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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wholesale Costume Club Review



I recently got the opportunity to review a costume for the Wholesale Costume Club. This site is amazing! With costumes for everyone from infants/toddlers, adults, sexy costumes and even pet costumes you can't go wrong! They have a huge selection and even offer plus sizes.

I choose to order the "Straight A Student" costume because I thought it would be fun and that the hubby would enjoy it. When it came I was impressed right off on how well it was packed and that it had a hanger! As I was taking the pieces out of the bag I noticed the quality of the costume. It is VERY well made. The materials are good materials, not the shoddy stuff you find in a costume store around Halloween and pay a fortune for, only to have it rip half way through your party or kids trick or treat outing.

The sizing on the site seemed very accurate to me. My costume fit perfectly. I will be able to get quite a bit of use out of it, whether it's for fun at home or I could use it for a Halloween party (it's that well made and even though it's a "sexy" costume, it's plenty decent enough to wear out to a party!)

Wholesale Costume Club has very reasonable pricing, for members and non members alike and with the flat rate shipping of $4.99 ground or $6.99 expedited you can't beat them!


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Earth Heart--Travel Calm Review & Giveaway


This is my second time reviewing items from earth heart, and I am extremely happy with the products so far. The first we tried was Canine Calm which I still use quite frequently as the 4th of July is right around the corner and the constant fireworks normally send my poor Chester under the bed to shake and shiver. Canine Calm is definitely helping him out this week and you can read more about it here.

Did you know that June is Pet Safety month? Well it is and even though I am a tad late in posting this, it IS still technically June! We tried out the Travel Calm for the past several weeks and it has really come in handy.

Travel Calm helps to treat the restlessness and tummy upset many dogs experience in a vehicle. It is basically the "souped up" version of Canine Calm and has ginger added to help out the tummy.

Many dogs get queasy or nervous at the sight of a travel crate or vehicle, and can experience restlessness, drooling, panting, whimpering, nausea or vomiting as a result of the anxiety. Testimonials from customers who have been using Travel Calm™ all-natural mist from Earth Heart™ Inc. are finding relief for their dogs and a more positive travel experience for the whole family.

Travel Calm is formulated with all natural ingredients including pure essential oil of ginger, a proven natural remedy for stomach upset. The product is easy to use by misting directly onto a dog’s crate bedding or clothing, inside the car, or rubbed onto their outer ears and abdomen. It won’t stain or leave a sticky residue on materials or fur, and can be used with puppies as young as eight weeks old. Travel Calm is recommended by dog lovers and professionals as a safe and effective natural remedy providing relief to over 95% of dogs who experience restlessness, drooling, panting, whimpering and tummy upset during travel.
Our dogs have a variety of travel issues. You would think the our two oldest would be expert travelers due to the fact that they moved all over the east coast with us when we traveled for work but they aren't. Spike occasionally vomits and Roxi pant--and when I say pants, I mean she pants so hard sometimes I'm scared she's going to pass out or collapse her trachea. Since I frequently take the older two to my mothers place to let them run around the huge yard or suck up to Grandma for some chicken, this can be rough.

I started misting myself with the Travel Calm and letting them s(ha!) sit on my lap to get them used to the smell. When we were ready to go for a ride a couple days later, I went out and sprayed some inside the car before we left, then I came back in the house and rubbed some on their ears and tummies and off we went.
I'm happy to report that Spike did NOT grace me with any gifts that trip and Roxi, while she still panted it wasn't as severe and she was much calmer. And they conned my mom out of treats.

In all honesty, I very much enjoy the scent of this product myself, so that makes it so much easier to use on the dogs.....and perhaps it will help MY road rage. We've never taken all four dogs at one time, although I am saving for a pet friendly vacation this fall so we definitely will be using Canine Calm for that!

BUY IT: You can purchase Travel Calm online . A 2oz bottle will run you $11.98.

WIN IT: Earth heart is going to give on of my readers a bottle to try.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I used to be a snob. A name brand snob. I always thought that name brands meant they were better products and that a store brand would not work as well. Then the fact that I like to save money overcame my snobishness and I decided to try out some of the  Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products. The first thing I bought was the Walgreens Ibuprofen. The large bottle contains 500 tablets and costs roughly half of what the name brand pain reliever would cost for only 200 tablets. Since my husband hates change of that sort and would tell me they didn't work, made him sick or whatnot, I actually dumped them in the expensive bottle and never told him until they were gone. Neither of us ever noticed a difference, so we save a ton of money and the Walgreens Ibuprofen kicks our aches and pains to the curb.

