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Endure Shop {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Now that it’s finally February, we can accept the fact that Valentine’s Day is almost here. When the pink hearts start popping up all over WalMart the day after Christmas, I get a little cranky. But, like it or not, the big V-Day will be here in a week from tomorrow! What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Love? Hearts? Jewelry? Chocolate? Well, send your hubby on over to the Endure Jewelry Company, where you can find all of those things (minus the chocolate)!

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I’ve already told you how cool Endure Shop is, especially if you’re a runner. They sell beautifully crafted jewelry to represent and celebrate your running accomplishments, or to motivate you to reach your goals. Remember how I said you can find love, hearts and jewelry all in their shop? Check out this beautiful “Live Love Run” necklace and you’ll see I wasn’t kidding! Wouldn’t this be fabulous a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the runner in your life?

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I have a strange attraction/addiction to workout clothes, so I of course chose to review an item from the Apparel collection. Since I live in (almost) perpetually sunny California, I chose the Run Tank. I love the fabric–super light-weight without being cheap and thin–and of course the cute word “Run” with a heart and the Endure logo on the front.

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I ordered the Large because I’m currently 3 months pregnant with my third and figured I’d need the extra room. The tank fits snugly but not uncomfortably, so once I lose the baby weight it will be loose, but not ridiculously huge. I like that the fit is semi-fitted and truly hides the muffin-top, as they claim. The back is racer-back style and the Endure definition is right in the middle of that intersection, which I think looks really cool. My favorite part is the little roadrunner hanging out on the back of my hip–so cute!

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Please forgive my Vampire tan.

The tank also comes in white, but I thought the black with white lettering looked so much cooler. Now I just need to buy a few more colored bottoms so I don’t look like a stage hand or a gothic when I work out in all black 😉 The tank is $32, but if you’re lucky, you can win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop and snag this cute top for only $2! Or use the credit toward a really beautiful piece of jewelry for someone…and that someone can be you!

Win a $30 Gift Card to Endure Shop!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 17, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Endure Jewelry Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Delta Children’s Products {Review}

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We don’t buy our kids a lot of toys. We don’t need to, because we have enough Grandmas and Aunties who do that for them! My daughter’s birthday was in October and my son’s was in December, so by the time Christmas had come and gone it felt like the quantity of things in my kids’ rooms had expanded by 1,000! Something had to be done. We had to contain the mess!

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Delta Children’s Products has been creating children’s furniture, baby gear, decor, and storage solutions since 1967. They strive to produce children’s furniture for families who seek stylish design, quality, safety and affordability. A tall order to fill, but they manage to do it well. They offer hundreds of products, from cribs to toddler beds, changing tables to dressers, strollers, play yards and organizational products. Of course, we were the most interested in the organizational section and settled on a toy chest we knew our daughter would go crazy for!

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We received the Princess Wooden Toy Box to review. It came packaged in a thin box that was easy to carry in the house and unpack. All of the parts were easy to find and the directions were clear and easy to read (not that my husband needed them, of course…).

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Assembly was fairly easy, though my hubby did have to make an emergency trip to Home Depot for more screws because he says the ones the toy box came with were “not the best quality” and they stripped easily, making them unusable. This was after he’d put the first side on the wrong side then had to remove it and put it on the other side, thus having to screw and unscrew the (not-the-greatest-quality) screws more than intended. Moral of the story? Read the instructions carefully so you don’t have to re-do anything and potentially strip your screws 😉

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But, minus the Home Depot run, it only took about an hour to assemble the toy box. The wood is thick and good quality, and the safety hinge on the lid is strong, so I don’t worry about the lid falling and smashing my little ones’ fingers. Thanks to this nifty toy box, we were able to take this completely uncontained mess…

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…to THIS!!! And check out that HAPPY girl sitting proudly atop her new toy box!

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She GLADLY helped put her toys away in her new box and to this day loves sitting and playing on her new toy chest, and helping to clean up! Delta Children’s Products sells many more types of kids furniture including toy bins, chairs, beds, chests, easels, desks and much more in licensed characters and classic colors like white, cherry and light wood. Delta Children’s Products can be purchased at children’s retailers such as Babies-R-Us, Buy Buy Baby, K-Mart and Target, as well as online at Amazon.com. See a complete list of retailers here.

