Once upon a time, not too very long ago, there was a man named Chester Enstrom (we will call him “Chet”). Chet was living in Grand Junction, Colorado with his family and in his spare time he made candies. Chet had a passion for making candy, and worked on perfecting his tasty treats as he gifted friends and family with them.
Chet’s specialty? Almond Toffee!
Chet had been known for his treats and upon the insistence of many folks, what started out as a hobby, became a business and a Legend (in my eyes at least). Enstrom’s was born. The birth year of this legend was 1960, to some of you it would be long long time ago, to me, well lets just say that I turned 50 just a few weeks ago. 🙂
By 1965 Enstrom’s Candies were being shipped worldwide!
What happened to Chet?
Chet sold his company to his Son and daughter-in-law as Chet had decided to pursue his political carrier in the Colorado State Senate. And in 1966 Chet was appointed Colorado State Senator!
The Enstrom family has continued this legendary company still today
And the handmade candy making continues to this very day, some 53 years later, including the making of Chet’s Enstrom’s Almond Toffee… the product is still all natural.
Enstrom’s, to my surprise, found my new blog location online and contacted me with a tasty offer that I just could not refuse, they asked me if I would like to review a 1 pound box of Enstrom’s Almond Toffee. I was lucky enough to have received my box the day after my 50th birthday, the birthday was a nothing event, but surprisingly after receiving Enstrom”s Almond Toffee, I felt a celebration coming on!
The Almond Toffee, is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before, the crunch is just right in these tasty treats, as they seemed to break easily, melt in my mouth and have the perfect amount of the wonderful Almonds not only mixed in, but also ground into almost a powder and placed all over the milk chocolate topping. I am a choco-holic and the perfect amount of chocolate was on top.
After experiencing the Almond toffee, I found myself pouring what was left into my hands, just like a little piggy I dumped the crumbs of almonds into my mouth and savored the remnants, as I look into the box, that once held the precious Almond Toffee in amazement of how fast I emptied the box. I admit it, I now crave Enstrom’s Almond Toffee and I want to do another review each and every month! 🙂 Hey they have sugar free Almond Toffee and oh boy, TRUFFLES???? Who could say no to truffles, NOT ME! Oh how I’d love to try so many of their products!
I have seen that they have several shops here in Colorado, one not too far away from me in Arvada and they offer their sweet confections there as well as ice cream and this summer they will have coffee in this shop as well! Yay, I cannot wait to visit them and taste their ice cream and bring home some of their sweets for eating later and perhaps sharing. Or freezing so I can gift them to others, or even try them very cold in the summer heat! 🙂
Now onto the giveaway one of you lucky ducks will receive a one pound box of Enstrom”s Almond Toffee… to share with me! Okay you don’t have to share, I was just kidding, but really? Didn’t your Mothers teach you to share? Mine did, but I must admit, I didn’t share either… so there! 😛
Good Luck Folks!
What are you waiting for? Do I have to tell you to Enter Now?
Why are you still reading? What? You don’t want my new favorite Almond Toffee for yourself? If that is so, enter to win it and give it as a gift to some lucky recipient (ME…hint hint…I have to say it again, I LOVE the Enstrom’s Almond Toffee… so gift your win to ME)! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the product as mentioned in this post for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Enstrom and me.
Friends, it’s almost Mother’s Day Weekend and the Swarovski Crystals in the lovely products of Mont Bleu’s shop make any gift worth the wait! And this is a trick you can do, still order the gift, and just print up a picture of the gift and enclose it in a card or put the picture in a gift box with your promise that it is on it’s way! 🙂
Mont Bleu Continues to impress me after over 2 years of reviewing their ever growing products made with the lovely and Famous Swarovski Crystals! Oh yes, I simply love Bling and Swarovski Crystals are my favorite! Hey anything that involves light or catches light always caught my attention… my first words? “Itty Ight” (“pretty light”) as I pointed to a light from my first words onward. My Mother can attest to the fact that since I was a child Bling this has been something I loved and just ask my Mother and she would tell you that even as a toddler, I would always point at the sequined outfits or outfits with crystals on them as I would want her to buy some for herself.
Lucky me, as I have had the privilege to be spoiled by Mont Bleu since 2011 with receiving invites from them to review their products. Mont Bleu was first introduced to me and my first introduction was with their beautiful Czech glass nail files! The Czech glass files come plain, with colored glass, hand-painted and with the ever beautiful Swarovski Crystals! I have to say that with each review Mont Bleu has continued to impress me as their products, the products are ever evolving and they are continuously expanding their line to offer more and more wonderful products. I love the fact that their products make fantastic gifts for anyone on your list and why not gift yourself with something… what the hey, why not get yourself or the one you love a “Just because” gift or as my Father would call it “A Happy Happy” (A Happy Happy was a gift for no special reason (but perhaps love) and/or a gift without a special occasion involved).
For this review, I received, in my package, more goodies then ever as Mont Bleu Spoiled me with beautiful Swavorski Crystals Bling in a pair of Tweezers, a glass nail file, a bracelet (that I had not noticed previously in their collection) and a Czech Glass Scraper (for your callouses on your feet etc.)
The Tweezers are a beautiful shade of blue with blue Swarovski Crystals that start off larger and work their way down to a smaller size (5 crystals on each side). In the top part of the angled Tweezers has a nice smooth feel, a wonderful paint application on it and the base (the active part) of the tweezers have a nice tapered edge to the metal on it, there appears to be no offset with the alignment of the tweezers and the angled tweezers grips very well.
