Friday, May 02, 2014

#Giveaway Always a Girls Best Friend

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#Product #Review ( #ProductReview ) Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent

From Purex ~ NEW Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent is the latest laundry innovation from the Purex® brand designed to simplify your laundry routine. Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean.  

As a mom of a special needs child and three teenagers - all homeschooled, I like to save time where I can while still managing to live up to my standard of clean (which my children whine regularly about - none of their friends homes are as clean as ours - or so they say).

_Purex on the web

I grew up (and kept the traditions) of sorting laundry. Whites here. Dark colors here. Light colors here. Blankets here. Sheets and pillow cases here. Towels and washcloths here.

...and so on.

In addition, everyone has a laundry day. I've learned this saves me from sorting their clothes as far as who they belong to.

The big thing for me, I need a fresh scent. I want the laundry to smell clean. Not simply be clean.

As soon as I opened the container, it was time for the initial scent test. It smelled fresh and cleaned. So, I was thrilled.

When I gathered my oldest's laundry (it was her day) and just tossed it in the washer, I thought she was going to scream. She's 16 and I've never done that.

Guess what? Nothing faded, no colors "ran" onto any other colors - whites were white - brights were bright - pastels were pastels. Even the towels survived in with the clothes.

Once out of the dryer, they also smelled clean - which is a must.

This even worked on my boys' clothes - they have some stinky feet no matter what I do - so it was great that this was a detergent that could fight that off as well.

This is a have to for a time saver and, after pricing at my closest WalMart - definitely affordable necessity for your laundry room.

By the way, Purex is also on Facebook and Twitter

*I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review*

#Giveaway Get a RAWkin' Bod #Organics

RawJuvenate Complete Organic Detox | 2 Week Starter
BlenderBottle® Classic 28 ounces
Organic Vegan Protein Powder with Omega 3-6-9
ARV: $175
Hosted by:
A Ladybug on the Go
Make Our Own Network
**If you are a company and would like to see your brand advertised in a M.O.O.N. event similar to this please contact
This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on May 14th, 2014.

We've all thought about going organic, but maybe with a bit of hesitation - what will it be like? Here's your chance to try it.
"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post.  This event is in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising" and is in no way associated with any of the social media it is viewed/shared/located on.  The sponsor is responsible for prize shipment and not this blog or any bloggers involved in the promotion.  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#Product #Review ( #ProductReview ) Cafeviva #coffee

This product was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Look, it came with a mug (I love coffee mugs).

Many of us live on coffee. It's what gets us through the day without falling on our faces. So, anytime I can try new coffee - I'm all for it. This one has perks though. :-)

See how much  better this is for you? Nutrients and probiotics - in your coffee. It makes coffee a bit less of a guilty pleasure.

Plus - no GMOs and it gluten free. (Yes, I am guilty of over-imaging you with pictures today - but facts speak so much louder than words. Show...not do :) )

Just unpackaging it, I was impressed. But, the huge question - would it taste good?

When I opened the package, the smell was amazing (please tell me I am not the only one that sniffs coffee when she opens the container - every time). Of course, the kitchen smelled wonderful as it was brewing. If they'd make a coffee scented plug in air freshener, I'd probably be jumping for joy.

But, then it was time for the real test. Taste.

The taste was fabulous. You'd never think it might be good for you. After a couple of day as my morning coffee, my morning energy did seem to perk up. An absolute benefit since I'm always up early, but I've never been a morning person.

So, those of you skipping that morning coffee because of regular coffee additives - grab this and give it a go. It's great.

Huge thanks to Erinn from ParentingHealthy  for referring me to this wonderful product.

The Joys of #Homesteading (or trying to) #Chickens #Dogs #ToughLessons
There's no doubt this is all new to me. It's trial and error and hopefully having it all figured out before the kids are all grown - at this point, I'm doubting in my ability to make that happen.

At my previous location, I had picked up animals and did terrible due to owls and coyotes and forces of nature in general. When I moved, I wasn't going to reattempt and sold the animals I had left and just sucked up the monetary loss.

Then I went to the grocery store - read more labels - and more articles about the food we purchase.

I now wish I'd not settled for the "less land" that I thought I had wanted.

A few weeks ago, I began repurchasing chickens. I needed to build up my supplies. One for eggs, one for breeding, and one for food (sounds terrible, I know, but...)