Connect with Delta Children’s Products on Facebook/Twitter/YouTube!

*The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Okabashi {Giveaway}

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So it may seem a little rude to be posting about sandals when most of the country is under snow and ice and freezing temperatures, but summer is coming, right? Even though it may not feel like it to some of you, it will be here before we know it, so let’s have some fun day-dreaming about what it will be like when you can wear shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits and sandals…

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Okabashi is a sandal company that has been around for 30 years this year and focuses their efforts on making quality products. Their shoes are 100% recyclable, made in the USA and have a 2-year guarantee! Plus, after you’ve worn them to death and are ready for a new pair, you can send them back to the factory and they’ll recycle them for you. Talk about good karma! I reviewed a pair of Women’s Okabashi sandals last June and I loved them! Still love them, actually. You can read my review here, but basically I’ll just say they’re comfy, supportive and come in some super cute designs and colors. And even after a summer of wearing them just about everywhere they still look like new!

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But this review isn’t about my Women’s sandals–this time around, I decided to try out the Men’s line! In my last review I mentioned how much I liked the Men’s Indigo sandal in Brown, so I knew this was the sandal I had to try for my husband. Luckily, he agreed they were his favorite pair and that’s what we were sent to review.

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The sizing is kind of funny–they’re grouped in sizes like size 9.0-10.0, 10.5-11.5, 12.0-13.0, etc.–and he’s right on the border of a 10 and a 10.5. He ordered the 9.0-10.0 because he didn’t want them to be too floppy, but that left his heel right on the edge of the sandal. He doesn’t regret it–they’re still comfy the way they are–but had he known they’d run a little smaller he may have gone with the 10.5-11.5 instead. He says that they are by far the most supportive sandals he’s ever had, though he’s not a huge fan of the nubs on the arch. However, he walked all the way to the pool and back (about a mile) in them while pushing the stroller and had no complaints, so all in all, he says, they’re a great sandal.

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Okabashi sandals can be purchased online through their website or at other online retailers. The Indigo (Men’s and Women’s) cost $22.99, but certain styles can be purchased on sale right now for as low as $10.99! Or, if you’re feeling lucky, you can enter the giveaway below and try to win a pair of Okabashi Sandals for you OR your Man!

Win a Pair of Okabashi Sandals!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 11, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Okabashi, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Collage Video–Ballet Beautiful {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Have any of you ever taken one of those Barre classes? I took ballet growing up and am currently teaching ballet and tap to 3-7 year olds, so I have always wanted to take one! I hear they’re pretty killer. I also hear they’re pretty pricey, which is probably why I’ve never been to one. So, in my search for ballet-inspired workouts, I came across Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful Series. I first tried a video out online and LOVED it, so when I found a bunch of her videos on Collage Video, I had to have one!

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You remember Collage Video, right? The super awesome, chock-full-of-every-type-of-workout-video-you-could-ever-want website? Yeah, it’s still awesome. It’s super easy to search for a specific video or to browse a type of workout (dance inspired, walking, circuit work, etc.) and find just the right DVD. If you are into workout DVDs then this is your one-stop shop, my friends.

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So the video I reviewed was “Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn.” I’ll be honest: during the warm-up I couldn’t help but hate Mary Helen with her AMAZINGLY toned body. I mean, seriously, she has like every muscle perfectly defined but she’s still lean and graceful like a ballerina should be. I kept thinking, “This girl’s just lucky. She was born with a ballerina-perfect body and she probably doesn’t have to work at it. I could never look like her.” Once the workout began, I was singing an entirely different tune!

