Friday, August 31, 2012

And When She Was Good Book Review

We are definitely on a roll now! Here is another humdinger of a book that I thought you guys might like to read! Because it was also an advanced copy, I did not get an excerpt and when I went on the author's website, it looks like she decided to change the look and color of the book. So, I copied the new version. If you happened to get a book also and it is mostly green, that is the old advanced copy. The actual book on sale is the one above.

Here is what I found out about this book:

Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.

When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she’s just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she’s the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.

For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?

Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.

And then she learns that her son’s father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn’t know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn’t realize that he’s serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he’s clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.

With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She’s done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren’t hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.

When Heloise had betrayed Hector, she had changed her name to Helen. She had originally lived with her father but he had such dark mood swings that the first chance she got, she left with Billy and they went to Baltimore. Once there, Helen realized that he was a liar and a drug addict.

Helen went to work as a dancer to make money but Billy would get her money and spend it on drugs that he snorted, like cocaine. She started hiding some of her money. She met a new man who also lied to her and said he was a CEO, but was actually a pimp and cocaine addict. His name was Val and he kept on asking her to dump Billy and live with him. Finally, one day she decided she would.

She went to live with Val and all the other women in the house. She never saw Billy again and assumed that Val had killed him. One day she realizes that she is pregnant with Val's baby.

And that is where I will stop. The drama really gets heavy at this point and if you love that sitting on the edge feeling, then you will love this book. It has so many turns and twists! This is one book you definitely don't want to miss reading! Happy Reading!

The author and publisher have been kind enough to offer one winner a book of their own! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Magnets On The Cheap Review & Giveaway **Closed**

I have an awesome company to tell you about called Magnets on the Cheap and they are the ones who made the above magnet for me. Actually, they made (2) of them. They are the size of a dinner placement and they are really good heavy magnets that go on the sides of your car!  I have never seen magnets that go on cars, so I was intrigued to see what they would do.  I wish I was a bigger blogger that putting the magnets on my car would help, but I don't think I have ever seen a blogger with ads on their cars, have you?  So, I think since they won't stick to the fridge or dishwasher, I am gonna use them some other way.  I will have to think about it and see what happens.

I was also very impressed with the way their staff and how fast they got these to me. They even designed the Mary's Cup of Tea onto the magnets! I did not even know that they could even make a design for you personally.  So, I really liked this new design and the colors. I thought it came out pretty awesome for them to not have much to work with. My logo that I use on my blog would not download correctly on their site and it came out fuzzy so that is why I told them they could make one up if that was easier. So, that is why this design looks different than my lavender/purple logo.
Gosh you should check out all the awesome sites that Magnets On The Cheap is associated with! Here is a list with links to those sites:
1. Banners On The Cheap
2. Signs On The Cheap
3. Easy Canvas Prints

I could have chosen between all of those and the Magnets On The Cheap but I don't have any children at home, so I figured the canvas and banners would not do me any good and I had no need of a sign, so that is how I chose Magnets instead. I have magnets all over my fridge! Unfortunately, these are made with some kind of material that does not stick to the fridge, but boy, they sure do to my car! Takes only one quick move and they are on there very secure.

Here are the sizes you can choose from if you want it for your car:

**9" x 12" For small and mid-sized vehicles

And you get to choose the heaviness of the magnet:

**30 Mil Magnet - BEST DEAL!

 Here is what you do if you want to customize your magnets:
**What kind of image should I use for a photograph?
If you're using a photograph, then you should use a good resolution JPG image. Try to find the highest quality image with a file size less than 12 Megabytes (12 MB).

**What kind of image should I use for a logo or clipart?

To use a logo, or some type image created by a graphics professional from solid lines and colors (specifically called 'vector art'), then EPS is the best choice. By using an EPS file in your design, you can retain the sharp lines in your original image, even if the file size you use is very small. If you do not have access to an EPS file, then GIF or PNG file formats will provide you with the next best print quality. Again, try to find the highest quality image with a file size less than 12 Megabytes (12 Mb).
The kind folks at Magnets On The Cheap is giving the winner their choice of product from any of the (4) sites I have mentioned in this post which are Magnets On The Cheap, Signs On The Cheap, Banners On The Cheap and Easy Canvas Prints. Good Luck Everyone! Open to the U.S. only!

Kindle Fire Giveaway **Closed**

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Make Our Own Network **Closed**


(1) Pure Rain™ Handheld Essentials oxygenating nozzle and (2) Pure Rain™ Water Station Essentials Plus oxygenating water sprinklers
ARV $70
Enter between: 8/29 -9/5 
Hosted by:
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Mommy's Favorite Things
Who: Open to US residents in the continental 48 states and Canada residents
      Pure Rain™ products add millions of microscopic nanobubbles — each just a fraction of the width of a human hair — to ordinary tap water. The extra oxygen delivered by the nano-bubbles helps your plants absorb nutrients faster than ever, making them healthier, stronger, and more disease-resistant.
     Raindrops gather oxygen as they fall through the air, and the highly oxygenated water helps the plants extract nutrients more efficiently.  Pure Rain products also reduce your water usage by 30% thus saving on utilities and the environment's water supply.
$19.99  Handheld Essentials nozzle

   $24.99  Water Station Essentials Plus

   $39.99 Reach Essentials Plus (with round handle)

   $19.99 Water Station Essentials
Available to purchase:  The Pure Rain Shop has a list of retailers such as Target and Amazon.

