How-To Groupon Like A Boss In Macomb County! How I Spent 3 Groupons In One Day And Had A Very Frugal Day!

I will admit that I do check the Groupon site often for good deals. If I see a good deal that is just way too good to pass up, then you better believe it, I will grab that Groupon! Yesterday I managed to have quite a frugal day with 3 Groupons. I had a fun-filled day with some good sweets and treats, and a dinner to go along with it! Groupons geared towards dining are always a great way to experience something new and give it a whirl! These Groupons allow you to enjoy food and drink at a deeply discounted price.

This Groupon post is going to cover restaurants that are in the Southeast area of Michigan. I will share with you how you can score some great deals at these Michigan establishments. I am sharing how I Groupon’ed like a boss and had an incredibly delicious FRUGAL day!

How Groupon Works

Groupon is very easy to use. For the purpose of this post, I will only be sharing how to use the dining Groupons. There are many other types of Groupons available though! You simply head on over to the Groupon site or download the app. Choose the LOCAL tab at the top and find the Food & Drink category. Click onto that food & drink category and see what local Groupon deals are happening in your area.

How to get your Groupon

We just recently used a Buoy 12 Groupon this past weekend so I will use that as an example here. Buoy 12 is located in my area of St. Clair Shores, MI. They have two different offers available. One of those offers is for 2 people to receive a $25 voucher (currently sold out but keep checking back) or you can purchase a $50 voucher for four people at the discounted price of $30. So for $30 you get $50 worth of food on your next visit to Buoy 12. That is a discounted price of 40% off.

At time of publication (5/20/2019) you can use the Groupon coupon code SAVE3 to save even more!

My daughter and I dined at Buoy 12 in St Clair Shores this past weekend (Groupon deal)
My daughter and I dined at Buoy 12 in St Clair Shores this past weekend (Groupon deal)

 

Groupon coupon codes

BUT you can save even more if you have a Groupon coupon code, which is often available! Be sure to always check for Groupon coupon codes prior to checking out.

How to redeem your Groupon for dining

There are two ways you can present your Groupon when you are ready to redeem it. You can either print out the voucher on your printer at home OR you can download the Groupon app and show the server the Groupon on your mobile device.

Our first Groupon we spent was at Starbucks

I got quite lucky with the Starbucks Groupon. The Starbucks Groupons are only by invite-only. I spent $5 for the Groupon and ended up with $10 to spend at Starbucks.

Here is what I purchased at Starbucks: 1 S’mores Frappucino and 1 Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino.

I paid only $1.13 for two Frappucinos out-of-pocket. The Groupon was $5. So the total cost was $6.13. Not too shabby for two rather expensive frozen drinks! Starbucks is always just a fancy splurge item for me, so I appreciated that Groupon offer!

 

Give It A Whirl Girl and the Pearl Girl at Starbucks With Our Starbucks Groupon
Give It A Whirl Girl and the Pearl Girl at Starbucks With Our Starbucks Groupon

 

Starbucks on Gratiot in Roseville, MI
Starbucks on Gratiot in Roseville, MI

Starbucks on Gratiot in Roseville, MI

Two Frappucinos from Starbucks
Two Frappucinos from Starbucks

You can sign up for Groupon and you might just get one of these invite-only Groupons for Starbucks!


You might like this Eclipse Burgers & Smoothies Groupon


Second Groupon we used was at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse

Sagano Japanese Steakhouse currently has two different locations on Groupon: the Warren Japanese Steakhouse and the Clarkston Japanese Steakhouse location. We visited the Warren location so I will be reviewing that experience here.

Read the fine print

Please always read the fine print on Groupons! Sagano Japanese Steakhouse is a shining example of that! For example, you can not use a Groupon at Sagano within 24 hours of purchasing the Groupon. Also, there are menu restrictions on what exactly the Groupon can be used for. We found out the hard way these two things!

What we ordered at Sagano

At Sagano Japanese Steakhouse my husband and I ordered a cucumber sushi roll (please not that you can’t use the Groupon for sushi rolls here. We paid separate for the sushi), and we ordered the chicken teriyaki entree and the beef teriyaki entree. My husband, my daughter Chloe who is 9, and I shared the 2 entrees and that was plenty for the 3 of us. Our entrees came with a soup and a salad, which was wonderful and delicious! We were very pleased with our teriyaki dishes. They had had a great flavor and the portion size was perfect!

How we got the most out of our Sagano Groupon

We had the $30 Groupon for Sagano. The beef teriyaki was $16.95 and the chicken teriyaki entree was $12.95. Our $30 Sagano Groupon covered the cost of the two teriyaki entrees. Our cucumber sushi roll was $3.50 and then we had to leave a tip. I gave the waitress a great tip because she was absolutely awesome, I must say! We really felt that the service at Sagano was excellent.

 

Cucumber sushi roll at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse
Cucumber sushi roll at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse
Soup and salad was included with our two teriyaki entrees at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse
Soup and salad was included with our two teriyaki entrees at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse

 

Chicken teriyaki and beef teriyaki at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse in Warren
Chicken teriyaki and beef teriyaki at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse in Warren

The Sagano Groupon is PERFECT for HIBACHI!

The Sagano Japanese Steakhouse Groupon is perfect for giving the hibachi grill a whirl. This image below is of my scallop hibachi dish that I got on a previous visit to Sagano. My family of 3 were quite impressed with our hibachi dinners. When we dined at the hibachi grill on that visit we had a fantastic chef. He had a great sense of humor and was very entertaining. Of course there were big flames and an onion volcano and my daughter really enjoyed the theatrics of the Japanese chef that cooked our meals.

Here is the hibachi scallops at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse. You can use the Groupon for the hibachi grill.
Here is the hibachi scallops at Sagano Japanese Steakhouse. You can use the Groupon for the hibachi grill.

You might enjoy this Le Crepe Groupon (Royal Oak)


And finally, for dessert, we used a Menchie’s Groupon

We are big fans of Menchie’s here in the Give It A Whirl Girl household so we could not pass this deal up! The Menchie’s Groupon is valid for two different locations: Warren and Shelby Township. The Menchie’s Groupon allows frozen yogurt enthusiasts (like me!) to purchase bundles of $5 Menchie’s vouchers for a discounted price.

2 $5 Menchie’s vouchers are $7

or 4 $5 Menchie’s vouchers are $14

Please be aware (and I found this out the hard way too because I skimmed over the fine print) that you can only use 1 $5 Menchie’s Groupon per visit!

Want to learn more about Menchie’s?

Read my Menchie’s Review on the blog!

If you are looking for a fun place to take the family for dessert, Menchie’s is the place to be! You are the creator of your frozen yogurt treat. Choose from several different frozen yogurt flavors and then top it all off at the unlimited toppings bar! Menchie’s charges by the ounce of your dessert creation, so if you want to keep the cost down don’t go too wild and crazy and keep your dessert down to a small or moderate size.

 

3 happy little tubs of Menchie's frozen yogurt that we got with our Menchie's Groupon
3 happy little tubs of Menchie’s frozen yogurt that we got with our Menchie’s Groupon

Here are some more Menchie’s photos for your viewing pleasure from previous trips to this dessert destination!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (FroYo) Menchie's Groupon

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (FroYo) Menchie's Groupon

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (FroYo) Menchie's Groupon

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (FroYo) Menchie's Groupon

Pro Tip For Groupon! That is IF you are in the Southeast Michigan area

I am going to also let you know about one other FABULOUS GROUPON if you are local! That Groupon would be for Inyo Restaurant in Ferndale. If you are a sushi connoisseur like me you will absolutely love Inyo! You can see even more photos of this Asian fusion restaurant in my FAQ on the blog. Inyo Restaurant is currently in the top spot for my number one dining destination. You can score a tremendous deal to Inyo Ferndale on Groupon!

Here are the 4 Groupons offered for Inyo in Ferndale

 

Get your Inyo Restaurant in Ferndale Groupon HERE

 

Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Sushi at Inyo Ferndale
Ok guys! I am obsessed with Inyo. Here is a photo of my Walnut Lobster. This was the most recent meal that I ordered
Walnut Lobster at Inyo Restaurant in Ferndale
And just for fun! Here is a photo of my daughter, Chloe Pear, with her chicken teriyaki dinner at Inyo Ferndale
My daughter, Chloe, who is 9 always orders the chicken teriyaki at Inyo Restaurant in Ferndale

Final thoughts

I hope this post about Groupon dining will inspire you to give Groupon a whirl! There are so many restaurants that you can try out at a discounted price. This is a wonderful way to give some new establishments a whirl! My little family of 3 has discovered a ton of great places with Groupons and there are so many other places that we cannot wait to try! I have my eye on the Le Crepe Groupon.

