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Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to make your New Years resolutions with Saba ACE!

Ready for 2014? Making resolutions already? I am! I lost more than 40 lbs this year and I'm gonna do it again next year! There are some great products from Saba, the makers of ACE that will help me get there safely, and without cravings or hunger.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Stone Mountain Christmas

We are big fans of Atlanta's own Stone Mountain Park. It's such a great destination for families year round. But November & December are my favorite months to visit ~ Stone Mountain Christmas & Snow Mountain are so much fun!  There are over two million lights, holiday music & you may see Santa & Mrs. Claus, the Snow Angel, along with Rudolph & the Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review - Beautiful Live Skin Care System

Recently, I shared a wonderful product with y’all ~ OraMD from Trusted HealthProducts.com.  I love it, my dental hygienist loves it and my family loves it! It's a top quality product and I was happy to share it with my family and friends. So when the company asked if I’d like to review & give away another product from their company, I jumped at the opportunity!





They sent me their Beautiful - Live Skin Care System.  I received a 2 bottles of Beautiful ~ the  A.M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer.   These are very different from any skincare products I’ve used before!  I can tell you that after appx 8 weeks of use, I am in love with them, and my skin craves these oils!  

Not only do these products smell amazing, but my skin looks great!  I’ve gotten several compliments from complete strangers – and that is something that never happened before I used Beautiful! I even had someone from my daughter's office tell her there was no way I was old enough to have a 19 year old daughter - that made my day! I can tell you that at the beginning, I honestly didn’t expect a few drops of oil on my face to make much of a difference, but….wow!  

They even personalize each bottle with your name! I just love that sweet personal touch they give to each order!  This is such a great company, and such high quality products. 




Before I forget - head over and like Trusted Health Products on Facebook to get a $5 off coupon!

Here is some information about the Beautiful products ~
100% pure and natural botanical oils – live cold pressed solution.
NO preservatives, parabens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or additives of any kind
Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave
Beautiful, healthy, young-looking skin
Great for all skin types – oily or dry
Line includes A. M. Moisturizer and P. M. Revitalizer
100% Pure “All-in-One” Skincare: replace your moisturizer, cleanser, toner, firming gel, protectant, repair cream, blemish controller, age-defying serum

The Secret is to Feed Your Skin What it Craves…
Beautiful’s 100% pure live ingredients are the perfect living “foods” that your skin cells need in order to be fed the nutrients they need to stay clean, moisturized and revitalized on a daily basis.
Beautiful’s revolutionary formulation simplifies your daily skincare needs by combining the functions of cleanser, toner, moisturizer, protector, repairer, blemish controller and age-defying serum. Instead of 5-10 products for your face, you’ll use 2: One in the morning, and one in the evening.

Why do we use oils in our product?

You may have been told to never put oils on your face, because oils supposedly cause breakouts or blemishes. This statement alone couldn’t be further from the truth. Sebum, the natural oil produced by your body, is a vital component in keeping your skin moist, elastic, healthy and radiant. The problem comes in when your body over-produces sebum. One of the main causes of this, as mentioned above, is the use of harsh chemical-laden skincare products that strip the natural oils from your face. But when your face’s oils are given what they need in order to remain in balance, the result is beautiful, young looking, glowing skin. This happens because Beautiful works in harmony with nature.

Here’s how Beautiful’s botanical ingredients work in harmony with your skin the way nature intended…
The pure live botanical oils in Beautiful help to balance your face sebum because “oil dissolves oil.” One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve an over abundance of your face oils, a.k.a. “sebum”, is to apply something that is similar in composition – in this case, pure live botanical oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that can create the environment that helps to heal, protect, moisturize and nourish your skin. Trying to keep your skin’s chemistry in harmony on your own is an almost-impossible balancing act. But when you use nature’s pure live botanical oils, they help your facial oils to balance on their own, no matter what type of skin you have – dry or oily. Because your skin’s inner layer is made up of fat and collagen, Beautiful’s pure botanical oils are naturally absorbed after being applied to your skin. No rubbing in is required.
Beautiful’s proprietary A. M. Moisturizer and P.M. Revitalizer work together to help keep your face protected throughout the day and night so nature can do its work to insure a healthy vibrant appearance. Contains NO preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, fragrances, GMO’s, dyes or additives of any kind. Nothing works better than Beautiful.

