Body Glove SURGE Energy Shot - Review & Giveaway!

If you didn't know, in addition to being a mediocre blogger, I'm a Zumba instructor. When I'm doing a class, it's my job to give 100% - to be enthusiastic and energetic and engaged.

But in addition to being a Zumba instructor, I'm also a mom whose sleep gets interrupted a bazillion times a night. And married to a dude whose 4:30 a.m. alarm goes off until six. (Grrrr.) And a regular person who, let's face it, just feels lazy from time to time. So sometimes when I need energy - whether it's for leading a class or simply getting through the day - I find I'm severely lacking.

This is where most people would brew up a big pot of coffee (or pop a K-cup into the Keurig, if you're fancy). But here's the thing: I don't like coffee. *ducks and runs away*

I know. I'm like a rare unicorn.

Anyway, my get-up-and-go has to come from other sources. And since cocaine is illegal, that pretty much leaves energy drinks. So when I was contacted to review Body Glove SURGE Energy Shots, I was ready to give them a try.



I like that Body Glove SURGE isn't full of a bunch of crazy artificial stimulants. It's the first scientifically-proven, all-natural energy shot made with a non-GMO formula that contains green tea, protein, honey, coconut water, and pomegranate. It goes to work instantly to provide quick, long-lasting energy, increased mental focus and alertness, and even a boost to the immune system.


It comes in three flavors - Tropical Berry, Grape, and Peach Mango - and I tried them all. I'm being totally honest here: as energy shots go, they're not bad. I wouldn't want to down a huge glass of it or, you know, pour it over my ice cream, but seeing as most energy drinks are disgusting, the Body Glove SURGE shots are definitely among the best. The Tropical Berry was my fave.

The important part was how it worked - and boy, did it work! I was actually kind of skeptical that something with only natural ingredients could provide the kind of energy boost that I wanted, but I was pleasantly surprised. It does work right away and there was a definite spring in my step during Zumba class that even my students noticed (I mean, I assume they noticed, judging by their groans of, "Are you trying to kill us?!")

Anyway, I love the Body Glove SURGE Energy Shots and I think you will, too - so I'm giving one lucky reader a carton of each flavor! Ohhhh yeah! It will come in handy once the new year rolls around and you resolve to go to the gym more often. (You know it's true.)

All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me when YOU need an energy boost (and make sure to leave your email so I can contact you when you win!). I'll choose a winner on Monday, December 22nd. In the meantime, why don't you follow Body Glove SURGE on Twitter or check out their Facebook page or their website?

Aaaaaaannnnnd go!


Giveaway: Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace (World Vision)

You've probably been considering the perfect gift for your loved ones for months. Or maybe you've just realized you have, like, only a few weeks left and are panicking a little (not that I would know anything about that because I am always SUPER-prepared and ahead of the curve in every way. *cough cough*).

You could show someone how much they mean to you with a generic mug or an impersonal gift card or some sort of boxed set of something or one of those sausage and cheese trays. You could support big box stores and large retail corporations and the CEOs kicked back in their cushy mansions. 

OR ...

You could find that perfect gift - something beautiful, amazing, and unique that you won't see on any store shelf. Anywhere. And in the process, you could provide life-changing assistance to a person in need. All you have to do is spend a few of your holiday dollars on a gift from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog

With over two hundred and fifty items ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, you'll find something for everyone (to fit every budget!) in this catalog. From exotic coffee blends and spices to stunning jewelry and decor, there's all kinds of fabulous stuff in there. I got the Prosperity Cinnamon set, because y'all know I love me some holiday baking (and, okay, non-holiday baking).


It's a gorgeous hand-carved cinnamon bark box filled with the rich, spicy-sweet Saigon cinnamon that Vietnam is famous for. The symbol on it means "prosperity" and not only does it take my oatmeal-raisin cookies to a ridiculously delicious new level, it also helps out generations of hardworking families. The box makes a really pretty decoration (the cinnamon comes in a sack, so the box is clean inside). People comment on mine all the time.

