Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wanna Dance? Learn how to Waltz Dance Beginners With this Step-by-Step Guide by DanceCrazy + Giveaway #swingdance



My husband and I dance a little bit at clubs, weddings and other date nights out but we are definitely beginners. Up until recently we didn't know any moves beyond the basic-basic....okay we made up our own moves. My hubby's cousin and her husband are amazing dancers and I just watch them in total awe. They know how to do it all. Learning how to Waltz  is something that I always wanted to do along with those other specialty dances. You always see all those couples out there on the dance floor and just watch and how synchronized they are. They go from one dance to another. It always seemed like learning even some of the moves was something that was way beyond possibility. I don't have the funds to invest in hours of dancing lessons at some upscale studio. You always see those ads for the expensive studios....aah, I need to save for college. Maybe you have that kind of cash to burn, but this is a better solution. You can learn like we are doing...on your own time in the privacy of your own home and it is a reasonable investment.

Dancing the Waltz is so huge now. Think about it, we see celebrities every week on Dancing with the Star's on television and we see it on So You Think you Can Dance. They do all the moves like it is nothing. It's everywhere and it seems like everyone else can do it. Well, now anyone can with the DanceCrazy Waltz Dance, Vol 1 for Beginners. This is a perfect system for beginners too. It is a step-by-step guide. No experience is required because we started out with none.

We have been having so much fun with learning though we just started this week. I am excited to be learning the Waltz along with some of the other specialty dances. It is easy to follow because they truly do teach step by step. It is nice because it gives my husband and I some special time together even when we are practicing.   Like I mentioned, we are not pros by any means. This DVD is totally designed for beginners, so you don't need to have any dance experience.. It truly shows you all the steps and you can stop it and start it as you need to. I can't believe that we are really learning how to Waltz a little bit. We are not the best dancers out there so to say we are really getting the hang of it is amazing, but true. It is very easy to follow the steps.  It is fun too. We are officially making it a little dance instruction date night a few times a week after the kids go to bed.

Waltz Dance Beginners Volume 1 is an easy A Step-by-Step Guide to learn how to waltz  and have some fun at the same time with your boyfriend, fiancee or hubby. This is a fun, social, step by step DVD to learn how to waltz. It's a 2 DVD set, and the one we got to review is the first of the 2 DVDs. 

This is great for beginners of any age that want to learn how to waltz. I am sure you will love this 2 DVD set just as much as we do and have tons of fun learning all the steps. This is a perfect gift too.

This is a fun and different gift that would be a perfect Christmas or Hanukkah idea for your friends or even for your spouse. You can pick up the Waltz Dance DVD right on Amazon for easy as pie gift buying. Don't forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own Waltz Dance Beginners Volume 1 DVD.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Have you heard about Influenster? You get rewarded for sharing...must read and join! #Influenster #InfluensterApp

Disclosure: I am a member of Influenster. My opinions are my own.
Influenster is a fun social site where you get to find out about new things before everyone else. Even better, you get to TRY OUT and get free SAMPLES of lots of great products as part of their VoxBoxes just for being a member and participating. That's right but not just free samples but free full size samples of products. VoxBoxes are essentially goody boxes filled to the brim with products that you will love. When you get one you will understand. They are totally amazing. I have gotten a few myself over the past few years and it is always a happy day.  This is my most recent Moda VoxBox that I received a few weeks ago...lots of amazing goodies!



It has been exciting to see how Influenster has continued to improve the website and make it even more fun and interesting to check in and share with others.  It is super easier to navigate and has a lot more interactive features including reviews,The Hub, a Question & Answer section, different kinds badges, and more rewards than ever.  They just launched a new Influenster app too...love it and super easy to use!

Influenster is a website where people like you and me evaluate and share their experiences with all kinds of products. It is not just beauty products either. There are things geared towards all kinds of interests and they make sure you are a perfect match for your box. Every few months you have an opportunity to get these "surprise" Voxboxes which are boxes full of goodies. Different members qualify for different boxes.  You need to honestly evaluate and share online through Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Instagram, Pinterest and your blog about the products they send you. Your #Voxbox can vary greatly depending on different factors like demographics, experience, expertise, and participation in the Influenster community.  
Join up now and get in on the Influenster fun!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Bee Sili Silicone Oil & Sauce Bottle & Basting Brush Review #BeeSiliGadgets



I love to cook and bake plain and simple. Any tools that make cooking or baking easier or faster for me are a blessing. I really like products that do double duty too...they make my life even easier. You can imagine how excited I was to have the chance to try out the new Bee Sili Silicone Oil + Sauce Bottle + Basting Brush.  I knew this would be an ideal tool to help me quickly baste all kinds of sauces.  The perfect tool for basting thin or thick sauces too since the design makes it easy. Bee Sili Silicone Oil + Sauce Bottle + Basting Brush is also ideal for brushing oil on all your cookware, griddles, muffin tins, waffle irons, and outdoor grills.


