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Giveaway: Win a Blog Makeover for Wordpress or Blogger  

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Not too long ago, I won a blog makeover from Elizabeth Norton at The Web Solution Stylist. Since I had just had my blog makeover, I decided to give it away on my blog here at the Summer Soiree'!

This makeover is good for Wordpress or Blogger! This package is worth $85!

Here's the deets:



Middle of the Road Design Package includes:

Custom Header

Background

2-3 Customized Columns

Custom Signature

Installation

Includes installation of up to 2 revisions


To enter let me know which Platform you would use this for using this form:



This giveaway is open to US and Canada.


Be sure to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps and enter their giveaways!

Thanks for entering, and Good luck!



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Review and Giveaway: Totally Texty  



Based in Edwardsville, Illinois, Totally Texty™ is privately owned and
operated by Sarah Mullican and Janynne Stahl. These two, stay at home
moms, are the latest entrepreneurs to break into the world of hair care.

"We were tired of buying shampoo for our teens and tweens that did not
address the needs of their scalps."

Made specially for the scalp needs of teens and tweens, Totally Texty is
Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, DEA, and TEA
free. It will help the hair stay fresh longer, without adding harsh
chemicals to the hair. We have achieved this by adding a new deodorizer
to the formulation.




We have created two unique formulas. "We are trying to incorporate text
messaging fun with the best of hair care." Totally Texty™ products comes
in a distinctively packaged bottle with a fun text message title ddg(drop
dead gorgeous) and ytmn(you’re the man now). Each formulation has an age
appropriate scent that appeals to teens and tweens (No bubble gum flavor
here!)

Sarah was born and raised in Illinois. She has worked with kids most of her adult life, teaching music for 13 years. After having children, she became a stay at home mom. As her children have grown, she became aware of that "teen smell" coming from her son’s head. Determined to fight this, she had her son try many shampoos that ranged from the least expensive to the most expensive. "Nothing seemed to work, no matter what the price of the shampoo." Finally, in desperation, she began
researching on the internet what was in shampoo. Much to her surprise, they were all alike. They all contained nothing but soap and water with a lot of perfume added. Armed with this knowledge, she contacted a chemist in Indiana. Together they have formulated a shampoo and conditioner that will combat "teen smell." It is the special use of a deodorizer, mixed with the surfactant that makes this work. Trying to tie in her son’s love of texting, Totally Texty™ was born. "I began reading every teen blog on net speak and came up with the name of the company, and the names of the two shampoos. I hope teens and tweens feel that this product is made just
for them with their interests at the forefront."




Janynne grew up in Southern Illinois. In 1987 she married the man of her dreams and after 12 years, they adopted 2 beautiful boys. She has had a variety of careers. "I’ve been a secretary, a bank teller and an ATM operations specialist, but resigned to raise my children and pursue my cake business." She has been a professional wedding cake decorator for 21 years. "I’ve always been a creative person." One day her friend, Sarah, began to share an idea to fix her sons smelly hair. "I knew just what she was talking about. My son’s head smelled the same way!" We began
researching different hair products and got quite an education. Most of the shampoos were surprisingly similar and some even contained very harmful ingredients. We also realized that there were no hair care products specifically formulated for teens and tweens. "Babies have their shampoo and adults have a whole buffet of shampoo to choose from. What about our boys? We felt we had a real opportunity to help our kids and everyone else’s kids too." Janynne has put her creative side to good use
for this new product. She has conceptualized the graphics and design for Totally Texty™ shampoo and apparel, while assisting Sarah with the formulation and marketing. She is also involved in the website development and maintenance.

"Totally Texty™ shampoo is a terrific product! We have a girl and a boy formula that smells great. It’s unique and fun for all the text messaging teens and tweens out there and it works! Try it for yourself."



Our thoughts:

My kids loved the smells of these products, and they also loved the condition of their hair after using them. So did I! I'm extremely impressed that they are Paraben, Sulfate, DEA/TEA free and they come in recyclable bottles! Two of the things that I am now striving for in products, in one product! Of course, I can also identify with the "teen" smell and I often wondered where it came from. LOL! I'm glad that Totally Texty has gotten rid of those smells!

Win It!

One lucky winner will win their choice: either the set of the girl's shampoo with conditioner or the boy's shampoo!

Required entry: Let me know which one you'd like to win! Girls or Boys.

Fill out the form to enter.




Thanks for entering, and Good luck!

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Long Overdue - A Personal Post  

Monday, June 29, 2009

My Lord! I've missed you! We haven't chatted in soooo long!

