Thursday, January 31, 2013

Awakening Body Sponsor Spotlight Review

I recently got to review some products from Awakening Body and was very surprised at good they actually were for them to be so simply packaged with no fuss or fancy packaging and fancy names bragging about what it can do. So, yes, it was a pleasant surprise to get to review some products that were actually good for me with no fuss and muss.

I was sent these three products:

1. Awakening Hands
2. Awakening Feet
3. Awakening Hands Sanitizer
Let's start with the Hand Sanitizer since you obviously need clean hands to put lotion on them. I know one time I had forgotten I had just put on some really expensive perfumed lotion and I had done something and needed to wash my hands and then I was like, you gotta be kidding me! I just washed off a good bit of best perfumed lotion!

You can moisturize your hands while you sanitize with this unique natural mineral formula. The fresh scent of natural cinnamon oil in a hydrating spray to moisturize and cleanse the skin in a single spritz! It's available in a 1oz spray bottle size and 8.45oz refill (enough for 8 spritzer bottles).

This Hand Sanitizer actually works with this unique natural mineral formula and here are the benefits. Sorry! This product is not available to ship to Hawaii, Alaska or internationally:

•Refreshingly cool mist of natural hydrating, healing and sanitizing ingredients
•Microbes, germs and bacteria expire on contact. Pleasantly light natural cinnamon aroma
•All-natural, Vegan skin care. Cruelty-free. Contains no animal ingredients
•Handy 1-oz spritzer bottle is perfect for people on the go
•Economical Refill flask is the equivalent of 8+ spritzer bottle refills
•The "Combo" lets you purchase both the spritzer bottle and refill flask with a nice savings

Now, you are ready to put on another layer of moisturizer that will aid what the sanitizer started. This hand lotion has some concentrated mineral moisture therapy that will leave your hands silky and smooth. I think must have gotten the cinnamon scent or that is what I think it is. This hand lotion does not look like lotion but more like a thick white gel. It disappears very quickly and leaves no greasy residue behind which is very important to me!

Here are the benefits you will reap from this awesome hand lotion enriched with minerals:

•Never greasy or sticky - leaves skin feeling like silk within 40 seconds of application. Contains zero mineral oils
•Magnesium fights aging by stimulating skin cells to regenerate. Potassium hydrates
•Each pearl-size drop application will endure through multiple hand washings
•Essences of ginger and cinnamon astringents soothe irritated, itchy skin
•Extract of myrrh (the ancient Balm of Gilead) fights bacteria
•Heals dry, cracked fingers, nails and cuticles
•Never lose your grip - perfect if you work with your hands
•Won't mark, mar or soil fabric, leather, metal or glass
•Vegan skincare. Never tested on animals. Contains no animal ingredients or derivatives. Paraben-free •8.45oz/250ml economical pump size — ideal for any countertop — kitchen, bath, workshop, office
•3.38oz/100ml regular HANDS size lasts up to 4 months: 1 drop morning, noon and night. TSA qualifying!
•1.75oz/50ml Lil' HANDS size perfect for purse, pocket, gym bag or tote! TSA qualifying!

They have a new formula that includes Arnica and is in a very concentrated state and it is also like the Hand Lotion, it is a gel like feeling and the more you rub the longer it goes, so start out with tiny dabs until you see what you can use and how much. This stuff is a little pricey but it should last a long time if you control how much you put on. As with the Hand, it is silky smooth and hardly any greasy feeling at all!

Here are the benefits of Awakening Feet:

•All-natural balm heals dry, cracked feet without a trace of greasiness. Leaves feet silky
•Controls odor naturally with herbal extracts and lemongrass
•Powerful anti-fungal properties
•Reduces soreness and chafing; soothes nerve endings
•Arnica Montana helps reduce bruising and ache
•Magnesium improves circulation in your feet and lower legs
•Vegan skincare. Never tested on animals. Contains no animal ingredients! Paraben-free
•FEET is concentrated so you need less than you think. Be stingy!
•3.38oz/100ml regular size. TSA qualifying size
•1.75oz/50ml Lil' FEET size is perfect for pocket or purse. TSA qualifying size. Take advantage of our Super Sale on totally UNLABELED tubes of Lil's FEET for only $9.00!
•(Don't forget to check out our TSA Airline Travel Kit — Lil' FEET and Lil' HANDS in a ZipLoc bag — packed and ready to go on your next trip)!

I found this under About Us and there is so much info on their site that it will take several days to absorb it all, but I believe if you do, you just may have found something that can really help you.

