Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TreSemme Flawless Curls Hair Care-Review!!

Anyone with hair that naturally curls or waves, is familiar with the trial such hair can be. Don't get me wrong; I am appreciative of my natural waves/curls, but sometimes dealing with the frizz or tangles gets so frustrating! Recently, though, I have been using a product that has drastically cut down on those "bad hair days". 

TreSemme sent me the Flawless Curls shampoo and conditioner for review. I was totally unaware they even had aline of products for curly hair until a few weeks ago, so finding this was a pleasure. I am familiar with TreSemme, and love the quality products at low prices-I have paid the extra for salon products before, but it's not something I can do on a regular basis. Anyways back to Flawless Curls :)

The shampoo has a very pleasant scent that is not overpowering. With many shampoos, I have to use a half-dollar amount, due to my long and thick hair. Using that much of the Flawless Curls shampoo would be a total waste though; it only takes about a nickel-size amount to thoroughly wash my hair! That means in addition to the already lower cost, a bottle will last longer because I only need a small amount. Another thing I noticed right away was that the shampoo cleaned my hair, but didn't seem to dry it out. Some shampoos I've tried really strip my hair, and I need uber-amounts of conditioner to get it moisturized properly. None of that with the TreSemme Flawless Curls; I get clean hair without over drying.

The conditioner is a perfect ending to your daily hair routine in the shower. Again,  it only requires a small amount to get the full effects. I love how this product moisturizes my curls but doesn't weigh them down. I don't see any product build-up with the Flawless Curls conditioner; my hair is soft and hydrated, but not greasy or weighed down. After using the system for a while now, I am impressed and will be trying out the other products in the Flawless Curls line! I have finally found a low-cost hair care system that really works!

If you have curly or wavy hair, check out TreSemme's Flawless Curls line.

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the Tre Semme website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company. Necklace Review!!

Every woman loves jewelry. I'm not a huge jewelry nut (I wear much less jewelry than most of my friends), but even I enjoy getting a new piece. My favorite look is elegant simplicity; I don't care for loud or big jewelry. So, when I discovered SayHelloDiamonds, I was thrilled to see the selection of beautiful jewelry that had that simple elegance that I love.

I received the Jolie necklace for review. The Jolie is a pear-shaped pendant, set in sterling silver. A slender bar adorned with diamond accents connects the pendant to the chain. When I saw the picture of this necklace it immediately caught my eye. When I actually received the necklace and opened it, though, I was amazed at the beauty! It is so simple, and yet so gorgeous! Very breathtaking! 

The Jolie is very well made, and the chain, while thin, isn't the type that will snap or break easily. The necklace features a spring ring clasp, that stays securely closed. 

The best part is that it matches with any outfit. I have been wearing it for Church and special events, but it would accent even a casual outfit very nicely.

"Each replica diamond goes through a rigid selection process by our Say Hello Diamond experts. These specialists analyze the weight, cut, and shine of each stone before it can be called a Say Hello Diamond. Each replica diamond is polished, packaged, and presented to our Say Hello Inspection Team. From there, our inspection team begins a 3-step review process; Look, Shake, Ensure. During this process we analyze the physical properties and test the durability of each diamond replica. Replica diamonds that meet the rigid criteria set forth are lucky enough to be called, Say Hello Diamonds."

SayHelloDiamonds is offering my readers 60% off any order! Simply enter HopesCafe60 at checkout, and this great discount will be automatically applied!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the SayHelloDiamonds website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company

Monday, May 28, 2012

Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert Review!!

I am an ice cream aficionado. No matter what it's flavor, size or shape, I love ice cream. As most of you already know though, I have been on a healthier diet the past 2 months. That means no ice cream. (I did break the diet once for a bowl of  Rocky was sooo good!). However, I found an alternative, and one that tastes absolutely delicious! Arctic Zero is a frozen dessert that gives you a healthy alternative to ice cream.

"Everyone remembers the old children's' rhyme about how we all scream for ice cream. But in today's more health conscious environment, ice cream has become the guiltiest of pleasures. Ice cream may make you scream all right, but in an entirely different way than we used to. Fortunately, Arctic Zero® has changed the equation. Now you can have an ice cream-like treat that has less than 150 Calories per pint. It's like a delicious-tasting frozen protein shake you can spoon."

