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Eats: Ore-Ida® Cheeseburger Tater Tots

A couple of weeks ago I received the Influenster Jingle VoxBox which had a coupon for a free bag of Ore-Ida Tater Tots. Pure coincidence that it had that coupon because Bub and I had been wanting to try our hand at making Cheeseburger Tater Tots. See, Bub doesn't have a stove but has a cooktop and so when we want to make food at his house, we have to consider whether or not it can be made on a cooktop and well, this can be. With Superbowl 50 being right around the corner, I thought it'd be a good time to share this recipe. I'm not a big sports fan so I'm not even really sure who's in the game, (I think I remember seeing something about the Carolina Panthers, but even then, I'm not sure. HA!) Anywho...

You'll Need: 

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  • Ore-Ida® Tater Tots
  • 1.5 Lbs Ground Beef (or your preference)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C. Flour
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  1. Crumble, Season, Cut.

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Crumble the entire bag of tater tots. Obviously let them thaw first to make it easier and even if they're slightly frozen, your hands will feel it Add the egg and flour to the tater tots. Next, season the meat by adding the spices and mix. Then cut the cheese into small cubes. 

2. Cover and Cover.

OreIda-Cheeseburger-Tater-TotsTake a cube of cheese and cover it entirely with ground beef. Next, take the ground beef ball and cover it in the tater tot mixture. It'll look more like a ball than a tater tot so try to reshape them as you're adding the tot mixture. 

3. Fry.

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Next Fry up all the tots for 3-5 minutes on each side. One bag of tots and 1.5 lbs of beef made about 20 give or take. Bub was eating them as they were coming out, so I couldn't get an accurate count, but they were pretty big sized tots for both of us, and Bub is no small guy. This would be GREAT for the munching! If you've got a lot of people over, you can just double the amounts to make sure there's some for everyone. 

*This is a sponsored post by Influenster in which I received this product to review. 

Amanda ❤

#HelloKeurig: Keurig 2.0 Review

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About a month ago, I qualified for the new Keurig 2.0 campaign from Influenster and I'm SO glad I did. Let me first say, full disclosure y'all, that I got it for free and the following review/opinion is 100% my own. 

At first I was a little intimated by the package because, I'll be honest, this thing is huge! I have very limited counter space and so I had to rearrange some items for me to be able to set it up but I finally got around to it. 

One thing occurred while setting it up though. The plastic for the lower filter holder clips to snap in place was a little too hard so I accidentally broke one clip while trying to insert the water filter. Oops!

I've never had a Keurig before so I guess one of the novelties of the new 2.0 is that it has the ability to not only brew single cups of coffee, but a full carafe as well. I also received a few boxes of K-cup pods along with the actual machine and carafe. I received an 8-count box of Green Mountain Coffee Decaf Breakfast blend carafe pods, a 4-count coffee variety pack of carafe pods, and a 6-count coffee and tea variety pack of K-cups. 

I've come to LOVE the Donut House coffees and will definitely be buying more! I also really like that there are a variety of non-coffee pods that you can try. I picked up a box of hot chocolate for my sister but saw that Lipton tea, lemonade, and apple cider were all other viable options for her since she's not at all a coffee drinker. 

The machine itself was easy to set up with a couple of taps on the touch screen. The light that glows from the water compartment can be changed between red, blue, green, or white. There's also an option to choose cup sizes like 6oz, 8oz, 10oz when dispensing your drink. 

And to get SUPER honest with you, I've even used the hot water option to bypass boiling water to put into a cup of noodles. Yup. You may call it lazy, I call it time efficient. 

The 2.0 has made such a difference in my morning routine. Whereas before, if I wanted coffee, I would have to take the time to boil water and do a pour over. Now, I can just press a couple of buttons, wait for it to preheat and then a couple of minutes later I have a nice, hot cup of fresh brewed coffee and I'm out the door. 

