Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JewelMint's Empress Necklace Review & Giveaway **Closed**


Isn't this about the prettiest necklace you have seen in awhile? I absolutely love this! It is called The Empress Necklace from JewelMint. It was made after the Faberge egg design. It is absolutely gorgeous. This picture is pretty good but the real necklace was even better looking once I received it!

You can't tell from this photo but on the bottom tip of this egg like creation is a purple gemstone! I know, it is a little weird that someone put a purple gemstone but it is what sets it apart and makes it unique! I can tell you that all of my friends loved it when I wore it Thanksgiving Night to see what everyone else thought of the necklace.

I did not realize it until one of my friends compared it to the Faberge Egg and then I came home and researched it on JewelMint's site and sure enough that is what it said! It is set with crystals on a gold plated and black enamel pendant. The chain is 26" long with a 3 1/2" extender. That is what really sold me on this piece was that I could make it longer for wearing thick sweaters in the winter. I do have to tell you that this necklace is currently sold out but you can be put on a waitlist if you prefer to wait for it!

Here are a few more pieces that I think are stunning:
What do you think? I think these are so cool! Tehy are called SuperNova Earrings. It is still your classic hoop earring but with a little edge to it. These are still available but I can't guarantee they will be when you get ready to shop.

JewelMint has you take a Style Quiz and then based on your answers they line up what pieces of jewelry they think fits what answers you gave them.

These go into your "favorites" account and from then on they are able to send you emails letting you know of a particular piece you might be interested in for that month. If you do decide to stay in the JewelMint you will get monthly recommendations but you do not have to buy if you don't want to. Each piece is specially priced at $29.99 and it comes with free shipping and simple returns.

I really thought these stackable rings were great also but when you have to choose only one item, I had to go with the necklace because I wear them more than I do the changing of my rings. I have my wedding set and I always wear it and then I have 2 rings Mike has given me and I feel guilty if I don't wear them so even though I would have liked to have these, I had to pass. But I think they would be excellent for a teen in the family. These are called Forget Me Knot Trio.

JewelMint's pieces have been featured in Lucky Magazine, Elle, Instyle, Shape, People and Teen Vogue! Check out the Testimonial site for what other people are saying about JewelMint and see if anything they are saying makes you want to go and try it out. You can also check out which Actresses have been wearing JewelMint pieces on their Seen On site. I found out that several American Idol Top 11 wore their jewelry also!

I also found out that proceeds from the Nordic Treasure Necklace goes to their charity, Free the Slaves, and you can go to that page to see some of the celebrities that have helped with this cause.

Here is a quote from their site:
The largest anti-slavery organization in the United States, Free the Slaves was established to campaign against the modern practice of slavery around the world. The organization enlists businesses to clean slavery out of their product chains and empower consumers to stop buying into slavery. In addition, Free the Slaves works with governments to produce effective anti-slavery laws.

The campaign supports economic opportunities, health services, universal education, and strong rule of law to reduce the possibility of enslavement. Through research and strategic action, Free the Slaves is committed to supporting sustainable solutions and to seeking guidance from local and regional anti-slavery programs.
I hope between the pictures and my writing that you head on over to JewelMint and look around, watch a few videos and take the Style Test to see what Celebrity Style do you share. I was a little shocked at what some of my answers told me about what I should like in jewelry. It was an interesting test to say the least!

Connect with JewelMint in several ways:

Mailing Address
Beachmint, Inc.
5757 Wilshire Blvd PH-1
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: Toll-free 888-258-3339
Email: customercare@jewelmint.com

JewelMint has been very gracious to offer one winner her choice of any piece in their current collection. Open to U.S. residents only. Please make sure that whatever piece you chose is what you want as that will be what I tell them to ship you!

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Review & Giveaway **Closed**


Do you love to bake or cook with vanilla? I do and very much so! I like to add vanilla to just about everything I bake from cakes to cookies to pies or anything else that needs vanilla. There is something about vanilla flavoring that just brings out the best taste, especially in cookies! At Christmas I make about 20-25 different types of cookies and I can't think of even one that I don't put vanilla in. Can you?

My absolute favorite cookie for Christmas is the Russian Tea Cookies or some people call them Wedding Cookies. Without the vanilla in these little babies and they would be flat tasting is all I can say. So when given the chance to review Nielsen-Massey's Bourbon Vanilla, I jumped at the chance!

I did not know this but Madagascar is where the best tasting vanilla and most consistent comes from. Did you know that? Madagascar is where 60% of all vanilla comes from! Now, why in the heck did I not know this? It has a creamy, sweet like velvet flavor, that makes it so popular to use in cakes, ice cream, salad dressings and barbeque sauce.

Now, don't think that this vanilla is related to the Madagascar Bourbon whiskey because it's not. This vanilla is named after the Bourbon Islands off the coast of Africa. Shoot, I did not even know there was such a place as the Bourbon Islands! Oh, and by the way, they are Gluten Free!

Besides the Bourbon Vanilla they also have such flavors as Pure Coffee, Pure Almond, Pure Lemon, Pure Orange, Pure Peppermint, Rose Water and Orange Blossom Water. Wow, they even make a Bourbon Vanilla paste and powder that contains no sugar or alcohol.

This is what I found out about their vanilla products from their site:
Wherever you use it, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas will give you the quality, flavor and consistency that good cooks demand. All Nielsen-Massey's Vanilla products are Kosher certified. Extracts are available in four- and eight-ounce bottles, quarts, gallons, as well as 30- and 55-gallon drums and 275 gallon totes. Extracts are also available in 2 oz. bottles for retail. Vanilla Paste is available in quarts. Vanilla Powder is available in 2.5-ounce jars, five-pound plastic containers, and 50-pound polylined fiberboard drums. Vanilla sugar is available for foodservice and industrial use bulk by the pound and in 50-pound packages. Whole prime, gourmet quality vanilla beans available in two-bean vials and bulk by the pound.
I also found out some interesting facts about vanilla:
Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing vanilla to the United States in the late 1700s. While serving as Ambassador to King Louis XVI of France, he became familiar with vanilla beans, and brought 200 vanilla beans back with him when he returned to the United States.

