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March 2015

HOT + SWEET Smoked Spanish Paprika Powder – Product Review

Om nom nom! I LOVE to cook! It seem as though everyone that I know would rather make a ‘box meal’, rather than dinner from scratch. I get that we live in a busy world, and that it takes extra time, effort, and a little bit of knowledge (or the guts to experiment) to actually chop vegetables, and choose and/ or measure spices. Recipes can seem long and hard to follow…and as I mentioned, we are just so darn busy, there doesn’t seem to be time to make ‘real’ food.

The thing is, those ‘box dinners’ that Americans are so used to cooking don’t actually give your tastebuds, or body, the variety that they crave. You can only eat so much processed hamburger helper before all of the chemicals and preservatives start to affect your system. You won’t actually notice it, but you’ll slowly become more tired and lethargic. Your body will spend its precious energy processing these strange chemicals, instead of creating healthy, usable energy for your body.

So…what IS the secret to being able to cook at home..besides finding a little extra time?

It’s your spices! You can turn ANY dish from ‘blah’ to ‘BOOM’ with some spice! I urge you to try it: Just get some chicken..cut it into two pieces, and cook one piece without any spices. No salt, no pepper…nothing. Put some salt and pepper on the other piece. Cover it with a lid, and cook it until the chicken is white..but don’t overcook it! Try both pieces. They’ll be amazing and juicy, but the one with just a little salt and pepper will be soooo much better! I guarantee it! 😀 Now…I want you to experiment next time! Grab some spices from the grocery store if you don’t have any…I love ‘all=spices” because they combine different spices that work well together to make things a bit easier for busy moms like me! 😀

That being said…This smoked Spanish Paprika Powder is AMAZING to experiment with! I’ve used it in everything from   homemade sub sandwiches to chicken salad to deviled eggs…and it’s been a hit with the entire family! When the kids are eating with us, I tend to use the sweet smoked paprika powder, so I don’t get any complaints about spiciness…it adds a wonderful smoky punch to any dish! But…when the kiddos aren’t around, or after I’ve served them, I use the HOT smoked spanish paprika powder! My boyfriend and I both absolutely love it. What a wonderful, tasty touch to our favorite foods! If you like to experiment with new, fun foods or spices, this is for you!

You can buy yours on Amazon for only 10.99! You actually get BOTH powders for this price, so this is honestly a wonderful deal! Check ‘em out here: Kiva Gourmet HOT + SWEET SMOKED Spanish Paprika -From The Famous La Vera Region of Spain – 4 oz Total WT (2-PACK SET)

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received this paprika powder for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

700 Thread Cotton Sheet Set – by Francois Et Mimi – Product Review

I have the most amazing, comfortable bed. It’s a king-sized, double-pillow-top mattress, and honestly the most comfortable bed that I’ve ever had. It’s so easy to fall asleep, even if you just sat down for a second. I have a pretty serious issue with it though: sheets never seem to stay on the darn thing!

The struggle is real: I toss and turn a bit in the middle of the night, which tugs at our wal-mart jersey-knit sheets, and inevitably pulls the corner up in the middle of the night, leaving it free to attack my pillows and my face, and literally annoy the crap out of me. Once I notice that the sheets have come up, I CANNOT get back to sleep until it’s fixed. This isn’t really a problem when I’m sleeping alone, buy my sweetheart really doesn’t enjoy me waking him up in the middle of the night so that he can stand up while I pull the sheets back up and fix them. This almost always earns me a grumble and a dirty look, but I can’t help it!

Luckily, one of my favorite companies to work with, Francois Et Mimi, allowed me to try one of their sheet sets. It’s a 700-thread count 100% cotton, king-sized set with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases. I didn’t get to choose the color that was sent to me, and at first, I was a bit disappointed. The sheets looked rust-colored in the package. I didn’t really feel like it would go well with my black comforters and green walls…but I washed them, and put them on to bed, good little product reviewer that I am.

These sheets are a bit heavy, which is perfect for the wintertime, and actually pretty great for summer, too, because I can take the comforters off the bed, just use the sheet, and actually feel like I’m covered up. They’ve got a nice satin-y finish to them, and we both really liked the way they felt to lie between. Not super-soft like our old jersey-knit sheets, but not scratchy or uncomfortable at all.

When I woke up the morning after we tried these for the first time, I got my daughter some breakfast, and sat down to my desk to get some homework done. I looked over at my little princess sitting on my bed in the sunlight, and realized that my sheets weren’t really a yucky rust color..they’re golden! A beautiful gold color that actually goes incredibly well with my black comforter, green walls…and even my other random assortment of pillowcases on the bed (I really really like pillows).

Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 11.33.23 AMWe have been using these for awhile now…I even got a second set, I love them so so much! I haven’t put my old jersey-knit sheets on since I got these…nor have I had to ‘fix’ my corner of the bed! NOT ONCE! I’ll never ever go back to super-cheap sheets again…it’s just not worth it!

If you’re ready to upgrade to ‘adult’ bedding, too, check out these sheet sets on Amazon. They have a TON of beautiful colors to match just about any decor, and they can be found in Full, Queen, or King sizes! Here’s a link to make things easier for you:700 Thread Count Luxury Soft Cotton Silky Sateen Sheet Set, Extra Deep Pocket, King

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

Probiotics for Oral Health – Fights Bad Breath & Cavities – Product Review

Probiotics are a great thing for your body…but probiotics that help improve your oral health are like a home run, in  my opinion!

I have a hereditary disposition to have bad teeth. Unfortunately, I just have to brush and floss more than other people, and still end up with bad breath, cavities, and broken teeth. Not exactly flattering, especially while I’m looking for a job after graduation!

Luckily, hyperbiotics is dedicated to probiotic supplements, and has the perfect solution for someone like me! I can honestly say that I haven’t had any noticeable side effects, except for my breath improving, kind of a lot! Finally, I can stop constantly chewing gum!

You can buy yours on Amazon for only $23.95 here:PRO-Dental: Probiotics for Oral & Dental Health – Targets Bad Breath at its Source – Top Oral Probiotic Strains Including S. salivarius BLIS K12 & BLIS M18 – 100% Natural & Sugar Free (Chewable) – 45 Day Supply

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this probiotic supplement for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Toogli Organic Silicone Teething Pendant – Product Review

You know the saying: If baby ain’t happy, nobody’s happy! Any mom knows that this really is the truth. It’s impossible to even think when baby isn’t happy…and when baby’s teething, baby certainly isn’t happy!

Teething can be a frustrating experience for everyone involved. Baby can get a slight fever and runny nose, not to mention the tons of drool and pain that are inevitable! Mommy and Daddy can give tylenol, oragel, or try a million different teethers to try to ease the pain!

That’s where Toogli’s Organic Silicone Teething Pendant comes in! This is an awesome necklace-style pendant that mom or dad wears, so that when baby is being held close, she has something to chomp down on! My boyfriend likes this better than a lot of the other teething necklaces that we’ve tried, because this one is discreet, and not girly.toogliteether2

Baby P likes it, because it’s designed with his little hands in mind. It’s super easy to grip, and even has a hole in the middle for his thumb or finger to slip through to help him hold onto it! He likes the string, too…so I’m glad they included an extra plastic fastener, just in case we manage to break through this one. Great idea, Toogli! This is also completely non-toxic and BPA-free, made completely of food-grade silicone.

You can buy these on Amazon…they have three colors: pearl white, smoky black, or turquoise swirl. It’s a great deal, at only $12.98! Check it out:Teething Necklace For Mom – Best Teether Jewelry For Nursing Mom to Wear – 100% Organic Baby Teether Pendant, FREE Bonus Teething Guide, BPA, Lead, Phthalate and Baltic Amber Free, Lifetime No-Hassle Satisfaction Guarantee (Pearl White)

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received this teething pendant for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Francois et Mimi Ice Cream Bowl, Pastel Colors Set – Product Review

I LOVE Ice Cream! So does my family, so these adorable ice cream bowls were absolutely the perfect choice for all of us!

I love these bowls for the kids, because they come in an assortment of colors that’s sure to please even the pickiest kid! They’re also really durable, which is really important to me. 2 year olds can be..a bit clumsy, to say the least. These bowls are the perfect size for kids…and that means they’re the perfect size for portion control for me, too! No more giant bowls of ice cream that leave me feeling super junky later on. These bowls are by no means tiny…just literally the perfect size for an ice cream sundae!

The pastel colors are absolutely to die for, and they match the stacking mugs I already have. They also stack really well in the cupboard, and getting these allowed me to throw out a few of my old, mismatched bowls that I used, for no other reason than that they were bowls. It’s nice to be able to donate my old dishes to families that need something like that. Sometimes you wouldn’t believe what a difference having a few bowls can make for a mom’s life!

You can buy yours on Amazon, you get SIX BOWLS for only $13.95:Francois et Mimi Ice Cream Bowl, Pastel Colors, Set of 6

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received these ice cream bowls for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Texting Gloves for Smartphone & Touchscreen – Product Review

I have something to admit: sometimes I don’t bother to wear gloves, just because they make it so darn difficult to use my phone! I’ll stand outside while the dog goes potty, fingers freezing, just so I can check Facebook or play a game on my phone. Luckily, IGotTech has the answer!

