Saturday, July 28, 2012

Nexus7 Tablet Giveaway! My Wild Crazy Life is participating!


The Nexus 7 Giveaway Event hosted by Mom Powered Media

Prize: Nexus 7 Tablet

The event dates: 8/16 - 9/6

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Green Wines? Yes, Please!

I have to admit that when I typically think of wine I think of things like good for my health, relaxation, dinner because it pairs well with certain dishes, etc.  It's funny how when I purchase other items, things like environmental stewardship, green, eco-friendly, and organic are of utmost importance, but I forget to think about that when purchasing wine.  Well, now you can have your wine and drink it too while feeling great about it being environmentally friendly   and organic!  So what do YOU think of when drinking that wonderful glass of wine?

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Disclaimer:   All opinions written by me in this post are honest and my own.  This is a sponsored post; however, compensation received have nothing to do with my opinion.  The pictures are the sole opinion of the Sponsor!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Enjoy the Whole Pint without the Guilt with Arctic Zero Review/Giveaway 8/12!

I have an all time love for ice cream.  About 7 years ago, I was eating several pints of ice cream a week, but stopped doing so when I started trying to lose weight.  Every since then, I have reserved ice cream as a very special occasion food and only eat it a few times a year since I love it so.  I am so happy that now I no longer have to feel guilty about eating ice cream, and I can eat the whole darned pint in one sitting if I were to choose to do so!

Arctic Zero provides what has been referred to as a Super Dessert.  It isn't truly an ice cream.  However, it is a great ice cream replacement for ice cream lovers who want to consume more ice cream without the guilt!  Basically, it is a frozen protein shake, so it contains lots of good things like whey protein, low calories, great flavors, and low sugar!  It's even safe for children to eat so it goes a long way to targeting childhood obesity!

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Each pint of Arctic Zero only contains 150 calories for the whole pint so if you choose, you can eat the whole container in a sitting.  Additionally, there are only 5 grams of sugar per serving which means 20 grams of sugar for the whole pint.  So to my knowledge it is okay for diabetics and borderline diabetics.  (I am not a doctor so please refer to your doctor when making food choices).

If you are thinking words like "gritty" or "thick, and untasty" when you hear protein shake, then you are sadly missing out on something awesome.  Think of those really great quality protein shakes that remind you of a milkshake without too much sugar.  Now think of how yummy it would be frozen.  THAT is what Arctic Zero tastes like.
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I have been in ice cream heaven for a couple of weeks now, and still have quite a few pints left, and one ice cream bar left, even though I have been enjoying a few bites every night after supper.  I am an absolute sucker for the chocolate dipped orange bars which are just heavenly, and I can't wait to head back to Kroger to buy more!  I like this so well, I called both my mother in laws (ex and current) to tell them about this product, and they are already searching for it in their separate states to buy it!

So don't hesitate to check them out on the Arctic Zero website, Facebook and Twitter to see all the fabulous flavors they offer!  The awesome news is that one of you lucky readers is going to win a prize pack of Arctic Zero super desserts for yourself!  Just complete one or more options on the Rafflecopter, and Happy Eating!

Olivia Rose Cosmetics Review/Giveaway 8/12

My focus on beauty has changed now that I am in the later part of my 30's.  I used to be focused on makeup:  the more the merrier in my collection.  My focus has gradually switched over the years to skin care products. Now I have a box of skin care products to choose from, but my makeup bag has four items:  eye shadow-optional, mascara-never optional, eye liner-special occasions, and lip gloss.  That is it, and I am more comfortable than ever in my own skin.  However, I want my skin to look as youthful and glowing as possible at any age I reach.

Olivia Rose Cosmetics offers a line of products that helps me keep my face moisturized and glowing.  First of all they meet my preference of being made from all natural, organic, and raw materials.  They also don't contain things that can be harsh on our skin such as artificial dyes, fragrances, and even chemical emulsifiers!

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I think one thing that really makes me like Olivia Rose Cosmetics in addition to the great ingredients is how simple the skincare regimen is.  They offer a mere four products, cleansing, day cream, night cream and a treatment mask.  Simple, you say, and I will say perfect!  As a super busy Stay-at-home-mom/Blogging Mom, I have little time for me, so I want quick and effective!

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I have normal to dry skin depending on the day, so I like that these creams are a bit heavier than many of my creams.  I can do a quick oil and sugar exfoliation followed up by the Daily Protection cream and look radiant again in minutes!  The Beauty Rest night cream is significantly thicker than most of my creams so I can still feel it on my face once I have rubbed it in.  However, by morning, I can't feel the cream anymore and my skin looks great which is what I am looking for in a cream.

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These creams are definitely more pricey than a drugstore brand, but in my opinion it is worth every penny because of the all natural ingredients and how well it works.  In all honesty, I have paid more for creams that worked half as well, so performance is a top priority when I buy a cream!  You can check out Olivia Rose Cosmetics for yourself on the website as well as Facebook.  You can also win some!  That's right, one of my readers can win some for themselves just by completing one or more options on the Rafflecopter!  Happy Moisturizing!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jazz up your backpack with Gutzy Gear Review!

