Thursday, May 29, 2014

Next Step Fit N Full

I recently received the Next Step Protein Shake complimentary through Influenster to try out. This product couldn't have come at a better time. I recently decided that I was gonna get serious about my health, but I needed a jump start. I received 3 packets of the Next Step Protein Shakes, 1 of each of the three flavors.

The shakes come in 3 different flavors:
•French Vanilla
•Swiss Chocolate
•Fresh Berries

The French Vanilla and Swiss Chocolate flavors taste great. The Fresh Berries flavor tastes a little medicinal but adding a little added fruit helped that . You can even add in other things to get totally different flavor combinations,  but you have to keep in mind that will add calories.

Possible add-ins:
•Peanut butter
•Soy Milk
•Coconut milk/water

The Next Step Protein Shakes were really easy to make, you just add water and shake. The consistency wasn't as thick as I thought it would be but that wasn't a problem for me. I was surprised by how long they kept me full. I plan to purchase more to add into my weight loss journey because I feel that this is just the boost I need.


THE VITAMIN SHOPPE® INTRODUCES “NEXT STEP” WEIGHT MANAGEMENT LINE. Next Step is a new weight management line that can be personalized to wherever an individual is on their health and wellness journey. Next Step offers a wide variety of products that truly meet personal needs and busy schedules, and promote healthy weight management. Next Step is based on clinically-studied ingredients, not the fad of the moment.

Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake

· I want a quick, healthy meal 
· Supports reduction of body fat (as part of a healthy diet and exercise program) 
· Reduces hunger and cravings 
· 14g of protein per serving 

Directions: As a meal replacement, add packet to 8fl oz of cold water. Mix well.

Warning: Consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have any medical conditions.

Does Not Contain: Yeast, Citrus, Fish, Artificial Colors.

Check out Next Step Protein Shakes on Influenster here.

 *********I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes***********

Monday, June 24, 2013

Pork: Be Inspired

Everyone knows Pork is the other white meat, but it also gets a bad wrap. Many times pork is considered as unhealthy and/or dry. Both of those things are untrue and its time to give Pork another chance.


Keep your pork moist by not overcooking it!

Both the USDA and the National Pork Board recommend using a digital cooking thermometer to get an accurate internal temperature reading for your pork. While an internal temperature between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium), followed by a 3-minute rest is where you want to be for chops, tenderloin and roasts, ground pork should always be cooked to 160° F and pre-cooked ham can be reheated to 140° F.

Looking for a healthy pork choice?

Pork tenderloin is certified to carry the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark, making it a heart-healthy choice for you and your family. Each serving of pork tenderloin packs tons of nutrients and, ounce for ounce, is as lean as skinless chicken breast!

 I got my chance through BzzAgent, I received a BzzCampaign where I was given a coupon to purchase a pork product from my local Kroger store. I picked up pork loin chops and I was worried that they would come out dry. I followed the USDA and National Pork Board recommendations for cooking the pork and they turned out moist and so juicy that you could cut them with a fork. I am definitely a fan of pork again. What truly amazes me is that there are so many ways to prepare pork, so if your interested in spicing your pork up check out the links and recipe below.
Pork Be Inspired website
Pork Be Inspired on Pinterest


Here is a recipe that your sure to love!

Smoky Rubbed Pork Chops

  • 4 boneless top loin pork chops
  • 2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, OR granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, OR granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Mix paprika, chili powder, thyme, salt, granulated garlic, granulated onion and pepper and in small bowl. Rub both sides of pork chops with spice mixture. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes.
Grill over medium-hot fire until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serving Suggestions: Celebrate grilling season with these chops. Serve with Grilled New Potato Salad with Bacon and Scallions, Herbed Steamed Vegetables and Grilled Pineapple with Molasses-Lime Butter for dessert.

Now Grab Some Pork and Be Inspired!

For this campaign I was given a discount from BzzAgent to purchase products.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kroger Private Selection Upside Down Cakes

  • Available in three decadent varieties:
  • German Chocolate Fudge – chocolate fudge cake topped with caramel, coconut and pecan frosting
  • Double Chocolate Molten – moist chocolate cake topped with molten chocolate
  • Amber Honey Apple Spice – cinnamon spiced cake topped with apple slices and honey glaze
  • Made with premium ingredients, including real butter, fine chocolates and fruits, just like homemade
  • Only minutes to prepare – just warm, flip & serve
  • You’ll find them in the bakery section of the Kroger family of stores

     The cake that I picked up at my Local Kroger store was the Double Chocolate Molten cake.

     The directions were very simple to follow: warm the cake in the oven for 12 minutes (or microwave for 3). Then flip the cake onto a serving plate and watch all the toppings drip over the sides. and that is exactly what I did (microwave version). Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take a picture before everyone devoured the cake. I did at least get a picture of my piece with my vanilla ice cream cream.

    After flipping the cake over the cakes appearance was bakery case quality. The texture of the cake was more like a dense brownie rather then cake, but to me the texture went great with the chocolate glaze. The cake also had a brownie taste but it was not as sweet. As far as the chocolate glaze it was more like a dark chocolate, together they were the perfect combination. In my opinion this cake would be great for any get together.

    My Possible Serving Suggestions

    • Sprinkle some chopped nuts on top.
    • Drizzle with melted peanut butter.
    • Swirl caramel on top.
    • Drizzle with melted marshmallow fluff.
    • Sprinkle with crushed cookies.
    • Sprinkle with chopped candy bars.
    • eat with the ice cream of your choice.

    Be sure to visit and download your own coupon for $1 or $2 off Private Selection Upside Down Cakes!

    I am a BzzAgent and received these products(and coupons) from for review at no cost to me. I receive no monetary compensation for my open and unbiased review. The purpose of BzzAgents is to generate word of mouth sharing of information about the products offered by both familiar and unfamiliar companies.

