Sunday, April 29, 2012
Gourmet Gift Baskets Brownie Sampler goes to: Nancy D.
Spornette Brushes: Amanda S., Ducky Bcc and Nancy StyleDecor have all won a brush of their choice!
FaceCase: Black Asphodel, Soccermom12309, Hipsterkicks and Mzollan are all winners!
I will be sending everyone their emails in the next couple minutes!
Thanks everyone for entering and to the sponsors for the great products!
First, let me recap a little about the company behind the products:
Ozeri is a manufacturer of digital lifestyle products for the modern home. They originally began as a supplier to the vacation residences in the destination club industry and their products can be found anywhere from luxury European getaways to time shares, condos and upscale hotels here in the US. Recently you can find them in the consumer market place.
They boast award winning designs, innovative materials and durable construction for long product satisfaction. And while there products can be found in upscale, 5 star residences, they can also be found in everyday home like mine, because their products are very reasonably priced.
Not only do they make fabulous items for the home, but they also have a Luxury forever category where they introduce us to two of their most popular Tungsten Carbide rings. Tungsten Carbide rings are completely cobalt free and rank second only to diamonds as the hardest substance in the world.
The Tungsten Ring have a high polished, center brushed and beveled edge design. The are designed to forever keep their glossy shine and make fabulous wedding bands or even a great unisex accessory.
Hubs and I aren't real traditional people (shocking, I'm sure). We had three days off in between finishing our old job and starting a new company. We went to Niagara Falls and came home married. We didn't have much (read any) money then and only picked up a simple wedding band for me. Down the road several years and I got a diamond. Somehow though Hubs never ended up with a band, even though I frequently thought about getting him one, something else always came up.
When I had the chance to review the Tungsten Carbide Ring I knew it was for him. It's different, just like we are yet beautiful. He has been wearing it for about a month, even to work which I didn't think would last, but it's so comfortable that he doesn't mind plus it doesn't heat up like a metal ring would. I'm very impressed that it still is as shiny as the day I gave it to him, nor does it have any dings or scratches and as a Chef he works with his hands all day. I would highly recommend these rings to anyone looking to give a gift that will last forever or as a wedding band.
Amazon. Normal retail price is $99, Amazon normally lists them for $59.99 but right now they are on sale for only $25!
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I had tried Breath Right strips in the past and while they helped a little, they didn't seem to do a great job as the night wore on, the adhesive wouldn't stick good or they seemed to lose some of there strength. I have been using the advanced strips for about a week now and really am much happier with these. I don't know if they are stronger or it is the 4-point technology that has changed them, but I breathe much easier for longer periods of time.
I also appreciate the fact that they are drug free and don't interact with the allergy medications I already take. That is a definite bonus in getting my husband to use them also, he's nuts about taking medications and always has some reason not to. So if he is stuffy I can easily get him to put on a Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strip. Sometimes if he is not leaving the house he will even wear one in the afternoon.
Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips can be purchased in most grocery, department stores and drugstores nationwide. Sold in packs of 2, 10 and 26 count packages.
For special offers and free sample, visit: http://www.breatheright.com/offers.aspx
FTC requires that I tell you that I received a free sample of this product as a member of the Smiley360 blogger program. However, all opinions written above are 100% mine.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I consider myself to be a pretty darn good cook, and really enjoy making food for people. I enjoy when others enjoy what I have created. Unfortunately I am not a recipe follower-- I learn to cook something once then tend to just do my own thing. This does not translate into a great baker. My holiday cookies are dismal for the most part. Apparently when baking, you need to follow the recipe specifically, other wise stuff does NOT turn out yummy. Who knew?
Spring and Summer are here (sort of) though and I am good at desserts that I can make with "COOL WHIP Whipped Topping". I always get a special smile or grin when I whip out the COOL WHIP to add to a regular dessert and I have several that I do enjoy making, mostly because I can go from memory!
A couple of the tried and true ones that take me right back to my childhood have stood the test of time and are always a hit at summer gatherings. I thought I would share them and see if they are universal or if maybe someone has some new ones that they would love to share with me. Heh, I have no clue the official names so bare with me!
COOL WHIP Cake
One box of white cake mix.
One box of Jello
One tub of COOL WHIP
Bake cake according to directions (in a 9x13 baking dish). Make Jello (your favorite flavor or several flavors) do not let it set, try to time it so that it coincides with the cake coming from the oven.
Pull cake from oven and while still warm poke holes in the top with a fork. Pour Jello into holes. Let cool then top with COOL WHIP for the "frosting"
We really like this because it's moist and yet light, it doesn't sit heavy in your stomach.