This is a handy little tool around the kitchen for so many tasks. You could actually make marinades directly in the container to save time and then store any leftovers right in the container in the refrigerator. The Bee Sili Silicone Oil & Sauce Bottle & Basting Brush is really a multi-tasker.


If you cook at home and want to save money and time the Bee Sili Silicone Oil & Sauce Bottle & Basting Brush is a good way to do it. You will use only what you need when you are oiling a pan or griddle. That is a much healthier way to use oil. It is better for the environment because you can buy a giant bottle of oil and just transfer it into the Bee Sili Silicone Oil & Sauce Bottle as you need it.  I really love this little product. It is super easy to use too...just drizzle oil from the bottle sparingly, turn over and use the convenient built in brush to baste and spread the liquid.


It can be a challenge to find the right kitchen tools for my home or for Christmas gifts. I love that I can buy this Bee Sili Silicone Oil/Sauce Bottle + Basting Brush right on Amazon for the ultimate in shopping convenience anytime. 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.

Slim You with NutriRevolution Caralluma Dietary Supplement Review #nutrirevolution


I must say first that I do exercise regularly and eat healthy but I struggle just like everyone else. There is something about the cold weather and those crazy cravings. The timing couldn't have been better to try Caralluma. I just started taking it this week. I feel good taking it and it digests easily. I have been taking it before meals twice a day which is working for me. The cravings seem to be alot quieter than usual. Caralluma fimbriata is believed to work directly on the appetite control center of your brain, specifically the hypothalamus, to suppress your appetite.

Another benefit that has been suggested with this supplement is that it blocks Fat Production.  Caralluma fimbriata contains pregnane glycosides, a phytochemical that blocks the enzyme citrate lyase. When this enzyme's activity is stopped, your body cannot produce fat. So, Caralluma Fimbriata has the potential to block the enzymes responsible for breaking down fatty acids.


NutriRevolution gave me a few starter tips on using Caralluma Fimbriata right away.
  • Take the veggie capsules 30 to 60 minutes prior to each meal with a glass of water
  • Each pre-meal dose of Caralluma Fimbriata should fall between 1000-2000 mg
  • And make sure to take no more than 3000 mg total per day
I have to say I don't feel as hungry as I usually do but I am making sure to eat enough protein and lots of vegetables. I kind of have had to remind myself since I am not having those hungry signals as much as usual.  At this rate I figure I will be a few pounds less in the next week or two which I think would be reasonable.  Since I feel good I will continue to take it.

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.

NutriRevolution Forskolin #nutrirevolution


I really try to eat healthy and exercise but it is a challenge. I was interested to try a new option I had heard about to lose some of the pesky fat that just won't seem to budge...you know the hips and thighs? It makes me crazy.  I thought it would be good to try Forskolin 250mg Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract.  Some information has indicated that it helps the body do a few things:


  • Burn Pesky Body Fat
  • Increases Lean Muscle
  • It stimulates the production of AMP (cAMP)
NutriRevolution has shared that No additional Dieting or Exercise is required but I think every little bit helps so I keep up with my fitness regimen just like I always do.

 I just started taking NutriRevolution Forskolin 250mg Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract this week. I feel good taking it and it digests easily.  I have to say I don't feel as hungry as I usually do but I am making sure to eat enough protein and lots of vegetables.  I am hoping to see an improvement in the next week or two which I think would be reasonable. 



NutriRevolution provided me with some starter tips on using Forskolin 250mg right away so I could get faster results.
  • Take the veggie capsules 30 to 60 minutes prior to each meal with a glass of water
  • Each pre-meal dose of Forskolin should fall between 250-500 mg
  • And make sure to take no more than 500 mg total per day
Let me know how it goes for you and if you are seeing an improvement.

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.

Simply Scott Squad Scott Naturals® Tube-Free Tissue Sampling through @Crowdtap #TossTheTube #SimplyScottSquad

Disclosure: I was recently chosen to participate in a Simply Scott Squad Scott Naturals® Tube-Free Tissue Sampling through @Crowdtap event through Crowdtap. I received 1 Four-Pack of Scott Naturals® Tube-Free Tissue in exchange for my honest opinion.


