Friday, April 30, 2010

If you have a business and want me to review your products, send me an email!

Do you make candles, or soaps or have your own business selling something? Let me know! I'd love to review you for my blog. Please feel free to contact me if anyone's ever told you you make delicious baked goods too! I'd love to review anything you're known for! :)
Send me an email at Sammirichardson@yahoo.com

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gaiam.com Review

I don't exercise as much as I'd like to since I am finishing up my last year of college. I walk everywhere as I live in New York City, but let's face it, it's not always enough. It's hard to resist the tempting Italian and Thai restaurants too.
Gaiam.com was kind enough to send me a yoga mat and Reebook bootcamp dvd to review.

History of Gaiam
Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1988, Gaiam is a provider of information, goods and services to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative healthcare and personal development.

Our Name
Gaiam (pronounced "guy-um"), is a fusion of the words "Gaia" and "I am" Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity. At Gaiam, we believe that all of the Earth's living matter, air, oceans and land form an interconnected system that can be seen as a single entity. The word Gaiam represents planetary awareness, preservation and support of the interconnectivity of all living things. By nurturing, protecting and respecting our planet, its natural resources and its inhabitants, we enrich our own lives and those of future generations.

Company Services
By offering information, products and services under Gaiam's name or recommendation, we are working to become the source for individuals and businesses interested in natural health, ecological lifestyles, personal growth and sustainable commerce.

We offer the highest quality branded products and services available, many of which are exclusively produced for Gaiam. Our merchandising strategy is based on extensive research, customer suggestions and recommendations, attendance at global industry trade shows, and working with vendors and industry leaders on product development. We are committed to enhancing our reputation in the marketplace by continually improving our services to you.

Gaiam offers fantastic yoga clothes and accessories, fair trade, gifts, personal care, and items for the home. They have so many unique items.

I was sent the Dragonfly Hydrangea Yoga Mat. It's so pretty!

So pretty in pink, our Dragonfly Hydrangea yoga mat has a light-tack, cushioned, nonslip surface that’s latex free. Perfect for home or studio use, it offers the safety and comfort needed to maintain poses and ensure proper alignment.

The yoga mat is long and provides a great surface for doing my stretches on. I like that it is non-slip and stays put while exercising. I love pink and of course the design is very cute too.

Reebok Boot Camp DVD

It's time to get serious about transforming your body and taking your body beyond the burn. Reebok's BootCamp DVD workout combines interval cardio and strength training exercises for maximum results.

Join Tanja Djelevic as she keeps you burning fat and sculpting muscles with a variety of challenging routines. Prepare to work hard and burn some serious calories!

This is a great DVD. It's a very intense workout and really sets you up for a physical challenge. I like that you can do an express workout if you don't have the time for a normal workout. I really like the exercise and I feel results already!

Zagat Review

I love going out to eat, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a place where you enjoy the food. I live in NYC and there are 20,000 restaurants on every block, so it can become overwhelming when it comes to choosing restaurants. I've been to a lot of restaurants recently that I didn't like so much. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Zagat's 2010 NYC Restaurant Guide and I'm sure this will help me!


What is Zagat?
Zagat Survey® is a business based on a simple premise – that the shared opinions of thousands of avid consumers with real experiences are inherently more accurate than the opinions of just one or two critics. Through our guides, we give people the power of a collective voice and the information to make smart decisions.

The first Zagat guide was published 30 years ago based on our core belief – that the shared opinions of thousands of avid consumers with real experiences are inherently more accurate than the opinions of just one or two critics. This New York City Restaurants guide was an instant success and quickly became “The gastronomic bible” (Wall Street Journal) and a #1 bestseller in the travel category.

Today, Zagat Survey® has expanded to cover over 100 countries worldwide and a range of leisure activities including dining, travel, nightlife, shopping, golf, movies and music. Zagat represents a vast community with over 375,000 consumers participating in our surveys each year.


According to The Today Show, Zagat is the most trusted guide! The Associate Press deems it "The world's most influential travel and food guide.”