Even if you're not a baker, you'll be pleased with all the things the World Vision Catalog has to offer. And if you can't decide, you can always make a direct donation - or purchase something more unconventional, but equally helpful, like clean water, clothing, or livestock. You'll do good, and you'll FEEL good - and that, better than anything else, embodies the true spirit of the holiday season.

Wanna know something else that feels good? The fact that World Vision is giving ONE LUCKY READER this stunning Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace - an $85 value!


I. WANT.

All you've got to do to be entered is this:

- Either "Like" World Vision on Facebook here or follow them on Twitter here (or both!)
- Leave a comment below (don't forget your email address so I can contact you when you win!) 

For an extra entry, tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #GiftCatalog and leave me another comment with a link to your tweet. (You can say something like, "I just entered to win a Balinese Necklace from @WorldVisionNews and @FightingFrumpy! #GiftCatalog)

You have one week - the giveaway will close on Monday, November 24th! Good luck!




Giveaway: CHOCOLATE GAMES by Gamesformotion!

I have three words for you, folks.

Chocolate. Board games.

As in, board games made of chocolate.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Think of all those times you've been playing Monopoly and thought, "Hmm, this $200 for passing 'go' is nice, but I really wish I'd get some delicious chocolate instead." (Okay ... so even if you've never thought that before, I guarantee you're thinking it now. Because paper money and bragging rights are SO not as awesome as chocolate.)

Anyway, Gamesformotion has come up with a sweet spin on your favorite board games: chocolate editions! In an age where everybody seems to be playing stuff on their phones or video game consoles, it's nice to bring the family to the table for some of the classics. And nothing brings family to the table faster than the promise of chocolate.


The first game we played was, fittingly, Candyland. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of Candyland, but instead of the cards, there were milk chocolate pieces - and that's something I can get on board with. We all had a really good time. Especially Colin, who won the grand prize: a huge chocolate token wrapped in shiny gold foil.


I was a little disappointed that the board itself was not made of chocolate, as I had visions of noshing my way through it single-handedly, but whatever. The chocolate pieces were delicious - they're made of the highest-quality Belgian chocolate.

These games are super-new to the U.S. market, and will be available for purchase next month at mass retail stores such as Target and CVS, select SuperValu stores, Kmart, Amazon.com, Meijer and Fred Meyer, Bed Bath & Beyond, and select smaller distributors. Starting at just $9.99, Gamesformotion has chocolate versions of SOOOO many classic favorite games - Twister, Pictionary, Clue, Battleship, Mr. Potato Head, and so many more. They would make PERFECT stocking stuffers ... or, you know, snacks to hide in your closet and eat by yourself when you're craving chocolate.

... Not that I'd know. Ahem.

Anyway, I'm giving away TWO of them (Scrabble and Guess Who?) so jump on this delicious chocolate bandwagon! Just leave a comment below telling me why you neeeeeeed a chocolate game in your life. I'll randomly select a winner one week from today - that's next Friday, October 24th!


Giveaway: PUR Water Filtration

We all know how important it is for our families to drink plenty of water. But there's one little thing.

I'm really picky about water. As in, I don't like it most of the time. "Add lemon!" everybody says, but I'm sorry - if I'm gonna add lemon, I'm also gonna add sugar. And then I've got lemonade and the purpose is defeated.

I only enjoy drinking water if it doesn't taste like it came out of a fifty-year-old garden hose (which, to me, is what most tap water tastes like). There's always bottled water, but the conscientious earth-mother in me is all, "Do you realize how many plastic water bottles are cluttering up our landfills?!"

And that, my friends, is where PUR Water comes in.

Clean drinking water is the foundation of good health. But tap water can contain - are you ready for this? - heavy metals, pharmaceuticals (yes, like medications!), industrial pollutants, chlorine, and microbial cysts (which actually come from animal feces ... OMG I just threw up in my mouth a little). No wonder it tastes funky.

