Review/Giveaway of Me Do Good

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Being positive is a great thing to be- that's why Gerry and I were happy to review a shirt from Me Do Good.
They sell positive and inspirational t-shirts.
They offer I CAN and I WILL t-shirts, great military shirts,and school designs.
MeDoGood will create custom designs for Schools, Clubs, Reunions, Youth Groups, Businesses, Military, etc. Schools will be eligible for a $100 gift certificate from the Lakeshore Learning Store if 100 or more shirts are ordered! AND, there are NO shipping charges for orders over 100 shirts!! Sounds like a great deal right?? That’s because it is!
Please visit our good friends over at Me Do Good!

Brad over at Me Do Good would love to offer one lucky winner from the USA or Canada their own t-shirt.
On March 9th, 2010, will select a winner!

To Enter:
Please visit Me Do Good and join their email list.Then list your email here.

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Coupons Gone

Dog food coupons are now gone and spoken for...

Winner redraw

We have had to redraw today for one of our past giveaways-
the following comment was selected by for the following past giveaway:

Anne-Marie T said...

I am following on twitter (amt946)
email (amt at telus dot net)

****Winner has been contacted by email and has one week to contact me with name and mailing address.

Today's Winners are....

Our winners for today's giveaways:


Winners have been contacted by email and have up to one week before I redraw for a new winner, to send their mailing info.
Thanks to all who entered!

Live in Canada and Have a Dog?

Since my dog passed away a few weeks ago, I no longer have use for the dog food coupons I had in my purse for 4 free bags of Hills Science Diet dog food: 2.3 kg bag.
These expire June 30,2010.
I will give all 4 away to the first reader that emails me.

This has now been given away.....

Review and Giveaway ( USA only) : Raising The Candy

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Passover Peppermint Patties is what our family got to sample from Raising the Candy Bar

At first we wasn't sure how we liked them. The peppermint in the patties was stronger than we were used too- but after we had one, then came another and another. By the end of the day, we had all had a few.They were addicting!

 They were thick, rich and smooth.Nicely packaged as well, in a fancy gold box with tissue.. Nice presentation of the product.

They  have over 600 confections from apple rings to zebra bark!

They even offer the goodies for special occassions such as anniversaries,Valentines Day,Births, Birthdays, etc..

For over a quarter of a century Illinois Nut & Candy formerly Illinois Nut Outlet has been doing just that raising the bar. Since September 2004 Melissa and David's goal has been to constantly raise the candy bar by not only being the largest Kosher candy store in the Midwest but by trying to be the largest niche candy store as well. They offer Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Sugar Free, Organic and Vegan Friendly!

We give the company and the service a thumbs up!

Raising the Candy Bar would like to give one lucky USA winner a chance to sample a surprise box of their own goodies!

A random draw will be made by on March 8, 2010 from all entries recieved.

To Enter: Please visit Raising the Candy Bar and let us know which product gets your sweet tooth going!

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Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

By the weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic and Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.

Authors of The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight.


1 c. all-purpose (plain) flour

1 c. whole-wheat flour

¾ c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

¾ c. egg substitute

½ c. vegetable oil

½ c. unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. chopped apples, unpeeled

½ c. raisins

¾ c. grated carrots

2 tbsp. chopped pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners.

3. In a bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to blend evenly.

4. In a separate bowl, add egg substitute, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Stir in apples, raisins and carrots. Add to the flour mixture and blend just until moistened but still slightly lumpy.

5. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and bake until springy to the touch, about 35 minutes.

6. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack and let cool completely. Serve.

The above is an excerpt from the book The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight., by the weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic and Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Reprinted from The Mayo Clinic Diet, © 2010 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Published by Good Books ( Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Healthy Benefits of Water

For those of us that just plain hate water, let me give you a few reasons of why you need to drink it anyway.

1. Making Your Kidneys Work Alleviates The Pressure On Your Liver

Yeah, I know. It sounds so stinking scientific. Just follow me on this. Do you know the job of your liver? The liver’s main job is to convert stored fat to energy (aka the metabolism of fat and we all know we want that term “metabolism”!)

So, what does that have to do with our kidneys? Another job of the liver is to help out the kidneys! Kidneys need plenty of water to properly work. So, if the kidneys aren’t getting enough water, they can’t work to their full potential, and the liver has to do their job. That means the liver has less time to work on METABOLISM! So, you are storing fat instead of burning it.

2. Give Your Body Water To Drop Water Weight!

What?? Sounds very strange doesn’t it? How in the world will putting more water into my body get rid of water? Let me just break it down into mommy terms. :-)

When you first start drinking the correct amount of water, it feels as if you are pregnant all over again! That bathroom is your new best friend and you have been to visit it so many times that you are beginning to wonder if you have a urinary tract infection or something. What is really happening is that all those years that you haven’t been drinking water, your body has been storing the little bit that it gets. Why? Because it needs it and is unsure of when it will get it again. AKA, that 100 dollar bill you have been holding onto for 3 years because you just might need it and have no idea when you will get another one!

