Monday, March 30, 2015

Graduation Gifts at GiftsForYouNow.com


Personalized gifts are always the best in my opinion and at GiftsForYouNow.com you'll find personalized gifts for everyone and every occasion imaginable and they offer their products at a reasonable price. You would be paying double or triple for these same products at shopping or strip malls. With students all over the country preparing for graduation in the next coming months, you'll find plenty of personalized graduation gifts for each grad on your list at GiftsForYouNow.com. This year, my step-daughter will be one of those grads, graduating not only from high school but a career technical center as well. It's a bittersweet time for her dad and I but we are extremely proud of her. We are going to be commemorating her special day by presenting her with one of GiftsForYouNow.com's most popular gifts, a personalized t-shirt. 



The 2015 Graduating Class T-Shirt includes an attractive graduation stamp and the shirt and stamp can be personalized to match your student's school colors. In addition to the graduation year, the stamp also includes their name. The t-shirt shirt is made by Gildan so it's made very well and on the thicker side so it will last for years to come. They are machine washable and come in sizes S-3XL. For my step-daughter, I chose a black t-shirt with an orange stamp to match her school colors and I personalized it with her name. I love the way the shirt turned out. The stamp looks very nice and isn't the type that will peel off over time. It's going to make a great graduation gift. 



In addition to their shirts, GiftsForYouNow.com offers over 100 other graduation gifts, including garden flags, picture frames and albums, ornaments, jewelry, mugs and glasses, throw blankets, tote bags, and more, all of which can be personalized of course.


Do you have a graduate in the family this year? If so, check out GiftsForYouNow.com for a special personalized gift that they'll be sure to treasure.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review of Halo Liv-a-Littles Freeze-Dried Treats at Chewy.com


I love my dogs and while I don't have any cats, I love that Halo Liv-a-Littles treats are made for both dogs and cats, making it convenient for pet loving households who have both. These Liv-a-Littles treats are available in 100% beef, 100% chicken breast, or 100% wild salmon. Tyson and Crook, my two dogs, recently got to try the beef Liv-a-Littles. These freeze-dried treats are made from grain-free, all-natural, 100% beef, beef, and more beef and you can find them at Chewy.com. They are a great source of protein. 


In terms of appearance, these treats look like little pieces of dried wood but they have a nice beefy scent to them. My two dogs absolutely love them! They get so excited when they know they are about to get one. I would have to say that these are now their favorite treats. They are gentle on their tummies too. They don't seem to crumble unless I want them to. Every now and then my dogs get bored of their dry dog food, and I can't say that I blame them, so I crumble up a few of these Liv-a-Littles treats and mix them in with their food and that encourages them to eat every bite right away. 


Usually rambunctious, when they know I'm offering them a Liv-a-Littles treat, they will calm down and be obedient because they don't want to possibly miss out on an opportunity to enjoy one of these treats. I'm actually impressed by how well they like them and how good they will be in order to get one. 

Tyson and Crook waiting very patiently for a Liv-a-Littles treat

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Review of Food & Fitness Mini Journal From Little Obsessed


In 2013, inspired by her obsession with mini things, Susan and a few members of her family launched a stored called Little Obsessed. And no, Susan wasn't obsessed with things like dollhouse miniatures, but with small scale everyday practical things, actual useful things that help get the job done, but with a big time cute factor. With many people today living in smaller real estate spaces such as tiny houses, micro-lofts, small apartments and condos, dorm rooms, assisted living, military housing, and more, mini items can not only be cute and fun but also cost efficient, functional, and useful. 

I have to admit that I'm kinda obsessed with mini things too. I'd love to own a tiny house as my "home away from home" and decorate it with mini things. This would rate a 10 on the cuteness scale. Imagine how excited I was when I found Little Obsessed when doing a search online and imagine my excitement again when Susan made a very generous "small" donation to the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'm making for my co-workers, which you'll be hearing more about in May.



I love the selection of mini office accessories at Little Obsessed, as well as the selection of paper products, which includes notebooks, journals, and pads. The Food & Fitness Mini Journal measures 3 x 5.5 inches but has enough room to log daily meals, snacks, and beverages on one side and activities and exercise on the other. I have found that it is always easier to stay on course and hold myself accountable when I write this type of information down. I'm actually a member of a Healthy Partners program through my employer and they encourage me to keep a food and exercise log. I've tried several times but I can only seem to do so for a few days before it starts to become a nuisance. However, this mini journal is a fun way to keep track of this information. First of all, it's super cute. Second of all, it's small enough to fit comfortably inside my purse or bag so there are no excuses for not taking it everywhere I go. It's also small enough that it will fit in my desk at the office or the glove compartment of my car. Like I said earlier, even though it's small in size, the Food & Fitness Mini Journal provides me plenty enough room to log my daily food/drink intake, as well as keep track of my daily exercise/activities. 


I also love the encouraging words at the beginning of the journal, written by the president and founder of Journals Unlimited, Inc., "Life is an adventure. It's not the destination we reach that's most rewarding. It's the journey along the way. So Write It Down! & treasure the memory forever..." 

