Friday, August 18, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

Bottle of Honey
1 Envelope of Carnation Essentials
2 books and bookmarks from Heidi Betts from a contest on her blog
$5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: Maple Holistics Honey

*Product description from their website.*

Maple Holistics Organic Honey takes one of natures sweetest and most beneficial foods and delivers it to you in a pure, high quality package. Our 100% pure, organic and raw honey is prepared with the best processing methodologies in order to guarantee authenticity and nutritional value. Unlike other honeys which are filtered in order to increase clarity, which can compromise the honey, Maple Holistics Organic Honey is geographically sourced from Brazil and never undergoes any sort of filtering process.

My Review

I haven't tasted honey in about 15 years. People who know me know that I have a 'thing' about bee's and since honey is essentially bee vomit *as one of my friends pointed out*  I don't typically touch the stuff. But I had a Honey Bun not too long ago as well as a granola bar that had honey in it and I thought both were quite good. So when I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a bottle of honey, I figured, why not. 

The first thing I tried the honey in was my tea and I only used a little bit, maybe a teaspoon but it was just enough to sweeten my tea the right amount. Now Ken happens to love honey and the first thing he did was make a peanut butter and honey sandwich. I'd never heard of this before but he said that he used to have them when he was a kid and I even had a bite of it. It's sweet and I can understand why he likes it since he likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It's sweet and goes good with peanut butter. 

This is a squeeze bottle so it's really easy to get the honey out and it's not messy at all. Ken and I are both happy with the quality and taste of this honey and I'll probably use it a little more often now that I have a bottle of it. 

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: I was given a free product in exchange for a review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Favorite Picture of the Week

Last month my brother and sister in law came for a visit. They brought their dog, Moose with them. They stayed with my dad while they were here and Moose stayed over there while my brother and his wife were at my house but they brought Moose over so I could see him before they left. Ken held Falcor and they stared each other down for a few minutes. lol Now I understand why they call him Moose...he's huge.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Roland Mediterranean Flavored Quinoa

We'd had two different flavored Quinoa dishes before trying this one and it was a tie because one was really good and one was really bad. So Ken found this one in the store and bought it for us to try. I have to say that when I tore this envelope open and smelled it, I wasn't pleased. It smelled like dirt and something gross. But I cooked it and tasted it...and wouldn't you know it was so darn good. I couldn't even believe it. With the smell from those spices coming off it, I really thought it was gonna taste bad but it was so good and this little envelope made a lot. 

My brother had just come for a visit after vacationing in Alaska and he brought us one of the Yellowfin Tuna's that he caught and shipped back to his home in one of those frozen styrofoam cartons. He also brought us some homemade smoked salmon that he caught and smoked in Alaska. So I baked the tuna and cooked the Quinoa for Ken and I and we had it for lunch. 

Some of the skin came off during cooking but who cares, I toss that anyway. lol But it was really good. I've had canned tunafish and I've had smoked tuna but I've never had or made baked tuna and it was quite good. 

So if you're looking to try a good tasting quinoa, I'd give this one a try. The spices aren't over powering taste wise and it was extremely easy to make. Just heat the water, add the quinoa, cover and cook for 15 minutes. 

Have you tried Quinoa?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Raturday!

*Photo courtesy of *@Poppy'sMischief*

"I'm watching you and I know where my stash of food is, so don't get any ideas."

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Makeup Hack: Using Anti-Chafing Gel as a Foundation Primer

Who taught you ladies how to put on makeup? I lived with my grandma when I was 11-13 and she would pour some foundation in her hand, add a little water and then smear that stuff all over her face. You remember that dreaded foundation line around your face, well she had it big time. One of my friends in high school saw me doing that one day. She watched me and then was like, "Girl... no." lol 

Anyway, I am pretty basic when putting on makeup. I don't do all this contouring that I've seen videos of. I use just a few, powder, eye shadow, eye pencil, mascara, lipstick or lip gloss and blush. 

So when I got a sample of Smashbox foundation primer and a sample of Revitalift Miracle Blur in a beauty box, I had to look up what to do with it. So after using it under my foundation for a few weeks I was sold on this foundation primer stuff. It does actually make the foundation look better on my face. Then when summer rolled around again I went to use the Monistat anti-chafing gel on my legs again and realized that both the anti-chafing gel and the foundation primer both had the same exact feel to them. It's sort of a thick, silky powdery feel when you rub it in between your fingers. 

So when you realize some of the foundation primer's can run you between $20-40 a piece and a tube of Monistat anti-chafing gel is about $7, if it works, why not use it?

So did it work? Hell yes it worked! It worked just as well as either of the other products I had and so I looked up the ingredients. The anti-chafing gel, foundation primer and the miracle blur has dimethicone in it. So it makes sense that it feels very similar. 

I like trying new things and that's just another reason that I love getting those beauty boxes. I never know what new interesting product I'll find in them to try out.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Target Beauty Box- July

What was in this month's box? 

Cashmere Headwraps (Black and Charcoal)- 2 ct
Cashmere headwrap duo offers effortless ways to keep hair out of your face and upgrade your ’do. 
Trend: Hair accessories are having a major moment. Try layering them, too.

e.l.f. Illumintaing Mist & Set- 2.02 oz
Vitamins A, C, E & green tea help hydrate while light-reflecting particles create an instant glow.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon- 1 oz
Secret Weapon formula restores silky-softness and natural shine while keeping flyaways and frizz at bay.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer- 0.25 oz
Lightweight gel formula with hyaluronic acid helps hydrate & plump skin without looking oily or greasy.
Tip: After cleansing, apply while your face is still damp to lock in hydration. Use twice daily.

