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Epica Glass Beverage Bottles {Review}

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I know drinking water is important, and I’m really trying to do much better staying hydrated.  Trouble is, at the end of the day, I really have no idea how much water I actually drank, so I’ve been trying to chart it by marking how many water bottles I drink throughout the day.  The trouble with the plastic water bottles is that no one knows whose bottle is theirs, and the plastic really piles up.  I’ve been on the hunt for a good washable/reusable water bottle that I know is mine, that is sturdy, and won’t leak.  Glass water bottles might not be for everyone, but I’ve really been pleased with these 18-Oz. Glass Beverage Bottles from Epica.

IMG_9758So, first off, one thing that really scares me about opaque bottles is not being able to see if there is leftover dishwasher grime or floaties in the water.  Grosses me out.  With clear glass, you obviously can see just what you’re drinking.

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I thought these would be clunky and awkward to drink out of, but they’re actually very slick and smooth around the rim.  The size of the circumference makes it easy to grip, and the wide mouth rim makes it easy to fill and pour, but not too wide to spill all over your face, which I am known to do.  My sister-in-law has been taking these to work via an hour on the subway both ways every day, and she says she’s noticed some leaking, but I haven’t noticed a problem.  The lid is silicone, and another thing I didn’t initially think about is how much I love not having to twist and twist and twist to get tight seal.  Its basically takes only one rotation of your hand to get it tight and save your wrists from early induced arthritis.  Seriously, though.

IMG_9764I basically take one of these with me everywhere now.  Last weekend, I sung some sweet jazzy tunes at my little brother’s wedding reception, and here you can see my trusty Epica bottle close by 🙂

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You can purchase this set of six for $19.95 on Amazon HERE.

*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. 

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.

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ChicoBag {Review}

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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.

Run Run Run {Review}

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I have a LOT of purses.  Its kind of embarrassing.  If you’re a purse/handbag person, you understand.  Even if you find the bag perfect for all your needs, you can’t just have ONE!  I went to NYC this last weekend with a bunch of girlfriends and the only thing I wanted to do while we were there was find a knock-off bag!  The handbag is so integral to the outfit, how could you get by without atleast a solid, a neutral, and a print?  (First world problems, I know…)  The trouble with owning all of these said purses and handbags is storing them.  I once saw a product called a “purse parking lot” and it looked like a giant shoe storage unit, but bigger, and I didn’t think it looked remotely ridiculous.  Anyways.  What to do with all these bags when you’re not using them…
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Run Run Run totally gets it.  Their bags are all collapsible and compress down to small dimensions, something like 4.75″ wide by 3.5″ tall.  You could own a dozen of these and be able to store them anywhere you wanted.  Think about TRAVELING!  These must be rockstars for the packer who wants to coordinate her bag on vacation.
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They have the cutest prints and colors, and a variety of styles, because we all know that we have our own ‘handbag style’.  You can find shoppers, totes, messengers, and crossbodies.  Oh these florals!!
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See how the magic happens:
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I was sent the L.A. Messenger in Teal Solstice.  The colors and design aren’t something I would normally choose, so it was fun to try something different and branch out from my norm.
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This bag is 15.75″ wide by 13.75″ tall (opened) and 7.5″ wide by 4″ tall (folded).  The strap is adjustable and it has some excellent pocket placements: a space for water bottles, pens, cellphones, diapers and wipes, my shopping list, my wallet…this is a great way to avoid having your purse turn into a pit.
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This messenger can fit an iPad or laptop easily and though it looks fairly casual to me, I think it could almost work for the office as well.  The slightly off-centered print bothers me only because I’m a seamstress and a fabric perfectionist, but it won’t drive me up the wall, and it may not be a problem on other Teal Solstice messengers.
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Run Run Run’s products are all environmentally friendly and hold the equivalent of three supermarket plastic bags.  While I do wish that the material were a little less crinkly (and I fully understand that this might be the small price I have to pay for recycled, washable products), I am super impressed with the hardware.  These are high-quality heavy weight clips and metal parts.  Even the adjustable strap feels like a thick high-quality leather that could be transferred and used on other bags.  The stitching is secure and coordinating in color, and and I think it has the potential to last for a long time.
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Besides bags, RunRunRun also sells lunch totes and accessories like iPad cases and coin purses.  Everything is machine washable!  How about that!  Check out all the lovely styles and prints, and follow along for news and sales.

