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The Worlds First Certified Non GMO Cheese – Review


rumiano cheese logoToday I would like to introduce you to Non GMO Organic Cheese by Rumiano. These Organic Cheeses by Rumiano were the worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese, until recently… Now they can proudly say that they were the worlds first! Cool huh? Not only that but these cheeses are also Kosher, American Humane Certified and Non GMO Verified. The cows that supply the milk for this cheese are grass fed all year round. No hormones or pesticides are used.

I was worried that a cheese like this could be difficult to find in my area, so off to do research I went. It is always helpful to look at a specific brands website and have a listing of stores near you that carry their products and Rumiano was no different. I was so happy to discover that my area Whole Foods Store carried their product.

hotdog with worlds only Non GMO Certfied CheeseNow it took me about 15 minutes in the store to find their product with all the other natural cheeses they had in store, it was a shame that they only carried 2 types of their cheese and that they only carried the 6 oz sliced cheese, not the bars of cheese that I prefer to get. So I picked up one of each type of cheese, Mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese. Now neither of these cheeses were the ones I was hoping for as I like my cheeses with a bit more of a bite and flavor to them, but I enjoyed them all the same. We still enjoyed them all the same, we had some on our sandwiches, and some melted on our hot dogs.

Cheese and Crackers using The Worlds Only Non GMO Certfied CheeseAnd the last slices of each cheese, I cut into smaller slices, to enjoy with friends on some crackers. Our friends loved both of the cheeses! I showed my girlfriend a package and told her about the fact that they were organic and the Worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese. She was so impressed with this that I, unfortunately (for hubby and I), I felt that I HAD to give her my last coupon for a free package. *insert teary eyes here* I was hoping to use my last coupon for when I visited my parents again soon, as I’d pass through Boulder and SURELY Boulder, Colorado would have more people insisting on this brand of cheese in all of their many natural and health food stores! Ah well… that will teach me for being a good friend, right? lol

thick slices of Rumiano Organic CheeseI would like to add that the cheese is thick sliced at 1 oz a slice, so there were 6 slices of cheese to a package in a 6 oz package. Hey but with thinner slices I would be placing more cheese on my sandwiches than I had to with their slices. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cheddar was extremely mild, and the same for the Monterey Jack, but a nice consistency on both of them. We especially liked the creamy texture of the Monterey Jack. I can’t say much other than it was nice to have good cheese in our house and to enjoy the thought of looking for more of their cheese in the future. I will check back in a month or so to see if our local Whole Foods decided to carry more, and we will keep a watchful eye out whenever we are nearby another store that should be carrying their cheeses to see if they have what we really want to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

I looked at the back of my packages of Non GMO Cheese from Rumiano and their ingredients are simple and the same on both of the cheeses that I tried:

Rumiano Cheese Picture of a brick of their wonderful Certified Non-gmo cheese.Ingredients: pasteurized organic milk, cheese cultures, sea salt and vegetable enzymes.

 

 

Being a cheese lover, I did turn around and write to Rumiano about the shortage of variety at my Whole Foods Store. Rumiano was so kind to contact me in return and ask me to go to their store locator page and submit their form to request they contact our store. I saw that link at first visit, but I thought it was just to request that a store pick up their cheese, good news, it can also notify them of a shortage of variety in a store like mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is what you do to try and either get their cheese into a store near you (if they aren’t showing up in the locator) or to request they carry a bigger variety… look just to the right of the area where you’d search for a store and there is link “Request Rumiano Cheese to contact your store”…. to do this have the name of the store, city and zip code, then fill in the area with your request.

I am very satisfied with Rumiano cheese and all they have to offer…now I want to see more from the stores locally, you’d think that with a company like Rumiano Cheese out there producing the worlds first certified Non GMO cheese, that the naturalย  & health food stores would pounce on the products. My only disappointment was not with Rumiano it was with the store near me that didn’t supply more of the best of the best, that people would want to feed to their friends, family, children and grandchildren! Shame on places that don’t pounce on this excellent brand of cheese!

Thank you Rumiano for entrusting me with a review of your fine cheeses, I can’t wait to get my own personal letter out to local health and natural food stores about your product… I want to see more of you!

Want to share some news with friends and family about this cheese? Please use the hashtag: #RumianoCheese and a link to this review! ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received free cheese 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 Rumiano and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Whey Good Snacks From Protein Bakery – Review

The Protein Bakery is Whey way Delish! *wink* What a tasty review!

Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey and Me? Yes we have something in common, a favorite WHEY to enjoy Baked Goods and it’s from Protein Bakery!

Protein Bakery LogoThe Protein Bakery makes luscious Cookies, Brownies, Blondie’s and Mini’s. My husband and I shared the products that I received for a review. I received a Black and White Blondie and a Double Chocolate Brownie (not pictured in the review, these were the first victims consumed by hubby and I, unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out), Peanut Butter Cookies (package of 2), Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (package of 2), Peanut Butter Blondie Mini and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini.

Protein Bakery Assortment for ReviewThe full sized Brownie and Blondie that we tried were really filling, we split them in half and exchanged halves so that both hubby and I had part of that Black and White Blondie and the Double Chocolate Brownie. These were really made for a big appetite. The chocolate, wow! Very very sweet and rich… this was when I discovered that I really loved the Blondie, not quite as sweet and yet so very tasty. Hubby is normally the Brownie guy, I thought for sure he’d go nuts over the brownie, however, I truly was surprised when hubby came over to the lighter side with me.

I couldn’t believe that even splitting the products in half with hubby we found ourselves so very satisfied with our share of Protein Bakery’s Baked Goodies. Our taste buds fell instantly in love and our tummies were so quickly satisfied.

Protein Bakery knows how to treat their customers right as their products are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Wheat Flour Free
  • Kosher
  • High in Dietary Fiber

The products are full of such goodness as rolled oats and the finest chocolate… and so much more.

And they bake small batches from scratch daily and they have been doing this since they opened in 1999! Happy 15th Birthday Protein Bakery! ๐Ÿ™‚

Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini
Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini

What can I say? I haven’t tried anything nearly as delicious and satisfying as the baked goods that I was fortunate enough to receive from these wonderful folks. And I don’t know how else to describe this, from the mouth happy goodness to the tummy crave crushing satisfaction, to knowing how healthy these baked goods are for you, the experience makes me feel truly sexy! Yes, I said it… I have never been so fully satisfied by desserts like I tried for this review! And I couldn’t believe it, my favorites were not the brownies! Yes, chocolate, yes the brownies where decadent… but boy oh boy I have Blondie Lust for the Black and White Blondie and the Peanut Butter Mini Blondie.

Protein Bakery cookies chocolate chip in handAnd I don’t DARE forget to mention Cookies… oh yes, cookies! The Peanut Butter Cookie was my favorite!

Okay so you get the idea, I am in LOVE with Protein Bakery and all their offerings and I surprised myself as I found that I loved some products more so than the chocolate ones.

The Founder of Protein Bakery is, Stephen Charles Lincoln and this man had lost 80+ pounds and became a fitness instructor. And trust me, he has great taste in making products that are both good for you and satisfying at the same time… gourmet flavor and good for you may sound too good to be true, but it’s TRUE! And I remember that I read somewhere about Mr. Lincoln placing his Protein Bakery Products in the Freezer, and he said that his products make “The Worlds Best Ice Cream Cake”… it was also suggested that they can be eaten frozen! Yummy, what a great idea for a Hot Summer Day Treat!

I found that The Protein Bakery is not only in the US, but they are now in the UK as well now! Congrats to The Protein Bakery!

I wish to thank the Protein Bakery for entrusting me with their luscious products to sample for this review. YUM!

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, personally reviewed this product. I received baked goods from The Protein Bakery 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 The Protein Bakery and me.
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Does Adovia Eye Cream Work? – Review


Hi all, I have had my husband using Andovia Eye Cream for a while now and it’s time to get my review out for you.

I first received this nice little frosted glass container of Andovia Mineral Eye Gel about a month ago. The shipping was timely from Amazon. I was excited to try this product.

adovia eye gel container and boxI opened the container and tried on the eye cream, I then realized that my eyes were too sensitive to use the product, as I had eye surgery a few years back they have become very sensitive to some products near them. My eyes teared up, though I noticed a nice cooling sensation. After several trials, including placing the cream a little less closely to my eyes, it was still a no go. Perhaps it’s partly that I have some of the drainage to my eyes with plugs in them after eye surgery, or because of the resulting dry eyes from surgery. Who knows, this is all speculation.

I turned to my husband and made him swear that he would use this product nightly as part of his nightly routine so I can review the product.