You know I've been busy with my Soiree' giveaways - and remember tomorrow is the end! I have 3 giveaways I'll be posting after I get home from work (since Blogger can't automatically publish posts like they are supposed to - AHEM BLOGGER!). Remember - the giveaways will all close on July 12th.

I'll come out from under the pile of entries by my birthday on the 21st - hopefully!

SO... How have YOU been? We're doing well here. I'm back to work (yay - sarcasm), my kids are enjoying their summer, so far, and we've been having some nice, HOT weather here in Maryland.

What are you doing for the 4th of July holiday? This is one of my favorite holidays, outside of Christmas. The 4th of July is so fun! The closest town, Bel Air has a local parade in the afternoon, along with a pancake breakfast and other events in the morning, and then fireworks at night.

But - this year we won't be going to that one. Luckily, there's another town, Havre de Grace, in this county that has fireworks usually the day before or after my town, so I'm going to try to go up there with the kids. Plus they have a carnival!

Do you wanna know what we are doing for the 4th??? You do?!

I'm going to my adoptive parents' house where I will see my oldest brother WHOM I HAVEN'T SEEN IN 16 YEARS!!!! Wow huh? I know... long story... But, I'll see him and meet his wife and stepdaughter(s?) so I'm really looking forward to it! Mom said we'll have a picnic of sorts and I'm sure my other brother will probably bring fireworks.

I'm really looking forward to seeing my brother. I grew up with just the two of them and even though they tortured me ALOT, I still love them. This one in particular was always my favorite. He graduated from high school and went to the Air Force Academy. I'm so proud of him for that, because you have to go through a lot to get in there! After he graduated from there, he got a job with Lucent (I think), which is now apparently Alcatel-Lucent and if I'm correct, he's been there ever since.

Granted, this reunion is bittersweet. As I said, I haven't seen him in 16 years and I don't see the rest of my immediate family often either. I saw them last 2 years ago. (The rest of our family lives in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.)

I was going to go to Pittsburgh to go to the Pittsburgh Regatta but I HAVE to see my brother!

Anyway, it's 11 pm and I've got to get up at 4:30 am. Leave me a comment with your 4th of July plans so that I can live vicariously through you!




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Cellfire - New coupons for 6/30 to 7/13  



There's some new Cellfire Coupons available beginning tomorrow until July 13th. Don't know about Cellfire? Read about how these coupons work HERE. Click HERE to sign up! These are easy to use and get loaded directly to your Savings Club card at your grocery store.

And - GUESS WHAT?! Cellfire has launched with all of the grocery stores that are owned by Safeway! In addition to Tom Thumb and Randalls, you can now also use Cellfire Grocery Coupons at Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavillions, Safeway, and Vons!

Here's the coupons you can use beginning tomorrow:


Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot®, Fruit Gushers®, Fruit Roll-Ups® OR Fruit Roll-Ups® Fruit Stickerz ® Fruit Snack - Save $.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor

Nature Valley Granola Bars Save $.40

Total ® Cereal Save $.75 on any flavor/variety

Betty Crocker Frosting Save $.50 on any ONE TUB, any flavor/variety


Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Save $.40 on any flavor 17.5 oz. or larger


Betty Crocker® Box Supreme Brownie Mixes - Save $.75 when you buy TWO any flavor.

Multigrain Cheerios® Save $.55


Yoplait® Save $.55 when you buy any 32 oz. flavor.

Nature Valley® Bars - Save $.50 when you buy Nature Valley® Cranberry and Pomegranate Bars OR Nature Valley® Dark Chocolate & Nut Bars.

Yoplait® Kids Zone - Save $.80 when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait® products listed: Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt .

Yoplait® Cups Save $.50 when you buy SIX any variety Yoplait® Yogurt cups OR any flavor Yoplait® Original OR Light Smoothie.

Betty Crocker® Warm Delights - Save $.50 when you buy ONE any flavor Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Bowls OR Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Minis Bowls.

Yoplait® Fiber One® Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait® Fiber One® Yogurt Multipacks.

Fiber One Muffin Mix Save $.50 when you buy any flavor/variety Fiber One (tm) Box Muffin Mix.

Chex Mix® Bars Save $.60 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Chex Mix® Bars.


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Cellphone Tapping - Knowledge is Power  

A friend shared this link to a YouTube video with me on how your cell phone can be tapped without you even knowing it and I felt it is important enough to share with you.

Knowledge Truly is Power!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCyKcoDaofg

Be safe!


