Wednesday, February 25, 2015

@JackpotCandles - SURPRISE Jewelry In Every Candle!

Jewelry Candles...have you tried one before?

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I LOVE THEM!  Not only do you get an amazing candle, but you also get a surprise in every candle.  A gem!  A jewel!  A treasure!  
It's better than finding a prize in a cereal box...at least for me as an adult.
So when I learned about JackPot Candles, I got even more excited!  As a woman with very tiny hands and fingers, the rings that typically come in a jewelry candle will not fit me.  So regardless of the worth of the gem inside, it's not typically something I'm even going to be able to wear.
But Jackpot Candles are different...yes, they are amazing soy candles, that make your house smell like all sorts of wonderful...but they also offer different options for jewelry, like earrings, rings and necklaces.  I was able to choose the earrings option for the candle they sent me for review.  
I picked the Caramel Coffee Latte candle scent and it smells amazing!  
Plus, these candles last and last!
Another difference in the Jackpot Candles than competitors...you can't just dig the jewelry out before the candle is melted down.  YES...I have done this before!  You actually have to wait it out...melt the candle down, and enjoy the anticipation...which is fun and exciting!  Meanwhile, your house will have the fragrant scent of your favorite candle as it burns...to satisfy your senses.  
It's definitely a win-win!
I waited patiently to have my candle burn down...until...I saw it!  
The little wad of tinfoil that was protecting and would reveal my SURPRISE earrings inside.  
I couldn't wait to see what they looked like!  
Best of all...these candles offer you the chance to actually find out the worth of the jewels inside.  I typed in the code that was attached to the wrapper and found that the earrings inside my candle have a value of $15.  
Not only are they beautiful amethyst earrings on silver posts, but they also made the investment in the candle even more worthwhile.  AWESOME!  This was truly a treat!

CLICK HERE to learn more about these Jackpot Candles...they make awesome gifts and even just wonderful sweet treats for yourself to enjoy!  
You never know what might be inside your candle!  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SoftSoap - Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap

How often do you wash your hands during the day?  
Do you enjoy soaps that leave your hands smelling fresh & clean long after?

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by Colgate-Palmolive for this post!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion on these products!

HANDWASHING IS IMPORTANT!!  Why?  It helps prevent the spread bacteria, germs and whatever else we honestly could have lurking on our hands from just a simple day of living life to it's fullest (whatever the means for you personally)!
That's why I personally am fond of the SoftSoap line.  
Like the name states, from my experience with their products personally, their soaps are SOFT and even moisturizing on your skin.  They are gentle, yet they get the job done, with every hand washing experience.

I just received samples of their new Fragrant Foaming Collection Hand Soap Line and so far, I am delighted with it!
The Kitchen Citrus Bliss is awesome.  I love the smell of citrus anyway, it makes me think clean and it also makes me feel energetic.  When you're in the kitchen, you could probably use all the energy you can get.  Washing with this scent and the fact that it's foaming too, is an overall pleasant experience...at least for me.  And I love how my hands smell after...and it's actually something that I personally would use in a bathroom as well (as you can see from the picture above).
The Whipped Cocoa Butter is my favorite of the three I received...but I am always fonder of the sweeter scents.  It makes a rich lather and leaves my hands feeling soft and smelling fantastic!  My hands smell almost edible and I like that a lot!
The Jasmine and White Cotton is my least favorite, but still a great scent.  It's just not one that I am fond of as much as the other two.  It does have a clean scent that may be more pleasing to someone else's personal scent enjoyment.

All of these SoftSoap Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps leave a lasting scent on your skin, leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized, and can be found in national retailers right now (launched in February).  

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Case Studio - Custom Personalized Tough Cases For Your Phone

Who doesn't have a cell phone now days?  If we aren't reachable at every moment of every single day, then we aren't like the average Joe.  This is extended even to our youth...right?  Our kids want their own phones too.  

