Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Tints Review and Giveaway


Neighbors,

Long day here today. We even had a few little snow flurries. I love weather like this! I have my newest Carmex product to share with you. I really like the Carmex Sheer Peach and Sheer Pink Tints. They are still a hydrating lip balm, but they have a hint of color to them. Both contain 12149 Helmar Rd, Newark, IL 60541itamin E and Aloe, SPF 15 Sunscreen and they come with a slant tip. They smell good too! Both my daughters older daughters like them. My Carmex has a tendency to disappear from time to time. I usually know where to find it though. Personal preference, I like the Pink Tint, but both are equally nice to use. I have especially dry lips and have been carrying Carmex with me lately. It lasts, and I like the way it goes on. I personally do not use lipstick, and I like that I can use this lip balm with just a hint of color and shine. And the best part is it keeps my lips hydrated.



I love that Carmex started out as a family business and is still owned and operated by family.


Carmex:

armex® lip balm was invented in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing, literally on the family stovetop. For the next 20
years, Alfred and his wife made Carmex by hand and poured it into the familiar yellow-capped jars.

Eventually production moved out of the Woelbing home and into a rented facility in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where it remained until the move in 1975 to its current site in Franklin, Wisconsin.

Carma Labs employs about 100 people and is still owned and operated by the family: Alfred's grandsons Erik and Paul Woelbing. The Woelbing stove is now used for cooking things the family can actually eat."

Carmex products are a great way to protect your lips. The Moisture Plus Lip Tints are just another one of their excellent products. Make sure you try some. They can be purchased at Walgreens or Walgreens.com. So, buy a couple and throw them in your purse to have when you need them. They also make a great gift basket idea. Put them in a small basket along with a favorite perfume or bath soap.

The winner of this giveaway will receive (2) one of each Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Tints.

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received 2 Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Tints for review purposes. All quotes are from the Carmex website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine

5 Tips for Holiday Tech Shopping

Hi Neighbors,
I just saw this opportunity on TwitterMoms where they are teaming up with Staples to get tips out on Holiday Tech Shopping. And, they have offered us a chance to get in on the fun by writing about our tips:) So, I will be giving you my five tips on Holiday Tech shopping.

1.Do your research.
I am very big about looking around to see what I can find out about a product or a brand. I want the best I can get for the cheapest amount of money. Make sure you get the facts about what you want to buy. Does it do everything you want it to, will it last long enough, are you going to be spending more money on upkeep than you paid for it? These are just some questions I would ask myself when buying tech products.

2.Look for reviews.
Yes I am a blogger so this hits me as one of the first things to look for. But it should be pretty easy to figure out for anyone. Check the internet for reviews by people who already have tried the item out. Whether someone who did a product review for a company or someone who purchased the item and wrote about it. And look for people who are like you. I am not a real geek person, so I am going to look for someone who is not tech oriented and see what they have to say about it. Is it hard to figure out how to use it? How about downloading or uploading? Is it something I will be able to use without having to read a 100 page book:)

3.Shop for deals.
Many stores have deals that run around the Holidays. Often things are marked way down or they offer gift cards or rebates. Look ahead and don't make a snap decision. And if you are shopping online, make sure to go through a cash back site. Sometimes this gets you a good amount back but every little bit helps.

4.Try it out at the store.
Normally with tech products, stores will have them where you can try one out. Take a look at it and see if it is really what you want. Sometimes you can get the cheaper one because you really don't need the extra gadgets. This really struck me with iPods. They are a music player, camera, etc all in one. Just make sure you really need what you want. Many times our eyes want what we don't need.

5.Make a budget.
Everyone should have a budget anyways, but when it comes to purchasing Tech products we really need one:) Plan how much you want to spend and don't go over that. This is where the research comes in too because you don't want to go buy something and then find out you have to purchase a plan or apps for it to do what you want. These things cost extra and sometimes are more than the product.

These are just five things I thought of off the top of my head. I am sure there are tons more out there. Leave me a comment and tell me your top tip. I am always happy when people leave comments because it lets me know you are really reading my posts:)

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Staples blogging program, making me eligible for a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cover Your Hair Review and Giveaway! $25 Surprise Gift Box

Neighbors,

Here's another great gift Basket Bonanza idea! Cover Your Hair sent me two of the cutest Hairbands. My daughters love them and I think they look great. We received a black Dashing Headband with Tails. It is 100% cotton, 10 inch tails, with a bead design on top. Really cute! The second one is a dark brown Fabulous Flower Suede Headband. This one is 100% Suede with a really pretty pink and pale green flower and leaf design. My daughters have worn them to church already. They sure help keep their hair neater looking. Especially with the wind we have been experiencing in Chicago.





