French Press by SterlingPro: Not my Favorite

I recently received this french press by SterlingPro. I have to say, I was extremely excited when it came to my door because I love using a french press. Putting the work and effort into making my own coffee is so rewarding and always ends up tasting fresh and delicious. But I’m sad to say that this french press wasn’t one of my favorites. I’ve used many in the past and I didn’t find this one to be anything very special. Here’s my break down:


Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things that I do like about this french press. Number one, I love how easy it is to keep clean. So far, I’ve only had to rinse with water to get all the coffee grounds out, which is really nice because there is always a worry that they will get stuck, especially around the edges of the filter. Number two, the design is really simple and easy to use. It comes assembled for you, so it’s easy to put it together once you do take it apart for cleaning purposes.


I don’t know if I’m the only one that finds this to be irritating, but I really don’t like how the french press sounds when I am pressing the filter down to the coffee grounds. It almost sounds scratchy and it hurts my ears! Secondly, I don’t like that you can’t actually see the coffee. I much prefer a glass french press. However, those two things don’t change anything about how the coffee actually turns out. So I’m just being a little nit-picky on those things. However, the quality of coffee isn’t that great either. First off, I always end up with grounds in my cup even if I grind the coffee at a normal setting. Secondly, when I pour it, it steams out so unevenly and gets everywhere! Definitely hate having to spend my mornings cleaning up coffee spills on the floor and counters.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this french press, but I do recommend actually getting a french press!


Manual Coffee Grinder by AFL Products

I recently received this coffee grinder from AFL Products and I definitely LOVE it. As a huge lover IMG_1800of coffee who drinks it pretty much 24/7, this was a must-have for me.

What I Love:

One of the main reasons I love this coffee grinder is the size. It’s so tiny, which means I can bring it with me when I go on vacation (which I will be in October). I’m so excited to bring this with me along with my new french press I will be reviewing soon!

Another thing I love about the coffee grinder is that despite it’s small size, it can grind a LOT of coffee. I only need to grind a little bit at a time to get the perfect amount for my morning cup. The construction is also really simple. I can easily take the top off to pour in the coffee beans and take it apart when I’m ready to scoop out the grinds. And the handle easily fits into place. I was worried at first that the handle would easily slip off the top or out of my hand while trying to ground the coffee, but it wasn’t a problem at all. It stays in place and I just love that.

What’s Not so Great:

First off, let me just say that I don’t have anything negative to say about this grinder. I’m just going to point out a few things that someone may not like about this. For example, if you are someone who makes a whole pot of coffee in the morning, then you may have a difficult timeIMG_1810 grinding all the coffee at once with this grinder. I mean, you have to do it manually and it will
take a much longer amount of time to get all the coffee grounds that you need. Your hand is going to hurt. This isn’t a problem for me though since I only make one cup at a time.

The next thing is.. well actually I can’t think of anything else. You will love this if you are a traveler, lover of making coffee manually, and more.

I love making coffee manually. Putting the work into making a cup of coffee to perfection is my favorite thing. It makes the coffee taste that much better and if you are a lover of coffee, then I suggest investing in your own manual products. GET RID OF THE K-CUP and get to work! buy-button-amazonYou
won’t regret it :p


Simply Sooney: Organic, Fluoride Free, Vegan Tooth Powder

Finding vegan toothpaste can be difficult. Basically, my only option (that I know of) is Toms. But recently I have discovered this new organic, fluoride free, vegan tooth powder by Simply Sooney. They have multiple different flavors and were kind enough to send me samples of them all.
Now at first, I was concerned that I’ve never tried tooth powder before, only toothpaste. Wasn’t sure how I was going to like or how to even use it. Here’s what I thought:

IMG_1511On my first use of the regular powder, I did not like it. The taste of cinnamon was too strong for me and it literally felt like I was cleaning my mouth with dirt. I had to rinse my mouth multiple times to get both the taste and left over powder out of my mouth. Of course, this was only my first try. Trust me, it gets better. You begin to get used to the taste and now I actually don’t mind it at all. And the reason I continued to use it is because I think everything deserves an extra chance. Plus, after a few uses, my husband mentioned that my teeth looked whiter. I can’t tell a difference right now, but my husband says it’s noticeable. So, it’s possible the tooth powder is helping my teeth become whiter, which is a good thing because I drink so much black coffee that I just know I’m going to wake up one day and hate the nasty stains that have resulted from this bad habit of mine.

