Saturday, February 28, 2015 Review and Giveaway! MONTH ONE, ends 3/30/15

As a plus-size woman, it's often difficult to find clothing that not only fits well, but looks good.  I've been a big fan of for quite some time. The World's Largest Collection of Plus Size Clothing ~ Since 1999!

With sizes ranging from 12 to 34, every woman can find clothes to fit her shape and size! sells
dressestopsformal-wearpants, and more!

I received the gorgeous Lilac Sheer Stripe Cardigan.   It's a sheer striped open front cardigan with an asymmetrical front hem.  It has an AMAZING black filigree lace upper back. So whatever colour shirt you wear, the black lace gives an air of mystery and sexiness.
The cardigan is super lightweight, making it perfect for spring and summer. I love it!

. Beautiful, isn't it? I felt quite feminine in this lovely cardigan. Sadly, it was cold and rainy today. So the shirt beneath the cardigan was a bit thicker than I'd normally wear with it.

I do want to bring to your attention the way the black filigree lace highlights the colour of the shirt. Isn't that just too cool?  I received several approving and admiring comments on the cardigan today.

The folks at have very generously offered an AMAZING chance for THREE of my readers to win an item from their shop! We're going to offer a giveaway a month for THREE months! So, if you don't win this time around, you'll have two more chances!  At the end of this giveaway, a new giveaway widget will be posted. If you win this month's giveaway, you will not be eligible for the next two giveaways.

Just follow the instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

Giveaway Open to USA and CANADA, 18+, No PO Boxes, please.

***Giveaway winner must be on the email list.  Winners not on the email list WILL be disqualified and a new winner chosen.***

I received the Lilac sheer stripe cardigan from for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Zero Water Portable Tumbler Review and Giveaway, Ends 3/16/15

I drink a LOT of water. At least 80 ounces per day. Is that too much? Nope! You see, most physicians and nutritionists recommend at least eight 8-oz cups of water per day. That's 64 ounces. Because I'm over-weight, I require (and want) a bit more.

That's means I was drinking four to six bottled waters per day.  It also means I was spending about $15 per week on bottled water.  That's gets expensive. Almost $800 per years. Again, $800 per year for bottled water. 

Why did I drink bottled water? Because I thought it was healthier and tasted better.

Then, I discovered Zero Water!

I was blessed to receive the new Portable Tumbler and I am enamored! Literally, I could taste the difference from the first sip. Aside from my morning coffee, I've been drinking water from the tumbler. I carry it with me everywhere I go.  It's sits on the desk next to me. It's going to be with me for a long time.

It's simple and easy to put together (trust me, if I can do it, you can do it!).  If you have any issues, there are detailed instructions included in the packaging. You can also find instructions and other information on Zero Water's YouTube Channel.

Not only has it saved me $15 already this week, it's changed the way I look at water.  There are so many chemicals, minerals, salts, and detritus from run-offs that it's truly frightening.  The Zero Water ION Exchange Filter removes even the tiniest of particles from the water. What you drink after is pure. It's clean, fresh, and safe.

As a wife, mother, and grandmother, my family's health is the most important thing to me. This filtration system gives me peace of mind.

Zero Water also makes Water Pitchers in several sizes. Be sure to check them out.

Another thing that greatly impresses me about Zero Water is their Water Filter Recycling Program. That's right, recycling! Just save and return two full-size Zero Water filters and you will receive a $10 Coupon Code that you may redeem at That is giving back to the customer AND helping to keep the earth free from waste!

Now, I am not going to try to explain all of the details of how the filtration system works.  I suggest you read, as I did, the Frequently Asked Questions page.

I can SHOW you a great video explaining it! Ya gotta love a talking water pitcher!  :)

The Zero Water Portable Tumbler is available in Blue (like mine) or Silver. It retails for approx. $14.99 and is available at the Retailers.

You can also sign up for Zero Water coupons and savings!

Connect with Zero Water on their website, FacebookYouTube, and @zerowaterfilter on Twitter.