Que Bella Limited Edition Duo - Dead Sea Mud & Pineapple Peel Off- 2pc
Two masks nourish, firm and refresh skin with Dead Sea minerals, vitamin C and amino acids.

Secret Cool Waterlily Clear Gel Deoderant- 0.5 oz 
Quick-dry deodorant with new, reactivating scent technology offers long-lasting odor protection. 
Hint: Did you know you sweat at night? Apply before bed to wake up fresh the next day.

ACURE Day Cream- 1 oz
Lightweight formula with antioxidants & gotu kola helps firm skin and protects from free radicals. 
Pssst! For every full-size purchase, ACURE donates 10¢ to United for HER’s efforts.

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes- 7 ct
Dissolve dirt, oil and makeup (even waterproof mascara!) for clean, fresh skin in one easy step.

Number of Pieces: 8

This box was only $7 and it said it was worth $30 if you bought everything separately. Not a bad value. I gave my daughter a couple of these things like the headwraps and lotion because the headwraps never stay on my head and I already had two tubes of that same lotion. I usually give her what ever I won't use so it works out well for both of us. Each month Target releases a new Target Beauty Box but supplies are limited and it's first come first serve until they run out. I posted a link to it on my blog when this one went live, I hope a few of you were able to get it

I love getting the little trial size deodorant samples and it's a brand that I already use so that worked out well. Those make up cleaning towelettes are nice but they don't work as well as cold cream in my opinion.

I've also never used a make up setting spray like the Elf spray because I'm pretty basic when I apply make up. But this didn't leave a weird feeling on my face and had no scent to it so why not. I probably wouldn't buy it since I really don't see it making much of a difference compared to not using it.

Have you tried a beauty box yet?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

Sample of Sephora Waterproof Makeup Remover
Sample of Dove Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
A $5 Amazon gift card

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister

Book Description


For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she's seen some extraordinary things. It's too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that's both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon's fire burns.


Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul . . .

My Review

Aoife witnesses someone get killed but just like that the man is back and unharmed. No one believes her and she's committed to a mental hospital for a time. She spends some time getting treatment and then is back into the world. But just as things are looking up she hits or think she hits a dog with her car. From her description, he's a big dog but she decides to take him with her to make sure he's alright. 

Kostya was unconscious on a deserted beach when Aoife's dog found him. Aoife did the only thing she could and dragged him to her car, piled him in and got him to a doctor. He doesn't like humans but he finds himself attracted to Aoife. 

Now normally I wouldn't spoil the surprise of a talking demon dog but it's in the blurb so...there's a talking demon dog! Ha! That dog is hilarious and made for such a fun time between Aoife, Kostya and Jim, the demon dog. I mean, get a load of those names and then, Jim the dog. Hilarious. 

I felt really bad for Aoife, I mean she spent time in a mental hospital and I don't think their means of curing her were all that great...her description of what happened to her made me think of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. So now she's out and finding out that dragon shifters exist, talking demon dog's are a thing and there's a curse that Kostya wants her help with. 

I've said it before, I read books out of order and I won this book in a contest and hadn't read the first book. Even so, when I read a book I want there to be a beginning, middle and clear cut ending...meaning no cliffhangers! So guess what? This one has a cliffhanger. The entire book is about the dragons trying to find a way to get rid of their curse. Besides the romance between Aoife and Kostya, the big story line is finding a way to rid the curse and finding out that they've been searching for the magical ring that Aoife has and can use to help them undo the curse. But guess what never happens? They never find a way to get rid of the curse. The story just ends with no conclusion for that story line. 

For me that cliffhanger ruined this book for me. I was enjoying the banter, the action, the twist and the talking dog and thought that the whole curse story line was going to just get a fast conclusion. Instead, there's no real ending and no main story line conclusion. Not cool, not cool at all. 

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Review: Birchbox- July

I decided to sign up for a Birchbox subscription box. It's only $10 a month and this month's box came with 5 products. 

In this box was...

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray
Derma e Anti Wrinkle Scrub
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel
The Beauty Crop Blush Due

All of these products are new to me so I was excited to start using them. I love the detangle spray. Not only does it actually work on long, wet hair but it smells great too. My hair just long enough for me to sit on, so I like trying new to me hair products. 

I've tried Derma e products before and most of them are just ok to me but this scrub actually is quite nice. The particles in the scrub are small and the scrub itself is silky and didn't break my face out. 

I love trying new dry shampoo's. Unfortunately this one doesn't work for me because it leaves a white residue in my brown hair. Some dry shampoo's have a very light powder effect to them and some others like this one have a heavy powder look to the spray and I just didn't like it. 

The blush duo is nice and seems to be the right color for my face, so that's a win. The only thing I didn't like was there are two colors and one is a cream while the other is a powder. I've used cream blush before and I'm not really a fan and even though I tried using this cream blush I had the same problems with it. It feels a bit sticky and thick which as you can imagine, doesn't feel great on your face. The powder side though is quite nice.

The Marcelle hydrating gel is nice and didn't feel sticky, greasy or heavy. 

So overall, I really like my first Birchbox. Have any of you signed up for this yet? I'll probably get a few more of these before I make up my mind whether or not to keep getting it but so far I like it.