Pretzel Jello Salad with Strawberries. 'Nough said. If you don't know what this is, I will cry for you.
Another favorite of ours is something I call a Lemon Pudding Pie.
|Ready to go in fridge!|
1 8oz Tub of Cool Whip
1 box of cream cheese
1 large box of Lemon Instant Pudding
2 Tsp of sugar
2 T of milk
2 pre made graham cracker crusts.
Soften the cream cheese, mix in sugar, milk and about half the COOL WHIP. Wisk it all together till it is well blended. Spread into the two graham crusts. Set aside. Make your pudding, ask it starts to thicken, pour it over the cream cheese COOL WHIP mixture. Place in the fridge to let everything set up.
When serving add COOL WHIP topping.
You can of course use your own favorite flavor of pudding, we like lemon because it just seems to feel and taste like summer!
|Yum! Needs more COOL WHIP!|
|Who stole a slice?|
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My grandfather always had the most amazing garden when I was growing up, now we live in his house and have dediced to try our best to continue the tradition. Until recently I had not heard of Whitney Farms® but as we started to plan what we want grow this summer, we started researching what products we want to use I began to learn more about Whitney Farms®.
This is what I'd love for my garden to look like:
I have a feeling it will be a wee bit smaller!
- low to no dust
- no manure odor (big plus in my book)
- easy to apply
- contains beneficial microbes
- specially designed protien-based blends provide your plants with bothe the macro and micronutrients they need to grow and thrive
I love growing things and do great with vegetables and herbs so now that we have the space it would be wonderful to grow healthy, organic veggies and herbs that I can use to feed my family and share with my close friends. I am very eager to see what kind of difference there is in my plants once I feed them with an organic plant food. My husband loves bottling hot peppers for us to eat througout the year and I enjoy fresh herbs, that I keep in the freezer and use all winter long.
Visit Whitney Farms® to learn more and try get a $3 coupon so you can work on a yummy organic garden to feed your families!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I am pretty open on my blog about the fact that my husband I have been unable to conceive. At first I felt really alone, but in opening up online, I have discovered that infertility affects many more people than I would have ever guessed. I have also learned that there are different levels of infertility.
One of those levels is called "subfertility" and if actually affects 20 - 30% of couples. Subfertility basically means that if has taken a couple longer than average and they still have not conceived. Typically women are the first to seek help and be examined by a doctor, when in reality about half the time the problem lies with the male partner. In about 40% of subfertile couples the problem lies with the sperm quality of the male partner.
Several years ago I was looking into this issue and basically found that you could improve sperm quality but it took a cocktail of vitamins and supplements that are a bit overwhelming--also this was me searching the internet, not a professional analysis. Now, thanks to ProXeed Plus, improving sperm quality is possible.
ProXeed Plus is a clinically-supported nutritional supplement developed to help improve the health and quality of sperm. Two packets a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) taken over the course of six months, may enhance sperm count, motility, concentration and speed which could aid in the chances of conception. Results can be seen in as little as three months, but not before as it takes about 74 days for new sperm to mature and another 20 for them to be capable of conception.
To sum up the ProXeed facts:
-- It comes in a convenient packet, in powder form which can be mixed with at least 4 oz of water or other beverage.
-- Contains added nutrients targeted at reducing oxidative damage and supporting the formation and maturation of sperm
-- Has a light lemon flavor
-- Only 12 calories
For more information or to order visit proxeed.com. A one month supply (two 30 count boxes) is $125. If you have been around the world of fertility treatments, as I have, you will know that that price pales in comparison to other treatments or aids you might try. If you buy a 3 month supply the price per box drops to $118 and a 6 month supply the price per box drops to $112.50.
We did receive a 30 count box to try and I am very excited about it. My husband hated taking a handful of pills, they bothered his stomach, some left a horrible aftertaste and eventually we both go tired of me nagging him. The packets are great. 4 ounces of water is really nothing, 2 gulps at most. If the very faint lemon taste bothers him, he can dump it in his juice. I just leave a packet out on the counter for him every morning (seriously, the man would forget his head if it wasn't screwed on) and he takes another one at night after he comes home from work.
I really can't tell you that they work--for the purposes of the posting the review and getting the facts out to my readers, I can't really wait 3 to 6 months! Rest assured, if we do end up pregnant, you readers and ProXeed will be the second to know! Since he has been taking it and has no side effects we do plan to continue it and see where it leads.
One of my readers can win a 30 count box of ProXeed Plus to help them on their fertility journey. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. While this product can be purchased internationally, the giveaway will be limited to US & CA, 18+. Due to the fact that not everyone is as open too talking about sperm count and infertility as I am, I am making the entries as general as possible.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Not a conventional or normal family in my house. Or maybe we are. Who knows these days? Right?
