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GROUPON COUPONS?!?!

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (10)

WHAT GROUPON HAS COUPONS?!?!?!?!

OMGOSH I know you all know GRoupon!? I use them all the time...:D

but did you know about Groupon Coupons??? This opens a whole new world!!!

I love to coupon I love to get a deal! I am obsessed with saving money ... are you!?!?

https://www.groupon.com/coupons" target="_blank">Sign Up! 

Save up to 70% on 1000s of awesome "your city" deals

25% Off On Your First Groupon*

 

These are perfect for the holidays and avoiding clutter with newspaper offers. I hate waiting for those flyers I much prefer instant gratification. We are in that generation of being on the go go go ! Groupon Coupon has offers for everywhere you can imagine and you can shop before you go to the actual store. use your mobile device or computer.

There are so many coupons offered and sales there is truly something for everyone! Stores like Target, Sams, starbucks... they have BOGO's 40% off coupons, so so many.

 

Just remember before you buy always check out the promo list look up the coupons and it will become second nature. You will be so used to saving you will never pay full price again!

 

 

 

OZERI FAN

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I received this fan in exchange for an honest review however it is taking a while to review it due to various issues. As with many things this item both pros and cons.

What I liked about the fan is that is that it is extremely quiet, even on the 3rd setting (high speed); which is a plus especially when you're watching TV. You can easily use this fan in a bedroom while sleeping, didn't seem to bother the kids and they don't like the noise, this one did not bother them. The fan, on high speed mode, blows air a pretty good distance and you can feel it easily about 12 feet away, but past that it I don't think it does more than circulate the air, because you can't feel it.

 

I wanted to also note that the display is nice is the digital readout is clear and pretty bright in the display is a decent size so you don't need to wait which was especially nice when my father was visiting and he read it he had no issue reading this display!


 

It was really no issue to put it together although the instructions left little to be desired and could have been written better. But overall it is a fan and it's not too difficult to figure out.

 

What I didn't like particularly about the unit is that it was pretty thin and it doesn't seem very stable, there is a strange smell that came from the unit when plugged on at first and I wasn't sure if that was going to wear off or not. It did seem to dissipate after a couple weeks.

 

Over all I really do like the fan even with its limitations I don't know that it warrants the price tag that it is being sold for however my house is small and I needed something then and taller than the normal fan that can move air around in my living room without taking up much space so for my purposes it's perfect. If you have a large area that you're trying to cool down you would need more than 1.


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00410BTXC?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0

Engineered to generate more air velocity with less noise on a foot-per-minute to dB basis, setting a new benchmark for noiseless airflow.

Features 3 preprogrammed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort, and 3 whisper-quiet speed settings with 90 degree oscillation for optimal air circulation.

Includes 12 hour timer that can be programmed in 1 hour increments with push-button ease, and an enhanced-range remote control that conveniently stores in the fan.

Easy to assemble (no tools required). Ships with fan, base, extension column (to customize fan height), enhanced-range remote control, manual and warranty card. Satisfaction Guaranteed.


HOLIDAY ORDERS DID YOU KNOW?!?

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

HOLIDAYS ARE COMING DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN ORDER??


Special deal on the GF FLOUR I use from Jules Shepard

Click the picture to get the sale price!!

Gluten free recipes - gfJules - with the REAL Jules

Once you get your flour! Start baking!!!  Or you can contact me to order something and I'll do all the work!

Did you know you can order Soups, Stews, Bread, baked goodies etc . All items are customized to you!

Did you know because I don't have a store front, I am making your items FRESH never Frozen and will deliver to you if you are local within reason - to Manchester NH or Dracut Ma?


Did you know these products are AMAZING and you can't tell they are Gluten Free?!  Have you checked out my facebook page yet?!


Did you know you can also order my cookbook (not GF but easily converted once you get the flour) and my GF Spices?


Did you know you can contact me on here, email ([email protected], phone or facebook https://www.facebook.com/apinchofgerman

We Can't wait to hear from you!

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RECIPE TIME! Vegetarian or Meat?

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 



This is book is a nice read I'd probably rate it middle of the road though. Some key features were that non processed meat substitutes

not that I would eat those but did appreciate the non processed foods, and stresses the importance of whole foods. Most of the recipes

looked and sounded great! I am not a vegetarian but am a lover of veggies! Although the beginning had some nice info it was just a little

lacking in depth. But on the flip side it is simplistic- and that is also an allure for most. Depending on the cookbook I can

go either way, I either prefer a lot of info so I can read about my issue of the day, such as gluten and being non GMO, sometimes

I just want the down and dirty recipe no filler.

