Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Netflix Finds More Than Half of Americans Willing To Trade Their Couches For Treadmills When Binge Watching In 2014 (Sponsored post)

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Netflix, I was given the information from Netflix to share with my readers. No compensation was received.

Los Gatos, Calif. – December 30, 2013 – Binge watching may be the new normal, but in 2014 a surprising number of people are willing to get off the couch for all that TV viewing.  According to a recent survey among 1,000 US Internet users conducted by Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), more than 50% of respondents were willing to exercise while binge watching instead of slouching on the couch.

In the same survey, nearly half (45%) of respondents agreed they would be more motivated to exercise if they had access to their favorite TV shows on-demand and commercial free while working out. Sitcoms come out on top as the favorite genre to watch while working up a sweat, with more than one in three (36%) choosing humor over serialized dramas (27%), Sci-Fi/fantasy (24%) or reality shows (20%).

That makes sense, as multiple studies show that watching entertainment, like Netflix, while working out makes people more likely to exercise for longer periods of time and stick with their fitness regimen. 

Harley Pasternak, celebrity fitness expert and New York Times bestselling author, is working with Netflix to remind people how incorporating entertainment into your workout can jump start your New Year’s resolution.

“I call it the Netflix fitness effect,” said Pasternak.  “My clients have been working out with Netflix for years. It makes cardio feel easier and less boring.  Whether you’re watching at home doing resistance exercises or taking your tablet or phone to the gym, Netflix gives people an extra reason to sweat.” 

Pasternak, whose superstar client roster includes Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Megan Fox and many others, recommends his clients find a show they love and make a pact to only watch it while working out. “Not only does it make your workouts easier, but you end up looking forward to them more,” Pasternak said. “If you can only watch 'Breaking Bad' when you're on the treadmill, you're going to find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day to workout.”

(Barb's Note: I found this to be quite interesting! A way to watch a show and exercise at the same time!)

Sunday, December 29, 2013


HI all!! There's less than 7 hours left for the Renee Trudeau e-book giveaway! And yes, my family and friends can enter it, too!

Airborne Immune Support Supplement (review)

Disclosure: I was given free samples of Airborne products  and information from Airborne via Smiley in order to facilitate  my review. The opinions expressed were my own!

I received the chewable tablets version of Airborne in the Berry flavors.
4 Chewable tablets =
*1,000 mg of Vitamin C,
*High in Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, and E),
*Excellent Source of Zinc and Selenium,
* 350 mg of Herbal Blend including Echinacea and Ginger!

 The flavor was tasty,  and I was able to chew them instead of drinking a liquid. If I was on the go, I would like to try the Very Berry flavor of the Airborne On-The-Go packets. The On-The-Go packets come in 2 flavors, Lemonade and Very Berry. You just empty one packet into cold water, stir, and then drink! The Airborne Effervescent come in 4 flavors: Zesty Orange (I would try this flavor!), Lemon Lime (this one, too!), Pink Grapefruit, and Very Berry. With the effervescent tablets, you can drop one tablet into hot or cold water, let it dissolve and then drink! I like that I can support my immune system, and chew or drink something tasty with vitamins, minerals, herbs and vitamin C!
Airborne also has a Hot Soothing Mix that comes in Natural Honey Lemon. The Airborne Plus Energy comes in Natural Berry and Natural Citrus flavors, and it provides 8 B-vitamins that work with your body to help convert food. And, don't forget the new Airborne Gummies!!!
Don't forget to follow Airborne on Facebook and @TheAirborneGuy on twitter for exclusive offers, news and immune support tips. Airborne®

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Between work last night, a death of our beloved Woodstock (Quaker Parrot) yesterday morning, and getting a call about my father being in the hospital tonight hours from me..... I haven't had a chance to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (Now, I need to get ready for work tonight!)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday (Guest Post & E-book Giveaway---- USA/Canada ---ends 12/30/13)

Disclosure: This is a guest post by Renee Trudeau, and I was given the information to post this for her. No compensation was received. (I've previously posted at least one, maybe two of her posts in the past year, and I've read one of her books.) This information in her guest post will be helpful during the holidays!

Permission Granted: 5 Ways to Find Rest this Holiday
Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us.  We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug.  We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes.  Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not a relaxed evening by the fire, but a serious stretch of lazy days, long naps, walks in the woods, deep nourishing slumber and joyful, easy, simple connections with friends and family who feed us emotionally and spiritually.  What we most need in the coming weeks is not the latest iPad or one last trip to the mall, but permission to rest, relax, unplug and do nothing.

