Wednesday

Garcinia Cambogia Supreme Review



Something I hear a lot of is "Being overweight sucks." And that quote comes from fat people that are not doing anything about their weight problem! Now before you judge me for what I just said, I am one of those overweight people---have been all of my life.

Whether you are overweight 5lbs or 100lbs it can be a struggle to lose those pounds. Most of the time if you eat healthy and exercise you can lose weight and keep it off. Sometimes you might need a little extra help and that is where Garcinia Cambogia Supreme comes into play.

Garcinia Cambogia Supreme are veggie capsules that help suppresses your appetite, and helps with your energy levels among other things. The first couple of days of taking Garcinia Cambogia Supreme I really could not tell a difference or at least at the time I did not think that I could. On day three, I could very clearly notice the difference in my appetite, I was not hungry at all and had to make myself eat. So on day four I backed my dosage down to only two capsules a day.



After taking Garcinia Cambogia Supreme for 21 days I am down seven pounds! The healthy eating and exercising only started last week, so I might could have been down more...oh well, I will take the seven pounds and not look back!

For me personally, I have not experienced any side effect whatsoever---unless you consider the seven pounds of weight loss a side effect!

You can order Garcinia Cambogia Supreme off of Amazon  for just $24.97 right now; it was $68.99.

Disclosure: I was given product for this review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Tuesday

Softsoap Citrus Samba and Rainforest Escape Body Wash Review






I love body washes, a girl cannot have too many of them. I have tried some duds before, no lather, no scent---seriously who wants to use a body wash that does not have a nice scent to it; I do not!

I have never been disappointed with any of the Soft Soap body washes that I have tried! They always lather up really good and I love all the scents that I have tried too.

Recently our family got to try Softsoap Citrus Samba and Softsoap Rainforest Escape---both body washes smelled amazing and lathered up great!

The Softsoap Citrus Samba left my skin feeling soft & smooth, while the invigorating scent of sweet orange filled the bathroom and bedroom, matter of fact the scent inspired my husband to do a little Samba when I walked out from showering----wished I had gotten that on video!

The Softsoap Rainforest Escape also left skin feeling soft and smooth, while the scent of Coconut and Lime made me so relaxed----good thing the bedroom was just through the door way! I turned the ceiling fan on and drifted off to sleep, pretty quickly!

Both body washes costs around $3.50 and can be found at retailers nation wide.


Disclosure: I was given product for this review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Monday

LightInTheBox.com : One Stop Shop for every Mom's Back-to-School Shopping


LightInTheBox.com has everything from clothing and accessories to electronics and toys—--making it the one stop shop for every mom's back-to-school shopping.

One thing that caught my eye was this stylish backpack. It's light weight, bigger on the inside than it looks like on the outside---it has several pockets on the inside and out which makes it great for keeping smaller items separate from larger items. Plus you can pack snacks in those pockets too keep them from getting flattened by all those books!




A few of the pockets snap close and the snaps are are very well attached---I have opened them several times since I have had this stylish backpack! 



The backpack come with these fun, little, colorful bears that you can attach to the back pack. 


I am very impressed with this backpack---I actually just love it! The only problem is that both my girls want this backpack----sigh!

If you decide you want to order one, it is on sale for the next few days! 

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.

Sprout Foods are great for breakfast in the car or lunch boxes

Mornings can be very busy, especially trying to get everyone fed and out the door. Now, throw school into the mix of those already busy mornings or that panic feeling of getting half way to school and your child realizes they forgot their back pack....sigh!

Don't fret, I can help you with one thing, breakfast! 

When your mornings are rushed and breakfast seems like it is not going to happen, grab an organic Sprout smoothie or a bag of Sprout crunch bites or mixes for your little one before heading out the door.

Back in the spring, Sprout Foods launched Sprout Rise, Three new lines of breakfast foods specially designed for busy families. The new collection features organic, all-natural ingredients and high protein and fiber content.