Yesterday morning we put the dogs out in their areas and my youngest son's ankle biter (as I affectionately call her - all our others are big), managed to get loose and kill 18 chickens. I was in the shower, my kids were working on morning independent school studies.

I have 5 left.

I am devastated. My others won't touch the chickens. We now know this one will.

Tough lessen learned.

Rebuilding my start at rebuilding again next week.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Social Networks

#Product #REview ( #ProductReview ) White Matcha Tea

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Product Description:
Usually when you hear the word Matcha, you automatically think about Green Tea. Well, we have put a spin on the Matcha name and technique with our White Matcha. White Matcha is made in exactly the same way as regular Green Tea Matcha is made: stone ground to a fine powder. But we have done it with White Tea. Why would we offer you a White Matcha? For people who like Matcha Tea in its original form as a Green Tea, you know how flavorful and pure it is. We want to give that to all tea lovers. Whether you like Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea or any other kind of tea, we want you to experience the Matcha in different flavors.
What does stone grinding do for tea leaves? It is quite simple. This is special process that does not take away from the flavor or take away any of the health benefits of original tea leaves. Basically with the stone grinding process, you are getting the highest quality tea in its purest form outside of just having straight from the tea tree. It is simple and straightforward, leaving tea leaves with tons of flavor and amazing healthful qualities.
White Tea has some wonderful qualities to help maintain good health. In essence, White Matcha contains those same qualities with a purer taste. The health benefits of White Matcha include:
  • High antioxidant count to kill free radicals in the blood stream
    Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer
    Decreases fine lines and wrinkles in the skin
    Helps maintain a beautiful complexion
    Has only one percent (1%) caffeine content of coffee

As you can see, there are many great qualities of White Matcha that will help you everyday. What is the flavor of amazing White Matcha? Its flavor is quite mild with a vague natural sweetness. It is lightly malty and does not have a grassy taste like some teas do. White Tea is delicate with a slight perfume-like taste.
White Matcha is a great tea and our White Matcha is of the best quality and is one of the most competitively priced. We offer many varieties of Matcha Tea for you to enjoy. Try us today and you will not go back to any of the other tea companies again.

I absolutely loved the flavor of this tea. I honestly enjoyed it at night, before bed while reading a book or watching a movie with the kids. It seemed like the perfect way to end the day.

While it is a powder and takes a bit more work to make and steep than tea bags, it is well worth the effort.

I loved that there were no fillers as well.

For those that enjoy tea, this is worth a try - a great treat

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

#Book #Review 5:2 And Training

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Product Description

Learn the benefits of the 5:2 Diet with exercise advice designed to make you feel good.
Live Longer! Live Healthier!

Niclas Brunnegård will teach to live longer and live healthier! This eBook will teach you the benefits of the 5:2 Diet along with exercise programs and meal plans to help reach your goals of living healthier and stronger.
The meal plans give you the proper distribution of proteins and nutrients for fasting days. The exercise programs show you a Niclas Brunngård developed 5:2 workout through high-intensity movements that benefit and compliment the 5:2 diet with links to video tutorials by his personal trainer, Michael Hansson Sjöö, and specially designed web apps.

After finding himself having gained weight and no longer able to play his favorite sport, Niclas researched a method to lose weight and become healthy without many lifestyle changes. The 5:2 diet changed his life! This eBook comes from rigorous studies in the science behind Michael Mosley’s 5:2 diet plan.

Niclas developed a 5:2 workout to increase the benefits of 5:2, as well as thoroughly tested and developed meal plans to get you through your 2 calorie-restricted days so you feel great! If you’ve heard about 5:2 diet and have wanted to try it or if you haven’t heard about it and want to learn about the life-altering health benefits like lowering your risk or resistance to: stroke, heart disease, blood sugar, insulin levels, blood fats (lipids) Diabetes Type 2, Parkinson’s, cancer formations, Alzheimer’s, Insulin sensitivity, and kidney disease, then you need to read this book! Links to scientifically researched studies show how these benefits through 5:2 can happen for you. Are found in this eBook (you may even be able to reverse some of these chronic health ailments with 5:2!).

How about slowing aging? Longevity and memory are also 5:2 diet and 5:2 workout benefits!
Even those aged 60 and above have a special section in this eBook

5:2 is so simple! Get this book and learn how the positive benefits of 5:2 will help you with Niclas Brunnegård.

Needless to say, after numerous attempts and contacts with the author, I was unable to actually get a copy of this book for review. So, I can't recommend this book or not. Although, it does seem very pricey.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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