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Sunday, March 31, 2013

HAPPY EASTER!

Happy Easter to everyone! He is risen indeed!
 I heard from an old friend of ours today, we've known her since at least 1989 from our church in Orlando! I just want to say, hi Elaine, if you read this!

Friday, March 29, 2013

NEW Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath & Kitchen Cleanser (Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure: Soft Scrub provided me a free sample of their Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser so I could review it. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own!



Whew! Got my disclosure out of the way! Hi ladies and gents! Has there ever been a product that you've used ever since I came out, as in years ago, and stayed with it? Well, for my family, it's been Soft Scrub. I've used it mostly in the bathrooms throughout the years, cleaning the tubs and showers and the sinks, sometimes even putting some into the toilet and using a toilet brush. Recently, I brought it into the kitchen and used it in the sink, and it was in the pictures that I took of our kitchen sink. It needed a bit of clean scrubbing after a weekend of cooking and making a mess in it! I have always appreciated it for its (what I call) "scrubbability"!! Okay, so I made up a word, but there are some products that I just love to use, and the Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleanser is one of them!! Lemony goodness! Lemon Cleanser! It can clean the bathroom and the kitchen!
I moved the sink mats to one side and squirted some Soft Scrub into the sink! 
Moved over to clean the other side first!
Scrub, scrub scrub! Loving how clean my sink's going to smell and look!

Rinsed that side out and did the same to the other side!

Gently on my kitchen sink!


I will admit that I've still got plenty more uses for it in my house, since it's ALL PURPOSE!! Next plan is to use it on the drip pans on my gas stove! It had worked great in our hall shower/tub combo! What would you use in on in your home? I'm recommending it highly, and seriously hope that you try it if you haven't used it before! Below, 3 of you will get the opportunity to win a coupon valid on any Soft Scrub product!







Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NEW Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Review and Giveaway

If there one thing that I've been concerned about since I was a younger, it's been skin care. I'm constantly looking for hydrating and moisturizing products for my body, and I found both in the new Dial Coconut Water Body Wash! It's the first of its kind to contain Coconut Water for clean, healthy (yes, I want healthy skin!), hydrated (definitely!) skin. Coconut Water is found in young, green coconuts and is known to be rich is in antioxidants and electrolytes that provide replenishing hydration,  A leading trend in the food and beverage industry is coconut water, and that it is known as a "super water" for it's natural hydration and health benefits. The fragrance of the Dial Coconut Water Body Wash has hints of green, floral and coconut, and it's mild enough for the whole family to use (Barb's note here: I couldn't get my guys to try it since they are into another brand that I won't mention here!) :O(  

I've been using it for at least 3 weeks now, and I've noticed that my skin has felt moisturized and clean smelling after my baths and showers with it! The fragrance is truly mild, and doesn't bother my nose. I've been bothered by dry skin this winter here in FL for some reason or another call it being inside or getting older, and Dial's Coconut Water Body Wash has helped it. I do recommend checking it out and see what it does for yours and your family's skin! New Dial Coconut Water Body Wash can be found at your local retailer.




I want to give you one more piece of information before I mention the giveaway for my blog below. Dial is proud to introduce the Healthier Skin. Healthier You. Sweepstakes featuring Dial Coconut  Water Body Wash. One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1,000, while 250 second place winners will receive free Coconut Water Body Wash. Enter here for the Dial Coconut Water Body Wash Sweepstakes  I hope that one of my readers wins!! That would be so awesome!



Disclosure: "Dial" Soap provided me with a sample of NEW Dial Coconut Water Body Wash in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Winner of General Mills and DreamWorks Animation package

Shawn A.  is the winner of the General Mills and DreamWorks Animation giveaway! Congrats! Shawn's been e-mailed and has 48 hours in which to e-mail me!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 Things That I Don't Know How to Do

I'm following along with a writing prompt finally after over a year or so of reading Mama's Losin' It blog!  I'm usually brave about most things, but talking about things that I don't know how to do and to admit them, whew! Okay, so here goes!

#1--- I can't knit! I have tried a few times, and even have a couple of books on how to do it, but I can't even get the first stitch cast! It's frustrating!

