Monday, December 22, 2014

Sweet or Savory Snacks? Nibblr Delivers Both! Review + Giveaway - Cont. US Only - Ends 1/5


Do you love trying new snacks? Maybe you're still looking for that last minute Christmas present.  I want to tell you about Nibblr - a subscription box service that delivers four portion controlled snacks right to your doorstep.

With over 77 crave-worthy snacks offered, you'll be sure to get a little sweet....a little savory....and always delicious! 

Here's a quick rundown of how it works:

- you can choose from 4 boxes or 12 boxes -- the 4 box subscription is $23 and you get a discount on more boxes.

- you choose the frequency of delivery - weekly, every other week, or monthly

- check out with your payment info and delivery info (you can send to yourself, your office, or as a gift to anyone in the continental US.

- then....and the best part.....sit back and wait for your first box to arrive.  


Have you ever been angry because you're so hungry?
If you answered yes, you've been hangry!

Inside each box is four sealed portions of snacks - just enough to take you through the day and get you to the next meal!

With over 77 snack choices available, you'll be sure to get some goodies inside each box.  Can you pick and choose which snacks you want? No, but they do have a rating system where you give your feedback when ordering, based on the descriptions, and on the snacks you receive...."Love", "Like", or "No Thanks".  The snacks you say you love will be sent with more frequency (and they'll have an idea of what types of similar snacks they can send) -- the no thanks snacks won't be sent again.  At this time, Nibblr cannot accommodate any food sensitivities/allergies (and you have to check a box stating you acknowledge this & have none prior to proceeding on their site).

I had the opportunity to try a couple boxes and I have to say I was delighted with them.  In fact, I told my husband I wanted a subscription for Christmas!

You get a nice variety of fruit, nuts, sweet, and spicy....over 50 of them are under 150 calories.  They're all perfectly portioned as one serving, but I found several of them definitely lasted me more than one sitting...sometimes you just need a little handful of something to keep hunger at bay or to satisfy a sweet tooth....and these hit the spot.


I was sent the following snacks: 

*Neapolitan -- Strawberries, shortbread cookies, chocolate lady fingers
*Gorill-a-Go-Go -- Dried bananas, peanuts, chocolate covered raisins
*Late Night Special --Think sweet (chocolate) & salty (pretzels)
*Bananas Foster -- Banana chips, honeycomb toffee bits, walnuts
*Sweet Chili Pistachios -- The name says it all
*Fa-La-Lalicious -- Cranberries, almonds, pistachios
*Caramel Joy -- Caramels (does there need to be anything else?!)
*Nice & Naughty -- Roasted hazelnuts & sea salt truffles


The Sweet Chili Pistachios were out-of-this-world! I loved them beyond words.  I would be happy getting a box full of those each month!  The mini sea salt truffles in Nice & Naughty were heavenly....and even though I'm always leery when I see caramels in any kind of gift basket/snack bag (I automatically think 'stale'...I think 'I'm going to lose a filling') --- so I gingerly gave these caramels a little squeeze....and they were soft.....so I bit into one....and they were fresh!! It was a very pleasant surprise to get packaged caramels that actually taste freshly homemade! 

My least favorite would have been the Neapolitan...they just didn't ring my bell, but it could have been because I was still riding high from the thrill of the caramel! 

I was really impressed with the quality of everything I tasted.  I liked the packaging, but wish there was a way to reseal the plastic down on the section  of snacks you might not finish in one sitting, just to help keep them fresher. I did like how the bottom of each snack has complete nutritional information so you can snack mindfully!


 A subscription to Nibblr would make a perfect treat for yourself - who doesn't like getting a surprise in the mail every week (or month?!)....I think it would also make a great 'care package' type gift for your favorite college student, friend, co-worker, or family member.  <---and weren't we just talking about hostess gifts the other day?!

You can follow Nibblr on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on specials, new snacks, and more!!  

Time for a giveaway!!

Nibblr would like to give one My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to win four boxes of snacks to try!! (and I dare you not to want to subscribe to try more!!)


