Sunday, September 30, 2012

Perky Jerky Sponsor Spotlight Review

I have to be honest and let you know right up front that I got this jerky for Mike to have all for himself because I am not a jerky eater, never have been and I don't see that changing anytime soon. So, for this review, Mike is the one who is telling me what he thought and then I did the research.

Perky Jerky sent us 2 packages each of the Beef Jerky and the Turkey Jerky. Now, out of those, Mike is a firm believer in Beef Jerky and the little nut was sneaking Charlie a bite or two along the way! Not much, but I caught it! I got onto him good, too! I had taken a few tiny bites just so I knew what it tasted like and it does have a slight twang, just enough to make it awesome for humans but it might upset a dog like Charlie, who is a Yorkie.

If he had been a lab or german shepard I wouldn't have thought nothing of it, but not a small Yorkie! Mike sometimes forgets that his little pal, Charlie is not as tough as he is. But, to my surprise, Charlie acted like he really liked it! Now, granted, he only gave him a tiny pinch and that was enough to get Charlie's appetite up and he consumed the rest of his dog food meal in zest!

You are gonna want to know what is in the Perky Jerky that makes it so good and special:
Perky Jerky is a healthy and satisfying snack made from natural ingredients. It’s low in fat, low carb, low cal, and high protein. And Perky Jerky is flavored with Guarana, so it’s the ultimate functional food. No preservatives, no nitrates, and no added MSG. INGREDIENTS: Whole Slices of Beef, Soy Sauce, (water, wheat, soybeans, salt) Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Garlic Powder, Pepper, Guarana, Organic Worcestershire Sauce, (organic rice vinegar, organic wheat-free tamari soy sauce (water, organic soybeans, salt), organic evaporated cane syrup, salt, organic spices).
I normally have pictures of what each product actually looks like instead of just the bags but as I was getting this review under way and went looking for my pictures, well, they aren't there! I looked in every folder I have because I divide my products based on what they are: snacks, soups, cookies, crackers, etc. Even the bags that I took before I opened them were gone!

We have puzzled over this until I am at a loss for an explanation because we know we took them and I thought I had downloaded them. To back up, I lost my laptop about 3 weeks ago, the hard drive just sizzled. So, I lost a whole 2 years worth of pictures on that hard drive. I can't believe I was so dumb as to not back up my pictures! But, these came after when I got my new laptop and I started all over.

 I did have some problems in the beginning trying to figure out where this new laptop was dumping my pictures that I downloaded, but I could have sworn I found them all and got them into the folders. There were over 200 so maybe I just imagined that I found them, who knows? You are probably asking me why don't I take new ones?

Well, because Mike in his zealous state of mind, has ate every darn piece! I think that those of you who are avid jerky eaters pretty well know what they look like. Most jerky has the same outside appearance, it is the inside taste that sets them apart and for that you can only explain and hope that it gets the person's juices going, which is why I gave you the ingrediants of the jerky in Perky Jerky.

They have an awesome story as to how they came across their special formula and to me, that is really what made me want to get some for Mike to try, the story is somewhat awe inspiring. I would tell it to you myself, but their words are so incredible that even a non jerky eater felt like I needed to try it.

So, I am quoting their story:
Our story -- like most good stories -- begins with two Jerks in a ski lodge. After a long, hard night of energy-drink-cocktail-fueled libation, these jerks settled in while the winter storm raged outside.  
The next morning they awoke, loaded up their gear, and headed out to the mountain. Amongst this gear was an open bag of peppered beef jerky, which had, unfortunately became drenched in some of the energy drink that had been carelessly spilled the night before. On the first lift up, it made no difference. To these jerks, jerky was the only breakfast they needed, altered or not.  
Much to their delight, the jerky had retained its original flavor, but was more tender by the accident. What's more, as they floated their way down the mountain through bottomless powder, they realized they'd been given an extra boost - the jerky had taken on some of the pep of the energy drink. On the next lift ride up, the greatest innovation in jerky since cracked pepper was born.  
Since then, these Jerks developed a very sophisticated process for making Perky Jerky. The result? Just the best tasting, most tender jerky around. The bonus? Perky Jerky is now the ultimate snack to help get you up the mountain, down the slope, or off on whatever adventure you decide.
Now, isn't that just like a couple of men? And the amazing part is that in their grossness, they uncovered a secret to a jerky that makes it so unusual and so like a man that you just gotta try it and cheer them on at the same time!

So, while I am not a jerky fan, I want to see these guys shoot to stardom in the jerky world because it is such a wild and crazy story, that it needs to be told and glorified because it so rarely happens that an accident launches such a successful venture! According to Mike and to some extent Charlie, they give both flavors a thumbs up, well a paws up in Charlie's case, on these oddly names Perky Jerky and all I would say is be careful how much you eat or you just might be the next speed skater, like Apollo Ono and win Dancing With The Stars!

Hey, guys, have you asked Dancing With The Stars to try your Perky Jerky? Wow, I would love to see the whole cast on that stuff! They already look like they go a mile a minute and on that stuff, we might see some amazing feats never before seen by the human eye in dancing!! And why do I say this with a stupid grin on my face? Well, here is what the Jerks said about their own Jerky:
Perky Jerky is an all natural, ultra premium jerky that is unlike any other! It's made with a seven ingredient marinade, which includes Guarana, a little berry from the Amazon that is commonly found in energy drinks. Our fans (aka "Jerkaholics") are addicted to the awesome flavor, the tender texture, and its healthy perks!  
Because it's The Action Packed SnackTM, Perky Jerky powers you from workout to night out. It's great for a quick pre-game boost, busy moms on-the-go, or a mid-mountain hike snack. It's a functional morning desk snack and the perfect munchie to survive a long road trip! Satisfying and portable, it's perfect fuel to do, well, whatever it is that you do... (we don't want to know!)
Mmm, I rest my case! No further explanation is needed by me!! Oh, wait, one last word, and this will bring tears to your eyes and make you want to buy loads of Perky Jerky, I hope??? Why do I say that, well, here is why:
For us, making the world's best all natural jerky is the easy part. Truly making a difference is harder. That's why a portion of our proceeds go to support the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Down Syndrome, two diseases which have a big impact on our lives.  
With your help, not only can we provide the world with the snack it didn't know it was addicted to, we can help make life better for kids who may one day grow up to be the next great meat snack entrepreneurs.
Connect with Perky Jerky several ways:
Customer Service: 888-343-6113

The great Jerks of Perky Jerky have been kind enough to give the winner of my Harvest Halloween Blog Hop Tour Giveaway their own 3 bags each of Beef and Turkey! The Event starts on October 1st and ends on the 15th.  In plenty of time for hunting season, football season or whatever season you use your jerky for! Open to the U.S. only! Good Luck Everyone!

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. Sponsor Spotlight Review

I love this Tshirt from that I got for my grandson! It actually glows in the dark! I thought this would be a good Halloween shirt to wear because of that fact and hoping that people will be able to see him. The only snag that came was he did not get to come over and visit me so I could give it to him! The live in another state over and they were suppose to come for a Braves ball game but his mother got sick and they had to cancel.

I didn't have time to get it sent over there and get some pictures made before the Harvest Halloween Blog Hop Tour Giveaway starts tomorrow, so I apologize for that. I will come back and update the post later with him wearing it but for now I needed to get the post up so that it doesn't suffer from not getting done. Here is a better picture of the shirt:
The Spiderman shirt is made with 100% cotton and really does glow in the dark! They also have alot of other different kinds of Spiderman Tees so if this one doesn't grab your attention, then you still have lots more to choose from. There are also alot of other Super Hero shirts too so you have a vast array of anything if you are planning a birthday gift, Christmas gift or want one just for the heck of it.

I think and I hope I am not wrong, but I am pretty sure my grandson will wear this after Halloween so I got the next size up so that he can wear it for awhile after. They even have some Holiday Shirts also!
You will also find a pretty good selection of Halloween type shirts there also like the one I copied so you could get some ideas on what they have to offer. You can also get this one below too on the Halloween section:
They have tons of other shirts also. I don't want you thinking it is just a Halloween type store. They have everything from funny to animal shirts, which I found quite a few that were really super cute! I don't know who comes up with these idea's or who executes the design process but the animal shirts are by far some of the prettiest ones I have seen.

I have to admit I don't get what is so funny on some of the shirts but then again, it never has been my thing so maybe that is why I like the animal shirts the best. You gotta admit that this wolf shirt is really awesome!
You can also create a t-shirt as individual as you are with their custom t-shirts option. You can choose a t-shirt's style and color, then add clipart or your own logo or design, and add your own text. Whether you want to create a single, unique t-shirt for yourself or want to print a whole bunch for your company or a special event such as a family reunion, our custom t-shirts are easy to design and cost less per shirt the more you order!

Now, that is what I would call one of a kind! I love that they have a Meet the Artist page also so you can see and read some of their idea's at work. Some of them are pretty darn interesting, so go browse by and see what all they have to say and what their technique is all about. Who knows, you might want to catch one someday and do an amaging job!
This one is one of the tie dyed shirts and do you know how long it's been since I have witnessed a tie dyed shirt? Wow, I am really dating myself, now, aren't I? But seriously, what I love about this site is that they appeal to a wide range of customers, not just ones looking for a dumb shirt with a joke or something obscene about it.

My idea of funny is not poking humiliating insults at any person or group or religion so I really do appreciate having a choice to get a nicely done shirt with some nice pictures on it, so, Thank You for doing that! I really do appreciate it.
I know I will really show my age on this one, but couldn't help it. The Who band was really popular when I was young and I do so appreciate the fact that has gone back and gotten some of the past and present band t-shirts for all of us to wear. It is just another example that you can have clean shirts and still sell alot of them.

Besides the band and tie dyed shirts they also make Vintage and Funny Shirts. I can safely say, that I think you will find one that suits you or any member of your family without feeling like you had to take one kind over another because there were no choices. will not give you that satisfaction! You do have choices and if I can only point out one BIG advantage they have, then it would be the CHOICES that they offer. I would not be embarrassed to give one of their shirts for that very process.

Connect with several ways:

Mailing Address:
2080 Lookout Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Phone: 507-386-8385
Fax: 507-386-0517 has agreed to offer the winner of my Harvest Halloween Blog Tour Giveaway a $30 Gift Certificate so that you may get whatever shirt you would like. The event starts tomorrow, October 1st and ends on the 15th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck!

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

Eden Fantasys Sponsor Spotlight Review

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store
I know must of you know who Eden Fantasys is and what they sell. But do you know that they have some pretty good bath and body products? I thought since alot of reviews are done on the lingerie and other miscelleneaous things that they carry, I wanted to focus on the smelling good and looking good sections of their site. One of my favorites is their body washes. Here is a new one that I found recently:
This is the Venus Body Scrub and I love it that they have it in my favorite scent, Lavender! The other choices are unscented, Mandarin Mango, Juniper, Milk, Man, Cucumber Melon, Green Tea, Peach, Pineapple/Tangerine and Pomegranate. Not too crazy about some of those but the Peach and Green Tea sound pretty good, too!
Another product that I like alot from Eden Fantasys is the Brown Sugar Scrub. I hate to admit it, but I am a sucker for sugar scrubs. My skin eats that stuff up! With my Hypothyroidism, it keeps my skin pretty dry and these scrubs are one way I have of fighting back. They have some awesome scents like Desserted Island and It's A Slice. Sounds like decadent cake with some serious icing to boot! It is filled with different oils to help your body stay smooth and silky.
The other way I try to stay on top of the dryness is thru this great body polish. I love this one called Delizia mia creamy sugar polish– body moisturizer. It exfoliates and then moisturizes all in one. The granules stay on the skin just long enough to remove dry skin, but quickly melt into a creamy polish before skin becomes irritated. It's packed with a ton of natural and organic ingredients, too. If you love bold floral scents, this Sugar Polish will be a favorite of yours for your knees, feet and elbows.
I also rely on body lotions, creams or butters to keep my skin hydrated. I love this one called Cake Milk Made Nourishing Body Butter. It is light and sweetly fragrant, but does not overwhelm you at all. If you like raspberry scented products, then you will love this one. It goes on very easy and does not make you feel greasy like some lotions I have tried in the past.
Lastly, I love this one the best, Venus Body Butter in the Lavender scent. What makes this so awesome is that when I use the Venus Body Scrub in Lavender and then top it off with the body butter, I feel silky smooth but also calm and relaxed.
Lavender is my all time favorite fragrance to help me wind down and relax and forget all my troubles. You can't go wrong with this lightly scented fragrance in just about any product. Because this is a Venus product, all the scents I mentioned in the Body Scrub, you can get in the Body Butter! Talk about layering!
Eden Fantasys is having all kinds of sales on different products that they carry so now would be a good time to go and check out all the sales. Also, when you sign up for their Newsletter, they will give you a $20 gift!
They also have a Support Your TaTa's sale for 25% off of Evolved and several other brands. When you do buy those brands you are also entered into a giveaway that they are having on their website.
You also get a free gift with every order, so this is the perfect time to go shopping and rack up some additional benefits! Lastly, they offer free shipping on orders over $35.00, so that is a pretty good deal on top of the sale items, free product and entering a giveaway!
Connect with Eden Fantasys several ways:
Mailing Address:
Web Merchants, Inc.
574 Airport South Parkway
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30349
Phone: (888) 506-5516
Fax: (609) 920-0332
Eden Fantasys has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Harvest Halloween Blog Tour Giveaway a $55 Gift Coupon to spend however you wish. The Event starts on October 1st and ends on the 15th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck!
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

Goody Good Stuff Sponsor Spotlight Review

Gosh, you guys are in for a treat with this new product I found quite by accident! I think you will love them just as much as the kids do, because I found several bags that I claimed as my own such as the Summer Peaches and the Strawberries & Cream! The name of this company is the Goody Good Stuff! The snacks that they make are like the gummy bears and other sweet/sour candy like goey stuff that we all have come to love. These are the Summer Peaches I loved the most:

Why are Goody Good Stuff good for you?  Here's Why:

**Fat Free!
**Meat Free!
**Dairy Free!
**Alcohol Free!
**Gluten Free!
**Egg Free!
**Nut Free!
**Soy Free!
**Wheat Free!
**Gelatine Free!
**GMO Free!

Here is what their Team says about how they accomplished getting these to be natural & good:

Goody Good Stuff is an all-new natural gummy candy range that is made with a plant derived bio-gum technology, which eliminates the need for animal-based gelatin, which most traditional gummy sweets use.
Over the last 15 years, we have worked to develop a food technology, which allows us to remove the gelatin from Gummy sweets while still producing a deliciously smooth and clear consistency. This makes our product range a first and only of its kind in the market.
In addition, we have taken out all of the artificial colors and flavors and use only natural fruit and vegetable extracts in our range. Lastly, we have removed all of the other harmful food additives and possible allergens such as gluten, to create a truly all natural alternative
These are the ones called Cola Breeze  and of course, they were Mike's favorite because he is a Coke freak! They actually do taste like coke! Which surprised me. It is covered in a light sugar/sour coating that helps give it that extra humph factor that makes it taste so darn good! 
The other flavors that they have are:  Cherry Cherries, Sour Mix & Match, Koala Gummy Bears, Tropical Fruit, Sour Fruit Salad and of course the Strawberries & Cream (which is below):
I first discovered gummy bears when I was in the 2nd grade in Germany while Dad was stationed there in the Army. We ended up living there for about 6 years and I grew attached to all of the wonderful German food but mostly the sweets! I have not tasted good gummies since then. I have had some here and there but they weren't really all that good. Fake ones is what I called them. I did not realize this until I got into the review, but these are made in the U.K.!
Imagine my surprise! I thought, figures, because I love them so much, they had to be made in Europe somewhere, because whoever has been trying to copy them here isn't doing such a hot job. Once or twice I have come across a company here and there but they don't last long.  Thanks so much Goody Good Stuff for bringing back such bittersweet memories of a life I have long left behind but with every wish in my body, I would love to have them back!
Those were truly the best years of my life and yes, I have been happy at times, but those special days will forever be in my heart and nothing much compares.  It's too long a story but I had adventures and outings that sadly American children today will never know about. Those days are gone forever and with them an innocence that this world knows no more.
Thanks to Goody Good Stuff, at least for the gummies, that world has once again collided with me and I am forever grateful that I got to taste something from my childhood that I thought was gone forever! You really will love these treats! No matter what flavor is your favorite, there will definitely be one for everyone in your family.  I used to love the red ones the best and to my amazement, I still do!  I am holding onto those little red gummy bears for dear life! I lined them up for you so that you can see all the colors. Each color is a different flavor. Hubby dares not to touch the red ones if he values his life!
Here is how they were able to make a great group of healthy treats:
Over the last 15 years, we have worked to develop a food technology, which allows us to remove the gelatin from Gummy sweets while still producing a deliciously smooth and clear consistency. This makes our product range a first and only of its kind in the market.
In addition, we have taken out all of the artificial colors and flavors and use only natural fruit and vegetable extracts in our range. Lastly, we have removed all of the other harmful food additives and possible allergens such as gluten, to create a truly all natural alternative
Connect with this awesome company several ways:
Mailing Address:
Brunel House
9 Penrod Way
Heysham, Morecambe
Phone:  0845 643 9333

The awesome folks at Goody Good Stuff is giving the winner of my Harvest Halloween Blog Tour Giveaway what they said was a month's worth of Goody Good Stuff so, you are in for a treat! I am so jealous! The Blog Tour Giveaway starts on October 1st and ends on the 15th. Unfortunately, because all the other sponsors are in the U.S. I can only give the total package to a U.S. winner only. Good Luck!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by images from Mary Bearden and the famous cranky camera!

Five Finger Tshirt Review

I think it has been awhile since you have heard me talk about this next company called Five Finger Tees on the internet one day and after reviewing some of the tees decided to see if I could review one of them. They were so nice and very quick to reply and the ordering was one of the easiest ones I have had to do in a long time!

They have so many to choose from and it was hard deciding whether I wanted one or if I would order one for my husband, Mike. Well, as you can see from the picture, he won and he was so excited to get another great Tshirt to add to the one he got last year from Five Fingers.  He has just about wore that one out but he likes this one, also and has already worn it several times. I told him to slow down or he will wear it out already!

If you join them on Facebook and/or sign up for their newsletter they will let you know when the daily special $6 Daily Steal shirt is going on and how to take advantage of the great bargains that they have from time to time. And yes, they have Halloween Tshirts that you will get a real charge out of!

Anyway, the shirts are hiliarious! You gotta go check them out for yourself, really. Five Finger Tees are 100% made with high quality cotton and professionally screen printed in house by their staff. And it really shows in the quality. When we got the shirt in the mail, it was nice and soft and very good quality. I hate it when I get a t-shirt that is light and see through. You know right away that you got ripped off! There are 100's of their Tees at $9.99 to $11.99 and if you order over $50 shipping is free (US only).

We have already washed it twice and it is holding up really well. Of course, I never put shirts in the dryer, especially 100% cotton ones, we hang them up to dry and I find that is the best way to keep them longer and from shrinking. They add new shirts weekly so check back often as you might miss a really funny one! I have never seen so many funny tees in one place at one time!

Oh, you have got to go and check out this page! It is where they have some pictures posted of people who have sent in their pics wearing the t-shirts! It's called Our Thieves and the pictures are from some of their customers who have sent these pictures in of them wearing the shirts in really funny situations! Some of them are so darn hilarious!

Found this in the About Us section: opened in July, 2009 and is completely family owned and operated. We offer a wide variety of movie/TV, pop-culture inspired and down right funny t-shirts that won't break the bank!  
Our philosophy is simple, we do all the work! From customer service, designing, printing, photography, shipping, web site design, and trying to watch our kids at the same time! By doing this, we keep our overhead really low which gives you the customer a great deal, without having to sacrifice on quality.
Connect with Five Finger Tees several ways:

Newsletter (left side of page toward the bottom)

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 you.

Newman's Own Chocolates & Sour Licorice Sponsor Spotlight Review

Well, are you ready for some great chocolate and Sour Licorice for Halloween?  Now, you can even do one better, have organic dark chocolate that is much better for you and without all those chemicals! Yes, it is Newman's Own Organic Chocolates I am talking about. They have some of the best dark chocolates you will find anywhere. This is what I was sent to review:

1. Dark Chocolate 54%
2. Espresso Dark Chocolate 54%
3. Orange Dark Chocolate 54%
4. Super Dark Chocolate 70%
5. Milk Chocolate 34%
6. Mocha Milk Chocolate 34%
7. Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups
8. Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups
9. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
10. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
11. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups

Whew, that was a mouthful to say and write! I have never seen so much chocolate all at one time (except in stores) but not at my house! My husband eyed the Peanut Butter Cups from the get go! He pretty much consumed those babies in about the first 30 hours. Oh, let me tell you, these are a little different than most cups. These packages have 3 cups in them not 2 like most others do. They are a touch smaller but there are 3 of them and they pack a powerful punch. I like the Peppermint Cups the best out of the cups with the Caramel coming in second. I let Mike have the Peanut Butter because he is nuts over them! All five carry Rainforest Alliance Certification. Both Caramel cups carry the USDA Seal. Now, that is what you call a good thing! Me, I just like the fact that they melt in my mouth.
Now, where to start with the Chocolate Bars? Mmm, let's go with the Mocha Milk Chocolate because that is my favorite. If you are a coffee person or just like the flavor of coffee, you will love this Mocha Milk Chocolate! It is smooth and silky going down and at the last minute you will taste that mocha like coffee taste. Nothing better than that! My next favorite is the Espresso Dark Chocolate. Now, with this one, you will definitely taste the bold taste of espresso but the rich velvety dark chocolate tones it down a bit and it will all melt away into your mouth as you take that last swallow! Phew, if you are an Espresso freak, then you are gonna love this dark chocolate.

I loved the Dark Chocolate 54% because it is a true chocolate experience. This is what chocolate is really like before all the other stuff is added whether it is fruits, nuts or other flavors. This is the chocolate that starts it all. If you are a pure chocolate fan, this is gonna rock your socks off. The Super Dark Chocolate 70% is really what they call a true baking chocolate. I can eat it but not much at a time. I think this one would make a great bar to use in a chocolate recipe or to shave pieces of it off on a Chocolate Cake or Mousse. I didn't have time to do something like that before I had to write this review but that is what I would have done with it. I would have made a Chocolate Mousse and then topped it with whipped cream then shaved off the Super Dark Chocolate on top of that to add a totally different taste to a scrumptious dessert!

Lastly, the Milk Chocolate 34% is a really good smooth and easy going chocolate that will have you thinking it is one of those other chocolates but where this one differs is that it is only 34%! Remember they only use Organic Cane Juice to sweeten these chocolates along with Organic Cocoa Butter. Then to finish with is the Orange Dark Chocolate. I wasn't sure how I would react to this one but was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. It is not like a real tart noticeable orange but a more mellow and pleasing smoothness mixed in with the rich dark chocolate to make an exceptional treat! You experience the orange right at the last little swallow while it is on it's way down.

I can tell you that I have never been one to like Licorice, but when the Sour ones came, I was really surprised that they weren't as bad as I had thought they would be. Of course, I still had my faves and that was the Sour Mango and the Sour Strawberry. Mike liked the Sour Apple and Cherry the best. I have never really been into anything much that is Apple or Cherry in the candy family so that might have alot to do with it. Other than that, the other two were awesome!

Here is what Newman's has said about their introduction of the new Sour Licorice:

Newman’s Own Organics introduces the first sour licorice twist made with organic ingredients. Licorice twists are the most popular kind of licorice candy and the organic sugar and sour crystals, derived from natural citrus sources, on the surface of the twists provides the special taste for our four tantalizing new flavors: Sour Strawberry, Sour Cherry, Sour Mango and Sour Apple.

With the popularity of our regular twists in Black, Strawberry, and Pomegranate, we felt our customers would also enjoy the chance to try these sour ones that offer a different taste experience.  I am running out of room so I won't bring the last one, Sour Strawberry's image since it really is gonna look almost just like the Cherry and Apple. I do hope that you will go and visit Newman's Own Organics site and take a look at new Sour Licorice line of candies that have been added in addition to the new sour flavors.
I do hope that you will try at least one or two of the new flavors for yourself. I didn't want to make this post too long because there was so much to talk about and I left off the image of the Sour Cherry and the Sour Strawberry because both have red & white packages just like the Sour Apple and did not want it to look like I was repeating my pictures. And then one last quote from Nell about the Licorices because she knows them better than anyone!

This is what Nell says about the Licorices:
“When I was a kid I loved licorice because it was so much fun to eat. I loved the chewy texture, and you could stretch it and tie it in knots, or bite off the ends and blow through it”, said Nell Newman, co-founder and president of Newman’s Own Organics. “Now I can enjoy our own tasty organic version of my favorite childhood candy! It’s also a great treat for the movies, as it’s much quieter to eat than popcorn,” The five ounce package is great for keeping in your desk at work, having as a snack at home, in your car while doing errands, or out hiking. The smaller package is also a good economic choice. Health conscious consumers will appreciate that the rich tasting candy is low in fat, sodium and cholesterol free, and contains no trans-fat.
Newman's Own Organics is offering the winner of my Harvest Halloween Blog Tour Giveaway Package that starts on the 1st and ends on the 15th of October, their own set of the same chocolates and sour licorice I just reviewed! Thanks Newman's Own Organics! Open in the U.S. only.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by images from Mary Bearden and the famous cranky camera!

Spoonful of Comfort Sponsor Spotlight Review

You guys have seen me write about a company called Spoonful of Comfort before and thankfully they have been kind enough to help me out again in the Harvest Halloween Blog Tour Giveaway. The winner of the Blog Tour Giveaway will get the same package that I am reviewing!

You are gonna love this package!  Included in the package is one (64 oz) jar of chicken noodle soup, a package of rolls (6 really big ones) and 6 huge oatmeal & raisin cookies. Each of the three packages had a yellow & white polka dotted ribbon wrapped around the top of the product! The soup was wrapped up in an insulated silver package with ice packs to keep it partially frozen. I had to leave it in the fridge overnight to let it unthaw for us to have the next day. Oh, by the way, they recommend that you use within 3 days of receiving. I guess you could keep it longer if you keep it frozen either in the jar that they send it in or maybe put in freezer bags?

I can tell you that when we heated up the soup, put the rolls in the oven to get them crispy and then had a cookie afterwards, it was one of the best meals we have had in awhile! I can also let you in on a secret that makes you understand how good the food was:

Mike hates oatmeal cookies! I have never been able to get him to eat one! So, when I offered him a small piece of Spoonful of Comfort's oatmeal & raisin cookie and then he asked for more, I about fell off my chair!! So that should tell you about how good they are. For me, it was one of the best oatmeal & raisin cookies I have ever had. And I do like them and have had I don't know how many different brands of cookies I have tried.

Now, let me tell you about the rolls. They were so good that we are convinced that they had to be made from scratch. We like our breads crispy so I did put them in the oven to get them crispy and then we put a small amount of butter on the inside and they were to die for! What to say about the soup?

Well, it was so good I compared it to my Aunt Macy's homemade soup that we have as an appetizer for Christmas dinner. I mean to say that Aunt Macy makes her own noodles and it takes a few days to do that. She makes the dough then lays the noodles on her bed (with wax paper underneath) overnight then cuts the dough into strips for her noodles.

Well, the noodles in Spoonful of Comfort's soup was just like that! I was amazed. I told Mike it had to be someone from West Virginia who made those noodles or someone who had access to Aunt Macy's recipe! I am just kidding. I am sure you can find the recipe anywhere on the internet. I was just illustrating how good they were that it made me think my Aunt Macy had made them! Even the carrots and celery in the soup tasted like hers. I was so in heaven because we only get that soup once a year! The soup from SOC lasted us 3 days with both of us having a bowl for 2 days and then on the last day I had a bowl while Mike had some homemade chili that I had made. Now, that is alot of soup! I even had a roll left over to eat with my soup.

Besides the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies you can also get Chocolate Chip cookies. They also will make Get Well Packages, College Care Packages, Maternity/New Baby Gifts, Sympathy Gifts, Thinking of You Gifts. Lemonade Package, Corporate Gifts and Spoonful of Comfort. They have a 100% guarantee that they will make and deliver a Spoonful of Comfort package as if they were making it for their own mother. If you are not satisfied they will refund, credit or exchange it for a new product. So, rest assured, that they want you to have a great experience. Also a portion of each product purchased goes to the American Cancer Society!
In October 2007, I received the phone call from my mother that she had been diagnosed with Lung Cancer. I was shocked, scared and panicked. The hardest part about hearing the news, was that she lived in New Brunswick Canada and I lived in Florida. More difficult still, I had just returned the day before from a trip visiting her. With two young children in school, I couldn't just turn around and go back.

I was so upset and felt helpless being so far away. I needed to "Do Something". I looked into sending flowers or fruit, but nothing seemed appropriate. I wanted to show her how much I cared, and in some way comfort her. I immediately thought of chicken soup - it's what she (like many mothers) used to make to comfort me. And the idea for Spoonful of Comfort was born. Just six weeks later, I lost my mother.