Cover Your Hair has so many nice hair accessories and head-coverings. We personally do not wear head-coverings, but know many women who do. My daughters wear something in their hair almost everyday. The older two have a tendency to pull the sides back and the younger two either use headbands, or pull their hair back in a ponytail or a braid. And of course, we have the occasional bun. They all enjoy being and looking feminine.



For my friends who do wear head-coverings, Cover Your Hair carries:Scarves, Bandanas, Tichels, and Snoods. They have a variety of colors and sources, that will complement whatever you may choose to wear. I do appreciate the stand they take on the head-covering. If you believe you should be wearing one, then cover your hair, not just the top of your head. (Sorry, I just had to let that out.)






Cover Your Hair also is offering readers a 20% discount. Just enter this code "blog1231". The code expires 12/31/10.

The winner of this giveaway will receive a $25 Surprise Gift Box from Cover Your Hair.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Cover Your Hair and then leave a comment here, telling me something you especially like at Cover Your Hair. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/13 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a 2 nice headbands for review purposes. All quotes are from the Cover Your Hair website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Sipperz Review and Giveaway!

Hi Neighbors!

Beautiful crisp day out here At the Fence! I have a really neat product to share today. They are called Super Sipperz. I received two sets of Super Sipperz. We had so much fun playing with these. Super Sipperz comes with 80 parts. Both straws and connectors. Also included was a section of tubing and a set of glasses (made of a tube of course!). You can build all sorts of twists and turns into your straw design and then enjoy. We started out small and then decided to get very creative. A couple of times we had a leak where the connector had not been put on tight, but otherwise it worked great. And you can always replace the straws when needed. And you can buy the set for $9.95 and if you purchase a second set at the same time it is only $5.00 plus shipping.




She had so much fun. Doesn't she look like her mommy down below?


Not only can your children build and drink through the straws, they can also just design things for play.

Adults have fun with them too! One of my blogger friends tried it out for me! I think her daughter succeeded a little better :)






These are definitely alot of fun! And they come with a small mesh bag for the connectors. You can place the connectors in the mesh bag and clean them on the top rack of a dishwasher. Doesn't it look like fun?

Put a set of these in a basket with a nice tumbler or mug and then add some drink mix.

Winner of this giveaway will receive one set of Super Sipperz.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Super Sipperz website and watch the short video then leave a comment here to let me know that you did. You do not have to be a blogger, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/11 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Super Sipperz for review purposes. All quotes are from the Super Sipperz website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Friday, November 26, 2010

LIbre Loose Leaf Tea Glass Review!


Hello,

Here is a great item for my neighbors who love their loose leaf tea. It is from Libre and is a glass 'n poly Loose Leaf Tea Glass. I love the design. It is not only functional, it is pretty too! It holds 9 oz. It is double walled. The inside being glass and the outside the poly. When you remove the lid, you will see the stainless steel filter that is built in side the second lid. This is really nice for carrying your tea around with you throughout the day. You remove the lid and filter and fill your glass with hot water to just below the rim of the glass. Screw on the filter and place 2-3 grams of loose leaf tea in the filter. Place lid on and tighten. (Be sure to allow to cool a little so steam does not cause leaks.) To steep the tea turn the glass upside down. When it is the color and strength you like, remove the lid and filter together and enjoy your tea. The leaves can be saved inside the filter to use again if desired. Now you can make some tea throughout the day, as long as you can heat water. Pretty nice, I think. And like I said it is also very pretty!



From Libre:Benefits of Loose Leaf Tea

"Loose leaf tea has a much smaller eco-footprint than teabags. Unlike ‘bagged’ tea, loose leaf tea is sold by weight, easy to dispose of and biodegradable. It also requires minimal packaging, unlike bagged tea, which requires significant packaging resources and generates considerably more waste with its bags, boxes and plastic wrappers.
Bagged tea is often made from loose leaf tea production’s tea dust or ‘fannings,’ resulting in a brew that is much less flavourful.
As loose leaf tea is sold by weight, only two to three grams are required for every cup, making it much more cost-effective than pre-packaged teabags."