But by using PUR water filtration products with their MAXION technology, designed to provide maximum contaminant reduction, you've always got fresh, clean, great-tasting water at your fingertips. Not only that, but you'll save a ton of money (because bottled water ain't cheap, y'all) and help the planet by reducing some of the 38 BILLION plastic water bottles that are discarded - in the U.S. alone - every single year. I'd call that a definite win-win.

You know who else is picky about water (and that's, like, a total understatement)? PUR's self-proclaimed water critic, Arthur Tweedie. Okay, so he's a little weird, but the guy is obsessed with providing clean, refreshing PUR water to the masses. Check him out in these short clips:





Some might call him a bit ... overzealous, but Arthur Tweedie is just a man on a mission: to share his water expertise, create awareness, and educate people about PUR's superior filtration technology.

And with the help of the generous peeps at PUR (and Arthur Tweedie, of course), I'm spreading a little of that technology - because THREE of you lucky ducks are going to win PUR's newest and hottest product ... something so super-secret that it hasn't even hit store shelves yet!! (I'll be getting one, too, so no more nasty tap water for me! Yay!)

All you have to do is follow Arthur Tweedie on Twitter - and then leave a comment here letting me know (don't forget to leave some contact info!). That's it!

You can also check out Arthur's hilarious blog at ArthurTweedie.com, learn more about PUR's technology at PURWater.com, or creep their Facebook page.

And then get ready, because your water is about to be PUR-ified.

Giveaway: SOL Republic DECK Wireless Speaker

Have you ever had something you didn't really think you needed, but once you had it, you wondered how you ever lived without it?

Yeah. I feel that way about my SOL Republic DECK Wireless Speaker.

I already knew that I love SOL Republic's products - I've written before about my awesome Jax earphones - so I was definitely eager to get in on a review for their DECK Wireless Speaker. I wasn't sure what, exactly, I would use it for ... but darn it, I'd find something.

When I got it, I was impressed by its compact size:


But could big sound really come out of such a little thing?

The answer was ......

YESSSSSSSS!

Seriously, I was blown away by the reach this gadget has. The quality is amazing: crystal-clear. When I have it all the way up, it literally fills my whole house with great sound.

I was worried that I'd only be able to use it on rare occasions - I mean, how often does anyone say, "Hmm, I wish I had a portable speaker handy?" But y'all - I have used it almost every day. I love, love, love this thing. I turn on music while I'm in the shower. While I'm cooking dinner. For impromptu dance parties with my kids. I use it for better sound while I practice my Zumba choreography (I'm an instructor, in case you're wondering, not just some weirdo who memorizes Zumba routines for fun).

The DECK is especially great in the summer, when you're getting a bunch of people together outside. It's wireless, so you can take it anywhere, and it's got a really long battery life (it helps that, when you turn it on, a voice tells you how much charge you have left). It also comes with a sleek, stretchy cover so you can keep it clean, wherever you happen to go.

The thing I find the most awesome about the DECK is how user-friendly it is. Seriously, it has just a couple of buttons. And no matter what kind of music I'm trying to listen to - whether it's already stored on my phone or whether I'm trying to stream it wirelessly through Bluetooth, like on Pandora or something - the DECK automatically picks up on it. (You can get up to 300 feet away from the device without interruption of signal, which is sweet.) Plus, it's got this feature called HEIST MODE where up to five people can pair to the DECK at once, allowing for a bunch of different deejays. (This is especially handy when your friend has better music than you do.)

Needless to say, I'm hooked on this thing. It has been an awesome addition to my life, even though I didn't realize before how much I'd enjoy it (come to think of it, I can pretty much say the same for my kids). And now, thanks to the generosity of the people at SOL Republic, I get to give one away - a $200 value!

All you've got to do is this:

- Leave me a comment telling me how you'd use your DECK wireless speaker (make sure to include your email so I can contact you!)
- "Like" Fighting off Frumpy on Facebook or follow me on Twitter
- "Like" SOL Republic on Facebook or follow them on Twitter

And that's it! I'll randomly select a winner in one week. Good luck you guys!




