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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 by 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! 🙂 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 “toy” 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. 🙂 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.

New Refresh Line from Cheribundi, The Cherry People – Review & Giveaway


Logo for Cheribundi that says Cheribundi the Cherry People


Oh boy talk about a yummy refreshing project! I am ecstatic about Cheribundi’s new Refresh line of mixed tart cherry beverages.


Perhaps you may be familiar with Cheribundi original line of Tart Cherry Juices:

  1. Tru=Tart Cherry
  2. Skinny=Light
  3. Whey=Rebuild

I have had a sip of most of the flavors of the Tart Cherry Original Line, as my husband received them for his review (by the way, it helped with his gout) and I was impressed. Then I received my shipment of the Refresh line, a new line from Cheribundi (the sort of drink you’d enjoy with lunch) and I have to say WOW! This line is fun, with a large variety of flavors to choose from. I love both the Refresh line (both with Tart Cherries, of course) with the Fruit Blends and the Refresh Blends Tea line.

I’ve done it again folks,  for those that know me, they know that once before I’ve thought of a song for a company, using a familiar song that suddenly occurs to me as I think about the product. Here is my song that is going through my head (sung with the old tune “Cheri Baby”)… I am not sure if I am remembering the old song correctly for the exact change of wording to Cheribundi, but you get the idea. 🙂

“Che-rr-ibu-undi cheribundy, Che-r-i, Che-r-ibundi, Cheri won’t you be mine…yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di – ahh ah ah ahhhhhh.”

“(a special addition at the end… whispered) Cheribundi Refresh”

Something like that. lol Okay, so I am one silly ol’ gal here… what can I say I am a tad bit insane as well sharing and honest to a fault at times.

closeup of some of the Cheribundi Refresh Line

I received a nice big box shipped to my home full of all the delicious flavors of the New Refresh Line from Cheribundi to try. The white capped products are the fruit mixtures and the green capped beverages are the tea mixtures.

With Cheribundi Beverage, you can always count on the fact that they are not from a concentrate and they are all gluten free. And you can check the side of the bottle for the % of Juice as well as other information on their drinks, a nice and clear guide without needing to read all of the fine print.

If you are like me, there is a lot of Spring Cleaning and Yard Work that must be done in the very near future here, and as I do yard work, all the neighbors tend to come out and visit with me. I can purchase more of these tasty drinks to share with the neighbors when they drop by and I will truly need a truely thirst quenching drink from the Refresh line as I work hard too. Actually, these babies are ample in size at 16.9 FL OZ, big enough to share or to quench a really great big thirst. 🙂

I have enjoyed these drinks during an especially trying day of running around, doing chores and after (or during) a particularly stressful day. These beverages are such a great “pick me up” that I recommend them for midway through a work day as well as after a workout, gardening, yard-work or taking the kids to all their activities in a Mother or Fathers grueling day/evening, Refresh is the perfect name!

cherry benefits with the names of the links on Chreribundi's site written on it.

What are the benefits of Tart Cherries? Check out the Cheribundi website under “Cherry Benefits” and click on the 3 links on their page either on their sites picture of the cherry or on the sidebar to read all the many benefits of Tart Cherries.

I found many sites online mentioning the studies of Tart Cherries and the benefits of the anthocyanins & phytonutrients that are found in them. Some of the studies suggest:

  • It is anthocyanins that give tart cherries their color and there is scientific evidence that suggests that drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries can help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout.
  • In 2004 a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital, reported that phytocompounds in tart cherries suppress pain caused by inflammation about as well as the drug Indocin (Indomethacin). (Indocin is a powerful nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and it can cause many side effects.)
  • Anthocyanins have been shown to have pain relieving traits that are compared to Naproxen and Ibuprofen.
  • USDA funded study had discovered that tart cherries have a low glycemic index, are fat free, sodium free as well as high in vitamins C, B6, E and folic acid.
  • Tufts University Study confirmed that anthocyanins cross the blood-brain barrier. They had given anthocyanins to aging rodents and the study showed that animals that were given anthocyanins in their diet could get out of water faster and better than those that were not given anthocyanins. They also found reduced confusion and slowness in the rodents that were giving the anthocyanins.  As a result of this study it is believed that anthocyanins actually make the brain work better.

Wow, talk about a ton of information out there on the benefits of Tart Cherries, now I have to say that the Refresh line has less Cherries than their original line, but I feel you would still garner some benefit from the proprietary process that Cheribundi uses to make all their beverages as well as the fact that they pick their cherries at the peak of ripeness.

most of the Cheribundis new line Refresh

There are 5 flavors to choose from in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit blends and each are absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Lemonade,  Tart Cherry Blueberry, Tart Cherry Cranberry, Tart Cherry Pomegranate and last but not least Tart Cherry Raspberry. My favorite of the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit Blends? I have to admit it’s a very hard choice, as I love all these flavors. If I must choose a #1 Flavor of the Tart Cherry & Fruit Blends would be the Raspberry.

There are 4 flavors in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Tea blends and again they are all absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Rooibos Tea, Tart Cherry Black Tea, Tart Cherry Green Tea and last but not least Tart Cherry Jasmine Tea. I simply cannot pick a favorite of the tea blends, I love them all equally as well.

Honestly, I can think of times depending upon what I am looking for, since the flavors are (to me) Sweet, Tart or Sweet with a Tart finish in their Fruit Blends and the flavors are all different theirTea Blends, depending upon the tea used in the blend.

