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1. Hold the mayo…and mix your tuna with cottage cheese (I use 4% for extra creaminess).

Source, source

This is not a health tip–thanks to a weird craving today, I discover that it tastes way better than my usual tuna+mayo mixture! And I really like mayo, so that’s saying a lot.

 

2. High-low skirts…are actually super flattering and fun. I highly recommend you try one.

In case you’re wondering, I just bought this one.

 

3. Ordering things online > buying things at the store.

Putting aside all of the logical reasons, online shopping means presents at your doorstep. ‘Nuff said.

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I like to sign up for free samples, especially those of the dessert/bar/cereal variety (shocking, I know). A few weeks ago, I received one full-sized Fiber One: 90 Calorie Chocolate Bar sample in the mail.

Honestly, I had forgotten I signed up for it, so it was a great surprise.

The best way I can describe this bar is a very chewy Rice Krispie treat (with choco chips).

It was on the smaller side as far as bars go, but given that it’s only 90 calories, that makes sense.

Overall, it was good but not great. It would probably be a good option if you are looking for a low-calorie snack with a bit of chocolate and the additional bonus of 5g of fiber.

Knowing me, I think I would like the peanut butter version even more…if anyone wants to send me a free sample of that! 😉

Thanks to another coupon, I was introduced to a new (to me) bar: the Think Thin White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts Crunch Bar.

White chocolate is my favorite kind of chocolate, so I was pretty excited about these.

One tip: Don’t eat this bar for the first time shortly after consuming a White Hot Chocolate with Extra Whip + Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolates. You will only taste the nuts.

However, if you consume it in any other situation, the nuts are complimented by a light white chocolate taste. It’s really quite pleasant, tasting more like a cereal bar than a protein bar, which is always a plus.

I mean, I wouldn’t complain if they increased the amount of white chocolate, but that kind of goes without saying…

 

So when I first discovered Life Choice bars, I decided to sample quite a few. I’ve already blogged about two of my favorites, Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate Pretzel, but I thought I would update those of you who are interested in the rest of the Life Choice bars I sampled.

Life Choice Protein: Peanut Butter Extreme

Bottom line: It tastes like a protein bar. My husband was running out the door without breakfast when I was trying this bar, and I gave the rest to him. Not bad, but not nearly as amazing in taste and texture as my prized Cookies & Cream.

Life Choice Meal Bar: Peanut Butter Crunch

Bottom line: Have you ever noticed the difference when something has peanut butter in it (nuttier taste) and when it’s peanut butter flavored (sweeter taste)? This bar is definitely peanut butter flavored.

It actually reminded me of the South Beach Living Peanut Butter Protein Cereal Bars, which I have been a longtime fan of (Ps. They don’t seem to be around anymore. Does anyone know why???). Like but not love.

Life Choice Wellness Bar: Double Peanut

Bottom line: This is basically the Peanut Butter Crunch bar with an extra layer of peanut butter, a.k.a. even more win! My favorite of the three, but still not as good as the previous their Cookies & Cream and White Chocolate counterparts.

Hey, remember that beauty book review series I started a few weeks ago? It’s still going (relatively) strong!

Today’s book is Rescue Your Nails by Rescue Beauty Lounge founder Ji Baek.

In short:  Informative and comprehensive; a book I will certainly want to refer to in the future. Buy it for your library.

What I learned:

  • Make a point to file your nails weekly, regardless of length or perceived strength.
  • Don’t do fake nails. I mean, you can, but there are so many (bacterial!) risks, that in my opinion, it’s not worth the upkeep.
  • You should be able to sterilize all of your nail care tools and should absolutely do so, even if you are the only one using them.
  • Add a layer of topcoat every other day to preserve a manicure.
  • Always use base coat to prevent your polish’s pigment from discoloring your nails. If your nails are already discolored, you can improve their situation with lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide.

What I’d change:

  • I wasn’t particularly interested in the stories that introduced most of the topics. Maybe it’s the business person in me, but when I am reading nonfiction, I want the author to get to the point!

Ps. I used some of the techniques described in the book for my latest manicure, and it was still going strong over a week later!!

White chocolate + pretzels is a winning combination.

So is peach fruit snacks + pretzels, but that is a story for another day.

Remember my beloved Life Choice Cookies & Cream Energy Bars? I actually bought all of the flavors that sounded good to try, so there will be even more eye-opening Life Choice posts!

I know I’m excited..

Anywho, the next bar on the docket is the Life Choice White Chocolate Pretzel Meal Bar, my second favorite bar of the bunch.

As a meal bar (whatever that means), it’s pretty big, which is satisfying, and since it’s contains pretzels, not just rice, it’s meatier than comparable coated bars.

You actually have to work to chew this thing!

Yeah, and also it’s pretty delicious.

The coating really does taste like white chocolate, and with the pretzels mentioned earlier, the combo is complete!

I, personally, wouldn’t use this bar as an entire meal, but I think it’d make a superb post-workout snack (any kind of snack really) or maybe even part of a meal…especially if you like bars as much as I do.

I say go pick one up along with the three Cookies & Cream bars you have on your grocery list already.