But with the holidays and all the activity and invitations that come with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?  I challenge you to take the road less traveled and take a radical stand for what you most need this year.  Consider the following five ideas:

   Schedule downtime now. Block out periods on your calendar during the holiday season for “dedicated relaxation,” where your only job is to rest. Schedule half-days, full days, weekends or an entire week if you can swing it. Maybe you’ll feel like a nature hike when your period for renewal rolls around or maybe you’re better served by staying in your pajamas, turning off your smart phone, sipping on hot tea and watching the leaves fall from the trees. Make down time a priority and schedule this now so you can honor your commitment to deep to-the-bones self-renewal.
   Just say no.  Decide what’s most important to you and let everything else go. If it’s not an “absolute yes,” then it’s a no.  Don’t want to miss Aunt Tracy’s special Christmas Eve dinner but feel exhausted at the thought of attending your neighbor’s cookie exchange?  Just say no and let it go. You’ll be glad you did. The opportunity will come back around next year. Our quality of life is always enhanced when we let go of things-not when we add them. Check out my popular 9 Ways to Say No list from my award-winning book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life.
   Ask for help. Give yourself permission to ask for and receive help whether it’s cooking, gift giving, socializing or hosting family. Do it different. Be willing to let go of tradition for the sake of enhanced emotional well-being. Step out of your comfort zone, reach out to friends, neighbors and coworkers and ask for their help during the holidays so you can create more space for yourself and your family to just “be.” What are three things on your plate right now that you could delegate, outsource or ask for help around?
   Do less to experience more.  Positive psychology researchers say we’re happiest when we keep things simple and have fewer choices.  We create stress when we try and cram too much into our schedules and then try to control everything we’re juggling. My friend author Joan Borysenko says, “Your to-list is immortal; it will live on long after you’re dead.” How can you simplify your plans (do you really need to go chop down your own Christmas tree, make your mom’s famous stained glass cookies and host your husband’s department dinner)?  Popcorn, hot cider and an evening of great conversation is hard to beat. Do less, so you can experience more.
   Unplug and spend time in nature.  My friend Richard Louv author of the Nature Principle says, “Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout and sort of depression that we feel when we sit in front of a computer all day.” I call nature the ultimate antidepressant and re-set button. If anyone in my family is exhausted or out of sorts, off to the greenbelt we go. In fact, this holiday we’re completely unplugging and heading to the Davis Mountains in West Texas for a week to enjoy some of the darkest night skies in the U.S. Being in nature offers us nourishment and renewal on all levels-physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. It is a powerful, restorative and healing force. Use it!

There is an innate push and pull that many of us feel during the winter season.  As the winter solstice approaches–the longest night of the year–our natural rhythms are calling us to slow down, reflect, go inward and contemplate where we’ve been and where we want to go. (Think of our friends the bears, they’ve got it right!)  Counter this with the world around us that is swirling madly with activity and constantly telling us to do, eat, buy and be more.  It can feel quite confusing—and exhausting! And totally unsustainable.

I challenge you: do it differently this season. Pause and enter the holiday season mindfully and with a clear intention. If the call to making rest and renewal a priority resonates with you this holiday, make this #1 for yourself and for your family. Then, you can bound—instead of crawl–into 2014 fully present, refreshed and ready for the New Year.

Subscribe here to Live Inside Outa weekly blog written by life balance coach/speaker, author RenĂ©e Peterson Trudeau. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and more. Thousands of women in ten countries are becoming RTA-Certified Facilitators and leading/joining self-renewal groups based on her award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Her newest release is Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and 11 year-old son. Join Renee this January for her new 2014 life balance telecourse New Way of Being: Learning to Go with the Flow.

 Now for the giveaway!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

"The Dreaded Conversation": 9 Tips for Talking with Mom and Dad About Senior Living (Guest Post)

Disclosure: I was given the information to post from Jeanine Genauer for Juniper Communities. No compensation was received. This is a guest post. (Also, please note, I do not work for the below mentioned facilities. I do feel that the information may be helpful to some.)

