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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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 natural  & 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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.
 

 

Gungho for Brain Focus/Health Supplement – Review Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Hi friends, I am in love with this Product I just sampled called GungHo, a real scientific breakthrough (in my humble opinion) of Brain Health, Focus, and recall. As I read up on GungHo, preparing for my samples to arrive, I was very impressed with all the studies and the work of the PHD’s on developing a safer, more effective and actually long term brain health of this product.

But we all know “the proof is in the pudding”

Hai. (that's Ninja for hello) on the cardboard cover from GungHo ("For Ninja Like Focus")

My 3 sample packets of GungHo arrived safe and sound to my home, it is packaged in the most brilliant folded cardboard, full of great information and some good laughs too. Speaking of laughs, who ever heard of a Focus Supplement that gave you energy and yet improved your mood? I hadn’t until I was introduced to GungHo and for me this statement by the company is true! Alas I am rambling again… lets get back on topic here. Lol

Yes, as many of you know from past reviews, I have ADD and sure enough I show it often in my struggle to write reviews and if my ADD is acting up terribly, my dyslexia comes out more as well, making writing a real chore. Add in my CFS (Chronic Fatique Syndrome), Fibromyalgia (which often creates something called “Fibro-Fog”) and you have yourself a but you folks are kind enough to bear with me. Now on with the show… lol

My Packets of Gungho

My GungHo Challenge:

1. Avoid energy drinks / shots or sodas for 3 days (so you don’t crash from them)
2. When you are tired, take a GungHoR instead – convenient tiny liquid packet can take with you anywhere
3. You will note a smooth boost of energy & focus with no jitters or crash

“* Over time, GungHoR will also build brain health, capacity to focus and memory recall…but you won’t notice that in 3 days”

The above is a qoute from GungHo on the Challenge I accepted

The Challenge, how I got started:

We ran out of soda in the house and coffee for a while (we shop once a month with our disability checks, so this happens from time to time) and it was the perfect time to take the challenge! So no caffeine, sodas or energy drinks… just water on hand for a week. I went 3 days with just water, then I did a 2 day test (I gave my husband one to try too)… okay so I cheated on my challenge, by sharing… however my Mommy taught me to share and it has stuck with me. lol

I did start getting a headache for the first day without soda or caffeine… but it soon went away with some generic Aleve that I had on hand.

Gungho easy open pkg

My thoughts on Gungho:

I have run out of my GungHo and I am saddened by this, as it really did help me stay focused on the tasks at hand here, I can get so distracted by the Boob-Tube (which is almost always on here, since my husband has become disabled recently, so he’s home all the time)… and of course the demand of the blog, the keeping up with social media, emails and my 2 cuddly dogs demanding attention. The GungHo has helped me focus on one thing at a time and I just have to say, you need to try this to believe it!

On GungHo I am relaxed, yet more focused, I am energized but not shaky and I feel a sort of sense of wellness… a satisfied feeling that I cannot describe as anything else other than a cheerful disposition. Amazing the balance that has been achieved in this formulation and how completely they covered all the bases of this unique product, I’ve never experienced this before like I did with GungHo.

As I mentioned before, I shared one of the packets with my husband, he felt a little difference but being a man of few words he didn’t tell me much more than energized some and a feeling of the focus some as well.

Now the long term effects that are mentioned by GungHo, are brain health building… this is with longer term/daily use of GungHo and I would be tempted to keep a stash on hand for daily use, had I had the means to do so… with my very limited trial I am pleased!

Gungho Real Brain Science Information

Who would I recommend this product for?

Mothers, we know how draining just being a Mother can be!

Students, oh yes, as I always recommend with studying, take it as you study and then make sure to take it as you do your testing (the studies have all shown you must be in the same state as when you were studying for better recall when you are testing or public speaking for that matter).

Gamers, as some of you know, until I started blogging, I was an avid gamer since the 1990’s, and I really could have used this when my group would be in highly dangerous game areas and I was stuck spamming out heals constantly. Yes I always played the supporting role of a healer, it’s hard work, but really beneficial to most power gamers out there.

And those that have trying work/jobs, be it physical, mental or that have demonstrations or public speaking involved etc.

I would have loved this while working as a Cosmetologist and during memorizing lines and preforming in plays.

Now one of you can take the GungHo Challange for yourself, enter to win your own 3 pack sample of GungHo

Click here for the giveaway!

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.

Pork Chomps Healthier Than Rawhides – Review & Giveaway

 

Hi there friends, it’s the Dog Days of Summer and a great time to review more items for the dogs in our lives. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a Representative of Pork Chomps by Scott Pet for some treats for our Canine Fur Kids. Needless to say my dogs really LOVE reviewing products for the blog and they have eagerly munched away joyfully on their treats.

Pork Chomps Logo: Premium Pork ChompsThese treats are very unusual, they act like the rawhides that can keep our dogs busy chewing away, however they are made of expanded baked Pork Skin. These are a healthy alternative to rawhide.

As usual I did my research on the new treats, reading through the documents that I was sent, as well as their Pork Chomps Website. I learned about the great health benefits for our dogs, with these treats.

