Jeanne's Ramblings

Tropical Traditions Liquid Soap-CLOSED

The latest item we have tried from Tropical Traditions is the Unscented Liquid Soap, $7.50, which is made of 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.  You can also get scented varieties (Tea Tree or Lavender $9.50), which have organic essential oils added.  It comes in an 8 oz. bottle with a special dispenser that adds air to the soap making it foam.  That means it’s easier to use and you get more uses out of each bottle.  You can also get refills in a generous 32 oz. size for $25.00 ($33.50 for scented varieties).

I have never used soap like this before, so I was anxious to see how it would clean and how it would affect my skin.  I used it on my hands and on my face, which will really show me how good it is.  It cleans completely with no residue left behind and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry, just clean.  One push of the pump and you have all you need!  I was satisfied with the results and will continue to use it.

You can view my past reviews for Tropical Traditions products here (Virgin Coconut Oil), here (Shredded Coconut), and here (Coconut Peanut Butter), all of which we have enjoyed using, especially the Shredded Coconut!

Thanks to Tropical Traditions, one person will WIN an 8 oz. Bottle of Liquid Soap of their own!


How to Enter:

  1. Sign up for the Tropical Traditions Newsletter (if you already subscribe, just let me know).
  2. Leave a comment telling me what you like about liquid soap.

Rules:
Open to U.S. & Canada
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply
See RULES for all eligible entries

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

‘I received a sample from Tropical Traditions to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Personal Care, review, Tropical Traditions | Leave a comment

Chocolate Cheerios-CLOSED

Almost everyone loves chocolate. I know I sure do! Cheerios has now come out with a new flavor- chocolate, made with real cocoa. Of course it is still low in fat, has 100 calories and at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving,and  is a good source of calcium and vitamin D.  How does it taste? It isn’t bad and it leaves you with chocolate milk, which kids will enjoy.  I think this would be a good way to get kids to eat something good that isn’t loaded with sugar.

Here is a recipe using Chocolate Cheerios, perfect for Valentine’s Day.  It’s fun and easy to make and it sure does taste good!

Chocolate Cheerios® Marshmallow Hearts

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Start to Finish: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Crust
1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 cup Chocolate Cheerios® cereal, crushed
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups miniature marshmallows


Topping
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips
4 cups Chocolate Cheerios® cereal
Candy sprinkles, if desired

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with foil. In large bowl, mix all crust ingredients except marshmallows with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press firmly into bottom of pan.
  2. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven; bake an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.
  3. In large saucepan, place all topping ingredients except cereal and sprinkles. Heat over medium-low heat just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 4 cups cereal. Immediately spoon warm topping over marshmallows; spread to cover. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Cool completely, at least 1 hour.
  4. Using foil to lift, remove mixture from pan; remove foil. With deep 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 18 hearts. Store loosely covered.

Thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark, one person will WIN a Chocolate Cheerios Gift Pack, which includes a box of Chocolate Cheerios, a ceramic cereal bowl and a chocolate scented spa kit!

How to Enter:
Leave a comment telling me what your favorite cereal is.

Rules:
Open to U.S.
One entry per e-mail, household, person
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply
See RULES for all eligible entries

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

‘I received a gift pack from General Mills and MyBlogSpark to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaways, review | Leave a comment

Skin MD Natural Lotion & Giveaway

Last year I did a review for Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion and loved it! I was recently asked to do another review for their other lotion, Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15. It comes in a 4 oz. bottle and contains many ingredients that are good for your skin, such as aloe and vitamin E, with the added benefit of SPF 15. It does not feel greasy or irritate your skin like a lot of sunscreen can.  Even during the winter you should be using sunscreen, especially on your face since every other part of your body is probably covered with warm clothes.

Skin MD lotion enhances your skin’s hydrating and protective abilities, is naturally antimicrobial, and is made with natural ingredients.  Some people have found it to help sensitivities to latex (for those who work in healthcare and have to use gloves continually), Eczema, chlorine, and helps their skin look younger.

Everyone I know of gets dry skin in the winter and believe me, this lotion helps a lot.  After applying your skin feels soft and smooth, almost like a matte finish.  If using on your face, it won’t make your skin oily either, for all those out there with oily or combination skin.  It’s truly a lotion that can be used by everyone!

Dermatology tested
No animal products or testing
Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic
Fragrance and colorant free
Paraben free
You get FREE shipping on orders over $50 and don’t forget to get your sample while visiting.

