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Maximum Lash *Review*

I have long dreamt of having fuller, longer, and thicker eyelashes. Longer and thicker eyelashes make the eyes “pop” and they look healthier and more beautiful.

There are several things one can do to make their lashes look longer, thicker, and stronger. One can use false eyelashes or get extensions. Or you can use Maximum Lash, a high-performance eyelash conditioner that helps natural lashes appear healthier, longer, and stronger.

Maximum Lash is packed with nourishing and strengthening ingredients and botanicals like Biotin, Green Tea, Nettles, Mulberry Root, Copper Peptides, Octapeptides, vitamins, and a prostaglandin analogue. It is distributed by International Cosmetic Associates and is ophthalmologist tested.  The non-irrigating formula can comfortably be used by people with sensitive eyes and by contact wearers.

Maximum Lash is very quick and easy to apply.  Once a day, at bedtime, you simply apply a thin line of Maximum Lash to your lashes, above the level of your skin. Only a small amount is needed and one brush stroke is sufficient. When using only the amount recommended, the 2.2ml bottle should last approximately 3 months. If used daily, it takes most users 4 to 6 weeks to see a difference in their lashes.

(Before Maximum Lash)

(After Maximum Lash)

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I have used Maximum Lash for 1 and a half weeks and I can see a slight increase in the length of my lashes. I love that Maximum Lash conditions the natural lashes and eliminates the use of toxic glues associated with false eyelashes. I also love that Maximum Lash is animal friendly and never tested on animals.

Maximum Lash is available online at www.maximumlash.com. A 3 month supply retails for $48.95.

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Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for my honest opinions. The product, information, and images were provided by Maximum Lash. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.

Proportions – Custom Nutrition for Your Dog *Review*

If you have a dog in your home, chances are you treat them as one of the family. You might be helping yourself and your family to eat a better diet by reducing carbs, starches and fried foods and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables. You can make the same healthy choices for your furry family member!

Proportions offers a whole food nutrition program for your dog. Their whole food meals contain balanced portions of Hearty Stew, Harvest Fruit and Vegetable Mix, and a reduced portion of the highest quality kibble.

Why feed whole food?
• More even, consistent level of energy, rather than a carb/sugar high followed by a crash
• More lean muscle mass; reduced body fat
• Gleaming skin and coat
• Less body odor/dog smell
• Reduces the pro-inflammatory insulin surge associated with high carb diets

The Proportions philosophy:

  • We believe . . . that the same kind of common sense we use to feed our families should guide how we feed our dogs.
  • We believe . . . that quality kibble can be a source of energy and nutrition, but shouldn’t be your dog’s sole source of nutrition.
  • We believe . . . that dogs do better when their diet includes whole foods similar to what they evolved on – minimally processed, human-grade meat for protein.
  • We believe . . . that the phytonutrients, enzymes, and other nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables enhance canine diets far more than spraying synthetic vitamins and minerals on kibble.

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Proportions customizes your dog’s meals according to the seven key factors a canine nutritionist would review. The Proportions website features an easy to use calculator that determines the daily caloric requirements for your dog.  This enables them to customize your dog’s portions in proportion to your dog’s size, age, body mass, and energy level.

Each meal you receive from Proportions is custom-made just for your dog and has only the calories your dog needs to stay healthy and fit. Rather than buying a large bag of dog food that may go bad before you get to the bottom of it, Proportion’s meals are individually portioned and wrapped to naturally preserve freshness and labeled with your dog’s name, photo and unique calorie requirements. Every four weeks, you’ll receive 28 days of custom, premeasured Proportions meals delivered right to your door and labeled with your dog’s name and photo on the package! Each week’s meals ar packaged in a special recyclable box, designed to make it easy for you to take out one individual meal at each mealtime.

I received a trial of two Proportions meals for my dog, Obi Kenobi, to try. Each meal consisted of 3 separate pouches – Crunchy Blend, Hearty Stew, and Harvest Mix.

To prepare the meal for Obi, I started with the pouch of Crunchy Blend (kibble).

The Crunchy Blend was LiveSmart Chicken and Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula. It has ingredients like deboned chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, barley, oats, dried beet pulp, whole sweet potatoes, whole carrots, whole apples, and more, including many vitamins and minerals.

I then added the pouch of Hearty Stew.

