Archives for April 2013

Zevia, the all natural soda Giveaway!


Looking for a soda with less calories and that is actually healthier?  Have you heard of Zevia? We received samples of Zevia All Natural Soda in a variety of flavors. Zevia has 15 flavors: Cola, Dr. Zevia, Cherry Cola, Grapefruit Citrus, Ginger Ale, Lime Cola, Orange, Caffeine Free Cola, Black Cherry, Strawberry, Cream Soda, Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Mountain Zevia, Ginger Root Beer. My son really liked the Grape and now wants to try the Strawberry!  It’s best to drink it cold and straight from the can!  Zevia is the original stevia sweetened soda and has zero calories.  Healthier Soda! What more could you want?  Zevia can be found at Whole Foods, Ralphs, Sprouts and more! Check out their website for more locations! You may just want to check them out on Facebook too!

They have two really fun Sweeps going on their facebook page right now:

The Smarter Soda sweeps winner gets an iPad mini, 1 year gym membership and a year supply of Zevia!  Ten runner’s up will receive a year supply of Zevia!

The Smarter Snacking sweeps has a new prize each week from one of their yummy snack partners!. They will be hosting a weekly sweeps through May with a new prize pack being awarded to five winners each week! I also love their Pinterest Boards!

Now for our giveaway! We have teamed up with Zevia for a giveaway! You must be a subscriber to enter! Five of our readers will win a free six pack of Zevia! Leave a comment below telling us a smarter snacking tip! Then go to the Zevia Facebook page and “like” them. You can tell them we sent you! Deadline to enter is May 7th, 2013 at midnight. 5 winners will randomly be selected from all entries.



Burke Williams Offers a Mother’s Day to Remember Unforgettable Spa Specials Perfect for Mothers and Daughters! Mother's Day Giveaway!


Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce three special Mother’s Day packages to treat the women in your life to an unforgettable pampering experience. Each exclusive package, “Relax,” “Escape,” and “For Two” offers a unique combination of soothing services and enhancements for moms and daughters to indulge.

Moms can “Relax” with a Spa Pedicure and choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel for only $145 ($180 value). “Escape” with a Spa Pedicure, a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage and a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel, all for $245 ($310 value). Mothers and daughters can share a relaxing experience “For Two” and each enjoy a Spa Pedicure with choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel for just $275 ($360 value). Guests must be 18 years of age to receive a massage or skin peel.

Mother’s Day packages are available April 15 through May 12. Join us at a Burke Williams spa location near you or online at for gift cards and reservations by location. Let Burke Williams take your loved ones beyond the spa this Mother’s Day.


2013 Mother’s Day Packages

 Offered at Burke Williams Orange, West Hollywood, Torrance, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks and San Jose

 Relax: Just $145 (regular price $180)

Enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.

Escape: Just $245 (regular price $310)

Indulge in a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -and- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.

For Two – A Special Mother/Daughter Experience: Just $275 (regular price $360)

Each of you will enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.

I had the opportunity to got to Burke Williams in Torrance to relax and relax is exactly what I did! From the moment I entered the Spa to the time I left, I was treated like a princess! I enjoyed the spa amenities,  facial and spa pedicure so much that it really was hard to leave! The Relax package really would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift! 


Now, for our Special Mother’s Day Giveaway! One winner will receive a 3-day Spa pass, which offers the winner 3 chances to use the spa amenities (Jacuzzi!) and receive 20% off if they book services on the day of the visit. You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, tell us your favorite way to spend “me” time or to relax! Deadline to enter is May  6th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Giveaway has ended!

Spring Beauty and Fashion with mark. Mother's Day Gift Suggestions!

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I love Spring time beauty and fashion and with Mother’s Day coming up…thought I would give some great Mother’s Day gift suggestions from our friends at mark. I received these terrific products and thought that they would make great gift suggestions! The Hot to Handle Bag is my favorite! It is absolutely stylish! I love how roomy it is and the 3 interior pockets. It also includes 2 slip pockets at front, 1 zippered pocket at back; 2 exterior side flap pockets with non-working buckles and hidden snap closures. It retails for $36.

If you are looking for this seasons best eyeshadow colors, then the On the Dot Pastel Eye Color Compact is what you should look for! I love the  nine-“dot” limited-edition compact in the new sorbet shades! I also like that it can be applied dry or wet and is long-lasting. You can find the compact at mark. for $16.00.

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Does Mom like nail polish? How about gorgeous shades of Marrakesh? Nailed It Trend Marrakesh Mini Nail Lacquers are just perfect for $7.00. Saffron, a glistening warm gold, will add spice to your look while mint tea, a lush, shimmering green.  The Mini Nail Lacquers are also available in the sorbet shades of cupcake and creamsicle. Find all of these at the mark. website.