#2--- I can't really cook, well, not many things! I'm more of a baker! Mom and Dad never really let us tinker in the kitchen growing up, though my Grandma Ruth would let me help whenever I'd go over to visit her and Granddaddy for the day. Since I've known my husband Steve, he's done about 90% of the cooking. I am trying to cook more on my days off, and I follow several cooking blogs, such as Katie's Cucina , The Little Kitchen, and The Pioneer Woman.

#3---I don't know how to repair things around the house, but then again, I have a husband who does!

#4--- I can't draw! My drawing are pretty much stick figures! My son and my Dad can draw, and my late brother was talented in drawing mostly cartoon action figures.

#5---I can't organize my belongings! It's an ongoing issue!

#6--- I can't sing! Mercy, my son and my hubby constantly say, please don't sing in the car! I can't carry a tune, but absolutely love to listen to music!

#7--- I can't do a cartwheel! I tried many years ago when I was younger, and even in gymnastics in HS---lousy! I think that I was terrible with balance!

#8--- I can't quilt! Well, maybe someday when I am older, I'll take a class in it!

#9--- whew! They are getting harder to come up with the higher the number that I type! I can't type without looking at the keyboard, well, maybe a few words here and there! I took typing in HS back in '79, and I forgot most of it!
And last but not least #10--- I don't know how to BBQ anything or how to use the grill!

Okay, so there you have it! What 10 things can you NOT do or don't know how to do?



Mama’s Losin’ It

Guest Post from Dr. Richard Bezozo, Put Your Skin Health First The Spring Break


Put Your Skin Health First This Spring Break
By: Richard Bezozo, M.D.
Spring is quickly approaching, and that means many people are planning getaways to warm, sunny climates. Whether you’re prepping for a vacation from work or gearing up for a spring break trip, you probably have at least one thing in common: you are in search of that golden tan.
Let’s face it – although the sand is beckoning to dig ours toes into it and we may be looking forward to spending lazy vacation days in the sun, we are also putting our skin at extreme risk for serious damage and increasing the risk of potentially developing a serious skin illness or disease. If you are a spring breaker or a future vacationer seeking a hot spot, spending time outside in the sun requires some risk-taking. Follow these simple times to maximize your skin protection and practice safe sun:
·         Do not seek a base tan. There truly is no such thing as a “base tan,” and getting one will certainly not provide you with protection from the sun’s UV rays. Recent studies and research from the Melanoma Research Foundation show that tanning bed users have a significantly increased risk of developing melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. So, instead of visiting your local tanning salon to get an initial tan, or burn, practice safe sun with the additional tips below.
·         Minimize exposure during the sun’s strongest and most powerful hours. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is when the UV rays are strongest, so if possible, avoid the sun or minimize your time outdoors during these hours. Instead, try shopping, going out to lunch, or other fun vacation festivities! If you are looking to be a beach bum or enjoy a day lounging at the pool, consider renting a cabana or bringing a large umbrella to help shade you from the sun for prolonged hours.
·         Protect your skin. When you are enjoying the sun’s warmth outdoors, always wear a broad-spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and be sure to get all exposed and non-exposed skin areas. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 1 ½ to 2 hours. Don’t forget that sunscreen is needed even on cloudy days, because approximately 50 – 80 percent of UV rays penetrate through the clouds.
·         Stay Covered. Wear a hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, a lip balm with an SPF, and wear protective clothing to cover your skin if and when possible.
·         Treat your burns properly. Sun burns are the ultimate vacation-killer. There is nothing like getting a painful, or blistering, burn that keeps you from having fun the rest of your spring break or vacation. If your skin does happen to burn from too much sun exposure, apply aloe or moisturizing cream to ease the discomfort and hydrate your skin and be sure to stay out of the sun to limit any further damage.
·         Monitor your skin. Be proactive in your skin health by regularly monitoring your skin for any changes in the size or shape of existing moles and monitor your skin for new moles. Consider enrolling in an early detection melanoma screening program, to optimize your skin health.
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life making it essential that people take the lead in their skin health, in order to reduce the risk of developing a potentially deadly disease, such as melanoma. As you are gearing up for your vacation and warmer climate keep these tips in mind and be sure to make regular visits to your dermatologist, perform self-checks, and  consider enrolling in an early detection surveillance program.
Richard Bezozo, M.D., is the president of MoleSafe.

