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Friday, November 28, 2014

Protect Your Device With DesignSkinz!! #HolidayGiftGuide



How would you like to be able to give your tech device some style? Without having that nasty sticker residue left behind when you decide to change the look out? Let me introduce you to Design Skinz, a company that offers you just that option.

Design Skinz offers "skins" for just about every device you can imagine. I received the Neon Green Stars Outside/Inside for MacBook Air for review, and I was so thrilled with the product. First of all, you have to understand that this is way more than just a decorative sticker. It actually adds some protection from dings and scratches, and really helps in the trackpad area, where it's common to have issues from the oils on your skin. And, it's easy to apply. I mean very easy! It literally took me all of 5 minutes to get the skin applied to the outside, inside, and trackpad areas of my Mac. I got the outside piece about halfway on, and realized it wasn't aligned properly-no problem though, simply pull it off and start over! There's no sticky residue, it doesn't mean you can't use the skin, just peel it off and adjust. 






Design Skinz has a skin for just about any device, and also for just about any taste or style. For example, there are 38 pages of skin designs for the MacBook Air 13"! No matter who you're shopping for this holiday season, you can find a skin to match their device and style at Design Skinz! Who wouldn't love adding a touch of style to their iPhone or Samsung Galaxy this Christmas?!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WorkIt Wednesday : FlipBelt Review!

Hello Neighbors!

How is everyone doing this morning?  I am doing great!  We have set up and put into use a new schedule, so I wanted to get this written up and published this morning.  I will also be getting up a half hour earlier, to get in a morning run with my FlipBelt.

FlipBelt.com


 Not sure what a FlipBelt is?  Here is some information taken from their website... "Gone are the days of baggy sweat pants with bulky pockets. Active wear is sleeker and more stylish than ever before. The only problem is there’s nowhere to hold your phone, music and keys. That’s where FlipBelt comes in. Who would have thought a singular tubular waistband could solve one of the biggest nuisances that athletes face—where to tuck must-have items while exercising.  Every bit as flattering and contoured as the rest of today’s athletic wear, FlipBelt is designed to carry your on-the-go essentials without tying up your hands. Made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend, FlipBelt slides right on and sits snug on your hip. No bulk. No bounce. FlipBelt is also machine washable and machine dryable.  To keep items secure, all you have to do is flip the belt inward. Now, everything you need while exercising fits right around your waist."




Sounds great, right?!?!  I know it has worked great for me.  Want to bring an iPod/MP3 Player on your next run?  FlipBelt is the answer!  How about a phone?  Yep, that too!  Do you drive to the park to run, and don't have anywhere for your keys?  Yep, FlipBelt still has you covered!


This is so much easier to use than carrying things in your hands while running, or clipping them to your waist.  It's to easy to drop things, and I hate when things get all shook up!  I used this several times for training, but my younger sister decided that she should use it at the race.  I also really liked the feature of the clip that you can clip your keys on.  The belt is stretchy so you can fit sooooo many things in there.  Cash, cards, protein bars, iPod/iPhone, timer, keys, etc.  


So, you can purchase this (in many styles/colors) on the FlipBelt website.  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with their latest news.  



I received no monetary compensation for this review post.  I did receive product for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  All text in red is taken from the sponsor's website.

WorkIt Wednesday - IdealShape Update 1!

Hello Neighbors!

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful company called IdealShape!  If you feel like you have tried all sorts of dieting plans, lost weight and put it back on, etc., keep reading!


I will be sharing my story a little further down, but first I wanted to let you know about IdealShape.  Here is a little bit about IdealShape and how they can help YOU find your Ideal Shape!  "Our program isn't a diet, it's a healthy way to live the rest of your life…Give us 28 days and we'll show you how changing just ONE habit will help transform your life.  Most people take on too much when trying to lose weight, get overwhelmed, then quit. Others lose weight, but don't keep it off because they haven't created sustainable habits for healthy living.  We'll show you how to focus on one habit at a time using a complete weight loss system that incorporates healthy eating, hunger control, exercise, and a community to support you in achieving your ideal shape."



