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REVIEW: Ozeri Digital Bath Scale

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I know with 2014 staring tomorrow, many folks’ resolutions will be to lose weight.  The Ozeri Digital Bath Scale is a great product to help you keep track of your progress!

Before I tell you my thoughts, here is some more info about the Ozeri scale:

  • Synchronized electro-mechanical Dial and LCD automatically illuminate and instantly point to your weight in lbs and kg, for easy-to read results in all light conditions and from any angle.
  • Visually stunning design incorporates a huge 5.5 inch dial and integrated digital display with stylish chrome accents to create a distinctive retro look with the accuracy of modern technology.
  • Uses 4 high precision GX sensors that weigh up to 400 lbs (180 kg) in 0.2 lbs or 0.1 kg increments, with StepOn technology that captures precise weight measurements upon contact.
  • Professional quality scale features and an oversized platform made of impact-resistant tempered glass for ideal stability, and a new built-in alarm that reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day.
  • Auto-calibrated and automatically turns off to conserve battery life. Runs on 3 AAA batteries with a Low Battery Indicator (batteries included). Satisfaction guaranteed.

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The scale was a cinch to take out of the packaging and set up.  Within a couple of minutes, it was ready to use.

Some of the things I appreciated the most about this scale:

1.  The size.  I liked that it had a rather large platform to step on.  My husband’s feet are a size 12 and his toes are often hanging off the edges of scales.  The Ozeri scale is bigger and allows you to get your entire body weight on it.

2.  The ease of storage.  While the Ozeri scale is wide, it’s very thin compared to traditional scales, and I found it easy to just slip under a cabinet on my bathroom.

3.  The large, LCD backlit number screen.  You don’t have to struggle to see which number the needle is on.  The digits are displayed brightly and are over 1 inch tall, so you can see them clearly.

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(This is my son’s weight…not mine!)

4.  Speed of weighing.  With the Ozeri Digital Scale, there is no need to tap a foot on the platform then wait for the scale to calibrate.  After the initial setup, you can then step right on the scale, even when it’s off, and get your weight within seconds.

The only slightly negative thought I had about the scale was that it is glass!  To me, it was a bit heavy.  Also, you must be very careful no to step on the scale while you are even slightly wet from the shower.

I love my Ozeri Digital Bath Scale and I know you will too if you give it a try!

**DISCLAIMER: I received a free product to test in exchange for this review.  This fact does not affect my opinion in any way, and my thoughts are text are my own.

Prepare for All Your Formal Occasions with DressFirst.com!

As a woman in her late twenties, I have been a part of every formal event one could imagine.  Prom, bridesmaid, getting married–I’ve been there.  Worrying about a dress for each of these events was pretty much one of the top problems.  I wish I would have known about a site to make choosing your formal gown easy…because now there is dressfirst.com!

Not only does Dress First offer thousands of dresses for any formal event or holiday you could think of–wedding, prom, quincenera, Christmas–but they also have any accessory you may need to complete your look.  From veils, to gloves to handbags and shoes, Dress First is your one stop shop for dressing up!

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I am the type of girl who made picking out her wedding dress an EVENT.  I knew the look I wanted head to toe, and I wouldn’t stop until I got what I wanted.

In fact, I kind of wish I could have another wedding (to the same man!) so I could pick everything all over again!  I loved being a princess in white for the day.

If i had to do it all over again, I’d pick this stuff…which you can of course find on Dress First:

This gorgeous ball gown with a moderate train is only $289.  I’m not sure how many of my readers know this, but that is an absolute STEAL for a wedding gown.

The veil for my own wedding was very much like this…I loved the visual effect of my veil trailing behind me (this is called a Cathedral veil), but I also wanted to have the romantic and classic idea of my husband lifting up my veil to kiss me when it was time.  I myself had to buy two separate veils to get this effect, but this veil combines both into one piece for only $46.99.

And for the finishing touch, I think these shoes are perfect!  They are dainty and feminine with the little ballerina bow detail.  I needed to wear flats because my hubs and I are about the same height, and I didn’t want to look taller than him in pictures!  These are adorable and only $67.99.

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I was so happy to introduce you to all the options DressFirst.com has for you! Check out the site to pick your perfect gown. Until December 29, you can even get free shipping on any dress 🙂

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post by Leqee, Inc.  But that in no way affects my thoughts.  I would never endorse a product or site I wouldn’t use myself.

REVIEW: Natural Home Rugs Anti Fatigue Comfort Mat

When you are in the kitchen, you are usually on your feet, right?  Cooking, doing dishes, prepping food, etc.  And kitchen floors are not the most forgiving of surfaces.