Three of my four children are at an age that they love expressing their own fashion whether it be shoes, clothing, backpacks, or accessories they add to these items.  It's really fun as a parent to watch their individual personalities come out, and how they choose to express them.   My Suzannah is the exact opposite of her name sake, Suzanne Sugarbaker, and likes everything from lime green, black, tom-boyish stuff, and is as non-girly as they come.  My Tara Grace, named for the Plantation on Gone with the Wind is very dramatic and girly like Scarlett!  Almost daily last year they were adding something different to their backpacks such as writing, pictures, stickers, pins, etc.

Gutzy Gear offers hundreds of "Gutzies" to purchase, trade or collect to add to your backpack.  Now the children can literally wear their "heart on their sleeve" with positive themes, hobbies, and unique personalities.      They offer everything from really girly Gutzies to boyish Gutzies to suite both boys and girls alike.

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I received three sets of backpack sleeves and Four packs of Gutzies, and from the moment we received them, Mika was keen on adding some to his turtle backpack!  He had his heart set on the rocketship, football and one of the monkeys.  Since his older siblings are visiting their extended family for a few weeks, I let him choose first, and he is one happy camper.

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He has carried his backpack every where we go for a week now, in the car, wearing it to bed at night, and I even have to pry it off of him talk him out of it so we can take a daily shower!  I told the girls about them and they can't wait to accessorize their new school backpacks when they get home from travelling.  I even told them we can look at the website and pick out a few more if they like, since they like them so much!

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They have 28 pages of selections to choose from, and I bet your children will like them as much as mine do! So check them out on the website and Facebook.  They are just too cute to not love!

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Disclaimer: Gutzy Gear  provided me with one or more of the mentioned products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Relax with a glass of Salada Iced Tea

I grew up in the South, still live here, and iced tea is a staple in our life.  If you drop by my house and there isn't a pitcher of tea made, then you better call the doctor because something is definitely wrong.  It used to be a pitcher of sweet tea, but my knight in shining armor, country boy in a big mud truck is from upstate NY originally and, gasp, doesn't believe in sweet tea!  So while I leave out the sugar to accommodate his outlandish food requirements, I still have to have my daily quart or more of tea.

Salada Tea has been on the American market since 1892, and was the first packaged tea in America.  They believe in ethical sourcing and make sure they make purchases in a socially responsible manner.  They offer a large selection of teas packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, and packed full of flavor!  They have a new line of Green ICED Tea on the market, and I was blessed to try the new flavors!

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These are the first family sized green tea bags I have ever seen, and I love them!  We go through at least a gallon of tea a day in our home, so I typically have to unwrap 16 single cup tea bags to go in a gallon.  With the family size bags, I can just toss 4 bags in a gallon of hot water and let steep.  The best part is they aren't pre-wrapped so I don't have to waste time (or more trash in our landfills) when making tea.

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The Salada Green Tea Iced Tea comes in several different flavors, and the Peach Nectarine is my favorite by far, but I sincerely like all three.  I find that with the nice fruit flavors infused, I don't even need to add a sugar substitute to my tea.  Mind you, it isn't sweet, but it is so flavorful, I don't miss the sweetness.  You can access them on Twitter and Facebook to stay socially connected.

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Win some!  That's right, one of my lucky readers is going to win a Salada Green Tea Iced Tea prize pack consisting of a full sized box of each of their three new flavors and an aluminum Salada Tea water bottle.  All you have to do is complete one or more entries on the Rafflecopter, and happy sipping!


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Disclaimer: Salada Tea provided me with free samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Reusable Lunch Boxes for School or Work with Reusit

I have three children in school, two in elementary and one in his last year of middle school.  Up until this year, I have always fed them school lunches because I felt a hot lunch was better for them than most junk that parents seem to pack in their kid's lunches.  However, last year when my son's sugar started really going haywire after school, I realized that middle school lunches are a totally different beast than elementary lunches.  My son was being fed things like pizza, mozzarella sticks, or a fried chicken biscuit for lunch.  Mind you, I am aware that he likely was making these grown up decisions on his own, but his sugar can't handle this, and he was not only feeling really badly but it affects his mood as well!

This year I am packing lunches so I can control what they eat and put "fun" things made with healthy products in their lunch boxes.  So for the first time in my 8+ year career of kids in school, I have been looking and shopping for lunch boxes.  Reusit.com offers a wide variety of reusable items including lunch boxes, and I have found a perfect double use box: Laptop Lunch Dual Compartment Bento Tote Plum Blossom.
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It is a larger lunchbox with a large "bag-like" compartment on the top that can hold up to six drinks or anything else you would like to put in it.  The bottom consists of a laptop compartment that can hold the non-cold items in your lunch box or really any items you would like.