Being an author myself I do totally understand how mind blowing and nerve wracking it can be to write your own book. The hours of

and countless passes for spell checks and grammar are so difficult to catch when you don't see them anymore. I suspect this is the case

with this line of books, I am always catching the little errors, albeit they don't bother me.

Would be great if I followed the recipes and all of the regimen and lost weight but alas I did not. My body needs equal protein and

carbs from veggies (it just doesn't get them).

Vines book always explains the benefits of whichever book he is writing even if 'light' in detail. This book explains the benefits

of a vegetarian diet including weight loss, reduced cancer, reduced coronary heart disease and glucose control. Not to mention your

skin and nails look great! I love the explanation of the colored food however the author does recommend lots of grains, all of

which I can not eat. SO I would have to redo this whole diet to make it work for me. HA too much work!

So if you are looking for a quick guide into vegetarian eating I would get this, even if for the recipes alone! ‪#‎Promotion‬



B12 wonder patch !

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you getting enough vitamin B12? Have you ever been tested? Many people don’t, and that deficiency can cause problems.

 

Vitamin B12 does a lot of things for your body. It helps make your DNA and your red blood cells, for examples.

 

You can get vitamin B12 from your diet, or from supplements. Exactly how much you need depends on your age. If you have other healh

issues your absorbtion of Vitamin B could be non existant.

 

As noted on http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes

 

Causes of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

 

Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen if you have certain conditions, such as:

 

Atrophic gastritis, in which your stomach lining has thinned

Pernicious anemia, which makes it hard for your body to absorb vitamin B12

Surgery that removed part of your stomach or small intestine, including weight loss surgery

Conditions affecting the small intestine, such as Crohn's disease, celiac disease, bacterial growth, or a parasite

Heavy drinking

Immune system disorders, such as Graves' disease or lupus

Long-term use of acid-reducing drugs

You can also get vitamin B12 deficiency if you're a vegan (meaning you don't eat any animal products, including meat, milk, cheese, and eggs) or a vegetarian who doesn't eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet your vitamin B12 needs.

 

Babies born to mothers who are vegetarians may also not get enough vitamin B12.

 

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

A deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. A mild deficiency may cause only mild, if any, symptoms. But if untreated, it may cause symptoms such as:

 

Weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness

Rapid heartbeat and breathing

Pale skin

Sore tongue

Easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums

Stomach upset and weight loss

Diarrhea or constipation

 

For me, I had an undiagnosted hashimoto Hypothyroid and Gluten allergy- which includes all wheat. I couldn't fight any illness

and was always tired. Luckily I found a wonderful Dr. who immediately knew what the issue was and cut me off all wheat and grains and gluten.

Was I bummed yes absolutely but I wanted to find out how to feel better! She also tested my vitamin B level and found that it was severaly low.

So she began me on shots as well as daily supplements.

 

UMM I hate to take pills all the time. So imagine my surprise to be able to test this product just to tell you what I think WOW win win.

At first I didn't notice any change other than I didn't fall asleep one afternoon. Clearly one day is not a good test, so I continued

to put the patch on and see how it went. Well each day I felt better, felt less tired, and accomplished so muh more.

 

I realized hey this is working, I am just so busy doing stuff I didn't pay any attention. One thing I'd like to test proof is a blood test

but I don't have one scheduled anytime soon.

 

So simple and easy to use- these are a must try!

 

Find them here on amazon! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00THGX8AW/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1429494353&sr=1&keywords=b12+energy+patch

If you think you have symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, you can ask your doctor for a blood test to check on that.




Protein Shakes.. and Whey

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 



Are you tired of trying different protein powders only to be disappointed. Me Too! I was

able to try this 100 % Pure Whey Protein Isolate chocolate flavor Drink mix. I have to say

I was so excited to try it because of all the research I have done on Whey protein and how it works.

 

I am big into GMO free and of course gluten free so when I had the chance to try this one for an honest review I was so

excited! I tried this a couple different ways.

 

Plain like this mixed with water


 

 

 

 

I was not a fan of this plain because it had that fake sugar taste that was very strong. Lets just say

I chugged it in moments.


Once I get the taste out of my mouth and moved on, I hate Stevia!  I did feel

relatively full for about an hour and then I was starving, felt like I needed to chew something.

