Thursday, November 26, 2015

Get Donations for Your Child's Youth Soccer Team



I am happy to partner up with Pear Sponsorship again to tell you about a great opportunity with RitzBitz who wants to support YOUR child's youth soccer team. This is for ages 6 - 12 in the US only.

You can get up to $1000 sponsorship money by signing your group up with Pear and inviting your friends to support your group.  You just need to complete a few online action such as sharing a Ritz Bitz video on Facebook, and thing like that. The tasks are easy to do AND they are free. The more people that engage, the more money your group can earn.

Does this sound like something for you? Sign up TODAY with Ritz Bits at Pear!

This post includes affiliate links for which I will receive compensation if you sign up through my link.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gluten Free Bar Review [A Tasty Treat to Take With You!]

 I had the chance to try out some really tasty treats by a company called Gluten Free Bar. What I love about this company and the products they make is that they are certified gluten-free, certified vegan, certified Non-GMO (VERY important to me) as well as certified kosher and soy-free. They really care about what goes into their products and you will love their products even more when you find out the company was started by two close brothers who just did not like gluten. They started out in 2010 and are carried in over 5,000 locations across the United States and Canada. Make sure you read more about them here.

I had the chance to try a variety of items. I had the chance to try Gluten- Free Bites in peanut butter and jelly bites, dark chocolate hazelnut bites, and coconut cashew crunch bites.

I also had the chance to try out a variety of their bars such as dark chocolate coconut, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter and other flavors.

I really enjoyed the gluten free bites a lot, although I preferred the dark chocolate hazelnut bites! Although I am an enormous fan of peanut butter, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The coconut cashew bites tasted good but didn't carry as much of a punch flavor wise as the dark chocolate hazelnut bites did.



Of the bars, I enjoyed the peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and dark chocolate coconut a LOT. These tasted good and they were FANTASTIC with morning coffee. See? Check it out!



So good! I highly recommend buying these. I can imagine taking these along for a road trip for the holidays, they would make great snacks. Also these are such a great way to start the day because they aren't too many calories I didn't think and they had a lot of protein.

And I love when the ingredients list isn't scary. I really like sharing this with you! Check out the ingredients of the dark chocolate coconut - ALSO VERY GOOD -

organic dates, organic brown rice syrup, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), toasted coconut, organic agave nectar, organic dark chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa powder), organic crisped brown rice, cocoa powder, vanilla, organic sunflower seeds, natural coconut flavor, golden flaxseed, sea salt.

Isn't this amazing? Find out more about the ingredients in these bars and how you can purchase them online by visiting this link.  Also check out this link to find out where you can buy these in a store near you. You can definitely shop online and actually I highly recommend you do so because they have great prices, plus free shipping and handling if your purchase is over $50. 

Also make sure you follow them on Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, and Pinterest.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why You Should Purchase Your Christmas Tree Online

This is the second year in a row that I've received my Christmas tree courtesy of the Internet and I am so happy about the experience. I remember before I tried getting my tree this way I imagined that the only kinds of trees you could get online were fake ones. But you know that isn't true? You can actually get freshly cut Christmas tree from small tree farms that get shipped to you.

So why purchase a Christmas tree online when the lot is just down the street? Well, let me tell you. There are some very good reasons to do it this way that I've proposed and some you may not have thought of before. Here's a few things to think about -

1) You don't own a car.

This is my number one reason for why I've gone route of ordering Christmas trees online. I don't own a car and there's something very un-holiday spirit feeling of lugging up a 6 foot Christmas tree down the street and to my home in the cold and rain. So if you are in this situation and don't want the lack of a car to stop you from having a holiday spirit, you may want to consider purchase yours online.

2) You are spending your Christmas elsewhere.

While chatting with the nice people at Weir Tree Farms, Christie Weir, one of the co-owners told me that one family will be celebrating their holiday season in Disneyland (yes, I'm jealous too) and wanted a Christmas tree there to celebrate with. Aside from the extremely awesome choice to spend Christmas in Disneyland, I think it's a charming idea that the family can still have a traditional celebration with the Christmas tree in the hotel room or place you are staying. I'm sure it's necessary to check with whatever hotel you will be staying at but it's something I would look into if I was in those pretty awesome circumstances.

3) You want to be sure of quality.

 If you check out the customer testimonials on the Weir Tree Farms website, you will find a lot of happy customers. Plenty of people boasting about how wonderful their tree is! It's been a while since I've gone to the local Christmas tree lots, but sometimes it's nice to be sure you are getting the best quality tree. By purchasing your tree online, you can find out what you need to know about the farm you are purchasing from, the type of tree your buying, and other kinds of information. I like knowing things like that.

4) Delivers right to your door.

Whether or not you have a car, sometimes you just want the door to door service. I think that this is a huge perk for Christmas tree delivery. Tying the tree to the roof of your car can be a hassle and lugging it home is never a fun task. So if even if you do have a car, sometimes it's just nice to not have to worry about visiting the tree farm.

So overall, I highly recommend you start this holiday season out by purchasing your tree online, especially if any of the above reasons strike a chord with you. I highly recommend purchasing with the Weir Tree Farms especially. Visit their website and purchase today.

I received a tree in exchange for my review of their tree. A review post will be up later. I have posted these reasons all on my own.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cool Yourself Off With Ozeri Oscillating Fan [Amazon Prime Deal Alert!]



I had the opportunity to review a fan made by Ozeri. It's a 42 inch oscillating tower fan with noise reduction technology. When the fan arrived, I was surprised at the size of it! It was much bigger than expected. You have the choice of putting it on a raised stand and that's what I did. I thought it was fairly easy to put together and once finished, I plugged it in and set it up in the living room.  The raised stand like I chose may be a problem if you have dogs or children. The fan part of it was very quiet and gentle but provided a great breeze in the room. My family said it felt like we were sitting in the car with the windows rolled down. I thought that was a great description of it!




I know this time of year you are probably not thinking of purchasing fans but rather heaters, yet I really think this is one you should consider purchasing. It's very well made and I love the fact that it has a place to hide the remote at the top (especially because I always lose these little remotes). This will definitely be a welcome addition once the warmer weather hits us again.




If you have Amazon prime, this fan is available right now for on sale for about $67.46 for prime members only (originally $129.95). I would purchase now if you can! Purchase now.

I received the above item in exchange for my honest review.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Make Something Amazing With Earth Balance Peanut Butter [Review]



I had the opportunity to try out Earth Balance peanut butter recently thanks to a couple of coupons I received to try out one of their products for free, and I can't wait to share you my experience.

First of all, if you see Earth Balance products, you'll be happy to know that they have a lot of GOOD to offer you.  All of their products are 100% plant-based, vegan, (and my favorite of all) NON-GMO, lactose-free, egg free, and zero grams of trans fat. And they even have their share of gluten-free products too. So they are good in my book! Read more about them here.

I really really enjoy their peanut butter. First of all, I am usually enormously picky about my peanut butter, so to have this brand end up on my top five list of peanut butters is pretty awesome. Second of all, I think this peanut butter is PERFECT for your upcoming holiday recipes. And lastly, this peanut butter is SO tasty.

I tried out their crunchy peanut butter with flax and YUM. Just as peanut butter alone I liked this stuff. Like spoon it out of the container kind of like. But I happened upon this recipe for peanut butter oatmeal balls and I'd like to tell you that I am the recipe fanatic who can take photos of every step of the process, but I'm kind of not. So the best I can do is to saunter over to this recipe link here and try out these oatmeal balls.  They're awesome and you'll want them every single weekend.

Overall as you start preparing your home for the holidays and start listing out recipes you want for your family, add Earth Balance Peanut Butter to the list. It tastes great and it is pretty obvious to me that Earth Balance cares a lot about what goes into their food. And I like that a lot!