The generous folks at Zero Water have offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win a portable tumbler for their very own!

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes, please. Contest Ends on 3/16/2015

I received a Zero Water Portable Tumbler for purpose of review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WashGuard Lingerie Bag for Laundry #AmazonCart Ends 3/14/15

Tell me... how many of your delicate clothing items have you ruined in your washing machine? I've lost count.
Even when using the Delicate Cycle it happens. Bras get wrapped around the agitator arm, hooks get caught in other clothes (and often get pulled out), and straps get pulled, tugged, and lose their elasticity.

Of course, if you've ever been in a hurry and tossed hosiery, tights, or special lingerie in the washer... well... it's just hopeless at that point. Chalk it up to a loss and head down to the boutique for replacements.

When given the opportunity to try the new Lingerie bag for laundry from Ixbetterhome, I was absolutely delighted! 

As you can imagine, the next load of laundry I washed just for myself, I used it! I'm really pleased with the results.

The WashGuard Lingerie Bag easily held two bras and I could probably have fit a third in it as well.  It also held Happy Husband's two wrist braces. Big Plus!

Please look closely at the photo directly above. Do you see the small elastic strap covering the zipper? That's a HUGE difference from most laundry bags that have zippers or draw-strings.  Fill the laundry bag, zip it closed and then run the pull tab underneath that elastic strap. Voila! The zipper is secured until you unzip it!
That's my favourite thing!

I love it that the laundry bag can be tossed in the dryer, too. It makes my life easier and definitely extends the life of my delicate clothing.

The photo above shows a close up of the fine mesh of the bag. It allows water and detergent to penetrate through to the clothing, but nothing else can get through! No snags, no tears. It's fantastic.

The fabric of the bag is quite sturdy and non-abrasive. It stretches so you can really load it up! This is a very high quality bag and you will get years of use from it.

Product Description:
  This specially constructed wash bag is made of a high quality polyester mesh blend that protects fabric and causes no abrasion from the bag itself.
  Save the cost of replacing your garments because of damage or excessive wear due to washing, even on the delicate cycle and NEVER deal with knotted hosiery again.

This special bag is safe to use in all wash cycles and with all detergents.

Our medium bag measures approximately 12 x 16 inches, the right size for camisoles, blouses, skirts, dresses, a couple of scarves and 2-3 pairs of socks.

Our large bag measures approximately 15 x 20 inches, great for everything our medium bag is designed for as well as sweaters, small throws, fine bedding (pillow cases, shams, dust ruffles or sheets), baby blankets and more.

*RISK FREE*  Your product is protected by our exclusive IxBetterHome guarantee - You will love these premium lingerie wash bags or your money back. THIS BUSINESS SERVES YOU FIRST.

You may purchase the WashGuard Lingerie Bag for Laundry through, it retails for approx. $6.99.

You may connect with IXBetterHome on their website and social media pages:
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The fine folks at IXBetterHome have generously offered one of my readers the same WashGuard Lingerie Bag that I received!

Just follow the instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes, please.  Giveaway ends on March 14, 2015.

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review and Giveaway! 2 Winners, Ends 3/12/15

Happy Husband and I both have dry skin.  Mike's skin, however, is quite sensitive and easily irritated.  We are always searching for soaps and body washes that promise to moisturize our skin.

When given the opportunity to try the new Miracle Oil Body Wash from Dial, I jumped at the chance!

So, what is the oil described as Miracle?  It's Marula Oil.  


Marula oil is extracted from the kernels (nuts) of the Marula tree. 
Marula oil is traditionally used in cosmetics, but has many others as well. 
The women of South Africa and Mozambique have used the oil as a moisturizing body lotion and massage oil. 
In the past, women often used Marula oil rather than water to clean themselves.

Mike and I have both used the new Miracle Oil Body Wash twice each.  We are both impressed.  The body wash has a fresh, citrus-y fragrance that's very light and pleasant.  It lathers up nicely, too, and a little will go a long way!

