Sunday, October 31, 2010

CARMEX Review and Giveaway

I have been using  CARMEX original formula for cold sore for ever. I always have a container in my medicine cabinet. So when I got the chance to review the NEW Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream I could not wait to try them.




So what do I think of the NEW Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream.

First the price of $5.99 is a good price for the products .

I also like that Walgreens carries the product line and for those of us that do not have a Walgreens you can buy the New Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream on line at walgreens.com and drugstore.com ...etc.
I love the packaging of the product the colors are nice and bright. With so many skin care products to chose from the nice bright colors help me to find the product on the shelve easier.



Now one thing that  is always important to me when I buy any type of lotion or cream is the scent. I do not like overpowering scents for two reasons. Number one they bother my allergies, and number two my husband does not want to use them. So I always like to buy something that both my husband and I will use.
The scent of both the NEW Carmex Healing Lotion and Carmex Healing Cream are the same.It is hard for me to describe the scent it is very light but pleasant. (kind of reminders me of suntan lotion)

So how do the Carmex Healing lotion and Carmex Healing cream work?
Well first what is the difference?
The healing lotion is for daily usage.
The healing cream is for the times you have really rough and dry skin.
Those of us who live in areas that have harsh winters often have this problem.
Both lotion spread nicely and are absorbed into the skin quickly so your skin is nice and smooth and not sticky . So you can use them any time great for keeping on your desk or in your purse.

Giveaway
The great folks at  CARMEX are giving one of my lucky readers the same kit I received packed with lots of great CARMEX products to try. A $52.32 dollar value.

Giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Nov 13
Winner will be picked using a random org.
For the mandatory entry
Go to CARMEX website and leave a comment with what product you really would love to try or need.
For a extra entry follow my blog

I received the carmex products to review and give my honest opinion.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review and Giveaway of the book Gifts from the Heart

 

Description

Victoria Osteen continues her storybook series with a royal adventure fit for the most rambunctious of princes and princesses. A brother and sister, Jon and Sue, take an imaginary journey into a medieval world of kings and castles. They find themselves in a bustling town that's preparing a party for their king. While the townspeople are busy looking for fancy gifts to buy, Jon and Sue—with the help of their new friend Maryanne--remind everyone that the talents God has given them are the most precious gifts of all. At the end of the day the king's celebration is a success because each person gives a gift from their heart.

An answer-aloud question section at the end of the story encourages parents and children to talk about the lessons they've just learned and to discover the adventure in their own daily lives.

About the Author

Victoria Osteen has always had an infectious passion and enthusiasm for life. A native Houstonian, Victoria began her career in her family's jewelry business and now works with the most precious treasure of all -- people. She is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere as she ministers alongside her husband, Joel, and sets a wonderful example for their two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. Victoria is active in her community and committed to helping women, children, and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential. Visit the Osteen website at www.joelosteen.com.


Diane Palmisciano is the illustrator of more than fifty books for children including picture books and chapter books such as the Jenny Archer series. Ms. Palmisciano is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Rhode Island.


My thoughts on the book Gifts from the Heart
The busy holiday season is fast approaching and many children and families  get so busy getting ready for the holidays  that sometimes they loss touch with what is really important.
That is why I love the message of the story line.
The story is just long enough for bedtime reading.
The Royal Question and Answer are a great way to teach your child what is truly important and it is fun way for you  to learn more about your child.

The illustration work is adorable and fits the story perfectly.
One thing I really noticed about the book is how nicely the pages turn and lay. It is not something that everyone would think about, but I have read lots of stories to little ones and it is frustrating when you have to hold the pages down and they have to struggle to see the illustration.
The book seems very well made and capable of holding up to lots of use.
The jacket is nice and heavy but what is really nice is that if the jacket gets worn out or lost the front and back of the actual book are also illustrated just like the jacket.

