Ask Away...: April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Happiness Project - April - Lighten Up - COMPLETE!


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My Happiness Project for the month of April was to Lighten Up.

Here were my goals and here's what I did with achieving them. 

Ways I will do this are:
1. Take my own advice
2. Be realistic!!
3. Give myself more credit

1. Take my own advice.
I have begun listening to what my brain is thinking about certain situations and I don't second guess it now.  I've trained myself to do it as instinct so hopefully I can keep it up from now on.  When anxiety has set in over the past month, I've literally talked myself through it!

2.  Be Realistic.
I am more positive and realistic when it comes to what I worry about.  Worrying doesn't solve anything anyways, it only makes it worse!   I make sure that I just take a look back at my past and see how everything always worked out in my favor, so why would it not continue to do so?

3. Give myself more credit.
I need to be more proud of myself for how strong I am and how smart I am when it comes to the decisions I make.   I have been hard on myself for a while now about certain things and I need to just stop and realize, I am doing my best already!  I did this by literally saying to myself, I AM AWESOME! lol, hey it worked though! 

Check back tomorrow for May's Happiness Project which is to Be Serious About Play!  

Joey New York Bye Bye Dry Chill Mist for Face, Body, and Hair.

 Joey New York, is a brand that uses only the purest and most effective ingredients from nature in order to give you health conscious products that tend to your skin at any age.  Containing coconut water, there products hydrate your skin and give you a youthful glow all while giving you a healthy dose of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs!



I received their Bye Bye Chill Mist for Face, Body, and Hair.  It's a new product that retails for $18 and it is a refreshing mist of coconut water.  With each spray, you get a burst of antioxidants and minerals plus aromatherapy to help you relax.  You can use this refreshing spray anytime you want whether it's at home or on the go.  You can choose from their two scents: Natural Paradise or Natural Passion.   Also, you can use it over makeup, or refrigerate it and use it for a chilly effect! I LOVE the size and weight of the aerosol can.  It was very convenient to pack up and take with me and I loved how much it calmed me down and soothed my skin throughout the day. I found myself using it at work and even at home!

It's amazing to me that such a luxurious product was never even in my head before, let alone in my makeup bag! All that has changed now!



Monday, April 29, 2013

Pawbox for the Month of April

Pawbox is a great way to keep you and your pet's life exciting with new toys and samples each month, all delivered in an adorable box.  For $10 a month you can get a handful of goodies and samples as well as coupons for the future! If you don't want to share them with your dogs right away, you can just save them for holiday presents like I sometimes do.


This month, Pawbox had some great things for my babies inside!

Green Dog Natural Complete Calm :  This is a sample of a supplement that can help keep your pooch calm and mellow during any kind of anxiety-fueled situation such as a car ride, going to the vet's, or even a thunderstorm.

Emergency pet Rescue Sticker:  It's always a good idea to have one of these so that if a fire or any other disaster happens, everyone will know the animals in your family that need rescued! 

Nutrabar:  This is an all natural premium food bar with 27% protein and it's great for on the go.  When I took my pups to the park I gave them each a bite so they had protein to give them energy for playing.

Bark Bars: These are all-natural cookie bar dog treats and they look like human candy bars because of the awesome wrapper! I am really lovin this and plan to purchase some!

Baby Sucks with Squeakers:  This was the toy of the month and WHOA do my girls adore this!! No wonder, it's greta for fetch!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 12 on Nutrisystem


Week 12 was a breeze.  I have weighed in at 121.4 lbs this week and lost 18.6 lbs so far on Nutrisystem ! Especially since it's nice out, I find I am loving the convenience of a quick, easy to prepare meal during the day.  No need to worry about missing out on nice weather because I have to go inside and cook!  Plus, I'm doing more yardwork now so I'm getting a great workout!!
Check back next week to see how well I did!

Also, Great news!!!!

Nutrisystem is now offering a 5-Day Nutrisystem Jumpstart™ Your Weight Loss Kit exclusively at nearly 2,000 Walmart stores.   The new 5-Day Nutrisystem Jumpstart™ Your Weight Loss Kit, including 15 entrees plus desserts, a free meal planner and program guide with access to free weight loss counseling, can be purchased in-store for $44.98.  Also, there's a 5-day kit designed for people that have to manage their diabetes.  It will be in the pharmacy section of the select stores! 

