Monday, December 27, 2010

Cranberry Naturals Review

Okay, can I just say that this juice is super yummy (not a very technical description, but very apt!)!  I had the opportunity to review Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals.  I tried Cranberry Raspberry, and Cranberry (and I got a really cool t-shirt too, but my daughter quickly confiscated it)! 

 Cranberry Naturals are the first reduced-calorie cranberry juice to be 100% natural and sweetened with Truvia.  That means there are only 70 calories, 17 grams of sugar, and 16 carbs per serving Those last two are pretty important to me, since my daughter has type 1 diabetes.  We are always looking for ways for her to get her fruit in without all the carbs!  Cranberry Naturals have almost twice the juice of leading diet juices, and 40 % less sugar.

We use a lot of cranberry juice around here because it really helps with the treatment of urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and kidney infections (all things my daughter deals with because of her diabetes).  Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals was really delicious, which not all cranberry juices can say.

My favorite was the Cranberry Raspberry, just the right amount of tart and sweet mixed together.  I'm heading to the store in a little while to buy some Cranberry Grape and Cranberry Pomegranate!

They come in a lot of different flavors, like Cranberry Blueberry and Cranberry Apple.  My son loved the straight Cranberry juice, and my daughter really liked the Cranberry Raspberry.

If you're looking for a great cranberry juice that is natural, healthy, and with a lot less sugar, Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals is the juice for you!  I give it a definite thumbs up!

Disclosure:  I received the product for the purpose of a review.  The opinions expressed are all my own, and free of charge!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaway!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love CSN Stores? They are so much fun to shop at! I've been dreaming of going on vacation with my family! It's been a long time since we've had a vacation. Then I started thinking about luggage and I realized that mine is from when I graduated from high school (yikes)! While I refuse to state exactly how old it is, let's just say that it has no wheels, is hard, and is a lovely yellow color. Well.... it was cool at the time!

So I decided to peruse some luggage stores and of course, headed straight to CSN Stores! Look at this cool set!

Then I decided to look at Lounge Chairs ....

Yes.... I definitely need a vacation! Wouldn't that be heavenly just about now! Okay... back to reality!

CSN Stores is generously offering one of you lucky readers a $35 gift code to their stores! How cool is that?!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Smart Mouth Mouthwash Review

Smart Mouth Mouthwash - clever name!  Now I can be accused of having a smart mouth... in a good way!

I had the opportunity to review Smart Mouth Mouthwash and I'm impressed.  To tell you the truth, I was a little worried because I really dislike the taste of those "other" mouthwashes.  They burn my mouth and the taste is really, really icky!  (go, ahead Valeen, tell them how you really feel!)

Smart Mouth is different!  It has a great minty taste to it, and there's absolutely no burning mouth involved!  I really enjoy using it.  Plus, it will work for up to twelve hours!  How about that?  So, I can use it in the morning and have fresh breath all day long, and then use it right before bed and not wake up with dragon-breath!

I feel a little bit like a scientist each time I use it!  I get the little mixing cup they provide and then squirt in four squirts from bottle number one, then four squirts from bottle number two.  Voila!  I now have great tasting mouthwash!

This is the FIRST mouthwash I have ever been able to use and continue using!  I am absolutely sold on SmartMouth Mouthwash!

If you have any questions, you can visit their website at  They even have a $2 off coupon on their website!  I was strolling through Target the other day and discovered that Smart Mouth Mouthwash is available there!  Woohoo!

My kids have both tried the Smart Mouth mouthwash and they both like it too.  That's something for my son, who has the same aversion to burny mouthwash that I do!

I give Smart Mouth Mouthwash a big two thumbs up!

Disclosure:  I was given the product for the sole purpose of a review.  The opinions expressed are all my own and free of charge!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Light Catcher Curtains - Wow!

I was lucky enough to get to review Light Catcher Curtains.  Let me just say, I love these curtains!

They are  a new line of room darkening curtains that help create the perfect sleeping environment for your baby (or anyone else who needs or wants a dark room to sleep in).  LightCatcher’s revolutionary beautiful quality fabric helps shield out light, noise and drafts, keeping the room cool, dark and quiet.

While these curtains were designed with babies in mind, I see so many applications!  Like the person who works the night shift and needs to sleep during the day, or the person who suffers from insomnia and needs a dark, quiet room to sleep in, or the teenager who just likes to sleep past sun-up and doesn't want to be bothered by daylight, or the child with sensory needs (which is a big one for us!)

While I don't have a baby in my home, I definitely have a teenager and a son with sensory issues.  I wanted to order a pair for my son's room but we're still in negotiations for his room makeover, so I ordered some for my daughter's room and let my son sleep in her room a few nights.

I visited and made my choice.  The only drawback I can see, is it's hard to see the actual patterns of the material on their website.  I wish they had a better close up of the curtains so you knew exactly what you were getting.  Now, that being said, when the curtains came I was pleasantly surprised!  I loved the pattern!  They had the room darkening material and on top of that a light gauzy material with cute light pink flowers on it.  They were even a bit fuzzy to the touch!  Very cute!

We got them hung and immediately her room was much darker!  Plus, they are way cute!  So, my daughter thinks they are the best invention since chocolate!  She loves a very dark room, and she gets that with these curtains.

Next, I let my son try these out.  Let me give you a little history.  My son has Sensory Processing Disorder and has had trouble sleeping since... well... forever.  He moves constantly and is really sensitive to his surroundings.  In order for him to sleep he wraps up like a coccoon.  I was really interested to see how these curtains would help him.  For the first time in... well I can't remember... my son slept through the night.  He actually slept through the night.  So, was it a fluke?  Nope, he slept through the night the next three nights.

