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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream Review and Giveaway (ends 01/24)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. This post contains affiliate links.

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I have some chronic pain issues – without going into too much boring detail, I carry a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders, so I have quite a bit of pain and stiffness there on a regular basis. I usually don’t bother with painkillers, though, due to a combination of “I’m used to the pain” and the negligible effects of most painkillers for me. I have a pretty high tolerance for painkillers, combined with a fast wear-off rate, so the amount of ibuprofen necessary to even take the edge off isn’t worth the damage it’d do to my stomach and liver. I do sometimes use topical creams when the pain is particularly bothersome, however. I hate smelling like wintergreen, but it’s nice to have the pain lessen for a while.

I was given the opportunity to try out Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream, and eagerly awaited its arrival. Noxicare is available as both capsules and topical cream, depending on whether you have all-over pain or if your pain is generalized to one or two specific areas. I didn’t try the capsule form of the pain reliever, but I can vouch for the effectiveness of the topical cream (the product being given away here) – it works so well that I kind of want to take a bath in the stuff! When I tried it on my neck and shoulders, it didn’t alleviate all of my pain, but it did reduce it by a significant amount. The surface pain was pretty much gone, leaving just the more “achey” deep muscle pain. Given my high tolerance for any type of painkiller, that’s pretty impressive.

The pain relief lasted a couple of hours before it started wearing off - the website does recommend allowing 1-2 weeks of using the product as directed (2-3 times per day) for full effectiveness.

I love that this is a natural product – the active ingredients are ginger extract, willow bark extract, rosemary extract, holy basil extract, boswellia extract, turmeric extract, and alpha lipoic acids (found in foods like red meats and spinach). This product is also paraban-free (no preservatives).
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Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream is also advertised as being odorless and non-greasy. I did detect a very faint odor in the cream, but nothing like other topical pain-relief creams I’ve tried, and the scent didn’t linger once I applied the cream. The cream itself has a consistency more like lotion than other creams, and you rub it into your skin like a lotion. I could feel a faint residue on my skin afterward, but again, much less so than with other topical creams. It felt more like how my skin feels after applying lotion than after applying pain ointment. Where to find it:
  • Order online ($26.95 + S&H for the 3.5 oz. topical cream) from Noxicare's website (right now you can get free shipping with code SHIPNOXICARE).
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Book Review: Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace by Michael Rank

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Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a TraceLost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace by Michael Rank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars  

Don’t judge a book by its (back) cover

Was there ever a real Atlantis? Whatever happened to the Anasazi? Were the pyramids really built by Egyptian slaves (with or without help from aliens), or were the pyramid builders respected members of that society? Was Columbus really the first to discover the “New World”? What about the Roanoke colonists – what happened to them, and what does the cryptic message “Croatoan” mean?

I was interested in reading and reviewing this book because I have a fascination with lost civilizations dating back to the first time I heard the story of Atlantis. I was probably four or five years old when I read the comic book “Uncle Scrooge Adventures: The Secret of Atlantis.” I read that comic multiple times, loving the story of how the people of Atlantis had over time evolved into “Fish People” who wanted to protect their privacy from the land dwellers, and it was just scary enough to really hold my interest (I loved scary stories even as a little girl). It’s unlikely that if there actually was an Atlantis that the residents are now Fish People; however, “Lost Civilizations” delves into more reasonable theories about Atlantis and whether or not it truly existed and what might have happened to it if it did.

And don’t let the back cover (or blurb provided on the Amazon page) fool you – I was a little scared when I read the back cover, as it was absolutely loaded with grammatical errors and improper punctuation. However, the style on the back is NOT the style in which the book is written. The book itself is actually very well written. The writing style is more academic than conversational (which makes the reading itself a little dry – if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller, this is not the book for you), but the topics are thoroughly researched and discussed.

 Author Michael Rank provides background information– both verified and theoretical – on these different civilizations, and then goes on to explain various theories of what may have happened to cause the decline/disappearance of that civilization. He includes both current theories and past theories that have now been debunked and explains why they’re no longer considered feasible. Included were civilizations I was familiar with (the Egyptian pyramid builders, Mycena, the Roanoke colony) as well as several that were new to me (such as the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture and the Indus Valley Civilization). Even for the cultures I already had some knowledge of, though, I learned plenty of new information from this book.

