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 ......


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!