Here's a list to see if your local Walmart is one of the lucky ones! All of the ones in my area are, so I am super stoked!!

http://www.nutrisystem.com/pdf/walmart_store_location_list.pdf.

Cost: $44.98
What's Included:  5 Breakfasts – Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar, Cinnamon Bun Bar, Granola Cereal, Double Chocolate Muffin and a Honey Wheat Bagel. 
  5 Lunches – Fudge Graham Bar, Cheesy Homestyle Potatoes, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, and Red Beans & Rice. 
 5 Dinners – Chicken Alfredo, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Rotini & Meatballs, Homestyle Beef with Potatoes and Thick Crust Pizza. 
 5 Desserts – Chocolatey Nougat Bar with Peanuts & Caramel, Peppermint Cookie Patty, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge Brownie and a Coconut Almond Bar. Nutrisystem foods are intended to be combined with fresh grocery additions such as low fat yogurt, salad, fruit and vegetables. 

A free sample meal planer with program guide is included with all kits. 
For more info: nutrisystem.com/walmart or call 1-877-643-THIN.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem has provided me with their program free of charge for participating in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program. There is no other monetary compensation and  all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

10dollarmall.com Review & *Giveaway* Ends 5/1


So when it comes to keeping up with the latest styles, trends, and colors, let's be honest, we can't spend a fortune!   This is why I absolutely LOVE 10dollarmall.com, a place where you can find the trendiest clothes at the most affordable prices. 


This Teal Sleevless Cardigan is perfect for SPring and SUmmer.  Bluish Green Sleeveless



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This is my polka dot green dress from 10dollarmall.com, which is one of many beautiful dresses



Check out my adorable nude shoes from their site.  SO beautiful!

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One winner will get a $40 gift card for 10dollarmall.com!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Litey Leash - A Safe Idea for Pet & Owner {{Review}}

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The early dark of Winter may be over, but that won't stop your pooch from having to go to the bathroom at all hours of the day or night.  Especially in Summer, it's fun to be outside and go on walks, and the big danger in that is dealing with cars that may not see you OR your pooch as the sun goes down.  That's why
Litey Leash was created!

The Litey Leash is an illuminated leash that runs on three AAA batteries.  It's 5-feet long and it makes you and your pooch visible from up to a quarter mile away.  You just push a little button to turn it on, and don't fear wasting the battery because there's an automatic shut-off feature after 20 minutes.  And the Litey Leash is super strong because it's made of reinforced nylon and it's designed for dogs up to 90 lbs. 





I received a Litey Leash in Hot Tamale Red.  I love it and it's perfect for my Chihuahuas.  There are no street lights on my road and sometimes cars come around the corner before I even have time to notice them, so it's a big pain in the rear end for me to take my dogs out once it's dark.  The glow didn't bother my pup's eyes at all, actually they barely even noticed.  And of course it didn't bother me but it did turn some heads because it's so fashionable and different!

This is a must have for anyone that has a dog that goes outside at night for walks or to use the potty!

MakeUpMiser Review - Get Every Last Drop out of your Beauty Products

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Have you head of the MakeUpMiser?  Well, let me introduce you to this great beauty tool.  It's an ergonomically designed, flexible makeup spatula that enables you to reach down into the bottom of your cosmetic product and use every last drop.  Let's be honest, with the price of high quality luxury creams, powders, and lotions, every last scrape gives you an extra day or two of product!  The MakeUpMiser comes in different sizes so that it can fit even small containers!  The MakeUpMiser also helps control bacterial growth in cosmetic products, so it's a win-win no matter how you look at it. You can actually get 20% more use of your product!

The MakeUpMiser was created by Michelle Phillips, who happens to be located in Lancaster, PA which is just a short drive from me.  Not only is she a mother, wife, and businesswoman, but she's a cosmetic entrepreneur!  She's created such a helpful product that will benefit women everywhere.   The idea came to Michelle while she was managing an exclusive Medical Day Spa and she was exposed to everyday clientele.  They often complained about not being able to gain access to the bottom of the creams and lotions so she knew she needed to think of a solution.  Although it took much trial and error,  Michelle has finally found a great solution and her makeup spatulas have even been featured on The Today Show! 