Guest Post from Renee Trudeau, author of Nuturing The Soul of Your Family


The Benefits of Having a Support Network
An Excerpt from Nurturing the Soul of Your Family

Over the years as a career and executive coach, I have observed that people who are comfortable asking for and receiving help — whether that’s from a coach, a therapist, a mentor, a friend, a professional organization, or a business partner or colleague — experience greater success and feel more connected and confident at home and at work. One day at an executive team lunch, I asked the company’s CEO if he had ever been scared to initiate risky big business deals — mergers, buy-outs, going public. He said, “Hell yes, I was scared — often terrified! But I had an army of support surrounding me or I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off.”
Having a support system can have a huge impact on how you experience day-to-day life. Research shows that individuals who have robust support systems

•     are more effective in all aspects of their lives;
•     keep resolutions, particularly those involving their health and physical well-being;
•     weather personal and professional challenges more easily;
•     are less likely to feel overwhelmed and find it easier to maintain perspective;
•     stay healthier on all levels — mentally, physically, and emotionally;
•     are less likely to feel isolated (which can lead to feelings of despair and failure);
•     experience less stress and burnout; and
•     have children who are comfortable asking for and receiving help from others.

In my own life and work, I’ve seen the truth of this over and over: feeling supported while moving through a transition or facing a challenging issue can make all the difference in how you experience the journey — and how your family does as well.
Sarah, a mother of two, confided, “When Bryan goes out of town for work for a week or longer, I know solo parenting will be challenging. I have finally learned these are the times I need to heap on the extra support. I usually ask my younger sister to babysit one night during the week so I can enjoy a quiet dinner out with a girlfriend, and I have our high school neighbor come over three nights during the week to help with dinner, baths, and bedtime. I also make sure I have frozen dinners or easy-to-prepare food in the house. I used to dread these business trips. I would want to dump the kids on my husband the minute he returned from his trip and run out the door to get some time for myself. It took a while, but I finally learned that I just have to build in extra support when he’s away on a trip. Now, not only are the weeks he’s traveling more peaceful and enjoyable, but my husband returns to a family that’s happy to see him, rather than resentful that he’s been away.”
However, our support networks help us even when we don’t have a specific need. More than ever before, we’re all craving community, and there are many benefits to gathering in small, intentional groups to share and explore what matters most. Humans have a strong desire to come together — not as a leisure-time luxury, but as a necessity. We need each other. And we need “belly time” — not just texts or Facebook updates.
We receive many gifts when we gather intentionally to feed our hearts and souls:

•     When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable and open up to help, we embrace our interdependence and tap into one another’s wisdom on the deepest level. We realize we’re one another’s teachers.
•     When going through a challenging time, reaching out to and gathering with like-minded friends for authentic conversation helps us feel validated and supported.
•     Being with good friends who care deeply about us reminds us who we really are. They help us remember our stuff isn’t the “biggest thing that’s happening to us,” it’s just the “biggest thing in this moment!”
•     When we ask for help or gather in groups, we experience our interconnectedness directly, so that we don’t feel alone.
•     When we gather intentionally around a common theme, we realize how much our experience is shared by others. Having our friends or community articulate what we’ve been feeling in our own hearts can elicit an immediate shift in perspective or an aha moment!
•     The practice of being real, vulnerable, and deeply authentic in front of others — as my mentor says, “showing up warts and all” — can be amazingly cathartic and freeing!
•     When women gather in groups, our physiology changes: our im-mune systems and serotonin levels get a boost and we release oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) — which results in us feeling calmer and happier overall.

Finally, the act of giving and receiving support can be a spiritual practice. This is particularly true during times of extreme need — just ask anyone who has faced a major illness or has cared for a child with special needs. Occasionally, life forces us to surrender to divine grace and call in the troops!



