Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Review - Vera Bradley Coloring Books (Round 2)

Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review. I only accept copies of books for review that look like something I would normally buy or check out at library.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Remember a couple of months ago I received two Vera Bradley coloring books to review?  Well since I'm a huge Vera Bradley fan and I loved the books, I was sent two more for review.  What I love about Vera Bradley doing coloring books is that they have tons of patterns to choose from and are able to group together into different books.  And they used not just the external patterns you see when the bags are being carried but the patterns used on the inside of the bags!  Here are the two books I received this time, "Seize the Day" and "Enjoy the Journey".

The inside of "Seize the Day" - this is my favorite of all the coloring books I've seen not only because it's got one of my favorite patterns on the cover (I have a tote in this pattern), but the patterns inside are more graphic than the other books.  Love!


Inside "Enjoy the Journey".

























Again, I am super impressed by these books, the details and layouts are really nice. In addition to the four I've reviewed there are more books, see here.  I would totally recommend them if you are a Vera Bradley fan or if you know someone who is, they would be a great gift idea!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review - Greenblender Smoothie Box

I decided to try out GreenBlender a couple of months ago because it sounded like a great solution to our ongoing breakfast problem.  The endless issue of my 9 year old not ever wanting to eat in the mornings, complaining about every option.  She loves smoothies so I thought "bingo!" this sounded like a great, easy option.  GreenBlender is a subscription service that delivers 5 smoothie recipes and the pre-portioned ingredients to make 10 smoothies each week.


Here's what the box looked like when I opened it.  Really nicely packaged and all the ingredients were well labeled and super fresh!

They include straws too!

Here are all the ingredients we got for the week.

The dry ingredients too!


Here's the first one we tried all blended up.

Y'all, I wanted to love this so much, but sadly I did not.  The chopped up cashews and other additions that are "chunkier" when blended just made me gag.  I hate the texture.  I think this is for someone who is trying to be way healthier than we are.  I mean, we wanted to be healthier, but it was too much of a leap from our usual smoothies we made with frozen fruit, yogurt and juice.  Baby steps, baby steps.  Now this would be perfect for people who are totally on a clean diet and are looking for some new smoothie recipes and ideas.  I LOVE the idea and the packaging and ingredients were high quality so I would recommend trying it if you are into clean eating!

Meanwhile, the search continues for breakfast options other than cereal...

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