Sunday, March 24, 2013


I'm going on vacation from 3/26 to 4/2. I won't have computer access. Stay tuned for great posts when i get back!
Friday, March 22, 2013

Thompson's WaterSeal Giveaway

Since Spring is now here, the weather will be hot before we know it.  It's time to clean and restore that fence and deck for some outdoor summer fun.  It's important to regularly clean and protect your deck or fence from dirt, stains, rust, and more.  Thompson's WaterSeal is here to make your wood dreams come true!

Thompson's® WaterSeal® products offer the most powerful protection against water damage, guaranteed. With a full line of cleaners, clear waterproofers and colorful exterior stains, they help homeowners restore and preserve their beautiful outdoor spaces.

In just a few short weeks, we'll be spending more and more time outdoors.  Wouldn't you like to spruce up your deck or fence to greet the new season? The following Thompson's WaterSeal products would be just the trick to give your wood that makeover it deserves.

Thompson's® WaterSeal® 3 in 1 Wood Cleaner

Cleans all wood types including redwood, cedar, mahogany and other highly resinous woods. While many cleaners can darken these woods, Thompson's® WaterSeal® 3 in 1 Wood Cleaner actually helps restore their natural color and beauty.

Thompson's® WaterSeal® Waterproofing Stain - Tinted
Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Waterproofing Stain –Tinted provides complete outdoor wood protection while providing color and some wood grain to be seen.

Thompson's® WaterSeal® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain
Thompson's® WaterSeal® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain - Tinted provides complete outdoor wood protection. It waterproofs long after the initial water beading is gone.

One lucky winner will win a Thompson's WaterSeal deck makeover. Your deck will thank you!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Quickie Household Power Scrubber Review

As I've gotten older, I have less and less tolerance for mess and dirt.  I keep every room in my house clean obviously, but the room I care about most is my kitchen.  For some reason I must have the kitchen spotless at all times.  I've been known to clean my counter tops multiple times a day.  Cleaning is a tiring job and I welcome any new products or tools to help make my house spic and span.

Quickie is a brand of cleaning products that is there to assist you in helping to keep your home as clean as possible.  They produce sponges, mops, dusting clothes and much more.  I've familiar with the brand but have never had the opportunity to use their products, until now!

When I was presented with the chance to try out the new Quickie Household Power Scrubber, how could I say no? Something that would make my cleaning duties easier sounds like a lifesaver to me.

Pretty soon after making a deal with the cleaning gods, a large box showed up at my door.  What was inside you ask? Well, let me show you!

I was sent a Quickie Household Power Scrubber, multi-purpose scrubber refill pads, and a fun pair of cleaning gloves.  I did a little research on the power scrubber and dreamed of all of the things I could clean first.  My shower? How about the kitchen sink? I think my bathroom sink could use a good scrub too!  I decided on the kitchen sink, especially since I just rinsed off dirty dishes to load into the dishwasher.
I took the scrubber out of the package and checked out the attachments that came with it.  You can use the disposable scrubber pad for cleaning shower walls or a stove top.  The spinning scrub brush is perfect for a shower floor or sink.  You simply put the batteries into the tool, spray or pour some cleaning solution into the surface you desire and get to cleanin'!
I knew that I needed the brush rather than the pad because I wanted a deep scrub in my sink. The tool is not heavy at all to hold, and has a drill like handle. 
The Quickie tool saw this and started spinning in excitement.  He couldn't wait to begin the task! This was my sink after rinsing off dirty dishes to put into the dishwasher.  Normally when I do a job like this, I need a deep scrubby pad and SoftScrub to get off anything that is stuck to the sink.  I was ready for the Quickie challenge!
This is a picture of the SoftScrub telling the dirt that its days are over.  There was definitely some fighting words had.
Ahhh, Quickie and SoftScrub meet! It is certainly a match made in heaven.  The tool was very easy to use and control.  It was not overly loud either.  I was able to easily scrub off all of the food particles and dirt from my sink, which made me happy.  An added bonus is that using this scrubber made cleaning my sink a little more fun.  Within about two minutes my sink was free from dirt and was looking fantastic.  The spinning bristles really did a number on it. The dirt was easily rinsed down the sink.  I was impressed with the results that I achieved and I was able to give my hand and arm a break from scrubbing by hand!
Look how clean my sink is! This tool did a fantastic job. It's shiny and free of gross food particles and dirt.  Please be jealous.
I am truly looking forward to using the power scrubber on my shower walls and floor,  I know it will do a better job than I can do by hand while using a manual scrub brush.
If you're looking to switch up your cleaning routine, please introduce a Quickie Household Power Scrubber into your life, you will love it!
*DISCLOSURE* I received this Quickie Household Power Scrubber in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Customized World Review

As all of you know, I'm getting married in August.  I've been admiring all of the adorable personalized bridal wear online and knew I had to own something custom made too.  What better way to get excited about your upcoming nuptials than with a personalized hoodie or pair of sweatpants advertising that you're the future bride?

