Ask Away...: May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Arm The Animals All Summer Long

Summer is the perfect time for statement tee's and at Arm the Animals you can wear a shirt that represents helping animals in need. 

They deserve protection too right? Well, it's our job to protect them! There are all kinds of animals and shirts to wear and when people ask what it means you can explain how good the cause is. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vidazorb Review


My whole life I’ve always taken pills and vitamins on a daily basis.  But lately, I have had a problem with having to take so many.  And early in the morning it’s a lot to gulp down and sometimes I find myself nearly gagging my pills right back up! Not fun! Infact, sometimes I don’t even want to take all my vitamins just because of that problem!

Something that I do need to take daily is a probiotic.  Probiotics are important because they are essential for digestion, absorption, and assimilation.  Basically, if you want to have a healthy daily routine when you go to the bathroom, you want probiotics in your life! They are safe to take and natural so no need to worry about if you are putting something harmful in your body.

So Vidazorb combines probiotics and an easy to swallow form of a pill to bring you a daily probiotic supplement.  It’s chewable!! And….it’s vanilla flavored!!  At least the one I received was.  It was Vidazorb Plus.  It helps with upset stomach and helps keep your digestive function flowing smoothly! 

Seriously, I didn’t even notice I was taking a vitamin/supplement because I was so focused on how yummy it tasted and how easy it was to chew and then swallow. It didn’t turn into powder in my mouth like some, and didn’t leave a funny after taste.  I swallowed it and it was gone!  

My Advice: Trust me, you won’t regret (EVER) having a probiotic in your supplement stash!!! Plus, if you want your stomach to look nice for bikini season, it’s important to help everything flow through it easily, and a probiotic does just that!

I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Marc Allison Jeans Review

I love Marc Allison jeans mostly because they fit so well and are snug enough yet still loose enough that I can breathe.  I have another pair of Marc Allison jean in black but these ones are the Michi MR Skinny in charcoal and I absolutely adore them.  I love skinny jeans because you can wear them in the summer when it's cool in the evenings.  That's exactly what I did with these.  I paird them with white and black tops because that's normally what I really like to wear.



 
I love how well they are held together but the best thing about them is that when I bend or move around in them they don't squeeze me in an uncomfortable way.  It was super easy to get around and I also didn't feel as if it was suffocating my torso!  No need to undo a button on these jeans!!  I also love how they go great with sexy black boots.  Charcoal is a great summer color for jeans because it isn't too dark or light and can be worn in the daytime or in the evening!
 

Design Your Own Flip Flops


Heading to the beach this summer? Design your own flip flops for your trip from The Trendy Boutique! It's a great way to get just the right design that you would want rather than getting something you aren't totally satisfied with!!  Plus it's a great idea for a girl's trip!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

G and L Clothing

If you are looking for big and tall clothing for someone you know then look no further.  G and L Clothing has a huge selection of items with free delivery over $100.  You can track your order easily and returns are very simple.  So if something doesn’t fit like it should, you aren’t stuck with it.

It’s hard enough these days to find clothes that fit especially for taller men and women.  When it comes to being outdoors and doing outdoor activities, wouldn't it be nice to feel comfortable?  You can get classic items like Levi's jeans too!

You can even get children's clothing from G and L Clothing!  It’s so much more convenient then dragging your kids to the store and dealing with lines and other customers.  And again, if you get the wrong size, there is a super easy process to return your order.  And with that free delivery deal, you may as well stock up for the whole family. 

The clothing at G and L Clothing would make an awesome gift for anyone in your life, and it’s so convenient how can you say no?  

Don’t let the special men in your life feel left out on Father’s day.  Whether it’s your dad or your husband, you can update his wardrobe with some great comfortable clothing from G and L Clothing.  Hurry and order before Father’s Day so you get your order in time and can wrap it all nice and pretty for him!  And ladies, if you are shopping for yourself, go wild because it’s summer and it’s time to update your wardrobe!

scunci Hot Streaks Review & *Giveaway* Ends 6/4

scunci Hot Streaks is a great new beauty product to help brighten your summer look.  Scunci hot streaks are pink, purple, blue, orange, and green clip in extensions that are only $4.99 each.  They are great when you have one of the above colors on and you want to add a little finishing touch to your look.  Got a blue top? Wear a blue streak in your hair as well!! 
I received a green hot streak!  I love it! I just got a bunch more green outfits so I can definitely wear this.  Even when I pull my hair back, if I have the streak visible, it looks great! It’s very easy to attach and it stays securely in, even if I touch my hair a lot throughout the day. 

