Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

When you try throat drops do you want them to be tasting like medicine, or do you prefer something more palatable? If I'm given the choice, I'd prefer the more palatable throat drops! Well, Pine Bros Softish Throat drops fit the bill for what I want! I received Natural Honey and Wild Cherry. They also come in Black Licorice.  The information that I'm going to share with you starts with the Pine Bros  Softish Throat Drops history, which is really amazing!

This container is called a puck.

 Their history started back in 1870 in Philadelphia when Herman Pine and his brother began to sell their first bath of 'Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets'. (Mr Pine had been a confectionery maker back in Germany.) In the process of trying to relief his own sore throat and those of his family members, he found that combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin and the healing properties of gum acacia, he could soothe and lessen the effects of a mild sore throat. He didn't think that he'd make much money from it at the time. The recipe hasn't changed much since it was sold to the public more than 140 years ago! In the 1930's Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company. They continued to sell. The biggest sales were in the east and northern states where they had the very cold winters. They reached their peak in popularity in the 1970's. Life Savers sold them, and they were sold and bought a few more times. Changes were made to the recipe by others for cost-cutting purposes. At some point, Pine Brothers began to be made overseas and the sales declined. Not too long ago, Victoria Knight-McDowell, the creator and former owner of Airborne, acquired Pine Brothers for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products. Time was spent locating the old recipes, creating a new look, and redesigning the packaging. In the fall of 2011 Pine Brothers was launched nationally, and it was being made in America again!

Our son and I tried the two flavors that I received, and son preferred the Wild Cherry over the Natural Honey. I happen to like both!  They were soothing to our scratchy and somewhat dry throats! I carry one of the pucks in my purse (it's the round container that the lid screws on) and will refill it with some from one of the bags soon! They can be bought online and in stores nationwide, such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Kroger, to name a few. Try them the next time you have a sore throat.

To find out more information: Pine Brothers
Pine Brothers Facebook Page

Pine Bros on Twitter

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary, Stephen!

I just wanted to wish my husband a very happy 25th wedding anniversary today, and may we have many more to come!

And, I am also wishing Julie Maloney, a blogging friend of mine from Momspective, a happy belated 37th birthday for April 14th!

Bravo's "Southern Charm" (Review)

Disclosure: No compensation was received. I'm posting this review of Southern Charm as a member of Sverve, and was given information from Bravo about the show.

Have you heard of the relatively new reality show on Bravo called "Southern Charm"? It takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, and it drips southern hospitality! It's on Monday nights from 10pm EST to 11pm EST. I watched it last night for the first time, and was tweeting about it with Sverve. I also dvr'd it to get the chance to watch it without others commenting during it, and I watched it again this morning. Today I was able to give my full attention to it and give it a fair review. (If I had based my review on the little bit that I was able to catch while tweeting, it wouldn't have been fair. )

There are 6 main characters in this show, and they are Thomas Ravenel, Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks, Shepard "Shep" Rose, Whitney Sudler-Smith,  and Jenna King. Some of them left South Carolina, and came back after being successful or not, and one had a criminal history, Thomas. Anyhow... to talk about last night's episode. Thomas, also know as T-Rav, is 48 years old, and he's dating Kathryn, who's 21. She's old enough to be his daughter! They might be a great couple , if she would become a bit more mature. Thomas definitely needs to teach Kathryn how to make coffee!
The rest aren't super crazy about Kathryn due to her age, and due to that there was a pregnancy scare. Her mother wasn't worried about it, she just told her to take prenatal vitamins if she planned to get pregnant by Thomas! Some of the gang thought that Thomas' political career could be affected by Kathryn. The one character who I really didn't like was Whitney, I felt that he was a rich boy who didn't want to grow up, definitely the Peter Pan Syndrome! However, I did like the new home that Cameran was trying to sell him, very open spaces! I did feel that they all were quite cliquey!

I loved the aerial views of Charleston, and when the crew went out to the woods to go hunting. Would I watch it again? Yes, and I need to go back and catch up on the older episodes!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Zebra Sarasa Rapid Dry Ink (Review)---Open Your Imagination!

Disclosure: I was given  Zebra Sarasa Retractable Gel Rapid Dry Ink pens and information in order to facilitate my post. The opinions expressed are my own.

What do you use to help you and your family to stay organized? I'm always curious about what other people use to help maintain organization in their busy lives! My way of staying in a somewhat organized fashion is using color! I don't know  about you, but color makes things "pop" when I'm looking at a message that needs to be noticed, example, the Dishwasher was run!   That would definitely let me know that my husband had run the dishwasher and that it needs to be emptied. I also use the Zebra Sarasa pens to make paper notes stand out on mirrors in the bathroom, when I want Steve or Steven to remember something! On my desk, I have a few small 1/2 pint mason jars in which I keep binder clips, regular paper clips and fancy shaped paper clips organized. I did decorate the top of one jar lid using the Zebra Sarasa pens and by doing that I can tell what's in the jar without picking it up. I've decorated a couple of our DVD boxes with tiny drawings of a Christmas tree and a mouse head  to let me know that they are Christmas and Disney DVDs.

I use color to help me stay organized at work, by using different colors on my assignment on my clipboard. FS with yellow signifies that I have a fingerstick due on that resident. If I happen to have other pens other than red or black in my pen bag for work, then I use them to make things that I need to know and remember about someone really stand out.  I use colors on my MomAgenda organizer to help me organize our schedules, as in mostly appointments that I need to remind me and the guys in my family about. The colorful pens help me to remember birthdays and other important dates, like my wedding anniversary next month. I use color for the different calendar choices on iCal, too. 

What can I say? Colorful pens add excitement to my life!

Sarasa RDI pens featuring the new Rapid Dry Ink technology in 14 vibrant colors is the ideal product for the colorful and creative at heart!

Zebra is challenging you to find creative ways to bring some organization to your wild life!

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Each week 6 random winner will be selected to win a Sarasa Retractable Gel Rapid Dry Ink 10pk. (through March 31st). 

Grand Prize Details Two grand Prize Winners will be selected by March 31, 2014 to win either  one of the following: 1. Crafty and Creative Kit (estimated $200 ARV) 
2. Organize and Inspire Kit (estimated $200 ARV).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What I've been up to lately!

Whew! I just finished the moment that I dread every two years! I usually put off doing my CEU's (continuing education hours) for my licensure  every couple of years, because it takes time to sit down and read the course and to take a test afterwards. I finally completed the courses a few days ago, but hadn't gone to the site to have my courses graded. I finally took care of them, along with renewing my RN license this morning. I can honestly say that I finally have that sense of accomplishment, though I was really poky about it!

We have been taking day trips over to Orlando during the past month, trying out restaurants and doing a bit of shopping. We tried Azteca on University Boulevard a few weeks ago, and went to Chuy's on I-Drive last weekend. Chuy's had the best salsa for dipping chips in, and that was my husband's opinion, too.  Steven and I had been to East End Market on Corrine Drive back in January for the FLBlogCon Forum, and we had been trying to get Steve to go there with us. We really like Olde Hearth Bread Company for their breads, granola and other yummy items. I happen to like Lineage's coffee.  Here's a picture of some peanut butter cookies that they sell when we were there in January!

Last weekend's trip took us to IKEA and The Container Store. I always love going to IKEA, looking around at their furniture, lighting, bathroom sinks and cabinetry. We got some new ideas for when we decide to redo the hall bathroom. I was like a kid in a candy store in The Container Store, kind of like when I go to Sephora, but not as crazy! I have been wanting some of those paper clips that come in shapes. I found some flower ones, and I bought some colorful binder clips, too. I have a plastic mesh basket that I've put some of my project to work on for the blog. I do have some ideas for organizing the craft/tv room, and they involve going through more of my things, so that Steve can organize his things in there, too.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Addendum to last night's post!

I sent the post to "post" last night before I went to work,  before I realized that I had posted the wrong word for what lights we used in our household! We use the compact fluorescent bulbs, in just about every room of our house!