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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Detox with FitTea + $500 Target Gift Card Giveaway #FitTeaDetox

Disclosure:  Thanks to Markerly and FitTea for sponsoring this post.  As always all opinions are completely my own.
Everyone want's to be fit.  It's the hot topic of this generation.  But sometimes it's a catch 22. You have no energy, because you don't exercise.  You don't exercise, because you have no energy.  You just need a little help and that's okay.  That's why I want to tell you about a product called FitTea.
Getting fit doesn't necessarily mean going on a diet or losing weight. It's all about feeling better.  When you feel better you look better. Even your skin looks better when you're fit - it's a overall noticeable difference.
Of course, I want to look toned and weigh my idea weight, but even more than that, I'm looking for a boost in my metabolism. That little spark of energy that's going to get me going.  With a tagline like "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline" I think it's a product worth trying.  I mean swimsuit tryouts are nipping at my less than tight butt!
How many times have you said "if only I had the energy to do something about losing weight"?  Well here you go:
FitTea is an all-natural detox tea.
  • Build a rock-solid immune system with FitTea!
  • It super charges and boosts your overall immune system and gives you more energy.
  • Promotes fat burning
  • Promotes and soothes digestion
  • Antimicrobial properties
Another hot word is organic.  Natural and organic ingredients are important for a healthy lifestyle. This is the list of FitTea's all natural ingredients:
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Oolong Wu Yi
  • Organic Rooibos
  • Ginger
  • Pomegranate
  • Guarana
  • Birch
  • Stevia
  • Corn and Honey Powder
That's it!  No scary ingredients you can't pronounce.  These ingredients provide a fast-working and natural detox.  These natural ingredients have other benefits besides detox, which includes, weight loss, increased energy levels, suppressing the appetite, and natural antioxidants.

We all need a little Decaf FitTea in our lives

FitTea also offers a caffeine-free alternative.  The ingredients are Holy basil (Tulsi) spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle and linden blossoms.
I'm not the only one talking about FitTea.  See what other people think about FitTea and their results here:
You can buy FitTea online now.
They also have the pro pack available.  The pro pack will naturally double your results and your energy.

Be Fit Y'all...
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
~Proverbs 14:30

Monday, April 21, 2014

Zarbee's Natural Relief Project - Breath Easy Naturally

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee's Naturals.  I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.
Ahhh spring.  It's so wonderful to see you again.  I open the windows to welcome you in my home.  I go outside to spend time celebrating in your beauty.  I'm in awe of your bounty.  And what do you do for me? Achoo! My nose runs, my head's congested, my throat gets itchy, and my eyes swell with tears. Thanks!

It's no surprise that the warmer temperatures bring blooming plants which in turn provide me with seasonal congestion. My grown son has dealt with the same seasonal suffering that I have, and now I have a 13 year old grandson, who faces these same challenges.  Try keeping a 13 year old from going outside. Good luck with that!  I worry even more about his issues with congestion because he has cystic fibrosis.  He already takes so many medications, that why it's important to me to be able to recommend Zarbee's Naturals to his dad.

My Top 3 Tips To Help Overcome Seasonal Congestion

  1. Hit the beach!  Okay, so this may not be practical for everyone, so the next best thing is to use saline spray. 
  2. Avoid chores outside, but if you must do them where a mask.
  3. Close doors and windows until the worst passes.

Natural Is The Way To Go

Zarbee's Season Relief helps me to maintain a healthy lifestyle so I don't have to give up on enjoying the outdoors.

"Zarbee's Season Relief is a new solution with clinical support for combating general congestion.  It's made from the extract of Butterbur, a plant used for centuries in Europe, but less so in the U.S."

Zarbee's Natural's Season Relief is intended for children 12 years of age and over.  It's available over the counter at CVS and Target.

Try Zarbee's Season Relief and Give back

This spring, in a major initiative to introduce Americans to the benefits of Butterbur, Zarbee's is sharing samples, educational information and natural wellness tips through the Seasonal Relief Project.  For every trial of Zarbee's Season Relief with Butterbur Ze339, the company is donating to four causes that protect fresh air, including the Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network and Moms Clean Air Force and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Visit www.seasonalrelief.com to sign up for a FREE product sample and to get your own customized seasonal congestion tips.