Ta da! Now you are giving your body water so it flushes out the stores of it and no longer holds onto excess water. As long as you continue to give it water, the constant potty runs and the bloating will go away. :-)

3. Water Is Better Than Oil Of Olay!

Yep, better and loads cheaper! Water flushes out the impurities in your skin leaving you with a clear and glowing complexion! Seriously! Plus, I don’t have any scientific knowledge to back this up, but experience shows me that when I am getting enough water my psoriasis acts MUCH better.

Water is all the ingredient your sagging skin needs to re-babytise. (Liked that word didn’t you? Yes, I made it up. LOL!) If your skin has become elephant like due to losing weight or getting older, keeping it hydrated helps to plump it back up!

4. Water Decreases Your Appetite!

Before you eat, drink a large glass of water. It fills you up a bit, which causes you to eat less. Plus, lots of time that hunger you feel is actually thirst!

5. Play A Math Game To Find Your Ideal Water Amount!

So, how much water should you be drinking? It all depends on your weight. You figure your weight and divide it by two. That answer is the amount of water (in ounces) you should be drinking. For example: I weigh (yes, I am going to tell you) 160 pounds. I should be drinking 80 ounces of water each day.

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Kelli is a mom of 3 boys who needs to get busy dropping some weight. Kelli was in the military where her claim-to-fame was 46 push ups a minute. :-) When training for the Ms Fitness America Contest, she was able to do push ups with her legs up on her shoulders. :-) At the height of her iron pumping addiction, Kelli had 3% body fat! Yes, had… now Kelli is working very hard to get under the status of “over-weight” and cheering on others in her boat!

Seven Secrets to Making More at Your Yard Sale

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The following is a guest post from best selling author Jamie Novak founder of

When you’re ready to put together a yard sale here are seven secrets to bring in the bog bucks! With just a little extra effort you can double your profit. Try these insider tips to make your clutter, I mean treasures; so irresistible buyers will pay more to take them home.

1. Set aside a collection of items and make a sign that reads, “free with purchase.” Everyone loves to get something for free, that’s probably one of the reasons you need to have a sale in the first place. By having a “free” table you can make signs that read “free stuff” and bring in a lot more traffic.

2. Go big. Plan one with the neighbors. The larger the sale, the more people you will attract.

3. Place “man stuff” near the curb, think golf clubs, workout gear and power tools. If you can catch his eye with stuff he’ll be more likely to stop and browse, giving his wife even more time to shop.

4. To entice buyers to stay around a little longer, offer popcorn and lemonade. The longer shoppers browse the more stuff they’ll find to buy.

5. Make items look new and shiny! Run a towel with Amoral or another polishing cream over plastic items to make them shine. Place new batteries in battery-operated items. Plug in electrical items and attach the instruction manual to it.

6. At a garage sale, you need to have some change on hand to start with. A good amount is two $10.00 bills, six $5.00 bills, twenty $1.00 bills, and $10 in assorted change. Placing the coins in a muffin tin or egg carton to make it easy to grab the right change.

7. Set up shop by grouping items together and make a little sign with a suggestion. For example, tie a few board games together and add the popcorn maker then place a sign that says “family game night.” Take a picnic basket with a throw blanket and a cutting board then make a sign that reads “great for a day at the park.”

Most importantly, schedule a charity to come pickup the unsold items to prevent them from reentering your home!

Jamie’s newest book Stop Throwing Money Away is on shelves now and she hosts an online community at

Review and Giveaway-KettleWorx

Monday, February 22, 2010

I was quite excited to open my package from KettleWorx, ( as above-I chose the 5lb kettle ball).
 I always love to try new fitness and health products.
KettleWorx is a program that uses the kettlebell as a tool to deliver Cardio, Core and Resistance all in short 20 minute workouts.  There are even some 10 minute dvds that I recieved to start out with. Let me tell you, with a 5lb weighted bell, I felt it the next day. The dvds feature younger than I  men and women. However the exercises are simple to follow and not a complicated routine.That I liked.
It is said that if one follows the  program for 20 Minutes 3 x a Week, in six short weeks they will change their body in a positive way. I'm not sure how dedicated I will get with my full time job, but will try to squeeze what time in that I can with it- it is a great program!
Kettle Worx offers many testimonials, and you can order just the kettle bells or the complete packages.