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Giveaway: NoThrow®  



NoThrow®, a product of Twin Beginnings, LLC, was developed by identical twin sisters Karla Scanlan and Karen Kuhn as a solution to keep bottles and sippy cups in place. The product, a unique tether and Velcro strap, connects to a child’s bottle/cup to prevent the cup from being thrown.



The twins came up with the idea for NoThrow after Karla and her family relocated from Chicago to suburban Detroit. As a result of the move, the sisters found themselves traveling back and forth between the two states much more than they ever imagined. One frustrating day, Karla was on an airplane chasing her son’s rolling baby bottle under passenger seats while her twin sister Karen was driving long-distance on an expressway and pulling over every ten minutes to pick up her baby’s sippy cup to stop his crying. That very night, when Karla and Karen relayed their hectic day, they decided they were going to come up with a solution.



It was then that Karla and Karen became mothers of invention. They borrowed sewing machines and designed a product that would link their child’s bottle or sippy cup to a stroller, highchair, car seat, airplane seat, bicycle seat, or just about anything! They named it "NoThrow."

Products:

NoThrow can be found at Walgreens locations throughout the country, select baby boutiques, grocery stores such as Publix and online at www.nothrow.com.

Win It!

Required entry: Go to the No Throw's website and tell me your favorite pattern, then come back here and enter the name of your fave in the form below. Extra entries are outlined in the form.

This giveaway is open to all residents of US and Canada.



Be sure to enter the giveaways at Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps!

Thank you for stopping by and if you enter, Good luck!



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Review and Giveaway: SafetyTat® (3 winners)  



If you have you ever lost your child, even for a moment, you know that it is every parent’s worst nightmare.

And it happens to 90% of all parents.

Now there’s finally a safety idea parents can stick with...



SafetyTat® – "The Tat That Brings Kids Back!"™ – inventor of children’s safety tattoos featuring a parent’s mobile telephone number to easily reconnect parent and child in the event they get separated, has just made a brilliant invention irresistibly convenient.

SafetyTat’s new line of children’s safety tattoos -- Quick-Stick Write-on!™ tattoos -- are the ultimate convenience.

These safety tattoos are applied without water so they can be used at a moment’s notice anytime parents are with their children in a crowded place. And, unlike many tattoos, they won’t rub off!

Customizable on-the-spot, a parent simply "Writes-on" their mobile telephone number directly onto the tattoo in the space provided creating an easy way to reunite a parent and child should they get separated.



What’s the secret behind this innovative tattoo? — Tateck™.

Tateck™ is SafetyTat’s proprietary tattoo material. One-of-a-kind, Tateck™ is a
micro-thin elastomer that is applied like a sticker to the skin—simply peel and stick.

It is instantly waterproof and stays in place for up to two weeks even on the
most active of children. Tateck™ is an FDA approved stretchable, flexible and
breathable material that is opaque in color making it highly visible and readable.
"Tateck is simply amazing. We have worked so hard over the past year to develop this durable easy to apply material to make safety convenient and easy for parents. If it’s convenient, more parents will use it and we will have many fewer traumas associated with lost children," says Michele Welsh, Founder of SafetyTat and mother of three young children.



Law Enforcement Professionals praise SafetyTat’s line of tattoos. "I see SafetyTat as important to parents with young children as are seatbelts in their cars or smoke detectors in their houses" said Tom Rice, Retired Superintendent and Colonel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Federal Security Director for the Department of Homeland Security.

As a recent winner of the iParenting Media Award for Hot New Product, it’s no surprise that parents and kids love these Quick-Stick Write-on! tattoos as well. "This is a no-brainer. I keep them in my wallet at all times…this added safeguard gives me more peace of mind" said Mike Masucci of Columbus, Ohio. Quick-Stick Write-on!™ tattoos come in a design for Boys or for Girls. And the best part about them -- kids love to wear them!

SafetyTat temporary tattoos are perfect for any crowded venue where a parent and child may get separated: shopping malls, airports, traveling, theme parks, water parks, field trips, , stadium events, site-seeing, beaches, pools, etc. SafetyTat carries a full line of Quick-Stick Write-On! and Original Tattoos.



For Safety that sticks, Stick with SafetyTat.

Product Features & Availability

•Peel and stick application – no water required
•Ultra-durable—won’t rub off, lasts for weeks
•Waterproof
•Immediately customizeable
•Microthin, breatheable, stretchable, flexible material
•Hypoallergenic
•FDA approved


Available @ www.SafetyTat.com

Check out this video about SafetyTats from a local radio station, WBALTV 11 Baltimore:



My thoughts:

Thankfully, I haven't had to use these yet. But, it's summertime and we're planning a couple of trips: one to Ocean City, Maryland, and one to Six Flags America in Largo, Maryland. These will come in handy at those venues, since they're always PACKED! I will be taking my SafetyTats on these trips! You just never know!

