Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review~ Yanni Truth of Touch

This is Yanni's first instrumental release of original compositions in over eight years and is a return to the genre Yanni helped create and advance.

On March 22, Yanni launched a 40-date tour of the US. The tour will take him through theaters in major cities across the US including Radio City Music Hall in NYC and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

check this webpage for tour dates and to purchase tickets!


For more info on Yanni, check out his website

About Yanni~ In Kalamata, on the shores of the Mediterranean, Yanni was born in 1954 to Sotiri and Felitsa Chryssomallis. The second of three children, Yanni has an older brother and a younger sister. Sharing a deep-rooted love of music, the family spent much of their time playing and singing together. Yanni's parents provided a typical Greek life for the young boy. He grew up fishing, swimming, and going to school like every other boy in his town, with one exception. Yanni was born to compose music. He began to play the piano at age six, but he refused formal piano lessons. As a child, Yanni heard music in his head and he simply wanted to hear it come out of the piano too, so he needed to learn how to play to make that happen. He felt a certain freedom with the keys that might have been crushed under the weight of structured learning. Music was not Yanni's only talent. In 1969, at the age of 14, Yanni broke the Greek National swimming record for the men's 50-meter freestyle event. Although he could have pursued this skill, he chose to travel a different path; one which eventually led him to share his musical gift with the world. His childhood in Greece and his love for his native country gave Yanni his inspiration to compose such songs as "Santorini," "Nostalgia," and "Acroyali." In 1972, with the encouragement of his parents, Yanni left his homeland to attend the University of Minnesota. Between his studies, he played in local rock and roll bands and began to develop his personal musical style using both piano and electronic keyboards to create new sounds. Yanni single-mindedly continued to pursue his passion for creating music. He explored the worlds of electronic music, new sounds and instruments, and composition. He released 2 albums and worked on a third before moving to Hollywood, the film industry capital, where he recorded 4 film scores and released 3 more albums. He also re-released "Optimystique." In 1990, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra accompanied Yanni in concert, adding a new dimension to his unique style and a prelude of things to come. His more recent tour, Yanni Voices: Live in Concert, in 2009 was a big success. Touring all over North America with sold out shows including Radio City Music Hall and full houses throughout Mexico. The tour was nominated for the prestigious Lunas del Auditorio award and was in support of Yanni's Mexican chart topping release: Yanni Voces (CD) and Yanni Voices (CD). Yanni Voces reached #1 on the Mexican Pop Charts and #2 on the over all Mexican Music Charts. A recent DVD release of Yanni Voices: Live in Concert reached Amazon's number one best seller list within the first week of sales and was a fundraising success for PBS. Yanni has proven to have been blessed with both faith and passion in abundance.


The album can be found on Amazon for around $11. You can also listen to samples and buy MP3's!


My review~

This is a very good Yanni album and shows signs of some growth. Much of the album sounds very "Yanni", but he has updated his sound with deeper bass lines and some synthesizer arpeggios here and there, and a few more modern tricks. It's not overdone and it works. He doesn't lose his signature sound admist all of this, which many artists do when they try this kind of thing. It does take a few listens for the differences in the tracks to come through, and after a few times through some of the songs take on their own character. There are a few tracks with vocals, and a few live instruments here and there, but it's mostly Yanni and the keyboards. It plays a bit like a "best of" album, yet all of the tracks are new. Definitely worth a try if you know you already like Yanni's music. Thanks to the one2onenetwork for allowing me the chance to review the new album!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review~ The Fight of Our Lives

The Fight of Our Lives
Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth, and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam
By William Bennett with Seth Leibsohn
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description
Want to know the dirty little secret in the war on terror? Some of us have already surrendered.

Since the dreadful events of 9/11, America has waged an international war on terrorism. But are we prepared to win, or are we practicing surrender? We have foiled dozens of terrorist attacks since then. But while the Fort Dix terrorists were stopped, an Islamist terrorist at Fort Hood unleashed hell on American servicemen. Despite Maj. Nidal Hasan’s shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he pulled the trigger, the official Pentagon report refused to mention Islam or use the word Muslim. And said the army chief of staff, “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse.” As William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn show, for lack of clarity, conviction, and determination, America is on the verge of declaring preemptive cultural surrender in the war on terror. The Fight of Our Lives will reinvigorate the discussion and embolden those who wish to win the war on terror.