So needless to say I was really excited to receive this Anti Fatigue Comfort Mat from Natural Home Rugs!

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Here’s a bit more about the product:

  • Made from durable 100% PVC vinyl surface and polyurethane foam backing
  • Dimension: 20″ x 36″ Thickness: 5/8″ – Basketweave design
  • Reduces back discomfort and helps feet and joints
  • Looks great anywhere
  • Very safe with non-slip undersides
  • Durable and stain resistant
  • Skillfully protects your floor surfaces
  • Easy to clean with water and mild detergent

I put mine in front of my stove, and move it a few feet over to in front of my sink when I need to.  I have foot pain from plantar fasciitis,  so I truly love having this soft support under my feet when I need to stand for long periods.

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The mat features a basket weave texture, and mine came in a toffee color that goes well with my kitchen table.  Any drips are spills are wiped off easily.

I also love that the mat does not skid and slip around my my linoleum floor–this is a big plus for a home with a 5 year old boy and a new puppy!

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In this photo you can see just how the foam responds to your body weight!  As soon as you step on this mat, your feet will go, “Aaaah.”

I’m so glad I got to try this Anti Fatigue Comfort Mat from Natural Home Rugs.  Visit this link to get your own, and check out the hundreds of other beautiful rugs on the site!

**DISCLAIMER: I received compensation for this post in the form of a free product.  Nevertheless I would never recommend a product I do not believe in.  All thoughts and words are my own.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Crunchmaster Crisps & Crackers

I am excited to share with you my thoughts on a healthy, gluten free way to enjoy your crackers!  Crunchmaster offers nutritious whole grain and multi-seed snacks the whole family will love.  Let me tell you about their products.

The Crunchmaster baking facility is certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization. This signifies that they meet the strictest standards for gluten free products.

The select high quality ingredients for our Crunchmaster crackers and bake them just right for an incredible, satisfying crunch.

Best of all, they’re a nutritious choice – 100% whole grain, cholesterol free, low in sodium, low in saturated fat and with 0 grams of trans fat.

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I received a selection of Crunchmaster products to try!  Here are my faves.

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Multi-Grain Crackers in White Cheddar Flavor

I loved that these crackers were extra crunchy and had just as much cheesy flavor as more fattening snacks!  To me, these are good enough to eat on their own, but I bet they would also be great topped with a grainy mustard and thin sliced ham.

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Rice Crackers in Artisan Four Cheese Flavor

These are light and perfectly crispy, and I had a hard time making myself stop popping them once I started 🙂  I liked these alone, and also topped with a bit of bean dip.  They would also be perfect to dip in hummus.

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Cheesy Crisps and Grammy Crisps

My five year old loved munching on these, and I was only too happy to serve him these cheddar crackers in place of the Cheez-Its he usually wants.  I was more partial to the sweet Grammy Crisps, myself.  These are the perfect size for tiny hands, and kids will love taking them on the road–I can see these as part of healthy homemade trail mix!

I’m happy to say these yummy snacks from Crunchmaster are going to be a part of our pantry from now on!

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Want a chance to try Crunchmaster’s delectable, wholesome treats for yourself?  You can enter to win a 6 pack of snacks!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

*DISCLAIMER:  I was compensated for this post in the form of free products, but I fully stand behind the company and would not endorse any product I wouldn’t use myself.  My thoughts and the text are my own.

Get NAKED with Herbal Essences!

Herbal Essences has released a new, invigorating collection to let you get your hair to its’ healthiest

–and it’s called Naked Volume!

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The Volume collection lets you bare your softest hair! It has an invigorating blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts. It contains zero dyes to leave your hair naturally clean and full of irresistible volume.

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Herbal Essences gave me the opportunity to order the new Naked Volume Hair Care set from walmart.com!

The set includes these four items:

Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

– Restores hair’s natural body.

– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.

– Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.

– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.

 Naked Volume Dry Shampoo

– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.

– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.

– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.

– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.

– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

 Naked Volumizing Souffle

– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.

– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.

– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.

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Here is a video of my super-easy ordering experience!

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Herbal Essences is offering a chance for one of you to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card to get your own Naked Volume Set!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

DISCLAIMER: The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences.

GIVEAWAY: Snack Options are now better for you with Newman’s Own Organics!

Seeing as I live in a small town, my organic product options are rather limited.  So I was very excited to review snack products for Newman’s Own Organics!