Belli Skin Care - Giveaway and Review!

The average woman uses more than two hundred skin care ingredients each day. I don't know about you, but I practically pickle myself in lotions and potions in order to maintain my youthful gorgeousness (okay, in order to obtain some youthful gorgeousness in the first place). And with all that stuff sinking into our skin, it's also circulating through the bloodstream. Some of the chemicals commonly used in skin care products have been shown in published medical research to cause birth defects or increased chances of miscarriage. If you're pregnant (or planning to get that way) or nursing, that can be a problem - you don't want your quest for beauty to be harmful to your developing baby.

That's where Belli Skin Care comes in. Recommended by both OB/GYNs and dermatologists (and with a huge celebrity following, if that's more convincing), Belli has a whole line of products for everything from pre-pregnancy to postpartum and beyond, for the face and the body. Every Belli product is safety-screened and allergy-tested, free of artificial dyes and fragrances, with no phthalates or paraben preservatives.

I was able to try out two products from their line: the Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub and the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash.

Even though I'm not pregnant (THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS), I'm still into putting the best stuff possible on my skin. And even though I'm almost 34 years old, I still get pimples, which irritates the crap out of me because shouldn't I have, like, outgrown that by now?! Anyway. Both of these products are great for clearing the skin without using the strong acne-fighting ingredients that aren't all that good for you - and especially not good for your baby, if you're currently sharing a body. As you can see, both are free of dyes:


The Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub, on the left, is awesome. Its micro-scrub formula provides gentle but thorough exfoliation and preps the skin to be more receptive to cleansers or masks or moisturizers or whatever else you're going to put on it. I love it because it contains peppermint oil which gives a totally refreshing feel - and my skin feels soft and smooth afterward.

The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash has done what it promises as far as keeping my skin clear - and it does so without the harsh stuff. Instead it uses lactic acid to fight blemishes, which is found naturally in the body. It's gentle and non-drying, which is a definite plus. Its formula also contains antioxidant-rich green tea and cucumber, and lemon peel oil - which is antibacterial, serves as a natural skin brightener, and smells like heaven. You can even leave this stuff on for five minutes as an intensive mask. It feels great on the skin, and makes it look fabulous too.

Whether you're pregnant or just like to keep the crappy chemicals out of your body, Belli products are amazing. And one lucky reader gets to experience the Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub and Anti-Blemish Facial Wash for themselves! All you've got to do is leave me a comment below (be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you when you win!). And then do one of the following:

"Like" Belli on Facebook
Follow Belli on Twitter
Follow Belli on Pinterest

That's it - you're well on you way to experiencing Belli for yourself! Your skin (and, if applicable, your baby) will thank you! I'll randomly select a winner on Wednesday, August 20th - so be on the lookout!

Giveaway: Original Stitch Custom-Tailored Shirt! (CLOSED)

Update: And the winner is ... Juli! Thanks for entering, everyone ... watch for more giveaways very soon!!!

I hate buying clothes for my husband. First of all, he's picky. Secondly, he's a big guy, so it's really difficult to find a good fit. And third, he's not a t-shirt kind of guy - it's button-ups all the way, which makes shopping for him even more complicated. So I've gotta tell you, I did a little happy dance when the people at Original Stitch contacted me to do a review. I sat Curtis down with me at the computer and said, "Here. Pick what you want."

And he did.

And we were both thrilled.

See, that's the cool thing about Original Stitch. It's an online clothing company where guys can design their own dress shirts, selecting from premium fabrics and a ton of colors, patterns, and details. Literally whatever you want in a men's shirt, Original Stitch can provide. 



