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Mediterranean Snacks {Giveaway}-CLOSED

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Today is my son’s 4th birthday, and this is the first year since he was two that he hasn’t asked for Chicken and Couscous for his birthday dinner (this year he wants macaroni and cheese–he’s officially 4). But couscous is still one of his favorite foods, so it’s only fitting that today’s giveaway is for Mediterranean Snacks!

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Mediterranean Snacks is a snack food company that is “committed to providing nutritionally superior authentic snacking solutions that deliver consumer expectations for taste, health, and satiation.” All of their snacks are all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free, and they are dedicated to helping people live “Snactive” by making good nutritious snack choices while living an active lifestyle.  Now that’s my kind of attitude!

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I was sent a whole box full of delicious snacks, including Hummuz Crackers, Lentil Crackers, Baked Lentil Chips and Tapaz 2 Go. All of the snacks came in several yummy flavors like roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, cracked pepper, rosemary herb, fiery tomato and parmesan garlic.

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I’d never eaten crackers or chips made out of lentils (i.e. legumes), so I was a bit wary at first. But the Lentil Crackers and the Baked Lentil Chips were by far my favorite! My favorite flavors of the Crackers were the sea salt and cracked pepper flavors, and my favorites of the Baked Chips were the fiery tomato and rosemary flavors. The Lentil Chips were good on their own, but I felt that I needed some sort of dip for the Lentil Crackers. I think that’s why the Tapaz 2 Go were invented–a package of Lentil Crackers paired with a flavored Hummus in a container that can stand and perfectly hold the hummus while you’re on the go = brilliant! Those were gone in a hot minute in my house! My 2-year old was even downing the hummus like it was frosting!

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The Hummuz Crisps were not my favorite as they had a strange texture to me and I had a hard time tasting the flavor, but they were good when dipped in hummus. Mediterranean Snack foods are delicious and I would buy more in a heartbeat!  They also sell all-natural and organic popcorn, veggie straws and veggie chips, and multi grain chips. You can find Mediterranean Snacks online at Amazon.com and Abe’s Market, and at retailers such as Sprouts, WalMart, Fresh & Easy, Vons and other grocery stores; check the Store Locator to find a store near you. These would make some really yummy appetizers at any holiday party you’re hosting this season, so go pick some up today! And then enter for a chance to win a box of goodies from Mediterranean Snacks!

Win a Box of Snacks from Mediterranean Snacks!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 24, 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 Mediterranean Snacks, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Serenity Candle Co. {Review}

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There’s nothing as romantic as candles. After a long, hard day with the kids, my favorite thing to see is my room lit up in candles, a hot bubble bath drawn up with my favorite book lying right next to the tub, and rose petals strewn about the floor….OKAY, I know this is just silly and over-the-top and has not happened ONCE in our six years of marriage (no fault to my hubby who has done PLENTY of lovely, romantic things for me), but a good smelling candle does do a lot to help my mood and to lift my spirits when I’m home (as well as remove any weird lingering odors from dinner the night before or the fact that I never got around to a shower after my morning workout). I also love  burning “themed” candles, i.e tropical scents in the summer, pumpkin and cinnamon scents in the Fall, and warm, sugary scents in the winter. Thank goodness CandleShop.com has all those and more!

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The Serenity Candle Company specializes in making  the only 100% vegetable soy-based wax, clean-burning candle. All Soy Serenity candles feature eco-cotton wicks and are backed by their 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Their soy candles include such mouth-watering scents as Apple Crumble, Sugar Cane & Vanilla, Gingerbread Spice Cake, Pineapple Cilantro and Oatmeal Milk & Honey. Their Aromatherapy candles feature scents such as Lemon Lavender, Vanilla Peppermint, Rose Bouquet and White Tea & Ginger. Most scents come in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large Jars, plus they sell Tea Light Candles, Tart Melts, Soy Melts and Wax Melts all in multiple scents. One of their neatest products is their Jewelry Candles, which is a candle with a piece of silver jewelry embedded in the candle–the jewelry could be worth $15-1500! What a great gift that would make!

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I was sent samples of two lovely smelling candles, the Awapuhi Seaberry and the Noni Fruit. Both of these candles have a great tropical scent and made a perfect addition to our house this summer. Soy Serenity Brand Candles promise to have a longer burn time and a stronger scent throw than other candles, and I can tell you this is true! The scents are so strong that even when not even lit, I can smell them from across the room! I have to store them in a closed bag or else the scent is too strong for me…and this is when NOT LIT! Imagine how great your house could smell when the candle is actually lit! Soy Serenity candles light easily and burn prettily, thought you will notice a mottled look when it’s done burning due to the vegetable-based wax. This just lets you know it’s 100% legit!

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Soy Serenity Candles can be purchased online at CandleShop.com. Compared to other candle companies, their candles are a bargain. The Extra-Large Jar candle, which has an impressive 170 hour burn time, sells for only $17.49! And right now, they are having their September Customer Appreciation Sale, where you can take an EXTRA 10% off Jar Candles {small, medium & large}. Use the code SEPTEMBER2013 when checking out.

Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook!