Customized World is the headquarters for all of your personalized needs.  All orders are custom made and handled with delicate care. They specialize in personalized panties, bridal wear, t-shirts, shorts, tops, pants and more.  They even have a doggie corner where you can order Fido or Sparky a t-shirt or dog tag.

There is a library on the site where you can choose font and color samples along with a clipart section to pick out any graphic you desire.  Let your imagination run wild and design a fabulous shirt advertising an upcoming fundraiser, a lawn care business, or even personalized hoodies for your bridal party to wear. There is something for everyone at Customized World. Go ahead, express yourself!

When I had the opportunity to review a bridal hoodie, I was really excited! I chose a pink hoodie and and had "The future Mrs. ____" 8/31/13 written on the back of the hoodie.  I'll leave my fiancĂ©'s last name out of this for security purposes.   The hoodie came in record fast shipping, it was mailed out on Friday and came in today!

The hoodie is my size but it is a drop big, even though I went with the size chart on the website.  That's not a problem since I don't like extremely tight clothing.  The pink is soft and feminine, yet fun too.  The material is soft and comfortable and inside is sort of a warm fleece-like material.  This is perfect to last me through the remaining bit of winter.  The zipper zips up and down without a problem. 

Pink is my favorite color, so naturally I chose that.  Black always compliments pink well, so I knew I had to go with that hue. The cursive text brought everything together. The writing is bold and easily visible. 8/31/13 is my wedding date, and yes it is rapidly approaching! The decal is heat pressed on and seems very secure.  The hoodie is perfect for lounging around at home.  I will definitely be wearing it when I get my hair and makeup done on my wedding day.  It will be just the thing I need to zip off so I don't mess up my face or hair.  Since it won't be the dead of summer, I won't be too hot wearing a hoodie at the end of August either.

Why not check out Customized World and make your customized dreams a reality? 

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*DISCLOSURE* I was provided with this complimentary hoodie in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lady Foot Locker Review

Since I've moved into my new building in September, I've been taking full advantage of the gym that's a few floors away from my apartment.  I try to go 4 times a week. It's important to have good solid and supportive sneakers while working out.  I've been needing a new pair recently and when I stumbled upon the Mizuno Wave Creations, I knew they would be perfect for me.

Lady Foot Locker offers the latest in women's running shoes, athletic shoes and clothing from Nike, Adidas, ASICS, Reebok and many more brands.  The shoes and workout clothes come in a variety of styles and colors for anyone's needs and taste. I've bought quite a few pairs of Adidas shoes from Lady Foot Locker over the years and they are fantastic shoes.

I had never previously heard of Mizuno shoes but after seeing their fun and whimiscal patterns and colors I was instantly attracted to them.  I was allowed to receive a pair of Mizuno Wave Creations and I was so excited! I couldn't wait until they arrived.

The shipping was very fast and in no time I had these hue-alicious shoes on my feet! Check them out.  How cool are they?

Enjoy top-of-the-line technology with the Mizuno Wave® Creation™ 14 athletic shoe. This neutral women's running shoe gives you an exceptional ride with Infinity Wave, the next generation of Wave™ technology. Infinity Wave eliminates traditional midsole foam to create a longer-lasting, more enjoying running experience. SmoothRide® engineering makes transitions smooth and comfortable, while VS-1™ cushioning absorbs shock in the heel and forefoot. The full-length Mizuno Intercool™ midsole ventilation system reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shock. The X10™ carbon rubber outsole of the Mizuno Wave® Creation™ 14 running shoe allows for longer wear in high impact areas and provides traction at the heel strike.

This shoe has a lot going on.  I love all of the different colors on each part of the shoe.  They are very comfortable to wear and fit me like a glove! I ran on the treadmill wearing these the other day and my feet weren't in any pain at all.  I really like the way they look on.  Even if you aren't exercising, they are a great everyday sneaker too.  The colors are bright and vivid and certainly stand out.  This sneaker is far from boring.

I look forward to exercising with these in the future.  Check out Mizuno for any of your future sneaker needs!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Lady Foot Locker for providing me with these complimentary sneakers in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Wet Brush Review

I sometimes have horrible knots and tangles in my hair after I take a shower.  It hurts to brush them out and that leaves my hair split and unhealthy at the ends.  I've used deep conditioning and that helps, but I always feel that the rough brush bristles make it worse.  Wouldn't it be nice to not dread brushing wet hair?

