Friday, December 30, 2011

Burst (or Surge) Training ~ Week 4

Being active, feeling energized and satisfied that I've done my share of physical exertion for a day is important to me. I like to look for more variety of training available in the virtual world. And one of the last discoveries for me personally was a so called "surge training" or "burst training."

Basically, it is a short and very aerobic exercise that can be done in the convenience of my home, if I wish. But I do various elements of surge training at the gym as well.

Here's the Week 4 of surge training offered by Sylvia. I like her style and the simple variety she brings into the routine. Feel free to look into other surge training videos that you find suitable for yourself.

The only trick is – Being Consistent!

If you took a break for whatever reason, pick it up today and proceed with your active exercise routine. Do something every day for your body to be thankful for this ability to move, to feel exertion, and to grasp the benefits of such gift as physical exercise.


Here are the links to the previous weeks of burst or surge training.
10-Minute Workout for Weight Loss and Fat Loss
Burst Training Week 1
Burst Training Week 2

With that said, I am wishing you and your loved ones the best wish of all – Health and Prosperity!

Happy Holidays! Joyful 2012!

Celebrate Today!

Laura

Do You Have The Right Tools On Your Blogger Desk? ~ Swingline SmartTouch Product Review

As this world goes round at a-greased-lightening speed, with computers and “i”-Branded products becoming a norm, we still need some very simple tools to complete our daily tasks and projects that will look and feel professional.

One of the best used office supplies in my household is a stapler. We use it so frequently for our kid’s pre-school projects.
Swingline SmartTouch Stapler
Another reason a good stapler is a must is my personal stapling habits of business papers, personal papers, bills, receipts, expense reports. You name it, I have to do at least one of them every day.

What a great opportunity it is to test products that could make my life easier and more efficient! Shoplet.com IS the place to go to satisfy any of your daily fancy in any product for the office. And what is great about this online outlet is that you are treated as a valued customer with the special value prices. I like that.

Shoplet stays on top of trends in the supplies world. That means they need their market research of opinions by a regular user. The Shoplet.com Team are serious about the quality of their products they carry at their virtual store.

That said and done Celebrate Woman has received a Swingline SmartTouch Stapler and a box of Swingline Premium Chisel Point Staples to test and to deliver her opinion to the public view.

Out of the box and into the preparation mode it went! Oops, I could not figure out for a few moments how to load my precious staples into this nifty looking tool. It took me some thinking to do first. And when I reached out for Instructions, there was no instruction sheet to be found anywhere. This is weird. Even the simplest of things come with instructions these days.

As I do like companies who implement eco-friendly procedures, I would recommend Swingline to write the Staples Installation Instructions on one of the panels of the stapler box. That will work!
Push the knob – it'll open the empty cartridge for staples
At last, I located a knob at the other end of the stapler that pushes the empty staples cartridge out of the stapler. I loaded wonderful new Swingline Premium Chisel Point Staples into the empty channel and pushed the cartridge back – OOOPs. It’s jammed. I thought I was doing really something wrong. But then after careful examination and testing and pulling the jammed cartridge out, I thought it was the cartridge itself that did not have that smooth movement. To make it work, I loaded only 50% of staples into the stapler.
Loaded Only 50% of Staples Into Cartridge
Everything was ready for further testing!

I loved the looks of my new Swingline stapler! It is smooth and very ergonomically built. I put it on my desk for a couple of days to test how easy it is to grab, to orient, to staple papers made from different media.

In addition, I allowed my 4-year-old to staple his small projects on his desk. He could easily staple his paperwork without lifting the SmartTouch stapler. By pushing the upper lever of the stapler, he was happy to find his papers stapled in no time! That is great news!
25 Sheets Capacity – It's Great!
Another feature to boast about is the stapler’s 25 sheet capacity. I was very excited to see that on a carton box! I put it to the test, and the stapler performed well: nicely and smoothly.

Celebrate Woman sums up her experience with the Swingline stapler and staples:
  • Attractive and ergonomically built design
  • Smooth and quiet operation
  • Well-tested on different paper quality materials
  • 25-Sheet stapling capacity
  • Competitive price: $15 for a stapler, $2 for staples
Celebrate Woman noticed one difficult moment with the stapler:
  • Not easily loaded with staples, i.e., when filled cartridge is pushed back, the movement is jammed (maybe, it is just a defect for this specific stapler, and not for the whole line)
Celebrate Woman would recommend one thing for Swingline to implement:
  • Please write neat and short usage instructions on one of the panels on the package in which the stapler arrived. Without it, the product may be easily broken, and you’ll have to deal with all kinds of product exchanges. It’s no fun.
Again, if you have something in mind when it comes to office products and supplies, check out Shoplet.com. You won’t be disappointed!

Disclaimer: Shoplet.com Team provided  Swingline SmartTouch Stapler and a box of Swingline Premium Chisel Point Staples to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by anyone.

Cash Prizes $160 Follow Frenzy Cash Giveaway + $190 Cashin' In The New Year ~ Both Ent Jan 1, 2012

What an amazing opportunity to win two cash prizes via PayPal.

Check these out Today, as they both end on January 1, 2012.

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PayPal $160 Follow Frenzy Cash Giveaway
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Celebrate With Fun and Prizes Today!

Laura

PayPal $160 Follow Frenzy Cash Giveaway ~ 12/30 – Jan 1 Midnight!

Welcome to December Follow Frenzy!

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Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to be more wealthy? Maybe it's to win more giveaways? No matter what your resolution(s) may be, we hope this prize can help you ring in 2012 with good luck!

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PayPal $190 Prize While Cashin' In The New Year Giveaway ~ Dec 30 - Jan 1

Hosted by Home Grown Families and Mama to 4 Blessings with the help of several other fantastic group of bloggers, we bring you Cashin' in the New Year! This giveaway runs from 12:01 AM on Friday 12/30 and will run until Monday, 1/2 at 11:59 PM (all Eastern times). One winner will receive $190 Cash into their paypal!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Show Me The Love Google+ Blog Hop Campaign Sign-Up, February 7-14, 2012


Some spots are available to sign up for the Google+ Campaign hosted by PunkRockMomma.