From the Pork Chomps Website:

Showing the large variety of products in the Pork Chomps line

Pork Chomps are more digestible than rawhide because they are made from skin not hide. Rawhide was just an inexpensive byproduct of the cattle industry, and virtually has no flavor on its own. That is why most rawhide is basted, stuffed or sugarcoated, in order to interest pets. Pork Chomps are also better than rawhide chews for dogs because of Scott Pet’s proprietary, patented expanding process wherein 70% of the pork’s fat is removed, creating a more natural dog chew that is a cleaner product with reduced grease and odor.

Here are a few paragraphs about these dog treats in on of the documents that I received, that I thought were of most interest:

Pet parents have been searching for a rawhide-alternative chew that they can feel safe giving to their pets,” said Scott Pet President and C.E.O Mike Bassett. “So, we commissioned a first-of-its-kind study last year to prove that expanded, baked pork skin chews are more digestible than rawhide.”

Bassett said the study (located at http://www.journalofanimalscience.org/content/90/12/4355), conducted by the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, found that Pork Chomps were 99.9% digestible compared to rawhide chews, which were only 50-85% digestible. Digestibility is imperative since dogs often times swallow large chunks of chews, which can lead to intestinal blockages if it isn’t completely digested.

In addition, the study showed that dogs that had eaten Pork Chomps products had reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels – a health benefit that rawhide chews can’t provide, Bassett said.

Pork Chomps products are also better than rawhide chews because of Scott Pets’ proprietary, patented expanding process wherein 70% of the pork’s fat is removed, creating a cleaner, easier to digest product that has longer shelf life. The process also removes unsightly color from the pork skin while reducing odor and grease

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t wait for the treats to arrive, at last something that perhaps my dogs could really chew on, like a rawhide and wouldn’t make my dogs sick with diarrhea? Well we will see.

Pork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz 1I received the box of Pork Chews and when I opened them I admit that I was petrified at first, wondering what I was thinking when I said okay to them, as the chews look almost identical to rawhides. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, my dogs have sensitive tummies and they have problems with some foods, well this extends to raw hide chews too. They have a rough time (or should I say “ruff time” lol) with their digestion when it comes to rawhide chews, as a result they get a bad case of diarrhea. So we had to take the dogs off rawhides all together.

The box that I received had a great variety of Pork Chomps for my dogs to try out and I must say that, although my dogs are considered Medium size dogs, a majority of the chews are more than ample in size for them… I should have requested the small dog size for them instead. But they receive more carrots for little snacks during the day as a result, which is also very good for them. Lol

Pork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz test with Mr PeanutPork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz test with Mr Peanut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One day I realized that I could feed my dogs both a different treat so I fed Mr. Peanut (he’s a avid chewer and chews away on any large treat very fast) the Pork Chomp Knotz, which are pretty big. And I gave Tiny Dog the same, and though this was the second time he had this treat, Tiny Dog decided to guard it while on my lap after briefly nibbling at it. I thought I was being smart when I suddenly thought about Tiny Dog and the fact that his more of a nipper, trying to chew with his front teeth mostly and that his mouth was not nearly as large as his big brother, Mr. Peanut. So what did I do? I took the bone away and fed him one of the stick like ones Pork Chomps Baked Twistz and he went to town on it. Suddenly, there was a fight and Mr. Peanut won the prize he wanted the Twistz. Silly me, I didn’t think about the different flavor with the Twistz as it had sweet potato in it. Mr Peanut guarded his own while chomping at Tiny Dog’s treat, so we had to take both treats away. Mommy (me) learned her lesson on that day, from now on they get the same treat.

When I purchase more, I aim now for the smaller treats to accommodate the smaller mouth on Tiny Dog, since he will use his back teeth some, but he mostly nibbles and nips to the treats. If I had just the one dog, Mr. Peanut,  I would just go with the larger sized Pork Chomps as they are just perfect for him.

Pork Chomps sweet potato wrapped Tiny dog begging and Mr Peanut looking onI also tested the Pork Chomps and versus the rawhide with Mr. Peanut, since he is my big chewer. Mr Peanut, with the two at his side chose the Pork Chomps to work on. Nice, I can see why they say that it is preferred over rawhide’s 9 to 1, my older dog really prefers the Pork Chomp.

I found a huge list of retailers, that sell Pork Chomps, on their website

In their list they include Walgreens, PetSmart & Big Lots all of which aren’t too far away for me. This is a big plus being able to shop near me for the Pork Chomps and my Walgreens is really close, and where I buy mine currently. Yes I have bought these recently and I plan to check out the prices at Big Lots to see if I save even more.

They also have a promotion on right now in their online store for Free Shipping in the month of August! Yay! I won’t have to travel at all, and I can have them delivered to my door.

Pork Chomps sweet potato wrapped Tiny dog begging and Mr Peanut looking onIn Conclusion:

I have to say that this is a fantastic alternative to the raw hides! And I am aware that giving them something to chew on is good for their dental health and takes care of their instincts to chew as well, so it’s wonderful that the dogs have something good to chew on again. This not only is good for them but for me too as it keeps them busy and out of my hair for a time. And I don’t have to deal with any problems with their digestion and intensity of the dogs, looking for constant attention, when their belly’s were upset from rawhides.

And as far as my dogs are concerned, these Pork Chomps are “The Bomb!”

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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a dog treats 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 Pork  Chomps and me.