Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Laura Mercier Review

Wearing makeup is a part of my daily life. I couldn't imagine not including it in my beauty routine. I love to experiment with new colors and shades, not to mention it's a lot of fun. Who doesn't want to change up their look every so often? It's important to express yourself and makeup is the perfect medium for doing so.



Laura Mercier is a world-renowned makeup artist and creator of Laura Mercier cosmetics, skincare, body & bath, and fragrance. The Laura Mercier philosophy revolves around the flawless face - the concept that making skin look perfect is the first and foremost important thing a woman can do to achieve a great look. Laura believes that a flawless look begins with a fresh canvas, and each product has been specially developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, natural-looking complexion.

Laura Mercier creates products to make your skin radiant and beautiful. Whether you're looking for foundation, blush, tinted moisturizer and more, they have you covered.

My main concern is wanting my skin to look as best as possible. I'm always searching for that product to give me flawless skin. When I stumbled upon Laura Mercier's foundation primer, it sounded like just the thing that my skin needed.



This lightweight, water-based primer creates a smooth, invisible layer that acts as a buffer between the skin and makeup. Specialized for oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin types, its high water content soothes surface dehydration around active blemishes.

The primer comes in a decent sized tube and there is a lot of product in it. I used it on clean, washed skin and then put my foundation on top of it. It easily comes out and looks like liquid foundation. The light-weight primer easily and smoothly rubs into my skin with no problem. It matched my skin tone perfectly too. I instantly noticed that my skin looked different and better once I applied it, even with no foundation on! Once I put my foundation on top of it I really noticed the difference. I really think it improved the quality of my skin. It made my makeup look flawless and last longer. I really liked the way it made me look. I didn't notice any irritants or issues developing on my face when I wear the primer. This is the perfect primer for guaranteeing a fabulous look for any face!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Laura Mercier for providing me with this complimentary foundation primer in exchange for the review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kraft MilkBite Review

Once I find a brand that I like, I am loyal to that brand for years. I like to find new brand favorites of course, but there are certain products that I only buy from the brand I am loyal to. I've been a long-time fan of Kraft cheeses and snack products for years. They are one of the only cheese brands I will buy. I trust Kraft for quality, taste, and price. Kraft has stood the test of time and has been popular for many, many years. There's a reason why.



Kraft is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. They market crackers, confectionery treats, beverages, cheeses, grocery products, and convenient meals in approxmiately 170 countries. Most people don't realize that Kraft makes more than just cheese and macaroni and cheese.

When I heard that Kraft had recently introduced a line of milk and granola bars, I knew I wanted to try them. Kraft MilkBite milk and granola bars are made with real milk and calcium, making them an excellent source of calcium with 30% of the daily recommended value. They are a great source of vitamin D and fiber, include 5g of protein, 7g of whole grains, and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They do need to be kept refrigerated though. The bars come in five delicious flavors-chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and mixed berry. Each box contains five bars. A flavor everyone's taste buds!

I was sent two boxes of Kraft bars to review, chocolate and strawberry. The bars came in a cute Kraft lunchbag too! I'm a big fan of most granola bars, so I had a good feeling that I would like these.


The lunch bag is perfect for keeping my lunch cold at work. It's spacious inside as well.



I tried the chocolate one first, of course. :) The bar is a small rectangular sized treat. It has chocolate chips inside and on the top and was drizzled with beautiful chocolate on top. The bar was thicker and denser than most granola bars than I am used to, which I liked. The snack was chewy, fresh, and full of great granola and chocolate taste. The chocolate flavor was prevalent, but not overly sweet. I enjoyed that the bar was cold, it was refreshing. It would be the perfect cool treat on a hot summer's day too. The bar would also be a nice, healthy snack to throw in a lunchbox or for a mid-day pick-me-up. I like that it has whole grain and protein benefits. I'm all for anything that tastes great and has health benefits too.

The strawberry was very enjoyable as well. The size of the bar was the same size as the chocolate one. The bar had white icing drizzled generously on the top. There were chunks of strawberries on top and inside. The strawberry chunks were large and full of flavor. The flavor of strawberry was noticeable and the treat was very fresh. Each bite was packed with an equal amount of strawberry chunks and granola. In my opinion this bar was a little sweeter than the chocolate, but not so overly sweet. This would be a great snack to keep in your fridge at work if you need a sweet treat during the day. It's also equally as perfect to throw in a child's lunchbox for school. Keep an icepack in there to keep it cold though.