We try to be green where we can. Using Scott Naturals is an easy option for our family. It is easier for me in addition to being green because I have to empty the trash can less often. No worries about those used tubes taking up space in the recycling bin either.

I didn't realize until Scott shared with me that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are thrown away each year. Think about it. There are only so many tubes you can recycle for school projects or artwork.

Using Scott Naturals is so much easier and it really works. The rolls pop right onto the holder and you can use them right down to the end with no problem. The paper is high quality and soft too. Try Scott Naturals® Tube-Free and #TossTheTube for good!

I was happy I got to participate in this sampling through Crowdtap. It is a fun social network where you get to try new things and share with others on your social networks and in person.

You can learn to Swing Dance Beginners DVD + Giveaway Perfect for a Christmas gift #swingdance #christmasgift



My husband and I dance a little bit at clubs, weddings and other date nights out but we are definitely beginners. My hubby's cousin and her husband are amazing dancers and I just watch them in total awe. Swing Dancing is something that I always wanted to do. You always see couples out there on the dance floor and just watch and wonder how they learned to do it. It always seemed like it was something that was way beyond possibility. I don't have the funds to invest in hours of dancing lessons at some upscale studio. Maybe you do, but this is a better solution. You can learn like we are doing in the privacy of your own home and it is a reasonable investment.

Swing Dancing is so huge now. Think about it, we see celebrities every week on Dancing with the Star's on television and we see it on So You Think you Can Dance. It's everywhere and it seems like everyone else can do it. Well, now anyone can with the DanceCrazy Swing Dance, Vol 1 Beginners Swing Dance. This is a perfect system for beginners too. It is a step-by-step guide. No experience is required.

We have been having so much fun with learning though we just started this week. It is nice because it gives my husband and I some special time together even when we are practicing.   Like I mentioned, we are not pros by any means. This DVD is totally designed for beginners, no dance experience is required. It truly shows you all the steps and you can stop it and start it as you need to. I can't believe that we are really learning how to Swing Dance a little bit. We are not the best dancers out there so to say we are really getting the hang of it is amazing, but true. It is very easy to follow the steps.  It is fun too. We are officially making it a little dance instruction date night a few times a week after the kids go to bed.

Swing Dance 2 DVD set for Beginner's to learn how to swing dance and have some fun at the same time. This is a Fun, social, step by step DVD to learn swing dancing. It's a 2 DVD set, and the one we got to review is the first of the 2 DVDs. 

This is great for beginners of any age that want to learn how to dance swing. I am sure you will love this 2 DVD set just as much as we do and have tons of fun learning all the steps. This is a perfect gift too.

This is a fun and different gift that would be a perfect Christmas or Hanukkah idea for your friends or even for your spouse. You can pick up the Swing Dance DVD right on Amazon for easy as pie gift buying. Don't forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own Swing Dance Vol 1 Beginners DVD.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Healed 1 Phytoceramides - Facelift in a Bottle Review + Giveaway #faceliftinabottle



I really try to take great care of my skin and I do whatever I can to keep it looking good short of surgery. Here is a better option to try that I recently heard about and figured I would give it a try myself. I have heard a lot about Phytoceramides.  Some data seem to suggest they might be an effective way to fake a facelift. 


This might be a Better idea instead of spending $$$ on Facial Injections. I have seen those ladies out there in the stores and walking down the street. It is always a real shock but many women inject chemicals into their face only to get that temporary and unnatural "frozen-face" look. Healed 1 Phytoceramides are a natural way to hydrate facial skin from the inside out. This can reduce the size of pores and lines around the face and neck.


Better than other options out there and Healed 1 Phytoceramides are 100% natural. These are exactly the type of phytoceramides (lipowheat) and in the same dosage (350mg) that is optimal for your body to absorb. Each and every batch is quality tested for purity and potency at our FDA approved facility right in the USA. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Better to Look more youthful and fresh. Healed 1 Phytoceramides shared with me that they can help smooth and soften the look of your skin while at the same time diminishing dark age spots and sun damaged skin.

