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Become Gurus {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a plan.  A plan to become a guru.  Not just any guru.  A weight guru.  Weight can be a very weighty issue.  See what I did there?  I’m glad that I can joke about this, because this is an issue that can get serious fast.  Especially after having a baby.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am taking this business of dropping some pounds seriously.  It’s just a good idea to be open to laughing at myself along the way.  In my opinion this makes the weight loss process easier.  It keeps me upbeat throughout the journey.  Join me, will you?

I’m 4 months postpartum and still working on losing those added pounds.  As in at least 30 lbs.  I have a ways to go.  But I know that I can accomplish the mission.  Who’s in?  To help me accomplish my goal I was sooooo happy to receive an email from the Weight Gurus.  It’s a sign.  They were totally sent my way for a reason.  They asked if I would review and giveaway one of their scales.  So  here’s the giveaway, some info about this great company, and then I’ll show you my results in a few weeks!

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This company came up with an amazing concept.  They’ve created a way to help people track their weight in a whole new way.  You can track and record your measurements easily to an app on your smart phone.  Neat, right?  The Weight Gurus sent me this scale:

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 It’s a sleek design and super easy to use.

Check out there other scale that you can get on Amazon:

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Now for the App I was talking about…

The setup is simple:

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Then weigh yourself and scan the code to your phone:

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Then you can keep track!

There’s even an option to see your weightless (minus weight amount instead of actual weight), so it motivates you even more.

weightgurus2Stay tuned for my *UPDATE* posting.

The winner of this giveaway will receive the Weightless Scale in Black from BecomeGurus.com!

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, June 9thand will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by BecomingGurus.com, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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NeoCell Super Collagen {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the “Whatever Goes” Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This hop is an open theme so whatever the blogger wants to showcase goes!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggers and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. 

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Our giveaway on Dandy today is sponsored by NeoCell.  My grandma has recently had a lot of health issues come up, and she often (and more frequently lately) tells me to “never get old”.  How hard it is to face the one thing you can’t stop: aging!  You can’t stop the days from passing, but you can stop how quickly you look like it!

11958137-neocell-logoI’m fascinated by all of the options people have nowadays that slow the physical effects of aging.  Surely you’ve heard of collagen and its amazing rebuilding and repairing properties.  Super Collagen is pure pharmaceutical grade and is really the foundational ingredient in all of NeoCell‘s formulas.

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I had a chance several months ago to try the Keratin Hair Volumizer, and the results were so remarkable (and yes, I really truly saw amazing results), that I jumped at the chance to review more NeoCell products.  Based on how my skin and hair reacted to the last product, I knew I’d be pleased.

I was able to review the Super Collagen +C 1&3 and the Collagen Beauty Builder, both of which provide incredible benefits.  Tell me if any of these sound appealing to you:

Helps minimize fine lines

Corrects weak, broken, split and damaged nail beds

Thickens fine hair, adds body and slows down hair loss

Repairs connective tissues for improved elasticityIMG_9910

Uhh, ya, I’ll take all of those benefits, thank you.  I started out on a small regimen then increased it to three pills a day, and experienced no bad side effects at all.  No gasiness, no queasiness, no taste in my mouth, nothing adverse.

IMG_9912So how does this actually work?  Our body’s natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25, and the signs are evident in loose, flaccid skin and wrinkles.  Collagen is a big component in the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.  By incorporating a regimen of collagen supplements into your diet, you are helping your body to produce and reorganize new collagen fibers.  You are helping to replenishing your body’s collagen with all the added benefits of better skin, stronger nails, thicker hair, etc.  Its like you’re completely reversing the aging process.

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Notice the redness, wrinkles, thin hair, and super dry skin.

After taking these products for over a month, I’ve certainly noticed positive side effects–and many of the ones claimed on the bottle.  First, I’ve been noticing another big healthy boost in my hair.  I notice less and less hair loss (if any) in the shower, and I’m wearing my hair in different styles that I never have been able to in the past because of how thin and sparse my hair usually is.  This is a huge self-esteem booster!  I’ve noticed that my nails are rarely breaking.  They aren’t chunking off when they accidentally hit a blunt edge, but rather, are only getting small cracks on the sides that are easy to manage or trim later.after

My favorite benefit that I’ve noticed is in my skin.  Everyone around here has been wailing and complaining about how dry it is here, and how they’ve been having to lather on the lotion.  I’ve been applying it routinely, but not more than usual, and I think my face is looking younger and healthier.  I’m not threatened by wrinkles or sagging skin, and I look and feel youthful.