This is just a snippet:
Awakening® Mineral Therapies was founded in 1994 by brothers Bob & Marty Fischer and Rob Hardwicke under the name Olim Industries of Israel, North America, Ltd. — a California corporation. Awakening formulates unique, Dead Sea mineral-rich skin care products for active hands, feet and skin.  
The hallmark of Awakening's creams and lotions is the Mineral Hydration Factor™, a proprietary combination of highly concentrated Dead Sea potassium and magnesium, which provides the fastest absorbing, rapidly nourishing Dead Sea skin care available anywhere. We use bio-sourced essential oils and botanical extracts that have a track record of beneficial effects on the health of skin.  
Awakening's highly-concentrated formulas allow you to use a single pearl-sized drop to treat both hands or comparable areas of skin. Awakening Dead Sea Skin Care products are never greasy, tacky or sticky. They transform the skin to a silk-like texture within 40 seconds of application. Awakening products are called "mineral therapy" because they are more than just skin care products. They are alternative ways to make skin more healthy by fusing concentrated natural minerals, essential oils and botanical extracts.  
Our lab is located near Caesaria in Israel where we perform our research & development. Our headquarters office is located in Moraga, California and our shipping operations are located in tiny Canyon, California. We strive to keep our ingredients as natural and organic to the greatest extent possible. We use only natural minerals sourced from the Dead Sea. We use no mineral oils. We use no animal ingredients. We never test on animals.
I did not get to review the "Naked" Body Lotion but wanted to show it to you so that you know this is what they are giving away as a prize in the It's Your Love Giveaway Hop that starts on February 2nd and ends on the 16th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

Vosswinkle Cookie Company Sponsor Spotlight Review

Oh, you guys are in for a treat with this cookie company! I have always seen these around and wondered what they tasted like and I finally got them to let me do a Valentine's Day review with a giveaway. This tin is the Valentine's Day Butter Cookies in the shapes and flavors of all the fruits and some veggies. There is a large tin and a smaller tin. I got to try the larger tin!

This is the description of the tin of cookies:
This Valentine Medley of our unique, melt-in-your-mouth cookies will certainly leave a lasting impression. Who could resist our Cheesecake flavored Carrot cookies, Lemonade Lemons, or Peach Parfait?  
Our Be My Valentine Gift Tin is available in All Fruits or the Fruit and Veggie mix. Available in quantities of 12 or 26 cookies. As all of our gifts, a personalized complimentary gift card is enclosed. 
Each cookie actually did taste like whatever shape it was in. Some like the banana was called Banana Cream and strawberries were Strawberry Cream but several had very interesting names and flavors. I really had to laugh at Mike because he tried to eat the little green thing at the top that you would consider it to be the leaves but it was plastic.

I about cracked up! He took a bite out of the cookie with the plastic green thing and it fell out of his mouth immediately! Oh, you should have seen it! I forgot to take some pictures! Darn it! I could have used those for a good while!

This is another kind of tin that you could get for Valentine's Day also in a red shaped heart. And this is what you get in that one:
Polish up those pearls and dust off that bow-tie! Bring classic romance back to Valentine's Day with our Large Red Heart Tin. Filled with our signature collection of hand-shaped shortbread butter cookies, there is no better way to say “I love you.” Each tin is available packed with our traditional fruit & vegetable cookie mix, or fruit only.
This one is all Strawberries. They look pretty darn real, don't they? And they look like they are alot bigger than the other tin's cookies! Here is what this one comes with:
What could better express your love more than this delicious treat of 1 dozen strawberry cookies? Carefully packaged in a Red Heart Keepsake Tin with a Golden Bow as a finishing touch.
And lastly, I thought this one would have been super duper because you get a little bit of everything! Look at all of that yummy stuff to eat! This what comes with this Combo:
When you want something extra special to show your sentiments, this tower says it all. This spectacular tower comes with our popular variety of 26 Artisan Crafted, individually flavored shortbread cookies, 6 Packages of Gourmet Tea Latte in Passion Raspberry and Spiced Vanilla flavors. And is topped off with a Heart shaped tin with 12 of our most popular, melt-in-your-mouth Strawberry Cookies.

I just grabbed one of the shapes so you can see it up close a little more and then it tells you what flavor the cookie will be. I thought Beach Plum sounded different. Did not know there were plums on the beach, did you? Hey, it's all in the fun and this company definitely gives you that!

This is what I found in the About Us section:
What can turn an ordinary gift into something extraordinary? We have the answer at The Vosswinkel Cookie Company. We provide unique and delicious specialty cookies, hand shaped to resemble fruits and vegetables. They are available in a variety of packages that will leave a lasting impression.For many years our friends, families, and the charities we've been involved with, have been encouraging us to bring them to the marketplace...and so we did.

The Vosswinkel Cookie Company was founded on those same principles that created that encouragement:

  • Our quality will never be compromised.
  • We are dedicated to providing personal care and attention to every order.
  • Our goal is that every package creates an event to remember.