IdealShape sent me 1 Tub of Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake, 1 Chocolate Peanut Butter Meal Replacement Bar, 1 ResveraShape Supplement, and 1 IdealShape Shaker Bottle along with the free eBooks included with any purchase.

 


The first couple days of doing the IdealShape plan, I used the recommended half a scoop of the shake mix (this is because some people are not used to such large amounts of protein in their system).  I really have never been much of a breakfast eater (and yes, I know I should eat a bigger breakfast!), so drinking a shake instead of eating something wasn't that big of a change for me, although I see how it could be for some people.



Yesterday for the first time I had two meal replacement shakes in one day.  I replaced breakfast with a shake (like I usually do), and I replaced dinner with a shake.  I wasn't sure if I would still feel hungry, but it really wasn't bad.  I had a small snack afterwards, and I was fine!  I know I haven't mentioned a whole lot about the other products, but I'll be back next week with another update.



Since starting this program/plan I have lost almost 10 lbs., and about 3-4 inches on my waist.  Now, I do a lot of exercise (TKD Classes three times a week, running a couple times a week, racquetball once or twice a week, along with other physical activities), but I know that a lot of it is replacing meals and getting more protein.  I am quite happy with the results (I know that I could have lost more, but I have had a couple "bad" days, and on the trip to Chicago I was off quite a bit), and looking forward to the rest of the program and my journey to find my IdealShape!

Before!
Now!  Sorry about the hair!  :)



I received no monetary compensation for this review post.  I did receive products for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  All text in red is taken from the sponsor's website.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gildan for Socks and Such! #GiftIdea

Hey neighbors!

Here's another really good #GiftIdea!  Who doesn't need socks or underclothing?  Gildan has both!  I received some super nice ladies ankle socks, a package of men's Crew socks, a ladies T-shirt and some ladies hi-cut underwear.

I personally do not wear ankle socks out like my daughters do, but I love them around the house to keep my feet warm!  I also like that they have pink on the heel and toes because that means my sons and my husband will not wear them. LOL!  These socks are quite comfortable.



My daughter claimed the t-shirt.  She looks pretty good in it!  It is nice and soft.  The color is nice too. :)  This is a v-neck t-shirt with a taped neck and shoulders for better durability.



The ladies hi-cut underwear are pretty nice too.  I like that the elastic in the leg are encased.  Some people react to the exposed elastic and this helps prevent that.  The cute lacy elastic around the waistband is a nice, feminine touch.



The men's Crew socks are the last on my list.  I know my son is going to enjoy them.  Both "boys", they are 19 and 21, go through socks continually.  They are always searching for socks.  Of course if they put both of them in the laundry together they might actually get more pairs of socks back.



Any of these products from Gildan would make a great gift or addition to a gift.  Perhaps you could buy a new pair of jeans and throw in some socks.  Maybe you could give a t-shirt and some socks, all from Gildan.

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monkeying Around Dot to Dot Books Fun #GiftIdea



Hey neighbors!

Here is a fun gift idea for all ages.  Monkeying Around makes the most spectacular Dot to Dot books I have ever seen.  I am not talking your average run of the mill dot to dots, but some truly amazing dot to dots.



The easiest are probably the original The Greatest Dot to Dot Books (#1 - #4).   To me they seem to start out easy and slowly increase in difficulty.  Next up would be the Super Challenge Books (#5 - #8).  Then you have the Adventure Dot Books #1 and #2, these two are simply amazing to me.  I am always surprised by the detail in these dot to dot books!  They also carry smaller, Mini Travel Newspaper Books (#1 - #8).  I have not tried any of these, but I am sure the quality is the same as their other books.


