Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. While I was compensated for writing my review of these products, all opinions - both good and bad - are my own. #RealTalk
The turn of a new year always brings the "new year, new you" phenomenon, and products geared towards making you your healthiest. As a healthy living blogger, sometimes I'll get to review these products for you. Recently I was contacted to review some products in a new blogger sampling program called Babbleboxx. This program is a way for social media influencers to share their thoughts on products ranging from beauty & lifestyle to health & fitness. This month's Babbleboxx theme is "Revamp Your Routine," and while my own personal routine may not need much revamping, some of these products might help you revamp yours. I'll be honest, I can't quite get behind some of them, but most of them are pretty awesome, and there are even some that I might now use on a regular basis. Let's see what they are...
Stash Organic Herbal Teas
Alright, I'm not much of a tea drinker (I prefer my black iced coffee in the morning), but Stash Organic Tea is pretty good. I'm a big fan of Chai Tea Lattes (thank you, Starbucks), so I unboxed the Gold Cup Chai for a nice warm drink this past week when it was freezing out. The chai tea has turmeric in it, too, which adds a little spice and can help aid in digestion. I haven't tried the Lavendar tea yet, but I'm sure it's good - especially if herbal teas are your thing!
To learn more about Stash Tea, visit their website at www.stashtea.com. Enter promo code Babble15 for 15% off your order now through Feb. 12, 2016. You can also follow along on their social media channels here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
Stop & Drop Diet Book
When I first saw the cover of this book, my brain read the title as "Stop, Drop, and Diet." Alarm bells went off and I immediately had an uneasy feeling about it. Even with the actual title, I don't particularly like how the cover makes me feel. As someone whose profession (and passion) is healthy living, the word 'diet' doesn't mean a restrictive program you follow for a few months. To me, 'diet' means the types of food someone habitually eats.
That said, this book does have some good suggestions on ways to make healthier choices when at the grocery store, out to dinner, etc. It's broken down into main categories which are further broken down into sub categories (e.g. appetizers -> potato, corn, and veggie chips), giving suggestions on the types of foods in each category you should "stop and drop," and the foods you can substitute in for a healthier option. And while I don't personally agree that losing 5 pounds in 5 days is healthy (that would require a major calorie deficit and some serious time spent expending energy), I do think the author's suggestions are reasonable, and if you did follow along, you could definitely lose weight and develop healthier eating habits over the 21-day period.
Here's one product I'm a bit skeptical of - the all-natural cold remedies that claim to cure your symptoms. Anyone remember the Airborne lawsuit from 2008? To me, these products scream placebo effect. However, there have been multiple studies reporting the positive effects of zinc gluconate on reducing the duration and symptoms of the common cold, so maybe I'm just a skeptic. I think I'll have to keep these on hand and try them for myself if/when I get a cold this winter.
For more information on Cold-EEZE products, visit their website here.
Dickinson's Witch Hazel Towelettes
My initial thoughts on these: I love them! My mom has been telling me about witch hazel for a while now and I can say that I've finally tried it, at least as a facial cleanser. Witch hazel is a natural astringent which is perfect for removing dirt and oil from the skin. These towelettes also have aloe in them, which moisturizes dry skin and leaves you with a refreshing, cool feeling. I threw them in my gym bag and used one after a particularly sweaty workout, and my skin felt refreshed and clean (not to mention it was a great way to cool off).
Each box contains 20 individually wrapped wipes, which are perfect for keeping in your purse, gym tote, or in the bathroom for a quick face wash at night. These are definitely keepers in my book!
For more information on these towelettes, visit Dickinson's website here.
Birch Bender's Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix
I'm a huge fan of pancakes, but I only eat them as a treat on special occasions like holiday breakfasts or vacation, so I was excited to give these a try (and have an excuse to eat some). I'm all for convenience, too, so the fact that all I had to do was add water to the mix was perfect.
The verdict? They're pretty good! They're definitely more dense than regular pancakes, and I think they could use some added flavoring like cinnamon or banana (or even chocolate!), but as a pancake base, they're tasty. Especially if you have dietary restrictions that require you to maintain a gluten-free diet.
I don't promote a gluten-free lifestyle unless you actually need to follow one for health reasons, so I think I'll be sticking to good ol' Bisquick (or better yet, homemade) for now when the occasion strikes. But if GF is important to you, and you're a fan of pancakes, give these a try!
Check out Birch Bender's other pancake flavors (like Double Chocolate Peppermint or Gingerbread Spice) on their website here. Note: not all pancake flavors are GF.
There you have it! A review of some products that will hopefully help you revamp your routine and keep you motivated to stay on track this year. Huge thank you to Single Edition Media and Babbleboxx for allowing me to review these products!
Readers: chat with me! Have you tried any of these products before? If so, did you like them? If not, do any strike your fancy? Bloggers, have any of you tried Babbleboxx before? If not, are you interested?