You can find Healed 1 Phytoceramides Facelift in a Bottle right on Amazon for easy shopping anytime. Meanwhile, don't forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own bottle. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Organic Ceremonial Grade Green Tea Matcha Review #OrganicCeremonialGradeMatcha



I love to drink green tea but Matcha tea is the best. I had the opportunity to try this organic matcha cermonial grade tea recently.  This is a matcha directly from Japan. You can drink it with just hot water or you can use it as part of a recipe like in a smoothie. The company has even taken the time to create a lovely recipe guide that tons of other ways to enjoy your Matcha tea. But this type of Matcha itself is best for drinking because of its sweeter, and smoother taste


There are tons of Matcha powders in the market today but this one is quite special. You will know it when you first taste it too. It is so sweet and smooth. It tastes fresh with no aftertaste. This Matcha is grown in the top tea-producing Shizuoka region of Japan which is recognized by the United Nations as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.

this organic Matcha is crafted by a certified organic family-owned Japanese tea farm that has been operating since 1915, run by the same family for over 3 generations. That is over 100 years of organic farming experience!  I really like that.

If you are not familiar with it, Matcha is a fine powdered form of shade grown green tea leaves. This means you consume the entire leaf providing your body and mind with a maximum concentration of Polyphenols and EGCG. They are full of healthy anti-oxidants. One serving provides up to 137 times the anti-oxidants of brewed green tea. They also use 100% first harvest tea leaves in this organic Matcha also known as Sae Midori cultivar.



This Organic Ceremonial Grade Green Tea Matcha provides mild, steady energy for your body since it acts both as a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing even when your day gets extremely hectic like mine.  An exciting fact is that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (how you burn calories) from a normal 8%-10% to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.  It truly gives you that afternoon metabolism boost but in a healthy way.

​Data has shown that Matcha Green Tea can even support the skin against skin damage from harmful UV rays. Drinking green tea and especially organic green tea can also support improved blood flow and oxygen levels which can contribute to the overall quality of the skin.  That is one of the reasons I started drinking it a few years ago. I think you need to make sure you drink it regularly to see benefits which makes sense.  Antioxidants are essential as you age to support your body's natural defenses against oxidation. I would rather drink a freshly brewed cup of Matcha tea to get healthy energy each day versus some of those energy drinks out there.  This tastes great and is a snap to brew up with hot water. No sugar or sweetener needed.

You can find this great Organic Matcha right on Amazon for super easy shopping anytime.

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.

Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album is here just in time for Christmas! #HolidayWishes #O2O

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Wow, I can't believe Christmas is almost here. It always seems to go so fast. I love all the holiday music...there is nothing more exciting to get me in the holiday cheer mode. I was excited to hear about a new release that just came out from one of my fave artists. Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is just out now on Warner Bros. Records.

You know this one is going to be a winner when you hear the producer.  Yup...the legendary Walter Afanasieff.  Walter is the Grammy Award-winner  who has worked with stars like Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and even Mariah Carey.  This amazing album features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s classic Christmas-themed “River,” the last one is not surprisingly one of Menzel’s favorites.


I can't say enough about this album but another little highlight is a special duet with international (gorgeous) superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”  Awww, I love that song and Idina does it so well.
 
We all know Idina most fondly as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen. Of course she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Every child and adult still just LOVES that song. It is so sweet.  Did you catch her performing that multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards? After that she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.
Right now Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.  You might want to consider getting online to get those tickets fast before they sell out this holiday season.


Holiday Wishes Track Listing


  1. Do You Hear What I Hear

  2. The Christmas Song

  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)

  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  5. All I Want For Christmas

  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

  7. December Prayer

  8. When You Wish Upon A Star

  9. Silent Night

  10. River

  11. Holly Jolly Christmas

  12. White Christmas

Special Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive

  1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

  2. Mothers Spiritual


You can find Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes on both iTunes and Amazon for easy purchasing.


You can get all the updates from Idina Menzel on her Official Idina Menzel website, and you can follow her on all your fave social networks including Twitter, Facebook and
YouTube.

New Makeup by ONE DIRECTION Limited-Edition Beauty Collection + a GiVeAwAy #makeupby1D, #markwins #ilovemakeupby1D @brandbacker


Disclosure: Powered by BrandBacker


What says 2015 style better than the irreverent attitude and colorful style of Makeup by One Direction? Nothing, that is why this the the idea gift for a new glamorous generation. The world’s biggest pop band recently debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, now available starting November 15 at Sears USA, Kmart, Target and Walmart Canada just in time for the holiday and Christmas!  Get the inside scoop and the opportunity to see what is in each one of the special tins so you know which one to ask for as a gift and which one is the perfect match for each of your friends.


