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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winners to announce and some much needed clarification is overdue!

I have had 2 fabulous giveaways come to a close so now it's time to announce some winners!!

The winners of the 2 sets of Sunglass Cases from are ...... Dana Beeman and Robin Quick!!!                   .

The winner of the My Caring Cross is ...... Shirley Pebbles!!!

Congratulations ladies!  Didn't win this time?  That's ok, I have a lot more giveaways going on and more to come!

Now, for some MUCH needed clarification when it comes to entering into my giveaways.  This last giveaway, I had to delete tons of entries due to people not following instructions.  First off, when you follow me via GFC, I ask that you please leave your username.  There is a reason for this; I have no way of knowing under which name you follow my blog.  Same with Networked Blogs, Facebook, and's very important that you leave your username.  Also, please leave the link to your tweets about the giveaway.  I have no way of knowing if you actually tweeted or not.

I really hate when I have to delete entries, but I must be fair for everyone else that followed the instructions.  So I ask, from now on, please make sure that ALL boxes are filled out.  Even if it doesn't ask for specific information, please leave something.  If I ask for a vote, just note that you voted.

I really appreciate ALL of my wonderful readers and I want every one of you to have a fair chance of winning one of my fabulous giveaways.

Thank you for understanding :)
Monday, November 28, 2011

Algebrator by Softmath Review

Algebrator, by Softmath, is the perfect algebra software that will solve your math homework step by step.  Algebrator is perfect for students, teachers, and homeschoolers. Algebrator is a complete math tutoring solution for solving problem from pre-algebra all the way through the advanced college level (Trigonometry and Statistics).  If you are looking for an algebra problem solver, this is it!

I have always struggled with advanced math problems.  I honestly don't know how I even passed high school.  Algebra classes really sparked a lot of anxiety in me and I was horrified to learn that my 7th grader was starting to learn pre-algebra.  I felt so helpless.  When I cam across Algebrator, I thought to myself...this is just too good to be true.  You know what, it's not!!  It is every bit of what it says.  My daughter used it and said, mama...I LOOOOVE it!  I said, baby, you have no idea just how much mama loves it!  Where the heck was this when I was in school?? Sad thing is, I didn't have to learn Algebra until I was a freshman in high school!

All you have to do is type in the problem, and voila, the answer appears.  Now don't get this mixed up with an easy solution to your homework, kids, because this isn't a program that was designed to help you 'cheat'. It is designed to help you learn how the answer was achieved, step by step, and to help you understand how Algebra rules are applied in your problems.  This is an absolutely perfect algebra helper.

I am extremely pleased with the Algebrator and would have loved to have this when I was learning algebra.  This will help my daughter, in the coming years, to learn algebra the way I never did.  I rate this product a 10 on a scale of 1-10.  I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone, middle school or college, whom is struggling with math.  They will thank you forever.

WHERE TO BUY:  If you are one of my fabulous readers and you or your child(ren) are struggling with math, you can purchase the Algebrator here.  You even have a full 60 days to try the product.  If you don't like it, they will give you a full refund.  So why not give it shot, you won't regret it.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Skin Free Skincare Review and $30 Gift Certificate Giveaway


Today I'm honored to introduce to you a WONDERFUL skin care company called Skin Free Skincare. These products contain naturally occurring vegetable oils and butters containing indigenous nutrients, antioxidants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and antibacterial agents that petroleum-based oils just don’t have. Natural oils absorb into the skin and do not feel greasy. They also come from replenishable sources, which is a great environmental concern.

These products for made for people with sensitive and dry skin and even for those with mild to severe eczema. I suffer from dry skin, as do my 2 of my girls.  The body wash we normally use, along with lotion, just doesn't seem to help the problem.  I also have a niece that suffers from moderate eczema.  I was given 4 products to review; Skin Free ® Extra Moisturizing Soap, After Shower Moisture Spritz, Extra Creamy Natural Cleanser, and Extra Moisturizing Liquid Soap.

Now onto my review...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Two giveaways have ended and two winners to announce!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving day.  I know I did.  I want everyone to be safe this weekend; I know how craaaazy it can get!  Ok, so I had 2 wonderful giveaways end and I have 2 winners to announce.

