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February 27, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

Restore your skin and get a soft and smooth clean with new Miracle Oil Body Wash infused with Marula Oil. Who's ready for a small miracle to their day?

It lathers up and rinses clean for soft and smooth skin. I know that my skin is plagued with dryness and cracking in the cold winter months of Pennsylvania, and this winter has been especially hard on skin, but thankfully there are products out there, like Dial, to combat this problem.

I used Dial's Miracle Oil Body Wash for the first time today, and it forms a nice thick lather, and truely does rinse clean, with no soapy residue left behind. It left my skin feeling hydrated and smelling like a perfume I love from a well known lingerie store that love pink, if you get my drift.

As you can see I love to do my nails. I love to do bright colors or metallics to make them stand out, but who wants people to notice your nails when your skin is dry and cracking? not me! This is just one reason I'm so excited to continue using this dial product, followed up with some great lotion daily to keep my hands looking soft and healthy.

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February 25, 2015


THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE™ is the world’s best-selling touring magic show. The show comes directly from Broadway, where it recently finished a 6-week run.   THE ILLUSIONISTS is part of the Broadway Philadelphia season, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.

The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are:

·         The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin.  Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.”
·         The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry. Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
·         The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.
·         The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.
·         The Inventor, Kevin James, known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.
·         The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts without saying a single word. Belgium’s international magic sensation, a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, he uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
·         The Futurist, Adam Trent, shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques.

If you want a night full of laughs, edge-of-your-seat moments and fun, you need to see this show! Andrew Basso had me covering my eyes, while simultaneously holding my breath, as he entered the water torture cell. The show had a smooth flow, with a great juxtaposition of comical light moments and serious, death-defying moments, but like most shows, I still had my favorites. They would be the trickster and the futurist. I'm not much of a thriller connoisseur; you could say I am a wuss, so the comical and mystifying acts were the ones I enjoyed most.

To learn more or purchase tickets visit: http://www.theillusionistslive.com/)
They may be coming to a city near you!!!

February 13, 2015

GIVEAWAY & BEAUTY REVIEW: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

I had been hearing a lot about this product by Younique called Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash mascara. People were posting photos on FB that made their lashes look 3x longer, and I'll admit, I was skeptical. I am a beauty buff and usually have to try the new products and see if they measure up to the hype, which is why I was thrilled when I was contacted to review Fiberlash Mascara.

What is Fiberlash Mascara? It's a simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. First step is putting on the transplanting gel which operates like regular mascara coating your lashes and defining them. The second step is the Natural Fibers. They look like the little magnetic pieces in an etch-a-sketch, but they cling to the transplant gel making your lashes look fuller and longer. Final step is another coat of the transplanting gel to bring it all together.

I found that this product is not like other mascara or products where you can use it once and it's mastered. The first time I tried it, well you'll see....

After my first attempt I had fibers all over my face [see arrows]. Since watching a tutorial video, which I'll include below, I learned that it's best to apply the fibers from the middle of your lashes up, NOT starting at the base. That was my problem. I was trying to apply them like mascara, starting at the base and through the tips. First time was a mess, second time looked okay but still not impressive, but by the third/fourth/fifth times I think I had it down. I even learned that you can apply it ones, and then go through all the steps again just at the tips for even longer lashes. Though my application is not yet perfect, it does have an impressive affect. In the future I need to work on spreading my lashes out to get a more natural look instead of "spider eyes," as I call it. You be the judge, what do you think?

Overall I'm very impressed with this product. Had I given up after my first I would have missed out on what this product was capable of. This just goes to show, practice makes progress.

Here is the tutorial video that I found to be so helpful:

If you'd like to check out this product or others, please head over to Donna's site here: http://mascara.donnasu.com.

Her FB Page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/mascarafun

Or, enter to win one for yourself below!!!!!

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February 05, 2015

Shoplet Review - Duck Tape and Geckotech reusable hooks

I love exciting mail days...when you get more than just bills and flyers...and it was an exciting day when these products office supplies arrived at my door. I received two types of Geckotech reusable hooks (one for up to 3lb, and one for up to 5lb), and Duck packaging tape with dispenser. This may sound like a boring mail day to you, but you don't understand how much I needed hooks and how often I use packaging tape. ;-)

The first product I tried out was the duck tape. They said this tape dispenser was going to be quiet but I didn't believe them. After years of using tape that made annoying stretching noises and crinkling noises, I was a skeptic, but this product proved me wrong! It was quiet. Imagine that, quiet packaging tape...what is the world coming to? haha. I use this all the time when I mail books to Amazon, or mail gifts to friends, and even when I mail paperback books without a box via paperbackswap.com. My son also thinks it's funny to try to stick a small piece on the pets, but don't worry, he doesn't catch them! The opperative word being "try".