Boncora Biscotti for Mother’s Day! Gift Suggestion for Mom!

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Looking for a wonderful gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? If your Mom loves biscotti, this is the perfect answer! I love Boncora Biscotti! I received samples of the delicious chocolate dipped biscotti and it is my favorite thing to have with a cup of coffee or tea. They are offering a lovely and very reasonably priced one-pound Mother’s Day box of biscotti. The Mother’s Day gift box is wrapped in colorful raffia and bright yellow flowers. Each hand-stamped box contains two half pound bags of delicious biscotti dipped in a yummy blend of milk and bittersweet chocolate from Guittard Chocolate Co.Simply delicious!  If you order a Mother’s Day Gift box, they will include a special message for Mom. Retails for $28.00 and can be found on the Boncora Biscotti website.  They are also offering a contest right now for Mother’s Day! Check it out here.



Mother’s Day Gifts that Give Back Avon sponsored feature

These fundraising products are from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Collection (Breast Cancer Awareness products) and Avon’s Empowerment Collection (Domestic Violence Awareness products). Both collections donate 100% of the net profits to their respective cause.



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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Watch




  • ·         Only $20
  • ·         Available in all black and black with pink trim
  • ·         100% of the net profits (Black/pink trim watch – $14 and Black watch – $13.90) will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • ·         Available now
  • ·         Hi-res image of Fergie available upon request



Breast Cancer Crusade Tennis Bracelet



  • ·         Only $5
  • ·         100% of the net profits ($3.64) donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
  • ·         Silvertone with light rose crystals and pink enamel-look ribbon motif.
  • ·         Comes with a FREE breast health resource guide
  • ·         Available now






Product Details


Empowerment Charm Necklace



  • ·         Only $5
  • ·         100% of net profits ($3.80) donated to Avon’s programs dedicated to ending violence against women
  • ·         Faceted faux stone and silvertone disc with infinity symbol
  • ·         Comes with a FREE domestic violence resource guide
  • ·         New product
  • ·         Hi-res image of Salma available upon request


Achieve Radiant, Healthy Lips with the Colorfast Tint+ Moisture Balm From Sally Hansen

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You really can have a lip crayon that saturates lips in hydrating, ultra-conditioning color and lasts for over an hour! The New Colorfast Tint+Moisture Balm from Sally Hansen this spring is the answer! I received a few of these to try out and loved the color and moisture balm. I love that I don’t have to use a separate moisturizer. The convenient “chubby” crayon visibly improves lips’ condition and texture and gives your lips a luminous sheen. The color can last up to 5 hours and the color is soft and natural. They also have a great price of $4.99 each! Available shades: Blackberry Honey, Get Mauve’n, Happy Berry, Health Nut, In the Pink, Made Me Blush, Nude N’ Natural, Pumped Up Plum, Reddy for Anything and Spirited Spice. You can find them where Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationally.

Self Disclosure: I received products to review but opinions are my own.

Spring is in the “hair” Conair sponsored Giveaway!

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Spring is in the “hair”, and this season’s hottest runway hairstyles are easy to replicate with Conair’s newest hair products featuring the latest in technology.

Whether you’re wanting chic and sleek or flirty, tousled curls, Conair can help you easily create the look you want without a team of stylists with its new brush and hair appliances. We’re sure you’ll have people asking, “who did your hair?!”

I love Conair products so I was thrilled to receive the Conair 1 1/8 Inch Flat Iron with Bamboo-Carbon Ceramic Technology (model CS91) to try out and was impressed at how simple it is to use!

Customize your look with Conair! This sleek new versatile flat iron helps you achieve the hairstyle you desire whether it’s smooth hair in seconds or even curls. It has an easy-glide nano bamboo carbon ceramic surface which is one of the latest technological advances in hair appliances. Ultra-smooth plates glide through hair fast and styling product residue removes easily after each use.  It features bamboo extract which is known for its strengthening properties, and the ceramic evenly distributes heat to eliminate hot spots that can damage hair. I love how my hair didn’t look frizzy at all!

The new easy-glide floating plate is designed with a little give to “float” in the iron. This provides better contact with hair and eliminates gaps to achieve straighter results faster.

The carbon provides maximum anti-static and anti-frizz protection for high-intensity shine and manageability. The ribbed texture on outer housing guides hair to curl as you turn the iron to create more volume. It’s an easy way to add shape to straight styles.

This tool is designed for all hair types from fine to curly to most resistant and has 30 heat settings that reach up to 410°F. It has a 30-second heat-up and a uniform heat recovery system to maintain a constant temperature. The Conair 1 1/8 Inch Flat Iron with Bamboo-Carbon Ceramic Technology is available at mass retail, as well as at, for an average retail price of 40.99.

I also received the Conair® Carbon Smooth Extra-Large Thermal Round Brush and love this brush! My hair almost looked like I just came from the salon…almost!

