Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bugsy's Box Review

My dog Carolyn's entire world consists of treats and toys.  Nothing makes her happier than a delicious beef flavored treat, or a new squeaky toy.  She entertains herself for hours by throwing her toys around and running after them.  Carolyn is the light of my life and I want nothing more than for her to be as happy as possible.  I regularly purchase her new treats or toys to guarantee her happiness.  I feel it's important to show your pet that you care about them on a frequent basis.  Go ahead and delight your pet to a new toy today.



Bugsy's Box is a monthly subscription box for dogs.  For one low price,  treats, toys, and more will show up to your door and make your dog's tail wag like crazy.  This is a fantastic gift for dogs or puppies.  You have the option of choosing a box with contents geared towards your dogs size and weight.  Any dog will be so excited to gobble up new treats and chew on a new bone or toy.  These boxes make the ideal gift for a new dog owner, or even a pup's birthday! The best part is that you have no idea what's inside until you open it.  Your dog will love a fun surprise.

Carolyn was generously sent a Bugsy's Box which arrived today.  As soon as I received the box, I told her it was for her! She very rarely receives mail so you can understand her enthusiasm.  I had no idea what was inside, but Carolyn is very easy to please so I knew she would love it.

We opened the box together and Carolyn went nuts.  She was sniffing each item and wanted everything all at once.  She tried to run away with a bag of treats in her mouth! It's a good thing I'm faster than her.  I was happy that she seemed to love everything that was received.

Carolyn says, "Hi everyone! This is my Bugsy's Box contents.  I was sent a rubber toy, calming dog spray, chewy sticks, and two bags of assorted flavors of treats.  I want to eat an entire bag of treats at one time.  I think my mom will have no problem with that." 

She absolutely loves the rubber dog toy, it was the first item I gave to her.  It bounces high and she has no issues with playing with it.  The size of the ball is perfect for her mouth and she loves playing with it.  As it gets warmer, this toy would be perfect for throwing around outside in the park.  Carolyn loves to play fetch.  I can see her loving this time for some time to come.

I have not tried the calming spray yet.  She gets a little nutty at night when my husband and I are trying to sleep, so this would be great to try right before bed.  I'm hoping it will calm her down and relax her to sleep.  

NO.  I will not share.  Don't even ask. 


I gave her one of the chewy sticks which she practically ripped out of my hand! I regularly give her chewy sticks so she is no stranger to those.  Her love for chewy sticks on a scale of 1-10 is definitely a 900.  She happily went to town chewing away at it while wagging her tail.  It seems to me she certainly loved it. The stick wasn't too big so she didn't have any problems eating it.  

Just give me the treat already.  No more pictures.

Lastly, I gave her one of the all-natural Smart n' Tasty duck with sweet potato treats.  These contain US ingredients and over 70% duck meat.  They also have no grain, soy, or dairy either.  It's important to me  to feed Carolyn delicious treats with natural ingredients.  I want her to live a very long and healthy life and nutrition is key.  I've never seen Carolyn not eat a treat, no matter the flavor.  I do believe her veins are filled with treats, and not blood.  The size of the treat was perfect for her size and she gobbled it up instantly.  She was licking her lips afterwards so it seems like the odd pairing of duck with sweet potato was a hit with her.

I look forward to trying the other bag of treats and calming spray on Carolyn.  Bugsy's Box is a wonderful subscription box that your dog would go woofin' crazy to receive! Why not sign up today and receive lots of licks in return?

*DISCLOSURE* I received a complimentary box in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own. 



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Neater Feeder Giveaway

Honestly, nothing is more annoying than a pet who is a sloppy eater and makes a big mess. My dog constantly spills water and food from her bowls onto the floor.  I seem to always be cleaning up behind her.  Wouldn't it be nice if us pet owners didn't have to worry about a messy kitchen floor any longer? The Neater Feeder hears the concerns of pet parents and wants to make your pets eating experience a revolutionary one.



Neater Feeder guarantees you no more messy floors.  This unique pet feeding system for dogs and cats allows your pet to get every last drop of water and food without making a mess on your floors.  It's time to take the mess out of meal times! The unique design of the feeder allows spilled water to drain onto a lower reservoir, while food is contained on top. You also don't have to worry about accidentally knocking over food or water bowls either.  If your cat likes to play in their water dish, you no longer have to worry about wet walls or floors, which I'm sure will allow you to breathe a sigh of relief.    Neater Feeder comes in many sizes for cats or dogs, and is offered in bronze or cranberry.  Your pet will give you a woof or meow in excitement when meal time rolls around!

