Monday, November 27, 2017

Hormel Gatherings Party Trays

Hormel Gatherings Party Trays

*I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.*

So I wanted an easy appetizer for my Thanksgiving get together and I found that with Hormel Gatherings Party Tray. I decided to try the Hard Salami and Pepperoni tray. It was a hit! Not only did the kids like making little meat and cheese stackers but the adults liked being able to snack on crackers too. I got the 28 oz. tray which had Hard Salami slices, Pepperoni slices, Cheddar cheese, Colby Jack cheese and two packages of round crackers. There was plenty of variety and enough appetizers to keep everyone satisfied. 

How much easier does it get? Snap off the lid and open the packages. Arrange the meat and cheese on the tray and let the party begin. Check your local grocer for different types of trays. I'm telling you #hormelgatherings #partytrays makes for one #stressfreeparty. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Are you ready for Thanksgiving dinner?

Well I can't believe its already November. Where has this year gone? I've always heard the older folks say that the years will fly by but I never believed them until now. As I sit here and look at the calender I realize I only have 21 days until the Thanksgiving feast. Or about 2 weeks of nonstop stuff until the day I get to sit down and eat until I'm stuffed. I always say I'm going to try some new recipes but I end up sticking with the same ones. It's so hard to try something new when the old recipes are just so tasty. We always cook a Ham and cut up a turkey breast to fry like nuggets for the main dish. Sometimes the side dishes are the best too. We like to have dressing and mashed potatoes. I like to fix a green bean casserole for the kids to eat. Of course the adults like the green bean casserole as well. I usually fix my kids some macaroni and cheese and we have some chicken and noodles for the adults. Oh and I can't forget the brown and serve rolls. Gotta have something to eat with my mashed potatoes and dressing. I can't forget the desserts either. Pumpkin and Pecan pie are a favorite. We also like to eat Chess cake too. The next few days are the best with all the leftovers. Good food and family are always nice to have around. Do you have any traditions are favorite foods you fix for Thanksgiving? 

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Once again it's time for those 3 words....BACK TO SCHOOL. Every year we remember to get those school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks and pencils but do you pick up hand sanitizer? I bet that is one thing that you don't really think about for school supplies. We get so caught up in the mandatory school lists that we forget such a simple product. This one product can help your children fight germs when they don't have access to soap and water. Kids are always on the go and don't really think about hand washing but we try our best to instill a routine of when and where we need to sanitize our hands. From using the bathroom to the playground to the lunch room it only takes a second to use Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer. Did you know on average 63% of children in grades K-12 will miss one day of school due to illness in the first six weeks of the new school year. 

Purell makes it easy to carry your hand sanitizer with you. Pick up some of these Jelly Wrap Carriers to hook on back packs and lunch boxes. With just the flip of a cap you can protect yourself from germs. Not only does Purell kill 99.99% of illness causing germs it also provides 2 times the sanitizing strength versus other national brands. 

I've got my kid a bottle of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer for Back to School. I found it at my local Wal-Mart in the hand soap aisle. Here's wishing all of you out there a Healthy Back to School season. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer

InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer

The key ingredients listed are Retinol, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Sunflower Seed Oil and Green Tea Extract. That's one reason I like this moisturizer because of the natural ingredients. The bottle the product comes in is 3.4 oz (100 ml). It is a pump bottle and it is easy to use. I've noticed my skin has changed since I've gotten older so I was looking for a natural product to use. I did my research and found that retinol is good for aging skin. Also combined with vitamin C it has great benefits for healthy skin too. I've been using this for a couple weeks and I have noticed my skin is not breaking out like before. I'm sure with extended use it will help with the fine lines that are forming on my face. 

In the picture above I used a small amount on my hand. This is the amount I would use on my face nightly. It has a creamy texture and smooths on the skin leaving a light hydrated feeling. I like how it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and not greasy. I really like this product and will continue to use it. 

* I received this product free/discounted in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

iBambooMart Cutting Board with 6 piece Bamboo Utensil set

iBambooMart Cutting Board with 6 piece Bamboo Utensil set

This cutting board is made of all natural, eco-friendly bamboo which makes it better and safer for food preparation. It comes prepared and pre-oiled with a satisfaction guarantee. As an added bonus you get a 6 piece bamboo utensil set including a spatula and slotted spoon. What a deal..utensils and a cutting board! 

Using my extra large bamboo cutting board

As you can see I cut up some onions with ease and no scratches on the cutting board afterwards. I really like how I could just wash it off with some mild soapy dishwater. It didn't have any onion smell left on it either. It has a juice groove around the outside edge which will keep my counters nice and clean. I used the bamboo spoon to help cook supper and it worked just fine. I'm glad it came with the bamboo utensils. If  you have any other questions about this product please check out this link

* I received this product free in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

We all have those days when we need to wash our hair but life just gets in the way. Yes its okay to go a few days without washing your hair but now its gotten easier to go a few more days if you really need to. With just a few sprays into your root area you can have revived hair. All you do is spray, massage into your hair and brush through to the ends. That's it..dry shampoo is just that easy to use. I was pleasantly surprised about how it left my it has been refreshed without the water. Now that is something I can get used to using on those busier than normal days. The dry shampoo does have a light scent and I thought it smelled nice. I guess you can say I am now a #dryshampooaddict.

I think I will continue to use the dry shampoo when I need a little extra boost and time just won't let me wash my hair. I was happy that #influenster chose me to sample the #voxbox. I found Suave Dry Shampoo at my local Wal-Mart for around $4.98. 

My before and after picture

* I received a free sample in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipcolor

I love to try new lipcolor options and I was happy when Influenster chose me to sample this matte liquid. I've never tried a matte before so I was curious to see how it looks. The instructions are pretty easy to follow.

Step 1. Apply lip lacquer with the applicator wand in the center of your upper lip and follow along the contours of your mouth. Step 2. Glide the lip gloss across the entire bottom lip. 

It also states to get an ultra matte you need dab with a tissue and let it dry. I got two colors to try Rebel Red and Nude Flush. I love the Nude Flush it looks so natural when I wear it. 

I will say if you use alot it will go on creamy and not really dry to a matte. It's one of those " a little dab will do you " products. I like it but I'm not much for the matte look. I like glossy lipcolor. If you like a matte I would recommend you check out the different colors from mild to wild they have any color you could want. I found this product at my local retailers for around $6.50 to $8.50. Not a bad price for a good matte lip color.

* I received this product as a free sample in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gluten Free Breakfast Options

Gluten Free Breakfast Options

With Back to School upon us I thought I'd share some of my go-to favorites for those busy school mornings. My son is Gluten Free and that does tend to make food shopping a little harder but I wanna say thanks to my local grocery stores for expanding and keeping up to date on the latest Gluten Free options.

This first product is from Glutino and its Toaster Pastries. My son loves the blueberry and strawberry flavors. They also have frosted and non-frosted options. Of course we like the frosted ones better. 

The next two products are from Glutino. I use the bagels for jelly or cream cheese. I also like to make a breakfast sandwich with them. My son loves the english muffins with a sausage patty and cheese. 

Glutino makes a breakfast bar that is great for those mornings we wake up late. They come in a variety of flavors. My son likes the blueberry flavor the best.

This next product is the shake and pour pancake mix from Glutino. When I want fresh pancakes I use this brand. They taste good with a little butter and syrup too. 

Udi's makes a line of sandwich bread which I like to use for toast. My son likes it when I put a sausage patty and cheese on his morning sandwich.

This next product is from Udi's as well. It is nice to be able to get up and pop a cinnamon roll in the microwave. My son would rather have this for breakfast anyways. 

Aldi's has a gluten free brand named liveGfree and it's been a great brand. My son loves the blueberry pancakes and I like being able to warm them up in the microwave. Another treat when we are running late in the mornings.

And of course you can't have a breakfast without mentioning waffles. Van's makes a really tasty blueberry waffle. Just pop them in the toaster and your breakfast is ready. A little butter and syrup makes them tasty too. 

Thanks for reading about my fast and easy breakfast options. I like to send my son to school with a good breakfast so he can enjoy school without being hungry. He just likes the tasty food. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

I'm always looking for a fast and easy way to moisturize after my shower. I was excited to try this product. All you do is apply a dime size amount to your arms and a quarter size amount to your legs. No need to dry off before using this and that's what makes it great. You just apply this to your wet skin and then you just pat dry. You will be left with hydrated and fresh coconut smelling skin. Don't worry about the coconut oil being too is lightly scented. Just another reason why I love this product. 

My leg after I used Jergens

It's important to use the specified amount. I've tried a little more and it left my skin oily. It did soak in after a while but its not very convenient to wait to get dressed. I did read some other reviews and they stated the same thing about oiliness when overused. I do like this product since it takes less time to get ready and it does leave my skin soft. I think I will try the other scents when I'm done with this bottle.

