Stila Eye Palette – Giveaway From Daydreaming Beauty

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Ann Again and again Reviews Giveaway At Daydreaming Beauty

I have declared the Summer of 2013 “The Summer Of Earrings”. My reasoning for this was to remind myself to wear one of the dozens of earrings I have, yet I seem to forget to wear them. So what if I don’t leave the house that day? Wear some earrings anyway! While I’m cheering up my lonely earrings, I’ve also noticed eye shadows in my make-up drawer that are look mighty lonely as well. Why do I have these things if I’m not going to use them? So silly.

Now that I’m noticing eye shadows, I was perusing Sephora and liked the colors from In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette from Stila. This palette is something I would use everyday. It sounds perfect to me for a giveaway item! Check it out from Daydreaming Beauty:

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A gorgeous, palette with 10 shades of Stila’s award-winning eye shadow formula that can be worn wet or dry.

Instinct – Light baby pink with pink & white shimmer
Desire – Soft, creamy mid-tone pink
Impulse – Pale lavender with lavender shimmer
Wonder – Mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer
Glance – Intense violet with shimmer
Spontaneous – Soft beige-gold with shimmer
Improvise – Deep plum with pink sparkle
Whim – Soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer
Catalyst – Black with pink sparkle
Captivate – Mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl

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Stila Eye Palette Giveaway – Daydreaming Beauty

I am loving this In The Moment Eyeshadow Palette from Stila. This is something I would use everyday. It sounds perfect to me for a giveaway item. Check it out from <a href=”“>Daydreaming Beauty</a>:<br />
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A gorgeous, palette with 10 shades of Stila’s award-winning eye shadow formula that can be worn wet or dry.<br />
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Instinct – Light baby pink with pink &amp; white shimmer<br />
Desire – Soft, creamy mid-tone pink<br />
Impulse – Pale lavender with lavender shimmer<br />
Wonder – Mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer<br />
Glance – Intense violet with shimmer<br />
Spontaneous – Soft beige-gold with shimmer<br />
Improvise – Deep plum with pink sparkle<br />
Whim – Soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer<br />
Catalyst – Black with pink sparkle<br />
Captivate – Mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl<br />
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Back-To- School Spending Easier To Manage With Bluebird From American Express and Walmart

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Ann Again and again Reviews Bluebird by American Express and WalMart

Ann Again and again Reviews Back To School Royalty Free Stock Images - Image: 10434419

As our family counts down the days of Summer time fun I have my eyes on ads for Back-To-School deals.  ‘Tis the season to buy packs of pencils, stacks of notebooks, grand entrance tops and shiny shoes.  (My youngest loves anything with sparkles.)  Are you all set with your Back-To-School shopping?  Getting organized with spending is an important thing to do, and a continuous lesson no matter what your age.  My 15 year old is becoming comfortable shopping with out me, and going to the mall with her friends.  (Do I hang behind and shadow them?  Um, well… yes.  Yes I have.  But any way.)  I don’t feel entirely comfortable handing over my debit card for these shopping trips and cash isn’t something I always have on hand.  Recently I was introduced to a way to manage spending that will not only help keep us within our Back-To-School budget, it will also allow me to control spending in a way I’ve never seen before – Bluebird by American Express and Walmart.

Ann Again and again Reviews Bluebird by American Express and WalMart

Now that my oldest daughter wants to go shopping with her friends this is going to be a different shopping season for me.  She wants to be in charge of things on her Back-To-School list.  Responsibility is a good thing and I need to do my best to embrace this choice, no matter how much it tugs at my heart. Growing up!  It’s inevitable, right?  Does your child(ren) like to go shopping without you now too?  What age were they when they asked “Mom, can you take us to the Mall?  Oh, and you don’t have to stick around.”  *heavy sigh*

The more I learn about Bluebird the more comfortable I am that spending will be under control.  I found signing up for a Bluebird account to be quick and easy.  With your Bluebird account you receive a card that you load with whatever dollar amount you like.  This account can also have 4 sub accounts, and each sub account receives a card with the persons name on it. Within these accounts you can set a daily spending limit, turn ATM access on or off and receive spending alerts.  All of these functions can be performed on-line or from your smart phone.  I will be setting the spending limit and I will be able to see where the money is being spent.  We’re beginning our Back-To-Shopping so I’ll be sharing more of our Bluebird experience with you.

What ways do you keep your Back-To-School spending in check?

To learn more about Bluebird please click this link:


(*Disclosure:  In adherence with FTC and WOMMA guidelines I am being compensated for my participation in the American Express and WalMart Birdbird program.  My opinions are truthfully  my own.)

