Friday, July 29, 2011

Byron Bay Cookie Winner!

Marija said...
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Marija, You have won 2 boxes of cookies from Byron Bay Cookies. I am emailing you now. You have 48 hours to respond!
Thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Country Bobs Review&&Giveaway

"It was 1968 when Country Bob Edson perfected his sauce recipe and today we call it All Purpose Sauce because it was more than just a steak sauce. Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce has remained the flagship item since 1982 when Country Bob, Inc. was established."

Country Bob's was started in 1968 by Country Bob Edison with his All Purpose Sauce. It became an official company in October of 1982. And thank goodness it did! Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce is the perfect addition to any meal. Once you try it, you'll be hooked.

I was lucky enough to get to bottles of this wonderful sauce for review! To be honest, I'm always skeptical of new sauces because I am extremely picky when it comes to things like that. Ketchup is my normal sauce of choice for anything and I didn't think anything could change that. Haha, I was wrong. So, when I opened the box, the first thing I did was tell my fiance that he was going to cook me ribs so we could try the new sauce.

And so he did... We bought some country style ribs and slathered them down with our new Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce and let them soak for a little while. A few hours later we stuck them in the oven and played the waiting game. I invited my grandfather over for dinner that night to see what he thought of it too. I know how much he loves his barbecue so I know if he liked it, then it had to be good!

A couple of hours later, the ribs were done and they were falling off the bone. The sweet aroma of the marinade filled our house and it was time to eat. My first bite had me speechless. In fact, I never said a word through the entire meal. The sauce was absolutely perfect. It's sweet and slightly tangy so it sparks every taste bud. It wasn't overwhelming and it flavored the ribs so wonderfully. I can't really describe it, you just have to find out for yourself! I do apologize for not having pictures of the cooked ribs. I just didn't have time to take any. As soon as the ribs were done, they were gone. That's just how good it was!

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce isn't just good for marinades either. You can use it on burgers, fries, steaks, and pretty much anything else you can think of! (I guess that's why its All Purpose isn't it?) We also made chicken and it went great on that! Overall, I HIGHLY recommend Country Bob's to anyone with taste buds. Once you try it, you will keep wanting more. You can purchase it on their website or even in local stores. They have a neat little map at the bottom of their page with a store locator to see where you can pick up your own bottle of Country Bob's. And they don't just have All Purpose Sauce  for sale. They also have a Spicy All Purpose Sauce, Barbeque Sauce, and Seasoning Salt. Each bottle comes with a pamphlet that has recipe's in it. You can learn to cook something Country Bob's style and feed your family the right way! I know I'll be trying a few of those. So stop by their website, check it out, and go get some Country Bob's. You won't regret it!

2 Lucky Winners will be getting 2 bottles each of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!
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**Disclaimer** I received 2 bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce for the purpose of this review. I was given no compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Glass Dharma Review&&Giveaway

I'm sure everyone has heard of the term "Going Green" plenty of times in the past year or two. Recycle your used paper and plastic, don't litter, and figure out how to re-use things and make things more environmentally friendly. Since the Green Revolution, many people have begun recycling their trash, newspapers, plastic bottles, and other items. There is one thing, however, that gets missed. Straws are commonly used in restaurants and fast food. They always find their way to a garbage can or ditch, but never to a recycling bin. Most people overlook them, but one company took the initiative to start their own Straw Revolution and create the Glass Straw.

Glass Dharma has devoted their time to hand-making wonderful glass straws to "contribute one solution to the misuse of plastics in our society."  Their products are simple in design, but make a big statement when it comes to recycling and helping the environment.

I received four of these wonderful straws to review. I got a Beautiful Bends Ice Tea Size, 2 Decorative Dots: 1 Sipper Size and 1 Ice Tea Size, and a Simple Elegance Smoothie Size. They came in labeled boxes with 2 cleaning wires. (Note: Not all straw purchases come with cleaning wires!)