Ever wondered about the caffeine in tea? See the chart at Libre. You might want to consider following Libre on Twitter. And on the left hand side of their website you can sign up for an email newsletter that will let you receive updates, specials and promotions.

This would be great in a gift basket with some different flavors of loose leaf teas. I know I would appreciate something like this. You can purchase the Loose Leaf Tea Glass for $24.99 right on their website. So stop by and see what they have to offer at Libre.

"Thank you Lori for the review of our product: If your readers would like to take advantage of our Thanksgiving/Pre-Christmas sale - 15% off until December 1, free shipping on orders over $60!
Use coupon code SHARELIBRELOVE when you check out. www.libretea.com "

Disclosure:I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. I did receive 1 Loose Leaf Tea Glass. All quotes are taken from the Libre website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

My Pillow Pets Review and Giveaway!

Hi Neighbors,

I am including this one in the Gift Basket Bonanza, but I don't think it will actually fit. I received the sweetest brown puppy from My Pillow Pets. He is soooooo soft! He is a tan with dark brown ears, dark brown spot on his tail, and a dark brown embroidered nose. My Pillow Pets are so great because they are a stuffed animal and a pillow all in one. My children are constantly pointing them out at stores and telling me which one is their favorite. Of course I am saving this one as a gift.


My Pillow Pets are great for trips as they are an animal to play with and then become the pillow for nap time. I am sure there are some adults hooked on the My Pillow Pet's softness. I am! You can purchase the larger My Pillow Pets 18 inch for $24.99 and the smaller My Pillow Pets 11 inch for $14.99. You can purchase them online, or check your local stores or mall kiosks as I have seen them several places this year. Another thing, make sure you are getting a real My Pillow Pets. Look for the My Pillow Pets Label underneath the stuffed animal.


The velcro comes with a little cover to keep it from scratching. Wasn't that a great idea?

About Pillow Pets:

"Launched in 2003 My Pillow Pets are snuggly plush companions that are also a
comfortable pillow for bed, television, or travel time. Made from the softest, highquality
chenille, safety-tested and retail ready. There are more than 20 styles of
loveable Pillow Pets available. It’s huggable fun for children and adults.
Owned by husband and wife team, Jennifer and Clint Telfer, CJ Products has been in
business for 12-years bringing toys, gifts and accessories to the retail and kiosk market."






The winner of this giveaway will receive a My Pillow Pets Snuggly Puppy.

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Snuggly Puppy My Pillow Pets for review purposes. All quotes are from the My Pillow Pets website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine

Gourmet Gift Baskets Review and Giveaway!

Hey All,

A great addition to the Gift Basket Bonanza, Gourmet Gift Baskets! I received the Christmas Gift Basket Classic. This gift basket is gorgeous and my husband had a hard time waiting to open it. The items in the basket include:Almond Pecan-dy Crunch, Buttered Peanut Crunch, Brent and Sam's Gourmet Cookies (Chocolate Chip Pecan), Dipping Pretzels, Metropolitan Mix (Trail Mix), Roasted and Salted Large Cashews, Cheese Biscuits, Chocolate Cherries, Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate Bar, and Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip. Yummy! Doesn't that put you in the mood for a snack? My husband loves the dark chocolate bar. And his next favorite was the Almond Pecan-dy Crunch. The children really enjoyed the CHocolate Cherries and the Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies. And I have to tell you, as odd as Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip sounds, it tastes great! Gourmet Gift Baskets has so many different Holiday Baskets available, that if this one doesn't suit your needs another one surely will! You can shop by holiday, special occasion, healthy, gourmet, or by price. I saw a couple of gift baskets with chocolate and my family loves chocolate. My husband's name is on the Dark Chocolate bar already.


Gift Basket Gourmet set a Guiness World Record for the World's Largest Cup of Coffee. It was 2,010 gallons of coffee. Here's a little bit about it from their website:

The previous record was set in 2007 at only 911.5 gallons. GourmetGiftBaskets.com broke this record early in the day at 7:45 a.m. and kept on going! Ryan Abood, CEO of GourmetGiftBaskets.com, saw the previous record and thought “now this will be an easy one to break.” Not quite “easy,” but definitely rewarding and something everyone at Blog World Expo, the world’s largest social media conference, has been talking about for days.

