Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Don Pablo's Coffee - Review and Giveaway

Recently, I got into a coffee rut. Have you ever been there? When your usual blends just aren't tasting the same anymore? Well, I was so excited to partner up with Don Pablo Coffee of Burke Brands and review their amazing coffee. This got me out of my coffee rut and I am so happy to share it with you all!

About Don Pablo Coffee

In 1989 by Darron J. Burke, founder of Burke Brands LLC, moved to South Florida for adventure. There, he met the love of his life, Eliana. While visiting his wife's family in Colombia, he also fell in love with Latin culture and the country's delicious coffee. The name "Don Pablo" came from Eliana's grandmother's nickname for Darron.

What makes Don Pablo coffee so unique is that it's family-owned and operated. Because of their close relationships with coffee growers, they have a dedicated source of supply of quality Arabica beans. You can read so much more about the company, their coffee roasting process, and what makes them so special by visiting their website here.

I had the chance to try out their two sampler boxes. 

Sampler A:

Don Pablo Classic Italian Espresso
Char Beanz Dark Coffee
Pablo's Pride Guatemala

Sampler B:

Cafe Don Pablo Signature Blend
Subtle Earth Organic Coffee
Pablo's Pride Organic Dark Roast

I have to say I was so pleased with all the coffee blends that I received. I'm a tad biased towards dark roasts. I particularly LOVED the "Char Beanz Dark Coffee" which had an intense bold taste but didn't taste burnt (which can happen with dark roasts). I was also really pleased with the Don Pablo Classic Italian Espresso, which had a chocolate-y taste to it. I also really enjoyed the Cafe Don Pablo Signature blend which was a medium-dark roast. It was really flavorful and made for excellent afternoon coffee.

Overall, I think Don Pablo coffees were fantastic to try. Right now you can buy these samplers on Amazon for $29.99 (and you receive 3 12 ounce bags of coffees). This is actually a GREAT deal, especially for quality coffee. Probably the only downside about these samplers is that you can't trade out one specific coffee for another. Other than that though, you will be pleased with this coffee!

Purchase now on Amazon for $29.99. Or visit the Don Pablo website for other purchasing options.

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Best of all, I get to give away a sampler gift box to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Giveaway ends 9/7.

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I received the above photographed coffees in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Movie Release: Miss Arizona (And Giveaway!)

Hey folks, it's been a while! First of all, I have some great reviews and some giveaways coming up - so be on the lookout! First up is for everyone who is in need of an inspirational movie about becoming who you are meant to be. It's a movie called MISS ARIZONA. Here's a bit about the movie (as well as some photos from the film) and you will know why this is your must-see movie of the summer! (Well, what's left of the summer)

About the Movie, Miss Arizona

Rose Raynes (Johanna Braddy) was crowned Miss Arizona -- 15 years ago. Now a bored housewife trapped in a less-than-ideal marriage, she accepts an invitation to teach a life skills class at a women's shelter. Digging out the relics of her pageant queen past, Rose attempts to share her platform speech with a room of four disinterested women dodging abusive exes. But when trouble shows up at the shelter, what the women really need is for Rose's shiny SUV to keep them out of harm's way, so they embark on a wild, all-night adventure through the streets of LA. From a quick trip to the 'drug store' to an impromptu drag show, the women soon discover that inner strength, and a little help from your friends, can be the key to discovering who you are meant to be.

Inspired by the Women's March in fall 2016, writer/director Autumn McAlpin ( Waffle Street, Shadow) and award-winning producer DeAnna Cooper worked together to assemble a cast and crew that were over 70% women and/or people of color as well as putting together an impressive all-female soundtrack with hits by musicians including P!nk, Lorde, Shania Twain, Donna Summer, MILCK, Kacey Musgraves and more, all of whom loved the pro-women message of the film.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times calls MISS ARIZONA, "a well-made first time feature" and says "thanks to some well-crafted dialogue and the strong performances, we can't help but get choked up when the fish-out-of-water Rose finds her footing with the help of her unexpected new friends." And Kimber Myers of The Los Angeles Times says, "Miss Arizona sparks -- particularly with its spirited cast" and that "the of-the-moment message of women's inner strength is laudable and empowering".


Now, before we get to the giveaway, make sure you watch this trailer:

Now I get to giveaway a digital copy or DVD copy of the movie to one lucky winner! Be sure to enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 9/6.

UPDATE: Only a DVD copy of the movie will be given away, not the digital version.

If you can't wait and want to see the movie today, be sure to rent now on Amazon Prime or order the DVD (available August 26th).

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Silk18 Shampoo - Review & Giveaway

I'm fairly picky about the shampoo I use and so when I heard from Maple Holistics about trying out their Silk18 shampoo, I couldn't wait. On their website, they state that the 18 silk amino acids help "fortify hair follicles and strengthen strands to protect hair from dryness, breakage, damage, split ends, and hair fall." It also has a " nourishing formula gently cleanses dandruff, excess sebum, and impurities to leave your hair and scalp feeling fresh but not stripped." These are some amazing things to find in a shampoo!

I'm never a huge fan of washing my hair (did I say that out loud?) and find when I wash my hair a LOT it ends up being too dry. Using this shampoo was a wonderful experience. First, it smelled good - always a huge plus to me. It also made my hair really soft, and I love that. My hair ended up feeling really moisturized too and it just gave it a smooth quality I like to see (and feel) after washing my hair.