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"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event.  I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. Mary's Cup of Tea is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Footminders Orthotic Insoles Review

We were very fortunate recently to get to review this product above called Footminders Orthotic Insoles. I got them for Mike in size Large to hopefully help him when he is wearing his work boots during the day. I wasn't sure if this would help him with his back problem or not. I knew that I did not need them because I hardly go anywhere anymore so I wanted to make sure I had a good tester, which left Mike. We have tried many different kinds of insoles for him over the years. Some will work for awhile but then he is right back where he started.

These are the ones we got for him in a size that would be most comfortable for him. These are called the Footminders Comfort Insoles because they are made for people who do alot of walking. And Mike sure does that! Here is what Footminders say about the Comfort Insoles:

Footminders Comfort is a full-length podiatrist-designed orthotic insole for wider and loose-fitting men's and women's footwear. This biomechanical arch support helps realign body posture, in many cases relieving foot pain, heel pain and lower back pain. It is ideal for any sports activity, including running, golf, tennis, etc.

Footminders Comfort features Dual Layer Orthotic Technology, a supportive medium-density EVA, combined with a soft 2mm Durapontex layer that makes this a very comfortable orthotic insole, providing support AND cushioning.

Footminders Comfort is a biomechanical sports orthotic insole engineered to perfection for ultimate walking comfort with the following features:

**Suitable for work boots, wide-fitting lace-up shoes, runners, sports, tennis and golf shoes
**Dual Layer footbed technology: firm EVA + 2mm of soft, cushioning Durapontex
**Large shock-absorbing Heel Pad
**Extra-deep heel cup for superior ankle stability
**High biomechanically-shaped arch support to control over-pronation
**Metatarsal support to help relieve and prevent Ball of Foot pain
**Soft, velour-like anti-bacterial top fabric to keep feet dry and cool

All I know is so far, Mike is having a some relief from lower back pain and his feet are not hurting when he comes home. The added benefit for him is that his feet are not so wet from all the sweating he does with the other insoles he tried which led to constant peeling of his skin on the toes. See the above picture where those holes are? I think that is where it helped with the toe issue. Notice below how thin they are? I think that is another key element. I hope as time goes on that he will continue to do good with these particular insoles. Only time will tell.

So, that was an extra that we were not even thinking about! He works outside so the summer heat has been really brutual here in Georgia. He is getting to where he can't take the heat so he took a test to be able to bid for a higher up job that is inside to get out of the heat. I just hope one becomes available before too long. Oh, and the best part? They have a 30 Day Guarantee if they don't work, you can return them! I thought this video might help some of you to understand how all this ties in together and why it works.

I like knowing the history of the companies I review and here is what I found under the About Us section:
Footminders specializes in the design, manufacturing and distribution of orthotic shoe inserts designed to correct a common biomechanical imbalance known as over-pronation. Footminders USA is part of the Footlogics International Group - which was founded by Australian and Dutch podiatrists in the early 1990's, and has its head office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

With offices in Australia, the USA, the UK, Ireland and Germany, the Footlogics/Footminders Group is a leading orthotics manufacturer with many years of experience in the design and production of orthotic biomechanical devices.

Our group maintains a close relationship with Flexor SA in Barcelona, Spain. Established in 1963, they are Europe's largest supplier of podiatric and orthopaedic supplies.

Our products are the result of many years of biomechanical research and product trials. For our product development we use the latest technology including gait analysis and high-end CAD/CAM facilities. Footminders products are of the highest quality, designed to provide the wearer with maximum walking comfort amd foot pain relief.

Connect with Footminders several ways:

Footminders U.S.A
500 N.E. Spanish River Blvd. #105-B
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (866) 215-6814
Contact Form

Disclaimer: 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.

Mabel's Labels Review

I sure do hate that you won't see the label's that I had got for my grandson! If you remember on some other posts, I told you guys about my computer crashing and Mike having to buy me a new laptop. Well, all of my pictures from the past year were on that hard drive! I had already deleted them off of the camera and had already sent them to him. He lives in another state and I wanted to make sure he got them in time for school. So, I had to take new pictures of the products that I still haven't reviewed but because I mailed these out the day we left on vacation, I do not have them now to re-shoot the pictures! What a week!

