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I am a huge juice lover. I like to drink it at any time of the day. However, I find that many juice blends just have a bit more sugar and other things that I don’t want in my juice beverages. Since I am a diabetic, I really have to pay very close attention to the things I take into my body (Living a healthy diabetic life takes a lot of dedication to self). So my hunt for juices that were 100% started.

Two brands that I found to be 100% fruit juice were Beetology and Ripe Craft Juice. They are both phenomenal! They are truly juice, nothing more, nothing less. I love that they are both cold pressed juices. What is cold pressed juice you ask? Well, it’s actually a process in which the juice is extracted. Cold pressed juice is produced by using what is known as a ‘masticating juicer’. This juicer uses a hydraulic press that squeezes the juice from the fruit or vegetable. The masticating juicer crush the ingredients in order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality, because it will not generate as much heat to significantly affect the juice like traditional juicing methods can. Once the juice is made, it’s bottled, sealed, and placed in a chamber that fills with water. Pathogens are destroyed by imposing a great amount of pressure. This allows cold pressed juices to remain not only drinkable but nutritious and flavourful for up to a few weeks.

Beetology 


Beets can be very beneficial to our overall health. These burgundy gems help boost your energy, aid in weight loss, supports cleansing and detoxing, plus they have anti-inflammatory properties. They’re even known to improve blood flow and help lower blood pressure. Beetology™ has delivered on a very flavorful juice that allows us to smile at the sound of beets. Just from the the word beet, I was expecting a juice that would have me gagging. I know I’m not the only person that has this reaction. However, I was pleasantly surprised and so were my taste buds! I enjoyed just about every juice flavor from their line. Beetology™ is dedicated to the art of creating delicious beverages and foods from one of nature’s most nutrient dense vegetables and the finest organically grown fruits. Their beverages contain no more than five ingredients. All five of their offerings are 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. They are also non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, making them perfect for anyone, any time. They are very refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness to them. The beet juice married very well with the fruit juice choices the brand uses in their products. Beetology has turned my frown into a smile with it’s delicious beet blend juice. I’m now a loyal customer!

Ripe Craft Juice 


New Haven, Connecticut based brand, RIPE Craft Juices was created to redefine the consumer’s expectations of real fresh juice. So their process was simple, to start with the best fruits and vegetables, use the absolute minimum in processing, and offer a juice that surpasses all others in freshness, taste, and nutrition. These juices a very fresh tasting. I enjoyed all four juices. They are not very sweet, there is a bit of bitterness that hits your taste buds. But, it’s not overpowering to where you can’t enjoy and appreciate the natural freshness from this juice brand. These juices are also Gluten Free, non GMO, never from concentrate, using fruit and vegetables that are 100% traceable.
Want to get your hands on these juices? 

You can find RIPE Craft Juices and Craft Bar Juices available at:

King Kullen – Long Island, New York (Bar and Craft juice)

Kings Food Markets – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Key Foods – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (Bar and Craft juice)

Fairway – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bar and Craft juice)

Big Y – Connecticut and Massachusetts (Craft juice)

Roche Brothers – Massachusetts (Bar and Craft juice)

Dierbergs – Missouri (Bar and Craft juice) 

Schnucks – Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa (Bar and Craft juice)

*Juices are also available on Amazon.com

Beetology ($3.99) available at:

Grocery stores near you in the refrigerated section. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you can find it at Good Earth (6350 Guilford Rd.).

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*Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part.


I enjoy cooking for my family, but during the summer it’s hot and who wants to slave in a hot kitchen. So, during these months you have to get really creative with preparing meals. You definitely want the meals to be fast, healthy, simple, and most of all delicious!

My family and I love seasoned baked chicken. However, in the summertime, I really don’t feel like cranking up the oven. Here’s where Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps come into play. You’ll get tasty perfectly seasoned chicken right on top of the stove in less time.


