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3.3.11

Aloha Friday - Quotes

Kailani over at Island Life hosts a great meme...
I am once again linking up.
It is pretty fun.
You post a simple question...
Answer it and then visit others answering theirs!

My question this week:
If you were making a scrapbook, what is a must have quote you would like in it?

My answer:
I want to make one from our trip to Disney last year.
That being said, it would have to be...
"When you wish upon a star..."

Happy Weekend everyone!

Ablaze Candles Review and Giveaway

I have mentioned several times how much I love candles.
I love the way they smell.
I love the way they make a room look and feel.
The fact that there are so many candles to choose from just makes it so much more fun for me!

I recently had the chance to review a couple luminaries from Ablaze Candles.
First of all, I have never purchased a luminary before...
Now, I question as to why!

Have you ever had a luminary in your home?
They are beautiful!
What exactly is a luminary?
Well, Merriam-Webster defines it as "a body that gives light."

The luminaries that you can purchase from Ablaze Candles are beautiful pieces of art that add amazing decor to your home!
That is to put it simply!

Marc and I are looking to buy a house...
and I can already see these pieces of beauty making permanent fixtures throughout!
The great thing about Ablaze Candles?
They last a lifetime!

Of course, you will get dust buildup on it...
You can wash it!
It is safe to wash with warm soapy water!
They say that by washing it and then buffing it dry, you not only clean it up...
but you also "restore the natural luster."

Also, when you purchase your Ablaze Candle, it comes with an unscented votive.
Once you burn that, you can replace it with a votive of your choice.
I personally love the scents...
So, I know that I will replace ours with different scented votive.
Those with allergies or those looking for the ambiance of the candle without the fragrance can choose to replace with the unscented one.
See how it is made?
They hand pour the wax into their custom mold.
Then, they add a protective disc at the bottom of the luminary.
After that, add in the votive candle inside the crystal holder...
You are set to go!
Just change out the candle when you want/need to.
Make sure you keep the crystal holder safe, as that is what protects your luminary!
Talk about a gift that is sure to last!
Hey, they even had a gifting suite at the SAG Awards!
(Look to see what celebrities took one home, its an extra entry!)

In my opinion, Ablaze Candles make great gifts!
Obviously, house hunting on my mind...
This would make a wonderful gift for a housewarming present!

Sure, everyone has candles of some variety...
But how many have beautiful luminaries?
They literally have them for everyone you know!

I love the size of the Bamboo one that we received!
It literally can be the focal point in a room!
I am thinking that this might be the focal piece in decorating our new place...
(Whenever that is!)

Just look at the difference in the "mood" created just by lighting this luminary!

Unlit Bamboo Luminary:
Lit Bamboo Luminary:

Of course, I placed the Daisy One in our room..
Broxton immediately had to repeat...
"Pretty!"
Over and over again!
It really is a beauty and with it being a bit smaller, the placement options are endless.
Home... Office...
It really doesn't matter!

This would make an unusual, but memorable gift for Mothers Day.
As well as Graduation!

Wouldn't you LOVE to have one for your home?
They are giving you a discount of 20% off your purchase..
WITH FREE SHIPPING, if over $49.
Use code:
beans20

What will you win?
One reader will win:
Soaring Angels Luminary.
(Value : $74.95)


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2.3.11

Trying to get Organized! OrganizeIt-Online Review


I was so lucky to win a necklace from a blog I love, JDaniel4'smom.
Then, it hit me...
I actually have a couple necklaces... but they were all tangled up in my little jewelry holder.
My jewelry holder is actually a bowl that one of my stepsons made me at camp one year...
Granted, I will NEVER get rid of that jewelry holder...
But, I did need a little help organizing my necklaces!

I started looking on OrganizeIt Online and found exactly what I needed!
It was a Daisy Jewelry Stand!
Why Daisy?
Well, that was the flower that we used for our wedding...
(I even wore Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume!)

Why do I love this?
First of all, it was super easy to put together..
Just screw a couple of the stems onto the stand and you are done!
I did not need any tools...
I could do it all by myself!

Another reason I love it?
The daisies are 3 different heights for maximum exposure of your necklaces...
As well as different lengths!

Yet another reason?
The daisies also work as earring storage!

Oh.. and if that was not enough to make you fall in love...
The bottom (stand part) is actually a drawer!
You can put bracelets, brooches, whatever else you want!
It has a small slit in the top to open it, so there is not a knob that might clash with your room...
(If you have fat fingers, like me, you can just push it open from behind if need be!)
For $24.69, I think it is a deal that can not be beat!
I mean, organization and decoration... ALL IN ONE!
Doesn't it look great?!

If you want to get one, head on over to OrganizeIt Online and order one today!

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1.3.11

Wordless Wednesday - Circus

We were so lucky to get to take Broxton to the circus...
He had SO MUCH fun!
I think that this just might be one of my favorite pictures!!


He got a "Circus Tattoo" and got to chow down on Popcorn!!!

Hold Up, Wait a Minute - Skin MD - Review and Giveaway

UPDATE:
OPEN TO US and CANADA
I have mentioned numerous times that I am determined to find the perfect skin care treatment for me...
I think I have finally found it!

