Monday, April 29, 2013

Kroger Makes Family Dinner Easy

I know I've shared with you my love for Kroger, but seriously I won't shop anywhere else when it comes to my groceries.  As a Bzz Agent, I periodically get lucky and have the chance to try out Kroger brand products for free.  This spring I was sent fabulous coupons for the following free items:  Kroger Cake mix, Kroger Brand Frosting, Kroger Brand Crescent Rolls, Kroger Brand Pork Tendorloin, and Kroger Brand Refrigerated Mashed Potatoes.   How awesome is that?  

We are not huge pork eaters, but mostly because I don't really know how to prepare pork.  Before picking up my goodies at the store, I researched online to find a recipe that would be easy enough, yet tasty.  I ran across a recipe that basically cooked the pork tendorloin with caramelized onions on top.  Sounded easy enough for me!  Here is how it looked...


While it looked super tasty, it was just okay.

 We paired it with the Kroger refrigerated mashed potatoes, Kroger canned corn, and Kroger crescent rolls.

The sides were super easy to prepare.  The mashed potatoes could be microwaved or heated in the oven.  I actually used the oven, and they turned out pretty tasty.  So simple and I didn't have to lift a finger.  While the potatoes were simple, the crescent rolls were a little more time consuming because the dough was completely stuck to each other and the premade slits in the dough was difficult to find so I could not make the cute crescent shapes.  They, however, tasted just as good as Pillsbury Cresent Rolls. 

Finally for dessert...a couple of nights later. :-)  We celebrated Little Brother's Birthday with some yummy Devil's food cupcakes.  They were delicious and moist.  The creamy vanilla frosting that I paired with them was just as good as the more expensive brand named forstings.  

Baby Sis was super excited to try them out...

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the items I was able to try.  I will definitley by a Kroger cake mix again, but we might have to pass on the Pork.  Howeer, the mashed potatoes smight have to visit our dinner table again.  

Note: Thanks to Bzz Agent, I was able to try out these items for FREE.  My opinoins are completely my own. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Try-Something-New-Tuesday: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a new product from Garnier Fructis for free as a Bzz Agent.  This particular product, the Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil can be used on your hair, body or face.  I actually decided to try it on all three!  Let me tell you how it worked out for me...

First of the, Miracle Dry Oil is a combination of Olive, Avacodo, and Shea oils.  It comes in this handy little spray bottle which is great.   No worries about my little children dumping it all over the floor. 

I have extremely dry hair and skin.  My hair is dried out from the mousse that I pile onto my hair on a daily basis to combat the frizz that I get with natural curly hair.  There are many times where I will look at my hair and think it looks so damaged. At first, I decided that I would spray the oil on after I have all my styling aides in my hair.  I was a little shocked.  It actually made my hair curlier. Instead of my loose, frizzier hair, I had tight little ringlets.  I wasn't used to this and not quite sure I liked the tight curls.  So the next day I decided that I would try it on my hair when it was dry.  I really like it better this way.  It added a great shine to my hair and made it look healthier. 

After finding some success on my hair, I decided to try the Miracle Dry Oil on my skin and face.  At first, I was not a fan.  It took a while for the "oily" look to go away.  However, after a 45 minutes or so, the oil had fully absorbed into my skin and left it looking silky smooth and healthy.  Since my skin is extremely dry and cracked, it took several applications until I could see a huge difference in my skin.  I also tried it on my face, but did not like the way it made my skin feel.  This would be a product that I would use before I went to bed so the "oily" look would be gone.

I was given the opportunity to try this for free as a Bzz Agent.  My opinions are honest and true without compensation.