Firmoo Gets Shady With Summer Sunglasses

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Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo Eyewear Sunglasses Summer

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo Eyewear Sunglasses Summer

I live in a well known grey part of the Pacific Northwest, Portland, OR.  However, the sun does shine here, especially in the summer time, and that is when I find sunglasses to be a necessity.  Maybe it’s because it doesn’t shine as often that my eyes aren’t used to it’s powerful glare?  Or, it’s a big ball of light and it’s bright!  Whatever the reason, when I’m heading out I make sure to have my sunglasses.  My little blond haired/blue-eyed Lily definitely needs sunglasses however, for her they are the prescription sunglasses.  She’s my little fashionista so they need to be extra flashy.  I’ve found great styles at And first time customers get their first pair for free!

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo Eyewear Sunglasses Summer

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo Eyewear Sunglasses Summer

(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

New Customers, check out more products for your first free pair at right now! You just need to pay shipping. First come, first served!

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About Firmoo:
Firmoo is the World’s Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices which start at 8 dollars- 80%-90% lower compared to that in local store.


Let's Have A Party! Target Has Opened In Downtown Portland

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Ann Again and again Reviews City Target Downtown Portland Opening

Ann Again and again Reviews City Target Downtown Portland

Tuesday, July 23rd the much anticipated City Target store in Downtown Portland held a party to celebrate it’s completion. Located in the historical Galleria building on 10th and Morrison, City Target will serve the 90,000 people who work downtown and the 12,000 residents who call downtown their home. A wonderful benefit is that it will employ over 200 people.

The party was lively and loud and I can not believe how my pictures don’t show how many people were there! My lens was focused, for sure. (It was packed.) Delicious, tasty offerings from Voodoo Donut (Maple w/ a slice of Bacon Donuts, mmmmm) Kenny & Zuke’s Deli, Saint Cupcake to name a few. Lively libations from local wineries and breweries and a band – Fort Atlantic – representing The Doug Fir lounge.

As my mom and I walked through the two floors of City Target my mind was reeling with memories of what The Galleria used to look like. I worked on the second floor, at a lovely store called Pacific Arts, for four years. During the time I worked at this store I met a man named Rob Harrison, and my life changed. (We’ve now been married for 20 years.) Yes, this building holds many memories for me.

Bullseye was there having her picture taken, all the while adorned with a shiny pink, rhinestone encrusted, collar. It was a tremendous party to welcome Target to downtown Portland.

(Since I’m still getting used to my home I’m going to share the pics I have in this slideshow. And once I figure out how to add captions I definitely will. So much to learn!)

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Summer Breeze $500 Cash Giveaway!

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Summer Breeze Cash Giveaway at Ann Again and again Reviews

Summer Breeze Cash Giveaway at Ann Again and again Reviews

Welcome to the $500 Summer Breeze Cash Giveaway!


I’ve joined forces with a great group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.  I know exactly what I would do with that money.  The Oregon Coast is calling and I would love to take my family for a coastal getaway.  What about you?  What would you do if you won $500?

Enter today for your chance to win $500 cash via PayPal.  Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.  Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.  Open Worldwide.  Ends at 11:59pm EST on August 4th, 2013.

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(*Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for my participation in this giveaway.)

Safeway Helps You Save At The Pump – $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

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Safeway Gas Rewards Program at Ann Again and again Reviews

Safeway Gas Rewards Program at Ann Again and again Reviews

I am all for getting the best deal possible.  When my Safeway grocery store began it’s Club Card program I signed up right away.  With your Safeway Club Card you get great prices on your groceries and now they are giving you great rewards at the gas pump too!  When you shop at Safeway, and use your Club Card for great savings, you now can earn rewards points to save up to 20¢ per gallon at participating Chevron and Texaco stations!  Summer traveling is upon us and I’m sure we all will welcome savings at the gas pump.

Earning rewards is easy:  For every dollar you spend while using your Safeway Club Card, you earn 1 point.  This can include purchasing groceries, or while at their Pharmacy.  When you purchase a qualifying gift card your earn 4x the rewards points!  Every 100 points earns you 10¢ off per gallon of gas.  You can store your points until you reach 1000 and save a $1 per gallon!  (Check out this link for full details:  Safeway).

Let’s see what I earned on my first trip out toward earning rewards:

Safeway Gas Rewards Program Ann Again and again Reviews

I knew I had to pick-up salmon, because our Safeway has the best salmon around.   A few other items were on the list so how did I do?

Safeway Gas Rewards Program at Ann Again and again Reviews

I see I’m on my way!  Love saving money!
