The giveaway
Thanks to the great people at SIMON and SCHUSTER three of my lucky readers will win a copy of the lovely book.
Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents
Winners will be pick using a random org.
Giveaway will end on Nov 18
For the mandatory entry go to SIMON and SCHUSTER and leave a comment with what other children book you would love to read.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blog Tour of the book Rise Again by Ben Tripp


Description

A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH.

And a warning that would come all too late . . .


Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny's epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .

Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.

My thoughts
I loved the first few chapters of the book they where very intense and kept me wondering what was going to happen. Then the zombies came and the book just felt like another zombie book (maybe I have been reading to many of them lately) How are we going to survive and kill the zombies blah blah ...
After I struggled with a few chapters and thought the book was getting uninteresting it some how gets back to the characters and the story line takes of again. I am so glad that I continued to read the book the story is gruesome but the characters are intense and believable. If you like zombies you will love Rise Again.

Be sure and check out the neat stuff on the Rise Again book site I love the fun downloads you can even get a zombie half mask.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher to participate in the blog tour and give my honest opinion of the book.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Equip Them Well video



Protect Your Active Kids from MRSA
With fall sports in full swing, equipment cleanliness and item-sharing on and off the field may get overlooked between carpools, homework and bedtime. But, skin infections like MRSA, a potentially life threatening antibiotic resistant Staph infection, are the cause of 56 percent of all infectious disease outbreaks in competitive sports in the U.S.

Review of Febreze Home Collection wooden wick candles with Walmart card giveaway



Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick candle brings the calming crackle of burning fire to your house anytime of the year. The Febreze Home Collection comes in different premium scents like yumberry sangria, rosewood plum, orange honeycomb, cranberry pear, willow blossom, green tea citrus and seasonal scent offerings of anjou pear and gingersnap vanilla  the candles are specially designed with a wooden wick to create the feel and sound of a crackling fire



I received the Febreze Home Collection wooden wick candles in the Cranberry Pear,Rosewood Plum and the Anjou Pear spice.I tried the Cranberry Pear scent candle.The wooden wick is very easy to light and easy to trim. I hate when you trim a wick and then it will not light.I do not think I will have that problem with a wooden wick. The way the flame burns really is like a fireplace and it sounds like a tiny fireplace so be sure to tell everyone that it makes a crackling sound because if you did not know that you would be wondering what the noise is.
The candle last for 80 hours but it is recommended that you burn it for 2 - 3 hours at a time. One hour seemed to be plenty for my house. I live in a single story house and you could smell the candle in most of the house and the scent lingered for most of the day after burning the candle. The scent of the candle is strong but not overpowering. I have allergies and thought the candles might bother me but they did not.

The price of the Febreze Home Collection wooden wick candles is $9.97 at Walmart I think that is a good price for the Febreze Home Collection candle.

Be sure to check out  Febreze Home Collection on Facebook for special giveaways

Febreze wants to give one of my lucky readers a $15 dollar Walmart gift card so that they can try the Febreze Home Collection wooden wick candle for themselves.

The giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Nov 12

Winner will be picked using a random org
to enter  leave a comment  describing how you will use the new wooden wick candle to create 80 hours ahhhh 
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P&G and Febreze provided me the Febreze Home Collection candle through MyBlogSpark to review and give my honest opinion. They also provided me with the gift card to giveaway to one of my readers.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Review of the book The Olympic Charioteer

Helena P. Schrader's novels reflect her extensive travels, her experiences in many nations and cultures, and her solid background in history.  To these she adds a remarkable talent for envisioning interesting characters and bringing them to life.  Readers of her novels on ancient Sparta, medieval Europe, and Europe and America during World War II find themselves transported to a historical place and time that is vivid and accurate, seeing it through the eyes of her characters and experiencing it through their adventures.  And like all good novels, her stories raise basic life questions (concerning love, death, honour, and spirituality) that transcend any one place or time.

