Friday, March 27, 2015

Last Chance: Malva Belle Nail Clipper Set Giveaway Ends Saturday!


Saturday is the last day you can enter to win this great set from Malva Belle. You can read my full review here and enter to win below.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Review and Giveaway!

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I love to use Dial products and was quite intrigued to learn that they are now offering a Boutique Collection. The new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap offers refreshing moisture to your hand washing routines.  The formula contains micro-scrubbers so you can achieve smooth skin as well as a deep cleanse. Moisturizing formulas with skin conditioners help to hydrate your skin and visibly improve dryness while also removing dirt from your hands to leave them feeling smooth and refreshed. After this long, harsh winter...this sounds like music to my ears!

This hand soap is absolutely fantastic. Not only does it do a great job of cleansing my skin, but the micro-scrubbers leave your hands feeling really soft! My hands have been extremely dry lately and I did start to notice an improvement after a few days' use!  It has a really nice, faint scent that is gender neutral so the "boys" of the house don't mind using it at all. It cleans off easily without any residue as well. This is certainly a product I will buy in the future!

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*The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Sugar Can Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Master Lock Tax Tips, Sweepstakes Announcement, and Giveaway

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It's that time of year again: tax season.  Big life changes – like heading off to college, getting married, or having a baby – are exciting, yet bring with them a new set of considerations during tax time. As a part of Master Lock’s ongoing commitment to keep consumers safe through all life stages,

Master Lock Tax Tips
Approximately 1 in 5 Americans who file their own tax return leave an average of $450 on the table each year – adding up to more than $5 billion in the U.S. – due largely to unnoticed deductions and credit. 


No matter which life stage you are in this tax season, pay close attention to possible deductions and credits you may qualify for as you reach each new milestone:



1.      Recent College Graduates: Graduating from college is a great accomplishment, but many graduates face a mountain of debt owed on their student loans. Luckily, there are credits that could provide a tax break for young professionals this season:


Graduates who begin repaying their student loans may qualify for the Student Loan Interest Deduction, which would deduct up to $2,500 of qualified student loan interest. If you plan to continue your education, you may qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit which can provide eligible students with a tax credit toward undergraduate, graduate or professional degree courses at an eligible educational institution.


2.      Newlyweds: After exchanging rings and tossing the bouquet, newlyweds’ lives – and taxes – merge into one. Filing jointly with your spouse offers many advantages, and the IRS gives joint filers one of the largest deductions each year.


With a new marital status comes significant changes that could affect your taxes. It’s imperative for the names and Social Security numbers on your tax return to reflect your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. If you made changes to your name (Form SS-5) or address (Form 8822), you need to file the proper forms to notify the SSA and IRS. You should also notify your workplace to ensure your receive your W-2.


3.      Parents: Raising a child to the age of 18 costs approximately $245,000 in today’s economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parents can ease their burden by taking advantage of the Child Tax Credit, which offers a tax credit up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Additionally, parents who paid for child care in order to work may qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which reduces federal income tax.


4.      Seniors (65+): As we age, it’s even more important to correctly prepare tax returns in order to receive the proper deductions and credits. Storing personal expenses and documentation in a secure location, such as the Master Lock Vault, will keep seniors’ personal information organized and eliminate the worry of lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information. If you want or need to store physical copies, keep them protected in a locking fire- and water-resistant Sentry Safe storage chest or safe.


Based on filing status, seniors may qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (Forms 1040 or 1040A), and seniors who do not itemize their deductions receive a higher deduction amount. Seniors should also take advantage of free tax services, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides income tax preparation and electronic filing services, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which focuses on pensions and retirement-related concerns.



