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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winter Surprise Box Update #1

Hi neighbors!

I am sure you have been wondering when we were going to add to our surprise box.  Well here is where we are going to add a few things.  First we have, some Autumn Woods wax melts!  Perfect for the holidays!  A nice pine smell!  Next we have a Crystal Blue Nail Polish!  And we have a of coupons for 5 free Junior Frosty's from Wendy's!

Be sure to keep a look out for future updates, as I already have some items planned to add to this box!  Some you may even choose to use as gifts yourself!

Go HERE, to find the Rafflecopter and enter!  Oh, and I added one more entry option!

Friday, November 27, 2015

2015 HGG : Gold Toe Socks Review + Giveaway

Hello Neighbors!

We're trying to get these products added to our Gift Guide so that you have plenty of items to choose from for your Christmas shopping.  These would be a big hit for any of my boot-lovin' girls...

As you can see from the photo above, I received five packs of socks.  And yes, my girls were ready to fight over them.  They are all themed nicely for the Holiday season, and would make a great fashion statement.  

Ahhh... the iconic gold toe.  The gold toe of this brand of socks has become widely known as an assurance of quality.  And it continues on!  These socks are definitely made to last with the reinforced toe and the spandex for perfect fit.  These are quite comfortable (believe me, I have experience), and will help keep you warm as it gets cooler outside.  

So, these would definitely make a great gift, and not just for boot-lovers either!  They have all sorts of styles, sizes, and designs available on the Gold Toe website so you'd be able to find something for everyone on your gift list.  

1 of my Neighbors is going to receive the following pack of Gold Toe Socks!

I received no monetary compensation for this review and giveaway.  I did receive product for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

How to Get Contact Lenses for the First Time

Wearing glasses can get annoying for a lot of people. Although it's easy to put them on, there's no hiding the fact you're wearing them. Many people who wear glasses decide to try contact lenses, although some do it sooner than others. However, trying them out for the first time can be a bit frightening. Not everyone immediately takes to the idea of putting something in their eye. It can take a while to get used to them, and even to have the courage to try them.  If you're nervous about trying contact lenses for the first time, use this guide to help you through your journey.

Have a Contact Lens Fitting

First, you'll need to have a contact lens fitting to find the right lenses for you. You might already have a glasses prescription, but you need to visit your optician to get contacts. They will talk to your about your needs and discuss wearing contact lenses with you. They also look at your eyes and might put a test pair of lenses into your eyes to make sure your eyes are suitable. When you have your contacts, they can teach you how to put your them in and take them out. They'll also show you how to take care of them if you use reusable ones.

Choose What Sort of Contacts You Want

Selecting the contact lenses you use should be based on what your requirements are. People wear contact lenses for different reasons and various lengths of time. If you only want to wear them occasionally, daily disposable lenses are probably best for you. You can learn more about the benefits of daily lenses and the different brands available. You can also get two-weekly disposables and monthly disposables. Or you can try extended-wear contacts, which you can wear even when sleeping. If you have astigmatism, you'll need toric lenses, which are a different shape to standard contacts.


Get Used to Wearing Them

It can take a little while to adjust to wearing contact lenses. When you first get them, you will often get a few pairs to test out. The optician might suggest that you wear them for a bit longer each day to help your eyes get used to them. You'll soon start to find them more comfortable. It gets easier to put them in and take them out too, and it can become second nature in no time. When you run out of your lenses, you can order more online and have them delivered.

Go Back for Checkups

It's good practice to have your eyes checked every two years. Many experts recommend that you get a contact lens examination every 12 months. Make sure you plan these appointments so you can keep your prescription up to date. You should also see your optician if your vision is worsening, or if you notice any discomfort or redness when you wear your contacts.