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But phones are costly to buy and then become even more costly to replace when they are dropped or broken.  I have experience with that, as I have personally had a few causalities of my own...and who has money to keep replacing phones?
So I am grateful for companies that make TOUGH CASES for phones, that protect them against accidents that can happen to them.  We all know that a phone with a broken screen is pretty useless.  If we are going to invest money in a phone, we should invest in something that will keep the phone protected, right?

I was so excited to learn about The Case Studio.  Not just because they make awesome cell phone TOUGH cases, but because you can actually personalize and customize your own too (for several phone styles and models).  In fact, you can create a one of a kind design for your personal cell phone.
So when our son came home from school the other day with this picture he had hand drawn...and was so stinkin' proud of it, I knew it was the perfect design for a phone case for him.  In fact, I knew it would be something he would cherish and treasure...since he had put a lot of work & time into creating this drawing...and I could actually memorialize it for him on something he uses on a daily basis...his phone.
The process of creating the personalized and customized cell phone case was so easy.  A couple clicks of the mouse and an upload of the photo and the case was ordered.  
It arrived quickly and I was delighted!
The case fit perfectly on his phone and the photo quality was exact.  I knew he would be so SERIOUSLY delighted when he saw this surprise that arrived...
He was!  He was stoked!  His phone is truly "authentic" with his own Link picture on the case.  LOVE IT!  He loves it!  What an awesome gift!  He has a one-of-a-kind TOUGH CASE for his iPhone that is unlike any of his friends...there is no mistaking it's HIS phone.

The Case Studio products would make excellent presents for proud Grandparents (a picture of their grandkids for their phone), new parents (a picture of their new baby), or even for children who have phones or iPods (of their favorite thing or even their own personal drawing...like we did for our son) to protect those expensive phones.  
CLICK HERE to see all the options you have to choose from.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

General Mills and Skylanders - The Perfect PRIZE COMBO

I was a child of the 80's.  I grew up eating a bowl of cereal before school in the morning and definitely while watching my Saturday morning cartoons!  Now...when it came to picking out what cereal my sister and I wanted our mom to buy at the store...depended on what was the best "PRIZE" in the boxes.  

Do you remember?

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Just like Saturday morning cartoons, some things from my childhood have faded away...but sometimes,things come around full circle and make me reminiscent of my childhood.  
I was so excited that General Mills, right now, has specially marked boxes of cereal that include EXCLUSIVE Skylander Trap Team Skystones games inside.  This is definitely a reason my boys would pick this brand of cereal.  
Of course, General Mills also makes some of my children's favorites anyway...okay, mommy's too!
We received Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix, both are big favorites of my kids!  Inside each box (and we also received two other packets), there are boxes of the Skylander Trap Team Skystone card sets inside.  On the back of the boxes, there are is game board, for your children to challenge their siblings or friends.  They also have an app that you can download on your tablet or phone, and you can use the code on each card box to add your collection.  
There are four sets of cards to collect!
This was a total hit with my kids!  In fact, even my daughter got excited about the cereal and the games with her little brother.  They enjoyed the bowls of cereal and the fun, exciting new game inside.

CLICK HERE to learn more about these specially marked boxes (available in March) of General Mills Cereal, with the Skylanders Skystones game card sets inside.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Anxiety Oil - Relief The Homeopathic Way

Life can bring stress!  Life can bring some anxiety!

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Do you ever get anxious, worried, stressed out, etc.?  I think we could all admit, that there are moments in our lives, when we could use a little extra help de-stressing, relaxing and maintaining a sense of zen.  Times when having a calm spirit and clear mind is of the utmost of importance.
I was so excited to meet the sweetest lady who makes her own OIL mixtures!  In fact, she makes one that she calls, "Anxiety Oil".  It's a combination of several essentials oils (Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, Chamomile and Snowflake Obsidian) that with just a few drops, can help bring you some clarity of mind and helps you regain control of your feelings & emotions.
Did you know that you can use essential oils several different ways?  You can apply it directly to the skin (drops at a time), use it as a diffuser (the aroma itself brings you immediate calmness), in a compress or even in the bathtub (my favorite option).