I received a sample of the MakeUpMiser from Michelle and I must say, these gave me at least an extra weeks worth of my favorite cream, 2 weeks worth of my foundation, and has finally allowed me to stop using annoying (and useless) Q-tips to salvage the remainder of my makeup products.   I was relieved that I didn't have to scrape with my own fingers, which does nothing but create an impossible to remove buildup of foundation and concealer underneath my fingernails!

You really have no idea how much product is left at the bottom of a jar, just because the pump stops delivering it.  I was so surprised and I can't even imagine how much product I've wasted over the years because I never knew MakeUpMiser existed.

If you are from PA like I am, be sure to show Michelle some support and buy her product.  Spread the word to women everywhere because I gurantee you EVERYONE will benefit from this. 


Make sure you check out Michelle's page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Racor Home Storage Solutions Review

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When it comes to keeping my house clean and organized, the garage is the biggest challenge.  With 2 cars parked inside, it seems like there is never enough room to store everything else in a neat and tidy fashion, so that's why I need Racor in my life.  Racor is a line of Home Storage Solutions that will make life much easier, starting with your garage.  From bike racks, to storage hooks and other garage organization methods, Racor has high quality products that are guranteed to make a difference the moment you install them! 

Their line of storage hooks come in handy for ladders, brooms, shovels, and other bulky items that need to be kept off the ground but not just shoved into a corner.  Plus, we all have learned by now that when you keep several tall items leaning in one part of the garage, there will always be atleast one time when you run into them and they ALL fall down!  

 









I received a Small J-Hook, Ladder  Hook, Extended U-Hook, Large J-Hook, and small U-Hook from Racor and I am quite pleased with how easy they were to install and how effective they are when it comes to keeping my garage organized and clean.  The only thing needed to install these was a screw driver and they were flexible enough to be inserted securely into drywall!

The Small J-Hook is good for backpacks, coats, skates, or golf bags.  It's small enough to not get in the way, but sturdy enough to hold even the heaviest gym bag! It's welded from steel and wire so there's no fear of it ever snapping.

The Ladder Hook is ideal for ladders, or large hoses. The long hooks allow you to store multiple items, whether it's an extension ladder and a painting ladder, or just several hoses.   

The Extended U-Hook is perfect for lawn chairs and garden tools and it's a great way to keep your electrical cords from getting tangled up by laying in a pile.   It's also a conveniently shorter size. 

The Large J-Hook is not bulky, but has a deep J shape which is ideal for chairs, leaf blowers, and sleds.  I used it for leaf blowers and sleds and it really held them sturdily and was very easy to install of course.

And the Small U-Hook is perfect for brooms, shovels, step ladders, and any long handled tools.  This is great for keeping them off the ground and out of the way, but I also really enjoyed how short the hooks were so that they weren't sticking way out when I walked by them, yet they still held just as much stuff.

Definitely check out Racor for ALL of your garage home storage needs!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Week 11 on Nutrisystem


Week 11 has come and gone and I am doing great with my diet.  I have weighed in at 123.2 lbs this week and lost 16.8 lbs so far on Nutrisystem ! Now that it's warm out and I'll be spending more time active and outside I am changing the healthy snacks I have throughout the day in between meals so that I can ensure I feel great.  I choose more soft healthy snacks in the morning, and more solid ones in the afternoon since they make my tummy feel much fuller than soft foods and then I don't feel dizzy and nauseus when working out. 
Check back next week to see how well I did!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem has provided me with their program free of charge for participating in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program. There is no other monetary compensation and  all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Great Spring Dresses I Found at Target

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The reason I love Target so much is because they are always up to date with the latest fashion trends, yet I never cringe at their prices, so it's a win-win for me! 

This Spring, it's important to have a couple different dresses to choose from when it comes to occassions such as: Birthday parties, bridal showers, Mother's Day/Father's Day outings, church, and Graduation parties. 