It's really great to be able to own a book for a specific place in the world that lists all the great restaurant options you can choose from. I like that it lists how expensive a restaurant is, but also breaks up restaurants into different food categories, and also areas of NYC. The organization of this book is great. You don't have to spend a lot of time looking for something when you're on the go and hungry. It's also updated yearly which is important, as to weed out restaurants that are no longer in operation. At the time of publication, everything is current and relevant which is important.



Schmerty's Cookies Review and Giveaway

I love anything chocolate, whether it be cookies, brownies, ice cream, cake, or pie! I love it all! Schmerty's cookies sent me a fantastic assortment of 6 cookies and 6 brownies. It was WONDERFUL. I got m&m cookies, a red velvet cookie, snickerdoodle, peanut butter chocolate brownie, turtle brownie, and I can't even remember all of the flavors. I was in awe of the delicious goodies!


Who exactly is Schmerty's cookies?
Schmerty’s is a family run business. We create and bundle each of our treats with pride and loving care using the finest ingredients and we never use preservatives. All cookies are hand scooped and before baking we always add extra chips, nuts, etc. to make the cookies extra special. Since everyone’s sweet tooth is different, we have added some treats: Gooey brownies, refreshing lemon bars and vanilla butter cream frosting which I must say ROCKS! All our yummy treats are certified Kosher dairy.

Oh, one more thing, we now offer cookie mixes. Now you can have fresh baked Schmerty’s anytime.

Schmerty's offers delicious brownies and cookies which come in so many mouth-wateringly delicious flavors. Some brownie flavors include Sch'mores, Blonde Amibition, Chocolate M&M, Coconut, and Caramel Brownie. The cookie flavors include Cranberry Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Banana Schplit. YUM!!!!

I think something unique that Schmerty's does is that they allow you to create a special "photo cookie". You can send them a desired photo and they will create it specially onto your cookie. How cool is this? Schmerty's also lets you "create" your own cookie by selecting one of the listed flavors and adding in your desired "add-in's". This is really unique and fun! Schmerty's is great for holidays, corporate events, and even birthdays because they allow you to buy special gift tin and gift boxes full of these delectable treats. Who could say no to Schmerty's?

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Whish Review

Are you one of those people who no matter what kind of shaving cream you use, your legs always feel rough and dry?
Whish will solve all of your problems!

Whish is a shaving cream free of sulfates and it leaves your skin soft and hydrated.
If you're used to shaving being a drying affair, you’re in for an incredibly luscious surprise. This thick whip provides a close, moisturizing shave with no drying foam. Its natural ingredients leave your skin soft, smooth, and pampered. Welcome to a gentle new world.

Dreaming of the fountain of youth? The pomegranate seems like a magical fruit and its rejuvenating properties make Pomegranate Shave Crave a revitalizing treat. Consider it your lucky charm.

Pomegranate Shave Crave is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals™.
our formula:
moisturizes – natural squalene, organic shea butter.
soothes – organic green tea, organic shea butter.
nourishes – organic jojoba seed oil.

Whish comes in several scents. It features pomegranate (my favorite), lemongrass, and almond. It comes in either a pump or a jar. Whish features more than just shaving cream though. They have hair inhibiting gel, sugar scrubs, body wash and body butter. I like that they have other products besides just the shaving cream.

I really liked this product. The pump had a very cool design which I'm not used to seeing. It was easy to pump out and went on smooth and really does shave well. My legs were smooth after with no nicks or dryness. It really is a great product and I highly recommend it!



Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'm the proud owner of two new baby turtles!

I'm a turtle mom!
My boyfriend and I picked up for free a tank, two turtles, food, and tank accessories from a couple who was moving and couldn't take the turtles with them!
One is smaller than the other.
Here's a picture.

Congratulations to my Simple Green Winner

reejen@comcast.net

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Just wanted to share...look how cute Colby is!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shirley J Review and Giveaway

I love to cook and experiment with flavors, sauces, and ingredients. I am still learning as I go along, so I like to make very easy to not too difficult recipes. Shirley J offered me the chance to review their universal sauce and I was happy to accept!