I'm going to start holding myself accountable and now that I have this fun, super cute, yet functional Food & Fitness Mini Journal from Little Obsessed, there are no more excuses.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Get Red Carpet Ready Anytime With Borghese


Borghese recently sent me several goodies from their Eclissare makeup line to help me become Red Carpet ready. However, I had some family issues going on around that time but you can become Red Carpet ready anytime with this line. This makeup line is truly unbelievable. I'm totally in love with the products they sent me, especially the palettes, with my favorite being the Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette, which includes a rich combination of 12 neutral eye shadows, including cremes, soft shimmers, and high impact glitters, all in a signature Borghese compact with mirror, as well as a dual-ended blending and precision brush. These shadows are velvety in texture and go on super smooth to create a fabulous natural look that is perfect for my skin tone. I'm also in love with the Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss with my favorite color being Darkling. 



I'm no makeup artist, and in fact I could use a few pointers, but I love experimenting with makeup nonetheless and I was able to create a few noteworthy looks using the Borghese makeup I received. The eye shadows were very easy to apply and the colors looked very natural on me. The lip glosses made my lips feel very nice and they didn't clump, feel sticky, or otherwise start to feel gross over time. I didn't try out anything extreme but only some more natural looks. I'm not the most photogenic person, I can't do makeup like some of you fashionistas out there, and my camera didn't take the best pictures, but you get the idea. 






In my opinion, the Eclissare makeup line by Borghese is perfect for somebody like myself who prefers a more natural, elegant look over something over the top.

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Come Clean Pop Culture Soap Review


Yvonne Kai created Come Clean because her love for beauty products was conflicting with her journey towards wellness. She wanted something beautiful yet effective and free of harsh chemicals. Through research and experimentation, Yvonne formulated a moisturizing kosher glycerin bar which is all natural and vegan, that is safe for both humans and dogs, with all the ingredients made in the USA. Come Clean Soap is safe to use as a hand or body soap for people and also a shampoo bar for pets. Come Clean Pop Culture Soaps are whimsical bath soaps that pay homage to the most important pillars in pop culture today, New York, fashion, pets, music, and media. Check out more of Yvonne's story and see what her inspiration was for creating Come Clean Soap.

I recently reached out to Yvonne and she very generously agreed to donate some Pop Culture Soaps for the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'm making for my co-workers, which you'll hear more about in May. 
The heart shaped Pop Culture Soap she sent me is super cute and clever with a plastic conversation heart inside, giving it a very whimsical feel. While I have two dogs who I love dearly, who really enjoy bath time, I decided to keep this soap for myself. After all, it can be used for both people and their pets. It's a decent sized bar of soap that is transparent, light pink in color, with a fresh, clean scent to it. It's very smooth and it lathers very well. I used it as a hand soap a couple of times before using it in the shower. It's very gentle on my sensitive skin and it seems to moisturize well. On about the third time using it in the shower, the tiny conversation heart appeared. While I decided not to bathe my dogs using this soap, that doesn't mean they didn't get to check it out. For some reason they like to sneak into the bathroom after every has had their shower and lick the leftover water from the floor of the shower and lick the soap if they can reach it. They definitely gave this soap a few licks and it didn't bother their tummies whatsoever.  

There are many Pop Culture soaps available in heart or rectangular shapes with different scents with a novelty toy/collectible inside each one. Or if you're still on the fence about Come Clean soaps, you can purchase the Pebbles Soap, which is 10 small samples with each sample being enough for two baths for a large size dog or about one bath for a person. These novelty soaps are perfect for gift bags, party favors, house guests, pets or human, etc. With Easter coming up, they'd be perfect in Easter baskets for making someone feel extra special. 
I was really into the whole alien theme when I was a teenager and when I saw this alien theme Pop Culture Soap that Yvonne posted on Instagram it instantly became my favorite. What is your favorite soap in Yvonne's Etsy Shop or what kind would you like to see in the future?
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Review of Angie's Boomchickapop Snacks



The Boomchickapop story is nothing short of fantastical. It all started in 2001 in Dan and Angie Bastian's Minnesota garage when they wanted to do something fun with their kids while showing them the value of hard work. The dedicated Spanish teacher and nurse practitioner soon turned their classic Sweet & Salty kettle corn recipe from a local sensation into a booming business, which now includes Boomchickabites and Boomchickapuffs. Angie's Boomchickapop is a better-for-you snack with simple ingredients. They are certified gluten-free and use non-GMO ingredients in all their products. 


Angie's Boomchickapop generously donated some snacks for the National Medical Transcription Week 2015 gift bags I'm making, which you'll hear more about in May, but for now I do want to tell you about the Sweet Barbecue Boomchickapuffs that I tried. Boomchickapuffs are baked ancient-grain puffs made with non-GMO corn, quinoa, and sorghum. With Boomchickapuffs, you get the perfect sized snack, not too big or too small, but with a nice, big crunch. I don't know about you, but I like my puffs a little crunchy. This is the first time I've tried a barbecue flavored puff and I was very impressed with the delicious sweet and tangy barbecue taste, as was my boyfriend who helped me eat the bag. Some barbecue flavors just aren't done right and leave a bad aftertaste but that wasn't the case with these at all. Boomchickapuffs also come in White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty flavors. 

If you can't find Boomchickapop products in a store near you, you can purchase them online. Have you ever tried any of these snacks before? What did you think? If not, which snack would you try first?

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