You might be hesitant about getting contact lenses, but once you do, you won't regret it. You don't have to wear them all the time to enjoy using them.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Unique Personalized Gifts from Things Remembered! #HGG2015

Holiday gift shopping can be both fun and a chore at the same time. Shopping for some people is easy, others not so much. I have three family members that fall under the not-so-much category, simply because they're not into any particular hobbies or anything, so finding that perfect gift is very hard! One of them loves books, but gifting books year after year can get boring. My brother pretty much has the items he's really excited about, so getting something he'll actually really like is hard. That's where Things Remembered comes in, a company that offers unique, personalized gifts for people of all ages and tastes!
I was able to review the Men's Dopp Kit from Things Remembered, and this is certainly something that J will love to find under the tree this Christmas! This is a luxury dopp kit, not your cheapo standard mens toiletry bag. It's very roomy, with plenty of space for his shaving supplies, shampoo, soap, etc. Anything and everything he needs toiletry-wise will fit in this bag! It also has two inside pockets (one of which zips closed), so  he can find a safe place to put his toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, or any other small item he doesn't want getting lost in the larger space.

The bag itself also features a zipper closure, which is great for making sure nothing gets dropped out during travel. I've seen some toiletry bags that have a snap closure, and I just don't think they're quite as secure! There's also a handle on one end for easy carrying. The best part about this dopp kit is you can have it personalized with your man's monogrammed initials, to add that special touch to an already great gift. You can choose both the bag color and the monogramming color, so you can personalize it to the recipient's style for the perfect holiday gift!

2015 HGG : Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Review!

Hey Neighbors!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies!  I received it in the Precious Pink color... my daughter loves the color of it.  It will look very nice sitting on her desk.

Before I get started telling you about my pencil sharpener, let me tell you a little bit about Classroom Friendly Supplies... "There is nothing worse than being interrupted in your classroom by the annoying sound of a pencil sharpener. It brings your lesson to a screeching halt. I am an elementary school teacher and the owner of Classroom Friendly Supplies. I started selling these quiet and efficient sharpeners after realizing that many fellow teachers were also struggling with the same problems as I was having. Over the past 10 years I have sold to thousands of teachers. There are now over 2,500 school districts across the US that have decided to purchase Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpeners. As you can see, word has spread quickly.If you would like an affordable option which eliminates the annoyance of your current classroom pencil sharpener then look no further. These sharpeners truly are amazing!  For a fraction of the price of an electric sharpener, you can get a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener today. We also offer FREE shipping and a 90 Day Money Back Guarantee."

This pencil sharpener is one of the best.  It's very easy to use for both teachers or students.  Look at the point on this pencil... I think it's about the sharpest pencil I've seen!  Definitely makes writing look much neater on paper.  The shavings of the pencil drop into this little clear "drawer" that is super easy to pull out and empty.  

This is a must have for homeschoolers or teachers, and would be a big hit as a gift.  You can purchase the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener on their website, and 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.  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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bertolli Riserva Pasta Sauce Review and Giveaway!

Hey neighbors!

Imagine my excitement to receive 4 jars of the new Bertolli Riserva Pasta Sauces.  Four different jars arrived in a special box just so the family could try it out and then share what we though with you.

Our first jar we used on meatballs one evening to make meatball subs.  We used the Marinara with Parmigiano and Reggiano.  My husband could even taste a difference.  He commented on the flavor during dinner.  It has a garden fresh flavor.  Just look at the chunks of tomato in the sauce below.

We used the frozen meatballs, but the sauce really made a difference in the taste of the meatballs.

The next jar we used to make homemade pizzas.  We often use a flatbread for our crust and then add sauce and all kinds of toppings!  We used the Asiago Cheese and Artichokes.  It came out really good and tasty!  This one you can see small pieces of artichoke.   I think this one would taste even better over pasta instead of on our pizza, because you will be able to taste the flavor better.

These are some really tasty sauces.  Great over pasta, as pizza sauce, lasagna, etc.  The other two sauces are Balsamic Vinegar & Carmelized Onions and Porcini Mushroom & White Truffle Oil.  I will enjoy the one with carmelized onions and I KNOW my daughter will like the Porcini mushroom one!  She loves mushrooms.  The last two we will be using in a pasta based recipe.  I am thinking lasagna or manicotti.