Floral print dresses are a hot new trend and it's a great print on a dress especially in Spring and Summer.  Regardless of what style the dress is, floral print will look great on so many different body types. Target has them for just under $30 in all different styles of dress. 

Lace overlay dresses are great for a formal event such as an outdoor wedding, where you want something in a bright color but you don't want to sacrifice comfort.  They come in all different colors and are light and breathable so even if you are sitting in the sun, you won't suffer!


Target also has a great Wear To Work selection that is office-appropriate and very classy.  Choose from any of the hot colors and ensure that you will look your best and work even harder to get that promotion in your office!




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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream from Influenster

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 Part of my night time routine right before I go to bed is to luxuriously massage my face with AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT Intensive Night Cream! Ever since Influenster gave me the chance to test it out, I have been in heaven!  They even included an adorable eye mask for sleeping with.   AVEENO POSITIVELY RADIANT is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS Total Soy Complex and Vitamin B3 which leaves your skin nourished and smooth.  It's great when you need a more even skin tone and texture and when you want a healthy glow!  The secret is the soy complex.  Chinese medicine has used soy for thousands of years to reduce blotch and discoloration so when AVEENO scientists decided to use this, it has proven to make a great product with long-term skin benefits. 

It went on so smooth and wasn't oily or greasy.  It absorbed quickly so I didn't have to worry about laying my head on the pillow and getting lotion on it.  After just 4 days of use my skin is so much brighter and softer and I don't look like my skin has been damaged over the past 26 years of my life.  This stuff is amazing and it's so fun to massage it on my skin right before bed to help relax me!
 

 "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Browsing the Web for Interesting Articles is Fun with buzzego

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

When I first logged on to check out  buzzego  I wasn't sure what I was looking at.  All I saw was a selection of animated bears that each had to do withs ome sort of hobby or interest.  It told me to pick the one that I realte to most so of course I selected the Trendy & Fashionable one! 

 

buzzego was designed to help everyone out with an easier way to use the web, by delivering personalized results with articles and topics that are most relevent to you.  So basically since I chose to focus on trendy news topics and fashion-related articles, I ended up with a selection ranging from celebrity gossip news that was really trending all the way to some beauty tips from experts. 

 

There are so many great features on the site like the fact that you get an endless feed of content rather than just a selection of 10-15 articles on all different topics.  That only ever leaves you with one or two interesting choices. 

Also, when you scroll down, more articles load automatically, and if you need to scroll back up you don't have to go to a new page.  Everything was really clear in the way it's set up.  A large picture with a title and a few words explaining what the article is about.  It made it so quick for me to review my choices of news and articles.

Another fun feature of buzzego is that it actually uses blogs and social networks as an evaluation filter before it tags content.  There's content tagged for every hobby or interest out there. 

My favorite feature of buzzego is the large text and the relevant and eye-catching pictures for each article.  It really helps grab my attention much more than a simple text headline does.  The pictures are bright and big enough that I end up looking at them before I even check out what the article headline is.  The flashy gym bag photo sure caught my eye before the text!! But the text gave me enough info to make me click through to the article right away! 

I was quite impressed when I saw a suggested article for me about dating and relationships.  It's a great way for me to get ideas for blog topics but it is proof that buzzego can help this advice-giving fashionista some worthwhile inspiration.

 

So take a few moments for yourself and go check out the buzzego website and see what it can do for you.  Think it won't interest you? Well, trust me, it will because it certainly kept me entertained for a good amount of time! You'll never be bored again!

 

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Blue Steel Handcuff Bracelet Review & *Giveaway* Ends 4/19


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 Next time you are looking to add some quality jewelry to your collection, make sure you head on over to Blue Steel to take advantage of their beautiful and reasonably priced jewelry! They have a huge selection of unique and stylish jewelry like rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants.  Blue Steel makes their jewelry with the finest 3161 stainless steel which ensures their jewelry will last longer than the fancy gold and silver jewelry that is too delicate and high maintenace.  Stainless steel is just as beautiful, and even more practical.  

When I took a look at all the choices of jewelry on the Blue Steel website, I was so impressed by the classy and versatile styles and designs!  I am almost positive that no matter what the occasion, you can find the jewelry you are looking for from Blue Steel!



