Saturday, April 23, 2016


I absolutely loved the cover, title and idea of this book and thought that I would enjoy reading it. I realized I had a problem shortly after beginning this book. I just could not get into it. I re-started the book several times and finally had to commit myself to finishing it.

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. He prescribes novels from his floating bookstore on the Seine. Novels meant to mend broken hearts and souls. He uses his intuition in which to prescribe the right book for each person. However, Monsieur Perdu is battling his own demons. He to suffers from heartbreak. He was left by his great love years before with a word of goodbye. The only thing she left behind was a letter, untouched throughout the years.

I could not connect with the characters at all. I wanted to loved this book. Maybe it is just me. I normally prefer to read supernatural, romance and crime. But I saw the cover of this novel and fell in love with it. This is a book that I will add to my shelves just because I will try it again. This is the type of book that you want to keep trying to connect with. I received this book complimentary through Blogging for Books to review.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I am a little excited about completing my social media kit. This is a first for me and it took some time to figure out how to do it and which program to use. It may not be very professional but it is mine and I am so pleased with the outcome.

Monday, April 18, 2016


I would love for everyone to meet Rodney, the newest addition to our family. He is a Robot Projection Clock with an Alarm feature and projects images. He takes 3 AA batteries that are easy to install and my 6 year old loves him.
Please note: It says ages 5 and up on the box. But this is not a toy.

The Robot Projection Clock with Alarm feature comes with the clock, 3 AA batteries, instruction manual and a small Philips head screwdriver. It is easy to set up and only takes a few minutes. The easy to follow instructions walk you right through it. It has twin pivoting lenses on the top of his head that project images as well as time inside the image. Please note: The instruction manual says 3 AAA batteries, but the box says 3 AA. This product requires 3 AA batteries. This product does not come with an AC adapter but one is available for purchase.

I was going to try this product and then box it up as a Christmas gift for my child. That did not happen. I seriously needed my 6 year olds opinion. I set the date/time and then set the Alarm for 7 am. I let him choose the display he wanted for his ceiling. It has 4 options from which to choose. There is a butterfly, flower, pink heart and a moon and stars display. He choose the moon and stars. It  projects really nicely onto the ceiling. I was surprised at how bright it was considering the clock was on one side of the room but it projected to the other side. The distance from the clock to the image was about 8 feet. This is adjustable by moving his eyes. The projection comes from the left eye. Then the other eye projects the time into the center of the image. I opted not to project the time because that is the way he wanted it. I went back to turn the projection off after he fell asleep and it had shut off on its own, haha. That is an additional advantage to this alarm clock.

In the morning the alarm sounded at 7 am with a constant beeping noise. I got up and hit the alarm button and it immediately stopped. The instructions do not tell you how to turn off the alarm. But for me this is a no-brainer. I simply pressed the alarm off button on the front of the robot, simple. We have been using this product for 3 days without any problems whatsoever. It is still brightly lit up and running great.

In ending I have to say that this clock is a great investment as a child's first clock. It has a fun design and offers your child something that lets him feel like he is getting something out of it, besides it waking him up every morning. For my child it was a soothing experience as it gave him something to concentrate on as he was falling asleep. I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. If you are interested in purchasing this nifty little guy or would like more information you can check them out here Robot Projection Clock with Alarm Feature.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Hair Care

I was very excited to be chosen to sample and review L'Oréal Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Hair Care products. I received these complimentary via Crowdtap for testing purposes and all opinions are my own.

Dry, lifeless hair? Change it. Revive it. Experience the power of L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil with Oil Complex – Coconut, Argan, Chamomile, Amla, Soja, and Sunflower. Deep nourishment without the weight for incredibly lustrous, touchably soft hair. "L'oreal"

I have to say that I love this hair care line by L'Oréal. Not only is my hair shinier and healthier but it no longer has any frizz at all. It did not take several days, weeks or months to start working. It started working on contact with the first use. I also loved the scent. It smells amazing and the scent stays with you all day long. I actually had someone comment on my "perfume" as I walked by her but I told her I wasn't wearing perfume. It was my shampoo, conditioner and serum. She did not believe me. I suppose everyone thought we were crazy when I let her sniff my hair. But I made a believer out of her. I have made the switch to this product line because I love it and I love the benefits.




