Fraas Scarves- Are You Ready For Spring 2013?

Spring 2013. I’m so glad it’s actually here. Our winter was loooong this year, ad there towards the end I was going a bit batty. It makes me so glad to be breaking out warm weather clothes and swapping pretty spring colors for the darks of winter.

Fraas has a beautiful line of scarves that are perfect for accessorizing any outfit (when doesn’t Fraas come out with something great?? lol) whether you are dressing up or down, they have the perfect scarf. Thank you to Lipton Publicity Inc., as I got to try a GORGEOUS scarf from the Fraas Mystical Coast Line. It’s oversized so it can be worn as a cape, loose or  belted for a nice office look or around the neck for a casual day of…shopping! I could even use this as a sarong if I wanted. Or whatever :-) The colors are muted sherbet shades, corals, mints, sheer blues, peaches, and a soft muave  in a lovely water color abstract print. I’m loving it!

There are lots of style options available for Fraas scarves. They come in different fabrics, including cotton, silk, tropical-weight wool, and acrylic, and different patterns, including solid, stripes, dots, plaid, sea, fruit, and abstract patterns. Some are textured, some are gauzy and sheer, and some are classic. Infinity scarves are available (and who doesn’t love infinity scarves??) and there are even some unisex options if you want to get one for the man in your life.

All in all another win from Fraas. If you are ready to get one of your own you can go to Fraas.com or Amazon and find something beautiful!

Penny Pincher Gazette – Save Time and Money

 

 

I’ve spoken in the past about how much money can be saved online or in store with the right coupons,but like many of you, I don’t always take advantage of the savings. Why? Well, it comes down to time and hassle factor. If I’m in a hurry, I just don’t take the time to search out a coupon for what I’m looking for.Then I get home and kick myself because I could have kept more of my money if I would have just looked around first. But sometimes I just can’t spend time going from site to site.  Luckily I just found Penny Pincher Gazette. A coupon aggregate site where I can search for high value coupons and print them on the spot. Plus, I can even download some coupons to my store loyalty cards! With six distribution partners, Coupons.com, Coupon Network, SmartSource, RedPlum, SavingStar and Cellfire you are bound to find what you need! Founded in 2006, they have over a million members now! Including me!

Nowadays there are more families than ever turning to coupons to stay on track budget wise and finding an easy streamlined place to get all your discount coupons (for free, no membership fees, btw!) is almost a must! Whether you bank your savings for a family trip, spend it on a little splurge or even use it to pay down debt- $10,$20 or $30 a month in savings can really add up!

For instance, I decided to see what I could have used on our last shopping trip…and I’m a little ticked off that didn’t take advantage!

I could have saved:

$1.00 on Garnier Shampoo

$1.00 on Curel

$4.00 on my NightGaurd

$3.00 on Covergirl

$ 9.00! And that’s just on the makeup and personal items I bought! I didn’t even go through the food I purchased. 

They have made it easy since I can search by category, like “breakfast”  or “household” as well as by brand name or even by store.

I’m making a very late resolution for 2013.  I vow not to go shopping- online or to town without first checking if there is a coupon for anything on my list!!

What about you? Do you check for coupons before you shop? Why or why not?

“This post was sponsored byPPGazette.com and Double Duty Divas. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are 100% mine.”

Sear's Holiday Blast Week 4 #HOLIDAY2012 # spons

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and that’s never more evident than during the holiday season. Eggnog, turkey, pies, cookies and gingerbread–the list of holiday treats goes on and on. You find yourself standing in front of your stove, peering into your fridge, and loading your dishwasher so much more than normal.

 

If you already have great appliances this is no problem, but if you’ve been putting off updating for a while, every batch of Christmas cookies that you pull out of the oven makes you want to pull out your hair, too. Whether you struggle with uneven cooking temps in your oven, motor going out in your fridge, or a grinding sound in your dishwasher that brings out the Grinch in you, you can bring some holiday cheer into your kitchen by heading over to Sears. Get 30% off your favorite appliance brands, with an extra 5% off when you use your Sears card! Hurry- ends 1/5/2012!

 

 

Sometimes, it’s nice to give a gift to yourself, and with a sale like this, playing Santa Claus has never been easier. Share the cheer with your friends, too, by tweeting the sale.

Give your Kitchen some much-needed love with up to 30% off Appliances +
extra 5% w/a @Sears Card thru 1/5: http://bit.ly/ZPtqlN #Holiday2012
Tweet this!

“This is a sponsored post with http://brandfluential.com, I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

HUGE Vitacost Cyber Sale From 11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST- Don't Miss It!

