Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sweetheart Designs by Ute Bracelet Sponsor Spotlight Review


 
Isn't this beautiful! I saw this on Sweetheart Design by Ute's Etsy shop and I was just bedazzled by the colors and just the awesomeness of it all! She has so many more beautiful things to choose from that it was really hard for me to decide. I took over an hour going back and forth and finally just said enough and chose this one. I love roses and I love the color blue that these beads are done in and I don't have anything like it so I chose this one finally.

It is done with such care that you can tell that the artist who did this loves what she does. Here are a few more things I thought I would show you from her site, oh, this is the necklace that matches my bracelet called Turquoise Rose:

And then look at these earrings:
I love green! It is actually the color of my birthstone for May!
 
I love anything pretty much that is black and white and almost got these but realized that lately I have been getting nothing but either black or white and needed to change it up. But the more I look at these gorgeous earrings, I wonder if I should just go ahead and get them? I hope this has given you a good idea of what kind of quality that she puts into all of her designs and I would love for you to visit her Etsy shop and show her some love. I will be asking entrants to heart something on her shop for the giveaway that starts on April 8th called Tisket A Tasket so if you want to get a start on completing some of the tasks, this is a good one to start with.

The bracelet above is called Spring and gives you an idea of the range of color that Ute can make her bracelets and earrings from.
And this one is called Harem - the bracelet. Gives you another prospective on the type of bracelets that Ute can make!
Lastly, this one is called Sunshine and Roses. I love the Roses, don't you? There are so many designs to choose from so please go look on her Etsy shop so that you can see all the awesome jewelry in addition to more bracelets!

Here is what is on Ute's profile page and I love that she is from Germany! My father was in the Army for 22 years and we spent about 8 years in Germany so I grew up there just about and love connecting with people who have lived or travelled there. This is what she says about her jewelry:
When I was growing up in Germany , I was always drawn to this tiny store called "Perlenmarkt" ( transl. "bead market).It sold probably about 3000 + beads, findings, charms, earrings and rings of all kinds and from all over the world. The isles were so small that only one person could get thru and it had such a cozy atmosphere that I spent many hours there , marveling on what designs could be dreamed up , what sort of gifts I could make. Earrings should be affordable, light and unique.

So now that I am an adult, I still have a " bead mania', still like to dream up cute designs and decided that as a balancing power to a hectic daily life , I once again should introduce jewelry making as my medium. I received such a huge response from friends and family , that I thought to give Etsy a try.

Affordable, light and unique. If you have something in mind, let me know and I will dream something up for you! :)
Sweetheart Designs by Ute has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Tisket A Tasket Spring Giveaway their own bracelet in their own choice of colors! Tisket A Tasket starts on April 8th and ends on April 22th. 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. Images came from Sweetheart Designs by Ute's website.

Eco Nut Soap Sponsor Spotlight Review


I found another great organic company that makes what they call "soap nuts" to use in the laundry and the name is befitting, Eco Nut Soap! I was really astonished when I opened the box and actually saw nuts! I don't know what I was expecting but I thought maybe they would just be small balls that looked like nuts, I don't know, but I really did not expect to see actual nuts!
This what they really look like, no kidding! Soap Nuts are actually a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces soap called saponin. It is a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away. Really? I had to give it a try and I did on my husband's work clothes because he wears them outdoors and there is no better test than a man's work uniform!

Here are the steps to using Eco Nuts in your laundry:

1.Place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the reusable wash bag provided and tie it closed.
2.Put it in with your laundry and wash as normal, per manufacturer instructions.
3.Remove the bag at the end of the wash and set aside to dry or do another load.
4.Re-use at least 10 times until they start to disintegrate and then they can be composted in your garden or simply add new Eco Nuts™ to the bag.
This is the little canvas bag that they send you and that is what you use in your wash. This little bag should last about 10 loads before you have to fill it back up again with fresh nuts. I was really amazed at how it really got our clothes clean! My husband and I both were really in awe of this magic little bag and wondered how come we haven't heard about it before now? Wouldn't it be nice to just throw a little bag in the washer and not think about powders spilling on the floor or pouring too much of the liquid in there? I will definitely be giving this some serious thought over the next few days.

Here is a little extra info I got off of their site:
Eco Nuts™ are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts™ are also great for septic and grey water systems. But don’t expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.

Eco Nuts™ are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth.
I guess I must live a sheltered life or something because I had never heard of them before but it sounds like they have been around for awhile. I wonder how many others don't know about them? I also learned that the nuts taste so bad that even insects stay away from them so no pesticide is needed which is another great asset. You will have no lasting effects of pesticides on any of their nuts. Do be aware that they said there are imitations out there but they won't work the same.

Wow! I love the About Us section, you will need to go and read all of it as I can't post everything. Read the How We Got Started:
Mona is a scientist, actress, model, comedian and an authority on all things truly eco. She has done wildlife rehabilitation, studied salamanders in western Massachusetts, discovered new species of micro spiders in the Costa Rican rainforest, and worked with leopards, lions, tigers and bears. She has been in movies and on TV since her debut on Sesame Street at age 5. A former animation artist, she has done much of the graphic arts for the company. Having suffered from a “normal detergent” allergy all her life as well as a sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, Mona is extremely discerning when it comes to products that touch her skin and has been very active in raising environmental awareness. Mona often speaks at industry events and is the one who usually writes the Eco Nuts blog posts as well as those for Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.

A serial entrepreneur, Scott started his first successful business at age 16. A former Pirates of the Caribbean Actor, Scott played Duncan in the first two movies before hanging up his pirate hat to pursue a more fulfilling role as president of Eco Nuts. He is an ecological enthusiast with a love for nature, animals and a pristine environment. Scott loves the water, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding. His love for the ocean inspired him to make plastic-free products, and Eco Nuts as close to a plastic-free company as possible.
They have many more products besides the Eco Nuts. There is glass cleaner, multi surface cleaners, souring powders, linen sprays, lip balms, bars of nut soap, scented dryer sachets and they even make a liquid laundry detergent. So, there is a little bit of everything to help you on your path to being "green" or "organic". And if you don't believe me, then check out their Review section and all the endorsements that they have gotten.

Connect with Eco Nuts several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12754
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
By Phone:(310) 665 9891
Email: EcoNutsSoap@gmail.com

Eco Nut Soaps has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Earth Day Green Giveaway that starts on April 9th their own box of Eco Nuts that holds enough to do 100 loads of wash! Thanks Eco Nuts! 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. Images came from Eco Nut Soaps website.

