Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lugz Shoes for Men [Review and Giveaway]

 My older brother got shoes that lasted him a season but weren't very durable. I couldn't wait for him to try out shoes by Lugz, because I found the women's pair of shoes were so comfortable and I find them incredibly durable.

First looking at the box the shoes came in, that Lugz brand logo in bold orange sure jumps out at you. Taking a look at the shoe itself, it was a soft gray and the exterior of the shoe was soft. However, you can tell just by looking at the sole itself how sturdy this shoe is.

My brother walks a lot and having a good shoe is really important. You never really how important a shoe is until you no longer are getting the support you need as you walk! So, I talked to my brother about what he thought about the shoe and he really liked them. He thought they had great sole support and were very sturdy shoes that provides you with a lot of comfort when walking.

The only small problem that I've witnessed with these shoes is that it sure picks up random bits of gravel rocks on occasion! However, that is the only one tiny thing! And, my brother wears a size 14 shoe, so this fit him great.

These shoes cost $69.99 right now and these shoes are perfect for any guy who does a lot of walking and needs a durable shoe. Be sure to purchase a pair of these right now on Lugz website. 

Lugz shoes in general are excellent quality shoes and as you get closer to the fall season and school starting, these should be at the top of your list. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for notification about sales and product updates. Also subscribe to their newsletter and you could win a pair of shoes!

And I'm also happy to announce one lucky reader will get a pair of these shoes for themselves too! Enter to win Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends August 29th.  US only.

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I received the above shoes in exchange for my honest review. 


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Twinings Herbal Tea: Perfect Tea for Making Iced Tea

I am such a huge fan of tea. Whether it's hot or cold, black or green, loose leaf or in tea bags, I really enjoy tea. While tea will never take the place of coffee in my heart (at least for the morning), this summer iced tea has made such a huge difference in helping me get relief from the heat. So, I couldn't wait to try out the new flavors of Twinings herbal tea.

Upon seeing the three different tea blends, I absolutely couldn't wait to give them a try. There were three different kinds - Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint. I opened up the package and smelled each different kinds and each lived up to their flavor names. Lemon Delight smelled lemony, of course. Berry Fusion smelled like berries. Buttermint smelled like spiced mint.

I love hot tea at night, although sometimes if I chose a tea with caffeine it can keep me awake. I do enjoy herbal teas for that reason, so I was really glad to try this tea out. The thing is that it's so hot lately I can't enjoy my usual evening routine. So iced tea it is!

So, here's my routine with making iced tea. I first will make a cup of hot tea and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Then I will sweeten it with honey or sugar, and usually a lot of it. After letting it sit a bit so the tea isn't so hot, I will pack a glass full of ice and pour the tea in. Usually the tea is still warm and I need to add in more ice.

Of all the teas as iced tea, I enjoyed the Lemon Delight the most as iced tea. First because I love lemon in my iced tea anyways and this had an incredible lemon flavor. Next was the Berry Fusion. I LOVE berry flavored iced tea. The Buttermint tea actually tasted best as a hot tea (which I tried at work with air conditioning of course!) and I didn't enjoy it as much as iced tea.

Best of all, Twinings has so many more herbal teas for you to check out! Come by their website and see what else they have to offer. Right now their herbal teas are at an incredible price of $3.59 per box (although they have a minimum order of $15). Be sure to check out their website to purchase the above photographed teas.

If you are like me, and you are a fan of having tea, make sure you consider these herbal teas. They make excellent iced teas for the summer time! And it allows you to have a kind of flavored tea without having to put in the extra effort.

So, as the summer presses on, I'm looking forward to trying out new ways to jazz up my usual iced tea drink and these Twinings herbal teas are a great place to start. Be sure to also sign up for Twinings tea mail and get special offers and news on their products.

I received the above photographed tea in exchanged for my honest review. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Third Day Naturals - All Natural Skin Care Products [Giveaway]

I'm always on the look out for using more natural products for my skin. I am closely read ingredients when it comes to food, why not do the same for my skin? So, I couldn't wait to try out products made by Third Day Naturals. They use all natural ingredients, doesn't contain any parabens or GMOs, and smells wonderful.

I tried a few products by them. Two different body butters - vanilla and lavender, a vanilla lip balm, two different soaps - lavender oatmeal and head-to-toe soap, and lastly, a vanilla lotion bar. I love the scent of vanilla and couldn't wait to try these different products.

Lavender Body Butter (Purchase here) and Vanilla Body Butter (Purchase here)

I really loved these. First, they smelled wonderful. It took me a bit to get used to getting the body butter out of there because the product was a bit firm unlike usual lotions I may use. However, a little definitely goes a long way. The scent was gentle and not overpowering and great for dry skin or sensitive skin. You can get these now for $15.95 which may sound like a lot but actually this stuff will go far.