Anyway, here are the other flavors I tried and what I thought about each:

Peppermint: The peppermint flavor tasted very similar to the regular tooth powder. It was IMG_1515slightly more minty, but I didn’t notice a huge difference.

Orange: The orange flavor was my favorite. It was easy to use the first time because I really did like the taste of it. I’m guessing this would be the best option if you have kids and you want to try an organic, fluoride free tooth powder option for them. There was a slightly bad after taste, but once you rinse your mouth with water, you’ll forget all about it.

Baking Soda Free: The baking soda free powder was another one that didn’t taste too bad the first time I used it. This is probably the best one since it didn’t leave a bad after taste either.

Sensitivity: If you have sensitive teeth, then this is the right flavor for you. I didn’t notice any difference between this powder and the regular just because my teeth aren’t sensitive, so I’m not the best person to judge it. And also the flavor between the two are very similar.

Overall, this is a great product if you are looking for an organic, natural way to clean your teeth. I’ve also heard that this is a great product to use if you have sensitive teeth. Honestly, my teeth haven’t ever felt this clean or fresh. I love using it in the morning because it doesn’t leave any kind of bad, minty taste in my mouth like my regular toothpaste does, which means I can go on to eat anything without that bad taste in my mouth. I definitely recommend this product. You just need to get used to the powdery texture, which can be difficult after years of using toothpaste. It gets better though quickly!  buy-button-amazon


Ptatoms Ultra Sharp Vegetable Peeler: Unique, Durable, Easy to Use

I recently added this vegetable peeler by Ptatoms into my kitchen. It’s not just any kind of vegetable peeler
though. It has unique cutting patterns on both sides. Before I dive into the specifics of the two different blades, here are a few things to note about the peeler itself:

  • Durable: The quality of the blades are amazing and make slicer any type of vegetable easy to do. I barely have to push against the vegetable to cut it.
  • Easy to Grip: The handle on the peeler is easy to hold. It’s smooth, but yet I never lose my grip on it while cutting vegetables, which is important to note. This makes it faster to slice whatever I need to.
  • Easy to Clean: First off, the peeler comes with a cleaning brush, which is really great. I only have to rinse the blade off with water and use the brush to remove any stuck pieces of leftover vegetables. On top of this, the peeler is dishwasher safe. I’ve never had a problem with sticking it in the dishwasher. It still has maintained it’s quality even after a couple of times being run through the dishwasher.
  • Great Price: Lastly, the price of the vegetable slicer is great. Only $6.95 and you can expect excellent quality and a new kitchen gadget that is going to last you a long amount of time.

IMG_1490The first side (shown on the left) is a little more simple. I use this side to create vegetable noodles when I don’t feel like slicing the whole vegetable in my spiralizer. It’s really easy to use and slices effortlessly. It would take me no time at all to slice the entire zucchini or any other vegetable that I would use.



Here, you can see how the cut is made. It’s rigid and I believe it is called the julienne cut. Even if you aren’t trying to make any kind of fancy cut, I would definitely recommend using this slicer over any other. It’s the most durable I have ever used and you are still going to be able to peel the vegetable’s skin off exactly how you want.

Here is the other side of the vegetable peeler. This side cuts in a more intricate manner. I used this side for slicing up vegetables, especially carrots to achieve cuts that are perfect for salad toppings. You only have to slide it down the vegetable really quickly and it cuts perfectly and with ease.


IMG_1495Here’s what this side of the peeler does with just one slice. So as you can see, it’s easier to make small cuts for toppings or if you just simply need the vegetables to be smaller for the recipe you are currently following.




Overall, this is a great vegetable slicer for anyone to use. I definitely recommend it. You won’t be disappointed, especially after only paying $6.95 for it.



