Sunday, December 16, 2012
Vitacost customer for years. Vitacost is my primary source for vitamins, natural health and personal care products as well as many natural and organic foods. Vitacost offers a wide selection and often has the best price for many of the brands I regularly purchase. What else does Vitacost offer?......
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Disclosure: As a thank you for participating in this program, I will receive additional products for review purposes.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I typically moisturize every day religiously but as I am getting older I have found that battling dry skin is becoming more and more of a challenge. In the winter my skin tends to become itchy and my hands become dry and cracked, even bleeding around the cuticles.
I was provided with a few samples of Eucerin for review. Eucerin Professional Repair and Eucerin Smoothing Repair are healing lotions formulated for especially dry skin.
- Dermatologist recommended
- Moisturizes skin
- Strengthens skin's barrier
- Improves moisture
- Fragrance free
- Should not clog pores
Eucerin has worked for me. It immediately and quickly moisturizes the skin and relives itchiness. I keep a bottle in the bathroom and another where I sit at the computer for frequent application. I would describe both lotions as concentrated, light, quickly absorbing and moisturizing! The difference between the two seems to be that the Professional Repair is a little more heavy duty and the Smoothing Repair is for every day use.
Note - Eucerin Professional Repair and Eucerin Smoothing Repair both contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which could increase skin sensitivity, especially with sun exposure. See product label for details on skin protection
Thanks to Eurcerin I have 4 bottles to share with four readers. Please fill out the rafflecopter form below.
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A great party begins with a great drink! Torani has a cult following - this fun, gourmet product is most often spotted in coffee shops and upscale bars but you can also now increasingly find in numerous homes. People want to bring the coffeehouse quality to their beverages brewed at home - be your own barista!
Torani offers syrups in over 120 flavors and are made with high quality ingredients such as cane sugar and natural flavoring! What a great way to impress your guests! Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail outlets - click HERE for info on where you can purchase Torani.
I received the Salted Caramel and Peppermint flavors for review. What a great way to perk up a regular cup of coffee! The Salted Caramel was absolutely fantastic - just a little bit of Torani adds tremendous flavor, transforming an ordinary cup of coffee to a premium cup of coffee! I have not tried the peppermint yet but am looking forward to pairing with my evening dessert coffee over the holiday.
Not only is this a great option for your own home, but it would also make a fabulous gift for a hostess, co-worker, friend or family member.
RECIPE: I love cinnamon mochas - the cinnamon enhances the flavor of the chocolate. For an extra kick, I add a sprinkle of chili powder, an ancient secret of the Mayans!
Cinnamon Mocha sweetened with Salted Caramel
2 cups of hot brewed coffee
1/2 cup of hot water
2 packages of hot chocolate
fat-free half and half cream to taste
3 Tablespoons Torani Salted Caramel
1 tsp of cinnamon
* for a hot and spicy kick, add a sprinkle of chili powder
Pour coffee and water over hot chocolate mix; add Torani Salted Caramel Syrup, cinnamon and cream. Pour into coffee mugs - serves 2.
What is a party without food? The best part about parties are the wonderful hors d'oeuvres and appetizers. Want to impress but don't have the time, will or skill to bake, cook and create elaborate culinary creations? No worries - there are options...
Shari's Berries offers a wonderful array of gourmet goodies. Make a statement with delicious and succulent berries that are decadently dipped in white, milk and/or dark chocolate and decorated with even more chocolate or another sinful topping. For Christmas, we have a treat coming in the mail! I have ordered these to arrive a couple of days before Christmas. I have had Shari's Berries before and can vouch that they make quite an impression.
When my father-in-law passed away my parents wanted to send a fruit basket and had difficulty ordering from one of their preferred retailers. My mother and I decided to place an order from Shari's Berries to send to my Mother in Law. I was there when the package arrived and even with the complete sadness of the occasion, the berries were very much appreciate and were oohed and ahhed over quite a bit. The dipped berries tasted as wonderful as they appeared.
I look forward to having these on a happier occasion when sharing at Christmas, which is also, coincidentally DD's birthday. When checking out I was given the option for an "add-on" to the order - items which are not available for general purchase but are available to add on when checking out. I selected a cute "Happy Birthday Cookie" for Miss N.!