And if you curl your hair, you can curl your hair streak as well!!

One winner will receive a color streak of their choice!!

A Great Beach Handbag

The Melie Bianco Allison Straw Tote from Silvia's Handbags seems like the perfect beach bag to me.

 It looks great because of the straw but it also is light and airy so it's perfect while working on the boardwalking or strolling through the sand on the way to dinner. I love the design and the color options but most of all I love the large straps.  The tassles give it the perfect finishing touch!

Fitness Etc Review & *Giveaway* Ends 6/4

Fitness Etc is a great place to go for all your fitness wear needs.  They have so many different pieces, styles, and designs to choose from!  I love having variety and choices so I was super excited on their webpage! I received several items from them including some Cami’s, Yoga Stretch Pants, clear bra straps, and a hat!




The Yoga pants were so lightweight and comfy when I worked out.  Even though they are long, they didn’t make me too hot at all! They actually allowed my legs to breath!  The cami’s were perfect for working out in and layering when it was cooler out when I ran.  I love the built in bra shelf, it gave me so much support than a standard cami.  I received a Racer Back Yoga Tank as well which was super comfortable and easy to work out in.  It didn’t restrict me at all and it’s very fashionable!!!

The hat I wear when I run and want to hold my hair back and out of my face.  It was the perfect finishing touch to my entire look!!!

And now through June 30th, 2012 use coupon code GFDCC2 and get 20% off their entire website!!!
One winner will receive a $50 Gift certificate to Fitness Etc!
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Friday, May 25, 2012

31 Bits Review & *Giveaway* Ends 6/1

31 Bits is a jewelry company that purchases jewelry from women in Uganda on a monthly basis.  This provides them with income for their work so they can provide for their family.  The women are amazing and there are several stories on the website about each woman’s hopes and dreams for the future.  The jewelry is handmade and crafted from 100% recycled paper and other local materials.  Because this jewelry is sold in the international market, 31 Bits can generate a profit that they use to continue to buy jewelry. 

I received a pink Daphne bracelet.  I love my bracelet from 31 Bits.  It brightens up any outfit I wear because of the color.  It’s so comfortable to wear and isn’t too bulky.  It’s easy to slip on and off and I love the detail.  It’s so dainty and I get many many compliments on it!   If you get several Daphne bracelets you can even stack them for a unique and fun look!
One reader will win the same bracelet I did!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ahnu Shoes Review


Fashion can be tricky, because while something looks good, it may not be great for your health.  This is especially true when it comes to shoes.  If you don’t have good arch support, you can really pay the price in a few years.  I learned the hard way by wearing flip flops for years and then had really bad problems with Plantar Fasciitis.  Now that I’ve healed, I’ll never make that mistake again.

Ahnu Shoes offers a line of footwear that you can be active in because they provide traction, grip, flexibility, cushioning, and durability while you are on the go, whether it be on the beach or on a sidewalk.  Ahnu uses Numentum Technology which is a neutral positioning system that encourages your foot’s natural biomechanics.  It keeps your foot centered and stable and correctly balances your stride.  Also, they use certified post-consumer recycled fibers in their catalogs and packaging. 









I received the Ahnu Olemas.  These are so incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in no matter what the situation is.  I wore them on my afternoon walk and my feet weren’t tired or sore at all.  They give great arch support which is something I need because of my plantar fasciitis issues in the past. 

These shoes are fantastic because they go with pretty much anything I wear and they can look casual but still look great when I’m at some sort of event or get together.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to wear these.  I have so many issues finding good shoes and it’s so important to find sandals with arch support because if they are too high they can damage your feet and even too flat can damage your feet.

I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Great Father's Day Gift Idea

Personalized things aren't always just for mom's!

 This Father's Day, head over to Pictures on Gold and get your dad an ID Bracelet customized with his name, and even yours! It's a great masculine gift that isn't too showy.  Subtle is the way to go!  They are high quality and very affordable!!