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes

    While on the lookout for the perfect mascara I kept seeing the commercial for the Colossal Cat Eyes. It didn't help that Walgreens had Maybelline products on sale BOGO 50%. So I picked up Maybelline Falsies for 7.99 and got Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes for 3.99. This mascara is suppose to provide Instant volume, no clumps, with collagen.
    The wand is a claw wand.
    My lashes before.
    My lashes after.

    My Opinion

    I love the way the mascara makes my outer lashes look a little longer, to help with that cat eye look. I just might have to post the cat eye difference with and without the mascara. There were no clumps. The mascara didn't flake at all. The mascara is waterproof so you would definitely need makeup remover to get it off. The formula is thin but that makes it very buildable.

    Have you ever tried this mascara and if you have how do you feel about it?

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream

    Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream is a new multi-faceted solution for a multitude of skin concerns. If you have oily skin, then you probably have a product to treat shine, and to minimize pores, and to cover blemishes. And maybe a few more products, too. Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream can address all those oily-skin needs with just one application. Your skin will have a flawless, lightweight matte finish, and you’ll only need one product to get it.



    Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream:

    • Works on combination to oily skin with three shades: Light/Medium, Medium/Deep, and Deep
    • Features an ultra absorbent formula and contains mineral Perlite, which retains twice its weight in oil and water
    • Is formulated with sheer natural mineral pigments, so you’ll get a natural matte finish with each use
    • Is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic: it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts
    • Is oil-free, non-greasy
    • Is Available for a suggested retail price of $12.99
    I used the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream with high hopes of it working for my skin. I was sent the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream in Medium/Deep. The reason I chose Medium/Deep was because from my experience with other B.B. Creams Deep is to dark for me. To my surprise Medium/Deep is to light for my skintone, so I have to mix Medium/Deep, and Deep to get a workable color for my skintone.

    The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream age went on with a sheer coverage. I didn't mind the sheer coverage because I don't intend to use it as a foundation. Its as if its my skin with a matte finish. I did notice that the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream did keep down the shine in my oily spots. As for my dry spots it made them look flaky so I have to make sure to use a moisturizer

    As far as my overall thoughts on the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream, I would definitely recommend it. So if you haven't tried it go check it out

    I am a BzzAgent and received these products(and coupons) from for review at no cost to me. I receive no monetary compensation for my open and unbiased review. The purpose of BzzAgents is to generate word of mouth sharing of information about the products offered by both familiar and unfamiliar companies.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Ghirardelli Sea Salt Escapes

    Have you every tried Ghirardelli Chocolates Sea Salt Escape?
    Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Escape
    The decadently rich and creamy milk chocolate in Sea Salt Escape is combined with burst of sea salt and roasted almonds delivering an epicurean chocolate experience. Experience a moment of timeless pleasure with all natural Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Chocolate. 
    The Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Escape retail for $2.79 at grocery stores, drug stores, Target, Walmart.
    All of Ghirardelli Chocolates are stamped with their logo.
    Each Ghirardelli bar contains 8 chocolate squares.

    From looking at the bottom of the chocolate you can see that it contains a good amount of chopped almonds. Unlike some chocolates on the market instead of whole almonds the almonds are chopped which gives you an even distribution of almonds, so you get almonds in every bite. 
    This chocolate is so delicious. Ghirardelli hit the nail on the head with this combination. You get the perfect combination of crunchy, salty, and sweet chocolate. So, now instead of  eating chips and chocolate together all I have to do is get a Ghirardelli Sea Salt Escape and enjoy my own little world .If your like me and sometimes get a craving for a salty, sweet, and crunchy treat, then this would be the perfect chocolate bar for you.
    Check Out Ghirardelli
    On the Ghirardelli website you can find their products, gifts, and recipes.
    I received these products(and coupons) from Influenster for review at no cost to me. I receive no monetary compensation for my open and unbiased review. The purpose of Influenster is to generate word of mouth sharing of information about the products offered by both familiar and unfamiliar companies.

    Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge

    Infused with superfruits, the Hydra Recharge formula actively replenishes hair for silky-soft hydration that lasts. Hydra Recharge will recharge your thirsty locks and keep your hair super silky and surprisingly weightless for up to two whole days.
    • Hydra Recharge Shampoo is a hydration innovation; the first to feature thousands of beads that burst on impact
    • Hydra Recharge range contains superfruits goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi to actively replenish without heaviness
    • Hydra Recharge 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish Treatment is a powerful deep treatment whose revolutionary lightweight crème-gel formula transforms dry hair with a surge of high-performance hydration in just one minute.
    I was super excited to try the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge because I've never had a problem with any of their products.

    I started by trying the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge on my natural hair usually dry. After one wash with the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge I could really tell a difference. My hair is usually so dry that it tangles really badly but after using the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge it was really soft and manageable.

    I had such great success with using the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge on my natural hair that I decided to try it on my extensions. I've had my extensions for about six months and they started to look dry so I used the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge products and the condition of my hair did a complete 180. I can actually say that the extensions are like new.

    • Wonderful Scent
    • Great Hydration
    • Lasting healthy shine
    • You'll want to keep it all to yourself.

    In my opinion the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge line contains some excellent products. I would definitely recommend the products to anyone that has dry hair. The products really hydrate your hair and make it look healthy and the wonderful smell is a added plus. I can see myself using this products for years to come.
      I am a BzzAgent and received these products(and coupons) from for review at no cost to me. I receive no monetary compensation for my open and unbiased review. The purpose of BzzAgents is to generate word of mouth sharing of information about the products offered by both familiar and unfamiliar companies.