Product Reviews

Airborne Review via Smiley360

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I applied for the Airborne mission via Smiley360 awhile ago and was not initially chosen to participate but at some point they needed to fill more spaces so they asked me to join. Between the holidays and my dog’s surgery I’ve been quite busy so I never got a chance to share that I was on a mission with the Airborne product. ūüė¶

Each person participating had a chance at receiving 1 of 3 products from Airborne. I received a bottle of 32 chewable tablets in the berry flavor.

In the past I have only used Emergen-C products. (Jen scored some super hot deals on Emergen-C awhile ago but has handed her entire inventory over to me because she hates the taste. lol) I, on the other hand, like Emergen-C but it has been the only type of product of its kind that I have tried. Plus, I have only used it in liquid form so I was excited to try something different.

I am overall very pleased with this product. I like the taste and I find that the chewable form is a lot more convenient than mixing a powder with water. I can throw these tablets in my purse and chew them on the go if need be.

They claim to “help support your immune system” though in their disclaimer they that state that the FDA has not evaluated this claim and Airborne is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”. So based on that it is pretty hard to determine if this type of product actually benefits the immune system. It may be a classical case of mind over body? I also¬†don’t care for the fact that the product contains artificial ingredients such as Red 40 and Blue 1.

At any rate, I would buy this product in the future. Of course, it would have to be for a great price that I scored with sales and coupons. ūüėČ

Interesting in finding out more about Smiley360? Click here for more details on how you can start trying out products for free.

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We will never promote a website, product, or anything else within this blog that we wouldn’t use ourselves. The purpose of this blog is to educate you, on using coupons and how to live a thriftier lifestyle. We feel that sharing our referral links are a small way for us to earn a return on the hard work and dedication that we put into our blog while still maintaining honesty and integrity with you, as our reader.

Quilted Northern Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Review

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I was really excited to be apart of the Quilted Northern Ultra Soft toilet paper mission via Smiley360. Who doesn’t benefit from free toilet paper?! And let’s not forget about the bottle of hand sanitizer, tin of mints and additional coupons to pass out to friends. ūüôā

I am not really picky when it comes to toilet paper. If it is on sale and there are coupons available to pair with the deal, I’ll go that route rather than stick with one particular brand.

I happened to have a package of Cottonelle CleanCare 12 big roll on hand so I compared it with the Quilted Northern Ultra Soft toilet paper. I find that the Quilted Northern has a little bit more toilet paper per package with 253.3 sq ft. and the Cottonelle only has 230.4 sq ft. But I find that the Cottonelle is a bit softer so if that is something that is particularly important to you when buying toilet paper you’ll want to keep that in mind. Not a deal breaker for me, though!

Overall, I feel that the Quilted Northern does its job and I am pleased with this product. If I find a good deal on Quilted Northern in the future I will definitely buy this brand.

Interested in joining Smiley360 so you can start receiving free products to try? Find out more information here.

OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter Review

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If you look at my son’s shirt sleeves,¬†he uses them as sort of a road map to explain where he has been throughout the day. Napkins are optional in his book and if he does remember not to wipe his mouth with an article of his clothing, he has the inclination to wipe his fingers in his hair!

So none the less, when I was accepted into the OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter mission through Smiley360, I was pretty excited. Removing stains from clothes is something I definitely contend with on a weekly basis. I currently use Dawn dish soap as a stain fighter. I just dab a little bit on each stain, rub it in and then toss the clothes in the washing machine. It tends to do the trick 95% of the time. But what about that other 5%? Would OxiClean 2in1 stand up to the test?

I picked up a free bottle of the Fresh Scent OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter at my local Walmart per the mission instructions. It runs $8.xx for a 66 oz. bottle. A lot more than what I typically pay for stain remover since a 9 oz. bottle of Dawn dish soap with sales and coupons runs me about $0.50.

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Exhibit A: The sleeves of my son’s shirt before I pretreated and washed them

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The shirt after I pretreated the sleeves and machine washed them with OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter. 

I am pretty impressed with the results. Every stain came out except for a small dot on the cuff.

I decided to test OxiClean out on more stains.

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Pretreating the fabric with OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter

The directions suggest pretreating the stains with the 2in1 and then also adding some to your detergent. I noticed the first shirt I washed had a pleasant fragrance. I wanted to see if this had to do with the OxiClean so with the second shirt, I eliminated the fabric softener and used fragrant free detergent.

