Monday, March 2, 2015

Review of Angie's Boomchickapop Snacks

The Boomchickapop story is nothing short of fantastical. It all started in 2001 in Dan and Angie Bastian's Minnesota garage when they wanted to do something fun with their kids while showing them the value of hard work. The dedicated Spanish teacher and nurse practitioner soon turned their classic Sweet & Salty kettle corn recipe from a local sensation into a booming business, which now includes Boomchickabites and Boomchickapuffs. Angie's Boomchickapop is a better-for-you snack with simple ingredients. They are certified gluten-free and use non-GMO ingredients in all their products. 

Angie's Boomchickapop generously donated some snacks for the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'm making, which you'll hear more about in May, but for now I do want to tell you about the Sweet Barbecue Boomchickapuffs that I tried. Boomchickapuffs are baked ancient-grain puffs made with non-GMO corn, quinoa, and sorghum. With Boomchickapuffs, you get the perfect sized snack, not too big or too small, but with a nice, big crunch. I don't know about you, but I like my puffs a little crunchy. This is the first time I've tried a barbecue flavored puff and I was very impressed with the delicious sweet and tangy barbecue taste, as was my boyfriend who helped me eat the bag. Some barbecue flavors just aren't done right and leave a bad aftertaste but that wasn't the case with these at all. Boomchickapuffs also come in White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty flavors. 

If you can't find Boomchickapop products in a store near you, you can purchase them online. Have you ever tried any of these snacks before? What did you think? If not, which snack would you try first?

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Review of Original Gourmet Lollipops

I contacted Original Gourmet recently and asked if they'd be willing to donate some of their gourmet lollipops to the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'm making for my co-workers. I'm happy to say that they did and they also sent me some for review. I can't thank them enough for their generosity. I can't wait to tell you more about MT Week 2015 in May but in the meantime I can't wait to tell you more about Original Gourmet Lollipops

Original Gourmet's story started with a recipe and a vision and their mission has always been to provide gourmet candy (made with the highest quality and finest ingredients) with a variety of fun flavors that make people across the world happy and that they do. Young or old, I think everyone enjoys a lollipop once in a while. I wasn't surprised at all when my 10-year-old niece or the 16-year-old girl down the road were excited about these lollipops and I still wasn't that surprised when my mom picked her some out but I was definitely surprised me when my dad picked him one out for himself from the bag that Original Gourmet sent me. My dad picked a mystery flavor lollipop, which he swears was persimmon flavor. Although I don't think they have a persimmon flavor lollipop, my dad was happy with it nonetheless.  Perhaps persimmon could be their next flavor?!? Original Gourmet makes not only the best tasting gourmet lollipops but the largest as well. They come in a wide variety of flavors, 24 in all, and weigh in at 1.1 oz. Original Gourmet Lollipops are made using real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. They are only 130 calories and are peanut and kosher free. They are also made in America, Medina, Ohio to be exact. 

I've tried several flavors of Original Gourmet Lollipops and I found each flavor to be very bold and tasty. Most other brands of lollipops only offer a few basic flavors but Original Gourmet has many unique flavors to choose from. Because they are made using a gravity-pour patented creation process, each lollipop is smooth, pretty, and will not become sharp and cut your mouth. I've had that happen before and it's not a good feeling at all.  They are also the largest lollipops I've seen and last approximately an hour so it's a good thing they are on a plastic stick (recyclable material) instead of a paper stick. This way the stick won't become a soggy mess. Most lollipops I've tried in the past only lasted several minutes. My two dogs are also big fans of these gourmet lollipops. They were so curious about them each time I had myself one that I finally broke down and let them share the last bit of one and they were so excited and so happy. My family and I would definitely have to say that Original Gourmet makes the world's best lollipop and I think you would agree. 
Original Gourmet Lollipops are also extremely affordable. You can purchase them at a whole bunch of places but they have an online store as well. You can also purchase them through Amazon. You can also buy Lollipop Rings, Mini Lollipops Bags, and Lollipop Gift Boxes, making them perfect for gift giving and basket filling.  
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review of MADiL Flip Flops

"MADiL was founded with a fun and creative spirit and a strong desire to do good.

The actual product idea came to me while waiting by our local pool for our kids to finish their swim practice.  I was inspired to see the many creative ways people chose to express themselves…from their clothing to their accessories. The traditional flip flop, however, was left out of the "expressive" picture.  So, why not reinvent the flip flop to enable people to further express themselves? By changing band colors and adding charms to your flip flops, women and girls of all ages can accessorize their MADiL flip flops to match their outfit, sports team colors and nail polish.

But MADiL is about much more than flip flops.  We are passionate about helping others and encourage people to do social good.  We believe in it so much that we even named our company after our passion…MADiL which stands for Make A Difference in Life.   

