Sunday, May 30, 2010

Drink Wat-aah! Review



Water is my drink of preference. Getting kids to drink water (and enjoy drinking it) is not always easy, though.  Well, there's a company that is campaigning right now to encourage kids to stay away from sodas and high-sugar content drinks, and instead, drink "wat-aah"! They're so excited about they're message ("Don't drink____, Drink WAT-AAH!") that they've even started an ad campaign outdoors in New York City, and will soon be running print ads in cities such as Boston, L.A., San Diego, and others!
What is Wat-aah?" you ask.  "Wat-aah is the first premium water brand by kids for kids.  It is pure, clean and healthy hydration at a time when chronic obesity is a serious issue among children."
Read more about Wat-aah's campaign here.


"Founded in New York City in 2008 by Rose Cameron and her son, Jack, WAT-AAH! is the first water "cool" enough to convince kids to switch away from soda and other sugar laden beverages that litter the marketplace. With one in three children in the US considered to be overweight or obese, WAT-AAH!'s mission is clear: to reverse the established behavior and dependency on sweetened drinks among American children, thus reducing the alarmingly high rates of childhood obesity."


I was sent a variety of 4 bottles of Wat-aah to review.  The bottles have a unique design, making them more interesting for children.  Personally, I love drinking bottled water.  But, when these came in, even the kids were begging to try some!  I guess the fact that it's designed for children makes them enjoy drinking it more!  I would definitely recommend checking out Wat-aah if you're looking for a good, healthy alternative to soda for your kids!  You can also check out Wat-aah's facebook page here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bolthouse Farms Natural Beverages Review and Giveaway






"The Bolthouse family began commercial vegetable farming in western Michigan in 1915…"

And it all grew from there! By 1950 Bolthouse Farms was one of the leading suppliers of carrots to the midwest.  In 2003, "Bolthouse Farms® built a state-of-the-art bottling facility and introduced Bolthouse Farms® Super Premium Beverages. In the tradition of Bolthouse Farm’s commitment to premium quality and superior flavor, all Bolthouse Farms® beverages begin with the highest quality and freshest tasting all natural ingredients.
Every batch of Bolthouse Farms® juice is taste tested and quality inspected before it is released. Each batch passes through a patented clean-room bottling process where sterile bottles are filled and capped in a Class 100 Clean Room, ensuring the product is as safe inside the bottle as it was only seconds after it was flash-pasteurized. The benefit of all this is superior food safety, extra long shelf life, unmatched flavor and enhanced nutritional value."


Bolthouse Farms sent me some coupons to sample their products, and a couple more to host a giveaway. Let me tell you, you will love their beverages!  I tried the Perfectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino drink, and it is delicious!  (My sister gave me the great idea of partially freezing it, so it tasted like drinking a frozen cappuccino!).  This drink packs 10g of protein per 8 oz. serving! And tastes great, too!




"Our Perfectly Protein® Mocha Cappuccino is a smooth blend of 100% Arabica coffee, premium cocoa and pure Madagascar vanilla extract. We carefully selected Arabica coffee beans for their distinctive, full-bodied character and delicate caramel aftertaste. Then, low-fat milk and whey protein are gently combined to complete this mocha with a rich and creamy consistency."


Next I'm going to try the Mango Lemonade...it sounds delicious too! 

Bolthouse Farms is offering 2 coupons for a free beverage or carrot product to one of my readers!  (Most grocery stores and Wal-Marts carry Bolthouse Farms products).

Mandatory Entry

Go to Bolthouse Farms and tell me what product you'd like to try!



Bonus Entries



2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (
Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.

3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.


This giveaway ends Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Bolthouse Farms website.

Friday, May 28, 2010

NeoStrata- Exuviance Facial Care Review

I love trying out new skin care products.  NeoStrata was kind enough to send me their Exuviance Sampler Collection. This is a great kit that comes with travel-size Purifying Cleansing Gel, Moisture Balance Toner, Multi-Protective Day Cream (with SPF 15), Evening Restorative Complex, Hydrating Hand Lotion and Rejuvenating Treatment Masque!  I really enjoyed trying these products. They worked great, and I liked the fact that the moisturizer didn't leave my face feeling oily.  
"The Exuviance Sampler Collection is a 6-piece skincare regimen that contains products clinically proven to dramatically enhance, improve and recreate skin's youthful appearance from head to toe. Exuviance products contain a unique blend of anti-aging ingredients including Polyhydroxy Acids Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve your skin's tone, firmness and pore size. This collection includes everything you need to cleanse, tone, moisturize, restore and protect your skin in convenient, introductory sizes and allows you to experience the Exuviance difference for yourself. It's also the perfect way to take your great skin with you anywhere you go - these airplane approved sizes are for travel."

