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BzzAgent Green Mountain Fair Trade Coffee November 26, 2012

Filed under: Food,General — slagoon @ 12:52 pm

Today I bring you Green Mountain Fair Trade coffees that I received from BzzAgent.  First I’ll start by telling you about the flavors and then about why fair trade coffee is a good choice.

I was sent 4 flavors, Vermont Country Blend, Sumatran Reserve – Extra Dark, Columbian Fair Trade Select, and Wild Mountain Blueberry.

Vermont Country Blend – This is a mild coffee, like a breakfast blend. It goes well with everything and is not bitter. Using my Keurig I was able to get a perfect cup at 10oz. This is well balanced but not very aromatic.

Sumatran Reserve– This is a BOLD coffee. It is very aromatic. It smells like a coffeehouse. Brewing the k-cup at 12oz was still to strong for me, but my husband adored it and asked me to buy more.

Columbian Fair Trade Select – This coffee is on the Bold side but not as strong as the Sumatran. It is aromatic and not too bitter. It doesn’t have an incredible amount of acidity either.

Wild Mountain Blueberry – I was not expecting to like this, but once I brewed it it smelled like I made coffee and fresh blueberry muffins.  That is also what it tasted like when I drank it. It was super delicious. I will definitely get this again.
Now, lets talk Fair Trade.

Fair trade is when farmers in third world countries are introduced to methods of building a sustaining business model. With the help of  the brands who support fair trade, these farmers are given reasonable pay and premiums for their work.  The farmers also have access to healthcare and child labor is prohibited.  The farmers communities also receive premiums for predetermined development activities. Buying Fair Trade products like this coffee creates a sustainable future and transfers more of the profit to the hard working men and women. These products will be similarly priced to other high quality items, but mass marketed – mass produced items will still be cheaper, but they will also still be lower quality.

Now that I’ve learned about the benefits of Fair Trade, if I have a choice between a fair trade product and something else, I know which I’ll choose…What about you?


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FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR ( My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.


BzzAgent Smartfood Selects October 10, 2012

Filed under: Food,General — slagoon @ 3:37 am
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One more food post then I’ll go back to beauty products for awhile. Today I bring you Smartfood Selects. I received 3 bags of different flavored treats and I’ll tell you how I liked them.



BzzAgent UNREAL- Candy Unjunked September 22, 2012

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Today I bring you food…who doesn’t love food? Even better, sweets, candy, junk food…whatever name you call it by, it is a tasty treat. UNREAL (slogan: Candy Unjunked) is relatively new to the market and Bzzagent gave me the opportunity to try some of their candy – provided I could find it. After looking at a couple of the suggested stores I found these suckers at Walgreens in an end-cap. I grabbed one of each of the 5 varieties and went to check out.  Apparently they are so new that the clerk didn’t even know the store had the candy.



Bzz Agent Brewed Over Ice July 17, 2012

Filed under: Food — slagoon @ 8:41 am
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Hello, my name is Sarah, and I am a coffee snob. When I was a kid in the ’80’s my dad would go to this hip coffee bar and buy imported whole beans from exoctic and unique locations. When I started drinking coffee I quickly realized I could taste a vast difference between my dad’s botique coffee and everything else (Folgers, Uban, Maxwell House….).

Then I got hooked on fufu coffees from coffee shops, like vanilla latte or white mochas. In the summer I always enjoyed a blended beverage or iced coffee from these places. A couple times I tried making iced coffee at home with no real luck. Then along comes the Green Mountain “Brew Over Ice” coffee. I didn’t expect much, but I figured I’d give it a shot (I’d been given samples to try at home to share my opinion on from BzzAgent). I put my tumbler full of ice under my Keurig and pushed the middle button. One minute later I had an iced coffee in front of me. I tasted it, it was good, but for iced beverages I had gotten used to a sweetness. I put some of my flavored creamer in and voila… I had an amazing tasting beverage.

A couple days later I was running errands and stopped at the popular chain I always frequent and ordered an iced hazelnut latte – I poked my straw in and my blissful flavor was not there…I went home later, brewed another Hazelnut iced coffee from Green Mountain in my Keurig and I once again had happy taste buds. I am now a “brew over ice” convert and won’t waste any more money on iced coffees at those chain stores.

You might like it, you might not, but for the price of 2 drinks from a chain you can get a box of 16 iced drinks – seems a reasonable price to pay for a possible taste bud love affair!

Did you know that Coffee might be good for your beauty regimine?

Would I buy this product on my own? YES YES YES!!!!

Will I finish the samples? Heck Yeah!

Side note, the Celestial Seasonings (lemonade iced tea and Sweet Southern Tea) were both very good, but I’m not much of an ICED tea drinker so I probably won’t get them again – but if you like iced tea – go for it!

FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR ( My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.


Influenster – the Spring Beauty Box – Wrap Up July 11, 2012

Filed under: Food,General,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 8:08 pm

I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from April and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my bag wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.

Click “more” to see how this kit rated…



Influenster – the Spring Beauty Box May 18, 2012

Filed under: Food,General,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 8:32 pm

Spring is in the air, and influenster sent me another box of goodies.  I really wasn’t expecting them for another couple of days, however, I really can’t complain at it arriving early.  Inside the box or products that you could use to refresh your beauty routine.  These products, I believe, were chosen to put a new spring in your step, pun intended.  So what did they dole out this month?  Well, click the break to read all about it.



Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea – Review April 5, 2012

Filed under: Food — slagoon @ 6:27 am
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Today I bring you Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea.  I am a tea lover, and have been for years. I spend way too much money at Teavana and other similar stores though admittedly not as much as I do on cosmetics/skincare. Anyway, this tea was sent to me in my March Birch Box. I like Detox teas usually, they have a nice blend of green and other teas. This particular one is a blend of Matte, green tea, and lemon grass.  The idea of Detox teas is that they help flush toxins from your system, leaving you healthier and with better skin, hair, and nails.

At first I thought this was kind of a silly item to get in my Birchbox, I mean a Tea Bag with “detox tea” in it. I am a loose leaf tea snob, and tea bags usually are filled with icky leftover tea products (no offense if you like them). I was wary of this but like a good trier-outer I dutifully opened my outer wrapper and was delighted to find a satchel rather than a bag inside. If you are not into tea then you are probably scratching your head at this.  A tea bag is a little paper filter with ground up tea inside and a string stapeled to it.  A satchel, on the other hand, is usually made of silk or some other natural fiber – in this case I believe it is cotton. Additionally a satchel contains loose leaf tea. When you look at a satchel they usually look like they are not filled properly and are too empty. In reality the dried tea and other ingredients shrink up a bunch and when water is added the satchel will fill up as the ingredients expand. By the time you are done steeping the tea, the satchel is quite full. One thing to be careful of with loose leaf tea is that they are much more temperature and time sensitive. If it says 3-4 minutes you better remove the tea from the water by 4 minutes. If it says 170º then you better not put boiling water in it (instead try 2 normal sized ice cubes in the boiling water. You don’t want to burn the tea.  Loose leaf teas have more nutrients in them because they go through less processing and to me they taste better because of that lack of processing.

Kusmi is no exception to the normal satchel stereotypes. This tea is wonderful and the lemon and lemon grass add a perfect citrus to compliment the green tea. It is the perfect tea for cool spring mornings.  It has enough punch that you can actually get a full second steep with it, and a 3rd if you don’t mind it a little weaker (leave it in for more like 6 minutes on the third steep).  This tea is great even with its hefty price tag. I plan on ordering some when I get more birchbox points (or see if I can find it on Amazon for cheaper).

If you like tea this is definitely one to try!

Will I buy this again? Yes I plan to

Will I finish the sample? Yes

Here’s the breakdown!

Sample Size 2
Full Size 20
Full Size Price $21.94
Sample Value  $2.19


FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the bag. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.


Stash Tea – Photo Heavy March 21, 2012

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Another neat item I received from Influenster was Stash Tea.  I took TONS of photos. Which you can see below the break. 

The flavors match the names of each of the teas – so if you don’t like cinnamon apple then you won’t like the “cinnamon apple” tea 🙂  Overall I really enjoyed the set. My least favorite was Licorice and next was the wild raspberry hibiscus…which surprised me – I usually LOVE raspberry.  Anyway, I really did enjoy every other flavor.

Enjoy the photos!



Truvia Sweetener from Influenster March 15, 2012

Filed under: Food — slagoon @ 5:05 am

Ah Influenster, they sent me another lovely vox box – this one contained a product that I’m excited to share with you – this is Truvia. Truvia is natural but the sweetness comes from the Stevia plant. It apparently has no calories and is considered sweeter than sugar. It can be used as a sugar substitute.

What did I think of it? It was REALLY sweet – nearly too much so. I have been using it in tea (which I will share in a different post) and I use far less of it than I do when I use real sugar.  I think thats a good thing though.  I have heard others say there is an aftertaste but I haven’t noticed it. I haven’t noticed any ill effects of using it either. All in all I think it is a pretty darn good product.

Check out the macro’s here – it has a crystaline structure just like real sugar – pretty neat right?



Would I get it again? Probably – depends on  how convenient it is to buy compared with other sugar.

If you want to read more about recipies or other facts about the product please visit the sweetener’s website.

If you want to learn how to receive complimentary products to test yourself, please visit

FTC Disclosure: This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR ( My priority is to you, and I honor that commitment by being honest! I do not conduct paid reviews or guarantee reviews. I promise to remain truthful with you. If you are uncertain what this all means, I suggest you to read my Disclosure Policy for further clarification.


Influenster – the Love Vox Box

Filed under: Food,General,Skincare — slagoon @ 5:03 am

Influenster did it again. They are a program that you sign up to receive complimentary products to test. Your responsibility is to test them out and report back.  You don’t have to cheerlead – just be honest.  That’s all I’ve ever been about the products – so it comes natural.  During the month of February Influenster chose  some of its members to be part of the “Love Vox Box” testing team – I was selected.  March rolls around and one day I happily found a nice white box at my front door.  Squeeling with delight I went inside and found my utility knife to dig in. And what to my wondering eyes did appear? A box full of love that was ever so clear….sorry had to do it.

What’s in the box you ask? Click the break to find out!