Each shirt is individually hand-tailored with quality craftsmanship, custom designed to your specifications. Curtis and I both had fun checking out all the options, making shirts and then changing details - we could have a whole different look with just a few clicks of the mouse. The possibilities are endless. With over two hundred patterns and colors, eight different collar and eight different cuff styles, and ten button colors, there's plenty to play around with. You can customize the fabric lining the inner collar, and the inner cuffs, and the inner pleats; you can add a monogram or a pocket; you can add or omit pleats on the back and choose whether it's slim-fitting or more loose. Mix and match until voila! you've created the perfect shirt. It arrives at your door, in a beautiful box, within two to three weeks.

Since it's made with your exact measurements, it's a perfect fit - and if it isn't, Original Stitch offers free remakes for any reason within thirty days of your purchase. Win!

It's a little late to get it in your hands by Father's Day, but Dad will still appreciate such an awesome gift "just because," right?



If you know a deserving guy who could stand to add a little class to his wardrobe, you're in luck - because Original Stitch has graciously agreed to let me give away a gift code. That means a FREE Original Stitch shirt for you! All you've gotta do is check out Original Stitch, and leave me a comment below (including your email, please) telling me who you'd give the gift code to! 

I'll choose the winner (at random, of course) in one week: that's Friday, June 20th. Good luck!! 






Giveaway: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Gift Pack! (ENDED)

Update: And the winner is ... Shelia B.! You'll be receiving your prize pack soon, Shelia! :)


Wrinkles, man.

I don't like them on my face and I don't like them in my clothing. But the problem is, I like ironing even less than I like wrinkles. You can always toss something in the dryer for a few and hope that the wrinkles diminish, but that doesn't always work and it takes a ton of extra time. Especially if it doesn't give you the results you hope for and then you have to iron anyway. Ugh.

One day, though, I got an email from the peeps behind Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus - also known as the #WonderBottle. They wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing their product. I said why not?

And my life. Was changed. For the better.


I never review anything I think I won't like - but I was literally caught off-guard by how much I love this stuff. It truly serves like a bazillion purposes! Of course, its primary function is to eliminate wrinkles without having to iron, so to determine how it works for that, I used a pair of my kids' cargo shorts that wrinkle every time I look at them (it doesn't help that half the time they're unfolded and stuffed into the drawer).


See the difference? Wow! This was after a quick spritz-and-tug. Like seriously ten seconds. That's it. My son went to school looking like his mom actually irons (ha ha!). 

As if that weren't enough, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus smells fantastic, and can be used to refresh fabrics and remove odors. So even if you accidentally leave your clothes in the washer a little too long and they come out of the dryer smelling a bit mildewy - not that I would know anything about that - you can still make 'em smell as fresh as spring sunshine.

Once I realized how amazing Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is, I went around spraying it on random things around my house just to test it out. It removes wrinkles and odors and static and is awesome for everything. Pet beds, pillows, comforters, curtains, car seats, scarves, you name it - for whatever is rumpled or static-y or stinky, it truly is a #WonderBottle. 

Anyway, I want to share this fantastic find with you guys and give one lucky reader the chance to win a Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus gift pack valued at $25. It not only comes with several bottles of "the good stuff" in various sizes, but also this t-shirt:

(This photo was taken before I used the Downy Wrinkle Releaser, natch.)

Why, you ask, am I so excited about this t-shirt? Because it is literally the softest most comfy t-shirt I have ever felt in my entire life and I have been lounging around the house in it nonstop. OMG. My husband was like, "You ... really like that t-shirt, don't you?" with a raised eyebrow.

Anyway. You wanna win, you've gotta enter, so leave a comment below (make sure to include your email address so I can contact you!). You can also visit their website (click here) to get a coupon and discover 101 uses - yes, really! - for Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus.

You've got a week to win - I'll choose a random winner on Wednesday, June 18th! Leave me a comment!

Giveaway and Review: ABCmouse.com!

Update: ... AND THE WINNER IS ...........


.... Comment #18, Janelle! Congratulations - your ABCMouse subscription code will be on its way shortly! If you didn't win, keep checking back for more fun giveaways! :)

My kids like anything with a screen. We have boxes of flashcards and early learning workbooks that my preschooler barely glances at - but put those same things on a computer and he's mesmerized. So I knew that he'd love ABCmouse.com (partially because he always freaks out at the commercials about it on TV). If your TV, like ours, is perpetually tuned to children's programming, I'm sure this looks pretty familiar.