Groupon is soooooo much more than just dining at restaurants! You can go scoop up some goods and take a trip with Groupon getaways!

 


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Question & Answer Time!
Take a look around the Groupon site and tell me what Groupon dining deal you will be snatching up!

 

 


Other posts at Give It A Whirl Girl that you might enjoy!

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Last-Minute Novelty Gift Guide For The Foodie In Your Life – Perpetual Kid & Amazon Shopping Guide

This is a novelty gift guide for those last-minute gifts for the foodie in your life. These gifts are perfect for the foodie that also has a sense of humor and loves to indulge in humor. Whether you are shopping for a specific foodie in mind or looking for the most ultimate white elephant gift, I have got you covered with this novelty gift guide.

Truth be told, I am slightly obsessed with the oven mitts and dish towels in this shopping guide! These really crack me up! I also feel as though I need that Moist mug in my life. The word MOIST makes me giggle a bit inside and sometimes I lol!

You can simply click the links or the images to shop.

To see Perpetual Kid’s online store click HERE.

Hilarious Oven Mitts by Blue Q

Let’s kick off this novelty gift guide with something I am really crushing on these days. These hilarious oven mitts by Blue Q are the most perfect gift for any foodie on your shopping list. I have 3 of my favorites posted below but there are a ton of others available! If you want to see the rest that are up for grabs, simply click the images below to be swept away to Amazon to do a little bit of shopping.

Moist Coffee Mug

I think it is a universal fact that everyone absolutely hates the word MOIST! This hilarious mug celebrates the word MOIST and this would be the perfect gag gift for the coffee lover in your life!

Eggyman Egg Separator

This Eggyman Egg Separator is pure genius! I have never in my life seen a kitchen gadget as brilliant as this one. Separating eggs does look like a runny nose. Whoever invented this egg separator deserves a medal!

Get your snot-nosed egg separator HERE!


Novelty Dish Towels by Blue Q

Here are some more items from Blue Q that have a sense of humor. There are more to choose from on Amazon but these are four of my favorites. These dish towels will surely result in some belly laughs! Click the images below to see the other hilarious novelty dish towels on Amazon. Just make sure you are alright with a little bit of pottymouth. Wink! Wink! These towels do have some very expressive language.

Food Face Dinner Plate
from: Perpetual Kid

Momma always told you to knock it off and stop playing with your food right? Not with these plates! These Food Face Dinner Plates make eating enjoyable and fun. These plates are perfect for children or the adult who is young at heart that has never grown up.

Food Face Dinner Plate


Unisex Galaxy Nebula Hoodie w/ Pizza Cat

This is what you end up with when pizza, kitties, and outer space collide. This unisex zip-up hoodie has all of your favorite things on it. It doesn’t get any cooler than this, folks!

Take It Or Leave It Sign

This is what is always on the menu at my home so yeah… take it or leave it. I don’t believe in cooking multiple meals.


Funny Dish Towels By Sourpuss Brand

These dish towels by Sourpuss Brand are gut-busting hilarious. This is for the foodie that has a foul mouth and an attitude. Eat Shit and Die and Clean Up Your Mess Asshole are my favorite! If you like what you see here then check out my other gift guide that is chock full of items available from Sourpuss brand.

Sourpuss Gift Guide


Hot Mess So Blessed Mug
from: Perpetual Kid

This Hot Mess Coffee Mug is similar to the Moist mug but this one is for the moms with messy buns that have a child screaming bloody murder in the grocery store.

Hot Mess So Blessed Mug

Funny Food Socks

No foodie gift-guide is complete without food socks! Keep your feet warm and cozy with these cute & funny food-themed socks!

 

Coffee Makes Me Poop Coffee Mug

We all know it’s true. Coffee gets things going… hmm…. if you know what I mean! I know for myself after that first cup of coffee I am ready to go do my business.

Wine Condom

Gag gift and real product all-in-one right over here! The Wine Condom really does work on your bottle of wine to keep it fresh after you pop the cork. This functional but funny Wine Condom has an airtight seal to keep that bottle of wine tasty.



No Great Story Ever Started With A Salad

Sad but true… am I right?!? I think that many stories start off great when you are just a tad bit tipsy. This funny sign is perfect for your kitchen or your man-cave.


Urinal Shot Glasses

Whoa! What happened here? Did I save the best for last? You can be the judge of that. I honestly have no words for this item here.

Final Thoughts

I sure hope you had a great time here over at the Give It A Whirl Girl blog! I really truly enjoy searching high and low for the best of the best to create these awesome and convenient gift guides for you. The novelty gift guides are my absolute favorite to put together. I get quite a bit of laughs while browsing the interwebs. I really hope that you found this novelty gift guide to be helpful and you were able to get some shopping done, and the perfect gift for the food & drink-obsessed person in your life. Feel free to check out the related posts that I have linked to below for more great gift ideas. There are plenty to pick from with these other gift guides that I recently created.

I hope all of my readers have a Happy Holiday! I really am just having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that in less than a week, many of us will be celebrating the Christmas holiday. Truth be told, I have not wrapped a single gift! Yup that is right! I have all of my shopping done for the holidays and all of the gifts are stowed away in my office closet? Anyone out there want to lend a helping hand with gift-wrapping? Long shot, but worth a try! lol! Happy holidays to all of the Give It A Whirl Girl readers out there. I truly love and appreciate each and every one of you!

RELATED POSTS:

Perpetual Kid Gift Guide (perfect for white elephant gifts)

Big Mouth Gift Guide (more novelty items from Big Mouth brand)

Sourpuss Gift Guide (gift guide for the alternative lifestyle)

QUESTION TIME!

Which item from this novelty gift guide for foodies is your favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

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Best Holiday Gifts For The Foodie – Gift Guide

Know someone who is a big-time foodie? Shopping for last-minute holiday gifts? This gift-guide is chock full of the perfect gifts for the foodie in your life. This foodie gift-guide has a variety of different food-related items that will surely put a smile on the recipient’s face. Hopefully, you can find an item in this foodie gift guide that will make for a very memorable gift. I know I would be completely and totally happy and content with anything from this gift-guide.

Sun Basket Gift Card

Give the gift of healthy food and clean eats with a Sun Basket Gift Card. You can read more about Sun Basket in this blog post and here as well. I recently posted this round-up post with my favorite meal kit subscription boxes and you can find the current deals there.

Sun Basket is perfect for gift giving!

Candy Club Gift Box

Candy Club has a few different options for sending a gift to someone. This Candy Club box makes a great gift for a loved one that you can send straight to their doorstep. There is a smaller Fun Box size (which starts at $9 for the first box) and a larger Party Box size (that is $19 for the first box) that you can choose from. There are six different boxes that you can choose from.

You can click this banner to get started and save $20 off your first box. This $20 in savings is on the larger box.

Give the gift of Candy Club

Grill Masters Club Gift Box

Grill Master’s Club has four different gift boxes that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season! Know someone who is a Grill Master? They will appreciate this gift that keeps on giving. Boxes start at $27.95/month. Giving a one year subscription to this Grill Masters Club gift box will be an unforgettable gift for that foodie that is obsessed with grilling.

Get started HERE

Grill Master’s Club

Bones Coffee

Bones Coffee hands down has some of the most unique flavors of coffee I have ever seen and heard of! Check out their flavors and grab yourself a sampler back of 5 different flavors that you choose.

Electric Unicorn (a fruity cereal flavor), S’morey Time, French Toast, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Maple Bacon are the five flavors I am dying to try (if anyone wants to gift me a sampler pack… wink! wink! And pretty please with sugar and cream on top lol).

Click this link to start shopping at Bones Coffee.

Bones Coffee 5-Pack Sampler (image via Bones Coffee)

Primal Kitchen

Primal Kitchen is one of my favorite brands and my go-to for clean eats! You can use my special coupon GIVEITAWHIRL10 to save on your order at Primal Kitchen and they currently have free shipping on any order over $50. You can shop at Primal Kitchen’s online store or find them on Amazon.

