Thursday, November 26, 2015

REVIEW: Tazo Chai

I was excited to try this new Tazo Chai. I love drinking different teas and such when it's cold and stormy out. I started off the 2015-16 winter season with this delicious drink!!

Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel or Classic?
Which one was for me? I really loved the Vanilla Caramel. It was so tasty! I enjoyed that flavor most!

I get to try this great new product, all because of Smiley 360!! The best part about it all??? It was FREE!! Yes, completely free!!! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard

Dead Mean Kill by L. Ron Hubbard

"A chilling story of gruesome murders and walking dead men....You can almost hear the 'kapows,' and 'blood-curdling screams."
Jackie Houchin,  American Chronicle
When I was asked to review this book, I was excited. I love reading and mystery/thriller type books are one of my favorites!!
When I received my package, I was surprised to see they included a copy of the audio book also. I look forward to "rereading" this book when I have less time and can listen!
Opening the book and seeing that it was originally published in July 1934 issue of Thrilling Detective, I was a little unsure if I was going to be able to get into such an old story. I was born almost 50 years after it was originally published. I worried it would be from a time too distant, where I couldn't relate and would become bored or not give the book a chance.
When I opened the book, I was happy about the format they used. I enjoy the bigger writing and spaced out pages, where I can read quickly and breeze through the book. I seem to read faster when I feel I am actually getting somewhere with my book.
The story I read, one Detective Terry Lane is on the case! He has a handful of clues that lead to dead men awaking from their graves to return to kill their enemies. Detective Lane must figure out not only who's creating these dead men walking (aka zombies) and why, but he must also figure out who to trust. The mysterious stranger, a young woman who Lane can't decide if she's for or against him, appears time and again. Chasing after the Loup-Garou and facing near death experiences really give the detective a run for his money.
About the Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Mr. Hubbard was a leader in American Pulp Fiction in the 1930's & 40's. He wrote 19 New York Times best sellers & had over 230 million copies of his works in circulation. He's been paid tribute to by authors such as Stephen King & Ray Bradbury.
My FINAL Review: 5/5
I really enjoyed this book. The story has a good plot and really keeps the reader entertained. I really like the layout and the sizing of the pages & writing. I really liked this book, I can see myself listening to it over and over on the audio book!
Get your copy today:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Renuzit Pearl Scents Review & Giveaway

As a Purex Insider I love new campaigns!! I love getting amazing things to make my home look and smell better!! This is my first time reviewing an amazing air freshener!!
I got a kit for Renuzit Pearl Scents!!
Beautiful air, by design!!
First off, I opened my Renuzit Pearl Scents to smell the amazing scent, which happened to be Sparkling Rain. It was a wonderful scent!!
The gel beads are neat, but I recommend putting this out of the reach of small children.
The other scents they offer are:
Blue Sky Breeze
Seductive Pineapple
This new Renuzit Pearl Scents idea is a great on!! The containers are really cute, pretty colored and easy to use! You can put them anywhere you want a little extra scent.
Wanna try for yourself?
Enter below:

Muller Dessert Inspired Yogurt Review (BZZAGENT)

Hi all!!

I'm a BzzAgent, which means I get to try lots of new products for FREE!! All I have to do is Buzz about them!! So, here I am to tell you all about the new Muller Dessert Inspired Greek Yogurt.
This new yogurt comes in 4 fantastic flavors:
Strawberry Cheesecake
Raspberry Brownie Supreme
Dulce De Luche Delight
Peach Cobbler
I got to try the Strawberry Cheesecake due to my Kroger only having that flavor!
However, even though there was lack of a choice, I did enjoy the Strawberry Cheesecake. It's really good!! I encourage you all to try it!! Find it at Kroger or one of their partner chains!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash & Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash Review & Giveaway

I was chosen to be a Dial Baby & Dial Kids product tester from Purex Insiders.
When my package arrived, I had to throw out the box due to a spill that happened along the way. The Dial Baby body + hair wash leaked everywhere.
My first product to try was the Dial Kids FOAMING hand wash.
The Dial Kids FOAMING hand wash was great for small children. It sends out a small splash of foam which allows them enough to wash their hands, yet doesn't allow them to make a huge, gooey mess.