Submitted by Jeanine Genauer for Juniper Communities

The Dreaded Conversation:  9 Tips for Talking with Mom and Dad About Senior Living
The holiday season is a wonderful time for reuniting with family and friends. It is also a time we may notice warning signs that our aging elders are no longer safe to live alone.  That realization can lead to the dreaded conversation.  Being prepared will make it easier on you all. 
When it's time to have the talk, these eight tips can help avoid accusations, frustration and anger.
1.     Be clear and explain why a move to senior living is best. Be prepared for mom and dad to become defensive or argumentative about their ability to care for themselves. Request a free copy of the Juniper Resource Guide at 
2.     Start the talk soon and make it an on-going discussion. It takes time for parents to adjust to the idea of moving, especially into a senior living community. Make sure you don’t wait for a health or safety disaster to happen first, then it could be too late.
3.     Frame the talk as an open conversation, where everyone’s opinions are heard. Be understanding of fears and expect to encounter differences of opinion. If you have siblings, have them be part of the conversation; but you want to be sure they are in agreement with you.
4.     Approach your parents in private, not in front of other relatives or guests as they might feel emotionally hurt, embarrassed or argumentative by the topic.
5.     Expand their understanding of senior living options and the differing levels of care at each. Explain there are options where they will not lose their freedom and independence. Be sure to have done your research first. Various options are described at
6.     Be aware of your language when describing the options. They are no longer “old folks’ homes”.  Call it a “community” not a “facility”. Talk about "apartment-style living" rather than "rooms."
7.     Acknowledge their fear. Dad may not want to say this, but probably knows deep down that if he makes a move, it is likely his last.  You cannot shy away from this.  Allow this fear and concern about illness and mortality to be part of the longer term discussion.  
8.     Enlist the aid of other elderly family members and your parent’s friends. They may have already made a move to senior living and could be valuable allies in the process. 
9.     Most importantly, be prepared to provide emotional support.   There will inevitably be fear and even anger over the loss of home and independence.  There will likely be denial that assistance in daily activities is needed.  It will be difficult for mom or dad to come to the realization they might not be able to live on their own.
Throughout this process, remain caring, compassionate, and supportive.  Offer to take your parents to visit communities in their area.  If they are computer savvy, steer them to websites of appropriate communities and other resources. 
We believe that our Juniper Communities website and blog may be particularly helpful.  Our vision of nurturing life spirit and being alive in all seasons of life resonates with many elders.   Please visit or  for information and resources. 

About Juniper Communities

Juniper Communities founded in 1988 owns and operates 18 long-term care communities in NJ, FL, PA and CO.  Juniper is dedicated to Nurturing the Spirit of Life in each individual served and believes the keys to healthy aging are an active body, an engaged mind, and a fulfilled spirit.  The company¹s mission is to serve its stakeholders, residents, families, employee associates, and investors with excellence and strong dedication to the company¹s hallmarks of quality, value and innovation. For more information on Juniper call (973) 661-8300 or visit

Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges and Spray (Review)

Disclosure: I was given the products in order to facilitate a review from Chloraseptic. The opinions expressed are my own and my family's. I'm a Modern Mom Insider.

When you or one of your family members have a sore throat, what do you turn to? In my household, we've turned to Chloraseptic for years, ever since Steven was old enough to use their products. Since I received the products this fall, both Steven and I've used them. I made them available if my husband need to used them, but so far, he's not needed them. I like that there are lozenges for sore throat and lozenges for sore throat AND cough!  Steven tends to prefer to use the spray, since it's quick and easy for him to use. If I'm at home, I'll use the spray! If I'm out and about or at work, I'll carry some in my purse or my pocket. The sore throat and cough ones were helpful for me recently at work, I had a dry cough and my throat was bugging me, and boy, they helped soothe! I also appreciated that one of them came in Sugar-Free, since I try to watch sugar in meds now, due to borderline sugar issues.
I definitely recommend trying them the next time you have a sore throat or a sore throat/cough situation!

I still haven't quite mastered spraying this one correctly!

"Raising My Rainbow" by Lori Duron (Book Review)

Disclosure: I was given a free book from, and I wanted to review it. The opinions expressed about the book in the review are my own.

I happened to receive this book from, and at first when I entered to get the book, I wasn't totally sure what the book was about. Now that I've received the book and read it, I totally understand it, and I wanted to review it on the blog. (If you start to read my post today and realize that the book is about a topic that you don't want to read about, then skip this post.  If you don't mind, then please read on.) At the beginning of the book was a forward by Neil Patrick Harris and his significant other David Burtka. They mentioned in it about reading Lori's blog, out of curiosity at first. They continued to read it! I took the book with me at first to doctors' appointments to read, and the further I got into the book, the harder it was to put down! Here I am, telling you already that I enjoyed the book! And before you ask, my son is NOT gender creative! 

As the book begins, Lori happens to run across a Barbie in a box in her closet, and CJ wanted to open the box. She ended up letting him, and he was playing with it when his father Matt came home from work. Oh boy! Matt was not thrilled at all, and he had a talk with Lori after CJ and Chase (CJ 's older brother) went to bed. CJ playing with the Barbie reminded Lori of her brother Michael when they were growing up, and Michael was gay. CJ continued to play with Barbies and began to want to wear his hair longer and wear girl's clothes at some point. They tried to keep the Barbies at home and the dressing in girls' clothes at home, but somewhere along the way, he started wanting to wear them and bring the toys with him in public.  I'm afraid to give too much away of the book, but I will tell you that there was a positive ending. It's taken me a few days to post this review due to being sick. The day that i started this post, I happened to get a post in my e-mail from Lori's blog!
For further information on her book and her blog, go to Raising My Rainbow .

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Only 7 hours left, Boston Market giveaway ends !

HI! Only 7 hours left till the Boston Market and buffet gift cards giveaway ends!!
C'mon and enter!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Boston Market Giveaway!

Don't forget about the Boston Market review and giveaway! It ends in less than 3 days! There are 3 winners to be drawn for that giveaway, enter today!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Maria Taylor "Something About Knowing" (music review)

Disclosure: I was given a digital music cd download and information in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own!

Maria Taylor's album, Something About Knowing, was released in the past couple of months on October 29th. She is now announcing a national winter tour schedule starting in January 2014 in Omaha, NE on January 3rd and it includes 21 cities across the country. The tour will end in Chicago, IL on February 11th.  Her music has a bit of folk, indie-pop, and rock'n'roll in it! Her sound is refreshing! Her song"Up All Night" is a catchy tune and has a great beat to it.  Maria was one-half of the band Azure Ray before she started her solo career in 2005. Her songs have been featured on the following shows: Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy (one episode was name after a song of hers), Bones, Unforgettable, Suburgatory, Greek, and One Tree Hill. Her team for "Something About Knowing" include: Mike Mogis, Macey Taylor (her brother), Brad Armstrong, Andy LeMaster, Lester Nuby, and Daniel Farris.  She stated," This record has the spirit of "This is how I feel Now, and these are all the elements that brought me here," Maria explains. "I listened to my previous records and went in the studio wanting to take the best elements of each of them... I feel like I really conquered something on this one."
I felt like taping my fingers on the steering wheel as I listened to her music in the car one day on a drive in town from my iPod! Here's a list of her songs: Folk Song Melody, Up All Night, Tunnel Vision, Sum of Our Lives, You've Got a Way with the Light, Something About Knowing,  This Is It,
Broken Objects,  Saturday in June, and A Lullaby for You.  I liked listening to her music!

For more information on Maria check out the following:

Website :Maria Taylor

Facebook: Maria Taylor

Twitter: Maria Taylor

Instagram: Maria Taylor

Her album can be purchased at :iTunes  and Saddle Creek store

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Other Talk (A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children About the Rest of Your Life) --Author -- Tim Prosch (review)

Disclosure: I read the book and information from McGraw Hill  and AARP in order to facilitate my review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

Again, I have been blessed with reading a very interesting and informative book! Tim Prosch talks about the other talk that parents have with their children. The first talk is the sex talk, and the "other" talk is the one where parents discuss with their adult children about what they have planned/want to do with the rest of their lives. In his book, he discusses what he went through with his grandfather before he died, then we segway into his parents' lives as they develop illnesses and go through changes. He talks about what he and his siblings went through with his parents as they tried to handle things across the country for Mom and Dad. Not easy. 