Is there something specific that you shop for at Safeway?  Other than their Seafood department, their wine selection is terrific and they have my cats favorite food as well as my dog Benny’s favorite treats.  What items are on your Safeway shopping list?

For your next shopping trip I have something that will make one lucky person smile, a $50 Safeway Gift Card!  Giveaway time!  Enter through Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  Good luck :->

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Nonni's Biscotti's THINaddictives – A Light and Lively Treat Plus A Giveaway!

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Ann Again and again Reviews Nonni's Biscotti's THINaddictives

The first time I tried a biscotti was decades ago when the coffee craze was hitting Portland.  I saw these tasty looking bars displayed in a pretty, tall glass on top of the pastry case and gave it a try.  I had no idea how crunchy, how dry they were and bit into the cookie without the necessary liquid dunking portion.  Not good.  Cookie crumble everywhere AND the flavor of the cookie doesn’t really release unless it’s moist.  My biscotti fail.  

Years later I tried using the proper dunking technique and enjoyed the taste of the cookie however, I’m not a soft food kind of person.   My husband is from the Chicago area and has a favorite sandwich that is completely dunked in sauce, oh wait – I think he calls it gravy, and the bread is so mushy I just can’t take it.  I’m not a fan of mushy food so I wasn’t sure how the latest version from Nonni’s Biscotti’s THINaddictives would go over for me, but I was willing to give it a try.

 Ann Again and again Reviews Nonni's Biscotti's THINaddictives

Here’s where they begin to win me over, they are thin.  Very thin slices of biscotti with pieces of raisin, or pistachio, or craisins that you can dunk in your favorite hot beverage if you like, but the flavor is nice and detectable even if you don’t dunk.  That works for me!

Ann Again and again Reviews Nonni's Biscotti's THINaddictives

Nonni’s Bicotti’s THINaddictives are sold in boxes that contain pairings of cookies in cellophane bags.  They are easy to transport in your purse for a quick treat however, they are delicate so if you don’t mind some cookie crumbles, just toss them in your bag!  100 calories per serving. If you like a bit of crunch with your treat this cookie is for you.  With flavor offerings of Cranberry/Almond, Pistachio/Almond, and Cinnamon/Raisin/Almond you are sure to find a flavor you’ll enjoy.  My favorite – this week anyway – is the Pistachio/Almond.  Slivers of pistachio with a delicate taste of almond, it’s delicious.  And this thin version of Nonni’s Biscotti pairs so perfectly with frozen Greek yogurt or ice cream it’s fantastic!  July is National Ice Cream Month ;->

Photo: July is National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate with a couple scoops and some THINaddictives on the side.What’s YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

Nonni’s Biscotti’s THINaddictives is encouraging everyone to get fit this Summer and has a YouTube channel with exclusive insider tips on fun, accessible forms of fitness from exercise experts.  Check out their channel here.  Enjoy getting stronger and in shape then have a nice, tasty 100 calorie treat.  Sounds like a plan.

Here’s something else that sounds like a plan… How about a giveaway of 3 boxes of Nonni’s Biscotti’s THINaddictives?!  Yes!  Entry option below

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(*Disclosure:  I was provided product for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)


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Trying The Deli Fried Chicken From Kroger Family Stores

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We loved our vacation at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon and didn’t want to leave.  We didn’t have a check-out time and stayed as long as we could.  That’s the good part.  The bad part was arriving home only to discover that we had cleaned out the refrigerator before we left and we were hungry and tired.  Oh boy.  My husband and I didn’t have the energy to cook after our long drive home, but going to one of the fast-food places in our neighborhood did not sound appealing at all.  Then I remembered my coupon from being a BzzAgent to try the deli fried chicken from Fred Meyer/Kroger.  Perfect!

I picked up an 8-piece ready-to-heat-and-eat chicken from our Freddy’s deli section, some coleslaw, chips and drinks and headed back home.

Deli Fried Chicken at The Kroger Co. Family of Stores

The weather was perfect for this summer evening so we ate outside, kind of extending our vacation vibe.  My husband Rob didn’t want to have his chicken heated up, but I did.  The chicken is fully cooked so you have a choice.  The coating was fun is hand-breaded in the store.  The tasty spices were a nice blend for the adults and not too zippy for our girls.  The meat was moist and there was plenty for our family of 4.  We had left overs and the container the fried chicken comes in makes it easy to snap the top back on and store in your refrigerator.  (Which made me happy because I knew the next day would be spent doing laundry.)

I was so pleased with my family’s positive response to Fred Meyer’s deli fried chicken.  I liked the quality and the taste and it was a perfect solution for feeding my family a healthy, and quick, meal in no time.