 

Like shopping online? Like deals? Then you do NOT want to miss the  HUGE Vitacost Cyber Sale From 11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST it’s  15% off EVERYTHING. New to Vitacost?

Vitacost offers over 2,000 of the top, most trusted natural brands. Diet foods and healthy living must haves, like  nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off.  Beauty and home. Tons of Gluten-free options at up to 48% off! They have over 200 full size products that are buy one, get one half off. See how quickly the savings can add up?

The selection is amazing and prices are low. I love the Aria Protein shakes-and at Vitacost the 12 oz size is only $10.14!! Savings of over $7.00 from the price I normally pay. And looking through their supplements- I found mushroom caps up to 55% off! Why on earth should I spend more for something. somewhere else?

If I take advantage of the 15% off EVERYTHING sale starting Saturday, based on what I know I need to get and checking their prices…I’m already saving over $35.00!! Enough to go get a “free” mani-pedi! LOL. No, really, I will!

And they’ll deliver them right to your door for FREE if your order totals $49 or more. Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box.

Make sure you head over to Vitacost between  11/24/2012 at 9:00AM EST Until 11/26/2012 11:59 PM EST so you can save some cash, too!

 

SPECIAL THANKS to my readers. $20 OFF your purchase at Greentoe.com

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR PRICE?? NEVER PAY RETAIL AGAIN!!

 

 

Attention Holiday Shoppers!  Are you tired of dealing with crowds, long lines, parking, and high gas prices?  I have a solution for you.  It is called Greentoe.  At Greentoe.com , YOU name the price YOU want to pay for the products you want to buy.  You can avoid a wasted day driving to and from stores and comparing prices on websites only to find that the price for the product you want is the same no matter where you look.  At Greentoe.com , the consumer chooses the price they want to pay.  In a sense, you get to haggle over products in the comfort of your home without any awkward moments with salespeople. As a very special thanks to our readers, we are offering $20 OFF your purchase.  Check out this  how it works” video to see what Greentoe is all about.  It is very simple, you find the product you would like to buy, enter in the price you want to pay and Greentoe will notify its network of certified retailers.  The first retailer to accept your offer makes the sale. Save time and save money with Greentoe!  Use code “howard” to receive $20 OFF your purchase.   Try it today.

 

NewBeauty TestTube – The Ultimate Product Sampling Program- Fall 2012

 

Yay, yay! The Fall 2012 New Beauty Test Tube has arrived. Loaded with great products, I had a blast digging in. *Don’t know what the New Beauty Test Tube is? Pop over HERE to read my first review, where I tell you exactly how it works. I’ll wait… What do you think?Cool, huh?*

Now read on to find out about the goodies. Several full sized items, and terrific deluxe samples.

Olay Deep Wrinkle Treatment: Full size $40.00- $44.00

I’ve used this before and liked it. There are other Olay products I just don’t like but this one is good. This cream is light but rich, and absorbs quickly. Targeting the deeper wrinkles, this is drugstore option that actually works.  Will probably buy again since I have in the past. Great to get the full size.

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask:  Deluxe Sample Size

You know how everyone always loves the after color conditioners that come in drugstore hair color boxes? This super thick mask gives you that same oh-so-soft,  touch-my-hair feeling.  It’s totally fabulous. The sample is a great big deluxe size- enough for several treatments. The scent is beautiful, too. I’d buy it.

IT Cosmetics- Bye Bye Undereye: Sample

A truly incredible concealer. It covers even the darkest circles, even covers that little vein o the side of my nose (!!!) and you only need a dab. Blends, covers, lasts. I will buy. Definitely.

dr. brandt-dark circles away: Sample

This is a nice enough eye cream, and I know it gets rave reviews, but I don’t love it. Feels a little too watery, and my make up doesn’t really apply well over it.  Probably wouldn’t buy. So it’s great to get a chance to find that out, before you lay out the cash.

Philosophy-Hope in a Jar: Sample

This is actually a moisturizer I almost always have on hand. Since I try so many products that have anti-aging and exfoliating effects, I like to take a break every now and then with my skin care regime. I use this as a nice, light but very moisturizing stand in. Very nice to get the sample, since it’s a shade spendy.  Will buy again, since I’m a regular, if sporadic,  user.  

 

Yon-Ka- Masque N*1: Full size $58.00

Wowsa. This was my first time trying anything in this line, or even knowing about it for that matter. I decided to try it after an at home microdermabrasion session. All I can say is wow. Wow. My face felt so …supple. I am head over heels and now want to try the entire line. It goes on more like a lotion than a regular mask, and I left it on overnight. I adore. Adore! Will buy as soon as I have some mad money. It’s spendy. But… well, I’m Worth It. LOL.