Follow Bertolli on their social media:
Twitter - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Which one would you like to try?  How about all four?  Yes, one neighbor will receive a box from Bertolli just like I received.  So, start entering!  Perfect for holiday entertaining!  Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Advice For Keeping Your Family Safe

Greg Westfall

All parents should want to keep their family safe from harm. You are responsible for ensuring your kids grow up in a healthy environment that meets their requirements. The tips I’ve published on this page are designed to point you in the right direction. I won’t have time to cover everything today, and so you still need to use some common sense. There are dangers around every corner, and your children are sure to find them. Considering all that, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to limit exposure.

  • Always ensure doors and windows are locked at night

Many people speak of a time when they didn’t need to lock their doors and windows at night. However, those times are gone, and you need to be more careful. Like it or not, there are lots of criminals who might want to break into your property. The last thing you need is for them to appear in your child’s bedroom during the early hours. You can also fit an alarm system that will trigger if someone enters your home. With a bit of luck, that should help to keep your entire family safe from harm.

  • Keep your eyes open for potential hazards

Potential hazards are everywhere these days. Your family run the risk of becoming injured in every part of their lives. Even shopping trips can become problematic when workers have forgotten to clean up a spillage. The personal injury specialists at Zaner Harden Law say many of their clients are from families just like yours. It’s important you always seek compensation when someone becomes injured because you are entitled to it by law. However, keeping your eyes open for possible dangers should help to limit the chances of that happening.

  • Look out for safety warnings and signs

Business owners and the government will erect safety warning signs wherever there is a need. You need to make sure you pay attention to them at all times. Maybe there is an area of the footpath that is currently undergoing work? You don’t want to trip over and break your ankle. That is especially the case when there were warnings in place. You would struggle to get compensation when you have failed to notice the signs. The same goes for motorists who plan to do a lot of driving this winter. Road signs are there to keep you safe - so pay attention!

We all want to make sure no harm comes to our loved ones, and that means we need to act responsibly. Try not to take any extra risks this year if you want to avoid a trip to the hospital. Always lock your windows and doors, and never forget to keep your eyes peeled. Potential accidents are everywhere, and it’s up to you to use your head. Don’t let your kids play outside unsupervised, and make sure you attend all your medical appointments. Everyone wants a hassle-free existence, and the advice on this page should help you to achieve that goal.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Home Hair Removal With Flash&Go! #HGG2015

Anyone here actually enjoy shaving? Not me! If you're like me, then you get tired of shaving your legs, underarms, etc. It may only take a few minutes, but when you have to do it every few days or every week, it gets annoying. That's why I was excited to learn about the Flash&Go, a home hair removal device from Silk'n!

I received the Flash&Go Luxx for review from Silk'n. The Flash&Go is not an actual hair removal tool, you do have to shave the area you'd like to remove hair in. Then (for best results) immediately follow your hair removal with a Flash&Go treatment (it doesn't have to be right after the shaving, but it works best then). Simply plug the device in, choose your setting, and start zapping! There are 5 settings, and it is recommended that you start at the lowest setting and gradually work up. This is a home pulsed light device that targets the hair follicles at the root, disabling future growth! No, it's not a one-treatment cure for unwanted hair, but it does work! You can actually see results after just a few treatments, with slower hair growth, and less hair period. The first four treatments are done at two week intervals, and after that it goes to once a month, or as needed. The Flash&Go is FDA-approved, and is a perfectly safe and easy way to get rid of unwanted hair in the comfort of your home. 

I have used the Flash&Go for two treatments now, and I love how easy it is to use. The spot size is 4 centimeters, so it's a good size that can work for smaller areas, but also ensures you're not taking half an hour to treat one leg! The device is a handy size too; you're not struggling to maneuver some big tool, it's just a small, handheld piece. I also like that it's not battery-powered, so you don't have to worry about the device dying in the middle of a treatment. 