I've really only had to small negative experiences with it. First the clip that I mentioned earlier. The second being that I work at Starbucks and get a free markout of coffee every week. I went this past week and got k-cups specifically for the Keurig, not Verismo, and went home to use it. Turns out, the old K-cups are not readable for the technology that the 2.0 has. So now I have an entire box of Breakfast Blend that I can't use. Big Bummer. 

Were you a part of the Influenster campaign too? Have you bought the new 2.0? I'd like to hear your thoughts as well. 

Amanda ❤

Influenster Uni Voxbox Review

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About three weeks ago I received my Influenster Voxbox in the mail and now it's review time. Let me first  state I did receive this for free from Influenster for review purposes, that all the following opinions are my own, and that I wasn't compensated for anything (aside from the free product in the box). Let's get into it: 

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

MSRP: $4.99-$5.49 

When I received the preliminary e-mail saying that I was selected to be one of the Influensters to receive this box, they also asked to match my skin tone to one of the colors that Rimmel had available. The first two swatches I could tell were too light for me, but the following three or four swatches looked exactly the same, even though they were supposed to be different. I immediately tweeted Influenster and letting them know that I couldn't see a difference in the swatch colors to be able to choose the closest one, and then I waited. I waited two days. No reply. So I just chose one in a shade that seemed appropriate. True Beige. Turns out, it's still a little too light for my skintone. It does feel a little cakey to me, but then again, I have to admit that I rarely use liquid foundation. The sad part is, I  was really looking forward to trying to out because my favorite mascara ever is Rimmel's Endless Lash Accelerator. 

 

NYC Expert Last Lip Color

Color: Forever Fuchsia 

MSRP: $1.99

Oh. My. God. I LOVE this product, or rather, I should say that I love their formula. When I first opened the box I was caught off guard. A bright pink lipstick. Totally not my style AT ALL. It reminds me of Candy Yum Yum. I was hesitant to try it. Even though I'm a total budget girl, I still have reservations about things that are on the lower end of a price point and it never crossed my mind to pick up any of their lipsticks, even though I use the NYC bronzer in Hampton's Radiance. The color's highly pigmented, glides on easily with a velvety feel and stayed put for hours without drying out my lips. I loved it so much I went to my local Rite Aid to try and see what other shades came in the line and unfortunately I could't find it. I haven't tried any of the other local drugstores to see if they have them. Maybe I should get on that. 

 

Playtex Sports Fresh Balance

MSRP: $3.99- $4.99

I'm going to admit something that I've never told anybody. Tampons with applicators have freaked me out ever since I started my period. When I finally switched to tampons, I started using non-applicator OB tampons, and what's the saying, "If it ain't broke..." I've never used anything else so this was a little new to me. There is a distinguishable "fresh" scent that I actually would have enjoyed if it weren't for the fact that it was on a tampon and I can't quite figure it out so I can't tell you what it smells like. As far as protection goes, I did get some leakage/spilling, whatever you want to call it, but it's because I have a fairly heavy flow and these were regulars. That being said, it wasn't anything out of the normal because I wear pantyliners as well. It was just a couple of more changes a day. Nothing too big but if I do decide to purchase these on my own, I will be getting the supers. 

 

Red Rose REAL TEA Water Enhancers

MSRP: $4.49

Let me just get this out of the way. I think this new water "enhancer" trend is so stupid. How can you go and turn water, the most healthiest beverage on earth, into a sugar-y chemical mess? By adding water enhancers. If I want to enhance my water, I'd actually drink real tea, or add fresh cucumbers, strawberries, ginger, lemon or any other real fruit to my water. Not this stuff, but for the sake of Influenster, I tried it. Let me also tell you that I don't drink black tea. I'm sensitive to caffeine and black tea has more caffeine than coffee. It would have been nice if they asked in the initial E-mail to choose between the options that they have instead of automatically giving us black tea. I definitely would have chosen green instead. I used half a squirt per 8oz of water (The instructions say one full squeeze, but I wasn't trying to stay up all night) and it just turned my water, this murky brown color. 