One thing that I took away from this book is the list of documents that you needed and getting them in order, something that I discussed with my father about a month ago (and it didn't go too well!).  The Parent needs to have a few things in their information notebook: the will or trust, medical information ---DNR, durable healthcare power of attorney (who's going to be responsible for making your healthcare decisions when you are unable), living will, doctors, financial information, key documents, insurance information and where to find it, tax returns, banking information, proofs of Ownership, Investment/Pension/loan information, credit card information, valuable items info, and burial/funeral information. There is a lot more to this book than I could even begin to tell you, and I finished the book with still questions that I will have to find out answers for.  Tim includes questions and concerns from study groups in the book, and I learned from those, too. I do know that when the time comes for Steve and I to discuss with Steven when the time comes years from now---he's only 15 years old, I will pull the book out for guidance on what to go over with him.  I really found this book to be quite informative and interesting!

(Barb's note:  Please bear in mind that I am in the sandwich generation, and though my father doesn't live with me, I try to keep an eye or ear on him. I am also a member of AARP, being old enough to join---age 51. Also being in the healthcare profession as a RN in a long term care/skilled nursing facility, I have some insight into what goes one when one has to transition from living at their own home or apartment and can no longer take care of themselves. This is part of what he was talking about, whether the parent(s) stay(s) in their own home with 24 hour care or more into assisted living or a nursing home, or do they come and live with the children.)

Don't forget the new giveaway! :O)

Ladies and gents,
don't forget about the giveaway that I posted for Boston Market!! Awesome chance to take a date with you or your spouse out for a meal!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: Krishenka's Merry Christmas 2013 Giveaway

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: Krishenka's Merry Christmas 2013 Giveaway: Well here we are  rapidly approaching Christmas again, have you done all your shopping? I haven't even started, and every year I promise...

Go and check out her giveaway! She's a friend of mine!

Boston Market Home Style Meals Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received complimentary meals in order to facilitate a review, and I was given information from Boston Market. The opinions expressed are mine and my husband's.

Boston Market opened their first store in South Florida in 7 years this September, and it was in Hialeah. They have 460 stores nationwide, and that was something that I was not aware of till this fall. (My family first became aware of Boston Market when we lived in another part of Brevard County, back in 1998, when I was pregnant with our son!) Boston Market started out in 1985 with the rotisserie chicken, and now includes meatloaf, turkey, and beef. They have a wide array of sides that you can choose from, such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, sweet corn, to name a few! You can eat there or get it to-go. They also cater, if you need them to, whether it be during the holidays or not.

Steve and I went to one in Brevard County one Saturday evening, and we chose to eat-in. I think that we have 3 in on county, and we chose one in Melbourne. We both got the regular size meal (that is the size that the giveaway cards are for). Steve had the meatloaf with gravy, loaded mashed potatoes with gravy, and baked beans. I ordered the roast turkey with gravy, garlic dill new potatoes, and garlicky lemon spinach. The pictures that I took do not do my meal justice! I enjoyed every bite and was happy with what I chose. The spinach was really tasty, and the potatoes were yummy. My turkey was tender. Steve's meatloaf choice ended up not being his favorite, I'm sorry to say. We both had rolls, and Steve had soda and I had green tea.

I would recommend that you try Boston Market if you haven't been to one before, and if you have, definitely go back and enjoy another meal!
For more information, check out their web page: Boston Market

The giveaway is for  one winner to receive 2 complimentary individual meals at Boston Market,  and 2  winners to receive  two Be Our Guest Passes for Ryan's, Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, or Country Buffet. So, if you are following what I just wrote, that is 3 winners in this giveaway!
I do ask that only one person per address enter this giveaway, and I will be using Rafflecopter for it.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Goodness, it's been awhile!

Hey y'all! Sorry that it's been awhile! I didn't realize till last weekend that I hadn't posted in well over a month. Not good, since I'm a bit behind on several posts that I had planned to post a lot sooner than this. Forgive me, please, both sponsors and readers!

Between Steve working crazy shifts, my schedule, physical therapy appointments for me and the boy, and of course the usual doctors' appointments, it's been a bit crazy here! My back and leg pain hadn't let up and my fibromyalgia's got the best of me lately. After a month of having to wait for a pain management appointment (I had to cancel one last month when I thought that I had a cold coming on--- you can't be sick at all when you get an epidural or nerve block because of the steroids and lowered resistance to infection), I finally got my first epidural for my lumbar region in way over a year (I had one in Nov '12.). It helped some Monday, but by yesterday I started to have some pain in my back. I know that it takes a few days for it to kick in, so I will see how things go.) I was actually able to get a lot of laundry done yesterday, take son to P.T. for his back, and go to the grocery store. I used Ibotta for the first time! Way cool!