Aren’t you curious to try this out for yourself?

One winner will win these same two items!  The Super Collagen +C 1&3 and the Collagen Beauty Builder!

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Now hop along!  Check out all the giveaway prizes!
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Top Reasons Why Weight Watchers is a Good Diet Choice

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Choosing the right weight loss program can be difficult and depends on your lifestyle, fitness levels and the types of foods you love to eat. Shedding a few pounds requires commitment and determination. One of the most popular weight loss plans is Weight Watchers that offers a wide variety of foods for a balanced way of eating. The top five reasons to choose WW are:

Reason # 1 – Ease in Following the Plan, Eating Any Foods

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The Weight watchers plan is a rather easy plan to follow because it is not just a diet but learning a new way of eating. The premise is not to limit any type food or count calories but to determine a point’s value for all you eat. You can still eat your favorite foods and desserts, but learn to control portions and allow for the points. To be more successful, you may want to opt for higher fiber foods, leaner proteins plus fruits and vegetables. When starting the program, you are provided a point’s calculator that you can take with you anywhere you go to determine with ease what and how much to eat.

Reason #2 – Choice of Online or Local Memberships

You may choose to attend weekly meetings in your area, if that fits into your schedule, or join the online program if you lead a busy lifestyle. Either way, you get all the tools necessary to begin losing weight immediately; a list of the best food choices, a discreet weekly weigh-in, recipe ideas, coupons for weight watcher food choices and the encouragement and support of other members and staff. Going to a meeting near you may allow you more incentive because of the personal interaction with other members and the one-on-one encouragement received for each achievement of weight loss; but the choice is yours according to your needs and schedule.

Reason #3 – Affordable: Weight Watchers Promotions Throughout the Year

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

Promotion codes are published every month, bringing the cost down to $5 a week for Weight Watchers Online and $30 a month for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass. For promotional discounts look at:

You can find sites with coupons for Weight Watchers if you search on Google for “Weight Watchers promotional codes.”

Reason #4 – Specialty Foods and Products

You are provided all the special products necessary in following the program, such as food diaries, points calculator, how to follow the plan, plus tips, recipes and more. If you choose to follow the plan on your own with tips from online, there are many available weight watchers products at your local grocery store. They may be labeled as weight watcher or smart one’s foods to include frozen meals and entrée’s, breakfast, snacks, cakes, desserts, candy and more. However, you don’t have to eat specialty foods to be successful.

Reason #5 – List of Zero Points Endless Foods

You never have to starve while on the WW program because there is a full listing of foods provided you that consist of zero points. You can eat as much as you like to feel satisfied. Typically, the foods on the zero points list consist of most fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables. Enjoy and lose!

As mentioned previously, one of the best tools for success on weight watchers is the support and motivation gained from meeting leaders, WW staff and fellow members. This is the best way to guarantee you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Beautiful Skin Care {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Last week, my family and I traveled to Utah for the BYU vs. Georgia Tech game, since my husband is an alum of both schools (but we were totally rooting for BYU!). Utah is a very beautiful place, but there are many reasons I could never live there. The biggest two are 1) the snow (I am a Southern Californian at heart and anything below 60 degrees is freezing) and 2) the dryness. I dry up like a raisin here in California, and it’s five times worse in the northern climate, and I hate having dry skin! I was so grateful to have the Beautiful Skin Care set with me on my trip!
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Beautiful Skin Care is made by Trusted Health Products, a company that makes a variety of health products from all-natural ingredients. A while back I reviewed OraMD, an all natural breath freshener, toothpaste and mouthwash in one, and I liked the feeling of using all natural ingredients to clean my mouth. Beautiful’s A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer are both made from natural botanical oils, and I liked the feeling of all natural ingredients on my face just as much! According to their website, “’Beautiful’ uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin.”

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I was sent a bottle of Beautiful’s A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer to review. The bottles came with my name on them, which is kind of cheezy but a good daily reminder that I am beautiful! The thing I noticed when I used it for the first time was the smell–a delicious citrusy blend that was both refreshing in the morning and relaxing at night. It was strange to put straight oil on my face–the product is made from 100% pure and natural botanical oils, and that’s it!–but it felt good and surprisingly not too greasy. Here’s a photo of my face before and after applying the A.M. Moisturizer. You can see how in the “after” photo my face has a healthy glow 🙂

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Like the company warns, I did experience a slight break out for a few weeks after starting to use Beautiful, but I still have random break outs all the time, so it was hard to tell how much of that was really caused by the oil removing toxins from my skin or just my crazy, 28-year-old self still suffering from acne. After using the products for about a month I do feel that it has helped my skin to look and feel smoother and to have a healthy glow. I like that it is an all-in-one moisturizer, toner, firmer, protectant, repair cream and age-defying serum. Any product that has all those possibilities in it saves me time and money, which are two things that desperately need saving in my life lately!

