Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NEW DEALS: Board game coupons and Grocery Coupons!

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$1.00 off one (1) Butterball Frozen Turkey Burger
$1.00 off any 1 LLOYD'S Barbeque product
$1.00 off two VALLEY FRESH products
$1.00 off 1 HORMEL Refrigerated Entree
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$1.00 off ONE meat-free Gardein™ frozen entree
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$1.00 off 2 HORMEL Pepperoni packages

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

{Updated Links} Nature's Sleep 40% Sale--Deal Runs Till 6/22

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Soft Scrub: Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Gel Review

Cleaning my bathroom:

There is nothing that makes me feel unsettled as Mold and Mildew in the bathroom.  Having a clean bathroom, a clean shower, and a clean bathtub is important to me as it makes me feel good each time I step into it.  There is not  much more terrifying as stepping into a bathtub to take a shower and mildew is sludging the edges and corners of your bathtub.

 I find that mildew likes to accumulate and are more common under neath the bath products that are supposed to clean me---aka the shampoo and conditioner, soap holder.  Not to mention I find mildew hiding in the inner most places of my sinks!  Recently I have also found that my humidifier is a great place for mold and mildew to proliferate.  I have found yet another place to get rid of mildew!

At times though it takes some cleaning power and for a small bathroom being armed with Soft Scrub Mold and Mildew Gel is a blessing!  Why I love it is that it does not going to kill me by noxious fumes.   The worst part of my bathroom to clean besides the toilet, is the sink!

Here are a couple of pictures of spaying on this bathroom cleaner and letting it soak in.

The gel actually seems to penetrate through the mildew better and saves me time and energy when scrubbing. 

All Clean!


Another place I found a good use as mentioned above is cleaning out our humidifier.

After Scrubbing and Rinsing Voila! 
Soft Scrub works well on getting rid of mildew.
All Clean

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Disclosure : I received this product for free from company. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Father's Day Gift Ideas: 50% Off Any Pair of Nature's Sleep Slippers

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Flowers by Number: Children's Book Review

Flowers By Number a Children's Book

Perfect for her Age Level:
My daughter is at an age where she is inquisitive about the little details I miss.  She is fascinated with everything that grows, crawls and moves.  She pauses in midwalk to examine flowers and the grass and the creepy crawlies.  She has no fear of worms, and delights in picking dandelions and weeds.  It is amazing that at her age, 32 months (almost 3, YIKES!) how far she has already come.  

I was delighted to be able to review Flowers by Number because this book fits her level of curiosity and level of learning.  There is a clear way to count flowers.  Visually you have the actual number bold and up top for easy identification.  And the name big and bold for a finger to run across it while saying its name.  After reading the plant’s common name little fingers and eyes have easy access to plants or flowers below to count.  I think this is one of the reasons that make Flowers by Number a really great counting book that stands above the rest.  My daughter is almost three and even at this age she really enjoys this book.

 Our book came through the mail, carefully wrapped in brown paper wrapping.  My daughter likened it to a special present. 

The pictures are eye catching, bold, and colorful.  The whole feel of the book with its heavy pages and deep rich tones of colors impress on me the word “quality”.  

Educational and Fun:

It’s laid out perfectly for both mom and the young pupil.
I feel that it is a welcomed gold mine for learning!  The illustrations are both beautifully done and are accurate making it easy for children to familiarize themselves with plants as they stomp through their own backyards or woods.  This book has made it easy for me to teach my daughter about plants growing around us.  I have to admit I became interested in learning about the different flora native to the North West. 

Local Local Local:
Written by David Shapiro and beautifully illustrated by Haley Vair.  What makes me especially excited about this book is that both David and Haley are local to the Portland Area.  We visit Portland quite frequently, and have driven down and gotten lost a few times down Stark Street where Craigmore Creations publishes books.  It just kind of makes one proud to have a book that is published locally.

About David Shapiro (info from their website):

David Shapiro President | David R. Shapiro
David R. Shapiro is the founder of Craigmore Creations. Entrepreneur, entertainer and naturalist, David earned his BA in Natural History and Creative Writing from Prescott College. He is a student of nature through the Old World lens of natural history, which emphasizes a general knowledge of all aspects of the natural world. His heroes in the field are Alexander von Humboldt, Meriwether Lewis, and Annie Montague Alexander. As an author, David has been inspired by the imagination of his two children and has focused on writing for youth since 2008. Prior to that he wrote time travel adventures and poetry for adults. David lives in Portland, but travels often to be a part of the rest of the world. Read David’s Blog.