While the answers I desperately want are not provided in this book (what does Croatoan mean, darn it?!? ), the thorough discussions of the ten societies that vanished are extremely interesting. I enjoyed learning more background information about what these cultures might have been like during the height of their existence, and the theories of why they might have disappeared. The debunked theories (and why these beliefs are no longer held) were also very interesting to me, as I like learning more about knowledge in general, and how people’s beliefs change based on new information.

In conclusion: Given the academic nature of the writing, it may be a little “heavy” for the younger crowd or casual reader (although that’s not to say those folks should avoid it; quite the opposite!) I can also see this book being useful to parents and educators as a starting point for research projects about any of these historical civilizations. Well worth reading if you have any interest in history and/or lost civilizations.

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Katazoom $50 Gift Card Giveaway (ends 02/05)

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast Pump and Hands Free Bra Giveaway (ends 02/07)

I've breastfed all four of my children for varying lengths of time (and am currently nursing my youngest, who's coming up on 10 months old). I've been fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom (or, arguably, a work-from-home mom) this time around, but with my first three I had to return to the outside-the-home workforce early in their lives.


When my third son was born in 2005, I unfortunately had to go back to work when he was just four weeks old. Since I wanted to continue breastfeeding but would be at work a minimum of 45 hours a week, a breast pump was a must. I was able to get a double electric breast pump similar to the one being given away here, and it was GREAT. I could sit at my desk and do paperwork (I was managing a gas station at the time) while simultaneously making sure my baby would have the benefits of breast milk.


Keep reading to learn what Christy from Uplifting Families has to say, and to enter to win a Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast pump, Hands-Free Bra, and a few other breastfeeding goodies!


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The moment that I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son, I immediately knew that I wanted to breastfeed him. I never worked with my older two children and had no idea what type of breast pump to use. After careful searching, I figured out that I would need a double electric breast pump so that I could pump milk from both breasts at the same time. When I was working I took two 15 minute breaks and used part of my lunch hour to pump. This worked well for me and it was a schedule that was doable with my employer.

Lansinoh and Klout gave me to the opportunity to receive a Signature Pro Double Electric breast pump. The Signature Pro series is designed to mimic your babies natural feeding pattern. It has three custom settings to allow you to adjust the breast pump so that it is comfortable for you. I love that the pump comes with its very own carrying bag, it helps you disguise your breast pump. You can easily fit all of your accessories and pump into the carrying bag. When I was pumping for my youngest son, I always kept a few breast pads and extra accessories in my bag in case I needed them.

The prize package also includes a Lansinoh hands free bra. It is a size S-XL. This is one thing that I wish that I had when I was pumping. You can pump while reading a book or you can continue working if you are lucky enough to have a private office. The four - way layering support system helps secure the pump flanges to maintain a tight seal while the 10" adjustable VELCRO® brand closure panel provides the right fit over time as you lose your baby weight.

I have teamed up with Lansinoh, Klout, and several other bloggers to giveaway a Lansinoh Signature Pro Breast pump, Hands-Free Bra, and a few other breastfeeding goodies. One lucky winner will be chosen at random on 2/7/14. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email. This giveaway is open to the continental US only and must be over 18 years old to win. Good luck and don't forget to enter the giveaway using the entry form below.  

  Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Uplifting Families is responsible for prize fulfillment and if you have any questions please contact christy@upliftingfamilies.com

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Aluminyze 16x20 Print Giveaway (ends 02/01)

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Prize: 16x20 Print

Dates: 1/18-2/1

Open to: US Residents 18+

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Mistress of the Wind Grand Finale and Giveaway (ends 01/24)

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Did you miss any of the tour stops for this beautiful New Adult retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon? Catch what you missed now!

12/29: Launch  
  
Saeit Yahalomi - Review


"The descriptions are superb, told in a way that is unique, fantastical, and yet, as crazy as this will sound, believable (a world filled with strange magical creatures and trolls)."

12/30: My Seryniti - Review

"Super easy to read and once I melted into the story, really easy to follow and enjoy! Lovely story which makes me want to check out the original myth!"

Tome Tender - Guest Post


Because Mistress of the Wind is a retelling of the Scandinavian fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, I used Norse mythology throughout the story.

Trolls are an intergral part of Scandinavian myth and folklore, and there are plenty of trolls in Mistress of the Wind. But I also introduced two other folklore creatures which came from my imagination or which were a tweak of existing folklore.

The first of these is the yggren. . .


2/31: Kelly P's Blog - Guest Post


Mistress of the Wind is based on the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and as I researched it, I was enchanted by the number of unusual and interesting elements in the original tale. Thinking about how to deal with them in Mistress of the Wind, and de-constructing them for a better and deeper understanding of the original, inspired some of the storyline I wove into Mistress of the Wind.

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia - Guest Post


I don't write with music playing, I find it distracting, but I most definitely would go for my morning walk and listen to music that suited the mood of the story, and think about what I was going to write next. I find it interesting how music can so affect our moods and our tempo and pace.

1/1: Mel's Shelves - Review


She didn't realize, either, what powers she possessed until she decided to do her best to get Bjorn back. Bjorn is also very likable and they have a great connection. Then there are some secondary characters which add to the story and are fun to learn about. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half and towards the end, I couldn't put it down. 


1/2: Mythical Books - Guest Post


The concept of a wind hag, the controller of the winds, was one that delighted me immediately. In the book Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Estes talks about hags and crones, including the Russian uber-hag, Baba-Yaga, as women of power and consequence. The word 'hag' generally has such negative connotations, but Estes introduced me to the idea that rather than a negative, it was a positive. Her ideas really resonated with me, so when I stumbled upon the Wind Hag folk tale, I was all over it. It just fit so well into the story, as seamlessly as if it was meant to be there.

Tressa's Wishful Endings - This or That


Read a book or watch TV? 
Reading a book wins 90% of the time.

Get out of the house or stay at home? 
I like to get out of the house, because I work from home, so it is the office and the house, and sometimes, I need a break.

Winter or summer? 
Winter. I love boots, I love coming in to a warm house from the cold, and I love how green everything gets (winter in Western Australia is probably like summer in some parts of the world :))

1/3: Brooke Blogs - Guest Post
The challenge with Mistress of the Wind, given I wanted to remain true to the original fairy tale, was to give Astrid a good reason to go against Bjorn’s request to see him as a man.
The consequences of her doing so are huge, to both her and Bjorn, and I really had to create a compelling situation for her to act against his wishes. If she doesn’t do it, however, the story is over, they win and everyone lives happily ever after.
Unfortunately for them, they have to work a little harder for their happy ending than that.
1/5: Leeanna.me - Review


I thought this book was well-written and engaging, and I would check out the author’s next fairy tale retelling, THE GOLDEN APPLE, based on “The Princess on the Glass Hill.”

1/6: The Book Landers - Guest Post


I love being asked for a list of ten of my favorite fairy tales. There are so many great ones, and I'll probably head-smack myself in a couple of days because I left out a really good one, but here goes, in no particular order - and I've put in a link to a version of the fairy tale on the Sur La Lune Fairy Tale website, where there is one. It comes with annotations, and I really love the site, even if some of my favorites are a slightly different version to the one they have up there...

Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview


2. Where do you shop for books? What format? 

I shop for print books at Amazon, Book Depository and my local Dymocks bookstore, and for ebooks on Amazon. Because I live in Australia, I can't always get the books I want in ebook format, because the rights for electronic book sales to Australia haven't been enabled, so I probably buy more print books than ebooks, but that isn't by choice, it's by necessity.

1/7: So Many Reads - Review


If you are fond of fairy tales and fantasy, you should check out Mistress of the Wind. I will admit that I have a tough time getting into fairy tales because it seems the walls on my imagination only allow me to go so far. However, Michelle’s writing is fantastic and she sets my mind free and helps me really visualize what is going on in the story.

1/8: My Devotional Thoughts - Guest Post


Mistress of the Wind is such a great fairy tale because the heroine gets to take an amazing journey to find where her lover has been taken, and rescue him. But part of why I love the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon so much is because the physical journey she takes mirrors a spiritual journey of coming into her power and into her sense of self. So here are ten things you can discover about yourself on a quest – - Astrid certainly did...

1/10: Colorimetry - Review


Michelle Diener follows the fairy tale quite closely while weaving in the Norse mythology stuff. Right in the middle of the story there's a very big switcheroo... and this is where I expected things to get boring or fuzzy with lack of specific detail because... well, read the story.  This is where Michelle totally won me over. The Norse mythology side fills in all the vagueness of the fairy tale and the second half of the book is even better than the first. 

1/12: The Reading Diaries - Review


I think the author did a fantastic job creating a complex story that mixes fantasy with adventure and romance. It was one of those stories you just can’t put down if not for sleep I would have stayed up all night to finish even though I knew how it would play out. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help rooting for Astrid on her journey. I enjoyed the book it was worth reading and I’m sure I’ll read it again.

Bookish Outsider - Review


Ms Diener's writing is delightful and so descriptive, especially in the latter half of the book when Astrid is traveling with the winds and I could have quite easily carried on reading for some time thanks to the wonderful world the characters inhabited brought to life by the author's writing style and obvious love of the original fairy tale.

1/13: The Wonderings of One Person - Interview


How has this story touched your life?
All my stories touch my life, because I live in the world of the story every day I write it, and I walk in the steps of the characters, and know them as well as I know myself. Mistress of the Wind is about magical things and enduring love and finding your strength. I love its depth and the world it is set in.
1/14: Dalene's Book Reviews - Interview


4)      Why did you decide to write Mistress of the Wind?

I've always loved fairy tales. But when I was at university, doing research for a history paper on the witch hunts of the 17th Century, I came across a really interesting (but totally unrelated :)) journal full of articles on the meanings of fairy tales. It was fantastic, and mind-blowing. I suddenly saw the subversion in  the tales...

1/15: A Backwards Story - Interview


What was the hardest scene/element to write in MISTRESS OF THE WIND? The easiest?

Definitely the hardest was working on a way to give Astrid, my heroine, a good reason to go against Bjorn's wishes to see him as a man. It has to happen, it is part of the story, but creating the conditions for her to do so in a way that didn't show her to be careless of what would happen to him was challenging.

The easiest scenes were between Astrid and the troll princess. I'm not sure if it is because I had such a clear idea of who each of them were and their motivations, but I loved writing those scenes and they came easily to me.

Books & Chocolate - Interview


What inspired you to become a writer?
It was a decision made a long time ago, and at its heart, has never really changed - I love books and love telling stories.

What the inspiration behind Mistress Of The Wind?
I love fairy tales, and the fairy tale East of the Sun West of the Moon has always been one of my absolute favorites. The idea of writing a book based on the fairy tale has been swirling through my head for many, many years.

1/16: Addicted Readers


For me, it was about revelling in the world I had fallen in love with in the original tale. Perhaps I could have contemplated shaking things up a lot more if I didn't adore the tale just as it is, but I do, and it was fun and satisfying to set Mistress of the Wind in that world. I felt like I was honouring the original.

1/17: Grand Finale


Mistress of the Wind 300Mistress of the Wind
by Michelle Diener
New Adult/Sci-Fi Fantasy
Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013


Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . . 

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . . 

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response. 

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . . 

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.



Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.



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10 copies of Mistress of the Wind, Kindle or print, winner's choice.

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Cotton Tale Designs - Baby's 1st Chair Giveaway (ends 01/31)

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Cotton Tale Designs offers cute baby and nursery decor for an affordable price. The designs you see on Cotton Tale Designs are done by Nursery Decor Designer, Nina Selby and her granddaughter. She began Cotton Tale Designs back in 1990 and has restyled and originated the products that has become standard with all bedding manufactures. Nina is inspired by her love for natural beauty, which makes her work captivating and fresh. Currently she makes two separate designs, Cotton Tale Designs and N Selby Designs. N Selby Designs can only be found in Specialty Stores and Boutiques. Sweet Southern Lovin had the amazing opportunity to work with Cotton Tale Designs. I was sent the Gypsy 4 piece set by N Selby Designs. The set I received included the bumper, crib sheet, crib skirt, and comforter. Their designs are perfect for newborns up to toddlers. To see Sweet Southern Lovin's full review visit here. Don't have a little girl? Thats ok. Cotton Tale Designs offers tons of cute prints for both boys and girls, even neutral designs. Visit them here to see all of the cute sets they have.
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Cotton Tale Designs is giving away a Baby's First Chair (RV $80) From their Gypsy Line!!
Giveaway will run from 1/17 (12:01 AM EST) to 1/31 (11:59 AM EST)
Open to residents in the US only, ages 18+.
By entering using the entry form below you are agreeing to the terms. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email, or another winner will be chosen. This blog received no compensation for this giveaway. Sweet Southern Lovin is responsible for prize shipment. Any questions, email Michelle at Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com

RECARO Car Seat Giveaway (ends 02/14)

Welcome to the RECARO Performance RIDE Giveaway!

Sponsored By RECARO

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Hosted by More Than Mommy


RECARO boasts more than 100 years designing safe and comfortable seats, that they have now brought to child and infant car seats. Featuring side-impact protection, soft touch head restraints (made with PUR memory foam!), a 5 point harness, Easy Adjust technology and more.

Available in 9 color combinations, the RECARO is design, safety and comfort all in one beautiful, comfortable seat. You can find a full review from More Than Mommy.

One lucky reader is going to win a RECARO Performance RIDE car seat in the Slate color. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below, if you are a resident of the U.S. and 18+. One entrant per household, please! To keep up with new updates from RECARO, check them out on Twitter and Facebook.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Baby Shusher Giveaway (ends 01/30)

Welcome to the Baby Shusher Giveaway!!
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Sponsored By: Babyshusher.com
This "sleep miracle" is the thing that every parent is looking for in the middle of the night when nothing is working to calm your baby down. It gives a rhythmic shushing sound in timed sessions to help calm and comfort even the hardest to settle babies. Can be used from birth and many parents take it to the hospital with them.
To see more about the Babyshusher read Tales From A Southern Mom full review here
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My husband and I hit the "baby lottery" with our youngest son - he's going on ten months old, and is one of the calmest, happiest babies I've ever known (knock on wood!) He does have his moments, though, especially when a new tooth is working on poking through.
 
We have several products that we use for music and/or white noise for him, but I'd love to try out something like the Baby Shusher for the really difficult times. Like last night, when he woke up hungry and wet at one in the morning, but we were out of diapers upstairs so he had to wait while I went downstairs to retrieve a clean diaper and then change him before nursing him, in which time he went from "hungry" to "seriously peeved" - it took me over half an hour to calm him down (which I realize isn't all that long, but for this baby, it's a LONG time).
 
My baby sister was colicky - I can remember my mom walking her up and down the hallway for half the night, shushing her and rocking her and trying to soothe her. Mom would've loved to have had a product like this! If you watch the video on the Baby Shusher website, it's pretty amazing how the crying baby reacts to the Baby Shusher and almost immediately stops crying!
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Giveaway Details:
Date: 01/16/14 thru 01/30/14
Prize: One lucky reader will win their very own Baby Shusher (ARV 35.99)
Open to US residents only. Must be 18+ to enter.
How to Enter:
Enter using the Entry Form below.
By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form.
All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at talesfromasouthernmomof3@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Good Luck and thanks for entering.
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Bowflex Boost Giveaway (ends 01/30)

Sponsored by: Bowflex Boost
Hosted by: Momma Lew's Blog
As the new year is in full swing, Bowflex wants to help you to stay on track with their resolutions to lose weight and get fit this year! Their new Bowflex Boost makes it easier than ever to stay motivated and active! Read Momma Lew's full review here to find out all about this great new fitness product!

