November 27, 2011

Carmex Healing Lotion & Cream {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Like most people, winter is really tough on my skin because of all the moisture in the air and washing my hands every ten minutes to keep germs away doesn't help.  Thank goodness for Carmex!  Carmex offers so many wonderful products from lip moisturizers to skin care products which help lock in the moisture and keep your skin soft and supple.  As a member of the Carmex Blog Squad, I was recently sent a package of the Carmex Healing Cream and Carmex Healing Lotion.  You can read my review of these products that I wrote last year here
Carmex is also offering one of my lucky readers the same package that I received to help you get through this winter with soft, moisturized skin!

November 13, 2011

Ornaments with Love Personalized Christmas Ornaments {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday of the year (along with just about everyone else!).  I love all of the aspects of Christmas including baking cookies, spending time with loved ones and decorating!  Ever since I can remember my family has spent one full evening or afternoon spending time decorating the Christmas tree with Christmas ornaments.  Dad always complained about unraveling the lights and hanging them and Mom just wanted everything to look good so she tells us where the holes in the decorating are.  Now we have a prelit tree so no more lights to unravel but we still have fun listening to the background stories of all the ornaments and where they came from which always brings back wonderful memories. Someday, I will carry on the tradition with my own children.

Another tradition in my family is that every year my mom gets us each an ornament.  Back when we were younger, we always received ornaments related to an activity that we had been involved in that year like basketball or music lessons.  This year, I had the opportunity to chose an ornament from Ornaments With Love and I'm so excited to share with you what I chose!  My husband I are love to drink wine and are blessed to live in an area where a delicious wine region is coming alive.  I decided to highlight this "hobby" (if you can call drinking wine a hobby) in my choice of ornaments!
Isn't it cute?  The selection of ornaments at Ornaments with Love is really impressive.  You can chose from family to military to sports to religious themes and even beyond those!

Not only was I impressed with the selection but the turnaround time was amazing!  It only took about 3-4 days from when I placed the order to actually receiving the ornament in my mailbox.  The personalization is always free and you also can receive free shipping when you spend more than $50.  Any of these ornaments would be the perfect gift for a family member or friend this holiday season.

Guess what?  One of my lucky readers is going to win their choice of a FREE personalized ornament from Ornaments with Love!

Mandatory Entry

Please visit Ornaments with Love and tell me which ornament you love most and leave a comment below. (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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This giveaway will close on December 3rd at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Ornaments with Love for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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November 9, 2011

Tropical Traditions Organic Moisturizing Lotion {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

As you well know, I am a huge fan of anything from Tropical Traditions!  They have some of the best natural products for everything from laundry to haircare to cooking products.  I am also a religious user of lotion.  Everyday I use moisturizing lotion because the climate is so drying here in the Northwest so if I didn't use some sort of lotion, my skin would be insanely dry.  That's why I elected to review Organic Moisturizing Lotion from Tropical Traditions.  I was curious to know if coconut oil really is a wonderful for skin as they claim.

I chose the Baby Silk Organic Moisturizing Lotion because it's the most popular lotion so I figured I couldn't go wrong, right?

Filipinos are well-known for their youthful appearance and soft skin, even though they live in a climate that exposes them to the sun’s rays year round. Coconut oil is their main dietary oil, and is also the main ingredient in their skin care products.

All of the moisturizing lotions that Tropical Traditions offers are made with organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Virgin Palm Oil. No other products on the market are made with finer oils as their base. Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is traditionally made from fresh organic coconuts, and independent laboratory tests show that it has a higher level of antioxidants than other coconut oils.

Virgin Palm Oil contains high concentrations of a powerful form of Vitamin E called “tocotrienols” which published research has shown is 40–60 times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (the most common form of Vitamin E found as an additive in most skin care products.) In addition to these powerful Vitamin E tocotrienols, Virgin Palm Oil is also rich in natural carotenes. It is one of the richest natural plant sources of carotenes with concentrations of 500–700 ppm. It is 15 times more retinol-equivalent than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes, for example.

November 7, 2011

Dei Fratelli 4th Annual Recipe Contest!

Are you a good cook? Want to win FREE Dei Fratelli all-natural tomato sauces, salsas and other fabulous tomato products for a year?

It’s easy! Enter the 4th Annual Ripened Recipe Contest by submitting your favorite tomato-based recipes at and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Submit as many recipes as you’d like but hurry the contest ends November 30th!

Dei Fratelli is a fourth generation, family-owned company based in Toledo, Ohio that makes all-natural, Kosher and gluten-free tomato products. Check out their complete product line here:

Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was offered a free packets of sample products in exchange for my support of this contest.  I was not offered any monetary compensation.
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