*I received this product free in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Axe Total Fresh 3 in 1 shampoo-conditioner-body wash

Axe Total Fresh 3 in 1

shampoo-conditioner-body wash

I've been letting my teenage son use this product and he likes it. What teenager wouldn't like being able to use one product for the shower. I like not having multiple bottles cluttering up my shower. I also like the smell. It's not too strong but has a fresh, clean scent. I don't have to worry about him using too much and smelling overly scented. He likes to use a small amount for his hair and then he uses a little bit on his wash rag. It's an easy open push top and the bottle is curved for better grip. I like that because I don't want him dropping it and wasting the product. I searched online and found it at my local Wal-Mart or Target store and the price was around $4.50. That's a very reasonable price for a 3 in 1 product and also a 12 oz. bottle. If you have sons you might want to check this product out. 

*I received a free sample from Axe Grooming Essentials in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dead Sea Minerals Facial Hydrating Cream

Dead Sea Minerals Facial Hydrating Cream

Since I'm getting older I've decided I need to try and find a good face cream. Well I found one and I like it. Salt n Sea has come up with a good face cream using natural minerals. It doesn't take alot to use and the it has a light floral fragrance.

Some of the ingredients:
Mineral Rich Dead Sea Salts - rejuvenates and gives a radiant look to fatigued skin.
Rose Hip - antioxidant vegetable oil extracted from a variety of roses; has a lightening effect.
Vitamin E and C - adds flexibility and helps slow the skin's aging process. 
Jojoba Oil - keeps skin supple and gives a healthy glow to fatigued skin. 

I've been using this in the morning and before I put on any make-up. It goes on smooth and works well into the skin. I don't use it everyday because my skin tends to be seasonal. I call it seasonal because in the winter it is dry and in the summer it is oily. You might call it something else but I think we can agree its part of getting older..or in my case it is. I have to say I do like this face cream and I will continue to use it. #DeadSeaFaciaMoisturizer

*disclosure - I received this product free/discounted in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wyldlife Pets Bully Sticks and Beef Tendons

Wyldlife Pets Bully Sticks and Beef Tendons 

This product is Made in the USA using 100% USDA approved grass fed cattle. It is satisfaction guaranteed and made for all breeds of dogs. It is chemical free and raised without harmful hormones or antibiotics which makes it safer to digest than rawhide of chemically processed dog chews. The tendons help floss your dogs teeth and promotes clean teeth and strong gums. 

Sassy has been chewing on her Bully stick off and on all afternoon. She likes to lay on the couch and watch TV while she's chewing on it. 

Shadow chewed his up all at one time. He didn't safe any for later. He hid under the dining room table and didn't come out till after he finished his bully stick. 

I see I will have to buy them some more because they just loved these Bully sticks. I want to keep my dogs teeth healthy for as long as possible and since they enjoyed these treats its a win/win for both dog and owner. 

*I received this product free/heavily discounted in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Purex Plus Clorox2 Laundry Detergent Review and Coupon Giveaway

Purex Plus Clorox2 Laundry Detergent Review and Coupon Giveaway

I recently received a bottle of Purex Plus Clorox 2 laundry detergent to try and I am very pleased with the results. Being a mother of boys I have tried several laundry detergents over the years. Most of the stains I have encountered are food stains. I must admit I am a messy eater too. I can't just blame the boys for stains in the laundry because I make my fair share of stains. Purex plus Clorox 2 is formulated to work on over 100 stains and is safe for colors and bleach free. It is available in 2 different fragrances : Original Fresh or Sunny Linen. I received Original Fresh and I was pleased with the slight flower scent. Purex plus Clorox 2 contains 3 stain fighting enzymes to help remove stains such as chocolate and tomato sauce, protein based stains like grass and blood, and food stains that use guar gum like ice cream and BBQ sauce. 

This is a Before and After picture of my son's shirt. He spilled Kool-aid ( fruit punch ) on his shirt. As you can see I used the Purex plus Clorox 2 as a pretreater. I let it set for a few minutes and then threw it in the wash using the detergent. I was very pleased with the results. Stop on by the Purex Facebook or Purex Pinterest  page for more Laundry tips. 

* I received this product free/discounted in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. #purexplusclorox2 #socialinsiders #ad 

Are you ready for a #giveaway? 

Thanks to #socialinsiders I have 2 coupons that I am going to give away. If your interested in trying Purex plus Clorox2 just enter the raffle below. There will be 2 winners so don't miss out on your chance to try this stain fighting detergent that is safe for colors. The coupon is good for up to $7.00 so don't miss out on this smart value. I will contact you and mail out your coupon if your are the lucky winner. Thank you for reading my review and entering the giveaway. Good Luck! 

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