 
I'm not the best about following a workout routine. I always have the best of intentions, but with four boys, it seems like something always comes up. My husband and I enjoy activities like bicycling and kayaking and swimming... and we live in northern Michigan, where it's too cold to do those things for half of the year. Our plan is to buy a bike trailer for our youngest (who'll be just over a year old by the time the weather warms up) and try to get some bike rides in this summer - we're fortunate enough to live quite close to some good trails that don't allow motorized traffic. (I'll still be sporting a huge orange flag off the back of the bike trailer, though - or daddy will be).

A product like the Bowflex Boost is really helpful in keeping you motivated and on task with a workout routine. If you read the review, you'll notice that it doesn't just track your workout activity, but so many more things related to your health (like calorie intake and sleep patterns). I know a lot of people resolve to get fit and stay on a workout routine for the New Year, so this great giveaway is definitely one you should get all the entries you can into!
How would you like to win your own Bowflex Boost? One lucky reader will win their own, ARV: $49.99 + free app. To enter, follow the steps in the rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open to US Residents, 18+, one entry per household. Ends 1/30 at 11:59pm EST. 
Good luck & thank you for entering!
Momma Lew and this blog are not responsible for prize shipment. This blog received no compensation for this review and giveaway.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lavished Grace Giveaway (ends 01/29)

Lavished Grace Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Lavished Grace

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

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 The beautiful beads in Lavished Grace's Paper Bead Jewelry are handmade by the women in Uganda, Africa with recycled magazine paper. Through the sale of their beautiful jewelry, these women can feed and house their families, send their children to school, receive medical care, and look forward to a more hopeful future. The process of making this jewelry is very unique! It takes about one day to make a full necklace strand. Because they are handmade they will all look a little different and may even have slightly different lengths. One thing is certain - no two are alike!

 Lavished Grace Giveaway

Through a purchase from Lavished Grace, you are not only helping the women who make the jewelry but also the family behind Lavished Grace as they raise funds to adopt a child from Uganda. Read more about this and what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness thought in her review of Lavished Grace's Paper Bead Jewelry.

About the prize: One lucky winner will receive a paper bead necklace and 3 paper bead bracelets!
About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 1/15 and ends on 1/29 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

  Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. Dividing by Zero is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

$100 WalMart Gift Card Giveaway (ends 01/29)

Gift cards are great - you can use them for things you really need (like groceries or diapers), or splurge on a little something for yourself. I've earned quite a few gift cards over the past few months through sites like Swagbucks ($75 in Amazon gift cards and $30 in WalMart gift cards since mid-June) and Plink ($5 in Amazon and $60 in WalMart gift cards since March 2013).



Entering contests is also a great way to get free gift cards - like here, where you have a chance to win a $100 WalMart gift card in Tip Here's New Year's Kickoff Giveaway Event! Keep reading and enter using the PromoSimple widget below for your chance to win!


Welcome to the "New Year's Kickoff Giveaway Event" sponsored by Tip Hero and featuring some wonderful bloggers. With the New Year in full force, we thought the perfect way to celebrate would be with a great big giveaway event!

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There are some great things to buy in January, and one lucky winner will get something that could come in handy while shopping. One winner will receive a $100 WalMart gift card to help start off the new year right. This giveaway begins on January 15th and will run until January 29th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and make sure that you take advantage of the many entries you can gain. Also, be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Best of luck!


Disclosure: Dividing by Zero is not responsible for prize distribution. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to kira@tiphero.com (LINK). All entries are optional, but if the winning task is a task that you did not complete, an alternate winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours of the time when the email is sent, an alternate winner will be chosen. This post contains referral links.

Amber for Babies Necklace Giveway (ends 01/26)

If you're reading this, you've probably already heard about the benefits of amber jewelry - amber teething necklaces are believed to help relieve teething pain in your little one and soothe inflammation caused by teething. Amber for Babies and Mamas Around the House have teamed up to offer you the chance to win either a Honey Raw or Lemon Raw beads amber necklace. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!
Mamas Around the House
Are you interested in trying an Amber necklace for your child? Amber for Babies will provide one reader with a necklace in either a Honey Raw or Lemon Raw beads amber necklace. Enter below to win!

Product Review: Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. This post contains affiliate links.


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Most days, I still feel like a teenager even though I'm a mom of four (and my oldest will be a legal adult next month!) But the reality is, I'm 37 years old, and my skin is starting to show it. So when I had the opportunity to review Ageless Derma's Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener, I was curious to see what it could do for me.