Whether serving these at your own home or ordering as a gift for another, these berries make an impression, both visually and on the palate :) In addition to Berries, Shari's Berries also offers other creative foods such as dipped apples, cake pops, cookies, cakes, gift baskets and more. Coupon codes can be found HERE.
I always want the house to look the best when we have company. If you are like me and you want to make great first impression, don't forget the dinner table! For fun dinner place settings check out DiPotter.com - with the DiPotter Paper Table Collection, you can truly transform your entire table.
Vienna Dinner Set is stunning -these are wine glass shades that simply sit over the glass like a mini lamp shade. Translucent and iridescent, with a silvery finish, these shades shimmer and glow when used over glasses filled with electric tea lights.
The picture to the right is a crystal wine glass with a tealight and the Vienna Dinner wine glass shade but the photograph does not capture how beautiful these really are.
Easy to assemble, Beautiful to use, Easy to store. The wine glass shades arrived in a flat package. I removed the shades and they were easily put together with They are really elegant and can really dress up a table. What I love most is that these are reusable - simply insert the tabs into the slots to assemble into a cone shape. When ready to put away, simply take she tabs out of the slots, then smooth and store flat in the original packaging.
At around $22 USD ($30 with the tea lights included), this is an inexpensive way to completely and elegantly transform a table. Add a tablecloth and a floral centerpiece and create a authentic fine dining experience for your guests at a very affordable price.
Note: only use LED or other flameless battery operated team life tea lights - there is a risk of fire using with a tea light that uses an actual flame.
I love candles and have tried several brands, styles and scents. What makes Bridgewater different? In addition to filling your home with a lovely flickering light, one Bridgewater Jar Candle feeds 1 child for 1 day.
Made locally in the US, (Spartansburg, SC), not only are you supporting a charitable cause globally, you are also supporting American jobs. Look at some of the holiday offerings. For review we received Dear Santa and Tree Trek in the 18 oz and 8 oz jar and travel tins.
Dear Santa, Mistletoe Wishes, Snow Day and Tree Trek are the newest offerings in Bridgewater’s holiday fragrances.
Dear Santa -A trail of sweet sugar and cinnamon ensues as the pitter patter and joyous laughter of little ones deliver a plate of freshly baked cookies and tall glass of milk. This smells like caramel, cinnamon and butter. Delicious! My DD's favorite.
Mistletoe Wishes - Peppery white berries bound with red ribbon dangle from above and signal it’s time to show a gesture of love.
Snow Day- A blanket of powdery white snow covers the ground as boot-bound feet leave tracks all around. Bundled up and ready to brave the cold for an adventure-filled day of sledding and all things snow.
Tree Trek - The annual quest for the perfect holiday centerpiece is here and the trek begins amidst crisp, mountain air. This smells like pine needles and sweet berries.
$20 USD for the 18 oz version is comparable to other candles this size but the difference is that part of the proceeds from Bridgewater go to charity. Total win!
Bridge water candles are also available in numerous other scents and in fragrance sprays, tea lights, reed diffusers and more.
At Holiday parties for kids and families it is fun for the adults to read to children. In fact I am not sure who enjoys it more. In addition to Christmas Classics, consider these new fun holiday stories to make your holiday party extra special:
In A Bit of Applause for Mrs, Claus the unsung hero of Christmas is finally revealed. While Santa, the elves and reindeer tend to get all the glory, young readers will learn that the real action occurs behind the scenes, much like in real life. "Behind every great man, there is a great woman" (or so the story goes)
A very humorous and indirect accolade to all Moms at Christmas time.” Readers will be on the edge of their seats when they join Mrs. Claus as she hustles and bustles to save Christmas day. From wrapping the last presents to trimming the trees, Mrs. Claus, does it all, just in the nick of time. Read it as you would "The Night Before Christmas" for extra fun......
Santa is Coming to My House is a great way to share a personalized Christmas Tales to local youth. My version was Santa is Coming to the Carolinas. Learn how Santa visits your neck of the woods during his long trek through the night. Kids can watch him explore their favorite local landmarks, even with a wrong turn here or there.
Read along as Santa navigates his way from the North Pole to a city, state or region near you! The series includes the following cities/states: Arizona, Boston, California, Chicago, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New England, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Texas, the Rockies, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Wisconsin.