The Wet Brush has become the #1 selling hair brush in the USA! Over the past few years it has developed a cult-like following.  The brush has the unique ability to detangle all hair types and tetures far better than any brush or comb-without snags or damage to your hair! In addition to its detangling excellence, the soft flexible bristles are ideal for for wigs and extensions too.  The brush is available in black, blue, pink, purple and yellow. The brush quickly and painlessly detangles even the thickest, most stubborn strands thanks to its revolutionary Intelli-flex bristles. When you try a Wet Brush, you'll never go back to your old one!

I received a pink brush for review.  I didn't have the opportunity to choose the color, but pink is my favorite color so I was happy to receive it.  The brush is comfortable to hold and works wonders on my hair!

I used the brush for the first time this morning after I took a shower.  I ran it through my hair and was amazed at how it effortlessly tamed tangles, and without any pain too!! My regular brush can't do that job quite as well.  Usually wet hair is harder to brush through, but the wet brush made it look like a breeze! The brush allows anyone to have beautiful, soft, healthy and tangle free locks which is a bonus in my book!

The brush is also perfect on dry hair and detangles with ease too.  It's really pleasant to be able to brush my hair without saying "oww!" If you haven't gotten your hands on a Wet Brush, I highly suggest you try one!

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

John Frieda Giveaway

I regularly flat iron my hair.  I don't have curly hair but I like the way the iron smooths out any waves on the bottom of my hair not to mention decreases my frizz. Having straight hair is easily achievable thanks to this tool, but heat styling can be dangerous to your hair.  Make sure you use heat protective sprays and serums that keep your hair looking fabulous, each time you straighten it!

John Frieda is an English celebrity hairstylist and founder of hair salons and hair products. This is your go-to brand if you're looking to keep your hair beautiful at all times. The products include shampoos and conditioners, volumizing products and serums. Of course you can't forget curling irons, hair brushes, flat irons, and blow dryers too. Whatever you need to look your best, John Frieda provides it.

If you have curly hair and desire pin straight hair, listen up! John Frieda has a revamped, premium flat iron that features generously sized 1 1/2 inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening.  This is possible due to an advanced ionic generator. In just 15 seconds the Satin Finish Flat Iron reaches a temperature of up to 455F, while its titanium coated plates protect hair from heat damage.

Let John Frieda make all of your straight hair dreams come true!

Easter is coming!

We all know Easter isn't complete without candy!

Hershey's was kind enough to send me a fantastic (and delicious!)  Easter basket.

Look at this fantastic basket!

There's too much good stuff in one basket! I of course dug into the Reese's first.  What's your favorite Easter candy?
*DISCLOSURE* I was provided this complimentary basket. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Obaz Review

It's been reported that Emerald is the hottest new color for 2013. This dazzling dark green shade is extremely appealing in any type of jewelry.  Emerald looks perfect in a necklace, earrings, bracelet, or even a ring too.  Why not wear your new Emerald ring out?  I can guarantee you'll get some compliments!

Obaz offers unique and inspiring product from all over the world.  This is a fun marketplace where you can browse jewelry, housewares, clothing, shoes, gifts, and much more.  It's like going to a bazaar that only sells fabulous things.  Where should you start first? It's hard to decide! :) I had fun exploring all of their items for sale.  I wanted quite a few things that I saw.  When my credit card started crying, I knew I had to give it a break.

I finally settled on the stunning Emerald Crystal Necklace, made by Adia Kibur.  As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew I had to own it.

This is a collar of alluring green crystals that shine with saturated colors and light reflecting rectangles. The necklace features a lobster-claw clasp.  If you're looking to add a major piece of style to your jewelry box, this is the necklace for you. The picture actually doesn't do the necklace justice.  In person the Emeralds are very sparkly and in the sunlight they sparkle even more! I like the combination of circles and rectangles together, it's a fun mix.  I feel that this necklace looks best paired with black.  I wore a black dress and the necklace yesterday and I received so many compliments.  The deep black and gorgeous green mesh so well together. The gold inset also goes well with the green together too.
I love the way the necklace looks on.  It definitely takes up a lot of room and is large, but that's the kind of jewelry style I like.  The bigger, the better! It is comfortable to wear on and is not heavy at all.  I can't wait to pair more outfits around this necklace, I'll certainly be in fashion heaven then!
This necklace would make a great gift for a friend or family member, or even yourself too.  You can't go wrong with Emeralds!