 I received a gorgeous Handcuff Bracelet from Blue Steel.  I LOVE two things when it comes to unique jewelry - handcuffs and brass knuckles.  I was thrilled to see such a classy yet edgy bracelet.  It's the perfect size with a thicker chain, but cuffs that aren't at all bulky.   It's made from 100% Surgical Grade Stainless Steel and is 100% hypo-allergenic.   A benefit of having this made from Stainless Steel is that while gold and silver are beautiful, they stain very easily.  It's not hard to smudge them and have to clean them often.  They are very high maintenance.  Stainless steel is very low maintenance and doesn't need cleaned very often at all.  


This bracelet is so durable.  Very sturdy, and I can tell it isn't going to break if I accidentally snag or yank it on anything if it gets stuck.  Stainless steel is very hardy by nature and it can handle a lot of wear and tear.  This is why I love stainless steel rings and bracelets.  I seem to abuse them the most! So basically when I buy something that is made of stainless steel, I am making a better investment with my money, because it's going to last longer and I'll get my money's worth. 


And - when you spend over $100 on an order, you get free shipping!

And guess what?!  One of you is going to win some great jewelry from Blue Steel as well because they are giving away a $50 Gift Card! 
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Week 10 on Nutrisystem


Well this 10th week on Nutrisystem has been pretty smooth and easy to maintain.  I have lost a total of  17.4  pounds so far from being on Nutrisystem ! I'm feeling great, with a 1 pound loss in the past week.   I now look forward to each meal because it's so much more convenient than having to figure out what I will have ot make or go buy on an everyday basis.  The convenience of Nutrisystem was the key for me when it came to sticking to a proper diet.

Since it's getting warmer out, I am finding that it's crucial for me to drink the recommended amount of water each day AND ensure that I eat my healthy snacks so I have energy and don't feel sick from the heat. 

Check back next week to see how well I did!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem has provided me with their program free of charge for participating in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program. There is no other monetary compensation and  all opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cosmetics Organizer from DormCo

So whether it's your first apartment or an actual college dorm, the best way to do it is to find great deal on quality furnishings and DormCo is full of them! DormCo is the leading retailer for college dorm needs and whether it' bedding, accessories, or decor, you won't be disappointed.  The items in their online college store were actually personally selected by people that know what makes dorm life more comfortable.  

A comfortable sleeping set up, organizational decor, and other room furnishings are crucial to give students the best experience when they are living on their own.  You can find great ways to save space, keep your stuff safe, and keep your room clean! DormCo ships 99.99% of their items from their Buffalo, NY warehouse so you will only get charged $2.95 for shipping!   Orders can be shipped quickly and you'll get the best price around!






 I received an awesome Divided Cosmetic Caddy from DormCo.  It has the most ideal sizes of compartments for me to store and keep all of my necessities organized.  I use it to store perfumes, body sprays, fashion fix tape, and plenty more items.  It's easy to wash if you happen to have a spill and because it's clear, it will look good anywhere! 

I love how sturdy and heavyweight it is.  I also love how deep each compartment is, so I know that I won't knock over everything I store inside it.   I love finding different ways to stay organized and store all my products so this is great, even though I'm not in college! Definitely check out DormCo, because there is multiple things out there for everyone!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Colorful and Conveniently Healthy with safeHands {{Review}}

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safeHands is a fabulous way to ensure that the dirty germs that are all around us, will never be enough to run you down.  Whether it’s out in public, or even in your own home, sometimes there are germs that we aren’t even aware of and before too long, we end up catching a nasty illness.  It’s important to make handwashing part of your routine but let’s be honest, there isn’t a sink every 10 feet in this world.  That’s why safeHands Classic line and safeSquirts children line is the best idea for everyone.  They are hand sanitizers with a moisturizer that are a liquid, but come out as a foam.  They prevent your hands from drying out, they won’t burn your skin, and they come in fabulous scents!   I prefer to use alcohol-free products so this was right up my alley. 

safeHands was actually developed after much scientific research and clinical studies.  In fact, safeHands is the safest and most efficient alcohol free hand sanitizer to fight germs AND soothe your hands at the same time.  The main disinfecting ingredient is Benzalkonium Chloride which is actually a safe ingredient that comes from plants.   And since there is no alcohol in safeHands, you will actually have less of a chance of bacteria on your hands.  Dry skin actually causes bacteria which can allow your hands to become recontaminated even after you just disinfected them!  Then you have to apply even more disinfectant, and it’s a vicious cycle.  Even in the summer, my hands get dry so this is a huge selling point for me when it comes to a hand sanitizer!