 

While I was disappointed with this drink mixed with water I went on to test two the next day. I figured well

if I mix it with other stuff I won't taste the fake surgar taste. So I had some strawberries, bluberries, greek

plain yogurt and some ice with a little milk and then mixed into a smoothy (I am sorry I don't have a photo of..)

it was much better this way and way more filling. I did still have that flavor that I am not a fan of.

 

 

 

 

Everything else about this product is good. Its made of natural ingredients and there is no mixing of artificial ingredients like amino acids or protein to spike it up. it is free of Lactose, Soy Gluten, BSE/TSE, NON-GMO and naturally flavored with Stevia

 

-100% BIO PURE WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE - Summit Nutritions whey protein is isolated from Whey Protein concentrate by using patented ultra-microfiltration process which preserves Natural Profile of Amino Acid unlike other whey protein isolates that denature the Protein profile by using Ion Exchange method or others. Our PROTEIN is FREE FROM PROTEIN SPIKING OR AMINO ACID SPIKING and it gives you 90% Protein per Scoop (25/27.7g)

 

- HIGHEST BIOPURITY PROFILE - Summit Nutrition's Whey Protein Isolate gives 90% of protein per scoop (25/27.7g) and maximum amount (5.6 GM) of BCCAs and (4.8 GM) of Glutamines per serving size and it's ALL COMING FROM THE PROTEIN NOT EXTERNALLY ADDED. Also our protein has all 26 Full Spectrum Amino Acid Profiles including essential, semi essential and non-essential Amino Acids with 159 Biological Value and Perfect 1.0 PDCAAs Score.

- ZERO FAT, VERY LOW CARB AND CHOLESTEROL - Summit Nutritions Whey Protein isolate has zero fat and very less, in fact less than 1% Daily Value of Cholesterol and Carbohydrate which is much better than other proteins. In addition to this, there is ZERO FILLERS OR EXCEPIENTS.

- NON-GMO, LACTOSE FREE, SOY FREE & NATURALLY FLAVORED INSTANIZED - Summit Nutritions Whey Protein Isolate is free of Lactose, Soy Gluten, BSE/TSE, NON-GMO and naturally flavored with Stevia. The protein is gently spray dried and lecithinated into granular free flowing powder which readily dispersible in water.

 

- WHAT IS PROTEIN OR AMINO ACID SPIKING??? - Many National Brands has added extra cheap Amino Acids like Taurine, Glycine, Glutamines and Creatine to the protein powders even though they are not Food Based Protein, but added to be calculated as protein to lower the cost since they are much cheaper to manufacture. There are class action lawsuits cases against those companies (Mostly National Brands). We don't MAKE PROTEIN COMPLEX Whey Protein Isolate with Whey concentrate to bring cost down. So look at your Protein supplement fact and find out what is with Protein and make your choice.

 

So if you are looking for a new protein drink with the benefits are are not as sensitive to artificial sugars that this is

great to try. As far as how well it worked, it was not a long enough trial and not enough product.

It is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Non-Protein-Spiking-Protein-Isolate-Instanized/dp/B00SQHASME/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8


CINNAMON CRUNCH MUFFIN AND CRUMB CAKE MIX GF Treats!

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I was sent these for a non bias review and let me say they are awesome!!!  Here is their website to check them out http://www.ardennefarm.com/

These are so easy to make following the instructions of course.  Those that know me know that is very hard for me to do since I write recipes all the time!  They have these little cinnamon pockets of heaven!  

So in all seriousness, these cupcakes were light and moist. They had a great crumb more like a coffeecake but not as dense.  My crumb topping melted into the cupcake like a sugar crackle but honestly that was my fault my butter was the wrong temperature, but truthfully it was great regardless.  I haven't found many packages worth purchasing becuase if you don't eat them right away they typically are so hard it is not worth it.  
Here is how cute they were in my oven!  This is the result of great ingredients, no preservatives and no crap!

Can you see the those little pockets of heaven in there?  They are amazing, not sure what they were exactly but they make these great!
No preservatives and doing it right!  

Our Gluten Free Cinnamon Crunch Muffin and Crumb Cake mix makes delicate and tender cinnamon muffins or crumb cake with crunchy cinnamon streusel topping made from turbinado sugar.

Package Included of Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Certified Gluten Free

Vegan

No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives

Makes 12 medium (or 6 large) muffins or 16 pieces of crumb cake

How to Make:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place 12 paper baking cups in a medium muffin pan (or 6 baking cups if using a large muffin pan).

