Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hairsentials by Flawless Botanics GIVEAWAY!!! #hairsentials


Bad haircut getting you down? Over-styling damaging your hair? Need to grow long at warp speed? I have a new giveaway for you. I was chosen to receive Hairsentials by Flawless Botanicals free to try and give my unbiased opinion. I also get to giveaway to one lucky winner Hairsentials.It is a scientifically formulated biotin, vitamin and nutrient complex which delivers 22 vital active ingredients for fast hair growth through your body and directly to your hair follicles. It's a complete daily formula to help nourish thinning hair while promoting existing hair growth by feeding your hair through the base of the follicle, giving you thicker, fuller hair. It's available on Amazon. You can read more about it here http://bit.ly/1DRIlyC. Enter below!!a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Review of "Hometown" by Matthew Keville #Hometown


I recently finished reading "Hometown" by Matthew Keville. I received a free copy to read and review for my unbiased opinion. Since I was much younger (we don't have to indulge in my age) I have loved reading sci-fi/horror books. I was super-excited to receive the opportunity to review this book. From beginning to end, this book kept me involved. The premise of the book begins in the fall of 1994. Normal fall things happening all around- kids in school, weather changing, nothing out of the ordinary. Then the unexplained disappearances begin. From people totally vanishing to bodies torn to pieces being found, a terrifying mystery begins. People are seeing strange things in the mist. This will capture your imagination and frighten you at the same time. People are acting violently and bizarre, and something awakens. The story follows a group of teens who are left to survive. This book had plenty of twists and turns, and gotcha moments. If you love to read exciting, on the edge of your seat books, this is a great one to start with. Matthew Keville captures you with great story-telling. It's like looking at a movie but in a book instead. The details are in depth and imaginative. The flow of the book is smooth. A really good read- I recommend checking it out. It's available on Kindle or paperback @ http://www.amazon.com/hometown-matthew-keville-ebook/dp/b00md38x2o/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=utf8&qid=1423389383&sr=1-3&keywords=matthew+keville #Hometown.

Adovia Mineral Skin Care's Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil & Massage Oil Review #CoconutOil

This is my first time using coconut oil and I am very impressed. I didn't quite know what fractionated oil was. After some research, I found out that coconut oil is a super healthy oil that can be used for anything. From massages to skin care to hair care, it has a variety of uses. Fractionated coconut oil offers all the benefits of coconut oil with the added convenience of an indefinite shelf life, long term stability and resistance to rancidity. You can mix the oil with your lotions, hair products, etc for added benefits. During my use, the first thing I noticed was that it was very lightweight and has no scent. I like that it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a residue. I've used it on my skin as a daily moisturizer (arms/legs/hands). It goes on smoothly and is non-greasy. I mixed it with some of my favorite scented lotions and it works really well. My skin is noticeably softer. My daughter has sensitive skin and a little eczema so I've been applying it daily and have noticed that her dry spots look much better. I've also noticed the benefits of using it on my hair. I have naturally curly hair so finding a moisturizer is a pain for me. My hair tends to be dry and brittle so it's a challenge finding the right moisturizers and conditioners. I began by  using on my hair as a stand-alone. I was expecting it to be oily but it wasn't. after doing more research, I tried mixing the fractionated coconut oil with with other hair products that I use. Applying it daily, my curls are bouncier and softer. It hasn't dried out my hair and has left my hair soft and healthy looking. It works well for both skin and hair. I haven't tried it as a massage oil yet but I'm interested in how it would feel. I really like it and recommend trying it. So many uses for one product. The price isn't bad either. It's a very large bottle (16oz) so you will get your money's worth. I'm looking forward to mixing up my own lotions and concoctions this spring and summer. You can check it out here on Amazon @ http://www.amazon.com/Fractionated-Coconut-Carrier-Oil-Massage/dp/B00T0UBVX6 . Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gopure-Naturals/1532309590375841 and website is http://www.gopurenaturals.com/collections/body-skin-care/products/fractionated-coconut-oil . I received this product free for testing purposes and an honest review. Opinion is 100% my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse Review