Ice cream was becoming popular before the Revolutionary War, being served in New York City confectionery shops.

George Washington liked ice cream and kept two pewter ice cream pots at Mount Vernon during his presidency from 1789-1797.

Dolly Madison created a sensation when she served ice cream as a dessert in the White House at the second inaugural ball in 1812.
I love finding out tidbits about things and people. It makes more sense to me when I know what spurred them on to do what they did or invent what they did. I think we should all want to know about what we put into our bodies and about the kind of people who brought some of our great tasting food products to us to try.

Lastly, this is what I found out about the Nielsen-Massey founders:
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The finest pure vanilla in the world!
How do we stake such a claim? It starts with a family dedicated to pure vanilla products since 1907. Add the finest vanilla beans available - hand-picked for perfection, and the process has begun. Next, an exclusive cold extraction process slowly and gently draws the delicate and distinctive flavor from the vanilla beans. The result is the finest pure vanilla in the world -- perfect for the home cook or the discriminating chef.

Whether it is pure vanilla extract, vanilla powder, vanilla paste, organic vanilla or whole vanilla beans you're looking for, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has the expertise to provide the highest quality products to fit your need.
Reach out and find out your own information about Nielsen-Massey:

Mailing Address:
1550 Shields Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085-8307
Telephone: 847/578-1550
800/525-PURE (7873)
Fax: 847/578-1570
email: info@nielsenmassey.com

Disclaimer:  Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Faerie Glen Luna Sprite Necklace & Tshirt Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 
I was so excited to get this necklace from Faerie Glen called Luna Sprite! I really had a hard time selecting which one I wanted because they were all so pretty and I could not decide which color I would wear more and kept going back and forth, then decided on this one. I love the colors of blue that have been blended with some black and encrusted with silver. The cameos are porcelain and measure approximately 2 1/2" long. The necklace is adjustable from 16" to 18" long and Amy Brown is the person who made this gorgeous piece! Most of the necklaces are just $34.99 and if you spend $70 or more you get free shipping. And finally, if you order over $100 then you get 10% off!

I looked around Faerie Glen's site and found a section that contains all their sale items. If you love Fairy figurines, you are gonna love this section. They have all kinds and sizes of Fairies on sale! Now, if you or anyone in your family is interested in Dragons then you will love their Dragon section! All Dragonsite dragon collectible figurines are hand made, hand painted, and highly detailed. Each dragon figurine comes packaged in form fitting styrofoam placed inside a full color dragon gift box. You need to go and check them out!

 
They also have large selection of Celtic Tapestries, Woven Blankets, & Woven Tote bags. Our Tapestries are sturdy 100% cotton Printed Tapestries. Each Tapestry is 80" - 90" x 100" in size. They make excellent wall hangs, bed sheets, or table cloths. These are absolutely gorgeous!

 
This is really a great site for those of you who are into angels, fairies, dragons and things of that nature. I was really surprised at how big the selection was. I was also interested in how many different Artists that there were and the degrees of which they are all different but still beautiful. Who knew that there were so many Artists out there that love making these figurines and all the other products associated with Dragons & Fairies! From Amy Brown, Jessica Galbreth and Nene Thomas to Ruth Thompson, Brigid Ashwood, and Ed Beard jr. All of worlds best fantasy artists can be found here.
 
I was also very fortunate to be able to review one of their dragon T-shirts from Joe's Shirt Shop! I chose this one because it was the least scariest since I am giving this shirt to my grandson and although he collects dinosaurs I am not too sure if fire breathing dragons would be classified as Dragons so to be on the safe side, I tried to get one that didn't look too terrifying. I love the black, white and grays of this shirt and it can be worn with just about anything and if he gets it dirty, it shouldn't show up too bad, I hope.

Beautiful full color fantasy T-Shirts from The Mountain. All Mountain Shirts are 100% Cotton (Pre-Shrunk) and made in the USA! Now, you can get other tshirts as well such as Celtic, Pirates, Fairies, Wizards and even Cloaks! They have children's sizes along with Women's & Men's. So you can get a shirt for just about the whole family!

You will also find Wedding store at this great store! They have invitations, cake toppers, wedding party gifts, favors, themes, glasses, centerpieces, guest books, etc. Everything you need to make your wedding a dream come true!

You can connect with them several ways:

Mailing Address:
Tate & Company
41 Haines Street
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
Phone: 973-653-5147
E-mail: info@FaerieGlenNJ.com

Disclaimer:  Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Newman's Own Organic Products Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 
I did Newman's Own Organic Pet Food review about a week or so ago and today I want to tell you about the human snack review that I did for Newman's Own Organics! I was sent so many products plus coupons to go and get what products I wanted if they weren't included in the package! So, we are still eating on some of the products because there was so much I just couldn't get them all finished just yet but we are working on it. Here is what I got to review:

1. Tangerine Licorice
2. Strawberry Licorice
3. Peanut Buttter Cups
4. Caramel Cups
5. Peppermint Cups
6. Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar
7. Ginger Mints
8. Wintergreen Mints
9. Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
10 Cinnamon Graham Cookies
11. Hermits
12. Newman's O's Original
13. Newman's O's Peanut Butter
14. Newman's Ginger O's
15. Unsalted Pretzel Rounds
16. Salted Pretzel Pretzel Sticks
17. Pop's Corn Light Butter
18. Organic Black Tea

Wow, wasn't that a mouthful? I was so utterly in disbelief when the box came and then there were coupons for me to go and get some products I would like to have if they weren't included in the box, so some of the items listed above, I got at the store with my coupons. Lord, where to start? The tea! Newman's Own Organic Black Tea was awesome! I love a good black tea to make as iced tea. Nell, Paul Newman's daughter, found Harris Tea Company which has been making tea for 67 years, to help in making their great tea.