Our unique, exquisitely flavored butter cookies are individually shaped by hand. Peach cookies with fresh Georgia Peach flavor...Apple Cobbler...Bing Cherries. Each cookie in our "Fruits of the Spirit" product line uses the finest quality flavoring oils to make them taste as good as they look. For the vegetables in our "Salad for the Soul" product line we have created Cheesecake 'Carrots', Crème Brùlée 'Leeks', Butter Rum 'Peas' (to name a few). Whatever your choice, our cookies will have you or your guests reaching for "just one more"
Connect with Vosswinkle Cookies several ways:

Mailing Address:
520 W. Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

P: 262-567-5751 262-567-5751
F: 262-567-9989

The great folks at Vosswinkle Cookies is going to give the winner of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop a $50 GC to spend however you wish on their online store. The Giveaway Hop starts on February 1st and ends on the 15th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

Naturally Fresh Deordorant Crystals Sponsor Spotlight Review

Are you concerned about the products that you use on a daily basis having too many chemicals in them? I am, so I have started searching out some natural alternatives to some of the basic products that we use almost always on a daily basis such as deodorants. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal is one of those natural products that I ran across and they recently sent me 3 items to review:

1.) Ocean Breeze Deodorant
2.) Lavender Deodorant
3.) MoistStic Natural Lip Protection

These are some of the benefits that they offer in their products:

**100% natural ingredients
**no harmful aluminums or parabens
**pharmaceutical grade mineral salts
**#1 Dr. Recommended deodorant
**endorsed by Dr. Melanie Bone

More Important Facts About Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystals:
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystals products are extremely gentle, yet amazingly effective! Natural mineral salts stop body odor all day without the harmful chemicals found in conventional antiperspirants and deodorants. Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products are 100% pure and natural, non-staining, and provide up to 24 hour, hypoallergenic protection against body and foot odor.  
Our products are also paraben free, propylene glycol free, phthalate free, and contain no harmful aluminums (aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium). They function as natural deodorants, which kill odor-causing bacteria while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally. This is vital to maintain healthy, axillary lymph nodes located in the underarm area.
Everyone knows I love Lavender so it was a no brainer for me to ask for that scent for me to try. I love it and love that I feel protected all day long and that I smell fresh and crisp with a natural scent that is easy to use. These are roll on deodorants. Now, I am going to show you what a doctor who treats cancer patients has to say about this wonderful deodorant:
Testimonial From A Doctor - Our practice continues to recommend Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal to our patients who are receiving radiation to treat breast cancer. We have seen no adverse skin reactions with you product for patients undergoing treatment. 
Your product helps our patients feel fresh and some patients continue to use your products even after radiation treatments are complete.  
We appreciate you sending samples our way so we can continue to introduce your product and provide a way for patients to get started sooner with a replacement to their usual deodorant. 
Also, we appreciate your letting us know where your product is currently available in our area. Thank you for partnering in the support and care of breast cancer patients.
Now, I got the Ocean Breeze for Mike because I knew he wouldn't care for any of those others. He is like me in alot of ways. I think I have finally convinced him to step out of the comfort zone and try a few new scents and see what happens. We don't like to wear anything that is loud or so powerful that other people have to step back away from you.

I have actually had to do that before. I am real sensitive to smells and I can just walk into a new office or building and the new paint will give me a tremendous headache. I used to get really bad headaches all the time when I was working because of all the loud smells but since I don't work anymore, I rarely get them. So, my natural scent theory is working for me.

You are gonna love how this great moisture stick glides on and feels so natural and smooth. They say it's because of the healing Tea Tree Oil. I don't know, all I know is that it feels wonderful on my lips and I have been needing some help on these babie's for awhile so it's nice to be pampered!

MoistStic has a unique blend of all natural ingredients work to soothe, smooth and heal dry lips and preserve healthy skin, providing a protective layer from the drying effects of the sun, altitude and cold weather. Other lip balms can't compare.

Their ingredients are the difference, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Peppermint Oil. And guess what?

Available at: Kroger/Fred Meyer,, and Vitamin Cottage

I found this is the Naturally Aware section. There is so much info here I skipped the About Us this time:
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal brings intellectual awareness to health conscious consumers, helping you to make the correct deodorant choice. Many customers and doctors alike searching for in-depth knowledge for an all-natural, healthy alternative to conventional deodorants need to look no further.  
All the information below should help you decide which deodorant is right for you, and hopefully turn you into a Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal lover for life! Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products are 100% pure and natural, non-staining, and provide up to 24 hour, hypoallergenic protection against body and foot odor.  
Our products are also paraben free, propylene glycol free, phthalate free, and contain no harmful aluminums (aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium). They function as natural deodorants, which kill odor-causing bacteria while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally. This is vital to maintain healthy, axillary lymph nodes located in the underarm area.
You really need to go and cruise around this site and read up on alot of the stuff that I saw and read. There must be something to this because alot of doctor's are talking alot about cancers, especially breast cancer, so that caught my attention.

