Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop **Closed**

red, white, and blue
Giveaway Hop Event
hosted by:  Blogging Mamas Network
What better way to celebrate the Land of the Free than Free Giveaways!?
Welcome to the Red, White, and Blue Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.  We're celebrating Independence Day with a bang - an Event full of giveaways!  Each giveaway is either patriotic, made in the USA, OR color themed!  So, be sure to hop around and see the fun, unique prizes at every blog!
Welcome to Mary's Cup of Tea and the Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop!
I am so excited to be a part of this awesome group giveaway and once you have entered my giveaway please move on to the next blog and enter their giveaway also!
I have listed the prizes below and because some of the prizes are from me, I have included a picture of them along with the dollar value. On the prizes where I have a sponsor, that prize is also a link back to the review. I did this so you can check out the prizes and if you would like to leave a comment for the extra entries, I will have a Bonus Entry on the RC form so you can take some extra entries for leaving comments on ALL of the Sponsor's Reviews.
1.)  Kringle Candle Set of 3 Tealight Candles valued at $4.50
2.)  Red Rose & Salada Tea Package valued at $15.00
3.) Yogini Tall Spray Perfume by Harvey Prince valued at $26.00
4.)  Korre's Natural Products Set of 3 Products valued at $59.00

Link to 2 lip Products/Lip Butter/Lip Glaze
Link to Primer/Korre's website
5.)  Paige Dearth's When Smiles Fade Book valued at $16.00
6.)  Red Apple Body Polisher valued at $3.50
7.)  Red Apron valued at $10.00
8.) White Pearl Ring valued at $10.00
Prize Package Total is $144.00
4 Winner's will receive just the Yogini Tall Spray Perfume at $26.00 each
Now that you've entered to win on my blog, be sure to hop around to all the other bloggers offering fun, patriotic giveaways.  If you're a cloth diapering fan, you'll want to check out the color themed giveaway from Thirsties - an USA cloth diaper company!
According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Red, White, and Blue participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Red Rose & Salada Tea Sponsor Review


I have some awesome flavored and regular teas to tell you about today from a great tea company called Salada! June is National Iced Tea month, did you know that? I guess I let this slip my mind and for some reason, I had it fixated that I wanted to put this awesome little package of teas in my Red, White and Blue Giveaway Hop!

Well, I know why, because of the Red Rose Black Tea Bags for hot tea and the Raspberry Green Tea from Salada was the red in Red, White and Blue. Plus there is a Berry Patch that would be the Blue and then the packages have some white. I guess I did not think this out too far, did I? Well, let's try to make up for it this last day of June and have a cup of Iced Tea and salute Salada and Red Rose Tea!

Here is what I was sent to review:

1.) Red Rose Black Tea Bags (regular size)
2.) Salada Raspberry Green Tea Iced Tea (family size)
3.) Salada Peach Nectarine Green Tea Iced Tea (family size)
4.) Salada Berry Patch Black Tea Iced Tea (family size)

Now, I used the Red Rose Black Tea Bags to make Hot Tea, not Iced Tea, because the bags were regular sized and it would take a lot of them to make a pitcher of Iced Tea. But, that is okay since I received three other Iced Tea boxes to make some really fabulous teas! If you like Earl Grey type of teas, then you will love the Red Rose Black Tea. It has a nice strong taste and I think you could safely use this one to help wake you up in the mornings if you get tired of coffee or already are!

Red Rose Black Tea leaves are grown at higher elevations produce tea of higher quality and flavor. That's why, for more than a century, Red Rose Tea has carefully selected leaves from tea estates nestled in the mountains of the world's finest growing regions.

Here's a little back History on Red Rose Tea:
The story of Red Rose Tea began way back in 1890 in Canada. Theodore Harding Estabrooks was born in Wicklow, Carleton County, New Brunswick in 1861. He attended Kerrís Business College in Saint John, New Brunswick, and went into business himself in 1894 on Dock Street in downtown Saint John. He was a local business leader that came up with a great idea... produce and pack a quality blended tea that was consistent from cup to cup. Before that, tea was sold loose from tea chests by local merchants and quality varied a great deal. Mr. Estabrooks' innovation meant that tea lovers could count on the quality of tea in every Red Rose package — a tradition that continues to this day.