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Upgrade Your Laptop (And Enter to Win a New Laptop!) #UpgradeWithIntel #Sponsored

Are you looking for a new laptop this holiday season? I know that Walmart has some of the best deals out there and if you're looking for a way to enhance your computing experience, I really think you should consider the Dell Inspiron Black 15.6 Laptop.

Here are some really cool details -

15.6" LED-backlit touchscreen with HD resolution
720p webcam
3-in-1 memory card reader
Bluetooth 4.0
1 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
4-cell battery for up to 6 h 33 min battery life

Best of all it really is more affordable than you might think to upgrade your laptop at Walmart! That's why it's one of the best places to shop for when you are looking to upgrade your system in any way.

But wouldn't you like to actually WIN a laptop? Welllll I thought you may like that idea!

Enter via the image below, and when you select the contest tab, in 400 characters or less, answer the question ”How would a Dell Inspiron 15.6” Laptop make your life more amazing?"


One entry per email, per person, complete Terms & Conditions are found on the site. Comments on my site do not count as entries. You must visit the website by clicking the image above to enter.

Disclaimer: This post is for my participation in the “Upgrade With Intel” Program."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Holiday Discounts with Cricut Cutting Machines! [Deal Alert!]

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Want to be able to easily make pretty décor, personalized gifts, and fun cards for upcoming holidays? Then you need to treat yourself to a Cricut Explore Air™ — Cricut's very popular electronic cutting machine. It's the best DIY crafting tool to be developed since the sewing machine!

The Cricut Explore Air is versatile, easy to use, and allows for very precise cuts. It's also incredibly affordable, especially since Cricut generously discounted the cost by up to $200 on the machine and bundles — just in time for the holiday crafting season!

With the Cricut Explore Air™, you can cut over 60 different types of material, including paper, fabric, plastic and vinyl to name a few. The Explore Air also features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall.

This Cricut Explore machine is called the Air because it has built-in Bluetooth® capability. This means you can use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

While the Cricut Explore Air is impressive on its own, purchasing it with one of Cricut's bundle offerings makes it even more valuable. Each bundle comes with different accessories that allow you to expand your creativity and make your crafting projects even more simple and fun to create. Plus, by purchasing your Explore Air with a bundle, you're able to save a bundle in the process!

Go to Cricut.com and check out the savings Cricut is offering on their Cricut Explore Air™ and bundles today so you can get your very own in time to make this holiday season your most creative one yet!
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Soothe Your Skin With Honey by Savannah Bee Company [Review + Giveaway]


Remember Savannah Bee Company? It's a company that's been in business since 1999, and started by beekeeper Ted Dennard. I've reviewed their products before and each one is SUCH high quality. I mean really, these would make an excellent gift for someone - hint hint, our favorite holiday is JUST around the corner. By the way, I highly recommend you check out their "Bee Education" section of their website. It will tell you all about the process of how bees create the honey!

Well the newest item I had the wonderful opportunity to review enhanced what I put on my face rather than what I put in my body! I just love honey, have I told you that?

Here's what I had the chance to review -

Honey Body Lotion (Tupelo Honey)

And three different lip balms - 

Sweet Tea

Peach

Key Lime

Of the items I tried, I loved the honey body lotion. It goes on smooth and absorbs really well. It smells AMAZING too. It's also really gentle and although I didn't use it on my face (I have a special lotion I use on my face and plus this was more of a body lotion!) I used it on my neck and arms and it was great for my sensitive skin. Plus one thing I loved about this lotion is that it didn't leave my skin feeling all that greasy, it absorbed REALLY nicely. Even though the ingredients DO include honey, it also didn't leave my skin sticky or gummy feeling. Plus it smelled amazing. Purchase for $12.00.