Master Lock Tax Relief Rewards Sweepstakes

An added bonus of utilizing the Master Lock Vault to organize the variety of forms and online passwords needed for your tax-filing process this year is the chance to win $1,000, which can be used to supplement your tax refund, or help ease the burden of additional taxes owed. To enter, new users can register for a Master Lock Vault account at www.MasterLockVault.com. Once the account has been activated, users will receive an email containing the sweepstakes entry form. Existing Master Lock Vault users who have opted in for brand communications will receive an email with the sweepstakes entry form once the sweepstakes kicks off March 16. One entry will be accepted per person through April 16.

Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box Review: What better way to get yourself prepared for this year's taxes than by upgrading and securing your filing system. The Master Lock Keyed Locking File Box comes with a lifetime limited warranty and the following features:

• Locking file box
• 6" (15.2cm) x 13-1/2" (34.3cm) x 10-1/2" (26.7cm)
• Durable steel construction stands up to daily use
• Key lock to protect and secure your personal documents
• Includes 2 keys
• Duplicate keys not available


I received a box and it is really great. We are on a mission to move within the next 2 years and keeping important housing documents, receipts, and warranty information safe and secure is extremely important.  This is the perfect lock box to keep all of the necessary documents together and it is mobile!   It is about as lightweight as possible considering it is made of steel which helps because it can get heavier once the files are included. Even full, it is still easy to pick up and carry.  Hanging files fit into it nicely and there is enough room to fit quite a lot. It is constructed nicely and still looks brand new even being toted around in a pick up truck. This product is a great representation of Master Lock's high quality products! 

Buy it here: You can use the Master Lock store locator to find a retail location near you. The Document Storage Box has a retail price of $21.09 and is available at a discounted price through Amazon

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*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating  this post. All opinions expressed are my own.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Chance: Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway Ends Wednesday



Wednesday is your last chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope& Miracles. There will be three winners! You can read my full review here and enter to win below. 


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Diet-to-Go Review & Discount Code

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Now that the holidays are over, I found myself with a few pounds to lose and, for some reason, I was have a very difficult time taking them off.  Our schedules have been extremely busy with both of my children involved in basketball season and finding time to prepare nutritious meals has been very challenging. Diet-to-Go is a food program that took the guessing, and even shopping, out of the picture. They offer a week's worth of meals in low-fat, vegetarian, or low-carb options and all of their meals are prepared fresh before freezing. The meals contain everything you need including side items, condiments and sometimes even beverages - this is an all encompassing meal plan! Your meals arrive packaged in dry ice in a specially designed cooler to maintain their fresh taste. Although they have created five full weeks of menus, they recognize that not everyone likes everything. They give you the opportunity to substitute meals and make changes. 



I received 5 day's worth of meals to sample and I was very impressed with the nice variety of meals included. For breakfast, there were several egg meals, such as fritata, as well as lighter meals such as yogurt with a muffin. Lunches include meals such as turkey burgers and grilled cheese while the dinners had more elaborate meals like my personal favorite, stuffed shells.  I am not one to give up an entire food group, and there was definitely a nice mixture of foods throughout the day so I really felt satisfied.

Most of the foods held up well to being frozen and reheated. Most of the time the meals, like the macaroni and cheese, tasted so fresh and delicious that it was hard to believe it could be considered a "diet" food.  Others, like the grilled cheese, did not taste as well as a freshly made meal. The veggies tasted extremely fresh and were definitely highlights in my meals. It was nice to have desserts integrated into the meals too because I have a real sweet tooth. While there were a few treats, like a brownie, just having a fruit side was enough to satisfy my cravings and help create a very balanced and tasty meal. 


Macaroni and Cheese: As you can see, food can be eaten right out of the original packaging
I will say that I was a little shocked at the calorie counts in some of the meals. They seemed unreasonably high at times and I worried that I would end up gaining. However, I found that the meals were so filing that I was not snacking nearly as much, if at all, during the day. In fact, they were so satisfying that I often could not eat the entire package of food in one setting and would use sides as snacks later after eating the main item from the meal.  There were some inconsistencies in packaging that probably need to be worked out by the company. For instance, some have calorie counts, some do not. I found a misprint on one as well, indicating that apple butter was included when it was actually a berry spread and another was labeled as chicken tenders when it was actually pasta.  None of these things are deal breakers by any means and I would still recommend giving this program a try.