Each bar contains 140 calories which isn't terrible, but remember it's not an extremely low-calorie snack.

I've enjoyed the bars that I've tried so far and I look forward to trying the other MilkBite flavors!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Kraft for providing me with the complimentary package to review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Burt's Bees Gud Giveaway

I've been a long time fan of Burt's Bees for years. I love their quality, natural products that provide wonderful results. When I heard that they had a new line extension, I was very excited! These products are definitely not to be missed!



Gud is a natural product line that features body lotions, body butters, body washes, shampoo's, conditioners, and more! Nothing is tested on animals and the products have no chemicals or parabans. The packaging is adorable and features bright, cheery flowers. The scents range from Vanilla Flame, Pearanormal, the sweet Floral Cherrynova; and Orange Petalooza. Each scent has a package of products. Regardless of what scent you choose, Gud will leave your skin and hair feeling soft and moisturized. Don't worry, there's enough Gud to go around. :)

Natural products are important to me. I don't like to use anything that has a lot of chemicals or additives in it. Why expose yourself to those ingredients when you don't have to?

Here's some examples of the products featured:

Orange Petalooza Shampoo



Floral Cherrynova Shampoo


Vanilla Flame Body Butter


As you can see there is a lot to choose from. The products smell wonderful and would look great in your bathroom!



What scent is your favorite? You will have to decide soon as one lucky winner will be winning a mixed prized package of Gud products!

GIVEWAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a mixed prize pack of Gud products.

YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

2. Please tell me what your favorite Gud scent is.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

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

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

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

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

8. 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)

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

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

12. "Like" Burt's Bees Gud on Facebook for 1 entry
(https://www.facebook.com/Gud)

13. Follow Burt's Bees Gud on Twitter for 1 entry
(http://twitter.com/#!/gudhappens)

Winner will be chosen on March 10, 2012 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. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.
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, February 24, 2012

White Mountain Products Giveaway

Have you ever been to an ice cream shop and none of the flavors really stood out to you. Sure you have the typical vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc, but you want something really unique and different. Let's say you want something like nutella marshmallow. It sounds delicious but most ice cream shops won't sell a flavor like that. With an ice cream maker all of your fantastic sweet treat ideas and dreams can now come true!



White Mountain Products was founded in 1853. They've always been about making good times happen right at home; with ice cream you make yourself. The experience starts with the discussion—often the kids get their pick—of what flavor ice cream your family wants to make. Vanilla with bittersweet chocolate chips or maybe peach made with orchard fresh peaches. Every delicious choice is limited only by your imagination. Just set up your White Mountain® Electric Ice Cream Maker with ice and rock salt, and let the fun begin. Whether you're cooling off a hot summer picnic or warming up a homebound winter weekend, the experience is one you can't put a price on.

Just imagine it now! Do you want banana with chocolate chips? Done! How about strawberry with blueberry chunks in it? You bet! Even green tea ice cream can be made. The possibilities are endless. The best part is that you'll be making it right at home!



The smiles will go for miles! Create delicious, homemade ice cream fast with the powerful electric motor.
•Powerful improved 12,000-rpm motor
•New England White Pine bucket with NEW slide & lock brackets.
•Corrosion-resistant, cast-iron, triple-action dasher
•Three-gear drive motor system
•Stainless Steel Canister
•Makes 4 or 6 quarts of ice cream in 20 - 40 minutes
•5 year limited warranty
•Recipes included



You'll be very popular when you serve ice cream made from your new ice cream maker at your next party, or even BBQ in the summer! It's also great family fun to make ice cream with your children. They'll love spending time with you and creating their own tasty treat.

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a 4 quart electric ice cream maker from White Mountain Products.

YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

2. Please tell me what what the first flavor of ice cream you would make with your new ice cream maker would be.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

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

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

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

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

8. 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)

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

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

Winner will be chosen on March 9, 2012 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. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.
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.







Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kiddie Academy Post #4

This is post #4 for Kiddie Academy. I had never thought about opening a franchise, but this is something that is working well for people, especially Angie and Rafael!