The winner of the Bling Time Accessories $25 gift certificate is.........Ashley Brauer! 

The winner of the 3 Rockin' Beads Beaded Bracelets from Texas Take is...........Charlene Kuser!

Congrats ladies.  You both have been e-mailed and will have 48 hours to confirm.  Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries.  If you didn't win this time, don't worry because there are, and will be, more giveaways!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Google Friend Connect going away...hmmm

So I'm guessing a lot of you have heard, by now, that they are doing away with Google Friend Connect by March 2012. I guess I'm not sure what they mean since it says that GFC is being retired for all non blogger sites and that they are going to replace it with Google +.  So, does that mean Blogger blogs are ok, and other's like Wordpress are not?  I don't understand... Anyway, I'm asking that all of my lovelies please follow me on Google + here...just until there is further clarification.  It couldn't hurt...right?! :)

Read more about the retirement of GFC here on Google's blog.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Haute Look high-end fashion at up to 80% discounts

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

I was extremely please when I received my jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  I couldn't wait to cook with it.  I love anything coconut, so this was a real pleasure for me to review.

Before I go forward with my review, here is a little bit about the company:

Image of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz from Tropical Traditions. This certified organic product is a healthy cooking oil and high in antioxidants.This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. The Gold Label Standard is our highest standard for Virgin Coconut Oil. 

How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil

Now onto my review...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Auric Blends Frangrances Review and Giveaway over at Skylar Magazine!

Hey lovelies!  Please go check out Skylar Magazine's Review and Giveaway from Auric Blends Fragrances.  Super easy entry using rafflecopter.  Who wouldn't LOVE to win some fabulous smelling fragrances!  Good luck to all who enters :)  Enter here.

Judie's Jems Review and a $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

SALE 30% Off-Unique One of a Kind Huge Rhinestone Flower Freshwater Pearl Necklace Gifts under 100

"I've been making jewelry for the last 5 years. The way I started was actually being diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 7 years ago. I was couch bound for about 2 years before they figured out what was wrong with me. I was in a very bad place and just couldn't live like that anymore. Its how I discovered my talent having all that time on my hands. I always say that making jewelry saved my life. Its given me back my purpose in life. To be so passionate about something is simply AWESOME. I LOVE what I do!!! I make all types of jewelry. Alot of love goes into every piece I make. I hope you love my creations as much as I do." 

Judie's Jems is definitely one of a kind when it comes to her jewelry!  You MUST believe me when I say this... just take a look at the Huge Rhinestone Flower Freshwater Pearl Necklace, above.  Isn't that a gorgeous piece of jewelry?!! Simply breathtaking.  Judie made this necklace out of freshwater pearls and a brooch that was turned into a pendant.  One of kind necklace.  The pendent clearly has a lot of beautiful sparkle to it; you are sure to stand out on a night out with your spouse or a night out with the girls. 

Its finished in sterling silver plate chain and hdwr. It measures 17" and will extend to 19".

SALE 30% Off-Unique One of a Kind Peacock Crystal Swarovski Crystal Pendant Necklace Gifts under 100

To the left, you will see a Peacock Crystal Swarovski Crystal Pendant Necklace.  This piece was also created by turning a brooch into a pendant. This is another "leave you breathless" piece of work.  

This pendant measures 1 3/4" in length and 2 1/4" across. I did the rest of the necklace in 6mm swarovski crystals in lavender ab and tibetan silver accent beads.

You must visit her Etsy shop and check out the other pieces Judie has created.

Below, you will see some other gorgeous pieces that I randomly selected.

SALE 30% Off-Unique One of a Kind Crystal AB Czech Crystal Peacock Pendant Necklace Gifts under 100Sale 30% Off-Unique One of a Kind Antique Gold,Silver,and Copper Circle BraceletSale 30% Off-Unique large Shell Teardrop and Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Now onto the fun stuff...
Monday, November 21, 2011

Are You Swaggin' with Swagbucks Yet?

With Swagbucks you can win prizes just by searching the web. Swagbucks is a loyalty program where you can earn free stuff including 1,000's of products for doing the things you do everyday.  You win swagbucks just just by using their search engine, which is powered by Google.  You can also mega swagbucks by searching on Fridays.  