If you like tea in the morning instead of coffee, you will love this great tea. I drink tea all day long so when I say this is a great black tea that is saying alot. I like the fact that it is organic and that the quality is good. They also make a green tea and I can't wait to try it sometime. For those of you who have big families, they make the family size tea bags in the black tea.

 
Let's see, the mints were next and I have to admit the Ginger Mints were too hot tasting for me (I have GERD, so I have to be careful)so I gave a couple rolls to my friend to try and a couple to my father-in-law and both of them loved it! I really loved the Wintergreen Mints! My husband also thought the Wintergreen Mints were the best. My friend says that the Ginger Mints help her when she is having nausea or and upset stomach. Ginger is suppose to help relieve symptoms and she swears by it. I have really bad dry mouth so I love popping the mints to keep my mouth moist and to help the bad taste in your mouth from it being too dry.

You can get the mints in either the tins or in the rolls. I really loved the Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar! It is made with organic cocoa beans which make it taste absolutely yummy! They have several varieties: Dark Chocolate, 70% Dark Cocoa Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate and Orange Dark Chocolate! You should be able to find one bar that you like the best. I love coffee flavored chocolate and that is why I chose the Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar. You will love it, too!

 
We tried the various cookies next. I opened the Hermits first and wow, they were definitely different. You can get Original, Cinnamon and Ginger. They are a nice soft chewy cookie made with raisins and molasses. You will really love these if you are a fan of chewy like cookies, which I am. I was sent the Cinnamon Hermits and boy, were they good! I am a cinnamon freak so these were perfect for me. And I do like raisins so this was an all around good pick for me. Then I tried the Cinnamon Graham Cookies since I was in the cinnamon mood! These little gems are in Newman's Alphabet collection of cookies and you can get them in Chocolate and Vanilla also! They sorta taste like animal crackers but with a cinnamon/graham taste.

Mmm, I bet the chocolate ones were good, too. The other cookie we tried was Orange Chocolate Chip. This is one of the Family Recipe cookies and if you love the taste of oranges, then this will be a hit. I am not too crazy about oranges so this was not a big favorite of mine but I gave them to my friend, Lynette, and she raved on about how good they were. I knew she would like them because she really loves just about anything, especially if it is organic and good for you. The best way to describe them is it is a chocolate chip cookie with a dash of orange flavor.

 
We tackled the Newman O's next. I loved the Ginger O's the best. They reminded me of gingerbread cookies with a white filling. All the Newman O's are similar to Oreo's but they are slightly smaller and the taste is very different. The Original O's are chocolate with a white filling. The Peanut Butter O's is chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter. Almost tastes like a Reese's Cup! My husband loved the Peanut Butter O's the best while I stuck with the Ginger O's. Doesn't matter which one you like, they are all good. Besides the ones we tried, they also come in Hint O'Mint. I would have loved those also. I love mint & chocolate flavored cookies. But I wanted to try something that I would not ordinarily try so I bypassed them this time.

 
I got one bag of the Unsalted Pretzel Rounds thru the mail and then took one of my coupons and got the Salted Pretzel Sticks for my husband. I love the pretzels without salt but Mike can't eat snacks unless they have salt on them! So, I wanted one of each kind for us and so that he would have something he enjoyed also. They have 10 varieties so I don't have room to name them all but I can tell you that their pretzels are baked not fried! Well, to start with, I did not know that pretzels were fried!! Newman's pretzels make a great snack because they only have 1 or 1.5 grams of fat (not trans fat). You will love either one depending on whether you want salt or not.

 
My husband is a pop corn freak and so when I got the coupons and pop corn did not come in the box, he said see if they have pop corn at the store. So, luckily, I was able to get him (2) boxes of Pop's Corn. It comes in Butter Flavor, Light Butter and No Butter/No Salt. Again, there is something for everyone depending on your taste. This is an organic pop corn that can be microwaved just like the regular ones. I don't know if I would do this but Nell Newman says the pop corn is good with her Dad's Ranch Dressing or a cajun spice or even some sour cream. I am not too sure about that. I know chocolate and caramel taste good on pop corn but I don't know about her suggestions. I just know that the Light Pop Corn was delicious!

 
Lastly, we tried the Tangerine and Strawberry Licorice. I thought licorice only came in black but it also comes in Pomegranate. Who knew that there were (4) flavors of licorice? Again, this is not my favorite so I gave half of both flavors to my friend and her mother. They both had the licorice gone by the next day! She really loved them. Mike did try the Strawberry because he loves strawberries. He said they were okay but since he has caps on his teeth they kept trying to stick to them. No more licorice for him! Honestly, though, for people who do love licorice, it really is good and that is coming from my friend and she is very honest and would not tell me it tasted good if it didn't.