That is also why you see the Pink Ribbons in support of Breast Cancer on all their products. This is one company I will definitely come back to and try out more products and get more of my awesome Lavender Deodorant!

Connect with Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystals several ways:

Mailing Address:
TCCD International, Inc.
P.O. Box 10761
Pompano Beach, Florida 33061
Phone:  U.S. 1-800-653-4006 or International: 1-954-960-4904
Fax:  954-960-1056

The nice folks at Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal is giving the winner of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop the same three items that I just reviewed. You will love them too! The event starts on February 1st and ends on the 15th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

L'Bri Time Erase Serum Sponsor Spotlight Review

You are going to love this new product that L'Bri has that is called Time Erase Serum! It has a slight lavender like color to it so it's not my camera messing up! I know I sometimes get some weird colors with that camera but this time it actually got the right color!

This serum is super duper awesome just like all of L'Bri's products are and you are not gonna believe the results you will get with the anti-aging around the eyes and lips.

Here is L'Bri's Product Description:

For all skin types. With regular use Time Erase will help fade age spots, freckles and the appearance of scars, as it reduces lines around the eye and lip area. Research has shown that AHAs can actually stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin which gives the skin its elasticity and strength.
I am so super excited and can't wait to see what happens when I get the whole bottle used up. This one bottle will last 3 months. It doesn't take much so be very stingy with it and really smooth or pat it on very sparsely. It is a little thick and it will spread really smoothly so do small drops at first until you know how much will do your eyes and mouth area and any other areas that need attention.

Also: don't forget our their Free Samples Offer:
L'BRI Pure n' Natural Skin Care Samples
Free Skin Care Samples are a 7-10 day supply and include
7 different products. Only pay $6.75 for S&H.
This is L'Bri's  Guarantee:
When you use our Pure n' Natural 3-step skincare program faithfully for only 30 will see and feel an incredible difference in your skin, and you will discover again that soft smooth skin you had as a child, we guarantee it! If you do not see and feel a more beautiful you in 30 days, simply return the product and we'll gladly send you a prompt and courteous refund. We urge you to act now! Every day you wait, your aging process continues...deeper lines and more skin damage occurs.
L'BRI's Privacy Policy: L'BRI Health and Beauty, Inc does collect personal data on persons placing orders with L'BRI. The information you provide will only be used by L'BRI Health and Beauty, Inc for fulfilling orders, requests and sending L'BRI updates, news and product information. Some of your information will then be stored by L'BRI Health and Beauty, Inc and will not be given or sold to any other companies or individuals.
Connect with L'Bri several ways:

Mailing Address:
640 Perkins Drive
Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149

Phone: 262.363.9674 - 1.800.742.8828
Fax: 262.363.5067 - 1.800.742.4020

The great folks at L'Bri have offered the winner of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop the same bottle of Time Erase Serum that I just reviewed. The Giveaway Hop begins on February 1st and ends on the 15th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

Isn't this charm bracelet for Valentine's Day awesome? Leave it to to have the best looking bracelets! I love the combination of colors of pinks and a touch of light purples. The little heart hanging down is the right touch to set it all off!  This one is called the Purple & Pink Hearts Charm Bracelet.

These are a little different than the leather ones that I have been reviewing and giving away in some of my past reviews, so whoever the winner is of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop for Valentine's Day, make sure you measure your wrist and follow the directions.
I did not know what kind I was getting to review so thought nothing of it and when it came, it is too small for me. I can barely get the clasp to close and it's very tight and so when my RA is acting up it will be even tighter. I am going to save this and give it to one of our nieces for Christmas this year.

I have a friend who has small wrists and she was able to put it on and wear it, so I know it works for people with small wrists. Since she liked it so much, I told her to keep it. She was very grateful and appreciated the early birthday present.  So, the nieces will get something else this year.
 Above is the kind of clasp that is used and I got them both undone to see if I could take a few charms off and then it would fit but it still won't let me take any off because it looks like the part that I thought screwed in and out is actually welded onto that big silver piece right in the middle. Then the two long silver things where this clasp actually hooks to is too big to get any of the charms off on both sides so I am not sure how this was made.

This is a closer up picture so you can see that the charms are actually pretty big and I bet that is what took up so much of the chain. It is a very beautiful bracelet and will make an awesome one to wear, just remember to go by the sizing chart so that you will be able to wear yours if you win or if you decide to buy one.
Here is the sizing chart for the charm bracelets:
CHAIN LENGHTH: The proper sizing for bracelets with charms is to add 1" - 1.5" to your wrist size. Go up one size for a very loose fit.
Examples: 6" wrist = 7.1" chain6 1/4" - 6 1/2" wrist = 7.5 inch chain.6 3/4" wrist = 7.9" chain. 7" wrist = 8.3" chain7 1/2" wrist = 8.7" chain.8" wrist = 9.1" chain.