A short list of celebrity kettlebell users…

• Lance Armstrong

• Katherine Heigl

• Jennifer Lopez

• Kim Cattrall

• Matthew McConaughey

• Penelope Cruz

• Geri Halliwell

• Jennifer Aniston

• Sylvester Stallone
Kettle Worx would love to give one of our lucky readers a chance to win their own mini fitness center, from USA or Canada.
A random draw will be made on March 1, 2010 from all entries recieved - and selected by
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Our lucky winner of today's giveaway for Vapor Eze:

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I'd love to try this product :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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A Not So Great Nature Walk

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I go out for the odd skidoo ride every now and again. But a few weeks back, Gerry had broke down with the skidoo, was alone, and ended up walking 9 miles back to town. He wasn't in the best of shape when he got home, and hadn't taken the cell phone. We went out for another ride today, through the bush, and out on the lake- always see a few animal tracks - saw wolf tracks today. Not any skidooers.
After we had gotten home, and did a few errands for the day, Gerry decided he wanted to go out again on his own. He took the cell phone this time, but there was little I could do when he called. He had broke down again. The skidoo slowly slowed to a stop while he was riding.He was about a mile out this time.The skidoo remains out in the bush, till he can get my brother's skidoo to haul it back.He wants to trade it in now- just too unreliable.

                                                        Out On the Trail

Me on our skidoo-posed for shot- I usually ride on the back!

***** Update: went out this evening to pick up the skidoo- towed it back, and it started- but certainly not wanting to go through that uncertainty again.

Update to Past Post

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Just wanted to update everyone on the finished plaque that my daughter had made for our dog's grave a while back:

Dyson DC25 Ball Review and Giveaway (Canada only)

Dyson recently sent me one of their newer vacumms: the Dyson DC25 Ball.
( Their vacumms can all be viewed on their site right here.)

Let me tell you, it was like having a new toy to play with!
This is a very lightweight vacumm and took some getting used to as it has a ball at the front that swings around as I vacumm, moving in all directions. It picks up great and has an easy to empty canister- with no bags required .

All Dyson vacuums feature patented Root Cyclone technology – which means that they never lose suction. At the on set, James Dyson was frustrated by how vacuums would lose suction over time, even during a single day of cleaning…and so he developed technology so that they Dyson vacuums are powerful and never lose suction – hence working like vacuums should!!

Also, although each Dyson is designed to work on all floors and all types of clean-ups – Animal models come with a mini turbine attachment specifically designed for pet hair pickup and embedded dirt for a more thorough clean.

Finally, all Dyson vacuums are certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma Society of Canada. Thanks to a HEPA filter and the Root Cyclone technology, Dyson vacuums are designed to reduce allergens – and in fact, the air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less mould and bacteria than the air in a room.

Dyson would love to give one Canadian the opportunity to try one of their own vacumms as well!
We will make a random draw from on Feb.28, 2010 from all entries recieved.
Hurry to get your entries in!

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Review: Hungry Girl's "Chew The Right Thing" recipe cards

Friday, February 19, 2010

I recently recieved Hungry Girl's Chew the Right Thing great recipe cards, featuring makeovers of some of your favorite 50 craving for foods.
I loved the quality of the cards- heavy cardboard in a nice little sturdy cardboard box.
The recipe cards include favorites like:
Yum Yum Brownie Muffins, Woohoo Waffle Stack, Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, etc..
These are guilt free recipe cards with a swap for less fat and calories- what more can you ask for!
Find many great places to pick up your set!

Today's Winner

Thursday, February 18, 2010

We have a winner for today's giveaway :

Today's winner:

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

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Cheryl Free, theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com
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Today's Winner

Monday, February 15, 2010

Todays winner:
Winner of: a prize pack from Fresh Organics

You have been contacted by email-
thank you to all who entered!

How to Save Money on Food - Tips to Keep Your Produce Fresh

Sunday, February 14, 2010

How do you save money on food? There's nothing more frustrating than opening up your fridge and seeing all that expensive produce rotting in the fridge drawer. If you're tired of throwing away moldy and rotten produce there are a few simple things you can do to prolong its freshness.Our fridge temperature is probably one of the last things that's ever on our mind. The temperature inside your fridge should be between 32F and 41F. If it's too warm, food won't be chilled correctly and bacteria will start to multiply. While if its too cold, ice particles will form within the food.Avoid storing fresh produce in the plastic packaging in which it's sold. Air should circulate around fruit and vegetables to prevent them from sweating and becoming soggy.

Stop potatoes from sprouting by storing them in a cool, dry place with a few apples. If you've peeled too many or have peeled them in preparation for cooking, put them in a bowl. Then cover them with water, and place the bowl in the fridge.

Lettuce: This is one exception to the no-plastic rule because it seems to thrive if it's kept loose in a large plastic bag in the fridge. A good way to revive limp lettuce is to slice off a sliver of the stem and place the lettuce in a bowl of cold water. Individual leaves can be revived if you sprinkle them with cold water, wrap them in a tea towel and pop them in the fridge for an hour or so.

Carrots, beetroots and turnips: Cut off any green, leafy tops because these will continue to draw nutrients from the roots. Like all root vegetables, carrots will last longer if they're kept in a cold, dry, dark place with good ventilation.

Lemons: After you've cut a lemon in half, place the halves cut side down on a saucer. Then cover them with an inverted glass and store them in a cool place.

 Celery starts to lose its flavor as soon as it's washed. The best way to store a piece of celery is to stand the stalk upright in a glass of water before placing it in the fridge.

