Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Favorite Child" Coffee Mug #GotMeTipsy

This is a cute mug! I love it.  Now, I have TWO daughters, so I'm definitely going to get two mugs.

It's made of thick, kitchen-grade glass.  Very well-made. It holds approx. 13 ounces of liquid, hot or cold.

It is dishwasher safe and the writing is guaranteed NOT to wash off.

Isn't it cool?  I have to buy one for my Mom, too.  Just don't tell my little sister... she wouldn't understand. ;)

You may purchase this nifty "Favourite Child" mug at

I received this mug in order to facilitate a review. All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

LifeWell Garden Hand Trowel #LifeWell

In Savannah, we have gardens everywhere.  Fields, alleyways, doorsteps, window boxes... you name it, we plant it.

The weather is glorious, the rain comes on time, and the sun shines.

Right now, sadly, I do not have a garden of my own but I share one with a good friend.  She was very excited when I told her we were getting an new garden tool: a  hand trowel!

This is an excellent digging tool.  It's designed specifically to reduce strain on the fingers and hands.  Ergonomically correct, it helps the gardener to avoid stress and symptoms of carpal tunnel injury.

That's my pal holding the LifeWell Garden Hand Trowel.  

Here, you can see it in use.  It's fantastic.  Sharp enough to dig up weeds, yet still perfect for working more delicate plants.

***There has never been a more ROBUST GARDEN TROWEL! These polished aluminum gardening trowels are rust-proof, and look great!

***High quality, light-weight polished aluminum trowel head with FULL TANG HANDLE for maximum strength

***Superbly designed ERGONOMIC handle feels natural in your hands and offer excellent grip. The handle has molded finger grips, a rubberized palm grip and sculpted thumb depression for maximum leverage.

***EASY TO SPOT IN YOUR GARDEN, with high visibility, almost florescent green handles.

***Buy with the complete confidence of a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

You may purchase the LifeWell Garden Hand Trowel on

I received a Garden Hand Trowel for the purpose of review. All opinion are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What is Your Back-to-School Jewelry Fashion Statement ?

This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.


Heading back to school is always exciting and maybe even a little nerve racking. You've got a backpack full of new supplies, some great new clothes and a chance to start fresh. Now's the time to stand out from the crowd.

Whether you're going back to high school or hitting the college campus, one way to really make an impact and show off your seriously unique style is accessories that will turn heads and make your classmates envious.

Get that extra boost of confidence when you wear modern, cool, edgy accessories like ear cuffs, ear jackets, hand sheaths and unique statement rings.  Visible Interest is a top destination to get the newest jewelry pieces by indie designers who share a passion for the uniquely fresh and modern and who believe in the charm of individuality. Visible Interest has something for every hip chick – sleek and modern options in gold, silver, or mixed metal looks.

Check out Visible Interst's Back-to-School Collection and get 15 percent off your purchase with the code:
Back2School through September 19th, 2015.

DISCLOSURE: This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Savannah Bee Company WINNER!

The winner of the Savannah Bee Company Giveaway is...

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Thank you to everyone that participated, I appreciate your support.  More great reviews and giveaways coming soon!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School with Campus Book Rentals!

Are you in school? Or perhaps your spouse or kids? If so, then you know that textbooks are expensive. Very Expensive. We've all faced the issue of trying to re-sell those textbooks.  A lot of campus bookstores won't give you back even ten percent of your purchase price.  As to other students, you have to pray that the class will use the same book.

Several years ago, when our youngest daughter was first enrolled at GSU, we rented several books from Campus Book Rentals.  We found one of her Accounting books and two History books. We saved a lot of money that we used for other necessities.

I have recently discovered that it isn't just the college student that has to buy school books. Oh no.  Some schools require the students to purchase a portion, if not all, of the books needed for class.

That's where Campus Book Rentals comes in. Campus Book Rentals will rent books to you at a low price for as long as you need it! When you're finished, just return it No shipping charges. It's that easy!

Campus Book Rentals has a very flexible rental plan and rents for 40 to 90% of the cost of buying the book! It's a great deal for parents and students.  It also takes away the stress involved with the change of classes each semester. 

One of my friends showed me her daughter's reading list. Long and impressive, it was.  One of the books she needs is Harold Nicolson's The Congress of Vienna. Brand new this book retails for well over $50. I found it at Campus Book Rentals for less than $40.