Erth Minerals Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/30

Erth Minerals is a mineral makeup that is made from 100% pure crushed minerals!  Their products are high quality and not harmful to your skin.  Their makeup covers acne and won’t irritate your skin!  You also want to look for beauty products that won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin.  You also want to make sure there are no harmful toxins or ingredients added.  Erth Minerals is safe for your skin all the way around!

I received some samples from Erth Minerals.  Their makeup is so light as it goes on that it doesn’t take a lot to get the coverage and color you want.  It also stayed on throughout the day.  It didn’t irritate my skin or dry it out.  Also, I have not had any breakouts since using Erth Minerals makeup, which is good because it means it didn’t clog my pores!

One winner will receive 1 lip, 1 eye, and 1 face product from Erth Minerals!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Don't be a walking fashion faux paux


Nothing is worse than when you have a beautiful curve hugging outfit  or dress on, and it’s all spoiled by seams from your bra!    Well I found a great solution for that.  Check out the best bra and how well it will give you support and hold you together, yet it won’t be detected in your outfit.

You can find seamless shape wear from  Unbelievabra that is comfortable, sexy, and lets you feel amazing while looking great.  It's a major no no to have seams showing especially at formal affairs.  With Unbelievabra you won't even have to worry about that at all.  I love the different styles and I love the sizing.  Big or small, you can make this work for you!

Seriously, you will never live down an embarassing fashion moment!  Look at Janet Jackson. People still talk about her little slip up!
So be prepared!

Mario Badescu Review

Mario Badescu offers a line of high quality skincare products for all types of skin.  On their website you can look up products for your skin, whether it's oily, dry, or a combination. 

I received some samples of their skincare line and let me tell you, their products were very gentle on my difficult skin.  It's very easy for my skin to become too oily, or even too dry.  Within 2 weeks of regular use, my skin seemed to even out.  There was a very equal balance to it and it was much better when I let it go during the day, or even when I wore makeup during the day.

You have to be careful what products you use on your skin.  Look for something effective, yet gentle, with healthy ingredients and no harsh chemicals. That's why I would choose Mario Badescu again!!

Aromafloria Review


Aromafloria has a huge huge huge selection of beauty and healthcare products that are USDA certified organic!!  They have all kind of products for all kinds of uses.  I especially love the muscle soak products!!!  That’s what I’m going to discuss today, because of how often my muscles are sore from working out.  As you know, I am now working out 5-6 days a week and that can cause some seriously sore muscles on a daily basis.

I love the muscle soak products I received from Aromafloria!! I use them all the time now! I use the body scrub in the shower on parts of my body that get really sore especially my legs!  It goes on easily, gently scrubs without being too abrasive and rinses off easily leaving a smooth, silky feel to my skin. The bath salts and bubble bath work great when you are extremely sore all over and just need a day off.  On my Fridays off I draw myself a nice hot bath with these products and let me tell you, I feel all better and ready to go by the next morning!!  I can see a huge difference in the healing time with my muscles when I use Aromafloria vs when I don’t.



I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Blinc Review


Blinc has a great line of eye products from eyeliners to eyebrow mousses.  They help brighten your eyes and are a great addition to everyones makeup routine.  Blinc uses high quality ingredients in their products to make sure the health of your skin and eyes is always kept as a priority. 

I received Dark Blonde Eyebrow Mousse.  I never really realized how much of a different this would make until I actually used it.  blinc Eyebrow mousse helps fill in spaces on your brows that are sparse and it can’t be faded or smudged! That means you can sweat, and you don’t have to check your make up every 5 minutes.  Using this mousse really helped bring my eyes out.  I can’t believe how much of a difference that makes, really!!  


I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Win a Camera Strap from BlackRapid.com Ends 5/28

BlackRapid.com is a website that offers fashionable camera and photography accessories at a great price.  They also offer accessories in several different patterns and designs. 

One winner will receive a gorgeous Classic Floral Women's Strap
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Spice Up Your Home

I can’t wait to get a new house.  One of the reasons for that is because I love decorating and personalizing things, especially around the home. And with custom address plaques  you can spice up the outside of your home with just a small personal touch.  Personalized address plaques also make great gifts for someone who has just purchased a new home.  It’s a great way to make a home feel like your own! 

Bronze address plaques look especially nice because they look expensive and they also last a while.   Just Address Plaques has such a great selection and great prices as well. The website is so easy to browse through and you will be sure to find something that suits your needs and goes well with the décor of your home.  Address plaques can be mounted near the garage or near the front door.   It’s such a great way to stick out from the rest of the neighborhood. 

Also, if you have a nice, large mailbox, especially one mounted on bricks, address plaques can be mounted there.  It makes it so much easier for your guests to find your home, which is great for those of you that like to do a lot of entertaining. 

What A Good Handbag Should Have

This post might not apply to everyone since we all have different preferences but for me... this is what a good handbag should have.

1. Large enough straps that I can fit it comfortably over my shoulder even if I have a winter coat on. (This is why I love Silvia's Handbags because there are so many bags with long shoulder straps!)
2.  Inside pockets and zipper storage for things I don't want to have loose in my handbag.
3. Decorative hardware but not too much that it weighs it down.
4.  A beautiful liner.  I can't stand ugly designs on the inside.  After all, I have to look at it everytime I open it right?

What's your critera?

Stay Hydrated at The Beach

It's important to always stay hydrated when at the beach.  Not only does your body need water to function but it's great for your skin. 

And the best part is, you can store water and beach snacks in a fashionable cooler like this monogrammed insulated cooler from The Trendy Boutique! It's 14" x7" x12" so it's big enough for a day's worth of food and drink and you can customize it to have your name or initials.  You can also pick from several different colors (red, black, and royal blue).  I'll definitely be prepared this year at the beach!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mont Bleu Review


Mont Bleu has some amazing glassware that you can incorporate in your beauty routine to get great results especially when it comes to eyebrows and nails.  They make high quality glass nail files and high quality tweezers that will get the job done fast without any irritation.

I received some nail files and tweezers from Mont Bleu.  The tweezers worked amazingly and it was the easiest plucking session I have ever had.  I hate plucking my eyebrows.  It’s painful, takes forever, and can get really frustrating when you can’t get the hair out.  With the tweezers I was sent, I easily got the job done within minutes and had minor irritation.  It was very easy to get a grip on each eye brow hair and also, they look pretty cool!

The Nail files work so great.  Normally, I still have uneven and jagged edges after filing my nails, and that can get really annoying.  But with the glass files I was sent by Mont Bleu, I filed my nails down quickly and very smoothly and didn’t have to do any touch ups.  That was a relief because it saved time AND stress!!!


I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Friday, May 18, 2012

Funbites Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/25

Funbites are a fun and easy way to make sandwiches less boring.  Admit it, a sandwich everyday during the week makes lunch boring at work, and it makes it way more tempting to eat fast food and other unhealthy things which can really wreck your diet. That’s where Funbites comes into play.  You can easily press it into your sandwich to make fun shapes.  It’s great for kids because we all know how picky they can be when it comes to eating healthy at school.  Plus, it will be sure to make the other kids rave over your child’s lunch!

I received the Love It which has heart shapes.  It easily cut through my sandwiches and left no mess.  I just pressed down and then popped it out.  I was very impressed.  When I went to wash it off, it was easy to clean and also easy and convenient to store! What a great idea this is!  It’s also great when cutting meats and cheeses for a party platter!!

One winner will receive the Love It!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Relationships: Why You Should Talk Your Problems Out ASAP

A major key to a happy relationship is fighting less.  You can always fight less by talking about your problems as they come up, since fighting is normally caused by a domino effect of several issues or one issue repeatedly coming up.  For example...

Gina comes home from work everyday to find her boyfriend alreadyhome and nappin gon the couch.  The place is filthy with his work boots and trash and everything from hsi workday that he brought home but didn't put away. This really bothers Gina, but she knows it will start a fight if she brings it up.  So she doesn't.  She decides to clean it herself  because the problem goes away.  The next day it happens, and the next day.  A few days later, she comes home again to the same situation and her boyfriend begins to wake up.  So Gina says "It would be nice for you to help out instead of sleep!"  Inside, Gina is mad that she can't come home and rest because she works so hard to keep the house clean.  When her boyfriend hears this, he thinks he's getting yelled at or nagged at for sleeping.  They begin to bicker about sleeping and how he needs it and she could take a nap too...When it's all said and done - NOTHING is resolved  That's because the problem wasn't her boyfriend sleeping...it was him not cleaning up after himself. 

If Gina would have addressed it in the beginnig by sitting down and having a talk with him about how it would be so helpful to her for him to clean up after himself, this wouldn't have happened.  Gina would come home to a tidy house and be happy. 

Now, if her boyfriend is just grouchy and refuses to ever help clean, that's on him, and that's a whole different topic. 

Basically, Gina was on edge because of something else so she took it out on him during a different situation because she didn't want to bring up EXACTLY what upset her.

ALWAYS talk about things right away.  If you are lucky and have a great partner, they will talk things out as well, but sometimes that isn't the case and I'll delve more into that in future blog posts.

Graduation Jewelry is an Everlasting Gift

So many people are graduating right now, whether it's from high school, college, or grad school, and there are so many parties going on as well.  It's a must to bring a gift of course and what better than an engraved piece of jewelry specific to the graduate!

At Pictures on Gold you can find a huge selection of graduation jewelry at low prices. Whether it's a necklace charm or a bracelet charm, this is a gift that will last a lifetime!

Crane Humidifiers Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/23


Crane humidifiers are often seen in stores or online as a great way to help keep the proper levels of humidity in the air around you, whether it’s because your or your child is sick, or just because clean pure air with the proper humidity levels makes you feel much better all around!

A year ago, our building had some water issues which has led to poor air quality, plus we are on a high floor and the windows DO NOT open.  That means poor circulation.  A few months ago I began feeling queasy and getting headaches a lot at work.  But only at work…not when I was home or even away from my building for a few hours.  Someone in our office tested the air quality and the humidity levels are 30% below normal.  So it was time for me to look into getting  a humidifier to help fix my headaches!
I received an elephant cool mist humidifier.  Not only is it adorable, but it was easy to set up, fill, and maintain.  And within a few hours of using it, I felt better.  After several weeks (almost 2 months) of using it now, I have NO headaches at work, my cubicle neighbor said hers have even went away, and I am sneezing a whole lot less. My head no longer feels foggy or clouded.  It’s amazing what a difference this can make.  It’s quiet, subtle, and I love the knob to control how much comes out at a time.  So easy to use!!

My Advice: Make sure you are aware of the air quality in your office and at home.  A Cool Mist Humidifier from Crane is a great way to keep it moist and keep you happy!

One winner will receive a humidifier of their choice!!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Cheaper Alternative to Juicy Couture

I found this adorable Samantha Tote from The Trendy Boutique.  What does it remind you of? That adorable Juicy Couture bag you always wanted? Well you can get it for so much less of the price!!  The Samantha tote is $42, and just add a few bucks and you can have it monogrammed.  This is a great bag and

I love the bright colors it comes in: Pink, blue, and then a luxurious brown! I love the ribbon that is woven through the bag and I love love love the straps!! Such a modern bag with a classy look!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Comfortable Footwear

Sure, high heels and super flat shoes may look good with a certain outfit, but they don’t feel good to your feet and you WILL pay for them down the road, I promise you that.  I can’t stand the styles of shoes they sell lately! They are ridiculous.  When I look for shoes, I look for something I can wear all the time and in all different situations.  I don’t want something that will hurt me and damage my feet especially my arches. 

A lot of people don’t think they can have problems with their feet.  Just because it doesn’t hurt at the time, doesn’t mean your feet aren’t suffering.  I used to wear flip flops all the time.  I could even run in flip flops! Then it caught up to me and I had to deal with Plantar Fasciitis for a couple years.  It was no fun and I am so glad I finally got rid of it.  Ever since then, I began searching for shoes that have proper arch support, thick soles, and shoes that I can walk around a lot in.

I know that in movies we all see the actors wearing beautiful footwear, but it is a job they are being paid to do and guess what!  In their free time, they DO NOT wear shoes like that, so you shouldn’t either.  A trip to the mall is a lot for your feet.  You want to look good but you want to take care of your feet, so you should seek out a pair of shoes you can walk in and feel comfortable in but not with too high of a heel, or too little arch support.  At Houser Shoes  they have the best ladies shoes including brand name shoes, that make your feet feel good and make you look stylish and fabulous while wearing them.  You should never have to sacrifice your health and well being just to look good.  I just can’t stress that enough!!

