Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bows-n-Ties Cavallieri Ties Review / Giveaway $20 Value


I have found a great discount site which carries fine neck ties at afforded prices.
 

At first I was concerned how a online store could provide fine silk ties at such discount prices?  Would the ties be fakes?  Or how about seconds or irregulars?

Let me tell you!! Bows-N-Ties.com is the REAL DEAL!  They sent me out a high quality handmade designer label "Cavallieri" tie.  The tie I was provided at no cost (as you can see from the photos I took personally below) is stunning.

I was shocked at the weight of this red, white and gray striped Cavallieri tie.  It will certainly hang nicely and stay in place.
I looked the tie over closely and could not find a single flaw.  It was handmade perfectly with the finest Jacquard woven silk.

Typically ties by Cavallieri retail for between $50 to $60, and I can totally see why.  They are a high quality and a stylish tie.  But Bows-n-Ties is able to sell them for just $24.90.

So how is Bows-n-Ties able to offer such amazing and affordable prices??  #1 - They import directly from the manufacturer so there is no middle-man to increase the cost.  #2 They keep their overhead cost low by not having a traditional store (brick and mortar storefront.

Even if you are not interested in ties by Cavallieri....Bows-n-Ties offers an amazing selection starting at prices under $10!!  Bows-n-Ties website is a pleasure to look around and very easy to navigate.  I love how you can even narrow down your search by color of tie, special sizes and accessories.

So who wants to purchase a tie or two from Bows-n-Ties?  You can enter below for your chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate so you can get your own designer tie at an affordable price.

Don't want to wait and see if you are the lucky winner....use code "TR239YU" at check out and get 20% off your order.
 
Good Luck!

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review / Giveaway $58 Value! Luminous Lip Gloss and Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer


My skin is glowing and my lips feel hydrated and sexy!

So, I want to shout from the Mountain-tops....

Thank you Mia Mariu for the high quality and performance beauty products that you use the most natural ingredients to create and perfect.

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to sample two of your balance products that did not irritate my sensitive skin and lips.

First with the seasons changing my very sensitive skin is always pleading for special attention and moisturizing care.  Well, Mia Mariu ... Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPD30+ has filled the void and replenished my parched skin.

I love Mia Mariu's non-irritating and oil free product.  It contains excellent ingredients with help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.  And not only that!  IT has powerful antioxidants which help your skin protect itself from free radicals.  The Lecithin and Vitamin E nourish your skin.  And don't worry if you wear make up.  This moisturizer works perfect as a makeup primer under foundation.

It went on my skin so smooth and silky.  It quickly soaked into my skin and left it feeling healthy and glowing.  It is well worth the $44.  But keep reading for your chance to win your own jar of this non irritating Anti-Aging Moisturizer from Mia Mariu and the other great product I received to review.

Mia Mariu Luminous Lip Gloss (Romance)...

This Luminous Lip Gloss made me feel like a million dollars and only costs an affordable $13.  It hydrated my lips and left them sparkling and quenched.  I enjoyed the slightly sweet flavor of this high class lip gloss.  The applicator was nice and soft, which allowed for an even and smooth application. 

 
Mia Mariu offers so many other natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetic and brushes to "Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty".  But today you can enter to win the same two products I selected and were provided free of cost to review.

So just enter below and best of luck!!  Your skin will thank Mia Mariu and I.
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Week 14 Nutrisystem #NSNation

Well Week 14 is on the books with Nutrisystem and I can't believe how many inches I have lost in 2 short weeks!  Keep reading for my amazing results!!

I knew before I measured, things have definitely changed shape-wise with my body.  And I actually treated myself to a new workout outfit.

And look it is size...MEDIUM!!! 

I still can't believe it!  I had to buy this as I actually didn't have an size medium clothes in my closet.  So that is saying something about how fair I have come in a very short amount of time.  I feel so strong.  Nutrisystem makes it so easy and convenient to stick with the program.  And I know my new ab workout is helping my waist, shrink in size.  And yes...I still haven't missed a workout yet! 

So how did my week go according to the scale???

I gained a tiny .2  pounds this week (But lost a LOT of Inches!!!).  But like my Nutrisystem system support person Meredith says...it is not about the weight loss, it is about getting healthy!
 
So at the end of week 14 I have lost a total of 27.25 inches!!! (That is another  4.25 inches gone this past two weeks...bye bye!)

