Monday, January 28, 2013

January 2013 PopSugar Must Have Review

After the PopSugar Luxury debacle of 2012 I noticed that my PopSugar box for this month was among the first wave of shipments. I was following along in the Makeup Talk forums and realized that I received my shipping notification at the same time as the east coast gals and before the west coast gals. Previously, for whatever reason my box was always shipped with the west coast boxes even though I live just as far from the shipping origin as the east coast subscribers.

What is PopSugar? It's a monthly subscription program that sends you an exciting monthly box, full of fun, hand-selected items from our editors. Each box will include a variety of full-size products worth over $100 (based on manufacturer's MSRP).

Anyhow, my box shipped on 1/14 and I received it on 1/26; that’s pretty much the norm for shipping times. Funny thing is that my Birchbox shipped AFTER my PopSugar box but I still have yet to receive it.

On to the goods! The theme for this month was “getting a fresh start on that fitness resolution while still finding time to indulge in some warm treats.” I anticipated that the January box would include some fitness items and I am not big on fitness…at all. I however, do enjoy me some warm treats. J

Must Have Fitness: Stott Pilates Stability Ball ($20). Like I said, I’m not big on fitness so this item wasn’t that appealing to me. I’ve heard that people use these at their desk but I prefer my regular ‘ol office chair. I’ll probably end up giving this away.

Must Have Fashion: Remix Time Bomb Watch ($44.95). I couldn’t find this exact watch online as the was a PopSugar exclusive edition but the similar watch was going for $44.95 on the Remix website. PB thinks this watch is cheap looking and looks like one of those knock offs you get at Sears for $9.99. I don’t entirely disagree and am still on the fence about it. I was hoping for white or black and luckily I got white so I was happy about that.

Must Have Food: Popbar Hot Chocolate on a Stick in Milk and Dark Chocolate ($2.99 each). I haven’t had a chance to try these yet but they look really good and rich. I’m definitely looking forward to trying these along with…

Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits (about $2). I was looking for the price of these online in Google Shopping and the results were coming back for “used” products. Eew…who would want these used?!?!

Must Have Beauty: Epicuren Lip Balm ($9). This is the same brand of lotion that was in the Luxury box. I haven’t really been using the lotion (only tried I a couple of times) but the smell was divine. I’ve heard that this lip balm has a medicinal smell but if it works I’m down!

Extras: $15 off Casetagram Promo Code. I was actually excited that this was included, especially since I have an iPhone and could actually take advantage of this offer unlike some other subscribers with different phones. There was this really cute set that had 2 iPhone cases that when put together, formed a heart with the pictures. I wanted to get these for PB and me but you can only get them in the same iPhone generation (unfortunately PB has an iPhone 5 and I am stuck on iPhone 4).

Think Thin Bars (about $2 each). I haven’t tried these yet either but they look pretty good and would make a good snack after work/before class.

Total value of this box was $87.93 (not including the Casetagram code since you have to purchase to use it). Not bad for the $35 price tag (plus I got this month for free due to the shipping issues on my Luxury box). PopSugar is by far my favorite subscription box due to the variety and the fact that they give full size products.

Are you interested in signing up for PopSugar? Use the code REFERFRIENDS and take $5 off your first month!

Disclosure: This subscription box was paid for with my own money and all opinions are 100% my own. Referral links are included in this post.

How to be a Bzz Agent

Bzz Agent is a word of mouth marketing company where users sample products, spread word of mouth, and have fun (from the Bzz Agent website). It is very similar in concept to Influenster in that you receive products to try, write your honest reviews and opinions, and spread info about these products via social media networking.

I signed up for Bzz Agent about the same time as Influenster (I believe late November or early December). I received my first invites to Bzz Campaigns in January. So far I have been lucky enough to be invited to 3 campaigns – Schick Hydro Silk Razor, Glade Expressions Collection, and Café Escapes. Unlike Influenster, Bzz Agent sends BzzKits that focus on one product and you are chosen based on answers to surveys, demographic information, and your Bzz Score.

What’s a Bzz Score? Good question – a Bzz Score is a numerical rating from 1 to 10 that measures your connections and activity. The higher your score, the more likely you are to be chosen for Bzz Campaigns. However, just because you have a high Bzz Score doesn’t mean you are guaranteed any campaigns – you still need to fit the profile of the testers they are looking for. You can keep your score in the 5 to 6 range by connecting your social media accounts and staying current with surveys. I got invited to the three campaigns I mentioned about with a Bzz Score of around 5.6.