Look at me, I'm beating you! I'm almost done eating. 

If your pets food bowls are worn or getting old, why not upgrade to a Neater Feeder? Your pet will certainly appreciate it.  If they are initially apprehensive about the change, just put a couple of treats in the bowl to coax them over.  They'll love the set in no time.  You can rest easy knowing that meal time no longer equals mess time.







Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kohl's Review

I honestly cannot wait until winter is over.  We've had a snowstorm every week practically since the beginning of the year.  I'm sick of the slush and ice and am looking forward to seeing grass again.  Spring is certainly on the horizon and it's warming up in some areas of the country.  It will be very enjoyable to wear Spring clothes and a lighter jacket.  It's essential to welcome the new season with some additions to your wardrobe.



Kohl's is your one stop shop for women, men, and children's clothing.  Kohl's also features accessories, housewares, shoes and much more.  It's truly a shopper's paradise and my favorite store!  Need a new outfit for Easter, or maybe your daughter needs a new pair of jeans for school?  No problem,  Kohl's has you covered.  They have the latest fashions at unbeatable prices. The clothes are made well and last, and they are always having a fabulous sale.  Easter and Spring is rapidly approaching.  Do you have all of your decorations ready to display soon? Make sure to consider purchasing your bunnies and signs from Kohl's.  Don't forget serving trays and platters for your Easter meal either.  As you can see, Kohl's really does have it all.  I think I'll surf on over to Kohl's right now to see their latest offerings!

The colors of spring are traditional pastels such as pink, blue, purple, and yellow.  Since the earth comes back to life during this season, it's essential to welcome it with warm colors. Kohl's has introduced their Wink of Pink program, which offers trendy and unique clothes and accessories in Spring colors.  Why not purchase a new Spring dress or coat? You'll surely love it.

Kohl's generously let me choose some new Spring clothes for review.  I can always use new clothes, and every girl enjoys shopping so of course I loved the opportunity.

Look at me.  I'm stylish and ready to be worn with tights and a great pair of black boots.

I actually have this same Daisy Fuentes scroll print in a long-sleeved shirt.  I love the print and thought it would be fun to have it in a dress too.  The dress fits me very well and is comfortable on.  The belt helps to tie the dress together.  I do regret not purchasing it in a petite version, which I found out Kohl's carried after I bought it.  The dress is slightly long on me, while it's probably a normal length on a person who isn't 5'0.  Having a dress with an already attached belt is very nice and saves you time on trying to pair a belt with it.  I love the scroll print combined with the animal print, it's very much my taste. The colors are bold and vivid too.  Since this is a perfect dress for work, I wore it to work the other day with black tights and boots.  I got many compliments on and it and everyone wanted to know where I bought it! I told them Kohl's of course.  Once you pair this dress with gold accessories like the model has, you're good to go.  You can transform this from work to play easily too.

Everyone loves polka-dots.  Please admire my polka-dot beauty.

I've loved polka dots for years.  They are one of those classic prints that never go out of style. This Lauren Conrad top fits me well and is not form fitting which is welcomed by me.  The black is a deep rich color with bright white dots dotted all over.  I think the top would look perfect paired with either denim, black, or white skinny jeans.  For shoes, try black boots or flats.  Pair it with either gold or silver jewelry too to complete the look.  If you want a true pop of color, why not wear red earrings? Be unique and dress this top up to showcase many different looks.

Pair me with black jewelry for a stylish look. Do you love my shade of blue?

This dress is so cute.  I love the contrasting dark and light blue stripes.  It fits me very well and I like the way it looks on.  It's quality made and will last for some time.  I would pair this dress with tights and heels now, but it could be paired with flats or nice sandals in the summer when it's warmer too.  Black or silver bangles and black chandelier earrings would make this one hot look.  Dress it up or down for work or play too.

These shorts are made for fun days in the sun.

Even though it's unimaginable right now, soon enough winter will end.  You'll be able to wear shorts in late spring and it will surely be a glorious event when that time comes.  I know I'll be looking forward to it.   Shorts are such a diverse article of clothing.  You can wear them with practically any top and shoes and it will look great.  The dark denim is great and the shorts fit me well.  I don't think I'll be keeping the attached belt on.  I'm counting down the days until I can wear the shorts, but until then they will stay in my closet.