I received Clean Linen, Cucumber Mint, and Fragrance Free from the classic line and Bubble Gum, Cool Blue, and Tooty Fruity from the childrens line.  Every single one of these fragrances was amazing.  I especially love how colorful each one is.  One squirt was all I needed and the best part was there was no runny mess.  I also had plenty to cover both of my hands entirely.  They have a pleasantly light smell that is not overpowering and doesn’t stick around on your hands to irritate you later if you happen to eat something with your fingers or rub your eyes.  Another thing I really liked was that they are the perfect size to keep in a desk drawer, a center console, a gym bag, a purse, or even in a child’s backpack.   Remember, because it’s alcohol free it’s safer for children because it’s not flammable and hasn’t been banned like alcohol-based products have been for poisonings and mis-use.  Your kids can handle food after using safeHands and it won’t tarnish floors or surfaces if they happen to spill it

I have tried each scent, and although I’ve been using them on a steady basis, there is still so much left in the bottles!!  I firmly stand behind safeHands and can say that I feel not only more comfortable when I use it, but more confident about my ability to stay healthy!  

I received a sample of the above product in exchange for review, however all opinions above are that of my own.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Great Spring Must Haves to Keep You Looking Your Best


The Melie Bianco Drew Tote from Silvia's Handbags is the perfect work/on the go bag this Spring.  It's expandable so it can hold all your stuff, and you don't have to worry about carrying your umbrella or water bottle, because it'll fit in this bag.  You can switch between the handles or the shoulder strap!

 It's getting warmer and warmer and that means you can finally show that gorgeous neckline off!!  Throw on a string of pearls with a  Double Strand Freshwater Pearl Necklace from The Trendy BoutiqueThey will look great with all the trendy Spring pastel colors!

And make sure you get a gorgeous printed dress in a nice Spring color like this Sweety Pie dress from Wink Shapewear! It has a a tie for the waist so it's easy to cinch in a way that will compliement your body type!

And finally,

Win a Ticket for 2 to the Sweet Sensations of May Event at The Vineyard at Hershey May 4-19th


Do you have plans for Mother's Day, and all the nice weather weekends coming up in May yet?  Well, good!  Good!  Because on the weekends (Saturday & Sunday) of May 4-19th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Vineyard at Hershey is on of Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country's 11 wineries participating in Sweet Sensations of May!   Both days, you can enjoy a tour from the winemaker himself, L. Paul Vezzetti.  Not only will you get to learn about the marriage of wine, chocolates, and desserts enjoy hand-crafted wines paired with chocolates from around the world but you will also get 10% off wine purchases and receive a complimentary souvenir glass which you can take to the other wineries you tour.   

The Vineyard at Hershey is participating and that's a great place to start your tour especially if you live in the area!! The winner of the giveaway will pick up their ticket from there.  







Participating wineries include...
Armstrong Valley Vineyard & Winery
Buddy Boy Vineyard & Winery
Cullari Vineyards & Winery
Hummingbird Ridge Winery
Hunters Valley Winery

Moon Dancer Winery
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards
Tamanend Winery
The Vineyard at Grandview
The Vineyard at Hershey

West Hanover Winery


And any guests who visits all the participating wineries, gets an entry in the grand prize drawing of a wine refrigerator stocked with wine from all of the member wineries!  Also, a special tribute to moms will take place over Mother's Day Weekend!

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for a couple.  Designated Driver tickets are free of course!!


To purchase tickets visit: http://www.hersheyharrisburgwinecountry.com/signature-events/sweet-sensations-of-may/
OR
Enter to win 1 free Couples Ticket below! (It's super easy!!!)