 

*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 and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

THERA°PEARL Eye-ssential Mask {Review}

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I was telling my mother this weekend as we were sitting around talking about motherhood, that I don’t think being a mom is hard.  Its all fun and easy, but you’re just so tired all the time!  I think one of the most obvious tolls on my body from the lack of sleep every night is the dark droopy circles under my eyes.  When I discovered THERA°PEARL’s Eye-ssential Mask, I volunteered myself as the perfect candidate to try it out!  I can barely keep my eyes open as I’m typing this!
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First, look at this packaging.  Very slick.  Being able to see the gel really makes it more appealing, and the color looks extremely soothing.  I think being able to touch and feel the pearls is a great attraction point.  Doesn’t this look like the epitome of soothing relief!?  These beads look so fancy, almost like a squishy baby toy!  Those aqua blue pearls are just calling to out, “try me!!”
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The elastic on this Eye-ssential Mask can swivel around on these white buttons above, so you can adjust it just how you like it.  The length and strength of the elastic has a good balance between feeling secure on your head and not feeling too tight.  Its not as if anyone is planning on walking around with this over their eyes, so the elastic is just tight enough to keep it in place on your eyes, but not give you a pressure headache, which would be quite counterproductive. :)  I imagine this mask would be a god-send for those who suffer from allergies and sinus infections.  We’re often digging through the freezer for something cold to put on our forehead when we get headaches, but something like this that doesn’t drip of thaw veggie juices down your face is a much better choice :)  And think about using it just after a brutal brow wax!
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I was kind of hoping I’d get a black eye before I had to write this review so I could really try it out!  Really!  No luck.  I did, however, get in a few extremely relaxing eye therapy sessions on the couch after some long days.  Heaven.  See, the beauty is that this mask can be made hot or cold.  Just throw it in the freezer for at least 2 hours, or toss it in your microwave for somewhere between 10 and 15 seconds.  Talk about instant relief!  This was me, last night, tonight, tomorrow night, and the night after that…
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20 solid minutes of don’t-touch-me-time.  The heat is so evenly distributed throughout the mask, and it covers a great amount of skin.  I’m really getting addicted to it.  This probably isn’t advised, but I even fell asleep with it on last night and didn’t realize it was still on til morning.  Is that the sign of a tired mom or what?
Pick up your own THERA°PEARL Eye-ssential Mask online at therapearl.com for $12.99, or click HERE to go to the product page.
Connect with Therapearl on Facebook: www.facebook.com/therapearl

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.

Green Now Skin Care Mist {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Happy 4th of July! I hope you are enjoying your Independence Day with friends, family or loved ones, and that you are celebrating the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country of ours. Like Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the food, fireworks and fun on 4th of July and forget the real meaning of the holiday. I am grateful for our Founding Fathers who gave us freedom, and for the service men and women who  serve our country and provide the freedoms we enjoy today.  But while you’re all thinking about Red, White and Blue, I’m going to talk about another color: green.

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Green Nowâ„¢ Total Skin Care Mist is made by Nixallâ„¢, maker of other all-natural, eco-friendly products. Their products range from household cleansers and disinfectants, to products for animal wound care and grooming, to a “greener” solution for flowers and plants.  All of their products, including the Total Skin Care Mist, are made with Anolyte Water, which is electrolyzed salt water. Anolyte Water is powerful, killing 99.99% of germs and viruses, but is safe enough to use just like water on adults and children. That’s what makes the Green Now Total Skin Care Mist so effective as a refreshing mist.

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Total Skin Care Mist is kind of like a deodorant, body spray, lotion, aloe and a shower all rolled into one spray. It has a number of uses, such as a refresher after workouts, a skin soother for sun-burn and wind-burn relief, a spray to “set” your make-up to keep fresh all day, or in place of lotion to hydrate, soften and refresh your skin.  Total Skin Care Mist is eco-friendly and all-natural. There are no toxins or harsh chemicals in it and no alcohol, so it leaves no build up on your skin and it is safe for all members of your family, including children. It is the ultimate “green” product!

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I was sent the Travel size Total Skin Care Mist, and I used it during the musical I was just in, Anything Goes. Wearing lots of heavy costumes, tons of makeup and lots of hair product while dancing and singing under TONS of hot lights can make a person really sweaty (surprise!), so let’s just say that at the end of each show I was pretty ripe. If I had friends and family come to see the show, I’d need to freshen up before going out to see them so I didn’t make anyone pass out from my stench. I didn’t have time for a shower, however, so I’d spray a few mists on and off I’d go to meet my adoring fans 🙂  The spray is light and cool and leaves my skin feeling soft after a few spritzes. It has a light, clean scent and it dries very quickly, so I don’t feel wet for too long after a spray. I definitely felt refreshed and ready to leave the theater after applying Total Skin Care Mist, and I will make it a requisite in my theater makeup bag in the future!

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For now, I plan to store it in my purse for a quick refresher on hot summer days. You can purchase a 2 oz. Travel size for $7.95, and an 8 oz. size for Home or Office for $26.99 online or in select stores. Connect with Green Now on Facebook and Twitter and enter below to try out a Total Skin Care Mist for yourself!

Enter to win a Travel Size (2 oz.) bottle of Total Skin Care Mist!

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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 July 15th, 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 Green Now, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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