This adorable and colorful collection of makeup and cosmetics is everything you could dream of to create a youthful and stylish look that is ideal for day or evening and just perfect for the holidays.  You get to choose from five different keepsake tins, each with a totally different look and style.  Maybe you will have to give in and buy all of them. Stash one or two away for gifts. Each colorful cosmetics palette lets your creative side shine through as you celebrate the good life infused with vivid shades, fresh formulas and stylish limited edition collectable packaging.  Makeup by One Direction is just fun, bold and lets you get as wild as you like. Totally on trend so just pick your fave look and you can feel confident you are going to look amazing. The best part is that this special new product is offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford the splurge without guilt.


Each special collection tin comes complete with everything you need to create unique, bold and beautiful looks. Just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah too. You can find just the right bold colors to become a rock n’ roll girl, shake up the bright colors to transform yourself into a fun party girl or keep it sweet to channel the girl next door. They make it so easy and fun to find the ideal collection(s) just for you. The easy to follow illustrations make it a snap to get the perfect look. The LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin holds all your beauty essentials in one spot...perfect for home or travel. Your fave guys had a hand in creating this amazing collection too...take a peek! Here's Liam working on the line and Niall looking through the line as well.

These gorgeous collection was created for and inspired by all the fans of the world's biggest band, this limited-edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad naughty, just like ONE DIRECTION.

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). Tins include:

Gorgeous Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Sparkling Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Glittering Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

Shiny Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes

One Direction has 32 million Facebook likes and over 106 million combined Twitter followers.  Not a surprise to me...I was at a 1D concert this past summer and the MetLife stadium was packed to the gills.  Now you can head over to Sears USA, Kmart, Target or Walmart Canada and get even closer to your fave band by picking up their amazing makeup line.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway here to win your own ONE DIRECTION Limited Edition Makeup Tin.

Toraysee Lens Cloth - Glasses, Cameras, Phones, Tablets Review #MicrofiberWholesale



All my devices...there are so many of them!  The surfaces get so dirty and smudged I never knew how to clean them safely without scratching or damaging them. I was intrigued when I heard from Toraysee recently. They have a multi-use cleaning cloth that works for everything from expensive camera lenses, glasses, smart phone to tablets. They tell me this is a cleaning cloth that's unrivaled by anything else on the market. I thought I would see how it worked for me.

Toraysee shared with me that theirs is the only lens cloth that's produced with as much care and expertise as the lenses I have to clean. Trust me...my hubby has a fancy pants camera and he is very particular about that lens.  This cleaning cloth has been scientifically designed to safely and completely clean today's coated and un-coated optical surfaces. It is manufactured in a modern Japanese facility under strict ISO standards by the company that invented microfiber.

This specialized cleaning clothes was crafted ultra-thin for getting into tight places yet safely removes 4 times more oily films and fingerprints than cloths 10 times thicker. They shared that it is virtually indestructible, completely washable, and 100% lint free!  They suggest purchasing multiple and keeping a separate one for your eyewear and expensive optics, a second for messy hand held displays like my iphone and ipad. They really do get the filthiest of all.

I have to say this Toraysee Lens Cloth worked beautifully on hubby's fancy camera lens, my ipad and iphone and my sunglasses too. They were smudge free and looked clean as a whistle as my dad would say. Whatever you're looking through, these cloths make it clearer!

You can pick up this wonderful Toraysee Lens Cloth right on Amazon anytime for the ultimate in convenience.

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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mary J Blige’s new album releasing 12/1//14 The London Sessions #TheLondonSessions #O2O

Disclosure:  I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.


Aaaah, Mary J.  She is just a legend. I remember listening to her music as far back as the '90s and she just made some amazing music. Summers down by the beach with Mary J are amazing memories for me. I have to say I love it when one of the world’s most talented artists like Mary J. just shake it up a bit and create something you would never expect, but just totally LOVE?



I can't believe that it is almost already here. December 2, 2014 is the day Mary J Blige’s The London Sessions will be released so everyone can hear it. I was so excited that I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek and listen to it early since I got a private download of this amazing album.  Mary J Blige recorded this album in London, collaborating with some of music’s hottest new stars including Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Emeli Sandé.  Mary’s trademark emotional, strong, uplifting messages are delivered to her fans with a novel and modern touch.

Over the years she has released eight multi-platinum albums, received nine Grammy Awards + 31 nominations, a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and four American Music Awards. Mary J Blige, the songmistress is truly a superstar around the world. If you are reading this, you know she has a super loyal fan base.  Once you listen to Mary J, you love her forever. 



