Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Garlic Press {review}

Okay, I have a confession. I've never used garlic while cooking before. I've used garlic powder, but not actual garlic. Now, that I have this garlic press, I'm gonna find some reasons to use it.

When I was younger and living with my grandparents; they used garlic for everything. Especially, for stuffing a roast. I always loved the way it smelled when cooking.

This garlic press is so easy to use. All you have to do is put a section of garlic in the press and then squeeze it closed (make sure you have a bowl or something under the press to collect the garlic). I had to use both of my hands to squeeze the press at first. But, once some of the minced garlic came out of the press, I was then able to finish up with just one hand. I had no idea that getting minced garlic would be go easy.

Cleaning the garlic press was super easy. Just put it under running water.

Here are 5 Reasons You're Going to LOVE Your Propresser Garlic Press:

1. It easily minces garlic in one press! (No more sore palms or aching fingers like you get with other garlic presses)

2. Large capacity basket! (Press good sized cloves ... even if you leave the peels on)

3. No more stinky "garlic hands"! (Easy to use and even easier to clean so you won't have to worry about smelling like garlic cloves all day)

4. Heavy duty, quality construction! (BUT it weighs in at a svelte 9.3 oz so ANYONE can use it effortlessly)

5. Backed by an INSANE Double Guarantee! (Order yours now because you literally RISK NOTHING!)

Order your own Propresser Garlic Press today. Use it in your kitchen to effortlessly press garlic and add loads of flavor to your favorite dishes.

Once you've seen for yourself how handsome is the Propresser Garlic Press, how easy it is to use, how quickly you can clean it, we're confident you'll have LOADS MORE than 5 reasons to love it!

Purchase Your Garlic Press Today!

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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.

Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Waterpark is The Place to Play! Stay cool in the summer at Northeast Florida's largest waterpark. Enjoy rides from mild to wild, including a Kiddie Play Area, Wave Pool and Lazy River! Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, twist and turn in the Go-Karts, practice your swing inside our Batting Cages or perfect your gaming skills in our Mega Arcade. Don't miss our Wacky Worm Rollercoaster and Frog Hopper - rides perfect for younger kids! And, don't forget to stop by and feed the alligators! Affordable family close to home.

We have never visited the Shipwreck Island Water Park Adventure Landing. I just know my son is gonna love going there. He loves to be in the water.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for US Family Guide. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free tickets for my family in exchange for my honest review.

I'm A Saline Ambassador!!

You may have noticed that I added the blog button on the side of my blog for "Saline Ambassador". That's because I have recently been chosen as an ambassador. I first learned about the "Boogie Wipes" about a year ago (I had received a sample from a Saline Ambassador), and I really loved them. "Boogie Wipes" are a saline solution wipe. They are marketed mostly toward kids, but I know a lot of adults who like to use them too.

As a "Saline Ambassador", my family and I get to try all of these awesome products (Boogie Wipes and Kandoo Products) and share with family, friends, and just about anyone else. I have a ton of samples to share with everyone.

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post. I have received product samples, along with full-sized product for being a "Saline Ambassador". All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Adventure Landing

We took our son to Adventure Landing 4 years ago to play mini golf. He had a blast. I'm excited to try some of the other activities. His 8th birthday is August 9th, so this would make an awesome birthday surprise.

Our Son Mini Golfing (age 3) at the St. Augustine location
Adventure Landing is The Place to Play! We have something for everyone, from kids to adults so the whole family can enjoy all of the excitement that Adventure Landing has to offer. Adventure Landing is pay-as-you-play, so you can enjoy one or all of our attractions! Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, race your friends on the Go-Karts, take aim in Laser Tag, or perfect your gaming skills and win prizes in our Mega Arcade. Adventure Landing is affordable family close to home!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for US Family Guide. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive free tickets for my family in exchange for my honest review.

Label Daddy - Back to School Promotion

It's that time again! School is just around the corner and we need to do some labeling. Label Daddy has a deal for all of us.

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels for Back to School! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. 

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide. 

Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order - this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout.

What are you waiting for? Head over to Label Daddy and get those labels ordered.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for US Family Guide. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive a credit to order labels in exchange for my honest review.

#1 Top Quality Stainless Steel Measuring Cups By KitchenMade {review}

These stainless steel measuring cups from Kitchenmade are even better than I thought they would be. These are not flimsy. They are very sturdy and I can already tell that they are gonna last a very long time. The only thing I worry about is them rusting over time (I'm just gonna hope that they don't). 

The Stainless Steel Measuring Cups By KitchenMade came with 6 individual cups. On each handle the measurements are engraved. I love the fact they the handles also have the measurements engraved in ml.