One thing Santa always leaves for the girls is lip balm. Like fun flavors? I have always loved Chapstick. I remember when the flavors expanded from original and cherry to include Strawberry. Now Chapstick comes in a variety of formulations and flavors. To help prevent and temporarily protect chafed, chapped or cracked lips, apply ChapStick® balm liberally as needed, particularly before sun exposure, dry, cold or wintery conditions
I was provided with 3 samples of new and special holiday flavors:
All I can say is Yum! I have three kids and knew that I did not stand a chance of keeping any of these. Miss E. chose the Chocolate Truffle, Miss N. selected Candy Cane and Miss C. selected Apple Cider. All three girls were thrilled and love their new ChapStick. Miss N. said that the Candy Cane soothes and cools her lips :)
There is a convenient gift tag on the back of each package which makes it easy to label and gift. Stick in a stocking or attach on top of a gift. ChapStick® seasonal varieties are available in the cough and cold aisle at food, drug and mass retailers for approximately $1.01-$1.99. *ChapStick® Chocolate Truffle can be found exclusively at Wal-Mart.
General Disclosure - Sponsored I was provided with products from Torani, Shari's Berries (gift code), DiPotter, Bridgewater Candle, Source Books and Chapstick for review purposes. These brands are not affiliated with one another and were included together as part of a holiday entertaining feature on Momanthology.com. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.
Friday, November 30, 2012
I am really excited to be trying a new product. I have just received it and I am SO looking forward to using this. I think that this gadget is so innovative and useful that I am writing about it before I can provide a full review.
If you are like me you try to eat healthy, serving your family, and especially your children, a diet that consists of less processed foods and more fresh fruits and veggies. I avoid multiple trips to the grocery store - I simply do not have the time. I work full time (sometimes 60 - 70 hours per week) and cannot be going to the grocery store every 2 - 3 days. I try to make the food shopping trip every 1 - 2 weeks so tend to buy a good variety of foods in large quantities. This is great the first few days but ultimately over the course of a year I end up throwing out hundreds of dollars of food that has spoiled before we can eat it.
The Ozonator is a small appliance that you place in your refrigerator. It is compact, runs off batteries and can save you hundreds of dollars by preventing food from spoiling prematurely. I HATE wasting anything but especially food as it is so expensive.
The Ozonator, known as the Green Refrigerator Machine™, is THE eco-friendly, time and money savings refrigerator solution for the 21st Century. Over $1000 a year in grocery savings Eliminates all odors in the refrigerator, i.e.: fish, garlic, onions, etc. Dramatically reduces potential for spreading germs Neutralizes the harmful molds and bacteria promoting a clean environment Keeps Food Fresher, Longer by delaying mold and decay of foods you buy – including fruits and vegetables – helping them to retain their freshness and flavor longer.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!
This is an incredible gift for someone on your holiday list or better yet, buy one for yourself too! For $40 you could be saving hundreds in food costs. By extending the life of your perishable foods you can watch the money that you save expand! Even if I did not have the chance to review this, I would be seriously considering buying because I consider this an investment.
Look at how small it is.!
Fits right in the fridge!
I have not had it long enough to completely vouch for the results so I plan to monitor this and then post about it, sharing my experience with my readers over the course of a few weeks.
Stay tuned for more information!
Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes and the opportunity to participate in an Affiliate program
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
5 Easy Tips for Teaching Children about Philanthropy This Holiday Season
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Monday, November 26, 2012
NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.
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“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”- Kevin Durant.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Women and Men:
Bev's Beads is a site containing handmade items from artist and jewelry designer Beverly Moore. Her work is very earthy as she uses primarily African Trade Beads and natural materials / gem stones. Beverly's designs have been featured in Sports Illustrated and worn by celebrities such as Steven Tyler (Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge).
I received a sample of "The Ruins" for review purposes and can attest that the quality is fantastic. It is really a beautiful piece - the I am a beader and have always loved trade beads. The fact that these are authentic, vintage trade bead s(1700s and 1800s) is really appealing - aesthetically, historically and environmentally. The thoughtful selection and composition of quality materials ultimately gives the wearer a piece that is artsy, funky, fun and sure to draw compliments. The clasp is also beautiful which are also made from reclaimed items.