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

MSRP: $5.99 for colors/ $7.99 for patterns

I've never worn press on's before mainly because I keep my nails short on purpose. Typing with nails is annoying to me but just like the tea, I tried these things on for a bit. I don't know what it was with the color fuchsia and this voxbox but these nails came in the same color. Fuchsia is a color I equate my godmom wearing in 1999 or 2000. It's an outdated color to me, and I don't like it. The tabs to pull off the plastic backing were too small to grip, the actual press on nail itself was too narrow for my wide nail beds and you could tell where they were removed from the plastic template used to make them because the ends had this little ridge that you might have had to sand down if you were using them. That's all I have to say. 

That's pretty much it. Usually I like the items that come in for review but this time, it pretty much missed the mark on a majority of the items. The only thing that I can say I loved from the box is the NYC lip color, now if only I could find it in a store near me.

Amanda ❤

Lifeway Kefir and Greenberry Shakeology

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Today I wanted to talk a little about Lifeway Kefir. I was recently invited by Influenster to try this product but what made me jump on the invitation was the fact that I had read a little about it in the April issue of Cooking Light

What? Kefir, usually pronounced key-fur, keh-fear, or keh-fur. It's like yogurt but not really. The probiotics in kefir have the good kind of bateria that help aid in digestion. Lifeway in particular has 12 live, active cultures compared with yogurt which usually has 2. 

I don't know if I'm slightly lactose intolerant but I can't really have dairy products that are too heavy without them upsetting my stomach. That means, milk-based ice cream, yogurt, milk that has higher than 2% milk fat, and even cheese (But I won't give up my Muenster and Colby Jack). Nope, no sir. 

Anyway, I genuinely DO like eating yogurt but knowing what it does to me, I don't eat it very often so when I read that it's more like a liquid yogurt and 99% lactose-free, I just had to try it. It's also gluten-free but I'm not on that bandwagon so that didn't really hinder or help my initial thought of it. 

I've been regularly drinking the Greenberry Shakeology shakes from Beachbody and thought that mixing the kefir in with my shake would be perfect. I used a cup of Coconut Milk from Fresh & Easy, 1/2 cup of Blueberry kefir and a scoop of the Greenberry shakeology and mixed it in my blender bottle and it really makes the shake taste that much better.

I also tried it by itself and it really is delicious! It kind of reminded me of those Go-Gurt snacks. I don't know if they're still around though. It's totally drinkable and didn't upset my stomach in the slightest. I have to stop myself from drinking more than one cup a day, and honestly I've already bought more since trying that inital bottle, and will most likely continue to do so. They say that there are frozen versions like pint sized and popsicles but I have yet to encounter any of those though I really wish I could find those versions. 

The only issue I had was that three of my local grocery stores didn't carry it so I had to go to a little bit out of the way to find it. If you want to try it out and want to know what local grocery store carries Lifeway Kefir, try using the store locator to help you in your search. 

DISCLAIMER: I received this product from Influenster for reviewing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion. 

Amanda ❤

Influenster: Palmolive Fresh Infusions Review

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The latest Influenster item I was eligible for was the Palmolive Fresh Infusions box. I originally thought  they were just going to send one standard sized bottle of dishwashing soap but when I opened the box upon getting it from the post office, I was surprised to see not one, but THREE bottles of Palmolive's newest dish soap. 
 
Now I'll be honest. I don't use Palmolive regularly. I usually grab a bottle of Gain and go on my way so I never thought to try it. Plus, summers in Mexico when I was a kid has left it's mark on me. In my head I don't hear 'Palm-olive' but rather it's Spanish pronunciation, 'Pal-mo-lí-ve'.
 
The three new scents that came in the box are Ginger White Tea, Lemon Thyme, and Lime Basil. Not the normal scents you would think to hear from a dish soap but interesting nonetheless. As per usual I had to smell all three and the scent that I liked the most was the Ginger White Tea so I started using that one first. 
 