I have to admit that the Peach Nectarine Green Tea was my favorite. And not because I live in Georgia and we are the Peach State but because I love the flavor and the green tea aspect. This amazing combo of flavors will give your Iced Tea a clean crisp taste that you will absolutely come to love!

Here are some facts on this tea:

-18 Family Sized Tea Bags Per Box
-100% Natural
-Ingredients: green tea, lemongrass, sweet blackberry leaves, citric acid, natural nectarine flavor, hibiscus, rosehip, natural peach flavor.
-Contains Caffeine

Do you know how to make a pitcher of Iced Tea? Not sure if places other than the South do make Iced Tea. Well, I take that back, it's Sweet Iced Tea and in other states that I have been outside of the South, it is always unsweetened. I really hate using Sweet & Low in my Iced Tea!

Here's how to brew the perfect pitcher:
Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and allow to cool for one minute.  Add one (1) tea bag per quart of water and steep for 3-5 minutes.  Remove bag and let tea cool before pouring into ice-filled glasses.  Serve with lemon and sweetener if desired.
The Berry Patch which has Blueberries and Acai Berries in the mix, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I love that it has Acai Berries in the mix because they are very beneficial to helping strengthen our immune system, so I am all for it.

Now, I am not sure why this one is not showing up on Salada's website but I looked everywhere. Sorry I couldn't give you more of a breakdown like what I did on the other one but if I find some information, I will come back and update this post. For now, I can tell you that is tastes amazing. It has Acai Berries along with Blueberries, so you know it's good for you. If you love these two flavors, then you are going to fall in love with this new tea!

As with the Peach Nectarine Iced Tea, make this one the same way. It might be a little different because of the Black Tea, so test accordingly for how much sugar you want to put in. I have found that usually Black Tea requires a little more sugar than Green Teas. 

And then there is the Raspberry Green Iced Tea! This one was a real treat. I normally am not too fond of this flavor but I love raspberry sauce on top of chocolate desserts, I know it doesn't make sense but I don't care for the actual fruit. So, I wasn't sure what would happen with the tea but it turned out pretty darn good!
The facts on this tea is:
-18 Family Sized Tea Bags per Box
-Gluten Free
-Ingredients: green Tea, natural raspberry flavor, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, citric acid.
-Contains Caffeine
You make this one the same as the Peach Nectarine Iced Tea. I used the same amount of sugar but we are all not going to like it the same so just use your judgement on how much you think it needs.
Salada uses only premium green tea leaves, carefully selected and hand picked from the lush tea gardens in the Far East, to make their Iced Tea blend.  The result is a 100% natural iced green tea with a crisp, refreshing and satisfying taste. If you love Green Tea and the Raspberry flavor, then you will definitely love this tea.
I got this information off of Salada's Green Tea site:
The Hidden Benefits of Freshly Brewed Iced Tea  
Not all green iced tea is created equal—compared to bottled teas, you can get up to 90 percent more of the healthy antioxidants found in green tea when you brew your own using tea bags. Bottled teas are also commonly filled with unwanted sugars and artificial flavors, and, since bottled teas do not carry a deposit, they often end up in landfills. 
To make your own iced tea to go, pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2-3 green tea bags and let it sit for about 4 minutes. Then pour the tea over ice. Fill a reusable bottle to take it on the go at just 36 cents per serving, compared to nearly $2 for some bottled teas. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try flavored teas, such as Salada’s Pomegranate Berry or Strawberry.
The winner of the Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop will get the same 4 boxes of tea that I just reviewed. The Giveaway Event starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Yogini Perfume from Harvey Prince Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have a really great surprise for the winner's of the Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop! I have been allowed to give away 5 bottles of the Tall Spray! Yes, you heard me right! The winner of the whole package will get one of course and then I will draw another 4 winners who will just get the Yogini Tall Spray valued at $26.00. The Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th. Good Luck Everyone!

It is a light refreshing scent that isn't too loud, I hate loud perfumes! Yogini smells like something you would put on to relax in or just have a lazy day relaxing or just going out to eat with no hidden agenda.

It has these notes (just to give you an idea of what I am talking about): Sandalwood, golden amber, sensual incense, Egyptian myrrh, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant buds, lily of the valley, star jasmine, rose petals, ylang-ylang, cardamom, madagascar vanilla! Don't they all sound yummy?

 It is made with the highest quality natural essences and oils, Yogini is Nature's antidote to stress: it will make you feel as good as you smell. Harvey Prince's description matches pretty much what I said above:
The fragrance that calms the mind, soothes the soul, and frees the spirit. Relaxing, light, lasting. Yogini is the glow that stays with you. Experience the purifying powers of sandalwood, the age-defying glow of grapefruit, and the sensual warmth of Egyptian myrrh.
I like to describe what I think it smells like then come over and see how far off I was or if I hit it on the nail and this time I did pretty good actually! But, you can never go wrong with a Harvey Prince fragrance. I don't think I have smelled many samples that I didn't like. And they have quite an extension of fragrances!
I have smelled this perfume called Eau de Creme and I thought it was pretty darn good, too! I only had enough to use once but I had quite a few compliments. So, in the spring or summer, when this is when you should really wear this delightful perfume, I will try my best to get one to review and to maybe giveaway.

Somewhere around Valentine's Day would be awesome, huh? This one smells sorta like what Harvey Prince says:
Send tingles up your spines with the flavorful aromas of pink passion fruit, rum raisin, french vanilla, & dark chocolate. Playful. Mischievous. Romantic!
Sounds just like Valentine's Day should be and of course any day that is special like our wedding anniversary will be the day before Valentine's Day! So, we try to do extra nice things those 2 days because it was a 2 day affair when we got married and I sure don't want to break tradition!

Here is what Harvey Prince says about your perfume style:
Perfumes should be easily accessible and speak for who you are.  
**All of our products are made with love, quality, & you in mind. 
**Crafted locally in the USA, using the finest essential & natural oils from around the world.  
**100% Cruelty Free.  
**Absolutely no animal testing, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, benzene, GMOs, or triclosan.  
I got this from their blog and it gives a little more detailed info on how they came up with certain scents. I love digging around in case you haven't noticed!
It is a well-known and well-felt fact that perfume definitely affects your mood. There is just something about scents that give your feelings an extra oomph. According to Charles Spencer from the University of Oxford, “the sense of smell is the sense with the shortest path to the emotional centers of the brain–just a few neurons from the nose to emotion.” 
Nose to emotion is something we feel strongly about. Before we embark on crafting our next signature scent, we always ask ourselves: What mood will this scent suggest? What story will it tell? And how will it make the wearer feel?  
In the case of Eau Flirt and Eau Fling, we partnered with Columbia University researchers in 2008 to better understand what scents put you in a flirty, bewitching mood. The nostalgic notes of pumpkin pie, licorice and lavender served as the inspiration, and featured notes of those perfumes.  
With each spritz, you add a little “moxie” to your attracting abilities. Flirting isn’t the only mood we connect with through scent. It’s also understandable that sometimes the stresses of daily life can be a little bit much and not everyone may have the time to relax on a yoga mat.  
This was the inspiration for our Yogini fragrance, which not only leaves you smelling great, but also has notes clinically proven to help you feel at ease. Egyptian myrrh is known to provide warmth, sandalwood is meant to purify and pink grapefruit has a certain je ne sais quoi that holds on to youth.  
Together these notes along with others provide you with a subtly gentle fragrance that once sprayed does wonders in helping you relax. We also have a lovely perfume with notes of pink grapefruit, pomegranate, mango and ylang-ylang. These combine to make an elegant fragrance that is as soft as a spring day and smells just as beautiful.  
The key to this perfume, which we have named Ageless in ode to Harvey Prince’s ageless mom, is that its special note of pink grapefruit makes you smell younger and feel more vibrant. So you will not only feel beautiful, but smell beautiful too.
You are so going to love all of the different scents that Harvey Prince has to choose from! Stop by and check them out online and then see which one sounds like you. I bet you will find more than just one, though!

Connect with Harvey Prince by several methods:

Phone: 888.641.3938

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. All of the pictures were from Harvey Prince's site.

