Saturday, June 29, 2013

June Starbox Review

Every month(dating back to October) I receive a fabulous expected surprise. An expected surprise is a bit of a contradiction, but I stand by the term, and here is why. I know that the box of fabulous items is coming, and I can even see clues to it's contents with the monthly Look Book, but I will not know the exact items until the box(that I am expecting) arrives.

The surprise is so much fun. It is like getting a present every single month, and although I a paying for it, the value always greatly exceeds the cost. Not only does the retail value of the products received exceed the cost, but(in my opinion) the products themselves are so wonderful that they are worth even more than the retail value.

If you have never heard of the box of awesomeness that is called STARBOX, you have been seriously missing out. Thankfully you have me to enlighten you. Check out the Amazing(1 year) Anniversary box that I received for June so you can see what wonders you've been missing.
The boxes are always sensational, and picking favorites is hard since I love them all, but this is one of my favorites.

I got 3 incredible, FULL SIZED(unlike most beauty boxes), products:

Precision Eye Definer Pen(Black):
I am horrible at using any liquid liners. I have tiny eyes, and liquid liners(and many solid liners) seem to swallow them up and instead of lining my eye, I color half my lid. I hate that. I can never get the thin line that I want, so I never line my top lid, although I always wish I could.

This has an ultra-fine tip that is soft and gentle, yet firm enough to give you excellent control and precise detail.
I am able to achieve a VERY slim line with this pen and I love it. This pen is so wonderful. The color is rich and bold. It lasts forever and the formula is so soft and flexible. It never feels dry. It doesn't crack or look flaky.

Eye Pencil in White:
This pencil is beyond words. It is so smooth and highly pigmented. It glides on without tugging even the least bit. Not only does it make for a comfortable experience, but it also ensures a clean look.

If you have ever tried to use dry eye liner, you know how important this is. You don't want Morris Code eyes with "---" because the tugging creates gaps. And if you try to go over it it just smudges or gets too heavy and looks even worse.

That is never something you will endure with a Starlooks product. I love that even though it is creamy the pigment really shows up with one stroke. No need to try to build the color. That is especially important(and difficult to do) with a light color.

Super Satin Bronzer(Montego Bay):
In the summertime, bronzer is a must have. Unless you have a stunning, golden tan, you will need bronzer to give your face that color and glow of warmth. A pale, snow white face has no place in summer looks.

Even if you do have a tan, you will need bronzer. If you wear foundation, and then tan, you will either need a new shade of foundation(which is silly and impractical) or you can use the bronzer to blend with your normal foundation and still give the added color you need to look natural.

The healthy, vibrant glow is stunning. It looks natural and just slightly polished. you get just the tiniest hint of shimmer and satiny finish that really creates a smooth, soft, doll-like look.

It is so easy to apply, and it looks so much more natural than most bronzers which are too deep and very easy to over-apply or just look fake no matter how lightly you try to use them. This is great. It can be built up and it blends flawlessly. You never get the slapped in the face look that many create.

These three fantastic products are all perfect on their own, but when used together it creates a gorgeous, very natural look.

I created a look using the only these three products and some Starlooks lengthening Mascara (but nothing else[not even foundation]). I am so happy with how it came out.

I really love how the liners open up my miniscule eyes and makes them look larger, that is not an easy task.
The collective look is so simple and yet it makes me look so much more put together than normal. I could wear this look anywhere, just lounging at home, shopping or even out some place nice. I LOVE it. What do you think?
I showed how it looks with hair up and down since it can make a big difference. Some looks only work one way or the other, but this is both. That is great for me since I always wear my hair up, but when I do try to dress up or anything, I wear it down.

This box is so perfect since any or all of these items will come in handy every single day. I love to spice it up with flashy shades sometimes, but I LOVE my staples, and these are just magnificent versions of must have products.

And as if the cosmetics were not enough reason to love this box, it also came with a fun bonus item A super cute Peace button.
This is a fun accessory to decorate anything. From pinning it on your shirt to adorning a belt, necklace, bracelet, backpack or purse, it is so versatile.