Friday, April 15, 2016


I was so excited to be able to be a part of the JOHNSONVILLE BIG TASTE GRILL 2016 TOUR.
Not only was I able to try one of their delicious brats but I got a free T-shirt for being a VIP as well. This massive grill turns out 2500 brats per hour and they taste so good. I love that Johnsonville is kicking off the 2016 season by inspiring us with brats.

The gentleman below was cooking up some tasty brats and I was lucky enough to get a birds eye view so to speak. Do these not look awesome?

Some local guys whom were working next door popped in to say hello and grab themselves a brat. That is what I loved most about this event. People standing around, chatting and taking a break from work with a brat in hand.

These guys were working very hard to make this event a success. Smile for the camera gentlemen. They look like they are having a great time and in this weather, who can blame them. #johnsonvillecrew #iwannawork #bringonthebrats

If you see this big boy sitting around your town, make sure you stop in and say hello. These guys are the friendliest bunch I have ever met in my life. Also make sure you grab yourself a brat and then run grab you several packs at your local grocer.

These are a few of my favorite Johnsonville products and they are sure to please. I also discovered some that I have never tried before and I will let you know the end result once I cook them up. One of them may light me up but sometimes you just need some heat in your life.

Not only does JOHNSONVILLE do events all over the US but they offer up coupons, recipes on site and other great promotions. One of my favorites that is going on right now is the #uglygrillsweeps.
Just take a photo of your ugliest grill and upload it here UGLY GRILL SWEEPSTAKES Or, you can share your photo on any of these three social media platforms (on Johnsonville’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites), and be sure to include the hashtag #uglygrillsweeps and tag Johnsonville. I have given an example below. Isn't this bad boy Ugly?

#uglygrillsweeps  @Johnsonville

Check out the April 2016 dates and find out where they will be next and make sure you go to JOHNSONVILLE and sign up for their emails and promotions. Also check out their enthusiast club.

Thursday, April 14, 2016



MAKE believes there are no beauty rules. That each individual is driven by
an artistic approach to their own personal reality. That it's beautiful to be
inspired by your imagination. To embrace a whimsical approach to life. To
be outspoken, intelligent, confident and un-self conscious.
MAKE encourages creative self-expression as individuals everywhere
color their world. Our beauty products are designed for personal experimentation
with rich formulations and rare palettes in an unconstrained range of colors,
finishes and textures. The line is professionally formulated but user-friendly
and can be applied as layers to give as much or as little impact as you feel
like on any given day. Whether the look is perfect no-makeup-makeup
or modern minimal alongside a more pigmented finish is entirely up to you.
MAKE is made in our hometown, New York City. It is paraben-free and
never tested on animals.

Matte Finish Eyeshadow, Alabaster

I found this eyeshadow to be very pigmented and it went on very smoothly. It is crease resistant and offered great coverage. It blended very well with my other eyeshadows and stayed on all day long. I loved the silky feel of this product as I applied it to my lids. I also loved the Alabaster color. It has Vitamins C and E to help provide antioxidant protection.
I applied this eyeshadow as a base for my other eyeshadows. But I noticed that it wasn't so light that it couldn't be worn by itself. It worked perfectly with my skin tone and made my eyes appear larger than they actually are.

Silk Cream Lipstick, Taffy

Antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean, safflower oils, aloe and chamomile extracts make this lipstick a great addition to your makeup collection. This product is feather resistant and has great pigmentation. I loved the color of this lipstick. It went on smoothly and stayed on for several hours. This product would be great for the Spring and Summer months.

