NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate Review & Giveaway

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I seem to be on a bit of a coffee kick lately. Not sure why...maybe it's because I am sitting here in my cozy home, while my local area is being pounded by loads of snow. Yes, I live near Buffalo and just 20 miles away from me, I have friends who are digging out. They are dealing with 5+ feet of snow, caving roofs, driving bans and little supplies at the grocery stores. Thankfully, the massive band of snow missed us and we just have a dusting of snow. My thoughts go out to those who are struggling though. Anyway, after shoveling snow or romping with the children out in the snow, it is nice to come into the house and have a nice hot cup of "something" to drink. Whether it is cocoa, tea or coffee, hot beverages are very comforting on cold, blustery and wintry days.
I was soooo excited when I found out that NESCAFÉ teamed up with Coffee-mate to bring us some new and exciting tastes. NESCAFÉ is one of my favorite companies when it comes to hot beverages and my coffee creamer of choice is the Coffee-mate French Vanilla. So, it was such a perfect combination.
For this review, I was sent the NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate in the Hazelnut flavor. I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to this beverage but I was definitely excited to try it out.
Upon opening the canister, I found a fragrant powder that is light brown and white in color. This kind of reminded me of instant coffee but much better quality than that. The idea is that the coffee and creamer is mixed in together and you don't have to add creamer later. I love that.
All you do to make a delicious cup of coffee is add 2 Tablespoons of the powdered mix to a cup of hot water. I used my Keurig to make the hot water and within seconds, my cup of coffee was ready!
This coffee turned out frothy, creamy and amazingly yummy. I think there was caffeine in it but I didn't care...it was SO good. Because I am nursing, I don't typically drink caffeinated beverages but with this, I will definitely make an exception.
So, do I recommend NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate to you? Absolutely!!! It is amazing. I even shared it with my husband and he didn't hate it, which was good. He doesn't drink coffee at all but I at least got him to try it. :) Be sure to check out NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate and pick your favorite flavor...Hazelnut, French Vanilla and Original! Also, head on over to NESCAFÉ on Facebook to see what is happening there.
I have three coupons for FREE NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate to give away to my readers!! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. As a member of Smiley360,  I received free NESCAFÉ with Coffee-mate and product coupons for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the NESCAFÉ website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

FREE Hot Fudge Cake at Shoney’s on 12/4

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So, I totally wish we had Shoney's around here right now. :((( Why? Because I LOVE Hot Fudge Cake and they are giving it away for FREE on December 4th. Oh well...for those of you who do have a Shoney's near you, stop on by on 4th for some FREE Hot Fudge Cake.

National Free Hot Fudge Cake day is back! Head to your Shoney’s on December 4th for a Free Hot Fudge Cake on the house. Take a break from Holiday shopping at Shoney’s and enjoy the delicious treat America has loved for generations.

FREE 1/2 lb. Bag of Petcurean Dog or Cat Food Coupon

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To those of you who have some furry friends at your home, you can try out a free 1/2 pound bag of Petcurean Dog or Cat Food! Simply fill out the form and you will be sent an electronic coupon to print at home. Here is the link for a FREE 1/2 lb. Bag of Petcurean Dog or Cat Food Coupon. Enjoy!

Organo Gold Coffee Review

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I am a coffee drinker. Several years ago, my husband bought a Keurig for me for Christmas and I use it religiously. I love it. Making a huge pot of coffee makes no sense because I am the only one in our house who drinks coffee so the Keurig has been wonderful. I typically drink caffeinated coffee except for when I am breastfeeding, which is the case now. During the time my babies are drinking breast milk, I stick with decaf coffee. However, every now and then I need a little bit extra to perk me up a bit. 
A month or so ago I learned about a new company whom I had never heard of before. Organo Gold is a grassroots company that offers coffees, teas and other products such as soaps, lotions and toothpaste. Organo Gold coffee is most notable for being completely caffeine free but still providing that jolt of energy that we all need to get through the day due to the inclusion of a little known, all-natural ingredient known as Ganoderma. Ganoderma is a mushroom that is found in the Wuyi Mountains of China’s Fuzhou region. It is a very important mushroom as it is used extensively in traditional Asian medicine. So, how is it added to Organo Gold's coffee and tea??  Here's how it works...