The new lines are:
1) Smoothies
Energy: Kiwi Banana, Strawberry Banana, and Tropical Orange
Protein: Berry Acai Yogurt, Berry Cherry Yogurt, and Peach Orange Yogurt
Supergrain: Apple Cinnamon, Honey Banana, and Pear Pineapple


2) Multi-grain Crunch Bites
The Sprout Rise Morning Multigrain Crunch Bites are organic, bite-sized, crunchy cereal pillows made
with whole and multi-grains and real fruit and veggie fillings. The ready-to-eat, protein and fiber rich
crunch bites make a great tasting breakfast replacement or mid-morning snack. Flavors include Red
Berry & Beet, Orange Fruit & Carrot and Purple Berry & Carrot.


3) Fruit & Nut Granola Mixes – great for breakfast in the car or lunch boxes.
The Sprout Rise Morning Fruit & Nut Granola Mixes are organic blends of nuts, seeds, raisins, and the
following truly unique ingredients: crispy fruit chews made with real fruit and veggies and whole grain
crisped rice, crunch bites that feature real fruit and veggie fillings inside a whole grain cereal shell, and
crunchy granola chips made with ancient grains and nuts and sweetened with honey. The mixes have
plenty of protein and fiber, and flavors include Purple Berry Raisin, Red Berry Raisin and Orange Peach
Raisin.


While for most, eating breakfast in the car is not ideal, but sometimes you have too! The next time you are at the store, pick up some organic Sprout smoothies, crunch bites or Sprout Foods' mixes...your child's tummy will thank you!

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.

Wednesday

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Monday

Back to School Shopping at Kohl's

Disclosure: I was provided a Kohl's Gift Card for this review; but all the opinions and fun that my guys and I had are 100% mine!

Kohl's is one of my favorite places to shop because their clearance deals are amazing. I always save so much money by using coupons with those clearance deals, plus if I time my shopping just right, I can get Kohl's cash back too; which equals a double score in my book!

No matter what store you shop in, you have probably noticed "sale" or "clearance" signs alerting you to those mark downs. Two things that I like about Kohl's signs (pictured above) is that they will have the sale price listed and every time you walk into the store you see these signs posted throughout the store; there is something always on sale at Kohl's which makes your money stretch farther.

While most people shop Kohl's for their Back to School Clothing, don't forget to pick your child up a back pack---or two!

Plus you can buy glue, folders, paper, tape, scissors and many more items that your child might need for the classroom....Kohl's is just not a clothing place!



A couple of items that I am always on the lookout for are dress shirts and ties. With three men being in our home, they are always needing them. Our oldest will be starting his second year of college this year and occasionally they have to "dress up" for special occasions and some days he just likes wearing a dress shirt and tie to class.


So I was thrilled when I found shirts and ties on sale!




He likes bright colors; so he grabbed a lime green, purple and peach colored shirt. All three shirts were under $20!


We also found underwear on sale---one can never have too many underwear, especially when the washing machine eats a couple of pair each cycle! 


We also found some pull over gym shirts and a few collard shirts for only $8.99 (Score!)


While the guys stayed in the men's section, I ventured off to the girl's section. I found some of the cutest dresses and accessories for the girls. 

I love, love, love the dress on the right pictured above and it was on sale for $24.99 (over 60% off)

And then there were these matching earrings and necklaces right buy the dresses too! I just love the bright colors of fall.

As I made my way through the jewelry section, I found several items marked at just 90% off! With 90% off, I grabbed a few things, but shhh, do not tell my girls!

Whether you are shopping for clothes, underwear,  backpacks, or glue for your child, teen or college aged student, you will find it at Kohl's. And Moms and Dads, Kohl's might be having a "Back to School" sale, but take advantage of these deals and buy something for yourself too!



Saturday

Scanning is just a Click Away with the ZCAN Scanner Mouse


The Zcan Scanner Mouse is one of the coolest things that we have ever reviewed. The Zcan Scanner Mouse is a scanner which is integrated into a computer mouse which works with both Windows and Mac. With it, you can scan to word, excel or powerpoint in only 30 seconds. Plus you can share any scan instantly through Facebook, Twitter or email.