I tried out the reusable hooks next. I am a beauty/fashion junky, so I have more make up and styling products than I know what to do with, same goes for scarves and accessories, so hooks are my friend. I decided to use the light weight hook on the side of my vanity so I can hang my hair straightener when I'm  not using it, instead of having it laying on the floor surrounded by cords gallore.I cleaned the surface, pressed on the hook, and voila! I would have hung the hair dryer too, but it didn't have a loop to hang it. Rest assured, the other hook will be put to use in my closet holding belts and scarves.

While I have not had to remove this hook yet, it's supposed to remove easily and without leaving a mark, so when/if I decide to remove it, I know I shouldn't have any issues.

Check out more on these Reusable HooksPromotional Products & Office Stationary today! 

February 02, 2015

Say "I love you" with Bouqs Flowers

 About the Bouqs:
"Our flowers never sit in a corner store or a dingy warehouse (where they send you the oldest, most-dead flowers they have in the fridge), and they never show up in a van with a 1-800 number on the side. We ship straight from an active volcano where they are grown or from the sunny surf of California, seriously - we’re putting a little romance back in the Bouq. We also cut only what we sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. We cut only when you order, so we avoid the waste. Finally, our farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And our growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company's flowers."

If you aren't already convinced that this is a great company how about I share my experience with you. I decided to order a bouq for my birthday. I realize this sounds a bit silly, but I love getting flowers, so why not, right? They arrived in the morning and were immediately cut and put into water. The rose buds were closed, but by the next day they were open and absolutely gorgeous. While I didn't intend for them to match my kitchen, they ended up doing so, being yellow with red tips. Lovely!

Even the celebrities are raving about them!!!

If you are looking for a site that offers beautiful bouquets for a loved one in your life, try Bouqs today. Valentine flowers are a great way to say "I'm love you." Order them today!

To order a Bouq for someone today, visit THIS SITE Now!!! 

February 01, 2015

Giveaway: TurboTax

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We've been using TurboTax for the past few years and plan to continue doing so because it makes filing taxes easier. I wouldn't say it makes them "easy" because ours were very complicated, but it was such a huge help. Since we had a failed adoption in 2012 and then a successful finalized adoption in 2013 we had the adoption tax credit to figure out for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Without the help of Turbotax we would be lost.

What I like about TurboTax is that with just a click you can get explanations of what tax words mean, or in which situations you would quality. It leads you to answers instead of having to scour the web for them. It's a click away. I also appreciated that they cover EVERYTHING. They lead you through income and can even pull up records from employers (not all, but many). They ask about your investments, your loans, your deductions etc. You just keep pressing on until you're done.

...and now 4 of my readers will have a chance to file their taxes with Turbotax this year. See below...

WIN IT: 4 readers will each win a Turbotax code to do their 2014 Taxes!!!!

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Giveaway: Drainwig [no need to call a plumber!!!]

Ladies, have you ever had the issue of your drain being clogged, only to find out that a ball of your hair was the cuprit? I know I have, many times. I have been using the plastic hair catchers, but sometimes that still isn't enough, but I recently learned about a product called the Drainwig that helps to catch hair that's already gone down the drain.

It's very easy to install. It's basically a chain, with green flexible tabs, that you feed down into your drain, and an anchor or flower to sit on top of the drain. You leave it there for weeks or months, and when you remove it, you also remove the hair that's gone down the drain! My only complaint is that I couldn't use the stopper function when it was in, but it was easy enough to remove for baths and put back after I was done, that I didn't mind.

Here's more about the Drainwig:

  • Universal design fits most shower and tub drains, 100% guaranteed or your money back.
  • Hygienic: completely disposable design allows you to remove hair & debris without ever touching it!
  • Low maintenance: replace just every 2-5 months
  • Saves you money and hassle
    - no more expensive plumbing calls!

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    GIVEAWAY: Team Us, Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater <--- Spoiler Alert: It's amazing!

    What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”?
    When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan.

    But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.

    Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.