These are a great, ingenious product and I'm proud to say that the SafetyTats company is based in Maryland!

Win It!

3 Lucky winners will win a pack of Quick Stick Write-on Tattoos. To enter, head to the store and browse around, then come back here and enter in the form your favorite kind of SafetyTat!



Remember to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps to enter their giveaways!

Thanks for entering, and Good luck!




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New Winner Announced: Pillsbury Prize Pack  

Due to not getting a response from the second winner for the Pillsbury Prize Pack, I've drawn a new winner. Random.org picked #43, who is Gina from LeBizyB!

Congrats Gina! I'm emailing you now! Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Have a great day everyone!


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Review: Nouriva® Repair Moisturizing Cream  

Sunday, June 28, 2009


"TOO COOL FOR COMFORT!"


Nouriva® Repair Moisturizing Cream Will Help Repair Dry Summer Skin



While it may be hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, you probably spend the majority of your summer indoors. Whether your time is spent in your home, car or office, it is likely that you crank up your AC to help you keep your cool. Ultimately, however this often leaves your skin stripped of moisture, and in desperate need of a summer makeover. Nouriva® Repair Moisturizing Cream can help repair and nourish skin, leaving it healthy, soft and touchable all season long!

Hydrated inside and out

Featuring a unique formula of more than twice the amount of petrolatum to water, Nouriva Repair Moisturizing Cream with ceramides, utilizes a nano particle delivery system which helps seal in moisture, and keeps hydrating your skin for 24-hours. Now whether you’re indoors or out, you won’t have to worry about dry, parched skin. The best part is Nouriva Repair Moisturizing Cream can be used anywhere you need it, including hands, feet, face and elbows, making it perfect for all your dry summer skin woes.


With a unique combination of the three lipids that skin needs to stay smooth; ceramide 3, cholesterol and free fatty acids, along with a combined base formula that features glycerin, paraffin, mineral oil and carnauba wax, Nouriva Moisturizing Cream is perfect for hard-to treat dry and sensitive skin. Nouriva Repair Moisturizing Cream does not contain preservatives and is fragrance-free and non-greasy.


Stay "cool" and comfortable all season with Nouriva Moisturizing Cream - a perfect summer skin solution!


Nouriva Repair® Moisturizing Cream is available at pharmacies nationwide, and online at www.dermadoctor.com.



Nouriva Repair® Moisturizing Cream
Suggested Retail Price:

1.1 oz. tube -- $18.00

For more information visit www.ferndalelabs.com

My thoughts:

I tried this cream when my hands get dry and itchy from washing them, and it soothes and makes them feel better instantly! It feels great!


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Submit it Sunday - 06/28/09  




This is a little late because I had to post two of my giveaways for the Summer Soiree'! (Are you entering?! There's So many great prizes up for grabs! Don't miss out!)

Link up your giveaways so that everyone can go enter them!

Have a great week!


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Review and Giveaway: mix1 Protein and Antioxidant Drink  



Recently, we were given an opportunity to try mix1 Protein and Antioxidant Drinks.

What's it for?

mix1 is for you, when:

* You overslept. When you have no time for breakfast, instead of that pitcher of coffee and super-sized danish, choose mix1. That way, you'll start your day with nourishing, sustained energy, not a harrowing ride on the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster.

* You're going through your daily decathlon. Running from one life event to another (work, soccer practice, meetings...you now the drill) it's sometimes hard to eat well. Add mix1 to your midmorning and midafternoon, and sprint with energy to the next event!

* After your workout. Post-exercise, your body and mind need to be recharged with a quality protein (to rebuild), and quickly-absorbed carbohydrates (to refuel). mix1 is a great way to restore properly with both necessary nutrients.

* You just flew over three time zones. When you want to recover from the stress of travel, a sugary candy bar or a highly caffeinated beverage will not give your body and your brain the best opportunity to thrive. What you need is the perfect mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, carbs and protein -- so reach for mix1 and boost your body and your brain!

* On your way to class. You were up all night cramming for the big exam, and the time is here. But oh no! - there's that feeling - your blood sugar's in your feet. Drink a quick mix1 before you put your mind to the test - it's nourishing blend of vitamins and nutrients will help replenish your brain and keep you awake and sharp so you can put in your best performance.