The above photo is just one pump of the Dial Kids FOAMING hand wash. It smells very good, I give the scent factor a 5/5. I had watermelon scent and it was AMAZING!!

After using the hand wash a few days, I decided to try out the Dial Baby body + hair wash. I have a nephew who is 2, he's toddler age, yet he has pretty sensitive skin like a baby. I bathed him after he ate some ice cream to try out this product.

(Yes, we bath him in the sink!!)
The Dial Baby body + hair wash is fragrance free which is perfect for him. It left no residue and his skin was squeaky clean!!
Perfect for a baby's sensitive skin!!
Now, Purex Insiders have been generous enough to supply some coupons for me to give away so you also can try out one or the other of these great products!!

My Tips for Couponing: Finding Coupons

How do I get so many deals couponing you ask??

#1 Sign up for Freebie newsletters:

What better way to get a great deal on an item than by using a high value coupon?? When you order a free sample, most places will send you a higher value coupon than normal because if you like a product, they want you to purchase it too.

My current 2 favorites are:

If you have any others, post them in the comments section!! If I like them, I'll add them to my list!!

#2 Subscribe to your local newspaper.

I have a Sunday subscription that costs me $7 a month. I check it when I get it to see if there are any deals, along with the CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar General & Family Dollar adds to see if any of the items match a coupon to create a great deal. Then I'll purchase more papers based on what I plan to buy.

#3 Print Away!!

I love printing coupons & often times I print many multiples!! First off, get a good printer with good ink prices. Then install your printer on all devices. We currently have 2 lap tops connected to ours, that means 2x's the coupons!! Each device can print most coupons twice.

Bonus: If you are a member of Swag Bucks or Inbox Dollars, you can print your coupons through them and earn extra money or bucks on their site for redeeming the coupons too. Double earnings or savings, however you say it!!

#4 Ask Someone!!

We all have friends or family who aren't into saving. Who knows why, but they don't mind spending all their cash on half what we buy. So, when you know who isn't going to use their coupons, ask for them! Most people are happy to save up something they won't use to share with someone else. I have friends and family who save me their Box Tops, Campbell's Labels, soda lids, candy bar wrappers, coupons & more.

It helps when you offer to share with them too. For example, if you don't have pets and/or a baby, and you have a friend who does, they're more willing to trade. My $8 in coupons off formula or cat food for your $5 off canned goods. It's a better incentive for them to be so generous!

#5 Store Kiosks, Ads & In Store Opportunities:

Many stores offer their own coupons to make a product free or cheap at times. It may be a coupon you cut from their ad, a coupon you print in store or a mobile/on-line coupon they send you. You just add it to your card or present it to the cashier & you've saved a good chunk of the price. Always check your receipt for more coupons for next time!!

CVS is my favorite for this, they often have a high value coupon on a product that is on sale or becomes very cheap with the coupon. This week CVS offers a health bar for free with their printed kiosk coupon. Last week or the week before, they offered $2.50 off a $3 toothpaste. A good couponer pairs that coupon with a .50 or higher manufacturers coupon to get this free or get paid to take it.

Sometimes they have coupons directly on the product or on a paper pad near the product. I always take a few extra of these for future purchases. I've gotten quite a few products FREE saving these coupons til an item went on sale. Kroger just a few weeks ago had Sun detergent $1 each when you buy 4, then each bottle had a .25 off 1 coupon, making them just $3 for 4.

#6 Digital Coupons

Many stores now offer digital coupons. These coupons are added to your card on-line and then automatically taken off in store. Most stores these are also manufacturer coupons, so they are not stackable with a printed or paper coupons you have already.

Also, some stores do digital freebies. You stop by their site on a certain day of the week and load a coupon for a free product. Kroger does theirs on Friday.

Any other free days, please share in the comments & I'll add them!!

#7 Trade Points for Coupons??

Sites that allow you to turn in codes from the products you buy to earn points to get free stuff are great places to get free or high value coupons!!