To sum it up, all Newman's Own Organics products are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Here is a quote from their site regarding organic:
Organic agriculture is a holistic system with the primary goal of optimizing the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals, and people. Management practices are carefully selected with an intent to restore and then maintain ecological harmony on the farm, its surrounding environment and ultimately the whole planetary ecosystem.
I was very fortunate to be able to review such a wide variety of products and wish I could pick one of each to give for the giveaway but I have to pick my (4) Favorite Products and I hope I choose the ones that you would want to win. Here is what will be in the giveaway:

1. Organic Black Tea
2. Unsalted Pretzel Rounds
3. Cinnamon Hermits
4. Mocha Milk Chocolate Bar
5. Newman's will be putting in a surprise item.
Open to the U.S. only.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

KamaSutra Shaving Cream Review & Giveaway **Closed**


Problem Solvers Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 
I was so excited to be contacted by Problem Solvers to do a review of any of their products and I decided to do something for Charlie (my Yorkie) this time! He sees the boxes come in and he always runs up and sniffs thinking he might be getting a new toy only to find out it is something for Mommy or Daddy or both. So, you would think he would be grateful I got something he would like? Crap, no! Charlie loves to ride in the car but for the last 3 weeks we have noticed for some bizarre reason he is nervous as all get out about riding now!

He used to run and jump into the car and his old seat we had for him but now he resists us when we say we are going for a ride. Very strange! Anybody have any ideas? As far as we know, nothing weird has happened, no accidents, no bad trips, just out of the blue he does not want to ride. And no, it is not the new car seat, called Pet Console Lookout, from Problem Solvers. He started this a few days before we even got the new seat so he was doing this with his old one also.

 
As you can see, he put his baby bear in there to protect it, but that was about all I could get him to do! Now, here is the secret, he used his old car seat/bed as his "protect" place for all his favorite toys, so I know it is not the car seat that is making him nervous about riding. I am wondering if he is nervous about the car moving now. I know some dogs get car sick, which he hasn't yet, but maybe the motion is unsettling to him for some reason? If it does not clear up soon, I will ask his Vet if he knows what the deal might be. I just did not want to hold up the review/giveaway while we waited to figure out what has Charlie spooked about riding all of a sudden.

Again, let me stipulate that it is not the car seat, Charlie was acting strange before we got the seat. And if he was afraid of it, he would not have put baby bear in there. I can tell you that the car seat was well made, sturdy and it is designed to fit on top of your console! That is the main reason I wanted it because that is where Charlie usually sits when he rides with us.

Here are some of the details:

*Patented Design
*Available in quilted nylon with simulated lamb's wool interior
*Removable cover is machine washable and dryable
*Firm yet comfortable foam form
*Comes with safety strap for securing animal
*Safely secures to seat base and console lid
*Available in either Black or Khaki
*Size: Large: 8" x 12"x 18"-up to 12 lbs.

 
As you can see, he is not afraid of the car seat or he would not be anywhere around it! Okay, let me tell you about Problem Solvers. This is a website that helps you with the little things that you might need help with like Pet Solutions, which is where I picked out the Lookout Car Seat. There are lots of other areas that Problem Solvers can help you with everyday problems such as Organization (laundry rooms, closets, storage, garden, kitchen & bath, etc.), Personal Care, Health Solutions, Garden Gadgets, Kitchen Gadgets, etc. Gosh, there is alot of products on Problem Solvers for just about anything!

They even have an Outlet section where products have been marked down for sales. I found some neat Nesting Baskets that I could put books or magazines in near our recliners or in the bedroom for quick reading without having to go into the office. Under the Tools & Gadgets section I found Emergency Fire Starting Kits, Solar Powered Flashlights, American Red Cross Weather Radio, etc. Are you getting the drift of what Problem Solvers is all about now? They help you basically solve whatever your particular problem happens to be! Oh, and I found this one quite by accident! I did not know that they had a Holiday Essentials section so if you need some products like their Tree Stand to help make your holidays better, go check it out!

Oh, and guess what? They are having a giveaway once a month they give $100 GC to use in their shop online! I registered and you should, too. Heck, who can't use $100 worth of a product that might make your life a little easier? I honestly could use more than one item on Problem Solvers. I saw plenty that could make my life alot easier and safer.

If you are a new Bill Me Later customer you can get $20 off of $100 when you go shopping right now. Darn, I am already a customer so I can't take advantage of that offer.

Here is what I found out about Problem Solvers under About Me:
Problem Solvers® is a member of the Plow & Hearth Family of Brands, a trusted source of quality products and top-rated customer service. The Problem Solvers catalog was first distributed in 2001 with a selection of tools for the hearth, home, yard and garden, and useful accessories for wood burning, cleaning, storage and more.

Today, our product mix has grown and changed greatly, but our goal remains the same. We want to make your everyday life a little easier .... and a lot more fun! Our products are useful and unique, functional and practical. They're items you need to stay organized, safe, clean and well. They're items you want to personalize your space and ease your mind. Most importantly, all of our products are of the highest quality and each is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. We hope you enjoy Problem Solvers! 
Contact Problem Solvers thru these outlets:

Mailing Address:
7021 Wolftown-Hood Rd
Madison, VA 22727
Phone: 1-800-720-5368

Problem Solvers has been very gracious and will be offering one reader her/his own $50 GC to spend at their store! Open to U.S. only.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Lilla Rose Flexi & Bobby Pins Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 I know you guys have seen me write about Lilla Rose several times in the past but they just have so many great products for us to use in our hair that I have another new one to tell you about, Bobby Pins and then another style of Flexi.
 
I have to admit to you that by now I had hoped to have better pictures of me wearing the Bobby Pins and the Flexi but my camera has not come back yet and I am running out of time.
 
These pictures that I do have were of me just fooling around with both the Flexi and the Bobby Pins so you will have better luck at finding ways to wear them, I did, just can't show you! I have found thru trial and error that in order to be able to wear your Flexi's for different kinds of hair styles, you will need to get different sizes of Flexi's. The one in my hair is an extra small. That size is good for sweeping your bangs and sides of hair sorta in the back of your head. For pony tails you would want a medium or even a large depending on how thick your hair is.
 
Isn't this one beautiful? I wear alot of black and did not have one with black in it so this time I got the Princess Tiara in the Flexi and in the Bobby Pins.