It's the AFTER shower effect that is most important: the skin feels silky and re-hydrated for hours.  There has been a noticeable effect on the driest patches of Mike's skin.  He tells me it's not itching as it did just a few short days ago.  I can see that it's not as red and flaky. Mike works outside daily... to be free from the constant irritation of  intensely dry skin is a blessing to him (and me).

I completely understand why Dial has named the product Miracle Oil! 

The always generous folks at Dial has kindly offered TWO of my readers the chance to try a bottle of Miracle Oil with Marula Oil for FREE! Isn't that nice of them?

You may purchase Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash at stores everywhere. ARV: $4.49

Just follow the instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

In the meantime, you may connect with Dial on their websiteFacebookYoutube, and @dial on Twitter.

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes, please.

Winners will each receive one (1) coupon for a FREE (up to $4.49) bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash.

DISCLOSURE: I received a bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation.  The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.


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LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nature Beautanicals Facial Recovery Blend Review and Giveaway, Ends 3/8/15

Like most women, I am always searching for that one product that will make me feel and look younger with every use.  
I do believe I've found that one.

About a week ago, I was blessed to receive a bottle of  Facial Recovery Blend from 

Nature Beautanicals Facial Recovery Blend is an all natural moisturizing blend redefines your pores and leaves your face feeling silky smooth. The blend contains natural sources of Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, D and E in the form of Rose Hip, Rose Flower,
Sweet Almond, and Jojoba Oils.
These vital nutrients are all necessary to fight the signs of aging and repair sun damage. 
The anti-inflammatory effect of these ingredients helps to control acne breakouts.

Use the dropper to place a couple of drops on your fingertips, then
apply 2-3 drops to an area on your face. Massage into your skin in a circular motion.
Be sure to cover both face and neck for maximum effect.

NOTE: Apply sparingly! A few drops goes a looooong way! No need to use too much!
I suggest using sun protection daily when using this product -- you do not want want sun-burned skin!
You can wear the Facial Recovery Blend under your makeup without issue.

I've been using it for a week now.  I hope this photo shows the difference in my skin.  I am a lousy photographer. 

One of the best things about this product is the way it slowly absorbs into the skin of the face and neck. It's by no means heavy and it doesn't leave you feeling greasy or oily -- even though it's made of an oil blend.

It does leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and moisturized.  I'm very pleased with the result! 

I really must mention the lovely fragrance. It is the scent of Old Roses.  It reminds me of my Nanie's Roses that were planted outside my bedroom window. It's intoxicating. offers a free 1-ml size sample  of the Facial Recovery Blend on their website. Try it and you will love it, too!

As a special gift, Nature Beautanicals is offering my readers a *one time* 15% Discount on your total purchase order!  Just use the code: 15OFF4ME at checkout to receive the discount!

You may connect with Nature Beautanicals on their Facebook page and @NBeautanicals on Twitter.

They have very generously offered one of my readers the chance to win a full-size bottle of  the Facial Recovery Blend for their own! Fabulous!

Just follow the instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes, please!

I received a bottle of Facial Recovery Blend for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Patella Tendon Strap Review #Running

Do you suffer with Patella Tendonitis, Chondromalacia Patella, Runners or Jumpers Knee? Mike does. His knees bother him daily.  Occasionally, I have issues on the stairs because of my weight. The pressure on a person's knees is tremendous.  Pain becomes almost inevitable if you're a runner, jumper, or even distance walker (that's where Mike fits in).

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try the  Patella Strap Tendon Band from StrapSnake.

Needless to say, Mike wanted it.  He put it on and put it through the paces.  He was mighty impressed. He wore it to work -- he's a Land Surveyor -- and he walks for miles each day. He jumps ditches and fences, slogs through mud and muck, and walks on.

Yes, those are Mike's knees.  He wouldn't take the strap off.

I've used it a few times on the stairs. Re-adjusting the strap to fit me was easy.  I've noticed a big difference when I'm walking and climbing the stairs.  I feel like I have a more support for the knee. The pain after is less than before.  I appreciate that.

