Saturday, July 28, 2012

Zuo Bar Stool Giveaway Event **Closed**

Welcome to the Zuo Turbo Bar Stool Giveaway sponsored by and hosted by Children Teaching Mama. The giveaway winner will receive 4 beautiful Zuo Turbo Bar Stools that retail at $1600!

The Turbo stool has a cozy seat molded from ABS plastic, and sits on a sturdy chrome steel tube frame. These are perfect for commercial or residential use!

Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter & let them know Mary's Cup of Tea referred you to enter! There are several daily entry options, so be sure to come back each day to get those entries!

The giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, August 15th and is open to United States residents 18+! Good Luck Everyone and I will be pulling for each and everyone of you! Have Fun! 

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Flat Iron Experts Duo Package Giveaway **Closed**

Oh, you guys are gonna love Flat Iron Experts by the time this post is done! I have several companies that always help me when I need it and Flat Iron Experts is one of those companies that I have come to rely on alot over the last few months. I know you know that they are the ones who have that awesome set of brushes in my 12 Days of Christmas in July, well, now they are offering some more hair products to help us look the best that we can!

I am giving you the features and facts about this Flat Iron because I did not review it. They offered to let me have one just for a giveaway to a very lucky person out there, maybe even you! So, please forgive me for this post being more on the technical side than when I review a product. There are also (2)videos that you can watch when you go to the link I provided along with alot more info on this amazing flat iron. There are so many I don't think I would have enough room if I tried to give it all to you!

The flat iron above is the Avanti Wet-Dry Nano-Titanium Ceramic Silver Digital Flat Iron that is 1-3/8 inches and it retails for $259.99 but as you all know, Flat Iron Experts never overcharges so this cute little baby can be all yours for $159.95! That is a savings of $100.04!! Wow! I would give anything to have one like this myself. I have very wavy hair and it can be hard to get your hair straight working with a 1" flat iron. The wider paddle allows more hair in which is really awesome!

Would you look at the features on this amazing flat iron:

Adjustable Digital Temperature (Fahrenheit to Celsius):

The adjustable digital temperature display allows you to know the exact temperature of your flat iron for precision straightening. Avanti Wet to Dry heats up to a scorching 450° F (230°C) in less than 30 seconds. The default temperature will be set to Fahrenheit; however, if it reverses to Celsius then simply follow the steps to change it back:

1. Unplug the iron, then plug it back into an outlet.
2. Press down on the "power" and the "^" buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. The screen will show "F" first. Your iron has now been set to Fahrenheit. To switch the setting to Celsius, follow those steps but press down (opposite arrow) and the power button. Your screen will show "C" indicating that the setting has been changed to Celsius.

Nano Titanium / Ceramic Technology: Avanti WD-AVCROC distributes heat evenly across the entire surface, retains heat more efficiently, and eliminates damaging hot spots. Ceramic emits a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat that helps your hair.

1. Preserve more moisture within the hair shaft
2. Eliminates frizz and close the cuticle to create smooth and shiny hair
3. Causes less damage to the hair cuticle during styling

100% Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee! Risk-Free Online Shopping!

At Flat Iron Experts we understand that when you make a purchase online the products that you receive may not always be what you expected. Therefore we offer "1 Month 100% Satisfaction Money-Back Guarantee" to ease your mind. If you do not like the product just simply mail it back. This is what we call Risk-Free-Online-Shopping!

Now, for the second prize that they have thrown in with this flat iron and that is the KQC Thermal Shine Spray that will help you keep your hair looking fantastic!

KQC Thermal Shine Spray (142g) is an ion enriched polishing complex formulated for superior heat protection and ultra gloss hair shine. Lightweight, non-greasy micro mist spray that eliminates frizz, softens and polishes hair without build up. Designed for all hair types. Use with flat iron, curling iron or hair dryers.