Here's How to Enter:

1. Like The Vineyard at Hershey on Facebook here.
2. Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address.


Bonus Entry: (must complete the main entry first)
1. Follow The Vineyard at Hershey on Twitter here.

2. Leave a comment on this post with your Twitter name. 
3. Tweet the following and leave a link to your tweet in a comment below: 
"Enter to win a Couples Ticket for Sweet Sensations of May from @Vineyardhershey @lpvezzett & @HersheyHBGWines http://tinyurl.com/cg3zomo"

The giveaway will end on Monday, April 29th and a winner will be chosen via Random.org.  I will announce a winner on Tuesday.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sachi Bags Review & *Giveaway* Ends 4/12

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Sachi Bags are a great way to make eating healthy and saving money more stylish.  I am a huge advocate of saving money by packing a lunch.  Not only is it healthier but you save money each time. I really love the fact that I can save money and eat healthy in a very convenient way.  I pack my lunch everyday.  I make sure that every night my lunch bag is prepared for the next day.  I can't even remember the last time I bought lunch during the day at work. 

Sachi Bags are the reason I still will continue to pack my lunch as long as I work, because I was always struggling with a sturdy, durable, easy to carry, and FASHIONABLE lunch bag.  I found durable ones but they were always bulky with too short of straps and I couldn't stand some of the embarrassing designs they had on them.    Sachi Bags has convinced me to not lose hope - fashion and convenience can still be a part of my everyday lunch now because they offer a line of insulated bags that come in a variety of styles and a huge selection of colors and designs.  The styles are so modern, most of them resembling handbag styles.  How can you even know these bags are not regular purses when you see them on someones arm?!   These not only would be a fun way to pack a lunch but if you are going to a picnic or somewhere you need to bring some cold foods and drinks along, you can carry them in a cute designer-inspired insulated bag.





I received a beautiful Sachi Bag and just by bringing it to work the very first day, I actually inspired my coworker to purchase one for herself.  She was so excited because she had been looking for the PERFECT lunch tote for ages!  My favorite thing about my Style 154-183 Sachi Bag is that it has long handles so it's easy to throw over my shoudler when my hands are full.  Everyday I go into work carrying my work bag, purse, and lunch tote so sometimes it's nice to be trying to balance everything on my forearm for a change.  This tote is so roomy.  It measures 15.80" x5.80" x10.80" and the bright Blue Paisley designs is so pleasant to look at, and you can't even really tell it's not an actual handbag!!  The thermal interior zips closed and does a great job of keeping my protein shake and string cheese cool till I can get to work and use the refrigerator.  There's also a top padded pocket that can easily fit a tablet PC (or my iPhone!) and the backside pocket has a zipper for you to slide you work badge, keys, or money into.  This bag is so nice to fold and store when not in use and I must say, I am even more proud now to show off my lunch-packing, healthy-eating, money-saving habit!



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Week 9 on Nutrisystem


Well this 9th week on Nutrisystem is great!!  I have lost a total of  17.4  pounds so far from being on Nutrisystem ! I'm sure the fact that I have been having nothing but healthy snacks AND meals is huge with this now.   I can NOT believe how much progress I have made. I feel great!!! I now weigh 122.6 pounds with a .6 pound loss in the past week. 

It's been very easy to adjust to my busy weeks lately because I am not working out as much so I'm actually not as hungry and craving any cheats!!
I'll get back to my workout routine next week! 

Check back next week to see how well I did!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem has provided me with their program free of charge for participating in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program. There is no other monetary compensation and  all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Uplifting Nighties Review & *Giveaway* Ends 4/10

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Uplifting Nighties is a line of sexy, yet comfortable nighties that are made of 94% modal and 6% spandex blend. Each nightie has an internal fully lined shelf bra that is made of the same comfortable material.  You can even adjust the straps so that you can feel as comfortable as possible.  It's important to be able to be comfortable even when sleeping, but it makes you feel even better when you can feel beautiful and wearing something like this is a great way to do that.  


You deserve to be pampered, remember that!! And just because warm sweatpants feel good, doesn't mean you feel good in them.  Wearing something that makes you feel sexy, will automatically be in a better mood. 