Sites I use:

 My Coke Rewards Points You earn you a free 20 ounce soda, PowerAde or other Coca Cola product with 50 points. They also offer $3 off a 12 pack.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Not only can you print coupons from their site often, but you can turn your points into $1 off coupons on a selection of products such as cookies, crackers, breakfast shakes, cereal, pop tarts, Morning Star products & more.

Recycle Bank: They currently only have 1 coupon, but often times they add new items. (.75 off Turkey Hill dairy is the current coupon)

#8 Get More E-mail?!?!

Yes, I mean get more junk to fill up your inbox. Companies want you to buy their product, the more you see something, the bigger the urge to buy it if it's something you like or want to try. If you sign up for a company's newsletter or e-mail updates, they'll send you special e-mails just for members who get their mailings.

Just recently, I've gotten $5 off of $15 at CVS, Kellogg's cereal and pop tart coupons, extra Marlboro coupons and a $2 off $10 at Dollar General.

#9 Contests!!

Yes, you can get coupons in a contest!! I have 5 free candy bar coupons in my wallet. All prizes from entering a daily contest. Winning isn't the only way to earn coupons in a contest thou. Sometimes entries or even sharing the link to the contest earns you a coupon for the product.

#10 Send Your Feedback!!!

One sure fire way to get coupons, I learned from the internet. If you write some sort of feedback to a company (yes, companies want to hear what we have to say, the nicer, the better!!). A goal of mine is to write at least one company per day. I tried doing the recommended 5, but I had a hard time keeping up, so I dropped down to 1.

Write your e-mail, tell them what you like about the product and don't forget to include your mailing address so they can send your coupons!!

Also, if you truly had a negative experience, feel free to share it. However, you should never make up a bad experience just to get coupons. Be honest, companies like the feedback, good or bad. It helps them to better run their company.

#11 Magazines, Flyers & Mailboxes too!!

Another way to get coupons is to look inside your favorite reading material!! Many magazines not only include coupons, but also free samples too. Seventeen magazine had 3 free samples with about 5-6 coupons inside. All You magazine is set up to help you save!! They not only include free samples & coupons, they also include tons of ways to save!! Recommended!! With the right rewards program, you could get All You cheap or free!!

Check the rest of your mail also, sometimes new store openings, flyers or inserts offer a coupon or two.


Finally, I encourage each and every one of you to share your couponing tips in the comments below. I try to look outside the box when couponing & I've found tons of ways to do so effectively! One last word of advice I offer, DO NOT keep coupons for products you do not need or will not use. This usually ends up with you buying something that is really a waste of money, not saving you any money.

Hope this helps!! I'll share more some other time!! ---J

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review & GIveaway!!

I got my new Purex Insiders kit!!!
Included along with tips & directions were a full size bottle of the New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap & some free coupons to giveaway to all of you!!
New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap smells really good, plus leaves your hands silky smooth!!
This new hand soap also:
Hydrates your skin
Protects from skin damaging free radicals
Gently removes dirt
Leaves hands feel smooth & refreshed
New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap really does a number on your skin!!
Now, are you interested in trying for yourself??
Enter below to win a free coupon thanks to Purex Insiders:

Recent Deals!!!

This is a little older, it's from January at Bath & Body Works, but everything you see here equaled out to $37:
There are 3 tube lotions, 3 bottles of lotion, 2 key chain sanitizer holders, 4 body sprays and a body crème.
Next up:
3 Glade Candles Just $3 plus I got back $4 in Extra Bucks!!
Another deal:

2 Captain Crunch cereals, 1 can of Progressive soup and cotton balls, $1.13 plus $1.99 back in Extra Bucks!!
Final CVS deal:
2 Xtra laundry detergent and 1 Campbells soup $1.08 plus .79 in Extra Bucks!!
(These deals are a big part of the reason I LOVE CVS!!!)
Finally to my Rite Aid deals:
Rite Aid usually has a lot more deals all at once:

2 Irish Spring body wash & 2 Minion heart candy boxes .68!1


4 bags of M&M's, 3 Robin's Eggs & 2 Crest Pro Health toothpaste, $17 and got $10 in Up Rewards.
$13.68 total.
And final deal:
$17 plus $5 in Up Rewards.
I do pretty good sometimes!!!