I tried the three different lip balms and personally LOVED that each have a their unique flavor that matches the taste of what they should be. My personal favorite is the sweet tea lip balm, actually. I don't need to reapply to much when I used these. Probably the only time I didn't use these was at night, mostly because I don't usually like flavored lip balms to wear while I sleep. But during the morning and a couple of times throughout the day, these were nice to wear. They did dry out my lips just a little bit, but not too bad. Each lip balm costs about $6.50 each, so purchase today!

Best of all, I am excited to announce that I get to giveaway the Honey Body Lotion to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter Below. US Only. Giveaway ends 11/27.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Create Your Holiday Photo Book with Blurb.com [Deal Alert!]

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 



To kick-off the season of thanksgiving, gratitude, and giving, Blurb is offering all new customers $5 off their Blurb orders of $20 or more now through November 30th! Just use the code GIVE5 at checkout to receive your savings. This makes it even easier for you to create that special photo book — just in time for the holiday season!

Offer: New Customers Get $5 Off on Blurb Orders of $20+ with Code GIVE5 
 Valid:11/2-11/30
Code: GIVE5
Terms & Conditions: Offer valid from November 2 to November 30 2015 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for printed books only. Get $5 off (USD), $5 off (CAD), $5 off (AUD), 5€ off (EUR), £5 off (GBP) your product total with a minimum order of USD $20, CAD $20, AUD $20, EUR 20€ or GBP £20. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders. Offer valid for 30 days after user's FIRST REGISTRATION.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Olivella - Olive Oil For Your Face and Body [Review + Discount!]


We all know how good olive oil is for you, and I love seeing olive oil based products that you can actually use on your face. I had the chance to try out a couple of items from a company called Olivella and I can't wait to tell you about it!

I don't know about you but  washing my face at night seems to be such a huge ordeal for me, but I have finally gotten myself into the habit of doing it at night. My first impression of this soap is that you can tell it has olive oil in it, it has the scent of olive oil in it. I like this a lot because when a product has natural ingredients I don't need any phony perfume on it. Especially when it's a product I will be using on my face.

So the process began, I suds up the washcloth and washed my face. I loved the fact that this soap didn't dry out my skin. I've used a lot of soaps that do just that and you feel that horrid pull of your skin drying out. And although I still followed up with a moisturizer afterwards I could feel this soap was so good for my skin. I didn't have any negative reactions, no clogged pores, all good things happened! I liked this soap a lot and I can definitely see myself buying this again.

Purchase now (3.52 ounce bar is only $3.00)

Now for the Olivella Lip Roll! I'm a little picky with the type of lip balms that I use. I think my lips can be a bit sensitive. (I remember a disastrous experience using those funky EOS lip balms). So when I used this, I liked that my lip skin didn't flake or feel overly sticky. I say this is something great to use throughout the day. I do stick by using vaseline on my lips at night, and not sure this would take vaseline's place, but this is something pretty good to use throughout the day. I don't think this would be my first choice but I recommend you give it a try.

Purchase now for $5.95.

I am happy to tell you I also have a couple of offers for you in case you are interested in purchasing some of these products for yourself! 

Get a 10% discount on your next purchasing products on the following link only. You can also buy two get ONE free by purchasing products on this page only. Also purchase $35.00 worth of products on the following page and get a free gift! Check out their web page and find out where you can purchase Olivella items in a store near you.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Win Prizes During Today's Twitter Chat

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that today at 2pm PST, I will be hosting a Twitter Chat with author Kimberly Dean about her book Courting Danger. You'll have the chance to win a variety of e-books, two winners will receive front and back LED bike lights, and one winner will receive 12 LED tea lights. Also there will be a door prize of a Halloween Gift Bag!

I'm so excited about this chat and I hope you join me.

All you have to do to participate is visit my blog post here. When you visit that link just submit your Twitter username and the link to your account and that's all!

Hope to see you there!

Nicole
I have been compensated to host this party.



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