You all know how important it is for me to promote companies that I believe in -- companies that give back to the global community.  Campus Book Rentals does just that:

Campus Book Rentals is working in co-operation with Operation Smile, an awesome organization that performs life changing cleft palette surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. The long-term improvement in qualify of life for the children that receive these surgeries is almost incomprehensible.

Campus Book Rentals is contributing to Operation Smile in two ways: First, they have made the minimum commitment to 80 Surgeries. And second, through RentBack, they provide students the opportunity to direct any portion of their earnings to Operation Smile directly from their RentBack account.

RentBack is a program that puts money into student's pockets. Campus Book Rentals has provided the tools to allow students to contribute directly through this powerful program.  Campus Book Rentals is determined to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

I've had great experiences with Campus Book Rentals and I know that you will, too.

You can connect with Campus Book Rentals on their website and social media pages: 
FacebookGoogle+, and @textbookrentals on Twitter.

I was compensated monetarily for this post, however, all opinions are based on my own experience with the company.

Veils and Mantillas Review and Giveaway, ends 9/3/15 #VeilsAndMantillas

I am Roman Catholic.  I attended Saint Michael's Catholic School.  I wore saddle oxfords and a blue plaid skirt and every morning at Mass, I wore a small plaid "beanie" to cover my head.

Over the past few years, I've noticed that a lot of women were no longer wear head coverings or veils. However, when I began attending St. Frances Cabrini, I began seeing more and more women wearing the veil or mantilla at Mass.

When I came across a company called Veils and Mantillas I was intrigued.  Their beautiful veils brought back so many memories.  I knew I wanted to get one.

Why?  Because I am drawn toward my Faith more and more each day.  For me, the veil is a sign of reverence and obedience.  How do I feel when I wear it?  I feel closer to G-d.  Closer to Jesus.  I feel closer to the Eucharist and the Liturgy.

I also feel protected and very blessed to be able to freely worship.

I spoke about these things to Teresa Preiss who designs and sews the veils.  She very generously made a veil for me and agreed to allow me to share it with you. 

I received a very beautiful Lavender Veil trimmed in white lace.  It arrived in a sheer organza bag along with a booklet explaining the veil and why it is worn in Church.

I chose lavender because it is a subtle, delicate colour and that appealed to me.  I requested the large because I have thick curly hair and knew I'd need a larger size.

I didn't take any photos inside the church -- I thought that was improper. I think you can see how the veil drapes and covers the head and falls on the shoulders.

The veil comes down to mid-back on me (but I'm only 5' 3").  I am so very pleased with it.


This exquisite Handmade long lace veil in size Large, made from a light weight floral lace with white scalloped edges, gently frames the face. It is a traditional D-shape Catholic church veil that gracefully falls mid-way down the back on most women.

This mantilla veil is soft and Light weight for your comfort, and it comes with a beautiful protective veil bag for dust-free, snag-free, and wrinkle-resistant storage.
It is also available in a variety of other colors.

***Material: All new material, 100% polyester lace
***Color: Lavender
***Dimensions: 50” wide 24” long

***Veil Care: Hand wash cold with gentle soap. Squeeze gently and lay flat to dry. Medium iron if necessary.

Each veil comes with a booklet that examines the wearing of the veil.  It is very enlightening and I learned much from reading it.

Every Friday, Teresa offers "Freebie Friday" -- just comment on the photo for your chance to win the Veil / Mantilla of the week!

Teresa has also very generously offered one of my readers the opportunity to win a veil of their choice (excluding the Exquisite Mantilla and Guadalupe Mantilla found on

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to win.

Open to USA only, 16+, No PO Boxes, please. All entries will be verified. Giveaway ends on 9/3/15. One winner.

I received a veil for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sitara Collections Beaded Pens Review and Giveaway 3 Winners End 8/30/15

Aren't those pens adorable?  I love them -- they make me smile every time I see them! The Sitara Collections Beaded Pens are absolutely fun! The colours are intense and they are decorated with seed beads and little diamond-shaped mirror beads. They have screw-on caps which offers much more protection from leaks than pop off caps.

The pens arrive in a set of six (6) pens and 10 refills -- all blue ink. The pens are a bit less than 5 inches long and will fit easily into a pocket, handbag, clutch, etc. I gave one to my Mom last night and she loves it.

I keep one in the small cross-body tote with my phone -- it makes life a bit easier for me! I also plan on getting some fro Christmas stocking stuffers.  I am very impressed with these little pens -- they are fun AND functional!

You may purchase these pens at

I want to put a smile on the faces of three of my readers!  Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to win!