Review~ This book was very interesting! I dont usually read political science books but this one sounded interesting. This book is a awake up call for those who think we are safe and secure in our nation. The book sounds a wakeup call alerting America to the danger in our midst. The authors weave three primary goals throughout the book. The first is to be clear about whom they describe is our enemy. Using current events, quotes from journalists, politicians, and military leaders, the authors describe the nature and goals of radical Islam. The second goal is to generate some anger. Not rage or violence, but rather an anger that forces a certain clarity. Their third goal is to call people to rediscover their American heritage. By regaining these three things, the authors believe we can win this war.

I would like to thank Book Sneeze, a division of Thomas Nelson for giving me a complementary copy of this book to read and write this review.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Something Borrowed ~ Movie review

Love and friendships can sometimes get complicated, and we can all use help figuring out how to manage both!

Who better to give some professional advice on relationships, than Patti Stanger, Millionaire Matchmaker! Patti will be answering YOUR questions about love and friendship in addition to dishing out relationship advice to the characters of the new movie, Something Borrowed, based off of Emily Griffin’s bestselling novel in a featured video on AlloyTV.

In the movie Something Borrowed, Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship collides with true love, when perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she’s had a crush on since law school, Dex…who just happens to be Darcy’s fiancĂ©! This leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations in all of their relationships….

Like Rachel and Darcy, we all have difficulties when it comes to love and friendship and could sometimes use a little help! Share YOUR relationship questions with the readers of your blog, and ask them to submit their relationship questions in the comments or to you via Facebook and Twitter for a chance to have Patti answer them in our video!

movie is rater PG-13 for sexual dialog and drug material

Review ~ MyClyns

Product Description

When an exposure has occurred, response time is critical to lower your chance of becoming infected. In cases of exposure, you need a product that works effectively and is safe to use anywhere.

With MyClyns Personal Spray a whole new standard of care is available to protect you in the field when and where you need it. MyClyns Personal Spray is a protective spray in an easy-to-use convenient pen-like device that allows you to protect yourself immediately after an exposure while you are still attending to your care recipient.

•MyClyns Personal Spray is a versatile, convenient and readily accessible first response non-aerosol spray providing immediate personal protection from potentially harmful pathogens.
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Review~ this is a great product!! Its the first and only germ protection spray that can be used on the face, hands, knees or any where else that has been exposed to germs! This is a must have for any mom with active kiddos! Mine are always scrapping a knee or head on something. I sprayed it on my son after he fell off his skateboard and he said it didn't sting and I didn't have to worry about germs getting in his boo boos. I give this product a 5 out of 5. Its small enough to fit in a purse or diaper bag and always have for at the ball game or park!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review~ Attack at the Arena

List Price:4.99
Trim Size:5 1/2 x 8
Release:March 2011

Patrick and Beth learn that Mr. Whittaker’s fancy ring can be seen inside the Imagination Station but not outside of the machine. A mysterious letter leads the cousins to fifth-century Rome in search of a special cup that belongs to a monk. If found, the cup could keep the mysterious Albert out of prison.
At the Roman Colosseum, Emperor Honorius is hosting a gladiator battle in celebration of a war victory. Beth attends the event as the emperor’s slave; Patrick attends as a monk’s apprentice but is taken prisoner and sent to fight in the arena. During their adventure, the cousins meet Telemachus (a true historical figure), a monk who believes that fighting is wrong. Telemachus is willing to risk everything—even his life—to stop the killing. When the cousins return with the cup, they find that a third letter has been sent with more information about Albert’s fate.

Review~ This book is recommended for ages 7 and up and a grade level of 2.3. I gave it to my youngest son to read and he read it with in a couple of days! Hi liked it so much he wants me to get more of the series! The vocabulary was simple for him to understand but the book contained a lot of historically accurate details about 5th century Rome. The book didn't overstate the historical details so it kept my son intrested. This book was a fun introduction to these historical concepts without having to pull out a history book. My son gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!

disclosure: This book was provided free by Tyndale Publishers in exchange for this review.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review~ Eat Your Peas, Mom

Book Description
A delightful book to give Mom to prove you DID listen to her advice, wit, and wisdom. If you want a special way to celebrate your mother, look no more! Eat Your Peas® Mom is a 3-minute read with a forever message. Upon opening this little package, her heart will smile through the pages filled with affirmation, appreciation, and gratitude expressed for all the ways she loves and cares for you. Each page is artfully hand-illustrated for a charming and homespun feel. It’s a perfect keepsake and reminder for Mom to hold onto forever.