Angie and Rafael Monreal opened their Kiddie Academy, franchise, which is located at 18600 NW 87 Avenue, Miami, Florida, in September 2007, at ages 30 and 36.



Although they are still relatively new to the area, the couple is showing parents that the innovative curriculum, hands-on approach, and commitment to each child, the hallmarks of the Kiddie Academy system, make their academy unlike any other child care provider in the area.



Background: Angie and Rafael Monreal wanted to open their own business and spent a year researching various franchises and other types of businesses. They were still unsure what concept would be the best fit until fate intervened. While employed in the financial sector, Angie began searching for a child care center for her children to attend, but was dismayed by what she found. Not wanting to leave her children at an establishment not up to her standards, Angie used her business know-how and determination to open her own Kiddie Academy franchise, the first child care provider in the area that met her standards. Kiddie Academy appealed to the Monreals as business owners, as well as parents. Local residents see that enthusiasm from the moment they walk through the door of the Monreal's academy.

Goals: The Monreals are currently working with their staff and clients to streamline their operation and discover how best to provide the families in the Miami area with the best child care possible. Once the Monreals get their first Miami academy established, they would like to further assist local parents by expanding into a second location. The Monreals also hope to begin contributing to a variety of charities in the area within the coming months.

Challenges: As a new business in the area, the Monreals find the biggest challenge has been getting the word out to attract new families to their location. As more people see how good they are, their enrollment numbers continue to climb.

Results: Since opening, the Monreals have seen a steady increase in enrollment based on referrals from currently enrolled families – a sure sign that their existing customers believe in the concept as much as the Monreals do. At the end of each day, when children are lined up outside her office door refusing to leave without a hug goodbye, Angie knows that becoming a Kiddie Academy franchisee was the right decision.

*DISCLOSURE*I have a 3 month relationship with Kiddie Academy for which I am being compensated for. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine, and not based on anything else.


Ciao Bella Giveaway

I used to think that ice cream and gelato were only treats meant for the summer. Surely it's too cold to eat in the winter! Over the past few years I've discovered that there's no reason why you can't enjoy that creamy, sweet treat year round! Go ahead and indulge in that bowl of mint chocolate chip gelato when it's snowing outside. It'll taste just as great in the cold weather. You know you want to. :)



Ciao Bella has been dishing out boldly unique gelato & sorbet for over 28 years. Ciao Bella’s indulgent collection of gelato and sorbet flavors offer unique and intense flavor experiences like Blood Orange Sorbet and Key Lime Graham Cracker Gelato.

Ciao Bella creates excitement and happiness for ice cream lovers everywhere with an unparalleled, incredibly unique, intense flavor experience by providing pure, great tasting, chef inspired desserts sure to tempt any taste bud.

If you're looking to switch up your gelato flavor, turning to Ciao Bella is definitely a smart decision! Tantalize your taste buds with such unique flavors as maple ginger snap, lemon zest and prickly pear. The gelato is fresh, sweet, and delicious.


Examples of Ciao Bella flavors:

Mmm, don't these sound delicious? I wish I had a bowl of wild raspberry right now! Some of my other favorites are chocolate hazelnut and strawberry.

Two lucky winners are going to fall in love with Ciao Bella too!

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. I will be picking TWO (2) winners for this contest. Two winners will each win a free product coupon to purchase a pint of Ciao Bella gelato with.

YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

2. Please tell me what your favorite Ciao Bella flavor is.(1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES

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

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

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

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

8. 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)

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

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

12. Become a follower of Ciao Bella on Twitter for 1 entry
(http://twitter.com/#!/ciaobellagelato)

13. "Like" Ciao Bella on Facebook for 1 entry
(http://www.facebook.com/ciaobella)

Winner will be chosen on March 8, 2012 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. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.
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.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Recipes!

Hi all,

I've been in a baking and cooking mood a lot lately. I'm looking to try new recipes. Please post your favorites here! I can't wait to try them!

Thanks :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Roku Review

A lot of movie watching happens in my house. I'm a big movie fan, so I'm constantly watching the latest flick. When you buy a lot of DVD's, you can only have so many before you start to run out of room in your TV or DVD shelf to store them. Wouldn't it be nice to watch whatever you wanted, any time of day or night, even if you don't own the movie? That's where the Roku steps in!