The Nail File
The Nail File that I received match the blue of the nail file and have lovely Swarovski Crystals on them as well. As I know from the past, this nail file lasts and lasts, the swarovski crystals are adhered so well that they haven’t fallen off my glass nail file from over 2 years ago. And the file looks as wonderful as can be even after 2 years+ of using it. And when I wrote the original review of this nail file, I admitted that I had even dropped it and it didn’t break! Now I can honestly tell you that so far, I’ve dropped the glass nail file several times, now either I’ve been very lucky or these things aren’t as delicate as you or I would think. I still refuse to purposely throw the file to the floor, I am sorry, I just love my glass nail files and the Swarovski Crystals on them so very much and I’d hate to take a chance on losing them! 🙂
The bracelet that I received is a macrame’ bracelet and the way that they designed it, it’s very adjustable as well as easy on and off. The color of the macrame cording is a charcoal black in color and there are beautiful golden pearl like beads on this bracelet. The golden beads are made with crystals from CRYSTALLIZED -Swarovski Elements (the Swarovski in a beautiful Gold Color) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity in the lovely box that the bracelet comes in. I had no idea that Swarovski Crystals Bling included pearl like beads, what a wonderful addition to the traditional and famous Swarovski Crystals. I then looked it up and found a picture of the the very color pearl-like bead that I have (with others) and a description of what they are on the online on a Swarovski Elements Site. Here is what Swarovski says about these elements that they call their Crystal Pearls:
Crystal Pearls are perfect replica of genuine pearls. Made of a unique crystal core covered with an innovative pearl coating, these pearls possess a flawless, silky smooth, rounded surface. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Crystal Pearls are delivered loosely threaded or, if desired, also knotted. Different hole diameters are available to accommodate a range of applications: In contrast to other articles in the range, Crystal Pearl 5811 is perfectly suited for applications that require a larger hole diameter.
Last but not least, The Foot Callous Scraper
The Foot Callous Scraper I received is in A beautiful Gradient Color from Orange to the frosty white of the Czech Glass. I love this Scraper it works wonderfully on my feet with out being too harsh on the skin when you use it. In the past, I could sometimes be found sitting and picking at the callouses on my feet while watching TV. I’ve tried to break myself of that, why? Because I wouldn’t pay attention to what I was doing and I’d get a hold of some of the Callous Skin and rip it off… just like exfoliating your feet too much with one of those grater looking scrapers, if you are not paying attention or careful enough, you can get too much skin off. If you’ve experienced this yourself you would know that you’ve done way too much when you go to stand on that foot… OUCH, trust me, it can be terribly painful! Using this Callous Scraper on moist skin of my feet, I have found it effective enough to do the job and not hurt myself by doing too much at once, this alone has stopped me from mindlessly picking as after several uses my feet are as soft as a babies bottom and there is nothing to pick at. 🙂
All in all, what are my thoughts of the products from Mont Bleu?
With their wonderful variety of products, and their great pricing you cannot go wrong with gift giving. I love looking at their brushes, from makeup brushes to hair brushes and the fun items in their shop from mirror compacts (pocket mirrors, is how they are listed on their site) to lighters and even the most lovely swarovski crystals on wine glasses and vases… as well as all the wonderful products I’ve gotten to review. Of all the products I’ve gotten to check out, I have never found any product to be anything less that pure perfection, from longevity to the touching the products, I haven’t ever run into one sharp edge or mistakes in manufacturing on any of their items ever.
I highly recommend that you take a look around the Mont Bleu Store site and there you will find the most perfect items for yourself and for gift giving. Mont Bleu has the most unique items just perfect for any taste, from subtle to blinged out to the max you will find it all there.
Friends, this giveaway is Worldwide! 🙂 Share with your friends all around the world, I love the chance to run giveaways like this… I meet so many interesting people that I seldom see. Thank you so much to Mont Bleu for letting me not only test out their wonderful products, but also for letting me run these fun giveaways! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the items listed and in the first picture for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Mont Bleu and me.
Hi there folks, I am always drooling over all the items over at Kiyonna and here we go with another wonderful Sale with Coupon Code! The clothing at Kiyonna are for women size 10 and up and I have noticed that this place is one of the very few places online that make clothing that has a shape to them other then the rectangular or square shaped tops and dresses that I find at other places that have any plus sized clothing. Buying the clothing at Kiyonna you would find yourself showing great confidence, great style and showing those lovely feminine curves with grace.
Not only is Mother’s Day this weekend, it is the unofficial kick off of what the representative from Kiyonna likes to call “RSVP season” – graduations, award ceremonies, weddings, baby showers, etc. – all the events where a stylish new dress is called for! Not to mention the fact that this time of year as the weather gets hotter, we are all looking for ways to keep cooler and look stylish while we do it… dresses are a great way to do just that too.
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I wanted to make sure you are aware of the Mothers Day Gifts Coupon Code. With the code you can purchase items at a 40% Savings and get free domestic shipping through flirty Aprons. This is a last day of the Coupon Code, it expires at Midnight tonight.
I have fallen in love with so many of their aprons here, there stock is forever changing and I believe that they have aprons for every taste in stock there. And don’t forget, the savings isn’t just on Women’s Aprons, you can save on more and start stocking up for the holidays, birthdays, hostess gifts and more with this sale. I love the fact that you can buy aprons for the Mother and Daughter that match too! How fun would that be to bake cookies in matching aprons with your little girl at your side? Or buy one for yourself and for your teen, and get some good Mother Daughter bonding time cooking or baking together.