Review~ I really enjoyed this book! It was full of great wit and wisdom! It didn't take much time to read but the words will stick with me for a long time! Its a book filled with wonderful illustrated pages that are filled with lovely words for any mother and how important moms really are to everyone! This would make a great book for mother's day!

disclosure: I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my review!

Thank you BookSneeze!

Review~ What are You Waiting for?

Overview - What Are You Waiting For?
Product Details
Pub. Date: January 2011
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Format: Paperback , 192pp
Sales Rank: 113,246
ISBN-13: 9781601423313
ISBN: 1601423314

If you need satisfying answers to your questions about sex, Dannah Gresh has one (surprising) word for you.

In What Are You Waiting For? Dannah follows the trail of one provocative, ancient word through the Bible to discover God’s deepest thoughts about sex. The mind-blowing truth she uncovers clearly points the way to a sexuality that’s satisfying and real and everything God designed it to be.

(Not one to shy away from edgy topics), Dannah candidly shares…

- straight talk about masturbation and pornography
- the ground-breaking science that explains the addictive power of romantic experiences
- honest answers about the lesbian question
- a clear plan for breaking free from sexual guilt
- the unexpected key to a lifetime of truly fulfilling intimacy

If you’re a young woman looking for honest answers about sex—and wondering why it’s such a big deal to God—you’ve come to the right place. In these pages you’ll discover a life-changing truth that no one ever talks about—a truth that will transform everything you think you know about sex, romance, and God.

So what are you waiting for? The answer is right inside.

Review~ I gave this book to my daughter cuz she has her first boyfriend and I want her to understand that just because a boy asks her to do something, this doesn't mean she has to. I want her to respect her body and save it till marriage. The author quotes Scripture every now and then and goes over hot-button topics that most people would blush at. I thought this would be a great book to open up a dialog with her and talk about any question she may have about sex and the consequences of having sex at a young age and before marriage. The book opened up hers eyes to sex and many other topics. I absolutely recommend it to young women who may have questions! Its a great book to undserstand why god wants you to save yourself for the right one!

disclosure: I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multinoma Publishing Group in exchange for my review.

Would you be so kind to rate my review here ~

Friday, March 18, 2011

Review & Giveaway~ BioTrue from Baush & Lomb

Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution
Lens care inspired by the biology of your eyes.™
The human eye is an amazing thing. It lets us enjoy the beauty of the world around us, while naturally working to clean, hydrate, and keep itself healthy. And now it’s the inspiration for an advanced new contact lens solution – Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution.

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Try Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution today – and experience advanced lens care inspired by the biology of your eyes™. Biotrue conditions, cleans, removes protein, disinfects, rinses and stores soft contact lenses including silicone hydrogel lenses.

Biotrue Giveaway
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Review~ Wearing contact lenses, especially in a world of less sleep and more computer use, makes it more challenging for eyes to stay comfortable and healthy. To care for your lenses and your eyes, a lens care solution that works like your eyes was created. Moistens in a way your eyes do as it uses a lubricant also found in your eyes pH balanced to match healthy tears Helps prevent certain tear proteins from denaturing for clean lenses Fights germs for healthy lens wear. I also like that its made in USA ! I give this product a 5 on a scale of 1 to 5! It does what it says its suppose to and works great! You can find BioTrue online for as little as $4 for a 4oz bottle.

here is a link for a coupon for $1.00 off a 10 oz or larger size of Biotrue multi-purpose solution so you can try it for yourself!

Disclosure: I received a Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution and a reusable tote bag in exchange for my review.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Little Grips Toddler Utensils

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be for your toddler to maneuver their current eating utensil?
Are they able to get the food on the fork or spoon but then drop most of it before it reaches their mouth?
The current toddler utensils are not designed for the natural movement of your child’s hand or wrist.
That’s why we invented “Little Grips for Little Hands!” An eating utensil designed just for toddlers.