Please go PunkRockMomma page to sign up.

Here's the summary of the Event

What
Show Me The Love Google+ Blog Hop Event
Prize is $100 Cash via PayPal

When
February 7 – 14, 2012

What You Need To Do
• It's a $5 for Google+ Page (you can have several, just add $5 for each additional page)
• Send a payment via PayPal to jessicawarrick@ymail.com
• Fill out a Form on the sign-up page for PunkRockMomma
• Join the Facebook Group for all updates
• Display the Event Button on your blog
• Look for all Rafflecopter codes and Linkies arrive


Let's join into this awesome Google+ Blog Hop Together Today!

Laura

Great People To Remember And Be Thankful For In 2011...

...And Great People To Meet In 2012 New Year Ahead!
Photo Credit: Robin Feicht, stampingcountry.com
 This year has been filled with amazing events, big wins, and some very unprobable losses. But what we can do while saying our "good-byes" to the quickly diminishing 2011 year is to reflect on people in our lives. Give thanks for what we are, what we have accomplished and what we aspire to be and become in New 2012.



I give thanks to all my Blogger-Friends who are always near by to support and encourage, inspire and challenge me.

Wishing you all a joyous and peacefull 2012 New Year! Because when we are at peace, we make our dreams come true.

Celebrate With Me!

Laura

Monday, December 26, 2011

Brain Toniq Will Keep Your Day Longer And More Powerful~ Review & Giveaway (1/12)

Brain Toniq and Trim Toniq
 My dear friends, I do my best to bring you quality products that could assist you in reaching your health goals – weight loss and weight maintenance included – in this so fast approaching 2012 New Year.

Please take time to learn and research more before you jump and dive into, and undertake drastic changes using new products in achieving your weight loss goals.

One simple rule without any discouragement: You Must make your decision First what you are going to do. The second part of this simple rule – actually doing it – will be coming with much joy and determination when you know you are doing exactly what you set yourself for in the very beginning.

And to help you through the process, today I’ll review one of the quality and safe products to assist you in your weight loss goals.

Today, We’ll Celebrate TrueToniqs!

When I was doing my research this year on the new trends and products this season, I came across an interesting product called Brain Toniq. Obviously, I always wish my brain functioned at the top of its ability. So, I researched and tested this product on my own body.

The results pleasantly surprised me. I tested Brain Toniq first in the morning before my business activities. On the next day, I tried it in the afternoon. On both occasions, I have experienced a pleasantly sustainable flow of focus and energy that I so much need in my daily craziness of schedules and coordination, and quick decision-making.

Let me assure you, that I do not ever test or try on my body anything unless the ingredients list has passed my rigorous consideration.

Brain Toniq has an excellent Nutritional facts.
some of the Ingredients are Blue Gren Algae, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, and Eleutherococcus Extract.

Just to give you an idea what little of the big picture the above ingredients contribute to, glance at these clinically researched facts:

Blue Green Algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae)
  • Contains Amino Acids and Essential fatty acids (DHA, EPA Omega-3)
  • Antioxidants (Betacarotene)
  • Polysaccharides that stimulate the migration of immune cells in the body
Rhodiola Rosea Extract
  • Exerts an anti-fatige effect that increases mental performance (1,2,3)
  • Rich in phytochemicals (which are anti-oxidants to say the least)
Eleutherococcus Extract (or Siberian Ginseng)
  • Increased endurance and anti-fatigue (4)
  • Memory and learning improvement (5)
  • Anti-inflammatory (6)
  • Immunogenic (7)

Why Celebrate Woman Loved Brain Toniq:
  • All Natural And Non-Harmful Ingredients
  • Does what is says it’ll do
  • Smooth functioning and no drastic down curves
  • Delicious Taste
  • Very reasonable price
My experience with Trim Toniq was as pleasant as with Brain Toniq. The major difference between these two drinks is that Trim Toniq curbs our appetite and eliminates cravings. If you think, we need both in order to manage our diet plans for mornings, lunch times, and evenings! If you are launching your new year initiatives in weight loss and maintenance, try both Trim Toniq and Brain Toniq, as both drinks will sure be your Support Group when there’s no one around to give you their shoulder.

Would you like to try Brain and Trim Toniq before you say “yes” to them? Win them! The TrueToniqs Team will provide you a case of a drink of your choice!

Celebrate TrueToniqs Today!

Laura

References:
1. Darbinyan V, Kteyan A, Panossian A, Gabrielian E, Wikman G, Wagner H (Oct 2000). "Rhodiola rosea in stress induced fatigue—a double blind cross-over study of a standardized extract with a repeated low-dose regimen on the mental performance of healthy physicians during night duty". Phytomedicine 7 (5): 365–71.
2. Spasov. A.A., Mandrikov, V.B., Mitonova, I.A., 2000b. The effect of Dhodaxonon psycho-physiologic and physical adaptation of students to the academic load. Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology 63 (1), 76-78.
3. Shevtsov VA, Zholus BI, Shervarly VI, et al. (Mar 2003). "A randomized trial of two different doses of Rhodiola rosea extract versus placebo and control of capacity for mental work". Phytomedicine 10 (2-3): 95–105.
4. Huang L.-Z., Huang B.-K., Ye Q., Qin L.-P. "Bioactivity-guided fractionation for anti-fatigue property of Acanthopanax senticosus" Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2011 133:1 (213-219)
5. Xu Y.J., Han C.J., Xu S.J., Yu X., Jiang G.Z., Nan C.H. "Effects of Acanthopanax senticosus on learning and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease and protection against free radical injury to brain tissue" Neural Regeneration Research 2008 3:2 (192-195)
6. Jung S.M., Schumacher H.R., Kim H., Kim M., Lee S.H., Pessler F. "Reduction of urate crystal-induced inflammation by root extracts from traditional oriental medicinal plants: Elevation of prostaglandin D2levels" Arthritis Research and Therapy 2007 9:4 Article Number R64
7. Chen R., Liu Z., Zhao J., Chen R., Meng F., Zhang M., Ge W. "Antioxidant and immunobiological activity of water-soluble polysaccharide fractions purified from Acanthopanax senticosu" Food Chemistry 2011 127:2 (434-440)