I love the Flexi's because they are so easy to use and so versitile that you can wear them in almost any type of hair style or make up your own. Experiment and try different things and see what you can come up with.
Oh, another thing, this Flexi and Bobby Pins are silver not gold. I don't know why the first two pictures came out looking more gold than silver but these products are both silver.

I had my husband take the pictures so maybe he used the flash on some and not the others, I can't figure that one out. Must have been right around the time the camera was on it's last leg or something.

It wasn't too long after that that the camera finally would not come on at all. Mmm, I had not thought about that. I guess I had some warnings and just did not realize it until I downloaded the pictures just now.

Now here I had straightened my hair (it is naturally curly as in the top photo) and when I do that it is thinner so I was able to take the Flexi and make this very low pony tail and then I used the Bobby Pins to hold back my bangs.

I went ahead and used this picture even though it is not up close since I already showed you the products by themselves at a pretty good angle other than they came out gold looking instead of silver.

Remember that both of these are the Princess Tiara so that is why I used them together like that. If they had been different styles I would not have put them together like this. For a low maintanence look and for just being casual around the house, I don't usually fix my hair up so this worked really good for me.

Go to Denise's Lilla Rose web page and watch the Styling Video's and the Sizing Video's to determine which size Flexi you would need and which style it would go the best with. I am telling you this now because that will be on the Rafflecopter form so if you do these two now, you won't have to take the time while filling out Rafflecopter.

Here is some information from Denise, the rep I use for Lilla Rose:
You will find handmade, attractive and comfortable hair jewelry that will work in your hair, whether thick or thin. As you will see, there are seven different sizes of the flexible hair clip, in lots of different designs. Be sure to check out the sizing and styling videos in order to select the best size for you (or someone you know).

You will also find decorative bobby pins that compliment any hair style; hair sticks; You-pins; beaded headbands; jewelry; eyeglass lanyards; and finally some lovely one-of-a-kind badge holders.

Want to earn FREE products? It's easy! Sign up with me for a home party (if you are in Kentucky that is!), or a webparty (no matter where you live) and you can invite your friends, family and co-workers to share in all these wonderful items. Depending on sales generated from the party, you can earn hostess rewards for free and even half priced items!
Denise has been so very kind as to offer one of my reader's their own set of Bobby Pins and a Flexi in your choice of style! So go look around and figure out what you would like if you won. Open to U.S. & Canada!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eye Buy Direct Glasses Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 
Isn't it awful when you start getting older, you also start having problems with you eyesight? I use to only have to worry about driving and seeing long distance but now I need something to read with! I tried bi-focals once and did not like them at all. I think I may have confused them somehow because they actually made my eyesight worse! So, I went back to doing two pairs of glasses, one for driving and one for at home reading! I was very fortunate to be able to review a pair of distance glasses for my driving or watching T.V. from EyeBuy Direct.com!

I love glasses that have a little character to them so that is why I picked the Brooks in Clear/Red. This is a single vision eyeglass and they consider this an oval shaped eyeglass. I have never been able to wear the square frames, they make me look fat or swollen! I think you have to have a thin straight face for square. Of course, this is my opinion only and so far it has worked for me personally.

The whole shopping experience was easy and pleasant with no hassles or problems. I have been on other sites that make it so hard to get anything done so at EyeBuyDirect.com the whole process has been a pleasant one and I am bookmarking the site when I need to update my glasses. You are gonna love EyeBuyDirect.com! They have made it so easy to order glasses. Just make sure you have your RX script if you are ordering glasses that need RX scripts. But if you don't then you are gonna find all kinds of fun glasses to look over and choose. Oh, and check out their Deals of the Week!

I just checked their site and they are having a 10 Day Sale on Frames up to 30% off! You have the option of getting non RX glases, RX sunglasses, sports sunglasses and magnetic sunglasses. You can choose from plastic, metal, Flexlite and Titanium. Then you have choices of Fashion, Classic, Designer, Lightweight and Party Glasses! Oh, my there are so many options!

Here is a little bit I found out about them on their About Us page:
Launched in 2005 and emerging today as a major player in the global online retail sphere, EyeBuyDirect.com is a prescription eyewear website offering an extensive range of high quality, affordable frame and lens packages. The site offers its budget-conscious and style-savvy shoppers a fast, simple and efficient way to browse an extensive online catalogue, and enables them to purchase eyewear from the comfort of their own homes. Users have the added option of uploading their photo to ‘virtually’ try-on their desired eyeglasses, as well as receiving feedback and opinions from other users to help inform their decision – all contributing to a fun and interactive shopping experience.
Connect with EyeBuyDirect.com on several social media:

Mailing Address:
5300 Ontario Mills Pkwy
Unit 400, Ontario, California
91764 United States
Phone: 1-855-393-2891
Fax: 1-905-481-2251

EyeBuyDirect.com has been so kind as to offer one of my readers a $30 Voucher to spend on any pair of glasses. Designer eyeglasses and sunglasses are excluded. Open to U.S. residents only.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Lizabetta's Handcrafted Glass Art Pendants Review & Giveaway **Closed**



Isn't that the prettiest glass pendant? I was so blown away that someone could actually make something like this by hand.

When I first visited Lizabetta's site to look over some of her pendants, it was hard to choose which one I thought was the prettiest!

Besides the Butterfly one you see above she has the Tree of Life, Elephants, Flowers, People, Phrases with Pictures, etc.

There are so many it was hard to figure out which one stood out the most. She even has some that are square!

She even had one with Frosty the Snowman on it and I really love Christmas jewelry, especially Snowmen. I collect all kinds of Snowmen and I will seek out Christmas items all year long to add to my collection of Snowmen and Santas!