Just fill out the form below and you're in the running to win! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner will be randomly drawn and emailed once winning entry has been verified.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn.  

This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental US (sorry Alaska & Hawaii) and will end at 11:59pm on January 5, 2015!

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi


4 Nibblr Snack Boxes - Cont. US



Disclaimer: I was provided the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, this product.  Yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.










Friday, December 19, 2014

Head to Best Buy For All Your Camera & Camcorder Needs! #HintingSeason #CamerasAtBestBuy #Spon


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card
and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
 
Well, it's crunch time now! The holidays are definitely upon us! You may still be trying to figure out what to get your loved ones this year (some people are so hard to shop for!) or even be looking for a great family gift!
 
Head over to the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center and discover dozens of gift ideas including some great cameras! You definitely don't want to risk all those holiday, and future, high-stakes memories on a less than reliable camera! These are things you can never duplicate or get do-overs on!
 
Here are just three of the cameras available - all featuring built-in Wi-Fi, which makes sharing these memories easy-breezy!
 
Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens
 
A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
 
This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity

 
Also available in red or gray
 
 
 
 
Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
 


A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
 
This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you
share stored content across devices.

Also available in White or silver

More Details


 
 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

 
 A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
 
This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera's 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage.

The 4.8" touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

More Details

If you're thinking about upgrading your camera to help capture all your wonderful memories, big or small, Best Buy is the destination for all your camera & camcorder needs!

xoxo,
Gigi





Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

 

"Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds" Helps You Set an Impressive Table! Review + Giveaway US/Can Ends 1/2


I recently received a review copy of the book "Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds" by Denise Vivaldo and am really excited to tell you about it and be able to offer a copy to a lucky reader!

Published by Robert Rose Books ($29.95), this book (as you might gather) shows you how to fold napkins in 100 different ways ......I didn't even know there was 100 different ways to fold napkins.  From the simple & elegant....to pretty intricate....it's funny how just the napkins can make your entire table come to life!

I loved that there are so many photos with each fold shown (there are more than 1000 photos in the book!!) - each step is detailed and clearly photographed so you know exactly what you should be doing.  I'm not saying it's foolproof.....some of these folds definitely take practice....but some that look so elaborate are actually really easy to pull off.

The book itself is really sturdy, spiral bound, and 220+ pages!  It starts with theme ideas: "Southern Charm", "Girls' Night In", "Afternoon Tea", "Western Hoedown",  "Pacific Northwest Coast", etc.  This is followed by a thorough lesson in "Napkin Folding 101", covering how to choose the right napkins, napkin rings, where to place napkins on the table, and more.  



Next up - the folds themselves - split into three sections "Easy", "Intermediate", and "Advanced"...you'll learn to make everything fro a simple Buffet Roll to a Bird of Paradise.......a Single Pleat fold to an amazing Weave.

At the very end of the book is an "Entertaining Diary" - where you can keep notes on your parties - menu, theme, guests, napkin folds used.  A really neat addition to the book.



It is so fun to practice these folds......even if you don't throw dinner parties on a grand scale, this is a great tool to have in your arsenal if you have an antsy child at the dinner table (or, like some of us, have to still sit at the kid's table at family gatherings....) ---- I can't wait to dazzle and amaze with my ability to take a regular old napkin, and in less than 20 seconds, turn it into a sailboat!!!



Whether you're hosting a black tie event or a backyard barbecue, you can take entertaining to the next level simply by adding an always noticed napkin fold!! You're going to use them anyway, why just have them sitting off to the side like the black sheep of the table!!? :-)



Available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I have never received a Robert Rose book where I finished reading it and didn't learn a ton.  "Top 100 Step-By-Step Napkin Folds" is no exception! This would also make a great gift for anyone who loves entertaining! Denise Vivaldo has also authored the books "The Entertaining Encyclopedia" and "Perfect Table Settings"!

You can connect with Robert Rose books on Facebook and Twitter


Giveaway Time!!!



One lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader is going to win a copy of this book for their own!! 

Just fill out the form below to be entered.  Only one entry per person/email/IP please! Winner is randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.  