I'm not totally back to my usual chatty self, but I've at least been on Instagram here and there commenting! Anticipate the posts during the next few days!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vote For The Very First Eggland's Best "Chief Egg Officer" Today! (sponsored post)

Disclosure: I was given information from Eggland in order to post. No compensation was received.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hormel Rev Wraps Review

Disclosure: I was given information from Hormel and coupons in order to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are mine and my son's. And, I'm a BzzAgent.

Let me tell you about Hormel Rev Wraps! They are a new product by Hormel for the on-the-go teens!
The key point with this new product is that they are made with real products that provide at least 15 grams of protein per serving for sustaining real energy! They can be heated up or eaten cold, whatever your teen prefers! I don't recall Steven heating his up, which was surprising because he heats up just about everything else!They are ready to go when your teen is!

 The ham and cheese wasn't his most favorite, but he liked it.
  We had two of the flavors at the house, the #3, which was peppered turkey, and Steven really liked that one! and, it did satisfy his hunger that afternoon!!

 As you can tell, he was wolfing it down! I barely got a pic of the wrap before he finished it!

The points to remember are that they are made from real meat and real cheese! Each one of the choices has at least 25 grams of protein per serving! They are available in 8 delicious flavors: pepperoni pizza (he wants to try that one!) ham & cheese, peppered turkey, meat lovers pizza, Italian style ham, hot pepper ham, Italian style, and spicy Italian style. ready to go out of the fridge or heat in the microwave for 15 seconds! They are made by Hormel Food, a name you can trust!

This was another time that because we were swamped around the house and with rummage sale going on at son's church and work was busy that I didn't get the chance to talk with our friends and neighbors about the Rev wraps. I am going to be continuing to talk with my friends about them, though!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Luster Premium White Review

Disclosure: I was given free product from Luster, in order to facilitate my review. The opinion expressed are mine own. I'm a BzzAgent.

Luster Distinctly White is a Dual Action Whitening System, that takes just minutes a day to apply, and I'm not kidding about that at all! I love to use products that are quick and easy, especially in my busy and sometimes chaotic life! I will admit that I have two dental implants, and that they (one is on each side of the top two teeth) have crowns on they that the color cannot be changed unless I had new crowns put on. My other adult teeth are permanently discolored due to taking liquid iron products as a child when I was anemic back then. The first two pictures have to do with the pre-treatment view of my teeth, and they are not my favorite pictures of me, to say the least! (If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know how I love to be real and take pictures of everything myself, or if I can't, then Steven steps in and takes pictures for me! ) I like that the products caused zero tooth sensitivity, because I spent most of my leave time from work over the summer with cold sensitivity! It was easy to use! You rinse your teeth with the Accelerator Mouth Rinse for 10 seconds and spit it out, especially after you focused the rinse on the front teeth. Next, You shake the tube of the Super Whitener Gel, and gently squeeze the tube after removing the lid. Following that, you apply the Gel on your Smile teeth, the front six teeth on the top and the bottom of your mouth. Apply the Gel to one tooth at a time. If you need more gel on the brush, then squeeze it out. Liberally coat each tooth and try to avoid getting the gel on your gums, lips or tongue! Those were definitely my issues, and my tongue wanted to go everywhere! My lips wouldn't stay open, and I had to spit to keep from swallowing the product!  You then wait 10 minutes for the Super Whitener Gel to fight stains and whiten teeth. You are supposed to repeat the steps 1 through 3 for the total of 12 treatment. It will only whiten natural teeth, not caps, crowns, or veneers. My opinion is below, scroll down to the last picture to get my take on the Luster White Premium review.

 I have included pictures of the box, front and back views, and of the products that had been in the box.

 This last picture was after using the product for about a week! I know that they don't show up in this picture, and I seriously tried to get a decent one, but they were able to improve a little bit. My upper teeth around the dental implants didn't get as white as I hoped. Bummer! The Gel did get my lips feeling a bit irritated, even though I did try to keep my mouth open as it dried. Not sure if it's my honest to goodness favorite, maybe someone else will and did have better luck with it than I did. And during the past two months, I didn't get the chance to speak with my friends and co-workers about it.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just a bit busy with work and appointments!