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This workout was HARD, but in a good way! I quickly appreciated Mary Helen for her strength and dedication to her art. I could tell that she earned every defined muscle through her exercises. The video is broken up into four 15-minute segments that start with an “Allegra” fat-burning interval (i.e. constant jumping and leg kicks) followed up by a mat workout that focuses on your arms, abs, butt and legs. Mary Helen likes to do four sets of eight counts of most exercises, and by set two I’d be dying but she was hardly breaking a sweat. She was cool as a cucumber the whole time, though I know she was working twice as hard as I was; her legs were straighter, her kicks were higher, and she held positions much longer than I could dream of. But she was good motivation to keep going and try harder–if she could do it, so could I!

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Bottom line: I LOVED this DVD! I know I will never look exactly like her, but I think if I did this 60-minute DVD 3-4 times a week I could have beautifully sculpted arms, legs and abs in only a few months.  And after doing the same workout for a while, I would truly appreciate the option to workout to the music only (beautiful Beethoven melodies) without Mary Helen’s instruction. If you want to look like a long, lean ballerina, this is the DVD to try! Ballet Beautiful Cardio Fat Burn can be purchased on CollageVideo.com, along with several other Ballet Beautiful/Ballet-inspired DVDs. But you can try to win this video (or another of your choice) for FREE today!

Win Ballet Beautiful OR a Workout DVD of Your Choice!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of February 3, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cedar’s Mediterranean {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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As I’ve said before, I have a thing for Mediterranean food. Not everyone in my family shares the same taste, but my awesome sister- and brother-in-law and my father-in-law love it as much as I do. So when we were together over the Christmas holiday, I knew they would be the perfect subjects for my latest review of Cedar’s Mediterranean food!

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Cedar’s Mediterranean began in the 1980’s  and was soon the first manufacturer to self-distribute Mediterranean foods in grocery stores. The brand grew in the 90’s when the Mediterranean diet became popular, and today Cedar’s can be found nationwide and is known as America’s Best Tasting Hommus. So is it really the best tasting hommus in America? We were ready to find out.

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I was sent a giant box of some awesome Mediterranean snacks: Taboule Salad, Chickpea Salad, Tzatziki Dip, Classic Hommus, Red Pepper Lentil Hommus and two big bags of Pita Chips! My family sat down and enjoyed a Mediterranean feast one day, and these are the notes my brother-in-law took. They’re so thorough and detailed, and I pretty much agree with everything that he said, that I’m just going to paste them verbatim:

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Pita Chips: Light and flaky, good for dipping. Pairs well with hommus dips. Nice neutral flavor. Tzatziki: Tangy, cool on the palatte. Nice balance of flavors. Good as a vegetable dip (carrots, celery, cucumber). Classic Hommus: Smooth, stands on its own. Has a nice “vinegar-esque” tang, tastes fresh, mild. My sister-in-law said it was the best classic hommus she’d ever tasted! Red Pepper Lentil Hommus: Mild, thinner, the sweetness of the bell pepper comes through. Like the pieces of red pepper in the dip. Expected more of a spice/strong flavor, but it’s not bad. Chickpea Salad: Cool and light. Oregano is strong. Good replacement for chicken salad.  Would be good as a salad garnish instead of dressing. A nice, low-cal way to add zest to a dieter’s menu! Taboule: Parsley flavor is unique. Doesn’t stand alone very well. Fresh tasting. Not the group favorite, but still good.

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My brother-in-law did note that the serving sizes are small (2 Tbsp.) so most of the products are intended to be a light garnish on toast/salads, etc., not as a side dish on their own. But it’s hard not to pig out on something when it’s so good! After trying so many of Cedar’s products and being this impressed, I’m certain that ALL of their products are top-notch, high-quality Mediterranean foods. I would recommend their brand any day. And they have plenty of other products to try including a Spinach Dip, Aegean Edamame Salad, Salsas, Wraps and much more. Cedar’s foods can be purchased online or at a store near you (use their handy-dandy Store Locator to find a retailer in your area). One of you will need that store locator as you will be sent TEN Free Cedar’s Product coupons AND a Cedar’s Mediterranean T-shirt (size XL).

Win Free Snacks from Cedar’s Mediterranean!

**Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via PayPal invoice.

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 27, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cedar’s Mediterranean, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hoffman Academy {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Raise your hand if you had piano lessons when you were a kid, hated practicing/were “too busy” to practice (watching Saved By The Bell and playing Barbies took up a lot of time, you know), whined about piano lessons until your mom agreed you could quit and now totally regret that you didn’t stick with it because now you can only play a few chords and plunk out the right hand of some songs? Well, have I got a giveaway for you!

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Hoffman Academy began in 2007 in Mr. Hoffman’s living room in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife decided that they wanted to make piano lessons affordable and accessible to everyone, so in 2010, they filmed a series of piano lessons that they posted online. The only thing they decided they’d charge for would be the materials. Today there are 60 free, online lessons that can take anyone, young or old, from a completely untrained piano student to playing full songs with chords, rhythm and tricky key changes!

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The lessons vary from 5-15 minutes and can all be watched online from the Hoffman Academy site or YouTube. They are easy to follow along with and easy to understand. The first lesson starts off by teaching the concepts of division on the piano (black vs. white keys), where the high and low notes are on the keyboard, and the concept of stepping up and down between notes. By the end of the first lesson, you’ll be playing your first song!

So right about now you may be asking yourself, “if the lessons are all free online, what exactly are you reviewing or giving away?” Well, the video lessons are all free but the extra materials, which includes sheet music, worksheets, the Listening CD and Practice CD, are not free. However, they are incredibly reasonably priced–$19 for material for 20 lessons–so Hoffman Academy has really made piano lessons affordable and accessible for just about everyone. Even if you could find a teacher who would charge $20/month, that would only get you through 4 lessons for the price you could get 20 lessons! It’s pretty amazing what they’ve done for the love of music.

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 The lessons and materials seem geared more toward a younger crowd, but I’d say no younger than three.  My just-barely 4-year-old enjoyed the lessons and the materials but they were almost a little above his level. But I definitely think having a paper in front of him that he could see the notes on and write the musical alphabet on was beneficial, and I would recommend purchasing the materials to supplement the video lessons. He can now play “Hot Cross Buns” on the piano and frequently sings some of the other songs we’ve reviewed in lessons, so I know the concepts have sunken in and helped build a good foundation for piano in the future. I’m excited to see how far this first set of lessons can take him!

All lessons can be found at HoffmanAcademy.com and the extra materials for the lessons can be purchased in their online store. Separately, the lessons are $19 each, but if you purchase the materials for lessons 1-60 all at once, it’s only $45! And Hoffman Academy has offered you Dandy readers a code to get 20% off your entire cart through January 18 (The code is dandypianokeys). And if that wasn’t enough, one lucky winner will receive a set of the materials for free!

Win a Set of the Hoffman Academy Piano Lesson Materials (a $19 value)!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 20, 2014, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Hoffman Academy, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Collage Video: TaeBo {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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In high school, I was kind of crazy. I would get up at 4:15 a.m. every weekday so that I could do a TaeBo workout video, then get ready for school, which for me started with a 6 a.m. church seminary class. Insane, right? Once I started working junior year, that habit had to stop because I was up way too late at night to get up so early, but for all of freshman and sophomore year, Billy Blanks and I were buds, which is why I chose to review his TaeBo Power Workout video!

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Once again, I got to choose any video I wanted from CollageVideo‘s massive online catalog. This time I searched for Tae Bo, and TaeBo Power was the first video that popped up that caught my eye. It is a 60 minute workout with a bonus 17 minute Power Ab workout–and let me tell you, that ab workout is POWERFUL!

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In high school, TaeBo was the first workout DVD I owned and about the only style of working out I knew, so Billy’s style of leading didn’t bother me. But as an adult who has watched several different kinds of workout videos and attended countless exercise classes at the gym and at college, I was bugged by Billy’s cuing and style. He would say “two more sets of eight” and then after that two he’d say “one more,” but then we’d actually do one or two more. Doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but when you’re doing an intense move and you think “okay, I can do two more sets” and then he throws one or two more on you, it can be really frustrating. Also, his big thing in this video was the weighted gloves. The gloves were “optional,” yet he referred to them about every 5 minutes, which got real old real fast. Frankly, the workout was hard enough without the gloves! It was a good upper arm workout with lots of punches, curls, pull-downs and punching bag moves.