I love the simple designs. The decorative dots add little bits of flare. They are so simple and yet still have a nice elegance. They also make a wonderful conversation starter. The Beautiful Bend is my personal favorite. It reminds me of my not-so-long-ago childhood when bendy straws were my favorite thing in the world!

I thoroughly enjoy having these to use. I feel like I have made my first real transition into the world of Going Green. I will continue to use these and recommend them to anyone else I come across that does not yet have some of their own.

I feel like I should leave you with some more information before the giveaway. So here goes...

  • Glass straws don’t leach toxins into your food as you drink.
  • Each time you use your glass straw equals one less plastic straw ending up in your landfill.
  • One glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straws. (How many times will you use a straw the rest of your life?)
  • Using your glass drinking straw adds a feeling of beauty to your day.
GlassDharma glass drinking straws are:
  • Made of borosilicate tubing and is the strongest glass commercially available.
    Means that we have spared no expense in bringing you the strongest, most durable drinking straw possible.
  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass).
    So you can have confidence you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.
  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food.
    So you can use your non-toxic straws with confidence.
  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give.
    You’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of ‘glass’.
  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware.
    Great for hot or cold drinks, microwave and dishwasher safe!!
  • Covered with our unbelievable Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.
    Means that if they ever break, we’ll replace them - Free,

  • Hand-made in the U.S.A.

    Buying from GlassDharma means that your dollar is not going off-shore - it stays right here in the U.S.A. 
 These are straight from the GlassDharma website. This is so you know what you're buying and you know that it's safe for you, your family, and the environment. Every straw comes with a Lifetime Guarantee, so if they break they will be replaced for you free of charge. The straws you purchase are high quality and they are willing to stand by it.

"We believe that glass drinking straws are not just a fad, but a
growing trend and that it will not be long before glass drinking
straws will be a normal part of everyday kitchenware in every
household. We are looking for businesses to partner with to
make this a reality. Our hope is that you will find our drinking
straws a good fit with your present product line and wish to
develop a business relationship that not just helps each other, but
benefits the world as well.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
David Leonhardt, Owner"

 One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift code to

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Belly Charms! (Review/Giveaway)

Like many other young girls, I proudly sport a belly ring. They're cute, comfortable, and don't hurt (much). :) But most of all, it's another one of those temporary additions to your body that most parents wouldn't agree with. I did, however, find a website that has belly rings and other gifts specifically for all of the mothers out there!
Belly Charms is a company that has Maternity and Steel Belly Button Rings, Mother's Bracelets, Pendants, Earrings, and so much more! They have something for every taste. The products are very inspirational and beautifully crafted. Some of their products support Breast Cancer Awareness and Sandi's Fight. So, even if you aren't brave enough to go out there and get that belly pierced, there is still something for you!

For my review, I received three belly rings. Each one offered something a little different and has its own unique style. They are all extremely light weight and comfortable. Plus, they have shorter bars for less of a chance of getting snagged on something.

This first one I chose is the Double Heart Crystal Heart Belly Button Ring in purple. It's 14g surgical steel, which is great for me because I have very sensitive skin. The hearts are absolutely adorable and glitter in the right light. I love wearing this when I go to the pool or beach, just so I can show it off in my bikini. :]

The second one I chose was the Double Gem Belly Button Ring in purple. I think there's a short pattern here, purple is my favorite color. I really like this ring because it's subtle and stylish. It's one of those rings you would show off to your friends if you were telling them about your piercing for the first time. I also love the fact that has a plastic bar so you can wear it regardless of any metal allergies. This also makes it considerably more comfortable. You really don't even feel that it's there.

Last, but certainly not least, is my personal favorite. I love the Four Leaf Clover Double Charm Belly Button Ring in pink. The color is so vibrant and it's so cute with the right outfit/bathing suit. It is somewhat heavier than my previous dangly rings, but it is still very fitting and not uncomfortable in the least. The pink clover is covered by a separate metal outline piece and it can dangle together to look solid, or slightly apart to have a shadow effect. This ring has so much personality and they have it in other colors for whatever look you are trying to achieve.