I used this lipstick after applying primer and a lip liner. I loved the feel as it glided smoothly on. It offered great coverage. I received these product free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

You can check out this awesome product line at Make Beauty and while your checking it out please enjoy a special 20% off site wide on with the code MAKEYOURSELF, valid through 3/1-4/15.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Advil Film Coated helps relieve all of my pain so that I can get back to enjoying my passions. This product is rapid release and is easy to swallow. It works so quickly  that I can concentrate on game day and all of our adventures.
We are avid hikers, and campers as well as loving all outdoor activities. When pain tries to rear its ugly head I like to think that I am prepared with Advil Film Coated and I am. I carry them with me everywhere I go just in case.
Designed for fast absorption and fast relief Advil Film Coated gives you the tools to keep you in the game so that you can pursue your passions pain free.
I received Advil Film Coated via Crowdtap and Advil for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to:

  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Backache
  • Menstrual cramps
  • The common cold
  • Muscular aches
  • Minor pain of arthritis

Temporarily reduces:

  • Fever


Monday, April 11, 2016

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is a powerful and elegant lactic acid serum that supports natural circulation for an all over youthful and refreshed complexion.

This Revitalizing Serum Will:
- Renew texture & tone
- Deeply moisturize
- Minimize fine lines
- Increase elasticity
- Brighten & Plumbs Fine Lines
- Evens Hyperpigmentation

All Valentia products are made with Natural & Organic Ingredients. They are specially selected to work together to achieve optimum results.


- Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.

- Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.

- Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.

- Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.

- Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduced water loss and protects skin's resiliency and elasticity.

I applied Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum in the evenings after cleansing my face. I washed and dried my face and then applied the serum and let it dry. It took maybe a minute. I opted not to use other moisturizers or creams so that I could see and feel the full results of this product.

This serum has a light citrusy scent and looks like a thin lotion. This product is not greasy at all and absorbs into the skin very quickly.

It comes in a pretty brown bottle that has an elegant look. I am proud to display this bottle on my vanity. The pump is easy to use and allows you to distribute the product onto your finger evenly.

I loved the feel of this product as I applied it to my face. It went on smoothly and evenly without a greasy feel.
The citrusy scent was very pleasing as well. The scent was not harsh but very light.

 Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing serum left my face feeling fresh and hydrated. My skin felt so smooth and soft. After a few days of use my complexion started to look brighter and my fine lines were less noticeable. I have now started using this product with a moisturizer but I like it without the added creams. I haven't noticed a huge difference with the added creams. I think this product stands alone. But I do realize that each person is different. Another person might need more moisturizing than I do.

I also love that this product is made in the USA, cruelty-free and includes organic and natural ingredients. I feel like I am doing great things for my skin by using this product.

For more information on Valentia and their products you can check them out on their website, like them on Facebook  and follow them on Instagram. You can also find them on Amazon.

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Friday, April 8, 2016


"This post was sponsored by Mr. Sketch® as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review."

Matthew and I loved Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers. These markers kept him entertained for hours. He loved the fact that they smelled so great and he would sniff them before each use. He did not like the licorice scented marker, but that is okay. The rest of them made up for that one.
They are brightly colored and make his artwork so beautiful. His pictures are brighter and bolder and stand out.
I love that these are washable. I had no trouble whatsoever in removing marks from his skin and his clothes. I didn't even have to add stain remover to his clothes. The marker also came off his skin with soap and water. These markers are better than all of the other brands I have ever tried.

This is a great addition to any child's art box. This is a product that we will continue to use for years.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

derma e Plant Powered "Non-Prescriptions" for Eczema, Psoriasis, and Scalp Issues

In 1984 derma e was founded by David Stearn and Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M. Their products were created from a firm belief that vitamin e benefits the skin.  They have committed themselves to creating natural, skin-friendly, earth-friendly, and highly effective skincare with over 80 face care, body care and treatment products available to address every concern.
Their products contain antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals. Every emollient is cruelty-free, gluten-free and 100 percent vegan.

derma e offers you an award winning line of products that are doctor developed, consumer tested and clinically tested. Their products which are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum  started winning awards in 2008 and they keep on winning.
Their first product was a jar of 12,000 IU Vitamin E moisturizing cream and this was the beginning of their success.