I can tell you that they are the same package that you see above. Of course I got a different color than that since it's for a boy but you get the idea. That is called the Basic Kit from Mabel's Labels and here is what is in each Basic Kit:

■Skinny-Minis™ are dishwasher and microwave safe
■Tag Mates™ are washer and dryer safe
■Shoe Labels and Bag Tags are waterproof and UV resistant

You also get to choose which colors: 40+ multi-coloured designs or 3 solid palettes. Names on labels are printed exactly as typed, to a maximum of 20 characters. And here is the quantity of each kind of label:

■24 Skinny-Minis™
■42 Tag Mates™
■8 Shoe Labels
■2 Bag Tags

These are the size measurements in case you need them:

**Skinny-Minis™: 38mm x 8mm (1-1/2" x 5/16")
**Tag Mates™: 21mm x 10mm (13/16" x 3/8")
**Shoe Labels: 33mm (1.3")
**Bag Tags: 57mm x 32mm (2-1/4" x 1-1/4")

They are running a special on the Ultimate Back To School Combo and it includes all of these for $42.00:

The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo™ includes all the durable, waterproof labels needed to keep belongings out of the lost and found. Available only until September 28, 2012. And this is what you will get:

■40 Skinny-Minis™
■50 Tag Mates™
■16 Shoe Labels
■2 Teeny Tags™

They are also running a special that if you spend $100 or more, you will get a free pack of the "Write Away!" Labels whick includes 5 multi-coloured designs per set. They are self-laminating write-on labels that are ready when you are. Simply write, seal, stick ‘n’ go! And all of these features:

■Dishwasher safe
■Microwave safe
■UV resistant
■Peel and stick
■Compatible with any permanent marker
■Satisfaction guaranteed

You will be amazed by this company! They are run by women for women!
We are moms who were frustrated by the amount of stuff that left our houses, never to return. After lots of research and testing we created the perfect labels for the stuff kids lose.

Our sticky labels and clothing labels are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, and customized with a child’s name, choice of colours and icon. We also offer child safety products and household labels.

We continuously create innovative labels for babies, kids and grown-ups. You’ll be amazed at what you can label!
Connect with Mabel's Labels several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box #33561
RPO Dundurn
Hamilton ON L8P 4X4
Phone: 1-866-30-MABEL (62235)

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.

Clif Bars Review

I was so excited to get to review these next new Clif Bars called Kit's Organic Fruit and Nut Bar. I know you have seen them around and they have so many different brands that are under the Clif Bar name, such as the Luna, Clif Kid, Clif Shot, Clif Crunch and many more. The ones I got to review were all the Kit's Organic Bars:

1. Chocolate Almond Coconut
2. Cashew
3. Berry Almond
4. Peanut Butter

I have to admit that the one I loved the most was the Chocolate Almond Coconut! Because I am a chocolate freak and a coconut freak on top of loving almonds, so it was a no brainer. It was so darn good that instead of just eating half of it like I intended and then was gonna eat the rest another day, well, that plan went out the window and I ate the whole bar in one sitting. They are all considered:

**Certified organic
**Soy free
**Dairy free
**Gluten free
**Scored higher in consumer testing than the leading fruit & nut bar in flavor, texture & appearance

My next favorite was the Cashew because I am a huge fan of nuts! Doesn't matter to me which kind either, I love just about any nut that I have come in contact with. And it really does taste like Cashews, which I wasn't expecting. I thought they would be like a fake flavor but these really do punch quite a bit of cashews! They used these products in making the Cashew flavor:

Organic dates, organic cashews, organic almonds and sea salt.

I would then say that the Peanut Butter Bar was a good choice also. I love Peanut Butter but not as the main flavor so by adding in some other flavors along with the Peanut Butter, I was able to eat the bar. I would have added some chocolate flavoring but that is because I am a chocolate freak, otherwise, if Peanut Butter is your thing, then you will love this new bar.

The Berry Almond Bar is pretty good, too. I am just not into fruit tasting snack bars or even the energy ones. I guess because I am not able to eat fruits because they make my IBS worse, so I have shunned them in the past. I did take a few small bites so that I could tell you about them. They have these items in them:
Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Barberries, Organic Bilberries, Sea Salt

So, it looks like Clif Bars have managed to find something that everyone likes because we are different! I would never use a product that is one stop for all things. Food just does not work that way. I love the variety of different types of food and sure do enjoy making them when I could.

Here is a statement issued about their policy:
CLIF Kit’s Organic is a new, simply delicious fruit and nut bar made with a handful of ingredients. Kit’s Organic is available in four great-tasting flavors, is made with 100 percent organic fruit and nuts, and is gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Kit’s Organic is a low glycemic snack that provides ¾ serving of fruit along with delicious nuts in every bar. CLIF Kit’s Organic is available at natural food stores and in the natural aisle of select grocery stores. The SRP for CLIF Kit’s Organic is $1.59 per bar.

Connect with Clif Bars several ways:

Mailing Address:

20 Constitution Blvd. South
Shelton CT 06484
Phone: 1-866-310-2496
Contact Form
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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.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Raggedy Ann Fancy Pals Review & Giveaway **Closed**

You are going to love the new Raggedy Ann Fancy Pals! I wasn't sure when I ordered it what I would be getting but this has really turned out to be quite cute. One little lucky girl will be thrilled to get this set. I am going to give it to our niece for her birthday in November. Can't wait to see what she says! I will try to remember to come back and give a quick update on her reaction. They live in a different town than we do, about an hour and a half away, so I am hoping we don't end up having to ship it.

