Thursday, April 30, 2015

Check It Out: "Belli Celebrates Mom" Event

I will receive products in exchange for this post.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Belli Skincare (www.belliskincare.com), which is an upscale skincare line for pregnant/post-natal mommies, is hosting a HUGE event during the entire month of May with their “Belli Celebrates Mom” event, a promotion comprised of a series of daily giveaways culminating in a Grand Prize sweepstakes and a Facebook contest.

- WHO: Calling all moms-to-be and new moms!

- WHAT: “Belli Celebrates Mom” event on belliskincare.com

From May 1 – May 31, consumers can make a daily visit to www.belliskincare.com for a chance to win an item from that day’s featured brand partner. On the last day of the event, May 31, they can register for the Grand Prize, which will include a prize from each sponsor brand, valued at more than $1,500. The value of the prizes to be awarded throughout the month is estimated at more than $5,000.

Throughout the month, consumers can also compete for a matching Grand Prize package via a special contest on Belli’s Facebook page. There they can post a comment or upload a photo or video of their mom. The post with the most likes will receive the same Grand Prize of 29 gifts as the sweepstakes winner.

Each day of the sweepstakes will feature a different giveaway. Participating partners with Belli skincare include: Belly Bandit, milkmakers, Preggers, BabyBjorn, For Two Fitness, bebe au lait, Pretty Pushers, Belabumbum, Kitchen Curry Master, Pregnancy & Newborn, Happy Family, Guava Family, Posh Play, Timi & Leslie, Psi Bands, B Natal, Cake Maternity, Kiinde, Green Cupboards, evozbaby, Healthy Mama, Ovuline, bodyafterbaby, Three Lollies, Green Toys, ecomom, mommy water, snuza and 9 months.

- WHEN: May 1 - May 31, 2015

- WHERE: www.belliskincare.com

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
I've never necessarily minded vacuuming, but I've had my share of vacuums that don't make the job any easier.  In fact, I posted last year about one particular vacuum that my husband purchased for an arm and a leg.  The price was so high that we had to finance for it.  Yeah, crazy!  And to top it off, the only thing I liked about that specific vacuum is that it had good suction.  Every time I had to use it, I'd say a few choice words because it required going through a million steps to attach and reattach tools.  Not to mention that it was ungodly heavy.
 
A little over a year later, I've discovered my dream vacuum.  No joke.  And now the other, insanely expensive vacuum that I owned before will more than likely stay in a corner, never to be used again.
 
box of vacuum and contents
 
I was selected to review the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum and it's the best I've owned.  I can't rave about it enough.  It's a household appliance that's made my cleaning days so much easier.  Its features are amazing and its suction is powerful.
 
The vacuum itself arrived in a large box and needed to be assembled before use.  With the specific Shark model I received, it included several attachments.  Assembly of the vacuum was fairly easy.  I was able to do it on my own, with only one mishap (and that's because I was trying to put the canister on the back).  No extra tools were required for assembly.  I do recommend reading the instruction booklet before use to get familiarized with all the attachments and ways that the vacuum can be utilized. 
parts and accessories of the Shark vacuum
 
There are a lot of features of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum.  For instance, it has an ergonomic handle with fingertip controls.  You are able to choose which setting you'd like to vacuum with.  The three settings are Thick Carpet/Area Rug, Carpet/Low Pile, and Hard Floor.  A handle is attached to the top of the canister to easily carry the vacuum from one room to another.  LED lights illuminate when the vacuum is powered on so you can clearly see which areas need cleaned.
front view

A large capacity, bagless canister holds more dirt for less frequent emptying. It's also transparent so you can see when it's filled. It opens at the top and bottom for easy disposal of dirt and debris. Advanced technology separates the dirt from the air, keeping it from clogging the filters. A completely sealed HEPA system captures and holds over 99.99% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.  A washable filter is included that needs to be cleaned every three months.
The four modes of cleaning are Upright, Canister, Above Floor, and Lift-Away.  Upright cleaning is just like vacuuming the floors as normal.  Above floor cleaning is used with the hose.  With canister cleaning, you can convert your upright to a convenient canister.  And then there's lift-away cleaning, which is my favorite.  The vacuum pod detaches and I'm able to effortlessly clean my stairs and other places without lugging the entire vacuum around.
 