Paleo By Maileo

Paleo By Maileo has a few different paleo snack boxes available, indivdual snacks so you can create your own box, or you can purchase a gift card in their online store. This is for the foodie in your life that prefers a diet of clean eats and gluten-free foods. I know I would love a gift like this!

 

 

Love With Food Subscription Box

Love With Food is a snack box subscription box. For a limited time only you can get a FREE $25 snack box and $10 off any 6 or 12-month subscription with coupon code JOLLY10. You can also shop around in their online snack shop and create your own custom box. These snack boxes are absolutely wonderful for any foodie that loves to give new and different foods a whirl!

 
Holiday Sale- $25 Free Box + $10 Off w/ 6 or 12 COUPON CODE: JOLLY10
Love With Food Snack Box

Give the Gift of Shipt grocery delivery service

Grocery delivery service is all the rage nowadays. You can now give the gift of Shipt to a loved one. You can choose from a 6-month or 12-month service and the cost starts at $49/month. With Shipt you can receive your grocery ordered delivered in as soon as an hour. This type of service is a godsend to me because I do not drive due to a phobia of driving.

Sign up and get started HERE.

 

FoodStirs Baking Subscription Box

I had a 6-month FoodStirs subscription and I am super bummed that this subscription ran out because we absolutely loved it! FoodStirs is a baking subscription box and FoodStirs only delivers the best ingredients in their baking kits. They use organic ingredients and all of these desserts turn out scrumptious. This is a great box to share with your children that love to help out in the kitchen. My daugher, Chloe, is almost 9 years old and she absolutely loved creating these desserts with me. This is perfect for the sweet tooth foodie in your life.

Celbration Rainbow Pancake Kit from FoodStirs

15% Off Sitewide on your first order! (Use Code: MOREFLOUR15)

Gourmet Candy at Sugarfina

Here are some more gift ideas for the foodie in your life with a major sweet tooth. Sugarfina’s online store is full to the brim with gourmet candies that have a unique flavor profile.

The ultimate gift at SugarFina is the Build-Your-Own Candy Trunk. With this gift you get to choose twenty different gourmet candies to fill it with. Is that too rich for your blood? Check out the Four Piece Holiday Bento Box.

Build Your Own Candy Trunk (20 different flavors)

Receive Free Shipping On Orders $50+! Use code: SWEETSHIP50. Offer Valid 11/27-1/31. Shop Now!

 

Give the gift of Thrive Market

Thrive Market is the place to be if you want big savings on all the organic, clean eats! This company definitely earned a spot in my foodie gift guide and for good reason. Their online store is chock full of gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30, keto, and vegan/vegetarian foods. You can receive 25% off your first order. Delivery is fast and free. I have ordered from Thrive Market before and was totally pleased with my order AND the big savings! Their prices are 25-50% below regular retail prices.

The catch? This is a paid membership site. The membership is $59.95 for one year of access to their online store. This fee, however, pays for itself if you order from Thrive Market frequently. This membership would be an incredible gift for the healthy food enthusiast. 

 

Gift cards are always tops!

Who doesn’t love a good gift-card? Seriously, you just can’t go wrong with one of these and that is why I am including them in this foodie gift-guide for all of those food lovers out there.

Amazon Gift-Card

Amazon is your source for anything and everything. I would imagine that anyone and everyone would be excited to receive one of these gift-cards during the holiday season.

Amazon Gift-Card Holiday Box

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Gift-Card

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the place to dine if you are looking for food with exceptional taste and quality. At Fleming’s there are also several fancy schmancy wines to choose from to go with you big, juicy steak.

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Gift-Card

Tastemade Gift Card

Tastemade has some very unique for the foodie in your life. They have an online store that has something for everyone.

Tastemade
Shop at Tastemade

Sur La Table Gift Card

Sur La Table has excellent gifts for the home chef. They have cookware, bakeware, small appliances, dinnerware and more. So make that foodie happy and give them the gift of shopping online at Sur La Table!

Sur La Table
Shop at Sur La Table

Chef’s Catalog Gift-Card

The online store at Chef’s Catalog is another slice of heaven for foodies. They also offer cookware, bakeware, and all the kitchen essentials you can possibly think of.

Chefs Catalog
Shop at Chef’s Catalog

Did any of these gifts in this foodie gift-guide pique your interest? Let me know in the comments what you will be gifting this year or treating yourself to!


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Meal Kit Subscription Boxes That You Need To Try – Current Deals

What a time to be alive guys and gals! There are so many meal kit subscription boxes to choose from it makes my head spin. Today I am breaking down my top 3 of all of the kits I have tried and I will share with you the top steals and deals that are currently happening. As many of you may already know, cooking is something that I am truly and deeply passionate about. These meal kits are always a pleasure to prepare and we all join the Clean Plate Club every single time.

My top three favorites will be discussed in this post. Continue reading to find out more about Sun Basket, HelloFresh, and Marley Spoon.

These meal kit subscription boxes also make great gifts for your loved ones. The holidays are quickly approaching and when you give the gift of food it is always a memorable gift to receive.

HelloFresh recipe card
HelloFresh recipe card
Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)
Ingredients for the Marley Spoon Meal Kit (Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa)
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal
Cooking the veggies for my Sun Basket meal

The great thing about meal kit subscription boxes

There are a variety of benefits and perks to trying out these meal kit subscription boxes.

  • Convenience

First of all, these meal kits are super convenient! It doesn’t get any better than this folks… fresh food delivered straight to your door. You can skip the grocery store. You choose the day that you would like to receive your meal kit and it will show up at your doorstep!

  • Customizable

Secondly, these meal kit services are very customizable. They present to you a variety of different foods on the menu that you can select from. They also allow you to choose how many meals you want to receive for the week (usually 2-3 different meals), and they also allow you the opportunity to choose from a box for 2 people or for a family of 4 people

  • Try out new recipes

My favorite part about receiving these meal kits is that they inspire me to eat with an open mind. Many of the recipes that you can choose from are not only delicious but unique. They give you gourmet flavor in the convenience of your home and you get to be the chef! Your family will be amazed by the dinner that you whip up for them.

  • Simple to follow recipes

Here is another great thing about these food subscription boxes. I have tried many meal kits and found all of the recipes simple and easy to follow.

Sun Basket

You can read more about Sun Basket in my review on the blog.

I recently tried Sun Basket’s meal kit subscription box and I was very impressed with the recipes and the quality of the ingredients that were provided.

When I gave Sun Basket a whirl I went with the gluten-free paleo meal kit. Sun Basket is a subscription service that relies heavily on clean eating. They only send out high-quality organic ingredients for your meals. You can have a bit of peace-of-mind when you enjoy your Sun Basket meal because their ingredients are only sourced from the best. They will provide premium meat and seafood (antibiotic and hormone-free) and only the freshest organic produce.

They have a few different plans to choose from to suit your diet. Sun Basket has the following meal plans available: Mediterranean, paleo (gluten-free), and a vegetarian option.

Current deals on Sun Basket

Sun Basket currently has an offer where you can receive $80 off your first four orders. With this offer, you will receive $20 off your first four boxes of the Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

If you want to try out Sun Basket for a 2 week trial period you can save $45 off your first two boxes of food. This is split into two tiers of savings. The first box is $35 off and the second meal kit will be $10 off.

Check out the photos below of the meals that I created with my Sun Basket meal kit subscription box.

Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)
Seared Steak with Brussels Sprouts and Chipotle Mustard Vinaigrette (Sun Basket)
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket
Mediterranean Tomato Braised Cod from Sun Basket
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)
Orange Chipotle Glazed Pork w/ Apple Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato (Sun Basket)

HelloFresh

HelloFresh was actually the first meal kit subscription box that I have ever tried. They are the brand that made me fall head over heels in love with meal kits. The meal kits from HelloFresh are always a joy to cook and they are a sure people pleaser at the dinner table. HelloFresh ships out only the freshest and finest ingredients for your recipes. I have found that they are one of the easiest meal kits to prepare at home.

HelloFresh offers three plans: Classic, Family, and Veggie. You can view the menus on their website and customize your meal kit.

I have a fully detailed review of HelloFresh on my blog if you would like more details on this subscription service.