This Anxiety Oil is simply soothing...no other way to put it.  In a warm bath (I love my nightly baths), with my eyes shut, taking deep breaths, I can feel the feelings of anxiety and stress seeping out of my body.  This is wonderful stuff!  

CLICK HERE to order some Anxiety Oil or other Essential Oils from Tara and you'll thank me & her.  Her products are made with love and with the purpose of bringing you a homeopathic relief to all sorts of ailments.  I'm a firm believer this stuff really works great!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Skinny Cow - Candy Bar Ice Cream Bars

Summer is coming!  
That means...the heat will arrive soon and we'll all be looking for ways to cool down.  
How do you treat your sweet needs when the heat comes?

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I love products that make me guilt free about a little sweet indulgence!  
That's why I love Skinny Cow products.
Skinny Cow sent me coupons to try their two new "Candy Bar" Ice Cream Bars.  So I chose the Cookies 'n Dough and Salted Caramel Pretzel.
Now...my favorite of the two is the Salted Caramel Pretzel bars.  YUM!  These are similar to a candy car, yet with ice cream as the filling.  It has a layer of caramel and on top, pieces of salted pretzel.  It's sweet, salty and makes my taste buds water just writing about it.  SO DELICIOUS!
For those of you who love cookie dough, the Cookies 'N Dough candy bar ice cream bars will satisfy your sweet tooth.  Just like the other's ice cream is the filling...but the topping on the bar is pieces of cookie dough, covered in the layer of chocolate.  YUM!

Have you tried Skinny Cow Products?  If you're looking for a sweet guilt free dessert...especially when the heat turns up this summer...then you should try these low calorie desserts!  
This mommy loves them and you just might too!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

SOFTSOAP - Fresh and Glow Body Washes

Despite what the Groundhog said...SPRING IS COMING SOON!  

Yes, it might still be a few weeks away, but the weather here in Southern California is going to be in the 80's all week.  That means that with the warmer weather, comes bare arms & legs and a whole lot more skin showing.  

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Winter can be harsh on your skin...and I'm curious what you do to help it recover, before the weather change makes you want to bare it all.
I was so delighted to try the new SOFTSOAP "Fresh and Glow" Body Washes.  
I received the Exfoliating Fruit Polish and the Hydrating Shower Cream to try out, so I could tell you guys more about them!  
 
The Exfoliating Fruit Polish smells awesome!  It's refreshing and has 100% real fruit extracts (apricot seeds, orange and kiwi) in the body wash.  After using this product, my skin feels smooth and exfoliated!  It works great!  These legs are ready for some sunshine now!
 
The Hydrating Shower Cream smells nice, with a mixture of almond and coconut...and milk protein, because it too, is made with 100% real extracts.  After using this product, my skin feels moisturized, nourished and silky soft.  My skin is ULTRA touchable!

SOFTSOAP is always offering new products for our skin to enjoy!  What's your favorite?  Want to try out these "Fresh and Glow" Body Washes too?  They should be available in mass retail, drug and grocery stores nationwide in February 2015.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Clark The Shark Books - "Takes Heart" and "Tooth Trouble"

I have a love of books & reading!  What I have found, in my many years of book collecting...is books are heavy and hard to move by the box loads, but they leave a lasting impression on your brain, and they become hard to part with (especially ones you love). 

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No matter if the story is short or long...or whether you like it or not...if you take the time to read a book...you will remember what it says.  Now...if I could just teach my children to have the same passion about reading and books that I have...
It's been awhile, but that's why I love doing reviews for Harper-Collins Children's Books, because we get the chance to check out books as they make their arrivals on the bookshelves across the US.  