How the Wraps Work

I have always been a fan of Stouffer’s products since I was a kid growing up. My mother would occasionally buy one of their family meals for a day when she wanted a break from cooking. They were very good! As I grew older, I still rely on them for meal ideas. Stouffer’s sent me over some of their wraps for me to try with my family. They even sent some of their Sauce Duos, but I’ll talk about them in another post.

The Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps are great for those super hot days when you don’t want to cook but want to put something amazing on the table for your family to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with these at all. They come in a variety of flavors too. Also, you have a family of four you’re good to go, as four seasoning wraps come in each package.

To use the wraps, you will need a package of boneless chicken breast, that has been flattened (I just cut mine in half down the middle). Then you’ll take one piece of the chicken, place it inside the wrap ( I used Roasted Tomato Herb and Italian Countryside Herb) and fold the wrap over. You will repeat this step for all of the chicken breast. Note: Be gentle with handling the seasoning wrap so your seasonings won’t fly off your wrap.



Next, you want to preheat your pan and place your chicken in the pan. The instructions say that you don’t need any cooking oil, but I feel that you would need just a touch of oil to keep it from burning the drippings in the pan. You could also use a non-stick pan as well. You’ll cook your chicken about 20-25 minutes or until done to your liking.

The kitchen smelled so good while these were cooking.


The finished product is a flavorful mouthwatering chicken breast that’s sure to please.  No need to worry about heavy cleaning with these, clean up was easy as 1-2-3.


My family and I really enjoyed the seasoning wraps from Stouffer’s. I do recommend that you try the Stouffer’s Seasoning Wraps out for yourself. You can find them at your local Walmart. If you have already tried them, tell me your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear how you liked them.

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When you’re traveling, it can sometimes be hard to keep items organized with in your luggage. Let’s face it, no matter how much you try to keep your clothing and other items neat, they always end up getting jumbled up during travel to your destination. Then what do you have to do? You got it! You have to end up fumbling around, digging for what you need. All that time you spent carefully placing everything into your bags and it gets shot to the wazoozi! Yes, I know the feeling oh so well. 


I now arrive organized to my travel destinations. I don’t have to worry about the infamous luggage scramble anymore. My things stay put while traveling all because of a simple easy to use packing tool called Packing Cubes from TravelWise. These cubes are very lightweight and durable. They’re a traveler’s dream! The cubes come in a variety of colors to suit your style. 

I was sent the TravelWise 5 Piece Weekender Set in the color purple. You all know that’s my color! They even come in a 3 piece set too. I just could not believe how much space the cubes gave me in my luggage. Amazing! The set includes;

  • 2- Large Cubes
  • 2- Medium Cubes
  • 1- Small Cubes

The cubes have a mesh panel in their design that allows you to clearly see what you’re looking for, while letting your clothes to breathe as well. The pocket are really deep, so you can fit a nice amount of clothes and other personal items into the cubes. They make unpacking and re-packing on long or short trips a breeze. You can just take the cubes out as you need to. I absolutely love these packing cubes. They are very essential for travel in my opinion. 

No matter how long you’re going to be away from home, the TravelWise Packing Cubes will surely come in handy by helping you to stay well organized during your journey. Plus, if you travel with children, these are great for keeping all of their items together. They will make your travel life much easier. So what are you waiting for, pick up a set for yourself or that travel lover you know.

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Disclaimer: Product purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Hi TRC Gang! About a month or so ago, I was asked the following questions about a beauty brand called LipSense. You know like…
Have you heard of LipSense? Have you tried LipSense? What do you think about LipSense?

I love it when you all have product questions. I enjoy sharing my point of view about beauty products, especially ones that my audience/tribe has a curiosity about. I have seen this product all over social media and it claims to be kiss proof, water proof, and last for a ridiculously long time. So, I set out to get my hands on this lippie. You can purchase this item from someone who is a distributor of the products. First off, this product is very expensive in my opinion. I purchased the $55 starter kit and chose the brown nude shade Cappuccino. So, does it really work? Does it dry out your lips? Would I buy it again? Keep reading! 