When the ABCmouse peeps gave me a subscription so I could review it, it was like Christmas up in here with all the excitement. Turns out I was right: my son does love it.

To be honest, I love it too. Because you know that guilt you feel when your kid is playing some mindless video game or watching something dumb on YouTube? Yeah. I don't feel that when he's playing around on ABCmouse. It's all the same things he does in his preschool class: a rich, interactive environment where he can listen to songs, play games, hear stories, work on math skills, practice reading, and much more. And because he has the power to choose exactly what he wants to do and when, he doesn't get bored (like he does when I try to corral him in a corner with some flashcards).

This is a screenshot of his ABCmouse classroom:


See all those places to click and explore? There is an almost-endless variety of stuff to do. You can tailor the lesson to your child's age group or ability level. Their "learning path" guides them through the lessons, and when they finish a section, they get to pick a prize. Along the way, they earn tickets for each activity they complete. My son loves earning tickets - he uses them to buy accessories for his virtual ABCmouse hamster cage. Those hamsters have it made, man.

You can choose from several different teachers, and customize an avatar to look just like your kid - or what your kid wishes he looked like. The site is easy to navigate because when you hover over anything with your mouse, it tells you out loud what it is - so you don't have to stand at the computer and direct each click. Because let's be honest: while it's fun to participate in this kind of activity with your child, it's also fun to have a few minutes to do something without their "help." (Chance for a solo bathroom break, anyone?)

Basically, I can't say enough good things about ABCmouse.com. From toddlerhood through Kindergarten, there's something to keep your kids learning and their brains growing - and making it fun in the process.

So because I love y'all, we're giving away a FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO ABCMOUSE.COM so you can experience it for yourself. All you have to do is:

1.) "Like" ABCmouse on Facebook here or follow them on Twitter here

AND

2.) Leave a comment below telling me why you'd like to try out ABCmouse! (IMPORTANT: be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you when you win!)

You've got until Thursday, June 5th to enter, so get to commenting! Good luck!



Review: Cheap Tickets Through ScoreBig!

I'll just come right out and say it: I'm cheap a tightwad thrifty. I mean, you won't find me taking up a checkout line for three hours while I sift out my eight hundred coupons, but there are few things I enjoy more than saving money on whatever I'm buying. And then if I score a sweet deal, telling my friends (i.e., you guys) about it so you too can procure some awesome savings.

Being cheap - er, frugal, I hardly ever fork over the money for tickets to attractions and events. Because y'all? Tickets can be pricey. And I've got four kids. I can't tell you the endless string of Disney-on-Ice-Elmo-Live-awesome-circuses-and-museums-and-amazing-sporting-events we've passed up because it would cost like a bazillion dollars to buy tickets for everyone.

So I'll admit that when ScoreBig contacted me, I didn't even pay attention at first. I mean - in my world, expensive tickets = ramen noodles all month. But then they appealed to me by letting me know that at ScoreBig, you can name your own price for tickets to all sorts of events and attractions.* What whaaaaat?!

*And they gave me a promo code to try it out myself. Which was awesome. Still, this is an honest and unbiased opinion. If it sucked, I'd tell you guys.


"Name your own price" is speaking my language, so I clicked on over to check it out. And I was seriously blown away by the ease (and, okay, fun) of the whole process. You just go to ScoreBig.com, find the event or attraction you want to go to - sports, concerts, theater, Broadway shows, family shows, and attractions - and make an offer on the tickets. Their little sliding scale lets you know whether or not your offer is likely to be accepted. It's so fun to control your own price, and then when it's accepted you feel all triumphant and discount-savvy and stuff. Try it, seriously.

You find out right away if your offer has been accepted - and you can save up to 60% on tickets! You can choose your seating area and all the seats will be together (no sitting three rows away from your kids and hoping some kindly stranger will make them behave). And then? You get your tickets. FREE SHIPPING, people. It's all kinds of sweet. 