Shirley J products can unlock your creativity. They allow you to prepare delicious dinners your family will love in minutes, not hours. You can create gourmet dishes every bit as good as your favorite restaurant. In addition they are budget friendly. Meals can even be created using leftovers.

At the heart of Shirley J is their Universal Sauce. It is the basis for everything from creamy soups and sauces to smooth gravies, family-pleasing casseroles and literally hundreds of recipes. All foolproof so you’re free to have fun in the kitchen again.

All you do is add water to their miracle Universal Sauce, stir and heat, and you have a savory, velvety smooth sauce or soup that won’t separate or curdle even if simmered for hours. No more lumpy gravy, thanks to Shirley J!


I was sent the Universal Sauce to review. It is a powder product that turns into liquid when mixed with water. The bag is HUGE. It will last 6 months to a year, I swear! It came with a recipe packet that gives you lots of ideas of recipes you can use the sauce for. I started off small and made an alfredo sauce to use for pasta for dinner. It was creamy and delicious. There were no lumps and the flavor was mild and rich. I love that this product is so versatile and can be used for soups, pasta's, bbq, and so much more! It's so easy to use! The options are endless! I can't wait to try this the next time I cook!

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Raisingthecandybar.com Review and Giveaway

I LOVE chocolate and have a big sweet tooth. I would eat chocolate everyday of the week if I could. When I had a chance to review some chocolate from Raisingthecandybar.com, I jumped at it!
Raisingthecandybar.com offers delicious truffles, chocolates, chocolate covered marshmallows, party platters, gluten and sugar free treats, and TOO MUCH TO NAME!!
All of it looks mouth wateringly delicious!

I was sent a chocolate covered marshmallow and a 16 piece box of truffles.




I had one truffle and a few bites of the marshmallow. They were SO GOOD! The chocolate is perfect. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The truffles were melt in your mouth scrumptious. I had to control myself to not eat the entire box! It wasn't easy. The truffles were so pretty too. Each one was hand decorated and looked almost too good to eat. But, of course I did. I am actually going to freeze a candy or two for my mother who you guessed it, is a chocoholic!!! I am sure they will be just as good and will last for weeks. That is if I don't eat them first. I recommend this product to any chocolate lover. Not only are these candies gorgeous, they taste great!!!

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Flowerspot.com Review and Giveaway

I love flowers. They are beautiful to look at and brighten up a room. My favorite flowers are tulips, but I love all flowers. I think they are so pretty and they really make me happy! Flowerspot.com offered me the chance to send my mom flowers for Mother's Day, and of course I said yes! What a great opportunity for me to make my mom smile.
Flowerspot.com offers beautiful bouquet arrangements in any kind of flower type. They have flowers for any occasion such as a birthday, holiday, or just because! They are gorgeous!
I picked the Plentiful Pink Arrangement with free 10" vase.


They are BEAUTIFUL. They came within one day of being shipped. How quick is that for service? They were packaged beautifully. The box was white with colorful flowers on the outside. Inside the flowers were delicately wrapped in bubble wrap and cellophane with a sponge like paper that was soaked in a solution to keep them hydrated. In a separate part of the box there was the glass vase also protected with bubble wrap. The flowers were perfectly cut to fit the vase. There was no cutting required! The flowers were bright and beautiful and just so nice to look at. Also in the box was a very nice card with the same flower design as on the box. Overall, not only were the flowers amazing, the entire packaging itself impressed my mom tremendously. She took a picture immediately and I could see how they really liven up the room and a person's mood! The flowers come in buds and bloom fully in 3-7 days. There was also 3 packets of food for the flowers. As soon as they were put in water they started to open up. My mom can't wait till they fully bloom!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Recent Winners

Congrats to cstironkat for winning the wondawedge contest, and for Kathy Pease for winning the peeled snacks!