 Love what you see?  You can purchase Flowers by Number and browse other books published by Craigmore Creations on their online website.  

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-9844422-8-7
Size: 9 x 9
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32 Full color, illustrated pages
Category: Children/Flowers & Plants; Concepts/Counting & Numbers
Age: 4 and up


 Currently we are reading and reading and reading.  We visit the Library almost every week, and read at least two books before bed time.  In the car she brings a favorite book.  Waiting meals she is usually browsing a book.  She reads to Rudy our dog.  She reads while on the potty.   She enjoys reading.  I am proud to have my very own book worm in the form of a little girl.  She is a sponge and is Just soaking it in!


Disclosure : I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fibond Review and Giveaway

Fibond Review:

We were granted an opportunity to try Fibond which is geared towards helping hide the balding.  With Fibond the little plant fibers “bond” to the existing hair making it appear thicker and fuller.  It is a quick way to fix those balding spots.  In essence it took my husband less than a minute to apply the product, and I felt it was somewhat successful in hiding his balding areas. 
Great Color Fit:
I was impressed that the color we chose fit his  hair quite well.  I was worried because he has such a variety of hair colors that comes through.  He has reddish, blonde, and brown hair.  According to instructions on picking out a color, we went with his root color—light brown. 

Application of the Product:
It is relatively easy to use the product.  But I do believe that it does take practice in knowing how to apply Fibond without the product having a fuzzy appearance.  We had to brush it out and start over at times to get the desired look.  Overall my husband seems to be okay with the product, but not satisfied with it.  He felt that it was due to his hair being long and the fibers seemed to give his head a fuzzy look.  From far away no one could notice it, but for us we could notice the fibers right away.  He commented that he would have had a far better experience with the product if his hair were short instead of long.  

As far as combing to fix the Fibond to conform to the hair, it seems to collect on the brush or comb we use.  It tends to collect in the comb and we end up having to start again.  Instead we have found to fix the fibers one has to pat it down.


We have been using the product for about two weeks, and do get Fibond to look nice and normal with a slight fuzziness, but overall, my husband says it comes off too easily for his liking and still looks kind of funny to him. 

My husband in the past has been in the market for hair loss products, but as of the last few years he has simply stopped shopping.  We have considered using some very pricey hair loss products, but the commitment for using the product every day for months and years seemed quite a task for him.  Needless to say the words “results may vary” has deterred him from spending money.   We feel like for someone wanting something that can help cover those areas of baldness, this would be a great find for them.  And in my husband opinion he recommends this product for someone with shorter hair.  But for my husband he does not care to use this product on a daily basis at work.  He wears a safety hat at work, and sees that the product will come off in the hat. 

Fibond offers a giveaway to one of you readers!  
Winner will receive a 25g, 50-75 day supply of Fibond.
The value after shipping is $33

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Disclosure:  This is brought to you by and Fibond.  I was given a sample of Fibond in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ray of Light by Shelley S. Gray

This is book two of the series Days of Redemption by Shelly Shepard Gray.

Why I Enjoyed this book:
I did enjoy the uniqueness of the situation that played in this family.  Each person seemed to be struggling with something, and it was kind of interesting to see this play out in an Amish community.  It feels like a different point of view that is welcomed when reading Amish books.

The Romance playing between Amanda and Roman is sweet, but what I really enjoyed was the inclusion of Regina Amanda's daughter.  I loved that Author Gray included Regina as a key part into the romance between her mom and Roman.  I thought it brought her book into a more personal level plucking at the heart strings.  It was believable seeing Regina and Roman's family interacting together.  I fell in love with the prospect of having this bundle of joy and energy rejuvenate Roman's family.

Some Awkwardness in Reading this book:
 I felt that the first few chapters were strikingly confusing for me.  There was an influx of characters introduced so quickly with very little personality that I had a hard time keeping characters straight.  Pushing through the first few chapters were challenging because of this.  However as I read a few more chapters, I slowly became somewhat familiar to the characters.  I considered writing them all on paper to keep them all straight!  It was a little frustrating for me as a reader.

I know it was meant to be read with the first book, but I just want to give my perspective that there was a lot going on at the beginning that felt like I had hit the ground running.

