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September 2014

Bonapiel Anti-Cellulite & Body Firming Cream–Product Review

I was recently given the opportunity to try this cellulite cream for FREE! (I LOVE FREE STUFF) 😀
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I really like the bottle it comes in—kind of like sunscreen, just squeeze the bottle to apply as much or as little as you’d like. It also smells REALLY nice, better than the cellulite creams that I’ve tried so far. I have been using this cream for two weeks now, and while I haven’t seen mind-blowing results in this short time, I have definitely noticed my skin is a bit tighter and more firm. I’m definitely going to keep using this!

Here’s a bit more about the product, according to their Amazon listing:

REDUCE CELLULITE :: Powered with Caffeine and Retinol – Clinically Proven Active Ingredients (Recommended by Dr Oz on April 2014) To Help Fight Cellulite and Creating Firmer, Tighter Skin On Your Arms, Tummy, Legs And Bottom
BEST BODY FIRMING CREAM :: Rose Hip Seed Oil and Lactic Acid Help Hydrate, Lift, Tone, and Visibly Improve Skin Firmness
PREVENT THE ORANGE PEEL SKIN BEFORE IT STARTS :: Visibly Smoothes Hips, Buttocks and Thighs for a Slimmer, Beach-chic Shape :: ABSORBS QUICKLY
REVOLUTIONARY ANTI CELLULITE CREAM :: Decrease up to 90% Faster Within Weeks :: Visibly Corrects the Appearance of Cellulite
SAY GOODBYE TO STUBBORN CELLULITE :: Get More Confidence in You :: 100% Money Back Guarantee

I rate this product 8/10, just because it is tough to see results with a product like this. I plan to keep using it in the future, even when I have to buy more, because I feel that it is truly helping reduce the visible cellulite on my body.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sticky Suction Car Mount–Product Review

I received this Car Mount for free to review—and I AM SO GLAD I DID!
I was incredibly skeptical about this product. I have seen many like it on TV, and awhile back my dad had one that just wouldn’t stay mounted in his truck. He seemed to spend more time trying to keep it mounted than actually being able to use it.

Honestly, the first thing that we should talk about is IGotTech’s customer service. When I ordered the mount, I received it within just a few days. I immediately unboxed it, removed the velcro system I was currently using in my car to hold my phone in place, and cleaned off a spot on my windshield so that I could apply the suction cup. THEN…I broke it. Maybe I didn’t read the instructions properly, or maybe I got a defective one. Either way, I contacted IGotTech, and they responded within a few hours, thanking me for sending a photo of the broken product, and informed me that a new mount was already on the way. Quick, friendly, and easy. That’s great customer service!

I got my new mount in the mail again very quickly, and, of course, immediately went to install it in my car. Success! It was actually incredibly easy to put up..the suction cup works VERY well..which has never been the case with anything similar that I’ve bought in the past. Most of the time, as soon as I add weight to said suction cup, it crashes to the floor. Not this one! YAY for a suction cup that does its job!

On to the sticky pad. It’s very very sticky! LOL so sticky it actually took off a bit of my nail polish when i accidentally touched my fingernail to it. Not a big deal. I did realize right away that I would have to remove the case from my phone to get it to stick, though. My case has a lot of ridges and very little smooth surface, which is needed to get your phone to stick to the mount. So…If the backside of your phone is super-textured or has a lot of ridges to it like mine, this may not be the best mount for you. Once I removed my case, I was able to easily stick my phone to the mount. The best part? IT ACTUALLY STAYED UP THERE! I was very nervous that already cracked, beaten phone would go crashing to the ground when I turned, stopped, or maybe due to the vibration of my car…but IT STAYED! I was even able to reach up to switch tracks on my music player with no budging at all!

I think the best part of having my phone mounted to the windshield under my rearview mirror is that I’m much less likely to text while driving than if my phone were in my lap. It’s just easier to leave my phone there for the duration of the drive, and answer my texts later. Obviously safer, too. I can reach up, change my  music, and be done. 🙂 The only drawback is that my phone looks so good there, I keep forgetting it in the car!

I would absolutely recommend this product to my friends, family, and everyone that will listen!

Rated 10/10.  I LOVE THIS!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Littlest Pet Shop Playsets–BzzCampaign

My girls were so excited to get their Bzzkit from Bzzagent! We got free samples of the newest Littlest Pet Shop playsets for free to try…the best part was that only I knew what was in the box before they opened it.

Want to watch them unbox it? Watch it on Vimeo!

our LPS buzzbox

They were incredibly excited to play with it all immediately. Luckily, our bzzkit came with a LPS DVD for my daughters to watch while I set to putting it all together, because…holy assembly batman…after nearly an hour I finally had it all figured out, and they were ready to play.

Kayleigh playing with LPS playset

They had learned the names of all of their new friends from the show, and they played so nicely with one another, because there was so much to do! I’ve been having a ton of fun listening to them ‘play’ the different characters and give them personalities of their own.

Kianna with LPS playset

I’ve made them a deal: If they do a good job taking care of their new LPS playsets, I’ll use the coupons that came with our bzzkit to buy them MORE LPS playsets! If not, we’ll give it to someone who will take care of nice toys like this. I have a feeling they’ll be taking very good care of their new playsets. My favorite part? No batteries to replace! I LOVE toys that aren’t noisy on their own :D.

my girls playing together

Body Merry’s Age Defense Eye Cream–Product Review

Hi beauties!