BPA Free for your child safety
An ambidextrous product – no right or wrong way to hold
Comfortable non–slip grip that fits easily and naturally in your toddler’s palm
No–choke safety design with rounded edges
Poke or scoop up food easily
Reduced clean up – more food in mouth than on floor, bib, high chair
Children eat independently creating confidence and self esteem
Made from durable, high quality plastic and stainless steel
Dishwasher safe
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Little Grips toddler utensils make toddler feeding-time easy and enjoyable for you and your child. Feeding is made easy with a larger no–choke safety handle that fits easily in the palm of your child’s hands and allows them to use their arms and wrists for better control. Other utensils require finer finger controls that are still undeveloped, creating a frustrating experience for your child.

An ergonomic design that takes advantage of a toddler’s stronger grasping and overall hand–movement skills, while still allowing them to learn proper feeding motions. You will see your child’s confidence build and messiness diminish.

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This is a great site and i give it an A+. its easy to navigate and the other members are friendly and help ya if ya need assistance or have a question about a product or site!

See ya at JoeShopping soon!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review~'s Mission: has over twenty years experience in the screen printing industry and takes pride in offering an honest, easy to understand way of doing business. They use high quality silk screening on 90% cotton shirt and other miscellaneous apparel. has the market cornered on printing with highly competitive pricing, huge selection of garments and colors, high quality silk screen printing with a fast turnaround time.

They can supply you and your company with T shirts, hoodies, sweats and more. They have printed shirts for marketing, advertising, company events, fundraisers, bridal showers and even stag parties. They can print anything on hats, tank tops, tshirts and hoodies. Next time your in the market for a printed tshirt contact for all your printing needs.

Today I got a package from! It was a unisex grey tshirt and had this adorable Cheeky Monkey ( mascot) icon on the T-shirt! I'm very happy with the quality and tshirt is so soft and comfortable. I Definitely recommend for all of your custom screen printing needs!

disclosure: I received a Tshirt from for the purpose of this review.

Thanks T-Shirt

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review~ Applied Labels

Product Description
Applied Labels™ are Applied Labels LLC's flagship and most popular product. They're extremely tough, ultra versatile and perfect for labeling:
*sippy cups
*school supplies
*summer camp gear
*all those little things that go to early childcare centers

The labels are available with and without icons or with a second line of custom print.

To label clothing, sandwich an Applied Label™ with one of our blank backers. For shoes, stick on a Shoe Shield™ that will keep labels in place all year long.

For more info on Applied Labels see their website, Twitter page and Facebook page.

Ultra durable and dishwasher-safe

Laundry-safe on clothing with tags

Permanent adhesive and ink

High resolution and perfectly sized: 1.5" x 0.5"

Lead, DEHP and BPA-free

Award winning product!

Instructions for useing: Apply them to a dry and clean surface. Handle the label by the edges to avoid contaminating the adhesive. Place the label and press very firmly, especially on the corners. Wait 24 hours before washing as bond strength builds with time. Applied Labels are great for coats, sweaters and uniforms with tags. They are not for use on underwear, socks or tagless T-shirts.

Watch video instructions.

Review~I think these are awesome! I got the labels the other day and have been labeling My daughter is going on an out of state school trip and we are using them to label her drink bottles, snacks, clothes, camera, shoes and personal items! They are great labels and stand up thru washing! I would post a pic of the labels I received but they have my daughters first and last name and I cant post that online for her privacy:)
disclosure: I received a set of 60 labels with 1 strip of 12 shoes shields and 30 clothing backers valued at $29.40 for this review.

thanks Applied Labels!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Review and Giveaway~ My Comfort Cross~ENDED