It has a really cute 7" inch Raggedy Ann doll that sits in a scrunched up pocketbook that is in a cute blue bag with red flowers and a big red bow! Classic Raggey Ann style! She loves collecting little pocketbooks and I thought this one would really make her smile with the little doll inside. I chose this one over the regular sized doll because I wasn't too sure if she is still into dolls but since this had a pocketbook, I knew it would be right up her alley. The bigger dolls look really cute, too! You can get those in either the Raggedy Ann or Andy.

These are the same makers of the Aurora Crinkle Friends that I did not too long ago. Amazing that this company keeps coming up with such unique and awesome products for our children. I love that they seem to know what they will like and then make it happen. Great job! What do you think? They have my vote because the last two items that I got to review have been really awesome! The Toucan Crinkle Friend was everything we had hoped for and I believe we have another winner with the Fancy Pals!
You will love these features about the Raggedy Ann & Andy Dolls:
•Aurora released a variety of classic Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy rag dolls and Fancy Pals™ (Raggedy Ann Butterfly or Red Ribbon style) in 2012.
•Aurora is thrilled to work with Hasbro to bring a new generation of children into the fold of this classic and beloved brand with a new line of plush dolls striking just the right balance of vintage and modern elements. (They really are cute)
•Aurora is very excited to showcase these handmade pieces that feature exquisite detail including fine facial features and yarn hair with the classic loop style. These are heirloom treasures that can be passed on for generations. (save for the grandchild)
•The 8", 12" 16" and 25" classic Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy rag dolls are: $10, $15, $25 and $35 respectively. (Great prices)
•The Fancy Pals style -- Raggedy Ann Butterfly or Red Ribbon -- are 7" and $17 each. (I love mine and the price is awesome)
•Four highly anticipated holiday styles join the line later this year. The Raggedy Ann "Chilly Chic" and "Santa's Helper" and Raggedy Andy "Chilly Chic" and "Santa" are 16 inches and SRP is $27. (Can't wait to see)
•All Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy items are great for ages 18 months and up

Don't forget that Aurora has the 30 Day Guarantee if for some reason it doesn't meet what you thought or there is a problem. Just let them know and they will take care of it, whether for an exchange or refund. They also have Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more and expires on August 31, 2012. You have to use the code: YooHoo12.  Join their fan club on Facebook and Twitter and find the latest news and events for special saving and fun!

They have alot more selections to choose from other than the two that I got to review. There are all kinds of wonderful toys on their website and I do hope that you will go and look around to see what you might like or think that your child would be interested in. You can shop by brand or my the season such as Easter, Christmas or Valentines, to mention a few.

Here is a little history about Aurora:
Aurora is the leading supplier of affordable, high quality gift products. Since its establishment in 1981, the company has ascended to become a respected leader in the character & contents industry.

Aurora is your “One Stop Solution”. Value prices, high quality and large variety, as well as international manufacturing, R&D and distribution resources are hallmarks of Aurora’s success. Aurora offers products for a range of children and adults who represent nearly every walk of life.

The company sells its products via a wide variety of retailers including major zoos, department stores, high-end toy stores, top gift chains, as well as hospital gift shops, fine florists, candy stores and gift/stationary stores worldwide. Take a step into Aurora’s world and see what everyone is smiling about.
Connect with Aurora by several methods:

Mailing Address:
8820 Mercury Lane
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
TEL: 562-205-1222 or 1-888-AURORA2 (287-6722)
FAX: 562-948-1661

Aurora has been extra kind and one winner can have their choice of either: one (1) Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy doll or one (1) of the Fancy Pals. I think that is awesome! Good Luck Everyone! Good in the US and Canada only.

The Choice Book Review

Picking up the pace, now, so hold onto your hats because we will be having quite a few books to go over with you and I hope that I have picked a great selection for you to get a peek at to help you decide if this is a book for you to read. Like always, I like to give you an excerpt from the back of the book:
One young woman. Two very different roads. The choice will change everything.

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could...and has lived with the consequences.

More than thirty years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy's long-ago decision has come back to haunt her. The stakes rise quickly, leaving Sandy with split seconds to choose once more. But still her choice to bring life....or death?
Sandy lives in Rutledge, Georgia when she became pregnant by her boyfriend, Brad. Her parents stuck with her and she was sent to live in Atlanta with her Aunt Linda. She went to school there and had twin fraternal boys and she gave them both up for adoption. One went to a couple in South Carolina and one to a couple who lived in San Francisco.

Sandy went on to college and became a high school English teacher. Several years into her teaching, a Spanish girl named Maria came into her class and told Sandy that she was pregnant. She also confided that her father had let other Spanish men live in the trailer and one day one of them raped her. He told her if she ever told that he would kill her father and her. It just so happened that the school counselor was also Maria's aunt and she went to live with her.

Sandy called the new counselor, Carol Ramsey and told her what was going on. The principal of the school told Sandy that she needed to let Carol handle this problem. Maria came and told Sandy that Carol wanted her to have an abortion. Sandy asked her if she was sure that was what she wanted. She kept getting pressure from the principal to stay out of the matter.

Finally, Sandy told her brother Ben about the situation and he gave her the name of a lawyer who was a friend of his, named Jeremy Lane from Tyrone, Georgia. He was married and had 3 children of his own. At the request of Jeremy's secretary, Sandy started going to their church and she met Jeremy and his family. One look told her that he was one of her twin boys!

Next thing Sandy knew, Carol was causing her alot of problem's and they finally decided to meet in Atlanta with Carol's lawyer, Dustin Abernathy, who had been transferred from the L.A. office to Atlanta. As soon as Sandy met him, she realized he was the other twin boy that she had given up!

I skipped over some things so that the story is not ruined for you if you decide to read this awesome book. It is filled with twists and turns that will make your head spin. It is also amazing that after 30 years, this woman, Sandy gets to meet up with both of her twin boys. I believe all of you will like this book and urge you to consider reading it.

Happy Reading!

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.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FemBody Nutrition Appetite Control 100 Gum Product Review & Giveaway **Closed**

Fembody Nutrition has alot of good quality products for women and when they asked me to review their Appetite Control 100 Gum, I was eager to see how it would work and how it would taste. The pieces are actually pretty big and they taste just like any other mint flavored gum. I actually let my friend try the gum after the first one that I chewed just so I could get a taste for it. I am battling my thyroid issue right now and taking massive doses to bring it up and was afraid that if I tried to take something to control my appetite that it might give me the jitters on top of the doses that I am taking. So, we decided that she would test it for me until I get the clearance from my doctor that things like this are okay to try.

She said that it did help her with the in between snacking which she really doesn't do alot of, not like me, anyway. She is alot better at willpower than I am. Of course, we both don't eat much at our meals, because of the IBS issues, I have to eat smaller meals anywhere from 4 to 6 times a day per my doctor. It doesn't take much to fill me up, it is the snacks I need the most help with and that is what I was gonna use the Appetite Control Gum for. But, after thinking about it, we decided I better not. My friend gave me a thumbs up on cutting down on the snacks in between meals.

The gum contains something called Satiereal® saffron that helps control your cravings, appetite and snacking. The Satiereal delivery system is an innovative appetite-blocking, dual-layer chewing gum that comes in a refreshing Luscious Mint flavor.

Chewing on a piece of Appetite Control 100 Gum for about five minutes twice a day releases enough Satiereal Saffron Extract to help keep snackers away from the cookie jar. Appetite Control 100 Gum may help control hunger between meals and decrease compulsive snacking, thereby supporting steady weight loss when used consistently for 8 weeks. It is stimulant-free and caffeine-free, and can be taken in the evening to avoid late-night snacking.

Appetite Control 100 Gum in Luscious Mint is available exclusively at GNC stores and online at in an 8-piece pack for $9.99. It contains no artificial sweetener, color or flavor. It is also gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians. Now, just because you are using this system, does not mean that you don't have to exercise. If you don't exercise and develope a routine, all the appetite control gum in the world won't make a difference. Like my doctor told me one time, if you don't break a sweat, you won't lose any weight. And he is about right, so that is how I judge whether or not I have excerised enough. I try to get myself as sweaty as I can, because then I can feel good about myself.

Oh, and I have to include this small disclosure:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Most women don’t always get the nutrients their bodies need. Naturally, our bodies constantly change as we grow older. Listen to your body and pay attention to your needs. Taking care of you is one of the most loving and caring things you can do for yourself and for your loved ones.

Eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking the right supplements for your body are keys to maintaining health, looking and feeling great, no matter what your age is. Paula, who is 50 and fabulous, has found her health supplement support solution in Fembody. It looks great on Paula and it will look great on you, too. Healthy is the new sexy, and Fembody is the new healthy support for women like you.
Don't forget that Fembody Nutrition makes several vitamins, like the Advanced Bone Activator and the Hair, Nails, Skin Beauty Activator. They also have something called Calm Science which is suppose to help you stay calm and focused. I hope that you will go over and look around and see what a great deal you can get on some of their other choices.

Fembody Nutrition has been kind enough to offer (2) winner's a 2 pack of their Appetite Control 100 Chewing Gum, which is what I got to review. Open to the U.S. only.

Eden Fantasys New Additions Review

Have you guys checked out Eden Fantasys lately? I picked up (3) of the new items that looked like they might be fun to try or use. And yes, you guessed it, the one at the top is definitely one of the new additions. It is called the Shimmer Powder Puff. I don't know about you guys, but I love body powder for several reasons. It is a very light scent compared to most perfume sprays. It is quick and easy to put on when I am in a hurry and it can easily be washed off if you don't like the scent and the best thing about it is that it is appropriate for anything from work to play time.

