Friday, October 21, 2011

In Honor Of The Ta Ta's Giveaway Hop! #Rafflecopter Giveaway

In honor of this pink month, I have gone as pink as I can!  I have a prize package from Simply Eden and Bombay Fashions!

    Bombay Fashions is the premier online one-stop destination for affordable fashion jewelry and accessories!  They recently introduced the Bella Collection, a large selection of statement earrings, bangles and necklaces!  Although prices vary, the average price of the pieces is $20!  Very reasonable, if I do say so myself!  Their earrings in the Bella Collection average only $5.00, but they are so cute and there is such a big selection. With the way I lose earrings,  this would be a smart idea.  I could buy a few pairs and not be out too much if I were to break up a pair here and there. 

    One celebrity who really likes Bombay Fashions is Oprah Winfrey!  She wears the orange gold bracelet ($13.39) for her current publicity shot for her OWN Network.  She has also worn many of Bombay Fashions for her "O" Magazine cover shots!  
    Right now, to celebrate the festive season of Diwali, which is now here, Bombay Fashions is automatically taking off an additional 25% from all merchandise, which will be automatically deducted at check-out!  

Simply Eden Goat-Milk Soaps and Bath & Body Products are simply amazing.  They are hand-made using quality ingredients without all of the harsh chemicals and detergents that commercial products contain.  The soaps are made with the the cold-process method, which requires at least a four-week cure period to ensure a mild, luxurious bar of soap.Athena uses goat milk due to its mild cleansing, as well as moisturizing properties. All of her soaps are made with recipes that she has formulated, using skin-nourishing oils such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and even Hemp Seed Oil or the exotic Babassu oil. In addition, all of the oils that she uses are sustainable and do not contribute to the deforestation of the rain forests.

 Simply Eden's Bath & Body products are delicious and smell so good.  The soaps are amazing and the Body Mousse is delectable!  For more information, please refer to my review and to the Simply Eden website! 

GIVEAWAY:  One reader will receive a prize package from Bombay Fashions and Simply Eden worth at least $50!  You will receive your choice of two items from Bombay fashions from their Bella Collection and you will also receive a Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Mousse and matching Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Soap!
Just complete the giveaway on the Rafflecopter entry form!  There will be one mandatory entry and the rest of the entries are optional.  Also, don't forget to visit all of the other blogs that are participating in this Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!  Best of luck to everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jeremy Robinson's Great #Kindle #Giveaway Blog Tour!

     I am a lucky participant of the Jeremy Robinson month-long blog tour.  He will be visiting 28 blogs during the month of October, one for every week-day.  I'm #28 and therefore, he will be visiting me on October 28th.  He will answer 3 questions I posed to him about writing.  He writes for several genres, including Horror, Young Adult Literature Science Thriller (Chess Team Universe or Chesspocalypse), and Humor.  
    At the end of this month, he will be giving out two kindles purchased at!  One will be given out to a random newsletter subscriber and another one will be given out if one of his books reaches the Amazon best-seller list (top 100)!  Check out THE SENTINEL!
    To enter, go to his blog, check out his books, sign up for his newsletter and tell him that #28 sent you!  (That's me!)  'Cause if I send the most subscriber's, I'll get an Amazon gift card!  Woo hoo!!! 
    Also, stop by on the 28th to see what questions I asked him and what his answers to me will be!  I've always been curious about the book-writing process so my questions will have something to do with that.  Jeremy ought to have some knowledge on the subject since he has authored 11 books so far and is working on at least a dozen more!  (OK, I don't know if it's a dozen.  I do know that he's working on at least several.)
    Winners will be announced on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, my blog and his newsletter (which you will hopefully be signed up to!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Murad Skin Review and Giveaway!

When looking for a good skincare product, I look for a few things--one of them is company reputation, another is track record and yet another is cutting edge technology that is effective.  Murad seems to have all of those things.  That's why I thought I'd give it a shot. 