Yes, I'm a Swaggernaut!  I've been using Swagbucks for about a year now.  I've been buying Christmas, this year, with just the money I have earned with Swagbucks.  I've been asked if it real...YES, it is.  I save up and purchase Amazon e-cards.  Since Amazon has just about everything; that is really the best way, for me, to go!  I love Swagbucks and I know you will too. Sign up here and start earning!!  No credit card required!

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Support Your Local Businesses on November 26

Small Business Saturday is a movement created by American Express that takes place on Saturday November 26 - sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. I'd love to get your help spreading the word about the event and the importance of buying locally. It's an easy way for us to support our communities, feed the economy and help create jobs. If you're planning on shopping that weekend anyway, why not take a break to eat at a local restaurant and do some good for your community?  Not only will you be helping your community, you're helping the families of these local businesses to support their own families. 

There are TONS of local businesses, where I live, and I plan on supporting them during the Black Friday weekend.  Our local businesses are so very important in our community, so let's show some serious support for our awesome local lovelies!

*Disclaimer - I was not paid monetarily for this post.  All opinions are my own.

MyView Panel ~ Sign Up, Complete Surveys and Earn Extra Cash!

Share your Opinions! Earn great Rewards! Join the MyView Panel. Take Surveys & earn gift cards from top brands at MyView.  Once you complete a survey, you will immediately be awarded the points promised. Even if you don’t qualify for a survey, you’ll still get points just for trying!  

I signed up for this maybe 2 years ago, and the payout is really nice!  I have made a little over 400.00 in extra cash plus you get to voice your opinion through the surveys you take.  It's not something I do everyday; they don't have surveys everyday, but the extra cash is nice.  I always opt for the prepaid visa e-card, but they have some really nice gift cards and you can even donate to a charity, too! 

So sign up today and earn that extra cash!

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Hopping for your Honey Giveaway Blog Hop

Wanna join?  We are looking for fellow bloggers and sponsors!

Couponing and Reviewing in TexasIf Only Life Could Be That Simple ,Going Crazy, Wanna Go? and Whirlwind of Surprises will host their first ever “Hopping for your Honey” giveaway blog hop!  We are looking for some fabulous bloggers to participate in the super cool event.  We are also looking for any bloggers who would like to be co-hosts.
If Only Life Could Be That Simple

If your a blogger and would want to participate to:
  • increase traffic and followers to your blog, Facebook, Twitter and any other social media site
  • increase your exposure
  • meet other bloggers
  • HAVE FUN and win a cash prize!
  • If your a sponsor, you would want to participate to
  • increase exposure of your product
  • increase traffic to your site and other social media sites
Things you should know:
    1. There is a $5.00 fee to be paid by each participating blogger (this is non-refundable) or make a blog post about the hop and link back to this page, to If Only Life Could Be That Simple ,  Going Crazy, Wanna Go? and Whirlwind of Surprises to waive the fee. Please send me your link of the post to  If sending the $5, please send payment via PayPal to (please send as a gift so no fees are charged).  This payment will go towards the grand prizes.
    2. After either sending your payment or posting about the giveaway, please add yourself to the linky below.
    3. Please grab the button below and post on your site to gain exposure to the event.
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  • The event will start and your giveaway is expected to be live on February 1 at midnight and will end on February 14th at 11:59 pm. Please don’t start and end your giveaway before or after the Hop time frame.
  • This is my first BIG HOP to host, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ring Ring Ring Review - Beautiful Jewelry!

Silver necklace jewelry, Little red riding hood necklace, Wolf & hood pendant, Picture Jewelry, Silhouette Art

"I've been a Jeweler for 5 years, and a fine artist for 20 years.
These jewelry are handcrafted by myself at my home metalsmith studio. I use only high quality materials, so it's safe for you and the environment, also its beauty will last longer. I do not mass-produce jewelry. I enjoy giving each piece detailed work and polish them up carefully one by one. I guarantee you will be satisfied with my jewelry. I also make my own jewelry tools."