I've had the opportunity to try the Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse for free in return for my unbiased opinion. I have always been the type of person that's not quick to try new diets. Other than occasionally (and I say that loosely) monitoring my food intake, I've tried maybe a few diet pills or appetite suppressants. So when I began taking the Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse, I was not convinced that it would work for me. I've taken them for over a week and I must say, I have noticed an appetite decrease. Within the past week, I've lost almost 2 pounds. It may not sound like a lot but for me, it's a huge accomplishment. My goal is to lose between 10-20 pounds and this may just be the start I need. The recommended daily dose for the Garcinia Cambogia is 800mg twice a day, 30 minutes before meals ( 2 capsules twice a day). That's simple instructions but I'm the type to forget to take my medications so I didn't always take it twice daily. The capsules are a little big so if you have a hard time taking pills, this may not be for you. The good thing is the capsules don't leave an aftertaste. I've added extra water to my diet and my energy level has gone up. I've tried the Detox Cleanse for a few days and it has helped to regulate me. It's a 7-day cleanse but I'm not going to do all 7 days. I'm a busy mom and I just don't have time to be stuck in the bathroom. I haven't noticed any bloating or stomach discomfort with the Detox Cleanse which was a concern of mine. I would say the Detox Cleanse is more of a gentle laxative so it's not harsh on your stomach. Overall, I really like the results I've had with Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse. I plan to continue using the product in hopes of reaching my weight loss goal. Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse is available on Amazon @ http://www.amazon.com/Garcinia-Cambogia-Advanced-Required-Perfectly/dp/B00CH3OMPC/ref=sr_1_40?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1419355612&sr=1-40&keywords=garcinia+cambogia+extract+women+lose+weight+fast+cleanse+fat+dr+oz. Check it out!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

DashMate Cell Phone Holder Vent Mount Review #DashMate

I received my DashMate Cell Phone Holder Vent Mount for free to review and give my unbiased opinion. When I received the package in the mail, my first thought was "Gee, such a small package". But then I thought, "The description did say pocket-sized"--DUHH!! When I opened the box, I saw that there was no assembly required which is great for me. Trying to assemble the smallest thing may equal into a big disagreement between two know-it-alls in my house ( me and hubby). So the fact that it's as simple as opening up the box and placing it in a vent in the truck (or car) was a huge accomplishment for both of us. We may argue about which vent to put it in but atleast it's in there. Yes, it is as simple as that. It removes easily so transferring it between vehicles is a snap- literally. The size makes it a perfect travel companion. If you're like me and use your phone as a GPS, this holds your phone where you can actually see it while driving. Also perfect for hands-free talking or streaming music. We take long trips monthly to take my son to his doctors appointments and this is perfect for those 3-4 hour drives. The holder fits up to 6"phones which was great. We have two different sized phones and both fit perfectly snug in the holder. It's nice to have it and not have to search for my phone when it rings while driving. If you're like me, I will throw my phone either in my purse on down in the cup holder. Sometimes my phone may slip on the floor or under the seat which is a pain when I'm commuting to work. The DashMate helps me keep track of where I put my phone. At a price of $12.95, it's a deal. And did I mention, a lifetime warranty? You can't beat that. You can also save an extra 25% off by using promo code KWUT7CJ6. We plan on ordering one more. In conclusion, I really like the DashMate Cell Phone Holder Vent Mount. A very useful and practical product at a great value. Check it out here on Amazon @ http://www.cjssavings.info/ .

Thursday, February 19, 2015

16oz BPA-Free Double-Wall Mugs Review -- NICE !!! #DoubleWallMugs


Okay AVID coffee drinkers, I have a great one for you.  I received two 16oz BPA-free Double Wall Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Travel to-Go Mugs with Comfort Handle for free in return for my honest review. I've been a dedicated coffee-drinker for years and I've used several different types of mugs and coffee cups. As for mugs, the issue I've always had is leaks developing. This has been a huge issue for me, especially when I'm driving to work, sipping on my coffee and  I end up at work with a huge coffee stain on my uniform from a leaking mug. Sometimes when I'm desperately in need of a cup, I tend to miss my mouth altogether and have coffee everywhere. I've bought cups from every type of store there is and tried different types of cups & mugs-- big, medium, small, plastic, stainless steel. Needless to say, prior to receiving this mug, I had still been using my Christmas coffee cup. Since I received these mugs for free, I have to first review the price. For $29.95 on amazon.com, you will receive two of these mugs. A nice price and given how much money I've wasted on cheaper cups and mugs, for the quality of these mugs, it's worth every penny. Removing the lid was fairly easy. It fits snugly when I close it, so little to no chance of leakage. You can fit 16 oz of coffee in the mug (A HUGE PLUS FOR ME!!!). After adding the coffee and mixing it the way I like, the mug is nice and cool to touch. Unlike trying to avoid spots to touch with a coffee cup, this entire mug is cool to touch. As for keeping you coffee warm, this has been great at keeping it hot. My coffee doesn't normally last over 30 minutes before I drink it all but leaving a little in this cup, it was still warm when I reached for it an hour later. This mug is also perfect for those rough guys - my hubby, a mechanic, absolutely loves it. He makes a cup of coffee to take to work and when he used this mug, his coffee was still warm four hours later when he came home for lunch. The handle is long and easy to hold. i really like these mugs. These are definitely high quality mugs. You can check out them out @ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T1UGPUE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Becoming a Blogger

I am a newfound stay-at-home mom and part-time pediatric nurse. The story of my transition is a long one so that'll have to be a different post. After working full-time as a peds nurse for over 11 years, it has been a HUGE transition for me. Staying at home is not as easy as it sounds. I've always been an on-the-go person and this 'career change', though not by choice, has been rewarding in some ways. After over six months, I decided to become a blogger. I think this opportunity fell into my lap-or maybe it is just a way to keep myself from going insane while at home. I'm not quite sure how I decided to try to become a blogger. I joined several different product review websites, such as BzzAgent, Crowdtap, Influenster, Smiley 360 and ExpoTV, and found that in order to really participate and qualify for more products, it's helpful to have a 'blogspot'. Although helpful, it's also SO confusing. I found that since I was already a Google + member- even though I rarely used it, the easiest way to set up a blog for me was to start at Google. It was very simple starting my blog--until all of the logistics came into play. You have so much to choose from--how do you want your page to look to would you like ads to appear and everything in between. I'm a simple gal -nothing flashy - so I decided that less was better for me. After finally figuring all of that out, I had a writer's block. What exactly am I supposed to write about? I remember in school (a very long time ago), the teacher basically picked the subject and I wrote the body. Those were the simple days-now, when critical thinking comes into play while I have little ones yelling 'momma' all around me, I'm suddenly at a loss for words (or thoughts). I recently became a new member of two exciting websites-Tomoson and BrandBackers- where I get a chance to receive products for free in return for giving my unbiased, real opinion. Though this is not a career, it's nice to have this opportunity. I've written a few blogs about products I've tried and this is a nice way to get my feet wet. Please be patient as I slowly delve into the world of blogs. I have so much to learn. Hopefully like age, I'll just get better with time.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dash Mate / Cell Phone Vent Mount Holder #GIVEAWAY !! 25% Discount available starting today!!

I'm excited to announce another giveaway!! I was chosen to receive a free Cell Phone Holder Vent Mount Cradle for ​Cars & Trucks to review and give my unbiased opinion. I also have the pleasure of hosting another giveaway. One lucky winner will also receive a holder.  It works for all Iphones 6/5s/5/4s/4, ​universal for ​​smartphones ​Samsung Galaxy ​S6/​S5/S4/S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4/3/2, HTC One, Nexus 4, Lg Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920. The Dash Mate has a  life-time  warranty. If you would like to enter this giveaway, just click on rafflecopter and leave a comment!! If you just can't wait for the winner to be announced, starting today you can receive a 25% discount with promo code KWUT7CJ6 !!!! You can check it out here http://www.cjssavings.info/
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Advanced and Slender Cleanse Advanced Giveaway!!! #Dietkit

I have some exciting news!! I was recently selected to receive a Garcinia Cambogia Advanced and Slender Cleanse Advanced kit for free to try, review and give my unbiased opinion. I've been wanting to shed a few extra pounds in time for summer and what better way to jumpstart it.  As a part of this unique opportunity, I have the chance to giveaway one kit. The winner will receive a Garcinia Cambogia Advanced and Slender Cleanse Advanced kit free and shipping for free directly from Amazon. Enter the contest below !!! Contest runs through February 23rd!! One winner will be contacted via email. You can find more information about this product @ http://www.amazon.com/Garcinia-Cambogia-Advanced-Required-Perfectly/dp/B00CH3OMPC/.
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Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners Cookbook Review #slowcooker


I recently received "Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners Cookbook" for free to read, try out the recipes and give my unbiased review. I am an avid cook -  from surfing the web for new recipes, browsing Pinterest & Facebook, to watching Food Network daily to come up with new recipes for my large family. Having a large household means having large headaches trying to find recipes that everyone will eat. Factoring in healthy eating equals a migraine. And having toddlers hanging on both legs while you cook can be -- well, you can imagine. So, having the option of using a slow cooker not only saves time that can be used tending to the kids or doing chores, it also can lessen the hassle of standing over a stove cooking. This cookbook contains so many interesting and mouth-watering recipes to try. These recipes are fairly simple- gathering ingredients, dropping them in the slow cooker and letting them simmer for hours until everything is cooked and tender. What I found interesting is that the book also contained recipes for slow cooker desserts. I have never thought of making desserts in a slow cooker but I definitely plan on trying it. There are recipes for everyone - from appetizers to desserts, meat lovers to vegetarians- all in the comfort of one book. Though the majority of my recipes are mostly found searching the internet, it's nice to have an actual recipe book on hand without worrying about WIFI service dropping or freezing, an incoming phone call or text message, etc. This book is available in two versions on Amazon -kindle or paperback  --  the links are:  http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Cooker-Recipes-Beginners-Weight-ebook/dp/B00MY8ZRHC/ (kindle)  or http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Cooker-Recipes-Beginners-Weight/dp/1500909483/  (paperback). If you are a kindle or e-book user, I have a bit of good news. From February 15th through February 17th, you can download the kindle version on Amazon for FREE!!  I also have a giveaway starting February 13th thru February 20th. Ten lucky winners will receive a free copy of this Slow Cooker Recipe Cookbook!!! Check out the entry form BELOW!!!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weight Watchers Frosted Shredded Wheats with Protein

I recently had an opportunity to try Weight Watchers Frosted Shredded Wheat with Protein cereal for free, thanks to MOM Brands, distributor of Weight Watchers. I have never been a huge fan of shredded wheats- frosted or unfrosted, so when I received the sample I was not that excited to try. My nine year old, on the other hand, saw the box of cereal and couldn't wait to have a bowl. He really liked it. I was so impressed by his facial expressions and comments, I decided to try a bowl myself. It's been several years since I've eaten a bowl of shredded wheats so the memories I have of not liking it or what it tastes like has slowly faded. I decided to taste-test with an open mind. It was a subtle sweetness- not over-bearing. It was also crunchy. The nutritional value was an added bonus. I'm not a Weight Watchers member but for those that are, it's only 3-5 PointsPlus value per serving. It never hurts to have added protein or fiber in my diet so to get that while eating this cereal was another bonus. Needless to say, my son enjoyed his bowl and has claimed the entire box as his. I also really liked the Frosted Wheats with Protein as well and plan on having more in the future. Definitely worth trying.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weight Watchers Cereal Review-- Breakfast Better

I recently received two free boxes of Weight Watchers cereal thanks to BzzAgent as well as MOM Brands, distributor of Weight Watchers cereals. The two flavors I received were Oat Clusters with Cherries & Almonds and Frosted Shredded Wheat with Protein. It contains real fruit, whole grains and 3-5 plus points value for Weight Watchers PointsPlus. I decided to try Oat Clusters first because I love almonds and cherries. I grabbed a handful to taste before adding my milk and it was delicious. It did not taste like a 'diet cereal' to me. Really crunchy and sweet. After adding my milk, I began eating it. I usually don't partake in cereal for breakfast because I can never sit still long enough to eat it and the cereal usually ends up 'smooshy' and in the trash- I'm too busy running behind my toddlers. There was no change in my schedule with my first bowl, but as I ate here and there while doing my morning routine, the cereal did stay crunchy enough for me to enjoy it. It's sweet enough- no need to add any extra sugar. My two year old daughter enjoyed it too. She took my second bowl-which is an added plus to keep me from over-indulging. A healthy breakfast cereal that my kids also like. I was really impressed with the taste. It's a healthy way to start a great day. Delicious.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GoGo Healthy Snack!!

Just when I though there were not many healthy snack alternatives out there, I found out about GoGo Squeez. I received a sample from BuzzAgent. I found that the kids really like this, after finishing one container, they beg for more. i like the fact that it's an easy way to get fruits and veggies in their diets without arguing with them. Of course, anytime we try something new, I have to taste-test before giving it to the kids. It's a great tasting snack. Not messy--I love the resealable pouches with built-in straws. Less mess is great in my household. you can also stick pouches in the freezer and make healthy popsicles for them. my two-yeaer old loves to take off caps and put them back on so the resealable caps is a plus for her. I've also found that I can snack on GoGo Squeez as well. It's an easy alternative way to crave a sweet snack without the extra calories. Needless to say, we have stocked up on GoGo Squeez for the adults as well as the kids. I recommend trying it for yourself.

Monday, February 2, 2015

GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ pouches!! The kids love it!!

I received GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ pouches(pear flavored) from BzzAgent to try. I absolutely loved the pouches- from the close-able tops to the built in straw for a no-mess, convenient snack on the go. My toddlers love the fact that they don't have to slow down to eat it.GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ is a great tasting and easy to use product. The variety of flavors are great. As an on-the -go mom with little ones, they can be thrown into your purse or bag as on-the -go snacks. As we travel from doctors appointments, basketball games, trips to the park, and now, baseball games-- it a perfect travel-size container that keeps them satisfied. And with the resealable tops, you can save some for later if for some odd reason, they don't finish it. My 9 year old wanted to take it school for snack. They loved the taste. I love the no-mess, no-spoon fruit and veggie mix. An easy way to get veggies in their diets. The price is perfect too. We've already stocked up on more!! I highly recommend trying this. A great, affordable, healthy snack!!!