Disclosure: TrueToniqs Team shared their unique products with me to facilitate this review and giveaway. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. Celebrate Woman Today promotes only healthy and life-enhancing products.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Weight Loss Is A Huge Industry ~ Get Smart What You Consume! CLICK Protein Drink Giveaway ~ Plus Free Samples (Jan 4)

CLICK Giveaway Prize, $25 Value
The season of weight loss has already begun. Of course we are only approaching our favorite Christmas eve, but the 27-billion-dollar machine competing for your dollar spent towards energy and weight loss products has already spread out its wings in ambush advertisement, video and online campaigns, and luring you and me into their net of dedicated customers.

I am so much for the products that actually can and do contribute to our personal goals of weight loss and weight maintenance. The only problem I have with the majority of such products is that they have a lot of chemicals and “proprietary blend” options that do not actually disclose to us what they really do to our bodies. To our endocrine system. To our total hormonal system.

When one person finds it out, it can be already late.

So, this season, knowing exactly what is going to happen in this crazy market of weight loss and weight loss products, I researched some new products that are actually Healthy, Do what they say they’ll do, and Support you towards fulfilling your goals.

Today, Celebrate Woman gives you CLICK.

What is CLICK?

CLICK is a protein drink that helps you to lose your weight by supplying your body with essential feeding components like protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, fats.

The coolest thing is that CLICK can be consumed as either cold or hot drink. And my preference is when it’s HOT!

I used CLICK for several days. This product impressed me. Literally, it kept my blood sugar under control, i.e., I did not feel hungry or had any lows in my energy.

To test this protein drink even further, I tried it first in the morning as meal replacement. My dear friends, it kept me going for many hours without any hunger cramps!

I also tested this drink during the day, when I had my regular breakfast. It worked great as well by giving me a normal feel of my energy that allowed me to work through all my projects without thinking about food or feeling tired.

In a word, I like this CLICK product A Lot! First, it’s made out of very quality, non-harmful ingredients. It’s a must for me. Second, it does what it says it’ll do – supply with energy and all the nutrients to keep us going.

Celebrate Woman Gives a Five to the CLICK Team:
  • Clean Ingredients List that past my rigorous test
  • Pleasant Vanilla and Mocha flavors
  • Enjoyable Hot or Cold
  • Provides 23 Essential Vitamins and Minerals + 15 Grams of Protein
  • Low in Calories and Fats (120 Calories per huge serving)
  • Offers Double Shot of Espresso as the alternative to sugary coffee and energy drinks
  • Great Addition to Your Weight Loss program
Would you like to explore the CLICK Protein drink yourself?

You can! Here are the options.
  1. 30% Off of One (1) Canister of CLICK – Promo Code CLICKFAN
  2. Win it here, on Celebrate Woman Today Rafflecopter Giveaway!
  3. Free Samples to the first 25 people (when you click on Rafflecopter’s Facebook Click Fan Page, say Celebrate Woman Sent Me CLICK’N, or something like that!)

Disclosure: CLICK Team shared their unique products with me to facilitate this review and giveaway. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. Celebrate Woman Today promotes only healthy and life-enhancing products.

iCaughtSanta Fun Sights Fun Moments!

Last Year's iCaughtSanta Picture
 My dear Women, the guys from the iCaughtSanta offer us a unique and fun way to celebrate this Holiday Season, and even surprise your little ones with a picture where Santa does unimaginable!

I have used their site last year and sent that picture to all my family and friends as a Christmas card. 

In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making iCaughtSanta.com a great gift idea even if you don't have kids yourself.

Here's a discount code for you if you decide to do something different this year – SANTA50

Celebrate Your Fun iCaughtSanta Picture Today!

With Love to you all,

Laura

Monday, December 19, 2011

Clean With Skoy And Your Troubles Are Gone! ~ Giveaway, US Only (Jan 3)

SKOY Cloth, Biodegradable, Re-Usable, Eco-Friendly
 What is Skoy, you’ll ask? I didn’t know myself what it was just a few weeks ago. But today, I am a true believer and a user of magical re-usable Skoy cloths.

The Skoy clothes were designed to clean anything and everything that requires a cloth touch. Personally, I found them perfect for the kitchen and bathrooms. Just make sure you dedicate one cloth for each area and keep it there! However, you can disinfect Skoy cloths in microwave or dishwasher without doing any harm to a cloth itself.

My Skoy cloth when used in the kitchen really cleans the countertops like nothing else. I tested Skoy cloth with and without natural cleaner. With water, Skoy works almost as well as with the cleaning solution in it!

Another great feature of Skoy is that it doesn’t leave any streaks on shiny surfaces. My built-in stove is now cleaned by Skoy cloth with water only. That’s amazing to me!

Here’s my experience-based testimony why Celebrate Woman absolutely loves Skoy:
  • Eco-Friendly: Saves up to 15 rolls of paper towels (based on Skoy tests)
  • 100% Biodegradable: Made out of unique blend of cotton and wood-pulp cellulose
  • Made with water-based colors and inks: Oh, and these colors are beautiful!
  • Reusable and machine washable
  • Absorbs 15 times its own weight (was not tested by me, but by the Skoy company!)
  • Long-lasting
  • Appropriate for fundraising and gifting, too!
  • Huge money-saver
Where would You get Skoy for your household needs?
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Whole Foods
  • Container Store (will begin carry Skoy cloths early 2012)
  • London Drugs (for Canadian readers)
Also, what I found very convenient was that I could receive my Skoy cloth automatically. There are options how frequently I can receive Skoy: Every 4 months, every 6 months, every 9 months. Depends on your needs and how frequently you use Skoy for cleaning.