My husband found that they eye cream did make his eyes sting, but only ever so slightly as they cooled around his eyes. He found that on the first application he was placing the cream too close to the eyes and problem solved 100% for him.

adovia eye gel applicationThe appearance of the fine lines, wrinkles around his eyes are greatly softened and diminished, the bags under his eyes have softened wrinkles. We made the mistake of thinking that it would help get rid of the bags, well no, not that, it would take down swelling around the eyes (puffiness) just as it claims. The bags tend to be fatty tissues that increase under the eye with age, there is no known non-surgical way to improve this, though the wrinkles there can be softened quite a bit by Adovia Eye Cream and it has for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Would I recommend the eye cream? Yes and No, yes for those who don’t have sensitive eyes & skin to skincare products. A no to those who have had recent eye surgery. Dry eyes, you be the judge for yourself, researching around the internet I see many people who have checked out this product and it helped their tired and dry eyes.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

His & Hers Tommie Copper Review & $50 GC Giveaway

 

Tommie Copper has once again honored me with the chance to review some more of their products on my blog.

Lets start off with a little history first, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

Just like me, the inventor of Tommie Copper (Tommie Kallish) tried all sorts of support wear for his arthritis only to find that the products were bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Mr. Kallish then proceeded to try all sorts of fabrics out for himself until he found the one that worked best for him and his arthritis, the rest is history… Tommie Copper was born in 2010.

Tommie Copper New Logo
Tommie Copper New Logo

And just like any great company Tommie Copper keeps expanding and perfecting their line. The logo has recently changed, but the product is still as fantastic as ever, and I see some new and improved innovations in the new items offered. They now have “Innergywear”, their newest development in their compression line and an Active Fit Exercise Apparel line. Both of these have some amazing features, all of which you can look at on their page HERE.

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Our Pain History:

Both my husband and I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Arthritis as well as Sciatica, including pain in hips and lower back. My husband injured his back about 7 years ago and became disabled. I have been disabled for many years with bad discs in my neck and back, as well as Lupus SLE. So we are quite the pair… together we may make one whole healthy person. lol Any-who these are the things that we are trying to address with Tommie Copper.

Experiencing Tommie Copper For Ourselves:

Several Months ago we received products to try out, yes this time hubby was included! Hubby was excited to receive his own Tommie Copper to try out and yet he had his doubts. My husband, like many of us, needs to experience the results for himself. Here was his chance, hubby received the Tommie Copper Men’s Short Sleeved Crew Neck Shirt and the Men’s Shorts to test out. I picked these for him, knowing how these could easily be worn year round, the material and the compression make these items easy to put underneath clothing when it gets chillier outside.

I already knew how wonderful Tommie Copper is. I have been wearing Tommie Copper since shortly after the company started in 2010. I already had the Women’s Short Sleeved V-Neck Top (from my first review) and the Women’s Tights (from my second review). The products I received for this review where, for my ankles and my hands and wrists. I received the Women’s Half Finger Gloves and the Women’s Ankle Sleeve. By the way the past reviews can be found in a search on my blog for Tommie Copper.

Having Experience Tommie Copper Before, I still check to make sure the compression wear is as great as ever. In the past I know that the stitching is perfect. The hems on the sleeves, neckline and bottom of the shirts and the tights are perfect too. They don’t cut corners, at least not in the past. As I wait for the items to come in the mail, I want to make sure that I check everything out as soon as the items arrive so that I can tell you how their products are today.

Important Note on Sizing your Tommie Copper:

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperIt is worth while to take out the measuring tape to make sure you get the correct fit. If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a piece of string or yarn to measure with. Place the string or yarn around the area as instructed to measure and keep your fingers in place where the string or yarn meet. Then grab a ruler, yard stick (whatever you have to measure with) and line up your yarn or string and you should have your measurements.

Experiencing Tommie Copper for the first time (my husband):

men's top sizing chart via tommie copperThe Mail Man came with my husband’s Tommie Copper, my husband brought in the bag containing his products and all he could say was, “this can’t be it, the package is far too light!” lol I had to laugh, as I recalled that this was my exact statement when I received my shirt from them years ago.

The package was opened and the shirt he was wearing instantly got thrown aside, as he tried on and modeled his new shirt for me. Mighty handsome shirt, he was amazed at how soft and lightweight the fabric was and how comfortable the compression in the shirt is. And of course the fit was perfect… *I type this as a pat myself on the back*. The shipment also included the shorts and he tried them on a little later.

I examined the men’s shorts, these shorts are a lot like bicycle shorts, the stitching is still perfect on them and the stretch at these hems and seams are great too… doesn’t feel like their will be any pinching on any areas with the items. Nice to see that Tommie Copper hasn’t cut any corners in the 4 years they’ve been in business, everything looks fantastic.