Directions for use:

Step 1 – APPLY

Your skin recognizes Beautiful as food and therefore will be hungry for it and may require more drops initially.
Place 2 to 3 drops on each cheek 1-2 times daily and gently spread over the entire face with your middle finger in a circular motion. Do not rub in.  If there is any excess after 3 minutes, blot your face with a tissue or damp cloth. There shouldn’t be any excess, so if this happens you may be using too much product.
When used as a make-up remover, place 1-2 drops on a Q-tip or cloth and wipe away make up.

 
Step 2 – DETOX

Your skin is probably used to name-brand products made from creams, chemicals, and other toxic ingredients that give your skin results, but by shocking your skin into submission.

If you’ve used makeup or commercial skin care products for any length of time, your skin is probably clogged and burdened with the build-up of excess oils and environmental junk that comes from the ingredients in these products. Beautiful takes about 30 days to detoxify your skin from these chemicals and ingredients so that your skin can thrive naturally. Results vary for each person.

What to expect during detoxification…

Within the first 30 days of using Beautiful, you may experience a brief blemish breakout. This typically lasts from 1-2 days, possibly up to a week. The botanical oils in Beautiful gently and naturally remove toxins and build up that have accumulated over time from the use of chemical-laden skincare products and cosmetics. These botanical ingredients also help remove the cause behind excessive oil production. If a breakout does occur, this is actually a really good sign, as your skin will be ridding itself of toxins that have built up over time. It’s important not to get discouraged during this brief detoxifying period, because once it ends, your skin will emerge with a more beautiful, young looking, radiant appearance. Results vary for each person.

 
Step 3 – THRIVE

While most people experience noticeable changes within a few days, even greater benefits are achieved in the first 3 months, and then with continued use thereafter. Beautiful will take the place of anti-aging creams, cleansers firming creams, exfoliaters, moisturizers, day/night creams, make-up removers, body lotions, nutrient pacts and more.

INGREDIENTS


A. M. Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado and olive.

P. M. Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, evening primrose and apricot.

Ingredient Properties and Benefits:

Almond – To moisturize, soothe and soften skin, relieve itching from dry skin and to give complexion appearance of improvement and glow.
Orange – Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearance to skin.
Lemon – Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface (to help stop damage to the skin).
Avocado – Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins A, D and E.
Olive – Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative effects for formation of skin cancer and tumors.
Evening Primrose – The nutrients in Evening Primrose Oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence that it can help reduce wrinkles and even help repair stretch marks. It is also rich in omega 6 fatty acids.
Apricot Oil – Apricot Oil is light and gently moisturizes skin. Containing vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as firming and toning.

For me, personally, I’ve noticed that my skin is so much softer and the texture is much improved.   I have a scarred area from having a shingles breakout several years ago, and I’ve definitely noticed a change in that as well.  My skin looks better than it has in years!   Oh, and the fragrance of these products is so fresh & invigorating!  I honestly look forward to my morning and evening routine  when I apply them again!  I literally just use two or three drops of each a day to treat my entire face.  Really love these products and I’m so thankful I was able to review them and share them with y’all as well!    

Men, don’t feel left out! you can have great skin, too - they also have a men’s line, called You’re the Man!  

Visit their website, where you can sign up for their newsletter & check out their Natural Health Blog!

TrustedHealthProducts.com wants to give THREE of my readers a bottle of the A.M. Moisturizer!  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below!

In addition to sponsoring the giveaway,  the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or You’re the Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Weekend Purex Ultrapacks giveaway!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! We had a nice one - my daughter, her boyfriend and another friend of hers from high school were here. We didn't cook as many dishes this year, and I sent them all home with leftovers packed in quart-sized mason jars!!  That way there weren't so many leftovers to tempt me! Win win for everyone! :0)

So....ugh. I had no idea how much of a pain my computer troubles would turn out to be. After I got the hard drive replacement from HP, I took it to Tiger Direct. They had to back up what they could from the corrupted HD, then reinstall everything on the new one.  They kept my laptop for a few days to do all that,  and finally called to say it was good, so I picked it up and brought it home. Didn't have time to do much with it for a few days, but when I finally got it up, nothing would load, save, it was a mess!  I drove back up to Jefferson, to Tiger Direct, & left it for another several days. Picked it up 4 days later when they called me, brought it back home again, and put it aside - it was Thanksgiving week!