I Vote for Skoy: 10 out of 10! This is a simple invention that goes a long way in both usage and our carbon foot print on the planet. Everybody wins in this case!

Would you like to own a pack of colorful Skoy cloths? Hurry and enter this quick Rafflecopter. Skoy Team will provide one of Celebrate Woman Today readers with their colorful, eco-friendly, super cleaning cloths.

Celebrate Your Life With Skoy Today!

Disclosure: Skoy Team shared their unique disposable products with me to facilitate this review and giveaway. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. Celebrate Woman Today promotes only healthy and life-enhancing products.

iBresh Conquers All Inconveniences! Celebrate Disposable Toothbrush Giveaway! ~ 3 Winners, US only (Jan 3)

iBresh Disposable Biodegradable Toothbrush
In this day and age, convenience means a whole world to many people. The range and type of conveniences may differ. Nevertheless, we are all accustomed to a certain degree of convenience in products, services, life.

To me personally, the integrity of a product plays a huge role. In this category, I include the health and effectiveness with which a product meets the needs of my family. And if a product has a nifty thing called “convenience” attached to it – oh, my, I’ll go for it! Recommend it! Use it!

Have you heard of a new trend to travel with a disposable toothbrush that requires no water, even no trash can if there’s no one around you?

iBresh toothbrush is one of the innovative products that amazingly fits into a busy life of any woman, man, child.

Check out these features that literally got me excited about this product.
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Waterless
  • All-Natural Spearmint-Flavored, Cavity-Fighting Xylitol Toothpaste inside the brush cap
  • Non Fluoride
  • On-the-Go & Perfect for Travel, Camping, After Meals at the Office, + Zillion other occasions away from home
  • Tongue Cleaner on the Curved End of the Handle
  • Perfect for Adults and Kids
  • Great Colors
  • Easy on your Budget! (you can buy a pack $0.55/piece. Shop iBresh)
I tried the whole pack for the whole week, brushing my teeth with iBresh. I loved the flavor. I liked how my mouth felt after brushing. And I tried a few times to do the waterless brushing as well. I just pushed the cap and gel toothpaste was released into the bristles. Voila! Ready to go! The mouth felt and smelled clean and fresh.

Also, I would like to point out the quality of bristles on each iBresh toothbrush. They are soft, yet strong enough to take care of all the inside and outside tooth deibris. No harsh action against my enamel!

Congratulations iBresh Team – Your innovative and amazingly eco-friendly product passed the most rigorous consumer testing of mine!

I Celebrate iBresh Today!

Would you like to experience iBresh any time soon? Sooner is better than later, isn’t it? Win it!

iBresh Team offers Three (3) Celebrate Woman Today readers a set of Five (5) colorful iBresh toothbrushes to celebrate their day with!

Fill out the Rafflecopter Form quickly and easily, and you’re in the drawing for this amazing and convenient iBresh product!


Disclosure: iBresh Team shared their unique disposable products with me to facilitate this review and giveaway. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. Celebrate Woman Today promotes only healthy and life-enhancing products.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Alaffia Handcrafted Shea Butter Skin Care ~ Review & Giveaway ~ 2 Winners, US & Canada (Jan 3)

Alaffia Antioxidant Face Care Set

I love non-chemical, all natural skin care! I live it, breath it, use it every day. Are you?

Not many companies can be found these days who are truly creating and offering skin care products with the ingredients of the highest quality. Ingredients that won’t be discovered twenty years from now to be carcinogenic or damaging in any way to our bodies.

We see products that have All-Natural labels all over them. But when I pick up a product and look at its Ingredients List and see all kinds of PEGs, and Propylene Glycols, and Phenoxyethanols, and Parabens – you get the picture! Yes, such products do contain great stuff from plants with amazing properties. However, where’s the integrity putting all the good stuff in one place with the ingredients that are organ system toxicants, allergenic, and cause endocrine disruption? That is unacceptable.

I choose not to buy such products, as I refuse to vote with my dollar towards Shevron’s and Texaco’s of this world.

The companies like Alaffia offer all of their skin care products from the sources that are precious to our human nature. All of the ingredients are sourced in impoverished Western Africa. With the power of the communities and cooperatives, local people – mostly women – earn the living by supplying the local plant-based ingredients to Alaffia. The company hand-makes all of its skin care products and re-invests the profits into the West African region.

One of the precious ingredients, Shea Butter, comes from Central Togo where local women collect this precious resource and prepare it to be used by Alaffia.

Alaffia formulators have created amazing daily resource for us here to use and shower our facial skin with the empowerment of powerful antioxidants like shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and Rooibos tea extract.

Using all the above ingredients brings the synergy for skin firmness and elasticity. Plus, daily use of such products provides an outer barrier for any damage from the outside pathogens, sun rays, and dust.

Please remember, when you attempt to test one of the products within any skin care line of products, it’s always more beneficial if you experience the whole system, rather than relying on one product you like. There are exceptions. But in majority of cases, the systems are created to bring the benefits to the facial skin in steps through cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

Alaffia Face Care Set is based on two major ingredients: Shea Butter and Rooibos Tea Extract.

Why Celebrate Woman Appreciates Alaffia Products:
  • Simple, yet powerful ingredients: Shea Butter and Rooibos
  • Amazingly quick absorption time – literally in seconds
  • Un-interruptive smell of all products
  • Supports daily needs of skin: Improves Elasticity
  • Certified Fair Trade
  • NO chemicals of any kind in this product

Would you like to really experience the Alaffia skin care products in action?

Alaffia has generously offered two Celebrate Woman Today readers their Antioxidant Face Set. US and Canada – it’s your chance to win here in a Big way!