The Hearty Stew was Hand-Carved Chicken in Pumpkin Soup. Among its wholesome nutrients is boneless chicken, water, pumpkin, carrot, and pea. Right when I opened the pouch, I could smell the stew. It smelled really good, unlike any dog food I had ever smelled before. From the smell of it, I knew that Obi was going to love it.

I added the last pouch, the Harvest Mix.

The Harvest Mix is a blend of dried carrots, freeze-dried broccoli, freeze-dried spinach, freeze-dried peas, dried apples, freeze-dried blueberries, freeze-dried bananas, and other dried fruits and vegetables and extracts. When I saw that the Harvest Mix contained fruits and vegetables like broccoli and blueberries, I thought that would be the deal breaker. I didn’t expect Obi to take a liking to that. Well, I was wrong!

After adding  all the pouches to the bowl, I lightly mixed them.

The liquid from the chicken stew rehydrated the Harvest Mix. There was no need to any extra water. I placed the bowl on the floor for Obi and he immediately began chowing down on it!

The fruits and vegetables from the Harvest Mix were no problem for him!

He finished the entire bowl. For Obi, Proportions is bowl licking good!

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You will NEVER find these in a Proportions meal:

  • Fats and proteins from unspecified “Animal” sources – if the animal isn’t named it could be anything
  • Animal by-products, such as heads, beaks, hooves or intestines – also often from unspecified animal types. These are not ingredients a dog’s body can optimally utilize
  • Fillers such as powdered cellulose and rice hulls that offer no nutritional value.
  • Chemical preservatives, including Ethoxyquin or BHA.
  • Artificial colors and flavors
  • Sugars and sweeteners, which can aggravate health problems like diabetes.

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To try a Proportions meal for your dog, visit the Proportions website and click on the Get Started button, where you can input your dog’s information into the Proportions Calculator. They will then send you a risk-free trial of two custom, premeasured Proportions meals for your dog in a recyclable package with your dog’s name and photo on the box!

When you sign up for the Proportions program, the 10-Day Starter Kit is FREE! The starter kit will help you gently incorporate Proportions into your dog’s routine over a course of 10 days – a total of 20 meals. During the 10 Day Transition period, you will transition your dog to the Proportions program in 3 stages, adding Proportions in increments.

Proportions also features a Canine Nutrition section on their website where you can go and learn many things about dog nutrition. You can learn some great information like how to read a dog food label and good and bad ingredients found in dog foods. If you have any concerns or questions about your dog’s nutrition, you can even ask an expert. The website even features a comprehensive list of AKC-certified dog breeds with their individual characteristics.

Proportions can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. And don’t forget to check out the Proportions blog!

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Disclosure: I received a trial of 2 Proportions meals in exchange for my honest opinions.  I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own and different people may have different outcomes.

Babushka’s Beauty Secrets *Review and Giveaway* CLOSED

Beauty products can get really expensive and some of them contain ingredients that can do more harm than good. If you like to take care of yourself and want to save money, here is a great book that I got to review and have the opportunity to give 3 of you a copy!

Babushka’s Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips For a Glamorous New You by Raya Ruder and Susan Campos has “all natural and better than Botox” tips and handmade recipes.

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Book description:

(from back cover)

DON’T SPEND A FORTUNE TO LOOK FLAWLESS

Esthetician to the stars Raisa Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother (or babushka, as they say in the old country). Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet! Ruder reveals her sought-after beauty recipes that can fight wrinkles, plump lips, and eliminate crow’s feet and acne, using inexpensive, everyday grocery items like eggs, honey, vegetable oil and strawberries (and a splash of vodka for freshness!). At last, by popular demand, Raisa Ruder opens up her babushka’s secret pantry and shares her most amazing and effective beauty advice:

  • Skin-saving Soufflés – whipped up wonders that shrink pores, brighten skin, and diminish lines
  • Chocolate weight-loss wrap- a moment on the hips, tightens, tucks, and nips!
  • Hot hair- a cayenne pepper blend that leaves locks silky, soft, and full
  • PediPure- a soothing, smoothing foot scrub made with milk and mint
  • Lustrous Lashes – a simple castor oil serum that thickens and lengthens
  • Perfect Pucker- a mix of salt, green tea, and fruit that plumps up lips naturally

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About the authors:

Raisa Ruder was a registered nurse in her native Ukraine when she decided to move to the United States fifteen years ago. For seven years she worked at the famed Anastasia salon doing eyebrows and facials until opening her own West Hollywood salon in 2005. She noticed the large amount of preservatives in American products and decided to introduce her Babushka’s old world beauty recipes in her salon. She quickly became LA’s go-to-girl. Her clients include: Madonna,Tyra Banks, Molly Simms, Ali Larter, Nicolette Sheridan and others.