Now through February 7th, Skin MD is having a Valentine’s Giveaway, valued at $100, which includes:

  1. A Bottle Skin MD Natural shielding lotion
  2. A Bottle Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion
  3. One pound of See’s dark assorted chocolates
  4. 12 Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches
  5. A “Kiss Me” mug
  6. A Cuddly teddy bear
  7. Lollipop Bouquet
  8. All in a lined wicker basket

All you need to do is enter your name and e-mail address.  The Winner will be chosen on February 8th and will be shipped promptly to arrive for Valentine’s Day!  Good Luck.

Also, one person will WIN a bottle of Skin MD Natural Lotion w/SPF, thanks to Skin MD!

How to Enter:
Visit Skin MD and leave a comment telling me what other product you would like to try.

Rules:
Open to U.S.
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 20, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply.
See RULES for all eligible entries

‘I received a sample from Skin MD to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Personal Care, review, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Old El Paso Green Chiles-CLOSED

It’s almost time for the Super Bowl and that means snacks! You can do something a little different this year by using Old El Paso Green Chiles, which add great flavor but you don’t have to worry about them being hot.  You can use them in just about anything and it tastes so good.  They come in 4.5 and 7 oz. cans, are fat free and have only 10 calories per serving.

We always plant green chiles in our garden every year and use them in everything we are cooking.  They add a good flavor that everyone enjoys.  It’s nice that we can use green chiles year round by picking up some Old El Paso green chiles in the store.  Here is a tasty recipe from the Betty Crocker website:

Green Chile Dip
1 1/2 cups sour cream

1/2 cup mayo
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup cheddar cheese- shredded
1 can Old El Paso Green Chiles (4.5 oz.)
Tortilla Chips

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except cheese, chiles and tortillas.  Stir in cheese and chiles.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.  Serve with tortillas.

NOTE:  You can get a coupon for $0.55 off your next purchase of green chiles HERE.

Thanks to Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark, one person will WIN an Old El Paso Tackle the Taste Gift Pack, which includes two cans of Green Chiles, a ceramic football shaped platter, napkins, paper plates and a table runner!

How to Enter:
Leave a comment telling me what you like to serve during the big game.

Rules:
Open to U.S.
One entry per person, email, household
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply
See RULES for all eligible entries

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

‘I received a party pack courtesy of Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaways, My Blog Spark, Old El Paso, review | Leave a comment

Win A Copy Of The Confident Woman-CLOSED

The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer is now in paperback and thanks to Hachette Book Group, three people will win a copy for themselves!

Summary:
What keeps women from being their best? Joyce has been helping women better themselves by helping identify emotional barriers and physical, mental, and spiritual obstacles in their lives for years. Now she provides another answer-confidence.

Our society has an insecurity epidemic, women in particular. Compensating by pretending to be secure-a common response-only leads to feelings of shame. Lack of self-confidence causes great difficulty in relationships of all kinds, and in marriage instances can even lead to divorce.

In THE CONFIDENT WOMAN, Joyce explores the seven characteristics of a woman with confidence, which include a woman who knows she is loved, who refuses to live in fear, and who does not live by comparisons. Joyce explains that confidence stems from being positive in your actions and living honestly, but most importantly from having faith, in God and in ourselves.

Now in paperback, this #1 New York Times bestseller encourages women to boldly embrace all that God created them to be by finding their true confidence.

How to Enter:
Leave a Comment For Me, Just say HI, Tell Me About Your Day….You get the picture

Rules:
Open to U.S. & Canada
NO PO Boxes!
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET

Extra Entries:
Follow Joyce on Twitter and leave a link for one entry
Follow Joyce on Facebook and leave a link for one entry
All extra entries apply
See Rules for a complete set of eligible entries

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

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January 28, 2010 Posted by | giveaways | Leave a comment

Metal Heart Keychain Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the Metal Heart Keychain, from Wholesale Keychains, is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift.  It has a silver heart, which can be engraved with whatever you want, up to three lines, attached with a red leather band.  It is heavy and well made.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received it because keychains always seem to be so cheap looking.  I wouldn’t hesitate to give this to someone as a gift.

You can purchase one for yourself for $6.99 and get 10% off your purchase when you use the coupon code:  vday2010.  Please note the discount expires on February 16th. There are several other keychains to choose from, such as NASCAR, Disney, NFL, Anniversary, Wedding and many more.  Something for everyone!  You can also enter to win one of three Metal Heart Keychains, with up to 3 lines of engraving if desired, thanks to Wholesale Keychains! 

