Friday, September 19, 2014

New Island Inspired Scents from Softsoap PLUS Giveaway!

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

I'm a body wash junkie. I love to indulge in the delicious scents while taking my shower. For years, a regular old bar of soap just will not suffice because I just have this deep love for body wash. I even stock the showers with men's body wash for the guys. But the thing is, I don't find the need to buy crazy expensive body washes because frankly, it's not necessary. There are some great body washes on the market for around five dollars or less!

Softsoap if one of those great brands that I can buy for next to nothing, yet get the same experience as pricier brands. They've recently launched two new fragrances, Sea Kissed body wash and Coconut Island Quench body wash, which I was lucky enough to try along with a few of their beloved scents.

The Coconut Island Quench body wash contains moisturizers along with coconut oil to help skin feel soft and smooth. It's got a wonderful tropical aroma that reminds me of being at the beach, on a tropical island of course! It's such an invigorating fragrance that I just can't get enough of. I love that the fragrance seems to encompass the room and it makes me feel like I'm being pampered at a spa, right here at home.

I enjoy the Sea Kissed body wash as well, with its exfoliating ingredients along with sea minerals to give me soft, healthy looking skin. It has the fragrance of blue lotus flower and smells just divine - the scent of paradise!

I was able to try 3 other varieties as well such as Body Butter Strawberry Smoother, Juicy Pomegranate and Mango Infusions, Sweet Honeysuckle and Orange Peel. As with the newer scents, these smell amazing! I am even more in awe with the Softsoap brand and love that there is such a delicious variety of scents to choose from!


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You can win! How would you like to win your own new Island Inspired Scents from Softsoap? I have two bottles to give away to one lucky contestant!

To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Make Your Own Soda and Beer with Pat's Backcountry Beverages

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

As most of my friends could tell you, I am not an outdoorsy type of person. There's just something about having the comforts of home that makes me want to avoid being outside - that and, of course, the bugs. Simple things like having a fresh, cold beverage is just something I like to have available to me. With Pat's Backcountry Beverages, should I ever choose to brave the outdoors, I can have my own carbonated sodas and beers ready to be made without having to be wasteful.

I love the idea of being able to make my own beverages. Hubby drinks A LOT of soda and I always worry that he's basically preserving himself with all of the chemicals. Pat's Beverages are all natural, contain no preservatives, and even have vitamins in them. While you can use a SodaStream with Pat's concentrates, I was beyond excited to make the sodas in their Carbonator.

Since we love root beer we went for that flavor first. Using the Carbonator is so simple to do. It comes with instructions inside, but their website has a great video as well. To begin, you have to fill the carbonator with some water and essentially prime it. Once that's done you can add the water (no more than 16oz - there's a mark on the bottle) and the soda concentrate. Tip: Cold water hold the carbonation better.

Once you add the soda and water, you get to add the packet of activator to the the little blue reaction cup. Once you added it and primed the bottle, you're ready to shake, shake, shake.

Be sure to only shake it from side-to-side, not up and down. The longer you shake it, the fizzier it will be. After shaking you should let it settle for a minute or so, but not longer than 10 or it starts to lose some of the carbonation.

It was honestly so cool to make my own soda. The Hubby thinks this is the coolest thing ever and wants to go camping so he can use it in the outdoors. Pat's also sells beer concentrates so you can make those in the carbonator as well. How awesome would it be to make your own beer in this? I know I'll definitely be picking up some of those beer concentrates for my husband to try out. 

Since this is made with all natural ingredients, I finally let me son have a sip of soda and he loved it. The carbonator works great and creates a lot of fizz and the sodas all have a great flavor. I can't wait to show my friends how this works and watch them make their own drinks. 

Connect: You can connect with Pat's Backcountry Beverages on their website, Facebook, Instagram, and/or @PatsBCB on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Show Your Patriotism with! Review & Giveaway!