Susan Campos is a broadcast and print journalist. She is a former anchor for the national weekend edition of Today. She’s reported for Dateline and hosted numerous entertainment shows on MSNBC. She currently writes trend stories on beauty for The New York Times’ “Styles” section and its T Magazine, and is a contributing editor for Radar Magazine.

Susan Campos met Raisa Ruder when she was writing a story about green beauty. She immediately loved Ruder’s beauty regimen, and a few years later they decided to do a book together.

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This book holds some great beauty tips. Included is a list of “Must-Have Tools” like empty bottles, wash cloths, and measuring cups and spoons. There is also a list of the top ten “Must-Have Ingredients” and ten things vodka can be used for besides drinking. The book also has a great informative chapter on how to create a fab five-star spa right in your own home!  Along with the incredibly wise and money-saving tips are some fabulous recipes. You can find recipes for milk soaks and bubble baths for rest and relaxation and souffles formulated to plump up the face and use before heading out to a big event. There are also recipes for homemade remedies and beauty supplies that focus on your eyes, lips, hair, hands, feet, and the rest of your body. One of my favorite chapters focuses on waxing and shaving with tips on achieving the best wax or shave and recipes for dealing with ingrown hairs and making your own shaving cream. My other favorite chapter has “One-Ingredient Wonders!”  This chapter tells you how you can take one item and beautify yourself easily. For instance, you can blend strawberries (or blueberries or blackberries) and create a facial mask to pump up your skin much like pumping up the skin with bovine collagen. Another great chapter focuses on recycling beauty. It’s great to read this chapter and see how household leftovers, such as coffee grounds and eggshells, can be recycled and used in recipes. This book is great for anyone who wants to save money, be green and beautify themselves at the same time.

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Win it:

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, 3 lucky readers will each win a copy of Babushka’s Beauty Secrets.

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To Enter:

Main (MANDATORY) entry: Leave a comment here mentioning why you would like to win a copy of this book.

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Giveaway ends June 30, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. Open to US and Canadian residents. I will select a winner using Random.org and announce the winner the following day. Winner will also be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. Any comments that do not follow the rules are ineligible to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinions. The book, information, and additional books for giveaway were provided by Hachette Book Group. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.

Ola Loa – Drink Your Vitamins *Review*

I don’t always eat healthy. I try to get the daily recommended nutrients, but there are some foods out there, mostly vegetables, that I really don’t like to eat. As a way of getting the extra vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients my body needs, I take a daily multi-vitamin. Taking these multi-vitamins everyday is anything but fun. The size of the pills are not always easy to get down. Many of them don’t smell or taste great. Some even begin to dissolve before you get them swallowed and you get that familiar vitamin taste that is not pleasant.

Ola Loa offers advanced supplement powdered drink mixes that are available in convenient single serving packets. Ola Loa products are formulated by nutrition pioneer and one of the founders of  Antioxidant Therapy, Richard Kunin, M.D.

Ola Loa started with two simple goals. The first was to offer scientifically advanced formulas that are based on current clinical studies and research. The second goal was to offer a way that would make taking vitamins both convenient and enjoyable.

Ola Loa products are different from vitamin supplements in pill form and vitamin drinks. The products are formulated to help the body use their ingredients efficiently and effectively.

The Ola Loa Advantage

FORMULATION Based on Sound Nutrition Science:

  • Ola Loa was created to make your life easier and your health better. Each packet of Ola Loa’s vitamin product replaces a hand full of vitamin pills.
  • In formulating Ola Loa, Dr. Kunin chose the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids combination based on their functional uses in the body and his 40 years of scientific research and experience giving nutrients to patients.
  • The Ola Loa formula includes NAC, and Vitamin C (which strengthen antioxidant and immune function), along with six amino acids, CoQ10, and 40 mineral complexes
  • Ola Loa is the only vitamin formula that provides you with  enough TMG, B6, B12, and Folic Acid to lower homocysteine and raise SAM-e. SAM-e has been shown to be effective in easing symptoms of both depression and osteoarthritis.
  • Most vitamin companies use a toxic form of Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin) because it is less expensive. Having seen dangerous consequences of cyanocobalamin supplementation, Dr. Kunin only recommends the safe, more effective form of B-12 (hydroxycobalamin).