Vanilla Lip Balm (Purchase here)

I love lip balm but tend to get the cheaper kind that cracks my lips. I used this and absolutely love it. I'm using it regularly now and it's such a fantastic change from the usual lip balms I have. It doesn't gum up on the lips either, so I can put on a tinted gloss or lipstick just fine. Also, the price is incredibly cheap too by the way, it's only $2.95 and it's so worth it.

Travel Size Lotion Bar (Purchase here)

I don't trust myself with carrying lotions in my purse most times. There is always that risk that the lotion won't be capped tight enough and it will end up everywhere. So this lotion bar is an absolute fantastic alternative. It's portable, gentle scent so it doesn't bother anyone around me, and goes on my hands nicely. A little definitely goes a long way and while it's heavier and firmer, it absorbs nicely.

You can get one for $4.95.

Head to Toe Soap (Purchase here)

This soap was a unique experience because you can actually use it on your hair! I haven't used for my hair yet but I've used it on my body and I love it on my skin. It's a more mild scent which is nice if I'm more focused on having a stronger scented perfume.

Lavender Oatmeal Soap (Purchase here)

This is one of the best things I tried. It smells wonderful and makes my skin feel so good. The gentle scent is wonderful. It's also a nice exfoliant too.

This soap and the head-to-soap comes at incredibly reasonable prices of $4.95.

Overall, I recommend these products for anyone who is seeking beauty products that are more natural and better for your skin with better ingredients. It's worth spending a few more extra dollars.

Best of all I get to giveaway two soaps, one full sized lotion bar, and a lip balm to one lucky winner! If you can't wait for the giveaway to be over to try this use the coupon code fancy and get 15% off (valid through September 2019). Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 8/28. US only.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What #MadeYouSmile This Week? And Gymboree's Fresh Take on Style

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With school starting around the corner, I know so many of you mom's out there are planning for school shopping! Anyone stressing out about school supply lists? I know I've been hearing the parenting woes about all of that!

 But what about what made you smile when it comes to preparing your kids for school to start? I remember one of my favorite things as a kid was getting new clothes. I vividly remember going to the mall with my mom as a kid and looking at all the new clothes. I loved getting my outfit all ready for the first day too! I'd even get my shoes and socks all lined up. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Probably does!

 Well this fall, Gymboree has a completely fresh take on style. But why choose Gymboree? Well, they are the classic name brand for clothes and probably so many people have bought their clothes for their kids (and maybe even wore them as a kid too!). The clothes are for newborn up to 12 years old and they offer head to toe clothing and accessory collections. They offer playwear to dressy clothes. Clothes for any occasion! But what makes Gymboree's new styles so great this time around? Well they surveyed modern moms like you and asked them what they wanted to see change in their clothing line. And they made changes!

Here's a few things you can see in this new #MadeYouSmile Gymboree clothing line:

 1) Their new clothes are so versatile, so it's easier to mix and match! That way your kids can dress themselves a bit easier this fall.

2) Quality is back! Their pieces to be higher quality, softer, and much more attention to detail.

 3) Best jeans ever. So their jeans are so much more comfortable now and, best of all, durable. So those jeans can now withstand that fun in the park and the playground.

 4) Baby clothes now are the coziest and comfiest with more neutrals and modern details. This is sure to be an amazing school clothes shopping season and hopefully all of these updates made you smile!

At least a little bit right? Well if that didn't capture your attention, here's a few things memes that have made me smile on social media that I've shared, but will share with you now:

 1) Giving directions. Am I the only one who gives directions this way? I have no idea where to go if someone says go east or west. You mean, right at the McDonald's and left at the Starbucks?

2) Doing cartwheels as a grown up. I once attempted cartwheels recently and that was an incredibly humbling experience. I was such a pro as a kid! Turns out that gravity finally caught up with me.

3) The winter chill. Seriously though, I know the summer heat waves are happening, but it won't be long until I start complaining about the freezing temperatures! It's so tough to get out of bed those days.

Hopefully those memes made you smile like they did me! And be sure to shop at Gymboree for your school clothes this fall! Shop now.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Clean Better with Lysol Daily Cleanser [Giveaway]

While cleaning the kitchen, after I'm all done rinsing dishes, putting plates and cups in the dishwasher and washing pots and pans, I like to do one final clean up of the counters. A sopping sponge with soap is usually my go to. I like the idea of using Comet, but it feels incredibly harsh. So, when I had the chance to try out Lysol's new daily cleanser, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

When I first received the Lysol, I kind of shrugged. I wondered how much of an impact this could actually have with my after-meal cleaning routine. Then I read more about everything this Lysol Daily Cleanser had to offer -

1) No harsh chemical residue. Free of dyes, fragrances, alcohol, or ammonia.

2) Kills 99.9% of germs.

3) Great for everyday use, such as the kitchen, a baby's area such as a high chair, bathroom areas, and around the home.

So, I started to use it. Wow, this stuff just is wonderful to me. It's very easy to use and it doesn't create a lot of suds for the counter. It's a great way to clean up and gets rid of odors very gently. I recommend this for anyone who looks for an easy, simple clean up.

