Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dr. Scholl's Dreamwalk Insoles #Giveaway


I hear women complain all the time about their feet hurting or feeling sore after wearing a pair of heels for a while. I personally don't ever wear heels, so it's not something I can relate to, but my sisters and other friends have told me high heels can get annoying and even downright painful at times! So, when I was sent a pack of Dr. Scholl's Dreamwalk High Heel Insoles, I decided instead of a review, I'd do a giveaway! I don't even own a pair of high heels, so since I haven't tried these, here's some information from Dr. Scholl's:
Even the most beautiful shoes can turn into Shoe Meanies when they cause foot aches and pain. Dr. Scholl's® DreamWalk™ products are designed to make even your most uncomfortable shoes remarkably wearable from morning to night. From your sassiest heels to your loveliest flats, tame your shoes and don't sacrifice your personal style for the sake of comfort!


  • Clinically proven to help prevent foot pain in heels 2” or higher
  • All day comfort
  • Ultra-soft gel arch shifts pressure off ball of foot
  • Soft, wicking fabric designed to keep feet dry and feel great on bare feet
  • Ultra-thin design won't make shoes feel tight
  • Removable without damage to shoes

Available in:
  • Women's (sizes 6-10)
Fits comfortably in:
  • All high heels, 2″ and higher









I may not have tried their high heel insoles, but I have been a fan of Dr. Scholl's since I wore my first pair of their sneakers about 10 years ago. The shoes last quite a long time, and are so comfortable! I imagine the insoles are the same way; adding comfort and even a touch of luxury to your footwear!




One of my readers will receive a pair of 
Dr. Scholl's Dreamwalk High Heel Insoles!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Breakfast...It's What's For Dinner! #Recipe

One of "my favorite things" to eat for dinner is breakfast. Whether it's as simple as a bowl of cereal, or a more filling meal that includes eggs, hashbrowns, and pancakes, I try to schedule breakfast for dinner once every couple of weeks. I recently discovered a couple really good recipes that make this so easy. Slow cooker for the casserole, and instead of standing over a griddle to make all those pancakes, you turn it into a pancake pie that bakes in the oven-what could be easier?! In case you want to try one or both of these out-for breakfast or dinner-here are the recipes!

Breakfast Slow Cooker Casserole
Ingredients:
1 package Frozen Shredded Hashbrowns
1 pound Ground Sausage, browned and drained
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella
1 Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
12 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk

Spray a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Layer half the potatoes, and top with half the sausage, cheddar and mozzarella, onion and green pepper. Repeat layers. Beat eggs and milk together; pour evenly over potato-sausage layers. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours, until eggs are set. Makes 8-10 servings
(Taken and slightly altered from the "A Year With Six Sisters' Stuff" cookbook)




Pancake Pie
Ingredients:
2 cups Pancake Mix
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-3/4 cups Millk
2 tablespoon Canola Oil
1 teaspoon Syrup

Combine eggs, milk, oil and syrup in a bowl. Place pancake mix in a separate bowl and add milk/egg mixture. Mix well. Pour into 2 8-9" pie pans (or a 14" pizza pan) and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes. 
You can also jazz this up a little. A like to mash a banana and add it to the batter before baking. You can also add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts...one of my personal favorites is adding fresh blueberries to the plain batter. It's delicious! Some of the family enjoys their slice with butter and syrup, others eat it plain-it's up to you! Makes 6-8 servings.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nordic Naturals Vitamins #Giveaway


I have started paying more attention to what (and how much) I eat in the past couple months, and while I've always been active, I'm trying to up my daily workouts for more intensity. I'm not dieting or on a weight loss crash, but I am trying to take better care of myself. One way I'm doing this is by taking vitamins and supplements. I was thrilled when I had the chance to review a product from Nordic Naturals; I have heard so many good things about this company!

I received the Ultimate Omega-D3 from Nordic Naturals for review. The bottle comes with 60 soft gels, and is a 30-day supply (recommended use is 2 gels per day). You may be wondering what exactly this supplement is good for, so let me share some info from the website with you:

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are polyunsaturated fats that our bodies need but cannot produce. Therefore, they must be consumed through food or supplements. There are two families of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6, which need to be consumed in a balanced ratio. The body must receive a balanced supply of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs to ensure proper eicosanoids production. Eicosanoids are hormone-like compounds that affect virtually every system in the body—they regulate pain, help maintain proper blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and promote fluid nerve transmission. The problem is that, in our modern industrialized food system, omega-3s have become largely absent from the food chain while omega-6s have become overabundant. Even the healthiest diets contain too many omega-6s and not enough omega-3s. Decades of scientific evidence indicates that this EFA imbalance can contribute to a variety of chronic health issues. The most beneficial omega-3s that we’re missing are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Purified fish oil is the best direct source of EPA and DHA.


WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIGNS OF OMEGA-3 DEFICIENCY?
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Immune weakness
  • Dry skin, eczema, or hair loss
  • Heart problems
  • Reproductive problems (men and women)
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Poor circulation

As a martial artist, energy/stamina and a clear, sharp mind are of utmost importance. Omega-3 helps with both of these; fatigue and poor memory! The Ultimate Omega-D3 combines the Omega-3 with a high boost of Vitamin D as well, so I'm getting a double benefit with these. Simply take them with food (I like to take it with breakfast so I don't forget later in the day), and that's it. Simple as swallowing 2 gel capsules. They're lemon flavored, which is nice because they're slightly larger than any pills I've taken before (think sinus tablets or ibuprofen), so the first couple times I was a little hesitant. Which of course means I didn't swallow right away! With the lemon flavor though, it wasn't a big deal. I love being able to get the health benefits of Omega-3 and vitamin D in one easy-to-take capsule. It's not an "energy shot" or caffeine boost that gives you energy for a short time; it's a natural, safe, and healthy way to help with fatigue, circulation, poor memory, and so much more! I love it!

Nordic Naturals sent me a goody bag of samples and such, that I'm going to use for this giveaway. I want someone else to have the chance to try Nordic Naturals amazing products!! This includes samples of their supplements, lip balm, mints, stickers and more.




One of my readers will receive this Nordic Naturals Goody Bag!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

$10.00 Bath & Body Works Gift Card #Giveaway!!


Hey, remember those eBay Guides I've shared a few times the past couple months? Well, I'm back with another request-that includes a giveaway! eBay is really trying to get the word out about their guides, and of course while helping them out, I'd like to help myself as well, with ratings for my eBay Guides. :) So, here's another fun giveaway as a thank-you for y'all helping me out! 



I don't know about you, but I absolutely love Bath and Body Works. It's honestly the only place I shop for body care! Their sensual amber line is my all-time favorite, and I keep plenty on hand at all times. What's your favorite scent? Whatever it is, here's your chance to win a $10.00 shopping trip to Bath and Body Works!! To enter, simply leave a thoughtful comment on any of the eBay Guides in the Rafflecopter links. You may also earn entries by sharing the guides on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, but you have to use the #eBayGuides hashtag. You can comment on up to 4 guides per day, but come back each day to comment on up to 4 more. You can also share the guides up to twice each day, so you'll have plenty of time to earn entries!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Get Ready For #BackToSchool With LockerLookz! #Giveaway

Can you believe people are already discussing the subject of back to school, and summer winding down? Blame it on the fact we had an extended winter and absolutely no spring (I was wearing a jacket into early May, and then boom! We had summer.), but I feel like we just started summer fun, and now we're preparing for it to be over! It's not all bad though; fall is my favorite time of year, and we have some great family plans for September-so from that aspect, I am looking forward to it. As you get ready for the kids heading back to school, I would suggest checking out LockerLookz


LockerLookz is a company that offers girls the chance to brighten up their school days, and make their locker their own little piece of home. Now as a homeschooling family, the children don't have lockers, but the girls still had fun decorating with LockerLookz. They had a variety of products to work with; wallpaper, rug, picture frame, plastic bins, and a white board. These are all available in different designs and colors, but knowing M's preference for pink and purple, I chose everything in those colors. 


The wallpaper is probably my favorite piece, because I love the ingenuity that doesn't require sticking the paper onto locker (or wherever) walls. Simply use the magnets included with the wallpaper to hang on the wall. When your daughter is ready for a new color or design, or changes lockers, there's no messy residue to clean up-simply remove the magnets, and the paper comes off! The storage bins, photo frames and white boards are also all held in place by magnets. M and M both enjoyed decorating their bedroom with LockerLookz!

The pre-LockerLookz shelf



Yeah, M is a big fan of Sound of Music!

LockerLookz rug adds a nice touch to the shelf 


Storage bin is perfect for holding pens, pencils...





