UPDATED: NeoCell Blueberry Liquid Giveaway!

Okay y'all ... as much as I wish I could just give a bottle to each of you who entered (and if I were independently wealthy, I totally would) ... I had to pick just one winner. So with the help of Random.org, that lucky winner is ...

Commenter #1 ... TRACY!!!! Yay!!!!

If you didn't win, don't despair ... I've got another giveaway coming up next week. And here's a hint: it's for adults only. Teehee!!!

My face is looking kinda old, y'all.

I think I've blogged before about the lines running across my forehead. They look like I once got into an altercation with some forehead-slashing maniac and now I have scars. I swear I must walk around looking perpetually surprised, judging by the deepness of the creases.

So when a company called NeoCell contacted me and asked if I'd like to review their nutricosmetics - nutritional supplements designed to enhance beauty - you know I was excited. Because the product I chose to review, Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid, is said to help plump up fine lines and stuff. Awww yeeaaah. "Hyaluronic Acid (HA), also known as nature's moisturizer," said the information, "controls tissue hydration and water transport in the body. This helps support the appearance of smooth, supple skin."

Count me in!

The Blueberry HA supplement is a liquid, and you take one Tablespoon per day, either by itself or mixed with a beverage. Personally I really like the flavor (it reminded me a bit of prune juice, but in a good way), so I just took it by itself. It's not thick or gritty or anything - just smooth like regular juice - so it went down easily. I kept it in the fridge and took it first thing every morning, without fail.

Within a couple of weeks, I noticed something that totally surprised me. Not that my wrinkly forehead was as smooth as a baby's bottom - but that I was less creaky and sore after my workouts! Crazy! I hadn't even noticed before that my joints were all stressed out after exercising, but they felt so much better. Another weird thing? I swear my eyes felt less dry and my contacts didn't irritate me as much (usually after wearing them all day I feel like I've got sandpaper eyelids).

I noticed only a minimal difference in my skin ... it may have looked a little more luminous, but not too different overall. HOWEVER, I did do some independent research on Hyaluronic Acid supplements just out of curiosity (and to, you know, make sure it wasn't going to make me grow a mustache or anything) and there are tons of people out there who SWEAR by it as a beauty treatment and say nothing has ever made their skin look better. So I figure that either a.) I need to take it longer to notice a significant difference in my skin, or b.) it works better on joints for some people, skin for others. Who knows?

Either way, it's a good product and I'd definitely recommend it if you're into supplements (especially if you're pretty physically active). And you're in luck, because NeoCell has agreed to give away a bottle of their finest Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid to one lucky reader! Woohoooo!

Just follow NeoCell on Twitter OR "Like" them on Facebook and then let me know in a comment below. I'll randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, October 10th! Good luck, y'all!

Review: Photo-Canvas

I have approximately two bazillion pictures of my kids. Problem is, they're all on CDs or hard drives or in Facebook albums or something. Up until a few weeks ago, I had literally zero photos of my children hanging on my walls, despite all the cute photo frame arrangements I'm incessantly pinning on Pinterest (follow me?).

It's partially because my boys sometimes double as human wrecking balls. We had these nice family portraits taken once in like 2008, and they were once hanging in proper frames ... until Cameron thumped into the wall especially hard and knocked them down, and broke every. Single. Frame. So I figured until someone creates cute frames out of, like, rubber ... there's no use hanging any on my walls.

But then I was contacted by the kind people at Photo-Canvas.

They asked me if I wanted to review one of their photo canvases and I was all, "Duh!" (Okay, perhaps I was slightly more professional in my response, but that was my general feeling.)

From start to finish, my biggest problem was choosing which fabulous picture of my boys to immortalize on a canvas. Because I have so many gems ... like this one, for instance:

That brown blur tormenting Curtis is Josie, our chocolate Lab. And yes: the boys are indeed naked.

Finally I decided which photo to use: a picture I'd taken of my three oldest boys in the spring, where all of them are miraculously looking at the camera. I tweaked it with a free photo-editing website (I think it was picmonkey.com, one of my favorites) to make it mostly black and white. And then I began the process of getting it made into a canvas.

And y'all? It was so ridiculously simple. Literally all I did was upload the picture to the Photo-Canvas website and enter my shipping info. That's it! Of course, if you want to do something special with your canvas - like make it all pop-art a la Andy Warhol - you can do that right on the site. They have a bunch of cool "tweaking options." But since my image was pre-tweaked, I didn't have to do much at all.

I got an instant confirmation of my order via email. Since Photo-Canvas is UK-based, I figured it would take a while for my canvas to get here ... so imagine my surprise when it showed up in like three or four days! I was floored. 

Thanks to Photo-Canvas, my wall now looks like this:

Isn't that awesome? I love my canvas! And the best part is, there's no way my destructive little heathens Cameron can destroy it. It doesn't scratch and it won't shatter or break like a picture frame can. The print quality is fabulous, the wooden frame is durable (and made of laminated pine from a renewable, sustainable farm partner - woot!) and it even comes with special wedges that can help keep the canvas stretched tightly over the frame as the years go by.

So even when they're annoying me as teenagers, I'll still have a perfectly-preserved reminder of how cute they used to be.