Engraved measurements on the handles.
....and also engraved on the side of each cup.
This set of measuring cups are a great addition to my kitchen. They are also my very first set of stainless steel measuring cups. Before I received this stainless steel set, I had been using a plastic set. I'm pretty sure I'm ready to throw that plastic set out. The stainless set is so much easier to clean than the plastic ones.

  • This set of measuring cups will last a lifetime. MSRP: $26.99
  • Made of top quality polished stainless steel. 
  • A set of 6 nesting measuring cups in mls and cups engraved on the handle and side of the cup so markings will never rub off.
  • This sturdy set will suit home bakers or commercial kitchens. 
  • With pouring lip so great for measuring liquids or dry ingredients.
Buy Your Set Today!

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.

Acure Organics | Party With A Purpose

I recently signed up to host a "Party With A Purpose" as part of Acure Organics Show Your Face Project and the goodies finally arrived.

Here is a video of the company's vision.
They sent me some really nice products to try.

I have used the shampoo and conditioner one time, and I will not be using it again. I'm not sure what it is, but it's not what I look for in a shampoo or conditioner. They smell great, but I don't feel like it's really cleaning my hair. My hair still felt "dirty". I have not tried the day cream or the oil control facial moisturizer yet. My face is sensitive so I try not to try new things too often. I have started using something new about 2 weeks ago, and I'm waiting to see how that goes before trying something different.

 Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge. Any and all opinions here are 100% my own.

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango

Experience the Ultra Fresh Hydration of NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash

Introducing NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango boy wash, the newest member of the Dial Coconut Water family. Dial Coconut Water Water Refreshing Mango is the first of its kind to contain coconut water and refreshing mango for clean, healthy and hydrated skin. Let the fresh hints of green coconut and tropical mango whisk your mind away to distant island shores without ever leaving the shower.

Coconut water is a leading trend known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration. Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

I am always up for trying a new Dial product. I have have always been a fan of Dial. I have sensitive skin, and I love knowing that I can use Dial without having a problem. So, when I saw that there was another promotion for a Dial product I applied as soon as I could. As you can tell by this post, I was chosen. When my package arrived I couldn't wait to give the scent a try. I put away my other Dial body wash and replaced it with the new one.

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash looks great in my shower.
I'm not really sure what it is, but I just love using Dial body washes. I love to later up and then just lay back in the tub. Or, if I'm in the shower, I later up and then just take in all of the amazing scents. Dial lathers up quite nicely, giving you that clean feeling that you want. It really is refreshing. One thing I noticed that there is not a strong presence of coconut, and I'm not sure about the mango, but I'm unsure of what mango smells like. But, I do know that the body wash smells amazingly clean.

Now, I know you want a coupon, right? Two (2) lucky winners will one (1) coupon for a FREE bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash. Use the rafflecopter below to enter. Please follow the prompts, I want each and every one of your entries to count. Must be a resident of USA to win. Once the winners are chosen, the winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email with a valid address or a new winner will be selected. Good Luck!!

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Disclaimer: The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 25, 2014

When I Fall In Love – Hawaiian Chef Challenge & Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway!

Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!

  One grand prize winner will receive:
Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Win Limited Edition Makeup by One Direction and Tickets to the August 8th "Where We Are" Tour Concert in Foxborough, MA! {giveaway}

Have you entered the Makeup by One Direction giveaway I posted about a few days ago (check it out here)? Now, here is a chance to win a Limited Edition Makeup by One Direction and Tickets to the August 8th "Where We Are" Tour Concert in Foxborough, MA! Parents, wouldn't you be the coolest if you won this!? You and your daughter (or your bestie) could get makeup and see One Direction in concert.

What will you receive if you are one of the two (2) lucky winners:

Each winner will receive 2 tickets to the One Direction "Where We Are" Tour Concert at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, MA for Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm. Transportation to/from the concert and lodging not included.

Winners will also receive 2 Make-up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition collections of beauty essentials, housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage. The 2 makeup tins will be randomly selected from the 3 available collections (Midnight Memories, Take Me Home, or Up all Night).

Be sure to check them out on Facebook:

Enter by clicking here or using the widget below.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Markwins and BrandBacker. All opinions here are 100% my own.

SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops-Cola

Sometimes you just can’t help but crave that soda taste, but you want to avoid all that artificial sugar, so what do you do? Turn to SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia™ Sweet Drops™ Cola. It’s a liquid stevia that turns traditional sparkling water into a drink as crave-able as cola! For every ounce of sparkling water, add two drops of Cola Sweet Drops to create the taste you love – without any calories, carbohydrates or dangerous artificial sweeteners! What are you waiting for? Ditch your sugar-packed soda and instead opt for something smart that’s still sweet–Cola Sweet Drops! - See more here. 