As I did get into the book, the author moves into several different love stories happening and developing.  I was intrigued and interested between the problems and stories between Viola and Edward;  Peter and Marie; Aaron and Lovina.  But it felt like there was just too much going on that Gray was divided between developing each of these minor plot to their fullest.  The main love story between Roman and Amanda suffered because of all the different characters having their own struggles and situations.  There could have been more richness between Roman and Amanda, instead I felt that Roman was hotheaded and shallow.  Amanda in my eye felt young and immature at times.  I felt that both characters had fallen in love, and I do cheer for them, but wished that their love for each other read more meaningful.  Instead I felt that it fell flat and lacked depth and maturity.

Overall an okay read for me, and will pick up the first book to see if that would shed the confusion for me.  I am intrigued with the cliff hanger at the end and Viola and Edward relationship so I do anticipate me picking up the next book.

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  • Meet Shelley:
  • Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the "Sisters of the Heart", "Seasons of Sugarcreek", "Secrets of Crittenden County", and Families of Honor series. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Disclosure : I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Revolt Fitness: My enemy exercise--Pushups

So I have a weakness--Push Ups!  Tabatas has beaten me up during our Revolt Fitness.  I am determined.  Yes I was wiped out, and resorted to modified push ups, but I am determined to get stronger week by week.  I want progress and am okay with starting at a humble three or five push ups regular style.

I feel like since I have gained 30 pounds my arm strength to push up against my body weight has been more of a challenge to me than ever before.  I do love push ups in the regards that it works out my core and arms muscles.  Building up the strength to do unmodified push ups is challenging!  Let's face it, It is hard and one has to literally get down on the ground to do them!

So Don't Give up--Working to Improve my Push Ups
I did a little research, and found this helpful video.   I have enjoyed it and am motivated because I feel like this is something I can do!  I wanted to share it with you all.  And hopefully be able to bring help to someone else whose struggles are the dreaded Push Ups.

Here is the webpage that equally encouraged me: Improve Your Push Up (Even If You Can't Do One)

My Hope and Vision:
I am 172 pounds right now.  Yes, I have let myself go, and I can feel it with every push up I do.  I do not like carrying that extra 30-45 pounds.  I use ten pound weights while exercising, and that extra twenty pounds of weight is heavy!  I can only anticipate how "awe-mazing" once I get down to my target healthy weight.  Also hoping that push ups will get easier as I turn fat into muscle, and hopefully I don't have to push up against 172 pounds of me!

Also I envision at least I hope for stronger toned arms and a core that keeps my belly from rolling out.

I remember that back in May I tackled squats.  I hated squats, and day by day I felt increasingly capable of doing them.  I felt stronger and became so because I did squats little by little each day.  I have come so far, and now I do not flinch or groan in dismay when Nichole does squats in our Lower Body workouts!  I love them!  I almost feel like I need to do more for these particular workouts.

Regular Push Ups that I can do:
6/7--8 (updated)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Revolt Fitness: June Uprising

I say that I am so excited to begin starting up on the June Uprising with Nichole along with many other bloggers and Revolt Fitness gals!

To start it off, Nichole has done some research and we are starting to do Cardio Tabatas MON/THU/SAT.  Not looking forward to it, but I want to see my progress!

These are killer workouts where you do an exercise for twenty seconds on, ten second rest, and then repeat eight times.  Six Exercise Tabatas to do (8x) with Core Circuit in between every two Exercise Tabatas.  These are killer and the biggest challenge for me is to endure till the end and not give up.

Yesterday was a killer work out....the worst exercise being the Push Ups.  I am hoping to gain strength and add to myself some muscles during this week.  I really want to do real push ups ALL the time--this is my goal this month!

Here are my measurements as of June 4:
Arms: 13
Chest: 41
Thighs: 22.5

Calves: 14.5
Hips: 42.5
Waist: 37

BF: 39-42%

Hoping to lose some more poundage by doing the Detox Diet this week! :)

I am looking forward to change and to gaining strength and the will to push through the hardstuff.  And it's not too late to start off with us for this month's June Uprising!

With that said, I would like to invite YOU to join up for the June Revolt Uprising starting up soon!  Don't despair if you feel you are way to far to won't regret it.  

If you are looking to make a change this month, Revolt is definitely for you! Right now you can sign up for $10 a month, $27 for three months OR $50 Annual Membership!