Arctic Zero sent me some of their pints and bars for review. Right away, I tried out the Chocolate Peanut Butter. And from there I was hooked! The dessert tastes best when you let it sit for about 5 minutes; it reaches a smooth, creamy, frozen consistency, and the flavor is much richer. It was a little odd at first to be eating a chocolate peanut butter "ice cream" without chunks of peanut butter like most ice creams, but although you can't see the PB, you can definitely taste it! It is super yummy! My second favorite is the Mint Chocolate Cookie. Again, you don't have the cookie pieces, but the flavor is easily distinguished. I polished off the entire pint in one sitting! And the best part is that I didn't have to feel guilty-one pint of Arctic Zero has less than 150 calories!

The bars were also a big hit. These come in 4 flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Orange. The vanilla is my favorite, and it tastes just like an ice cream bar! All the taste without the calories; these contain only 85 calories per bar!

If you're looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream, I suggest you try out Arctic Zero. You can also visit their Facebook page or follow Arctic Zero on Twitter to stay updated!

Nutrisystem-I Made It! #NSNation

I finally made it-my first 10-pound weight loss on Nutrisystem! This morning I weighed in, and I am exactly 10 pounds down from my starting weight. I am super excited! Having reached my first goal, I am charged up, and ready to keep going and keep losing!

Another victory this past week involves dropping a clothing size. I have a skirt that has been hanging in my closet for quite some time. It was too tight to wear comfortably (I could get it zipped, but the waistband would literally hurt if I wore it for an hour or so). Because I liked it so much, I kept it for that vague "someday" in the future when I might be able to wear it. After realizing how loose some of my other clothes were becoming, I decided to try this skirt, and see if it would fit. Guess what? Not only did it fit, but it is now actually a little loose in the waist! Can you say excited?! I guess I'll have to go shopping soon for some new skirts. Right now I'm thankful for belts, because a couple of my other skirts are getting very loose as well. It's a good problem to have :)

Want to join me in losing weight and improving your health with Nutrisystem? There's no need to wait! Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or visit!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this post. I did receive free Nutrisystem product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. I am not required to post favorably about the product or company.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Biore Skincare Review!!

Finding the perfect skincare products can be a daunting task. Sometimes you think you've found the solution to your problems, and then bam! You realize a new problem arises, or it didn't work as well as you thought at first. That's why I was so happy to receive a selection of products from Biore Skincare, a well-known name in the skincare industry.

I received the new Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser, Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, and Pore Unclogging Scrub for review. I tried the Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser for the first few weeks, and I was really impressed with the results. This is a unique product that uses Skin Purifying Technology to get the clean you need for your skin. Whether you have oily, dry or combination, the cleanser will give you a fresh, clean feeling, without overdrying. It leaves your face moisturized without being oily. This really is the perfect answer to your skin problems!

The Pore Unclogging Scrub has become my go-to exfoliator. I love the fact that this scrub has nice round beads to do the exfoliating, rather than the oddly shaped pieces of grit that can damage your skin. I use this every other day, and my face feels so much better after continued use! The scrub also contains salicylic acid, so it helps treat acne as well.

The final product, the Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, is a liquid cleanser that almost foams in your hand. It's gentle yet tough, and cleans deeply yet doesn't give you that tight or dry feeling. It's oil-free, and the best part is the cooling feel you get during use. The cool, clean feeling lingers for several minutes, and is wonderful!

After a couple months of using Biore, I have really been impressed, and will continue to use Biore in the future! 

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the Biore website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Maxi Skirts and Sweaters

How many of you are looking forward to summer fun? I know I am! We have several visits with friends planned, as well as family fun around the home. In anticipation of this, I have been revamping and updating my wardrobe. After going through my closet and weeding out some old pieces, I went shopping! I ended up getting several new tops, and my favorite-several maxi skirts! Maxi skirts are my go-to wardrobe staple, especially during the warmer months. They're so light and cool, and you can pair them with anything-a button up blouse, womens sweaters-or my favorite for summer picnics and barbecues, a maxi and one of my dozens of tee shirts! (Okay, I don't really have dozens, but I do have quite a collection :)

I think pairing this short sleeve cardigan with my favorite black maxi skirt would be the perfect look for an evening around town this summer! I love stripes, and this cardi looks so cool and comfortable.