KQC Thermal Shine Spray is great for all hair types. Whether your hair is normal, oily or dry, you can prevent infrared heat damage resulting in split-ends, frizz, and so forth. This is also a great way to help detangle your hair as the thermal shine spray allows for easy & smooth comb-through.

Directions: Spray on wet or dry hair. Style with a hair dryer or iron for brilliant, ultra-gloss shine.

Now, this one I have reviewed awhile back around Christmas of last year, I believe and it really does work. This one I can definitely vouch for. I used to keep my hair wavy almost to the point of being very curly. But over the years the gravity has taken most of the curls away and all I have left is dry wavy hair. So, I try to find products that are for dry hair but also for hair that is thinning. I love my hair straight now because with this great heat protection, my hair doesn't get as harsh looking as it used to.

Oh, and another shocker for all of you. Remember last year when I was showing you my hair and remember how long it was? Well, it is no longer long! I finally got to the point where the RA and the Fibromyalgia were killing me having to hold my arms up over my head to first blow dry some (never all the way) and then straighten. I would be so tired I would have to lie down. Plus I got to where I was keeping it in a ponytail all the time anyway, so why not get it cut short? I don't have a picture yet but while we are on vacation, I am sure Mike will catch me when I least expect it.

I also wanted to show you the special that they have going on right now that will end tonight at midnight on July 27th which is today. I wanted to get this up as quickly as possible so that if you wanted or needed some hair products for yourself or any college bound kids, you had time to order some.

Now, I need to tell you about some exciting news at Flat Iron Experts and that is that they have officially started their own blog and would love for you to come by and say Hi and follow them. They will gladly follow you back, so please let them know you would like a follow back too!

This giveaway is actually a Welcome to Our New Blog and to introduce all of the new social media's that they have embraced and are excited to start this journey with all of us. I also gave them several blog hops that they could join and be apart of the Happy Blogging World. They have already left their names and links with several blog hops and I hope you show them how nice we really are and that we are happy to have them aboard!

The giveaway is for the Avanti Wet-Dry Nano-Titanium Ceramic Silver Digital Flat Iron which is $160.00 and the KQC Thermal Shine Spray that is $14.00, which brings this giveaway to $174.00 for some lucky person.  Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone! And Happy Blog Hopping with our newest blogger, Flat Iron Experts!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Jazz Cage Book Review


I have a new book to tell you about called The Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith. This is a totally different type of book than I normally read and I wasn't so sure if I would like it or not in the beginning but the story grew on me and I found myself rooting for the hero and the people he was trying to protect.

Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage. It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War.

Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire.

But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad.

Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and disembowel his prey.
Frank of course, from reading the excerpt, you know he is a bounty hunter who works for the mob, taking care of problems. He went to Viriginia to meet with a man named Raymond who had had two of his slaves run away and he wanted them back. Frank had another man who helped him named Issac, who came from old Virginia money, but he had always wanted to do the right thing regarding the slaves.

Somewhere along the way, Lucky Luciano comes into the picture after hearing about the escaped slaves and wants to get the bounty money for himself. Lucky is also a mobster, always looking out for himself. So, he decided he would track down Frank and kill him and take control of the slaves. He would take them back to claim the money for returning them to their owner, Raymond.

Frank had some help with hiding the two slaves, Della & CeCe, from a man named Levi. He helped them escape by hiding them in a secret place. But, Levi and his helper, Owen was found out and both were killed.

Frank and Isaac helped the women escape again and he took them to a cave that was in Buffalo, New York.

I am going to stop there because I don't want to give too much of the story away. They still encounter some difficulties, as nothing in this life is ever easy. Yow will enjoy reading this book if you love a good story line and a little bit of history thrown in to make it sound more reasonable.

I also went to Ray Chen Smith's website and learned that this is his second book and he will have a third one out soon. If you would like to learn more about Ray Chen Smith, you can visit his website , or his blog to learn more about him and his books. You can also check him out on Goodreads to see what he likes to read and become a fan and follow him.