Let me introduce you to the company.  Newman’s Own Organics was established as a division of Newman’s Own in 1993, and became a separate company in late 2001. The sale of Newman’s Own Organics products generates money for the Newman’s Own Foundation to give away. Since 1982 Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million dollars to educational and charitable organizations worldwide.

Every product in the line has been certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Ingredients have been grown on farms that have not used artificial fertilizers or pesticides for three years or more. The farms and processors have been certified by an independent third party.

I got a lot of stuff to try, but today I’m going to tell you about my favorites–and how YOU can win them!

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Family Recipe Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:  Yeah, these were definitely the first things to be wiped out by me!  After I tasted one cookie, I hid the rest so my husband couldn’t find them!  These cookies are crunchy and the perfect size for nibbling.  They have an awesome buttery taste that makes it hard for you to stop after eating just a few.

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Chocolate Cups:  These are a great snack for after dinner.  I was partial to the Peanut Butter Cups, but my husband prefers dark chocolate and he liked the cups with Raspberry Centers.  The flavored centers of the cups are more flowy than those would would find in “big brands”, and that’s quite alright with me.

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Sour Licorice Twists and Mints:  My 5 year old goes crazy for anything sour, so his eyes lit up when I showed him these fruity twists.  Mommy liked that they didn’t have a ton of sugar, and of course organic is something I consider a big plus to give to my child.

My husband snatched up the mints when he saw them, and brought them to work.  All the guys in the office immediately wanted to know where they could get their own!  My husband even gave an empty tin to one of his coworkers, who wanted it for his daughter to use to store her Nintendo DS games; cool idea!

Newman’s Own Organics products are available at large grocery stores and natural food stores nationwide, as well as several online vendors.

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One winner will receive a package from Newman’s Own Organics containing the favorites I’ve specified here, and maybe some other goodies!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Join Newman’s Own Organics on their Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newmans-Own-Organics/219994593191

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products.  Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.

 

Bring the latest Fashion and Beauty Trends to your door with Wantable!

I’m not new to the idea of subscription boxes, but I had yet to try one with clothing or jewelry.  That’s why I was super excited to try the Intimates Box from Wantable!

Wantable is a company that offers monthly subscription boxes in four categories: Makeup, Accessories, Intimates, and the limited time Holiday box.  No matter which box you choose to receive, you will be asked several questions to help Wantable customize the box to your tastes.

I of course received the Intimates box.  I answered questions as to which styles of bras and panties I preferred, and soon received a box in the mail.

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My package contained 3 pairs of panties and one pair of socks.

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I thought these argyle socks from Argoz were very cute! They were really soft and comfortable.  BONUS: Each sock was embroidered with a letter A, which happens to be the initial of my last name 🙂

Retail value: $18

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I loved the 3 pairs of silky underwear I got! (I received an aqua colored pair not pictured as well.) I would never have bought these for myself, but I loved them nonetheless! They are very smooth nylon with sexy lace panels in front and on the legs.  Two pairs were a brand called Montelle, and the black pair was from Whimsy.

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I thought the little rhinestone details were unique and added to the overall sexiness of the panties.  They were in the boy short style–which is great because I can still feel sexy in these even though I don’t have everything hanging out!  All 3 pairs fit great were so comfortable to wear all day.

Retail value of all 3 pairs: $58

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The intimates box costs $36 for a monthly subscription, and $40 for just a one time delivery.  The total value of the items I got in my box was $76, so that’s almost double what you would pay!

I received a great, personalized selection in my Wantable box, and I recommend it to any lady who wants a sweet or sexy surprise!

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products.  Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.

OPI Polishes from Beauty Stop Online!

It’s pretty well known among my family and friends that I am a nail polish addict.  There isn’t a color I won’t wear or a trend I won’t try.

So I was very excited to get to try out a couple of polishes from my favorite brand, OPI, as supplied by Beauty Stop Online!

The polishes I received were:

Stay the Night, from the Mariah Carey collection

Matte Top Coat

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Stay the Night is a Liquid Sand color, which means when the polish is applied, it finishes with a textured feel and appearance like sand.  Stay the Night is a black with pink flecks of glitter.

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For some reason I could not accurately capture the Liquid Sand finish in a photo…I tried different kinds of lighting and they all came out blurry :/

But the effect is really cool, and I like that you don’t have to apply a top coat! And for polish without a top coat, it stayed chip free for a while…about 4 days.  Be warned though, the texture makes the polish a bit harder to remove than normal.  I will definitely be trying to get more Liquid Sand shades!