 Product Description:

Patella Strap Tendon Band to Ease Patella Tendonitis, Chondromalacia Patella, Runners or Jumpers Knee. Also Includes Knee Pain Relief eBook

Two-Way ADJUSTABLE STRAP with easy slide side buckles provides superior option for secure and more comfortable fit for knees of all shapes over single pull strap styles.
Aids to alleviate discomfort from CHONDROMALACIA (irritated kneecap) and OSGOOD-SCHLATTERS DISEASE (inflammation of patellar ligament), a problem associated with adolescents active in youth sports with running and jumping movements.

ONE SIZE fits knee measurements up to 18 inches based on circumference just below knee cap at flex point and centered on patellar tendon.

FLEXIBLE, NON-SLIP TUBING maintains proper pressure on tendon to improve knee cap tracking and lessen painful rubbing to allow normal exercise workouts.

KNEE PAIN and PREVENTION eBook provides an overview of knee problems to educate consumers on types of knee injuries, including arthritis, bursitis, and tendon and meniscus injuries.

Stop missing out on regular exercise due to a throbbing knee after a run or playing ball in the park. Get back to your routine and enjoy your workout with reduced knee inflammation. Increase your intensity and duration without worrying about more damage or knee injuries.

A better design for better performance:
- Two-way adjustable strap allows for a more comfortable fitting
- Ultra-strong Velcro tabs stay in place to prevent loosening
- Soft and stretchable neoprene material avoids rubbing and chafing
- Double buckles hold strap in position to avoid disruptive slipping
- Flexible silicon tube provides pressure tracking over tendon for a stable kneecap
- Reduces irritation and inflammation due to excessive patella movement

Make your exercise more productive, reduce joint stress and lessen your recovery time:
- Protect your knee during sports activities and reduce patella stress and injury
- Reduce joint fatigue from running, jumping, bending and other knee movements
- Helps to absorb the shock and stress of repetitive actions to prevent tendonitis
- Avoid excessive recovery time that results from improper tracking and extra vibrations

The Patella Tendon Strap is available at ARV: $19.95.

DISCLOSURE: I received a Patella Tendon Strap for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Monday, February 23, 2015

TELIC Footwear Review and Giveaway, TWO WINNERS, ends 3/6/2015

Many of you know that I was born and raised on a beach -- Tybee Island --and shoes were optional at best. Even in the winter! However, as I got older and encountered HOT pavement and those nasty sand spurs we called "stickers", I began to wear flip-flops.

Nasty business those flip-flops.  The rubber never lasted, they would flattten out, the strap between the toes would cause blisters, and you just couldn't wear them after a couple of weeks.

Times have certainly changed.

The folks at Telic Footwear have made those changes! These flip flops, of many colours and styles, are all about comfort, design, and durability! Telic is a family company and their products are all Made in America!  That is something I really appreciate.

I was blessed to receive a gorgeous pair of  Z-strap shoes in Grape Vine.

Aside from my ugly toes, aren't these so cool? They are very comfortable, too. Your foot settles gently into the shoe. The straps are such that they don't rub blisters on to your toes or foot.  It's like walking on a cloud. Yet, they are very supportive.  I've never felt like I was slipping or sliding when wearing them.

They will be perfect at poolside, too. I like wearing shoes that I know won't leave me flat on backside. I know that you do, too.

Notice, please, the nifty bling on the straps. That is called ICE.  There are several different designs from an owl to a turtle to a flag or a heart!  The ICE comes in a small package complete with a tiny screwdriver to place the ice where YOU want it! (Hang on to it in case you want to move / change the ice later).

I LOVE me some bling! Or, in this case, ICE!

Telic Footwear offers four styles of shoe:

The Flip-Flop:

The Z-strap:

The Slide:
And The Dream:
Lovely, aren't they?  Imagine playing mix-and-match with colours and ice? I know I had a blast choosing my pair!  The shoes come in all sizes and so many colours. You will be pleased with the variety, I'm sure!

