Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fabulous Finds For Father's Day #Giveaway Event and Gift Guide!

Fabulous Finds For Father's Day Winner Takes All Giveaway (ARV $500)
I am really excited to be able to participate in this amazing event and hope that you'll check out all of the amazing gift ideas for your own Dad and any and all special men in your life!

 Do you dread Father's Day because you can never find the perfect gift? The Collective Media Magic team, Closer To Lucy, Have Sippy Will Travel, Just Like June, 3 Princes and a Princess 2, and That's What She Said, have found awesome gifts for any dad. Whether he's high tech, healthy, or laid back, we've got a gift that's sure to please. Join us and our friends as we make dads feel like a king! 

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a prize pack of the following items valued at approximately $500:

Linksy EA2700 wireless router Router  with unrivaled speed (value $109) -winner cannot have won a Linksy router in the last six months  

A copy of Microsoft 2010 (value $119)

  An Eat Smart Retro Food Scale (value $40)

A Cafe Press Gift Certificate (value $50)

A Pair of Shoes from Shoes For Crews - Winners Choice 
(no price limit on the pair of shoes! $100 value)

Plus Work Out Gear (winner's choice of item)  
and a 
Series of Books For Dads (value $30) 

 The Fabulous Finds For Father's Day  Event will begin at 12:01 AM May 31st and end at 11:59 June 14th. Contest Open to US only due to company shipping restrictions. 

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Keranique Hair Thickening Treatments! #Review

 I have always had thick hair and it has been, at the same time, a blessing and a curse.  I am also quite lazy when it comes to fixing my hair, preferring to let it grow long and just run a brush through it before I go somewhere.  I would much rather fool with make-up than hair.  Out of necessity, though, I have been forced to do more with it recently and just bought 2 brushes to help me blow dry it better, along with all the hair products to help control the wildness of it.  Also, since I have gotten older, my unwelcome grays have made my hair more coarse, dry and curly/frizzy.  Then on top of that, I now have some thinning hair, even though I still technically have "thick" hair.  It's just that in some places, my scalp shows where it parts way too easily.   I just thought you might need the background of my hair so you can see what my experience with Keranique has been.
I thought that I might not notice any difference with these products because it is for "thinning" hair and I technically have thick hair.  But I was wrong!  I enjoyed some real benefits.  Although I can't say that my hair has become thicker because I've only used it awhile, I can say that it is softer, more manageable and the texture is better.  It also stays put and doesn't part so much in places that it shouldn't.   I loved the light peppermint smell which goes perfectly with the bath and body products I have been reviewing (see my Aromafloria Review).  

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo - "Thinning, fine hair needs a special shampoo.  Hair that is thin, fine and weak has low resistance to harsh cleansers, but unless properly cleansed well, scalp oils, weigh thin hair down and make lasting volume a challenge". -Keranique   This shampoo seems to cleanse the hair without stripping it of moisture!
 Keranique Volumizing Conditioner - Designed specifically to help thicken and volumize thin, fine hair-without weighing the hair down like traditional heavy conditioners, it conditions as it adds volume, fulness and thickness. And, unlike other conditioners, it contains a keratin enriched formula to coat the hair.
 Fortifying Mousse - This product provides thermal protection from curling irons/ blow dryers and creates a smooth after feel.  It is scientifically blended to maintain body without adding stiffness and is a great detangler that helps restore the hair's optimum moisture balance for less breakage when brushing. 
Just what is Keratin?  Keratin is the substance which the hair (as well as the nails) are made of. Frequently abusing hair with styling and heating and chemical applications causes it to lose keratin’s quality. The hair shaft becomes spliced and uneven, and gains a dull, unmanageable appearance. Fortunately, scientists have devised a way to extract keratin from other sources, like animal wool, and turn it into a mixture that acts like liquid hair. Applying this product to human hair returns the keratin to the hair shaft’s cortex and fills it up, turning it soft and shiny again. It can even make frizzy or curly hair so much easier to straighten. The additional keratin coating can also make the hair more resistant from elements like the sun, wind, or extreme changes in temperature.

Keranique has harnessed this substance and their products contain the only FDA-approved keratin ingredient for thinning hair!

Although I haven't tried the product for much more than a couple week, I am very optimistic about the outcome of my hair based on the preliminary results!  You can buy this product at various beauty websites, including at Keranique.  Currently, Keranique is having a giveaway on their Facebook page for a 4-piece set valued at $159.90! 

Disclaimer:  I was provided with the above 3 products to review.  All opinions are my own!  Your opinion may vary. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kashi Cereal Coupons & More Through Recyclebank

Like Kashi much?  I happen to be a huge fan of Kashi Cereal.  It is more than a thumbs up kind of like.  I mean, I REALLY love Kashi Cereal.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I never have done so, but I definitely could!  

When the whole controversy about Kashi not being all-natural because of its GMO content came out, I was very disappointed.  How could Kashi do that and more importantly, how could I give up my Kashi Cereal?  There is nothing that tastes better when you're in a hurry and want something good and good for you.  For me, it wasn't just the nutrition, it was also the taste.  I was very sad.  

