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Free Hellmann’s® All-New Stick Pack

I’m not going to go ahead and say that I am one of those people who hate mayonnaise (I legitimately know a guy who is so appalled by it that he said he wouldn’t stick his hand in a jar of mayo for a million dollars), BUT I certainly am continually annoyed packing making sandwiches for lunchboxes as the mayonnaise jar gets down to the bottom – scraping the bottom – mayo all over. Just as bad – trying to open a single serve packet and it spraying everywhere.

Looks like Hellmann’s® has figured it out with their all-new, easy to use Stick Pack.

Check out the video here:

Not only this, but they’re really pumping the new product by giving out free samples to prove that there’s no waste, no mess, when using it.

I’m going to check it out – if nothing else, this is a great way to pack lunches and make sure that sandwiches don’t get soggy waiting until lunchtime!

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Store Brand vs. Brand Name

I never, ever have a problem buying store brand products. Frankly, I don’t think I’d ever notice a difference – but do other people? I did some research this morning to see if my desire for a slightly cheaper product is overriding my taste buds. Here’s what I found!

Thanks to Consumer Reports, I have some answers: Store Brand vs. Name Brand Taste Off

Trading big brands for store brands, you can save an average of 25% off of your groceries. In their study, they tested 19 products. In 10 cases, the product tied, in 8, brand name won, and in 1 case store brand won. I like my odds.

The top contenders for products you should buy store brand?

  • Broth – chicken, vegetable, etc. They vary so minimally from brand to brand that this is always a safe choice to buy whatever is cheapest
  • Bottled water – it’s all the same! As long as it’s filtered, you will be equally hydrated, whatever brand you decide.
  • Roasted Nuts – essentially interchangable – salty flavors you love are so consistent!
  • Cottage Cheese – this is my PERSONAL favorite! I love store brand cottage cheese.

Moral of the story: Try for yourself! See what passes for you and what doesn’t – buy cheaper when you can!

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Decide for yourself. [willemsmarketing]

Transitioning to Truvía®

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like I am constantly being told conflicting things about what’s ‘healthy’. One of my biggest issues is how to handle my morning coffee. Personally, I’m not the kind of girl who is into black coffee – a little too strong for  me. Then I’m told to try to get out of the dairy game, opt for soy or almond milk. THEN – sweetening is a whole other story. I’d rather not use ‘normal’ sugar in my coffee, but I’m also being told that zero-calorie sweeteners have unsafe chemicals that can be cancer-causing in the long run. What’s a girl to do?

I’ve been doing some research, and Truvia® seems to be the solution. Truvia® is all natural – made from the stevia leaf – discovered hundred of years ago in Paraguay. Stevia is blended with Erythritol, a natural sweetener produced by a fermentation process – found in fruits like grapes and pears. It’s natural, MSG-free, diabetic friendly, gluten-free, and hey! Even Kosher. It’s got my stamp of approval!

I’ve transitioned to using Truvia® daily and the taste is just as good as anything else – and I don’t feel guilty or worried about it at all. To help you make the switch, they’re willing to send you two free sample sachets and a valuable coupon just for filling out a form.

Check it out here: Free Truvía® Sample