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Product Review: Booty Shawl Fashion Hip Wrap

Audrey Hipburn Booty Shawl
Audrey Hipburn-Style Booty Shawl (Image Courtesy of My Booty Shawl)

When it comes to rocking my personal style, leggings are an endlessly versatile fashion asset that I simply cannot do without. I pair them with a T Shirt for yoga, top them with a tunic and boots for the office, and layer them under skirts or dresses for added warmth in the winter. While feeling properly dressed in just leggings and a top is not an issue for me, there have been a few situations where I felt like I maybe needed a little extra “street coverage” when my shirt ends up being shorter than I had realized before leaving the house. In a pinch, you can always tie a sweater around your waist, but isn’t it better to plan ahead so you can feel confident and keep your outfit looking polished? Sure it is.

Booty Shawl Package

Enter the Booty Shawl: a lightweight, fashionable hip wrap that you can wear as a shirt extender or skirt-cover up over tight jeans or leggings anytime you want a little extra coverage that complements your style.  When I heard about the Booty Shawl, I immediately knew this was a fashion accessory that would not only be fun to play around with, but something that I could use right away to solve the coverage dilemma.

Audrey Hipburn Booty Shawl
Audrey Hipburn Booty Shaw in Black Stretch Lace

The ladies at Booty Shawl sent me over this Audrey Hipburn in Black Lace, which goes with practically everything my closet. This is what it looks like on:

AH Black Lace

So super chic! Audrey Hipburn provides the most coverage of all Booty Shawl styles. Low on the sides,  the  wide waistband can be worn rolled over to cover pockets and provide more tummy holding power or unrolled for more midriff shaping. Large kangaroo pockets stash cash or cards or so you can go hands-free.Throw this baby on after dance class and you’re ready for cocktail time!

Booty Shawl comes in three other styles. Check them out:

Lauren Bashawl

Lauren Bashawl is the newest girl in the Booty Shawl house; a direct response to customers who loved the wide 4″ waistband and wanted coverage for curvier hips. Her skirt is cut with greater easement to fit over more voluptuous hips, but still does the basic booty covering duty.

Booty Shawl Stella Draper-1

Stella Draper’s asymmetrical design allows for adjustments side to side. Slide it to the right for a little more leg reveal. Slide to the left for more hip reveal. Topped off with a simple elastic waistband, Stella provides coverage and cost control.

Booty Shawl Isabella Wrapalini

Isabella Wrapalini features a wide 4″ waistband which provides tummy holding talents. Crossover panels on the side of the legs provide great mobility for lateral movement. Ideal for dancers, prances and jumpers of joy. The secret waistband pocket holds essentials!

Each Booty Shawl style comes in an array of fabrics, colors and sizes (XS2X) and can easily be worn with any outfit you can imagine! Dress them up over skinny jeans, keep it casual over yoga pants, rock them at the gym over leggings, or wear it as a swimsuit coverup. The fashion possibilities are endless! Visit My Boot Shawl Dot Com for more Information on each Booty Shawl style and to make purchase, check out the Look Books, and visit the Booty Shawl Etsy Shop at This Link for custom orders!

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Product Review: Summer Snacking and BBQ Favorites From Traina Home Grown

Traina Brand Images
All Photos By Gail

It’s hard to believe, but we are now half-way through summer. If you aren’t already deeply-immersed in the weekend picnic and backyard BBQ scene, it’s time to step up your game! Traina Foods has just introduced Home Grown;  a new line of healthy dried fruit snacks and gourmet condiments that makes it easy to bring the taste of summer to your table right now!

Snack Size Frutons

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh summer fruits that you can find everywhere — from the grocery store to your local farmer’s market. But, as silly as this may sound to some, there are those who miss out on fresh summer fruits because the time and effort it takes to wash, peel and cut up the fruit is just too daunting. With a plant-forward approach to eating in mind, Traina Home Grown introduces Fruitons, a delicious, convenient way to help you meet your overall healthy diet needs with perfectly portioned snack bags of their naturally sweet California sun-dried fruit. Sun-dried fruit is nutritionally equivalent to fresh fruit, being high in fiber, healthy nutrients, and antioxidants. Good to know!

Traina Dried Apricots
Traina Home Grown Dried Apricots

Not only are Fruitons a tasty, grab-and-go snack, but they can also be a versatile ingredient in creative meal preparation. I’ve been taking Fruitons to the office and adding them to the morning oatmeal I buy in the cafeteria.