How to Enter:
Go to Wholesale Keychains then come back and let me know what other keychains you are interested in.

Rules:
Open to U.S. residents only
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply
See RULES for a complete set of extra entries
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

‘I received a keychain from Wholesale Keychains to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Jewelry, review, Valentine's Day, Wholesale Keychains | Leave a comment

NutraSalt Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

There is a new salt in town, that is lower in sodium, all natural and rich in potassium!  NutraSalt is an all natural Sea Salt and is a healthier alternative to regular table salt, especially for those with high blood pressure, heart problems and kidney disease.  It has 66% less sodium than regular table salt.  There are several varieties to choose from:

  • Low Sodium Sea Salt
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Texas BBQ
  • Savory Garlic
  • Zesty Italian
  • Lemon Dill
  • Lemon Herbs
  • Robusto Adobo
  • Spicy Cajun
  • Bold Chipotle
  • African Medley
  • Asian Fusion
  • Classic Curry

We received several of these to try out.  Each one comes in a glass bottle with a flip top lid, making it easy to use.  MH loves the Asian Fusion but I don’t know which I like the best. Every one has a flavor I like.  I have been using it on meat, veggies and whatever else I can think of to add it to.  The Savory Garlic tastes very good on top of a buttered roll!  I also like the fact that it’s made with natural ingredients and has less sodium, and I think it tastes better than the Sea Salt we purchased from the grocery store.  It has just the right amount of flavor, that is the best way I can describe it.

There are several recipes on the NutraSalt website.  The Lemon Chicken and West African Black Eyed Peas are delicious!  You can purchase online and enjoy savings that are going on right now.  The prices are the same as or better than store brands.



Thanks to NutraSalt, ONE PERSON will WIN a set of 4 NutraSalt Seasonings of their own!

How to Enter:

  1. Follow NutraSalt on Twitter 
  2. Tweet about a fact you found from their website.  
  3. Leave your link to your Tweet here.
  4. This MUST be done to be entered!

Rules:
Open to U.S. residents.
One entry per person/e-mail/household.
Giveaway ends on January 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply.
See RULES for a complete set of eligible entries.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

‘I received samples and information from NutraSalt to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaways, review | Leave a comment

Sublime Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mats-CLOSED

How many times have you been standing in front of the sink of stove and your feet, legs, and back started hurting because you had been standing there so long?  Or maybe you had worked all day and then had to come home and make supper, standing on your sore feet?  I found a very comfortable solution, Sublime all purpose anti-fatigue comfort mats.  It’s too bad you couldn’t walk on these wherever you go because it feels so good.

Benefits:

  • It is made with three layers: firm upper skin layer, soft center, and the lower cushion layer
  • Helps prevent lower back pain and fatigue
  • Environmentally friendly: non toxic, no formaldehyde or heavy metals used in production
  • Waterproof and washable:  wipe clean with soap and water
  • Non-slip bottom
  • Anti-microbial
  • Safe:  exceeds safety standards for toy safety tests
  • Can be used in any area of the home
  • One Year Warranty
  • Comes in a variety of colors:  fig green, italian straw beige, pebble taupe, acorn brown, black
  • Available in two patterns:  basket rush and cobblestone
  • Available at fine retailers and online:  {ex: Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com}

    I received a Cobblestone Mat in the Pebble Taupe color, which matches our tile floors perfectly.  I have problems with my back and my feet and ankles hurt quite a bit, so when I first stood on the mat to see how it would feel, I instantly got some relief from my sore feet.  I was surprised that standing on a mat could feel good and bring relief.  It made me a believer.  It is super easy to keep clean and it always looks good.  The only negative thing I can think of is the price, $79.99 for a 20″ x 36″ mat and $149.99 for a 20″ x 72″ mat.  I would definitely recommend these to anyone–two thumbs up!  Sublime also sells lunch totes, coolers, water bottles, and fitness gear.

    Thanks to Sublime, ONE PERSON will WIN  a Comfort Mat of their own!  No color choice, sorry.


    How to Enter:
    Tell me where you would use the Sublime Mat.

    Rules:
    Open to U.S.
    One entry per person/e-mail/household.
    Giveaway ends on January 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.

    Extra Entries:
    All extra entries apply.
    See RULES for all eligible entries.