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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. 

WEXY Snack Bags {Review}

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Back-to-school, back-to-school!  The topic on everyone’s mind, everyone’s facebook status, and everyone’s latest blog post!  Even though I don’t have a kindergartner this year, I’ve still been quite school-minded lately, and I thought it would be fun to feature a product applicable to anyone who packs lunches or snacks!

indexWe go through a lot of plastic bags around here.  I remember using the really cheap fold-over snack bags as a kid because the sealing kind were more expensive, and in a family of nine kids, who can blame my mom for trying to be economical!  A logical solution would be these WEXY reusable bags, and what a bonus to have cute monsters on them 🙂

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WEXY lunch & munch bags are eco-friendly snack bags, on top of being biodegradable, BPA free, disposable, recyclable, and reusable.  They are made in the USA and feature four funky monsters.  Very colorful!   As you can see in the picture below, these are a little skinnier and a touch taller than an average sandwich size bag, making these ideal for snacks and for little hands to reach inside.  The opaque white color probably helps conceal colored crumbs in the bottom corners which might bother clean-freak children who might be grossed out with the idea of reusing a lunch bag.

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We thought these were great!  The seals are tight and the colors are vibrant.  This box of 28 will go far, since they are reusable, and I like the idea of sending something eco-friendly out into the world, in the event that the little guys become careless with their trash.  My boys didn’t think the monsters were scary, and they seemed to like having something colorful and happy to hold their treats.  What a fun way to make lunch more fun!

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You can find these cuties at http://www.wexybags.com/, and purchase them HERE.

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Toobalink {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Confession: I hate cheap toys. You know what I’m talking about–the toys that you get from fast food restaurants, play places and the like–that fall apart or the pieces get lost within days of receiving them. Or the toys that just do nothing–they’re not educational, they don’t foster creativity and they’re usually violent or involve crude humor. I really hate those toys. But here is a toy I can be happy with: Toobalink!

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Toobalink is a “construction toy that works with paper towel and toilet tissue tubes.” They are made in the USA, and they are very eco-friendly. I mean, what could be more “green” than a toy that is made in the US and uses recycled cardboard tubes?! The idea for Toobalink came from the Metre Ideas design team of Sara Ebert and Will Sakran, who have industrial design and engineering backgrounds. They wanted to make a toy that had classic roots but was re-imagined for today’s “recycle, reduce, reuse” world. And what a better way to recycle those used up paper towel/toilet paper tubes than to turn them into a toy!

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I was sent some samples from the Toobalink Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes 39 pieces: 12 tube connectors, 4 eight-way connectors, 4 six-way connectors, 6 couplers, 4 joiners, 3 long cardboard tubes, 6 short cardboard tubes, and an instruction booklet with examples of things to build. We were sent maybe half that amount, and were able to build lots of things, so the Starter Kit is MORE than enough to build plenty of things and have a ball designing your own toys. The pieces are well made; the plastic joints and connectors are sturdy and thick, and the foam pieces that hold the cardboard rolls are just sticky/thick enough to hold the paper without it falling off.

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My son was SO excited to open the package we received and see his new toys! He is only 3 1/2 and the company suggests Toobalink for ages 5+, but with a little help from me, he was able to build a few things on his own. Some of the connectors were hard for him to snap together, so he definitely needed my help there. Eventually, he started building things on his own, and was so proud when he built a star fish all on his own! He lost interest in the toys after a while, but I think that is more due to his age and attention span than any fault of the toy. The TP/paper towel tubes got smooshed and un-usable after only a few uses, but luckily we always had a new TP roll to replace one when another one died!

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The Toobalink Starter Kit can be purchased online for $34.99, which isn’t bad considering how many pieces are included and how many hours of creative play that will buy you! And once you’re all done with your Toobalink, everything except the foam pieces can be recycled–of course it all comes full circle!

Enter below and TWO winners will receive a Toobalink set!