Avocado Pesto Sauce on Cucumber Noodles

For dinner tonight, I decided to use my new spiral slicer once again. I looked up a recipe online and found one that was perfect for me because I love avocado so much and that was this Avocado Pesto recipe:

What You Need:

1 Clove of Garlic

1 Tbsp of Raw Sunflower Seeds

2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Avocado

1/4 Tsp Salt

Pepper to Taste

1 Cucumber

Handful of Halved Cherry Tomatoes

In a blender, combine the garlic, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, avocado, salt, and pepper.

Prepare the cucumber with your spiral slicer and mix in avocado pesto, then add cherry tomatoes on top along with more pepper if desired.

I loved this, but my daughter didn’t so much. But still, this makes the perfect lunch because it gives you energy to keep going with your day!



The Spiral Slicer Spiralizer: Perfect for Making Zucchini Spaghetti

Today in the mail I received this spiral vegetable slicer by Kitchen Supreme. I remember one time I attempted to make zucchini spaghetti and it took forever to slice the zucchini so that it
came out in thin strands. I was so excited to have this delivered to me so that it could help make certain recipes much easier to make!

The Basics: 
The spiral slicer came with the spiral slicer itself and a cap that punctures into he vegetable tops. The slicer also came with a small vegetable slicer on the side, which is nice if you want to peel off the skin of the vegetable before spiral slicing it like you probably would for carrots.

IMG_1381The Pros:

The spiral slicer is extremely easy to use. It took me only a minute or two to slice an entire cucumber. The size of it also makes it really easy for me to grip onto. The perfect weight, perfect size, and overall just a great product.

The Cons:

Of course nothing comes without some cons and I did find a few with this product. However, at
a price of $16.84 and with all the pros that come with it, the cons aren’t enough for me to regret having this product in the kitchen. Anyway, some of the problems I found were that also the size IMG_1378and weight makes it perfect for me to handle, it is a bit uncomfortable to hold just because there is no soft grip on the steel handles. Also, the cap for the product is just unnecessary. It wouldn’t stay attached to the cucumber so I ended up just using my hand and it was so much easier (just be careful not to cut yourself). And while the vegetable slicer that came with it is a nice added bonus, you are much better off using something made of higher quality. I tried peeling some of the cucumber skin just to try it out and it took way to much effort.

Overall, the product isn’t perfect, but it’s still great to have in the kitchen! It was so easy to make the cucumber noodles. I used them to make a salad for lunch similar to my kale salad. I tossed the cucumber noodles in oil and a small amount of apple cider vinegar, then I added Gardein “chicken” strips and Daiya cheese on top. It was delicious!




Kale Salad Lunch EVERYDAY

This is literally my lunch everyday. Well, pretty close to it anyway. I always make a kale salad with whatever fruit I have to cut up in the fridge, Gardein crispy “chicken” tenders, and cheese. However, before I add any of that stuff. I cut up the fresh kale and toss it in oil and a dash of apple cider vinegar. I also always take a B12 vitamin at this time of day. IMG_1362

This makes a great lunch because it’s healthy and keeps your energy levels high, which is especially important for getting through those midday fogs! 


Elite Kitchenware for Baking, Baking, Baking!

What do I do when two boxes of kitchen baking ware arrives at my door? I bake! I made brownies and a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies with my new Elite Kitchenware cookie sheets and Elite Kitchenware 8×8 baking pan. Why do I love these kitchenware baking sets?

IMG_1371First off, this set came with an 8×8 baking pan, a 15×11 cake pan, a 9×13 rectangular baking pan, and a 7.5x 2 oval baking pan for only $29.99. Such a good price for high quality baking pans that I can use for a long time to come. They are non-stick and from my first experience with both the brownies and the cookies, they easily slid off the pan after they had cooled. And since the baked goods easily slid off, the pans were so easy to clean! I simply wiped with dish soap and rinsed with water (no scrubbing involved!). I also love the red grips that make the pans easy to carry. Of course, you have to use an oven mitt when you get it out of the oven, but once the pan has cooled down, the grips make it easy to move the pans around. These grips also cool down a lot faster than the rest of the pan so that you don’t have to use oven mitts continuously.

