Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup Mix Review

What better way to spend a snowy evening than with a bowl of potato soup! And no, I am not using one of the 37 famous recipes that inspired this blog either. I cheated and pulled out a package of Bear Creek Country Kitchens' creamy potato soup mix.

Literally, within a matter of minutes we were eating 'homemade' potato soup. I topped ours with cheese and bacon---Yum. Obviously, some had more bacon than others, but I will not hold it against them!

The soup was creamy with chunks of potatoes in it and after it had set for a while it was still soupy and had not thicken too much like a lot off other soups do. While the soup was simmering on the stove, the apartment filled with homemade goodness. They're quick and easy to make and come in 15 delicious varieties. These soups have a homemade taste that will satisfy every appetite.

To keep up with the latest from Bear Creek Country Kitchens, you can connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bear Creek Soups. All opinions are my own.

Bear Creek Chicken Pasta for my Sick Girl

Well sickness has hit in our home, I thought we were going to be able to miss everything that is going around---but apparently not!

When my children is feeling sick, I like to give them chicken noodle soup--something my mom used to always give me when I didn't feel good as a child. And I really do not know if it's a mind thing or not, but I remember always feeling good after eating her soup!

Well, I didn't have anything to make chicken noodle soup with, and I didn't really feel like running to the store myself, so I grabbed a package of Bear Creek Country Kitchen Chicken Pasta Mix to prepare for my sweet girl.

I just followed the recipe on the back of the package and in a matter of minutes the pasta was ready!

I only needed to bring four cups of water to a boil and then add the pasta mix, whisk a little and let it cook---simple!

I also added some shredded cheese to jazz the pasta up for my girl; now she will have something hot and soothing to help her feel batter faster!

Bear Creek Country Kitchens offer seven different varieties of pasta; so there is something for everyone! 

To keep up with the latest from Bear Creek Country Kitchens, you can connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bear Creek Soups. All opinions are my own.


Urthbox Monthly Subscription Review

Urthbox is a monthly subscription service providing inexpensive and healthy organic, natural foods, beverages, and snacks.

UrthBox users receive a monthly shipment of 20 plus carefully chosen food or beverage products that fit into one of five categories, Standard, Gluten-Free, Diet, Vegan or Snacker. The products are always different from month-to-month, giving customers the chance to try out a large variety of healthy foods at minimal expense.

I received the the Classic box and I was so surprised at the amount of products inside! There were enough different products inside for everyone in my family's liking---some even fought over the chocolate...okay, okay maybe not fought over, but there were some evil looks being given over the chocolate. 

I liked the almonds and my oldest liked the pineapple dried snacks! And a first for me were the dried cantaloupe pieces, my daughter quickly claimed those, because cantaloupe is about the only fruit she will eat!

UrthBox is a great way to discover healthy, new foods, beverages, snacks and more for your home, the office or on-the-go every month. Easy to order, plus you get free shipping if you live in the USA!

Nibbling on these as I write this post! Yummy!

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SOYJOY Bar Review and Giveaway!

With so many snack foods labeled 'healthy', it can be hard to decide which one you should buy.For me, the food needs to live up to what what it says it is made out of, and of course taste good!

SOYJOY bars not only taste good, but they are made with real food ingredients and not overly-processed like many snack bars on the market. You can actually taste, feel and see the fruit in each bar.
More information on SOYJOY bars:
`SOYJOY bars are made without artificial ingredients
`Each bar has less than 140 calories each, SOYJOY bars are an easy on-the-go snack, and they do not crumble or melt in a purse or backpack!
`SOYJOY is certified gluten-free
`SOYJOY is made with pieces of real fruit you can see and taste!

With seven different flavors to choose from, there has bound to be one that you will like. My favorite is the blueberry---sure you can just tear open the package and eat the bar, but what is even better is to place the bar on a microwaveable plate and microwave for about eight to ten seconds...just warm it a little and you will have a warm , yummy dessert!

The Giveaway:
Two lucky readers will win a box of SOYJOY bars.
::One winner will win a box of Cranberry
::One winner will win a box of Dark Chocolate Cherry

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me which flavor you would like to try along with your email address (i.e. swappinspoons @ Gmail dot com). 

I will end this giveaway at 11:59PM on March 5, 2015. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was given SOYJOY products to help facilitate this post.  Read my disclosure policy here.


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You can enter this game once per day now through April 16, 2015 (11:59AM) . You can win up to five prizes.


'Lovely Looks' this Valentine's Day with Eco Tools

Celebrate love this Valentine's Day with a romantic night at home, a dinner date with a new sweetheart or a night out with your girlfriends. No matter your plans, EcoTools, a leader in eco-conscious beauty, is sharing its "Looks You Love" for Valentine's Day with everything needed to enhance your natural beauty and make hearts go pitter patter.

The five-piece Lovely Looks Set includes a Foundation Brush for precise coverage, Shadow Brush for an even application of eye color, Flat Eyeliner Brush for applying gel or cream liner, Angled Blush Brush for adding a sweep of color to the cheeks and a Powder Brush to set makeup for long-lasting wear. 

The Flat Eyeliner Brush is amazing, just dabble the brush in your favorite eye-shadow, then apply where you want it. The bristles hold the eye shadow very well and you do not get these tiny spots of eye shadow all over your face, like you would if you used other brushes!