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Life balance coach/speaker Renée Peterson Trudeau is the author of the new book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family.  Thousands of women in ten countries are participating in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, the award-winning The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Visit her online at www.ReneeTrudeau.com


Excerpted from the new book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family ©2013 Renée Peterson Trudeau.  Published with permission of New World Library http://www.newworldlibrary.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill Review

My family's favorite place to go these days is Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill. We happen to have one in Brevard County, and it's in Melbourne, FL not too far from the Melbourne Square Mall. When I read that they were coming out with a limited time only cheesy menu (it started early March), I knew that we had to get over to Smokey Bones to try it! We met Bob, the manager, and Zachary was our waiter that night.



I started off ordering unsweet iced tea. I had planned to order from their new beverage book which came out in December, but I had taken a pain pill that afternoon! Bummer, because they had some awesome sounding drinks, such as the Blood Orange Passion Rita, Fresh Diamond Rita, and the 
Smokin' Cucumber Mary! I eyed the Magic Hat #9!  I can't quite remember if Steve's Patron Perfection was on the new drinks. Son had the Cherry Coke. My guys wanted the Pretzel Bones, their usual appetizer, and I ordered the Italian Cheese Bites from the cheesy menu! The Cheese Bites came with tomato and ranch dipping sauces, and my favorite was the ranch---believe it or not! It was a perfect amount for an appetizer! We were in a booth around the perimeter of the bar area, and my guys were watching the sports on one of the many TVs! Zachary was busy checking with us for tea and soda refills. 



Pretzel Bones

Cheesy Bites


I continued with the Cheesy menu for my entree by ordering a Smoked Brisket Cheesesteak Melt.  How can you go wrong with that? As the description above says,"Shaved smoked beef brisket
with sauteed onions, peppers and melted provolone on a toasted hoagie bun. Served with a regular side." I also ordered The Big Mac & Cheese for my side. I was impressed when my meal came to the table! Yummy, was what I thought when I took my first bite out of the Cheesesteak! No sauce or anything else was needed for it, very flavorful!! Tender meat, too! The onions weren't that strong, either! The Big Mac and Cheese wasn't too garlicky tasting, and it was really creamy! Steve ordered the SW Scorcher Angus Burger with Peppered Bacon and Loaded Mashed potatoes. Steven had his usual, he's such a kid of habit, he ordered the Asiago Penne with Grilled Chicken.  We ended the meal with Steve having a cup of coffee and I ordered the Cheesecake Bites for dessert! The Cheesecakes Bites were bites of cheesecake thrown in graham cracker and fried to a golden crisp, and they were served with a raspberry sauce! I really liked them, since I love cheesecake. Steve thought that they were okay, and Steven didn't try them since he's not a cheesecake fan.
My Cheesesteak

Steven's Asiago Penne

Steve's burger

my Big Mac & Cheese

Cheesecake Bites


All in all, we did have a great meal, and we enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant! Will we go back again? I hope we will before the end of  the Cheesy menu!  Do I recommend Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill ---not just the Melbourne, FL one, but any of the Smokey Bones? Yes, definitely, and it is family friendly! 

Disclosure: I received information regarding the new Cheesy Menu and a discount on our meal from Smokey Bones bar and Fire Grill. The opinions expressed were mine and my family's. Honesty is everything!




Friday, March 15, 2013

My BlogSpark: General Mills and DreamWorks Review and Giveaway (US, ends on 3/21/13)

For a special time (until March 15th or while supplies last) Big G and DreamWorks have teamed up to create 4 collectible DVD samplers containing some of your children's favorite movies, such as Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar, just for you! That is so neat! Each one of the 4 DVDs contains fun episodes , some behind the scenes footage and bonus material from your favorite DreamWorks Animation movies. Plus, you can look for a special exclusive sneak peak  at "The Croods" coming to theaters, March 22, 2013! Some of you might have already caught a trailer or two on TV recently for the "The Croods"! I'm excited about seeing it, too!