At the beginning of this week I tried again ~ this time it won't connect to the internet at all. Boo! I am so tired of dealing with it, and so irritated! We have lots planned for the next few days, so I can't even get it back up to Tiger Direct until next week. In the meantime, I have gotten my icky old (very SLOOOOOOOOOOOW) laptop back up and semi-working. It stinks working on this one though.  I apologize to my sponsors for the delay - I WILL have their reviews and/or giveaways up beginning next week no matter what!

 First up will be the Beautiful Skincare review & giveaway. Y'all are gonna love their products! Then a review for Shirley J - their Whisk Bliss is is super-versatile & has become a staple in my pantry!
Finally, I hope to have a Thirty One Gifts giveaway before the end of the year, or possibly right after the first of the year!

 For now, to apologize for the delay, my dear readers, I've got a short and sweet giveaway! Purex sent me a sample of their UltraPacks plus Oxi and they are amazing!! I used them on some clothes that David had gotten paint on and they came out like new! The scent is fresh and clean. They couldn't be any easier to use - you just pop one into your wash and ta-da! Clothes come out clean, bright and fresh! I believe these UltraPacks worked great and they are now part of my laundry room must-haves!


One of the reasons I love Purex products is because they work as well as the more expensive products out there, but they don't cost a huge portion of my grocery budget! I hope you will try the Purex UltraPacks plus OXI - I just know you will love them as much as I do! So for this giveaway, one winner will receive two coupons, each coupon is for a free pack of Purex Ultrapacks, value up to $6 each. They expire 12/31/13 so this is a FAST giveaway, I want to get them in the mail to you ASAP so you can redeem them before 12/31.
All you have to do is leave me a comment below this post, and make sure you include your email address in the comment so I can reach you!! If your name is drawn, but you didn't leave your email address, I'll have to pick an alternate winner. And that would suck!! So please don't forget!

If you want to, leave a comment once every day for extra entries - but include your email in each one! I'll draw the winner on Monday, December 9.

I need to hear back from the winner within 24 hours, or I'll draw another name, again, this is a time-sensitive prize and I want to get it out to you next week! US addresses, only.

 Purex provided me with the product for review purposes, as well as coupons. No other compensation was received. All opinions given are my own!

Thanks so much for your patience and one way or another I'll be back with a review & giveaway next week!!


 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Computer woes....

Just a quick update.  I have a review/giveaway coming up for a wonderful skincare line, and a review of Shirley J. products to share. However, my laptop's hard drive decided to fail today! What a thing to discover, when you turn on your computer! Luckily, it was covered under warranty!  I'm waiting on a replacement from HP, then I'll have to backup whatever we can salvage on the old one, and transfer it to the new one! So.....it will be next week before my next post.  So sorry!! I should still be able to pull a winner from the Mario Foods giveaway and post that later this week.  Hope y'all have a blessed week and I'll be back to posting next week!!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My favorite Pioneer Woman recipe ~ OLIVE CHEESE BREAD!


One of my most favorite foods in the world is the tiny little salty, savory olive.  I like them black, green, stuffed, not-stuffed, kalamata - you name it.  I add them to everything, and you will always find cans of black olives and jars of green olives in my kitchen! I never ever run out of olives!  Did I mention that D (aka Mr. Picky Pants!) loves them too? Yes, & he got that from me!

Let's see - I put them in our taco meat, spaghetti sauce, casseroles, on top of nachos, pizza, salads - you name it, there's probably an olive variety in there when you're at our home! 

So when I saw that Mario Foods was offering bloggers on Facebook the chance to review Their new On-The-Go Snack OlivesI quickly sent in my request!  I was thrilled when they sent us a sampler box filled with a variety of their delicious snack olives, "packed loose without the juice".   




These olives come in a perfect snack size pouch that you can tuck in a lunch box or even in your purse!  They sent us black olives with natural sea salt, black olives seasoned with roasted red pepper, green olives with natural sea salt, green olives with a hint of garlic, and green olives with a hint of savory pepper. (They also have olives seasoned with Sevillian spices, and kalamata olives seasoned with a hint of thyme). 

Oh my gosh, are they all delicious!  My son was hooked immediately! He loved eating the olives on Ritz crackers ~ the garlic and the red pepper varieties were his favorites!  Spicy and salty and wonderful - just like you'd expect! So tasty!  Want more Mario olives in your life? Check out some of the great recipes Mario Foods has for you to try!

I saved a few packs to use on our first cold evening, when I made a pot of turkey chili.  I decided that Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread would be perfect as a side! It is one of our family's favorites, and I've shared it here before.