I did find out one thing that we both agree on and that is we both love James Patterson's books! He calls it a man crush so I guess mine is a woman crush, not for James Patterson himself, but for his books. So, it is nice to see that even authors keep track and read other author's books.

Disclaimer: 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. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.

Betrayal and Forgiveness Book Review

Seems like I have been cranking out books faster than anything here lately! But, I warned you a few weeks ago that the reading was going to be more intense because so many new author's are flooding the market and that means more book reviews!! This one is called Betrayal and Forgiveness by Linda Armstrong Miller.

Here's a little excerpt from the book:
Lisa Rivers is a marvel. She has a photographic memory. She is the youngest, highest paid computer designer, with one of the most coveted positions in the United States of America, maybe even the world!! She has designed a program that makes it possible to locate anyone who has been fitted with the BTHS software.

Once located, a missing person's vital signs can be determined. It can even be determined if that person is dead or alive. Because of her software, Lisa is protected in ways only she knows. Her programs are protected by a code only one other person knows. All anyone knows for sure is if she doesn't get to a computer by no later than 0830, a virus will be released and all of her work will be destroyed. It is the only way to keep the BTHS program from getting into the wrong hands.

Then there is Zachery Rivers. He is Lisa's little brother. He too is gifted but not enough to break Lisa's code. To Zach's dismay everyone in and out of the company knows this. She had to make sure Zachwas never marked as someone who could be used to get to her. Lastly, there is a Sam Rivers, her father and she hates him.
You will really like this book if you like action packed thrillers and love the hunt or chase to figure out who does what before it is revealed to the police. Sometimes, I wonder where in the world do people get these idea's that make it all sound so real. It's almost like we play a part in the drama but don't get to reap the benefits. But, that really is okay with me, as I only want to be entertained and just let my dull life slip away and imagine being a crucial part of getting the information away from the ruthless spies and enemies of America.

You will love this book, just give it time to soak into you. I had to do that for the first paragraph and then it all fell into place and you will absolutely enjoy it as much as I did!

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. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ColorTime Crafts & Markers Review & Giveaway **Closed**

I received a really nice Tote Bag from ColorTime Crafts and Markers that you get to color whatever colors you wish them to be so that no 2 designs or colors are the same. Plus it helps with recycling in our world and that is a good thing. The video above is one that I took off of their site because I did not get to see my grandson as I thought I would. His mother has been terribly sick and just could not make the trip to bring him to see us. I was going to have him color the Tote Bag while he was here, but I guess plans never seem to go the way they are suppose to sometimes. I didn't want to hold the review/giveaway much longer waiting to see if she would get to feeling better.

This is the Tote Bag that I received and I already know what I am going to use it for. I will take it with me to the grocery store so that I won't be coming home with all of those plastic bags that I end up throwing most away. I do however use the darker beige ones that several grocery stores use in my bathroom waste basket! That way you don't have to buy those small bags and I am recycling at the same time! I also recycle my white bags because Walmart has a huge cardboard box right outside their store and you can just drop them off on your way in. I have tried to find ways of helping our planet with the waste build up but I sure do wish more people would join in!

Oh, by the way, I have a coupon for you to use until October 25th of this year!

Also, they have a Facebook contest going on that I thought you might be interested in so here is all the info that you need and I hope that you will join in on the fun!

The Free Shipping: Free ground shipping on orders over $60. In the continental US. Only for retail, web-based orders, placed on our website. Not to be combined with any other offers and discounts.
To get the free shipping, use code FRSH11W.

The giveaway: Colortime is doing a giveaway via our Facebook page. It is a weekly fan giveaway.

Here are the instructions:

Each week Colortime Crafts and Markers will randomly draw 3 lucky FANS who will receive a special craft package, which includes a Colortime color-your-own "Recycle Tote Bag" and three special permanent Colortime FABRIC MARKERS. All you have to do to be eligible is to "like" and become a fan of Colortime Crafts and Markers on Facebook.

