Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Brew Over Ice! K-Cups! and Giveaway!

Brew Over Ice 

Have you had a chance to try the new Brew Over Ice flavors?,  I did and really enjoyed them, most of all the coffee. I am so excited to save money by making my favorite drink in my Keurig.

You can purchase Brew Over Ice at several stores including Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and local grocery.

Right now you can enter the Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes at, and  download a $2 off coupon at
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One reader is going to win a Brew Over Ice prize pack which includes:
  • 3 Brew Over Ice K-Cup® samples
  • 1 Brew Over Ice tumbler
  • 4 Brew Over Ice coasters
  • 1 Brew Over Ice light-up ice bucket with ice tongs

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below, open to U.S. residents only, contest will end 9/11/13

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant

In my gene pool we are sweaters and it sucks! I am always embarrassed because I am a female yet I sweat like a guy, so its hard to find that right deodorant that keeps me dry and smelling clean.

 Certain Dri is a great Anti-Perspirant. It keeps me feeling clean and dry all day. The first day I tried it I must admit I didn't care for the smell. I kept checking myself if somehow I got make up on me because it smelled like a concealer. I wore it to work on a crazy weekend which even with A/C if you bust your butt you sweat ,so it got tested. I tried it again the next day and noticed that I no longer smelled the makeup smell but more of a soft baby powder smell which was great. I now smelled good and was dry as could be.

 I took part of a challenge which you place your normal brand on one side and then Certain Dri on the other which the Certain Dri you only have to apply 2-3 times a week right before bed! I noticed that I do not sweat nearly as bad as I had with my other deodorants it truly keeps you feeling clean. I myself used daily just because I feel strange without but I do notice that before I would wake up and do my days work before showering and I could well smell myself now I am clean all day until I take a shower, why? No sweat. : )

I was truly impressed on how great the anti-perspirant was it kept me dry though out the day I only wish it would work on the rest of me lol. I use Certain Dri daily now and it is peace of mind that I can talk to costumers and not have to worry about what they are seeing or smelling.

What really sets this product apart even more than others is the price you can find in most retail stores for under $6 which if you have problems like I do you know its normally around $9 a stick!

Win a stick to try yourself! You can choose either roll on or solid,  Contest will end 9/7/13

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Waterford Lakes, FL Welcomes Bonefish Grill!

I am the last person you would expect to go into a seafood restaurant. But, recently I got an invite to review Bonefish Grill at Waterford Lakes, FL and -wow- I was impressed!

Bonefish Grill does have some items which are not seafood for the non fan of seafood like myself. For instance, a boneless pork chop with fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto & mushroom marsala wine sauce. Also you can try the steak! Oh so good!

I went in with an open mind and -wow- I ate things that I would not touch in a million years while at Bonefish because it just looked that good and to my surprise it was! I tried so much! I had raw tuna which, it was actually very good they serve it with a sauce that takes it over the top. I do like shrimp so it was nice to try to flavors of shrimp like Bonefish's world famous Bang Bang Shrimp a sweet but spicy shrimp, and their Thai Coconut Shrimp is great, it has ginger with coconut and a light sweet and spicy sauce!

I also finally tried crab in Bonefish Crab Cakes, which even though I don't ever eat it I have family that orders it and normally it looks like a biscuit lots of breading so when I got Bonefish Grill's crab cake it didn't look like what I was use to seeing. The Crab Cake is all meat! I am in love with it and would more than be happy to try it again. I can say thanks to Bonefish Grill I love Seafood!

Bang Bang Shrimp is only $5 on Wednesdays after 4pm! You can order as many plates as you wish!

Want to try something crazy? Check out the Espresso Martini! Svedka Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, crème de cacao and espresso. Served with a chocolate sugared rim. Talk about a wake up call! It is super sweet like drinking candy and it does the job of jolting you awake. Extremely good! Another I got to try was the Watermelon Martini, which is Hand-muddled watermelon, fresh sour + house-made cucumber vodka infusion. (Infusion not available in all states.) Very good and you could taste the cucumber but it was a great mix with the watermelon.

I would recommend everyone to try out Bonefish Grill especially the Waterford Lakes Location which has a great friendly staff.

Disclosure: I was invited to try the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Friday, August 23, 2013 Review and Giveaway

With my 5 we have birthdays well more then half the year, so always having to throw a party and its a matter of where to begin. is a great place to start for anything party.