Current deal on Hello Fresh

HelloFresh has a fabulous deal taking place right now where you can receive a total of $60 off your first meal kits. With this deal you get a $20 discount on each of the three boxes.


HelloFresh Swedish Meatloaves w/ homemade garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and currant jam
HelloFresh Swedish Meatloaves w/ homemade garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and currant jam
HelloFresh Cheddar Smash Burger
HelloFresh Cheddar Smash Burger
Chicken Cheddar Fajitas w/ Lime Crema from HelloFresh
Chicken Cheddar Fajitas w/ Lime Crema from HelloFresh
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts w/ Duck Fried Potatoes from HelloFresh
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts w/ Duck Fried Potatoes from HelloFresh

Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon is meal kit subscription box brought to you by Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart?!?! Ok then you know this is going to blow your mind. When I think Martha Stewart the first thing that comes to mind is perfection followed by gourmet food.

There are ten different options to choose from on the weekly menu with Marley Spoon. If you are following a vegetarian diet, you are in luck because there are vegetarian options available.

Current deal at Marley Spoon


You can read my full review of Marley Spoon on my blog.

Check out the images below to see a couple of different dinners that I prepared with the Marley Spoon subscription box.

Marley Spoon - Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa
Marley Spoon – Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa
Marley Spoon - Japanese Chicken w/ Bok Choy & Fried Rice
Marley Spoon – Japanese Chicken w/ Bok Choy & Fried Rice

Final thoughts

I really truly do love these meal kit subscription boxes and I think I’m ready to give another one a whirl very soon. There are so many different ones out there to choose from nowadays.

My favorite thing about them is the simple and easy to follow recipes that result in a meal that is bursting with gourmet flavor. Many of these meals, to me, are restaurant quality meals.

So what are you waiting for? Get cooking with one of these meal kits and bring the taste of gourmet to your dinner table. Your family will be amazed by the meals that you serve during the week. These deals that are currently happening are too great to pass up. These deals give you a fantastic opportunity to give these boxes a whirl.

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Marley Spoon Review & Discount – $30 OFF Your First Box – Simple & Easy Meal Kit Subscription Box

I just recently had the pleasure of trying out Martha Stewart’s gourmet meal kit subscription box. I was so blown away by the quality of the ingredients and the easy to follow recipes so I want to share my experience with you in this Marley Spoon review! I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality and content of this meal kit delivery service.

How does Marley Spoon work?

Each week Marley Spoon has several different meals that you can select from. They have a huge archive of recipes… over 18,000!  Each week there are ten different meals you get to select from. They really do have a wonderful variety of meals and they all look and sound so amazing it is kind of difficult to narrow it down. I want it all!

You can choose the meal kit that suits your family needs. They offer boxes for two people and they also offer boxes that can feed 3-4 people. You can choose to get 2, 3, or 4 Marley Spoon meals per week. It is entirely up to you and you get to customize your plan.

Each week Marley Spoon offers an exciting menu featuring a variety of meats and a large selection of different vegetables. There are meals suitable for dinner as well as lunch.

Marley Spoon also has meals to suit a variety of dietary lifestyles. I choose to eat gluten-free so I received two meal kits that were friendly to my diet.

There are some quick dinners provided, one-pot meals, kid-friendly meals, and salad options.

Two Marley Spoon Meal Kits for four people: Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa and Japanese Style Chicken w./ Bok Choy and Brown Rice
Two Marley Spoon Meal Kits for four people: Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa and Japanese Style Chicken w./ Bok Choy and Brown Rice

Marley Spoon recipe cards

The shipment of Marley Spoon

My meal kit box was overnighted to me via FedEx. When I opened up my box I was very impressed with how well-packaged everything was. There were no leaks and there were no missing ingredients. Everything was kept cold with ice-packs. The meat that I received looked beautiful and the quality of the produce was perfect. There was not a single disappointment with my shipment. I have tried other meal kits boxes in the past and had missing ingredients, some not-so-fresh looking items, or leaky meats. Marley Spoon takes pride in their subscription box and it shows.

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Tony’s I-75 Restaurant REVIEW – Birch Run, Michigan- It Is A “Cheat Day” Waiting To Happen

Tony’s I-75 restaurant is located in Birch Run, MI. This place is not for the faint of heart. It is not the place to go for a light meal. And it might just be a heart-attack waiting to happen. This establishment will literally put an entire POUND OF BACON on your sandwich. Do you want an omelet? They will put a DOZEN OF EGGS in there. Not kidding. This is a family restaurant that serves up meals of EPIC proportions. They are famous for their serving sizes and they are also famous for the bacon that they serve up here. It is a bacon-lover’s paradise and dream come true here. Did you know that they use up 11,000 lbs of bacon weekly? It is true, read on in my Tony’s I-75 restaurant review!

Tony's I-75 restaurant in Birch Run, MI
Tony’s I-75 restaurant in Birch Run, MI
Located in Birch Run, MI is Tony's I-75 Restaurant
Located in Birch Run, MI is Tony’s I-75 Restaurant
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Tony’s famous BLT sandwich – (Image courtesy of http://www.tonysi75restaurant.com/)

My Tony’s I-75 Restaurant Review

About Tony’s I-75

Tony’s I-75 restaurant has been around for nearly seven decades. This place is a Michigan classic. If they had a motto I believe it should be, “go big or go home”. It is a once a year tradition for our family to dine here in the summer. This is not the kind of place you should be going to every week. I wish they included nutrition facts on the menu because the amount of calories here would be off the charts.

If you are in a hurry to eat you will often be confronted with a line out the door. Even on a weekday afternoon, there is a line to get in here. The building is not large enough to accommodate the demand. It is a small, cramped restaurant and I wish they would expand to a larger building but they have been at that location for decades and I doubt they are going anywhere. It is worth the wait though and the line does move fairly quickly.

Tony’s I-75 restaurant not only serves giant portions of food but they also have a massive menu. They have anything ranging from sandwiches, soups, salad, burgers, subs, dinners, seafood, Italian, and Mexican. And save room for dessert! You can not leave Tony’s without dessert.

There is also a decent children’s menu. I highly recommend the kid’s spaghetti with the giant meatball. My daughter ordered chicken strips this year. The portion size for children is very reasonable and they don’t go overboard with kids, which I think is totally cool.

 

Because the menu is so big, I did not capture a photo of every page of it but I tried my best to give you a good idea of what they offer and the prices. Their prices are very reasonable considering the amount you receive. You can view the entire menu online at their website.

Tony’s I-75 menu

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My BIG meal at Tony’s I-75 restaurant – Antipasto Salad and boy was it ever huge!

I often like to go for the seafood here. If you like clams they are jumbo clams. I am talking gargantuan! That is what I typically order but this year I went with the Antipasto Salad. This was my first time ordering a salad here so I wasn’t sure what to expect. When it was brought out my first thought was that it was a beautiful salad. It had all the fixings of an antipasto salad and the portion size was colossal. There was one problem though, my mozzarella cheese was not on my salad. I didn’t realize this at first. It took a few minutes to flag down our waitress but she apologized and was helpful in getting me my cheese. The salad came with a house-made Italian dressing and it was the perfect addition to my plate. The dressing was sensational, and there was excitement in every bite of this salad. I really appreciated the addition of green olives. I never had an antipasto with green olives.

Tony's I-75 Antipasto Salad
Tony’s I-75 Antipasto Salad
Antipasto Salad at Tony's I-75 Restaurant
Antipasto Salad at Tony’s I-75 Restaurant
Tony's I-75 Antipasto Salad
Antipasto Salad – They forgot my cheese but I eventually received it

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My mom’s gigantic burrito at Tony’s I-75 restaurant

You should see the size of my mom’s burrito that she ordered~ MASSIVE! We were all stunned when this burrito came out because I have never in my life seen one this large. Somehow my mom managed to pack half of this in and took the other half home for leftovers. When you dine at Tony’s I-75 restaurant you do often leave with a doggy bag because most meals are impossible to finish for the average person.