You can scan anything you want, notes, addresses, phone numbers, recipes from a magazine. The Zcan Scanner Mouse uses Google Translate™ which means you can scan things in 71 languages. You can even search images with it. Just scan the image you want to search, click on the apps button and there you will see Google search with image.

To use it, place what you want to scan under the top layer of the scan pad, click the ZCAN+ button on top to start, swipe over what you need and press again to stop. Then you will just paste the scanned material into your documents or share instantly.


My husband was playing around with it and scanned the above picture and sent it to me. Once the image was on the computer, he could have chosen to edit the image and then save to either jpg, doc, pdf, txt, exl, or png; or he could have clicked on the share button and sent it to Facebook, Twitter, Flicker or email. One neat feature discovered while scanning the above picture was as the scanner mouse was moved back and forth it "put" the image together----no overlapping whatsoever!

When purchasing the Zcan Scanner Mouse, you will get, of course, the scanner mouse, zcan pad, DVD with software and an instruction manual

You will need a computer running Windows 7® or Mac OS® X 10.6 or anything newer, at least 1.2 Ghz Core Duo CPU speed, 128mb of graphics memory, 2GB of ram and 1 GB of free space.

They are also working on a wireless version of this scanner mouse which would be super cool.

The wireless version of this mouse will be so cool for college students needing to scan pages of books to take back to the dorm room for those huge research papers! Or for my daughter who likes to look up hair designs, she could just scan the articles, from the magazines, at the Orthodontists' office, save it, and always have it with her for when she needs to look something up!

They have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help complete the development of Zcan Wireless.

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.


6 Clorox Printable Coupons

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Shark Steam and Spray Mop ----Best "Mop" I have ever used!


I can remember being a little girl (late 1970's) growing up, in the country, in a small Texas town, and in the summers were hot and we were always filthy from playing outside most of the day. In the afternoons, I always had to take a nap and I can remember lying on the hard floor, writing my name on the dusty floor. Everything got pretty dusty in Texas!

I can remember my mom boiling water and then pouring it out all over the living room floor, let it set and then mopped it up. Those floors would be so clean for when I would come for dinner that evening---she cleaned the floors like this everyday!

So I was a little giggly when my Shark Steam and Spray mop arrived! Probably a little too much, I have always used a couple of the 'other' non-steam brands and have never been that impressed with them, because my floors still needed some TLC (scrubbing) from an old fashion kind of mop!

A couple of the men in our home work in a wear house and their shoes get so greasy, so imagine my floors; especially the most traveled floors---the bathrooms!

Look at that dirt! This is right in front of their bathroom sink where they immediately go to clean up...with their greasy shoes still on!

Shark Steam and Spray at work, look at all that grease and dirt it is getting up!


This is after ONE time of using the Shark Steam and Spray! 

The finish product! I took a closeup picture so you could see how well the Shark Steam and Spray mop worked!



The Shark Steam and Spray comes with:
Shark Pro Steam & Spray Mop
1 bottle Shark Steam Energized Cleanser
1 Washable Cleaning Pad
2 SaniFiber Disposable Pads
4 AA batteries
Water tank filling flask
quick start guide
owner’s manual

We have used the washable cleaning pad several times and it holds up really really well.
3 Cleaning Modes
Steam
Spray – quick cordless clean ups
Steam & Spray



The Shark Steam and Spray is easy to put together, it takes four AA batteries for the cleanser to work (batteries are included!) and for the water to heat up and steam to come out you do have to plug the cord in----see really simple to use!

The Shark Steam and Spray mop sure beats heating water to boiling and pouring it all over the floor to clean the floors like my Mamma did back then!

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.

Mrs. Renfro’s Salsas Review + 3 Recipes!


There's salsa and then there's good salsa; good salsa never lasts long in our home. Mrs. Renfro's salsa ranks as a good salsa!  Our family got to try Mrs. Renfro's Medium Salsa and their Mango Habanero Salsa. Both salsas were chunky with fresh tasting veggies and had the right amount of liquid in each jar. Both were very yummy!

