Review: Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks


I love Trader Joe’s; don’t you?  We don’t have one locally, so when we travel to Columbus, I like to stop in and see what I can try out next.  The last time we visited one, I picked up these yummy treats!

I’m not one that likes to eat potato chips these days, but yet there are plenty of times where I love a good crunchy snack.  These Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks are surely going to satisfy that crunchy snack you may be longing for.

They have the texture of a Funion (I know, sounds weird) and then the taste of what would be an apple cinnamon potato chip (I know…again…weird).  I’m pretty sure the serving size is like 36 “sticks,” however I don’t think I ate more than 20 at a time; so this bag will last quite a while.

Go ahead and check this out if you’re ever at a Trader Joe’s.


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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth


This is the second installment of the Divergent series.  While it does follow the first book, Divergent, if you have not read it I still think you could get through this one as it recaps every now and then concerning the important factors from the first book.  The first book was definitely action packed and this one is definitely no different!

As we learned from Divergent, one choice can transform or destroy you, but every choice has consequences.  Tris Prior has learned a great deal from the Dauntless initiation training that allows her to continue to fight what she believes in while continue to try to save those she loves.  Tris deals with grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’ initiation day should have a day of celebration, but we’ve learned that it was definitely not a time to celebrate.  She realizes that the world she’s been living in was one that contained lies and unspeakable horrors.  After said initiation day, everything in Tris’ life went haywire.  There is now a war between the factions as their ideologies grows.  As Tris has understood at a young age, sides must be chosen and secrets will emerge about what she thought she knew about her friends and family.

Tris battles choices that she makes as she fully embrace her Divergence whether she likes it or not.

The story also continues to expand on the relationship between Tris and Four as it digs deeper into the life of Four as he too is battling his own demons and past life.  We learn a great deal about Four in this book that has allowed him to become the man he is today.

I feel like this book is also an easy read and one that contains a little more politics than the first book; so do pay attention!  :)  I read this book in about 24 hours simply because it pulled me in so deep that I had to find out what would happen with Tris and Four.


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Contributor: Tara – Summer Skincare

Right now, there is nothing anyone would like to talk more about than summer. With this long winter and cold spring so far, summer is so close we can taste it! So it’s important to start thinking about that amazing tan you’re going to get (even if right now it’s just a fantasy). But as always, it’s vital that you protect your skin so it stays naturally beautiful and healthy. Luckily, there’s a few products that will protect your skin no matter how much fun you have in the sun.

Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block SPF 32 is necessary with the summer heat ahead. This cream with also prevent premature aging and give you that summer glow. This sunscreen penetrates the skin, while protecting it and treating it all in one. You will want to apply this 15 minutes or so before being exposed to the sun. Since it is summer most likely you will be outside swimming, or the beach, and whatever you are doing you will probably at some point be sweating a tad. While outside be sure to reapply frequently for the best results for your skin.

Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is the best defense for your eyes, and its gentle and affordable enough for daily use. Not only does it brighten your eyes immediately, but it also protects you from dehydration, sun rays, stress, and pollution. It’s also oil free so it won’t clog your pores. Though it’s used for anti-aging, you may have heard that when you get some sun you can get wrinkles faster, and that’s why using a product with defense against aging is so smart and proactive. The SPF in the cream is what makes it better from other eye products, because not only is it repairing, but it’s preventing more damage from happening to your eyes. It’s the best skin care product for summer use.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is not only a tinted moisturizer that will uphold your tan, it hydrates your skin so that it doesn’t dry out in the sun. It provides a natural blend with your skin, and is full of antioxidants and Vitamin E to make your skin have that natural glow. It also comes in different skin tones so you can find the best match for you. A daily moisturizer is essential when you’re out in the sun often, because your skin will be at risk of drying out, and this will protect it by keeping it hydrated and providing a beautiful natural glow.

Nivea A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30 guards against chapping and UV rays that could harm your lips from extended exposure to the sun. This is easy to find in your local drugstore, and is super affordable. 30 is a high SPF for a lip balm, so that’s why this is the best choice – not only are your lips staying moisturized and hydrated, they are getting the best possible protection from damaging elements. With ingredients like shea butter and Vitamin E, it keeps your lips super soft, even in the heat of July.

By keeping your skin hydrated and protecting it from harmful sun rays, your will be able to maintain your natural beauty and still be able to get a little sun. The good thing about these products is you can always reapply them, and they can even soothe overexposed skin (we’ve all had a bad sunburn). By repairing and treating sun damage and preventing it from happening again, you are making the best choices for your skin, and taking care of it in a way that will leave you feeling healthy and beautiful.


Tara Heath is a journalist who loves to write about health in any shape or form. With summer around the corner be sure to have all the right products to keep that summer skin glowing. She knows she will be outdoors and enjoying the summer sun, but knows the importance of skincare.

See Puerto Rico Today!

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Recipe: Oven Roasted Potatoes


I love potatoes in any shape or form…and this recipe certainly is no different.  It gives you all the yummy-ness that potatoes deserve and more!  :)  ENJOY!


  • 2 large potatoes, cleaned
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese


  • Slice potatoes into very thin slices (1/4 inch).
  • Please on a baking sheet lined with foil and toss with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with italian seasoning and salt.
  • Make sure potatoes are then placed in a single layer on baking sheet.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 15 -20 minutes, until lightly brown.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.