Thursday, July 30, 2015

Go Crazy Over Coffee Crazy's Organic French Roast

Coffee is one of the highlights of my mornings, mid days, and afternoons! I drink coffee for both an energy boost and the flavor. I prefer a strong, bold cup of coffee. Black! During a recent visit to my parents', I rediscovered the French Roast. While I wrote off French Roast coffee in the past, I realized it is exactly what I have needed lately - a darker roast with a great punch of caffeine and flavor. Coffee Crazy has debuted their first blend, Fair Trade and Organic French Roast coffee, a medium to full body blend with a low acidity.



Coffee Crazy French Roast       
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic

Smooth and bold






Coffee Crazy's French Roast is made from organically grown Arabica specialty coffee beans that are sold at Fair Trade prices. The company is also part of the Rainforest Alliance. There is nothing complicated about these beans. They are organic, dark roasted and whole. The coffee comes in a 12 ounce for $13.95 on Amazon. This is about the average price for Organic and Fair Trade coffee beans.

The whole beans are dark in color. They grind up nicely in my coffee grinder.

Usage: I brewed Coffee Crazy Organic French Roast using my 3 cup glass Chemex. I usually brew 2 spoonfuls of ground coffee per 1 cup of water. I like coffee strong. If you make the coffee and it's too strong, you can dilute by adding a little bit of hot water at a time until you reach your preferred strength.

Results: I poured up a small cup of the coffee and took a sip. The coffee was strong, bold and smooth. I really like the low acidity, especially since I prefer my coffee stronger and stronger causes sometimes irritates my stomach. I am able to drink a couple of small cups of this coffee throughout the day with no stomach irritation, so I know this coffee has low acidity. The caffeine content was just where I like it. The coffee woke me up without giving me too much of a "caffeine buzz.".

If you are looking for an organic French Roast blend that is Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified, look to Coffee Crazy. I know you will go just as crazy over this coffee as I have!



Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Pearl Paradise Tahitian Pearl Pendant [Giveaway]

A black pearl sounds so exotic! Not quite a black pearl because it has a full color spectrum, but just as beautiful as you would image. Enter below for a chance to win a black pearl!


Pearls are the gems of the ocean. Tahitian Pearls are dark and exotic and they look beautiful with so many different outfits! Often referred to as black, they actually have a remarkable color range that covers the spectrum! 


Quote: "Coco Chanel used to talk about wearing more than one string of pearls. Why wear one if you can wear two, or something to that effect. I think that one string of pearls is just fine. But that's because my pearls are black, hers were white.” --C. Joybell C.

About our Sponsor: "Founded in 1996 and brought online in 2000, Pearl Paradise has grown into the world's largest online pearl company, with 2006 sales topping $20 million. With a custom-built, 1,400-cubic-foot vault filled with pearls, we offer a selection of pearls unlike any other pearl seller, online or off. Our commitment to offering prices 80 percent below retail has accelerated our growth.
With more than 100,000 satisfied customers to date, we have benefited greatly by word-of-mouth advertising. Our commitment to quality, customer service, and unbeatable pricing and selection has helped us become the Internet’s premier source of pearl jewelry."
 
A GAL NEEDS...and  PearlParadise.com along with some other amazing bloggers have partnered up to bring you an amazing giveaway!

Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a Cherish Collection Tahitian Baroque Pearl Pendant, like the one pictured above. It will be between 10.0 and 11.0 mm and come with its own certified appraisal. Often the appraisal is significantly more than the actual online retail price! Retail price is $180.00. Read more about this pendant at A GAL NEEDS... review here!

Open to U.S only, age 21+, one entrant per household. Remember the more entries you complete, the better your chances are for winning!

Thank you to the great bloggers who are participating in this giveaway. Please consider liking all the participating bloggers on Facebook. They work hard to bring you this event and others like it! You wouldn't want to miss out on any future events! Sponsor is responsible for delivery of prizes, not participating bloggers. This blog received no monetary or other compensation for the facilitation of this giveaway. Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway runs from 7/26/15 thru 8/14/15. Good luck!


Disclosure: All Natural Katie is not responsible for price fulfillment.  


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Camera Coat: Cute Camera Cover for Moms [Giveaway]

Stop throwing your expensive DSLR camera right in your purse or diaper bag! Cover it with a cute camera bag! Camera Coats are high quality, handmade covers that are the best travel accessory for your camera. Padded, splash-proof and functional, the functional camera cover for moms is a must have when on the go!

Enter below for a chance to win a cute camera cover and matching strap of your choice!


Please use the Giveaway Tools entry form. Open to US only. All entries will be verified. Duplicate, incomplete and invalid entries will be deleted. 

Giveaway
Camera Cover and Camera Strap ($70 value)



Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own. All Natural Katie is not responsible for companies/sponsors who fail to ship the prize.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Camera Coat: The Best Summer Travel Accessory [Review]

The summer vacation season is in full bloom! Families are going to the beach, Disneyworld, and visiting large and small cities. Of course, we all take our cameras with us. Lugging around a large camera bag can be cumbersome, especially when travel through airports or walking around a city or Disneyworld all day long. A camera coat is the best camera bag for travel and an adorable camera bag for women! A camera coat is a prefect DSLR camera cover - padded, splash proof, and functional.