Oatmeal with Dried Fruit
Oatmeal With Apricot and Cherry Fruitons Mixed In!

The hot cereal plumps the dried fruit, adding a chewy sweetness, and making a healthy breakfast even more delicious!

Frutons Large Bags

Fruitons also come in larger, resealable 6-once bags, so you can add the taste and nutritional benefits of dried fruit to all of your summer recipes.

Frutons Assorted Mix

Fruitons All American Blend contains a pleasing assortment of dried peaches, cranberries, grapes, apples and blueberries. This selection is ideal for making your own trail mix, sprinkling into salads, mixing into yogurt, and for perking-up the aforementioned hot cereals. Fruitons would also be an excellent substitute for raisins or other dried fruits that are called for in a variety of baking recipes! The creative possibilities are endless.

Frutons Sun Dried Tomatoes

Do you like sun-dried tomatoes? Who doesn’t? You probably already have a few favorite pasta recipes that call for this premium ingredient. Now you can have sweet and savory sun-dried tomatoes on hand all the time!

Traina Sauces
Traina Ketchups

If you’re planning a BBQ any time soon, be sure to pick up a couple of bottles of Traina Home Grown’s new Gourmet Ketchups and BBQ Sauces for all of your grilling needs! These sauces taste great on a variety of meats — burgers, chicken, steaks —  as well as on vegetables, and used in dips. There are four pounds of tomatoes in every bottle of Home Grown Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup, and these ketchups are also gluten free, kosher, vegan and contain no corn syrup.  There is an organic variety of Ketchup as well as two additional specialty favors.  Gourmet Sicilian Ketchup, with its Italian herb blend, is great on fish and chicken, and to add a kick to your meal,  try the spicy Gourmet Sriracha Ketchup! All are made with same care and quality ingredients.

Traina BBQ Sauces

You’re probably not going to find BBQ sauces like these anywhere else, because Traina Home Grown BBQ Sauces are made with real dried fruit, for an extra special taste! Both the Sun Dried Apricot and Sun Dried Plum BBQ Sauces are sweet and spicy, and would taste so amazing on ribs! The Sun Dried Plum variety reminds me very much of Hoisin Sauce. I served it as a dipping condiment with Trader Joe’s Masala Burgers, and it was off the hook!

Find out more about the Traina family of fine products, shop online, get recipes or find out where to shop in your neighborhood for the products in this post, at This Link!

Frutons Assorted Packaging

Product Review: Tayst Coffee Roasters Subscription Box Service

Tayst Logo
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Coffee? I sure do. I especially love my Kuerig Coffeemaker for its convenience, ease of clean up, and the seemingly endless variety of flavors and drink types available in those little pods. I love it! But I also love the Earth, and the amount of waste that accumulates in landfills from those same little pods is not lost on me. A couple of years ago, I actually purchased a set of reusable plastic coffee pods, which can be filled with your own ground coffee, and then washed and reused again and again. They work fine, but the amount of sediment left in the bottom of the coffee cup after drinking is unappealing to me. Faced with this conundrum, I went back to the regular disposable pods. Sorry, Earth.

Coffee Box

Recently, I was contacted by Tayst Coffee Roasters, a subscription coffee service that delivers high-quality, gourmet coffee pods and supplies directly to your home or office. Tayst is concerned with sustainability, and so all of their pods, bags, cups and related packaging are fully compostable and thus biodegrade. It is a cause for excitement! Tayst sent me a sample box of their delicous coffee to try out for review, and here’s what was in that box:

Bold and Brilliant

Bold and Brilliant Bold Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

Medium and Magnificent

Medium and Magnificent Medium Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

Vintage Vanilla Cream

Vintage Vanilla Cream Varietal Roast, Bag of 10 Pods.

That’s an entire month’s worth of coffee! Wow! They also sent me these:

Coffee Pods

4 Random individually-packaged coffee pods of various boldnesses.

Coffee Bag Clips

And these cute little wooden clothespin clips, which are for sealing the open bag to keep the pods fresh! Cutes and practical!

Tayst Cups

And they sent me some cups and lids, in case I want to take my coffee to go! So thoughtful!

My Tayst box arrived on a Friday afternoon, so I was excited to make a cup for myself first thing on Saturday morning! I went for the Vanilla Cream first, because flavored coffees are my jam. As you can see, the pod has no hard plastic cup and the coffee is just contained inside a soft, compostable filter.

Coffee Pod Close Up

Here is a close up of the pod.