All of these amazing products in one box. How much does it cost? How about only $15(plus $2.68 shipping)? Under $18 for all of these items, it is mind-blowing. You cannot get a better deal or better quality anywhere else.

Every woman should try Starbox at least once. In addition to the fabulous items, you also get the fun of a monthly gift and the excitement of surprise items and trying things you may not normally choose. Starbox is AMAZING, I cannot stress that enough.

Softtouch and Caviar- Layla Nail Polish Review

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love beauty products. Hair, skin, cosmetics, nails, I love it all. I am not picky about types or set in my ways. I love to try new things, and I love just about anything. The only thing I do not like is bad quality products.

I cannot stand beauty products(or any products) that do not perform well. Actually, not even just well, I need my products to be of superior quality. They need to work better than other products, or why else would I use them.

I have used a great deal of beauty products, so I have come to learn the differences in quality. When I first started out, I thought everything was the same, and I realize now how insane that was. Once you have tried the best products, you absolutely cannot go back to inferior brands.

One brand that have only discovered recently has fast become a favorite, with quality far above other brands that I had previously come to think highly of. Layla Cosmetics is an incredible brand.

After falling in love with their Soft Touch Polish a couple months ago, I had to get my hands on some more.

I got another incredible Softtouch Effect Nail Polish(Number 05-Cherry Diva) and I got something that I had never tried before(from any brand), gorgeous Caviar Effect Nail Art(Number 05-Bolero). Both colors are stunning. It was love at first sight.

Now I have never been very good at doing my nails, so the fact that I was able to use these at all and not look like a blind 2 year old finger painted my nails says a lot for the quality and easy of application.

Cherry Diva is so lovely. It can obviously be built up to a bold red color(while the shimmer still makes it look soft, hence the name), but if applied in a single light coat, the color is so light and delicate. I just love it. I am not crazy about dark nails.
Again, please excuse my poor polishing skills, but just look how lovely this color is. So feminine and youthful. It is flirty and fun, vibrant but not loud. It is just fabulous.

The formula is so smooth and easy to apply. It is not runny or messy. It applies evenly, cleanly and quickly. It dries quickly and layers so well. The finished result is strong and durable. They hold up to the abuse of caring for two young children and everything that comes with it. Opening things, washing dishes, scrubbing floors, whatever you throw at it, it holds up.

And as wonderful as this beautiful polish is alone, it becomes even more amazing when paired with the dazzling Caviar.

All I did was apply a second coat and dip my wet nail into a little cap(like from a body spray) filled half way with nail Caviar(it says to sprinkle in the instructions, but it was so easy with the dipping). I rolled it around a little to ensure the entire nail was covered.

It was so fast and easy(for me easier than even polishing), and the end result was breathtaking.

I LOVE this look. It is so glamorous, and it actually looks so much more polished(no pun intended) than just regular polish, on me especially. This helps to conceal my crummy polishing ability and makes my nails look like they are done well.

This is the best my nails have ever looked(except when I've had the done professionally), and I am over the moon that I could accomplish this by myself.

The finish it textured yet smooth so there is not worry of a scratching yourself(or anything else). I am quite obsessed with how cool it feels and run my nails on my lip to feel it. It's fun. It is very tough and holds up to my abuse very well.

I am so beyond impressed with Layla Nail Polish. I cannot wait to try more of the Caviar Effect, and hopefully some of the other amazing effects that Layla offers.

If you polish your nails at home(or want to) you have to try Layla Nail Polish. And even if you go to a salon, you can bring your own polish(which is a good idea because you never know who has used the salon bottles before you and that is icky), so I highly suggest using the best, which in my opinion would be Layla.

Even if you are not the best manicurist, the Caviar Effect is unbelievably easy to pull off and it looks stunning. I cannot say enough good things about it. You just have to try it. I am in love!