The winners' Facebook name will be posted each Monday on the Colortime Crafts and Markers Facebook page. We will send you a message on Facebook informing you that you won. Look for it, and if your name is a winner, you can also send us an email message to with your full name and address and in either case we will ship your prize within 2 weeks. The Rules are listed below:

1) You must be a fan of Colortime Crafts and Markers Facebook page.
2) Once you win a prize, you are not eligible for additional prizes for this promotion for 12 months after the prize has been awarded.
3) Prizes not claimed within 2 weeks will be forfeited.

Another cool thing I found on their site is a Free Printable Coloring Pages that you can print for your children to color! I thought that was pretty darn nice of them to do that. These coloring sheets were designed and selected to appeal to both boys and girls of elementary school age, as well as pre-teenagers. Since Colortime is a licensed Girl Scout vendor, they made half of the selection of coloring pages to Girl Scout themes. You can find more coloring pages by going to this link to get more!

Please register to receive your FREE coloring page. By registering, you will receive access to the free coloring page AND you will receive a code for 15% off your next online order! The code is to be used for retail, online orders only. Not to be combined with any other offers and discounts. Also, by registering you'll be opted in to their emails, which will allow you to be the first to know about future offers and discounts. Must be over 13 years of age to register.

Other products beside the Tote Bags that you can get to color are Personalized T-shirts, Pillow Cases, Backpacks, Bandanas, Girl Scout items, Bibs for babies and Headwraps. They even have a Christmas Tote Bag to color! There is alot more to see, so go check them out when you get the chance and see all the amazing things you can get for your children to keep them busy but also giving them a purpose, like making their own Christmas presents to give out! Look at all the colors they have to choose from:

Here's a little background history on ColorTime Crafts:
Many of you know us from our days at the Cotton Warehouse on Long Island in the early 90's. Our Warehouse was a gathering spot for Wearable Art creativity. In addition to offering garment blanks and trimmings, our classroom hosted Colortime Crafts and Markers™, which we developed for birthday parties, scouts, and camps.

Our customers were always asking if they could take some Colortime Crafts and Markers™ with them when they were visiting. We realized we had a wonderfully creative and positive wearable art concept that children and adults can do and enjoy anywhere. Our customers kept coming back and telling us how easy, clean and fun it was to create Colortime Crafts™.

The rest is history. Since 1990 over 2 million children and adults throughout the country have enjoyed Colortime Crafts And Markers ™ and proudly display their keepsakes. So make your next event one that will be seen and talked about for a long time. Explore our website or give us a call to find out more about our programs.
Several ways to contact ColorTime Crafts:

Mailing Address:
1842 Glenn Lane
Merrick, New York 11566
Phone: 516-377-8430 or 1-800-500-0770

The kind folks at ColorTime Crafts would also love to give one winner a Tote bag and markers like the one I reviewed! Thanks so much ColorTime Crafts! Open to the U.S. only.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lost Girls Book Review

I have another great book to tell you guys about called Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother. This book is about a true story that will give you chills. I am going to do this book a little different than I normally do because it is based on a true story.

Here is the author's notes that were at the back of the book:

Because this case was so high-profile, the crimes were primarily against minors, and John Gardner's family members and friends were extremely worried about their privacy, safety and job security. I used pseudonyms, first names or maiden names for a number of people so I could tell this story without putting them in jeopardy. Pseudonyms * are marked with an asterisk, like so.

Those include the minors involvedin the 2000 case, who I have used only firt name pseudonyms: Monica for the victim, Erika for her friend, and Sarah for the fourteen year old with whom Gardner had consensual contact. I also used the same for Gardner's two half sisters on his father's side, whom I named Mona and Melissa. I am gonna skip over what other names she used because you get the picture.

