Aldi LiveGfree Chocolate Cake Mix Review!

Today I’ll be reviewing Aldi’s LiveGfree Chocolate Cake Mix! It’s part of the Special Buy from last week, but it should be in your store until it runs out of inventory! The packaging looks like this:

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My sister made it into cupcakes with fresh strawberry frosting . . . so tasty! I think they turned out absolutely lovely! 🙂IMG_3964Onto our review!!

Texture: Texturally, these are awesome. Perfectly moist and fluffy, almost to a fault because the fall apart quite easily if kept room temperature. We found that letting the sit in the fridge for a little while helped a lot!!

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Price: $2.99 which is pretty great when you consider it was supposed to make 12 cupcakes, and made 22 cupcakes, and it is a little more than a dollar savings in comparison to what’s available at Walmart. So, that’s always a perk! 🙂

Flavor: Fantastic. Really chocolatey without being overpowering. Also, the taste is consistent throughout the cake. The addition of strawberry frosting created a really tasty flavor profile for the cupcake overall! 🙂

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Overall: This was an awesome cake mix with great texture, flavor, and value. I really liked it, and am planning to go stock up on some before my local Aldi runs out of these special buy mixes!

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Have y’all tried any of these special buy LiveGfree products? If so, let me know what you tried, and how you liked it in the comments!

Have a Tremendous Thursday!!

Love,

Olivia

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NoGii . . . a review!

After my post on protein popsicles, nogii offered to send me some products to review, which I gladly agreed to! Here’s what they sent me: IMG_3829

Onto the reviews . . . 🙂

I’m going to group the review by the type of bar today:

Paleo Bars:

These remind me of Larabars. Minimal ingredients, great flavor, and fantastic for on the go. I’ve had them for breakfast a couple times this week, and they’re all super tasty! My favorite was the Nuts About Berries. It tastes awesome, and the flavors are really well balanced!

Protein D’Lites:

This was awesome. They make a fantastic snack, and are perfect for if you need a quick jolt of protein. Plus, they’re really tasty!

High Protein Bars:

These are awesome as meal substitutes. In fact, I went to Rome yesterday and had one for lunch while we were running errands and picking strawberries. The Chocolate Coconut one is tastiest in my opinion, but the Chocolate Mint one is fantastic too. Especially, when made into Chocolate Mint Protein cookies . . . like this:

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Overall:

All the nogii bars I got to try were really tasty, and I would definitely purchase them to have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack!

Have y’all tried nogii bars? What is your favorite flavor? Let me know in the comments!!

Have an awesome day y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Bare Belly Organics . . . a review!

As promised the other day . . . I give you the: Bare Belly Organics Review!

Bare Belly Organics is a company out of Kennesaw, GA that makes gluten free mineral sunscreen, lip balm, and various skincare products. All without any of the nine chemicals approved by the FDA as effective sunscreens that are also endocrine disruptors and can cause a plethora of unsavory side effects.

Their sunscreen is available in multiple forms: cream, face sticks, and body sticks. As well as a line of baby sunscreen. They have other products such as lotion, bug repellent, and lip balms.

The sweet ladies who own the company gave me a few products to try and review for y’all at the GFAF Expo, but all opinions expressed throughout this post are mine alone:

Their sunscreen looks a bit different once applied then your average sunscreen, and to show y’all how to apply it properly . . .  I made a short little video for y’all:

Here are my thoughts on everything I tried:

The sunscreen is absolutely fantastic. It has a pleasant scent, and no weird sticky feeling once applied. Additionally, it has really great protection. I’m so pale that my mama jokingly calls me Casper on a regular basis, and even after an afternoon spent outside, I’m not burnt at all. I just reapplied the sunscreen every two hours, and Voila! No lobster skin.

Now, because of the fact that their products are chemical-free, they may soften if exposed to heat, but thankfully, it shouldn’t impede the effectiveness of the product!

Onto the next portion of our three part review:

The face stick is fantastic. It works really well, and I’ve worn it under my makeup for the past week as an extra layer of protection for my skin. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing sunscreen, which is a huge perk! 🙂 It also has a pleasant odor, because of essential oils added in to the formula.

Last but not least, let us discuss the lip balm!

I received the vanilla in my products to review, and purchased an orange one while at the expo. After testing both of them over the past couple weeks, I can tell you that they’re amazing. I may even be swayed away from my love of eos for Bare Belly Organics lip balm. It is that awesome. Smooth and moisturizing. I honestly don’t have any complaints.

Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with everything I had the chance to try from Bare Belly Organics, and look forward to trying more of their products in the future! I’d totally recommend them to y’all, and will purchase products from the company in the future.