Along with the shoes and the ice, I received (and you will, too) a very sweet little band bracelet that says, "FIND YOUR PURPOSE"

It's a great mantra.  I believe that sums up the story of Telic Footwear. They've found their purpose and they are making a difference in people's lives.

You may purchase these great shoes on-line at the Telic Store (ARV: $39.95) or at one of these Locations.

You may connect with Telic Footwear on their website and social media pages:
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The very generous folks at Telic have offered TWO (2) of my readers the chance to win a pair of shoes and a package of ice in any colour, size, and style! How amazing is that?

Just follow the direction below for your chance to enter to win!

***Open to USA only, 18+, No Po Boxes***

DISCLOSURE: I received a pair of Z-strap shoes and a package of ICE to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).

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A Prettea Little Tea Quartet

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Travel Hardwear Money Belt Review #travelhardwear

Do you travel a lot or walk / run / work in an area where carrying and displaying a handbag or wallet might not be a good idea?

Well, that describes me when I'm out walking and Mike when he's out in the field.  A long time ago, Mike just tossed his wallet in the glove box of the truck.  That was before the truck was ransacked on a Survey site.

Now, he keeps his important papers, ID, money and cards in his FRONT pocket. But that's not always safe, either.  Thieves are pesky, cunning, and fearless.

Now, however, we have a brilliant solution: The Travel Hardwear Money Belt, Wallet, Passport Holder with Free Luggage Straps.

Mike has already taken it out in the field and put it to the test. Yes, it came through with flying colors!

Who knows that you have this money belt on? Only you. It lays quite flat against the skin and isn't noticeable at all.

NOTE:  The photo above shows what the belt looks like on the outside of clothing, but Mike prefers to wear it inside against his skin. He says that he believes his items are much safer that way.

He wears in inside his workpants -- the backside of the money belt ( the side that fits against the skin) is soft, cool, and breathable. No discomfort or skin irritation. There are two pockets for carrying all the necessities: credit / debit cards, cash, ID, and other important papers and documents.

 At Travel Hardwear we strive for perfection. Our money belt is made with extra-strong, lightweight, water-resistant nylon ripstop. The flat buckle, thin construction and neutral color means no one can see the bulge under your shirt. On the skin-facing side you will find a soft, breathable, itch-free mesh panel. Two zippered pockets made with metal zippers plus an internal credit card slot allow for easy organization of your Passport, cash, tickets and credit cards.

 A modern money belt is a required accessory for anyone travelling overseas. No matter how careful you are it is just too easy for pickpockets to steal your wallet or purse in crowded areas. Don't learn the hard way!

 Sophisticated criminals are now using RFID scanning equipment to capture sensitive personal data from your Passport or credit card chips. Our high-tech cloth blend has RFID shielding technology woven into the cloth to make sure your identity stays safe.

 As a special bonus to our valued customers we have included two premium luggage straps. While some people might think they don't need luggage straps we suggest you give them a try. These unique colorful straps measure (180 x 6 cm) and are designed to fit any standard suitcase. They allow you to easily pick out your suitcase and never worry about someone else accidentally taking your precious suit case.

 It is simple. You ever have an issue with one of our products and we will fix it, replace it or give you 100% of your money back! Just check our 100% User Feedback Score!

When you order the Travel Hardwear Money Belt from, you will also receive two free luggage straps! How fantastic is that?

Mike confiscated borrowed the straps to use on his Kilt bag! I don't mind, that Kilt is his pride and joy!

The brightly coloured straps make it easy for the traveler to quickly discern which bags are his! No mistaking the bold oranges and greens!

The Travel Hardwear Money Belt, Wallet, Passport Holder with Free Luggage Straps retails at $40.00 but is on sale now for just $12.95! That, my friends, is an amazing bargain!

DISCLOSURE: I received the Travel Hardwear Money Belt and Luggage Straps to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).