This one is called the ONO Massage Candle and it's oil was melted is thick and smooth. Have you ever used one of these? If you have had a hot oil treatment at a nail salon, it is just about the same. Remember how they dipped your hands or feet into the hot wax and then it hardens and they pull it off? Your hands or feet are so smooth and feel awesome! Well, that is about the same thing that these massage candles do. The great thing about these are that they are small and can fit into your pocket or handbag and can be taken anywhere you go. Instant smoothness when needed! You deserve to be pampered every now and then and this product will definitely be that!

Lastly, is the ONO Massage Oil that has three scents to suit anybody's preference, and it can be used as a massage aid (as the name implies) or a body moisturizer after bathing/showering. I don't know about you, but I love using body oils after showering. It is about one of the few things I can do for myself to relieve the dry skin that I have. If only they (the doctors) would hurry up and figure out how to treat my Hypothyroidism, then maybe I would have a chance to have great skin instead of the dry cracked skin that I have now, no matter how much water I drink.

Eden Fantasys has so many more products other than the three I just mentioned. You can find all kinds of things on their site from candles to lingerie to body lotions and shower gels. I am sure you will find whatever it is that you need at the click of a button. Happy Shopping!

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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.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ladybug Party Supplies Review

I love the idea of the Ladybug Party Supplies! I loved them so much that I took the whole package with me on vacation because while we were gone it was gonna be my friend's birthday and I thought it would be cute to have a little picnic while on our trip! Well, that did not work out like I thought. Oh, the picnic was great, the pictures were awesome and my friend was really surprised! The problem came this week when I got ready to do my review, my darn laptop crashed on me. For several days Mike tried to fix it to no avail. I know it makes no difference as far as my blog or the internet but my pictures were downloaded from my camera to the hard drive! And then I erased the ones on my camera thinking I was good to go!

Mike ended up having to buy me another laptop and it has taken me most of the week to reload some stuff and get used to it because the keys are different and it works different. I had Vista windows on my other one and this one is Microsoft and Bing. I don't even know what Bing is! Anyway, I went on Discount Party Supplie's site and downloaded the pictures of the products so at least you will see those, just not how we used them.

This is what was in the standard package:

1 x Fancy Ladybug Shaped Plates - 9in (8 Pack)
1 x Fancy Ladybug Lunch Napkins (16 Pack
1 x Fancy Ladybug Invitations (8 Pack)
1 x Black Plastic Cutlery (Assorted, 24 Count)
1 x Black Crepe Streamers, 81 (ft)
1 x Red Crepe Streamers, 81 (ft) (Each)
1 x Red Balloons (15 pack)
1 x Black Balloons (15 pack)
1 x Red Plastic Tablecover, 54" x 108" (Each)
1 x Spiral Birthday Candles (24 Pack)

Gosh, I wish you had seen us at the picnic area at Niagra Falls! It was absolutely gorgeous scenery, great company and beautiful plates and napkins to use along with cups and the plastic silverware. Of course, we did not use the balloons but I did hang some streamers on a few tree limbs. Oh, I guess we didn't use the invitations either. It was just the four of us, Charlie included and he had a ball, too!

The cups were a big hit with us because they were very strong and we did not have to worry about anything leaking or the cup getting weak. The napkins were so cute we did not want to use them, but we did. I did keep a few as a keepsake of the trip and birthday. Moms, you will love how thick and strong these napkins are and they will wipe can clean those cute little faces without tearing into a million pieces! That is one of my pet peeves, whether it is paper towels or toilet paper to napkins, I don't like it the first time they get a little wet, they tear and rip!

My friend was definitely surprised and did not know we had planned on doing that, so it came off really well. The background of Niagra Falls was so out there and I am very happy that I chose that place to do the birthday picnic. My friend took pictures with her camera so I will have the pictures from hers so I won't totally be without any, I just hate it that I could not surprise you guys with pictures from Niagra Falls.

The package did not have a picture of the black plastic silverware, but I was glad they sent them versus the red, because the red tablecloth would not have gone good with red silverware. We did get a few curious looks but it's like I told her, we won't ever see these people again, so enjoy yourself and ignore them! Below is a better image of the plates.

You guys really need to check out Discount Party Supplies to see what themes they have and get some great idea's on what theme to do your children's or even your spouse's big day. I was really surprised at all the different kinds of themes that they have and so will you. They can do Elegant, Holiday, Birthdays, Bridal or Baby Showers, or even graduations!

They even have a Clearance section where you can get party supplies at up to 90% off! Now, that is something I wouldn't mind looking into myself. You will get Free Shipping on orders that are $65 and over and in some instances you can get them shipped on the same day that you order. Now, that is what I call fast!

Here is a brief summary of what they say in About Us:
We are a leading online retailer of party supplies, birthday supplies, and other party products. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for busy parents and others to host fantastic parties that are fun, easy, and affordable. We know how hectic our lives can get with children, jobs, family, and more, and so we want to make your party planning as simple as possible.

Our vast inventory of party themes allows our guests to choose from a variety of fun party topics. From SpongeBob to Elmo to Star Wars and more, you should conveniently be able to find everything you’re looking for in just a few easy clicks.