Mushrooms: Store mushrooms in a cool, dark place, but not the fridge. I find that they last longer if they are wiped dry and laid on a piece of paper towel

Onions: Onions are easy to store. Just put them into a vegetable basket or wire rack. The trick to preventing them from rotting is to keep the bulbs apart so that air can circulate around them.

Tomatoes: Some people like their tomatoes rock hard, while others prefer them soft. Green tomatoes, along with any that haven't fully ripened, are best stored in a dark place. Exposing them to sunlight simply makes them soft not ripe. To ripen them, place them either in a brown paper bag with an apple or in a drawer, stalk side up, and leave them until they've turned rosy red.

Apples: Remove unblemished apples to prevent them from contaminating the others with their rot.Saving money on food is more important than ever before, especially with produce prices at all time highs. Why not give these tips a try? Over the course of a year you'll be surprised at how much you'll actually save on your grocery bill.

About the Author: Theresa Kruger
You may have heard about an infomercial product called Debbie Meyer Green Bags. They claim to keep your produce fresh for much longer. Please have a look at my honest review as well as several As Seen on TV kitchen gadget reviews at my blog

Valentine's Day- One Day Giveaway- Winners

Happy Valentines Day to Everyone!
Hope you are all getting spoiled today and showered with love!
We are on our way out tonight for a family supper.

The following is a list of the winner's emails from our one day Valentine's Day giveaway, as well as the company that sponsered their surprise .
All have been contacted and will be recieving their suprise gifts from our sponsers:
Cookie Surprises winner
Fresh Beginnings winner
Misikko winner
Ancient Secrets winner

Beauty Through Balance
Find us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Follow our Blog
Herbal Hugs winner
YooHoo & Friends winner
Organix winners

Congratulations to our winners!

Valentine's Day- One Day Giveaway!

This has now ended... for accepting anymore entries for today...
more will be posted regarding sponser and winners- later on today...
Good luck and stay tuned-
thank you to those who got entries in.

Valentine's Day- One Day Giveaway!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I have a few sponsers giving away some Valentine's Day giveaways for tommorow- therefore we are having a ONE DAY to get your entries in day! This will cover a 14 hour time period- for FEB 14th, for you to get your entries in, starting now, and ending at 10 am tommorow morning CST.
Sponsers giveaways and the winners will be posted tommorow after the draw ending time.
All you need to do is leave your email and say if you live in Canada or the USA.
Draws will be made by Random. org.
Have fun, and good luck!

Today's Winners are....

Today's winners for our 2 giveaways:


Our winners have been contacted by email-
winners please email me. All winners have one week from time of drawing to contact me, before new winners are selected.
Enjoy your wins!

Giveaway- and Review: Michael Season's ( Canada only)

 We love our snacks here- and with food allergies, we really appreciated Michael Season's . We loved the fact that they had no taste difference to higher fat snacks of the same type of snack.

We recieved for review baked snacks such as : Mexi-Snax Flavored Tortilla Chips: Pico de Gallo, Sesame, & Nacho Michael Season’s Lite Puffs & Curls

The bags of snacks were gone before we knew it!

You can even order online!

Wheat free-gluten free- all natural-reduced fat.Great for all time snacking.

We give these snacks a thumbs up for our readers!

Michael Season's would love to give one of our readers from Canada, a chance to win a great surprise pack from them.

We will be having a giveaway to be held on February 28,2010  from all entries recieved-  a selection made by

To Enter: Please leave comment in comment box on which flavour you would choose if you were going shopping for snacks.Please leave your email address as well so we can contact you if you win.

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Review and Giveaway:VaporEze

Friday, February 12, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to review a product called: Vaporeze.
Vaporeze is a Vaporizer/Aromatherapy Unit that doesn't use any water.

The Vapor-Eze Vaporizer/Aromatherapy Unit uses the latest in "heat activation" and "aromatherapy" technology to provide relief from respiratory symptoms (allergy, asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, coughs, sore throats, and sinusitis). Thanks to the carefully formulated refill pads, the Vapor-Eze Vaporizer/Aromatherapy unit can be used day or night, at home or in the office. Simply plug it in, and breathe a sigh of relief.

I really liked this product. I also recieved wonderfully scented refill pads for the unit- aromas such as Alertness Blend,
Lavender and Menthol-Eucalyptus.


•Waterless vaporizer!

•100% natural oils!

•Safe-can be used by senior citizens and for newborns!

•Silent operation!

•Built-in night light!

•There is no water for mold spores or bacteria to grow in, so it is safer for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, coughs, sore throats, and sinusitis!

•1-year warranty!

•Three settings - low, medium, and high!

•On/Off switch!

•Uses no more electricity than an average light bulb!

I really liked this product, and will give it the thumbs up.

Vaporeze would like to give one US resident a chance to own their very own unit:
Random .org will select one lucky winner on February 22, 2010 from all entries recieved.

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Is Bankruptcy Right For Me?

