Welcome to #SIMPLYSAMPLES. Here you are invited to learn about ORGANIC, VEGAN, ALL-NATURAL,and CRUELTY-FREE products. I have tested and reviewed them here for you. There are also some other random sample reviews for products I love too. Feel free to read those as well.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Giveaway Service Promotion- Reusable K-CUP

Excited about my 1st Giveaway Service Promotion. On www.giveawayservice.com you apply to be involved in promotions mainly for small businesses to gets reviews and their names and products out there. So I was excited to apply and be approved for this promotion. 

Here is the 1st promotion I was approved for: 

Refillable K-cup Reusable Coffee Filter Works In Keurig Machine Promotion 

My husband and I LOVE coffee. We also love our Keurig Coffee Machine. What's better than that is occasionally we buy k-cups but we mostly use a reusable coffee filter. The ones we normally buy always break and don't last for anything. I will be excited to try and review this product. Better yet for this promotion it only cost me 10 cents. I received a promo code from  http://punainc.com to test this product and review it, so they could get feedback on their product and also get online promotion for their products. Some of the promotions are free or have a small cost associated with them such as shipping if you are not an Amazon Prime member. 

It retails for $5.89 on Amazon: 

What's even better is that you can try it too for a 55% discount with the coupon code: MINTHALF

That makes it $2.66 for this refillable/reusable Keurig K-Cup Filter.

According to their Amazon product page the Cup Verdi is:

  • Quick and easy to use: just fill the cup with coffee, espresso, tea or cocoa using the included scoop, place it in the single serve coffee machine pod receptacle, brew and enjoy.
  • 1-year limited manuacturer's warranty
  • For use with Keurig® Single Cup brewing systems.
  • DishWasher safe/Hand wash.
  • Reusable universal design.
So, I received my Cup Verdi, it did come in the cute little box! It is very sturdy and durable. I love the bright green color. I love the fact that it allows me to use my own coffee, which saves me money! 

You can visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Puna-Products/776391299070880 

Shared from their page:
I like to share some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to get the most out of your Cup Verdi.
Q: Will Cup Verdi work with my machine?
A: The Cup Verdi was designed to work with the vast majority of the Keurig single cup brewers. The only machines that the Cup Verdi was not designed to function with are the B30, B130, B150 and B155.

Q: Why is my coffee coming out too weak?
A: Weak coffee is almost always a product of the coffee being ground too coarsely. Bigger coffee grinds leaves too much of the coffee that is not evenly exploited during the single serve, coffee extraction process. By reducing the size of the grind, you create more surface area in the coffee grounds and allow water to more fully exploit the richness of the bean. It is also possible that you simply don’t have enough coffee in the Cup Verdi to adequately brew the size of cup you are making.

Q: What coffee works best in an Cup Verdi?
A: The brand of coffee should not matter. However, darker roasts have more surface oils and will tend to build up quicker on the Cup Verdi screen. Medium or light roasted coffee has less surface oil and does not build up on the screen so quickly.
Many coffee connoisseurs  recommend a single origin varietal coffee. Nothing beats the unique aroma or the flavor profile of a specific bean, from a specific part of the world. “Best” is a subjective term and can only be determined by you, and for you. Isn’t that one of the things that makes coffee so great!

Q: How often should I wash my Cup Verdi?
A: The frequency of cleaning depends entirely on how many times a day the Cup Verdi is used. If you use it once a day, once a week cleaning should be sufficient. If you use the Cup Verdi multiples times per day, washing the Cup Verdi every couple of days should adequate. Although the Cup Verdi is dishwasher safe, it is seldom necessary to rely on that avenue in a normal cleaning regiment.
Hold your Cup Verdi up to the light, looking inside of the cup. If you see portions of the Cup Verdi screen that appear more opaque than the rest of the screen, it means that oils and residue have built up and need to be cleaned.
By rinsing the Cup Verdi thoroughly after each use, and immediately after brewing, your maintenance and need for dishwasher cleaning will be minimal.

Note: If you use exclusively dark roast coffee or flavored coffee in your Cup Verdi, consider cleaning it about 30% more often. Darker roasts and flavored coffee contain more surface oils than other types of coffee. Those oils can resist simple rinsing and over time harden in your Cup Verdi screen as well as the filter holder of your Keurig machine.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015


 So every Tuesday you can receive FREE SAMPLES from www.pichme.com . It is 1st come, first serve which really kind of stinks for those of us at work. But there is an occasion here and there where I have been able to snag some of these goodies. Most are small sample sizes but every once in a white you will receive full size samples. Here are some of the products I received from pinchme to test and review for free.