Disclosure: Alaffia Team shared their unique organic products with me to facilitate this review and giveaway. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. Celebrate Woman Today promotes only healthy and life-enhancing products.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

$100 Amazon Twitter Blast ~ Dec 16 – Dec 31, 2011


Want $100 Amazon Code? Enter to win below. The more you follow, the more entries you get! There are a lot of Twitter people to follow. Jennifer @Makobi will also be rotating through the list to bring different people to the top. The giveaway is open to January 1. So follow a few when you do your daily tweet! Do you love this giveaway? Hate it? Tell me on Facebook

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Go Beyond Coastal For All Your Sunscreen Needs! ~ Review & Giveaway (12/30), US Only

Beyond Coastal Sunscreen Prize, $45 Value
Eating well does pay off. Phytonutrients of broad spectrum do create a powerful defense in the organism against the harmful sun rays.

However, when we go to the beach or plan extended tours in the mountains or play in windsurf, I do rely on a good natural sunscreen.

Just recently, I have discovered a very eco-friendly product that I was eager to test on myself. Beyond Coastal – that’s the name you need to familiarize yourself with if you truly wish to be protected against broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays.

Beyond Coastal IS the brand on the market that pushes forward non-harmful and potent ingredients in their sunscreen formulas for both adults and kids.

When I first applied Beyond Coastal Natural Clear sunscreen I was pleased how easy and non-calky the formula was. I really like the smell of the formula, though there are no artificial fragrances in it! It’s all minerals that produce the effect of clean smell. Truly enjoyable.

I have been wearing Beyond Coastal SPF 20 Natural Lip & Face formula on my lips for the past few days as I had to spend some time outside in the sun. What is most surprising to me is that this creamy formula creates a naturally-feeling sensation on the lips and face. As the result, I did not even feel that I was wearing any product. That’s not that easy to create a sunscreen that is light and un-noticeable during its wear. Cudos to the Beyond Coastal Team!

Beyond Coastal is the Brand that is TOP Rated by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Every year, EWG rates all the top 50-60 brands of sunscreen. Very few sunscreens receive the top rating from them. Beyond Coastal is rated at the top of list for good broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB.

Why Celebrate Woman Today Loves Beyond Coastal:
(We tested & experienced SPF 30 formulas for Kids, Natural Clear formula, Original formula, and Natural Lip & Face formula)
  • Uses minerals to create a natural shield over skin to re-rout UVA/UVB from your body
  • Rich in antioxidants, but Vitamin-A-Free – Do Not Buy sunscreens that have Vitamin A in their formulas!
  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
  • Light on Skin During Wear
  • Restores skin along its protection agains sun
  • Biodegradable, Gluten Free, Reef Safe & Cruelty Free – Cudos to the Team!
  • Paraben Free, Petroleum Free, Fragrance Free
  • Customized for Athletes, Kids, and Anyone Who’s Active in the Sun

Would you like to test and experience Beyond Coastal Sunscreens? Win it here. This company generously agreed to sponsor this giveaway with the prize of 4 Beyond Coastal Sunscreens, $45 Value:
1 Natural Sunscreen
1 Natural Clear Sunscreen
1 Natural Kids’ Sunscreen
1 Natural Lip & Face Sunscreen

Disclosure: I have received Beyond Coastal product to fascilitate this review. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by the company. I review only healthy and eco-friendly products that promote vitality and energy in our daily lives.


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Affordable Glasses from GlassesUSA.com Any Woman – Or Man – Would Want ~ Review

GlassesUSA.com
 My husband just got new glasses. Sadly, he needs prescription glasses. For two pairs of transitional glasses and sunglasses we dished out over $1,600. This is not a  joke. His eyeglasses prescription is unique to accommodate his needs. But to pay almost two thousand dollars for two pairs – it’s a bit of a bitter joke.

A bit late in the game, but if I knew about GlassesUSA.com we’d most definitely try their glasses for sure. Why?

When I visited their virtual store and checked out their glasses online, I gasped. The variety of frame shapes, material, color, and frame size is absolutely satisfying, to say the least. I was able to narrow my search by women’s, men’s, multifocal glasses, sunglasses. Wow!

And these the glasses that do not look like cheap eyeglasses either! But the price is golden! You could enjoy the glasses anywhere from $59 to $149 per pair. It won’t break your budget. It won’t make you squint during the payment either!

Why Celebrate Woman Today Recommends Eyeglasses from GlassesUSA:
• Rich variety of shapes, colors, frames sizes and material
• Quality guaranteed by GlassesUSA
• Affordable Price for even Designer and Sunglasses
• Ongoing different promotions and discounts

Early Holiday Sale – Check This Out Today!

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OR
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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored review for GlassesUSA.com. Though I was compensated for writing it, my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Great Winners for the Ended Giveaways: Diamond Candles and Kai Bean Kids Clothes

Here are the winners for the following giveaways.

Kai Bean Kids Shirt – Winner is Cori

Diamond Candles – Winner is Mary Baker

I have contacted you both via the emails you left in Rafflecopter. If I do not hear from you withing 48 hours, I'll award your prizes to the next eligible winner.

Celebrate Your Christmas Prize Today!

A Tavola Together Review & Giveaway ~ Christmas Cookie Recipe Blog Hop & Giveaway ~ Dec 13–18

A Tavola Together Sponsored This Awesome Foccacia Baking Mix

A Tavola Together Focaccia Abrosia

Welcome to the Christmas Cookie Recipe Blog Hop and Giveaway! 15 bloggers have come together to bring you some great recipes and some awesome prizes. It's a cookie exchange party – online style!

Below you will find a Holiday Cookie recipe offered by Celebrate Woman Today, along with a Rafflecopter form for you to enter to win One Amazing A Tavola Together Foccacia Baking Mix. Then using the linky provided at the end of this post, hop from blog to blog and collect all the other great recipes and enter to win more great prizes.