The Olympic Charioteer by Helena P Schrader  is a interesting and exciting historical novel about the Greek states of Sparta and Tegea.
Lysandridas is a famous charioteer who won the Olympic games for Sparta. War breaks out between Sparta and Tegea. Lysandridas is sold as a slave after Sparta is defeated. Then Antyllus a important figure in Tegea politics  comes to the quarry and sees the mistreatment of Lysandridas and buys him to save his life. Lysandridas life is saved but he is the only one who can save his soul. The Olympic Charioteer is a wonderful tale of tragedy and triumph for not only Lysandridas but for the people of Sparta and Tegea.
Very well written and different novel I really enjoyed it. If you have any interest in Greek history at all you should really enjoy the book.

I recieved a review copy of the book to read and give my honest opinion. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Review and Giveaway of Nielsen Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla

Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is made from the highest quality certified organic vanilla beans and pure, certified organic alcohol. As in the production of Nielsen-Massey's traditional Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla, the organic product uses their unique cold extraction process. This time-organic vanillaconsuming procedure slowly and gently extracts the maximum flavor from the vanilla beans without heat damaging the delicate flavors. The process can take up to five weeks to complete. The result is an organic vanilla extract with the creamy, sweet, smooth, mellow vanilla flavor that customers worldwide have come to associate with Nielsen-Massey's premium products. 





Behind the (Vanilla) Bean behind the vanilla bean
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been producing premium pure vanilla products since 1907. From its ever-popular Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla to custom blends and flavors created for specific customer needs, Nielsen-Massey has earned the reputation as the producer of fine vanillas worldwide. 



I recently received some of the organic Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract
and the organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans to review.


First I have to tell you I am a huge fan of vanilla, in fact one of the first body potions (that is what they were called back then)  I bought years ago was a vanilla scent one. Also love the scent of vanilla in any type of room air freshener or candle. One of my favorite drinks is a ice cold vanilla coke.

Now the thing is I know that using pure vanilla in a vanilla coke is really what makes it a vanilla coke. 
But over the years I have gotten what I would call a little lazy and cheap when it came to buying vanilla for my baking. I kind of convinced myself  that most baked goods have so many ingredients that using a imitation vanilla would not make that much of a difference. 

So a few days ago I made a apple sauce cake which I have made before. But this time I used the Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla. My son commented right away on how good the cake was then I tried it and yes it was better than usual. I could taste just a very light hint of vanilla, were before using the imitation vanilla you could not taste any vanilla flavor at all.  So from  now on I will be using Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla in my baking. I can not wait to try it in my sugar cookie recipe.

Speaking of sugar I love vanilla sugar you can use it so many different ways from drinks to baked good and even in a nice sugar scrub. 
Vanilla sugar is one of the easiest things to make and it makes a great gift for just about anyone. I used the 
organic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean to make a batch of vanilla sugar and have been using it in my coffee drink it really takes the taste of my coffee to the next level. 

Thanks to the great people at NIELSEN MASSEY VANILLAS one lucky reader is going to win the 
2oz organic Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract and the 
2 bean vial  organic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean
Giveaway is open to US residents 
Giveaway ends on Nov 7 
Winner will be picked using a random org. 
(note be sure your email information is available in your profile if not leave it in your comment.)
 

For the main entry 


Go to NIELSEN MASSEY VANILLAS and leave a comment with something you learned from the website.Also answer the question do you use pure vanilla extract in your baking? 
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I received the above products to review and give my honest opinion. All opinions expressed on this blog are mine.

Monday, October 18, 2010

INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS BY Patrick Brown

About The Author










Patrick Brown was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Georgetown University, where he won the Morris Medal for best senior history honors thesis. He currently teaches high school social studies in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America.