In these economic times, many people are beginning to consider filing bankruptcy as a solution to their financial situation. Bankruptcy helps many people who find themselves in financial trouble, but it is important to understand the basics of bankruptcy before making any decisions.

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal process by which a person or business legally declares that they cannot pay their debts. The person who files bankruptcy meets with a bankruptcy judge to receive a discharge of their debts or to work out a payment schedule, depending on the type of bankruptcy the person files. The two most common types of bankruptcy filed by individuals are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

How Can Bankruptcy Help Me?

Bankruptcy can eliminate most if not all or your unsecure debt. Additionally, you will receive an automatic stay from your creditors. This means that the court will order your creditors to stop all actions against you.

The Automatic Stay from the court legally prohibits creditors from taking ANY action against you. Basically, you can immediately stop any of the following:

· Calls from your creditors

· Any collections against you

· Wage garnishment

· Lawsuits

· Foreclosures

· Contact of any kind from creditors

Should I File Bankruptcy?

Some times, the people who need bankruptcy the most do not even know it. The following list is common signs that bankruptcy might be a good option for you.

· Your debt is more than your annual salary, not including house and car debts.

· You have to buy basic items like food, clothes, gas, etc on credit.

· Your medical bills total over $5,000.

· Your debt payments are more than 25% of your take-home pay.

· You are being sued.

· Your wages are being garnished.

· Your debts continue to increase every month.

· You are considering getting a loan to pay debt.

· You are often late on your payments.

Filing bankruptcy is an important decision that you should make only after careful consideration. You should seek professional advice before making any decisions on bankruptcy.

Submitted By:
Archie Timmons
** No compensation was recieved for this article.

Thank you Ria

My daughter recently made this plaque in memory of our dog Chloe, who passed away last week.
Painted in Chloe's colors of black and white-
We'll put this on top of her grave over in our rock garden, in the Spring/ Summer.

8 Tips to Saving Money When Buying an Xbox

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Have you ever wanted to buy an Xbox console but don't want to spend a fortune? How do you know what to buy with the Xbox so you don't waste money on worthless accessories and bad games? Follow these eight tips below and you can get an Xbox system for less and not waste time and money on bad extras.

1. Buy the Xbox Used: Xbox's are not longer being manufactured so you pay a higher price for a new console. Buy a used system that has been cleaned and tested. A used console will usually work just as well, but will save you about $50.

2. Buy Online: The best prices on Xbox consoles are online. You might have to shop around to find the best prices, but they are out there. Comparison shopping sights are a great place to start. Plus, when you shop online you usually won't have to pay sales tax. But watch out for high shipping! It can eat into a lot of the savings if you aren't careful.

3. Bundle Games and Accessories: Buy games and accessories at the same time you buy the Xbox. Many retailers give discounts on bundled items. And Shipping is almost always less than if you bought everything seperately. This makes a big difference when it comes to the controllers and other heavy items.

4. Buy Used Games: Buying used games is a great way to save money. They will usually be at least 50 percent less than the game was new and with many Xbox games the discounts are more than 75 percent! Be sure to buy games that are in good condition though. If the game has a bunch of scratches it might not load, or might break later in the game. Be sure you see a clear description of the game's condition before you buy it.

5. Read Game Reviews: There are a lot of games for the Xbox, and to be honest many of them are no good. Do a little bit of research into the games before you buy them. What are critics saying? Or better yet actual gamers? Many websites like and give overall rankings for Xbox games. Some good video games to start with are: Halo, Splinter Cell, Project Gotham Racing, and Call of Duty.

6. Buy Games that Interest You: Reviews can only take you so far because the critics might have different opinions than you. If you love skateboarding, you will probably enjoy a skateboarding game. If you son is obsessed with Spiderman, he will probably enjoy a Spiderman game. Even if the reviews aren't very good.

7. Buy Microsoft Accessories: You will probably want an extra controller, or memory card, or some other accessory to go along with your Xbox console. When at all possible, but accessories made by Microsoft. They will be more expensive initially but many third party accessories (especially controllers) will break on you. Microsoft's controllers and accessories will cost more upfront but definitely be worth it because they last longer too.

8. Buy Useful Accessories: There are lots of accessories made for the Xbox, but many of them are not worth your money. The most important extra accessory to buy is a controller. Each console comes with one controller but if you want to play with friends, you will need an extra (or three if you really want to have a good time). Memory cards for the Xbox are not as important as other systems because the Xbox has a built in hard drive. You will only need a memory card if you want to bring saved data to another Xbox.

Follow these 8 tips and you will save money and start enjoying your Xbox console, games, and accessories

Author: JJ Hendricks-Copyright (c) 2007 JJ Hendricks has been selling Xbox consoles, video games, and accessories since 2000. Visit their website for more information on saving money on an Xbox bundle =>

We have a Winner!

Today's winner of the Mayo Clinic Diet book with bonus journal is:

Cheryl Free, theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

You have been contacted by email- thank you to all entrants- and remember, next time you could win- keep entering our giveaways and tell your friends/family!