Either way, the husband and I are bikers--in our spare time :) We have a Harley and a chopper that my husband and his brother built. The husband is fussy about his biker type TShirt. They can't be some typical fad type Tshirt that every Tom, Dick and Harry from 12 to 80 can pick up at Walmart.
The awesome biker tees at Hot Biker Shirts fit this bill exactly. Quality Tshirts with a variety of designs that are authentic and original. Here are a couple of his favorites:
You can get your own affordable biker tshirt online. Prices will vary depending on which options you choose.
Win it: One reader will win the same TShirt my husband is modeling (size of choice S-XL) Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
Have a budding horse lover in your house? Feel free to print out the above Horse Care Tips checklist above! Flicka Country Pride will be available on May 1st exclusively at Walmart!
Busy mom, Madelyn hated all the time she spent looking for her cell phone everyday and realized there had to be a better way to keep track of it. Tired of digging through her purse trying to find her phone only to miss a call or getting somewhere only to realize she left if behind, she came up with the idea of the PhoneFetcher.
The PhoneFetcher is a nifty little gadget that can attach to a purse, back pack, gym bag, baby bag, belt loop or whatever else you can think of. It has a claw type clip on one end and the other end is a little nub that slides into the earphone jack of your phone, iPod or mp3 player. They are connected to each other with a stretchable bungee cord, making it easy to use your phone without even having to to disconnect it. Of course you can easily remove it from your phone just like you would a set of ear buds.
I received a PhoneFetcher in black to try out. Sorry to tell you this but my husband swiped it. Seriously. He is always worried about his phone sliding out of his chef pants and has even lost if several times (luckily he managed to find it before I murdered him). With the PhoneFetcher he hooks one end to his belt loop and then never worries about the phone sliding out of his pants pocket while he is working, if it does he notices pretty quick that it's hanging there! It is very durable and will probably last him longer than his phone will, plus it will be easy enough to rinse it off to keep it clean.
I can think of several ways it would come in handy (looks like I'm going to have to buy myself one!)
Summer is coming and I don't always carry my purse with me, I'd love to have a PhoneFetcher for when I walk the dogs, go to the park or to attach to my pool bag when I go swimming! Plus they make one for keys (claws on both ends) and that's something I need desperately-- I NEVER know where my keys are!
The PhoneFetcher currently comes in 8 fun colors (coming soon: Silver Chain PhoneFetchers!)
This would make a fabulous gift (Mothers Day AND Fathers Day are coming up, plus think ahead and grab some stocking stuffers for Christmas!)
Buy It: You can purchase one or one in every color at PhoneFetcher.com for $9.99.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Sibu Beauty is a leader in the industry of premium skin care products. They manufacture theirs from the prized Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berry harvested from the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 ft above sea level). Sea Buckthorn is the fundamental ingredient in all of the Sibu products.
The Sea Buckthorn is a hardy little berry that has been use for more than 1300 years to treat an array of health issues. This amazing little berry contains over 190 bio active compounds AND Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Even more it is a rich source of the elusive fatty acid; Omega 7-- which is essential for the production of collagen for healthy skin, nails and hair.
Back when I first started blogging I was entering giveaways quite a bit and won a bottle of Sibu Repair and Protect Cream. That was about two years ago now and I can say honestly say that after trying that bottle that I won, I have gone on to purchase a bottle every time I run low. I have been able to try quite a few products in those two years but hands down, I love it for my morning face routine! How's that for a testimonial?
Sibu Purifying Mask combines a toxin absorbing base with activating enzymes that help to gently remove dead skin and debris, leaving behind clean, youthful skin.
I love doing masks on my face, but my face doesn't always love some of the masks I have tried. I have sensitive combination skin that manages to be dry and oily and the same time and also will burn with some products. I can happily say that the Sibu mask did not cause me to get that horrible burning feeling. The mask has a light citrus scent (the products always smell vaguely orangish to me) and is very slightly gritty. I just apply a thin layer to my face and wait for it to turn dull so I know it has dried (about ten minutes depending how thick of a layer) then gently wash off with water. My face feels fresh and renewed. Retail price $29.95
- Sibu Clarifying Toner is a new refreshing solution to help eliminate excess toxins and residue from the skin. Helps to minimize pores, clarifies, reconditions and hydrates skin.
