Monday, October 20, 2014

DOLE No Sugar Added Review and Giveaway!

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Recently introduced by the #1 brand in single serve cups, DOLE No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls contain all-natural Dole Fruit packed in water and sweetened with monk fruit. Available in two varieties, Diced Peaches and Mandarin Oranges, with Pineapple coming soon, each bowl is just 40 calories or less! The grab-and-go bowls make them a great on-the-go healthy snack. 

I LOVE fruit but have always avoided buying prepackaged varieties because I am just not willing to have my family consume sugar in something that they believe is a healthy snack option and artificial sweeteners are out of the question as well. I was so thrilled to see that Dole has this option and the two varieties I received were perfectly sweet just the way they were.  The Mandarin Oranges were really flavorful. I have had mandarin oranges in the past that were a bit too sour for my liking but the addition of the monk fruit concentrate blended well with the sour flavor to create a very delicious treat. The Diced Peaches were pretty tasty as well. They were much more natural tasting than other canned/cupped peaches which made them less sweet but also less artificial tasting.  There was a slight aftertaste associated with these, but I could definitely deal with it.

These are absolutely perfect for packing in my lunch as well as my kids'. Since I have a tendency to want to end my lunch with something sweet, I am really happy to have these as an option rather than reaching into the candy dish. My kids like these as well and I will certainly reconsider my "no packaged fruit" rule especially since our favorite fruits are now out of season. 

Buy it here: You can find DOLE Fruit Bowls at a variety of mass merchants and grocery stores. Make sure you visit Dole.com/NoSugarAdded for a coupon.

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

Hype Energy Review

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Hype Energy MFP is designed specifically to deliver maximum energy and is the only energy drink geared specifically toward women. The flavorful drink provides a direct punch of stimulation that makes it easy to go down, especially since it is formulated without artificial colors, sugars or preservatives! This 110-calorie drink contains five essential B vitamins: Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin B12, and includes 80mg of caffeine per serving. The energy blend of caffeine, taurine and glucuronolactone (a natural metabolite of glucose) provides numerous health benefits; taurine works to enhance endurance and reduce muscle soreness, while glucuronolactone improves mental alertness and can help with performance in recovery. 

Review: A couple of months ago I had to give up coffee (no need to throw me a pity party, I have thrown several for myself). I have become accustomed to not having my daily cup of joe but there are days when I definitely need an extra boost to get through my day. I have never tried energy drinks before, but I figured there was no time like the present. 

One word comes to mind to describe Hype Energy: sweet - like grape soda with some extra sweetness.  I am not used to drinking anything but water and tea so it was a bit of a shock to my taste buds  but I am guessing that people who drink sweet drinks would probably find the taste quite appealing. The design of the can was also quite nice and the small can was easy to take on-the-go and grasp. I was happy that it did not bother my acid reflux  and did give me a boost of energy which I desperately needed when I tried it. I do like that it includes vitamins and also appreciate the health benefits associated with the drink.  

Buy it here: Hype Energy MFP retails for $48 for a case of 24 cans, and can be purchased at hype.com.  

*I was provided with a sample in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel Review & Giveaway (3 Winners)

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel: 101 Miraculous Stories of Faith, Divine Intervention, and Answered Prayers is one of the newest editions of the beloved short story book collection.  The stories in this edition focus on real people who have experienced unexplained phenomenon that they could only interpret as celestial in nature. The interventions were often life saving and certainly convinced the authors that there are angels watching over them!

The collection of stories is organized into the following chapters:
Messages from Heaven
A Gift from an Angel
An Auspicious Visitor
Miracles Happen
My Guardian Angel
Divine Messengers
Miraculous Healing
Answered Prayers

Divine Intervention
Renewing My Faith

I am a very spiritual person but do not belong to an organized religion so I am often looking for books that can help strengthen my spirituality and provide inspiration for reflection and this book served both of those purposes. I am a very busy person and don't have a lot of time for reading so the format of the book was perfect. I could easily read a story at night or in between tasks. The stories in this edition are particularly uplifting and definitely give you goose bumps as you read about these real-life interventions from beyond our understanding of this physical world.  This is a great gift idea as well and would be perfect for anyone who has spiritual beliefs or perhaps for those who struggle with their beliefs.