Hints, don’t forget to shake the bottles well and if you want something extra cold and don’t want to carry a cooler with you. You can put your bottle in the freezer for 30 minutes or so (depends upon your freezer, I bet) to get a fast cool down so you still have a very portable bottle to carry with you….I’ve done this when I needed to go somewhere and forgot to put my Cheribundi in my Fridge over night (just don’t forget it or you may have a mess from a frozen overflow in your freezer to clean up).

close up of the Cheribundi Refresh in Tart Cherry Lemonade

If you want to freeze or partially freeze it, so you have time to drink it cold from a couple of hours to on in your day and you are away from a Fridge,  here is the best way to freeze it, Open up the bottle drink out of your bottle (to about 1 to 2 inches out of space between the cheribundi and the cap) and place in your freezer for the desired amount of time (again depending upon when you will be drinking it).

I highly recommend Cheribundi Refresh as I really love the line and my husband has liked the sips of it that he’s tried too.  I also recommend that you consider the Refresh Line from Cheribundi to help you get away from the soda pop, there are enough varieties of flavors that I am sure you will find one to your liking.

I would be remiss if I did not to mention this review by my husband, I tried some of them and found them taste as well. To read more about Cheribundi and their original product, Click Here (this will take you to my husband’s review as it opens the link in a new window or tab to make it easy to come back here and enter the giveaway here).

Okay and now for the Giveaway, one of you will win a variety case of Cheribundi Refresh, just like I received! This giveaway is limited to the Continental US.
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a case of Cheribundi Refresh to try 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 Cheribundi and me.

Jump Beverages – Sugar Free, Fat Free, Carb Free & Giving Back to Those that keep America Free!

Written by: Riah
Edited 8/26/2011 to add 10% Discount* (bottom of post)

Ok, so a large title… but I am proud to introduce you to a wonderful beverage company and to have had the drinks to review for you. Jump Beverages is helping support Operation Homefront with every purchase of their Recon and Sentinel Beverages! My husband being a former Marine Recon, just so happens to believe firmly that the Recon Coffee Energy Cola was made just for him and he’s hooked on it. Every time I’d reach in the fridge for a sample, hubby would ask that I grab his “name sake” for him.

I can’t tell you how very delicious these drinks are and they are made right here in Colorado, I love to support any Colorado company in my reviews and my giveaways, especially when they are so very patriotic! On the phone with Jump Beverages we had a little meeting over the phone, and I actually got asked to thank my husband for his service to our country! I must admit that having like 3 voices thanking him choked me up with tears of pride and excitement that I was going to tell my husband that he was thanked for his service, although I know it embarrasses him. 🙂

Jump Beverages - 3 of their flavors in cans

The flavors that I got in my variety sample case were, Recon (a coffee flavor with vanilla), Hot (raspberry flavor) and Sentinel (very unique citrus flavor). I tell you these energy drinks are tasty and truly unique, when you taste them it’s very hard to believe that they don’t have sugar in them and they contain healthy ingredients with vitamins and minerals. The caffeine content is equal to a 12 oz cup of coffee so it’s not overly done, the rest of the energy comes from the B6 -B12 Vitamins.

I cannot believe this company is not nationwide as I am so impressed with how unique they are, no junk in the drink, healthy and best of all they Taste Good! I don’t think you will find anything like this out there on the market, I am so totally impressed… and I love the fact that I don’t need to shake them up, that they are all soda pops and that they are not syrupy like so many energy drinks out there are! Yuck I hate syrupy drinks and trying to cut down on sugars in our household, this is just the ticket.

I can’t stop raving about the drinks… nothing like waking up and needing to run out the door with no time for a cup of coffee, instead I have reached into the refrigerator and grabbed a Jump Beverage for myself to run out the door with. What flavor do I grab? Well I like them all, so it depends upon the mood and if I even have time to look or decide before walking out the door… the Raspberry is refreshing and Fruity, so is the Sentinel it’s extremely refreshing with that citrusy flavor tangerine in the background of it, and of course the Coffee with vanilla flavor in the Recon. I can’t choose just one, they are all so go, I have to say the Recon though, is so very interesting, a coffee cola with a hint of vanilla! yummy…A nice Glass of Recon by Jump Beverages

I have been typing enough about this that I had to go get out some Sentinel to drink while doing this post!

I have two recipes I created for Jump Beverages that I want to share with you:
(Tip, you can use sugar free and fat free ice cream with these) 

Riah’s Recon Ice Cream Float:
1 Can of Jump Beverages Recon Vanilla Coffee Cola
1 or 2 scoops of ice cream (I used Vanilla, but it would be great with coffee ice cream!)
pour in the Recon to within 2 inches of top of glass
if it doesn’t foam over slowly add more Recon
serve with a straw and a spoon

Riah’s Hot Raspberry Old Fashioned Soda:
1Can of Jump Beverages Hot Raspberry Flavored
1 small bit of ice cream to mix into about 1 inch of Hot in the bottom of your glass
fill glass with Hot to about 1 inch from top of glass
place a scoop of ice cream on top (or how about raspberry sherbet or rasp. ice cream, I used vanilla)
top with whipped cream and a cherry if you wish
serve with a spoon and a straw

You can order their beverages online and if you’re lucky and you live in the Colorado Front Range, you can pick them up locally. Ask for them at your local store if they are not found on their locations page…they have some in areas of Texas and New Mexico too. I feel sorry for the poor folks that cannot pick these up at their local stores, I am fortunate enough to live in Colorado where I can readily find some Jump Beverages in stores in my area!

3 Jump Beverage Flavors & Mariah's Glass of Sentinel

*I just found out that Jump Beverages can be purchased at Thirst Monger and Enter CODE: JUMPSV10 for a 10% Discount!

Check Out Jump Beverages  + 10% Discount online purchase. http://tinyurl.com/43w8urd One of Riah’s Favorites! @JumpBeverages @JumpBeverages1


Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review,Jump Beverages provided me with a free samples of their product to 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 for the free product.. 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 me.