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Overall, I liked the workout. It was challenging, high intensity, and by the end I was definitely sweaty and sore! I had to give myself a day to recover before I attempted the Power Ab Workout, which was only 17 minutes long but felt as long as the full workout! It was done sitting in a chair, which meant that not only were my abs getting worked, but my hip flexors/top of my thighs as well. I can already tell that I’m going to be in pain tomorrow. But I can also tell that if I did that every day (or even every other day), I’d have some pretty sculpted abs/upper thighs, which is something I definitely wouldn’t complain about!

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Billy Blanks’ TaeBo Power can be purchased at CollageVideo.com for $9.99. That’s what I love best about Collage Video; their prices are SO reasonable! And again, today you can enter to win the same video that I reviewed–TaeBo Power–or you can pick a video of your choice from Collage Video’s massive collection of workout videos!

Enter to win a Workout DVD from Collage Video!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 13, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Collage Video {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Raise your hand if you like the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” I love it, and every summer when it comes back on, I live for Tuesday nights to see what new and exciting numbers they come up with each week. I’m a huge tapper, but unless there is a tapper still in the Top 20 (which is rare), they don’t do tap numbers, so my next favorite dance style to watch is Bollywood! I’ve always thought it looked like a ton of fun, but definitely a lot of hard work. So when I got a chance to pick a workout video from Collage Video and found a Bollywood Dance Fitness Workout DVD in their selection, I knew I had to review it!

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CollageVideo.com is a massive online shop for every kind of workout DVD. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of videos that they carry, but if you know what you’re looking for, it’s super simple and organized. You can search for videos with keywords like “Weight Loss,” “Dance,” “Muscle Toning,” or “Jillian Michaels,” or you can search for brands like Jazzercise, Tae Bo, 10 Minute Solution and The Firm. You can also search by Workout Type, Goals, Instructors, Equipment Used and Specialty Videos (i.e. pregnancy, seniors, arthritis, kids, etc.). Seriously, their selection is incredible. They carry exercise videos I didn’t even know existed–definitely something for everyone!

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As I said, I chose the Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set and I LOVED it! The first DVD, Beginner Breakdown, was a little slow, but necessary as it broke down all the Bollywood terms and moves that you would be using in the next two DVDs. There was a fun routine to learn at the end and I felt so cool performing with the awesome Bollywood dancers with cool moves of my own 🙂

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The next two videos were great. DVD #2 is a Cardio Dance and Conditioning video, in which you get a Warm Up, a Basics Refresher Drill that keeps you warm and moving, and then 11 different targeted segments to pick from to work specific parts of your body. You could choose to do just a few routines or do all 11 plus the warm up and cool down for a 70 minute workout. DVD #3 is Abs, Glutes and Cardio, and let me tell you, they work those areas for sure! Some of the routines were a little repetitive, but because the instructors are smiling and having a good time, I found myself having a great time, too. The moves were easy to follow and the instructors were clear and looked good, though I was surprised that one of the girls always wore baggy clothes instead of showing off her sleek, toned abs and hips!

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That’s real sweat on my back, no photoshopping necessary! Doonya is a great workout!

The video was only $24.99, which for three DVDs and a total of 174 minutes of exercise is a steal! That’s the great thing about Collage Video: their prices are all pretty reasonable, with some DVDs as low as $8.99! But today, you can enter to win the same video that I reviewed–Doonya: Bollywood Dance 3-DVD Set–for free! Or, if I haven’t convinced you that this is the most fun and exciting way to work your core and your entire body while feeling sexy and grooving to awesome Bollywood tunes (or if Bollywood just isn’t your thing), then you can pick a video of your choice from Collage Video’s massive collection of workout videos!

Enter to win a Workout DVD from Collage Video!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 8, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Collage Video, but all opinions are strictly my own.  

TRUHAIR {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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 Happy Day after Christmas! Did you get everything you wanted? I hope you all had a lovely day with your families and that you are still enjoying some time together. Here’s something you may not have asked for but that should be on your list for next year (or your next birthday, anniversary, any-excuse-for-a-gift day): TRUHAIR‘s Raise the Roots!