Complete Skin Renewal Set
Renewing Eye Cream

I was able to try the Renewing Eye Cream and the Complete Skin Renewal Set.  That is a total of 5 products and I will tell you which two were my absolute favorites.  
Renewing Eye Cream:  This cream is very dense and has substance.  A little bit goes a long way.  I really love it and it is one of the two products that I very highly recommend.  It is the best eye cream I have ever used.  It seems a bit pricey at $73, but it ships for free and a little goes a long way, so it will last a long while.  I noticed a difference in the elasticity around my eyes and the dark circles were diminished.  

The Complete Skin Renewal Set ($42) consists of Refreshing Cleanser, Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Complete Reform.  All of the products were excellent (!!!), but the one that stood out above the rest for me was the Complete Reform.  Again, I noticed the firmness of my skin, namely the jaw area and the neck area, take on a measured improvement and I was quite impressed!  When I put it on, there is just the slightest tingle.  Complete Reform is a "patented treatment shown to increase the firmness of the skin by 61% after just one application while also improving skin texture to reveal softer, smoother skin."  Buy this product in it's full size for $67 with free shipping and enter the code COMPLETE for an additional free gift from Murad.

Murad has a great beauty blog called 'Skin Deep' that is well-updated and quite informative! Today's article is about 3 must-have ingredients in an anti-aging product.  Check it out!

Without further ado, Murad would like to give someone the same products I received for their own use and enjoyment, a $115 value.  To enter, please complete the mandatory entry of  being my GFC Follower and also visit Murad and find a product you'd like to try different from the ones I mentioned. Leave your product find in the comment section along with your GFC Name.  Then proceed through the rest of the Rafflecopter Entry form for more entries if you'd like to increase your chances of winning!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simply Eden Bath & Body Products - Review and Upcoming Giveaway!

I was so lucky to be able to try some products from Simply Eden!  A little goat farm with sweet little goats, whose milk has been used to make the most delicious bath and body products!  My favorites are:
Grapefruit Peppermint Essential Oils Goat-Milk Lotion. ($14) This lotion smells so refreshing and invigorates me when I put it on.  It sinks into my skin and it becomes baby soft.  It is an amazing skin boost! 

Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Body Mousse. ($9) This is like a whipped topping that melts into the skin leaving the most yummy lingering scent.   It comes with a matching goat-milk soap!  There are a variety of scented Body Mousse to choose from, all amazing!
Raspberries and Cream Lip Balm.  ($3.25) Wonderful lip treatment!  It makes my lips feel super soft and supple.  Contains mango butter and is lightly tinted!
Red Rock Cedar Goat-Milk Soap!  ($5.75) This soap feels and smells amazing!  It's raw cut and handmade.  The goat milk and oils in the soap make the skin feel wonderful!  My husband loves this soap and it smells so good!  I also love the Grapefruit Peppermint Essential Oils Soap! 
Athena is the master soap maker and matron of the farm.  Much love and care goes into the making of her products.  She started making them because she was very sensitive to regular products and needed to have alternatives for her own use.  Lucky for those who try her products that she didn't stop with herself.  She lovingly shares her products with friends near and far.  Her little goat farm may need to be expanded if many more people hear about these products.
 I love her idea for parties and baby showers.  She makes soap cupcakes and bundt cakes!  Guests can leave with a take-home gift of a "slice" of soap cake!  How cute and unique!
    Athena, at Simply Eden, will be awarding someone a Raspberry Vanilla Goat-Milk Soap and a Raspberry Vanilla Body mousse when we participate in the upcoming In Honor Of The Ta Ta's Giveaway Event Hop on October 21 - 24! 

My Latest Timed Mile Run

I posted earlier about a really easy way to predict the kind of health you will have in your later years.  All you have to do is do a mile run and look at the time you did it in.  So, I thought I was in fairly great shape because I take my dog on runs, am not seriously overweight and can still do the splits.   But my time earlier this summer wasn't great, that's for sure.  So I vowed to do something about it.  I did, until I started back to work at the high school and since then I've been absolutely horrible about keeping up my cardio.  But thanks to Alice, my Alternative HS's Physical Education Teacher (and my well-respected friend), I decided to do a timed run again with her students.  She has started making her own students accountable for their cardiovascular health by doing several timed runs during the school year and measuring improvement!
    Thursday morning was a crisp fall morning as we made our way out to the river trail, which is adjacent to our small school.  I had made one discovery since my earlier timed run.  If I stop, it's really hard to start back up again.  So I promised myself I wouldn't stop, no matter what.  If I was doing the old-lady two-step shuffle by the time I was through, so be it, I wasn't going to stop. 
     Alice's whistle blew, and off I went, along with about 25 other students.  It was so funny.  Everyone blew by me. I just knew that I was going to be so humiliated and come in dead last.  Oh well, this wasn't to impress anyone.  I just wanted to see if I could beat my last time.  Darn, now I was regretting my negligence about working out these past 3 weeks.  I just kept telling myself, "don't stop, don't stop, whatever you do.  You've been through childbirth, nothing can top that, you're a strong woman...."  
    It wasn't long before I noticed that some of the kids were walking and that I was passing them!  I also noticed that when they saw that I was passing them, they started back up.  I guess it WOULD be the ultimate humiliation to have someone as old as their mom or even older, passing them up.  And so we kept going. I reached the halfway point, took the candy from the lady, to prove that I had indeed reached the halfway point, and started back.  I passed more winded students up, and then I saw the finish line.  I had enough in me to speed up as I crossed.  
    When it was all said and done, I increased my original time by over a minute!  I'm super excited and it did a lot for my motivation.  This morning I took my dog out for a trail run/walk and enjoyed it immensely!  Have a wonderful fall!  You can do it too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Relief For Those Living With Constant Pain

I feel really badly for those of us who have to live in constant pain.  I certainly am no stranger to pain, having survived a serious head injury about 6 years ago, where I am fortunate to be alive, let alone not brain-damaged.  I've been through childbirth in all its glory, and banged my shins countless times because of my extreme clumsiness!  But constant pain is a whole different thing.  Whether it is from an accident, a physical condition or side effects of another problem, constant pain is with you every second of the day.  My life would be severely curtailed if I had to deal with constant pain every single day.  Many people rely on drugs for a short period of time, but when the pain turns into a long-term condition, drugs would not be the way to go, for obvious reasons.  One would be making a bad situation worse because of the great possibility of addiction.
    There are several methods that can effectively help alleviate pain, one of these is using Muscle Stimulators, which give similar results as physical therapy to the affected area but without the discomfort of post exercise.  Tens Units are also very effective in helping patients control pain.  They work by strategically placing electrodes at the site of the pain. Electrical current travels through the electrodes and into the skin simulating nerve pathways to produce a tingling or massaging sensation.  This helps the brain block the perception of pain by controlling the message it receives.  It is also believed to produce endorphins similar to what drugs produce, but without the dangers of addiction!  If you want to get an extra pain-zapping effect, you can combine the two above methods with the LG-Tec Dual Combo TENS Unit And Muscle Stimulator.  Visit LGMedSupply Online to get prices of different pain units. Thousands of customers worldwide have been helped by LGMedSupply, and their specific goal of helping alleviate pain.  Additional information about them can be found at their online customer blog!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Going To College After 30