Waist - Total lost 6.5"
Chest - Total lost 5.25"
Hips - Total lost 6"
Thighs - Total lost 6.5"
Upper Arms - Total lost 3"


Week 1 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 2 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 3 - lost 2.8 pounds
Week 4 - lost 1.6 pounds
Week 5 - lost 5.8 pounds
Week 6 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 7 - lost 1.8 pounds

Week 8 - gained 1.8 pounds
Week 9 - lost 5.2 pounds
Week 10 - lost 4.8 pounds
Week 11 - lost .4 pounds

Week 12 - lost 2 pounds
Week 13 - lost 3.8 pounds
Week 14 - gained .2pounds



Total Weight Loss So Far after 14 weeks on Nutrisystem
36.8 pounds.



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Disclaimer: Nutrisystem provided me with my food and support program free
of charge for participation in the Nutrisystem

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lifelock.com helping to protect you from identity theft.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LifeLock Facebook for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
With the world of technology surrounding us, comes along risks.  Big risks which can destroy your credit, your identity and in turn your life and your family’s life.  How hack friendly is your password?  Wow!  That is so scary!!!  And even if you are resistant to going online with your personal information; what do you think companies and even restaurants do with your information?  Of course, it somehow ends up online.  And what about those bills you throw into the dumpster every day?  There goes your personal information for someone to find and use to benefit themselves and hurt you.
So are you prepared to protect your identity?  How about your credit?  Do you have mindless hours upon hours to be your own watch dog?  I know from personal experience I don’t.  I have had personal information stolen twice in my life; which turned my world upside down.  It was such a scary experience that made me re think everything I do.  It took so much work to get my affairs straighten back out!  And I still wonder, or should I say worry that there is more of my personal information floating around out there to be found by another criminal, who doesn’t care whose life they destroy.
If I would have only known about Lifelock.com; my troubles possibly could have been protected against.
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Lifelock.com is always available to assist its customers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Like I said they can be your watch dog.  I know I am checking into the different plans of coverage they offer to see what may be right for me.  I should have said what is right for my family as it is my job to make sure our identity is safe.
I would love to hear what experiences you have had with identity and information theft.  Please comment below.  What do you think about Lifelock.com?  Don't forget to check out LifeLock on Facebook.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Well-Being Experience and Free Dummies Book

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Well-Being Powered by Humana for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I just recently found out about a great and free website that helps keep me on track, in every sense of the word.  It helps keep me in touch with my health, money, people in my life and even making sure I take time to play.

It is called….My Well-Being and it is free to join. 

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Once you join you can even are eligible for “perks” like the FREE Dummies book.  It is called Well-Being for Dummies.  I can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail at no cost to me.  But if you are not interest in this book you can chose from some other great titles too.

About MyWell-Being from mywell-being on Vimeo.

The first thing I noticed when I signed up (which by the way is very simple and quick) it how personalized it is.  I was surprise it even includes the temperature in my city.  The site is so easy and free to navigate.  Across the top of the main page has an easy to read tab tool bar.  I like how I just move my curser over the tab, like “Health” and automatically it drops down a screen that gives you more options. 

I still can’t believe this site powered by Humana is free.  The games offered are a great way to escape for a minute or two during a hectic day to re-charge my batteries.  They even have free well written articles about topics I would love to know more about like “Is Saving or Paying Down Debt Wiser?”.

Well-Being offered a great “My Well-Being Assessment” that helps you from day to day and gives you tools to improve your current day and the following.  And for the frugal like me, “The Marketplace” is for you and me.  You can find member online offers and discounts. 

I am so glad I am able to share this Well-Being with all of you.  I know you will find many things for Free that will help you on your daily adventure, called life.  I can’t wait to share it with my mom and get her to sign up.  That way she can subscribe for Free to GRAND magazine, via digital subscription for just being a free member of Well-Being.

Thank you Well-Being for filling a void in my life.  For giving me the tools to help improve; in all the important and some forgotten about areas about health and wellness in my daily routine.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

NoviPet Dog Nutritional Joint Support Supplement Giveaway / Review


As a proud pet owner of two wonderful rescue dogs; I can't imagine not treating them like a part of our family.  In order to treat them like all the other important members, I have to meet all their needs.

I know as a parent of 3 boys, how important it is to make sure they are receiving the proper nourishment and vitamins to stay healthy.  Plus, I make sure to address any other medical issues that they may have and treat these issues.