It took me a smidgen to get used to the advanced swivel steering feature.  With other vacuums I've owned, I've had to vacuum in a straight line.  With the swivel steering feature of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum, I'm able to maneuver in between and around furniture.  More areas of my carpet are reached.

ergonomic handle
 
The attachments that came with this particular model are the Dusting Genie, Power Brush, Dusting Brush, Upholstery Brush, Hard Floor Genie, and a Caddy.  The power brush has come in handy with removing pet hair and the duster genie allows me to reach small places.  The other attachments have been quite useful as well.  With the caddy, I'm able to keep the cleaning tools close by.
 
If I had to detail the downfalls of this vacuum, it's that it is somewhat noisy but not any more than other vacuums on the market.  Also, the base is where you have to place your foot to tilt the handle back to start cleaning.  I'd prefer for there to be a tab for me to do that, so my foot isn't touching the actual vacuum.  Compared to the minor downfalls, the positive attributes are phenomenal.  I'd absolutely recommend the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum to anyone who wants to get a good deep clean on carpet and other surfaces.
vacuum in Lift-Away mode

The new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away may be one vacuum, but its abilities are limitless. Essentially three vacuums in one, the capabilities will not only leave your floors, furniture, ledges, and even your ceiling fans looking as good as new, you yourself will feel better restored and refreshed for the spring.
 
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Last of April Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn. 

The winner of the Dial Miracle Hand Soap giveaway is #45, Derrick Todd.

The winner of the NKJV Early Readers Bible giveaway is #15, Latanya T.

The winner of the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop giveaway is #3, Janet W.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out my currently active giveaways, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

I Don't Make Enemies. I Just Have Haters.

Be careful who you let know about your blog.  They might be conniving co-workers, a.ka. past friends. 

Ever come across, or have to work with, people who grate your skin?!  Who think it's just hilarious to see what antics they can come up with to work your nerves.  Who remind you that you need a drink....or ten?  Yeah, I've got a few of those people in my life. 

I won't point fingers (ahem, Becky and Josh) but I don't know how I have any sanity left.  They're like lice.  Just when you think you've got 'em beat, they come back and attach to your last nerve.  And suck you dry.

I have a love/hate relationship with those who shall not be named (ahem again, Becky and Josh). 

Friends and enemies have a lot in common, you will never know when they will slaughter you.

Disclaimer: This post is intended for the two aforementioned.  Everyone else is cool.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ravensburger's Neuschwanstein Castle - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
Every mom is the queen of her "castle" and for Mother’s Day – and everyday – she can have one of her very own! Ravensburger, which is known for its superior quality puzzles, is offering a 3D puzzle replica of Germany’s iconic Neuschwanstein castle, the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella's Palace. The 216-pc puzzle is made of precision-cut plastic pieces that snap perfectly into place – no glue is ever needed – and molded plastic pieces to "crown" the castle, all for the princely sum of $49.99.
puzzle pieces and instruction booklet
 
  Every little girl, at one time in her life, has most likely dreamed of being a princess and living in a castle.  The architecture and grandeur of Neuschwanstein Castle is breathtaking and has probably invoked imaginations of what it would be like to live there.  Ravensburger has created a plastic replica of the castle in the form of a 3D puzzle. 

My "prince" assembling the castle for his "princess"

My prince, a.k.a. my husband, set out the other night to assemble the 3D puzzle of Neuschwanstein Castle.  The total time spent on assembly was a little over two hours.  The instruction booklet was helpful in guiding Jason on which pieces went where.  Unlike a regular cardboard puzzle, this one has plastic pieces that snap in place.  Each piece is numbered and has arrows to show where they need to fit amongst the other pieces.  Once all the puzzle pieces were snapped in place, the molded plastic pieces were put on for finishing touches.  Although it was somewhat tedious work, Jason had no problem with assembly. 

front view of the castle
 
In my mind's eye, Ravensburger's Neuschwanstein Castle is a cross between a puzzle and a model.  It's about piecing things together and building it up.  There are no extra tools needed for assembly, and all the pieces fit right where they should. 
 