I received the Slip-Out style from Uplifting Nighties. It is amazing!!! I love how the bust is cut, my favorite style.  The super soft fabric is cozy and doesn't get clingy or cause me to get shocked when I slide out of bed.  The lace trim is gorgeous and soft and it's nice that it's cut a bit loose so that you feel super slim and sexy in it.  I absolutely love the internal bra and the adjustable straps are SO comfortable and not bulky at all! And not to worry, you can throw something over it if you need to answer the door!!

I must say, I am sorry for not showing a photograph with this specific nightie but it's for my boyfriend's enjoyment only!! And he definitely thought it looked great on me!!!


One winner will get a nightie of their choice from Uplifting Nighties!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Brothers-All-Natural Review & *Giveaway* Ends 4/8

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Brothers-All-Natural is a company that offers 100% natural freeze dried snacks.  In fact, they are the leading brand!   Freeze dried fruit can already be found in certain cereals, so when brothers Matt and Travis Betters decided to take that idea one step further, they ended up creating a healthy, portion controlled, nutritious snack alternative! 

The product I really like are their Fruit Crisps.  They use a very unique freeze drying facility to gently remove over 95% of the water from fresh fruit.  This is how they become fruit crisps.  They don't get baked because they would lose their flavor and dehydrating them would just add preservatives.   And since there's no sugar added, it's only logical that this is the best way to ensure you  get an all natural healthy snack.  Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps retain all the nutrients that a fresh fruit contains.  There's nothing else in them, just 100% fruit. 

Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps are also vegan-approved and allergy friendly.  And if you are sensitive to soy or gluten, they contain none so they are still an option in your diet.  Another great thing about Brothers-All-Natural is that you can get free shipping on orders over $25!


I got the opportunity to select 3 flavors of Fruit Crisps to try for myself.  These are a great addition to my diet because they are healthy snacks and will be healthy and safe for me to eat to give me the energy I need before a workout, rather than opting for an unhealthy snack that fuels me in an unhealthy way.  Plus, they are perfect for me since I am always on the go or at work and need something fast and convenient.  I can't seem to ever have a successful experience when I get fruit at the grocery store because it either goes bad too quickly, or it's too expensive, or it involves to much preparation and mess to make and eat.   With these freeze dried snacks, I can eat them at my desk, in my car, and pretty much anywhere else.  

The first flavor I tried was Apple Cinnamon Fruit Crisps.  They are made from Fuji apples which are my favorite!! And the cinnamon gives the added hint of something sweet that satisfies my sweet tooth! The apples were so delicious! Pineapple Fruit Crisps were my next choice and they were so delicious!  You could really tell how fresh and natural the Pineapples were because unlike the dried pineapple I used to eat, this is natural and not overloaded with sugar!   And finally, Strawberry Banana Fruit Crisps, my favorite flavor combination! These are packed with flavor and vitamins and I must say, it was a luxury to enjoy them as I stressfully worked away at my desk.   It was a nice snack, and was enough to hold me over between meals!

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And now, one reader will win a variety pack of fruit crisps!!  


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My Happiness Project - April - Lighten Up


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My Happiness Project goal for April is to Lighten Up.  This is perfect for me because while I pretty much have no negative, stressful things in my life, I still need to conquer any anxiety or negative thoughts I may ever have.  I am determined to train my brain to be able to kick them out the second they come about! 

Ways I will do this are:
1. Take my own advice
2. Be realistic!!
3. Give myself more credit

1. Take my own advice.
Hello!! I run an advice blog.  I can literally give people advice that ends up working, but yet I sometimes struggle to accept, believe, and take my own advice.  I WILL start taking my own advice, even if it means I have to write in to my blog and then respond to myself!


2.  Be Realistic.
The second I begin to second guess or doubt anything in my life, I will realistically look back at my past and how successful things have always ended up working out the way I want them.  So why would it be any differen this time?  This will especially come in handy with my relationship!


3. Give myself more credit.
I have done a great job up to this point, or else I would not be where I am or be as happy as I am.  If I made it this far, than I need to convince myself I should never worry that I can't keep making good decisions and that things will keep going my way.


Check back at the end of the month to see how I reached my goal!
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