Make sure you invest in a few comfortable pairs of shoes for each season, that way you never have to wind up in the situation I was in.  You will thank yourself in the longrun, as will your feet!

Where to buy Wedding Jewelry

Doesn’t it seem like everyone is getting engaged or married right now? An engagement ring is something you have to wear forever so doesn’t it make sense to choose one that you will love looking at everyday for the rest of your life?

DiamondWave has a great selection of vintage engagement rings and other wedding jewelry.  Vintage engagement rings are great for people who like to be unique and different and are great for vintage-themed weddings. 

And if you are looking for jewelry for the big day, DiamondWave has beautiful stud earrings.  Stud earrings are great because they don't take away too much from your hairstyle, necklace, and dress, but they add just enough to make for a gorgeous finishing touch.  Plus, stud earrings can be worn for so many other occassions.  It's not something you will buy and only wear once!

 Most websites can be ovewhelming especially with wedding jewelry, but I like how organized and easy to browse the DiamondWave website is.  I love the clear descriptions and informative details.  This is a website I will definitely be using in the future.  I am also going to recommend it to my friends, as most of them are about to enter the "next step" in their relationship!

So next time you hear someone say how overwhelmed they are, you can point them in the right direction when it comes to finding the best jewelry for their engagement, wedding, and reception!  I will keep this in mind for my big day, whenever that may be!

I Love Purses!!!

I must be weird, or just a totally normal purse addict.  Everytime I see a nice purse on someone's shoulder, I gawk.   My friends look at me like "What ARE YOU looking at?!"  The purse, of course!! And when I see a purse I love, I sooo badly want to ask the person where they got it from.

And for any other purse fans out there, check out the Melie Bianco Ruby Canvas Satchel from Silvia's Handbags! What a fun bag! I love the size of the straps and the strip down the middle gives it an extra boost of attitude!! It's a very sophisticated looking bag....perfect for the office!! What do you think?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Clear Conscience Pet Review


At Clear Conscience Pet animals are treated like humans with proper nutrition in all of their products.  Basically, it IS possible to get healthy and affordable treats and supplements, with the highest quality nutrition.  Their treats are made in the USA which is great because there are so many health scares lately where dog food and treats is being recalled.  I won’t take that risk with my pups, that’s why I was thrilled when I got to try Clear Conscience Pet!

My pups received Supergravy and Lamb and Bison Airy Bites.  The Supergravy came just in time, right when I found Rocky.  For the first week, he was super nervous and wouldn’t eat.  He had no motivation at all and I was beginning to get worried.  So I mixed some Supergravy in with his food and within seconds he began eating it.  A few weeks later Pixie was sick and didn’t have any interest in eating, so out came the Supergravy, and of course, she ate!!  It mixed in nicely with her food and the smell and look didn’t make me gag or get grossed out when I was preparing her bowl for her. 

The Lamb Airy Bites and Bison treats were a huge hit in our household.  It’s a great way to give them a nutritional snack as a reward, without having to worry about them gaining weight or having loose stools.   I highly recommend Clear Conscience Pet for  anyone who is like me and keeps their pet’s health as a top priority!


I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Um Brands Review


Are you looking for Damage-free Adhesives to use around your home?  It’s nice isn’t it?  No mess, no residue, and you can remove it so easily when you don’t want it up anymore.  Well Um Brands has a great line of Reusable Household Items and Nanosuction Adhesives.



I received the Note, Stick, and Hook Um products.  These are great for people like me that love being organized!!  The Note Um is so cute and it’s perfect if you want to leave it in a certain room.  Sometimes I forget to bring my lunch to work so I put it right near the light switch so whenever I turn the light off before I leave it’ll remind me “BRING YOUR LUNCH”.

I used the Stick Um to hold a couple photos up on the one wall.  It’s nice because when I wanted to change which pictures were there, there was no mess and no stress!  And the Hook Um is so great for me and my boyfriend so we don’t forget our keys!  I conveniently placed it in the foyer and it’s bright and unique so it sticks out.  No, we will never forget!!

