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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer Is A Fresh-Feeling Moisturizer That Revitalizes And Protects

  I want young looking skin and I will use beauty products to help my skin stay young. I am always trying new beauty products to help my face stay young looking. Lotions with anti-aging benefits in them are the products that I love. I will fight those wrinkles to stay away as long as I can.

      I was sent a bottle of Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer to use on my face and this is a product that I really like. This moisturizer has a nice peppermint scent to it and has a nice cooling feel on my skin. The lotion absorbed quickly into my skin and left my skin with a nice velvet feel. I have been using the lotion for a bout a week but I have noticed my skin feeling firmer which I think helps makes those pesky fine lines less noticeable. I have also noticed that my skin feels softer. The lotion is easy to apply and you only need little amount of product each time you use it. The bottle is elegant and looks nice on my bathroom counter.

Here is what the company says about the benefits of Bonapiel moisturizer.

  • Rebuilds Collagen, Repairs Visible Lines And Improves Skin Texture and Tone.
  • Power-packed with Matrixyl 3000 + Peptides + Antioxidants That Work To Reduce The Appearance of Fine Lines + Wrinkles And Firm The Skin | Matrixyl 3000 is Shown To Reduce Appearance Of Wrinkles By 45% in Two Months
  • Contains Vitamin E :: A Natural Skin Conditioner And Anti-Oxidant Which Keeps Your Skin Hydrated. Conditions & Moisturizes Your Skin and Promotes Rapid Cell Growth | Promotes a Healthy Skin Cell Renewal Cycle
  • Enhances The Skin's Renewal Process | This Oil-Free Formula Absorbs Quickly - Leaving Skin Perfectly Balanced | From Dull To Revitalized, Your Complexion Will Positively Glow
  • Lightweight, Fresh-Feeling Moisturizer That Revitalizes And Protects | Made in the USA | Comes With a 30 Day No-Questions-Asked Money Back Guarantee - The Risk Is On Us!

To purchase Bonapiel Anti-Aging Moisturizer or to get more information, click on the below link.

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nature's Own Bread Giveaway

Go Back To School with Nature's Own

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Nature’s Own…
Has no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors
Contains no HFCS
Has no trans fats or cholesterol
Is low fat
Offers varieties with whole grain, higher fiber, lower calories, and omega 3

My family loves the honey whole wheat bread. My boys love to spread peanut butter and jelly on the slices of bread. I love that they are getting whole grains with their sandwich.

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The Identical Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Has Awesome Music From The Identical Movie And A Giveaway

   My husband and I were able to see a great movie called The Identical before it was released to the public. The movie theater has a special showing for church leaders and bloggers. My husband and I are both active leaders in our church so we jumped at the opportunity to see a faith based movie. The movie The Identical was a great movie that I recommend seeing. This movie shows people how God interacts in our lives and directs our paths. This inspiring movie tells of a boy who follows his dreams, against his preacher dad's wishes, to become a singer. During his journey he discovers a different path God had for him. The music in the movie will remind you of Elvis, although I don't know if that was the producers intention.

 The Identical is coming to theaters September 5th and this is a movie that is great for the whole family to see. I will be bringing friends with me when I watch the movie again. This is a movie you will want to see.

About the movie:

The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

                Official movie website:


                Movie Trailer:

                 Group ticket rates:

 The movie also has great music in it and I was sent THE IDENTICAL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER to enjoy. I listened to the CD and it brought back great memories of the movie. I even sang along with the music as I did my work. The music was very much in the style of Elvis as the lead actor looked and sounded very much like him.

About the Soundtrack Sampler:
  THE IDENTICAL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER features 12 of the 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino from the film. Including “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight."

 I have a copy of this awesome  THE IDENTICAL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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"These opinions are my own. I received a copy of the above mentioned soundtrack in exchange for a review on my blog."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Zevia Is My Favorite Natural Zero Calorie Soda And A Giveaway

     I love Zevia Zero Calorie Natural Soda and it is the only soda that I buy. I buy Zevia because it is a great tasting zero calorie soda that is sweeten naturally with Stevia and Monk fruit and contains no calories. It is also Kosher, Vegan, and Gluten-Free. As a parent, the best part about Zevia is that most of their flavors are clear. Zevia is made without artificial colors. The Zevia cans are also cool looking.