As you can see by the pictures, the girls had so much fun decorating their display shelf with the LockerLookz products. I love that I don't have to worry about glue or sticky substances getting on the shelf (or anything else), and that it can be changed out and used over and over again for any decorative touches the girls want to add to their room!


One of our readers will receive a LockerLookz Wallpaper and Rug, and 3 Accessories of their choice!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rudi's Organic Bakery Free Product Coupon #Giveaway

Hey all, I am a huge fan of Rudi's Organic Bakery-absolutely love their breads! So, when Rudi's recently sent me a few coupons just to say thanks for reviews I've shared in the past, I decided to share the love with you all! Yes, I am actually sharing for once! Real quick before we get the giveaway started, let me share some info about Rudi's for anyone who is not familiar with their products.




Today Rudi’s is the leading producer of certified organic bread in the U.S., and specializes in the production and distribution of delicious organic bread and baked goods products. The Company is committed to baking high-quality organic breads that contain the healthiest ingredients possible.


It all starts with the ingredients we choose: they’re simple, wholesome and organic. We take great care in selecting the right ingredients and ingredient partners to make our delicious breads. This selection process means knowing the ingredients’ source all the way back to the seed, making sure every part of the bread is formed proudly with integrity. Rudi’s Organic has always been about living free – free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fat and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

So, one of my readers will receive a coupon good for one free Rudi's Organic Bakery product!! (Coupon expires 2/28/15)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Chocolate Gravy? Yes, Please!!

How many of my readers have ever heard of, or tried, chocolate gravy? It's more of a southern recipe, but only in certain parts of the south-Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas are some of the states you'll more commonly find folks familiar with this scrumptious dish! I first discovered it about 10 years ago, at a church function we visited in Tennessee. Since then I have been hooked, and although it's taken quite a few tries, I finally have a recipe that turns out the perfect chocolate gravy. What do you do with chocolate gravy? you ask. My favorite is to top homemade buttermilk biscuits with it for breakfast, but a lot of people also eat it by itself. 


So, for anyone who wants to try this yummy breakfast (chocolate for breakfast? Who wouldn't love it!), here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Cocoa
1/4 cup Flour
2 c. Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sugar, cocoa, flour and milk and mix. Heat on medium until all ingredients are dissolved/blended. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve hot over biscuits. Store leftovers (if you have any) in the refrigerator, and simply reheat in the microwave when needed.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saltwater Canvas Bags For Summer Fun! #CelebratingSummer #Giveaway

It's amazing how the weather changes. Last week we had gorgeous (very abnormal) weather in the low 70's, that I loved. Since about Sunday though, we've had highs in the upper 90's, and a lot of rain. Roads are flooded, detours are set up-not good when our only grocery store is across a bridge. :) Anyways, we're still enjoying the summer weather, and getting some fun family time together. If you have any trips-be it a day trip, a weekend road trip, or an extended vacation-planned this summer, At The Fence is sharing a review of some great bags to help you carry all your stuff!

Hi Neighbors!

What a great weekend we had!  We grilled out Friday, Saturday was just a laze around home day and Sunday after church we went down to a lake and my husband and children went canoeing while I took pictures!  Well, I want to take some time and share another super summer product with you.  It is perfect for toting around your picnic or beach supplies.  It is the Whale Bag from Saltwater Canvas.







We have used it recently on a trip to Chicago.  My daughters packed their hotel fun supplies int it.  Books, coloring books, crayons, nail polish, and many other things.  I could not believe how much they managed to put in the Whale Bag.  We were only going away for 3 days, but I think they packed enough for a week or two!




Saltwater Canvas carries a variety of useful bags and totes.  They have many sizes available.  The bags are made of a heavy non-fade furniture mesh.  It is really sturdy.  The nice thing is, you can take it anywhere and then hose it down, or wash it.  Beach sand all over the bag?  Hose it off.  Dirty sports shoes, towels etc.?  Hose it off or wash it.  Need a shower bag that can go with you to the gym?  Saltwater Canvas has what you need. 




The Whale Bag has 9 big pockets for carrying your needs.  There is also a special zippered pocket inside for keys, cell phone or wallet.  A snap hook is included for glasses or keys.  The bag is 15" tall with a 15" x 12" oval base.  You have 10 colors to choose from.  Remember the bag is machine washable, but hang it out to dry. 