These items will vary slightly as the materials used are unique, being made from natural gemstones and reclaimed African Trade Beads. This would make a truly impressive gift for someone on your holiday list. Bev designs for both Men and Women, offering Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings. If you want to purchase something extra special, Bev also offers collections and commissioned pieces. Also remember - if you are purchasing one of Bev's beautiful creations, you are helping support an independently owned and operated business!
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Pre-teens / Teens:
Portable Nail Station:
My middle DD is obsessed with doing her nails. Every other day she is sporting a new nail design. I plan to start a nail blog for her to showcase her designs. One of her big x-mas gifts is a huge nail polish set.
When the opportunity to review the Portable Nail Station came up I absolutely jumped at the chance. I knew Miss N. would love it and I was right! This product is SO COOL. Perfect for who don’t have time or want to save money on visiting nail salons but want professional-style manicures & pedicures at home. Here are some of the features:
• Self-adjusting stand positions hands and feet at the perfect angle in stable and comfortable position.
• Two removable, washable covers, made of 100% cotton terry-cloth, are included.
• Polish holder leaves hands free to work quickly and comfortably without spills, accommodates a wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes, can be swiveled and tilted for easy accessibility.
• Accessory tray holds everything you need – polish remover, implements and extra polish – all within easy reach.
Miss N. LOVED this. It is so easy to set up and use. It is ergonomically designed to make manicures a breeze. Everything is within a hand's reach. Miss N. said that she could not believe how much better the results were using this product. If you have a nail affectionado in your life I think that this would be the absolute perfect gift! Price: $29.99 Visit www.radapro.com
Salvador Kitti is a family-owned and operated small business with products that feature the original artwork of founder Amy Pugh-Campos. Part of their proceeds are donated to wildlife conservation centers and zoos so in addition to owning a beautiful, and usuable, piece of art, you are also helping a great cause.
Pictured to the left are the Secluded Grace Key Chain. I received the Secluded Grace (clouded leopard) Wristlet for review - it is super-cute image on a silky wristlet. The key chain currently retails for $6.50 and the wristlet for $15.95. At these prices these are perfectly adorable and perfectly affordable gift for tweens/teens. Visit their homepage or Etsy shop!
Love Christmas Carols. Kids do too so don't give them a cd that sounds like it was recorded 50 eyars ago - KidzBop CDs feature the same songs we know and love, but recorded by kids, for kids!
This year check out the new KidzBop Christmas CD:
- All I Want For Christmas Is You
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- Up On The Housetop
- Winter Wonderland
- Must Be Santa
- Silver Bells
- Mistletoe And Holly
- It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year
- Christmas Wrapping
- I Saw Three Ships
- The 12 Days of Christmas
- Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Go Christmas
- Auld Lang Syne
Why not dress your dog up this year? Don't like pet costumes? Why not a personalized dog collar? Collars2Switch.com has dog collars with removable fabric swatches. I received a small sample - too small to use for my dog but big enough to handle and review. The collar was very sturdy and the ribbon used seemed to be heavy duty. Fabric/ribbon swatches simply attach to the collar via velcro. The site offers a wide variety of options - perfect for your favorite little furball.
Thanks to Bev's Beads, THQ and KidzBob, I have a few items to giveaway - simply fill out the rafflecopter form below.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Scribblenauts Unlimited is a side-scrolling Puzzle game with a substantial Action component, in which players use a magical in-game notepad to create objects that are used to complete tasks and challenges that are placed before them. Once created, objects are stored in the game's object library, and can be resummoned using their given name, and even altered for use later. Additional features include: the return of the series hero, Maxwell, now with a deeper storyline; an open world game design featuring themed play areas; hint functionality; and 3DS StreetPass functionality that allows created objects to be shared wirelessly with other nearby players.
Visit Pump It Up Party's Facebook page to enter their new Imagination Challenge. The premise of this challenge is to get those creative juices flowing and help Scribblenauts main character, Maxwell, reach the top of the Slippery Slope inflatable at Pump It Up using any solution imaginable. The grand prize is a Family Home Entertainment Center (retail value of $1,000) and Scribblenauts Unlimited for the soon-to-launch Wii U™
Thanks to Pump it Up Party I have one game of Scibblenauts Unlimited for the Nintendo 3DS to share with one reader! To enter simply fill out the rafflecopter form below
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Disclosure - I was provided with a copy of the Scribblenauts Unlimited for the Nintendo DS and one reader from this blog will be selected as a winner and also receive a copy.