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

    ‘I received a sample and information from Sublime to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

    January 13, 2010 Posted by | Gifts, giveaways, Home Decor, review | Leave a comment

    Old El Paso El Tacodor-CLOSED

    Old El Paso tacos are something we have on occasion.  We should have it more often because it is a quick, easy and cheap dinner idea that everyone loves.  They have come up with a game that families can play to make taco night even more fun- El Tacodor.  You can download the instructions, scorecard, and challenge sheets FREE, with new monthly challenges.  Then get the family or friends together and participate in quickfire trivia, wordplay and pantomime, while enjoying your tacos. 

    You can sign up for coupons and enter the El Tacodor sweepstakes to win prizes!  It ends on February 21st, so make sure you sign up now.  You can view topping choices, the winners, see who else is playing and play the web game on their website.

    Thanks to Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark, ONE PERSON will WIN their own El Tacodor Prize Pack!  The prize pack includes the El Tacodor game, (2) coupons for taco kits and (1) $10 gift card to purchase ingredients for tacos.
    How to Enter:
    Tell me what your favorite taco ingredients are.
    Rules:
    Open to U.S. residents
    One entry per person/e-mail/household
    Giveaway ends on January 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.
    Extra Entries:
    All extra entries apply
    See RULES for a complete set of eligible entries
    THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!
    ‘I received free product, information and a prize pack from Old El Paso and MyBlogSpark to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

    January 12, 2010 Posted by | Food, giveaways, My Blog Spark, review | Leave a comment

    EcoStore USA Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

    EcoStore USA is a great place to shop for household cleaners and personal care products for your home at a decent price and best of all, there are NOT all those nasty chemicals you find in a lot of brands you buy in stores.  All their products are made with plant and mineral based ingredients, so it is safe for you and the environment.  I have been using two of their products lately and I was truly impressed.  Many of the ‘green’ products don’t clean as well as the regular cleaners, but that isn’t the case here.

    The Toilet Cleaner I’ve been using actually cleans better than any other toilet cleaner I’ve used before!  I don’t particularly care for the scent but it sure does clean good and it is thick enough to stick under the rim so you can scrub it clean.  I can’t say I have done much scrubbing, just went over the whole bowl to spread the cleaner around.  I’ve noticed the bowl stays cleaner longer also, which is good because some people forget to flush.  It can also be used as a cleaner on stainless steel.  The toilet cleaner sells for $8.00 for a 17 fl. oz. bottle, which will last a long time because you don’t need to use much.

    Ingredients
    • Water
    • Ethanol
    • Anionic and Amphoteric Detergents (from coconut oil)
    • Formic acid
    • Ethereal Oils
    • Chlorophyll
    • Polysaccharide
    • Citric acid 

    It does NOT contain toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, bleach, nitrates, ammonia, EDTA, preservatives, DEA or TEA, synthetic dyes or perfumes.

    The other item I’ve been using is the Front Loader Laundry Powder, which comes in a 35.3 oz. box (bag actually inside the box) and sells for $12.00.  I experimented with this to see how it would effect MH, who says every detergent makes him itch except Tide Free liquid.  I washed some of his clothes with the Tide and some with the Laundry Powder.  What was the outcome?  The Tide made him itch and the Laundry Powder didn’t!  It cleans just as well as Tide, doesn’t leave a lot of suds left in the washer, and has a light clean fragrance.  Comparing price, you actually get more uses from the Laundry Powder than the Tide and it is cheaper.

    Ingredients
    • Palm and coconut based non-ionic and anionic surfactants
    • Silicates and carbonates (simple mineral salts)
    • Citrates (from citrus)
    • Cellulose (plant based)
    • Sodium percarbonate (oxygen producing whitener)
    • Natural Lemon Verbena Oil 

    It does NOT contain toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, nitrates, ammonia, enzymes, chlorine, EDTA, optical whiteners, synthetic dyes or perfumes.

    You can also purchase Baby Care, Bath & Body, Hair, Pet Care, and Household products.  They are having a 50% off sale on all Baby Care products and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25!!

    Thanks to EcoStore, ONE PERSON will win a $25 gift certificate!

    How to Enter:

    1. Go to EcoStore , sign up for the No Nasty Chemicals newsletter and then come back here and tell me what product you would like to try.

    Rules:
    Open to US
    One entry per person/e-mail/household
    Giveaway ends on January 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.

    Extra Entries:
    Follow EcoStore on Facebook and leave name for one entry.
    Follow Ecostore on Twitter and leave name for one entry.
    All extra entries apply.  Leave links please!
    See RULES for all eligible entries.

    THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, THANK YOU!

    ‘I received a sample from EcoStore USA to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

    January 12, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Household Cleaners, Personal Care, review | Leave a comment