This giveaway is open to both US & Canada and will end on January 2, 2015 at 11:59pm (wow, 2015??!!)

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi


"Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds" Book US/Can


Disclaimer:  I received the above book in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product.  Yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Enjoy a Holiday Facial in a Flash with derma e!!

Looking for a great way to give your skin an extra boost of radiance this holiday
season and beyond? Here's how just two products from derma e can keep your skin looking perfectly glowing with a simple go-to facial.


First, to immediately improve the appearance of your skin, use derma e’s gentle - yet effective - multi-award-winning Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50). This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (which is rich in Silica) to buff away dull surface cells. It also helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, and absorbs excess skin oils. This professional grade scrub, enriched with Lemon Peel, Lime Peel (natural astringents), Grapeseed, and Vitamin E (antioxidants), leaves your skin smooth, soft, and younger looking!


After using the scrub, apply derma e Soothing Serum ($29.95) to instantly reduce any temporary redness and/or mild irritation the fast-working Microdermabrasion Scrub caused.  This formula contains anti-aging Pycnogenol®, a powerful antioxidant which has been shown to reduce redness while soothing irritated or sensitive skin. Made with a blend of therapeutic botanicals like Canadian Willowherb™, Olive, Arnica and Calendula, these ingredients all work together to reduce blotchiness, flare-ups and any discomfort.  


I loved the scent of the scrub and didn't find it to be irritating at all.  The crystals are so fine, just a very gentle touch/circular motion is all it takes to slough away any dead skin. The serum didn't have any scent at all and was very soothing -- I've been using this after peels, scrubs, and the derma-roller I've been using recently and love how comforting it is.

If you're looking for a quick way to look great during the hustle and bustle of the holidays, try this dynamic duo for fresh & radiant skin!



derma e has a full range of skincare products that not only caters to those who are beauty conscious, but health and planet conscious as well.  Their products are:

- 100% Vegan
- Eco-friendly
- Petrolatum-free
- Phthalate-free
- GMO-free
- Paraben-free
- Gluten-free
- Cruelty free

They also offer free shipping on orders over $50 (and send free samples with your purchase!!).........and they're offering 15% off all products in the month of December!

You can connect with derma e on FacebookTwitterYouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram

xoxo,
Gigi




Disclaimer:  I received the above products at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, these products.  Yours may differ. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Tasting the Seasons" - Recipes that are Easy, Healthy, Fresh & Fun! Cookbook Review + Giveaway - US - Ends 12/31


I love when a cookbook is more than just recipes.....when I feel like I've learned something new in reading it...like I was let in on some secret chef tips & tricks.  While reading Tasting the Seasons: Inspired, In-Season Cuisine That's Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun by Kerry Dunnington, I not only felt like I found dozens of recipes I want to try, but I learned so much!

I have to admit, and you know if you've read any of my cookbook reviews before - I love photos in my cookbooks.  It's almost like a little security blanket for me when cooking -- I like to see if I'm even remotely close to what something should look like.  So when I received this book and saw that there was not-a-one picture in it, I let out a grunt.  I may have even snarled up my lip with that grunt, I'm not sure.  (This also explains my lack of photos in the review below!!)

However....

I started reading it and was hooked.  The author writes like you're just sitting across from her at a coffee shop, chatting about food & recipes.  She will make you see the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how important it is to cook with locally grown, in-season ingredients.    

Not only does she discuss the importance of how our ingredient choices impact our health, but talks about how they also impact the Earth.  She poses a "365 Day Challenge" to us, where she provides a list of examples as to how we can help save the planet...from ditching plastic (as in nothing goes into your cart at the store that has it -- not as easy as it sounds!) to trying a new food each week -- there's something we all can do - whether for a week, month, year, or beyond! 

As a caterer for nearly 30 years, she touches on entertaining and throwing a great party - from how to stock the bar, guesstimating the amount of appetizers you'll need...to seasonal centerpiece ideas.

Then you get to the real 'oomph' of this book....the recipes.  You'll find a chapter on absolutely everything....