The Roku is a digital media player which supports signals up to 1080p. It features a built-in wireless networking that allows you to stream media to your TV, so you can enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies and more in stunning high-definition. The Roku library allows you access to more than 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and more.

The Roku is a revolutionary device which will change your movie viewing forever!

I was sent a Roku - 2 XD Wireless Digital Media Player.


I had Netflix years ago, but keeping up with sending in the disks and waiting to receive your next one was a pain. I was excited at the thought of watching unlimited movies and tv shows for one low price a month! Of course the fact that I didn't have to deal with the discs was a nice added bonus. I re-signed up with Netflix and couldn't wait to get the Roku party started!



The device was very easy to install and the instructions were clearly explained too. Within about 10 minutes everything was hooked up and ready to go. I had hundreds of TV shows and movies at my fingertips! You can search by movie genre for specifically what you're interested in. The quality is excellent and it's like watching a movie in the theater or from a true DVD. Sometimes the connection will be a bit slower than normal, but that's to be expected. I haven't had any issues with the connection not working at all. You can browse the selections with the included remote. I love seeing old TV shows from years and years ago, it's fun to watch them again. I know that this little black box is going to revamp my movie nights completely! I'm excited to watch many movies that I've never seen before.

The Roku would be the perfect gift for any movie or TV buff. They will absolutely love it if you surprise them with it.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Roku for providing me with a complimentary unit in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.



Help me get to 3,000 blog followers and win!

*UPDATE* I am ending the contest on March 1st. Let's hope I hit my goal soon! :)

I'm hoping to hit 3,000 GFC in just a few days. I know that you lovely people can help me get there. The contest will end on 2/21 at midnight (or whenever I hit 3,000). I will be awarding one lucky random winner $20 paypal or $20 Amazon gift card (your choice.) I know I am 691 away but that's really not that many! If you tell your friend and they tell their friend and they tell their friend, etc it can go very quickly!

Just comment here that you've helped me spread the word and you'll be entered to win. If you want to leave the twitter or facebook link that's fine too.

I've posted the link on my personal and fan page facebook. Just share the status so your friends can instantly see it!

Help me win for a good cause! :)

Thank you!

Sammi


Toast to the Red Carpet Live!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've been enjoying I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! for years. It's perfect for adding to your corn on the cob, spreading a little bit on a toasted bagel, or just enjoying on your favorite piece of toast. I love the way it tastes and of course the fact that it has less calories and fat isn't too shabby either! You can't go wrong with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® - Original Soft Spread

Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE, presented by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is complete with insider access to the red carpet, an exclusive roundtable of Hollywood stars, and best picture-themed recipes for your own viewing party.  It will be streaming live on the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Facebook page on February 26th from 3:00-4:30 PST.

During this time, Hollywood stars will offer insider access and dish on red carpet fashion! I know that I love to see how all of the gorgeous celebrities are dresses. It will be great to see all of the amazing dresses before the show even stars. Also, for all of the foodies and fashionistas out there, a roundtable discussion will occur with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. A culinary and entertaining expert will be preparing best picture-themed recipes for you to use at your own home viewing party! Get excited! I know I am! :)

If you're looking for a great recipe that includes I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, look no further! I have a great one for you right here. This one sounds DELICIOUS!

Rosemary-Orange Grilled Chicken and Veggies:
Ingredients

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1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed


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1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes


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2 medium red, green and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into 1-1/2-inch squares


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1 medium yellow squash, cubed


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30 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spray Original, divided


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1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary


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1 tsp. grated orange peel


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2 Tbsp. orange juice

 


Instructions
1.Spray chicken and vegetables with 15 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spray Original, then toss with with rosemary and orange peel. Alternately thread chicken and vegetables on skewers*.
2.Grill or broil chicken and vegetables, turning once, 8 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are just tender.
3.Arrange chicken and vegetables on serving platter. Spray with remaining 15 Sprays, then drizzle with orange juice.

*If using wooden skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes prior to use.

I love anything that revolves around fashion, so seeing what everyone is wearing is most exciting to me.  I'll be watching the show online and enjoying a big bowl of popcorn! How will you enjoy the show? What are you most looking forward to?

