Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Simple Loose Leaf Tea #Review

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I am a tea lover, I love nothing more than drinking tea while reading a book. It helps me to relax while savoring the flavor of the tea. I have searched in our local health food store along with the grocery stores for teas such as Gunpowder. I have to drive to another town 5o miles away in order to get some. Simple Loose Leaf ships you a box of savory loose leaf teas right to your door on the 1st of the month for just $17. US members do not pay for shipping.


Each box has 4-5 loose leaf teas (a Black, a Green, a Herbal, Oolong, and a surprise or two), 2 re-usable muslin tea bags and a beautiful card detailing your month's tea selection. I received a box with the following teas:

GrubMarket California Fruit Bounty Box #Review and #Giveaway - ends 2/15

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We have participated in a local produce co-op for a number of years now. Unfortunately, while we enjoy consuming the fresh fruits and vegetables we have found it to be a bit inconvenient due to our lifestyle. We have to pick up our basket on Saturday mornings, the hours change according to the season. Saturday is the one day a week we get to sleep in, meaning neither one of us wants to be the one that has to get up and go pick up the produce. Another issue is that on the weekends we aren't sleeping in, we are most likely out of town for the week-end and don't have someone to be able to pick it up for us. GrubMarket is an online store where you can pick from thousands of California grown, farm-fresh, organic produce items and natural products that are delivered to your home in the US. at reasonable prices. They use 3 day shipping on fruit and vegetables orders to ensure you receive the freshest produce possible. They do this by having order cutoff times in order to have your delivery on Thursday or Friday.  



If you would rather not choose each item yourself, you can choose the GrubBox membership  program, which offers that seasons harvest of organic fruit grown in California. Choose from the California Fruit Bounty, Healthy Snacks, Organic Fruit & Snacks, and College Care GrubBoxes. With this service you choose the size of box (Regular or Large) you want delivered to your home, whether you want delivery weekly, biweekly or monthly. You can even pick the day you want your GrubBox delivered. There is no long term commitment which means you can pause service at any time. Benefits include: saving money on certified organic, fresh, sustainable and local (when possible) produce. Receiving new and different produce items each week.  

The regular-size California Fruit Bounty box arrived at our door on a Friday that I had scheduled. It came with a pineapple, avocado, pear, grapefruit, pomegranate, blood oranges, oranges, apples, and Medjool dates tucked safely in crinkled paper. All the fruit was ripe and ready to eat. We tore into the dates right away, they were delicious! 



















I mixed the avocado with some of my homemade salsa to make some guacamole. 



I opted to make a fresh fruit salad with my fruit bounty. Chop up an apple, pear, and 1/2 of the pineapple into bite sized pieces. Separate an orange and a blood orange into segments. Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans and 1 cup of whipped topping, mix well. Chill and serve.


Frugal Shopping and More readers can receive 20% off their first order when they use code GRUB20 and get free shipping on orders over $59. Sign up for the newsletter to learn about special deals and new products. Visit GrubMarket to learn more, connect on FacebookTwitter, and PinterestOrder online from your computer, GrubMarket iOS or Android App.


About GrubMarket:
GrubMarket is all about providing accessibility, by delivering the following key benefits to their stakeholders:
  • Unbeatable prices: While many food delivery services and premium grocers cater to high-income earners, GrubMarket is committed to making fresh and delicious food accessible to all people by keeping their prices consistently lower than all comparable grocers.
  • Convenience: Through their reliable operations, GrubMarket is committed to providing people in food deserts (ie. areas without farmers' markets and fresh grocery stores) with access to high-quality, freshly-harvested items that they would typically find at a farmers' market or Whole Foods store. Additionally, they offer free delivery across the U.S. for all orders above $59.
  • Food Discovery: GrubMarket provides a platform for their partnering small farms and vendors to sell their items directly to customers. Many of these food producers have challenges getting shelf space at grocery stores, and/or may not want to pay the upfront costs of hosting farmers' market tables. GrubMarket gives these food producers access to tens of thousands of customers through a robust online marketplace, regardless of the food producers' production scale.  
GrubMarket firmly believes that you, your family, and your friends should always have the opportunity to eat well, and that price should never be a barrier between you and healthy, delicious, and freshly-harvested food. They are committed to providing you with the best grocery experience possible, by regularly offering you wholesome foods at wholesale prices. They work with a variety of farms and artisan producers to bring you high-quality foods and other items at prices that are up to 50% OFF what you'd typically find at Whole Foods and other grocers.

About the giveaway:
A Frugal Shopping and More reader will win a regular-size California Fruit Bounty box. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below, if Rafflecopter doesn't load please try refreshing the page or clicking here. Giveaway is open to US residents only that are 18 or older. Void where prohibited by law. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” No purchase necessary. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. Giveaway ends on 2/15 at 11:59 pm PST. Contact Frugalshopping1@gmail.com for questions or to have your product featured on this blog.

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Giveaway begins on 2/9/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 3/10/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Beyond The Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse #BookReview

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About Beyond the Silence

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?

My thoughts: