Yes this photo was taken on my stairs. Moving boxes are still occupying the rest of my house :)
Another free product trial from BzzAgent. I still have a few more reviews coming for them (some recently ended ones that I still want to get posted and some for upcoming campaigns) because they have been very generous lately :D Kroger has a new line of products called Truly Awesome that are made with "delicious, quality ingredients" and were put together with the help of moms to "keep your family happy, healthy, and connected. They have lowfat yogurt tubes (think Gogurt type), mac and cheese, cookies, etc. Bzzagent sent me 2 boxes of the Truly Awesome homestyle chocolate chip cookies to try out.
The claims taken from the BzzGuide (so all their wording):
-Taste as if mom baked them herself, thanks to real wholesome ingredients
-Warm them up a few seconds in the microwave and they taste like they just came out of the oven
-Free of added preservatives and artificial colors
-Almost twice the size of other chocolate chip cookies
-Come eight delicious cookies to a pack
-Suggested retail for $2.79
-Exclusively available at Kroger, Fred Meyer, and Ralphs stores (Kroger Family of Stores)
-Sure to please and delight the entire family.
These cookies are delicious. I'm not a cookie snob as many of you know. In fact my nickname from years ago was Cookie Monster because I love cookies that much... Oreos, Chips Deluxe (better than Chips Ahoy whether you think so or not ;) ), home baked, dollar store... I'm really not picky. They taste like Chips Deluxe cookies except they are quite a bit bigger and only have 8 to the pack (so check on points 4 and 5 that they made). Chocolate chips are in every bite. My family and I scarfed through the first box in one night and confession time... there are four of us but about half the box was eaten by one person (not going to name which person). So that's a big check on point 8. I do have a problem with the first point. While being ultra delicious, they did still taste like a box cookie not homemade. I did try popping them in the microwave for a few seconds which didn't really do anything except make them warm. It did not soften them at all so in the future, I probably wouldn't waste the time to do so. Another issue is the price. At almost $3 for 8 cookies (even if they are decent size) is not a good price. For that price I can get a package of the fresh baked cookies at Kroger (that are about the same size and have more than 8) which really do taste homemade.
I have read many other BzzAgents' reviews of the product and am surprised by some of the claims. Some people said that they were too hard. They are a harder/crunchier cookie but it's not a rock-hard, going to break my tooth kind of hard. Others said that they were too sweet. This just proves how everyone's tastebuds are different. I thought they had just the right amount of sweetness. Then again, I rarely find anything too sweet (especially if I have a glass of milk to go with it). So if you are not a sweet tooth like me, these probably are not the cookie for your. Overall, these cookies definitely get two thumbs up but will only be bought if they are on sale (with coupon ;) ).
A product that BzzAgent sent to me recently was a full sized sample of the cleanser and moisturizer from Burt's Bees' new sensitive skincare line. I am going to be straight with you. I will not be buying this in the future based on cost. I think I might melt into a puddle if I paid over $10 for one bottle of skincare. I'll stick with the stuff that I get for free (or at least under $5) with couponing. However, this stuff was nice so if you care about it being 99% natural or you need hypo-allergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic, etc stuff, this would probably be a good deal for you. They have no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals according to the tube. They also don't test on animals and encourage recycling. Good right?
Ok so onto the products. The cleanser is pretty cool. It is a cream cleanser (soap-free) so it does not suds or foam at all. I like when cleansers foam so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this. Surprisingly I liked it. It left my skin feeling very clean and fresh. The scent was not entirely pleasant for me (it says fragrance free but everything has a scent) but it was not strong at all so I got over it. It left my cheeks so soft that I keep wanting to pet them... strange? Check. It's probably the cotton extract in it but then again I know nothing about skincare ingredients.
The moisturizer. The bottle is cute. Seriously, check out the photo. It is compact (the cheapy in me points out that this means less product at 1.8oz) which would make it good for traveling. This is a lot more "fragrance-free" than the cleanser with almost no detectable scent. I love the fact that it sinks into the skin quickly without leaving any residue. I don't have to worry about washing my hands after applying. Neither of the products caused any sort of reaction, though I don't have sensitive skin so most products don't. My overall opinion... thumbs up.
Ok, I have gotten to test out some really neat things through different programs but this has got to be THE coolest! Old Navy sent me not one but two (one to share) coupons for FREE coats from the new fall line. This was the first sample share that I have gotten into through Crowdtap and it was the one that I was most excited about. If you haven't checked out the new fall line from Old Navy, you really need to. There are so many great pieces and the jackets and coats are amazing! I love the peacoats, trench coats, military jackets, wool blends, etc. There is something for everybody in this collection and they are all at or under $100 (on sale right now so even less). The selection in store (we tried 2 of them) left much to be desired compared to what was available online so B and I were originally disappointed. However we did find some nice coats for each of us. We did end up having to stray from our original selections though.
Above is the image I originally put together based on what I saw online. The first line is self explanatory. The second contains coats that I love but didn't want to get for one reason or another. The white would get dirty too easily, and the other two are a little to dressy for my everyday. And the last row I really love but do not need another thin jacket though I will repeat it... I LOVE them!
After participating in the Crowdtap discussion, I had started leaning more and more toward the red short toggle. I love the red to add some pop to an outfit, the hood would come in handy, and since the wool blends are dry clean only (pointed out in the discussion), it has less fabric to get dirty. In store, they did not have ANY of those coats on my list except the double breasted (middle right), the peacoat (top center), and the hooded toggle (top right). The hooded toggle ended up looking AWFUL on me. It was not fitted at all below the bust so I didn't like it at all. The black plaid made me look kind of ... large, though I did like the coat just not on me. The double breasted coat was amazing (pictured below) so I HAD to try it on even though I knew I would not get it. It would take my three year old about 5 minutes to make that dry clean only coat look filthy. If I did not have kids, this would be the coat I would have bought hands down. It made me feel pretty and sophisticated. In the end, I bought the plain black peacoat (the same exact one as top center but in all black) and I love it even though I didn't want another all black coat. You win some you lose some I guess. B did end up getting the red coat in the photo. She had really wanted the top left wool blend coat but after checking two different stores (and we went to one of them twice), she gave up. I can't wait to check out the end of season clearance to snatch up some of those other styles at a great price.
This is the black peacoat that I ended up getting. It is pretty warm and comfortable. My only problem with it is that the lining does not go all the way up so it is kind of itchy on the neck. I'll have to start wearing it with higher cut shirts or with scarves (yay! I love scarves).
**Please excuse our silliness Our mother never taught us how to be normal ;)