Thursday, October 1, 2015
I have been more than blessed that no one in my family has suffered with Breast Cancer. I have, however, lost friends and distant relatives to this horrid disease. It has to stop. We MUST find a cure.
In this month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, it is always a pleasure to share with you companies that not only promote awareness but contribute to research.
One such company is Glamulet -- a charming on-line shop that offers beautiful charms and bracelets.
During #GlamuletPinkOctober, 50% of the sales of Pink Limited Edition Charms will be donated to charities for breast cancer. Is that not an amazing gift to research?
There really is no better way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness than to wear it. Buy one for yourself and another for a family member or friend and know that you are giving your support and money to fund a cure.
Visit http://www.glamulet.com/breast-cancer-october-2015 and create your own personal Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet and charms. Not only will you have a beautiful heirloom but the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are helping women around the world to live a cancer-free life.
This post sponsored by Glamulet and Bandbacker. I will receive product as compensation. All opinions remain my own.
The winner of the myBOOKmark Giveaway is...
Congratulations, I've emailed you!
Thank you to everyone that participated -- I appreciate your continued support!
I have more great reviews and giveaways coming soon!
Have a wonderful October!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We've all done it... time to go out for some fun and... our nails look like heck. No time for a professional manicure, so what to do?
I have the answer! It's time for an imPRESS Manicure! This is a brilliant press-on kit that includes press-on nails and at least two fancy embellishments.
They are so easy to apply and remove. They look natural and your pals will think you've spent a fortune. A quick prep of your natural nails and you are ready to peel and place the imPress nails.
When you're ready to remove, simply moisten with a bit of polish remover and peel off!
* Simply peel backing and press on
* No drying time and no mess
* Safe on natural nails
* Mega gel shine
* UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
* Available at Walgreens for just $7.99
Nails may be worn up to one week. They may be cut and filed. Remove by peeling. Just be sure to read the directions carefully before applying for maximum effectiveness.
I love the red gloss nails. Very feminine and very sexy! The diamond heart embellishments are adorable!
I like the natural matte nails, too. I have always like the French Manicure look. It's perfect for everyday / workday wear. The accent nails are beautiful and add a touch of pizzaz.
You can learn more about these fantastic press-on nails at http://impressmanicure.com/.
DISCLOSURE: I received two sets of imPress Press-on Nails for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Winner of the Brooklyn Bean Roastery Back to School Giveaway is...
Congratulations!!! I've emailed you.
Thank you to everyone that participated. I appreciate your continued support.
I have more great reviews and giveaways coming soon!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I'm sure that you all know by now that I am still on my weight-loss journey. I've had several setbacks due to health issues this year, but I am still pushing toward my goals. I refuse to give up.
I'm quite sure that you all know my greatest weapon is the Espresso Protein Powder from Drink Click. It's my go-to breakfast and late evening snack. This is my life-line when I fall. It keeps me going and keeps me healthy.
Now, I realize that there are other protein powders on the market. I've tried a few in the past. Why didn't I stick with any of them? Because they were all Whey Protein powders. Is that bad? No, not really. But I could NOT get used to the taste or after-taste of those powders. I also didn't care for the way the whey protein metabolizes and I could not get past their inability to completely dissolve -- clumps are just not appealing.
Then I discovered my beloved Click Coffee Protein Powder! What's the difference between Click and other protein powders?
It's the Casein Protein. Casein is a milk protein. It has no unpleasant after-taste, it dissolves completely, and it metabolizes in the most optimum way.
Proteins are composed of both essential and nonessential amino acids:
Essential amino acids must be obtained through food as the body cannot synthesize these.
Nonessential amino acids are still important to construct our body’s proteins. The name just means it is not necessary for us to ingest them because our bodies can synthesize them.
1. Casein’s greatest strength is timing. Casein has the ability to provide your bloodstream with a slow and steady flow of amino acids that could last for hours. Casein is better used at bedtime. While you sleep, you have the greatest opportunity for muscle repair, and casein can aid in that type of repair throughout the night since it produces seven hours of steady elevation of amino acids.