The biggest perk is how inexpensive it is! I buy this now regularly at Safeway and it's only about $2.99. It's a stress-free buy in that regard. Be sure to visit the Lysol website to learn more about their daily cleanser.

Best of all, I get to giveaway a bottle of Lysol Daily Cleanser to two lucky winners! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 8/10.

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I received the above mentioned item in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side

I am constantly looking for new ways to make extra cash. Some of these ways I've told you guys about, but others I've learned about recently that I thought I would share. If you are looking to expand on your "side hustles" than this post will include a few things you maybe haven't heard of that you ought to give a try.

1) Evaluate products and stores in exchange for cash.

I recently learned about a company called INTERNATIONAL SERVICE CHECK. You sign up online as an Evaluator and they pay you to do a short visit to a store in your area and give feedback about the experience. They have tons of assignments all over the U.S. and Canada—even in remote and rural areas.  What I like best about this is that you basically accept assignments that you want to do and that you are interested in--consumer tech products, watches, handbags, clothing, luxury goods, restaurants and more.

This is a perfect opportunity for college students, moms, dads or anyone looking to make some extra cash. It's completely flexible to your schedule, too (another huge bonus to me!). One additional perk is that while the company is strong internationally, you deal directly with managers in NYC, Atlanta and Toronto.  When you sign up, these managers email you a list of stores in your area to choose from.

So, if this sounds like something you want to do, sign up at www.internationalservicecheck.com -- scroll to the bottom of the page to “Want to Become an Evaluator- Find Out More.” 

2) Drop

I've actually talked about this one before! This is a new way to earn money back on your purchases. You link up your bank account and when you sign up you list out the five businesses you purchase the most with (they have things like Whole Foods, or Safeway, or other things like that; so if there's a few places you commonly shop, look for them to be the ones you have as ongoing offers. Like for Lyft, you get 10 points per dollar spent.  With Safeway, you get 8 points per dollar. When it adds up to at least 5,000 points, that's when you can start redeeming points for gift cards. They have Starbucks gift cards, Amazon gift cards, and a few others. While this isn't actual cash in your bank account, these types of things can add up fast and help you save money on your shopping trips. Find out more here.

3) Ibotta

This is also another one I've talked about and I highly recommend if you ever shop at a grocery store or shop online. They partner up with so many different businesses and it is easy to see your cash back add up. Probably the one thing I forget to do when shopping online is to go through Ibotta first and then sync up. What makes this stand out above most cash back apps is that you can get cash back on groceries you buy, including liquor. They also offer bonuses too if you purchase a certain or a certain type of product. The cash back adds up quickly too and you can get gift cards or money back through PayPal too. Find out more here.

4) Upwork.com

Upwork is definitely a great place if you are open to doing freelance work. It isn't just for writers either! If you data entry, graphic design, admin work, virtual assisting, you name it, I've seen it listed as an opportunity. This is an excellent way of getting extra money in. I'd say if you are new at this and not getting much luck, have patience and keep at it. Sign up here at Upwork.com.

5) Fiverr.com

If you have something in mind you can do for others, whether it's writing an article, social media promotion, designing a website, knitting, anything you can think of, and you are willing to do it for about $5, than you should go on Fiverr. You can actually customize your orders and make it for more than $5, if you feel your gig qualifies. Sign up here.

These are only just a few ways you can make extra cash and I hope this gets you started on the right path!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Sheets Review (And Giveaway)

Getting new bed sheets may not be the first thing on my mind when buying things for the home, but it's definitely something I truly appreciate when I do get new ones. Where do I even begin with what brand though? I think the saying is "you get what you pay for" is true and I was surprised to find that it applies to sheets. Poor quality sheets can often mean poor quality sleep (have you ever slept on scratchy sheets? I know I have and it's miserable).

So, I had the chance to review Brooklyn Bedding Luxury Bamboo Sateen Sheets to review. When I first opened the package, the first thing I did of course was to touch the sheets. They were so soft! The sheet set was a queen sized fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillow cases. I got them in white.

I couldn't wait to give these a try for the first night in bed. I had been dealing with some pretty old sheets so these would be a welcome change. When I first put these on the bed, I actually wondered if it would just feel too slippery to sleep on. That wasn't the case at all! I slept on these fantastically and they are so soft. I loved it.

Overall, I think these are worth purchasing if you are looking for a softer sleep. They are very comfortable! I have a pretty bad mattress and these actually helped make a bad mattress better. The only downside that I can see is the price. For a set it's $119.00. BUT right now, it's 30% off! If you are in search of improving your sleep and what you sleep on, you must buy these sheets.

Purchase now on Brooklyn Bedding by visiting this link here. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more deals on their products, updates on their company, and a chance to win prizes.

Best of all, I'm excited to announce I get to giveaway a set of Bamboo Sateen Sheets to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is US only. Ends 8/5.

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I received the above pictured items in exchange for my honest review.