Here's the original recipe:

Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread 


1 14.5 oz can black olives, drained
1 6 oz jar green olives (pimento stuffed), drained
2 green onions (I didn't use)
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c mayonnaise - real mayo, no substitutions!
1 lb grated monterey jack cheese
1 loaf crusty french bread ( I bought pre-sliced loaves at the bakery for more servings Saturday - but usually make it with a whole loaf)
Preheat oven to 325.  Roughly chop black olives.  Do the same with the green olives.  Slice green onions them chop them roughly.   In a large bowl, combine the butter, mayo,  cheese, olives and onions. Stir until throughly blended.  (per PW - at this point, grab the nearest cracker and take a taste, repeat as needed, lol!!) 
Slice the french bread in half lengthwise,  spread the olive cheese mixture in an even layer on each half.  Bake 20 -25 minutes,  until cheese mixture is thoroughly melted and beginning to turn light brown and bubbly.  Cut into diagonal slices and serve immediately!! 

Helpful hints: 
You can make the cheese/olive mixture up to 2 days in advance, store tightly covered in fridge.  Or spread mixture on bread and freeze , tightly wrapped for up to six months.  Thaw before baking.   Also super-good on crackers!

Variation - substitute drained, chopped artichoke hearts and grated parmesan for the olives and jack cheese - yum!

The night I made our chili, I swapped some of the regular black and green olives out for the delicious On-The-Go Snack Olives from Mario Foods.  I used one pouch of the green olives with a hint of garlic and one pouch of the black olives with a hint of roasted red pepper.  Wow - did they ever jazz up this bread! SO fantastic.  I'll be making it this way from now on! Even D. liked my new and improved version of Olive Cheese Bread.  It was perfect with the chili!


New additions to my recipe!  See all the spices and herbs? Tasty stuff!

Everything gets mixed up together. 

In the oven ~

and done!

Rich, cheesy, olive-y goodness!

Perfect for dipping in my turkey chili!

I also used the black olives with sea salt on Halloween night - I chopped them up and put them in a hot pizza dip. I left one out til the end and cut it in half to use as a big fat spider on top! (half of the olive was the body, and the other half I cut into 8 thin slivers for legs! I used a bag to pipe some alfredo sauce on top of the dip and then swirled it a little to make a web design, and the scary little olive spider went right in the middle! See it in the pic below, on the left?




These olives are not only delicious for a snack, they are quite versatile for using in recipes! I'm hooked. We'll be sure to keep these in our pantry!  Here's where you can find all the yummy Mario Products for yourself!  

Ready to enter my contest?  Click the link below and enter to win a fantastic gift basket of goodies from Mario Foods.  Items in the basket may vary from the picture above, & it is valued at appx $30. 

  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CLOSED ~ Quick giveaway!! Win a Wooden Spoon from Tuttorosso & JKAA!

So last week I shared the Tuttorosso Wooden Spoon Giveaway that they are running on FB, remember? Today they asked if I'd like to give one of you that same prize! Of course I said yes !  :)




So this will be a super easy, quick giveaway.  First you need to enter the official giveaway on the FB page, then come back here and leave a comment saying you did so.  Please include your email address in the comment so that I can reach you if your comment is the winning entry!  I will pick one comment to
win a wooden spoon from Tuttorosso here on the blog!

Contest closes on November 5th at 12:01 am.  Open to US & Canada.  Prize will be mailed to you directly from the sponsor!


Super Stocking Stuffer!

Just found these on Amazon and ordered a few for stocking stuffers!  Love that they don't require batteries, and are small enough to keep in the car, purse or gym bag! They were only $1.90 each and they shipped for FREE! Click the link to go directly to Amazon... (they come in several colors besides blue, but this was the cheapest one when I ordered!)

Blue 3 LED Hand Press No Battery Wind up Crank Camping Outdoor Flashlight Light Torch


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Meatball Hero Casserole Recipe



I've written before about my son, aka Mr. Picky Pants.  He doesn't eat meat unless it is chicken or turkey.  He will look at the package to be sure I'm not trying to trick him into eating beef!  Silly boy.  So anyway, when I cook, I often have to change things up to work for his palate.  He will eat sliced turkey on sandwiches, but not ground turkey.  He will eat ground chicken though!

A few weeks ago a friend shared an amazing looking casserole on Facebook.  It was a deconstructed meatball sub/Hero casserole - yuuuuuuummmmmmm!   I immediately went to work planning my strategy so we could try this too!

First, I decided to replace the bag of frozen meatballs with some homemade chicken meatballs.  I bought a package of ground chicken, and mixed it with some Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, a little grated parmesan cheese, an egg, ketchup, mustard, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and some Italian seasoning.  I shaped the mixture into meatballs and sauteed them in olive oil on the stovetop til brown.


While they were cooking,  I sliced a loaf of crusty french bread, buttered it and added some garlic powder and Italian seasoning to the top.



Next,  I added a jar of Spaghetti sauce into the pan with the cooked meatballs and brought to a nice simmer.  Starting to smell amazing in here....



To assemble the casserole, I placed the slices of bread around the edges of a medium-sized baking dish (please excuse the condition of my baking dish - I made it at a pottery place when David was a baby, and even though it's starting to show cracks in the glaze in places and the paint is chipping off the sides, I can't stop using it! I love that dish!!)  and spooned the meatballs and sauce into the middle.  Then I sprinkled some grated cheese over the top and placed in the oven til the bread was done and the cheese was nice and melted!

This was so good!  Yes, Mr. Picky Pants loved it, too! We'll be enjoying this several more times throughout the Fall - it's a perfect meal for a chilly night!

So while this isn't a recipe, per se,  I hope it will serve as inspiration to you!  Make your favorite meatballs, use your favorite sauce and customize this to your family's taste! I'm thinking of trying it soon with buttered Texas toast half-slices and BBQ sauce in with the meatballs for a BBQ chicken meatball sandwich casserole!

Let me know in the comments how you like this recipe, and what changes you will make to make this casserole for your family!

Enjoy!

Tuttorosso Wooden Spoon Giveaway



Tuttorosso will be giving away 3,000 wooden spoons over the next three weeks starting Oct. 22nd at   -- to celebrate the nostalgia and heritage of the wooden spoon in so many classic tomato-based recipes (chili, soup, lasagna, manicotti, salsa, etc.).

As you may know, or perhaps have experienced, wooden spoons are often handed down from generation to generation -- and are the preferred tool by professional chefs since they are soft, won't scratch, don't remove heat out of sensitive recipes and have a high heat tolerance.

Anyone can get in on the wooden spoon random drawings by 'liking' Tuttorosso on Facebook and providing some contact information.

(3,000 spoons will be given away over three weeks, as well as a grand prize of one Tuttorosso personalized heirloom wooden spoon and a 6-piece signature cookware by La Creuset).

As company background, the family-owned Red Gold company (which makes the Tuttorosso brand -- ) has been around since the 1940s focused on growing local in the Midwest where true seasons impact the flavor of tomatoes. The Midwest, while it's cold in the winter, has the perfect growing season for tomatoes, perfect angle of the sun, perfect temps -- and even the winter is perfect for tomatoes, as it breaks up the soil for tiny root systems. Few places in the world can you grow such tomatoes.

Do you have a special wooden spoon that's been passed down through your family?  Share your story in the comments below!!   Want a chance to win a wooden spoon from Tuttorosso? Hurry over to the FB page and enter to win!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

LOVE my new Walking Dead Visa Debit Card!


This month I was offered the opportunity to review a prepaid Visa debit card from www.card.com.   I have seen debit cards like this, but never tried one for myself, so I was very excited to check it out. 

First, I went to the website and choose my card.  So yeah, that was difficult!  They have *every* design you can imagine! Seriously!!  I adore Gordon Ramsey, and they even had Hell's Kitchen card designs!  I had the toughest time narrowing it down, but finally I picked one from The Walking Dead.  I LOVE that show, and the skyline of my favorite city was on it, too, so that's what I picked!  (After all, this is Just Kidding Around Atlanta!)


Not a zombie fan? That's ok - they have you covered!  There are cards for breast cancer awareness, autism awareness, Shark Week, kittens, puppies, Garfield, Star Trek, camo, Nascar, steampunk, cityscapes and more!  It is crazy how many fun designs they have!  



I filled out the short application on their website (no credit check needed) and within a week, the card arrived in my mailbox.  I used my card both locally and online; it was as easy as using the debit card from my bank!  I especially liked using it for my online purchases, since there is only a limited amount of money available on the card.  