Coffee in a Pig Mug

While all beverages taste great when served in a Pig Mug, this Tayst coffee is so smooth, rich, robust without being bitter, and the sweet Vanilla Cream flavor really started off my weekend right! I have been enjoying Tayst coffee at home for a few weeks now, and I have come to crave its yumminess.

Of course, there is a good reason why Tayst coffees tastes so fantastic. The beans that go into Tayst coffee are sourced from sustainable farms around the world. These fine beans are roasted, ground fresh and put into compostable single serve cups, and then sent direct to customers. By choosing to source coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, companies subscribing to Tayst Coffee Box Service are having a demonstrable impact on the ground, conserving natural resources and improving the lives and livelihood of farm communities. Every way you look at it, Tayst Coffee Service is great for the environment!

How It Works

It’s so easy to get started with Tayst Coffee delivery to your home or office. First, choose either Keurig or Nespresso compatible single serve cups in quantities as low as 30, 40 or 50 pods monthly for individual or family use. Prices go down a few cents per cup as you increase your order, and if you are ordering for an office, buying in a larger quantity would make sense. There are subscription plans that deliver as many as 2500 pods per month, at a significant savings.

Next, choose your brew strength. There are two bold roasts, two medium roasts, plus the Vintage Vanilla Cream for flavored coffee fans, and a Defiantly Decaf variety that still maintains its dark, rich coffee characteristics. You can also choose the Tayst Sample Box to get a mix of all varieties.

Coffee Pod Trio

You’re in control of how often and how much coffee you will receive with your subscription. Either set it and forget it or adjust the coffee taste profile, quantity or frequency of your monthly order at will.  Initial office coffee box orders include Tayst Coffee Storage Jars and Tayst Ceramic Coffee Mugs, with the number of each adjusted according to the size of your order. You can also order a sleeve of 20 compostable coffee cups for just $6.00. The best part is that there is no commitment and no contracts to sign. You can cancel your delivery subscription at any time!

Visit  Tayst Dot Com for more information, and to get 30% Off your first box! You’ll be glad you did!

A Yawn is a Silent Scream

Product Review: Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patches For Allergy Symptom Relief

Dr. Loos Harmony Patches Packaging
All Photos By Gail

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, like I do, then you know that the symptoms can really lay you low — especially when they can linger for weeks at a time. There are plenty of effective over the counter remedies, like antihistamines, cough suppressants and expectorants to help you get through the worst of it, but there are few factors to consider. Maybe you are someone who isn’t good with remembering to take your next dosage, or maybe you are conflicted about what you can take that won’t bring on unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. Most importantly, you want to know that the ingredients in whatever remedies you choose to take are safe and as natural as possible. It’s a lot to deal with when all you want to do is feel well again.

Coincidentally, a week into my most recent onset of allergy symptoms, I was contacted by a representative of Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patches, which are an organic, all-natural treatment for the relief of coughs, colds and allergy symptoms. She asked if I’d be interested in trying out Dr. Loos Harmony Patches as I blew my nose for the millionth time that day “I am having an allergy attack right now!” I replied. “How soon can you get them to me?” She put a package in the mail to me and I had them two days later! I started using them immediately.

Dr. Loos Harmony Patches Child to Adult

Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patches are transdermal patches containing herbs and organic, natural ingredients that you apply to your skin and leave on for up to 12 hours at a time. I received samples of two different varieties of cough, cold and allergy relief patches: one that treats Age 8 to Adult, and one for Mature Adults 50+ Years. For my first treatment, I applied five of the Age 8 to Adult patches as directed on the reverse of the packaging – 3 on my chest and 2 on my back – about an hour before bed time on a Friday, and slept with them on me. The patches seen above are about the thickness of a sheet of paper, and once they are on your skin, you do not feel them at all.

Dr. Loos Harmony Patches Instructions
Information and Detailed Instructions Are Printed on the Back of Each Package

Although I had been waking up several times during the night with coughing fits for, say, the previous five nights, on this night I didn’t cough even once during my sleep. Once I was awake on Saturday morning and hit the twelve hour mark, I removed the patches, showered, and applied a fresh round of patches to my clean, dry skin. I wore those patches from noon until midnight. I only coughed a few times throughout the day; and when I did, the cough was much more productive than it had been. I felt much improved from the previous 24 hour,s to say the least. Bonus: I didn’t have to remember to take any pills or other oral medications!