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. I will be picking ONE (1) winner for this contest. One winner will win a coupon for a free tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

 YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED!

 

2. Please tell me what you’re most looking forward to from the online show. (1 entry)

 

BONUS ENTRIES

 

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

 

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

 

5. Follow me on Blogger. (1 entry)

 

6. Follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/pinkice88) (1 entry)

 

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

 

8. 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)

 

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

 

11. Become a fan of my Facebook fan page for 1 entry (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammis-Blog-of-Life/307593407356)

 

12. Follow I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! on Twitter for 1 entry

(https://twitter.com/#!/icbinotbutter)

 

13. Follow I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! on Facebook for 1 entry

(http://www.facebook.com/icantbelieveitsnotbutterUSA)

 

Winner will be chosen on March 3, 2012 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. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

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.

 

I can't wait for the online show. I'm so excited and I will be checking in to see all of the latest with a big bowl of popcorn!GIVEAWYA

How will you be enjoying the show?



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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Have you heard about Zenni Optical?

If you're in the market for eyeglasses, you might want to surf on over to Zenni Optical. They have all of your eyeglass needs in one place.



Zenni Optical is the #1 online eyeglasses store offering high quality complete prescription eyeglasses from $6.95 Virtually any glasses, even bifocal or progressive eyeglasses, can be ordered on Zenni's website with tint, whether for fashion or sunglasses. Full rim, half rim, even rimless frame eyeglasses can be tinted to suit your style or use, and with tint only $4.95; it’s an option not to be overlooked. You can try any frame before you buy with Zenni Frame Fit system. And with the affordable price at Zenni, you can buy multiple pairs and get to switch styles to match the outfit or moods.

Zenni offers very affordable eyglasses that are stylish and fit your needs. Why not take a look at what eyeglasses they have? I bet you'll fall in love with a pair or two.


Examples of eyeglasses sold at Zenni Optical

I have some exciting news for you from Zenni! They are running a buy 2 pairs get the 3rd pair free (equal or lesser value) promotion on all eyeglasses. This is their biggest promotion ever and it is limited time offer!

Hurry up and take part in this great deal while you still can.

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post from Zenni Optical. I am receiving monetary compensation for posting it.



Friday, February 17, 2012

February Extreme Cash Giveaway

This time we’re bringing you MORE PRIZES which means MORE CHANCES for YOU to win!




We are giving away:

(1) $300 Paypal Cash prize

(1) $200 Paypal Cash prize

(1) $100 Paypal Cash prize

(1) $50 Paypal Cash prize

(1) Kodak Easyshare Sport Camera


There are lots of entries available and this giveaway will go on for a whole month, so take your time! Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back every day and claim your daily entries too.


This giveaway ends 3/15 at 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide. There are over 100 participating blogs, but you only need to enter the giveaway on one of our blogs. Good luck!




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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Questions in conjuction with QVC contest

Hi all,

Here's the questions that go with my currently-running QVC contest. I can only pick one winner (even if multiple people answer correctly.)



1.

Q: What does I/O stand for?




2.

Q: For topical application to the skin, what other IO Beauty product would you mix the booster with?




3.

Q: What type of special “delivery system” is used in IO Beauty?




4.

Q: What are 2 of the active ingredients:



5.

Q: How many ORAC units (the scientific measure of anitoxidants) does the IO Beauty Booster deliver?


Good luck!




Wednesday, February 15, 2012

San Diego Pretzel Company Review and Giveaway

Pretzels are one of my all time favorite snacks. I love those crunchy, salty, little bites of goodness. Don't even get me started on soft pretzels, I can devour those in a minute flat. Here in NYC we have large soft pretzels that are warm, chewy, and soft all in one bite. They are heavenly! There's nothing like a satisfying snack to make your day.



The San Diego Pretzel Company makes assorted types of all natural soft pretzels that are delivered fresh to your door. The company is dedicated and committed to baking and delivering the highest quality soft pretzels. Quality, authenticity, and freshness are their top priorities. Eat, savor, and get twisted with the San Diego Pretzel Company's soft pretzels.