I find that the several times I have tried to use a toner it has left my skin feeling light the Sahara desert. Plus, I'm lazy. I hate having to dig out the cotton balls to use toner (what? my time is at a premium and it's a pain!) I love that you just close your eyes and a couple pumps of the sprayer leaves a refreshing mist on your face. Since it is also hydrating I get that extra surge of moisture. Normally I give up after a couple days but I have been using the toner religiously since I tried it. Don't worry, if you aren't as lazy as I am, you can get out the cotton balls and apply the old fashioned way! After a little experimentation I have found that I can even spray it on TOP of my make up for a mid day pick me up! Retail Price $24.95
- Sibu Exfoliating Scrub is a gently, yet effective blend that is ideal for people with oily skin clogged pores. It is creamy with large grit. Even though the grit is fairly decent sized, I still found this to be a big gentler than exfoliators you find at the drugstore. It also has the light, refreshing citrus scent. For myself I find that using this once a week on my face, neck and chest is sufficient to keep my pores unclogged. However if your skin is quite greasy or if you have problems with breakouts, you could use it more often. I think it is going to come in handy during those "monthly" breakouts and when I get those summer sweat breakouts. *do not use the same day as the Purifying Scrub. Retail Price $19.95
I also received a little sample of the Sibu Omega Chocolates, individually wrapped pieces of heaven. So creamy and with a faint orange flavor, these could rival any gourmet chocolate yet contain 250mg of Omega 7 oil in each one. Getting healthy never tasted so good!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I did not realize until just recently that May is National Mobility Awareness Month. The purpose behind National Mobility Awareness Month is to bring attention to the fact that people with disabilities can lead an active, productive and mobile life.
The national disabilities spokesperson, Mike Savicki, is encouraging people to speak out and submit their stories or stories of people you think deserve to be recognized as a local hero to be showcased by national and local media.
NMEDA will showcase these stories on their Facebook, Blog and website. Stories about regular people who become local heros by fighting to overcome their disabilities and live an active, mobile lifestyle. Whether you are a local hero and submit your own story or a family or friend does, encourage everyone to vote for them at National Mobility Awareness Month ! They could win one of the custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV). A minimum of three will be awarded on national television.
On of the goals of National Mobility Awareness Month is to educate the public. In the US & CA alone, over 18 million people (that is a staggering number) have mobility issues and about 6 million of those are veterans. I also never would have guessed that people with disabilities are the second largest minority in the US.
NMEDA is one of the sponsors of National Mobility Awareness Month along with BraaunAbilit, WMI/Vantage Mobility, Bruno Independent Living Aids, Toyota Chrysler and SanTan Honda Superstore in Chandler, AZ.
So if you know a local hero who could benefit from winning a WAV make sure to nominate them and get your family and friends to vote! Not sure what constitutes a local hero? A local hero is anyone in your community -caregiver, veteran or person dealing with disabilities who is trying their best to lead an active lifestyle and dealing with overcoming mobility challenges.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Practically all areas of my life involve one form of electronic device or another: I spend 80% of my day at work on a computer (the other 20% I'm hiding under my desk). As a blogger I spend half my night on my laptop. As a dork I spend an inordinate amount of time playing on my iPhone or reading books on my iPad. My husband has a big ole' TV he would go insane without. The problem is keeping each of these electronics clean. I absolutely loathe fingerprints and have been know to attack coworkers with a stapler if they dare to touch my screen. Ear prints and makeup on my iPhone cause minor apoplexy. So obviously it was a no brainer when asked if I would like to review Scott's Liquid Gold Clean Screen.
I'm thrilled to find something that is very effective at cleaning my numerous devices and even happier that it is so economical. A little goes a very long way and I know this bottle will last even my obsessive habits quite awhile.
The box itself contains a 6.5oz spray bottle of Clean Screen and a very soft microfiber cloth. Clean Screen is formulated using Reverse Osmosis (RO) Solution state of the art water treatment technology. Translated to blogger speak that means: RO technology pulls mineral deposits and other impurities smaller than water molecules out. This leaves nothing behind to get in the way of a crystal clear Clean Screen. Unlike many other screen cleaners on the market, Clean Screen contains no alcohol or ammonia (I always hated that smell!)
You spray the solution onto the super soft suede microfiber cloth that is included and wipe down your device. The cloth leaves behind no lint or fuzzies like some other ones do (and isn't that almost worse than before you cleaned when it happens!). It is also highly absorbent and quick drying and will not scratch your delicate surfaces.
I'm mostly in heaven since I got Clean Screen-- except when my husband is trying to steal it for his stuff! I hit the laptop first and was so excited by how clear and shiny it came out I went right to my iPad and iPhone. I can honestly say my iPhone hadn't looked that pretty since the day I removed that original protective plastic! One spray is plenty for small surfaces and 2-4 are good for larger. If the cloth becomes dirty, simply rinse in warm water and allow to dry.