No invite is needed to join Bzz Agent. Just sign up on their website, stay current with their surveys, and wait for campaign invites. I think I’ve been fairly lucky with getting invites to campaigns from both Influenster and Bzz Agent. I’m not sure if it’s because I identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and there is low representation in the demographic?

Anyhow, do you have questions about the Bzz Agent program? Leave them in the comments below!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Make Vietnamese Summer Rolls

PB is working late tonight so dinner is on my own. I bought one of these Vietnamese Summer Roll kits from a Food and New Products Show a couple months back and never got around to making it. This kit is pretty neat because it comes with everything (minus the fresh ingredients) to make summer rolls at home. Be forewarned – I’m not Vietnamese, nor do I claim to have any expert knowledge on Vietnamese cuisine. This is just my take on this Vietnamese dish.


I purchased the thai basil and mint from the open market across the street from my workplace. Everything else was purchased at the supermarket. My favorite ingredients to add are tofu and shrimp, though I’ve seen variations with chicken, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, you name it!


The rice paper wrappers need to be softened with some luke warm water for just a few seconds. Don’t soak them too long otherwise they’ll become too soft and rip when trying to roll your wrap.


Layer the ingredients on one side of the wrap. Fold both sides in and roll like a burrito. There’s really no science to making these summer rolls…just add whatever ingredients you like.

The kit I purchased came with a sauce however I prefer to eat my summer rolls with peanut sauce. I found this recipe online and I can’t remember where I found it otherwise I would give the proper credit.

Peanut Sauce:
½ Cup peanut butter
½ Cup hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
¼ Cup water

If you're not going to eat your summer rolls right away, make sure to cover with a damp paper towel or dish cloth otherwise the rice paper wraps will dry out and get hard. I made sure to save some for PB when he comes home.  Note: PB doesn't like thai basil or mint which is why his is very lacking in color.

Friday, January 25, 2013

How to be an Influenster

As I’ve mentioned before and blogged about some of the products I received, Influenster is an exclusive community for trendsetters to share news, products, and reviews with the opportunity to be rewarded by brands. The sole purpose of Influenster is not just to receive free swag. The purpose is to test and sample these products, then share your honest reviews and opinions with other members of the Influenster community, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, everywhere!

Step 1: Register for an Account
The first step is to sign up for an Influenster account. I believe you can request an invite through Influenster, but the easiest way and the way I got my start was to request an invite from an existing member. I was lucky enough to get an invite from one of the gals on the Makeuptalk forums. Each member is allowed 5 invites to send to friends (I still have remaining invites so comment below if you would like one!) These invites also help to boost your Influenster score (more on that later) depending on how active the members you invite participate.

Step 2: Connect Your Social Media Accounts
Once you’ve signed up, you can then begin connecting your social media accounts – blog URL, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. This helps Influenster determine how “influential” you are; the more influential the better!

Step 3: Unlock Expert Badges
Next, you’ll be allowed to unlock up to 5 Expert Badges and an unlimited number of LifeStage Badges. You should unlock the badges that are relevant to your life and what you feel you have expert knowledge in – this will help Influenster determine which VoxBox programs you are qualified for. Personally, I unlocked the Chowhound, High Spirits, Fashionista, Pop Culture, and Beauty Queen Expert Badges. For LifeStage Badges I unlocked Do-Good-Er, Collegiate, I Voted, and Book Club.

Step 4: Stay Socially Active, Write Reviews, Answer Questions, and Wait
Once you’ve unlocked your badges you’ll want to increase your badge and Influenster scores. You can do this by writing reviews and answering questions in the areas you’ve unlocked badges in. The hardest part is then waiting to see if you get an invite to one of the VoxBox programs. I was pretty lucky in that I got a survey for the 2012 Holiday VoxBox program shortly after signing up.

Step 5: Review the VoxBox Products and Promote
After you receive your VoxBox you complete activities and brand challenges to increase your Influenster score and earn chances to win additional products. The more you engage, the better your chances of participating in future programs. Some of the tasks are as simple as “liking” the brand on Facebook while others require dedicated blog reviews.

It’s that simple! So far I’ve loved my experience with Influenster and the products I’ve gotten to try.

Leave any questions you may have about Influenster in the comments below. I’m more than happy to help! Also, if you’d like a personal invite, leave your email address in the comments below and I’ll send one your way!