The starter kit comes with your choice of lip color, gloss and remover. Once you have those, you can purchase additional lip colors and the different glosses. There are 70 lip shades in a variety of finishes as well as 10 different glosses that range from matte, glossy, iridescent, to glitter! I was super excited about glitter gloss. Y’all know I love some glitter! 


The Application

When applying LipSense, there is a magic number and it is “3”. I found that applying 3 thin layers, making sure to let each one dry in between gives you the perfect pigmentation on your lips. For the first application, there may be a slight tingle. The product contains a cosmetic grade alcohol which can sting some and give a cooling feeling as it evaporates. However, I noticed that the sensation was less noticeable on the second day.

Once your 3 coats are dry, you simply apply your gloss of choice. This step is what makes your lips feel moisturized and gives them that oh so lush juicy look. You will not experience a dry, matte feel when using the gloss with the lip color. The first time I applied the gloss to my lips, I was floored that none of brownish tan color came off on the lip gloss applicator. Amazing! 

The Verdict 

  • Overall, the lip color formula is good. It can be thin and streaky if you don’t apply 3 coats. Please note, many have said that the opacity can vary with the colors as well.
  •  The burning sensation could be uncomfortable for some people. The gloss is a must for this product. Without the it, the lip color feels dry. 
  • The wear of this product is very impressive. I was truly outdone! It really lasted through frappes, a burger, sipping water in meetings, rubbing, and drinks with friends. No transfer at all!
  • The scent of the lip color was ok. The glosses are unscented and the remover smells so pleasant, like vanilla. I love the scent of vanilla!
  • I would not wear LipSense everyday because I do enjoy reapplying my lip color! 
  • The initial investment of $55 is very expensive for my taste, but once you have gloss, you can purchase additional colors for $25. This is still steep, but since you will only have to apply once a day, it maybe economical for some.
  • Even though I like this product, I do not see myself buying it again. I can get a regular lippie and be happy.

Do I recommend LipSense?

Yes I do. This product definitely works.  I have tried some long lasting lip products in my day, but none as long lasting like this one. You just have to keep reapplying the gloss to keep it feeling moisturized. I really like that it’s vegan, lead-free and cruelty free which are huge pluses in my book. So, if you don’t mind spending the money, I say grab it! 

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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for consideration for review. As always, I only share my honest thoughts on products. If a product doesn’t work well for me, I simply will not review it. 

Hi TRC Gang, I want to talk with you about a new cosmetic line that has exclusively hit the shelves of Ulta. It’s called Models Own, a brand originating from the U.K. that is cruelty-free. This collection is fresh, fun, and most of all affordable. I’m a stickler for affordability with makeup brands because in my opinion some of them can just be very over priced. 

Models Own offers many different formulas with it’s cosmetics and they have a good range of colors too. They don’t believe in one look, one way! I was sent three of their products to try and give my honest feelings about them. I was sent the Sculpt and Glow Highlighter Powder (Golden Sand) and two Matte Liquid Lipsticks (Candy Cane and Coral Fresh).


Sculpt and Glow Highlighting Powder ($11.99)

The Sculpt and Glow Highlighter in the shade Golden Sand is beautiful. It gives you the perfect amount of glow.  I really love that it is highly pigmented. I like to add the highlight to my cheekbones, nose, and chin with a fan brush. The glow last all day! 


Matte Liquid Lipstick ($7.99)

I love these matte lippies. The formula for theme is super creamy. They go on very smooth and they don’t feel sticky at all. Plus, they dry quickly and last for a good while on your lips. I adore the smell of them too. The peppermint scent is very pleasant. 

Models Own cosmetics is a fabulous brand that delivers on high quality with an affordable price to match. I suggest you get BOLD and give them a try for yourself. Don’t be shy, add some of their products to your stash. You can purchase Models Own at Ulta stores or Ulta.com. Also, be on the look out for a video with me incorporating these products into a makeup look. If you’re not subbed to my YouTube channel, head over and subscribe. 

