Thursday, October 23, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway!

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I absolutely love Purex Crystals. The laundry enhancer adds such amazing scent to my clothes and I could not imagine that they could get any better....and then I learned about Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! The new scents were created to express your mood with each unique aroma and are created with citrus and floral scents blended with essential oils.

The new scents are:
Well Being brightens any mood with the happy fragrance of fresh blossoms
Energy helps you tackle any day with the stimulating power of citrus
Serenity keeps you calm all day long with the gentle scent of water-lilies

I have been a fan of Purex Crystals for years and prefer to use these over fabric softener sheets.  I did not think that the line could get any better and then they surprised me with Aromatherapy - amazing! I was extremely happy with its ability to eliminate laundry odors and soften my clothes. I have to be very careful about using fragrances in my laundry because of severe allergies, but this product caused no problems at all. The scent was very pleasant and it did a great job at eliminating odors (even from my dogs' bedding, from towels, and my son's gym socks) and replacing it with a clean, fresh citrus laundry scent. My family loved the effects from using these Crystals and, without telling them I used anything different in laundry, I caught them sniffing their clothes and commenting on the awesome scent on a variety of occasion. It is so easy to use and, trust me, your clothes and nose with thank you! 

Buy it here: Purex Crystals Aromatherapy are available for purchase in mid-October at your local mass merchants.

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*The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Make Ghost Cupcakes

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I love baking in the autumn and have so much fun with Halloween inspired baked goods and I am pleased to show you how to make these super adorable ghost cupcakes! 

Ghost cupcakes

How to make ghost cupcakes:
Your favorite cupcake recipe (or boxed mix),baked
Your favorite frosting recipe (or canned frosting), prepared
Your favorite fondant recipe (or premade fondant), prepared
Suckers (I used Blow Pops)
Decorating bag and tip 21 (optional) and 2
Block of Styrofoam
Vegetable shortening
Rolling pin

Frost the cupcakes using tip 21 or using a spatula. 

Remove wrappers from suckers and place in Styrofoam. Prepare a work surface by lightly greasing with vegetable shortening. Roll out fondant until fairly thin and then cut into a circle. To achieve a perfect circle, I used a cottage cheese lid. Peel the fondant up from the surface and drape over the sucker. It will have natural folds so you will likely need to do few, if any, manipulations once it is draped. 

How to make ghost cupcakes

Push sucker stick into the center of the frosted cupcakes. Add two small dots using colored frosting and tip 2. 

See how easy it is! 

The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure Review

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A year ago I was on a handful of medications a day. I have been working hard to get healthy and, for me, that meant finding alternatives to prescription and over the counter medications.  Instead of pain medication, I use yoga to help control body pain and discomfort. However, there are days when my back and neck hurt - especially if I overdo it when exercising.

The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure was written by Justin Price, creator of The BioMechanics Method® and one of the world’s top back pain experts.  The book was written to be the ultimate guide to helping you overcome back pain. Unlike other books on back pain relief that require you to do dynamic stretching or strengthening exercises that can make the problem worse, The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure provides you with simple techniques and soothing exercises that address the underlying cause of your pain and prepare your entire body to move without the constant discomfort that has become an unwanted part of your life.

If you want to get rid of your back pain naturally and for good, you must address the two most prevalent causes of pain (overworked muscles and irritated joints) before you start putting your body under the stress of traditional exercises. You use a tennis ball as a tool for self-massage in strategic areas around the body. Knowing exactly where to place the ball and how to perform the easy techniques in this book can bring about incredible relief from:
• Lower back pain
• Upper back pain
• Sciatica
• Disc issues
• Muscle tension and joint pain
• Pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, neck, and head

Review: This book was very thorough and easy to follow.  The book not only shows you the techniques (complete with pictures so you know you are doing them right) but also explains why the cure works, the mechanics of back pain, and includes some bonus tips to soothe back pain.  There are a total of 16 different techniques described and illustrated in the book and then the author goes on to tell you exactly which exercises to do to address different kinds of pain that even go beyond just back pain to include foot, ankle, and heel pain, asthma and more. 

This is truly a wonderful book and I am always open to nonpharmaceutical treatments, especially if they work as well as these techniques. Luckily, my pain levels have significantly decreased over the past year since I started exercising, but there were certainly days when I was sore or in mild pain and I can tell you that these techniques really do work!  You have nothing to lose by trying it out so I would really recommend checking this book out.

Buy it here: You can purchase The Amazing Tennis Ball Back Pain Cure  from Amazon. It is available in paperback and as an  e-book.

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

Last Chance: Rusk W8LESS Hairspray Giveaway Ends 10/23

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Thursday is the last day to enter to win a can of Rusk W8LESS Hairspray! You can read my full review and enter to win here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Smith Brothers Review and Giveaway

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Smith Brothers offers a full line of products to help support your immune system, provide cold and flu symptoms, and help restore your state of wellness following a sickness. This time of year, their products are needed! 

Building upon the legacy of its brand - the Smith Brothers Co. has introduced a comprehensive wellness regimen—a product line that addresses three phases of cold and flu with consumer preferred forms and ingredients.  Rather than taking pills, their products come in dissolvable forms such as packets and effervescent tablets so you can either create a cold beverage or a tea.  

These products represent four key traits that consumers demand in over-the-counter remedies:

  • All Smith Brothers products represent the highest standard of safety
  • Smith Brothers’ products are effective in delivering upon their promise
  • Smith Brothers products are portable with stick packs, sachets and tubes that offer convenience when consumers want to take the products
  • Importantly, the products’ formats and flavors are made to be enjoyable

The three phases of cold and flu care consist of Immune Support, Relief of Cold & Flu and Restore Wellness. Soon after receiving these products, my husband came down with a nasty cold.  He relied on the Symptom Relief products during the height of his illness and also turned to the Restore Wellness products. I have been with my husband for 18 years and he has never had a cup of tea as long as I had known him so I was surprised that he relied on these "teas" throughout his entire illness. Not only did the vitamins in the Restore Wellness and the medications in the Symptom Relief products make him feel better, but he also enjoyed the flavors and the soothing action of the warm beverages on his sore throat.  The berry flavors were his favorite but the honey flavors seemed to help calm his cough. 

Determined to not get sick like him, I used the Immune Support products. The citrus flavor tasted so good and I enjoyed a steaming cup of this "tea" in the morning (especially on cool mornings). I am happy to report that I managed to help him with his illness without getting sick! Plus, the B Vitamins helped give me a boost of energy which I certainly appreciated. After using these products, I am absolutely thrilled and plan on keeping my medicine cabinet stocked this cold and fly season!

Buy it here:  You can find Smith Brothers products at a variety of drug stores and mass merchants. 

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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. 

Not My Typical Post, But....

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My husband restores old cars and he has this amazing 1934 Ford Pickup for sale right now. I thought I would share with all of my amazing followers in case any of you know of someone who may be looking for a unique, sweet ride. It is available for auction right now through Ebay and I would appreciate you sharing this info with any one who would be interested. 

Many thanks!!!! 

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 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  

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

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.

Who doesn't love Ghostbusters?! 30 years later and it is still awesome and now you have a chance to win!

UPDATE: This giveaway was originally posted as a 30th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD; however, it was clarified that Sony had to change the prize. The winner will now receive the regular movie (not  the anniversary edition) on DVD - still great though, huh?!

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*I will receive restaurant vouchers in exchange for this post.