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Crowdtap provided me with a sample for this review as a member of the Kleenex Brand Believers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yes, we have new Travel Kleenex. It’s new, it’s hip, it’s different. How different? Let’s do a side-by-side comparison of this new product against its older sibling. I was fortunate to dig through one of my makeup bags to find this old travel pack of Kleenex, circa 2007. It’s the package type most of you have known for decades. So glad I could compare the two!

1. Packaging

As you can see, the packaging of the two is quite different. The designs are much more vibrant. But also, the material of the new Travel Kleenex packaging is a bit thicker than the thin plastic used to house the old travel-sized Kleenex. In addition, whereas the old package opened up like an envelope with a sticker for a seal, the new package opens up like a wallet.

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This new design seems to keep the tissues protected, whereas the old envelope design left the tissues exposed to the various elements of your purse, makeup bag, glove compartment, etc. Unlike the old packaging, which could only be kept adhered with a sticker, the new one has reusable adhesive on the edges of the inside packaging (right and left from this angle).

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When you close the old package, you can clearly see that the sticker has obviously moved and has some debris on it. When you close the new package, it is reminiscent of a magnetic wallet and is very nice and neat.

Size, number and thickness of tissues

There is no change to the size of the tissues; the new packaging retains tissues that are 8.4″x8.4″ in.

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Here’s something that may concern you: The old package came with 15 tissues, whereas the new Travel Kleenex package comes with 10 tissues. However, it’s extremely important to note that the old package had two-ply tissues and the new one has three-ply, so you are actually getting the same amount of tissue you had before.

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That extra ply makes ALL the difference. I was never really a fan of the old travel Kleenex because it seemed extremely scratchy. I have a very sensitive nose and allergies to boot, so it’s important that I’m blowing my nose with something soft. These are very noticeably much softer.

So, all in all, I say the new Travel Kleenex is a VAST improvement over its predecessor. I’ll have to keep testing it out in real life, but from the looks of it, I think it will be a pretty good experience.

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Summer Beach Bash at Bahama Breeze!

This post brought to you by Bahama Breeze. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! Cool drinks, patios, live music – all lovely parts of this great season. This summer, Bahama Breeze is bringing all these elements and more to the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash!

Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times!At your local Bahama Breeze, you’ll get to hear the sounds of the Islands with live music on the patio and a mojito bar every Saturday night, and you can try their new Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple cocktail! PEOPLE. IT IS SERVED IN A FRESH-CUT PINEAPPLE.

Check out now this drink is made. This has got to be on your list for the summer.

Don’t forget the Mojito Bar – you’ll get to choose your rum, your fruit and watch the bartender make a mojito just for you!

But wait – there’s more! You can enter Bahama Breeze’s #MyBBSelfie Instagram contest for a chance to win a $25 #BahamaBreeze gift card and swag! Just snap a selfie of you havin’ a great time at the Summer Beach Bash, tag it with #MyBBSelfie on Instagram and win! Don’t forget to get creative with this!

So, head out to Bahama Breeze on Saturday and have some great times!

Have you been to the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash Yet? What’s your experience been?

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 Beach and BBQ Picnic Kits at ECOlunchboxes.comThe links in this post are affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase through these links.

By:  Sandra Ann  Harris  Founder, ECOlunchbox  July 2014

As summertime begins and families head to the beach, the park, the mountains and other favorite spots in the great outdoors, it’s a good time to remember there are easy ways to celebrate our love of Mother Nature by throwing a green party.

Step 1: Location, Location, Location

Pick a picnic spot you can walk, bike or boat to or arrive by public transit. If that’s not possible, carpool with friends.

Step 2: Choose an Eco-friendly Invitations

Whether throwing a baby shower, a beach partybirthday picnic or backyard BBQ, you’ve got to let your guests know about the green fun you’re planning in eco-friendly style! If it’s a neighborhood party, print invites on recycled paper and personally hand them to guests. Or use electronic invitations, which are convenient and don’t waste paper.

Step 3: Green Menu Planning

Great produce makes the chef’s job super easy. Think simple. Finger foods like cut fruit, nuts, local honey and peanut butter sandwiches are simple and nourishing for all ages. Also, some cheeses, like brie and camembert, are lovely softened in the sun over fresh-baked bread.

Farmer’s markets have the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables available from the area. Organic products are hormone and pesticide-free, making them safe to eat.

Make your own beverage and serve it in a plastic-free pitcher. That way you don’t have to deal with all the cans and bottles.

