Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE RETINOL Anti Wrinkle Serum Review and Giveaway

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE RETINOL Anti Wrinkle Serum!

Now that I am in my 30s I started to think about using Anti-Aging products. But with so many on the market how was I to choose. Well after watching a show on TV (I won't say who), I heard Retinol was the way to go.   

Retinol improves:

  • Pigmentation
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin tone 
  • Skin texture 
  • Color
  • Increases your hydration levels. 

What makes Retinol so great?

Cellular renewal happens continuously when we're young, but as we age the skin's ability to renew itself slows down. Retinol has a very small molecular structure that allows it to deeply penetrate your skin activating collagen and elastin. Applied at night ULTIMATE Retinol will increase your skin's moisture, promoting cellular turnover and renewal.

Why try Azure Naturals brand?

Made in the USA With The Highest Quality Natural and Organic Ingredients Available: 97% Natural, 72% Organic. Contains No Alcohol, No Parabens, Plant Based, No GMO's, Cruelty Free and Never Tested On Animals. And if that isn't enough? Azure Naturals has a  Hassle Free 100% Money Back Guarantee!  And its good for 1 year. Yes A 365 days!

How did it work for me?

I liked it! My trouble zones are the texture and tone of my skin. Also I have very fine lines near my eyes. Aka crows feet. Oh my did I admit that? haha! Well after a weeks use my skin appears to have a better tone and its not dry like it usually is in the winter. I do put the serum on in the early evening and a night cream on every other night. Just to make sure my dryness does not come back. After 1 week of use I love it and cant wait to see the results at the 1 month mark.

*Disclosure: I received this product complementary for review. But the thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

Monday, January 26, 2015

Companies that give out Freebies

As many of you know I have written a few blogs about the companies that I get Freebies from. However, in the last year or so a lot has changed. Some companies I loved then have not sent anything since then. While others I disliked are now sending me tons of stuff. This blog will just contain links and names of the companies. Later this month I will review each. But this will get you started. Please note that most of these companies require you to do a few surveys in the beginning. This is of course to see what products they will send you. For example if you have only teens, they do not want you testing diapers. 

Companies I have personally used or tried:

   My Last Blog Post below about these sites is below. Feel free to check that out.


Don't forget to check out my giveaways to win free items.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tasty and Easy Mexican Yellow Rice recipe. Kids love it!

Easy Mexican Yellow Rice with kid friendly option.

I've always made yellow rice. Most people call it Mexican rice. Either way its a family favorite. When my son was younger, he did not like that I added chopped red and green peppers. So my Best friend recommended I add corn. I could still sneak in some veggies and get him to eat it.

Yellow rice pictured with homemade Pico de Gallo!


  • 2 tablespoons of butter, I prefer unsalted
  • 2 cups of white rice Long grain
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 packet of Sazon with Coriander and Annatto, I like the Goya brand one. 
  • 1 cup of canned corn- drained
  • Powder Chicken base- to taste. I usually start with whats recommended for 2 cups of rice and work my way up. Because brands vary so much. I will explain later how I decide.

This is the Sazon I use.

Cooking directions:

  • In a Large pot (at least 2 quart size). Place the butter in pot on medium heat.
  •  Once the butter starts to melt add the rice. Stir the rice in the melted butter until it has a slight golden yellow color.
  • Add the water. Be careful the water will bubble up so add it slowly. 
  • Add 1 packet of Sazon. Add chicken base. *I recommend you start with whatever is the recommended for making 6 cups of rice. Brands vary so I personally taste some of the broth*
  • Stir the mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Once its boiling, stir again, lower the heat to a low setting. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Check rice. Once its done to your liking mix in corn. Leave on lowest heat for 2 minutes or until the corn is heated up **If you prefer a more traditional rice replace the corn with chopped green and red peppers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Coffee Lovers Dream: Java Factory's 40 count Variety pack Review and Giveaway

I am a coffee addict. I have been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember. When I was offered to test the Java Factory variety pack and host a giveaway. I was ecstatic. I got to try some great coffee and share it with all of you. 

*Please Note these cups do not work on the 2.0*

The flavors included in the Java Factory Variety Pack are: 

  • Wakey Wakey- A Light roast
  • Smooth Caffeinator- Medium roast
  • Dark And Handsome- An Extra Bold roast
  • Da Bomb- Double caffeinated Extra Bold Roast Dark roast
  • Choconut- Chocolate and Coconut flavored coffee
  • Vanilla Dream- Vanilla and Toffee flavored coffee 

My Review of each flavor: 

  • Wakey Wakey- This is the lightest roast. I did like it but it was my least favorite. I prefer a darker roast.
  • Smooth Caffeinator- This was the First flavor I tried. Its a great smooth coffee. This is the perfect anytime coffee. Not too bold but too light either. Hence the name medium. Haha!
  • Dark and Handsome- What girl doesn't want something dark and handsome. This is one of my favorites. It is a bold coffee with that Good morning Kick.
  • Vanilla Dream- If I had to pick this was my favorite this is it. Especially after I added a bit of creamer. This is a great medium roast with vanilla and hints of toffee flavor. 
  • Choconut- Personally I dislike mocha or chocolate coffees. But this I liked this one. Because it had a chocolate hint of flavor. Not like some brands that add too much. Also you can taste the coconut flavor without either being overpowering.
  • Da Bomb- I am a coffee addict so I could not wait to try this. This flavor does not disappoint. Its bold and packs a kick. And keeps me up. For the girl who always wants an " Extra Shot" at the coffee shops. This is the perfect cup.

Java Factory Variety Pack Giveaway!

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I received this complementary product for review. However, the thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Summer Sun in the middle of Winter: Glow 2 Go review and Giveaway

Glow 2 Go

As some of you may know I have VERY pale skin in the winter. My Mother is fair skinned with blond hair and blue eyes, and my Dad the opposite. He has the olive skin and dark features. So I have Moms skin and Dads dark hair. Id make a great Goth girl.

 Every Winter I have pale pasty skin. I use to tan at a salon but I don't have the time. So when I found out I can test Therma Labs new Glow 2 Go towelettes at home, I was excited and a bit nervous. I have become streaky and orange from other tanners.  But after seeing that its the Number 1 brand on Amazon. I felt relieved.  Especially after hearing they have a 100% Money Back Guarantee. That is how confident they are you will love them. I did! 

What makes Glow 2 Go a Winter Must have?

It works great! A package contains 20 half body towels, instead of 10 full size. That means you get more bang for your buck. Not everyone wants a full body application especially in the Winter. I usually want just legs or just arms. So how did it do? Great! I had a nice tan after one use. I am currently trying my second one in the morning. The towels worked great I will be posting extra photos in this blog later this week. But I want to share the giveaway Asap. 

Glow 2 Go Giveaway!

Contains: 1  full size package of Glow 2 Go: 20 count

Don't wanna wait for the contest to end. Pick up Glow 2 go at:

*Disclosure: I received this product for testing purposes. However, the thoughts and opinions are that of my own.*

Friday, January 2, 2015

An Easy Way to Save money in 2015

A lot of my friends and myself included always end up broke after the Holidays. How would you like an extra Thousand dollars by Christmas 2015? Well I want to Challenge you to join me to save money in 2015. Now for me right now its a bit hard. But I suggest you do what I did to start my fund. Just find a box or jar. Then I emptied my wallet poof 4 quarters. Week #1 Dollar is done. You can also add extra money if you have it to speed up your savings. Good Luck All I will try and keep you informed of my progress.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

30 Day Workout Challenges 2015: Butt and Abs *Repost*

     As you may know I tried this challenge last year. However, due to many factors I stopped on the 9th or 10th day. But it is a New Year and the Number 1 Resolution is weight loss I'm trying it again. I'm not going to give you the "New Year New me" speech! But it's a great time to start the Challenge! Especially since the Ab challenge is little hard to read, so starting on the first day is easier!

I did choose these challenge because of the gradual increase. Which should help us both.

I also picked these challenges because you get a day off every 4 days which is about when I really need it! Of course with all workout plans ask your Doctor first! But if he/she says it's ok! Join me! I personally won't be posting before and after pictures but I will give a weekly progress report! 

     *I also installed two new apps to help with dieting from the Play Store (I currently have an Android) 30 Day Fitness Challenges and joined Spark People. The 30 day Squats is available in the challenge app. The nice part is it will give you reminders to do your squats. They also have abs and other area challenges like abs and Cardio.

Good Luck to anyone trying the weight loss, maintain their weight, or just live a healthy lifestyle in the land of fast food!