Ooops, she did it again. She has another amazing album. But not just another album....Mary J. Blige has done it different this time by hopping on a plane to London to collaborate with some of this decade’s most amazing UK musical talent – including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith. Then she went and recorded a new studio album, The London Sessions. This unbelievable new collection will be released December 2 on Capitol Records.  Capitol Music Group Chairman Steve Barnett says, "The London Sessions is a fantastic album; another step forward for this great and enduring artist, and I am thrilled that she is now an important member of our Capitol Records family.”  As for Mary J, she says, “It’s all about the London Music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album.” The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”   


Mary is an open book with her emotions and experiences to her fans and that is one of the reasons we love her so much. The London Sessions is, number one, the bravest thing, and number two, just so honest,” says Smith, who co-wrote lead single, “Therapy,” with Blige and Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machines, James Blunt). Disclosure adds, “It’s the reason that people like Mary are so successful – they’re just not afraid to change what they do completely.”   This fearlessness propelled Blige to London’s thriving musical community, who embraced her fully and helped her create an album that displays the true evolution of an artist.  Each of the collaborators worked with Blige to create a new body of work driven by her one-of-a-kind voice. The results are altogether thrilling.

The London Sessions Track Listing


1. Therapy
2. Doubt
3. Not Loving You
4. When You're Gone
5. Right Now
6. My Loving
7.Long Hard Look
8. Whole Damn Year
9 .Nobody But You
10. Pick Me Up
11. Follow
12. Worth My Time  


You can get this great new album online on Amazon and at iTunes with the links right below to make it easy for you.

  iTunes : http://bit.ly/MJBLondon
 Amazon: 
http://bit.ly/MJBLS


Meanwhile, don't forget to visit the Official Mary J Blige Website to see the latest that Mary J is up to. You can also follow her on your favorite social networks like Twitter and Facebook. You can see more of her videos right on YouTube too.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates Buy 1 lb Get 1 Free Perfect for Christmas Gifts! @mrscavanaughs @usfg

 

 

 

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates Buy 1 lb Get 1 Free Perfect for Christmas Gifts! @mrscavanaughs @usfg


Everyone loves chocolate...especially homemade chocolate. It wasn't that long ago when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.  "It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'  Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets

Fast forward to 1972 when the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch. That was a big change for everyone.  "It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy, and could compete with, those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."



 

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence.  If you have never tried them, you just have to know with this amazing deal.  Ask any of your chocolate aficionados. They will direct you right to the best chocolates..the eternally popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies. 

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Ballroom Dancing Mastery System 7 DVD Set Review + Giveaway Perfect for a Christmas gift #ballroomdancing #christmasgift



Ballroom Dancing is something that I always wanted to do. You always see couples out there on the dance floor and just watch in awe. It always seemed like it was something that was way beyond possibility. I don't have the funds to invest in hours of ballroom dancing lessons at some upscale studio. Maybe you do but this is a great solution. You can learn like we did in the privacy of your own home.

Ballroom Dancing is so hot now! We see it every week on Dancing with the Star's on television and we see it on So You Think you Can Dance. It's everywhere and it seems like everyone else can do it. Well, now anyone can with the Ballroom Dance Mastery System. This is a perfect system for beginners too. No experience is required.

We have been having so much fun with learning. It is nice because it gives my husband and I some special time together even when we are practicing. It covers all the major dances that you want to learn like Swing, Waltz, Rumba and Foxtrot. I can't believe that we are really learning how to do all these dances. Well, not all of them yet but we are learning! It really isn't that hard to follow and it is just a matter of making the time to practice which we are doing. We are not the best dancers out there so to say we are really getting the hang of it is amazing, but true. It is very easy to follow the steps.  It is fun too. We make it a little dance instruction date night a few times a week after the kids go to bed

Ballroom Dance Mastery System is a 7 DVD set perfect for Beginner's to learn all the major social ballroom dances. Great for beginners of any age that want to learn how to dance. I am sure you will love this seven DVD set just as much as we do and have tons of fun learning all the steps. This is a perfect gift for Christmas or Hanukkah.
This CD's are set up progressively and step by step. It takes you into the beginner's world of Ballroom Dance, in all the major social ballroom dances. 

This is a fun and different gift that would be a perfect Christmas idea for your friends or even for your spouse. You can pick up the Ballroom Dancing Mastery System right on Amazon for easy as pie gift buying. Don't forget to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own Ballroom Dancing Mastery System 7 DVD Set. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Oleavine Facial Moisturizer Review #oleavine



 


It seems like every year that goes by I start using and buying more and more natural and organic products. It started with fruits and vegetables and has moved to the beauty and cosmetics. I really prefer to use natural products and feel more confident when I am putting things on my skin or in my body that I know just what is inside them. I recently had the opportunity to try a new facial moisturizer by Oleavine. They are a leading Anti-aging and Skincare Beauty Company who has their products in large natural foods stores and online. I have tried their products before and had a really nice experience, I was excited about this moisturizer.