EcoTools give you several suggestions on different looks that you can achieve with this set of brushes---I chose to go with the "Romantic" look.
Use the Foundation Brush to create a flawless base and cover any blemishes. Using the Powder Brush, dust a light powder over your face to set the foundation. Keep eyes neutral with soft browns and beige. Use the Shadow Brush to apply a light taupe tone to your lid, and define the crease with a darker brown shade using the same brush. Then grab the Flat Eyeliner Brush to line lids with a soft black or dark brown shade for a defined eye and gently smudge the outer half for a subtle, cat-eyed look. Finish the look with sexy red lips. Line lips with a dark cherry red and deepen the color saturation using a lip brush and matching lipstick. Use a highlighter to trace your cupid's bow and the area just under your center lower lip for a faux plumping effect.
The brushes have beautiful, colorful artist-designed ferrules with a fresh floral design and shorter handles, making them perfect for touch-ups on-the-go. All EcoTools products are available at and at retailers nationwide. EcoTools makeup brushes are incredibly soft and made using sustainable bamboo handles, recycled aluminum ferrules and, cruelty-free bristles. The set retails for $14.99.

Disclosure: I was given the product featured, to help facilitate this post. Read my disclosure policy here.

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Young Living Lotion Review

As a unique gift for Valentine’s Day, Young Living offers a selection of hand and body lotions made from a blend of essential oils. I received two of their lotions, Sensation Hand & Body Lotion, and Lavender. These would be great to give to your family and friends this Valentine's day---actually anytime would be great to grab these lotions and give as gifts---they smell amazing!

Young Living Sensation Hand & Body Lotion is delightful to wear, due to its intoxicatingly romantic blend of exotic essential oils. It leaves my skin soft and moist as it protects from chemicals, and all this harsh, winter weather that we are having! 

With the Sensation Hand & Body, I just apply right after I shower and it helps to seal the moisture. I love how this lotion is good for the whole body and how it turns my rough spots back into soft spots!

Young Living Lavender Hand & Body Lotion bring life back to your skin with this all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin's natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration. 

Both lotions leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized, not to mention sinful scentful all day---yes, I smell good from the time I put these on, until I shower the next day. Out of these two lotion the lavender is my favorite! I usually keep the lavender in the vehicle for the whole family to use.

You can find Young Living products through a local consultant (just use Google to find one) or on Amazon.

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End your Valentine's Day with Breyers Mint Chocolate Gelato

Forget the cards and flowers this Valentine's Day; give her...or him Breyers Mint Chocolate Gelato Indulgences! 

Whether you are planing a night out or in with your sweetheart, end it with Breyers Mint Chocolate Gelato! Dig through your cabinets to find a cute dish to put the Gelato in and then either share with your sweetheart, out of the same dish, eat with the same spoon---or depending on their personality and sweet-tooth, you might want to give them their own spoon and dish! 

As you can see from the picture above, there's no need to add any more toppings. There's mint chocolate, which consists of mint Gelato with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet chocolate curls spread across the top. Yum!

And if you are single this Valentine's Day, it is perfectly okay to eat this Gelato straight from the carton--and no one will ever know if you eat the whole thing either

You can find Breyers Mint Chocolate Gelato at most Supermarkets nationwide.

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Hot Breakfast Month with Krusteaz + a Giveaway

How is your hot breakfast month going? Last week we had Krusteaz muffins, this week we are having their buttermilk pancakes! Oh, yes! Yum!

I love pancakes, but do not prepare them often---matter fact, my youngest daughter cooked them this time.

She just followed the directions on the back of the box and within minutes we were eating pancakes...and sausage links!

I added my favorite syrup too! The pancakes turned out light and fluffy and very tasty!

Adult version of this meal...add coffee!

Krusteaz has an assortment of baking mixes that you can whip up in no time and be ready to sit down to breakfast...I mean dinner! :) 

On to the Giveaway.....

One (1) super, fantastic reader of mine will win an assortment of Krusteaz baking mixes. Entries are easy, just leave a comment telling me your favorite "HOT" breakfast item...and no you cannot say toast! 

I will end this giveaway on February 26, 2015 at 11:59PM. 
Entries are open to USA readers only.

Krusteaz sent me product to help me prepare a few hot breakfasts in exchange for this post. Read my disclosure policy here.


Spa Sonic for Valentine's Day

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
For glowing, fresh skin,
Spa Sonic has a deal for you!

Now through Valentine’s Day, the Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System will be available at for $41.99, compared to the regular price of $74.99.

Relax and Beautify with Spa Sonic's 8 piece Professional Kit (includes batteries!) --- Spa Sonic delightfully deep cleanses the entire face & body, tone’s the skin, and makes you feel great. Spa Sonic Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher is a waterproof device which is ideal for use in the shower, bath and sink. It operates with 5 attachments (all included): a small brush for the face, a large brush for the body, pumice for rough areas, a pore minimizing silicone brush (my favorite) and a facial sponge for reduction of fine lines.

My favorite thing about Spa Sonic is it's dermal penetrating action promotes rapid absorption of skin care products, love putting my night cream on with it!

I am going to love packaging this up, in it's luxurious and convenient travel tote, this summer and taking it to the beach with me!

Disclosure: I was given product to share for my Mother's Day gift guide, but all opinions are mine. Read my disclosure policy here.


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