At they carry everything for your party needs, plates, ballons, napkins, cups, decor and so much more!

My son Michael happened to be having his 8th birthday and for some reason his birthday always seems to go wrong I think of the 8 only one was good. So it was great to have a party package sent just for him. The child loves LOVES frogs so I went with a frog theme birthday party.

The package that I received had, lime green and yellow theme, along with plates (big, small) napkins with frog theme big saying Happy Birthday , small frog theme, straws, cups, green sliverware set, table cloth, party hats and blowers (the things kids blow and they pop) ballons and streamers. I was in awe of everything and so was Michael. I set up the house to have the ballons and streamer around the windows and walkways along with a full setting for all the kids at the table with a set up for each child. Also there was a Happy Birthday banner with frogs all hidden in the letters.

Michael had a blast at his birthday party. I am so happy to have got such a great affordable package from . has everything, there is so much to choose from for any occasion. My sister ordered from their site a Hot Wheels package and a friend ordered a Hippy Package for a back to school bash for her daughter. The site really represents its name with discount, I know I will be returning for my other kids birthdays knowing it won't break my wallet.

Check out all the awesome packages and items has to offer by clicking here.

Win a standard party pack giveaway (up to $25 value) where the winner chooses their theme. Just enter the rafflecopter below. Contest will end 9/6/13

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hallmark Pics 'n' Props School Days Activity Kit

The beginning of each school year is a reminder of how quickly time flies. It’s an opportunity to make memories that will last far beyond the classroom years.  And, whether it’s kindergarten or senior year, sometimes a simple “You can do it!” helps remind kids that you’re rooting for them, no matter what.  

Because the start of a school year can be a whirlwind for everyone, Hallmark wants to help you pause and capture those special moments and celebrate kids as they head back to class with new gift and greetings designed to create lasting memories and share an extra boost of encouragement throughout the school year.

I wish I had this for my first 2 boys but better late then never. I am able to capture my youngest son who started Kindergarten and my 2 daughters which one will start Pre-K next year.  The Pics 'n' Props School Days Activity Kit is a fun way to capture your child as they grow up in a quick and easy set.  It comes with everything you need to shoot fun Back to School photos from Pre-K to Graduate!,  as well as a cute frame to show off your new photo each year. 

Poor Joshua this was his before school first day shot and then I got a after school shot : )

 o   Pics ‘n’ Props School Days Activity Kit: Capture a child’s first day of school in a creative way with the snap of a camera and Hallmark’s Pics ‘N’ Props School Days Activity Kit. The kit includes chalkboards and a frame to document the first day each year — from kindergarten to senior year! Add your photos to the included “My First Day!” photo album to create a lasting memory that can be admired throughout the years.

o   SO SO Happy™ Greetings: Hallmark’s new line of SO SO Happy greetings help moms connect with their kids in a way they understand and appreciate. From Taco to Tribe, a variety of adorable characters inspire and celebrate positivity, acceptance and love — attributes especially important during the school year. Cards even include fun surprises for kids like shoelaces, key chains and more.  Check out one example below!

o   Kids Encouragement Greetings: Whether it’s a new social situation, a test, first game of the year or any day of the week, sometimes kids need a confidence boost. These cards feature kid-appropriate topics to help encourage the special kiddos in your life.

o   Back-to-School Greetings: The newest back-to-school greetings feature furry friends to help you say “Go get ‘em!” to the kiddos in your life. 

 SO many fun cards for Back to School! I didn't even know that was a choice in card giving. Some of them even have shoelaces! I am blessed to know many children and will have a great time giving some of them cards for their first day of school. 

 One reader is going to win a "Making Memories and Encouraging Kids" Gift Pack which includes the Pics 'n' Props and a selection of Hallmark Cards. Contest will end 9/2/13

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  Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cedar's Foods Review and Giveaway

Since we are trying to eat healthier in 2013, I have been really excited about trying out some new food choices, like hummus and pita chips instead of chips and dip, wraps instead of sandwiches and tea instead of soda. 

So when I found some Cedar's Mediterranean Food items in my Publix, I was more than happy to try them out. 

First I tried one of their salads, which they had SO many to choose from, but I picked the Chickpea Salad shown here. 