Dr. Loos Harmony Patches Mature Adult

Saturday night, I slept without any of the Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patches on me, but Sunday I  decided to try the Mature Adult patches. These patches, seen in the photo directly above, are slightly thicker than the pink patches, and are therefore easier to apply, especially to your back area. Besides the visual difference in the color, shape and thickness of the patches, there is a difference in the adhesive, in that the Age 8 to Adult variety contains a small amount of acrylic, and the Mature Adult variety is recommend for anyone with sensitive skin. The propriety formula on both patches is identical, with the active ingredients being USDA organic ginger, chamomile, and fennel, with no alcohol sugar, bicarbonate or additives.

Because Harmony Patches are applied directly onto the areas of the body where symptoms originate, the ingredients are absorbed into your body immediately and can get to work right away to make you feel better. After using the patches for a few days my symptoms were great reduced and I was much more comfortable. I recommend them!

Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patches are also available to treat Tummy  / Digestive Distress in both Children and Adults. Get more information about the Dr. Loo’s family of Harmony Patch products at This Link, and visit Amazon Dot Com to Purchase!

Product Review: Good Karma Non-Dairy Yogurt

Good Karma Non-Dairy Yogurt
All Photos By Gail

More and more it seems, food allergies or intolerances to commonly used ingredients such as nuts, wheat, soy and dairy no longer have to keep you from indulging in your favorite foods. For example, Yogurt lovers who have been missing out on this creamy treat due to a lactose intolerance can now enjoy healthy and great tasting Good Karma dairy-free yogurt, which I recently had the chance to taste test at home, after first meeting product representatives last summer at a food show.

Good Karma Label View

Vegan-friendly and free of major allergens, Good Karma is versatile, creamy, fresh and delicious.  This dairy free yogurt is made with flax milk (derived from cold-pressed flaxseed oil) which is a rich source of Omega-3 healthy fats. Each serving of Good Karma contains 5-6 grams of plant-based protein, plus 7 live and active cultures to aid digestion. Even better: each 6 ounce serving has only 90 calories!

Good Karma Blueberry CupGood Karma Blueberry

As you can see by the photo above of the Blueberry variety spooned into a serving dish, Good Karma is very creamy in texture and not at all gelatinous, as is Greek-style yogurt. The fruit is already blended in, rather than being at the bottom of the cup, so you get a very consistent fruit flavor in every bite.

Good Karma Raspberry
Good Karma Raspberry

Using plant-based milks, the company’s goal is always to create a delicious yogurt that gets as close as possible to a traditional dairy yogurt, while also being free of all major allergens, with added protein and a tangy, fruity taste that makes you smile!

Good Karma Strawberry Cup

Besides these three luscious fruit flavors, Good Karma dairy free yogurt also comes in comes in Plain and Vanilla varieties.

Parfait Recipe

I tasted the Vanilla Good Karma at the aforementioned food show, where I was served a tasty fun yogurt  parfait recipe that knocked my socks off! Find out more about Good Karma dairy-free products (made with Flax Milk, which, as you can see below, they also offer), plus get recipes like the one you see above, and download money-saving coupons good towards your first purchase of Good Karma, at this link!

Good Karma Flax Milk
Good Karma Non-Dairy Yogurt and Flax Milk Products!

Brownie Brittle Introduces New Chocolate Almond Variety Plus Thindulgent Sandwich Cookies!

New Brownie Brittle Treats
All Photos By Gail

It is no secret that Brownie Brittle products are my snack-time jam. And what makes innovative baker Sheila G’s line of gluten-free sweet treats so endlessly exciting is the fact that they are always evolving the brand; introducing new varieties of the original Brownie Brittle chocolate cookie and developing new products that take indulgence to a new level entirely.

Chocolate Almond Brownie Brittle

Almond lovers are going to want to rush out to pick up a bag (or two) of their new Chocolate Almond Brownie Brittle, which is absolutely loaded with crunchy, fresh toasted almond pieces (and chocolate chips!) in every bite. I had taken photos for this review of the Chocolate Almond Brownie Brittle lounging seductively on a plate, but it somehow got lost in the ether between my iPhone and my Mac, so you will have to believe me when I say that, in person, it looks exactly as it does on the package photo — if not even more scrumptious. My advice is that, when snack time arrives, to just put a few pieces of Brownie Brittle on a plate for yourself, and then seal the package back up and hide it, otherwise you’ll be munching away happily and suddenly find yourself with an empty bag in your lap. Ask me how I know.