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Buy it here: You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel from bookstores for $14.95. It is also available at a discounted price from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway!

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The popular buffet restaurants Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet are celebrating two big anniversaries in October with the second anniversary of the restaurants’ popular Thursday Family Night and the 30th anniversary of the popular and enduring Ghostbusters franchise. In honor of the films’ milestones, Ghostbusters I and II are being released on Blu-ray™ as special anniversary editions that will also feature a $3-off dinner coupon good at any of the 324 family-style restaurants. All the restaurants are also featuring Ghostbusters-themed activities every Family Night in October.

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MightySupp Premium Plus Probiotic Review and Giveaway!


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MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic, is designed to provide premium quality ingredients for maximum daily support. The optimum blend of four highly effective bacteria will help keep your digestive system in prime condition, putting a smile back on your face. It replenishes good bacteria, helps maintain your immune system, assists with weight loss, reduces bloating and gas, improves energy use, reduces yeast infections, helps improve memory and promote mental balance.

I have been having stomach issues for the past few years. I was able to successfully get off a medication that was causing some very serious side effects, but found that I still need to use a daily acid reflux medication. The new medication does not work as well as the last one (though I am free from the horrible side effects) so I did some research and found in one article after another that I should try probiotics. 

I used the MightySupp Premium Probiotic daily for the past month and I was very happy with the noticeable results.  After just a couple of days, both my upper and lower gastrointestinal symptoms eased.  While I was not asymptomatic, the various acid reflux symptoms as well as bloating and gas pains significantly decreased!  The pills are on the larger side but I had no problems swallowing the capsules. The packaging is optimal and delivery was quick. I have no complaints and after using these, I have become a real believer in the benefits of probiotics!They are now a part of my daily routine. 

Buy it here: You can purchase a 60 day supply of MightySupp Premium Plus Probiotics exclusively from Amazon.

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Sleep Well for Kids Review and Giveaway

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My kids have a fear of certain creepy-crawly things, specifically the “million leggers” that tend to be in our bathroom and basement. A year or two ago, my son was in the bathroom when he accidentally touched a giant “million-legger” while trying to reach for a toothbrush. The experience threw him into a full-blown panic attack complete with hives and hyperventilation. Thank goodness I was there to come to the rescue (not to kill the bug because they totally freak me out too, but rather to help calm him down). I had both of my kids lay down and I used progressive muscle relaxation techniques to help settle them. I was so grateful at that time that I am a therapist and knew the technique because it really helped calm them down. So much so, that they love to ask me to “do that muscle thing” with them if they are upset about something or having trouble sleeping.

I am trained to treat adults and have found it a little challenging at times to convert some of the instructions to ones that my kids can understand. So, I was really excited to hear about Sleep Well for Kids: Under the Sea which features guided meditations and relaxing melodies tailored to kids. The CD was created by Janet Montgomery and Jeff Gold to help kids (and parents) wind down at bedtime. 


Review:  Janet Montgomery's soothing voice and Jeff Gold's calming background music are the perfect combination to help induce optimal relaxation.  There is a nice assortment of imagery, muscle relaxation instruction, breathing exercises, and even calming advice that really create a tranquil experience.  Ms. Montgomery does a great job focusing on imagery that kids can easily understand but the instructions are not so juvenile that adults could not enjoy it! In fact, the kids and I all completed the relaxation exercises together and we felt amazing and ready for bed when it was done. This is definitely a must-have for just about anyone who needs a little more relaxation in there life! You can listen to a clip here and see for yourself just how relaxing it is.

Buy it here: You can purchase Under the Sea from Amazon. The   MP3 version is available for $8.99 and the CD version is available for $17.66 (prices subject to change).

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Music Box Attic Review

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Music Box Attic was founded in 1993 and has grown to be one of the largest online retailers of musical gifts in the world. The company exists to inspire the world with their gifts of song. Their goal is to provide the highest level of service and the broadest selection of the highest selection of the highest quality products at competitive prices. 