The agricultural and food scientists at Organo Gold and its partners start off with only organically grown Ganoderma. Employing the latest technologies, they gently dry, sterilize and process the mushrooms from a tough, wood-like cap, into a fine powder using only natural processes.

Once the Ganoderma mushrooms have been transformed, it is added to the Organo Gold family of products, including beverages such as our Gourmet Black Coffee, Gourmet Café Latte, Gourmet Café Mocha, and Organic Green Tea. The Ganoderma is also an ingredient in our personal care product line including OG Smile Toothpaste and G3 Premium Beauty Soap. And of course in its purest form it can be found in our nutraceuticual products, encased in a vegetable capsule in the Ganoderma lucidum, Ganoderma lucidum Mycelium and Ganoderma Spore Powder supplements.

I was very interested in this coffee particularly because of it's claim to be free of caffeine. It is hard to find K-Cups that feature decaf coffee so I eagerly awaited for my coffee to arrive. 
My package arrived several weeks ago and for this review, I was sent a box of Gourmet Black Gold Premium Coffee Blend from Organo Gold. I have heard people refer to coffee as "black gold" and just by the title, I knew right away that this was probably a darker, richer blend than what I am used to. Typically, I drink a medium to light blend of coffee, so this would be something new.
This box contained 12 K-Cups and they are arranged nicely in the box, not thrown into the box and jostled around during shipping. This box is nicely packaged and would make a really classy Christmas gift for anyone. 
When I brewed my first cup of this coffee, it was just as I thought it would be. It had a very rich, dark flavor and was a bit too strong for me. Again, I am used to drinking a lighter blend so obviously this was stronger. Once I added some sweet creamer, it tasted very nice. I wouldn't say it is my favorite coffee, but definitely something I will keep on hand for when guests come over.
So, to learn more about Organo Gold and how to purchase this coffee, be sure to visit their website: http://www.organogold.com/. I probably wouldn't choose this particular flavor again, but would love to try some of their other coffees, and maybe even some of their teas. Check them out today!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Organo Gold K-Cups for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Organo Gold website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

5 FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Points

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Enter the code below to earn an additional 5 FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Points! Christmas is coming and you can use your points towards rewards that will make some great Christmas gifts. :) My little handy Pampers Gifts to Grow tip of the day. :) Here's the new code:

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CampusBookRentals Is a Great Resource for College Students!

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I was just sitting here thinking about how long it has been since my college days. I was enrolled in college from 2002 until 2004...wow, that was like, a long time ago!! Actually, it seems like it was just yesterday. I loved going to college but what I didn't like was having to buy textbooks. My big issue with this was that I spent loads of money for books that were barely used during class time. Sure, there were classes in which I used my books but most of the time, the professor scribbled on the white board and I took notes in my notebooks. This made me feel like my hard-earned money was being wasted and I hated it.
Several years ago, I learned about CampusBookRentals.com and have always wished that I knew about them back when I was in college. Think about it...if you could rent your books rather than buy them, you could save a ton of money. College students could use a break when it comes to college expenses and that is why I love CampusBookRentals.

So, here's how it works. There are no membership or hidden fees when you sign up, which is great. You can rent books with free shipping both ways...to get or send back the books. Also, you can highlight in the books and I was a big book highlighter so that is a nice option. There is also a way you can rent out your own college textbooks too! RentBack.com is CampusBookRentals newest program that can allow you to make money by renting out your textbooks.

Here is a short video about how CampusBookRentals works...

