Feb 27

LOOLY’S Gluten Free Couscous Review


LOOLY’S is an innovative impact-driven healthy food start-up, based in Boston, that is offering people with celiac and gluten intolerances the opportunity to enjoy couscous once again!

Looly’s’ name comes from the Arabic lou’lou’, which means pearl and is used to describe the best things. After couscous, Looly’s team wants to develop new “pearls” from cuisines from all over the world for the international market.


I haven’t eaten couscous in years nor have I tried any that are pre-seasoned. So I was thrilled when I learned about LOOLY’s gluten free couscous.

LOOLY’S products are hand-made, healthy, tasty, and convenient. It only takes minutes to prepare, making it an easy go-to weeknight option.

Not only is Looly’s couscous gluten free, but it is all natural, handmade, unprocessed, and diet-friendly (low calorie).

The gluten free couscous is available in two varieties: Salad Couscous (Thyme/Tumeric) and Breakfast Couscous (cinnamon). The gluten free couscous is made from a non-GMO corn-base and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

The couscous is flavorful, but not over-empowering. I could really taste the turmeric. Couscous goes a long way to be careful not to make too much like I did! The texture was a little different from what I remember, but overall I would eat it again.


LOOLY’s fine pearls of couscous contain fewer calories than rice, quinoa, pasta, and bread, and are high in protein.

LOOLY’s is to food what TOMS is to shoes, to ancestral food what CHOBANI is to Greek yogurt and to real food what KIND BARS are to snacking. Looly’s couscous is produced close to the small town of Sidi Kacem in Morocco and dedicates 40% of its revenue to a social action fund for its employees and their community.


Head to their website to learn more about Looly’s Couscous. You can also follow on Twitter and like their Facebook page.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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Feb 26

The Little Beet 100% Gluten Free Casual Fast Food // Midtown West

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Chef Franklin Becker has succeeded in his venture to make the first 100% gluten free fast causal dining establishment in NYC. Not only is the food 100% gluten free, but all packaging is biodegradable and plant based. The Little Beet guarantees that your meal is cooked safely, with all ingredients being all-natural, seasonal, hormone-free, and antibiotic free.

The Little Beet was founded with one simple philosophy: To serve real food deliciously. Inspired by local, seasonal and natural ingredients, Chef Franklin Becker has created a menu that offers wholesome food that makes you feel real good about eating it, and even better after.

Quick and healthy, The Little Beet is a great alternative to the fast food scene in Midtown. With seating available on two floors, and online ordering available, you can your food there or get it to go.

You can order one of Little Beet’s salads or bowls, or you can create your own plate with one two or three sides for $10, $12, or $14. Or you can have a salad plus one protein for $12, soup and side(s), beet roll and sides, or everything a la carte.


Salmon with charred cauliflower and charred broccoli


Proteins include chicken, steak, salmon, tofu, and salmon croquettes.  All proteins use only non-GMO, unprocessed ingredients.


Steak with roasted sweet potatoes and buckwheat soba noodles

The choices of sides include roasted sweet potatoes, charred broccoli, charred string beans, charred kale, charred cauliflower, southwest style millet, lentils, buckwheat soba noodles, quinoa, and Brussels sprouts

Cold pressed juices and gluten free baked goods, pastries, and desserts are also available.

In the morning, The Little Beet makes 7 different breakfast sandwiches, all served on gluten free bread.

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This entry was posted in Fast Food, Midtown, Midtown West, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , on 26 February, 2015.

Feb 25

Zevia, Zero Calorie Soda // Gluten Free, Vegan & Kosher

b2b7f301804d23c1227754acf0c37b1af5273e30_1.jpgHalf the American population admits to drinking soda every day and the average American is buying 170 liters of soda per year. Yet, soda is contributing to the obesity epidemic and other health-related issues facing our country, and now consumers are looking to make better choices. So, what if that soda was smarter? Or healthier? Imagine the calories and artificial sweeteners that could be avoided.Image the health problems that could be avoided…

I like to think of Zevia as The Smarter Soda choice. Zevia soda has zero calories, zero sugar, zero glycemic index and contains no artificial. It is certified Kosher, gluten free, and vegan.


Why? How? There’s a catch, right? Well, no, there’s no catch, really, other than an almost immediate love for your new found soda savior! Since Zevia is sweetened with stevia, it’s naturally zero calories. The unique formulation makes Zevia ideal for oodles of people including the health conscious, “bad soda” enthusiasts, dialysis patients, diabetics, moms, dads, kids, grandparents, cousins, strangers and neighbors. In fact, a branded form of stevia is now the #2 most purchased table top sweetener behind Splenda, and the #1 natural sweetener.