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 It was full of chickpeas, carrots and edamame beans, in a light dressing which was a GREAT pick me up snack in the afternoon, I love that it was prepackaged and COLD and ready to eat!
I actually went back to the store the next day and picked up a Taboule Salad because the chickpea was so awesome!

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Second I decided to try a hommus. Cedar's has a lot of fun varieties of hommus including Artichoke Kalamata, Roasted Peppers and Garlic Lovers!

I chose the Artichoke Kalamata since it was the most unusual and it was awesome! I dipped some Cedar's Pita Chips into it and had a great snack, that was filling, satisfying and healthy. 

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I also really wanted to try their wraps, since eating a wrap is a lot healthier than a sandwich and we are trying to cut down on out amount of bread. 
I chose the Low Carb Wheat variety and actually used the hommus in place of mayo and tossed in some spinach, swiss cheese and tomatoes and it was one of the best wraps EVER. 

Cedar's Mediterranean Foods can be found in most Publix and health food stores. 

One of my readers is going to win some free item coupons from Cedar's!
Please enter using the rafflecopter form below. 

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Cool Off Lo-Cal Style with Your Own Creation at Sonic!

Did you know Sonic has a lot of flavors you can add to your drinks?!? Making for a combination of 398,929 drinks combos! That's a lot to go through and try but I made a few of my own fun creations under 60 calories! Of the 398,929 only lol ONLY : )   20,064 are under 60 calories!  Flavor add-ins are only .25 cents each flavor.

 Mix any of the following flavors with Coke Zero®, Diet Coke®, Diet Dr Pepper®, Sprite Zero® or unsweetened iced tea for a low calorie option:
cherry • vanilla • strawberry • lemonlime • pineapple • cranberry • chocolate • watermelon • grape • orange • Powerade® • blue coconut • green apple • low-cal diet cherry • peach (sugar free) • raspberry (sugar free)

I tried the strawberry with cranberry and sprite, which I called my "Goberry Rite", it was really really good the mango and cranberry gave it a nice kick along with the sprite making it like a seltzer drink.

The next one I tried was Diet Pepper , with cranberry, cherry, "Ann Berry Pep" which it had a interesting taste really the cherry stood out the most making it more like a cherry soda but healthy.

Watermelon and Sprite yummy "Water Bright!" I cheated on this one and used a slush : ) I couldn't help my self it was so good.

Diet Coke with peach lol yeah doesn't sound that great but really it turned out drinkable, you could barely taste the peach it helped mask the normal after taste of diet drinks so I was pleasantly pleased. I called this one "Hidden Peach".

Finally for my last drink I went a little crazy and did, Diet Dr Pepper, with vanilla, chocolate, and cherry. It was like a diet milk shake, I did drink it but it was not my favorite, the flavors did blend well though and it tasted like a Cosmo. I called this creation my "Diet Mess".

Sonic has all the drinks you need to cool off for the summer Sonic has all these flavors to choose from to make your own fun creation, so what will you come up with? Happy hour is from 2-4 making all drinks half off! Milkshakes are half off after 8pm.  Find out where your closest Sonic is by clicking here and be per paired to get your drink on!

Win a $25 Gift Card to Sonic! Enter the rafflecopter below and contest ends 9/4/13

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Backyard Safari The Must Have for Young Explorers!

My son Michael is a nature freak the child as always been in the dirt and bringing all kinds of animals, in fact right now we own 4 frogs, 1 bull frog and a skink thanks to him and his Backyard Safari tools.

I love the Backyard Safari toys, they are very durable and help any outdoor explore. Lets start with your basic the vest. The Backyard Safari Cargo Vest ($19.99) is great, you can attach your explore badges on it as you buy each item from Backyard Safari. I told my kids its like boy scouts but saves me money since I am not paying for a class lol, they love collecting the badges we have about 6 total right now.

The Backyard Safari toys are a huge line of products for everything to explore the great outdoors, you can catch a butterfly with the Mini Scoop Net ($5.99)  or catch big frogs at night while using your Mini Lantern ($7.99)  after all that work place your bugs in your Critter Shack ($7.99) and my personally favorite, it is a must on any trip we take to the park Michael always has it by his side for all the strange critters he comes across.