Kringle Candle Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have a really awesome company to tell you about today called Kringle Candle Company! I think their unique concept of what they do with their candles is very different and very popular. All of Kringle's candles are white but they decorate the jars to show off their personality. The reason for the candles themselves to be white is because white goes with every décor, burns better and longer and you get more of the fragrance instead of the burn of chemicals from the color process.
I was sent a great array of products to review but the ones I am going to concentrate on today are the ones that are in the Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop that starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th along with the Red, White and Blue Giveaway Hop that has the same time line. So, if your link from either of those giveaways come to this post, I combined the review so that I would not get in trouble with Google for reviewing the same company twice in one day. So, you are on the right post.
For the Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop I will be reviewing the Watercolors Candle that is below:
The Watercolors Candle has these features:
Width: 3.5 inches
Height:  4.5 inches
Burn Time: 50 hours
Weight:  1.64 lbs.
I got the Medium Size Apothecary Candle and here is a description of the Watercolors fragrance:
The essence of approaching summer. We combined lavish floral notes and sweet fruit accords with a just-right counterpoint of sandalwood and musk to create this masterwork.
Now, I can tell it has musk and the sweet fruits but the sandalwood escapes me but it sure does smell good! Unfortunately, I did not get my package until late on Friday and didn't have time to burn them all to get the best idea of how they will do but the next time I review these awesome smelling candles, I hope to have a wealth of information to share with you.
I love that these Apothecary Jars are nice and thick and very sturdy. The top that covers the candles is extra thick and very well made. I also love the simple, creative design of the Watercolors Candle with it being all white and then the splash of color in the middle of the jar and on the candle lid. It does have a single wick.
The Apothecary Jars come in three sizes, small, medium and large. Kringle Candles have so many different styles of jars that I thought at first I could list them for you but then when I saw the list and the pictures, I was dumbfounded as I have never seen so many different kinds all in one place at one time!  So, I think instead, I will just tell you to head over to the page that shows you them all so you can take a gander yourself!
Now, the prize for the Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop is a set of Air Fresheners and a smaller set of numerous scents to tuck into shelves or drawers all around your home! I didn't open any of them so that the winner could have them all but they sure were tempting! You will get 2 large ones in Tranquil Waters and Sunflower Sunrise. I chose those two because they remind me of Summer. Also included for the winner is the 10 sampler pack of smaller scents.

You can also get FREE SHIPPING by using this coupon code:  (KCC2DAY05)
Goes anywhere a candle can, and then some. Hang them in your car, closet, storage unit and more for weeks of intense Kringle fragrance.
These are the smaller scent packages for numerous drawers in your home or use them one at a time for a special drawer that you like to smell whenever you open the drawer. Entirely up to you how you use this awesome little package! There are 10 different scents to try and see which ones are your favorites! If you were to order the whole set of small ones there would be 40 total! Can you image having that many scents to choose from for your car, drawers, rooms or anyplace?
Now, for the Red, White and Blue Giveaway Hop, I am reviewing a set of three candles that they decorated the outside in the colors that match the scents: Blueberry, Cortland Apple and Beachside.  Surprisingly, the Blueberry was my favorite scent. Don't get me wrong, I love Blueberries to eat but never gave much thought about the scent. It smells like Blueberry Muffins baking but with loads of Blueberries, the kind you make from scratch.
Gosh, you are going to love this awesome little set of candles. Each one will burn for12 hours! So, it's like having mini candles in three different places! Or you can use them one at a time. Entirely up to you! Remember the candles themselves are white and it's the jars that are colored to match whatever event that you need them for.
When I told them about Red, White & Blue Giveaway Event, this is what they came up with! Very personal and very chic! I counted a total of 54 scents in the Daylights (colors only) and gosh knows how many more there are in the other lines! You can get the Daylights individually or in a tube that holds six tealights of the same scent.
The winner of the Red, White and Blue Giveaway Event will win the above set! You will get the Blueberry, Cortland Apple and the Beachside (which does indeed smell like you are on the beach). I tried to do scents and colors that match the mood with the event.
I hope that both winners of both packages will love these candles and fresheners. I think I am going to be seeing a lot more of Kringle Candles in the future. Want to know why? Well, take a peek at their past and who made Kringle Candles what they are today. I only grabbed part of the story, so go read it all if you would like on their site under the About Us Section.
About Kringle Candles:
In 2008, I made my first candle on this same old stove purely for fun; I had just turned nineteen. So when my 2009 college course required that I create and promote a product, my choice was natural: candles. As I worked on the project I felt a great sense of heritage and fulfillment, and an idea that wouldn’t go away formed in the back of my mind.  
I discussed expanding the academic assignment into a real business with my father. We spent several days considering what it would be like for both of us if I followed in his footsteps. There was a growing excitement as we realized we both wanted to explore the concept further. 
As part of this process, we decided to see what sort of available facilities might be suited to candle crafting. On a drive through lovely Bernardston, Massachusetts, we discovered a building for sale which seemed to hold great promise. And it was familiar; the owner was a very good former customer of my Dad’s during Yankee Candle’s heyday.
Connect with Kringle Candles several ways:

Mailing Address:
220 South Street Rt. 5
Bernardston, MA 01337
Phone:   413-648-3077

Thanks so much Kringle Candles for letting me put some awesome prizes in both giveaways! Both are Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck to all of you! Stay tuned for more Kringle Candles in upcoming events throughout July and August!
 Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Artic Zero Frozen Desserts Sponsor Review


I have a really awesome frozen dessert company called Artic Zero to share with all of you today. I was sent a cooler filled with all of these wonderful flavors and bars!

Here is what they sent for me to review:

1.)  Chocolate Pint
2.)  Chocolate Peanut Butter Pint
3.)  Coffee Pint
4.)  Cookies and Cream Pint
5.)  Mint Chocolate Cookie Pint
6.)  Strawberry Pint
7.)  Chocolate Covered Bars in Vanilla & Chocolate
8.)  Chocolate Covered Bars in Strawberry & Orange Cream

First right off, I took one of the Chocolate Covered Bars in Chocolate to eat. Wow, was it good for a bar that only has 85 calories!

Here is why you are going to love these bars, no matte which 4 flavors you are more likely to enjoy, they all have the same benefits:

**85 Calories per Bar
**Gluten Free
**Suitable for Lactose Intolerant
**Contains Only Natural or Organic Ingredients
**Made with High Quality Whey Protein
**Contains Fiber
**No Hydrogenated Oils
**Great for Kids (No Sugar Alcohols)
**70% Fewer Calories, Fat & Sugar than other premium bars

They are available in a 4 pack box with 2 Chocolate and 2 Vanilla or you can get the 4 pack box with 2 Strawberry and 2 Orange Cream.

Here are the benefits of the Pints of Ice Cream:

**Less than 150 Calories Per Pint!
**Gluten Free
**Fat Free
**Suitable for Lactose Intolerants
**Contains only Natural or Organic Ingredients
**Low Glycemic & Suitable for Type 2 Diabetics
**14 Grams of Whey Protein Per Pint
**8 Grams of Fiber Per Pint
**Great for Kids (No Sugar Alcohols)

We really enjoyed the Mint Chocolate the best. We love York Peppermint Patties so this was a no brainer for both of us. The awesome thing about this is that they are available in 50 states so hopefully you won't have a problem finding it. Right here in our little town of Dawsonville, Georgia, I have found them in Kroger, Ingles, Walmart and then in Publix in the next town over.

Mike loved the Chocolate Peanut Butter one pretty good too! He loves peanut butter reese cups so this was also not far from the apple tree for him to go. Oh, and you can buy online at Amazon if you can't find it for some reason in your town.

For me, while Mike veered towards the Peanut Butter, I went with the Coffee flavor. I love Coffee flavored Ice Cream but don't get it too often as I am afraid I will eat the whole container myself! So, I buy very small amounts to keep that from happening! This one is actually pretty good for such a low calorie Ice Cream.

I also was the one who liked the Cookies and Cream more than Mike while he loved the Strawberry!

And then lastly, we both liked the plain Chocolate. I mean, really who doesn't? Since it was just plain Chocolate is why we started with the other mixture of flavors so that when it came to the simple tastes, we would recognize it and not be clouded by the others.

If you love Chocolate Ice Cream, you should be able to like this one also. There is a difference in the texture and you don't get the full dose of chocolate like most ice creams so just be aware of that. Don't go into this thinking you won't like it. Keep an open mind and realize that we all have to start somewhere in getting back in shape.

Here is what I found in the About Us section:
At Arctic Zero, we love ice cream. We’ve always loved ice cream. But we hated the fact that everyone who loves it pays for it in the worst possible way: compromising their health. Nothing else on the market came close to offering both great taste and demonstrated health benefits, so we decided to invent a great tasting dessert that did.