The Mission of Comfort Cross is to help Christians in Bethlehem With the decline in Bethlehem tourism Christian Artisans are struggling. The aim of Comfort Cross is to support them by providing a market for olive wood crosses direct to Christians in America. The Olivewood Cross Comfort Crosses are individually carved from a single unique piece of beautifully grained olive wood pruned from the olive trees around Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus. Christians have been carving crosses like this for hundreds of years, originally for pilgrims and more recently tourists visiting the Holy Land. Each craftsman receives a fair price to support their family and Christian community. The Comfort Cross is designed to fit comfortably into the palm of your hand as an aid to prayer or meditation. Ideal as your spiritual companion for easing children's fears, comforting worries and stresses of adults and focusing the prayer of the sick and elderly. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Review~ I received a comfort cross, an information card and a velveteen gift bag to review. The Comfort Cross is really pretty and easy to hold and pray with! It fit perfectly in the palm of my hand. The cross was really smooth and the grain and craftsmanship is beautiful! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Special offer for my readers~ Two comfort crosses for $12 including postage anywhere in the US, a $2 saving. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Giveaway~ My Comfort Crosses has donated 2 Comfort Crosses to be given away to 2 of my readers! Winners will receive an Olive Wood Cross, an information card and a velveteen gift bag to hold your comfort cross as pictured above. Very easy entry~ Tell me why you would like to win a Comfort cross and your email address! Extra entries~ please leave separate post for each entry 1. follow me on twitter ~ include twitter name 2. follow me on facebook ~ include facebook name 3. follow me on GFC ~ tab at the left 4. share this post on twitter and facebook +1 each tabs at left Giveaway will end March 31st at 11:59PM CST. Winners will be chosen at random by Winners will have 48 hours to respond to winning email with mailing info or another winner will be chosen. disclosure~ I received a comfort cross to review. The winners will receive prize directly from sponsor. Shipping could take 2 to 4 weeks. Thank you My Comfort Cross! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE

Friday, March 11, 2011

Review~ A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 078523165X
ISBN-13: 978-078523165

Book Description
A front row seat to a fascinating conversation between God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.

A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time. Each answer is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.

Categories and sample questions include:

*God, how can we believe that You created us? *Why weren't all early writings included in the Bible? *How should we prepare for the end of the world? *Jesus, can I lose my salvation? *What will we look like in heaven? *God, does choice extend to abortion?
This was a really good read! I was excited to get it and start reading ~ and it was easy to follow and read. It is set up with questions that are posed to God and then answered by God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and various other bible figures. I enjoyed the questions and felt they were questions that many Christians find themselves pondering at some point in their walk with God. I also liked that the author did not try to explain questions from his understanding of the bible but actually backed them up with scripture. When asked “How do we know the Bible is accurate?” there are 17 references to actual scripture to answer this question. This is a great book to help you along your daily walk with God.

disclosure: I received a free copy of A Conversation with God If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be? By Alton Gansky from BookSneeze in exchange for my review!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Review~ The Blessing of Adversity

Author Barry C. Black
List Price:14.99
Trim Size:6 x 9
Release:April 2011

Most people see trouble as something negative and seek to avoid it whenever possible. But what if it’s those troubles that actually lead to greater blessing and purpose? In The Blessing of Adversity, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate distills the wisdom gained from thirty years as a counselor, theologian, and psychologist. Barry Black offers a blueprint for removing the sting of life’s trials, showing us how to let God use our pain for his glory by blessing others—and how that can actually help heal our own pain. Drawing on Scripture and his own experiences as a counselor and chaplain to some of the most powerful people in the world, Black teaches us how to deal with seasons of God’s apparent silence, offers techniques for staying encouraged in the middle of life’s storms, and shows how to find advantages in adversity.

Review~ This is a wonderful book of overcoming anything and still drawing on God and scripture to make it thru anything! I found this a great read! Its a great message of how finding your God given purpose in life's troubles will keep you going. No matter what you are going thru you will make it out of the dark and into the light with God's help!

disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

Book Review: Finding Our Way Again, by Brian McLaren

Finding Our Way Again
The Return of the Ancient Practices
Brian McLaren
Thomas Nelson 12-10
paperback $12.99
240 pages
ISBN: 9780849901140

McLaren compares spiritual practice to training to run a marathon, training to speak a language, and training to play an instrument. They all take regular habits and the ability to learn from mistakes. Modeling the process, he shares some of the lessons he picked up while on a fast.

McLaren commends the Christian tradition for its wide array of practices for those seeking to sustain the health and well-being of their souls. He assesses contemplative practices such as spiritual reading, prayer journaling, solitude and silence, gratitude, and many others. He salutes the importance of communal spiritual practices such as church going (a workout of the people) and delineates the different ingredients such as arrival, engagement, listening, response, and reentry practices. He ends with missional practices which equip the saints to live in love and serve others in the day-by-day world. Here are some of the missional practices: listening, speaking truth in love, not judging but showing mercy, giving to the poor, and showing empathy.