Jason assembled the castle on our kitchen table and was able to move it to a bookshelf without it falling apart.  He had to be moderately methodical about moving it from one place to another, but it stayed in tact.

side view of the castle
 
The finished piece is stunning.  There is a lot of detail and depth to it.  Ravensburger's Neuschwanstein Castle is not a toy and I'm not sure how well it would hold up to being played with, but it is a beautiful, eye-catching decorative piece.
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Avon’s Rare Amethyst Eau de Parfum Spray - Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

A mother is always there; always knows the 'right' thing to do or say, continues to give her love and support day in and day out, and is never one to disappoint. This Mother's Day- don't disappoint mom with the same old gift! Treat her on her special day to a fresh fragrance that's as beautiful and memorable as she is!  One gift that won't disappoint is Avon’s newest fragrance launch — Rare Amethyst.

Sparkling and exhilarating, Rare Amethyst infuses bergamot nectarine with accents of purple passion fruit and juicy wet plum. Radiant blooming freesia and mysterious violet LMR, as well as gardenia petals bring a touch of elegance. Underneath it all lies a layer of cascading raspberry patchouli oil, shimmering sandalwood, and airy musk, creating an addictive and sensual fragrance. This is definitely a precious gem you will want to keep.

Famed international supermodel Irina Shayk is the face of this refined yet seductive fragrance. 
I don't get caught up in celebrity hoopla or buy certain products just because they have celebrity endorsements on them. With that said, I will buy merchandise that have celebrity backing if I think I'll like the products themselves.

Rare Amethyst comes in a nicely shaped bottle and the fragrance has a purple hue.  The packaging is dark purple. I really fancy the scent of this fragrance. It has a light, feminine, musky scent. The spray usually stays on approximately two hours before I need to spritz it on again. I've received several compliments on how good I smell when I wear Rare Amethyst. The price point is economical and the perfume can be purchased online at avon.com or through an Avon Representative.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Derby Win and Cable Drop

Yippee, it's another week of Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.  If you'd like to play along, link up and post your randomness.
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I've been jonesin' for some mushrooms.  When and if I ever find a mess, I'm gonna eat the ENTIRE plate of them by myself.  And without shame.

My husband did happen to find a lone mushroom in our yard the other day.  He actually soaked it in salt water, then fried it up, and let me eat it all.  It was glorious heaven.  All two bites of it.
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Because the price of cable is ridiculous, I dropped it all together on Thursday.  Now we are a Netflix family. 

I don't miss having regular television to watch, but apparently I've already become behind on the times.  I just found out two hours ago about the atrocities going on in Boston.  I'm just gonna put it out there:  there is no reason whatsoever for anyone to loot businesses and destroy property.  Protests are one thing; running into a CVS and looting tons of toilet paper is downright ludicrous.  And dumb.  And doesn't prove anything.
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I'm like "Where's Waldo" in this picture.  I'm there, halfway hidden.
 
As you may or may not know, I turned in my roller derby stripes in December and gave up being a referee.  I had an ill mother to take care of.  Now that she's gotten better, I've been asked several times to come back to the team.  I still don't have a decisive answer. 
 
DRDC had their first home bout of the season on Saturday and they rocked it!  Actually, slaughtered it.  The final score was 411 to 28. 
 
Although I did not referee that bout, I did step and help with being the Jam Timer, a non-skating official position.  It was last minute and I seriously thought I was gonna puke.  I had psyched myself up so much that my nerves were a wreck.  All in all, it actually wasn't so bad and now I've kind of stepped up to take on that role for the remaining home bouts.  Go me!
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I'm sure there's a bunch more stuff I could ramble on about, but I'll leave it at that this week.  Happy RTT!