Catfish on MTV

Do any of you watch the new MTV show Catfish? I’ve been keeping up to date with most of the episodes (usually catching it on one of MTV’s 872 repeats as the show comes on at 10, ends at 11, and passes my bed time J). Sometimes I wonder just how “real” this reality TV show is.

Warning: The rest of this post contains spoilers regarding Catfish the movie and certain episodes. Stop reading now if you want to watch it on your own.

We borrowed the documentary via Netflix – it follows the story of Nev and his own Catfish experience thinking he was talking to Megan when he was really talking to Angela. As per usual, I wiki’d* the documentary after watching it and there were some questions raised about the documentary itself being a true story and not a work of fiction.

I honestly think the documentary is real. Y’all – that lady Angela was CRAY. She created multiple fake Facebook profiles to keep the con alive and even lied about having cancer. The weirdest part was when Nev was at her house and he asked her to talk to him as “Megan.” Furthermore, even after Nev confronted Angela regarding the hoax, she continued to lie about Megan being away for alcoholism. You cannot make this level of crazy up.

I question the validity of the show because I don’t believe that people can be that naïve (that’s putting it nicely, I actually wanted to say stupid). Take Sunny  for instance – she was talking to “Jameson” who turns out to be a girl catfishi-ing her. Jameson told Sunny he is taking online classes for anesthesiology. Umm…hello? Red flag?!? Sunny was studying to be a NURSE!

Or the episode with Tyler talking to “Amanda Miller” who turns out to be a guy. She couldn’t talk to you because she doesn’t have a phone? Wtf…I see homeless guys downtown carrying around cell phones.

To top it off, the news has been blowing up with the Manti Te’o scandal. From what I’ve read so far (I have yet to watch the Katie Couric interview…does anyone know how I can watch it online?) I think he was really duped. I think people forget just how young he is (21) and that he is liable to make mistakes. I know I made a few mistakes in my days as a 21 year old.

Anyhow, do you watch Catfish? What do you think about the “reality” of this reality TV show? Am I just being too harsh on these kids?

*Yes, I realize that Wikipedia is not the best source for valid, proven information but it is my go to site for finding out more about movies.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Updated Review on Sole Society

I received my Sole Society shoes on Tuesday delivered via UPS. As a reminder, I purchased the Lindzi shoe in 5.5 (my standard shoe size). I didn’t know what to expect and I was afraid they wouldn’t fit because if I needed to return them for another size, I would need to pay the additional shipping charges both ways!

I placed my order on 1/16 so I was happy with the shipping time (about 5 business days). The shoes fit perfectly and they look great too! I was really happy with the quality and the metal strap parts were really sturdy and substantial. Overall, I am really happy with my first Sole Society experience and would consider purchasing through them again.

Please excuse my ugly unpainted toe nails. I usually have them painted but haven't gotten around to redoing it yet! Gah!

Positives: Quality of the shoes I received, shipping time, price (due to the $25 first time discount), fit.

Negatives: Paying additional for shipping, paying regular price (it would have to be a shoe I REALLY want in order to pay that price plus shipping).

Are you interested in Sole Society? Use offer code INFLUENSTER25 for $25 off your first pair! Hurry, the offer expires on 1/31!

Sign up here!

Disclosure: This post contains referral links. I paid for these shoes with 100% of my own money and all opinions are my own. $25 offer code provided by Influenster.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Julep Maven January 2013 Subscription Box

The theme of the January Julep Maven subscription box was “escape and unwind with our neons and nudes collection.” The Julep maven program is a monthly subscription box that sends you at least 2 polishes and other beauty favorites based on your Maven style profile. Prior to signing up, you take a quiz based on your personality and style preferences and you are assigned a Maven style profile. The great thing about Julep is that you can opt out of any month (if you don’t like what is being offered or are just tight on funds) or choose another style profile (that has colors/products more suited to your tastes).

I received the Classic With a Twist box even though I am normally a Boho Glam. The colors included were Madison and Grace, along with a hand and Cuticle Stick.

Grace: "Classic 'go-to' light pink sheer"
Madison: "Electric neon hot pink crème”

Please excuse the crappy picture

In addition, I also received 3 twistband hair ties and swatch stickers that can be affixed to the cap of your Julep polishes. It seems like these twistband hair ties are all the rage now as I have received them in multiple subscription boxes (PopSugar, Birchbox, and now Julep).