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Ring Ring Ring!  Here, at this fabulous shop, you will find all sorts of beautiful creations.  From rings, to ear cuff wraps, to necklaces, Ring Ring Ring has more than 160 items to choose from.  These are just SOME of my favorites:

925 adjustable sterling silver ring jewelry, love heart ring, Birthday gift, mother, girlfriend, sister, girl friend, friendship
Adjustable SS Love Heart Ring
Sterling silver necklace jewelry, Handcuffs necklace, Keys and Handcuffs pendant, Police officer, unique Birthday gift
SS Handcuff and Keys Necklace
Sterling silver necklace jewelry, Purse and high heel shoe pendant, shoe necklace,  girl friend, girl friend, mother gift
SS Purse and High Heel Shoe Necklace

Check out these ear cuff wraps:

925 Talon claw ear cuff earring in solid sterling silver, Right earcuff for men and women, Sterling ear cuff
Talon Claw Ear Cuff
925 Solid sterling silver ear cuff earring jewelry, Double love heart, LEFT earcuff ,Birthday gift, sister, mother, girlfriend, girl friend
Double Heart Love Ear Cuff
Tiny silver Angel wing ear cuff earring jewelry, Earcuff for men and women, Birthday gift
Tiny Silver Angle Wing Ear Cuff

No matter what are you looking for, you are sure to find something at Ring Ring Ring.  Her pieces show some beautiful craftsmanship.  I love the detail work and I love how she takes her time while making each piece.. that really does say a lot about her and her work.

Do you still have a few lovey ladies and little ladies, in your life, to buy Christmas presents for?  Then I highly recommend visiting Ring Ring Ring!

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show and Beauty Basket Giveaway!

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If you are looking for an event that provides excitement, entertainment and value for the whole family, look no further - the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows provide the perfect daycation. The Shows feature numerous engaging and interactive exhibitions including opportunities to become an artist for a day by using a digital paint can to design your own bike and to see a thrilling stunt show featuring the Smage Brothers, made famous by an impressive top 10 finish in a nationwide television talent competition. Additionally, every Sunday, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows features “Family Day”, in which kids under 12 get in free with a paid family member.

If you love motorcycles and want to have a great time with the family, then you MUST attend this show!
If you live in or near any of these cities and you want more information or to purchase tickets, go to

If you plan on attending this event and you would like $2 off of your ticket purchase, just use promo code MOTOINFO.

Now, if the show hasn't got you excited enough, Progressive International Motorcycle Show as generously offered to give one of my readers the chance to win a Beauty Basket!  This contest if open to the US and close on December 7, 2011.  Good luck to all!

Skin-Peel Review - Coming Soon!

So I'm 34, until December that is, and I'm starting to see 'the signs'.  Oh those dreadful laugh lines, faint lines around the eyes and just overall dullness to the face.  With that said, I'm looking forward to trying the Fusion Skin Peel from

I'm so excited for the opportunity to try this out.  Stay tuned for a future post on my results!

*Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post.  I’ll be receiving  a product sample for review from through a promotion on

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Slice™ Safety Cutter Review

The Slice™ Safety Cutter - Great For Couponers is the most versatile tool you'll ever own. Features a finger-friendly microscopic ceramic blade that's quick, easy and a safe substitute for scissors. Perfect for scrap-booking, clipping recipes, couponsand news articles, removing shrink-wrap, opening CDs, DVDs, and plastic packaging, and more. Includes a built-in magnet and key-ring hole.

- Ceramic blade lasts longer than steel
- Stays sharp and never rusts
- Built-in magnet and key-ring hole
- Finger-Friendly™ Design
- For left- and right-handers

Now onto my review...
The Slice™ Safety Cutter is one of the most neatest gadgets I have come across in a long time.  It's so small that you can carry it with you anywhere.  Going to the store?  Take it with you to cut coupons at the store.  I was actually amazed at how small the ceramic blade was.  I had to really look for it.  First Impression was, ok, how is this tinsie tiny blade going to really do anything.  Well, just so happens I received a package that day, from UPS, so I decided to try it out.  Normally I would use a steak knife to open packages, me + steak knife = disaster!  I used   the Slice™ Safety Cutter and it cut through the packing tape with ease.  Then I got a little too excited and just started cutting random things..paper, newspaper and even a few coupons (that I didn't need). Let me tell you, I had a lot of fun using the Slice™ Safety Cutter The super small ceramic blade makes it completely safe for kids to use as well! I like to cut coupons and this has made it so easy and even fun.  Where has this been all of my life?! 
If you are a couponer, then this is a MUST HAVE product.  It's so easy to use, lightweight, and you can carry it with you everywhere you go.  Another huge bonus is that a minimum of 1% of all Slice product sales is donated to help fund autism research. By purchasing their products, you’re helping to find a cure for the millions of children and their families who live with autism every that is something to feel good about.