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Beautiful Skin Care can be purchased online and ships within two business days! A 0.5 ounce bottle of either moisturizer separately is $19.97, but when purchased together it’s only $34.94. The same discount applies to the 1 ounce bottles; separately they’re $29.97 but purchased together they’re only $49.94. But wait! Everyone who “Likes” their Facebook page saves $5 on their first order! And if your hubby feels left out and wants to have younger, healthier skin, never fear! A men’s line of this skin care system – You’re the Man – is available as well. And if for some reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, every Trusted Health Products product is backed with a 1 year, 100% Guarantee.

THREE Winners will get to try a bottle of Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer for FREE!

The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 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 Trusted Health Products, but all opinions are strictly my own.

OraMD {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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This next giveaway is not going to end in time for you to use as a Father’s Day gift, but I’m still going to tie this into Father’s Day just so it stays on your brain and you don’t forget and are freaking out next Saturday night trying to think of something to do for your hubby. So, let’s talk about kissing. I’m sure you’ll do lots of that on Father’s Day, right? You need to show the Father of your children how much you love him for all he does for you and your family, and what better way to do that than through a smooch! Except when that smooch comes right after eating garlic bread. Or red onions. Or eggs. Eeewww. To avoid any awkward, get-away-from-me-your-breath-stinks cheek pecks this Father’s Day, check out the 3-in-1 toothpaste, mouthwash and breath freshener called OraMD.

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OraMD is a manufactured by Trusted Health Products, maker of several other natural health remedies. Their products range from a skin care solution to a colon normalizer (how you know if your colon is UN-normal is beyond me…) to a foot rub for runners (which I would love to try!).  All of their products are GMO-free, 100% pure & natural, with no additives or fillers of any kind. And all of their products come with a 1-year, unconditional money-back guarantee, so you don’t have to worry when you make a purchase.  OraMD is a 3-in-1 mouthwash, toothpaste and breath freshener, so it’s kind of a wonder product!

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 My bottle of OraMD arrived just as I had run out of my old mouthwash but didn’t have time to go to the store, so I was very happy to see it in my mailbox! I loved the smell of it as soon as I opened it; I could tell it was made from pure mint oils (peppermint and spearmint, to be exact) and it smelled delicious. To use it as a mouthwash, you add about 3-5 drops into about 1 ounce of water, mix it up, then swish it in your mouth just like mouthwash. I was never precise in measuring out an ounce of water, so sometimes the mint flavor would be very strong and other times it was barely palatable, so it took some getting used to. I would definitely recommend it to those who don’t like very strong mouthwashes because it is very mild, but still leaves my mouth feeling fresh afterward. I never used it as a toothpaste, but I will say that just as a mouthwash it will last me forever; even after using it for about 3 weeks the bottle doesn’t even look like it’s been opened.

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To use as toothpaste, you do the same thing; add about 2-5 drops of OraMD onto your toothbrush and brush as normal. For a breath freshener, you just put 1-3 drops directly on your tongue then rub your tongue around your gums and inside of your mouth. It is VERY strong this way but definitely leaves your mouth feeling fresh.  The website says that if you use it as a toothpaste, mouthwash and breath freshener, it should last about a month, and at $15/month, that will save you up to $20 compared to other natural teeth and mouth health products on the market. OraMD is a great deal and a great product, but don’t trust me–enter to win a bottle and try it out yourself!

THREE winners will receive one bottle of OraMD!


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**The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out OraMD and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge.  They also agreed to include two reports called 1) “The 6 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste” and 2) “Why The FDA Requires A Warning Label On Your Toothpaste.”  That’s a total value of over $40.00.  Click here to get your FREE bottle and FREE reports now.

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 17 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 OraMD, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Mommebox {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I love playdates at the park.  I love working part-time from my home.  I love staying up way too late finishing a great book.  I love working with the young men and young women from our church.  I love Blue’s Clues, Handy Manny, Dinosaur Train, Downton Abbey, and Gilmore Girls.  I love a mid-morning run to Chick-Fil-A with my little boys, lunch at Panera Bread with some close friends, and a classy date to Bistro 29 with my husband.  I love being a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, an instructor, a reviewer/giveaway-er, and an avid reader.