Monkeying Around has just released their newest book the Adventure Dot Books #2, and I was given the opportunity to review it!  It just came in Monday and I have already jumped in and started some of the Dot to Dots.  As I stated earlier, these are not just simple dot to dots.  Many of these are quite intricate.  You need to pay attention and of course read the directions.  Some of them you go from dot to dot in numerical order stopping when you come to a star and then starting at the next number.  It doesn't sound too difficult until you realize we are talking about dot to dots that number 400 and more dots!  It is so much fun!  We brought ours on our trip with us to Chicago.  The only problem in doing dot to dots in the vehicle is you have to be on a reasonably smooth road! 



Some of the puzzles are a little different.  You have some that each dot has a word beside it and you need to connect the dots in alphabetical order.   Others are stars, circuits, crazy, symbols, etc.  Each page describes the puzzle and how to complete it.



Here are a couple of recommendations I have regarding the Monkeying Around Dot to Dot books: 1. Use a sharp pencil.  2. Have a small ruler on hand for those long lines.  Sometimes it is difficult to draw a straight line that is half a page long.  3. Purchase more than one so everyone can play at the same time.  Our first couple books we actually had to take turns sharing! Now we have enough that everyone can work in one at the same time.


I really believe these would make a GREAT gift for anyone who can count and follow instructions.  Make sure to add a couple to your gift buying!  You could also use colored pencils or perhaps crayons and color in your dot to dot picture.  They would look nice in a frame!

Follow Monkeying Around on their social media sites:
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Monkeying Around is going to send one Adventure Dot to Dot set to a winner, and they are also going to send a set of the Greatest Dot to Dot books to another winner.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

21 Drops Aromatherapy Essential Oils #GiftIdea



Hi Neighbors!

Here is another really terrific #GiftIdea.  21 Drops has put together essential oils in rollerball dispensers for your use.

I received the Headache #05. It has been specially mixed for relieving headaches.  You simply apply the oils to pulse points, like your wrist, temples, and/or neck and enjoy.  I occasionally get headaches at night, or I wake up with one in the morning.  I like to keep mine beside my bed, so I can apply it when needed.  I do have to admit, I use it sometimes even when I don't have a headache, just because I like the fragrance.  I usually apply to my wrists as I sleep with my hands near my face.  This allows me to inhale the aroma almost all night.


21 Drops has several other choices available.  Here is just a sampling of their oils:
Sleep
Focus
De-Stress
Pain Relief
Calm
Decongest
You can tell by the name what each one is for.


A little about the oils themselves:
All of our individual essential oils must be therapeutic quality, 100% natural, and organically grown or wild-crafted... We’re sure you think about the quality of the food you put in your body, so why wouldn’t you care about the quality of your essential oils too?
All of our essential oils are safely diluted in 100% organic jojoba carrier oil to ensure upmost purity, safety and effectiveness… It’s actually not safe to apply pure essential oils directly to the skin, so they need to be diluted in a carrier oil. We chose jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) because it is 100% organic.
You can find out more about their oils - HERE.



My Headache contains Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosewood blended in a 100% organic Jojoba Oil. These oils are known to calm, pacify, and cool.  Personally, I really enjoy the fragrance of this one.  You can visit there website to find out more about which oils have been blended together in the other 21 Drops products.

I took some time to read over their Essential Oils Guide.  Here you will find more information on each oil, what it is recommended for, and a little history of it's use.

21 Drops would make a great gift by itself, or you could add it to a gift basket.  Take a moment to learn more and then follow them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you soon!

Friday, November 21, 2014

MixerMate-The Must-Have Gift For Chefs!! #GiftGuide #Giveaway


I am so excited to share this wonderful gift idea with you all as part of our 2014 holiday gift guide!! Being as I love to bake, I am always on the lookout for neat gadgets and tools to use in the kitchen. About a month ago I discovered what I personally believe is absolutely one of the BEST ideas to come along for the kitchen!! 



NewMetro Design graciously sent me one of their MixerMate Bowls for review. This is not your ordinary mixing bowl, and after using it-it's hard to use any other bowl now! The MixerMate is actually designed for use with hand mixers. Instead of that awkward round shape that makes it necessary to keep scraping the sides and pausing to get all your batter in the right spot to mix, it's a funnel shape. This means it completely mixes all your ingredients with so much less -in fact with no - trouble or mess! NewMetro Design claims the shape reduces mixing time by 30%, and I absolutely believe it. 