At Discount Party Supplies, we place a premium on product quality and service. All of our products are chosen with an emphasis on quality, and all of our items are packaged and shipped fast to your location.
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720 McKay Street
Jackson, MI 49202

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.

The Things I Do For You Book Review

I rarely run into a book that does not have an excerpt on the back and then I realized I had an advanced copy but was able to get an excerpt from the website. I know it probably isn't necessary to have that, it is just something I have gotten in the habit of doing. I guess I am a creature of habit and am too old now to change. So, here is what I found to get us started on this book:
What happens to a marriage when a husband buys a lighthouse behind his wife’s back?

Bailey Jordan has loved her husband, Brad, since they were ten years old. She’s followed him on every adventure–opening a sweater store in Seattle, a cafĂ© in Colorado, a surf shop in Santa Monica. Each time, she’s picked up the pieces when things fell apart. But now, it’s her turn. Bailey has a successful real estate career in Manhattan, and she’s eager to start a family–until a car crash leaves Brad in a coma and changes their lives forever.

Awakening after his near-death experience, Brad has a new mission. He buys a lighthouse on the Hudson River, planning to turn it into a B&B. Grateful to have Brad alive, Bailey tries to make his dream her own. The lighthouse is beautiful, but the challenges–renovating, bringing in supplies by boat, navigating the locals and guests–are enormous. And then Bailey discovers a secret in Brad’s past that compels her to question her husband, her marriage, and how far she’ll go to keep them both. . .
Bailey Jordan is on her way to a sale, of a Penthouse Apartment on Fifth Avenue with her Aunt Faye and her Assistant, Jason Biggs. They had eaten at a restaurant and her stomach wasn't feeling too good. Her cell phone rang and she thought it was Brad, her husband. It was a different voice on the phone saying he was told to call her and let her know that her husband was in the critical care unit. He had actually died and had been dead for 10 minutes!

After much prodding and reflection, he told them he had seen a geat amazing light. Come to find out, his Aunt Olivia had wanted him to drive her cadillac for her and because of the accident, she had died. They had her cremated and put her ashes in an urn and wherever they went, they carried that urn with them! (weird, huh?)

Turns out Aunt Olivia was rich and they did not know it! She had left everything to Brad. With some of that money, Brad decides to buy a lighthouse and the only way in is by boat.

Now, comes the good part! The boat had a Captain and his name was Jack. He tells them the lighthouse is haunted, noises are heard all the time. Brad decides to make the lighthouse into a Bed & Breakfast Inn. He chooses a committee to come and spend the weekend. One of the people is a beautiful young woman by the name of Angel. When everyone else leaves, she stays.

Bailey finally has enough of it all and starts to get suspicious of Captain Jack's stories about the place being haunted.

I am stopping here because I don't want to ruin the whole book for you. I actually skipped over alot of details so that all of it will not sound familiar once you start reading the book. It's actually a pretty good book. I wasn't too sure in the beginning but the more I read, the better the storyline got. Happy Reading!

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Diamond Candle Review

I know that everyone has heard about Diamond Candles by now. Sounds like from the video above that they have been doing this for about 2 years now. I can't believe I am just hearing about them within the last few months. I used to be "big" on candles and collected them from just about everywhere, but this one slipped thru the cracks somehow.

Oh, well, I finally got to review one when I realized I would never be able to win one because there are so many of us out there that do! Which is a good thing for Diamond Candles, not so hot for me, but I'll live. Never say never and maybe one day I will have another one to tell you about.

I sent a list of several fragrances and I got the one called Midnight Kiss. Now, I wish I had my own pictures to show you but I had another mishap this week. My laptop crashed on Tuesday night and with it about a year's worth of photo's and I was so upset! Mike tried for 2 days to see if he could recover anything and we finally had to admit defeat and he went yesterday and bought me a new laptop.

Unfortunately, my candle has been melted and gone because I thought I had pictures in the computer to cover me. I am still learning my new computer and trying to take as many pictures as I can to get these reviews done. But, I am running out of time so I decided I better go ahead and post a few so I don't get in trouble or get so far behind I never get caught up.

Once I get everything back on keel, I will come back and insert the picture of my ring. It is silver and shaped liked a triangle with a huge white stone on top. I am pretty sure it is one of the $10 ones because it looks like it is. But, the whole part of the fun was getting the candle burning and waiting to see it get down to the gold foil that is pictured on the outside of the candle to let you know where to look for your ring. I finally got so excited, I used a plastic knife and kept working until I got it loose and was able to fish it out!

From what I understand in the directions online is that if the ring says Thailand inscribed on the inside of the ring then it pretty much is a $10 ring and the words are really small but I think that is what it says. Mike tried to read it also but it is so small, we are not 100% sure.

From counting on their online store, it looks like Diamond Candles has about 31 scents to choose from. The last one on the list, White Chocolate, sounds really awesome and I think if I ever get the chance to have another one, that will be the scent I would like to try the most. I love chocolate, whether it is milk chocolate or white chocolate.

