the good, the bad, and the ugly.

by Janetha on June 25, 2012

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i have a few product reviews today. as a blogger, i get approached by lots of companies asking if i want to do a product review. nine times out of ten, i decline the offer.

it wasn’t like this when i first started out blogging.. i used to accept any product review that came my way. heck, i would email companies on a regular basis and ask them if they’d send me their products for me to review. and then i realized something: product reviews aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be. it’s not that i am unappreciative of the free product.. i mean, who wouldn’t want free things? that’s always cool.  it’s that i just don’t have the time to review everything or the space in my house to store it. no–i am not kidding. right after i got married and marshall and i moved in together, he started getting ultra annoyed when package after package of random products started showing up at our door. when i lived alone it was one thing–but once we were married, he had to tolerate the deliveries. and as far as the time goes–well, yeah, reviewing products takes time! every blog post takes time. taking photos, trying the product, and typing the post is sometimes not worth a $5 bag of granola. it’s just not. i would rather spend the time publishing content i feel like posting rather than content that i am obligated to publish. that just goes to show i’d be a horrible full-time blogger. 

anyway, awhile back i decided to scale way back on my product reviewing. significantly. not only because i didn’t have the time or the space, but also because i didn’t want to flood my blog with every product review that came my way. i’d rather review things that i bought myself or that i would honestly buy myself without a company approaching me first. when a product review opportunity comes my way now days, i take time to check out the company and see if it is something i’d buy on my own. i also look at other aspects including how long the company has been around and how they interact with their customers. if a company is just getting off their feet and i respect their brand, i will almost always do a review for them–like the healthy surprise one i did last week, for example. (speaking of.. the winner for that is #249, jillian! congrats.)

a problem i have with the product reviews i do agree to is the fact that i put them off longer than i intend to. i have always said i could be a professional procrastinator! working 40+ hours a week, exercising 5-6 times a week, making dinner each night, and maintaining a social life is enough as it is. sometimes i wonder how i manage to churn out a blog post almost every night. i know one thing: if i ever have kids, i’m doomed. i’ll never get anything done! props to the mommas who can do it all. 

anyway, back to the reviews i told you i have in store tonight. as my title alludes to, there is one good.. one bad.. and one ugly. all three reviews are completely honest–as are all my reviews. i rarely read a negative product review and i wonder why that is. do all the bloggers love all the things? or do they just not talk about the things they didn’t like? i’m not sure.. but i do know one thing–i will always post my opinion, whether it be positive, negative, or on the fence. after all, isn’t that the whole point of a product review? you can go to a company’s website if you want to read nothing but praise!

enough rambling.. onto my three honest reviews.

the good: P28 protein bread & bagels.

you know i am a sucker for anything protein-packed. i am also a bread MONSTER. no, really, the day i received my shipment of P28 goodies, i told my friends that i need a bread-ervention because i couldn’t stop eating ALL THE BREAD IN SIGHT.. and then i came home to a big package of bread and bagels. ha! 

i canceled my bread-ervention and welcomed the P28 protein bread and bagels with open arms. 

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i had seen this stuff originally on lauren’s blog and knew i had to try it. whenever i see protein anything i zoom in on it. it’s like i have a radar!  but the thing about protein-packed food is you never know if it’s going to be tasty. it’s often a miss in the hit-or-miss game. well, i am happy to say that P28 products are a huge hit with the taste buds! they are also a hit in the nutritional department, too. check it out!

for the bread:

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for the bagels:

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as you can see and maybe guessed, each 2-slice serving of bread and each bagel has 28 grams of protein.. hence the name “P28”. clever!  not only are the stats stellar, the ingredients are, too. the items are 100% all natural. a few more pluses:

  • a rich source of 8 essential amino acids
  • cholesterol free
  • fibrous
  • made with 100% whole wheat flour

the taste and texture of P28 is spot on. that’s the most important part! unfortunately P28 is sold nowhere near me, but it can be bought online.. and it will be bought online as soon as i run out! luckily i have plenty to last awhile, though. it stores well in the freezer, too, so i don’t need to worry about it going moldy or stale on me. 

the bad: it works! wrap.