My Advice:  Home Organization has never looked so cute or been so fun!!

I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.



Friday, May 11, 2012

Solis Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/18


Solis is a company that brings you a great fashion fix.  In fact, I would say the No Show Active Top is a must have for anyone!  Ever walk around in a bikini and something slips out?  Or you play volleyball on the beach and…well you know the rest!  Yea, those are some embarrassing moments and they can all be spared with a No Show Active Top.  The No Show Active Top covers you up and holds you together just like a sports bra except it’s more comfortable and can be worn over a bikini!

I received a No Show Active Top in pink.  Not only does it go great with my summer attire but it really helped me when I was active and outside.  I like to work out and then get some things done afterwards before I hop in the shower so I tend to lay out to catch some rays and then do yard work.  After laying out I threw my No Show Active Top on and then did some work around the yard and I didn’t have to worry about anything riding up or down or any bit of an uncomfortable feeling.

It was quite a relief and I think this a must have for anyone.  Think of if you have a pool party and you are the host…that’s a lot of moving around.  You don’t want any slips or mishaps right? Throw on your No Show Active Top and you are good to go.  You can still get a tan, you can still look nice, but you don’t have to worry about any fashion no no’s!

One winner will receive a No Show Active Top in the color of their choice.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Punk Rock/ Fashion/ Animal Awareness All In One!


I saw this Mastiff shirt on the Arm the Animals website today and I just love how it resembles the shirts for the band Misfits.  And most people know right away what that is, so when they see Mastiff written how it is, it reminds us how breeds like this never seem to fit in because they are assumed to be aggressive or even be fighting dogs! That is so not true! My neighbor has an extremely friendly Mastiff and they have always been known to be such loyal dogs.  Help raise awareness about this little issue by purchasing a shirt from Arm the Animals.  Part of the proceeds goes towards helping shelter animals in America!!! 

Mohawk Home Rug Review


Mohawk Home offers a line of rugs and carpting that can be found in many stores all across the country.  You may be familiar with it from Lowes or even Target! You can find a store closest to you here.

Mohawk Home provides quality rugs for your home.  Their rugs are built to last and look great in your home.  They come in all different sizes and all different designs.  There is such a huge selection to choose from which is great because think of all the different home design possibilities there are out there? No one wants to be limited! One thing I have always admired about Mohawk Home is their enormous selection!!

 I received the Mohawk Home 8’x11’ Sadler Cadet AreaRug.  I love it. It’s very gender neutral which is great since me and my boyfriend have different color tastes.  We have a lot of hardwood floors in our home so this went great in the dining room.  It’s very easy to vaccum and still very soft on my feet.  It’s stain, soil, and fade resistant which is perfect since I have 4 dogs that may stain it here and there in the future!  I really love the subtleness of this rug.  It’s perfect!!



I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a product sample for the purpose of my review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.


Win an #EclosBeauty eclos Skin Care Kit

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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As I get closer to my 30's I am more and more careful with the products I use on my skin.  More than anything, I want to keep my skin healthy and youthful looking for as long as I can.  Most products say they will do that for you, but when you look at the ingredients it's all man-made chemicals. That CAN'T be good for your skin!!  However, with éclos Skin Care  the products are actually made from natural ingredients! One of their products, the Apple Stem Cells are extracted from a rare Swiss apple and they really help to stimulate skin stem cells.  Plant extracts are packed iwth vitamins and anti-oxidants that are great for your skin and combining that with the Apple Stem Cell technology to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and tired skin! 

 

I got the chance to review the eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit.  It contained:

Facial Cleanser Skin Prep- This is great for refreshing your pores.  It made my skin feel very alive after using it, rather then dried out or sticky as some facial products have done. It also primes your skin for treatment which is always a good idea!

Cellular Activator Face Serum-This stuff regenerates cells and  rehabilitates aging skin.  This is great for me since I have sun damage on my face.  It felt great and my skin felt firmer after using this for a week!

Moisture Therapy Regernative Cream- The Regenerative Cream reduces lines and wrinkles and it did just that for me.  I had fine lines, very very tiny ones on my face, and they almost totally disappeared after a solid week of use. I have never seen this great of results from a skin product!