Add contents of topping mix packet to a small bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of butter* (softened) and combine until crumbly. Set aside.

Combine muffin mix, 1/3 cup of oil, 2 large eggs* (lightly beaten) and 2/3 cup of milk* to a large bowl. Using a large spoon or spatula, combine until just incorporated.

Divide batter among muffin cups.

Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over muffin batter.

Bake for 15-18 minutes for medium muffins or 20-22 minutes for large muffins.

Cool muffins in pans.

For crumb cake, preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease the bottom only of an 8-inch square pan. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle crumb topping evenly over batter. Bake for 23 minutes.

 

*Dairy and eggs can be substituted with appropriate replacers according to your dietary needs.

 

Ingredients: Muffin Mix: Gluten Free Flour Blend (White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour), Cane Sugar, Non GMO Aluminum Free Baking Powder (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Cinnamon, Xanthan Gum, Natural Vanilla. Crunch Topping: Turbinado Sugar, White Rice Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Cinnamon.



See the crackle??  That is the best part!  I ate these for breakfast all week long!  I even fought some kids for them ;O)
Here is some info on this great little find

Ardenne Farm mission is to help those living gluten free by offering a better tasting and affordable option. Created using an innovative blend of high-quality, gluten free flours, you'll love our taste, texture, and how easy our mixes are to make.

 

Our award-winning Gluten Free baking mixes produce irresistibly satisfying delights that are all natural, vegan, and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. We are certified gluten free and carrry the GFCO's GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten.




So you too want to try these now right?  You to are drooling? http://www.ardennefarm.com/  You think this looks great- check out all their other products http://www.ardennefarm.com/Our-Gluten-Free-Products_c_7.html

Firming Neck Cream that works!

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)


 

If you follow me at all you know I love this company. They are so great to work with and their products do what they claim

I find that pretty amazing! I started using this cream right away. I can't say that I have huge issues yet in my neck area but I do

have the creases especially being a side sleeper, and sun damage. With the cream I could feel it tightening right away, I know

hard to believe right, but true. The smell is pleasant, kind of herb like and it absorbs well and is not greasy! Body Merry's Age Defense Neck Cream not only

lifts ad firms but it also hydrates the delicate skin of your neck and chest.

 

It was clearly working and it seemed to smooth, nourish and improved the elasticity of my neck and décolleté. Why do they call it that

anyway. What I love is that this is a pump bottle, and brightly colored. I also used it on my face and it hydrated my face and hands by default

which was a plus from this crazy harsh winter!

 

I do recommend this product and if it didn't work - you all know by now I'd tell you that too! While your results may not be exactly

like mine, I don't think you can go wrong with this product. Worst case- I think legs in the summer could really benefit from this cream.

 

A little goes a long way, I would give it 3-4 weeks using it religiously to see dramatic results, but to be honest I saw them in the first week.

Overall, the Body Merry Age Defense Cream is a great product. Here are some specifics...

 

Where to order: AMAZON OF COURSE  Body Merry Cream

The cream provides your skin with its daily staple requirements of vitamins, antioxidants and AHAs. 4% Vitamin C,

5% Glycolic Acid and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) are supported by powerful natural and organic ingredients such as Plant Derived

Hyaluronic Acid, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Avocado Oil, Licorice, Lemongrass and Rosehip

Oil, to name just a few. Like all our products, the formula is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

 




Clean Food Diet book review

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Back to Basics is what I call it. Get back to clean eating and make yourself healthy! That being said I am a work in process!

In case you hadn't noticed I am trying supplements, new foods, cookbooks- well you name it! If you follow my face book page https://www.facebook.com/apinchofgerman" target="_blank">A Pinch of German, you have seen a lot of these new foods and some clean eating trials!

 

I had the opportunity to review this book, "Clean Food Diet" by Jonathan Vine

You can get your copy here: CLEAN FOOD DIET on Amazon GO NOW the ebook is free!

 

In the book "Clean Food Diet" you will discover:

What is clean eating is- Simply avoiding all processed foods

What to eat- whole foods, fresh foods, proteins, nuts, hormone free dairy and foods with no additives

How to eat clean- cook from scratch no readymade foods

How to cook clean- don't cook with chemicals and additives, avoid cooking in lots of fats, instead try braising, steaming, stir frying etc.

 

50 simple recipes to jumpstart your new lifestyle:

The author had recipes in these categories, Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, Desserts.