If I am reading this right, I think I would need either the one for the 7 1/2 or the 8 inch for my wrist. I have actually both sizes in 2 other bracelets and on the 7 1/2 size I had to take several charms off to get it to close and then I just added them to the 8 inch bracelet and they both fit perfectly now.  Even on the 8 inch bracelet, I had to leave several inches on each side empty of charms for the bracelet to be loose on my wrist but it all worked out.

They have so many to choose from besides this one, it will make your head spin. I found several other ones that would make excellent Valentine's Day gifts too. This one is called Red Love Charm Bracelet.

Oh, don't forget that you get free shipping on any orders over $50.00!

Or if you are into gold colored jewelry, which I also love, I thought this one makes a striking bracelet and would look good all year round. It's called Winter Gold but it has a small gold heart hanging from it so it would still qualify for Valentine's Day, don't you think?

Lastly, I found this one in a totally different set of bracelets that are called Shamballa Bracelets. I have never heard of that name before but did recognize the style. I have seen it before and have actually thought about getting one but I would need to see if it has the little pulls like the leather ones do that you can adjust it to fit any way you want.
Here is a little info on is owned and operated by SedonaBiz LLC, an internet company nestled in the panoramic red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. The majesty of Sedona inspires us everyday to offer beautiful bracelets at reasonable prices.
You won't find bracelets on our website that cost thousands of dollars. No! We want to appeal to the jewelry lover who likes to wear a different bracelet everyday. We offer beautiful, fun fashion bracelets that are good quality and don't break the bank.

We also try to make it as easy as possible to buy a bracelet online by giving you tips for measuring your wrist, and telling you what wrist size each of our bracelet fits so you don't have to guess.
Many sites only tell their customers the size of the bracelet, but not the best wrist size for that bracelet. As we know, the bigger the beads, the smaller the wrist it fits.

We also sell the very popular Bracelet Assistant which makes putting a bracelet on by yourself easy and fast. We've all experienced the "flopping" bracelet, and the Bracelet Assistant solves that problem.

Connect with eBracelets several ways:

Contact Form | Facebook | will be giving the winner of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop Event the same exact bracelet (but in your size, remember). Please make sure you measure your wrist correctly! The Giveaway Event starts on February 1st and ends on the 15th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

G.H. Cretors Popcorn Sampler Sponsor Spotlight Review

Yes, it's that time of year again for Valentine's Day and everyone loves getting a great variety of awesome popcorn!  I love G.H. Cretors  Popcorn and so will you! I got to try their 5 flavors from their Sampler Package last year and wanted to have them in my Crazy Cupid Giveaway for Valentine's Day so that you too could try some of their awesome popcorn!

These are the 5 flavors you will get in the Sampler Pack:

1. Just the Cheese Popcorn
2. Just the Caramel Popcorn
3. Chicago Mix Popcorn
4. Kettle Corn Popcorn
5. Caramel Nut Crunch Popcorn

I have to admit that my favorites were the Kettle Corn, Just Caramel and the Caramel Nut Crunch! Of course Mike liked the ones that had a little heat in them like the Chicago Mix and the Just Cheese. We have had alot of popcorn in our lives and caramel always beats them out.

But this one had a little twist on the caramel by adding the nuts and it just seemed that it just made it go from a great popcorn treat to 100% awesome! Give me toffee and nuts anytime and I will be happy! 

Wow, this one, the Caramel Nut Crunch was really the big hit with all of us when we took our first bite, we were hooked but good! This was really an awesome popcorn and we went thru that bag in record time! Oh, and did you know that all of their popcorns have No Gluten and are NON-GMO's! They are also considered all natural and Kosher also. What a great company to try and think of ways to help those of us who have problems with some snacks because of the ingredients! Way to go!
And then if you prefer your popcorn without nuts, then this one titled Just the Caramel Corn is gonna rock your boat! It is one of the better Caramel popcorns in awhile.  They make the Caramel Corn just like their Great Grandpa did- in old-fashioned copper kettles, one batch at a time.  They use 100% natural ingredients to create the crunchiest, fluffiest popcorn you will ever taste!
This bag did not last long in our house at all! Actually, it was the first bag that got ate up in one night! Good thing we don't get this too often or we would be in trouble with our weight big time.
This one was Mike's favorite because he likes all that cheesy stuff so I let Mike have this bag all to himself! He was a very happy camper and enjoyed every last kernel to the end. I think he did sneak a few kernels to Charlie, our Yorkie but not many because I don't need him to get sick eating stuff like that. I have to watch Mike like a hawk when he has something that he wants to share with Charlie!

