Friday, October 29, 2010

Things I Require to be Comfortable/Giveaway


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There are very few things I MUST have.  Almost nothing I can't live without.  Of course I'm talking about THINGS and not PEOPLE.  I definitely couldn't live without all the great people I have in my life.  The TV, makeup, jewelry, clothes, I could live without all those, although I'm sure a couple episodes outside naked and I'd have clothes thrown at me and dropped off at my door.  I'm just saying I COULD live without those things.  There are two things I find most annoyed when they are not readily available (and so they always are) Lotion and chapstick.  I can't stand to have dry or chapped lips and dry hands that get snagged on fabric or material drives me mental.  It's worse than nails on a chalkboard.  These items are mainstays in my purse, and easily transition to my pockets when not wanting to carry a purse.

With Winter approaching I tend to stock up on both items.  I'm usually not picky with brands but find that with lotions some last longer than others.  They all do the job initially, but if I have to reapply every 30 minutes than it's not a brand I'll buy again.  My legs become scaly in the winter months so I like something that lasts all day under pants.  I like scented lotions as well as unscented, it's more about the feel.  I want it to go on smooth (some bead up and that's just icky) and definitely NOT feel greasy.  Recently I found Carmex Healing Cream and Lotion.  The lotion is great for everyday use. It contains aloe and Vitamin E and is rich without being greasy.  It lasts all day.  The healing lotion is great for my dryer parts (feet and elbows) and with 9 different healing ingredients I have now worry that I'll get the irritating friction from elbow to sweater if the weather here ever gets cold.

I believe in this product and love the non-intrusive scent (think Carmex lip balm at low strength with a hint of vanilla) so much that I want to give a set away.  One lucky winner will receive Carmex® Healing Lotion and Carmex® Healing Cream to try for themselves.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Love at First Pour

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We were recently sent a 3M Filtrete Water Pitcher to try and talk about.  I've seen these pitchers before, in the refrigerators of friends, I've never thought about splurging and actually buying one for myself.  I say myself because up until this last summer, I was the only family member who regularly consumed water.  This Summer Handsome decided it was one of his favorite beverages as well.  I still couldn't justify the purchase of this pitcher as we were both perfectly satisfied with water from the tap. (gasp).


We received the pitcher and immediately rinsed and filled it.  Put it in the fridge to get the water cold and guess what?  Everyone (Hubster and Puddin Pop included) is now going for water as their first drink of choice.  This is a wonderful thing.  I'm not sure if it's the cool new pitcher or the new "crispness" the water has after being filtered but we are filling it every day and at dinner both kids are requesting water over milk or juice.  Had I known this would be the outcome, I definitely would have purchased one of these.  I never imagined the whole family would prefer water.  I never imagined filtering would make such a huge difference.

3M offers several tips and helpful tools on their site.  You can get reminders for your filter changes, sign up for a newsletter with money saving coupons and better living tips,  and get up-to-date information on new products being developed and offered.  The Water pitcher fills 5 times faster than other brands and the filter lasts through 100 gallons of water (about 3 months).  It also has a convenient meter on the filter that lets you know when it's time for a replacement.

Saving the landfills from millions of water bottles is usually the inspiration for companies to develop ways we can use the water that already comes into our homes each day.  We do purchase bottled water, although not on a regular basis, and refill the bottles several times before putting them in our recycle bins.  With the whole family now enjoying Filtrete water, I'm searching for more permanent solutions to totally get away from buying bottled water at all.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received the water pitcher to facilitate my candid review.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lunchables make me a great least that's what my kid says

My kids have always been huge fans of cheese and crackers. As a snack or an occasional meal, they request cheese and crackers often. Over the years we've gotten creative and added pepperoni and ham to their snack. For a meal I'll also add yogurt and/or some fruit.

My son LOVES Lunchables. Partly for the independence of putting together his own meal and partly for the "treat". He'll look to see what candy comes with each and make his selection accordingly. Every once in a while I'll surprise him with a Lunchable in his lunch box. It's quick and easy, but so is making his lunch. The main reason I do it is to see the huge smile on his face when he gets home. I always get a huge "Thanks", and usually a hug and kiss to go along with it.

When I saw the new Lunchables I got excited. They've been working hard to reduce salt content and make the meals healthier with low reduced fat cheeses and wholesome meats. Handsome was outgrowing the original ones. He's 7 now and needs something more substantial (at least for lunch) than crackers and some candy. The new and improved boxes come with the cheese, crackers and meat as well as a side of fruit (mandarin oranges, apple sauce, etc.), and a healthier snack than the previous mini airhead. This particular box came with mini vanilla wafers. For the drink, it comes with a bottle of water and a Kool-aid fun fizz. I didn't catch this when I picked them up at the store but I certainly heard about it when Handsome got home.

"Mom. Did you think my Lunchable came with a packet of Kool-aid?"

"Yes. Didn't it?"

"No. It came with a tablet that you drop in and it fizzes while it dissolves. It was cool."

"Oh. That sounds fun. How did you like all the extras the new Lunchables come with?"

"I loved it. Did you get me more?"

"Yes. We have another for later in the week."

"Thanks. You're a great mom."

I'm so buying more of these. I feel comfortable sending them as lunch for my child with the new additions and hearing that my 7 year old thinks I'm Great is pretty awesome too.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Lunchables and received the products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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