Monday, August 1, 2011

Learn how to become a mystery shopper!

Click here to go to my detailed Wordpress post about how to become a mystery shopper!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Review of KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Flat Iron from Flat Iron Experts

Recently I got the chance to review the KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Flat Iron from The Flat Iron Experts. I am not much interested in doing hair. In fact if I'm going to be completely honest, I hate it. HATE IT. It's a good thing that I have a little boy and not a little girl because I would have a hard time doing a little girls hair every day.

But anyway, I got the chance to review this awesome flat iron. My little flat iron is gone with the wind. It lasted for awhile but how long can a flat iron from WalMart that I paid less than $20 for really be expected to last? I was glad that it lasted as long as it did.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Verizon FiOS for Internet and TV

Do you like tv? Do you like the Internet (you’re on it now)? Cause Verizon FiOS is a service that allows you to have Internet and TV and it’s supposed to help you save time. How? Well, you can stream movies with your high speed Internet connection. Everyone wants to make their life easier, especially if you work and/or have kids. Staying at home with kids IS work. The Internet is supposed to be as fast as it can be. FiOS is top rated in their high speed Internet service.

While I don’t currently have FiOS in my home personally, I think I would like being able to stream movies. I am a movie lover! I watch movies as often as I can, which is not that often, unfortunately. There is something called Flex View on FiOS that allows you to buy, rent, and watch on-demand movies on your FiOS tv, your computer, or even your cell phone.

I would much rather watch my movies from the comfort of my home for a few reasons.
1.) We don’t have to get dressed up and pay a ton of money, wait in line, squeeze in some seats, ignore people texting and talking on cell phones, and walk across sticky floors.
2.) No babysitter needed
3.) We can have free snacks. Who doesn’t want some snacks with their movie? I know I do, but I don’t want to pay another $10-$15 just for a drink, popcorn, and something chocolate.

We have satellite and that rarely has interference from weather. We also have cable and surprisingly, weather affects cable often. Even if it is barely raining sometimes our cable will go out for hours. I know my husband would love being able to watch HDTV without weather interference. When it comes time for football season, he wants no disruptions.

One of the features of FiOS that makes it desirable is that it is “future-proofed”. You know how there is always something new coming out with technology. You don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the new applications and Internet tools that are right around the corner.

Another feature that seems like it could be useful is media manager. This service lets you get access to your digital photos, music, Internet videos, and other goodies from a FiOS connected tv. Verizon also has other widgets that allow to tweet, get on Facebook, and YouTube right from your tv. So you can get your social media fix.

FiOS would be worth trying out. I’d love to try FiOS in my home. I’m all for making things easier! Have any of you tried FiOS in your home? What do you think about it?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Verizon FiOS blogging program for a gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Winners :)

Okay, finally time to announce some winners! The winner of the $10 paypal cash for the month of May is marcisjule
The winner of the Therabreath lozenges giveaway is lollimom

And we had a winner for the Olive Oil Desserts cookbook with a bottle of Olive Oil. It was a multiblog giveaway. The winner is Cassie M

I'm emailing all of you to get your shipping info/paypal address. Thanks for the entries :). More reviews and giveaways are on the way. I think there is going to be a really awesome one starting around the time of back to school, so keep tuned for that :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Safety tips for your road trips this summer

Now that it is almost summer time, you might think about taking a road trip with your family. You want to have your vehicle in the best condition possible so you can be safe. Here are ten tips to get your car into tip-top shape before you head out on the road to make some family memories.

1. When it comes to windshield repairs, forget do-it-yourself repair kits. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.

2. On your windshield a chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

3. Make sure the air pressure in your tires is correct. If a tire is too overinflated or underinflated, a blow out or flat tire can occur.

4. Make sure to have your oil changed right before your trip. It is important to consider your oil as a part of your vehicle that needs to be maintained so make sure to get it done!

5. Make sure you have reliable maps! If you are going with a paper map, make sure that it is one that is up to date. If you are relying on a GPS, make sure your maps are recent so you don’t get lost.

6. Avoid traveling to places that are infrequently traveled. It could be dangerous if your vehicle happens to break down in an area of the country were there are few people living. You could be stranded for a long time while waiting for rescue workers.

7. Make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever type of weather conditions you are going to be in. If you are making a winter trip, make sure your vehicle has proper tires that are suitable for travel in icy conditions.

8. Make sure your tires are not overly worn. If you’ve been putting off that trip to buy new tires, make sure you get them before you get on the road. If the tread on your tires is worn down, it could lead to dangerous slips on the road.

9. Tell your family members or friends where you are going. Tell them when you will be back so they can expect a phone call from you. Anything can happen on a trip and if you do happen to get stranded somewhere, someone should be able to let authorities know where you were so you can get the help you need.

10. And finally, make sure to have enough cash in case of emergency. If you are on a trip, you need to make sure you have more than enough money to cover the trip, just in case something unexpected comes up.

These ten tips should make your trip easier and definitely safer. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Winners of Purex coupons

The winners of the Purex coupons are JR911 and esluka. I have emailed them both and am awaiting their responses! If you didn't win this time, check out my giveaway for TheraBreath lozenges here and get your entry in. Thanks for supporting my blogging habit :)

Review of TheraBreath New Probiotic Treatment and Lozenges giveaway

Did you know that about two percent of humans have naturally occurring sweet smelling breath? If you are not among the lucky few people who have naturally sweet smelling breath, give TheraBreath's Probiotics a try. I got the chance to review it for a week. It is recommended that you do a one week course of the Probiotics once a month for noticibly fresher breath during the day and NO morning breath when you wake up in the mornings. How awesome is that?