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Sweetened naturally, Zevia is the great tasting, zero calorie soda with no artificial sweeteners, available in 15 familiar, favorite flavors:


Grab a Cream Soda or kick back with a Cola and raise a can to the smarter soda and smarter choices.

You can purchase Zevia online or at leading retailers throughout the US and Canada, including Whole Foods, Safeway, Kroger, Super Target and loads of natural food and grocery stores. Click here to check out the Coupon page for more info on how to save money on your next Zevia purchase!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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This entry was posted in Beverage, Kosher, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , , on 25 February, 2015.

Feb 25

bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad Giveaway

Here’s your chance to win a bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad for your baby, toddler or someone else you love! 

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About the  bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad:

The Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad by bebé owl is designed to keep baby dry and comfortable.

LUXURIOUSLY SOFT – Quilted terry top made from bamboo viscose provides superior comfort

WATERPROOF – Absorbent mattress protector prevents moisture buildup and protects from stains, bacteria, mold and more

STANDARD SIZE FIT – 52 in. (length) x 28 in. (width) x 6 in. (skirt) – mattress cover perfectly fits all standard crib mattresses and fitted sheet design keeps it in place during sleep

EASY TO CLEAN – machine washable and quick to dry, making it convenient for busy parents 

You can purchase the  bebé owl Waterproof Qulited Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad on Amazon or on bebé owl website.
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Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email! Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. 
Disclosure: This blog, nor So Simply Stephanie, were compensated for this giveaway. So Simply Stephanie did receive a free bebé owl Waterproof Quilted Bamboo Crib Mattress Pad to facilate the review. bebé owl is responsible for prize and shipping. Facebook, Twitter, Giveaway Tools and other social media outlets are not associated with this giveaway. For questions regarding this giveaway please contact Stephanie at sosimplystephanie@gmail.com 

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review and tagged on 25 February, 2015.

Feb 24

Jiva USDA Organic White Rice Flour Review & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Jiva USDA Organic White Rice Flour is from quality, organic Rice. Organic white rice flour is a favorite ingredient for gluten free baking, lending a light and delicate sponginess to baked goods. It is also great for breading and thickening soup, sauce, or gravies.


The refined version of organic brown rice flour, organic white rice flour can be used interchangeably with brown rice flour. The second largest world crop, rice is a staple food in Asia where, unlike most grains, it is grown on small paddies and harvested by hand, just as it has been for centuries.

It is lighter, milder, and easier to digest than wheat flour. Some people find white rice flour to be slightly gritty, but many, including myself, find it preferable to bean flours.

White rice flour is naturally gluten free, rich in carbohydrates and low in fat. Jiva Organics Rice Flour is also USDA certified organic.

White rice flour can be used to bake cakes, cookies, dumplings, breads and more, as well as thicken sauces and coat fish and other proteins. It is also very popular for the preparation of a variety of Asian noodles, which are a staple in Eastern cuisine.

White Rice Flour Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  1. 3⁄4 cup shortening
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  9. 1 1⁄4 cup White Rice Flour
  10. 3⁄4 cup Potato Starch Flour
  11. 3⁄4 cup Chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the shortening, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and sugar.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. You may swap raisins or pecans of the chocolate chips, depending on your preference.
  4. Lightly grease a baking pan. Spoon out dough about the size of a walnut.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
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Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

The word Jiva means life. Jiva Organics is a small family business driven by care and respect for life, be it people or the environment. They source products that are completely natural, certified organic, and grown with the underlying philosophy that promotes sustainability of Mother Earth for the present and future generations. The organic farms that they work with are untouched by modern toxic inputs to produce pure and natural spices and grains of the highest quality, that result in delicious, healthy meals for you and your family. It is a simple choice that makes a big difference.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in Dessert Recipes, Product Review and tagged , on 24 February, 2015.

Feb 23

Mercola Magnesium Review & Giveaway

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 5.29.39 PMMagnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies (following Calcium, Phosporus and Potassium). It is vital to health.  And MANY of us are deficient in it. The majority of magnesium is stored in our bones and most of the remainder is in our cells. Very little actually circulates in our blood. That little bit in our blood however, is crucial to our heart and plays a key role in maintaining a regular heart beat.

It has a number of other important roles in our body including blood sugar regulation, energy production, blood pressure normalization, muscle and nerve function and maintenance of a healthy immune system.