Here is what is in G.H. Cretor's Popcorns:

**We use Brown Rice Syrup
**No artificial flavors or colors
**No gluten ingredients
**Made with fresh creamery butter
**We use natural sweeteners
**We use locally grown Non-GMO popcorn

I can tell you without a doubt, that if Kettle Corn were left anywhere in the house for me to find, I will and I will eat every last kernel of corn that is in that bag! That is one reason I resist buying it because I know I would eat the whole bag and that is not good for me at all.

Here's a little bit about their History and how they started:
It all began in 1885 when Great Grandpa Cretors invented the popcorn machine and our family began perfecting the art of popping corn. His modern machine appeared at the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893, and for five generations we’ve been following in his corn-popping footsteps, taste-testing recipes around our kitchen table.

Today we make all of our products just like Great Grandpa did. We cook all of our caramel in old fashioned copper kettles, one batch at a time. We melt real cheddar cheese to just the right temperature before pouring it on the fluffiest popcorn you’ve ever tasted!  
And we add our perfectly roasted nuts to our caramel recipe at just the right time to bring you the best tasting product you’ve ever had.
We’ve learned a few things in five generations but what has remained the same is our dedication to a great tasting, all natural products that you can enjoy with your family the way we enjoy them with ours. 
Connect with G.H. Cretors several ways:

Mailing Address:
3898 Sunset Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60087
Phone:   877.263.7000

G.H. Cretor's Popcorn is giving the winner of my Crazy Cupid Valentine's Day Giveaway the same Sampler Set that I just talked about! The Giveaway Event starts on February 1st and ends on the 15th. Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

Toilet Tree Fogless Shower Mirror Sponsor Spotlight Review

I love ToiletTree Products, don't you? They come up with some of the most interesting items that you actually can use and I just love them! I was recently sent their Fogless Shower Mirror to review.

Now, my husband can actually see what he is doing in shower while shaving and I can use it to scrub my face and make sure I have all the soap off my face or my microdermabrasion scrub when I use it in the shower.

I use to do it over the sink but I made such a mess with the water going everywhere and I had to keep looking up in the mirror to see if I had gotten it all off! I will also be able to double check that all of the shampoo has been rinsed out of my hair!

And if for some reason you already have one or shave with an electric razor, you can use it as a gift for someone's birthday or as an anniversary gift or even a Christmas present. That is the beauty of ToiletTree's products. They can be used by the whole family in so many different ways. I bet you know someone who would love one!

Some details that you might want to know:

-Shatter proof high quality acrylic mirror that adheres to virtually any wall surface with removable silicone adhesive.

-Easily adjustable bracket accommodates multiple users and angles.

-Built in shelf to store your razor, sponge or tweezers.

-Squeegee included to wipe away excess water drops.

-Designed not to rust, discolor or damage bathroom surfaces.

-Measures 8.5in x 6.5in x 1.5in and weighs less than 1 pound.
Okay, this is what you do to get your Fogless Mirror up on the wall of your shower:
Our removable, soft silicone adhesive secures the mirror to all shower surfaces and will not damage tiles or shower walls! The mirror conveniently detaches from the bracket so you can easily fill the reservoir before each use. An included self-stored squeegee removes any excess water from the front of your mirror. An adjustable frame makes the mirror accommodating for multiple users and angles. 
This is the squeegee that will help keep your mirror from getting fogged up is really very simple directions that it can be done in a few minutes:
To use: Simply slide the mirror off the bracket before each shower and fill with hot water. The hot water will keep the mirror the same temperature as the environment in your shower which makes it scientifically impossible for your mirror to ever fog. Filling the mirror each shower takes 5-7 seconds.
 Product Details that you need to know:

  • water chamber design keeps mirror fogless.
  • GUARANTEED to be fogless for life. Requires no annoying fog free sprays EVER!
  • Easy mounting with removable silicone adhesive and double sided tape. No more unreliable suction cups!
  • Built in squeegee to clean off mirror.
  • Convenient shelf to place your razor, sponge or tweezers so they are always accessible. 

  • Also here is something that I did not know and I bet you didn't either:
    Dermatologists recommend performing daily skin care regimen in the shower as this promotes healthier looking skin. The combination of heat and moisture open the pores and creates an ideal environment for shaving, exfoliating, tweezing and cleaning.
    I hope that you will stop by ToiletTree Product's website and check out all the other products that they have. You might be suprised to see some that you sure could use or someone in your family can use.