If you're on the lookout for a new skincare product to try, I recommend checking out NeoStrata! They have products for all different skin types, and several different introductory kits.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the NeoStrata website.

Picaboo Photo Book Giveaway!

Who doesn't love looking through photo albums? It's such a great way to keep memories of special times.  Today's giveaway is even better than a photo album, though...it's a way to have your very own personalized,
professional-looking photo book! Picaboo is a great online store that allows you to upload your pictures, design your book, and then they mail you a book you will cherish forever! 


"Creating your book with Picaboo is easy and fun. Fully customize your book by dragging-and-dropping photos and captions anywhere on your pages. Make use of a broad range of powerful book editing options - you have complete creative control of making each page truly unique. "


I love it! Such a neat idea! They'd make a great gift, too (Father's Day is coming up soon, after all!)


When designing a photo book on Picaboo you can choose hardcover, leather cover, or soft cover, as well as many different designs/styles! The photo books start with 20 pages, and you can add more pages for .99 each if you run out of room!




Picaboo is offering a $30.00 gift code to one of my readers!  Wow! 


Mandatory Entry
 Go to Picaboo and tell me what style of book you'd pick if you won!

Bonus Entries:


2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (
Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.

3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.


This giveaway ends Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.
Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Picaboo website.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pillow Pets Summer Adventure!! (Contest!)

Wow! Pillow Pets is having an awesome contest right now where you can enter to win a Pillow Pets for yourself and up to 10 friends! Is that great or what?!  All you have to do is post a video on a video-sharing site (Youtube, etc.), send the link to Pillow Pets here, and then wait to see if you're a winner!  For more info, check out the press release here! One winner will be chosen at random every 3 weeks between May 31 and August 22, so hurry up and enter! Videos accepted between now and July 31!

Misikko Flat Iron Review and Giveaway!!

Okay, I have to admit I never thought I'd enjoy using a flat iron on my hair.  My hair is naturally wavy, and usually I like it that way (except for the frizz when it's humid outside!).  But,  Misikko (they sell the best flat iron!) sent me the Hana Professional 1" Flat Iron Pink Edition to review, and I love it!  It's nice to have the option of a different look sometimes!





















It was much easier to straighten my hair than I thought it would be, with the help of this flat iron.  




The Hana Professional Flat Iron features:


  • Advanced Tourmaline Ceramic Plates for Accelerated Ion Generation and Maximum Frizz-Free, Conditioning Shine
  • Ceramic is naturally hygienic, protects color & retards fading
  • Floating 1” Plates Auto-Adjust To Glide Over Any Hair Texture
  • Curved Plate Edges For Versatile Styling - Curl, Flip or Straighten!
  • Adjustable Temperature Dial - 5 Settings from 140-450° F for All Hair Types
  • Flash Heats in Seconds with Instant Compensation for Heat Loss
  • Ergonomic Handle Design with No-Slip Grip
  • Smooth Grooves Keep Hair Strands Separate and Snag-Free
  • Tangle-Free Salon Quality Cord Swivels 360°; Convenient Hanging Loop
  • Energy Efficient at 38 Watts
  • Independent On/Off Switch
  • Includes Luxe Heat Proof Storage Pouch, Heat Proof Silicone Mat, & Special Edition Tin Case

I was also impressed with the beautiful packaging! I should have taken a picture to show you all, but unfortunately I forgot to before I had opened it all :(

"Located outside of Philadelphia, a city known for its creative - but practical! - approach to high style, Misikko emerged from a desire we share with many of you: to easily shop and compare the best professional styling tools & beauty products on the market. As beauty aficionados and savvy consumers, our goal is to help you learn about the tools of the trade so you can find the right salon tools & products at the right prices - whenever & wherever the mood strikes.

For five years, we've been committed to seeking out the newest innovations in the hair & beauty industry. And we're picky, like our customers; we look for high quality products that deliver on their promises, and we'd love to hear from you about our collection! If you find a great product that you think we should know about, or just have a question or comment, please feel free to let us know." 

Misikko also sells Professional Hair Dryers, as well as other products from great brand names like T3 Tourmaline and BioSilk



Misikko is graciously offering a Hana Professional Flat Iron (1 inch- Pink Edition) to one of my readers! Wow!

