Thursday, August 14, 2014

Product Review: Australian #TeaTreeOil - Including FREE Recipe Guide

Check it Out!  Essentials oils have been getting a lot of attention lately.  There are so many benefits of oils that I have been exploring them more and more.  I love finding products that can do the job I need done in a natural and safer way.  I first used Tea Tree Oil back when my kids were in elementary school.
Having a little girl with long hair it wasn't long before we got a taste of the lice bug.  What an ordeal this little nit can cause!  I would spend upwards of $50 on products to kill and rid those pesky things.  I finally was told to try Tea Tree Oil and it was cheaper, healthier than all those chemicals and effective.

Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile essential oils.  It can be used to make your own shampoos, lotions, soaps and even body wash.  It can be used to treat acne, cold sores and ringworm too!  Tea Tree Oil is often used to protect wounds and treat fungus.  Not only that but it is quite useful around the home as well.  You can make your own all natural household cleaners and detergents.   Because of it's disinfecting qualities it makes a great bathroom and kitchen spray.

I am so glad I got the opportunity to review this product and have so many uses planned for it!  I first used it as a cleaner and it is amazing.  Chemical free and all natural, I can rest easy knowing I am using products that are safer for my family.
Every 4 ounce bottle comes with a Free 100 page guide that will provide you with all the ways that this oil can be used to improve our life and make it safer too!

I could not get over the many ways that Tea Tree Oil can be used and I love having the recipe guide at my fingertips.  I am personally not that fond of the scent of this oil and I don't know that I could put it near my face without some scented oils included so I decided to clean with it first.  I want to take advantage of the anti-bacterial properties.  I first made the all purpose cleaner and I love it.  It is great for the countertops, the floors and tables and chairs. 

You can head over to Amazon HERE and get yourself some of this 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Veggie Tales: Celery Night Fever DVD Review & #Giveaway

*I received this product via FlyBy Promotions for purposes of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  When my kids were little, one of mine and their favorite things to watch was Veggie Tales!  I love the faith based episodes and the kids love the characters, stories and music.  Who doesn't love talking food?  These guys are awesome!  
I recently received the newest Veggie Tales DVD, Celery Night Fever to review.  

About The Movie:
In Celery Night Fever, the retro funkadelic sights and sounds of polyester leisure suits and disco balls take center stage – along with a timeless message of friendship and forgiveness. Actor Terry Crews provides the voice of Bruce Onion, a nefarious real-estate developer who plans to turn the serene, green Celery Park into a parking lot.  His unsavory scheme spurs Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus to enact a bold plan: reuniting the long-lost ’70s band The Groovy Brothers to play at a fund-raising concert. The problem is, The Groovy Brothers haven’t spoken to each other in decades, and the members have little interest in getting back together.  Their long-simmering feud spills over to affect Laura and Junior.  It’s not just Celery Park that’s in jeopardy – if best friends can’t learn to forgive each other and accept each other’s faults, the veggies might lose their cherished community gathering spot. 

Celery Night Fever features six original songs, including a wonderfully lively number from Bruce Onion, who is voiced by Terry Crews!  It debuted exclusively on DVD on August 5th.
This is a story about forgiveness, kindness and compassion.  Told in a way that only Veggie Tales can do, this story will enlighten and entertain your children.  I recommend this DVD to anyone.  I can see kids of all ages enjoying this awesome illustrated story.

If you have a Veggie Tales fan in your life, enter via the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win your very own copy of Veggie Tales:  Celery Night Fever.  Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only. 

@5HourEnergy Gift Pack #Giveaway

*I received the products and information in this post for purposes of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®.

Check it Out!  It really is hectic around my house lately.  With an ailing husband, 3 kids home all day, the animals and taking care of everything else, feeling run down is becoming more and more common.  Finding a way to keep the energy level up can be challenging.  I am not a big Energy Drink person so using 5 Hour Energy shots is a great way to help with getting that energy boost without all the side effects of those large drinks. I was super stoked to get an amazing gift pack via 5hour Energy and Coyne PR that included all the 5hour Energy you see below and a sweet $25 Gift Card!
You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win the same gift pack!

What I love most about 5-hour Energy shots is that they are quick and easy to use.  It takes only a moment to drink one down and they are available in so many flavors and varieties. 5-hour Energy Shots have no herbal stimulants, no carbs and no sugar so there is no crash!  Each shot is only 4 calories too!

·         5-hour ENERGY® shots are dietary supplements that provide hours of energy and alertness
·         Contain a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients
·         Helps people feel alert and energized for hours
·         Zero sugar, zero carbs, zero herbal stimulants and 4 calories!
·         Caffeine in a 5-hour ENERGY® shot is comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee
·         May consume up to 2 bottles of 5-hour ENERGY®, spaced several hours apart. For moderate energy, drink ½ bottle of 5-hour ENERGY®

Along with that great gift pack I received an invitation to participate in the 5-hour Energy "Yummification" Video Contest.  If you have a 5-hour Energy recipe and you submit it, you could win $1,000, $10,000, $30,000 or even $50,000!