The set of two cookie sheets is also a great price! Only $19.99. I loved how easily the cookies came off the sheet once they had cooled and I love how light they are! I can’t tell you how many times (because I’m the clumsiest person I know) I have dropped a hot cookie sheet on my feet IMG_1370because I tried to take it out of the oven with only one hand. I had no problem doing this with these cookie sheets. Light in weight and perfect for a clumsy fool like me!

The Cons:

I only have two cons to mention. One being that the pan I used for the brownies was easily scratched when I went to cut the brownies out of it. I didn’t even use a sharp knife, just a small dining knife. Because of this, I can only give the pans a four star. However, I would still recommend the baking pan set. It’s still high quality and I can tell I’ll be able to use them for a while!

The second con is just that the cookie sheets are a bit small in size. I couldn’t make very many cookies on just one sheet alone. For this, the cookie sheet set also only gets a four star, but is still worth purchasing!



Premium Ice Ball Maker: A Unique Way to Ice Your Drinks

My husband was really excited about this when it arrived on our doorstep: the Premium Ice Ball Maker. I don’t know why, I mean it’s just ice right? Doesn’t really matter what shape it’s in. But actually, once I used the ice to make some refreshing cucumber water after a long morning of running errands and chasing my toddler around, I realized the shape really does make a difference, even if it’s all in your head.

Here’s what I loved:

IMG_1348At first I was concerned that the product only had four slots to make the ice balls. However, these ice balls turn out to be a large enough size that I could’ve only used one in my cucumber water to keep my drink cool. Also, not that it makes a huge difference, but I did love the texture of the product. The outside casing is made of rubber, which allows you to hold it easily without your hand becoming
frozen while popping the ice out.

Some Cons:

I had a difficult time filling the container with water. However, I’ve read some tips from other reviewers that might make it easier. The problem I had was that once you place the lid on, you have to fill the rest of the sphere with water in just a tiny opening. It was difficult to prevent the water from spilling everywhere. I IMG_1347also had a hard time getting the ice balls out once they were frozen, but I’ve read that running it under hot water will help make it a bit easier.

Overall, I think this is a great product. It provides a cool and unique way to ice your drink and I’ll definitely continue to use it.


Bento Lunch Box by Bento Mates

Every morning after breakfast and after I have finished working for the day, I take Dakota out to the park or the beach and I MUST pack a small lunch or many snacks to bring along with us. IMG_1251Dakota loves to take small breaks from playing and sit with me to eat and have some water. I love these moments with her enjoying the fresh outdoors.

Anyway, today I brought along our new lunch box by Bento Mates perfectly packed with homemade banana bread, sliced peaches, and cereal puffs. This was perfect and I will no longer be using ziploc baggies anymore. Here’s what I love about this lunch box:

  • The Design: The lunch box has four clips total (one on each side) that holds the lid on tightly. It keeps the food fresh and prevents it from becoming crushed in my bag. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve brought out the snacks from my bag for Dakota and I to share only to discover that we were only left with crumbs. The clips are easy to snap on and off. It’s not complicated, which is important because I’ve had boxes similar to this one in the past that were so difficult to open that I ended up spilling everything once I was finally able to force it to come apart.
  • The Size: Another plus that I’ve found with this lunch box is its size. It’s pretty slim, but the compartments are large enough to IMG_1252store exactly what I need. The shape of the box is slender enough for me to fit into my diaper bag without feeling like I’m carrying a huge load of stuff (perfect for when I go to Disneyland!).
  • The Look: Finally, I love the look of this lunch box. It feels smooth, the inside compartments are also smooth and even help to keep any oils from seeping into it making it really easy to clean. Overall, it’s just a really simple, pretty, and well-designed lunch box that I can take anywhere.

I would definitely recommend purchasing one of these. Right now it’s only $18.80 on Amazon, which is a great price for something that is well-designed and easily something that you can use daily. You can tell by the way it’s designed that you also won’t have to replace it for a long time to come. Overall, a great purchase!