    My Thoughts:
    I would recomend this book to any 20/30/40 year olds who are married because it's hilarious, and some of the disagreements that Ashleigh and Tim had were the EXACT same ones my husband and I had, ver batum. I found myself laughing at the similarity of it all. I also loved all her references to things that I also loved growing up - Princess Bride, TGIF Tv line up when I was a kid, Gilmore Girls, and more recently, Downton Abbey, and yes, even the Olympic Sport, Curling, which I only recently started watching. While I'm only half way through this book, it's not only humorous, but very insightful. While some of the tips are obvious, others really struck me and made me stop and think. Just some of the tidbits from this book are...."Practice makes progress" [so true!],  "Don't assume the worst of your spouse; assume the best" [guilty!], and many more.

    Ashleigh is a very talented writer, and I would suggest this book for any married couple. I suggested ages 20-40 just because of the references from the 80s/90s, but I'm sure everyone would get something from this book! Having her husband's insight was also helpful, if you choose to read this as a couple, it gives you the female and male perspective on issues, because sometimes they can be very different.

    Check out the book trailer HERE & hear from Ashleigh Slater HERE.

    Check out Ashleigh’s blog HERE

    Check out the official website HERE (you can read an excerpt here to see if you’d like it!)

    WIN IT: One reader will win a copy of this book

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    January 21, 2015

    Halo Sleep Sack Winter Weight

    Halo Sleep Sack now available in winter weight! The HALO® SleepSack® wearable blanket (www.halosleep.com) is the nation’s best-selling wearable blanket for babies. It is intended to lessen the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing and loose bedding during sleep.  For colder winter months, the SleepSack® wearable blanket is now available in Winter Weight to keep little ones warm on the coldest nights.

    The warmth of the new HALO Sleep Sack Winter Weight is measured in “TOG,” a unit of measurement of thermal insulation used in the textile trade.  This new SleepSack wearable blanket has a TOG value of 2.5, making it ideal for chilly seasons and climates.

    Available in pink and blue, the cozy quilted feel comes from a 100% cotton outer fabric with a 100% polyester fill.  The new HALO SleepSack Winter Weight comes in small (10-18 lbs) and Medium (16-24 lbs) and retails for $35.

    I used these with my son, and foster daughter. My son especially loved the kind with velco straps that made him feel snug, but that doesn't work for all kids. My niece loves to flail her arms and break free, so the swaddle type doesn't work for her. She loves this kind, where her arm are free, but she's still kept warm with the sleep sack. It's a great idea!

    the shoe size dilemma

    Can any parents out there relate to this? You had a bin of shoes in your child's closet of every shape and size yet you can't figure out what size he actually is, so you pull out a size 5, a size 6, and even a size 7, and start testing them with trial and error, all while thinking, "how on earth can I find the right size shoe for my child without going through all this hassle?" Now there's an easy solution to this problem: Squatchi®.

    Squatchi® is shaped like the typical shoe sizer found in every department store, but made from a lightweight, unbreakable material that's easy to use and transport. Each one features measurement lines that range from size 2 toddler to 5 youth and is ideal for use with children ages 1-11. Kids will delight in the fun, vibrant colors they come in, and won't put up a fight when they get to step up to the plate.

    My son thought this was a hilarious game and thus refused to stand up or hold still, but he had a blast while I learned his shoe size in just a matter of seconds. :)

    I think this is a great tool to have in your home for those mornings where you don't have time to sort through your child's entire shoe collection to find the right size.

    Giveaway: Spartan Race

    If you aren't familiar with Spartan Race, it’s been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and focuses on building a healthy and active community of adults and children. Every Spartan Race has a Junior and Varsity Spartan Kids Race to allow children to share in the thrill of an obstacle race.

    The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life. The Podcast is now live here!

    What does a Spartan Race look like? Check out this video to see for yourself: 


    The 2015 World Championship Spartan Race is moving to Lake Tahoe California. Learn more with Joe Desena’s new podcast, “Spartan Up!” In each episode, Joe interviews different experts and thought leaders with a lesson breakdown and a blueprint for success.


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    December 31, 2014

    Two Volcanoes Coffee

    I was recently given the opportunity to review Two Volcanoes coffee.  The coffee tasted great and the vacuum sealed bag made for a fresh cup of coffee, that is of course after I ground the whole beans.  The medium roast was a little on the stronger side, so I did increase the amount of cream to balance out the flavor, as my palette is used to a milder coffee.  

    A little about Two Volcanoes:
    Two Volcanoes coffee is cultivated in the best volcanic soils of San Marcos, Guatemala.  It is carefully cultivated, processed and packaged in origin, ensures the best flavor and coffee experience to their customers.  They roast every week to offer always fresh products.

    Check them out today: http://www.twovolcanoescoffee.com/

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