7/30/16

Product Review: Silk Nutchello


Hi guys! Back with another product review. This one was a tasty one! 



If you find yourself lactose intolerant or needing to be on a dairy-free diet or simply like the idea of enjoying plant-based, & dairy-free beverages, then Silk is a brand you should definitely give a try!  Silk products are made without artificial flavors or colors, and high fructose corn syrup. They are also extremely high in protein and have a significantly lower amount of calories than your normal sweetened drink. 


Recently through CrowdTap, I was invited to try the new Silk Nutchello. I chose 2 different flavors to compare and sample for you along with Silk Chocolate SoyMilk which I already knew I enjoyed (to get proper comparison)! 



This one is a family favorite. Silk Chocolate Soymilk. It's got 50% more calcium in it than regular dairy milk. It's lactose, gluten, egg, and MSG-free!  Plus it is delicious!  Who doesn't love a good chocolate milk??  Plut it's so creamy and smooth! 



Here is a photo of me pouring the Rich Dark Chocolate + Walnut Nutchello into a glass, over ice.  
So dark, and smooth!  I really enjoyed the flavor. 



This is a side by side visual comparison between Silk Nutchello flavors. I chose Rich Dark Chocolate + Walnuts Nutchello and then Toasted Coconut + Cashew Nutchello. 



To the world, it looks just like regular chocolate dairy milk next to plain white dairy milk, but let me tell you, these are so much better! (Plus, I'd never drink dairy milk on ice. Ew.) 
Nutchello is smooth. It tastes, and smells delicious and as a Mom, it's a great choice for my family. My children love it!   

-The Rich Dark Chocolate + Walnuts Nutchello as seen here is my favorite of the flavors I chose. Honestly, there was nothing not to like. It's simply put, so yum! I could not taste walnuts in the drink at all, but it was chocolate, so who cares? :)

-The Toasted Coconut + Cashew Nutchello as seen here was my least favorite, but only because I was already on a chocolate kick from the other two.  It is good on it's own. First impression was meh, but I drank it again with breakfast on a different day and I found that I did enjoy it's unique flavor. It's creamy and slightly sweet on it's own but has a taste that is completely unlike any other. It smells faintly of sweet coconut but does not have much coconut flavor. I think the cashew really stands out with this one as far as flavors go, but if it wasn't on the label, I wouldn't know it was cashew. I feel like this flavor of Nutchello was different from regular cashew milk.  I also couldn't get over the fact that there are only 80 calories per serving! These Nutchellos have some impressive labels. 

There is also another Nutchello flavor I did not review, as seen here.  It's Caramel Almonds + Cashew flavored. I am willing to bet it's awesome! 


Silk has a LOVE IT GUARANTEE which is pretty much awesome. If you don't love it when you try it, get your money back, but chances are, you won't have that problem! 

If you try Silk Nutchello, let me know what you think. Personally, huge fan.
To check out more of Silk's products, please visit their webpage! 





*FTC Disclaimer: One of these Silk Nutchello's were purchased with a complimentary coupon provided to me by CrowdTap for testing purposes. The other two products shown were purchased with my own money! All opinions, and photos on this blog are my own!*



7/16/16

Book Review: Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition By Bryan Peterson


Understanding Exposure 
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Fourth Edition
By Bryan Peterson
ISBN: 978-1607748502
Photography/Instruction
Retails for $26.99



ABOUT:
Have you ever want to learn about how to properly compose a photo, but you can't seem to get your exposure just right? 
With the help of Bryan Peterson, you can learn the fundamentals of light, aperture and shutter speed and how they interact and influence each other. This is a guide/how-to book on How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera, with a strong emphasis on Exposure. 


IMPRESSION:
Author Bryan Peterson is an actual professional photographer and an instructor and founder of the Bryan Peterson School of Photography. He teaches you all the ways to achieve proper lighting and exposure for your photography, which is more in depth than you would think. There is so much to learn!!  

Right off the bat you find out What is Meant by Exposure? And to answer that, exposure refers to a finished image, and entails the amount of light falling onto photosensitive material such as film or digital card. Then you have to ask yourself, "How much should my exposure be?" to which the author answers.."Your exposure should be correct."

More than exposure, this book goes over many topics such as using wide angle lenses and macro photography. Included was also aperture conversions for fixed-lens digital cameras, panning, freezing motion, implying motion with stationary subjects, front and back lighting, the importance of a tripod, and using gray cards...etc. There is so much covered!! 

As a photographer, I can honestly say that this book takes you on an incredible learning trip. One that I was excited to dive right into.  I've been taking pictures for a few years now, but only this year have I finally learned out to shoot manually.  When you have a DSLR, you can "cheat" and use auto but what's the fun in that? To take truly good photos, you need to know how to properly compose your images and sometimes that's difficult. There are so many things that get in the way and it's easy to get discouraged. I know I have personally taken a lot of time off from doing what I love because I felt like I couldn't properly compose my images the way that I wanted them to be. I'd look at other's work and find myself incredibly jealous. 

Then, lucky me.. a month or two ago, I chose to review this book to help me on my way!  

 Overall, this book is a great guide! I cannot express it enough. I feel like I have learned how to use my flash properly now, whereas before I only felt comfortable using natural light only! 
This book is also very sturdy and definitely a book you'd want on your coffee table, despite being a trade paperback. It's large in size and definitely gets your attention! There are several sections with photos and image recipes (camera, lense, shutter speed, ISO) listed below the image, so you can better understand the camera settings to try to achieve photo goals on your own.
If you like incredibly useful and helpful photography books, then this one is a must have! 


"Every photograph is a lie, but with that lie a mountain of truth is revealed! And the climb towards the truth is greatly accelerated when one's steps are rooted in the simple understanding of exposure."
-Bryan Peterson












*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me complimentary from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All photos and opinions on this blog are my own.* 

Book Review: Life is Better at the Beach By Thomas Nelson & Christina Vinson



Life is Better at the Beach
Inspiration for Living Each Day Like You're at the Beach
By Thomas Nelson & Christina Vinson
ISBN: 978-0718089689
Inspiration
Retails for $14.99

ABOUT:

The beautiful four-color book of inspirational photos, Bible verses, quotations, and short writings invites you to escape the buzz of the everyday and into the tranquility that the beach offers. Each section of this book will cover a “beach rule” and encouraging thoughts on how you can incorporate that mind-set or behavior into your daily life.
Much of Jesus’ ministry happened along the seashore, where He told His followers about the peace and rest His Father offered them and modeled the best way to live. In the same way, this book transports you to a favorite beach locale and helps you apply rules for beach living to everyday life—rules to slow down, to notice the beauty in the little things, and to incorporate rest into even the most stressful times.
Full of serene images, inspiring quotations, and restful Bible verses, this book will be a natural addition to your coffee table or desk, as well as a lovely gift for that beach-loving friend.
For as the waters fill the sea,    
the earth will be filled with an awareness     
of the glory of the Lord.
—Habakkuk 2:14 NLT






IMPRESSION: 

I found this book to be an absolute treasure. This little book is so uplifting from the moment you look at the cover. It's a nice hardback book with a beautiful gold embossing on both covers. The inside is just as exciting! You're greeted with very colorful pages, in beachy tones. The font is fun to read and the reading is light.  The table of contents breaks it up into 15 Beach Rules. These rules vary, but are very easy to follow and appreciate.  Included also are some wonderful scripture verses and calming words of wisdom. I so appreciate this book.  It reminded me to take time to appreciate rest and relaxation with a grateful heart and to ride the waves of God's plans for us. Fantastic read.












*FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book complimentary from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. All photos and opinions on this blog are my own!*