Vital Proteins Chocolate Collagen Peptides Powder Review

Vital Proteins Chocolate Collagen Peptides

We’d be lying if we said that the last year hasn’t been a stressful one. We’ve taken to exploring new additions to our health routines to balance things out, so when Vital Proteins reached out to offer us a sample of their newest Costco-exclusive offering, we knew we had to write up a Vital Proteins chocolate collagen peptides powder review for our loyal readers.

What’s collagen? It’s one of those things that vitally important but easily ignored. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and a basic component of your bones, hair, nails and tissue. It’s known to promote joint health and also offers aesthetic benefits for your skin, providing structure while improving hydration and elasticity. All in all, regular intake can foster healthier looking skin and the smoothing out of the lines and wrinkles that creep in with age. Long-term, collagen can help relieve joint pain and prevent bone loss**.

This Vital Proteins collagen supplement comes in a cleanly designed tub with a bright baby blue top and matching scoop, and is safety sealed from the inside. Cracking that open wafts up a dusting of delicately sweet chocolate powder that serves as a preview of what’s to come. You can take it plain, mixed in water, or add it to just about anything that pairs with chocolate. It’s easiest to directly mix it in with hot liquids, but you can use a blender or a blender bottle with cold or room temperature liquids. It’s as easy to prepare as any other supplement you’ve tried. Each serving gives you 20g of collagen.

Our first test was with coffee. The recommended two scoops might feel like a lot at first glance, but it mixes in quickly and easily. The chocolate flavoring turns your morning Joe into a bit of a mocha adventure, and though we liked this we already started thinking of all the different things we could add this to. We love blending it into chocolate smoothies and milkshakes when we’re feeling a bit lavish or shaking it into single serving bottles of chocolate milk when we’re on the go.

How is this Different Than the Original Collagen Peptides?

How is this Different Than the Original Collagen Peptides?

Aside from the supplement’s obvious benefits and the ease of use, what’s impressed us most with this product is that it’s so simply made and fits so well with a range of different diets. The formula is paleo- and keto-friendly, dairy free and gluten free, and contains no sugar. In fact, there are only five ingredients in the powder, with the collagen peptides coming from grass-fed, pasture raised cows. Stevia adds sweetness and natural cocoa powder brings flavor, while a pinch of sea salt balances everything out.

We’ve tried Vital Proteins’ unflavored powder before ($29.99 at Costco), but since we got the chocolate version in our family has been digging into both with a bit more regularity. Though we’ll say without hesitation that the chocolate flavor makes for a much easier sell with our younger ones.

Costco April 2021 Coupon Book

Costco April 2021 Coupon Book Cover

We’re excited to release the upcoming Costco April 2021 Coupon Book. The dates of this months coupons are April 14th through May 9th. To display the coupons all you need to do is click the link right above this and you’ll be taken right to them. If you click on any coupon image you’ll also be able to enlarge it and see a slideshow. There is 10 days between the March 2021 Coupon Book and the April 2021 Coupon Book. That gap is filled nicely by the April 2021 Hot Buys coupons which run from April 2nd to April 11th. This is a huge coupon book at 26 pages long! Special thanks to Costco97 for helping us with this months coupons! If you haven’t checked out their website yet they notify you when Costco items go on clearance. If you want to see an early preview of the May 2021 Coupon Book make sure to sign up for our email list, follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook.

We were quite surprised by some of the new items found in the April 2021 Costco Coupon Book. The one that piqued our interest the most was the new Cheez-It Snap’d Double Cheese Cheesy Baked Snacks, which are $2 off. The Blink 5 Camera Security System is pretty new to Costco too, at $50 off. We haven’t seen the Sunforce 35′ Solar String Lights at $29.99 after $10 off coupon. We’ve recently used the Culturelle Digestive Daily Probiotics and the Culturelle Kids Daily Probiotic Chewables, so nice to see those at $6 off. We’ll definitely be picking up a bag (or bags!) of the PopCorners Popped-Corn Snack Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn at $1.80 off. The tire coupon for this month is Michelin with the typical $110 off up to $699 spent or $150 off $700 spent or more.

If you’re still reading and can’t find the link to display the coupons there’s a few things to check. The easiest thing to do is click this link to go directly to Page 1 of the April 2021 Costco Coupon Book slideshow. If you want to see all coupons on the same page, then first you need to make sure you’re on the post page titled “Costco April 2021 Coupon Book“. Then, once on that page you need to click the link in the first sentence which is titled “Costco April 2021 Coupon Book”. Now that you’ve seen the sneak preview of the coupon book, which items are you going to wait to pick up on sale? What do you think of the huge monthly Costco coupon book? More deals than normal that entice you?

Costco April 2021 Hot Buys Coupons

Costco April 2021 Hot Buys Coupons

The new Costco April 2021 Hot Buys Coupons were just released and start tomorrow! They are valid from April 2nd through April 11th. As usual the Hot Buys coupons mostly fill in the gap between the March 2021 Costco Coupon Book and the April 2021 Costco Coupon Book which starts April 14th. Pretty similar to last month, there are 35 items for sale in April. There are only 5 Kirkland Signature items on sale as well as one bakery item, one deli item and one butcher item. If you want to be notified as soon as we release the April 2021 Costco coupon book make sure to sign up for our email list, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Instagram.