I recently entered a contest on Zevia's Facebook page . I had to make a guilt free float with Zevia and I made a Skinny Dreamsicle and I was one of the winners. I won a gift card and 2 cases of Zevia! My above photo shows my winning float. It was simple to make, I just combined vanilla frozen yogurt with a can of orange Zevia, and it was so yummy. You too can enter a contest with Zevia and win $100 to Target. See the details below on how you can win.

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Zevia comes in 15 awesome flavors and I am sure you will find a couple that will become favorites.

This is how I buy Zevia when it is on sale.

Now for some more fun! I have coupons for free Zevia to give away to 5 of my readers. The coupons are good for a 4 or 6 pack of Zevia soda.  Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars Made With Paradise 100% Natural Coconut Oil

    I love to bake and I am always trying new recipes and ingredients. Many of my friends are always talking about coconut oil and how wonderful it is for baking. I have to admit that up until now, I have never baked with coconut oil.When I received an opportunity to review coconut oil I got excited as I have never used it in baking. I was sent a container of Paradise Organic Coconut Oil to review on my blog and of course I knew I had to bake something. I decided to bake some granola bars with the coconut oil and the results are amazing. Lets just say I have to hide these granola bars deep in the fridge or I will eat too many of them. These granola bars are full of healthy items and can be great for breakfast or snacks.

  Paradise Organic Coconut oil is a 100% natural coconut oil that can be used for hair, skin, eating, cooking and smoothies! Coconut oil is known as a healthy oil that is great for healthy cholesterol levels among many other things like increased energy. This oil is USDA certified organic and gluten free. I love that it is cold pressed, Non-GMO, and unrefined. The coconut oil is great for low carb diets too!

I love how clear this coconut oil is. This oil has a nice mild taste to it also.

To order this wonderful  Paradise 100% Natural Coconut Oil, click on the below link.

                                              Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars

                                              1 cup almond butter or any other nut butter
                                               1/2 cup honey
                                               1/2 cup Paradise coconut oil
                                               2 1/2 cups rolled oatmeal
                                                1 cup sunflower seeds
                                                1/2 cup flax meal
                                                 1/4 cup chocolate chips
                        1. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the almond butter, honey, and coconut oil until                                  smooth.

                         2. Combine the oatmeal, sunflower seeds and flax meal in a large bowl and stir in the                                         almond butter mixture until well combined.

                         3. Press the mixture on a cookie sheet that has parchment or wax paper on it. If you don't                                have parchment or wax paper, you can oil the cookie sheet with a spray or butter.
                         4. Place more parchment  paper on the granola bar mixture and press down with another                                   cookie sheet. Use a greased spatula if you don't have parchment paper.

                          5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and press down again.

                          6. Place the cookie sheet with the granola bar mixture on it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.                                  Then slice the granola bars into bars.

                           7. Keep the granola bars in a seal container in the refrigerator, separating the layers with                                    parchment paper or wax paper.


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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Perfect Healthful Munch Food Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites

Exclusively by Crum Creek Mills... Pack them in lunchboxes, or set them out in a bowl within everyone's reach. Here's a perfect munch food; healthful, convenient, single-served and we have to admit, a bit addictive. Great for work, home, school or play.

There are so many ways to enjoy Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites. They're delicious on their own, of course. You can also use them for dipping hummus, light cream cheese, a bit of peanut butter, jelly or whatever else you like. Available in FOUR incredible flavors: Remarkable Rosemary and Garlic, Superb Sesame, Outrageous Onion and Everything! (A scrumptious blend of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic and salt). Get yours today!

Blonde Brownies Made The Low Fat Way

    My 14 year old son loves to bake. He wanted to make brownies the other day and started searching online for recipes. He found a recipe for blonde brownies at While the fat grams were only 7 grams in the recipe, I knew that he could cut out some of the butter and chocolate chips and still make it taste good but be lower in fat. The recipe called for 3/4 cups butter and 2 cups of chocolate chips. My son only put 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips in the brownie recipe and the result was delicious. The brownies were full of flavor and were chewy just like regular brownies but lower in fat. I love when I can make a favorite treat for my family with less fat.

Blonde Brownies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups  Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch  pan.

COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Spread into prepared pan.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. 

I love experimenting with recipes and I find that with most recipes you can cut out a 1/3 of the butter and it still tastes great. Here is another recipe for low fat chocolate chip cookies that I love to make.

Do you have any favorite recipes that are low fat?