Shape up and style your hair beautifully like the pros! This sleek looking new brush features the latest Carbon technology. The Carbon properties on the barrel help to quickly blow dry hair, curb flyaways, add shine and reduce static providing gorgeous professional results. The new wavy bristle technology helps to gently grasp hair firmly making blow-dry styling easy! It smoothes and strengthens coarse, curly, or wavy hair and can create soft waves or curls.

The Conair Carbon Smooth Extra-Large Thermal Round Brush is available nationwide at mass market and drugstore retailers starting in April, as well as at for an average retail price of $9.99.

I don’t usually use curlers but loved the ones I received from Conair.  I received the Conair AdjustaCurl™ Self-Grip Rollers. I love these because they are so easy to use and you can use them so quickly! My hair seems fuller at the bottom so it was great to add lift to the top of my hair!

If you’re looking for root volume, lift or customized curls, you can now achieve it all with just one unique hair roller! With Conair AdjustaCurl™ Self-Grip Rollers, you can create easy, root volume or curls of any size based on how tight or loose you roll them up.

To use, start with the adjustable piece out flat and roll it to the size volume or curl you desire. Add extra volume by rolling hair into the root volumizer roller, or, create classic curls, waves or smooth styles by rolling hair into standard rollers. With tourmaline’s iconic technology, the Conair AdjustaCurl™ Self Grip Rollers reduce static electricity, making for a chic and shiny end result. Once you’re finished styling, the Conair AdjustaCurl™ rollers become flat again to stack and store for ultimate portability.

The Conair AdjustaCurl™ Self-Grip Rollers are available nationwide at Kmart and Rite Aid, as well as at for an average retail price of $14.99.

I am excited to announce this special Springtime (Mother’s Day) Giveaway!  One subscriber will win both the Conair® Carbon Smooth Extra-Large Thermal Round Brush and the Conair AdjustaCurl™ Self-Grip Rollers. You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a message below telling us your favorite hair styling tip or favorite springtime fashion! Deadline to enter is May 3rd, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!









Tell Mom How Special She is with Hallmark Special Mother's Day Gift Pack Giveaway!

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Mother’s Day will be here soon, and with it comes a perfect opportunity to honor the special moms in our lives and tell them exactly what they need to hear. It’s a chance to offer our appreciation for all that moms do for their kids and the many others whose lives they touch. This Mother’s Day, what do you want to say to a special mom in your life? And as a mom, what do YOU want to hear?

Whether it’s a friend, a relative or a mother figure you admire, Hallmark has a few ideas for how kids and grown-ups alike can connect with the moms in their lives and tell them how much they mean on Mother’s Day and year-round. I can not think of a better way to appreciate Mom on Mother’s Day than a Hallmark gift and card! I received a Gift Pack from our friends at Hallmark this year and I am so impressed with the wonderful designs and heartfelt messages! I think my favorite is the new Magic Prints. It’s mess-free and you will have a wonderful keepsake of your child’s handprint!

Here are descriptions of  some of the new gifts and greetings from Hallmark for this upcoming special day for Mom’s:

·         Magic PrintsEach Magic Prints frame comes with a mess-free Crayola® Magic Mitt ink applicator. When a child places his or her hand on the paper, their handprint appears, revealing a colorful pattern or message within the handprint.  It’s a wonderful way for kids to add a personal touch to their gift for Mom and create a lasting show of appreciation that can be framed and kept as a keepsake. See Magic Prints in action here.

·         Magic Prints Greetings: Like the Magic Prints frames, Magic Prints greetings allow kids to add a colorful personal touch to these cards which can be sent to a favorite aunt or mother figure across town or across the miles! Some Magic Prints greetings even allow a child to record their voice directly into the card!

·         Mother’s Day Signature Collection GreetingsHallmark’s Signature Collection features sophisticated and stylish greetings handcrafted with beautiful papers, rich textures and appealing embellishments. A great way to honor a special mom in style!

·         Premium Classic Greetings: These greetings feature eye-catching premium designs with sparkle, shine, laser-cut patterns and bold colors that express messages of love and appreciation.

·         Simply Motherhood Greetings: Hallmark’s new Simply Motherhood cards feature fresh photography paired with simply stated, warm messages to celebrate moms.

I always love Hallmark cards because they add something “special” to each holiday and there are cards for any message that you are trying to express.

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Hallmark and Mother’s Day just go hand-in-hand so we decided to start off the giveaways for Mother’s Day with Hallmark! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a message below telling us what you would like for Mother’s Day this year. Deadline to enter is May 2nd,2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries and will win a “Tell Mom How Special She is” Hallmark gift back including a Magic Prints frame and a selection of the greetings listed above.

Hallmark Giveaway has ended!