Step 4: Waste-Free Dinnerware

Say goodbye to throw-aways and plastics. Ask picnickers to BYO dishes, water bottles, utensils, etc. This can be done tastefully if you explain you’re hosting a zero-waste party and need some help to accomplish this.

If that’s not your style, pack a sturdy cardboard box with reusable items to share with your invitees, such as non breakable stainless steel picnic plates, reusable bamboo utensils, reusable straws, washable cotton napkins and sturdy mason jars for use as cups.

Sure you may have to do some washing, but much of this stuff will naturally decompose. Plus, you’re saving money by going waste free.

Step 5: Showcase Mother Nature

Nature’s beauty is inspiring when it comes to setting the table in eco-style. Leaves, flowers, pinecones, twigs, seashells and other natural treasures can be showcased on your eco-friendly BBQ or green a beach party blanket.

Step 6: Clean up!

Clearly mark bins for recycling, compost and waste for your guests. Since most public parks don’t separate waste and your efforts will end up in the trash, toss your separated bags into the trunk to put out with your trash pickup at home.

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This is it, Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7).

Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco.

Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don’t wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping!

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This post is sponsored by IdealShape LLC, who gave me product and compensation for this review. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and I may make a commission if you make a purchase through those links.

I am excited to have my first giveaway in nearly a YEAR – and trust me, it’s a good one from IdealShape, LLC! Check out my review of these DELICIOUSLY AWESOME, healthy and filling products and then enter for a chance to win some for yourself!20140617_113652

First, let’s talk about me – I’ve worked very hard to at the very least maintain a weight loss of 50 pounds that I’m proud to have had in the past year. I use MyFitnessPal to track my calories and my exercise, and I am very conscious about what I put into my body. It’s important to me to have foods that give me the most bang for the buck, so to speak – taste good, low calorie, and filling.

Now, let’s talk about IdealShake. The mix comes in a HUGE tub like many of its competitors. It comes in two flavors – Chocolate and Vanilla, and can be mixed with water or milk.

IdealShape claims its hunger-curbing abilities come from a patented product called SLENDESTA®, which is the trade name for a protein that comes from potatoes. I was skeptical of this, especially since the marketing of SLENDESTA® includes a claim that potatoes are well-known to be filling. In reality, they aren’t. They also have about 2% protein. BUT the protein in SLENDESTA® is found underneath the skin of the potato, so it’s not as if they are using Hungry Jack in this mix – just the goodies you need.

Because one serving of the mix is 110 calories, I chose to mix it with 1% milk to add extra protein and calories. After all, this is supposed to be my breakfast, and I knew I would be burning a lot more than 100 calories before lunchtime. The choice is yours – with one scoop of this and 8 oz. of 1% milk, I ended up with a good, protein-packed and surprisingly filling breakfast of only 210 calories. MyFitnessPal really likes that, lemme tell ya.

Here’s how the Vanilla shake looks if you decide to be fancy and pour it into a Champagne flute:

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I just had A Clockwork Orange moment. Excuse me. Let’s get back to this review.

Now, at my heaviest I weighed more than 270 pounds, and right now I weigh around 202 pounds. So if you think I have not tried a vast assortment of meal replacement shakes, you are SORELY mistaken. I must say, this is the best meal replacement shake I have had. Ever. The vanilla flavor is delicious, the texture is very creamy, and if you follow your shake with a glass of water like the directions say, you will feel surprisingly full. In the first week I was still getting hungry every couple of hours, but now I can easily go four hours between meals. I also find the shake is a great late-night snack to tide me over until breakfast.

Now, let’s go to the IdealBar. I was sent the Strawberry Yogurt flavor, which was surprisingly pretty tasty, since I typically go for the chocolate-flavored meal replacement bars.

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Also with SLENDESTA®, this bar is a total of 140 calories. I was only given a week’s supply of these bars, so I was still hungry every couple of hours – but I imagine if I had more bars I probably would have been able to curb my hunger. Since the first week I have been just counting calories and making better choices as normal. If I order these again, I’ll probably get the chocolate-peanut butter flavor.

Now, the big question: Did I lose weight? Well, that is a tough one. In the first week, I saw a small net loss of weight for the first time in nearly two months. I am on week three and I have been able to maintain my weight. I am finding myself with fewer cravings, making better choices, and just feeling full. So, in all, I think this is a great plan. Although my options are always open to new and different meal replacements, right now this is on the top of my list and I will likely make another purchase before this supply runs out.

I definitely, definitely recommend these, and now I want you to try for yourself and let me know what YOU think! So here is the giveaway you have been waiting for! Let’s do this thing! This ends at midnight EST on July 16, and there are ways you can enter every day!

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