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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dr. Teal's Lavender Epsom Salt Soaking Solution: A Surprising Spa at Home!

When I was chosen by Smiley360 to try out Dr. Teal's Lavender Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, I had no idea it would be this much fun, or such a major beauty boon. Behold: My personalized mini-spa.

From left to right: Hair volumizer, using my usual conditioner, facial exfoliator, using my normal cleanser, and lip treatment, using petroleum jelly.

Here's me before:

And after:

So yeah, they really do work. The hair volumizer was particularly hair felt super clean, but also very soft.

The most dramatic, though, was the foot soak. I did my right foot only so I could compare, and it's a huge difference. The dead skin just sloughed off easily. See?

So in short, don't be fooled by the "epsom salt" portion...this is a soothing, relaxing, fresh-smelling product that can make you pretty AND happy. Go for it. If you want to try everything you've seen above, click here.

I received a product from Smiley360 for testing and review purposes. My opinions and hideous feet are my own.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tazo Chai Tea: Sweet Meets Spicy in the Most Wonderful Way! #sweetmeetsspicy #sponsored

So Smiley360 was cool enough to hook me up with a chance to try out the Tazo Chai Teas. I have a love of tea that goes back to my way younger years, so I was very excited.

What is Tazo Chai?

From the website:

Steeped in 5,000 years of Indian history, chai is a black tea blend as complex as it is rich. Tazo brings together the best ingredients from across the globe to honor this ancient tradition. Sweet cinnamon and creamy vanilla meet spicy black pepper, fragrant cardamom and bold star anise in this unforgettable beverage.

What does that mean? It's a total sensory experience. The scent and flavor completely immerse you in beauty. It's just that good. It's available in both filter bags and boxed liquid concentrate in Classic, Organic, Decaf, Vanilla Caramel, Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice, and can be enjoyed either hot or iced.

So what could be better than that?

How about cupcakes?

Yes, indeedy. Cupcakes made with Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte concentrate, and topped with Pumpkin Spice Chai buttercream frosting. Intrigued? Here's how to make them. My inspiration came from this recipe.

Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp cardamom
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte concentrate
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Line pans with cupcake liners.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together.

Combine the chai concentrate and milk together in another bowl, stirring well.

In a big bowl, whisk the eggs for 20 seconds, then add the sugar and whisk 30 more seconds. Add oil and vanilla, and whisk until well combined.

Alternately pour in the flour mixture and chai mixture, beating until completely combined. Pour into lined cupcake pans.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a probe inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp chai concentrate, divided

Reduce the 1/2 cup of chai concentrate over medium heat until it's down to about 2 tsp. It will thicken, but it should still stay a liquid. It thickens a bit as it cools, so watch for that. Cool in refrigerator.

Beat butter until smooth. Add 1 cup of sugar and combine.

Add the 2 tbsp of unreduced chai concentrate and combine. Add the remaining sugar in 1/2 cup increments, combining after each.

Add the cooled, reduced chai concentrate and combine on high to mix completely.

Frost and enjoy! I used a pastry bag myself.

And what more appropriate accompaniment than a hot cup of the same Tazo Chai?

An interesting side effect of making this recipe is that your house will smell FANTASTIC. Between the baking and the chai reduction, the spicy scent permeates is truly wonderful. You really gotta try this tea, whatever you do with it. They're all SO yum.

I received a free product from Smiley360 for testing and review purposes. My opinions and old-school tea set are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops: The Candy That Kicks Fatigue's Butt. #swissherbs #sponsored

Because I'm a Chr├╝terchrafter on Crowdtap, I got to try out Ricola's latest herb drop...and this one gives great rush. For real.

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It's still a cool cough drop, like you'd expect from Ricola. But it not only eases coughs, it gives you a hand when your cold gets you dragging. It even makes you feel perky when you're not sick at all. They have B vitamins mixed in with those herbs, and ginseng. Two drops provide 20% of the Adult Daily Value of B6 and B12. My experience? I did feel more alert and awake after only two drops.

The best part? It tastes like a fizzy lemon drop. They are seriously good.  Since you can have 2-10 drops per day, you can really get your lemon party on. And as you can see, they're very much easier than toting an energy drink around. They've found a new home in my purse, anyway. And my glove box, and my desk...

I received products from Crowdtap for testing and review purposes. My opinions and addiction to lemony things are my own.

Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers: Rock Your Coffee On the Go! #FolgersFans #Sponsored

Crowdtap was cool to me again, and this time my sampling hit on one of the things that make my life very happy.

I love coffee. I mean, I really love coffee. Anyone who knows me for longer than two minutes knows I love coffee, but you have to talk to me a bit longer to realize how MUCH I love coffee. Even my toddler tells me to go get more coffee when I'm grumpy. So anytime I get a chance to try anything that makes coffee even more fabulous, I do a little jig. (Mentally.)