As you can see,  I was able to purchase a diverse amount of clothes for my various needs in the Spring. I'm excited to have some new pieces and can't wait to regularly wear them.  I highly suggest going to Kohl's and making your closet happy with some new additions.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a gift card to purchase items of my choosing in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  






Friday, February 21, 2014

Altec Lansing Giveaway

I'm the kind of person who likes to share music with the world.  In my home, music is always playing from either my iPod, the radio, or even my record player.  I feel that silence should be replaced with the sound of my favorite tunes.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could share the songs and artists you like best to everyone at the same time from your smartphone or iPod out loud? Altec Lansing is there to open up a word of musical possibilities.



Altec Lansing is the headquarters for all things speakers.  They manufacture PC/video gaming speakers, along with portable audio and home loudspeakers.  If you're looking for a present for a friend or family who's very interested in technology and gadgets, Altec Lansing is the company to buy from.  Their wireless bluetooth speakers are very popular.  When I bought my first iPod in 2004 (wow 10 years ago now!) I actually purchased a set of Altec Lansing iPod speakers to play my music on.  The products are quality made and the sound quality is just perfect.  You won't be disappointed with anything from Altec Lansing.

Everytime I go to the park in the spring and summer, I always hear and see people using bluetooth devices to play their music from their phone or iPod with.  Gone are the days of listening to a small radio with friends, or even using headphones.  Everyone wants to share their music and I don't blame them! Go ahead and blast that new favorite song that you love.

One product that makes your musical dreams a reality is the Soundblade.  This handy little device will be your new favorite toy that you will want to take everywhere.

I'm small but mighty.  One push and I'll broadcast that new Katy Perry or Lorde song you like. Don't worry, your husband will love it.

This device allows you to listen to pristine streaming audio from your phone, computer, or tablet.  The built in aux jack makes this speaker compatible with any device with a headphone jack.  The built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts for six hours.  No worries, you'll be able to play music for hours without having to stop to charge it.  

One lucky winner will win the Soundblade.  Once you have it, you'll wonder how you listened to your music without it.


  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Madera Home Furniture Review and Giveaway

Lately, I've been very into home interior design and decorating, much more than I used to be. There's something about flipping through a magazine filled with beautiful pictures of a home decorated so gorgeously.  My husband and I will be buying a house soon and I've been enjoying getting decorating ideas and tips.  I have a certain decorating vision of what I want my future house to look like.  Those tips will certainly come in handy when it comes time to decorate.  Even if you're not buying a house, why not give a certain room in your home a refresh?

Madera Home Furniture offers reclaimed wood furniture options, utilizing wood from the Qing Dynasty of China.  This wood is anywhere from 100 to 200 years old.  To gain access to the site, along with exclusive deals and pricing, users must register. Madera Home's team of artisans meticulously create handcrafted wood furniture and deliver fine pieces ranging from contemporary to a traditional Asian style. The furniture is beyond gorgeous.  There's truly something for everyone at Madera Home.  How about a sideboard for some extra storage in your living room? Maybe a cabinet or a table is more up your alley.  You can't forget about seating and desk options either.  If decor is what you're looking for, you're in luck.  There are gorgeous Chinese boxes, screens, carvings, panels, and baskets to adorn your home with. You can count on Madera Home to give your home a fantastic element of style and personality.

I always like to switch up the decor in my home whenever possible.  Whether I buy a new picture frame or introduce a new candle into the wall unit in my living room, it really brings joy and happiness. Lately I've been on the hunt to add something new to a side table in my living room.  I wasn't sure what to buy, or what I truly wanted.  I told myself that when I see the item, I'll know it.  Weeks went by and still my side table was missing its new companion. When I stumbled upon Madera Home, I knew that the space on the table was about to be filled.

Madera Home generously sent me the most gorgeous Red Floral Pillow Box that I've ever seen. The fact that it was very different than any decor I currently own attracted me to it.  The colors of it match my current decor exceptionally well.

This beautiful deep red box along with the gold swirl and butterfly design is easy to fall in love with. 

Isn't this the most beautiful box you've ever laid your eyes on? I know everyone will answer with a resounding yes! I wanted to show you a picture of the box on my table, but the glare from the glass was too much.  

The vibrant red color of the box is just stunning.  The muted gold swirls and butterflies compliment the red well and add a new depth of personality.  There is some weight to the box, it's certainly not flimsy or made in a hurry.  You can tell that quality time and labor has gone into constructing it.  My favorite part about the box is the latch.  It looks like a latch of a Chinese artifact from many centuries ago.  I absolutely love the way it looks on my table.  It brings a new element of style to my living room that is certainly needed.  



