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5.2.11

Stock the Cabinets - Ace is the support you need! Review

Are you familiar with ACE Brand?
No matter if you have family active in sports/hiking...
Or those with a job that requires physical labor...

ACE Brand is something you really should familiarize yourself with.
We were sent a couple items from their product line and Marc immediately opened up the package with the self-adhering bandages.
You see, his work boots have a good amount of miles on them...
To the point where the souls are worn through, which that equals, not really much of a support system. He should be getting a new pair soon, so that is good!
That also means that his knee has been bothering him for a couple days now.
Well, we think it is because of the shoes, but then again, it could be that he had to wear these big bulky things on them to give him a grip when walking in the ICE STORM we had down here..
Either way, this is about the ACE Brand... not Marc's shoes! :)
He wrapped that bandage on his knee and just laid on the couch, resting.
It seemed to apply just enough pressure on it to relieve some of the achy-ness he was having!
He wore the bandage for a bit... once he took it off, he seemed ready to go again!
Score one for the ACE Brand!


We also have the Instant Cold Compress on hand.
Now, we have not needed this yet...
Good thing!
But, we have it for when we do need it.
I really like that this is an INSTANT cold pack.
Meaning, no need for a freezer!
You just open the pack.
Squeeze the pouch. Shake it up (to activate) and then place it wherever you need it!
Talk about easy!
This would be great in a backpack or the keep on hand at sporting events!
You know how sometimes you hear people... "Get a bag of ice!" Not anymore!
If you have this on hand, you are good to go!

The final thing we received was the ACE Brand Lumbar Support.
I told Marc he should really use this when he works sometimes, I mean, he does a pretty good amount of physical labor.
He wears layers of clothing right now, with the temps changing the way they do...
but I think once it warms up, he will get to use it a bit.
This is a one size fits kind of brace.
It has these straps that go on either side, so that you get a custom (and comfortable) fit.
You can use this for support, or to help with muscle soreness (as well as muscle spasms!)

You can check out their site to see what ACE Brand coupons are currently available!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