This case was one of the most, if not the most, challenging true crime projects I have undertaken to date. I thought it would be simple to research because of the plea bargain, because the case never went to trial and Gardner gave up his right to an appeal, but that actually made it more difficult for me to get access to documents and other information I normally would have access to through the court system. She also wanted to make sure that everyone understood that no one was paid for any interviews or photo's for this book, and neither Gardner nor his family will profit from it. She does not pay for interviews.
Now, the true story centered around Chelsea King, who was a popular high school senior, an outstanding achiever determined to make a difference. Fourteen year old Amber Dubois loved books and poured her heart into the animals she cared for. Treasured by their families and friends, both girls disappeared in San Diego County, just eight miles and one year apart.

The community's desperate search led authorities to John Albert Gardner, a brutal predator hiding in plain sight. His mother and his doctors kept telling the authorities before these girls came up missing, that they thought John needed to be hospitalized where he would do no damage. This is a question that no one will ever be able to answer because despite their efforts, he never got any help and thus one day something triggered his violent nature and he killed women/children/teens with such chilling clarity!

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. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.

Monday, July 23, 2012

DivaDangler Earrings & Earrings of the Month Club Review

I was recently asked to do a review of some really nice chandlier type earrings and to explain how the Earring of the Month Club from Diva Dangler works. First, though, I would love to show you the earrings that I got to review. Now, for some reason my camera made these look like they are gold but they are silver. That is one of the reason's I like to copy off of the sponsor's site and I will show you in a few minutes what they really look like. Of course, if I had known that you can actually get them in gold, I would have preferred that. I very rarely wear silver but that's okay. This will more than likely be a Christmas or Birthday present for my daughter. This picture was more for the details in the earrings than for the color:

Here is a video that will give you some more info on how to keep your Diva Dangler Earrings from getting all jumbled up!

But, first, I need to explain how the Earring of the Month Club works. You can also go to the link I just gave you and there is a video that can explain it also if you still have questions. You actually have two options that  you can choose.  Option 1 includes everything while Option 2 gives you everything except the free earrings and the monthly membership.
By clicking Option 1, your credit card will be charged $9.95 plus $3.95 s&h. You will be enrolled in their Earring of the Month Club and receive your first pair of fabulous earrings plus the FREE pair of fashionable earrings shown above . After that, each month they will ship you a beautiful pair of fashionable earrings in cute packaging for just $9.95 per month plus $3.95 s&h. Click only once. State tax will be added to orders for: CA and VT. 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE (minus s&h). An additional $10 s&h is added for items sent to Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, US Virgin Islands and Alaska. Please allow 2-7 weeks for delivery. You will have the option to select RUSH delivery later in the order process.
They also have a TV special going on that if you buy the pink/gold Diva Dangler you will get the reversible silver/leopard Diva Dangler for free.

These are the free earrings that you will get the first month that you join the club. I would think that you could ask for the gold ones if you don't wear silver, like me. I also took a few more pictures of some of the earrings. These earrings below are my all time favorite out of all of them. I am at the point in my life that I love studs and I love the large danglers, but on younger women who make them look spectacular! You can also get these same earrings in silver with clear a clear gem vs the pink gem.
It sounds like a pretty good deal if you love earrings and love the thoughts of getting a new pair every month for a low $9.95 after the first initial $29.95 to join. If you are lucky and able to work and have the money and live in the city where you are going out alot, this is probably right up your alley. I would not be able to take advantage of this because of my fixed income and plus, I rarely go anywhere much. You young girls and young women have so many unique options that make life a little easier and less stressful. I hope I explained the program to you enough that you understand it all. For more information go to the link I provided earlier to get some clarification.

This would make an awesome college present for your daughter, granddaughter, niece, whomever is going to school. They will get a care package from Diva Dangler once a month with a great pair of earrings. Her dorm friends would be so jealous!