**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.  

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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 August 19th 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 Toobalink, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan {Review}

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Did you know I’m a bird lover?  And does that make me homely?  I really love having parakeets as pets because of their beautiful colors, friendly demeanor, and low-maintenance care.  When we were first looking into getting a bird, I read a lot about how to care for them, and time and time again I read about how it is very important to not keep your bird in the kitchen because of chemicals that can be emitted from cooking spray and especially from non-stick pans.  Weird?  I had no idea that pans could give off harmful fumes that can be detrimental to humans and deathly for birds.  Since then, I’ve been interested in eco-friendly pans that are still easy to care for and affordable.

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I was very honored to be able to review the 10″ Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan, especially because it is just what I had in mind as far as something green and budget-friendly.  It is 100% PTFE and PFOA free, and made in Germany.

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Read along with me: this pan has a ceramic coating instead of harmful heavy metal.  I think this pan has all the superior qualities of a pan of substantial weight, without being terribly heavy.  The beautiful green is scratch-resistant ceramic, and a friendly reminder that what I’m using is not going to harm me or my family.  It has a terrifically comfortable silicone handle and it can be induction stove safe.  I also think 10″ is just the perfect size for so many cooking needs.  It can hold just the right amount of food to feed a small family.

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Now let me tell you about this textured surface.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen and certainly never owned a pan with an elevated texture like this, so I was interested to see what kind of a difference it makes.  It actually creates air pockets underneath the food that allows air and heat to better surround the food and create an even distribution of heat.  The food cooks faster and more evenly, all without sticking or burning.  The food is unable to bond to the pan, which would only cause food to stick and melt on.  This also makes the pan easy to clean!  I rinsed this once under the sink and practically everything washed away.  I still ran it through the dishwasher (which can be done, though hand washing is preferred), and it came out as squeaky clean as fresh out of the box.

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The textured surface was also GREAT for cooking meat because it held the food up near the top of the pan while I scooped out the grease without the meat crumbles toppling down.  Very useful!  Look at that beautiful browning!  Everything looks cooked to the perfect degree without hot spots or pieces left undone.  I think I just found my favorite pan in the kitchen!

You can purchase your own 10″ Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan on Amazon HERE for $33.26.  This pan is also available in a 12-inch and 8-inch size.

 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.

Liberty Bottleworks {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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What’s the one thing you can’t ever leave the house without? Mine is my water bottle. I started carrying around a water bottle 24/7 in college because one of my roommates swore by it to help lose weight (it works, by the way). Through the years I’ve been through many iterations of bottles. I’ve used and refilled bottled water bottles, I’ve bought really expensive ones from sporting goods stores and I’ve bought really cheap ones from the Dollar Store. But while the bottle has changed, what hasn’t is the fact that I am attached at the hip to my water bottle! So naturally, I was anxious to try out  the only American made metal water bottle by Liberty Bottleworks.

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Liberty Bottleworks considers itself a “vintage American company.” Not only do they support jobs in the USA, they pledge 1% of their sales and 1% of their working hours to helping large, local and grass roots efforts, such as the National Park Service, the Conservation Alliance and Keep America Beautiful.  They are also extremely committed to protecting the environment. Their production factory in Yakima, Washington, is filled with state of the art equipment which uses less energy, cleans waste water, and conserves resources. They even melted down their own scrap and made it into more bottles! They are truly Green all the way.

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All Liberty Bottleworks’ bottles are made  from 100% recycled aluminum, are BPA Free, non-toxic and non-leaching. In addition to supporting the environment, Liberty Bottleworks also supports local artists. The Artisan collection features designs by artists who stand behind a cause, and a portion of the sale supports their cause. There are seven pages worth of designs on the Artisan page alone, and all are unique and interesting–there is definitely a bottle for everyone! There are several other cool collections to choose from including the Mass Transit collection, the Topography collection, the Freedom collection, or you can design your own Custom bottle!  They also have a Kids collection with bottles in 12 and 16 ounces and designs kids would like.

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I chose to review the Blossom bottle from the Artisan collection. It arrived safely in a small, (most likely) made-from-recycled-materials box. The color of the bottle is beautiful though slightly darker than the picture shown on the website. The design on the bottle is raised, which is due to the cylindrical printers used at Liberty Bottleworks. I like it because it gives me a little something to grip as I constantly drink my water. The metal is smooth and strong; I have dropped it accidentally a few times since receiving it and have yet to see a scratch or a dent. The metal keeps my cold water colder for longer, which I love.