Trying to stay modest during the summer really isn't hard; especially with companies like Downeast Basics, that offer many choices in cool blouses or tees. They even have some new maxi skirts that I have my eye on-nice and long, with a variety of colors!

This is a sponsored post for Downeast Basics, however, all the points and views are my own.

Honeymark Manuka Honey Review!!

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the natural goodness of honey, and it is one of my favorite go-to for sweetener, an addition to my sandwich or favorite recipe, and even for some natural cures. Recently, I learned about a honey that takes my love for honey one step further!

Honeymark is an importer and distributor of natural Manuka Honey. For anyone unfamiliar with Manuka Honey, it is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand from the nectar of the manuka tree. Purported to be one of, if not the, most effective and tasty honey in the world, I am now, after trying some Manuka Honey, completely in agreement. 

I received a jar of the original Manuka Honey from Honeymark. I decided to try it out as a sweetener in my tea, and I absolutely love the flavor it adds! The Manuka Honey is very rich, and has almost a woodsy hint in the taste. It's very easy to spread on a piece of toast, or add to a recipe; the consistency is somewhat like a caramel syrup. I discovered that with Manuka Honey, a little bit goes a ling way. I have been using this quite a bit, and still have close to 3/4 of the jar left.

Manuka Honey can also be used for various skin concerns. It has unique antibacterial properties, and can be used to dress wounds, apply to fungal skin conditions, and has even been reported to help with acne. The uses are endless, and I highly recommend you try some Manuka Honey for yourself-you'll become a fan in no time flat! Check out Honeymark today; they even offer flavored Manuka Honey!!

"Honeymark is an importer of Manuka honey and a distributor of natural Manuka honey products. When Honeymark was founded, we believed that Manuka Honey was an untapped resource that, once more recognized, will become widely accepted and regularly used.  Since then, we have seen this come to fruition.

Since Honeymark is based in the United States, shipping is easier, faster and less expensive than ordering Manuka honey directly from New Zealand. In addition, Honeymark products are manufactured using earth-friendly standards.  Sustainable practices are a priority in every aspect of our operation.  We also strive to maximize recycled content and recyclability of our packaging.
All Honeymark products are:
  • Made with active Manuka Honey from New Zealand
  • Paraben Free
  • Produced using all-natural ingredients
  • Free of artificial coloring
  • Free of synthetic fragrances
  • Free of genetically modified organisms
  • Free of mineral oils
  • Free of artificial preservatives
  • Cruelty free - no animal testing or animal ingredients
Why use our products?  The main reason is because they really work.  Product efficacy is extremely important to us and, above all, we want our customers to recognize the quality that goes into our formulations.  The term "Natural" is one of the most misused and misinterpreted words in our industry.  When we say that we use natural ingredients, we mean that they are produced by living organisms, such as plants, not derived from an artificial source.  We use these ingredients because they are safe, healthy and have phytochemical and biological activity that provides medicinal value to our products."
Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the Honeymark website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.

Undercover Waterwear-Modest Swimwear Review and Giveaway!!

Guess what? It's almost summer (almost officially summer anyways-I think it's already hit us!) and that means pools and other water fun! One thing we are always concerned with is staying modest while swimming. We don't wear bathing suits at all, and usually the ladies in our family wear culottes and a t-shirt in the pool. However, I recently discovered an amazing company that will solve all your swimwear needs-Undercover Waterwear

I received a ladies Swimskirt with Leggings for review. This is one of the neatest pieces of clothing that I've ever seen. First off, the skirt is made from a special fabric that doesn't cling to your body while in the water, dries fast, and is breathable. That's not all, though-attached to the skirt is a pair of leggings, made from the same material. These extend further than the skirt by about 6 inches or so, and provide extra coverage, as well as preventing any embarrassing moments should your skirt float up. This is honestly the perfect solution to finding modest, comfortable and stylish swimwear!