The Julep polishes have a nice consistency and dry relatively quickly, especially when using in conjunction with the Quick Drying Nail Drops. I haven’t had a chance to try out these colors yet as my Kiss Nails manicure has actually lasted pretty long and I am rather pleased with them.

If you’re interested in signing up for Julep, use the code PENNY to get your first box for $0.01! The great thing about Julep is that you get full sized items (not sample sizes) and the value is great too. If you had purchased these items separately at the maven price it would have come out to $40, while the Maven subscription box costs $19.99.

Sign up for Julep Maven here!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Le Bistro

To celebrate our anniversary* PB took me to a French restaurant called Le Bistro on Saturday night. Le Bistro is located in the Niu Valley Shopping Center at 5730 Kalanianaole Hwy. I had my customary dirty gin martini with three olives. Minus points for not having blue cheese stuffed olives like Ruth’s Chris. To start we each had an appetizer. There were so many appetizers I was dying to try including the oysters on the half shell and French onion soup.

Alas, I settled for the escargot and PB had a salad of fresh Kahuku corn and baby mixed greens. The escargot was to die for!! They serve it with warm bread for dipping and I must say…OH.EM.YUM!

For entrees I had the filet mignon and PB had the quartet of beef. Both were really good. PB’s favorite of the four items was the rib eye.

Finally we ended with dessert and since I wanted my own crème brulee PB had to order his own dessert as well. He got the apple tart with crème fraiche. Both were good but next time I’ll probably try their bread pudding that people have been raving about.

On a side note, whenever we try some place new I always ask PB if he thinks I would be a good place for a first date. I don’t know why I do it, I guess I just like imagining we are on our first date again**. Anyhow, we both decided that Le Bistro would be too nice and too expensive for a first date.

*We don’t know the actual date of our anniversary but know it is sometime in December. We celebrated a month late in January.
**Our actual first date was at BLT during Restaurant Week. I told PB that he set the bar high with that restaurant but he said it was Restaurant Week so we got the special and he didn’t pay full price. Well played, PB.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pop Sugar Must Have December 2012

So this review is a little late but I always receive my Pop Sugar boxes late anyways. I usually get my box TWO WEEKS after the box is shipped by Pop Sugar. Other subscription services I have usually take about a week or less to get to me. According to the Makeup Talk forums the shipping is slow because Pop Sugar uses FedEx Smart Post which is a slower service.

Here is what was included in the December box:

  • Bodum Bistro Mugs
  • Tea Forte Tea Sampler
  • Jaboneria Marianella Soap
  • Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit
  • Bogdon's Peppermint Poles
  • GoSwype
  • $30 to Rent The Runway

I was pretty pleased with this box. The Bodum Bistro mugs and Tea Forte sampler were my favorite items. The tea is amazing and I drink one at work every afternoon. I can re-use the tea bags about two additional times before they start to lose their flavor.

The approximate retail value of this box was $112.93. Not bad for the $35 price tag. If you're interested in Pop Sugar Must Have box monthly subscription service, sign up here today!

Disclosure: This post contains referral links. All opinions are 100% my own and I used my own money to pay for this subscription service.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Influenster Holiday VoxBox: Kiss Nail Dress

The Kiss Nail Dress product is the ultimate nail fashion for tips and toes! Just peel, apply, and shape for a manicure that lasts up to a week. The kit contains 28 easy to use strips that can be cut and adjusted to your nail size. 


I received a version that had a nude toned nail polish with jewels. I liked how the kit provided different styles so that each nail wouldn't have to look the same. The directions recommend that you use the rounded edges at the base of you nail near the cuticle. One tip I would recommend is to use the square edged ones on your thumb nail. The directions say to start off with clean nails by cleaning all nails with nail polish remover.

You then simply place the strip on your nail and file away the excess.

Application was relatively easy but it took a little longer than i expected to do all ten nails. I thought it would be faster than applying regular nail polish but it took about the same amount of time even without having to add a top coat as Kiss says the top coat is built in to the product. The biggest time saving was that I didn't need to wait a long time for my nails to dry. As soon as I was done applying, I could continue of with other business.

Final verdict: I have ugly hands that don't photograph well. But aside from that, I would definitely recommend this product as an alternative to regular nail polish. The true test for me will be to see how long this lasts over regular nail polish.