I liked this book because it was a quick read and good for a group study because there are questions at the end of each chapter. I would recommend this one.

disclosure: I received this book as a review copy from

Advil Congestion Relief~ Review

Facts About Advil® Congestion Relief:

Have you ever tried to blow your nose to relieve congestion but nothing came out? Many people are not aware that their sinus pressure is often caused by swelling due to nasal inflammation, not just mucus.
A recent poll revealed that 79% of Americans are not aware that “inflamed nasal passages” are a potential cause of nasal congestion.

•Advil® Congestion Relief is a new solution that directly treats what is often the real cause of congestion – swelling due to nasal inflammation. Advil® Congestion Relief is the right sinus medicine for the real problem.

•Advil® Congestion Relief combines the power of Advil® and an effective decongestant, to provide relief from sinus pressure, nasal swelling, congestion, and headaches.

•Advil® Congestion Relief is available at major retailers nationwide.

this product is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.


Review~ These are great for when you have that flu feeling coming on. I used the sample and purchased a box of Advil Congestion Relief for future use. I took one before I went to bed and felt like a new person by morning. It relieved the nasal swelling and headache that was coming on because of the congestion. I woke up ready to face the day congestion free and headache free.I give this product and A+!

For more info on the Flu outbreak in the US this year check out this USA Today Article.

disclosure:I am working with One2One Network and Advil Congestion Relief, and that all opinions are your own. I was provided Advil Congestion Relief information, gratis samples and coupons by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Review and Giveaway~ Purex Complete Crystals Softener

Purex® Complete Crystals SoftenerTM*;
a purer way to get laundry that smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form works differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener.

Why struggle with plastic fabric softener balls, risk staining your clothes or waste time
waiting for the rinse cycle? Simply add Purex Complete Crystals Softener directly with
your laundry at the beginning of every wash cycle to infuse fabrics with long lasting

Laundry scent lovers will perk up as freshness is infused into clothes with this new fabric
softener. Over time, traditional oil-based softeners coat fibers causing harmful oily
residue to accumulate. Purex Complete Crystals Softeners penetrate fabrics to reduce
fiber entanglement and smooth frayed fibers providing a naturally soft feel.

Do ALL of your laundry—worry free! Purex Complete Crystals Softeners are safe for
all laundry and will not harm, wear down or discolor your fabrics like oil-based softeners.
Safe for all fabrics, including baby clothes, athletic wear, towels, and whites.

Unlike other softeners, Crystals WILL:
• Preserve the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes
• Retain your athletic wear’s wicking ability which draws sweat away from your body
• Maintain your towels’ built-in ability to absorb water
• Keep your white clothing from yellowing and graying vs. using traditional softeners
The product won’t harm your clothes and is safe and convenient for the entire family!

Purex Complete Crystals Softener is available in three on-trend fragrances:
Fresh Spring Waters TM
Lavender Blossom TM
Tropical Splash. TM

Suggested Retail Price
Purex Complete Crystals Softener is priced from $3.99 to $5.99 depending on retailer
and will be available in food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Safe for use in both Standard and High Efficiency (HE) washers

I have a coupon for one of my readers to try the New Purex Complete Crystals for themselves! The coupon is valid for one 28 oz bottle and expires 12/11.

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This giveaway will end on March 20th @11:59CST. I will choose a winner via and publish winner on March 21st. Winner has 48 hours to return my email or another winner will be choosen.

disclosure: I received a 4 load sample and a coupon for a full size bottle from Purex to try and review Purex Complete Crystals Softener. Coupon for free product will be mailed by me.

Review~ Crystal Light Pure

Crystal Light has made a sweet breakthrough in beverages with new, naturally sweetened Crystal Light Pure. It gives women a new way to add delicious flavor to their water. In fact, women who drink Crystal Light drink 20 percent more water. (Based on consumption of tap, bottled, flavored water and prepared powdered beverages from Kantar Worldpanel Beverage Panel data).

Crystal Light Pure contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. It is sweetened with sugar and TruviaTM, an all-natural, no-calorie sweetener derived from the stevia plant, and it is colored and flavored with natural ingredients. It offers a naturally sweetened, great-tasting way for women to enjoy drinking the water they need and contains just 15 calories per 8 fl. oz. serving (one/half stick), compared to other leading fitness beverages which contain 10 to 50 calories for a similar serving size. (Compared to 10 calories in Propel, 20 calories in G2 and 50 calories in Gatorade per 8 fl. oz. serving)

Each Crystal Light Pure packet will transform a 16.9-ounce bottle or glass of water into a light, refreshing beverage.