Now, I have to tell you that it was a hard choice to keep these for myself. There are 3 of us "girls" that swim every chance we get, and the other 2 were quite jealous when they saw my new swimwear! I did, however, let M try them on once. I brought these on our recent stay in Chicago, but to our dismay, the hotel didn't have a pool. So, unfortunately, you won't get to see these in action, but I can't wait till next month when we'll be visiting a hotel-and yes, I made sure to make reservations at one with an indoor pool! I did learn, though, that these are great for more than just swimming. I also like wearing them during workouts, and karate practice. Very comfortable, and they keep me modest no matter what I'm doing! I am so thankful for Undercover Waterwear! They're running a summer special right now so you can stock up-buy 3 items, get 1 free!

"Modesty is the essence of a woman. There should be no conflict between modesty and vanity. At Undercover Waterwear these two components come together. With our modest swimdresses, women can look and feel good about themselves, on all levels. Our styles are so fashion-forward that some people actually wear our swimdresses as clothing.
We are proud to have the opportunity to give women a chance to take the next step. Many of our customers have told us that they are so happy to have the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a warm-weathered environment, adhere to modesty, and still look and feel good. Each woman can use this dress for their own needs and each for their own level of modesty."
One of my readers will receive a Swimskirt with Leggings!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

William Bounds Ltd. Bamboo Mill Shaker Set Review and Giveaway!!

I don't know about you, but I find a meal more appetizing when the table is nicely arrayed. No, it doesn't have to be fancy, but a nice tablecloth, matching dishes, and a well laid-out table make a meal more pleasant. Of course, you can't forget the salt and pepper shakers, right?! That's why I was so happy when William Bounds, Ltd. sent me their Bamboo Mill/Shaker Set for review!

The Bamboo Mill Shaker Set comes nicely packaged; if you're looking for a gift, this comes ready to gift. It includes a container of salt and pepper, so you're all set. The shaker and mill both fill easily, and hold a good amount. Personally I love the elegant simplicity of these bamboo pieces. They look perfect on our table, and add an air of elegance to every meal!

The mill works great; you can choose the coarseness of your pepper with the adjustable mechanism.  Whether you take your black pepper coarse, finely ground, or somewhere in between, this Bamboo Mill will work for you! One unique aspect is that the mill grinds in both directions simultaneously, so you get more pepper with less grinding!

The Bamboo Mill/Shaker Set from William Bounds, Ltd. is sure to bring taste and elegance to your table meal after meal, so be sure to check them out!

"The company was started over 40 years ago by Bill Bounds. His innovative pepper mill mechanism evenly crushes peppercorns, rather than grinding mill components together, thus allowing a guaranteed lifetime of use. We offer classic and contemporary salt & pepper mills, along with other high-quality items for your kitchen and for entertaining. We invite you to browse our site and discover traditional mills, hand-painted art pieces, modern silicone cooking accessories, elegant serving pieces, spices and more.
Three generations of our family work to carry on William Bounds’ legacy of innovation and excellence. Our family’s name is on every product we offer your family. Functionality, reliability, style and quality in form and function…you will find them all here."

One of my readers will receive a Bamboo Mill/Shaker Set!!

Nutrisystem Update-The Plateau #NSNation

Okay, so I seem to have reached a plateau on my Nutrisystem weight loss journey. I only lost 4 ounces this past week, leaving me at 1.4 pounds away from a 10-pound loss. I've been following the diet, although for my sister's birthday I did have one tiny little cupcake. I did notice the past week that I didn't hit the aerobic workouts as hard, so that is my game plan for this week. Maybe that extra effort will break through the plateau, and help me get back to losing weight! 

The Nutrisystem plan comes with a food log to keep track of your intake each day. I have to say, although I have heard of the benefits of a food journal for years, I never started one. Since starting NS, though, I have been using it. It is honestly a huge help in weight loss, as I can look back and see where I've messed up, or where I need to add more get the idea. I can even keep track of my daily water intake with this handy log, to ensure I'm drinking at least 64 ounces a day. Just one more thing I love about Nutrisystem. Now, I'm off-I have a goal to lose a minimum of 1.4 pounds this week!