Here are the details:

·         Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol)
·         To enter the contest, visit and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!)
·         One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:
o   Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)
o   Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)
o   Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)
  • Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible.  No purchase necessary.  US residents only.  18 years and up   
  • To enter, visit and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook at and follow the instructions to click the contest tab
·     For official rules, visit

I haven't had time to get a video made, but I did come up with my own way to incorporate the benefits of 5-hour Energy into a healthy alternative to help me start my day.

My drink is called the Fruit Creamy Berry 5-hour Energy Smoothie.  

My ingredients include:

  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3-hour Energy Berry flavor

I simply added all the ingredients to my blender and blended until creamy and smooth.  

I don't know that I will ever be able to get a video submitted, but I have discovered that there is so many choices in "yumiffing" my 5-hour Energy!  

Now here is your chance to win a 5-hour Energy Gift Pack just like the one I received.  Don't forget this includes:

  • A variety of 5-hour Energy Drinks
  • A $25 Visa Gift Card
Enter via the Rafflcopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  No P.O. Boxes.  Good Luck!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Check it Out!  I have a couple of giveaway winners to announce!

The Winner of The Notes from a Blue Bike Book Giveaway is...

Debi Gibson

The Winner of the Milo's Treats Gift Pack is...

Heather Hayes Panjon

Congratulations to the winners!  
The winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.

Book #Giveaway - Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls by Kate Conner

*I received the book in this post via Propeller Consulting LLC.  All opinions expresses are my own.

Check it Out! I have a 14 year old so I am well aware of what drama is.  Although my daughter doesn't usually get directly involved, we are both well aware and frequently witnessing it.  As a mom to a teenager I found this book to be a wonderful addition to my toolbox for parenting.  
You Are Enough!  That is the foundation of this book.  

This book is written for girls, by a girl!  And it is a combination of humor, witty writing and spirituality that will help girls, of really any age, understand that they are Enough.  

You are valuable enough.
You are beautiful enough.
You are capable enough.

Enforcing the message that they are enough, each chapter in this book contains amazing and powerful messages.  From emotions, to tanning beds to modesty, this book touches on issues that many parents find difficult to talk about with their teen. I recommend you read it first then turn it over to your teen.  This would be a super beneficial book to single fathers, as it gives an insight that a man just doesn't get.  

If you wanna check out more info on this book, be sure and check out the website   If you wanna chance to win a copy of your own, just enter via the Rafflecopter from below!  This giveaway is open for US and Canada residents only.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Upcycle Charger Plates

Check it Out!  Last week I showed you how to upcycle an old charger plate into a mini beachscape.  You can GO HERE to check that out. I have some of those charger plates left so of course I had to figure out something else to do with them.
My craft space is sorta undefined in my home and it continually evolves.  It is in a room that is quite central in my home and I guess would be considered a den to some people.  This room also contains my office and all of our homeschool supplies.  Defining the different areas of the room seems to be the problem but with time I will work it all out.  For now I just keep moving and rearranging things as I get more storage space and more supplies.  I have one wall in my craft area that has this awkward cut out that goes into the kitchen.  It was there when we moved in, and until I can get the money and time to redo the kitchen, it will be there.  I have to find a way to work around it.  I have never really decorated that wall with anything more than a clock since we painted.  I decided it was time to give my craft space a little spruce up and create myself some more space.  One of the first things I had to do was figure out what to put on that wall.  That is where those charger plates come in.

I decided to use these plates as my base for the letters I needed to spell out the word LOVE.  Since that is a wall that everyone sees everyday when they come down or up from their rooms, I thought that the word love would be appropriate.  I want everyone to always remember how much they are loved!
I started with 4 charger plates and the chipboard letters.  My supplies also included glue dots, scrapbook paper, paint, glitter and mod podge.

I just love the black laquer look of the backs of these plates so I used the back sides as my frames for my letters.  Each plate held a letter.  Since there was writing on the back centers of the plates, I used my scrapbook paper cut to fit, to cover it.  I used 2 different patterns of paper and cut the circles out using a small plate. I used glue dots to adhere the paper circles to the plate.

To prepare my letters I simply painted them using a generous amount of paint.  While the paint was still good and wet I sprinkled my glitter on to cover the letter completely.  I repeated this with all four letters and allowed them to dry completely.

I alternated paper patterns and added my glittered letters to the centers of the paper circles.  I used glue dots to adhere them.  Then I added a coat of mod podge over everything to seal it all in.

I used string and strong glue to create a hook to the backs of the plate, which is really the front lol, and then they were ready to hang!  I love how they filled that wall up.

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