So, the answer to the question you have probably been asking yourself: was I able to lose weight with Diet-to-Go? I am happy to report that I was able to drop 2 of the 3 holiday pounds that I gained during the week! I was absolutely thrilled. Not once did I feel deprived of food, almost all of the meals were quite delicious, and I did not have to cook at all! Woohoo!

Buy it here: You can sign up for the Diet-to-Go meal plan and save 25% off your first order using the code DTGA103. This is a great way to try this program out for yourself. I bet you will not be disappointed!

*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Aurorae Yoga Ultimate Racer Back Tank Review


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Whether you do yoga or not, you know that the practice has you bending and contorting in all kinds of positions and having the appropriate workout gear that will not slide and bunch is important.  The  Aurorae Yoga Ultimate Racer Back Tank is made from eco-friendly fabric and was created to be an ideal tank for those who do yoga. 

The Aurorae Tank has the following features:
  • 93% Lenzing Modal/7% Spandex 
  • High quality Lenzing Modal Fabric is made with an Eco-Friendly, Carbon-Neutral process from 100% rejuvenating Beech Wood Trees 
  • Lush & Incredibly soft with flat lock seams to avoid skin irritation; highly breathable with wicking capabilities to keep you dry during high-energy activities 
  • Great Flexibility & Retention so the product never loses its shape
  • Designed specifically for women 
  • Lightweight, machine washable

The shirt is very light weight and I absolutely love how long it is. It is extremely distracting to have shirts ride up on you when you are doing poses and the length helps to keep it nicely in place regardless of what kind of pose you are doing. I was hoping that this tank would have a built in bra, which it does not.  Since it is so light weight, it does require the use of a separate bra and I did find that my bras did not quite match up to the design of the racer back on this one which means they did stick out a bit. I do yoga at home so this is really no problem at all, but I am not sure if I would wear it out because of this (or I will have to find a different bar which I just might do since I really do love this shirt). It fits quite nicely and is very soft against my skin...overall making it a very comfortable top. The moisture wicking works well too so I found my yoga experience to be quite delightful with this shirt.





Buy it here: You can find the Aurorae Yoga Ultimate Racer Back Tank on Amazon.

*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this post. All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Last Chance: Flinstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Giveaway Ends Sunday!


Sunday is the last day you can enter to win The Flinstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-Ray combo pack. You can read my full review and find the blog app here and also enter to win below. 


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Specialty Styles Jewelry Roll Bag Review & Giveaway

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Mother's Day Gift Idea! 

I have packing for a vacation or work trip down to a fine science - except when it comes to my jewelry. Despite my best efforts, necklaces get tangled, earrings get lost, and the whole bag usually ends up a mess. I was really excited to hear about the Jewelry Roll from Specialty Styles. 




There are necklace snaps at the top and bottom to ensure there are no necklace tangles. In addition,a soft fabric covers your necklaces to eliminate scratching. The jewelry travel organizer can safely store rings on the padded bar, ear ring holder as well as 3 zippered pouches. It is lightweight and can easily fit into a medium to large purse or your carry-on luggage to ensure that it arrives with you at your destination. Included are two 4" pouches for larger jewelry pieces, like bracelets.The loops on the pouches can be secured under the snap on the outside of the jewelry travel organizer to keep everything together.




As soon as I  started playing around with the Jewelry Roll, I realized that this is one of the products that I could not believe I lived without for so long.  I travel several times a year and this will certainly come in handy! It is very lightweight and folds up to the size of a large wallet so you don't have to worry about adding extra bulk to your luggage. Between the included pouches and the actual roll itself, there is plenty of room to fit every piece of jewelry I would need and the design of the roll will help protect each item from damage. Placing jewelry pieces on the roll is as easy as buttoning a snap. This roll is very well designed and I am extremely pleased with it. 