* The back 9/7th inning stretch/3rd set of doubles. When you're taking a break from your game - whatever your game may be - revitalize your energy and concentration with the vitamins and nutrients in mix1, and come back swinging strong!



mix1 is available in the following flavors:

Mix Berry
Tangerine
Blueberry-Vanilla
Lime
Mango

NEW Hi-Antioxidant Fiber Drinks in Orange Carrot and Dark-Berry

Our thoughts:

My children and I have all been consuming these drinks (my children more than me LOL!) and we all love them! I even have more energy and that's something that I don't see fast results with using daily vitamins. They are creamy and tasty!


Win it!

One lucky winner will win a case of mix1! To win, go to the site and let me know which flavor you'd most like to try! (Required entry) Then come back here and fill out this form:



*If you choose to Become a Fan of A Simple Kinda Life on Facebook as an extra entry, the link is HERE.

Be sure to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps and enter their giveaways!



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Review and Giveaway: Invitation Jane  



I came across Invitation Jane recently. They make custom personalized invitations, stationary, as well as gifts for kids and adults. And that's just a snippet of what they have at the store! Be sure to check out the Invitation Jane blog too! Oh yeah, and they're semi-local to me - they're located in Columbia, Maryland, which is in Howard County! How cool is that?!



Above is an example of the Lunch Money envelopes they make for boys. I actually chose the girl version of the Lunch Money envelopes, which look like this:



Mine are personalized with my daughter's name. Even though we received them after the school year ended this year, I'll surely be using them when school starts back up in August here!

Here's some more samples of items they make!










About Invitation Jane

We are an online boutique offering stylish and chic invitations, stationery and personalized gifts from the best designers in the business. A love for "boutique-y" type products is our passion! We love things that are different and make people say WOW! We love things that are full of bold colors and cool patterns. We adore anything personalized. Things that are new and fresh, trendy and fun, sophisticated and classy. Things that inspire and add a little sparkle to your day. Things that are different enough that your family friends just HAVE TO KNOW where you got them!

We are Stacie and Jodie, twin sisters and the owners behind the scenes here at Invitation Jane. Ironically enough, we both wound up going down similar paths once we graduated from college. Careers, then marriage, then children. Between the two of us, we have five children ranging from ages 2 to 9 yrs old. Like many other women these days, we both felt compelled to leave our corporate careers to become stay at home moms, and that's when our entrepreneurial spirits kicked in! One idea led to another, and before we knew it we were in the midst of having our boutique-y little website designed and launched.



My thoughts:

I love everything on the Invitation Jane site! Their items are so cute that anytime I need any invitations or note cards, I'm definitely going to be buying something from them! Everything is high quality and gorgeous!!!

Invitation Jane has a group on Facebook - stop by to check it out!

Win it!

One lucky reader will win a $25 GC to get the personalized item of their choice.

As a first entry, go to Invitation Jane, have a look around, and let me know what you'd love to have from the site!

As an extra entry, you can join the group on Facebook here!

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form! (Extra entries are outlined in the form.)



Don't forget to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps to enter their giveaways!




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Review and Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil  

Saturday, June 27, 2009



Today I have another review and giveaway for you: Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions.

Tropical Traditions makes this oil from coconuts by grating the coconut, extracting the coconut milk, then they let the milk sit until the oil separates from the milk. They were the first to start exporting coconut oil from the Phillipines to the US. It's still made by hand to this day.

Please view this video entitled: "How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil - An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions"



I received the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy, as well as a 32 oz. jar of the Coconut Oil. The book has taught me alot about the benefits of cooking with and using Coconut Oil. It also has over 85 recipes! So far I've used the Beef Stroganoff recipe, and I also used the oil to fry some chicken. MMMM! Delicious!

The only thing I was weary about was the amount of fat in the Coconut Oil (14g.), but then I learned it is the same as my favorite Canola oil! And it tastes better!

Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, where you can earn free products!

If you'd like to place an order anytime (as a first-time customer), please do the following steps so that I will receive credit for referring you:

In the box that says "How did you hear of us?" enter my sponsor ID number - 5009989. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

Here are some easy to use directions when ordering using a referral (me):

1. Add the items you would like to purchase from the order form linked to Tropical Traditions. Visit www.healthybuyersclub.com/orderform.cfm

2. You'll be directed to the Order Form at the Tropical Traditions/Healthy Buyers Club website. You do not have to be a member or purchase a membership to buy from Tropical Traditions. Membership in the Healthy Buyers Club allows you to purchase in bulk amount at club member discounts if you choose to join. If you choose not to purchase a membership to the Healthy Buyers Club please order under the heading "Retail Sale Items". This will enable you to purchase less than case amounts of any of the individual items without a membership.