*Appetizers
*Enhancers (dressings, sauces, etc)
*Breakfast & Brunch
*Hearty Soups
*Lighter Soups
*Pescatarian Main Dishes (fish/seafood & vegetarian)
*Meat, Chicken & Pork Main Dishes
*Cold Garden Greenery Side Dishes
*Warm Garden Greenery Side Dishes
*Breads, Biscuits, Rolls
*Desserts (aka "Sweet Endings")

One thing that stood out, in reading the recipes, was they were all made with easily found, recognizable ingredients....(some cookbooks are so over the top & elaborate with their ingredient lists, they may as well be asking for a unicorn!)

Here are some of my favorites ---

- Crispy Mushroom Rolls
- Tomato & Basil Stuffed Brie
- Mustard Cream (this sauce...oh my...)
- Hot Buttered Rum Pumpkin Pancakes
- Vegan Sausage & Spinach Quiche
- Apple Cinnamon Butternut Squash Soup
- Corn Chowder
- Roasted & Stuffed Sweet Chili Peppers
- Sesame Tofu
- Caramelized Parsnips with Roasted Pecans
- Oatmeal Rolls
- Hazelnut Fudge Truffles
- Peach Cake

Okay, see what I mean!?!

I love how, before each recipe, there's a paragraph on either something interesting about the ingredients used, a family story relating to the recipe, or some other bit of history or tidbit about it...again, like a friend sharing a recipe with you!

The end of the book contains a section on tips, techniques, and resources which is really invaluable.  She lets you in on things like what her favorite brand of cookware is....where to buy certain ingredients online (and now I know how to order 'Christmas Lima Beans'!!)....and favorite Feta cheese and vegetable bouillon cubes!

If you've wondered about what all the numbers & symbols are on plastic containers & bottles, she breaks down recycling for you too!  

"Tasting the Seasons" is a book I would absolutely recommend adding to your collection or giving to someone as a gift! It's available on Amazon or anywhere books are sold - and, if you order from the author's website, she'll even autograph it!  

You can also follow Kerry Dunnington on Facebook and Pinterest

This book has not only provided me with fabulous recipe after recipe I want to try (stay tuned, I'll be posting one for "Poached Mozzarella & Tomato Soup with Grilled Curry Bread" soon!!), but it has opened my eyes to the importance of using locally grown ingredients, cooking with the seasons, and how our recipe choices can also impact the planet! 

....and personal bonus....it has made me see that I have nothing to fear with picture-less cookbooks!! 

Giveaway!!!


I'm happy to be able to offer one lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader a copy of this cookbook for their very own!! You're going to love it!

Just fill out the form below and you're in to win.  Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner is randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on December 31, 2014 

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi

"Tasting the Seasons" Cookbook


Disclaimer: I was provided the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, this book.  Yours may differ.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer by Ageless Derma



You know what they say...an apple a day keeps the wrinkles away!! Hmmm...(well they should!) Who knew apples would be such a great warrior in the fight against aging!? 

Ageless Derma did -- and they've developed a natural facial moisturizer that combines stem cells from the rare Swiss apple (which is full of all the essential nutrients & proteins our skin needs) with other potent, yet skin-friendly ingredients.  The Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer also contains: 

- Capric Triglycerides (helps to smooth the skin)
- Glycerin (keeps skin's hydration level balanced)
- Lipids & Ceramides (prevents loss of hydration)
- Fatty Acids (helps improve the skin barrier function)
- Sodium Hyaluronate (increases ability to retain water & helps with blood circulation

So your skin stays hydrated throughout the day while your skin cells are getting repaired!  



Any type of skin can see benefits from using this moisturizer, although it's especially good for those with oily complexions.  

This product is also:

- Non-Comedogenic (won't clog your pores)
- Fragrance Free ***
- Dye Free
- Paraben Free
- Not Tested on Animals
- Made in the USA

*** I think this moisturizer definitely has a fragrance to it -- it's almost perfumey.  It's not offensive or overpowering, but there is a scent to it. I'm sure it's the natural scent of the ingredients, so maybe it should say "Artificial Fragrance Free"?



