As many of you know I have one of the worst cases of hypoglycemia on the planet – no I’m not kidding.  My specialist said it is one of the worst cases he has seen in his career.

I have had to give up many things that people take for granted because so many foods either contain sugar or turn into sugar after we digest them.

I’m Italian and I grew up from the time I was an infant eating pasts and bread, that for me was the most difficult thing to give up and I struggle with it each day.

I was not a huge soda drinker but I do enjoy a cola or ginger ale from time to time.  The worst part was not having something to drink when I was sick that didn’t contain those NASTY artificial sweeteners.  I hate that stuff and it is so dangerous to the human body which has been confirmed through research.

I found a product called Stevia about 7 years ago though a support group and have been using it ever since.  Stevia (under many brand names now) has made a huge impact on the market within the past 2 years.  I was hoping that some company would start to incorporate the product into things like candy, soda, and snacks so that I could once again have treats that were safe for me to eat and not affect my sugar.

Until recently no one had decided to develop a soda that contained Stevia until the people at Zevia saw a need for this product and I couldn’t be happier. 

In 2007, amidst the rainy backdrop of Seattle, Zevia Zero Calorie Soda was born. Sharing their stevia sweetened Cola, Lemon Lime Twist and Orange soda.  People were craving a smarter soda!

2011 brought five new flavors and some major growth. Word of smarter soda spread with the launch of five great tasting flavors like Cream Soda, Grapefruit Citrus & Caffeine Free Cola. Jaws dropped when they created the first diet Grape Soda and all natural Mountain Zevia, a mainstream favorite. They are all so delicious.

Today there are 15 flavors of Zevia to choose.  I personally purchase it at Whole Foods Markets but you can check the Zevia website (click here) to see who carries it in your area or if you cannot find it in your area it is available for purchase through Amazon (Amazon-click here)

You can also sign up for some money saving coupons at the website.


The great folks at Zevia have offered to give away a case of their product (24 cans) to one lucky Rosey The Coupon Coach follower.  There are many ways to earn extra entries (see below).

Good luck to all!

Disclosure – I received a six pack of Zevia as compensation for this blog post. All opinions stated in this post are mine and mine alone.

Arctic Zero Product Revew

I am so honored to be working with the people at Arctic Zero to tell you about the wonderful products they offer.

As you all know I have so many diet restrictions due to my severe hypoglycemia that I can rarely indulge in anything sweet or good tasting so to find Arctic Zero was truly a blessing for me (Thank you Bonny C.)

The people at Arctic Zero were so kind to send me a full product line of samples to try so that I could give my honest opinion to you all about the products.

I am not the type of person to lie to sell a product, never was and never will be.  For many years as a licensed manicurist I worked in an industry where sales are an added bonus (big time) in helping you achieve higher commissions in your paycheck each week.  However, I will only promote or sell a product that I believe in and that I have personally tested and approve of.  That goes for any product that I am asked to test.

So I’ve had the opportunity to sample Arctic Zero and I cannot be more pleased to promote this wonderful product.  Not only are they yummy but they are low in sugar (good for me) low in fat and calories but they are helping people like me with diet restrictions enjoy forbidden treats.

Let me tell you a brief history about Arctic Zero so you can get a better feel for what a great company they truly are.

In 2002 the company developed a product called Carbawhey, a protein based soft serve ice cream that was diabetic friendly.  As they sold this product at yogurt shops throughout Southern California they were inundated with requests from consumers to make a take-home version of the product.  As a result in 2006 Arctic Zero was born.

Now sold in 45+ states and 2000+ grocery stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts/Henrys, Sunflower Markets, Bristol Farms, Publix, Safeway, Kroger/Ralphs, HEB, Hy-vee, Giant/Martins and Winn-Dixie and at least 1,000 more store to be added in the very near future, Arctic Zero has become one of the most sought after products (believe me I know my Whole Foods is always sold out of it.) today.

It has been featured on shows like Dr. Oz, The Today Show, Life & Style, Hungry Girl, Shine from Yahoo and in publications like Reader’s Digest and The Washington Post.