MixerMate bowls are 3-quart capacity, and I was even able to mix up a double batch of chocolate chip cookies in the bowl with no spilling or overflow. Even with all the ingredients for a double batch, my hand mixer was easily able to get it all mixed with no trouble in the MixerMate-no easy feat, I assure you! 



Other aspects of the MixerMate that I love are: it's dishwasher-safe, has 4 spouts for easy pouring, doesn't slide around while mixing (due to the non-skid base), and it comes in several colors that will brighten up your kitchen!


NewMetro Design is offering a red MixerMate Bowl to one of our readers!!

Snyder of Berlin and Holiday Snacking

Hi Neighbors!

Snyder of Berlin has recently changed some of it's packaging to honor their hometown of Berlin PA.  They are starting the change with their 2.75 ounce snack bags.  By 2015 the new packaging will extend to their full line of snacks.  Now, Snyder of Berlin is not changing their products, just the packaging, so you can expect the same great flavor as always.



The changes you will see will include, Facts Up Front.  This will feature key nutritional information.  Remember that their Original, Salt and Vinegar, Cheddar and Sour Cream, and Bar-B-Q are all gluten-free.

The barn seen on the front of the package is reminiscent of barns seen throughout the Berlin PA area. You will be able to read about features of different locations throughout the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands.  Some of these include: Ohiopyle Falls, Wolf Rocks, the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail and the Lower Humbert Covered Bridge.  A neat way to learn.  My children love to share facts they read off of packages.  They seem to be fascinated to share information that no one else knew.



So as you plan your holiday snacking, don't forget Snyder of Berlin!  Thank you for stopping in!  See you soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ozobot, A Hot New Tech Toy #GiftIdea



Hey neighbors!

Meet Ozobot!  The tiny little game piece that interacts with you and your tablet.  You can play with Ozobot with or without a tablet, but having a tablet really increases the fun!  Ozobot is a super #GiftIdea for the techie in your life, whether young or old.

The picture below shows what came in my set.  There were two Ozobots, one black and one white skin, two bonus skins, two carry pods and two USB chargers.  You can purchase the Ozobots as a set of two ($99.99) or purchase a single Ozobot ($49.99).


Ozobot will follow color coded lines and designs that you create.  Using color codes you can make him move, dance, play and just have fun.



The Draw App was free to download and they have the App available in both Android and IOS.  We used my iPad Mini for our review, but I think my daughter is going to download it to her tablet also.  We played a couple of the drawing games.  My daughter (14), caught on before I did.  There is a page that shows the color codes and what response they cause.  The chart is a big help when you first start out.  There are supposed to be more apps coming out soon. The Drawing App has three options to choose from: Freedraw, Playground and Challenge.  On their website you will also find a place where you can print off games.




The part my daughter really liked though, had nothing to do with an app.  We took several sheets of printer paper and drew our own track for our Ozobots.  We started out with just the black marker, and then started adding the other colors also.  You do need to make your lines a little bit wider than just a fine line.  We found out our little Ozobots became confused if the line was too narrow.  The best markers to use are sharpies or Crayola markers.  After we started adding some different colors my daughter went a little wild, adding more and more to the track.  She finally had to add more paper!


Your child or you, will in a sense be earning programming, using colors to program the Ozobot.  As they become more familiar with the Ozobot and the coding they will be able to create their own games and play.  Also as people continue to work with the Ozobot I have a feeling more apps will come available.

My entire family enjoyed the Ozobot and were actually impressed at the Ozobot's ability to follow the path.  As each one arrived home we had to show them how it worked on her design that she drew.  We are going to take it on our trip with us for entertainment, both in the vehicle with the app and then later at the hotel.

Please take a moment and follow Ozobot on their social media pages:
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

One neighbor will receive their very own Ozobot.  What a great gift idea, neighbors!  Thank you for stopping by today!