    I got my degree from college after I turned 30. Before I went back, I wondered if the "college kids" would think I was still one of the cool kids.  I had 2 small children of my own and really didn't fit into the party scene or the "hey, let's hang out after class" group.  I had responsibilities and a family to get back to.  
    It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!  The college kids did accept me and I enjoyed it more than when I was with my peers right out of HS or, in my case, Junior College.  I related so much better with my professors and could see their point of view to a greater extent.  
    The only drawback was the distance I had to travel.  I lived in Floyd, VA and I attended class in Radford, VA.  It was about a 40 minute drive each way and took quite a chunk out of my already busy day to make the trip there and back.  
    If I had to do it all over again, I might think very heavily upon using an online university to get my degree.  I've heard about Waldon University and when I looked into, the degree programs look well-represented and complete.  I also noticed a lot of Walden University Graduates make the news and also are named as staff for other universities once they graduate!  Walden was named by U.S. News and World Report as having the No. 1 online graduate program in education by enrollment and the No. 3 online graduate management program by enrollment, to name a few accolades!
    If I was ever to get serious about going back to school for an MA, I would definitely consider Walden University's online degree programs.  Getting an advanced degree in the comfort of my own home is an appealing option!  The more I learn about Walden, the more I am drawn to their accessibility and assistance to non-traditional students like myself!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Good Digestive Health With ReNew Life Review and #Giveaway

Congratulations to #87,Jessica McGhee!  Thank you for participating everyone!

We have all heard the saying "You are what you eat" but it would be truer to say You
are what you properly digest and the nutrients that you properly absorb.  I used to have issues with my digestive system as a younger adult.  I would get horrible stomach aches and be in misery until it finally went away.  I also had bowl problems.  I couldn't go!  It was painful.  I finally realized that I needed some help with my digestive health.  It took a few years before I began taking probiotics, soothing herbs for my stomach issues and more fiber--both soluble and insoluble.  Now lest you think I took many different products to fill my needs, the answer is no.  I simply found one great product with all of the things I mentioned  built right into it.  It helped my health so much!  ReNew Life has a product called FiberSMART, which includes probiotics, herbs and a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber.  I feel safe using ReNew Life because they select only the finest ingredients, free of harsh contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, PCBs or any other ingredients that work against the body's natural cleansing and detoxification process.

If you haven't heard of ReNew Life, it's about time.  ReNew Life is The leading digestive care company in the US; ReNew Life is featured in food stores including Whole Foods, GNC, Walgreens, and CVS. 

ReNew Life Young Adult Education Initiative

Digestive health awareness should be developed early because young adults can suffer with digestive problems, like I did, especially since they are usually running crazy busy lives and eating horribly!  In association with the Young Adult Education Initiative, ReNew Life started the 'How Does Poo Move You' video contest (some very hilarious potty humour), which was very successful and has stressed a few key points in order to make young adults and everyone more aware of the importance of digestive health.  They are:

1.  Make your diet a healthy diet, rich in fiber, low in processed carbs/sugars, along with taking an all-natural probiotic supplement.
2.  When taking a dose of antibiotics, supplement it with an all-natural probiotic supplement within 2-3 hours.  Turns an upset gut into a healthy gut.
3.  Daily exercise means a healthy metabolism.  Sitting idle throughout the day will make it difficult to go #2.
4.  It should be a lifestyle goal to have 2-3 proper bowl movements a day.  

Right now I am trying the ReNew Life DietStart Cleanse System, designed to jumpstart a weight loss program and enhance metabolism, something I need to do.  I'm hoping it doesn't make me have to go to the bathroom too much, since I work full-time at a high school in a classroom full of obnoxious boys, who would totally tease me if they found out I was on a cleanse or had to go poo a lot.  But there are some great reviews for this particular product, 29 to be exact.  In general, they gave this Cleanse System great ratings.  I may wait until this weekend to start, though.  ;)  I'll let you know in a later post how it goes! 

Right now, enjoy 5% on all purchases and free shipping on orders over $50!  ReNew Life offers a 60-day money back guarantee (minus shipping and handling) on all products ordered directly from their website! 

I'm pleased that ReNew Life would like to give one of my readers a $50 Gift Certificate to their online site!  There are so many great products you could take advantage of at their site!  For a chance to win, please complete the mandatory entry and any extra entries you'd like to in order to increase your chances of winning!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Magic Elixir..Could it be Apple Cider Vinegar?