They both have great scents all of their own. I know you probably know this already, but Diamond Candles is made with soy and that is what makes them so popular. We are all trying to go a little "green" and what better way than making soy candles?

We did like the Midnight Kiss because it was a nice clean smell and did not leave a heavy perfume like scent that can make a room stifling if it is too loud, but this scent was just right. The first day that I burned it, Mike had come home and asked me what smelled so good and I told him it was the candle that Diamond Candle sent us to review.

He sorta bobbed his head and said, well, I have to admit it does smell pretty darn good. He said he caught the whiff as soon as he opened the front door, so mission accomplished.

I have also noticed that if a candle is too much, my Yorkie, Charlie, will sneeze more or act like he's got tons of fleas on him from the way he scratches. Our Vet said that dogs have allergies also, just like us and we wondered if some of the commercial candles we buy at big stores might be affecting Charlie so that was another reason I wanted to try these. I am trying to find the perfect candle and scent that Charlie won't have a hard time with it. He seemed to be okay with the soy candles so I am hoping I have that beat also.

Here is what Diamond Candles say about their soy candles:
Diamond Candles are made using soy wax, which is different from the paraffin wax used by most candle makers. Soy wax is natural and made from soy bean plants. Our wicks are coated in soy wax instead of paraffin, because we don't want to make any compromises.

We love knowing that our candles come straight from the Earth. When they are burned the ingredients evaporate into the air, and eventually those molecules make their way back into the ground again through rain water. It is a complete cycle!
As for the ring part, they buy in bulk quantities of several different prices, so to find out for sure if your ring is "real" or not, they suggest going and getting it appraised or you can send a picture of the ring to them thru Facebook. You can also send them a video if that is better for you than just a picture. I will save the ring and see if later on I can wear it.

My RA is acting up and it looks like the meds are not doing their job, so they stay swollen a good bit right now. I had to switch RA meds about 2 months ago and because that one had stopped working also. Hopefully, soon enough my hands will be back to normal so I can wear my rings.

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Durham, NC

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 went ahead and used their nice clear picture since ours turned out dark.

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway **Closed**

Welcome to the Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway

The Review: Done by Giveaway Gator (I have reviewed in the past also and I love his products and decided enough it wasn't my review, I would help promote this product because it truely is an awesome sauce when added to all kinds of food, especially steaks!)

When they say all purpose sauce they mean it. The other day the kids caught me putting some on my breakfast toast. Don't you judge me! I'm only human and this sauce is good.

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Giveaway

This giveaway is brought to you by Country Bob's

The giveaway is hosted by Couponing With Integrity and Giveaway Gator.

Co-hosted by Mommy Lesson Plans, Pea of Sweetness, My mk life and Exhausted Mommy

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce is in a class of its' own. It does not taste like anything you have tasted before. This is not your traditional steak sauce or BBQ sauce. There is a smokey background to the flavor with a hint of spicy and a sweet tanginess that puts smiles on everybody's faces that tastes it for the first time. If I could get away with it I would drink it straight from the bottle but the family will probably kill me if I did.

We usually buy 3 bottles of Country Bob's all purpose sauce at a time because I have to hide one of them for personal use. From time to time I will make a sandwich out of whatever cold meats or cheeses I can find and I'll dose the sandwich with the all purpose sauce to give it a kick of flavor. I have become so spoiled with the sauce that even a ham sandwich is no longer acceptable to me without the usual dose on it and that is why I need my own private stash of Country Bob's.

The family loves Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce too and I have found a variety of things I can either add it to, inject it with or marinade it in.

I love to grill and I'll tell you, if you want to put a new spin on burgers rather than ketchup use Country Bob's sauce. It will give your burgers a lovely smokey note that you just don't get on a propane grill.

I'm also a big fan of wings and I have used Country Bob's to make a wing sauce to die for. I melt a little butter in a pot and as soon as I see the the butter is no longer steaming off the water I add the sauce to it and stir. I let this sit on a low heat so that the flavors get to know each other a bit while I grill the drumlets (I dont like the skinny part of the wing) As soon as the wing drumlets are grilled I toss them in a bowl,add the sauce and shake.

I have two bowls I use, one is slightly smaller than the other so it's lip fits inside the other bowl. I cover the big bowl with the smaller one so they look like a ball and I put my one hand at the bottom of the "ball" and on on the top to hold the smaller bowl in place and I then shake the two bowls together like you would a really big cocktail shaker. As soon as I part those two bowls you can see everybody in the room has their eyes on me because I put on quite a show when I cook and because they know that it's wing eating time.

Looking for some recipe ideas? Go the Country Bob's Blog by clicking on their burger you see below.

Royal Chipotle Cheddar Burger

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About the giveaway
  • This giveaway runs from 08/26/2012 until 12.01 AM EST. on 09/05/2012
  • You must be a US resident 18 years old or older
  • All entries will be verified.

About the prize:

Two winners will each receive 2 bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. Good Luck Everyone! I will be cheering each and everyone of you on!

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