Camera Coat - Allie Chevron        
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Durable, hand made design
Small buckle clip might be a challenge for bigger hands/fingers
Buckle clip to attach to camera strap

Sizing allows for better camera fit

Made in the USA


I was looking for a camera cover for my new DSLR camera and came upon Emily's business - cute camera bags! I was really intrigued by the fitted, padded, splash proof design of the camera coats. And that's exactly what they are, coats for your camera! The cloth cover protects my camera when it is in my purse, diaper bag or wherever else I have it stored. The camera coat also protects my camera when it is hanging on me as I am walking around taking photos.

Let me tell you why Emily's business is special. All of the camera bags are hand made by local and refugee women, mostly stay at home moms, with amazing sewing skills. You can really tell in the durability of the camera bag that I have been using on an almost daily basis for 2 months. Camera Coats also teamed up with a local non-profit TURN Community Service to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. They tag, package, and ship Camera Coat products.

Basically, the camera cover is a padded cloth cover for my camera. The outside and the inside are both made with fabric. The outside fabric is a bit more rugged and the insight fabric is soft to protect the camera. There is a thick, heavy duty piece of Velcro to keep the cover securely on the camera. There are 3 pockets on the back: 1 larger and 2 smaller. The larger pocket is perfect for my business cards or the lens cover. The smaller pocket can hold extra SD cards. The bigger pocket could also hold a slim phone (no case).





Sizing: The camera coats come in 5 different sizes to fit most cameras, since DSLRs come in different sizes. Check out camera coat sizes. I ordered a Large to fit my type of camera and it fits perfectly. The camera coat still fits with the tulip lens hood when it is in the backward position over the lens.

Usage: The camera coat has a large opening that closes with heavy duty velcro. A small buckle clip that allows the camera coat to be attached to the camera strap. I really liked the heavy duty buckle clip, though it might be a bit hard for someone with big fingers or hands to use because of small parts. The strap that is used to attach the buckle clip to the camera coat is durable, but I can see it wearing out after a while, especially if the camera coat is holding something heavier like a phone and dangling by the fabric strap off the camera strap.



My Thoughts on the Camera Coat: When clipped on the strap, the camera coat is easy to get on and off. I really like this! If it starts raining or I need to run after my toddler, I can quickly put the camera coat bag on the camera. Like I mentioned above, the camera coat fits my Nikon DSLR very well. The camera coat is adorable and love having it on my camera. Usually, I carry the camera hanging across my torso or in my leather backpack purse. I am confident that the camera is protected when not in use. The camera coat also makes a great pad if I need to put my camera down on a hard surface.

I also received a matching camera strap to complement my cute camera bag for moms. I like that Camera Coats also offering adorable camera straps that match the camera bags. This stylish mom must match! The camera straps are 1.5" wide. They are made from the same high quality, heavy duty fabric and are splash proof. The fabric wipes clean if you get something on it. The camera strap has a standard strap attachment.

My Thoughts on the Camera Strap: I like the thickness of the camera strap. However, I found that the length (24" long for fabric part) was a too short for the way that I usually carry my camera. The camera strap is designed to be worn comfortably around the neck or hang on the shoulder. I usually wear the camera across my body on one shoulder and the camera strap was too short for this.


I am a mom that loves to take photographs of her child and other babies and pregnant women. Whether I am running around with my toddler at the playground or I am photographing a client's new baby, I want to look stylish and adorable. Cute camera bags helps me to look stylish and to protect my camera investment!

Enter to win a cute camera bag and matching strap!

Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#MedelaRecycles Medela Freestyle Pump [Giveaway]

A lot of people might not know that you are not supposed to reuse open breast pumps because breast milk can get inside the motor and can cause contamination of your breast milk. Only closed breast pumps like hospital grade breast pumps can be reused. Read about Medela's breast pump recycling program and enter to win your own Freestyle Pump below!


Hosted by Live Life Naturally

Sponsored by Medela



Medela recycles and you win! This program encourages moms who have finished using their pumps to recycle them through a special program so that moms in need, with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, can have a pump to help nourish their infants.

Read below how the program works and then enter to win!
Medela is proud to announce Medela Recycles, a program focused on helping moms who have finished their breastfeeding journey help another mom start hers. Each pump we receive through Medela Recycles supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The goal is to provide moms with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House. This consistency will ease the transition from the hospital to a Ronald McDonald House and give families caring for a baby in the NICU one less thing to worry about. The simple act of recycling your trusted pump through Medela Recycles provides you with both the peace of mind that your pump will be recycled properly with the added benefit of knowing you are supporting another mom on her breastfeeding journey during a challenging time.
If you're interested or know a mom who can help: Medela Recycles FAQs
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One winner will receive a Medela Freestyle Pump ($399ARV) . 
Ends August 3. Open to US residents only.

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Disclosure: All Natural Katie has not been compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


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