home to seduce him. What she finds at his house she didn’t expect – his wife Kate (Leslie Mann).

Carly informs Kate about her husband’s Mark cheating on her. Even though Carly and Kate are polar opposites as far as personalities, they two women bond together and plot to seek revenge on Kate’s cheating husband.

While scoping out what Mark is up to the ladies discover another surprise – Mark has yet another girlfriend – a sexy, young woman named Amber (Kate Upton).

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Carly and Kate confront Amber and let her know that Mark is married and cheating with other women. The three women decide that they are going to get revenge on the Lothario by doing things like putting hair removal cream in his shampoo and spiking his smoothie with estrogen.

The plot thickens when the woman learn that Mark is embezzling money from his company and doing so in Kate’s name so if caught it would be Kate who goes to jail, not Mark. Now it’s more important than ever for the woman to ban together and put an end to Mark’s cheating – both at work and with the women in his life.

Will the women succeed at destroying Mark, or is it too late? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Other Woman where ever movies are sold.

The Other Woman is a funny film. Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann have good chemistry together. It was a bit predictable here and there but over all I enjoyed the film. It’s a fun film for female friends to watch together along with some yummy treats and some delicious wine.

My friends and I enjoyed glasses of Butterfly Kiss wines while watching the film. We had Moscato and Chardonnay.

Butterfly Kiss, is featured several times throughout the film.

Butterfly Kiss (love the name!) is available in five crisp varieties and is a delicious wine for conspiring with friends, old and new.

The varieties include;

  • Moscato
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Empress Red
  • Pink Pinot Grigio

Look at how BEAUTIFUL the bottles are.

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I honestly want to purchase the other varieties just so I can have all the bottles. They would make great decorations for my home, especially since I love butterflies.

The Moscato was my favorite. It was light and bubbly, with a bit of a citrus kick to it. It’s the ideal “any time” wine. It can be enjoyed in the afternoon, at brunch, with dinner or watching a chick flick with friends. It also goes well with light foods. It has a nice flavor with a pleasant after taste.

The Chardonnay was just as delicious. It also had a fruity flavor with maybe a tad of vanilla (I think that was Vanilla that I was tasting). Just like the Moscato it would be ideal for any time of day from brunch to late night with friends.

Butterfly Kiss is great tasting wine and I am going to be on the look out for it at our local liquor store then next time I stop by. I really want to try the other flavors and collect the gorgeous bottles.

If you are in dire need of some girl time with your friends why not grab a bottle (or two!) of Butterfly Kiss wine, a great movie (like The Other Woman) and some light and tasty snacks and enjoy your own “Girl’s Night Movie Night”.

For more information about Butterfly Kiss wines visit www.ButterflyKissWines.com.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Going back to school with KIND snacks

 

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As much as my kids try to deny it the first day of school is rapidly approaching. It’s almost time to trade in bathing suits and camping with loaded backpacks and chapter tests. Sigh… It seems like summer just began and here we are nearing the end.

I’m already thinking about how things are going to be when my kids go back to school. My daughter is a senior and taking college courses at the high school this year. She also goes in late and leaves early. Meanwhile my son is a sophomore this year. He has a full schedule and has to catch the bus at 6:45 AM and he gets home after 2:30 PM. That means I have to put him on the bus, come home, drive my daughter to school, go to work, leave work, pick my daughter up from school then get back to the bus stop to pick up my son. Yikes! That is going to be crazy!

I’m always thinking about lunch for my kids this year. Last year my son had an early lunch period so he never ate at school (he simply wasn’t hungry). By the time he got home from school he was famished and eating everything he could find.

This year his lunch is still early, but not as bad. To prevent him from eating us out of house and home when he gets home I want him to pack a snack or a light lunch (if he doesn’t feel like he wants a full lunch). I don’t care if it’s some cheese & crackers, a piece of fruit and/or another healthy snack.

Here are some great things to consider as you’re planning for your children to go back to school.

Breakfast Checklist: If your kids are in too much of a rush for breakfast, their school performance could suffer. This study found that kids who eat breakfast miss less school, average higher math scores, and 20% are even more likely to graduate! Easy, quick and nutritionally dense options are best to ensure they can at least grab breakfast as they run out the door in the morning. Make sure you check off protein, fiber, and healthy fats for this meal for energy and brain power. 

Pack a Snack: Packing healthy options is the best way to help your kids avoid all the unhealthy choices lurking around their school. Between vending machines, bake sales, candy fund raisers and the snacks in the lunch line, who knows what they’re eating throughout the day! If they keep some healthy snacks in their locker or school bag, they’re less likely to fall prey to all these temptations, and they’ll be getting the brain food they really need.