Folgers Flavors Coffee Enhancers. It even sounds cheerful.

You can get Caramel, Mocha, Hazelnut and Vanilla. It's like those squirty deals that you add to water to make your own flavor level drink, only this is for coffee, hence more fabulous.

Of course, I needed to put it to a proper test, and not just because I wanted to drink a boatload of coffee. Which I totally did.  And what better platform to start with than my favorite Folgers coffee, Black Silk, and a french press?

Don't fret...I did use my smaller cups. See? I'm normally a cream and sugar type, but for testing purposes, I went straight. Even then, it was still VERY good, which makes me wonder if I can save a few calories.

That's the Caramel, and it really has a great candy taste. This was the favorite of my teen. She got decaf, though.

Hazelnut ha a bit of a weird scent in the bottle, but the flavor is great....nutty without being too sweet.

Mocha is REALLY chocolatey. It's more of a creamy than a dark chocolate, which totally worked for me.

Finally, Vanilla. I love vanilla creamer and such, but it never seems vanilla enough. This does the trick nicely, without that overpowering whipped-cream type taste.

I thought all of them were delicious, but my fave is the Caramel. It's VERY smooth. A heads up, though...a little goes a long way. The most I used was two quick squirts, and that was for a full-size iced coffee cup. You do NOT want to overdo, or all that I said about not being overly sweet goes right out the window. And yes, I did exactly that.

The bottle shape is great, as it fits easily into a bag, and the seal is very good...even after my kid stepped on it, it didn't come open, so you can feel safe bringing it along. We've all had that terrible coffee, so think of it as the ultimate coffee experience backup. I'm keeping mine handy!

I received products from Crowdtap for testing and review purposes. My opinions are my own.

Zep Cleaning Products: Go Pro With Your Clean! #ZepCleansters #Sponsored

I had heard of Zep Cleaning Products before, but Crowdtap was cool enough to gave me a chance to try two of them, the Quick Clean Disinfectant and the All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser.

I wanted to give the All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser a real test, so I went for one of the hardest things to clean: my very nasty looking oven door.

This was the result. Compare the sides.

That's a spray and a vigorous wiping. That's it. Pretty good stuff, eh? The product made my whole kitchen pretty.

Now, as for the Quick Clean Disinfectant...I have a confession to make. My bathrooms can get downright terrible. I do clean them, but I have children whose aim is, well, sometimes very off.  I hate when they get gross, not only for the EW factor, but the germs disturb me.

I'll spare you all the sight of my toilet, but let's say there were...deposits that had dried on. Zep Quick Clean Disinfectant took care of business (literally) and left a clear and sanitized surface behind. And it was fast...spritz and wipe.

I certainly consider them both a great addition to my cleaning roster, and will be using them in the future.

I was given free products by Zep and Crowdtap for testing and review purposes. My opinions and incredibly gross toilet are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LG OLED TV, Now at Best Buy: Not Just a TV, An Experience!

 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

First off, just to let you all in on a great upcoming event: Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes, and tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

Now, going straight to the point...the coolness that is the LG OLED TV from Best Buy. 

 Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:

Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV
·  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
·  4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
·  Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
·  Find content faster with webOS

 So let me break it down for you all. This is one cool TV. Like, most have a three-pixel setup. This one adds an extra white pixel, which means more realistic color range and accuracy. In short, it's seriously realistic. I personally love getting lost in a movie, and this makes it easier to do just that.  The screen curves, so that your eyes are equally distant from all parts of the screen when sitting in front of the TV, further enhancing that immersive feeling. Add in that wonderful SmartTV technology, and you have an all-inclusive viewing experience with numerous possibilities and happy people. I have a SmartTV that I purchased from Best Buy, and it makes entertaining the kids so much easier when I have access to several movie streaming apps at my fingertips.

This can be yours at the low Best Buy everyday price of $3499.99, a savings of $500. So go have a peek. It really is an incredibly cool TV.

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. My opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cool T-shirt Giveaway sponsored by Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom and ShirtBattle!

I totally geeked out when I saw this giveaway. There is nothing more fabulous than fandom T-shirts, and these are fun and original. GO GO GO!!!!

Read the review from Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom below!

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Recently I was able to order some of their tees. The hardest part was seriously trying to decide which ones since there are so many awesome ones to choose from! I actually had a list of ones and had to keep narrowing it down. I'd buy the whole lot if I could! I decided on the GotTardis? by Rich Wilkie Design in size Girls Large. Their tees are available in Guys, Girls, and Kids sizes S, M. L, XL, and 2XL. I don't like my shirts form fitting otherwise I would have chose the Medium size. This tee is so comfy and I love the way it fits. I also ordered a few for my family that I knew they would enjoy.
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Valentia Even Glow Serum - Age Defying and Satisfying!