Thindulgent Cookie Sandiwches

Also new on grocer’s shelves are Brownie Brittle Thindulgent Sandwich Cookies, which exist among the most outrageously delicious edible things in the universe that you don’t have to bake yourself. Hallelujah!

Salted Caramel Thindulgent Sandiwch Cookie

The Brownie Brittle brand stays on-trend with the introduction of these light and delicate cookies that pack a flavor explosion. Salted Caramel Thindulgent Sandwich Cookies feature a dynamic duo of crunchy caramel biscuits plus a rich chocolate filling studded with chewy cameral bits. Insane! It took me 2 days to eat the entire box, and that is only because I was trying to show restraint. These lighter-than-air biscuits are very similar to the Pepperidge Farm European style cookies, specifically the wildly popular Milano Cookies, of which am a huge fan. The thing is, I like these even better!

Toasted Coconut Thindulgent Sandiwch Cookie

Toasted Coconut Thindulgents have the coconut baked into each biscuit, with the same luscious chocolate filling layered between them. These did not last long in my pantry either!

Find a site near you that sells Brownie Brittle products at This Link!

New Plant-Based Pastas from Explore Cuisine!

Explore Cuisine Packages Display
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There is no denying that Pasta is a popular go-to ingredient for creating quick, versatile and delicious meals to please any palate. For Pasta Lovers who may have had to eliminate this tasty staple from their diets due to a gluten intolerance, there are now many gluten-free pasta options on the market that make it possible for everyone to indulge. Explore Cuisine has a line of organic pastas made from beans and other plants that are a great place to start when you want to prepare a tasty, healthy meal for yourself or your family. Take a  look at a few of the super quick and easy dinners that I’ve recently prepared for myself with Explore Cuisine Pastas and absolutely no advanced planning!

Edamame Spaghetti Package

I bet that you had no idea that Edamame, familiar to most as the little green soybeans that everyone likes to nosh on before the meal at Japanese restaurants, can be use to make some of the most delicious pasta you will ever taste. Explore Cuisine makes a few different varieties of Edamame pasta, including everyone’s favorite; spaghetti.

Edamame Spaghetti Package

Edamame Spaghetti can be used in all of your favorite recipes as a substitute for wheat-based pasta. You might find that you like it even better, and it’s good to know that Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Spaghetti contains nearly half of your daily protein and fiber requirements in just one serving!

Edamame Spaghetti Serving Suggestion

I made an easy and scrumptious Primavera by adding frozen mixed vegetables that I had on hand, and tossing the pasta in butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Edamame Spaghetti Serving Suggestion

Then I covered it with cheese, which is how I like my pasta!

Chickpea Fusillii Package

Explore Cuisine also specializes in a line of Pulse Pastas; a term that may be unfamiliar to you. Pulses are part of the legume family, and the term ‘pulse’ refers to the dried seed. Dried peas, dried beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. Pulses are very high in protein and fiber, antioxidants, and low in fat! This where Explore Cuisine’s Organic Chickpea Fusilli comes in.

Chickpea Fusilli

Chickpea Fusilli is a healthy and delicious mealtime choice that contains only four organic, whole food ingredients. This pasta also contains 11g of protein and nearly 20% of your daily dietary fiber requirement per serving. With its soft and supple texture, and mild taste, Chickpea fans will be in Heaven!

Chickpea Fusilli Serving Suggestion

Since this pasta is a bit more sturdy than the spaghetti, I topped it with Trader Joe’s frozen meatballs and jarred sauce. Delicious and satisfying!

Red Lentil Penne Package

Red Lentil Penne is also a pulse pasta. With the smooth texture of flour pasta and the benefits of lentils, the Red Lentil Penne is a fantastic choice for any penne based pasta dish. Comprised of only two ingredients, Red Lentil Penne pasta is  protein rich  and a good source of fiber. Organic, gluten-free and free of GMOs, it’s pasta reinvented!

Red Penne Pasta Serving Suggestion

Here is the penne topped with a light tomato vodka sauce and a dollop of creamy cottage cheese (you could also use Ricotta, if you had that on hand). Out of this world delish!

Explore Cuisine Packages Display

Explore Cuisine’s Italian style pastas were created in the Apulia region of Italy, which is famed for being the home of pasta. Explore Cuisine worked side by side with pasta masters and professional chefs to deliver the authentic taste and texture of the best Italian pasta but made with the goodness of chickpeas and lentils.

Learn more about Explore Cuisine foods, and get recipes, at This Link!