2. A recent study concluded that a 25% increase in casein intake while dieting boosts energy expenditure, protein balance, satiety, and negative fat balance, which is beneficial to body weight management
3. Studies have shown that casein has anti-catabolic abilities. In other words, it prevents or minimizes the breakdown of hard-earned muscle.
4. No unpleasant after-taste or clumping.
Now, I am a big fan of getting in at least two servings of fruit each day and I much prefer it at breakfast. So I just add it to my Click!
Here's my early morning recipe:
1/2 ripe banana
1/4 cup sliced strawberries (frozen or fresh)
10 ounces low-fat milk
2 scoops Click protein powder
Ice (or even better, cubes made from frozen coffee!!!)
1. Assemble ingredients
2. Add milk, coffee cubes, fruit, and powder
3. Blend well!
Drink it up and enjoy!
Now, another thing I have found useful over the years is a community of other women and men who are sharing this same journey. That community is Spark People and I've been a member for several years.
If, like me, you need encouragement, support, and advice then Spark People may help you!
To help you on your weight loss journey, I am offering one winner a Spark People-based workout DVD, Total Body Sculpting.
Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter!
Open to USA, 16+, No PO Boxes. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on October 5, 2015. All entries are verified.
This giveaway is sponsored by Gathering My Roses. The prize was purchased privately and this giveaway is not associated with or sponsored by DrinkClick or SparkPeople. All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.
Monday, September 21, 2015
I love make-up. I especially love eye-shadow. The proper colour palette and imaginative application can take you from workaholic to outdoor adventurer to late-night vamp!
Measurable Difference has a line of simply gorgeous eye shadow! My favourite is the sultry
Desert Nights palette.
Isn't it stunning? There is so much versatility in those amazing colours.
Measurable Difference is available in countries all around the world at retailers including stores like Nordstrom.com, Walgreens.com, Beauty.com, and Pharmasave in Canada, and other beauty supply stores around the world, as well as on Lashem.com
Measurable Difference may also be found at http://www.chrislie.com/
How would you like to win an amazing eye shadow palette from Measurable Difference? Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I love to read. My Nanie taught me to read when I was three. She'd read to me every night and that didn't stop until I was probably 10 years old. When she no longer read to me, I read on my own.
I think I developed my love for bookmarks from her, too. She used family photographs. I used pics of David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman!
Just recently, I discovered an Etsy shop called myBOOKmark and its unique, hand-crafted, and ingenious bookmarks!
Olena has an amazing imagination and has created the most fantastic bookmarks you will ever find.
Now, I am re-reading The Hobbit (and will re-read the Lord of The Rings Trilogy) this fall. As a long-time LoTR fanatic, I HAD to have the Hobbit bookmark.
There is hair on the Hobbits toes!!! It feels very much like Bilbo and Frodo are on the adventure with me.
The verse reads, "Home is behind, the world ahead,
and there are many paths to tread." -- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.
♥ Unique handmade product. Made in Ukraine.
♥ Length of the 'legs' - 2 ",total size (legs + bookmark) - 7.5 x 2"
♥ Materials : Polymer clay, acrylic paint, varnish, metal
♥ Real colors may slightly differ from their appearance on your display, as it depends on your monitor settings
♥ In real life bookmark may be more shiny than on photo
It's well-crafted and sturdy. It promises to last a very long time... perhaps as long as a Hobbit!
Another favourite bookmark is the ever-sophisticated Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story.
Perfection, is it not? It makes me smile every time I see it!
To see all of Olena's brilliant creations, visit her etsy shop and browse her many offerings!
Be sure to connect with her on her other social media pages:
Facebook and Instagram.
Olena has very generously offered one lucky reader the chance to win a hand-crafted bookmark of his / her own choice! How fabulous is that?
Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!
Open to USA, 13+, No PO Boxes, all entries are verified. Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2015.
I received a HOBBIT Bookmark for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The winner of the Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season OR The Originals: The Complete Second Season Giveaway is...
Tallulah Jane, please email me at pr4gatheringroses @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
Thank you to everyone that participated! I have more great reviews and giveaways coming soon!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The winner of the #LearnWithOrkin Back to School Prize Pack
Laurie Nykaza, please email me at pr4gatheringroses @ gmail . com (remove spaces) to claim your prize!
I have more great giveaways coming soon!