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my friend sami (from the freckled foodie) asked me if i’d review a body wrap for her. she sells them and is trying to spread the word about her store. i am good blog friends with sami, so i agreed right away. i procrastinated trying the wrap out for a very long time, but i knew i wanted to give it a shot. i actually know several people who have used the wraps and other it works! products and they really like the results. 

the wrap is supposed to detoxify you from the outside in. from the website:

“The Ultimate Applicator works by detoxifying, tightening, toning and firming. Daily, toxins are naturally removed from the body by your stool, urine and the air you breathe out. The ingredients continue to work for 72 hours after you have applied the Ultimate Applicator, so you may continue to see progressive results over this time period.”

i wasn’t hoping for inch loss with the wrap, but i was after seeing if it would help me poop. yep, i am still having gut problems–i just never talk about them! anyway, a friend of mine uses these wraps regularly and she said they do wonders for her digestion and elimination. yeah, we talk about poop a lot. anyway, i tried the wrap out a few weeks ago with high hopes.

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i did measure with a tape just to see if there was inch loss (i wanted to give an honest review) and i followed all the directions. unfortunately, the wrap did nothing for me. not on the outside, not on the inside, not at all. bummer.

i have heard that the wrap and other it works! products have worked well for many people, so if you are interested in that sort of thing then i suggest you contact sami for more info. i love her lots and am sorry to give the product she is selling a crappy review.. but it’s the honest truth. you win some, you lose some, right?

the ugly: fresh produce starlight jacket.

speaking of losing some… the jacket i received from fresh produce for review was definitely a loss. the company let me pick something out from their website and so i picked the starlight jacket.. it looked super cute online!

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i am a big fan of hoodie dresses and i really liked the big buttons on the sleeves. i ordered it in olive green because i just love olive green and i was super excited to get the jacket! it came in the mail, and i immediately tried it on. i kind of decided it made me look like a very pregnant woman.. which i am not. obviously. 

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disregard the post-workout hairdo and red face. it was the burpees from my crazy workout tonight. yikes, not so cute. anyway, back to the jacket.. yeah, it made me look pregnant. i know that this cut of hoodie is in style (that’s why i ordered it!) but this one fit way different than any of the others that i own (and adore.)  the jacket just stuck out way far and didn’t lay naturally at all. i think the miss here was in the frontal fabric. there was just waaaayyy too much of it.

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looking back at the model in the photo above, i should have realized it may make me look pregnant.. but i didn’t really think twice because i thought it looked good on her. apparently it did not look even a little bit good on me, though! i wore the hoodie to work one day and no less than three people told me the hoodie made me look pregnant. usually my co-workers keep quiet about these things.. but not about this jacket. that’s when you know it’s bad. marshall also said it was just awful and ugly and not flattering. 

penny wanted me to take it off. 

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so, yeah, it’s ugly. but it has BIG potential to be cute! my sister, suni, is good with her sewing machine. i think i’ll have her take it in for me and then it’ll be an awesome jacket for next winter. sorry, fresh produce, i just can’t hop on board with this jacket as-is.

so, there you go. three products, three reviews, and three things i get to mark off my list. that’s always fun.. right, lindsay?

in other news…

  • the utah blogger potluck picnic is THIS SATURDAY the 30th at 12 noon! liberty park is the location we’ve picked. anyone can come–bloggers, readers, family, and friends. PLEASE come! if you need the details, let me know and i will email you a link to the spreadsheet!!
  • healthy page featured me today!  head over to their site to read my interview. 
  • i am seeking a few guest posts! if you have a topic you’d like to share here on meals & moves, get at me.

Q~

what is the last new product you tried & what were your thoughts?

xo. janetha g.

*disclosure: all products reviewed above were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Sana June 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Yeah, I usually don’t respond to the reviews of products I would never use. Sometimes I just let my parents eat them when the company does not request a formal review.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 26, 2012 at 12:48 am

Love the reviews! Glad penny vetoed that dress….not the most flattering of shapes for a fit gal like you :) BTW reading your blog was my 5 minute break from studying this afternoon. Tomorrow is my last exam then I think I might just collapse in a heap…

Would love to do a guest post on ur awesome blog…but my brain needs rest for a few days haha.

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig June 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

This is why I love your blog! I love that you’re honest and not trying to blow smoke up anyone’s ass. It is such a turn off when bloggers constantly put out gushy reviews for products that don’t look that great. I have never put a product review on my blog. I get approached almost weekly by different companies for product reviews or sponsored posts, but I’m yet to come across something that I would be happy endorsing. Like you said, the time to write a review is really not worth the $5 bag of granola. I have turned down multiple posts worth $200 cash though – the money wouldn’t have been worth the respect I would have lost from my readers. That’s not to say I would never do a product review – I just want to wait for the right product to come along.