It is available in five delicious flavors: Grape, Strawberry Kiwi, Tropical Blend, Mixed Berry and Lemonade.
  • Two flavors (Grape and Strawberry Kiwi) contain electrolytes to help aid hydration during light physical activity when you consume one packet (two servings). This makes it a perfect partner to add to your healthy, active lifestyle.
  • Crystal Light Pure flavors contain 4 grams of sugar per serving.
    Crystal Light Pure comes in convenient On The Go packages.

for more information on Crystal Light please visit thier site and facebook pages
Crystal Light Site
Crystal Light Pure Facebook page


My review!

The taste is great and not overwhelming like some drink packettes. I have 3 kiddos and they drank them too. So that means they are really good cuz my kiddos dont drink anything new! I give them an A+ for flavor. I liked that Each Crystal Light Pure packet will transform a 16.9-ounce bottle or glass of water into a light, refreshing beverage. Its so easy the kiddos can make it fast and easy on the way out he door to go play and I dont have to worry about what they are drinking away from home when they take it with them!
Crystal Light Pure flavors contain 4 grams of sugar per serving. Thats great for the kids and I can let them drink as many as they can make:)
Crystal Light Pure comes in convenient On The Go packages! The packages fit easily in your pocket or purse!
I will be buying some more Crystal Light Pure drink packages when my samples run out.
disclosure: I received a case of grape Crystal Light Pure drink mix in exchange for my spreading the word about Crystal Light. I am working with One2One Network and Crystal Light Pure, and that all opinions are your own.
Thanks One2One and Crystal Light!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Review~ Shattered Dreams

Book Title: Shattered Dreams
Subtitle: God's Unexpected Path to Joy
Author Name(s): Larry Crabb
Release Date: November 2nd, 2010
Page Count: 320 Pages
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 9780307459503
Format: Trade Paperback
Category: Christian Living/Spiritual Growth/Discipleship

LEARN HOW TO LOOK THROUGH LIFE’S TRAGEDIES AND SEE THE LAVISH BLESSINGS GOD HAS FOR YOU. “Shattered dreams,” writes Dr. Larry Crabb, “are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream.” To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life’s difficulties and tragedies. He wraps insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible’s book of Ruth. As Crabb retells and illuminates this sometimes disturbing and often profoundly touching story, we are shown how God stripped Naomi of happiness in order to prepare her for joy. And we gain an unforgettable picture of how God uses shattered dreams to release better dreams and a more fulfilling life for those He loves. Shattered dreams have the power to change our lives for good. Forever.

It's revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you ever felt trapped by anger, guilt, resentment and/or pain, then this book is for you. Mr Crabb takes the story of Naomi and describes in thought-provoking detail the 'shattered dreams' that she experienced. One of the points that Mr. Crabb brought out was that people need to fully come to grips with the pain of shattered dreams. In some circles, people are taught to get over it and go on. However, Mr. Crabb explains the necessity of allowing the grief to run its full course. With the help of several examples, he shared that the grieving process was a pathway that could bring us into a greater awareness of God and His love. Sadly, some people take another path. They choose to believe that God has purposely shattered their dreams because He hates them or is punishing them. Mr. Crabb brought out a point that I had never thought about before reading his book. Some people have a tendency to worship their dreams even more than they worship God. In doing so, they miss a great portion of God's richest blessings. They run hard after the dream that they have made up and build it into something that God never intended. Therefore, God shatters that dream to encourage them to get back on His right track.This book has some profound insights into the ways of God with man that could revolutionize the way we relate to God. I say "revolutionize" to say that this would change the way we think about God, pray to God and what we expect from God. In saying that, I don't mean to say that our life will suddenly become a bed of roses.There are no easy answers here, only real answers that do not deny the real pain and the real suffering while looking into the eyes of a loving Father who wants you to love him more that any easy fix of your life. He calls us to a higher passion that the passion to be at ease, even when the ease would be good and holy.

disclaimer: I received this book from B4B in exchange for my review.
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