Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review of At-a-Glance Vienna Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book From Shoplet.com

With the new year right around the corner, one must have item that should be on every busy mom's list is a new weekly/monthly appointment book. Shoplet.com carries a huge selection of 2017 calendars and appointment books to help you get the new year started, including the At-a-Glance Vienna Weekly/Monthly Appointment Book, which I was sent for review. 

This Vienna planner has a lot of wonderful features to help me organize my sometimes extremely busy schedule. It measures 8-1/2 x 11 inches and is wirebound and printed on quality paper that contains a minimum of 60% post-consumer wast recycled material. The marks that I make with my pen and highlighter do not bleed through. The front of this planner is rather stylish and features a thick purple cover with a large die-cut medallion with the same pattern continuing throughout the pages on the inside. It covers 12 months from January to December. Each two page spread covers an entire week, Monday to Sunday, with an equal amount of space for each day, including the weekends. Some planners only give you a small amount of space for the weekends. Each month is tabbed to make it easy to find the date you're looking for with one month per two page spread that features daily blocks and a notes section. This appointment book also includes special pages, including a holiday listing, 3 year calendar overview, event calendar, contact pages for 24 contacts, and notes pages. 

Overall, this appointment book is stylish, well made, and is a great way to keep me organized in 2017.  The only thing that could make this appointment book better would be a pocket on either the front or back cover to hold loose papers, receipts, bills, notes, etc.

Shoplet.com is more than just a place to shop for office supplies. At Shoplet.com, you'll also find a wide variety of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, as well as discount office furniture for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received a sample of the above product from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Flawless VoxBox Review

It's been a while since I've reviewed one of  theVoxBoxes I've received from Influester.  While every VoxBox is pretty great, I'm especially loving my most recent one, the Flawless VoxBox. 

My Flawless VoxBox contained products from Simple, Harvest Snaps, Yogi Tea, SinfulColors, COVERGIRL, and Dr. Teals, as well as an invite to Ebates (but I'm already a member). 

I've been a big fan of Simple products for many years now. Their products are effective and always gentle on my very sensitive skin. My VoxBox contained a pack of Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes, which of course I loved. It also contained a sample of Simple Micellar Water, which I hadn't tried before. I have however used Micellar Water before, but it was from a very high end expensive brand. I found that the Simple Micellar Water was just as effective, gentle on my skin, and affordable.  

I also received a pack of Harvest Snaps Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps. These snacks have a nice crunch to them and are easy to eat. They are packed full of flavor and taste exactly like peas. They also happen to be a healthy snack. I definitely want to try out Snapea Crisps in other flavors, especially onion thyme and tomato basil.

I've also been a fan of COVERGIRL since I've been a teenager and I love when I get the opportunity to try out their new products. Included in this VoxBox was a COVERGIRL So Lashy! BlastPRO Mascara.  The 3-in-1 brush is made for all lash types. My lashes are short and light and this mascara really adds volume to them, making them bold and beautiful. The specialized ball tip allows me to easily coat my corner lashes and other hard to reach lashes.

I'm not a fan of tea at all, hot or cold, and never have been, but I still gave one of my Yogi Tea samples a try anyway (Honey Lavender Stress Relief). While it did have a wonderful, soothing aroma, I still didn't much care for the taste.  I did love the inspirational quote on the tag of my tea bag, "May this day bring you peace, tranquility, and harmony." I'll share my other tea sample with a tea-loving co-worker. 

Since I'm a nail biter and also couldn't paint my nails to save my life and since my tween niece has her nails polished 90% of the time, I gave her my SinfulColors nail polish from the Kylie Jenner Collection in a beautiful shade of pink (Miss Klaws). She immediately tried it out and loved it.

I haven't had the chance to try out the Dr. Teals Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soak yet but my boyfriend has. He has arthritis in one of his feet, especially around the big toe area, and adding this Epsom salt to some warm water was a great way for him to relax and it actually made his toe feel a lot better. It also has a nice scent. Myself, I can't wait until I can find the time to draw me a hot bath and soak in the tub with some of this Epsom salt uninterrupted while listening to my Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (that's my happy place).

I didn't need an invite to Ebates because I've been a member for a while now. I love Ebates because I do a lot of shopping online and it's nice to receive money back on my purchases. If you're not a member yet, you can sign up here:  https://www.ebates.com/r/ABAILE171?eeid=28187. 

So, tell me what's your favorite product that I received in my Flawless VoxBox? 

*Disclosure:  I received the above products for free for testing purposes in the Flawless VoxBox from Influenster.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: Visualising the Beatles

Visualising the Beatles (written by John Pring and Rob Thomas) is a book full of witty stories and surprising facts about the Beatles using stunning infographics and data visualisations. This is a book that even the most devoted Beatles fan will enjoy.  I love the way this book is presented, divided by albums, and including quotes, timelines, graphs, and more.