During the nineteenth century, Scranton was the face of innovation, immigration, industrialization, and a rising America. Scranton was “the electric city” when electricity was the most exciting invention in the world, and a hub of technology and innovation—between 1840 and 1902, the city of Scranton changed from a lazy backwoods community to a modern industrial society with 100,000 residents. During this time, Scranton’s citizens desperately tried to adapt their thinking to keep up with the overwhelming changes around them, and in the process forged the world views that would define the twentieth century. As globalization, technology and immigration transform the United States today, this book revisits how the people the forefront of the industrial revolution moved from chaos to a new order, and how they found meaning within a rapidly changing world.

Periods of total societal transformation often provide the best material for historians. The way that Scranton’s residents re imagined their value within society in response to the changes around them did not evolve in step with technological and economic progress—rather, those living through these changes slowly and painfully adapted extant modes of thinking in light of their new life circumstances. This book weaves a cohesive narrative that explains how Scranton—and America—went from the personal, egalitarian society of the early days of the republic to the rigidly institutionalized society that endures today.

This book’s investigation of the history of Scranton allows the reader to witness the development of the distinct and interrelated ideologies that defined industrial America.

 My Thoughts on the book
 I am one of those people that loves learning about the history of America. When I was in school I would often read my history book from the beginning to the end several times during the school year.I wish my school history books would have been has exciting has this book.

 The one thing that I really liked about INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS  is that it is  easy to read. I do enjoy my history but do not often read history book for some reason they tend to be dry.  INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS was a fun read for me it was very interesting and I learned a lot. 

INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS is about how Scranton became the Silicon Valley of the nineteenth century   The industrial revolution bought many changes to America.  The people of Scranton PA where one of the first groups of people to experience the changes and how they learned and adapted to the changes helped to shape to American Industrial Revolution.
INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS makes history fun. Perfect book to have in the school library and great to read before making a trip to Scranton PA because all road lead to Scranton.


I received a unbound copy of the book to review and give my honest opinion.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Milano Moments For the Cure



Milano Supports Susan G Komen for the cure

OCTOBER is Breast cancer awareness month. I sure wish it was not.
When I was a little girl over 40 years ago. My mother got breast cancer not only was it a scary time for her but also for me and the rest of my family . Because when a mother has breast cancer she is not only concern for her health, but also for the well being of her children. My mother survived her fight with breast cancer over 40 years ago, then a few years ago my mother got breast cancer again . A lot of progress has been made since my mothers first fight with breast cancer and thankfully her recovery was much easier this time around. But progress is not a cure. So my hope is that some day soon October will no longer have to be breast cancer awareness month and the fight for the cure will be won. 


When you share  a personal Milano Moment on Milano's Facebook Page in October, Pepperidge Farm will donate $.50 per Moment to Susan Komen for the Cure 


Please help in the fight to cure breast cancer and share your Milano moment on the Milano facebook page



this post is part of a one2one network campaign I was not compensated for the post.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pear Tree Thank you card giveaway



Pear Tree has a lovely selection of personalized Thank you cards.
Saying Thank you is so very important and Pear Tree has the perfect cards to do that with. It really makes my day when I get that special thank you card. I think that is one thing that really brightens a persons day. When they receive a thank you card for a gift or something special that they did for someone.



I am way past the stage of having babies but I love the selection of cute Baby Shower thank you cards 

 Pear Tree has Christmas Thank you cards. Now I have sent many Thank you cards over the years. But for some reason I have never thought to send  a Christmas Thank you card
I guess if I would have received Christmas presents in the mail I would have wrote thank you cards.  It just seem strange to me that I write thank you cards for any present I receive but never for Christmas.