#FuelTheCure: Zuke’s Challenges Dog Lovers to Lead the Pack

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Starting May 1st and lasting through June 30, 2015 a #FuelTheCure campaign will be launched, challenging dog lovers to lead the pack.  This initiative invites and inspires Zuke’s fans to share photos of their dogs in action and loving life. For every person who follows @ZukesPets on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and tags their action-packed photo with #FuelTheCure, Zuke’s will donate $5 to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund.

Proving that a picture can be worth more than just a thousand words, the campaign turns pictures into money – money that will support The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. The funds raised will be used to provide much-needed financial assistance to pet parents whose dogs and cats are suffering from cancer and to increase awareness of DCCFund as a resource to help.

Friday, April 24, 2015

NO-AD Skin Care - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't take such good care of my skin for several years.  It wasn't until about five years ago that I started paying attention to protecting my skin and somewhat repairing any damage I've already done.  Now that I care about my skin, I keep an eagle eye on products that are beneficial in hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting.
 
NO-AD SKIN CARE is one of the latest in anti-aging body moisturizers - a category that up until now was offered only at prestige prices. NO-AD has introduced SPF 15 multi-functional formulations that are packed with a premium blend of vitamins and antioxidants, but sold at drugstore prices! ($5.49 - $5.99). It's a step forward in the skin care category.

NO-AD's multi-functional products provide powerful anti-aging protection three ways:

1. PREVENT: Helps prevent photo aging with SPF 15 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection.

2. REPAIR or BRIGHTEN: Features a premium blend of vitamins, antioxidants, like watermelon extract, argan oil and Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.

3.MOISTURIZE: Pentavitin® provides up to 36 hours of moisturization while helping to even and restore skin’s natural glow.

There are four products total in the NO-AD skin care line.  For a few weeks now I've been using two of the NO-AD products, the Prevent & Repair Body Lotion and the Prevent & Brighten Body Spray.  Prevent & Repair is formulated to fight free radicals, prevent and repair cell damage, reduce inflammation, boost collagen, and give skin firmness.  Its ingredients include Extract of Watermelon, Aloe Vera, and several vitamins.  The Prevent & Brighten helps to diminish the appearance of age spots, even out skin tone, brighten skin, and restore its natural glow.  Its ingredients include Argan Oil, Sunflower Oil, and vitamins.  Both have a cucumber-aloe fragrance.
 
I have normally dry, dull skin to begin with and have noticed improvement since using NO-AD.  When I apply the body lotion and body spray, my skin looks more refreshed and feels smoother.  Neither one is greasy and both have a pleasant fragrance.  Although I'm fond of both the lotion and the spray, I favor the spray more because it's easier to get to hard-to-reach places on my body. 
 
The name of the product line itself kind of throws me off.  It's actually silly, but the brand name just doesn't ring well with my mind.  However, I can see why it's called what it is because NO-AD stands for not-advertised.  By not buying expensive TV, magazine, or radio ads, NO-AD  saves money and can offer more product and more advanced skin care ingredients than other national brands for less cost.  Regardless of what I think of the name, I'm all for saving money on a product that's effective and I've found NO-AD to be worthy.

Save $2.00 on any one (1) NO-AD Anti-Aging Body Moisturizer at select Wal-Mart and HEB stores, while coupon supplies last. Visit www.no-ad.com for coupon details.
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One person will win the NO-AD Skin Care line that includes:
NO-AD Prevent & Repair Body Lotion and Spray
NO-AD Prevent & Brighten Body Lotion and Spray.

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RUSK Anti-Frizz Spray and Texture Spray - Review

 I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
I'm one of those people that refuse to spend forever and a day fixing my hair.  And, quite frankly, I wouldn't even consider myself a real trendsetter when it comes to hairdos.  I seek out haircare products that effectively do what the package indicates and don't require a lot of overtaxing on my part.  In other words, I want my hair to look halfway decent without spending a ton of time on it.  
 
I was recently introduced to RUSK Anti-Frizz Spray and RUSK Texture Spray.  Although my hairstyles still aren't sought out by fashionistas, the two products have been beneficial with adding volume and fullness, while protecting against humidity.
 