For the medium salsa, I put some in my eggs and scrambled them---had them for lunch a couple of days!


The Mango Habanero Salsa is delicious with fish tacos! We have had fish tacos three times in the last couple of weeks, and I have used two different 'white' fish and each time the Mango Habanero Salsa has been a perfect pairing with the fish!

Yummy fish taco!
1 white corn tortilla
Enough fish for your taco
Shredded cabbage, cheese and Mrs. Renfro's Mango Habanero Salsa


Here are two more recipes using Mrs. Renfro's Salsas:
Mrs Renfro's Divine Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito, click HERE to watch video.

Black Bean Salsa Soup

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.
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Wednesday

Let Your Child put their Best Face forward this year with AcneFree


When I was in fourth grade, I started wearing eye makeup and a lot of it. Back then the bright blue color was in style and you wore it out past your eyes a little bit, or at least I did! It wasn't long before I had pimples/acne all over my temples and I still remember my fourth grade teacher telling me that my breakout was probably because of all the eye makeup that I was wearing...on my temples! hmmm!

I wished I had something other than that "white" stuff that you spread all over your face and then rinsed off--something that actually worked!

For many kids, a new school year is the perfect opportunity to start a more effective skincare routine to help them look their best. Help your child put their best face forward this year with AcneFree, a complete line of highly effective acne treatment products.

Whether they need to target a problem area with AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator, fight serious acne with the AcneFree Severe Acne 24 Hour Acne Clearing System, or simply keep their pores clean with the AcneFree Energizing Acne Wash & Scrub, the broad range of AcneFree products offers everything they will need to achieve an A+ complexion all year long.


Occasionally one of our girls will breakout on her forehead, around her hairline; she has been using the terminator, and it is drying her acne up pretty quickly.


AcneFree products are available at major drug and mass retailers nationwide.




Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.
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Back to School with Nature's Own Breads | Keep those young Scholars Tummies Full


Nature's Own offers you quality bakery foods for every meal--soft variety breads, premium specialty breads, white breads, buns, sandwich rounds, and breakfast items. My all time favorite is their white bread, it is always so soft---I have never opened a package and found a stale piece!

With the kids going back to school, keep them well fed with Nature's Own bread products, pack them their favorite sandwich in their lunch box, have them an afternoon snack waiting on them when they get in from school, like a Tuna Swiss Melt or prepare something out of the ordinary with Nature's Own bread like Parmesan and Heb Crusted chicken.

Below you will find a few recipes to help keep those young scholars tummies full!



Tuna Swiss Melt
To make this classic tuna melt, slices of 100% Whole Wheat Bread are topped with a simple tuna salad and Swiss cheese, then broiled.
Servings: 2 | Ready in: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
4slices Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat bread
3tablespoons mayonnaise
2tablespoons finely chopped celery
1tablespoon finely chopped onion
1teaspoon Dijon mustard2
tablespoons red & green bell peppers (diced)
1can (12 ounces) water-packed tuna, drained, flaked
4(1 oz) slices Swiss cheese

Directions
1)Combine mayonnaise, celery, onion, mustard, and peppers.

2)Add salt and pepper to taste.

3)Stir in tuna; mix well.

4)Spoon the tuna mixture evenly over bread slices.

5)Top with cheese.

6)Place on a baking sheet.

7)Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts.

8)Serve immediately.



Parmesan & Herb Crusted Chicken
Switch up your weeknight dinner routine! Chicken is topped with a mixture of bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic and parsley, then baked to crispy perfection.

Servings: 4 | Ready in: 50ish minutes
Ingredients:
3slices of Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread
4boneless chicken breasts, halved
1/2teaspoon salt
4teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/3cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2cloves garlic, peeled
1/3cup grated Parmesan cheese
3tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1)Preheat oven to 375 F.

2)Lightly spray shallow 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

3)Place chicken in prepared baking dish; season with salt and pepper.

4)Spread 1 teaspoon mustard over each chicken breast; set aside.

5)Place parsley and garlic in food processor container.

6)Process until minced.