CellCeuticals PhotoDefense Color Radiance SPF 55+:Full size $47.50

I love everything about this. I ran out of my SPF lotion the day before the tube arrived. I was happy, happy to see this full size item, and I remember thinking “oh, please be a good one!” It is. Super light, with just a touch of sheer color to lightly brighten your face. I am obsessed with SPF because of all those baby-oil and iodine years with tin-foiled cardboard splash screens. Oh yes I did!!! I held my breath for two days waiting to see if I would break out with this formula (I never did back when I was abusing my skin…go figure!) but, luckily no blemishes. For the price, not sure if I would buy again, but I do like it very much.

Kneipp Eucalyptus Herbal Bath 

This is for a relaxing bath or a clearing bath when you feel sniffles coming on. I have actually been adding a drop or two to the water on our wood stove! It seems refreshing and invigorating combined with a few drops of lemon juice, just simmering away throuh out the day. I’ll certainly try it the next time I have a bath, too. I’d buy it.

All in all, another INCREDIBLE value- over $150.00 worth of products, for less than $30.00…plus the New Beauty magazine. Fun, fun, fun!! This would make such a great gift, folks. Christmas is almost here….

As always, you can go HERE to read what other users have to say, and you can find New Beauty on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Gear Up Your Tots With DynoWear- GIVEAWAY

Winter is poking its nose out of hiding. Weather is getting nippier. Warm clothes are slowly resurrecting from the back of our closets. With winter on its way, we all know how our little ones will be hitting the outdoors to practice their most favoured activities. One of them being, unsurprisingly, skating. When your kiddos throw on their skates and head off to the skating rink or grab the sleigh to venture the slopes, how confident do you feel about your child’s safety? Do you ever feel a tad uneasy about a possible injury? How about gear… do your children have all the necessary gear for when they will be hitting the ice this season?

I Tried Tilth Beauty And I Liked It

 

I was recently given a chance to try two products from Tilth Beauty, namely the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum.  Verdict?  “Go get some now!!”  The End.

LOL. Really though, I’m scoring both a 9 out of 10. Read on to find why, and how you can get yours. Because, trust me, you want some. Normally I would start by telling you what Tilth Beauty offers, but this time I’m going to start by telling you what they don’t.

Tilth Beauty does NOT have:
Parabens
Phthalates
Sulfates
Petrolium based anything
Silicones
Synthetic fragrance
Artifcial coloring
GMOs
Animal Testing
Gluten

They do offer safe and effective products, that blend natural ingredients with cutting edge technology. Their packaging is green, their products are animal-friendly, they’re made in America, and there are no questionable ingredients.

Their products include:

A Flawless Serum
Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream

Intense Restoration Moisture Cream
Resurrect Eye Cream* really want to try!
Eye Wondrous Serum* really want to try!
Sea Origin Serum
Refresh Peptide Mist
Argan-Tangerine Deep Cleansing Lotion
Rose Protection Cleansing Gel
Anti-oxidant Foaming Cleanser
Gentle Poppy Seed Exfoliator
Berry Extract Toner* really want to try!

And many more. Like I said, I tried the Anti-Aging Firming  Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum. 

From the site:

A Flawless Serum is the flawless blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl® that gives skin a flawless complexion. Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function, resulting in healthy younger looking skin.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore the look of UV damaged skin. Improves  the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks.

First, the serum. I am a huge fan of serums. I don’t have clue one as to how many I’ve tried, but it’s a big number.  This one is quite different, mostly in regard to how quickly I began to see results and in the feel/texture. I was initially bummed out when I put it on…where was that silky feeling? This serum has a “water-y” feel to it. It absorbs almost instantly, but it didn’t leave behind that silked up skin feeling I am used to when I think of serums. It doesn’t really have a scent either. Hmm. Well, since it’s a review,  I continued to use it, and within a few days, I was over my preconceptions about how a serum should be, and understanding more about what a serum could be. There is a noticeable difference- I am seeing results at just under 3 full weeks. I feel like my face feels more taut, with my jowl  area especially feeling firmer. Now I don’t give a flying fig about the scent, or the “silk” effect. I just love the serum and I’m excited to keep using it to see how I stand in 3 more weeks of use. And, since it absorbs so fast, I don’t need to wait before applying the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream.