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Spring finally feels like it’s here in Indianapolis, Indiana and I’m too excited. I’m ready to pull out my maxi dresses and play in pastel makeup colors. So spring time right! Recently, I was sent the Hard Candy Matte Eyeshadow And Metal Eyes palettes from their Look Pro Line. I am a long time fan of Hard Candy Cosmetics, so I was thrilled about working with them. Plus, the palettes are super gorgeous! 

The Palettes

Look Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($10)


This palette is so versatile and has a very unique color scheme. The palette contains 15 matte eyeshadow shades and two double sided eyeshadow brushes to give you a total of four. I must say, this palette is bad at all. I dig matte palettes and nothing is better than finding a palette as verse as this one. It has a row of light matte shades, some nice warm shades, cool shades and even some popping deep shades. How’s that for choices, huh?


For the formula, it’s ok. It’s definitely not too bad for a drugstore brand. The formula is smooth and creamy. The shadows blend very nicely. However, when you use a brush they aren’t as pigmented. You have to pack it on. The only thing I don’t like is that these are a bit powdery and you will have some fallout. Overall this is a good palette for the price. 

Look Pro! Metal Eyes Palette ($8)


This dry-to-wet eyeshadow quad is brilliant. Hard Candy really out did themselves with this kit. It has everything you need for a sultry metallic look all in one place. The kit includes four shimmering shadows, a nice dual-ended shadow brush, one black eyeliner pencil, mixing pan, and an eyeshadow mixing liquid. The liquid is magnificent, it helps turn dull, dry shades into something you might see in Vogue Magazine. The entire kit is about the cost of a latte at you favorite coffee house. 


These palettes very affordable and are a must have for your makeup collection. You can purchase them at the Hard Candy website or exclusively at Walmart stores. 

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Hi TRC Gang! I am preparing for my travel season and I know many of you all are too. I just love traveling! It allows me to visit new places or revisit those areas that I enjoyed. While traveling, I really like to keep as organized as I possibly can. I take a lot with me guys, so organization is an absolute must for me. Can’t lose items during travel! 

One of my hardest items to keep organized during travel is my makeup. I have so much of it (Yes, I’ll admit it, I am a makeup junkie)! I absolutely hate getting home and finding out I have lost one of my favorite cosmetic items. This started my hunt for the perfect set of affordable makeup organizers. I was happy when an opportunity came to work with a company called Tartan and Twine. This company has excellent travel organizers. They come in so many colors and designs. I was sent their Hanging Valet and Small Organizer in animal print (you all know how I feel about animal print…LOVE) with aqua trim to try out.

The Hanging Valet Organizer 

This Valet ($25.00) is perfect for keeping your makeup in place and off your countertops while still allowing products to be within reach. It can be hung from a door hook to easily see your lipsticks, liners, powders and more. This bag folds closed and snaps shut keeping your makeup organzed while traveling. 

Features:

  • Two flat, clear PVC zippered pockets
  • One deep, clear PVC zippered picket
  • Three flat, mesh pockets
  • Hanging hook
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • Gold tone hardware
  • Made of polyester nylon
  • Fully lined in polyester nylon
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 2″ x 6.75″

The Small Organizer 

This small organizer (12.00) is so cute. It is super roomy and you can fit a lot into this bag. Don’t let its compact size fool you. This bag is Wonder for those that don’t want to lug around a gigantic size bag.

Features:

  • Single zipper
  • Interior slip pocket
  • Gold toned hardware
  • Made of polyestr nylon
  • Fully lined in polyester nylon
  • Dimensions: 5.5″ x 2.75″ x 4″

So far, I’m so in love with these makeup bags. They are of very good quality and the gold toned hardware offers a classy touch. As I put some wear and tear on these items, I will update you all on my thoughts. If you are in the market for some stylish affordable makeup travel bags, I do suggest giving Tartan + Twine a try. Their bags are simply beautiful. You can find these and others at Tartan + Twine or at Ulta. 

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