*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*


My dear friend Alison over at The Rosy Snail is still at it, hosting the hottest giveaways around. This over-the-top Summer Essentials Giveaway is certainly no exception. In fact, this is hotter than the Summer heat, and that is saying a lot.
I just had to share this giveaway with all of you. Not only do you have the chance to win a fabulous Trunk from DormCo, but the trunk will be STUFFED with incredible items as well.

Everything from gorgeous shoes, to cosmetics, to hair care, to toys, to snacks and MORE will be inside this trunk, and all the fantastic prizes will go to the ONE lucky winner. If you win, you get it ALL!

There are lots of entries available, so be sure to scoop them all up and get the best possible chance of winning all these goodies. Below, you can view Alison's post listing all of the prizes as well as enter to win. GOOD LUCK!


It’s finally here! Your chance to win a DormCo Large Sorority Trunk  (in your choice of lime green or black!) filled with over $1,500 in amazing prizes from over 50 sponsors! One VERY lucky winner will win everything inside this trunk! We’ve still got great prizes coming in over the next week, but we’ve got SO much to share that we’re ready to kick this thing off! I want to thank all our amazing sponsors and the hard working bloggers helping to promote this giveaway!
Our Summer Essentials Grand Prize will ship out in what is, in my opinion, one of the most well made trunks I’ve ever set my eyes on. While DormCo tends to cater to a younger, college crowd, I can see my trunk being a fixture in my home for many years to come. With two wheels on one end and a heavy duty handle on the other, moving these around (even on my 50-year-old wood floors) is a breeze. All the detailing on these trunks is flawless and with features like loops for locks and a special hinge that keeps the lid propped open while you pack, this trunk fits all my needs and is spacious enough to hold all out stunning prizes!
Kids Summer Essentials
We’re highlighting everything we’ll need to make this summer the best summer of your life! From kids products, travel must-haves, beauty essentials and even the best snacks to take on the road! Check out our photo collages and be sure to stay tuned for a full review of all the products featured! In the mean time, scroll to the bottom to win EVERYTHING you see here!!
Check out the entry form for information on each prize! Note that we will be ADDING prizes over the next few days as well! Also, a friendly reminder: the more entries you do, the better your chances to WIN IT!!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DormCo Rolling Underbed Cart Review & GIVEAWAY!!

When you hear the name DormCo your mind probably goes to the natural thoughts of college dorms and product for such. You probably even think that(if you are not in college) that you would not have use for the items sold at such a place.

Well you would be correct to assume that DormCo sells items to make the most of Dorm life, but if you think not being in college would mean you have no need for their products, you would be very wrong.

DormCo sells MANY products that are not only great for dorm life but also immensely helpful in everyday home life as well. As a matter of fact, I just got the Rolling Underbed Cart and it is wonderful.

This cart is awesome. It is effortless to assemble, requiring only 8 screws. The directions are even printed on the inside of the label, but it is so easy you could do it without them.
I had it together in under 5 minutes. So simple.

The finished product is very nice It is actually even a little large than I imagined it, which is great.
Of course this cart is perfect for helping to store more in the limited space that a dorm room allows, but it is ideal to make the most out of any space.

I don't know about you, but I can never have enough space. I have way too much stuff, and no matter how much I get rid of or how much storage I implement, I can always use more space. Anything that can help me store things out of the way is a huge asset.

Even if you do not have a ton of stuff, you probably have things that can make your home look a little cluttered or take up more space than you'd like. If you have lots of books or magazines that may sit out on coffee tables or shelves taking up room and giving a disheveled look to your ho,e just use the Rolling Underbed Cart to store them neatly out of sight.

Anyone that has beds with space underneath, probably puts things under there at least on occasion. Have you ever wished that you can use all of that empty space without having everything just crammed under there, disorganized and impossible to get to? With the Rolling Underbed Cart, you can.