Overall, my experience with Belly Charms has been outstanding. I love their range of products and how each one of them is made with love for mothers and mothers-to-be. I honestly believe, no matter what you're searching for, that you will find the perfect thing for you or your own mother. This website is wonderful and they have high quality products. I highly recommend it to anyone.


I have been given the opportunity to do a $15 gift code giveaway! Rules are listed below. Don't forget, post a comment for each thing you do. Your comments are your entries! And you MUST leave your email address. If I can't contact you, you CANNOT win. Best of luck!

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Once again, good luck to everyone who enters. And a special thanks to Sonya from Belly Charms for letting me do this review and giveaway.
The contest ends Saturday July 30th at 11:59PM est.

**Disclaimer: I received products for the purpose of this review only. I received NO compensation. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.**

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Byron Bay Cookies Review&&Giveaway! -CLOSED-

From humble beginnings Byron Bay Cookies were originally baked on an old farmhouse stove in the hills of Byron Bay, a small coastal hamlet on the most easterly point of Australia. With the region famous for its fresh ingredients and unique flavours one of the original cookie flavours, White Choc Chunk & Macadamia Nut is still one of our most popular flavours!
With hundreds of thousands of cookies baked weekly we now supply cafes and gourmet food stores across Australia as well David Jones, Qantas, Virgin Blue and Rex Airlines nationally. International stores include Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the UK as well as department stores in Asia, Japan, Middle East and North America.
The Byron Bay Cookie Company is HACCP & BRC accredited and won the NSW Telstra Small Business Award in 2001 and was a finalist in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

This is the mission statement for Byron Bay Cookies based out of Australia. They have modernized their methods since the time of the old farmhouse stove, but their quality has remained the same. Byron Bay offers a wide selection of cookies and crisp breads. I was blessed with the opportunity to try their Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies and Rosemary & Sea Salt Crispbread.

The triple chocolate fudge cookies went great with coffee! You just give them a little dip and they melt in your mouth. These cookies have a wonderful blend of the white chocolate and dark chocolate chips along with the basic chocolate cookie. All they need is something hot and sweet to dip them in. 

The crispbread was even better! It went perfect with our cheese spread and would go wonderfully on a party tray. The light, thin wafer had just the right amount of rosemary and sea salt seasoning to give it a salty light flavor. Nothing was overwhelming and it wasn't filling either. Best of all, it's gluten free! This makes it very healthy and supports a healthy snacking diet compared to eating potato chips.

Overall, I enjoyed the cookies and crisps. It was a flavor adventure that I found to be a good change. It would be a great addition to a small party or just to snack on. Byron Bay Cookies is something that I would highly recommend to anyone!

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only excluding Alaska. The prize is 1 box of cookies and 1 box of their gourmet crispbread!

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Keep checking back frequently. I will have more reviews coming up this week!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Novica Winner Testimonial!

"I picked the tigers eye necklace from Thailand. I was so excited, but was a little discouraged while ordering because it said it would take 7-10 days. Well I think they just say this so that you don't expect it quick, but to my surprise the necklace arrived in less than a week! It came in a beautiful case that I am going to keep because it is just too nice to throw away. It has a tiny postcard from Thailand with a message from the team there. The necklace itself is even better than what it looked like online. Sometimes when you order online things end up feeling cheap, but not this necklace. It is dainty but could definitely handle some wear. All in all I expected good service and received fantastic service. I would definitely use Novica again for a gift for someone else or for myself ;)"

--Megan Desillier
She was our winner for the Novica Giveaway!
Congrats again Megan!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

We Have A Winner! (Miche Bag Review&Giveaway 7/11)

mkjmc said...!/mkjmc/status/89440500150566912
July 8, 2011 2:10 PM

I am emailing you now! You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks again to everyone who participated! Hopefully I will have a new review up soon! Keep checking back. :]

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Miche Bag Review and Giveaway!