Review and Discount- Swimsuits for All

Swimsuits for All is your one stop shop for swimwear sizes 8+
I recently was sent a beautiful one piece bathing suit to review, from Swimsuits for All.
This was the bathing suit as above, that I chose to review.
Sorry everyone, I'm just not brave enough to go "live" with me in mine, but let me tell you it is a nice fitting bathing suit. The quality is great, and it holds in all the right spots.


Soft cup bra provides support and comfort
Line pattern breaks up the torso and draws attention away from the tummy
Tummy control panel smoothes and flattens
85% Nylon / 15% Lycra Spandex fabric composition allows for enough stretch and a comfortable feel
Fit & Flatter Solutions:

- Line pattern and tummy control panel slim and flatten your tummy

- Long torso length fits your long torso

Swimsuits for All gives away a $100 giftcard to their shop every week when you sign up here for their newsletter.
They feature all types of styles, cover ups, a clearance section, and a chance to become an affiliate of their products.

They are currently offering a special discount to all our readers:
The special coupon they have set up for your use is “W10OFF”. This gives everyone 10% off their orders, but this cannot be combined with other coupons, or used on Clearance items.

Review and Giveaway! Select Comfort Specialty Pillow

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine’s Day is coming up and there is nothing better than curling up next to the one you love. Unless they snore or toss and turn. Below are a few great sleeping products for a better night's rest for you.


According to Sleep Expert and Select Comfort’s Vice President of Sleep Innovation and Clinical Research, Pete Bils, nearly forty-five percent of adults snore on occasion and about 25 percent snore habitually. It’s a problem that can affect both the snorer, and the partner. A somewhat softer mattress and a carefully fitted pillow designed to encourage a better sleeping posture have helped many. Or use a pillow that promotes natural head and neck alignment to open the airway (The Medi-Comfort Snore Reducer Foam Pillows by Select Comfort).

Tossing and Turning

Is your partner a restless sleeper? If so, he or she could be keeping you up at night. According to Sleep Expert and Select Comfort’s Vice President of Sleep Innovation and Clinical Research, Pete Bils, an overly active sleeper certainly can cause angst for couples. While there are some sleep disorders that feature periodic movements (and are treatable), most of the time tossing and turning is the result of discomfort. Head, neck or shoulder discomfort may indicate the wrong pillow. Consider getting a pillow that helps support your head (Down or Down Alternative pillow by Select Comfort)

 ****I received the Medi-Comfort Snore Reducer Foam Pillow  as a sample.

Gerry is the snorer in the family so I had let him give this pillow a try. Although it didn't totally eliminate his snoring, he found the pillow very comfortable.It is made of a heavy foam that does not lose shape and promotes  natural head and neck alignment . It also replaces the use of him using two pillows.
He gave the pillow a thumbs up.

Select Comfort would like to offer a pillow to one of our readers in the USA or Canada.The winner will have their choice of trying a pillow suitable to reducing snoring or one for tossing and turning. will make a random selection from all entries recieved on February 18,2010

A requirement from Select Comfort:

For giveaways we do ask that you provide us with the name and email addresses of all who enter, so we can add them to our sales/deals/sleep tips email list. We would never sell their information, we just like to stay in contact with those individuals who are interested in our products. We ask that this is disclosed with the giveaway.

To Enter:

Please list your full name and email in the comment section, and tell me which pillow you would like to win.
The one for a snorer or tossing/turning.

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Vitalicious Sweepstakes

Monday, February 8, 2010

 Vitalicious is offering  a sweepstakes throughout February in honor of National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day:

While Vitalicious’ nutrient-packed, 100-calorie VitaTops and VitaMuffins are the perfect gift all on their own, they are sweetening the deal with a genuine, diamond-studded Tiffany Pendant valued at $800!

To enter, visit

Even if you don't win the Grand Prize, you will be automatically entered to win one of 150 one-month supplies of VitaTops! Winners will be notified in March- enter today!

We have a Winner!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

We have another giveaway winner for today!

Today's winner:

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Way to go- you have been contacted by email- next time it could be YOU so keep on entering!

7 Frugal Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

With Valentine day is just a week away you must have started thinking about the unique ways to make this day very special. And, to help you in enjoying this special day with your loved ones and in making it more romantic in an inexpensive way, we’ve brought together a list of seven frugal and creative valentine’s gifts ideas for you.

Write a poem – No expensive gift can express your feelings in a way a poem can do. Sit down and write a poem on this day for your loved ones telling them what you feel about them and why they are so special for you. Don’t be nervous if you haven’t written a poem earlier. You don’t need to write like experts. Anything simple and rhyming will be perfect.

Create a short video – Okay. So you can’t write a poem. Not a problem at all. You can create a short video telling your loved ones about what was your thinking when you met for the first time, how much nervous you was on the first date, what you like the most in him/her and about all the special moments you spent together or planning to spend in future. Okay and don’t forget to sing a song in video. ;)

Cook together- There is no such rule that you have to go out for the dinner on Valentine’s Day and spend money on it. Instead of that cook those heart shaped cakes, heart shaped cookies together. Cooking at home won’t only help you to save some money but will also give you more quality time to spend together.