I went thru as many as I could and it looks like they start at $9.50 and go up to $12.00 which really isn't a bad price range at all considering that she makes them herself! She can also personalize them or even make lockets for you to hold your loved ones close to your heart. Some of the quotes that she has on the pendants are sentimental and some are down right funny!

Nothing catches the eyes better than something witty but not offensive in my book. I love a funny antedote or picture as long as it does not hurt someone's feelings. She did some really good wok on the movie star pendants because the one with Marilyn Monroe was really good! I believe she would have loved it that someone got her picture perfect and life like. But out of all of them, I like the Seasonal ones the best!

When you follow Lizabetta's on Facebook you will be notified of any specials or promotions. And on her blog she has giveaways! Gosh, I would love to win one of the Snowmen pendants! I am not kidding you when I say they are beautiful and they look so real and life like. I decided to go ahead and copy an image of one of the Snowmen I like to give you an idea of why I say that.

What do you think? I wished I had been able to make it bigger but I guess since I am grabbing them from her Etsy shop it won't let me change the size. But I think you get the idea, if not, visit her Etsy shop and see all the wonderful pendants you can get. She also will sell you just the pendant without the chain if you need for her to.

But I think the chain is one of the things that make the pendant so pretty! It is 22 inches long and that will fit just about anyone! I love for my necklaces to be long so this is right up my alley!

Here is a little bit of info that I found on her About Me profile:

I'm a lover of all things expressive & creative. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder & that's what makes art so precious. It brings out something different in everyone. My current craft obsession is paper collage jewelry & the endless possibilities & designs. I also illustrate & paint, to see my art shop go to http://www.tiffanymcfarland.etsy.com

Lizabetta's has been so very kind as to offer the same necklace that I reviewed to one of my readers! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Personal Creations Review & Giveaway **Closed**



I was so super excited to finally be able to review something from Personal Creations! Then when I got on their site, I remembered I haven't bought my ornaments yet for everyone. You see, I get all my immediate family a personalized ornament each year with their name and the year they are getting the ornament. I know I am probably a little nutty, but I figure this is hopefully something they will treasure the rest of their lives and it would remind them of me when they decorate their tree every year.

Let's face it, I am not famous, haven't invented anything, not rich or any other glorious thing, so who is gonna know that I even existed? Hence, the personalized ornaments! Personal Creations has ALOT to choose from! The one above is for our Yorkie, Charlie. Yes, I know a dog won't keep his ornament, he will more than likely be gone before me, but my children will keep it to remember him by.

I then got this Angel for my granddaughter, Brandi, and do you see how it lights up? Well, it changes color every few seconds from blue to red to white to green! She will love this one. I think I haven't gotten an Angel one for her in a good while so it's time to go back and have another one added to her collection. When she was in school and doing sports I got her baseball and soccer ornaments but now that she is out and on her own, it is harder to find ornaments that signify what she is doing right now, which is unemployed. So, getting the Angel is my way of saying I believe in you and know that something will turn up someday.
Now, this one I got for my daughter Casey but I also got another one with Adeline's name on it which is my niece. I didn't think you would want to see two bear ornaments that where the same! We love nature type ornaments and have quite a few in our collection. When I was healthy and worked we always took one vacation a year where we went to National Parks or even State Parks and would go thru the whole park and visit any historical places around and I collected ornaments from each park and historical place. So, our tree is quite unique!

Then lastly I got these two ornaments.
The soccer ornament is for my grandson who is 5 and loves to play soccer already! They have them in different hair colors and they have them in girls also. You can check out all the ornaments I bought by clicking on any of the highlighted links I have all thru my review to make it easy for you to find these amazing ornaments. Out of all the kids, I think James is the youngest one so I have a long way to go in getting him quite a collection. Who knows? Maybe some of these ornaments might be valuable one day and if he ever gets in a bind he can use them to get straight again. Although, I hope that doesn't happen because then he won't have them to remember me by when he decorates his tree! Lastly, the Cowboy Boot ornament is for my nephew who loves horses! His dad actually has a couple of them and they go to horse shows all the time together. Whew, sure am glad that chore is done. Good thing Personal Creations got with me or I would have had to go to town in all this mad mess that everyone calls Christmas Shopping!

Oh, by the way, Personal Creations is having a sale today, Black Friday and you can get 25% off with the code NBS25! Happy Shopping! I don't know about you but I think a good bit of my shopping will be online what little I will be getting. I just don't have the stomach anymore to fight with those crowds of people. I remember I used to love it and couldn't wait for this Friday to come around each year and now I wonder why I ever thought it was so special? Well, it was back then, now it is so fast, fast all the time. No one is stopping to enjoy it much, I think. And just so you know, they have lots of other products besides ornaments. They have things for your home, baby, for him, for her, children, wedding gifts, Valentine's gifts, Religious gifts, Mother's Day, etc. I could go on forever!

I found this little tidbit while cruising around Personal Creations About Us page:
When giving a gift, there's nothing like a gift that says, "You're one of a kind!" For over 10 years, Personal Creations has been helping create lasting memories with perfect, personalized gifts for all of life's special occasions.

Whether for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers - or every special event in between - a personalized gift always delivers the brightest smiles.

Have your gift delivered ready for the party. For just $4.95, we can wrap your gift in our elegant white presentation gift box and gold ribbon. And every order can also include your very own, personalized gift message.

Our fast delivery, outstanding customer service and quality gift-boxing service help to simplify your shopping experience. We guarantee that our products are 100% free of defects in quality and workmanship. Most items ship in just 1 to 3 days, and we offer rush delivery on most products for those last-minute gifts.
I love it when I find a company that will guarantee their products 100% because usually that means that they don't have much returns because people are so satisfied. I can tell you from the ornaments that I received, they are good quality, sturdy and the names on the ornaments are readable and done in taste. I don't think I will have to worry about sending anything back!