Upon breaking the World’s Largest Cup of Coffee, Abood and his team of 15 GourmetGiftBaskets.com employees also broke the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Cup of Iced Coffee on October 16, implementing the same system they perfected with the hot cup of joe but with a little more tweaking. The iced coffee was required to be below 45 degrees and it took 3,500 pounds of ice to attain the record breaking temperature. Not to mention, they had to empty out 100 gallons of coffee to accommodate the ice and after taking all day to perfect, finally broke the record as the show’s doors were closing!

“We wanted to break both records because we had this massive cup and thought, we’d be crazy not to,” says Ryan Abood, CEO of GourmetGiftBasktets.com. “We had all the tools necessary and loved the challenge!” Check out our YouTube Videos documenting the iced coffee drama and the rest of our Guinness World Record experience.


The winner of this giveaway will receive a Christmas Gift Basket Classic from Gourmet Gift Baskets.



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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Christmas Gift Basket Classic for review purposes. All quotes are from the Gourmet Gift Baskets website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bearski Bath and BodyReview and Giveaway!

Hi Neighbors,

I thought I'd do a quick review of Bearski Bath and Body products. They sent me a sample of their Goat Milk Lotion (with honey and shea butter), Velvet Lips lip balm with creamy cocoa butter, bees wax and vitamin e, and a Kidz Fizzy Bomb w/a surprise inside. The Goats Milk Lotion is whipped honey and almond. I really like the fragrance. It does not feel oily when you are done and may hands feel so soft. The Velvet Lips has a citrus fragrance and keeps your lips moisturized. My 10 year old love the Kidz Fizzy Bomb and was surprised to find a small plastic horse inside when it had dissolved. We received the Funky Fruit. You could smell the fruit scent throughout the bathroom.







About Bearski:

"Welcome to Bearski Bath & Body! We work hard to give you the yummiest, prettiest, skin-lovingest, handmade soaps, lotions and body products available. Give a gift of Bearski stuff, or keep it for yourself - our soap and lotions are good for every body. You're sure to find a fragrance that makes your nose sing, and if not, feel free to shoot us a suggestion for a new smell.

Bearski, a family owned and operated business, is the second incarnation of Jinny Crickets Soap & Stuff. Jinny Crickets was founded about 5 years ago in Hays, Kansas, where the owner, Jami, perfected the recipes for the products we sell today. Our goal is to uphold the high standards set by Jinny Crickets - we have a new name, but we're delivering the same great good-for-you products. Bearski is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While we don't have a store front at this time, our products are available online, at one of our home soap parties or at one of the many fine retail locations that offer our products.

Bearski Bath & Body products are made with skin loving ingredients that nourish and moisturize your skin. Check out the way your skin feels when you use them. Our money back guarantee reflects the confidence that we have in our products, and the promise that you'll love them, or your money back. "

Bearski Bath and Body carries handmade products for everyone in your family including your dog. I am interested in trying some of their home and car fragrances in the future. Like their room spray that comes in so many delicious sounding scents.

The winner of this giveaway will receive a small Bearsk

i Bath and Body Gift Basket. It contains 2 items. I am going to have to tell you what is included on Tuesday, as you guessed it, I didn't bring it to Chicago with me. (I am so disorganized this trip!) The Goat Milk Lotion, a Lip Balm and a bar of soap.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Bearski Bath and Body website and then in a comment tell me what product you would like to try. You do not have to be a blogger, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/9 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a few samples for review purposes. All quotes are from the Bearski Bath and Body website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Travalo Review

Hi Neighbors,

I received a Travalo for review. This is a really handy item and great for a gift basket. It is a mini refillable spray bottle for perfume. Mine is silver. It is aircraft grade aluminum body and no glass at all. It is aircraft approved. Safe in hand luggage. Empty weight is 13g. It holds 50 sprays and is so convenient for traveling. It is very easy to fill and refill. Use a bottle of perfume that has a removable nozzle. It was so simple to fill. You just remove the cap from the bottle of perfume you are using and then press the bottom of the Travalo down on the tube and press it up and down. You can see it filling in the window of the bottle. This is an easy way to carry some of your favorite scent with you throughout the day to freshen up with.


It is small and convenient to carry in your purse. Travalo is the size of my index finger or a tube of lipstick. Light weight. Travalo comes in several color choices. I will be carrying mine around with me from now on. You can order it online for $14.99 each. This would make a great little gift.


From Travalo:

  • Approved for carry-on luggage on board flights
  • Eco-friendly (98% recyclable)
  • Holds over 50 sprays of perfume
  • Features a clear window to gauge level of perfume
  • Made from light and sturdy aircraft grade aluminum
  • Suitable for men or women
  • Product is 3.2in long and weighs only 0.5oz
  • Internal refill system doesn’t use funnels or other parts and is spill-free
Travalo is available online for purchase and at select Target and boutique retailers.