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I mixed the OxiClean with Purex Free & Clear which is 100% free of perfumes and dyes

And the results are….

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Most of the stains remained and some got a little bit lighter. I did dig the smell of the shirt though. Remember I washed it with just the OxiClean and fragrant free detergent and I skipped on the fabric softener. It is a subtle smell but that is how I like my clothes anyways.

Next I am going to take Dawn dish soap and see if I can get the stains out. I hope I can because I really like this shirt.

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After the dawn

The results after I pretreated with Dawn

It looks like once I pretreated with Dawn, most of the stains came out. I can still see very faint spots. I’ll probably wash this shirt one more time with Dawn and see what happens.

And to be fair I am going to pretreat and wash another stained up shirt with the OxiClean because we all know some stains are easier to remove than others.

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So the stain has become less visible after washing but it is still there!

Even though, I do like that OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter removed most of the stains and has a nice¬†smell, overall, I think that Dawn dish soap works just as well if not better. It also costs a fraction of the price. I didn’t care for the pretreating step in removing the stains with OxiClean. There is not a good way to transfer the liquid from the bottle onto the clothing. Dumping the liquid into the cap and then from there dumping it onto the clothing is messy business.¬†The product is a liquid so it doesn’t soak immediately into the fabric. It rather glides across it, making it a little more difficult to control where the liquid lands.

Have you used this product? What are your thoughts?

**Note: OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter claims that it brightens clothes as well. I did not test this claim because I feel in order to judge this statement properly I would need two, brand new, identical articles of clothing. I don’t have anything like this on hand so I can not attest to their claims about preserving colors of fabrics.

Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish Review

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: AVEENO¬ģ NOURISH+ DANDRUFF CONTROL Hair Care

I was accepted into the Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Dandruff Control mission from Smiley360. I was excited to be accepted into this mission because I have always had great results with Aveeno products and this instance was no exception. They sent me two coupons to purchase free products. I opted for a shampoo and conditioner and my husband and I have been sharing the shampoo for about 2 1/2 weeks.

I really like the smell of the product. It is not a flowery scent but has more of a plant based smell. It would be perfect for a male who doesn’t want a floral scented shampoo and conditioner. I also liked that if left my hair feeling soft and shiny and it doesn’t leave a build up of product at the roots.

Concerning the anti-dandruff aspect of the product, I do not suffer from dandruff but I do suffer from a mildly dry scalp. Because my condition is so mild, it is too hard to gauge if it has made an improvement on my scalp. My husband on the other hand suffers from a very dry scalp and I notice that when he is using a regular shampoo, he tends to get flakes on his shoulders. I have not noticed any dryness since he has been using the Aveeno Active Natural shampoo so I would say it is working wonderfully for him.

Overall, I am very pleased with the product and would purchase again, specifically, for my husband.

If you are interested in trying out Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Dandruff Control products, click here for a $3 off coupon. I noticed this sells for around $5.50 at my local Target.

**My opinion is my own and I am not compensated in any way other than receiving a free product from Smiley360.

Review: Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste

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Update: There is a new mission for Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste. Sign up or log in to see if you qualify. Below is the review I did when I was completing the mission a few weeks ago. 

ARM & HAMMER‚ĄĘ Advance White‚ĄĘ Sensitive with Whitening

I recently had the opportunity to try the Arm & Hammer sensitive toothpaste when I was accepted for a mission through Smiley360. If you are unfamiliar with Smiley360, check it out here.

Initially, I was not fond of the taste but quickly got use to it. What I like best about this particular toothpaste is that it leaves a fresh taste in my mouth long after I brush my teeth. I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth but my husband has sensitivity quit often. Once he tried the toothpaste he noticed a considerable difference after about 1 week. I usually get toothpaste for free with coupons and probably haven’t bought any in a few years but I would pay for this toothpaste. That says a lot!

**I am in no way compensated for this product review other than receiving a free product to try.

Runa Tea Review

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I was first introduced to Runa tea when I received a sample of the traditional guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-sa), tea in the mail. I am not an avid tea drinker but I do love trying new products. While I was steeping the tea bag, I read the back of the tea packet and became intrigued by the way the company originated as well as where the tea leaves are grown. I find it¬†fascinating¬†that guayusa tree leaves are found naturally, in the Amazon and the natives have been brewing them for thousands of years to stay awake and alert. According to Runa’s website, guayusa has almost as much caffeine as instant coffee with 90 mg. So I can see why the leaves would be essential to the natives survival.