7)Tear bread into large pieces; add to food processor with cheese and oil.

8)Pulse to form crumbs.

9)Divide bread crumb mixture evenly over chicken breasts, pressing lightly on top.

10)Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.






Apple Charlottes
It’s apple pie – Nature’s Own style! Soft, cinnamon-sugary apples are tucked into a butter-bread crust and baked to a golden-brown.
Servings: 12 | Ready in: 40 minutes
Ingredients:
18 slices Nature’s Own Butterbread, divided
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened, divided
4 cups chopped, peeled tart apples
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3/4 cup apricot jam or preserves
powdered sugar for garnish

Directions:
1)Grease each of 12 muffin cups with 1/2 teaspoon butter.

2)Roll 6 bread slices flat using rolling pin. Cut two 2 1/2” circles from each slice; set 12 bread circles aside.

3)Remove crusts from remaining 12 bread slices. Ease 1 slice into each buttered muffin cup, gently pressing bread against bottoms and sides of cups. (Be careful not to tear bread. If bread tears, patch holes with bread scraps.)

4)Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir until apples are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

5)Remove from heat; stir in lemon peel.

6)Divide hot apple mixture evenly among muffin cups. Place bread circles on top of apple mixture. Fold edges of bread slices extending above edges of cups down over circles.

7)Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter; brush over surface of bread.

8)Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes.

9)Immediately remove Charlottes from muffin cups, placing them upside down on serving plate. Place jam in small saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring once or twice; drizzle 1 tablespoon jam over each hot apple charlotte. Sift powdered sugar over jam.







Star Spangled Burgers:
Servings: 12
Ingredients:
12 slices Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread
1 envelope (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix
2/3 cup ketchup
2 pounds extra lean ground beef, divided
12 slices (1 ounce each) American cheese

Directions:
1) Brown 1 pound beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
Transfer to a bowl. Brown remaining 1 pound beef.

2) Combine all the beef, the ketchup and soup mix in the skillet. Cook
over medium heat about 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

3) Position oven rack 6 inches from heat source. Preheat broiler.

4) Meanwhile, using a 3- to 4-inch star cookie cutter, cut one star from
each cheese slice. Set aside.

5) Place bread slices on a large baking sheet (in two batches, if
necessary). Lightly toast both sides of bread.

6) Top each toast slice with about 1/2 cup of the meat mixture,
spreading mixture to edges of the toast. Top each “burger” with a
cheese star.

7) Broil just until cheese stars begin to melt, about 1 minute.

**All the above recipes can be found on the Nature's Own Website.

Disclosure: I was given product to facilitate this review; read my disclosure policy here.
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Monday

Mr. Coffee® Up to 30% Off Back To School Sale



Through 8/21, get up to 30% off Mr. Coffee® products with their back to school sale.

Shop Mr. Coffee® Up to 30% Off Back To School here.




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Comfort Revolution Pillowcase Review



Several times through out the night I wake up catching myself turning my pillow over to the cooler side. A cooler pillow just feels good to my face and head; plus I tend to sleep better when I am cool!

I received the Queen size Hydraluxe Cool Pillow Case from Comfort Revolution for this review. I was really surprised at how heavy this pillow case is. I knew right away that this was no typical pillow case cover.

The Hydraluxe Cool Case by Comfort Revolution is a pillowcase with built-in cooling gel technology that adds soothing comfort to any pillow. The gel lining zips in and out for easy cleaning of the outer cover. The advanced gel technology stays cool to the touch to aid in total muscle relaxation. A revolution in cool, our Hydraluxe gel sleeps cooler, so you fall asleep faster and wake refreshed.



The pillow case itself is machine washable and to clean the gel lining just wipe it down with a wash rag---simple to use and simple to maintain!

The Hydraluxe Cool Case by Comfort Revolution is affordable and available in standard size for $19.99, queen size for $29.99 and king size: $39.99. Order from ComfortRevolution.com and get free shipping too! I'm thinking about getting all four of my teens one of these pillow cases, so they can get a good night's sleep before school.

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