Go for camping – Take a break from the city traffic, pollution and noise. Leave your mobile phones and laptops at home and go to some quite place for camping. Forget all your daily life tensions and enjoy the beauty of nature with your loved ones.

Two person clothing – If you are trying to make your evening more romantic and spicy then two person t-shirts, hand huggers or underwear could be a great option for you. Feel each other more closely in tight proximity and limited movement. These products are not expensive and are available to buy online.

Massage your Partner – Get some scented oils and lotions from the market and then give a great massage to each other. If you don’t want to give massage of your own then you can also hire a massage therapist. Almost all therapists provide couple massage services which provide massage to both persons at the same time in the same room.

Watching favorite movies – Rent your all time favorite movies and enjoy watching them with your partner. Also, don’t forget to accompany your experience with wines, popcorns and candies.

Gagandeep Singh works for Adrenalin, Australia’s leading online suppliers of unusual but not so frugal gifts:
Valentine’s Day Gifts like driving

Today's Winner

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Today's winner for the Fresh Organics giveaway:

Susan Margaret said...

charmtime at gmail dot com
Congratulations on your win Susan- you have been sent an email!
Best of luck to others... you may be our next winner!

We have Winners!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Today's winners for the 2 giveaways we had:

wandapanda at live dot com
simplystacieblog at gmail dot com
Thank you to all that entered, and congratulations to our winners- you have been contacted by email.

How to Save Money Buying DVD Movies

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Many people love to buy DVD movies for many reasons, depends on their preferences. It can be really fun to grow your collection and to have a large base of movies to watch over and over again whenever you feel like it. However, if you are a DVD collector then this may be an expensive hobby. DVDs themselves could cost anywhere from around 10 to 30 dollars, which adds up when you buy tens of DVDs in any given year. Here is a quick guide on how to save money when shopping for your DVD movies.

1)Don't Buy Brand New

This almost goes without saying - brand new movies are going to be much more expensive that second-hand DVD movies and you don't have to pay for them. There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to find some great second hand discs that could end up costing you about half the money of the new movie. This is a great way to save, or it could even enable you to afford twice as many DVD movies to add to your collection! You can usually find some great deals at garage sales or even charity stores.

2)Buy Ex-Rentals

These are second-hand DVD movies that you buy directly from the rental stores. They are greatly reduced in price due to the fact that they may have been rented out many times. This means you should be careful when buying - make sure they aren't too scratched etc. However, you should be able to find some great bargains if you look carefully.

3)Shop Around

This applies both for new as well as second-hand DVD movies. Different shops will always sell the same movie at a different price, so you can really save some money if you are willing to spend some time looking around for the best deal. This may also mean finding shops that offer deals such as 3 for 2, or shopping around in sale times.

4)Buy New Releases Straight Away

If you really do want to buy brand new then it is best to buy new releases as soon as they come out. Whilst DVD movies will eventually go down in price, this could take a few years. If you can't wait then the price will always be best as soon as they have been released. This is due to the fact that there are usually special offers on the movie trying to make it sell well in its first few weeks.

5)Buy Independent Movies At A Later Date

The above rule only applies to blockbuster movies. If you are into independent movies then these are usually more expensive than the blockbusters when they first come out. If you have the patience then it is always best to wait as long as possible before buying the DVD movie so you can benefit from the biggest savings.

DVD movies really needn't be as expensive as you think. Follow these tips and you can ensure your collection grows with money to spare!

About the Author- article written by Weera Kunti

Review and Giveaway! Fresh Organics Inc.

We have another great giveaway from the fine folks over at Fresh Organics.

I love baths and showers- and I love trying new beauty products! The cleansing wash and hydrating lotion I tried from Fresh Orgaincs left my skin feeling clean and nicely scented.
The cleansing wash is a mild but effective soap, designed to nourish, hydrate and protect against dryness as you wash. I loved it.
The hydrating lotion was light and it was quickly absorbed, with a pleasant scent.It combines the anti-oxidant benefits of organic white tea and pomegranate with rich emollient jojoba and evening primrose oils.

Fresh Organics would like to give one lucky reader from the USA or Canada a chance to win their own set of these products.

We will hold a random draw from all entries recieved , on February 15,2010 by Random. org

To Enter:

Please send your email as well as letting us know whether you use more body wash or more body lotion.

Extra Entries:

Follow me in Google Friend
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Sign up with your email address on their blog for seasonal special promotions and discounts

Please add your email to all entries and best of luck!

Gone But Never Forgotten

My dog Chloe died late last night. I've decided to stay home today from a day of training workshops I was attending.I am just too upset. She had been part of my life for 4 years and Gerry's for 10. We're unsure what happened to her, but she was sick and peeing blood for 3 weeks with no help from antibiotics.
With us by her side last night, I petted her and told her I loved her and prayed for the angels to take her and end her pain.Within half an hour, she was gone.
This post is for Chloe...always in my heart...