 Do you know anyone who is an apple cider vinegar (acv) enthusiast?  I used to know someone who was.  It was my dear old piano teacher.  She swore by it and raw garlic too!  She had such a different aroma to her when I sat on her piano bench for my lessons.  She finally died of cancer, but until then, she was always healthy and full of life.  From what I've been hearing, there has been a resurgence of enthusiasm for this old remedy.  Here are some things I've heard that are actually backed up with science--
Since ACV is a diluted acid, it may contribute to changes in the body's ph balance, making it easier to absorb the nutrients it takes in during meals.  Apparently ACV does a great job doing that as well as possibly activating digestive enzymes which will, in turn, break down carbohydrates to sugar.  This will slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and gives the body more time to pull sugar out of the blood.  Wow, a potential godsend for those prone to blood sugar spikes and diabetes.  Another thing I've heard but not sure it is scientifically proven is that it is a great metabolic booster and aids in weight loss.  That would be great, since it is a lot more cost effective than many weight loss secrets!  One thing to be careful about is taking ACV straight.  It is highly acidic and could erode the enamel on your teeth.  Taking it with water or juice is highly recommended.  Also make sure it is the cloudy kind - the more murky and brown, the better!  The label should read organic, unprocessed, or unfiltered.  The standard dose is 1 - 2 tablespoons mixed with water or juice.  It also may be mixed with organic honey at a 50:50 ratio
    Now here are some things that people are saying about ACV.  Take these suggestions at your own best disgression - 
  • Gets rid of toe fungus by saturating area with ACV
  • 1 Tbsp before meal for dramatically lowered blood pressure 
  • 1 Tbsp before meal for natural weight loss  
  • When mixed with honey 50/50 will cure ulcers
  • cures and prevents bladder infections
  • Use it to remove problematic moles and warts
  • Cures and prevents Shingles
  • Cures Acid Reflux
  • Kills Lice (Wash hair, clothing and bedding with it)
  • When taken with honey (50:50) cures sore and achy muscles.
  • Take it to get rid of sugar cravings
  • Increases Energy
  • Prevents Cancer 
  • Gets rid of watery eyes
  • Drink 2 oz. of vinegar to save life if you are allergic to bee stings and get stung
  • Cures the common cold.  Drink 2 tsp of ACV in glass of water at the first symptoms and do several times/day.
  • Clears up acne
  • Cures hot flashes and balances hormones
  • Strengthens hair, fingernails, collagen and cartilage
  • Takes sting from sunburn and prevents peeling
  • Take ACV diluted during flu season to prevent the flu!
Wow!  Sounds like organic apple cider vinegar should be an essential part of anyone's food and medicine cabinet!  
Disclaimer:  I have not tried all of these suggested uses and am only repeating what has been told to me and what I have read in testimonials.  Use at your own disgression!  I intend to do the same!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

I'm going to get a massage this next weekend!  I love the whole experience of being systematically relaxed by a trained expert.  I love the whole atmosphere - the candles, the relaxing music, the beautiful art, the trickle of water from a fountain, the quiet conversation or better yet, no conversation, and the cotton robe and slippers that I get to wear!  It makes me feel so comfortable.  I love a soft well-worn cotton robe to put on when I'm relaxing.

That's why I was so happy to hear about  They have amazing deals on cotton robes, towels, slippers and other things cotton!  

     The robe I got from was a 100% Cotton Waffle Diamond Spa Style Robe in white.  I love the high quality cotton and also the texture, which is very absorbant and has the potential to become very very soft after washing.  It was their one-size fits all and I loved how it gave me plenty of great room but I wasn't swimming in it either. I'm about 5"5 and of average weight...ahem.   I also let my husband try it on and it fit him well too!  He's a big guy, at 6"1 and 228 pounds.  So one size truly does fit all!  
Giveaway:  One reader will receive the same robe I reviewed and also the Hair Wrap Towel that I reviewed earlier this month!

 Here's how to enter the giveaway!  First do the Mandatory entry!