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Since that first purchase I have incorportated other  into our daily routine. I purchase Walgreens Antacid tablets and they work great. I also purchase the Walgreens brand hydrocortisone for the husband, who deals with excema and it works very well on his skin.

Did you know that all Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products are pharmacist recommended, come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and contain most of the same active ingredients as the leading national brands?

Additionally, the purchase of ever Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products contributes to the  Walgreens Way to Well Fund™. The Walgreens Way to Well Fund™ will provide free preventive health tests as well as other health and wellness services and education to local communities. Some of those services will include preventive health tests through the National Urban League Health & Wellness Tour and vouchers redeemable in select stores.

Several of my fellow bloggers are giving away Walgreens Gift Cards, check out the giveaways. for yourself!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

ResVitale Collagen Enhance Review & Giveaway



ResVitale:
Familiar with the French Paradox -- the notion that, despite a diet rich in high-fat foods, the French exhibit a remarkably low incidence of heart disease compared to Americans -- Dr. Joseph Maroon contributed to the research and development of the Resveratrol molecule. This potent polyphenol, found in red wine grapes, is believed to activate the SIRT1 'longevity gene,' causing a slowing in many of the degenerative effects associated with aging. A renowned neurosurgeon and triathlete, Dr. Maroon's innovative findings struck home and fueled his desire to combat the aging process.
I had heard many times that a glass of red wine a day is good for you, but I had no idea all the benefits that come from polyphenol. Then I had the opportunity to review several products from ResVitale so I read up on them and was amazed at how much their products are said to benefit.

I am currently 35 years old and even though I don't think I "look it" I know that forty is just around the corner and that I didn't always take as good of care of my skin as I do now (think 90's & tanning beds) so wrinkles could be right around the corner.  I really want to avoid those and since botox is not in my budget.....Well that's where the ResVitale Collagen Enhance is going to help me out!

Collagen Enhance:Achieve beautiful, youthful skin with this convenient alternative to pills. Our Collagen Enhance Skin-Revitalizing fruit chews deliver the age-defying properties of natural Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid with red wine antioxidants to help boost skin elasticity and firmness. Delivered in a convenient, soft chew form, this delicious chew is a must-have if you seek to preserve your most vibrant self for years to come. Our great-tasting fruit chews are the delightful way to boost your daily anti-oxidant intake and maintain your ageless appearance and youthful vigor.
I have to tell ya, this is the easiest and tastiest beauty routine I have ever used, hands down!! The yummy chews come in a Burgundy Berry flavor and are a tart but sweet treat that actually look forward to eating! Containing 250 mg of collagen and red wine antioxidants, you only need to eat one per day. They come sealed in a pouch and individually wrapped, but as soon as you open the bag you can smell them. I have been eating one a day for the last month and really feel as if I notice a difference in the skin of my face, my chin/neck especially seems to be firmer. I'll be heading to GNC for another bag my next day off!

BUY IT: ResVitale Products are sold exclusively at GNC stores. $19.99 per bag

WIN IT: ResVitale is going to give one of my readers a full size package of the award winning Collagen Enhance.

Click the Read More to enter:

Winners :)

I think from now on, the winners of the giveaways won't have a seperate post, since RaffleCopter posts the winners directly to the widget you use to enter the giveaways. I hate to clutter up your inboxes with posts like that. If you want to know who won a giveaway you can check right on the giveaway itself and I will announce on facebook as well as email the winner.
Since I have one RaffleCopter giveaway and one non RaffleCopter giveaway today, I will post both here.

The Winner of the Tropical Traditions Cream is: #8 Annie1

and the next winner:

It's Naturally Skinsational, Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes Review


"The first ever collection of natural anti-aging skin care recipes that effectively promote facial rejuvenation while treating a wide range of aging skin concerns." by Sue Dolan
I am one of those odd mixes of women that is sometimes a really girly girl and at other times I am dishin it out with the guys. One of my girly attributes is that I have always loved pampering my skin with masks, scrubs and the like. I have even dabbled in making my own soaps and body scrubs but never really made anything for my face because I couldn't find any good recipes that I felt comfortable using on myself.