Put a Travalo in a gift basket with a bottle of her favorite perfume, add some hair clips, or some other small accessories.

Disclosure:I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. I did receive a Travalo for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Travalo website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Dot Girl Kit Review and Giveaway!



Neighbors,

I am posting a small warning here in case someone does not want to read this post about a kit for a girl's first period, but I will tell you in advance, that I keep all the posts family friendly. This kit is actually one of the few I have seen that is not too much or too little information. It directs the girls to go to their parent for more information and explains this time in a girl's life in a friendly useful manner. I will be saving mine for my 10 year old.


The Dot Girl Kit includes a small pink carrying case that can be put in a purse and not be obvious what it is in it. It has 5 pads, 2 moisturizing antibacterial wipes, 5 disposal bags, a small re-usable gel heating pad for cramps (it can also be used as a cold pack), and then a Dot Girl Period Answer Book.


The Dot Girl Answer Book is a small booklet that answers questions like:
1. What is a period anyway?
2. How long is a cycle?
3. How much blood will there be?
4. How many days will I bleed?
5. When will I get my first period?
There are several more and I am truly impressed with the way they cover the topics in easy to understand terms without being too explicit. And believe me I am very careful what I expose my family to. I recommend this kit and the booklet enclosed for mothers to help explain to their daughters what they can expect.

About Dot Girl:

"Our motivation to create The Dot Girl's First Period Kit® grew from our own awkward teenage experiences. Despite the fact that our mother was a wonderful nurturer to four daughters, she was never comfortable talking to us about our bodies. We found that this is more often the rule than the exception for both moms and dads. And the reality today is that parents often find themselves in the awkward position of having avoided the subject at all costs, to the detriment of their daughters. Our goal for the kit is to provide parents with the information and supplies you need to explain the basics of menstruation to your daughters. And for the girls, we hope that having the kit will lessen their anxiety about their first period and instead turn it into a positive experience."

You can also follow Dot Girl on Facebook and Twitter. Between the website and the Facebook and Twitter page there is a lot of information that can help you prepare your daughter for her first period, and even for other questions she might have after she starts.


This would definitely be something to stick in a gift basket for a young teen girl, along with a bottle of perfume, or some lotion. You could throw in some chapstick or bath soap, a nail polish, maybe a book.

The winner of this giveaway will receive their own Dot Girl Kit ($19.99).

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Dot Girl website and then let me know in a comment that you visited the Dot Girl site and looked around a bit. Yes, I am taking you at your word for this. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/8 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)

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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a Dot Girl Kit for review purposes. All quotes are from the Dot Girl website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

NOVICA $35 GC Giveawy

Hi Neighbors,

One more trip out At the Fence this evening. This would make a great addition to someone's gift basket. You could give them the code, or you could choose an item from Novica to put in the basket. Novica carries so much from Artisans all over the world. They have some simply stunning handmade jewelry. My daughters have ordered a couple of necklaces from Novica.


Under their Unique Gifts I found a gorgeous shawl called Butterfly Bliss. Or maybe you would like the Amethyst Bracelet available. I could seriously spend hours browsing the Novica site. My daughters love to look around and see what is new.


Come on men, this would be something great to win for your wife. Isn't there something she would like from Novica? Maybe you could look together and get some ideas of what she would like. Or you could check out the page they have of Gifts for Her.


From Novica:

"We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.

At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.

We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it."

The winner of this giveaway will receive a $35 Novica GC.

Mandatory Entry:Visit the Novica website and find one item within the range of the GC that you might like to buy, and then leave a comment here, letting me know what it is. You do not have to be a blogger, but you do need to leave a valid email where you can be reached should you win. This giveaway will end 12/7 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra Entries:


1. Become a neighbor ( follower). Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

2. Subscribe to At the Fence. Leave a comment to let me know that you did/ do. 1 entry

3. Tell me in a comment if you are going to use this as a gift or for yourself. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment with the link. 1 tweet per day. 1 comment per day.

5. Do a post regarding this giveaway. Leave a comment with a link. 2 entries, so 2 comments.

6. Leave a comment on one of my review posts (Not a giveaway). 1 entry

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did not receive anything for review purposes. All quotes are from the Novica website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.