Here is more information from the good folks at www.card.com:

“This is a debit card, like the one from your bank, and you can use it EVERYWHERE Visa is accepted -- except it's way cooler and cuter than your crummy old bank card!
  • Free to order, activate and load
  • Free app and check deposits from your smartphone
  • Free direct deposit
  • Free card-to-card transfers, any time, anywhere, in seconds
  • No overdraft fees -- never goes negative!
  • Safer than cash - 24/7 support, Visa fraud protection and 100% FDIC insurance on funds
  • No debt, financially responsible, no interest/credit/APRs
  • No credit check and approval in seconds
  • 22,000 in-network ATMs
  • Thousands of cool, unique card designs to choose from, including brands like: Garfield, Popeye, Bettie Paige, James Dean, Care Bears, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Research, Shark Week, Where's Waldo, Doodle Jump, Three Stooges, Nancy Drew, etc.
This card is not a gift card.  You can’t give or receive the card as a gift. But it's better than a gift card ~  you don't just use it once and toss it, but instead get to replace your boring bank-issued debit card and show it off over and over.  

The card is free for 30 days - then there is a $5.95 monthly fee. That fee is waived when you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days.  This fee is the same as the Walmart prepaid card and way less than many competitors charge. It's also much less than overdrafting your bank account, paying for a checking account or using a credit card.”

I found the entire process to be simple and straightforward - the website walks you through everything. I've really enjoyed this fun Walking Dead card from www.card.com.  A few cashiers have remarked how much they liked my Walking Dead card!  

The interactions I've had with the website & staff have been wonderful too - very helpful and kind folks!   I highly recommend this card if you're looking for a debit card provider.  I think it would be PERFECT if you have a child in college - you can load the money on and they will have to learn to budget! But if they don't do well, you are protected - no overdraft fees!

I love that they even have downloadable apps that let you check your balance and much more, for both iPhones and Androids.  You can even deposit checks via your smartphone - how awesome is that?! 


Would love to hear in a comment below which card you would choose!

Disclosure: www.card.com provided me with $25 on the card of my choice to try their service.  All opinions given in this review are my own!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Giveaway ~ Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Halloween DVD!



Who's up for a spooky Halloween giveaway?!  One winner will receive one of the following Spook-Tacular DVDs from Warner Bros.! 

 (Prize will be chosen randomly by the sponsor from the titles below!)

• Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for your Rife!
• Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
• It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
• Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
• Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
• Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
• Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
• Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
• Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

What is the best part about Halloween?

The pumpkin carving? The costumes? The free candy? All are amazing, but whether you are the bunch that loves dressing up and scaring the neighbors or you plan to stay-in, Warner Bros. has a line-up of Spook-Tacular Movies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classics like It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Scooby-Doo The Goblin King to Adventure Time – Jake the Dad, you can count on a spook-tacular selection that the entire family can enjoy!

Before you and the kids take the neighborhood by storm, get in the mood by sharing some spooky stories!

• Which Spooky Family Are You? QUIZ - Is your family all about the candy and costumes? Or are you pumpkin-carving crazy? Take the quiz to find out which spooky family YOU are!


• Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF - It's simple... Halloween is not Halloween without spooky story time! Print out a copy for everyone, sit in a circle, and have everyone craft their own spooky story!

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below....good luck!


Friday, October 11, 2013

CLOSED ~ Giveaway ~ Pacific Rim Blu-Ray!




Go BIG or go EXTINCT!

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is an epic science fiction film set in the 2020s. Earth is at war with Kaijus; colossal monsters from an inter-dimensional gateway on the Pacific Ocean floor. Humanity unites to fight these huge monsters by creating the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid robots that are controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are linked. The story takes place in the later days of the war, following Raleigh Becket, a former Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and paired up with newbie pilot Mako Mori in a final effort to defeat the Kaijus!

Pacific Rim is released on Blu-ray & DVD Oct.15!
Check out the interactive Blog App:



Pacific Rim: CONTROLLABLE GIFs - Move & click your mouse across the GIFs to control the Giant Kaiju and Massive Jaegers!

Pacific Rim SUPERFAN QUIZ - How do your movie smarts stack up? Do you consider yourself to be a movie superfan? Take the quiz to find out!

Pacific Rim SOUNDBOARD - Pacific Rim features epic battles between the Jaegers and Kaiju! Play with SFX from the movie, create your own battle clashes, and save mankind from the apocalypse!

Enter this contest by using the Rafflecopter Widget below! Good luck!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CLOSED ~ Giveaway ~ I'm In Love With A Church Girl movie tix!

Time for another giveaway ~ enter below to win two movie tickets!!


Have you ever had a crush that changed EVERYTHING?