Since it is on wheels, you can push the cart as far underneath as you want, and not have to worry about the items being difficult to reach. You could use more than one and get a very large amount of storage space just underneath one bed. I bet you could fit four of these carts under king sized bed, think of all the room that would save you.

Unfortunately for me, our king sized bed sits directly on the ground(the box spring) so there is no room to store anything underneath. I wish there was and I know it would be full of these carts if there was a way to do it. Our son has a Race Car bed, so it too has no space underneath, again robbing up of room for 2 carts worth of storage space.

Thankfully though, I do have the opportunity to take advantage of this fabulous cart on one of the rooms. My daughter in currently still in a crib, which thankfully is raised and has space underneath, just enough to use the Rolling Underbed Cart.

It actually works out very well too, because I can store all her diapers, training pants, wipes, cream and more in there, stuff that I used to keep atop her dresser making it very cluttered.
Look how much I can get into this. About a box and a half of diapers, a whole pack of sleep pants, baby wipes and rash cream and TWO fairly large kids blankets. I could probably even get another blanket and/or more diapers or something in here. Tons of room.

It fits under her crib perfectly and looks very neat and tidy.
I love how organized everything stays and how easily this rolls out for quick, easy, one handed access. Storing diapers neatly was always a huge hassle for me. Now they are out of the way, but still right where I can get to them in a hurry. If I could only use it fr diapers I would still be thrilled, but this can hold anything and everything.

I think I even have room for another cart if I push this one all the way to the side, so I am totally going to do that.I can store her other blankets and/or extra clothes, toys or whatever I want. I love these things.

You might think it is strange that I am so excited over a storage solution, but if you ever saw my home, you'd understand. And if 1(or 2) under a crib is impressive, imagine taking advantage of all the underbed space in your home. If I had the ability to use my bed and my sons, we could store so much. If/when we get different beds, that will be the first thing I do.

If you are looking for a way to get/keep your home organized then I strongly recommend the Rolling Underbed Cart from DormCo. It is everything you could want.

Easy to assemble, large with a great amount of storage space, free rolling wheels for effortless retrieval, durable construction and material, easy to clean, sleek style, and super affordable. I cannot think of anything that could make this any better(except the ability to magically penetrate beds directly on the floor).

Seriously, stop wasting all the space under your beds, visit and pick up one(or more) of these amazing carts.

And since I want everyone to have one, DormCo and I are going to give you all a chance to win one. One lucky winner will get their very own Rolling Underbed Cart. Enter below. Good luck.

*Although I received this at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Protein Bakery Birthday - Review & GIVEAWAY!!

This past Sunday I celebrated my 25th birthday. A Quarter Century, I cannot believe it. It was a quite day spent at home with family. Nothing extra special, but with the ones you love, every day is special and I was so happy to be with them.

Since I am trying to loose weight, I have been dieting for the last 6 months or so. In years past, my birthday would be an eating binge. But this year I did not want to sabotage all my progress by getting a birthday cake or anything like that.

Not only does a cake create the initial splurge and offer the temptation of a humungous slice, but also, the leftovers will be in the fridge for days tempting and mocking me, and I did not want to deal with that.

Plus cake is just empty calories, at least if there was some sort of nutrition behind it, I could justify it better. So I skipped the cake. I did not deprive myself though. I celebrated my birthday with a sinful treat with an angelic side.

The Protein Bakery makes the most incredible Blondies I have ever tasted, and I had one of those.

They are fantastic. Big, thick, rich, unbelievably moist, sweet, buttery, decadent, fresh, and completely indulgent. Blondies are my weakness anyway, but these are beyond compare.

I had the Peanut Butter Blondie:
Is that a masterpiece or what? An incredible peanut butter drizzle all over the top, and if that was not enough, tons of peanut butter chips in the bottom. All that in addition to the rich, moist, golden Blondie itself. It is almost a indulgence overload.

I love that this is a very generous 3oz portion that is individually packed so I don't get tempted to overeat. I know it's not hard to open another package, but knowing you are eating 2(thus a double portion) just seems worse mentally than eating a huge helping of something not in individual packaging(to me at least).

