Califia Farms Creamy Original Almond Milk

As we know, I have a few food allergies. But to add insult to injury, I have a whole bunch of food sensitivities as well, and they’re confusing because sometimes I have a reaction, sometimes I don’t. Dairy is one of those confusing ones. There is a protein in milk called casein, and I realized that after thinking for years that I was possibly lactose intolerant, come to find out, that’s not the case. It’s the casein. Usually when I have dairy that has not been cooked into something, I have stomach issues. Not always, but I’d say about 90% of the time. Not sure why. Same with non-dairy creamer, which isn’t really non-dairy, but that’s another subject altogether. I’m a coffee drinker (you already know this!), and I usually just use non-dairy creamer. No sugar, no fluffy stuff, unless it’s a specialty drink. But it hurts too.

After trying lots of alternatives, including a few different brands of almond milk (which I use anyway) and almond milk creamers, I moved on to whipping a pat of butter into my coffee. Butter has little to no casein, and it worked out fine…until I remembered how much coffee I drink daily. That…is a lot of butter. So I talked to one of my best friends (hey Grace!) about the type of almond milk that she uses, and she directed me towards a brand that I was aware of, but had never tried. Needless to say, after buying and trying it, I haven’t looked back since.


Califia Farms Almond Milk –

Califia Farms Creamy Original Almond Milk…is a lifesaver. I have finally found my holy grail of almond milks. The best part about it? Unlike other almond milk brands that I’ve tried, this one does not separate in coffee, nor does it taste overly nutty or…off. Those of you who have tried almond milk in your hot coffee at home know what I mean. So for it to not do that? *heart eyes* It. Is. PERFECT for me! It is creamy, it blends well, and again, you can barely taste the almonds when mixed into coffee.

This particular almond milk is soy-free, gluten-free, carrageeenan-free, dairy-free, BPA-free, non-GMO, and is kosher and vegan. Whew, that’s a lot! The packaging also states that it has 50% more calcium than milk, and is only 60 calories per 8 oz. serving. It tastes delicious by itself, and actually is a good milk substitute.

A quick stop on their website ( shows the many different types of products currently available, from various types of almond, coconut, and cashew milks, enhanced milks, regular and flavored creamers, juices, and…coffee! When I’d originally come across the brand at a Target store in Arizona, I’d only seen their cold brew coffees. I had no idea that they made anything else! But now I know that there’s a variety of products to choose from. I plan to try the coconut milk next!

In all, this is a great product for me. Like anything else, some people will love it, some may not like it at all, and others may be undecided. I just know that it has been a great fix for my current needs. And with that being said, Califia Farms, y’all better not EVER go out of business, you hear me? I don’t know how I’ll make it without you! LOL!


Sleep Number Beds – Smiley360 Mission

This…was the first time that I ever got to test out a bed for a company. Too bad I couldn’t take it home with me! Well, okay, I could have, but for a price. And I wasn’t about that life that day. 😂

I have done a couple of Smiley360 missions, and have done lots of reviews for other companies, but this one for the Sleep Number store really stood out to me, as it was the first time that I actually had to go into a store and explain what the heck I was there for, and you know, can I lie all over your beds, please and thanks? But thankfully the whole mission went smoothly from start to finish, and it was actually fun! Plus, the associate who helped me out that day was super nice, which always helps.


I truly enjoyed the experience of testing out a Sleep Number bed. I wasn’t really skeptical, but I also wasn’t sure that it would completely live up to its claims. It did. It really did. The bed that I tried out was the p5, and the technology in these beds and the monitoring system allowed me to figure out that my sleep number is 30. A very comfortable 30. Very. Comfortable. When I tell you that my body was truly relaxed in a bed (finally!), I mean it RELAXED. To the point where standing up became an issue, because I was so sleepy! For reference, I don’t sleep well. I have insomnia, and I also have back issues due to arthritis. Seeing exactly where the pain was centered when the bed was at 100 versus seeing that pain marker disappear at 30 was enough to put this bed on my list of things to buy in the next year. Now, 30 is my number when lying down on my back, and I can’t remember the number for when I was on my side, as the pressure is different in every position. I think I was at a higher number on my side. All I know is that it felt fabulous!

sleep number pillow

I was sent a Sleep Number ComfortFit pillow as well, and have spent the last few nights sleeping on it. I have the Classic pillow, which is for back and stomach sleepers. It is supposed to help with your head and neck while sleeping. So far, so good…and it feels divine!

In case you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved it, and am completely sold on Sleep Number beds. The company stays in good communication with you once you’re in their system, so you’ll always be aware of sales, follow up emails from your visit, your sleep profile, the different events that are going on, and the occasional coupon. Coupons are good. Especially for beds. Beds are expensive! But this one? Totally worth it. *starts saving money now!*


Ricky’s NYC Mini Haul

So…Ricky’s had a 90% off sale. *throws money at the screen*

Now, what should have happened was…I should have bought a few things when the sale was at 75%, and left the rest until the 90% sale. Let me explain. When it was only (only. lol!) 75% off, my favorite, FAVORITE liquid lipstick was on sale for around $4 and some change. Normally they are $17 each. Yes, I’m talking about Roulette by Coloured Raine. The original plan was to buy three or four as backups, and also get Marshmallow and Soul by the same company, as they were also on sale for just over $4. But I messed around and waited too long. I waited. And I missed out on Roulette. Just gone. No more. Sold out.

How I felt:


I should have known that it would be gone quickly. I should have known!!! Since I couldn’t get the one that I really, really wanted, I left it all alone. Until that 90% off sale popped up.


There were only a few things that I wanted, but even if I’d only wanted one product, it would have been justified. Because 90% off. 😉


Brands: LASplash, Coloured Raine, Jane Carter Solution, INGLOT, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Bioderma.

Both Soul and Marshmallow were on sale for $1.70. *blinks* From $17 each…to $1.70 each. SOLD! I picked up one of each, as well as LASplash Studio Shine Valentina, which was part of the Dia De Los Muertos Lip Lustre collection. I also bought a matte lipstick from INGLOT in #435, and an OCC Loose Colour Concentrate in Authentic. Then there were the free samples. A sample of Bioderma Sebium H2O, Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme, and a small pack of Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo.

Let’s break this down:

Coloured Raine liquid lipsticks – originally $17.00 each, bought for $1.70 each.

LASplash Valentina – originally $14.00, paid $1.40.

INGLOT #435 – originally $15.00, paid $1.50.

OCC Loose Colour Concentrate – originally $14.00, paid $1.40.

If bought at the regular prices, this order would have been $77.00. My total was $7.70 – adding on the shipping, the grand total was $13.69.

$13.69 vs $77.00 + shipping.

Yeaaaaaah, I think this was a good deal. Plus, I am super happy with my purchases. But the next time I see Roulette on super sale, I’m getting it right then and there. Yes, I’m still irritated with myself about that one. LOL!