These bags can be used for a variety of purposes.  I have already come up with reasons to purchase another couple.  I could really use a slightly smaller bag than the Whale Bag for our dog items when they travel with us.  Maybe the Dolphin Bag would work for that.  Of course a couple of the shower bags would be great for when we go camping.  A minnow would work for taking a few supplies with us in the canoe. 



Saltwater Canvas bags would make a great gift idea for anyone with young children.  Or maybe your spouse when they go to the gym to workout.  I am thinking they would also work well for high school and college students.  What would you use a Saltwater Canvas Bag for?  One of you will be able to find out, because Saltwater Canvas has agreed to give the winner of this giveaway a Whale Bag.  How is that for great news?



Be sure to enter and then share this giveaway!  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a super day today! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Fun With Lightload Towels!! #Giveaway

Have any plans to hit the beach or a pool this summer? Or maybe a camping trip? Wouldn't you like to have a towel for these excursions that didn't take up so much room? Yet is still absorbent, soft, and big enough for any use? Well, I have the answer for you!

Lightload Towels specializes in-you guessed it-lightweight, easy-carry towels for any and all purposes! Beach towels, camp towels, hand towels and more. I received the "Only Beach Towel That Fits In Your Back Pocket" towel for review from Lightload. This is seriously amazing! The towel comes in a packed-down size that easily fits in your palm. It would honestly fit in your back pocket, purse, or any other place you need to stash it. It only weighs 5 ounces, so it's not going to get too heavy either.




To get your towel expanded to full size (which is 36 x 60 inches, by the way; a full size beach towel) simply pour a little water over it. This softens the material and you can spread it out to full size. Once it dries out from this (I added a bit too much water) it's ready for use. Whether it's laying out at the beach, taking it up to the showerhouse at a campground, or drying off after a refreshing swim in the pool, this towel is just what you need. I am amazed at how absorbent it is, yet still so lightweight! It's nice and soft too, which is a big bonus in my book. This towel will be coming along on all our road trips and camping trips from now on-not many people can fit their towel in their purse, but I can! (And I have a small purse, too!).


The full size towel
One of our readers will receive this Easy Carry Beach Towel!!



Make It A Nancy Drew Night With Her Interactive! #Giveaway #NancyDrew

Every so often, we have a "girls night" that includes myself and my 3 sisters. Whether it's a mani/pedi night, trying new hairstyles, or enjoying a fun movie, it's something we try to do once a month. Last month we had an actual theme for our party-Nancy Drew! I had just received the new game from Her Interactive for a review, so we decided to make that the theme. 



We made sure to have plenty of snacks on hand, and to keep with the idea of Nancy Drew, decided to watch one of the tv show episodes, and put together our Nancy Drew puzzle. Oh yes, and M, the youngest, added a few decorative Nancy Drew pieces around the room!




The Shattered Medallion is the newest game in the Nancy Drew series-it's actually game number 30! I find it hard to grasp the fact that I've now played 30 of these games, many of them multiple times! Anyways, we once again hooked my Mac up to the tv, so we had a larger screen for all 4 of us to watch the gameplay on. The plot of the game is that you (as Nancy) and George are competitors on a reality tv show, but while there, strange and dangerous incidents occur. You also finally get to meet Sonny Joon, a fun character that has shown up in several games previously. While competing you will participate in activities such as sheep shearing, diving in a mini submarine, and explore different aspects of New Zealand. 




Overall, we really enjoyed the game. We weren't able to finish it in one night, but with two more sessions, we had solved the mystery and won the competition! Although we enjoyed it, and we will certainly be playing it again in the future, I have to say this is not my favorite Nancy Drew game. It's different than the previous 29 games, probably mainly due to the storyline of being on a reality tv show. It's not that it's "bad", it's just different. More puzzles and activities that need completed for the show, and less danger/scary/creepy mystery parts. Yes, there's still a mystery aspect to it (namely, who is Sonny Joon and why did he hijack the show), but it's not necessarily the main theme of the game. It was also a bit shorter than the other games; usually it takes us more time to complete a game. So, is The Shattered Medallion fun? Yes! A good idea for a girls night party? Absolutely!! We had a blast playing together. I have to say, Sonny Joon was a lot of fun all by himself; the attitude and sarcasm made him a great character-hopefully Her Interactive will bring him back for more games!








2 of my readers will receive The Shattered Medallion for Windows!!