I'll be posting more over the next few days, I've been a busy bee between doctor appointments and physical therapy, and of course , my nursing job! Still having a great deal of back pain and having frustration over it and the fibromyalgia! With a MRI of the back in a closed MRI (I don't recommend those for the claustrophobic---take an open MRI if you can!, and getting IV contrast, I was beyond the pain two weeks ago! Plus a nerve conduction test one my lower extremities earlier this week, I've had too much fun! I do have some more reviews coming up soon!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Purex Laundry Help App (review)

Disclosure: I was given information about the Purex Laundry App from Purex in order to facilitate my review, and the download was free. The opinions expressed are my own!

I had actually downloaded this app for my iPhone awhile back, way before Purex mentioned it for this campaign! I wanted something portable that I could look up suggestions for stain removal techniques, and I had stumbled upon this app! Sometimes we get some truly unique stains on our clothes, especially with my working in the medical profession! I still have a stain on a uniform top that I've been working on for a few weeks. I did look up "Sharpie" on the app---- a very interesting story how it got on my top! I was writing on something at work, and had put the uncapped permanent marker in my right nursing uniform pocket. I don't know why I did it, I guess that Fibro Fog's my excuse! Before I used the app to see what to do about it after I got home, i used an old tried and true for ink, hairspray. It didn't work at all, needless to say, and I proceeded to get discouraged!
I wish that I had a "before" the hairspray pic but I don't. This stain occurs within a week or so of my back surgery back in May. I have been working on the stain with rubbing alcohol for about a month now, and it is slowly fading! I'm not giving up on it yet! The rubbing alcohol was what the Purex Laundry App recommended!

I also like the fabric care section of the app, and it's self-explanatory!!  The product information section of the app is very helpful, like the laundry detergent area and the Purex Crystals!!

 It can be downloaded for free via the iTunes App Store and via the Google Play! ( i would enclose the links for the sites to download the apps, but my links aren't working!

Purex is giving away a chance to win an iPad mini to celebrate the new Purex Laundry Help App, and
you can enter here: Purex Laundry Help App giveaway !

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Coffee Bean Direct (Review and Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I was given free product and information from Coffee Bean Direct in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are mine and from my co-workers.

I don' know if I've mentioned it before on my blog, but I'm a coffee and tea drinker! I love to drink coffee at work with my co-workers, and we are always trying new flavors and brands of coffee. I also drink coffee at home, and I use my refillable k-cup with our Keurig. I was given the opportunity to try coffee from Coffee Bean Direct, and I chose the Vermont Maple Crunch flavor! I picked it because, even though it was summer when I chose it, it made me think of fall! It was quite tasty! I shared with with my co-workers recently, and let's just say that I did not hear any complaints about it! I will tell you that though my husband and son are coffee drinkers, they did not drink my Vermont Maple Crunch! Fortunately for me, I picked a flavor that is safe from them, and unfortunately, due to them not liking that flavor, they missed out on trying Coffee Bean Direct's coffee!

Coffee Bean Direct has a wide variety of kinds of coffee, from Africa + Arabic, Central America, South America, Indonesia + India, USA + the Islands, to flavored, decaf, half-caff, and smoked coffee.
That's just naming a few items on their site! You can purchase your coffee in beans or ground. They run monthly specials, just check out their site to find out what the current monthly special is, Monthly Specials at Coffee Bean Direct.  They carry over 100 varieties of coffee and 70 varieties of tea. Most of their coffee is roasted within 24 hours before it is shipped! Fresh roasted!!  Coffee Bean Direct roasts more than 70 varieties of coffee at the present. They offer 4 choices of roasts: light, city, French, and Italian. Their roasted coffees come in 3 different sized bags: 1 pound, 5 pound, and 25 pound. They are located in the USA in New Jersey, and they are independently owned and operated! (How cool is that!)
I like the capability of ordering online, you get a wide variety of choices from Coffee Bean Direct! You can use their coffee in refillable k-cups like I did, or your regular coffeemaker!

For more information: stop by their site: Coffee Bean Direct

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Final product! I made Iced Vermont Maple Crunch! Awesome!!
Barbara's last thoughts about Coffee Bean Direct: I really like the flavor that I chose, and the coffee was fresh! Would I purchase from them sometime? Yes, I would!!  I do recommend that you try their coffees!

Now, onto the giveaway!