The recipes to me seemed very simplistic, but well written, with only a couple flaws. This book is suited mainly for vegetarians and had a lot of good veggie recipes. Also, he had a lot of dishes with tofu which is not something I enjoy eating so that took out pretty much the entire main dish section for me. And some of the main dishes seemed like appetizers to me. I am a big fan of salads and although there were no complicated salad dishes they all sounded yummy! Surprisingly I think the best recipes were in the appetizer section. In my opinion this is a great book for starting to understand this diet and having a few go to recipes.

 

Overall the book was good, it gave some good information and was an easy read. You can learn about clean eating and the benefits

of it. Some of the perks of clean eating aside from helping to realign your digestive system, it boosts you immune system, helps clear that foggy brain that usually comes from gluten issues, make your skin look better, and your hair shine and virtually stops all those tummy issues.

OK so I confess, I didn't succeed in full clean eating however I do not eat gluten or grains (allergy) and have tried to eat minimal processed foods.  I avoid GMOS and will get as clean as I can.  Again it is a life changing experiance, so take it one day at a time.

Once you get started and if you stick to it I can say the cravings do go away. I think the preservatives in foods are slowly poisoning us.  If you get a chance to get this book while it is still free it is worth a quick read!  

 

ADVANCED Weight loss

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I had a chance to review another Garcinia product, this one came with a colon cleanse.  This company was amazing to work with and although I didn't lose any weight from these pills, the colon cleanse seemed to work the best.  However note that you can not take that more than once daily or you will have many other issues - if you know what I mean!

I had high hopes taking this supplement because of the many claims as listed below and reviews for this product.  I know I should not rely on a pill or believe in the fad that these claims work, but I am willing to give them a try.  That is the point of testing is it not?  The pills are not overly huge and don't have any taste so to speak.  After all they just go down the hatch.  As far as side effects go I am still on the fence.

My first round taking these supplements I ended up with the flu, and a house for of sick folks for a month.  So they did not work for me, and the second trial I had with these they didn't agree with me and gave me headaches.  That is not to say anyone else would have the same issue as me, and as a matter of fact most folks that  have tried these have had success.

That being said, I am eager to try these again, and see if it is just me or truely the supplements.  Mainly because my house has been cursed with illness this winter!  The best part is they stand behind their product and will give you a refund!  I have taken other similar supplements with success but 5 pounds lost then found.  

I am also Hypothyroid and Gluten intolerant so that may also by my issue.  If when I try these again I will repost the updates for sure!





Here is the specifics of this supplement.  Easily found on amazon!

WHAT IS GARCINIA CAMBOGIA ADVANCED AND SLENDER CLEANSE ADVANCED?

Weight Loss and Fat Burning has Never Been Easier with the Garcinia Cambogia Advanced and Slender Cleanse Advanced Fat Loss System!

This Is The ULTIMATE WEIGHT LOSE SYSTEM!

Your FAVORITE TV Doctor demands

-Where did the Fruit come from?

-Is the extract 100% pure?

-Does it have the right dose per serving?

-Does it contain atleast 60% HCA?

-Is it GUARANTEED?

Garcinia Cambogia Advanced was developed with the TV doctor's strict criteria for the proper Garcinia Supplement.

Here's his recommendation, which is seen on his website... The good TV doctor recommends taking 800mg twice a day, 30 minutes before meals (That's 1600mg a day total). ...He recommends that the product be 100% pure, have absolutely no fillers, no binders, no artificial ingredients and in a pure vegetarian capsule.

 

And most importantly they must contain at least 60% HCA, which is the key to weight loss. GLUTEN-FREE and Made in the USA in a State of the Art GMP facility.

Slender Cleanse Advanced is a 7 day all natural gentle and controllable method to break up and flush away POUNDS of unwanted toxins and build up from the walls of your colon and intestines.

SKINNY JEANS HERE YOU COME!

WHY YOU NEED TO ENSURE YOU USE GARCINIA CAMBOGIA ADVANCED AND SLENDER CLEANSE?

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM:

-Weight Gain

-Acne

-Sluggishness

-Mood Swings & Irritability

-Gas & Bloating

-Inability to Loss Body Fat

-Sleeping Problems

-Constipation???

It's Time to Cleanse Your way to a NEW YOU with Slender Cleanse and Garcinia Cambogia Advanced!

NOTE: This product is specifically designed for men and women that NEED TO LOSE MORE THAN 10 LBS

*If you LOSE MORE THAN 10 POUNDS your first week please discontinue use*


 


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