3. Select the items you would like to purchase.

4. When you are ready to check out please click on the "Continue" link which will take you to your shopping cart.

5. Review your order and then click on the "Check Out" button from your shopping cart.

6. Fill in your account information as directed. In the box: "How did you hear of us?" you must select: "Referred by a friend" on the drop down arrow. When you make this selection, a box for your sponsor's User ID number should appear if you are a first time customer.

7. Enter your sponsor's User ID number. 5009989

8. To complete your order click on "Save and Proceed to Checkout" at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions through the checkout process. You will receive an order number when you have successfully placed your order.

By following these steps, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy. Your sponsor (me) will receive a coupon for a free product on their next purchase. The complimentary product placed on the sponsor's account will vary from month to month. To know the active coupon to be generated, you make check here.

Those with additional questions about taking advantage of the referral program when creating their new account may contact Customer Service.

Win It!

One winner will win a 32 oz. jar of this great oil!

Required entry: Sign up for the Sales Newsletter from Tropical Traditions here. Remember, this entry must be complete to do the rest of the entries for this giveaway!

To do the rest of your entries to win this prize, please fill out the form below:



Remember to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps and enter their giveaways!

Thanks for entering and Good luck!



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Review and Giveaway: LypoPallooza  



Yes, you should have worked out last night instead of going out for drinks with the girls. No, it wasn’t mandatory to order your own death-by-chocolate instead of sharing. And maybe, super-sizing your fries at the drive-through wasn’t the best idea for your thighs.

Although you and only you are center stage when it comes to sensible eating and exercise, not all fat is your fault. Even die-hard dieters and exercise addicts get cellulite, those not-so-cute dimples on the thighs, hips and buttocks. While poor diet and lifestyle choices can accelerate its formation, a large part of cellulite is composed of fat and toxins that get trapped in the subcutaneous layers of the skin. Cellulite rarely discriminates: 90% of all women will get it at some point.


So what's a girl in search of a rock-star body to do? The never-ending search for an answer has produced more curiosities than cures, with experts divided as to what works best -- an internal or an external approach. But one new non-invasive treatment, Lypo-Pallooza from Hippie Rehab, fights cellulite from the inside out and the outside in with two synergistic steps. This cellulite treatment kit, the only all natural, two-step system on the market, targets cellulite in a groundbreaking new way, by helping to flush excess trapped fluids and toxins from the body, and strengthening and toning the skin at the same time.

First on the lineup is Opening Act, all-natural cleansing capsules that will jump start the process of flushing out harmful toxins and excess fluids, and strengthening the muscle tissues. The capsules, taken twice daily, contain only botanical ingredients, including some of the most powerful circulation, metabolism, and digestion boosters found in nature. These herbs and extracts include grape seed, bladderwrack, soy lecithin, sweet clover, gingko biloba, kelp and gotu kola, among others. Women have noted with regular use a visible reduction in the appearance of cellulite, as well as improved energy and simply feeling lighter and slimmer.

The second "act" is Headliner, an all-natural, organic cellulite treatment cream that works to give the skin a more toned and tightened look. The cream is applied twice or more daily to cellulite areas. It contains a bumper crop of botanicals known for their skin smoothing, toning, and collagen-strengthening properties, as well as for their ability to improve circulation and moisturize. These include caffeine, comfrey root, algae extract, dandelion and horsetail extracts, and much more.

Lypo-Pallooza is the brainchild of Ohio entrepreneur Stacey Sparks. Sparks’ upbringing as the daughter of an inventor, her background in aesthetics and her personal quest to find an effective, non-invasive, non-chemical solution to cellulite all converge in this unique, holistic approach. "Why not use the best, natural cellulite-fighting ingredients available to address the problem from two different angles, not just one?" she muses. And Sparks also wanted to distinguish her product from traditional cellulite treatments by giving it a fun and upbeat attitude and package, inspired by her life-long love of rock music and concerts. "Hippie Rehab is the place to be for everyone who wants to rock a bikini this summer," laughs Sparks.

Although Sparks recommends that the two components of Lypo-Pallooza (Opening Act and Headliner) be used in concert for the best and fastest results, (most women report seeing a difference in four to six weeks), they can be purchased separately.

MSRP for the Lypo-Pallooza kit (a 30 day supply) is $79.99. Opening Act (120 capsules) is $39.99, and Headliner is $45.99, when purchased separately.

For more information, please visit Hippie Rehab at www.hippierehab.com

My thoughts:

I've had three kids and I don't work out regularly, so you can bet I have cellulite. Although I just started using this kit, I can see a tiny bit of difference, and I hope it works within a month! Just seeing the Celebs that Lypo-Pallooza has helped, makes me more secure that it will!