    Do you know how ToiletTree began? I do. I grabbed a snippet so go read the rest:
    After many long months of brainstorming and testing prototypes, the trio took their design to manufacturing in January of 2010, where ToiletTree Products was finally born. A fun play on the word ‘toiletry,’ the company takes its name from the category in which their creations fall: bathroom products!  
    In only a mere six months, ToiletTree’s Fogless Shower Mirror made its debut on, earning the title of Amazon’s #1 top-selling beauty product by Christmas of 2010. Due to the overwhelming number of customer requests, ToiletTree’s Fogless Shower Mirror expanded its line to include the Deluxe LED Mirror, as well as one fit for travel and On-The-Go.  
    Today, ToiletTree Products rounds out its brand with the addition of other new essential bathroom products including nail clippers, face cleanser, oral irrigator and a collection of Bamboo bathroom accessories. A family-run company, ToiletTree Products takes great pride in providing consumers with unique and innovative products of only the highest quality.
    Connect with ToiletTree several ways:

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

    ToiletTree Products is going to give the winner of my Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop that starts on February 1st and ends on the 15th, the same Fogless Mirror I just reviewed! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

    Merlot Skincare Sponsor Spotlight Review

    Oh, you guys are really gonna love this set of Merlot Skincare products that I got to review! I love their products and am very impressed with the usage of grape seeds in skincare because I have been hearing alot about them lately. So, I was really excited to get to review this great skincare.

    Here is what they sent me:

    1.) Cleanser
    2.) Hydrating Toner
    3.) Moisturizer
    4.) Lip Moisturizer
    I loved the cute little bag that they sent everything in and it had the purple paper on the inside with the products all nicely wrapped up and protected. I am gonna save the bag and the ribbon. It will make a good bag to give someone something this next holiday. Yes, I love to recycle things if I can. I even save the bubble wrap envelopes if I am able to get the sender's label off without tearing the envelope too much!
    Let's start with the Grape Seed Cleanser. You know the steps, right? Clean, Tone and then put on Moisturizer. That is why I thought I would start with that. This is a very gentle and mild cleanser with a very pleasant scent that will leave your face feeling clean and soft!

    They use a soap-free formula so that it doesn't dry out your skin and I sure don't need anymore dry skin! I think I have enough already on my legs and arms for some odd reason! This cleanser has these ingrediants that you will love. It refreshes your skin with soothing fruit extracts, including papaya, green apple, grape seed, and cucumber.

    These are your main benefits of using this Cleanser:

    **Contains no soaps
    **Removes impurities
    **Softens **Nourishes
    **Can be used to remove make-up (it really did work, too!)
    **Gentle and mild
    I have to tell you that I have used quite a few toners in my life but this is one of my absolute favorites! It just soaked right into my skin and made it feel so good and it was so much more easier to apply the moisturizer after using the toner first.

    I felt nice and fresh for pretty much most of the day. Merlot's Hydrating Toner helps clean your pores and will help firm up the skin as well. This will become one of your favorites also, I can guarantee it! Plus, I love the color, I almost think it looks like the real Merlot wine!

    The Grape Seed Toner helps do these important things:

    **Refreshes skin
    **Purifies and clarifies skin
    **For all skin types
    **Helps boost skin's tone after cleansing
    Now, this is also my favorite product, the Grape Seed Moisturizer! I loved the purple color and how thick it was but it went on nice and smooth and my skin just drank up the moisturizer without making my face feel like it was packed with cream.

    This is your main benefits of this moisturizer:

    **Contains red grape seeds, nature's most powerful antioxidant
    **SPF 15
    You will come to love this purple face moisturizer because it is so versitile and it actually works! It really did help my face stay moisturized and feeling very pampered. But, it can so alot more than just that! Creme de Vin is made of natural red grape seed polyphenols. It's antioxidant properties help inhibit the aging process and is a perfect primer before applying makeup! It is a lightweight formula that does so much more than just leave skin feeling silky smooth.

    This moisturizer works to fight against free radicals – the particles that contribute to the signs of premature aging. We need all the help we can get with today's environment, unfortunately, we actually have a harder time than our mothers and grandmothers at keeping our skin looking good longer because of what is going on with our air and other natural resources.

    Finally, you have the Lip Moisturizer or Lip Balm, whichever you prefer to call it. It is actually 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E! It will keep your lips soft and smooth at the same time that it is protecting them.

    Main benefits are:

    **Protects lips with SPF 15
    **Conditions lips with natural grape seed oil.
    **Utilizes natural antioxidants
    **Fragrance free

    Here's a tidbit of info on the man who made Merlot Skincare. I only grabbed a snippet, so go read the rest of this story:
    His friends call him Dr. Grapes, others often refer to him as Mr. Merlot. With his signature skin care line, Wayne Beckley, creator of Merlot Skin Care, is quickly gaining a new title as the “Father of Grape Seed Technology.”  
    More than 10 years ago while watching "60 Minutes," Wayne Beckley first learned of “the French Paradox” – a report on people in France who consumed diets heavy in saturated fat, but who seemed to suffer virtually no heart disease. The report linked the findings to the drinking of red wine.  
    Intrigued, Beckley chronicled over 70 research studies that indicated that drinking a couple glasses of red wine each day could be beneficial in warding off certain cancers and lowering cholesterol in the body.  
    The reason: the antioxidants found in red grapes. Investigating further, Beckley found studies revealing the grape’s true power, their seeds. Research studies have shown that grape seed antioxidants are 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E and nearly 25 times more powerful than Vitamin C.
    Connect with Merlot Skincare several ways:

    Phone:  1-800-738-0256

    Merlot Skincare is going to give the winner of the From Our Hearts to Yours Valentine's Day Event the same products that I just reviewed. You are gonna be so happy! The Event starts on February 1st and ends on the 14th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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

    Eco Vessel Double Wall Glass Bottle Sponsor Spotlight Review

    I got this awesome Double Wall Bottle from Eco Vessel to review along with an accessory that changes it into a Tea Infuser for when I want to make my loose teas! Now, you all know how I feel about making fresh tea so this was an unexpected surprise! I just thought I was getting a type of water bottle but now I am really pumped to be able to use for tea also!

    There are 5  colors to choose from including my Dragon Fly with the red top. We picked this one because of the red top to make it a much nicer Valentine's Day prize. Isn't that the color for Valentine's?

    This is the strainer that they included in what they call my DragonFly Bottle:

    This is their description of the Double Vue Bottle:
    The Eco Vessel "Vue" offers a fresh new addition to your day. Enjoy the clean, natural taste of your tea, coffee, juice or water with this simple, elegant bottle. With two layers of durable glass, the "Vue" is designed for both hot and cold beverages.  It doesn't sweat and your hands won't feel the heat of a hot cup of coffee or tea. The simplicity of glass is easy to clean and looks great.  
    **Double layer of glass for hot and cold drinks  **Leak proof, easy to use flip top lid **Stainless Steel Mesh Tea Strainer  **Glass is dishwasher safe, hand wash top  **14 oz **2.5" wide at base, 10" tall  
    I grabbed an image off of their site also, so you can really see how it looks. You know I don't have the best camera and although it sometimes can take some great pictures, I could not get it to show all the features at once. The tea strainer isn't shown as good in my picture nor the actual color of the bottle. My picture made it look more orange but it did do one thing right and that was to show you the dragonflies on the bottle and that is why I still used it.

    Eco Vessel mostly makes Filtration Bottles for all types of uses such as athletes in training, or for your children, and even for yourself when all you want to do is make sure you have water on the go wherever you go. I love the Flip Straw bottles for when you are on the go and need to get going fast!

    Now, here is why I like the idea of their Filtration Bottles:

    **Improves tastes, eliminates odors
    **Removes 99.9% of Giardia and Cryptosporidium
    **Reduces toxic chemicals like DDT, MTBE and arsenic
    **Reduces heavy metals like lead, mercury, copper, chromium 6 and aluminum
    **Reduces microscopic pathogens
    **Reduces chlorine, sediment and dirt
    **Made in the USA

    You will love these ones because they are made especially for kids. See, they thought about the kids also! You especially want them to have fresh drinking water that is good for them so this is gonna help you achieve that goal. Here's a quick reason why but go on their site and read the rest of what they have to say about ALL of their bottles and you will be amazed!
    Vacuum Insulation Technology and two walls of high grade steel will keep your child's drink cold for hours! Easy-Drinking Flip Straw Top includes a strong carrying loop BPA free, made from 100% recyclable materials ONLY for Children 4 and Older, Lifetime Warranty Dimensions: 3" wide, 8.25" tall
    Eco Vessel makes other products besides just bottles. They even have some food storage cups and lunchboxes that collapse! There are also other accessories to go with your bottles like the tops and straws and other parts that you may have to replace at one time or another. Their bottles also come in glass, plastic, insulated and single steel. So, no matter what you are looking for, I think you will find the right bottle just for what you need for yourself and your family!

    Here is a little bit of info about Eco Vessel:
    Eco Vessel is based in Boulder, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. We are dedicated to developing products from safe, sturdy, sustainable materials while offering innovation and practicality. Our complete product line provides options for both children and adults with all of these in mind.   
    You can feel secure knowing that our 100% recyclable, BPA Free products are made of high quality, non-leaching materials and are designed for your safety, ease of use and convenience. Using plastic water bottles is expensive, wasteful and unnecessary. Sadly, more than 80% of these bottles are not even recycled but simply thrown away, which creates more than a million tons of waste each year.  
    Treat yourself and your family to our good looking, Eco-friendly products while you help heal our planet. 
    Connect with Eco Vessel several ways:

    Mailing Address:
    5485 Conestoga Court Ste 250
    Boulder, Colorado 80301
    Phone: (800)-969-2962

    The great folks at Eco Vessel will be giving the winner of my From Our Hearts to Yours Valentine's Day Event that starts on February 1st and ends on the 14th, the same bottle I just reviewed! You are gonna love it especially if you love loose leaf tea like I do. It's really a great bottle to have around. Thanks Eco Vessel for the bottle and for hosting the giveaway. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

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