We received two "Clark the Shark" books to read and review/feature:

Clark the Shark "Takes Heart" tells the story of Clark the Shark, who has a crush on a girl at school.  At first he thinks he can impress her by winning, but she doesn't pay attention.  Then he thinks if he's a hero, that will impress her.  But that didn't work either. Then he tried making a "big show" by making a banner across her locker...but it was ruined before she could see it.  Then he realizes that sometimes "BIG" isn't always best!  Instead he found a tiny pink heart shaped shell and gave it to her for her birthday and she loved it.  And his sweet, tiny gesture worked better for him than any grand scheme he tried.  This book is for ages 4-8 and I simply loved the message!
Clark the Shark "Tooth Trouble" tells the story about Clark the Shark, who has to visit the dentist after his tooth gets knocked loose playing soccer.  As you know...sharks are not lacking teeth...but this is an issue that must be addressed by the dentist. His friends say things that make him worried and concerned, but his mother encourages him that going to the dentist will be a good thing,  She encourages him that there is nothing to be afraid of.   Despite his efforts to avoid going in, he eventually is forced into the dentist chair.  When the dentist arrives, she's small (not intimidating at all), a juggler and someone who plays happy music.  She asks him questions and distracts him while she works on his mouth.  She pulls his tooth without any issue and Clark can share with his friends that going to the dentist is not that big of a deal after all.  This book is an easy read, level 1 book and it's adorable!

Both of these Clark the Shark Books are well written, entertaining and something your children will enjoy being read to or reading on their own to you.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Start Your Day With @PremierProtein #MyGoodEnergy

Not sure about you, but my weekday mornings start out very early!  
When that alarm sounds, I have to hop out of bed, ready to face the day...

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I typically start my morning out with a nice hot cup of coffee...or two, depending on just how much of a kick start I need.  What about you?
So what if I started my morning out a little different?  What if I tried something new instead!  What if I actually ate something for breakfast?  Something that will not only help my body "wake up" in a healthier way, but without the cups of coffee to get moving and keep going throughout my busy day. 
 Would I be willing to make that change?
I was delighted to receive a box full of samples from Premier Protein.  
It was an assortment of their Protein Shakes, Smoothies, Fiber Bars and 30G Bars.  
After refrigerating the protein drinks, because I don't like room temperature drinks, I was excited to try them out.  My favorite?  The chocolate shake of course...but they were all tasty.  I was also pleased because they offer so much protein...my muscles are going to be swimming in delight.  Plus, they are only 160 calories (even though they taste like a SPLURGE) and are low in fat, with only one gram of sugar.  
SUPER YUMMY & better for me than coffee!
I have not tried all the Fiber Bars, but my favorite so far is the Chocolate Mint Fiber Bar.  Why?  The mixture of Chocolate and Mint always tantalizes my taste buds in the best of ways.  This bar is packed with 15 grams of protein and is an excellent source of fiber...which means that it will keep my body in check, making sure everything is flowing through properly.

The 30G bars are packed with 30G's of protein.  I'll call that PROTEIN PACKED!  The Chocolate Peanut Butter bar is my favorite.  Why?  I love the mixture of chocolate and peanut butter...and instead of seeming healthy, made me feel like I was having a little sweet treat.

If you're looking for a way to start out your day, or even for a mid-day snack (this is perfect for me to take to work with me) that will keep your body energized and your muscles happy...you should check out the entire Premier Protein line.  

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Has Gone To The Dogs - LITERALLY #Valentinesfordogs

Do you have a dog?  
Does your dog mean the world to you?  
Is your dog like an extra child...or maybe even your child (if you don't have children)?

I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting this information on this company or the Valentine's they are offering!  I was offered a doggy gift bag, being sent from the company directly, in return for this post!

So how will you celebrate with your favorite pooch?
No...I'm not joking!  
In fact, you can print out free Doggy Valentine's and even have them shipped to your house!  This is doggone serious!  Our furry friends show us so much love and loyalty throughout the year, we can take a special moment to share some extra Valentine's love back with them, right?
Have a look!
Make sure February 13th is extra special for your sweet puppy friend! 
 CLICK HERE to learn more!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was offered a gift box of puppy treats and goodies in return for this post to encourage my readers to check out this offer through this company!