Cheez-It Snap’d at Costco

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I visited my coworker’s office on Monday (July 15, 2019). I was talking about how busy I was, that I had to skip lunch yet again. Then my coworker opened a bag of chips for me. It’s called ‘Cheez-It Snap’d’. She bought it at Costco, she said. So I took a few. Then I took a handful, and took another handful. Before I knew it, I was driving to Costco on my lunch time. They are very, very good. It’s cheesy and I taste hint of tangie flavor.

My educated guess is that Costco will stock them for only a few month. I shall get one more bag ASAP.

When I bought a bag on Monday., the plan was to open the bag Saturday as I take a picture of it. But, by Saturday, the whole bag was gone (yum). Their commercial doesn’t do justice. I don’t like the commercial, to be honest.

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MED Massager

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I'am here because I love Costco and use and make a lot of things with their products I purchase and I get asked about what I am doing with it from friends and family.
Sharing is caring :)

Born and raised in Washington State.
I graduated at 17 from HS and Cosmetology College.
Married, mother of three adult children.
I have an executive membership also at Costco 25 years ago.
I am self employed.
Co owner with my husband of our company for 28 years as a sub contractor for residential homes.
We are neither rich or poor, but I grew up poor.
Hobbies: Cooking, organic gardening, foraging, hiking, 4 wheeling with friends, rock painting, puzzling and dancing...
I am not a professional at anything, just a reg down to earth Jane of all trades ;) That sounds to good. I try.

I hope that my sharing will help someone,

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My husband came with me to Costco on a weekend a few weeks ago, when he does, we usually end up buying higher end things he likes. The guys were there demoing it. I sat down, he sat down and I was like yeah. Husband was like heck yeah. Brought it home and we’ve been using it. It is intense but does the trick if you have sore muscles and can handle a really good vibrating style massage. We like to rub our salves in, do a heat treatment and then put a T-towel on and use this. He fell asleep to this last time 😉  

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On Sale – 32 Degrees Men’s Cool Tee, 2 Pack

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Review Updated: Cool Tee is very comfortable, but will not “Cool”

This is a good deal.

32 Degrees Men’s Cool Tees (2 pack, # 1325902) are on sale at Costco. $2 discount is valid through June 9, 2019. I am wearing it right now as I write this blog. I like them as lounge shirt. With $2 off, they are $4 each. That’s a very good price.

Amazon prime is selling these for $15.99 – exactly twice the cost at Costco. They cost even more at elsewhere.

Cool Tee will not keep you extra cool

Despite the name “Cool Tee”, I personally find these shirts as warm as any other thick cotton shirts. Cool Tee’s material is extra thin and stretchy. But, they will not cool your body. Instead, they feel cozy, smooth and extra comfortable. They are amazing comfortable. And yet, they look pretty decent.. You can go to gas station or greet visitors in these. I think Cool Tees will be good lounge & sleeping shirt for Summer months . I believe Cool Tee provides better sleep compared to thicker cotton shirts. I am disappointed that it doesn’t have cooling effect. But, its superior comfort, good look, and Costco’s price make these shirts super good buy.

Update: They sold out before June. I missed my chance to get some more. 🙁

https://www.costco.com/32-Degrees-Mens-Cool-Tee,-2-pack.product.100482260.html

Cool Tee cannot be “Dress” undershirt

I am a undershirt snob. I wrote a blog Art of Wearing Undershirt, last year. Maybe you can wear Cool Tee as casual undershirt if you wear thick shirts. But, generally speaking, they are not “Dress” undershirt. Black or white shirts cannot be dress undershirts, because people can see your undershirt through your shirt. That’s ghetto, embarrassing, & clueless. Real dress shirts should be invisible – in your skin color or maybe in gray that matches your skin tone. Also, dress undershirt should be more fitting and has V neck. Finally, dress undershirts should have real cooling effects. I pay $35 each for good dress undershirts.To me, Cool Tee is far from being dress undershirt. I refuse to wear Cool Tee under my dress shirt.

Black or white?

In this case, I will have to go with black. The material is too thin that white shirts will show men’s nipples. That is disgusting. Please don’t wear white t-shirts in public if people can see your nipples (and hair!!!). Please… God no.