Originally developed as a soft serve, Arctic Zero began offering pints in stores by early 2009 as a result of sustained consumer demand. Many describe it as a “super dessert” - a product that provides top nutrition, posses health benefits, has no drawbacks, and appeals to just about everyone. Many fans describe it as their favorite late night sweet treat because it doesn’t ruin a day of healthy eating or sit heavy making you feel sluggish, making it that much more delicious.
Connect with Artic Zero several ways:

Mailing Address:
Arctic Zero, Inc.
355 W. Grand Ave. Suite 5
Escondido, CA 92025
Facebook | Twitter |

The awesome folks at Artic Zero will be giving the winner of the Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop the same exact cooler that I just reviewed! You are going to love these, especially if you are on a diet and need the extra help with snack foods! Starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th! Good Luck Everyone! Open in the U.S. only.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Chobani Flips Yogurt Sponsor Review

Chobani has some new products out called Flips that they wanted me to review, so I did and I see now where they get the name! At one end of the container there is a small handle that you use to flip it over and whatever flavor goes with what yogurt is poured into that corner and the opposite side is filled with added toppings. You just flip it over and stir it up and you actually have a pretty good dessert or meal.
The other side will have the cereal like toppings that go into the yogurt for you to mix up or leave on top, however you wish to eat it is totally up to you.
Here are the flavors I got to try:
1.  Key Lime Crumble
2.  Strawberry Sunrise
3.  Raspberry Choco Fix
4.  Honey Bee Nana
5.  Almond Coco Loco 
6.  Vanilla Golden Crunch
I think the only two I did not get to try were the Blueberry and the Peachy Pistachio. I was sent these Flip yogurts in by mail in a cooler with dry ice so they were still awesome! Of course, I am an avid yogurt eater and will try just about any of them once. My favorites were the Key Lime Crumbles and the Almond Coco Loco.
This was a Key Lime flavored yogurt with the White Chocolate Crumbles and Graham Crackers in the corner that you flip over the Key Lime and mix it up or eat it from the top to the bottom. It made it really taste like a real pie!
Now, if you like the Almond Joy Candy Bar, then you are going to love this one! The Almond Coco Loco is a mix of toasted almonds and dark chocolate chips in a creamy coconut yogurt. Like I said, it was one of my top 2 favorites!
Strawberry Sunrise is just that! Creamy Strawberry yogurt with a mix of honey oats to make it have the really crunchy taste. If you are a strawberry lover, then you will definitely love this one!
If you are a simple person and just love the plain taste of Vanilla yogurt then this one is going to rock your boat because it will be mixed up with natural cornflakes, honey oats, and praline pecans in with the creamy vanilla yogurt.
Now, out of all the flavors, this one surprised me the most. I knew what to sort of expect with the other flavors but I normally don't eat Raspberry. It's not that I don't like it, I just have other flavors I would rather spend my dollars on than this one. But, it pleasantly surprised me. Still not my absolute favorite but can eat it now if I had to.  They took plain yogurt and then mixed in the Raspberry Glaze mixed with dark chocolate morsels. Then they called it Raspberry Choco Fix.
Now, this is the one I did not really care for at all. I knew I would more than likely find one that really did not suit me and this one is it. It could be that I just am not crazy about bananas and honey in a yogurt. I gave these 2 to my best friend and neighbor and she ate them and loved them because she eats a lot of bananas. So, it's just as good, just not from my mouth, but from someone I trust to tell me the truth.
Did you know that Chobani is the Number 1 brand of Yogurt in America! I have to admit I love their regular cups of Greek Yogurt the best. They are so creamy and thick! That is the way I really prefer my yogurt, thick and creamy!
This flavor, Mango is my ultimate flavor. I can eat this every day for breakfast and never get tired of it. It is totally awesome. These are Greek Yogurt's with the fruit on the bottom and you have to stir it all up but once you do, gosh it so creamy and thick! Which I had one right about now!
I found this question and answer in the FAQ's and thought you might like to know how it's made and with obvious care:
What’s Greek about Chobani?
The word “Greek” describes how we make the yogurt in our products. We make our yogurt the authentic way, never adding any thickeners. 
Instead, we use a centuries-old technique of straining to remove excess liquid. This is why Chobani is so thick, creamy and has two times more protein per serving than regular yogurt.
Here is what I found out about Chobani: 
Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste. They just need great options. That’s why we started Chobani back in 2005 — to make high-quality, great tasting yogurt made with only natural ingredients available to the masses. Sure, a lot has changed since then. We’ve grown from five employees to almost 2,000 strong.  
We started out with one truck of milk a day and now use over four million pounds daily. And, our products are now available nationwide as well as in Australia, UK and Canada. But, there are some things that will never change like our unwavering commitment to producing the best-tasting, highest quality products and being nothing but good to our fans, employees, local communities and health professional friends.  
Without you, none of our successes would have been possible. We can’t thank you enough for your support!
Connect with Chobani several ways:

Phone:   1-877-847-6181
Contact Form | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google Plus | YouTube |

The awesome folks at Chobani will be giving the winner of my Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop a case of 6 oz. sizes of the Flips Yogurt just like the ones I just reviewed. The Giveaway Hop will start on July 1st and ends on the 15th. Good Luck Everyone! Open in the U.S. only.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 

DNA Serum by SkinPro Sponsor Review

I have another great product to tell all of you about called DNA Serum which is made by the same folks who let me review and giveaway the Elite Eye Serum in the past! They have come out with an even better skincare tool to help us with our wrinkles and fine lines, mostly for the eyes but I have used it elsewhere on my face too! It does have a cumulative affect but it also helps hide the wrinkles quickly!
Here are the benefits of using DNA Serum:
First and foremost, this serum is intended to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes.
  • Also, it contains Dr. Oz recommended Eyeseryl, which is clinically proven to reduce dark circles.               

  • It intensely nourishes the skin around your eyes with age-defying peptides.
  • And promotes a younger looking and more vivacious appearance!
  • With advanced skin tightening agents, you may feel the difference almost immediately.
  • This laboratory formulated serum contains only the highest quality ingredients in the purest concentrations.
  • It is infused with potent patented peptides that have been scientifically proven to
  • DNA Serum is quick and easy to apply and utilizes a unique airless syringe technology made perfect by SkinPro product engineers.
  • This works on areas that a Botulism Toxin injection can’t reach.
  • It is a hypoallergenic solution that is safe for all skin types.
  • Use safely and securely in conjunction with other skin care products and under any type of makeup.
  • Finally, DNA Serum is manufactured and formulated in the USA by in an FDA registered cosmeceutical laboratory.

    They use the venom from this snake to make the serum. This is called a Temple Viper and boy, I don't think I want to meet him in person anywhere!
    The key ingredient in DNA Serum is Syn-Ake, a small peptide that mimics the activity of Waglerin 1, a polypeptide that is found in the venom of the Temple Viper, a snake found only in the remote jungles of Borneo. Just look at that one drop handing from those teeth! Scares the crap out of me!
    DNA Serum solely contains fast-acting peptides and a base that is composed of Hyaluronic Acid and Seaweed Extract, which are considered to be much more effective (and expensive) than fillers.
    In a recent 12-week study, participants receiving red and green seaweed extracts experienced a 9.45% reduction in wrinkle depth while also experiencing a 67.6% increase in skin tone, firmness and elasticity. Participants also experienced a 92.1% improvement in skin moisturizing and smoothness.
    Who even thinks up this stuff or knows where to get it? It boggles the mind to know that there are people out there trying to trap these snakes to make a serum so our eyes don't look too bad as we age. Well, I am just glad it's not me having to go in those jungles and track down these snakes!
    You get a 45-60 day supply of DNA Serum in each syringe applicator so that should last a good while. Don't use much, just push out a small smidgen until you figure out the right amount for you. I haven't used the whole syringe yet but I can tell you that when you first put it on, I could feel my skin get a tighten feeling. It doesn't last too long and isn't scary or anything. I would have been upset if I hadn't felt anything. At least with the tight feeling you know something is working.
    These are all the companies involved with the DNA Serum.
    Connect with DNA Serum several ways:
    Mailing Address:
    SkinPro International
    1602 Alton Road
    Miami, FL 33139
    Phone:   1-800-575-2065
    The awesome folks at SkinPro will be giving the winner of my Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop the same serum that I just reviewed! You are going to love this stuff! The Giveaway Hop starts on July 1st and ends on the 15th. Good Luck Everyone! Open in the U.S. only.

    Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.