The Blondie is plenty large enough and very satisfying. The texture is perfect. It is dense and yet incredibly moist. And again, I cannot even begin to describe the magnitude of the flavor.

What makes these so much more incredible, though, is their nutritional value. They are packed with Protein which fuels your metabolism and crushes hunger, and fiber, which will also help you get and stay full.

Not only that, but these are also Wheat Flour Free (which means No Gluten) an Trans-Fat Free. Tat makes them pretty guilt free as well. A treat that is delicious and nutritious, what more could you want?

And if for some reason you are not interested in the thought of a Peanut Butter Blondie(blasphemer), that is only one of the wonderful treats that The Protein Bakery offers.

Others include a Black and White Blondies(and minis)

Coconut Walnut Dark Chip Blondie:

No a fan of Blondies at all? Not a problem, How about decadent Brownies like the Wicked Mint Brownie?

That is not even remotely everything that The Protein Bakery makes, there are so many tantalizing treats to discover.

Since I believe everyone should experience the bliss that is The Protein Bakery, I am giving away a Sampler to one luck winner. This "Taste Of The Protein Bakery" Will include Two Brownies, Two Blondies and  Four Cookie 2-packs. Enter below. Good luck.

*Although I received these products at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 20 Update

Hello everyone. It's Monday, you know what that means. It's time again for my weekly Nutrisystem update. After another fabulous week, I am happy to be sharing my progress with you again.

Every week I talk about the fact that the meals are delicious and that I get to eat a lot of food, and of course all that is wonderful, but there is more to this plan than that.

What I love the most about Nutrisystem is that it has helped me to change my entire approach to eating altogether. This is something that guides me daily, but I was especially reminded of it yesterday, since it was my birthday.

In the past if I actually was on a "diet"(which I never stuck to before), I would practically look for excuses to cheat, and I would ALWAYS seize a real opportunity like a special occasion, especially my birthday.

This year, it was much different. I would have normally declared an eat anything and everything I want in unlimited quantities day(wow, that is a mouth full). This year, I was very good(in my opinion).

For Breakfast I had my Nutrisystem Waffles(YUM, one of my absolute favorites) and my Refreshing Coffee Protein Shake.

I snacked on some Grapes. For lunch I had a Nutrisystem Steak and Cheese Melt, then snacked on a few pretzels.

For dinner, I had my Nutrisystem Salisbury Steak with Mac n Cheese. Hubby kept offering to take me to dinner, but I was able to resist, because I know that Nutrisystem meals still taste amazing, and there is no need to leave the house, sit in a crowded restaurant and pay a large bill just to get a good meal.

I did "cheat" a little for dessert and substituted my Nutrisystem dessert with a Protein Blondie. It was a little high in fat and calories, but probably better than cake, and it was a controlled portion and packed with protein and fiber and was wheat flour free.

I am still proud of myself from making the smarted choice for that specific occasion and also avoiding further temptation on subsequent days by not having leftover cake in the fridge.

Prior to starting Nutrisystem, by birthday consisted of copious amounts of every junk food available, fast food, restaurants and truckloads of cake for days. Not anymore. I learned to eat smart. Tasty foods in proper portions with a little indulgence every once in awhile.

The best part of the week? Getting my monthly shipment. The food is always exciting, and I love that.

As awesome as the food is, that was not the most exciting thing in the shipment. What I wanted most was that 40lb Nutribear to commemorate the fact that I have lost (over)40 pounds on Nutrisystem.
I am so proud of my weight loss and the bear is so adorable.

Of course the weight loss is the best part of any weight loss program, since that is the reason you do it. The results on the scale are wonderful(and I will share that in a moment), but the non scale victories are important too, like needing a belt on pants that you previously could not get over your thighs. That is a pretty clear sign that something is working.

