The Real Deal

Have You Ever Wondered... Is that certain book really good? Does that product really work? So have I. From Indie authors and musicians to local products or nationally advertised, I can't tell you the countless products I've bought as seen on TV only to find out that they don't work at my house, the book was really a bunch of hype, the music was not what I had hoped for or a movie was a yawn. If you want an honest opinion, you will find it here. Although I do lots of book reviews, I also check out lots of other products and let you know if they really live up to their ads or their hype. Stay tuned, and check in often. You never know what I'm going to talk about next.


Numi Cardamom Pu'erh Tea

My friend A.J. and I go way back. We met over food and she was the first person to tell me about cardamom, a wonderfully aromatic and exotic spice originally from South India, now grown in Guatemala, is a little citrusy, a bit spicy with hints of nutmeg. I add it to my french toast (don't tell anyone!). I couldn't wait to try the tea from Amazon Vine program.
Of all the teas I have drunk in my life, Numi Cardamom Pu'erh Tea is a deep rich chocolatey brown. If the tea bag is out, you might mistake it for coffee, except for the amazing aroma! I sweetened mine with a little raw agave syrup and it was glorious! It packs a little kick too. So if you find yourself in the middle of an after noon slump, Numi Cardamom Pu'erh might be a great tea for you! One box contains 16 individually wrapped tea bags. Opening one of them releases a fragrance that's like going on a mini vacation to some far away place.
I'm having a cup right now in honor of my friend A.J. Numi Cardamom Pu'erh Tea is a tasty treat for ones who are looking for coffee or power drink alternatives.



Schroeder opens with a young man making a change for the better, at least in his mind. I couldn't wait to start the book, wondering what anyone is thinking when they begin to change identities. My questions are how long did they do it and get away with it? They are of course answered in this highly entertaining tale by Amity Gauge. At times I laughed out loud, marvel at the way the character went full bore forward with his idealistic plan. With summer just around the corner (even though March has barely stepped through the door) you will definitely want to put this one on your summer reading list. It's serious with out being heavy, light-hearted, self-deprecating and droll, with flashes of grandiosity, but Gauge pulls it off in elegant style. I'm already looking for what else she's written.

I was given this book for free from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for my honest opinion .


Nature's Bounty Vanilla Protein Shake Mix

Nature’s Bounty Protein Shake  Vanilla is loaded with vitamins, prebiotics and probiotics and is sweetened with Stevia. It does also contain some milk and soy ingredients, and is suitable for vegetarians. 
I've mixed it with water and soy milk with great results. It could easily be used with almond or rice milk. When mixed with water, it is a little lighter, and still tasty if you are watching calories. 
I feel great taking Nature’s Bounty Protein Shake knowing I am doing something positive for myself. It supports digestive health, hair, nails and skin health and immune health. 
Having used this is a meal replacement some mornings and most often as a midday boost, I'll tell you it makes me feel energized and focused as I go through my day. It also helps with establishing a fitness regimen as I do not feel drained or exhausted at the end of the day like I used to. 
When my schedule turns hectic, I mix Nature’s Bounty Protein Shake in a shaker and take it with me and enjoy it as I have opportunity. 
The vanilla flavor is rich and tasty when mixed with soy milk, even the plain. I recommend this to health conscious women on the go as well as anyone wanting to make positive changes in their lifestyle.


Sensa Chews Fabulous Chocolate Fudge

I used to carry protein bars as midday snacks in my purse and have, at various times,stuck these 220 calorie meal replacements in my desk drawers and glove box. Over time, these little meals throughout the day had blossomed into endless bouts of eating. Sitting at a desk all day was taking its toll: my waist had become the muffin top. I wanted to make changes. If I left the snacks at home, I felt ravenously hungry and only thought of the candy machine in the next office.
SENSA CHEWS appealed to me because each one of them is the size of a wrapped piece of candy, and looks like one and they come in Chocolate Fudge. I eat one with an 8 ounce cup of hot tea and I genuinely feel full; this tides me over as long as two hours. With one piece of fruit as my midday snack I can last up to three hours. I have taken two of the chews in a day with no side effects (maltitol sometimes causes excessive bathroom usage…)  and the SENSA CHEWS CHOCOLATE FUDGE flavor is satisfying enough that I don’t find myself tearing my desk apart looking for some long forgotten crumb or quarters for the vending machine. You can’t go wrong with only a 15 calorie investment.
My belly has been reigned in and I feel better about having some control over my diet. I usually eat a light breakfast and a healthy meal at dinner and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I recommend this to anyone who is serious about changing their eating habits.