Check out my mom's GIGANTIC burrito at Tony's I-75 restaurant!! HUGE!!!!!
Check out my mom’s GIGANTIC burrito at Tony’s I-75 restaurant!! HUGE!!!!!
My mom and her giant burrito at Tony's I-75 restaurant
My mom and her giant burrito at Tony’s I-75

My husband’s pizza sub at Tony’s I-75 restaurant

Joe ordered a pizza sub and the size of that did not disappoint! He tried to take it on and eat the entire the whole thing but he failed! Wondering what was on this monster sub? It came with, ham, pepperoni, mushrooms (Joe left these off), pizza cheese, pizza sauce.

Here is a photo of my hubby's giant pizza sub at Tony's I-75 restaurant
Here is a photo of my hubby’s giant pizza sub

And the moment you have been waiting for! Tony’s I-75 banana split!

Once a year when we come to Tony’s 1-75 we take advantage of their enormous banana split. There were 4 adults at our table plus one child (my daughter). We usually cannot finish this heavyweight dessert but this year we tackled the banana split and ate the whole entire thing! I felt like a pig afterward (oink oink) but I kept on using that spoon as a shovel to shove more and more ice-cream into my mouth. I deserved the little bellyache I had on the car ride home.

The ENORMOUS banana split at Tony's I-75 Banana for $10 you can feed the whole table dessert! Tony's I-75 restaurant review by Give It A Whirl Girl
The ENORMOUS banana split at Tony’s I-75 Banana for $10 you can feed the whole table dessert!
The banana split at Tony's I-75!! Do you think you could tackle it?? Tony's I-75 restaurant review by Give It A Whirl Girl
The banana split at Tony’s I-75!! Do you think you could tackle it??
We came. We saw. We conquered that banana split at Tony's I-75 restaurant
We came. We saw. We conquered that banana split at Tony’s I-75

Final thoughts about Tony’s I-75 restaurant

Overall we were satisfied with our meals. We all left with full bellies and smiles on our face, that is for certain. We will continue with our yearly tradition for meeting up here once a year. For weeks leading up to it, we are always all talking about that banana split. That dessert is truly the highlight of the meal for me. This is a great restaurant for family dining and I think that everyone in the area should experience this place at least once in their lifetime. I am hopeful and optimistic that this Tony’s I-75 restaurant review will inspire you and your family to give it a whirl someday. It is most definitely worth the drive!

 

Have you ever been to Tony’s I-75? What do you enjoy ordering there? Leave me a comment and let me know what you like! If you have never been to Tony’s I-75 restaurant what appealed to you on their menu?

Details about Tony’s I-75 Restaurant

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Tonys I-75 Restaurant Location

8781 Main St,
Birch Run, MI 48415

Telephone:

(989) 624-5860


 

Tony’s I-75 Restaurant Hours

Hours
Mon.-Thurs.: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m

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Get Cooking With HelloFresh – REVIEW – Gourmet Food Meal Kit Subscription Box

I recently tried out HelloFresh and I am sharing my HelloFresh review today! I have been an on and off again subscriber to HelloFresh for years. HelloFresh sends out meal kits weekly with all of the ingredients inside and a recipe card. As long as you follow the instructions on the recipe card you will end up with a mindblowing meal that is so great you will wonder how you even accomplished it. The recipes are unique and inspire you to get out of a rut in the kitchen and whip up something with gourmet flavor. The prices are reasonable for what you get.

The meals, for me, always come out fantastic, like something you would order at a nice restaurant. I have never been let down or disappointed by any of my HelloFresh shipments.

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Discount For HelloFresh

HelloFresh has a promotion taking place where you can score $30 off your first delivery. They have menus available online so you can see what is upcoming in future meal kits. Some meal kit subscription boxes do not show you the menu until after you sign up. HelloFresh has nothing to hide. You can see for yourself what they have to offer.

They also have meals plans that are flexible for your family. Eating for two? No problem! A family of 4? No problem. There is a subscription box available to you.

HelloFresh REVIEW

Some meals are traditional fare but with a spin on it, like the meatloaf shown below. I never had meatloaf with any type of jelly on it but this was absolutely incredible and was one of my favorite HelloFresh boxes. That is exciting to me because I like to eat with an open mind. Never in my life would I have thought to put currant jam on meatloaf but it worked. That is the great thing about HelloFresh. This meatloaf tasted gourmet and I made it all by myself in the kitchen. It was simple too! All of the recipe cards are easy to follow.

HelloFresh offers a premium meal each month that is optional and does cost a bit more but it is so worth it. One week I went for the premium meal and ended up trying out duck breasts for the first time in my life. I was not sure if I would like them or not but it turned out to be one of the best meals I ever made.

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Pan Seared Duck Breasts from HelloFresh
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Bubblegum Cake! This Is My Gluten-Free Let’s Get The Party Started Cake With Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix (REVIEW)

Baking is hard. Not just hard but difficult. I get a vision in my mind and I want to create it. I know exactly how I want it to look and exactly how I want it to taste. Does my wish for this charming and glamourous cake become a reality for? Kinda sorta in this case. It looks so very amateurish and you want to know why? I am an amateur. I am a newbie on the food scene. I am a food blogger but I never tout myself as being a professional in any sort of way. For me, this blog is about the whole entire learning process of cooking and baking and food exploration. I am completely self-taught and I am learning something new every single day on this journey. Today I baked a bubblegum cake. I had that vision in my mind. However, things did not go exactly as planned.

Let’s see here… my buttercream was way too thin and runny and it was just DROOLING off the sides of the cake. I had a brand new, nifty smoothing spatula that I thought would result in perfect icing… nope! I knew my buttercream was too thin and I didn’t have any powdered sugar left to stiffen and thicken up. Cries! So a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I had to work with what I had on hand and make the most of an unfortunate situation.

Here is how I created this bubblegum cake!

Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix

Today I will sharing my experience and Pamela’s Vanilla Cake Mix review with you. Another key product that I used in this cake was Lorann’s bubblegum flavor. Keep reading to find out more about this bubblegum cake I created!

Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started

 

Ingredients used for gluten-free cake
Ingredients used for gluten-free cake

For this cake, I used a cake mix. I am in love with Pamela’s Classic Vanilla Cake Mix. This was my second time using this mix and I am so pleased to say that this is a fabulous mix. The last time I used this mix I made a Gluten-Free Cotton Candy Cake. Click this LINK to learn more about that. It was scrumptious!


How I got the bubblegum flavor with Lorann’s Oils

This was my second time using Lorann’s Oils to flavor my cake. This time around I used the bubblegum flavor. This oil is potent stuff and a little bit goes a long way. My house sure smelled bubblegummy from baking this cake. What a wonderful scent! I have never experienced a scent like that in my home before. Just marvelous! I wish my house stunk like bubblegum all day every day!


How I colored the bubblegum cake

I used a rose and teal color to dye my cake. I am in love with the color teal and I was really impressed with how vibrant the color was and that is was actually teal and not just blue! The rose color also lent a stunning pink color to the cake. Yeah yeah… artificial colors. I really don’t know what’s come over me. I try to go natural as much as possible and I’ve been slipping up recently but I’m really just having so much fun!

Topping the bubblegum cake

If you are wondering where the candy is from I will fill you in. I made a pit stop over at Roger’s Bulk Candy & Ice-Cream specifically for the candy on this cake. I love that store. You can read more about my first time visiting by clicking this link right over HERE. If you ever visit please let them know that Give It A Whirl Girl sent you! I know I have already inspired at least one of my friends to check out that place. I got my gorgeous, pearlescent gumballs there. I knew what I needed and was able to grab exactly what I needed from the bins. I am also so very grateful that I grabbed a pink lollipop to put smack dab in the center of my cake. A 5-tier layer cake needs support and the lollipop helped to be a dowel of sorts to prevent it from slipping away on me. The sprinkles came from a couple places: Michael’s and Mile’s Cake and Candy Supply. I got a delightful jar of Wilton Diamond Medley from Michael’s (woohoo and thank goodness for those coupons). The little rainbow hearts were from Mile’s. They have a wide variety of sprinkles to choose from

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Gumballs and candy sprinkles – so pretty!

 

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Sprinkles and gumballs – eye candy candy!

Sugarfina was an extra splurge!

And to make it a little more extra special I also topped it with Sugarfina Fruity Loops. They came from the Sugarfina Cereal Collection that I treated myself too. They are to die for yummy yummy yummy!

Having fun is what matters most! 