RUSK Anti-Frizz Spray delivers frizz control and provides humidity resistance.  It is to be sprayed on after styling hair.  The RUSK Texture Spray is a dry finishing hairspray that adds texture and shape to create volume and fullness. I have a thick head of hair but it gets weighed down.  These two products, used together, help me with getting the style I want and keeping it that way throughout most of the day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dreft Cleaning Products - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

It is that time of year again—Spring Cleaning!  It's the time of year that moms look forward to and dread all at the same time. From winter sweaters to lingering holiday décor it is time to do a full on mass cleaning. Dreft is here to help.

Dreft is a product moms have trusted for years to keep their babies’ clothes clean and safe. In recent news Dreft has created a cleaning line that cleans but still keeps families and pets safe from dangerous chemicals. The cleaning line includes, Dreft Fabric & Odor Eliminator, Dreft Gentle Clean Multi-Surface Wipes, and Dreft Gentle Clean Multi-Surface Spray.
 
I used Dreft laundry detergent on my kids' clothes when they were younger.  I loved how well it worked and didn't irritate their skin.  Oh, and that smell!  The smell of Dreft is captivating.  My nose could linger in it for days. 
 
Obviously, my kids are older so I quit using Dreft some time ago.  How thrilled I was when I found out the brand now carries cleaning supplies. 
 
Dreft Fabric & Odor Eliminator is formulated to get the stink out of fabric, carpet and upholstery often left behind by baby messes.  It also works well with getting rid of pet odors.  With a few spritzes of Dreft Fabric & Odor Eliminator around my furniture, I'm able to get rid dog smell and other lingering odors.
 
Dreft Gentle Clean Multi-Purpose Spray can be used on countertops and other surfaces to clean up messes.  I've used it several times on appliances and countertops in my kitchen.  It adequately works.
 
I'm a queen of wipes and love the Dreft  Gentle Clean Multi-Surface Wipes.  They're pre-moistened and formulated to gently clean.  I like the thickness of the wipes and that I can use them to clean almost anything.  I've used them on everything from my bathroom toilet to my knickknacks and trinkets.  They're good for cleaning up messes and removing dust. 
 
All three of the cleaning supplies have the same great scent you're familiar with from Dreft. 
 
 
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One person will win Dreft cleaning supplies that includes:
Dreft Gentle Clean Multi-Purpose Spray
Dreft  Gentle Clean Multi-Surface Wipes
Dreft Fabric & Odor Eliminator

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mark Cosmetics Spring Launches - Review

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
 
With an emphasis on creamy pinks and bold corals, mark Cosmetics has everything you need to stay on trend for the season. From their Spring Fling Eye Shadow Palette to their Get It Together Lipclick and Nail Lacquer Set, there is a little something for everyone.
 
I like to experiment with cosmetics and I wear makeup almost daily.  mark Cosmetics is a brand that I make some of my beauty purchases from because of application ease, colors, and variety.  Pinks and corals are colors that go well with my skin tone, so I'm definitely diggin' that mark Cosmetics carries beauty products with those palettes.
 
Using the mark Cosmetics beauty products with the coral and pink tones brings out a good look for my face. 
 
mark Spring Fling Eye Shadow Palette

Rock the hottest looks with this mix-and-match trio of perfectly pearly shades. It can be applied dry, or wet for extra intensity. PRICE: $15

mark First Blush Face Compact

Color yourself pink! To achieve a striking wash of color, combine the compact three shades together for a radiant satin finish. PRICE: $16

mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette in Coral Glow

Give your skin a gorgeous glow while adding some color! With nine shades from coral to gold and bronze, this cream palette is perfect for all skin types.  PRICE: $16

mark Get It Together Lipclick and Nail Lacquer Set

Can’t get enough coral? Match your lips and nails in with this set. Start off with the LipClick in coral fixation and then coordinate your nails with a similar shade or go bolder with the gold polish. PRICE: $18

Do you purchase mark Cosmetics?  What do you think of the pink and coral colors for Spring?

Celebrate Mother's Day with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus - Giveaway

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Mother's Day is May 10th.  It's a day to celebrate all mothers of all types.  Working, stay-at-home, middle class, white collar, whatever.  Mothers are unsung heroes and deserve to be noticed on a holiday especially for them.
 
I know it's cliché to say but my mother is the best.  God definitely granted me a good mother and I'm now lucky enough to be able to care for her in her older age as she cared for me in my younger years.
 
Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus knows how demanding being a mom can be, and feels you've earned a night off.  They've so graciously put together a package to treat yourself.  It includes an Olive Garden gift card, Starbucks gift card, Target gift card, and Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus items.  Take some time off from ironing with a big bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus!
Win It!
 
One person will win a Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Prize Pack that includes:
$10 Target gift card
$10 Starbucks gift card
$50 Olive Garden gift card
Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus plush robe
bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
 
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Things I Love About Friends - Children's Book Review

I received book for review from Insight Editions.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

 
The Things I Love About Friends (March 2015) celebrates the everyday events that make up your child's experiences, while emphasizing the importance of sharing ideas, interests, goals, and feelings with others.

There are so many things to love about friends - sharing ideas, interests, feelings, and fun times. It's important to learn how to be a good friend. This book in The Things I Love series by Trace Moroney celebrates the everyday situations that form the basis of our children's experiences.

My Review:
 
A hardback book with 20 pages, The Things I Love About Friends has the cutest animal illustrations and teaches young children what it's like to have friends and to be a friend.  It's a simple story of a rabbit who explains all the good traits of a friend and that positive peer relationships should be encouraged.  The book is all-around adorable and constructive.

Sadie Robertson School Supply Line - Review

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There is a whole sea of celebrities that our children can look up to or model after.  Although I'm not a big stickler on who my kids admire (mostly because they haven't given me reason to worry yet), I most certainly prefer that they are fans of stars that are positive in their own lives. 
 
I'd almost wager that you are aware of who Sadie Robertson is.  She's famous for being a star in the Duck Dynasty family and a finalist on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  I'm familiar with the shows she's in and I love her confidence and positive attitude.  She seems to be genuine and down-to-earth. 
 
DaySpring has introduced a fabulous new Sadie Robertson school supply line—an inspiring blend of fashion, function, faith, and positive messages from Sadie.  She represents the modern girl next door—expressing her love of polka dots, stripes, vintage, and Americana in this high-energy collection of notebooks, binders, locker accessories and more. Featuring bright colors and positive messaging such as “you are beautiful,” “let your smile change the world,” “just be yourself,” and more, it’s a fresh new way for teens and tweens to live out their faith in a way that inspires others. With her strong faith, Sadie encourages and inspires young women to keep smiling, keep showing kindness, and keep believing even when the day is tough.

Even if you're not familiar with who Sadie is, I encourage you to still check out her product line.  Although it's targeted for female tweens and teens, I've found that her products are applicable to me (and I'm way past the teen stage!)
 
For instance, the set of six inspirational magnets are hanging on the side of my fridge.  And the 32 card Scripture Shareables are a perfect way to show your faith by handing them out to friends and people you pass along the way.  The Scripture Shareables are designed cards with written Scripture.  The Christian Journals are lined and have a scripture verse on the bottom of each page.  There's plenty of room to write your thoughts or to-do list.  The Sticky Note Set comes in a hardcover book format and there are eight pads of sticky notes, some with messages. 
 
I like Sadie and what she stands for.  She uses encouragement, Scripture, and positive messages to uplift and inspire.  I'm not one to buy merchandise just based on celebrity backing.  But I have to say that I find Sadie's product line to be both modern and useful.


Sadie has launched a 10-week Instagram Live Original Giveaway for her followers. Every Friday Sadie posts a “challenge” to her 1.9M follwers on Instagram. Followers will then post over the weekend with #liveoriginal and #liveoriginalgiveaway. 75 entrants will be chosen to receive 18 limited edition sneak peek greeting cards designed by DaySpring in collaboration with Sadie. Ten of the 75 will have a signed note from Sadie inside. The winners are encouraged to then post and share the cards they receive throughout the week.
 
set of six inspirational magnets
 
Are you familiar with Sadie Robertson?  What do you think of her new product line?