I'm graduating from college in exactly 4 weeks and 4 days

Yes, no more papers and tests! :)

Opaleen.com Review

I love jewlery so much, and thanks to the Belledangles system I received a while back, my jewelry is organized! I love earrings and love to accessorize them with different outfits. It's amazing how far one pair can go with so many different pieces of clothing. I fell in love with the jewelry at Opaleen.com. They offer necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. I would say their style is cute and very unique. They offer gold and silver as well as beads, and necklaces that have a ribbon tie as well. It took me a while to pick something out because I loved everything!
I finally settled on the Como-3-Circle-Earrings:


Stats:
Three flattened gold circles are held together by dainty links in these elegant Como earrings. Two of the circles are smooth gold while the final one is textured. Pair them with a matching necklace for a unique and cosmopolitan look. 18k gold plating. Circles measure 20 mm. Earring length 70 mm.

I love these earrings! They are so pretty, and would look great for day or night. They could be dressy or casual, and I love how versatile they are! They were smaller than I expected because the picture makes them look a lot bigger but the size is perfect. The gold color of the earrings is very glossy, and looks great. I can't wait to wear these! :)


New groups that I am apart of!




Friday, April 16, 2010

Glasswithatwist.com Review

Summer is coming soon, and that means hot days call for lemonade and iced tea! I stumbled upon Glasswithatwist.com and saw that they sold glass pitchers! I've never had a decent glass pitcher and knew that I needed one. I contacted them and they agreed to let me review a pitcher. I picked one and had "Iced Tea" engraved on it. I think it's cute!
Glasswithatwist.com is a great website!
GlassWithaTwist.com is the web’s best source for engraved glassware.
They custom etch bar quality glass to your specifications. They allow you to personalize one of their template designs, or start from scratch and make your own! There are
no setup charges and no quantity requirements. You can get anything from a single glass to a bulk order.
They offer everything engraved from hurricane glasses, to pitchers, to pilsners, beer mugs, wine glasses, and much more! I think it's fun that you can engrave anything you want, how you want it.
Here is what I got (but this is a sample photo and not my own engraved pitcher)


The pitcher itself is of great sturdy quality, and the engravement is good too. I don't feel as though the writing will come off with 2 or 3 washes. I can't wait to make some iced tea in my new pitcher. I know I will be using it a lot this summer!

Dearfoams.com Review

I love slippers, and I wear them all the time. I have a pair that's warm for the winter, and another one that is open toed for the summer. Putting on slippers is relaxing and comforting. It's always nice to have a new pair. When I had the opportunity to review a pair of Dearfoam's, I was excited! Dearfoams is the first name that comes to mind when I think of slippers.

Who exactly is Dearfoams?
Dearfoams are cushioned slippers that deliver the ultimate in comfort. More than 60 years (and nearly one billion pairs) later, people still love the indulgent comfort, fashionable styles, and exceptional quality every pair of Dearfoams provides.

It's easy to explain why everyone loves their Dearfoams: Soft, warm fabrics and extra cushioning that make your feet feel cozy and pampered. A mix of timeless and trend right designs and colors, so you can always find a pair of women's or men's slippers that fit your personal style. And premium quality features too numerous to mention that ensure the better comfort, fit and durability (including machine washable slippers) you expect from a trusted brand like Dearfoams.

What is hard to describe - but easy to feel - is that "comfort moment" when you slip on Dearfoams. You're instantly more relaxed. Somehow more peaceful. Lost in the curl-up-your-toes, stretch-out-your-back, sink-into-the-sofa comfort that seems to put your mind and body totally at ease.

Whatever you call it, you should experience it. Indulge your feet in Dearfoams' foam-cushioned bliss. In other words, make yourself comfortable.

Dearfoams offers so many different styles to choose from, whether you want a thong slipper, open toed slipper, slipper boot, closed slipper, or even a slipper clog! They have any color you could possibly want too.

I was sent this pair to review:
(Sorry the picture is so small).