Pear Tree is giving one of my lucky readers a set of 16 Thank you cards from there site.
Giveaway is open to US residents
Winner will be chosen using a random org.
Giveaway will end on Oct 31

For the mandatory entry go to Pear Tree and leave a comment with what thank you card you like.
While you are there be sure to check out the all the latest deals and discounts on the
Pear Tree Promo Code page

Extra entries
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Enter the Pear Tree giveaway on  any of the following blogs for 2 extra entries for each blog you enter  on
THE MOMMY DIARIES 
 Three Boys and an Old Lady

Thursday, October 14, 2010

XTREME GREEN WATERLESS WASH REVIEW

I use to always have to go to the self serve car  wash  to wash my car when I lived in a apartment and also when I lived in the mobile home park.  Then when I moved out to the country I thought that was the end of that. But no see we had well water and you always worry about running out of water with well water.
Let me tell you going to the car wash sucks. It can really add up money wise and the lines can be really long.
It would have been nice to wash the car whenever I felt like it.

Now I have city water and can wash the car whenever I want to. But now I no longer have the time.The car gets washed maybe 2 times a year.
In fact it just bothers me to use so much water to wash the car.
The average American uses  80 - 140 gallons of water washing a car.
If you wash your car a couple times a month that can really add up to a lot of water usage.  If every American used waterless car wash just once we would conserve 8.7 million gallons of this precious non-renewable resource.

Now when I was  sent a sample of Xtreme Green waterless wash  I was very skeptical of the product. In fact I was very hesitant to try it. So I read the direction. (you should always read the directions)  one important thing to know is you need to avoid using it when it is really sunny or the car is very hot.


So I decided to try Xtreme Green waterless wash on the old Volvo that I do not think has been washed in over 10 years. My husband laughed and said if it works on that car that is some good stuff. So I sprayed it on a area on the door and rubbed it on  and then buff a little with a clean cloth and was in shock. It worked,you could really tell a big difference the surface was nice and clean and had a smooth polished  feel to it. This stuff works great and has a nice scent. I think I would have had to scrub all day to get that much dirt off the car and Xtreme Green did it in only a few minutes.
After you check out the Xtreme Green waterless wash be sure to check out the other  great information about being green from extreme green girls.

I was sent a sample of the product to  review and give my honest opinion all opinions expressed are my own


My ultimate family vacation

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What is your ultimate family vacation vacation? We all have one or if you are like me you can think of many ultimate family vacations, and of course my idea of a family vacation has changed over the years. When the children were toddlers a family vacation was close to home and short. Has they got older we traveled a little more. Then they started to go to camp for a week or so and that was their vacation.Mom and Dad did not get one.

So my children are older but I would still like to take a family vacation. So what would be my ultimate family vacation? One of the most important things for me is to spend fun time with the family. So I would keep my vacation low keyed to keep the stress level low.

Two important things that are needed to make this family vacation a huge success are time and money. Time is needed so we are not rushed, and of course we need money. The kind of money I am talking about is the kind were you do not having to share a drink because it cost to much. You do not have to look at the price on the menu to decide what to order so on and so on you get the idea.


Since this is a family vacation the people going would be my husband and I along with our two children. So now on to the fun part where would we go? What will be do?

First we are going to fly into New York for a few days and visit Ellis Island. Then it is a cruise over to England. We will go to London for a few days for some sightseeing. After London we may split up. I think my husband and son would enjoy going to see the world rally car races where ever they are being held at the time. My daughter and I will head on up to Ireland and do a nice laid back tour of the island, hopefully we will get some nice bicycle riding in and find out a little more about our ancestors.

Then its time to meet up with the guys and start the journey back home. I always think it is a good idea for the journey back to be part of the vacation, so we fly over to Iceland  and tour the country for a few days of so.  I know everyone would enjoy this leg of the journey Iceland is a fascinating country.
From there we will head on home to the USA and perhaps do a little tour of the New England states I have never traveled to that part of the country.
Boy that sounds like a fun trip.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FREAK OUT TIME

Do you have something that makes you freak out? I do not mean something you fear. A fear can be conquered. Granted you have to work at it and really want to overcome it  To me a freak out is not what you would call a normal reaction, you just totally freak.