My Review: I haven't had any kind of soda or carbonated drink in over two years. So I was very curious to see how these taste. Well, I won't be trying it again. Within thirty minutes of trying just a few sips, I was sick to my stomach. The kids tried it as well and they seemed to like it and had no bad effects. I'm thinking I was sick because I've been drinking nothing but water and kool-aid for so long that my stomach wasn't used to the cola taste anymore. From what I tasted, it does have a cola taste, but it's weak. I'll stick to my plain water.

Disclaimer: These items were sent to me via MomsMeet for free for sharing purposes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Super Stitches Sewing" {book review}

The Perfect Stitch for Every Project
Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? Thisessential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations.

This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.

My Review: I'm new to sewing (very new). The only thing I had ever sewing before I bought my sewing machine back in March was buttons. I decided I wanted to teach myself how to sew. I had my husband show me how to load the bobbin and thread my machine. I've been messing around with the machine for a few months, but there is still a lot to learn. "Super Stitches Sewing" is going to be teaching me a lot. My machine has a lot of different stitches that it is able to do. The book talks about a lot of different machine stitches and how to do them. Each stitch also comes with an "expert tip". I love that the book includes how to install a zipper. There is also a section for "hand stitches" and "tools and equipment". My favorite part of the book is the glossary. There are so many sewing terms that I'm not familiar with and the glossary is going to come in handy. I really believe that the book is gonna help me out a lot and looks to be great for experienced sewing and newbies (like me).

Links To Remember: More Info | Author Bio

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Makeup by One Direction {giveaway}

Have you heard about the new collection from Makeup by One Direction? It's called "The Looks Collection". From what I can tell, each kit includes some awesome colors and each kit comes in a collectable tin.  #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins

Midnight Memories | Take Me Home | Up All Night

“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

The line will be available worldwide starting in the U.S.

Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

Be sure to check them out on Facebook:

Wouldn't you love to own one of these new collections before it is released to the public? Well, now is the time. You can enter by clicking here or using the widget below. Contest is for U.S and Canada residnets only. Good Luck!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Markwins and BrandBacker. All opinions here are 100% my own.

"Jonah and the Great Big Fish" {book review}

"God told Jonah to obey, said, 'Go to Nineveh this day.' But, stubborn Jonah fled instead. Didn’t do just what God said." Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray. Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

My Review:   "Jonah and the Great Big Fish" by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a story of how Jonah disobeyed God. Our son is seven (he'll be eight in a couple weeks) going into the third grade and he loves this book. He remembers the story from his Sunday School class. My bonus daughter, age ten, also enjoyed the book. It's great for all ages. Before we began reading the book together, my son just had to tell me the story that they learned in Sunday School. It was well written, easy for kids understand. We all really enjoyed the beautiful artwork throughout the book. I love when an author writes a really great children's book and uses words that kids understand. Rhonda Gowler Greene had the kids in mind when she wrote the book. While my son is reading by himself, he's not constantly asking what a certain word means. I don’t mind helping him, but it makes the child more confident in their reading when they know the words.

The story is true to the biblical story of Jonah. It has a great message and is written in a way that young children can understand. I would recommend this book to everyone with young children and also those young at heart (I really enjoyed the story myself).

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Skinnygirl & Sinful Colors

This is my 17th box from PinchMe. The site itself has its glitches on sample days, but I still love it. The samples take about 3-4 weeks to arrive, but I'm okay with it. I love getting goodies in the mail.

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars

You deserve it all - health, happiness, and daily indulgences - and we're passionate about helping you get it.

Our tasty bar offers all the benefits you want without compromising the decadent flavors that you love. 

The Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt contains: 
- 170 Calories 
- Excellent Source of Protein (6g) 
- Great Source of Fiber (5g) 

The Chocolate Pretzel contains: 
- 160 Calories - Excellent Source of Protein (6g) 
- Great Source of Fiber (5g) 
This product is available nationwide at Targets and on

My Review: I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but I'll eat it. I have a huge sweet tooth, and this bars does the trick for me. The dark chocolate in this bar wasn't "too much" for me. It was yummy and I love the pretzel taste. I would purchase more of these.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

Sinful Colors - hundreds of sinfully irresistible shades, all developed by a team of retail beauty experts, and a network of industry color advisors.

Shades that WOW, FLATTER and INSPIRE. In creams, glitters, shimmers, mattes, specialty textures and eye-popping brights! The color that will leave you wanting them all. Formula is formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP free and is never animal tested.

My Review: I love nail polish. I love getting new, fun colors to try. This isn't my first bottle of Sinful nail polish, it's actually my second (and another on the way). I received a different color in a previous box from PinchMe. I love the consistency of the polish, not too thick and not too thin. It dries within minutes and doesn't chip easily. I've seen then in store and the price is right.

I love having new polishes to add to my collection:

Disclaimer: These two items are free samples that I received from PinchMe. I am not compensated for this post. All opinions here are my own.