They are so comfortable! I love the color too! I rarely see black slippers sold in stores. They look good with my pajamas or even my jeans. I put them on as soon as I get in the door. And, they are machine washable.

Comfortable, cozy, and not afraid to show a little toe, these women's microfiber terry scuffs are perfect for slipping into whenever the mood strikes, which is just about always. Just slide your feet into the comfort of plush microfiber terry with authentic Dearfoams foam, a full 3/8" layer of high density poly and extra in the heel for added lift. Elastic gusset inserts offer added wiggle room and comfort. The outsoles are molded TPR with skid resistance. They're designed for the indoors, but with style that knows no bounds. Care instructions: To keep these Dearfoams women's open-toe slippers clean, gentle machine wash cold and air dry.

Like the stats say, they are true to size and fit me well! They are soft and keep my feet comfortable too. I've had dearfoams in the past and they are very durable and last for years!

Mom's Best Naturals Cereal Review and Giveaway

I love cereal, it's an easy and quick breakfast to have. There are so many varieties to choose from it's hard to get tired or bored of it. MBN has great flavors such as Honey Nut Toasty O's, Raisin Bran, Sweetened Wheat-fuls, Toasted Wheat-Fuls, Mallow Oats, Oats and Honey Blend, Honey-ful Wheat, Honey Grahams, and Toasted Cinnamon Squares. As you can see, they have a flavor for everyone!

I was sent two boxes of Mom's Best Naturals cereal to try. I received
Toasted Cinnamon Squares

Made with whole grain wheat and rice for a delicious breakfast cereal.

Breakfast cereal is all they make. They use only the highest quality ingredients. There's nothing artificial, no added saturated fat or hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup.

•10g of whole grain per serving
•Made with whole grain wheat
•Naturally cholesterol free

This cereal was delicious! It was even better than Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and a lot more healthier for you. It was pretty addicting, and the cinnamon flavor was awesome. I was eating it dry and finally had to force myself to put it down.

Lastly, I received:
Honey-ful Wheat


Filled with the sweet, golden taste of frosted wheat puffs for a healthy and delicious breakfast cereal.

•Great taste and wholesome goodness
•Naturally low sodium
•0g trans fat per serving
•Naturally cholesterol free
•Sweet, caramelized wheat taste

This cereal tasted great too! It had a nice honey taste that wasn't too strong or too subtle either. It was just right. I also enjoyed the great crunch too. I truly liked it.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twistedorchid.com Review and Giveaway

I love bags. The bigger the better! I do have many, but always love getting a new one. My favorites are leather bags with big buckles and zippers and fancy detail. I was very excited when I had the chance to review a bag for Twistedorchid.com.
Twistedorchid.com offers so many cool bags, ranging in a wide variety of styles and colors. They have clutches, small bags, large bags, and even jewelry! They have something for everyone.

Twisted Orchid describes themselves as a premium shopping destination for stylishly chic purses & women’s handbags. From the pages of People StyleWatch to Lucky, Elle and Oprah, trendspotters & fashion provocateurs alike are buzzing about their incredible selection of totes, clutches, shell & horn handbags, wallets, animal friendly leather handbags and Eco friendly bamboo handbags & purses.

I was sent the Haviana Fiji red bag.


I absolutely love this purse. I think it's so pretty and I love the color! It's a great size bag and holds everything I need. It has many pockets for my ipod, cell phone, etc. The bag is made of a great animal friendly leather and is such a soft leather too! I like that it's very roomy inside. The dimensions of the bag are 16”x12”x6”. I like having large bags because I never have to worry about not having enough room to carry something that I may need. The red is vivid and exciting. It goes with everything and is very eye catching. I posted a picture of it on Facebook and immediately received messages from people saying they want it!! I see myself using this bag all the time.