Have a Stupendous Saturday y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Bare Belly Organics (an upcoming review)

I had fantastic plans to do an in depth review on Bare Belly Organics along with an awesome video outdoors today in order to show y’all how well their sunscreen works, but the weather decided to be uncooperative with grey skies and rain. Boo! So, hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow and look a little bit like this:

Then, I’ll be able to do that review for y’all!! 🙂

Hoping for sunny skies tomorrow, and that y’all have had a wonderful day!

Love,

Olivia

Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

I met the folks from Tamari at the GFAF Expo, and though I’d heard about their products before (I even had a bottle of their Gluten Free Soy Sauce in the cabinet) the product I was most excited to learn about was their Gluten Free Soy Sauce Travel Packs. These are perfect for going to your favorite Asian restaurant, using for lunches at school/ work, or when going to dinner at a friends! 

You receive 20 Travel Packets per box, and can purchase them here. I’ve loved all the products I’ve tried so far from Tamari, and would definitely recommend them to y’all! 🙂

Have a lovely day, and check back here tomorrow for a new post!!

Love,

Olivia

Nona Lim . . . a review!

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As promised yesterday . . . today will be a review for Nona Lim broth and noodles!

Nona Lim’s goal is to make simply delicious, convenient whole foods. They use clean, responsibly sourced ingredients to ensure that the very best tasting products end up on your table. Best of all, their products are made from scratch in using real ingredients.

They encourage you to be creative with their products, and add in your favorite veggies. I added in some spinach, fresh cilantro, two baby portobello mushrooms, some coconut oil, rice vinegar, and a splash of soy sauce. Which resulted in this:

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Preparation was super simple. All you have to do is blanch the Laksa Noodles and add them into the Miso Ramen Broth along with your other ingredients, then heat everything together until it’s all uniformly hot.

The texture of the Laksa Noodles was good. They didn’t get mushy during cooking, or anything of the sort. I even left it all together to store overnight, and they still weren’t mushy.

The noodles and miso broth were really tasty overall. I really enjoyed the combination I created with the broth and veggies, and the noodles complemented it all really well.

Overall, I was very impressed with everything I tried from Nona Lim, and am hoping to find more of their products in a store near me soon. 🙂

Have an awesome day y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet Bubble Bread Mix . . . a review!

I’m SO excited to share this product with y’all today! I met Marilyn at the GFAF Expo. What a great lady! She was super sweet, and she gave me TWO different mixes to review for y’all here on the blog. Today I’ll be reviewing the Original Bubble Bread Mix, and sometime soon I’ll be reviewing the Rosemary and Sea Salt Bubble Bread Mix for y’all as well!

The picture you see below is the completed loaf of bubble bread next to the packaging.
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This bread is SUPER simple to make. In fact, it would be an awesome way to introduce your little ones to gluten free baking.

It’s made using a really interesting, yet simple process. So I decided to make a quick little video showing y’all how I made mine today! 🙂

In case y’all missed any of that . . . all you have to do is:

  1. Pour your mix into a bowl.
  2. Add in an egg or your choice of egg substitute.
  3. Pour in 12 oz of a carbonated beverage of your choice. Use an entire can if you have one. The taste will change if you use a flavored beverage like root beer, gluten free beer, or fruit-flavored soda.
  4. Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into a pan.
  6. Bake for an hour.
  7. Slather with butter or coconut oil.
  8. Allow the bread to cool, slice, and serve!

As I said in the video, I’ll be doing a review of the bread here on the blog today, so . . . let’s dive right in!

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Price: Though mine was free, I did investigate the price for y’all. It is $6.99 per package — which while a bit pricier than a loaf of Gluten Free Bread; it’s well worth the investment in order to have the experience of making it at least once! 🙂

Texture: Awesome! It’s moist and has a really great crust on it, with a soft interior. It’s not crumbly, and holds together impeccably well (a characteristic uncommonly found in Homemade Gluten Free Bread in my experience) which is fantastic!

Taste: The most important factor, right? Well, this Bubble Bread does not disappoint. It’s a sweeter bread and is tasty with jam, and tea more than likely. 😉 I really liked the flavor of it, and I am looking forward to seeing what else pairs well with it!

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Overall: I love this product. It was incredibly simple to make. It tastes fantastic, and it isn’t outrageously priced at all! Makes Marilyn’s Bubble Bread a winner in my book!

Thanks to American Gra-Frutti and Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet for allowing me to review your product! It was splendid!

Have a Stupendous Saturday, y’all!

Love,

Olivia