(*Disclosure:  I am a BzzAgent and was provided coupons to try Fred Meyer’s deli fried chicken, chips and soda.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)


Excited For This WordPress Class!

So excited!  My new blog buddy Pepper from Pepper Scraps & UniqueHorn (I love my new header!) has shared a class in WordPress that’s coming up in my area of Portland, OR through called Portland WordPress MeetUp .  This is something I truly need.

Since I made the conversion from Blogger to about 4 weeks ago I’ve been flustered with the change.  I was on Blogger for over 4 years and maneuvering that system is almost second nature to me.  Now, however, I’m in a new world of WordPress plug-ins and what-not and my brain needs more assistance than viewing lessons on YouTube.  I want someone sitting next to me!  I want someone to hold me hand!  (I want someone to take dictation and put my ideas on the page!)  Ahem, no.  No.  I can do this.  I can.

I am excited about going to a WordPress class.   And I’m excited about creating a site that will be one that readers will like the look of – with good content to!  Until I finish that class, please bear with me while I do my best to learn my new system.

I’m glad you are here.  Thank you!


Thank You From Shemar Moore &amp;quot;The Bounce Back&amp;quot; – Video

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Ann Again and again Reviews Shemar Moore The Bounce Back Film Project

Do you enjoy movies?  How about the Romantic/Comedy genre?  If so, you have to opportunity to help a movie just like this get made and be a part of its post-production as well!  You can even have a private screening, dinner with the star and director, and/or a speaking role if you want!  The talented Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds on CBS and Young & The Restless fame) wants to make a movie titled “The Bounce Back” – a heartfelt Rom/Com about finding the courage to love after love has let you down.   Are you familiar with this actor?  Perhaps a picture will help ;->

Ann Again and again Reviews Shemar Moore The Bounce Back Film Project

(I’ve talked about this project earlier – please visit this post to see the trailer where Shemar explains all about this great idea: “Shemar Moore’s Project with IndieGOGO – The Bounce Back“.)

This movie sounds like a perfect romantic/comedy.  I’m not familiar with his co-star Nadine Velasquez but, after seeing her in the promo – so funny, so charming- I’m really looking forward to seeing the two of them together.   Check out the promo and tell me what you think of their chemistry.

Now, about this campaign through IndieGOGO to get The Bounce Back made.  This is a phenomenal opportunity.  Think of it this way, you spend your money to see a movie, why not have your money go toward the kind of movie you would like to see made AND create a connection to this movie as well.  This will be our movie!  This will be YOUR movie. You will help create an experience to remember for the rest of your life.  I don’t feel I’m exaggerating.  This is new, this is exciting, this is a project you should be a part of.  Please visit the IndieGOGO site for “The Bounce Back” and donate today.  When you do, you can post this image on your blog.  (You don’t have to have a blog to donate!)

Ann Again and again Reviews The Bounce Back

Shemar Moore is sending a special “Thank You” to those that have contributed so far.  Could the next video be directed toward you? ;->


(*Disclaimer:  I am a social media volunteer for this project through IndieGOGO for The Bounce Back.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Firmoo Eyewear in July Has New Styles For You!

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo for July

It’s summertime, so you’ll be seeing lots of people wearing their cool shades on the street. My youngest, with her delicate blue eyes, seems to need sunglasses almost year around!  Sunglasses are the quickest way to add a touch of style to your Summer wardrobe. Picking up a pair of prescription sunglasses at is the best way to get a sweet summer look. Although new frame styles and lenses come out in sunglasses every year, the tinted prescription sunglasses is the latest trend among people pursuing fashion. Moreover, you can find new arrivals in July and excitingly get your First pair for free here as well.


Firmoo july  classic glasses

Firmoo july cat-eye glasses



This eyewear from Firmoo carries up-to-date styles inspired by top fashion designers that don’t come with the high price tag. They also carry fashion colors for summer, pinks, greens, yellows and oranges, to name a few. In the summer, your sunglasses are an accessory item that everyone notices. Moreover, the timeless look is the cat-eye eyewear taking dominating other styles in this season.

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo for July

Ann Again and again Reviews Firmoo Eyewear for July

Still have no idea about how to style your pairs? Check out a few ladies modeling their favorite Firmoo eyewear.

firmoo july model 1

firmoo july model 2


(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

As is the style of Firmoo new Customers get their first pair free!  Check more products for your first free pair at Firmoo right now! You just need to pay shipping. First come, first served!

Furthermore, Firmoo win-win business cooperation project is on the move. Worldwide fashionistas & influentials are welcomed to join in. Fill in your application form here.