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3KidsandUs - Win a Flip!  

I really wanna win this Flip and here's your chance to win one too! Go to this link and read the entry directions and enter! Contest ends on 6/30.

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Review: The Triumphant Child - A Practical Guide For Raising 2, 3 and 4 year olds  

Friday, June 26, 2009



About the Book:

Some of the most knowledgeable resources on pediatric health, practical parenting and child development from around the world have gathered to create The Triumphant Child: A Practical Guide for Raising Two, Three and Four Year Olds.

This book is a fresh new approach to parenting based on traditional principles. It is a must-have for all moms, dads and grandparents as they go about their role of raising their young children.

Dr. Olson Huff, M.D. believes that parents want the very best for their children and seek in every way possible the guidance and support necessary to achieve it.

This is why Dr. Huff and his daughter-in-law, Nicole Rawson-Huff have compiled and edited these useful and accurate facts and gems of information for raising two, three and four year olds. These gems are further supported by parent stories and practical parenting tips throughout the book.

Child development specialist, Nicole Rawson-Huff, explains that 'a triumphant child is resilient, confident, self aware, knows their boundaries and shows concern for others'.

What is a Triumphant Child?

A triumphant child:

* Has an enthusiasm for life and positive outlook whatever their circumstances
* Is a persistent and creative problem solver
* Is eager to learn and succeed
* Feels special and knows they are loveable - has good self-esteem and has a strong sense of personal and family identity and their place in the world
* Is willing to try and willing to risk making mistakes in order to learn
* Is caring towards others and is beginning to develop a sense of empathy
* Is motivated to communicate their ideas, feelings and stories in a variety of ways.
* Has a sense of independence and autonomy
* Is flexible and leaning to cope with stress and change
* Has a developing sense of and respect for boundaries

What does parenting a triumphant child mean?

Parenting a triumphant child means:

* Creating a loving, positive environment – loving and believing in your child, yourself and your family unconditionally.
* Letting your child make mistakes, but supporting them when they need help.
* Being caring and empathetic towards your child and others.
* Enjoys and makes the most of their time with their children.
* Fosters their child’s self-esteem by giving them developmentally appropriate responsibilities.
* Listen actively and communicate effectively with your child.
* Discipline their children in a way that fosters self-discipline and self-esteem.
* Helping children to set realistic goals and have realistic expectations.
* Having the wisdom to create developmentally appropriate boundaries.


My Thoughts:

My kids are way older than this book is specified for, but even so, it still helped. I just wish I had had access to it back then!

I've taken parenting classes previously and would recommend them to anyone. The same principles taught in those classes are outlined here in this book: How to teach and treat your children so that they will have high self-esteem and a high value of self-worth. How to be sympathetic towards others. How to be independent.

We as parents want all of the above for our children, and more. And rightly so. What good is it to teach them everything except how to get out when they are old enough to? Okay... I'm kidding! Seriously, some children are just not wired the same as others and you will find yourself having to try new and creative ways with them.

For example, my son is going to be 13 next month. He's independent, secure in himself, and he knows that he can come to me at any time with anything.

My daughter just turned 10. She has ADHD. There's something in her, that no matter what, she's always unsure and needs reassurance. If I'm going to run out to the store for a minute, she'll say "Are you coming back?" and I have to say to her, "Yes, dear, I live here and I love you and I will be right back." She also needs more attention, such as telling her she's beautiful, smart, etc., because things don't come as easy for her as they do to most other people, including her brother.

My son, on the other hand, he gets his affection from me, and he knows that I love him, and I tell him how smart, handsome, etc. he is, but he does not need it as much as my daughter does.

Even though my kids are older, I still learned a few tips for raising them, especially with my daughter, because sometimes she doesn't act like she's 10.

This book is a must read for anyone with children under 5, especially new parents!

Thanks to TwitterMoms and Sixty Second Parent for this review!


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Review and Giveaway: Peter Rabbit Organics - Natural Fruit in a Pouch (3 winners)  





One of the most beloved characters from children’s literature, Peter Rabbit, is thumping his stamp of approval on a fresh, new way for kids and babies to eat healthfully: 100 percent organic fruit puree in a pouch.

With no added sugar, preservatives or artificial ingredients, Peter Rabbit Organics fruit pouches come in three delicious, kid-friendly varieties: Apple and Grape, Strawberry and Banana, and Mango, Banana and Orange. The purees are already a hit in the U.K., where babies, toddlers and kids love the naturally sweet taste and the squishy, squeezy fun, and parents appreciate the mess-free, resealable pouches, and safe, anti-choke cap.