I’ve seen touch-screen capable gloves all over the place, for varying prices, but the few pair that I have bought have fallen apart really quickly, or really didn’t work well when I tried to use my phone.

First of all, these are adorable! You can get dark gray on black, or the pair I got, which are gray, which the prettiest pink trim. I love them! My daughters want them, too, but lucky for me, their hands are still too tiny. They fit me absolutely perfectly, on the other hand!

They also actually work really well with my phone when I try to use them..unless the seam gets to the wrong place on my thumb. Then it’s a no-go, and I have to adjust.

You can buy yours on Amazon for only $8.97 here:Texting Gloves for Smartphone & Touchscreen: Premium Quality Materials, Ultra-Soft Brushed Interior For Comfort & Warmth. Smart Touch-nology in Fingertips Allow Fun, Safe Texting & Smart/iPhone Use Outdoors. Unique 100% Winter-Smart ‘Wear-antee’! (Pink Details)

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received these gloves for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Francois et Mimi 50oz Glass French Press – Product Review


I discovered the wonders of a french press at just the right time! I ordered this beauty..and two day later my automatic coffee pot broke. Luckily, this showed up, and I was able to easily decipher the instructions on the box as to how to use it.

I ran right out to the grocery store for some coarse-ground coffee, which I ground myself right there in the store. Fun! I brought it home, and started boiling some water. (Note: make sure you boil enough water. It’s better to have a little too much, than not enough!) I carefully measured the coffee into the the glass carafe, and as soon as the water was hot, I dumped it right in, then set the lid on the top to let it brew, making sure not to press the pretty plunger.

After 5 minutes or so, I pushed down on the metal plunger slowly (careful, hot), and was able to pour the most amazing, smooth coffee into my francois et mimi stacking mugs!

This french press is absolutely beautiful. It’s made of glass, with metal ribbing, and a ceramic/metal top, and metal screen and pusher. It looks great sitting next to my new automatic coffee pot! I’ve always seen people in the movies using these, so to be honest, using the french press when company comes by makes me feel super-fancy!

You can buy your own fancy french press on amazon for only $14.99 here:Francois et Mimi Single Wall Borosilicate Glass French Coffee Press, 34-Ounce, Chrome

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received this french press from francois et mimi for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Francois et Mimi Vintage-Style 20-Ounce Soup Mugs – Product Review

I pretty much love anything vintage-style, especially in my kitchen! I love adding a feeling of nostalgia to our meals, and this is the perfect way to do it! These mugs are absolutely huge! I learned very quickly not to fill them up up when I’m feeding the kids, because it ends up being too much for them. They really are huge!

I made chili, and served it in these adorable mugs, and not only did the kids manage to actually eat their food, because it was presented in a new fun way, but I enjoyed it, too! I love that if I fill this mug up, it’s plenty of food to completely fill me up. I don’t even need to go back for seconds!

We’ve had chili, ramen, spaghetti, and all sorts of fun foods in these. They’re beautiful, sturdy, AND dishwasher and microwave safe!

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received these soup mugs for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Fraser Kitchen and Food Scale – Product Review

Since it’s time to fit back into our summer clothes, it’s time to watch what we’re eating, too! A huge part of learning to eat better is in learning portion control. That’s where a scale like this really comes in handy! If you need 4 oz. portions of something, it’s quick and easy to measure it out. whether you want to set it directly on the scale, or in a container on the scale!

fraserscale This scale is really pretty. It’s a nice sleek black, which goes well with my kitchen and appliances! The slim design of this scale is perfect for my kitchen, which is a bit on the small side. I can easily store it on its side next to other items, rather than having to stack things on top of it..and it’s really easy to shove into a drawer, too! The buttons are touch-sensitive, and are supposed to work even when wearing food-safe gloves…though I haven’t had a need to try that at home.

I also use this when i’m making homemade aromatherapy salts and body butters, to help me measure the salt and other ingredients, rather than getting a bunch of measuring cups all gross and dirty. Since i started using this, I don’t bother to write my recipes in terms of ‘cups’…I just weigh the ingredients after I measure them, and, provided the circumstances haven’t drastically changed, I can use the measurements the next time to save my self a ton of stress and work measuring and cleaning all my different ingredients!

It automatically turns off after one minute, which is important to keep in mind…..it’s not rechargeable, though it does come with a battery!

You can buy yours on Amazon for only $24.99 here:Fraser Kitchen and Food Scale for Precision Digital Measuring of Culinary / Baking Ingredients, Pour Over Coffee or Dieting – Displays Grams, Ounces and Pounds – 11 lb Capacity

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!
~Rachelle

I received this scale for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

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