Malibu C Haircare Products Review


 
I have another exciting company to tell you about called Malibu C and they have some of the most awesome haircare products! They sent me the above kit to review and in the kit was:

1. Blondes Wellness Shampoo
2. Blondes Wellness Conditioner
3. Blondes Wellness Treatment

I must admit I have never really actually used a hair product that was specifically made for the color of my hair. I always worried about the kind that says either for dry hair or thinning hair or even curly hair. I used to have really curly hair when I was younger and alot of people assumed I was having perms to make my hair curly. Now, here I am with hair that is a little wavy but not much curl! Life sure is strange sometimes, isn't it?

The Blondes Wellness shampoo was awesome! It is very lightweight and you don't need much at all. Just a small size (my hair is a tad past my shoulders) about the size of a quarter is all that was needed to work the lather up so thick it almost looked liked Cool Whip! I think it was because I kept massaging my head and the more I did that the more lather I created. A salon hairdresser told me once that the reason you sometimes stop growing hair/losing hair is that the circulation is not working right so any time I could think about it, she said to try and massage my head. I have been doing that for awhile and I think it has helped to stop it from falling out but I don't think it's helped with growing new hair.

You will love the Blondes Wellness shampoo if you love being at the beach. It smells kinda beachy with some kind of fruit and that made me think of the beach. The color is like a sheer gold and that also made me think of the beach or maybe I just have the beach on my mind! I sure could use a vacation!

After I rinsed off all of my creamy lather from the shampoo I put the Blondes Wellness conditioner on and left it on for about 15 minutes while I finished my shower. Towards the end I rinsed off and put on the treatment. Now, this is where it got interesting. The treatment was like a fine powder and you put it in the palm of your hand and add some water to make a paste like substance and apply all over your hair. You leave that treatment in for about 10 minutes or so and rinse that off also. By the time I got done doing all 3 steps, my hair was nice and shiny and smelled fresh and springy!

Here are the reasons why blondes should use this kit:

•takes blondes and highlights from dull to dazzling
•delivers unmatched shine; infuses moisture; restores and maintains vibrancy
•protects against brassy, ashy, muddy tones caused by environmental aggressors
•nourishes and treats dry, damaged hair for improved elasticity, body and bounce
•beneficial for any and all blondes—from “born that way” to “bombshell” platinum
•it’s the beauty must-have for some of Malibu’s most famous blondes; makes sexy, beachy blondes shine

Here is a little tidbit of what I found under About Us:
As pioneers in the natural wellness treatments category, we are proud to feature groundbreaking, preservative-free treatments that are 100% vegan. Our products contain the most innovative, free-radical-fighting, crystalized vitamin-technologies imaginable. Malibu C formulas effectively remove damaging environmental impurities, specifically those found in the water we use; impurities that diminish the vitality of both hair and skin. Naturally, we think of our water as a cleansing life source – which it is – but it is also the source of a number of harmful residual minerals that diminish the long-term health of both hair and skin. Malibu C’s powerful vitamin complex gently removes damaging toxins and unwanted residue. As a result, hair becomes shinier and full of life while skin appears smoother, softer and more luminous. “Our mission,” as Tom, president and founder explains, “is to educate the beauty profession and beauty consumers about what we’ve discovered, how we apply it, and how they can too.”
Not only do they have products to take care of our hair and make us look beautiful but they also offer a range of skincare products. One in particular caught my eye and that was the Botanical Facial Scrub. You guys know by now that I love scrubs and really believe in them. Umm, may have to check this one out! Seriously, though, they have some absolutely great hair products and they have them for just about every color. They do match you up to the right shades to make sure you don't mess up. You won't go wrong in picking Malibu C for your hair. Please be aware that Malibu makes products that intended for Professional distribution and you would need to buy it at available fine Salons, Spas and Beauty Supply Stores.

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. Images came from Malibu's website.

$25 Gift Card to Regal Cinemas Giveaway **Closed**


Bay Area Mommy is giving away a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card! Perfect for those of you who are planning a date night with your loved one or if you just want to plan a girls night out! Might even be worth it to give to the kids so you can have some quiet time to just veg out and read a book, catch up on a favorite TV program or make yourself a "spa like" setting in your bathroom and have a well deserved soak in some great smelling bath salts!

Click here to find the nearest Regal Cinema in your area. The gift card:

- is honored, just like cash, at the box office or concessions.
- is welcome to be redeemed for advance ticket purchases - at the Theatre Box Office.
- cannot be redeemed online at REGmovies.com, CorporateBoxOffice.com or Fandango.com.
- cannot be redeemed for cash unless required by law.
- has no expiration date or dormancy fees.
- cannot be applied toward the purchase of Super Saver tickets (VIP, Premiere or Ultimate Movie Packs)
- redeemable at any Regal Entertainment Group location nationwide (Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres or United Artists Theatres).

Giveaway ends on April 3rd and is open to the U.S. only and you have to be 18 years old and older. Good Luck Everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eco Sprout Sponsor Spotlight Review


Oh, you are gonna love this eco-friendly product! Especially you moms out there that are using cloth diapers. I don't have a baby but this laundry detergent is good for just clothes also and I love that it comes in alot of different scents! Eco Sprout came about from a stay at home father who wanted more protection out of the cloth diapers he was using. He said that the ammonia smell never left the diapers completely so he set about testing and finally came up with a formula to erase the ammonia smell.

I got to try the Lavender Chamomile scent. And wow, when I pulled the drawstrings from the cute little burlap/canvas bag that the detergent came in, I could immediately smell the lavender! I am sure by now that most of you know how I feel about Lavender so it was no surprise that I asked for that particular scent. I love the chamomile added to it to give it a softer more cleaner smell. I didn't have diapers to test it on but I had hubby's work clothes that he works outside all day to wash and if they can get all the gunk off of his uniform, then it should make your diapers super duper clean! Gosh, and the scents are to die for! It was hard deciding and I almost changed my mind several times but then stuck with a scent my husband would not object to. They come in (4) sizes:

**96 oz bag: 96 to 192 loads*
**48 oz bag: 48 to 96 loads*
**24 oz bag: 24 to 48 loads*
** 2 oz sample bag: 2 to 4 loads*

And the scents you can choose from are: green tea, ocean blue, lavender chamomile, lilac breeze (seasonal), sandalwood vanilla, in the buff (unscented), fresh linen and warm vanilla sugar. Wow, talking about some great scents! And ones that for the most part should not bother any one member in the family. I think they are good choices for uniform scents when dealing with both sides of the family, it is best to try and find something that they will all like, not just you.

Here is what Eco Sprout said about their product:
Eco Sprout is an environmentally friendly detergent that's great for your entire family. It's SAFE for cloth diapers and sensitive skin. Our detergent is free from dyes, brighteners, enzymes, phosphates and is 100% biodegradable. Finally, a clean you can trust! Check out 'What makes Eco Sprout different?' to learn more.
Since I don't have diapers to contend with and just ordinary laundry, I decided to give you the tips that they recommend for first time buyers who will be using the detergent for diapers. This is what they recommend:
If this is your first time using Eco Sprout detergent, we HIGHLY recommend you soak your cloth diapers with our detergent first. This will help to draw out any build up left behind from previous detergents including soap, grime, minerals, and softeners that are deep inside your diapers and inserts. This will also help to prevent rashes that can occur when switching or mixing detergents. It's easy!:

1.Fill a tub, washing machine, sink or bucket with enough HOT water to fully submerge your diapers in. If you have an HE machine, the tub method usually works the best in order to get enough water.
2.Use 3-4 tablespoons of Eco Sprout detergent mixed in with the hot water, less detergent for fewer diapers.
3.Add all your diapers and inserts and let them soak for 3-5 hours. Overnight if your diapers need a really good soak.
4.Drain all the water from the tub or washing machine.
5.Wash all the diapers and inserts again with 1-2 HOT water washes/cold rinses with NO DETERGENT at all.
6.This will completely rinse out your diapers and they will be nice and clean!

Once this is done, you may continue to wash the diapers with your normal wash routine.
As for the rest of us you should be able to wash as you normally would have. I did however, worked my way up, by starting small and then getting it down pat how much I needed to see and smell the cleanliness. We are all different so I can only tell you my experience and I went lighter because you can always correct that mistake but if you put too much in on the first load, well, you will be living with that scent until the next wash unless you used unscented. Oh, and by the way, they make a few other products like pail freshners, bottom balm, bottom spray and diaper liners. So, they are not just about laundry detergent. Sounds like they really care whether your baby is comfortable or not in their diapers.

Here is a little bit about the Dad, under About Us, who made all of this possible (I did not copy all of it so go read the rest if you can):
Eco Sprout was started by a WAHD, that's right... a Work-at-home-dad who was looking for a cloth diaper detergent that was great for not just cloth diapers, but for the entire family's laundry.

Frustrated by trying various detergents over and over, nothing ever seemed to kick the ammonia smell, both on the diapers and in the pail! All the usual remedies were tried, baking soda, vinegar, special products made just for the ammonia, pail scents...you name it! It just got to be overwhelming. There had to be a way to just use one product and simplify the washing process.

Once that thought entered his head...the research began. It wasn't easy, he wanted something that was environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and 100% natural. But it had to work! It had to CLEAN the diapers too. After months of trial and research he finally did it! Came up with the perfect balance that resulted in clean diapers, derived from natural ingredients, 100% bio-degradable, and kicked the ammonia smell! Samples were sent out, family and friends began to use the product and the word got out. Soon thereafter, Eco Sprout was born!
Connect with Eco Sprout several ways:

Mailing Address:
8518 W Sauk Trail
Frankfort, IL. 60423
Phone: 708.522.6066

Eco Sprout has been so kind as to offer the winner of the Earth Day Green Giveaway Package their own 48 oz. bag of detergent in your choice of scents. The Earth Day Green Giveaway starts on April 9th. 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 image was taken from Eco Sprout's website.

Bio Green Crystals Sponsor Spotlight Review


 
I have some really great cleaning products to tell you about from Bio+Green Crystals and you will be amazed at how much money you will save and help the environment at the same time. I got two of their crystals to try:

1. Glass and Window Cleaner
2. All Purpose Cleaner
3. Spray bottle

They were even kind enough to send a plastic spray bottle for me to use once I mixed my crystals in with water. They call the refills sachets and each sachet will fill up a 32 oz. spray bottle. All you do is mix in the water and you are good to go! These are biodegradable cleaning products and the Glass & Window Cleaner also has these great features:

•Blue Crystals
•Perfume Free
•Fragrance Free
•Bio Based Renewable Surfactants - Coconut or other Plant derived
•No Volatile Odor Component
•Sachet Makes 32oz Fluid Ounces
•SLS Free
•No Petrochemical
•Phosphate Free
•Water Soluble - Biodegradable Sachet

Then I tried the All Purpose Cleaner which is good for cleaning and degreases hard surfaces both inside and outside your home. We used this to clean the kitchen floors and the bathrooms and I was amazed at how good and clean everything looked and smelled. Where I really noticed the most difference was in the rocking chairs that sit on the front porch. After washing them down with the All Purpose, they were almost like new! Course, it won't stay that way long with us living on a dirt gravel road but at least for a few weeks it will be clean! The All Purpose Cleaner has these features:

•Light Green Crystals
•Bio Based Surfactants and Natural Minerals
•No Petrochemical
•Perfume Free
•Scented with Natural Spearmint Oil
•No EDTA
•No Sodium Laurel Sulfate
•No Phosphates
•No Volatile Odor Component
•Sachet Makes 32oz Fluid Ounces
•Water Soluble - Biodegradable Sachet

Besides the two that I got to review they have a Stainless Steel Cleaner, All Purpose Bathroom Cleaner, Natural Degreaser, Vegetable Wash, Child Safe Multi-Surface & Toy Crystals, Ayurvedic Skin Conditioning Crystals and Bio+Green Glove Line. So, as you can see, they have everything just about covered. And don't forget that they are 100% biodegradable! Here is what Bio+Green Crystals say about their products:
Bio+Green Crystals are revolutionary new Crystal compounds in water-soluble pouches containing pre-measured amounts of compounds. When immersed in the water, pouch and powder dissolve formulating a precise cleaning solution for specific cleaning purposes. Bio+Green Crystals are proud to be ZERO-WASTE products.

Bio+Green Crystals products are not only eco-friendly in their operation but also protect the environment through reduced warehousing, transport, breakage and usage of shelf space. Our products have the ability to reduce the carbon footprint through all channels of value stream, making them the most favored option for our customers.
You can connect with Bio+Green Crystals several ways:

Toll Free Phone: 800.398.0023
Email: info@biogreencrystals.com

Bio+Green Crystals has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Earth Day Green Giveaway Package one of their choice of products that starts on April 9th and ends on the 22nd. 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. All photo's were taken by Mary Bearden and her cranky camera!

Skin Fix Products Sponsor Spotlight Review


 
I have got a really wonderful company to tell you about today called Skinfix! Their quality ingredients include minerals, botanical extracts, vitamins and natural ingredients to make an award winning products that really work. They say it is a secret formula handed down by generations. I read about them somewhere, can't remember where now, but decided to just go for it and emailed them to see if I could review some products and bam! They were here! What a very quick and effective company that can keep on top of things and not let them fall thru the cracks. Here is what they sent me to review:

1. Body Repair Paste
2. Lip Repair Balm
3. Pooch Paste

Let's start with the Body Repair Paste which is the one pictured above. This is a cream that has been used for generations from the head to their toes! The reason it can do all of these things is because it has zinc oxide in it (skin's natural healer), shea butter, botanical extracts and Vitamin E, found in plant leaves to enrich the skin and to help ward off environmental stressors. Here is a list of what it helps with:

• Softens & Soothes skin
• Moisturizes/hydrates/lubricates
• Promotes elasticity
• Provides a barrier against the abuse of the elements
• Relieves itching due to dry skin
• Moisturizes the skin so that complexion looks radiant and revitalized
• Smoothes wrinkles
• Tones skin by moisturizing
• Replenishes the skin's moisture barrier
• Skin brightening/radiance
• Dry skin therapy
• Energizes/revitalizes scalp
• Warms skin

I have really bad dry skin so I was really excited to try this Body Repair Paste. I put it all over my legs, arms and even on my face. I haven't been using it long enough to give you definite results but I can say that my skin is lubricated, not as dry and itchy and it does warm up your body! I did not try it on my scalp because I don't have dry skin there, I have thinning hair and I don't think that would help with that. I will keep an eye out on my face also to see if the wrinkles do vanish some. It is too early to tell you on that one.

As for the Lip Repair Balm, I love it! I have tried so many chapsticks, balms, etc. and had just about given up! Since I have been using the Lip Repair Balm, my lips aren't as dry and they don't crack open and the best part is that it doesn't get all over the place. It stays on my lips to help them feel moist and lubricated all the time. It stays on alot longer than any other lip balm or lip creams, glosses, lipstick, whatever you use. That was my only problem with lip color, I had to keep reapplying it so many times in a day that I finally just stopped it altogether and then guess what? People started asking me if I was sick, that I didn't look like I felt good! Oh, my I thought! It really did help to give myself some teh trench I think this one is gonna be a keeper for sure!

• Softens & soothes lips
• Moisturizes/hydrates
• Replenishes the skin's moisture barrier
• Formula contains shea butter, organic coconut oil, pure jojoba oil and vitamin E.

 
This is some amazing lip balm and for just $3.29, not a bad price either!

And then that brings us to Pooch Paste, which I got for Charlie, because he is constantly scratching. We have tried so many products and shampoo's and I thought what the heck, one more wouldn't hurt. Thank Goodness! He is no where as near tormented as before and I don't have to use it every day anymore, just every few days. So, for Charlie, the Pooch Paste works and because he is so small, it doesn't take much. It is also real easy to spread so please start out small and then see if you need more.

These are the benefits from using Pooch Paste:

• Softens/Moisturizes/hydrates/lubricates
• Promotes elasticity
• Relieves itching due to dry skin
• Replenishes the skin's moisture barrier
• This formula contains zinc oxide, botanical extracts, shea butter and Vitamin E (naturally found in plant leaves)

 
Connect with Skin Fix several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8921
Halifax,
NS B3K 5M6
Phone: 1-902-252-3230 or 1-866-92-PASTE
Fax: 1-902-252-5708
E-Mail: skinfix@eastlink.ca

Skin Fix will be offering the winner of my Earth Day Green Giveaway Package the same Body Paste and Lip Repair Balm that I reviewed. The Earth Day Green Giveaway starts on April 9th and ends on the 22nd. 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. All photo's were taken by Mary Bearden and her cranky camera!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dale & Thomas Easter 4 Pack Sampler Review & Giveaway **Closed**


 
You guys know how I feel about Dale & Thomas and their wonderful popcorn, but I am gonna tell you again, IT'S AWESOME! I am addicted and what can I say? Whew, I have had to get back on that stationary bike and ride like a bat outta hell because I just can't put it down! And now they have come up with some awesome Easter gift packs that I just gotta share. I got the Easter 4 Pack Sampler to review and it had some of my favorites in it like:

1. Hall of Fame Kettle Corn
2. White Cheddar and Black Peppercorn
3. Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel
4. Peanut Butter and White Chocolate DrizzleCorn

Dale & Thomas is having a sale on their 6 bag sampler for Easter at 20% off! Just use coupon code: EASTER20.

Wow, I will admit that I let my hubby take the White Cheddar with Peppercorn because I can't have the spicy stuff but the other three were for ME! Especially the Kettle Corn, I really love that stuff! It has just a hint of sweetness for when you are in the mood for something and can't place your finger on it and then, Kettle Corn pops up and it is both salty and sweet so it quells those hungry chocolate attacks you have going on in your mind. But, you still gotta watch it because before you know it, the whole bag is gone and you are sitting there like, "what did I just do"? But, it sure was good going down!

 
The two above this is the Peanut Butter with White Chocolate Drizzle and the Chocolate Chunk N' Caramel. Don't they look totally awesome? I like the both equally but if I was hard pressed I would have to say the Chocolate Chunk N' Caramel. I mean these morsels are so good it is beyond words as to what to say about something that brings joy into your home when everyone has grabbed their favorite bag and all of you converge on the sofa and watch a great show or movie.

 
This is the Easter 4 Pack Sampler that I got and I just thought it was the cutest box so I wanted a picture of it to be on top instead of this one because you can read Happy Easter on it better. And now, you get to see what that big brown box was hiding! I really can't say anything bad against any of the popcorns as they were all great even the White Cheddar with Peppercorns per my hubby's opinion. We really love popcorn around here and have several boxes on hand all the time for popping when we watch a movie or just a TV show. Mike loves the extra butter though and I like the light so we normally make two different kinds and he can finish his but I can't and end up throwing it away so I hardly make it anymore because of that.

There are (4) other Easter gift baskets that you can choose one if you wanted to. I don't think you will go wrong with any of these wonderful choices. The hard part would be keeping it away from others who would love to devour your popcorn! Altogether, Dale & Thomas Popcorn has 12 different flavors of popcorn you can try. I have tried most of them and boy were they ever good! It was really hard to put the bag down and walk away. Especially at night when everyone is asleep and I am still up working here on my blog and the cravings will start!