My thoughts are exactly the same for our two dogs.  I need to make sure they are getting their vitamins and supplements to keep them healthy and happy.  I also need to make sure they are receiving the necessary nutrition to help their joints, especially our Lab Lucky.  As that is one of his special needs and can cause problems if not supplemented with the proper supplements.
 
I was excited for our family dogs when NoviPet reached out and offered to send me one of their products from their amazing line of Dog Nutritional Supplements.  I agreed and selected the NoviPet Joint Support.  And guess what they have agreed to give two lucky winners their choice of one NoviPet Nutritional Supplements - Like MultiVitamin, Joint Support or Omega 3 & 6. 

NoviPet is not new to the market, as they have been around for over 4 decades overseas.  Their sole purpose is to make healhty supplements for dogs and cats that are fun and tasty, just like treats.

Well I can tell you they have succeeded according to our dogs when it comes to NoviPet Joint Support.

Each Joint Support chew is full of Glucosamine and Chondroition, plus Methylsulfonylmethane which helps with joint health. 

Each soft chew is individually sealed to keep it fresh until it is time to give one to your dog.  The box has excellent directions as to how many and how often to give a soft chew to your pet according to their weight. 

I know my dogs are begging for their does of Joint Support, every morning.  I make sure to keep it up and out of their reach, as I know if they found the box it would be gone in a second.  Lucky's joints have been doing amazing!  I love finding a quality and safe product to give our dogs.

Thank you NoviPet for making caring for our furry family members simple and enjoyable.  You guys rock!  Enter below for your chance to win!

Disclaimer: NoviPet provided me with a free samples of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray Giveaway / Review $12.99 Value

 
I love the thought that Autumn has finally arrived!  But, along with the changing of the seasons comes the concerns about cold and flu season  swinging into over drive.

As a busy mother of 3 young boys and one suffering from asthma, I am always on the look out for new and improved, safe ways to hinder the germs, bacteria and viruses that are lurking.

There is a new product out on the market this year that we are trying.  It is called...

 Halo.

Halo is a oral antiseptic that is easy and simple to spray into your mouth (it only takes 3 sprays for a complete dose, which lasts up to 6 hours).  Halo is the first ever patent-pending oral antiseptic spray that is clinically proven to kill airborne germs, which you breathe in.  It is scientifically proven to kill 99.9% of infectious germs.  These germs include a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses.  Viruses like the rhinovirus (common cold), influenza and H1N1.

Halo is offered in different flavors for adults and a children's grape version.  Children ages 2 and up can use Halo.  I did try the children's Halo, just to see how it tasted before giving it to my own children.  It has a very pleasant grape flavor that lingers on the palette.  I love that it is sugar, alcohol and dye free.  The adult citrus flavor is pleasant and left my mouth feeling fresh and slippery for a short time.  I did not mind it at all. 

I love how portable Halo is.  It can go anywhere with you, even on a plane ( as it is a 1oz. bottle and currently meets TSA regulations).

When was the last time you had a Halo moment?  That moment when you wished you could remove yourself from a situation because you didn't want to be around all those things that can make you sick.  I know my last Halo moment happened while I was at work last week.  Everyone was talking about how the stomach flu was making it rounds.  Everyone was sharing their terrible experience with this unfriendly bug.  I was disappointed I didn't have my Halo along, and guess what, I ended up with the bug the next day.  It makes me wonder what would have happened if I would have had my Halo with me?  Darn!  But trust me it won't happen again.

So who wants to win there own bottle of Halo for adults?  If you do, enter below. 

And if you don't want to wait to see if you are going to win this amazing product to help defend against all the germs out there...don't worry Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray is now in the cough and cold aisle at CVS, Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kmart and other mass market and drug stores nationwide. Suggested retail price is $12.99. 

Good Luck Everyone!

Disclaimer: Halo provided me with a free samples of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.



Kashi Chocolate Soft Baked Squares Review / Giveaway Prize Pack!

Kashi have out done themselves this time and it involves Chocolate!!!!

Welcome....Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares.

My family and I were so lucky to be given the opportunity to review and giveaway a great prize pack to one lucky winner (prize pack is a Kashi lunch tote and two vouchers for FREE Kashi products) thanks to Moms Meet.  Moms Meet is Moms Meet is an online resource which empowers moms to get together in an informal setting and chat about raising healthy families and living green.