You can only receive these four collectible DVD samplers if you purchase specially marked boxes of your favorite Big G cereal such as: Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Trix, Reese's Puffs, and Cheerios.




Bear in mind, Your chance to collect all four of the Dreamworks Animation DVD samplers ends soon!  

Steven said, "but Mom, we've seen these movies before!" My response was, "we'll seen them in a different way, since they are samplers and they have some behind the scenes footage!" We both like all four of the movies, which is a good thing! Okay, so his schedule was swamped with homework and projects for school, and we couldn't watch family movie DVD shorts together. I got to watch them by myself in my pj's , and had a bit of the Swedish fish candy that was enclosed in the movie treats. I've got to say that the penguins in the Madagascar DVD were my favorites! I'm aiming to sit down with Steven one of these days to finish watching them together, even if it's spring break by the time we get to watch them!
I also want to mention that we received The Croods: Grub's Survival Book and The Croods: Movie Novelization Book, along with the Film Reel tin filled with some of your favorite movie treats. I can't wait for The Croods to come out in the theater after reading the books and seeing the trailers on TV!

This was an awesomely fun gift pack, and one of my readers has the opportunity to do the same!! We've enjoyed ours, and your family will too!



Excuse the laundry on the sofa, I was trying to show you a picture of the Swedish fish and the dvd at the same time!

Disclosure: The information, products, and General Mills gift Packs were provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. The opinions expressed were my own.



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Monday, March 4, 2013

Glad Expressions Collection Review

Do you use fragrance in your home, and do you leave the fragrance container out and visible to others?

If you answered "yes" to the first part and "no" to the second, then you may want to look into trying the new Glade Expressions Collection!  The new Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist and the Oil Diffuser can both be left out where others can see them, since they are inspired by art! I'd love to share some facts with you about each of them!



About the Fragrance Mist:
* it's the first refillable mist from Glade.
* you squeeze-to-release a soft light mist of true-to-life fragrance that lasts
*it is refillable with your favorite Glade Expressions fragrance--so true to life, it as if the items are in the room with you
*you can remove the label from the Fragrance Mist bottle, and it looks like a piece of art in your room.
* it come in 2 limited- time scents : Garden Sunshine and Vibrant Bloom, along with the other four fragrances, Pineapple & Mangosteen, Lavender & Juniper Berry, Cotton & Italian Mandarin, and Fuji Apple & Cardamon Spice!





About the Oil Diffuser:
* it's the best non-electric oil diffuser for living spaces, delivering 3x more fragrance (versus Glad Solid Air Freshener)
*it's refillable with your favorite Glad Expressions fragrance
*the trendy holder fits in anywhere in your house, the bathroom, the living room, etc.
*the spill-free design fills living spaces with fragrance for 30 days.
*they also come in the above fragrances (except Garden Sunshine and Vibrant Bloom)


I talked with my friends at work about these two new products, and I told them how great the pineapple  & mangosteen fragrance was. (My son had picked out that fragrance for both products for us to test.) I mentioned to them how the design of both the spray bottle and the oil diffuser fit in and look decorative in our home. The two pictures that I took were in the bathroom, that's where I chose to put them. I mentioned about how easy it was to use the spray bottle, by squeezing the sides of the outer container. I also told them that the starter kits could be refilled, and that they could purchase them at most grocery stores (I checked Publix and found them there. I hadn't been to Walmart this month, as of the time of the post.). I also shared the coupons that I had received, and the general consensus was that the oil diffuser was what most thought would be better in their households and what they'd probably buy. I liked both, and we would be able to use both products in our house. (My husband's a bit fragrance-sensitive, and I had to be careful with where I used the Mist and where the Oil Diffuser was placed.)

Glade Expressions  is where you can find out more information about these two new fantastic products.
Glade on Facebook is where you can follow them.

Disclosure: I was given coupons for free products in order to facilitate a review, and I'm a member of BzzAgent. The opinions expressed were my own.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Winner, Winner!

Stephanie L. won the Walmart gift card for the Olay CC Cream review and giveaway! She's been e-mailed and has 48 hours in which to contact me. Congrats, Stephanie!