You know what? Even though my cake looks like it was made by an inept and unskilled baker I am really truly proud of it. I wish I could send a virtual slice of this cake through your screen because the taste would blow your mind. I am calling this cake, Let’s Get The Party Started”. There is no party happening here… not a party in sight. But you know what I want to celebrate today? Life! I have been feeling incredible the past two months since I started this food blog. I feel so revived and renewed. I feel like a whole new better ME. That is enough reason for me to bake a cake and celebrate! I’m also going to give myself an A for effort because I really did work my booty off on this creation!

Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started

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Slice of Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Slice of Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started
Slice of Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake - Let's Get The Party Started
Slice of Bubblegum Gluten-Free Cake – Let’s Get The Party Started


Hope you all enjoyed this pretty long post about my bubblegum cake!

What are you going to celebrate today? Could be anything. Drop me a comment and let me know and let’s get the party started OK?

 

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Friday Faves – Wear Your Food Edition – Part 1

Pretty much obsessed with everything on this list! I have composed a list of gift ideas for the foodie in your life or go ahead and splurge on yourself! All day and night I live in a world where I dream of food. I really should start dressing myself in head-to-toe food clothing. This list features some of the best of the best of food fashion.

Pizza Hoodie

Pizza has to be the most universally loved food on this planet right? I have never in my life heard anyone say that they hate pizza.

Hotdog Duffel Bag

Wow. What to say about this? *Insert LOZ here* I just can not get over how wild and crazy this bag is. Surely you would be the talk of the town toting this weiner bag around.

Sushi Dress by Folter

I am a big fan of Folter’s line of dresses and I own a few. Owning this adorable sushi dress is definitely one of my goals to achieve one day. I would be thrilled to rock this dress on my next sushi date.

Taco Cat Board Shorts Here is something for the man in your life! The graphics on these shorts are totally crazy but in the greatest way.

Avocado Socks

Seems like avocados are all the rage these days so why not show off your love for it with these green avocado socks!

Pineapple Purse

This purse is small and would be great for date night. You could carry a coin purse and cell phone in it. This purse is a sure attention-grabber!

Candy Land Dress by CowCow

This dress is super cute and the best part about it is that it is easy on your wallet. You can get this dress for around $20 depending on your size.

Donut Backpack by Jansport

You can send your child back to school with this pink donut backpack.

Lasagna Del Rey Shirt

If you are not familiar with Pyknic it is time to check them out. This shirt is the epitome of perfect for me. Lasagna + Lana Del Rey? I love both and I definitely need to rock this tee.

Happy Ice-Cream Cone Dress

JXStar is another great line of clothing for the little girl in your life. My Chloe Pearl does own this dress and it is one of her favorites. This is the perfect dress to wear on your next trip to the ice-cream shoppe.

So we have reached the end of my Friday Faves list. What are you crushing on? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Healthy Foods For Your Pantry – Friday Faves – Things I Am Crushing ON

Welcome back to Friday Faves. This week’s edition will feature some healthy foods that I am dying to try out. Hop on the train to Healthy Town with these nutritious items found on Amazon.

Primal Kitchen – Whole 30 Kit

I am not participating in Whole 30 but I do often love to try to eat as paleo as possible and believe in trying to eat clean ingredients. This Whole 30 kit is a great starter pack for anyone wanting to take the plunge into healthier eating habits. This kit contains Mayo, Chipotle Lime Mayo, Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade, Ranch Dressing.

Tessemae’s All Natural Dressing, Sauce, and Marinade Value & Variety 8 pack

Another great starter kit paving the way to a healthier lifestyle. I recently picked up a bottle of Tessemae’s Green Goddess dressing and it was incredible. The wonderful thing about this brand is that they are Whole30 Certified, Paleo approved, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and they taste incredible. Their products are also low in sugar. I am always looking at the sugar content on the labels and these suit me just fine!

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Nuts ‘N More High Protein Birthday Cake Peanut Butter

This nut butter is packed with protein and fiber. And hello birthday cake! Spread it on toast, put a dab on top of a sundae, or grab yourself a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar!

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Party Hardy With A Yasso Frozen Yogurt Treat – Product Review of Party Animal Froyo

While browsing the frozen treat aisle at Meijer the pint of Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt was like screaming my name… Kimmy! Kimmy! Get over here and get down and party with me! So I had no choice but to grab a pint of Yasso frozen yogurt, take it home, plop down and give it a whirl! Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt (froyo) is one of my first product reviews over here at Give It A Whirl Girl and I’m so excited to share this information with you! I really hope this Yasso Party Animal review inspires you to give it a BIG whirl! Keep reading my Yasso review to find out how I created the ultimate froyo sundae with this Party Animal pint!

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Yasso Frozen Yogurt – Party Animal
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Party Animal Yasso Frozen Yogurt Pint overflowing!


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Party Animal Yasso Sundae w/ frosted animal cookies, candy sprinkles, and a cherry on top!

YASSO FROZEN YOGURT FLAVORS

Yasso ice-cream pints come in 8 tasty flavors:

  • Best of Both Swirlds This pint is chocolate frozen Greek yogurt and
    vanilla-flavored frozen Greek yogurt
  • Caramel Pretzel Mania – This pint is sea salt caramel frozen Greek yogurt with pieces of chocolate-covered pretzels and a caramel swirl
  • Chocolate PB & Yay – This pint is chocolate frozen Greek yogurt with a
    peanut butter swirl and peanut butter chips
  • Coffee Brownie Break – This pint is coffee frozen Greek yogurt with
    chunks of brownie and crushed cookies
  • Loco Coco Caramel – This pint is toasted coconut-flavored frozen Greek yogurt
    with a caramel swirl and chocolate-flavored chips
  • Mint Champion Chip – This pint is mint frozen Greek yogurt with chocolate-flavored chips
  • Party Animal – This pint is cake-flavored frozen Greek yogurt
    with rainbow sprinkles and chunks of cake
  • Rolling In The Dough – This pint is vanilla-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with
    chocolate-flavored chips and pieces of cookie dough

Which Yasso frozen yogurt will you be giving a whirl first?


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YASSO FROZEN YOGURT Also Has Froyo Bars

And if you are a fan of ice-cream bars great news for you~ Yasso has a collection of 16 different flavors of their ice cream bars! I snazzed my bar up a bit with a chocolate shell and rainbow sprinkles. I felt that because the bar was only 100 calories I had a little wiggle room to take it to the next level.

How To Make A Simple & Easy Chocolate Shell

To make a chocolate shell for your Yasso froyo bar, simply just melt a bit of chocolate chips in a bowl with a tiny bit of coconut oil. Microwave it in 20-second increments and stir until the chocolate is melted down to a liquid. Then pour it onto your bar and add sprinkles if your sweet tooth is telling you to do so! I really do enjoy using Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate chips to create this chocolate shell.


Yasso Frozen Yogurt - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
Yasso Frozen Yogurt – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar

Yasso Frozen Yogurt - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar

YASSO PARTY ANIMAL REVIEW

The Yasso frozen yogurt pints are chock full of protein (24g per pint) but they also do not have that chalky aftertaste that other protein products contain. Yasso keeps that protein discrete but packs it in.  Yasso is also lower in calories vs regular ice-cream. Let’s use Party Animal as an example here: 130 calories in a half cup serving.

You will fall in love with Yasso’s creamy texture. They use only high-quality Greek yogurt. Yasso is a healthier alternative to other ice-creams on the market but you would never even know that it is healthier for you when you are eating it. How cool is that? In the summer I often like to indulge in something cold and refreshing. I can not think of a better way to curb that craving. I feel no guilt eating Yasso and I also feel great about serving it to my daughter. Chloe is 8 years old and loves this product. So there you have it~ kid-friendly too!

I created a sundae with my Yasso Party Animal frozen yogurt. I topped it a with a sugar-free marshmallow topping, added a bit of candy-coated chocolate, some fun little-frosted animal crackers, and a maraschino cherry on top. My daughter said this sundae was the best she ever had and she really enjoyed it with the fun toppings!

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Final Thoughts On Yasso Party Animal Frozen Yogurt

My family loves this line of frozen yogurt products from Yasso and we are really looking forward to trying out all of the other flavors available. I feel that the only drawback to this is the sugar content. A half-cup of the Yasso Party Animal has 16 grams of sugar. We have been enjoying the Enlightened and Halo Top ice-cream pints and their product will only set you back about 5-6 grams of sugar. So while this frozen yogurt is a wonderful, tasty treat I do not want to overindulge too often due to the sugar content. There is still that major plus side to this product though with the low-calorie content.