Efficient ABSORPTION of nutrients:

  • Since Ola Loa is mixed in a liquid base, the nutrients will absorb better than any pill or tablet can. With Ola Loa your body will get the full power of your nutrients, as well as the full value for your money.
  • The Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) says you only absorb 10-20% of the nutrient content of a pill or tablet. Most pills and tablets do not dissolve and break down, so most of their nutritional value and effectiveness is lost. There is no need for your body to break down the vitamins in Ola Loa products, because they are already dissolved in water or juice. When you drink Ola Loa, almost all the nutrients are efficiently processed by the digestive tract and easily absorbed directly into the cells. The PDR suggests that the body absorbs 98% of the nutrients in a supplement like Ola Loa.

CONVENIENCE and Ease-of-Use:

  • With Ola Loa, there are no capsules or pills. To get your daily nutrient supplements all you need to do is open one convenient single serving packet, add its contents to a glass of water or juice, and DRINK YOUR VITAMINS. You are done for the day—it’s that easy! Use Ola Loa as a delicious start to your day or as a way to give a quick boost of energy when you need it.
  • Ola Loa is so gentle on the system that you can take it anytime—even on an empty stomach. With added pineapple enzymes (Bromelain) Ola Loa actually settles the stomach, making it easy to drink your vitamins, when you want.
  • The convenient grab-and-go packs are easy to bring with you wherever you go. Just having Ola Loa around encourages regular vitamin consumption and allows you to get that boost of nutrients whenever, wherever you need it.
  • The single serving air-tight packs maintain the potency and freshness of Ola Loa’s nutrients until you are ready to drink them.

I got the opportunity to try some samples of Ola Loa’s drink mixes. I was expecting them to taste unpleasant or have a gritty texture. I was pleasantly surprised! I did not experience either of these things. The powder mixed well and dissolved quickly. I tried some of them by mixing them in apple juice and some by mixing them in water. Both ways tasted really good! Although I preferred them mixed in juice. The juice gives them an added pleasant flavor.

I tried the Ola Loa ENERGY, which is the first multivitamin-mineral-amino acid supplement to combine advanced nutrition research into a convenient “drink your vitamin” delivery system. It is available in three flavors: cran-raspberry, orange, and tropical. The tropical flavor that I mixed in apple juice was my favorite flavor.  Ola Loa ENERGY is recommended as a once a day multi-vitamin, great for natural energy production and anti-oxidant protection.

Ola Loa ENERGY’s exclusive formula includes:

VITAMINS

Vitamin C becomes non-acidic as it complexes with the minerals of Ola Loa. This assures speedy mineral absorption without stomach irritation. Vitamin C performs its miracles as an antioxidant, an antiviral agent and immune booster. It is also involved in synthesis of hormones, e.g. Estrogen, Testosterone, Cortisone, and Adrenalin. Vitamin C is essential to collagen production, the repair protein for the structure of all tissues, and all the while providing extra protection against blood vessel inflammation and damage.
Coenzyme Q10 is also an antioxidant, and is the key to energy production in every cell in the body.
B Vitamins in ample doses of hard-to-get folic acid, B12, and B6, which offer protection against homocysteine-induced vascular injury and premature aging.
Vitamin A-Retinol is essential to healing and repair of all tissues, including production and function of white blood cells, the key to immune power.

MINERALS

Selenium an essential mineral which has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral qualities.
Boron is a key component to Calcium utilization and efficiency and involved in regulation of sex hormones.
Potassium is a vital electrolyte, a partner with magnesium for regulation of activity at all cell membranes.

AMINO ACIDS

NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) replenishes glutathione, the most important cellular antioxidant.
Glutathione protects all cells and tissues of the body from damage and acts as an anti-aging nutrient, for skin, heart, lung, liver, intestine and muscles.
L-Arginine a conditionally essential amino acid is often very low in the U.S. diet. It is a source of nitric oxide, a blood vessel relaxer, which regulates blood flow, blood pressure, and normal sexual response. It also contributes to immunity and tissue healing and repair.
L-Lysine is an essential part of collagen, the major protein that shapes our tissues. It is also the major raw material for the production of carnitine, the key to utilization of fat for energy.
L-Glycine has many benefits, including:

  • It aids in the prevention of low blood sugar, advantageous when you miss a meal or on a weight loss diet.
  • It combines with Arginine to form Creatine, thus supporting muscle energy.
  • It provides natural defense against toxic chemicals, including salicylates and phenols associated with food sensitivity.
  • It has a calming effect and is a useful antidote for anxiety, irritability, and muscle tension.