When one of the things you most want for your birthday is a belt, that is pretty awesome. So hubby got me the most adorable belt that a few months ago I could have never fit into, and now I have plenty of room to spare.

This will be perfect to make my wardrobe last until I lose so much more that I need to go shopping for new everything(which is not far off).

This week a dropped another...

1.6 Pounds and 3/4 inch!

Even with my birthday treat. That brings my 20 week total to...

44.4 Pounds and 21 1/2 Inches!!

This is the best gift I could have ever given myself, and I am so glad I gave myself a chance to get the results I have always been wanting.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting

*Although I am receiving the Nutrisystem program at no cost in return for honest reviews, all opinions and results are 100% my own.*

The Fresh Diet Review

As all of you must know by now, I am about 6 months into my healthy eating journey(diet/lifestyle change). Although I do have one plan that I perpetually follow, I love to try out other plans to see if I like them better, and more importantly, to review them for all of you.

I am feeling so good about myself with the progress I am making. I like to do whatever I can do to help you start a journey or find a plan that makes you happy too(if that is something you want to do).

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to try out The Fresh Diet for a week, and it is an incredible plan. I am excited to share my experience with you.

I do want to begin by saying that this is not the most affordable plan out there and for those on a limited income, it may not be right for you. But for those that don't mind paying a little more to treat themselves to a plan that really works, that is convenient, fresh, and completely gourmet, The Fresh Diet would be perfect.

Although the meals are the same, there are 2 types of plans. For customers in close proximity of The Fresh Diet locations, there is daily delivery, where a cooler bag is left outside your door each night(early morning) with your food for each day. For those farther away, your food will be shipped on ice and arrive in two weekly shipments to ensure optimum freshness.

I happen to be a little far from a location, so I was on the latter delivery plan. I was able to go online and choose my meals before my shipments were sent.

Not only could I choose Breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, I also got to choose both my snack and dessert and even pick the sides for my dinner. No other plan that I have been on gave me such customization. Not only that, but you can also choose your calorie range, and your meal choices will conform to that.

Even more unique, the system will alert you about choosing 2 carb heavy meals(or snacks) and allow you to change your selection or keep it if you like. I think that is awesome. It lets you know to ensure the best results but does not force you to choose any certain way.

If you would rather let the chef decide for you, you can do that as well, and you can even choose up to 8 ingredients to block for allergies or dislike sake. Great for those who are unsure of what to order or like surprises.

There was about 4 entrees to choose form for each meal and 4 sides for dinner(from which you choose 2). It was really cool to be able to pick, and everything sounded awesome making it hard to choose.

When I received my first shipment, I was very impressed. Everything was wonderful. From the speed of arrival, to the coldness and freshness of everything, to the way everything was packed so neatly and securely, with each day's meals in it's own layer, each in their own compartment. There was no way they could have been damaged(barring the box being completely demolished).
The box also includes a detailed daily menu listing the foods for each meal, and every item is clearly labeled with the Day and meal( Ex Sun Bk=Sunday Breakfast), contents, the calorie range for the plan(1000-1200 in my case) and even a symbol explaining weather it should be consumed cold, warmed for 30-60 seconds or 60-120 seconds. It is very foolproof.

I know you must be dying to see what the food actually looks like. Well without further ado, here they are.
Sunday 6/16- Day 1

 Breakfast - Plum Stuffed Honey Wheat French Toast with Peaches and Strawberry Ricotta:

Snack - Mango Panna Cotta:

Lunch - Antipasto Salad:

Dinner - Grilled Lamb Chops with Creamy Parmesan Parsnip Potato Mash and Exotic Mushroom Ragout:

Dessert - Apricot Cheesecake:

Are you drooling yet? Yeah, the food is not too shabby at all. Ready to see day 2? If you insist...