So that is what happened to me the other day. I was in and around the house all day.My son came in from working and went to get washed and found a baby mouse right in front of my shower.
Mice are the one thing that really freak me out. So now I am thinking there are mice everywhere in the house. The rest of the evening is spent trying to figure out where it came from. That night I kept the dogs upstairs with me. My son slept with his bedroom door closed and blocked.

The following day my husband came home so he set up traps all over the house. We have not caught any thing. My husband and son have convinced me that I brought the mouse in from outside. I was hanging out laundry a few days before and I always leave the basket sitting outside when I hang clothes, so they think it somehow got in the basket. I can believe that but I have been wondering were it was for those couple of days?

I know other people have to have something that makes them freak. My son freaks out when he sees a centipede. What is your freak out?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Great Deal on Flings Halloween Bins

I like Flings so I thought this is a great deal for me to pass on to my readers. I love the color of the Halloween bins .
Flings Halloween Special Promotion!
 
Flings is giving away 2 Flings Halloween bins for just a penny! Make your Halloween party the neatest and most convenient ever! Just pay regular shipping and handling of $5. Take a picture of the bin at your party (perhaps with you and your friends in costume), upload it to your Facebook page, link it to us, and we'll refund your shipping and handling onto your credit card. It's a scary good deal!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Review and Giveaway of the novel The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart


ABOUT THIS BOOK

Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie.

Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.

Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower’s maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower’s Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she’s pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erot­ica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens.

When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away.

Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delight­ful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.

My review of the book 
This is probably one of the most charming books I have read in a long time. It is full of humor and heartbreak at the same time.
The setting of the story line is very intriguing  The characters are lively and refreshing with various little quirks.
Like the lost objects left on the tube that Hebe helps to reunite with the owners. Many of the characters are lost and lonely and just need a little help to find their way.Great book for a book club everyone should enjoy it.

Now the giveaway
Thanks to the great people at Doubleday two of my lucky readers will win a copy of this lovely book.
Giveaway is open to US residents
Winners will be picked using a random org.
Giveaway will end on Oct 26
For the manadorty entry
Go to Doubleday and leave a comment with another book you would like to read.
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I was provided a copy of the book to review 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Lip Stuff review and giveaway

Over the years I have learned not to lick my lips and to use lip balm constantly to keep my lips from getting chapped. This has worked well for me over the years. The last time my lips got chapped a little was when I went to the beach and forgot to pack some lip balm in my beach bag.

So when I got the chance to review My Lip Stuff Natural Lip Balm  I was very excited.
My Lip Stuff has over 500 flavors check out the flavor list with that many  flavors it is hard to choose.
But  the prices of the My Lip Stuff Natural Lip Balm are great so you can choose a few.
They even have a Balm of the month club 
They also have a 100% Vegan my lip stuff formula.
And for the guys that just want moisturizing lip balm with no flavor you can get that a My Lip Stuff
One more neat item is the CHARITABALMS  the balms are the same price as the other balms but when you buy a balm from this group 50% of the purchase price is donated to a charity.

Besides having a great selection and the neat CHARITABALMS line My Lip Stuff is also a Eco friendly company 
They use natural ingredients.
Never test  products or ingredients on animals.
Drive a hybrid, use renewable energy and  fluorescent lighting, recycle,
and use recycled/recyclable materials whenever possible.


So what do I think of the lip balm ?
My Lip Balm sent me three lip balms to try.
The first thing I did was of course open them. The caps are nice and tight so that is good. I hate when the cap falls of my lip balm. I do not think that will ever happen with these ones.

Next I of course had to smell them.
First up was the Halloween limited edition can not exactly tell you what the flavor is seems to be a nice combination of Halloween like flavors. It does remind me of Halloween.
Next up is the pumpkin pancake lip balm  yummy fall flavor.
The final flavor rainbow sherbet  reminds be of summer.

The next thing I did with the lip balm was twist it up and down many times to make sure it held up good. I hate when I get a lip balm and it either gets stuck or the balm breaks.My Lip Stuff passed the test.