As far as consistency goes, it does come out a little more runny than I'm used to with Gain. To compare it to a food, Gain, to me, is like trying to get honey out of the bottle while the Palmolive was more like pancake syrup. That being said, I accidentally used more than I really needed the first time out, but I soon realized that less is more when it comes to this particular soap. 
 
Less soap actually went further while washing dishes, than what I normally have to use. While I wash dishes I sometimes have to reapply soap to my sponge at least one additional time to finish washing all dishes, but that wasn't the case with this soap and that's one of the features that I really liked. 
 
The feature that I liked most was the fact that my hands didn't feel dried out afterwards but rather soft. That's always a plus in my book! 
 
Palmolive Fresh Infusions is available at Wal-Mart and I have three coupons to give away with a savings of $1.50 off any 16oz. bottle, you know, if you want one and all. 
 
So I think I may be switching over to this sometime in the future when my current bottle of dish soap AND my bottle of Ginger White Tea run out. :)
 
Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% opinion.  
Amanda ❤

Influenster: Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Review

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I had the chance to test out Sally Hansen's Magnetic nail polish and I'm kind of on the fence about it. When I opened my Summer Beauty voxbox, I was excited to see it in there. I won't lie, I kind of gasped when I saw it. I had been wanting to try it but I knew it retailed somewhere around $10 ($9.99) and quite honestly, I wasn't willing to pay that much for a bottle of nail polish so I was glad when I saw it. 

Even though I had been wanting to give it a go, it still actually took me some time to try it out. I think maybe about a month. Quite frankly. I'm glad I saved myself the $10. Let's just say, in my opinion, the 'magnetizing' effect was underwhelming and I haven't used it since. 

I went to my local Rite-Aid to see if they carried it to see what other colors this particular polish was in, and to my dismay they weren't appealing colors to me. I received purple, AKA, Polar Purple but the other colors were a dark blue, a dark green, and a sort of pewter color. All colors that I wouldn't normally wear. 

I get that "magnetizing" nail polish is a novelty but it was something that wasn't quite apparent until I actually tried it. When I finally gave it a go, I was also underwhelmed with the "design" that appeared. I just kept getting this weird undulating pattern that I didn't like too well. 

In all, I wouldn't buy it, and I highly doubt I'll actually use what's left of it. 

 

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.

Amanda ❤

Influenster: Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Review

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If you take a look at my Summer Essentials, you'll see that I actually have self-tanner on my list. I like the tan look on me but then again there are certain parts that need protection, your face primarily. Since I've received this 2 Fl. Oz. bottle a couple of weeks ago, I've been using it as a moisturizer before applying my makeup. It moisturizes and is a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. DOUBLE SCORE! As per usual with any experience that I have with a Hawaiian Tropic product, I LOVE the way it smells. I really wish I could pinpoint what it is that I smell,but since I can't, let me just tell you, it's wonderful! 

The bottle I received is perfect for traveling so whether you're headed to the beach, the lake, or camping this summer, it would be wise to toss this in your bag. Remember, spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer. To decrease this risk, you should regularly use a sunscreen with a wide spectrum SPF of 15 or higher, and limit your time in the sun. For us on the West Coast, the hottest time of day is 3pm (Daylight savings time). Also, remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours. 

The deets on Silk Hydration: A 6oz. bottle goes for about $8.99, comes in varying degrees of protection. SPF 12, 30 and 50, and is not animal tested.  The breakthrough dual ribbon formula combines superior protection with luxurious, hydrating silk protein to wrap your skin in continuous moisture and help you maintain luminous skin in the sun. 

XO Panda

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.

Amanda ❤

Influenster: Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Review

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So I've had my Influenster box for about a month already and I've already used most of the products that came in it. The thing that I was most excited about was the Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty therapy Shampoo and conditioner.  I had seen the commercials with Heidi Klum and when I saw it in my Summer Beauty VoxBox, I actually kind of squealed. 

