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Homestyle Ragu Sauce

My latest review comes courtesy of the Moms Meet Blogger program.  I am able to receive certain products for free in exchange for an honest review. It’s a great website to discover new and healthy products that can benefit the whole family!

This time, I was selected to try Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce.  I received free coupons to purchase the product on my own as well as a recipe to go along with the sauce.

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I didn’t care for the supplied recipe, so I just made spaghetti with vegetables along with the sauce all in the crockpot (because the crockpot is the only thing in my house that doesn’t need my undivided attention.)

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The sauce is available in five different varieties, but I went to a small Vons near my house in Southern California and only found these two flavors.  I did also look for this sauce at my military commissary, but they didn’t have it in stock.  So with a little chopping and mixing and simmering, a pretty easy dinner was in the works.

The sauce had an Italian aroma and a fairly thick and chunky consistency. I was really excited about this sauce because it is supposed to be healthier than other sauces. I like that it doesn’t contain artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup and it is only 100 calories per half-cup serving.  So another hour passed by and BAM – spaghetti!

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Then it was the moment of truth!  Was this new sauce everything that my dreams were made of?  Healthy sauce in a jar?  Could it be? Welllll….yes and no.  I liked everything about it, except I wasn’t quite sold on the taste.  It almost had too much Italian flavor, to the point that it took away from the vegetables and sauciness of the meal.  I typically add in my own spices and flavors when making spaghetti so I wasn’t quite ready to relinquish control of my spice levels to this new sauce in town.  But my one-year-old felt differently and totally embraced it all.

Overall, I wouldn’t proclaim this new product as awesome-sauce (get it?) But, I like where Ragu is going with this new line and perhaps the recipe could be slightly tweaked.  I would be even more excited if they came out with a less-flavored version of this healthy sauce.  I can’t wait to see if this new Ragu gains popularity!  What do you think of the new sauce?  Have you tried it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Can’t wait to try out the next product! *As a reminder, I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

~SM

 

 

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Periwinkle Earring Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying a really awesome product for little girls!  Periwinkle is an earring subscription service that provides not only adorable earrings, but encouraging quotes for little minds as well…all shipped right to your door each month!  Can we say, “GGGiiiirrrrlll Powwweerrrr”??!!

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Each set comes in a cute box with an uplifting quote that you can put on display or keep in your bag if you need to arm yourself with some daily inspiration.  I posted my quote on my fridge low enough for my almost 4-year-old daughter to see everyday!  Although she can’t read quite yet, I still like her to know that she is surrounded by encouragement and positive vibes.

With Periwinkle you can choose between the Heirloom collection, which are sterling silver post earrings or Editor’s picks, which are super cute themed earrings. There is also a Now or Never option, which are a small selection of specially chosen earrings.

I received a set of Heirloom and a set of Editor’s Pick earrings for review.  I asked my daughter which ones she wanted to try first and she wanted to try the Heirloom collection.

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She loves animals so I’m not surprised she wanted to try out these cute little sharks.  She put them on and immediately started playing in the yard.  I also liked that the backs of the earrings are comfortable and soft which is great for tiny ears.

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She really seemed to enjoy these earrings and told everyone she met that day that she “had sharks in her ears”. 🙂

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Next, we tried the Editor’s Pick earrings!

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Yep!  Tiny oranges!  How adorable are these?!  These particular earrings were made of a different material than the shark earrings.  They were softer and more flexible, almost like the texture of an eraser.  My daughter also seemed to do better with these.  She wore them for a few days straight, even sleeping and bathing in them.  I was really surprised at how well they held up and that the backs stayed on the entire time!

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So what’s the pricing like?  Here’s the breakdown:

Editor’s Picks – $40.00 for 3 months, $72.00 for 6 months, and $95.00 for 12 months

Heirloom Collection – $69.00 for 3 months, $119.00 for 6 months, and $195.00 for 12 months

I think the pricing is reasonable considering you are getting a different pair of earrings delivered to your door each month.

Overall, I was pleased with this product!  I found that the Heirloom Collection is probably best for younger girls since they are bit more cutesy, whereas the Editor’s Picks seemed to have a more mature feel to them since they are sterling silver.  I think these would be a great addition to any little girl’s jewelry collection or the perfect gift for that sweet young lady in your life!

Sign up for Periwinkle here! You can also follow Periwinkle on social media for updates and specials!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/perwinkle.me

Twitter: www.twitter.com/periwinklestyle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/periwinkle.me/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/periwinkle9145/

As an added bonus,  This week I will be giving away a free pair of the orange slice earrings on Instagram!  So make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out!

**Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t wait for the next review!

~SM

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