Randoms Review

When I signed up for the Smiley 360 Randoms promotion, I did not expect such a great package and it was FREE!!
Included in my package:
1 small bag of Randoms
1 large bag of Randoms
Randoms tips and Smiley 360 tips
I love that they really explained a lot of what they wanted from me and made trying this product very easy!
Our entire household and friends and family who come to visit are HUGE gummy candy fans!! We especially liked Randoms because they offer 70 different shapes, 7 fruit flavors and 3 gummy candy textures. There is TRULY something for everyone!!!
My favorite are the pink and red ones, I really like the flavor. I did not particularly like the ones with the white gummy on the bottom. Just now my texture I guess.
I love all the shapes and how neat they all are!! They have many cool shapes!!
And my favorite part was comparing gummys to real life objects:
Had a ton of fun with this product from Smiley 360 & Randoms. My family & I look forward to seeing new shapes and flavors of Randoms in the future!!

Dial Boutique Collection Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

Opened my door one afternoon to this:

A wonderful package to try from Purex Insiders. It included a full size bottle of the NEW Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap, instructions and some coupons so I could do a giveaway!!
Yeah!! I love giveaways!!!
First things first, I found a good spot for my sample:
Then we tried it!!
My thoughts:
I really LOVE the smell!! It smells almost like cookie or sweets. I really loved the scent! Not too much, but enough to make your hands smell like a touch of yummy!!
I encourage all of you to try New Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap or any of the other great scents they have:
Water Blossoms
Coconut Lime Verbena
Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar
Now for those FREE Samples I promised, thanks to Purex Insiders:


Friday, March 20, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review & Giveaway ENDS 3/31

I received a package from PUREX INSIDERS, inside it contained a bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash with Marula Oil infused. It smelled HEAVENLY!! Like a slight perfume with a mix of flowers.
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After  received it, I used it for a few showers before I decided to do my review:
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After a few days of using the new body wash, Dial Miracle Oil, my skin was so soft! I never had any issues with my skin being oily or the wash not rinsing easily. It truly is a FAMILY body wash that the whole family can use! It makes skin soft, silky and healthy.
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Some facts about the NEW Dial Miracle Oil body wash:
Infused with Marula oil
Clean rinse lather
Micro oil technology
Restores skin
Now, the best part??? Purex Insiders gave me free coupons so YOU can try this new product too!!
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall
Here's what Netflix says:
The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
My thoughts:
What a great movie! Not just for sports fans, but for everyone everywhere!! I personally am the mother of a football player. My son has played football for 3 years for his middle school. I hope he learns half the message those boys learned from their coach. Bob Ladouceur is a man who taught those boys there is more to the game than winning and even more than breaking records. My favorite line in the whole movie is when the father of the boy looks to the coaches wife and says something to the effect of: Your husband is costing my son the record. To which his wife replies, No my husband is teaching your son to be a man. That made me tear up while watching. It gave me goosebumps. I am not someone who can watch and rewatch the same thing over and over. Only movies that are high up on my favorites list are replayed more than once. When the Game Stands Tall was so good I watched it twice IN A ROW!! Highly recommended, especially for parents of athletes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CVS Deals I've gotten.... Weeks of 1/18 & 1/25

Week of 1/18:
I purchased these items:
3 Honey Nut Cheerios
1 Palmolive Dish Liquid
Combining store coupons with manufacturers coupons plus using Extra Bucks I got from another deal, I paid a grand total of:
$ .04
Yes, FOUR CENTS!!!! Here's my proof receipt (sorry it's a bit blurred):
In addition to only spending $.04, I also got an Extra Bucks reward for $2 for a future order (see below for what I used it for!!).
Okay, on to the week of 1/25:
Here's what I got:
1 Pantene Shampoo
1Pantene Conditioner
1 2-liter of Diet Coke
After using store and manufacturers coupons with a 20% card bonus coupon, a previous Extra Bucks credit along with the $2 credit from above, I paid a grand total of:
Proof receipt (Sorry, it's blurred also):
Plus, I got an additional $1 Extra Buck for use off  my next order!
I am a huge CVS shopper, I get something there at least 3 weeks out of the month! To become a CVS shopper like me, clip coupons, watch the ads, spend time every week comparing your coupons to the adds. It works and it adds up! I look forward to sharing more shopping adventures with you soon!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: The Stitcher