As you grow older, your body becomes less efficient and effective in absorbing important vitamins and minerals. So, despite a healthy diet rich in fresh organic vegetables, you may still come up short in certain nutrients. One such mineral that might need extra help with is magnesium. And that’s why Dr. Mercola created Magnesium L-Threonate.

Not only something to worry about as you get older, but it is also something to worry about it you have celiac. Magnesium deficient has been associated with a variety of health problems including celiac disease, colitis, constipation, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, to name a few.

Gluten free diets are notoriously low in magnesium and it is an important nutrient that should be addressed with anyone following a gluten free diet. Wheat bran is one of the foods with the highest concentration of magnesium. When you eliminate wheat from the diet, an important source of magnesium is lost. Also, manufactured gluten free foods are full of refined flours and sugars and void of this important mineral.

Caffeine and alcohol are also magnesium depleting chemicals. I for one drink coffee every day and do enjoy a glass of wine one the weekends. I’m screwed.

Well, not so fast. I was deficient in magnesium, among other vitamins and minerals, years ago and have ever since taken magnesium supplements. It has really helped my blood level tests, keeping me regular, helped with my sleep and fatigue. Some supplements help better than others.

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Dr. Mercola Magnesium L-Threonate is a newer, emerging form of magnesium supplement that appears to have promising cognitive benefits. In addition to support for cardiovascular and bone health, energy, metabolism, and mood, provided by elemental magnesium, researchers are now focusing on magnesium’s benefits for cognitive function. Magnesium has long been known as a key nutrient for optimal brain function. More recently, scientists have found it specifically promotes learning and memory as a result of its beneficial effect on synaptic plasticity and density.

One capsule contains a total of:

*A serving is 4 capsules, which contain 2000 mg of magnesium.

The pills are easy to swallow, have a mild odor and zero after taste. One bottle contains 120 capsules, equal to a one month supply.

Now, for the giveaway. One lucky reader will win a one month supply of Dr. Merocla’s Magnesium L-Threonate.

To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on March 9, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Dr. Mercola premium product line includes over 24 supplements (including Astaxanthin), food, beverages, and more. You can purchase Dr. Merocla’s Magnesium L-Threonate (and other supplements) on Amazon or online here

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I was not paid to write this review. 


This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, Soy free, vitamins and tagged , , , on 23 February, 2015.

Feb 21

Rocksbox: The Premium Jewelry Subscription Box // Code for One Free Month


In case you haven’t heard, Rocksbox is the premiere destination to borrow jewelry before you buy. For a monthly fee, Rocksbox Insiders receive a highly curated box of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time. Featuring 30+ amazing designers including Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, and Loren Hope. 


Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry styling service. Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.

Key things to know: 


Your Style Profile:

Start your Shine Insider Status by completing your personalized style profile in just 3 minutes. Your Rocksbox stylists will use your profile to hand pick designer jewelry for you from our collection of 30+ of the hottest jewelry designers.

It takes a combination of art and science to select each set of three pieces for your Rocksbox. The three pieces are placed in the signature Rocksbox box and delivered from their headquarters in San Francisco to your doorstep (with free shipping, of course!).

My first Rocksbox

My first Rocksbox

Making the most of your Rocksbox:

You will receive 3 pieces of designer jewelry in each Rocksbox – show it off! Rocksbox jewelry likes to be worn, so wear your fabulous Rocksbox gems around town as much as you like! Rate “like”,” love”, or “could live without” the pieces in your set by marking the packing slip in your box or online on your account page. This will help the Rocksbox stylists select just the right pieces for your next Rocksbox Set.

When you are ready for some new baubles, place the pieces you do not want to buy in your Rocksbox and use the prepaid envelope to return your set. Once they receive your set, they will send your next Rocksbox Set STAT! As a member, you can swap out your pieces as many times as you’d like each month.

Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 4.36.51 PMFall in love and you can buy any items from your Rocksbox Set at a members-only, 20%-off-retail discount.

Receive your first month FREE with promo code bostongirlxoxo. This promo code must be activated before March 16, 2015. After that it will be good for 50% off your first month. (no expiration date)

Disclaimer: I received a free 3-month subscription to Rocksbox. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 


This entry was posted in Product Review, subscription and tagged , on 21 February, 2015.

Feb 20

Serrano & Habanero Salsa by SalsaCrazy

Do you like salsa?  Do you like a little heat? This salsa is for you! From the people who brought you all those Dance DVDs, comes … the FOOD! SalsaCrazy has two salsas- Serrano (medium) and Habanero (spicy).