Store Locator & Request Form

Wondering where you can grab a few of these frozen treats?? Never fear the store locator is here! CLICK HERE to find out where you can stock up! If you can not find them in your area, spread the word by printing out this REQUEST FORM and turn it into your store manager.



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QUESTION TIME What flavor of Yasso frozen yogurt will you try out first?

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Amped Up Grilled Cheese RECIPE With Dave’s Killer Bread & Tomato Soup

I know… I know… she’s lost her mind writing her first recipe about a grilled cheese and tomato soup BUT I just had to. It’s a hot day here in Michigan. I was hungry. I had a craving. It may not even be a recipe but more like a fabulous insider tip on how to maximize the taste of your meal. Check out what I did with a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread and some Annie’s Organic Tomato Soup!

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I don’t usually purchase loaves of bread (been trying to keep the carbs down low) but Dave’s Killer Bread is the most beautiful bread I have every laid my eyes upon. Seriously… bread… beautiful??? Trust me on this guys. I am also a firm believer in #noboringgrilledcheese. I made up that hashtag by the way. I can’t use a boring white loaf of bread and that plastic-like American cheese. I guess I am a grilled cheese snob. Call me what you will!

I went with the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds loaf. Dave’s Killer Bread uses all organic ingredients. This particular loaf has 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, omega 3s, and a huge assortment of whole grains all jam packed into one slice.

I started out by brushing a bit of some melted Organic Valley ghee (it is a clarified butter) onto the bread. I mixed in a bit of garlic powder and Italian seasonings into the melted ghee to pump up the flavor of the bread. Who doesn’t love garlic bread?

I then laid on a couple slices of Sargento Tomato & Basil Jack cheese. I really love the Italian flavors of this cheese. Perfect to go with my garlic bread that I just whipped up.

Got my grilled cheese all prepped and ready to go. I spray my pan with some Simple Truth Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil.

Now it is time to warm up with Annie’s Organic Creamy Tomato And Bunny Pasta soup. I doctored this soup up by grinding up some garlic salt and peppercorns into it, along with some Italian seasonings and crushed red pepper flakes. This soup is great on its own but I like to add my own little twist to it.

You will want to set your burner on medium and warm the grilled cheese up for a few minutes. Make sure you flip it too so both sides get that golden touch to it. You will know when the grilled cheese is done. It has to be nice and melty. I don’t do anything fancy at this point. It really is no different than warming up a plain grilled cheese.

Now it is time to plate your grilled cheese masterpiece and scarf it down. I really should have slowed down while eating this and savored it more but it was just so damn tasty. Oh and don’t forget to dip that amped up sandwich into your creamy tomato soup. Enjoy this for lunch or dinner and I do believe this would be super kid-friendly, especially with that adorable bunny pasta in the soup.

I would like to know how do you prepare your grilled cheese at home? Do you have any secret recipe you would like to share? Is there a special bread that you enjoy? Let me know in the comments.

Get Empowered With TRUWOMEN Protein Bar REVIEW – Gluten-Free & Vegan Snack

I stumbled across TRUWOMEN while browsing Amazon. The flavors of their protein bars immediately caught my eye… Daydreaming About Donuts is one flavor that really appealed to me. The Oh-Oh Cookie Dough was easy to fall in love with too! TRUWOMEN provides an indulgent and portable treat without all of the guilt. Keep reading my TRUWOMEN protein bar review to find out more about these incredible protein bars.

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TRUWOMEN PROTEIN BARS REVIEW

ABOUT THE TRUWOMEN BRAND

TRUWOMEN is a brand that puts taste first. They believe in producing a great product by only using the best ingredients that Mother Nature provides. These bars will appeal to many because they are non-GMO verified, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and kosher.

TRUWOMEN PROTEIN BARS ARE A NUTRITIOUS GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN SNACK

TRUWOMEN protein bars are made of completely plant-based ingredients and they include ingredients like cassava flour, brown rice protein, sunflower oil, roasted almond butter, and they are lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar. No sugar alcohols here because sugar alcohols can cause an upset stomach for many. The great thing about these protein bars is that there is absolutely no chalky aftertaste that you often get with a protein bar. So if you are into clean eating with only clean ingredients this protein bar can come through and deliver the goodness to you! 

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FIRST IMPRESSION OF TRUWOMEN PROTEIN BARS

My first impression of TRUWOMEN protein bars was the mind-blowing taste! The first one I reached for just had to be the Daydreaming About Donuts bar because I am donut-crazed and if I can have a healthy option that tastes like junk food but without all the junk ingredients count me in! My favorite thing about the donut bar is hands down that yummy yummy glaze! These really do replicate a delicious donut quite well. I will be daydreaming about this bar from this point forward. This bar would be a great dessert replacement as well.

If glazed donuts are not your jam fear not! TRUWOMEN protein bars comes in a few different flavors and make something for everyone. For all of the cookie lovers out there TRUWOMEN has a Oh Oh Cookie Dough bar, which will have you saying, “dough my goodness”!! The Smother Fudger Peanut Butter bar is an indulgent fudge bar stuffed with a creamy peanut butter filling. And last but not least, for anyone craving something fruity go ahead and pucker up to the Zamn Good Zesty Lemon bar.

 


I am so grateful for the opportunity to sample these bars. TRUWOMEN sent me a sample to review. I do not think anyone would be disappointed with the taste and the quality of these bars. I can tell that this brand put their heart and soul into this product. If you love dessert and you also have a sweet tooth, these bars will be a match made in heaven for you!

Wondering where you can purchase these protein bars?? You can purchase them directly through their website. You will also find that TRUWOMEN has a vanilla and a mocha protein powder available.

You can find out more on their Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram!

And now for my first blog giveaway! TRUWOMEN is giving away a variety pack of their protein bars.

How would TRUWOMEN protein bars fit into your lifestyle?
What flavor will you reach for first?

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

Comment below and leave your Instagram name. Make sure you are following both accounts: TRUWOMEN and Give It A Whirl Girl

For bonus entry follow our Facebook pages and leave your Facebook username in a separate comment. TRUWOMEN and Give It A Whirl Girl.

  • You must be 18+ to enter
  • Giveaway is for US residents only
  • You must leave a comment on this post and you are required to give TRUWOMEN’S Instagram a like and also Give It A Whirl Girl
  • Winner will be drawn on 7/5/2018 with a random number generator and contacted through the winner’s email
  • TRUWOMEN is responsible for shipment of the prize. You will receive the variety pack directly through them.

Did you enjoy this TRUWOMEN Protein Bar review? You might also love these posts at Give It A Whirl Girl

 




Why You Should Give It A Whirl TODAY

I was not always this way. I created a lot of routines in my life and my life was beginning to feel so mediocre. Today I live life for the experience of trying out new and different things. I would definitely slap the label of “foodie” right across my forehead. I am in a committed relationship with food. Trying out new foods injects a ton of happiness and joy into my life.

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What is a foodie?

A foodie is a person who is very passionate about food. It is more than just having a love for food. It is about the experience of savoring unique flavors and exploring what the world has to offer. Every single day new foods are hitting the market. On each of those days I am scouring the web and admiring them and wishing I could just get them down into my belly! A foodie has a strong, genuine interest in food and experiencing food is a hobby to them. There really are no requirements to being a foodie. There are several definitions of what it takes to be a foodie online but I feel that if you have that passion and desire about food then that is all that it takes to be a foodie.

Why is it important to try new things?

Trying out new foods is beneficial in so many ways. You approach food with an open mind, and they do say that variety is the spice of life! Doing so breaks you out of a rut. When I first began cooking I would make the same recipes over and over: spaghetti, chili, chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, chicken Parmesan, etc. I picked up some cookbooks for myself and explored different recipes and cuisines. I think my family was nervous at first when I began venturing into these new meals. We just did not know what to expect. You never really do know what to expect and that is the beauty of it!

Even my 8 year-old daughter, Chloe, is on-board with food exploration. She may be 8 but she is not a picky eater. I am so glad that she eats with an open mind. She comes along on our dining adventures and explores different cuisines with us. I was nothing like that when I was a child. I think it is really neat that she is brave when it comes to food.