There is a good variety of items on sale in the April 2021 Hot Buys. The one that stands out to us as an extreme value is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Variety Pack. We did a thorough review of it recently and were really impressed with it. Add to that the sale price of only $6.99 after coupon and it’s almost 3x less expensive than you’ll find on Amazon or Target!! Another item we have to mention is the Kerrygold Salted or Unsalted Butter at $8.99 after $4 off. There was a Costco member community poll recently that asked what are your three must-buy items at Costco and Kerrygold butter was one of the top three. If you haven’t tried it yet we highly recommend it. We haven’t seen the Grown Right Organic Strawberry Lemonade before, so we’re very tempted to try it at $1.70 off. If you’re still considering an exercise bike for the new year the Echelon bike looks like a pretty good value at $799.99 after $200 off.

What do you think of this months Costco Hot Buys coupons? What items are you going to pick up?

Costco March 2021 Coupon Book

Costco March 2021 Coupon Book Cover

It’s been a long wait but it’s finally time for the release of the Costco March 2021 Coupon Book. This months coupons will run from March 10th through April 4th. To reveal the coupons simply click the link right above and you’ll be taken directly to them. You’ll also be able to enlarge them if you want to read the fine details. Once again there is a 1.5 week gap between the February 2021 Coupon Book and the March 2021 Coupon Book. However, the March 2021 Hot Buys coupons fill that gap nicely and also have some great Kirkland Signature items on sale! This is a longer Costco coupon book at 23 pages. If you want to see an early preview of the April 2021 Coupon Book make sure to sign up for our email list, follow us on Instagram and Like us on Facebook.

There are a few items that caught our attention in the March 2021 Costco Coupon Book. First of all, we recently did a review of the Febreze Fabric Refresher Variety Pack and now it’s on sale for $2 off! As you’ll read in our review, there is a brand new Ocean scent in this pack that has notes of Hinoki, Ginger, and Waterlily and is fantastic. Another item that we noticed right away is the Oral-B iO Series 7C toothbrush set. We personally use this every day and love it. At $50 off that makes it $249 for the 2 brush set. We’ll be stocking up on the Kirkland Signature Organic Breakfast Blend K-Cups, which are only $29.99 after $7 off. If you do that math that comes out to $0.25 per k-cup, which is about the lowest you’ll find anywhere for a K-Cup, let alone an organic one! The tire coupon has switched back to Bridgestone and is $150 off a set of 4.

For those of you who can’t seem to get the coupons to display we have a few links you can try to get it to work. One option is to click this link to go directly to the first page of the coupon book slideshow. Otherwise, you need to make sure you’re on the post page “Costco March 2021 Coupon Book“. Then, click the link in the very first sentence, which is titled “Costco March 2021 Coupon Book”. So, now that you’ve seen all the coupons, what do you think of this months Costco Coupons? Anything you’ll be anxiously waiting to buy on sale?

Costco March 2021 Hot Buys Coupons

Costco March 2021 Hot Buys Coupons

The Costco March 2021 Hot Buys Coupons are here and they start tomorrow! They’ll run from February 27th through March 7th. This fills most of the gap between the February 2021 Costco Coupon Book which ends February 28th and the March 2021 Costco Coupon Book which starts March 10th. In total there are 37 items on sale, which is a pretty sizable coupon book. 11 of those items are Kirkland Signature products and another two are bakery and deli items. If you want to be notified as soon as we release the March 2021 Costco coupon book make sure to sign up for our email list, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Instagram.

There are a couple of the March 2021 Hot Buys that caught our eye. First of all, we have been fans of the Kirkland Signature Canned Chicken Breast for a long time. It has a long shelf life and is great in a pinch when you need some chicken quickly. We love to use it in quesadillas or tacos as it’s nice and tender. At $7.99 after $2 off for 6 cans you honestly can’t beat the price. We’ll be stocking up for sure. Another item that stands out to us is the Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Cookies from the Costco Bakery. It’s hard to find a better store made cookie and at $1.50 off they are a great value. We’ve also been curious about trying plant-based meat for a while and the $4 off Beyond Meat Beyond Burgers is pretty tempting. Lastly, it’s surprising to see hand sanitizing wipes for sale (remember when they were impossible to find?!), so if you’re not stocked up from this past year it’s a good opportunity to grab some at $2 off.

Which items are tempting enough to make a Costco shopping trip? What is your favorite item on sale in the coupon book?

Febreze Fabric Refresher Review

Febreze Fabric Refresher on Couch

If you’re a little like us, you’ve been spending a lot more time around the house than ever before, so as soon as we saw this on the shelves at our local Costco we knew we needed to review Febreze’s new ocean-scented fabric spray 2-pack for you, our loyal reader. Thankfully Febreze offered to send us a sample pack to test out and review!