I got tickets to LegoLand Chicago and was totally amazed at the simplicity of it (and also downright entertained by the name-your-own-price feature. I kept putting in different prices to make the meter go up and down just to see how much I could possibly save). I'm so thrilled to have found a place where I might ACTUALLY be able to afford to buy tickets to some fun stuff once in a while. 

Do your fam a favor and check out ScoreBig here. You can also follow ScoreBig on Twitter or "Like" them on Facebook to keep track of deals - and win prizes too!

belVita #MorningWin Review & Giveaway - $100 Value!

And the winner, per Random.org, is .........


#2 ... Christine! Wooohoooo! 


What's your idea of a "morning win?"

For me, it's:
- When nobody decides on the way out the door that they absolutely must go to the bathroom.
- When there are no whines of, "He looked at meeeeee!" and "He's kicking my seeeeeeeeat!"
- When I manage to find every article of everyone's clothing without spending twenty minutes rummaging through a laundry basket.
- When I can feed my kids a breakfast I feel good about, and not have to deal with "Mommy guilt" for loading them up with sugary crap before school.

That last one is where belVita Breakfast Biscuits come in. If you haven't tried them, you totally should - because not only are they freaking delicious (I love every flavor I've tried, which is all of them), they contain 18-20 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of dietary fiber, and are a good source of four energy-sustaining B vitamins and iron. Plus, they contain NO high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or artificial flavors and sweeteners. They're designed to give you steady energy throughout the morning, which is definitely a morning win!

I was seriously already buying these things in bulk when the belVita peeps contacted me to do a review and giveaway. Did I want my very own belVita #MorningWin Kit, and one to give away, they asked? Uh - YEAH! I'm not exaggerating one iota when I tell you my family loves these things. My kindergartner literally begs me to put one in his backpack for snack every. Single. Day.




Anyway, here's what your awesome belVita #MorningWin Kit ($100 value, y'all!) will contain:

  • Eye mask to help you get a good night’s rest for your morning routine
  • Breath mints to invigorate your morning and prep you for that client meeting
  • Shoe insoles to help you power through a morning run with ease
  • Lint roller to make sure you always look sharp, even after your cat brushes up against your clothes
  • Stain remover stick so you never have to worry about coffee stains
  • Sock organizer clips to ensure a great outfit
  • Double-sided tape for any wardrobe malfunctions
  • Mini deodorant to stay fresh all morning long, even after your morning workout
  • Hand sanitizer to ensure your hands are squeaky clean prior to eating belVita
  • Wet wipes for getting red lipstick off your sweetheart’s face
  • On-the-go nail polish remover for the moments when you need to text, type an email, and remove your nail polish all at the same time
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuit assortment (Soft Baked and Crunchy)

(That last one is my favorite part, because YUM!)

Just leave a comment below telling me your idea of a morning win - and don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you!

You can also follow belVita on Twitter and use the hashtag #MorningWin for your chance to receive a personalized video, 3D virtual trophy or even a real Morning Win trophy! 

I'll choose one lucky winner on Wednesday, February 19th, so start entering! 

Giveaway: NeoCell Beauty Bursts

And the winner is ...

Comment #6 ... Jamie! Way to go!




As much as I hate to admit it ... I'm aging, y'all. Visibly. I'm plucking gray hairs left and right. I have perpetual wrinkles on my forehead. And those lines around my eyes don't just appear when I smile any more ... they're kinda there all the time now. I was hoping I'd be one of those women that's like seventy and people are mistaking me for a thirty-year-old, but apparently that's not gonna happen.

So (perhaps after seeing my Instagram selfies and taking pity?) the generous peeps at NeoCell sent me two bags of their delicious Beauty Bursts. A product that will give my body some much-needed anti-aging help AND taste good? Yes please!!