As with everything, I immediately smelled it and it smelled DELICIOUS!  Honestly! I can't even describe how happy the smell makes me. The bottles I received were 3oz. Travel sized and perfect for vacation or a short trip. Once I saw the bottles I immediately determined that I could get two washes out of the shampoo and one wash out of the conditioner. (I use A LOT of conditioner) 

After using it the first time, I experimented by not putting any extra product in my hair. Usually I have to, to keep the frizz and fly-aways at bay but soon realized that I didn't have to. Oh why was I cursed with thick, long, combination curly-wavy hair? Hahaha! 

The next time I used it, I thought maybe it was a fluke that I didn't have to add additional product. Nope. So guess what? I'll definitely be buying more of this once my current bottles of Tresemme are empty. 

Can I tell you something? People tend to compliment my hair, (mostly because they're the ones that don't have to deal with it) but I couldn't stop smelling my hair! It smells soooooo good. I even got a compliment while I was watching 'Grease' during movies at the beach. 

Clear uses Nutrium 10, 10 vitamins and nutrients to help nourish the scalp for stronger beautiful hair from root to tip. Retail price for 12.7oz and 12.9oz bottles are $4.99-$5.99

 Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.

Amanda ❤

Influenster: Aveeno Body Wash Review

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First I don't know where to start when it comes to reviewing body wash. When I opened the Spring VoxBox, the first thing I did was smell most of the products possible. I like to smell things and I LOVED the way this body wash smelled! I can't really pinpoint what it smells like which is unusual for me because normally, I can. I keep wanting to say oatmeal-y but not really.

Although the card that came with the box says that it's lightly frangranced, the smell seems really strong so I guess it's a good thing that I love the way it smells. It also mentions it's soap free, dye free, and hypoallergenic. Hmm, how is it a body wash if it's soap free? I don't know  but I would definitely use this again. 

The bottle I recieved was a small travel sized bottle, but the full sized bottle sells between $6.99 to $8.99. I would give this five out of five stars because it really does leave your skin feeling soft and clean and not at all dry. I have sensitive skin so sometimes when I want to try a new soap, I end up letting my sister use it because it'll dry out my skin, and that's never a fun feeling. 

If it weren't for the fact that I had just purchased a bottle of body wash literally, the day before I received my VoxBox, I would absolutely go out and buy myself a bottle of this but sadly, I will probably have to wait about a month until I do so. I wonder if this comes in bar form or solely as a body wash, hmmm? I shall investigate! 

 Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.

Amanda ❤

Influenster: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review

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I DO love me some Sally Hansen! 

The Insta-dry nail polish is my absolute favorite. 

I've seen these nail strips and have been wanting to try them but they never really had a design that I liked. I did see a couple of designs in the small pamphlet that came with the Spring VoxBox that caught my eye and I've been trying to find them at my local retailers. I think 'Love Letter' and 'Mod About You' are two REALLY cute designs, but in total, there are 40 different designs. 

In the VoxBox, I received the wild child set which is basically Zebra Print. I have no qualms with zebra print so I tried it. I like to keep my nails short, and the strips are quite long, so I may be able to get away with cutting a couple of them in half. 

The box says the strips last up to 10 days although mine only lasted about six. Technically, they lasted a couple of hours and soon chipped. I had no idea that Yoga X would do that. Supposedly these strips are real nail polish, and who am I to argue? I just put the things on. I didn't compare the strip formula to the nail polish formula. 

At first I had a little trouble putting them on simply because I was having a blonde moment and was complicating a simple situation like I tend to do, but once I figured it out, I was set. I used the strip as an accent because honestly, I felt like having them on every single finger was just visually too much for my taste. It wasn't until afterward that other people were writing up in their reviews to put a topcoat on over the strips. 

So what comes in this sweet little box? 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file, a buffer and a set of instructions in both English and French and retail at $9.99. 

I would probably try these again if I was in dire need to have my nails painted but didn't have the time. Like a last minute date night or whatnot. But I really DO love to paint my nails although not very often. It's sort of relaxing and I like the time to myself. 

So, out of five stars I would give it a four but I'll probably still keep painting my nails. 

 Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.

Amanda ❤