{ADULT POST} Spice Things Up This Valentines Day- Review

~~~~~ This is an ADULT POST ~~~~~

"We aren't dead, we are just your parents."
That right there was what made me go ahead and say yes to this post.
I was contacted by the K-Y Brand to see if I was interested in reviewing a couple of their products, just in time for Valentine's Day.
At first, I was a bit unsure...
I knew I was not going to get personal and graphic...
But, I also knew that my mom and some of my family members read this.

We got to discussing it and her response?
"We aren't dead, we are just your parents."
Then, she proceeded to tell me that although they were my parents, everyone likes to share opinions on products.
That sparked conversation with some of her friends...
They seemed VERY interested!
After all, you do see the commercials on TV.
Does it really work?
Is it anything like it says?

Minds got to going...
People want to know....
So......

I said sure thing!
I wanted to be able to let you know if it is all it is cracked up to be.
I promise, I am not doing this to offend anyone...
but hey, most of us are moms...
Meaning... We did something to get where we are!
:)

This product comes in two tubes.
One is red and the other is brown.
Strawberry and Chocolate.
YUMMY!
I liked how it has a little holder that keeps both tubes together, when not being used.
The good thing about this?
VERY SWEET, so not much is needed.
Just pour a little and it goes a long way!
:)
The chocolate does taste like chocolate... and yep, strawberry tastes like strawberries!
You can even pour a little of both on and you get where I am going?
Chocolate covered strawberries!
Bonus, it does not leave a stain on the sheets!

The other product I was able to review...
K-Y Brand INTENSE.This is an arousal gel for women.
You and your honey can use this to get things heated up beforehand...
By making things more intense on your end, it is sure to make your honey happier as well!
The good thing about this?
It comes with a small (yet sneakily convenient) carry pouch.
You know, to keep your private times just that... Private!

The K-Y Brand even lets you register on their site, so that you can get coupons for their products!
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you can always skip the gifts of chocolate and teddy bears and give the gift that both of you can enjoy!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


3.2.11

Aloha Friday # 71



Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.


I seriously can not believe that I never thought about this question before..
As it drives me NUTS...

My question:
Are you good at folding the "fitted" sheet?

My answer:
NO. I can not get it folded right... Ever.
It drives me NUTS. If you think you are good at it, I would LOVE any suggestions as to how to do it.
I have tried and tried. Unfolded and refolded... I just can not figure it out!

Aloha Everyone!
Happy Weekend!

Charlie's Soap - Review and Giveaway

I once tried to use powdered laundry detergent...
but that was just not working for us...
The powder left big clumps on the clothes...
They had this white junk all over them...
That was when I said NO to the Powder!
I was a liquid girl and that was that...

Until...
I started seeing Charlie's Soap on several blogs I follow.
I like that Charlie started making this soap back in 1976.
I really like that Charlie has kept his business here in the USA.
I also like that it is family owned and operated!

I wanted to try out Charlie's Soap...
If it has been around since the late 70's...
They must be doing something right!
I was able to review their Powdered Laundry Detergent.
I like how they tell you step by step how to get the best results...
First of all, you need to run a few times with old rags/towels to clean any of the residue out of the washer.
Makes since, although I have never thought about it before...
(Kind of like when I change shampoo brands to keep from getting any residue... at least in my mind, that is why I do it!)
So, I got some old towels and rags...
Ran the times that they told me...
Then, I figured I would try the first load with our bath towels.
I washed them and dried them...
I don't know what I was expecting, but they came out clean and good to go.
No scent to it, just "clean."
Am I making any sense?

I have since used Charlie's Soap several times...
Marc's work clothes...
(Got the dirt out)
Broxton's clothes...
(Didn't break him out, as some do... remember, he has sensitive skin... )
My clothes...
(Clean and ready to go)

For those of you that use cloth diapers...
(I would love to try that route if we have another baby)
You can read all about Charlie's Soap recommendations for Cloth Diapering HERE.

Charlie's Soap is HE compatible...
KEY THING---- It only takes ONE TABLESPOON of Charlie's Soap to wash a large load!
Yes, just ONE!
Talk about getting your money's worth...
and it takes up very little space!
You can buy an 80 load bucket and it equals less that 20 cents per load!
Talk about a good price!
(Non- Toxic, Biodegradable, Hypoallergenic, HELLO!)

Oh, did I tell you that they sell more than powdered detergent?
(They even have a hard water kit for those of you that need the help!)
For those that are still not ready to chance it and try the powdered detergent...
You can get the same awesome results, in Liquid Detergent!
Also, for those hard workers out there...
They have an All Purpose Cleaner!
It is safe for many types of surfaces...
for all types of messes.
You can even use it to clean the goop and gunk off of your hands!!!!

Click HERE to see the products and the different sizes...
Feel free to look and see what retail location carries Charlie's Soap near you!
Follow Charlie's Soap on Facebook.