Let me tell you...there is nothing more perfect that a nutritious, soft baked snack that includes chocolate!!

I was shocked and pleased to find out Kashi's Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares are made with sweet potatoes, black beans and seven whole grains! A snack I can provide my children guilt free and enjoy a square myself too. 

I love that each square is individually packaged for the perfect on the go healthy snack.  Each serving has 4 grams of filling fiber and 10 grams of whole grains and an amazingly low calorie content of 160 calories per square.

My expectations were very high trying this new Kashi product, as we are huge fans of their Kashi Trail Mix Snack Bars. 

These Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares had a great texture.  They were moist and not too dense.  They had a nice chocolate flavor with a little bit of tang.  My boys love them and Kashi Chocolate Soft-Baked Squares have been come a staple at our home.  Give them a try...I am certain you will love them too!

Get a head start on this giveaway and click over to Kashi on Facebook and like today!

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, w ho received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Good Luck!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 13 Nutrisystem This "Unlucky Number" doesn't scare me! #NSNation

Yes, I just completed Week 13 on Nutrisystem and NO "Unlucky Number 13" did not scare me!

Thanks to Nutrisystem...#13 could be one of my favorite numbers.

This week lead to my first battle with being sick for 18 hours...uggg.  It was terrible but I survived and still got my workout in (yes, I am a fitness addict now!).  So, for 13 weeks (91 days) straight I haven't missed a day of working out.  I feel so strong and accomplished.

All my hard work and dedication to Nutrisystem is paying off.  Last Sunday I gave in and bought some new pants.  Size 9/10!!!  I haven't been in that size for many, many years!  It feels great to put clothes on and feel proud and confident when I head out wearing them.  Plus, the great compliments are helping boost my confidence too.

I was thrilled to have received my 30 pound Nutrisystem Bear in the mail this week.  It makes me crave the 40 pounds bear, to join my bear family.  Yes, I look forward to losing more, but it is so much beyond that.  I love feeling healthy.  I love being comfortable in my own skin, again!  I love having engery to keep up with whatever the world has in store.
 
Thank you Nutrisystem!

So how did my week go according to the scale???
 
I lost another 3.8 pounds this week!!!

Week 1 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 2 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 3 - lost 2.8 pounds
Week 4 - lost 1.6 pounds
Week 5 - lost 5.8 pounds
Week 6 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 7 - lost 1.8 pounds

Week 8 - gained 1.8 pounds
Week 9 - lost 5.2 pounds
Week 10 - lost 4.8 pounds
Week 11 - lost .4 pounds

Week 12 - lost 2 pounds
Week 13 - lost 3.8 pounds


Total Weight Loss So Far after 13 weeks on Nutrisystem
37 pounds.



Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.



Disclaimer: Nutrisystem provided me with my food and support program free
of charge for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Uglee Pen - Ergonomic Pen Giveaway / Review



The look of this Ergonomic Pen is a pen, only a Mother could love.

But once you try it...you will want to be Uglee Pen's Mother!

 
How can such a scientifically-designed ergonomic pen, be so UGLee but feel and write so nice?

First is only weighs 11 grams, which is only 1/2 an ounce.  According to Dr. Lee...Less mass means less inertia so in turns leads to comfort.

It also has a full size grip that is made to with contours to fit the anatomy of your hand.  Speaking of this full size grip.  It is so soft as squishy with little sparkles.  I like the feel as I write.  It gives with the pressure used, making for a comfortable writing experience.  I will admit I had to get use to it, as it is like no other pen I have used.  And the the soft rubber gripper loves my pets hair, so I have to keep them up.

The last feature of UGLee pen is its specialize ink, like no other on the market.  It has the smoothest ink system know on the market.  When it is flowing, it works so smooth, like soft butter on a nice summers day.  But I found when my UGLee pen sat around over night, I had to wake it back up to get the ink flowing.  Once it was up and working again it was great.

I almost forgot to let you know that Uglee pen is refillable, which is great for our environment.  Plus it comes in a great variety of colors!

So who wants to win there own Uglee pen to join their family?

Enter below for your chance to win and good luck!

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What for School Lunch Today? Udi's Gluten Free Bread of Course!

Day 4 of the Udi's Gluten-Free Foods Back to School Lunch Challenge.

