Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beautiful Heels

Spring is here; with its warm weather it begs you to expose your feet by wearing your most beautiful sandals.  Luckily, I received a most necessary product to ensure that my heels look their best!


I've been using Exuviance Heels Repair for several weeks and my heels have never looked better.  I find that I have been able to cut down on the number of pedicures that I give myself because my heels stay looking softer and moisturized much longer.  I only use the products 3 times a week and I find that it's more than enough to keep my heels looking spectacularly smooth

The jar includes 3.4 oz of product, which I find will last for several months depending on how much of product one uses on a regular basis, although a little bit of the product goes a long way.  This is definitely a product that I would purchase once I run out!

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Disclosure: I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I received the featured product free of charge.  This is an honest review and the opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way.




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Monday, April 25, 2011

POM Wonderful

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice:
  • contains no added sugars, preservatives or colors
  • is a good source of potassium
  • is gluten-free
  • is flash pasteurized to retain both flavor and nutrients
  • is certified kosher
My husband and I enjoy the combination of sweet and tart that you get from POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.  I also like the fact that it doesn't have hidden additives or added sugar [which is not good for our waists and overall health in general] . I, for one, like to dilute this juice with equal parts water [it's something that I do with all juices] and am still able to enjoy the sweet and tart flavor that characterizes the pomegranate.  It's a really refreshing drink to have any time of the day!




This juice is not only good to drink, but you can also use it to add variety to your cooking.  I happen to love asparagus so I'm looking forward to preparing this yummy looking Grilled Asparagus Salad with POM Vinaigrette.





What POM Wonderful flavor do you prefer?


Disclosure: I received bottles of the featured product free of charge for review purposes only. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}


Up to this day, I have always enjoyed reading the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.  I find the inspirational stories easy to follow and most importantly I can always relate to them.

This time around I've had the chance to read some of the stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery.  I for one, happen to be the type of person that still to this date finds it extremely difficult to deal with the themes of loss and death {I've only has two close losses and they happened when I was young, so to speak} Sometimes I feel that I still haven't been able to accept that death is a part of life and right now wouldn't have the slightest idea how I would react if God forbid I loss someone close to me. But, reading these stories has helped me find out how other people grieve the loss of their loved ones and what they've done to be able to continue on with their lives.  All in all the stories have helped me see that everyone inevitably has to go through the grieving & recovery process and it is possible to continue on with your life in a way that you don't have to forget your loved ones even though they might not be physically with you.

BUY IT
You can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery at bookstores, directly from Chicken Soup from the Soul or from Amazon!

WIN IT
One [1] reader will receive a copy of the featured book! {U.S. ONLY}

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents /No P.O. Box addresses will be eligible. Ends(05/07/2011) at 9:00 am Eastern Time. The winner will be selected by using random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and e-mail them. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
  The sponsor company is responsible for prize delivery.


Disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  I did recieve a free copy of the featured book for review purposes.


WINNER

Rubymoon was selected as the winner of the featured book.  She has been contacted and her info will be passed on to the company/rep for Chicken Soup for the Soul books.


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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Portable Pediatrician

The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health       




Although I'm not a doctor I most surely like to have a slight knowledge as to everything regarding my son's health.  I find that The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health by William Sears, MD is a very useful book to have as a part of your library.

The last time we took our son to the pediatrician it turned out he had a yeast infection in his mouth.  Of course, I get so worried at the doctor's office that I sometimes forget to ask key questions in regard to what he has.  As soon as I got home, I looked up yeast infection in the book {p. 542-544}and felt a bit relieved knowing more about the situation.  The book was very helpful and easy to follow.  This book is definitely a keeper and a must have for all parents.


 Disclosure: I received a free copy of the featured book for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blog Hoppin


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Happy Earth Day

{ somewhere in Vermont }
The official Earth Day started in the U.S on April 22nd, 1970 as a means of bringing more awareness to environmentalism and strengthening our connection to the planet. {source}

What are you doing to take better care of our planet?
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21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart Book

Neal Barnard, M.D., brings us 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health

For those of you who think you can't live without meat, this is probably not the book for you or is it?

This book introduces you to the benefits of a plant based diet.  That's right;  no meat, fish, dairy or eggs!  At first I was a bit skeptical because in my head I had been left with just veggies and fruits.  Although I love eating these food groups I thought I wasn't going to be satisfied or receiving a complete array of nutrients.  HOW WRONG WAS I!!  This book introduces you to a whole new world of eating.  Although at first you may find it difficult to leave meat behind you ultimately discover that there are many substitutes for it, such as tofu, lentils and many other yummy options. My husband and I tried it out for several weeks and we really did feel more energized and our clothes felt a bit looser.  Not only will you start to look better, but your overall health will improve because with a plany based diet you cut out bad cholesterol and unwanted calories.

The main thing one should do is read the whole book first, plan, try out new food alternatives little by little, clean out your pantry of unwanted goods and then just go all out for it.

Have you ever considered a plant based diet?

Disclosure:  I received the feature book for review purposes only.  All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning



 Spring has arrived and with it comes not only warm, breezy weather and beautiful colors but also the desire to get rid of what you don't need and do a big general spring cleaning.  I was sent a Smart & Easy Spring Cleaning package several weeks back by SC Johnson to help out with the task.

{ I love how SC Johnson has a cleaning product for every room and nook in the house. }
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer is great at helping keep mildew at bay.  I just spray it all over the tub walls and then rinse.  I do it at least once a week, which helps keep everything in squeaky clean.
  • Pledge Lemon Clean Aerosol Spray is great for maintaining all of my wooden tables, t.v. stand, dressers and book cases. 
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel is ideal for helping the toilet stay clean in between flushes.  The dispenser is really easy to use and the gel that you stick in the rim of the toilet just dissolves with each flush helping everything stay fresh and white.
  • Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refill is great for keeping any room smelling fresh all day.
  • Glade Limited Edition Spring Collection jar candle is ideal to burn after you've finished with the cleaning and have taken a shower.  The smell just invites you to sit down, relax and look at how great your house looks.
Have you gotten around to do your spring cleaning?
What are your go to cleaning products?

Disclosure: I'm a BZZ Agent and was sent the featured products for review purposes.  All opinions are my own and have not been  influenced in any way.






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Monday, April 18, 2011

Gorton's Seafood Review & Giveaway

When I'm short on cooking time I occasionally recur to Gorton's Seafood products for a yummy, savory, quick and easy meal.  They have a wide variety that includes fish sticks, shrimp and a variety of fillets.

My husband and I enjoy the Shrimp Scampi.



It's creamy, delicious and tastes so good served over fettuccine.  The best thing is that the shrimp comes already with the sauce so all you have to do is heat up a skillet and toss the contents of the bag and wait until it heats up and serve over pasta or rice.


 BUY IT
Gorton's products can be found in supermarkets and local retailers such as Wal-mart and Target.

WIN IT
3 readers will win 2 free product coupons and a recipe card for (US only - Gorton's is not sold in Canada). 

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  • Leave 1 comment per entry (If it says +2, then leave 2 entries)
  • Leave your e-mail address with each entry.
  • Leave your GFC name, facebook name, twitter ID {according to the network you leave a comment for}
 ENTRIES:
  • Follow Always Around Boys on GFC {mandatory
  • Go to http://www.gortons.com and sign up for their e-newsletter!
  • Do tell... which recipe is your favorite Gorton's recipe? http://www.gortons.com/recipes.htm
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  • Follow Gorton's Seafood on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying who sent you. +2
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  • Tweet about the giveaway: 3 winners will get free Gorton's coupons and a recipe card @AABmommyBlogger Ends 05-04 US only   http://tinyurl.com/3e2srmz

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This giveaway is open to U.S. Ends(05/04/2011) at 12:00pm Eastern Time. The winner will be selected by using random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and e-mail them. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.



Disclaimer: I received 2 complimentary Gorton's coupons to facilitate my review.
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Purex w/ Zout: Review & Giveaway

I do laundry for three; the hubby, the toddler and myself. Out of all three of us, I have to say that my 2 year old is by far the one whose clothes need a little bit more of TLC.  Lots of his clothes have to be inspected before throwing them in the wash because they will undoubtedly have a stain of some sort.  I am one who has no patience when it comes to doing laundry and having to use more than 2 products for a load.

Thank goodness that I received a bottle of  Purex® Complete with Zout Triple Enzyme Stain Remover 



Purex® Complete with Zout® combines Purex detergent with the triple-enzyme stain-fighting power of Zout® pretreater. This combination works to get stains out the first time, even tough stains like grass, chocolate, and tomato sauce.










Purex® Complete with Zout Triple Enzyme Stain Remover comes in two varieties: Fresh Morning Burst or Clean & Clear fragrance.  I tried out the Fresh Morning Burst and it really does leave your clothes smelling all so good and fresh.







This product is safe to use in any type of washing machine.






This product is ideal for me because I get 2 products in 1 and it really helps get out any juice, food and dirt stains from my son's clothes.  If I happen that a stain has really penetrated the fabric then all I do is pour a bit of the detergent directly onto the clothes and rub.  Afterward, I throw it in the laundry as I regularly would.  The clothes come out looking great and smelling fresh and clean.

2 winners will each receive 1 coupon for a free bottle of Purex with Zout.
RULES:
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  • Leave your e-mail address with each entry.
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    This giveaway is open to U.S. Ends(05/02/2011) at 12:00pm Eastern Time. The winner will be selected by using random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and e-mail them. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.




    Disclaimer: I am a Purex Insider. While I do receive complimentary sample products from the Purex® brand, all opinions are my own.
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    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Lovable Labels: Return Address Labels Review & Giveaway

    I have a thing for labels so I was thrilled to be contacted by Lovable Labels to collaborate with them once again!  I had previously reviewed their labels for my nephews and now I got the chance to review their new Return Address Labels.


     There are seven [7] designs to choose from.  I wanted personalized labels for myself, so I picked out this cute Candy Dots design.  I chose this design because it looked really dainty and girly, but when I received them I liked them even more.  The color was so bright and rich; just by looking at them you can tell that they are of high quality.  Now I feel obligated to start writing letters to family and friends just so I can show off my new address labels!

    If you're in need of return address labels then make sure to check out these other designs.

    BUY IT 
    If you're interested in finding out more about Lovable Labels or getting some return address labels for yourself or your family then click HERE!



    GIVEAWAY
    Lovable Labels will generously supply the featured product{Return Address Labels} of your design choice for one lucky winner! Thanks, Lovable Labels!

     
     




    Make sure to do the following:
    • Leave 1 comment per entry
    • Leave your e-mail address with each entry.
    • Leave your GFC name, facebook name, twitter ID {according to the network you leave a comment for}
    Entries:

    • Go to the Lovable Labels website and leave a comment telling me which one of their products you like the best! {mandatory}
    • Follow Always Around Boys publicly via GFC 
    • Sign up to receive my newsletter e-mail {make sure to confirm} +2
    • Follow AAB on Facebook and leave a comment +2
    • Follow AAB on Twitter
    • Follow @mylovablelabels
    • Tweet the following: Enter to win a prize pack #giveaway @AABmommyBlogger from @mylovablelabels Ends 04-27  U.S./Canada  only http://tinyurl.com/6xs5v75 
      • leave link/can be done daily
    • Subscribe to my new blog and leave a comment +5
    • Blog about the giveaway {leave link}+2


    This giveaway is open to(U.S.) & Canada. Ends(04/27/2011) at 6:00pm Eastern Time. The winner will be selected by using random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and e-mail them. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.  Afterward, the winner's information will be passed on to Lovable Labels so they can contact the winner and further assist them with the prize.


    Disclosure: I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I received the featured product, free of charge, for review purposes only, courtesy of Lovable Labels.  This is an honest review and the opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way.  Your experiences with this product might differ. 


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    Monday, April 11, 2011

    Monave Lip Glaze Winners

    It's time to announce the 2 winners for the Monave Lip Glazes!
    Like always, I used random.org to chose the winner.

    The winning comments were:
    #60
    60. humanecats said...
    email subscriber 2
    #28
    28. Mallery said...
    Mallery Schuplin likes you on gfc


    The winners have been contacted and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Afterward their mailing info will be passed on to the sponsor/PR rep and they will mail the prize out.

    Thanks to everyone who participated and for Tomoson/Monave Lip Glaze for giving me the chance to review & host this giveaway for my awesome readers.

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    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Free Cone Day @ Ben & Jerry's

    Tuesday, April 12th is FREE CONE DAY at Ben & Jerry's. scoop shops.





    This is Ben & Jerry's way to thank all their customers for the support they've received for the last 33 years.

    Make sure you don't miss out on it! 

     For details, please click here:




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    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Help Out Vitamin Angels

    Today is World Health Day and in honor of it Swanson Health Products is running an awesome promotion.  




    Swanson Health Products will be donating 5% of the day’s sales to an organization very dear to them, Vitamin Angels

    If you can't purchase anything or just don't need to purchase anything then there is another way you can help.  Swanson Health Products will donate $0.25 for each new “Like” that they get on their Facebook page.  With just 1 click, you will help Vitamin Angels reach 1 child in need for an entire year with life-saving vitamins and supplements.

    You can get all the details here: 




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    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Blog Hoppin' & Update



    I've been missing in action for a while now. I've had a couple of very busy weeks {trips, my son's 2nd b-day & family visiting} and most recently my laptop's keyboard wasn't working to its best {mostly because my son had stepped on it one too many times}.  Yesterday, my hubby got the keyboard installed and now I'm back to bloggin'!

    It's been too long since I've participated in some blog hoppin' so make sure to join in on the fun so you too can discover awesome blogs and perhaps find people who like your blog!

     

    Pregnancy and Baby 411 Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop



    The Two Savvy Sisters

    Buddy Up and Win : Beat the Battle of the Bulge and Win Awesome Prizes

    If you and a pal are on a weight loss journey, then this contest might be for you!

    Just recently Wholly Foods {Wholly Guacamole} kicked off the "BUDDY UP AND WIN!" PROMOTION! 


    Feel like you need reinforcements in The Battle of the Bulge?
    Does The Biggest Loser® give you inspiration?

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE!

    The premise of the contest is all about BATTLE BUDDIES. When you are in the Battle of the Bulge, having a support person can make all the difference in the world.

    Eat Wholly wants to hear about people's experiences, hear about their Battle Buddies and find out how the show has inspired them to make this awesome change.

    Go to http://eatwholly.com/biggest-loser-contest/biggest-loser-buddy-up.html and, in 200 words or less, tell them how you and your Battle Buddy inspire and support each other in your weight loss journey.


    WHAT YOU COULD WIN!

    It includes tons of prizes including tickets to attend THE BIGGEST LOSER FINALE

    grand-prizes
    3 Grand Prize “Losers” will receive:
    • Two tickets to The Biggest Loser ® Finale
    • One room for two people at The Biggest Loser Resort® Malibu 
    • Airfare allowance

    first
    20 First Prize “Losers” will receive:
    • Two 10oz cans of The Biggest Loser Protein from DESIGNER WHEY®
    • Two 8ct boxes of The Biggest Loser Protein 2Go® protein paks
    •Two 12ct boxes of The Biggest Loser protein bars. 
    second

    25 Second Prize “Losers” will receive: 
    • Various titles from Rodale Books
    third

    25 Third Prize “Losers” will receive: 
    • Eat Right Prize Packs include: Two Wholly Guacamole® coupons 
     

    And don't forget to watch The Biggest Loser: Couples, Tuesdays 8/7c!


    Check out the site for more specifics!




    Disclosure: I was not monetarily compensated for this post.  I'm a member of the Guac Squad and have the opportunity to win product coupons and enter in a raffle.


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    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Monave Lip Glaze Review & Giveaway

    Sponsored by Tomoson.com
    I'm a big fan of beauty products, so here's one I'd like to share you:

    Monave Lip Glaze
    A couple days back I received a Monave Lip Glaze.  The truth is I can be a bit of a brand snob when it comes to certain products, so I wasn't sure if I was going to be totally into this product.  I tried it on immediately and was surprised by how much I liked it. 

    I received the Sheer Monave Lip Glaze in Honey Glaze {#506}.   This is a non-sticky, all-natural lip product that adds a just a hint of shine and some sheer mauve color, which is great for a great pick me up, running errands or going to the gym.  It gives you a sort of an effortless, laid back look. It comes in a standard lip gloss type container with a sponge tip stick applicator.  Monave Lip Glazes are made free of animal by products and uses only pigments that are 100% naturally derived minerals.

    All in all I like the product very much, but am a little weary of the price {$13.00}.  The truth of the matter is that all natural products tend to be  higher priced then products that are not.

    BUY IT!

    WIN IT!
    Two [2] readers will win their very own Monave Lip Glazes {U.S. only}

    Make sure to do the following:
    • Leave 1 comment per entry
    • Leave your e-mail address with each entry.
    • Leave your GFC name, facebook name, twitter ID {according to the network you leave a comment for}


    ENTRIES:

    • Follow Always Around Boys publicly via GFC {mandatory}
    • Sign up to receive my newsletter e-mail {make sure to confirm} +2
    • Follow AAB on Facebook
    • Follow AAB on Twitter
    • Tweet the following: Enter to win a Monave Lip Glaze #giveaway @AABmommyBlogger http://tinyurl.com/3r8yhnj Ends 04-10 U.S. onlyleave link/can be done daily
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    • Blog about the giveaway {leave link}+2
    • Follow me on Networked Blogs w/ facebook {sidebar}

    This giveaway is open to U.S. only Ends(04/10/2011) at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. The winnesr will be selected by using random.org. I will post the winner on my blog and e-mail them. The winners will have 24 hours to respond or alternate winners will be selected. Always Around Boys is not responsible for prize delivery.



    Disclosure: I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I received the featured product, free of charge, in order to facilitate a review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with this product might differ.


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

    Winner

    It's time to announce the winner of the Toilet Tree Fogless Shower Mirror. I used http://www.random.org// to selct the winning comment.

    The selected comment was # 26

    26. Tabitha said...

    Follow AAB on Twitter



    Congratulations Tabitha!  I've sent you an e-mail; you will have 24 hours to respond with your mailing info.  Afterward I will pass on your info to the pertinent company rep/PR rep for Toilet Tree Products so they can mail out the product to you.

    Thank you to everyone who particiapted and to Toilet Tree Products!





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