Then I ran into an article written by the Huffington Post and they found that Kashi, about a year ago, partnered with the Non-GMO project and have since earned approval on 7 of their food products!  And among the 7 are my cereals, which include Island Vanilla, Cinnamon Harvest and Autumn Wheat!  That makes me happy!

 Another thing that makes me happy is that I found a place where I can get a never-ending stream of coupons for my Kashi addiction.  Have you ever heard of Recyclebank?  The basic idea is do something good for the environment and get Recyclebank Points that you can redeem for thousands of goodies!

So for instance, with my Kashi cereal--I recycle a Kashi box and provide Recyclebank a special code written inside the box.  Every box I recycle I get 50 points.  When I earn 60 points, I get a coupon for $2 off 2 boxes of Kashi!  I can accumulate points and use them for many other great rewards or I can choose to donate them to one of Recyclebank's green projects!  

Besides Kashi there are many more participating companies who care about the planet and will reward you for helping them take care of it.  For instance, Stonyfield, Macy's, Sodastream, Dick's Sporting Goods, Bumblebee, Sunglass Hut, and many more will give you valuable rewards for helping the planet.  You can register at Recyclebank and start getting rewards for going greener. 

Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. 

Not only can I feel good about feeding my Kashi addiction, but I can feel good about helping make the planet a better place! 

Also, you can get referral points for referring a friend to Recyclebank.  If you learned something or like this article, please use this code to register for Recyclebank!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#Giveaway - Aromafloria Muscle Soak #Spa Package

    Aromafloria began in 1985, founded on the rich heritage of aromatherapy as a means of achieving wellness. Ancient cultures placed great emphasis on the healing properties of aromatic oils. As one of the modern pioneers of holistic aromatherapy, we continue to embrace and evolve this ancient art. This "complementary and alternative" therapy has been a way of life for Aromafloria, not just a lifestyle trend. 
    At the heart of Aromafloria is a fervent desire to help people empower themselves in their search for balance and well-being. In our increasingly high-tech and low-touch world, we invite you to create quiet, restorative moments and meaningful rituals that will elicit relaxation and keep you on your road to wellness.
   Today is your lucky day!  You can win 3 Aromafloria Products from their Muscle Soak Line! Please take a look at my review to see what my personal experience with these products was!   
    One lucky Gal Pal will win the following 3 products for their own aromatherapy, muscle soak experience.  
Bath Salts - Muscle Soak Bath Salts (23 oz.) $16 
Body Scrub - Muscle Soak Body Scrub (12 oz.) $14
Body Wash - Muscle Soak Body Wash (6.7 oz.) $9.50
Contest will run from May 22 - June 9!
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#Giveaway - eShakti dress of choice!

How many times have you seen a dress that you absolutely love except for maybe one thing?  The sleeves may be wrong, the length, etc. That is why eShakti is such a great place because they have easy customized dresses!  This Spring they have many new arrivals and a newly spruced   up website!  Here are some of my favorite dresses!

eShakti is giving one of my gal pals a dress of choice from their website!  Enter the giveaway on the rafflecopter form below!  All of their dresses can be custom sized and custom styled!  Good luck!

You choose the style you want for your dress!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Muscle Soak by Aromafloria #Review

 I was the lucky recipient of some products in one of Aromafloria's Aromatherapy lines, Muscle Soak.  First of all let me say that Aromafloria is amazing because they have such a comprehensive line of therapeutic aromatherapy solutions.  As I browsed through the website, I was amazed.  I saw so many great scent solutions! For instance, Plane Solutions Inhalation Beads address the concern of flying in an enclosed plane and being exposed to airborne  immune system attacks.  Memory Boost Inhalation Beads help your brain become sharper and more alert.  Then there are whole lines that address specific problems like Muscle Soak with many products to help achieve a specific result.  In this case, designed to relieve achy muscles and tissues caused by overwork, too much stress and fatigue.  

Here are the 3 products that I tried from the Muscle Soak line:

Bath SaltsI absolutely love the smell of these salts.   It made my bathroom smell so aromatic.  The base of sea salts also has eucalyptus leaf, peppermint, and lemongrass oils in it.  It also has sweet almond oil and seaweed extract to round out the therapeutic effect.  Simply put ½ cup of it into your bath and soak for about 15 – 20 minutes. I received the 23 oz. size and it was good for about 4 - 5 soaks.  Next time I would choose the larger 42 oz. size because I really like it! 

Body Scrub -  This scrub has the exact same ingredients as the salts with the addition of 2 different sugars and honey!  I liked it very much!

Body Wash - The reason you want to use Muscle Soak Body Wash and Body Scrub with the Muscle Soak bath salts is to keep the aromatherapy going.  If you use a perfumy body wash while using the bath salts, it would ruin the therapeutic effect.  You don't want to smell competing scents when you're in "therapy"!  
  I thoroughly enjoyed my Aromafloria experience and felt more refreshed and relaxed as a result of it!  So I give it A GAL NEEDS...thumbs up!

Disclosure:  I received the 3 items above for review purposes.  All opinions are my own and may vary from others who use the same products.