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Before modern times, people used to sit down around the table to eat together. To talk about what the day brought for each one of them. To solve problems. To share a celebration, small or big. All that done while "breaking bread" at the common area of food sharing. They were doing it together. Eating together. Solving problems together. Celebrating together.
Claudia Pruett and Rima Barkett
With a crazy pace of modern times, different life styles, we seem to forget how important it is to share food with our families. Two women, Claudia Pruett and Rima Barkett of Stockton, California, are working to reverse this phenomenon, and bring multi-cultural America back to the table – to "break bread" again, together.

As I was growing up, I watched my mother and grandmothers cooking, concocting amazing delicious things out of simple ingredients. They allowed me to participate and make my own creations out of dough, out of potatoes, out of vegetable mix. And now when I cook I don't use any measuring cups or devices to make a fabulous meal. I follow my internal guide that knows how much, when, and how. Such upbringing with active participation in meal preparation made me love to cook. And made me equipped to do wonders with any scarcity of products in my pantry and fridge!

What Claudia Pruett and Rima Barkett have done is that they have called America to cook together, to enjoy a healthy meal around the table Together, and involve our kids for active participation in meal preparation. That is why their product is called A Tavola Together, meaning At the Table Together.

These women have created a Foundation that is dedicated to teaching kids life skills through cooking. How wonderful that is!

A Tavola Together is an amazing web resource for cooking, recipes, tips on how to maximize your shopping with fewer dollars, and how to increase your family ties by offering a delicious meal at the A Tavola Togehter! Check their gluten free, chocolate chip, rosemary, raisin Foccacia Baking Mixes. You will be impressed.

Claudia and Rima have sponsored this giveaway with one amazing Foccacia Baking Mix. Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below, and check out other recipes and giveaway prizes on the blogs of this Christmas Cookie Recipe Event! The Linky is at the end of the post.

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Here's a Recipe from My Friend Marcy who knows how to cook zucchini all year round!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


AND that's not all!!!  2 lucky Grand Prize Winners will receive the following prize pack, perfect for hosting your very own cookie exchange party, sponsored by Hershey's:

1 apron
16 bakery boxes to give to exchange participants for keeping recipes
16 sets of recipe cards
3 bags of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
2 pouches of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix
1 pouch of Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie mix
1 can of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder

So enter my giveaway below, then head over to Mommy's Money Saving Madness! to enter to win this awesome prize pack.

VISIT EACH BLOG BELOW FOR MORE PRIZES AND RECIPES!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

$100 Amazon Twitter Blast Sign-Up Announcement ~ Dec 16 – Dec 31, 2011

$100 Amazon Twitter Blast Event is hosted by Amee @ Madame Deals and  Jennifer @ Kobiso/Makobi Scribe/Sason & Pobi).

When:
December 16 – 31, 2011

What You Need To Do:
  • Post about the event with the button linking back to this post. (Right click save the image)
  • Fill out this form - sign ups close Dec 14th at 9 AM EST.
  • Post the Rafflecopter on your blog and your Facebook page for the event. You can get it here
  • Then schedule the giveaway post to go live on Dec 15 11:59 PM EST to Jan 1 12:01
  • You can post on every blog you have, one post per twitter account.
  • I will email you on the 14th to remind you.
Celebrate This Huge Giveaway Today!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Year's Resolutions Blog Carnival ~ Jan 3-10, 2012

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New Year’s Resolution Blog Carnival is presented by Hauling & Trucking, Medical Transcription Source, and Makobi Scribe.

When:
January 3 – 10, 2012

How To Join:
  • Free Method:  When the blog carnival goes live in your giveaway post and after you sign up on the linky below. I will send you a script to put at the beginning of your post along the lines of the green text above. When you receive the text after joining the linky, you need to make a post saying you are in this hop and encourage people to join in. The more traffic we get the better. The second post will be your giveaway post on the day of the Blog Carnival.
  • Paid Method: Only a button is required in your post on the day of the hop with a $5 administration fee paid to jennifer@makobiscribe.com by paypal.
Rules:
  • Your blog needs to host a giveaway on your site from the January 3 to January 10. There will be no minimum prize value.
  • By signing the linky below you are agreeing to post a post about this upcoming up and grab the button and the green text announcing it. Email me with the link of the post at jennifer@makobiscribe.com so I can check you off.
  • The script for the actual giveaway post will be provided to you by email after Dec 15th. (Paid method is agreeing to send the admin fee to Jennifer)
  • The post will go live at 9 am Jan 3 to midnight on Jan 10.
  • There will be a blogger prize of a Kindle awarded at the end of the hop on Jan 11 to one of the participating bloggers. To win this prize, you must have posted the button, script, and linky and have your giveaway post live before noon on Jan 3.
  • I will not email you with confirmation until after Dec 15. If you see you name on the linky below (where you are supposed to put it, consider yourself confirmed. Please fill out this form once you have paid or posted your post.
Sign Up on the Linky below.