Our story is quite simple…we want to create a great family business, mentor our kids as we go, and do what we can to help make a difference in life.

I hope you’ll join me in our efforts and go out there and make a difference in life!"

I recently wrote a post about MADiL, about how they give back by donating $1.00 for each pair of their flip flops sold to help fund cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgeries for children worldwide. I also recently had the opportunity to review some MADiL flip flops along with some bands and charms. MADiL is also donating some gift cards for the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags that I'm making for my co-workers, which you'll be hearing more about in May. 

Flip flops are my absolute favorite type of footwear and MADiL offers flip flops in several different colors (pink, teal, slate, white, and brown) which you can then personalize by adding colorful bands and fun charms. It was a bit tricky at first but after a time or two it was easy to change the bands and add charms to the bands. The patented upper PVC strap with groove line holes the bands in place well. I love being able to personalize my flip flops and express my personality.  

The MADiL flip flops are all around comfortable footwear. They do run small so you'll want to order a size bigger than what you normally wear. They are easy to slip on and off. I've wore them around the house for hours at a time and they never caused any pain or discomfort whatsoever as they are made with rubber/PE sole for extra comfort. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to try them outside yet because of the very cold temperatures and snow that we've been having in our area but from experience I know they'll do just fine on different types of terrain as they are made very well and are not too thin or too thick. They only weigh 5 ounces. These definitely seem like flip flops that will last more than one summer. The bands and charms are made very well also and the ones available are super cute and hopefully that collection will expand with different colors of bands and new charms added in the future. The bands are made from eco-friendly polyester/rubber with stainless steel end pieces and the charms are made from cooper/enamel.

These are very affordable as well and don't forget that for each pair of MADiL flip flops you purchase, $1.00 will be donated to help fund cleft repair surgeries to children worldwide. They also offer free shipping on orders over $50. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Spring is right around the corner so you need to stock up on flip flops ASAP. These would also be perfect in some Easter baskets and I do believe my niece will be getting a pair. 

So tell me, what are your thoughts about MADiL?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Danklo Monthly Gift Box Review and Giveaway

*Disclosure:  I received one free Danklo monthly subscription box in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.*

I love monthly subscription boxes and I've tried my fair share of them over the boxes, pet boxes, beauty boxes. Danklo monthly subscription box is a bit different though. This monthly subscription box is stuffed with gifts personalized to fit your lifestyle, gifts that are unique yet usable in your everyday life. There are three different subscriptions to choose from (standard, pro, and prime) and you can cancel at any time. Danklo is also the first and only monthly subscription box that gives back to their subscribers by stuffing cash in every box. Every box in guaranteed to have at least $1.00 inside but could contain up to $1,000. But if you're not completely happy, Danklo has a return policy

I most recently had the opportunity to review a prime subscription box, which can include from one to five items and a random amount of cash. The monthly subscription box I received include five items that were unique, useful, and fun. It also included a guide describing each product in more detail and instructions if needed. My box included hand sanitizer, Krazy Glue, a mini wireless bluetooth speaker, a car charger adapter for cell phone and kinetic sand. Hand sanitizer is always needed. I always make sure I have some in my purse and some in my car. My boyfriend actually put the Krazy Glue to use right away so it was nice to already have it on hand. The mini wireless bluetooth speaker is so easy to use and it has a great sound. Car charger adapters for cell phones are always useful, especially if your family has more than one vehicle. And green is my favorite color. The amount of cash inside my box was $3.00 so that's $3.00 I was able to add to our vacation jar. They definitely did a great job personalizing this box for me. 

My very favorite item in the box was the kinetic sand. It looks and feels like real sand but without the mess. Without going into all the details, my family is going through something tragic at the moment and we've been spending some time at a hospital, mostly in a family only waiting area. It's great to have kinetic sand in the room with us for the kids when they get bored because it's something to distract them for a while and keep them busy. The adults enjoy the kinetic sand too, just squeezing it, molding it, or simply just letting it run through our fingers. It's been very relaxing and therapeutic during this difficult time.

So if you really want to know what I thought about the Danklo monthly subscription box I reviewed....I loved it. Everything I received was either practical or fun. This is definitely a subscription box worth checking out and you can win one right here on Precisely Mine below. You can subscribe for as low as $7.99 plus shipping and handling per month and when you use the code SURPRISE you'll receive an extra free gift in your first Danklo box. Don't forget, you get a totally random amount of cash in every box too!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Glass With a Twist Beer Mug Review

A Distinctive Twist on Custom Glassware was founded in 2007, and quickly has become the web's best source for custom engraved and screen printed glassware. We moved to our current location in Reno, Nevada in 2009. Our small company is comprised of a talented and dedicated staff who produce all of our customized products in-house. We enjoy what we do, and are pleased to provide you with distinctive and unique designs for your custom glassware needs.