Mandatory Entry

Go to Misikko and tell me another hair care product you'd like to try!

Bonus Entries:



2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (
Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.

3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.



1 entry-Follow Misikko on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.


3 entries-Sign up for Misikko's email newsletter. Leave 3 comments.


This giveaway ends Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.
Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Misikko website.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Vintage Pearl Jewelry Giveaway

How many of you all like finding unique jewelry? Well, here's a giveaway for you from The Vintage Pearl!
"The Vintage Pearl began in 2007 as a creative outlet while staying home and raising our kids. It quickly blossomed into a business and continues to grow! I feel extremely blessed to be able to work while home with my kids!
"We use only the finest materials in our hand stamped jewelry, every piece is entirely made of sterling silver, from the chains to the jump rings, unless otherwise noted in the description.
We have several font options and design stamps for you to choose from . Not all design stamps are shown but we will update them frequently"


You can also check out The Vintage Pearl's blog here!
The Vintage Pearl offers unique, hand stamped jewelry at very reasonable prices. I love this "Key to My Heart" necklace! They also offer some neat gifts for Dad...a keychain or some dog tags would make a great Father's Day gift!

The Vintage Pearl is offering a $50.00 gift certificate to one of my readers! 
Mandatory Entry
Go to The Vintage Pearl and tell me what you'd use the gift certificate for if you won!

Bonus Entries:






2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. (Tweet @thevintagepearl). This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.


3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.






1 entry-Become a follower of The Vintage Pearl's blog. Leave a comment.

This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from The Vintage Pearl website.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Candles At The Soy Box Review and Giveaway!

I don't know many people (ladies, anyways!) that don't like candles. So, most of you should enjoy this giveaway!  Candles at The Soy Box allowed me to choose a jar candle to review.  After long deliberation, I chose the 8 oz. jar candle in Turkish Hazelnut Cafe (I know, I'm addicted to coffee scents...but what else would you expect?!).  It smells great!  A very definite coffee scent.  And I love the country-themed design of the jar! 


"Here at The Soy Box we offer you quality handmade soy candles, pillars, votives, tarts, coffee mug candles and a unique bakery line plus all the accessories to go right along with it! We use natural waxes for all our candles and lead free wicks."


Candles at The Soy Box also sells Candle Tarts, Pillars, Grubby Candles (they look much nicer than they sound!), and Tart Warmers.  And there is a huge variety of scents to choose from! Kitchen scents, floral, nature scents, fruity, whatever you're looking for!


"The Soy Box is a small family owned business. We started making candles in our kitchen. We love coming up with new products so you will often see something new every time you visit us. All our candles are scented to the max! We use the maximum fragrance load that the wax will hold. You will get a yummy smelling candle every time! Here at The Soy Box our wax is made with pure, 100% natural soybeans. All of our candles are handcrafted and individually handpoured. Our wicks are lead free. We have tested each and every one of our candles that we offer to ensure our candles offer you the best appearance, burn time and scent throw possible."


Candles at The Soy Box is offering a bag of Bakery Bite Size Melts in Buttercream Vanilla scent. Let me tell you, they also smell wonderful!  My Mom was jealous when she learned they were for a giveaway!  








Mandatory Entry:

Go to Candles at The Soy Box and tell me another product or scent you'd like to try.

Bonus Entries:




2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.


3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.


3 Entries-Make a purchase from Candles @ The Soy Box. Leave 3 comments telling me you did.

This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Candles at the Soy Box website.

Guy & Eva Jewelry Review and Giveaway!



 "Guy and Eva started its life as a retail brand with our collection being sold in boutiques and various fashion specialty stores. The name Guy and Eva rapidly became synonymous with high quality jewelry and affordable prices, which resulted in numerous fashion magazine features and celebrity spottings. However, over the years, a constant flow of inquiries from people everywhere interested in personally selling Guy and Eva jewelry is what embarked us on this new journey. It truly was the voice of the people that kindled the new direction, and we wanted to do it right – a genuine opportunity for everyone to own and operate their own Guy and Eva business. So, a plan was conceived to create a stunning collection, generous hostess rewards, and an ingenious compensation plan, second to none. We believe our goals were accomplished."


I was sent the Sky Necklace for review.  It came in a pretty box...it looked ready to be wrapped and given as a gift! This is a pretty necklace with gorgeous blue color.  Just perfect for summer wear!  It's great to add a dressy touch to a casual blouse and denim skirt. I was impressed with how well the necklace was made...it seems like it will last a while!