You can order Cool Tees online. They even ship for free.

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2 items returned to Costco

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On November 15, 2018, I bought a Circulon roaster with rack (Item #1153595) for my friend. But it was too big for her oven.

I returned Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Costco item #1678543). The package said “No artificial fragrance”. So, I thought they were unscented. But, they do have “Natural” smell. I looked at the package at home and saw there was a scratch and smell patch. So, I scratched and smelled. It smelled very good. It smelled like a clean and fresh armpit. That’s a Nono for me.

I have a strong opinion about smell of personal care products. I wrote a blog about it 10 years ago.

I went online and looked up Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants. It was highly rated. People loved the product.. and they loved the smell. That’s my problem, the smell. I don’t want my deodorant to smell. I don’t care how good it smells. At the end of the day, people know they are smelling my armpits. I prefer no smell over great smell of armpits.

I prefer no smell over great smell of a dead mouse. I prefer no smell over great smell of horse manure, cat litter. etc… no smell is the best in many cases.

How come people don’t seem to agree with me on this? Am I that crazy and different? Over the years, multiple female friends complimented about natural smell of my body. Some wrote me about it. Some took my worn undershirt after a long day together. We all smell different. Our unique scent will attract opposite sex (or same sex) in intimate settings. I don’t want to smell like a product that millions of other people put on their arm pits. To me, that’s disgusting to think about.

Anyway, these smelly deodorants had to go. I am back searching for unscented ones.

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Raffle: Organic Maca Powder by World Gourmet

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World Gourmet Food

The Raffle has ended

Raw Maca is superfood powder that you’ve been hearing more about lately.  Along with nutritional benefits, they’re supposed to give you energy and reduce stress.  It’s also supposed to be good for men (ehem).  Costco is now in business with World Gourmet Food.  You can now find Raw Maca powder at Costco locations in San Diego (CA), Arizona, Utah, Denver and Las Vegas.

*Whole Foods sells 4 oz Organic Maca Powderfor for $6.99.  World Gourmet’s Raw Maca comes in Costco size of TWO pounds (32 oz), and they currently sell for $9.99.

If you want to check out Maca powder for free, enter for raffle below.  World Gourmet Food will send you 2 bags of Organic Raw Maca Root Powder (total 4 pounds).

I am currently putting Raw Maca powder (1/2 Tbs ) in my Vitamix juice twice a day.  It gives my juice a hint of raw root taste.  I don’t have a girlfriend and I have absolutely no stress in my life, so it will be tough to monitor changes in me. But, I like what I read about Maca.

Facts about Raw Maca Powder

  • Provides 215% more fiber and 190% more iron than 1 serving of kale
  • Ancient Superfood that provides Calcium, Iron, Potassium, and Magnesium
  • Consumed by the Ancient Incas for nearly 2 millennia, warriors would eat them before battle and royalty would hoard for themselves.
  • Maca is generally categorized into 3 categories: Yellow, Red & Black. The Ancient Peruvian Root crop belonging to the radish family is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants. World Gourmet is one of the few brands to blend all 3 into 1 bag.
  • Maca helps the body adapt to stress by countering the negative effects of tension and anxiety while tonifying and boosting the endocrine system, It is rich in amino acids, which are essential to the cell regeneration processes. It also delivers abundant energy, mental stamina, hormonal balance, enhanced libido, and an elevated mood.
  • Maca has all sorts of beauty benefits is capable, strengthening your hair, and improving collagen production. It is incredibly nutrient dense, a solid source of protein key for getting shiny hair and strong nails. It is rich in vitamins that help keep skin looking plump and glowy.
  • The vitamin C in Maca fights free radicals that can cause everything from skin damage to inflammation. It also has vitamins D and E, which regulate collagen production as well.
  • Maca contains both iron and iodine, which are essential for your thyroid. When your thyroid is working properly, it helps with your sex hormones and skin.

How to use: Blend a heaping spoonful into Teas, confections, juices, puddings, smoothies, hot beverages, cookies, cereals, and ice cream to easily enjoy it’s benefits.

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Maximus Smart Security Light at Costco

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Maximus Smart Security Light (Costco #1145059) is an outdoor light with built-in HD security camera. It will record high definition video with sound. Video clips are stored in cloud where you can review and download. You can watch live video feed and control the unit with your mobile devices. It comes with basic free services which can be upgraded to paid services.

My favorite function is audio and light alert when somebody approaches to my door. To me, that alert alone is worth of purchasing the unit. Bad guys are unlikely to pursue my house after seeing that.  See video below.

It took me less than 30 minutes to install the light. I didn’t bother to read the instruction. I spent extra time taking pictures of my progress. So, installation was straight forward. Connecting camera to home network was simple as well. I followed online instruction (click this, tap that). If you are reading my blog, chances are you can connect the camera to your home network.  But, some people will find it difficult to set it up.

Costco sells these security lights for $139.99.  They sell them at my local Costco warehouse.

With purchase of the light, you receive these free services.

  • Covers 1 camera
  • Live Video
  • 2-Way Audio
  • 2 hour event look back.

With paid services ($4.99, $9.99, or $19.99) you get.

  • Covers multiple cameras (1, 4, or 8 cameras)
  • Extended event look back (7, 14, or 30 days)
  • Unlimited download
  • And more.

I received this light as a review unit.  If this light breaks down for some reason, I will buy the same unit to replace it.  Once you have this light, there is no going back.  I cannot imagine NOT having this light. I really like that alert. To me it’s all about that alert.  And, I can see how video function can greatly improve quality of life for a lot of people.

Official video

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Raffle & Review: Warrior Mix by Bee Free

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Raffle is Ended: Congratulations to Cathryn

Enter for free 3 bags Warrior Mix, now available at Costco.

Warrior Mix is granola mix – and they are absolutely amazing.  First of all, it’s the best tasting granola mix that I know of.  Additionally they are; gluten free, paleo friendly, dairy free, grain free, preservative free, soy free, GMO free, and contains no refined sugar.

Our friends at Bee Free will send 3 bags of Warrior Mix to a raffle winner (1 x 17oz,  2 x 9oz) .  Winner will be drawn on September 1, 2018.

Warrior Mix, Bee FreeWarrior Mix is very tasty, and you can taste goodness of the ingredients. It has sweet and nutty taste. Once you start eating it’s hard to stop. One day, a friend came over for dinner.  I spent 2 hours in the kitchen that day.  As she settled down at my house, I gave her a sample taste of Warrior MIx so she would give me a quick review.  She gave me thumbs up, and ate almost the entire bag.  She was so full that she barely touched the special dinner I made.  I was not happy about the dinner, but was happy for Bee Free. They are really tasty.

There is no particular shape for these granola.  They have basic “chunky” shape, but they will get broken apart.  So, you can eat them like cookies, add to  cup of yogurt, or add milk and eat like cereal. I grab a handful of loose granola like nuts and pop ’em in my mouth.

Check out the video below.  Mother’s love is put in to her products.

Bee Free products are available at Costco.

Visit below pages to learn more about Bee Free products and/or buy products directly.

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Costco Shopping – July 22, 2018, Organic Cherries

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34th Costco shopping in 2018 – $76.22 (today) / $2666.84 (this year)

I went out for Sunday morning Costco shopping.

Sunday morning Costco shopping is special to me.  I have to make a special plan and get up earlier than usual. It’s a hassle because I want to enjoy lazy Sunday morning.  But, it’s fun once I’m out and about.

Costco is crazy busy on Sunday, so I arrived there exactly at 10 AM and left before 10:30AM.  There was no fooling around.  I just focused on my shopping list.  As a shopping list, I use Costco APP’s “Lists” feature.

Cherries are amazing good. I have tried both organic and non-organic cherries from Costco.  Organic cherries are much better (tastier) than non-organic cherries.  I will only buy organic cherries from now on.  Before Costco, I used to buy Cherries from local farmers market.  Costco’s organic cherries are as good as those from farmers market, except I get more at Costco.

I went to Walmart after Costco.  I came home at exactly 11am.