Dale & Thomas Popcorn feel you will love their popcorn so much that they have a 100% Money Back Guarantee:
We guarantee that you will love our popcorn, or your money back. Period.

Quality at Dale and Thomas Popcorn begins from the moment we mix the first premium ingredient, and doesn't end until your order is delivered, fresh and fast. When you send a gift, we understand that your reputation is on the line, too - you can be assured that your gift will arrive in perfect condition.

In the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with any item from Dale and Thomas Popcorn, we will make it right with a prompt and courteous replacement, or refund (your choice). Please click here to email our Customer Care department. (Please note, you must submit your claim within 90 days of product delivery.)
Connect with Dale & Thomas several ways:

Mailing Address:
One Cedar Lane
Englewood, NJ 07631
USA
Phone: 1-800-767-4444

Dale & Thomas would love to offer the same Easter 4 Bag Sampler to one of you! Open to the U.S. only.

Elite Eye Serum Review & Giveaway**Closed**


 
I have a wonderful new product to tell you about called Elite Eye Serum and was scientifically designed and formulated by clinically trained cosmetic pharmacist Irwin Grams. When I first opened the package and saw this needle looking thing in there, I about had a heart attack! I thought to myself, no way is that being injected into the area's around my eyes! But, after careful examination, I realized it was just the housing for the serum, not how you put it on. Boy, I was sweating bullets there for a minute.

What it actually does is give you the exact amount that you need when you push the little plunger and then put the white cap back on the end of the plunger so air does not get in there or so you won't have a leak anywhere. It is a very thin and fairly light yellowish like fluid and goes on really nice and absorbs pretty quickly into the skin. It is for the eye area only and besides if you used it everywhere it is not gonna last very long.

Each container has enough serum in it to last anywhere from 45-60 days depending on how crazy you get with it but I am bound and determined to make it last 60 days myself. And it really does not take much because it is very light and it smooths on like silk and once on the skin you can gently pat it all around the eyes and the forehead with no problem. Less is best in this case so exercise caution and try not to put too much on.

The Elite Serum is the best alternative to Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox). I have only been using a few weeks so I haven't even used much of the serum and I am hoping by the time that little baby is bone dry I will see a really nice improvement. I am not looking to look 25 anymore, that would be ridiculous! But I wouldn't mind looking 38ish or so. I just want to look like I had a good night's sleep and that I take really good care of my skin. Other than that, the rest is gravy on the train!

Elite Serum is a scientifically designed compound that is composed of a combination of special DNA precursor pool peptides. The advanced formula works quickly and effectively to minimize the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. Furthermore, it helps to improve tone, firmness and skin elasticity while restoring youthful looking eye contour on patients of all ages and you should notice these improvements:

**Lift and Firm Skin
**Diminish Crows Feet
**Smooth Fine Lines
**Eliminate Puffiness
**Reduce Dark Circles


These are some of the ingredients in the Elite Eye Serum:

1. Argireline which is a peptide and reduces wrinkle depth
2. Snap 8 works by preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles
3. Haloxyl reduces puffiness and dark circles
4. Eyeliss reduces puffiness and bag volume under the eyes
5. Matrixy 3000 restore and maintain skin's youthful appearance
6. SYN-COLL stimulates the collagen
7. Red & Green Seaweed Extract helps by reducing skin aging
8. Hyaluronic Acid fills in lines and wrinkles on the face, but it also adds considerable moisture and lubrication to the skin.

 
I could have given you alot more information on how all (8) of those ingredients work but it would take pages and pages, so please go and read the rest of what I did not tell you. I found it all very interesting and it also increased my excitement to see what happens over the next few weeks! So far I have seen the finer lines lessen and my eye area doesn't look so dark anymore.

I have Fibromyalgia and RA so I don't rest well and that was one of my main complaints and when I find something that says it can help with dark circles under the eyes, I will at least try it. So far, it is doing a pretty good job of masking some of the sleeplessness so that I don't look so tired all the time. I have alot of people who will come up and say I look sick or they know I am not sleeping well.

Elite Eye Serum is manufactured in a state of the art 70,000 square foot facility in Miami, Florida. From the ISO 9002 laboratory to the production staff, all employees are all trained on GMPs, SOPs and all FDA rules and regulations. The facilities are subject to random inspection from the United States Food and Drug Administration, the State of Florida Health Department and the Department of Agriculture. Yeah! It is made in the U.S.A.!

You can connect with Elite Eye Serum several ways:

Mailing Address:
SkinPro Labs
1602 Alton Road
Miami, FL 33139
Phone: 1-800-575-2065
Contact Form (all the way at the bottom)

Elite Eye Serum has been generous enough to offer one winner their own syringe of Elite Eye Serum, value $89.95! Open to the U.S. only.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Longview Farms Emu & Goat Milk Sponsor Spotlight Review


 
I reviewed this company way back when I was first getting started and she was so very nice and kind to send me a day moisturizer to review. So, when I was thinking about Earth Day, I knew she would be perfect for the part. Her name is Christine and the company is called Longview Farms. You are gonna love this company and all of their fine goat's milk and emu oil that they use in alot of their soaps and other products. The soaps below are in what she calls the Soap Lovers package, well, yep, that's me, a soap lover! Here is what I got to review:

1. All Natural Emu Oil Soap in Ambrosia
2. Emu Oil & Goat's Milk Soap in Rose
3. Emu Oil & Goat's Milk in Vanilla

I have to tell you these are some really awesome looking and smelling soaps. I don't know how or when it started but somewhere along the way I have become addicted to bath products! I can't stop myself every time I go somewhere I gravitate towards body washes, soaps, hand soaps, etc. The smells make me want to take showers several times a day. Even Charlie, my yorkie, loves the stuff. Every time I take a shower and put my lotion on here he comes a running and wants to lick it all off! I am totally serious! He will lick every bit of it off so now I wait until he has gone to bed at night to wash my hands, put on my favorite lotion or body cream and even my face creams he seems to like pretty darn good also!

I started with the All Natural Emu Oil Soap in Ambrosia and I learned something new!! Do you know what all is in the Ambrosia to give it that exotic sexy smell? Well, now I do! They are sweet orange, patchouli, bergamot and ylang ylang. No wonder it smelled familiar but I could not place it and now I am over the moon! You don't know how many times I have picked up that box and smelled it and my whole body would say ah...ha....!

 
This is the Ambrosia Emu Oil Soap. It has a slight pinkish tint in some places.

Next, I tried the Emu Oil and Goats Milk in the Rose scent. Now, let me see if I can figure out the best way to describe this alluring scent. If you love to smell roses when they are blooming, then this is gonna be your favorite! I have about 15 rose brushes outside and love to stop and smell each and every one of them. They all have their own distinct smell and they can bring out the romantic in all of us.
 
Oh, anyone should love vanilla! It is one of the most common scents out there that doesn't seem to hurt anyone's sinus's or throat problems. Even I do very well with vanilla with my seasonal allergies. It is a nice clean smell and the only unusual way the LongView Farms did was make theirs a dark molasses like color. I am used to vanilla scented soaps being sorta off white but I wanted you to know that so that when I show you the picture you will see what I mean.

 
Oh, another thing, they are wrapped really tight in some kind of plastic and I did not want to unwrap it so that all the smells disappears so I did not take them off for the pictures. I want the actual fragrances to last as long as possible.

Besides the soaps, Longview Farms has facial creams, lip balms, hair care products, salves for minor cuts, burns, insect bites and more. Then there is the Derma Ease which is for people with Psoriasis and Eczema. It sounds really wonderful and I hope if you or a loved one has either of these problems that you give this soap a try. I left the link up above so that you can go and read more about it.

Oh, and they have Pet Products for your other half of the family. There is also a section of Books for you to buy to teach the children about organic products and how they work. They even have a Men's section if you need some ideas for your guy if he is sensitive to alot of things, maybe he could use some of the products. Here is another incentive to check out LongView Farms; Free Shipping if your order is $50 or more!

Now, here is the real reason I started looking into Emu Oil soaps because I saw this on Longview's Farm. I did not copy all of it so go read what she has to say. She also has some for other disorders and if you have one, she may have some articles you might be interested in.

Read what she says about Fibromyalgia:
What's the link between Emu Oil and Fibromyalgia? Emu oil has been proven to be an all-natural anti-inflammatory. Consumers are reporting relief from the use of Emu Oil as an all-over massage product for fibromyalgia. Additionally, there are Emu oil based products on the market targeting pain relief, such as Blue Pain Relief (tm), Muscle Relief Roll-On and Sports Rub. These products combine Emu oil with other potentially beneficial ingredients to help ease the pains associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, and muscle strains/sprains. Emu oil, in addition to being anti-inflammatory, has the ability to pull other beneficial components deep within the skin, helping them to go to work faster to relieve pain. There are also ingestible Emu oil capsules available, such as "Inner Relief" and with Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help "from the inside out" with inflammation. Emu oil is full of EFAs, which are necessary for many bodily functions. You may want to experiment with several different Emu oil based products to find out which one works best for you.
The link I provided for the Fibromyalgia is also where you will see a list of ailments that you can click on and it will take you to the page you need to be on to find some solutions that might work for you. Good Luck!

Here is a little History on LongView Farms that I found:
Longview Farms was established in 1992 on a 169 acre farm in northeastern Pennsylvania. Originally we ran approximately 200 head of emu on this farm, and sold Emu oil and Emu oil based products imported from Australia. At that time, there were no companies manufacturing Emu oil products within the U.S.

As we grew, we diversified into an emu oil rendering facility. We created our original line of quality Emu oil products in 1993 - 1994, being the first company to create and market a fully-encapsulated Emu oil gel cap as a dietary supplement.

We have since moved our business to a smaller location and no longer raise Emus. We purchase our raw materials from others who raise Emu as a viable livestock. Today we offer approximately 60 products containing or relating to Emu oil. Our quality Emu oil products are offered for sale and shipped throughout the world. As part of our recent growth, we have become a partner in an Emu oil molecular distillation facility in China. This partnering assures Longiew Farms can continue to supply quality Emu oil in the U.S. and throughout the world. This partnering was necessary because the U.S. farmer cannot currently supply the crude emu oil needed by Longview Farms.
Connect with LongView Farms by several methods:

Mailing Address:
3410 Shaffer Rd.
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Tel +570-380-1077
Fax +570-380-1078
Email: Christine@LongviewFarms.com

LongView Farms has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Earth Day Green Giveaway Package a Soap Lover's Package which is The All Natural Emu Oil Soap in Cranberry, Emu Oil & Goat's Milk in Lilac and in Bay Rum. Thanks LongView Farms! The Earth Day Green Giveaway start on April 9th!

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. All photo's were taken by Mary Bearden and her cranky camera!

Gabe's Triumph Book Review


 
I have another new book to tell you about called Gabe's Triumph by P.M. Smith. I will start with the excerpt from the back of the book and then give you a little bit of what I thought of the book in my own words.
Life in early 20th century rural Indiana was significantly different from today. Farm families raised or hunted the meat that they ate; grew or gathered vegetables for the table, and made most of the things that they wore, the bedding they slept on and much of their own furniture. There were no shopping malls, supermarkets or computers. Life was survival and it took all the members of the family and their individual skills to keep a household going. Gabe has learned the survival skills that have been passed down from generation to generation from the frontier days. This young adventurer uses all of them while facing challenge after challenge on that greatest of adventures called life.

Well, from the outside description of this book, I surely thought this was about a man named Gabe but it's not! This is about a young woman by the name of Gabriella but likes to be called Gabe. Wanted to get that out of the way or you would have been confused as heck at some of the situations I am about to tell you about:

The Laport family consisted of Grandpa, Grandma, mom & dad and 15 year old Gabe. Gabe has been taught how to hunt, fish, garden and sewing. One day she went into the woods and killed a coyote but she had a terrible fall and managed to stay alive throught it all. A newspaper reporter named Micah wanted to interview her for a story on how she killed the coyote. But Gabe was not interested. But for Micah, the minute he laid eyes on her, he knew that she was the one and not much longer after that he asked her to marry him and she agreed.

They had a baby girl named Elinor, which means Little Flower, but unfortunately, a few days later the baby dies. Micah decided they needed to move back to the country and he had a home built and when they moved in, he bought her a dog and she named him Dickens. Gabe had another baby and this one was a boy they named Michael Gabriel who later called himself Logan. He was a very healthy man and grew up and married a woman named Susan. They got to travel all over Europe and decided to come home and settle down. They had their first daughter, Celia.

Micah lost his father during the stock market crash and his stepmother, Lydia, whom no one had ever liked, not even the black servants, left to go to New York to look for another rich man. Times got hard for Micah at the newspaper and he suffered a severe heart attack and 2 years later he dies.

What happens next to Gabe and her son and his family is something you will want to read for yourself. If I told you everything you wouldn't read the book. But I can tell you alot more things happen and even though I told you some of the book in the beginning, I left out alot of juicy tidbits. I hope you take the time to read this great little book. You will be sad, cry, be happy but most of all you will be glad you read such a heartwarming down to earth book!

The author and publisher have been gracious enough to offer one reader their own copy of Gabe's Triumph! You will really love reading this tender book! Open to U.S. only.

UGLee Pen Review & Giveaway **Closed**




 
Yeah! I have some great pens to tell you about called Uglee Pens! These pens were actually made for children to use to make it easier for them to write with but then I thought that this might make a good pen for seniors as well. I don't know about any of you but the older I get the uglier my handwriting gets. And they seem to get tired more quickly from being in one position for awhile. I do have RA and I know that this pen could help those of us who do have RA because that is the number one complaint: hands hurt or fingers hurt after using it too much to write with. Ever wonder why Grandma never writes back much? Well, could be that her hands hurt! Send her some of these and see if they help. Can't hurt to try?

Dr. Lee, who invented the ergonomic pen was very gracious to send me a pack of three pens to try out and see what I thought. When I first got them and put one in my hand to write it did take some getting used to but that little grayish black rubber that is all around the pen? Well, it feel so soft and easy on my fingers and the pain has gradually been decreasing and I don't have to put so much pressure on my hands and fingers while writing! I love them!

 
They come in a variety of colors but all of them will still have the same grayish black rubber around the pen that I have dubbed the "comfort pen" because it is so darn comfortable compared to a hard unforgiving pen that I used to have to use to write with. They come in packs of three for $19.99 which is not bad at all if you have as many health issues that I do and can find some relief and comfort while writing. They come in an array of colors such as the two you saw above including pink, gray, blue, green and white.

You can also get them in three ink colors: black, blue and red. I got the black ink and I do love it but my favorite color to write with is blue so maybe next time when I need to order more I will try the blue ink. Isn't it funny how we get attached to a certain color for writing? I don't know why I love blue ink over black, well, maybe I do a little. Blue is a calm serene color and it is the color of the ocean and the ocean also calms me.

The UGlee Pens above are the three pack that I got and I also found out something I did not know, that you can order ink refills instead of ordering new pens! You can get a set of 10 refills for $15.00! That is alot cheaper than ordering packs of three pens for $19.99. Unless you just needed more of the ergonomic pens for more family members, it is better to just order ink refills in any of the colors you like!

Dr. Lee has several videos you can watch where he is talking with several different media outlets and his UGlee Pen was also on that famous daytime show called The Doctors TV Show! The UGlee Pen weighs less than 1/2 ounce which is what makes it so easy to hold onto along with the fact that they made the material to fit the contours of your hand for easier writing, so that you aren't griping the pen, it is griping to you! Can you tell how much I love it? You don't know how much pressure this takes off of my hands. The more I write with a regular hard pen the worse my writing gets because it would start to hurt and I just wanted to get it over with and would just rush through and half of the time I could not even tell what I wrote, let alone someone else trying to figure out what I just wrote!

Here is what Dr. Lee says about his "comfort pen":
As a medical student, I wrote volumes in terms of notes. In medicine, medical notes are all hand written. I averaged 20 full pages of hand written notes a day... day in and day out for years.

You can imagine how my hand kept cramping up! I spent a lot of time and money looking for a comfortable pen. After trying what I believe to be every pen out there, I failed painfully to find even one!

I was frustrated because most pens were not designed for comfort at all. The few that were listed as "comfort pen" were obviously mislabeled.

I was determined to create my own pen - one that would meet my expectations of comfort. Since then, I have spent over eight years to create the first truly comfortable pen. The pursuit of pen comfort became a hobby... no, an obsession during this eight year period. I dedicated an inordinate amount of my own time and resources in this endeavor.

Luckily, I am blessed with an extremely patient and understanding wife - our garage is full of various machinery, pen prototypes, and pen materials collected over the years!

My drive to create the ultimate comfort pen led me to go as far as to study the structure of the human hand using X-ray and researching the attachment and function of hand muscles to design the perfect grip.

The result is the UGLee Pen. A pen that is not only the most comfortable pen, but is physician designed to be the most comfortable ergonomic pen around.
Hey, don't take my word for it, they have a section called Testimonials and you will see for yourself who all uses the UGlee Pen and how it has affected their lives for the better. Dr. Lee says his Ergonomic Pen helps those with MS, CTS and Arthritis (like me).

UGLee Pens has been so nice to offer one winner their own set of UGLee Pens! Color selection is per their choice so you won't be able to pick a color. Open to the U.S. only.

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


Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant Review



I have a really nice product to tell you about called Shielo Antioxidant which is a leave in protectant for hair that is frizzy or out of control. It's main purpose is to protect your hair from all the styling tools we ladies like to use such as blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and crimping irons. If you have color treated hair like I do, then this is a product you really need to help keep your hair protected at all time. The protectant is made with pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids infuse hair with vitamins while providing UV protection.

The directions are very simple and easy to follow:
Mist throughout clean, towel-dried hair For best color protection, comb through to ends to deeply preserve. Do not rinse. Style as usual. Can be used throughout the day.
There are three key ingrediants to help it to make this possible:

**UV Protectants and natural antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.

**Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.

**Innovative Wheat Crosspolymer creates an invisible safety net around each hair to shield color, increase flexibility and reduce breakage.

I have used it several times in the last week and each time, it performed exactly the way that they had promised. My hair is a smoother and doesn't frizz as much as it used to. So, when I find something that works on that hard to control frizziness, it is a keeper in my book! They have alot more products to choose from such as shampoos, conditioners, sealing mist, bounce style cream, anti-aging kit, anti-aging Visage Complexion Moisturizer and Volume Flexible Design Hair Spray. You can find out about all of them by going to the Products section to read more about what each product does.

I found out some great history on this company and only copied some of it, so please go check them out in the About Us section:
Shielo Hair Technology & Care was created in New York City in 2001 when salon industry leaders modernized the hair care industry by providing new technologies in the first voluminous technologies. A need was identified among top salons in New York City and their clientele for more voluminous styles, while including the effort to enhance and fortify hair care products with volumizing and color protecting elements.

In 2007, the Shielo brand was extended from salons into clients' homes with scientifically superior products designed to invigorate hair for all styles. The Volume Collection was the first to debut online in 2007, much to the delight of women who craved high performance product that addressed the needs of limp and weak hair. Towards the end of the 2008, the Color Protect line was launched which today remains a product winner in many categories for color protection and shine.
Connect with Shielo several ways:

Mailing Address:
10G
310 W 56 Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 347-826-3900

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. All photo's were taken by Mary Bearden and her cranky camera.

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

Newmans Own Organics Spotlight Review


 
I know you all have heard me talk about Newman's Own Organics all along the way and once again they have come thru for me on my Tisket A Tasket Spring Giveaway which is honoring Spring and Easter all together. Well, you just can't have Easter without a little bit of chocolate and a few other goodies, so Newman's Own Organics has gotten together a little bit of this and that to sweeten up your Easter and Spring. Here is what I got to review:

1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
2. Chocolate Caramel Cups
3. Chocolate Mint Cups
4. Licorice
5. ABC Vanilla Cookies
6. ABC Cinnamon Grahams
7. Newman O's Peanut Butter
8. ABC Chocolate Cookies

 
The above Newman O's Peanut Butter Cookies are pretty darn awesome! If you love peanut butter and chocolate mixed together, then you are gonna love these cookies! It is sorta like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but instead of candy you have a cookie. Here is what Nell says about the Peanut Butter Cookies and how they came about:
"We've been listening to our consumers," says Nell, "They requested a smaller size that is more economical and suitable for the single person, small family, or those counting calories who find the larger packages too tempting. The new peanut butter crème was one we thought kids and adults would both enjoy. We certainly do!"
 
Do you remember growing up and eating the alphabet cookies? I sure do. Or the animal crackers that came in that little zoo bus like container? Well, mix those together and you have Newman's Own Organics ABC Cookies in Vanilla, Chocolate and Cinnamon. They are small but pack a powerful punch of flavor into each bite! I really could not pick a favorite because they were all so good so I will leave that decision up to you if you can. Your kids will love them and so will you because they are less calories and fat than the bigger sized cookies or snacks. Serve them will juice or milk to complete a rounded out snack that you can feel good about.

 
Now, I am gonna be honest here and tell you that I normally don't eat Licorice because I always associate it with the black kind and I have never been able to eat that no matter what! But, with the Tangerine and Strawberry I found something that I could eat as far as Licorice. It still would not be my number one favorite candy, but I can eat it. But, black, well you can have that one. And the Pomegranate is also one of those flavors I have a hard time with in just about any form but these weren't too bad. But, when I gave the black ones and the pomegranate ones to my best friend, she thought she had died and gone to heaven! I can always count on her to help me out because I know that there are people out there that love this stuff and I did want you to know that these are as good as any on the market and my friend was able to convince me that Newman's Own Organics Licorice was one of the best.

 
Lastly, I wanted to talk about the Chocolate Cups that come in Caramel, Peanut Butter and Mint. Of all of them, I have to say my husband and I both agree the Mint is our very favorite. Which was a surprise coming from him because he is a peanut butter cup lover from way back! But there is just something about that Mint Cup that really grabs ahold of you and hooks ya right in. But the very best part is this: they have 3 cups in each package, not 2 like in most other brands!! We got a whole extra cup to share and boy did it hit the spot! A couple of them you have a choice between milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

Here is what Nell has to say about the chocolate cups:
"I couldn't resist recreating a favorite childhood treat. Our cups have a wonderfully creamy, melt-in-your mouth texture," says Nell. We focus on the kinds of products we loved as kids. We take them one step further by using the highest quality of available organic ingredients.

Newman's Own Organics has made a commitment with the launch of our new chocolate bars and cups to pay a premium above and beyond the current market price for Certified Organic Cocoa Beans that is tied to the Fair Trade market price of Organic Cocoa Beans.

I also wanted to give you just a tidbit of information on how they became what they are today:
Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. Paul Newman has given over $200 million to thousands of charities worldwide since 1982.
Newman's Own Organics has been so kind as to give the winner of my Tisket A Tasket Spring Giveaway Package (which starts on April 8th) all of the products I mentioned above and reviewed along with a little extra surprise from them to you. Thanks Newman's Own for being so generous! Open to 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. All photo's were taken by Mary Bearden and her cranky camera!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Coromega Omega-3 & D Vitamins Sponsor Spotlight Review


I have a great new product to tell you about that will help you and your family live a better life and what better way than to do it here around Easter and the beginning of Earth Day celebrations next month. We can be healthy and happy all at the same time thanks to Coromega and the first delicious tasting Coromega Omega-3 & D Vitamins.

A delightful tropical orange flavored omega-3 supplement now with 1000 IU of Vitamin D! Natural flavoring with no fish taste or aftertaste! A full daily dose of omega-3 and Vitamin D3 in every pouch. The first omega-3 supplement beneficial to your taste buds! I know you remember earlier this year Coromega gave away vitamins for children here on my blog and now they want to make sure that Mom is taken care of also.
I am not 100% sure if you get a choice of flavor but if not, you will get 90 squeeze packets of Tropical Orange to flavor up any way you want to get all the heart healthy nutrients you need if you prefer to drink your omega3's instead of taking fish pills that have a fishy after taste. I believe most often they recommend mixing it in a blended drink, smoothie or yogurt would be great. Or however you are most comfortable taking it, is all that matters. You can see some examples below and get the recipes on their website.
They also have a $5.00 off coupon that you can use on your first order along with a BOGO sale they are having now on their softgels. Buy one and get one free. You also get free shipping with orders over $100.00!
Here is just a brief list of reasons why we need the Omega3's and I left alot off so please follow this link to read the rest of what I found out about on their website.
Today nutritional science is validating more and more healthful benefits that Omega-3 can have on the mind and body. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are primarily found in fresh, cold-water fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines. Your body can’t naturally produce Omega-3, so you must get these fatty acids from your diet. Two key fatty acids in Omega-3 are known as EPA and DHA in their long-chain forms, and today several thousand of clinical and scientific studies show that together these Omega-3 essential fatty acids support:

•Heart, Brain & Eye health
•Healthy triglyceride levels
•Joint health and mobility
•Mental clarity and balance*
•Healthy nutrition for children over 4

Connect with Coromega several ways:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 131135
Carlsbad, CA 92013-1135
Toll Free: 877.275.3725
Fax: 760.599.6089
Consumer Questions: support@coromega.com
Facebook
Twitter
Store Locator

Coromega has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Tisket A Tasket Spring Giveaway Package a 90 ct of Omega3 & D Squeeze Packets, value is $45.99! Thanks so much Coromega! Open to the U.S. only. The Giveaway Blog Hop Event starts on April 8th and ends on April 22nd. Good Luck!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The images came from Coromega's website with their permission.