The company offers a wide range of different products for men, women, and children.  They offer classic ballerina boxes, custom boxes, and additional collectibles.   Not only do you get to pick out your perfect box, but you also get to choose from over 380 songs. When shopping, you can listen to samples of the songs right on their website so you can get the perfect music box! 

I was given the opportunity to review and box and I must say that I was so impressed with their vast selection. I ultimately decided on the Wallet Size White Lacquer Photo Frame Music Box which I thought would make a great present for my mother-in-law from my kids this Christmas.  The box features Music Box Attic's new "Pop-Out" lens which allows you to open the frame in a fraction of a second!  The frame fits a wallet size photo print and has a centered mirror with red velvet interior and one open compartment. It has gold feet and hardware that gives it a very classy look and works great with the shiny white of the box itself. 

I was very happy with the music box that I received.  See for yourself:




Buy it here: You can shop for the music box featured in this post on the Music Box Attic website. Check out their Special Buys up to 70% off for some really great deals.

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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ornaments with Love Review and Giveaway!

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I love gifting personalized, dated ornaments for Christmas and sometimes even use ornaments as the gift tag to larger gifts.  It is a truly thoughtful present and is perfect for just about anyone who celebrates Christmas!   Ornaments with Love takes great pride in their selection of ornaments and expert personalizers. Each individual order placed is done by a single personalizer so that the lettering for each of the ornaments is flawless and consistent.  They offer a huge assortment of ornaments on their easy-to-navigate website so finding that perfect ornament is easy.  

Review: I was given the opportunity to review and ornament and decided that an anniversary ornament for my step-sister would be perfect.  Having an ornament personalized to celebrate special occasions is not only a touching sentiment the year it is given, but is cherished for years to come.  The Personalized Anniversary Heart Christmas Ornament - 25 featured a pair of wine glasses, a number "25" to commemorate a quarter of a century together, the dates painted onto the wine bottle and the names of the couple. 

Thanks to the bright blue and sparkly heart, this ornament is quite stunning.  It measures 3" x 3" which I think is the perfect size for the ornament. The ornament looks just like it does on the website and the personalization was flawless. The ordering process was very quick and easy and my ornament arrived quickly as well. It comes with an adorable gift bag so it is really ready for gift-giving upon arrival. I am absolutely thrilled with the final result and I know that my step-sister will adore it! 






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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last Chance: Funny Face Cranberries Giveaway Ends Thursday!


October 16th is your last chance to enter to win this fantastic prize pack from Funny Face! You can read my full review and enter to win here.

Yoga Design Lab Zoto Bottle Review


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Drinking a lot of water every day has been a key to my weight loss this past year as well as important for my overall health. However, I can't seem to enjoy water out of a glass so I am always on the lookout for great water bottles. The Yoga Design Lab Zoto Bottle is double-walled, stainless steel, with vacuum insulation designed to keep beverages hot or cold for up to six hours.

The bottle is free from BPA, phthalates, lead and other harmful substances. It has a tightly-fitted, flip-top lid that opens with one-push and also has a safety lock that prevents it from opening accidentally. The bottle comes with a money-back guarentee plus by $1 from every purchase goes to support Urban Youth Yoga Programs in need. 

Review:  I have discarded other stainless steel bottles in the past because they altered the taste of the water, giving it a metallic taste. The water in the Yoga Design Lab bottle, however, tasted as fresh and crisp as it does in any other bottle. I liked the small size of the bottle which made it perfect for taking on-the-go. The push button flip lid also makes it really easy to use when I am working out.  The spout design also minimizes spills when drinking which made  it easy for me to drink even when running!  It did a great job of keeping my water cold for a lengthy amount of time and it was perfect for keeping my hydrated on a recent trip my husband and I took. It also worked well for keeping my tea warm when I don't have time to drink it at home.   I also absolutely adore the design which is so sleek! 

Buy it here: You can purchase the Yoga Design Lab bottle for $19.95 from Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.