Costco Organic Cherry

 

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Raffle – Superfood Veggie Cakes – $60 Value

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Raffle has ended. Winner was notified and currently waiting for email confirmation.

Raffle winner will receive 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes, $60 value.
Continental US only – they are frozen food.

Garden Lites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  Their muffins and Superfood Veggie Cakes are being sold in Costco nationwide. Their products are tasty and enjoyable.

Superfood Veggie Cakes are frozen vegetable cakes that you microwave. They are single servings of vegetable cake(quiche) that you eat warm. Please see pictures.

I eat Superfood Veggie Cakes in two main occasions.  First, I eat Veggie Cakes when I run super late that I don’t have 10-15 minutes in the morning to make Vitamix juice.  Superfood Veggie Cakes takes only a few minutes start to finish (opening of the refrigerator door to burping).  Second, sometimes I feel hungry at night.  I crave for something.  But, I refuse to eat a bowl of ice cream or a bag of Cheetos in the middle of the night. I want something light, fast, and satisfying,  That’s when I eat a Superfood Veggie Cake.  Additionally, I eat Superfood Veggie Cake whenever I feel like.

I had a bad cold last month.  I was sick and didn’t feel like cooking and anything else.  Really, I had no will to live.  Superfood Veggie Cakes came it handy while I was sick. They were much better than instant noodles.

If you are interested, visit their official page for more information – Superfood Veggie Cakes, or look for them at your local Costco warehouse.

Win 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes – $60 Value
That’s a lot of yum.

Good folks at Garden Lites will send 48 packs of Superfood Veggie Cakes to a raffle winner. Good lcuck~!!

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Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar’s built-in pour spout

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Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegar is well known for its superior quality and fine taste.  I use it often at work for my lunch salad.  It’s the best salad dressing I know of.  It’s tasty and healthy.

The bottle, however, was not ideal for dining room use.  I needed a separate bottle and a spout – so I can pour vinegar with some kind of control.  I spent last few years looking for a bottle and a spout. It was frustrating, because I couldn’t find products that I liked. Finally, that search is over. I don’t need a separate container anymore.

Now, Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegars come with built-in pour spout. This brilliant little mechanism is absolutely useful.  It eliminates the need for separate bottle and spout.  I can now use my Costco Balsamic Vinegar straight from the original bottle. The spout functions perfectly, much better than generic spouts at most restaurants. This is a great idea, and I am truly enjoying it.

I shot a quick video below.  Check it out.

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Al Pastor Salad at Costco

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Check this out – Al Pastor Salad at Costco food court.  Let me know if you tried it before.  Did you like it?  The only reason why I didn’t try Al Pastor Salad is because of its high sodium content.  My doctor said I need to watch sodium intake. I guess I can completely skip the dressing, but…

Soo… anyway… I will not eat it, you eat it and let me know.  Haha..

What we know so far.

  • It’s not vegan – The dressing contains eggs. You may eat without dressing.
  • It has 3270 mg of sodium and 59 mg of fat
    • That’s a lot of salt.
    • FDA recommendeded daily sodium intake is less than 2300 mg

Nutritional facts can be found here.
https://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/costco-food-court-al-pastor-salad-697591844

It’s $4.99.  The sign says…

  • Plant based protein (soy)
  • Chopped romaine
  • Black beans and fresh vegetables
  • Banh mi vegetables and dressing
  • 330 – 750 cal.

It says 330 – 750 cal.  If I make an educated guess, that means the dressing is 420 Calories and the salad alone is 330 Calories. Which I am not surprised. It’s always dressings and tartar sauce that will do you in. Do not eat all the dressing,

Costco Al Pastor Salad

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Costco Shopping (10/4/2016). Green Pan

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Updated October 2018:
I don’t like The Original Green Pan review.  They started to stick like glue after several month. The dimples were gimmick. Costco better not bring those pans back.

Pair of Original Green Pans were $39.99.  What caught my attention was that they have dimples – they call it “Dotted Surface” that optimally distributes oil. But, these pans are not good.  I am bitter about this experience.

I am sick of buying frying pans.  They all claim to be non-stick. But, they never last long enough.  My prior non-stick ceramic pan lasted about 4 months and it started to stick like glue.

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