Jodi J. June 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

I think that jacket looks really cute on you, actually! Just had to add my 2 cents!

Khushboo June 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

I LOVE this post, especially the intro! Your honesty is so refreshing and also makes your reviews so much more reliable. And I love that I’m not the only one who gets attracted to products with relatively high protein levels…I would be all over those bagels :)!

Blog is the New Black June 26, 2012 at 3:24 am

I got nervous when I saw that pic…. bc I was like OMG, she’s going to tell us she’s preggers! HA!

Janetha June 26, 2012 at 5:55 am

haha.. yeah.. no. at least not any time in the next few years!

Jess June 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

I’m going to have to be a pain and say that it’s ‘alludes to’ not ‘eludes to’ but other than that I love your reviews, and your refreshing take on the process of reviewing. I never get sent anything because my blog is not commercially viable for companies (seriously, I need to censor myself more…) but I’ve seen an increasing number of UK blogs (I’m from the North of England) just reviewing product after product with little to no relevance to the content and/or ‘mission’ of their blog. I’m used to US blogs doing that, but I think perhaps the quality of the reviews from the latter is generally better, and the selling out less transparent.

Anyway, the bagels and bread look amazing – I wish P28 would come up with a gluten-free version of those because I’d be their best customer.

Janetha June 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thanks for the proofread! I would hope all my errors get pointed out–it’s helpful.

Also, YES, they need to make a GF one and a vegan one! My friend, Nick, was bummed that it’s not vegan.

denise June 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

Great reviews. I have some Fresh Produce capris and a dress. Yes the dress is not form fitting but there are times I LOVE loose clothing. The capri’s however I LOVE. Maybe Fresh Produce is going for a younger audience but I really like the quality of there product. That’s my opinion.

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food June 26, 2012 at 4:28 am

That jacket has total potential! Bummer it makes you look prego.

And I totally want some of that bread! Loving the protein punch in there. Do they add protein powde of some sort into it?

Janetha June 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

Yep, whey protein.

Lauren June 26, 2012 at 4:42 am

Haha, I love that you are so honest about everything. I think sometimes its too easy to come across false when reviewing which completely goes against the point of an unbiased review. Girl, I’m so bummed you won’t be at HLS because you would be perfect for my panel! :(

Janetha June 26, 2012 at 5:57 am

I am bummed because I’d love to see you again! One day :)

Erica June 26, 2012 at 5:29 am

I want to try those protein bagels- fun! Hahaha…that jacket would be totally cute if you were pregnant.

erin aka eef June 26, 2012 at 5:57 am

Very refreshing to see some honest reviews! I get asked a lot to do reviews and typically only agree if I’m sure I’m going to like them. lol
I recently reviewed a really cool portable whiteboard–I own my own company which I run out of my living room, so it’s great to bring with me to meet clients. You can read about it here: http://eef-etc.com/the-artist-aka-the-ideaboard/
I think I need to start blogging about clothing and food so I can get some of those for free. haha =]

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 26, 2012 at 5:59 am

I didn’t know you were pregnant! Way to tell somebody!
;)

Katie June 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

Haha! That sweatshirt!!

I also used to accept every review that came my way, but I don’t think I’ve done one in FOREVER now. They’re such a hassle. Glad you got these 3 knocked off your list. :-)

Alex @ therunwithin June 26, 2012 at 6:10 am

I think as a new blogger like myself this is good to hear. I am still trying to contact companies because I do what to learn about products that can be good to learn about. Thanks for being honest, that wrap things sounds hilarious. Also, I know this may be a little tmi but I take magnesium to help my digestion system – seriously the only thing that has ever worked for me. Try it!

Lee June 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

I tried those Simple Bars yesterday. (I think that’s what they are called.) Though I like the ingredient list, it tasted sort of off to me.

Danielle @ D.SellsSeashells June 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

I actually like the Starlight Jacket on you. It does look a bit puffy from the side and a bit too big in the picture where you’re pulling it out at the sides but in the picture with Penny, it looks normal and really cute! But then again, I’m a sucker for an empire waist. Probably to my detriment, a lot of the time.

Emily R June 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

Yeah, that would hoodie would make me look SUPER pregnant. haha. no thanks!

I forgot the potluck was this Saturday! Would you mind sending me the info? I may have to work…so I’m not sure if I can come. But I’d like to!

Emily R June 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

oh, and, like all the other comments above, that’s what I totally appreciate about your blog. 100% honesty whether it’s good OR bad!