Bugs running away from you suck them up! Yes they have a vacuum to suck up bugs and trap them so you can deposit them into the Backyard Land and Water Habitat ($24.99) The Backyard Land and Water Habitat is a great started piece for keeping all the frogs and insects they wish to own in a nice save place. Going up high, use your helpful Field Binocs ($11.99) to spot those bugs from a mile away! Have your friend play spotter and keep in touch with the Walkie Talkies ($39.99) you can communicate up to a half a mile!

I love the Backyard Safari toys, I try and buy one for Michael every birthday and Christmas and I buy a bunch of the Critter Shacks throughout the year because well he loves the great outdoors! Look for Backyard Safari Toys in your local retail stores.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller and SideKick + Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

I have always had so much trouble with mosquitos. When my husband and I first met, we would spend HOURS at the beach at night just talking and I sat there never saying a word about being eaten alive!. This year I got to review an ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller.

The first night I tried it was on Xander's Birthday. We have been getting a lot of rain so the mosquitos were in full force! I used it all night outside and was so happy to not have a bite on me!                       

Later in the night we decided to go for a bike ride, which I normally won't do because of the bugs, but I decided to use the SideKick. It worked GREAT! Then I brought out the TableTop on and placed it on a chair for me and the kids when we got back, and we sat outside drinking some tea. My kids sat the whole time next to the Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller, and none of them had bites. I had a few but I noticed that I definitely got them when I was further then the 15x15 area that is allowed with the Terminix All Clear Tabletop Mosquito Repeller.

The next day, I searched for a bite, and found nothing!

I have tried so many types of bug repellents and none have worked as well as the Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller and the SideKick. What I love about both products is that not only am I bug free but I am mess free! No sticky lotions or sprays to put on.

How do the Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller and SideKick work? Its simple, the SideKick is a clip on small device that can be worn or placed on almost anything and repells ....... around the device, by blowing the air out (which has a citronella pack in it) and around you. The Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller works the same you place a disk at the bottom lock it in turn it on (takes only 2aa batteries which you do not need a screwdriver to get in and out) and it blows the air up and around up to 15ft!

I am so happy to have these products and they will be a must have for any outdoor activity we decide to take part in. You can purchase the Terminix ALLCLEAR TableTop Mosquito Repeller and Side Kick here, along with refills and more.

Win both products! Fill out the rafflecopter below for you chance to win. Contest will End 9/3/13

Monday, August 19, 2013

Betty Crocker Pouches! A Quick Fresh Baked Snack for Pennies!

Betty Crocker reintroduces a new line of $1 pouches, with favorites like: pancakes, cookies, brownies, Bisquick® biscuits, muffins and pizza crust! They’re great for everyday—and can add a little spice to any weekday meal—from muffins at breakfast—to cookies after school—to biscuits or pizza at dinner. Simply add water to Betty Crocker small size pouch muffin mixes and Bisquick® Complete Biscuit mixes.

Not only are Betty Crocker snack size pouches easy to make –– but at a low price of just $1 each, they are perfect for every meal! Visit for details!

I love the Betty Crocker Pouches, besides being affordable, I am able to make fresh snacks during the school year. I like knowing that my money is well spent because it provides portion control, along with a mess free clean up, since everything is eaten within second of coming out of the oven.

I made one big cookie from the chocolate chip cookie mix my kids loved it. I look forward to fun little surprises throughout the year now thanks to Betty Crocker pouches.

You can follow Betty Crocker on Facebook and Twitter.

On to the giveaway!

One reader is going to win a gift pack like I received!

  • One of each flavor of Betty Crocker Small Pouches: Choc. Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffin, Cheese Garlic Biscuits
  • Apron with detachable towel
  • 2 oven mitts
  • $10 Walmart gift card
Please fill out the rafflecopter below, contest will end 9/1/13. Open to U.S. residents only.

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Need School Clothes check out the Tea Collection!

Get it while it's discounted! From Thursday, August 15th through Sunday, August 18th, Tea Collection is rewarding you with more savings when you buy more during the Back to School Savings event. Save 10% off your purchase of 3 items with promo code BACKPACK3. Get 15% off if you buy 4 pieces with promo code PENCIL4. Keep a whopping 20% from your purchase of 5 items with promo code RULER5! Get your kids ready with shirts, pants, dresses, or entire outfits. The sale only applies to full-priced items, and excludes Patagonia. When it comes to Back-to-School shopping, this is your chance to get a lot for a little! Happy shopping =) ! 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Looking to for some new pieces for your living room? Look to Zinc Door!