I got to try out Valentia Even Glow Serum for free, from the Valentia Skin Care line, specializing in natural skin care, thanks to U.S Family Guide.

What is it? Well, in a nutshell, it's out with the bad, in with the good. This serum puts back in our skin what we deplete with just average everyday life.

Details? Well, how do you feel about a product that:

EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

Yeah. Sounds pretty close to a spa in a bottle. Did I mention all this coolness comes not from chemicals or other weirdness, but from natural ingredients? No? Well, it's a fact. Curious? Here you go.

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) - Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

Oh, and by the way, it has the most wonderful scent, a fresh citrus with a touch of floral. Scent matters to me, so it's a great plus. Yes, a plus, because it does work.

Here's me before. This is a clean face, nothing added, in natural light. Don't be afraid.

This is after one use, after it had been applied and had been absorbed for about half an hour.

As you can see, the fine lines in my forehead diminished, the allover redness is smoothed, and even the irritation from my acne is reduced.

This is after a week of once a day use, same situation, still natural light. The only products I used in my face other than the serum was a mild, unscented face wash.

You can really see the changes there, the smoothness and even tone. It feels even better than it looks, especially around  the drier patches, like my cheeks and under my jaw. I also applied the serum to my neck, and you can see that skin looks smooth as well.

A little goes a long way with this...I just pulled a small amount into the dropper and dropped it in a pattern on my face, then stroked it in gently.

If you're looking for a natural serum that makes your skin look and feel wonderful - AND smells really, really good - you have a winner with Valentia Even Glow.

I received a product for testing and review purposes. My opinions, and scary before pic, are totally my own.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Enter to Win The Coolest Snack Box Ever, from!

When I saw the prize, I JUST had to show it to you all. Honestly...what could be cooler than a goodie box with candy from Japan? Enter this super-fast!

SQUEEEE How cute are these Japanese Candies/Cookies!!? Enter below to win (1) Monthly Skoshbox & (1) Premium Skoshbox!  Each box is a surprise! 
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My family likes a variety of candies, and snacks.  I think there are too many variations of chocolate, sweet, salty, sour, goodness in the world to just settle for a single country's version of them. This is why I was excited to find Skoshbox Offers a Taste of Japan at Your Doorstep.

There are the regular monthly box, and then there are the premium boxes.  The Monthly box costs only $12.00, and that INCLUDES Shipping.  Even to just try something new! Each box comes with a sheet telling you what product is what, and the ingredients as well.  It may sound weird, but I even enjoyed reading it.

The Premium Box ($25.00/Free Shipping) has a lot of full size products, along with novelty candies (The Super Mario Candy were Cola Gummies that tasted just like Cola, They were also soft, and fresh.) The Chocolate sticks, and Vanilla Dipped Wafers were some of my favorites as well.  My 3 year old is autistic, and usually picky with what interests him, but he was completely into this box, and wanting to try each, and every single snack.  I didn't get any of the Panda Chocolate/White Chocolate Cookies because he ATE THEM all himself.  Some of my favorites out of this box were also the sour blue mini drops.  The box with the Teddy bear had Chocolate cookies in it, and they were almost too good to eat.. yes, almost.  We ate them.  Something about Japanese chocolate that reminds me of German Chocolate, it melts so perfectly, tastes, and texture are some of my favorites.

November Monthly Box ($12.00/Free Shipping) had candy, stickers, chocolate, and cookies.  I liked the variety of this box as well.  My mini grabbed the Caramel Corn Snacks first, and they were delicious.  I did manage to grab a few to sample.  What I also like about these Candies/Snacks, most are made of Rice, and can be ate by Gluten Free individuals, Not everything in the boxes are GF, but that's another reason I like Japanese snacks, and candy, they use Rice Flour instead of regular Wheat in most recipes! So keep that in mind too if someone is on a certain diet, and you are looking for fun candy to surprise them with.
It's easy to Join, and Sign up for skoshbox.  To find out more about skoshbox, check them out online at,
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Overly impression, I enjoyed the chocolate, and uniqueness of all the candy, and snacks.  Honestly, I am a bigger fan of foreign chocolate than the regular chocolate that's at the impulse section at our grocery stores here in the states.  Just try something new! I love letting my son try things from different cultures, I never want to hear him say "Ew" to something, just because it isn't what is normally seen in the store.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Black Tie Look for My Chick-Fil-A Nuggets!

I was handed a challenge by the Chick-Fil-A Moms group, and since it involved food, namely Chick-Fil-A, I totally had to do it. The challenge: Take your basic chicken nuggets and dress them up to make a new and fun snack or meal. I opted for the original nuggets.

Challenge accepted. Behold, my Chicken Parmesan Party Bites.