I received these pens in order to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

#saltsoap Adovia Dead Sea Salt Soap Review

I love soaps and scrubs made with Dead Sea Salt.  It's a wonderful cleanser, exfoliator, and soother of skin.  I've been using sea salt soaps for many years.  Adovia has some of the finest soaps and scrubs I've ever used.

The water of the Dead Sea is the saltiest water on earth with so much salt present that people literally float on the surface of the sea and can't sink! The sea salt itself has contains over 26 minerals essential for skin health and beauty such as Magnesium, Postassium, Calcium, Sodium and much more. Today Adovia is bringing this magical experience of bathing in Dead Sea salt to your bathtub with our Pure Dead Sea Bath Salt.  Our salts are harvested at the southern point of the Dead Sea - in Israel.  We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality Dead Sea salts - 100% Pure with no additional processing or additives.  To prove that you are getting the genuine salts - straight from the Dead Sea we include a Certificate of Authenticity with every order.

This soap leaves my skin feeling bright, smooth, and clean. It does dry my skin a bit, but because I use moisturizer after washing my face, that doesn't last very long.

I like to use this soap in conjunction with other Adovia products for the best skincare results.

*** Infused with 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts from the Dead Sea
*** Dead Sea Salt Contains over 21 Minerals Key to Skin Health and Beauty
*** Deeply Moisturizing and Hydrating Soap great for Dry and Normal to Dry Skin
*** Dead Sea Minerals Essential to Skin Function Contained in the Soap Include Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and More.
*** Great Value and Benefits for A Daily Moisturizing Facial Cleanser

I received Adovia Dead Sea Salt soap for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Universal Cell Phone Holder #CoolMobileStuff

Happy Husband is on the road quite a bit as a Surveyor and he needs to keep his phone close. Unfortunately, the truck has no place for it.  So, when asked to review the Universal Cell Phone Holder, we were very happy to do it!

The minute we saw it we loved it.  It's very easy to attach to either windshield or AC vent. It's adjustable and the phone is easily and quickly removed and replaced.

Mike has an HTC Inspire and mine is a Samsung Nexus -- both fit the holder.  I believe any phone will work with this holder.

Mike likes it because it prevents anything in the truck bouncing off of the phone, no drink will spill on it, and it doesn't go flying when he brakes.  We've all had that happen.  I  like the holder, too, because it doesn't interfere with the line of sight and Mike doesn't take his eyes off the road when he needs to make a call.  SAFETY FIRST. 

***Universal Cell Phone Holder 3-in-1 for Air Vent / Dashboard / Windshield. Secure Fit in Seconds. High Quality, Long Lasting. Easy to Install. Excellent for Any Size Mobile Device Including Large Screen

***Keep your smartphone easily accessible while driving. Fumbling to find your phone while driving can be a real pain, not to mention dangerous.

***Our Universal 3-in-1 Mobile Mount is the perfect solution. It is easy to attach to your air vent, windshield, or dashboard. And it attaches securely in just seconds. The well padded protective grips hold your phone safely and securely without scratching.
Mobile Mount is the best solution:

***Put your smartphone or GPS into the Mobile Mount with one hand. Grip opens wide to fit any device up to 4.5 inches 

***Cushioned expandable holder with secure gripping mechanism offers both air vent attachment and suction cup attachment 

***360 degree rotating holder and push button release allows for one handed device removal 

***Suction cup features secure lock mechanism with fast release. Sturdy construction 


You may purchase the Universal Cell Phone Holder at

I received a Universal Cell Phone Holder for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce #imhotsauce

I am crazy about this sauce! It's a little above medium heat and slightly spicy and tastes fabulous! It's utter perfection on steak (my favourite way to use it) but it also woks well as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers or gator bites. The spices and the heat improve on and enhance the food, but doesn't over-power.

Malagueta Peppers make this sauce hot -- but gives it great flavour. The sauce is made with all natural flavours and spices -- no artificial ingredients.  Home-made in small batches keeps the quality very high.  0% Fat, 0% Cholesterol and only 1% sodium make this sauce a heart-healthy choice as well. 

Happy Husband grilled the PERFECT steak and I doused it with Chef Cristiane's I'm Hot Gourmet Sauce.  Brilliant! I wish you could taste this right now.  It's simply the tastiest hot sauce I have ever tried.  

You may purchase Chef Cristiane's Brazilian Gourmet Hot Sauce on

I received a bottle of I'm Hot Sauce for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.