Restorative Eye Cream- The skin around your eyes is so delicate and this firms it up and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and I was amazed that this worked as well as the Regenerative Cream.  I used it on the fine lines around my eyes.

Instant Radiance Facial Scrub- This scrub felt soooo good on my skin! It removes dead skin cells. It made my skin able to breath and I felt refreshed and awake! It also improves texture and tones, which is important for me since my skin tone is tricky! 

Skin Renewal Clay Mask-This mask is made to absorb dirt and impurities on your face and tighten and reduce pores.  i have huge pores and they definitely became reduced.  It looked much better when I had makeup on too!

Terry Cloth Head Band - This was great for keeping water and product out of my hair and it was super easy to put on.  It didn't even mess up my hair at all which was great! It's very soft too!

 

And guess what! You can win this exact same kit!! All you have to do is leave a comment under this blog post with your name and email address and tell me which product in the kit you are most excited to try!!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kendall GelThotics Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/16


For years I have been plagued with problem feet.  Doesn't matter what kind of shoes, I always get uncomfortable.  I know I have problems with my arches, and that's why I was so relieved to get the chance to review Kendall GelThotics inserts!  They are silicone inserts with maximal support and shock absorbency.  This is great for running shoes or even heels!  Health practioners even sell these GelThotics to help patients with plantar fasciitis, forefoot issues, and more. 

Plantar Fasciitis is terrible. I suffer from it, not so much now as before but still I get reoccuring moments of it and it is really painful.  It hurts to walk and even stand and your feet feel so cramped up!! I used these GelThotics for a couple of weeks and WOW WOW WOW did they make a huge difference when I ran and even wore them for walking during errands!  They were easy to slip into my sneakers and they were very comfortable.  It only took a few hours to get used to them being there.

These things are so amazing and they are waterproof  and cannot absorb microbes and odors.  They were not an inconvenience at all and I could run much faster and much more often since I didn't have to rest my feet for days on end like I had in the past!
One winner will receive a pair of inserts of their own and there is a simple way to enter:

1.  Like them on Facebook
2. Follow them on Twitter
3.  Leave a comment with your name and email address
The giveaway starts today and ends May 16th at 12:00 am! 

Good luck!
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.

2 Days left for Guranteed Mother's Day Delivery

Get on Pictures On Gold and order a Mother's Day gift like a locket, for your mom but do it in the next two days for guranteed Mother's Day delivery!

You can get a customized locket with your photo etched inside and even a personal engraving.  This is a great sentiment for any mom!    Hurry up and order!!

And ladies - show this to your man if you are a mother so he can (hopefully) order you one!!!!

Twisted Orchid Handbags Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/16


Twisted Orchid  is an amazing place to feed your handbag addiction.  I seriously can’t have enough handbags but lately I’ve been looking for bags that can be very useful and not become a burden.  A bag that is too small is frustrating for me.  I need to be able to carry all of my things in it. 

This is why I am in love with the Hidden Soles Sophisticate Handbag.  I received one in black and I am so excited to tell you about it.   


This bag is great for on the go, and the main reason for that is because you can actually tote a pair of shoes along with you. This is great for your way into the office or when leaving.  Just slip off your flats once you get in the office and pull your heels out and wear them.  Then when leaving at the end of the day, unzip the hidden compartment on the side of the tote and pull your flats out again!  You can also hide a small umbrella or flat iron in there. 



 Overall, I love the bag.  It’s the perfect size for my laptop, files, snacks, agenda book.  I am not using this bag as an everyday handbag, I’m using it as an everyday work tote.  I keep my blog files in it so I naturally take it anywhere I go if I travel. It’s a very spacious and roomy bag inside and I love the zipper and the large handles.  It’s perfect to hold in your hands or put over your shoulder.


I also love the fact that this bag looks fancy on the outside because of the faux croc design and the shiny coating over it.  It’s great to lean up against my desk at work, and it’s the perfect size for in the car.  Some bags can be oddly shaped and bulky but not this one!

You can receive 20% off any purchase in Twisted Orchid by entered the promo code TWISTED during checkout.  And you already get free shipping within the continental US!

One winner will receive a bag of their choice ($80 or less)!
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