So what Udi's Gluten Free Goodies did I find for a great healthy lunch today?
We has so many garden fresh cucumbers, I decided to make a turkey cucumber spread.  It is very simple.  Just mix mayo,  chopped cooked turkey, diced cucumber, diced cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Of, course you have to serve this gluten free spread on some Udi's White Sandwich bread!
Baked Corn Tortilla Chips.
Yes, my boys requested more Honey Crisp Apples in there lunch today.  Who can blame them.  But darn, I have to share.
And an Udi's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie.
Only one day left in the week and then Hello Weekend!!
Disclaimer: Udi's Gluten Free sponsored and provided me with a free
samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Country Bob's Sauce Double Giveaway / Review *Gluten Free*

I love to enhance flavors of food and make them more enjoyable.  One of my favorite flavor enhancers is actually a sauce.  A sauce by the name of....


We are huge fans of Country Bob's All Purpose sauce.  It makes me think of a combination of 2 leading brands of steak sauce with a sweet end note.  It is delicious and unique.

It was in 1968 when Country Bob Edson perfected his sauce recipe and today it is called All Purpose Sauce because it is more than just a steak sauce. Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce has remained the top item since 1982 when Country Bob, Inc. was founded.

I love how versatile County Bob's is.  It can be used as a marinade, a dipping sauce, a flavor enhancer, on the grill, in the oven, added to your favorite recipes.  Even on a gourmet suppers of grilled hot dogs on buns.  It is the perfect addition and Gluten-Free.

My four year old calls it his Bob's Sauce and asked for it all the time.  He is a dipping addict...a Country Bob's dipping addict!
I love the consistency of County Bob's.  It is perfect.  Not too thick and not to thin...it is just right.  And of course the price is right for a family.  As it is one of the most affordable sauces on the market today in our region.

If you are not sure how you would use a bottle of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce...They offer a great selection of recipes on their website.

So who wants to win Two Bottles of Country Bob's?  I think I just heard a lot of "I do's".  So Country Bob's is going to allow me to give away Two Bottles to Two Different Winners!  Good Luck and happy eating.

Disclaimer: Country Bob's provided me with a free samples of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Exclusive Milk Unleashed Blog App and Giveaway - Ends 9-26-12

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to promote an excellent Blog App and you can enter below to win an excellent prize from Milk Unleashed.

The Exclusive Milk Unleashed Blog App as you can see is so much fun and educational for those of you on the go.  And I know as a parent with school aged children, it seem like we are away from home alot of the time.


This Blog App features fun On-The-Go games and tips.  I love how you can have quality family time even when you are away.  This app gives you ideas right at your finger tips.

And no more excuses for finding healthy ideas for snacks when On-The-Go.  No!  Not any more!  With the help of shelf stable milk you can even make the world's best smoothie while away from home.

Milk Unleashed is making a splash all over the social media markets!  Don't forget to tweet with #MilkUnleashed hashtag to get ready for your next healthy and On-The-Go family outing with some shelf stable milk packed along.  

I have to say I am glad Shelf Stable Milk is finally around.  And it is offered in single serve options to make healthy lifestyle choices for your children and yourself.

So who wants to win a prize pack from Milk Unleashed?  The prize pack includes...

Milk Unleashed variety pack consisting of four shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Hershey’s, LaLa, Horizon and Organic Valley.

Enter below and Good Luck!!

Disclaimer: Milk Unleashed provided me with a free samples of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


Udi's Gluten Free School Lunch Day 3 - Wednesday.

Day 3 of the Udi's Gluten-Free Foods Back to School Lunch Challenge.
 
So what Gluten Free Goodies did I find for a great healthy lunch today?
 
I decided to do a fun breakfast for lunch.
 
I filled a container with some great and healthy yogurt (most brands without any toppings are gluten free)
 
I added a cup full of Udi's Au Naturel Granola...as a fun and crunch addition to the yogurt.  (I don't know about your children, but mine love creating their own foods)
 
I also included a box of raisins so they could add those to the yogurt mix or eat them separately. 
 
And a package of fruit snacks for dessert.
 
Remember to think outside the lunch box and include fun lunches that allow your child to create their meal.
 

Disclaimer: Udi's Gluten Free sponsored and provided me with a free
samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Udi's Gluten Free School Lunch - Day...Tuesday.

Day....Tuesday of the Udi's Gluten-Free Foods Back to School Lunch Challenge.
 
So what am I packing on Tuesday?


Tuna salad on Udi's Gluten Free Millet-Chia Bread.

A nice ripe banana.

A baggie full of Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Twists.

A Jello Cup.

Don't forget to make your child's lunch extra special.  Add a little note letting them know how much you love them.

Disclaimer: Udi's Gluten Free sponsored and provided me with a free
samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.





Kmart and the Big Laaway Giveaway - Just in time for the Holidays.

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

I am such a bargain shopper when it comes to the Holidays fast approaching.  I know many of us don’t even want to think about the Holidays yet as school just started.  But I believe in getting an early start and having all my holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving. 

One way I am able to get my holiday shopping done so early is with the help of the free layaway program offered at Kmart.  I love how easy Kmart makes getting your holiday shopping done and it is affordable.  As you just make an easy down payment on your items and then come back to a Kmart store or with a few clicks online and make your payment every two weeks.  Once your items are paid in full you can come pick them up or schedule when you want to get them.  What a great idea.  No more having to hide holiday gifts for months until the special day arrives.

I feel Kmart makes understanding how layaway works and the benefits and charges very easy to understand, unlike some retailers such as Walmart, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

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Plus Kmart doesn’t have a minimum cost of what can be layaway and I really love the scheduling when you want to pick up your paid for items.

I have already been checking Kmart out, getting ready to layaway some great Christmas toys for my boys like this great keyboard.

I am also thinking about this great Spy Plane.

Plus Kmart just started an amazing giveaway on 9/9/12 which runs through 11/17/12.  Every week at every Kmart one layaway giveaway will happen.  So what does that mean?  It means if you are the lucky, weekly winner at your Kmart store, you remaining balance on your layaway will be paid in full up to $500.  I so want to win Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Gluten Free School Lunch Ideas thanks to Udi's Gluten-Free Foods - The Back to School Lunch Challenge - Monday

I am thrilled to be part of the Udi's Gluten-Free Foods Back to School Lunch Challenge.

Udi's is the #1 gluten-free baked goods brand in both natural and conventional grocery channels.

Udi's provided me with a great assortment of their Gluten Free products to help with a full week of school lunches.

Look at all the amazing Gluten Free products including:

Udi's Millet-Chia Bread
Udi's White Sandwich Bread
Udi's Au Naturel Granola
Udi's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Udi's Snickerdoole Cookies
Glution Pretzels

So what creative ideas can I come up with for a great gluten free school lunch?  A gluten free lunch that will make my boys fit in and not stick out as different.

Monday....

A classic favorite, I feel of all school children....A PB&J on Udi's White Sandwich Bread.  I love making my boys classic sandwiches special by using a fun cutter, to make them into shapes like dinosaurs and even little squares.
A nice honeycrisp apple, since they are just coming into season and are so yummy!

A cup of fresh popped popcorn and for a sweet dessert - a few Udi's Snickerdoodle Cookies.

Now...I just need to figure out what to pack for school lunch on Tuesday...keep an eye out for more great Gluten Free Lunch ideas.


Disclaimer: Udi's Gluten Free sponsored and provided me with a free
samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Whole Fruit Smoothie. Only 100 Calories per Serving. Review

A perfect after school snack...A perfect pick me up for the parent on the go...A perfect 100 Calorie snack for the health conscience.


They are NEW and made with chunks of real fruit, milk and full of natural flavor.  Whole Fruit Smoothies (J&J Snack Foods Corp) can be served directly out of your freezer or place one of the smoothies in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir and enjoy.

As  a parent I love that each Whole Fruit Smoothie cup has a resealable lid, so if you or your child are unable to finish off this delicious smoothie.  Just place the lid back on and put it back into the freezer for next time. 

Personally I can't image not finishing off one of these enjoyable cups (maybe even licking out the last drop or two). 

Whole Fruit Smoothies come in three different flavors.  And each flavor comes in a 4oz container, sold in 4-packs.

Strawberry Banana - comforting and creamy smooth.  The flavors were balanced and tasted so fresh, I would swear I just mixed this up with my own fresh fruit.

Pineapple Mango - very refreshing with a sweet yet tart flavor profile.  This was by far my favorite..it was a bummer my boys LOVED it and I only was able to sneak a taste.

Mixed Berry - I found this one the sweetest of all the Smoothies.  It is a beautiful purple color and made me think of a mixed berry pie without all the guilt.

