Sunday, August 31, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have July and August boxes

I'm still obsessed with the POPSUGAR boxes. I keep waiting for a bad one to stop the streak of awesomeness and kill the buzz, but each one has been better than the previous one.

My August box:

The Kendra Scott earrings alone (I think they cost around $58?) made the box worth its value. On top of the beautiful earrings, the box contained a bunch of other items I loved.

The Goodbyn dipper set is perfect for packing my lunch for the office and BPA-free. I also put the shower gel in our master bathroom and was surprised to get an unsolicited comment from my husband about how much he liked the new product I bought.  

I also wanted to give the July box a shout out (since I was MIA for so long). The highlights of this box were the adorable Acme paper straws, the jump rope, and the sun bum sunscreen and after sun cream. I had previously tried (and loved!) dang coconut chips in my Love with Food box, so they were also a pleasant surprise. 

Since we were planning our Turkey trip when this box arrived, I threw both of the Sun Bum creams into my luggage for the trip. I busted them open when we got to the beach and was impressed by the stats (paraben free and up to snuff by the Skin Cancer Foundation) and the awesome smell. I use a different sunscreen on my face and hands, but this was perfect for daily use on my body and didn't cause any breakouts. 

Fingers crossed September's box keeps the streak alive.

Want to give the PopSugar Must Have box a try? Use code: MustHaveYT to get $10 off your first box.

This is not a sponsored post, just an honest rambling about a monthly box that honestly gives me a bit of joy to come home to and contains some great products.  This link and the ones above are referral links, so use at your own discretion. I love honest reviews that I find online, so this is my way of paying it forward. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wink Frozen Dessert - the 100 calorie pint

I don't remember where I originally saw this stuff but I'm guessing it was social media. I made a mental note to look for it when I was at the grocery store. A dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free pint of ice cream seemed "free" of everything that makes ice cream delicious.  Obviously, I couldn't wrap my head around how this could possibly taste, so I decided I needed to try it for myself. 

Fast forward a couple months when I was browsing Plum Market for Julian Bakery items in the freezer section and boom! - there it was, on sale nevertheless! 

I'm a huge fan of cake batter anything, so it was an obvious flavor choice. 

See those nutritional facts? 25 calories per serving, making this whole pint 100 calories.

I opened it up and and immediately noticed the icy texture.

I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the cake batter flavor. The richness and creaminess of ice cream was missing (this stuff isn't magic), but I still really liked it. I think that with a drizzle of almond butter or some mini chocolate chips (goodbye 25 calorie serving), this would be nice way to crush a sweet tooth.

I also tried the cookie dough flavor, which had zero cookie dough chunks. It was still pretty tasty, but you have to manage expectations - this isn't ice cream.

Wink is made with a mix of pea protein and organic flavors, but the whole list of ingredients is on their website if you are curious.

I whip up some pretty delicious protein ice cream with my Vitamix, so this isn't something I would buy on the regular, but I appreciate the ingenuity of the product. I love trying new brands and products that are pushing the envelope on specialty diets and this is certainly one of them.

Favorite ice cream flavor? Cake batter, coconut almond chip, and cookie dough

Have you tried Wink or Artic Zero? What did you think?