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9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

9. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

10. Follow me on Facebook for 1 entry.

Winner will be chosen on April 28, 2010 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Disclaimer-
I was provided a product in exchange for my review.
You can read more about my blog policies in my disclaimer.
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dav Rainboots.com Review

I love rainboots. I love that they are fashionable, while protecting your feet from the rain. Rainboots come in so many different styles and colors, and Dav Rainboots definitely keeps those styles and colors coming. Davrainboots.com offers rainboots, rain flats and rain pumps (very unusual), umbrellas, and purses. Their style is unique with a European flair to it. I also like that they offer rainboots with a heel as well, instead of just a regular flat boot.

I reviewed the "English Butterfly Dark Brown" boots.

These boots with authentic English riding style provide ultimate comfort with a contoured fit. They are waterproof, new spring Butterfly wing print and textured sole.
•waterproof
•english riding boot styling
•textured sole



I thought these were very cute! They really do look like a monarch butterfly. They are made of high quality material and are built to last. They are solid and very durable too. The style is unusal which appeals to me as well. I am sure I'm going to get years of use out of these boots! :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

High Sierra Sport Review and Giveaway

I never seem to have enough room in my suitcase, and I always suffer from the overpacking syndrome! (Doesn't everyone?). High Sierra Sport offers ridiculously roomy luggage that is great for traveling, camping, or anywhere else on the go! They offer duffel bags, backpacks, upright wheeled suitcases, and more!
I received the 32 inch expandable wheeled duffel (with backpack straps) in the grey stripes color. This duffel is GIGANTIC! It has so many compartments and so much room! I can't get over how roomy it is!

Here are some stats about it:
Take the journey to go. Our 32" Expandable Wheeled Duffel offers a whopping 7,980 cubic inches of space, packing more compartments, functionality and access into one bag than ever before. It has tons of storage options, including a large main compartment that expands 2.5" for extra packing, an easy-access, drop-bottom compartment with hold-down straps for shoes and other gear, and a divider panel between the upper and lower compartments which rolls up to create one large compartment. It even has hidden backpack straps to carry heavy loads up a stairway or along rough terrain. With its roomy compartments and intelligent organizing features, packing more in will never be a problem.

Special built-in, high-density foam structure helps maintain the bag’s shape while minimizing weight.


Molded foot allows duffel to stand upright and also acts as a handle for easy lifting.


Large main compartment, with front-load access, expands 2.5" for additional packing capacity.


Drop-bottom compartment, with hold-down straps, is perfect for shoes or bulky gear.


Zippered divider panel, between upper and lower compartments, can be rolled up and secured to create one large compartment.


Divider panel between top pocket and middle pocket has a zippered mesh pocket.


Hidden padded backpack straps are stored behind the zippered padded bottom panel.


Recessed, telescoping aircraft aluminum handle system with locking mechanism.


Kick plate between the wheel housings protects the bag from abrasion.


SURE-GRIP handles tuck down flat when not in use.


Reflective piping for added safety.

I've personally never seen a duffel this large. I love that it can hold literally ANYTHING with ease. When you overpack a bag, it sometimes becomes very bulky, hard to wheel, or doesn't close properly. I don't have any issues with this bag! I love that it also expands 2.5 extra inches, WOW! I also like how it converts from an upright to a duffel. The versatility of this bag is amazing! I can't say enough good things about this bag!!!!

GIVEAWAY RULES:
I will be picking ONE (1) winner to win a random backpack of High Sierra Sport's choosing.
1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please go to High Sierra Sport's website (highsierrasport.com) and check out their community section. You will notice there are many charities that HSS is apart of. Choose one that you like the best. Go to High Sierra Sport's facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/High-Sierra-Sport-Company/54683494834), and become their FB fan. Please write on their wall explaining that you are apart of Sammi Richardson's blog contest and tell them which charity you like the best, and why. Leave me your name so I can see what you wrote. (1 entry).
For one additional entry, please leave a comment on my blog telling why you would like to win a backpack.