The Habanero Salsa was the first in the line to be produced. It is HOT. On a scale of 1 to 10 it ranks a 10. If you can’t handle the heat, then I recommend you skip this one. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

It’s not all hotness, though. It has a delicious taste that keeps you coming back for more no matter how hot. It’s seasoned well and you can tell the fresh ingredients that were used to make it.



The Serrano Salsa is the “friendlier” version of the original Habanero Salsa. SalsaCrazy’s Serrano Salsa, a delicious, medium, all-around salsa has great garden flavor and chunks of tomato, corn, and green chile. Made with Serrano peppers, it’s milder, but still has a kick to hit.

With more than a hint of chile peppers and garlic this salsa makes an extraordinary and versatile salsa, with great flavor. It’s not too hot to eat, and it’s packed with flavor. You’ll love the familiar healthy and home-made salsa flavor. I love salsa and it is really important to me that it tastes fresh.  Finding a good tasting salsa is hard to find as many brands are either bland or are way too sweet.


Both salsas comes in a 16 fl. oz jar and it have 10 calories per serving (2 tsp.). The price is a little steep at $13.95 per bottle, but I’d rather pay this amount than $4.99 for something bland or packed with preservatives and unnatural ingredients.

SalsaCrazy’s Serrano and Habanero Salsa is available for sale on Amazon.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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This entry was posted in Mexican, Product Review, Sauce, Snack and tagged , , , on 20 February, 2015.

Feb 19

Schwartz Bioresearch New and Improved Formula Probiotic Review & GIVEAWAY


It is amazing the health benefits probiotics provide. From digestive health to even fighting obesity, probiotics can do amazing things for our bodies.

Probiotics are good bacteria who perform a very important role in our digestive, metabolic and immune systems. They produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake, and convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need.

A daily dose of a high quality probiotic supplement is great in helping to repopulate the good bacteria in the body and in helping destroy the bad bacteria.

Schwartz Bioresearch’s new and improved probiotic contains 20 billion CFU’s! The potency, purity, and content of each batch of probiotics are extensively analyzed by professionals before its release. The ingredients in Schwartz Biosearch are 100% natural, and do not contain any binders or fillers of any sort. All of Schwartz Bioresearch’s supplements are third party tested for potency and purity, and are manufactured in the USA, in an FDA-approved facility under strict GMP guidelines.

This probiotic is also free of lactose, soy, gluten, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals and artificial colors.


It is shelf-stable, so no refrigeration is required, but you should store it in a cool, dry place. 

Not all probiotics are created equally. It’s important to talk to your doctor to find one that is best for you. For me, I look for a probiotic that contains at least 12 billion CFU’s per serving, and a number of different strands of bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus. This is the most important strain of the Lactobacillus species. It supports nutrient absorption and helps with the digestion of dairy foods— two things my body needs help with!


Schwartz’s probiotic meets all my criteria.

Schwartz Bioresearch makes a variety of supplements including:

Schwartz products are such great quality & now I have the chance to offer my readers the chance to get a gift card for $100 in free products!  

$100 Amazon Gift Card Voucher

This giveaway will end on March 5, 2015. 

Save $10 OFF any $50 Purchase with promo code PHEVTVG6 (Expires March 31, 2015)

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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This entry was posted in Giveaway, nut free, Product Review, Soy free, vitamins and tagged , , , , on 19 February, 2015.

Feb 18

Forlan Skincare Retinol Cream Review

Forlan Skincare’s Advanced Vitamin A Retinol Cream is so effective in reducing the signs of aging because it’s special anti-wrinkle formula helps the skin retain collagen in a way that gives your skin structure, firmness, and elasticity. Forlan’s Retinol Cream has the ability to help unplug pores, even out skin discoloration (such as age spots), restore vibrancy to the complexion, reduce oiliness, treat skin concerns such as acne and improve the texture of your skin, making it softer and more supple.

Unlike many creams out there, Forlan Skincare’s Retinol Cream goes on smoothly, is non-greasy and leaves no residue. After using this cream for the past few weeks I’ve noticed that my skin tone is more even. The harsh winter weather has left my skin dry and red in some areas. This cream has helped my skin stay soft and even-toned.


Advantages of Using Forlan Skincare’s Retinol Cream:

Suggested Use: Liberally apply to clean, gently dried skin every evening.

So What Are You Waiting For? Forlan Skincare’s Advanced Retinol Cream is backed up by a 100%, no quibble, money back guarantee giving you complete peace of mind.

Forlan Skincare is offering my readers special offer with promo code GET5MORE to save $5 off any order placed on Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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This entry was posted in Product Review, skin care and tagged , on 18 February, 2015.