TMG (Tri-Methyl Glycine) also called Betaine, is a source of methyl groups for the activation of methionine into SAMe. The methyl groups can be passed on by SAMe to support a number of bodily functions:

  • Energy production (carnitine)
  • Sustained muscle energy (creatine)
  • Cell regeneration and healing (polyamines)
  • Antacid/Anti-Histamine effect
  • Brain and Nerve repair (myelin)
  • Production of Neurotransmitters (acetylcholine and epinephrine, which control arousal, mood, emotions and learning)
  • Synthesis of the sleep hormone, melatonin

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I also tried Ola Loa SPORT, which is an all natural thirst-quenching and hydrating drink mix that is great for active people. Ola Loa SPORT has electrolytes for energy and stamina, osmolytes, TMG, and Glycine to prevent dehydration and excessive thirst, and Vitamin C with over 60 mineral ascorbates and complexes to support detoxification during activity. This drink mix can help keep you healthy and active all year-long. Spring and summer activities such as running, golf,  and exercise raise your body temperature but can quickly rob your body of Vitamin C, electrolytes, and water. Ola Loa SPORT replaces essential nutrients, and rehydrates your cells with osmolytes, TMG and Glycine. Fall and winter activities such as skiing and hockey stress your body with cold weather, high altitudes, and lots of activity. Ola Loa SPORT’s 1000 mg. Vitamin C, zinc, selenium and copper support your energy and immune systems, while osmolytes TMG and Glycine protect your lips, skin and extremities from below freezing temperatures. So, you can drink Ola Loa SPORT during warm weather activities helps to keep you energized, healthy and motivated and drink it during the winter months so you don’t get sick. Ola Loa SPORT is available in three flavors: mango tangerine, mixed berry, and lemon lime. I really enjoyed the mango tangerine added to water.

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Ola Loa also offers:

  • Ola Loa REPAIR which provides nutrient support for bones, joints, cartilage and the aches and pains of everyday life. REPAIR is recommended for daily bone and joint health, as a general anti-aging vitamin and is a comfort to those concerned about Osteoporosis, Arthritis and regular wear-and-tear on joints.
  • Ola Loa KIDS Multi which is based upon the most up-to-date studies on nutrition and child development and is 100% all-natural with no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or fake sugars.

Ola Loa products are available from their secure online store. You can also order directly from Ola Loa by phone, and purchase products from many natural food vendors throughout the USA, Canada, and United Kingdom. You can try Ola Loa products by requesting a product sample.

You can also find Ola Loa on Twitter and Facebook.

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Disclosure: I received samples of Ola Loa products in exchange for my honest opinions. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.

Good Earth *Review and Giveaway* CLOSED

I enjoy cooking meals at home for my family, but now and then it’s nice when I don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal or trying to multitask with several dishes being cooked at once.

Introducing Good Earth dry dinner kits:

When dinner means tons of pots and pans and mixing or chopping for hours, sometimes dining out seems tempting. Now with new Good Earth TM dry dinner kits, you can have restaurant taste without the restaurant wait and still have a wholesome dinner.

With appetizing entrées from Good Earth, dining in is sure to become the new dining out. Enjoy cooking a sophisticated, restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home. Each variety includes vibrant and flavorful sauces along with specialty ingredients like sweet basil, white wine and dried tomatoes. Delicious dinners that allow you to keep a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste, Good Earth dry dinner kits are perfect for whipping up a no-fail, five-star cuisine in less than 30 minutes.

100% whole grain, no trans fat, no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no MSG – just add meat and, voilà! Dinner is served.

Coming to stores this June, Good Earth dry dinner kits offer a selection of four delectable meals: Mediterranean Chicken with angel hair pasta, Spicy Citrus Glazed Shrimp with angel hair pasta, Herb Crusted Chicken with mushroom risotto and Tuscan Chicken with penne pasta.

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Thanks to MyBlogSpark, I received a Good Earth gift pack that included a Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken dry dinner kit, two sets of bamboo flatware, two bamboo dishes, a bamboo utility board and a 100% recyclable grocery tote.