Miles Montego has it all. Including a past, but when Miles meets Vanessa Leon, a woman who is different than every other woman he’s met, he is drawn to her beauty and her faith. Increasingly, he is torn between a life that he knows and a love that he feels. As Vanessa experiences his lavish lifestyle, mobster-type friends, and encounters with past women, Vanessa must reconcile her faith in God and her growing love for Miles.
I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is a powerful, inspiring story of a love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and a family at home and in church that never stops praying and believing.
I’m in Love With a Church Girl opens in theaters October 18.
I'm in Love with a Church Girl CAST:
Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins
Adrienne Bailon
Stephen Baldwin
Michael Madsen
TobyMac





Contest ends 10/20/13, and is open to US & Canadian residents!  Enter through the rafflecopter widget below!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grace Unplugged

Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong!
Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church where her father, a former pop star, is the worship leader. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad's former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad's old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she's always dreamed about.
Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?


Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4 and is “Family Approved” by the Dove Foundation.

The Grace Unplugged Cast:
AJ Michalka
James Denton
Kevin Pollak
Michael Welch

You will love the Grace Unplugged Blog App!

• Are You Ready for ROCKSTAR Life? QUIZ - Are you prepared to be a rockstar in all areas of your life? Take this fun quiz to find out!
• VIEW Heartwarming GIFs - Get all the action and the best scenes from the movie with this collection of GIFs!
• WATCH the Music Video - See the brilliant music video that accompanies “All I’ve Ever Needed,” the hit song by AJ Michalka who plays Grace Trey in the movie.





Grace Unplugged wants to give one of my readers a Grace Unplugged Prize Pack! 


Grace Unplugged Prize Pack INCLUDES:
• Grace Unplugged Soundtrack CD
     - Songs by TobyMac, AJ Michalka, Chris Tomlin and Shawn McDonald.
• Grace Unplugged: A Novel by Melody Carlson.
• Own It: The book Discover Your Faith in God by Michael & Hayley DiMarco.
• Grace Unplugged Exclusive Guitar Pick.

Enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below! And this one is open to US & Canada! Good luck! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE sample Lipton K-Cups!



Hurry over to Lipton's Facebook page and pick your favorite variety.  The app will use your photos from FB to make a music video!  Or you can skip that, and just request your free samples!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE Nexcare Waterproof Bandages Sample!

For four days, Nexcare is giving away FREE samples of their waterproof bandages!  All you have to do to get yours is: visit them here, watch a short video, share on FB or Twitter, and then provide them with your information! Easy-peasy!!

Here's the information from their Facebook page:

Get ready for fall and stock up your first-aid kits! 

Starting today, we're giving away 25,000 Nexcare™ Waterproof Bandage samples every day for 4 days! Click the link below to sign-up -- these will go fast!!

I just got my sample (7:30 pm on Tuesday) so head over and sign up for yours.  If you miss out today, don't forget to check back!




Sunday, September 15, 2013

My weight loss update!!



UPDATE on Wednesday: I've lost 30 lbs!! And Nicole has lost 89 lbs!! :) 


So, it's been about 6 months since I told you about discovering ACE! I have been taking it ever since, and LOVE the energy it gives me every day.  I am getting so much more done, and naps are a thing of the past! I love that ACE keeps me energized without feeling jittery, nervous or weird.  I just wake up and have lots of energy to get things done! I feel much better knowing I'm taking a natural supplement!

The weight loss has been steady, but if I was exercising it would be even better.  However, I hate exercise, even now when I have the energy for it!  I'm down 28 lbs with ACE, but even more importantly - 20 inches! 20!!!!!! I've lost 6 inches from my waist alone. AMAZING!  I would probably be down another 10 or 15 if I would consistently get some exercise, so I'm trying hard to add it in.  And I do drink at least 100 oz of water daily.

Since January 1, I am down 38 lbs - that is almost 2 of the disgusting 20 lb blobs of fat in the bottom of this picture! I feel really good know that nasty fat is gone forever!

I have a team of three great associates so far, and we're helping women (and men!) who thought they couldn't drop the pounds, to actually see results.  ACE isn't a magic pill or fad diet - it works by changing your eating habits! It helps you feel full, so that your portions go from big to normal.  It curbs the cravings for carbs and sweets (BIG deal for me!).  Sweet tea and soda lose their appeal after a few weeks on ACE for most folks (they taste much too sweet!) so you drink more water, less calorie-laden drinks.   I've seen friends who couldn't lose weight, actually lose weight! :) 

 You have to commit to the full 30 days when you begin, because ACE starts working differently for everyone.  A few lucky folks feel the energy and lose weight immediately, others, like me,  may take a few weeks! So give it 30 days.  You weigh & measure the day before you begin, and then no more scale or measuring tape for at least 4 weeks! If you weigh daily, you will get crazy frustrated! So put them away and let your body and ACE work together!