Now, aren't you ready to try Charlie's Soap for your household?!

One lucky winner will get to win some for themselves!!!
What you will win:
1 - 17 oz. Sprayer All Purpose Cleaner
1 - 80 Load Laundry Powder

Mandatory Entry-
Tell me, have you ever used Charlie's Soap?
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Contest will end February 18 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

2.2.11

Greenleaf Candles Makes Your Valentines last more than one day!


Are you ready for Valentines Day?
Do you buy candy?
Flowers?
Neither or Both?

Well, I have a great idea for you to have Valentines day last for more than one day...
At least the aroma of it!

Have you heard of Greenleaf Candles?
They have been around for 30 years!
Wow, almost as long as I have!

If you are looking for anything that smells good, you might want to just stop looking...
And head on over to Greenleaf Gifts!
They have it all...
From Aroma Decor Diffusers...
All the way to Top-Its Fragrance Kits.

I was very fortunate to try a couple of their items...
First, I want to tell you about the Rose Fragrance.
I was able to review the Rose Room Spray.

This bad boy shoots out at an amazing amount!
Just one little Puff and you are good to go!
I love how such a small amount does so much wonder!!!!
I have used this in the living room to add a touch of rose to the air.
The scent lingers around, so you are not left spraying every 10 minutes to have the scent!

I put this in our bathroom.
We used to keep a candle or something in there...
but for some reason, I started using diffusers...
We also keep the doors in the apartment closed, as Mr. Nosy goes in and brings things out that don't belong in the living room.
After putting the diffuser in the bathroom, we went on about our day.
Later on that afternoon, Marc opened our bedroom door. (The bathroom is in our bedroom)
You could smell the roses all in our living room!
No, it was not a knock your socks off smell, but seriously, it smelled as though there were a dozen roses in our room!
I loved it!

Don't get me wrong, I love flowers...
but they just do not seem to last that long to me.
I keep them till they are just plain pitiful looking, I love the way they look and smell...
But, if you want a gift that will last a bit longer, give something from their roses line!
(Just think, you can have the fresh scent of roses over and over again!)

The final item I want to tell you about...
This is a beautiful candle!
It is enclosed in a thick glass...
With their classic logo.
This would be perfect for any type of decor.
I love the color, it is not your classic blood red that you normally find.
It adds just enough color to make it an accent, but not enough to distract from the room as a whole.
How it smells...
Oh how it smells!
It is subtle and not overpowering.
It is enough to be noticed, but not so much that those with sensitive noses can not enjoy it as well.

This would be a great gift for all of life's celebratory occasions.
Graduation? Check! Birthday? Check!
Engagement? Check! Wedding? Check!
Anniversary? Check! Valentines? Check!
(Do you get the picture? For every gift giving event, Greenleaf Gifts has you covered!)

Now...
To the fun part!
One lucky winner is going to win a Blushing Tulips Candle, just like I was able to review!
Want to win? I know you do!!!!

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Greenleaf Gifts and tell me another fragrance that you like.
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Enter to #win a blushing tulips @greenleafgiftscandle from @jumpinbeans09 http://tinyurl.com/4fhqkca

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Contest will end February 16th at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

1.2.11

W/W - Yummy Food

I do not remember what blog I was reading...
but they were talking about the "A Year of Slowcooking" blog.
Of course I had to check it out...
and I am SO GLAD I did!
I found this SUPER SUPER Easy recipe for Peperoncini Beef Sandwiches.

I mean, they were NOT joking when it says put it in and you are done.
We bought a loaf of french bread...
Cut it up and made sandwiches on it...
HUGE sandwiches.
More than one meal.
The peppers do not make it spicy, it just gives it flavor...
We have already made this twice and plan on having it again and again...

Hope the picture starts to show you just how yummy it is!


31.1.11

It Keeps going and going and going... Energizer Batteries that is!


Have you heard of the Energizer Keep Going Campaign?
From their site:

"... there's a little Energizer Bunny in every single one of us. From their perseverance, determination, to that will to go on, the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame was created to inspire others and honor those incredible everyday people who are making a difference in the world."


Right now,until February 4th, Energizer is looking for those people that cross our paths, yet are the ones that keep us going on. Do you have someone to nominate? Don't you want to share the story of how that special someone has made an impact on your life?

Six years ago, Cal Ripken Jr. was the first member of the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame when he became the Honorary Inductee.
Think about this... He played 2,632 CONSECUTIVE games.
Yeah, I think he just might be a bit like that Energizer Bunny...
He kept going and going .... and did I mention, going?!

You don't have to know someone with the world record of most hours awake, or most cartwheels... but it would be nice if you nominate someone that helps to keep you going.

Me?
I want to nominate Marc.
I mean, he went and fought for all of us in the war in Afghanistan.