Reach out and visit Personal Creations by way of these social media's:

Mailing Address:
4840 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121
Orders: 1-888-527-1404
Customer Service: 1-866-834-7695
Email: wecare@customercare.personalcreations.com

Personal Creations has been so kind as to offer one of my readers a $50 GC to spend on maybe your own personalized ornaments or whatever strikes your fancy!

12 Days of Christmas Sponsor Poirier's Crafts & Creation's Bracelet Review



I hope that you can see this pretty clear because it is a really nice bracelet that your daughter or granddaughter would love to have as one of her Christmas presents. I got this bracelet from Susan at Poirier's Crafts & Creations.

I reviewed another one of her bracelet's earlier, the Pink Cancer Bracelet.

 This is the actual bracelet that will be in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway that will be starting here in another coupple of hours. You will want to win this very gorgeous and very youthful bracelet.

My granddaughter loves the color orange and she says alot of young teens think that these type of bracelets are so cool! So, I am taking her word for it and passing it along to you. Go and check out her Etsy shop as she has several items for just $1.00 to make room for newer items.

I did not get to review her Tree of Life but I wanted you to see what it looked liked. Isn't it beautiful? She has them is several colors so go and check out her Etsy shop and see what other beautiful things she has. I also noticed when I went to get this pic she has some Christmas ornaments up also. They looked really cute! So you really don't want to miss her site because you might find a new ornament or pair of earrings or ring that you might love or something that you would like to give someone else for Christmas.

I would love for you to show her some love for letting me have one of her bracelet's for the 12 Days of Christmas so go to her blog and show some love along with checking out her Facebook page.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The top picture was one I had taken and the Tree of Life I copied from Susan's Etsy shop.

12 Days of Christmas Sponsor Lavender Love Review



I am gonna admit right up front I am very upset with myself right about now! I somehow overlooked getting Lavender Love's products photographed as soon as they came and now my camera is off to the manufacturer's and they still have not sent me a replacement! We are seriously thinking about biting the bullet and buying another one for backup. So, I apologize in advance of there not being any photos. I will give you links to the products that will be included in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore (I have been calling it 12 Days of Christmas)so that you will know what they are. I had hoped that the site would give me some pictures but for some reason it won't let me copy them so I could not do it that way either.

Michele Bodenheimer from Miki's Hope is the rep I used for getting the Lavender Love products so please show her some love and visit her site to see what all they have to offer. Here are the products she sent me to give away in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore:

1. Lavender Cotton Eye Pillow
2. Lavender Peppermint Lip Balm
3. Lavender Peppermint Lip Scrub
4. Lavender Night Cream

The night cream sounds really great as it is made especially for dry skin which is what I have and then the lavender will relax and calm you right before you go to bed. It is 98% natural so you can't go too wrong there. The lip scrub is blended with organic sugar and pure essential oils to help exfoliate the dry skin and soothe your lips. The lip balm is also made from natural products such as moisturizing oils, butters, waxes and pure essential oils to help soothe your dry lips. The Lavender Eye Pillow is just the right size to put on your eyes, cheeks, brow or temple. The lavender will ease all your tensions and stress to aid you as you fall asleep. The Flax Seed that is in the eye pillow has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce puffiness around the eyes. You can also put the eye pillow in the fridge or freezer for added benefits.

Check out their About Us page to read how they got started and how they grew from taking pictures of the products in their front yard to the more advanced technologies that exist today.

Michele is a sponsor who was kind enough to give me the products listed above to put in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore and I would love for you to check out her site at Miki's Hope, Facebook and Twitter.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

12 Days of Christmas Sponsor Skincare by Feleciai Review



Oh, you are gonna love this set of bodycare from Skincare by Feleciai! I recieved the Lavender Oatmeal set to review and oh my, was the shea butter cream heavenly! It is nice and thick and with the right amount of scent. I love body creams that are heavy and feel luxurious. The only time I don't want creams to be heavy is on the face, but on my legs and arms, I want all the help I can get! Then there is the Lavender Oatmeal bar of soap that she also sent with the body cream. It is lightly scented and I just loved standing in the shower and smelling the freshness of lavender as I wash away my troubles!

She has alot more scents to try and you can view the list by going on this page and browsing to see what scent you might like to try. Her shea butter creams can be seen on this page to get a better idea of the scents available. I noticed she will be introducing a shaving bar and a shampoo bar soon. That will be interesting. I would like to try a shampoo bar. If it works just think of the space you could save by getting rid of all those bottles or tubes piling up in the shower!

I found this on her About Us page and wanted to share with you how she feels about her soaps and creams:

Passion. Luxurious. Handmade. Relaxation. Natural.

These 5 words are the principles of Skincare by Feleciai. Passion for the products we make. Luxurious, for the way they make you feel. Handmade to ensure the highest quality. Relaxation, a key benefit of using our products. Natural ingredients, to do no harm to the skin or the earth.

The Art of Bathing. More than just a tagline it is a call to action for Skincare by Feleciai. Throughout the ages, the bathing ritual has been an art form. It was a time to relax, recharge and reflect. At Skincare by Feleciai our products allow you to create a sanctuary in your bath. Whether you bathe or shower our products will soothe your skin and soul.

One of our goals is to produce the highest quality, natural skincare products including soaps and body creams. Using only natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils, Olive Oil and Coco Butter our products are gentle, beautiful and fabulous for the skin. Handmade, so there will be variation in the appearance but never the quality.