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TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott is a line of salon-quality hair products created by Chelsea Scott, who had been in the industry for more than 20 years. While working in and owning salons and using the most popular hair brands, she felt she still couldn’t find anything that could recreate salon-perfect hair at home, so she set out to create her own line. Her products include hair tools, like teasing combs, color brushes and style shapers, and products like shampoo, conditioner, frizz-fighting spray and finishing spray.

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Raise the Roots Thickening Fiber Cream is a product that is designed to boost your hair’s volume and make it easier to style. Have you ever tried to do anything fun with your hair right after washing it, like curls or a fancy up-do? If you have, you probably know how just-washed hair can be limp and slippery, not amenable to a hair style at all. They say dirty hair is the best to work with, and after many failed attempts at up-dos after a shower, I can attest to that! But gratefully, Raise The Roots fixes that problem! Add this to your arsenal of of beauty products!

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Raise the Roots is a micro-mesh styler that pulls apart in your hands and strengthens and thickens your hair strands with fibers. It melts away once you put it in your hair so it doesn’t weigh your hair down or make it look greasy or feel sticky.

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 The directions on the bottle say it can be used on damp hair to give volume to blow-dried hair or on already dry hair to give it body and thickness. I didn’t feel that it gave my hair a ton of volume by just blow-drying it into my damp hair. But I did feel that it helped me to style my hair when it was dry but clean after a wash. Check out this before and after–styling my just-washed hair without Raise the Roots, and styling my hair WITH Raise the Roots! compare

Raise the Roots can be purchased at SoftSurroundings.com for $21.95 for a 3.3 oz bottle. The price seems a bit steep, but since I only use about a dime-sized amount each time, I figure that bottle will probably last me at least 6 months, which isn’t so bad.  Follow TRUHAIR on Facebook and be on the lookout for other reviews, news and giveaways. And speaking of giveaways, enter below to win a bottle of Raise The Roots for yourself!

Win a Bottle of Raise the Roots!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of January 6, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by TRUHAIR, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Who else feels like they have a mountain of plastic bags hanging around their house right now? After all of my holiday shopping, I feel like a landfill has exploded and a giant Bag Monster has landed in my closet. I wish I had been better at using my reusable bags when I did my shopping, but at least I know I can recycle those bags when Christmas is over. And then I promise I will be more diligent about using my reusable bags!

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ChicoBag makes reusable bags for every occasion. Shopping, travel, fashion, etc. I reviewed a shoulder-style Vita bag in June, and I still use it all the time and love it! I keep it in my purse and use it for shopping trips when I’ve forgotten my reusable bag in the car, and I’ve also used it to carry loads of food and utensils to parties, sweatshirts and scarves when going out in cold weather, and used it as a quasi-diaper bag for when I drop my kids off at someone’s house for a few hours. It has countless uses!

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And another product by ChicoBag that has countless uses is the Echo Travel Zip 3-pack. These are 3 small zip-top bags of varying sizes that help keep your important things safe and secure. If you are a frequent flyer, these would be perfect for holding your liquids (the quart size bag is see-through and perfect for air travel) and eliminating the need for disposable zip-top bags. But for those of us who do more traveling around town than in the air, these have thousands of uses–hold snacks for emergency hunger attacks; hold small toys for boredom busters; hold crayons and paper for on-the-go creativiry, or function as a mini-purse when you’re out and don’t need your giant purse. Each pouch has a wristlet for easy transport, and they can be washed if they get dirty!

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These bags are made of the same durable, woven polyester as the other ChicoBag I have and love so much, so I know they won’t rip, tear or bend out of shape. The zippers are good quality and sewn in carefully to avoid damage. The print is fun and all three bags coordinate, so if you’re nesting them, they all go together. Currently, ChicoBag sells one other print in the Travel Zip, the Solstice, and I think that pattern is even cuter! So you can’t go wrong with either pack.

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A pack of 3 Travel Zip bags is only $9.99, which is an incredible deal when you consider how much use you’ll get out of these bags!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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