Want to join me in losing weight and improving your health with Nutrisystem? There's no need to wait! Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or visit!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this post. I did receive free Nutrisystem product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. I am not required to post favorably about the product or company.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lenovo Speaker System

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lenovo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey, have you all heard about the Lenovo speaker system? I just recently learned about the Lenovo M0520, which is a 2.0 speaker system that includes a main speaker (with built in amplifiers), and a sub speaker. This set of Lenovo speakers has a very stylish appearance, and would look good in the living room, kitchen, or at your computer workstation. The system looks really compact, which is a big plus for me. I want powerful speakers that I can bring with me on trips, but finding a compact yet "big sound" speaker system is extremely difficult! With 4 watts of power for a full, rich sound, and the small size, I think these would fit the bill. 

These speakers work with computers, laptops, iPods, mp3 players, smartphones, etc. Whatever you'd like to hear from, the Lenovo M0520 speakers will get the job done! They also feature a USB-powered connection, so you don't need to fuss with extra cords or finding an electric outlet nearby for power. I love USB-powered speakers! 

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I am really impressed with what I have seen of the Lenovo M0520 speaker system. They usually retail for about $30.00, but right now, through May 21 (Monday) they are on sale for $11.99! I'm headed over to check it out. I really need a compact set of speakers to bring along on trips and vacation. As well, these would be useful for at home, when I want to play my iPod in the kitchen, or just to have set up at my computer desk. At less than $12.00 a set, you can't go wrong!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Elago Design iPhone Stand Review!!

How many of you use your iPhone or other smartphone for video calls? Our family uses Skype a lot to stay in touch, and the video chat is our favorite method. There's something about being able to see a loved one and hear their voice that is so much more meaningful than just texting or even calling. 
Well, I recently discovered a product that makes video calls much easier, and really makes any feature on your smartphone easier to access and use. 
Elago Design sent me their M2 Stand for iPhone/Smartphones, and I am impressed at how much I have used it! 

The M2 stand is made of aluminum, and comes in silver or black. The stand is built to hold your phone at just the right angle-perfect for video calls, or easy access to your phone menu. No more tilting and turning; with the M2 stand you can reach any feature quickly. The stand is compatible with phones in many cases as well, so you don't have to remove your case every time. 
The phone can sit in the dock either straight up or lengthwise. The stand also features a non-slip grip at the base of the arms, so your phone won't slide or fall out. Overall, this is a very handy tool!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the ELAGO website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.

#EclosBeauty Plant-Based Beauty! Review and Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I had a wonderful opportunity recently to try some beauty products from éclos Skin Care. The unique thing about Eclos is that their products feature apple stem cells, extracted from a rare Swiss apple. These cells have been shown to stimulate skin cells, which makes the skin appear younger.
I received a kit of Eclos skin care products to try out, which included the Facial Cleanser Skin Prep, Cellular Activator Face Serum, Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Instant Radiance Face Scrub,Skin Renewal Clay Mask and an Eclos Headband. I was excited about using these, because let's face it-everyone wants beautiful skin! It's a pretty easy to follow routine, that pretty is pretty much along the same lines of what I already did-wash twice daily, apply a hydrating lotion, eye cream, and a scrub every other day. I don't often do masks, but it's easy enough to add in a couple times a week!

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The Skin Prep Facial Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that I felt really worked well. Many times when I see the term "gentle face cleanser", I'm a little leery, as they often leave my skin feeling oily or not completely cleansed. Not a problem at all with Eclos though; my skin felt clean and fresh, but not like it was being dried out. The serum and regenerative cream do a wonderful job of keeping my skin moisturized, without that yucky pore-clogging feeling many products give. My favorite step of the kit, though, is the clay mask. It's a wonderful product! After use, my skin feels so soft, smooth and fresh! If I had to choose just one step to continue in the Eclos regimen, it would be the clay mask.


I've only been using the Eclos skin care for a little over a week, but I know my skin feels and probably looks healthier and nicer in that short time!
One of my readers will receive an Eclos Skin Care Kit!!

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Coby Attitudz Earphones Review and Giveaway!!

How many of you have an iPod or other device that requires headphones for listening to music? Just about everyone, right? It seems that every person you meet has a portable music device, and I have to admit-it's my must-have accessory on any road trips, workout, or walk around town. One thing I don't like, though, is trying to find comfortable earphones. As a matter of fact, I usually just go with my over-the-ear headphones, because I've never found a pair of earbuds that was comfortable. They're always too big or too small, or don't fit right...many pairs of earphones have passed through my hands, only to be passed on in disgust. So, when I was sent a pair of the new Coby Attitudz Earphones, I was excited, but not really expecting anything different. 