I love these things. I've had collagen in pill, powder, liquid, and lotion, but this method of delivery is by far my favorite because they are YUMMY, especially the Super Fruit Punch variety. They also come in Fresh Mint Chocolate, but I'm a fruit punch type of girl. I really wanted to eat a whole bunch at once, kind of like Starbursts. You only need a couple per day to deliver 2,000 milligrams of beneficial collagen, so I refrained. (Now if I could have that kind of willpower when it comes to cookies.) These babies help build beauty from the inside out.

If you have issues with your hair or nails breaking, you'll definitely want to try Beauty Bursts. Collagen, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin C - which is what these supplements deliver (deliciously!) - are a powerful trio of nutrients that help strengthen and hydrate hair, nails, and skin. I noticed a big difference, especially where my hair and nails are concerned. My once-brittle fingernails are now hard as horse hooves, y'all - and that's a good thing. I've noticed subtle differences in my skin, too, and my hair doesn't seem to fall out as much. (Though it's still going gray in places. Pffft.)

What's even better than my improved forehead wrinkles is that now you too can experience NeoCell Beauty Bursts! They're a fabulous way to do something healthy for yourself and they taste awesome. Win! Soon you'll be on your way to horse-hoof nails and shiny hair and supple skin. All you have to do is this:

1.) "Like" NeoCell on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

2.) Leave a comment below telling me WHY you need these, WHAT flavor you'd choose, AND your email address ... that last part is important for when you WIN!

And that's it! I (well, actually Random.org) will choose the winner next Wednesday, February 5th. Good luck!


Giveaway: Powerocks Magicstick!

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty dependent on my smartphone. I'm always playing games or looking something up or finding directions or texting or using it as a flashlight or leaving myself a note or taking a photo or checking Facebook or ... well, you know. Important things. Being without my phone is like missing a limb. Or a tooth. Or other stuff I wouldn't want to be without.

I know y'all can relate to the frustration of having a low or dead battery and being away from an outlet. So I was super stoked when Powerocks USA contacted me about reviewing their portable charger, the Magicstick.*

*Go ahead and sing the Lil' Kim/50 Cent lyrics, I'll wait.

This is the one I got, in a pretty hot pink - but they come in a TON of other colors.


As you can see, it's compact and lightweight so it's totally easy to fit it in your purse (or man-purse) or whatever. It came with a little drawstring pouch too - because if your purse is like mine, there are dangerous crumbs and tissue fuzz lurking in there.

The Powerocks Magicstick holds enough power to fully charge most devices twice. It has a couple of different types of openings at the end, so it works for tons of different devices: iPhones, other smartphones, GPS systems, portable game consoles, e-readers and MP3 players. See?

Excuse my weird pudgy-looking hand. Does the camera add ten pounds to hands too? Mine are actually kinda bony in real life. 

The Magicstick also has the neat and convenient feature of a button on the other end that lets you know if it needs to be charged. If it's got power, it'll illuminate blue; if it's running low, it'll be red. So you're never caught away from the house with a dead Magicstick.

Ready to go. Awwwww yeeeeeahhh.

I first put this baby to the test when I went for a marathon grocery shopping trip. I purposely headed out of the house with my iPhone at 5% battery. Since my grocery list is stored on my phone, I needed it at the ready. But I was prepared. I plugged the phone into the Magicstick, kept it all in my purse, and it was all good. I was able to use my phone the whole time, and by the end of it, the phone was fully charged (and had been for a while - this thing is pretty fast).

Trust me: you need this in your life. You may not know you do, but you do. 

Luckily, Powerocks USA has allowed me to choose one lucky winner to receive a Magicstick of their very own! Don't you want one of these sweet devices?

All the colooooorrrrsssss .... *drool*

All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know the following:

a.) Why you NEED a Powerocks Magicstick (and what color you'd like!)
b.) Your email address (so I can contact you when you win!)

(If you don't want to wait, you can buy your Magicstick here. Or check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!)

I'll choose the winner next Thursday, January 16th - so start commenting! GOOD LUCK!!