Where to buy:  You can purchase Slice products here.  You can also connect with them on Facebook here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winner of the H&K Handbags Coin Purse Giveaway!

Amy Hollingsworth!  Congrats Amy!  She has already confirmed via e-mail.  A BIG thank you to all the entrants. 

Didn't win this time?  I have other fabulous giveaways going on right now, so make sure you check those out and enter.  Also, be sure and stay tuned for some awesome future giveaways!

Blaze Nail Lacquer Review

Blaze color change nail polish lacquers by SolarActive are 'solemates' specially made to be worn together.

The Blaze nail polish lacquer and product line includes over 40 brilliant shades of top selling creamy polishes including matte, glitter, pearlescent, and fluorescent colors.  Blaze color changing nail polish lacquer is one shade indoors and like magic...just add the sun for the 'solemate' color to appear.  Changes color in the sun, no matter the season!

Blaze's new formula is designed to increase flexibility, durability, wear and gloss.  Blaze nail polish lacquer is a long-wearing formula providing a tough, durable chip-resistant finish with UV protection to prevent discoloration.

Free from Formaldehyde, Toluene & DBP.

Now onto my review...

I was given 2 colors for my review.  I have got to say that these polishes are fabulous.  I left it on my fingernails for around 7 days and after day 5, they barely started to chip.  I do a lot of typing and washing dishes, so that says a lot!  The polish goes on super smooth and after about 3 minutes, my nails were completely dry and ready for abuse.

First up is the Crushed Ice to Brandy Chaser (love that name combination).  This is a gold glitter nail polish lacquer.  I'm normally not too fond of glitter but this one was really pretty and the glitter flakes were nice and small and gave off TONS of sparkle.  It goes on gold and changes to a beautiful golden rust it!




Next, I reviewed Sheer Bliss to Black Ice.  This goes in clear and changes to a very light smokey gray color, after 2 coats and then a medium-dark smokey gray after 3 coats..  This one is my favorite out of the two.  I don't really like to wear nail polish on my fingernails, so the clear was perfect for me.  I REALLY love the color it changes to.  One thing though, make sure your application is even or you will definitely see streaks when it changes color.




My overall impression, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate this fabulous product a 9.  I was HIGHLY impressed with the quality and the durability of the polish.  My daughter fell in love, as did I, the minute she walked outside and witnessed the color change.  Will I be buying this product in the future....YES! I plan on buying more and giving them as stocking stuffers to my 2 oldest girls.  When summer rolls around, I will be stocking up...I love to keep my tootsies painted.

Where to buy:  You can go to and purchase a .45 oz. bottle for only 12.95!

*Disclaimer:  I was given the mentioned product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.*

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pre-Fense Hand Sanitizer Review and Giveaway

Sponsored by

Prefense provides safe, all natural, alcohol free all-day antibacterial protection from germs for 24 hours or up to 10 hand washings.

Prefense is Non-Toxic and Safe For Kids!

Contains soothing botanicals that softens your hands to prevent drying, redness and chapping.

Contains 120 sprays.

For everyday protection, whether at work or play, Prefense will safeguard you and your family against today’s superbugs.

Because our "one spray lasts all day", our hand sanitizer only costs about $.08 per day, compared to $1.20 per day with traditional hand sanitizers.

Ingredients : Amosilq Silica Complex, water, vegetable glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betane, organic essential oils.

Now onto my review...
Monday, November 14, 2011

Win a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Hair Treatment from Chubby Cheeks Thinks

Head on over the Chubby Cheeks Thinks and enter to win a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Hair Treatment!  Contest is open to the US and Canada and will end on November 15th.

H&K Handbags - Coin Purse Giveaway - Ends Tonight!

Hey lovelies, I have a fabulous giveaway that is ending tonight!  Hurry and get your last entries in before 12:00 am CST.  The winner will receive a coin purse of their choosing AND a 20% discount off of their next purchase!

Happy Monday Morning!

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