Even More April Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Children's Bedtime Stories ebook giveaway is #2, Jessica Schank Snow.

The winner of the Purex Crystals ScentSplash giveaway is #26, Deborah Gardner.

The winner of the Mommy Loves You So Much book giveaway is #22, michelleplummer.

The winner of the God Bless My Boo Boo book giveaway is #14, Leela.

The winner of the AcneFree giveaway is #1, Maryann D.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter my current active giveaways.  They're listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Marine 4: Moving Target - Blu-ray Giveaway

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WWE® SUPERSTAR MIKE “THE MIZ®” MIZANIN AND WWE DIVA SUMMER RAE™ STAR IN THE ACTION-PACKED NEXT CHAPTER

Exploding on Digital HD™ April 10 and on Blu-ray™, DVD & VOD April 21

There is no greater force than an American hero! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios present the latest installment of the popular franchise The Marine as THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET arrives on Digital HD April 10 and on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD April 21.

WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is back as American hero Jake Carter in an all-new thrill-packed Marine adventure. Now in the private sector, Carter is assigned to protect a “high-value package” – a beautiful whistleblower trying to expose a corrupt military defense contractor. But a heavily armed team of mercenaries has been hired to kill her, along with anyone who gets in their way, and it’s going to take a fearless one-man fighting machine to stop them. Co-starring WWE Diva Summer Rae in her feature film debut, THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET is locked and loaded with explosive action from start to finish.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD include featurettes that take audiences behind-the-scenes of THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET and also offer a retrospective on the entire film franchise. “Firepower” focuses on the film’s intense gun battles to give fans a first-hand look at what goes into the making of these films. “The Franchise” retraces all of The Marine films with interviews and footage featuring the stars and key action scenes. Lastly, “Beauty is Dangerous” places focus on the ladies of THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET and how they can look so good while taking care of business!

THE MARINE 4: MOVING TARGET SPECIAL FEATURES

* “Firepower” featurette
* “The Franchise” featurette
* “Beauty is Dangerous” featurette

Take a look back at some of the most popular wrestlers with careers in film and television:

Michael Gregory Mizanin/The Miz

WWE’s Michael Gregory "Mike" Mizanin, first gained fame as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: Back to New York, which first aired in 2001, and its spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

Hulk Hogan

One of the most famous wrestlers of all time, Hulk Hogan has also dedicated some of his time to making movies. He was part of numerous movies in the ‘80s and ‘90s like Rocky III, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, and Suburban Commando. From 2005 through 2007, Hogan had his own reality show that introduced him to a new generation.

Dwayne Johnson/The Rock

We cannot start off a list of wrestlers-turned-actors without naming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. With his handsome good looks, physicality, and charming and kind personality, an acting career came easily to Dwayne Johnson. He has built a successful career (and an extremely supporting fanbase) from films such as The Mummy Returns, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, Pain and Gain, and Hercules.

John Cena/Mr. P

Apart from a prolific career in the wrestling world, John Cena is also an actor and rapper who has been described as “the face of the WWE for a long time.” He has starred in several feature films such as The Marine and 12 Rounds.

Steve Austin/ Stone Cold

With 19 WWE championship wins throughout this illustrious wrestling career. The Longest Yard was his cinematic debut, and starred Adam Sandler as a named and shamed ex-professional football quarterback who makes a comeback by forming his own team – which consists of prison inmates.
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Smile Brilliant - Teeth Whitening Kit Review

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I don't consider myself judgmental but, like every other human, there's some traits I immediately notice on a person.  For me, it's eyes and teeth.  I'm drawn to pearly whites. 
 
My husband is handsome in my eyes, but his teeth could use some dental work.  That, and they're a little on the yellowish, stained side.  It's not grounds for divorce, but I was stoked to have him try an at-home teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant to see if it could give his teeth a more bright, white look.
 