I figured one of the kids would enjoy them, and that would be that. Just for fun, however, I tried them out before handing them over to a new owner, and to my surprise, they fit just right! I pulled them out, carefully looked at the design to see if there was any real difference, and couldn't discover any. They look like just an average pair of earphones. I tried the earphones again, and this time left them in for a while, to see if discomfort would come with a longer period of use. Again, surprisingly, they felt perfect! Needless to say, this is one pair of earphones that the kids will not be getting their hands on! The 'phones deliver a nice, solid sound, have a comfortable feel, and stay in nice and cozy. Even while jogging, the Coby Attitudz Earphones don't fall out. I'm impressed, and the best part is that these snazzy little pieces sell for just $7.99! You can't beat that-Coby has delivered a real winner with the Attitudz Earphones!

"Attitudz CVE53 – These spunky new earphones match consumers’ ever-changing style – and attitudes – with fun colors that reflect a range of personalities:
  • Eight bold designs: Flirty (pink), Diva (red), Envy (green), Moody (blue), Stormy (black), Charming (orange), Mysterious (purple) and Daring (silver)
  • Accompanying color cord
  • In-ear isolation design delivers pure digital audio 
  • High-performance 10mm neodymium dynamic drivers for deep bass sound 
  • Impedance: 16Ω
  • Frequency Range: 20~20,000 
  • Sensitivity: 102dB 
  • Rated/Max Input Power 3mW/5mW"

One of my readers will receive the "Charming" Attitudz Earphones!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Eat More of What You Love-Cookbook Review and Giveaway!!

Seldom am I so excited about a product that I review. You may be thinking-"what's so exciting about another cookbook?". However, this is NOT your normal cookbook! I received a copy of Eat More of What You Love by Marlene Koch.

Many of you may be familiar with Marlene Koch, as she is the well-known author of many books dealing with baking with Splenda. I, however, had never even heard of the books, until I stumbled upon one in our local library. Of course, since I have been eating better, and doing some baking with whole grain recently, I was interested in a way to make foods without all the sugar. After trying out a couple recipes, I researched Marlene's other books, and contacted her to see if she'd be interested in a review and giveaway. To my joy, she said yes, and promptly sent me her newest book, Eat More of What You Love! 

EMOWYL is a hardback book filled with over 200 brand new recipes, many of which are pictured in color so you can see the finished result. I browsed the book several times before deciding on 2 recipes to try. My Dad loves chile relenos, so the breakfast Chile Relenos Casserole was an obvious choice. This is a simple recipe that only calls for a few ingredients, all of which I had on hand, except for the peppers. So, after a quick stop at Wal-Mart, I made the casserole for breakfast the next morning. It's very easy to make, and prep time is only 10 minutes or so. Another 30 minutes in the oven, and you have a rich, filling breakfast!

I really enjoyed the casserole, and it was super tasty! The best part? It's good for you!

The next recipe I tried was the Red White and Blue Cheesecake Cupcakes. I substituted a light cherry pie filling for the fresh fruit topping, but otherwise followed the recipe. You would never know these little cheesecakes are made with low and non fat cream cheese, light sour cream, and Splenda! They taste just as rich as the real deal, and were polished off quite quickly! Someone (who shall remain nameless :) even snuck one for breakfast one morning! 

I actually had the family try these before I told them they were a "diet" food. Everyone was astonished, and didn't believe me at first! Even E, who  doesn't like most healthy or "diet" foods, liked these and asked for seconds! 

After my experiences with Marlene's amazing recipes, I am excited about being able to still "eat what I love", without feeling guilty about the sugar, fat or carb content. I am ordering more of her books, and am looking forward to a life of healthy eating! BTW, Eat More of What You Love made the New York Times bestseller list on April 29th!

One of my readers will receive a copy of Eat More of What You Love!

Nutrisystem Update-Week 8

Wow, am I glad to be back on track! After the last update, and actually gaining a little weight back, I was concerned about getting back to the routine of Nutrisystem. So, when I weighed in this week, I was glad to see that not only did I drop the extra weight gained back, but a little more too! So, I'm only 1.8 pounds away from that first 10-pound weight loss! I'm super excited, and determined to make my next weigh-in a celebration!