Samples look like this with the cute green boxes:

Pinchme also hosts giveaways throughout the year on Twitter and posting your pictures of products received on Instagram could win you prizes and extra boxes as well. 
Tag photos of your samples with #pinchermoments for a chance to win monthly prizes! 

After you receive your samples you fill out a small 5 questions per item questionnaire and write a review. It's very simple and you get to try new products.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Super Excited!!! This just happens to be my 2nd campaign I'm participating in through BZZAGENT (www.bzzagent.com).


SUJA Essentials are great for anytime, anywhere refreshment and are packed with vital nutrients, amino acids, omegas & antioxidants. All Suja Essentials are USDA certified Organic, Non-GMO & Cold-Pressured.

Suja Elements is a line of juices, smoothies & teas with a purpose. For every bottle purchased, 20¢ – 25¢ is donated to an important social or environmental cause through the Suja Elements Cause Collective™. All Suja Elements are certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO & Cold-Pressured.It comes in 36 different varieties and flavors. 

SUJA Classic is packed with fruits and vegetables, Suja Classic is a convenient way to drink the daily nutrients your body needs and maintain overall health. All Suja Classic juices are USDA certified Organic, Non-GMO & Cold-Pressured.

Here are a few of the flavors, I can't wait to try them all! My package should be arriving today!

Some facts about SUJA SMOOTHIES:


Cold Pressure, also known as High Pressure Processing, retains food quality, maintains natural freshness, and extends microbiological shelf life without heating to high temperatures (heat pasteurization results in loss of nutrients). After a Suja juice or smoothie is bottled, a high level of cold pressure is applied evenly to destroy pathogens and ensure it’s safe to drink while preserving vitamins, enzymes and nutrients.
Warning: This list contains a lot of irresistible flavors. But the good news is they all cost less than $4! They’re also USDA certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, kosher certified, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. Suja Juice even maintains a low carbon footprint by sourcing their produce locally whenever possible. Just some feel-good facts to think about when you’re sipping on Suja Essentials flavors like:


A substantial juice blend kicked up with turmeric. This flavor contains apple, carrot, orange, beet, banana, pineapple and turmeric.


A satisfying strawberry smoothie with the creaminess of tropical bananas. It includes the usual suspects like apple, orange, strawberry, banana and (surprise!) camu camu.


A sweet smoothie bursting with hearty greens and juicy apples that’s amped up with spirulina and chlorella. Other ingredients include banana, mango, spinach, lemon, kale, barley and alfalfa.


A luscious and creamy mango smoothie with a winning mix of apple, mango, orange, pineapple, banana and ginger.


A robust smoothie that bursts with juicy berry flavors and satisfies with the all-mighty chia seed. This flavor contains apple, banana, blueberry, strawberry, orange, blackberry, lemon and chia.


A vibrant and nutrient-dense smoothie, it’s similar to Green Delight but with celery, cucumber, collard greens, peppermint tea, spearmint tea and ginger, too!


A delicious combination of nutrient dense leafy greens, tangy citrus and revitalizing mint tea. Ingredients include cucumber, celery, grapefruit, green chard, green leaf lettuce, lemon, kale, spinach, parsley, peppermint tea and spearmint tea.

You can learn more about SUJA and their smoothies here: 

I received samples or coupons from BzzAgent and 

Suja to test and review for promotion purposes.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

My 3rd VOXBOX #Frostyvoxbox

I love checking my email and seeing this:

So a 2 weeks later it arrives:

The box contains the following items:

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 
@RimmelLondonUS #Rimmel
I am totally in love with the Scandaleyes eyeliner from Rimmel. It is very dark and glides on easily. No need to retouch it stays on all day long. It is very easy to remove with the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color
@NYCNewYorkColor #SugarPlum
This hapened to be my favorite product out of the #frostyvoxbox. It was the perfect shade for me. It has a great scent and flavor (for those moments you lick your lips). I like the price and have bought other colors from this brand now. It is also long lasting and smooth. This is my #1 pick. p

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
@CelestialTea #CelestialTea
Celestial Seasonings Cane Cane flavored Decaf tea is great for someone who loves Christmas, relaxation and of course tea. I'm not a tea person but I did try. I do love the smell of this tea, now only if they made hot cocoa.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED
@bootsbeautyusa #Get ADVANCED
I have to say I was surprised to get a small sample of this and just a coupon. I really didn't need to use this but I tried it anyways. It was cool and glided on smooth. It also smells great. According to their website, "No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum is proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by up to 50% in just 4 weeks. So effective that other people can see a significant visible improvement in your deep lines and wrinkle. Immediately improving skin's radiance after the first application, this rich, velvety, No7 Intense anti-aging serum glides onto the skin. Hypo-allergenic. Dermalogically tested."
Only CON of this product is that it costs quite a penny.

McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme

Fruit Vines Bites Cherry
@FruitVines #SweetSideFruit 

EcoTools Styler + Smoother, EcoTools Full Volume Styler and EcoTools Sleek + Shine
@ecotools #LoveMyEcoHairBrush

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes



1st came....
Then came.....

Sooooooo excited I just received my second voxbox. It just happens to be the #vssportbra voxbox courtesy of @Influenster. Inside this box is magic!!!!

Ok so it's more like a fabulousness. Inside my box was 10- 25% off 1 sport item coupons. I shared these with friends and all the ladies at work, because everyone loves Vicky's.

When I received my box I was concerned that maybe I didn't fill out the size right but everything looked great once I put it on. Lol!!! As you can see below. Now to test it and get my workout on!

So my experience with this voxbox was amazing. Not only was the product a name brand that consumers like myself know and are comfortable with, but the product is good quality and made to last. The sportbra was pink :-) lightweight, comfortable and had a little lift. the cropped yoga pants were light, breathable, and made of great material. Overall experience is I will be using my coupon to purchase more items. 

So one of my missions from Influenster was to visit a Victoria Secret Store and review. So I took one of the handy dandy 25% off 1 sport item coupons that I received in my #vssportbra #voxbox and redeemed it at my local store in the mall close to where I live.

I did share the rest of the coupons with the ladies I work with and my children's daycare teacher who is in love with Victoria Secret products.

I went to Victoria's Secret store. First impression, wow! I wish I looked like the angels who's posters are out front in the window, maybe I can purchase something here and it'll transform me! Lol:-)

My mall's Victoria's Secret is smaller than many. There was limited selection. Thank goodness I'm a size 2 in pants because they don't have many bigger sizes. Anyways I tried on a few things. The ladies who work there helped me with what I was looking for. I ended up buying the new mesh back tank. Thank goodness I had a coupon. A $36 holy no sleeve shirt I got for around $27. I will say I'm in love with the lime green color tho.

So my overall experience was great. I cant wait to see my next voxbox.

This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria's Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.


So, yesterday I received my first VoxBox I was so excited to come home and find it. I prequalified, and got it a week or two later, here is my box.

It's much smaller than I as expecting. But that is fine. I received the #tlcvoxbox from Influenster. Its a site where you use your social media and other things to qualify for free samples to test and review, this also involves tweeting and posting about these products and doing challenges in order to win other competitions and qualify for more boxes. They use you as an influencer. It's a great idea. So I did join this site May 11th 2014 and here I am with my first box about a month later. My influence score is 795 issuing my social media accounts and my scores from the quizzes and interactions on the Influenster site. Which by the way is iInfluenster.com. I received these products courtesy of Influenster to test and review.

So here is the cheat sheet showing what was to be expected in my box....

Here are the products:






I still have to go get my gelato though but it looks amazingly yummy!! Products received courtesy of Influenster for test and review purposes. 


My 1ST Mission from SMILEY 360 

Build A Bear Workshop

So, courtesy of smiley360 I was given a $40 gift card to go to Build A Bear and review their service and products. Happy to say my 4 year old loved it. You had to choose one of the characters above. Here are some pictures from our trip:

 Here is the final total. 

I will definitely go again , it was amazing they have wonderful songs they sing, and you get to bathe, dress and name your friend.

My 2ND Mission from SMILEY 360 


Just got my next Smiley360 mission... Time to test and review arm and hammer baking soda. #freesample to try courtesy of smiley360. Click here for coupons and savings: http://www.armandhammer.com/Resources/SavingsCenter.aspx/#BakingSoda
Ready to try out for fall/back to school time courtesy of @smiley360 #FreeSample #BakingSodaTips

My 3rd Mission from SMILEY 360 

Sugarfree Dyefree berry flavored Children's Advil


When your child has a fever, relief can’t wait. Try NEW Children’s Advil® Sugar-Free Dye-Free Berry, the only sugar-free and dye-free children’s fever reducer and pain reliever.* It reduces fever fast† - even faster than Children’s Tylenol®. It lasts longer, too- up to 8 hours with just one dose. And it has a taste your kids will love!

I received these products courtesy of smiley360 to test and review.