I would say that is pretty easy! I guess I am just so excited that a program like CampusBookRentals exists. If I had known about it back when I was in college, I would have been VERY interested in trying it out.
Another reason I love CampusBookRentals is because for every textbook that is rented, they donate to Operation Smile. Operation Smile performs life-saving, cleft palate surgeries on children in impoverished countries. They also provide long term and sustainable medical care through the establishment of year round treatment facilities. I love Operation Smile because they truly do care and show it by their caring treatment towards the future of our world...the children.

So, if you are a college student and are preparing to start a new semester after the holidays, check out CampusBookRentals and see how they can help you save some money.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for CampusBookRentals. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Birthday in a Box ~ Princess Costume Review

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Each year, we have so much fun with birthdays. I always enjoyed birthday parties as a child and although I don't go all out like my mom did, I still make sure birthdays are fun for my children. This year, I wanted to have a princess type of party for my daughter, who was turning 6. She is all about being a princess and dressing up so I did a bit of research and found some amazing party ideas.
One site that I love for all things party is Birthday in a Box. Not only do they have birthday tableware and decorations, they also have some really amazing costumes! Do you like dress up birthday parties? If so, then Birthday in a Box is a site that you should really check out. The prices are very reasonable as well, which surprised me. 
So, in getting back to my desire to have a princess party, I turned to Birthday in a Box for Princess Party Ideas. I was floored at the amount of items available. I wasn't having a huge party for my daughter so I didn't need much. For the cake, I ended up doing cupcakes, decorated in pink and purple frosting with white and pink sugar sprinkles. They turned out amazing! 

What I really wish I had for her at the party was a princess costume. If you are looking for a costume for Your Little Princess, this site has it all. From fairy tale costumes to Disney princesses, they have what you are looking for. 
So, for the purpose of this review I was sent the Fuchsia Fairytale Princess Kids Costume and it is GORGEOUS. When the box arrived, I was impressed with the packaging. This costume comes on a hanger, in a plastic garment bag to store it in and also to protect it during shipping. I thought that this was very careful shipping and also helpful for me when it comes to storing this costume. This dress arrived last night and my daughter begged and begged me to get it out for her to wear. 
This morning, you can probably guess what I was doing. Yep...getting out this costume for Hannah. She was ecstatic! This costume has some pretty embellishments and lots of sparkles. Perfect for any princess. The roses are so feminine and add such a great touch to the entire costume. 
So, once my daughter put on this costume, there was no taking it off. She has literally worn it all day. The only time she took it off was to play outside and take a nap. Other than that, she wore it constantly. She was also pirouetting all over my house, swirling and twirling the skirt. :) She is such a girly girl. 
This dress comes with a ribbon choker with a plastic rhinestone on it. The sash is fully detachable and there is a full hoop skirt. I personally LOVE the hoop skirt because it adds some real fullness to the dress.  If there is anything I don't like about this costume it is the glitter. By this evening, I had pink glitter and sparkly things everywhere. My rugs, my clothes, my baby, HAHAHA! Everything was glittery. I am a bit OCD about things on my floors so I vacuumed after Hannah took the costume off for the night. LOL! I still love the costume, the glitter just drives me a little bit nuts. :) 

So, I would have to say that this costume is a huge hit with Hannah. She loves it. For your next party or holiday function, be sure to check out Birthday in a Box. They have Christmas party supplies as well so make sure you see what they have to offer. 
Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive a free costume for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Birthday in a Box website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

The Many Uses for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

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There are a few things that every woman SHOULD have in her home. Many must have items are very well known, others are not. I am going to talk about something today that involves a product that most of us probably have in our homes, yet don't realize just how much we can do with it!
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is probably the best known brand of baking soda that is available today and it is a wonderful resource. Today, I wanted to take a minute and talk about what I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for and how I am using it to prepare my home for the upcoming holidays.
The first and probably most obvious and popular use for baking soda is baking and cooking. This is where I use baking soda the most and yes, the only brand I have ever used is Arm & Hammer. We love breads and muffins and my kitchen almost always smells like something tasty. The holidays are no exception and you can be sure I will be cranking some great tasting goodies out of my kitchen in the next month.
One of the things my husband uses Baking Soda for is for a detox bath. He likes to sit in a detox bath containing baking soda because it helps soften his itchy skin from his eczema. Here is the detox bath recipe that he loves...