Review and Giveaway! Green Beaver ( Canadian Giveaway)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I had honestly never heard of  Green Beaver product line, until approached to do a review for them.
I LOVE trying beauty products - what girl doesn't?
I especially loved their hair detangler. My hair is colored and I need to spray something in it after every hair wash to keep it from tangling, and thier hair detangler was the best!

Any of their product line can be purchased online,at many online fine retailers,and at many stores across Canada.

Their promise to you:
We want to keep you, your family and our environment safe. That is why we are introducing products made with Canadian ingredients that are organically grown or ecologically wildcrafed from coast to coast. Our newest products include shampoos and conditioners. They are available in three natural essences; Wild P.E.I. Cranberries, Apple Mint from Nova Scotia’s Annapolis valley and Wildcrafted Lavender from B.C. Our shampoos and conditioners will help add volume, keep your hair lustrous and shiny, or will moisturize and rejuvenate your hair. For a healthy scalp, all our hair products are enriched with with wild Canadian yarrow, willow-herb, sweet fern and Labrador tea.

What more could our families ask for?

Green Beaver would like to offer one lucky Canadian 2 products from the Junior line.
A random draw will be made on February 13, 2010 by Random. org from all entries received.

To Enter:
Please leave your email address.

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Good luck to all Canadian entrants- and sorry USA.

Review and Giveaway-(Canada only)-Burts Bees

I recently had the opportunity to review some great products from the Burt's Bees .
Burt's Bees are an "Earth Friendly, Natural Personal Care Company." They create natural, Earth-friendly personal care products formulated to help you maximize your well-being and that of the world around you.

Burt's Bees have been around since 1984 and have a great history.
Read about what they are and what they are not.

I loved the wide array of beauty products I was sent because I knew what I was putting on my skin was something good and of quality, and a name I reconized.

I give Burt's Bees a thumbs up!

The great folks over at Burt's Bees would love for you to share in the art of natural beauty as well, by giving away to one Canadian winner, $75 worth of assorted Burt's Bees products!

To enter:
Please tell me what catagory of their products you would most likely shop from if placing an order.
As always, please include your email.

Extra Entries:
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Good luck to all-
A random draw will be made on Feb 13, 2010 by Random. org from all entries recieved.

Good luck to all Canadians. Sorry USA!

Review-BAN T-SHIRTS-Redress your world

Duncan Carson of Ban T-Shirts recently sent me the above t-shirt which my 17 year old daughter chose.( Not my daughter in the photo). Ban T-shirts are political T-shirts with progressive messages.Whether you are looking for a political T-shirt, peace T-shirts, climate change, global warming and environment T-shirts, Native American Tshirts or tee shirts with designs that focus on important current issues, such as racism, freedom of expression and immigration, you are sure to find something you like.
 Erika had wanted a t-shirt that gave a message that she herself would like to say.The t-shirts are all great quality and most made with organic cotton.

We give Ban T-shirts a thumbs up!

Today's Winners are....

We have two more winners to announce for the giveaways ending for today:
Winner for the Spread Head Giveaway:

Anonymous said...

I love Mustard Marvin! LOL!

Rub a Dub Baby Luv

SharpTeethOfLove said...

Congratulations to our winners for today- and may it be your turn soon!

Review and Giveaway! The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight

Monday, February 1, 2010

I was recently given the opportunity to read through the new Mayo Clinic Diet book and useful journal as an added bonus.

What I loved about this book was that I was guided as to what is the healthier way to eat, as well as some suggestions. No fancy recipes here- no special trips needed to the grocery store. Just the right way to do it all.

The Mayo Clinic Diet is a different approach to weight loss. It's a lifestyle that can help you maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime

The Mayo Clinic Diet book is composed of three sections to get you started, to keep you on track, and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to keep those unwanted pounds off for good.

■Part 1 — "Lose It!" is a two-week quick-start plan designed to help you lose 6 to 10 pounds in a safe and healthy way. That's real results, real fast!

■Part 2 — "Live It!" helps you continue losing 1 to 2 pounds a week until you reach your goal. Then, learn to maintain your healthy weight for life.

■Part 3 — "All the Extra Stuff!" contains meal planners, recipes, tips on overcoming challenges and much more to help you along the way.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal is not your typical journal. This 224-page guide will help you plan, track and review your progress over 10 weeks as you follow The Mayo Clinic Diet. You'll also find helpful tips and guidance, including the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid. And at a special introductory offer, enjoy great savings when you purchase both the book and journal together!

Our sponser would love to offer one of our lucky readers from the USA ONLY, their very own copy of the Mayo Clinic Diet and a journal to track their progress.

A random draw will be made from all entries by Feb10th, 2010, by

To Enter: Tell me if you love fruits or veggies more- and don't forget your email address!

Extra Entries:( please add your email and list entries separately)

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Good luck to all!
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