Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Received My First BoxyCharm...And I'm Hooked!



I like trying different kinds of makeup and skincare products.  I'm not particularly loyal to any certain brands, but like to play around with different ones.  My daughter is big-time into makeup and recently introduced me to BoxyCharm.  She's been a subscriber for a few months now.  I went over to her house and she showed me some of the products she's received.  Didn't take me long to sign up for myself!



BoxyCharm is a monthly box subscription of makeup, skincare products, and beauty tools.  The cost is $25/month with free shipping for the base subscription, and you receive over $100 worth of items.  A fairly comprehensive quiz is taken upon sign-up so you get products detailed to your likes/wants/needs.  For instance, I don't like false eyelashes so I requested that I don't receive any.



Anyway, I won't bore you with it all.  Go check out BoxyCharm for yourself!  Use my referral code Terra-GFNXYXVD at checkout.  If the future boxes are as cool as the one I recently received, I'll definitely continue to be a subscriber.


Minted: Celebrate Moms & Grads with Offers up to 25% Off



Celebrate Mother's Day, no matter the distance, with 15% off plus free priority shipping on Minted's Mother's Day Gift Shop with code FORMOM through May 1st.

Minted's Class of 2020 Event also continues, offering 15% off graduation cards with code CLASSOF2020 or 25% off an order of grad announcements, thank you cards, and photo art gifts with code GRADPACK.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Salonpas to the Rescue for Mother’s Day - Review and Giveaway


For mom’s who are suffering from pain, a Mothers’ day gift filled with Salonpas® will reduce pain and be appreciated by Mom!  I invite you to consider including the Salonpas suite of products in your Mother’s Day gifts.  

The developer of the first and only FDA-approved OTC topical pain reliever, Salonpas products are used by virtually anyone who is suffering from mild to moderate pain – even celebrities.  Without entering the pay-for-play celebrity branding world, Salonpas products have been independently touted by Kris Jenner, Al Roker, Kristin Chenoweth, Angie Harmon, Erika Jayne, Nicole Eggert, and Lena Dunham to name a few!



Salonpas offers a full product suite that includes Salonpas HOT, Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid, Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream, Salonpas Lidocaine Pain Relieving Gel-Patch, Salonpas® Pain Relieving Patch, Salonpas  DEEP Relieving Gel, Salonpas Pain Relief Patch Large, Salonpas  Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot, and Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray.

By putting the medicine right at the site of pain, bypassing the stomach and liver, Salonpas can use less medicine to deliver an effective dose. Try it and see for yourself that Salonpas offers powerful relief when and where you need it.

I'm no stranger to Salonpas.  I've received and used it in the past, especially on my mother when she was alive and living with me.  She suffered with pain, and Salonpas helped ease that.  As much as I hate to admit it, I'm not getting any younger.  And with the rise in age comes the rise in aches and pains.  I don't have any chronic health problems but do suffer from joint and muscle pain from time to time.  Even more, my husband is on his feet all day and works hard as a custodian in the church.  I'm not saying we're a bunch of living fossils but we have our fair share of hurts between us.

Salonpas is a leader in external analgesic products, and I like it as much now as I have in the past.   The company name Salonpas comes from its active ingredient, Methyl Salicylate.  Methyl Salicylate passes through the skin and goes directly to the site of your pain, right where it hurts.  Their products are intended to provide symptomatic relief of conditions where pain is present.  Gels, patches, and sprays are formulated to administer pain alleviation.  I'm a fan of the entire line but my favorite is the Salonpas DEEP Relieving Gel.  It feels good when it's being applied and makes my body instantly feel better.

As with any other pain relief products, there's precautions to follow.  It's important to read and follow directions for each product.  Salonpas does not take the place of the importance of seeing a doctor but their products can and do provide temporary relief for aches and pains.  I, along with others in my household, have benefited and felt the relief.  Salonpas is an alternative for pain sufferers who prefer to avoid the use of oral OTC pain relief medication labeled for only minor aches and pains. Unlike an oral medication, the active ingredients in Salonpas® is absorbed through the skin and go directly to the pain site.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Eliminate Odors with The Auto Shocker and The Room Shocker



With three cats and one dog, the pet smells can sometimes be overwhelming.  I clean after them almost daily but some smells linger.  Those odors, along with others, can make a home or vehicle smell stank or stale. 