It's a super easy prep, with simple ingredients. You need:

1. Two Twelve-Piece boxes of Chick-Fil-A Nuggets.
2. Your favorite tomato sauce
3. Your favorite shredded cheese (I used Colby/Jack)

Toothpick the nuggets so that the picks only extend from the bottom. Daub a bit of tomato sauce on each one. I used a baby-sized spoon for optimum control. Then drop a few strands of cheese on only takes a few, since they're small. It should look like this:

Toss it into a 400 degree over for about five minutes. You just want the cheese to melt, as the nuggets are already cooked. Remove and serve.

I may receive a prize pack as a result of this post, but I was not compensated. It's still pretty cool.

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy In-Wash Fragrance Booster: Upscale Scents for a Dirty Job. Giveaway!

My girly side got to join me in the laundry room, thanks to Purex Insiders. Purex Crystals Aromatherapy In-Wash Fragrance Booster in "Well-Being" scent. That's the pink one!

Of  course, I'm going to tell you  what that is. It's a fabulous laundry enhancer that makes your washable items smell really, really good, and they also eliminate laundry scents that linger, like my teenager's stinky socks.

As a bonus, they're even pretty. Cheers!

No, no, no, you do not want to drink them or snack on them, but I left a few out, and that fresh laundry scent actually spreads through the room. And it really does smell wonderful...Flowery, with a fruity, citrusy note. 

But what do I use it for?

I'm glad you asked. Very simple: you put it in the washer on top of the clothes with your other laundry goodies and start that baby up. That's it.

 Unless you're like me and can't stop sniffing it long enough to pour it in. Did I say it smells great? It really, really does. It gives me a happy every time I get a whiff. You want to try it?

Guess what. You can. I have three coupons to give away, meaning one lucky winner gets to try all three scents, Energy, Well-Being, and Serenity. Or pick your fave and get three. It's all up to you. Enter! A heads up, though...the coupons expire at the end of the month, so get ready to shop.

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I received free product for testing and review purposes. My opinions are my own. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Noomie: Girly RC from WowWee!

I was granted the honor of playing with, I mean reviewing this adorable toy from WowWee, Noomie. Tell me that isn't serious cuteness.

Noomie is one of the many creative toys from WowWee, which was founded in 1988 as an independent research and development and manufacturing company. This includes robot toys like the Tipster and even dino robos!

But back to Noomie. Noomie is an RC toy, who has accessories, a stylish remote, and her own language. For real.

The accessories create her personality, just like in real life, right? Each piece adds its own characteristics to make her come to life. You can mix and match up to four, but she'll rock out even without any. She's cool like that. So anyway, you insert them into her "ears", mouth, and on top of her head. We tried a couple of different looks:

Then we settled on this one. The kids thought the tongue was hilarious.

So, then you grab the remote and get her going. She responds to the remote, and also to touch. It looks a little something like this:

You can hear her chattering away. Remember when I said she has her own language? She totally does. It's called Noomian, and you get a cheat sheet included with the instructions. Here's an example:

Awesome, right? And I know what you're thinking. You liked playing with it, but can it hold a kid's attention? Oh yes. Evidence is shown here.

That's a two-year-old and a five-year-old enjoying the same toy. Near the end, you also see my cat, who was also wanting to be part of the fun. He ninja-sneaked poor Noomie later, but she was rescued unharmed.

In my opinion, this toy is a great combination of an RC and a building toy, and the wide range of options make it a perfect gift across a wide age range. It's fun to even just play dressup with, and the soft, rubbery hair makes her cuddly. Noomie has been out for playtime every day since the first, and I think she's going to be a permanent part of our fun for a long time. Ni-Mee-Na Noomie!

I received Noomie for testing and review purposes. My opinions and ugly kitchen tile are my own.

Monday, November 3, 2014

ChapStick Hydration Lock: As Different as Day and Night!

So, Smiley360 hailed me to try ChapStick. Big deal, you say? Yes, it is...because this is no ordinary ChapStick. This is the new ChapStick Hydration Lock Day & Night.

The Day side gives you uber moisturizing power with the added bonus of SPF 12 protection. It goes on like silk, too, and isn't too shiny or greasy...perfect for under lipstick. It's  not super sugar fruity flavored, just subtly, but it's pleasant.

The Night side is the dark side. It's an all-nighter to make your lips happy. It has super smexy natural oils and butters like sunflower seed oil and shea butter, and kicks serious dryness butt. My lips felt smoother overnight, and the effect lasted into the day. I started only using the Day formula for sun protection instead of damage control. It really rocks.

This is not your basic ChapStick. It has all the things you like about the ChapStick brand, but with amazing bonuses. Want a coupon, too? Of here!

I received product from Smiley360  for testing and review purposes. My opinions are my own.