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Nothing says patriotism more than Old Glory, our own American flag. has captured that patriotism with and exciting line of apparel for men, women & children as well as a variety of accessories and more.

I remember, as a small child, my mother buying me a book telling the story of Betsy Ross and the making of our flag.  I can't tell you how many times I read and re-read that story.  It was one of my favorites.  I cannot listen to the Star Spangled Banner without getting goose bumps by the end of the song.  I once read the story behind the song and it took on even more meaning to me.  To know that after all the smoke had cleared our flag still waved, tattered and torn though it was, it still proudly waved and that is what Francis Scott Key saw during a prisoner exchange negotiation from the deck of an enemy ship during the war of 1812.  How awe inspiring that must've been for him to see and to share with the prisoners to rally their spirits.

That is exactly what our flag does, it rallies our spirits. Since we first became a country it has inspired us to stand tall and proud.  Especially during those tragic times such as September 11, 2001.  This past Friday we remembered that day with our heads bowed.  I will never forget the exact moment when the news came over the radio.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  This past Friday, when I came into work, Old Glory (as she is so often called) was proudly displayed high above our heads.  As the escalator rose higher and higher the flag came into view it was awe inspiring, to say the least.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Larsen
I chose a beautiful hooded sweatshirt for my husband to wear.  The very first photograph that you see is the logo that is on the back of the sweatshirt.  It's absolutely stunning and does a beautiful job of memorializing that day with the Bald Eagle, the colors of our flag and the spotlights shining brightly where the World Trade Towers once stood.

My husband Jeff at Shawano Lake in WI
This past weekend my husband and I were invited to Shawano to celebrate my best friend's birthday.  As I stated earlier, I couldn't have picked a more appropriate time for Jeff to wear this sweatshirt.  Not only were we remembering September 11th and showing our patriotism but it was also very chilly so it kept Jeff warm all day long while I took pictures at the various places we stopped at through our days adventures.

One of our last stops was a local bar for a fun night of drinks, pool and good times with good friends.  Immediately upon entering, one of the gentlemen at the bar wanted to know more about this sweatshirt and where he could get one.  Needless to say I was very excited about this and shared the web address with him.

September 11th isn't the only day we celebrate our patriotism.  There's our nation's birthday, July 4th, there's Veteran's Day and Memorial Day when we remember the fallen who fought so hard for our country as well as the heroes who made it home to tell their stories. We celebrate our flag every day in so many ways.  As a sign of respect, hats are always removed in the presence of our flag and respected it is!

The sweatshirt not only kept Jeff warm all day, it was comfortable and very roomy.  It also held up well in the washing machine and dryer with only a tiny bit of shrinking.  It was still roomy, held it's shape great and looked great on my husband.  Check out and see the many beautiful items that they have created to honor our flag, our country and our fallen heroes.

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RSVP for the #InfinityHeroes Twitter Party Sept. 23 at 1pm EST

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Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party to chat about gaming and the new Disney Infinity 2.0 release !  On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 1:00pm EST, please join us for the #InfinityHeroes Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing all the new features of the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes and giving you a chance to win prizes!

As a mom of boys, I am a true lover of all things super hero! In fact, my youngest plans to be Thor for Halloween and I think he'll make the perfect look alike in his costume. My boys and I are so excited for the new Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes game and we can't wait to play in true super hero fashion with some of our favorites like Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk. I’m can't wait to chat all about Marvel super heroes and to find out which Disney Infinity games character is your favorite at the #InfinityHeroes Twitter Party!

Join me and RSVP for the #InfinityHeroes Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

DATE: Tuesday, September 23

TIME:  1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 - $50 Walmart Gift Card
PRIZES: 4 - (1) $100 Walmart Gift Gift Cards
GRAND PRIZE: (1) $100 Walmart Gift Card & (1) Disney Infinity 2.0:  Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack* (Total ARV $184)  
*Winner may choose from Xbox one, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 or Wii Universe version.

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