This holiday season, give the gift of smooth skin! For a lifetime of permanent, painless hair removal results, there’s no better solution than the Flash&Go Luxx. The Luxx works on body areas large and small. And it saves hundreds of dollars vs. other hair removal treatments. Get your forever results today!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Review and Giveaway!

Hi neighbors!

How many of you have heard of Trim Healthy Mama, or THM in the past year or so?  Trim Healthy Mama, is a plan designed to help you eat properly and thus lose weight.  THM was started by by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.  These two women who used to sing together, through much study wrote the original Trim Healthy Mama book.  The book included their story of how they got started and the approach and plan to following THM.  Also included in the book were recipes, menus, and other hints and tips.  I received a copy of both new books from Mom's Meet.

When people began requesting an easier way to get get started, they decided to re-release the book as two separate books. Trim Healthy Mama Plan, gives you the information behind the eating strategy.  Basically the hows and whys of what makes THM work.  The second book is the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  This book gives you meal plans and of course great recipes.  This allows those who want to just jump right in the ability to start changing their meals right away.


You may ask, "Is Trim Healthy Mama" a diet plan?  My answer would be, "Yes and No."  It is actually a new way to eat.  You are still allowed many foods on THM, you are just putting them together a little differently.  You will learn which foods should be eaten together, which foods to completely avoid and great substitutes for other foods.  One of our favorite substitutes is using cauliflower, instead of potatoes.  We have used them as mashed potatoes, potatoe salad, hash browns and tater tots.  Yes, the recipes are all in the new book.

A snack my daughter found using Lavash and sprinkling with cinnamon and Splenda.

The plan is based on three different types of meals.  The S meal, the E meal and the FP.  An S Meal or Satisfying Meal, focuses on the fats or filling foods.  An E Meal or Energy Meal focuses on the right types and amount of carbs to provide your body with energy.  FP or Fuel Pull, is a light meal designed to pull fuel from your reserves.  This is great  to use as a kick starter if you hit a slump or you just want to throw one in during your plan.  A crossover includes a little of both the S and E and are used sparingly until you have reached your goal weight, or until needed.

I am diabetic and have found that most of their meals work for me.  So far I am only partially on plan, but I will say that my 18 year old daughter has already lost weight and gone down several clothing sizes while only partially on the THM plan.

While on THM you will remove sugar, most flour and other foods that are extremely high in sugar or natural sugar.  As a diabetic, I am well aware of what these foods do, once in your system.  Since I have already cut out many of these foods, changing over to THM should be quite easy.

You may ask, "Will I always be hungry on this diet and missing food?"  I would give a loud "No."  You will be amazed at what still is permitted on the THM plan.  Instead of starving yourself and yoyoing back and forth on weight, you will actually be learning a new way to eat.  Diets generally have you on an extremely strict plan of what you can eat, so that you lose weight, the whole time feeling hungry and dissatisfied.  THM on the other hand teaches you to eat healthy, you learn how to make good choices and it becomes a lifestyle.  You can even eat out and still stay on plan.


The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook will give the recipes you need to follow THM.  There are over 350 recipes inside.  You will have so many choices to choose from.  Will you like them all?  Maybe not, but there is always another one you can choose instead.  Not only that, but there are many places online to find more THM recipes.  You can check out the THM website first, where there is a recipe tab.

Now, if you decide that THM is right for you, you will want to bookmark their website.  After that be sure to follow their Facebook page where you will find more recipes, encouragement from others who are presently using THM and of course you will get to see and share victories with others who have been on the THM plan for varying amounts of time.  You will find those who have lost weight, those who have reached their goal, NSV, or Non Scale Victories.  You will actually have your own little community of others who are on the same plan.