Find out where you can purchase these great Whole Fruit Smoothies today...Click here.  And don't forget to visit Whole Fruit on Facebook.
 
Disclaimer: J & J SnackFoods Corp.  sponsored and provided me with a free
samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Packaways Dorm Boxes - Reuseable and Foldable - Easy to Store


Say hello to Dorm Life and all its complications, including the big move.

I am already hearing all the groans, for those of you who know exactly what I am talking about.

But, there is a great new product out on the market that will make one aspect of the Big Move to College a lot easier and simpler.
 

These Packaways Dorm Boxes come in 4 different sizes and colors.  Which is great so you can customize exactly what you need.  Plus each box comes with a white area that can be written on (labeled) with a dry erase marker - so you know exactly what is waiting inside.

As I mentioned Packaways come in 4 different sizes, including some great large size ones to help with the college move and a huge underbed storage size (36L x 24W x 6"H).

I love how simple Packaways are to assemble, disassemble and store.  My suggestion is have your college student store the unused Packaways folded down under their bed... underneath their underbed Packaways.  That way when it is time to move again, just pulled them out and set them back up and in snap.

Packaways should last at least the four years of college.  They are made from durable polypropylene and feel very sturdy.  I love that the large boxes have carrying hand cut outs to make them very easy to  manage even when full.  So, I think I am going to have to use some of these just around the house for everything!
 

You can learn more about Packaways direct on their website and on Facebook.

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Lady Soma Detox Premium Body Cleansing Program - Perfect for Women



I had no idea Lady Soma offered such a great Detox Premium Body Cleansing Program.  So when I was given the opportunity to try it out at no cost, I couldn't pass it up.
 
First a little bit about Lady Soma's Detox.  It is a 7 day program.  But, Lady Soma recommends a 3 month cycle for the most effective use of their Detox.  I was able to do one 7 day cycle of this program.
 
It is very easy to keep track and take Lady Soma Detox during the seven days as everything is conveniently packaged so you just open and take one package in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night.
Each of the capsules were coated and went down very easily with out any after taste.  The biggest key to this Detox Cleanse is LOTS and LOTS of WATER and a Balanced Diet.  Lady Soma Detox is formulated to gently and effectively detoxify the female body, by promoting the elimination of toxins buy using natural plant ingredients.  
 
Lady Soma Detox program contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium and is Made in the USA.  It also is free of preservatives, artificial colors sugars or starches.  I did notice this detox program was more gentle than some I have tried in the past.  I did have a little cramping, but nothing terrible.  I will be willing to try Lady Soma Detox again.
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nomination for Women Who Shine Award - Vote Today!


I am not sure where to being.  My husband is nominating me for an amazing Women Who Shine Award and I am very honored. 

 
I have had a very eventful and successful life so far.  I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys, even though Doctors had little hope after suffered from endometriosis.  During the pregnancy of our third son I was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  There was no choice in my eyes, but to give our unborn son life, even if it meant losing mine in the battle.  Three and a half years later, I am still cancer free.

I have been able to continue my passion for children and life with my career.  I help child who have been victims of horrendous crimes.  I am able to assist with interviews and many times getting the perpetrators behind bars to protect the innocent children. 

I am thankful for each and every breath I take and my ability to touch my family’s and other children’s lives.  I feel like I have a purpose to serve and much more to accomplish.

So keep an eye out on Shine for my story and please vote!

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Week 12 Nutrisystem - No more Excuses! #NSNation

No more Excuses!!!

Come on everyone and join me in my journey with Nutrisystem.  Like I said, "No more excuses!"  It is time to make a difference in your life and your loved ones lives!  You can do it!  I know you can because I am and just finished Week 12 with Nutrisystem and I can't believe the changes that have happened and the way I feel.

I feel great!!!!  Thank you so much Nutrisystem for getting my health back on track.  I smile when and look and feel the changes that have happened. (Especially all the comments I have been hearing)  I feel great!!!

This week I started an amazing new workout program (still haven't missed a work out in 12 weeks.).  It is challenging and I feel my body getting stronger and stronger.  It feels great.  I love the burn after the workout is complete.  I wasn't sure if the scale was going to show any loss, due to all my muscle gain.  But, I can honestly stay for the first time...I didn't care about the number on the scale.  Truly I didn't...as this was an amazing feel great week.  My body continues to evolve into who I remember being many years ago...and I am in love with myself again.