It comes in 7 flavors (Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cookies & Cream, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Strawberry, Vanilla Maple and my absolute favorite Pumpkin (seasonal) and each pint is less than 150 calories (yes you are reading this correctly).  So if you needed to indulge in a sweet treat because you had a bad day this product would sooth your need for sweet and not make you feel guilty about doing so.  A 1/2 cup serving is only 37 calories, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 3.4 grams of protein.

It is also available in ice cream bars (OH MY GOODNESS) these are just delightful.  You have to try them.  Each bar is only 85 calories chocolate coating and all. They come in your choice of vanilla with chocolate coating, chocolate with coating, strawberry with chocolate coating (my personal favorite) and orange cream with chocolate coating.

Arctic Zero is all natural, gluten free, lactose intolerant friendly, low in sugar, low glycemic and suitable for type 2 diabetics, has no GMO, made with high quality when protein, kosher, and 70% fewer calories, fat and sugar than other premium ice cream substitutes and there are no chemical additives.  You can actually feel good allowing your kids to have Arctic Zero.

The kind folks at Arctic Zero have offered to sponsor a contest for one lucky Rosey The Coupon Coach follower to win the the entire line (as pictured above) of Arctic Zero products.  It will be shipped directly to your home in dry ice.

I am partnering with my dear friend Tara (SemmesSavers.com) on this contest so you will have twice the opportunity to enter and win.

You can win extra entries to the contest by completing extra tasks but as a follower of my facebook page (Rosey The Coupon Coach) and Tara’s facebook page (Semmes Savers) you will be entitled to one entry just for leaving a comment on both of our pages.

At the end of the contest term on lucky follower will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified by email.  Please also read the terms and conditions of the contest to make sure your entries are valid.

Good luck to all.

Disclosure – I received ten containers of Arctic Zero to test as compensation for this blog post. All opinions stated in this post are mine and mine alone.

Check Out Jewelry Candles

Doesn’t that Chocolate Chip Cookie Jewelry Candle look good enough to eat? Check out these amazing products from Jewelry Candles – wonderful candles and scents that smell good enough to eat – but I don’t recommend that LOL.

Jewelry Candles were inspired by Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Think of the candles as the candy bars and the jewelry you unveil as your own ‘golden ticket’! Each candle is all natural soy and contains a piece of jewelry valued at anywhere from $10 to $7,500! I love their variety of scents – from Baby Powder and Fresh Cut Flowers, to Baked Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie. Make sure to check out the Jewelry Candles Shop to see all the different scents offered.

Paper Towels Put to the Test!

 

442px-Paper_towelWhether you’re de-streaking grimy windows or sopping up spills, you want a paper towel that’s absorbent and strong — and that won’t leave a trail of lint behind.

Experts in the GHRI Textiles Lab tested 19 versions from major brands and stores’ private labels, including some made with recycled content. To find out more about how we picked our favorites, be sure to check out how we tested paper towels.

Overall Winner

The test’s top towels: Viva’s are sturdy, and they soak up liquid fast and hold it all in — perfect for the spill-prone (about 3.5¢ per square foot*).
*Cost based on average estimated retail price.

Soft Touch – Bounty ExtraSoft

For a plush feel, try Bounty ExtraSoft. They absorb as quickly as regular Bounty and hold in even more liquid.  We found that they linted a bit, though (5¢ per square foot*).

Strongest – Bounty

Bounty towels held up best in our wet-strength test — they won’t shred when you clean with them. And they speedily sop up liquid (4.5¢ per square foot*).

Best Deal – Brawny

The hefty sheets of Brawny are nearly as strong and absorbent as Bounty’s and Viva’s, and at about 3¢ per square foot,* you’ll save some cash.

Eco-Smart – Scott Naturals

Made of 60% recycled fiber, Green Good Housekeeping Seal holder Scott Naturals towels are thick and thirsty — and a bargain (2.5¢ per square foot*).