The energy gets you moving and getting more done -- I've finally gotten one room painted that had been unfinished for years -- and found out that painting burns lots of calories and works muscles we don't use often! I just never had the energy to tackle that over the last few years. My house looks better, I take my son out to play at the park or playground much more often, and I feel SO good!  I used to get headaches all the time - probably from the half sweet/half unsweet tea I'd drink - I never drank them at the same time and when I didn't have it early - headache arrival!  After a month on ACE I realized they were gone!   So I'm not a daily Advil/Tylenol user anymore.  Many positive changes since ACE.



One other change I've made after talking to the director of the group I'm in - I take a day off every week.  I didn't start that til week 12 per instructions that came with my ACE, but actually found out it is supposed to start after two full weeks on ACE.  This helps your body get used to not taking it every day, and actually helps with weight loss.

In case you wonder if your weight loss can be maintained after you stop taking ACE ~ I've talked to several ACE users who have lost and maintained the loss! Most people who lost weight with ACE still take it 2 - 3 days a week once they reach their goal, because they love the energy they get! And since they no longer drink caffeinated drinks or energy drinks, they take natural ACE to get that nice boost, without the crash!  My director and her mom have both lost 40+ lbs, and kept it off going on two years now!

My friend Nicole, who introduced me to ACE has lost almost 90 lbs now! She looks fantastic, which I told her Friday when I saw her!  Here is the latest picture of her from about 10-12 lbs ago!  She took some time off over the summer from her ACE and then started back working out with a trainer to get going again!

I have taken some time off from ACE myself - most recently for about 3 weeks in August.  We ate out alot for my birthday!  I didn't take my ACE, so I expected to see a huge change on the scale.  When I was finally brave enough to check it - not one ounce gained!  



I started taking ACE again and am expecting to see another 22 lbs gone by the end of the year.  I didn't gain it overnight, so I'm ok with it coming off slowly and steadily! Some girls are lucky and lose all their weight in 6 months.  I'm over 40, and have a slow metabolism, so I don't expect those results.  I'm just thrilled it is coming off and staying off! I still want to lose another 60 lbs or so total, so by this time next year I hope to be at my goal, thanks to ACE!  

The best part (besides feeling good and energized) has been watching all my clothes get saggy, baggy big! I've been able to wear some things from my closet and drawers that are from several years ago to get me by.  I don't want to shop for new clothes until I reach a goal I set for myself when I started! Almost there, but not quite.  I can't wait to go shopping for some new clothes! (I'm down 2 shirt sizes and at least 1 pant size, so far!)



If you want to order ACE yourself, I'd love to be your Associate and help you on your weight loss journey.  For me, starting ACE has been life-changing.   And if you are looking for a rewarding job that you can work on your schedule - ACE is it! I barely put a post on FB that it's back in stock and I have emails, online orders and pm's to meet people locally with it.  I have a hard time keeping it in stock, and a few times my upline has been out too - ACE is taking over everywhere! 

Here are a few more testimonials, and if you are ready to try it yourself, here's my store! It's on sale today and tomorrow to celebrate this update!












At the end of the year I'm going to do my own first side-by-side photo - I want it to be a bigger number than I'm at now, lol!   Please check out my facebook group - www.facebook.com/ACEbyaimee - I share lots of pics, recipes etc on there and would love to have y'all like my page!

Thanks very much for reading this ~ I just wanted to share an update.  I've had that little weight loss counter up top for all year, since I decided to lose 60 lbs this year.  I lost the first 10 on my own, and now almost another 30 with the help of ACE!  So keep an eye on that and I'll update it the first of each month.

If you are interested in a career with Saba, please send me an email ~ justkiddingaroundatlanta AT gmail DOT com.  :)  I would love to have you on my team and it doesn't matter where you live in the US, you can still be on my team, help others and make money!!  Thanks again, and y'all have a blessed Sunday!






(If you would be interested in an ACE giveaway, leave me a comment below.  If there is enough interest, I will do one soon! But I need to see how many of y'all would be interested!)