BONUS ENTRIES

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

4. Follow Me on Blogger (1 entry)

5. Follow ME on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this daily

7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

9. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

10. Follow me on Facebook for 1 entry.

Winner will be chosen on April 29, 2010 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Disclaimer-
I was provided a product in exchange for my review.
You can read more about my blog policies in my disclaimer.
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Simple Green Naturals Review and Giveaway

I go through bottles of cleaning products pretty quickly. I like for my house to be spotless at all times (even though that doesn't always happen, and I'd like to be realistic, but I do try). I usually use cleaners that emit harsh fumes because I feel like my house is really clean that way. I discovered Simple Green products and was really interested to try them.


Simple Green Naturals are 100% naturally derived, with ingredients originating from nature: chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt and sugar, and water. Nothing else.

Naturals are safer, effective products that offer:
• 100% natural ingredient sources • Non-toxic formulations
• Biodegradable formulations • No animal testing
• Full ingredient disclosure
• International scientifically-accepted ingredient names
• Naturals scents are IFRA compliant and made of 100% natural essential oils & plant extracts.
• 100% recyclable PETE plastic bottles with 25%+ post-consumer content, printed with soy inks
• Natural Versus Naturally Derived

I was very excited when I received the large box with 8 FULL SIZED products inside! I couldn't believe it! I received: carpet care, floor care, bathroom cleaner, multi-surface care, glass and surface care, dilutable concentrate, liquid dish soap, and liquid hand soap! Wow! I think it's unique how each product has a different color on the bottle. Some cleaners all look the same it's easy to get them confused and accidently spray your capet or something with glass cleaner! Now, it will be easy for me to identify what is what. I absolutely love that the cleaners are 100% natural, safe, and biodegradable. There are no harsh fumes or chemicals that make you gag while you clean. I actually used the glass cleaner yesterday to clean the mirror in my bathroom and the scent of the cleaner was rosemary mint! How nice is that? Instead of a bleach smell you get a nice calming rosemary! Each cleaner actually has a scent, which is pretty unique in my opinion. I feel that these cleaners clean well. Some glass cleaners leave a streaky residue after, but the Simple Green glass cleaner didn't! I really like these products, they clean well, make my home look great, and are safe for the environment! How much better can you do!?

GIVEAWAY RULES:
I will be picking ONE (1) winner to win a cleaner of their choice from the Simple Green Naturals Line.
1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please tell me which cleaner you would like to win.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

4. Follow Me on Blogger (1 entry)

5. Follow ME on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this daily

7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

9. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

10. Follow me on Facebook for 1 entry.

Winner will be chosen on April 24, 2010 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Disclaimer-
I was provided a product in exchange for my review.
You can read more about my blog policies in my disclaimer.
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.



Friday, April 9, 2010

Tropical Traditions Review and Giveaway

I love coconut, whether it's in candy, cookies, smoothies, etc. I just love coconut. I was thrilled when I had the chance to review the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. At first, I had no idea what this was so I had to research.



How is this oil used?
Virgin Coconut Oil is a food, and is one of the best cooking oils you can use. It has been a staple cooking oil for thousands of years in tropical climates. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. For hundreds of tasty recipes from people who use coconut oil, visit FreeCoconutRecipes.com.

I was interested in experimenting with this oil. I used the freecoconutrecipes.com link and I made coconut oatmeal cookies! They were very delicious and the hint of coconut was there, but it was subtle; not too overwhelming. I do want to incorporate this oil into a smoothie in the near future though. The oil is solid, so you have to microwave it for a few seconds and then it is a perfect liquid. I know that this oil is great in the place of butter for cooking or used as a spread for breads (instad of jams or jellies.)

Check out Tropical Traditions referral program!
http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/referral_program.htm

Subscribe to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter
http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm,

Look at the TT recipe page, for all the uses there are for this delicious coconut oil!
http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index..htm

GIVEAWAY RULES:
I will be picking ONE (1) winner to win a jar of tropical virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions
1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please tell me why you would like to win virgin coconut oil.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

4. Follow Me on Blogger (1 entry)

5. Follow ME on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry) AND Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @troptraditions, you'll gain 2 additional entries!

