Product Review: Morning Star Burgers #GotItFree


This months campaign was Morning Star Veggie Burgers. Needless to say, I was more than pleased to receive an invite from the Bzz Campaign, to share with others my love for Morning Star products. So with my one #GetItFree coupon in hand, I went to the grocery store. In the past, my primary purchase has been the Griller’s original. Partially, because I’ve tried the Griller’s Prime in the past and was disappointed by the flavors. This time, i was determined to try something different, and I did. The Black Bean burger.

I have to admit, I was impressed by the flavors of the Black Bean burger. I guess it’s because after my experience with the Griller’s Prime, that I wasn’t expecting much. But this was actually pretty good. So good, I’m willing to break up my habit of buying only Grillers to expand and try different flavors available.

Another thing that came from this experience, is that I visited the pinterest board of Morning Star and saw some wonderful ideas of what to make based on my purchase. That, in addition to their other products. My favorite is the sausage patties. It gave me ideas of how to make future foods, no matter what product I purchase from their line of products.

All in all, this was a great experience, one that I’m happy to have been a part of. It has brought my estimation of Morning Star up in my eyes, and for that I say thank you!

Book Review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Book Review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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I picked this book at the local used bookstore for a $1. I’m not sure what attracted me to it, other than perhaps the artwork on the book cover, and then when I flipped thru a few pages thought it sounded interesting. I almost put it back, but decided to keep it.

It is a rather thick book, 549 pages. On the front it says that it was a New York Times bestseller, but to be honest, such reviews mean nothing to me. The back of the book in bold, describes the story as “A novel that takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family’s secret past.” Essentially a little child is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives with only a small white suitcase and a book of fairy tales.

All I can say is wow. This is another book that I started and found it difficult to put down. Any spare moment I had, was spent reading. Lunch breaks, long baths, anything to keep the story going. The story starts off the Nell, the little girl who was found abandoned at the ship docks. A man finds her, and takes her home. No one ever comes to claim her, and his wife, who had recently miscarried was more than happy to keep her. She grows up happy, until on her 18th birthday her father tells her the truth. That she wasn’t their birth child. That in turn sets the stage for the rest of the book. Her quest to find out who she is and why she was left abandoned on the ship.

Even sitting here, the book freshly closed behind me, I’m recalling details of the book. It sends you on twists and turns, especially when you are in the midst of finding out what happened. The story starts off in modern day, but then various voices are picked up. Three generations are found in the dialogue, however while initially it seems unnecessary, you soon discover that you are eager to read more. Delve into why what happened in another dialogue.

Very well written, suspenseful and sad, yet joyful. Rich with details, every piece having a place in the story. It’s a book that I will be passing off to others to read, with the understanding, I must get it back. It is a book that I will be reading over and over in the future.

Product Review: Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal #GotItFree

Product Review: Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal #GotItFree

The Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal was the latest product for me to try from the Bzzagent campaign. It arrived in the mail and immediately I was eager to try it out, but instead waited until the next day. The outside of the box appealed to me, and informed me that it had honey and nuts.

The next day I poured out a bowl of cereal, and after filling it up with milk took my first bite. Wow. I took another bite, and then another. Before long it was gone. The best part, it tasted just like Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, but the twist was, it had honey and nuts. It at least made me feel like it was better for me.

In addition to eating it as a cereal in the morning, I packed up a bag of cereal and snacked on it during the day, almost like my very own granola snack. People asked what I was eating, and I was more than willing to tell them about it. A few, depending I even shared it with.

Overall, I was impressed with the Crunchy Nut cereal. Chances are in the future I will be purchasing this cereal. Most definitely. Recommended!

Book Review: Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann

Book Review: Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann


This book was given to me, and it sat on my bedside table for weeks, before I seriously started reading it. However, the first few chapters did nothing to really captivate my interest. There was some interest, but not enough for me to devote my time to it. In fact, during the time that I initially started reading it, months had passed, in addition to my reading several other books. However, after finishing the book “A Sound Among the Trees” I decided that it was time to finish the book.

Amazingly, it was a good book. Once I passed the initial set up stage of the book, it improved dramatically. It got to the point where I was eager to get to the end. I admit, I did fast read some areas, but that was in my interest in finding out how it ended. Despite my fast reading, I don’t think there was any area that necessarily needed to be edited out. Each was necessary in its own way in the telling of the story. That, and I knew that I would likely pick up this book in the future for a reread.

That said, I’ve noticed that books by Kristen Heitzmann have a psychotic element to it. There was another book of hers that I read (haven’t reviewed) that had the same sort of feel, genre to it, “The Edge of Recall”. This particular book didn’t have the same dark elements to it, but it hinted at them.

Overall, I would recommend this book. Give it a chance beyond the first few chapters.

Book Review: A Sound Among the Trees Susan Meissner

Book Review: A Sound Among the Trees Susan Meissner


WOW. I started this book at 8:00 in the evening, set it down to go to bed. But, the story remained on my thoughts, so I had to get up and finish the book. This is definitely a book that once you start, you cannot put back down!

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the book. The first chapter or two, I was still uncertain. The book read unlike any other Christian fiction book I’ve read, more along the lines of a non-Christian book. It was interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it might be the development of characters that were lacking in some way. I felt like I didn’t really get to know Marielle, or Carson, or Adaliene. However, in other areas, the details were spot on. Despite the non-depth (as I perceive it) to the characters, the book was one that I couldn’t put down.

The book is set in modern times, when a new bride is brought into the home of her new husband’s, ex-wife’s home. The ex-wife died several years before, but they live there with the grandmother (of the ex-wife), because Carson doesn’t want to uproot his family. Anyway, the new wife is not Southern, and you find yourself being drawn into the mystery of the house. The question through out is, does Savannah’s spirit reside in the house.

Overall, it was a good read. I think I enjoyed the second half of the book better than the first.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions of the book is solely my own.

Product Review: Covergirl Blastlipsticks #GotItFree

Product Review: Covergirl Blastlipsticks #GotItFree

Ok, so the end is coming up for my review period for the Covergirl blastlipsticks. I’ve had these for over a month, and entire month to practice and play with various color shades available. My impression was with the variety of colors available. Then there are no rules that say you have to use only one color at a time. Instead, it is encouraged to mix and play around with colors. Which means, the more Blastlipsticks you own, the more color combinations you may create.

The idea of the two shades on the Blastlipsticks was that one can be used for evening, and the other for during the day. But I, used both at various times during the day. And then, played with a different color shadesque for in the evenings.

The only drawback would be the slight smell that comes from the lipsticks. It’s not unpleasant, but neither is it a perfume type smell. But you do notice it when you start to apply it to the lips.

Application is easy, as it should be. Goes on smooth as silk, and from my experience stayed on it. Unless I did something to remove it.

At the end, I kept one Blastlipstick for myself and shared the other two with a family member and friend. I believe they were more than pleased for their gifts and in fact, enjoy them as much as I do.

Just as a note, I received the three Covergirl Blastlipsticks complimentary from being a Bzzagent. #GotItFree