So, Here is my monthly video post.....
 

What do you think?

So at the end of week 12 I have lost a total of 23 inches!!! (That is another  7.25" gone this past month...bye bye!)

Waist - Total lost 5.5"
Chest - Total lost 5"
Hips - Total lost 4"
Thighs - Total lost 5.5"
Upper Arms - Total lost 3"


I lost another 2 pounds this week!!!

Week 1 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 2 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 3 - lost 2.8 pounds
Week 4 - lost 1.6 pounds
Week 5 - lost 5.8 pounds
Week 6 - lost 3.5 pounds
Week 7 - lost 1.8 pounds

Week 8 - gained 1.8 pounds
Week 9 - lost 5.2 pounds
Week 10 - lost 4.8 pounds
Week 11 - lost .4 pounds
Week 12 - lost 2 pounds



Total Weight Loss So Far after 12 weeks on Nutrisystem
33.2 pounds.
 
Come join me on my weight loss journey! Now is the time as Nutrisystem is having an amazing 40% off your order, Right Now!  So what are you waiting for?








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Disclaimer: Nutrisystem provided me with my food and support program free
of charge for participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners Giveaway / Review 3 Winners!!

I love being a Purex Insider as I love having the opportunity to review and giveaway great new products.

Recently I was sent an amazing box containing two bottles of a new household cleaner from Soft Scrub and 3 Free Coupons to give away to 3 Lucky Winners (each winner will receive one coupon each!)

It is called Soft Scrub Total!  This line of products is amazingly Tough on Stains, yet Gentle on Surfaces.

I first want to mention Soft Scrub has topped themselves when it comes to the patented trigger offered on this Total line.  You can chose to clean with a fine mist or a thick foam.  And not only that!  The trigger works when the bottle is upside down...I am in love!!  No more fighting and shaking a cleaning bottle when I am trying to reach into difficult areas to get the bottle to spray.  Soft Scrub Total...will work!

Speaking of working,  I love using the Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaner w/ bleach (the red bottle) to help make my kitchen sink sparkle.  It also helps deodorize and get rid of any tough stains on contact. 

The Soft Scrub Total Bath and Bowl is the idea bathroom cleaner.  It even tackles the tough toilet bowl at my house with three little boys.  Need I say more?  I didn't think so.  If Soft Scrub can clean this area and deodorize, I am certain you will be pleased with your own results.  So make sure you enter below to win a free coupon so you can purchase your own.

I almost forgot to mention you should head over to the Tough & Gentle Sweepstakes on Soft Scrub's website for a chance to enter and win so great prizes including: $1000 and 50 others will win $40 each!

Disclaimer: Purex Insiders provided me with a free samples of these products to review/giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Comfort Footminders Orthotic Insoles Review



I don't know about your feet but mine usually ache after a busy day.  Sometimes it doesn't seem like I am wearing shoes at all.  I can't wait to get home and sit down and put up my sore feet.

But, No More, I Say! No More!!!

No More Aching Feet!  No More Aching Heals!  And Take That Sore Back and Knees!!!

I have found an affordable solution to all these problems.

Comfort Footminders Orthotic Insoles.

I chose the Comfort model which are made to use with lace up shoes, athletic footwear, work boots and hiking boots.  I am still amazed how the high arch support can help with my over pronation.  Wow, something so simple and well made can actually make a difference in how my entire body feels; especially my knees and heels.

My Comfort Footminders contain a heal shock pad (which is the blue portion in the picture below) made with shock absorbing material.  It is so thin, but somehow does its job and really helps me go the extra mile or two during my workout and on the job, without causing my feet discomfort.

When I ordered my Footminders I ordered a general size Medium, which corresponds to Women's sizes 8  1/2 to 10 and Men's 7 1/2 to 9.  Don't worry about there being such a difference in sizes as your can customize your Footminders.  Each insole can be trimmed to size with a scissors, just follow the pre-lined areas on the back of the insoles to achieve the best and uniform fit.  They are very easy to cut through and nice and thin to fit into your footwear.  Don't forget you may have to take out your footwear insole before inserting Footminders for a better, more customized fit.  It may take a little while for your feet to adjust to Footminder insoles, but it is well worth the time as I feel a huge and positive difference with each step I take.

My feet and body...Thank you....Footminders.

 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.