Lunch Punch: Did you know that in school lunch lines, pizza and french fries are considered vegetables? It might be the safest option to pack a school lunch to ensure your kids are getting the real vegetables they need, as well as fruits, proteins and whole grains. Make it interesting with some bold flavors to ensure they actually eat what you pack!

Parent’s Lunch Crunch: Don’t forget mom or dad! During back to school it can be all too easy for parents to forget about taking care of themselves when they’re taking care of their kids. When you’re in a time crunch, make sure you too have easily accessible, healthy foods to snack on and reach for when it’s lunch time. Maybe pack your own lunch at the same time you pack for your kids so you can ensure a healthy meal is ready when you are!

The “Lunch Punch” tip made me laugh (but not because it’s funny). In our school district they consider nachos smothered in greasy cheese and mozerella sticks as LUNCH menu options. Seriously? Since when have appetizers turned into “healthy” lunch options. It’s no wonder my kids won’t buy lunch at school. I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t either.

I work for a few hours in the morning (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM). Around 11:00 AM I start looking for something to snack on. I try and bring in something healthy. Lately I have been enjoying KIND bars. Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is my new favorite. I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE that flavor. It combines a sweet chocolate and rich dark roast coffee with the crunch of nutty almonds. Mere words cannot describe just how delicious the KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar is. Caramel Almond Sea Salt is also delicious.

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I knew KIND made bars, but I didn’t know that they also offered Healthy Grains Clusters which are bits of granola and other healthy goodies that you can enjoy “as is” or put on top of yogurt, oatmeal, cereal or even ice cream.

I tried the Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds. I enjoyed it “as is” straight from the bag. I also enjoyed it on some Greek yogurt. Mmm.. it’s so good!

The Healthy Grains Bars are great too. In fact I had one this morning at work but I accidentally knocked it when I removed it from the wrapper and it broke apart and fell into the garbage. I probably couldn’t do that again if I tried. At least it landed in the garbage and not all over the floor. LOL.

Vanilla Blueberry is very good. I can’t wait to try another flavor – Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

If you want to keep your children from snacking on “not-so-good-for-you” snacks be sure to stock up on plenty of “better-f0r-you” options like KIND products. They are great to keep at your desk at work to keep you from hitting the vending machine.

What I like about KIND products is that they are all delicious (I never met a KIND product I didn’t like). Aside from being flavorful I also find them satisfying. They are like a mini-meal as far as taking the edge off when you are hungry.

All KIND Healthy Snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. No secret ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial here. Just a delicious way of getting your body essential nutrients like fiber, protein and antioxidants (to name a few).

KIND products are sold by many retailers around the country. You can also purchase KIND products online.

To learn more visit www.KINDSnacks.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites.

Have you tried KIND products before? Do you have a favorite?

Do you have any healthy back to school tips you’d like to share?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Got Candy?

 

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As much as I know I “shouldn’t” eat candy, I do like to splurge every now and then. After all, I’m only human. Most humans enjoy the sweet taste of ooey gooey or crunchy candy.

I don’t know about you but I like to try out new candies when I see them on the store shelves. Whenever I hear about something new I look forward to trying it. It’s fun to try new things. Who knows, it might be your next favorite thing.

Sometimes I grab a random candy off the shelf in the foreign foods section. Usually I see candy from the United Kingdom. My family hails from the U.K. and I’ve already tasted some of the candy from there when I paid our relatives a visit a couple of times when I was younger. In fact it was on a trip to France that I first tried Toblerone. Now it’s available in most candy sections. Back in the day Toblerone wasn’t that popular here in the U.S.

Other candies I enjoyed include Flake and those chocolate “button” looking candies (I can’t remember what they are called).

It’s fun to try new things. That is why I really like the idea of a new monthly subscription service called BoCandy.

BoCandy subscriptions can be purchase for 4 months or 8 months – or you can simply purchase a single month or on a month to month basis. A single month is $13, 4 months is $48 and 8 months is $88 (best value).

Once you purchase your BoCandy package or subscription all you have to do is wait for it to arrive at your door. Shortly before the package is mailed out you’ll receive an e-mail from BoCandy with contains information about the candies that will be included in your package. The candies you receive are from all over the world!

When was the last time you enjoyed chocolate from Mexico or a hard candy from Germany? Most of us can’t afford to travel the world, and buying candy from other countries can be expensive. Often it has to be purchased in bulk and most people don’t want a massive amount of candy, especially when they only want to enjoy a few pieces.

BoCandy sent me a couple of packages to try out (June & July). The candy arrives in a red padded envelope. Inside you’ll find a nice assortment of candy.

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June’s package: I love the Haribo Gold Bears. The Fazer Mints were SO GOOD! Those were my favorites. The Rom bars was also yummy. I love coconut and the London Roll was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed it.