Ahh.. finally you can relax in style and comfort with contemporary furniture at Zinc Door. Perhaps you're searching for a new sofa/sectional, or maybe you simply need the perfect ottoman to complement your existing furniture. If that's the case, don't miss out on Zinc Door's 15% off select upholstery sale with promo code SOFTSEAT valid through 9/15! Browse eye-catching chaises/daybeds, bar stools, benches, and other upholstered pieces to tie your room together! Happy shopping!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Kernel Season's Review

Our family is a huge fan of popcorn! Kernel Season's is a great way to take blah popcorn and make it taste fab! I tested out the caramel seasoning on some light popcorn for my kids they ate it within minutes. 

Kernel Season's is not only limited to popcorn! You can use it on veggies, chips or anything else you can think of. I tested out the Nacho Cheese in scrambled eggs it turned out great! We also tested out the Bacon Cheddar one when baking chicken I was so happy with all the uses I was finding for the Kernel Season's.

Kernel Season's can be found in most grocery stores, and comes in a huge variety of flavors. Check out some of the flavors:

White Cheddar
Bacon Cheddar
Kettle Corn
Nacho Cheese

While in the store buying your favorite flavors check out the throwback flavors by Kernel Season's and catch them before they're retired:

Chocolate and Marshmallow
Salt and Vinegar
Apple Cinnamon 
Chili Lime 
Sour Cream and Onion

You have to hurry on these flavors as they won't last long. I personally would love to try the Apple Cinnamon I think it would be great on an apple tart! Yum!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pure a Organic Fruit Snack!

 I love fruit and it's hard to purchase when you're the only one who likes it because well it goes bad before I can get to it, so Pure is the next best thing for my fruit needs.

When I was little I always looked forward to picking out the real fruit rolls from the grocery store as I grew older they became harder to find which I then found the real fruit strips!

Pure Fruit and Veggie Strips my favorite so I thought til I tried the Fruit Sandwich! The Fruit and Veggie Strips are still one of my favorites they have 2/3 of a serving of fruit and veggie in each strip.  You would never know there was veggies in it. It is super good and easy to pack. I love the strips because I can fit them in my bill fold or checking book and have a tasty snack ready and waiting when I want it. They are flat strips that are just the right size that you could fit in your wallet if you really wanted. The strips come in Wild Berry Apple and Strawberry Apple.

Pure makes all kinds of fruity snacks that taste extremely good. I am not a fan at all of strawberry banana because most of the time the banana drowns out the strawberry, but the Fruit Sandwich meshed the two flavors to perfection. The New Fruit Sandwich from Pure is kinda what its says they take a layer of fruit followed with another layer of fruit finished with layer of fruit. The top layer of fruit and bottom are thin and the middle is a little ticker but they are evened out in this process making the whole experience wonderful. I had a hard time not eating the whole box in one sitting : )   The Fruit Sandwiches come in 2 sets of flavors Strawberry & Banana and Pineapple & Passion Fruit I really love the pineapple and passion fruit it has a great sweet but tart flavor to it. My daughter Sarah was by me while I was trying them so I broke off a piece, she wanted more, I didn't want to share lol but I gave her about half.

Pure Ancient Grain Bars have whole grains that are great for your health, Hemp, Flax, Quinoa and Amaranth.  I got to try the Triple Berry, its like a granola bar but more fruity. The Pure Ancient Grain Bar also comes in Chocolate Chunk Nut. The Pure Ancient Grain Bar is not sweet like you would think of when you purchase normal grain bars it is very earthy tasting which was a huge plus normally I cannot get through a bar because its so rich with flavor the Pure Ancient Grain Bar where perfect.

Banana Coconut Bar just reading that doesn't it sound great!!! Creamy organic coconut, bananas, and walnuts with fiber and protein. Wow okay so looks it doesn't look appealing but taste wow WOW its very very good its the perfect combo of coconut and banana it taste like a pina colada. Yum! 

Look for Pure products in your health food stores, Whole Foods and local grocery stores organic section, you will love every penny of your purchase. You can also see what other great products Pure has to offer by visiting there site here.

Win a 12ct Box of Pure Fruit Bars, contest will end 9/9/13 Open to U.S. residents only

 Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way.