Am I buying a pair for my son's room?  You better believe it!  These are amazing!  I'm anxious to see how well they work in the summer when it is so hot around here.

These are available at BuyBuy Baby stores or online at  I am truly grateful for these curtains, not because my daughter has a dark room to sleep in (though she's thrilled!), but because my son actually slept through the night.  That's huge....

Disclosure:  I was generously given this product for the purpose of a review.  The opinion expressed are all my own and free of charge!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pear Tree Greetings Review and Giveaway!

It's that time of year again when our hearts turn to our loved ones!  Okay, I know they turn to our loved ones often, but definitely more this time of year!  So how do we let them know we're thinking of them?  How about Pear Tree Greetings?  They have personalized cards and stationery, which make fabulous gifts, stationary, invites and more at affordable prices.  They offer hundreds of designs and colors to choose from, in a price range from $.85 to $1.25 per card.  Here are some pictures of the samples they sent me:

These are some of their Holiday selection!  You can personalize them and add your own pictures!  Fun, huh!

These are really cute Valentines cards!  I know,  I'm sorry I mentioned another holiday when we're smack-dab in the middle of this one!  But they really are cute! has some great gift ideas too.  Here are a few from their website:

a.   For your mother in law: a set of photo cards with the grandkids, saying, ”Jane’s grandkids”.  Idea: People are always struggling to find the right gift for their mother in law.  This is one she will love and it allows her to show off her grandkids, and you are giving her an “out” if people think she is showing off: ”My daughter in law got me these cards”.
b.   For hostesses:  A mix match set of thank you/note cards, to have on hand for the hostess of the many holiday parties you attend. Or, note cards personalized specifically for the hostess.  Idea: Give her a hostess gift that stands out in the crowd.  Everyone always brings wine, candle, soaps, food….these are great but if you personalize with her name, it shows you went the extra step.
c.   For teachers: Personalized thank you cards, because teachers need them and use them.
d.   For kids:  Personalized holiday themed thank you cards make great stocking stuffers. Idea:  A great way to get them engaged in the idea of sending a thank you note to all the people that love them after the holidays.  Insert their photo! Kids love to see their own smiling face, and the recipients will, too (especially the grandparents).   There are also cards for kids to color on. Start the year off right by thanking “Santa” in January.  A sure way to get on the Santa’s “Nice List” for 2011

You can select and design cards and pick your colors, patterns and fonts. Simply upload your photos (if you choose to use photos), write your greeting, and wait for the cards to arrive within a few business days.

I really like these cards!  I think they'd make a really fun gift!  I was focused on sending them out as Christmas cards, until I read some of their great gift ideas!  Now my head is spinning with the possibilities!

Now ready for your head to spin?  They are offering a $25 gift code to   How cool is that?!

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Disclosure:  I was provided samples and a gift code for the purpose of the review.  The opinions are all my own, and free of charge!

Contest is now closed and winner has been notified!  Thanks to all who entered!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AcquaEssentials Review

When I was in my twenties I paid very little attention to all those advertisements about skin moisturizers and anti-wrinkles creams.  Now I'm glued to the commercials!  So when offered me some free samples, I jumped at the chance!  I tried samples from the Caviahue and the Modariz lines.  I loved them both, but really, really loved the Caviahue Anti-Wrinkle Cream!  The amazing folks over at AcquaEssentials let me try a full size bottle.  Yes, I'm hooked!

According to their website;  "The Caviahue product line is based on the renowned thermal water from Caviahue, a pristine spa located in the heart of the Andes Mountain Rainge in Patagonia."  I feel so continental!  The Anti-wrinkle cream works while you sleep restoring the two uppermost layers of the skin.

I live in a dry, hot climate so my skin is always dry.  Add wrinkles into that, and it's not a pretty picture.  The Caviahue Anti-wrinkle cream feels so wonderful going on!  It's light and not a bit greasy-feeling.  Plus, it absorbed right into my skin.  I put it on right before I jump in bed and by the time I hit the bed, it's all absorbed into my skin.  Right away my skin feels better, more moisturized, and feels smooth to the touch.  That right there is a big selling point for me!  But, you ask, does it really work?  Yes, it really does.

I've been using it for about two weeks and my skin already looks better!  I think my wrinkles are less noticeable, and my son actually said, "Mom, your skin feels nice" when he gave me a kiss on the cheek good-night.  Yes, that scored major mom points for him!  In the past I've been kind of hit and miss when it comes to applying moisturizers at bed-time.  Sometimes I'm just too tired.  I have not missed a night since I started using Caviahue Anti-wrinkle Cream.  It feels too good on my skin to miss even one night!

You can try it for yourself!  Just visit AcquaEssentials and request a sample pack.  Simply pay for shipping, $5.84, to receive:
  • 1 Caviahue Thermal Mud Sample (one application)
  • 3 Caviahue Anti Wrinkle Cream Samples (three applications)
  • 3 Caviahue Nourishing-Moisturizing Cream Samples (three applications)
  • 3 Mondariz Hydro-Woman Cream Samples (three applications)
  • 3 Mondariz Hydro-Man Cream Samples (three applications)

I definitely give a thumbs up!  I'm excited to see how much my skin will improve as I continue to use it!

Disclosure:  AcquaEssentials provided a product free of charge for the purpose of a review.  The opinions expressed are all my own, and free of charge!