Later Gator...
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plant and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so.
~ Genesis 1:11

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fun Saturday DIY Project from Mamawj's Moment Away

The weekend's here and I bet you're in the mood for some fun spring crafts.  Problem is, it's a busy weekend with Easter on Sunday and you don't have a lot of time.

Well don't fear, Julie from Mamawj's Moment Away has taken all that into consideration when she came up with this springtime craft.
I love diy projects that recycle everyday items.  Julie used glass pickle and jelly jars and even the lid from a Purex Crystals bottle.  Julie's a smart girl.  Not only do this terrariums light up but they smell good too.  She added a few Purex Crystals to the jars as filler so the items have something to nestle into.  The burlap on top breaths so you can smell the crystals, and Julie drilled holes in the cap on the smaller jar so you can smell the scent with it too.
*tip - if you don't have a drill don't worry, use a hammer and a nail.
But hey, enough of me telling you about it.  Click here to head over to Mamawj's Moment Away and see her step-by-step tutorial.

P.S.  Don't forget to enter my giveaways below and Julies over at Mamawj's Moment Away.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter...
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!  Though I have fallen, I will rise.  Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
~Micah 7:8

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Purex No Sort Sweepstakes and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a this product to facilitate my review. However all opinions are 100% my own.

If I were to ask readers if their favorite chore was sorting the laundry, I feel pretty certain there wouldn't be many hands raised.  Purex want's to help us out with that little dilemma.
Women don't like sorting laundry and if they ask their families to wash the clothes, well more times than not they end up with a ruined item or two. Colors bleed.  It's just a cold, hard fact. Sorting clothes has always been rule #1 when we teach our children about doing the laundry.  Well Purex is changing the rules!

Purex is always working hard to make your life easier. They know our time is precious and we look for all the short cuts we can find.  Cutting out the step of sorting is a sure time saver.
Let me introduce you the newest laundry innovation from Purex....


This new technology traps loose dyes in the wash and does not let them settle onto other fabrics.  Typically color bleeding happens when dyes bleed out of fibers and deposit onto your other garments but the new Anti-Color-Transfer Technology stops that.

A Miracle you say!  

Well not exactly but it is packed with innovation that changes the way we do everyday laundry.  We all know new clothes, especially bold or dark ones are loaded with dye.  The manufactures know there's a certain amount of dye loss with washing. We all do.  They're just not going to stay looking that way, but after a few washes the major part of that loss is over, but not all of it. So keeping that in mind, please follow these words of advice:

  • Wash strongly colored fabrics or new pieces of clothing, especially jeans, separately at least 5 times before doing a mixed color load with Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.

The Sweepstakes

To celebrate the release of the NEW Purex No Sort for Colors detergent, the Purex brand will is hosting a Sweepstakes.  One grand prize winner will receive $1000 while 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex No Sort for Colors detergent!  Be sure to Purex website and enter for your chance to win Big.
You can prevent color bleeding and stop sorting your clothes with the NEW Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.  It's already on store shelves.  I found it my local Walmart.

A Cotton Pickin Cute Giveaway

Of course as a Purex Insider I can't let you leave here without a chance to score a FREE coupon so that you can try it for yourself.  2 lucky Cotton Pickin Cute winners will be chosen at random to receive their own coupon.  Just enter below.

Good Luck & Good Wishes...

So he went to him and kissed him.  When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed.
~Genesis 27:27 

Is 15 Minutes A Day Worth It To Look Better and Feel Better?

  • crunches - 10 reps of 3 crunches. I lay on the floor with my back pressed against the floor, legs straight up in the air with feet pointed parallel.  My hands are behind my head and I lift my shoulders off the floor.  Straight up, down, up again twisting to the left, repeat again twisting to the right.

Exercise is the best way to get rid of unwanted fat deposits in your body.  Researchers at Havard's Dana-Farber Cancer institute reveal that working out for 30 minutes five days a week is sufficient to burn belly fat.  Exercising releases a hormone called irisin that helps in the conversion of white fat to brown.  Indulge in exercises that involve multiple muscle groups while effectively working your cardiovascular system.

