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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops Review

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

Recently, I was selected to review this new kind of throat drop. They are made by Pine Bros. The company has been around a long time but was recently acquired by Victoria Knight-McDowell (creator and former owner of Airbourne). Here is how the company tells their story:

" Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called 'Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.' In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. "I have discovered something," Pine wrote, "which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was." He added,"Perhaps I won't make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that's more important than money." Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his "discovery" would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its 'soft drop consistency,' Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970's. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

Recently, Pine Brothers was acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. The natural product is once again being made in America, and is launching nationally in fall 2011. At which time old Mr. Pine, will succeed once again in "making people happy." God bless him!

Pictured above are two out of the three flavors that company currently has available. Those three flavors are Natural Honey, Wild Cherry, and Black Licorice. However, on their website, they state that there is a new flavor, Lemon Citrus, coming in 2015-2016. 

These drops are Gluten Free and ONLY 5 calories per drop! They are softish as the package states. For comparison, I would say they are kind of similar to a stale gummy bear, hardness wise. However, I mean that in the best way! I love the texture of these.

Now to get to the review itself.I did try both flavors that were sent to me and so did my husband, my 7 year old daughter and my 5 year old son. With that being said here are the reviews by person:

NATURAL HONEY: I though that this one was pretty bland and didn't have much flavor. I didn't care for this one too much and would not choose to purchase this one on my own. Now, in saying that I should also let my readers know....I did not think it was disgusting nor did I spit it out. I just like LOTS of flavor and would rather have something more flavorful. 
WILD CHERRY: This one I thought was pretty darn good! I really liked it and this one I would choose to buy if I was in a store in need of throat drops. 

NATURAL HONEY: He thought that they made his mouth dry and they had no flavor. He chose not to have anymore of this kind.
WILD CHERRY: He liked these. He even took one "puck" of them to work because he had been having a dry, scratchy throat. He, now, keeps that "puck" of them in his Jeep center console for when he needs them. 

NATURAL HONEY: Neither of the kids liked this one. My daughter said it was "SO GROSS!" and she asked me how I could eat them. (LOL) My son said "these are not as yummy as the red ones!" 
WILD CHERRY: Both of my kids liked this one and my daughter said it helped her scratchy, sore throat. My daughter actually asked for them a few times for her throat. She said they are "totally better than cough drops"! 

With this being said, I am excited for the new Lemon Citrus flavor to come out so I can give them a try too! No one in our house likes Black Licorice so I don't think we will be trying that one anytime soon. However, I suggest that my fans give them a try and let me know in the comments what you think....do you like them, dislike them, how about the texture, and do they help your throat? 

Find Pine Bros. at CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Kroger, or check at your local drugstore or supermarket. You can also purchase online....here!  

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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wexy Snack Bags Review

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

As my readers know I have two young children! My son, who is now 5 years old (where has the time gone), LOVES monsters. He continually pretends to be a monster and is always trying to scare his sister (who is now 7)! With that being said, you can not imagine how excited I was when I was chosen to review the Wexy Snack Bags...they have monsters on the front of every bag!

These bags are very neat! These Wexy Snack Bags are 5" X 6" white bags with monsters on the front. They have a "Ziploc" closure along the top!

The Monsters on the bags are very cute and friendly looking! They are NOT scary at all! There are 4 different monsters in the box on the bags. My son asks to use them for EVERYTHING! Even his sliced banana this morning...lol! 

The funniest part is that I sent my husband to the field (he is in the ARMY and often goes "to the field" for training over night or for multiple nights at a time) with a Wexy snack bag filled with trail mix that I had made. He came home to tell me about the other guys out there asking him where he got trail mix in such "sweet" bags. Even his adult, male soldiers enjoyed such fun bags! 

Here is a little something that the manufacturer has put together:

"Inspired by kids and created by moms, WEXY snack bags are the perfect way to change the very image of "healthy" food for your kids. Motivated by their desire to restore natural childhood fun to snack time, Carie and Tracey created WEXY monsters with their own children driving their vision. They want to help our earth, too. That's why WEXY snack bags are as good to the globe (eco-friendly) as they are to your child's body. With their commitment to organic foods and practices, Tracey and Carie believe that sustaining our health means sustaining the earth as well. WEXY bags are biodegradable, BPA Free, disposable, recyclable, and reusable."

If you would like to purchase some Wexy Snack Bags for yourself you may do so on Amazon:


Please feel free to share with me in the comments what you think of the bags! 

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.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

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

Today I am reviewing an anti-aging serum made by Pure Body Naturals. This serum is sold exclusively on Amazon. You can find it here! I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive this product for review on my blog. I am very excited to share this product with everyone!

I ordered this product on Amazon.com and the shipping time was unbelievably fast! I received the product 2 days after I placed my order. I got the product and opened the box to be pleasantly surprised that they shipped the product in two different ziploc baggies. The dropper was in one bag and the bottle with the Vitamin C Serum was in another bag! I like that it was shipped like this because I knew the bottle was fresh and not the dropper was new and clean.

I started using the product about a week ago and I really like it. A small amount goes a long way, so the bottle will last me a while. At least a month, I am sure. I also really enjoy how my face feels after using it. It does NOT leave my face feeling greasy or slimy. I put it on every night before I go to bed and when I wake up my skin feels super soft and looks fresh. 

I am so surprised by this product! I have not ever used Vitamin C before but I did hear about Dr. Oz mentioning that when choosing an anti-aging product, you should make sure that it has at least 20% vitamin C in it! Well this product does! 

Here is a little something that the company had to say about their product:

"See The Anti Aging Power Of Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid & Instantly Gain Brighter More Radiant Beautiful Skin Upon Application with our Professional Anti-Aging Serum.

Our Facial Serum Contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Suspended in a Concentrated base of Pure Vegan Hyaluronic Acid For Superior Anti Aging Effects.

-  Vitamin C helps smooth and firm skin and fade brown spots by inhibiting the free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changes. Apply Vitamin C in the morning,  to protect your skin from free radicals caused by sun damage.

- With bounds of studies singing its praise, Vitamin E is a skincare superstar. The vitamin has been proven to ease dryness and boosts skin’s UV defense.

- Hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate as it’s also known, has become a serious skincare staple. It’s the body’s own hydrating molecule, able to absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in water and responsible for keeping our skin plump, smooth and supple. Sadly, our natural levels deplete as we age, so fight off fine lines and a loss of skin tone with our latest Vitamin C Serum.

  • - 20% Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Is The Absolute Highest Quality Vitamin C Serum Available
    - Vitamin C Serum Is Proven To Stimulate Collagen & Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles
    - This Vitamin C Serum Will Leave Your Skin Radiant & More Youthful Looking By Neutralizing Free Radicals
    - Professional Anti-Aging Serum derived from 98% natural and 72% organic ingredients.
    - Made in the USA In Our Advanced FDA Certified Facility.
This product is being sold exclusively on Amazon"

So if you are looking for a great product....I would definitely suggest giving this one a try! :)

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.