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When you try out new foods you overcome a fear. We always pose the question of, “what if I do not like it” and “what if it is gross”. You really will not know unless you get adventurous and allow your taste buds to be the judge. When you hold back and deprive yourself you are only creating a roadblock. So cook that new recipe. Take your family out to dinner at a restaurant you have never stepped foot in. My family enjoys seeking out a new dining experience often. We are always down for the challenge of a new experience. We have discovered many interesting places to dine at when we have an open mind about it. If you do go to a restaurant that you are a regular of, don’t order the same cheeseburger you have ordered a bazillion times. Challenge yourself and say, “I’m going to try this today”. I have done this so many times and have very few regrets. It does not always agree with me but I often am glad that I took the plunge and had a new taste experience.

 

 

What’s for dinner tonight?

I use Kroger’s ClickList and I work on my shopping list all week. I use Pinterest for dinner inspiration. I created a board there and add interesting dinner recipes and snack/dessert recipes to my board whenever I come across something that I think my family would enjoy. I don’t often repeat recipes and seek out new ones to try each week. While I am adding items to my shopping cart I explore different brands.

Did you know that you can actually write to a company and inquire about free samples or coupons? That sort of lessens the fear of being bold and trying new things. If you can get a freebie or a discount coupon at least you are not out the full cost of the product. I have become a repeat customer of several different brands after requesting a sample or coupon from them. Every week when I am working on my shopping list I’m cruising around and tossing new foods into my cart.

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**samples and coupons I received in the mail**

So now it is question time!

What is the most adventurous food you have ever tried? 

I will answer first. I recently had the pleasure of trying pho at Minh Chau that had tripe (stomach lining) and tendon in it. It also had sliced beef, brisket, and meatballs in it. It was hands down one of the greatest soups I have ever had in my life!

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Let me know in the comments how adventurous you are. I am so curious to hear about your experience!

 

Realgood Pizza is really really good! For real!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for visiting. I am pleased to announce my very first product review with you today. Please let me know what you think… thoughts and opinions welcome! You can comment below or contact me privately.

If you are caught up in the low carb craze like myself you might be wondering how you can still enjoy foods that are typically loaded up with carbohydrates. The great news is that nowadays there a ton of healthy alternatives available to those leading a low-carb lifestyle.

I think it is safe to say that everyone LOVES pizza! Pizza is a universal food and so versatile. There are so many way to construct a great, tasty one! I discovered Realgood pizza recently and after flipping over the box and analyzing the nutrition facts I was sold! That big black dot that says, “guilt free” was enough to get me on board. Realgood pizzas are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and grain-free (gluten-free). If you are on a keto diet I highly suggest giving these a whirl.

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There are a couple ways to go about making a low carb pizza. There is cauliflower crust and then there is a meat-based crust. I looked over the ingredients and learned that the crust is composed of chicken and Parmesan cheese. The chicken is free of antibiotics and hormones, and since Realgood Foods cares about your health and well-being their pizzas are free of preservatives.

Each large pizza is 7 inches of greatness and has 50 grams of protein and 8 carbs. This size is great for dinner time. There are smaller pizzas available that would be fabulous for a yummy lunch. The smaller pizzas are 5 inches. The large and small pizzas are available in 3 flavors: three cheese, pepperoni, and supreme.

I decided on the supreme pizza because I am a big fan of lots of toppings on my pizza. I baked my Realgood pizza in the oven and the results were wonderful! Realgood suggests leaving the cardboard on the bottom of the pizza and placing it on a baking sheet.

There are some other ways you can heat them up. Realgood recommends taking the pizza out of the oven (removing the cardboard as well) and finishing off in a frying pan for a couple of minutes to crisp up the crust. You can also try them out in an air-fryer (w/o the cardboard) at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. I do own an air-fryer and I will be trying out this method in the near future. They also suggest grilling your pizzas (without the cardboard) for 6-8 minutes on medium heat.

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I am thrilled to see that Realgood Foods also has breakfast pizzas available and enchiladas! Breakfast pizzas are available in three flavors: pepperoni, sausage, and bacon. There are 4 types of enchiladas available: cheese, beef, chicken, and pork.

I tested out the sausage breakfast pizza this morning and I am feeling pretty good about it! This is the kind of fuel I need to get me through the day. The breakfast pizza that I had is made of scrambled eggs, mozzarella cheese, a cheese sauce, and Italian sausage. Like the lunch/dinner pizzas the crust is also made up of chicken and Parmesan cheese to keep the carbs low. I included a photo of the nutrition facts below and the breakfast pizza is only 4g carbs, 25g of protein, and 280 calories.

I still have yet to try out the Realgood Foods enchiladas. I am pretty positive that my family will enjoy those too. We do love our Mexican food over here!

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My final thoughts: I am so glad I gave these a whirl! I have been curious about this brand for quite some time. My family enjoyed the supreme pizza so much we are crossing our fingers that Realgood Foods will release a large, family sized pizza (we shared two 7″ pizzas). When I indulge in a pizza I also love to have some breadsticks available. It would be totally awesome to have those available in the future. I am looking forward to seeing where this brand goes from here. I know they are increasing in popularity and the possibilities are endless on what future products they will carry in their line of foods.

So where can you find Realgood foods?

  • You can order them online and have them shipped to your home
  • Kroger stores
  • Walmart stores
  • various health food stores

Since I am always looking out for an awesome deal I found an Ibotta deal on Realgood Foods. You can redeem this up to 10x per receipt and get a rebate of $2 for each item!

Deal scenarios at Kroger:

  • Pizzas on sale for $5.99 (reg 6.99) and use the Ibotta rebate to get $2 cashback so the total would be 3.99
  • Enchiladas on sale for $3.99 (reg 4.99) and use the Ibotta rebate to get $2 cashback and your out of pocket cost is $1.99 for each enchilada

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So what do you think? Will you give Realgood Foods a whirl? I sure am glad I did!

You can find out more on their website, Facebook page, and Instagram.

 

Showcasing a little bit of my cooking skills

I figured that showcasing my cooking skills would be another great way to introduce myself here and what I am most passionate about. This is a part of the day that I often look forward to. I really do get so much happiness and joy cooking for my little family of 3. In my kitchen it is a new adventure every single day. I am always seeking out new recipes to crank out so we can have a taste of some new concoctions here. As you may already know I love to try out new things, hence the name~ Give It A Whirl Girl!

**photo of me with the new Circulon cookware my hubby bought me** Kimmy Ripley GIVE IT A WHIRL GIRL
**photo of me with the new Circulon cookware my hubby bought me**

I have been cooking for a few years now but I really did not fall in love with it until last year when I began my weight loss journey. For awhile there pretty much anything passed as a meal… processed foods, loads of carbs, etc. I started falling into the trap of blaming my medication for weight gain. Until I changed my eating habits I realized I was dead wrong. I was the one to blame for my weight gain. I had been a skinny girl my whole life and when I plumped up I felt like I was in a foreign body of some sort. I realized I needed to make changes and amp up my recipes to pave the way for a healthier lifestyle.

As mentioned in my previous post I stated that I started out on a Mediterranean diet. It really did work and I saw results! I dropped quite a bit of weight but I will be honest that I got bored with the cuisine after while and needed something new.

I started looking into paleo (no grains, beans, soy, dairy, certain vegetable oils, and refined sugar). What I was left with was meats, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and seeds. I was never strict with paleo and just tried my best to be as paleo-ish as possible.

I also ventured into the world of grain-free paleo baking and nice-cream. I love paleo desserts so much and they satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthier way every single time I whip them up. I am aware that they are not totally healthier… keyword is “healthier” for you! Life just isn’t worth living if you can’t have a tasty dessert every now and then. I live for the sweets!

Oooooh and let’s not forget Cheat Days! There are plenty of those around here when I just stuff my face with whatever my brain desires! I believe that life should be balanced. There is no way in hell I could ever be strict.

Hoping you will stick around to see what I am capable of. I am having a very productive day and filling up my Erin Condren planner with all sorts of ideas for future posts. I have so much to learn and I really want nothing more than for this blog to be a great resource and an exciting spot to visit. I look forward to engaging with my new readers. Thank you to all for being a part of my dream.

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