The final test was using the lip balms. The lip balms go on nice and smooth, not to hard not to soft. I used mine for a couple of weeks to make sure I did not have any sort of bad reaction to the product. I have had that happen to me a few times.My Lip Stuff passed this test also. 
My Lip Stuff makes a great product at a good price.

Now on to the giveaway the great people at My Lip Stuff have generously offered to have a giveaway for my readers.
The winner will receive a random 6 pack of lip balms.
Giveaway is open to WORLD WIDE ENTRIES.
Winner will be picked using a random org.
Giveaway ends on Oct 25.
For the mandatory entry go to My Lip Stuff and leave a comment with another product they carry beside lip balm.
For a extra entry
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I was provided the above products to review and give my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was provided and opinions are mine.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BRYTON PICK Review

Bryton Pick makes cleaning between teeth easy, fast and discreet

Designed, developed and tested by dental professionals.

Solution for on-the-go or alternative for those that are unable to floss

Made of flexible stainless steel and plastic holder

Blunt cleaning edges are thin as the finest floss (0.0019")


Re-usable up to 30 days (germ-resistant stainless steel).


Cleanse with napkin or water. Store in its carry-pouch.


Bryton Pick is 100% produced in USA at FDA registered facilities (QS-9000 / ISO9001 Certified)


How many times have you gone out to eat at a restaurant or a friends house and got something stuck between your teeth. Two things that always get stuck in my teeth when I eat them away from home are popcorn and steak.  I do not know anyone who carries dental floss with them. But I have heard of people using many different objects to try and  floss. Me I always suffer until I get home and can floss.

MY thoughts on the Bryton pick.
First what I really like about the Bryton pick.
With the Bryton pick I can now safely floss no matter were I am.
I can carry the Bryton pick in my wallet. I think this is a really great feature it makes it really easy to find.
Especially good for people that only carry wallets.
The pick is reusable for 30 days.
The pick is recyclable.
The price of the Bryton pick is reasonable and shipping is included in the price.

A few things that I did not care for about the pick.
You have to learn how to use it. (and be careful until you are comfortable with it)
I am still  not has comfortable using the pick has I am using a dental floss pick.
It is hard to use if your teeth are very close together.
But over all I think the Bryton pick is a good product and will be keeping mine in my wallet.

I received the Bryton pick to review and give my honest opinion the opinions expressed on this post and all my post are mine. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Our Cactus plant

It is funny what kids will ask for sometimes. When we went shopping my children did not bug me to buy them things They always understood that we where shopping for what ever we needed and that was it.
About 14 years ago the family was at Kmart, we had to buy a few things. So the kids saw the little potted cactus plants and they both got excited about them and really wanted one. So lucky for me they were only a dollar or two so I was able to buy one for each of them.
They had them for a good while and  then one day my son decided to do a experiment on the one and stuck a dry bean in it. The plants survived the experiment but died  a few years afterwords, I think it was due to the fact that it had a hole in it from the bean.
The other cactus has moved on to several new pots over the years. Moving a cactus from one pot to another is not fun. I have been pricked with the needles several times.
The cactus is doing well and I expect it to live along time. So long that I expect the kids to one day fight over who gets the cactus.  It belongs to me now. I lost track of who the  plant  originally belonged to. But I suspect it was my daughters, because knowing my son if he was going to do a experiment on one he would do it on hers no his.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review and Giveaway of the book The Recessionistas


It's the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York's Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world, and has no idea her investment banker husband Blake is about to enter into a devil's bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter. As autumn unfolds, Grigsby's fairytale life starts to unwind. Street-smart Renee Parker has been hired as John's executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss. Renee enlists her friend Sasha Silver, CEO of Silver Partners, to help her decipher what is happening. They soon discover that John is nearly ruined, except for the assets he is hiding in the Cayman Islands from his wife Mimi, and has concocted with Blake a scheme to redeem himself. This tale of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when economic decline spells ruin for Manhattan's pampered elite.