Here are a few examples of candies I have enjoyed from BoCandy. The descriptions are from BoCandy (not me).

ROM bar (Romania): From Romania (big surprise), specifically Bucharest, this candy bar is the pride and joy of the former Eastern Bloc state, so much that you’ll notice it is clad in a Romania flag. Interestingly enough, when sales of this candy bar were declining in the mid 2000s (the recession, am I right?) its manufacturers took the bold move of replacing it’s iconic Blue, Yellow, and Red wrapper with that of an American flag. It bolstered such a (positive) backlash that sales rebounded and once again every single Romanian girl and boy was munching on the rich chocolate delicacy.

Haribo Mini Gummy Bag (Germany): I know this is kind of a cop out because I had Haribo Roulettes last month, but I promise you, these taste different. Plus they are tiny and everyone knows tiny food tastes better. If you don’t believe me, take a wheel of cheese and then take a little cut up cube of cheese and eat both and tell me which you’d another of.

Fazer Mints (Finland): Dark Chocolate and a creamy liquid mint center. If you’ve ever had the chance to dine in a fine Finnish restaurant, they would have given you a handful of these after your meal. Luckily for you, you can get the same refreshing taste without traveling halfway across the world to the land of the midnight sun or at least a quarter of the land of the midnight sun because really only 25% of Finland exists within the Arctic Circle.

Walker’s Toffee (England): If there’s one thing the English do good, it’s refuse to show emotion in even the most gripping situations. If there’s two things the English do good, it’s refuse to show emotion in even the most gripping situations and make toffee. Walker’s is the classic brand from across the pond, pop one in your mouth and notice the effects of a stiff upper lip almost immediately.

De La Rosa Marzipan Peanut (Mexico): Spoiler alert– these taste like the inside of a peanut butter cup. Cinco de Mayo has come and gone (I had an amazing time at the Blessing of the Lowriders in Southwestern Detroit, thanks for asking) but you can have a taste of Mexico whenever you want!

Ptichye Moloko (Russia): “Ptichye Moloko” means “Bird’s Milk” in Russian. Upon learning this, I was immediately incredulous of this candy, mostly because birds are not mammals and therefore cannot create milk. Still, being the adventurous candy man I am, I tried it. It was worth it. So worth it. They taste kind of like somebody put whipped marshmallow inside a chocolate shell. I did some more research and found that Putin’s guards love these. I also found out that they aren’t literally bird’s milk but instead the namesake refers to “Bird’s milk” unattainable gift in Slavic legend, which has an anecdotal meaning similar to “as rare as hen’s teeth”).

Chipurnoi Glitterati (Italy): A medley of eye-catching fruit sweets with a real juicy flavor. They’re small but are packing a lot of taste. They’ve also got a very shiny wrapper, making them inherently better than Chipurnoi Dullerati.

Coconut London Roll: The London Roll is actually a Malaysian Treat (hence the really good coconut flavoring). They’re creamy and velvety and like twinkies if twinkies had an exotic cousin who they never really hung out with but always say the pictures they posted on Instagram of their vacation to Turks and Caicos and Cebu.

BoCandy July

July’s Package: I love wafer cookies and I was thrilled to get some in this package. I ate those right away (the lemon cream in the middle was delish!). The edible money was interesting. It was a wafer like candy (we though it was gum). My kids loved it. I was on the fence about that. My favorite candy this month was the Blueberry Licorice. Mmmm! That was really good!

I think it’s fun to take a “sweet trip around the world”, so to speak, by sampling some candies from across the globe. Most of the candies received from BoCandy cannot be found here in the United States (unless you know of a specialty store that can get them for you).

The Haribo Gummy Bears ARE readily available here in the U.S. So far that is the only candy I’ve received from BoCandy that is not necessarily hard to find in the U.S.

What I live about this service is that you never know what you’ll get month after month. I was looking forward to my packages because I like trying new things and learning about other countries and cultures. It’s interesting to see what kinds of candies other countries are into.

I can’t say that I’v enjoyed every single candy I’ve received. Almost all of them have been delicious but there were a few that were just “eh”. But that is fine with me. Not everyone is going to enjoy the same things. That is why you get a variety of candies with BoCandy. If you don’t like a candy it’s OK because there are plenty of other ones in the package you might absolutely love.

To learn more about BoCandy visit BoCandy.com. BoCandy would make a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth, a college student or even for yourself.

Please note that BoCandy won’t ship chocolate products during the warm weather months. In order to do that the package would need an ice pack which would add to the overall cost. To keep prices down chocolate products will be shipped in the cooler months.

What do you think about BoCandy? Does it sound interesting? Is it something you would like to try? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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