Guy and Eva Jewelry also offers people the opportunity to earn a little extra cash by becoming an advisor for G&E Jewelry! 
"Of all the jewelry party companies, Guy and Eva offers some of the most unique career paths in the industry. Our Advisors are presented with the flexibility to choose from three different ways to build a successful Guy and Eva career. Love doing nothing but parties? Have a knack for recruiting, training, and nurturing a successful team? Maybe you enjoy both. We have something for everyone. Regardless which path you choose, build your Guy and Eva home based business the way that you want."
Go here for more information on becoming an advisor.


Or, if you prefer something different, you can host a Guy and Eva Home Jewelry Party, and earn 20% of your total jewelry party sales in free jewelry!  Wow! What a fun way to earn free jewelry!  To learn more about hosting a Jewelry Party, click here.  






Guy and Eva Jewelry is offering one of my readers their very own Skye Necklace!


Mandatory Entry:
Go to Guy and Eva and tell me another product you like!

Bonus Entries:







2 entries-Become (or be) a public follower of Hope's Cafe. Leave 2 comments.

1 entry-Follow me (Pilgrim86) on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.

1 entry-Tweet this giveaway. This may be done once daily. Leave a comment with a link to your Tweet.

1 entry-Enter another of my giveaways. Leave a comment for each giveaway you enter.


3 entries-Blog about this giveaway. Leave 3 comments with a link to your post.


1 entry-Follow Guy and Eva Jewelry on Twitter. Leave a comment with your Twitter name.


5 Entries-Make a purchase from Guy and Eva Jewelry. Leave 5 comments.


1 entry-"Like" Guy and Eva Jewelry on Facebook. Leave a comment with your FB name.


This giveaway ends Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Please leave a valid email address in each comment, as this is how the winner will be notified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Disclaimer:I received product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from the Guy and Eva website.

Walk at Home DVD Review

Have you ever felt like you didn't want to leave the house to exercise? Or you're all ready to walk around the block, and it starts raining? Well, there's a solution...Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone! What is Walk at Home?
"Walk At Home is a system of walking based moves that allow you to choose a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or more MILES of walking, and you don’t have to leave the area in front of your TV or computer! It’s convenient, because you can walk anytime of the day! Just pop in one of our many DVDs, and WALK!
Walk at Home programs are available at gentle paces for those that are new to exercise, or “POWER WALK” to my advanced pace walks that move you as fast as 6 miles per hour. In some workouts we “walk” to speeds that are equivalent to a 10 minute mile! Now that’s really torching the calories! It’s the best way to walk for weight loss!
And there’s more… This is MULTI-MUSCLE walking; not what you do in a typical stroll around the block. We put ALL MUSCLES in MOTION and in many directions. The arms work the upper body, the core muscles fire to get that tummy area slim and the legs move in new directions for MAXIMUM MUSCLE ACTIVATION!
Don’t take that traditional stroll – Put all muscles in MOTION with our Walk at Home Program!"

I was sent the 5 Mile Advanced Walk DVD with 2 lb. Hand Weights, which also included the Firm Band.  This is a great way to exercise, and even makes exercising fun!  What a great way to make sure you get your workout in, no matter what the weather is outside!  It's also the perfect program for a busy mother who doesn't have time to go to a gym, but wants to put more aerobic exercise into her day.  So, if you're looking for a neat exercise program at a good price, check out Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home! They have a great avriety of programs, for beginners or advanced walkers!




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CSN Stores Review Coming Up!!

Guess what?!  I was contacted by CSN Stores the other day, and they asked if I would like to host another review or giveaway on my blog! Of course I said yes!  I chose to do a review, since last time I did a giveaway.  For anyone who doesn't know what CSN Stores is...let me tell you.  CSN Stores is a collection of over 200 stores online-all in one place!  They sell everything you'll ever need for your house and outdoors.
"CSN Stores offers an incomparable selection, a trained service team, and prices that won't be beat! From beds and desks to TV mounts, we can furnish your entire home, business, or school, and you can shop at all of our stores with one cart!"
I've been spending some time on there the past couple days trying to decide what I wanted to review.  I started with bigger items (things I obviously don't have money for right now), and I think this dark cherry vanity is beautiful! I would love to have a Bathroom Vanity like this some day!




I think, though, for my review, I'll pick something a little smaller :)  It's just so hard to choose an item,  with over 200 stores to shop at!  Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for my review from CSN Stores!