The Stitcher
The Stitcher ~ 1/5
From Netflix:
 A group of friends meet at a remote lake house for some R&R but end up in a desperate fight for their lives when a maniacal psychopath emerges from the woods with an extreme taste for blood ... and buttons. Darla Enlow directs this gritty, low-budget horror flick that stars Scott Gaffen, Carmen Garrison, Justin Boyd, Laurel Williamson, Heather Surdukan, Celeste Cash and Christopher Rowe.
My thoughts:
You can tell this is low budget & you can tell it was really cheesy writing too. The plot line, a creep who stalks and kills people in the remote lake area, who steals buttons from their clothes?? Too cheesy for me!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mucinex Review & Coupon

I received a chance from Smiley360 to try out Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold for FREE.
Start the Relief. Ditch the Misery. Let's End This. #ChildrensMucinex
I got this product just in time for our whole household to get sick. My niece, nephews & my son all tried this product. They didn't care much for the taste, every one of them said it was a bad taste. However, I'm with them, I think ALL medicine tastes bad!!
Children's Mucinex arrived on our door step at just the right time. We'd been battling colds, however the medicine we were using wasn't cutting it anymore. We immediately switched to Children's Mucinex.
Triple action, fast acting relief is just what we got!! This product doesn't just work for a cold, it helps with stuffy nose, cough & chest congestion.
Part of this product trial, was to fill in the blank:
"Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is Just what we needed!!"
Compliments of Children's Mucinex:

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Review plus FUN KIDS CRAFT!!

I received a free sample to try out of Arm & Hammer baking soda, I received this free sample from Smiley360.
Arriving with my free sample, I also received a booklet titled Helpful solutions and tips for Holiday & Entertaining.
Reading through this book, I found many tips & tricks from Food & Entertaining all the way to a Fun Project for the kids.
Some of the many uses for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda include:
Cleaning Silver
Cleaning Produce
Freshening Plastic Containers
Cleaning Greasy Dishes
Freshening the Dishwasher
Freshening the Fridge & Freezer
Cleaning a Dirty Microwave
Manicure & Pedicure
Soaking in the Bath
Facial Scrub & Body Exfoliant
Deodorizing the Cat Litter Box
Freshening Pet Bedding
Cleaning Pet Toys
Dry Bathing the Dog
Play Clay
I used the Arm & Hammer baking soda to create a delicious holiday treat:
First I created the dough, using the Arm & Hammer baking soda:

Then I rolled the dough into balls, added a delicious chocolate treat to the top and then served:
The treats turned out delicious :)
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is a must have now!! Not only does it help bake delicious cookies, it also has so many other uses!!
Here's the Arm & Hammer baking soda fun project from my booklet:
2 cups Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 cup corn starch
1 1/4 cups water
food coloring (optional)

1. Stir together baking soda & corn starch in a saucepan.
2. Add water & food coloring (if desired) and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.
When mixture reaches consistency of moist mashed potatoes (approx. 10-15 minutes), remove mixture to a plate and cover with a damp cloth.
3. When clay is cool to touch, pat until smooth. Make fun shapes :)
4. Air dry clay shapes overnight on a wire rack (8 hours to overnight), or pre-heat oven to lowest setting, then turn off. Bake shapes 10-15 minutes in off oven.
5. Decorate shapes with paint, marker, glitter or any other objects you wish! Protect with clear nail polish or clear acrylic spray paint.
Do not freeze clay!
Store for up to 1 week in tightly sealed container or baggie for up to 1 week.
Look here for more information on the many uses of Arm & Hammer baking soda: