Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bottle Your Brand Labels

Bottle Your Brand is where you can make your own custom labeled bottled water, personalized wine labels, custom labels/stickers, custom beer labels and party and even invitations. I chose some great labels to use for our homemade Christmas gifts this year. It's really cool that you can do this, to add a real personal touch. Here are some great designs I love, of the many to choose from!

Check it all out at Bottle Your Brand on Facebook.

I received a product from The Content Factory and Bottle Your Brand in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Sure, you know the little orange box. But did you know that for more than 165 years, people have chosen pure, versatile, effective, safe, and affordable Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for baking, household, and personal care uses. The boxes are available in multiple sizes for any household need. At only about $1 for a 1 lb. box, Baking Soda cleans almost any room in the house, and does not contain harsh additives so it’s safe to use on kids’ clothes, toys and food. Baking Soda can be incorporated in parents’ back-to-school routines by using it to freshen and brighten clothes, clean last year’s lunchboxes, remove dirt and residue from fresh fruit and vegetables, and refresh sneakers. There's a reason products are around for so many years! They work!
I received a product from Church & Dwight Brands in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Zenify Drink *Giveaway*

Zenify is all natural and has a very sunny and sophisticated fruit flavor (passionfruit, peach and mango) with light champagne-style bubbles. It is the leader in the high quantity and unique combination of L-Theanine, GABA and Glycine. Zenify also contains folic acid, which is beneficial to women. Zenify is: ·All Natural ·Only 50 calories ·Naturally sweetened with Stevia leaf extract ·Carbonated with champagne-style bubbles ·Caffeine-free ·Gluten-Free ·Sodium-free ·Vegan. I loved it, and it helped me unwind at the end of the day!

I received products from Quintessential PR and Zenify in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Chairs

Sometimes I like to update the look of my house. But of course, I do not have the time or money to do a huge redecorating job. So I like to do little things, like get a new rug, or my latest "redo" - get new chairs!
Lakeland Furniture is the UK's number one Charles Eames Chairs supplier. They offer Designer Led Reproduction Furniture from one of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the 20th Century - Charles Eames, who with his wife Ray went on to forge a successful business partnership. I love the look of these chairs! And they even have a Eames Rocking Lounger, which would be perfect for the corner of my living room with the book shelves.
I also like the look of Ghost Chairs. The Louis Ghost Chairs are made from a single mould plastic and are perfect for indoors or outdoors. The Philippe Starck Ghost Chairs come in four different colors, Clear, Black, Red & White. I love these at the kitchen table, or even on the back patio. They are very cool looking.

With only a few small changes here and there, you can really change the look of things in your house! And how much fun is that?

Orchard Bars

From Washington State’s orchard country, the all-natural Orchard Bars are loaded with real fruit, heart-healthy nuts, nutritious seeds, and protein-rich soy nuggets. No date paste filler, no peanuts, no strange substances from the lab. Just all-natural energy from fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Filled with real fruit and nuts, it's Blueberry Pomegranate & Almond! Fresh from the islands, it's Pineapple Coconut & Macadamia! Packed with sweet berry flavors, it's Strawberry Raspberry & Walnut! Plus, two new great flavors Cherry Almond Crunch, and Banana Mango Macadamia! I loved each flavor! So good!

I received products from Liberty Orchards in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Celebrate Family Sweepstakes

On 9/19/12, Musselman’s began running a Celebrate Family sweepstakes on its Facebook page at For every new “like”, Musselman’s will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Keeping families healthy is part of Musselman’s mission and donating to, and working with the NBCF is a big part of that mission. Once an individual “likes” the page, the fun begins.

Each week we will pose a question – does your family like “this” or do they “that”? Fans will answer the question and then be able to enter into a sweepstakes. They can enter one time each week. Entries tied to the first four questions (running 9/19/12 – 10/14/12) will go into a pool for a fabulous Grand Prize - a three-day/two-night trip for a family of four to Atlantic City to be guests at the Family Skating Tribute on November 3 (show will air on NBC on November 18). The winning family will receive hotel accommodations, admission for four to the event, round-trip coach air transportation and limousine service from and to the airport. They will also have an opportunity to meet with the skaters and with Jewel . . . making the Grand Prize a weekend the whole family will enjoy and remember for years to come.

The second part of our Celebrate Family sweepstakes begins on 10/15/12 and runs through 12/16/12. Again, fans will answer a question and then complete a brief entry form to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card. Fans are able to enter one time each week . . . so there are lots of chances to win! To help encourage participation and further support the NBCF, Musselman’s will donate an additional $1 to NBCF for each entry it receives. It’s a win-win. Fans get a chance to win prizes and the NBCF gets a larger donation with each entry.

To make sure Musselman’s reaches its goal, we would greatly appreciate both your participation in the sweepstakes, as well as you helping us spread the word. It’s easy to enter:
1) Go to the Musselman’s Facebook page at and click the like button (if you have not done so already)
2) Click on the Sweepstakes tab to go to the page to answer the “this or that” question
3) Fill out an entry form for the sweepstakes
4) Share the link with friends and family

Indie Lee Freebie Fridays!

Indie Lee & Co., an all-natural luxury skincare line, is hosting a sweepstakes to inspire a pure and healthy beauty routine. Simply like them on Facebook and enter to win an Indie Lee “Power Trio,” which includes The Body Balm, The Body Scrub and The Daily Moisturizing Oil.

One winner will be chosen every Friday this Fall!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pajanimals DVD *Giveaway*

Meet the Pajanimals - CowBella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue, and Squacky - four friends who snuggle together every night to sing sweet night time songs to their preschool friends at home. Get ready for an all-new season of Pajanimals on Sprout, and more adventures with Cowbella, Apollo, Sweetpea Sue and Squacky. This inseparable quartet takes young viewers on more exciting imaginary journeys with music and new friends on every adventure, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully, especially getting ready for and going to bed.

If your preschoolers love The Pajanimals television show, they’re going to thoroughly enjoy the new Meet The Pajanimals DVD (from NCircle Entertainment). These four friends who snuggle together every night will sing sweet night time songs to their preschool friends at home in this wonderful program which can be viewed repeatedly. Through their journeys, these cuddly friends discover fun ways to transition from playtime to bedtime. Parents and their young Pajanimals fans can join the magicaladventure, encouraging a calm and happy nightly routine.

I received a product from 360 PR in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bennetts Boots

Bennetts Boots, designer wide calf boots. They understand the struggle to get boots that fit around the curvy leg and ankles. Designer Amanda Bennetts is passionate about creating boots that make you look taller, slimmer, and camouflage the right areas. But most importantly they will fit!
I received a pair of boots called The Riley. Meet the newest member of the Bennetts Boots Bunch. Her name is Riley and she is a flat gorgeous patchwork boot with lots to offer your wardrobe. Being a flat boot, the Riley offers great comfort and style for days when walking is on the cards, or a night time adventure. This very flattering design offers different leather features including a croc, suede, and polished leather finish. I love love love love love (how many times can I say love?) these boots! I wear them mainly with jeans, but they are also cute with a knee-length dress or skirt. I love them! So cute!

Check it all out on Bennetts Boots on Facebook, as well as Bennetts Boots on Twitter.

I received a product from Bennetts Boots in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Not On The High Street

Not On The High Street makes the hard to find ridiculously easy! Choose from thousands of unique gifts, beautiful home accessories, unusual toys and clothes for kids, and eye-catching fashion from over 1,800 different small businesses.
I got a shimmering cosmetics bag, similar to the ones above. Perfect for use as a wallet or coin purse, for make up, jewelry or any other precious items. An ideal gift purchase or stocking filler. 

I received a product from Not On The High Street in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jan Marini’s Rejuvenate & Protect Facebook Giveaway

Jan Marini just launched its Rejuvenate & Protect Giveaway on Facebook. By simply “Liking” the Jan Marini Facebook page, ten lucky winners will receive the C-ESTA Face Serum and the new Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45 – a $135 value!

Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum dramatically rejuvenates skin. With continued use skin will appear smooth and supple and will become measurably firmer and more resilient. Deep lines will appear far less pronounced, skin tones will even out and the skin will appear noticeably younger and healthier. The new Marini Physical Protectant is the ultimate in physical protection and is the newest product to join Jan Marini’s highly acclaimed sun protection offering. This weightless, cosmetically elegant formulation combines multiple antioxidants with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection to prevent sun damage and help decrease the risk of skin cancer and premature aging while soothing and calming UV and heat distressed skin. Microscopic sponges and a universal tint provide sustained oil control in a sheer, matte finish that is ideal for all skin types.

Visit the Jan Marini Facebook page to enter. Ten winners will be announced on October 17th, 2012.

Catalog Spree - Free Digital Catalogs

Catalog Spree is your personal digital mall. Get all your favorite catalogs for FREE. Browse, save and share products that you love while discovering new brands.

My First Handy Bible

My First Handy Bible

About The Book:
As soon as they can talk, most little ones begin asking for a Bible to hold in their very own hands. Now, from Denmark to America, comes My First Handy Bible for babies and toddlers, with all the best stories from Genesis to Revelation. Young children delight in carrying around the compact and colorful Bible - taking it to church, “playing” church or cuddling up in a lap to have it read to them. My First Handy Bible has huge appeal for parents, grandparents, teachers and children’s ministry leaders, but especially for the kids!

My Thoughts:
This is a great little Bible for kiddos. The stories and illustrations are really great at helping children understand Bible stories, and learning. Callan really is enjoying this book, and when I am reading my Bible, now he reads his as well!

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from B & B Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lady Soma Detox

The Lady Soma Detox is an advanced cleanse designed for women that is easy to follow and gentle on the system. The benefits of the detox program include getting rid of excess waste buildup, reducing bloating, and support in weight loss. The proprietary formula triggers detox using natural plant ingredients.

Key Benefits:
•Complete Detoxification
•Body purification & quick elimination of toxins
•No preservatives, no artificial colorings, sugars, or starch
•Supports healthy weight loss
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Curb Caffeine Addictions And Still Enjoy Your Coffee

With the official start of fall, and as winter draws near, I find myself drinking more coffee throughout the day to stay warm and keep myself awake. But even though coffee can be a great pick-me-up, it’s important not to get addicted. If you’re like me and have already started to feel your body tolerating caffeine more and more, now is a good time to kick that caffeine addiction before that bitter cold comes and makes you grab another cup.

Think about your total caffeine intake - not just coffee. Do you drink soda often? Do you consistently take a painkiller with caffeine? Can you still feel the effects of a cup of coffee, or can you drink a cup and go to bed with no problems? If you feel like caffeine is becoming too much of a crutch, it might be time to consider ways to cut back on your intake, while still being able to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. If you’ve ever researched the effects and health benefits of caffeine, you know there’s a huge range of information, and the topic is still up for debate. But I’m a big believer that moderation is key to balanced health and happiness. A professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at John Hopkins explained how caffeine is the world’s most commonly used stimulant, and when people don’t get their usual dose, they can suffer a range of withdraw symptoms including headache, fatigue, and they may have difficulty concentrating. He went on to describe that it may feel like they have “the flu with nausea and muscle pain.” Yikes.

But there are several ways to help you overcome a dependence on caffeine, without experiencing as many of the withdrawal symptoms:
•Try sticking to caffeinated beverages you love and substitute the others with decaffeinated options. Staying hydrated is a key to keeping the body healthy.
•Chose beverages with lower caffeine content such as teas. Black tea has the highest caffeine content, following with green, white, and herbal teas. Beware, though! Some herbal teas do have caffeine in them, depending on what herbs go into them. Research the caffeine content beforehand.
•Still want that coffee taste? Try a shot of espresso or an Americano (espresso and hot water). These options actually have less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee.
•It’s all in the timing: John Hopkins Medical Center found that symptoms generally appear within 12 to 24 hours of stopping routine caffeine use, and they peak within 20 to 48 hours. Effects can persist for two days to an entire week.
•Substituting exercise with that extra caffeine jolt has also been a common way to conquer withdrawal symptoms. Exercise unleashes endorphins, which helps curb headaches.

Remember that like all kinds of habits and addictions, change comes with time. Don’t go all out and cut out caffeine completely if you’re used to a drinking coffee throughout the day. It’s probably not going to work and you’ll feel the effects. If you start now, maybe you’ll be able to kick your addiction and still enjoy the chilly months ahead.

  Article by Paige Taylor

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Extra Life CMN Hospitals Fundraiser

I'm on a mission to save kids through video games, and I need your help. My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay - And they helped us tremendously with Mason. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. On Oct. 20th, 2012, I'll attempt to play an epic 24 hour video game marathon and it's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support me with a one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids and the hospital that treated our precious Mason. Last year, Extra Life raised more than 1.2 million dollars to save kids, but in 2012 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. I can't do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please visit

York Photo $1.00 Grocery Tote Plus 40 free prints

York Photo $1.00 Grocery Tote! Plus if you are new to York Photo you get 40 free prints. Use Code: YORKTOTEAD. Expires September 30.  Shipping for Tote: $3.99.

It's Chucktober Time!

You know it’s almost time for fall when Chuck E. Cheese’s starts talking about free tokens, fun dance moves and costumes! The family entertainment leader is excited to announce some new additions to its annual Chucktober celebration. Beginning today, parents and children can log onto to print out this activity, which features a series of props kids can wear into stores with their costumes this October. Attached to the activity is a coupon families can bring to participating Chuck E. Cheese’s locations during the month of October to receive 10 free tokens.

In addition to the free tokens, kids and parents can enjoy Chuck E.’s latest single, “Them Bones.” The festive song also has accompanying dance moves, which families can participate in during the daily ticket splash and the special candy splash on the weekends. Once again, Chuck E. Cheese’s is encouraging families to email pictures and videos to, where some might end up on Chuck E.’s Facebook page or the special Chucktober Pinterest board! Chucktober is a great way to celebrate the season! Plus, every mom and dad knows it’s nice to see their kids wear their costumes more than once - especially if they can’t wait until the 31st!

Buying Our First House

Jason and I are on our way to purchasing our first home, ever! That is a big huge scary thing for us. But also, of course, really very exciting. And with Jason, being a Veteran, we can get the help of a military VA loan. That will help us tremendously.

First Time Home Buyers Should Consider the Following:
*With a VA home loan you can buy a new home for up to $719,000 with no down-payment and get the same low VA loan interest rate. The house we are looking at is only $180,000. Only, right?
*With a VA loan the seller is allowed to pay all of your closing cost.
*Bad credit and poor credit, VA home loans are available as well. We have average credit, so this helps us as well too.
*If you've had bad luck in the past and are working towards straightening things out, a VA home loans can help you rebuild your credit and get you into your a house.

It's all very exciting. A new house for us, our first house that is not on a military base! - is opening a new chapter for us, and I just can't wait for this stage in our lives!

Namaste Foods Review & *Giveaway*

Namaste Foods: Gluten free and so much more! Their fine foods contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, tree nuts, or peanuts. My family got to try a few great products from Namaste.
Cookie Mix - On it's own, this cookie will taste like your favorite sugar cookie. Or get creative and add dried apricots and macadamia nuts, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips, or any combination that pleases your palate! Very delicious!
Muffin Mix - These muffins are light and airy with a sweet taste. Have them for breakfast or a snack. They are great any time of the day! Add fruit or spices and suddenly, you've got variety.

I received products from Namaste Foods in exchange for a review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

PawPurity #PetCare2020

PawPurity is the result of many years of working to make the lives of pets and their owners better, safer, healthier, and easier.  PawPuri...