Jessica June 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

That sucks about the jacket. I always think blousy, bohemian style clothes will look great on me, but they always look 100 x’s better in my head than on my body. And if someone asks me if I’m pregnant there’s a good chance I would punch them in the throat so it’s best I avoid. I for one appreciate the honest reviews :)

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

i love the fact that you’re always so honest – it’s awesome. i wish so badly i could make it to the blogger potluck this weekend! i’ll be camping, but i hope you all have a wonderful time! eat lots of good food and have some good laughs for me. ;)

Jessica June 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

The last new product I tried was Pop Chips. I have read awesome things about them but was pretty disappointed. I am addicted to Stacy’s Pita Chips, so to go from that super awesome crunch to Pop Chips was pretty disappointing.
I am surprised you thought that girl in the coat looked cute, I thought it was pretty unflattering on both her and you.

Alexandria June 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thank you SO MUCH for the honest reviews. I also rarely see negative reviews, which makes me disregard the positve ones entirely. Refreshing post! :)

Jessica, the_toned_teach June 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

Baha, I love your honesty! I’m glad to hear good reviews about pb28… I’ve thought of buying a few loaves and trying them out, but I’ve been hesitant. I may just have to take the plunge and order some!

Molly @ A Fresh Start For Molly June 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

Protein bread sounds genius…I’m glad to hear you recommend it!

Annette@FitnessPerks June 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

I don’t know if I ever got the google spreadsheet….would love it though, b/c I think I can come! WHeeeeee!

And that bread sounds WAY good. I actually want to buy some (or get them to send me some. Haha) Thanks for being honest! I too was honest today, I didn’t like a few of the flavors a co sent me, and so I said so. Boom. Hah.

Tina @ Best Body Fitness June 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’ve written two bad reviews – some Butt Bible workout from exercisetv and also the Gatorade G2 Series. hated both and didn’t hide it. Luckily it’s rare that I have a bad review because, like you, I’m super picky about what I choose to share.

That jacket def made you look super pregnant. And anything that hides that fit body of yours that much is def not a winner!

Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee June 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love the P28 bread and bagels. It’s an easy way for me to get my protein in since I’m vegetarian!

momma b. June 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

Well it’s fun to know that when you ARE really with child that there are cute clothes out there :)

You continue to amaze me and teach me! Your candid, no nonsense and honest approach to everything is a breath of fresh air in a rather stuffy environment!

I want some of that P28 bread – can I raid your freezer……

Thanks sweetie – I love you!!!

xoxo

April June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

I LOVE P28 bagels!!! Always a staple in my house and when I run out I crave them since they are not easily available anywhere!

Sami June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

You are a doll, and I appreciate you taking the time to try it. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but I’ve seen some crazy stellar results which makes me believe that the ultimate body applicator CAN work for some people :) One girl in my office (after measuring repeatedly in disbelief), lost 13.25 inches total… granted, the woman was obese, so she probably had a TON of toxins targeted…You on the other hand don’t have anything to lose around that tiny little middle ;) Those rock hard abs can only get so tight, right?!

Anyway, I LOVE that bread. For some reason the texture I liked more than even normal whole grain bread! It reminded me something of sponge cake, but it was savory.

PS, LOVE YOU TOO! I hope that something finally pulls through for your digestion & poopin’ <3

xo.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Sponge cake! Yes! THAT’S the perfect description of the texture!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hey girl! I love your honest reviews. I have tummy troubles too. I recently posted a bit about my story on my blog. I have some tricks that I’ll e-mail you. They work for me AND they are all natural. :) xoxo

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I love your honest reviews, as always! And I am SO glad that you’re a fan of P28 too! I definitely accepted a shipment from them with open arms. I love their bread, but it isn’t the cheapest thing in the world (though it’s not TERRIBLY expensive).
How timely your post is too- I’m doing a giveaway on my blog today for them. :)

Michelle June 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Hi Janetha,

I’m a sucker for all things “high protein” as well. Just tried a new high protein, extra firm, organic tofu from Trader Joe’s last night. It was really good! We don’t eat tofu a lot, but it’s nice to have some on hand to change things up a bit.

I finally decided to start my own blog (www.eatmovebalance.com), and would love for more people to know I’m out there, so I’d be happy to do a guest post for you. Let me know!

Michelle :)

momma b. June 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

P.S.