In Visualising the Beatles, there are also sections with random facts about the Beatles. For instance, there is one section where the authors list their favorite Beatles conspiracy theories. There is another section about Beatles memorabilia sales with a list of prices of some of the most expensive Beatles items ever sold at auction.  There is also a section at the end of the book about solo projects, new bands, collaborations or the immense influence John, Paul, George, and Ringo have had on the generations of musicians who've come after them. Visualising the Beatles really demonstrates just how much the Beatles’ musical legacy continues to this day and I immensely enjoyed getting to take a peek at it.

Visualising the Beatles will make the perfect Christmas gift for the Beatles and/or music lover in your life. You can order your copy here:  https://www.orphanspublishing.co.uk/book/visualising-the-beatles/.

*Disclosure:  I was given access to a free pdf version of Visualising the Beatles in exchange for a review on my blog.

Keeping Fueled With Foster Farms On Game Day #FosterFarmsGameday

Last Friday night, my son's high school football team won their conference after going 10-0 in the regular season so they are off to the playoffs. Their first playoff game (regional quarterfinals) is Saturday night, which is also when The Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Thank goodness for our DVR because we'll still be able to watch our Buckeyes play when we get home. It will make for a late night though, which is why we'll need to make sure we fuel ourselves up good during the day so that we can get both games in. Foster Farms offers a huge selection of products, all of which are great for snacking, but if you want to make a meal out of them, they are great for that too. 

One of my family's favorite Foster Farms products in their Crispy Strips, which are fully cooked, 100% all-natural, and contain no added hormones or steroids. I just pop them in the oven for around 20 minutes and they are ready to be eaten. They taste great and have a nice crunch to them. You can eat them as a snack or make them the main course in your meal.  

I like to place a Foster Farms Crispy Strip on a warm pita and drizzle it with buffalo sauce (a mixture of ranch dressing and hot sauce). It makes for a quick and easy game day snack but I can also make it the main course of my dinner when paired with my favorite sides. Which ever way is your favorite to enjoy Foster Farms Crispy Stripsit's a great way to stay fueled on game day! 

Who is your favorite college football team and how do you and your family jazz up Foster Farms Crispy Strips?


Foster Farms is currently running a game day sweepstakes. All you have to do is post a photo or video (less than 2 minutes) with #FosterFarmsGamedaySweepstakes and you could with a $100 retailer gift card plus be entered to win a $1000 Game Day Party or VIP trip for 4 to the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, CA. For Foster Farms Game Day Sweepstakes official rules visit:

*I received free product coupons from Foster Farms in exchange for this post, however, no other form of compensation was received.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review of TheraPutty Exercise Putty and Point Relief ColdSpot Gel Tube

Fabrication Enterprises, Inc. is a manufacturer, importer and master distributor of products for physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation, athletic training, sports medicine and homecare.  Since 1974, FEI products have been sold to hospitals, clinics, fitness centers, professionals and individuals by a global network of dealers throughout the world. Shoplet.com is just one place where you'll find FEI products, including TheraPutty Exercise Putty and Point Relief ColdSpot Pain Relieving Gel. Depending on the type of office environment you work in, products like Fabrication Enterprises, Inc. TheraPutty Exercise Putty and Point Relief ColdSpot Pain Relieving Gel might just be considered office supplies just as well as pens, paper, staplers, desk organizers, etc. 

After putting in 8 plus hours at the office each day, Point Relief ColdSpot Pain Relieving Gel is a great over-the-counter formula that offers fast-acting, soothing, temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints caused by long hours at the office. It does wonders for my stiff neck and shoulders after a long day. It starts taking effect after just a couple of minutes. It causes a nice cooling sensation to the area where applied but it's nothing too extreme. It's made of all natural ingredients, including menthol, MSM, ilex, and arnica, and has a nice scent. It provides nice pain relief for an hour or so.

Theraputty is a resistive hand exercise material that comes in six different colors with each color having a different consistency, ranging from xx-soft (for strengthening the weakest grasp) to x-firm (for developing a stronger grip). Theraputty comes in a convenient easy to open plastic container and comes in six different sizes. The 2, 3, 4, and 6 ounce containers are great for individuals to use at home and the larger 1 and 5 pound containers are great for use in the hospital or clinic setting. I received the yellow x-soft Theraputty, which I felt was actually pretty firm, but it was easy enough to squeeze, pull apart, and shape. It has a smooth consistency and overall it's pretty cool product to play around with. It doesn't really have a smell to it. Afterwards, my hands have a slight shine to them and feel a little slick but that's nothing a little soap and water can't fix. After typing on the computer 8 plus hours a day, sometimes my hands feel achy and tired and Theraputty does a great job at reviving them. 

Shoplet.com is more than just a place to shop for office supplies. At Shoplet.com, you'll also find a wide variety of cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, as well as discount office furniture for your home and business needs. 

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**Disclosure: I received samples of the above products from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Returns to Regal Cinemas this Halloween Weekend!

This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 28th – Monday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 200 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. For tickets and information, visit: http://regmovi.es/tnbc2016.