I knew it was really making a difference when I would feel Neil's hand on my stomach as we slept. I could tell he was feeling it like someone taking mental notes.  He never said anything, he thought I was asleep.  Then one morning he said your stomach's really gotten a lot flatter.  Picture me grinning like a Cheshire cat!  Something like this.
Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you how I'm taming the jiggle where there shouldn't be any wiggle - underneath my arms.

Before you leave be sure to enter my latest giveaways.

P.S.  If anyone knows why blogger thinks it's fun to play with my font please let me know.  I can't get all the paragraphs to come out the same even though I typed every word the same way and it looks the same in the draft.  Geez.

Be blessed y'all...
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
~Proverbs 17:22

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brylane Home Spring Reviews and a Giveaway

I've survived winter and I'm bursting with Spring energy.  I'm out walking and I'm inside sprucing up with a good spring cleaning too.

The temperatures are just right for walking to the store, but comfortable temperatures or not, I still only have two hands. That's where my new BrylaneHome cart comes in handy!
This BrylaneHome shopping cart is just the ticket! It's small enough to not be cumbersome, while still having room to hold a bag of cat food plus several bags of groceries too.  And it's saving my arms and shoulders!
BrylaneHome does a wonderful job with packaging to ensure you get a safe delivery.  My cart came shrink wrapped and double boxed.  Plus you can always count on them to stand behind their products if anything unfortunate happens between the warehouse and your home.

Assembling it couldn't have been any easier.  It was a simple 4 step process and no tools were required.  I was able to put it together in less than 5 mins.  Now that's my kind of project.
The construction is really sturdy.  With it being so lightweight you wouldn't think it would be that strong but it really is. There's no rattling or loose feeling parts on it.  I love the foam handle too, it's very comfortable to pull or push.  I prefer tilting it back and pulling it all the back wheels.  I've already taken it to the store several times.
This lightweight shopping cart is perfect for trips to the grocery store and has special back wheels that climb curbs and stairs with ease.
  •  max weight capacity of 30-lbs.
  • front 360 degree rotating wheels for smooth movement
  • open: 36 3/4"H, basket: 14"W x 16"D x 18"H
  • folds flat to store
  • all-weather polyester fabric liner with Velcro closures
You'll love this easy to maneuver shopping cart that's ultra-lightweight for a stress-free trip to the store.  This cart is regularly priced at $79.99 but right now it's on sale for $49.99 at a savings of 37% HERE!
Yep, that's Neil's bare feet in the photo, as he holds the cart so I could snap a picture when I came home from shopping.

My cart wasn't the only thing I received from BrylaneHome. Take a look at my brand new shiny stainless steel trash can (and my photo bombing cats).
When it comes to spring cleaning we all think about cleaning floors and baseboards, maybe even buying some new linens or towels.  But how often do you think about changing out your trash can.  The poor work horse of the kitchen barely gets a second thought.  Well, every time I open my pantry door I think about it.  My tired, worn and frankly, broken trash can was an eyesore that needed to go.  It was pretty embarrassing when someone would ask where's your trash can.  There was my pantry, nice and neat with my hand painted walls looking good and then there was this (notice the before picture).

Notice how with my old trash can, the round shape wasted a lot space.  I love the slim rectangular shape of my new BrylaneHome trash can.  The shiny stainless steel is so easy to keep clean.  The easy-lift, spring-loaded black plastic lid is a nice feature too.  The can holds a standard 13-gallon trash bag.
One of the features I find really unique and so helpful is the built in clip for the bag.  It keeps my bag from slipping down in the can, something that drove me crazy with my old trash can.

It's available in your choice of 3 colors...white, copper or stainless steel.  Best of all, you can save 50% right now. Thats right, it's regularly priced at $79.99, but you can buy it on sale for $39.99.  What a deal!  Click HERE to see more at the BrylaneHome website. 
You can see it was nicely packaged in styrofoam.  
It came in 6 easy to assemble pieces that took me less than 10 minutes to put together.  Again, no special tools were needed and the instruction sheet was easy to follow.

I'm really happy with my Stainless Steel 40-L trash can.  And you know what they say, "When Mama's happy, everybody's happy".