Knowing that he was leaving his family behind, knowing he had a newborn baby.
Knowing that he would miss all of the firsts...
But, he never gave up.
He went and did what he had to do.
His outlook never changed...
Complete his mission..
Come home safe.
Whenever he talked, we talked about all the good.
Not the bad.
His outlook on coming home safe to us..
That was what kept ME going.
First time through a deployment for me.
First time mommy.
Yes, Marc is what kept ME going!

So, do you have an Energizer Bunny in your life?

By sharing this campaign with you...
I am going to receive two packs of Energizer Max Batteries..
And by you reading this...
You can enter to WIN 2 packs for yourself!

Want to win?
Mandatory:
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Contest will end February 13 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
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Keep your hands clean and safe with Zippo Candle Lighter


I love candles!
I love the way they smell.
I love the way their little flame flickers in the room.
I love the way they make a room so much more inviting...

But...
I do not like lighting them when they start to get low.
Not that I am worried about getting burnt, although that is not fun.
I do not like having to put my hand in there and getting that black "smoke deposit"on me from the sides of the jar.
You know what I am talking about.
You know, when your candle starts burning low and it sort of heats the inside...
Leaving that black residue on the inside.
You go to light the candle.
Your hand brushes the glass...
Now you have that stuff all over you.

Not anymore!
Zippo...
Please tell me you have heard of them, they have been around as long as I can remember.
Anyways, they now make a Zippo Candle Lighter!
I was able to review the Pink Zippo Candle Lighter.
Not only is it super cute.
It is also SAFE.
With a little one running around, I feel that you can never be to safe.
There is a safety feature on the back.
You have to press the button on the back IN and then (at the same time) press the button on the front UP.
Easy for me, not for young ones!

Just a few MORE features I like about this candle lighter.
It comes in 4 solid colors or 4 stylish patterns.
It has the Zippo Lifetime Guarantee.
The flame is adjustable.
There is a fuel level indicator on the side.
(I like this a lot, but personally, I wish it was a bit easier to read. Maybe it is just me, but I had a hard time reading it.)

So, with Valentines getting closer and closer...
Go ahead buy your loved one (Hey, you love yourself, right?!) a beautiful candle...
And the candles perfect companion...
The Zippo Candle Lighter!
No one should be alone on Valentines! :)

If you are one that is not a fan of Valentines Day...
Buy a candle. Buy a Zippo Candle Lighter. Grab a book and take a nice relaxing bubble bath and be happy to be YOU!

Stay up to date with Zippo on Facebook and Twitter.
Click HERE to see where you can purchase a Zippo.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

30.1.11

MMMM - New Kids On The Block

:)
Favorite group?
I will say New Kids On The Block...
I picked Hangin Tough...
OLD SCHOOL here...
(Like Elementary!)

Here is to a great Monday!!!!



Ellen Is My Oprah! Kai Fragrance Review


As some of you know...
I love Ellen DeGeneres.
I watch her show as much as possible...
Truth be told, she helped me laugh many morning when I wanted to be sad that Marc was deployed.
Ellen is my Oprah!

So, when Ellen has her giveaways, I of course try to win.
(I haven't yet... but I have not given up yet, either!)
Why am I telling you this?
Because her audience members won a $250 gift basket full of products from Kai Fragrance.
Have you heard of them?

Me neither!
I immediately had to look online to see what made Kai so special!
It was so calming just to visit their site.
Simplicity makes it so much more mysterious to me.
Their products are white with a green writing on it.
Easily, I think classic elegance.
Their candles can be placed in any type of decorated room.

How is Kai described?
From their site:

beauty lies in the simplest and purest of things. kai brings this idea to life by using exotic fragrance and natural essences in our light and intoxicating scent. kai captures the irresistible fragrance of the tropics in a full line of perfume oil and body products. breathe in the beauty of kai, and experience today's most
sought-after fragrance.
I was able to review their perfume oil...
This smell is WONDERFUL!
It is clean. It is fresh. It is floral.
It is simple. It is AMAZING!
I smell a hint of gardenia...
but then, it is mixed with something else...
and then that is mixed again with something else.
At least that I what I enjoy when I smell it.
I know that is a vague description of this fragrance, but I really can't seem to think of a way to describe it.
I really like that it comes in a sleek little bottle with a roll on applicator!
It also has a screw on top, so you can throw it in your purse (or your suitcase) and not worry about it opening and leaking!
Just roll it where you want the strongest scent...
and off you go!

Several stars (other than Ellen) also love Kai!
You can stop by their site and read a list of several of their "devotees."

I do know that Kai Fragrance has several products that I would love to have.
The candle would be beautiful in our bedroom.
The sweet aroma would be welcomed throughout our entire house!
If you are looking for the perfect gift...
Valentines? Birthday? Just because?
Look no further than HERE to see where you can go and buy Kai Fragrance.

Also, follow Kai on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

 
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