We are proud to offer sandblasting, which is the industry's premier engraving method, as well as multi-color screen printing. We only use restaurant quality glassware. We allow complete flexibility in our designs, and we can do orders all the way down to a single engraved glass.

The Perfect Gift
Our products are uniquely suited to be original and special gifts for your friends or family. Our attention to detail and our design flexibility make us a great resource for creating wonderful, personalized gifts for the special people in your life. Our engraved offerings are ideal for gifts, as we can produce them in any quantity that you desire.

A Personal Touch
We pride ourselves on personal, friendly service provided by a knowledgeable and courteous staff. If you have specific questions, or would like guidance on creating a personalized engraving or printing for a special order, we are happy to help.

Our Commitment to You
From the moment you place your order, our customer service, production, and shipping specialists will handle your order with care and precision. We are delighted to offer you excellent service and products....whether your order is for one glass, or one thousand!

I contacted Glass With a Twist about  donating some personalized glassware for the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'll be making for my co-workers this May and they very generously agreed to donate a 16 ounce personalized beer mug for each gift bag. Glass With a Twist beer mugs can be customized with event titles, dates, or phrases, as well as graphics. I had each mug personalized with the name of the hospital where we all work, our job title, and the year, as well as a cute graphic. The sandblasted engraving on the mugs is done extremely well and they look wonderful. The mugs themselves are made very well with thick glass and sturdy handles, are bar quality and the epitome of beer mugs in my opinion. These mugs are sure to make MT Week 2015 memorable for each one of my co-workers.

Besides beer mugs, Glass With a Twist also offers customized wine glasses, champagne flutes, shot glasses, cocktail glasses, martini glasses, margarita glasses, coffee mugs, mason jars, and more, all perfect for parties, showers, and other events. Besides the quality of the glass, my favorite part about Glass With a Twist glass is that you can order as many or as little engraved glasses as you want. Only need one personalized glass for a special gift....okay. Need 100 for a special event....they've got you covered. You have to buy these types of products in bulk at most places, but of course the more you buy the cheaper each glass becomes. They also offer color screen printing but these have to be bought in bulk (minimum of 24). You can check out more about how they customize here. can definitely help make your next event memorable. 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MADiL Gives Back

If I want to be honest here, until I recently read the book Good Call:  Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl by Jase Robertson and read about the struggles his daughter has faced being born with a cleft lip and palate, I knew next to nothing about the condition.  I simply thought cleft lip and palate was a deformity, something purely cosmetic, that could be fixed with one simple surgery. What I learned by reading this book was that cleft lip and palate are not simply cosmetic deformities. They are actually facial and oral malformations. A cleft lip is a physical split or separation of the two sides of the upper lip and appears as a narrowing opening or gap in the skin of the upper lip, which often extends beyond the base of the nose and includes the bones of the upper jaw and/or upper gum. A cleft palate is a split or opening in the roof of the mouth and can involve the hard palate (the bony front portion of the roof of the mouth) and/or the soft palate (the soft back portion of the root of the mouth). It is possible to have only one or the other or both together. There are several problems associated with cleft lip and/or palate as well, including eating problems, ear infections/hearing loss, speech problems, and dental problems. These malformations tend to take not one, but multiple surgeries to fix. 

I recently found a company called MADiL (Make A Difference in Life), which sells flip flops, allowing you to design your own combinations by choosing a flip flop color and then adding colored bands and charms. MADiL was founded with a fun and creative spirit and a strong desire to do good. They are passionate about helping others and encourage people to do social good. Their story is quite simple, "we want to create a great family business, mentor our kids as we go, and do what we can to help make a difference in life." MADiL is so much more than about flip flops though. 

MADiL is committed to helping children worldwide born with a cleft lip and palate and has partnered with Smile Train, who provides funding for free cleft surgeries to hundreds and thousands of children. By giving $1 for every pair of MADiL flip flops sold, MADiL helps to train doctors and fund repair surgeries anywhere in the world. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job. MADiL believes that every child born with a cleft, no matter where they are from, should have the opportunity to live a full and productive life. 

Now that you are more educated about cleft lip and cleft palate, I encourage you to help MADiL give back to this cause by purchasing a pair of flip flops for only $9.99, which I definitely think is very affordable. If you're like me, you probably love flip flips and could wear them all year and have tons of pairs so why not add a pair of MADiL flip flops to the mix and do good in the process. 

You can find out more about how MADiL gives back here and you can purchase a pair of MADiL flip flops here.

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