Here is what I found out about the women who made this company happen:
We’re just two busy moms living in Burlington, Vermont who happen to have a knack for inventing simple solutions to life’s little challenges. You know… those clever ideas that make you say “Why didn’t I think of that?” We know that life is often busy and hectic, and definitely too short to waste time finding matching earrings. We were noticing that we, and all of our friends, had piles of earrings all over our bedrooms and bathrooms, while our earring trees stood empty and our jewelry boxes were abandoned with a clump of unused jewelry inside. Our brains starting churning and voilá.... the Diva Dangler was born! We both left great jobs and took a chance to live the dream lives of entrepreneurs. The Diva Dangler is the first of many products we will bring to our customers. If you love your Diva Dangler, give us a shout-out on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. Our goal is to hear all the girls and women of the world say, “Dang, I Love My Diva Dangler!”

Connect with Diva Dangler by several methods:

Email address:
Phone Number:  (802)-233-2431

The owner's of Diva Dangler are giving my reader's a package deal that includes giving away 2 free months and free shipping, although you will still have to sign up for at least one month. You can decide later to cancel if you wish. So you will get 3 pairs of earrings plus free shipping for only $9.95, but you must use the code TEA which will give you the 2 months free and free shipping.  Please double check all of this information with Diva Dangler's before you join or sign up for anything. Make sure that you understand completely what you are getting into and if you can change your mind at any time.

Otherwise,  I think getting 3 earrings for only $9.95 with free shipping,  is pretty good. Please look over the earring selections and make sure that there are 3 pairs that you would like to have before making any decisions. If you think that you or one of your daughter's would love these, then by all means, go ahead and give it a try.

Disclaimer: 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. Some of the pictures were mine but a good part of them are from Diva Dangler's website. 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..

ToiletTree Toiletry Bag with Travel Accessories Review

I was very fortunate recently to receive this great bag because we are actually going on vacation starting on the 26th of July, so my husband was very excited to get this travel bag to put all of his things in! He said now he would not have to share the same bag with me and have to go thru all of my makeup and medicines to find what he was looking for! Mmm, very ungrateful sort of thing, don't you think? I did laugh though, because he is right, when we used to go places the toiletry bag ended up being almost as big as a carry on! We got this product from Toilet Tree and my husband says to send you a big THANK YOU!

As you can see there is a container to hold his toothbrush, the little blue thing actually turns into a cup, and the three bottles can really be used for anything but they have shampoo on one, conditioner on another and body wash! Now, not sure what he is gonna do yet as we haven't started packing, so he may or may not use the bottles, but I have a feeling he will because it will be less for him to carry. Too bad we did not get to take our trip before I had to write my review on the Toiletry Bag, but I knew we would not be back within the time frame so I had to do it now.

It really is a nice soft black leather and is very roomy inside and I have no doubt that all of hubby's things will all fit in there. He thinks I carry alot of stuff, but so does he! And we are gonna be gone a little over 2 weeks so he is gonna have to stuff that thing plum full! As you can see from this picture, the top part of the bag unzips and there is a place for a can of shaving cream and a small towel in there. Course, hubby does not use shaving cream but his electric shaver will go in there nicely with his bottle of mouthwash. (he never leaves home without mouthwash, it's almost a sin to him talk about it!)
There are actually several little zippered places in this great looking bag, so I don't think we are gonna have a problem of things not fitting in there. Used to be I was the only one with meds but now that he has had his neck/back surgery, he has to carry a few himself and I bet he will use this zippered part for that!
I think I have given you guys pretty much all of the info that I can on this great little bag. What I like the most about it that it is not just for a man, a woman can use it just as easily as a man, but hubby rarely gets to try things out (other than food or drink related products), so I decided to let him have all the fun. Briefly, let's go over what features this bag has that you need to know:

•Designed to organize all of your toiletries while traveling.
•Large double zipper compartment for easy access. Separate zipper compartment located on the bottom of bag.
•Bag comes with 3 TSA approved travel bottles, collapsible cup with pill holder, and toothbrush case.
•Designed with a fully water resistant interior.
•Can also be used as a makeup and/or medicine bag.