Not only are these products Made in the USA but manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. You can't get much greener than that. These products are not only available online at but you can find them at your local Health Food Store, Whole Foods Market and The Vitamin Shoppe.

I have been diligently searching for a natural product line for my grandson for the past few months. We first noticed he had eczema when he was 8 months old. But it wasn't very severe. His pediatrician thought it was best to just use gentle lotions, baby shampoo and body wash which is what we did. Matthew also has allergies so we have to be very cautious about the products we try. This past November I noticed it was getting worse and he started asking about the little bumps and redness on his arms and the sides of his face. I realized it was time to find something that works besides the baby products. I have tried several products and they were not effective at all. I wanted products that were all natural and actually worked.
So we opted to try Psorzema Crème and body wash. Actually we tried the entire line. We have been using these products for approximately 7 days and have already seen a noticeable difference in Matthews skin. The little red bumps aren't as red. He is not itching as much and most importantly he isn't complaining. There has also been no reactions at all. I have never had any skin conditions so I had no idea what my little one was going through. I had no idea of the pain and frustration my child was suffering. That is until  I started researching derma e. He loves the Psorzema Crème and it offers him fast relief. His exact words when I applied it to his arms the first time was "Nini, that feels so good." Matthew is 6 years old and has not been able to communicate effectively until now. Do you know how hard it is to watch your child scratch and be totally miserable and not know how to deal with it. This isn't an issue for us anymore. After starting this regimen he is happier and healthier.

If you have Eczema or Psoriasis you have to try these products. You will love them.

Psorzema crème is a great moisturizing emollient that relieves symptoms of Psoriasis and Eczema. It is made with natural ingredients such as Neem, Burdock, Bearberry, Vitamins A and E and was created to give you effective, safe relief. There are no coal, pine tars or steroids in this product. In clinical trials this product was proven to improve symptoms in as little as 4 weeks and with continued use it improved symptoms even more.  

Participants were very pleased with the overall look and feel to their skin as well.

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Zanthoxylum Zanthoxyloides (Fagara) Bark Extract, Coptis Chinensis (Chinese Golden Thread) Root Extract, Berberis Aquifolium (Barberry) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract* (.5%), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.25%), Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.  

I have done some research on healthy eating habits and Eczema and Psoriasis. I have found conflicting reports. However, I think we all know that healthy eating contributes to a healthier body and mind. Doctors believe that there is a link between eating healthy and skin conditions. The chart below gives us a great guide to go by in order to help us get started

Psorzema Crème:
Safely and effectively targets scaly, flaky, itchy, dry skin
Moisturizes, calms and soothes hot, irritated skin
Naturally gentle formula does not contain coal tar, pine tar or steroids

Psorzema Body Wash:
Comforts and cleanses areas of itchiness, redness and irritation on the body, face and scalp
Naturally gentle formula does not contain coal tar, pine tar or steroids

Scalp Relief Shampoo:
Thoroughly yet gently cleanses hair and scalp without irritation
Penetrates to lift away excess flakes and surface buildup
Calms and soothes itchiness, irritation and redness on contact
Replenishes the scalp and hair to promote optimum health
Safe for color treated hair

Scalp Relief Conditioner:
Locks in moisture for soft, strong, tangle free hair
Deeply cleanses to lift away excess flakes and surface buildup
Calms and soothes itchiness, irritation and redness on contact
Replenishes scalp and hair to promote optimum health, manageability and shine
Safe for color treated hair

If you would like a sample of this product please check it out at this link, that's 3 foil packs guys. Samples will be sent out the first of May so go sign up. I believe it is for the first ten but who knows you might get lucky. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

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