Friday, November 23, 2012
This giveaway is being held by Rjays Freebies. 2 fan will win a 1 of the above prizes. This is open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway is active 11/23-11/24. The sponsors are solely responsible for shipment. The winner must submit address on widget or will forfeit prize.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
HOLIDAY GOODIES GIVEAWAY!
One lucky reader will win a prize pack valued at $423.
Hosted by: Everything By Chelsea
HOLIDAY GOODIES PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Professional Skin Care System (either pink or blue) from ToiletTree Products. Bring the spa to your home or give it as a wonderful gift! RV is $32.95! You can read Everything By Chelsea's review here.
- Wine Bottle Covers (4) & Tissue Box Covers from The Turtle Company. ARV is $11.96! You can read the entire review here.
- Three roll-on fragrances of YOUR choice from Auric Blends. Why not smell great this holiday season? RV is $22.50! You can read the entire review here.
- CellCeuticals Skin Treatment Kit Treatment Kit from CellCeuticals. It contains everything you need to look great this holiday season! RV is $120.00! You can read the entire review here.
- Normal Skin Care Travel Kit from Annmarie Gianni. It contains all kinds of natural skin care products so you can look your best! RV is $39.95! You can read the entire review here.
- Hilarious funny t-shirt of YOUR choice from Five Finger Tees. Spice up this holiday season with a hilarious saying on your tee! ARV is $11.99. You can read the entire review here.
- Green Tea Sampler from Enjoying Tea. Relax this season with a nice cup of delicious green tea. Not only does it taste great, but it is great for you! RV is $18.95! You can read the entire review here.
- Valle Dorado Eye Shadow Duo & Multipurpose Brush No. 15 from Mia Mariu. Pamper yourself with high quality Eye Shadow and a wonderful brush this season! RV is $38.00! You can read the entire review here.
- Fusion Pro Collagen Kit from Skin-Peel.com. Treat yourself to their newest product. RV is $110.00! You can read the entire review here.
- Polka Dot Wallet Organizer from Savvycents. Keep yourself organized this season with a great looking wallet! RV is $28.00! You can read the entire review here.
Now let's enter this holiday season with a great giveaway!
Open to US only. Giveaway runs from 11/20 @ 12:01 EST to 12/11 11:59 PM EST.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.
No substitutions on any items in the prize package.
The mandatory entries must be done for any other entries to be counted. They will be verified.
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ProFlowers is a leading e-commerce retailer that has been connecting consumers with fresh-from-the-field flowers since 1998. We offer a 7 day freshness guarantee on each and every order. ProFlowers is best known for specializing in gifting and perishable goods and offers consumers a wide variety of products and options. Why: ProFlowers prides itself on delivering fresh products and an amazing customer experience
As part of a holiday promotion, I was able to review my shopping experience at ProFlowers. I had ordered from sister sites before, but not from ProFlowers directly. It was really difficult to decide what to purchase off of Pro-Flowers. There were so many terrific options. The selection was truly incredible - ProFlowers offers so much more than flower arrangements as you can see from my final selection! I finally settled on the Fall Cornucopia (above).
I did notice that shipping was by the item (not the total purchase, so please monitor that when checking out. Otherwise ordering was SO easy -I added what I wanted to my cart and then went to check out. I simply selected the date I wanted to order (I placed my order over a month ago and scheduled it to deliver today). I then filled in my information, added my coupon code and payment information, submitted, confirmed and taa-dah! I was finished. I LOVED that you could schedule in advance.
I received confirmation when the order was received, when it was being processed, when it was being delivered and when it was actually delivered! Great customer service!
The basket arrived today and it is simply beautiful. Miss E. keeps begging me to open it but I told her not until tomorrow after school (see it all wrapped up below). I am counting on her asking again at least 1 -2 times in the morning though..... Such is life with children - they tend to keep asking until they hear the answer they want to.
Pro Flowers also features gift ideas on the front page and offers a Deal of the Day. You can also search by occasion, type of flower, plants, gourmet gifts and/or specials! Whether you are shopping for the holidays, a birthday, another special occasion, or just because, ProFlowers is a great one stop shop to send a thoughtful gift that will make a lasting impression.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Disclosure: I received a code for Treat.com as a thank you for sharing this information with my readers