9/25/13

CollageIt 3 Pro for Mac



I recently got to test the CollageIt 3 Pro for Mac program! I didn't have a lot of time to try it out, since school started around the same time that I got the product. This product does seem like a great products for college students and parents. It give you the ability to add many photos in one elegant collage. There are many different layouts you can choose from. 



Here are some key features:

  • 5+ new templates and 4 collage styles: Mosaic, Grid, Center and Pile.
  • Simply add photos using “Random Layout” to generate layout automatically.
  • Use “Free Mode” to move, resize, rotate each photo.
  • Free to zoom in on collage, crop photo, adjust border of round corners, customize backgrounds, photo effects, etc.
  • Add text and edit its font, size, color, alignment, effects, etc.
  • Edit and preview collage with full-screen mode.
  • Save as image/PDF; set as wallpaper; share via Email or Facebook; print it out instantly


I will do a full review of this product tomorrow afternoon with photos and examples. I am excited to try this out! Sorry for the delay on this one!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Hump Day Hop!

Happy Hump Day!!
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9/24/13

Tuesday's Tea Party!


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9/21/13

Cuse Crawl 5!

I came, I Crawled, and I Conquered....and I'm about to do it again!

Cuse Crawl 5 is sponsored by Labatt Blue and The Daily Orange and is presented by the National Bar Crawl Association!  Come down and enjoy free entry into 12 bars, a free t-shirt if you are one of the first 1,500 to stop at all of the bars, a Cuse Crawl Cup, over 30 drink specials, a wristband, 1 Red Bull, Beads, and a score card, all with a purchase of a $10 ticket. Each bar that is participating will have drink specials only available to Cuse Crawlers! 

You can reserve a shirt now by ordering your t-shirt guarantee ticket online for $12! These tickets are limited so be sure to buy yours soon! If you are in it for the competition you can order a VIP Express ticket to skip the big lines for $10! If you do not wish to order online to can purchase your tickets the night of the event for $10.

I attended the Cuse Crawl 4 earlier in the spring and had a BLAST, and I am excited attend it again on September 27th! This is a great event, full of awesome people and great drink specials, Last spring I noticed that most mixed drinks cost around $3-$4 dollars. You won't find those prices anywhere else!

Check back later this week for a list of bars that will be participating! 

*This event is open to those 21 and over. A valid ID is needed to get into each bar.*

Who: 1000's of awesome people
What: Cuse Crawl
Where: Armory Square, Syracuse NY
When: 8pm, September 17th, 2013

Be sure to check the Cuse Crawl Facebook  page regularly for special promotions and giveaways! 
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Disclosure: I have received two tickets in exchange for honest reviews of this event. Any opinions and experiences expresses here are my own. 

9/19/13

Volupties: Plus Size Underwear Subscription Box Review


Volupties is a new plus size underwear subscription box! Volupties sends out 3 pairs of cute underwear a month to subscribers!  Plus size underwear can be expensive and ugly. I find that it is hard to find a cute pair of affordable underwear when I am out shopping. Volupties has taken out the stress of trying to fund affordable cute underwear! Each month they will send you 3 pairs of underwear, in your size! Each month you will receive some assortment of boyshorts, briefs, thongs, or lace or cotton underwear, it is always a surprise! You never know what you will get! This subscription box is shipped out at the end of each month! Non-plus size underwear is offered through their Splendies subscription box! 

Volupties costs $18 a month, but you can get your first month at a discount when you use the coupon code GABBY. This will save you $5 off of your first purchase. Each month you are able to change your size, your address, billing information, or cancel your subscription. There are no contracts you have to sign, so if something comes up and you are unable to keep paying for the box, you can cancel without any fees! If you choose to keep your subscription you are billed every 30 days. Shipping in the United States is free, the box recently opened up to Canadian subscribers, shipping to Canada is $7, billed when the box is shipped. Canadian orders may take longer to arrive than US orders. The underwear is shipped in a discrete waterproof white envelope. If you need to change your size cancel your subscription, or change any other information, simple email the company and let them know what size you will be needing. 

Use the size charts to choose your size!

I am a HUGE subscription box lover, so I just had to try these out! I think this is a totally fun idea. What woman doesn't love underwear shopping?! They made is so much easier for women of my size to access affordable underwear from brand names! I often find myself buying boring underwear, because cute plus size underwear can be super expensive.

The first pair I tried were these butterfly ones. They are simple and cute. The lace at the top adds a hint of femininity to an otherwise plain design. These were really soft and super comfortable. They are great to wear on any occasion (as long as the clothes I am not wearing white bottoms!). They fit me just right! These are from the brand Cacique and cost $14.50 per pair, making this a steal considering the subscription box is only $18 a month for three pairs of underwear!



The next pair I tried are these cute soft-pink ones. This pair is made from a polyester and spandex blend. This blend gives them a unique feel. They are super soft and smooth. They fit perfectly, I don't find myself needing to constantly pull them up. The materials is a little heavier than the other two pairs. I feel like I will be able to wear these under just about anything without a line showing. These are from the brand Hips & Curves, a popular plus size underwear company. I was not able to find them on their size, so I cannot comment on the exact price, though many pairs are around $12 and up.




I don't think I would have chosen this next pair myself, so i am glad I received it as a part of this subscription box because it turns out that I LOVE them. I think they quirky, and I LOVE quirky! The material is mesh-like. The layers give them a fun-ruffle effect. I would wear these on looser pants or dresses, as I think there may be a line with tighter clothes. These are from the brand Spreegirl Curves. I found them on their site and they are sold for $16.

So, after checking out prices for each pair, this subscription is a GREAT deal! It is made even better with the coupon code  Gabby that will save you money of your first month! This is a great service, give it a try! If I weren't a broke college student I would totally sign up to receive this box each month! I am hoping to join it in the future!

Links to check out:
Volupties

I received the products mentioned above for free in exchange for an honest review. Compensation does not sway my opinion. 

The Better Chip Review and Giveaway!


What makes The Better Chip better than its competitors? Well, it could be the great flavors they offer or that they use all natural ingredients. It could also be the fact that the flavor is inside the chip, instead of powdered on top! The Better Chip makes their chips from fresh, 100% non-GMO corm masa, and 40% fresh other produce. These chips are made by combining chopped produce into the corn, so the flavor wont fall off in the bag! Because these chips are made with a double corn formula they pack a serious crunch!

The Better Chip recently offered to send me a bag of each of each of their flavors. I love corn chips, so I was super excited to try these out. They have flavors that I had never even heard of before! These chips were pretty unique. I received flavors like Spinach & Kale, Red Peppers with Salsa Fresca, Corn and Sea Salt, Sweet Onions, and Jalapenos. I was a little worried about these flavors at fist, as I don't really like peppers or onions, and when it comes to spinach I can take it or leave it. Wow, am I happy that I got to try these. Each flavor was simply amazing.They were  flavors I haven't tried, but will continue to each in the future. The chips were also so crunchy, more so than other chips I have tried. 
The Flavors:


Spinach & Kale is the newest flavor. This was the first flavor I tried. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this, but it was delicious! I really loved it. It was great on its own, and it was also really good with a dip. I made Chicken Wing Dip to try with these, and they paired nicely. 
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Why is my chip so green?
It’s from food coloring! Nah, just kidding. It’s really from all the fresh spinach and kale we chopped and put into our double thick, all-natural corn masa. Then we lovingly dusted it with a bit of sea salt. So green. So thick. So not afraid of any dip.


I was expecting the Red Peppers with Salsa Fresca flavor to be really spicy, but it wasn't. It had a very fresh taste to it, the flavor didn't seem artificial like a lot of chips tend to be. I have tried salsa chips from other brands that were just awful. These were actually really good! 
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Is that really salsa in my chip?
Umm, yep. Not gonna lie here. We really did give them a happy dusting of salsa fresca. Don’t tell anyone, but we also stuffed chunks of real, fresh red peppers into our all-natural, double thick corn masa. So tasty, crunchy and sturdy, you won’t have to worry about leaving chip stragglers in your dip.



The Corn with Sea Salt chips were your typical corn chip. They were really good, and had a great crunch! I ate these alone and with the chicken wing dip that I mentioned earlier. These would be great for having at parties where you don't know what kind of chip everyone will enjoy.
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What’s that yellow stuff in my chip?
We may be crazy, but blending real, fresh corn kernels right off the cob into our double thick corn masa seemed like a better idea than cob chips. We could be wrong. These thicker, crunchier and sturdier chips are lightly dusted with sea salt and won’t crack under pressure while dipping.

Sweet Onions with White Cheddar were my second favorite flavor. They were totally unique. I have never tried anything like them before. They had a sweet yet cheesy taste to them. I recomend these to anyone who wants to try a new flavor. I hate onions, but I love these. Don't let the word "onions" keep you from trying them (well, unless you're allergic!).
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Who put real onion in my chip?
Ok, we admit it. Those are real, fresh sweet onions we crammed into our double thick, all-natural corn masa. After that, we sprinkled on some naturally delicious white cheddar. Extra thick. Extra oniony.

The result: A sturdier, thicker, onionier chip that can handle any dip.



The Jalapenos with Sea Salt flavor were sort of what I expected, with a twist. They jalapenos were a little spicy, but there was an unexpected sweetness that balanced it out. They were super crunchy, just like all of the other flavors.  
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Why is my mouth on fire?
That’s what happens when real, fresh jalapeƱos are split, seeded, chopped, sliced, diced and pressed into our double thick, all-natural corn masa. Just don’t blame us if your lips are on fire. We warned you. Add to that a bit of sea salt and you've got a thicker, crunchier and onionier chip that dips will fear.

Overall I do have to say that I really liked these chips. They were all very crunchy and full of unique flavors. I love trying new foods that are a better alternative to the foods I have been eating. Since these chips are made from natural ingredients and non-gmo corn I can feel good about eating them! All flavors are Vegan friendly, except the Sweet Onion with White Cheddar flavor. They are made in a nut-free environment, and are made on a tortilla-chip only line.


Where to find The Better Chip products:

Would you like to try The Better Chip? The Better Chip has generously offered to send one of my readers a free bag of Spinach & Kale chips, a coupon for a bag of chipvalid on any of their $3.99 bags, and a free t-shirt in your size! This is open to US residents who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 48 hours to email me back. If a winner has not claimed their prize a new one will be drawn. Good Luck!



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9/18/13

Chobani Greek Yogurt: Review and Giveaway


Chobani is a Greek Yogurt company that is local to me! Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste, and should be given great options. In 2005 Chobani began to make high-quality, great tasting Greek yogurt, made with all natural ingredients. Chobani has grown from a company of 5 employees to more than 2,000. They also started off using just a truck of milk a day, to now using over four million pounds pounds of milk per day!

 Because Chobani yogurt is made from all natural ingredients it contains no preservatives or artificial flavors. That means it is made with real fruit instead of just fruit flavor! The yogurt includes 5 live and active cultures, 3 of which are probiotics. Chobani yogurt is gelatin free, it also does not contain any other animal-based thickeners. 

Each year Chobani donates 10% if their profits to a variety of causes locally and worldwide. They call this program the Shepherd's Gift Foundation. Most people think of a shepherd as someone who herds sheep, however in Mediterranean culture, shepherds are known for their generosity. They would give gifts to the less fortunate without asking for anything in return. When all shepherd join together it can make a real difference in the world!

Chobani recently offered to send some free yogurt in exchange for an honest review. I am super excited about this opportunity because they are a local company who truly give back to the community. You can spot their trucks at many large local events and fundraisers. I think that it is great that this local business went from just a small company, to now having their products sold world wide! 

I received 5 different flavors of Chobani Champions Tubes, their yogurt that comes in a convenient tube case, and a variety of their Flips flavors. 



 Chobani Flip


I receive a large variety of the Flip flavors to try. Many of the Flip's contain a familiar flavor with a fun twist. These are great for people who have a couple minutes to enjoy a yummy cup of yogurt. 


Key Lime Crumble:



















Key Lime Crumble is my absolute favorite flavor, and that seems to be the case for everyone I have talked to about this flavor. It is absolutely amazing. I'm even willing to say that I would eat this over a Key lime pie ANY DAY! Words can not express how good these were! The yogurt is Key Lime flavored and the crumble is made from graham crackers and white chocolate chip chunks.  This flavor is 170 calories and has 11 grams of protein. I wish I could send this flavor to every one in the world, it is so good!
Ingredients:
Lowfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Evaporated Cane Juice, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Soybean Oil, Key Lime Puree, Cocoa Butter, Whole Wheat Flour, Key Lime Juice Concentrate, Milk, Key Lime Peel, Honey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Natural Flavors, Salt, Cinnamon, Fruit Juice Concentrate (For Color), Turmeric (For Color).



Vanilla Golden Crunch:






Vanilla Golden Crunch is another great flavor that I was able to get a photo of. The Vanilla Golden Crunch Flip makes a great addition to your breakfast. It is light and simple. My boyfriend is a huge fan of Vanilla yogurt so I let him eat this one after trying it. We both really liked it. The yogurt is Vanilla flavored and it comes with some type of "corn flake" cereal. It added a pretty cool crunch to an otherwise creamy treat. This flavor comes in at 150 calories and 12 grams of protein. 
Ingredients
Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Oats, Evaporated Cane Juice, Milled Corn, Wildflower Honey, Sugar, Canola Oil, Pecans, Salt, Barley Malt, Vanilla Extract, Locust Bean Gum, Butter.



Honey Bee Nana



The last flavor that I was able to get a photo of was Honey Bee Nana. The yogurt is honey flavored and the "flip" part is made from bananas. This flavor was pretty interesting. I don't think I would buy it every time I got yogurt, but I would get it once in a while. I think a great alternative to this would be a banana yogurt with a peanut butter syrup in the flip compartment. This Flip is 150 calories and has 12 grams of protein. 
Ingredients
Lowfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Bananas, Evaporated Cane Juice, Clover Honey, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavors, Turmeric (For Color).



Flavors not photographed:
Blueberry Power: 
I love blueberry yogurt. This flavor is pretty good (then again, most of them are!). The Flip compartment for this flavor contains Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, and Walnuts. I recently read that they will be removing the hemp seeds due to some Air Force regulation. I think the seeds and nuts in this give it a unique flavor. I would (and plan on) buying this in the future. This has 190 calories and 13g of protein. 
Ingredients
Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Blueberries, Walnuts, Evaporated Cane Juice, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Whole Chia Seeds, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavors.

Strawberry Sunrise:
Strawberry Sunrise was great! It is another one of my favorites. The yogurt is strawberry flavored, and the flips compartment contains Honey Oats. This flavor has 160 calories and 11 grams of protein. 
Ingredients
Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Oats, Strawberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Wildflower Honey, Canola Oil, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate (For Color).

Raspberry Choco Fix:
I found Raspberry Chco to be both good and bad. I love raspberry and I hate chocolate candy. The yogurt was vanilla with chocolate chunks and the flip part was a raspberry sauce. This product would have been amazing if it had raspberry yogurt with chocolate chunks in the flip part. I gave this one to my boyfriend, who will eat just about anything. This has 150 calories and 10 grams of protein. 
Ingredients
Lowfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei), Raspberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Chocolate Splits (Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Sugar), Natural Flavors, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate (For Color).

I have not yet eaten the rest of the flavors, so I can not comment on the tastes of them. For more information on flavors and ingredients please visit their product page. 



Chobani Champions Tubes 

Chobani Champions Tubes are great for people who love yogurt but may not have a minute to sit down and enjoy it! They are made for kids, but also are great for adults. My boyfriend and I don't have kids, so we ate them all up ourselves!The yogurt comes in a convenient tube that you can bring with you. No spoon is required to eat it! If you can eat a popsicle, you can eat a Chobani Tube! They can be eaten out of the freezer, or frozen then put into a lunch pale to thaw out by lunch time. I personally love them frozen! It's like ice cream, but better! The tubes themselves have these cute little puzzles on them. Each tube has a different one. See if you can solve the ones below! 











Rockin' Blueberry


Rockin' Blueberry was great flavor! I really like it frozen, but for the sake of the review I chose to take a photo of one that I did not freeze. This flavor is really good either way. Rockin' Blueberry has 70 calories and 5 grams of protein. 
Ingredients:
Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Cream, Evaporated Cane Juice, Blueberries, Pectin, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate (For Color), Vitamin D3. Contains Live and Active Cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus and L. Casei.



Swirlin' Strawberry Banana







Swirlin' Strawberry Banana is another flavor that is pretty versatile  I used a tube from this flavor to make a smoothie! The flavor is also really good on its own. To make a smoothie I used some frozen fruit that I had in the freezer, one tube of Swirlin' Strawberry Banana yogurt, a splash of milk, and a cup or two of water. I didn't really measure anything, I kind of just threw a little of this and that and hoped for the best. It came out amazing! It was really flavorful, you could taste subtle hint of banana. The Swirlin' Strawberry Banana flavor has 70 calories and has 5 grams of protein. 



I don't have any photos of the rest, but you get the idea. I think my favorite flavor out of all of the tubes was the Flyin' Dragon Fruit flavor. It was also my boyfriend's favorite flavor. All of the tubes are 70 calories and has 5 grams of protein. 

Overall I am very pleased with the Chobani products that I received. Each flip or tube is made with quality ingredients that you can feel good about eating. They have a huge variety of products, there is a little something for everyone! I recommend Chobani Yogurt to anyone looking for a great tasting yogurt by a company who cares about the consumer.

Do you want to try some for yourself? One lucky reader will win their choice of either a variety case of Flips, Tubes, Bites, or Cups. To learn about each of these products please visit their website. This is open to US residents who are 18 years or older, unless you have parental permission to enter. You must follow instructions on each entry that you do. You do not have to do all of the entries, just the ones you want. The more you do the better chance of winning you have. To see the instructions on an entry hit the +1 (or whichever number that entry has) button. Each entry has a different instruction. Once the giveaway has ended a winner will be emailed, and will have 48 hours to email me back. If a winner has not claimed their prize a new one will be drawn. Good Luck!

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