I recently received my next order of food, which included a new ice cream sandwich. (Or at least new to me, as it's not the same ones I've had the past couple months). They are GOOD! I love ice cream, and any form of ice cream treat. These really taste like the real deal, and are super delicious! I love being able to eat some tasty treats while on a "diet"!

Want to join me in losing weight and improving your health with Nutrisystem? There's no need to wait! Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or visit!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this post. I did receive free Nutrisystem product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. I am not required to post favorably about the product or company.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

20 Second Fitness-Completed!

Well, I'm a little late on this post, but I am so excited to finally have completed 20 Second Fitness! Let me tell you, this is probably the best workout program I have ever done. And I have tried A LOT of programs! Between the intensity, the minimal time required, the ease of bringing it along on's an all around winner! And results? I lost a total of 6 pounds during my 8 weeks of 20 Second Fitness. I also lost 3 inches from my waist, so I am super-hyped about that! When I pick out a shirt or skirt to wear now, I don't have to worry that it's a little too snug, or will be uncomfortably tight in the waistband. I am finding more and more garments that are looser than they've ever been before. After finishing 20 Second Fitness, I am seriously in better shape physically than I have ever been.

And the best part? Just because I'm at the end of the program, it doesn't mean I'm done. Nope, I'm starting all over again with week 1, because 20 Second Fitness has become a way of life for me!

If you want to lose weight, get in shape, or build muscle, I can't think of a better way to do it than with 20 Second Fitness. Check it out today, and I totally recommend you try it out. You will not be sorry! And remember, if you enter "hopes cafe" at checkout, you'll receive FREE shipping on your order!

Disposable Bowls

Well, we have company coming in soon. Some good friends who have quite a few children, and they will be staying in town for a few days to visit. I am so glad we will be able to see our friends for a week or so, but one thing I am not looking forward to is the extra dishes! I love cooking and baking for company, but the extra dishes at mealtimes-even with a dishwasher-are so...annoying! That's why I'm thankful that we'll be stocking up on disposable bowls, plates and silverware before they arrive! 

Could you imagine having to wash dishes for 18 people every day for a week? What on earth did people do before there were disposable dishes?! Now, rather than spending my evenings sweating over the sink or unloading and reloading the dishwasher, I'll be able to sit and visit, play games, or join the volleyball game out back. I may even pick up some disposable cookware, so we don't even need to wash the pans!

 I wrote this post for Blogsvertise and All thoughts and opinions are mine; I have not purchased or received product/services from BioandChic.

Friday, May 11, 2012

GH Sports Athletic Top Review!!

I am a very active person; I would be considered a tomboy by many people. As such, I spend a lot of time playing sports (with the family, not on a team at all) and exercise every day. So, finding athletic wear that is comfortable and stylish is a huge deal for me. When I discovered GH Sports and browsed their selection of fitness apparel, I was very pleased-and even more excited when they offered to send me their Cap Sleeve Run Top for review!

The Cap Sleeve Run Top is available in 5 colors; I chose the violet. It is a v-neck shirt, and is the only v-neck I've owned that wasn't uncomfortably low-cut.  The shirt is made of 100% flyweight coolmax. The fabric of my fitness wear is one of the most important things to me; too heavy and it's uncomfortable, too lightweight and I feel like it's not sturdy enough for what I need. The Cap Sleeve top is perfect. Lightweight enough that it allows for breathing, as well as a nice airflow, yet not too delicate. It wicks away the moisture from your skin, so it's great for our energetic racquetball games!

The shirt is nice and stylish too, even though it's just a sports shirt. Many times after a game at the YMCA, I'll run into Wal-Mart or the grocery store. With this top, I don't feel like I have to bring along a change of clothes; it's pretty and feminine, and pairs with just about anything so I can do my errands in my "workout clothes"!

The Cap Sleeve Run Top is perfect for exercise, sports, or any other physical activity. It keeps you cool during a heated workout or game, and would also work well for a base layer during the colder months. I love the cool, airy feel of wearing this for workouts and sports, though-it quickly became my go-to shirt for any form of exercise!

No matter what you're looking for when it comes to sport or fitness wear, I suggest you check out GH Sports today!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the Clio website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.