The cream (the site says it will help reduce the appearance of unwanted facial folds and lines) also had me unsure the first time I tried it, again, no real scent and although it is really rich- at this price point it’s shocking how luxe it is in terms of thickness, but still, after application, I wondered how can this moisturize? My skin didn’t feel dewy. Another Hmm. In fact, this cream has a “mattifying”  effect after you apply it.  As with the serum, I continued to use it, and also like with the serum, I quickly became a fan.  My skin is moisturized, it does look dewey, but not because I put something on my face that gives that appearance,  it feels like it’s coming from the inside out, now that I’ve used these a while. I am noticing so many great things between these two  products,  firmer skin,  smoother skin and an overall more taut look. I admit it took me a few days to get used the texture differences in these products compared to others, but I am converted. I have had no issues with breakouts, and it’s gentle enough for my super sensitive skin.Now,  here’s my cheapskate observation- The serum goes for $62.00, the cream for $55.00, but there is a LOT of product in the bottle and jar. A LOT. I do wish is was about $10-15.00 cheaper for each-but given the really generous size- I guess I’m okay with it- and that’s my ding. Both would be a perfect 10- if they were just a little less expensive.  I’m on a budget just like everyone else, and I would feel easier spending say… $40.00 for the cream and $50.00 for the serum. I do have a list of several other products from Tilth Beauty I’m dying to try! Mad money jar time, lol.

I receied the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own, objective opinion.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials App

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Nordic Naturals, one of my favorite and most trusted companies for vitamins and supplements (read my Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omaga Xtra review) has just launched a free mobile app available for those with iPhone, iPad and Android systems.

nordic naturals app screenshot

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials App Press Release:

The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials appoffers easy access to the company’s full range of award-winning products.

Features of the new app, which is available free to Apple and Android mobile device users, include the ability to order products online or find a retail store. The “Daily Omega Reminder” allows users to set daily prompts for taking their omega-3s and monthly reminders to reorder products. Information on the wide-ranging benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids is available to educate consumers and help them select the right product to meet their personalized nutritional needs.

“Nordic Naturals is an omega-3 industry leader,” said Joar Opheim, CEO and founder of Nordic Naturals. “We are pleased to lead the way in offering the convenience of a mobile app to consumers.”

App users will be among the first to be notified about product launches, emerging research about omega-3s, and store-specific sales and promotions.

The Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Essentials app also answers the question, “Why Nordic Naturals?” App users can learn about the company’s patented manufacturing processes, independent testing, and participation in ongoing research. The app will also help consumers understand the qualities that distinguish Nordic Naturals products, including proven purity, exceptional freshness, great taste, and superior triglyceride form.

“We’re dedicated to making a difference,” Opheim said. “From the way we source our raw materials, to the way we process our oils, to our charitable donation programs – we are guided by our goal of seeing generations of healthier, happier people around the world.”

Based in Watsonville, CA, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils to help provide the essentials of an extraordinary life. Distributing to more than 35 countries, Nordic Naturals offers more than 150 products in a variety of flavors and formulations, all in line with leading standards for safety, efficacy and sustainability. By providing omega oil supplements for adults, kids, athletes and pets, Nordic Naturals helps everyone do more of what they love. Further information is available at www.nordicnaturals.com. Nordic Naturals is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nordicnaturals and people can follow the company on Twitter at @NordicNaturals

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Gift Idea for the Deer Hunters


Each year at Christmas time my whole family gathers at my grandparents house. We eat, drink (tea) and be merry…we also play a round of Dirty Santa. Everyone brings a wrapped gift, we draw numbers to see who gets to choose a gift from the pile first…of course it doesn’t take long for the “dirty” to kick in and people are “stealing” gifts and throwing wrapping paper. It’s all in fun though, we always have a blast and laugh until our faces hurt.

Since this is my side of the family I usually do the gift shopping for the hubs. Pretty much every male in my entire family hunts. They especially love deer hunting. So when I came across this shirt:

hunting t

I knew it would be the perfect male gift for our annual game of Dirty Santa. It reads “Life’s Priorities” with photo’s underneath symbolizing that those priorities are eating, sleeping and hunting…yep perfect gift for the deer hunter. I chose this shirt because it is humorous and as I mentioned our family is pretty goofy. They do have more scenic, realistic and gorgeous hunting shirts available that would make great gifts as well.

gorgeous scenic deer shirt

These shirts are available in maybe color and style combinations, from tanks to hoodies, from black to pink, so if you are on a budget and looking for a gift for the deer hunter enthusiast in your life, these shirts are a great gift idea.

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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.