I love that it is organic and that it has fair trade certified ingredients. This means that the farmers who grow the leaves are adequately compensated for their endeavors. Consequently, this can help disadvantaged communities improve their standard of living.

My husband has been looking for an alternative to drinking caffeinated beverages to keep up with his busy schedule. I thought this might be the perfect solution to his dilemma. After drinking the initial sample, I was interested in tasting more flavors and writing a review. I contacted Runa tea and they agreed to send Jen and I additional flavors. Here are the 4 different flavors they sent us.

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Jennifer couldn’t decide if she liked the cinnamon-lemongrass or the mint better but really enjoyed all 4 flavors.¬†My favorite was the cinnamon-lemongrass. I tend to like anything with cinnamon in it and this was no exception. The other flavors include mint, ginger-citrus and traditional guayusa and I enjoyed them as well. What I liked best about all 4 flavors is that they all had a nice after taste. I can only describe it as a fresh, “zingy” feeling.

All in all, we were really pleased with the tea and I will definitively be looking for the tea bags at a local retailer.

Click here to find out where you can purchase Runa tea products, which include tea bags, loose leaves and tea bottles. You can also read how the Runa tea company started and  how the Amazonian natives cultivate the leaves.

The opinions expressed in this post are solely of our own. We are not compensated in any way by Runa tea other than receiving the free samples.

**Some photos were taken from Runa’s press kit

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Food Should Taste Good brand review

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Here is my little back story.

I was initially introduced to Food Should Taste Good chips when I signed up to receive a free bag of their sweet potato tortilla chips. After trying my sample, I was so excited about how they tasted, I found them on facebook to tell them about my experience.

One sample bag was not enough so I was eager to find them in a local store. After looking in three different retailers, I decided that maybe they hadn’t yet made it to my neck of the woods ūüėČ

But I am the type of person that when I find a product that I love so much, I like to share my experience with everyone.¬†I decided to contact Food Should Taste Good¬†and ask them if they would be willing to send us samples so we could do a review on our blog. They happily agreed. And even better while waiting for the samples to arrive, I found this free standing display in my local Marc’s store, which is located in Northeastern Ohio.

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Here is what we received from Food Should Taste Good.

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When we first tried the sweet potato tortilla chips, we were pleasantly surprised. They tasted like Sun chips and the sweet potato taste was not too bold. We love sweet potatoes so we were not bothered by the fact that they were sweet potato flavored. If you are not a sweet potato fan, don’t let that scare you away from trying them.

The lime and blue corn tortilla chips are also equally very tasty. We love chips that have a lime flavoring and these chips have that. The taste is not too over powering. It is subtle but rather refreshing. The blue corn chips have just the right amount of flax seed and sea salt and would pair nicely with salsa but it isn’t necessary.

We weren’t ¬†fans of the original sweet potato chips. We think because it has the texture of a potato chip, we wanted it to taste more streamline with what other typical potato chips taste like. With that being said, we do really like that there are only three ingredients; sweet potatoes, sunflower oil, and sea salt.

Taste is not the only thing important to us. Ingredients and price are also a key factor in what determines if we will buy a product.

Fortunately, their products are gluten free, certified vegan, certified kosher, do not contain cholesterol, trans fats, msg, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are also low in sodium, all natural, and a good source of fiber.

The ingredient list on all the chip bags are very short, only containing about a half dozen to one dozen ingredients each. This is usually a good sign when shopping for natural snack foods. The only concern we have is that some of the tortilla chips may contain canola oil. We try to steer away from that and purchase items made with olive oil but overall we were pretty pleased with the ingredients.

The price of these tortilla chips is also very reasonable. We were able to snag a 4.5 oz of chips for $1.99 and recently we signed up for the Food Should Taste Good enewsletter, earning us a $1 off coupon.  A great deal for only .99 a bag.

Overall, we are really pleased with these chips and plan on buying some other flavors we haven’t tried yet. If you find them in your local store, we recommend picking up a bag or two!

Check out their website to learn more about their flavors of chips and sign up for their enewsletter.

http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com

**The opinions expressed in this post are solely of our own and we were not compensated in any way by Food Should Taste Good other than receiving the free products pictured above.