Kit with supplies
 
Smile Brilliant offers teeth whitening kits that cost a lot less than getting treatments done at the dentist.  Their dental lab has provided teeth whitening lab services to cosmetic dentists for years.  Now, they have taken that process directly to consumers with Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kits.
 
There is a preparation process before actually being able to use the whitening gels.  It consists of taking your own dental impressions so they can be sent back to the lab.  There are instructions on how to do it and they're easy to understand, but it's important to read them all the way through.  That way, your impressions are exactly as they should be.

preparing for impressions
 
The procedure for taking the dental impressions consisted of first brushing and flossing to ensure the teeth were clean.  Then Jason had to mix  the included catalyst paste and base paste.  Once that was done, he had to set the putty in a tray and spread it evenly.  He then had to bite down on the tray of putty to make his dental impressions.  It really wasn't a hard process, but he had to be sure to follow the instructions because the quality of the teeth whitening trays depends on an accurate dental impression.
 
Once the entire process was complete, Jason stuck the upper and lower impressions in the pre-paid envelope to be returned back to the business.  Once the impressions were mailed out to the company, it took approximately a week and a half to receive the custom whitening trays.  In other words, you can't start actually whitening your teeth until you receive your custom trays back.

Putting drops of teeth whitener onto the custom fitted trays
 
Once the custom trays arrived at our home, Jason was able to start the actual whitening process.  There were three syringes of Desensitizing Gel and three syringes of Teeth Whitening Gel in the kit.  The Desensitizing Gel is specially formulated to replenish essential vitamins and minerals lost during whitening treatment.  It is meant to be used post-teeth whitening. 
 
Anytime Jason wants to white his teeth, he has to apply a thin ribbon of gel to the front inner surfaces of the trays that come in contact with the teeth, then insert the grays in his mouth.  The custom trays themselves fit right onto Jason's teeth and it's not easy to spot that he's even wearing them. 
 
You can leave the trays on your teeth anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours.  After whitening teeth, the trays can be stored in the case that's provided in the kit until the next time.

Jason wearing the custom trays.  As you can see, it's almost impossible to tell he's wearing them.
 
The entire process and amount of products can at first be overwhelming.  But it's actually a lot easier than it looks.  After several uses, I've noticed that Jason's teeth are somewhat whiter.  They're not "sun blinding" white but there's definite improvement.  He's been dedicated to using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit and the dedication has been paying off.
 

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Mushrooms and Yard Sales

It's another edition of Random Tuesday Thoughts.  If you'd like to play along, link up at Stacy Uncorked.
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Because of severe abdominal pain, I forced myself to go to the doctor yesterday.  The pain isn't uncommon; I deal with it often due to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).  But it was becoming unbearable.  The doctor's diagnosis is basically that I'm full of sh*t.  How awesomely awesome is that!
 
In the meantime, I figured I'd get my annual lady parts checkup while I was at the doctor.  Except it's never been annual for me.  More like every 15 years.  But that's neither here nor there.
 
Lesson for the day:  It probably wouldn't hurt to actually be seen somewhat regularly by a doctor.  And not wait until my insides feel like they're waging war against me.
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It's mushroom huntin' season and those morels are being more elusive than an endangered mammal.  I spent forever and a day in the woods with my husband and boys, with no success.  I'm thiiis close to paying the dreaded $20 a pound for mushrooms just so I can have a mess of 'em this year.  Just thinking about a plate of mushrooms is makin' my mouth water.
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I went to my first yard sales of the year last Saturday.  I get a natural high out of getting great bargains.  I purchased a fake plant for 25 cents, yo! 
 
I also purchased a ton of other stuff I didn't need.  But it's always nice to get newish things at a bargain basement price.  Oh, and, my husband purchased a patio set for me on Facebook.  For $60 I got the four chairs, glass top table, and tilt umbrella.  Score!

Now that I have a place to sit outside and enjoy the weather, I've been spending a lot of time outdoors breathing in the fresh air. 
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Do you buy items from yard sales?  Do you go mushroom hunting?  Do you avoid the doctor like a plague?
 
Happy RTT!