As time went on, I noticed that my husband is wearing his Tommie Copper shorts a lot, the shorts have become his favorite item for sleeping in. I asked him what he thought after several months of wear and he commented that the shorts really help him sleep as they help with the hip pain (he has an injured back and it has resulted in sciatic nerve pain and pain in the hips). He also wears the shirt, but not as often, he wears it when his shoulder (he broke it about 2 years back) is acting up and it helps his shoulders too.

Hubby is now sold on Tommie Copper for his arthritis pain, his injured shoulder, his back and hip pain. I am so glad to see he is having a great experience with Tommie Copper just as I have in the past.

My Experiencing Tommie Copper Again:

My turn now, I received my packages in the mail a day or so later and I was tickled pink to receive not just one ankle sleeve but 2 and a special order of one in blue. Their line has been updated since our products had arrived, they now have new colors and a new logo on their ankle sleeves. The timing of my receiving the offer to review Tommie Copper was perfect as I had had my ankles acting up for just over a month at that time.

resting my ankle again this time sideways
Resting my ankle after working on the siding on the garage. Tommie Copper helps with the bad ankle a lot.

As soon as I received my Tommie Copper, I put on the ankle sleeves right away and realized that it was indeed helping my ankles, but something was still wrong on one foot. I thought I would tough it out and wait to see if this would help…I finally saw a specialist and the problem wasn’t Tommie Copper, it was that I was aiming the compression wear at the ankle and my problem apparently (on the right foot) was from the Achilles Tendon.ย  At that point and time I learned that the compression wear for the ankle wasn’t going to help the Achilles Tendon as the Foot Specialist said I needed full compression there… Tommie Copper didn’t hurt the Achilles Tendon, I did a while back as I heard a strange pop sound as I stood up on my tip toes to get something off a shelf. Because the compression wasn’t were I thought I needed it, it wasn’t helping much either.

Lesson learned, there is such a thing as heel pain that feels like it’s in the ankle but if the pain goes up the back of your lower leg, it could be Achilles Tendon problem. If this is the case it would be best go with Tommie Copper Compression socks for heel pain.

Elevating my Ankle in the garage after working on siding
top picture of my swollen ankle in the tommie copper ankle support. I sure helps me.

Now I did need the other compression Ankle Sleeve, I was over compensating with the other leg and foot for the injured one and that ankle was getting mighty “Angry” as I was told. So my Ankle Sleeve was indeed helping and it also helped that ankle as I wore the cotton-pickin Walking Boot on the other leg. The Ankle sleeve stabilized the other ankle that was now compensating for the walking boot being taller than any of my comfortable shoes. I could have worn a heel on my other foot, but what if I sprained that ankle? lol Yup, I could see it now! Yikes!

front side of tommie copper gloves while caulkingMy half finger gloves have been a God send, my hands and wrists act up easily and I’ve had to wear my wrist braces on my wrists many times over the years. The strain of typing takes it’s toll over time as does all the work we’ve been doing on the garage replacing siding etc. I worked and helped out hubby as we hauled Hardie Board, cut and put up the new siding together… I realized my hands didn’t want to grip anymore and so I excused myself and ran in getting my Tommie Copper Gloves.

Silicone gripper palms  close up of tommie copper womens gloves palm side
here is a close up of my caulking with the Tommie Copper Compression half finger gloves on. These gloves help me survive all the work on the hail the damaged garage… from hauling Hardie Boards, to replacing siding, caulking and even painting.

The rubberized lines on the palm of the gloves helped me grip when my hands felt like otherwise giving up. And once again, hands acting up I slipped on my gloves to work with caulking and painting the garage, the gloves have continued to helped support my hands and wrists. And the garage is not an easy task, it has a man-cave on one side and storage area on the other… it’s about as big as our house, without Tommie Copper and a bit of rest between doing work on the siding of the garage, Tommie Copper has once again come to my rescue and saved me a lot of pain.

Would I recommend Tommie Copper?

Yes! I am so pleased to see the latest expansion and additions to the Tommie Copper Line and can’t wait to see what comes next. They now have Sun Protection with zinc on some of their products too, the wicking action of their products make them all so easy to wear in the hot sun. I love the fact that their items can easily be worn under anything, I even wore the gloves under plastic gloves while painting.