The bamboo items included in this gift pack are of great quality. They also come in real handy for preparing and serving the dry dinner kit.

The reusable grocery bag is a very generous size and I am going to love using it when do our shopping!

The Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken dry dinner kit was so easy to make and was delicious! It really did taste like something I could order from a restaurant. It only took about 20 minutes to make! Included in the dinner kit is 100% whole grain angel hair pasta, creamy sauce with olive oil, Mediterranean seasoning with tomatoes, and seasoned whole wheat flour. All I had to add was chicken, a little olive oil to cook the chicken in, hot water and a little milk. The directions where so easy to follow. I really like that the box also featured chef-inspired tips like substituting the chicken with pork tenderloin or stirring in fresh asparagus pieces or artichoke hearts near the end of cooking. I loved the seasoned whole wheat flour. With the chicken breaded in the flour, it smelled so wonderful as it was cooking and tasted just as wonderful! It was a great healthy meal that my family loved!

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Win it:

1 lucky reader will win a Good Earth gift pack like the one I received. The gift pack includes:

  • Good Earth Mediterranean Chicken dry dinner kit
  • Two sets of bamboo flatware
  • Two bamboo dishes
  • Bamboo utility board
  • 100% recyclable grocery tote
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To Enter:

Main (MANDATORY) entry: Leave a comment here mentioning which new flavor of Good Earth dry dinner kit you would like to try.

(There are 4 flavors: Mediterranean Chicken with angel hair pasta, Spicy Citrus Glazed Shrimp with angel hair pasta, Herb Crusted Chicken with mushroom risotto, and Tuscan Chicken with penne pasta)

If your comment doesn’t show up right away, it most likely got sent to moderation. If this happens, I will approve your comment asap.

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1 DAILY entry: Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment and include a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste the following:

#Win a Good Earth gift pack – dinner kit, bamboo items & tote  http://wp.me/pWep5-1M  #giveaway ends 6/25

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5 entries: Mention this giveaway on your blog/site. Leave 5 comments and include your link in at least one of them.

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Giveaway ends June 25, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. Open to US residents. I will select a winner using Random.org and announce the winner the following day. Winner will also be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. Any comments that do not follow the rules are ineligible to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a Good Earth gift pack in exchange for my honest opinions. The gift pack, information, and additional gift pack for giveaway were provided by Good Earth and MyBlogSpark. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.

Wholesale Keychain *Review and Giveaway* CLOSED

Wholesale Keychain is an online store that offers several keychains and keyrings at remarkable prices. You can buy individual keychains or buy them in bulk. They also offer engraving on many of the styles so they make excellent gifts for loved ones.

I received the Digital Photo Keychain & Keyring with Stand in Pink to review.

This keychain is amazing! It is a great personal mobile photo album. It features a 1.5″ display screen. It supports up to 100 images of any size. The images are easy to download from your PC or MAC computer. It has self-contained firmware that is so simple to use and is very user-friendly. All you need to do is connect the keychain to your computer with the included USB cable.  It was very quick at downloading the pictures I wanted to add to the keychain. Once I had my photos downloaded to the keychain, I got to enjoy seeing my photos displayed on the keychain. You can have your photos display as a slide show, which includes some great transition effects, or you can turn the slide show off where you can move from photo to photo by using the buttons on the side of the keychain. There is also a clock feature, which the keychain automatically matches to your computer date and time when connected to the computer. To conserve the battery life, the keychain also features an auto shutdown.

I love my digital photo keychain. It is great for when you are out and about and happen to run into an old friend or acquaintance and you want to show off some family photos.

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Win it:

1 lucky reader will win the Digital Photo Keychain & Keyring with Stand in Pink from Wholesale Keychain.

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To Enter:

Main (MANDATORY) entry: Visit Wholesale Keychain and browse through the great selection of keychains available. Leave a comment here with a keychain you would love to have, besides the one mentioned above.

If your comment doesn’t show up right away, it most likely got sent to moderation. If this happens, I will approve your comment asap.

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1 DAILY entry: Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment and include a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste the following:

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3 entries: Add my NEW button to your blog (see right sidebar for code) or add my blog to your blogroll. Leave 3 comments and include your link in at least one of them.

5 entries: Mention this giveaway on your blog/site. Leave 5 comments and include your link in at least one of them.