The inside of the box is extremely spacious.  You could honestly put whatever you want in it.  Photos or letters are the first thing that comes to mind.  I think I'm going to leave the inside empty.  I have no desire to put anything in it.  I'm very happy with this box and look forward to enjoying it for some time to come.  

If you're looking to add some well deserved Chinese style and culture to your home, I highly recommend Madera Home Furniture.  You'll be saying 谢谢.

Please take 25% off your purchase of all pieces sitewide.  Please use promo code SAMMI25. The discount will reflect at checkout.













Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Share your love of the Winter Olympics with the World #StreamTeam #NetflixKids

The Winter Olympics is on televisions across the US and beyond.  Everywhere you turn, people are watching it or talking about it.  You can't blame them though, it's extremely entertaining! I've been tuning into the ice skating and bob sledding.  It's fantastic to see people's talent and skills shine through.  Don't forget to pop up some popcorn while you enjoy the winter games with your family.




What I love about Netflix is that they offer television shows and movies that relate to important topics in life.  While it's fun to play sports, it's very easy to get caught up in the competition.  Showing good sportsmanship and being a team player is a lesson we don't want to forget to instill in kids.  It's essential to teach your children these values from a young age.




The movies for older children are:
1. The Short Game
2. The Kid
3. The Pistol
4. A Mile in His Shoes
5. Winning Favor
6. The Mighty Macs
7. Like Mike 2: Streetball
8. Air Bud: World Pup
9. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Itch
10. Air Bud Spikes Back


Of course Netflix didn't forget the youngsters! Their applicable list includes the following television shows:
1. Super WHY: The Tortoise and the Hare
2. Curious George: George Gets a Trophy
3. Bob The Builder: The Bobblesberg Winter Games
4. Angelina Ballerina: In the Wings
5. Calliou: Calliou Gets Active

As you can see, there's quite a diverse mix for all age ranges.  Sit down with your children to educate them on this important topic after they view the movie or television show.  Remember, your children will depend on you to learn the important lessons that they need for the rest of their lives.

*DISCLOSURE* I am being compensated as a member of Netflix's Stream Team.  All thoughts are my own.





Monday, February 17, 2014

Red Lobster Lobsterfest Review

*DISCLOSURE* I received a Red Lobster gift card for the purpose of this review.  This opportunity was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are solely mine. 

The love between me and seafood is unbreakable.  Granted, though I don't love fish as much as I love shellfish, the love is still there.  Whenever I order anything with shrimp, scallops, oysters, or mussels I'm in absolute heaven.  Don't count on me sharing with you either.  My husband and I don't go out for seafood that often, but it's always for a special occasion when we do. When's the last time you treated yourself to a wonderful seafood dinner?



Red Lobster is a seafood lover's dream.  The restaurant's menu is composed of dish after dish of wonderful lobster, shrimp, and steak cooked in every way you could imagine.  The meals are accompanied by rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, french fries, or a baked potato along with veggies.  Everyone associates Red Lobster with their famous cheddar bay biscuits.  Those cheesy little round circles of heaven are always everyone's favorite part of the meal. The restaurant is currently celebrating Lobsterfest and has a whole menu devoted to it right now. The Lobsterfest menu offers incredible lobster dishes that will make your mouth water.  How does dueling lobster tails and a lobster lover's dream entree sound?  The lobster tails are thick and juicy and full of wonderful flavor. There's something for everyone at Red Lobster no matter what menu you order from.

My husband and I were invited to try out the new Lobsterfest menu.  Upon arrival, we were given the celebratory menu right away.  I scanned through it and had a tough time ordering because everything looked delicious.  Seriously, everything.  I'll have one of each menu item please! 


We decided on the Parrot Isle Coconut Shrimp to start off with.  I ordered the Lobster bake, while my husband opted for the Surf and Turf.  Two smart choices if I do say so myself.

Our coconut shrimp came out with alongside a basket of cheddar bay biscuits.  My husband hadn't been to Red Lobster in years, and couldn't remember what the biscuits tasted like.  I told him before we left home that he would absolutely love them.  Of course, I was right.

Don't worry shrimps.  I do love you, but eating you is the only way to prove that love.

The plate contained six beautifully fried coconut shrimps along with a piece of fresh pineapple.  The shrimps were large and generously battered in a coconut mixture. The coconut flavor was very prevalent.  Once you bit into one, you were hit with a wave of crunch and coconut.  It was like being transported into summer, but in the middle of February. They were extremely delicious and we polished them off quickly.  My husband enjoyed the dipping sauce that came with them.  I preferred to eat my shrimp plain.  The pineapple was full of flavor too and complimented the appetizer well.  

The best part about going to Red Lobster.  Those yummy biscuits that are gone as soon as they hit the table.

I only had half of a biscuit so I could save room for dinner, especially since we had the appetizer.  My husband doesn't share my idea of self control and attacked the entire basket. The biscuits were perfectly warm and buttery with a hint of seasoning and cheddar flavor.  If you're looking to make your belly smile, these biscuits will surely do the trick.

Our food finally arrived and it looked absolutely fantastic.  I do apologize for the below pictures.  My phone died in the middle of the meal and I had to use my husband's phone.  He doesn't have a smartphone so the picture quality isn't as high.

As soon as the waiter placed my husband's meal in front of him, I could tell he was going to love it.  What more could you want out of life than steak and a lobster tail accompanied by mashed potatoes and string beans?
I suggest you take a bite of the lobster dipped in the drawn butter first, and then sample the steak.

The lobster was perfectly cooked.  Not only was it large and contained a lot of meat, it was bursting with flavor too.  The combination of the lobster and butter together was magical and he savored every bite.  Everyone knows butter makes everything better. The steak had a rustic peppercorn seasoning that he really enjoyed.  The meat was melt in your mouth delicious and was gone in no time.  The mashed potatoes were thick and creamy, and the beans had a great crunch to them.  The food was very fresh and delicious, and my husband enjoyed each and every bite.  I think he secretly wishes I would cook like this for him at home every night!

The Bar Harbor Lobster Bake contained two large lobster tails along with shrimp, scallops, and mussels.  All of the seafood was served on a bed of linguine.  Everything was cooked in a garlic and white wine sauce.  How could you say no to this dish? If you do, you're crazy.
Lobster bake, you have a 7:00 PM meeting with my stomach.  Don't be late.  It's not nice to keep it waiting.

My dish was absolutely sensational.  The dish contained a lot of seafood which I loved.  All of the fresh seafood was cooked to perfection.  The shrimp and scallops were large and firm, while the mussels were delightful.  My lobster tails were chewy and tasted heavenly when dipped in the drawn butter.  I loved the white wine and garlic sauce, it complimented the seafood and linguine nicely.  The linguine was cooked just right.  In my opinion, pasta is a welcomed addition to any meal.  It's a versatile item that can be added to many dishes.  I was extremely impressed with my lobster bake and wish that I could have it a few times a week for dinner.  Too bad that's not a realistic possibility!

Our experience at Red Lobster was definitely a positive one.  Our waiter was attentive throughout the meal and the food was delicious.  I would certainly recommend a seafood lover heading there for lunch or dinner.  They will leave with a smile on their face and a full stomach.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a Red Lobster gift card for the purpose of this review.  This opportunity was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts are solely mine. 

Want to know how to properly crack open a lobster? Check out this video.






Saturday, February 15, 2014

Shoplet Review

When I travel, I usually bring my iPad with me.  I preload my device with fun apps before I go so I can be entertained on the plane.  Of course I don't like to set my iPad down without a case as it's very susceptible to dirt and scratches that way.  Sometimes the tablet isn't always easy to use when it's in a case either.  What do you do in this case? Shoplet makes all of your easy to use iPad dreams a reality with their innovative products.



Shoplet offers over 400,000 discounted office products for whatever your needs may be.  If you're seeking office supplies or furniture, Shoplet is your company.  You'll have a huge smile on your face when you save big bucks on name brand ink and toner, paper, office cleaning supplies, and technology items among many others.  Whatever your needs are, Shoplet has you covered.  Even if you aren't in the market for office supplies, they also have a whole section for school.  Go ahead and buy your children's school supply list this way, or teachers can even buy items their classroom needs.  You'll soon be recommending Shoplet to everyone you know!

I was fortunate enough to receive the Kantek Rotating Desktop Tablet Stand for review.  This handy product provides easy access to your tablet when used in a landscape or portrait position.

Hi.  You'll be seeing me around a lot lately.  I'm your iPad's new best friend.  

I've been using my iPad a lot more than normal lately.  It's very enjoyable to lay in bed and watch videos or movies that I've preloaded on my tablet. It does get annoying to have to constantly hold the iPad up though to see it.  I just put my iPad in the stand and place it on my nightstand.  Let me tell you, it's much nicer and more convenient to have it be hands-free.  

The black rotating stand is very sleek and modern.  It's very compact and doesn't take up too much space.  The iPad is very easy to snap into the base and it stays securely.  It turns with ease, which is excellent.  I like the fact that you can use it in a portrait or landscape setting, depending on what you desire.  If you're someone who likes to use their iPad at work, this would be a great stand to use on your desk.  All of the features of the iPad are easily accessible and nothing is hindered by the stand.

I've really enjoyed using my iPad with the rotating stand.  The next time I fly, I will surely be placing my rotating stand on the tray table when I want to use it or watch movies.  It will make my iPad experience a fantastic one.  I highly recommend this stand to anyone looking to revolutionize their iPad.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a complimentary iPad stand in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are my own.





Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

What is everyone's plan?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cariloha Giveaway

There's nothing quite like one's bed.  The comfort and warmth it provides surpasses anything in life.  On weekend mornings, I enjoy laying in bed with my husband and dog while watching TV.  It's been so cold lately, it's especially hard to get out of bed on those frigid mornings! If you do lay in bed a lot, it's essential to make sure you have a comfortable mattress along with soft sheets on your bed.  For an extra boost, don't forget that luxurious memory foam mattress topper.  We spend so many hours a night sleeping, why not make it an oasis of comfort?

Cariloha is a bamboo fan's paradise.  They take hard bamboo that then they use for their products.  Everything sold at Cariloha has bamboo in it.  Some of their products include bedding and towels, women and men's clothing, housewares, jewelry, and much more.  All products are quality made and built to last.  You'd never think that you would be drying yourself off after a shower with a bamboo towel, or sleeping on bamboo sheets did you? I know I could never imagine that.  If you're looking for a unique gift for a friend or family member's birthday, I suggest something from Cariloha.  You'll never have to worry about them already having bamboo earrings! 

Hi, I'm here to transform your bed to Planet Relaxation.  Each set comes with two pillowcases, a fitted bed sheet, and a flat sheet.  The sheets come in a range of colors too.


If you're in need of new bed sheets, I have the perfect option for you.  Why not go with bamboo sheets? They are woven from 100% natural bamboo fibers, making them an ideal eco-friendly option too.  Forget cotton sheets, they are double the softness of cotton! The wonderful feature of these sheets are that they wick away moisture.  If you are hot at night and easily sweat, these sheets were made for you.  The unique temperature control element keeps you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  If you're looking to sleep in a world of comfort, these bamboo sheets are just waiting for you to lay on them.

Go ahead and treat yourself to a new pair of sheets today, you surely deserve it.  Don't blame Cariloha if you can't get out of bed in the mornings though! 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Smith Brothers Giveaway

There are so many enjoyable things in life.  A couple of things that come to mind are watching movies, spending time with family, and of course eating cookies.  Do you know what is certainly not enjoyable? Being sick of course, it's awful.  I was recently sick and I wouldn't wish it on anyone! Thankfully, Smith Brothers is there to work its magic on you when you're under the weather.  Just leave the cold season remedies to them.



Smith Brothers are the only brothers you need when you're sick.  Just call out to them when you're ill and they'll be there to provide you with throat drops and and chewable tablets.  Soon after you'll feel like a brand new person.  Remember those cherry flavored throat drops that you had when you were a kid? Those are still available, as are a host of other flavors including honey lemon and warm apple pie.  The minute you feel that tickle in the back of your throat, you know it's time to pop a Smith Brothers throat drop in your mouth.  The long lasting relief and great taste will make you a fan for life. Keep Smith Brothers throat drops or chewable tablets in your purse, backpack, or glove compartment for easy access when you need them most.

Since so many people are sick right now, it's only appropriate that Smith Brothers wants to make sure all of my fans stay as healthy as possible.  It's time to kick those germs to the curb and stay well.  One lucky winner will win a prize pack of Smith Brothers wellness products!




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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mohawk Home SmartStrand Carpet Lets Puppies be Puppies at the PuppyBowl

*DISCLOSURE* I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.


I can't resist a cute and cuddly animal, especially a puppy.  A puppy playing with a squeaky toy or chewing on a hard bone just makes my heart melt.  Dogs are just so precious, not to mention tons of fun.

Living near New York City definitely has its perks for pets.  There are large dog runs with ample space to run, doggie boutiques, and of course tons of dog spas! I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 10th anniversary of the Puppy Bowl in Manhattan last weekend.  I had never seen the Puppy Bowl before, but I knew I would fall in love with puppies playing together in the middle of a football field!


From the minute I walked into the event, I knew I was in dog heaven.  There were many stations inviting you to partake in puppy themed fun activities and games.  The most important station was the Mohawk Home carpet station.  Mohawk Home was the official carpet sponsor of Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X.  They provided their new and effective Smart Strand carpet for the puppies to play on.  Puppies bring lots of mess and dirt, but the carpet is no match for dirt and grime.  Smart Strand is the only carpet with engineered stain protection at the molecular level.  This means that the stain and soil protection is built into the carpet fibers themselves, so it will never wash and wear off.  The carpet is extremely soft and inviting too. What puppy wouldn't want to lay on it? 

One of the coolest aspects of the Puppy Bowl was the time that I got to spend with Mo, the Mohawk Home mascot.  I'm always up for #SharingMoLove.  He was so adorable and very well behaved too.  Everyone was taking pictures with him and he sat so patiently while everyone got their turn with him.  I  know my dog wouldn't have tolerated sitting for that long.  



After I was finished petting Mo, I made my way over to the Puppy Bowl area.  This was a large stadium type area complete with bleachers.  Many people were cheering on the puppies and watching them play and bark.  This was just the cutest thing I've ever seen, hands down.  The tiny puppies were throwing around balls, frisbees, and squeaky toys.  I loved watching the puppies play and jump all over each other.  This was certainly a fun experience for me.  



The wonderful thing about the Puppy Bowl was that the puppies were all available for adoption.  Surf on over to Mohawk Home's Facebook page.  For every new "like" Mohawk will donate $2 to a pet adoption charity to help the puppies find permanent homes.  

Mohawk gave me Smart Strand carpet samples to show that stains were no match for it.  I used marinara sauce and chocolate syrup on the carpet squares.  I let each stain sit for 10 minutes to seep deep into the carpet.  I then cleaned it with just soap and water.  Take a look at the results! Anyone knows chocolate and marinara sauce are two stains that are especially hard to get out.  I was extremely impressed.



If you're thinking about getting new flooring in your home that can hold up against both kid and pet stains, Mohawk Smart Strand is the way to go.





Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vaseline Giveaway

Valentine's Day is 8 days away.  If you haven't already started figuring out your dinner plans for the evening, it's time to do so.  Also, make sure you have a gift ready for your significant other too.  If there's one day a year that we want to ensure our lips are kissably soft, it's Valentine's Day.  This day of love will bring smooches from couples all over the world.  Trust Vaseline to keep your lips smooth and hydrated.




Vaseline is a brand of petroleum jelly.  Everyone is familiar with the original Vaseline, which is meant to moisturize skin and help heal cuts and burns.  The product line has extended in recent years. Nowadays you can find Vaseline intensive rescue repairing body lotions and creams, lip creams, and more.  Whatever product you're looking for to help your skin look its best, Vaseline is there to assist.

To ensure your lips are ready for all the smoochin, they will be doing this Valentine's Day, Vaseline would like for you to keep their Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips in mind.  This is a sheer tinted lip product that adds deep moisturization to leave lips soft and beautiful. The best part about this product is that it gives your lips some color while keeping them hydrated.



Everyone knows that this day of love is not complete without some chocolate.  Vaseline would like to give one lucky winner a box of MarieBelle chocolates and a jar of Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips.  With Vaseline Lip Therapy and a box of chocolates in tow, it'll be one fabulous Valentine's Day.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Boneo Review and Giveaway

My dog Carolyn is my four-legged child.  Just as a parent cares about their two-legged child's health and nutrition, I focus on making sure she is as healthy as possible.  I routinely give Carolyn vitamins and minerals, as well as fruits and veggies. The best thing you can do for your dog is give them a happy, full and long life. 


Boneo Canine Maintenance Formula is an innovative new supplement that helps maintain strong bones and healthy joint functions in dogs.  These tempting liver and sausage flavored chewable tablets are powered by Neo-portin complex, a blend of ribonuclease enriched lactoferrin, coenzyme Q10, and B-Glucan.  This patented technology has been shown to enhance bone turnover, maintain bone strength, and promote joint comfort.  The tablets also support healthy cartilage and connective tissue function.  The canine formula is fortified with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  As you can see, this tablet is the best thing you can give your dog for optimum nutrition and health all around.  You can give your dog the tablets for short or long term use, and it's safe for dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds.  Go ahead and start your dog on Boneo today.