1. Fill your bathtub with hot water, comfortable enough for you to sit in. Add in Epsom Salts ~

  • For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
  • For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
  • For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
2. Add 1-2 cups of Baking Soda (known for it's antibacterial properties and cleansing abilities)
3. Add 1 Tbsp to 1/3 c. Grated Fresh Ginger. While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.

Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to get rid the body of a bug of some sort of disease, like the flu, or a cold.

4. Swish all ingredients around in the tub, and soak from 20 - 40 minutes. When you get out, get out slowly because you may feel weak or drained. 
5. Drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins. 
6. You can rub down with a loofa afterwards to help exfoliate your skin if you wish. 

This bath really helps my husband's skin and also helps him to relax before bed. He does get SUPER sweaty and sometimes feels ill while in the tub but that is just his body getting rid of toxins. 
Another really popular use for baking soda is to put it in your refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh. Baking soda is really good at eliminating odors and I have always had a box of it in my fridge. It works well and I replace it about every two months. If you are planning on having holiday parties and your fridge will be opened frequently, you don't want any foul or strange odors coming from the fridge so stick a box of Baking Soda in your fridge to keep it fresh. 
Another way I use Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is for cleaning purposes. I have used it for scouring pans, cleaning my sinks, making it work as a soft scrub, wiping out the microwave with some Baking Soda on a soft cloth, halting burning and smoking food drips on the bottom of my oven and so much more. 
So, as you can see, these are just a few uses that I have found for Baking Soda. I am sure there are sooo many more and now I would love to ask my readers to share their baking soda use ideas in the comments section of this post. How do YOU use baking soda? Do you have a special trick or hint? If so, I would love to hear it! Prepare your home for the holiday season by stocking up on Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and make it a sparkly and bright holiday! Oh, and check out Arm & Hammer's Facebook Page to keep up with all the latest news and happenings there. 

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for review purposes, courtesy of Smiley360. All quotes and stock photos are from the Arm & Hammer website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

New Kelloggs Family Rewards Code

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There is a new Kelloggs Family Rewards Code available today! This one is worth 50 points...here it is:

KELLOGGTHROWBACK - 50 Points

Perfect for Throwback Thursday, eh? Enjoy. :)

WIN a Christmas Tree from King Of Christmas!!

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Growing up, Christmas was always a huge deal at my house. Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, Christmas would be in full swing. As a family, we would go out and pick out a tree from a local farm and then take it home to decorate it. Once the tree was decorated, we would turn off all the lights in the house and watch the tree shimmer and sparkle in the darkness. That was the best part. I have MANY fond memories of Christmas when I was growing up. My parents made sure it was a fun time for all of us and to this day, I am thankful for their efforts to make it a special time of year. Once I had my first baby, we made sure to get a Christmas tree for her first Christmas. She was just a little tyke, and we loved showing her the lights and ornaments. Trying to make memories for her was always fun and we enjoyed her first Christmas.

In thinking about Christmas trees, I wanted to share some thoughts about trees. My mom now puts an artificial tree up that is prelit but did you know that you can also get Unlit artificial Christmas trees? I had a hard time with the first time I saw her artificial tree but knew that she just couldn't get a real tree anymore...it was so much work and she has no children at home to help her with a real tree. She still loves to decorate the entire house and make Christmas special just like it was in past years.
If you or someone you know are looking for a new Christmas Tree this holiday season, then make sure you enter this King Of Christmas giveaway for a Christmas Tree! There are two prizes and they are as follows...

Prize 1 – Cypress Spruce Christmas Tree With LED Lights  ($249 Value!)
Prize 2 – $100 Gift card At Kingofchristmas.com

Make sure this holiday season is merry and bright with a Christmas Tree that will keep shining year after year...from King of Christmas!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from King of Christmas and all thoughts and ideas are 100% mine.