Monday 06/17 - Day 2

Breakfast - Cinnamon Swirl Multi-Grain French Toast with Fresh Apples and Blackberry Ricotta Cheese:

Snack - Charred Lamb Loin on Whole Wheat Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes:

Lunch - Smoked Mozzarella Salad:

Dinner - Roasted Pork Loin with Pineapple Mango Chutney with Whole Wheat Linguini Pasta and Roasted Bell Peppers:

Dessert - Chocolate Chip Cheesecake:

I bet you are already thinking that this looks nothing like diet food, and I must agree. It just keeps getting better, so hold on tight as we explore day 3.

Tuesday 6/18 - Day 3

Breakfast - Hawaiian Pineapple Stuffed Whole Wheat French Toast with Blueberries and Blueberry Cottage Cheese:

Snack - Chicken Skewer with Tequila Lime Glaze:

Lunch - Mushroom Souffle & Gruyere Cheese Panini on Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread:

Dinner - Chicken Cacciatore with Whole Wheat Potato Gnocchi and Sauteed Eggplant with Basil:

Dessert - Cherry and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies:

Anyone hungry yet? Here comes day 4.

Wednesday 6/19 - Day 4

Breakfast - Persimmon and Fig Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Turkey Bacon:

Snack - Coffee French Macaroons:

Lunch - Salmon and Cheddar Wrap on Whole Wheat:

Dinner - Grilled Chicken Breast with Port Mushroom Marsala Sauce with Southwestern Corn Saute and Sauteed Button Mushrooms:

Dessert - Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake:

Goodness overload? Not yet? Good, because here comes day 5.

Thursday 6/20 - Day 5

Breakfast - Blueberry Mint Cottage Crepes with Fresh peach Sauce:

Snack - Pineapple Upside-down Cake:

Lunch - Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts in a Pita:

Dinner - Chicken Cordon Blue with Asparagus(with toasted hazelnuts) and Sweet Potato & Leek Mash:

Dessert - Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake:

Getting tired of this yet? I thought not. That's good because here comes day 6.

Friday 6/21 - Day 6

Breakfast - Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffle with Red Grapes and Cinnamon Pear Cottage Cheese:

Snack - Chocolate Triad Pave:

Lunch - Citrus Glazed Grilled Chicken Salad:

Dinner - Apple Soy Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Polenta and Crispy Baked Okra:

Dessert - White Chocolate Chip Cappuccino Cheesecake:

One more for good measure? If you insist. 

Saturday 06/22 - Day 7

Breakfast - Breakfast Burrito on Spinach Tortilla:

Snack - Grilled Portebella topped with Yellow Tomato, basil and Fresh Mozzarella:

Lunch - Philly Cheese-steak Whole Wheat Wrap:

Dinner - Grilled London Broil with Spaghetti Squash Aglio Olio and Cashew and Orange Brown Rice Pilaf:

Dessert - Banana Mousse:

Did anything about that look like diet food? It is all fresher and much more gourmet than anything I ever eat, even prior to beginning a diet. Most of these are worlds apart from anything I have ever eaten. Like I had never had Lamb, Spaghetti Squash, or Panna Cotta at all. And most of the items I have tried were not nearly as gourmet, like the French Toasts and Salads.

Everything was incredible fresh and perfectly cooked. Probably the best food I have had all around, home cooked or from a restaurant.

Everything is so fast and easy to prepare, and does not remotely taste like it came from the microwave. Being able to get such freshness without any shopping or prep work is pretty unbelievable.

This would be a phenomenal plan for anyone who is single or busy and wants delicious gourmet meals on demand in there own home. Even if you are not watching your weight, you can choose a plan with higher calories up to 2200 a day.

I highly recommend The Fresh Diet to anyone who wants gourmet in a flash. If you are used to paying gourmet prices, that will not be an issue at all, and that is the only tiny "flaw" that this plan has, being a tad expensive. When you think about what you are getting and compare based on quality and freshness, it is really obvious that the value and the price are not disproportionate.

This is a great plan, and I don't think I can lay i out more clearly than that. I would love to eat like this all the time. If it's in your budget, go for it, you will not be sorry.

*Although I received these meals at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*