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The Matte Top Coat is an awesome idea and something I had been desiring for a while!  The idea is that it’s a top coat that basically takes away the shine of a regular nail polish…mattifying it.  This is big for fall.

Here is my polish shade before the Matte Top Coat:

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And after applying one coat of OPI Matte Top Coat:

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As you can see, the shine is totally gone! The top coat is kind of like a glaze.  It can completely change your polish look.  I love it.  Didn’t give much chip protection though, but that may have been due to the base color I was wearing (I haven’t had much luck with L’Oreal polishes).

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You can find a ton more OPI shades and other products at Beauty Stop Online!  And they also carry a wide variety of items for all your hair, makeup, and cosmetic needs.

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products.  Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.

The Shandle: The Potty Training Tool You Never Knew You Needed!

My son turned 5 yesterday, so he’s been potty trained for a couple of years.  Nevertheless, if you have a son, you know he may still have some issues long after the basics of potty training are done: remembering to flush, aiming(!), and putting the toilet seat down!

The Shandle toilet seat handle is the cool new device designed to help your young son with raising and lowering the toilet seat.

Here’s how it works:

Cute and simple, which makes it all the more attractive for a little kid to use.

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We received 2 designs to try: Seahorses and a really adorable Alien!

Putting The Shandle toilet seat handle on is a snap!  Simply remove the backing from the adhesive and hold The Shandle in place for 30 seconds.

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The adhesive is very sticky, and The Shandle can be used within hours of application–thought it’s best to wait a whole day.

This is what they look like when the seat is down:

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There are also humorous and natural designs as well, so you can choose to fit your taste.

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As for my son, he liked the seahorse design and it didn’t take him long to get used to using The Shandle!  I like that it keeps his hands a lot cleaner than just grabbing the underside of the toilet seat.  Another thing I appreciate about it is that it allows him to set the seat down gently, rather than slamming it down, which is what he was doing before.

Our Shandles have been on for a few weeks and are still holding strong.

You can get The Shandle toilet seat handle here!

Fantastic and Fun Football Fiesta with Southern Homes & Gardens

My family was invited to watch the LSU/Georgia game at a friend’s house last weekend.  It was our first time over to this particular family’s house, and I had heard the husband liked ANYTHING Buffalo, so I knew it would be very easy and satisfying to whip up a Buffalo Chicken Dip!

I also found it the perfect opportunity to try out the beautiful football bowl and spreader I received from Southern Homes & Gardens!

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Southern Homes & Gardens is an online store that offers a wide variety of gifts and decor with a southern inspired style.  You can see why this Louisiana girl was all too happy to try out a product for them 😉

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So, onto my Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.  I didn’t take a pic of EVERY single step, but here are the basics.

Ingredient lineup:

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This is the cheese I had on hand, but you can use whatever you happen to have! I’ve made this dip with sharp cheddar, mozzarella,  anything.

Soften your cream cheese and put it in a medium mixing bowl.  Add the can of chicken and break it up. Add shredded cheese.

The next part is up to you, and how hot you want your dip!  Since we were partying with people I knew could handle spice, I added the entire 5 ounce bottle to the mix.  But how much you want to add is up to you! Add your desired amount of hot sauce, the ranch, and here I add in garlic powder too, but that is optional.

Spread the dip in a glass pan that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray, and sprinkle the top with more shredded cheese.  Put it in a oven that’s been pre-heated to 350.

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When it’s done, it will be lightly browned on top and bubbly throughout!

I allowed mine to cool and set up a bit, then transferred the dip to my football bowl.

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The little spreader was just perfect for taking a small amount to top off our Tostitos Scoops!

The Buffalo Chicken Dip was a hit but a bit too hot for me.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

1 can chicken, 5 oz

1 cup shredded cheese, divided into (2) 1/2 cups

1/2 cup ranch dressing

1/4 to 3/4 cup hot sauce

1/2 block, or 4 oz cream cheese, softened

garlic powder, optional

Preheat oven to 350, and spray 8 x 8 pan with non stick spray.  Put softened cream cheese and can of chicken in medium mixing bowl and break up.  Add ranch dressing and desired amount of hot sauce, along with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.  Add garlic powder if desired.  Mix until smooth and all cream cheese is broken up.

Bake until cheese is lightly browned and dip is bubbly throughout.  Allow to sit for at least ten minutes to thicken.

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Visit Southern Homes & Gardens to find unique southern inspired decor.  Enter coupon code FALL20 to save 20% on everything!

**DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post in the form of free products.  Nevertheless, my thoughts and opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I wouldn’t use myself.