Whether you're looking for jumbo Bavarian pretzels, twisted traditional pretzels, or Philly pretzels, they have you covered plus more! The pretzels are shipped fresh to your door to enjoy within 48 hours or freeze for more pretzel deliciousness later.


I was sent a pack of jumbo Bavarian pretzels. They actually arrived to me tonight and they were beautiful! I couldn't wait to dig in and enjoy one.

The pretzels are a toasty brown color and they are very large! You can heat them in the oven or in the microwave. The pretzels come with a salt pack too. Just put a few drops of water on the pretzel for the salt to stick. I added a little bit of salt and popped my snack into the microwave. In just under 1 minute the pretzel was done.


Look at this beauty!

The pretzel was just perfect! It was warm and had a great chewy firmness to it, but had a balance of softness with it too. I like that I only added a little bit of salt to it, instead of making it extremely salty. The salt gave the pretzel a wonderful boost of flavor. It was also very fresh, it reminded me of one of the soft pretzels you'd get in the mall. It was a very satisfying snack that fulfilled my carbs craving. I'm excited to have one of my favorite snacks waiting for me in the freezer in the coming days. Pretzels from The San Diego Pretzel Company would make the perfect gift for any pretzel or snack lover in your life! What are you waiting for? Order some pretzels today!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Sena Cases Review

There's only one computer in my household and it's my boyfriend's. I have my laptop from college but it's painfully slow and very old. So when my boyfriend's using his laptop, I only have my iPad. I can't really blog on my iPad, it's a challenge and doesn't work very well. I used to have to wait to use the computer and that was annoying. Now my days of annoyance are gone!



Sena Cases is a luxury mobile device accessory designer offering classy, stylish protective leather cases for today’s most popular mobile devices. There are cases for phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, readers, MP3 players and more. The unique cases not only offer an upscale, quality and appearance, but also provide exceptional functionality. The cases are built to last and quality made.

Sena would make an excellent gift for someone who just bought an iPad or a kindle. Let them protect their new electronic device, but also keep it in a stylish case!

I've been wanting an iPad keyboard for a long time. It's hard and frustrating to write emails or surf the web when you keep pushing the wrong letters on the screen. Instead of going to yahoo.com, you go to yafhoo.com. Not quite the same, huh? I've been eyeing various iPad keyboard online and drooling over them, and hoping to own one of them soon.

Well my lucky day eventually came when Sena Cases gave me the opportunity to review a black leather iPad keyboard case. I was sent a black leather keyboard case and I love it! The case also comes in red or orange as well.

The case is a sleek black one that is classic. I love black electronics cases, they are always in style and truly look great all the time.

The keyboard is an integrated bluetooth keyboard for iPad 1. It connects to the iPad very easily. Just easily slip the iPad into the case and turn the power switch on. Once you've done that, push the connect button on the top of the case. After that, go into your settings on the iPad and activate the bluetooth setting. The keyboard is then connected with your iPad The case came with no instructions, so I had to go on the website and find them. I do think the case should come with them, because not everyone would think to do that right away. The buttons on the keyboard are easy to push and I had no trouble typing on the iPad at all. I won't make any typo's now!

I love that this small little case turns my iPad into a mini computer! There's a stand that pops out in the back of the case, so as to easily prop the iPad up on a desk or table. The case stands up without any problems. The case easily folds up to be stored in a bag, purse, or drawer too.

I'm really happy that I'll now always have computer access even when my boyfriend's using the laptop! This would be the perfect gift for a technology lover who you normally don't know what to buy for. They will love it! Why not treat yourself too?

*DISCLOSURE* Thanks to Sena Cases for providing me with this complimentary case in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.


Thundershirt Review and Giveaway

Pets are our babies, and we do whatever we can to make them feel loved, safe, and wanted. Why should we let them have to feel anxiety or be freightened? Pets give us unconditional love and happiness, it's time to give the same back to them!



Thundershirt is the proven solution for dog anxiety. With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.

If your dog is fearful of loud sudden noises, has travel anxiety, or even hyperacticity, the Thundershirt would be perfect for them.

My dog has very bad separation anxiety. Whenever anybody leaves, she lays by the door and just howls! It doesn't matter if they are gone 10 minutes or 3 hours, she will continuously howl. It's very sad and I feel awful for her. I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to help her.