During her final weeks she got lots of soup and other comforts from many of her 11 siblings and close friends. She never had the opportunity to try my soup. However, in her honor, it is my goal to help others with sick loved ones. It is my promise to make and deliver a Spoonful of Comfort to your loved ones with as much care as if I were sending it to my own mother. They'll feel better and so will you. Whether you have an ailing mother, a child away at college with the flu, or a grandchild with an ear infection, Spoonful of Comfort can help you show that you care.
I was very touched by her story because I lost my mother to a stroke back in 1988 and my father in 2004 from lung cancer. That is why my trek to West Virginia at least every 2 years is so special. My mother's sister is Aunt Macy and I get to taste her and mom's soup every Christmas that we can make it up there from Georgia. I don't know if we will make it this year since we went this summer, but that is still a little ways away, so you never know, it might happen.

Connect with Spoonful of Comfort several ways:

Mailing Address:
Corporate Offices
4543 S. Holladay Blvd
Salt Lake City, Utah 84098
Telephone: 877-404-7678

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 you.

Mother of Pearl Book Review

I have another book to tell you about called Mother of Pearl written by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It is a great little book that you will enjoy immensely about a mother and how far she will go to protect her child.

Here is an excerpt from that book:
A high school counselor seeks justice after learning her own teenage daughter had an inappropriate relationship with the football coach. Barrie Graeber has two great kids, a loving husband, and a respected job as the high school counselor in her close-knit community.  
Then, without warning, everything unravels when her teenage daughter, Pearl, is betrayed by friends and lashes out. Barrie’s attempts to steer her daughter back on course fail.  
Nothing prepares this mother for the helplessness that follows when Pearl shuts her out . . . or when the unthinkable comes to light about her nemesis, the football coach.  
MOTHER OF PEARL is a story that puts absolute truths and convictions to the test. It’s the emotionally riveting tale of a woman who finds she must recognize her own vulnerability and learn to trust in something much bigger.
Barrie is the school counselor and her daughter, Pearl, dates the quarterback of the football team until all of a sudden they break up and Pearl is devastated. She starts going to parties and drinking. No one can figure out why? What happened? One night Pearl takes the jeep out and she has been drinking. She ends up wrecking the jeep and in the autopsy it shows that Pearl was pregnant.

Barrie knew that her daugther had not had sex with her former boyfriend.  This story is Barrie's search to try and figure out what happened to her daughter and who was the baby's father. What they learn will break their hearts and they will feel a deep betrayal.
You can visit Kellie online at: 

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 you.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bows 'N Ties Review

I have a great new place to tell you about today if you are in the market for Neckties, Bow Ties, Cufflinks or Pocket Squares. The name of the company is called Bows 'N Ties. I did not get the one above, I just used it as the anchor picture because it looked so good and was a nice illustration as to how they will look once they are worn.

They wanted to let everyone know that some exciting new products are here!
The new Fall & Winter Tie collections are here! Last week we at Bows-N-Ties received all the new tie and bow tie collections for Fall & Winter 2012. We now carry the entire Fall and Winter assortment from tie brands like Chavelier, Puccini, Cavallieri, BlackBird, and several others.  
New are so-called “Spice Colored” ties, neckties made from worsted wool, knitted ties, as well as corduroy textured neckties. In total the new collection encompasses over 300 new tie designs and colors.
The below is the one that we got and I tried to find it on their site but I can't find it anywhere. Of course, it might be part of the old spring/summer inventory. Which is fine. Mike doesn't wear suits to work, he has a uniform but he does like to dress up on Sundays for Church. Other than that, he really doesn't wear them much.

We are not sure if he will keep this one or not or give to his Dad for his Birthday in November is the real reason we are holding on to it. His father is a Baptist Preacher and needs the ties more than Mike does!  I didn't think the picture had taken such a long shot but I guess it did.

Although we carry over a thousand different necktie and bow tie styles and designs in stock, there is much more to this site than a simple tie shop. Besides a large assortment of ties you will find instructions on tying neckties, on How to Tie a Bow Tie, and even on How to Fold a Handkerchief. - your online retailer for quality men's neckties, bow ties, cuff links and handkerchiefs. To make it easier for you to find the perfect matching tie they decided to sort the entire necktie and bow tie collection by color. In total  they have divided out ties into 18 different color shades.
The most popular colors such as blue and red are divided into 3 different sub-categories each. Finding your perfect color match has never been easier. Still can’t find the neck tie you have been looking for? Then why not try their advanced search field at the top of this page. I thought the one above was cute for the color that it represents. I don't know anyone who wears these, but they are so out there and pretty I am gonna find someone who does so I can tell them about the matching hanky too!
I thought these cuff links were off the chain! What do you think? I forgot about them having cuff links! They sure do have a nice selection and you might want to go over and check them out! There is some neat stuff over there that should catch your eye and make a great gift to someone who still uses these awesome cuff links!
Oh, did I mention that as an added incentive, they have Women's Silk Scarves! Why? Well here is what they said about that:
We at receive regular requests for sets of matching neck ties and women's scarves. We now carry all of our solid colored silk ties as a matching scarf for women – perfect for your corporate identity. Please view our current stock of women's silk scarves. 
I think this is one of those shops that would be a perfect Christmas store to get a little something for both of you to match while out on the town celebrating or ringing in the New Year!
You will be amazed at the colors and how beautiful they really look. Wow, can you imagine a red tie on him with a matching handkerchief and a matching red scarf on you in a stunning dress? Killer, if you ask me!
Below are the main reasons you should be shopping for your ties and bows at Just click on the button and it will automatically take you to their shop! See how easy I made that for you?
Also, Bows-N-Ties has given me a coupon code to share with you, my readers, to get 20% of anything while you are shopping. Please use this code when you go to check out: TR239YU.
Oh and the most important day of your life? Getting Married? They have a whole section devoted to you and special ties for your whole wedding party! They had a slideshow of pictures of real people's wedding's but I could not figure out how to download it since it's not like a YouTube video so please follow the Wedding Tie link and see for yourself! Absolutely beautiful is the only word that comes to mind!
Remember how I always like to do a little history or About Us on each company that I research? I found a little bit about Bows-N-Ties but it is mainly their aim to do right by you and give you good service. 
Here is what they said:

Bows-N-Ties is a wholly owned subsidiary of San Francisco based e-commerce retailer United E-Commerce, LLC. Although the site was just recently launched in 2009 ties are anything but new to us. United E-Commerce, LLC is the parent company of several online retailers specializing in men’s fashion accessories ranging from finest neckties, cufflink sets, dress shirts, briefcases, and leather accessories.
Connect with Bows-N-Ties several ways:

Mailing Address:
434 Page Street, Ste A
San Francisco, California 94102
By Phone: 866 . 927 . 6065

By becoming a fan on Facebook you will find out when they are having specials or promotions. I know if you are a business man or just like dressing up to go out, you will want to have a few of these beautiful ties or cuff links in your closet!

Happy Shopping!

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.

A G.E.M. Creation Hair Accessory Review & Giveaway **Closed**

I was recently sent a really nice gray flower bow to go in your hair to wear from a company called A G.E.M.Creation who has a shop on Etsy. I chose the picture above because it looks like it is a gift package selection of several different things that she creates and it just looked better for the opening of my review. The little gray one that I got is below:

If you will notice, the gray one looks exactly like the multi colored one in the right hand side of the gift box. So, that tells me she is making them in several colors and patterns. It looks like the big flower might be attached to a white knitted headband that goes on a baby's head or even a small girl.

These above look like hair clips that she decorated and they have some very unusual shapes and colors and thought that they looked really unique and wanted you to get a full range of what she can make by showing you all the different forms there are. I can definitely see that this young artist does not go for boring old fashion hair clips!

Here are some of the ways she says you can enjoy her accessories:

**Clip in hair **Use as a brooch
**Clip onto a crochet hat
**Spruce up a scarve
**Spice up a plain headband
**Clip one to a bow on a gift package to give it a little pop
**Clip onto a purse **Put on a Greeting Card for something unusual
**Can be clipped to a child's shoelace

What better feature than a grip on each clip to keep it in place as well as exposed bottom prongs to scoop up that do? Hair clips are no longer just hair clips. Adding a touch of class and sass, these hair accessories will be sure to turn heads. With A G.E.M. Creation hair clips, you will always be unique. Check out the standard flowers as well as the handmade fabric flowers which are that much more unique.

Please note: Hair clips have a grip that latches onto the hair for a more secure fit. To remove, press the clip open and slowly pull hair out. Do not yank out of hair. Same goes when clipping onto fabrics.

Her items are handmade and super limited because each one is made with love, devotion and that touch of creativity we all seek in life. Whether you're purchasing a greeting card, jewelry, bows or anything else offered you can rest assured each has had time devoted to making it unique.

Because A G.E.M. Creation items are handmade, slight differences may occur. Because they are all so unique and different, don't wait too long if you find something you like, I would go ahead and see if it is still available as they go fast. What better way than to show someone you care about how special they are too?

All A G.E.M. Creation items are made with several different materials from all over the world and put together with lots of love in the U.S.A. Her items may contain small parts, loose glitter and/or come packaged in bags.

Although several items may fit infants, these items are not suitable for children under 3 as they may pose a hazard, so I would be very careful about using on a baby.

I found this out thru her website and wanted to share with you how she donates back:
By supporting this small business you are not only helping a dream come true but also taking part in a donation to charity for each item sold. Each month, A G.E.M. Creation donates a percentage of sales to organizations, charities and families in need. Thank you for your support. Donations have been made to ambulance services, families in need, Relay for Life cancer walk, Toys for Tots and more!
You can find her on her Facebook page as well. She is doing something fun right now and that is for every 100 Facebook likes, she will be giving away a free gift.  You can also keep up with her thru Twitter.
She also is wanting more businesses to carry her products, so if you know of a business that might fit her product, please let her know and if they accept her products, you will get a $10 Gift Certifcate to shop on her site! 
A G.E.M. Creation is giving one winner her own unique hair accessory! You will love it because no one else will have the same one as you do! 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.