I like the sleek black & silver packaging Ageless Derma products have and everything is carefully packed, sealed, and shipped. No dented boxes, no products without the safety seal.  All things I notice with beauty products.

I think the moisturizer itself was very light on my skin, so it felt like it was still able to breathe with it on.  It's great to use after you've cleaned your face and applied your serum.  I think the 'weight' of it, and its ability to absorb quickly, makes it perfect to use in any kind of layering skin care routine you might have.   


Ageless Derma has a full line of skin care, hair care, and mineral makeup available and can be followed on:

Facebook
Twitter #AgelessDerma
YouTube

If you're looking to protect and nourish your skin with a moisturizer that will fight off fine lines and wrinkles day & night, Ageless Derma's Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer is certainly one to check out! (and quite a mouthful to say!)

xoxo,
Gigi






Disclaimer:  I received the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product. Yours may differ.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fivesse Gym Bags - An Organized Bag with a Feminine Touch


The Japanese have a philosophy called "5S", which is the belief that your life runs better when everything is organized and in its place. Fivesse has created a line of gym bags that completely encompass this belief: Sort. Store. Systemize. Sustain. So that you can Shine

Not only will you look good carrying a Fivesse bag because they're beautiful, you'll feel great because you will know exactly where everything is inside of the bag -- no more feeling frazzled & disorganized!! If you've ever had to take your gym bag from work to gym, back to work again, you know what a jumbled mess the typical gym bag with just one big inside section can become.  Digging around for keys or your ear buds - not to mention your work clothes inside of a bag that just had your sneakers in it...or heading back to work with a bag full of sweaty gym clothes.  Hello germy bag!!

Well you can say goodbye to that old bag.....the Fivesse bag is a total game changer.  I've switched to the Fivesse Home-Gym-Work bag ($124) and can't say enough good things about it.......but let's give it a try....



First of all - look at it --- no more lugging around a nondescript or masculine gym bag.  This bag stands out in the crowd.  I get a compliment on it every time I bring it to the gym - from the girls behind the desk to trainers to women in the locker room! This bag is eye catching!

It is also a very roomy 18x12x8, so plenty of room for everything - and then some.  



I think the best part is how there is a pocket (the majority are labeled) for absolutely everything:

iPad/Tablet
Dirty Clothes 
Glasses 
Gym Card
Gym Toiletries

Keys 
Lock 
Music
Ear Buds 
Phone 
Shoes 
Valuables 
Water Bottle (actually 2 water bottles - gotta stay hydrated!)
Custom Designed Ear Bud Wrap (no more tangled cords!)




The bags are made of a wipeable polyester and have a waterproof bottom. The inside is a polyester that has received anti-microbial treatment (toodle-doo germs & bacteria) and is also water resistant.  When you want to give it a cleaning , a little swipe with warm soapy water will do the trick!  There's a separate laundry bag too! The bag is constructed very well - from the stitching to the hardware, clasps, and pulls - you can just see the quality.



Like going to the gym early in the morning then heading to work right from there, but hate having your work clothes folded up in your gym bag? The Home-Gym-Work bag has built in clips for you to attach the optional Garment Bag ($64).  This means you'll never have to worry about a wrinkled, less-than-fresh, change of clothes again!



Fivesse bags are available in four patterns (I have the Stripe), with new color palettes & patterns created for each season.  If the "Home-Gym-Work" bag is a little too big for your needs, they also have a smaller (14x12x6) "Home-Gym-Home" bag ($99) that comes with a handy strap to tote your yoga mat along!


I am loving this bag so much -- and it's so roomy, it also makes the perfect weekender bag.  



You can connect with Fivesse on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Pinterest.

If you're looking for a gym bag that will help keep you organized with a ton of thoughtful touches - or if you've got a special gym-going lady on your holiday shopping list, for fashionable, feminine, and functional gym bags, look no further than Fivesse! 

xoxo,
Gigi





Disclaimer:  I received the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product.  Yours may differ.