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My water bottle goes wherever I go. This is where it lives at night, right next to my bed.

I chose the Sport top as opposed to the Standard cap with an O-ring because I am a straw drinker all the way. I love the easy flip top and the wide loop for holding it when the straw is down. The mouthpiece is smooth and doesn’t leave a weird taste in my mouth like some plastic straws or mouthpieces do. My only complaint would be that while it’s really easy to open the top to fill it, it’s almost too easy and I worry that my kids will pop it open and spill all over themselves or that it will pop off in my purse and soak everything inside. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’ve come close.

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After a day at the pool, what I need is some cold water!

If you’re not a fan of the straw-type bottles, never fear! Liberty offers both the Sport top (in black only) and a Standard cap with O-ring in seven different colors to match whichever bottle you choose. Bottles can be purchased  in select, local retailers or online. Prices are really reasonable and start at $15 for the 12 oz. Kids bottle, $18 for 16 oz., $19 for 24 oz. and $20 for the 32 oz. bottle. Connect up with Liberty Bottleworks on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, or apply to be a Sustainability Officer and spread the word in your home town!

THREE lucky winners will get to pick a Liberty Bottleworks water bottle of their choice!

(Winners are limited to bottles in stock)

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 29th, 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 Liberty Bottleworks, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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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** 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.

WeWood Watches {GIVEAWAY}–CLOSED

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Well, I don’t know about you ladies, but I had a fabulous Mother’s Day. My hubby let me sleep in, made breakfast for me and the kids, helped get the kids ready for church so I had time to curl my hair, and then he made dinner AND cleaned it up. He also got me beautiful flowers, a thoughtful card and a hand-made gift from the kids (which was hand-made at Lowe’s and stamped with their logo. Thanks, Lowe’s. I always wanted to remember you on Mother’s Day). But anyway, our big day is over, and now it’s time to start thinking about how to spoil our men for their big day in less than a month! Luckily, we here at Dandy Giveaway have got some cool giveaways coming down the pipes made especially for that special guy in your life. My first one is a super cool watch made out of wood. Yes, wood!

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WeWOOD Watches specializes in crafting watches out of wood. But don’t worry; they’re not deforesting the earth to make their watches, all of their watches are made from recycled wood, remnant pieces of wood flooring, or wood that is otherwise unusable and/or sustainable. Cool, right? On their website they list where the wood comes from for each style of watch they make. For example, this Jupiter watch in Black was made from Blackwood, which, according to the description on their site, is very easy to grow and therefore very sustainable.

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Even cooler is the fact that for every watch purchased, they plant a tree! They work with the American Forests non-profit as well as Trees for the Future to plant new trees all over the world. Their philosophy is “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” They are definitely doing their part to preserve and rebuild our ecosystem, so you can feel good about buying one of their watches. And they have tons of cool ones to choose from! You can check out their collection here, but below are some of my favorites:

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This watch, the Moon in Brown, is dainty enough it could be worn by a female. Beautiful styling.

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And how stylish does the Metis in Chocolate look? This could easily make the transition from work to home to church no problem. A very versatile piece.

I was sent the Date watch in Beige (which comes from Maple wood, if you’re interested) and my hubby loves it! It’s super light (1.5 ounces!), which is nice for him because he’s used to wearing watches that weigh upwards of 3 lbs. Seriously. He loves that it’s unique and definitely a conversation-starter, but not so “unique” that it comes off as weird. If your man works in a field where he would be exposed to water constantly you might want to consider a different watch; it’s definitely not water-proof but “splash-proof” (wood expands when it gets wet, so over time, repeated water exposure would cause the links to become less flexible). You can clean the watch with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice, and changing the battery and removing the links to make it smaller are all done just like a regular watch, so there’s no surprises there.

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Even on my hubby’s uber-hairy arms (love you babe!), this watch looks cool, and I definitely like it a whole lot more than his old plastic-y “sport” watch. WeWOOD’s watches are definitely one-of-a-kind and something you can feel good about buying for your Husband/Dad/Brother/whoever this Father’s Day. Enter the giveaway below to win the exact watch featured here, the Date in Beige:

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One winner will receive a Date Beige Watch from WeWOOD Watches!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 3 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 WeWOOD Watches, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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