Recent purchase and review:

I bought a waterproof watch from Swiss Outpost.com to use in Costa Rica – I LOVE it! It is cute and functional. It was also very affordable!!

mgpappa June 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I kept hearing wonderful reviews about P28 but was always on the fence about it. (I’m the most indecisve person EVER, so because of this I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for jackedpack. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a supplement sampling program, similar to a birch box but for fitness peeps. My first package contained a slice of the bread. Holy deliciousness!! It’s SOOOO good!

The jacket = hysterical!

mgpappa June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This is the site – https://www.jackedpack.com

I chose the “Lightweight” package. ;)

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats June 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’m glad you’re honest in your product reviews and don’t just review all kinds of stuff. :) That bread does sound really good though! Hmmm. The last new product I tried was probably the grind it yourself peanut butter from Whole Foods and it is so good! I got almond butter too so I am looking forward to trying it!

Amanda June 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Ugh, sorry you are still having gut issues. Me too! I haven’t had any success despite seeing 2 different doctors about it. Lovely. It’s too bad the body wrap didn’t help.

I have a bad review to do on the blog soon. It was a protein powder that tasted chalky and sweet as hell. I am super bummed because I love trying new protein powders.

Heather (Heather's Dish) June 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

i used to be the same way with products but you’re right – it takes SO MUCH TIME! especially when you have a backup of them to do and no time at all. now i’m super careful about the products i agree to look at!

Lisa June 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

And this is why I love your blog, the honest reviews! Thanks for your true feelings about the products! I’ve been eyeing the protein bread as well, because I love my protein, but wasn’t sure about the taste. Glad you approve! Bummer about the tummy troubles still! I hope you get things sorted out soon. I know all too much about those issues, I’m just recently making a little progress with mine, but still not that much.

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes June 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

That sweater has potential but somethin’ is happening around the bottom there isn’t it…
Sending you good pooping vibes. Magnesium and Vit C. Lots. At night.

BroccoliHut June 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I have a very similar history with product reviews–I was really into doing them when I first started my blog and contacted companies about samples, etc. But it got to be too much. I felt bad if I didn’t like the product or if I couldn’t get around to reviewing it fast enough.
These days, I only accept products that I might actually buy myself. Today, I just blogged about my latest running gear, just because I bought them and liked them!

Alysa (InspiredRD) June 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I turn down most product reviews mostly because I don’t want to clog up my site with them. At one point I accepted a bunch of books (cookbooks and fitness books) and I am WAY behind on reviewing them. I’m learning to say NO much more than I say yes these days.

Neil June 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Super, Super proud of these reviews. I have come to trust your opinions and honesty. NOT that that prego dress would do anything for me, but that bread! I’m in!

Pumped about the potluck!

Jessica F June 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I’m curious about the bread. How does it get such a high amount of protein? Is it a GMO product or have funky a ingredient list? It just seems too good to be true… Any insight?

Thanks for the reviews! The jacket reminded me of the one champion workout racerback shirt I’ve seen people wearing that looks super cute on them, but definitely makes me look preggers. I guess so many clothing decisions come down to body type. Perhaps the sweatshirt would better be sold under a maternity line for them??

ali June 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

I NEED to order that bread! I have been off bread (except the occassional slice) for almost a year. I haven’t been able to find anything that is high in protein and tastes good! Thanks for the review!

Can’t wait to see what your sister does with the jacket!

Calee June 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

That jacket is HEINOUS!

I was all about the giveaways (shoot I need to pick a winner today still) but I think I’m going to back off. I have always done giveaways for stuff that I make and I think I should stick to that unless a company wants to court me. But I don’t have as huge of a following as you do, so I doubt it.

That being said … you could totally send unwanted peeps my way. If it’s something you truly don’t believe in, obviously I don’t want it either. But I’m with you — the time is the hard part. I give people a heads up on timeframes for blogging about their products … 3-4 weeks.

lynn @ the actor's diet June 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

isn’t it funny how many reviews we turn down nowadays? and yet, i still feel like every other blog post i do is one…

Lindsey Huesca September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

4 wraps is a complete cycle…doing a review after one is unjust. The founder and CEO of the company will tell you she had no results for the first two wraps she did and after the third she had lost a pant size. The wrap isn’t supposed to help your digestive system at all we have supplements for that. Before you review something know the product you are talking about please…it makes you less credible if you don’t give everything a fair shot.

Janetha September 20, 2012 at 12:15 am

Well the girl who asked me to review it said it would help my digestion and that it would only take one time. Clearly I was going by what the salesperson told me.

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