The Jewelry Roll is made well, will protect my jewelry, and is very affordable. I don't give it out very often, but this product definitely received my seal of approval!



Buy it here: You can purchase the Jewelry Roll from 
Amazon for $19.99 (prices frequently vary on Amazon).

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*I was provided with the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Review

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nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin collection restores and intensifies your hair's nutritional balance, leaving it incredibly smooth, strong and flexible. Unlike typical animal-based keratins, their exclusive Green Keratin formula stays in your hair longer and is more resistant to rinsing. Promotes vibrancy and hydration, giving hair a natural, healthy shine. Products include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Leave-In, and Serum.

BENEFITS

  • Works with all hair types to repair cuticle damage
  • Regenerates & strengthens hair fibers while restoring natural shine & softness
  • Seals hair cuticles to reduce volume and frizz
  • Makes hair resilient & healthy
  • Formaldehyde & sodium chloride free
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BENEFITS

  • Works with all hair types to repair cuticle damage
  • Regenerates & strengthens hair fibers while restoring natural shine & softness
  • Seals hair cuticles to reduce volume and frizz
  • Makes hair resilient & healthy
  • Formaldehyde & sodium chloride free
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The product line has the following benefits:
·  Works with all hair types to repair cuticle damage
·  Regenerates & strengthens hair fibers while restoring natural shine & softness
·  Seals hair cuticles to reduce volume and frizz
·  Makes hair resilient & healthy
·  Formaldehyde & sodium chloride free

Review: My hair is in sad shape after this long, harsh winter so I was looking forward to seeing if this product line could do some damage-repair.

The Shampoo and Conditioner are an amazing combination.  While I was rinsing my hair in the shower, I could instantly feel that my hair was smooth.  I  absolutely thrilled with how healthy my hair looked after just one use. Every day I that use the combination of products my hair looked better and better. I shower at night and tend to have bed head in the morning but I am really low maintenance so I just run a brush through it and go. I noticed that my hair looked healthier and there were less tangles as well.

The Intensive Hair Mask is really amazing as well.  My hair felt like silk as I was rinsing it out and it looked like I just came from a salon the after it dried. My hair has been really dry from this winter and this was exactly the treatment I needed to restore the moisture and the healthy shine!

Since my hair is so straight already I do not even own a straightener. The Leave-In Conditioner and Serum and meant to be used with heat so I was able to blow dry but skipped the straightening step. The Leave-In Conditioner felt a bit heavy on my hair, however, it also controlled my hair and kept it all neatly in place. I used the Serum to tame some fly-aways and that seemed to work well.  These are probably two products that I could personally do without since I don't apply a lot of heat to my hair.

I am not sure if I can go back to my old shampoo and conditioning routine after seeing the results after less than a week of use.  My husband, who did not know that I switched products, even commented on how soft my hair was and how amazing it looked:

Before (dull and unmanageable):

After (silky, shiny, and like I just walked out of the salon):


Buy it here:  nuNAAT is a bit of a niche haircare brand, but once you try them, you want to seek them out! The products can always be found online at various online retailers as well as through www.nunaatonline.com, but did you know that they are also in most beauty supply stores across the nation!? Spread the word! nuNAAT believes in supporting local businesses so be sure to shop the local beauty suppliers in your area! To search for stores in your area by zip code, visit www.nunaat.com





*I was provided with the above mentioned products for the purpose of facilitating this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

WOW! Today Only: Select Mattel Toys Up to 40% Off (Think Easter)

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Elsa doll: $16.49

I don't know about you, but I don't like to give my kids too much candy on Easter so I typically fill their baskets with small toys instead. Today only, you can get up to a 40% off discount on select Mattel toys (like the Disney Frozen Singing Elsa Doll). These are great deals! Check out the full selection here and preview some of the deals below.