You can get the 10-ounce size shampoo on their website for $12.95 and I highly recommend you do it. This is fantastic for anyone who is picky about the shampoo they use and have sensitive skin in particular (that's me for sure). It is also paraben-free and sulfate free! All good things! Another great thing is that this is good for women AND men too.

I'm also really excited to announce that one of my readers will receive a bottle of shampoo for themselves! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends July 8th. US only.

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If you can't wait, visit their website to purchase and you can also receive a special discount too!  Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

I received the above-photographed shampoo in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Choice Organic Teas Review + Giveaway

Are you a tea fan? Whether iced or hot, I'm such a huge fan of drinking tea. There are tons of brands out there, but one in particular that I always reach for if I'm in the store or shopping for groceries online is Choice Organic Teas.

Here's a few reasons why:

  • Simple ingredients. I'm ingredient paranoid. I read the ingredients over everything that I purchase that is something I will consume and often times, even in products as simple as black and green can sometimes have things like natural flavors (a huge no-no for me).
  • Organic. Organic is the way! You don't always think of it for tea, but for me, that's another huge reason that I love Choice Organic Teas.
  • Non-GMO Certified. Ahhhh this is another important certification to me. Read about the Non-GMO Project if you are curious!
  • Fair Trade Certified. This is another certification I love to see! A company that has this label is doing good work for the people and the environment. Read more here!
So here's my four favorite teas that I love to get with Choice Organic Teas (that I had the chance to review for my blog!):

Premium Japenese Green
English Breakfast

I personally love English Breakfast and Darjeeling for the afternoon to give me an energy boost. Then for the evening I usually will alternate between Ginger and Premium Japanese Green tea for the evening before bed. 

The next time when you are in the store, I hope you look for this brand! Make sure you also shop for them online too! You can visit them online by purchase at their online store. Be sure to also follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Also, I'm happy to announce I get to giveaway the same four boxes of teas I received to one lucky winner! It's been a while since I've hosted a giveaway on this blog, so I'm really excited. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 6/29.

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I received the above-photographed teas in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The One Thing You Need for Your Outdoor Parties

I don't know about you, but if I could have my ideal outdoor deck situation, it would include an outdoor TV. So, if you are hosting a family movie night or have an outdoor party featuring the big game, the Veranda Series of SunBriteTVs is ready to make your favorite outdoor space a real destination. Watching TV outside is the coolest thing! 

Here's what you can expect from the Veranda Series of SunBrite TVs:
The Veranda Series of SunBriteTVs are designed specifically for outdoor use. They are engineered to survive just about any climate in North America, resisting the harsh effects of rain, snow, dust, insects, and extreme temperatures. 

The SunBriteTV Veranda is a family of weatherproof televisions designed for full-shade outdoor spaces, like covered patios and screened-in porches. 

Veranda comes standard with a direct-lit 4K UHD screen with HDR, which is up to 50% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing in brighter outdoor environments. It’s more durable, safer, and a better experience than using an indoor TV outdoors.
Other specs:

  • Powder-coated rust-proof aluminum exterior protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air. 
  • Up to 50% brighter than indoor TVs for improved viewing in brighter outdoor environments. 
  • 4K UHD with HDR
  • Large weatherproof media bay makes cable connections easy. It has plenty of storage room for many popular media players, and thick gaskets seal out moisture and the elements
  • Available in 43”, 55”, 65” and 75” sizes

Now, the best seat in the house is outside. What movies or events can you imagine enjoying on this big screen?

This is a BestBuy sponsored post. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

HP Warehouse Sale & Giveaway

Anyone else in desperate need of a laptop or computer? So, if you are nodding your head, then you will be so excited to learn that HP is doing a warehouse sale and you can save up to $800 on select PCs! Restrictions may apply, of course. And this is going on through 5/1/19, so you have plenty of time to make this sale! Interested in learning more? Check out this link to find out the details.

I'm really eager to get this laptop you can see in the flyer! Best of all you can get an exclusive rebate with Check out the info here.

Best of all, I'm so excited to announce that you have the chance to win one of 5 $100 HP gift cards! The giveaway starts Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00 AM PT and ends Tuesday, April 30th at 11:59 PM PT. Here are the full details: 

  • Five (5) winners will receive a $100 HP gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the HP page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (5/1) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

So go ahead, and enter now! 

This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link or enter the giveaway. I have been compensated for this post.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

Another week, another giveaway roundup! What have you been up to this week? I'm still trying to find ways to save money. Well, anyways, leave me a comment if you see a good one you'd like to share. 

Vitamin A Sunshine Essentials Giveaway
Winner chosen on 4/24

Harry Potter Lunch Bag or Backpack
Ends in 13 days

Dreams of Falling Book Review Giveaway
Uncertain of end date, but appears to still be open

Free month of rent giveaway!
Monthly contest (Disclosure: If you enter through my link, I'll receive another entry into the giveaway)

All the Lovely Children e-book (Thriller)
Ends in 13 days

Instagram Giveaways: (By the way, if you need someone to tag for a giveaway, feel free to tag me! I'm @BeingTheWriter; Just send me a DM to let me know how you found me!)

Instagram Giveaway: $500 Gift Card via California Beans
Ends 4/30

Huge notebooks, stationary, and pens giveaway! Bunch of great stuff!
Winner announced 4/19, so enter now!

$100 Home Depot Giveaway
Winner announce this coming Monday