The Gloves from Tommie Copper have more than helped me realized that although these products are great for pain, they are also great for preventing pain too… I would recommend this for anyone who is getting older, folks who are doing some manual labor that they aren’t (or are) used to, for me it prevented further injury and decreased pain. This is the same with our Tommie Copper Shirts, my tights and hubbys shorts from Tommie Copper… we’ve found it helps with nerve pain from sciatica, fibromyalgia, bad or injured spine and my lupus sle (a painful illness).

I would recommend this to Construction workers too! Check out the gloves if your hands cramp up or get painful, wrists as well!ย  Not that I am a Construction Worker, but with my experiences as we continue to fix up our large Garage/Man-Cave/Storage Room exterior, I have see how much they can help prevent pain and I suspect prevent injury as well.

Tommie Copper continues to put out a wonderful product still today, they haven’t cut any corners on the products since the beginning. All seams, hems are wonderful, the stitches are great without gaps or bad tension. The stretch is still wonderful, the material is still lightweight, soft (softer than most t-shirts) and attractive as ever. No pinching or binding on any of the items we tried for this review.

In the end, Tommie Copper is perfect for me and my husband too. Thank you Tommie Copper!

I thank Tommie Copper for their patience with me as I got to their review, things have been nuts here (more so than usual) and I am so thankful to have their products supporting my body, hands and feet with their soft comfortable compression as it embraces my body.

Now folks, it’s time to enter the giveaway, please make sure that your mandatory entry is placed in the comments below, so that I don’t have to disqualify you. Thank you for being my loyal readers!

~Mariah

 

 

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed these product with the assistance of my husband’s in put on the products we received 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 Tommie Copper and me.

 

I’ve Got Big Balls! Ice Ball Mold – Review

Ice Ball Mold Review

Howdy folks, today I wish to introduce you to an Ice Ball Mold, by StyloPhora. I received a package containing 3 of these unique ice molds. The molds are nice and cushy to the squeeze, seeming a little thinner on the very top. The molds have a line on them, so that you know where to stop filling them. And the package included a funnel and instructions.

My husband couldn’t wait to try them out and freeze some ice for us. Looking at the molds in the freezer, the ice went just up to the hole in the top when frozen, perfect! I used one of the ice balls on a flavored drink and one on Two Fingers of Whiskey for my husband.

Ice ball molds and supplies and frozen

Goodness Gracious Great Balls of ICE!

The ice seemed to melt more slowly than normal ice cubes and so it didn’t water down the drinks as fast, however the ice balls made the drinks cold quite quickly. Do I have to say it? Okay I will, the ice balls look so very cool! Not to mention that the Ice Ball Molds byย StyloPhora are Giant! They appear to be about 2 1/2 inches big with my measuring tape. I've got Big Ice Balls

.Coffee Ice ball in glass of milk

Next I decided that I needed to make iced coffee. After I made coffee, I cooled it down quickly. I put the coffee into a glass measuring cup and put the measuring cup into a bowl of ice. Then once it had cooled nicely, I added it to the ice balls. Its not that the ice balls wouldn’t take hot coffee, but that I don’t want to put anything hot in the freezer and I was in a hurry to try this (other wise the refrigerator or let sit to cool would have worked). I decided it would be a great idea to take this coffee ice ball and place it in milk. YUMMY! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just make sure the milk isn’t expired, lol, the one I did the first time was and I was shocked! Lol

 

I took one of the frozen ice balls and put it in the dogs water dish, I heard that they love to play with them in there. I filmed it after I chased the youngest of my dogs down 3 times as he stole the ice ball out of his water dish and brought it out onto the rug in the living room, dropped in on the wood floor rolling it around trying to get it into his kennel and once he picked it up and putting it on my husband’s recliner hoping to just lick it there. Lol Silly dog took advantage of the fact that my husband got up to assist me, placing the Ice Ball back in the dogs dish, so that I could film him playing with it. Lol

Leave it to the younger of our two dogs to cause a lot of laughter as he discovers a new โ€œtoyโ€ to play with.

What is the secret to creating a perfectly clear ball of ice? When you order the Ice Ball Mold, you will receive a secret code so that you can learn how in a video. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am currently writing this as I freeze a perfect Ice Ball without those air-bubbles that cloud up the ice. We will see if I managed to do it right? Well not 100%, I didn’t have one of the things used in the trick so I substituted another and I have to say to follow their instructions on this secret EXACTLY! I ended up with an oblong Ice Ball and most of the ice was clear, and we usually have that particular item around the house but we just used it up very recently. lol

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.