I received a gray Thundershirt and couldn't wait to try it on her! Even before you open the garage door to my house, you can hear her crying and howling. This happens everytime somebody leaves, without fail. I put the thundershirt on her before I left. It fit her great and looked very cute on. Some dogs may not like wearing it, but Colby didn't seem to mind at all. I told her good-bye and gave her a kiss. She just looked at me and started crying a little bit. I hoped the Thundershirt would calm her down and help her to feel more relaxed while I was gone.

Once I left I was anxious and was hoping that she was okay. Once I got home and went to open my garge door, I heard no crying or howling! Her crying is always very loud! I opened the door and she was laying in the couch wagging her tail. Usually she is laying on the floor howling. She seemed much calmer and happier, and that made me happy too. I was very impressed with the Thundershirt! I think that the more you use it, the better results you will have. This fantastic product has made my Colby's life a lot easier. It truly breaks your heart to hear your baby upset. I will be using this on a constant basis now. Thank you Thundershirt!

This would be the perfect calming aide if you have an anxious dog. Don't let your dog have anxiety for another day!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fun POM Wonderful Recipes

I bet you never would have guessed that the delicious pomegranate juice that you love could be turned into fabulous recipes, right? I have some delicious and satisfying recipes that will turn up the heat on your love for POM wonderful!


POM Salsa
Juice from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate*, or 1/4 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
2 cups arils from 2-3 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
3-4 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar



Preparation:
Quesadilla:
Score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
Place 2 strips of cheese on each tortilla
Using fingers, press 1 teaspoon of arils into cheese.
Add 2 slices of pear, sprinkle with sugar. Fold tortilla in half.
Add 1/2 teaspoon oil to a nonstick skillet and heat.
Place folded tortillas in the pan and brown lightly; turn over and cook until crisp. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon of oil if needed.
Cut each tortilla into halves and serve with POM Salsa

POM Salsa:
Score 2-3 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 2 cups of the arils from the fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
Prepare fresh pomegranate juice.*
Thoroughly mix to combine all ingredients. (Salsa will keep covered, in the refrigerator, for 2 to 3 days.)




POM Velvet Cupcakes with POM Cream Cheese Frosting

Time to Table: 35 Minutes Prep, 20 - 25 Minutes Baking and 20 Minutes Cooling

Servings: 30 regular cupcakes

Ingredients:
POM Cream Cheese Frosting
Juice from 3-4 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates*, or 1-1/2 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 cup arils from 1-2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
4 oz. soft unsalted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
14 oz. powdered sugar

POM Velvet Cupcakes
Juice from 6-9 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates*, or 2-1/2 cups POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
16 oz. granulated sugar
12 oz. soft unsalted butter (3 sticks
4 ea large eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
15 oz. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 oz. cocoa powder
3/4 oz. baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preparation:

POM Cream Cheese Frosting:
Prepare fresh pomegranate juice*, score 1-2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water, break open the pomegranates under water to free the arils (seed sacs), the arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top, sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside, (refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use), reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 3 fl. oz., Allow to cool, place butter into electric mixer bowl with paddle attachment and cream on medium-high speed for 1 minute, add the cream cheese and continue to mix for 2 more minutes, turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar and the pomegranate juice reduction, mix until the sugar is fully combined, remove icing from the mixer and place into a piping bag with a round or star tip.

POM Velvet Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350ºF, reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 1/2 cup, place sugar and soft butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream on medium-high speed, until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, turn the speed down to low and add the eggs in one at a time, in a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, pomegranate juice reduction, white vinegar and vanilla extract, and then slowly add half of this to the mixer, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, and then sift at least two times until well mixed, add half of this to the mixer, add the remaining half of the liquids to the mixer, and then the remaining dry ingredients, finish off with the heavy cream, beat just until combined, place cupcake liners into cupcake pan, and using a spoon, fill with cake batter until it is just about 3/4 full, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, allow the pan to cool slightly, and then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool fully, once the cupcakes are cooled completely, they can be iced with the pomegranate cream cheese frosting and topped with fresh pomegranate arils.


Enjoy!

*DISCLOSURE* I was not compensated for this post. I simply just wanted to share great POM Wonderful recipes with you!