Sue Dolan changed that when I received her ebook of Natural Skin Care Recipes. It is over a hundred pages of all natural recipes to pamper your skin, and even has list of Natural Skin Care ingredients and what their properties are along with a glossary in the back.

Everything in this awesome book can be found in your kitchen or picked up at the local grocery store. Ingredients like fruits, lemon, oatmeal, honey, yogurt, various herbs or flowers and the like. I have tried several of the recipes personally and just love the way my skin feels so pampered afterwards. The recipes are all very easy to make and would even be great to do with your teen or pre-teen daughter.


Just a sample of what you will find inside this amazing book:
~Apple Facial Glaze~
  • 1/4 apple
  • 3 T carrot
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 2 T grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 packet plain gelatin
Roughly chop the apple, great the carrot and squeeze the juice from a large wedge of grapefruit. Place all ingredients into a small sauce pan and simmer over medium low heat until the apple begins to fall apart. Cool slightly. Apply warm mixture to skin for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. 
(mild exfoliant with astringent properties)

You can purchase your own copy of Naturally Skinsational at http://www.skincareresourcecenter.com/facial-recipes.html for $19.95.
If you would like a sample before purchasing, you can download a FREE set of custom designed printable recipe cards HERE. (on the bottom left hand side of the page is an "add to cart" button, click that--it's set to $0.00- and checkout)


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Green Tea Plus: Natural Weight Loss Supplement, review & giveaway

Sponsored by Tomoson.com

ABOUT:
"Green Tea Plus" is the only complete, natural weight loss formula clinically proven to boost your metabolism without artificial stimulants. 
"Green Tea +", a natural weight loss and metabolism boosting supplement by Delta Labs can help trim your waistline with a unique blend of fat-burning ingredients. We've combined the proven potency of seven natural weight loss aids, including two of the best energy catalysts ever - acai berry and green tea - into a unique formulation that can support your weight-loss goals safely, swiftly - and for sure!



My Thoughts:
I've been up and down the diet road many times. Most recently I realized that at the age of 35, my metabolism isn't what it was at 25 and just "dieting" isn't gonna cut the cake. So I haven't been dieting. I have been consciously working on making healthier choices and working out at least four days a week. I've spent more time outside so far this summer than I have in the last two years. If I want a treat, I don't deprive myself. The weight is coming off, slowly, but I feel better than if I was to jump on a liquid diet or starve myself and it's a way of life I know I can manage.
Of course I have been tempted by all the miracle weight loss pills out there but I know in my mind they don't work. That's the great thing about this supplement. It's just another thing I can incorporate into my life. Green Tea is good for you and the supplement contains no artificial chemical compounds. You are supposed to take two pills every morning and I tried that. but as someone sensitive to caffeine I felt like a crazed person hopped up on speed that time. Since then I take one pill with a huge glass of water and feel fine. I like the fact that I am not kidding myself with a miracle pill and am instead taking a natural weight loss supplement.
LEARN MORE: You can learn more and connect with others using this product by visiting the Naturally Fit facebook page
BUY IT: You can purchase Green Tea Plus online for the discounted price of $39.95

WIN IT: Thanks to ShopDeltaLabs.com I have an extra bottle of "Green Tea" to share with one of my readers.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cube Dog Review


I'm an iPhone addict. I think back to when I didn't have one, or even worse when I dragged myself kicking and screaming into the texting world 3 years ago and cringe. I love my iPhone for oh so many reasons; email and Facebook are just a fingertip away. I can check the weather for the day, standing outside in my pj's waiting for the dogs to do their thing at the crack of dawn. I can read a book anytime, instead of cramming one into my purse to take along with me. Most of all I love apps. Apps of all sorts. I like ones for me and I also keep ones on their to amuse my nieces when we are in the car.