ToiletTree has lots more products than this so go check them out online and see if there is anything else that might interest you. I do have their Oral Irrigator in my 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop Giveaway so you can check out that review also to see how we liked that product also. But for a more complete list, just visit them and see what all they have.

Connect with Toilet Tree by several methods:

Mailing Address:
ToiletTree Products Inc.
517 Rt. 9W North
Upper Nyack, NY 10960
Phone:   (888) 251-0985

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. Some of the pictures were mine but a good part of them are from Toilet Tree's website. 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. Review & Giveaway **Closed**

Aren't they beautiful? I wish I had been able to get a better picture but my camera is not the best in the world and this was the only one that looked half way decent. These flowers are so much more beautiful in real and I wish you could really see how beautiful the lavender vase that it came in really is, too! Gosh, I sure do wish the camera had gotten a better picture! I was fortunate enough to get these gorgeous flowers from a company called to review and I absolutely love them! They have such a wide variety of flowers and themes to choose from such as the ones I will be showing you below. This is an all occasion bouquet that I wouldn't mind getting several times a year, myself!

I know, you are thinking with me everything is about lavender or pink, and you would be right, but arent' they just the prettiest flowers you have ever seen? Or what about this one for your birthday:

Or if you know someone who isn't feeling too good at home or someone who has to be in the hospital for a little while, why not send them something that they can look at and smile, remembering you and your kindness with this Get Well bouquet!

Or maybe you know someone who has a sweet tooth and loves chocolate? Want to make an impression? Thanking someone for something that they did for you? This could be for just about anything you would like it to be, from your heart showing how much you really care! has just about anything and everything that you need to convey whatever emotion or thought that you want to express. All you gotta do is either place an order online or pick up the phone. It's your choice whether or not to send the best and prettiest flowers or chocolates.

I found this under company information because I like to dig around and find out about a company and I just love knowing who I do business with. They sound like they are a good company with a big heart and a love of flowers:
From You Flowers® is owned and operated by partners with over 35 years of combined experience in the floral industry. We are a member of the multiple florist networks and have delivery capabilities worldwide via our affiliation with over 20,000 premier florists from around the world.

From You Flowers® currently employs full and part time employees including, Customer Service Representatives, Managers and Supervisors (day, night and weekend). All our employees have extensive experience in Customer Service relating to the flower gift industry.

From You Flowers® offers a complete selection of personal and corporate floral and gift items appropriate for any occasion and every sentiment. This includes fresh flowers, plants, balloons and gift baskets. We have a full-service Special Client Services department, with a separate phone number and dedicated staff designed to meet all the needs of our customers.

From You Flowers® also offers a unique Reminder Service designed to provide advance notice and gift selection assistance for important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Customers can make purchases 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week via toll-free 800 number or on the Internet at From You Flowers, LLC offers same-day delivery service on orders placed before 3:00 p.m. in the delivery time zone. Geographic Capabilities From You Flowers® services the United States as well as more than 140 countries worldwide.
Connect with several ways:

Mailing Address:
455 Boston Post Rd
Suite 6
Po Box 805
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 800-838-8853

Oh, by the way, they are having a 15% sitewide sale off of their flowers, using code 1129 when you call to order your flowers. If you call before 3 PM, the flower delivery can be the same day as long as they are in the same zip code area!

Also the kind folks at is giving (1) winner the chase  to win the "Day In the Sun" bouquet! I have given you the link so that you can see what it looks like for yourself. Good Luck Everyone! Open to the U.S. only!