Created in Oakland, California, Skincare by Feleciai is a company dedicated to producing only the finest products while maintaining its connection to the local community.
Connect with Skincare by Feleciai on several social medias:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 18072
Oakland, CA 94619
Phone: 510.967.6661
Email: info@SkincareByFeleciai.com
Facebook
Twitter
Linkedin
Feleciai's Blog
Feleciai's Newsletter

Skincare by Feleciai has been so gracious as to offer 2 readers their choice of the same set I recieved in either Lavender, Lemon or Eucalyptus Peppermint! And she does ship to Canada so you are going to be able to win several prizes in my 12 Days of Christmas that starts on Novemeber 25th and ends on December 6th! Good Luck!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The pictures used in this review were taken by me and my cranky old camera!

12 Days of Christmas Sponsor ShatoBu Review


 
I have to be honest and tell you when I first got my High Waist to Knee Shaper from ShaToBu, I was utterly amazed and dismayed all at the same time! I thought to myself, I ordered the wrong size, this thing is too small for me!! But I read the directions and did what they said and sure enough that little baby went on and it does not feel like the old timey girdles of the past.

It is lightweight and is alot cooler and because I got the High Waist there was no muffin top thing going on! I slid into my jeans really smoothly and felt no pressure like I used to with other shapers. I even had a shaper one time that rolled all the way back down to my waist and it looked like I had an even bigger muffin top! I was glad to get rid of that sucker.

Here are the reasons I chose the High Waist:
Designed for those women who prefer slightly more form with their function, our classic-cut, High Waist to Knee ShaToBu slims and smoothes your waistline for an enhanced hourglass figure. You'll look great and feel even better, all while burning up to 12% more calories every day.

1. Extra smoothing in the tummy & love-handle area
2. The perfect shapewear under a skirt or dress
3. Ideal body shaper for special occasions or with fitted clothing
ShaToBu has several other options to choose from depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Gosh, you can get leggings, tees, tanks, portable flats, tights, seamless shapers and of course more versions of the Get Fit Shapers besides the High Waist! Go and check out their products because if you win my 12 Days of Christmas, you will get your choice of either a shaper or a tight! You can thank the kind folks at ShaToBu for being so generous to let me have a product to make my package complete!

Here is a little tidbit about how ShaToBu became what it is today:
Doris Hosiery Mills, the fourth largest hosiery manufacturer in North America, is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Established in 1955, Doris has been privately held for the past 2 generations. Doris has a successful track record in launching and developing new brands, including Kushyfoot, Dream Soles, TherapyPlus and Secret Pantyhose, Socks & Shapewear, as well as manufacturing for a number of prestigious private label customers.
Check out ShaToBu on several social medias:

Mailing Address:
3701 Jarry East
Montreal Quebec, H1Z 2G1
Phone: 1-877-547-5849
Email: info@shatobu.com

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The pictures used in this review were copied from ShaToBu's site as my camera has not come back fixed yet!!

12 Days of Christmas Sponsor Mistura 6-in-1 Ultimate Kit Review



I have a new company out of Canada I wanted to tell everyone about and that is Mistura! I wasn't sure how this was really possible or how it would work so when I first got the Ultimate Kit I have to admit I was a little intimidated by it. I just could not figure out how one small kit was gonna change the way I did my makeup and do away with so many steps that used to take me a good hour to complete. Now mind you, that is now, but when I was well and healthy and still able to work, I could get my makeup on in about 15-20 minutes. Not anymore. I don't know if I have gotten slower or I just feel like it takes more steps and products to get my face looking as good as it used to (or at least presentable). Don't know if I really want to know the answer to that question!

So, to be honest, I messed up the first 3 or 4 times. I kept putting on more than what I needed and I had to learn that they really meant what they said when the directions say to go lightly and build up til you find the right color for you. If you put too much on you will be really dark! And in my case, with my very lily white face, it was like I put on a clown's makeup, I am serious! But really, all you need is what is in the Ultimate Kit and don't try to add any of your makeup or products with it because it really does nothing but mess the whole thing up. I learned that the hard way. Here is why it works:

Mistura’s trademarked formula is heat activated and therefore works differently on everyone. The light refracting minerals and ultramarines glide over your skin like silk muting blemishes, redness and imperfections. Our Miracle Match Colour Blend Technology® guarantees perfect individualized results every time. You can expect to look healthy, fresh and “made up” within seconds.

The Ultimate Kit includes:

1. 1 powder compact of Mistura's 6-in-1 Beauty Solution
2. 1 eye applicator
3. 1 lip applicator
4. Luminada Illuminating Moisturizer
5. Vitamin E Lip Treatment
6. Retractable Brush and drawsting pouch

Now, here is where it gets really interesting. The 6-in-1 powder is what you use as an eye shadow and on your lips! I thought to myself, What? How in the heck is a powder gonna give me color on my eyes and on my lips? Well, it does! Here are some Before and After pictures for you to see the difference it made in these women's faces. Now, granted, I don't look quite as dark as they do when I use it but that is because I am too white and would look crazy with a white neck and arms. So, I went very very light on mine and liked the effect of looking natural. I did not use a bronzer but a soft petal pink to go all over my face afterwards to add some shine and healthy looking color. I wish my camera had not broke down on me so I could have taken some pictures to show you. Hopefully, this manufacturer will get my new camera to me pretty soon.

Check out Mistura on several different social medias:

Mailing Address:
1010 Polytek, Suite 20
Ottawa, Ontario
K1J 9J1
613-482-1080
1-866-609-3223
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube - Check it out for instructions on how to apply the makeup
Mistura's Blog

Mistura has kindly given me a 6-in-1 Ultimate Kit to pass on to one of my readers in the 12 Days of Gifts Galore (12 Days of Christmas)that starts on November 25th! And this one is open to Canada. Good Luck! Check out the 12 Days of Gifts Galore Post with the Rafflecopter form.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The pictures used in this review were taken by me and my cranky old camera!