What I thought of the book  The Recessionistas  by Alexandra Lebenthal
The Recessionistas kind of reminded me of the old show Dynasty. Some people just have way to much money.
The Recessionistas is light read. It is the kind of book that I take to the Doctors for waiting in the waiting room. The plot is easy to follow so you can easily let it sit for a month and pick it up to read again. I did not like or dislike the story for me it was just something to read to pass the time.

Hachette books has kindly allowed me to have a giveaway for the book.
Three lucky winners will win a copy of the book
Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents
Giveaway will end on  Oct 18
Winners will be picked using a random org.
For the mandatory entry
Go to Hachette books and tell me what other book you would like to read.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

EO Review and Giveaway


The name EO stands for the purest essential oils. First a  little background on the company EO
EO® is a family owned and operated, Certified Organic Manufacturer of personal care products using the highest grade natural and certified organic ingredients. They create products that are natural, gentle, effective and free from animal testing.
The company was founded in 1995 by Brad Black and Susan Griffin-Black. EO® creates and manufactures the product in a  organically certified facility with the help of more than 30 employees who are the force and the heart behind EO®.

The company sounds good so far and it only gets better. EO is a company that believes in giving back  and they support many local community programs. EO donates shower gel, shampoo, conditioners, sanitizing gels, liquid hand soaps and body locations to many local causes. You can read about them on EO Gives Back section on the website.
Not only does the company help out great causes on the local level put they also support other great programs read more about them under the EO Cares section.

Now lets find out a little about EO products.
One of the reasons  I think EO is a great green company is the way that they package the product line.

EO uses 100% Paperboard in their  packaging and point of sale merchandisers. Recycled paperboard is made from 100% recovered paper that has been diverted from the solid waste stream and then collected, separated, cleaned and recycled for use.

EO uses bottles made of Post Consumer Resin (PCR). PCR is a made from reclaimed natural PET (primarily water containers). The recycled material is cleaned, ground and re-compounded into uniform pellets. All of our 8 oz. bottles are made from Fully Recycled PCR Bottles. Most of the  remaining bottles are now made from PCR and that number is increasing daily.

EO  products are also natural, gentle, effective and free from animal testing.

EO kindly sent me several products for me to review and give my honest opinion of. 

I received two limited editions hand soaps the Meyer Lemon & Sage and the Mandarin Spice
Both soaps  pumps work well I can not tell you how many times I have bought liquid hand soap and the pumps did not work well.
They both lathered nice you only need to use a little which means they will last long and they leave your hands nice and soft. 
The smell of both soaps is lovely and no perfumes to make me sneeze.
The Meyer Lemon & Sage has a nice light scent of lemon and just a touch of sage so that it is not over powering (sage is a strong scented herb)
The Mandarin Spice scent I fell in love with just think of all the wonderful smells of fall that is what this soap makes me think about.
One thing I really like about both soaps are the scents which I think appeal to everyone male or female.

Next I got to try the Serenity French Lavender Bath Gift Set 
The gift set contains French Lavender Bath Salt and French Lavender Bubble Bath.

The French Lavender Bath Salt smell just like lavender and the wonderful smell lingered in my bathroom after using.  My bath was wonderful.
I have not used bubble bath in a long time so it was exciting to try out the French Lavender Bubble Bath. The bubble bath made nice bubbles and was gentle to my skin and smelled wonderful.

The Giveaway
The wonderful people at EO are going to give one of my lucky readers the same set of great products that I received
For the mandatory entry go to EO and tell me what other product you would love to try.
For a extra entry do any of the following the more you do the more entries you get.
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Giveaway is open to US residents and will end on Oct 16
winner will be picked using a random org 



I was provided the above products to review and give my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was provided and opinions are mine.