Hello, first things first. What is NOT in this moisturizer. There are no harmful chemicals in here. You can feel good that this Oleavine Facial Moisturizer has organic and natural ingredients in it. No icky chemicals. It is free from Preservatives, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Sulfates, Silicone, SLS, SLES, PG or PG Derivatives, Synthetic Fragrance and Dyes.) Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly, Fragrance Free.

 I am one busy mama so I totally look for moisturizers and serums that can do double duty. This Oleavine Facial Moisturizer is an anti-aging serum and rejuvenating moisturizer all wrapped up in one bottle. Happy day.  It has powerful active ingredients that penetrate deeply into your skin. Some of the ingredients you would expect in an Anti-Aging Serum like this include Inflammation Reducing Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9. Wrinkle Fighting Argan Plant Stem Cells, Powerful Antioxidants Vitamins A, B, C, E & Alpha Lipoic Acid, Skin Plumping Hyaluronic Acid, Soothing Rooibos Tea Extract, Avena Sativa Oat Extracts and Aloe Vera.  I love all the natural elements in this powerful moisturizer.

Even smarter, this Oleavine Facial Moisturizer uses a proprietary cold process technology that protects the active ingredients. Most moisturizers use heat. Oleavine uses a special process that uses little to no heat to carefully create their finished facial care product. Heat during manufacturing is the enemy to sensitive active ingredients in moisturizers and serums. They go even further to protect their formula by using their elegant Airless Pump to shield it from oxidizing air and outside germs and contaminants.

Oleavine makes it easy to get luxuriously smooth, hydrated, youthful glowing skin in just minutes a day. That is about all this busy mama has so that works perfectly for me. This is truly a non-greasy formula that delivers rapid moisturization and locks it in all day or night long. Carefully combined botanicals address all aspects of aging skin that I need. I love that it contains naturally occuring phytoceramides and skin healing liquids from botanical oils and exotic butters. Think grape see, coconut, almond, jojoba, almond, argan, olive, squalene, sea buckthorn, rose hip seed, borage, cranberry, pomegranate, pumpkin seed, flax seed, murumuru butter and mango butter! It sounds almost delicious enough to eat but of course it is just for external use on your skin.

I feel really confident in knowing this new moisturizer is all natural, preservative free, paraben free, Petroleum Free, Phthalate Free, Sulfate Free, Silicone Free, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, and allergy friendly.
 

You can follow Oleavine on Facebook and you can find out more by visiting the Oleavine website right here.  You can find this lovely Oleavine facial moisturizer right on Amazon which makes shipping a cinch anytime of the day or evening. 

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.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Beauty Box Five November 2014 Subscription Box Review @beautybox5 #afterfeather #dentek #haskhair #lauraashley #OneShowerChallenge

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the products for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.



I love it....Beauty Box Five has the most amazing outlook no matter what the season and always stays gracefully grounded.  I can manage to keep it all together at work and at home with BB5 to help out my glam look.  BB5 shows you how you can project Heaps of beauty right into fall with a smart new beauty look.  Check out all the trendiest of fall fashions and hot colors...don't forget to bookmark your fave finds and share with friends too. Everyone loves getting the inner scoop. I like trying new beauty products from sunscreens to lipsticks and find that I often find new faves.  That is one of the great things about BB5.  You can try lots of new things and sub in new favorites without being stuck with a huge bottle of this or that. I happens to the best of us even with green intentions. Sometimes I look at a product in the store but I worry it might not be for me and I don't want to spend all that money if I don't know that I really like it.  Who needs something else to sit on the bathroom shelf or take up more room in a drawer? I would always feel guilty. Every once in a while you get lucky and the store has a sample or perhaps a beauty company sends you a sample and you get to try it first.  That is the premise behind BB5.


The ideal solution for all of us is brought to you by Beauty Box 5. They understand  and created their great sampling box program. Beauty Box 5 is an amazing subscription beauty box sampler that is delivered right to your doorstep (or mailbox) filled with a combination of 5 brand new cosmetic samples monthly, quarterly or annually. You can start out at just $12 a month or save more by getting a longer subscription. Signing up to receive Beauty Box 5 each month is a great new way for anyone from teens to moms to sample new cosmetic products and see what works for you.  Each month they include tips and tricks for the products on the back of this little card below to help you get the most out of your beauty samples each month.