BrylaneHome has so many well know for products that are "helpers" around the house.  Things that make all the hard work you do a bit easier.  How many times have you went to reach for something and had to ask someone for help or look for something to stand on?  Having a stepstool at my house is a must. Being 5'3", I'm always stretching for everything and I couldn't get by in my kitchen without one.

Julie over at Mamawj's Moment Away and I are partnering together again to host another giveaway to make your life a bit simplier.  This time we're giving our readers a chance to win this red extra large step stool, valued at $69.99, that Julie reviewed.  You really have to read her review HERE and you'll see just how sturdy and invaluable it is.  It's one of those items that you'll use so often you wonder how you ever did without. She's crazy about hers and says it's making life easier and safer every day.  Now I'm wanting one of these too! Julie will tell you everything you want to know about this great stool and lots of other "helpers" over at Mamawj's Moment Away

Enter to Win

How would you like to win your own BrylaneHome "helper" for around the house.  Julie and I are giving away one red extra large stepstool to one of our readers.  It's so easy to enter just follow the instructions on the form below. You'll find lots of easy ways to gain extra entries.  Giveaway ends 5/12.

Good Luck...
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
~ Colossians 3:23

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Mystery Giveaway with Dinner at Ryan's, HomeTown and Old Country Buffet

Disclosure: I received the following products to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are 100% my own.

It's time to gather your honey bunnies up and hop on over to Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, or Old Country Buffet for a family gathering around the dinner table. Throughout the month of April, the restaurants have partnered with Nancy Drew Diaries and Hardy Boys Adventures to celebrate the relaunch of the classic mystery book series. The books you may remember loving in your childhood can now be read with your own kids with a new look and suspenseful storylines.
As parents and former kids we all know the tradition of filling those Easter baskets full of candy and sugar overload goodness.  But have you ever thought about putting a book in their baskets.  After a busy day of hunting Easter eggs is over, you can calm that sugar rush down by delving into an exciting mystery novel.
One lucky  Cotton Pickin Cute winner will receive the Nancy Drew Diaries Curse of the Arctic Star book and the Hardy Boys Adventure Secret of the Red Arrow book, plus a family four pack of meal passes to Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet. The total value of each prize pack is $60.00.  Keep reading to learn more.

Neil and I really enjoy going to Ryan's to eat.  We both love buffets because of the large selection of foods to choose from.  Whether I'm eating at home or in a restaurant, I just like a little bit of this and that, I'm not big on stuffing on just one thing.  That's why I really enjoy Ryan's.  I get a spoonful of this, a piece of that.  Believe me, I'm a happy camper when I leave.  Going out to eat can be very expensive when you include the kids.  Going to Ryans is much easier on the wallet.  And when Ty was a kid, we ate at Ryan's a lot because we knew there would always be something that he'd enjoy eating as much as we would, and it was affordable!
The restaurants are celebrating Easter in a big way this year! In addition to serving traditional Easter ham, delicious prime rib and special Easter desserts at dinner from Friday, April 18 to Sunday, April 20, the first 50 children each night for dinner will receive a surprise gift. Parents will be treated to a Two Can Dine for $15.99 coupon (valid with two beverage purchases) that is redeemable from April 21 to May 2. 

Ovation Brands, is the parent company of Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet, and they're all about family.  The good folks at Ovation Brands are always coming up with ways to make family time more fun, and now Ryans, HomeTown Buffet and Old Country Buffet are turning dinner on its head with the introduction of Breakfast for Dinner starting Thursday, April 10th.  The offering features breakfast favorites to enhance the restaurants popular Family Night.  Breakfast for Dinner is available from 5 to 8 p.m.  I know we love to switch things up and eat breakfast for dinner at our house and the grandkids love it too.  So now along side their everyday dinner favorites you'll find things like pancakes, waffles, sausage and sliced bacon.  And check this out....they'll even have an expanded Egg Action Station, where guests may request eggs to order with more choices, omelets with various fixings, as well as scramblers.  *Menus will vary by location.

Enter To Win

By now your mouth should be watering and you're wanting to know "how can I win this prize package?".  Well that's easy...just follow simple instructions on the Giveaway Tools form below.
Good Luck Y'all...
 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
~Acts 2:42