Luck of the Irish Giveaway Hop Sign Ups Open

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Luck of the Irish Giveaway Hop will be hosted by Yankee Texan Mom and Deals From MS Do  from March 1 12:01 AM to March 17 11:59 PM and are accepting signups now.
DATES
The event will begin at 12:01 AM March 1 and end at 11:59 PM on March 17  (all links not up by 10AM CST  March 1 will be marked with NO GIVEAWAY and then deleted 12 PM CST).  Exceptions will only be allowed in the event of natural disasters or carnage.  Excuses that do not fall into that category will be evaluated at the sole discretion of the hosts.
What You Must Do As A Participant (Mandatory):
  • Host a giveaway posted on your blog totaling at least $25 for one winner. You are allowed to have more than one winner as long as each prize package is valued at $25.  If you have multiple prizes, there must be one main post for this giveaway.  The giveaway must run for the duration of this event.
  • Include a Luck Of the Irish Giveaway Hop Button in your giveaway post to identify the giveaway as being a part of this hop.
  • Sign up on the linky with a correct email address (that you actually use) and add ytmom@yankeetexanmom.com on your safe-senders list.
  • Include the linky that we will provide later within your giveaway post
  • Include a few sentences about the event, hosts and any possible Grand Prize info and sponsor link that will be provided to you.
  • Check your ego at the door and be prepared to have fun.  It is a requirement that you play nice with others.  (We’re not dictators though, we will let you run with scissors as long as you don’t send us the doctor’s bill.)
What You Could Do As A Participant (Optional):
  • Grab the button and post it somewhere on your blog.
  • Ask questions if you have them.
  • Keep the giveaway entries simple.  Ideally, no more than 1 mandatory and no more than 5 optional.
  • Include a daily Tweet entry using the event hashtag.
  • Publicize your giveaway.  (We will publicize the event, but it is your responsibility to publicize your own individual giveaway.)
What Our Hosts Will Do:
  • Answer any questions that you may have – just ASK.
  • Publicize the Luck of the Irish Hop on multiple sites.
  • Communicate.
  • Make you laugh.
  • Tweet out each one of your giveaways at least once during the event.
  • Provide a sponsor linky so that you can show your sponsors extra love.  Most blog hop participants will post this on their blog – ALL will post a link to it.
  • Provide a Hashtag for the event in advance of the start date.
How To Join: 
You have options – you can pay or write.  Send $5  admin fee to texasmom71@gmail.com OR write a post announcing the event in your own words that includes the following information:
Yankee Texan Mom and Deals From MS Do proudly present the Luck of the Irish Giveaway Hop from March 1 12:01 AM to March 17 11:59 PM and are accepting signups now.
AFTER you have sent the admin fee via PayPal OR posted about the event, fill out this form and add your blog to the linky on Yankee Texan Mom.   Use an email address that you actually use and will check. Also, check the spelling of your email address that you enter in the linky.   The hosts will use this email address to contact you.  Once you have signed up, you can join the Facebook Group.

Celebrate Your Opportunity Today!

From Our Hearts To Yours Valentine's Giveaway Hop Sign-Up!

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From Our Hearts To Yours will be hosted by Life With Two Boys, With Our Best, and Mama-Nibbles.

When:
The giveaway hop will begin on February 1, 2012 at 12:01 am est and will end on February 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm est (all posts not up by 9 am est will be marked as *No giveaway yet* on the linky, if posts are not up by 12 pm est your blog will be removed from the linky)

Requirements:
* All participants must have a giveaway specifically for this event that runs the duration of the event
* All participants must find their own sponsor(s) and host the giveaway on their own blog. You may sponsor your own giveaway if you wish
* The prize/prize package should have a minimum value of $25.. It can be Valentine's gifts for women or men but your post must be eye-friendly meaning no naughty images
* Display the event button in your post so hoppers can easily identify it
* Display the linky in your post to encourage hopping
* All participants must abide by FTC and Facebook rules and regulations
* Please limit the mandatory entries to only 1 or 2.. No limit on extra entries
* Most importantly.. Have fun and try to win a few Valentine's gifts for yourself as well!!

Sign Up:

Sign ups will close on January 20th or when we reach 200 participants. There is NO FEE to participate!

Sign up to participate in From Our Hearts To Yours by adding your blog to the linky on Life With Two Boys. Be sure to leave a valid email address so we can contact you closer to the event with details. After signing up, please join the Facebook group if you're not already a member.

Celebrate Your New Opportunity Today!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kindle, iPad, Gaming Set, $500 Cash, $100 Giftcard – All For Grabs During The Winter Wonder Week Giveaways ~ Dec 8-15, 2011

Winter Wonder Week

Welcome to Winter Wonder Week!

100 bloggers have pulled together to offer some great prizes to help you celebrate the Winter holidays!

Up for grabs are:
  • $500.00 CASH paid via PayPal from all of the participating blogs
  • Epson Artisan 837 all in one
  • $100 Gift Card from Howard Computers
  • 3pc. Gaming Bundle from Newbie Technology
  • Kindle from Jolly Savers
  • iPad 2 from a Super Secret Sponsor (they’re a nonprofit who have asked to remain anonymous – they just ask you remember the pets this holiday)

As you hop along to the different blogs you’ll find some may have a secret image. That image shows you have earned an extra  5 entries! Without further ado, let the wonder begin! 






Please check out other amazing giveaways from my friends from all over the country. We worked hard to bring all these cool and beautiful gifts to you, so you don't have to hunt for them on your own.

Celebrate Your Day Today!



More Fun Giveaways Here, Please...



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Valentine's Day Hop Event ~ Feb 2-9, 2012






 Mama to 4 Blessings and Kim at Chubby Cheeks Thinks are teaming up to bring you Valentine's Day Giveaway Hop! I know Christmas isn't even over yet and we are thinking about Valentine's Day! They wanted to get  an early start!  Want to know how you can JOIN the hop???

Valentine's Day Giveaway is an opportunity for bloggers to share a giveaway on several other blogger's blogs. How? When you join the Valentine's Day Giveaway Hop your name is added to a linky on all the other bloggers giveaway posts that participate. What a great way to promote your giveaway and increase your traffic!



Plus it's FREE! They are not asking for any money for you to sign up, BUT they do have a few guidelines that are quick and simple!

Visit Mama to 4 Blessings' blog to get the details & 

SIGN UP HERE 


 Celebrate This Opportunity Today!

Winner of One Stop Christmas Hop – Loose Amethyst & Two Peridots Stones (Valued $70), 12/6


Congratulations Trista Z with your win of Loose Amethyst and 2 Peridots during One Stop Christmas Hop Campaign!