*DISCLOSURE* I received this complimentary necklace in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based off of anything else.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

L Duncan Apparel Giveaway

If you're anything like me, you're a big fan of shopping, clothes, and accessories.  I won't resist a good deal or those cute pair of shoes up on the shelf, either! I always enjoy adding new sunglasses or a pair of bangles to my wardrobe.  With spring just around the corner, it's important to welcome the new season in style!

L Duncan Apparel is a New Jersey based fashion accessory and apparel company. They offer affordable custom apparel for reasonable prices.  Whether you're looking for t-shirt's, belts, handbags, or even sunglasses they have you covered and more.  There is a wide range of styles and colors for anyone's liking.  Why not check out the website and see what you like?

Every now and then, I like to have a giveaway for the guys.  I tend to focus a lot on women's products, but I can't forget the men! Since the weather is warming up slightly (keyword, slightly) I wanted to offer a chance for a lucky guy to win a new pair of awesome sunglasses.

These aviator style sunglasses are the perfect stylish choice for any guy, especially if they are in need of a new pair. The glasses feature gold frames and brown tinted lenses.  Why not surprise the main man in your life with these? He will surely love them!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Armitron Review

Watches serve two purposes.  They are there to alert you of the time, and they are also a fashionable piece of jewelry and style.  Whether you like a simple gold watch or a large-faced in your face piece of bling, there are many styles of watches out there to suit your needs. Whatever watch you choose, make sure it gets you to places on time! :)


Armitron offers various styles of men and women's watches. They offer digital watches as well as traditional watches.  If you're looking for a birthday gift for your significant other, an Armitron watch would make a fantastic present.  Whether you're searching for a silver watch with rhinestones on the face, or a gold watch with a blue face inside, they have you covered and have many other watches in between. I currently have one Armitron watch that I've had for a good 8 years now.  The quality is fantastic and it still works extremely well.

When I had the chance to review another Armitron watch, I was looking forward to the chance. I selected the beautiful Swarovski Crystal Accented Silver-Tone Bracelet Watch.  I loved it as soon as I laid my brown eyes on it.

The watch fits my wrist very well.  I don't need any links taken out whatsoever.  It fits comfortably on me and isn't too tight at all.  The silver is shiny and gleams in the light.  The face is the perfect size and the time is very easy to read.  The minute and hour hands tick with no issues.

What I love most about the watch is the crystals surrounding the face.  They are even on the band of the watch too! The crystals are very pretty and add some extra pizazz and personality to the watch.  You can wear this for day or night, it would look perfect in both settings.  The watch is very feminine and any girl would love to receive it for a special occasion.

I am really excited about my new watch.  It's been a long time since I've had a new one and I'm certainly enjoying it. Does anyone need to know what time it is? :)

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Armitron for providing me with this complimentary watch in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fair Trade Designs Review

Fair Trade is very important to me.  I value equal opportunity for all and believe heavily that workers should be treated well and fairly with wages and breaks during work.  The items that fair trade workers create are unique, beautiful and definite conversation starters.  I have many pieces of Fair Trade jewelry that I regularly wear.

Fair Trade Designs offers fabulous pieces that come from wholesalers who are either members of the Fair Trade Federation or who strictly adhere to fair trade policies. There are a variety of items offered on the website such as jewelry, purses, stationery, home accents and more. There is truly something for everyone's taste and style.  I had a lot of fun browsing the website and looking at all of the beautiful hand crafted designs.

For the review, I wanted to choose something fun and whimsical. I finally settled on the Mixed Brights Wooden Coasters.  I needed a new set of coasters and the bright and fun pattern was right up my alley. In just a few days the coasters were in my mailbox! Talk about fast shipping.

I just love these coasters! The pattern is fantastic, fun and funky.  Of course this is just my style! The box that they came in is made from recycled paper covered in hand batiked cotton. There was a note that came with the coasters that explained how the fair trade workers were paid well and have health benefits and insurance.  This is something that I feel strongly about and I was happy that this was included. These wooden coasters come in a set of 8 and are hand-painted and made in a small family workshop in the mountains of Bali. How cool is that? I love that I have a set of coasters that you can't just buy in any store!
The coasters are made well and seem durable and thick.  Each one is a different color which is nice, so each person can have the color of their choosing. The colors are bright and vivid. The coaster surface space is wide and holds a cup or glass easily.
These fun circles are the perfect new addition to my kitchen and I can't wait to regularly use them for company. :)
*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Fair Trade Designs for providing me with these complimentary coasters in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly mine and not based on anything else.