It has two separate, sturdy zippers, a handy  set of handles to carry the lunch box with, and is a nice navy color so it doesn't show every little spot or blemish.  Hey, you know with kids they always manage to get everything and under the sun on and in their lunch boxes!
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I grabbed my husband's soda's for his lunch and my juice just to show you how roomy this lunch box is!  I am very happy with this box, and my oldest daughter can't wait to carry it to school.  While it has lovely flowers on it, it is a nice navy so it isn't too "girly" for her!  I used it to pack lunch and drinks in the other day when we went fishing, and this lunch box withstood the test of my 3 year old demolition man and a lot of drinks so it is definitely a keeper.  So, check out the great lunch boxes you can consider when looking for the school year or a great new lunch bag for work!
               
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Original Moxie Natural Hair Care Review!

Finding great hair care products at affordable rates is always positive, right?  Finding great hair care products that are perfect for curly hair? Priceless.  Really, curly hair needs a double set or double action product:  one to help those curls lay just right and look like perfect ringlets or spirals, and one that helps smooth out hair to leave it looking gorgeous and straight while taming the wild beast!

Original Moxie Natural Hair Care has a unique take on hair.  Rather than describing it as "White, Black or Hispanic," they use a 3-D Diagnostic approach to finding the perfect hair care products for your hair.  They approach it from Density, Dryness, and Degree of Curl so they can in essence perfectly match your hair and the products you put on them!

I love that they provide all of this while utilizing the finest natural products from herbal infusions to botanical oils which treat the scalp and hair from the inside out!  In fact, many of the ingredients are organic, unrefined, and help minimize the carbon footprint of Original Moxie Natural Hair Care!

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Alright, so now that you know all the great reasons to add this company to your list of companies that offer green, natural products, I know you are dying to know how they work, right?  Well, I will tell you how they work for me.   I received the cutest travel sizes of the Intense Quench No-Foam Shampoo and Conditioner which has a nice clean mint scent, the Just Gel Styling Concentrate which reminds me of oranges, the Oasis Moisture Gel and Shape Shifter Re-Forming Creme which have a hint which reminds me of fresh cut flowers, the Hair Bling High Shine Pomade and Straight Up Pomade, both of which are tubs of a solid that leaves the hair shiny and sleek!

For some the lack of foam may be disturbing, but suds is actually just an additive to shampoo and doesn't have anything to do with getting the hair clean so I am all good with the Shampoo, especially since I love the scent.  With naturally curly hair, I am used to using multiple products to achieve the perfect hair day, but I just added some gel to my hair following the wash/condition then allowing my hair to air dry, and my curls laid in corkscrews without all the usual frizz.  That is a great hair day in my book!

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Not the best pic of me, but I was taking myself since the kids are gone, and it shows my hair decently!

I also loved how well the products for straightening my hair work, but it has rained here daily for over a week, and I am saving them for a non rainy day.  No matter how great the products, if I get it wet, it is curly again so I am going to have a great straight hair day again on the first non rainy day coming up!  Price-wise, these products are comparable to salon products, but are natural, mostly organic, and sulfate free so they are way better for the body!

Go ahead and check them out for yourself on the Original Moxie Natural Hair Care Website, Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter to find these products and read more about them.

Disclaimer:    Original Moxie Natural Hair Care provided me with free samples of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.


Michelle B 10 Piece Cookware Giveaway 8/6!!


Welcome to the Michelle B Cookware Event!

Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set produced by Fagor America.
Almost no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Michelle Bernstein. A James Beard Award winner and author of Cuisine a Latina, diners are loving Bernstein's cuisine at her two successful South Florida restaurants: Michy's and Sra. Martinez, dubbed one of the Best New Restaurants in America of 2009 by Esquire Magazine. Michelle appeared on the Food Network to battle Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, from which the Miami chef emerged victorious. Michelle continues to appear on national television shows, ranging from Top Chef and The Today Show to the Martha Stewart Show. This 14-piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set includes: 1-1/2-inch-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 3-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 5-quart Stock Pot with Tempered Glass Lid, 11 4-quart Saute Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 9-1/2-inch Fry Pan, 8-inch Fry Pan.
  • Available at Macy's.com and Amazon.com
  • Designed and hand selected by Michelle Bernstein herself
  • This 10-pc set includes:
    • 5qt Dutch Oven with Lid
    • 11” (4qt) Sauté Pan with Lid
    • 9.5” Open Skillet
    • 8” Open Skille
    • 1.5qt Sauce Pan with Lid
    • 3qt Sauce Pan with Lid
  • Made from Forged Aluminum with a double layer, high gloss color silicone polyester exterior
  • .4mm body with .5mm base and edges
  • Resistant to scratching, abrasions and wear
  • Whitford Interior non-stick coating is scratch resistant and ensures durability: no peeling, blistering or cracking making it easy to clean
  • QuanTanium PFOA Free
  • Metal utensil friendly
  • Stainless steel cast handles riveted to the pan
  • Silicone cool to touch handles
  • Every lid fits on a piece of cookware
  • The light color of cookware interior makes it easy to see what you are cooking
  • Perfect for use on all stovetops; gas, electric, radiant and induction
  • Includes a collection of full-color recipe cards containing some of Michelle Bernstein’s delicious recipes from both of her Miami restaurants
  • Available in Red, Black, Blue and Lemon-Lime

One lucky winner will receive a complete Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set.

Giveaway ends August 6th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!