LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

I tend to stick to the same tried and true products, be they food, toiletries, clothes, kid's gear- for myself or for my family. When I find something I love, I'm as loyal as the day is long. That said, I do try new things, particularly if they strike me as being beneficial or look like something that might go over well in my household. Sometimes it's a spur-of-the-moment, toss it in the cart kind of buy that ends up being a hit, and other times it's a well thought out choice that misses big time.

I thought I'd share a few recent hits and misses with you- the things I'm loving and the things I'm leaving.

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GIMME ORGANIC SEAWEED SHEETS

We picked the sesame variety of these up at Costco, thinking they would be a snack our kids would enjoy. They did, for about half a sheet each. I tried one to show them that they could be delicious, and ended up loving it. It's become my go-to snack when I'm craving something flavorful, but at just 25 calories a pack, it doesn't set me back as much as other foods. I don't love all the packaging when I'm just at home, and it is a bit of a hassle to make sure I get the keep-fresh packet out before one of my kids eats it. Overall, though: LOVE IT


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EXPLORE-ASIAN EDAMAME PASTA

Since S is currently off of wheat for the next few weeks, we're always looking for wheat-free alternatives to our favorite meals and snacks. This edamame pasta was also a Costco buy, and one that we had high hopes for. I prepared it according to the package instructions, adding our usual pasta sauce. As far as flavor goes, it was fine. But texture? It was like eating rubber bands. I'm brainstorming ideas for how to prepare the rest of it so it doesn't go to waste, but it's not something we plan on buying again. LEAVE IT


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BEAUTYCOUNTER DEW SKIN TINTED MOISTURIZER

I had high hopes for this. I'm moving toward stickler status when it comes to what goes on my skin, and this is supposed to be the best of the best. Unfortunately, the light scent was enough to irritate my skin to the point I had to wash it off. I still have plans to try some of their other products, though. I'm a little sad to have to say, for this, it's a LEAVE IT





NEW TRENT IPHONE CASE

I've never been a phone case person, but I have kids. Also, I'm prone to dropping things. While I liked the look of a lot of cases, I knew I would get tired of one, so I wanted clear. I also didn't want a huge, rugged military grade type, so I decided to try this one . I've had it for a year and a half now, and my phone has been dropped, thrown, and had water poured on it. Earlier this week, it was dropped in the sink with the water running. Not an issue or a scratch. My husband has the same case for his 6 plus, and his has held up just as well. Bonus, less than twenty bucks. LOVE IT





CULINARY TREASURES SOUTHWESTERN BLACK BEAN SOUP

I might just need to do a post on all my Costco must-haves. This soup alone is worth the drive, though. I eat it for a quick lunch a few times a week. Each pack is two servings, but if you end up eating the whole thing, you're still at less than 300 calories. Right now, it's priced at less than five dollars for a box of eight. Stockpiling, food storage, call it what you will. It would be financially, and nutritionally irresponsible to not grab some. LOVE IT



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OLD NAVY CASUAL DRESS

I bought this dress on sale a month or so ago. (I bought it in black, but it looks like that option is sold out.) It's comfortable, is long enough for me to be up and down chasing after kids, can be dressed up or dressed down, and washes well. And it's comfortable. I said that, right? LOVE IT







FLAX SEED GEL

I've been making this gel for LB for the past three weeks. It's so easy and works so much better than product I'd been paying far more for. Essentially, I'm able to make the equivalent of $20 worth of the last gel I'd been using for about $1 now. I'm all for paying more for what is safe and what works well, but in this case, I'm paying less. LOVE IT

All in all, I've had a lot more hits than misses lately. What have you been loving, or leaving?

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