I’ve been trying a new eye cream for the past couple of weeks. I got this bottle of Age Defense Eye Cream from Body Merry for free to try out, and review. Yay free stuff 😀

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What a Pretty Bottle!

This is a 1-oz bottle, and is on sale right now for $12.99 On Amazon

The Amazon listing says that it’s for Dark Circles, Wrinkles, Puffiness, Crow’s Feet, Fine Lines, and Bags. Safe to say that as I get older I deal with more and more of this, especially under-eye bags. I was very interested to see how this would work! As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been using it for about two weeks. I looked in the mirror yesterday and noticed a definite difference! My eyes seems just a bit brighter, and the bags under my eyes seem a lot less noticeable, as do the dark circles! Yay!

I will definitely be using this in the future. I love the way it smells, and it absorbs into my skin quickly. Speaking of what my skin is absorbing, let’s talk about what’s in it for a minute: This eye cream has over 70 power-packed ingredients, including vitamins C + E + B5, Peptide Complex, Amino Acid Emulsification, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Antioxidants, MSM, and potent atural and organic ingredients such as Aloe, Rose Hip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cranberry, Licorice, Sunflower Oil, Borage Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Cocoa Butter, Cucumber, Green Tea, and more. There are NO harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

This eye cream is also Made in USA and Cruelty Free! If you’re still nervous about spending your money on something that you can’t believe in without trying, you should know that this has a 90-DAY 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don’t like this cream, just contact Body Merry and get a full refund. Best of all, you don’t even need to return the bottle. You really can’t lose on this one!

I rate this product a 10/10. It feels nice, smells great, and is a great value for the money, considering it gave me noticeable results in just a couple of weeks!

In case you missed the link, click –>HERE<– to buy this on Amazon!

A LETTER TO COFFEE

Coffee + Me = Love

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Dear Coffee,

Make yourself comfortable at the dining room table. Take a seat. Don’t worry, you’re not in trouble, so relax your steaming breath. I have so much to tell you.

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Pooch Smooch Challenge! We Need YOU!

The NEW ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Ready? GO!

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We could really use your help getting Sadie Dog Fund’s POOCH SMOOCH CHALLENGE going.  Please make a video of your dog kissing you all over your face and post to social media.  Challenge your friends and family to do the same and donate at http://www.sadiedogfund.com .  An example featuring Abby Turpin is posted on Sadie Dog Fund’s or my personal Face Book page.  This is a fun challenge for dog lovers!   If you don’t have a dog……borrow one! 😀

We are trying to increase awareness about how many people resort to ending their dog’s life prematurely or surrendering it to an already overcrowded shelter because they can’t cover medical costs for treatment.  We want people to know that Sadie Dog Fund is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to “Saving Dog’s Lives & Keeping Them at Home” with their families.

We appreciate your support!

Give them love. Keep them safe.
Pam Hoffman

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Blogging – Everyone becomes a Silent Reader… and some always were

Product Review – True Sol – Saffron

Recently, I was given a Saffron supplement to try and review. I was excited to try something that could curb my appetite…sometimes I just feel like snacking a bit too much! I’ve been taking this for a couple of weeks now.  LOL I know, I know…not another strange pill…Here’s my review anyways. But first, about the product:
TrueSol-Saffron
Product Description:

When used as a weight loss aid, saffron supplements are purported to curb appetite and reduce cravings. Some proponents suggest that saffron can help increase brain levels of serotonin (a chemical known to regulate mood) and, in turn, help prevent compulsive overeating and the associated weight gain.

Now My opinion:
I’ve been taking this twice daily with a full glass of water, about 30 minutes before I eat. I have definitely noticed a difference in my eating habits. Now, I’m full after I eat a plateful, instead of wanting seconds. The best part about not overeating is that I have more energy after meals. Before, I had a tough time staying motivated after dinner. Now I really don’t mind spending a few minutes cleaning up, because I’m not in mid food-coma!

I haven’t lost weight or anything, but that takes time. The next step is to find a workout routine that I can fit into my school schedule, and find time to prepare a few meals a week ahead of time for those days that I’m feeling lazy…that way I don’t make mac n cheese or pizza. I’d rather eat a healthier, more balanced diet..and when I feed my kids healthier food, I feel like a better momma.

Okay, I’m off-track. True Sol-Saffron is a product that I feel to be very helpful in decreasing appetite. I do feel less stressed, but I honestly can’t say whether that’s due to increased serotonin levels in my brain, or the fact that Finals Week is over!

On to my rating:  I rate this 9 out of 10, just because I don’t have an accurate way to measure results. BUT I plan to keep taking this, because I believe it helps, and I would recommend it to you, if you’re looking for something that helps curb your appetite!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Give Away time!

Giveaway time! This is the BEST reason to follow us beauty bloggers: giveaways! ❤

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I was going to wait until I reached 100 followers before I did a give away….but I’m impatient. And 70 is way closer to 100 than 30 was…so I’m doing my give away NOW!

What do you have the chance to win? I’m in love with E.L.F cosmetics, and I’m in love with Disney. So it’s been so awesome that they’ve teamed up to make some AWESOME makeup products. I first came across them last year at Walgreens when they had their Disney Villains makeups. And while villains are fun and awesome (who doesn’t at least root for the bad guy a little), everyone always wants to be a PRINCESS. So I’ve decided to give away for Disney’s Snow White’s Fairest of Them All Eye collection….AND….Ariel’s Under The Sea Eyes.

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Aren’t they PRETTY?!

With the Fairest of Them All Collection you get an eye shadow pallet, applicator, and a lengthening…

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