"So What Is a Miche Bag? A woman wears many hats—daughter, sister, best friend, unstoppable career woman, mom... Your days are filled with responsibilities, good times, hard work and (hopefully!) a few precious moments just for yourself every now and again—experiences that all add up to a wonderful and fulfilling life! A Miche Bag is just like you—It can be sweet as honey, sassy as can be, or sleek and business-like. The choice is always yours. We understand that a woman's purse is her most important accessory, so we've made it a snap (really!) to change your bag's personality whenever you feel like it—in mere seconds. Always chic. Always convenient. Always affordable. Always there for you no matter what hat you're wearing today. It's your new favorite accessory. So you. So now. So Miche."

 Miche Bag has presented women with a true representation of endless possibilities! Their slogan says it all. Miche Bag is a truly unique and versatile product that has a little something for everyone. These bags save you money, time, and space by allowing one basic bag to be used with a large selection of shells to change the style and look to fit your needs. They have shells to match every outfit from classy to casual to even going out on the town. Plus, you can even find Miche Bag representatives in your area for a more personal approach!

I must admit, I was pretty excited when given the opportunity to do this review. I love handbags and find the perfect one can be so hard sometimes. I love the thought of being able to have one bag that I can change to fit my needs and desires. I chose to review the big base and two beautiful shells to go with it.

This bag is large for those of us who have everything but the kitchen sink in our purses. It has a nice zippered area in the inside and multiple pockets for everything else. I have always had smaller purses and I never thought I needed anything too large. But once I started using this, I can't live without it! And not only does this make a great larger purse, it could also make for a great laptop bag. They sell adjustable shoulder straps that clip into place and you really can use this for anything. It makes a great addition to my life.
This particular shell is the Hope (Multi) and it is absolutely lovely! A portion of the proceeds of all Hope bags goes to cancer research. 

Each Hope shell comes with a notecard with a quote from a cancer survivor. Mine was from a woman named Megan and her quote said, "Strength on the outside comes only after strength from the inside." These survivors are given a voice when their words are sent to the world for people to see. Purchasing one of these lovely Hope shells is a small bit of gratitude we can show to them while helping others who are still struggling. 

The second shell I received screams summer fun. The vibrant yellow Allie shell brightens up any mood and outfit. It's absolutely stunning! The extra pocket in the front serves as a great place to put your keys, phone, or whatever else you may need to get to in a hurry. Aside from the vibrant color, I love the classy pale white design in the background. It's subtle, yet stands out enough to get attention. Overall this is a wonderful shell that's perfect for spring and summer.

I highly recommend Miche Bags to any woman that takes her handbags seriously. You can find the perfect look for you and the compliments will go far. And if you're really into your bags then you can join the Miche team and host Miche Bag Parties of your own! It's alot of fun and there are some really good incentives. 

Now for the....
 This is your opportunity to own your own personal Mini Miche Bag! It's the new smaller, sleeker base that's perfect for going out or doing business! It's small but can make a big statement when worn the right way.

This lovely base also comes with two beautiful, professional shells that are a great starter for an endless collection! 

The Paige shell has a sexy yet professional design. It's a simple snap on shell. This makes it even easier to change out.  
  The Ava shell is another beauty that's sleek and black. This shell is good for any occasion and can be worn with just about anything. Black is a dynamic color and will give you so many possibilities!

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I received the product from my local Miche Bag representative. She is the supplier for the Coastal Empire region and you can order products directly from her Miche site at Please take the time to visit her site and if you decide to order, it would be appreciated if you ordered from her since she was so kind to allow me to do this review! 

Disclaimer: I received these products for the purpose of the review. I was given no monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Coming Soon!

Okay guys! Sorry I haven't updated much, I've been working every day! I will have a new review and giveaway up tomorrow and hopefully the video up soon! I am very excited and I hope everyone else is too! Please help me get the word out about my site! Tell your friends/family/daughters and such. I am so thankful for the support and I really hope my followers will grow. :] Just keep checking and it should be up tomorrow evening.