"Our flavor names match our ingredients. What you see on the label is what’s inside," said Ben Ford of the UK-based PR Organics, which is introducing the convenient pouches. "While kids think they’re just brilliant, what’s really smart is how the pouches make eating healthy fruit a handy, on-the-go option. No more bruised bananas or searching for missing spoons – just good, squeezable fun."


Adorned with the charming (and mischievous) Peter Rabbit character, each colorful pouch offers a full serving of fruit and a natural boost of Vitamin C and fiber. They require no refrigeration until opened and can be taken virtually anywhere – popped into lunchboxes, stashed in the stroller or tucked in the car for a quick, easy snack.

The 3.5 oz. pouches are available at select Whole Foods Markets and independent natural food stores in a number of regions across the country this summer for an Suggested Retail Price of $1.79 each, and by the 10-pouch case on Amazon.com at www.peterrabbitorganics.com/usa/buy-our-pouches.

Our Take:

First of all, let me tell you that I did not get to try any of these! By the time I went to the fridge to get one, they were GONE! Which to me, says they were GOOD! My daughter had two of them and my son had one. When I inquired as to whether they were good, I was told they were GREAT!

As a great snack on the go, with no added sugar, or water, these are GREAT!

I just wish I had gotten to try some... Greedy kids! LOL!

At least they have some at my local David's Natural Market, which is shocking, but I can buy some there if I want some!

Win it!

Peter Rabbit Organics has generously offered to give some of these great snacks to three of my readers! Three winners will win 3 pouches each!

To enter, fill out the form!



Remember to stop by Moody Mama Says and Everyday Baby Steps to see what they have to giveaway today!


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UPrinting Blog Sponsorship Program  

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm a part of the UPrinting Blog Sponsorship Program, and I love it!

I won the $100 UPrinting Reviews Blog Sponsorship Program, I was able to giveaway an 18X24 Poster Print from them, as well as receive my own, and it's been all positive!

I urge you, if you have a blog, to check out the UPrinting Blog Sponsorship Program!

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Blog Sponsorships:
If you are looking to find a sponsor for your blog, UPrinting.com is definitely interested. We offer giveaways, advertising and more for qualified bloggers.

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Review: PedEgg and Pampered Toes  



Sandal season is upon us and what can be better than beautiful feet?!



Here are a few affordable thoughts to make your feet ready for the warm weather:

Pampered Toes is the ultimate spa therapy treat for tired feet. Every day, we cram our feet into tight, rigid shoes that cramp and irritate our toes, and after a long day of shopping, traveling, or working, the pain can be unbearable! Relieve sore and aching feet in just minutes! The secret is in Pampered Toes cool, flexible gel, which gently relaxes your toes into a therapeutic stretch that will make your feet feel refreshed and invigorated. It’s the most soothing solution for swollen feet. Try them while soaking in the bathtub or relaxing on the couch after a long day on your feet for the most sensational spa experience. Pampered Toes retails for $9.99. Visit www.PamperedToes.com.




The Power of the PedEgg has swept the country! PedEgg is a unique "egg" shaped foot file complete with over 135 stainless steel micro files to gently remove calluses and dead skin to give feet a healthier look and feel. It's easy and convenient to use. The PedEgg traps all skin shavings in a storage compartment to allow use anywhere with no mess. PedEgg is available at www.PedEgg.com and at major mass retailers such as Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and CVS --- with a suggested retail price of $9.99. Each PedEgg includes 2 high quality emery buffing pads for a finishing touch.


Did you know that the average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes? Store your shoes in the new Shoes Under (www.ShoesUnder.com). The Shoes Under is the perfect way to store and protect up to 12 pairs of shoes neatly under your bed or in your closet. There is a clear zippered see through covered so that you can see the shoes. It's made with a comfortable material so you can easily move it back and forth under the bed. It retails for only $9.99 at major retailers.

My thoughts:

I was sent a PedEgg and a set of Pampered Toes. Let me tell you! I love them both! We all know that you MUST take care of your feet! The PedEgg is definitely a great tool and help when you want to take care of your feet. I know that I love using the PedEgg and am soo glad that I have one now!

Pampered Toes - I cannot even begin to tell you how great they are! I don't stand on my feet all day, but my feet are wide and I have a high arch, so if I'm in shoes all day, my feet are KILLING me by the time I get home! I put on the Pampered Toes for the recommended ten minutes and immediately feel relief!

I love both of these products and highly recommend them to anyone! Man, woman, or child!





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