Connect with Clean Screen:
Buy It: You can find Clean Screen in the household cleaning aisle of most major retailers or you can purchase online at http://www.scottsliquidgold.com/clean-screen/products.html
Win It: I am happy to announce that Scott's Liquid Gold is going to give one of my readers a "Spring Cleaning Kit" which contains (1) Original SLG Aerosol (1) Wood Wash (1) Wood Wipes (1) Clean Screen. I wish I could enter my own giveaways! Open to US and Canada.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Not the ideal set up for a gal who can barely open her eyes in the morning. This is where Face Case comes in.
Face Case was created by Ms. Sonja Tiencken Byrd-- a southern Belle through and through-- who believes in the feminine tradition of make up but also believed there had to be a better way to carry it around than a zippered bag. Long story short (you can read the details here) she invented the Face Case and through word of mouth eventually couldn't keep up with the demand. She enlisted her niece Bonnie and in 2011 Face Case became an official company.
Now you are wondering what, exactly, is Face Case? Besides awesome? Okay, I'll tell you. Face Case is the most unique cosmetic bag on the market. I have literally never seen anything like it. The Face Case bags are made from a patterned cloth on the outside and reinforced with a black material on the inside. There are various patterns you can choose from and all are striking. The inside of the bag has numerous pockets circling the perimeter which creates a large center area. You can put lipsticks, brushes, eyeliners, mascaras, primers or whatever. The middle will fit your larger eyeshadow pallets and miscellaneous items. It all cinches up with a cord and will sit prettily on a vanity, dresser or even fit in a suitcase. Everything is right in your field of vision, you never forget you have something because it gets buried and did I mention it's pretty? and functional?
I've been using mine for about two weeks and can't imagine living with out it. I have actually now have and extra shelf because all my make up fits in here. I've organized it with the products I use first in a clockwise pattern and it saves my brain dead self a ton of time in the morning. Plus I am so excited for my next trip, instead of trying to sneak makeup into the suit case with out my husband asking why I need so much, I can bring pretty much everything and take up hardly any room.
I honestly cannot tell you how much I love this product and cannot imagine going back to the old mess and disorganization.
Buy It: You can purchase your own Face Case (or three!) online at http://myfacecasestore.com/shop.html for $29.99
Win It: The amazing ladies at Face Case have provided me with four extra Face Cases to give away to my readers.
This post brought to you by Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine.
I never much thought about my grass being a plant. It's just there right? Until it isn't there, oops! Guess I should have been feeding that plant! Especially since the hubs has been digging a giant hole so that we can install a cement pad, then running the wheel barrel all over the rest of lawn. It's looking pretty shabby right now.
That's why we definitely need to use this Scotts® Snap® Spreader System spring! The Scotts Snap Spreader System cuts the guesswork out of how to feed your lawn. You simply have to Snap, Lock and Go, which is great for someone like me who doesn't have a clue, nor alot (read ANY) of spare time on my hands.
Scotts Snap Spreader system is different from other systems:
- No mess, no guess spreader system
- The Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader-- this means no cutting, no opening, and no trying to wrangle a heavy bag (which I would ultimately end up spilling all over the place!)
- The system actually auto-sets the proper flow rate, so you don't have to figure it out!
- Scotts Snap Spreader has a unique EdgeGuard that keeps the procuct on the lawn and not all over the drive or sidewalk!
- When finished the Snap Pac self-seals upon removal, so no more half empty bags spilling in your shed or garage.
The Scotts Snap perks on Facebook started in March, make sure to visit and "like" them so you can be the first to know about prizes, contests and promotions
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Sunday, April 8, 2012
I was crazy excited to asked to review the decadent Brownie Sampler. The Brownie Sampler includes 2 of each of the following scrumptious flavors:
-Belgian Chocolate Chunk
-White Chocolate Macadamia Blondie
I was very happy to see that each brownie comes individually wrapped, so you don't have to worry about them going stale. No need to ruin your diet by snarfing them all down real quickly, they won't go bad in two days! These aren't little tiny brownies either, you could even split it with a husband or save some for later. I was a good girl and cut them up for Easter and we all tried them for dessert. They were all fantastic but my favorites were the Peanut Butter (you can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!) and the Cheesecake! They were all rich, moist and delicious!
Buy it: Get one for yourself or send one to a loved one. Order a Brownie Sampler online for $34.99
Win it: Gourmet Gift Baskets is going to give one of my readers the same brownie sampler I received. (one of each flavor) Please use the rafflecopter form to enter.