As soon as it arrived, I was intrigued by the design - this product has a dispenser unlike any other skin cream I've tried. Instead of a plain jar where you scoop out the product (and inevitably get it under your fingernails), or a squeeze-type bottle where you have to shake it like a ketchup bottle to get the product out, this one has an airless pump that dispenses the product by simply pushing down on the top.

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No more goop under my fingernails! However, the top does unscrew easily as well if you prefer to scoop your beauty cream out or are running low and need to scrape up the last little bit left in the container.

The cream itself doesn't have much of a scent, which is nice if you'd rather not smell like your skin cream. (Personally, I prefer to smell like my coconut body spray rather than like whatever I'm putting on my face). There's a very faint, almost clay-like scent, but it's definitely not a heavily perfumed product like others I've tried. The cream is very smooth, just like a moisturizing lotion, and goes on easily and absorbs quickly.

So, what about the results? I tried this product out for about three weeks. I have to admit that I'm not the best about following a strict skin care regimen. The instructions say to "apply at night and morning," but with our hectic mornings I didn't always remember. That being said, when I compared my before and after pictures, I do see a difference in just three weeks of imperfect application. (Pictures were taken in the same room with the same lighting at the same time of day; both pictures are of my nifty little freckles/age spots that have shown up around my eyes and cheekbones).    

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The dark spots are still there, but seem to be lighter and less obvious. There's also less redness in my skin in the second picture, but I think that's more due to differences in the weather on the two different days than any effect of the skin brightener. (It was bitter cold outside when I took the first picture, and the heat in my house is very dry and dries out/reddens my skin - I took the picture before I'd even applied moisturizer).

I do intend to keep using this product and see if I can get those pesky spots to disappear completely. Now if only I could find something to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes...

If you'd like to try this product for yourself, you can find Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener on their website for $49 and free shipping on all domestic orders. They do offer a 30 day risk-free trial.

You can also purchase through Amazon (which I've been depending on more and more to have products delivered right to my front door through subscribe and save):
 

Connect with Ageless Derma:
 Ageless Derma's website
Ageless Derma on Facebook
Ageless Derma's Twitter  

DISCLAIMER: I received one or more of the items mentioned herein free for review purposes; nonetheless, all opinions expressed are my own unless noted otherwise. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides, Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wordless Wednesday 01/15/14

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Florida Vacation Giveaway (ends 02/15)

 
3 days/2 nights of accommodations for 2 in FLORIDA!
Location Choices:
Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,
Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna,
Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine or St. Petersburg.
Must be at least 21 years old.

It's been years since I've been to Florida - the last time was in 1996, when I went on a cruise to the Bahamas with my mom and stayed briefly in Miami. The last time I actually vacationed in Florida was in 1994, my senior year of high school, when the marching band got to spend a few days at Disney and march in the parade.


I have several in-laws who live in Florida, and I hope someday to visit them and take complete advantage of their hospitality. But with four kids, a vacation just isn't in the budget right away. If a trip to Florida is something you'd love to do but just can't afford right now as well, then this giveaway just might make your dreams come true!

to give away an awesome Florida Vacation,
this giveaway will provide one lucky winner with 3 days and 2 nights worth of accommodations in Florida.

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Florida is paradise, each location has its own local charm and all kinds of entertaining activities to partake in! Theme Parks, Beaches, World Famous Restaurants and Clubs, a little something for everyone! Where would you like to visit? What kind of fun do you enjoy having on the beach? Imagine parasailing or maybe visiting Disney... Picture your feet in the sand and days full of tanning... Maybe you'll play a game of volleyball or enjoy a Daiquiri while lounging in a hammock.... One lucky winner will have the luxury of knowing your hotel stay is taken care of by Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and Alice on Vacation.com!
Enter to win this amazing giveaway with the form below: {entries will be verified --- Giveaway runs:1/15/2014-2/15/2014}
 
Paradise is waiting...

Disclosure: Dividing by Zero is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact Alice Kingsleigh with questions! This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You must be 21+ to win.