Cube Dog is a new app that is really  quite adorable. I had a blast downloading it and creating my own cube dog. Some of the really nifty features of this app include the ability to create your very own unique cube dog by picking whatever colors and parts you like, full 3D graphics with the ability to rotate and zoom; high quality 3D animations; and it is compatible with the the iPhone and iPod touch 4 with camera.
It really only took me a couple minutes to create a cute little guy that I very originally named Blue. You can pet him and he'll love you or tap the screen to see what happens. The first time I tapped the screen I almost died laughing because he turned into a Ninja :)
Blue as a Ninja-captured with the in app camera

He also does various tricks like hit a baseball or play with his very own iPhone.

You can even turn the background off and instead have it go to camera mode, which places whatever is in the viewfinder as the background. What kid wouldn't get a kick out of that? Driving in the car and having the passing scenery as the background for their cube dog?
Lilly hangin with Buster :)

I know it has kept me amused, it's an adorable app and safe for all ages and genders of children when so many apps are often inappropriate.  Best of all it's *Free*, free apps are definitely my favorite. Still not sure if it's for you (or your kids---or even a husband that can't sit still, lol) then you really should check them out on Facebook and be on the look out for an amazing contest that will be happening from June 13th-17th.

*app is only compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd gen and iPod touch 4th gen. All must have iOS 4.0 or higher

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While Cube Dog provided me with the app to review, the opinions I've expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Cube Dog, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Simple Green Garage Products Review & Giveaway

You may or may not remember that I have reviewed several Simple Green products in the past, if not or if you would just like a refresher you can find my reviews here: Simple Green Pet Products and here: Simple Green Household Products. I have always been very impressed with the quality of the products I have reviewed and even more so by the company that stands behind them.

A family owned company for more than thirty years, they care about the products and the environment they effect. You can read more about how Simple Green came to be in my previous two posts or in the About Us section of their website, from which I am quoting the following paragraph:
In 1989, Bruce FaBrizio and Simple Green founded the EGBAR® Foundation. EGBAR is an acronym for Everything’s Gonna Be All Right. The foundation is funded by a percentage of Simple Green sales, which goes toward a national education curriculum that teaches children about the environment and how to care for it. Funds also support community clean-up projects, and most recently, partnerships with The Catalina Island Conservancy and The SEA Lab. These partners also focus on improving children’s understandings of environmental issues and supports actions toward improving the environment around us. With the support of Simple Green, as well as the generous donations from people all over the world, the EGBAR Foundation is making a difference by teaching everyone to “Think Globally, Act Locally.”
Between the good the company and it's founders do, the kick butt products and the fact that Bruce & his wife Vivienne actually have one more dog than I do, well, I am definitely hooked!

This time around I (err...we--if I include the husband) are reviewing the Garage Products. These products are part of what every man needs for his "man cave" (i.e. garage) or what every woman needs if she broke through the "man cave" ceiling and just so happens to take care of her own outdoor projects :)

To be completely honest, I'm not ashamed to admit, I don't have any desire to wash my car, make sure the rims are sparkly etc. etc. I think that since I do the grocery shopping hubs should wash my darn car (or do the grocery shopping). But between the massive amounts of rain and our summer work schedules we are very rarely home at the same time, unless it's after 10 at night....so I bit the bullet and washed the car myself--don't tell him I know how or I'll never get him to do it again!

A little info about the kit products before I give my before and after shots:
  • Non-Toxic and biodegradable
  • Safer to use around children and pets

Extreme Simple Green Motorsports is ready-to-use, and safe for use on aluminum, carbon fiber & more.
This convenient spray bottle is super easy to use, even for a chick who is grudgingly cleaning her car. I simply pointed and sprayed on the hubcaps and then also sprayed the areas that had that sticky tar that shoots up when they patch the potholes.  I let it sit for about two minutes then wiped with a damp cloth. The grease and dirt just slid right off.
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After
 Simple Green Car Wash offers rich, sudsy, long lasting foam, a great scent and a clean rinse.
You really need very little of this product in order to get a good foamy lather, it recommended an ounce--I may have used a tad bit more than that!
It really does have a great smell and is silky smooth on your hands....almost feels like a body wash! Check out the before and afters and mind you, the after picture is just washing--no wax!