I’m sure that many of you can relate to these feelings — straddling the many lines, spinning all the plates, and juggling all the balls that encompass womanhood.  It can be exciting and exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time; there are days that run together from monotony, while others fly by as you run from errand to errand.  This fun monthly surprise box from Mommébox, though, appeals to all women and the roles they play.

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Mommébox is a great new way to get inspired, learn about new products and take a break from all the demands of being a mom. We partnered with companies who believe in celebrating motherhood and pooled together beauty, wellness, educational and lifestyle products that will fill every month of pregnancy and motherhood with a delightful surprise. One box might be focused on ways to amplify your beauty, another box might be focused on the home or education products and/or taking care of your significant other. Every month brings a new surprise!”

I was excited to have a chance to review the December 2012 and January 2013 boxes from Mommébox— there are lots of fun products and coupons for new items.  Between the two boxes, I received natural laundry detergent Vaska, full size lip gloss and eyeliner from Kryolan, Kelapo Coconut Oil, and (my personal favorite!) Mr. Cleengreen’s Handy Essentials hand cleanser.

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Each 2013 Mommébox will feature themes such as Share the Love for February, Summer Beauty and Fun for July, and Give Thanks for November.

Mommébox offers the following billing options for boxes:

  • $20 for one month (Will not renew after one month)
  • $15 per month for 4 months or more (Initial payment of $15 and you are charged $15 per month thereafter). After the 4th month we will bill you $15 per month until you cancel)

Cancel anytime! If you don’t want next month’s box, simply cancel by the end of the month (applicable after the 4th box on the monthly subscription).

One Dandy reader will get a chance to try out one of the next monthly kits from Momm̩boxРenter below to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, February 2nd, and 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 Mommébox, but all opinions are strictly my own.

L’il Critters Gummy Bear Vitamins {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Its flu season!  A mother’s nightmare!  Add that to the incredibly selective and nutrient-poor diet of a picky toddler, and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’m scared that my kids will be little sickies very soon!  I can only do so much in trying to keep my boys nutritionally fed, and I always worry if they’re getting enough vitamins and nutrients in their little bodies.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to sneak in these vitamins in the form of gummy candies?!  Ta-da!  L’il Critters® Gummy Vitesâ„¢!

 

Clearly, “Rocket” is crazy about them.  Understatement?

A kid begging for vitamins.  Maybe not something you see every day.

I tried some of the omega vitamins, thinking how on earth can they make those nasty fishy pills appealing, and I was so surprised by how tasty they were!  The omega pills I currently take are disgusting and (tmi?) give me fishy burps throughout the day.  So. Gross.  These from Lil Critters were so sweet and just like candy, I may sneak some for myself every now and then!

L’il Critters® Gummy Vitesâ„¢ come in award-winning flavors and a fun gummy bear shape.  I love that the little guy loves them and I love that he’s getting essential vitamins and minerals to support and maintain healthy growth and development.  Plus L’il Critters® Gummy Vitesâ„¢ are made right here in the USA!

Get a load of these naturally sourced colors & flavors: cherry, strawberry, tropical punch, lemon & white grape

  • Gluten (Wheat) Free
  • Milk & Eggs Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Soy Free

 

One lucky reader will win a gift basket of FIVE jars of gummy vites and small toys!  Here is the very basket you will receive:

(These are the contents from our basket, which is identical to the giveaway prize basket)   So Yummy!  Your kids will love them!  Click HERE to find out where you can buy these yummy gummies.  I know I’ve seen them at Wal-mart, but they’re also carried in all sorts of common grocery stores.

Because I was given the opportunity to handle and photograph this specific giveaway prize before it is shipped off to the winner, this winner will be responsible for paying shipping.  Keep in mind it will be mailed from me in Boston, but shipped any way you prefer.  Therefore, this giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!

 

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*This giveaway is open to worldwide entries, but the winner is responsible for the prize’s shipping!
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Sunday, December 15th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Lil Critters Gummy Vites, but all opinions are strictly my own

Banjo’s Hair Style

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Banjo has an interesting toddler hair style.  Here are just a few of the looks that he has had:

Yep he’s got some curly and unruly hair!

 

We prefer to keep it on the long side, because…

 Well, he just looks totally different without his curls!!

But how to tame the crazy hair?

Recently Monkey Brains sent him some fantastic hair gel and hair refresher!

 

And it has really done the trick:

See?  Perfection!  🙂

I’m sure that you are particular about your kids hair, too.  So be sure and check out all the great product at Monkey Brains!

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