There are a lot of benefits that are mentioned in the booklet that come along with helping to inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. There are studies that go along with the claims in the booklet so that is always nice to see. Some of the possible benefits include:

* A reduction in the production of cytokines which are associated with gum inflamation. This could slow or stop gum disease.

* Results in a neuralization of acidity and eliminates the source of lactic acid production which has been shown to reduce tooth decay and tooth sensitivity

*Softening and reduction of plaque

* Helps support important immune cell functions

 * May offer protection against upper respiratory tract infections

And there may be some benefits that I missed. I liked that it helps eliminate morning breath, that it helps break down and reduce the formation of plaque on your teeth, and that it helps keep you from falling ill. I love TheraBreath's products. Everything that I've tried has made me feel more confident about having fresh breath. I am a customer of TheraBreath even though that means that I have to pay for it :). As a couponer, I usually don't pay for oral care products but these are way worth it to me.

Would you like to try out some of TheraBreath's mouth wetting lozenges? I have a pack to giveaway.

Mandatory entry:

Like TheraBreath on Facebook
Like me on Facebook

Extra entries

Follow TheraBreath on Twitter
Follow me on Twitter

The winner of this giveaway must be from the United States and must be 18 or older. Make sure you leave your email address so that I can get back to you if you are the winner! I will need to hear from the winner within 48 hours or I'll have to pick another winner.This giveaway ends on June 4th at midnight eastern time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giveaway of Olive Oil Desserts + EVOO

Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking

Remember when I did the review of Olive Oil Desserts by Micki Sannar? If your memory is like mine (which is not good, nooo not good at all), here is a refresher.

Well now you have the chance to win a copy of the book for yourself AND a bottle of some of Micki's favorite EVOO. That's extra virgin olive oil for those of you that don't speak Rachel Ray. Micki's cookbook teaches you how to cook desserts with olive oil. Who ever heard of such a thing??? Well, the cookies that I baked were delish. Since I'm doing the Rachel Ray language I figured I might as well throw that delish in there too.

What's the reason for the giveaway? Micki is going to be on QVC this Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern/ 6 a.m. Pacific. If you want to watch QVC live online, go to and click on the “watch live” tab to the left of the page. To view the segment after it airs, you can go to and type Olive Oil Desserts into the search bar, click on the “video” tab just above the cookbook cover.

This is a multiblog giveaway and three winners will be chosen from among all the entries to win a bottle of California Olive Oil Ranch and Micki's cookbook. The giveaway starts May 18th at 8:00 a.m. eastern and ends on May 25th 11:59 p.m.

Choose your entry method. You can do one or do them all.

1. Tweet this giveaway (1 entry )

2. Follow Micki on twitter  (1 entry )
3. Follow California Olive Ranch on twitter  (1 entry )
4. Blog about this giveaway and link back to me (1 entry )
5. Go to and comment about something you learned about olive oil desserts on my blog(1 entry )
6. Go to and comment about EVOO on my blog. (1 entry )
7. Like COR’s Facebook page (1 entry )
8. Like Olive Oil Desserts Facebook page (1 entry )

This giveaway is open to resident of the U.S. who are 18 or older. The winner of this giveaway will have 5 days to contact Micki with shipping information. Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Purex Complete with Zout Review and Giveaway

What is less fun than having to do laundry? Having to do laundry that is stained. I mean, if you don’t care about stains on your clothes, you can launder it just like normal and hope that the stains wash out by themselves. A lot of my little boys clothes fall into that category. I’m not proud to admit that but I’d rather not spend a lot of time trying to get stains out of an 18 month old’s clothes. His playclothes get a quick spritz of stain remover and are thrown in the washer. Sometime some of it comes out, sometimes all of it comes out, and sometimes things are not as good and you are stuck with some stains.

Anytime you can get laundry detergent that has a built in stain fighter, it’s worth a shot to try it out, right? Lucky me, I got the chance to try out Purex Complete with Zout detergent. It works against protein based stains like grass and blood; starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce; and guar, which is used in many different foods like bbq sauce and salad dressing.

You use it as a pre-treater and as a detergent. This is a great detergent to use if you have a load of clothes that are heavily stained (like any load of my little boy’s laundry). If your clothes have a really tough stain, you can pour a little detergent directly on the stain and let it sit for five minutes before it goes into the washer.

Purex even has a fragrance free version of detergent for people with sensitive skin. It is actually the first Free and Clear detergent with an added stain fighter.

Would you like the chance to try it out for yourself? Well you’re in luck! I have two coupons for a free bottle of Purex Complete with Zout to give away to two lucky readers. Here is what you need to do to get your entries in.


+ Become a GFC follower of this blog

Extra entries

+ Follow Purex on twitter

+ Like Purex on twitter

+ Tweet about this giveaway (can do once per day):

Enter to win one of two coupons for a free bottle of Purex Zout. Ends 5/22 Visit:

+ Like me on facebook

+ Follow me on twitter

+ Follow me on networked blogs

+ Blog about this on your blog.

This giveaway will end on 5/22 at midnight eastern time. It is open to residents of the U.S. who are 18 or older. I will draw two winners via and if you are the winner, I will need to hear back from you within 48 hours or I'll have to draw another winner.

Disclosure: This was not a paid post. All opinions are my own.


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