I was able to review Skin MD Lotion.
I was originally looking for a lotion that would be great for Marc.
With him working outside in all the different types of weather, I thought he would like it...
As well as his skin.

Well....
I guess I should be a little ashamed.
I got the Skin MD lotion in and I think I have found the best skin care for me!
After I got my shower, I put a little bit in my hand to apply to my face.
Now, most times, I put a large drop of lotion, this time, I just put a dime sized amount.
It was like instant marriage!
The lotion said "hello!" and my skin said, "marry me!"
Perfection.
Seriously.

Serious.
(I totally feel like I am on Grey's Anatomy with the usage of seriously during this post, but seriously!)
It was that good!

It felt like I poured sweet relief onto my face.
My pores thanked me!
As in, they wrote , stamped, signed /sealed/delivered a thank you note.

Normally, lotions tend to clog my pores (especially in my face) and I get like extra hot and sweaty. That's my story and I am sticking to it...
Not this time.
It really worked.
I know that this is going to be great this summer...
You know, pool time = sunburn time = pain.
Now, the pain is leaving as Skin MD is here!

Just a few reasons I think it is great:
Dermatologist recommended.
Natural Ingredients.
Not Greasy at all (MAJOR PLUS!)

We all know that I do not write about all that other stuff...
But some of you like reading it...
If you do, look HERE:

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28.2.11

Stop Stink Now! Varsity Naturals Deodorant Review & Giveaway

With a house full of boys, you can imagine the smell after being outside playing all day!
I know that boys are boys and all that good stuff, but we all need to smell fresh!

One of the boys was talking about how he needed some deodorant and it got me thinking...
Do they make deodorant for younger kids?
I found out... THEY DO!

Think about it...
We all sweat and everything...
Think of all the young kids out there playing sports...
They need a burst of freshness!

Luckily for them (Well, all of us actually) Varsity Naturals is here to help!
The thing I like the best is that it is clear.
Like a gel.
All uniforms are of different colors and materials...
We all know how embarrassing it can be to have a big ol' deodorant stain on your clothes...
Kids don't need to worry about that either!

Varsity Naturals makes kids deodorant...
As well as a deodorant for the tweens/teens in your life too!
They make scents for both boys and girls...
AND they offer you scented or unscented!
Ummmmmmm - NATURAL too?! Can't be beat!
(Do you really want to put all those chemicals on your child?)
Varsity Naturals really covered all the bases when they produced this!

From the Kids Line:
I gave the Boys Citrus Scent to Marc's second youngest...
I gave the Girls Cherry Blast to my little cousin.
Both of them are athletic... and I am sure both stink after a game!

From the Teen Line:
I gave the Teen Rugged to one of the other boys... He is a wrestler, so I am sure his opponents are thankful!
I also gave my little cousin the Teen Line of Enchanted...
She is ten, but I think she thinks she is 21! :)
Of course, I had them give me their initial reaction...
They said that they liked the feel of when it was applied, to them it felt like they were just putting on lotion.
It was smooth and silky! :)
Now, I did not go sniffing around to see if they smelled like citrus and cherry, but I can tell you that I did not catch any bad whiffs when they walked by!
Whew, the way I talk you would think that the boys and my little cousin were related to Pigpen from Charlie Brown, they aren't... I promise!
(Not that I know of anyways!)

(They offer free shipping to US and CANADA!)

But, one lucky reader is going to win either the boys or girls unscented!
(Valued at $6.99 /each )

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27.2.11

Farm Rich Fills Our Tummy! Review & Giveaway

Working in a bar for so long, I miss the "bar type" foods at times...
You know what I mean...
I was excited to have the chance to try out some of the appetizers from Farm Rich.
I have seen the bags in the freezer, but really, just never thought to grab it and give it a try!

Until now...
I figured I would be nice and let Marc pick, since I normally get everything...
He decided that he would go with the Chicken, Cheese and Bacon Sandwich Melts...
It actually surprised me, since he is not really a chicken fan...
But, that was what he chose...
(I was eyeing it, but was going to let him pick!)

These are really easy to make!
I have made these for our lunch before...
I have also given Broxton one as a snack when he decides that breakfast and lunch just are not that interesting... This boy cracks me up when he pulls his "I'm done" and he has eaten like 2 bites!
Well, he likes these... and it has meat and cheese, so I go with it...
Not always, but sometimes!

I like how they have the grill marks and stuff on them...
I just pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds and they are good to go!
Better (and cheaper) than loading up and going out to eat!

The other that Marc picked?
Their Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas!

Now, this was a double whammy!
He doesn't like Chicken... Or Mexican!
But, he picked these...
and we have all eaten them!
Ha!
These are also super easy, just throw them in the microwave for a minute and they are ready to be inhaled... I mean, enjoyed!
We have eaten these at random meal times and each time, they have impressed!
You can click here to see a few recipes to go along with them!

All of the Farm Rich Products come in the resealable bags...
Major plus here, as we like that ...
and bags take up less room than boxes!

Those were so good, I am picking next time!
I really want to try a few of their other products!

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