Carolyn was sent a bottle of Boneo Canine Maintenance Formula.  For her size, the bottle instructs her to have 2 tablets a day.  There are 90 tablets, so this is a 45 day supply.  Carolyn loves any kind of treat or medicine that tastes like food, so I knew she would have no problem enjoying these.  It's definitely a win win for your dog to enjoy something with such nutritional benefits too.

Liver and sausage? Yes, please!

I gave Carolyn a tablet for the first time yesterday. The tablet is large, round, and yellow.  There was not even a two second window between her sniffing the tablet and happily gobbling it up.  She ate it so quickly and licked her lips and looked at me for more. Luckily for her, she was allowed to have another!

It's clear to me that she really enjoyed the tablets.  When it was time for me to give her the tablets this morning, she was extremely excited.  I shook the bottle at her and she went nuts. I guess someone is really a fan of liver and sausage! I'm very happy that she's able to be excited over something that's so wonderfully nutritious for her.

Nothing comes between me and my love for Boneo.

I look forward to continuing to give Carolyn Boneo until her supply is empty.  Of course I will be ordering more afterwards.  If you're looking to give your dog the boost of nutrition that they need, I highly recommend Boneo.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Show Your Love with Loacker This Valentine's Day

Italy's favorite cookie brand Loacker is bringing you a chance to win some sweet treats this Valentine's Day!



The Love for Loacker photo contest is an opportunity for you to show your love for Loacker! Capture a moment that shows your love for your favorite Loacker moment or product.  Submit a picture with a brief caption and don't forget to include the hashtag #LoackerLove.

There are so many ways to show your Loacker devotion.  How about your children or nieces or nephews enjoying Quadratini cookies or wafers? Anyone who loves cookies would be an ideal photo candidate. My love for cookies exceeds normal bounds.

Quadratini, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 


Submit your photos on Twitter & Instagram too by tagging your true love moment with the hashtag #LoackerLove! Once you've uploaded your photo, be sure to share with your friends and family to get as many votes as you can.  Every visitor can vote for their favorite entries once every day, so make sure you keep coming back to vote!

The top 5 winners will receive a With all my heart tin and their Rose tin, both perfect for the Valentine's season and filled with assorted Loacker wafers!

What are you waiting for? Spread the word and get ready to win some delicious treats! I could go for some wafers right now.

Check out Loacker on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ethel M Chocolates Make the Perfect Valentine's Day Present #LoveEthelM

Hi, my name is Sammi and I'm a chocoholic.  Yes, alert the press because it's absolutely true!  I love chocolate and can't get enough of it.  Give me a piece of smooth and creamy chocolate with a nutty filling and I'll love you forever.  I don't discriminate against chocolate no matter what form it comes in.  I'm a fan of chocolate cookies, brownies, candy, cake, and of course pie.  There's nothing that would make your significant other happier this Valentine's Day than giving them a delicious box of Ethel M Chocolates.  Go ahead and delight their taste buds.

Ethel M Chocolates produce handmade gourmet chocolates just the way Ethel Mars did over 100 years ago.  They utilize fresh and premium ingredients to create the best tasting chocolates possible.  You can choose from a range of different sizes of boxed candy, to chocolate bars, snacks, baskets, and much more.  The chocolates range from crèmes and fillings to nutty and chewy.  A chocolate lover will certainly have a field day with Ethel M chocolates.  A box of Ethel M chocolates would be a great Valentine's Day present, as well as an ideal birthday, anniversary, thank you, or corporate gift too. 

This is the most beautiful box of chocolates that I've ever laid my eyes on. I think I'll have a piece, or twenty. 

Go ahead and skip buying that brand of chocolates that you buy every year.  You can do better, and you know it.  Ethel M Chocolates does the hard work for you by showing your love with their chocolates.  Their heart shaped collections are filled with ultra premium chocolates made in small batches for superior taste.  There are so many flavors that your significant other won't know where to start first.  From decadent truffles and sea-salted caramels to silky satin creme chocolate, this will be one Valentine's Day that your sweetie won't soon forget.

Please use promo code: CUPID14 to receive free shipping on orders over $55.

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Ethel M Chocolates.