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, July 22, 2012 Giveaway **Closed**

Well, girls, it is that time of year again, when we have to get ready for the "Back to School" rush on clothes, especially jeans! Can you think of any other kind of clothing that has lasted so long? Other garments come and go but the basic jean is always there, sometimes a little more embellished, a little more flared or tie dyed, but it always come back the next year, plain and simple. has their own brand of jeans called Angels Jeans. They have them in flares, boot cut, second skin, pork chop short shorts (wow, what a name) along with skinny minnie jeans, slim fan jeans, best blue cuffed capri and the new skin jeans! Who would have ever thought that one day we would actually have new skin and second skin jeans. Let alone the skinny minnie and the pork chop short shorts! It's like having a debate on which side is gonna win!

Of course, you can still get your summer items here too! Some of Alight's clothing is up to 80% off right now on some of your favorite pieces. They are calling it the Celebrate Summer Sale, so take advantage of the rare opportunity to get something at that price! You can also get some great tops to go with those jeans now or save for the first day back at school or going out on a date!

You are gonna love the top above with either a nice set of dressy pants or just troll along on your own and see what happens with a pair of their jeans or your jeans!

I love this little jacket like sweater that you can wear over sleevlelss shirts or dresses, wearing jeans or dress pants and just about anything else in between. I thought this little top would look good with this sweater:

And this little tee shirt would look awesome with a pair a jeans:

I think this pretty little top would be awesome with either regular jeans or a pair of white ones. I wouldn't mind wearing it with some dress slacks out to dinner also.

Check out their Sale section to see what all is on sale, such as great deals under $14.99 along with Bargain Blowouts that are 50% or more off! They have some really nice summer dresses that are up to 88% off. You just might find something that tickles your fancy!

The kind folks at have been gracious enough to offer one winner a top of their choice. You will love these tops. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck to Everyone!

Mondays With My Old Pastor Book Review

I had no idea what to expect when I first agreed to review this book but it actually turned out to be a pretty good book based on an older retired pastor giving another pastor in his forties some advice about keeping the faith. The book is called Mondays with my Old Pastor by Jose Luis Navajo.

Here is what was on the back cover of the book:

"Deep inside in some uncertain part of my soul persisted this strange exhaustion that was difficult to explain and hard to endure," writes pastor and author Jose Luis Navajo. Thinking of quitting the ministry, Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth--his "old pastor"--who, through successive Monday visits, offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of fifteen unique principles.

Mondays with My Old Pastor brings every believer to the feet of the Teacher. In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables, and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife. By turns funny, heartbreaking, and thought provoking, Mondays with My Old Pastor is a comfort to anyone who struggles in his or her walk with God. As readers follow Navajo's journey from desperation to rejuvenation, they will find themselves similarly transformed and inspired. This moving, beautifully written account is sure to reignite every soul's longing for renewal.
Like I said earlier, I wasn't sure what I was getting into but after awhile I fell into a kind of "going with the flow" of the reading and what the older pastor was trying to teach the younger pastor. He did it through stories that had a moral ending and also would be asking questions at the same time.

At first, I don't think Navajo really "got" what the pastor was doing but after awhile it finally started to take hold and he would feel great when he left the older pastor and his wife. But, by midweek, he was back to the same indecision or feeling frustrated about some minor event.

Every Monday, he had a new complaint or problem to tell the older pastor about and then the stories would take on more of a biblical nature and as the stories were unfolding, Navajo began to see the the why and what of what his old pastor was trying to teach him. He finally caught on to what his pastor was trying to teach him and hoping that he would carry on the work that he had started.

The ending is sad but a good kind of sad and I knew after reading a few chapters that the ending would come just like it did. I have become pretty good at reading and detecting how and where the signs are in a book that sometimes will tell you the ending even before it gets there. This is a great book to read and study with children that you know are ready to hear what the 15 principles that the older pastor had taught Navajo. They are good life lessons for us adults.

I was able to finish reading this book because it was about love and understanding and not a long winded version of a sermon. That is what I most fear about books on religion because I get lost in the technial language but this book was written with simplicity and with complete understanding of what we the readers needed to hear and believe. Navajo did an excellent job in tlling of his time with his old pastor and I for one sure am glad he did.

Disclaimer: 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. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.