When it comes to getting rid of tough home or car odors, the professionals turn to Biocide Systems, makers of The Auto Shocker and The Room Shocker – and now you can, too.  Top national car rental agencies trust The Auto Shocker to eliminate nasty odors such as cigarette smoke or pet odors…and Real Estate Agent and Property Managers turn to The Room Shocker to destroy odors from pets, mold, lingering garbage or pungent paint.  That’s because Biocide Systems has perfected a breakthrough proprietary ClO2-DMG Chlorine Dioxide technology and triple-patented delivery system that not merely masks, but permanently eliminates odors hiding deep inside any porous surface – effortlessly and effectively. 



One of the biggest challenges home owners face is dealing with odors as a core part of home rehabilitation. Biocide’s Room Shocker™ doesn’t just mask odors – but eliminates them. Biocide Systems’ advanced odor eliminating products are powered by the triple-patented Cl02-DMG proprietary technology, where Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – a potent gas that uses oxygen to break up and neutralize odor – is distributed via the company’s breakthrough Disposable Micro Generator (DMG) delivery system.

Then there’s Auto Shocker™.  Developed for any vehicle interior, whether Compact, Full Size or SUV, Biocide Systems Auto Shocker™ works like a fumigation smart bomb as it effectively reaches places that other products just can’t get to and eliminates the odors effectively and safely.  Auto Shocker™ literally seeks out odor causing molecules then goes to work permeating the headliner, visors, seat cushions, glove compartment, carpet, floor mats and all nooks and crannies where odors get trapped.  The product even clears out HV/AC unit mildew and musty stale odors.

Biocide Systems is dedicated to creating a cleaner, safer and healthier planet for us, our children and for future generations. Its current suite of chlorine dioxide-based products includes the Auto Shocker™, Room Shocker™, RV Shocker™, Marine Shocker™, and doggiClEEN™.  For more information visit the web site www.BiocideSystems.com or call (877) RX-BIOCIDE.

I received samples of the Auto Shocker and the Room Shocker.  Because there are several steps and a few precautions to take, it is very important to read the instructions thoroughly.  Preparation doesn't take long but there are detailed steps to take.  I've used the Auto Shocker in my vehicle, and the Room Shocker in my basement and living room.  I'm quite impressed with how well they work and how much fresher the areas are.  I love that they effectively eliminate odors.

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.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

That One Time We Met Joe Exotic

picture I took in 2006 of Joe Exotic with my two boys
John is pictured as Security in the background

If you've been quarantined for any amount of time, chances are you've watched Tiger King.  I know you've at least heard of it.  It's become the binge-watching sensation. 

I actually had no interest in watching the Netflix documentary.  But then my niece mentioned she'd seen it and it surrounded Joe Exotic, the same guy we'd met in 2006 during a "magic show" at our hometown mall.

Lo and behold, I watched the show and she was spot on!  First off, the show just showed me that most everyone in the big cat world is bat crap crazy.  Or, at least, that's the stereotype.  Secondly, it reminded me I'm halfway normal.

Anywho, back in 2006, I took my two boys to watch a Magic Show put on by Joe Exotic and his homies.  I'll admit, it was pretty cool to watch.  My daughter and two nieces watched the show the next day.  And that's where some trouble began....



A few days after my daughter went to the mall, she started texting one of Joe Exotic's assistants (AFTER she and my two nieces went bowling with him that night).  Mind you, she was 12 and he was 21.  Her bio dad found out and brought her to a quick reality.  Shelby's step-dad (my current husband) called this so-called assistant up and threatened to put a quick boot up his arse if text conversation (or any kind of conversation) took place again.  He put the kabash on that real quick!  Years later, I find out that assistant was none other than John Finlay.  Yes, that John...the one married to Joe!  He wasn't "gay" then either. 

So, have you watched Tiger King?
Do you think Carole Baskin killed her husband?
Tell me your take on the whole thing!

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Friday, April 10, 2020

The Easter Storybook: 40 Bible Stories Showing Who Jesus Is - Review



Starting with Jesus’ time in the temple as a boy and ending with His appearances after the resurrection, The Easter Storybook invites readers into the big picture of God’s love.

Each of the 40 full-color, beautifully illustrated stories includes a Bible passage and a conversational question to guide families through the Easter season together.

Unlike other children’s Easter books, The Easter Storybook focuses not just on Jesus’ last days but on the journey. As Easter approaches, a beautiful new book will prepare your children for this most special event...  of His whole life leading to the joy of Easter morning. Every story will give children a glimpse into Jesus’ identity—as Teacher, Good Shepherd, Savior, and King—making this a rich book to read throughout the year.

The Easter Storybook explains who Jesus is, what He did, and why His death and resurrection matter, in a simple way that children ages 4–8 can understand and remember.

Laura Richie, who also wrote the bestselling The Advent Storybook, said, “Each story adds a stroke to the portrait of the God who came to restore what was broken and find what was lost. During the season of Lent, let’s pause each day and remember. Sit down as a family and remember who Jesus was and why He had to die, then celebrate His victory over evil and death! May you and your family see Jesus and delight in His beauty, love, and grace.”

A fitting companion to The Advent Storybook, The Easter Storybook is a wonderful way to discover as a family why Jesus came to earth as Rescuer, Redeemer, and Friend.


My Review:

It will be Easter in just a couple of days.  It's a time to celebrate and reflect on Jesus' resurrection.  The Easter Storybook is perfect to read with young children, whether you go through it during the Easter season or any other time of year.  There are 40 narratives of Jesus, His death and resurrection, how He performed miracles and taught, and other teachings.  Each story includes Bible verses and a short story.  There are discussion questions at the end of each story.  For example, one is "What do you think it was like to see Jesus' glory and to hear God's voice?".  The illustrations tie in ideally with the stories.


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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Friends: The Complete Series Now Available - #OwnFriendsTV



On September 22, 1994 the first episode of Friends aired on NBC, and since then the series, characters and its infamous taglines have become a global phenomenon. After 236 episodes and its ten season run on-air, the beloved series went into syndication episodes on a number of networks, and in 2015 Netflix acquired the exclusive rights to stream the original broadcast episodes; eventually becoming one of most watched shows on the platform, until the close of 2019!

Personally, Friends is a show that I watched while it aired and have seen several reruns.  I think we can all relate to at least one of the characters.  There's Rachel (the iconic haircut and her romance with Ross), Monica (her OCD and fat days), Ross (his pet monkey), Chandler (oh, the sarcasm!), Phoebe (Smelly Cat), and Joey (amateur actor and lady's man). 

So where have your “Friends” been, now that its 2020? According to Ross and Rachel, “We Were On A BREAK!” from streaming - but have no fear, you can still get all of your favorite original episodes commercial free on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD today! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com.  All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers - including Amazon, Target and Walmart.



If it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month…or even your year…make it better with the Blu-ray set of Friends: The Complete Series. This collector’s set is for the ultimate fan, and features over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes, plus 20 hours of special features. All 10 seasons have been completely remastered in stunning 1080p high definition video with a 16x9 widescreen format and 5.1 audio.  The Friends:  The Complete Series Blu-ray box set is presented in highly collectible packaging consisting of a lenticular box cover, a hard-cover book that holds 21 Blu-ray discs, plus a 32-page episode guide!

The only way to get Friends: The Complete Series commercial free is on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD today! All individual seasons and compilation sets of Friends are available to purchase here: www.OwnFriendsTV.com.  All seasons are also available to own at all major digital retailers; including iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Prime, and Google. DVD and Blu-ray sets can be purchased from all major retailers - including Amazon, Target and Walmart.

You can never get enough of Friends! Own them today – own them forever!

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Check It Out: Savings.com #TurboTaxTime Giveaway

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In honor of tax time, Savings.com is giving away ten $50 Visa e-gift cards from TurboTax. 
Giveaway ends on Thursday, April 9th at 11:59 PM PT.

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Win a $50 e-gift card from Kohl's.

To support the great sales happening at Kohl's, Savings.com is giving away ten $50 e-gift cards from Kohl's!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:59 PM PT

Also, enter this coupon code SPRINGTIME at Kohl's online checkout to get 20% discount on all orders. Coupon code expires April 11th at 11:59 PM PT.

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Hop into Easter with RedwoodVentures Edible Slime






If you want to make Easter extra egg-cellent this year, collect the most delicious and playful eggs in your Easter basket with Foodie Surprise’s new Candy Slime Eggs and Yolkies!

Foodie Surprise Candy Slime Egg: Open up the egg to find which edible candy slime and fun mix-ins you received! Each blind purchase comes with flavored slime and candy mix ins. Slime is available in flavors such as Yellow Orange, Pink Cotton, Red Strawberry, Green Apple, Purple Blueberry and Clear Fruitty. Mix-ins include edible glitter, star candy, crunchy candy and more. (Available at Amazon and Walmart, $2.99, Ages 6+)


MaKynzee with the "Milk" Yolkie character

Foodie Surprise Yolkies: Crack open the egg to find edible, candy slime (mimicking a raw egg; clear slime with a gummy candy yolk). Unscrew the bottom compartment of the egg to find your Yolkie collectible! Each original Yolkie character comes in a food themed costume which is interchangeable with the other Yolkie characters. 12 in total to collect! (Available at Amazon and Target, $4.99, Ages 6+)


edible candy slime from the Yolkie

edible slime and mix-ins from the Foodie Surprise Candy Slime Egg



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