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Giveaway ends June 23, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. Open to US residents. I will select a winner using Random.org and announce the winner the following day. Winner will also be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. Any comments that do not follow the rules are ineligible to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received product mentioned above in exchange for my honest opinions. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.

Eco Lips *Review and Giveaway* CLOSED

I am a huge fan of lip balm. I feel incomplete if I don’t have anything on my lips. I love to have my lips feeling soft and moisturized.

I discovered Eco Lips which offers lip balm made with nutrient rich organic ingredients. It’s lip balm that is good for people as well as the planet!

When I found out I was getting to review some products from Eco Lips, I was very excited. When the products arrived and I saw the wonderful lip balms, I didn’t know which one to try first. My son often swipes my lip balm. It all started one winter when he was suffering from chapped lips and I gave him one of my tubes of lip balm to carry with him and apply to avoid more chapped lips. He discovered how wonderful his lips can feel when using lip balm and has established the same love for lip balm that I have. I decided to give my son two of the Eco Lips lip balms I received. The first one is Eco Lips Pure & Simple Kiwi-Strawberry.

This lip balm is 100% edible, which is one reason I decided to give it to my son. My son loved the fruity scent and flavor and how smooth it was. It contains certified organic ingredients; sunflower oil, beeswax, kiwi and strawberry flavor; and also includes vitamin E. Due to its purity, it’s a great lip balm for kids.

The second lip balm I gave to my son, from Eco Lips’ co-branded lip care line, is the Honest Kids Tropical Tango Punch.

This lip balm is also great for kids. It is 100% edible and USDA Certified Organic. The Honest Kids lip balms are flavor-matched to Honest Tea’s kids line of fruit juices. My son said it goes on smooth and the scent and flavor are awesome. It has certified organic ingredients sunflower seed oil, beeswax, tropical flavor, jojoba seed oil, Calendula flower extract and also includes vitamin E.

I also got to try two lip balms from the Eco Tints tinted lip care line; Eco Tints Rose Quartz and Eco Tints Sugar Plum.

Both of these lip balms moisturize with organic plant oils, beeswax, and aloe vera and contain natural earth minerals that give your lips a shimmering glow. They are carmine free, gluten-free, cruelty free, free of nano-particles and contain no hydrogenated oils. Eco Tints Rose Quartz is a sheer rose mineral-tinted lip balm while the Eco Tints Sugar Plum is a sheer berry-wine mineral-tinted lip balm. Both of these lip balms go on smooth and give your lips a beautiful shimmering tint that would be fun to wear in the place of lipstick. I love that these lip balms add color to your lips while moisturizing them.

From Eco Lips premium lip care line, I received the Eco Lips Hemp Lip Balm.

This lip balm is made with Certified Organic Manitoba Harvest hemp seed oil and is nutrient rich with herbs and vitamins. Hemp seed oil is a very thin oil that easily absorbs into the skin and delivers Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids including gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a rare nutrient also found in mother’s milk. The lip balm delivers a natural balance of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) and essential amino acids. These nutrients help your lips stay soft, moist, and supple. One of the ingredients included is organic vanilla flavor, which gives the lip balm a great scent and flavor.

And last, but not least, from the specialty line, I received Eco Lips Energy Lip Balm.

This is my favorite lip balm! It is a unique lip balm, infused with caffeine, green tea, and vitamin B12. Unlike most “energy” products which are absorbed through the digestive system, the infusion of Eco Lips Energy transfers the nutrients directly into your body through your lips and mouth, resulting in a quicker surge of energy utilizing a smaller dose of ingredients. I love how the organic spearmint oil and organic peppermint oil make your lips feel cool and tingly. That, combined with the caffeine, gives a great feeling boost without jitters!

Eco Lips is a company that cares about people and the planet. Their  lip balms are cruelty free and petroleum free. Eco Lips is a member of Organic Trade Association and approved for people and the planet by Co-op America.

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Win it:

1 lucky reader will win their choice of Eco Lips product.

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To Enter:

Main (MANDATORY) entry: Visit Eco Lips and browse through the great selection of lip care available. Leave a comment here with a product you would love to try.

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Giveaway ends June 21, 2010 at 11:59PM CST. Open to US residents. Winner is chosen via Random.org and announced the following day. Winner will also be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. Any comments that do not follow the rules are ineligible to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received products mentioned above in exchange for my honest opinions. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, and different people may have different outcomes.


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