About Firmoo
Firmoo is the World’s Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices which start at 8 dollars- 80%-90% lower compared to that in local store.

Mom Blog To Money Blog Workshop – Discount Code Too!

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Ann Again and again Reviews Mom Blog To Money Blog
Mom Blog to Money Blog - Discount code too!
Mom Blog to Money Blog


Are you like me and have been blogging for a while? Are ready to have your efforts pay off, literally? Or, are you fairly new to blogging and would like to generate income from your site? If you’ve enjoyed being in the blogosphere, and have been hearing/seeing the rewards that come to those that attend blog conferences, yet haven’t attended yourself, join me in taking part in Laurie Turk’s, a.k.a. “Tip Junkie”, Mom Blog to Money Blog Online Workshop: Bring Home The Bacon in 31 Days or Less. This workshop provides information that’s been shared with blog conference attendees and these lessons monetize your blog to help you generate income from your work.


I enjoy sharing information with my lovely readers and I have made a commitment to create a more financially viable site that will not only inform my readers but also provide an income for my family. I want to write. I want to connect. I want to generate an income. Nothing wrong with that. Why don’t you join me? Click the “Mom Blog to Money Blog” image below to sign-up for this 31 Day online workshop. Save 10% off the fee by using the code: Money.


Let me know if you join so we can go through this process together!


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Sleep Naturally With Dream Water

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Ann Again and again Reviews Dream Water
Dream Water - Sleep Is Important Do It Natually



I was given the chance to try Dream Water, a natural relaxation drink. This sleep-aid contains GABA, which relaxes & reduces anxiety, Melatonin that induces sleep and 5 HTP, a derivative of Tryptophan that relaxes and improves sleep.  Tryptophan is a chemical that is created by warming milk and our family is very familiar with drinking warm milk with a dash of cinnamon at night to help relax into sleep mode.  However, when the nights are warm, the last thing I want is a hot cup of liquid to drink.  Dream Water is enjoyed chilled, or room temperature, and provides the natural ingredients to help you fall asleep.

Dream Water comes in 2.5 oz bottles and offers 3 flavors; Snoozeberry, Lullaby Lemon and I Dream of Kiwi. My husband and I tried the Snoozeberry, which is a blend of blueberries and pomegranate. The flavor was light and not too sweet, which was perfect for my tastebuds.

I’m pretty sensitive to sleep-aids so I made sure I had no early morning plans the next day after trying Dream Water. It took about 20 minutes for the effects of the drink to kick in and off to sleep I went. When I woke up I felt fine, not groggy, or foggy. No lingering “sleep-aid hangover”. I felt like I had a good night sleep and was ready for the day.

I was pleasantly surprised with how well this product worked. I’m very happy that I was able to try Dream Water.  You can find Dream Water at Walgreens, WalMart,, and at the site  If you would like a free sample visit their site, Dream Water


(*Disclaimer:  I received product for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Rooibee Red Tea Brings Healthy Refreshment On These Hot Summer Days

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Rooibee Red Tea
My mother was the first person to tell me how good Rooibee (pronounced: ROY-bos) was for you. She was reading the book series “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency” and the author mentioned tea made from the Rooibos bush and the health benefits of this tea. My mom researched this product and started drinking tea made from Rooibos and wanted me to try it to alleviate my sinus pain. I’m always ready to try a natural product for pain relief and that began my lesson in Rooibos.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try a line of beverages that incorporate the health benefits of the Rooibos bush in refreshing, tasty drinks that are cold and delicious, just perfect for a warm Summer day – Rooibee Red Tea.
I prefer my children (and all children!) to avoid drinks with caffeine and Rooibee Red Tea is caffeine free, full of antioxidants and a full serving of Vitamin C. Each bottle contains between 80 to 90 calories.
Full ingredients of Cranberry Pomegranate:
Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Rooibos Tea Extract (390mg), Gallic Acid Equivalent (78mg),
Natural Flavor, Organic Citric Acid, Organic Ascorbic Acid, Hibiscus Extract (color).
My family and I enjoyed the tastes of Rooibee Red Tea. I find a no more flattering review then to have my 15 year old daughter ask, “Is there any more?” Let me say, when our review bottles were empty, she wanted to know where we could buy more of her favorite flavors. I’m up for that! Rooibee Red Tea is available in delicious flavors: Peach, Cranberry Pomegranate, Watermelon Mint, Vanilla Chai and Unsweetened. (The Peach and Cranberry Pomegranate were the favorites in our house.) You can try these for yourself when you purchase them at New Seasons, Whole Foods and Kroger Stores.
(*Disclosure: I was given product for review. My opinions are truthfully my own.*)