Before--yucky tar spots

After--trust me, I put VERY little effort into this :)


Simple Green Hand Cleaner Gel can be used with or without water, and contains lanolin and pumice for heavy-duty cleaning that won't dry hands. For the benefit of my readers I did my gardening without gloves--this will not happen again--so that I could show you how easy it is to clean up with the Hand Cleaner. It  feels good and leaves behind a limey scent.
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Simple Green Scrubbing Pad is pre-loaded with Original Simple Green and can be used repeatedly by just adding water. I decided to spare you video or pictures of my me scrubbing my stove. I'll just tell you these pads kick but. They are big enough to get a good grip but not so big you can't work with them. I love the fact that they are pre-loaded with soap. They did an excellent job cleaning my stove grates (is that what those are called?) I was even going to force hubby to clean the grill with them but the grill went to grill heaven.

I can very much say that I recommend all of these products and proudly stand behind that statement. I purchase Simple Green on my own since I have started reviewing their products and will continue to do so.

BUY IT: You can purchase Simple Green Products at select retailers near you (find one HERE) or you purchase through the Simple Green Online Store. Father's day is right around the corner and any Dad, husband or boyfriend would love these products. They can keep all their "toys"-motorcycles, ATVs, cars or heck even tractors--shiny and the envy of the neighbors!

WIN IT: One reader is going to win the exact Simple Green Garage Products package I received and reviewed.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Barielle Review & Giveaway


About Barielle:
Their story began more than 30 years ago at the Belmont Racetrack. Husband and wife equestrian aficionados devised a breakthrough formula to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded. Their Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream, which helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels, and breaks, remains a best-selling product even today.
Summer is finally here and with a vengance. That means us ladies want our feet to be sandal ready and to have pretty toes peaking out. If your anything like me though, summer is a crazy hectic time of year and salon appointments aren't in the cards as often as we'd like. Luckily, Barielle has an affordable line of hand and foot care products that will enable you to be open toe sandal glam! I got to try out several of their products and can tell you they definitely rock!

Barielle Total Foot Care Cream
I'm on my feet constantly, have been for years and they can definitely show it unless I am careful to take care of them. (especially since I'm one of those people that hate wearing socks and would rather be barefoot). I also don't have the time or patience for extensive beauty routines. If it is something the requires a bunch of steps you can bet I won't keep it up.
That's why I adore this foot care cream. I can apply the cream right before I go to bed and let it work it's magic all night long. One step and that's it.
It has a baby fresh scent that is very soft and contains no harsh ingredients that might irritate cracked, dry heels. cost $12
    • Luxurious conditioning cream that helps eliminate calluses and cracks
    • Contains NO harsh peeling ingredients, acids, or camphor
    • Leaves your feet feeling soft and silky
    • Baby powder fragrance
    • Apply one or twice per day
Shades by Barielle Nail Color
I am a nail polish addict. I typically tend to go for bright, bold colors so this time I decided to look at the pink family for a change of pace. It goes on smooth, without air bubbles or clumping and is a nice even color. They have tons of shades to choose from. price $8.00 or 2 for $12
·         Salon-strength formula that is completely free of the chemicals dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde – pregnancy safe

·         Provides high-shine glossy coat and forms protective barrier for a long-lasting finish 
·   When shopping online, buy one get one 50% at  barielle.com


Barielle Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender

Have I mentioned I have no patience and no time? I love to polish my nails and change them up constantly but hate having to wait for them to dry. This topcoat is fabulous. It goes on like liquid glass, dries your manicure quickly and keeps your nails looking shiny and pretty. I don't think I can do my nails without it anymore! price $16
~Quick drying top coat with UV protection
~Keeps dark colors from fading and light colors from yellowing
~Apply as needed after manicure 

The awesome folks at Barielle are going to give one of my readers a Barielle Nail Stengthener Cream (this is not one of the items I reviewed) (price $10)

    • The most popular, ground-breaking product for nail treatment
    • Helps strengthen nails to resist splits, peels and breaks
    • Use daily to maintain healthy nails
    • Noticeable improvement in 3-4 weeks
    • Can be used over nail polish or on bare nails

Friday, June 3, 2011

Winners

Couple of winners to announce:

Spongeables: #37 Babes Mami and #53 Raven in a Blue Room


Prefense Hand Sanitizer: #18 Lynette

Pretty Woman Nails: #8 Boobies

Congrats Everyone! Thanks so much for reading and entering. Make sure and visit the sponsors, because without them I wouldn't be able to giveaway great products!







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