Kiss website:
Kiss review page:

Disclosure: I received this product to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by compensation.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask in Aloe Vera Review

So, we're moving right along on our reviews of the Influenster Holiday VoxBox. As a reminder, Influenster is an exclusive community for trendsetters to share news, products, and reviews with the opportunity to be rewarded by brands. Leave a comment below if you would like an invite to join the Influenster community to try and review these products!

The Montagne Jeunesse fack mask (under $2) was an "extra" in the Holiday VoxBox, as not all members received this item. Luckily, I was one of the Influenster members that had this included in my box. Let me spoil this review upfront and tell you that I LOVED this face mask! So far it has been my favorite item included in the Holiday VoxBox (yeah, yeah not syaing much since I haven't tried out very many products yet). But it left my face feeling so amazingly smooth and it was easy to use. PLUS...there was enough face mask for two applications so (of course) I made PB try it out with me. Pictures to follow...please be prepared to laugh.

Here is the description of the face mask as provided by Influenster:
"Montagne Juenesse face masques have been a part of many girl's lives since way back when. With a huge array to choose from these face masques are jam packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious juicy fragrances."

Couple issues I have with this description:
1. I have been referring to them as "masks" when clearly they prefer to be called "masques." Ugh. On the basis of principle alone I am sticking to "mask."
2. The description makes it sound like something I would eat (delicious natural ingredients) or wear as a perfume (luscious juicy fragrances). Doesn't accurately describe the product at all.

OK, rant over. On to the review!

The mask was really easy to use. All you do is tear open the package and apply the green/grey goop all over your face being careful not to get it in or too close to your eyes. Wait 10 - 15 minutes and rinse off.

Then you look like this!

Just major differences but my skin immediately felt smoother. I couldn't stop touching my face (bad Jill!) and I kept telling PB to feel how smooth my face felt. I mean, it isn't a miracle product that will transform you in to Cindy Crawford* but I liked the immediate after effects and would definitely think about purchasing this product again.

Final Verdict: Definitely a thumbs up to the point that I would consider purchasing again.

So, what's your take? Would you consider purchasing the Montagne Jeunesse face MASQUE?

Montagne Jeunesse website:
Montagne Jeunesse Product Page:

*Yes, Cindy Crawford isn't necessarily a relevant super model of our time but as I was typing her name I realized that she has staying power. I could have used an Alessandra Ambrosia (or whatever her name is) but it wouldn't have had the same effect. Your thoughts?

Disclosure: I received this product to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by compensation.

My First Encounter: A Sole Society Review

I was going to save this review until I actually receive the shoes I purchased but I wanted to share with you this awesome coupon code provided by the Influenster Holiday VoxBox and Sole Society! You can get $25 off your first purchase at Sole Society by entering the coupon code INFLUENSTER25. It’s that easy but hurry it expires on January 31st!

Review on! I don’t think I had ever heard of Sole Society prior to my Influenster Holiday VoxBox so I was excited to check out the website. I love all different types of shoes (if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I am particularly fond of Tory Burch, including but not limited to the iconic Reva Flat).

Here is a brief description of Sole Society provided by Influenster:
“Sole Society allows you to discover the latest trends, share your personal style,, recommend shoes to friends, and follow the curated collections of top fashion insiders.”

The website was really easy to use. Upon first entering they ask you to sign up which basically means giving them your name and email address. You’ll also have to provide your shoe size so you can be presented with a custom list of shoes available to you. I normally have a hard time finding shoes in my size (5.5) but there were a number of options to choose from. Yippee!

I seriously had the hardest time choosing because there were so many amazing options to choose from. Not to mention they come in different colors! Gah! First world problems…

I was however able to narrow it down to 2 styles that I loved.

Option A: Stephanie $49.95
Open toe heel with cut out detail. Features single platform and ankle strap.
  • Platform Description: 1"
  • Material: Faux Suede
  • Heel Height: 5"
  • Fit: True to size
Option B: Lindzi $49.95
O-ring flat sandal with embellished T-strap design in 2 great metallic options.
  • Material: Leather
  • Heel Height: 1/2"
  • Fit: True to size

Can you guess which one I chose? Well, ultimately I decided on option B, Lindzi the T-strap flat. I actually liked Stephanie, the strappy heel, better but it came down to which “type” of shoe I needed and I needed a flat. I ordered on Thursday (1/17) and it should arrive in 5 – 7 business days.