Beauty Box 5 is always on the lookout for the latest new items to make the best matches for your own personal taste and lifestyle.  The prices are reasonable too. You can get a Beauty Box 5 monthly for $12, quarterly for $30 or annually for just $99.  Shipping is always free.  A fun way to check out lots  of the new beauty stuff out there without a whole lot of $$ investment. The great part is that if you like something, you can just up and buy the full size item, right?  Much better than buying a full size you-know-what-beauty-item and paying a fortune and then it sits in the makeup bag gathering dust because it doesn't work for you.


Beauty Box 5 mixes it up with their brands and keeps things adventurous. They source from a mix of niche, luxe, regular drugstore, vegan and eco-conscious brands.  One month you might get hair care, nail care, makeup, skin care, fragrances or even beauty accessories or a mix of any of the above.  I love the suspense!  You will get a carefully curated blend of travel, full-size and deluxe samples from their most current collection.
  

I just received the November Gracefully Grounded Box this week.  The team at Beauty Box 5 wants to remind you to stayed on the ball and keep up your self care no matter what the season.  Don't forget about yourself as you start thinking about sales, Christmas and Hanukkah! Take a few minutes and take good care of yourself with some of these goodies. If I can stay Glamamama Gracefully Grounded then you sure can. Sometimes it is a challenge, yes it sure is but I do it. You have only one YOU and each one of us is special in our own way. We deserve to take a little bit of time to beautify and keep our look fresh. Beauty Box Five is here with a few special treats to help you along the way.  Here is the scoop on the amazing treats that were in this sweet sea blue November box:

As always It was chock full of amazing goodies that I could not wait to try. There were goodies for my hands, hair, skin, teeth and body tucked in there this month.  Lots of special items to keep me looking fresh and alluring wherever my fall days take me.  They take me all over too....from the the mid-Atlantic to Florida and who knows where else this winter. We will have to see. I am one busy mama!


The first treat in this box is an AfterFeather Refillable Travel Bottle.  The perfect solution for a traveling mama like me. Who hasn't been in this situation where you have your fave creams, shampoos, lotions or potions and you want to bring them on the trip.  I buy some luxury products and I want to use them on the go too. I love that these are TSA approved and the perfect size for a long weekend or more. What an amazing invention. I will be squirreling this little bottle away for my next business trip or vacation...I am sure it will be soon. Retail: $8.95/2 Refillable 2oz bottles


The next product in the box is perfect for my on the go lifestyle. How did they know?  DenTek Floss Picks are an amazing product. If you have never tried them, you just must give them a go. They came in the cutest little case that will fit perfectly in my purse. These are great to keep your mouth cleaner and fresher and it works so easily between the teeth. No more embarrassing smile. Consider that this is a great size to stash right into any makeup bag ready for a long work day or a business trip.  A super steal at $2.49 for 4 count


Have you ever tried HASK hair products? They are great and HASK has been around forever for a reason. Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil is going to make you nutty for healthy hair. Heehee. Really though this stuff works beautifully. The bottle lasts forever too...all you need is a few drops and you apply it to your ends after conditioning and the dull hair just comes back to life. The price is super reasonable at $2.99 5/8 oz


Who doesn't love lavender? It is one of my favorite scents. Laura Ashley Body Butter smells just wonderful in Spring Lavender.  This is a winner for me especially during the cold winter days. It keeps my hands and body soft and moisturized and smells so amazing. It actually comes in a set of 6 different fragrances so you can grab them all. This is staying right on top of my makeup bag...ready when I need it!   An amazing deal at $20.00/set of 6 body butters 1.75 oz each


The last item in this exciting November box for a final moisturizing treat is the old favorite that is with a new twist,  Dove Deep Moisture Nutrium Body Wash.  I have to hand it to Dove....I have been using their products since I was a little girl and they never stop innovating. I really like their soaps, creams and body washes, I tried this one yesterday and my skin felt so good after my shower. I love the rich lather and loved my smooth skin after the shower even more. Retail: $6.49/22 oz

So, are you ready to get in on the fun? The ladies from BB5 have put together another really amazing box full of beauty fun perfect to take you straight into Fall. Don't forget to join Beauty Box 5 and get in on the goodies to keep you looking fab all four season.



After you join, you can even spread your good fortune via Instagram and have an opportunity to win full-size versions of these products too! Don't forget to tag @beautybox5 and #bb5fave so they know that it was you spreading the love around!

 





Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."