6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this daily

7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

9. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

10. Follow me on Facebook for 1 entry.

Winner will be chosen on April 22, 2010 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Disclaimer-
I was provided a product in exchange for my review.
You can read more about my blog policies in my disclaimer.
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.




Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ATGStores.com Giveaway


I am giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to ATGStores.com!!
I will be choosing one lucky winner.

ATG has many websites which offer great items. Please check out just some of the websites! LightingUniverse.com, FixtureUniverse.com, DecorUniverse.com, HomeFurnitureShowroom.com, SportingGoodsCentral.com, NewBabySupply.com, OutdoorLivingShowroom.com and CookingandTableware.com.

CONTEST ENDS MAY 6, 2010 AT 10 PM!
MANDATORY ENTRY: Please tell me what you would pick if you won. (Remember $100 or less!)
· Follow my blog or website publicly. If you already follow, just tell me you do. (1 extra entry)

· Become my friend on facebook (Facebook.com/Sammi9588)(1 extra entry)
· Follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway(one per day) - "@Pinkice88 and @AtgStores.com are giving away a Products or Gift certificate # giveaway" (1 extra entry)

· Blog about this giveaway with a link back to your blog and ATGStores.com (this is good for 5 entries so leave 5 comments)

· Follow @ATGStores on Twitter (2 extra entries)
· Become a fan of ATGStores on Facebook (2 extra entries)
· Follow TheATGStores Blog (2 extra entries)
· Put me on your blogroll and leave a link where I can find it. ( Good for 5 entries so leave 5 comments)



Peeled Fruit Snacks Review and Giveaway

I love fruit, but let's face it, most people don't get their recommended daily serving of it. We drink sugary apple and orange juices and eat fruit pies hoping that it will get some kind of fruit in us.

Our goal at Peeled Snacks is simple: to make you feel good about snacking. We strive to bring you the highest quality organic and natural ingredients from sustainable farms. Our snacks provide a great source of vitamins, minerals and a full serving of fruit with no added sugar.


Peeled snacks are delicious organic dried fruit snacks. They are healthy for you, a great food choice, and are an excellent source of vitamin C as well. My favorite is banana. I think the packaging is very cute too. Each bag has a cutout of the fruit shape that you are getting, and you can see the fruit through the cutout. The names are also very catchy, with such names as "Banan-a-peel and Pine-4-Pineapple. The names are cute and are certainly attention-grabbers. This snack is something you can eat and feel guilt free about. The highest calorie count on the bag is 150 calories, and you get a lot for 150 calories. The fruit is filling, and it is a great snack that doesn't leave you feeling hungry either. It is great for on the go, at school, or even packed in with a lunch!

GIVEAWAY RULES:
I will be picking ONE (1) winner to win a Organic Fruit Picks Variety Pack from Peeled Snacks.
1. YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please tell me why you would like to win the variety pack.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

2. Subscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to Sammi's Blog of Life in a Reader (1 entry)

4. Follow Me on Blogger (1 entry)

5. Follow ME on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry) AND Follow Peeled Snacks on Twitter @PeeledSnacks, you'll gain 2 additional entries!

6. Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this daily

7. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES - Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you've blogged about this.

9. Add my main button to your sidebar (if it's already there, let me know that! Leave link to your blog.) (1 entry)

9. Add Sammi's Blog of Life to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)

10. Follow me on Facebook for 1 entry, and follow Peeled Snacks on Facebook for two additional entries (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#%21/pages/Peeled-Snacks/35269335026?ref=ts)

Winner will be chosen on April 16, 2010 at 10 pm and then will be emailed.
One entry per day.
Alternate winner will be chosen if winner does not respond after 48 hours. Thank you and good luck!
Disclaimer-
I was provided a product in exchange for my review.
You can read more about my blog policies in my disclaimer.
Sammi's Blog Of Life Follows All New FTC & Facebook Laws for Reviews & Giveaways.
IF YOU DO NOT CORRECTLY ANSWER MY CONTEST QUESTION, YOUR COMMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REJECTED.