One complaint I have about Sole Society is that they charge additional for shipping to Hawaii and Alaska, thus I had to pay an extra $9!!! Boo! As a resident of Hawaii I have to say we always get the short end of the stick requiring us to pay extra shipping fees or when we are excluded from free shipping deals. I understand that shipping things to me requires a plane ride and may cost more but it may dissuade me from purchasing again and they may lose customer. Just my two cents.

Anyhow, the purchasing process at the Sole Society website was easy and quick and I MAY consider purchasing from them again if they change their shipping policy. Seriously folks, I need to really want something or not be able to get it elsewhere if I am going to consider paying 9 bucks for shipping.

I’ll do an updated post once I get my shoes so that I can review the actual product. This was just a review on the Sole Society program and purchasing. Do you want your own pair of Sole Society shoes for $25 off? Sign up and use the code INFLUENSTER25. Hurry, the coupon code expires on January 31st!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012: EBOOST Natural Energy Review

Having the EBOOST Natural Energy sample in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox was pretty handy because I've been waking up the past few days with a sore throat and some coughing. My usual go to product is Airborne but I decided to give EBOOST a shot. I love that EBOOST promises a boost of energy without the crash. Now that I think about it, I think this product is used more like an energy drink than a cold remedy but I used it as such since I was feeling run down and noticed that the nutrition facts had a lot of vitamins. Get off me.

Description of EBOOST as per Influenster:
"EBOOST will boost your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash. As a shot or an easy to mix powder and in four flavors, you'll feel great whether you choose orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate or super berry. And with all the hustle and bussle of the holidays, you'll certainly need a boost!"
$28 for a box of 20

EBOOST powder before adding water.

Alright, so I am validated...the product claims to boost immunity. Of all the flavors, I'm glad I got pink lemonade. EBOOST was really easy to use....just add water. 12 oz. to be exact but I just added water to my normal coffe mug. The taste was good and had a definite kick to it. I prefer the taste of EBOOST over Airborne ANY day as I didn't have to choke it down as I normally do with Airborne.

Immediately after adding water.

After waiting a minute or two to let the powder dissolve.
It would have been nice to receive some additional samples because I can't really tell if there was any noticeable difference in my health since I still woke up with a sore throat and lethargy today. Energy wise, no noticeable difference. However, I still liked this product and would definitely try it again....if I were given more free samples. Hint, hint lol.

Final verdict: I would choose this product over Airborne but wouldn't necesarily use it as an energy drink. I will probably stick with my daily cup of coffee instead. I think I would use this product as a way to boost immunity an prevent sickness. Thumbs up.

Want more information about EBOOST?
Visit the EBOOST website here:
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Are you interested in signing up for Influenster to review products like these for free? Leave a comment with your email address and I'll send you an invite!

Disclosure: I received this product to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by compensation.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quaker Real Medleys Instant Oatmeal Review

The first item I tried in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox was the Quaker Oatmeal Real Medleys Peach Almond Oatmeal ($1.79 per cup). The description of the Oatmeal as provided by Influenster:

"Simply the best oatmeal ever - and you can enjoy it on the go! Whole grain oats, rye, barley, and wheat are mixed with large chunks of real fruit and nuts in a convenient single-serve cup. Just add hot water and microwave or you can have a delicious breakfast anytime, anywhere."

Here is what the dry oatmeal looked like before adding in the water.

 Let me preface this by saying that I am normally not a fan of oatmeal and was hesitant about this product. Following the instructions on the cup I added water to the fill line and stirred the dry oatmeal.

It looked like the water level sank a little so to be on the safe side I added a little more up to the fill line. I then microwaved the mixture uncovered for 45 seconds. After removing from the microwave I though the consistency was a little watery so I microwaved again for another 30 seconds. I tasted the oatmeal and it was still a little crunchy so I microwaved again for 30 seconds. At this point I was beginning to think either the directions, the microwave, or I was flawed.

It finally got to a texture and consistency I was happy with. Flavor wise, I thought it could be a little sweeter but I can understand why people wouldn’t want it to be overwhelmingly sweet. It was definitely a filling breakfast but would I purchase it again? In all honesty, probably not. Maybe if I tried a different flavor or added some half and half I would have liked it better. But as I said before, I’m into really big on oatmeal to begin with so I’m not surprised that this was my reaction.

Have you ever tried instant oatmeal? Any other brands or flavors I should try? Are you going to try the Quaker Real Medleys Instant Oatmeal?
Disclosure: I received this product to test for free through the Influenster VoxBox program. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced by compensation.