Do you have to purchase anything special to follow the THM plan?  They do have their own sweetener, but it is not necessary for you to be on plan.  They also have a few other products available, but none of them are required for the Plan to work.  They are just made available to you as an option.  If you are willing to take the step to eat healthier, notice I did not say diet, THM can help.

As a family we have started implementing many of the THM recipes and I have to say, that most family members are enjoying them, even my husband.  We started out making the cauliflower dishes just for those of us who were trying to change over while still making potatoes for the rest of the family.  My husband started eating both, and then he just requested our cauliflower dishes.  Not bad!

What about your sweet tooth?  Are they desserts on THM?  Oh yes!  We have found several favorites either in the cookbook, or online.

THM is not what I would call a diet.  It is learning to eat differently.  You will still feel full on THM.  My daughters actually said they started feeling full on less.  You are still allowed things like steak and butter, you just learn the right way to use and mix them with other foods.  You still have sweets!  I am amazed at the different recipes available.

Some facts:

  • The Trim Healthy Mama Plan is the gentle and fun road to trim and healthy. It gives readers a unique way to lose weight and get healthy by eliminating sugar while still eating hearty, delicious food.
  • The book includes menu plans, a list of super foods, time-saving tips, and pantry stocking and lifestyle advice to help readers reach their goals.
  • The companion cookbook offers over 350 recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well.
  • This plan is for anyone, from those who love to cook from scratch with the purest ingredients, to those who can barely boil water. It’s not just for crunchy, health food types, and you don’t have to be an exercise fanatic to make this work.
  • The Trim Healthy Mamas will help you find your way out of the maze of diet foods, food fear, and miserable food bondage.
  • The Trim Healthy Mama Plan retails for $19.99, and the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook retails for $27.99 available everywhere books are sold. 

Be sure to follow THM on their social media:
Twitter: HERE
Facebook: HERE
Pinterest: HERE

The really good news for all my neighbors is, I have one copy of each book for a giveaway!  Yes, one neighbor will receive both books!  How exciting is that?  Be sure to enter and share the giveaway with others.  Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide Event : Janiebee Review + Giveaway!

Hello all!

Today I have another item to add to our growing Holiday Gift Guide Event.  This is one of my favorites!  For those of you that haven't seen them before, Janiebee makes quilted nap mats for children.  It gets even better though.... she makes them in a wide variety of designs (you're sure to find one for your child) and you can even have them personalized with a name!

*You can put a full name, but I covered the rest of Colbin's name for the photos.

Some dear friends of ours have an adorable little boy named Colbin.  Colbin loves cars, and the last time we met up with our friends I brought him a few toy cars I had bought for him, so we are now best buds.  :)  When the chance came up to review a nap mat I immediately thought of Colbin (they travel a lot, and are often at venues where a nap mat would be quite useful), and when I went in and looked at the designs available, I knew which one we would choose... the Speed Racer!  

This is a fun pattern that any young boy would love.  It is perfectly described as "Sleek coupes in navy, red, light blue and white play well with stripes, black and white race flag fabric, red plaid. All topped with dimple dot red blanket and pillowcase."  The fabrics all go together so well to create a sporty feel.  The dimple dot blanket and pillowcase are very soft (no more scratchy blankets!), and the blanket is more than adequately large enough.  I love that the blanket and pillowcase are attached to the mat -- no more losing them or having them get left somewhere.  There are handy little ties (plaid fabric) to keep your nap quilt rolled up neatly.  The pillowcase has velcro, so that you can remove and wash the pillow, or swap it out for one of your own.  The mat itself has TWO inches of a thick quilter's batting inside it, and believe me, it's comfortable!  

This is definitely something that would make a great Christmas gift this year.  The Speed Racer is going to be a big hit with Colbin as well as his mama!  You can view the variety of patterns available on the Janiebee website.  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their latest news and products.  

Janiebee is giving 1 of our Neighbors a chance to win any of the 
Boutique Nap Mats ($119.99) with Personalization!