We’ve seen Febreze sprays in all types before, but the Ocean scented version of this product looks to be newly launched, and Costco is the only place you can get this in a wallet-friendly two-pack right now. Along with the Ocean scent you also get a bottle of Febreze Fabric Extra Strength Spray, both of which are 27 ounces.

We brought it home and took to it quickly as a handy quick fix solution. Just twist open the nozzle of the sleek blue-and-black bottle and give your smelly targets a quick mist until they’re slightly damp. As it dries it sucks away all those foul odors that have been building up, eliminating them completely.

The Ocean scent has fresh notes of ginger, water lily and hinoki, a sacred Japanese wood known for its lemony aroma. It’s a delicate, clean bouquet that’s at once reassuringly familiar and tinged with a bit of exotic flavor.

Febreze Ocean Scent Origins

Febreze Ocean Scent — Hinoki, Ginger, and Waterlily


The spray is specially formulated for use on the fabrics you find all through the house, and Febreze promotes it as a great supplement to your usual cleaning routine. We’ve found it great for spot cleaning everything from big, less regularly cleaned items like couches, drapes and carpets to smaller items like cushion covers and throw blankets. If something even looks like it smells a bit off you can quickly grab it and spray.

Febreze recommends applying weekly, but there’s nothing to keep you from using it more frequently. We find the spray’s scent easily stays for a few days after each application, but the results vary a bit depending on how much you use and what you’re applying it to.

At our house, we love to use the spray on sports equipment, especially on items that don’t easily go in the laundry like backpacks, football pads and the insides of smelly shoes (be careful using it on leather though). Our partner plays hockey and we’ve long had to hide that huge bag of smells in a closet…this really helps stem the tide and keep the worst of it at bay. We’ve recommended it to all the other players on his team with great results.

We also like to keep a bottle of this tucked away under our desk. Video chats have become a staple of our work life, and so have the two or three “nicer” pieces of clothing that we keep at our workstation to keep us looking moderately presentable on those last-minute calls. We do admit to sometimes letting these go unwashed for a little longer than we should, so having some Febreze handy really helps carry our nostrils through another Zoom session. (And don’t forget to spray your office chair down while you’re at it!)

It’s not yet listed on the Costco website, but other online reviewers have raved about it as we have. Pet owners especially seem to love it, while others compared its scent to a body mist — a fitting comparison now that the thought has been put into our heads. There were also some tips to keep a bottle in the car, which we’ll do as soon as we stock up again.

All in all, we can’t recommend this product highly enough. Especially at Costco, who are coming through with an almost unbelievable $8.49 price tag for the two-pack — we’ve been seeing this going at other stores for $6 or more for just one. Febreze is rolling these out nationwide in the next little while, so head in as soon as it’s available near you and grab a couple to get yourself primed for spring cleaning season.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Review

Mr Clean Magic Eraser

After so many months cooped up at home, there’s admittedly now a little extra grime built up in some corners of our home. We’ve done our best keeping tidy, but honestly, it’s hard to keep up with all the little stains that elbow their way in. That’s why we were thankful when Mr. Clean called us up and offered us an 11-count variety pack of their Magic Erasers to test out for this review.

We’d been hearing about this product for a while now from friends and family, about how it was a revolutionary new thing. We thought it was all hyperbole. And then we tried it.

Taking these out of the box, they really just look like regular sponges. They’re white with wavy edges, nothing too out of the ordinary. But once you start using them you can tell immediately that they’ve been somehow supercharged. Grime in the microwave and fridge? An easy scrape off. Stains on the counter? A quick wipe and it’s gone. You can even use it outside on patio furniture or your car rims.

It’s really hard to overstate how effective these Magic Erasers are. They don’t just make it easier to clean out areas that usually require a little elbow grease. They literally wipe away messes that we once thought impossible to remove, like the permanent marker Picassos that our youngest has been slaving over. Or the stains on our slow cooker that we literally thought had been burnt in.

While we’d only ever heard about the regular Magic Erasers, this variety pack actually comes with three varieties of sponges: extra durable, kitchen and bath. The extra durable version improves on the original by adding a layer of Durafoam, making each unit four times stronger. You can use this pretty much anywhere—this is the general-purpose option and the one we reach for most often.

The kitchen variety comes with the grease fighting power of Dawn, and works especially well on things like ovens, sinks, countertops and other places where grease gets in. The bath option comes infused with lavender-scented Febreze and is formulated for attacking dirty washroom areas such as shower glass, grout, tiles, tubs and sinks. It also works well to remove soap scum from hard water and rust stains.

Best of all, these are non-toxic and entirely safe to keep around the house. You don’t need to use gloves or chemicals to use them, just add a bit of water and start scrubbing. It really does feel like magic.

In short, there’s an option for every household mess, new or old. There are a few more delicate items we’d hold off using this on, like your fancy dishes and the exterior of your car, but generally speaking, if you see it in your home you can probably clean it with a Magic Eraser.

The variety packs are available now countrywide at Costco for $9.99 or you can order them online from Costco.com right now for $11.59.

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