Celebrate Your Win Today!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

CLOSED – Diamond Candles Campaign Announcement ~ Call For Bloggers To Review & Giveaway Unique Soy Candles With Ring Surprises

AT THIS TIME, THE COLLECTION FORM HAS BEEN CLOSED ~ THANK YOU.

Have you experienced a soy candle with amazing aroma that inspires and makes your holidays go smooth and relaxed? Have you seen anything like waiting with anticipation what's going to be peaking out of the hot soy liquid while the candle is still burning?

If not, then Diamond Candles Company would like to invite you to Review and Giveaway their Precious soy candles. Why "precious" you'll ask? Well, each candle harbors a ring valued anywhere from $10-$100-$500-$5000 each. It's anticipation that really gets you going! What kind of a ring am I going to unveil from the glittery pouch hidden inside the soy wax?

The Criteria for Your Participation Are Simple.
  • This event is Free to you. Open to US only.
  • If you are to review and giveaway a product sponsored by Diamond Candles Company, you'll need to include in your giveaway the sponsor's Facebook and Twitter mentions, and a couple of keywords within your review.
  • If you are to participate in this campaign, Blog about this event on your blog, linking it to my post here.
  • Then, fill out this Form with information about your blog.
  • Once you're approved by the Diamond Candles Company, I'll ask you to confirm your mailing address for mailing products to you for review and giveaway on your blog (FYI: Diamond Candles does all mailing to the winners for giveaway.)
That's it.

If you have any questions, just email me at: discovery4 at mac dot com

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Galore of Prizes During Avon Christmas Explosion ~ At Least 20 Winners! ~ 12/14

Welcome to the



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A great group of bloggers have each donated Avon Products for you to win!

There will be one winner for each product, so multiple winners = more chances to win!

Here is a list of prizes up for grabs:

  • Pretty Polished Mini Nail Set
  • Dazzle and Shine Gloss Set
  • AVON Wonder Moon Orchid Mini Gift Set
  • Make Over Your Manicure Gift Set
  • Glossful Greetings Gift Tags
  • 3 Breast Cancer Crusade Tennis Bracelets (3 different winners)
  • Balerina Ornament
  • Foot Works Mocha Supreme Warming Foot Scrub, Energizing Foot Soak, Nourishing Foot Butter Set
  • Rose Necklace Gift Set
  • 8 Eye Shade Palette in Natural Tones
  • 2 AVON Holiday Faves 14-Piece Beauty Bundles (2 different winners)
  • Holiday Beaded Bracelet
  • 2 Chic Frost Necklace and Earring Gift Set (2 different winners)
  • Peppermint Vanilla Moisturizing Hand Wash, Ornament Bubble Bath - Sweet Sugar Cookie, Holiday Bubble Bath - Silver Sparkle
  • Glitter Gold Mistletoe

All products were purchased through Carolyn's Avon Shop

This giveaway will be open Dec. 3-14

Open to USA residents only

Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
The Rafflecopter is the same on all participating blogs - you only have to enter on one blog.
Duplicate entries will be removed.
Please leave your Facebook / Twitter / GFC name you are following with in the extra info section.
If we cannot verify your entry, it will be deleted before a winner is drawn.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Some Cool Giveaways and Low Entry Giveaways Ending 12/2 & 12/3

Christmas Is Always Here!
Ancient Stones Nurturing Naturals Gorgeous Mineral Make-up ~ 12/20 
Dnbuster's Place ~ Hersheys cookie exchange party pack ~ 12/2

Stuff Parents Need - Chunky Bling Beaded Watch - 12/2
Jenn's RAQ - Leading Lady Bra - 12/2
Open Hands - OC Styles - 12/2
eBlebco.com - eBook Lucky Charm to Christmas Delight 3 win - 12/2
VphoneGirl - Reta's Little Fashions Holiday Hairbows - 12/2
For One Another - Say Anything Family Game - 12/2
I Can't Decide- Christmas Books- 12/2
Making Time For Mommy- Carmex Skin Care Gift Set- 12/2
HEARTing Handmade :3 - Scrapbooking software ($40) - 12/2
Baba's Farm Life-The Attitude Girl-12/2
Texas Type A Mom - Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD Combo Pack - 12/2
squeezing a minute-custom checklist-12/2
Dnbuster's Place ~ Meyesa Chocolate drinks ~ 12/2
Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy - Timmy TIme Go Kart Timmy - 12/2
Adventures of a Thrifty Mommy - Friends and Family DVD - 12/2
Crunchy Beach Mama - Happy Feet Two Wii - 12/2
Women-Prenuer Galore-Kicking Horse can of coffee-12/2
My Busy Children  -  Super Baby Food Book, 2 winners - 12/2
My Busy Children - It Gets Easier & Other Lies We Tell New Mothers, 2win
Life With Two Boys- Snowman Votive Candle Holder- 12/2
Lemon Jitters - $165 Vintage & Craft Goods- 12/2
MyMemories Suite Giveaway - 12/2
Obviously MARvelous - Plagentra stretch oil - 12/2
Obviously MARvelous - Devotional Stories For Tough Times. 3win 12/2 
Fitness For the Rest of Us - Kicking Horse Coffee - 12/2
Two Belles Fitness - Tofutti Dairy Free & Cool Lunch Sack - 12/2
Pixel Berry Pie - Stonyfield & Rudi's Bakery Coupons - 12/2
Chica Ramblings - 25 Shutterfly Cards - 12/2
Desert Deals Diva - $100 Safeway Gift Card - 12/2
Not One Ordinary Moment - Set of 3 UGLee Ergonomic Pens - 12/3
Screaming Sardine - 6 piece seashell soap set - 12/3
Jenn's RAQ - Artisan Glass Bead Necklace - 12/3
Rook No. 17 - $50 Mikarose GC - 12/3
Adventures of the Mommy Homemaker-1yr Learning Link Online Tutoring
Making Time For Mommy- $25 American Express Gift Card- 12/3
Not One Ordinary Moment - 3 pack of UGLee pens - 12/3